Visiting the Huge Kuan Yin in Pinang

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Myself with JJ who assisted me to Pinang.

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Monlam, myself and long time student Chia.

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Keloksi Temple is the Largest Chinese Buddhist Monastery in Malaysia as far as I know. It is in the Northern State of Pinang which is five hours drive from Kuala Lumpur.

The Temple complex is huge. Here we are visiting the outdoor Kuan Yin (Avalokitesvara) image at Keloksi. Fantastic structure. The cover for Kuan Yin is nearly done. I rejoice and feel very happy to see this sacred image of Kuan Yin so awe inspiring. May Kuan Yin bless us all to full enlightenment.

I went to Pinang with JJ, Chia and Monlam. We had a nice overnight trip in which I visited our Kechara Paradise Outlet in Pinang for the first time also.

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  1. ben on Feb 7, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    I did visit this temple many years ago. We donated money to the temple and wrote our names on a roof tile so it could be in the temple for ever so nice to see it is almost finished

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  9. Wan Wai Meng on Sep 16, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    I thank the Malaysian government for truly practising religious freedom for all its citizens. Monuments like this is not easy to built, people had the raise funds for it, plan for it, execute and implement the construction and hence forth. Monuments like this if done beautifully is not only a religious icon it can also attract tourists as well. It will add another dimension to attracting tourists to Malaysia.

  10. lewkwanleng on Sep 16, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    If you are in Malaysia and have not been to Kok Lok Si Temple, you must go and visit this temple. It is HUGE, and has a outdoor Kuan Yin. It is situated on top of a mountain, and you can choose to walk up, or take electric transporter to go up. It is very convenient.

    The Kuan Yin image can be seen even from far, and I sincerely wish she will bless us to achieve enlightenment.

  11. Anila on Aug 15, 2010 at 12:38 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    The Big Statue at Kek Lok Si Temple you visited with Chia, Monlam and JJ bring back memories of my trip to Penang with you to raise funds for Gaden Monastery. We could not really visit it as it was only half completed due to non approval by the Penang Government. The Statue when completed would stand higher then the mosque. But at least we still have the freedom to practice religion.

    Another important memory is that the Kuan Yin statue reminded me of how Kuan Yin saved and healed me when I was a baby. According to my mother. I was streaken with high fever which paralized half of my body and also affected my speech. My mother tried all ways to heal me and get me a cure. Nothing seems to be successful. And the last resort she went to a Kuan Yin temple in Jalan Ampang prayed and offered me up to Kuan Yin and made a promise that if I am healed I would serve Dharma. And now I am healed and serving Dharma as a Nun. OM MANI PADME HUM. Anila.

  12. Uncle Eddie on Aug 14, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    The huge Keloksi Temple, the largest Chinese Buddhist Monastery in Malaysia also reminded me of a teaching i have heard man years ago, delivered to a group of Malaysian Chinese practitioners who were in pursuance of the Kuan Yin Path (Avalokitesyara). It was about the doctrine of the famous Kuan Yin Pu Sa six syllables Mani mantra – “Om Mani Padme Hum”.

    In accordance to the teaching, it was said that the mantra is a mantra for self development, achievable if one deepens his roots of virtues, and uproot his propensities and habits that are harmful to human relationships. The wondrous sound of the mantra awaken the heart of kindness and compassion in wholeness and purity of the good hearted to transform himself or others to benefit all beings.

    Quotable quotes:
    ” Don’t change of the World for unless you change yourself,
    the World will not change for you.
    Life can be a rocky road,
    the challenge is not to let it grind you into dust,
    but polish you into a brilliant gem.”

  13. keng tan on Jul 26, 2010 at 6:19 am

    om mani padme hum, ओं मणिपद्मे हूं, 唵嘛呢叭咪吽
    I love this mantra – it is so soothing and calming. It is also one of the easiest mantra to recite, when walking, driving and even just before going to sleep.

  14. Koh Hee Peng on Jul 25, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    If I’m not mistaken I’m “made” in Penang and born in Melaka :). Hence every few years, especially after I have started working my parents and I would travel to Penang for holiday, to visit the place of my origin :).
    I too was very mesmerised by the large Kuan Yin statue when I first saw it. By having Kuan Yin statue in Penang state, the people in Penang would collect the merits whenever they see the Kuan Yin statue by planting the seeds of compassion in them. Due to the immense size of the statue, more people in Penang would have the opportunities to see the statue from far and more merits would be collected by the Ke Lok Si temple and people who contribute to the construction of the Kuan Yin statue.

  15. weeliang on Jul 10, 2010 at 5:49 am

    These are very beautiful pictures of the Kuan Yin statue at Keloksi, Penang. I have heard of many people visiting Keloksi for blessing during auspicious occasions. In fact a friend of mine dedicated some blessings to me during wesak day when visited Keloksi. Perhaps one day I’ll pay a visit to Penang and see this beautiful statue. I hope that KWPC would come up quickly and the largest Lama Tsongkapa statue in it will also attract many people from all over the planet. I think the people who has contributed to building the Kuan Yin statue ay Keloksi must be very happy for having built the statue and benefiting so many people.

  16. May Ong on Jul 10, 2010 at 2:11 am

    The Kuan Yin statue in Kek Lo Si, Penang looked impressive. It is being built by loving devotees to her as she represents compassion. She is Malaysian’s favorite deity and her statue is a must have for Buddhist in their home. My family used to visit the place during school holidays.
    Where large Buddha statues have been erected, the temple would draw many visitors from afar and become a tourist destination. We hope to have such huge statues at KWPC in the future for devotees in Asia. Her mantra Om Mani Padme Hum is easy to recite although I did not understand the meaning of it then. It is nice to see Tsem Rinpoche taking a short break from KL to spend time out of KL.

  17. Nicholas Yu on Jul 9, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    This should be a very good sign of our government supporting their multi religious community practice their own religious. No doubt the permit approval for the build was taken quite long but whatever the caused the Kwan Yin Statue is there now and it’s going to bless a lot of people.
    Seeing this large Kwan Yin Statue just imagine how many people will be benefited (from the start of the build until the people who going to maintain & visit).
    I just can’t wait to see KWPC up at Genting foot leg. This is going to be a remarkable and a huge Buddhist Institution for anyone that would like to learn Buddhism/dharma.

