Special Day!!

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Dear friends,

Wesak 2012… You will enjoy the beautiful pictures and to read all the exciting activities Kechara had. If you are faraway or nearby, you can enjoy and rejoice through this post. I welcome you.

Yesterday was Wesak Day. It was the day Buddha chose to take rebirth on earth. It was on the same date decades later Buddha gained enlightenment under the iconic Bodhi tree. At 81 years of age Buddha entered into clear light on that very special day. Hence Wesak day has very powerful significance to enlightenment seekers and it holds great blessings for all. Lord Buddha chose this day to manifest three very holy acts in His life which is birth, enlightenment and clear light.

To celebrate this special day, many countries declare Wesak Day as a public holiday… and beautiful Malaysia is one of them! On this auspicious day, thousands of Buddhists from all over the world join in their respective Dharma centre’s spiritual activities. How beautiful!

This year people from Singapore, Brunei, Hong Kong and Shanghai flew in to join Kechara’s Wesak Fair activities with other Kecharians. Our Dharma center organized the following activities for Wesak Day: animal liberation at Kepong Metropolitan Park in the morning, baby blessings by Kechara’s pastors in the afternoon, and refuge taking in the evening by myself. What a full and virtuous day! We celebrated a special day of Buddha with virtues from morning till night.

Below are photos of the activities for Wesak Day at Kechara! I am very happy that these wonderful people decided to celebrate their Wesak holiday doing spiritual and meaningful activities… Enjoy the photos!

Tsem Rinpoche

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Animal Liberation, 8.30 am in Kepong Metropolitan Park

Kechara House regularly does Animal Liberation, every FIRST Sunday of the month. However, Kechara organizes animal’s to be liberated on special occasions or on auspicious days such as Wesak Day. Early in the morning, a group of compassionate individuals drove all the way to Kepong Metropolitan Park to release 180 kg of catfish bought from the wet market, as well as 80 birds.

How meritorious for so many lives saved on this auspicious day. Saving the lives of animals is the direct cause for us to attain long life… long enough for us to be able to learn more Dharma in our very short lifetime! I always encourage my students to save animals, be it in the form of animal liberation or by going vegetarian.

Below are the names of all those whom participated in the Animal Liberation:

Lim Poh Ying Tommy Tan Dylan Natalie Loh
Ng Yee Ehern Ng Man Ng Thern Than Yuet Foong
Lum Sea Twun Loo Pei Yee Jasmine Loh Angel Loh
Andy Loh Pannir Shanthi Cherrenne Hong
Alicia Chong & family Sam Chiao Hong Joey Tai Thee Kok Aun
Betty Yang Vera Di Christine Wang Sean Pang
Lily Chew Everina Lim Lin Choo Hock Azelynna Lim
Victor Phang Jill Jeffery Gan Jan Yong & Family
Low Saw Gim Shaun Koh Peter Koh Karen Gan
Gan Kai Ching Victoria Lam Ngeow Su An Gary Gomes
Gavin Gomes Kristal Yeck Shereen Wong Lee Chia
Yong Kim Ching Tan Cheng Peng Tew Mui Hong Tan You Jin
Gary Tan Rena Wong Andy Tan Yen Hoe Chew Mee Yin
Ashley Kum Peggy Loh Choi Khoon Kit Janelle Choi
Allan Kuah Lisa Liu Ng Qian Yi Kim Ng
Peter Thean Tan Siew Eng Melissa Sin Julia Tan
Jace Chong Shane Gregory Wong & family Ellena Chia
Annie      

 

 

Photos

 

Many people gathered at Kepong Metropolitan Park early in the morning for this event.

 

Birds which will soon be free!

 

Fishes to be liberated.

 

Frederick Law giving a speech to welcome everyone. He also gave a brief explanation on why we liberate lives.

 

Pastor Chia leading the Animal Liberation prayers.

 

Everyone braved the hot sun to attend the event.

 

Dato’ Ruby, President of the Kechara’s Soup Kitchen was also seen attending the event.

 

Many people, young and old, came to release animals on Buddha’s birthday.

 

Young kids getting exposed to compassionate activities like releasing animals at an early age.

 

Participants blowing onto the birds after reciting mantras.

 

Our friends from Shanghai also joined in the event.

 

Our special guests and new friends joined in to release animals too.

 

Andy (a student studying in Singapore) blows onto the birds after reciting mantras.

 

These fishes will not be slaughtered tomorrow…

 

Ellena’s, Gabriel‘s mum, came for Wesak Day!

 

Preparing to release the fishes.

 

Freedom!

 

Our young participant feeding the fishes after they were released.

 

 

Baby Blessing Ceremony, 2 pm in Kechara House

Last year, I composed a prayer specifically to bless children..a Buddhist Baptismal.. after I composed this prayer, it started to drizzle. In Buddhist tradition, when good things are done that will produce good results, many signs will appear such as rainbows or it will rain slightly.

On Wesak Day, 4 Kechara pastors blessed 47 young children with the same prayer. I had the pastors master the prayers to perform this sacred blessing… These young children will now be under the protection of Buddha Tsongkhapa.

I am very happy that Kechara’s pastors are now able to carry out duties to bless the public and that these children will be safe through the Buddha’s protective care. May all these children continue to develop into wonderful people that benefits society.

 

Victoria Lam Wong Jia Qing Wong Jia Le Clarence Chin
Syuen Chin Ong Zhen Yu Natalie Yong Rianna Yong
Wong Xuan Rong Leong Mei Qi Adam Wong Adison Wong
Ng Yi Wen Chow Hong Jie Chow Hong Quan Wong Wai Chung
Sim Xiao Wei Sim Han Yang Sim Jin Yan Bryan Khor
Bevan Khor Janelle Choi Teh Joxuan Rachel Woo
Liaw Yung Fang Liaw Jing Shiong Choo Yen Kwan Choo Yen Shen
Yeo Zhen Rong Brandie Khor Pee Five Wong Zi Yi
Vanessa Wong Sherwyn Lim Sheryl Lim Shaun Lim
Gan Sze-Chun Gan Yu Jie Tan Suet Keem Tan Sze Nie
Tan Zhi Rui Cheah Yi Huan Cheah Yi Liang Cheah Yi En
Foo Yu Syuen Yeap Ren Xin Yeap Kai Ying  

 

 

Photos

President of Kechara House, Datuk May giving a speech to welcome all Baby Blessing participants.

 

Pastor Ngeow giving an introduction of this sacred ceremony.

 

Baby Blessing ceremony led by Kechara’s pastors.

 

Pastor Kok Yek Yee performing prayers.

