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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22 Responses to TRANSCRIPT – Khatas and the meaning behind it

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. Anila 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.

  4. 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

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

    Tashi deleg!

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

    kind regards,

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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!!

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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! :)

  18. 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 :)

  19. 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.

  20. 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!

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

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  • Lakpa Dhondup
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 09:18 PM)
    I am lay tibetan and I do nt know much about Dharma but my concern is this How our beloved own brothers and sisters become like this..when we were children I used to feel proud on my community so much of concern to each other, love so much and share everything.. and now everything changes we look each other suspiciously….where our harmony among ourselves were gone…. my grand father was follower of Dhomo Geshey Rinpoche from the first incarnation and he met the second incarnation also….when we were samll kids he used to tell the story to us… even my late mother also tell the story to us….and now..DS followers are being ill treated by our own society, our very own brother and sister and community…why all this and for what…..The other people are laughing on us we have become a laughing stuffs and where is our UNITY….if the things goes like this than getting our COUNTRY back is IMPOSSIBLE which we have lost…our upcoming generation will be ashamed of our deeds.. so I humbly wish only on thing..among ourselves Tibetan there should not be any differences just because of Religion..we should be more responsible for our community, country and for our coming generation..I am sorry..I have expressed my views and I do not intend to hurt anyone…I am a foolish man…thats all for today…next time ….
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 03:07 PM)
    tsemtulku
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 06:18 AM)

    Dear everyone, His Holiness Dalai Lama says to kick out monks from the monasteries who do not listen. I was so surprised at this short speech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BS6hq5HJNik.
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 12:47 PM)
    对我而言,我并不会加以区分任何一位上师和他们的观点。每位上师自有一套引领弟子通往证悟之道的方法。正因如此,智者释迦牟尼佛才传授了8万4千种法门。我们不该卷入冲突之中,进而批评这位或那位上师。佛法教导我们即便是面对鬼魂、乞丐、小偷、蛇和一切有情众生都该心怀善心。

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/i-will-not-be-pulled-into-conflict.html
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 12:46 PM)
    仁波切突然对我们说 “你们在这儿坐着稍等一会儿,我去和我的朋友们谈一谈。” 说完便起身走向酒店门口望着乌云密布的天空开始喃喃自语,我们一行人你看我我看你,面面相觑,然后转身面对着远处的仁波切发愣。。。大概过了5分钟,仁波切便走回来对我们说 “行了,我刚和他们谈过,他们说没问题。我们就快可以走了。” 果真在5分钟以内,滂沱大雨就转为绵绵细雨……

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-rain-stopper-%E5%91%BC%E9%A3%8E%E5%94%A4%E9%9B%A8.html
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 12:45 PM)
    从俗世的角度而言,如果要告诉人们某位上师和某个团体对我们做了些什么不好的事……非常简单,如果你提出的控诉是确凿、让你深受困扰,那你该去寻找援助。老是讨论它,跟几个人在那说了又说,是完全无法帮到你的。有谁有兴趣听?为何要如此无法自拔?

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/are-you-secular-or-spiritual.html
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 12:44 PM)
    能从一位大师的智慧转世手中接过这样一份珍贵的礼物,确实是太令人感动的同时又深感谦卑。有人告诉我,我的前世跟赤江仁波切关系密切。赤江仁波切甚至吩咐他的弟子带我的弟子到泰国餐厅吃一顿好的,以示感激。太仁慈了,太殊胜了。

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/vising-his-holiness-trijang-chocktrul-rinpoche-in-vermont.html
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 12:44 PM)
    几年前我的中医师发现我的肝部出了问题,并且建议我到西医做体检。经过检查,医生发现我有肝硬化的问题,若不医治或置之不理,此问题将成不治之症。经诊断出此问题之后,我便开始进规定好的饮食、服特定的药物。就在那期间,我的弟子们与确吉拉的助理联络上,询问助理确吉拉下一次降神为何时,目的是请示护法能为我赞助哪些法会,或是可以向谁求助、能为我做些什么。

