Why is she putting the Dalai Lama down?

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Recently His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche had a series of conversations with a ‘supposed’ follower of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama on Twitter. When we look at the tweets carefully, we see that the messages Tsem Rinpoche received are exactly what other Dorje Shugden practitioners receive online on a daily basis. Tsem Rinpoche was very kind to tweet answers back [email protected] knowing many thousands of other people will read the tweets and it is a chance to clear doubts. It is for this reason we are able to post it here for educational purposes.

@roisinelder, a so-called supporter of His Holiness, who says she is an Irish woman living in the UK, and is not acquainted with Tsem Rinpoche appears to find it acceptable to be discriminatory against someone whom she has never met or talked with before. When we examine her tweets, we find that she seems to be quite harsh and judgemental in her opinion of Dorje Shugden practitioners. This even extends to statements regarding who His Holiness should love and accept and those he should not. His Holiness is Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion, therefore he actually loves everyone. Regardless of race, religion or gender, he accepts everyone. Do you think His Holiness would agree with her discriminatory statements?

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As Buddhist practitioners, shouldn’t we be more gentle, polite and respectful in our conversations with others, especially in the public domain? Would you start making assumptions about a stranger, repeating yourself over and over again, in order to push your views and beliefs on them?

As admirers of His Holiness, we should emulate his teachings of love, peace and tolerance, embracing diversity and religious harmony. To state that His Holiness discriminates people because of their religious beliefs is an injustice to all that His Holiness stands for. It is contradictory to say that His Holiness does not accept a certain group of people. To say such a benevolent and compassionate leader is prejudiced and biased towards a group of people and does not allow them to his teachings goes against his enlightened nature. Therefore, what @roisinelder says does not make sense. His Holiness is in fact tolerant, compassionate and fair.

What Tsem Rinpoche Says:

We should always respect the Dalai Lama. Sometimes we have a different opinion or view of religious practice than the Dalai Lama, but that does not mean we can disparage him, taunt him or disrespect him. We should always be respectful of him. And even the supporters of the Dalai Lama should be very careful in what they say.

1. They should not say that the Dalai Lama evicts people from his teachings because they practice Dorje Shugden, because this does not make him look like a benevolent, kind and compassionate person. I don’t think the Dalai Lama will evict people from his teachings because it does not represent a man of tolerance, peace and compassion.

2. We should not say that the Dalai Lama is afraid of broken samaya, or that people will break their samaya with him, or that if we break our samaya with him it will harm and damage him, because the Dalai Lama is a Buddha and he cannot be harmed. Those who have attained Buddhahood, who have the realisation of Emptiness and Shunyata, have ascended beyond samsara so they cannot be damaged by anything within samsara especially karma. Samaya has to do with karma; karma has to do with samaya. Therefore, if you were to say that if you have broken samaya you can harm the Dalai Lama, it is illogical.

3. To say that the Dalai Lama doesn’t like Dorje Shugden practitioners, that he segregates Dorje Shugden practitioners, that he separates Dorje Shugden practitioners, is actually highlighting to the world what is happening in the Dorje Shugden world but that doesn’t look very good. In their defence of the Dalai Lama, when people who are defending him say that “if you practice Dorje Shugden don’t come near him, don’t go near him, don’t go around him,” it actually makes him look very, very bad as though he is biased and prejudiced. The Dalai Lama is the King of Tibet; he is the secular and spiritual leader of Tibet for many, many years, and therefore all Tibetans including myself are his subjects. And because we are his subjects, we are devoted to him and we respect him. A subject may not always have to have the same opinion as the leader but we still respect him. From the side of the Dalai Lama, he will treat all his subjects kindly, lovingly and equally regardless of their religion. And whether I am a Christian Tibetan, a Muslim Tibetan, a Buddhist Tibetan, a Shugdenpa Tibetan, a Bönpo Tibetan or an atheist Tibetan, it does not matter because the very fact that I am Tibetan, I am one with the Tibetan nation and automatically a subject of the Dalai Lama.

4. In this way, whether we are Shugden Buddhists or whether we are non-Shugden Buddhists, we should never say things to defend the Dalai Lama in a way that actually has the reverse effect of defending him, which is to make him look very bad. So if you read this series of tweets which I engaged in with someone online, I am defending the Dalai Lama and I am a Shugden practitioner. This person is supposed to be a follower of the Dalai Lama, but everything this person says actually inadvertently makes the Dalai Lama look very bad. So we shouldn’t do this. Followers of the Dalai Lama and followers of Dorje Shugden should all come to terms and be gentle, kind, pleasant and compassionate, and respect each other and always talk with respect to each other. This is very important.

Thank you

 

Please do not say that we need to have samaya with His Holiness the Dalai Lama to attend his secular talks because those Tibetans who are not his students, or are Tibetan Christians or Tibetan Muslims see His Holiness as their secular leader and not necessarily their religious leader. They do not have samaya with His Holiness and they are allowed the same rights and privileges as any other Tibetan. They should be allowed to attend His Holiness’ public and secular talks and attend any secular events due to fact that they are Tibetans and not because of their religion. His Holiness will accept and embrace all his subjects and love them for who they are and as they are, regardless of their religion, economic status or background, because he is a benevolent, kind and compassionate leader.

If you keep saying that practising Dorje Shugden can harm His Holiness, that is contradictory and absolutely wrong because His Holiness is Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion who has been emanating for many eons to benefit sentient beings. How can the practice of Dorje Shugden harm His Holiness who is a Buddha? Nothing in this world or universe can harm him, not even so-called ‘broken samaya’ or a Shugden practitioner. Neither Dorje Shugden, any other being nor a negative spirit can harm His Holiness. Buddhas cannot be harmed and His Holiness IS a Buddha. To say that Dorje Shugden practitioners cannot be near him or associate with him due to their practice causing him harm contradicts the very fact that he is a Buddha.

This is the kind of persecution Dorje Shugden practitioners all around the world receive on a daily basis. To say that there is no ban, but to condemn others because of their religious beliefs does not reflect the compassionate nature of His Holiness as His Holiness teaches love, respect, religious tolerance and freedom wherever he goes.

Valentina Suhendra and Joy Kam

 


 

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Tsem Rinpoche did not tag anyone, and he has every right to use any twitter category (hashtag) that he prefers. Tsem Rinpoche was just doing his usual tweets when @roisinelder decided to send him an unpleasant tweet and make all accusations.

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@roisinelder has never met Tsem Rinpoche nor did she perform any comprehensive research about him and yet she attacked him vehemently and with such vulgar language. How would anyone justify such vulgarities? On what capacity does she have to pass judgement on someone else’s spirituality?

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@roisinelder was so desperate to find fault that she would even criticised Tsem Rinpoche for his decision to purchase a particular brand of mobile phone for others, which should be his freedom of choice to do so or not.
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In reality nobody has the right to intimidate anyone from using any of the hashtags on Twitter. The hashtag category does not belong to anyone, and everyone has the freedom and right to use it.
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Why did @roisinelder talked about passive aggressive behaviour? No one tagged her in the first place! She was the one who tagged Tsem Rinpoche and started her rude tweets.