  18. Mimi Chua on Jul 9, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    That is a geogeous photo shot of Rinpoche & team. Thanks for sharing. Not forgetting the camera man must be equally good to capture the best view of Kuan Yin & everyone in the picture.

  19. henry ooi on Jul 9, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    Hahaha! Monlam looks so funny! Like he is being half bear hugged.
    Yes, the gigantic statue of Kuan Yin at Kek Lok Si Temple is really awesome! Years of fund raising, planning and executing culminated into this spectacle that will benefit Penangites and all Malaysians alike.
    Having grown up in Penang I have visited this temple numerous times and I still do when I return to this lovely island. Penang also boasts of many old temples on the island and tourists throng them.
    KWPC when completed will also draw many tourists, local and afar to visit and see architectural buildings inspired by countries from Tibet, Nepal, China and India. KWPC with its natural surroundings of lush greens will attract many nature lovers to trek, bird watch, etc.

  20. mayy on Jul 9, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these pictures with us. Penang Island is simply beautiful. I will take every opportunity and make every excuse to visit the Island for the rest, recreation and food. Hehehe…. Without exception every trip would include a visit to the Kek Lok Si Temple and a visit to the liberation pond to visit the tortoise. Now with the completion of the super Kuan Yin Statue, there is no excuse not to visit.
    Kuan Yin always exudes serenity, love and compassion. The structure is truly awe inspiring erected on a temple complex on a hill with beautiful view of the surrounding areas.
    Penang has many other beautiful temples, one of them is a very old Kuan Yin temple right in the middle of town just off the ferry terminal. Thousands of devotees will congregate annually to make offerings and to celebrate Kuan Yin’s birthday. More than twenty years ago a tragedy happened during Kuan Yin’s birthday when the overhead bridge leading to the ferries collapsed killing many devotees. The numbers were overwhelming and the structure of the bridge could not take the weight. It was a very sad day.
    There is also the Buddhist temple from Burma and the Buddhist temple from Sri Lanka situated opposite each other across the road.
    Penang indeed is a lovely place to visit.

  21. patsygooi on Jul 9, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    Hi Mei, Kek Lok Si brought back many old and fond memories for me too. When I was young an outing to Kek Lok Si was a very happy family outing. My grandparents would take me there. I looked forward to walking up the long, steeped, narrow roads and touching the souvenirs as I walked up. And I loved the shops that sell nutmeg. Now it has expanded and grew so big. Even the tortoise pond has become bigger. The tradition of buying “kangkung”to feed the tortoise is still being carried out to this day.
    When my guests come to Penang, Kek Lok Si is the place to visit and not to be missed. I enjoyed taking them there even though I have been there countless of times I will not get bored with this beautiful temple. My recent visit was when Monlam, Jamie, Louise and Evvone came about 2-3weeks ago and I took them there.

  22. thierryfornow on Jul 9, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    Just to look at a Buddha is a rare opportunity, so when the symbolic representation of the enlightened body of a buddha is very big and many people can see it from far away, even at night (because it is true that this statue is beautifully lit at night), it benefits many more people. Upon, even the glimpse at a buddha, it is said that we benefit greatly for a seed is planted for us to meet with the Buddhadharma in the future, and for the more fortunate ones that have already engaged in Dharma practice in the past (this life or/and previous lives) it may trigger for Dharma to sprout again in our mindstream.

  23. Bonita Khoo on Jul 9, 2010 at 6:08 am

    WoW! Kek Lok Si Temple has really improved so much since I last went there years ago! The latest Kuan Yin statue with its pavilion is so grand and majestic. I have seen the night picture of Her during the night, She looks like She is floating in the air watching over Penangite wherever they are! She is so so lovely!
    I really can’t wait for our huge Je Tze Zin Ma in Kechara World Peace Centre to manifest, providing a serene, calm and peaceful environment for those seeking inner peace.
    Not forgetting our outdoor Dzambala giving material and spiritual wealth and our Tara walk. A place where one can enjoy the beauty of nature and the calmness of mind and soul!!!

  24. chia on Jul 9, 2010 at 3:08 am

    Is such the present trip travel with rinpoche, molam and JJ together to visit Kelosi outdoor big Kuan Yin statue at Penang. Rinpoche grab our hand together make prayer to Kuan Yin to wish for blessing and able to build Lama Tsongkhapa statue at KWPC land at the future. We took some picture together as the memory.
    Wherever rinpoche travel, he always spent his time at to the temple making prayer in front the statue for Kechara organization to grown. Inspiration prayer is necessary to plant seed for us what to achieve for any dharma project. At the same time, we also should pray for dharma growing everywhere and stable in this country.
    Chia

  25. Susan Lim on Jul 8, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    I love the photos in this blog. Makes me happy to see photos of Rinpoche with students, so happy and close! We are so fortunate to have a guru like Rinpoche.
    I like going to Kek Lok Si when i was young…but what i could never get is i always get sick after each visit. Actually, any temples would trigge it off! My fever would get so high that i’d be hospitalized! That didn’t deter my attraction and fondness of these temples though.. I think I’m abit off now due to the high fever. Well, thank buddha i do not get headaches or sick anymore now…oddly, when i do more dharma work, i get less ill.

  26. Judy on Jul 8, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    I agreed with Paris. We are very fortunate to be in beautiful Malaysia where we are free to practice any religion. We should also be grateful in that we do not have much natural disasters, war and famine, just to name a few.
    My family and I was in Penang in mid December last year, and it was the same day I arrived Penang when I received news that my mum was hospitalized. Her breast cancer has metastasized to her liver, and she has developed jaundice. Our family knew it is time for her as Doctors has already prepared us with the worst. I was hasty to return to KL but I told myself I must make a stop to Kek Lok Si and do something for my mum, as she always has been close to Kuan Yin. As the Kuan Yin statue stood majestically before me, I seek her blessings for my mum in that if she has to leave us, may she go peacefully and may she be in a better place with no suffering. Somehow, I felt better after that. Mum did not show any pain for the next few days and she passed away peacefully. I must also not forget my colleagues in KMP who also prayed for my mum, for that, I am forever grateful.
    I imagine our statues in KWPC would offer so much of comfort and hope to the public who go there to seek blessings. Wouldn’t that be wonderful?

