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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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
16 hours ago
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
1 week ago
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
1 week ago
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
1 week ago
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
1 week ago
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
1 week ago
Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
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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
1 week ago
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
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Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
3 weeks ago
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
4 weeks ago
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
4 weeks ago
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
2 months ago
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
2 months ago
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
This is a good one to read
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This is a good one to read
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
2 months ago
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
Mumu\'s hair is messy and he looks funny
2 months ago
Mumu's hair is messy and he looks funny
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. 
I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. 
Feast your eyes! 

Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. Feast your eyes! Tsem Rinpoche
                        Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini\'s path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html  Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini's path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
Message to Tibetans in English
3 months ago
Message to Tibetans in English
Message to the Tibetans
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Message to the Tibetans
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
3 months ago
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
3 months ago
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
3 months ago
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
3 months ago
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
4 months ago
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
4 months ago
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
4 months ago
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
4 months ago
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
4 months ago
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
4 months ago
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
4 months ago
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?
5 months ago
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
5 months ago
Sir Edmund Hillary
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
5 months ago
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
6 months ago
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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It's nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
                         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...
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  • March 27, 2017 04:19
    Dongho asked: I have been reading on the tunes of certain sects and would like to ask on this. From what I've read, there are certain tunes to each sect and school of certain chants. Exactly where can I find the sheet music for these percussion and horns with the chants, such as to the one for invoking Kache Marpo or Dorje Shugden? Would it be possible to use school instruments for this?
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  • March 26, 2017 02:14
    Kunga asked: Does the Gelug have Begtse a protector? If so, could you please provide a sadhana for him here?
    pastor answered: Dear Kunga, Yes the Dharma protector Begtse exists within the Gelug tradition. He is also known as Chamsing. Begtse’s practice stems from India and was introduced to Tibet and therefore Tibetan Buddhism by the translator Nyen Lotsawa. Marpa Lotsawa also practiced Begtse, and so the practice exists in the Kagyu traditions. This practice was eventually transmitted to Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, the first of the five patriarchs of the Sakya tradition, who were the founding fathers of that tradition. Over time the practice of Begtse was incorporated into the Gelug tradition, founded by Lama Tsongkhapa, and was notably practiced by the 1st and 2nd Dalai Lamas. Over time the practice gained popularity within the lineage, especially when it spread to Mongolia. There the practice became an important one within the lineage as upheld there. Begtse is also affectionately known as the Dharma protector of Mongolia, because his practice is so popular there. If I am not mistaken, there is an oracle of Begtse in Mongolia as well. There is a mistaken account that the practice originated around the time of the 3rd Dalai Lama, with the subjugation of a Mongolian war god, but Begtse was definitely practiced before that time in the Gelug, Kagyu and Sakya traditions. While the practice of Begtse is very effective, I have not come across the practice of Begtse in my personal practice, therefore I do not have access to the Begtse sadhana to provide to you. Instead Begtse is propitiated in prayers that incorporate many other Dharma protectors, and Begtse is also considered one of the nine protectors of the Hayagriva (Tamdrin) cycle of tantric teachings. Therefore Begtse is included in the Dharma protector sections of the Hayagriva tantras. Surrounding Begtse are his sister, Sing Ma, and his main minister, Le Khan Mar Po. His inner retinue comprises of eight butchers who wield copper swords in their right hands and skull-cups full of blood in their left hands. They are portrayed as naked and are very ugly. His outer retinue comprises a further twenty-one butchers, who hold copper swords in their right hands, and this time, the entrails of butchered enemies. They wear the skins humans and oxen as clothes, with ornaments made from human bone. While this may seem violent, Begtse is actually a very powerful and beneficial protector, who helps practitioners clear their obstacles and create conducive conditions for their spiritual evolution. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 24, 2017 20:12
