What Happens When We Die? Here’s What Buddhism Says!

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Dear friends around the world,

One of the features of the various world religions is that they explain what happens to us after we pass away and Buddhism is no different. The way we act and live now definitely has consequences for where we end up in our next lives. I came across this short article that explains what happens according to Buddhism. This is something everyone should learn and know. I hope that this article will make things clearer and provide you with a better understanding of what happens and how our actions will affect this outcome.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

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The Buddha’s teachings offers the most satisfactory explanation of where man came from and where he is going. When we die, the mind, with all the tendencies, preferences, abilities and characteristics that have been developed and conditioned in this life, re-establishes itself in a new being. Thus the new individual grows and develops a personality conditioned both by the mental characteristics that have been carried over from the previous life and by the new environment. The personality will change and be modified by conscious effort and conditioning factors like education, parental influence and society but once again at death, it will re-establish itself as life in a new being. This process of dying and being reborn will continue until the conditions that cause it, the mental factors of craving and ignorance, cease. When they do, instead of being reborn, the mind attains a state called Nirvana.

 

How does the mind go from one body to another?

When a person is dying, he begins to lose conscious control of his mental processes. There comes a time when his actions and habits locked away in his memories are released. In many instances, there arises in his mind a mental image. This image is totally involuntarily and is produced by his karma or past actions. Thus depending upon the nature of the particular karma that produces this image, the person may see dark shadowy figures, frightening images, or he may see his relatives or perhaps visions of scenic beauty. Quite often, he will cry out at these visions or remark about them to his visitors. Even though the physical body may be weak these thought units are very strong as death approaches. When the body finally breaks down at the point of death these energies are released as mental energy. As energy cannot be destroyed they have to re-establish themselves in a new body thus causing the phenomenon of rebirth.

Think of it being like radio waves which are not made up of words and music but energy at different frequencies, which are transmitted, travel instantaneously through space, are picked up by the receiver from where the radio produces them as words and music. It is the same with the mind. At death, mental energy travels through space, is picked up by the fertilized egg of the future mother, is reborn as a new being and manifests as a new personality.

Thus it is important that a dying person is comforted and reminded of his good deeds. He should not be made confused and visitors should not overtly grieve in his presence. Neither should unfamiliar ideas like a new religion be introduced to him. The Buddha advises that when one is fearful, he should recall to mind the Buddha, the Dhamma and the Sangha.

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Is one always reborn as a human being?

No, there are several realms into which one can be reborn. Some people are reborn in heavenly planes, some are reborn in hell planes, some may be reborn as ghosts and as animals. Heaven is not a place but a state of existence where one has a subtle body and where the mind experiences mainly pleasure. Some religions strive very hard to be reborn in a heavenly existence mistakenly believing it to be a permanent state. But it is not. Like all conditioned states, heaven is impermanent and when one’s life span there is finished, one could well be reborn again as a human. Hell, likewise, is not a place but a state of existence where one has a subtle body and where the mind experiences mainly anxiety and distress. Being a ghost, again, is a state of existence where the body is subtle and where the mind is continually plagued by longing and dissatisfaction. So heavenly beings experience mainly pleasure, hell beings and ghosts experience mainly pain and human beings experience usually a mixture of both. So the main difference between the human realm and other realms is the body type and the quality of experience.

“Those who imagine evil where there is none, and do not see evil where it is — upholding false views, they go to states of woe. Those who discern the wrong as wrong and the right as right — upholding right views, they go to realms of bliss.”
~ Dhammapada 318 & 319

 

What decides where we will be reborn?

The most important factor, but not the only one, influencing where we will be reborn and what sort of life we shall have, is karma. The word karma means ‘action’ and refers to our intentional mental actions. In other words, what we are is determined very much by how we have thought and acted in the past. Likewise, how we think and act now will influence how we will be in the future. Just as radio waves will be picked up by a radio tuned to its particular frequency, the mental energies released at the time of death will naturally be re-established in a new material body that most suits it. Thus, the gentle, loving type of person shall be reborn in a heavenly realm or as a human being in a comfortable environment. The anxious, worried or extremely cruel type of person is reborn in a hell realm, or as an animal, or as a human being born in extremely difficult environment.

Not only is there scientific evidence to support the phenomena of rebirth, it is the only after-life theory that has any evidence to support it. During the last 30 years parapsychologists have been studying reports that some people have vivid memories of their former lives. Professor Ian Stevenson of the University of Virginia’s Department of Psychology has described dozens of cases of this type in his books. He is an accredited scientist whose 25 year study of people who remember former lives is very strong evidence for rebirth.

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  1. Wan Wai Meng on Nov 19, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    Professor Ian Stevenson had spent his entire life investigating cases of children having past lives. And so much so he became and expert in it, a lot of people have called him gullible without really looking at all the vast corpus of the information compiled by Professor.

    However there is no real benefit for the Professor to put himself up for ridicule, and scorn from the entire Western medical researchers and staff. He in this case chose the more difficult road, to investigate into reality.

  2. Pastor Han Nee on Oct 5, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    This blogpost explains very clearly and logically why we take rebirth after we die.

    “When the body finally breaks down at the point of death these energies (in the body) are released as mental energy. As energy cannot be destroyed they have to re-establish themselves in a new body thus causing the phenomenon of rebirth”.

    As Buddhists believe in karma and rebirth, they do not shy away from the issue of death. Buddhists in fact believe that how we die and where , in the six realms of samsara, we are reborn, is very much determined by how we live this life. The most important factor is karma. The type of thoughts or actions –positive or negative – that we carry out now will determine what form we take in our rebirth. Our state of mind at point of death determines the throwing karma, which will decide whether we have a positive or negative rebirth. A positive rebirth is rebirth in the heavenly realm where we are in comfortable and pleasurable state . A negative rebirth is a rebirth in the hell realm where we will suffer in an extremely difficult environment.

    Hence, it behoves us to cultivate a peaceful mind as we grow older, by letting go of all clinging to the things of this life, by letting go of always wanting to be right, by cultivating patience and tolerance, by cultivating compassion.

  3. Julia Tan on Oct 5, 2016 at 9:37 am

    No matter you are Buddhist or not, we cannot run away from Karma. That means our karma decides where we go after death. We are not in control at all. Where is karma come from? from what we have done, good and bad, everyday, since beginingless time, life after life. But Buddha has taught us the truth, how to over come it, how to create merits, how to purify karma. What we need to do is to put Dharma into our lives and start practicing. So, creating more merits and stronger imprint in this life is extremely important in this life for us to re connect with Dharma and our Gurus to continue to practice in our next lives until we achieve enlightenment. Which is total freedom.

    We should not fear of death if we have prepared for it. Many high lamas can even fully control their next incarnation, life after life. It is proven that by practicing three principle path with the guidance of the Gurus and guarded by the protector with the right motivation, we will be able to achieve that state of mind. Hence that’s why Buddha taught the holy Dharma.

