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 to @roisinelder 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 as @roisinelder 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 is @roisinelder 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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Since @roisinelder 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 saying @roisinelder 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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Now @roisinelder 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. Valentina Suhendra on Oct 22, 2017 at 11:17 pm

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  2. 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

  3. 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..

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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. _/\_

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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/

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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. _()_

  14. 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

  15. 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?

  16. 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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  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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
    Sunday, Oct 22. 2017 08:38 PM
    It is very sad for the Tibetan in exile that after 60 years they are still refugees and not able to have a good environment to develop in any sense. The question is why isn’t the governing body (Central Tibetan Administration) whom has been receiving helps from other countries been able to help the Tibetan in exile in getting good education and get them out of the vicious cycle ? Above article clearly shows that Tibetan living in other countries were given the opportunity to learn and freedom to develop ones talent. I hope the Tibetan in exile understand their position and stand up to fight for their rights and freedom.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/why-are-these-tibetans-successful-without-the-cta.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Oct 22. 2017 05:19 PM
    Very touching…….farmer and his cow for 23 years through thick and thin .A special bond between them even when separated to retirement home we can see how much tears flowing the two of them. True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils.
    After the cow was sent to the retirement home, the cow refused to eat for 3 days till the owner came to show up again. Amazing the cow started eating after met up the farmer. There must be a direct relationship between these two of them.
    Animals have feelings too ,and they needs our care ,love aswell.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/so-touching-you-will-cry.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Oct 22. 2017 05:18 PM
    Is really heart breaking to watch this video ,how horrible and sad how those chickens, turkeys ,cows, cattle ,pigs and died suffering so much pain and abused. I almost in tears how can the slaughter men did it…..so cruel. The chicken is the worst abused animals ,suffered cramped, bitten by the owner before been slaughtered. Having the throat slit alive or scalded alive.
    Cattle horn were piled off, injuries on them left alone. Thousands of cows or cattle were not able to walk before going to the slaughtered house. Pigs suffered the same faith, throw against the wall. Many pigs suffered injuries and so forth. Those who are so sick and cannot made to the slaughtered house were shot dead. Some are burned alive.
    Choose vegetarian ,live healthy and safe those poor aniamals.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/please-watch-leave-your-thoughts-in-comments-for-me.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Oct 22. 2017 05:15 PM
    What I heard is more than the 9;s…. 3 and 6 too from old folks many years back. I was warned on these ….year we odd to be careful and so forth. All those black years has passed by me with up and down. I do not believed of such myth and I don’t quite actually remember much and try not to remember as it’s the past. I have let go all ,just looking forward and now I am glad to have Rinpoche to thank for having learn and practice Dharma. Every day is a new day for me ,learning new knowledge from Rinpoche blog.
    Thank you Datuk May for sharing your thoughts of the 9’s.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/a-blind-corner-at-each-decade.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Oct 22. 2017 05:14 PM
    Wonderful platform for Rinpoche to share with more people having an account of FB. From there they can have live streaming to express each individual opinion on certain interesting subject. Having these live streaming Rinpoche did a lot of sharing with people of different walks of life ,his biography, his spiritual journey, meeting his Guru and on the practice of Dorje Shugden .It s a powerful way to spread Dharma knowledge through social media. It can be shared by many and since the video is saved ,the viewer could see from time to time to get a better understanding .
