Why we shouldn’t say bad things of other centres

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In order to make the holy Dharma grow we need to have more inter-center (at our respective countries) communications, support and harmony. For example if one center is having a dinner, garage sale, or event, another center’s representative should offer donations, congratulations, and emotional support. When another center is doing well, we must all rejoice and be happy. Because we are all in the same family. And if other members or other centers have contributed to the growth of our centers, we should mention, rejoice and make sure always that the members in our center are informed now and in the future so that it encourages inter-center support in the future. It is not necessary that we attend ceremonies of other centers when their teachers arrive as we have our own teachers, commitments and practice. But we should definitely NEVER NEVER criticize, infer, create gossip, or slander the other center’s teachers, practice, lineage or activities. It is said in the holy Lam Rim composed by the King of Dharma Manjunatha Tsongkapa that if we criticize any form of Dharma, the negative karma accumulated is equivalent to killing 1,000 Buddhas. Just think of the karma of killing just an insect, which we as Buddhist try to be aware and not do so, imagine killing a Buddha. Of course killing a Buddha is not possible but it is a hypothetical example of the gravity of that kind of action.

If we create schismatic talk and we are successful in preventing others from going to their teachers, or create doubt in their mind regarding their teachers, stop them from going to a certain center, or cause them to abandon their teacher and practice… how can we gain any attainments???? The negative karma is very strong and multiplies daily. If we are the cause for others to lose faith in their teacher and practice, then how can our own faith (the cause of all attainments in the tantras) increase, be stable in our own teachers? How can we harm another’s faith and hope our faith will remain stable? Those who gossip and carry on with criticisms can become unstable in their mind and always change their minds to achieve nothing. If our samaya (commitment and faith) is not stable in our own teacher then how can any understanding, attainments, and spiritual growth manifest in our mindstream??? We should think about that point carefully.

Those who speak ill of our/others’ teachers, practice and lineage, be they ‘high’ monks, lamas, or ordinary students, we must be aware of them and let it pass into one ear and then out from the other. Have compassion for that person, do not engage or ask any more questions and smile and let it go. If others comment that there is something wrong with our teachers and practice that we have already forged a samaya with, then what can stop others from saying they can be wrong also even if they may be high ranking monks or simple students. When does it stop?? Either all the gurus are to be respected and the bond between them and their students held sacred or we must be a perfect omniscient living Buddha to criticize, judge and talk negatively and check who is ‘genuine’ and not ‘genuine.’ Would a perfect Buddha do that anyways?  Who in true Buddhistic practice can run around proclaiming they are a living Buddhas and condemn others?  People who are incredible examples of selflessness such as Mother Teresa proclaims herself to be a simple nun or a pencil in God’s hand. H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama always says that he is just a simple Buddhist monk although more than fourteen million Buddhists of the Tibetan Tradition believe him to be Avalokitesvara. Panchen Lama who tirelessly worked for others never called himself Amitabah although so many believed him to be.

So once we are able to criticize another practice, teacher, tradition, deity, center, temple, church, student, etc. then we leave ourselves open for criticism and schism, because in the end who is right and who is wrong?? Leave people in peace. When we criticize another tradition/practice/teacher it also shows that we are perhaps highly insecure about what we are doing so we need more people doing what we are doing to feel ‘right.’ Or give us security maybe?  Only study, reading, practice, holding vows and attending Dharma talks to get knowledge is what will really give us security in our practice based on sound logic. A person like that never criticizes others but rejoice, because when you reach a higher state of practice and knowledge, you see the oneness/sameness of the goal, only method differ and rejoice at the skillfulness of the masters in offering diversity to different sentient beings. We would never want to harm another being. Otherwise one would create the karma of being separated from one’s own teacher and teachings, unable to practice and gain results, anger and fear increase in the mind and great insecurities due to resultant karma of schismatic actions of speech and mind. People who have taken refuge or accepted another to be their teacher or practice, we must encourage them towards what they have already committed.

When we appoint ourselves as the ‘spiritual police’ to ‘take action’ against the people following ‘wrong’ lamas and ‘wrong’ practices, we create something very dangerous. We create tremendous disharmony, doubt and aggression. We breed and justify intolerance which is the opposite of Lord Buddha’s infallible Dharma. We must search into ourselves and check the level of our own practice, our motivation. If our motivation and practice is supreme and perfect, then very skillful methods are extremely necessary to guide others. People’s spiritualities are very delicate and must be handled with care combined with compassion. Do not criticize their practice, teacher or tradition in any way. You just need to police yourself. Just remain in your practice and resolve to gain full enlightenment to benefit them in the future. Spiritual policing should be left to Mahakala, Setrap, Palden Lhamo, or maybe other Enlightened Beings perhaps.

If we separate another person from their teacher causing them to abandon the teacher-student samaya and bring them to our teacher/practice, according to the 50 Verses of Guru Devotion, that person and us would never gain any attainments. They came to our practice from the wrong methods-creating doubts in and abandoning their teachers.  We may be able to negatively influence them in the beginning, but as they gain more and more knowledge in the Dharma, our negative words will have less and less of a hold on the other person as they study the Dharma more. In fact, the person might lose confidence in us and in worst cases forsake their refuge which is bad for them and extremely detrimental to ourselves. Any teacher, traditions, student and writings that castigate, defame or criticize other teachers, traditions and students we must be wary of as they can prove extremely detrimental to our own spiritual growth. People who like to carry tales from one centre to another centre or criticize other teachers/centres create the most detriment to the growth of the Buddha Dharma. Observe these people and how intolerant they may sometimes become even if their motivation was initially good. Every Buddhist lineage, tradition and teacher have the right to exist, form and benefit others. We don’t need any councils, groups, or authority to look over them. Who would listen in today’s day and age anyways? It just creates negativities. If these ‘authoritarian’ groups exist, they must consist of very learned students, well practiced members, and have their three doors well subdued, unbiased and non-denominationally based. Otherwise these groups can cause great detriment to the growth of Buddhism in their individual societies, even if these groups have good intentions. If a centre is breaking the law, then the law will take care of them. You do not need to be the spiritual law, but just cultivate true Buddha qualities with the short time you have left. You can benefit more if you become highly attained, than to procrastinate your practice to spiritual policing of others with current limited abilities. Spiritually policing others would be a detriment to our own practice as it takes time away from our development. When we are accomplished, then we would have much more effect on others. If you see ‘wrong’, it should motivate you to practice, transform and become attained faster. Everything can motivate you. Just use it in the right way. To spiritually police others at this time would not be time well spent because we can use the time to practice and become a Buddha. As a Buddha would benefit much much much more to skillfully steer wrong to right.

