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

    amazing

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  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. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

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    Thursday, Aug 25. 2016 06:54 AM
    I have watched the movies about Hachiko in both Japanese and English many times, yet I am still very much touched by it. The story taught us loyalty, love, never let go of those who has been good to us no matter what. It shows our potentials and good qualities which we can develop for the better.

    We need more inspiring stories like this to uplift our spirits that allow us to become calm and kind. This is very important if we want peace in the world.

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    Thursday, Aug 25. 2016 06:03 AM
    While people look up to monks who went into solitary retreat in the deep forest or high mountains, there are equally admirable monks who had to go against all odds in order to bring dharma to many. The later cannot avoid the dealing with politics and complicated human relations, yet they manage to succeed in their endeavours.

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    Thursday, Aug 25. 2016 06:02 AM
    China was once a Buddhist country that gives rise to erudite masters and eminent monks who taught and preached the dharma well. As a result, the emperors also took on Buddhism and preserve the dharma by supporting the monastic educations and system. Realizing that the Buddhadharma was taught by Buddha Shakyamuni and the significance of the Buddha’s relics, historically, many emperors of China started to invite the Buddha’s and His disciples’ relics, while others maintained them. Without their efforts, we wouldn’t be able to bless by any of them today!

    As we are in the kaliyuga where dharma is less appreciated by many, those who come across dharma or practice it are mostly superficial and minimum. By going to pilgrimage sites with the Buddha’s relics, we received the powerful blessings and purification for dharma to take effects in our mindstream.

    While visiting the holy sites is beneficial, the best pilgrimage is the home of our spiritual guide where the living Buddha resides. When we are around our spiritual guide, we receive teachings directly that expedite our purification and transformation process. We should make use of such rare opportunities to learn and improve. Personally, I prefer to venerate my teacher when He is alive than to venerate His relics after He passed.

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    Wednesday, Aug 24. 2016 10:21 PM
    It is an exhilarating read about King Ashoka. The Kalinga War is quite widely known, and from here in this article, we are brought to face with the brutality of King Ashoka before he became a true devotee of Buddhism. The virtuous deeds through King Ashoka’s proliferation of Buddha Dharma actually stayed longer and deeper in the heart of many compared to his callous history. Two thousand over years after his passing, many Buddhism artifacts like the Pillars of Ashoka and Lion Capital of Ashoka are still being revered as the symbol of an integral and inseparable part of history of India. Thank you P. Prashant for this interesting article.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Aug 24. 2016 02:16 PM
    Amazing and very beautiful indeed these Holy Buddhist Pilgrimage Sites.Very informative article shared …useful for those going for pilgrimage.From what i see from those pictures its really amazing…but i have not been to any of these yet. Will one day visit one of those beautiful Holy Buddhist Pilgrimage Sites.
    Thank you for sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/8-holy-buddhist-pilgrimage-sites-part-2.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Aug 24. 2016 01:29 PM
    Wow…beautiful and informative article on these Holy Buddhist Pilgrimage Sites .Its great to know all about these places …a must visit for all Buddhist As these places where highly realised beings were born,engaged in extensive retreats, attained enlightenment to mention a few.May more people able to visit all the holy places , be blessed and benefited. I have not been to any of these yet ,hoping in the near future.
    Thank You RInpoche and Novka Kuaranita for sharing this wonderful post.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/8-holy-buddhist-pilgrimage-sites-part-1.html
  • sonny tan
    Wednesday, Aug 24. 2016 12:21 PM
    sonny tan on Aug 24, 2016 at 12:21 pm
    Thank you Stella for this article on relics, it is well known to all Buddhist that relics are found during cremation of very high masters, enlightened beings, Rinpoche and high lamas.
    When I was with my previous religious order they held a relic ceremony where close to five thousand attended. I cannot remember which religious person’s relic it was but it was said to be very old and very precious. The relic was encased in a stupa and it was up on the stage beyond the reach of the attendees.
    During the ceremony the head abbot recited some prayers and the necessary Buddhist salutation and after a while the relics began to dance up and down in the stupa. The whole dancing was captured in live telecast in the auditorium, it lasted a few seconds, it is really stupendous and defies human logic how this lifeless thing dances.
    I have also seen many displays of Buddhist relics of the famous masters where some of the cremated parts of the bone have turned into white shinning crystal like substances.
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Wednesday, Aug 24. 2016 10:19 AM
    Praise to Avalokitesvara, the supreme Lord of Compassion.