  27. Yokefui on Jul 8, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    The Godess of Mercy , Kuan Yin, has very close link with Chinese. In India and Tibet the Boddha of Compassion manifests as a male but in China the quality of compassion is symbolized by Kuan Yin , a female.
    My first exposure to Buddhism is praying to Kuan Yin at temples. After which whenever I think of Buddhism, Kuan Yin naturally comes to my mind. Before I heard of the 3 jewels, I had been told to take refuge in Kuan Yin by my Mother. This is so strongly ingrained in me that despite 12 years of studying in a missionary school, there was never a single moment I entertained the thought of seeking refuge elsewhere other than Kuan Yin.

  28. margaretlee on Jul 8, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    It is great to hear from everyone of the many fond memories they have had at Keloksi temple and the Kuan Tin statue. It shows that temples , retreat places with huge statues will definiately draw a crowd there and will be some kind of topics for discussion especially when their children have grown up. I also have visited Keloksi temple back in December 2008. At that time, it was still under construction. I was just in sheer awe when I stood in front of the statue. Penang is very fortunate to have such a holy statue of Kuan Yin overlooking the island from the hilltop and blessing every single soul.
    With this note, I am just visualising in Kechara World Peace Cneter (KWPC) , the big Tsongkhapa statue that will be in our prayer hall, the 21 Tara Statues along Tara walk , the outdoor Dzambala statue with waterfall, I can imagine people from around the world visiting KWPC, attending yoga classes, painting classes, doing retreats etc. It will be a legacy for generations to come. And may be at that time, Jean Mei’s daughter will be commenting on KWPC blog site on how her mother take her to see the largest Tsongkhapa statue in the wrold! That day will come.

  29. ruby on Jul 8, 2010 at 12:15 am

    You are absolutely right Mei. Kek Lok Si holds alot of good memories for you and your siblings as your granparents have taken you all there many times. It does have the same fond memories for me too as my grandparents used to bring me there. In fact, an outing to Kek Lok Si is like a treat to me. There is a huge tortoise pond which i would save up on my pocket money so that when i go there, i can buy watercress (kang kung) to feed the tortoises. On a funnier note, do you remember the incident when Clifford was about 3 years old, grandparents brought him there and grandma was shoping on some batik wear and when she turned around, he was gone!!! They searched high and low for him and finally found him near the tortoise pond! Imagine this scenario; if he was not found at that time, today when you visit Kek Lok Si again, your long lost brother could have become the tortoise pond gate keeper!!!

  30. Sean on Jul 7, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    I have visited Keloksi before. I even had the honour to write my name on one of the roof tiles before the kuan yin statue was built. That was their way of fundraising. I figured out in the end that where I written my name would be faced outwards and the rain will wash it away but never mind, donating to a temple is good enough. In Keloksi, there is a lovely pagoda filled with over 1000 buddha images. Have you visited that part, Rinpoche? I also heard that there was a train ride around the statue. I did not get a chance to go during the last time. Kuan Yin is similiar to Chenrizig. I bet most people who visit the Kuan Yin statue in Keloksi, Penang will become less evil and more compassionate.
    OM MANI PADME HUM!

  31. Peter on Jul 7, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Terima Kasih Rinpoche!
    Ah! Guan Yin Pu Sa and the familiar sight of her new statue and pavilion arch over it in Penang.
    This Bodhisattva, also known as ‘Samyak Vidya Dharma Tathagata’ (True Brightness/Right Knowledge of Dharma Tathagata) in one Sutra is my main Patron (as He is regarded as Penang’s Patroness) and Who have been instrumental in leading me out from my previous religious background into the radiance of Dharma!
    ‘A thousand hands to help, A thousand eyes to observe/contemplate’
    And now, perhaps my Patron has led me to Rinpoche…to Kechara…
    Om Mani Padme Hum! Namo Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa!

  32. David Lai on Jul 7, 2010 at 3:24 am

    Wow! I don’t particularly like the way they made the pavillion that covers Kuan Yin but I am still amazed at the sheer immensity of the structure. Penang is truly a Buddhist island and I am sure the population of Buddhists on the island must be rather substantial with all the temple complexes etc. I also noticed that a lot of my fellow Kecharians are from Penang for some strange karmic reason.
    Anyway, I can’t wait to see our own KWPC’s statues, Lama Tsongkhapa with Tara and Dzambala. These are not very Chinese-looking statues like Kuan Yin but being Buddha’s, they will cast their blessings all over Malaysia. What’s even more interesting is how KWPC is not going to be just an empty temple but it is already being planned to be a thriving learning institution for all manner of arts and spiritual disciplines but primarily to disseminate the Dharma. I can forsee that it is going to monumental and will leave a tremendous impact in this region for Buddhism.

  33. Jace Chong on Jul 6, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    I feel very happy reading this article over and over again!!
    Because I always think Kuan Yin brought me to Rinpoche. I started chanting “Om Ma Ni Pad Me Hum” in 2007 after my friends passed away. I chanted everyday and I always feel love by looking at Kuan Yin statue. I didn’t understand Buddhism but I felt good by chanting, that time I wished I could understand more, and now I did improve and gain knowledge about Buddhism.
    I remember I went Kek Lok Si around 2004, and that time the Kuan Yin statue was there without the roof. I feel the statue very pity coz it was raining that day and the statue was wet. Grateful that they are building a very nice roof for Kuan Yin. May all the people who view Kuan Yin image gain happiness!!

  34. Jay Jae Chong on Jul 6, 2010 at 6:40 am

    Just from these comments to Rinpoche’s post, we can see how an image of a Budddha in a common town would be able to affect us in many ways from one to the next without knowing how it actually started? In the world today when our emotions play a huge role in our life, the Buddhas work in their skillful means to rope our minds constantly towards the Dharma. Even a little thougbht/memory will help bring us from distraction to a calm abiding mind.
    The construction of this sacred Kuan Yin Statue was faced with many obstacles over the years since its conceptualization. It is through these obstacles being purified that it is able to give hope, peace and fulfill the wishes of the many people who make prayers to Kuan Yin’s holy countenance.
    Rinpoche made a sincere wish at this statue that KWPC will come up to benefit many. He further prayed for the long life of all the holy masters of our time that they may have a long, healthy and stable life and also for students seeking the path may come to awakening of their inner Buddha in them.
    May this Kuan Yin statue be an inspiration for more huge outdoor statues to manifest in this region.
    love,
    JJ

  35. Irene Lim on Jul 5, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, when I saw these pictures, it reminds me of our trip to Penang with 4 other monks from Gaden Monastery in 1996 to assist you. We all stayed at Patsy’s apartment and my 3 kids were with us. We went to Penang from Grik after you gave teaching to the people of Grik. We we stayed in Grik for a few days. When in Penang, we visited Kek Lok Si, the Siamese and Burmese temple. From Penang we went to Ipoh and stayed in one centre in Ipoh where you gave teaching. I enjoyed the trip with you so much. How time flies, it is over 14 years now. I really relish those time.