Using vulgar language to attack someone on Twitter reflects badly on the attacker and his or her teacher.
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She justified her rude and vulgar language by further demeaning and belittling Tsem Rinpoche. She is here to glorify His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and yet her language and anger reflect poorly on the Dalai Lama whom she praised repeatedly. She should not sound so fanatical.
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@roisinelder’s ignorance is glaring in these tweets. Tsem Rinpoche is not part of NKT, has never been to NKT and did not participate in any of NKT’s past protests. In fact, Tsem Rinpoche has never said anything rude against the Dalai Lama.
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Why is it that people cannot share their thoughts on their faith? What law says that one cannot do so? She is infringing on religious freedom and openly enforces the ban. You can practice Dorje Shugden, but you cannot teach it. This is absolutely ridiculous!
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There are millions of Dorje Shugden practitioners and among them are all types of people, just like in any other religion. But to make sweeping statements that Tsem Rinpoche is taking Chinese money and that is the reason we practice is illogical and is a result of pure ignorance.
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@roisinelder has no right to insult the hard-working people of Kechara, who have sacrificed their time, resources and are committed to the Buddha’s teachings. She has no right to call them unqualified as they are beautiful and wonderful people. She has never met them. @roisinelder should not make sweeping statements about people she has never met. Kechara people are beautifully hard working, sincere and very kind.
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@roisinelder said that she is not fit to sit at the feet of the Dalai Lama. In reality, all humans are fit to sit in the presence of anyone including the Dalai Lama and have positive exchanges. We are all here to learn and share with each other.
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His Holiness the Dalai Lama is believed to be the emanation of Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion who has compassion and equanimity. Everybody and anybody can benefit from his teachings.
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@roisinelder said that the Dalai Lama is kind and compassionate. The Dalai Lama loves all beings, but there are still some people who are not worthy of this. Why are they not worthy to attend the Dalai Lama’s teachings? Buddha’s teachings are for everyone. The teachings are not meant for saints. Saints do not need the teachings. If the Buddha’s teachings are not for us, then who are they for?
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His Holiness the Dalai Lama has given teachings to the international crowd that includes atheists, Jews, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, Pagans, Shamanists, Luciferians, Satanists, Witches, Druids, Shintoists, Muslims, etc. Therefore, why is it that someone has to have samaya with the Dalai Lama in order to attend his general and secular talks? In other words, @roisinelder puts the Dalai Lama in a negative light and makes him look biased, sectarian or someone who just likes to segregate people. This does not reflect the Dalai Lama’s real character but she portrayed him in such a way.
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Please do not say that we need to have samaya with His Holiness the Dalai Lama to attend his secular talks because those Tibetans who are not his students, or are Tibetan Christians or Tibetan Muslims see His Holiness as their secular leader and not necessarily their religious leader. They do not have samaya with His Holiness and they are allowed the same rights and privileges as any other Tibetan. Excluding someone based on one’s faith or background is a bad reflection on a democratic leader, because as a democratic leader one is supposed to be fair. This would make the leader look unfair and narrow-minded.
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Why does everyone have to be the Dalai Lama’s students? Why can’t we follow our teachers without being segregated? Not everyone can or should follow the Dalai Lama and they can follow the teacher of their own affinity, karma and choice. Not following the Dalai Lama does not mean we do not respect him. We are just allowed our own choice of teacher and path and not be hated for it. Religious freedom.
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Tsem Rinpoche politely, patiently, and kindly asked @roisinelder to stop saying the following statements because they put the Dalai Lama in a negative light:

  • The Dalai Lama removes people from his talks
  • The Dalai Lama segregate his own people
  • The Dalai Lama accepts you on the basis of your religion

