The Royal Song Of Saraha

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The Royal Song Of Saraha

I bow down to noble Manjushri
I bow down to Him who has conquered the finite.

… 1
As calm water lashed by wind
Turns into waves and rollers,
So the king thinks of Saraha
In many ways, although one man.

2
To a fool who squints
One lamp is as two;
Where seen and seer are not two, ah! the mind
Works on the thingness of them both.

3
Though the house-lamps have been lit,
The blind live on in the dark.
Though spontaneity is all-encompassing and close,
To the deluded it remains always far away.

4
Though there may be many rivers, they are one in the sea,
Though there may be many lies, one truth will conquer all.
When one sun appears, the dark
However deep will vanish.

5
As a cloud that rises from the sea
Absorbing rain the earth embraces,
So, like the sky, the sea remains
Without increasing or decreasing.

6
So from spontaneity that’s unique,
Replete with the Buddha’s perfections,
Are all sentient beings born and in it come
To rest. But it is neither concrete nor abstract.

7
They walk other paths and so forsake true bliss,
Seeking the delights that stimulants produce.
The honey in their mouths and to them so near
Will vanish if at once they do not drink it.

8
Beasts do not understand the world
To be a sorry place. Not so the wise
Who the heavenly nectar drink
While beasts hunger for the sensual.

9
To a fly that likes the smell of putrid
Meat the fragrance of sandalwood is foul.
Beings who discard Nirvana
Covet coarse Samsara’s realm.

10
An ox’s footprints filled with water
Will soon dry up; so with a mind that’s firm
But full of qualities that are not perfect;
These imperfections will in time dry up.

11
Like salt sea water that turns
Sweet when drunk up by the clouds,
So a firm mind that works for others turns
The poison of sense-objects into nectar.

12
If ineffable, never is one unsatisfied,
If unimaginable, it must be bliss itself.
Though from a cloud one fears the thunderclap,
The crops ripen when from it pours the rain.

13
It is in the beginning, in the middle, and
The end; yet end and beginning are nowhere else.
All those with minds deluded by interpretative thoughts are in
Two minds and so discuss nothingness and compassion as two things.

14
Bees know that in flowers
Honey can be found.
That Samsara and Nirvana are not two
How will the deluded ever understand?

15
When the deluded in a mirror look
They see a face, not a reflection.
So the mind that has truth denied
Relies on that which is not true.

16
Though the fragrance of a flower cannot be touched,
‘Tis all pervasive and at once perceptible.
So by unpatterned being-in-itself
Recognize the round of mystic circles.

17
When in winter still water by the wind is stirred,
It takes as ice the shape and texture of a rock.
When the deluded are disturbed by interpretative thoughts,
That which is as yet unpatterned turns very hard and solid.

18
Mind immaculate in its very being can never be
Polluted by Samsara’s or Nirvana’s impurities.
A precious jewel deep in mud
Will not shine, though it has luster.

19
Knowledge shines not in the dark, but when the darkness
Is illumined, suffering disappears at once.
Shoots grow from the seed
And leaves from the shoots.

20
He who thinks of the mind in terms of one
Or many casts away the light and enters the world.
Into a raging fire he walks with open eyes–
Who could be more deserving of compassion?

21
For the delights of kissing the deluded crave
Declaring it to be the ultimately real–
Like a man who leaves his house and standing at the door
Asks a woman for reports of sensual delights.

22
The stirring of biotic forces in the house of nothingness
Has given artificial rise to pleasures in so many ways.
Such yogis from affliction faint for they have fallen
From celestial space, inveigled into vice.

23
As a Brahman, who with rice and butter
Makes a burnt offering in blazing fire
Creating a vessel for nectar from celestial space,
Takes this through wishful thinking as the ultimate.

24
Some people who have kindled the inner heat and raised it to the fontanelle
Stroke the uvula with the tongue in a sort of coition and confuse
That which fetters with what gives release,
In pride will call themselves yogis.

25
As higher awareness they teach what they experience
Within. What fetters them they will call liberation.
A glass trinket colored green to them is a priceless emerald;
Deluded, they know not a gem from what they think it should be.

