TRANSCRIPT – Khatas and the meaning behind it

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Dear students and friends,

I would like to share with you a talk I gave some time ago about khatas. Many people who are new to Tibetan Buddhism often wonder about khatas when they see them being used in the Dharma center. What is it for, the significance of using it, what they should do with it etc etc.

These are all perfectly fine questions to ask. In the Dharma, continuously ask questions and continuously learn more. Below, I have provided you with a complete description about khatas, and its significance in both Tibetan culture and Buddhism. 

Do watch the video and read the transcript. It is important to understand why we offer khatas. We should always work towards dispelling ignorance because the very reason for us to be in a Dharma centre is to learn and gain knowledge. Leave a comment below after you’ve read and understood, ask questions and discuss it on the blog chat. If you’re interested in learning, tell me what you think, what you have learnt and understood from this teaching. 

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

 

 


Transcript for Khatas and the meaning behind it.

 

Khatas. Respect, faith, devotion, love, care, gratitude, respect, love, devotion, care, gratitude, appreciation, concern, and good wishes are very, very, very hard to put into words, into action, and into expression. They’re non-tangible feelings that animals and humans and even spirits have that need to be expressed, that need to be shared, that need to be given. Very important. Paris, would you like a table? Would it be easier for you? Sure! Please get a table. Andee, would you like a table? How about you, Kandarohi? You guys would like a table? Wan? Susan? Joseph? You sure? Please use it, please use it. That’s what it is for. See things here, things in our…um, things…oh turn it around for her because she will have more space under it. Yes. Things in our organization just doesn’t look pretty, it’s also user friendly too, thank you. That includes the Smuru.  Better. You okay, Susan? You okay? Alright. How about you Sharon? Good, good, good.  Better? Stick your legs under the table. You can fit. Yes. I saw you typing ohlulululululu. It’s a lot of suffering. I know. Henry, do you need a table? A chair, a drink, a ciggie butt, a cigar, marijuana, a Mary Jane, some E, Coke, here’s the man! Oh, 10 years ago, not any more. He’s given all that up, no I’m just kidding. He doesn’t do any of that. He takes…eh…I don’t know. He takes pictures of Hiroshima and looks at the mushrooms from that. Oh. A little low blow but never mind. I know, I know. It slipped but never mind I couldn’t think of a better representation of mushroom.  Okay…err Paris is deeply affected now she can’t write anymore. Oh snap out of it! Cut it out with the drama. You should be an actress.

Okay, khatas. Love, appreciation, care, concern, gratitude, respect, etcetera, our emotions are essential for all of us. Emotions are essential to be expressed and to be told. In fact, just giving food and clothes and shelter and a pat on the head and material items doesn’t make animals or people or even spirits grow to be happy, fun loving, beneficial sprits, animals and people, you know and in fact people become spirits because they don’t get those emotions or they don’t give it. They don’t give it because they don’t get it, they don’t get it because they don’t give it. It’s samsara. Same thing with animals, animals that are filled with that kind of emotions or given that kind of emotions they act very differently with owners and other people than animals who don’t and even on a higher level of human capacity, people who are loved, appreciated, given that and shown that and always taken care of in that way, they are very different individuals. 

So, those emotions are intangible, no color, no form, no substance, no taste, no tactile feeling, nothing, but they exist. Why? People who have it are different, and people who give it are very different and hence the most popular Buddha in China and Tibet is the Lord of Compassion, the holder of the white lotus, Avalokiteshvara, Kuan Yin. Why? Because these emotions are represented by this great Bodhisattva though she is so loved in China and in Tibet, he is so loved in Tibet. He is the patron Buddha of Tibet. Why? We all need those appreciation, love and care and thanks and concern. We need that. So therefore, that is not able to be shown, and when we receive teachings from our Guru, you know, “Oh and thank you thank you thank you, you changed my life” and people become enlightened from the teachings and they change and transform. There is no way to show it. People who love their parents so much and they are going away, how do you show it?  Just a hug, and then some people that we can’t hug, you know. They’re beyond our rank, beyond our level, beyond our social class. It’s not proper, or maybe, in some societies we can’t hug women. Women can’t hug men so they’re…they’re…it’s very difficult. 

Because in Tibetan society, touchy-touchy is a no-no, kissy-kissy is a no-no. A public display of affection is not frowned upon but not [kasawhatthe] encouraged and in extreme cases sometimes you see two sisters, you know…you know give a hug and say goodbye or auntie to a nephew or something like that, but there is not a lot of physical touch, there is not a lot of physical expression and touching our Gurus or anything like that is a very, very big no-no. His Holiness has broken the whole taboo by hugging every singe person that meets him, you know, every person that meets him, you know, anything he hugs is beautiful and it’s allowed a lot of Tibetan Lamas to do that like Lama Yeshe was a very big huggy, huggy-huggy person. 

In any case, what it is, it’s love. So in Tibetan society, how to express all that was through a khata. A pure, white, beautiful, clean cloth that has no specific measurements, width, and length, but that can be as ornate as made of pure silk and shiny with the 8 auspicious signs woven into it and very long, maybe 2-3 feet tall, I’m sorry, long, long, can be a 1 feet, 1 1/2 feet in length and folded over, or it can be just a simple piece of cloth that’s 1½ to 2 feet long, maybe ½ feet in width. I’m just giving approximations here and nothing imprinted and it can be made of rough cotton, but a khata wasn’t dependent on the person you give it to and the person giving it, can express respect. When we’re going away some place, and we want to say goodbye to our parents who love us, and the mother is crying, and the father is packing our things because he cares, offering a khata to our mother and father is thank you for your blessings and your deep gratitude. Your deep gratitude to your parents, and to say that may I see you soon, and I love you and you offer the khata to them in deep respect, and when the khata is put back on  to your neck, it is to signify that their love, in the case of parents.  In the case of Lamas when it is put back on your neck, it is blessing. 

So sometimes when we go away, when we go to our altars, and we make a beautiful khata offering to our Yidam, the beautiful green goddess Tara. Tara, I’m going to be away from your statue a little while, from your image here on my altar, but you’re always with me, please follow me and you offer a khata to Tara to say goodbye, I’ll see you soon. Respect and blessings, and also when you go to your protector chapels to invoke upon the protective energies of your Dharma protector, that whatever you want to do, whatever you want to fulfill may be fulfilled, effortlessly, with no obstacles or less obstacles, so when you offer that khata, it costs you some money and that money is translated into a white piece of cloth, whatever its material to mean your devotion, your faith, your confidence and your making a direct affinity to this protective deity or to the Lama, or to the Yidam, and you offer a khata and when you offer gifts to people which I wanted the laptop here on my throne because I wanted to avoid that one, yes. You’ll have to open a shop called Pink Dharma. “Oh what’s that?” “All Dharma items in pink lah! What else?”  Isn’t that fun? God. It’s the first time we see a pink Tsongkhapa. Tsongkhapa will be like “Oh god. All right, if it benefits people, why not?” Isn’t that horrible? And she can get away with it because she is um, obnoxious and fun. Okay. So um, Sharon will be like “Oh, we don’t go into that store, it’s not proper. We go into Dzambala Mystical Treasures where they sell correct colored Tsongkhapas, gold. Let’s go, Susan, now.” Susan: “But…but…but, we have to support our friend, she’s a co-writer.” “Let’s go, now.” Huh! Yes. We know who wears the pants. Alright. 