    These live streaming lasted for 3 hours with many beautiful comments.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing. We love HH Dalai Lama and we love Dorje Shugden ..Please resolve the Dorje Shugden issue as soon as possible. and please end the suffering, segregation and prejudice.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/h-e-tsem-rinpoches-first-live-streaming.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Oct 21. 2017 09:30 PM
    This is great move by Gucci and I hope it will encourage more brands to follow suit. We do not need to have animals fur on our body to look pretty and to prevent us from cold. We have many options. Choose one that does not harm and bring suffering to other beings.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/do-you-know-what-gucci-did.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Oct 21. 2017 09:22 PM
    This is horrible and it is a shame that we human can do such actions that bring tremendous pain to the animals. We should stop using leather products and this will directly stop the demand of leather goods. I hope authority of respective country will implement rules to protect animals welfare. It is only when there are laws that people will stop such act.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/where-does-leather-come-from.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Oct 20. 2017 10:04 AM
    Interesting someone like Rob Lowe a famous actor actually told he came face-to-face with Bigfoot was with his two sons .No proof and details given to support his encounter. Whether for publicity his coming show no one knows. He was filming his new paranormal documentary series when he said he saw it. It does not matter at least it helps to raise awareness of that Bigfoot do exist. Good in way more people will come to accept it and will further investigate its existence of Bigfoot. It also encourages people to start thinking broadly of possibilities.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/rob-lowe-face-to-face-with-bigfoot.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Oct 20. 2017 10:03 AM
    Well,I have read news of Bigfoot sightings in the jungles of southern Malaysia before years back. Interesting as our country do have the sighting of Bigfoot too.It seems that Bigfoot can be found anywhere in this world. To many people, Bigfoot is the stuff of nightmarish folklore. Described by hundreds of alleged eyewitnesses as an ape-like creature that stands nearly eight feet tall. There is a number of sighting by the locals and may be linked to environmental changes and the shrinking jungle. This has attracted world attention, having teams from different countries and our local government as well. The research scientists, has been trying to verify Bigfoot’s existence so far none has really performed intensive research on this matter. Historical records show eight claimed sightings of enormous apemen or Bigfoot or oversized apes. Despite numerous sightings, photos and footprints , there has never been conclusive proof that these creatures exist in Malaysia.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these interesting article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/bigfoot-in-malaysia.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Oct 20. 2017 10:02 AM
    Alarming height and shocking to know there is microplastic contamination in our drinking water after scientific investigation has discovered that.
    Glad to know scientists are doing more for research on the implications for health. At least we could know more knowledge and more aware of all plastics fibres in our tap water. All this while we have been drinking . Scientists warn microplastics are so small they could penetrate organs. That is bad for our health. Plastic fibres have infiltrated the drinking water of cities and towns all over the world. Our oceans are littered with plastic, which is killing whales and other marine mammals, and contaminating fish. Previous studies have shown when people eat seafood, they are also eating high levels of microplastics, not to mention taking in a lot of mercury as well
    Many people have involved to make a change for a better environment for the generation to come. Educating the people from school children to the people on the streets the safest ways of garbage disposal will be a wonderful start. We should all take responsibility to care for the environment and help raise awareness.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/do-you-know-what-you-are-drinking.html
  • Alice Tay
    Friday, Oct 20. 2017 01:51 AM
    In Buddhism, before become an enlightened beings, all living beings have to experience the suffering in taking rebirth for many lifetimes and each of the rebirth, we must have father and mother. It is possible that our previous lifetime’s father and mother have taken rebirth in other forms such as animals, hungry ghosts and etc in this lifetime. Due to this reason, we should love and treat all sentient beings well as everyone might once been our father or mother in the previous life. We owe them kindness and therefore we should practice dharma and help to liberate them from suffering and lead them to enlightenment.

    I am extremely grateful that I meet and learn dharma from Rinpoche. Rinpoche’s skilful means teachings let me understand that I should not only care about myself, my family and friends but to be kind and compassion to everyone around me. Rinpoche reminds and encourage us to do our commitments and daily sadhana. Later, I realized that when we do prayers, sadhana or pujas, we must begin with Taking Refuge in the Three Jewels and followed by recitation of the Four Immeasurables. Through this practice, it is actually to help us to set a good motivation and generate our Bodhicitta for the benefit of all sentient beings.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/five-ways-to-love-more-by-tsem-rinpoche.html
  • Lin Mun
    Thursday, Oct 19. 2017 10:27 PM
    Rinpoche’s blog has so many interesting topics and articles. Be it heavy and technical or light such as traveling tips, all are very useful and informative to the readers. I appreciate Rinpoche and writers team hardwork in giving us vast information and opportunity for us to learn and improve our dharma knowledge.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/i-am-honoured.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Oct 19. 2017 11:04 AM
    Wow …such a unique island called Socotra which i did not know before or come across . Everything from trees to flowers looks so unique. A place home to a panoply of strange plants and animals uniquely which adapted to the hot, harsh, windswept island. The landscape of this remote Socotra Island looks as if it comes from a sci-fi film.
    From what I see through the pictures this Socotra Island, looks more like Alien place. It’s truly unlike any place on earth and is also called the ‘Lost World ‘ to some of the tourist. I did some research on this island .
    It seem over millions of years, the isolated island in the Arabian Sea has cultivated a unique biodiversity unlike anywhere else on Earth. Twisted dragon’s blood trees and bulbous bottle trees have made Socotra a place of legends, feared by sailors throughout history and believed by some to be the site of the original Garden of Eden.
