Why Visit Holy Pilgrimages?

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(Nov 10, 2012)

My talk on “Why Visit Holy Pilgrimages?”

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http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/WhyVisitHolyPilgrimages.flv

  

Dear friends,

Some students and friends will be visiting Bodhgaya, Rajgir, Nalanda and Sarnath. I decided to record the significance of these places for them. Knowing the significance their pilgrimage will be more powerful and meaningful. Lord Buddha Himself recommended we visit the place of His Birth, enlightenment, where He first taught and parinirvana. I had the great fortune to visit these places many times and I truly loved my pilgrimage to these places. I have spent quite alot of time at each place doing prayers and meditations. I highly recommended all Buddhists to visit these places at least once in their lives. I highly recommend those who wish to deepen their cultural experiences to also visit. These places vibrate with peace and powerful blessed energy. I wish a good trip to my friends and all who will visit.

Tsem Rinpoche

 

 

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My guru H.E. Kensur Rinpoche and I in front of Bodhgaya’s Mahabodhi temple. The Mahabodhi temple is one of the four holy sites related to the life of Lord Buddha, and particularly to the attainment of Enlightenment. It was built by Emperor Asoka in the 3rd century B.C.

(source: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1056)

 

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The holy statue of Shakyamuni Buddha at Bodhgaya. The senior monk on the right is the caretaker and he just helped me to offer fresh robes onto Lord Buddha. I was grateful for his help.

 

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The Bodhi Tree at Bodhgaya under which Lord buddha gained Enlightenment more than 2500 years ago.

 

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The Japanese temple at Bodhgaya. A must visit.

 

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Vulture’s Peak in Rajgir was the Buddha’s favorite retreat and the scene for many of his discourses. According to the commentaries this place got its name because vultures used to perch on some of the peak’s rocks. Vulture’s Peak may be the second holiest place of Buddhism, after the Mahabodhi temple because this is the place where the Buddha spent so much time on retreat, meditating, and teaching so many discourses. The Heart Sutra was also preached here by Avalokitesvara to Shariputra.  (source: http://dhammawiki.com/index.php?title=Vulture_Peak)

 

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This is the Sarnath stupa. Sarnath is the deer park where Lord Buddha first taught the Dharma. Sarnath is located 13 kilometres north-east of Varanasi, in Uttar Pradesh, India. After attaining Enlightenment, Lord Buddha travelled to Sarnath and found his five former companions, and Buddha taught them, they understood and as a result they also became enlightened. At that time the Sangha, the community of the enlightened ones, was founded. (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarnath)

 

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Nalanda is an ancient center of higher Buddhist learning in Bihar, India from 427 to 1197. Nalanda was established in the 5th century AD. It was devoted to Buddhist studies. Nalanda produced great Buddhist masters like Nagarjuna, Asanga, Atisha etc. (source: http://www.aicte-india.org/downloads/ancient.pdf)

 

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  1. Paul Yap on Nov 28, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    i really like Bodhgaya very very much. it was the sacred place where Lord Buddha meditated and became enlighten under a bodhi tree. i have made few pilgrimage trips to Bodhgaya past few years, there are lots of monks, nuns and lay people from all over the world doing retreats, prayers and circumambulation at Bodhgaya. The energies in Bodhgaya is very peaceful and calming. Buddha Shakyamuni statue inside the main stupa was said to resemble Buddha himself the most. The pilgrims can offer monk robes to this Buddha image directly to collect merits. My favorite time at Bodhgaya was doing non-stop circumambulation around the stupa at night time.

  2. Wan Wai Meng on Aug 28, 2015 at 2:40 am

    Rinpoche is infinitely kind to explain these power places to us and also curate the pilgrimage trips that will benefit us the most. As going to such places can really turbo charges our spiritual practice to a whole new level.

  3. Sharon Ong on May 7, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    Thank you for sharing the do’s and don’ts as we should maximise our short time at these sacred places. I would love to make a pilgrimage to these holy sites one day soon as these places are imbued with blessings and positive energies of Enlightened Beings that will help spur us on our path to Enlightenment.

  4. 蕙柔 on May 5, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    感谢仁波切的分享,让我们知道4个佛教徒必须前往朝拜的非常神圣的地方。让我们知道关于很多有关佛陀经历过的地方,指导我们到那里必须做什么。希望我们都有机会可以前往那么神圣的地方感受这一切。

  5. Alice Tay on May 5, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this holy pilgrimages video. I like this video very much because I feel it is very comprehensive and detailed information for us who have not been these places .

    The place that I wish the most to visit is Bodhgaya – Mahabodhi Stupa . Like what have Rinpoche mentioned that with our strong aspiration , we may have the chance to enlightenment. Other than that we could do more offerings according to our affordability , and it is very meritorious . I will keep the words given by Rinpoche when I am really have the opportunity to visit Bodhgaya.

