7 FEET-1000-armed Avalokiteshvara arrived!!

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A few days ago, a few students and I went to Viva Home for a shopping trip. I was browsing around a few Oriental shops and came across a few nice items… In one of the shops, they had this beautiful 1000-arm Avaloketishvara (also known as Kuan Yin or Chenrezig) statue. I fell in love with Him on sight!

Today, I asked Andrew to arrange for Avalokiteshvara to be invited back. I love Avalokiteshvara… I used to do tens of thousands of His mantras when I was around 11-12 years old in Turkey Swamp, back in New Jersey and at home. I used to visualize Him at the center of the lake arising with head looking down and slowly looking up at me blazing with the brilliance of the sun, sitting on a lotus calmly and I would hold this visualization as clear as I can while I recited His mantra. I would chant Om Mani Padme Hung and “call” out to Him, reciting His mantra furiously and pray to be in communion with Him. I prayed to acquire His qualities as Avalokiteshvara always prays to be born in the lowest hells and the most horrible situations to be of benefit to the denizens of those realms. He is willing to endure the most difficult situations in order to benefit others. This quality in Avalokiteshvara touched me deeply and brought me to tears many times. I was enamoured to Him till now because of this and prayed for the same thing.

The mantra “Om Mani Padme Hung” was the first mantra I ever learnt. My maternal grandmother, Queen Dechen, taught me how to recite Avalokiteshvara’s holy mantra… I still do His mantra as part of my daily sadhana daily without missing it ever. She told me it is very important to recite this always and not to forget the mantra. I am grateful to my grandma for teaching me.

Do take a look at the pictures below…THIS FORM OF AVALOKITESHVARA is made so beautiful..?? He arrived and we escorted Him to my residence and set up and had a mini puja/prayers with a small group that had come for a meeting with me.

I am so happy to have this holy and beautiful image of 1,000 armed Avalokiteshvara made in the Chinese Buddhist style.

 

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

Inviting 1000-arm Avalokiteshvara

 

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First stage: To remove all of the cling wrap around the 3 different parts of the statue.

 

 

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Second stage: Cleaning…

 

 

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Third Stage: More cleaning!

 

 

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Bryan (left) is dusting the dust off the 1000-arm piece. Andrew (right) is vacuuming the base of the statue.

 

 

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Moh Mei is here brushing the dust off the individual arm pieces.

 

 

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Bryan and Jean Ai starts setting up the sensory offerings that will be offered up to Avalokiteshvara.

 

 

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More cleaning and wiping.

 

 

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Moh Mei (left), Ram (middle) and Bryan (right) moves the base of the statue into the Haven.

 

 

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Placing the statue at a temporary location. Tun (right) is seen here cleaning the 1000-arm part of the statue.

 

 

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Tun cleaning the individual hands… nice to see so much respectful care being given towards Avalokiteshvara.

 

 

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Inviting Avalokiteshvara into the Haven.

 

 

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The team assembling Avalokiteshvara onto His lotus base.

 

 

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The sensory offering table being properly aligned in front of Him.

 

 

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The 1000-arm piece being added on behind Him.

 

 

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Lucas gets the honour to place the first arm onto Avalokiteshvara.

 

 

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Jason gets to place the second arm. Andrew gave him the lowest position for him to reach easily hehe

 

 

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Julien placing the third arm…

 

 

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Little Jason placing a fourth arm… this time he picked his own spot. An ambitiously high spot…

 

 

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Andrew looking at his photographs for reference. Better make sure the arms are in the right position!!!

 

 

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Jean Ai and Bryan placing 2 trays of traditional Indian offerings.

 

 

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Them making the finishing touches as I arrived back to the Haven after paying a surprise visit to Lam Rim class at Kechara House conducted by Pastor Susan…

 

 

Homage to Avalokiteshvara. Look at how beautiful He is!! I am just in awe and feel so lucky to have this holy image!!!

 

 

Avalokiteshvara and I.

The beautiful flowers are from Kechara Blooms who delivered flowers to us on such short notice as an offering. Thank you!!

 

 

Doing a puja to 1000-arm Avalokiteshvara.

 

 

Making prayers to 1000-arm Avalokiteshvara. Jason, Lucas and Julien (the three beautiful son’s of Phng Li Kim) sat next to me during prayers. May they be blessed…

 

 

Isn’t He beautiful?!?! So grand. So royal. So inspiring. So holy!