  4. Albert on Oct 5, 2016 at 8:43 am

    death is so certain that everyone has to go through, and what we did in this life, what we owned in this life, we cannot bring with us after death, because we borrowed this body to live our life, hence, all the things we ‘owned’, it is actually never belongs to us.

    We are not necessary reborn as a human in the next life, not that when we believe in god, or buddha, then all our action will be wiped out and we will have good rebirth, whatever we do, we take responsibilities to that, there is no escape.

    It is very unfortunate that we have karma, so everything we do or act in our lifetimes are bond with karma, good or bad, we have no escape, we cannot simply do what we want to do, we are restricted, we don’t have the freedom, but at the same time, we are also very fortunate that our life are bond with Karma, because then we will be disciplined, we will be more aware of our action, we will be kinder, we will practice compassion, etc. Karma is the law of life, without the law, human’s life will degenerate a lot, and our life will be much worse, imagine when the world is ruled by devil.

    So if we don’t want to go to the ‘bad’ place, then we have to be mindful of our action and practice kindness and compassion when we are still living, nothing is worse than going to hell or hungry ghost realm.

  5. Pastor Antoinette on Oct 5, 2016 at 6:57 am

    In Buddhism we learn about reincarnation and that every action creates karma – good or bad. Our future life depends on how we live our life, if we help others and especially what is the motivation behind.

    When we do things for others, with a good motivation, it is helpful for a good rebirth but if we are selfish and only think about ourselves, it will be a scary rebirth. Attachment, ignorance, greed are the stepping stone to a lower rebirth.

    There is no deny that we all die and we don’t know when. We have to learn and do things that benefit ourselves and others long term.

  6. Mingwen on Oct 5, 2016 at 6:34 am

    All of us as human beings are borned with attachments, then, we are trained to create more attachments throughout our short lives and these attachments are not what we really want within our short life on Earth because they bring only pure sufferings.

    If let’s say to abandon aĺl attachments and live without any attachments. Personally, I think that it would take forever for human beings to realise and do accordingly. However, we should never give up, because nothing is impossible, it’s just difficult.

  7. Pastor Chia on Oct 5, 2016 at 2:28 am

    Death is not the end of the life destination. Our consciousness will leave our body one day travel to the next body. In Buddhism we call incarnation. Is important to know about death will come one days, we should not focus bringing pressure for our senescence, create more attachment to our worldly life. When the death arrived. is nothing we can do about it except we can rely on our spiritual practice. through our spiritual practice, we are able collect good merit to purify our negative karma.Only merit and karma can determined our next rebirth either born at the three upper realm nor reborn at the three lower realm. we must obtaining nirvana quickly to release from the cycle of death and rebirth to end the suffering of samsara.

  8. June Kang on Oct 5, 2016 at 1:23 am

    While reading this article, I recall what H.E Tsem Rinpoche said about freedom, H.E. mentioned freedom is when you have a control of your future life, and very sad that none of us has this freedom. Our next life is always base on our Karma. And due to the lack of mindfulness, we keep forgetting “karma” and we did something to make our life suffer and more negative karma created.

    If we understand rebirth correctly, “rebirth” is so powerful. In rebirth, death is the beginning of another existence. If you know you have next life to live, would life be great? Moreover, you can create a better next life if you follow what Buddha taught.

  9. Eric kksiow on Oct 5, 2016 at 12:29 am

    The Buddha reminded us to prepare for death, to prepare for that journey the mind and not being so attached to things, to be able to let go and release ourselves for needing to be.We will not suffer so much as we pass the final stage of the present life, we can let go, be grateful for what we had, this way we can end the cycle and leave forever, obtaining nirvana and release from the cycle of death and rebirth.

  10. Pastor Henry Ooi on Oct 5, 2016 at 12:18 am

    In most societies, people evade the subject of death, as it is regarded as taboo, bad luck, inauspiciousness, that resulted from the loss of life in the family. People grieved over the departure of a loved one, it is a time of mourning and not celebration. And rightly do.

    All major religions teach people to do good, be kind, be compassionate, be tolerant, be generous; not to harm, kill, cheat, lie and so on. Different cultures and religions have their belief, I do not see it as right or wrong. As a Buddhist, I subscribe to the teachings of Lord Buddha as described here in this article. Understanding and believing in karma, as the main force that will determine my next rebirth, helps me to keep in check what I do or don’t do in this life.

    I believe in rebirth, as clearly and logically taught be the Buddha. Many scientific studies and investigations have been recorded and written on rebirth. Subjects were interviewed, tested, using past life regression hypnotherapy for their claim of having lived before in a different time and era. There are also many case studies of child prodigy, of children who have amazing skills and abilities that their parents did not have. Where and how did those children inherit them, if not from their previous lives’ imprints.

  11. Li Kheng on Oct 4, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    Our essence is energy is a very relatable way to illustrate our mind…or soul or spirit. As we know, energy never dies, it keeps moving from one channel or vessel to another infinitely. Energy also “enters” an unoccupied space like how a mind would enter a newly conceived organic being. Furthermore, the first space energy would move towards would be one that shares the closest to its nature or level of intensity.

    The karma equation is also very well explained. It reduces the probability calculation of where we would go or what would happen to us because much is revealed simply by reflecting on our current actions and choices. In some way, this explanation offers a formula for us to better manage the outcomes of our life. Well, of course there is a downside to it: we are responsible for our own fate. No one to blame. We are no longer victims of others.

    Well, such is a the nature of samsara, there is alway pros and cons. The good news is, if we follow the principal of karma and reincarnation, we have the weight of responsibility that will lead to joyful and beneficial future lives.

    This synergy between science and spirit is very logical and respectful.

    Thank you for sharing a fresh angle to look at life and after-life that encompasses our spiritual aspect which is essentially the core of our existence with our scientific intellect which is nurtured by the advancement of human civilization.

  12. pammie yap on Oct 4, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    This is a very interesting post! There was another post years back that actually gave a more detailed process at http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-dying-process.html

    The truth is, in the past, I never really like to attend funerals. Its sad and emotional. And we have to control our emotions so that we don’t affect other people and make it worse. But now, its much better because of the ‘little’ understanding from Rinpoche’s teachings.
    I think the most scary part is when we are not prepared and we suddenly die. This is why we must equip ourselves with more good deeds and do our very best as if the next minute is our death. Of course it may not be easy as not everyone want to think about death all the time but at same time it will also help us in our next rebirth as everything is based on our karma.
    Besides the above, we should also educate our family members and people around us so that they know what to do at the time of someone’s death.

  13. Moh Mei on Oct 4, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    I think regardless of a person’s faith or beliefs, it is agreeable that what happens to us after we die is mostly determined by our actions when we are alive.

    Reincarnation is actually harder to dispute than to agree upon. The society today are more aware of science than before. Science and technology are playing a huge role in our lives whether we want to or not. The term religion is being slowly replaced by spirituality which offers a less rigid and much broader scope. In a way it open doors for certain aspects of Buddha’s teachings to be absorb without the religious context. To me, the concept of reincarnation is one of them.