 

Both children and parents attentively reciting the prayers.

 

Pastors going around the Prayer Hall to bless the children.

 

Pastor Chia is seen here placing blessed water on the forehead of a young boy.

 

A candid moment. The joy of blessings.

 

Khatas and candles prepared for the participants to offer up to the Three Jewels.

 

A young participant offering a khata to the throne.

 

Baby blessing participants making khata offerings to the throne.

 

Candle offerings to the Three Jewels. How wonderful for young children to perform a meritorious act!

 

Each child got to invite back a tsa-tsa, certificate and a bouquet of flowers! They invited back what they offered up…

 

Our volunteers handing out the package to our young participants. Making offerings to Buddha on Wesak day!

 

A happy blessed family!

 

You’re never too old to receive blessings!

 

 

Singapore Group’s Visit to Kechara Forest Retreat, 2 pm in Kechara Forest Retreat, Chamang

While the Baby Blessing was taking place in Kechara House, a separate group went down to Chamang to have view Kechara’s new retreat land, Kechara Forest Retreat. These visitors are from a Buddhist centre called Modern Buddhist Fellowship which was started by one of my long-time student Jay Jae Chong. He brought down all the members in his centre to celebrate Wesak here in Kechara… in the Dharma centre where he grew up spiritually.

I’m very glad the Singapore group got to see KFR for themselves and not just through pictures on my blog!

Sheryl Chew Hwee Ling Tan Wee Hiang Jasline Tay Sok Leng
Jacqueline Yap Tze Ling Tan Kam Soon Joshua Sim Yew Siah
Cody Sim Yu Chye Mark Wong Charlie Kok Pak Cheong
Amos Leong    

 

 

Photos

 

Eager visitors waiting to walk to the land. Our Kechara Forest Retreat land has been recieving many visitors. Everyone love the land where we will build our retreat centre.

 

A good Saturday workout? Walking through our Kechara Forest Retreat land on Wesak Day.

 

We made it!

 

Martin briefing the MBF group.

 

JJ (far left) is seen here explaining to his group about KFR.

 

A group photo with the iconic tree.

 

 

Taking Refuge, 8 pm in Kechara House

In the evening, Kechara had a refuge ceremony. There were hundreds of attendees… and out of these few hundred people, 93 of them took refuge in the Buddha. It is necessary to take refuge before taking on higher practices… I am very glad to see people taking their spiritual practice seriously, and taking the first step.

Before giving refuge, I gave a talk on the purpose and power of stupa. I also explained to everyone in brief  my plans to build a Vajrayogini Stupa at Kechara Forest Retreat. How wonderful for everyone who visits KFR to receive the blessings of Vajrayogini…

Betty Yang Chim Wai Queen Ch’ng Keat Siang Chong Chin Wei
Jennifer Chuah Jeffrey Khor Keith Kong Kuek Ying Hai
Kwan Wan Hong Kwan Wan San Lee Eng Aun Lee Poh Ling
Liang Chon Kong Lim Jit Piew Martin Chow Melissa Lee Hau Ying
Ng Yi Rou Nicholas Ann Ong Kong Hooi Poney Sim
Phillis Chin Sean Pang Seth Chong Sim Kwan Yau
Tan Jen Ni Tan Lilyn Tan Yen Hoe Tang Siew Wan
Wong Siew Weng Jill Yam Loo Fun Yong Swee Keong Gan Kai Ching
Tang Ah Bah Kong Jun Khong Tan Ming Chai Chee Ho Kiong
Sheryl Chew Tan Wee Hiang Jasline Tay Jacqueline Yap
Tan Kam Soon Joshua Sim Yew Siah Charlie Kok Amos Leong
Sing Gaik Yam Teh Kok Yong Woo Chee Seng Anita
Yeow Swee Eng Jack Ng Alex Siah Veron Tung Shi Ying
Wendy Loh Victor Phang Victor Choi Joey Tai Pei Ling
Sam Chiao Hong Chervenne Hong Hecelus Tan Jeffrey Yee
Joyce Tan Jess Ong Vincent Cheng Liaw Saw Keong
Choong Li Li Liaw Yung May Serena Boon Freon Tee
Chong Hoong Kin Kor Yoke Yan Choong Li Jiun Choong Hoong Kit
Choong Kat Shun Lim Mei Ling Nicholas Sze Kok Eng Jimmy Tan
Junie Yong Chang Fang Chyi Alan Chan Han Mui Foong
Koh Siang Guet Loke Kah Fatt Joe Ang Steven Chew
Eric Kwan Sheryl Low Wan Fen Christine Wang Yong Hoong Kuan
Ng Ji Queen Li Sing Yii Lee Chew Mooi Lam Ngeok Hung
Zhang Jing      

 

 

More Photos

 

Datuk May Phng, President of Kechara House giving an opening speech to the refuge takers and guests.

 

Everyone listening attentively to Datuk May’s speech.

 

A massive crowd attending the refuge taking ceremony in conjunction with Wesak Day.

 

I gave a teaching on choices and the power of stupas before the refuge ceremony.

 

Getting closer to the crowd

 

The first stupa to be built by Kechara will be a Vajrayogini stupa.

 

Reciting the refuge prayers.

 

Kechara House pastors joining in the ceremony.

 

Refuge takers folding their hands signifying their readiness to accept Buddhism. I mentioned in my talk that when we accept a religion, we should go a step further… to apply it.

 

I also gave the oral transmissions of Migtsema and Manjushri’s mantra to the refuge takers.

 

Many refuge takers and guests…

 

I presented a gift to Ann Woo, a beautiful friend of mine.

 

Refuge takers making offerings to the Three Jewels.

 

After taking refuge, the first thing to do is making offerings to Buddha, Dharma and Sangha..very auspicious first act..Refuge takers eagerly waiting for their turn to make offerings onto Kechara’s shrine.

 

Making aspirational wishes to the Three Jewels…

 

A participant making a khata offering to the throne.

 

A friend from Shanghai making offerings to the throne.

 

 

Photos of Offerings

 

Many students and friends sent me gifts and flowers. Some called from overseas to arrange flowers for me on that day…how thoughtful..thank you…On the far left is a beautiful offering from E-division. They offered a Manjushri statue, holy relics from high lamas, holy herbs and a card.

 

Yong Swee Keong offered Body, Speech and Mind. It is traditional practice to offer these items to the spiritual guide whom you are seeking refuge with.

 

A beautiful offering of stupas (the representation of the Buddha’s mind).

 

A 13 year old boy made offerings all the way from Switzerland!

 

A lovely Tara statue in a bed of flowers was offered by Kechara InMotion.