 

 

A beautiful group picture with Avalokiteshvara and a group of my students. We did a short puja together to commemorate the arrival of Avalokiteshvara.

 

 

 My beautiful 1000-arm  Avalokiteshvara, look how tall it is!

 

 

 The side view of my new 7 ft 1000-arm Avalokiteshvara.

 

 

 Beautiful details, looking at Him brings me much peace.

 

 

 Full front view. I love the stand at the bottom of Avalokiteshvara’s holy feet as it is very unique.

 


 

More links for Avaloketishvara

 

Avaloketishvara, Turkey Swamp and Me.

China’s Huge Buddha Statues

1000-armed Kuan Yin-Foo Hai Ch’an Monastery

Falling down’s A Good Sign

Holy Place of Kuan Yin

Visiting the Huge Kuan Yin in Pinang

Deaf, Blind and Mute transforms into 1,000 arm Chenrezig

Sacred Mountain of Manjushri

Chenrezig Ngesung Kundrol

The Buddhist Protectors of Chinese Zodiac

Mantras-Holy words of Power

My Short Bio in pictures

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  1. Berndt on Sep 18, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    some years ago, i did find the Sutra “Great Compassion Dharani Sutra” of the 1000 armed “Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva” the Sutra mentions a lot of great benefits for those how can recite the “Great Compassionate Heart Great Dharani”: Namo ratna-trayya …befor an Mandala-altar, but as a wester man grow up in a atheist-family, i don´t know how to practies or set up altars? can you dear Rinpoche reveal or ask someone to reveal how to erect the Mandala-altar mentioned in the Dharani Sutra for the benefit of your western Students?

    thank you so much for all your work
    Best Wishs

  2. Cliff on Apr 11, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Amazing! Its so tall! Funny how Sean almost reaches the height of Avalokiteshvara haha. I really like the photo of Rinpoche and Li Kim’s three beautiful sons sitting next to Rinpoche, its really adorable and im so happy for them to receive the blessings from a living buddha side by side. It really looks like everyone had a fun time cleaning, preparing, offering and piecing together Avalokiteshvara. Cute jason trying to reach a higher spot for Avalokiteshvara’s arm haha.

    I really enjoyed reading Rinpoche’s description of how Rinpoche would “visualize Him at the center of the lake arising with head looking down and slowly looking up at me blazing with the brilliance of the sun, sitting on a lotus calmly” it was so clear and precise I could imagine it myself. Every night i still do my prayers trying to visualise Vajrayogini as instructed by Rinpoche but my mind still isn’t strong enough to have a clear precise image or i feel i get distracted a lot, i’m still trying to maintain discipline with my visualizations.

    Om mane pedme hum was too my first mantra taught to chant as often as I could from my Grandmother and Mother. We basically grew up with it and I can still remember my grandparents playing the mantra chanting on a radio every morning as they make their incense offering to Kuan Yin. I really enjoyed those memories.

    Thank Rinpoche for sharing with us a short story of your experience in first meeting Avalokiteshvara, it brought me good memories and happiness and also i learnt a short story of Avalokiteshvara which I would forever remember. Im glad to see so many happy faces inviting Avalokiteshvara into the Haven. It looks like it brought even more peace and happiness into everyone’s lives than there already is.

    I pray that Rinpoche is feeling well and happy.

    • bill burkre on Jun 1, 2014 at 8:52 pm

      Hello, wonderful statue, I bought one that is 5 feet tall and looks different in the face but the rest is very much the same, does anyone know where they were made and when?

  3. Elsie Toy on Feb 21, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Avaloketishvara is really beautiful and I love the sigh to Avaloketishvara the many arms reaching out for us and yet some ignore and yet some could not understand how a buddha can have so many arms. I love Chenrezig cos the mantra is easy and so effective. _/|\_.

  4. Keng tan on Jan 6, 2013 at 1:23 am

    One word-AWESOME!!! I don’t know why but the first time I saw a 1000 armed Avalokiteshvara was at the Manjushri Centre in Ullverston, in the Lake District, UK. I fell in love with Him. I said I want one in my home and I am still looking.

  5. Joy on Jan 6, 2013 at 12:31 am

    Rinpoche really has a knack in picking the most exquisite items and definitely Buddha statues! Rinpoche must have felt something really divine about this Kuan Yin and truly this is a 1000 arm Kuan Yin that is one of the most spectacular I’ve ever seen. She is just so incredibly regal yet gentle, her face just glows with love and compassion. The carvings is amazing but what is most amazing is that she looks so alive!