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@roisinelder was rude and argued without basis, proper research, and knowledge. On top of that, Tsem Rinpoche does not belong to an organisation that held protests against the Dalai Lama. Tsem Rinpoche has neither participated in any protests nor has he been to Nottingham before this. If someone chose to protest, it is their right and it is permissible under English Law. However, DON’T make false accusations against Tsem Rinpoche. In this manner, @roisinelder has displayed much ignorance and lack of research.
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In a democratic society, the leader should embrace all his subjects regardless of their gender, race and religion.
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There should be no segregation and discrimination in a democratic society. All subjects have the right to meet their leader regardless of their religious beliefs and backgrounds.
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Many Kecharians have studied, learned, practiced and engaged in retreats on the Buddha Dharma. @roisinelder has not done any research on what Kecharians have learned. Therefore, she has no right to criticize something that she is unsure of. In addition, she has no right to belittle the many students, volunteers and benefactors of Kechara Organisation who had worked so hard to study and build an organization that promotes learning.
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We are happy to know that the practice of Dorje Shugden is growing. Thank you for letting us know. It will continue to grow.
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Tsem Rinpoche is known to promote Je Tsongkhapa’s teachings & practices. @roisinelder does not even know who Tsem Rinpoche is and what His Emimence does, yet she falsely accuses Tsem Rinpoche and continues to put Tsem Rinpoche down with inaccurate facts.
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If there is no ban, Dorje Shugden practitioners should have the right to practice the deity of their choice but why would someone like @roisinelder degrade people for their religious choice ? In order to make an informed decision, this is the age of Internet and anyone can research online to obtain information relevant for decision-making.
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So is there a ban or no ban? Interesting that @roisinelder brings up this topic and uses the word “ban”. None of Tsem Rinpoche’s tweets in this conversation mention the ban. Clearly we can see there is a ban. The ban is unethical, unfair, undemocratic and should end.
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We are not familiar with NKT’s policies and decision-making. NKT have their own policies and they do not represent all Dorje Shugden practitioners. Therefore, it does not make sense for @roisinelder to group Tsem Rinpoche and other Dorje Shugden practitioners under NKT policies.
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Bodhisattvas who have reached high level meditative attainments like Avalokiteshvara and Manjushri cannot be hurt, damaged or affected by karma or anyone in samsara. Therefore, to say that the Dalai Lama is a high being and a Bodhisattva, and then turn around and say that he can be hurt is illogical. Even the Dalai Lama himself said that Dorje Shugden cannot hurt him. Please watch this video. Therefore, what is the reason for excluding a group of people from attending the Dalai Lama’s teachings? So why not allow everyone to the teachings?
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Stating that His Holiness the Dalai Lama can be hurt by a certain deity means that one does not have faith that he is the Buddha of Compassion, Chenrezig. Saying that Dorje Shugden practitioners need to leave His Holiness tantric initiation makes His Holiness appear bias.
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Not everyone has samaya with His Holiness and so this should not be the main consideration for people attending his teachings. Beside, there are Christian Tibetans, Muslim Tibetans and they don’t have samaya with His Holiness, but he loves them all equally. To say he does not because of your religion degrades His Holiness as being opposite of a compassionate all loving leader.
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@roisinelder twisted the argument back and forth for her own benefit. At first she said it’s “bollocks” that the Dalai Lama is a Bodhisattva and cannot be hurt. Then, she said he is Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara), a bodhisattva of the highest order and attainments, and cannot be hurt. Therefore the question remained whether the Dalai Lama can be hurt or not, since he is Chenrezig, a bodhisattva of the highest order? Then, she changed her tune again that the Dalai Lama cannot be hurt and he loves everyone. However, she also said that the Dalai Lama removed people from his talks and condemns people because they have faith in Dorje Shugden. She should not have said this about the Dalai Lama.
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His Holiness the Dalai Lama is Chenrezig, therefore he loves all beings equally without discrimination. To say otherwise would demean his enlightened status.
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His Holiness the Dalai Lama cannot be harmed by any practice since he is an enlightened being. Regardless of religious practice, he accepts you. If he doesn’t accept you, then how can he be enlightened?
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Everyone has the right to choose their own spiritual path. They can come to an informed decision after researching themselves.
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The Nobel Laureate is an example of peace and freedom; the Dalai Lama represents the highest thinking of human kind. Yet @roisinelder says she saw and heard the Dalai Lama ask Dorje Shugden people to leave a Namgyal Monastery teaching in 2006! How can that be? The Dalai Lama is tolerant and accepting of everyone yet she says that the Dalai Lama had asked people to leave. She makes him look very bad. It is sad to read her tweets. She should not say that about His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
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His Holiness the Dalai Lama is a benevolent spiritual leader of Tibet. It does not matter whether you are his student, a Tibetan Christian or a Tibetan Muslim; you can attend the function or teachings by His Holiness. Only His Holiness’s students should maintain samaya with him.
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@roisinelder said that His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the living incarnation of the Buddha of Compassion (Avalokiteshvara/Chenrezig) again. Of course we believe that. Since the Dalai Lama is a Buddha, he can never be hurt or damaged. For sure His Holiness cannot be hurt by anything, hence the samaya issue is nil. Please watch this video. So why is she worried about broken samaya (relationship) and that he can be damaged? This is impossible! Therefore, removing and segregating Dorje Shugden followers from his teachings is illogical. In fact, if Dorje Shugden practitioners are such ‘evil sinners’, then the Buddha of Compassion should welcome, bless them even more so and teach them so that they ‘change’, instead of kicking them out? She contradicted herself repeatedly, which is typical of a combination of anger and ignorant tendencies. Despise the sin and not the sinner as the saying goes. 
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She says she doesn’t segregate people and yet Dorje Shugden people should stay away! That is segregation! Jews should stay away from Nazi Germany. Blacks should stay away from U.S.A. and go back to Africa. Dorje Shugden people have no right to attend Dalai Lama talks, Australian Aborigines should be integrated at the loss of their unique culture and so on. In actuality, her statements is pure religious segregation. Segregation appears in so many forms and none of it should be allowed!
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Saying that His Holiness loves all beings but doesn’t like Dorje Shugden practitioners is very contradictory and goes against his enlightened nature. Dalai Lama loves everyone regardless of race, economy and religion. Therefore Dorje Shugden followers should not be left out.
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After Tsem Rinpoche repeatedly said that His Holiness the Dalai Lama loves us all and accepts us as we are and then @roisinelder say we CAN attend Lamrim teachings by His Holiness Dalai Lama! But she also said clearly that we cannot join in Tantric teachings as our broken samaya will hurt His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Then she says that perhaps Dorje Shugden people can join Tantric initiations by His Holiness Dalai Lama but we should ask first! She changed her stance yet again. When Tsem Rinpoche pointed out how her rude views on twitter, especially on her portrayal of the Dalai Lama is incorrect, she finally calms down and realises that she made His Holiness Dalai Lama look very bad.
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Now she said the Dalai Lama love and accept us for who we are but we are still not allowed in his mandala? His mandala refers to his environment. Why not? Why accept but not allow? This is illogical.
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We should not assume that people are not intelligent and do not have the ability to research information and make an informed decision, especially in this modern internet age.
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Now she says Tsem Rinpoche is well educated. Yes Rinpoche is well versed in Dharma. So why keep calling him ignorant? Certainly Rinpoche would vastly understand samaya, commitment, tantra, practice and Dorje Shugden than most people.
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All Tibetans regardless of whether they are Muslim, non-Buddhist, atheists, Dorje Shugden people, or Bonpos should be allowed to attend the secular talks and functions of the Dalai Lama. For many years, the Dalai Lama has played the dual role of a king, leader and spiritual teacher. He is a benevolent leader because he treats all his Tibetan subjects with equanimity. People should not say he segregates or otherwise. People should not say a certain group of people are not allowed to meet the Dalai Lama or attend his secular events. They should not say he has people removed from his talks because their religion is different than his [email protected] is inferring.
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Putting people down goes against the teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, which is to love everyone. @roisinelder seems to thinks that everyone who is a Tibetan Buddhist must automatically be a disciple of His Holiness.
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@roisinelder told people who practice Shugden that they are not allowed to attend the Dalai Lama’s teachings, and yet she said that there is no segregation! There is segregation, pure and simple and of all things, it’s based on religion. They are not allowed to his talks/teachings because of their religion. No other person according to @roisinelder is barred from Dalai Lama’s talks except Shugden people. Why?
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His Holiness promotes embracing everyone, despite race, religion and gender. It does not matter who we are, he loves us. To segregate anyone goes against the very essence of what His Holiness teaches. It is amazing how supporters, followers and students of His Holiness the Dalai Lama can be so vulgar, rude and ill mannered even in a public space. Just because they follow the Dalai Lama does not give them the righteousness over others to do and say as they like. No doubt the Dalai Lama is a great man and worked hard to benefit others, but in reflection to your admiration of him, you should reflect him better. For example if you represent Gandhi or Nelson Mandela to make a point to the opposition, when you are polite, kind and talk in a way that is non-aggressive and respectful, the impact is greater. Also we should not talk with so much anger. Anger for what? Certainly the Dalai Lama does not need anyone to defend him as he is the Buddha of compassion, Avalokitesvara.  It reflects Gandhi or Nelson Mandela better, if you are speaking for them for example, when you take on the manner of communication they espouse in their philosophies which is respect everyone including ‘enemies’. Hence His Holiness the Dalai Lama always asks us to forgive and be tolerant so we should reflect that if we admire him so much and especially if we are his students.

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It is truly sad someone like this person can degrade someone else with such harsh judgments. @roisinelder has no right to criticize another person’s faith, belief systems and religion and yet she does. When you don’t agree with her, she degrades you.