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/miraculous-healing.html
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 12:43 PM)
    我们很庆幸马来西亚政府允许我们享有宗教自由,我对此一直都心存感激。正因如此,多杰雄登课题不该被带到马来西亚来,而马来西亚的佛教徒也有权在不受到任何外界政治或宗教势力的干预下去探索这项修持。

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/dalai-lama-china-shugden.html
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 12:25 PM)
    Dear everyone,

    The next week’s blog chat discussion will be on “I can speak up now about Shugden” http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/i-can-speak-up-now.html.

    This will be an exciting topic to be discussed on. Looking forward to seeing you there!

    Date:
    USA Friday 30th Jan @7pmPST
    M’sia Saturday 31st Jan @11amGMT+8
  • tsemtulku
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 06:18 AM)
    Dear everyone, His Holiness Dalai Lama says to kick out monks from the monasteries who do not listen. I was so surprised at this short speech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BS6hq5HJNik
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Friday, Jan 30. 2015 02:19 PM)
    Join us this week for the discussion on “Amongst White Clouds” here http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/amongst-white-clouds-amazing.html.

    Date and time:
    USA Friday 30th Jan @7pmPST
    Malaysia Saturday 31st Jan @11amGMT+8
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Friday, Jan 30. 2015 02:17 PM)
    Trakzey is a special practice to help us bless our environment, for protection for our family, dispel negative energy and negative entities. We’ve just published and it’s live for the first time!!! See: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=57357. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Friday, Jan 30. 2015 12:30 AM)
    Ms. Sarah Yap, Pastor David and Pastor JJ are working with me to come out with a powerful practice of Trakze. We should be finishing soon and will post on the blog. It is the first of it’s kind and I wish that it will bring benefits to many beings. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Friday, Jan 30. 2015 12:17 AM)
    Every single day now I look forward very much to the day coming soon where the disappointing ban against the World Peace Buddha Protector Dorje Shugden will be over. It will be soon. Everything the Tibetan leadership has said against the Dorje Shugden practice has not made any sense. At first it sounded good, but as time goes on, educated people are examining their claims and coming to the conclusion it does not make sense. More are speaking out. Any government or leader should never criticize or ‘advise’ against any religious faith, path or practice. It is politically wrong not to mention it infringes on our religious freedom. If you don’t like a certain religious path, you keep it to yourself and not announce it publicly disappointing many.Un-democratic. What is important is look at the person not their skin color, race, religion or economic background. Religious apartheid must be removed even in the ‘advices’ we give others. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Friday, Jan 30. 2015 12:15 AM)
    In Malaysia we are blessed with a government that allows us religious freedom and for that I am thankful. So the Dorje Shugden issue should not be brought to Malaysia and Malaysian Buddhists have the right to explore the practice of Dorje Shugden without interference from any outside governments or outside religious authorities.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/dalai-lama-china-shugden.html

