Be careful of what you post online

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Dear friends,

Good news for so many victims! The Internet and social media is now very, very prevalent and significant in our lives. I don’t particularly like social media much myself but I spend time online because it is a very useful tool to share inspirational news and events and also Buddhist teachings, and clearing misinformation. Sometimes we just need to do things that benefits others whether or not it is a personal interest. Nowadays everyone is on social media because it gives them an outlet to express themselves, so sometimes what you find is good and other times what you find can be quite misleading. One of my friends sent me this article which I found interesting because it talks about how the law is now dealing with the sometimes abusive side of social media. 

 

It seems that nowadays making accusations, defamatory remarks, fabricating information and manipulating past events to malign someone’s character on public social media platforms can land us in hot water. Even setting up anonymous defamatory blogs can be dealt with by law now. Being anonymous does not protect the perpetrator either anymore. Especially if you write all these things which damages people and hurts their reputation, has psychological impact, financial consequences, then in the eyes of the law it is considered tangible damage that you can be held responsible for.

 

So we have to be careful about what we say because we need proof of our words. Whatever we write on the Internet lasts forever, even some innocent things we wish we could forget LOL but if we write things on social media and on the Internet, this article says we need to be able to back it up in the courts of law. The case that this article refers to sets a powerful precedence for those who have to put up with a lot of defamatory remarks, accusations and unfounded comments loosely based on our accuser’s version of the ‘truth’.

 

And now based on this case, which took place in a major legal centre like London, the judge has set precedence that people are responsible for their writings in MORE than their country of residence. Now people who make defamatory remarks can be held responsible in multiple countries, based on the location of the servers where their comments and writings move through. Even if those comments are just retweets or reposts, if it’s done with an intent to defame or hurt someone, a person can still be held legally responsible for their retweets, as though they authored the libel themselves. 

 

What’s amazing is this case didn’t involve a small Internet company but Google themselves who are huge and publicly listed. Yet they still conformed to the demands of a court subpoena because lets face it, what does Google really lose from releasing the details of an anonymous poster who doesn’t bring them any financial or reputational gain and in fact puts them at risk of greater unnecessary legal troubles? 

 

Legal cases like these which are related to social media publishing are on the rise by 300%. There is bad and good about this. On the one hand, I’m glad to see that legally there is more protection for people against vulgarities, automated hate messages, fabricated remarks, defamatory statements and also violent threats. We should screenshot everything negative about us and save them. On the other hand, it means that online negativities like these are also on the rise and people need protection from it.

 

Read these articles below and let me know what you think. I hope cases like these become good deterrents for those who are engaging in such damaging acts. Whatever activities we do, whether it is social media or offline, we should never do it to damage others or to bring hurt and pain to others. There is already a lot of disharmony in this world so wouldn’t it be better to use the same methods to bring people together and help them to learn and grow? These are just my thoughts.

 

So people have to be aware of the damages they write on social media with the intent to harm or stalk or damage. Because one day someone will say it’s enough and take legal recourse. Be kind to others. Create kindness always. We get farther in life being kind always.

 

Tsem Rinpoche

 

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Please read the three short and interesting cases of prosecuted abusive internet users:

 

Shropshire internet troll left counting cost over £100,000 legal bill
PUBLISHED: March 7, 2015 07:59
Source: http://www.shropshirestar.com/news/2015/03/07/shropshire-internet-troll-left-counting-cost-over-100000-legal-bill/

An internet “troll” from Shropshire was today left counting the cost after being hit with a record £100,000 legal bill for using his home computer to target an American lawyer for groundless abuse.

Jason ‘Jay’ Page, from Telford, reaped a legal whirlwind when he posted a wounding review on Colorado-based Timothy Bussey’s Google Maps profile. The anonymous post described the US lawyer as “a scumbag” and accused him of paying for his firm’s positive reviews on the web.