    A true teacher will be kind to all levels of people and will not see the differences between them except how to be kind and benefit them. He looks upon them to relieve their sufferings to some degree. A true follower of this teacher will do the same in order to follow the teacher’s footsteps. Therefore a disciple who wishes to please a TRUE teacher will be humble, take care of the teacher’s circle of students and people and treat everyone well. When we treat the teacher’s people well, we treat the teacher well. When we are kind to everyone, WE PLEASE THE TRUE TEACHER TREMENDOUSLY because a true teacher only wants the best for us and the best is to have a kind and generous and unbiased mind. When we are kind, we benefit ourselves and others so much. To be humble is to gain and earn everyone’s respect and open the Vajra Yogini (Buddhahood) nature within us. To be biased is to keep the Vajra Yogini nature locked away. Our goal as a spiritualist is to open the Vajra Yogini nature inherit in all of us. Sarva Mangalam. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Wednesday, Aug 24. 2016 05:47 AM
    The amount of suffering, fear and pain they have to experience should be experienced by no one whether animal or human. It is heartbreaking to continuously see the sufferings animals endure for our ‘pleasures’. I do feel helpless, but helpless or not, we must create more awareness tirelessly. With awareness, their suffering can eventually be reduced. The ones who are slaughtered, it’s too late. We can only shed tears but we have to still be concerned about future slaughter of animals and try to prevent. Helping and being kind to animals is not spiritual, strange or unnatural, but pure empathy of understanding their pain in that no sentient beings would want to suffer. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Aug 23. 2016 06:09 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for the explanation on Naga realms; i.e. who they are, in what form they exist, how do we co-exist with them in the same space, and the remedy should we, due to our carelessness, have caused harm or pain on them and now suffering the consequences. Naga dwells in areas where there is abundance of water, they are protective towards the flora and fauna that enrich their surroundings, and they are very particular about cleanliness and vegetarianism. Now that we understand the habit of Naga, and since we share the same dwelling with them, it is only polite to extend the respect and mindfulness that they deserve as another sentient being. Thank you Rinpoche for this teaching.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/apology-to-the-naga-realm.html#top1
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    Tuesday, Aug 23. 2016 01:11 PM
    sonny tan on Aug 23, 2016 at 1:10 pm
    It is indeed sad that religious tolerance is believed to be at its lowest level worldwide. A small incidence can spark violence and sometimes resulting in death. I find it very hard to understand why some religious denomination uses emotive actions rather than an analytical approach in solving matters. This has been their ways all along perhaps it is time their religious leaders relook in their approach to have a more open frame of mind when their religion is being attack and not resorting in unnecessary violence.
    Perhaps somewhere along the teachings by their leaders who could have been instigated by the fanatical fundamentalist inculcated different ideology into them believing that by going to war, destroying places of worship would earn them high reward in the afterlife?
    I pray and hope that their higher religious authorities would seriously take an in-depth look on the pain they have inflicted on innocent people, destroying of historical sites, temples as these acts would only breed hatred and bring disdain among their people.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 23. 2016 01:02 PM
    After reading the article, feel sad for those people due the unrest there they suffered.Racial tension in the USA have been going on since a long time.It doesn’t stopped from one incident to another.Increase in recent mass shootings in public places had cause travel alerts for countries like USA ,UAE and Bahamas to mention a few.The authority should ensuring the safety and security of their people to enjoy the true freedom regardless of race, colour and so forth.Same goes to religion,we must be able to be given religion freedom.With the Dorje Shugden ban for example…it had cause many sufferings in certain countries.Do hope the ban will be lifted soon.
    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing .
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/racial-tensions-cause-travel-alerts-for-the-united-states.html
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    Out of Rinpoche’s great compassion, a compilation of >>Essential Buddhist Prayers<< are made available for FREE to HELP you. They are from the very basic preliminary prayers to those that are focused specifically to solve a problem or to bring out a potential quality in you.