26
They take copper to be gold. Bound by discursive thought
They think these thoughts to be ultimate reality.
They long for the pleasures experienced in dreams. They call
The perishable body-mind eternal bliss supreme.

27
By the symbol EVAM they think self-clearness is achieved,
By the different situations that demand four seals
They call what they have fancied spontaneity,
But this is looking at reflections in a mirror.

28
As under delusion’s power a herd of deer will rush
For the water in a mirage which is not recognized,
So also the deluded quench not their thirst, are bound by chains
And find pleasure in them, saying that all is ultimately real.

29
Nonmemory is convention’s truth
And mind which has become no-mind is ultimate truth.
This is fulfillment, this the highest good.
Friends, of this highest good become aware.

30
In nonmemory is mind absorbed; just this
Is emotionality perfect and pure.
It is unpolluted by the good or bad of worldliness
Like a lotus unaffected by the mud from which it grows.

31
Yet with certainty must all things be viewed as if they were a magic spell.
If without distinction you can accept or reject Samsara
Or Nirvana, steadfast is your mind, free from the shroud of darkness.
In you will be self-being, beyond thought and self-originated.

32
This world of appearance has from its radiant beginning
Never come to be; unpatterned it has discarded patterning.
As such it is continuous and unique meditation;
It is nonmentation, stainless contemplation, and nonmind.

33
Mind, intellect, and the formed contents of that mind are It,
So too are the world and all that seems from It to differ,
All things that can be sensed and the perceiver,
Also dullness, aversion, desire, and enlightenment.

34
Like a lamp that shines in the darkness of spiritual
Unknowing, It removes obscurations of a mind
As far as the fragmentations of intellect obtain.
Who can imagine the self-being of desirelessness?

35
There’s nothing to be negated, nothing to be
Affirmed or grasped; for It can never be conceived.
By the fragmentations of the intellect are the deluded
Fettered; undivided and pure remains spontaneity.

36
If you question ultimacy with the postulates of the many and the one,
Oneness is not given, for by transcending knowledge are sentient beings freed.
The radiant is potency latent in the intellect, and this
Is shown to be meditation; unswerving mind is our true essence.

38
The buds of joy and pleasure
And the leaves of glory grow.
If nothing flows out anywhere
The bliss unspeakable will fruit.

39

What has been done and where and what in itself it will become
Is nothing; yet thereby it has been useful for this and that.
Whether passionate or not
The pattern is nothingness.

40

If I am like a pig that covets worldly mire
You must tell me what fault lies in a stainless mind.
By what does not affect one
How can one now be fettered?

English translation by Herbert V. Guenther.

 

 

 

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  1. Choongs on Jul 15, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Verse 5 – not true anymore as pole ice is melting.
    I love, love, Verse 11 – transformation. Take the salt out of your water! Older people always say I have eaten more salt than you, now you can reply: but I have learnt to take the salt out of the water. He he he.
    Verse 12 – sublime, sublime… :)
    Verse 14 – so samsara and nirvana and not two, they are one but in our mind?
    Verse 18 – we must realise that we all have the potential to shine.
    Verse 21 – A moment on the lips, a lifetime of illusion. For sweet desserts, a moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips!
    Verse 28 – Another actor star bit the dust, this time from the cast of “Glee”. They live a life full of unreality and this often takes over their mind.
    Verse 30 – too much adolation is given to the lotus flower. Without mud the lotus will not live, without the right building blocks, perfect understanding will not be achieved. Hey it rhymes!
    Verse 31 – You will need bridges to get to pure land but burn them if you want to get there. Bye-bye gurus :) bye! :) … bye :)
    Verse 32 – If the big bang theory is correct, all matter is past tense, only our mind is present tense and therefore relevant.
    Verse 33 – shaky ground or maybe I don’t understand.
    Verse 36 – I think I’m ready for meditation. Need to move beyond all this intellectual stuff. Got insight already I think, so can meditate without non-mentation.
    Verse 37 – missing.
    Verse 38 – When the universe is in your mind, nothing will flow out.
    Your own pure land ya.
    Verse 39 – similar to Verse 31, bye, bye gurus :)
    Verse 40 – Ooooh, ends with a question mark! Drama. Who done it? I read it to ask this question – is ignorance bliss? My attempt at an answer: ignorance is briefly bliss but if you don’t plan for the future you will end up like the pig or earthworm.

