Get Involved with Vajrayogini Stupa at KFR

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I recently blogged about two special vases which will be brought up to the Kechara Forest Retreat. One of them will be buried into the entrance wall of the huge Chapel, and the other will be placed inside a large outdoor Vajrayogini stupa.

For the Vajrayogini stupa, I openly invited people to submit the hair or nails of their loved ones, both human and animal. The hair and nails will have a special puja done for them called the Ruchok, to bless them before placing them inside the stupa. It’s a great way to bless those you love so much and whom you want to benefit. The hair and nail of living loved ones can also be placed. After blessing the hairs/nails it is permissable to put into something holy like a stupa. Whenever acts of worship are done towards the stupa, everyone living and passed who have their hair/nails inside will be blessed for better rebirths and meeting spiritual paths.

Since I posted up that blog post inviting others to submit their hair and nails, a lot of people have been sending emails to the Private Office asking how to submit it.

Below I had Jamie prepare an explanation on the Vajrayogini Stupa, how to make a contribution towards the Vajrayogini stupa and how to submit the items for Ruchok.

I’m happy to see so many people interested in being part of the Vajrayogini Stupa.

Tsem Rinpoche

 

 

Vajrayogini Stupa, at Kechara Forest Retreat

As you might know, we are now in the process of acquiring land and building the Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR), which is based about an hour away from the city center. This is another new and exciting branch of Kechara, which will be a place for people to go to for retreats, prayers, meditation or simply to relax. There are many exciting, daily updates on the special blog post, which has been created just for updates from KFR. Read it here: Kechara Forest Retreat

On the land, we are planning to have a large Gompa, where people can go to do prayers and make offerings to the Buddha. On top of that, around the land will be many stupas which will be filled with many holy and blessed items. People can circumambulate these stupas, make offerings, prayers or even sit in front of them for meditation. The stupas will also be very important for blessing the whole area, including all the animals and birds within it.

Stupas represent the Buddha’s enlightened mind, so even seeing the image of a stupa, or making offerings towards it creates an imprint of enlightenment in our minds. This can open up more karma for us to do more and deeper spiritual practice. For animals who may not be able to practice in this life, being around such holy items blesses their minds with imprints and heals them on many levels. These imprints will open in a future life enabling them to practice and connect to the Buddhas. There is a lot of power in a stupa for any beings who even sees it.

The stupa itself is a very blessed item. But we will also be putting many, many holy and blessed items and offerings within the stupas. The first one we are planning now for the KFR is a Vajrayogini stupa, which will include trillions and billions of Vajrayogini images and texts within it. We will copy and compile many of these images and Vajrayogini-related scriptures into hard-disks, which will be put into the stupa. This represents that there are trillions and billions of Vajrayoginis within. So whenever someone makes an offering, offers a candle, does prostrations etc., it is equivalent to doing something sacred and meritorious not only to one Vajrayogini, but to as many Vajrayoginis as there are inside the stupa. The merit created is multiplied innumerably!

Tsem Rinpoche will be doing a very special blessing ritual called Ruchok. People can receive a direct blessing from this ritual by submitting their hair or nails, which are blessed during the prayers. (Read more about the power of a Ruchok ritual and how to send in your items for blessing here.) After these items are blessed, they are no longer ordinary; they become generated as Vajrayogini herself. Then, they will be put into the stupa to generate further merit and blessings for the donors and for the people who will pray or make offerings at the stupa.

We are also inviting everyone to submit any offerings or precious items which will be inserted into the stupa before consecration. These items can be photographs of loved ones, clothing, jewellery, heirlooms, Dharma texts, wealth vases, tsa tsas or other Buddha images, or anything that is precious to you. These are considered offerings to Vajrayogini and the Three Jewels, and will generate a lot of blessings and merits to the giver. For as long as the stupa exists, merit will continue to be created and dedicated to the sponsor – which will last well after we pass away, into our future lives. The offering of these items into the stupa can also be dedicated to our loved ones so merit and blessings are generated for their well-being.

Lastly, we are setting up a special Stupa Fund, so people can make donations towards actually building the Vajrayogini stupa, and all other stupas on the land. Again, this will be a very powerful offering – by your contribution, you are making it possible for so many people in the future to connect to Vajrayogini and her blessings. For as long as the stupa exists and for every person who is benefited, or makes a prayer or offering at this stupa, you receive back the merit and blessings of having contributed to its creation.

We invite everyone to be a part of building this most special first stupa on our land. You can contribute in any of the ways above, and make your own dedications to your loved ones, or towards the fulfillment of your wishes. Don’t miss this precious chance now – it is extremely rare to be able to partake in the building of something so powerfully blessed.

 

How to make a contribution towards the Vajrayogini Stupa

Please pack and label all your items very clearly, and submit them to the Kechara Care Office, marked to the attention of Carmen Koo, Tsem Ladrang.

If you are living outside of Malaysia, please send your items to the address below. Please send your parcel by registered mail or courier so that it will arrive safely.

 

Attn: Carmen Koo
Tsem Ladrang
c/o Kechara Care
No. 7, Jalan PJU 1/3G
SunwayMas Commercial Center
47301 Petaling Jaya
Selangor
Malaysia

 

Submissions for Ruchok

There is more information about the Ruchok ritual here, including details on how to submit your items.

