Why in the mountains?

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Dear friends around the world,

As you know I love beautiful mountains and dwellings in the mountains. I’ve found some beautiful pictures of mountains, waters and desserts of China. Some are just breathtaking and when I see something beautiful I just want to share with others whom I feel might appreciate it also. This post is of amazing environments I wish I can live in.  You can enjoy the pictures in your own relaxed leisure time. No rush and just enjoy. Just seeing some of these pictures is so relaxing and beautiful.  May I share some the beauty of these places in China with you. Yes, all of these places are in China. China is a land of great ecological diversity. Personally most of the pictures are of forests, mountains and lakes because I personally since a very young age have had a longing to live in the mountains. Let me explain more.

I wish all of you the opportunity to engage in deeper and more retreats as you get older because by retreats, we get closer to our Yidam (personal tutelary deity) and our Buddha within (mind) us. Retreats purify tremendous karma, stabilize our mind, overcome our obstacles, give us real purpose, good preparation for future lives and give us a chance to focus solely on ourselves in a good way. In the correct way. It is the best way to spend the little time we have left. We should always prepare for future lives as taught by the Sage Shakyamuni, Conqueror Tsongkhapa and Heruka Pabongka Rinpoche in Lam Rim. We should be enthusiastic about that because it is for ourselves and we are the only one that can do this for ourselves. Meeting dharma is the result of karma collected in previous lives to afford us this opportunity to prepare. How lucky we are!! That is why I am attracted to mountain retreat houses. In the scriptures it is recommended we do quiet solitary meditational retreats preferably in natural surroundings as it will help us to gain attainments and higher insights. We can do intense meditations in the cities, but we will have to be very advanced in order to remain in concentration. In between meditation sessions, it is important to see clean clear environments and breathe fresh air. Natural environments such among nature very much helps in spiritual development.

So many times in life we want to do something good for ourselves by travelling, eating, getting lots of money, joining parties, dressing up, socializing, vacationing, finding partners, finding name and in the end we end up more unhappy and more bitter than we can imagine. We end up a race against time we have little left of. This is not because we are bad, but because we approached finding happiness in all the wrong places without knowing it. We became more lonely and bitter than when we started. Thanks to our good karma, we found dharma, the most important find in our lives. Happiness only comes from peace we find within by the light of dharma wisdom we have applied. One of the ways to develop  this wisdom is through our spiritual learning, spiritual convictions, contemplations and practice. We have to keep on learning and not stop. We can take it with us. The best thing we can ever do for ourselves is to get closer to our Yidam. And quiet retreats is one of the best ways. Having the fortune to spend time often in retreats contemplating, offering, praying, reciting mantras and focusing on the Yidam is the best way to spend our lives and free time. We have little time left. Our bucket list should be nothing else but to practice dharma because this has the real worth at death. All the great Mahasiddhas of the past gained their great attainments this way. All that we hold holy became holy this way. All that is holy exist to only point this way to us. So they show an infallible method and example to us. We are blessed. We must get closer to our Yidam. This should not be future tense always as we are not devas with immensely long lives. Our minds with the Yidam’s mind must merge by retreats, practice, learning and compassion. This is the best preparation for death and life. And all lives to come.

I have always sought the mountains, lakes, forests and solitude for this. My strong attraction to the mountains is primarily for this reason. I wish to share this with you. Because in the mountains is where there is solitude and one can get away from the hustle and meaningless bustle of samsaric robotic life. Sharing the mountains and the dwellings is to share a spiritual message of retreats and therefore joining with our Yidam with you. I wish to share what makes me happy with you and what will make you happy represented by these mountains/ dwellings. So on this special post I will share beautiful pictures of the mountains that bring back a ‘memory’ of dwellings in mountains perhaps for me from a different time and place. This is my most heartfelt desire and what is deep in me and you are invited. May you all realize and achieve and be loved and love without barriers.

My love, humility and genuine care to all of you. I sincerely wish deeply all of you will gain highest attainments and ascend to Kechara Paradise. May it start when you engage in the practices in natural solitude.

Tsem Rinpoche
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All these beautiful pictures of nature are in China. China has a great ecological diversity. Physically a beautiful country. I hope you enjoyed all these pictures as much as I did. These pictures evoke something deep within me. Something spiritual.

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  1. Wan Wai Meng on Nov 20, 2016 at 2:34 am

    Breathtaking scenery in China, thank you Rinpoche.

    Such scenery can really inspire the spiritual adherent just looking at the view, one can feel invigorated and also really pumped to do more.

  2. Anne Ong on Sep 25, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    Thank you my dear Guru for sharing these beautiful pictures and scenery. I do feel very peaceful,calm and happy to see the scenery. Very good to live in these places to practice meditation and away from stress in the city life.I love the lakes,waterfalls,rainbows and hear the birds singing.How nice if i could have my own small hut near KFR in the future for my practice and to be near Rinpoche and my dharma family 🙂 _/\_

  3. Pema Thinley on Aug 11, 2016 at 11:59 pm

    Thank you So much, Rinpoche. The pictures are really inspiring and give the instincts of naturalness. I just love it looking at them. Doing retreats in those places would be much deepening and wonderful lah. Thank you for your great compassion for ignorant beings like us _()_