    Thank you dear Riponche.
    This song is another excellent/entertaining way of imparting wisdom and I have thoroughly enjoyed the learning process.
    “I don’t know how I do it, I just do it!”, John Leguizamo on Saturday Night Live.

    • Choongs on Aug 1, 2013 at 10:23 am

      Let’s Dance!

  2. Joy on Jul 15, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    I enjoyed reading every bit of this song. Very profound and deep in wisdom. Would be excellent if Rinpoche could give us a further commentary on each verse so we do not misinterpret it to suit our egos.

    The below are my favourite verses which I think talks about samsara’s delusions, tantra, our ignorant mind seeing duality when in fact when we practice correctly the tantras with correct view and motivation, everything we do, our body speech and mind becomes a method to bring Dharma to others or others in to Dharma… “Samsara and Nirvana are not two”! So a firm mind, a stable mind, will always think of others, selflessly put others before their own needs and so they use many creative methods to help others, changing sense-objects into nectar… reminds me of how Rinpoche uses non-conventional ways to teach us all the time!

    But if we notice… how even from the very beginning of this song… homage is paid to the Guru… for without the Guru… the knowledge and realisation will be quite slow, limited or none at all!
    “I bow down to noble Manjushri
    I bow down to Him who has conquered the finite.”

    11
    Like salt sea water that turns
    Sweet when drunk up by the clouds,
    So a firm mind that works for others turns
    The poison of sense-objects into nectar.

    13
    It is in the beginning, in the middle, and
    The end; yet end and beginning are nowhere else.
    All those with minds deluded by interpretative thoughts are in
    Two minds and so discuss nothingness and compassion as two things.

    14
    Bees know that in flowers
    Honey can be found.
    That Samsara and Nirvana are not two
    How will the deluded ever understand?

    15
    When the deluded in a mirror look
    They see a face, not a reflection.
    So the mind that has truth denied
    Relies on that which is not true.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this profound sharing!

  3. Sofi on Jul 19, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Wow, a really deep and profound poem/song that needs careful reading and deep thoughts. Beautiful though as it reveals the essence of our mind/being from the beginningless time. Samsara and nirvana, just a thing line apart, depending on our mindlessness or mindfulness. Will definitely need repeated readings. Hope Rinpoche will give a commentary on this poem to help us with the real meaning meant. As Choongs mentioned, Verse 37 is missing. Thank you and with folded hands Rinpoche, may you continue turning the wheel of dharma for deluded beings as us.

    • Sofi on Jul 25, 2013 at 6:14 pm

      Though spontaneity is all-encompassing and close,
      To the deluded it remains always far away.

      I have been thinking how spontaneity relates to this poem and this is what I think. When upon “full realizing” (as in really believing and living it) of impermanence, we will then be able to let go of our attachments, ie. ego, fear, comfort zone, etc. In doing so, we can then be spontaneous as we will not be held back by our attachments. Also in compassion for others, we too will act spontaneously to help others, ie. a mother’s love for her young will make help her young in trouble by spontaneous instincts or even a stranger who may jump to save a child from being hit by a car, etc. Spontaneity is within us but blocked by our delusions which forms our attachments, egos, etc. Nowadays, due to so many samsaric attachments, we are only able to habituate spontaneity thru daily practise/mindfulness.

      Back to more pondering.

  4. Julien Roth on Jul 25, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Such a nice and deep song. It brings out a strong message. Which many people could learn from. I wouldn’t know anything else to say about this song, but that it needs to be thought of very deeply for one to understand fully.

  5. Cliff on Jul 27, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    This song is wonderful in teaching the dharma and although I don’t really understand what this song is mostly conveying but singing it felt good haha.