    How fortunate we are to be able to invite her in to the Haven Ladrang and receive her divine blessings. Indeed she is a very special one.

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  7. Mei Fong on Dec 20, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Such finishing of the 1000arm Avalokiteshvara is so rare and indeed it is a sight to be behold of. The detailing of the statue is done up so well. 7ft makes it so tall and eye catching to everyone who sees the statue. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the pictures with us.

  8. Lydia Unger on Dec 17, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Dear Tsem Tulku Rinpoche and Team,

    how beautiful the statue of Avalokiteshvara is! Please visit our web-site and you will see that we have also s statue like this. We love Avalokiteshvar very much!!! We would like to purchase another one. May we kindly ask you to tell us where? It would be a great joy for us.

    With our very best wishes for all from the Buddha-Museum in Germany

    Much Metta

    Lydia Unger

  9. Raymond on Oct 11, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Om Mani Padme Hum……

  10. Uncle Eddie on Oct 4, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Kuan Yin Pusa (or Goddess of Mercy in Chinese) is the first Buddhist Bodisattva, whom I came to hear of, and got exposed to, when at a very young age. Later on, only after meeting up with Rinpoche, then only I came to learn that “Kuan Yin Pusa” is actually known as Chenrizig in Tibetan, and Avalokitesvara in India. At Penang in Keloksi Temple, the huge Kuan Yin statue stands powerful, popular and a compassionate bodhisattva to grant wishes to benefit all sentient beings! Om mani padme hung was the mantra I first learned from Rinpoche in the very early years! Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us this holy and so beautiful image of 1,000 armed Avalokiteshavara made in Chinese Byddhist style.

  11. abby F on Sep 29, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    To me this statue is really a HUGE one and 1000-arm Avalokiteshvara is very rare to see. Since I was a kid, I always heard my father tell me about 1000-arm Avalokiteshvara and he used to play the VCD of Great Compassion Mantra, and that was the time I saw 1000-arm Avalokiteshvara. And because of this, I feel that 1000-arm Avalokiteshvara is so ‘unreal’ because He only appears in TV. LOL.

    I hope that I will be able to do my prayer and make offerings in front of Him one day. Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing. 🙂

  12. Wan Wai Meng on Sep 27, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Chenrezig compassion for all sentient beings is legendary, in one story after he has liberated all the hells, the next moment hell filled up again and Chenrezig became despondent and his head split into a thousand pieces. Then Amithabha Buddha put him back together in the form of 1000 armed Chenrezig, Chenrezig hears the wails of beings going through suffering.

  13. May Ong on Sep 25, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    Beautiful 1,000 arm Chenrezig to bless us all.

  14. tenzin llhamo on Sep 25, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    He is truly amazingly magnificently BEAUTIFUL! The iconography on the statue is so detailed. I remember when I was younger, I love to clean my altar and the ceramic Kuan Yin. I have always like Kuan Yin, no matter in what form He comes in. He is always so serene. How can one not feel the peace when looking at His beautiful face. May we be as compassionate as Him always. Thank you Rinpoche for the beautiful pictures and update.

  15. The Yen on Sep 24, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Truly MAJESTIC, truly befitting the qualities and strength of Avalokiteshvara. I am in so love with this masterpiece.

  16. Lim Han Nee on Sep 24, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Beautiful and regal, like a queen, and with such a look of compassion! The thousand arms outstretched and every ready to reach out to every single being who needs help, every sentient being from all six realms. Looking at you, Avalokiteshvara of a thousand arms, my heart expands with great love for you as I make a wish : may I quickly develop love and compassion without boundaries, like that you show to all beings.

  17. judy lam on Sep 24, 2012 at 12:01 am

    I love the picture of ‘Avalokiteshvara and I”. May Avalokiteshvara bless Rinpoche with long life and may all that set their sights on this beautiful statue be blessed too.

  18. Helena Chin on Sep 23, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    It is wonderful and it is our honour to prepare the flower offering to this beautiful 1000-arm Avaloketishvara. Thank you Rinpoche. He is magnificent, stunning and super gorgeous 🙂
    My mama taught me his mantra when i was very young, and it is one of the mantra i always recite until today. OM MANI PADME HUM 🙂
    Thank you for the post and the beautiful pictures.

  19. patsy on Sep 23, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    What a magnificent statue with fine craftsmanship! This Avalokeitishvara is so beautiful. So serene yet powerful! May all those who see Him be blessed by His compassionate energy.