Please note that the hair/nails of each person/pet should be packed individually into separate bags (something like a Ziplock bag is good), and labelled clearly with the name of the person. i.e. don’t put 10 people’s items into the same bag, but pack them into 10 separate bags. Please also state if the “owner” is human or a dog/cat etc.

For further enquiries, please contact Jean Mei at [email protected]

 


More posts on KFR: 

Condensed Tsongkapa practice for Happiness & clear mind

Being there for kids the right way

The Power of Ruchok

Two powerful items for Kechara Forest Retreat

Kechara Forest Retreat

Earthworks officially begin at KFR!

Taking Trances

I found a place for Kechara Village!

107 at Kechara Forest Retreat!

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  1. Chris Chong on Apr 20, 2016 at 11:54 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Although I had missed this wonderful opportunity, I still feel grateful for having the stupa in KFR. I love to do circumambulation around it during night time because the flowers around it will give sweet fragrance at night.

    Thank you Rinpoche for building the stunning stupa to let us make connection with Vajrayogini and collect merits.

    Humbly,
    Chris

  2. Alice Tay on May 10, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    建造一个佛塔不单只是利益我们人类也包括其他动物。虽然这些动物不能够在今世持修佛法,但如果他们可以接近殊胜的圣物,他们的意识将会被加持与种下深刻的印记。那么在未来世,当他们的印记被‘打开’时,就可以让他们实践佛法,登上菩提道。

    从这里就可以看到上师尊贵的詹仁波切的慈悲心,在克切拉禅修林建造了如此殊胜的金刚瑜伽母的佛塔来利益不单只是我们,还有那边的居民与所有接近的动物。

    感谢仁波切为我们所做的一切。

  3. Chuong Chiem on Sep 12, 2014 at 7:13 am

    Hi Jean Mei,

    Is it too late to submit my hair/nail?

    Thanks
    Chuong Chiem

  4. Wan Wai Meng on Jun 19, 2014 at 3:36 am

    May we have more stupa to be built at KFR for many other people to sponsor and collect merit from bringing the benefit to so many other people. The more stupas there are in KFR the more blessed the environment is. I could dream that KFR would have the most stupas in South East Asia now won’t that be something.

  5. Steven Koh Wing Gok on May 27, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Dear Tsem Rinpoche,
    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your Competencies, High integrity and Honesty.
    The eternal care, effort and attention you have given to society and our people all these years.

    Wishing you a fulfilling and enjoyable time ahead.
    To many more years of good health, friendship and happiness.

    Thank You So MUCH.

  6. stella on May 3, 2014 at 12:08 am

    My sincere gratitude towards RInpoche for such a rare opportunity to correct merits. It is indeed a one-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Thank You is really too small a word to say to Rinpoche.

    Thank You, Rinpoche.

  7. Edwin Tan on May 2, 2014 at 2:47 am

    As I type this comment, the Vajrayogini stupa is being constructed.

    Thank you Rinpoche, for giving us such opportunity to have our loved one’s items in the stupa. Giving all of us ample time to have the items placed into the stupa.

  8. Beatrix Ooi on Apr 10, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    I think that this is a very great practise/idea, can you imagine our hair and nails being put into the Holy Stupa and also how much blessings we will be receiving? Its immeasurable, Rinpoche just doesn’t stop helping us, Rinpoche always does His best to help us when we are supposed to be the ones to should be helping ourselvea.

  9. Fion See on Apr 7, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    I am very interested about Ruchok as well as getting involve with
    Vajrayogini Stupa. Would like to find out in detail. Thank you.

  10. Grace Leu(KHJB) on Mar 31, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for granted us such golden opportunity to let us have the chance to offer our hair or nail into VJ stupa. Rinpoche always created a lot of activities and events to help us to collect tremendous merit for our spiritual path, thank you so much, Rinpoche!

  11. Sean Wang on Mar 30, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche for opening up the opportunity for all of us to attain a wondrous amount of merit through offering our hair and nails in the stupa. I think I may have already gave some but I am not too sure, I have to ask my mum.

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  15. Felix Kong on Sep 18, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Never heard before Malaysia have stupa , so fortunate that plan to build Vajrayogini Stupa at KFR. The greatest is we have opportunity to put anyone hair or nail into stupa and have a better future or next reborn, so so so excited and benefit to us, thank you Rinpoche .

  16. James Long on Jun 12, 2013 at 12:44 am

    再次阅读这篇文章有不同的感触。我们是如此的幸运能够在马来西亚学习到这些法会、正统的传承。时间不断的在改变,我们的因果业报也在不断地改变中,每分每秒的。我们可以选择不正视问题的根本,也可以选择去面对他。

    我们都会离开这个世界,真的,如果我们真的接受这个事实,我们的习性和决定将会立刻改变,我其实也时常以为“明天”是理所当然的,我时时都提醒自己:我是会死的,而且不知何时。

    当我们还活着,选择做一些好的事吧!