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    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=21036 AND if you are not sure and you have a question, you can ASK a PASTOR here http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/ask-the-pastors They are ever ready to assist you in any way possible!
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    Tuesday, Aug 23. 2016 07:56 AM
    For all dharma practitioners around the world/those who just want sacred images in their environment,

    Did you know you can download and print high-resolution images of Enlightened Beings ABSOLUTELY FREE here? >> Buddha Images (Free Download) << http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html

    H.E. Tsem Rinpoche has kindly made these beautiful selected high-res quality sacred images available for everyone to print for your altar/shrine. Enjoy, be blessed and share this with others.

    Do let Rinpoche know at the comments sections which images you downloaded as Rinpoche would feel very happy to know that it has benefited someone. 🙂

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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.
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(Tsem Rinpoche\'s doggy) hehehe...Mumu\'s face is always so cute..Mumu is very human-like, when you look into his eyes, it seems like you\'re looking into a human\'s eyes. Mumu has a very different energy than other dogs. He is really like a human.-Karen Chong
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(Tsem Rinpoche's doggy) hehehe...Mumu's face is always so cute..Mumu is very human-like, when you look into his eyes, it seems like you're looking into a human's eyes. Mumu has a very different energy than other dogs. He is really like a human.-Karen Chong
The amount of suffering, fear and pain they have to experience should be experienced by no one whether animal or human. It is heartbreaking to continuously see the sufferings animals endure for our \'pleasures\'. I do feel helpless, but helpless or not, we must create more awareness tirelessly. With awareness, their suffering can eventually be reduced. The ones who are slaughtered, it\'s too late. We can only shed tears but we have to still be concerned about future slaughter of animals and try to prevent. Helping and being kind to animals is not spiritual, strange or unnatural, but pure empathy of understanding their pain in that no sentient beings would want to suffer. Tsem Rinpoche
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The amount of suffering, fear and pain they have to experience should be experienced by no one whether animal or human. It is heartbreaking to continuously see the sufferings animals endure for our 'pleasures'. I do feel helpless, but helpless or not, we must create more awareness tirelessly. With awareness, their suffering can eventually be reduced. The ones who are slaughtered, it's too late. We can only shed tears but we have to still be concerned about future slaughter of animals and try to prevent. Helping and being kind to animals is not spiritual, strange or unnatural, but pure empathy of understanding their pain in that no sentient beings would want to suffer. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear Rinpoche,  I\'ve made some porridge for Rinpoche to have later when Rinpoche is hungry.  Thank you,  Beatrix (Sometime a pot of porridge tells you so much about another person and you just know why you appreciate them so much. Beatrix is such a caring and kind young person. It\'s a pleasure to work with her and have her around. Tsem Rinpoche)
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Dear Rinpoche, I've made some porridge for Rinpoche to have later when Rinpoche is hungry. Thank you, Beatrix (Sometime a pot of porridge tells you so much about another person and you just know why you appreciate them so much. Beatrix is such a caring and kind young person. It's a pleasure to work with her and have her around. Tsem Rinpoche)
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Sent from Samsung tablet.
Keep it up!
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Keep it up!
Karen does a nice sharing
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Karen does a nice sharing
Something nice from Wan San
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Something nice from Wan San
The holy statue of Vajra Yogini at Sanku, Nepal
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The holy statue of Vajra Yogini at Sanku, Nepal