  20. Louise Lee on Sep 23, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Wah Wah Wah , The Avalokiteshvara is really beautiful !!
    Om Mani Padme Hum .

    WE’re really 幸福! Because Rinpoche always share all the beautiful Statue and Buddha image together with us!

    Thank you

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  31. Wah Ying on Sep 22, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    Rinpoche is one with 1000 arms Cherenzig. His determination to save all from suffer and the effort he has put in. Cherenzig/Guan Yin is one of the Buddhas closer to the heart of many especially Asian and Chinese, may Rinpoche’s teachings spread to every corner of the world and close to all’s heart.

  32. Sheryl KH (JB) on Sep 22, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these step-by-step pictures of invitation process. I enjoy reading them through.

    I like especially the picture of Rinpoche taken with Avaloketishvara. Rinpoche looks very happy from the depth of your heart, it seems to me that with this statue, Rinpoche has fulfilled your wish of having Avaloketishvara close to you…kind of like fulfilling your childhood wishes.

    This Avalokestishvara is beautiful. I wish Rinpoche happiness always.

  33. So Kin Hoe on Sep 22, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche. I am so fortunate to see a beautiful and compassionate 1000 armed Avalokiteshvara. We are blessed through the kindness from Rinpoche and Avalokiteshvara.

  34. Yee Ling Cheah on Sep 22, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this blog. We are very blessed to see this beautiful 1,000 armed Avalokiteshvara, particularly love the picture of you sitting in front of Avalokiteshvara. How blessed everyone involved with the set up. May they and all who pray to Avalokiteshvara aspire to have the same compassionate qualities. Om mani padme hum!

  35. Vivek Karmaa Subba on Sep 22, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Sikkim has so many Rinpoches, but there is only puja and no preachings, I wish you could come over and spread your words of wisdom, and even encourage Sikkimies monks to give such “preachings” here in Sikkim. The “death meditation” video I saw in the youtube, gave me a CRYSTAL clear knowledge about one of the main principles of Buddhism… there still are so many unanswered questions… I know I will find the answers, might take some time. Great work your holiness. Thank you so very much. -Vivek Karmaa Subba, Sikkim

  36. Sean Pang on Sep 22, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Wow, this is awesome… The statue looks so peaceful yet so powerful.

    May Kechara and all Kecharians be the same: enjoying inner peace and tirelessly reaching out to all mankind with kindness!

  37. monica on Sep 22, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    lovely, nice…so wonderful!!!!may you all enjoy many,many,many 1000s of avalokiteshvaras blessings.

  38. sweekeong on Sep 22, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Very beautiful, Rinpoche! Thank you for sharing the photos from assembly to setup. The size of a 7 feet 1000-armed Avalokiteshvara is awesome. Just seeing this his form is a blessing, it brings peace and calms my mind. 🙂

  39. Andrew Boon on Sep 22, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    It was indeed a privilege and honour to help invite Avalokiteshvara back. He is indeed truly a sight to behold! Everyone chipped in to help wherever to could from dusting, cleaning, wiping down, setting up the offerings, carrying, installing, etc….

    How fortunate for us working in the Ladrang to be able to gaze upon The Buddha of supreme compassion’s image everyday.

  40. lewkwanleng on Sep 22, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Seeing this Kuan Yin give such peace energy… May all who see Him be blessed!

  41. Irene Lim on Sep 22, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    1000-Arm Avalokiteshvara and I have so much affinity. I was fortunate to be at the invitation party and facilitating the statue to arrive. She is so magnificient.

  42. Pastor Susan on Sep 22, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    This Avalokiteshvara is breath taking! OMB!! And he’s 7 feet. How grand 🙂 Can’t take my eyes off the picture of Avalokiteshvara and Rinpoche. I see compassion come to life through Rinpoche and this “statue” comes to life because of Rinpoche.

  43. kailash on Sep 22, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Many Many Supplications to the Most Venerable Rinpoche,
    Chag Chal Lo.
    Your Eminence,This is the most fabulous statue of 1000 armed Avalokitesvara I have ever seen.The other one I saw was at Dharamsala,India, in the temple of His Holiness. But this statue appears to be so live and real.It seems the Diety may actually come out of this statue or the statue may communicate.
    It would be really a great thing if the actual long Dharani of Chenrezig, as it existed in sanskrit and is preserved in the Tibetan tradition, is also published in this Blog. This is a long mantra of Chenrezig (different from the regular Dharani).The Chines version / Translation, is given in the Dharani Sutra(Published by the BTTS, propounded by Zen Master,Most Ven. Hsuan Hua).However I heard that long Mantra exists in the Tibetan tradition also.It is probably also known as Nilkantha Dharani.
    Regards

  44. soonhuat on Sep 22, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Wow Rinpoche, this is very beautiful statue. I saw you mentioned in the blog that you were rushing to Viva Home, I was hoping you could find some goodie but I did not expect you found such a beautiful “goodie”. I like the statue a lot, it has very antique look.