  17. Carmen K on Jun 11, 2013 at 5:21 pm
  18. Joy on Mar 8, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Rinpoche’s love and care for everyone is so huge…
    This will be the 1st Vajrayogini stupa ever built here in Malaysia for all to be benefited… even an “ant” that crawls around this stupa will be benefited and blessed just like in one of the Buddha’s Jataka tales whereby due to the object itself, the ant collected great amount of merits to be reborn in his next life as a human and have the merits to become a monk. Even though the ant or any insect, may not know what he did, but by accidentally circumambulated around the stupa the Dharma imprint has been planted. This is due to the power of the holy object, the fully enlightened beings or statues, scriptures or the stupas.

    I hope I will be around for this day when the stupa is being made, I sure want to participate in this holy sacred project! What an honor and how fortunate we are to be able to do this in this life time and to be protected by the three jewels life after life.

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  26. Wan Wai Meng on Jul 3, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    When there is a lama around so much, there will be so much beneficial activities is generated and much meritorious actions gets performed when there is a qualified lama in the vicinity. So many beings will get benefit as a result of such stupas being built.

  27. Alan Chan ( KSJC ) on May 21, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    Thank You Rinpoche sharing in Wesak day, we are so fortunate to have VarjaYogini Stupa in KFR , thank you Rinpoche given us the opportunities to put our loved ones hair or nail in to the Stupa , I will not miss it !

  28. wan on May 18, 2012 at 3:20 am

    We are very fortunate to have a Kechara forest retreat which will a have a stupa for us to walk around it to create more merit and purify our negative karma.

    Today i received about 7-10 package of hairs and nails from KSJC members which i will send over to KC for Jamie. Everyone are appreciate with Rinpoche’s compassion.

    May we always be protect by the 3 jewels.

  29. Soon on May 17, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Dear admin or rinpoche,
    Can I put my Thai Buddhist amulets into the stupa? Some of it I got from ajarn tong, n few famous monks.
    Thks.

  30. Adrian Cho on May 14, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for your kindness and care for us.
    I really appreciates much for this blessing that we can collect more merits.

  31. Jace Chong on May 12, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for always doing the best for us to collect the best amount of merits.

    Everything in KFR and KWPC is dedicated to all sentient beings especially Malaysian, how fortunate we are and my gratitude to Rinpoche is beyond words.

    Even though my parents and their pets might not have chance to practice more Dharma, but through all these, certainly more Dharma seeds will be planted.

    Thanks Jamie and team to manage the collection works. Thank you _/|\_

  32. MITRA on May 12, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    great idea rinpoche to build vajrayogini stupa at KFR.WE are so fortunate to have rinpoche here.care ,love benifit…….tyhank you

  33. anita on May 12, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    thank you rinpoche for kindness .that is geeat opportunity to have the chance to build vajrayogini stupa at KFR.

  34. Girlie on May 12, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    When the VY stupa is completed in Kechara Forest Retreat, many people would have contributed towards it. However that would not be the only stupa at KFR.

    We submit our hair and/or nails to be consecrated into this stupa, we will continuously receive blessings in this life and even after we have passed away.

  35. Tenzin Kyabsum on May 12, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Thank you for always thinking of ways for us to collect merits. So so lucky to be able to offer precious items/nails/hair to be inserted into the holy Vajrayogini stupa.. Will definitely get family and friends to submit their personal belongings to collect merits..

    Thank you very much for always thinking of us, Rinpoche. Thank you so much!

  36. tenzin llhamo on May 12, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    How bless are we to be able to circumambulate and do prostrations at Kechara Forest Retreat! Imagine the amount of merits beings can collect just by looking at it. This will also create a cause for us to be able to plant a seed for Vajrayogini’s practice in the future.
    I remember when I was in Kathmandu and looking at the huge amount of people circumambulating and prostrating Boudhanath Stupa the whole day! What a sight! Now we don’t have to go so far just to so! How wonderful!
    Thank you Rinpoche for giving us the chance to collect tremendous merits.

  37. James Long on May 12, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    We are so fortunate to have this ritual and Stupa to be done/built here in Malaysia. After reading all the articles on Stupa in another Rinpoche blog post(http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/10-articles-on-stupas-contest.html), it is so wonderful and great to have Stupa build in this country.

    I still remember few years back when the monks from Gaden came and taught us all the ritual including Ruchok (set up only as we are not initiated)and few of us are fortunate to have our nails/hair to be blessed as well.

    If we have the chance now, do not let it go easily, yes be greedy for blessing and do good things as we do not know when we will say good bye to this world which is a true that we cannot deny.

  38. wan on May 12, 2012 at 3:51 am

    We are very fortunate to have a rare chance to pass our nails and hair and our loved one to be placed into Vajrayogini stupa at KFR which bring extreme benefit to us even after we depart.

    Rinpoche thoughtful and kindness is vast like an ocean and is go to everyone regardless Rinpoche know them or not. Its come from Rinpoche real compassion that never expect something in return.

    May we be the part of cause to support the creation of Vajrauyogini Stupa which will bring benefit to many people in a near future.

  39. Davin on May 11, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for your continuous care and love for us. The Vajrayogini stupa at KFR create a good opportunities for us to receive blessing continuously and we can make offerings towards it and creates an imprint of enlightenment in our mind.

  40. Erickksiow on May 11, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for giving us chance to make a offering to Vajrayogini stupa, it’s benefit a lot of peoples in continuous life times. Much Appreciate it.. :0

    Best Regards : Erickksiow

  41. Darren on May 11, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    This is a very special stupa as it will be the main attraction for people to visit our KFR to do prayers, offering and meditation.
    I will definitely wash my hair and nails before i submit it.