Mr Bussey was left fuming by the anonymous post, which seemed to be from a dissatisfied client and stated to the world that “he loses 80 per cent of his cases”.

The post remained live on the web for about a year and Mr Bussey and his firm, The Bussey Law Firm, suffered severe damage to their reputation.

Mr Bussey was not willing to let the matter rest and, at huge expense, employed a Californian law firm to subpoena Google’s records to find out who was responsible.

That led him to the door of Mr Page, aged in his 20s, who was living with his parents in Sutton Hill, Telford, and yesterday ended up on the receiving end of a full-scale High Court libel case – around £100,000.

He insisted that he bore no responsibility for the post and that his Google account must have been hacked by someone else. He said that a hacker might have been seeking revenge for something he had done as a ‘moderator’ of the www.reddit.com website.

However, Sir David Eady said hacking into Mr Page’s account would have been challenging, with the perpetrator needing to bypass passwords and sophisticated security.

There was no indication that anyone held a grudge against him and the judge described the hacking explanation as “extremely improbable”.

The “overwhelming probability” was that Mr Page had either authored the post himself or authorised it.

The judge added: “Why Mr Page should himself choose to attack Mr Bussey and his firm is unclear, but the most likely explanation would appear to be a purely financial one.”

Taking into account the “grapevine effect” on the internet, the judge had no doubt that the post had caused serious damage to Mr Bussey and his firm’s good name. He ordered Mr Page to pay £50,000 damages, along with Mr Bussey’s legal costs. He must pay £50,000 of those on account, pending final assessment of the costs bill.

There was no response from the family home in Sutton Hill yesterday.

However, Page’s mother Nathalie said on the phone that she did not have a number for her son and denied knowledge of the case.

Mr Bussey’s solicitor, Will Richmond-Coggan, said later: “This is a great result for our clients.

Shropshire legal expert Charlotte Clode said: “The boundaries of what is going too far in online posting in the eyes of the courts may become slightly more clear with time and this judgement will contribute towards that, giving some precedent for other others judges and juries to work with.

“Now there is a verdict and huge costs and damages awarded to the plaintiff. Jason Page is either going to have to pay or find the means to appeal. That’s a tremendous cost for what were probably unnecessary and ill-considered words that did their damage with a simple press of the ‘enter’ key.

“Their reputations have at last been vindicated following this calculated attack through the medium of an online review site.”

 

Be careful what you write online

 

Beware what you write online – because it is published worldwide, says Shropshire lawyer Charlotte Clode.

 

It was going to happen sooner or later. And in the end, it took one comment on one social media platform, seen only by a select number of people on the other side of the pond.

 

But it was enough and today Jason Page of Telford has been landed with a £100,000 legal bill after being taken to court by an American lawyer.

 

Timothy Bussey was unhappy after Mr Page called him a “scumbag” on an internet site. He sued and won a £50,000 payout, which will be added to with legal costs.

 

You no longer need millions of pounds worth of printing press or broadcast transmitters to make yourself heard, or seen, by potentially millions of people.

 

The game has changed completely.

 

 

Having the capability for anyone to publish does not, however, change what you are allowed to publish. The law has had to begin to adapt to this new landscape, but the fundamental principles that you have to be able to substantiate what you say about someone if they contest it have not changed.

 

Nor is ignorance of those laws any kind of defence against being taken to court for defamation having made libellous or slanderous comments – the damage has still been done, whether you knew you could be held accountable for it or not.

 

Social media and self-publishing also allow the process of saying something you shouldn’t to be instant, removing the time that people might previously have taken to self-censor or just take a step back from what they might have said in the heat of the moment.

 

Because communication is also now global, there is little or no safety in saying untrue or unpleasant things about someone on another continent, not least because communications servers are spread around the world. Your message could pass through London, Amsterdam and New York on its way to Sydney or Manilla. That can have implications for jurisdiction when it comes to legal action.

