Rinpoche on National TV2’s Wesak Day Special!

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(By Pastor Loh Seng Piow)

H.E. Tsem Rinpoche appeared as the main guest speaker on the TV program “Buddhism’s Holiest Day” on Malaysia’s National TV2, on Wesak Day 2013.

Rinpoche was approached by TV2 for His opinion on Wesak Day. They wanted it as part of their Wesak Day Special documentary on TV2.

Besides Tsem Rinpoche who represents the Vajrayana tradition in Malaysia and its surrounding region, there are also other top representatives from the Theravadan and Mahayana movements who are speaking for their own traditions. There is beauty and dignity in diversity of Buddhist traditions.

Watch Tsem Rinpoche present to millions of TV viewers a concise yet very clear and insightful explanation on Buddha’s life story and what Buddhism is all about.

 

 

Wesak Day, or Vesak Day, is the day that Buddha Shakyamuni was born, gained enlightenment and entered clear light. For Buddhists all over the world, it is a day to celebrate the Buddha’s teachings, ie. the Buddha Dharma. It is also to remind us of the potential that we can all achieve by following in the footsteps of Buddha Shakyamuni, which is enlightenment.

Wesak Day is the most holiest time in the Buddhist calendar. The word Wesak comes from the Sinhalese language, “Visakha”, the name of the 2nd month of the lunar Hindu calendar.

Different countries may celebrate Wesak Day in different ways… but many people celebrate it by offering flowers, joss sticks, candles and other personal offerings to the Buddhas. Temples all around the world carry out their own services and activities… and it’s also very common for many to liberate animals on that day, as well as going on a vegetarian diet.

 

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  1. Jason on Apr 27, 2017 at 3:05 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

  2. Lim Han Nee on Apr 18, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    Rinpoche has given us a whole new perspective of the way to celebrate Wesak Day.Wesak Day is the day we remember as the day of Lord Buddha ‘s Enlightenment. We have the same goal as that of Lord Buddha – that of Enlightenment. Enlightenment is the attainment of complete liberation from suffering. Thus , the Buddha in attaining enlightenment, shows us that it is possible to attain this goal. So Wesak Day is celebrated to remind us of our goal of enlightenment. The goal is removal of suffering for others first and then self.

    On Wesak Day we pay homage to the Buddha by making outer and inner offerings. Outer offerings include offerings of light, flower, fruits and food. We can visit temples to make offerings, or if our homes are remote and we have difficulty of going to a temple, we can pray and make specially abundant offerings at our own shrines at home. Inner offering is offering of our commitment to mind transformation -transforming negative emotions that cause suffering such as anger, miserliness and selfish attachment into patience, kindness, compassion, generosity and tolerance.

    This is a day of giving not getting, a day of not focusing on ME but on OTHERS!

    On this day, we can perform virtuous acts and deeds of moral discipline, giving, care and compassion. We can take the Refuge Vow, the Vegetarian Vow or the Mahayana Eight Precepts. We can go on pilgrimages to Holy Places, liberate animals, visit or give donations to orphanages, Old Folks’ Homes, the handicapped, the homeless and the like.

    On this day ,we should reflect Peace and Compassion in all our actions, as Lord Buddha was a strong advocate and exponent of these qualities.We should make a commitment to develop these qualities in us. On this day especially we should remind ourselves how important it is that we respect people of all races and religions at all times.World peace begins with our own inner peace.

  3. wan wai meng on Apr 18, 2017 at 2:58 am

    Looking forward to Wesak day in 2017, it is a very good reminder why we become buddhist and why we keep on the path. Also a good day for us to take the 8 Mahayana precepts as lay people.

    Always look forward to many people doing good deeds and works for others.

  4. Samfoonheei on Apr 17, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    As Malaysia is a multiracial and multicultures country,every one of us do enjoy every festival or special day celebrated by all.This year Wesak Day is just around the corner,we as buddist are looking forward to this day.Its a day that Buddha Shakyamuni was born, gained enlightenment and entered clear light. Buddist world wide will be celebrating in a different way but the goal is similar.Its a holiest day for the Buddism.
    Our precious Guru was on National TV’s 2013 ,giving explanation of Buddhism and teachings.After viewing the video ,i have a better significance of Wesak Day. Making offerings like incense, flowers, fruits and light to receive blessing,as well as to gain merits and clearing of obstacles.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Seng Piow sharing these wonderful
    documentary video of Wesak Day…very clear and easy to understand.I have shared these videos to my friends so as they can understand better of the signficance this special day.