On a practical basis, one teacher, one centre and one lineage would be physically and practically impossible to suit/accommodate everyone and their temperament. So if you have ten centers for example, in the city, then there is a higher chance that more people can come across the Dharma in that city as opposed to just having one center. I often get students of other centers consulting me, asking for divinations, advice, clearing of Dharma points, or just to meet me. But I always encourage them towards their teacher, practice and center and discourages them to join my place unless it’s general gatherings at their insistence. Their teachers are more than good enough and what I have might not suit them and that’s ok. It’s not that I don’t welcome them, but I want to create stability and consistency with their practice in their minds. But I always ask, what do we want from that person? Do we want them to gain attainments, knowledge, realizations so that their lives can be happy and they can transform to be of benefit to others? Or just increase the membership of our own centers for financial gains, profits or simply to look good? If our motivation is the prior, then we should encourage them to what they have already committed themselves to. Because once they gain knowledge and realizations causing a transformation of that person, it doesn’t matter anymore what tradition they came from, they simply benefit others. Isn’t that Buddha’s intent? If so, that should be our own intent. We want to create Buddhas no matter what methods to tread to attain this sacred goal.

Therefore inter-center harmony is crucial to the growth of the Buddha Dharma in today’s world. If we do not wish to help another centre, then that is ok for whatever reasons we have, but do not harm another centre in any way. Remember, karma is for everyone. We should consider if we wish the holy Dharma to grow so that it can be of tremendous benefit to the contribution of inner peace which leads to outer peace. If so then my thoughts here are very applicable to wherever we live in the world. Because Buddhism is a renowned world religion and it will only grow. In countries where traditionally Buddhism have not taken root, it is establishing itself by way of centers, that turn into temples and eventually into institutions of great learning. Wherever Buddhism thrives, it serves as great addition to the peace and harmony of that city or country due to its emphasis on non-harm, non-killing and peaceful agenda of cooperative human social interaction. It also stresses very much on the peaceful interactions and inter-religious harmony. So it would be very important for the thousands of Dharma centers throughout the world to continue to grow, expand and fulfill their functions as contributors to inner and eventually outer world peace. These thoughts have been penned specifically from my wish for harmony between the various beautiful Buddhist traditions, and also inter-religious harmony.

This write-up is not meant to hurt anyone or hint at anyone or group, nor is it to accuse, it is just my thoughts on inter-center harmony. I could be right or wrong, but it’s my thoughts. In today’s world, tolerance, compassion and forgiveness are very much needed especially from those who are supposed to be spiritual. These qualities are not unique of religion, but should be the uniqueness in religious practitioners.

Tsem Rinpoche

(First published October 2013)

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  1. Wan Wai Meng on Apr 3, 2016 at 4:51 am

    Dharma centers that help others to become better people, have activities that people can learn and eventually transform bring benefit to the people they serve. Hence other dharma centers also deserve our support and help we can render to them.

  2. KB Thapa on Jan 21, 2016 at 3:58 am

    Dear Rinpoche, thank you for the article it is very needed to all of us.. Yes Rinpoche In order to make the holy Dharma grow, we need to have more inter-center communications, support and harmony . For example, if one center is having a dinner, garage sale or event, another center’s representative should offer donations, congratulations and emotional support very import and promote each other, the very resion we go dharma centers is to learn and spread Buddha teaching.

  3. Chris Chong on Dec 16, 2015 at 12:53 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for reminding us the important of us being kind and unbiased towards other buddhist centres, gurus or linages. It is one of the 5 heinous crimes to create a schism in community of sangha. It is a negative action that has serious unimaginable repercussion that we should be mindful of always. Who are we to judge when highly attained saints like Dalai Lama who is the emanation of Chenrezig do not.

    Chris

  4. Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Nov 22, 2015 at 1:04 am

    1) Rinpoche writing “‘high’ monks, lamas” gave me pause to think. At the point of death, monks and lamas are not exempt from rebirth in the three lower realms if their ranks are not accompanied by practice. So the only ‘high’ that matters is that you are high in your thinking and practice, and not in your rank.

    When Rinpoche tells stories about the great masters in the monasteries, it’s not just the scholars and ranking lamas that move and inspire Rinpoche, but those without name and fame who are sincere in their faith and practice. I still remember the story of an ordinary monk who only relies on Lama Tsongkhapa and Migtsema as his practice, which was given to him when he was younger to combat his depression. Then there is also the story of Gen Nyima who relied solely on Yamantaka and didn’t know how to do any other pujas.

    2) motivation is important. Criticism is okay when the motivation is constructive, to amend something for the better AND to do something about the situation you are criticising. The types of people that the world admires are those who criticise and challenge the status quo, AND combine their criticism with peaceful action.

    Mother Teresa’s social action was a criticism of the lack of care and medical aid for lepers. Mandela criticised the apartheid status quo and combined it with his peaceful 27-year incarceration. Aung San Suu Kyi criticised the junta and combined it with her stoic house arrest. Gandhi challenged British rule and combined it with his ahimsa methods.

    All of these people criticised AND used themselves and their lives as examples for the ideals they are standing up for.

    Our lamas are the same. They criticise our body, speech and mind so we stop these actions that damage and hurt others mentally, physically and spiritually. They become part of the solution by teaching us the Dharma (i.e. an alternative method of life so we benefit others) by official teachings, by action, by method, by example.

    But criticising to be right, criticising without offering a solution and criticising without being part of the solution does not garner respect or even make people like you.

    3) if we spent as much time on introspection as we do in looking for faults in others, we would be Buddhas already. Are we free from criticism ourselves to warrant looking at others over and above looking into our minds?

    To criticise without good reason and become the ‘spiritual police’ that Rinpoche wrote about doesn’t just run the risk of damaging other people’s spirituality. It can damage ours too when we indulge in our unruly minds in this way.