  4. Uncle Eddie on Aug 8, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    Its so completely exhilarating and exciting just by looking at the magnificient photos taken from these beautiful Flora and Fauna breath-taking views of beautiful China. Now we can understand why Rinpoche always love beautiful mountains and dwelling in the mountains and waters and lovely deserts of China. Meeting Dharma as said by Rinpoche is the result of Karma collected in our previous life. In scriptures, it is recommended that we quietly do our solitary meditation retreats, preferably in natural surroundings, as it will help to gain attainments and higher insights! Doing it in the cities require clear firmed concentration of attention, due to existence of noise pollution! It is also pointed out that in-between meditation session, it is important to see clean environment and breathe clear/ clean/fresh air! Natural clean environment such as those shown are those amongst the display in helping out in the spiritual development. Our bucket list should be nothing else but to practice Dharma, because this has the real worth of death. The best thing we can ever do for ourselves is to get closer to our Yidam. Quiet retreat is one of the best ways as said! It is said that all great Mahasiddhas of the great past gained their attainments this way. Thank you Rinpoche, for the sharing and caring. Its truly stimulating and wonderful!

  5. Pastor KH Ng on Aug 8, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    With the “noise” that we hear, feel, perceive and distracting to ourselves, living in cities, towns and even villages, amongst families and friends; with communication so “advance” now, one can hardly have the environment and time to have the peace to find our true “self”.

    Traditionally, all great religions, especially Buddhism advocate peaceful solitude in the mountains, living in caves or simple dwellings to achieve this peace of mind and to further one’s advancement in one’s practice.

    Kechara Forest Retreat is one such place.

  6. sonny tan on Aug 8, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for presenting to us in pictorial form some of the hills and mountains in China these pictures are breadth taking, very inviting and looks magnificent it would be exhilarating if one could visit these places.
    The flora and fauna of such natural environments is hard to describe and difficult to imagine unless one is there in addition with the crisp mountain air, the tranquility and greenery atmosphere is very alluring and when once one see this majestic mountain it would immediately help transform the troubled mind. It is a well-researched and an accepted fact that up in the mountains, negative ions are abundant which can help elevate a person’s mood and put one into a more serene mode.
    Many years ago I had the opportunity to visit the Grand Canyon; it is one of the most memorable national parks that I have ever visited. It is one of the world’s seven wonders and very little changes were done to the Canyon as they want to maintain its natural environment. Reindeers are seen everywhere and they move freely among the visitors without any hindrance or frightened by the visitors. The park rangers have managed to blend well modernization with nature without disturbing much of its ecological environment.

  7. Joy on Aug 2, 2016 at 5:05 am

    We are indeed very fortunate to have the merits to meet the Dharma again in this life and to be able to cross path with Rinpoche. Indeed we are very lucky to have Kechara Forest Retreat conceptualised by Rinpoche for the reasons being said by Rinpoche above, the wish for to engage in serious Dharma practices, to eventually connect with our yidam and to be one with them in retreats.

    It is true that being away from the city, and retreating ourselves from samsara and living in KFR makes me realise how actually little we really truly need in life to be truly at peace, contented and happy. So many who came to KFR always brings back something positive and leaving more revived. And after awhile you actually detest going to the city that is filled with anger, rage, business, like headless chickens everyone seems to yearn and crave for something to fill up the void. Looking for happiness in all the wrong places, only to discover it does not satisfy anything but makes us crave for more. The more becomes more emptiness and in the end.

    We have much to grateful for here in Kechara, thank you Rinpoche.

  8. victoria lam on Jul 31, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you very much for sharing the beautiful and magnificently views of China.

    We are too much distraction from the material and cities lives. Sometimes, we might forgot hot appreciate the nature’s. We are fortune to learn dharma and practice. We may realized from retreats to help us to detached from our desire.

    Therefore,engage deeper from retreat, is to help us to reconnect the natures where we shall belong and come from. Always stay close with our Yidam and Guru devotion in our heart.

    Thank You.

    Humbly bow down with folded hands. _/\_

  9. Freon on Jul 26, 2016 at 2:42 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos. Nature is so beautiful. We are blessed now to have live in this beautiful planet.

    To be able to learn dharma and work for dharma is truly a blessing. In this lifetimes, there are many distraction, noise that make us very easy to be away from dharma. And, to lost ourself in chasing to fulfilled the desire we wanted.

    When I look at the beautiful scene, I wish i could be there. Before dharma, i wish i can be at those beautiful scenery to just relax. But now, with guidance from Rinpoche, i knew i could be in these beautiful places for more meaningful reason- i can engage in a retreat! To be able to engage in retreat, and the retreat methods that we learned are from the authentic lineage, it is really a very rare opportunity.

    Thinking on doing retreat, I am lucky that i have this opportunity to do retreat in Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). I wish i can engage in more retreat in this place is that full of blessing. I thanks Rinpoche for created such beautiful place for sentient beings to be engage in dharma.

    These beautiful photos are the scenery from China. I wish, China’s people could have the opportunity to do retreat in these scenery and get close to Lama Tsongkhapa’s lineage.

    Thank you

    With folded hands, love
    Freon

  10. yikming on Jul 25, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Thanks for the lovely scenes, and wish we are out there. Some of the scenes are so serene and invoke some level of peace and calmness in us.

  11. Eric kksiow on Jul 21, 2016 at 11:50 pm

    Such a lot of beautiful places in China, that’s really giving us the feeling of peace or calm.