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Here [email protected] degrading Geshe Kelsang Gyatso regarding his qualifications. Again, everyone knows from his books what an eminently qualified Geshe and master Geshe Kelsang is. His Holiness the Dalai Lama in fact wrote a foreword to Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s first book prior to the unethical Shugden ban. In the foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, he addresses him as Geshe clearly. In fact, the founder and original head of FPMT, Lama Yeshe knowing the qualifications of Geshe Kelsang invited him to UK in the first place to his own centre to teach. What happened later is irrelevant. Lama Yeshe knew how qualified Geshe Kelsang is and invited him as they are from the same monasteries and nearly the same teachers. It was Lama Yeshe who introduced Geshe Kelsang Gyatso to everyone. Just because Geshe Kelsang refuses to give up his practice of Dorje Shugden he is not a Geshe anymore, expelled from the monastery and is a Chinese agent. This is clear how the Tibetan leadership uses threats, fear tactics and finally expulsion if you don’t do exactly as they say.

The late Lama Yeshe of FPMT invited Geshe Kelsang Gyatso to the United Kingdom. Lama Yeshe found him to be eminently qualified.

The late Lama Yeshe of FPMT invited Geshe Kelsang Gyatso to the United Kingdom. Lama Yeshe found him to be eminently qualified.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s foreword for Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s first book, ‘Buddhism in the Tibetan Tradition’. The Dalai Lama clearly referred to him as a Geshe.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s foreword for Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s first book, ‘Buddhism in the Tibetan Tradition’. The Dalai Lama clearly referred to him as a Geshe.

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Students are educated, they can read, they can do research and they can come to their own conclusions. There is no hiding the Dorje Shugden persecution whatsoever.

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[email protected] says His Holiness the Dalai Lama is a Buddha then how can Dorje Shugden (derogatory name of Shugden: Dolgyal) be not good for him? There is no good or bad as a Buddha cannot be harmed. Such unclear illogic. So can the Dalai Lama be harmed or he cannot be harmed? If he cannot be harmed then he is a Buddha and therefore practicing Dorje Shugden cannot harm him. So what’s the fuss and restrictions of Dorje Shugden practitioners attending his teachings? If he is not a Buddha and therefore he can be harmed by Dorje Shugden that would mean he is an ordinary person. If the Dalai Lama is an ordinary person, then he can make mistakes too. And perhaps the ban is a mistake. That is why prior to 1996 he practiced Dorje Shugden and also composed a prayer to Dorje Shugden. We are not drawing conclusions here whether the Dalai Lama is a Buddha or ordinary person but simply asking for a clear debate. A clear answer. We are [email protected] is switching the argument back and forth to win a point at the expense of so many people’s spirituality. When she cannot win the debate, she berates and uses derogatory language. You can see here the prayer to Dorje Shugden composed by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama who is no other than the Buddha of Compassion and has the wisdom of a Buddha and therefore cannot make mistakes. If he cannot make mistakes, the Dalai Lama’s prayer to Dorje Shugden is not a mistake.

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[email protected] is calling Tsem Rinpoche by more derogatory names. It is interesting, how when you don’t agree with them, they become instantly angry and belligerent yet they say we have religious freedom. They are telling you to follow the Dalai Lama who is the Buddha of compassion, yet their methods show zero compassion or tolerance or understanding. You don’t agree with them, and you are wrong-full stop!  What sort of religious freedom is this when you are berated for your choice always. Who started this. Of course the Tibetan leadership started all this and have their western converts carry on this unethical persecution of religious choice and freedom.

 

The amount of aggression, hatred, ignorance, anger and vulgarity His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is subjected to from this one @roisinelder is reflective of the lack of religious freedom he and millions of his compatriots do not have just because of their religious choice. Since 1996 when the unethical ban against Dorje Shugden started, many high lamas, teachers, meditation masters, monks, nuns have been thrown out of the monasteries forced to form their own. Some of them have lived in the monasteries their whole lives and made much contribution to the monasteries. The lay Dorje Shugden practitioners are forced to leave the Tibetan communities, denied public Tibetan services such as hospitals, schools, traveling documents. These are facts.

Now you think carefully. Dorje Shugden’s practice has been around for 400 years but it is only since 1996, it is suddenly banned. Then the wave of Western Buddhist converts like @roisinelder in the thousands speak against Dorje Shugden practitioners in such a negative manner. But prior to 1996, these Western converts do not know anything about Dorje Shugden. Prior to their conversion to Buddhism, they knew nothing of Tibetan Buddhism either. But why are they so vicious in their attacks? Who planted this in their minds. Who and what group in 1996 enacted this ban and started this whole hate campaign against Dorje Shugden followers? Someone riled up all these Western Shugden haters. In fact this is strictly a Tibetan affair and religious at that and it’s none of anyone’s business. You have to understand that in Central Tibetan Administration’s (CTA and they govern the refugee Tibetans in India) personal website (http://tibet.net/dolgyal-shugden/) they show clearly a section for ‘advising’ against the practice of Dorje Shugden. CTA is the de facto Tibetan Government but in exile and they have a whole section devoted to advise against Shugden practice and inevitable against Shugden practitioners. What democratic government would have a special section in their website devoted to ostracizing one form of spiritual worship within their nation and people? This would create civil unrest. No democratic freed people would put up with this. Then they like to say Dorje Shugden practitioners receive money from China to use Dorje Shugden to create schism within Tibetan communities. Very illogical. Dorje Shugden practice has been around for 400 years and suddenly after 1996, they are agents of the Chinese? But if Tibetan leadership did not ban Dorje Shugden, then there would be no talk of them being agents of the Chinese. For four hundred years, the most highest scholars, erudite masters, yogis and their followers practiced Dorje Shugden in the millions. The great Sakya and Gelug monasteries practiced Dorje Shugden and it is impossible for four hundred years the millions who practiced in Tibet prior to 1996 were all Chinese agents! Totally ridiculously flawed logic. Let’s have an experiment. Remove the ban against Shugden followers with immediate effect and see where the Dorje Shugden followers gravitate towards? China or Dalai Lama. Until the ban is removed, ignorant western Buddhist converts zealous against Shugden followers will never know the truth of the matter.

This blog post is not to target @roisinelder but to show the world how some people take religion wrongly and hurt others. This post is for strictly educational purposes and we have no intentions of offending anyone. But since @roisinelder has attacked His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche without any provocations, it is a good example to share with how many attacks we have suffered because of our religion via social media in this case. Not only Tsem Rinpoche, but also thousands of practitioners of Dorje Shugden have suffered violence, hatred, expulsion or some sort of segregation. This is happening now and it is still ongoing. This blog post is to highlight the sufferings of a group of people because of their religion differing from what is ‘accepted’. We sincerely thank the people of www.tsemrinpoche.com for allowing us this article.