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Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
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Lord Tsongkapa walking to His hermitage. Blessed be for those who are able to even hear the sacred name Tsongkapa.
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Wonderful people of Kechara. Tsem Rinpoche 
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When we meditate on Enlightened Beings, they will bless us. Tsem Rinpoche 
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This is my special thangka I had commissioned. It is my guru H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche with Vajra Yogini and Dorje Shugden emanating  from His heart. He is the master of all mandalas and emanations. I will reproduce this thangka for the world to invite home. Tsem Rinpoche 
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Trakzey is a special practice to help us bless our environment, for protection for our family, dispel negative energy and negative entities. We've just published and it's live for the first time!!! See: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=57357
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This is super good news. Let's hope this trend continues to grow massive until everything is vegan. Tsem Rinpoche 
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In the monasteries we debate out issues for a logical conclusion. I have laid out three possible scenarios regarding: CAN TIBETAN LAMAS MAKE MISTAKES? Please take a look and let me know what you think: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=57528
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Dorje Shugden followers in the millions will not abandon their practice. So it would be good if leaders of the Dorje Shugden practicing community met with the Tibetan leadership to work out something that will be a win-win situation for both sides. His Holiness Dalai Lama wants to meet the Chinese current leaders to resolve the Tibet issue. Why not meet the Shugden followers to resolve this issue too? Why forgive one 'enemy' and ignore another?~Tsem Rinpoche (Please read more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=57431)
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Adorable little boy paying respects to Lord Shugden. 
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I hadn't spoken up about the Dorje Shugden 'conflict' for 15 years. Let me explain why: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=57431
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Scotch and Mykol who are Valentina's wonderful good friends came to our LA Tsem Ladrang to have dinner. I am so glad they can come as they are nice friends. Tsem Rinpoche 
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January 15, 2015. On today's Vajra Yogini day, the ladrang arranged a Vajra Yogini mandala made of flowers as an offering. Beautiful. Tsem Rinpoche 
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January 15, 2015. Today is Vajra Yogini day. So Pastor Jj and our wonderful team has arranged these beautiful offerings on my shrine. Nice.  Tsem Rinpoche 
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Uncle Lai for years now without a miss comes in once a week to clean the altar of the ladrang. To clean the sacred spots where holy images reside is considered good purification of karmas. He never misses this and then upon completion he makes nice fresh offerings. Uncle Lai is generally a very kind and reliable person. We all love him. Tsem Rinpoche 
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Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche said to me a few years back that in order to practice or teach dharma these days, it's like being a white crow among the black. That means we will stand out and look unusual. But no matter what we must persevere. I miss this great teacher so much since his passing. He was gentle, scholarly, erudite, accomplished in sutra and tantra and had a very loving demeanor. He treated everyone equally and his vows of a monk were spotless. He was like a bright sun in the night sky. Even the first time I met him, he impacted me very strongly. I have received many teachings from him. He was a student of H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and H. H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. I brought 60 students with me from various countries to have audience with Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche the last time I had a chance to gaze upon his golden face. His perfect incarnation has returned. May he manifest in this incarnation as the previous. Tsem Rinpoche
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His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche with his close disciple Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche. Very beautiful and old vintage picture. TR
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This was the first woman to request Buddha to become a nun. Because of her, the nun's tradition began. She is a Arhat in the Chinese Mahayana Buddhist Tradition. Tsem Rinpoche
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January 10, 2015. Nice to see Kecharians studying the dharma together today. I really enjoy seeing this and Pastor Shin was leading the class. Thank you.
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How lucky I would be to live here...TR
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Must share this wisdom always. Tsem Rinpoche
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Pastor Niral giving a talk in Kechara. Wonderful.
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January 9, 2015. Pastor Seng Piow takes his little nephew out for some toy shopping. The little guy was waiting anxiously to go out. 
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His Holiness 9th Panchen Lama in Calcutta in 1905.
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How nice. What a great gift from Mavis Yeh.  Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
I was so lucky to get teachings by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche today on the SIX YOGAS OF NAROPA translated by Kyabje Zasep Rinpoche. And also Kyabje Zasep Rinpoche was the one who sent me these videos. How fortunate for me to get this. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