  6. Wan Wai Meng on Aug 21, 2013 at 2:35 am

    Songs of realisations always point to the truth and the dharma. It is inspiring to read this.

  7. beatrix ooi on Aug 27, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    The song has been very thoughtfully and beautifully written, it shows that how much love and passion the original author has towards Saraha. It’s really nice, Mr Herbert must have had a tough time translating it, but every single word he uses in the song does gel with each other.
    Thank You for sharing Rinpoche.

  8. albert ventura on Jul 29, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    Hi Tsemtulku, can you give me a short explanation about the stanza :
    Though there may be many rivers, they are one in the sea,
    Though there may be many lies, one truth will conquer all.
    When one sun appears, the dark
    However deep will vanish.

    your reply is much appreciated.

    Thank you,

    Albert

  9. sandra on Mar 12, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    amazing

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    As the robes grow onto our skin, we tend to forget its presence.
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    (Monday, May 4. 2015 04:50 PM)
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    (Monday, May 4. 2015 04:21 PM)
    This is my protector in full trance of the Panlung oracle monk greeting me. The touching of foreheads is traditional greeting between lamas. Dorje Shugden has always been kind and affectionate towards me.

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    (Monday, May 4. 2015 04:20 PM)
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    Nepal is appealing to foreign governments for more helicopters. There are currently about 20 Nepalese army, private and Indian army helicopters involved in rescue operations. (Source: Home Affairs Ministry)
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    A total of 54 foreign nationals have been killed, including 38 Indians, three Americans, one Briton and one French citizen.

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    Dear James,

    May I ask you to provide the link you found this information on Samayavajra please?

    Thank you,
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    Dear krynauw,

    May I ask which video are you referring to and the link you found it?

    Thank you,
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    (Monday, May 4. 2015 03:43 PM)
    For tk –

    Dear tk,

    Thank you for your question. It is true that there is divine protection and there is no doubt about it. The question here though is not to doubt the divine protection, but to understand how all beings are governed by our individual and collective karma. No divine can stop our negative karma from ripening including the Buddha Himself.

    When Shakyamuni Buddha was alive, He has clairvoyance and knew that Prince Virudhaka was going to massacre the Shakya clan. He went to the Prince three times to talk him out of his cruel intention, but the Prince’s intention was always rekindled. On the fourth time, the Buddha knew that the Shakya clan cannot get away from this fate, but His disciple Maudgalyayana who had great spiritual powers insisted on using his powers and hid the Shakya clan into his alms bowl. Maudgalyayana was shocked to find that all in his bowl still died later. It was only then that he realised that we cannot avoid from the ripening of our bad karma.

    So when unfortunate things happened, even in holy place, it is not due to the ineffectiveness of the divine protection, but the ripening of the people’s bad karma in that place. His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche gave a wonderful teaching on karma which I feel will benefit you. Please watch/read it here http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/discovering-yourself-a-teaching-on-karma-mindstream.html.

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    Pastor Adeline
  • Alice Tay
    (Monday, May 4. 2015 02:56 PM)
    Dear Rinpoche,

    Recently,I found the young generation and also most of the parents only concern and enjoy what they are having now. They do not believe in reincarnation and karma. They just believe the things in front of them and nothing will happened afterwards. Sometimes, they will advise me not to think too much and just enjoy the moment. I feel sad when listen it.

    Anyway, I’m glad to see more pastors have been ordained in Kechara. Congratulations to all the Kechara Pastors. I humbly hope that they will become a good example and guidance for us to learn the dharma and involve in dharma work. The most important is continue to spread the dharma which will benefit to more people everywhere.

    Thank you.

    Your humbly,
    Alice Tay
  • tsemtulku
    (Monday, May 4. 2015 10:43 AM)
    I am happy that three more pastors have been ordained in Kechara yesterday on holy Wesak Day. The more pastors we have, the more we can share the dharma with those karmically ready. I offer my good wishes, prayers and thoughts to the new pastors from yesterday as well as our senior pastors. Thank you for your kindness in bringing benefit to others. Tsem Rinpoche

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I must thank my dharma blog team who are great assets to me, Kechara and growth of dharma in this wonderful region. I am honoured and thrilled to work with them. I really am. Maybe I don't say it enough to them, but I am saying it now. I APPRECIATE THESE GUYS VERY MUCH!