 

In this case, even though the comments were made in Telford and were only apparently seen in Colorado, a judge at the High Court in London has ruled on the matter in favour of the American man who was judged to have been damaged by it.

 

It seems likely that the only answer to this issue is greater awareness and education of the risks. People must have the right to protect their reputation, so perhaps we need to begin taking responsibility for what you say online – a topic that our young people learn from an early age. They need to know that even re-posting or ‘re-tweeting’ something defamatory is considered to be a repeat of the original offence.

 

Last year alone legal cases linked to social media publishing rose by 300 per cent on the previous year. There is every expectation that this is only going to escalate unless, and until, people start to learn what is and is not acceptable and dangerous to their own wallet – or even their liberty.

 

* Charlotte Clode is an Associate Solicitor with Shropshire law firm FBC Manby Bowdler.

 

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2ND ARTICLE:

 

Fabrice Muamba: Racist Twitter user jailed for 56 days
A student who admitted posting racially offensive comments on Twitter about footballer Fabrice Muamba has been jailed for 56 days.
Source:
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-17515992

 

 

Swansea University student Liam Stacey, 21, from Pontypridd, admitted inciting racial hatred over remarks about the Bolton Wanderers player, who collapsed during a FA Cup tie at Tottenham.

A district judge in Swansea called the comments “vile and abhorrent”.

Muamba, 23, who suffered a cardiac arrest, is still in intensive care.

Sentencing Stacey at Swansea Magistrates’ Court, District Judge John Charles told him: “In my view, there is no alternative to an immediate prison sentence.

“It was not the football world who was praying for [Muamba]…. everybody was praying for his life.”

Stacey broke down in tears as he was led away to begin his jail term.

As he passed the public gallery, he was briefly embraced by friends and his parents.

A second year biology student at Swansea, Stacey was arrested after his comments on the social networking site were reported by other users.

A number of people challenged Stacey on Twitter following his first comment, and he responded with a number of offensive posts aimed at other Twitter users.

Last week the court heard how Stacey posted the offensive comments shortly after the former England Under-21 star collapsed during the FA Cup quarter-final at White Hart Lane on 17 March.

 

 

Magistrates were told police forces across Britain received complaints following the comments.

Stacey tried to “distance himself” from the tweets by claiming his account had been hacked, the court was told.

He later tried to delete his page but was arrested the following day at his student house in Swansea.

When interviewed by police, Stacey said he had been drinking since lunchtime on Saturday and was drunk when he made the comments.

Stacey was initially released on bail pending sentence and was ordered not to use Twitter and other social networking sites.

Jim Brisbane, chief crown prosecutor for CPS Cymru-Wales, said: “Racist language is inappropriate in any setting and through any media.

“We hope this case will serve as a warning to anyone who may think that comments made online are somehow beyond the law.”

A Swansea University spokesperson said: “The student remains suspended from the university pending the conclusion of our disciplinary proceedings.”

Stacey has also been de-registered as a player with Treorchy rugby club, where he has turned out for the second team on occasions.

Club chairman Andrew Jones said: “We haven’t met as a committee yet but we recognise the need to respond at the earliest possible opportunity and we’ve taken the decision to de-register him as a player at Treorchy Rugby Football Club as of today.”

He added: “Like other members of the public, we as a club in no way support the comments made and the last thing we would want would be to associate ourselves with them.

“I sincerely hope he takes time to reflect on his actions.”

The sentencing has sparked rigorous debate on internet forums and social network sites debating the sentence comments that are made online.

Writing on Twitter, Lord Sugar – former Spurs chairman – saying “Be warned idiots!,” while Gary Lineker posted “Let it be a warning to all you immature souls. #thinkbeforeyoutweet”.

Also on Twitter, Mervyn Barrett of crime reduction charity Nacro said he could not help but think the sentence was “manifestly excessive”.

Meanwhile, Muamba remains in intensive care in a London hospital where his condition is described as serious but stable.