“We need, in a special way, to work twice as hard to help people understand that the animals are fellow creatures, that we must protect them and love them as we love ourselves.” 
― César Chávez
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“We need, in a special way, to work twice as hard to help people understand that the animals are fellow creatures, that we must protect them and love them as we love ourselves.” ― César Chávez
Beautiful monastery in Eastern Tibet.
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Beautiful monastery in Eastern Tibet.
An alpine lake at more than 4000 meters in elevation in eastern Tibet
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An alpine lake at more than 4000 meters in elevation in eastern Tibet
This is Mount Kailash in Tibet where Vajra Yogini resides. Many Tibetans will go and pay homage to this mountain and do prayers at the base.
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This is Mount Kailash in Tibet where Vajra Yogini resides. Many Tibetans will go and pay homage to this mountain and do prayers at the base.
 The three most important statues of Buddha Shakyamuni, the Founder of Buddhism. The 1st photo is the Buddha aged 8, the 2nd photo is the Buddha aged 12 and the 3rd photo is the Buddha age 35. These three statues of Buddha Shakyamuni are believed to have been created 2,500 years ago and have the blessings of Buddha Shakyamuni. Two of the statues are in Tibet and one is in India. The statue of Buddha aged 8 is in the Ramoche Temple, the statue of Buddha aged 12 is in the Jhokang Temple and statue of Buddha aged 35 is in India at Bodhgaya.
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The three most important statues of Buddha Shakyamuni, the Founder of Buddhism. The 1st photo is the Buddha aged 8, the 2nd photo is the Buddha aged 12 and the 3rd photo is the Buddha age 35. These three statues of Buddha Shakyamuni are believed to have been created 2,500 years ago and have the blessings of Buddha Shakyamuni. Two of the statues are in Tibet and one is in India. The statue of Buddha aged 8 is in the Ramoche Temple, the statue of Buddha aged 12 is in the Jhokang Temple and statue of Buddha aged 35 is in India at Bodhgaya.
This gorgeous area is in Kongpo Tibet. Notice the village nestled among the purple trees. Such a beautiful place to live with a blue lake and clear mountains.
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This gorgeous area is in Kongpo Tibet. Notice the village nestled among the purple trees. Such a beautiful place to live with a blue lake and clear mountains.
Beautiful Gaden monastery built by Lord Tsongkapa over 600 years ago has produced countless powerful mahasiddhas, teachers, practitioners and masters in Tibet.
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Beautiful Gaden monastery built by Lord Tsongkapa over 600 years ago has produced countless powerful mahasiddhas, teachers, practitioners and masters in Tibet.
This stairway nestled among green hills is Sanku Vajra Yogini temple in Kathmandu, Nepal. It is one of the five sacred shrines and temples dedicated to Her. In this temple a lady who was an emanation of Vajra Yogini showed many miracles and when she passed they made a likeness of her body and enshrined it here. So we can worship Vajra Yogini in the form of this lady at this sacred temple in Sanku. I visited here with many of my dharma friends years ago to pay homage to this sacred Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
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This stairway nestled among green hills is Sanku Vajra Yogini temple in Kathmandu, Nepal. It is one of the five sacred shrines and temples dedicated to Her. In this temple a lady who was an emanation of Vajra Yogini showed many miracles and when she passed they made a likeness of her body and enshrined it here. So we can worship Vajra Yogini in the form of this lady at this sacred temple in Sanku. I visited here with many of my dharma friends years ago to pay homage to this sacred Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
They are digging up so much more ancient and beautiful Buddhist arts, statues/artifacts in Afghanistan. They have been buried for hundreds of years...Look at this recent find of a BEAUTIFUL Buddha head dug up in Hadda Afghanistan. Afghanistan of course was Buddhist in ancient times.
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They are digging up so much more ancient and beautiful Buddhist arts, statues/artifacts in Afghanistan. They have been buried for hundreds of years...Look at this recent find of a BEAUTIFUL Buddha head dug up in Hadda Afghanistan. Afghanistan of course was Buddhist in ancient times.