    Considering the pervasiveness of our deluded thinking, it’s best not to indulge in our unruly minds and let it run riot. So we should refrain from criticising because we never know the nature of the object we are criticising. What happens if the object we are criticising happens to be a Buddha? We would never be able to discern this with our deluded thinking; it would just be best not to criticise at all since we can’t afford to accumulate anymore negative karma.

    4) the fact there is something to criticise points to a few concepts about the nature of existence. First, that there is duality because what you think is perfect and free from criticism may not necessarily appear that way to others. Second, the fact we feel words are hurtful is an indication of how strong our ego is to view these words as negative criticism rather than just feedback.

    So if we want to criticise, we should consider if there is an inherent fault in the object we are criticising or if the fault lies with our perception. Take Dorje Shugden for example – the information about him, when examined logically and free from bias, shows us that this being is a Buddha. Buddhas are beings who are without karma, therefore they do not have the karma to be criticised.

    So why is there criticism of them? Because the fault lies in the perceiver having the karma to see faults in the Buddha, in order to criticise them.

    5) having said that, we also have to consider the source of criticism. Rinpoche wrote about the importance of good friends and I definitely agree with this.

    Do our friends criticise us and put us down, so they feel better about themselves? Or do they criticise us because they want us to improve?

    Rinpoche has told us before that when we get into a relationship, our partners should push us to greater spiritual heights. The union should be one that benefits one another’s spiritual practice, instead of furthering our samsara. I think this can also be taken to mean any kind of relationship and not just a romantic one. Since we have a choice of friends and limited time to practise, we should choose to be with people who encourage our practice and not drag us down.

  5. andrew on Oct 25, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    My old chinese mate always say to me dont worry be happy.

  6. Alice Tay on Oct 23, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teaching. Just to share some of my thoughts as below:

    1. Motivation
    If everyone has good motivation with the great virtues to benefit others and to gain realisation from their transformation, we should rejoice and happy. Never have the intention to criticize or prejudice but to respect the other gurus, practice, lineage or activities.

    2. Guru devotion
    We should have strong faith to our guru as well as encourage others towards their teacher that they feel suit to them. It is very important for us to have a guru to help and enable us to have stability,consistency and persistency in practice and eventually gain attainments.

    3. Believe in karma
    Believe in karma and no one can escape from the karma. It is clearly indicated in holy Lamrim composed by the King of Dharma Manjunatha Tsongkapa that if we criticize any form of Dharma, the negative karma accumulated is equivalent to killing 1,000 Buddhas. As such, we should appreciate that by holding vows, many actions are refrained which are actually to help us to purify negative karma and clear obstacles.

  7. Uncle Eddie on Oct 19, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    In today’s free World, it is said that we should have full freedom to practice as and when, where or how we like!!! No religion is advised to denigrate or ever criticise one another’s religion, lest it snowballed into something big and damaging, as many could have seen in history. All religious leaders should create harmony within their own religious community and everyone they meet. Any abuses, immoral and wrong usages of power of influences may lead to chaos, unnecessary destructions, damages or even loss of lives. Therefor, strong sense of intellegience and wisdomised control should be excercised to create more needed peace, blissful happiness and harmony amongst all religious prcatitioners. Everyone should have full freedom to practice and live their lives democratically in accordance with their religious beliefs and behaviours. Om Mani Padme Hung.

  8. Wong Suet Moi on Oct 18, 2015 at 7:53 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for the teaching. We should be more sensitive and aware of this issue as it can caused very serious karma. We do not wish anybody or anybody from other centre come to criticize us or creat gossip so do us not to do the same to others. Generally among the Buddhism community should not have critism and schism. I will always bear in mind of the seriousness karma incurred. Thank you Rinpoche.

  9. SL Boon on Nov 5, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Wow, didn’t know that the karma for criticising Dharma is so heavy! Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this!

  10. Judy Chen on Oct 30, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Buddhism universally teaches us to seek attainment, enlightenment and also to be out of this samsaric world.

    Any dharma center will be guiding us along the same path, so all dharma centers would be the same and we should not criticise and spread rumours of other centers.

    Thank you Rinpoche for your clarification and motivation. In Buddhism we should be more compassionate and patience.

    With folded hands

    • Rena Wong on Nov 5, 2014 at 5:36 pm

      Dear Rinpoche?

      We should rejoice when there is more Dharma inter-centre or Temples growing in our community. Every tradition, lineage of form have the right to exist and benefit others.

      Its important we do not create schismatic talk or criticisms causing people to abandon their teachers and practice. Those who gossip and carry on with criticisms have unstable mind and in secure of them self. In doing so, one will generate very strong negative karma & it multiplies daily. 

      We should continue to study, read, practice, holding vows and attend Dharma talks to get knowledge is what will really give us security in our practice based on sound logic. We must constantly remind ourself to put Dharma into practice  to  achieve inter-harmony with all beings and apply it wherever we are.

      Thank you Rinpoche for constantly teaching & reminding us to practice Dharma, have guru devotion and ‘one teacher, one centre & one lineage’ as these will encourage each Dharma centres to flourish ahead.

      With folded hands
      Rena

  11. Lum Kok Luen on Oct 28, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Your teaching here is indeed very penetrative and thought provoking. I am now fully aware of the logic behind the principle of One Lama, One Center.

    The key is that as we practice Dharma, what’s our motivation? To Benefit Others. So whichever method we use, as long as it is to benefit others, it has to be the right path.

    Thank you Rinpoche for the wonderful clarification and clairvoyance of this teaching.

    Humbly yours,
    Lum Kok Luen

  12. Toh Cheng See on Oct 27, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    When I was reading this article it reminds me of a uneasy experience I had at a coffee shop while I was having my meal. There was this senior guy sitting there with a group of youngsters wearing the same t-shirt but I can’t make up what is written on their t-shirt as they are a few tables away . He was talking very loudly and was saying bad things about a monk (I have no idea who is is talking about). His talk makes me feel very uneasy and even though I am on a different table and never know who this guy is , I quickly finish my meal and left . I felt that by doing so he has indirectly cause some people (he speaks so loudly that the entire coffee shop could hear him) to have negative perception of Buddhism . Also how he has influence this group of youngsters . This article is so true and yes we have to support and respect other centers and not say negative things of others. All for One and One for All in name of Buddhism.
    Thank you Rinpoche for yet another good article. With Folded Hands.