  6. Kien Wong on May 5, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    Pilgrimage to the holy site, not only benefit us to get imprint of Dharma and also benefit us to collect merits to proceed further in practicing Dharma. We should well prepare and study before we start the Pilgrimage and set the motivation right. So, we can get the maximum bless from the holy site.

  7. stella on May 5, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    As Buddhist, we must visit the 4 holy places of Buddha at least once in our lifetime. The 4 holy places mark Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, first turn of dharma wheel and parinirvana. These are places for us to plant a seed to be able to achieve the same attainment as Buddha. It is therefore very important for us to have the correct motivation when visiting the holy places. I am very thankful that Rinpoche had so kindly provided us with this guidelines on what to do, setting the motivation and what not to be missed during the pilgrimage.

    It is my wish to be able to visit the 4 holy places very soon.

    Thank you very much, Rinpoche, for the generous sharing.

    Humbly, with folded palms,
    Stella

  8. yoke chim yap on Apr 20, 2015 at 11:02 pm

    感恩上师的分享,真希望有机缘在上师或克切拉组团帶领下,走一趟朝圣之旅。去看看这些古老又神圣的廟宇。

  9. paolorossi4444@yahoo.com on Apr 20, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    Borobudur one sacred holy place.

  10. jerry_sito on Nov 14, 2013 at 11:19 am

    感恩仁波切的分享与开示

    在仁波切的慈爱与加持下,是如此的感恩,仁波切给予我们笔记与开示,并附上照片,好使我们能在这里看到如此庄严殊胜的地方的照片,我祈愿所有的人都能有一趟如此充满法喜的朝圣旅程,祈愿我们都有机会去到这些地方,为我们的心种下强烈的佛法种子,而迈向证悟的旅程

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  13. javaid on Feb 12, 2013 at 8:17 pm

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  14. Jean Ai on Feb 12, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    The first pilgrimage I ever went on was to Bodhgaya in 2004, and I had the great merits of going there with Rinpoche. We were going there to scout the place, and make arrangements for another group of 60 pilgrims to travel there in the following month.

    Whilst we were at Bodhgaya, Rinpoche said we must be aware of the fact Lord Buddha chose that very space in the universe to manifest enlightenment. Therefore, there has to be something special about that space.

    Since that space is special, we should not occupy ourselves with mundane things like gossiping, focusing on when’s our next meal or how dusty India is, or how uncomfortable our hotel is, etc. We spend the majority of our lives doing that, so when we go to Bodhgaya, we should make the effort to leave that attitude behind.

    Instead, we should focus on three things:

    (1) when we are circumambulating around the Mahabodhi Stupa, we are occupying our body with a holy act

    (2) when we are circumambulating, we should recite mantras. In that way, our speech is occupied with a holy act

    (3) as we circumabumlate around the stupa, visualise that we are walking a long journey, on a pilgrimage to see Lord Buddha. In that way, our mind is occupied with a holy act

    I have never forgotten that trip because it was quite unlike any trip I had ever made before. Not only was the energy in Bodhgaya amazing (I did 4000 prostrations in 4 days!), but with Rinpoche there, it didn’t become just another trip to India like it so easily could’ve been.

  15. Paris on Jan 17, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    I was one of very few people who had the fortune to go to Bodhgaya recently on a trip with about 6 other friends and our parents and what an wonderful journey it was to trace the footsteps of Buddha himself. Listening to Rinpoche’s teachings beforehand (and across the many years), as well as having a local guide on the trip itself brought the places to life, as if Buddha had just been there and left not a few moments ago.

    We were also fortunate to have gone at times when there were actually not that many people. Places like Vultures Peak and Kushinagar were quiet enough for the group to sit down for long enough periods of time to do our personal and group prayers, and candle, incense and khata offerings. Rinpoche was also very kind to have recommended specific prayers for us to do, to make the most of our short time there.

    Most of all, the trip was incredible for us to be able to do something truly sacred with our elderly parents, to create merit and perform prayers together with them. Rinpoche had advised that this would be one of the best ways we could repay the kindness of our mothers and fathers, to help them connect with such powerful places and beings for their future lives. It benefits each of us too, of course – so perhaps, instead of thinking about just another eating, shopping, sightseeing holiday, you might consider doing a pilgrimage like this in the future which benefits you not just during the trip but forevermore!

    David and I have written up our experiences of being in India … which will be up soon! Watch this space! 🙂

  16. David Lai on Jan 2, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    These are sacred and beautiful sites that Rinpoche travelled to. Due to a stroke of good luck coupled with prayers and deeds from a previous life, I did managed to travel to these holy sites to make offerings and prayers.

    The place is ancient but very much alive today with thousands upon thousands of pilgrims. It is really sad but many of these sites contain museums that hold relics of a distant past where Buddhism was as alive as it was in old Tibet. Unfortunately, degeneration in practice, political instability and along with Muslim invasion reduced these great ancient Buddhist sites into mere ruins.