Dharma and sangha friends from the Monastery
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Dharma and sangha friends from the Monastery
Absolutely beautiful lake. I like the clearness of the water and vegetation very much
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Absolutely beautiful lake. I like the clearness of the water and vegetation very much
Something I just thought of....
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Something I just thought of....
Such a beautiful scene of a Japanese man made lake. Wish to do something like this so much.
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Such a beautiful scene of a Japanese man made lake. Wish to do something like this so much.
Did you know this about Vincent van Gogh?
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Did you know this about Vincent van Gogh?
AN ALTERNATIVE FARM FAMILY PORTRAIT SHOWS A HIGHER LOVE...this chicken mamma has adopted a puppy...and her biological child wonders why her new sibling looks so strange...and wants to get some love and some warmth, too...but this mother is not a speciesist...she loves all children of all species, equally...and this puppy is so big, he is getting all the warmth...wait your turn, chickie, she has lots to spare...LOVE MULTIPLIES AS YOU GIVE IT OUT, LOVE ALL BEINGS....Animal Freedom Fighter--Chickens have this type of capacity to care and love. They are sensitive beings...We should never harm or eat them.
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AN ALTERNATIVE FARM FAMILY PORTRAIT SHOWS A HIGHER LOVE...this chicken mamma has adopted a puppy...and her biological child wonders why her new sibling looks so strange...and wants to get some love and some warmth, too...but this mother is not a speciesist...she loves all children of all species, equally...and this puppy is so big, he is getting all the warmth...wait your turn, chickie, she has lots to spare...LOVE MULTIPLIES AS YOU GIVE IT OUT, LOVE ALL BEINGS....Animal Freedom Fighter--Chickens have this type of capacity to care and love. They are sensitive beings...We should never harm or eat them.
In Thailand, they also make large images of their holy gurus and or well known holy monks for people to honor, worship and make offerings to. We do the same in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.
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In Thailand, they also make large images of their holy gurus and or well known holy monks for people to honor, worship and make offerings to. We do the same in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.
This picture says it all. I wonder always why constructed items these days wear out so fast.
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This picture says it all. I wonder always why constructed items these days wear out so fast.
This is a beautiful portrait
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This is a beautiful portrait
Sacred art work on Vajra Yogini
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Sacred art work on Vajra Yogini
Never forget to do our Vajra Yogini practice. We can lose our money, we can lose our friends, we can lose our position, we can lose our family, we can lose our wife, we can lose our husband and we can lose our materialistic possession because in the end we will lose all outer objects anyway, but NEVER lose our Vajra Yogini practice. Everything lost is meant to be lost because we are in samsara and whatever we enjoy in samsara will not last and will be lost. It is their nature. Never waste time, energy and keep procrastinating, but do our Vajra Yogini practice intensely and strongly and be firm. Samsara never grants permanence and happiness, but Vajra Yogini\'s practice will hand the universe and all the joys within it to you.-Tsem Rinpoche
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Never forget to do our Vajra Yogini practice. We can lose our money, we can lose our friends, we can lose our position, we can lose our family, we can lose our wife, we can lose our husband and we can lose our materialistic possession because in the end we will lose all outer objects anyway, but NEVER lose our Vajra Yogini practice. Everything lost is meant to be lost because we are in samsara and whatever we enjoy in samsara will not last and will be lost. It is their nature. Never waste time, energy and keep procrastinating, but do our Vajra Yogini practice intensely and strongly and be firm. Samsara never grants permanence and happiness, but Vajra Yogini's practice will hand the universe and all the joys within it to you.-Tsem Rinpoche