Now, uh, so, a khata is an expression of this emotion we have towards the person we offering it to, or the being. In the case of our Lama devotion and blessings. In the case of our Yidams, to solicit attainments…attainments…to solicit attainments. In the case of our Dharma protectors, to solicit, to ask for protective energy. In the case of our parents, gratitude, respect, love, in the case of friends, deep friendship, in the case of buildings, if you, if there’s a new building we offer a khata to the building, we tie it at the door, whatever. What is the meaning? Is that my good wishes and my prayers, may this building bring great success and love and happiness, good luck. I…I totally agree with what you are doing. So when you…when you give a gift, it’s not just simply “Here”. You give it with a khata to show respect to the other person that it is an honor and it is a great pleasure for me to offer you something. So when you offer it with a khata, when you offer it with a khata and you give a gift to someone, it’s great respect. So in Tibetan tradition, just to give a gift like that “Ehh” is very disrespectful and to just give one hand is very disrespectful and especially if you’re giving a representation, this is something new, a representative of a Lama, a changtso, whenever you give the gift, an item or the  letter to a person from the Lama, you always give it with a khata to the person, why? It signifies the blessing of the Lama, even the Lama hasn’t touched it because you represent the Lama. Always give everything with a khata to people and a khata is held like this, nothing wrong, but if you need to pick a side the opening is towards the person so the closed part is towards you, and how you store a khata is not the way Seng Piow stores his shirts, let me show you how. This is how —  Seng Piow, can you see this? Good. This is how Seng Piow stores his shirts, his clothes, his pants, his notes, his life. That’s not how we store a khata, how we store a khata is traditionally, it’s a way of social interaction and the feeling of closeness, to be close to someone, to say that “I like you.” Folding khatas is a social interaction.

So we will have another person, Andee can I have your help? Hold the end of the khata like this, allright? That person hold the end, and it’s a joyous occasion, stretch it out, you stretch it like that and usually see Tibetans smiling when they fold khatas, it’s a happy occasion, it’s a beautiful occasion, it’s a social interaction saying this is my friend, you know, a mother and daughter, father and son, father and daughter, you know like 2 students getting ready for a teaching, or after a blessing, you know it’s wow, it’s a happy occasion because khatas represent happy emotions you know, if you are angry at somebody you wouldn’t give a khata, well you’ll probably strangle them but you wouldn’t give them a khata, you wouldn’t write nasty notes on them “I hate Tsem Rinpoche because he didn’t show me love”, you know, on a khata and throw it at him, you wouldn’t do that. 

A khata is a happy so it’s always happy occasions, it’s a celebration, it’s during festivals, it’s during teachings, it’s for pujas, it’s initiations, it’s gifts, it’s birthdays, it’s anniversaries, it’s, it’s…and then the only time a khata is used that is on a sad occasion when someone died and that’s to show your last respect to that person and the family. The khatas are emotions. They are emotions in cloth. What are khatas? Emotions in cloth. So when we fold it, one person will hold it and this person will take it, flip it in and then hold it like that and fold.  No, you keep like that. Keep it tight, and then you come closer as they get folding and as they fold it you come closer and just fold it like that. So it becomes like a fan, alright? See you have a fan effect now and then, when you just get to the end, not all the way to the end, fold it over completely and that’s how you hold it and that’s how you store the khata so it doesn’t  become wrinkly and ulgy and look funny because you know you don’t want to give one of your khatas that look like Seng Piow’s shirts to your Guru, you know it’s like all wrinkled and [khata offering gesture] and then easy to store, doesn’t get wrinkled, because Tibetans will keep it in their chuba and take it out and offer it and immediately. 

You know, here the catchword is never leave home without your AMEX card, American Express, in Tibet, never leave home without a khata. Oh yes, it’s really like that. They say [Tibetan phrase] “No Khata? Ohh!” Why? Because you’re always gonna meet a high Lama, you’re always gonna go to temple, you’re always gonna get a Yidam, you’re always gonna see some Buddha, you’re gonna see someone and it’s like no khata, and to go out there and no khata, its like [gasp] you know, it’s become a cultural thing, and I think it’s beautiful because emotions on cloth, and so when you offer it to your Guru, what you do is you make 3 prostrations first, and you usually keep your khata in a clean place in a clean area. You don’t just stick it in a corner you know, throw it there, wipe your nose with it. You do not wipe your nose and perspiration and body parts with your khata and then wash it and then use it. You do not. Okay, it is not an underwear, it is not a gymwear, it is emotion love wear, okay?

So what happens is this, is that if we’re going to see a Lama, we keep a khata inside in our bag or whatever or a clean place, we make 3 prostrations and then when we’re just near the Lama, we open it up and we hold it with 2 hands and we offer it. When we offer to our Lama, the Lama will put it back on our head. The person that is higher rank or higher in whatever, spiritual rank or worldly rank such as parents, the khata is put back on our head. We never put the khata back on our Guru’s head, because it means I’m blessing you. To put it back on your head means it’s a blessing, okay? So to your parents, to your Guru, to authority, to ministers, you offer it to them, they will put it back on your head. To people who are equal rank or lower rank, you will put the khata to their hand. So let’s say that uh, Zahir is the same as me in the monastery right, I would not put this over his head. If he’s a younger Rinpoche, I will put it over his head. If he’s my age, I’ll put it to his hand to show respect that I am not above you. So you’ll see how Rinpoche’s humility are with other Rinpoches, they will never put over the head, unless it’s your student, they will give it directly to the hand and hold it, and there are Rinpoches who fight to put it on my neck, some Rinpoches will take it and put it on their own neck and the other Rinpoche say “No no no” because it means that “I am higher than you” and the other one is humbling himself. In Tibetan society you always see like one Rinpoche is trying to give it equally, this second Rinpoche will try to put on his head to show humility, it’s a practice of humility because in Tibet, humility, not showing off and not bragging, and no face is a virtue. Wanting face is very, very bad virtue because it’s an extension of the delusional mind, it increase it and um, humility and wanting to advertise who you are and talking about how good you are is very, very bad because it is against Buddhist principles, why is it? Those kind of actions increase your hatred, desire and anger, and ego and pride if it is used wrongly.  So in Tibet it is frowned upon, humility is very great, and in most Buddhist countries that are infiltrated with Buddhism that is the key word, humility.