  5. Echeah on Apr 16, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    It is so wonderful that a full program on Buddhism was aired on national TV, Malaysia being a multi-racial, multi-religious and multi-cultural country. As H.E. Tsem Rinpoche taught in this video, acceptance of other religions and practices, basically accepting all peoples regardless of race, creed and practice, is what will bring about world peace.

    In the video, so many different Buddhist traditions were highlighted. All are based on the teachings of Buddha Shakyamuni, the first Buddha. They are all different points of the same path. Whichever tradition, it is wonderful to see people practice. As long as harm is lessened, generosity and compassion increased, that would at least lessen some of the suffering we face in life.

    But the highest goal for each Buddhist should be to be totally free of suffering and that is achievable as Rinpoche explains. We should wish that not only for ourselves but to all living beings.

  6. Wan Wai Meng on Oct 7, 2016 at 12:24 am

    I guess the birth date of the Buddha is a time of reflection for all people. And how did the Buddha live his life of 80 years, especially when he has attained buddhahood. Rinpoche has taught Buddhism in a way that many of us can relate to it, and understand within a modern context.

    The Buddha and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche, lived their lives always teaching others the ultimate way to be truly happy. Always giving help and assistance to those needing it, and just living a life that is compassionate and renders no harm to others.

  7. Lew on Jun 19, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    We live in Malaysia, a country with various cultures and religions. It is very good that one of the national TVs, TV2, to make a documentary about Wesak Day, the Holiest day for Buddhists. This was 3 years ago (time really flies).

    Since there are many cultures and religions, we need to understand each others to have the harmony between religions and cultures. Because Buddhism is quite different from other religions such as Islam (which is the national religion of Malaysia), it is correct to educate each other about the fundamental differences, and through understanding and acceptance, we can create harmony.

    I thank Rinpoche for accepting the interview to educate the public. It is great that we enjoy the religious harmonious in Malaysia, and we should not take it for granted. We should strive to maintain that.

  8. Pastor Shin Tan on Jun 8, 2016 at 9:20 am

    It is important for Buddhists to understand the reason behind Wesak celebration, not just a day where for many, it’s a once a year ‘mad-rush’ to go for a Buddha-bathing ceremony.

    Buddhists seek to reach a state of nirvana, following the path of the Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, who went on a quest for Enlightenment around the 6 century BC. Buddha is not a “God” to worship, but a spiritual guide who has achieved enlightenment through the practice and development of compassion and wisdom and also mapped out the path for us to achieve it.

    What I like most about Rinpoche’s talk is that Wesak is also a day to celebrate our goal, a reminder that we too can be free of suffering through the path taught by Lord Buddha. We are very fortunate here in Malaysia that Buddhism is widely practised, and thanks to National tv TV2, many had the chance to listen to explanation and a teaching by Rinpoche, who always are able to share Dharma with practical ways of practising, as well as the essence of the teachings in contemporary contexts and words.

  9. Sofi on May 22, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    Thank you Pastor Seng Piow for sharing this 2013 Wesak Day Special documentary on National TV2 with Rinpoche as the main guest speaker. I remember watching this in 2013 during our Wesak Day prayer at Kechara House, Sunwaymas Commercial Centre, Petaling Jaya. Rinpoche had explained the purpose of Wesak Day so clearly. It is an important remembrance of Buddha’s enlightenment and our own potential for enlightenment. Wesak Day is the day to remind ourselves of our altruistic path and to review the stage of our achievements to transforming our mind. Are we any closer to achieving happiness through selflessness and holding others as more important than ourselves?
    To me, Wesak Day is also a celebration of having the merits to have met my Guru, H.H. the 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche. Rinpoche is the living compassionate Buddha that is teaching and guiding me “now” towards the path of enlightenment. But then again, we should treasure and celebrate having a precious Guru in our lives each and everyday.
    Thank you Rinpoche for the clear and easy understanding of the significance of Wesak Day and most of all, thank you for being my Guru.

  10. Li Kheng on May 22, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    Thank you for this post on this special day. I was very lucky to attend Wesak Day celebration at Kechara House Gompa in Sunwaymas, Kuala Lumpur. It was simply wonderful to witness 62 children go through their baptismal that morning. This is a ceremony Rinpoche introduced for us to bless and protect our children with the dharma before they are old enough to make a full commitment to take refuge when they grow up. As i watched these children, I rejoice for these young individuals to have the wisdom and compassion from such a young age. The teachings will certainly better equip our kids to progress in the ever challenging world of samsara.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this beautiful ceremony for the young.