Bolton and Tottenham played their re-arranged FA Cup fixture on Tuesday evening, with a minute’s applause before kick-off.

 

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3RD ARTICLE

 

Twitter Trolls Jailed For Sending Abusive Tweets
A man and a woman are jailed for abusing high-profile feminist Caroline Criado-Perez and MP Stella Creasy on Twitter.

By Nick Pisa, Sky News Reporter
Source: http://news.sky.com/story/1200521/twitter-trolls-jailed-for-sending-abusive-tweets

 

 

Two people who sent abusive and menacing tweets to banknote campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez and Labour MP Stella Creasy have been jailed.

Isabella Sorley, 23, and John Nimmo, 25, posted dozens of abusive tweets against both women before they were arrested.

Senior district judge Howard Riddle jailed Sorley for 12 weeks and Nimmo for eight weeks as well as ordering them to pay £400 compensation to each victim.

Earlier this month the pair pleaded guilty to sending the menacing tweets, admitting they were among the users of 86 separate Twitter accounts from which Ms Criado-Perez had received abusive messages.

Passing sentence at Westminster Magistrates Court, Judge Riddle said that both victims had suffered substantially as a result of the abuse.

He said Ms Criado-Perez had faced “panic, fear and horror” adding that she feared the “abusers would find her and carry out the threats. She felt hunted.”

She responded to the sentencing on Twitter, saying: “I feel immensely relieved that the judge clearly has understood the severity of the impact this abuse has had on me.” She said the compensation would be given to charity.

Of Ms Creasy the judge said: “She became concerned for her safety to the extent that she had to alter her behaviour. She had a panic button installed in her home.”

As he passed sentence Sorley shook her head and looked to the floor while Nimmo stared straight ahead, showing no emotion.

Sean Caulfield, defending Sorley, told the court his client was “articulate and intelligent” and there was “disconnect” between her and the person that sent the messages.

He said they were sent in a half-hour window between 2.25am and 2.55am last July 30 when she was under the influence of alcohol and she was “horrified and appalled” at what she had done.

The court also heard how she had 25 previous convictions, mostly for being drunk and disorderly but she had also been convicted twice of assaulting police.

At the time of the Twitter abuse last summer Ms Criado-Perez was leading an ultimately successful campaign to have women featured on British banknotes.

Police launched an investigation after both she and Walthamstow MP Ms Creasy complained about the vile tweets.

Sorley used Twitter to tell Ms Criado-Perez to “f*** off and die you worthless piece of crap”, “go kill yourself” and “rape is the last of your worries”.

She also deluged Ms Criado-Perez with menacing messages claiming that she had just been released from prison, writing: “I will find you and you don’t want to know what I will do when I do, you’re pathetic, kill yourself before I do.”

Sorley, from Newcastle upon Tyne, has a 2:1 degree in creative advertising from Leeds College of Art and was working in an Asda supermarket in Newcastle at the time. She has since lost her job.

Unemployed Nimmo told Ms Criado-Perez to “shut up bitch” and “Ya not that gd looking to rape u be fine” followed by “I will find you (smiley face)”.

In an attack on Ms Creasy, Nimmo, from South Shields, said:”The things I cud do to u (smiley face)”, calling her “Dumb blond bitch.”

Ms Creasy responded to Nimmo’s message of “Dumb blonde bitch” with the message “That’s dumb Dr blonde bitch to you”.

“Love it at least u can have a laugh,” Nimmo responded, to which Ms Creasy said: “I’m not having a laugh, I’m cataloguing your vile conduct #takebacktwitter”.

In court his solicitor Paul Kennedy described him as a “recluse and sad individual” adding that he had no previous convictions and was sorry for what he did.

Sorley’s brother, who was in court with two holdalls carrying her belongings in the hope his sister would not be jailed, left without making any comment.

Before the early hearing, Sorley posted a picture of herself on her Twitter page posing outside Buckingham Palace with the message “just chilling at the queens”.