    Now it seem to be a tourist attraction in Yemen after when UNESCO named it as World Natural Heritage Site in 2006. Its wonderful news as UNESCO recognizes the importance of preserving the island.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these unique island with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/socotra-island.html#comment-753145
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Oct 19. 2017 11:03 AM
    Beautiful sacred painting by Rinpoche. Amazing to know RInpoche as a small kid is so talented in drawing and painting . Yet after so many years the painting still looks good condition. Such a beautiful White Tara painting and now Rinpoche still paints.
    Wow interesting stories behind the scared painting of the powerful white Tara. When we have trust and faith that’s how these powerful Tara will help us.
    Thank you for sharing with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/sacred-painting.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Oct 19. 2017 11:02 AM
    The two beautiful Yeti painting comes a long way from Nepal with love to Malaysia .Specially for Rinpoche……such a beautiful gift and unique .. Knowing Rinpoche like Bigfoot so much. Every gift which is given, even though it be small, is in reality great, if it is given with affection. It is not the gift but the thought that counts.
    Rejoice for Mitra Poudel and Khom Thapa
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these beautiful paintings.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/yeti-bigfoot-sasquatch/from-nepal.html

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Whatever we can do to spread the teachings of our Guru, we should do so.
 These three (Dharma, Oser and Mumu) are super adorable.
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These three (Dharma, Oser and Mumu) are super adorable.
Beautiful Vajra Yogini print.
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Beautiful Vajra Yogini print.
Beautiful and holy new statues arrived to Kechara Forest Retreat. Please enjoy the pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146950
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Beautiful and holy new statues arrived to Kechara Forest Retreat. Please enjoy the pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146950
Beautiful old thangka of Buddha Nageshvaraja
yesterday
Beautiful old thangka of Buddha Nageshvaraja
Dear friends, This meme is powerful. Who you hang around with and the types of attitude they have is who you will be influenced by many times and who you will become in the future. Look at your friends and the people that always surround you to know who you will become. Tsem Rinpoche
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October 2017, His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal graciously reading our Kechara album and updates as presented by Beng Kooi and Martin. He was very pleased with our progress and offers his blessings. Tsem Rinpoche
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October 2017, His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal graciously reading our Kechara album and updates as presented by Beng Kooi and Martin. He was very pleased with our progress and offers his blessings. Tsem Rinpoche
His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche grants audience to Beng Kooi and Martin in France.  Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
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His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche grants audience to Beng Kooi and Martin in France. Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
Recently Beng Kooi and Martin on behalf of myself and Kechara was lucky to have audience with His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He lives in around Paris, France. His Holiness is 91 years old and very healthy and alert. He was the 101st throne holder for Tsongkapa and was the head of the Gelugpa school of Buddhism and was very successful during his tenure. He is a strong practitioner of both Sutra and Tantra of Je Tsongkapa\'s tradition and a master of all Buddhist knowledge. He holds steadfast to his protector Dorje Shugden very strongly. So we can see even the highest throneholders who are masters of Sutra and Tantra also practices Dorje Shugden knowing the benefits.

Beng Kooi and Martin brought photo albums of Kechara Forest Retreat/Kechara and updates on Kechara and our works. His Holiness was very pleased to listen and offered some gifts back. 

This is a beautiful picture and the great blessings bestowed on us from His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.

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Recently Beng Kooi and Martin on behalf of myself and Kechara was lucky to have audience with His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He lives in around Paris, France. His Holiness is 91 years old and very healthy and alert. He was the 101st throne holder for Tsongkapa and was the head of the Gelugpa school of Buddhism and was very successful during his tenure. He is a strong practitioner of both Sutra and Tantra of Je Tsongkapa's tradition and a master of all Buddhist knowledge. He holds steadfast to his protector Dorje Shugden very strongly. So we can see even the highest throneholders who are masters of Sutra and Tantra also practices Dorje Shugden knowing the benefits. Beng Kooi and Martin brought photo albums of Kechara Forest Retreat/Kechara and updates on Kechara and our works. His Holiness was very pleased to listen and offered some gifts back. This is a beautiful picture and the great blessings bestowed on us from His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
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This is so powerful. It is a must read and must share.
Beng Kooi meeting with the scholar and teacher Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen has been very active and you can see his youtubes in Tibetan speaking about the benefits of Dorje Shugden practice. He is a direct student of Trijang Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche.