  13. lili cappello on Oct 19, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Great to read this tonight….Thankyou Rinpoche, just what I needed to hear, Lili

  14. Choo Weng Loong on May 14, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this important teaching . We really need to be mindful of our actions especially those from our speech so as not to create negative karma for ourselves and create disharmony among fellow Buddhists or Dharma centers

  15. Daisy Sun on May 13, 2014 at 4:02 am

    Yes, it is always exited for me to see others center are growing and this shown that dharma is spreading and more people will get benefited. I think if I ever come across any people who talk bad another center, I would listen to their complaint first. Then ask them what do they expected? Check their intention that they are trying to gossip or they really have some better ideas which can be suggested for improvement. I think if we care enough, by listening and trying to keep them back on track is a practice too… Good and bad situation are always there for us to practice dharma. If good things come, we shall realise the impermenance , if bad things come we shall be more patience or forgiving…

  16. wansan on May 13, 2014 at 4:00 am

    “In order to make the holy Dharma grow we need to have more inter-center (at our respective countries) communications, support and harmony.” These 3 key points are the ones that will bring us all together, without them, we will fall apart. Nothing will go smoothly if we do not communicate efficiently and clearly between each other. Without any support from anyone, it’s obvious that many things will not work as smooth. Being harmony within the center is utmost important. Who doesn’t want t work or be in a place that’s harmonious and peaceful and everyone gets things done quickly.

    As a Buddhist, we should never criticize others, what more to say other Dharma centers, who are in fact practicing Dharma and spreading the Dharma. Just that they have a different method or way to do it. If we don’t feel that it’s suitable for us, we don’t have to go around telling people bad things about it. Everyone has their own way of doing things and we should all respect the different methods used. As Rinpoche mentioned, how can one practices compassion, harmony, tolerance.. etc in the centre and the next thing you know, criticizing and bad mouthing other centers? Why not use our time to practice Dharma more, instead of going around talking negative things and creating schism of other centers. As Rinpoche said, it creates an unstable mind for us as well. So it does not benefit either way. We are all here to achieve the same goal, to spread the Dharma. Thank you Rinpoche for the wonderful teaching _/\_

  17. Victor Choi on May 10, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts and which I totally agree with your said.
    Every dharma center/teachers/ leaders have their own ways to convey dharma knowledge of what Buddha Shakyamuni thought way back of more than 2500 years ago to his follower/ students and passed down the teaching but only in different method way of teaching which having the same goal.
    I had this experienced when I was young and even now that some students/follower of other center demoralizing by saying that “this dharma center teaching different lineage which is not pure linage” or “that guru lineage is not pure and creates some method that is not in the tradition”

    In my personal opinion,understanding and realization is in need that every guru teaches different method to reach students mind for them to understand about buddhism and dharma about in different method that some of other students/follower that couldn’t accept nor they don’t understand it. Somehow or rather the “GOAL” of it is the same is to eliminate sufferings, to have deeper realization and greater compassion towards all sentient beings in practice to reach enlightenment.

    Rinpoche had given me a strong impact to clear my doubt in Buddhism and have a stable mindset to follow what Rinpoche taught. I’m so grateful to met you in this life to practice deeper in Buddhism and praying to all lifetime to follow you. Wishes Rinpoche to have long life,teach and spread the dharma. I would like to thank that person who brought me in here “Thank you Helena Chin!”

  18. susan liew on May 8, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Buddhism is a religion that promotes peace, love, harmony, compassion, tolerance, acceptance and respect of even other faith as all religions teaches good things. So it is only right that we should accept and support different teaching methods of different schools of buddhism as the goal is the same – that is liberation and enlightenment. Every centre and guru has their own ways to reach out to different levels of students as different methods appeal to different ppl. Thus we should help and support in whatever ways we can so more ppl will benefit from buddha’s teachings. Religion should make us more compassionate, accepting, patient and not to be bias. Rinpoche’s advice is so logical and is without any agenda. If all the centres will to adopt this good guideline, there will be much peace and inter-center harmony and the dharma will flourish.

  19. Michelle Chua on May 7, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    We should never criticize or talk bad about other centers as all centers are set up for the same reason- for dharma to spread and flourish. We should rejoice at the fact that more centers are establishing and so more people can benefit from Buddha’s teachings. Different teachers or lineages have different methods of teachings but they are all the same, therefore once again we should not criticize their practice, teacher or lineage.

  20. gary foo on May 4, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    Totally agree with Rinpoche on this one. there are many dharma centers with many teachers and approaches,all leading to dharma and enlightment. at the same time although there could be some masquerading as dharma teachers but they really have bad intentions, we do not possess such wisdom to know if its true. sometimes its just another enlightened teacher method of dealing with its student. so best just keep quiet and dun try to be a spiritual police. We can offer the other person a different perspective of the dharma we are practicing but we cannot talk negative of his/her current teacher/organisation. through our actions motivated by compassion and guided by wisdom, the others can judge if they want to join us and follow our lineage.

  21. Vivian Ong Chwee Kooi on May 3, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for the detailed explanation on why we shouldn’t not talk bad about other centres / gurus / lamas. I guess everyone including myself have to be very alert and careful about our speech / comments. If we do not know how to answer on a certain topic, the best way is to smile and keep silent rather to say something that will hurt others which will create negative karma in us and giving others a bad impression on us. Thank you 🙂

  22. Fong on May 2, 2014 at 10:11 am

    “Wherever Buddhism thrives, it serves as great addition to the peace and harmony of that city or country due to its emphasis on non-harm, non-killing and peaceful agenda of cooperative human social interaction.”

    “To spiritually police others at this time would not be time well spent because we can use the time to practice and become a Buddha. As a Buddha would benefit much much much more to skillfully steer wrong to right.”

    The Buddha has 84,000 ways to teach the dharma to reflect the diversity of our minds. That probably shows me how different we all are, and how different the methods are. It does not say which is better or best on it’s own but what is best suited to our minds. So, who am I a “mere mortal”, to judge or condemn others.