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The Unknown

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?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
So go pursue all the way with the unknown,
because all unknown with familiarity becomes the known.
~Tsem Rinpoche

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Super sacred Manjushri image
21 hours ago
Very special 8-armed, 4-legged and 3-faced Kalarupa. Stunning.
21 hours ago
This is a collage of the teachers I've taken teachings from or I respect very much. I have had this on my shrine for years. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 days ago
Our wonderful Kecharians with the oracle of Dorje Shugden, the great Panglung Kuten oracle monk of Sera Monastery. He takes full trance of Setrap, Dorje Shugden, Kache Marpo, etc. He was fully authorized by His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 days ago
A woman comforts her dying cow who is trapped under the cow shed. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 days ago
Dear friends, Here is something I just wrote that is very personal I wanted to share with you. I am sure it will benefit you-see here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=65842
4 days ago
This is something I found on the net.
5 days ago
Live life among the ruins of samsara, Rebuilding what is empty and impermanent. By the grace of Manjushri, From nothing, something solid can arise. ~Tsem Rinpoche
7 days ago
Dear kind friends around the world, I beg you to please help here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=65570
1 week ago
This is very heartwarming.
1 week ago
This is the truth!
1 week ago
This is so sad
1 week ago
I have just finished my post with my team on Wealth Gyenze- a method to increase wealth both inner and outer- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=59965
2 weeks ago
This is so important to remember. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
When you have loved, given care, resources, material needs, support, emotional bonding and your sincerity to someone, but they don't have the merits to see it, let them be. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
My beautiful Kache Marpo statue
2 weeks ago
My small room in Gaden
2 weeks ago
These are my thoughts here....
2 weeks ago
Be balanced.
2 weeks ago
Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche visited me in my house in Gaden Monastery in this picture. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Gaden Shartse Monastery 1975.
2 weeks ago
Graceful & elegant White Manjushri.
2 weeks ago
Very unusual form of Lord Manjushri. Fascinating and holy.
2 weeks ago
Beautiful statue of Yamantaka who is a practice highly recommended by Je Tsongkapa.
2 weeks ago
My grandmother Dechen Minh, she is from the ruling family of Xianjiang
2 weeks ago
left to right: My cousin Judy, My mother (red), my cousin Toktun
2 weeks ago
Left to right: My mother, family friend and my grandmother
2 weeks ago
My mother Dewa Nimbo.
2 weeks ago
My grandmother Dechen Minh with my mother Dewa Nimbo.
2 weeks ago
Beautiful  5 meter rock carving in Dzongsar Monastery in China. 
2 weeks ago
Such a beautiful picture of a fully enlightened teacher. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
When statues are consecrated, the actual Buddhas are invited to reside within these holy objects. This sacred statue of Vajra Yogini in Tibet has spoken to sincere practitioners on several occasions. Tsem Rinpoche (More to read on Vajra Yogini here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/vajra-yogini)
2 weeks ago
This person in the picture with me is a very humble, kind and knowledgable senior monk. I have the great merits to be considered his friend. He has been very kind to me on many occasions. I have the deepest respects for him and he has been serving others for nearly 40 years as the personal authorized oracle of Dorje Shugden, Kache Marpo, Setrap, Shidak Gyenze. He was trained up as a monk oracle by His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Domo Geshe Rinpoche. He is fully qualified and benefits many with his oracular abilities. You can see him here in full trance in the monastery with hundreds of monks and people: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Xbghs-mdNc I thank Dorje Shugden for appearing in oracles to speak to us and I thank this oracle monk for his services. The authentic and beneficial oracle tradition of Tibet is 1,000 year old. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Wonderful people with me. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
I will never give up Dorje Shugden just because you taunt and ban me. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
This really happened.
3 weeks ago
Hate is not good.
3 weeks ago
This is good!!! Share it please!
3 weeks ago
I've always not felt comfortable reading on computer screen for over a decade now. When I do, I feel I am slower. I thought it's just me, studies show it's most people. I am always faster and more efficient and catch more things when items are printed out for me. I enjoy books much more than reading online. I dread reading on the phone. I am super slow.Nice little trivia that affirms my habit.
3 weeks ago