So if it’s offered to the protective deities, of course you offer it up not on the neck, you offer it in front of them or on to their feet or onto their hands, to your Yidams, all the more so. To Lama Tsongkhapa, if you have a statue, we offer it between his hands or on his lap, never on his neck, never. How can you bless Lama Tsongkhapa? “Hi Shakyamuni, you want a blessing?” [loops khata] I don’t think so, you know. “Hi Shakyamuni, I love you so let me wrap this khata around you?” No, on their here. Why? It’s to show respect. It’s very, very simple and they should be kept, if a high Lama or during special occasions, whatever, a Lama has given you a khata, it’s considered blessed. People can even fold it and keep it somewhere in their house on their altar or something to be used inside their statues or even protective over their doors and some even tie it around their animal which we don’t need here in Tibet, it’s protection. And sometimes when protectors go into trance, they’ll take a khata and do a special knot, they do a special knotting on it, right, and do a mantra, and seal it, and give it to you. It becomes very powerful protection, that you will keep over your house, over your new business, on your altar or something, it’s considered very powerful protection.

The khatas are a universal way of sharing love, acceptance, respect, care, concern and all the positive emotions, so it’s emotion on a cloth so we should keep it very, very well and uh, we may not be Tibetans, but we also have emotions, so can use khatas to show it, okay? And offering khatas is virtuous, very, very virtuous because of what it represents and it has the 8 auspicious signs so when you offer it up you offer the 8 auspicious signs, which we will talk about it in a little while. Questions on khatas? Yes Joanne. Okay. There is not a big difference in the colors, white is the usual pervasive color used in khatas in Tibet. In Mongolia it’s blue, but you also have yellow, red and orange and different colors. Why? For certain rituals, you need to represent the 5 different elements, earth, air, water, fire and what is it? Earth, air, water, fire, metal. They represent the 5 different elements, then you have the 5 different colors, alright. So sometimes khatas are used for specific rituals and sometimes it’s just nice to offer a yellow khata. Yellow khata can represent growth and increase to a wealth deity, you know. A red khata is very nice to offer to a protective deity. Why? Red means fierce and wrath, and isn’t it fabulous. Imagine if you have a 4 foot Vajrayogini statue in your house and she is beautiful, she’s fabulous and she is dressed up and she is looking at you and it’s dark and you and your lover sitting there, staring at her and there’s a butterlamp in front of her and then you offer her a red khata onto her hand and ask Vajrayogini to bestow you higher attainments. Isn’t that fabulous? Oh yes

Can you imagine the big Vajrayogini…what a reason to work, I mean we work so hard and we make so much money, do we want the results of that to have another Fendi, Gucci tired bag or striped socks or you know, another tired car, you know, just another food, a restaurant. Wouldn’t it be nice if all the money we made ended up in something useful for us and our loved ones, a beautiful image of a Buddha, a large, a big one. That’s why even when Buddha images are very expensive, for Tibetans, how poor or rich they are, they don’t blink an eye. They will never go [gasp!] Never. Why? 

To create a Buddha image and to keep it and dedicate it for our son, our daughter, our husband, our wife, our lover, our friend, our parents is very holy. That’s why in our stores, for many people I allow part payment. Why? I’m not into making money, I am into making merits for them.  By having a holy Buddha image, there is so much benefit and we’ll talk about that. So much benefit that it is incredible. That’s why having a holy image that costs nothing, and Tibetans are usually find opportunities to sponsor statues, find opportunities to sponsor tsatsas, find opportunity to give statues away, and they don’t let you know because they collect the merits and all the blessings that you just take and say “Ooh I got a free gift!” Yeah, you may have saved 2-300 dollars or 50 dollars or whatever, you think you’ve saved, but to sponsor statues the benefits are limitless. That’s why you see Lamas, big Lamas, uh little street dogs like me and people and rich and poor women whatever, they will always find an opportunity to sponsor a statue, a stupa or a book to give away, they will die and clamor and scream for it. They will donate to monasteries. They will donate to temple. They will donate to their friends and you know “Oh, it’s your birthday? Here’s a statue!” “Oh it’s your anniversary? Here’s a statue!” “Oh you mean you have a cold? Here’ a statue!” “Oh you’re unhappy? Here’s a statue!” “Oh you mean today you bought your new car! Here’s a statue!” But what has that got to do with it? They don’t care. They look for the opportunity because they know the benefit for the receiver and the giver. 

Just imagine a large… and that should be the goal for us, to have a fabulous, beautiful altar that we come home to, literally, on a superficial basis come home to after a long day of work, come home to, here [patting heart]. Come home to a fabulous, can you imagine, a fabulous beautiful, glorious statue of Vajrayogini, 3 feet 4 feet, oh god, with pearls and jewelry and shiny and just fabulously, fabulously gorgeous and deliciously fabulous that you make offerings and you pray to. That is a sum up of your hard work, the sum of your hard work, oh yes, that’s why I encourage it, and I even get very expensive statues, I’ll tell you why in Nepal as I said, we make next to nothing, I don’t care, sometimes the stores don’t survive. Sometimes we are in the red. Last year, Kechara Paradise was in the red for 25 thousand ringgit, in the red, no profit at all, but in the red. We finally recover from that, slowly, and then everybody is like why? It doesn’t matter, because the outlets is to spread Dharma. And so therefore, I encourage, I get more statues, interesting statues, nice statues and I let people do part payment, why? Because I want them to have holy, powerful images and they may not have realize immediately the effect, but they will in time because people are smart, and people will know and I will explain and teach and we can read. Very, very powerful, and especially if its our particular Yidam, like if it is Manjushri or Cherenzig or Vajrayogini or Lama Tsongkhapa, it is very important to have, very important, very important.

This is not something I talk about now, this is what I have been doing since I was a nobody you know, I still am a nobody but a bigger nobody last time and I didn’t have any money to buy anything. So after this I would like everybody to get a khata and go to my house quickly and to see my Vajrayogini. My Vajrayogini statue there was given to me by a Malaysian in Bodhgaya under the body tree and it costs 1300 rupees, that’s 120 ringgits, and that 13 years ago for me…not even unimaginable, it wouldn’t even enter my mind I can get that because 1300 rupees to me 13 years ago in India is a huge fortune. I can live on that amount for 2 months as a monk. When I got that I was like “Oh my god!” it was a gift, I just screamed. So I have that, it’s from Delhi, its not the best craftsmanship, no it’s not, then I met Tashi in Delhi to make a long story short, you know we met up by accident in a Dharma center and we became friends and she sponsored the gold for the face, and the jewelry which was another three, four thousand rupees and we were like Augh!!” it’s a fortune and I went to the artist everyday and I harassed him to death. I harassed him, I sat there and I pushed him, I bitched nonstop until he got it the way that I want and the face is the original, painted then I took it down to Ganden and took a while to get money to get mantras in and took a while to get it consecrated but it’s been consecrated by the highest Lamas, mantras has been put in, and then when I became recognized as a Lama then people come make offerings to me, somebody died, somebody’s sick, somebody needs prayer, somebody needs luck, they always give me money, this money I don’t use and I collect it and I always buy some jewelry, I always buy some gold and I offer it onto her. 