  45. DR on Sep 22, 2012 at 11:04 am

    What an incredibly elegant statue. I am so fortunate to be invited to Rinpoche’s residence last night to witness this meritorious event. I could not help visualizing this statue in a temple by the sea and everyday thousands of people who pass by on boats can have a glimpse of this holy image and be blessed by Him.

  46. Ethan Hoo on Sep 22, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Magnificent! He’s so beautiful! What a sight to behold and have audience with this beautiful Chenrezig. So much blessing from the Buddha of Compassion.

  47. Jay Jae on Sep 22, 2012 at 8:04 am

    This is the most Magnificent 1000 arm Chenresig statue I have seen! I love the intricacy of the hands and to the detail of the halo!

    I remembered when Rinpoche went shopping for statues and saw a 1000 arm Chenresig similar to this one, Rinpoche told me that if Rinpoche had just one altar to himself, He would put this form of Chenresig as his main object of veneration and nothing else”

    Rinpoche has really deep affinity with statues and beautiful rare ones. If u think about it, Rinpoche is like this 1000 arm Chenresig, through the organization and the Ladrang, he has 1000 arms reaching out to help the needy. Through the web, Rinpoche has 1000 eyes looking for sufferings, where ever it sprouts and addresses it.

    _/|\_ to my Lama who is one with the Lord of the World

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

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

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-12.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 04:30 PM
    Miracles do happen,when we have faith and trust in our Guru.What is important is to follow Rinpoche’s advice and do as instructed by our Guru to clear the osbtacles all the way.Angie and Herry were so fortunate to have meet Rinpoche.Its because of Rinpoche ‘s compassion and caring for his student Angie’s life was saved.Infact Rinpoche has helped many people through his intervention, advice and instructions.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing miracles stories which i enjoyed reading.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-2.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 02:45 PM
    WOW….interesting a miracles true story. Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing.Reciting mantras by family members and doing 20 pujas done at the monastery to help the baby. These proved that pujas, which have been done for hundreds of years in the monasteries are very powerful methods for us to overcome difficulties, create huge amounts of merit and for protection, good health and long life.This show us how powerful pujas can help us when we have trust and faith in our Guru.And with Rinpoche divination,the baby was born and now a healthy boy.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-1-2.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 12:47 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these powerful teachings.Its a privilege
    to do Dharma work to benefits other,do it with motivation and a good attitude when engaging ourselves It will be guide line for me.When we serve others to do Dharma work together at Kechara Forest Retreat ,we will improve ourself , purify our negative karma and to benefit others too.I will be sponsoring to the healings bricks soon and i will cherish every moment in supporting KFR.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/dharma-work-attitude-tdl.html
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 11:06 AM
    Bigfoot is just another beings living in this world although not commonly seen and live in the deep jungle in high mountains. There were many evidences that people from many parts of the world sighted this beings. Whatever shape they are I think importantly we are all sharing this world and therefore need to have mutual respect and not intervene each others.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/its-in-the-scriptures-they-exist.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 04:26 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline sharing this interesting post about Bodhidharma, a great master favoured meditation and introduced the Lankavatara Sutra to Chinese Buddhism.