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Beng Kooi meeting with the scholar and teacher Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen has been very active and you can see his youtubes in Tibetan speaking about the benefits of Dorje Shugden practice. He is a direct student of Trijang Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche.
Martin meeting with Gen Tashi. Gen Tashi is a very devoted and committed activist of Dorje Shugden\'s cause. He is tireless in speaking for the truth. They enjoyed sharing some time together.
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Martin meeting with Gen Tashi. Gen Tashi is a very devoted and committed activist of Dorje Shugden's cause. He is tireless in speaking for the truth. They enjoyed sharing some time together.
Martin meeting with the well known strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist and scholar Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe lak was very happy to meet Martin and shared so much wonderful information. Beautiful meeting.
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Martin meeting with the well known strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist and scholar Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe lak was very happy to meet Martin and shared so much wonderful information. Beautiful meeting.
Beng Kooi meeting with friend and strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist Gen Tashi
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Beng Kooi meeting with friend and strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist Gen Tashi
Another stunning digital print art of Dorje Shugden from an artist in Peru. Tsem Rinpoche
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Another stunning digital print art of Dorje Shugden from an artist in Peru. Tsem Rinpoche
This beautiful Dorje Shugden is from an artist in the Ukraine. Tsem Rinpoche
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This beautiful Dorje Shugden is from an artist in the Ukraine. Tsem Rinpoche
Please never get tired of speaking for those who do not have a voice. If we can alleviate their pain or try our best, why not? Thank you all so much. Tsem Rinpoche
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Please never get tired of speaking for those who do not have a voice. If we can alleviate their pain or try our best, why not? Thank you all so much. Tsem Rinpoche
Pastor Antoinette of Kechara arranged a Malaysian artist to paint this special Dorje Shugden painting conceptualized by myself. She oversaw the process and completed it. Wonderful beautiful Dorje Shugden Malaysian style by Malaysian artist. Tsem Rinpoche
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Pastor Antoinette of Kechara arranged a Malaysian artist to paint this special Dorje Shugden painting conceptualized by myself. She oversaw the process and completed it. Wonderful beautiful Dorje Shugden Malaysian style by Malaysian artist. Tsem Rinpoche
Sometimes after my prayers, reading on sasquatch is relaxing. Tsem Rinpoche
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Sometimes after my prayers, reading on sasquatch is relaxing. Tsem Rinpoche
This gorgeous outdoor bronze Buddha is in Korea. Would be lovely to pay homage to Him there.
3 weeks ago
This gorgeous outdoor bronze Buddha is in Korea. Would be lovely to pay homage to Him there.
Beautiful old vintage photo of Kamakura Buddha in Japan. I had the good fortune to visit this holy Buddha a few years back. I do hope I can go again with some students. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful old vintage photo of Kamakura Buddha in Japan. I had the good fortune to visit this holy Buddha a few years back. I do hope I can go again with some students. Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche with Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during the Medicine Buddha festival.
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Tsem Rinpoche with Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during the Medicine Buddha festival.
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This is a unique thangka of Pelden Hlamo with Dorje Shugden and Setrap and Nechung. Of course they all get along unlike what Tibetan leadership likes to say they don't get along. All enlightened beings get along with other enlightened beings and unenlightened beings. Enlightened beings have no karma to not get along with others. Tsem Rinpoche
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How would you like to get one piece of this beautiful piece of art?
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I always like my rooms to smell clean, fresh, woodsy and a bit like the forest. my favorite types of essential oils to burn daily or as an offering to the Buddhas are Juniper, Cypress, Black Spruce, Peppermint and sometimes Rosemary. I like the smell of the forest, woods and wooded areas very much. I've been using essential oils in my rooms for years. I don't necessarily purchase the brand you see in the picture as I buy any brand as long as it's made naturally. Tsem Rinpoche
In the bitter coldness of Yachen Gar, Tibet, several nuns are practicing meditation. You can see many small single \'huts\' in the background. They do this yearly and throughout the year. It is very inspiring to see people practice even under extreme conditions because they realize how samsara is so full of deceptions. Praise to the Dharma that liberates us with truth and practice. Tsem Rinpoche
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In the bitter coldness of Yachen Gar, Tibet, several nuns are practicing meditation. You can see many small single 'huts' in the background. They do this yearly and throughout the year. It is very inspiring to see people practice even under extreme conditions because they realize how samsara is so full of deceptions. Praise to the Dharma that liberates us with truth and practice. Tsem Rinpoche
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More than you have....