    I like this article because of Rinpoche shared these :
    I wish all of you the opportunity to engage in deeper and more retreats as you get older because by retreats, we get closer to our Yidam (personal tutelary deity) and our Buddha within (mind) us. Retreats purify tremendous karma, stabilize our mind, overcome our obstacles, give us real purpose, good preparation for future lives and give us a chance to focus solely on ourselves in a good way. In the correct way.

    For this life time, we always have to prepared for future lives. That’s i always bare it in mind.

    Thank You Rinpoche for the beautiful teachings and beautiful images from China.

    _/\_
    Eric kksiow

  12. June Kang on Jul 21, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the pictures.

    Few years ago I like to challenge people why can’t we have retreat at City and why go mountain ? To me forest is not effective to train your mind because not many disturbance . However after I gone through had meditation is city, I realised that unless you have a very good concentration otherwise the disturbance is really disturb your mind a lots.

    The feeling is also good having retreat in forest which you can really connect to nature, feeling open when the space is big. Breathing the fresh air in forest can also calm the mind. It is better to have meditation in the forest.

    Lastly, I pray that I can always get closeto our Yidam and have opportunity to do lots of retreat.

  13. Pastor Chia on Jul 21, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    I’m glad have opportunity work and living at Kechara Forest Retreat when first started building it. KFR is surrounded by green nature and mountain, feel peaceful and quiet. It suitable to claim down our mind, doing meditation and retreat.

    I agree what Rinpoche has said ;When the death coming, the only way we can find help from our spiritual practice, which engage more in our yidam practice and merge with his mind stream. Having the fortune to spend time often in retreats contemplating, offering, praying, reciting mantras and focusing on the Yidam is the best way to spend our lives and free time. We have little time left. Our bucket list should be nothing else but to practice dharma because this has the real worth at death.

  14. Mingwen on Jul 21, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    I’ve always been a fan of mother nature, she is just adorable, beautiful and charming, ONLY, when we treat her as good as she treated us initially. It’s sad to witness how we are destroying and hurting the mother nature. The ego and laziness of human being are just overwhelming and unbearable, hence, the mother nature is reacting to ours actions, etc., frequent of strange weather and natural disasters. If we continue to be like how we are, hurting the nature, not long later, natural landscapes and the beauty of mother nature and human being will become dust.

    If everyone of us is willing to contribute a little but, by summing up all the contribution, it will be a big step to save the mother nature.

    Be the light, don’t wait for the light. ~ Tsem Rinpoche

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  15. nicholas on Jul 21, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    Indeed all the pictures are very beautiful and give a peace and calm feeling. It’s very nice to be able to do retreat in such nature environment. Personally I love mountain and forest and it always give a great free mind feeling. With such surrounding what important is to provide us the conducive environment for our mind to be able to focus in our meditation in order to achieve the desirable result.

    That’s also why Rinpoche build Kechara Forest Retreat to provide a conducive environment not just for us to do meditation but also an institution of Buddhist philosophy and healing place to develop our mind.

  16. Pastor Henry Ooi on Jul 21, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    The amazing landscape is just awesome! It would be fortunate to live in such a natural, clean environment.

    Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR), is one of the many departments and divisions conceptualised and founded by Rinpoche. Here in KFR, Rinpoche wishes to build a physical place of higher learning based on the principles of Buddhism. KFR is ideal for personal and group meditation, spiritual retreat, relaxing retreat from city life for the whole family, or simply just a weekend getaway from work.

  17. Pastor Antoinette Kass on Jul 21, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for these magnificent pictures. Mountains and nature are a peaceful environment and conducive for our mind to be calm and focus on what is important.

    We often think that taking a holiday break or traveling is beneficial, but in the end it has no lasting result. Yet, in a retreat we improve our mind, clear obstacles and collect merits for our spiritual path. This is long term benefit and really helpful.

    These pictures can help us relax our mind while we get ready for a retreat.

  18. Khoo Hou Haw on Jul 21, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing such breathtaking pictures of nature. We are living in a world where everything around us are moving none stop. Cars, people, telecommunications and etc. We hardly have a second of peace in our mind. Looking at these mountain gave me a sense of calmness. I believe when we are actually in the nature as these pictures, we can really calm ourselve down and find the true inner peace. This is why Rinpoche is building Kechara Forest Retreat and also the Inner Peace Program initiated by JP Thong and Li Kheng comes about.

    Thank you

  19. pammie yap on Jul 21, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    Yes, how fortunate are we to have KFR!
    Looking at the photos make me feel so at home and at ease. Its the same feeling that I have when I come into KFR and actually feel the calmness and peace. Ever since living in KFR, going back into the city is such a horror! Everyone rushing to do something and everything is just in a rush.
    Being in KFR and to be able to engage in retreats and doing Dharma is what I would really look forward to, now and in future.
    The photo I like the most is the one with a village surrounding the hills and mountains, just like KFR! And the other ones are the one with a temple on the hill and retreat hut like surrounded by snow.

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  20. Pastor Ong Moh Mei on Jul 21, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    Even if it wasn’t for retreats and practices, spending time in nature and in solitary is healing and refreshing. It allows us to experience existence without external distractions and hence this may lead to new discovery about oneself, the people around us, the world we live in be in and our interdependencies.

    There are already more and more people seeking and building communities in natural environments around the world.

