Why Visit Holy Pilgrimages?

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(Nov 10, 2012)

My talk on “Why Visit Holy Pilgrimages?”

Or view the video on the server at:
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. Samfoonheei on Apr 19, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    Great to know the signaficance of visiting Holy Pilgrimages.Good and easy understanding explaned by Rinpoche.The pilgrimage will be more powerful and meaningful if we can visit Lord Buddha Birth place,enlightenment and where He first taught and parinirvana.That is interesting to know those places as mentioned.I would love to visit some day that will help me in my Dharma practices. And as explaned by Rinpoche all these Holy places vibrate with more peace and powerful blessed energy to bless each and everyone who was there.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing

  2. Jason on Apr 2, 2017 at 9:08 am

    Pilgrimage to holy places especially to Buddha’s Birth,Enlightened, Discourse and enter Paranirwana place is really help us in our Dharma practices to gain attainment.
    Rinpoche told us that pilgrimage will trigger our Dharma seeds or imprint from previous life. Once Dharma seed sprout, our spiritual path become easier and we will acheive fruitful spiritual.
    Rinpoche shared the pilgrimage article really inspired more Buddhism practitioners to visit India.
    I must plan for my pilgrimage to India soon in order to create more good cause for my spiritual path.
    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing.

    Jason

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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。

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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。

  11. [email protected] on Apr 20, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    Borobudur one sacred holy place.

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

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  16. 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.

  17. 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! 🙂

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

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

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

  22. 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.

  23. 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 .

  24. 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!

  25. 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. _/\_

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

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

  27. 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

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

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

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. 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 !!

  35. 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!

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. 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! 🙂

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

  42. 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.

  43. 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.

  44. 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.

  45. 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.

  46. 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.

  47. 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…

  48. 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.

  49. 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!

  50. 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.

  51. 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.

  52. 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.

  53. 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

  54. 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

  55. 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!

  56. 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.

  57. 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.

  58. 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.

  59. 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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    Sunday, Apr 30. 2017 01:54 AM
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    My favorite Mahasiddha is Naropa….Let explain few !from4incarnation DRUKPAone MADe split!forTWO!!DRUKPA(HEMIS-ladakh)&SHABDRUNG(relung monastery Tibet site) .later SHABDRUNG split for3 body speach MIND! ( i m not certain order) SHABDRUNGS ARE!!! NamkhaiN0rbu RINPOCHE YES!! HH SHABDRUNG controversial in BHUTAN home jail!by urgyen trinley can!idDAYE&TaklungShabrung .. Recently with Dalai our monk seen !
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  • Alice Tay
    Sunday, Apr 30. 2017 12:16 AM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this and I was touched by this story very much. I personally think that this faithful dog must has very close karmic connection with its owner and it know that the owner is died. Furthermore, animals are very sensitive to our energies and mind states. So, if we are loving kindness and compassion, they can feel our love and care.

    As such, we must treat the animals like humans too. Not to harm them because humans can be reborn as animals and animals can be reborn as humans. We have to accept that humans and animals are interconnected and just like a family.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Apr 29. 2017 11:49 PM
    Spiritual practice is definitely much more than doing good for others. When we practice “spirituality” without religion and from our own understanding, how sure are we that we are on the right track? When we practice spiritual with the guide of religion, we will certain progress and much easily to attain higher levels. Thank you, Rinpoche for this teaching.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/can-we-just-be-spiritual-but-not-religious.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Apr 29. 2017 10:56 PM
    When we truly love and care for another being like a family, whether this other being is a dog or cat, a child or a stranger, it will break our heart when it is gone. Many people may not be capable of this emotion towards a pet but as we evolved, we will realize we are capable to develop such feelings for animals. It is common in the west to have pets cemetery because of this reason. Thank you for this article, Rinpoche.

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

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

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

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

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

    Jason

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

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

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

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

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this heartwarming article.