  17. KYC on Jan 1, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    These holy places became meaningful to me when I went on the pilgrimage with the group led by Paul Yap in December 2012. It was like tracing the footsteps of the Buddha and by doing this, we know more about Buddha’s life and the great deeds performed by him. On Vulture’s Peak I saw a stone that actually looks like a vulture. Maybe that’s how the place got its name. I enjoyed going to all these places and the trip has inspired me to find out more about the Buddha’s life and teachings.

  18. Joy on Dec 21, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    I love and I am so fortunate to visited such holy places like Bodhgaya and Nepal with Rinpoche. It is like you have been transported to a different realm and your whole entire being is emerged with pure 100% spiritual practices. You left the word you came from “samsara’ and connect with your inner self, the peace you find is natural and ever so pure. It was like ur in some Dharma heaven and there is no distractions.

    You see so many people, holy man and woman doing their prayers, doing prostrations, doing pujas, do meditations, sitting, walking, offerings, lighting a butter lamp etc. and all for that one goal… enlightenment. It was awe inspiring. The Maha Bodhi temple was like a peace sanctuary, amidst the chaos and poverty of this word. Just outside it you come face to face with the poorest of the poorest and I remembered Rinpoche told us… this is why Buddha chose this place to gain Enlightenment because they were reminders of samsara and they were also our teachers… you cannot help not give something to a child of not more than 10 years old asking you in his dirt for some money for food. Though we were warn to not give because then we’d be swamp with a hundred of them and we’d be rob, but some how cannot ignore him when he is right in you face. So we gave food instead of money discretely.

    If given a chance I would definitely go there again to engage in any of the preliminaries such as prostrations… you cannot help but get in to that mode naturally, effortlessly.

  19. mitra on Dec 20, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the teaching on pilgrimage to holy sites in bodhgaya.

  20. So Kin Hoe on Nov 22, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for showing many holy places, especially where Buddha gained the Enlightenment under Bodhi Tree at Bodhgaya. The scenery at Vultures Peak is peace and full of blessed energies. I wish i can visit one of these holy places and bring back the benefits to my local friends and family.

    • Gwee Saw Tin on Nov 25, 2012 at 11:47 pm

      Thank you for this talk. The clear instructions regarding the prayers, offerings, meditation, etc to be done at the various sacred places, prepare us for the pilgrimage. I have listened to the recording a number of times. I am very excited to be going to Bodhgaya.

  21. grace (KHJB) on Nov 19, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for The sharing of the photo and with wording, it was great to know more about those holy places. How fortunate if we able visit the places personally .

  22. Uncle Eddie on Nov 19, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Lord Buddha had many times referred to the value of Pilgrimage. In accordance with a quotation found in a commentary of the Vinaya Sutra, Lord Buddha had said, “Bhiksu, after my passing away, if all sons and daughters of good family and the faithful, so long as they live, go to the four Holy places, they should go and remember:- Here at Lumbini, the enlightened one was born; Here at Bodhgaya, He attained enlightenment; Here at Sarnath, He turned twelve wheels of Dharma; and Here at Kushinagar, He entered Parinrvana!” It is in accord with the Doctorine that “a pilgrimage to these four places will greatly help to purify their previously accumulated negative Karmas, even the five Heinous actions”. Our best congratulations to Paul and our Kecharians and friends for partaking with what Lord Buddha had said, we greatly rejoiced for them!

  23. Jace Chong on Nov 18, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the video, we watched it before we started our pilgrimage to Bodhgaya and Varanasi.

    We all bear in mind that this is not a holiday or sight seeing trip, this is a trip to Buddha’s places where we have to grab every chance to do as much offerings as possible.

    I like every places that Rinpoche mentioned above, especially Sarnath. It’s where Buddha gave the first teaching, the Four Noble Truths. The Buddha’s statue at Varanasi is in the mudra of first turning Dharma wheel. And it’s the place Buddha formed Sangha. I feel overwhelm and grateful that the place still protected for us to see, the place where Dharma starts.

    May the wheel of Dharma keep turning until the samsara emptied. _/\_

  24. Felix Kong on Nov 18, 2012 at 1:36 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for explain so details . This is a nice place to visit.

  25. Mei Fong on Nov 16, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    I will definitely make a trip to these places mention by Rinpoche at least once in my lifetime. Knowing the significance of these places makes the trip much more meaningful as one can look forward and know what is to be expected from each site. Rejoice Rejoice…..Thank you Rinpoche

  26. andrew on Nov 16, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    wow rinpoche well done
    many places here
    good work
    you really are amazing

  27. wei theng on Nov 16, 2012 at 12:46 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the significant of each holy places to us and to set our motivation correctly. I would love to be at these holy place of Lord Buddha – places of His Birth, enlightenment, where He first taught and parinirvana. It will be great to visit these places to get the blessings and to be enlightened and able to benefit more people.