 

Many offerings of Body, Speech and Mind from refuge takers.

 

Offerings of Dharma texts and a statue by the Modern Buddhist Fellowship, Singapore.

 

There were a few offerings from around the world via Vajra Secrets. People contacted Vajra Secrets to send offerings to me on Wesak Day..I was very touched.

 

Offerings by a sincere 15 year old boy, Hecelus Tan. Thank you for the great and delicious fresh bread!! Thoughtful.

 

Beautiful bouquets of flowers! We have a dept in Kechara that arranges beautiful flowers..they are called Kechara Blooms..and all these flowers are from people from all around the world. Thanks…I love flowers and offering them to Buddha for all of you.

 

All these flowers were prepared by Kechara Blooms. So many beautiful flowers!!!

 

A beautiful Yamantaka statue, offered by refuge taker Martin.

 

It’s nice to see how much thought was put into the offerings… they have all been offered up to my altar.

 

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Condensed Talk conceptualized by Pastor Loh Seng Piow

 

 

 

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  1. Lucas Roth on Oct 28, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    it is amazing how many cool thing happen in that one day, i am so happy that all the animals were set free and they went to see KFR land before all the construction. Wesak day is always so cool, cannot wait for the next one. thank you for sharing Rinpoche

  2. Lucas Roth on Jun 29, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    that was a pretty cool Wesak day, so many lives were set free and liberated and everyone gathered to celebrate Buddha’s birthday and enlightenment day. i hope there will be more days like this in the future

  3. June Tang -KHJB on Aug 21, 2012 at 1:02 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this dharma talk and all lovely pictures with us^_^ Yes, this is a special day for everyone of us– very auspicious and fortunate for the refuge takers to take refuge and also so many lives were saved on this auspicious day. May all the refuge takers have the connections to three jewels in all lives and benefits to more peoples!!

  4. grace (KSJC) on Aug 17, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    What a special day for the families, friends to join together the get blessing of the Buddha ,i’m happy that my husband Alan taking refuge on the day. May Rinpoche have long life, may every one get blessing from 3 jewels…

  5. Li Kheng on May 28, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    The activities are very exciting and fun. We should enjoy and cherish these moments understanding that they are not just mere events to participate in but are rare and meaningful moments that reflects the basic joy of humanity: giving. We should realize that these events are precious occasions for us to practice pure Dharma and benefiting others.

    It is empowering under the spiritual guidance of Tsem Rinpoche that we are educated about the significance of taking refuge before the final decision and commitment to make this choice. Recently, I spoke to a lady who told me she attended a Dharma event for the first time and the Master was giving refuge. Her friend just told her that taking refuge is a “good thing” and she should not loose this chance. Thus, she took refuge without any understanding of what she did…she cannot even remember the Master’s name!!!

    In summary, at Kechara, we receive authentic Dharma teachings. We get the blessing of the “Real McCoy”. Thus, it is important that we cherish it by action, i.e. not by saying thanks only but by taking actions to create the cause for our Guru to stay with us. Actions include learning Dharma teachings sincerely so that we can share and benefit others, nurturing the Kechara community so that we develop a stronger ability to reach out to others, contribute to projects, like KFR, that will create merits for Dharma to remain us. Sometimes, if we do not know what we can….just ask and the opportunities to give will arise 

    • pastor ngeow on Jun 8, 2012 at 2:54 pm

      Yes LK,meeting the dharma is like a blind turtle surfacing from the depths of the ocean once in 100 years and happen to poke its head through a floating golden yoke when it break surface. Finding an authentic lineage holder and guru who speaks our language and residing in our country is even rarer.
      We should think like the lamrim story abouta cripple who fell down a hill and landed on the back of a horse. He rode away with 100 % determination not to ever let go of the horse.Such an opportunity will never come again.
      May our guru live long and may we never be without a precious guru in this and future lives.

  6. Albert on May 20, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    It takes a lot of merits to be able to hear a word of Dharma, I’m joyful for the people which name are mentioned above, how fortunate for them to be able to participate such meritorious activity during Wesak Day (a remarkable day of Buddha’s birth, death and enlightenment). How fortunate for me to be in this events, part of this events. If without Kechara, I don’t think I will have this chance.

    Thanks Kechara and the working crew, it really benefits lots of people.

  7. Junior on May 20, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    It was a very auspicious day to have children and adults taking refuge.I congratulation those who had made it and taken refuge that day..

  8. Erickksiow on May 19, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Thank You Rinpoche for posted on blog. Even those i don’t have time ( duty in outlet )to attend this Special Day. I can watch Rinpoche talk on YouTube. I rejoice for everyone who has taken refuge and all the Kecharians for helping the event running smoothly.

    Best Regards : Erickksiow

  9. mayy on May 19, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    This Wesak Day at Kechara was a memorable day for my brother, wife and daughter whom came back from Macau to attend this auspicious day to take refuge. This time round and the first we celebrated Wesak together as a family attending a teaching by Rinpoche on What is God? which is so appropriate for all to gain more knowledge and understand more. Most importantly, to assimilate teachings into our daily life.

  10. mitra on May 19, 2012 at 11:21 am

    IT was good day baby bleesed , take refuge, we injoy with rinpoche teaching.specealy he teach about religion i like so much.

  11. James Long on May 18, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    I was watching the whole event and talk on computer. Thanks to Wai Meng, Joey and team who set up the live streaming for us to watch.

    So many young babies were being protected by 3 jewels after the baptism. We should let kids to learn Dharma since young not let them keep looking for money, car, realtionship.. and the same cycle to their kids in the future.

    I’ve seen many kid with and without Dharma and they are so much different. Better start now.

    For those who taken refuge, congratulation as finally they are brave enough to move one step further to find their own true nature which is kind and love.

    Many people do not want to take refuge, hold vows or simply be serious about individual spiritual path, i think are basically fear of facing their own negative mind and habits, they rather run away from it by going to party, being busy in their work and avoid talking about death.

  12. Darren on May 18, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    An auspicious day where many did offering to the 3 jewels and animal liberations. We are fortunate during these degenerate times we have Kechara and Rinpoche with us. The Wesak day was completed with a powerful and clear talk by Rinpoche. Thank you Rinpoche.

  13. Davin on May 17, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    This is a wonderful and auspicious day. Its only once a year Wesak day and people are making many beautiful offering. Just by see all the picture that post up I can feel the joy and happiness. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this.

  14. Tenzin Kyabsum on May 16, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    What an auspicious day to offer holy items to the 3 Jewels. Whenever we offer something to the Buddha, we collect good merits for ourselves. We are so fortunate to be able to make offerings to our Guru and Buddhas.
    Thank you Rinpoche!