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

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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini\'s blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves.
~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini's blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves. ~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
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His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one\'s death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one's death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin\'s dog Snowy!
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I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin's dog Snowy!
Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
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Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
 Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
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2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
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One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
 Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
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Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
Tsem Rinpoche\'s Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
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Tsem Rinpoche's Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
 It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and \'defeat\' the ones that hurt us because we don\'t become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
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It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and 'defeat' the ones that hurt us because we don't become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
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Tsem Rinpoche's heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
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Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
 (left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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(left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s good to be with kind and sincere people.
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It's good to be with kind and sincere people.
If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
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If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
My Mumu boy didn\'t want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
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My Mumu boy didn't want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
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This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
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This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
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Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn\'t move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
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I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
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March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
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Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
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March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
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More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
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Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
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Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
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This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
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I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
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Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
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Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
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The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
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Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
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My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
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February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
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  • April 20, 2017 10:45
    Ronnie asked: Dear Rinpoche and Pastors, I'm studying abroad and very far away from home, seeking guidance and advice as I have no one else I can talk to about this. Please read with an open mind, I don't know where else to go for help. I'm pregnant and it's an unplanned pregnancy. I'm stuck between keeping it or letting it go. I'm young and having a child at my age in the society we live in now would be considered taboo. The father of the child thinks I should let it go because it may cause a setback to both our careers and cause major family issues. He thinks we aren't ready to raise a child especially since we're both still in university and his parents think badly of me even though they've never met me or tried to get to know me. I'm sure no one would ever have the heart to take away a heartbeat but it seems like it isn't the right time to have a child now and if we did go through with it, the child probably won't be able to have the best things life can offer looking at where we are now in terms of finance and maturity. I'm lost, confused and unsure what the right thing to do is now. Any advice at all would be helpful right now. Thank you so very much for taking time to read my story.
    pastor answered: Dear Ronnie, I’m sorry to read that you are going through this situation. I can understand that this situation is tough to go through. You are always more than welcome to come here to ask questions. May I suggest that you talk to either someone in your family or your friends to help you come to an appropriate solution? This is because, what you feel, what you are going through, will change from time to time and you would need someone to talk to, someone that you can lean on through this situation you are facing. Depending on where you are in the world, professional help can also be sought to help you make a decision, which will be the best option for you seeking help. From a Buddhist perspective, the taking of a life is not considered a positive act, therefore those on the Buddhist path, would normally abstain taking a life if possible. However, that being said, one must always weigh the decision oneself. Everything we do in life, necessarily involves karma both positive and negative. That is why Buddhists try to overcome samsara in general. Your situation is complicated because you are abroad, but if possible you should really open up to someone you are close to in order to help you through making this decision on a personal basis. When you talk to someone, whom you are able to express yourself more, you may able to come to better decision that is right for you. There may be other options open to you if you seek help. I personally know women who have been in similar situations. One of these women, let the child go and the other went through the pregnancy and then gave the child up for adoption. You may or may not have thought of this option, but it is one that could be open to you, depending on where in the world you are. Any decision we make in life, however big or small it may seem, has far reaching consequences whether in this life, or in future lives. This is just a part and parcel of life within samsara. However, we should weigh the decisions we make clearly given the situation we are in. We cannot always do this weighing ourselves, but need to talk about our options with others we can rely on such a friends, family or professionals. You should consider doing this, which will help you greatly emotionally, and may give you the grounding you need to make the correct decision for you. I hope this helps.