    There are science projects focusing on transferring human consciousness, so in a way these people believe that the human consciousness is an entity not necessarily attached to the one single physical organic body form. That our consciousness can exist outside of our current body. While our organic body is mortal, our mind is actually “immortal”.

    In Buddhism, we go through cyclic uncontrolled rebirth until we gain higher attainments and eventual enlightenment. In science, we are trying to achieve immortality or controlled “rebirth” by using technology to transfer/upload our consciousness onto AI or non-organic form.

  14. nicholas on Oct 4, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    Everyone will die one day. What important is how we prepare ourselves in dharma point of view. When we talk about karma it’s about what we did in the past that going to affect our future. By knowing this we should do what is necessary for the benefit of our future. Not easy but one at a time. What important is also to know that time never at our side. Every moment is precious and could make a change for our future especial when our moment arrived for us to take rebirth.

  15. Paul Yap on Sep 1, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    i always believe in reincarnation, and i believe in karma too. Scientists nowadays have done many research with lots of evidence the existence of reincarnation, many living cases telling their past live experience. While we still have the precious human body in this life, we should performed good deeds, help others, do dharma works collecting good merits so that we have a better rebirth and eventually to have attainments and enlightenment.

  16. Elton on Aug 27, 2016 at 1:32 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for this short but detailed and well explained article.
    I find The Topics of Karma and Rebirth very interesting especially since it is backed with scientific evidence. What really scares me is the fact that I am a very anxious person but I am in no way cruel and I would never harm a living being. Am I destined to be born in a hell realm or an animal because im anxious? I am doing my best to get rid of my anxieties but the part in the article where it says “The anxious, worried or extremely cruel type of person is reborn in a hell realm, or as an animal, or as a human being born in extremely difficult environment.” made me abit worried.

  17. chris chong on Aug 26, 2016 at 11:46 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing this article to remind us the preciousness of optimum human rebirth and our stay here is not permanent. Our human life is so fragile but we are constantly deluded to think that we will live forever. When death sets in, we will realise all the things we dreamt of and owned will disappear and non of it will matter anymore. The only thing that matters during death is karma.

    Humbly,
    Chris Chong

  18. Victoria Lam on Aug 22, 2016 at 12:04 am

    When I was small, I scared to attend funeral for the feeling losing someone and also I was scared what happened when I die. I’m lucky to meet Dharma for the guidance and Rinpoche’s teaching. With dharma knowledge, I’m no longer scared and being sad when attend my relatives or friend’s funeral.

    Hence, how we choose to lives, it depends on our actions for the future live. When we die, we need to overcome our fear which taught by Buddha, and we shall recall our mind to meet with Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.

    Thank you Rinpoche for the teaching.

  19. Pema Thinley on Aug 12, 2016 at 12:11 am

    Death has always been my ghost hunting my wild thoughts. I used to get very sad thinking of the moment i will die soon and no one will ever remember me here after, and i will be forgotten forever. With my little learning from Rinpoche and other sources, the fear slowly eased on accepting the death and knowing about the karma and rebirths. Remembering death has now given me some purpose and reason to dwell day to day. Thank you, Rinpoche for this thought provoking share.

  20. Keng Tan on Aug 9, 2016 at 9:22 am

    When a person is dying, he begins to lose conscious control of his mental processes. There comes a time when his actions and habits locked away in his memories are released. In many instances, there arises in his mind a mental image. This image is totally involuntarily and is produced by his karma or past actions. Thus depending upon the nature of the particular karma that produces this image, the person may see dark shadowy figures, frightening images, : this is so true. My dying brother kept seeing things like cats, or even just a couple of eyes in the living room curtain. And he would ask – did you not see it?

  21. Lucy Yap on Aug 8, 2016 at 11:42 pm

    I used to ponder on this question countless times but through my ignorance never attempt to find the answer.With not much knowledge on Buddhism, Rinpoche’s Dharma talks and teachings plus the Lamrim have helped me to have a better understanding on this topic.
    We have a choice how we live now and what sort of life we shall have in our future lives. It depends on our karma.At the time of death, only the Buddha,Dharma and Sangha that matters.
    A great reminder and thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.

  22. Jace Chong on Aug 1, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing this article that explains death so well.

    I was very afraid about death since young. I remember I hide in my blanket and think about one day I will lost my parents and people around me as they will die one day. Sometimes I cried and there was once my mother found that I was crying in the blanket and asked me what happened. I told her I am so afraid I will lost them one day. My mom didn’t say anything and just asked me don’t cry.

    When I attend wakes and funerals, most of the family fill with so much heart wrenching sadness that the family can’t let go of the deceased. I understand the feeling very much and it’s unbearable. With this explanation, I found the logic would ease the sadness, that the deceased person is not varnished and just gone with the wind but there is continuation of life in another physical body. And death is a great reminder of our actions and how to prioritize our time.

    Thank you!

    • Jace Chong on Oct 5, 2016 at 2:26 am

      I also like the metaphor of the radio wave transmit and receive as how one’s mind travel and take rebirth in a new body. The existence of physical body is impermanent. Everything starts from zero and we start collecting “debts” again to keep us in the endless sufferings life time after life time. Death is just an exit or entrance of each traveling destination. To cease the process, the only way is to cease the causes which are craving and ignorance.

      May we all exit samsara and stay in Nirvana. Thank you!

  23. Vinnie Tan on Jul 31, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us the topic on death. It is indeed a topic that no one was to talk about or even hear about it. Many times when we mention about death, others will say that we are depressing. Yet what they fail to realise is that everyone reaches that moment, hence, we will need to face it one day or another. It is just when we face it.

    The earlier we do face it, the better it is as we will have the time to prepare for it. Doing what will be beneficial to us at that last point in time.

    Thank you Rinpoche for reminding us that the places that we go to after death is all just a state of our minds. It is not something that is permanent, we will not be there forever. As everything in life is just like a wheel, whatever that it is on the top, will one day reach the bottom as well.

    What I really like from this article is how we can help others at the points of their death. What we constantly fail to do is to comfort them and remind them of the good deeds that they have done. Also, we constantly grieve and even argue at times before the decease, making them more confused and attached to this world. Personally I feel that to not introduce them with a new religion is the biggest and most important thing as that will confuse them even more when they are passing. I have heard from senior students that sometimes Rinpoche does prayers of a different religion for the person that is passing to ease the person’s mind and not to further confuse them. I truly feel that this is very beautiful as it is a way that we can help the decease and not adding more burden to them by over grieving.

  24. sonny tan on Jul 28, 2016 at 9:56 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for this highlight on death, a morbid and taboo subject, everyone knows about death but few wants to hear it, talk or discuss about it but eventually we will all have to face this moment one day. It is an inevitable fact that we have to embrace it when our numbers are up, a highly respected sage was asked about death he replied that we are all heading towards death the minute we are born, go to every householder and you will realize that there is always death in every family for no can or will ever escape from it.
    There will always be extreme fear, uncertainties, mental confusion, depression and fearing of the unknown as many of us are unprepared when it really and eventually arrived at our door step. What will be my thoughts then when it comes? I would feel the same situation as everyone else prior to my coming here at Kechara. At least now in Kechara with constant Rinpoche’s teaching and discourses on so many subjects about life and hereafter and being guided on the so many steps, ways, meditation practices that I can learn and prepare for the final moments I would say it somewhat has lessened the fear and hopefully be more brave to accept it as a reality and should not shun it and be in denial mode but be properly prepare for it.
    It is rather unfortunate that many of our elders has not guided us, prepare us or discuss with us on this subject however, if they had done so we would have been better equip with the knowledge on death. I guess they are also in the dark on this subject unless they are spiritually inclined especially towards Buddhism.