  42. Albert on May 11, 2012 at 1:11 am

    we are indeed to have the chance to be blessed by Vajrayogini, building a large stupa in Malaysia is just so amazing, this is very normal in Tibet or Nepal, but in Malaysia has become something very rare… what merits do we have by being able to be here…

  43. Junior on May 10, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Imagine having this stupa will change the energy around this land and whoever come to KFR can direct blessing from stupa.

  44. Sean Pang on May 10, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    I first heard about the Vajrayogini Stupa at KFR during Rinpoche’s talk on Wesak Day. Inviting people from all walks of life and of any faith to send in their hair and nails so that they will receive direct blessings is a show of great compassion!

    Rinpoche also talked about setting up committees to complete the construction of the Stupa. I know we are far away from KL but we will do what we can to support this great project. Just being a part of it, whatever our role may be, is a blessing already.

    Thank you, dear Rinpoche, for all that You do for all sentient beings. And sincere thanks also to all the unknown heroes who are working tirelessly behind the scenes to make this happen!!

    With respect,
    Sean Pang in Shanghai

  45. Andrew Chiam on May 10, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Hi Rinpoche & Team,
    Thanks for the wonderful and precious offer for us to be part of the very blessed Stupa for mother Vajrayogini.
    Its a very good to create a connection with Vajrayogini for her blessings and receiving her teaching in the future.
    Now it’s all possible due to the kindness of Rinpoche. Thanks.

  46. JP Lim on May 9, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for letting us to participate.

  47. David Loh on May 8, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the offer to be a ‘part’ of the Vajrayogini Stupa at Kechara Forest Retreat. Having our hair/nails inserted together with holy relics and objects in the magnificient Vajrayogini Stupa is a great honour though who am I to deserve it.

    I pray that KFR will manifest very swiftly and all of Rinpoche’s wishes will come true.

  48. Louise Lee on May 8, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche & Jamie for the explain.

    I want to put all my family member & friends hair & nail in the Stupa. And i hope that i got the chance to build it too!

    I want the Stupa as big as big we can !! From far , people can see it ! They can bless by Vajrayogini!!

  49. wong yuen foo_Counterforce on May 8, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, thank you very much for your kind offering & your compassionate thought for all other people around the world whom are not even a Kecharian at all or not met / heard about.

    I took this opportunities to inform my very good friends & his family in Shanghai about the building of Vajrayogini stupa in KFR & they are very exicited about the whole affairs. ( Apparently they could not access to Kechara website in China, hence I save this particular write-up & email to her ). I really hope they too can benefits & gather merits from all the works being carried out by Rinpoche. On their behalf, I say, Thank You very much, Rinpoche. May you always in good health.

  50. Phillis Chin on May 8, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Thank all Kecharians and who put in all efforts to work this out. And also thank you Rinpoche, always caring so so much! Fortunate us ^^,

  51. Mei Fong on May 7, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    I would like to thank Rinpoche very much for giving us the opportunity to put our item of identity together with such holy relics from all around the world. Rinpoche already explain that we will gain mass amount merits by doing so. Me as a useless student of Rinpoche do not deserve such a great blessing but i am really grateful that Rinpoche gave me this chance to make a strong connection with Vajrayogini. OM MANI PEDME HUNG

  52. Ksjc Leu Chong Hin on May 7, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Thanks to our Guru, to given a chance to us to participate to built VY stupa. I feel very grateful and I will do more dharma works in KSJC in order to repay your wonderful kindness. Thanks

  53. Pastor Chia on May 7, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Thank for rinpoche sharing this wonderful news, many of us fill with negative karma have opportunity have chance to join this holy project building up this Vajrayogini stupa.
    We also able to put our parents, relative, friends and pet hair, nail or Asher into this stupa .Circumambulate this holy Vajayogini stupa will purify our bad karma. Harry get involve this project at KFR.

  54. David Lai on May 7, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    I used to think that a Stupa was just built with the main stucture, put all the holy items within it and seal it. Voila, you have a powerful and blessed Stupa that will radiate its blessings on all. However, I learnt that it is not so and there’s many things that needs to be done. Just to prepare the hair and nails of the people, a special Ruchok puja needs to be done first.

    We are indeed fortunate to have this opportunity to be a part of the sacred mission to benefit others. One of the reason Rinpoche said he is doing this is because many of us will not practice Dharma sincerely. Hence, he is doing this to help us to collect a little bit of merit that will help us in our future rebirths.

  55. nicholas on May 7, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Wow….what a great opportunity to have the chance to build Vajrayogini Stupa at KFR!

    The Vajrayogini stupa will connect to a lot of people in future and so much people will gain the benefits. How lucky we are under our Guru kindness and guidance creating such a wonderful place for more people to collect merits.

    Beside the stupa Rinpoche so kind to do very special blessing ritual called Ruchok. People can receive a direct blessing from this ritual by submitting their hair or nails, which are blessed during the prayers.

    Just look at how great the benefits from building this Stupa?

    Today we already started collecting hairs and nails for Ruchock.
    Wonderful!