  21. Julia Tan on Jul 21, 2016 at 12:28 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this special post. I enjoyed very much the beautiful mountain pictures. Going into the mountain for retreat does help us disconnect with our daily busy, exhausted and tiring life and stay connect with our practice and yidam. That’s how it is like to be in Kechara Forest Retreat where there’s no distractions from the city, the moment we wakw up in the morning we see flower and trees, we smell the fragrance of nature. This make our mind calm and peaceful.

    “In between meditation sessions, it is important to see clean clear environments and breathe fresh air. Natural environments such among nature very much helps in spiritual development.” Kechara Forest Retreat is built to create the environment where we can touch the nature, we can feel the nature, we can breath the nature and we can meditate in the nature.

  22. Li Kheng on Jul 20, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for these breathaking images. Nature is spectacular and perfect. The ecosystem is whole and sustainable. It is our privilege and honor as well as nature to be connected to Mother Nature. In the hustle and bustle of modern living we forgot that and disconnected. Although Kechara Forest Retreat is very comfortable and safe, It is a perfect piece of nature for city folks like us to reconnect to our source of life spring. It is a great space to hear our Inner voice and uplift our spirit.

    May more people get to know kechara forest retreat and engage in spiritual practices that brings them to greater heights of consciousness

  23. Cynthia Lee on Jul 20, 2016 at 2:00 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    No spectacular architecture nor the art museums can override my wish to see the natural beauty of landscapes. They are just wondrous and have so much more to offer from Rinpoche’s teachings.

    I understand that we do many group retreats in KFR as advised by Rinpoche because Rinpoche is easy on us. Hehe. Support and help in disciplining are one of the benefits of group retreats.

    However, ultimately, solitary retreats are the best ways to face our own demons. I hope I am able to accomplish a solitary retreat one day.

  24. Jacinta Goh on Jul 19, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Since young, I love to prayer. However, I’ve never thought that praying in solitude will bring much benefits to oneself and others. Gaining attainments is not a success in itself but how we are going to use it to further our path to Enlightenment and how we use it to benefit oneself and others. I love scenery view and has always prefer greenery than city view (although sometimes it amazes me in certain ways too). Thanks Rinpoche for these picturesque mountain views. By seeing it, I can already imagine how peaceful one can be. Not being distracted and just being ‘simple’.

  25. Jace Chong on Jul 18, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing about the mountains and many breathtaking photos of China. Now I understand why the mountain views are so important as they help when we are getting closer to our Yidam during retreats.

    I kind of getting this idea when I was doing short retreats in Kechara Forest Retreat. In between breaks we walk around KFR and seeing the beautiful views calm us a lot and we can be more focus during the retreat sessions.

    I always like mountains and lakes too. In some ways, I find being in those environment make me very comfortable (Beside at night will feel a little insecure if didn’t get a shelter in the nature before dark). Here I share some photos taken during my backpacking trip many years ago in beautiful places of New Zealand, some I stayed there for a few weeks.

    I am fortunate that now I understand the significances of the mountains that not only good for the eyes, but they help our spiritual journey too.

    Thanks Rinpoche!

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  26. Beatrix Ooi on Jul 18, 2016 at 8:58 am

    China is a beautiful country, they are one of the biggest countries in the world, it’s no doubt that sceneries like these exist. I have visited China once, but haven’t had the chance to visit the beautiful mountains and nature. I hope that one day I can make it to China again for a visit in the mountains and indulge in mother nature, just imagining myself abiding in one of the landscapes above, I’m trembling in excitement. China is truly beautiful.

  27. Lew on Jul 18, 2016 at 1:25 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing such beautiful photos of mountains. I have once heard from Rinpoche that people who engage in retreat should have the openness of space. I feel that’s the reason why Rinpoche started Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR), a place which is conducive for people to engage in long term retreats. I pray that I can contribute my IT skills to Rinpoche and Kechara, and when I am too old to work, I can have the merits to engage in long retreats.

    After working in KFR for awhile now with the open space, I feel a bit claustrophobia when I got into my little room in my city office. LOL.

  28. Jason on Jul 17, 2016 at 1:34 am

    These photos really caught my eyes at first glance.The scenery really breathtaking.I keep scrolling down to see more pictures. I love it so much. My dream place is like a manjushri on a pond in KFR which have a pond, fish and surrounding by trees.I feel very peaceful in my mind when I approach to the greenery scene. KFR is one of my favorite place to visit. I practiced my first Tsongkhapa Retreat there.I love the environment so much.It really can help me comtemplate and gain insight which we can’t do it in busy city life.
    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing this wonderful pictures and messages to inspire many to comtemplate meaningful of life.

    With folded hands,
    Jason

  29. yin ping on Jul 16, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    Very beautiful scenery, i particulary like the picture with a small village surrounded by greenish mountains. This is the kind of place where i always wanted to be.

    We are indeed very lucky not only to have dharma from our precious guru, we also have Kechara Forest Retreat where we can engage our retreats in nature. Thank you Rinpoche and all the people who is working tirelessly to make this happen.

  30. Fong on Jul 16, 2016 at 4:39 am

    The scenery in the photos are beautiful, serene and surreal. There seems to a place for almost every inclinations from my favorite of Tianmen within Tianmen Mountain National Park, Zhangjiajie, in northwestern Hunan Province, China to the beautiful lakes.

    Thank you, Rinpoche for reminding us every now and then to reconnect with nature and retreats, serious retreats which I think not many can undertake. But, we can all aspire to it.