  15. Helena on May 15, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Happy Wesak Day!!! It was a wonderful day as there were many babies got blessing and Rinpoche gave us and the refuge takers a fantastic Dharma talk. I really gain alot. Thank you Rinpoche.

  16. Pastor Chia on May 15, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Just watch at all this picture has been taken and post up, you can feel so much joys and happiness Kecharian has an wonderful Wesak Day.
    Start from morning animal liberation, afternoon child blessing, night time pleasant by rinpoche Dharma teaching. 93 refugee has the honor become the real Buddhist bless by. H.E.Tsem tulku Rinpoche. That is what Kechara House can do now leading many people to the spiritual path.

  17. Adrian Cho on May 14, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    It was such a wonderful and auspicious day…
    I really rejoice and happily for those people take refuge in Gompa.
    On this Wesak Day, it was so meaningful for all of us.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing…

  18. wahying on May 14, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    以前卫塞节只是另一个公共假期,认识了佛教以后,卫塞节的意义对我不再一样。恭喜所有像我一样遇见佛法,遇见仁波切,在这一天皈依的同修们,选择了这条幸福的灵修路。

  19. Doreen Teoh on May 14, 2012 at 11:46 am

    It was such a good day with so many children, babies and adults taking refuge and receiving blessings from the three jewels. What a great Wesak Day!

  20. wan on May 14, 2012 at 2:59 am

    This is virtue actions done in a special day like wasak day which Kecharians started their meaningful day with fish liberation.. how thoughtful that we not only hold the vows which one of them is not killing but we go another step by releasing lives also.

    The baby blessing ceremony is the important day for both children and parents as this is the best thing that the parents can provide to their child. Its the most higher value more than other things ie education, material things like house, car etc which can be lost in one day but the Dharma seed will be with the child forever life after life.

    The refuge ceremony is very important to our life as it is the day we surrender ourself to the teacher and taking refuge with the three jewels to begin our journey in spiritual path. Without the teacher, we will never learn Dharma which taught by Buddha. The Teacher who will guide us to the right path to achieve the ultimate goal of enlightenment.

    Its also a very special day to make an offering to the Sangha, especial our teacher who has been guiding us a long the way with vast of love and compassion. The auspicious day to show our gratitude to the teacher.

    And how fortunate of us to listen to profound Dharma talk by our teacher, the talk which taught by Buddha and its convey to us in term that suit us in our language which we easy to understand. The Dharma which like the light that lighten our mind to understand more and look at things surround us with right attitude, and we have less suffering and become more happy. We gain more wisdom and has a kind of realise of the suffer which cause from our delusion mind and we wish to help other to have less suffering and more happy same as us.

    If you miss the special thing in auspicious day in this year, be prepared and don’t miss it again in next year.

  21. Michelle on May 12, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    He really is amazing. I’m so aligned with his words.

  22. Carmen Koo on May 12, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Wesak 2011, I had the great opportunity to take refuge with Rinpoche, and this year, I watched many people bestowed with that precious opportunity too. It was a joy to see so many being blessed on such an auspicious and holy day – both refuge takers and the little ones too.

    Until I met with Kechara, Wesak to me was just another day to pray for myself, and throw my problems to the divine so that they can solve my problems created by me for me. I did not view it as a celebration of a holy day where Lord Buddha chose to be born, achieve enlightenment or enter parinirvana. For me, none of those mattered..what mattered was that I had to have my quick fix to my problems. But year after year, I find myself praying for the same thing, the problems were still there, nothing seemed to change, and I wondered why – and its easy..simply because I didn’t change, but expected everything else to change. How can that be possible, if I don’t do anything about what I’m facing, and expect everything to be okay. And I believe that is the common misconception people have of religion.

    “Where can a God remove your problems” – This saying hit the nail for me. If we think this is what religion is, then definitely we are the ones that are bringing it down, for on the side of the religion, there are no flaws. In desperation of a solution to our problems, we turn to religion..and when we cannot find the resolve that we need, then religion is another outlet for us to blame.

    Thank you Rinpoche, for another exceptional teaching. I really would be swimming in an endless ocean with no direction if I didn’t meet with Rinpoche and Kechara.

    Love,
    Carmen.

  23. Betty Yang on May 12, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    The Wesak Day of this year is unforgettable with lots of blessing, happiness, and hope because the refuge was offered by our Dear Rinpoche and the teachings were dedicatedly delivered by our Dear Rinpoche. Thank you, Dear Rinpoche for your love and wisdom.

  24. JG on May 12, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Is a beautiful day for us to close to Buddha, is a lovely ceremorny here. All of attendee are sincere and concentrate. Many of them are new faces, feel so great to see all of them be a part of the Kechara House, plant the seed of dharma, tap in imprints.

  25. Victor Phang on May 12, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Yes, this is a special day for everyone of us. We did so many meaningful things from the beginning of the day until late night. Everyone enjoying the activities and especially the Dharma talk in the evening. I’m grateful that KC/KH is working so hard to give us such a comfortable and meaningful Wesak Day. I’m also very grateful because finally I have the opportunity to take refuge to my kind Guru. At the moment, only one thought appeared in my mind – I found a Master who I can 100% rely on in my Dharmic journey in this life. For me, you are extremely important because you are my direction, light, hope, now and future, motivation, guidance and idol.
    Thank you very much Rinpoche for everything you have done for us.
    Take good care.
    With love,
    VP

  26. Yoke Fui on May 12, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Every Wesak Day at Kechara is a memorable one for me. Each year , Rinpoche gives teachings according to the needs of the people at that time. People always feel they have received something precious at the end of the event . . . words of wisdom they can apply.

    Like DR, I’m so blessed to be a part of Kechara. May more be as fortunate as us.

  27. Cynthia L on May 12, 2012 at 3:18 am

    How auspicious and fortunate for the refuge takers to take refuge on this holy day with H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche. Rinpoche is a not just any lama, but a highly qualified guru. I considered myself very lucky to have Rinpoche as my guru and I am very happy to see many others are able to share this same fortune as me. I sincerely hope that everyone who chose this path also will choose to start their life in a more meaningful way from this day onwards.

  28. yeo on May 12, 2012 at 2:06 am

    在当天那么殊胜的日子,可以让我的小儿子参与儿童洗礼仪式和得到讲法师的加持,让我觉得真的法喜充满。 因为每次当他看到我做早课时,他都偶尔会主动过来一起诵经,他那种发出内心的诵经的心和可以把佛法和他拉得更近,已经让我高兴万分了。非常感谢上师能让他和每个人能有此机会接触佛法。。。

  29. mima on May 11, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this talk…

  30. So Kin Hoe on May 11, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    After listening these 2 hours of teaching from Rinpoche, i am truly convinced that everyone can become an enlightened being or Buddha if he or she follows all the way up according to Guru Rinpoche’s teaching and instruction. Thank you Rinpoche. i sincerely wish Rinpoche will have good health and long life. May there be many stupas built in Chamang for the benefits of many people in this region.