  56. Mc on May 7, 2012 at 4:44 am

    I am truly grateful that in my life I can get to witness and maybe even participate in the making of a stupa, and a Vajrayogini stupa at that. Each time I go to KFR and stare at the hills, I comprehend Rinpoche’s vision for KWPC a bit better and again I am filled with awe as to how much kindness is being bestowed upon us.

    It is good to remember what Rinpoche said towards the end of the KWPC video..”together we can”. We all need to get committed to the Stupa project and beyond. Not just involved.

  57. Helena Chin on May 7, 2012 at 1:42 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for your kindness and always think of ways to let us gain more merits.

  58. lewkwanleng on May 6, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    As a Malaysian, I never thought I would have chance to get involved in making Stupa. Stupa to me is something so holy and so “far away” (too far to reach), let alone building one.

    I sincerely wish to be selected as someone who can lay bricks for the holy Stupa. I will work hard to collect the merits 🙂

    Please don’t miss this chance. Contribute in whatever way you can: effort, time, financially, help fund raise, marketing, etc…!!!

  59. Cynthia L on May 6, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this with us and during Wesak Day on the benefits of having a stupa, building a stupa and also about Ruchok. The first holy stupa I saw was in Nepal, Boudhanath stupa and the energy that radiates from the stupa is amazing. From this, I can imagine having this stupa in KFR will change the energy around this land tremendously.

    To me, this stupa marks the first great holy representation of what will follow in the near future. It will be so significant because this will be the first Vajrayogini stupa in the whole of Malaysia as well. Perhaps, in the future to come this will be historically recorded as the oldest stupa in Malaysia.

    I would LOVE to be in ANY part of this stupa project if given the opportunity.

  60. Sam on May 5, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    I felt touched and grateful for everything that Rinpoche has done at Kechara Retreat Forest(And i must say not only at KRF but many many more). From acquiring the piece of land and then to putting in 2 special vases and then to butter lamp house and then now Vajrayogini stupa and many many more..Reason behind is for all of us so that we can make offerings to Buddha, go there for retreat, to do prayers and many more beneficial reasons. Rinpoche, you are a wonderful guru and we are fortunate to have you.I sincerely thank you for giving us the opportunity to do more. Thank you many many times. Take care 🙂

    • Sam on May 5, 2012 at 4:58 pm

      Not to forget to thank all Kecharians who put in all efforts to work this out. Thank you Jamie for the explantion as well.

  61. patsy on May 5, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    We are so fortunate to have Rinpoche here with us and giving us a chance to collect such tremendous merits. I definitely wouldn’t want to miss out this auspicious opportunity.

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for always thinking and taking care of us. Thank you, Jamie for the clear and detailed explanations.

    HAPPY WESAK:)

  62. Victor Phang on May 5, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Thank you very much Rinpoche for creating another huge-merit-collection facility to us.

    Kechara, KFR, KWPC, Stupa, Gompa, blog, teaching, caring, love, compassion, support, wisdom, encouragement and many many more “Dharmic Essences” are the precious gifts I had never seen in my life before I join Kechara last year.

    Even though I came to Kechara just almost a year but I’m witnessing how FAST this organization growth and benefits thousands and thousands of sentient beings directly & indirectly. I really can feel the incredible hyper strong energy from Rinpoche and all the Kecharians.

    To be honest, a lot of times I really face difficulty to write my comment here because I can’t find suitable words to express how grateful & fortunate I am to get connected with you and Kechara.

    A “thank you” is really too small to show my gratefulness toward your great compassion for all the sentient beings especially the fortunate Malaysians. With you blessing, teaching and the endless “facilities”, I’m confident to walk thru my spiritual journey in Kechara and it is getting smoothen 🙂

    Thank you very much Jamie for your detailed and clear explanation.

    Take good care _/\_ Have An Auspicious Wesak Day 🙂
    With love,
    VP

  63. mayy on May 5, 2012 at 9:39 am

    How fortunate we are to have such great places like in Kechara Forest Retreat with all the stupas for people to get blessing not only this life but for all future life time too… to make offerings, prayers, circumambulate and meditate. More so now a Vajrayogini stupa.

    I wouldn’t want to miss out this chance! Thank you Rinpoche for your continuous care, love and compassion as always.

  64. Sock Wan on May 5, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for you kindness, to give us such an opportunity to have ours and our loved ones hair or nail to be put in the Stupa. We are so fortunate to have our Guru here to do the ritual for us. It is extremely blessed to have our personal items put in a Stupa. For as long as the Stupa exists and for as long as there are people circumambulate the Stupa, our blessings keep accumulate. Don’t miss the chance.

    You may contact anyone of us from Kechara Care.

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  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 06:10 PM
    OMG! This is very touching. To see a doggie who never left go of his owner in spite of death. Way more powerful than many who proclaimed “till death do us part.” Just like the human, not all doggies are as loyal as this tear-jerking pet, but I truly believe almost all doggies offer unconditional love to the person who feeds and cares for them. Even when they are stray animals. There was a stray dog who will run two streets from the entrance of the “Taman” until the car stops in front of the house, just to greet me. You can imagine the warm and conviction in my heart that these beings are more than capable of loving than many of us, human! Thank you for this lovely sharing. I miss my doggie, Sherab.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 06:00 PM
    Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow, for this amazing sharing. There is no doubt about the ability of our Guru, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche. His incarnations have been compassionate and taken rebirth to return and spread the dharma so that sentient beings can benefit and learn some dharma in our short life.