The fact is simple, all should have religious freedom. These people who support His Holiness the Dalai Lama should continue supporting him and his religion but do not use him to spout hatred towards others. Do not hide behind the robes of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and then be so righteous and condemn others viciously.  This does not make the Dalai Lama look good at all. They themselves do not reflect His Holiness the Dalai Lama well at all. His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche and everyone on this website deeply respect His Holiness the Dalai Lama. If the Dalai Lama would allow, we would attend his secular talks. We all very much wish His Holiness well and a very long life always. We make prayers for this. This blog post is about the people who use the Dalai Lama’s name to spout venomous hatred and this should stop. His Holiness is a man of peace, love and is Avalokitesvara. We should not only defend His Holiness the Dalai Lama, but we should take his teachings to heart and be a gentler, kinder and more of a tolerant person as he has taught for half a century now. His Holiness the Dalai Lama teaches us to let go of anger, hatred and intolerance and we should do so starting immediately. We wish @roisinelder peace but we hope people like her would practice what they admire. Everyone deserves and should have religious freedom and all forms of religious worship should be accepted and no one should be intolerant of another’s faith. This is the 21 century and the world is a much smaller place and we all need peace and make earth a zone of peace. Religion can damage this peace if not used correctly. We should never use religion for creating differences, hatred and conflicts. May His Holiness the Dalai Lama be well, live long and continue to shine his light on us.

Sincerely,
Valentina Suhendra and Joy Kam

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  1. MartinC on Feb 9, 2017 at 3:57 am

    This comment by ‘Suzy in Hawaii’ left on Tsem Rinpoche’s YouTube is a clear indication that sentiments towards Dorje Shugden are changing for the better. Rinpoche has worked very hard to disseminate accurate information about the Protector practice and it looks like minds are shifting. Very encouraging development. See here-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4&t=11s

    Suzy

  2. shane Jayasuriya on Dec 12, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    Its sad to see and hear people have this kind of mind set.. some say they practice dharma but why mind set is like that..

  3. Wan Wai Meng on Dec 5, 2016 at 1:25 am

    It is a common occurrence, that anti Dorje Shugden think if they are ‘right’ they can do and say as they please, its almost like they can do as they please and karma does not apply anymore.

    I do hope, if people want to represent the Dalai Lama, they should represent him so that it does not tarnish the Dalai Lama’s reputation.

  4. Samfoonheei on Nov 22, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    We got to increase our faith and understand more before saying things that was not true and logic.Why is this lady Roisin Elder putting the Dalai Lama down. Everyone deserves and should have religious freedom .
    Respect our Master always whether we like or not to hear what they are teaching.Different Master have different view but we should not condemn the other as a Buddhist.Anger and ignorant is bad for our mind, will then creates problems to arise .Rinpoche always teaches us to let go of anger, hatred and intolerance.,be kind,loving ,caring and compassion
    Thanks you Valentina Suhendra and Joy Kam.

  5. TekLee on Oct 27, 2016 at 2:49 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing. It’s really sad to see some people with ignorant and hatred mind, they have no idea what they are attacking, who they are insulting and why they want to do this. Their attacks, their insults, are simply base on anger, ignorant, without any facts and evidence, and obviously, she’s confused.
    I learnt something from this blog, although I am not good at words and comments, but after reading this, I know when we attack something or someone, we must base on something relevant, train our mind calm, not to simply pick on individuals without any facts and evidence. And, it clearly can see some people who leave nasty comments on Rinpoche’s posts, are those don’t have dharma knowledge, don’t know the truth and facts, with ignorant and anger mind, or some maybe not even Buddhist.
    Thank you again Rinpoche for the sharing. It’s really an eye opener that, really got this kind of people in the world, that simply shoot and attack just simply based on their own feeling and anger. This show how ignorant are these people’s mind nowadays. May they all be blessed. _/\_

  6. Echeah on Oct 17, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    OMG, Roisin Elder does sound totally confused. She contradicts herself in her web of insults. She says the Dalai Lama is the Buddha of compassion and on the same breath, says he evicts people from his teachings because they practice Dorje Shugden and excludes them from his Mandala. Is she in his Mandala to be able to know that?

    She seems to claim to know the Lamrim and thinks that we don’t and says we should go read it. But her stand does not reflect the Lamrim, and does she know that the teachings of Tsem Tulku Rinpoche is based ON the Lamrim and Dorje Shugden protects those teachings? What is she talking about?

    She paints all Dorje Shugden practitioners with one broad stroke and uses the term NKT generically and negatively though we have no connection with them.

    She is so seething in hatred and anger, so blinded by ignorance and negativity, I feel sorry for her.

    But I thank Roisin for giving us more hits. And out of her vitriol, a whole dharma teaching has evolved. That is one positive outcome, thank you! At least it is clear how a true dharma practitioner should and should not behave and why we should not so quickly condemn and deprecate anyone in the public domain without basis as we then open up the state of our deluded minds for everyone to see. Not wise.

  7. Pavara Lam on Oct 3, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    I am really surprised that somebody who is so protective of the Dalai Lama can also be extremely rude and biased. I am pretty sure the Dalai Lama never told his students to be rude and self centered.

    Ms Roisin wasn’t just insulting a normal person, she insulted a highly attained Lama!! It was absolutely clear that she was in the wrong and yet she kept ranting on and on about the same thing over and over again.

    I really hope that Ms Roisin will seek forgiveness and not repeat this act again..

    • Valentina Suhendra on Oct 21, 2016 at 1:04 am

      Dear Pavara

      Thank you for your comment. I agree with you re: Ms. Roisin’s comment. She was very rude and extremely bias. However, the purpose of this article is not to pick on Ms Roisin as she is only one of many. It was meant for us to learn how to respond to criticism politely in a civilise manner :).

      Valentina

  8. Datuk May on Sep 18, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    It is such an honour to have HE the 25th Tsem Rinpoche as my Guru, as I read from this post Rinpoche’s graciousness and kindness in trying to correct the views of Roisin Elder who is twisted by anger and hatred and complete disrespect.

    It is sad that HE the 25th Tsem Rinpoche has to deal with such an example of complete vulgarities and rudeness just because of His belief in the Protector of this time, Dorje Shugden.

    Let us respect and honour Great Teachers whether or not we like to hear what they are teaching.

    This post also articulate the wrongful prejudice against Dorje Shugden practitioners.

  9. Choong on Sep 17, 2016 at 12:49 am

    This person is a natural “smartypants” but he or she can’t get away with it when faced with a trained logician.

    The article below I think quite accurately describes whomever is behind these evil tweets.

    “The problem with smart people is that they like to be right and sometimes will defend ideas to the death rather than admit they’re wrong. This is bad. Worse, if they got away with it when they were young (say, because they were smarter than their parents, their friends, and their parent’s friends) they’ve probably built an ego around being right, and will therefore defend their perfect record of invented righteousness to the death. Smart people often fall into the trap of preferring to be right even if it’s based in delusion, or results in them, or their loved ones, becoming miserable. (Somewhere in your town there is a row of graves at the cemetery, called smartypants lane, filled with people who were buried at poorly attended funerals, whose headstones say “Well, at least I was right.”)

    Until they come face to face with someone who is tenacious enough to dissect their logic, and resilient enough to endure the thinly veiled intellectual abuse they dish out during debate.”

    http://scottberkun.com/essays/40-why-smart-people-defend-bad-ideas/

  10. Sharon Ong on Sep 16, 2016 at 11:46 pm

    Thank you, Valentina and Joy for posting this as I learnt a few things that we should remember when engaging with anyone on a social media platform such as Twitter.
    1) We should ALWAYS be very careful with our choice of words and tone.
    2) Our Tweets should be of value and will bring some benefit to the readers.
    3) We must respect other’s views and agree to disagree.
    4) Good manners and kindness will never hurt.
    5) When one has insufficient knowledge or information, it is better not to post anything as it may not only reflect poorly on oneself but can reflect on one’s teacher or organisation.