  36. Justin Cheah on Jul 5, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    We are very fortunate to have the freedom to practise what we believe in here in Malaysia. It was two years ago since i last visited the place and it is slowly taking up in place. This is very inspiring that we Malaysian can build this.
    After looking at the photos, i just can’t wait when we wave Kechara World Peace Centre up soon where we can do meditation, retreat and learn Dharma from local teachers. The giant statues that we will be building will bless and purify the whole area and makes KWPC the most visited place in Malaysia Tourism hotspot!

  37. Ooi Pe on Jul 5, 2010 at 12:21 am

    Hi Jean Mei – From one Penangite to another – no one goes to our beautiful island without stopping by Kek Lok Si temple. My fondest memory of this place is the walk up the steep steps lined on both sides by stalls selling all kinds of souveniers. It has since been outdone by a road leading right up to almost the base of the pagoda. Another winding steep curve leads to this beautful Kuan Yin statue. No matter how many visitors there are and no matter how many times I visit the place, I find it almost always serene and soothing to the soul, not to mention that the walking around did some good for my body. It took many years for them to construct this structure, thanks to the many generous & kind sponsors and to the many many people directly and indirectly involved. Kuan Yin stands majestically on the hill top behind the temple, overlooking the island – blessing the people of the place with just its very presence.

  38. Jean Mei on Jul 4, 2010 at 5:09 am

    Hahahaha, I just read Paris’s comment and it’s true! A lot of Malaysians go on and on about how Malaysia is “too muslim” and that the other religions are “surpressed” or “disadvantaged” because it is a Muslim country.
    Malaysians are free to express our religious beliefs and I’m thankful for that. We don’t have to hide what we believe in.
    Kek Lok Si was a place that I have visited MANY, MANY times growing up. Having been born in Penang (Pinang) I used to go back during my school vacations where my grandparents would take my siblings and I to pray and to run around (the place is HUGE). I feel that regularly visiting Kek Lok Si and the other beautiful temples Penang have played a huge role in my attraction towards the Dharma today. The sense of peace, discipline and respect that you feel when stepping into a temple stems from the reputation we have of Buddhism. Noone walks into a temple smoking, walking around with shoes and laughing loudly and almost animal-like. We, even as kids, would go into a temple feeling humbled, stepping into one with our bare-feet. Having places like Kek Lok Si present in Malaysia is essential in the spread of Dharma.
    I’m happy and very proud of Kek Lok Si to have built such a magnificent Kuan Yin statue. It means that those who were part of the temple had enough merits to build such a HUGE Kuan Yin. May that temple grow and benefit more people 🙂

  39. Wan Wai Meng on Jul 4, 2010 at 1:08 am

    Malaysia is truly a multi religious and multi cultural country . I’m grateful to the government of Malaysia that we can practice our own individual faiths.
    Its been a while since I went up to Penang, that time the large Kuan Yin has not been around yet.
    Kuan Yin the Goddess of Mercy was probably the first Bodhisattva I knew of and was exposed to as a kid. “OM MANI PADME HUM” was the first mantra I was introduced to. I was 15 years old when my best friend introduced the mantra to me.
    KUAN YIN is known as Chenrezig in Tibet and its in a male form. Chenrezig is the most famous deity in Tibet. Check out this link to the 4 armed Chenrezig
    http://tsemtulku.com/resources/buddhas/4-arm-chenrezig/

  40. Paris on Jul 3, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    PS really nice to see JJ, Chia and Monlam with Rinpoche too – these three guys have really put in a lot to serve Rinpoche through the years (well, especially Chia who’s been around for more than 10 years). I respect them very much for being able to devote their whole lives to serving the Dharma via their assistance to Rinpoche.

  41. Paris on Jul 3, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    Wait til we have our own very large statues in KWPC!! It’s inspiring for us to see enormous statues like this Kuan Yin in Penang, and I believe there are other really huge structures even in eastern Malaysian states, where Buddhist community is very much a minority. Sure shows us what can be achieved if we just put our mind to it…
    And you know what, I don’t care about all the nonsense that people say about living in Malaysia, blah blah blah. The fact is that although this is a Muslim country, there are still plenty of really beautiful and amazingly large Buddhist images like this all around the country. They don’t create problems for us not in the way that many, many other countries experience. So aiyo all those people who yarn on and on and on about the political situation: you know what, put a lid on it, go spend a nice peaceful afternoon with Kuan Yin at Kek Lok Si and think about the many, many other people in the world who cannot even openly practise their religion.

  42. Ethan Chu on Jul 3, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    I remembered I went there as a kid. Since young, I love Kuan Yin. Whenever I was sad or had problems, I would talk to her… With her blessings, I am able to get in touch with Dharma and meeting Rinpoche and many many super loveable Dharma brothers and sisters… I am glad to see Kechara has grown rapidly. This only means, many people are loving Dharma!
    Thankyou Rinpoche!

  43. mima on Jun 27, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Thank you for this great blog and photos!

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  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 06:42 PM
    According to the Buddhist teachings, we all have a unique blend of karma that determines where we are born, the circumstances of our birth and the quality of our life. Naturally, this is due to the actions that we performed in previous lives. Karma also dictates our characteristics and traits that determine how we act throughout our lives, which in turn leads to certain outcomes in this life and a determination of where we will take rebirth in the future.

    Karma, however, is not set in stone. We can change our circumstances through our own efforts – purification of karma and accumulation of merit. Tibetan astrology, based on these Buddhist principles, provides us the methods to ensure success in this life and a good rebirth in the future. Tibetan astrology can also predict what will happen to us in this life and our next rebirth based on the time of our birth.

    Discover your traits according to the Mewa, or Magical Square system of Tibetan astrology below, and find out how to purify your negative karma to improve your life!