  25. HelenaC on Jul 27, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    I found this very interesting and its always in our head…. Not as simple as just going to heaven or hell but a more understanding how it works. i agree on the actions will affect the outcome. So meaning we are the one whom decide what we want to become and where will us end up in next life.
    What Rinpoche taught is and In Buddhism practice is actually prepare us for that. This is a great article read on.
    thank you Rinpoche.

  26. Edwin Tan on Jul 23, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this article.

    It clearly tells us where do we go when we die. Especially on how we act and think now and in future.

    Simple and easy to understand.

  27. yikming on Jul 20, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    This article pretty much summed up where do we go after life or rather where we came from too. The explanation and analogy used here is logical and easy to understand. Rebirth have great dependency on our Karma as in also how we are born in this world & condition we currently experiencing which is based on our past lives action. We are reaping the what we sow, just that we cant recall our past lives. So, understanding all this, don’t we want to do more positive deeds etc ? It has its consequences, you decide.

    Thanks Guru for the sharing of this article.

  28. Sharon Ong on Jul 20, 2016 at 2:20 am

    I used to wonder if heaven (like the one in Christianity) would eventually get crowded. I found my answer that I have been looking for in this article. According to Buddhism, heaven will not get crowded as all beings there has a life span, will die and will be reborn.

    After reading this post, I now have a clearer understanding of death and what happens after we die.

    Thank you for this short but insightful post.

  29. Pastor KH Ng on Jul 18, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    Wow. Intriguing……….Now we found the answer!! We do we go when we die? This is the questions older than organised religion.

    Does a person A dies and stay as person A forever; either in heaven or hell? The key point is “Forever”. What if person A is my dead infant son. Who is going to take care of him?? This worries me….! The answer is often a supreme being but this doesn’t comfort me as many human suffers tremendously as we can observe and is never “taken care” off. At least this is how I see it.

    But the concept of reincarnation comforts me more. My infant son gets to be another person, with parents to take care of him.

    ps: I don’t have a dead infant son but this is just a hypothetical scenario.

  30. Lew on Jul 18, 2016 at 3:07 am

    This short but informative post is really wonderful. It has many important points about Buddhism on death, but is very well put in very easy understanding for beginners.

    I think most people do not believe (or don’t want to believe) that the deciding factor of our next destination is our own Karma, and the only person responsible for it is ourself.

    To me, many of the other religions don’t really talk about after death, or over simplify death, that after we die, we just go to a plane such as heaven. I feel that would give us the excuse to do whatever we want, therefore there is no need to do practice to improve oneself. I really like the Buddhism teaching where we build our own destiny and we are fully responsible for it.

    I wish many can read this article to have a glimpse of the death process, and eventually to find out more detail about it. 🙂

  31. graceleong on Jul 17, 2016 at 11:37 pm

    This is a very simplistic explanation, easy to understand but yet filled with all the important points necessary to entice us to think deeper on the subject of death and rebirth. This subject of Death is often avoided as the mind usually is in a denial mode; thinking that death won’t occur as yet. Death is happening all around us but we love to assure ourselves that it won’t happen to us for now ! In fact if one learns and talks too much of death he/she may be seen as strange by others. We talk about every thing under the sun except the one most sure thing in life ie Death !! That’s how deluded our minds are !!
    This article is also very helpful in describing what happens at death, the brief processes and how the body shuts down permanently but the energy doesn’t. This energy will “migrate” into another vessel, be it a physical human body or animal or ghosts or celestial beings. The destination depends entirely on our KARMA !
    Hence if we are convinced with the theory of Rebirth we must ensure that we are experts in the theory of Karma !
    Thank you Rinpoche.

  32. JP on Jul 17, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this article. It’s interesting to know that Heaven and Hell realms are temporary states of existences and not a permanent place to go to. This is contrary to what other religions say.

    The law of karma and how it works is very logical and empowering. Our destiny is literally within our control if we understand how karma works. This is definitely more reassuring than having an Almighty judge me after putting me in a place created by HIM. If the Almighty is so powerful, then why does the Almighty not remove all problems so that all of us can just live in a place of eternal bliss? Why create so many issues? Makes me feel like a mouse in a test lab! hehe

    When we understand about the process of life, death and rebirth, we begin to make better choices in our life and not continue to live in ignorance and fear.

  33. Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Jul 16, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    This was a nice short post about death. Different people from different religions, backgrounds and faiths all over the world have the same description about the dying process. It’s only their interpretation of it that differs based on culture and faith, and since their interpretation differs therefore what they find valuable or strive towards will differ too.

    When I read blog posts about death, one thing often comes to mind – death is certain but the timing of death is not. Knowing death is certain, yet some people remain in denial of that fact, acting as though they will live forever and there are no consequences to their actions. But denial is not healthy because it leaves you unprepared for the Big Passing.

    So while people think Buddhism is morbid for the focus on death, in actuality it’s realistic. It teaches you to face the truth about living – that is, we are all moving towards death – and gets you prepared for it early on. Isn’t that the best way to go, knowing you are prepared for it? And isn’t that the best way to live, knowing you are prepared for the ‘worst’ thing that could possibly happen, death?

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  34. Shelly tai on Jul 16, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us about death. Death is a scary incident to everyone of us because most of us do not actually prepare for this big day, when it come is actually too late for us to do anything, as a result we as a Buddhist we need to remind ourselves about preparing this big day by doing our daily practice of death meditation because we do not know when is our death and also live our life fully to benefits others.

  35. Sofi on Jul 16, 2016 at 1:04 am

    This article certainly explained what happens when we die in a simple easy to understand way. If we fully understand that actually we have control of our rebirth then all the more our “self-preservation” mind should work towards “guaranteeing” a good rebirth. As Buddha and many attained gurus had taught us, practise is the way to habituate our mind into the good that we want. If we keep practicing at compassion and kindness to others, then eventually our egos will be ignored and less bad karma will be generated.
    The death meditation prepares us to learn what to expect as death comes and to be able to let go of the fear, to be able to have that peaceful transition. And yet, why are so many still allowing themselves to be conned into samsaric activities by Karma when death could be round the corner?
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article that many will be able to grasp and understand. May they take the steps to preparing for their good rebirth and not be mired in focusing on their secular activities and achievements.

  36. Freon on Jul 15, 2016 at 12:10 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    This is a wonderful article that put death and rebirth into scientific point of view. This proof that Buddha taught us about reality of our life.