    With folded hands,
    Fong

  31. Sharon Ong on Jul 16, 2016 at 2:14 am

    Such a feast for the eyes and balm for the soul. There is something very beautiful and calming about mountains that make me sigh with appreciation whenever I see them. This is why I actually enjoy the drive to KFR as we can actually see the green hilly slopes filled with lovely tall rainforest trees.

    Thank you for this post, Rinpoche. Here are some of my fav mountain photos that I would like to share with Rinpoche. Hope that Rinpoche enjoy them. 🙂

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  32. Stella Cheang on Jul 14, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the solemn message that accompanies the serene mountain pictures. I cannot agree more when I read that “So many times in life we want to do something good for ourselves by travelling, eating, getting lots of money, joining parties, dressing up, socializing, vacationing, finding partners, finding name and in the end we end up more unhappy and more bitter than we can imagine. We end up a race against time we have little left of. This is not because we are bad, but because we approached finding happiness in all the wrong places without knowing it.” So much time we have wasted in the wrong place and wrong thing, with the wrong people. If only we have found Dharma wisdom and applied it earlier, then perhaps we will be happier now. There is nothing we can do about the lost time, but we can try to catch up by working harder and more diligently in learning Dharma and applying it.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

    Humbly, bowing down,
    Stella Cheang

  33. Datuk May on Jul 14, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    China is a huge huge country and the landscapes are very varied and beautiful. From deserts, to grassland, to huge long rivers, to tranquil lakes, to tropical and snow capped mountains.

    Whenever I see such beautiful sceneries either in photography or physically, I say a prayer that no man will destroy such natural beauty. Also let there be no easy way to these landscape for if it happens, the beauty will be spoilt by tourists and facilities that will have to be, to provide for them.

    I can imagine having retreats in such wondrous and serene surroundings, peace and tranquility will be there for concentration on our prayers and aspirations.

    Thank you Rinpoche for these breathtaking photos.

  34. samfoonheei on Jul 14, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing…..amazing and very beautiful those mountains and lakes shown above.I do enjoy looking at beautiful mountains and lakes any where i visited.Its so peaceful and quiet i could imagine if one are up in the mountains doing retreat will be just wonderful .Well that is why KFR is where today …far away from the city…..a place call home to many.We are all blessed to have a beautiful place to engage in the practices and retreats.

    With folded hands.

  35. Sofi on Jul 14, 2016 at 1:41 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing such beautiful pictures of mountains, lakes, trees and rivers of China. I have always loved visiting China as they are so vast that each place has their own unique scenery. All these pictures just make me wish that I could one day soon have the merits to begin my retreat as Rinpoche described. How wonderful it would be to be in nature enjoying the solitude of communion with the Buddhas, especially when the one within shines forth.

    Thank you Rinpoche for your invitation and I do hope that soon I will remember my “memories” and understand my yearnings for my “home”.

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  • Jason
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 11:54 PM
    People always expect return on some contribution being done especially in charity events. When the return was under their expectations then they will feel sad or unhappy.
    As Rinpoche said, Dharma is a teachings to transform our mind to become bodicitta or selfless to benefit others without condition. Once we practiced selfless mind, our mind will not be affected by others people reaction.
    What will be my legacy? I think this is not really important to me anymore once I know Dharma teachings from Rinpoche.
    Thanks Datuk May for sharing to benefit more people.

    Jason

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

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

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

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

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this heartwarming article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 02:21 PM
    Its a heartfelt touching article of this faithful dog.Cannot imagine this ,such a wonderful relationship between that dog and the deceased owner.The greatest fear dogs know is the fear that we will not come back for them That i noticed from observing from my pet poodle.In this case this faithful dog knew his owner won’t be back.
    Dogs are loyal, patient, fearless, forgiving, capable of pure love and have feelings too.He must have missed the owner badly that he wanted to accompany the owner all the way to the resting place.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing. May that faithful dog ,continue to serve and well taken, love by the other family members.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 01:46 PM
    Werewolves are known to be mythical creatures found in fiction instead of lurking in the dark woods,In various parts of the world there were few cases who have gone down in history as real life werewolves Interesting to read it from these post..How far it was true or just legends.,no one really know . Many myths and legends surrounding werewolves .To become a werewolf, it is necessary to be bitten by a werewolf in their form at the time of the full moon. Thats what all of us knew from the movies and from fiction told. Reports of werewolf sightings continued even till this century but mostly in between 1428 and 1447 .The most recent sighting of werewolf sightings in 1972. was in Ohio .but eventually subsided .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these interesting article which i do enjoyed reading it,
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html
  • Valentina
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 01:11 PM
    Join our blog chat session this Saturday 11AM – 12PM (GMT +8) on the topic of:

    Twenty-Four Holy Places & Eight Great Charnel Grounds part 2 – (focus topic: Eight Great Charnel Grounds)

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

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/twenty-four-holy-places-eight-great-charnel-grounds.html
  • Jason
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 03:07 AM
    This year Wesak Day fall on 10 of May. This day is very special and meaningful to me because I will visit Kechara Forest Retreat(KFR) to join some meritorious event there.
    For me, Wesak is a day to commemorate Buddha Sakyamuni in three aspect( Birth , Enlightened, Nirwana).
    While we celebrate Wesak, we must remind ourselves to learn from Buddha teachings and practice it in order to gain attainment.
    Thanks Rinpoche and Pastor Seng Piow for sharing in order to create more understanding on Wesak Day.