    It is a shame to see someone who professes to be a practitioner, get on the religious high horse and talks down to another. By trying to impose his/her views on another via harsh and disparaging speech is itself one of the 10 non-virtues as pointed out so aptly by Bradley Kassian in his comment. What makes it even worse is that the person that the harsh speech is directed to is a man of robes and a highly attained one too.

    From this exchange between Rinpoche and @roisinelder, I feel that a healthy debate is a good thing when both parties engage in informative and educational exchanges in a friendly manner. However, when one party is using harsh speech and hateful words, it reflects not only his/her skills (or lack of) as a debater but also as a practitioner of whichever chosen religion. Actions of such practitioners are detrimental to not only himself/herself but also to the religious organisation (s)he belongs too and his/her leader/spiritual guide.

  11. Jennifer Yuen on Sep 16, 2016 at 11:42 pm

    Arrogance and ignorance at play together can be deadly. It shuts the mind from listening and using logic to analyse information received. Prejudice is what it becomes eventually. Roisin Elder claimed she read widely, but her replies did not reflect her knowledge. She is not just disrespectful to Tsem Rinpoche but many high masters who have acknowledged Rinpoche’s incarnation including HH Dalai Lama. I hope that she would come out of it. May this article helps us to learn to be kind to others regardless of situations and practice the precious teachings from Rinpoche.

  12. Sofi on Sep 16, 2016 at 5:43 am

    Wow! From this article two things stand out so glaringly…ignorance & compassion. Roisin Elder’s ignorance really stood out as she continuously go back & forth with her “debates” (I would personally say its more like accusations) without getting her facts right and wrong views. Comments by Bradley Kassian sums up so well how a practitioner should watch one’s speech and Roisin Elder would do well to heed his advice. She is a very good example of how important a qualified Guru is to our practice of gaining real wisdom and compassion. And I do pray that Lord Dorje Shugden will help her in his compassion that she does not continue committing such negative karma.

    Compassion is what Rinpoche had showered on her with his skilful replies to teach her real respect for the Dalai Lama. Rinpoche had so patiently replied to her although she kept throwing her wrong views at him in rude and vulgar accusations. If Roisin Elder had a Guru to guide her in understanding the teachings of real Dharma, then she would have realised the kindness of Rinpoche had for her.

    Rinpoche had always been respectful to the Dalai Lama from the very first time I saw him. He would put his hands together in respect whenever the name Dalai Lama was said by him or others. Although the Dalai Lama and Rinpoche may have differing views on Protector Dorje Shugden, our Guru had always taught us to be polite and kind in our speech in replies to attacks from others. Our Guru had given us the precious Dharma and being students, we should apply it in our practices as we are reflections of our Guru. We are most certainly not members of some cult as our Guru always encourage us to read and learn so that we gain more knowledge if not wisdom. In other words, we have the full freedom to learn and practice our spirituality and to remain in ignorance or to pursue higher attainments is our free choice. Our Guru loves us just as much and of course worry for our continual suffering in samsara. Why wouldn’t I stay with my precious Guru who has all the enlightened nature of a Buddha? Hey, with such a Guru, even if it is a cult, sign me up for membership, in blood if you need.

    Thank you Valentina and Joy for this article that brings to our attention of the accusations, abuse and threats that Rinpoche had to face every day. No one should be invaded and subjected to receive such vulgarity (I must say Roisin Elder was quite mild compared to some I saw which has the ability to make me cringe) on a daily basis, what more someone who is one with the Buddha like our Guru, H.E. the 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche. Thank you Rinpoche for your endless compassion towards all sentient beings and may you live very long to continue teaching and guiding us out of our self inflicted delusion and ignorance. _()_

  13. Bradley Kassian on Sep 15, 2016 at 11:55 pm

    Horrible, is all I can describe from the verbalizations coming from @roisinelder. Is this how you would treat your family, friends, coworkers, or kids? Disgusting display, on their part. This makes me feel very ashamed since I am a westerner myself. Coming onto someone else’s twitter page and trying to aggressively berate them is an action of an internet troll & a bully who clearly has too much time on their hands to spread hatred. Just because you have some set viewpoint and see things from your own limited understanding does not give you the right to harass another online or offline. How does their actions represent the Dalai Lama or his viewpoints? Would the Dalai Lama attack someone through this divisive/harsh speech which @roisinelder displayed?

    Want to get back to what the Buddha taught? Then please @roisinelder review what Buddha Shakyamuni taught. Right Speech is the third of the eight path factors in the Noble Eightfold Path. Buddha defined this in this manner: “And what is right speech? Abstaining from lying, from divisive speech, from abusive speech, & from idle chatter: This is called right speech.” – That is found in the Samyutta Nikāya 45.8.

    Buddha Shakyamuni went on to describe what constitutes right speech: “Monks, a statement endowed with five factors is well-spoken, not ill-spoken. It is blameless & unfaulted by knowledgeable people. Which five?

    “It is spoken at the right time. It is spoken in truth. It is spoken affectionately. It is spoken beneficially. It is spoken with a mind of good-will.” That is found in the Anguttara Nikāya 5.198.

    Buddha Shakyamuni goes on to explain again this concept of right speech in other sutras, one of which reads: “One should speak only that word by which one would not torment oneself nor harm others. That word is indeed well spoken.

    “One should speak only pleasant words, words which are acceptable (to others). What one speaks without bringing evils to others is pleasant.”
    — Thag 21

    Buddha again addresses Right Speech in the form of practice and reflection on what should be done before, during and after speaking. He does so in what is the Majjhima Nikaya : [The Buddha speaks to his son, Rahula:] “Whenever you want to perform a verbal act, you should reflect on it: ‘This verbal act I want to perform — would it lead to self-affliction, to the affliction of others, or to both? Is it an unskillful verbal act, with painful consequences, painful results?’ If, on reflection, you know that it would lead to self-affliction, to the affliction of others, or to both; it would be an unskillful verbal act with painful consequences, painful results, then any verbal act of that sort is absolutely unfit for you to do. But if on reflection you know that it would not cause affliction… it would be a skillful verbal action with happy consequences, happy results, then any verbal act of that sort is fit for you to do.

    “While you are performing a verbal act, you should reflect on it: ‘This verbal act I am doing — is it leading to self-affliction, to the affliction of others, or to both? Is it an unskillful verbal act, with painful consequences, painful results?’ If, on reflection, you know that it is leading to self-affliction, to the affliction of others, or to both… you should give it up. But if on reflection you know that it is not… you may continue with it.