    I understand that it is very important to have positive mind for us to have good rebirth in a good realm. It is important, that when we are at the present of the one who are about to pass away to have peaceful moment.

    To go into Nirvana, the key point “This process of dying and being reborn will continue until the conditions that cause it, the mental factors of craving and ignorance, cease. When they do, instead of being reborn, the mind attains a state called Nirvana.” This key point, to my understanding, as long as our mind are attached to our desire, it is hard to liberate ourselves from the 6 realms. The craving to fulfill our daily desire, will lead us to negative mindset that causes us to be rebirth in 6 realms with never ending circle.

    I have learned that, when a person was about to pass away, his habits and actions will be released as memories. He will see what his passed actions and habits. This alerts me on – if we want to take good rebirth, we need to train our mind and actions to always be mindful, positive, kind and not to be attached to pain. Pain on the desire we can’t fulfill. But, to focus out in helping sentient beings. By helping sentient beings, our state of mind is always happy.

    It is very scary to even think about the death moment I am going to face with the negative thoughts I always have in mind currently.

    I always wonder about the hell and heaven. From this article, hells and heaven are from our own mind. I think we always make our own grave yard and not even aware how our negative mind and actions could influent on us. We really live mindlessness! We are our own actions; in fact, we are responsible towards our own rebirth.

    I thankful to Rinpoche. Rinpoche have given me this knowledge. Equipped us to face our next lives. Guide us the way to enlightenment. May i able to share this precious knowledge to other, May Rinpoche continue to turn the dharma wheel to liberate sentient beings.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this article. I will remind myself more to be mindful on my daily thoughts and actions.

    With folded hand,
    Freon

  37. Lin Mun on Jul 14, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    Many of us always have these questions and have doubt where and what happened after we die. Will we go to heaven, hell or just like in the movie become a ghost?

    In Buddhism, where our next destiny very much depending on how we act and live now. When we die, only the mind is active. Where will we go depending on our state of mind. And our mind is very much depending on our habit and karma.

    By realising this, we therefore must train our mind now. Practise right value, positive habit and may we have a calm and stable mind when the day come.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.

  38. Datuk May on Jul 14, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    The very encouraging thing that comes to my mind reading this article is that it is possible for us to do something now in this current state of being alive to help us in death to the progression to another life, which in Buddhism is called rebirth.

    The fundamental belief in being a Buddhist is Karma and Rebirth. It is so important for us to cultivate a mind of calm filled with joy for others (without jealousy) care and love for others (compassion) and patience which is a result of no expectation. Most of all is the ability to let go of what we have in negative habituation.

    This journey of purifying our Karma and developing right views and virtuous acts is not easy but it will be unfair to ourselves to not even try since as buddhist and we have the good fortune to be taught by our Guru, H E the 25th Tsem Rinpoche.

    With folded hands and much appreciation.

  39. Stella Cheang on Jul 14, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    It is very interesting to read of a simplistic point of view on the subject of death and rebirth. The essence of this article summed up the movement of the mind from the time of death until the next rebirth. Superficially, it may be a relief (to some) that there is continuity of the mind that will continue the journey by taking the form of a new body. But the next rebirth depends entirely on the action we had done in our previous life and current life as well as the condition at death. Rinpoche once mentioned in his teachings that “So if you’ve lived the life of killing or arrogance, or hatred then you’ll be predestined to take a rebirth between a white and red cell that will help you to act out those impulses, such as an animal.” Hence it is important to practice now and prepare for the moment of death.

    Rinpoche also mentioned in his teaching that “… if we have predominantly anger, or attachments, or fear, then the wind will go down and leave our body through the lower apertures. If it’s a neutral state, it will leave through the middling part of the body. If it’s higher thoughts such as compassion, or remembering one’s meditational deity – in this case Avalokiteshvara – or remembering good deeds one has done, or one has the wish to continue doing good deeds, that future lives will be used to benefit others solely, then it will leave through the upper aperture. When it leaves to the upper aperture, one will take rebirth in the higher realms, such as a higher human form, or a higher existence in human, where when you’re born, you have very good thoughts, immediately. You continue doing your work.”

    With this in mind, we must continue to create the cause for a good rebirth. Thank you very much Rinpoche for this article.

    Humbly, bowing down,
    Stella Cheang

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  • Lin Mun
    Friday, Apr 28. 2017 04:00 PM
    Everything we offer to Buddha is a form of mind transformation and practise our mind to be focus even when doing water offering. When pouring the water into the bowl we have to recite Om Ah Hum (3 times), think positively and pouring it slowly so it does not spill and leaving the space of a grain of rice before reaching the top. After offering we also have to clean the bowls properly without leaving stain. All this is to train our mind.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the many benefits and water offering in a simple to understand article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/making-water-offerings-to-the-buddhas.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 28. 2017 03:38 PM
    Trolls are assiociates as beings of Scandinavian folklore.A large number of different mythological creatures continue to live on in Scandinavian folklore.They have different shapes,habitat and filthy features . There are also numerous tales of trolls told and retold.Trolls are also believed to have the magigal powers, which were folktales ,posses capabilities that are beyond human .What ever it was a remnant of a long-lost reality for sure. I do believe that there’s a very high chance trolls had existed in the past.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing ,i do enjoyed all the stories in these article even though it just folk tales.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/the-hidden-nature-of-trolls.html
  • Jason
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 11:54 PM
    People always expect return on some contribution being done especially in charity events. When the return was under their expectations then they will feel sad or unhappy.
    As Rinpoche said, Dharma is a teachings to transform our mind to become bodicitta or selfless to benefit others without condition. Once we practiced selfless mind, our mind will not be affected by others people reaction.
    What will be my legacy? I think this is not really important to me anymore once I know Dharma teachings from Rinpoche.
    Thanks Datuk May for sharing to benefit more people.

    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/what-will-be-your-legacy.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 08:56 PM
    Amazing miracles true story …of how Rinpoche helped. With Rinpoche blessing during the children baptismal ceremony,this little boy who had not spoken since 9 years old was able to speake again.Incredible….
    Chef Au truly believes been a vegetarian has help him to collects merits for his son.Rinpoche’s care and compassion has benefited many more people.Through these stories hope more people will be inspired to achieve the state of compassion and attainments.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for this sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-4.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 07:51 PM
    Having fully trust and faith in Rinpoche ,Fat monk’s mother was well again, after been diagnosed with cancerious tumour at the liver.
    Following instructions given by Rinpoche, his mother recited mantras and Fat monk did a series of pujas as told,his mother recovered then.
    Amazing……Miracles do happen.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-3.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 05:27 PM
    We are no strangers to the creatures called Werewolves. They are often depicted as the Jekyll-and-Hyde-like monsters in movies who are unable to control their animal instincts when they shift from human form to a wolf-like creature, usually during the full moon. Together with the Vampires who can transform into bats, are my childhood imagery villains, who triggered my curiosity on mythical creatures during younger days. They still do, lol.