    We shall never doubt our Guru; but must see that He is one with our Yidam and Protector, an attained being. Even if our Guru does not demonstrate clairvoyance abilities, we must never contest our Guru, for he holds the key (dharma) that can liberate us from eternal suffering in samsara.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-1-2.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 05:50 PM
    Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow, for the illustrated miracle story on how Rinpoche guided Cynthia and Marici away from danger through protector’s practice. The unseen exist, whether we like it or not. Some of them are malicious and have the affinity or karma with some of us. Hence they can cause harm and disturbance. By engaging in Protectors’ practice like Dorje Shugden and Setrap that have been practiced by the high lamas of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, we are protected and guarded against harm.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Han Nee for this article.

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

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/interesting-signs-of-reincarnation.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Apr 23. 2017 08:29 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for your teachings.
    Always be generous and kind in what ever we could do even its little help.It’s the little things in life that bring the greatest happiness. Its between us and our Buddha ,so we would not bother what the receipient thinks and say of us. What ever was said ,should not deter our motivation to do Dharma work.
    (It will change people’s lives in one way or another. It will change your life for the better.)….well said by Rinpoche.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/its-not-between-you-and-the-recipient.html
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Apr 23. 2017 07:16 PM
    Thank you Grace for this interesting articles about hair. There are just so much info which we do not know previously. Most of the time we may neglect the details, thinking as long as we clean our hair everyday it is sufficient. But there are so many things we need to know for example types of hair, scalp condition, our environment and our physical condition which may affect our hair. Great tips.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/how-much-do-you-know-about-hair.html