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The holiest place for the spiritual seeker is where our guru abides. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful flowers offered on my shrine to Sacred Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is my favorite image of Lord Manjusri. I had this exact same image as a kid in the 1980's and treasured it very much. Tsem Rinpoche
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I love this idyllic painting of a beautiful Buddhist temple in a small town with foliage, natural, blue skies and country living. I can definitely live in this type of environment any time. I love living near nature. I wish I can go inside this picture to start living there now. Tsem Rinpoche
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Another gorgeous Byzantine style painting. As the crowd is lead to the hill of light, atop the hill is St. Dorje Shugden ready to give rest to the weary. And hope to the hopeless and help to the helpless. Tsem Rinpoche
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Ms Gerbrick was a very special person in my childhood. When I finally found her again, I had lost her - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144296
I just did another one. See how it\'s done-
 http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144259
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I just did another one. See how it's done- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144259
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One of my sketches just finished. Tsem Rinpoche
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More of my drawings. Tsem Rinpoche
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Plse click on this and read and share. Important thoughts regarding our teacher. Tsem Rinpoche
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The stupa dedicated to the great Changkya Rolpai Dorje in 5 peaks of Manjushri - China. Changkya Rolpai Dorje was one of the previous life of His Holiness Pabongka Rinpoche. In that life, he was the imperial tutor to the Emperor of China. Photo from Karen Chong
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Learn a new word and see what Fauvism means here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=143633
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  • October 18, 2017 23:32
    Yen asked: Dear pastor, I am married but have not been blessed with a kid after several years. How can I overcome the pain I am going through? I also like to ask u for guidance to help someone dear to me who have met with an accident and in vegetative state. How do I help the friend suffer less? What can I do to help her overcome this obstacle in life even when doctor seems to have given up hope?
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear Yen, Thank you for your question. I am very sorry to hear of your situation and that of your friend. One thing we need to remember is that the Buddha explained to us how karma works. Everything we experience in life, whether good or bad is due to our actions previously in this life and previous lifetimes. While this may sound unfair in that we need to experience the results of something that we do not remember doing, this is the way samsara exists. They only way to be free of this type of suffering is to attain enlightenment, the state of a Buddha. That being said, we all need help in our daily life, and that is where deity practice can help us. In order to overcome the pain you are going through, may I suggest that you engage in the Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa. You can find an excellent commentary by His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/tsongkapas-daily-practice-video-commentary.html. You can find the prayers to recite here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/sadhana-prayers.html#19. There is also a practice box set dedicate to Lama Tsongkhapa, which you can order online here if you wish: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/tsongkhapa-boxset-english Lama Tsongkhapa is the emanation of Manjushri, the Buddha of wisdom; Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion; and Vajrapani, the Buddha of skilful means. As such the practice is extremely powerful and is well-known to help people heal psychical pain, but more importantly the sufferings felt in the mind. You can concentrate on the recitation of the Mig Tse Ma mantra and beseech Lama Tsongkhapa to help ease your suffering. He will surely help. His practice is known for relieving anxiety and even depression. In regards to your friend, on a practical level you can research about your friend’s specific state and see if there are any treatments available that can be effective if you have not done so already. In any case what you can do is to engage in prayers or pujas and dedicate the merits generated to your friend. For example, you can engage in the practice of Medicine Buddha, available here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/medicine-buddha-practice.html, or alternative have Medicine Buddha pujas sponsored here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/medicine-buddha-puja-fund. Medicine Buddha is excellent at healing on all levels, and provide us with soothing and beneficial energy. Another method that you can use to help your friend is to generate as much merit for her as possible. A vast amount of merit and purification of karma can help even the direst of circumstances. Such activities could involve releasing animals from slaughter or deplorable conditions, feeding the homeless and less fortunate and providing for them, and making vast amounts of offerings to the Buddhas and enlightened beings. If done with a good motivation, and dedicated towards your friend, she will benefit from the virtuous actions, even if you cannot see the benefits at the moment. Coupled with this you can engage in the practice of a Dharma protector such as a Dorje Shugden. You can find the prayers here if you wish to engage in them yourself: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/diamond-path-a-daily-sadhana-of-dorje-shugden, alternatively you can have Dorje Shugden pujas sponsored here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/dorje-shugden-wishfulfilling-puja-fund. Dharma protectors help to overcome obstacles and conditions that we wish to arise. I understand that it is a difficult situation, but you should maintain your faith in the Buddhas and enlightened beings, and they will definitely help. I hope this helps. Thank you