    It is gruesome to learn that real life werewolves are actually brutal even when they are in human forms. It is a far depict from the movies and fictions, where they are civil and level headed when in human form. I hope one day science or technology can provide more proves the existence of werewolves, and debunk the reason of this mystical shapeshifter.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 05:07 PM
    The miraculous power of Protectors’ practice can heal and shield us from negative karma from ripening. Through the blessings of our Guru, coupled with strong faith and trust, the practices will take effect swiftly and effectively. Rejoice to Steven Lee. May he be guided by the Three Jewels always. Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow for sharing the true story with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-10.html
  • Lin Mun
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 03:57 PM
    This is a very touching article. I totally agree that dog is a man’s best friend. They are always so loyal to the owner. However it is sad that not all pet owners are such. Some will only treat them literally as an animal and therefore do not take good care of them. Dogs or any other animals are beings that have feeling. There should not be neglected and be abused by us. This article reminds us to always care for all beings and respect them.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this heartwarming article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 02:21 PM
    Its a heartfelt touching article of this faithful dog.Cannot imagine this ,such a wonderful relationship between that dog and the deceased owner.The greatest fear dogs know is the fear that we will not come back for them That i noticed from observing from my pet poodle.In this case this faithful dog knew his owner won’t be back.
    Dogs are loyal, patient, fearless, forgiving, capable of pure love and have feelings too.He must have missed the owner badly that he wanted to accompany the owner all the way to the resting place.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing. May that faithful dog ,continue to serve and well taken, love by the other family members.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 01:46 PM
    Werewolves are known to be mythical creatures found in fiction instead of lurking in the dark woods,In various parts of the world there were few cases who have gone down in history as real life werewolves Interesting to read it from these post..How far it was true or just legends.,no one really know . Many myths and legends surrounding werewolves .To become a werewolf, it is necessary to be bitten by a werewolf in their form at the time of the full moon. Thats what all of us knew from the movies and from fiction told. Reports of werewolf sightings continued even till this century but mostly in between 1428 and 1447 .The most recent sighting of werewolf sightings in 1972. was in Ohio .but eventually subsided .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these interesting article which i do enjoyed reading it,
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html
  • Valentina
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 01:11 PM
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    Twenty-Four Holy Places & Eight Great Charnel Grounds part 2 – (focus topic: Eight Great Charnel Grounds)

    At one time there was a god by the name of Rudra who was originally part of Mahadeva’s retinue. He was a very fierce being who also had many of his own consorts. Together with his consorts he began to oppress sentient beings, and promoted violence and unethical behaviour. At that time, Heruka once again arose, and in a dance of great compassionate wrath, liberated Rudra and his consorts from their physical bodies, sending their minds to pure lands. The places where Rudra’s body parts fell became charnel grounds. …read more by clicking the following link:

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/twenty-four-holy-places-eight-great-charnel-grounds.html
  • 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