  • April 19, 2017 04:57
    Dongho asked: What is a nyung ne practice? According to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, it's a purification sadhana. However, what are the instructions for this? I'm guessing it's to Chenrezig, but how does it work? Also, from what I have read, Vajrasattva practice is only for broken vows while Akshobhya is for regular misdeeds. Does that mean one has to take the Akshobhya practice to purify bad karma from this life and previous instead of Vajrasattva? As for the purification practices, are some like Vajrasattva and Chenrezig only to purify the bad karma and let it come quickly or is it to prevent it from coming? I am confused in it. As for signs, I recited a mantra of White Yangchenma that a Sakya lama, Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche, gave me with the Sakya visualizations I read on, and after one mala, I heard some lady call my Korean name even though no one in my neighborhood knows of my name and my family members weren't in the area. What does this mean?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your questions, it’s nice to see you back here again. Nyung Ne practice is a purification practice that centres around Chenrezig. It is a very beneficial practice that stems from a holy nun named Gelong-ma Palmo. It is a two and a half day practice that can be repeated many times over and over again to intensify the purification and build a closer relationship with Chenrezig. As well as its purification aspect, the practice is known to generate vast amount of merit, and also compassion, as the practice centres around Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion. The practice involves taking the eight Mahayana precepts for the duration, fasting, meditating, prostrating and praying. The practice usually entails empowerment into the practice of Chenrezig, therefore the exact meditations, prayers can only be explained to those who have the empowerment. Vajrasattva practice is not necessarily only for repairing broken vows, etc. That’s why it is advised that you engage in the practice at the end of the day, to repair any vows that you may have broken during that day, as well as stopping any negative karma you created that day from multiplying. This would entail reciting the mantra 21 times, together with the four opponent powers. However, if you engage in this practice more intensely, it definitely has the capability to purify all sorts of karma. That is the reason why in Ngondro, or preliminary practices one engages in before tantra, the practice of 100,000 Vajrasattva mantra recitation is an integral part. You can read more about Vajrasattva and his practice here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/an-important-purification-practice.html. Within purification practices, some of the karma will be purified completely, so you do not feel its effects at all, but when purifying other karma you will need to feel its effects somehow. For example if you have the karma to be in a car accident and get seriously injured, and you are engaging in any practice, but especially the purification practice, since you have purified most of the karma, you will only experience being in a very minor car accident, with only very superficial injuries. Therefore, in this case, the karma has been purified to the extent that it does not affect you as much, but you still need to feel part of its effect. In regards to any signs that you receive which engaging in the practices given to you by one of your specific gurus, you should report the happenings to that particular guru. He will be able to give you more of an accurate answer, as it may be related to the particular practice that he gave to you. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • April 17, 2017 07:06
    Thomas asked: Dear Pastors, When a serkyem set has been used so much and one is ready to get rid of it and replace it with a new one. What is a respecful mode of disposal?
    pastor answered: Dear Thomas, Thank you for your question. Your question shows that you have a lot of respect for offering items, which is very good. If possible, you should try to repair the item if within your means, and doing so make embellishments to make it a better offering item, which can still be used. If this is not possible, then you should dispose of the item with a good motivation. You should think that this item has been used to make offerings to the enlightened beings, but now that it is broken or unusable, you are going to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. Since it itself is not a receptacle of energies of the enlightened beings, such as a statue, tsa tsa or thangka, it does not require a special dissolution before being disposed of. However since it was used to make offerings, it still requires some form of respect when disposing, and this comes from one’s motivation and the way in which you dispose of it. Usually, when disposing of items in this way, make the motivation that you have used it and that it is now time to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. When you do this you can dispose of it in a respectful manner. For example, if you are going to throw it away, you do not simply open the trash can and throw it in. You wrap it up in something, like a bag or newspaper and dispose of it respectfully. Another method you can dispose of it is to recycle the object, if the material it is made from can be recycled. That way you are more conscious of the environment as well. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 16, 2017 22:38
    Curious asked: Dear pastors In a recent youtube video something like paying respect to deceased ones, pastor Nirel Patel explained that merits are like the interest and good karma is like the principal sum. So merits always regenerate themselves and hence do not get used up but good karma is like the principal sum so it gets used up. So my question is what are practices that generate merit? And can we turn a mundane daily activity into a meritorious one? Maybe can you provide an example?