Over the years, even now in Malaysia, a lot of people give me so many gifts. I don’t deserve it, but I get it and instead of just voraciously take, lapping up gifts, using it and swimming in the gifts, what I do is I offer something back for the people. What I do is I offer, always from the angpau I take a percentage out and I collect it, and I keep it in front of the altar and I pray for the people and I transform that into jewelry or whatever and offer it up to Vajrayogini. For every single person who has done anything for me, always so my offerings never stop, so my offering on Vajrayogini has become quite expensive, extensive, and this statue you take a look afterwards, it’s not the best craftsmanship, it’s not fabulous but it’s the best Vajrayogini statue on this planet, because it’s filled with love, devotion and it’s created from so many people who just offer so much to me, and I had nothing to offer them except Vajrayogini. I want you guys to take a look after this, take a quick, quick look, don’t try to sneak to my kitchen and steal my chocolate cake, don’t try to kidnap my dog, don’t try to sneak upstairs and take a look at what kind of underwears I wear, alright, oh Irene is not here. Uh, I want you to go take a look, why? It’ll become holy and precious. 

So for me, statues is not a passion. It’s not an art. It is something that is extremely beneficial for others. It’s when I have statues all over big ones. Blah…blah…blah everywhere and I give it away like that. Why? It has so much benefit. I will talk about that another time.  So khatas, imagine a beautiful, red khata, in a beautiful, red Vajrayogini in your house, glorious and beautiful with a sexy, gorgeous female body, I mean aren’t women beautiful? Just beautiful beautiful Vajrayogini. Of course, order through KMT, KP and DMT, order anywhere else and I’ll  chop your fingers off. Opps. And then uh, beautifully decorated, not all at once, slowly with time you add to it because our budgets are constrained, constrained, and then during your birthday or something special offer a beautiful red khata. Wow. And just imagine the butterlamp flickering in front of her face in the dark, we do her mantra and her prayers and her meditation, what else is there? You go back home, because Vajrayogini is in here, you’re going back home.  Isn’t that fabulous? Or just think a beautiful Lama Tsongkhapa smiling, matte, gold, with a yellow hat, smiling at you in acceptance, with blessings and compassion and skill, teaching you the Dharma, looking at you and then it’s dark, and there’s a butterlamp with incense billowing. You offer a beautiful white or yellow khata up to him for your mother, for your lover, for someone’s birthday and celebrate, just think about that. 

All of you should take a tour of Ruby’s house and see her Tsongkhapa. She has a big 5 feet Tsongkhapa which costs her a bomb and took her a while to pay it off, but she managed. A big, fat Tsongkhapa. She moved from a big fat house to a teeny little apartment and she fit that Tsongkhapa in I tell you, she stuffed him, she was putting him through the door like “Go in, go in, go in!” Oh yes. You must go to her house and you must pay homage to the fabulous Tsongkhapa. She aint the only one, there’s a lot of Malaysians and Singaporeans as well getting big statues, why? They know the benefit. When they first join they’re like “I want a little one, no space.” Their house is so huge and their little “Oh oh” and after they know me for one or two years, trust me their statues grow. Yes. They’re like algae in the rain.

Okay, so that’s what khatas are for, and that’s how they’re used in general and in short and they have a lot of meaning. Any questions on that? You have any panadol? Anybody has any panadol? Yeah. Questions on khata? You do? Ok. Good. I’ve been having a fever and stuff for a few days but it’s okay, I’ll be alright.  Questions on khatas? Paris, don’t shock us like this, it’s disgusting when you don’t have a question, there’s something wrong,  you have a fever? Bird flu? No? okay. 

Oh this, your pill helped. Thank you very much, I feel better now. I love pills. Drugs, prescriptions drugs, diet pills, sleeping pills, just pass it over, you know, whatever, just give me pills. I’ll tell you another day how I wanted to die from an overdose but the pose, the place, the look, I have it all planned, it’s very Marilyn Monroe but never mind, we’ll talk about that another time. You can ask Andee, he knows about it, he’ll tell you in 10,000 words or less, I promise you. Oh god, Sharon’s evil! She’s like “Yes, I know!”

Transcribed by Joey Wong

 


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  1. Jason on Mar 31, 2016 at 5:17 am

    This is a very useful and clear explanation on Khatas.Khata is represent emotion or feeling expression on cloth. The feelings can be care, devotion,love,, respect, gratitude In Mongolia , Khatas can be different colors for certain rituals to represent 5 elements, earth,water, metal,woods and fire. This is sound interesting.
    Beside that, Rinpoche also did touch about humility practice especially in Khata offering within two lama.Normally, Khata will be offered and put on lama’s hands.(higher lama will offer back the Khata and put on our neck which represent blessing)
    Finally, Rinpoche also emphasize on the benefits of offering Buddha image or statue to others .This can be shown in Tibet that many people are waiting or creating the opportunity to make Buddha statue offering to others.
    Thanks so much Rinpoche.

    With folded hands,
    Jason

  2. Andrew Maddox on Mar 30, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    Is it inappropriate to adorn a khata with anything but ashtamangala?

    • Pastor Niral Patel on Mar 31, 2016 at 12:25 am

      Dear Andrew,

      Khatas are usually adorned with the Ashtamangala, for auspicious reasons. The Ashtamangala, literally means the eight auspicious symbols. This is the traditional symbols that you will find on a khata.

      Some khatas are even adorned with certain mantras. However you will most likely not see khatas adorned with images of deities etc.

      That being said as khatas are used as an offering, it is acceptable to adorn khatas will symbols of offerings.

      I hope this helps. You had a very interesting question, I hope this reply answers it. Don’t forget to check out the Ask The Pastors section if you have any more questions. We will be more than happy to help in any way we can.

      • Andrew Maddox on Mar 31, 2016 at 10:24 pm

        Thank you for your response Rinpoche.

        Could you please elaborate on symbols of offering?

        Thank you,

        Andrew Maddox

  3. Hee TS on Aug 17, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche on the knowledgeable teaching khatas, it really do teaches us the meaning of khatas, giving a better understanding towards khatas.

  4. Pee Bee Chong on Aug 16, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for teaching us the meaning and the benefits of offering khatas.

  5. May Li on Aug 29, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Thank you so much to H.E. Tsem Rinpoche for sprinkling upon us the right understanding about khatas offering.
    Besides, I would like to express my gratitude to Sharon for leading me to explore the Transcription section of this precious blog, in particular that this subject has caught my attention most.
    I had done my first offering of khata last month, following blindly some kind and relatively senior Vajrayana Buddhism practitioners, without knowing the true meaning behind it.
    However, during the entire process, I did felt a strong, mixed emotions rushing and shaking my entire being. And when I am recalling now, it’s just what Rinpoche had elaborated, in a very swift and delightful manner over here.
    Initially there was a mixture of curiosity and anxiousness while queuing up for my turn; no chance to ask and was afraid of making mistakes.
    During presenting, strangely and naturally, at a proximity to the Rinpoche, I just bowed to the lowest possible position, with both hands holding the white khata up to Him. At that moment, humbly I bowed with strong sense of respect; with full acceptance and submission.
    Next, when the khata was taken and wrapped over me, I felt the warmth of acceptance, compassion, care and guidance transmitted; kind of feeling reconnected to the origin. At once, my eyes were wet with tears, followed by unspeakable joy.
    While I am replaying this mental clips now, I realize how beautiful and meaningful khata offering could be. With deeper understanding from this transcript, it has added necessary ingredients to my future offerings.
    My sincere gratitude to everyone and all conditions that allowing me to experience it. Namaste!