  11. kb thapa on May 17, 2016 at 4:40 am

    Dear Rinpoche thank you for the teaching . it is very easy to understand and a lots of people still don’t know what is Vessak day. Rinpoche’s teaching has very clear explanation it will make people understand .. as Rinpoche said Vesak Day may be known by different names around the world, but Buddhists around the world come together as they celebrate sacred events in Buddha’s life in their on own tradition..

  12. Pastor David Lai on May 16, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    As the Wesak day for the year 2016 is fast approaching here in Malaysia, I am revisiting this post along with the wonderful documentary on Buddhism and Wesak Day. As a Buddhist, Wesak day is a very important day of remembering the kindness of the Buddha, his teachings and the teachers who teach.

    For me, its a day to contemplate our spiritual journey and to take stock of where we are in our life and what more needs to be done to improve ourselves in our learning, practice and transformation. I have celebrated many Wesak days throughout my time as a student of Rinpoche and a member of Kechara, I have witnessed tremendous growth in the organization and in some ways, I feel there is growth within myself as well.

    I think as human beings endowed with intelligence, we have to strive to make full use of what we have and grow and learn to be better. I may not have always look at it this way but I am beginning to these days…

  13. Stella Cheang on May 15, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    It is very auspicious for devout Buddhist to make offerings to the Three Jewels (The Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha) on Wesak Day. It is also a day to make special effort to bring happiness to the less fortunate.

    Most importantly, use this golden once a year opportunity to reiterate our determination to lead noble lives, to transform our minds, to practice loving-kindness and to bring peace and harmony to humanity.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Seng Piow; this is a nice Wesak Day video clip that we can share with friends and families.

    Humbly, bowing down,
    Stella Cheang

  14. Lin Mun on May 15, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    Rinpoche explained Wesak day definition very well. Many people have the thought that Wesak Day is a celebration of the 3 big events of Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and passing. We never thought that is is actually a celebration of our goals that we can too achieve enlightenment if we follow the right path and practice.

    Thank you Rinpoche for your sharing.

  15. JP on May 15, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    Many people don’t realize the deeper significance of Wesak Day and why we “celebrate” it. Many make offerings or incense, flowers, fruits and light to receive blessing and to merits for good health, more wealth and clearing of obstacles.

    However, few realize that it’s to remind ourselves of the potential of enlightenment and also to plant the seeds of enlightenment in our mind stream. Enlightenment is possible and it not a myth. There are many enlightened beings around, guiding us towards our own enlightenment. If only we open our hearts to receive and practice, we will see results in our spiritual attainments.

    May all who gather during this day be reminded of always practising kindness and compassion regardless of our differences.

  16. Pastor Loh Seng Piow on May 15, 2016 at 11:07 am

    H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s message is very unusual. Rinpoche always has the ability to explain Dharma in a very precise and practical ways cutting through all big words and jargons. It is so refreshing watching Rinpoche gave explanation about Wesak and made this TV documentary very different from the typical Buddhism documentary. “Celebrating Our Goal” – how apt Rinpoche put it, which is more than celebrating a holy man’s Nirvana day which we normally thought as the purpose of Wesak Day. So much wisdom in this short interview.

  17. Anita on Jun 27, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    That was an absolutely FANTASTIC program!! So insightful!!

  18. Jacinta Goh on May 10, 2015 at 2:58 am

    This video was being replayed few times during last Wesak Day in KH Gompa, Sunway. Never thought that during Wesak Day, we were actually celebrating our Goal, the goal to become a fully Enlightened Being; a Buddha, the Awakened one. Little did I know too, that on Wesak Day, we should give (should give more since it’s a merit-multiplying day as well) instead of receiving. Sadly to say, previously I have treated Wesak Day as one of the perfect days to just relax, a holiday or a time chilling out/catching up with friends and family. I should have spent it wisely! Hence, I am very thankful that my family and I celebrated the most holiest day, Wesak Day at Gompa this year. Although it was a tiring journey with few obstacles but it was much more meaningful than having to spend it in another way.