    “Having performed a verbal act, you should reflect on it… If, on reflection, you know that it led to self-affliction, to the affliction of others, or to both; it was an unskillful verbal act with painful consequences, painful results, then you should confess it, reveal it, lay it open to the Teacher or to a knowledgeable companion in the holy life. Having confessed it… you should exercise restraint in the future. But if on reflection you know that it did not lead to affliction… it was a skillful verbal action with happy consequences, happy results, then you should stay mentally refreshed and joyful, training day and night in skillful mental qualities.”

    I confess my understanding is not on a scholarly level, but I strive to understand & practice the most basic pricinples Buddha taught. In the form of Tibetan Buddhism we have the condensation of all his teachings in the Lam Rim. It does not matter which Lam Rim book you look at each one of them sources the information they contain at the back, and what sutras the information comes from, so to suggest someone like H.E. Tsem Rinpoche or even Geshe Kelsang Gyatso limits what their students can read is wrong view.

    H.E. Tsem Rinpoche works tirelessly to bring dharma to all he can, and never saids anything bad about His Holiness the Dalai Lama. His actions of Body, Speech, and Mind always reflect and emulate what he wants his students or anyone close to him to achieve. To become better, kinder, more compassionate human beings. To develop loving kindness, bodhichitta, the full view of shunyata, equanimity, joy, patience perseverance, wisdom, to gain merits, and purify their karma. He has always been consistent in his speech, and dharma talks. He stresses very highly Lam Rim, longjong, and guru devotion. The fundamentals for attainments to arise, for without the Guru they would not arise. Every single teaching he gives he always encourges his students to analyze, discuss, debate, and most importantly critically think about the topic at hand, and then finally apply what was taught. Is that an action of someone who runs a cult??? For anyone that reads this please stop and reflect on that last sentence. I have seen repeatedly H.E Tsem Rinpoche accused of running a cult, but the actions he himself, and the Kechara Organization do are clearly the opposite in nature. Cults limit information, and social interactions through cocersion, threats, violence, shaming, and many underhanded methods.

    So to attack him on a social media platform over a simple hashtag and because of a particular practice given to him by his Root Guru, like that of the practice of Dorje Shugden who is none other than Manjushri/Tsongkhapa is wrong, it helps no one, and only pushes you further from enlightenment. Not everyone has samaya with his Holiness the Dalai Lama, but if we have samaya with another guru like H.E Tsem Rinpoche, or Geshe Kelsang Gyatso then we should do everything in our power to maintain clean samaya as it is the most precious thing we can have in samsara, for the guru can help liberate us by giving us teachings, methods, and practices that are only beneficial. So if anyone takes anything at all out of this long winded comment by me, then please watch your speech and practice Right Speech which Buddha Shakyamuni taught, and not slander, lie, defame, insult, or create divisive speech but promote a peaceful, harmonious, conducive, conductive environment for everyone, and especially the dharma. So it may grow, and flourish in this world and remain a long time. Do not attack monks, but keep an open mind. You never know, if you do, something good might stick. 😉

    • Valentina Suhendra on Sep 17, 2016 at 3:49 am

      Dear Bradley

      First of all, I would like to thank you for your comprehensive comment because it is a reflection on how much you appreciated our work. Tsem Rinpoche always welcome a healthy debate, but I have to admit that @roisinelder was using vulgar language toward Tsem Rinpoche and therefore she purposely tried to act like a bully and make Tsem Rinpoche looks bad. But I think she miscalculated something, she claimed that she represented the Dalai Lama and to have a lot of faith in him. However, her action showed that she does not have much faith in the Dalai Lama. And the fact that she was using vulgar language like calling Tsem Rinpoche a “spoilt brat” is making the Dalai Lama look bad. The following are some examples.

      There are indications that @roisinelder’s faith in the Dalai Lama is bogus. However, her action was on the contrary. If she did have faith in the Dalai Lama and believe that he is a Chenrezig, then why does she is convinced that Dorje Shugden can harm the Dalai Lama who is the emanation of an enlightened being. What sort of faith that she is having then?

      @Roisinelder made false accusation. Another note, she repeatedly claimed that Tsem Rinpoche is part of NKT and hate the Dalai Lama. Tsem Rinpoche definitely is not part of NKT and never speak badly of the Dalai Lama. There is nothing in his language that indicates Tsem Rinpoche is against the Dalai Lama.

      @roisinelder also think very lowly of Tsem Rinpoche’s students by saying Tsem Rinpoche has low intelligence and limited access to information. Another ignorant comment from her.

      I just think that it is important to post these exchanges between Tsem Rinpoche and @roisinelder to illustrate what Tsem Rinpoche and other DS Lamas are going through on daily basis as a Dorje Shugden practitioners.

      Valentina

  14. Paul Yap on Sep 15, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    I hope #roisinelder and people with similar mind set has learn new knowledge and information from H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s teaching. When we say we support HH the 14th Dalai Lama or claim to be his student, we should represent him well, because H.H. is a Bodhisattva, we should emulate his loving kindness and generosity. When we say we are a Buddhist, then we should act accord to a proper Buddhist conduct, hold our vows, watch our body, speech and mind. If we are matured enough to understand this and yet we still continue with the bad behaviour, with slandering, divisive speech and creating non stop schism, then these people are up to no good. It seems that they might have specific intention and task to damage others by repeating their bad behaviour day and night. Why are these people so malicious? Who hired you and what is your agenda?

  15. Vinnie Tan on Sep 15, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    Look at this tweet that @EnquirySelf wrote to Rinpoche about this post. It is just heart warming to see comments like this.

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  16. Lew on Sep 15, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    Thank you Valentina and Joy for composing this article. I agree with what is written in this article that many people make sweeping statements about Dorje Shguden practitioners are evil, cult and China supporter. They didn’t do their homework well by grouping all Dorje Shugden practitioners as NKT (no disrespect to NKT).

    Furthermore, this lady @roisinelder lives in the England who is supposedly born with the ceoncept of religious freedom, and yet she does not hesitate to launch vulgar and vicious attacks to someone she doesn’t know. From this, we can already see the amount of hatred that has been implanted to many people, and many are Buddhists(just like @roisinelder).

    Can you imagine that people become a Buddhist only to become have more hatred? Does it make sense? Why is it happening? Do people like @roisinelder even realise this fundamental issue? Buddhism is about getting rid of hatred and be kind to everyone, but people like @roisinelder become a Buddhist and they become more vengeful & vicious?

    I feel something is really wrong here, and we need to fix it very soon. This blaming of Dorje Shugden is really unhealthy for Buddhism as a whole, as it results in something that is totally against the Buddha’s teaching.

    Wit the recent video of HH Dalai Lama saying that He cannot be harmed by Dorje Shugden (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-f8GpxvfUA), I pray this is the start of the lifting of the ban, and people can all unite again.

  17. Fong on Sep 15, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    People will believe what they want to believe sometimes. In this case, this lady merely wants to ingratiate herself to the Dalai Lama’s group. unfortunately, she is ill informed and have no firm grasp of the situation that was propagandize by others.