  • October 14, 2017 13:27
    Ling asked: I have been practising chakrasamvara for over 2 years now and recently during my meditation I feel that during the deity meditation portion that it feel like my entire body is under a heavy water fall. My heart and limbs also feel like flowing water and there is some crawling sensations. What could this be
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear Ling, Thank you for your question. I rejoice to read that you are practising Chakrasamvara for over two years now. This is very good, you should keep the practice steady, keep the vows and commitments well and you will progress on your spiritual evolution. Generally speaking when you engage in higher tantric yoga meditation, the meditations include movement of your psychic winds. Therefore sometimes people will experience strange feelings in the body. When this happens, once should ease off the concentration on that particular visualisation when engaging in the practice. What you can do to lessen these feelings is to engage in purification practices such as the 35 Confessional Buddhas, which you can find here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-35-confessional-buddhas.html. Alternatively if you have the appropriate initiation, you can engage in the practice of Heruka Vajrasattva, which would be included in your sadhana text. Engaging in the purification practices would lessen these sensations when you practice, as everything we experience is due to our karma. What I would advise the most, however, is to consult the guru that gave you the empowerment of Chakrasamvara practice. Your guru would be able to better advise you in addition to the above, the methods you can use to minimise the physical effects if they are due to the actual practice. I hope this helps. Thank you
  • October 13, 2017 11:15
    Fearful asked: What does violent shaking all of the sudden and "shrinking" feeling of the head mean during practice mean? I've been practicing the dharmapalas, and this is happening. What does it mean?
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear Fearful, Thank you for your question. There could be any number of reasons for this to be occurring. What you can do when this starts to happen is to stop what you are doing, and take deep breaths, and concentrate on your breath. As you concentrate on your breath, this will have a calming effect on both your body and mind, which should stop the involuntary shaking and strange feelings. In fact focusing on the breath is one of the best known methods of developing a focused, concentrated, yet calm Your practice of the Dharmapalas should begin with either Guru Yoga or deity practice, therefore I would suggest that you engage in these practices more before you begin the actually Dharma protector practice. One of the best practices is the Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa. This practice is well known for its healing ability on for both the body and the mind. Over time, you should see such occurrences lessen. If this shaking happens regularly and also when you are not practicing, you should consider visiting a qualified health professional just to rule out anything untoward. I hope this helps. Thank you
  • October 8, 2017 20:48
    John asked: Dear pastors, When reciting mantras we are instructed to visualize the deity. However I realize that my visualization is very very fuzzy and very very ever-changing. It is not a still image, there is like thick clouds moving and blocking the visualization then they would clear and block again and clear again and the deity would even change shape. The round part would be more oval one moment and more circle the next etc. In fact, I don't even know if the picture that ends up appearing in my mind is really looking like the deity or not. What if I end up visualizing a monster without knowing it since it's so fuzzy? Is there danger if that happens? What do you advice me to do?
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear John, Thank you for your question. This is a question that people actually ask a lot, but there is no need to worry, especially if we do not have tantric initiation. In fact, the more we practice getting our visualisation stabilised now, the better we will be able to practice tantra when we eventually receive tantric initiation. The issue you are having maintain a steady visualisation is not an uncommon one. This is because we actually have to train our mind to concentrate on what we are doing. One of the major facets of Buddhist meditation is concentration, and this is something we need to develop. We might think that we have a good ability to concentrate, but what the Buddha and the great masters have taught is that we actually do not, but we can obviously develop it. Visualisation itself is a form of concentration meditation, therefore until we achieve a good level of concentration, things like this will happen as we train our minds. What we can do is to focus on a particular aspect of the visualisation, such as the face of the deity, and once that is stable and focused, we can continue onto other parts of the deity’s body, and then the various other aspects of the visualisation. That way, we train ourselves little by little to have a complete visualisation. No in regards to your question about their being danger if something goes wrong or if we make a mistake during our visualisation, this cannot be at our stage of practice. This is because the visualisation is engaged in during the mantra recitation section. Mantras themselves are the Buddhas and enlightened beings in the form of sound. Therefore when we recite mantras we are invoking the holy energies of the Buddhas, which naturally guide and protect us from any harm. The fact that you are facing this issue is in fact a good sign. It shows that are trying to concentrate on the visualisation, but that your mind has not reached a level of concentration powerful enough to maintain the stability of the visualisation. The antidote to this is simple, keep practising. As you continue to practice, you will notice that your visualisation becomes stronger and stronger. If however, you are still worried, you can end your recitation sessions with the prayer dedicated to a Dharma protector to any obstacles, and end with a completion dedication. I hope this helps. Thank you
  • October 6, 2017 22:31
    Wong asked: Hi, i would like to ask about jhana which is the last factor of the eightfold path. How is it being practised?