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 05:24 PM
    Very interesting:


    Radin explained in his book: “For a Western-trained academic, the mere existence of, say, telepathy would be considered supernormal and thus wildly extraordinary. But for an experienced yogi, it’s just a boringly normal minor siddhi [a Sanskrit term for a meditation attainment, or power]. A skeptical scientist, not having the benefit of thousands of hours of practice in yoga and meditation, would require repeatable, rigorously obtained experimental data showing odds against chance of a gazillion to one. The yogi merely requires his own experience.”


    Very interesting read: http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2157904-supernormal-abilities-developed-through-meditation-dr-dean-radin-discusses/?sidebar=morein
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 01:45 PM
    Its indeed a beautiful place …..away from the city hectic life to visit and could stay over night too.Just to get away from work to relax ,get some fresh air ,do meditation and so forth .At Kechara Forest RetreatI,Bentong is where the largest Dorje Shugden statue in the world situated and we can receive blessing,make offering to the Buddhas as well as enjoy the tranquility of the beautiful gardens.I have recomended my friends and relatives to visit such a beautiful place at Bentong.
    Thank you Paul Yap for sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/go-bentong.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 01:15 PM
    Well…all pendants are beautifully designed,hand crafted to match each and every sacred images on it to suit all occasion for the wearer.I can see a lot of hard work for those involed in desgning and making of it.
    All pendants are very unique, modern, timeless and also sacred ,thats all i could describe it.Hope more people will be wearing these beautiful pendants to get connected with the Buddhas.Thank you Rinpoche for sharing and Kechara’s Louise Lee for creating Dharma art in in the form of jewelry
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/timeless-and-sacred.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 12:41 PM
    This Mahasiddha is Kukkuripa (the dog lover). He loved dogs so much. When he meditated in the cave he had his doggie with him. She had kept him company for years in his cave. They shared bedding, food, water and company. When he gained high attainments, the Dakinis came to take him to Kechara Paradise. He was hesitant to go but the Dakinis insisted and he went with them.

    He arrived at Kechara (Paradise/Buddha abode of Heruka and Vajra Yogini) and enjoyed teachings and feasts up there and they asked him to stay longer if not forever…. But he kept thinking about his doggie left alone in the cave. He felt guilty and missed her. Kukkuripa would use his psychic powers to see his poor doggie alone and hungry waiting for him at the cave while enjoying the attention of the Dakinis and feasts. The cave was dark and had no food. The doggie had to go out and find small tiny scraps of food and was getting skinny. Kukkuripa saw this and it pained him. Worried she was not getting enough food. He use to share the offerings of food he would get from people with her. Doggie and him would delightfully eat the food together. Kukkuripa had no attachments to ‘clean’ or ‘dirty’ in regards to sharing food with his dog. He had overcome this in his meditations. In ancient India, people would not co-habitate with a dog. It was considered unclean and filthy, but Kukkuripa had cast away those notions and loved his dog as she loved him. But he felt guilty to leave her alone while he was ‘enjoying’ himself in Kechara and could not stop thinking about his beloved dirty smelly dog in his cave alone…so he left Kechara Paradise and all it’s ‘delights’ for his doggie. He couldn’t abandon her. The Dakinis implored him to stay, but he was firm to return. The Dakinis said you will give up this paradise here for a mere dog???!! You can advance further in your meditations if you stay in Kechara and then help the dog later they attempted to persuade him. But Kukkuripa would not stay, he was loyal to his little dog as she had kept him company for many years in the lonely dark cave. She was loyal to him and how can he abandon her now. He couldn’t and he wouldn’t listen to the Dakinis. He left to join doggie. He never forget her companionship and loyalty. All the wonderful things in Kechara could not tempt him against his loyal friend the little doggie. He left everything for her.

    So he finally left Kechara to the Dakinis dismay and went back to his cave to be with his dog so she won’t be alone. Doggie was delighted to see her master and wagged her tail so much!! She licked him and he hugged her! She was skinnier for not eating well these few days he noticed. He fed her and hugged her and loved his doggie…He went back to his routine of meditation, receiving food offerings and sharing his food with doggie. They were happy together. One day, when he was scratching her in her favorite place and she licked him so his eyes were closed, when he opened his eyes she had suddenly turned into a Dakini shimmering with lights! The brilliance of the lights lit up the whole cave in front of Kukkuripa!! Kukkuripa was astonished to behold the splendourous lady in front of him! Of course this Dakini must be the Queen Herself he realized, as Vajra Yogini which was Kukkuripa’s main Yidam he had meditated on her for years in the cave. And She said to Kukkuripa, “Well done, you gave up paradise to be with just a dog..it shows you have given up attachements and projections of pleasant and unpleasant, now your Dakini will give you the final paradise (enlightenment)!”

    Kukkuripa attained full enlightenment blessed by Vajra Yogini by releasing the final subtle attachment to the non-existent self! After enlightenment his fame and name grew and many came to see him and he gave teachings to countless and benefitted many before he finally ascended to Kechara the second and final time. He was forever known as Kukkuripa the dog lover.

    I love him so much!!! This is one of my favorite Mahasiddhas along with Badrapa, Shantideva, Ghantapa and a few others. I wanted to share this story with you. I wanted you to know that there are many great true stories like this one about Kukkuripa that are true and can be applied to our lives. To inspire us.

    Tsem Rinpoche
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 12:29 PM
    The great and illustrious master Sonam Tsemo at the end of his life was described by an old woman who witnessed Sonam Tsemo depart. Standing on a rock at the holy spring near Sakya area known as Chumik Dzingka, his body ascended gracefully into the sky, still holding his dog. He loved his dog very much. Even today the footprints of Loppon Sonam Tsemo and the dog can be clearly seen in the rock, left for the benefit of living beings as a field from which to accumulate merit. It is a sign of a holy being when they can leave their footprints in stone for future generations to witness and make offerings on that spot to collect merits. This holy site was decorated by the great master Mantradhara Ngawang Kunga Rinchen later on. Other accounts say that he ascended from Gorum Library near Chumik Dzingka spring. A stupa containing his holy relics was erected there. Sonam Tsemo was a powerful practitioner of the Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini and at the end of his short life he ascended with his very body to Kechara paradise. He was 40 years old. Kechara is the sanksrit name of the special abode of Vajra Yogini. Those who practice Vajra Yogini to the highest level can ascend her paradise with their very bodies. Sonam Tsemo the great master of sutra and tantra was seen by an old woman flying off holding his beloved dog to ascend Kechara paradise. No one every found his body and his room was empty.
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 12:27 PM
    Congratulations to Mitra for his first dharma teaching in Nepali to the expats. So glad that Dorje Shugden practise can reach out to many in various languages and to different people. Mitra has done a good job in introducing Lama Tsongkhapa lineage and guided them on the benefit and iconography of Dorje Shugden.