    Thank you again, Rinpoche for reminding me that the mountain peak stays the same, only the path up the peak is different with different scenery along the way.

  23. David Lai on Nov 14, 2013 at 1:02 am

    This teaching is very apt for the Dharma scene here in Malaysia. There are many nominal Buddhists in Malaysia but not many who understands the Dharma and practice. Hence, when a group of sincere practitioners come together to set up a center, they may not have the Dharma in mind at all times. Also because they are not a Sangha member who had put in their all to study, practice and uphold the Vinaya vows, they do not have the Dharma as the best interest in mind when they engage in monastics who teach. This is very sad and there are quite a few cases where lay and monastics clash for custody over a Dharma center. I hope many will read this sharing and will change their ways so the Dharma will grow even more and practitioners become great meditators and masters.

  24. Low Khjb on Nov 2, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for your sharing of thoughts.What you mention is very true.The most important component in any society or spiritual practitioner is the practice of Tolerance,compassion and forgiveness.
    Harmony and inter communal understanding should be the primary objective of any spiritual center.
    Who are we to comment on others when we can not overcome the demon within oneself let alone teach others what is right.

  25. So Kin Hoe (KH Ipoh) on Oct 28, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for your teachings about inter-center harmony. Since there are many Buddhist traditions in our country, we should be more alert of our mind and motivation when we meet with other Buddhists from other center and other traditions. May all the Buddhist centers will bring more harmony and peace to every sentient being in this world.

  26. Casteven Lim (KH JB) on Oct 26, 2013 at 7:47 am

    As Rinpoche teaching, “Peace” is the ultimate goal for all Dharma center and religion. We should respect each other hence to reach the ultimate Goal…

    Harmony is the keyword for us to generate Respect with each others!

  27. Wan Wai Meng on Oct 16, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    Yes Rinpoche did mention before that if we take someone from their gurus and center then we better be ready to step up and lead those people towards enlightenment. We should not be so haughty to think we know everything. UNless we are so confident that we ourselves are enlightened. If we are not we should not try to take others from their gurus and their centers.

  28. Elsie Toy on Oct 10, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Dear Rinpoche

    Thank you very much for the teachings and reminder here of one center one teacher. It is a relationship of trust in my teacher. I do not denied that I do meet friends from other centers in cooking classes and other activities. This is because I want them to know I already have my teacher and share Rinpoche’s blog with them. I make myself clear that I have my center and my own teacher and his teaching suits me fine. I do not wish to be seen as “unfaithful” ungrateful to my teacher. Also I remembered Jay Jae taught us that if we go to other centers it is stealing from a center so i do not wish to steal.

    When my friends invite me for their activities I do contribute to them but I do contribute food and/or money to their activities to support them in their activities of offerings with a motivation of dharma to grow and benefit more beings.

    Thank you very much Rinpoche for all your kindness and teaching all these dharma etiquettes. _/\_

  29. Cliff on Oct 8, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    Aother great teaching by Rinpoche that he has continuously reminded us to not criticise other religion or buddhist centres. I never really understood how people could behave towards other centres when they themselves are practicing to be spiritual. Being a buddhist it is already bad enough causing gossip, criticism, infer or slandering other centres yet they still do it. If they do not feel what a centre is doing or a teacher is teaching, accept that it is not right for them and move on to find what they are looking for and not spread schism on that centre about the centres doing or the teacher. Buddha’s teachings has always been about benefiting others that is what all Buddhist centres is about, how they do it is entirely up to them, if you do not agree with how they do it don’t have to get invovled but don’t have to criticise what they are doing to others. Look into yourself to how many people you have benefited from constantly changing centres and criticising about them to others and look at how has it benefited yourself. Practising spiritualism shouldn’t be about slandering other centres or teachers. I agree with what Rinpoche says, it creates an unstable mind. If you’re not happy about a centre just remain quiet and continue your journey for spiritualism. If you have nothing good to say don’t say anything at all. Thank you Rinpoche for your teachings. I enjoyed reading it very much.

  30. Julien Roth on Oct 8, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Rinpoche is right. We shouldn’t say bad things about other centres, they are trying to achieve the same goal as us. Which is to spread the dharma. We should not judge them or compare them to us. They are all the same. Thank you for sharing this information with us Rinpoche.

  31. tong sun sun on Oct 8, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    谢谢仁波切分享了这篇文章,这也是我常常在外听到的事情。每当遇到这情形我都尽量少说,一来怕遭口舌之非,二来是怕对方遭口业。可是当你沉默,对方却以为你词穷而咄咄逼人!这就好像wylfred Ng 所说:就是考验我们的修为的时候了。祈愿大家福慧增长。

  32. andrew on Oct 7, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    rinpoche tomorrow im sending you 108 malas one mala for each month of a 108 month retreat in your beloved kechara forest mountain. go in with your 108 students and in nine years all 108 of them will become enlightened and 109 of you can come out. close the gate let nothing in plant trees at the entrance and in nine years you may all decide never to come out. kechara machine can survive on its own now . you know all centres should help each other what about the 100 or so rigpa centres where none of the young female students in the inner circle are safe from sexual predation. the answer is inside us not outside, in fact everything lives in side the mind and taming ones mind is all that need to be done and no better place than in the mountains. Good luck up there you do a great job and i know it will be more beneficial to have 109 enlightened kecharians rather than just one and you can all do it in just 108 months . good luck

  33. June Tang (KHJB) on Oct 7, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this important teaching.I still remember one of Rinpoche’s teaching ” Different practices for varied minds are necessary.So never criticise other’s pratices.Respect is a sign you are practising” It’s really good advice for all of us,we should never criticise,create gossips,schisms or jealous of other centre !!!

  34. Eric Lee KHJB on Oct 7, 2013 at 9:47 am

    互相尊重,对于一个修行者而言,是非常重要的。透过尊重,我们能够制造和谐的能量,况且不同的佛堂或不同的宗教都是劝人走向善的道路,所以我更应该鼓励现代的人,多多参与适合自己的宗教活动,让自己的心灵得到提升与满足,这样一来,人生才能活得更圆满。。。

    • Sammi Chan on Mar 27, 2014 at 11:47 am

      Agreed! We must choose those which suit us NOT force to choose or participate which is extremely good but not suit us at all, it’s really PRESURE!

