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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  • Jason
    Monday, Feb 20. 2017 02:46 AM
    Before this, I really doubt on reincarnation but after I watched the video above, it make me believe on reincarnation stuff which is happen to many high Lama. Reincarnation can’t totally explain by scientists but it reallly exists in this world.
    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing this and it open up my view on reincarnation topic.

    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/film-tv-music/reincarnation-true-or-false.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Feb 19. 2017 09:10 PM
    At this day and age, it is indeed surprising for leaders of faith to apply a heavy-handed technique to oppress nonbeliever or the deviant. It is hard to accept because we have been educated by the history of painful examples where discrimination and persecution were usually man-made because of intolerance, lack of acceptance and ignorance. I wish the Baha’i faith grow and shine, and may harmony and love pervades the community.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/sanctuary-for-a-persecuted-faith.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Feb 19. 2017 08:46 PM
    Thank you, Rinpoche for sharing with us here online the very rare and holy image of Pabongka Rinpoche in Tantric dress. He is the lineage master of Tibetan Buddhism that His Holiness Dalai Lama is teaching today. I am very fortunate to be able to meet with Tsem Rinpoche whose teaching traced back to Pabongka Rinpoche unbroken. May more people realize the weight of unbroken lineage in Buddhism and hence see the importance of Guru Devotion, which is the cornerstone of pure lineage in many ways.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/kyabje-pabongka-rinpoche-in-tantric-dress.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Feb 19. 2017 08:34 PM
    Thank you, Rinpoche for the interesting article. We get to learn more about preventing snakes the natural way. It ‘s nice to know that we can rely on plants to repel snakes, and some of these plants are suitable to be planted in Malaysia. Garlic paste sounds not trying to make and a natural way to repel snakes. I wonder if it works to keep lizards away too?

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/how-to-prevent-snakes-in-your-backyard.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Feb 19. 2017 08:22 PM
    This is a very nice sharing by Cindy Dinh. Rejoice to your keen interest in Buddhism in spite of being at an age where spirituality is not a common topic of interest. Please continue to explore the many teachings and topics here on the blog. And thank you, Cindy for writing to show your appreciation. It is a great testimony to the good work by Rinpoche and the team and will be a motivation for the rest of us too.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/etc/thanks-cindy.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Feb 19. 2017 08:07 PM
    Thank you, Rinpoche for this advice, which gives depth to what it means by living with parents versus living on our own. The key takeaway is taking responsibility for our own life hence making our own destiny. Camping in our comfort zone for too long will not fuel us to do better or be stronger and more independent. At the end of the day, our attitude determines our actions, and our actions determine our success. Go for it, everyone! You never try, you never know. ��

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/living-at-home-the-real-reasons.html
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Feb 19. 2017 08:03 PM
    This is a very beatiful Buddha Manjushri painting. Rejoice for Wylfred and team for taking effort to making this painting and offered it to Rinpoche.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/look-what-the-postman-brought.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Feb 19. 2017 07:41 PM
    Brown is an example of knowing the purpose of his life and actually doing it. I can imagine his passion and drive in growing food to feed the poor. Money is not everything in life. I wish Brown’s example will be the inspiration to more people who will focus more on serving the needs of others and less on self. May Brown continues to be the beacon for the less fortunate. Thank you, Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/he-rejected-the-37-million-contract-to-do-what.html
  • Joy Kam
    Sunday, Feb 19. 2017 12:55 PM
    What’s Next…

    Dharma Protector practices are regarded as essential does not negate the importance of other practices. It certainly does not suggest that Dharma Protector practices can or should be practised in isolation to replace all of the Sutric and Tantric systems of Buddhism. Why? Because the ultimate protection comes in the form of extinguishing all our karma. When we have extinguished all our karma, we no longer possess the causes to be harmed or affected by negative beings and interferences. In relying upon the stainless Sutric and Tantric systems of Buddhism, we can accomplish this extinguishment of our karma…learn more >>> http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/whats-next
  • Joy Kam
    Sunday, Feb 19. 2017 12:20 PM
    Did you know that you can “Request A Prayer” here http://www.dorjeshugden.org/request-a-prayer

    It is a section where you can make a special request prayer to make someone’s life better by including them in our this request a prayer section. Someone will include them in their daily sadhana (prayer) when you request. Just fill in the form in this section. You will know when someone has prayed on your behalf as it will be indicated at the bottom. DO CHECK this Interesting feature on dorjeshugden.org out and help someone in need.
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Feb 18. 2017 11:25 PM
    This is a very interesting article. We are know that pollution is bad but not to the effect that it affect dementia too. Many of us may not know or experience the effect as it will only comes in later in our life. While some occupation would require us to live in the city and expose ourself to polluted environment, this is a good study to help the government and project developer to plan the township in order to alleviate such incident in the future.