    Azair asked: Venerable Rinpoche, I am doing a study in Kalachakra Tantra and I've heard from most of the lama's too that if you practice the Kalachakra Tantra, you'll be able to take control of your next rebirth. Ofcourse, it has been said that we will get our rebirth according to our Karma and desires but whether those dreams will get fulfilled will depend upon the actions that we take in this life. Thus, practicing the Kalachakra(till the end) after initiation will give you the opportunity to take rebirth anywhere you desire regardless of your Karma. My question is that, is there some truth in this statement.? Does this statement hold true for other tantra practices, such as Vajrayogini Tantra, Ghuyasamaja Tantra, Heruka Tantra, etc. I would really really like to know. Thankyou in anticipation, regards, Azair
    pastor answered: Dear Azair, Thank you for your question. Yes there is truth to this statement, both from a scriptural perspective and also by example, as the great masters have shown us. This is a unique feature of all Anuttarayoga Tantras or Highest Yoga Tantras, which Kalachakra, Vajrayogini, Guhyasama and Heruka are all examples of. This category of tantric practice can actually lead a practitioner to full enlightenment in this very lifetime. Even if enlightenment is not reached, very high levels of attainment can be reached nonetheless. This includes the ability to take control over your next rebirth. This is primarily engaged in so that the practitioner is born in an environment where they can eventually pick up their practice and further their spiritual path to enlightenment, or in order to be born in a place where they can benefit sentient beings the most, as part of the spiritual journey over many lifetimes. One of the reasons such an ability is very necessary on the spiritual path, is that usual death and rebirth occurs at the mercy of ones karma, specifically what is known as the ‘throwing karma’ or the karma that dictates what sort of rebirth a person is going to take. This opens up at the time of ordinary death, which most people have no control over. During the death process, many of our disturbing emotions will arise. Whichever of these is the strongest at the point of death triggers open a latent karmic potential, which becomes the ‘throwing karma’ and dictates where we are going to take rebirth and if that life will generally be full of suffering or not. Within Anuttarayoga Tantra, one of the key points of practice is to prepare for one’s death. This is done by simulating the dying process during one’s meditations, so that one becomes familiar with it. At the most pivotal part of this process, one practices achieving either the rainbow body or great bliss (in the case of the father tantras); or clear light (in the case of mother tantras). The tantras themselves are not defined in terms of the gender of the central deity, but by the method used to gain enlightenment. This is either the rainbow body/great bliss (classified as male, therefore labelled ‘father’) or clear light (classified as female, therefore labelled ‘mother’). Non-dual tantras such as the Kalachakra tantra can employ either of the two methods, a mixture of both, or alternate methods. In the case of superior practitioners, due to the power of their practice, they can achieve either of these two methods in their current body. Since they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, and a particular method of practice, they can also achieve enlightenment during their physical death. The great Lama Tsongkhapa is said to have achieved enlightenment at the moment of physical death, using the second of these. For other practitioners, they may not be able to achieve this either in their meditations while they are alive, or during the death process. However because they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, they remain in complete concentration at the time of death, not allowing any disturbing emotions to arise. Due to this level of concentration, meditation and awareness during the dying process, they are able to control where they next take rebirth. This is evident in the tantric scriptures themselves, and the life stories of many masters, who can state exactly where, when and to whom they will take their next rebirth, as they are in full control of the dying and rebirth process. There is a type of meditation called ‘thukdam’ which has been translated into ‘death meditation’. This is a final meditation some masters choose to engage in. During this meditation, the master themselves consciously begin the physical dying process themselves, engage in the meditation of dissolving the winds into the heart centre and remain in the most pivotal part of the death process, the mind of clear light of death. During this point they engage in meditations, either the methods of the father or mother tantras as mentioned previously, and or consciously choose where they are to next take rebirth. They can remain in this death meditation for long periods of time, days at an end, in which their consciousness has not yet left their body, although for all intents and purposes they are dead according to medical science, e.g. they have no heartbeat. At the end of their meditation, a drop of blood will be emitted from their nostril, and their head will slump over a little. Masters who engage in this meditation usually sit in full meditation posture, and their body remain supple and soft even though they have passed away from a medical point of view. I hope this brief explanation helps. Thank you.
  • March 23, 2017 23:01
    Brad asked: What is the significance of offering the Seven precious emblems of royalty to the Buddhas and enlightened Dharma Protectors? What are we symbolically offering up?