Take a look at the face carefully. Always be kind to animals. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
So many beautiful items to support our spiritual practice. Go to http://www.vajrasecrets.com immediately.
3 weeks ago
Dear friends, I have just completed the following blog posts: 1. Who is Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=60008 2. Dorje Shugden Retreat: A powerful practice to fulfill wishes: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=62422 3. Ganden Sumtseling Monastery the beautiful: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=61321 4. Why Hide and Attack A Monk? http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=63287 5. YAKs at the Taman Megah Orphanage! http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=62929 6. They Want to Kill Me : http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=63769 Do enjoy most of the articles, information and beautiful pictures. Some are surprising to say the least. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
Dear friends, I have just completed the following blog posts: 1. Who is Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=60008 2. Dorje Shugden Retreat: A powerful practice to fulfill wishes: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=62422 3. Ganden Sumtseling Monastery the beautiful: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=61321 4. Why Hide and Attack A Monk? http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=63287 5. YAKs at the Taman Megah Orphanage! http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=62929 Do enjoy most of the articles, information and beautiful pictures. Some are surprising to say the least. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
How fortunate to meet these holy and erudite beings. To be in the presence of His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche is result of merits. To be student of erudite Geshe Kelsang is fortunate. Respects to them. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
A holy statue of Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen lak. I miss him so much. I lived with him and served him for 8 years. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
Very nice message. Thanks. 
4 weeks ago
These 8 monks are very special. There is a lot more than meets the eye. You will be able to learn some interesting knowledge. Have free download too! See what I mean: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=63299
1 month ago
There is a very interesting story behind this card. You have to find out here!! :) Enjoy: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=57485
1 month ago
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    Another Dharma Talk by Tenzin Palmo
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    Tenzin Palmo talk - Part 2
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    Tenzin Palmo talk - Part 1
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    Tenzin Palmo talk - Part 3
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  • Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche & Kyabje Ling Rinpoche doing Lama Chöpa in Bodhgaya in the 60s
    Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche & Kyabje Ling Rinpoche doing Lama Chöpa in Bodhgaya in the 60s
    In the 1960s, H.H. Yongzin Kyabje Ling Rinpoche would always organize Lama Chöpa (Guru puja-composed by Panchen Rinpoche) with 1000 offerings in Bodhgaya and would often be joined in by H.H. Yongzin Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, and sometimes the 16th Karmapa would even join in. Wonderful. Watch this blessed and old footage of the two Yongzins doing Lama Chöpa in Bodhgaya. Yongzin is the special title to those who were the root and close teachers of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. There were two official Yongzins. Trijang Rinpoche and Ling Rinpoche were the Yongzins of the current Dalai Lama for over 40 years living nearby to Dalai Lama and passing him all the teachings necessary. They were extremely kind and giving all necessary teachings, empowerments and oral transmissions that Dalai Lama is disseminating to the world today to millions. Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
    3 months ago
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    Socialite becomes a volunteer in Malaysian soup kitchen
    In the Malaysian capital, Ruby Khong devotes her lunch hours delivering food to the needy, even when the tropical heat and humidity make it hard to breathe. "It was always about myself, what I wanted and that continued on for a while until 1994," she says. That year, she was on a quest for spiritual guidance in India and met a Buddhist monk named Tsem Rinpoche. Read more here: http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29986205
    6 months ago
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    Mumu always prepares his bed this way before sleeping. Cute.
    6 months ago
  • Watch what Jason Clare said in parliament
    Watch what Jason Clare said in parliament
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    6 months ago
  • Super cute attack. Have to watch!!
    Super cute attack. Have to watch!!
    7 months ago