  28. abby F on Nov 14, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    I have not been to pilgrimage, but thank you Rinpoche for explaining to us what should we do and where should we go when we are in pilgrimage. I never know that we can offer monk robes to Buddha Shakyamuni and this is so meritorious. From this video I understand that the purpose of going to pilgrimage, is to plant the seeds and make aspirations to get enlightenment just like the Lord Buddha. At the holy sites, we should recite prayers and mantras, not wasting time to chit-chat or do idle chatter.

    And the places where Lord Buddha is born, get enlightened, first turned the Dharma Wheel and the place where He went into parinirvana are very scared and these are the places that every Buddhist should go. To be able to be at these places, we should rejoice for ourselves and others because we have the merits to be there.

    I wish to go Nalanda very much too. As this is the place where many Buddhist scholars and Geshes studied many many years back.

  29. lewkwanleng on Nov 13, 2012 at 2:39 am

    I have not been to Bodhgaya yet, but I sure will do what I can to collect merits to have my pilgrimage soon.

    I have been to Nepal for pilgrimage before, and thanks to a super knowledgable guide Su Ming, I really felt I get a lot out of the pilgrimage, and not just another tourist.

    This short video, though is only less than 20 minutes, gives a lot of insights of what we Buddhists should do when we are in holy places. For me, what I leant the most from this video, is that we should have a good motivation, and never idle chat or gossip.

    Also, thank you Rinpoche for giving a concise history of where Buddha Shakyamuni did His meditation, become fully enlightened, where He first turn the Wheel of Dharma.

  30. Lim (KH JB) on Nov 13, 2012 at 2:16 am

    Rejoice for all Kecharians that going this pilgrimage trip to Bodhgaya. And thanks Rinpoche for the important teaching.

    May all Kecharians can visit such holy places in this life time and get nearer to Enlightenment.

  31. Wan Wai Meng on Nov 13, 2012 at 1:38 am

    Power places such as Bodhgaya have the potential to tap into our latent merits. Bodhgaya is indeed a place of power all the buddhas of this fortunate aeon will manifest at this spot. Why this spot over and over again I don’t know now hope one day I will know it. Be happy no matter what we face during pilgrimage is good and beneficial for us.

  32. June Tang (KHJB) on Nov 12, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the important teaching about why visit holy place,what we should set a very good motivation and should do prayer when arrive at holy place.May I have the fortune to visit those holy place with my family and all KHJB groups ^_^ Best wishes to Paul and all Kecharians on this pilgrimage !!

  33. Jessica Yap on Nov 12, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    So kind of Rinpoche to compile different prayers to be recited at different holy places while on the pilgrimage. Rinpoche is always so thoughtful and caring towards everyone. The advice from this video is so precious! What better way to experience the holy pilgrimage than having Rinpoche giving us a heads up and a explanation on the significance of the different holy places.

    May I be able to visit these holy places in future and hopefully with Rinpoche too. hehe

    Thank you for sharing,Rinpoche!

  34. Cynthia Ng on Nov 12, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Thank You Rinpoche for the clear instructions on what to do at these holy places. I definitely go to Bodhgaya and the other holy sites one day. These are places that all Buddhists should visit and make offerings. I remember very well must set a good motivation! Rejoice all of them visit the holy places.

  35. Angelshooi on Nov 12, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Thank You Rinpoche again for the teachings of pilgrimage.

    I am glad to know that some of Kecharians are visiting
    I was fortunate to visit Bodhgaya with a small group led by H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche in year 2003. I like the holy place very much, may I have the fortune to visit the place again with my lovely kids.

  36. sweekeong on Nov 12, 2012 at 2:50 am

    Such an amazing place. And Vulture’s peak! I have heard of it so many times in the Sutras. This is a historical place resided by a perfect being in human form who we called him the Buddha, an enlightened being who show everyone of us that there is an end to all suffering we have experience since beginningless time. Now each of the person who is going there will be able to see for themselves these auspicious holy places and come back to tell their friends and families of what we Buddhist can accomplish so much in our short lives living as a human being. Very happy for them and all of us! 🙂

  37. bengkooi on Nov 12, 2012 at 1:39 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for taking the time from your busy schedule to record this teaching, as I know that Rinpoche is currently extremely busy in KFR. I found this video very useful and informative for the next pilgrimage to Bodhgaya, and have already taken note of the prayers and offerings to prepare for each stop.

    More importantly, I have also noted the motivations to set at each stage. Rinpoche instructions for the Bodhgaya pilgrimage reminds me very much of the teachings Rinpoche gave during the pilgrimage to Kathmandu in 2008. The feeling throughout that particular pilgrimage was very magical, as various holy sites came to life, for example as Rinpoche described the Manjushri teaching site.