  31. Karen Chong on May 11, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    This short yet profound teaching is so awakening! Pushing away responsibility when we face problems and rely on religion to solve our problems is so common among us. However this is not the purpose of a religion. This teaching has highlighted the acceptance of self-created problems, being responsible and transformation that really makes people think deeper the real purpose of why we seek for a religion. Indeed a mind-blowing teaching. Thank you Rinpoche!

  32. nicholas on May 11, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    It’s such a wonderful Wesak Day at Kechara.
    Children s and adults were tremendously benefited from the Animal Liberation in morning, Children blessing and Refuge in the evening.

    Rinpoche profound teaching really make a lot of people understand better of what is a real Buddhism practice is. I heard one of the refuge taker says that he’s a Buddhist now (after taking refuge) and with real understanding and knowledge.

    Thank Rinpoche for sharing the teachings and it’s our turn in action now to put it into our practice.

    with folded hand

  33. bengkooi on May 11, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    This year, as always, Wesak Day in Kechara was a spectacular event with a variety of activities for everyone. I think it was particularly special because kids and adults both had the great opportunity to take refuge or be blessed by the Three Jewels. What other better day is there to take refuge? Except on the birthday of our Guru of course 🙂

    The video on God and religion is also excellent. The points that Rinpoche covered are the same points that I used to debate and think about, back when I had not yet met Rinpoche and was drifting around from temple to church to temple… I would recommend this talk to everyone who is looking for a religion or a spiritual path to follow, as it clearly and logically outlines the key points and thought processes one should follow when seeking a religion.

    I also thank everyone who contributed to the holy pills in the Manjushri statue that edivision offered to Rinpoche for Wesak this year. The offering was a hit!

  34. Cynthia Ng on May 11, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Is a awakening teaching for me! The purpose of religion is to except and apply good quality, transform our bad quality to good quality. Prayers and mantras that we recite is to show us what we can acheive from Buddha good quality and become a better person.
    _/\_ Thanks Tsem Rinpoche for the teaching.

  35. su an on May 11, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Wesak Day at Kechara was filled with fun and meritorious activities =D besides the baby blessing ceremony where some of the people were so touched they had tears streaming down their faces… the highlight of the day to me was Rinpoche’s talk “What is GOD? What is BUDDHA?” Some points from the talk which I will always remember:

    – There wouldn’t be so many volumes of teachings and text if religion is just about accepting the religion and all our problems will go away by themselves. Accepting or taking refuge in a God or Buddha is just the first step. We need to make the effort to learn up and transform, otherwise the religion “won’t work” for us.

    – Religion is degenerated when we use it to fuel our selfish aspirations and refusal to take personal responsibility for the problems we created ourselves

    – If a higher power can take away all our problems, then lawyers wouldn’t exist.

    – If we pray for materialistic gain and advantages, that is not spirituality. That is not the purpose of religion.

    – The purpose of religion is to further enhance and increase our good qualities, and to transform our bad qualities into good.

    – Reciting prayers or liturgies are reciting things which we are supposed to do for ourselves, not what the Gods are supposed to do for us. The Buddhas show us what we can achieve.

    • su an on May 11, 2012 at 5:33 pm

      Thank you Rinpoche for the precious teaching. I’m so happy for the people who attended and received refuge from Rinpoche, and for the overseas students who came all the way here to grab this opportunity to see Rinpoche!

  36. MayOng on May 11, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Tsem Rinpoche gave a very logical talk on God and Buddha and asked us to self-examine what do we need to do if we are to follow any spiritual path.

  37. lewkwanleng on May 11, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    What is more auspicious than attending the Wesak Day celebration? Listen to Dharma talk from a High Laman Tsem Tulku Rinpoche Himself!!

    Although Rinpoche said there are only 2 topics (choice and stupa), there are a lot more teachings in there!

    Also, a HUGE thank you to Seng Piow who re-edited the video and compiled topics related to “responsibility” and “Bodhichitta”. The teaching I like the most is this:

    “Degeneration in religion is when you use religion to continue to fullfil our negative selfish aspiration.”

    This is so true in our era now…

  38. Wan Wai Meng on May 11, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    So very clear Rinpoche’s explanation about that our actions do take us to where we want to be. How can just taking refuge in a God or divine being brings us to heaven. The example of the SS soldiers is very funny and illuminating at the same time. Just because the SS soldiers believe in the divine they go to the same place as His Holiness the Dalai Lama? No way!

  39. sweekeong on May 11, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    It is very interesting to see what representations of Body, Speech and Mind people offered during Wesak Day. Surprises. Haha 🙂

  40. Gim Lee on May 11, 2012 at 9:06 am

    At Kechara, I learnt Dharma from Rinpoche through his Dharma Talks, his actions of spontaneous and unbias caring, his over-flowing generosity, his unlimited creative ideas, his manifested wraths to shake his stubborn students and most of all, his sacrifices to forgo sleeps and comfort, to endure pains and ‘heartache’ all for the sake of benefiting others.

    Wesak Day at Kechara provided us the opportunity to do a tiny version of Rinpoche’s works and Rinpoche himself took the biggest part of it by giving teachings to the audience during the Refuge Taking ceremony and later to the visiting overseas students and guests. Even after Rinpoche left KH in the morning (after non-stop teachings all night), he continued to work till noon.

    Wesak Day is about giving and sharing; Rinpoche taught us the real meaning of Wesak Day by his actions and examples.

    Thank you Rinpoche 🙂

  41. Pastor Susan on May 11, 2012 at 12:45 am

    It was an amazing day for myself and many others. The gompa was filled with people. There were many new people I have not met before who came early to get a seat. Thank you so much for all the pictures! It was an incredible, eventful day. For those of you who have missed it, do watch the teaching Rinpoche gave.

  42. David Lai on May 10, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Wow! I love all the offerings but I particularly love the spectacular Manjushri riding on the lion offered by e-division and the yellow Manjushri statue offered by MBF of Singapore. I love these statues because they are rare and they are of the sublime Manjushri. Just like Rinpoche, I love any statue or practice associated with the ‘gentle speech’ Manjushri.