    pastor answered: Dear Brad, Thank you for your question. The ‘saptaratna’ or seven precious emblems represent on the one hand the ultimate state of temporal power, and on the other hand the ultimate spiritual attainments that we can achieve. By offering these to the Buddhas, we are actually creating the causes to achieve what they represent. Therefore it is good to know the meaning of each, so we can understand what we are creating the causes for by offering them up: Please see below for an explanation of the seven royal emblems: 1. The Precious Wheel: a thousand spoked wheel, representing the universal power of the Buddhas, as well as the teachings of the thousand Buddhas of our aeon. It is represented by the Dharmachakra, symbolising the ‘turning of the wheel’ or teaching of the Noble Eightfold Path. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, especially that of our own mind, thoughts, delusions and afflictions. 2. The Precious Jewel: an eight sided wish-granting gem, which fulfils all the needs of a universal emperor. This jewel has eight special qualities: it illuminates the night sky for hundreds of leagues; it is cooling when the temperature is hot and warming when the temperature is cold; it makes manifest whatever the holder wants; when thirsty it causes a fresh-water spring to appear; it has the ability to control the nagas, and other supernatural beings, as well as preventing natural disasters such as storms, floods, etc.; it gives off multi-coloured lighted which heals the various mental and emotional afflictions; it cures all illnesses; and it ensures that one dies a natural death, not an untimely one. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, or perfect discrimination, so one knows what to abandon and what to keep in the mindstream during the spiritual journey to enlightenment. 3. The Precious Queen: the most beautiful and virtuous of all women. She is described as a goddess who is the epitome of someone: with devotion; without jealousy; who is the embodiment of fertility; who works for the welfare of all beings; who possess feminine wisdom; speaks the truth; not attract to sensual pleasures or material possessions; and does not have false views. She is adored by all. She also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect effort. This is necessary to keep meditating until one gains spiritual attainments. 4. The Precious Minister: who has sharp intelligence, patience, and the ability to give wise counsel to the emperor. He is so attuned to the emperor that even before the emperor has spoken, the minister is already carrying out his command. He only wishes to support the Dharma, help sentient beings, and is an excellent strategist. He also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect joy. This is also akin to the attainment of the first bodhisattva level, because you have come to an understanding of your own mind, which is like pouring ice-cold water into boiling water. The water stops boiling, as does the thoughts, projections, and delusions in the mind. He represents the path of the bodhisattva. 5. The Precious Elephant: who has the strength of a thousand normal elephants. He is white, with the perfect features that an elephant could have. He is majestic, graceful, and gentle, but in battle is fearsome, fearless and unyielding. He communicates with the emperor through a telepathic link. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect adaptability. This is important, as one needs to be able to adapt to the various mental afflictions as they arise, and suitably counter them. 6. The Precious Horse: who has all the marks of a celestial horse. Known as wind-horse, he is able to travel extremely fast, and can circumambulate the entire universe three time in just a single day. He is never fearful or startled, never makes a sound when galloping, and has extremely soft hairs on his body. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is single-pointed concentration. This is important because without this form of concentration, once cannot engage in the analytical meditations that lead to an understanding of emptiness, and therefore enlightenment. 7. The Precious General: who has mastered the arts of war and always wins in battle. He wears battle armour and holds many different weapons. He tries to avoid battle, but when necessary fights, and never gives up until he has won. He is fearless, and courageous in carrying out the emperors commands and ensures the emperors army carries out their duties. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect equanimity. This is because he overcomes all warfare, which is akin to the battle between things were are attached to and things we have an aversion for in our minds. In short, what you are offering up is the highest of all temporal treasures and abilities, as well as the entire path of the Dharma. Doing so creates the causes for you to receive all of this on your spiritual journey towards enlightenment. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 20, 2017 10:16
    Grigoris asked: Excuse me, but I would like to ask, what does the prayer to Shangmo Dorje Putri say exactly? I can't read Tibetan, but would like to see the description that the prayer gives. I am not planning to say the prayer or make interaction(as it would be very dangerous), but would like to see what it actually says from the Tibetan text. Here's the link: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/shangmo-dorje-putri-the-bamo-of-sakya.html
    pastor answered: Dear Grigoris, Thank you for your question. Shangmo Dorje Putri is indeed a fascinating unenlightened Dharma protector. Unfortunately at the moment, we do not have a translated copy of the text in English that we can provide. The usual format for such texts, would include an invocation, making offerings to appease them, and then exhortations for them to perform their activities, possibly followed by thanking them for their help. One thing is for certain, due to the nature of Shangmo Dorje Putri her prayer is sure to include violent imagery, just like many other Dharma protectors, such as Achi Chokyi Drolma (who even though has a peaceful appearance, has a lot of violent imagery in her prayers). The reason behind the violent imagery is explained in the post about Achi Chokyi Drolma here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/achi-chokyi-drolma-chief-protectress-of-the-drikung-kagyu.html
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