    May Lama Tsongkhapa lineage and Dorje Shugden practise continue to grow and benefit more people.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/mitra-teaches-bhagwan-dorje-shugden-in-nepali.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 04:15 PM
    Very clear explanation of what is Vajrayogini’s left foot stepping on. Each time when i have a look at the beautiful statue of Vajrayogini this question will comes back to me. i am glad came across these blog by chance, i saw and read to understand better.A clear explanation ..stampling left and right foot significant of desire ,hatred and ignorance that cause us to be in samsara and she she able to control.Vajrayogni’s practices is so powerful in heliping us and that is the reason Rinpoche always ask us to start now.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these short explanation in the video and the interesting story of Mahadeva.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/facebook-question-what-is-vajra-yoginis-left-foot-stepping-on.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 02:44 PM
    Rejoice to all the families who had setup a Buddhist altar at home and conducted a house blessing puja. There are diverse benefits of conducting the house blessing puja, which ranges from bringing well-being on all levels – in one’s health, relationships, business, and family – to purifying the home. The puja ceremonies will purify the environment which helps the people who live there and people who are visiting there to experience general well-being. The puja can be personalised based on the request or need of the individual. Thank you for sharing with us the many photos of the beautiful altar of these families, it is very heartwarming to know that they will always be blessed by the Three Jewels.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/10-amazing-house-blessings-by-kechara-pastors.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 02:24 PM
    Thank you for sharing this mindfully planned itinerary for everyone who is interested in visiting Kechara Forest Retreat. Kechara Forest Retreat has different facets that showcase different elements of spirituality and Tibetan Buddhism in this wholesale venue. One can enjoy the flora and fauna of Mother Nature, or embrace the contemporary architectures that feature many magnificent Buddha statues and authentic Himalayan decorations. Not forgetting to mention, in Kechara Forest Retreat sits the largest Dorje Shugden statue in the world! This is a holy place we must never miss to pay homage for blessings from the Three Jewels.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/go-bentong.html
  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 01:07 PM
    金泽“财王”护法殿

    在禅修林的入口处的左边有一间小佛堂,是全天候二十四小时开放给大众的。这间佛堂的一砖一瓦都是由不同善心人士捐增的。也因为他们过后发了一笔小财,所以在大马文东,金泽护法一般被简称为“财王“。

    根据佛陀教诲,五蕴是组成众生的五个方面,分别是色、受、想、行、识。证悟者如多杰雄登能将五蕴分别化现成不同的本尊。金泽是多杰雄登“受”蕴的化现,作用是协助我们增长世俗和修行上的财富。“受”蕴是我们对愉悦或不悦感受的认知。我们执着于愉悦,避免不悦,而这正是导致我们受困和造下各种业,继而产生痛苦的因(此段原文: http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_6d7edf5f0102x1n6.html)

    来到这里,我们首先要上香。做生意的朋友可要趁此机会拜拜,供养一个大的莲花蜡烛,上三根大香,祈求今年一帆风顺哦。

    摘自“GO BENTONG!与菩萨有约”
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120808
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Mar 25. 2017 11:02 PM
    Can’t imagine that a priest actually stabbed Pope John Paul. How can he do this when he as a priest is suppose to be compassion and love everyone but kill the religion leader. he should remember that he carries the name priest and hence must show good example and behaviour to others but instead took another person’s life.

    I respected Pope John who continued his trip even though he was injured. That shows the determination he had to teach so it can benefit others. Always put others first more than our own needs.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/pope-john-paul-stabbed-by-priest.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Mar 25. 2017 08:13 PM
    It is admirable for Sine Lindholm & Mads Ulrik Husum to place their design as open source for everyone to download and copy to manufacture. This shows how farsighted they are in propelling self-sustainability. The first step is always the hardest, and I believe what Sine and Mads had done is towards the right direction. In this way, people from all the around the world who genuinely are passionate and interested in growing own vegetables will be able to start on their own. Without needing to rely on middleman or manufacturer who might end up making the brilliant idea a commercial white elephant. Thank you, Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/build-your-own-growroom.html
  • Alice Tay
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 10:05 PM
    Many companies especially in overseas are very considerate and allow their employees to bring their dogs to work. I personally think that this is a very good practice where the employees no longer have to worry about leaving pets at home alone. The work environments that cultivate loving kindness, caring and compassion create a much more positive and productive place to work. Besides, it may influence everyone especially those who do not have pet to be more kind to the animals.

    Nevertheless, the employer and employees may have to work together to maintain the safe and cleanliness work place such as reduce odour, provide clean air and many others.

    Thank you for this interesting article as a reminder to us to love and be kind to animals no matter where we are.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/inside-the-worlds-most-dog-friendly-office.html
  • Lin Mun
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 07:06 PM
    Superb idea and very creative. Home farming in the cities ! Appreciate all the hardwork and ideas to produce Growroom. It’s just like putting a big puzzle and making the whole process so much easier to plant in cities where we always have limited spaces.

    We should support more people to come up with such ideas so we can eat our own food and cultivate self sustainability.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/build-your-own-growroom.html

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
So go pursue all the way with the unknown,
because all unknown with familiarity becomes the known.
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This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
yesterday
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
yesterday
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
yesterday
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
yesterday
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.
1 week ago
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
1 week ago
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.
1 week ago
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
1 week ago
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!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
1 week ago
Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
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
1 week ago
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
2 weeks ago
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
2 weeks ago
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
4 weeks ago
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!
4 weeks ago
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
2 months ago
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
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
2 months ago
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
This is a good one to read
2 months ago
This is a good one to read
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
2 months ago
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
Mumu\'s hair is messy and he looks funny
2 months ago
Mumu's hair is messy and he looks funny
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. 
I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. 
Feast your eyes! 

Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. Feast your eyes! Tsem Rinpoche
                        Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini\'s path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html  Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini's path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
Message to Tibetans in English
3 months ago
Message to Tibetans in English
Message to the Tibetans
3 months ago
Message to the Tibetans
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
3 months ago
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
3 months ago
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
3 months ago
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
3 months ago
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
4 months ago
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
4 months ago
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
4 months ago
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
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One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
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Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
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Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
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Sir Edmund Hillary
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Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I\'ve seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
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Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I've seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
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  • March 28, 2017 09:11
    Lia asked: If the ushnisha is actually supposed to be a bump, then do we change the visualization of the top knot and replace it with a bump covered in hair or do we keep the ushnisha as the thangkas show?
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  • March 27, 2017 04:19
    Dongho asked: I have been reading on the tunes of certain sects and would like to ask on this. From what I've read, there are certain tunes to each sect and school of certain chants. Exactly where can I find the sheet music for these percussion and horns with the chants, such as to the one for invoking Kache Marpo or Dorje Shugden? Would it be possible to use school instruments for this?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your question, it is good to see you back and asking more questions. Yes you are right, there are differences in the tunes and chants between the lineages. The differences can vary significantly between the traditions, for example the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism is known for its extremely deep throat singing which is very powerful and is characterised by a low, booming voice, in contrast to the other traditions. Even within a particular tradition, there can be slight variations as to the manner in which the chants and tunes are performed. For example those monasteries are which are affiliated with Gyume will have one way of throat singing, where those affiliated with Gyuto will have another. As far as I am aware there is no professional sheet music for the rituals, most probably because the music is actually an integral part of the ritual itself. Therefore the music, tunes, and chants are all taught at the same time the ritual and prayers are. The tunes, and use of the instruments all have specific meanings, because they are considered to be offerings to the deities in the form of sound. The monasteries would not have copies of sheet music either, because sheet music is western practice. The use of ritual music within Tibetan Buddhism is more of one based on memory. In the Kechara organisation, the puja team was trained in such ritual instruments at the same time they learnt the particular ritual from monks from the monastery, such as the puja of Dorje Shugden. From what I saw of the training, the musical tunes, and use of instruments was not written down but taught experientially at the same time as the chanting. I have not come across any other instruments being used in pujas apart from the traditional ritual instruments, because even the instruments themselves have a specific meaning. That is not say that school instruments cannot be used. This is because, as long as the offering is sincere, the Buddhas and enlightened deities will accept it, and in turn you will generate great amounts of merit. Offerings should be made to the best of our ability, therefore if you do not have access to the ritual instruments, or do not know how to play them, but you know how to play other instruments, and use these instruments as offerings to the Buddhas during pujas, the amount of merit you generate will be the same. This is because you are sincere with your offering. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 26, 2017 02:14
    Kunga asked: Does the Gelug have Begtse a protector? If so, could you please provide a sadhana for him here?
    pastor answered: Dear Kunga, Yes the Dharma protector Begtse exists within the Gelug tradition. He is also known as Chamsing. Begtse’s practice stems from India and was introduced to Tibet and therefore Tibetan Buddhism by the translator Nyen Lotsawa. Marpa Lotsawa also practiced Begtse, and so the practice exists in the Kagyu traditions. This practice was eventually transmitted to Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, the first of the five patriarchs of the Sakya tradition, who were the founding fathers of that tradition. Over time the practice of Begtse was incorporated into the Gelug tradition, founded by Lama Tsongkhapa, and was notably practiced by the 1st and 2nd Dalai Lamas. Over time the practice gained popularity within the lineage, especially when it spread to Mongolia. There the practice became an important one within the lineage as upheld there. Begtse is also affectionately known as the Dharma protector of Mongolia, because his practice is so popular there. If I am not mistaken, there is an oracle of Begtse in Mongolia as well. There is a mistaken account that the practice originated around the time of the 3rd Dalai Lama, with the subjugation of a Mongolian war god, but Begtse was definitely practiced before that time in the Gelug, Kagyu and Sakya traditions. While the practice of Begtse is very effective, I have not come across the practice of Begtse in my personal practice, therefore I do not have access to the Begtse sadhana to provide to you. Instead Begtse is propitiated in prayers that incorporate many other Dharma protectors, and Begtse is also considered one of the nine protectors of the Hayagriva (Tamdrin) cycle of tantric teachings. Therefore Begtse is included in the Dharma protector sections of the Hayagriva tantras. Surrounding Begtse are his sister, Sing Ma, and his main minister, Le Khan Mar Po. His inner retinue comprises of eight butchers who wield copper swords in their right hands and skull-cups full of blood in their left hands. They are portrayed as naked and are very ugly. His outer retinue comprises a further twenty-one butchers, who hold copper swords in their right hands, and this time, the entrails of butchered enemies. They wear the skins humans and oxen as clothes, with ornaments made from human bone. While this may seem violent, Begtse is actually a very powerful and beneficial protector, who helps practitioners clear their obstacles and create conducive conditions for their spiritual evolution. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 24, 2017 20:12
    Azair asked: Venerable Rinpoche, I am doing a study in Kalachakra Tantra and I've heard from most of the lama's too that if you practice the Kalachakra Tantra, you'll be able to take control of your next rebirth. Ofcourse, it has been said that we will get our rebirth according to our Karma and desires but whether those dreams will get fulfilled will depend upon the actions that we take in this life. Thus, practicing the Kalachakra(till the end) after initiation will give you the opportunity to take rebirth anywhere you desire regardless of your Karma. My question is that, is there some truth in this statement.? Does this statement hold true for other tantra practices, such as Vajrayogini Tantra, Ghuyasamaja Tantra, Heruka Tantra, etc. I would really really like to know. Thankyou in anticipation, regards, Azair