    Here are a few points I have learned from this post:
    1. Bodhidharma had strong imprints of Dharma from the past and therefore he is interested in Buddha’s teachings and show his great wisdom. at a very young age.
    2. His strong guru devotion and determination in learning and spreading the dharma based on meditation though he confronted with difficulties such as Emperor Wu Di was not impressed by his teachings, being ostracized and rejected and lived as a beggar for many months. Notwithstanding, he continued and never give up to practice meditation in complete silence for nine years in cave wall when he was not accepted by Shaolin Monastery at the beginning .
    3. When Bodhidharma was allowed enter to the monastery, he had put a lot of efforts to help the monks in improving their physical body as well as their mind through the meditation. Then, Bodhidharma continued to develop a system of 18 dynamic tension exercises which were printed as Yi Gin Ching (Changing Muscle/Tendon Classic) in 550 CE. It is known as the Luohan (arhat) 18 Hand Movements today which serves as the basis of both Chinese Temple Boxing and the Shaolin Martial Arts.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/bodhidharma-the-founder-of-gongfu.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 04:10 PM
    Thank you, Grace, for sharing with us the many tips on how to care for and maintain our hair. Personal grooming is important because when we care for our appearance, we are respecting the people who have to deal with us. Caring for our hair, making sure that it is neat and clean should be something we need to take care of since young as it is part of personal grooming. The key is not to be attached to our body and outer-images, that results in spending much time and resources just to make ourselves look good.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/how-much-do-you-know-about-hair.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 03:00 PM
    Thank you for sharing these wonderful and significant photos showed that Kechara Pastors’ tireless efforts to bring dharma to many others and do the blessings whenever is necessary.

    Basically, the pastorship role was conceptualized by our precious guru, H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, to preserve the Dharma and to give laypeople an opportunity to commit to benefiting others. Kechara Pastors are fully dedicated and selflessly serving others especially in spiritual growth and therefore this is good for us to support the Pastors so that they can focus and spend more of their time and effort to serve others and most importantly Buddhist teachings can be spread and shared to many others. The supports to Pastors including food, lodging, transportation, items necessary for their work, such as ritual items or spiritual gifts for those in need and many others. (If you are interested to know more about Kechara Pastors, please have a good read at http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/support-the-kechara-pastors.html)

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/10-amazing-house-blessings-by-kechara-pastors.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 02:13 PM
    Its such a great blessing for all of us to hear the holy voice recordings of H.H Kyabje Zong Rinpoche a great master..His profound teachings ,got to take seroiusly,more as an important advice on Dorje Shugden’s practice.H.H Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s explaination was very clear before any of the practitioner’s commitment and receive sogtae.They must keep the lineage practice and teachings no matter what ever happen.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us on the important advice by a great master.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/kyabje-zong-rinpoches-advice-on-dorje-shugdens-practice.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 11:50 AM
    Thank you Pastor Han Nee for your sharing your thoughts and review about the book “Be Happy” written by Rinpoche. It is indeed not easy to be happy as we all have various expectation in every situation and people.

    We may think having a big house, lots of cash and good career is happiness but this is the wrong perception. Being happy is not about material and everything about ourselves. It is only when we can do more for others and focus out that we gain happiness. I never realised this until I joined Kechara. I think we have such a fixed mindset of what happiness is and when our expectation is not met, we are unhappy.

    Rinpoche has pointed out many ways for us to rectify our thoughts and methods to be happy. Now it is for us to take initiative to change and transform our mind if we want to be happy.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Han Nee for this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/be-happy.html
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Apr 24. 2017 12:30 PM
    Many people do not believe in reincarnation and only relates it to certain religion such as Hinduism and Buddhism. However, there were many instances and signs that proven reincarnation exist. As Buddhist we will believe in reincarnation and karma. It is by understanding that everything has its cause and effect that we should learn to live life in the correct attitude and mindset. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting articles to remind us of karma and the importance of doing dharma practise.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/interesting-signs-of-reincarnation.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Apr 23. 2017 08:29 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for your teachings.
    Always be generous and kind in what ever we could do even its little help.It’s the little things in life that bring the greatest happiness. Its between us and our Buddha ,so we would not bother what the receipient thinks and say of us. What ever was said ,should not deter our motivation to do Dharma work.
    (It will change people’s lives in one way or another. It will change your life for the better.)….well said by Rinpoche.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/its-not-between-you-and-the-recipient.html

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini\'s blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves.
~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini's blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves. ~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
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His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
: This picture says it all. Click on it to enlarge and read and please share.
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one\'s death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one's death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin\'s dog Snowy!
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I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin's dog Snowy!
Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
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Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
 Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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
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Tsem Rinpoche's Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
 It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and \'defeat\' the ones that hurt us because we don\'t become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
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It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and 'defeat' the ones that hurt us because we don't become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
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Tsem Rinpoche's heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin  Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
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Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
 (left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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(left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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
4 weeks ago
My Mumu boy didn't want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
4 weeks ago
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
1 month ago
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn\'t move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
1 month ago
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
1 month ago
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
1 month ago
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
1 month ago
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
1 month ago
Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
2 months ago
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
2 months ago
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
2 months ago
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
2 months ago
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
3 months ago
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
3 months ago
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
This is a good one to read
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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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