  19. Wan Wai Meng on Jul 11, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    A glimpse into how Special Rinpoche is, as he is very eloquent in delivering the dharma. We are so fortunate to have met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche.

  20. Casteven Lim (KH JB) on Jun 2, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    Wow, thanks Rinpoche for giving the clear definition about Wesak Day to us. All of us and peoples around the world will be blessed when see Rinpoche on their TV screen especially Malaysian.

    Wish that Rinpoche will be always on TV program so more and more peoples around the world make plant a good seed after meet Rinpoche even just through TV screen…

  21. Edwin Tan on Jun 1, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    The video on Vesak is very insightful. It is also very simple to understand and speaks in simplicity for even lay people to understand what Vesak is all about, and little Dharma knowledge.

    Thank you.

    The video also focuses on Kechara, bringing Kechara to a new level of awareness.

  22. tenzinkhenchen on May 29, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    Thank you for sharing your teachings, not just to your students, but to the whole nation, regarding your views on Wesak Day traditions. Rinpoche is truly a great lama who is perfect for us malaysians and with deep respect to other monks, I still feel that Rinpoche has done much more.

  23. Wylfred Ng on May 13, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche for the sharing.

    I really like the fact told by Rinpoche that the Buddha want us to transform our mind, bring happiness to others, and do not create suffering to others, and eventually we will achieve world peace.

    Thanks

  24. Nancy Loo on Feb 18, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    After watching this video, at least I been able to have a better glimpse and acquire more knowledge pertaining to the actual significant of Wesak Day. Feeling really shameful on my ignorance. I believe a lot has benefited when this video was aired on nationwide television channel. Thank you Rinpoche and all the great monks for the detailed explanations .

  25. KYC on Jun 25, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    On Wesak day, Buddhists pay homage to the Buddha by offering flowers, incense and lights. The Buddha himself stressed that the way to pay homage to him was not merely by offering flowers, incense, and lights, but by truly and sincerely striving to follow his teachings. This is how Buddhists are expected to celebrate Wesak: to use the opportunity to reiterate their determination to lead noble lives, to develop their minds, to practise loving-kindness and to bring peace and harmony to humanity.

  26. Guillermo on Jun 18, 2013 at 10:17 am

    me gusta

  27. abby f on Jun 18, 2013 at 1:33 am

    What I really love about Tsem Rinpoche is, even though He is explaining about the history,but Rinpoche is still able to spread the message and educate/instill a core value to the public no matter what religious background are you from! Buddhist teachings is just a medium to spread spirituality and kindness and self-improvements! This is what I saw from this video!

    Tsem Rinpoche explained in a very very organized way and it’s very logical and we can understand some very complicated theories easily. This is so rare that a young teacher (compared to those old high lamas that have more experience in teachings)can teach in such a way! We are very lucky to have Rinpoche here.

  28. rohan indika perera on Jun 11, 2013 at 2:00 am

    hai

  29. santosh thapa on Jun 9, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    buddha was not born in india he was not indian prince he was born in lumbini which is in nepal u think u r buddhist but dont know much about buddha…u r misunderstood

  30. Albert Ratchaga on Jun 9, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    Wesak day, the day where Buddha gained enlightenment, the day where Buddha show the final destination of the path he chosen, do we still have doubt? Is enlightenment impossible?

    In many country, Wesak day is even been recognized as public holiday, many people took the chance to go temple to make a prayer and do offerings to the enlightened one. It is a day to remind us that enlightenment is possible, because if not, we won’t have Wesak day already.

    Buddha has spent his whole life showing us the right conduct while walking on this path, the right attitude so that we do not went off during the journey.

    I like this quote:
    To cleanse the world, we must first cleanse our mind first.

    That is very true that if we can’t even change ourselves, then how can we change others? It’s very important to control our mind well and then only we can reach higher state.

  31. FRANCISCO on Jun 9, 2013 at 8:55 am

    deseo informacion y boletines sobre el budismo

  32. aung zin on Jun 9, 2013 at 3:58 am

    i appreciate this kind of…..

  33. Patsy on Jun 7, 2013 at 12:03 am

    It’s nice to see Rinpoche appeared as the main guest speaker for this program.

    Rinpoche speaks well and imparts dharma with much clarity and presented in a very modern, practical way. I am sure many people were captivated by Rinpoche’s talk as much as I am.

    We are so blessed that Rinpoche chose to be with us in Malaysia.