  6. Wan Wai Meng on Jul 7, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    I do wonder how this tradition started in Tibet, putting one emotions on the cloth. As Tibet in the ancient times they had a lot of people in arms or weapons. Having a khata probably makes it more peaceful to express an emotion? It is also a gentle way of putting our wishes and hopes onto a khata and a nice and gentle way to offer gifts in a much grander manner.

  7. Ash Ng on Jun 23, 2013 at 11:24 am

    After so many years of using Khatas yet didn’t know the actual significance and the meaning behind this piece of cloth. Now that I understand with greater in-depth, I know how to make an meaningful offering to my teacher, to a Buddha’s statue or to someone of a higher level than myself out of great respect, gratitude, love and concerns etc. Thanks for sharing 🙂 my dharma knowledge and wisdom grow an inch everytime I read Your blog’s teachings. Tashi Delek 🙂

  8. Fernando on Jun 22, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    you know I have been having my khata with me for some time now always on my pocket but this evening I was cleaning it, it had like little pieces of paper so I fold it and placed it in a cleaner place, I wanted to know how I should use it and what the meaning of it is, I came to Rinpoche’s blog, I wanted to read something but just randomly you know? so I clicked on Buddhas and Dharma Practice and what do I find? http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/transcript-khatas-and-the-meaning-behind-it.html Not only did it solve my doubts about khatas but also solved a big doubt about how to solve a problem I’ve been trough during some days now, thank you Rinpoche! 🙂

  9. uncle eddie on Jun 20, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    For those who have’nt practice Tibetan buddhism, will not know that a khata can be used as an offering for blessings and an expression of deep gratitude to parents, friends and especially to Gurus. It is also used to signify deep respect and our love for the person being offered. In Tibet it seems, to never leave home without a khata. When offering khatas, we open it up, hold it with two hands, and offer it up. When offered to a Lama, the Lama will put it over our head. Same or of lower ranks, it will be put back into their hands. Khatas is said to be a universal way of sharing love, acceptance, respect, care and concern. Khatas offerings are said to be very virtuous and of great signifigance.

  10. Patsy on Jun 14, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    The gestures of offering khata is so meaningful if we know the significance behind it. Thank you, Rinpoche, for this teaching. It is useful information which we can share in the outlets with our customers.

  11. justin cheah on Jun 13, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us the meaning behind using a khata. I always thought of it as a blessing and a very nice traditional gesture of offering respect and gratitude towards a Lama or Guru. Previously I thought khatas can only be offered to Lamas and Statues of Enlightened beings and did not know that khatas can actually can also be offered to lay person such as our parents. Thank you again for sharing Rinpoche.

  12. Han on Jun 11, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Very details and profound teachings about Khata.
    After listening to this clip, I will treasure khatas more and always remember the significance meaning of khata.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this.

  13. Paul Yap on Jun 11, 2013 at 11:00 am

    i remember when we go pilgrimages with Rinpoche, we have lots of khatas with us inside our bag pack. Whenever we enter a monastery, there are lots of beautiful Buddha images, everyone will line up to offer khata and some money too. I think this is a wonderful practice/custom reminding us to be humble and always respectful and appreciate the people surronding us.

  14. Datuk May on Jun 10, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    When I offerred the first Khata to Rinpoche (as instructed by JP) I loved the gesture and thought it to be extremely graceful and stylish and such an expression of warmth when it was returned and put around my neck.

    There was I time I had so many khatas at my altar that I was wondering what to do with them.
    My thought was I shall keep them all as they were put around my neck by Rinpoche and it must be something good.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this detail and clear teaching on Khata and I shall treasure them more.

  15. Grace Leu on Jun 10, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing. It let me understand Khata is the way to express our emotions in cloth, all the wishes, love, care, respect toward to people we love, care and respect.different colour represent different meaning, we also offer up the 8 auspicious sign to them.we also receive blessing when Khata is return on us . How beautiful to get connection with each other through Khata.

  16. lewkwanleng on Jun 10, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    I have always like the khata but never know the reason until I watch this video.. As Rinpoche put it, it is a cloth which represents happy moments!

    Now that I know the meaning of khata, as it represents love, gratitude, respect, blessing, it is much more meaningful when I offer it!!

  17. Jill Yam on Jun 10, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche on the precious teaching on khatas. Now I really understands the significance and more meaning to the offerings of khatas.

  18. Sharon Saw on Jun 10, 2013 at 1:26 am

    i remember this teaching in Dame Khang 🙂 Rinpoche would spend many hours teaching us the significance and symbolism behind many Buddhist items, of which included this teaching on khatas. When we learn more about khatas, we can see more meaning behind traditional greetings. For example, when Tsem Rinpoche went to Gaden Shartse Monastery in 2006 ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZoxHRjJO5g timestamp: 18:46), Rinpoche wanted to offer a khata to the Abbot, but the Abbot wanted to offer the khata to Rinpoche first, so there was a gentle respectful tussle. The Abbot finally offered Rinpoche the khata and with respect presented it to Rinpoche’s hands as he humbly considered Rinpoche higher ranking thank himself in the monastic hierarchy. However, Rinpoche was very humble and put the khata around his own neck. This brief exchange may be lost to many who do not understand the significance of offering khatas and how it represents respect. Thank you to Rinpoche for constantly providing knowledge and enriching our lives to expedite our Dharma journey.

  19. Rena Wong on Jun 10, 2013 at 12:11 am

    Thank you very much Rinpoche for your valuable teachings. 

    This will definitely help me to explain to participants and members when they offer khata, candle & pearls to Rinpoche’s throne. Now i know the right way to fold, to offer and the significance of the difference colours of khatas.

    Its such a beautiful offering to make as we are able connect with all levels of beings. To our Lama to get blessings & devotion, to our Yidam to receive blessing, devotion & Dharma teachings continuously and gain attainments. To our Protectors for protection energies and various people we have realtionship with for their care, love & kindness.

    As explained by Rinpoche, Khata is an expression of our appreciation, gratitude, love, care , good wishes and good emotional feelings to the person we are offering it to. In return we will also receive the blessings to have the gratitude,  love and care, good wishes and good emotional feelings. As these feelings are intangible, it is best expressed by offering a khata as it represents the positive virtues. Its a universal way of sharing love and positive emotions.  Its so virtuous because of what it represents and has the 8 auspicious sign.

    How nice and beautiful  to offer a khata as it  is a All in One good virtues and a way for us to connect with our Lama, Yidam, Protector, loved ones, family, friends & beings to receive the blessings to practice positive emotions & good virtues. In this way, we will have harmony and positive results in whatever we do and wherever we go.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this beautiful teaching of Khatas.