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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.
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2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
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One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
 Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
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Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
Tsem Rinpoche\'s Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
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Tsem Rinpoche's Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
 It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and \'defeat\' the ones that hurt us because we don\'t become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
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It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and 'defeat' the ones that hurt us because we don't become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
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Tsem Rinpoche's heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin  Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
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Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
 (left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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(left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s good to be with kind and sincere people.
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It's good to be with kind and sincere people.
If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
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If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
My Mumu boy didn\'t want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
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My Mumu boy didn't want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
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This 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.
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This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn\'t move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
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I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
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March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
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Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
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March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
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More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
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The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
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Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
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Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
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This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
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I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
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Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
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Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
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The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
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Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
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My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
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February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
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Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
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  • April 20, 2017 10:45
    Ronnie asked: Dear Rinpoche and Pastors, I'm studying abroad and very far away from home, seeking guidance and advice as I have no one else I can talk to about this. Please read with an open mind, I don't know where else to go for help. I'm pregnant and it's an unplanned pregnancy. I'm stuck between keeping it or letting it go. I'm young and having a child at my age in the society we live in now would be considered taboo. The father of the child thinks I should let it go because it may cause a setback to both our careers and cause major family issues. He thinks we aren't ready to raise a child especially since we're both still in university and his parents think badly of me even though they've never met me or tried to get to know me. I'm sure no one would ever have the heart to take away a heartbeat but it seems like it isn't the right time to have a child now and if we did go through with it, the child probably won't be able to have the best things life can offer looking at where we are now in terms of finance and maturity. I'm lost, confused and unsure what the right thing to do is now. Any advice at all would be helpful right now. Thank you so very much for taking time to read my story.
    pastor answered: Dear Ronnie, I’m sorry to read that you are going through this situation. I can understand that this situation is tough to go through. You are always more than welcome to come here to ask questions. May I suggest that you talk to either someone in your family or your friends to help you come to an appropriate solution? This is because, what you feel, what you are going through, will change from time to time and you would need someone to talk to, someone that you can lean on through this situation you are facing. Depending on where you are in the world, professional help can also be sought to help you make a decision, which will be the best option for you seeking help. From a Buddhist perspective, the taking of a life is not considered a positive act, therefore those on the Buddhist path, would normally abstain taking a life if possible. However, that being said, one must always weigh the decision oneself. Everything we do in life, necessarily involves karma both positive and negative. That is why Buddhists try to overcome samsara in general. Your situation is complicated because you are abroad, but if possible you should really open up to someone you are close to in order to help you through making this decision on a personal basis. When you talk to someone, whom you are able to express yourself more, you may able to come to better decision that is right for you. There may be other options open to you if you seek help. I personally know women who have been in similar situations. One of these women, let the child go and the other went through the pregnancy and then gave the child up for adoption. You may or may not have thought of this option, but it is one that could be open to you, depending on where in the world you are. Any decision we make in life, however big or small it may seem, has far reaching consequences whether in this life, or in future lives. This is just a part and parcel of life within samsara. However, we should weigh the decisions we make clearly given the situation we are in. We cannot always do this weighing ourselves, but need to talk about our options with others we can rely on such a friends, family or professionals. You should consider doing this, which will help you greatly emotionally, and may give you the grounding you need to make the correct decision for you. I hope this helps.
  • April 19, 2017 04:57
    Dongho asked: What is a nyung ne practice? According to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, it's a purification sadhana. However, what are the instructions for this? I'm guessing it's to Chenrezig, but how does it work? Also, from what I have read, Vajrasattva practice is only for broken vows while Akshobhya is for regular misdeeds. Does that mean one has to take the Akshobhya practice to purify bad karma from this life and previous instead of Vajrasattva? As for the purification practices, are some like Vajrasattva and Chenrezig only to purify the bad karma and let it come quickly or is it to prevent it from coming? I am confused in it. As for signs, I recited a mantra of White Yangchenma that a Sakya lama, Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche, gave me with the Sakya visualizations I read on, and after one mala, I heard some lady call my Korean name even though no one in my neighborhood knows of my name and my family members weren't in the area. What does this mean?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your questions, it’s nice to see you back here again. Nyung Ne practice is a purification practice that centres around Chenrezig. It is a very beneficial practice that stems from a holy nun named Gelong-ma Palmo. It is a two and a half day practice that can be repeated many times over and over again to intensify the purification and build a closer relationship with Chenrezig. As well as its purification aspect, the practice is known to generate vast amount of merit, and also compassion, as the practice centres around Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion. The practice involves taking the eight Mahayana precepts for the duration, fasting, meditating, prostrating and praying. The practice usually entails empowerment into the practice of Chenrezig, therefore the exact meditations, prayers can only be explained to those who have the empowerment. Vajrasattva practice is not necessarily only for repairing broken vows, etc. That’s why it is advised that you engage in the practice at the end of the day, to repair any vows that you may have broken during that day, as well as stopping any negative karma you created that day from multiplying. This would entail reciting the mantra 21 times, together with the four opponent powers. However, if you engage in this practice more intensely, it definitely has the capability to purify all sorts of karma. That is the reason why in Ngondro, or preliminary practices one engages in before tantra, the practice of 100,000 Vajrasattva mantra recitation is an integral part. You can read more about Vajrasattva and his practice here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/an-important-purification-practice.html. Within purification practices, some of the karma will be purified completely, so you do not feel its effects at all, but when purifying other karma you will need to feel its effects somehow. For example if you have the karma to be in a car accident and get seriously injured, and you are engaging in any practice, but especially the purification practice, since you have purified most of the karma, you will only experience being in a very minor car accident, with only very superficial injuries. Therefore, in this case, the karma has been purified to the extent that it does not affect you as much, but you still need to feel part of its effect. In regards to any signs that you receive which engaging in the practices given to you by one of your specific gurus, you should report the happenings to that particular guru. He will be able to give you more of an accurate answer, as it may be related to the particular practice that he gave to you. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • April 17, 2017 07:06
    Thomas asked: Dear Pastors, When a serkyem set has been used so much and one is ready to get rid of it and replace it with a new one. What is a respecful mode of disposal?
    pastor answered: Dear Thomas, Thank you for your question. Your question shows that you have a lot of respect for offering items, which is very good. If possible, you should try to repair the item if within your means, and doing so make embellishments to make it a better offering item, which can still be used. If this is not possible, then you should dispose of the item with a good motivation. You should think that this item has been used to make offerings to the enlightened beings, but now that it is broken or unusable, you are going to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. Since it itself is not a receptacle of energies of the enlightened beings, such as a statue, tsa tsa or thangka, it does not require a special dissolution before being disposed of. However since it was used to make offerings, it still requires some form of respect when disposing, and this comes from one’s motivation and the way in which you dispose of it. Usually, when disposing of items in this way, make the motivation that you have used it and that it is now time to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. When you do this you can dispose of it in a respectful manner. For example, if you are going to throw it away, you do not simply open the trash can and throw it in. You wrap it up in something, like a bag or newspaper and dispose of it respectfully. Another method you can dispose of it is to recycle the object, if the material it is made from can be recycled. That way you are more conscious of the environment as well. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 16, 2017 22:38