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LADRANG LIGHT OFFERING FUND A rare and precious opportunity for candles to be offered on your behalf at the private residence of His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche. The offering of light to the Three Jewels has great benefits for one's mind including gaining clarity and intelligence, the acceleration of realisations, and greater understanding and wisdom. This exclusive light offering is also ideal for those who do not have a personal altar or are unable to make light offerings themselves. http://www.vajrasecrets.com/ladrang-light-offering-fund
Nice friends who help each other in Dharma works.
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Nice friends who help each other in Dharma works.
Venerable Geshe Puntsok speaks so well in both Tibetan and English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idQF6_6BD6s and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZ-jCJQWMMs&t=0s
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Venerable Geshe Puntsok speaks so well in both Tibetan and English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idQF6_6BD6s and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZ-jCJQWMMs&t=0s
Beautiful image of Avalokitesvara who has spoken before. Housed in Ladakh
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Beautiful image of Avalokitesvara who has spoken before. Housed in Ladakh
Our Panglung Kuten taking trance of Dorje Shugden in Tibet where he is greatly sought after
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Our Panglung Kuten taking trance of Dorje Shugden in Tibet where he is greatly sought after
Beautiful painting of Atisha
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Beautiful painting of Atisha
Beautiful Tara has arrived in Kechara Forest Retreat. See many more pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=105289
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Beautiful Tara has arrived in Kechara Forest Retreat. See many more pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=105289
Gorgeous Buddha carved into the mountain in China
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Gorgeous Buddha carved into the mountain in China
Beautiful Dorje Shugden Gyenze statue by Kechara available at vajrasecrets.com
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Beautiful Dorje Shugden Gyenze statue by Kechara available at vajrasecrets.com
I like this Buddha image very much
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I like this Buddha image very much
Beautiful Buddha in the Bodhgaya enlightenment stupa
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Beautiful Buddha in the Bodhgaya enlightenment stupa
Pastor Lanse, contact her if you have questions..she is kind and helpful.
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Pastor Lanse, contact her if you have questions..she is kind and helpful.
Interesting
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Interesting
Buddha sat under this tree when he gained enlightenment
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Buddha sat under this tree when he gained enlightenment
Buddha Goddess Dukkar. Beautiful image.
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Buddha Goddess Dukkar. Beautiful image.
Such a nice retreat house for extended meditations and prayers.. ..incredible. With trees, sunshine, pond, lotus leaves and purple flowers. I love this whole setting. Even creepers growing on the roof of the house. How perfect this place is for me.
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Such a nice retreat house for extended meditations and prayers.. ..incredible. With trees, sunshine, pond, lotus leaves and purple flowers. I love this whole setting. Even creepers growing on the roof of the house. How perfect this place is for me.
Tsem Rinpoche brings home Dharma and this was his first day home.
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Tsem Rinpoche brings home Dharma and this was his first day home.
White Tara mantra in Sanskrit
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White Tara mantra in Sanskrit
Beautiful thangka of Buddha of wisdom Saraswati
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Beautiful thangka of Buddha of wisdom Saraswati
Beautiful image of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen in Kechara
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Beautiful image of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen in Kechara
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    Benji's touching story
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    Kyabje Zong Rinpoche giving Dharma teaching 2
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    Kyabje Zong Rinpoche giving Dharma teaching 1
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    Dorje Shugden oracle taking trance in China
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    Dorje Shugden oracle taking trance in China
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    Taking Trance
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    See what humans can do
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    Shocking undercover video shows animal abuse at 'humane cert
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    People can really live their lives to save others. This is a good way to live. Beautiful video.
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    All beings have feelings and do not want pain, to be hurt or harmed. Therefore we must respect this and not harm animals. See this video how this man has made good friends with a special fish who comes when he rings for the fish. Touching. Tsem Rinpoche
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    11 months ago
    HH the Dalai Lama prays with HH Trijang Rinpoche and HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Such a beautiful video of His Holiness Dalai Lama, His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and His Holiness Dilgo Kyentse Rinpoche (Very exalted high Nyingma lama) are all praying together. In the background you see a young Kyabje Lati Rinpoche too. So beautiful. This is how it was before the ban. All the sects and high lamas were superbly harmonious. After the Dorje Shugden ban things changed for the worse. May the ban be released soon. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Nice Dorje Shugden rock painting
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    Nice Dorje Shugden rock painting
  • His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche teaches the truth of life and our impeding death.
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    His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche teaches the truth of life and our impeding death.
  • A kind message from Mr. Tsering Wangchuk to me. Thank you so much. Tsem Rinpoche
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    A kind message from Mr. Tsering Wangchuk to me. Thank you so much. Tsem Rinpoche

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