    With folded hands
    Rena

  20. Josua on Jun 9, 2013 at 2:45 am

    Tashi deleg!

    thank you for the teaching!
    Why are you so thin now?

    kind regards,

  21. Erickksiow on Jun 9, 2013 at 12:52 am

    Tibetan Buddhism culture got a lot things to learn about it, Thank You Rinpoche for the teaching, will share with customer in outlets.

    Best Regards : Eric kksiow

  22. KYC on Jun 8, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    This teaching on khatas is very useful and can be shared with students in Dharma classes and visitors to Kechara House. I always thought khatas are like garlands of flowers we offer to the Lama and sangha. In the case of khatas, they are offered back as blessings. So I always treasure the khatas because of the beautiful gesture and significance behind the gesture.

  23. Cliff on Jun 8, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Thank you Rnpoche for you clear, concise and easy to understand explanation of the significance of a Khata. I had always known a khata as a cloth for a sign of respect and to receive blessings from, i never knew the deeper true meaning to it and it brings me joy to learn this new knowledge of what a Khata is, how it is used, what is it for and how is it kept. I really like the harmonious social interaction it brings between two people to roll and keep the Khata. I also learnt that some coloured Khata’s have a significance for certain rituals. I always thought it was beautiful gesture between two people offering a khata to the other, it is a beautiful scene to witness and experience, it shows the level of humility one has to show to receive and the other to give. I really like the thought of it. Thank you for sharing Rinpoche.

  24. Michael C. on Jun 8, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Thank you very much Rinpoche for this lol teaching on Khatas. I was actually thinking earlier today why a piece of cloth was so important and was thinking if a white napkin imagined as a cloth would do, now I know not!

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  • Pastor Adeline
    Friday, Jul 1. 2016 01:20 AM
    People pick religion or spirituality according to what they can relate to. It may be a concept, an idea, a view they find useful at the beginning and that is perfectly fine. They may do good deeds with a group of like-minded people and that will still contribute to the generation of good deeds useful in continuing to learn and practising the religion they are following to a certain degree.

    The different religions and spiritual groups are very necessary for all the different mind in existence. They serve as different platforms useful for people to learn and grow spiritually until they find the ultimate truth. Similarly, people need kindergarten before primary, secondary before college, college before university. It will be unreasonable to say that the university is the best and the rest are not necessary while we understand clearly those are the foundation for one to be ready for university.

    From a Buddhist point of view, our karma decides what we follow and practice. It is almost uncontrollable that we find solace in a certain spiritual group or practise. There’s no right or wrong per se, but to accept the results we have created. The good thing is when we continue to believe in doing good with any religious or spiritual groups, which understandably involves no killing or hurting others, then we have a chance to meet something higher along the way as we are contributing toward the positive wave that is shared among good energies. Meaning, there’s still hope for enlightenment and nothing is wasted.

    Buddhism may be suitable for me, but not necessary for others. Because of this, Buddhists appreciate similarities and share without prejudices. This is very necessary for peace and harmony.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/spirituality-without-religion.html
  • Lin Mun
    Thursday, Jun 30. 2016 09:48 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article. I heard that tumeric is beneficial but didn’t research any further. I like that it is natural, easy to find, affordable and it has so much benefit to us. Will try the recipe ��

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/top-reasons-to-take-warm-turmeric-water-in-the-morning.html
  • Pastor Adeline
    Thursday, Jun 30. 2016 04:52 AM
    This is a real example of how one person can make so much difference and benefit many. It takes only one person to do so much. Imagine when more people come together for the same cause. The world needs more people like Marc to end the inhumane treatments toward our fellow earthlings including meat consumption.

    The cause that Marc and many activists are working on is really not just to end dog killing but to pay attention to human greed in meat eating. We have to put a stop to meat eating before people start human flesh eating. This is definitely possible.

    We can end this by starting today by adopting full vegetarian diet.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/marc-ching-shows-us-the-way.html
  • samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jun 29. 2016 05:06 PM
    samfoonheei on Jun 29, 2016 at 5:02 pm
    Thanks for sharing Rinpoche this informative article.At least i know more knowledge about what to give for my pet poodle. In fact i have been feeding my pet of broccoli and boiled carrot plus dry foods before reading this.Yes my pet is one of my family too. I will continue feeding my poodle with vegetables and fruits to stay healthy.
    Thanks again with folded hands.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/important-for-your-pet.html
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  • Pastor Shin
    Wednesday, Jun 29. 2016 03:23 PM
    FROM THE UPCOMING SATURDAY’S BLOG CHAT ARTICLE:

    Coming to South East Asia
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    As Tsem Rinpoche entered the prayer hall, he was accompanied by Malaysians who brought in trays and trays of money he had raised and everything was offered up to the monastery. Both H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche and H.E. Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche were visibly moved as they cried tears of joy. The monastery could now build a hostel for the monks so they do not need to sleep outside.

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  • Yeo Kwai Gin
    Wednesday, Jun 29. 2016 12:24 PM
    感谢仁波切开始了这个panaromal的网站, 让大家对灵异事件, 外星人, 幽魂, 蛊咒等等, 拥有更多的资讯和了解。
    在视频里仁波切有提到很多发生的灵异事情在科学上还是一个谜和在逻辑上还无法解释。
    在视频里仁波切讲解到在他还小的时候, 妈妈曾经有提到在世界大战时, 出去外面寻找食物给家人所看到的一位黑衣人,双眼一直一直冒着火焰, 一直看着她, 看到这里, 我心里蛮佩服她的勇气, 她还向前接近那眼冒火焰的黑衣人。
    而且, 在有一則视频访问仁波切的姐姐的专访里:

    https://youtu.be/ULJu0ghvWd8

    仁波切姐姐有提到母亲与她本身也有看到灵体的能力。
    希望一直不断有更多的视频供大家参考, 让大家对灵异事件更加明白和了解 !

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/burning-eyes.html
  • sonny tan
    Wednesday, Jun 29. 2016 09:34 AM
    sonny tan on Jun 29, 2016 at 9:33 am
    Thank you Rinpoche for walking us through Milarepa’s life journey and how events, situations, decisions can turned around if we just stop by looking deeply into our confused mind and starts to examine the intrinsically entwined web of our mind and be aware of our mind directions and where it is heading.
    We have built this preconceived notions and collected so many rubbish in life by ingesting it inside our brain without knowing when to stop or pause probably not being able to distinguish right from wrong and vice versa. It really got started from our upbringing, along the way we pick up during our life’s journey from teenager to adulthood, struggling with issues that have no answers because we are not taught the ways to resolve them, the ways to avoid them and with family issues and pressures building up in fact the list is endless. Therefore, in the process of growing up by not having found the right answers or ways to steer us in the right directions we began to feed our mind negativities and with that it has led many astray.
    The bad inhibitions we picked up that got embedded deep inside our mind and not knowing or finding a way out led many into spiritual journeys seeking solace, a peace of mind, some mental comfort in addition it has also moved many to the professional doorstep or drug activities for that matter. Many unfortunately do not have the good karma ended inside mental institutions.
    Therefore identifying it early and finding remedies early in life will help us transform our mind before society has a chance to pierce it and leaves it broken to a stage beyond repairs.
    We in Kechara are very blessed to have Rinpoche with us always keeping us in check through his so many discourses, teachings, advices and constantly monitoring our progress. Thank you Rinpoche with palms holding together in front of our chest we bow and pay homage to you.
  • Jason
    Wednesday, Jun 29. 2016 03:12 AM

    Jason on Jun 29, 2016 at 3:08 am
    China ‘s move really amazing. Many animals will be safe from slaughter house. Animals are not born to be killed. Animal flesh shouldn’t serve as our daily meal .As a Buddhist, we belief on karma so we don’t kill and serve animals flesh as our daily foods. Implematation of dietary guidelines will reduce meat consumption dramatically. This is really a good start to be vegetarians.
    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing.