  35. Jim Yeh on Oct 7, 2013 at 3:28 am

    Thank you Guruji for sharing this with us. Your thoughts on this matter is very logical and I fully understand and agree with the message that this post is conveying.

    Similarly, I sincerely wish that Buddhists should not criticize non-Buddhists and vice versa. Or even spiritual seekers of a different religion, we should never proclaim that our way is the only way and always be tolerant our others.

    Keeping our own vows, practices is more important than policing another practitioner.

    Because of your teachings Rinpoche, I have learned to accept any harsh words or situations as pure mind training exercises. Sure I mope for a bit, but I also learn, accept and move on.

    Thank you very much Guruji!

  36. Grace Leu(KHJB) on Oct 7, 2013 at 12:14 am

    Thank you for Rinpoche’sharing.it remind us the important of inter centre ‘s harmony, it should not be the way to criticize , jealous of other centre. We still in samsara and not yet enlightened, where is our quality to criticize other ? We should keep in mind karma always return. I will keep in mind of ” one teacher, one centre and one lineage”to ensure I follow all the way of Rinpoche ‘ teaching towards my spirituality path.

  37. Beatrix Ooi on Oct 6, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    I remember a story about a person spitting at the Buddha, he was blaming Buddha for every single thing that happened to him and one day he was so angry that he looked up to the sky and started spitting, but of course his saliva came back down. The lesson is that, we can’t hurt the Buddha, the Buddha has no negative karma to be hurt and what goes around, comes around.

  38. tenzinkhenchen on Oct 6, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    I really like and admire the fact that Rinpoche does not say or allow his students to say bad things to other centers. If a student says bad things about other centres, it is a two pronged sword, it hurts the other center and also defames you lama. When you say bad things about people, you are also creating negative karma for yourself, especially if you are talking badly of a lama.

    To have harmony among centres is best as to improve the speed of the spread of Dharma. When centres are not quarrelling more people can benefit from the words of the guru.

  39. mitra on Oct 6, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    our 5 finger also not same deference practice, deference buddha ,deference protector ,deference teaching way,but we all going same way to make grow buddha teaching.we cant complan what they are, we point to our self what we are ,what we have to do.i fully respect Rinpoche way to make dharma and make benifit to many people.

  40. Shelly tai on Oct 6, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for this very important teaching. I remember that once I was listening to one of Rinpoche teaching in Guru For Hire Rinpoche did mention about for oneself to look for a perfect guru that person has to check through the lineage and the reputation of the guru or that lineage before he or she to take refuge, so it is our own duty to check first before we join that centers or that particular lineage therefore is very important to check first before join. Thank you Rinpoche for remind us again about guru devotion.
    With Folded Hands
    Shelly Tai

  41. Wylfred Ng on Oct 5, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    谢谢仁波切的分享。 也再次提醒了我们不可以批评其他的中心。
    不过就算是我们不批评其他中心,其他人也也许会批评我们,那么我们又如何回应呢?
    那时候就是考验我们的修为的时候了。 我们必须避免别人继续批评我们,以免那个恶业继续循环下去。

  42. judy lam on Jun 17, 2012 at 3:02 am

    I am amazed by how Rinpoche explained in detail on inter-centre harmony. If we participate in those small negative talks of other centres, it will only reflect on ourselves and our centre. We should show our respect for other gurus and centres by rejoicing in their success. Thank you Rinpoche.

  43. andrew on Nov 13, 2011 at 3:45 am

    thanks Rinpoche!

  44. Uncle Eddie on Nov 11, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    A person who reaches a higher state of practice and with a good understanding of seeing oneness or sameness of goal, never critizes others, but rejoices at the skilfull methods of others in offering the diversity of differences of practice to sentient beings. They are said to be concentrating on policing themselves spiritually intheir own practice, through which to gain enlightenment by cultivating true buddha’s qualities with whatever available abilities left in themselves. Intercenter harmony is acknowledged to be the foremost requirement to boost the growth of Dharma in today’s world. If we cannot help, dont harm another in anyway! To make Dharma grow, more support, communication and harmony are greatly required. When other centers are doing well, all must rejoice and be happy, as all are in the same family! We should never,never criticise, condemn, create gossips, schisms or slander teachers, lineage or activities of any centres. As in the wisdomised words of our Guru, who said, “in today’s world, tolerance, compassion and forgiveness are very much needed especially, from those who are supposed to be spiritual.”

  45. wanwaimeng on Nov 9, 2011 at 2:31 am

    Recently there was a student from the Sakya tradition and she was attending rinpoche’s talks and even activities but now she is firmly set back in her own tradition and she thanks Rinpoche for the inspiration and her mind is stable and she is not confused. As rinpoche said how we leave others is an indication of our state of mind.

  46. henryooi on Nov 8, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Ever since I met Tsem Rinpoche one of the strong messages in his numerous dharma teachings is what Rinpoche writes here.

    Harmony among Buddhists is very needed for the dharma to spread and flourish. Tolerance and harmony among all religions is the key ingredient to create a better and happier world for us and our generations to live in.

  47. firefly on Nov 4, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    this is gd advice for all of us. i think many of us will profit greatly from this advice. it will bring peace of mind and pure practice. it is a good guideline on how to interact with fellow buddhist and practitioners. Pure freedom mind and a lack of attachment or non-sectarianism/centeranism is the hallmark of real practitioners.

    • VC on Nov 7, 2011 at 9:04 pm

      Good opinion firefly.Pure freedom of mind and lac of attachment or non-sectarianism/centeranism is good for cultivators so as they can find some peace when there is a need to do so.thats why many true cultivators go to mountains or caves or temple built near the mountains to get away from worldly/secular life.

  48. Valentina Suhendra on Nov 4, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Dear Rinpoche

    Definitely, another article worth translating for lamatsongkhapa.com

    Valentina

  49. Sharon Saw on Nov 4, 2011 at 4:07 am

    One of the teachings that impressed me deeply when I first met Tsem Rinpoche was his completely adamant stance that one should not criticise other religions or other Buddhist schools/lineages/Dharma centres. It’s so easy to think that ‘our centre’ or ‘our religion’ is the best (which is why we chose it of course!) which becomes arrogance and ego, and ironically the very antithesis of Buddhism! As long as I have known Rinpoche, Rinpoche has been consistent in his strong advice to his students to respect other religions and Dharma centres, and its sangha members. If we cannot even care for our fellow Buddhists or other spiritual seekers, how can we care for all sentient beings?