    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/wesak-day-special-on-rtm-2.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 06:10 PM
    OMG! This is very touching. To see a doggie who never left go of his owner in spite of death. Way more powerful than many who proclaimed “till death do us part.” Just like the human, not all doggies are as loyal as this tear-jerking pet, but I truly believe almost all doggies offer unconditional love to the person who feeds and cares for them. Even when they are stray animals. There was a stray dog who will run two streets from the entrance of the “Taman” until the car stops in front of the house, just to greet me. You can imagine the warm and conviction in my heart that these beings are more than capable of loving than many of us, human! Thank you for this lovely sharing. I miss my doggie, Sherab.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 06:00 PM
    Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow, for this amazing sharing. There is no doubt about the ability of our Guru, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche. His incarnations have been compassionate and taken rebirth to return and spread the dharma so that sentient beings can benefit and learn some dharma in our short life.

    We shall never doubt our Guru; but must see that He is one with our Yidam and Protector, an attained being. Even if our Guru does not demonstrate clairvoyance abilities, we must never contest our Guru, for he holds the key (dharma) that can liberate us from eternal suffering in samsara.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-1-2.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 05:50 PM
    Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow, for the illustrated miracle story on how Rinpoche guided Cynthia and Marici away from danger through protector’s practice. The unseen exist, whether we like it or not. Some of them are malicious and have the affinity or karma with some of us. Hence they can cause harm and disturbance. By engaging in Protectors’ practice like Dorje Shugden and Setrap that have been practiced by the high lamas of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, we are protected and guarded against harm.

    Rinpoche is compassionate and only want the best for us. His teachings are not meant to show off the power of the divines but offer us a way out from our desperate samsara conundrum that binds us from engaging in deeper spiritual practice. Rinpoche always teaches us to focus on mind transformation and Tsongkhapa practice. How fortunate we are to have met Rinpoche in this lifetime. We must not let this rare and precious opportunity go to waste.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-12.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 04:30 PM
    Miracles do happen,when we have faith and trust in our Guru.What is important is to follow Rinpoche’s advice and do as instructed by our Guru to clear the osbtacles all the way.Angie and Herry were so fortunate to have meet Rinpoche.Its because of Rinpoche ‘s compassion and caring for his student Angie’s life was saved.Infact Rinpoche has helped many people through his intervention, advice and instructions.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing miracles stories which i enjoyed reading.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-2.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 02:45 PM
    WOW….interesting a miracles true story. Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing.Reciting mantras by family members and doing 20 pujas done at the monastery to help the baby. These proved that pujas, which have been done for hundreds of years in the monasteries are very powerful methods for us to overcome difficulties, create huge amounts of merit and for protection, good health and long life.This show us how powerful pujas can help us when we have trust and faith in our Guru.And with Rinpoche divination,the baby was born and now a healthy boy.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-1-2.html