    I imaging the trip to Bodhgaya will be similar, and I only wish that Rinpoche would be coming for this pilgrimage as well.

  38. judy lam on Nov 11, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Bodhaya looks so beautiful. Rinpoche has recommended that every Buddhist should visit Bodgaya at least once in their lifetime, and I do hope I will have the good fortune of going there one day. Thank you Rinpoche giving this teaching.

  39. DR on Nov 11, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Looking at these photos bring back alot of good memories. It was December 1994, going on my first pilgrimage without any clue what I was heading out for and not comprehending the true significance of it. This was the trip I met Rinpoche for the first time.

    I had the merits to take refuge from Rinpoche under the bodhi tree in Bodhgaya, listened to the teachings on Karma at the Deer Park in Sarnath (this was the first turning of the dharma by Shakyamuni Buddha after he attained enlightenment), visited Nalanda, received the teachings on Heart Sutra from Rinpoche at Vultures Peak and did circumabulation nightly at the Japanese temple. Wow! 11 awesome days with Rinpoche. Talk about having merits!

    I wish our pilgrims all the best on this trip and may their lives take on the dharma path now and always.

  40. Davin on Nov 11, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for the teaching and explaination on the significance of visiting holy places. Rejoice for the group of Kecharians there now. Seeing the beautiful photo of these holy sites inspired me to go there right away. Hopefully I can go there one day.

  41. Albert Ratchaga on Nov 11, 2012 at 9:46 am

    The Best Tour Guide ever, thank you Rinpoche for the explanation. This is so useful for the first timer as they don’t know what to do when going for pilgrimage.

    We go for pilgrimage is not for any normal tour or holiday, it is for us to make prayers, offerings to gain merits so it helps in our spiritual practice, so it is very important to make good motivation before going for the trip.

    Buddha spent his lifetime doing Dharma, practicing and teaching, going to the place where Buddha walk the path, it is for us to gain aspiration and to develop more faith in Dharma as Buddha was human once too, but he showed us the path to enlightenment and all these are not any tales, he does left signs, traces for us to see.

  42. Pastor Chia on Nov 11, 2012 at 3:00 am

    Many memory brought back when i first visit Bodhagaya and with the Kecharian at year 2004. Rinpoche lead the tour to pilgrimage Bodhgaya,we enjoy every single moment there did our prayer compiled by rinpoche.

    At this trip we had taken refuge under bodhi tree from rinpoche. It was so meaningful and auspicious be a Buddhist and received therefuge vow. Everyday,we used up every moment to did prostration, prayer, offering light and Offering robe to lord Buddha statue at Maha Bodhi stupa.Until now i still miss our trip a lot.

  43. Milly on Nov 11, 2012 at 1:13 am

    I was fortunate to be able to go to Bodhgaya with Rinpoche and other pilgrims. It was a wish come true and I pray that I will be able to visit there again. Looking at the serene Buddha Shakyamuni brought tears to my eyes. All pilgrimages are even more meaningful as Rinpoche always kindly explain its significance and benefits to us before our trip and advises on the prayers and offerings to make for us to collect merits.

  44. Henry Ooi on Nov 11, 2012 at 1:02 am

    Ah yes, Bodhgaya. The memories of this sanctified place are brought back even though I visited twice some 7-8 years ago. There was a large group of us who had the merits to make the pilgrimage then. Now is this best time of the year to visit.

    I rejoice for the group of Kecharians there now.

  45. Sheryl KH (JB) on Nov 10, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for making the efforts and time admist your busy schedule in KFR to give advice to those who are on their way to pilgrimage as well as many others who will be going there in the future.

    What you have described are not only detailed but also truly useful, for you list out the step-by-step of what to do when we are in these holy places.

    Among all these places, I feel more drawn to the Shakyamuni Buddha (and it will be very great to have the opportunity to offer robes and fruits), the Bodhi tree and the Vulture’s Peak.

    I believe it will be a great life time experiences to be able to visit to these holy places…

  46. lucy yap on Nov 10, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    The ancient practice of pilgrimage is very popular and sacred sites remain spiritually meaningful to millions today.These holy places are some of the most beautiful and interesting sights encountered.
    Thank you Rinpoche for the clear instruction,explanation and priceless pictures.May all Buddhist have the great fortune to visit these holy sites.
    Best wishes to Paul and friends on this pilgrimage.

  47. Adrian Chow on Nov 10, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this very important articles. I think if not of this video, i’ll be blown away by the Bodhi tree alone and start taking pictures..hehe. Hopefully i’ll be there very soon. I wish everyone who’s on this trip all the best and be planted a powerful seed to gain realization and achieve enlightenment!

  48. Mayy on Nov 10, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    I was truly fortunate to go on a pilgrimage to Bodhgaya with Rinpoche along with a group of Kecharians and friends way back in December 2004. I love the place admist all the dust, dirt and the poors. Would love to go there again one day.