    Curious asked: Dear pastors In a recent youtube video something like paying respect to deceased ones, pastor Nirel Patel explained that merits are like the interest and good karma is like the principal sum. So merits always regenerate themselves and hence do not get used up but good karma is like the principal sum so it gets used up. So my question is what are practices that generate merit? And can we turn a mundane daily activity into a meritorious one? Maybe can you provide an example?
    pastor answered: Dear Curious, Thank you for your question. First, to clarify a point, in regards to good karma, you are right, it is like a principal sum in a bank account, but you take away from it when you experience something good in your life, and you add to it when you do good deeds. Merit on the other hand, once accrued never diminishes, therefore when something is based on merit, it is based on the energies of this never diminishing sum, which you could say is like interest. In short, the principal sum when talking about karma is always added to and subtracted from. However, when talking about merit, once you have it, there is no way to destroy it, you will always benefit from it. There are various ways to explain how to generate merit. I will explain a way that I find easiest to understand. In normal life, when we go about performing any sort of activity, be it ‘good’ or ‘bad’ we do so out of ignorance of the true nature of existence, and it is usually self-motivated. For example, we work our entire lives to generate monetary income, so that we have enough money, resources, and materials goods to be comfortable. This is self-motivated, but it is the accepted way the world works these days, and is part and parcel of being bound to samsaric life. On the other hand, the act of merit making can be categorised into three parts: i) motivation, ii) the act itself, and iii) dedication. Let’s start with motivation, when engaging in various virtuous acts, we should have the motivation that by engaging in the act, we have the motivation to alleviate the suffering of someone else, and that may we gain enlightenment so that we can benefit them in the future. The second is the act itself. The third is to dedicate the energy of the virtuous act to gaining enlightenment. These three are what make merit. This may be a little confusing, so let me give an example: giving help to a homeless person. Whereas in ordinary life, this is something praised as a very good deed, it does not create merit without motivation and dedication. In order for this to become merit, one must set the motivation that one is giving help to the homeless free of the eight worldly concerns, to alleviate their suffering and also making the motivation that you will achieve enlightenment for the sake of the person or people you are helping. Then after you have helped them, you dedicate the energy created to the spiritual journey towards full enlightenment to help all sentient beings, while at the same time benefiting as many sentient beings as possible on the way there. This transforms the act into not only a virtuous action but also one that generates merit. On the other hand, if you were to help the homeless without these, you are creating good karma, which although beneficial, keeps you bound to existence within samsara. As it is the goal of Buddhist practice to overcome the cycle of samsara, a Buddhist would want to generate merit instead of good karma. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 13, 2017 11:38
    D.A. asked: If Begtse Chan is not from Mongolia, what are his real origins or story exactly? And which lamas offer his empowerment? As for Manjushri Nagarakshasa, which lamas specifically offer his empowerment and practice?
    pastor answered: Dear D.A. Thank you for your question. Begtse, is also known as Chamsing, or Jamsaran in Mongolian. As mentioned in an earlier sharing with someone who also asked a question about Begtse, the practiced was introduced to Tibet from India by the translator Nyen Lotsawa, and is considered one of the main protectors of the Hayagriva cycle of tantras. According to the scriptures that derive from the Sakya tradition, who incorporated the practice from the translators, and in which tradition Begtse became a very important protector, Begtse in a previous life was born many eons ago. In that particular life, he was born as the younger prince in a royal family. His name was Drag Gye, and his older brother’s name was Drag Den. Over time both princes developed differing religious beliefs, to the point where they could not get along with each as they both held their own religious views strongly. As was the custom during that time, they decided to settle their differences through logical debate, with the loser having to convert to the winner’s religion. This custom was also prevalent in ancient India, and there are many stories of such debates occurring between the great masters of the past and those of other faiths. Drag Gye lost the various debates, but ran away instead of converting to his older brother’s religion. Drag Den caught him, and tried to punish him for breaking the rules of debate and going back on his promise. Drag Gye told his brother that even if he was killed he would not give up his religion, however if Drag Den let him go, that in the future when Drag Den became enlightened, he would protect his teachings. With that Drag Den let him go, and gave him a set of copper armour, a stick, and a bow and arrow. Drag Den also gave Drag Gye a new name: Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po. After this incident the two brothers never saw each other again in that lifetime. Many lives after that Drag Den was reborn as Prince Siddharta, who eventually became enlightened and is now known as Buddha Shakyamuni. Drag Gye, or Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po, was reborn in a cemetery in the North West direction. His parents gave birth to two eggs, one was a coral-like colour and the other was an agate-like colour. These two eggs flew high into the sky and reached the heavenly realms, there they subdued the gods. Then flying back down to earth, they subdued many nagas. Eventually they even came to threaten their own parents. The parents petitioned the Dharma protector Ekajati for her help, who threw her own staff (khatvanga) at the eggs, and broke them apart. From the coral-like coloured egg came a ferocious man with yellow hair, he proclaimed that his name was ‘Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po’. When he emerged he was wearing a set of copper armour, wielding a stick, copper sword, and a bow and arrow. From the agate-like coloured egg came a female who was blue in colour, her teeth were like shells, she had turquoise eyebrows, and her hair was made of fire. She emerged wielding a copper knife, ritual dagger (phurba), rode a terrifying bear and wore an intricate necklace made of agate and lapis lazuli. It was then that Ekajati once again took action, and subdued them, after which they became Dharma protectors. The male figure became known as Begtse, and the female as his sister. When you propitiate Begtse, his sister is automatically included and aids practitioners as well. As for which lama offer his practice and empowerment, most lamas do not advertise which teachings or practice they hold. Therefore you should respectfully approach lamas and ask them if they have the practice and can bestow it, or if they know of any lamas that have the practice, depending on how much you want to practice Begtse. Similarly, this applies to those lamas who have the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. However, this practice is included in the Rinjung Gyatsa series of empowerments. This unique cycle of teachings, includes all 4 classes of tantric practices, and includes the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. Therefore those lamas who have received the complete transmission, and have kept their commitments for this practice, are qualified to pass this on to others. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
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Looking Vegetarian Food?? Visit us at Kechara Oasis #travel #holiday #marriage #family ~ Guat Hee
We are at the 15th KL-PJ WEDDING FAIR from 28-30 April 2017, Mid Valley Exhibition Center. Come visit our booth for exciting promotions on vegetarian wedding banquets and registration of marriage services! ~ kecharaoasis.com ~ Guat Hee
15 hours ago
We are at the 15th KL-PJ WEDDING FAIR from 28-30 April 2017, Mid Valley Exhibition Center. Come visit our booth for exciting promotions on vegetarian wedding banquets and registration of marriage services! ~ kecharaoasis.com ~ Guat Hee
Pastor Gim Lee assisted by Kechara Puja Team, conducted a Dorje Shugden puja and blessings at a premise. Lucy Yap
2 days ago
Pastor Gim Lee assisted by Kechara Puja Team, conducted a Dorje Shugden puja and blessings at a premise. Lucy Yap
Art expression using chalks and papers is an avenue for young children to cultivate positive perspective of life and connect with their artistic or creative side. Stella, KSDS
4 days ago
Art expression using chalks and papers is an avenue for young children to cultivate positive perspective of life and connect with their artistic or creative side. Stella, KSDS
Children as long as 2 years old are ready to learn up skills and attitude that will help them shape their life. When else will be best to instil them with good Dharma values if not since young? Stella, KSDS
4 days ago
Children as long as 2 years old are ready to learn up skills and attitude that will help them shape their life. When else will be best to instil them with good Dharma values if not since young? Stella, KSDS
Senior students of the children class of Kechara Sunday Dharma School had their class in the ghompa every Sunday. Stella, KSDS
4 days ago
Senior students of the children class of Kechara Sunday Dharma School had their class in the ghompa every Sunday. Stella, KSDS
Besides young Karlson and Ern Ern, there are new faces in Kechara Sunday Dharma School 2-4 years old. Stella, KSDS
4 days ago
Besides young Karlson and Ern Ern, there are new faces in Kechara Sunday Dharma School 2-4 years old. Stella, KSDS
Kechara Sunday Dharma School students 5-6 years old making prostration to Lama Tsongkhapa at the beginning of the class every Sunday. Stella,KSDS
4 days ago
Kechara Sunday Dharma School students 5-6 years old making prostration to Lama Tsongkhapa at the beginning of the class every Sunday. Stella,KSDS
@KecharaHouse tonite, 48 puja attendees filled the air with a loud chorus of prayer n mantra 2 Dorje Shugden n Setrap!  PHNee
5 days ago
@KecharaHouse tonite, 48 puja attendees filled the air with a loud chorus of prayer n mantra 2 Dorje Shugden n Setrap! PHNee
A big Thank You to the kind volunteers and to Jace Chong!
5 days ago
A big Thank You to the kind volunteers and to Jace Chong!
Make your weekend meaningful! Contact Jace Chong to volunteer in Kechara Forest Retreat for the aviaries.
5 days ago
Make your weekend meaningful! Contact Jace Chong to volunteer in Kechara Forest Retreat for the aviaries.
Thank you to our young volunteer to improve the life of the birds in our aviary!
5 days ago
Thank you to our young volunteer to improve the life of the birds in our aviary!
English Level 2 Dharma Class, Pastor Han Nee started the Day 5 Lamrim, which is the Seven-Limbed Prayer with Homage and Prostration( 35 Confessional Buddha )  was extensively covered. -  Yew Seng
5 days ago
English Level 2 Dharma Class, Pastor Han Nee started the Day 5 Lamrim, which is the Seven-Limbed Prayer with Homage and Prostration( 35 Confessional Buddha ) was extensively covered. - Yew Seng
Sunday Dharma class kids learning to take refuge with teacher Alice. Lucy Yap
5 days ago
Sunday Dharma class kids learning to take refuge with teacher Alice. Lucy Yap
One of the outdoor activities for KSDS students is to exercise the drawing that near to the nature. Alice Tay, KSDS
7 days ago
One of the outdoor activities for KSDS students is to exercise the drawing that near to the nature. Alice Tay, KSDS
Teacher Jesvin explained the camp rules and regulations to the camper. Alice Tay, KSDS
7 days ago
Teacher Jesvin explained the camp rules and regulations to the camper. Alice Tay, KSDS
KSDS teachers and the young participants of WOAH  Camp played & have fun together for this game, Self defense and attack. Alice Tay, KSDS
7 days ago
KSDS teachers and the young participants of WOAH Camp played & have fun together for this game, Self defense and attack. Alice Tay, KSDS
The younger group of KSDS were happy because they're given chance to feel,touch and play the slime. Alice Tay, KSDS
7 days ago
The younger group of KSDS were happy because they're given chance to feel,touch and play the slime. Alice Tay, KSDS
Teacher Laura guided the students do meditation. Alice Tay, KSDS
7 days ago
Teacher Laura guided the students do meditation. Alice Tay, KSDS
Day break at Kechara Forest Retreat! Sunrise meditation during Inner Reflection Retreat, April 2017
1 week ago
Day break at Kechara Forest Retreat! Sunrise meditation during Inner Reflection Retreat, April 2017
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