    Many people are very attracted to Rinpoche’s teachings, even those who already have teachers, and I have seen Rinpoche gently encourage them back to their centres and their teachers. If Rinpoche was out to get as many students as possible, he would do the opposite. Rinpoche walks the talk and is consistent in this. Rinpoche always says that he personally cannot look after all the Dharma students, so he sincerely rejoices whenever a Dharma centre opens and grows because that means that Dharma is growing. Different methods will appeal to different people and there will be those who are not attracted to Rinpoche’s style but another teacher’s style and Rinpoche is always happy about that.

    I have the deepest respect for Rinpoche for this truly altruistic attitude which is without agenda. I believe that if we can adopt this attitude of not criticising, gossiping or schism towards our spiritual brothers and sisters, we can achieve harmony, which will naturally lead to world peace.

  50. William on Nov 4, 2011 at 12:51 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    It is true that we must respect each other and the choice of people whether they are Buddhist or not. We should rejoice that they have found a way to happiness by following their centre or their guru. Each centre and each guru has their own way to teach and attract its followers/student. It may suit some and not. All centres are here for a reason and that is to spread Buddhism and grow spirituality and we should help each other. This is also kindness as taught by Rinpoche. We should rejoice because Buddhism is growing.
    We should help in whatever way we can if a person needs help whether spiritually or not. A dharma centre is a friend to another dharma centre because the vision/goal is the same i.e. lead people to liberation and ultimately enlightenment. So, friends should help friends.
    As for being a spiritual police, I think we should look in our own backyard before we start to criticize others. No one gives us the right to do so. It is better to become friends than enemies.
    With folded hands.

  51. VC on Nov 3, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    Dear Master of Buddhism,

    I also believe there is no need spiritual police or group to guard religion especially Buddhism.Because Buddhism is so unique that it promotes harmony,tolerance and compassion although most of the time humankind fail to do so.If a true masters of buddhism come out of nowhere through his diligent cultivation,his fame will gradually rise although he do not wish so.A truely enlightened Master will not proclaim he is enlightened to all.People will gradually know whether he is genuine or not.Not by his own proclaimation but by acceptance of the peoples.May Rinpoche Live Long!My 2 cents opinion.

  52. VC on Nov 3, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    In today’s world concerntrating on technology advancement,teachings of humanity and compassion must be given a chance to thrive in the society.If not,human is no different than animals.In my opinion, different buddhist centre is suitable for different people’s personality, lifestyle and their opinion and their destiny towards buddhism.Irregardless of their opinions and perspectives of buddhism, all buddhists should be given a chance to practice buddhism in a small way or big way so that everyone of them will ultimately gain liberation and enlightenment.Harmony within buddhist centres should be emphasise although sometimes as a human we cannot get rid all together of some small disharmony due to different personalities or peoples behaviour.The practice of harmony in dharma centres should be perfected so that every cultivators will gain enlightenment in due time.In the process of gaining enlightenment, there will definitely be some obstacles to test the cultivators such as demons influence because the cultivators practice goodness and virtue.If i am not mistaken,not even one great masters of buddhism gain enlightenment resulting for pleasureable environment but seeking ascetic practice and endure hardship.Amitofo.May Rinpoche Live Long!

  53. SP on Nov 3, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    Tsem Rinpoche has been the direct influence, inspiration and connection for a few dharma centers to open in Singapore and Malaysia. To date he has influenced or directly inspired Six dharma centers in Singapore and Malaysia to date to open. Some of the most learned masters/practitioners such H.H. Gaden Tri Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Jangtze Jolenpa Gen Nyima, Geshes, few other tulks and monks has visited a few countries in this region due to Tsem Rinpoche. He has generously donated funds to them or their centres. Found sponsors and benefactors. Offered innumerable statues for their shrines, Dharma book for their libraries and even have visited their centres to give teachings to raise the membership of respective centers.

    Because Tsem Rinpoche has a perfect command of English, combined with humor, foibles, anecdotes and sharp knowledge of Dharma and its practical application to today’s distracted and busy individuals, he appeals to many and promotes a non-denominational attitude. He has many visitors from other faiths that attends his talks or simply visits with Rinpoche, and he always encourages them to remain ‘faithful’ to their faiths and share understanding with each other to create religious tolerance/acceptance. Whenever there is a charity dinner or function Rinpoche is the first one to offer donations, buy tickets, send his students and centre members to go support the center without bias. He feels that the growth of any centre represents the growth of the general Buddha Dharma. So when we contribute to the growth of another center, Rinpoche feels we contribute to the growth of Dharma as a whole. Rinpoche stresses that he wishes Dharma to grow in the world.

    These are a few thoughts I have penned through listening to skillful talks of Gaden Tsem Tulku Rinpoche.
    A student…..SP

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  • Jason
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 03:07 AM
    This year Wesak Day fall on 10 of May. This day is very special and meaningful to me because I will visit Kechara Forest Retreat(KFR) to join some meritorious event there.
    For me, Wesak is a day to commemorate Buddha Sakyamuni in three aspect( Birth , Enlightened, Nirwana).
    While we celebrate Wesak, we must remind ourselves to learn from Buddha teachings and practice it in order to gain attainment.
    Thanks Rinpoche and Pastor Seng Piow for sharing in order to create more understanding on Wesak Day.