 

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  1. Wan Wai Meng on Jul 18, 2015 at 3:10 am

    Freedom of speech does not equal freedom to abuse others, that is misusing the right to free speech. Like any actions we do, we are responsible for it so use our rights in a intelligent and responsible manner.

  2. Edward Ooi on Apr 19, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    Even though not all humans think the same way but they don’t have hurt the certain person they hate. No.1 Does it bring you happiness from hurting others? No.2 What is the point of hurting others anyway? No. What you get from hurting other? Even if it does bring you happiness, how long is the happiness going to last before you target another person? Isn’t it better to help others instead of hurting others? Helping others will not only bring you happiness but it will also bring happiness to others. Which is better? Bring happiness to others or bring hatred to others? Remember this, if you bring happiness to others, when you are in trouble or etc the “Others” will tend to help you willingly with joy and care. But if you bring hatred to others, when you are in trouble or etc “Others” might not tend to help you is because they will not respect someone who only will bring hatred into their lives. What is your decisions? Thank you for reading. Please understand that I’m not here to judge someone but just to bring peace. Thank you once again.

  3. Julien Roth on Apr 19, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Ever since young, my mother has always told me to be careful online. Whether is was posting on social media, giving away private information or buy something with the use of a credit card. My mother always warned be about the dangerous people that could be lurking at the other side of the screen. People that would not care about you and would show no restraint in abusing you online.

    I think out of the 3 articles, the last one made the most impact on me. Social media is amazing. Its a cool and fun way for people to stay connected with one another and share their thoughts. However, there are people on social media who take all the fun and purposeful points of social media and turn them negative. These people may come in many types. Including bullies and hackers.

    People who are involved in these kind of activities on social media are really selfish and unaware. Selfish because they do not care about how others feel, only themselves. And unaware because they do not know the effect their actions could have on a persons life. The worst possible effect of bullying could be suicide and the worst possible effect for hacking could be homelessness of even at times, suicide.

  4. Phng Keng Hwa on Apr 16, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    This is really good to know that now the law will be able to help us with online trolls and bullying as well as helping us with online verbal abuse. It is really great to know!! 😀 Makes us rest easier, no? 😛 This is really good news, thank you for sharing!

    Your humble student,
    Keng Hwa.

  5. Sofi on Mar 21, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Its great news as multimedia should be used to promote positive sharing and not a place to hurt others. Nowadays anyone can be tracked and should be held responsible for their actions. Infringing on others spaces is not what we would usually do in real life and considered rude, so the same should be applied to online. Thanks Rinpoche for sharing.

  6. So Kin Hoe (Ipoh) on Mar 21, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing out the 3 cases of law crime in social media. By getting into a jail term or legal bill is definitely not a worthy consequence because of satisfying one’s deluded mind with anger and self frustration after releasing the abusive words, ill-mannered statement and baseless claims on the social media.

    With the growth of networking on the internet and social media, people tend to take their words and speech lightly without much consideration of the after-fact effects when they want to voice out their opinions and statements on others’ welfare without getting the acknowledgment or approval from the authorized party. The social media is just like a newspaper and once the statement is being published on the social media, it will be exposed to the entire world in just seconds of time.

    In order to minimize and prevent from more people getting into the problems due to their abusive words and baseless claims published on the social media platform, I truly agree and support the social media law to be upheld by the authority as an effective solutions to protect the victims around the world in secular manner.

  7. diana pereyda on Mar 21, 2015 at 9:27 am

    Anyway, this is a good start to put a scare into these abusers who think they are invisible on line, anytime they feel like getting high on something or just plain mean and going after someone. Do not know how far all this will go, but unless they are just plain off, most will think twice what they post now on.