    Oh! Did I tell you that I also like the brilliant and dynamic statue offered by Martin. I know! This is all so awkward that I am talking about Rinpoche’s offerings with such longing. Hehe! Anyway, the day was meritorious, the Dharma talk was clear, concise, powerful and thought-provoking. It left many inspired to do more and to learn more.

  43. lucy yap on May 10, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    A very happy and blessed day for Kecharians.The participants of the activities are excited and happy.Congratulations to the refuge takers and babies and children.Rinpoche gave a beautiful teaching which inspired everyone in the audience.Thank you Rinpoche.

  44. hecelus tan on May 10, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    I’m happy that I have already take refuge and be a real buddhist,I really want to thanks my root guru His Eminence Tsem Tulku Rinpoche that always care to me and guide me very well on the path of Dharma.

  45. Mc on May 10, 2012 at 2:59 am

    I regard receiving my refuge vows from Tsem Tulku Rinpoche as probably the most important event of my life to date. With this, I know for sure that so long as I keep my samaya clean I will have my Guru in this and many more lifetimes to come. And this is a wonderful privilege. It would have been an utterly useless life had I not met Rinpoche a couple of years ago.

    I am touched to learn that long after we have all gone to bed, Rinpoche was still up doing prayers for so many people.

  46. WT on May 10, 2012 at 2:06 am

    I’m so happy to see this eventful day which is full of Dharma essense. Rejoice. Really fortunate to be part of Kechara have Tsemtulku Rinpoche as Guru. May Kechara grow bigger and bigger and can touch more people and plant the seeds of Dharma in them.

  47. Sean Pang on May 10, 2012 at 12:02 am

    Thank you for the beautiful summary of Wesak Day! This blog will bring back fond memories of our visit to Kechara KL.

    This visit is especially significant to me because I am one of the fortunate ones to have taken Refuge on this Special Day. But as Rinpoche said, this is only the first step, the rest is up to each of us.

    Betty, Vera, Christine and I had a wonderful time in KL. Kechara Care worked out a great programme for us and we took full advantage of it! In between liberating the fish and birds, listening to Martin’s introduction of KFR and feeding mosquitoes, rolling (and re-rolling…) mantras, making tormas and plucking out thorns from roses (as well as our thumbs…), we were posting photos of what we were doing on Sina Weibo so that our friends from back home in Shanghai could follow our activities.

    I’d like to thank all the wonderful friends and fellow Kecharians who made us feel so welcome. This was only my second time visiting Kechara KL and it already felt like a family reunion! There was so much warmth, care and love. Everyone was always ready to respond to our every request, it made us almost afraid to even ask for anything anymore!

    I especially thank our dear Guru, Rinpoche, for delivering His valuable teachings in the most inimitable way. Every moment spent in His presence is a blessing… Rinpoche leaves me speechless!

    Dear Rinpoche, we may be far away from You but You are never far away from us! I pray that one day soon, You will come to us in Shanghai so that many more can be blessed by Your wisdom.

    With love and respect,
    Sean Pang in Shanghai 🙂

  48. Christine Wang on May 9, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    Wow, what a wonderful blog on Wesak Day! I’m very honoured and happy to have been there and being close to Rinpoche and fellow Kecharians. Everytime I come to Kechara KL, it’s like coming home and being surrounded by “family”.

    I took refuge on Wesak Day last year and renewed my vows this year. I hope to be able to do this every year.

    I thank our Kecharian friends who made the effort to look after us, take us around and do everything possible to make our visit comfortable and easy, especially Su An who drove us around and acted as our local guide, and also everyone at Bloom and KSA for being so patient with us. We enjoyed all the activities such as rolling mantras, making tormas and plucking out thorns from roses!! 🙂

    I enjoyed every moment in KL. We’re very lucky to have visited the KFR as well as the KWPC site. I hope we will have the opportunity to do volunteer work to contribute towards their completion.

    Most of all, I thank Rinpoche for Rinpoche’s profound teaching during the Refuge ceremony. It was a good reminder on what really matters in each lifetime: being a better person!

    Love,
    Christine in Shanghai

  49. DR on May 9, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    It is indeed a very Special Day. The photos are not just beautiful but it is an expression of the beautiful meritorius deeds that Kecharians were able to perform due to the existence of Kechara House.

    On that auspicious day, as you can see from all these photos, activities were planned (weeks in advance) with so much care by volunteers hence babies, toddlers, teenagers, adults, senior citizens all could participate and benefit from it. Be it from animal liberation to baby blessings, refuge to Rinpoche’s teachings, there was something for everyone.

    I am so blessed to be a Kecharian and extremely proud to be one!

  50. Mei Fong on May 9, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    The refuge takers were very happy and there were smiles everywhere. Thank you Rinpoche for the beautiful dharma talk on “Choice” and “The Benefits & Power of Stupa”. Congratulations to all refuge takers.

  51. Ethan Chu on May 9, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    When I was younger I never knew the true meaning of Wesak day, all I was told it is Buddha’s birthday; it is isn’t it? So I just stupidly thinking that on this very day, we’ll give Buddha a lot of presents, incense, fruits, food etc etc…

    Now with Kechara, I learned so much more than just making offerings to the Buddha. This very day is very auspicious because it is the reminder that we can be enlightened like Buddha too, achieving his qualities so we will end our sufferings and benefit the sentient beings. The offerings are actually not for the Buddha, it is for us to create the causes for receiving dharma because we need the merits.

    By His Eminence giving refuge on this very special day is double auspicious and meaningful, because not only you receive the blessing of the three jewels, make offerings and you can truly receive a personal teaching from Rinpoche himself on the true meaning of taking refuge and embarking on a spiritual journey. Take a look at the video to see more of the talk, very inspiring…

    I congratulation those who had made it and taken refuge, not you know more than a lot people on why you are a Buddhist celebrating Wesak day, and you can now call yourself a Buddhist!!

    Do check out what other activities and projects that Kechara has and join us!

  52. jimmy on May 9, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    感到万分喜悦因为可以在当天的得到三宝的加持和上师的加持。也很荣幸终于可以皈依上师-尊贵的詹杜固仁波切成为他的弟子跟随着上师学佛法。这是件难得的机会可遇不可求。我会好好的珍惜并依教奉行。感谢仁波切的慈悲!

  53. John Woo on May 9, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Dear Our Compassionate Guru,

    My wife and I would like to express our heart-felt gratitude to Rinpoche for allowing us to take Refuge on Wesak Day. May Rinpoche has stable and long life to continue turning the Wheel of Dharma. May we have the merit to meet up with Rinpoche again very soon. We endeavor to practise the Dharma just as you have taught.