    pastor answered: Dear Azair, Thank you for your question. Yes there is truth to this statement, both from a scriptural perspective and also by example, as the great masters have shown us. This is a unique feature of all Anuttarayoga Tantras or Highest Yoga Tantras, which Kalachakra, Vajrayogini, Guhyasama and Heruka are all examples of. This category of tantric practice can actually lead a practitioner to full enlightenment in this very lifetime. Even if enlightenment is not reached, very high levels of attainment can be reached nonetheless. This includes the ability to take control over your next rebirth. This is primarily engaged in so that the practitioner is born in an environment where they can eventually pick up their practice and further their spiritual path to enlightenment, or in order to be born in a place where they can benefit sentient beings the most, as part of the spiritual journey over many lifetimes. One of the reasons such an ability is very necessary on the spiritual path, is that usual death and rebirth occurs at the mercy of ones karma, specifically what is known as the ‘throwing karma’ or the karma that dictates what sort of rebirth a person is going to take. This opens up at the time of ordinary death, which most people have no control over. During the death process, many of our disturbing emotions will arise. Whichever of these is the strongest at the point of death triggers open a latent karmic potential, which becomes the ‘throwing karma’ and dictates where we are going to take rebirth and if that life will generally be full of suffering or not. Within Anuttarayoga Tantra, one of the key points of practice is to prepare for one’s death. This is done by simulating the dying process during one’s meditations, so that one becomes familiar with it. At the most pivotal part of this process, one practices achieving either the rainbow body or great bliss (in the case of the father tantras); or clear light (in the case of mother tantras). The tantras themselves are not defined in terms of the gender of the central deity, but by the method used to gain enlightenment. This is either the rainbow body/great bliss (classified as male, therefore labelled ‘father’) or clear light (classified as female, therefore labelled ‘mother’). Non-dual tantras such as the Kalachakra tantra can employ either of the two methods, a mixture of both, or alternate methods. In the case of superior practitioners, due to the power of their practice, they can achieve either of these two methods in their current body. Since they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, and a particular method of practice, they can also achieve enlightenment during their physical death. The great Lama Tsongkhapa is said to have achieved enlightenment at the moment of physical death, using the second of these. For other practitioners, they may not be able to achieve this either in their meditations while they are alive, or during the death process. However because they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, they remain in complete concentration at the time of death, not allowing any disturbing emotions to arise. Due to this level of concentration, meditation and awareness during the dying process, they are able to control where they next take rebirth. This is evident in the tantric scriptures themselves, and the life stories of many masters, who can state exactly where, when and to whom they will take their next rebirth, as they are in full control of the dying and rebirth process. There is a type of meditation called ‘thukdam’ which has been translated into ‘death meditation’. This is a final meditation some masters choose to engage in. During this meditation, the master themselves consciously begin the physical dying process themselves, engage in the meditation of dissolving the winds into the heart centre and remain in the most pivotal part of the death process, the mind of clear light of death. During this point they engage in meditations, either the methods of the father or mother tantras as mentioned previously, and or consciously choose where they are to next take rebirth. They can remain in this death meditation for long periods of time, days at an end, in which their consciousness has not yet left their body, although for all intents and purposes they are dead according to medical science, e.g. they have no heartbeat. At the end of their meditation, a drop of blood will be emitted from their nostril, and their head will slump over a little. Masters who engage in this meditation usually sit in full meditation posture, and their body remain supple and soft even though they have passed away from a medical point of view. I hope this brief explanation helps. Thank you.
  • March 23, 2017 23:01
    Brad asked: What is the significance of offering the Seven precious emblems of royalty to the Buddhas and enlightened Dharma Protectors? What are we symbolically offering up?
    pastor answered: Dear Brad, Thank you for your question. The ‘saptaratna’ or seven precious emblems represent on the one hand the ultimate state of temporal power, and on the other hand the ultimate spiritual attainments that we can achieve. By offering these to the Buddhas, we are actually creating the causes to achieve what they represent. Therefore it is good to know the meaning of each, so we can understand what we are creating the causes for by offering them up: Please see below for an explanation of the seven royal emblems: 1. The Precious Wheel: a thousand spoked wheel, representing the universal power of the Buddhas, as well as the teachings of the thousand Buddhas of our aeon. It is represented by the Dharmachakra, symbolising the ‘turning of the wheel’ or teaching of the Noble Eightfold Path. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, especially that of our own mind, thoughts, delusions and afflictions. 2. The Precious Jewel: an eight sided wish-granting gem, which fulfils all the needs of a universal emperor. This jewel has eight special qualities: it illuminates the night sky for hundreds of leagues; it is cooling when the temperature is hot and warming when the temperature is cold; it makes manifest whatever the holder wants; when thirsty it causes a fresh-water spring to appear; it has the ability to control the nagas, and other supernatural beings, as well as preventing natural disasters such as storms, floods, etc.; it gives off multi-coloured lighted which heals the various mental and emotional afflictions; it cures all illnesses; and it ensures that one dies a natural death, not an untimely one. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, or perfect discrimination, so one knows what to abandon and what to keep in the mindstream during the spiritual journey to enlightenment. 3. The Precious Queen: the most beautiful and virtuous of all women. She is described as a goddess who is the epitome of someone: with devotion; without jealousy; who is the embodiment of fertility; who works for the welfare of all beings; who possess feminine wisdom; speaks the truth; not attract to sensual pleasures or material possessions; and does not have false views. She is adored by all. She also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect effort. This is necessary to keep meditating until one gains spiritual attainments. 4. The Precious Minister: who has sharp intelligence, patience, and the ability to give wise counsel to the emperor. He is so attuned to the emperor that even before the emperor has spoken, the minister is already carrying out his command. He only wishes to support the Dharma, help sentient beings, and is an excellent strategist. He also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect joy. This is also akin to the attainment of the first bodhisattva level, because you have come to an understanding of your own mind, which is like pouring ice-cold water into boiling water. The water stops boiling, as does the thoughts, projections, and delusions in the mind. He represents the path of the bodhisattva. 5. The Precious Elephant: who has the strength of a thousand normal elephants. He is white, with the perfect features that an elephant could have. He is majestic, graceful, and gentle, but in battle is fearsome, fearless and unyielding. He communicates with the emperor through a telepathic link. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect adaptability. This is important, as one needs to be able to adapt to the various mental afflictions as they arise, and suitably counter them. 6. The Precious Horse: who has all the marks of a celestial horse. Known as wind-horse, he is able to travel extremely fast, and can circumambulate the entire universe three time in just a single day. He is never fearful or startled, never makes a sound when galloping, and has extremely soft hairs on his body. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is single-pointed concentration. This is important because without this form of concentration, once cannot engage in the analytical meditations that lead to an understanding of emptiness, and therefore enlightenment. 7. The Precious General: who has mastered the arts of war and always wins in battle. He wears battle armour and holds many different weapons. He tries to avoid battle, but when necessary fights, and never gives up until he has won. He is fearless, and courageous in carrying out the emperors commands and ensures the emperors army carries out their duties. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect equanimity. This is because he overcomes all warfare, which is akin to the battle between things were are attached to and things we have an aversion for in our minds. In short, what you are offering up is the highest of all temporal treasures and abilities, as well as the entire path of the Dharma. Doing so creates the causes for you to receive all of this on your spiritual journey towards enlightenment. I hope this helps. Thank you.
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