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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini\'s blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves.
~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini's blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves. ~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
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His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
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: This picture says it all. Click on it to enlarge and read and please share.
This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one\'s death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one's death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin\'s dog Snowy!
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I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin's dog Snowy!
Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
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Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
 Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
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2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
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One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
 Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
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Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
Tsem Rinpoche\'s Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
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Tsem Rinpoche's Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
 It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and \'defeat\' the ones that hurt us because we don\'t become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
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It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and 'defeat' the ones that hurt us because we don't become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
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Tsem Rinpoche's heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin  Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
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Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
 (left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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(left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s good to be with kind and sincere people.
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It's good to be with kind and sincere people.
If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
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If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
My Mumu boy didn\'t want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
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My Mumu boy didn't want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
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This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
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This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn\'t move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
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I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
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March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
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Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
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March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
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More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
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Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
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This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
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I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
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Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
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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
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The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
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  • April 20, 2017 10:45
    Ronnie asked: Dear Rinpoche and Pastors, I'm studying abroad and very far away from home, seeking guidance and advice as I have no one else I can talk to about this. Please read with an open mind, I don't know where else to go for help. I'm pregnant and it's an unplanned pregnancy. I'm stuck between keeping it or letting it go. I'm young and having a child at my age in the society we live in now would be considered taboo. The father of the child thinks I should let it go because it may cause a setback to both our careers and cause major family issues. He thinks we aren't ready to raise a child especially since we're both still in university and his parents think badly of me even though they've never met me or tried to get to know me. I'm sure no one would ever have the heart to take away a heartbeat but it seems like it isn't the right time to have a child now and if we did go through with it, the child probably won't be able to have the best things life can offer looking at where we are now in terms of finance and maturity. I'm lost, confused and unsure what the right thing to do is now. Any advice at all would be helpful right now. Thank you so very much for taking time to read my story.
    pastor answered: Dear Ronnie, I’m sorry to read that you are going through this situation. I can understand that this situation is tough to go through. You are always more than welcome to come here to ask questions. May I suggest that you talk to either someone in your family or your friends to help you come to an appropriate solution? This is because, what you feel, what you are going through, will change from time to time and you would need someone to talk to, someone that you can lean on through this situation you are facing. Depending on where you are in the world, professional help can also be sought to help you make a decision, which will be the best option for you seeking help. From a Buddhist perspective, the taking of a life is not considered a positive act, therefore those on the Buddhist path, would normally abstain taking a life if possible. However, that being said, one must always weigh the decision oneself. Everything we do in life, necessarily involves karma both positive and negative. That is why Buddhists try to overcome samsara in general. Your situation is complicated because you are abroad, but if possible you should really open up to someone you are close to in order to help you through making this decision on a personal basis. When you talk to someone, whom you are able to express yourself more, you may able to come to better decision that is right for you. There may be other options open to you if you seek help. I personally know women who have been in similar situations. One of these women, let the child go and the other went through the pregnancy and then gave the child up for adoption. You may or may not have thought of this option, but it is one that could be open to you, depending on where in the world you are. Any decision we make in life, however big or small it may seem, has far reaching consequences whether in this life, or in future lives. This is just a part and parcel of life within samsara. However, we should weigh the decisions we make clearly given the situation we are in. We cannot always do this weighing ourselves, but need to talk about our options with others we can rely on such a friends, family or professionals. You should consider doing this, which will help you greatly emotionally, and may give you the grounding you need to make the correct decision for you. I hope this helps.
  • April 19, 2017 04:57
    Dongho asked: What is a nyung ne practice? According to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, it's a purification sadhana. However, what are the instructions for this? I'm guessing it's to Chenrezig, but how does it work? Also, from what I have read, Vajrasattva practice is only for broken vows while Akshobhya is for regular misdeeds. Does that mean one has to take the Akshobhya practice to purify bad karma from this life and previous instead of Vajrasattva? As for the purification practices, are some like Vajrasattva and Chenrezig only to purify the bad karma and let it come quickly or is it to prevent it from coming? I am confused in it. As for signs, I recited a mantra of White Yangchenma that a Sakya lama, Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche, gave me with the Sakya visualizations I read on, and after one mala, I heard some lady call my Korean name even though no one in my neighborhood knows of my name and my family members weren't in the area. What does this mean?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your questions, it’s nice to see you back here again. Nyung Ne practice is a purification practice that centres around Chenrezig. It is a very beneficial practice that stems from a holy nun named Gelong-ma Palmo. It is a two and a half day practice that can be repeated many times over and over again to intensify the purification and build a closer relationship with Chenrezig. As well as its purification aspect, the practice is known to generate vast amount of merit, and also compassion, as the practice centres around Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion. The practice involves taking the eight Mahayana precepts for the duration, fasting, meditating, prostrating and praying. The practice usually entails empowerment into the practice of Chenrezig, therefore the exact meditations, prayers can only be explained to those who have the empowerment. Vajrasattva practice is not necessarily only for repairing broken vows, etc. That’s why it is advised that you engage in the practice at the end of the day, to repair any vows that you may have broken during that day, as well as stopping any negative karma you created that day from multiplying. This would entail reciting the mantra 21 times, together with the four opponent powers. However, if you engage in this practice more intensely, it definitely has the capability to purify all sorts of karma. That is the reason why in Ngondro, or preliminary practices one engages in before tantra, the practice of 100,000 Vajrasattva mantra recitation is an integral part. You can read more about Vajrasattva and his practice here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/an-important-purification-practice.html. Within purification practices, some of the karma will be purified completely, so you do not feel its effects at all, but when purifying other karma you will need to feel its effects somehow. For example if you have the karma to be in a car accident and get seriously injured, and you are engaging in any practice, but especially the purification practice, since you have purified most of the karma, you will only experience being in a very minor car accident, with only very superficial injuries. Therefore, in this case, the karma has been purified to the extent that it does not affect you as much, but you still need to feel part of its effect. In regards to any signs that you receive which engaging in the practices given to you by one of your specific gurus, you should report the happenings to that particular guru. He will be able to give you more of an accurate answer, as it may be related to the particular practice that he gave to you. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • April 17, 2017 07:06