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    They pump 'things' into poultry to make it look plump and bigger to attract you to buy. Then you eat whatever they've pumped and think how it builds up in your body? Is your taste buds worth it to risk your health? Tsem Rinpoche
    7 months ago
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    Look at this 2 minute video, while Hong Kong is having massive protests,right over the skyline of a city a UFO is spotted observing.. Incredible footage. UFO's are historically said to always gather where there is massive conflicts or congregations of people for hundreds of years.
    7 months ago
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    See this video and do share with friends. See what happens at 1:10........Om Mani Peme Hung Watch it for the sake of the beings within in enduring what they have to endure. Don't think about how you feel because you are not there, but how they feel. Tsem Rinpoche
    7 months ago
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    I just purchased an empty locket from an art store for around $10 and had a nice picture of His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche inserted in the front and His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche inserted on the others side at home. Attached a str...ing and it's good to wear for blessings. Look how beautiful. I am the type, I devote myself to my practice but I remember it is the sole kindness of the guru's teachings. Without the guru there is no dharma at all as I cannot speak to Buddha directly. Tsem Rinpoche
    7 months ago
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    I was gifted this wonderful blingy shiny new pen by a spiritual friend. I didn't know Swarovski pens write so smoothly. I am going to enjoy writing with this. Thank you Jessica Pimentel. Tsem Rinpoche
    7 months ago
  • Is this the Loch Ness monster?
    Is this the Loch Ness monster?
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    8 months ago
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    In Kechara Forest Retreat we have a large aviary with many rescued birds and tortoises. We just built a nice pool for them to cool down in. Tsem Rinpoche
    8 months ago
  • Rescuing dog in LA river
    Rescuing dog in LA river
    8 months ago
  • This is a very inspiring video by Jim Carrey you must see
    This is a very inspiring video by Jim Carrey you must see
    8 months ago
  • Dalai Lama watching TV
    Dalai Lama watching TV
    9 months ago
  • Dog with a heart of Gold
    Dog with a heart of Gold
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    9 months ago
  • 14th Dalai Lama with Mrs.Indira Gandhi , Delhi INDIA 1966
    14th Dalai Lama with Mrs.Indira Gandhi , Delhi INDIA 1966
    11 months ago
  • The Girl Who Couldn't Cry - Water is Life
    The Girl Who Couldn't Cry - Water is Life
    It's really hard to educate a generation of people born in conditions where they take things for granted. A simple slogan campaign that says, "Save water, It's precious" isn't sticky enough to make inroads. That's exactly where this video steps in: to make people realize how precious water actually is. A brilliant video that follows the heartbreaking story of a young girl that cannot cry. Sounds like fiction? Sadly, it is not.
    12 months ago
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    Dear everyone, All sentient beings deserve to live, be happy and not hurt, including animals. We should never hurt them or eat them. Look how much this chicken welcomes a hug and love. Observe carefully. Don't eat beings who can feel pain because the karma comes back. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
  • The appreciation shown here is so deep and touching.
    The appreciation shown here is so deep and touching.
    Dear friends, See this incredible video. This chimp was found in captivity for many years. Dr Jane Goodall released him into the wild. Look how he comes back to thank her with deep apprecition. It's amazing. Animals have such strong feelings of pain and happiness just like us. We should never hurt them and share with others to not hurt them. Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
    1 years ago
  • Aki drinking some water in the aviary
    Aki drinking some water in the aviary
    Aki is a rescued bird, he now lives in Kechara Forest Retreat Aviary
    1 years ago
  • Jamyang enjoying some fresh corn
    Jamyang enjoying some fresh corn
    Jamyang is one of our rescue birds that live in Kechara Forest Retreat Aviary
    1 years ago
  • The Cute Mumus Practising Dog Orchestra at Kechara Forest Retreat
    The Cute Mumus Practising Dog Orchestra at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Today the Mumus (dogs) decided to do a dog orchestra rehearsal together with the Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR) dogs.
    1 years ago
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    Gongkar is our new bird for Kechara Forest Retreat's aviary. Gongkar never had friends and the original owner could not bring him to his destination. Now he is with us and assimilating in his cage within the aviary for a few weeks then released into aviary. Look at how much he wants attention from the other birds. Cute. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago

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Tonight's White Tara puja at Kechara House gompa was led by Wylfred Ng and assisted by Hee Thye Sang. White Tara puja is dedicated to the long life and good health of our beloved and precious Guru, H.E.Tsem Rinpoche . Like Tsongkapa, Rinpoche with great compassion looked after us with such love and patience for so long. Please live long Rinpoche and continue your immeasurable enlightened activities for the benefit of all sentient beings. Lucy Yap
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Food recipients enjoying their dinner in comfort at Kechara Soup Kitchen Penang. Pastor Patsy
5 hours ago
Happy faces of volunteers and members of Lions Club of George Town Mutiara before food distribution. Pastor Patsy @ KSK Penang
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Busy day at KSK Penang with members from Lions Club of GeorgeTown Mutiara helping out at the kitchen. Pastor Patsy
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During Puja House outcall today, Pastor Yek Yee did a blessing for a Restaurant that is going to launch soon. By Puja House 5 May'15 #good #tsemtulku #food #restaurant #dine
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Medicine Buddha Puja , another Popular demand prayer in Puja House. By Puja House 5 May'15
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Urgent Dorje Shugden Puja did today in Puja House. Photo courtesy of Frederick Law. By Puja House 5 May '15
5 hours ago
Puja House's team gathered to discuss on H.E Tsem Rinpoche's blog post. This is another modern way to improved ourselves by learning Dharma online. By Puja House. 5 May15.
6 hours ago
With the kindness of H.E Tsem Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, Kechara Puja House team are able to do prayer for people who are in need. Especially, the most highly demand Dorje Shugden Puja. By Puja House 5 May'15 #tsemtulku #puja #love #care #Shugden #buddhist #flower #Deco #photos
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Pastor Yek Yee did office blessing. By Puja House 5 May '15. #bless #office #factory #tsemtulku
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Kechara Puja House team doing construction site blessing. By Puja House 5 May 2015
6 hours ago
A group photo of students from Taylor's College before heading out to deliver the food bank provisions (which they also help contributed) to our registered recipients. Justin@KSK
8 hours ago
Our clients were treated with hotel food this afternoon courtesy of Aloft Kuala Lumpur. 200 sets were distributed today! Justin@KSK
8 hours ago
This morning Kechara did marriage register for a couple. By Puja House. 5 May'15
12 hours ago
Kechara's Pastor Chia conducted the marriage ceremony for happy couple, Mr. Chang Hing Wai and his lovely bride Miss Tan Jui Ann at Kechara House gompa this morning. Congratulations and best wishes for your future together. http:www.kechara.com/.../kecharas-marriage-registration-se.../ Lucy Yap
15 hours ago
Puja team tidy up after Puja. By Puja House 5 May'14
17 hours ago
Beautiful offering and altar set up at sponsor place. By Puja House 5 May'15
17 hours ago
Puja Team ready to do Dorje Shugden Puja for a sponsor for their hotel opening. By Puja House 5 May"15
17 hours ago
Puja Team getting ready for outcall. By Puja House 5 May '15.
23 hours ago
Fwd: Dorje Shugden Puja is the most popular Puja in Puja House. Sponsors not only requested for obstacles to be removed but also their wishes to be fulfilled. By Puja House. 4 May'15. #Shugden #tsemtulku #Puja #wishes
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Dorje Shugden Puja is the most popular Puja in Puja House. Sponsors not only requested for obstacles to be removed but also their wishes to be fulfilled. By Puja House. 4 May'15. #Shugden #tsemtulku #Puja #wishes
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Puja team prepared for tonite Lamrim recitation. By Puja House. 4 May 2015
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Today Puja House did 2 big pujas sponsored by groups of peoples for Nepalese earthquake. By Puja House . 4 May'15. #Puja #earthquake #nepal
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Puja outcall room items is well tidy up by Kent Kok. By Puja House. 4 May'15. #tsemtulku #outcall #tidy #room
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Puja House did a big Dorje Shugden Puja today for Nepalese earthquake victims. By Puja House 4 May '15. #Puja #victims #prayer #Nepal #tsemtulku
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