    Your humble students from Macau,
    Woo Chee Seng, John
    Yeow Swee Eng, Joyce

    Dear Rinpoche,
    I am little Rachael. Thank you for the blessings and prayers during the Baby Blessings ceremony. I have attended the ceremony. I saw you on the big screen during my parent’s Refuge taking at night and hope to meet you in person.

    Yours faithfully,
    Woo Tse-Lyn, Rachael

  54. mayy on May 9, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    It was a meritorious filled events for the whole family to be in that day. My brother and his family flew in just for this event for refuge and baby baptismal. Happy for them that they made the effort to come. In fact, they flew back just for the event. Thank you everyone who is involved in this wonderful preparations and set up. Look at the sea of offerings!!!

  55. abby F on May 9, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Im very happy to hear that You love the flowers.
    And actually the most thoughtful person is Rinpoche. Thank you for offering all the flowers/offerings to Buddha for all of us! 🙂

  56. Siong Woan on May 9, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    The BEST place to spend holy Wesak Day is in Kechara – we have everything for everyone! We saved thousands of fish and birds in the morning, blessed precious little kids in the afternoon and Rinpoche gave refuge to those who are serious about their spiritual practice!

    I LOVE Wesak 🙂

  57. joey wong on May 9, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    I really love all the beautiful gifts that Rinpoche has received during wesak and the pictures are a testament to how much Kechara has grown over the years…i enjoy looking at the gifts very much

  58. KH Ng on May 9, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    What an auspicious talk on an auspicious day and for the so many to to attend the animal liberations, baby blessing and refuge ceremony on this day and bless by Rinpoche’s presence, prayers and talk. We are truly blessed.

  59. Uncle Eddie on May 9, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Wesak Day plays a big part in the lives of all Buddhists, and is said to be the most important day of Buddhist festivals. It celebrates the Buddha’s Birthday and also marks his enlightenment and death. It is always celebrated with much colour and gaiety. At Kechara House, Wesak 2012 on May 7, was celebrated with the activities of Animal Liberation of birds and fishes at Kepong Metropolitan Park in the morning, Baby blessings by Kechara’s pastors in the afternoon and Refuge taking ceremony done by Kechara’s Guru, Tsem Tulku Rinpoche in night, ending with a Dharma talk. It was indeed a special day filled with virtuous celebrations from morning till night for Kechara House!

  60. Girlie on May 9, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    5 May 2012 Wesak Day was a very busy day for Kecharians and friends and family. There was Animal liberation in the morning, Children blessing in the afternoon followed by Refuge taking in the evening. What an auspicious day. It was like a big Family day with members, family and friends coming from different corners of the world to celebrate birth, enlightenment and clear light of Buddha.

  61. patsy on May 9, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    So many activities were held in Kechara House on this auspicious day. I am happy to see so many adult and children taking refuge and receiving blessings from The Three Jewels. They have made the right choice to learn and practice the dharma.

    It is also auspicious that so many lives were saved on this auspicious day. Saving lives by releasing them or being a vegetarian will create the cause for us to collect enough merits to have a long, healthy body.

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for sharing this dharma talk with us. Hopefully more people will be able to apply what they learned from this talk and transformed their lives.

  62. Leann Lim on May 9, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    I love this auspicious event so much, that everyone coming for something meaningful in their life and is like the beginning of closer to their happiness and inner peace. Rejoice for all refuge takers!!^^

    And thank you so much Rinpoche for the teaching about the refuge meaning,making choice,personal responsible and powerful of Stupa. It really make me think more and more,esp our own personal responsible and to do more for dharma work.That’s really beautiful teaching that touching and “wake up” our mind…

    p.s : would like thanks for all Pastors : Pastor Ngeow, Pastor Susan, Pastor Yek Yee and Pastor Chia that making the baby blessing event success and wonderful. I’m sure is unforgettable memory for all parents. Still remember the touched when music is play and all the pastors giving the blessing one by one to all baby and kids. It’s really made me and Doreen “red eye”. So beautiful. Thanks all Kecharians too to make this event happen and happening.THANKS

  63. Steve Tobias on May 9, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Thank you for this excellent dharma talk Rinpoche, I’ll be sharing it with friends.

  64. guat hee on May 9, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    On this Special Day, I’m feeling happy that my mum and my eldest brother are taking refuge with Rinpoche. Although my eldest sis miss the refuge this time, but she is there to get the wonderful teaching from Rinpoche.

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing and take care.

  65. Sock Wan on May 9, 2012 at 11:22 am

    It was a very auspicious day for all of us. To have children and adults taking refuge with the 3 Jewels. But Rinpoche work did not stop after giving refuge. He continued meeting some people til early in the morning then go through the offerings made by the students and friends. For many of us, we were already in bed after when Rinpoche was doing all this.

    This is how our Guru takes care of us, never for himself. Show our appreciation and gratitude by transforming ourselves and do more for others.

  66. Han on May 9, 2012 at 8:46 am

    2012 Wesak considered one of my memorable day of the year.
    I witnessed three good friends of mine came with their kids for the baby blessing, two of them were long lost friends, they were so happy that the kids were blessed by the pastors.

    At night, few of my ex colleugue, ex boss etc were attending the refuge ceremony and they were impressed by Rinpoche teaching. When you are in dharma and your friends come for the event and has the opportunity to receive teaching from Rinpoche, I really rejoice for all them. May the special day planted the seed for them continue their dharma journey!

  67. lanse on May 9, 2012 at 2:35 am

    I was truly happy to see so many taking refuge this year. I am sure if those refuge takers really learn and practice Dharma, they will realise this is the best decision they have ever made for themselves.

    Congratulations to all who has chosen to follow the Dharma path!

  68. Pastor Yek Yee on May 9, 2012 at 2:30 am

    今年這場衛塞節之兒童加持禮和皈依儀式,對我而言是非常難忘的。不要說先前的準備工作,甚至是當天的情形都可說相當精彩!哈,有幸成為幕後工作人員之一,感受肯定比很多人深刻。但是,當你看到有人在兒童加持禮時,感動流淚;皈依儀式可以順利進行,讓近百人因而穫得三宝的加持和庇護,那份喜悅實非筆墨可形容。

    看著一張張洋溢幸福的臉孔從大殿離開,原來先前的辛苦都是值得的。衷心感激仁波切的到來,讓整個儀式生輝;仁波切宛如一顆不滅的太陽,永遠不言倦地照亮著你和我!