  8. Alice Tay on Mar 17, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    在现今的社会,距离已经不再成为人与人之间沟通的障碍了。因为,社交媒体的发达,无形中把人类的关系拉的更近。

    在社交网络里,我们只能用文字来表达自己。无论如何,文字所呈现在社交网络上,其实也是出自我们的内心话。因此,我们必需要谨慎用词,避免伤害他人。

    当社交媒体越来越进步的时候,如果没有及时与适当的戒条或措施来管制这一切,将会有更多人受到“文字”的伤害。

    感谢仁波切利用此博文来提醒我们要更谨慎与好好利用每一个文字来利益众生而不是伤害他人。

  9. Phoebe Yong on Mar 17, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    Social media is a very powerful tool in this century. We have to use this tool wisely to bring the people together and be harmony.

    After reading this post, I am happy that legally there is more protection for people against defamatory statements. From this post, we are clearly aware that there is a huge price to paid if we misuse the social media for hatred, defamatory statements, vulgarities which damaging other people reputation and impacting the financial consequences. This is cause and effect.
    We are not only responsible on our body, speech and mind in the real life, but we also have to be caution what we are write and express in the cyber world.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this post. _/\_ I will keep this in mind to be kind to everyone.

  10. Dense Kuek on Mar 17, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the post. Keep attacking others in social media showing one’s anger and cruel, and this happen because of ignorance and no compassion to others, it will brings one to no way but more bad karma.

  11. stella on Mar 17, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    With the up tick of social media in our lives, we will need to be prepared for the risks social media can pose. If we are using social media actively, then we will need to understand how our own behavior can and will have far-reaching consequences in real life. Inappropriate posts on social media can have severe repercussions on another person’s career. Compromising and inappropriate pictures, statements or other information can hurt another person’s reputation, chances to gain (or be considered for) employment/business, etc, let alone the psychological damage and pain they may suffer.

    Therefore, as a responsible Buddhist, we must take the images that we are portraying on social media sites very seriously; as a reflection of personal character. It is a reflection of our body, speech and mind. Look beyond legal repercussions as we believe in Karma.

    Thank You very much, Rinpoche for sharing this article. I will be mindful of my online behavior.

  12. Kien Wong on Mar 17, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche on this important sharing. Most of the peoples simply follow their emotion to react and caused the results in return. The me me me feeling stop us from seeing the true of karmic. As a Buddhist, as we did not careful about the body, speech and mind. Definitely move us from nowhere. We not only hurt others, we definitely hurt ourselves by return. We do not gain any respect from peoples around us. We withdraw from our good karmic and start to leave/seeking from a good possibilities. Being caring, responsible and supportive to do/provide our service. Will definitely bring us to achieve a better place.

  13. Victor Choi on Mar 17, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this good news. With this Law, innocent people is protected from such cyber attack of haters. I believe a lot more people out there are suffering the same as this 2 cases and especially this few months Rinpoche is been attacked from all short of angle regarding Dorje Shugden practice. Hope by this, people who attack Rinpoche will stop from their action and karma they have created for themselves.

    Sincerely,
    Victor Choi

  14. Serena on Mar 17, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article. It is true about social media. It can bring benefit and inspire people to be positive and move on without fear.But it is also a scary tool that people may abuse it and attack / demotivate others by putting nasty comments and spread around the internet with tags. The world is so big but yet is so small. We never know what is going to happens later or who will we meet later. It pays high price for nasty/ negative actions. So beware of what we post online.

  15. Edwin Tan on Mar 17, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for highlighting a few cases on internet abuse and defamation.

    We can always blame our accounts been hacked or under the influence of alcohol, but it does not mean the abuses and derogatory remarks will not be seen and felt. Of course, if it is truly a case of an account being hacked, a clean up should be done thereafter with a message to apologise?

    I read several cases that what you said and did online cannot be erased. Nowadays, when we hire people, we will also assess their social media to determine what sort of character or attitude a certain individual possess before we hire them. Vile languages and racist remarks are not tolerated.

    The world wide web and the social media platform is so vast, and fast that we should really monitor what we write to the world. For those who think they can hide behind an anonymous account.. think again.