    The Dalai Lama has always taught love and compassion and the middle way. The Dalai Lama is also the winner of the Noble Peace Prize and would be most askance at the hostile manner this supposed followers of his, is behaving.

    May I learn the dharma from my lama well and be able to apply it in my everyday life well as my most supreme of offering to my lama.

    • Valentina Suhendra on Sep 16, 2016 at 10:59 am

      Dear Fong

      Thank you for your comments. I think it is important to remember that the purpose of this post is not to pick on @roisinelder. She is one of the many self-proclaimed followers of the Dalai Lama, who think that they have the right to police others and harass those who opt to exercise their religious freedom.

      Not only they harass other people and make incorrect accusations on public notice board like Twitter, they also reflect badly on the Dalai Lama. Indirectly, they accused the Dalai Lama of segregating his own people. If these so called self-proclaimed followers of the Dalai Lama really care about him, they will stop using His Holiness’s name to police others and being so judgemental.

      Valentina

  18. Jen on Sep 15, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    I wish that Ms. Roisin Elder learns the good qualities of kindness and compassion from the Dalai Lama instead of blindly following Him. I hope that this debate would open up her mind and allow her to make deep contemplation as well as taking refuge in the Buddha, dharma and sangha in future.

    • Joy Kam on Sep 16, 2016 at 5:03 pm

      Dear Jan,

      Thank you for your comment and I am glad you see the illogical and rudeness of Ms Roisin Elder. There are many out there who have differing views with us, but it does not give us the right to be rude, judgemental and unkind to others. Worst still when you claim to be a fan of someone as holy as the Dalai Lama. It really paints His Holiness in a bad light because if this was the kind of people who follows the Dalai Lama, then one would wonder what is the Dalai Lama teaching and why does He allow such behaviours in his followers. I also hope she will calm down and from this realise how wrong it is to discriminate and infringe on other people’s spiritual choice.

      Goes to show there are many “blind faith” followers and not necessary real practitioners, unfortunately.

  19. Edwin Tan on Sep 15, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    Dear Valentina and Joy,

    Thank you for taking time to meticulously put up the twitter debate between our Guru His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche and Roisin Elder.

    Rinpoche has always been teaching us to answer with compassion and wisdom to haters of Dorje Shugden, to people who do not really understand the situation and persecution.

    From the lack of research and understanding of our Guru made Roisin Elder looked somewhat ill-informed.

    This persecution is real. The vulgarities, profanities, abuses, hate words are real. Drove Shugden practitioners are constantly facing these perils, and especially high Lamas [like Rinpoche] are subjected to harsher, worse remarks and snide.

    I do seek the understanding of those who do not know the real situation to learn more from Rinpoche’s blog or go to http://www.dorjeshugen.org.

    What these “fanatical” followers of His Holiness the Dalai Lama do not know is that constantly hurling abuses at Dorje Shugden practitioners only make HHDL look bad, as what your article clearly states.

    I wish for the best for the ignorants ones and for the lift of the ban soonest!

    Thank you.

  20. Chris Chong on Sep 15, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    From the exchanges of tweets, it is very clear that this lady @roisinelder have little understanding if the Dalai Lama and Dharma. She talks as if she knows it well but from her tweets I can actually see she know little of everything and acts like she knows it all.

    Her tweets contradicts with each other and her closed minded thinking is a clear example of ignorance. We should learn dharma with an open mind and not being stubborn on our own perceptions. Furthermore, using harsh words and vulgarities on a member of the ordained community shows that she has no respect for Buddha, dharma and Sangha.

  21. sonny tan on Sep 15, 2016 at 11:11 am

    From the twitter exchange between Rinpoche and this #roisinelder it is very clear that #roisinelder has very little knowledge on Tibetan Buddhism as well as tantric teaching. The beating around the bush exchange by #roisinelder is pretty annoying to read and Rinpoche is kind enough to engage #roisinelder and patiently explaining the matter in a logical way but apparently #roisinelder has shut itself in a dark corner and not open to a more intellectual level. I believe Rinpoche purpose is not to prove anything but helping #roisinelder clear the dark cloud that is hovering over the head.
    I would advise #roisinelder not to hide behind Twitter and be brave enough to come out and debate openly about the distorted and misguided misgivings #roisinelder mind on Tibetan Buddhism. If #roisinelder is afraid and not prepare to do so it only reflects on how small #roisinelder mind is and only revolving around on what #roisinelder believes to be right and not accepting others opinions.
    #roisinelder concept of the moon is square in shape and no matter how hard one may try to make #roisinelder believe that it is round the mind has already being put into deep slumber land and only #roisinelder can only make itself wake up and start to realize that daylight has arrived.

    • Valentina Suhendra on Sep 16, 2016 at 9:37 pm

      Dear Sonny

      Thank you for your comments. I agree with you that @roisinelder seemed to have shut herself on an intellectual level and not open to an intellectual discussion. She also seemed to have a very low opinion of the intelligence level of Tsem Rinpoche’s students by implying that we have been influenced blindly by our teacher.

      In truth, Rinpoche always advised us to study and learned as much as we can to increase our faith and understanding. When I was first introduced into Dorje Shugden practice, Rinpoche encouraged me to research about Dorje Shugden myself because only with understanding my faith will be stronger. It is amazing that someone like @roisinelder who does not know much about Tsem Rinpoche and Kecharians can make such a degrading comments about us.

      @roisinelder is definitely not a good reflection of the Dalai Lama.

      Valentina

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  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Apr 29. 2017 03:09 PM
    Interesting info and article about werewolves. I never knew about its origins and the various wolves existence until I read this. I have thus far know about werewolves only from the movies and the famous twilight show. But one thing I noticed from the articles is the gruesome manner in killing the person (or suspected werewolves). Some were cursed to be a werewolves. There just so much anger, violence and killing in the whole process, which probably the reason why werewolves are known to kill and hurt human and other animals.

    Anyway, whether we believe the existence of werewolf is true or not, I believe that there are other forms of beings in world. And we should not handle or deal with other beings with violence and anger.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html#comment-744320
  • Lin Mun
    Friday, Apr 28. 2017 04:00 PM
    Everything we offer to Buddha is a form of mind transformation and practise our mind to be focus even when doing water offering. When pouring the water into the bowl we have to recite Om Ah Hum (3 times), think positively and pouring it slowly so it does not spill and leaving the space of a grain of rice before reaching the top. After offering we also have to clean the bowls properly without leaving stain. All this is to train our mind.

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

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

    Jason

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

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

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

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

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this heartwarming article.

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

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

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

    Jason

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

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

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

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-1-2.html

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
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One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini\'s blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves.
~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini's blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves. ~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
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His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one\'s death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one's death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin\'s dog Snowy!
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I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin's dog Snowy!
Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
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Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
 Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
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Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
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Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
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This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
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I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
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Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
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Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
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The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
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Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
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My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
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February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
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  • 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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Germany 112,916
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Mexico 37,891
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Ireland 32,208
Japan 31,944
Vietnam 29,082
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