    pastor answered: Dear Curious, Thank you for your question. First, to clarify a point, in regards to good karma, you are right, it is like a principal sum in a bank account, but you take away from it when you experience something good in your life, and you add to it when you do good deeds. Merit on the other hand, once accrued never diminishes, therefore when something is based on merit, it is based on the energies of this never diminishing sum, which you could say is like interest. In short, the principal sum when talking about karma is always added to and subtracted from. However, when talking about merit, once you have it, there is no way to destroy it, you will always benefit from it. There are various ways to explain how to generate merit. I will explain a way that I find easiest to understand. In normal life, when we go about performing any sort of activity, be it ‘good’ or ‘bad’ we do so out of ignorance of the true nature of existence, and it is usually self-motivated. For example, we work our entire lives to generate monetary income, so that we have enough money, resources, and materials goods to be comfortable. This is self-motivated, but it is the accepted way the world works these days, and is part and parcel of being bound to samsaric life. On the other hand, the act of merit making can be categorised into three parts: i) motivation, ii) the act itself, and iii) dedication. Let’s start with motivation, when engaging in various virtuous acts, we should have the motivation that by engaging in the act, we have the motivation to alleviate the suffering of someone else, and that may we gain enlightenment so that we can benefit them in the future. The second is the act itself. The third is to dedicate the energy of the virtuous act to gaining enlightenment. These three are what make merit. This may be a little confusing, so let me give an example: giving help to a homeless person. Whereas in ordinary life, this is something praised as a very good deed, it does not create merit without motivation and dedication. In order for this to become merit, one must set the motivation that one is giving help to the homeless free of the eight worldly concerns, to alleviate their suffering and also making the motivation that you will achieve enlightenment for the sake of the person or people you are helping. Then after you have helped them, you dedicate the energy created to the spiritual journey towards full enlightenment to help all sentient beings, while at the same time benefiting as many sentient beings as possible on the way there. This transforms the act into not only a virtuous action but also one that generates merit. On the other hand, if you were to help the homeless without these, you are creating good karma, which although beneficial, keeps you bound to existence within samsara. As it is the goal of Buddhist practice to overcome the cycle of samsara, a Buddhist would want to generate merit instead of good karma. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 13, 2017 11:38
    D.A. asked: If Begtse Chan is not from Mongolia, what are his real origins or story exactly? And which lamas offer his empowerment? As for Manjushri Nagarakshasa, which lamas specifically offer his empowerment and practice?
    pastor answered: Dear D.A. Thank you for your question. Begtse, is also known as Chamsing, or Jamsaran in Mongolian. As mentioned in an earlier sharing with someone who also asked a question about Begtse, the practiced was introduced to Tibet from India by the translator Nyen Lotsawa, and is considered one of the main protectors of the Hayagriva cycle of tantras. According to the scriptures that derive from the Sakya tradition, who incorporated the practice from the translators, and in which tradition Begtse became a very important protector, Begtse in a previous life was born many eons ago. In that particular life, he was born as the younger prince in a royal family. His name was Drag Gye, and his older brother’s name was Drag Den. Over time both princes developed differing religious beliefs, to the point where they could not get along with each as they both held their own religious views strongly. As was the custom during that time, they decided to settle their differences through logical debate, with the loser having to convert to the winner’s religion. This custom was also prevalent in ancient India, and there are many stories of such debates occurring between the great masters of the past and those of other faiths. Drag Gye lost the various debates, but ran away instead of converting to his older brother’s religion. Drag Den caught him, and tried to punish him for breaking the rules of debate and going back on his promise. Drag Gye told his brother that even if he was killed he would not give up his religion, however if Drag Den let him go, that in the future when Drag Den became enlightened, he would protect his teachings. With that Drag Den let him go, and gave him a set of copper armour, a stick, and a bow and arrow. Drag Den also gave Drag Gye a new name: Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po. After this incident the two brothers never saw each other again in that lifetime. Many lives after that Drag Den was reborn as Prince Siddharta, who eventually became enlightened and is now known as Buddha Shakyamuni. Drag Gye, or Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po, was reborn in a cemetery in the North West direction. His parents gave birth to two eggs, one was a coral-like colour and the other was an agate-like colour. These two eggs flew high into the sky and reached the heavenly realms, there they subdued the gods. Then flying back down to earth, they subdued many nagas. Eventually they even came to threaten their own parents. The parents petitioned the Dharma protector Ekajati for her help, who threw her own staff (khatvanga) at the eggs, and broke them apart. From the coral-like coloured egg came a ferocious man with yellow hair, he proclaimed that his name was ‘Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po’. When he emerged he was wearing a set of copper armour, wielding a stick, copper sword, and a bow and arrow. From the agate-like coloured egg came a female who was blue in colour, her teeth were like shells, she had turquoise eyebrows, and her hair was made of fire. She emerged wielding a copper knife, ritual dagger (phurba), rode a terrifying bear and wore an intricate necklace made of agate and lapis lazuli. It was then that Ekajati once again took action, and subdued them, after which they became Dharma protectors. The male figure became known as Begtse, and the female as his sister. When you propitiate Begtse, his sister is automatically included and aids practitioners as well. As for which lama offer his practice and empowerment, most lamas do not advertise which teachings or practice they hold. Therefore you should respectfully approach lamas and ask them if they have the practice and can bestow it, or if they know of any lamas that have the practice, depending on how much you want to practice Begtse. Similarly, this applies to those lamas who have the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. However, this practice is included in the Rinjung Gyatsa series of empowerments. This unique cycle of teachings, includes all 4 classes of tantric practices, and includes the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. Therefore those lamas who have received the complete transmission, and have kept their commitments for this practice, are qualified to pass this on to others. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
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