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
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One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini\'s blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves.
~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini's blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves. ~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
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His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
: This picture says it all. Click on it to enlarge and read and please share.
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: This picture says it all. Click on it to enlarge and read and please share.
This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one\'s death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one's death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin\'s dog Snowy!
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I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin's dog Snowy!
Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
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Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
 Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
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2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
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One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
 Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
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Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
Tsem Rinpoche\'s Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
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Tsem Rinpoche's Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
 It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and \'defeat\' the ones that hurt us because we don\'t become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
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It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and 'defeat' the ones that hurt us because we don't become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
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Tsem Rinpoche's heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin  Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
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Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
 (left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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(left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s good to be with kind and sincere people.
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It's good to be with kind and sincere people.
If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
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If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
My Mumu boy didn\'t want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
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My Mumu boy didn't want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
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This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn\'t move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
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I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
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March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
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Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
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March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
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More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
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Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
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Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
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This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
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I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
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Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
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Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
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The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
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Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
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My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
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February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
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Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
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  • April 20, 2017 10:45
    Ronnie asked: Dear Rinpoche and Pastors, I'm studying abroad and very far away from home, seeking guidance and advice as I have no one else I can talk to about this. Please read with an open mind, I don't know where else to go for help. I'm pregnant and it's an unplanned pregnancy. I'm stuck between keeping it or letting it go. I'm young and having a child at my age in the society we live in now would be considered taboo. The father of the child thinks I should let it go because it may cause a setback to both our careers and cause major family issues. He thinks we aren't ready to raise a child especially since we're both still in university and his parents think badly of me even though they've never met me or tried to get to know me. I'm sure no one would ever have the heart to take away a heartbeat but it seems like it isn't the right time to have a child now and if we did go through with it, the child probably won't be able to have the best things life can offer looking at where we are now in terms of finance and maturity. I'm lost, confused and unsure what the right thing to do is now. Any advice at all would be helpful right now. Thank you so very much for taking time to read my story.
    pastor answered: Dear Ronnie, I’m sorry to read that you are going through this situation. I can understand that this situation is tough to go through. You are always more than welcome to come here to ask questions. May I suggest that you talk to either someone in your family or your friends to help you come to an appropriate solution? This is because, what you feel, what you are going through, will change from time to time and you would need someone to talk to, someone that you can lean on through this situation you are facing. Depending on where you are in the world, professional help can also be sought to help you make a decision, which will be the best option for you seeking help. From a Buddhist perspective, the taking of a life is not considered a positive act, therefore those on the Buddhist path, would normally abstain taking a life if possible. However, that being said, one must always weigh the decision oneself. Everything we do in life, necessarily involves karma both positive and negative. That is why Buddhists try to overcome samsara in general. Your situation is complicated because you are abroad, but if possible you should really open up to someone you are close to in order to help you through making this decision on a personal basis. When you talk to someone, whom you are able to express yourself more, you may able to come to better decision that is right for you. There may be other options open to you if you seek help. I personally know women who have been in similar situations. One of these women, let the child go and the other went through the pregnancy and then gave the child up for adoption. You may or may not have thought of this option, but it is one that could be open to you, depending on where in the world you are. Any decision we make in life, however big or small it may seem, has far reaching consequences whether in this life, or in future lives. This is just a part and parcel of life within samsara. However, we should weigh the decisions we make clearly given the situation we are in. We cannot always do this weighing ourselves, but need to talk about our options with others we can rely on such a friends, family or professionals. You should consider doing this, which will help you greatly emotionally, and may give you the grounding you need to make the correct decision for you. I hope this helps.
  • April 19, 2017 04:57
    Dongho asked: What is a nyung ne practice? According to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, it's a purification sadhana. However, what are the instructions for this? I'm guessing it's to Chenrezig, but how does it work? Also, from what I have read, Vajrasattva practice is only for broken vows while Akshobhya is for regular misdeeds. Does that mean one has to take the Akshobhya practice to purify bad karma from this life and previous instead of Vajrasattva? As for the purification practices, are some like Vajrasattva and Chenrezig only to purify the bad karma and let it come quickly or is it to prevent it from coming? I am confused in it. As for signs, I recited a mantra of White Yangchenma that a Sakya lama, Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche, gave me with the Sakya visualizations I read on, and after one mala, I heard some lady call my Korean name even though no one in my neighborhood knows of my name and my family members weren't in the area. What does this mean?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your questions, it’s nice to see you back here again. Nyung Ne practice is a purification practice that centres around Chenrezig. It is a very beneficial practice that stems from a holy nun named Gelong-ma Palmo. It is a two and a half day practice that can be repeated many times over and over again to intensify the purification and build a closer relationship with Chenrezig. As well as its purification aspect, the practice is known to generate vast amount of merit, and also compassion, as the practice centres around Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion. The practice involves taking the eight Mahayana precepts for the duration, fasting, meditating, prostrating and praying. The practice usually entails empowerment into the practice of Chenrezig, therefore the exact meditations, prayers can only be explained to those who have the empowerment. Vajrasattva practice is not necessarily only for repairing broken vows, etc. That’s why it is advised that you engage in the practice at the end of the day, to repair any vows that you may have broken during that day, as well as stopping any negative karma you created that day from multiplying. This would entail reciting the mantra 21 times, together with the four opponent powers. However, if you engage in this practice more intensely, it definitely has the capability to purify all sorts of karma. That is the reason why in Ngondro, or preliminary practices one engages in before tantra, the practice of 100,000 Vajrasattva mantra recitation is an integral part. You can read more about Vajrasattva and his practice here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/an-important-purification-practice.html. Within purification practices, some of the karma will be purified completely, so you do not feel its effects at all, but when purifying other karma you will need to feel its effects somehow. For example if you have the karma to be in a car accident and get seriously injured, and you are engaging in any practice, but especially the purification practice, since you have purified most of the karma, you will only experience being in a very minor car accident, with only very superficial injuries. Therefore, in this case, the karma has been purified to the extent that it does not affect you as much, but you still need to feel part of its effect. In regards to any signs that you receive which engaging in the practices given to you by one of your specific gurus, you should report the happenings to that particular guru. He will be able to give you more of an accurate answer, as it may be related to the particular practice that he gave to you. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • April 17, 2017 07:06