    Thomas asked: Dear Pastors, When a serkyem set has been used so much and one is ready to get rid of it and replace it with a new one. What is a respecful mode of disposal?
    pastor answered: Dear Thomas, Thank you for your question. Your question shows that you have a lot of respect for offering items, which is very good. If possible, you should try to repair the item if within your means, and doing so make embellishments to make it a better offering item, which can still be used. If this is not possible, then you should dispose of the item with a good motivation. You should think that this item has been used to make offerings to the enlightened beings, but now that it is broken or unusable, you are going to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. Since it itself is not a receptacle of energies of the enlightened beings, such as a statue, tsa tsa or thangka, it does not require a special dissolution before being disposed of. However since it was used to make offerings, it still requires some form of respect when disposing, and this comes from one’s motivation and the way in which you dispose of it. Usually, when disposing of items in this way, make the motivation that you have used it and that it is now time to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. When you do this you can dispose of it in a respectful manner. For example, if you are going to throw it away, you do not simply open the trash can and throw it in. You wrap it up in something, like a bag or newspaper and dispose of it respectfully. Another method you can dispose of it is to recycle the object, if the material it is made from can be recycled. That way you are more conscious of the environment as well. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 16, 2017 22:38
    Curious asked: Dear pastors In a recent youtube video something like paying respect to deceased ones, pastor Nirel Patel explained that merits are like the interest and good karma is like the principal sum. So merits always regenerate themselves and hence do not get used up but good karma is like the principal sum so it gets used up. So my question is what are practices that generate merit? And can we turn a mundane daily activity into a meritorious one? Maybe can you provide an example?
    pastor answered: Dear Curious, Thank you for your question. First, to clarify a point, in regards to good karma, you are right, it is like a principal sum in a bank account, but you take away from it when you experience something good in your life, and you add to it when you do good deeds. Merit on the other hand, once accrued never diminishes, therefore when something is based on merit, it is based on the energies of this never diminishing sum, which you could say is like interest. In short, the principal sum when talking about karma is always added to and subtracted from. However, when talking about merit, once you have it, there is no way to destroy it, you will always benefit from it. There are various ways to explain how to generate merit. I will explain a way that I find easiest to understand. In normal life, when we go about performing any sort of activity, be it ‘good’ or ‘bad’ we do so out of ignorance of the true nature of existence, and it is usually self-motivated. For example, we work our entire lives to generate monetary income, so that we have enough money, resources, and materials goods to be comfortable. This is self-motivated, but it is the accepted way the world works these days, and is part and parcel of being bound to samsaric life. On the other hand, the act of merit making can be categorised into three parts: i) motivation, ii) the act itself, and iii) dedication. Let’s start with motivation, when engaging in various virtuous acts, we should have the motivation that by engaging in the act, we have the motivation to alleviate the suffering of someone else, and that may we gain enlightenment so that we can benefit them in the future. The second is the act itself. The third is to dedicate the energy of the virtuous act to gaining enlightenment. These three are what make merit. This may be a little confusing, so let me give an example: giving help to a homeless person. Whereas in ordinary life, this is something praised as a very good deed, it does not create merit without motivation and dedication. In order for this to become merit, one must set the motivation that one is giving help to the homeless free of the eight worldly concerns, to alleviate their suffering and also making the motivation that you will achieve enlightenment for the sake of the person or people you are helping. Then after you have helped them, you dedicate the energy created to the spiritual journey towards full enlightenment to help all sentient beings, while at the same time benefiting as many sentient beings as possible on the way there. This transforms the act into not only a virtuous action but also one that generates merit. On the other hand, if you were to help the homeless without these, you are creating good karma, which although beneficial, keeps you bound to existence within samsara. As it is the goal of Buddhist practice to overcome the cycle of samsara, a Buddhist would want to generate merit instead of good karma. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 13, 2017 11:38
    D.A. asked: If Begtse Chan is not from Mongolia, what are his real origins or story exactly? And which lamas offer his empowerment? As for Manjushri Nagarakshasa, which lamas specifically offer his empowerment and practice?
    pastor answered: Dear D.A. Thank you for your question. Begtse, is also known as Chamsing, or Jamsaran in Mongolian. As mentioned in an earlier sharing with someone who also asked a question about Begtse, the practiced was introduced to Tibet from India by the translator Nyen Lotsawa, and is considered one of the main protectors of the Hayagriva cycle of tantras. According to the scriptures that derive from the Sakya tradition, who incorporated the practice from the translators, and in which tradition Begtse became a very important protector, Begtse in a previous life was born many eons ago. In that particular life, he was born as the younger prince in a royal family. His name was Drag Gye, and his older brother’s name was Drag Den. Over time both princes developed differing religious beliefs, to the point where they could not get along with each as they both held their own religious views strongly. As was the custom during that time, they decided to settle their differences through logical debate, with the loser having to convert to the winner’s religion. This custom was also prevalent in ancient India, and there are many stories of such debates occurring between the great masters of the past and those of other faiths. Drag Gye lost the various debates, but ran away instead of converting to his older brother’s religion. Drag Den caught him, and tried to punish him for breaking the rules of debate and going back on his promise. Drag Gye told his brother that even if he was killed he would not give up his religion, however if Drag Den let him go, that in the future when Drag Den became enlightened, he would protect his teachings. With that Drag Den let him go, and gave him a set of copper armour, a stick, and a bow and arrow. Drag Den also gave Drag Gye a new name: Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po. After this incident the two brothers never saw each other again in that lifetime. Many lives after that Drag Den was reborn as Prince Siddharta, who eventually became enlightened and is now known as Buddha Shakyamuni. Drag Gye, or Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po, was reborn in a cemetery in the North West direction. His parents gave birth to two eggs, one was a coral-like colour and the other was an agate-like colour. These two eggs flew high into the sky and reached the heavenly realms, there they subdued the gods. Then flying back down to earth, they subdued many nagas. Eventually they even came to threaten their own parents. The parents petitioned the Dharma protector Ekajati for her help, who threw her own staff (khatvanga) at the eggs, and broke them apart. From the coral-like coloured egg came a ferocious man with yellow hair, he proclaimed that his name was ‘Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po’. When he emerged he was wearing a set of copper armour, wielding a stick, copper sword, and a bow and arrow. From the agate-like coloured egg came a female who was blue in colour, her teeth were like shells, she had turquoise eyebrows, and her hair was made of fire. She emerged wielding a copper knife, ritual dagger (phurba), rode a terrifying bear and wore an intricate necklace made of agate and lapis lazuli. It was then that Ekajati once again took action, and subdued them, after which they became Dharma protectors. The male figure became known as Begtse, and the female as his sister. When you propitiate Begtse, his sister is automatically included and aids practitioners as well. As for which lama offer his practice and empowerment, most lamas do not advertise which teachings or practice they hold. Therefore you should respectfully approach lamas and ask them if they have the practice and can bestow it, or if they know of any lamas that have the practice, depending on how much you want to practice Begtse. Similarly, this applies to those lamas who have the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. However, this practice is included in the Rinjung Gyatsa series of empowerments. This unique cycle of teachings, includes all 4 classes of tantric practices, and includes the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. Therefore those lamas who have received the complete transmission, and have kept their commitments for this practice, are qualified to pass this on to others. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
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