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear Wong, Thank you for your question. The last factor of the eightfold noble path is called jhana in the Pali language. In the Sanskrit language it is called dyana. This is a state of meditative absorption which culminates in the understanding of emptiness and is the pathway that leads us to attain liberation. Generally this state is achieved through the practice of single-pointed concentration meditation. But within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition once you have achieved stabilised single-pointed meditation, you progress onto the path of special insight meditation. It is at this stage, that one is able to concentrate completely on understanding emptiness and therefore attain enlightenment. This topic is somewhat outside of the scope of this section of the blog. However, Pabongkha Rinpoche in his excellent Lam Rim text, titled “Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand” gives a very concise yet thorough introduction to the topic of meditation. Pabongkha Rinpoche addresses the path to enlightenment, not through the eightfold noble path however, but through the six perfections of a bodhisattva. In essence although on the surface the two ways of structuring the path to enlightenment may seem different, they are actually both the same if one analyses them carefully. If you read “Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand” you will understand how the two structures are interlinked if you have an understanding of the eightfold noble path. You can order a copy of the book here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/lamrim-liberation-in-the-palm-of-your-hand and the book is also available at Kechara Paradise outlets. Alternatively, you can ask your local book store to order the book in for you if they have that service. I hope this helps. Thank you
  • October 3, 2017 04:11
    jason asked: i have been practicing higher yoga tantra for over two year now and recently i started to get nightmares for three continuous nights now and i think it will continue, What is happening ? did i do something wrong? The first nightmare was me being cut in to numerous pieces , the second was me being visited by a greyish blue female old female ghost with no eyes in eye sockets, and the third was a giant dark brown black centipede encased in a white translucent sac exploding out of my thigh and crawling/ rolling away in to darkness. Im quite worried that i may have done something wrong even though i think i have not.
    pastor answered: Dear Jason, Thank you for your question. I am glad to hear that you have been practising Higher Yoga Tantra for over two years. You should keep your samaya with your Guru pure and intact, as well as keeping the vows and commitments that you would have taken during the empowerment into the practice. If you do this then you will see a definite transformation of your mind and circumstances for the better, which is after all what Buddhist practice is all about. In regards to your nightmares I do not think that you have done anything wrong per se. In this case it could be due to two possible reasons, the first is that your negative karma is arising in your dreams and the second is that you are being afflicted by a spirit. In the first case, when we practice Higher Yoga Tantra properly and sincerely, it purifies a lot of negative karma. As when engaging in any practice that purifies negative karma, this karma can open and manifest under control situations. For example you the karma manifests are nightmares or scary figures or feelings, rather than physically, which would come about through uncontrollable causes and conditions. When karma is purified it manifests in its most mild form, and for you in this case, it could manifest in the form of nightmares. Therefore if we are engaging in powerful practices, or when we concentrate on these practices, such things can occur. Some people may find this sort of situation bad. But this is not correct, because due to the nature of samsara, we are affected by karma in some form or another. What matters here is that karma is purified so that we can progress on our spiritual journey. When you face such difficulties, the key here is continue with your practice strongly and not give up. In this manner, the karma which causes such situations to occur is purified quicker and then we are no longer affected by it. Therefore you should wholeheartedly engage in primary sadhana of your meditational deity. On the other hand, it could be that you are being affected by a spirit or spirits. In this case there are methods of protection that you can engage in which should be included in your Higher Yoga Tantra practice. If you are unsure of what these could be, please humbly approach your initiating guru for more guidance. Another way that can help solve this problem is to engage in the practice of a Dharma protector such as Dorje Shugden. Since you are already practising a Highest Yoga Tantra, you can ask your guru about the particular Dharma protectors associated with the practice. Each of the major tantric practice has certain Dharma protectors associated with it that aid practitioners to clear obstacles and create conducive conditions for practice. You can actually engage in any Dharma protector practice, but it would be best for you to consult your guru as he or she may assign you a specific Dharma protector to practice. Whatever the case may be, it comes down to karma. The Higher Yoga Tantra you are practising should include a purification practice such as Vajrasattva. For example if you practice the Heruka Chakrasamvara tantra, and have received the appropriate empowerment, you can practice Heruka Vajrasattva. You then concentrate on the practice of Vajrasattva to purify the negative karma causing the situation, and over time you will see the situation get better. If you are not sure of the purification aspect of your daily practice, you can recite the 35 Confessional Buddhas. All of these can help, however I strongly advise you to humbly approach your guru and ask for further advice and instruction, as he or she may assign you other practices or even ask you concentrate on specific sections of the sadhana that they passed to you, to help you overcome these problems. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • September 30, 2017 22:31
    kevin asked: hi pastor, I've been very problematic lately and depressed. My plans seem to be always out of place. I read from an article that some problems are caused by negative karma from the previous and present life. I want to know if there is anything that I can do to drain my negative karma. Im very wary now on my actions to others so not to add to my existing karma. Can you suggest a mantra which I can recite and reflect on everyday to help alleviate my problems and drain my negative karma. Thank you very much. Bless you.