We have wonderful Kechara dharma seniors who are good and caring guides for our precious youths. I am happy to see this. Youths are so important. We must love them, respect them and share dharma with them to they mature into good people. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
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4 weeks ago
Beautiful Lady Buddha, not everyone has realized you are the alpha and omega of our inner liberation. Our mind constantly wanders in karmic creations weary yet still travelling of no choice. I seek the solace of your embrace to experience great bliss and home. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
Does this picture remind you where all of our lives are eventually heading to? It's just where in line are you right now? But you still are in line.  Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
We have to save this one and reflect upon it. TR
1 month ago
Very powerful. Never be stuck in our comfort zones. Think out of the box and do more to accomplish our goals. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
I love this type of environment so much. TR
1 month ago
Special gifts of toys and snacks for some special doggies...
1 month ago
This is very helpful. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
We have to be ready to change when we seek a teacher otherwise stay hidden.~Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
15 minutes to watch this will blow your mind: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=55883
2 months ago
H.H. the current Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche -December 2014
2 months ago
December 2014-His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche in front of the largest Tsongkapa statue in the world. This Tsongkapa is in Champa Ling Monastery, Chamdo, Tibet. 
2 months ago
This is the perfect setting of the environment of where I like to live. With trees, blue waters, mountains, green, speckled with flowers. TR
2 months ago
Nothing can be found without searching for it. Just because others say you can't do it or don't believe in you or you can't see it, doesn't mean it cannot exist. Never give up!~Tsem Rinpoche 
2 months ago
This Manjushri is in Kechara's publishing wing. Stunning. TR
2 months ago
This Tara is beautiful. Save the pictures. TR
2 months ago
Having dinner with special friends from around the world. We are honored to be with Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. 
2 months ago
This is very powerful. Share it. TR
2 months ago
Decemeber 2014-They just finished their Tsongkapa retreat and I am so glad for them. TR
2 months ago
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The moment when birds finally gained freedom (Animal Liberation Day)~ Kechara Penang Study Group
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Blowing mantras onto the birds before releasing ~ Kechara Penang Study Group
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Nancy Loo invited a Dorje Shugden statue home from Kechara Souvenir shop today. 1Feb15 may ong
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Anila Choi teaching the Lamrim Day 15 on the Understanding the Causes of Samsara Level 3 in English today. 1Feb15 may ong
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When we focus on enlightened beings daily, they will bless us.~ H. E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche.
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In Kechara, one of our Pastor services is to perform bereavement puja for the sponsor's loved ones. Bereavement puja is important not only to prepare the deceased for their next rebirth, but; will also bring peace of mind for their loved ones. 31 Jan 2015, Freon
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My Guru H.E.Tsem Rinpoche teaches me the Dharma that has all the Lineage Masters blessings. tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/i-pray-to-what-i-want-to.html Lucy Yap
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The minute you think of giving up, think of the reason why you held on for so long. DR
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Dorje Shugden Trakze is a special practice to help us bless our environment, for protection for our family, dispel negative energy and negative entities. http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/trakze-to-dispel-black-magic-spirits.html . DR
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Am so fortunate to meet one of my heroes. The courages 80 year old primatologist, Jane Goodall, best known for her long-term study of wild chimpanzees in Tanzania, still travels 300 days in a year to share with the world her work with the motivation of inspiring youths and raising funds for the cause. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche has blogged about her on tsemrinpoche.com entitled Something Incredible About Jane Goodall. Rinpoche admires Jane's work and prepared some gifts for her. HE gave Jane a Tara pendant, a small Tara statue (so that she can bring Tara with her all the time and be blessed), KMP's book on vegetarian recipes and The Promise, a pictorial biography of Rinpoche. May her talk create more Janes among the youths who attended her talk. DR
yesterday
Can never get enough from this photo. Me and my teacher, my confidante, my guide, my saviour. I dare not imagine what my life would have been if I hadn't met Tsem Rinpoche 20 years ago. DR
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Kechara Food Bank delivered assistance to Wisdom Home, a day school for autistic children. DR
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A true leader. Anytime is a good time for Bentong people to approach Dato' Sri Liow to request for help even when he's having a simple, very late dinner. DR
yesterday
Just love everything about this photo. DR
yesterday
Journeys are never easy when our goals are vast~Tsem Rinpoche_share by Frederick Law
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Opposition can be powerful, but if our mind is firm, all is possible.~Tsem Rinpoche_share by Frederick Law
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Don't dismiss anything that can be a learning experience~Tsem Rinpoche_share by Frederick Law
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