  49. Low ksjc on Nov 10, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing and teaching.Your description was very detail as I could have a vivid mental picture of the location as described. I hope in the future I would have a chance to visit those holy location.For all those who is going this year end for the pilgrimage ,all the best and may you all have a safe journey.

  50. patsy on Nov 10, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    I had the great fortune to go on pilgrimage many years ago with Rinpoche to Bodhgaya and the pilgrims took refuge while some renewed their refuge vows. Like what Rinpoche mentioned, very Buddhist must visit this holy places. I wish to go there again in the near future.

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for this teaching and explanations.

  51. Joe Ang on Nov 10, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you for sharing with us these very valuable information about Bodhgaya and other holy sites around the area and how to get there.

    This will be a good preparation for all first timer who will be going to visit, and a reminder for those who have visited and is visiting again this very holy place, where Lord Shakyamuni achieved enlightenment.

    May everyone who will be visiting Bodhgaya remember Rinpoche’s advice and set very good motivation and prayer when arrive at this holy place.

    Joe

  52. Erickksiow on Nov 10, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Thank You Rinpoche for the clear explanation about Why Visit Holy Pilgrimages.. Will plan for it. ( Always love India, Nepal and Tibet )

    Best Regards : Erickksiow

  53. Lim Han Nee on Nov 10, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche,for this talk which clearly directs and guides us as to the prayers, offerings, practices, meditations and aspirations we should make when we visit this most sacred of spots , Bodhgaya, where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment 2600 years ago and changed all our lives to make them meaningful. Furthermore, there are clear instructions on prayers and aspirations for pilgrims to make at Vultures’ Peak, and at Sarnath too.

    How meritorious it would be to touch one’s forehead to the seat where Lord Buddha sat and attained Enlightenment and to make aspirations at that very moment that we would also attain Enlightenment!

    Then again how meritorious to visit Vultures’ Peak where Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, through the power of Buddha, answered Shariputra’s question on the nature of all phenomena in the form of the Perfection of Wisdom Sutra on Emptiness, the Heart Sutra. How great to make aspirations that one would attain the realization of this Emptiness and, with that, cut our Ignorance, the root cause of our suffering.

    Indeed,by making this pilgrimage, we would be planting powerful seeds to gain Dharma realizations and attainment of Buddhahood , by being where Lord Buddha was when He attained Enlightenment, where the Heart Sutra was delivered and where He first turned the Wheel of Dharma, and by visiting the site of Nalanda, the great seat of learning established by Lord Buddha’s students and from where great pandits like Shantideva ensured that Buddha’s teachings were recorded and preserved and spread – Nalanda, on which Lord Tsongkapa modeled the great Monasteries of Gaden, Sera and Drepung!

  54. Tat Ming on Nov 10, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Thank You Rinpoche for the clear instructions on what to do at these holy places. I will definitely go to Bodhgaya and the other holy sites one day! These are places that all Buddhists should visit.

  55. AdelineTan on Nov 10, 2012 at 10:29 am

    I’m very fortunate to have the honour to visit these holy places with H E Tsem Rinpoche and H E Kensur Rinpoche years ago and this is really a memorable pilgrimage trip for me in this life. Thank you Rinpocche.

  56. Girlie OOI on Nov 10, 2012 at 8:00 am

    My first pilgrimage was to Bodhgaya led by none other than Rinpoche himself. I am unable to join my fellow Kecharians on this trip. I wish them well.

  57. choisheem on Nov 10, 2012 at 7:16 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for teaching on pilgrimage to holy sites in Bodhgaya and some of the surrounding areas. With this teaching in mind, may all the participants be able to gain more knowledge and understand the significance of each of the sites they are going to be visiting.