  34. tenzin llhamo on Jun 6, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    I am REALLY HAPPY that Rinpoche was featured in this program. The way Rinpcohe talk and explained about Wesak Day was clear and easy to understand. If I am not in Kechara yet, I would definitely want to find out more and be part of Kechara. I have always liked Wesak Day. My family and I will go to the temple to circumambulate and offer incense every year. Now with clearer meaning to what is Wesak day, it’s a must go!

    Thank you Rinpoche for the post!

  35. henry ooi on Jun 5, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    On that day it was aired over tv, Dato Ruby+Pam+I were on our way back to PJ from KFR. We stopped at a restaurant at the foothill of Genting Highlands to watch the one hour documentary. We asked the shop owner if he could turn on the tv so we could watch. He agreed and we sat at the table right in front of the tv for the entire duration fo the programme.
    Rinpoche gave a clear explanation of Wesak.

  36. Cliff on Jun 5, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    I am quite ashamed to say I didn’t really know the meaning of wesak day until today, I had some idea but was not sure of it, I really enjoyed watching this video. I’m so happy to see Rinpoche give an explanation of wesak day on tv 2. Its so beautiful to see all around the whole Buddhist celebrate Wesak in different ways, its so nice to know they have their own way of celebrating Buddha’s day. I love to hear the story of the Lord Buddha and how he became enlightened. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us this post.

  37. Adrian Chow on Jun 5, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Wesak day typically treated as a holiday to most Malaysian. I wish that many of us Malaysian were benefited from this programme and be able to understand the fundamental of Buddhism and why are we embracing Wesak Day.

  38. DR on Jun 5, 2013 at 11:20 am

    As always, Rinpoche shares knowledge and imparts the dharma with clarity and present time examples. No wonder the director himself told me that Rinpoche is a star! Being knowledgeable doesn’t make one a great teacher; being able to find skillful means to impart it does. Malaysians are so blessed to have Rinpoche residing here!

  39. Julien Roth on Jun 4, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    This so good that Rinpoche was chosen to be on TV for Wesak Day 🙂 I think that the people running the program have really made the perfect choice. I am glad that Rinpoche had the chance to be on TV to tell people about Wesak Day and to spread the awareness of Kechara.

  40. beatrix ooi on Jun 3, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, Thank You for sharing Rinpoche’s point of views on Wesak Day, I believe that many have learnt more about Wesak Day because I have. I was very fortunate to be able to watch the show when I was in Kechara House, after the prayers. Different countries have their very own special ways of celebrating Wesak Day, it’s great to be able to learn about them.

  41. David Lai on May 31, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    With the deepest respect, Rinpoche outshines the other great monks and Dharma masters because of his clear speech, knowledge of the Dharma and tremendous charisma. It is nice to see Rinpoche being acknowledged by being selected to be showcased on this TV program. I think the explanations was excellent and that it brought further exposure to Rinpoche and Kechara Organisation. Its nice that the Kechara Organisation that has grown rapidly in the last few years and it is poised to grow even more. Every little media exposure allows Kechara and RInpoche to reach out to even more pople. One day, Tsem Rinpoche and Kechara organisation would become a household name throughout Malaysia.

  42. Jutika Lam on May 30, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing and teaching the nation on your view of Wesak Day, Lucky for me i got to watch the whole Documentary on various peoples views on what is Wesak Day, how do they celebrate Wesak Day as well as how Wesak day has come about as a big celebration every year…. rain or shine for some….

    I totally love the way most of the Dharma Centers always come out with so many different ways to celebrate such as floats, fairs and even Music Concerts….. it’s nice to see that every year all the Dharma Centers in both Malaysia and around the World manage to be able to come up with so many wonderful and creative ideas to attract the crowds to come.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing so much about Wesak Day!

    Love
    Jutika

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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?
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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 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
3 weeks ago
Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
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2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
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One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
 Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
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Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
Tsem Rinpoche\'s Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
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Tsem Rinpoche's Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
 It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and \'defeat\' the ones that hurt us because we don\'t become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
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It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and 'defeat' the ones that hurt us because we don't become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
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Tsem Rinpoche's heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin  Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
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Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
 (left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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(left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s good to be with kind and sincere people.
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It's good to be with kind and sincere people.
If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
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If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
My Mumu boy didn\'t want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
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
2 months ago
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
2 months ago
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
2 months ago
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
3 months ago
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
3 months ago
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
This is a good one to read
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This is a good one to read
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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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