    • Cynthia Ng on May 11, 2012 at 7:52 pm

      月谊讲法师,你说的没错有幸成为幕后工作人员之一真的感触深刻,在儿童加持礼看到四位讲法师同一时间为那么多位儿童加持时,感动到眼泪不听使唤的流下。

      很开心见证这两场殊胜的仪式! 感谢仁波切给与的佛法开示和加持。

  69. Lim KSJC on May 9, 2012 at 1:44 am

    Thanks Rinpoche for the teaching regarding our Choice and the Power and Benefits of Stupas. The teaching are very clear and powerful that able to touch all attendees heart. I m so happy that i may learn the benefits and the power of Stupas and what is actually the Real Choice for us on such holy Wesak with KSJC members and all Dharma brother and sister. Thanks all Kecharians also that make this Wesak so happening…

  70. JP on May 9, 2012 at 12:35 am

    Wesak Day was full of meritorious events. It was great to meet Kecharians from Shanghai, Singapore and other States of Malaysia all at once. Felt like a family gathering.

    Rinpoche’s talk was fantastic. Everybody must watch the video of the talk. It’s very empowering. Thank you Rinpoche!

  71. David Loh on May 9, 2012 at 12:18 am

    Thank you again Rinpoche for another great Dharma talk! Always look forward with great enthusiasm to hearing Rinpoche’s teachings LIVE! Without fail as always, Rinpoche’s talk touches everyone in the audience. He had everyone thinking ‘is he talking about me….. Oh my Buddha!……how does he know about this or that???’ Those of us effected will try to change our ways. Yes me and hundred others are.

    Rinpoche’s teachings always gets the message through. He offers true but really hilarious life situations, illustrations and most profound teachings.

    Thank you also dear Rinpoche for caring and giving much anticipated refuge to first timers as well to some who wants to renew theirs. It was a splendid Wesak 2012! Let’s hope more are transformed this time around!

  72. Cynthia Ng on May 8, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche gave refuge to all refuge takers. May they have the connections to three jewels in all lives and benefits to many more.

    I am grateful my mother, youngest sister and sister in law are taking refuge with Rinpoche on the auspicious day!

    This is a meaningful Wesak Day for me 🙂

    Thank you Rinpoche gave a wonderful dharma talk to all of us.

  73. Lim Han Nee on May 8, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    As can be seen in this post, Wesak Day for Kecharians was packed with a lot of meaningful activities – Animal Liberation in the morning, a Baby Blessing ceremony in the afternoon, and Refuge Taking in the evening.

    Rinpoche’s teaching before the Refuge Taking was just brilliant and so all encompassing to embrace all religions.The first topic was “Choice”. Rinpoche first showed how one should practice one’s religion via applying the tenets to develop the qualities that will help us find real peace and happiness in life. He then showed clearly how when we choose Buddhism , we accept that we create the causes for our own problems and suffering and so we take responsibility, and not expect a God to remove our problems.We believe in karma, so we accept whatever suffering that comes to us. We transform a self-cherishing mind into a mind that seeks to benefit others. We find calm and peace through mind transformation.

    The second topic was “the Power and Benefits of Stupas”. Rinpoche announced that we will be creating a Vajrayogini stupa at our Kechara Forest Retreat.

  74. Sam on May 8, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    This year’s Wesak Day was in deed so far the most meaningful and special day in my life. I have made a choice on Wesak Day, taking refuge and offered 3 Jewels (Buddha , Dharma and Sangha) on this auspicious day!Rejoice for all that are able to participate and celebrate Wesak Day at Kechara. Thank you to those who were involved in preparing everything.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this articles with lovely pictures.
    And i know ‘thank you’ is just not enough to express how grateful and lucky i feel. But again, thank you U, Rinpoche. Take care 🙂

  75. Yoke Fui on May 8, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the teaching. It touched many people irrespective of race and religion. Rinpoche gave an in depth explanation of what refuge means, how to take personal responsibility and get true protection .

    Thank you to all the Kecharians and friends for making the Kechara Wesak celebration a memorable one !

  76. Paris on May 8, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    The pictures are spectacular and I must say I am extremely proud to be a part of a center that offers so many opportunities on a single day for people to connect to the blessings of the Three Jewels. It is said that on auspicious days like these – celebrating the birth or enlightenment days of enlightened beings – the merit accrued by doing good acts are multiplied hundreds and thousands of times over.

    The days are extra special – there must be something auspicious that the Buddha chose this particular day to enter the world; it was then the exact same day that he became enlightened. For us to tap into these enlightened energies on the same day is a brilliant chance for us to tap into our own Buddha potential, our own positive imprints and merit.

    I’d like to add that the day didn’t just end at refuge. After the Dharma talk and refuge ceremony, Rinpoche stayed in Kechara House until past 4am, granting private audiences to several groups, including our friends who had come from Singapore and Shanghai specially to join the celebrations. When he returned home (at almost 5am), Rinpoche then went through the offerings, to make strong prayers for all the people who had taken refuge and who had made offerings to the Three Jewels. Rinpoche never regards offerings as gifts for him (in the same greedy way that we do), but “uses” them to make a profound connection between the giver and their Lama / the Three Jewels (which is one and the same, of course).

    After all that (and it’s about 7am by now!), Rinpoche finally retires to his own room to do his own personal prayers and sadhana, which takes another 2 hours. Long after we had all gone home, Rinpoche continued long into the night to make prayers for everyone past, present and future, for the world.

  77. JP Lim on May 8, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    A lovely ceremony. Now come the challenging part, i.e to fulfill my commitments. Slowly but surely …

  78. tenzin llhamo on May 8, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    All the beautiful items offered to the 3 Jewels (Buddha, Dharma and Sangha) on such an auspicious day! May they have the the connections to the 3 Jewels in all lives and be of benefit to many more. Thank you to everyone involved in the preparations.

    • tenzin llhamo on May 13, 2012 at 2:18 pm

      The condensed teachings done by Seng Piow is a MUST WATCH! So funny and interesting!

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  • Jason
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 03:07 AM
    This year Wesak Day fall on 10 of May. This day is very special and meaningful to me because I will visit Kechara Forest Retreat(KFR) to join some meritorious event there.
    For me, Wesak is a day to commemorate Buddha Sakyamuni in three aspect( Birth , Enlightened, Nirwana).
    While we celebrate Wesak, we must remind ourselves to learn from Buddha teachings and practice it in order to gain attainment.
    Thanks Rinpoche and Pastor Seng Piow for sharing in order to create more understanding on Wesak Day.

    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/wesak-day-special-on-rtm-2.html
  • 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

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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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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
4 weeks ago
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
4 weeks ago
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.
4 weeks ago
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
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 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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!
1 month ago
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!
1 month ago
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 month ago
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
1 month ago
Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month 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 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
2 months ago
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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  • 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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