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  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Mar 1. 2017 09:54 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this beautiful story. I believe miracles happened because we believe in Buddha and Protector. We may not be able to see or understand how it happens but I believe with the blessing of Buddha, it will happen. Importantly we have the right motivation and towards the benefit of others.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/autobiography/the-mala.html
  • Alice Tay
    Wednesday, Mar 1. 2017 05:39 PM
    Rejoice Mitra in his endeavours to use his own language to give dharma teachings and introduce Dorje Shugden to his Nepali friends, helped to install a Dorje Shugden statue in their work hall. This is wonderful and may his good aspirations come true i.e. to spread the dharma with his own language by doing more and serving the Nepali communities.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing and I shall be more compassion to everyone and keep this in mind:
    We need to take the time to teach everyone dharma, prayers and give them hope at their level.
    No one who wishes to learn dharma should be left out.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/mitra-teaches-bhagwan-dorje-shugden-in-nepali.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Mar 1. 2017 04:10 PM
    Since young i loved reading ghost stories ,I am scared but not now as i grow older.As i believe we do not disturb them, they will too not disturb us.They do exist after all ….trust and have faith in whatever religion we practice for sure and we will not be connected to them and have protection by our powerful protector.We do love the things that scare us ,maybe out of curiosity wanted to know more. Thats it nothing more.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing and Shakila for explanation in details , different unseen beings or ghost.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/boo-why-do-we-love-the-things-that-scare-us.html#comment-736967
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Mar 1. 2017 03:34 PM
    Looking at those few photos i could imagine ,those chickens had suffered
    so much pain,is the consumption of battery farmed eggs. Its good to be on vegetarian so as to less killing of live stocks and eggs onto our plates The egg industry hides its practices, no one knows about the cruelty till they saw it with own eyes and that many people might think twice of eating farmed eggs.The hens were crammed in small dirty cages… so sick and exhausted.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/a-chicken-and-egg-situation.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Mar 1. 2017 02:50 PM
    Rejoice to see Nepalese learning up the prayers of Dorje Shugden who can help them remove obstacles that are hindering their spiritual progress. Thank you, Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing and to Mitra for the hard work in bringing Dorje Shugden and Dharma to many people.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/mitra-teaches-bhagwan-dorje-shugden-in-nepali.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Feb 28. 2017 12:49 PM
    Thank you for this wonderful write up about communal living with the Dharma family members. It makes complete sense to get to know the people whom we work closely with both during and after working hours. It is essential to understand their thinking process and mannerism to cut down any unnecessary misunderstanding; and better still, capitalize on each others’ strength for better results. It also makes “work” less stressful. This is totally THE thing for the people who has no huge family commitments. This article also gives me a glimpse into Rinpoche’s vision of creating a community living. Fast forward 7 years, Rinpoche’s vision is manifesting as Kechara Forest Retreat! Rejoice!

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/dharma-houses.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Feb 28. 2017 12:37 PM
    Thank you for the wonderful compilation of Rinpoche’s teachings and sharings that owned the year 2013! Each post, tweet and youtube is very valuable because of the profound Dharma from Rinpoche that not only serves as our daily guidance but also topics for us to contemplate and meditate on. I will bookmark this page so that I can refer to these teachings again and again.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/2013-in-review-the-very-best-of-tsem-rinpoche.html
  • Joy
    Tuesday, Feb 28. 2017 11:36 AM
    ***Tashi Lhunpo Monastery***

    Located in Shigatse, the 2nd largest city of Tibet, Tashi Lunpo is a beautiful Tibetan Buddhist Gelugpa lineage monastery that continues to practice Dorje Shugden without discrimination!
    Founded by the 1st Dalai Lama Gyalwa Gendun Drup in 1447. It is one of the six big monasteries of the Gelugpa lineage, it covers almost 300,000 square meters (3,229,279 sq. ft.). Since the 4th Panchen Lama took over as the head of the monastery, Tashi Lhunpo has been the seat of all Panchen Lamas up until this day… http://www.dorjeshugden.org/temples/tashi-lhunpo-monastery
  • Joy
    Tuesday, Feb 28. 2017 11:35 AM
    This is really SHOCKING! You must READ!

    How Tibetan leadership treats a sponsor (jindak)

    As a kid, all of us (both Rinpoche and my family) had very little personal funds. We didn’t even have enough to have a Dharma centre, so Rinpoche would give Dharma teachings in various people’s houses. A portion of the funds raised would always be redirected to the monasteries for whatever requests they had made. Today, none of us are allowed to go to the monasteries we have raised so much sponsorship for… http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/how-tibetan-leadership-treats-a-sponsor-jindak.html
  • Ben
    Tuesday, Feb 28. 2017 11:15 AM
    For Pastor Shin – Thanks!
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  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Feb 27. 2017 09:29 PM
    Rejoice for the Kechara team members for being able to receive the gift from Rinpoche. It is also how much Guru love and care for his students well being. We can repay Guru’s kindness by doing more dharma work and transform ourselves to be better so we can benefit others.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/chinese-new-year-shopping.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Monday, Feb 27. 2017 06:05 PM
    So much pain and torturing inflicted on the poor animals to satisfy our demand for eggs. I hope this article creates the awareness for all of us to rethink our diet and find alternatives to replace eggs. Getting free range eggs or “kampung” eggs is a slightly better idea as long as we are assured that the farm that produces these eggs provide the free range / “kampung” condition for the chicken. The best idea is to omit egg from our diet completely. Thank you, Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/a-chicken-and-egg-situation.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Monday, Feb 27. 2017 05:06 PM
    The importance of Fasting Buddha is to remind us that there will be much difficulties in the process to enlightenment and we must overcome them before we can finally achieve success. Fortitude and diligence are the accessories to overcoming the difficulties. It took Buddha six years of hardship and extreme fasting to gain realization on the “Middle Way”, what more for clowns like us? Thank you, Rinpoche for this teaching.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/fasting-buddha.html
  • Joy
    Monday, Feb 27. 2017 07:15 AM
    ***The Blessings of the Guru***