    I also feel happy for success of the Hen project. It does gives the elderly a chance to utilise their time beneficially and to get to know their neighbourhood. May there be more such interesting project for the elderly.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/does-living-near-busy-roads-develop-dementia.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 18. 2017 01:41 PM
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  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 18. 2017 01:41 PM
    Thank you, Rinpoche, for this profound , precious teachings.
    Never deceive our Guru, have trust an faith always in our Guru to be blessed and protected. Practicing the Dharma and transforming ourselves to be a better person.
    Thanks for sharing the video…a good watch to understand better
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/deceiving-our-guru.html
  • Lin Mun
    Friday, Feb 17. 2017 09:26 PM
    This is a very interesting article and for me to learn the history of my own culture. Chinese in Malaysia indeed have gone through many different phases of colonisation by various government to be who they are today. The cultures of Malaysian are very rich and unique. For example Chinese in different state of Malaysia have different cultures and language.

    Although Malaysia have so many races, religion and cultures. I think it is by understanding each other that we can all come together to live in a peace and harmony environment. Irregardless whether we are Malays, Chinese, Indian, Kadazan, or Iban, we are all Malaysian and therefore should live in harmony and be united.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/chinese-in-malaysia.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Feb 17. 2017 04:32 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this beautiful article and story of the uneducated farmer having recited mantra devotedly to achieve an astounding level of realiz.ation. Its a inspiration to all of us ,and encouraging .We can recited any mantra thoroughly,sincerely and devotedly and it will bear great results
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/a-true-account-of-an-accomplished-practitioner-of-the-vajra-guru-mantra-in-recent-times.html

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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
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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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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This is a good one to read
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Mumu is silly and cute and funny
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Mumu's hair is messy and he looks funny
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I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. Feast your eyes! Tsem Rinpoche
                        Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini\'s path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html  Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
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Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini's path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
Message to Tibetans in English
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Message to Tibetans in English
Message to the Tibetans
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Message to the Tibetans
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Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
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A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
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Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
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Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
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This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
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The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
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Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
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One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
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Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
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My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
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Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
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Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
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Sir Edmund Hillary
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Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha's teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I\'ve seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
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Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I've seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
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                         Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
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Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
5 months ago
Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
High lamas in France September 2016
5 months ago
High lamas in France September 2016
༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden:   http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
5 months ago
༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
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Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass,
 Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, 
 By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements,
 By seeing the good results, one\'s path becomes more clear, 
 The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, 
 This would eliminate the samsara within our minds.
 ~Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass, Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements, By seeing the good results, one's path becomes more clear, The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, This would eliminate the samsara within our minds. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
5 months ago
Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
5 months ago
Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
5 months ago
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
5 months ago
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
                         This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
5 months ago
This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
5 months ago
Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
5 months ago
Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
5 months ago
His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
5 months ago
Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
Left to right:

His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
5 months ago
Left to right: His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
 It\'s nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
5 months ago
It's nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
Jog Falls a power place of Vajra Yogini and Heruka: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=108652
5 months ago
Jog Falls a power place of Vajra Yogini and Heruka: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=108652
Don\'t wait for the perfect group. Don\'t wait for the perfect person. Don\'t wait for the perfect situation. Don\'t expect yourself to be perfect. Don\'t even look for perfection at least in our realm as it does not exist or time will run out. Just get going and keep doing good. It\'s between you and yourself. Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
Don't wait for the perfect group. Don't wait for the perfect person. Don't wait for the perfect situation. Don't expect yourself to be perfect. Don't even look for perfection at least in our realm as it does not exist or time will run out. Just get going and keep doing good. It's between you and yourself. Tsem Rinpoche
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On Sunday morning, we had an animal liberation event , in which we will save the lives of birds. Pastor Han Nee led a beautiful prayer before the birds were released. bit.ly/2ahl6Yv Lucy Yap
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Light offering to Lama Tsongkhapa by the WOAH Campers. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Teachers and children are enjoyed for being stayed together for 2D1N of WOAH Camp 2016. Alice Tay, KSDS.
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KSDS students were taken refuge before the lesson start. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Teacher Kien and teacher Jenni leading the Mitsegma recitation before the start of Sunday Dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Grace briefing the students on the activity during WOAH camp 2016. Lin Mun KSDS
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May the students of Kechara Sunday Dharma School be equipped with Buddha Dharma that can guide them through the manmade world and be protected by the Three Jewels always. Stella, KSDS
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Teacher Jayce leading the mantra chanting for KSDS senior student class. Stella, KSDS
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KSDS senior students listening patiently to Dharma sharing by Teacher Lin Mun. Stella, KSDS
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Brochures of Dorje Shugden were distributed to Ms. Kiang's family for blessing and protection. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Ms. Kiang's brothers and her son were here at Gunung Lang, Ipoh for the animals liberation activity today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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