    With folded hands
    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/look-what-chinas-doing.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 10:18 PM
    10,000 nuns staying is such a harsh environment is really astonishing. I can’t imagine the nuns having to live in the box where it is just fit to sit, not big enough to even stretch their legs. This shows how determined the nuns are towards practising dharma and praying for benefit of other beings. They surely have a a strong mind in order to live in such conditions for years.

    We on the other hand have some much comfort, not needing to worry about a place to live, food readily available, water are plenty and yet do not want to practise dharma. We need to be contented and learn to change.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this and it set a good reminder for us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/10ooo-nuns-here.html
  • samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 07:01 PM
    samfoonheei on Jun 28, 2016 at 6:58 pm
    Thank you for sharing this post with us Rinpoche.
    This story was sad and so touching ,can imagine how Ms Helen Johnson and her children gone through without foods for 2 days.She is lucky to have met Officer Stacy who is so kind of him .His kindness has touched the hearts of many people.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-cop-who-didnt-arrest.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 12:15 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing his precious guru’s information here. It is good to know our guru’s teachings are learnt and given by his all the gurus as listed here.

    As we did not have the merits to meet with Buddha Shakyamuni, our precious guru, H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche is the only one who is capable and able to help us in spiritual path. Our guru is the only one and close to us and enable us to learn his teachings and qualities too.

    In 50 Verses Of Guru Devotion, there are few verses are clearly stated that we should treat our guru same as the Buddha.

    19. Always keep your word of honour. Always make offerings to the Enlightened Ones. Always make offerings also to your Guru, for he is the same as all the Buddhas.

    21. Giving (to your Guru) is the same as making continual offerings to all the Buddhas. From such giving, much merit is gathered. From such collection comes the supreme powerful attainment (of Buddhahood).

    22. Therefore, a disciple with the good qualities of compassion, generosity, moral self-control and patience should never regard his Guru and the Buddha Vajradhara as different.

    47. “Powerful attainments follow from (doing what) your Guru (likes).” This has been said by (the Buddha) Vajradhara himself. Knowing this, try to please your Guru fully with all the actions (of your body, speech and mind).

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/my-precious-teachers.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 11:07 AM
    感谢上师尊贵的詹杜固仁波切,Valentina还有其他帮助完成这篇仁波切的传记幕后工作人员。因为你们的努力,可以让我们更了解与亲近上师。

    在此分享这篇博文的第二部分:来到东南亚地区,所得到的一些启发:
    1. 实践佛法之慈悲心
    由于甘丹寺的僧侣不断的增加,而造成没有足够的住宿提供给他们。这将会妨碍僧侣们无法专心的修行。因此,尊贵的堪殊强巴耶喜仁波切和尊贵的拉替仁波切还有几名高僧包括上师尊贵的詹杜固仁波切一起开会。然后,尊贵的拉替仁波切决定让仁波切到外地去筹款来解决当时面对的问题。

    2. 依止上师与听取护法的劝告
    仁波切当时是非常的不愿意的离开甘丹寺去到东南亚地区弘扬佛法以及募款。因为,仁波切觉得自己当时还没有足够的资格去担任此任务,而且还执意的说如果护法要他去,他一定会随从。然而在隔天,多杰雄登护法给予的劝告是仁波切就如仁波切的上师指示,展开他的弘法事业来为众生的利益着想。

    从以上所说的经历,我们清楚的看到,一位具格的上师是有能力的启发学生以及帮助学生做出最好的选择来利益他人而最终达到菩提道与解脱。也因为与上师有清净的三昧耶关系,护法的忠告必定是更加准确以及可信度很高。

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/h-e-the-25th-tsem-tulku-rinpoches-biography.html#comment-719018
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Jun 27. 2016 11:33 PM
    It is very interesting to read on the section on South East Asia and I learnt that sometimes, a guru will always test and challenge his student to do something they are not familiar with or deemed impossible.

    For example, Lati Rinpoche would ask Rinpoche to go abroad to raise fund. Initially Rinpoche did not agree as he felt that he does not have much experience and therefore, he felt that a more senior monk like Lati Rinpoche would be a better choice.

    Nevertheless after the oracle took trance on monastery Protector, Rinpoche accept to go as Dharma Protector also agree that he must go abroad to raise fund.

    Also I learnt that Rinpoche hold his on Guru Devotion practise strongly and never give up no matter how many obstacles he faced. For example, he listened to Lati Rinpoche advise to go abroad to fund raise and teach. Another example when he came to Malaysia to raise fund, although it was just a short trip of 3 months, he worked very hard despite fell ill. This is the determination that Rinpoche always has towards dharma.

    This also reminds us that how much we need to do dharma. We should always think out and that doing dharma is for the benefit of others. It is with this determination that we will transform.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing your life story and thank you Pastor Adeline for guiding us in picking up the important points when reading this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/h-e-the-25th-tsem-tulku-rinpoches-biography.html#tabs-2a
  • Stella Cheang
    Monday, Jun 27. 2016 09:59 PM
    It is very fascinating to read the part where Kyabje Lati Rinpoche requested His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche to come to South East Asia to raise fund. At that time, there was a huge influx of monks to Phukhang Khangtsen, as such a larger hostel was needed to accommodate the increased numbers of monks. But Rinpoche declined despite His strong Guru Devotion, because Rinpoche felt that He was not qualified to teach. He even seemingly “challenged” Kyabje Lati Rinpoche that if the Dharma Protector agreed to let Him go, He would.