    Guru devotion and clean samaya with one’s Guru are commonly recognised and emphasised as the foundation of Dharma study and practice in all schools of Tibetan Buddhism. From the legendary Padmasambhava of the Nyingma lineage to the revered mahasiddhas Milarepa and Naropa of the Kagyu tradition, to the great Pabongka Rinpoche of the Gelugpa lineage of practitioners; Guru devotion is undisputedly the common and fundamental element for any Dharma realisation, attainment and ultimately Enlightenment… more>> http://www.dorjeshugden.org/blog/the-blessings-of-the-guru
  • Joy
    Monday, Feb 27. 2017 07:14 AM
    For all who wants some sacred images in their environment, you can download & print these high-res images of enlightened beings ABSOLUTELY FREE here
    >>Buddha Images (Free Download)<< http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
    H.E. Tsem Rinpoche has selected & kindly made these beautiful high quality sacred images available for all to have. Enjoy, be blessed & share this with others.

    Do let Rinpoche know at the comments section which images you downloaded as Rinpoche would feel very happy knowing it has benefited you 😀

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The Unknown

The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
So go pursue all the way with the unknown,
because all unknown with familiarity becomes the known.
~Tsem Rinpoche

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Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
3 days ago
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
4 days ago
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
3 weeks ago
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
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Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
This is a good one to read
1 month ago
This is a good one to read
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
1 month ago
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
Mumu\'s hair is messy and he looks funny
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Mumu's hair is messy and he looks funny
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. 
I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. 
Feast your eyes! 

Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. Feast your eyes! Tsem Rinpoche
                        Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini\'s path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html  Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini's path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
Message to Tibetans in English
2 months ago
Message to Tibetans in English
Message to the Tibetans
2 months ago
Message to the Tibetans
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
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Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
2 months ago
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
3 months ago
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
3 months ago
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
3 months ago
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
3 months ago
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
3 months ago
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
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One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
3 months ago
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
3 months ago
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
4 months ago
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
4 months ago
Sir Edmund Hillary
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha\'s teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha's teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I\'ve seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I've seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
5 months ago
It's nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
                         Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
5 months ago
Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
5 months ago
Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
High lamas in France September 2016
5 months ago
High lamas in France September 2016
༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden:   http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
5 months ago
༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
5 months ago
Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass,
 Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, 
 By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements,
 By seeing the good results, one\'s path becomes more clear, 
 The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, 
 This would eliminate the samsara within our minds.
 ~Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass, Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements, By seeing the good results, one's path becomes more clear, The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, This would eliminate the samsara within our minds. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
5 months ago
Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
5 months ago
Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
5 months ago
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
5 months ago
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
                         This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
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This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
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Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
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Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
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His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
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My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
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Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
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His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
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Left to right: His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
 It\'s nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
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It's nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
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    ཁྱེད་ཀྱི་བཀའ་སློབ་དོན་སྙིང་དེ།།གང་གི་རྣ་བར་བདུད་རྩི་མོད།།འོན་ཀྱང་འགའ་ཡི་རྣ་ལམ་དུ།། བྲག་ཆ་བཞིན་དུ་འགྱུར་སྲིད་མོད།། ཚང་མས་ཚར་རེ་གཟིགས་རོགས།། Kyabje Denma Gonsa Rinpoche telling people that it is important to have guru samaya. It use to be that way in the great monasteries. We should not create problems and schisms. If we want to practice a protector, then do so, if not it's okay, but don't make trouble. One should just practice the Buddha Dharma well. To do good practice. If you have faith in Dorje Shugden and trust all the way, he will definitely help you. But most important is to practice the dharma. This is his advice in short here. It's good to let more Tibetans hear this holy speech and appeal by this very senior Rinpoche. TR
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Pastor Han Nee led the prayers so that KSDS students can follow the prayers slowly. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Nice dharma sharing by Teacher Lin Mun and Jayce for KSDS age group from 9-17. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Nice dharma sharing by Teacher Lin Mun and Jayce for KSDS age group from 9-17. Alice Tay, KSDS
Teacher Jayce led the students do 3 prostrations in front of Rinpoche's throne. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Teacher Jayce led the students do 3 prostrations in front of Rinpoche's throne. Alice Tay, KSDS
Teacher Jayce led the students do 3 prostrations in front of Rinpoche's throne. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Teacher Jayce led the students do 3 prostrations in front of Rinpoche's throne. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Children helping in the technical room during the 2016 Graduation Day. Lin Mun KSDS.
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Volunteers & teachers doing make up for children in preparation for the Graduation Day performance. Lin Mun KSDS
Team decorating the stage in conjunction with the 2016 Lantern Festival. Lin Mun KSDS
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Team decorating the stage in conjunction with the 2016 Lantern Festival. Lin Mun KSDS
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