    Thomas asked: Dear Pastors, When a serkyem set has been used so much and one is ready to get rid of it and replace it with a new one. What is a respecful mode of disposal?
    pastor answered: Dear Thomas, Thank you for your question. Your question shows that you have a lot of respect for offering items, which is very good. If possible, you should try to repair the item if within your means, and doing so make embellishments to make it a better offering item, which can still be used. If this is not possible, then you should dispose of the item with a good motivation. You should think that this item has been used to make offerings to the enlightened beings, but now that it is broken or unusable, you are going to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. Since it itself is not a receptacle of energies of the enlightened beings, such as a statue, tsa tsa or thangka, it does not require a special dissolution before being disposed of. However since it was used to make offerings, it still requires some form of respect when disposing, and this comes from one’s motivation and the way in which you dispose of it. Usually, when disposing of items in this way, make the motivation that you have used it and that it is now time to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. When you do this you can dispose of it in a respectful manner. For example, if you are going to throw it away, you do not simply open the trash can and throw it in. You wrap it up in something, like a bag or newspaper and dispose of it respectfully. Another method you can dispose of it is to recycle the object, if the material it is made from can be recycled. That way you are more conscious of the environment as well. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 16, 2017 22:38
    Curious asked: Dear pastors In a recent youtube video something like paying respect to deceased ones, pastor Nirel Patel explained that merits are like the interest and good karma is like the principal sum. So merits always regenerate themselves and hence do not get used up but good karma is like the principal sum so it gets used up. So my question is what are practices that generate merit? And can we turn a mundane daily activity into a meritorious one? Maybe can you provide an example?
    pastor answered: Dear Curious, Thank you for your question. First, to clarify a point, in regards to good karma, you are right, it is like a principal sum in a bank account, but you take away from it when you experience something good in your life, and you add to it when you do good deeds. Merit on the other hand, once accrued never diminishes, therefore when something is based on merit, it is based on the energies of this never diminishing sum, which you could say is like interest. In short, the principal sum when talking about karma is always added to and subtracted from. However, when talking about merit, once you have it, there is no way to destroy it, you will always benefit from it. There are various ways to explain how to generate merit. I will explain a way that I find easiest to understand. In normal life, when we go about performing any sort of activity, be it ‘good’ or ‘bad’ we do so out of ignorance of the true nature of existence, and it is usually self-motivated. For example, we work our entire lives to generate monetary income, so that we have enough money, resources, and materials goods to be comfortable. This is self-motivated, but it is the accepted way the world works these days, and is part and parcel of being bound to samsaric life. On the other hand, the act of merit making can be categorised into three parts: i) motivation, ii) the act itself, and iii) dedication. Let’s start with motivation, when engaging in various virtuous acts, we should have the motivation that by engaging in the act, we have the motivation to alleviate the suffering of someone else, and that may we gain enlightenment so that we can benefit them in the future. The second is the act itself. The third is to dedicate the energy of the virtuous act to gaining enlightenment. These three are what make merit. This may be a little confusing, so let me give an example: giving help to a homeless person. Whereas in ordinary life, this is something praised as a very good deed, it does not create merit without motivation and dedication. In order for this to become merit, one must set the motivation that one is giving help to the homeless free of the eight worldly concerns, to alleviate their suffering and also making the motivation that you will achieve enlightenment for the sake of the person or people you are helping. Then after you have helped them, you dedicate the energy created to the spiritual journey towards full enlightenment to help all sentient beings, while at the same time benefiting as many sentient beings as possible on the way there. This transforms the act into not only a virtuous action but also one that generates merit. On the other hand, if you were to help the homeless without these, you are creating good karma, which although beneficial, keeps you bound to existence within samsara. As it is the goal of Buddhist practice to overcome the cycle of samsara, a Buddhist would want to generate merit instead of good karma. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 13, 2017 11:38
    D.A. asked: If Begtse Chan is not from Mongolia, what are his real origins or story exactly? And which lamas offer his empowerment? As for Manjushri Nagarakshasa, which lamas specifically offer his empowerment and practice?
    pastor answered: Dear D.A. Thank you for your question. Begtse, is also known as Chamsing, or Jamsaran in Mongolian. As mentioned in an earlier sharing with someone who also asked a question about Begtse, the practiced was introduced to Tibet from India by the translator Nyen Lotsawa, and is considered one of the main protectors of the Hayagriva cycle of tantras. According to the scriptures that derive from the Sakya tradition, who incorporated the practice from the translators, and in which tradition Begtse became a very important protector, Begtse in a previous life was born many eons ago. In that particular life, he was born as the younger prince in a royal family. His name was Drag Gye, and his older brother’s name was Drag Den. Over time both princes developed differing religious beliefs, to the point where they could not get along with each as they both held their own religious views strongly. As was the custom during that time, they decided to settle their differences through logical debate, with the loser having to convert to the winner’s religion. This custom was also prevalent in ancient India, and there are many stories of such debates occurring between the great masters of the past and those of other faiths. Drag Gye lost the various debates, but ran away instead of converting to his older brother’s religion. Drag Den caught him, and tried to punish him for breaking the rules of debate and going back on his promise. Drag Gye told his brother that even if he was killed he would not give up his religion, however if Drag Den let him go, that in the future when Drag Den became enlightened, he would protect his teachings. With that Drag Den let him go, and gave him a set of copper armour, a stick, and a bow and arrow. Drag Den also gave Drag Gye a new name: Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po. After this incident the two brothers never saw each other again in that lifetime. Many lives after that Drag Den was reborn as Prince Siddharta, who eventually became enlightened and is now known as Buddha Shakyamuni. Drag Gye, or Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po, was reborn in a cemetery in the North West direction. His parents gave birth to two eggs, one was a coral-like colour and the other was an agate-like colour. These two eggs flew high into the sky and reached the heavenly realms, there they subdued the gods. Then flying back down to earth, they subdued many nagas. Eventually they even came to threaten their own parents. The parents petitioned the Dharma protector Ekajati for her help, who threw her own staff (khatvanga) at the eggs, and broke them apart. From the coral-like coloured egg came a ferocious man with yellow hair, he proclaimed that his name was ‘Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po’. When he emerged he was wearing a set of copper armour, wielding a stick, copper sword, and a bow and arrow. From the agate-like coloured egg came a female who was blue in colour, her teeth were like shells, she had turquoise eyebrows, and her hair was made of fire. She emerged wielding a copper knife, ritual dagger (phurba), rode a terrifying bear and wore an intricate necklace made of agate and lapis lazuli. It was then that Ekajati once again took action, and subdued them, after which they became Dharma protectors. The male figure became known as Begtse, and the female as his sister. When you propitiate Begtse, his sister is automatically included and aids practitioners as well. As for which lama offer his practice and empowerment, most lamas do not advertise which teachings or practice they hold. Therefore you should respectfully approach lamas and ask them if they have the practice and can bestow it, or if they know of any lamas that have the practice, depending on how much you want to practice Begtse. Similarly, this applies to those lamas who have the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. However, this practice is included in the Rinjung Gyatsa series of empowerments. This unique cycle of teachings, includes all 4 classes of tantric practices, and includes the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. Therefore those lamas who have received the complete transmission, and have kept their commitments for this practice, are qualified to pass this on to others. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
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Robey, Natalie and Lauren doing sharing on how to make slime. A great exercise for them to learn leadership & public speaking. Lin Mun KSDS
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Robey, Natalie and Lauren doing sharing on how to make slime. A great exercise for them to learn leadership & public speaking. Lin Mun KSDS
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Beautiful tormas was offered during Gyenze Puja at Kechara Forest Retreat. Lucy Yap
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