    Lo and behold, the Dharma Ptortector trance took place very soon and decreed for Rinpoche to go for fund raising in South East Asia. From here, we could clearly see that there is no point to “defy” the instruction of our Guru. Sometimes, the Guru will give us tasks that we are reluctant to do or we think that we cannot do, but if we have faith and trust in our Guru, we should do it nevertheless and do it happily.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Valentina for this very profound teaching. Also thank you Pastor Adeline for the guidance during the weekly Blogchat Dharma Sharing session every Monday evening. This article benefits us tremendously.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/h-e-the-25th-tsem-tulku-rinpoches-biography.html

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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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Sacred Manjushri Kumara 9th Century Pala Dynasty India
2 weeks ago
This sacred White Tara is on the Bodhgaya enlightenment stupa marking the very spot Lord Buddha achieved enlightenment.
3 weeks ago
Myself at the sacred lake at Dromo Geshe Rinpoche's residence
3 weeks ago
Myself at Dromo Geshe Rinpoche's house where there is a sacred lake on his property. The Five Sister Protector Goddesses abide at this lake. I am making offerings to the divinities in the lake here. Many contractors or workers who come to do work often observe 'Asian ladies' dressed very well walking around the perimeter of the lake and there are no Asian ladies living nearby at all. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Myself sitting at a lake where Bigfoots are often sighted in Willow Creek, California. This area in Northern California is a hot spot for Bigfoot sightings for hundreds of years till present day. We spent the afternoon there and we did our sadhanas and enjoy the BEAUTIFUL cool/dry weather (no humidity) and you don't sweat. The water was clear and sparkling. It is one of the most beautiful places I have been too and I can easily live there in this area. It was hard to leave this place. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Such a beautiful conservatory. How I would love to have a room like this among woodlands.
3 weeks ago
Another beautiful Gyenze statue arrives made by Kechara
3 weeks ago
My Mumu boy is super duper cute. I love you Mumu.
4 weeks ago
Pastor Adeline leads a holy and beneficial Tsongkapa retreat group in Kechara Forest Retreat today. Very nice to see this. I like it when our Pastors and senior students encourage, nurture others into the dharma. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
Images of the Buddha are always a great blessing
4 weeks ago
Beautifully painted Shakyamuni the Buddha
4 weeks ago
Nice painting of Lord Tsongkapa
4 weeks ago
Beautiful painting of His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche the omniscient.
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This is a traditional thangka painting of the Karma Gadri style, which was especially commissioned by Tashi Mannox on the rarely depicted great calligrapher and scholar Thönmi Sambhota. Sambhota is a historical figure responsible for developing the foundation of the Tibetan writing systems in the seventh century A.D, which form the basis of the Tibetan language today.
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Spectacular outdoor Tsongkapa in Mongolia
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BEAUTIFUL Tara statue! Magnificent
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Vajradharma. In Vajra Yogini's tantra, we always visualize our root teacher in this form. We should see him in his divine form. 
1 month ago
These are the tantric implements that a Tantrika must carry with them everywhere they go as part of their commitment
1 month ago
Myself walking with my teacher the then abbot fo Gaden Shartse Monastery. H.E. Kensur Rinpoche Jampa Yeshe and I was leaving the main prayer hall of Gaden Shartse and walking through the debate courtyard.
1 month ago
Emperor Kangxi's official state seal
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Such a beautiful Yamantaka Statue
1 month ago
Grand looking painting of the Gelug Savant His Holiness Chankgya Rolpai Dorje
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My shrine in Los Angeles back in 2014. I just came across this picture from: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/etc/look-what-i-found.html
1 month ago
Very unique art work of Dorje Shugden
1 month ago
Beautiful 7ft Tara arrives today. See the beautiful picture and video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Okk8P3WIWFo
1 month ago
35 Confessional Buddhas
1 month ago
Please do not hate us
1 month ago
Beautiful statue [image: Inline image 1]
1 month ago
Such a stunning White Tara!
2 months ago
Neerja's mother accepting the highest award in India on behalf of her daughter. Her daughter's bravery saved 300 people. Her strength, compassion and presence of mind during great tragedy earned Neerja a deep place in our hearts forever. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Goddes supreme, with a wave of your right hand the 84,000 demonic interfering beings are repelled. With the powerful umbrella you hold in your left grants supreme protection upon your devotees. Although beautiful to behold you are fully attained and beyond samsara and a perfect refuge. Grant us protection, love and wisdom with your sacred mantra powerful Dukkar Goddess. ~Tsem Rinpoche 
2 months ago
I love Japan so much. The water is so blue and clean. The landscape is so magical. It's such a beautiful country and a great place to engage in meditational retreats.
2 months ago
A good meme by Pastor Seng Piow!
2 months ago
Gaden Jangtse Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Chojor together with Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Monastery
2 months ago
May 31, 1990, the day Tsem Rinpoche was enthroned formally in Gaden Shartse Monastery
2 months ago
Panglung Oracle in trance back in 1925
2 months ago
More lamas/Tibetans are speaking up. This has nothing to do with Dorje Shugden ban although it helps the Dorje Shugden cause because there is more unrest and disharmony from many sectors within Tibetans showing the world so many are unhappy with the leadership.-Lodreu Rabsel Rinpoche's strong letter to the Dalai Lama regarding giving religious freedom within the Karma Kagyu sect of Buddhism is a MUST READ- and he is applauded as courageous for writing this: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=99364
2 months ago
The beautiful truth
2 months ago
Manjushri notes
2 months ago
Karma Kagyu’s Lodreu Rabsel Rinpoche asks the Dalai Lama for Religious Freedom-This is explosive-Must read! http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=99364
2 months ago
The place where Lord Tsongkapa's holy remains are housed for pilgrims to visit in Gaden Monastery Tibet.
2 months ago
How death is so near, yet I cherish my ego more than my guru, more than his instructions and my protector. They are the only ones significant at death for me and yet I still think I have time. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 months ago
Would be so nice to live in an area where Bigfoot is prevalent and sighted. That would include mountains and lakes too.
2 months ago
Because of the ban against Dorje Shugden followers started in 1996, 700 monks had to cut from Sera Mey Monastery and start this new monastery. This new Serpom Monastery located in South India still suffers tremendous hatred and prejudice, but the brave monks continue their practice and lineage.
2 months ago
Vietnamese monk who self immolated hoping to bring change in his country. He sacrificed his life and sat still during the immense pain of his body burning.
2 months ago
Protector of the Sakya School of Buddhism, Gonpo Gur or Mahakala Panjarnata
2 months ago
Such a wondrous place to be with such a view that heals the soul. Why live in a city where it is unnatural and polluted. Everyday in the city is a day away from where we belong. We belong among the greens, forest, mountains and clean air. We belong in such a place and doing our retreats, sadhanas and mantras to find the ultimate place of belonging and peace....the ultimate place is within us with a developed spiritual mind. Hard to achieve among distractions in the city. 
2 months ago
This is the five foot Arya Avalokitesvara statue I have offered Gaden Shartse Monastery many years ago. It still graces the main prayer hall of Gaden Shartse Monastery.
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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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    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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    Video reveals what goes on inside 'humane slaughterhouse' in
  • People can really live their lives to save others. This is a good way to live. Beautiful video.
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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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    7 months ago
    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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    9 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
    10 months ago
    Nice Dorje Shugden rock painting
  • His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche teaches the truth of life and our impeding death.
    10 months ago
    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
    10 months ago
    A kind message from Mr. Tsering Wangchuk to me. Thank you so much. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 1)
    10 months ago
    Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 1)
  • Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 2)
    10 months ago
    Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 2)
  • His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche accepts Long Life puja
    11 months ago
    His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche accepts Long Life puja

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