    pastor answered: Dear Kevin, Thank you for your question. Yes, according to Buddhist thought everything we go through in life is caused by karma. This can be either good or bad, so difficulties we face in life are indeed due to our karma. Now, one thing about karma that people often forget is that it can be purified. There are many methods within Tibetan Buddhism that are used for the purification of karma. In fact all practices necessarily involve the purification of negative karma and the generation of merit. The most effective of these are known as purification practices, which have the specific benefits of helping us to purify negative karma which leads to all kinds of problems within in our lives. These include Vajrasattva practice, which can be found here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/an-important-purification-practice.html and the practice of the 35 Confessional Buddhas, which can be found here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-35-confessional-buddhas.html. You can read more about these practices by clicking on the respective links. These are two very powerful methods of purifying negative karma and have been relied upon by countless practitioners and masters to progress on the spiritual path. They are two very extremely effective methods used within Tibetan Buddhism. Since you are going through many problems, however, you can engage in the practice of a Dharma protector who can help alleviate the obstacles you are facing and at the same provide conditions that are suitable for you. One such Dharma protector is Dorje Shugden, you can read more about his practice here, and his daily prayers here: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/diamond-path-a-daily-sadhana-of-dorje-shugden. The website also has a lot of information about the practice and how it can benefit you in daily life. While it may seem daunting that you have negative karma, you should not be disheartened because negative karma can be overcome by purifying it. What you said is right, you should be wary of creating more negative karma. In fact that is one of the main points a Buddhist lives by, which is not creating more negative karma. People often wonder why Buddhists take vows and precepts, this is actually to stop the accumulation of negative karma. For example a Buddhist takes the vow not to kill, this obviously stops the Buddhist from creating the negative karma of killing because they consciously remember that they should not kill in whatever situation they are in. So it is very good that are checking your actions to make sure that you do not add to the negative karma. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • September 28, 2017 13:18
    Nepal asked: I've noticed that in Nepal, Shugden and his retinue are forms of the worldly protector Za Rahula, or that's what the lamas and sadhanas say. Wouldn't that make Shugden dangerous or wouldn't that make Manjushri a worldly deity or one that is dangerous?
    pastor answered: Dear Nepal, Thank you for your question. Dorje Shugden is an emanation of Manjushri, that is what the high lamas and masters have taught and explained using Buddhist logic. Dorje Shugden as an enlightened being has been practiced by all major schools of Tibetan Buddhism, and was first practiced within the holy Sakya tradition. Similarly, Manjushri is an enlightened being. In fact all Tibetan Buddhist schools and Vajrayana traditions, including those in Nepal, say that Manjushri is an enlightened being, the Buddha of wisdom. Rahula on the other hand is a worldly deity who was bound by oath to protect Buddhism and Buddhism practitioners. You can read more about him here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dharma-protectors-of-tibetan-buddhism.html#tabs-1. All Tibetan Buddhist schools similarly agree to this point. Therefore to equate Dorje Shugden as a form of Za Rahula would logically mean that Manjushri is not a Buddha. This cannot be since hundreds of thousands of holy masters have relied on Manjushri and gained enlightenment through such beliefs and practices associated with Manjushri. Since from a logical perspective this cannot be the case, and Dorje Shugden is an emanation of Manjushri, it is safe to say that Dorje Shugden is not a form of Za Rahula. You can read more about Dorje Shugden, his history, lineage of practice and benefits here: http://www.dorjeshugden.org. I hope this helps. Thank you.
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