    Jason

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

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

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

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

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

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-12.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 04:30 PM
    Miracles do happen,when we have faith and trust in our Guru.What is important is to follow Rinpoche’s advice and do as instructed by our Guru to clear the osbtacles all the way.Angie and Herry were so fortunate to have meet Rinpoche.Its because of Rinpoche ‘s compassion and caring for his student Angie’s life was saved.Infact Rinpoche has helped many people through his intervention, advice and instructions.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing miracles stories which i enjoyed reading.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-2.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 02:45 PM
    WOW….interesting a miracles true story. Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing.Reciting mantras by family members and doing 20 pujas done at the monastery to help the baby. These proved that pujas, which have been done for hundreds of years in the monasteries are very powerful methods for us to overcome difficulties, create huge amounts of merit and for protection, good health and long life.This show us how powerful pujas can help us when we have trust and faith in our Guru.And with Rinpoche divination,the baby was born and now a healthy boy.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-1-2.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 12:47 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these powerful teachings.Its a privilege
    to do Dharma work to benefits other,do it with motivation and a good attitude when engaging ourselves It will be guide line for me.When we serve others to do Dharma work together at Kechara Forest Retreat ,we will improve ourself , purify our negative karma and to benefit others too.I will be sponsoring to the healings bricks soon and i will cherish every moment in supporting KFR.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/dharma-work-attitude-tdl.html
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 11:06 AM
    Bigfoot is just another beings living in this world although not commonly seen and live in the deep jungle in high mountains. There were many evidences that people from many parts of the world sighted this beings. Whatever shape they are I think importantly we are all sharing this world and therefore need to have mutual respect and not intervene each others.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/its-in-the-scriptures-they-exist.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 04:26 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline sharing this interesting post about Bodhidharma, a great master favoured meditation and introduced the Lankavatara Sutra to Chinese Buddhism.

    Here are a few points I have learned from this post:
    1. Bodhidharma had strong imprints of Dharma from the past and therefore he is interested in Buddha’s teachings and show his great wisdom. at a very young age.
    2. His strong guru devotion and determination in learning and spreading the dharma based on meditation though he confronted with difficulties such as Emperor Wu Di was not impressed by his teachings, being ostracized and rejected and lived as a beggar for many months. Notwithstanding, he continued and never give up to practice meditation in complete silence for nine years in cave wall when he was not accepted by Shaolin Monastery at the beginning .
    3. When Bodhidharma was allowed enter to the monastery, he had put a lot of efforts to help the monks in improving their physical body as well as their mind through the meditation. Then, Bodhidharma continued to develop a system of 18 dynamic tension exercises which were printed as Yi Gin Ching (Changing Muscle/Tendon Classic) in 550 CE. It is known as the Luohan (arhat) 18 Hand Movements today which serves as the basis of both Chinese Temple Boxing and the Shaolin Martial Arts.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/bodhidharma-the-founder-of-gongfu.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 04:10 PM
    Thank you, Grace, for sharing with us the many tips on how to care for and maintain our hair. Personal grooming is important because when we care for our appearance, we are respecting the people who have to deal with us. Caring for our hair, making sure that it is neat and clean should be something we need to take care of since young as it is part of personal grooming. The key is not to be attached to our body and outer-images, that results in spending much time and resources just to make ourselves look good.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/how-much-do-you-know-about-hair.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 03:00 PM
    Thank you for sharing these wonderful and significant photos showed that Kechara Pastors’ tireless efforts to bring dharma to many others and do the blessings whenever is necessary.

    Basically, the pastorship role was conceptualized by our precious guru, H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, to preserve the Dharma and to give laypeople an opportunity to commit to benefiting others. Kechara Pastors are fully dedicated and selflessly serving others especially in spiritual growth and therefore this is good for us to support the Pastors so that they can focus and spend more of their time and effort to serve others and most importantly Buddhist teachings can be spread and shared to many others. The supports to Pastors including food, lodging, transportation, items necessary for their work, such as ritual items or spiritual gifts for those in need and many others. (If you are interested to know more about Kechara Pastors, please have a good read at http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/support-the-kechara-pastors.html)

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/10-amazing-house-blessings-by-kechara-pastors.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 02:13 PM
    Its such a great blessing for all of us to hear the holy voice recordings of H.H Kyabje Zong Rinpoche a great master..His profound teachings ,got to take seroiusly,more as an important advice on Dorje Shugden’s practice.H.H Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s explaination was very clear before any of the practitioner’s commitment and receive sogtae.They must keep the lineage practice and teachings no matter what ever happen.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us on the important advice by a great master.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/kyabje-zong-rinpoches-advice-on-dorje-shugdens-practice.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 11:50 AM
    Thank you Pastor Han Nee for your sharing your thoughts and review about the book “Be Happy” written by Rinpoche. It is indeed not easy to be happy as we all have various expectation in every situation and people.

    We may think having a big house, lots of cash and good career is happiness but this is the wrong perception. Being happy is not about material and everything about ourselves. It is only when we can do more for others and focus out that we gain happiness. I never realised this until I joined Kechara. I think we have such a fixed mindset of what happiness is and when our expectation is not met, we are unhappy.

    Rinpoche has pointed out many ways for us to rectify our thoughts and methods to be happy. Now it is for us to take initiative to change and transform our mind if we want to be happy.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Han Nee for this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/be-happy.html
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Apr 24. 2017 12:30 PM
    Many people do not believe in reincarnation and only relates it to certain religion such as Hinduism and Buddhism. However, there were many instances and signs that proven reincarnation exist. As Buddhist we will believe in reincarnation and karma. It is by understanding that everything has its cause and effect that we should learn to live life in the correct attitude and mindset. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting articles to remind us of karma and the importance of doing dharma practise.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/interesting-signs-of-reincarnation.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Apr 23. 2017 08:29 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for your teachings.
    Always be generous and kind in what ever we could do even its little help.It’s the little things in life that bring the greatest happiness. Its between us and our Buddha ,so we would not bother what the receipient thinks and say of us. What ever was said ,should not deter our motivation to do Dharma work.
    (It will change people’s lives in one way or another. It will change your life for the better.)….well said by Rinpoche.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/its-not-between-you-and-the-recipient.html

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
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Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini\'s blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves.
~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini's blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves. ~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
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His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
: This picture says it all. Click on it to enlarge and read and please share.
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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
3 weeks ago
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
3 weeks ago
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
3 weeks ago
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
3 weeks ago
It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and 'defeat' the ones that hurt us because we don't become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
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Tsem Rinpoche's heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin  Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
3 weeks ago
Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
 (left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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(left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
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
4 weeks ago
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.
4 weeks ago
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.
1 month ago
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
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.
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
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!
1 month ago
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!
1 month ago
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
1 month ago
Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
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
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
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
2 months ago
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
2 months ago
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
2 months 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!
2 months 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 months 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
3 months ago
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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This is a good one to read
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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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