    Thank you.

  16. Beatrix Ooi on Mar 17, 2015 at 3:15 am

    We must be responsible for what we write either online or offline. Social media is indeed a good platform to know more people around the world, however personally I do not think that it’s a place for us to spread our anger and hatred. We must be very careful of what we write online because sometimes our words will hurt people and even bother them mentally, this is very bad because we are hurting someone else’s feelings and with people who aren’t strong enough to take criticism, sometimes they will go to the extreme and even hurt themselves. As the percentage of cyber bullying is rising drastically, I am glad that something is being done to protect those who are being bullied online.

  17. Leonard Ooi(Penang) on Mar 16, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for highlighting this issue. Cyber bullying is occuring with us realising it. Social media is a channel to connect socially with others, a communicative platform that brings about friendshipand networking. It is an useful tool to promote positive ideas and thoughts such as spreading dharma across the globe, reaching out to the people from all over the world. But the abuse of the social media may also cause adverse effects to our lives. The stories mentioned by Rinpoche showed us that everyone is responsible for what we write whether it’s on social network or otherwise and the seriousness of reposting articles on the social media also has it’s implications.
    As the saying goes, “The Pen is Mightier than the Sword” still comes true not only on print media but also social media. So, beware; what we write or repost may bring bad consequences if its content is doubful, malicious or slanderous.

    Regards
    Leonard Ooi

  18. tongsunsun on Mar 16, 2015 at 11:12 am

    谢谢仁波切的分享。
    在当今的社会,社群媒体是我们生活中不可缺少的一环。会不会适当使用媒体也是一门学问。
    有时候也会在媒体上看过一些类似欺骗案件,但是本身并不了解来龙去脉都不会加上分享。所以每当我们看到类似的情形,都应该以客观角度来观察内容。
    因为如果案中当事人并不是所讲的,我们就会无形让受害人遭到没必要伤害。例如:无端被谩骂,隐私被公开,严重的可能会导致被调查等等。
    我个人觉得社群媒体可以很广泛的被使用,因此我们应该善用媒体。多放送一些开心,正能量和鼓励的讯息。

  19. steve on Mar 16, 2015 at 11:05 am

    谢谢师父的分享。

    在您分享的这片论文中我发现到言语的伤害是很可怕的,有些人可能会因为我们的一句话而受伤,而那些伤害不止会伤害到他人还会让自己也可能犯下无法晚回的错。

    再一次感谢您。

  20. Pastor Adeline on Mar 16, 2015 at 11:01 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this wonderful post! It is indeed very useful information for all f us who are relying on social media to promote the Buddha’s teachings. The social media is a very useful platform for information to be spread far and wide within a very short period of time.

    When it is being used for a good cause, the good information will help those in need almost immediately. On the other hand, if it is being used for defamatory, it will also cause harm within seconds. Either way, the speed for the information to be travelled across different regions are very quick.

    As a Buddhist, we are taught to be mindful of our actions through the three doors regardless where we are as we are responsible for them and the sole owner of the results. Being mindful of this, we work on giving positive impacts to not only people around us but elsewhere. We all deserves to be happy equally and wish for positive results which cannot be obtained from creating harm onto others.

    I am very happy to learn that the law has now extended onto the worldwide web, specifically onto the social media, so that we are protected even more from harm and to cause harm.

  21. beckyyap on Mar 16, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Thank you Rinpoche sharing this informative post.
    Sosial media is very powerful either can lead people for wrong information or benefit them. Therefore, we have to be careful what we say on the sosial media before we post.
    Always watch out our speech and mind and never hurt other people to satify ourself. Because our negative thought and bad action will cause them to bad situation like depression or even lead them to death. We have to understand and alert the rules if anyone who damage other people will get legal punishment.

    Let us use the social media to benifit others. Be kind and compassion and create harmony to everyone whenever we go.

  22. Uncle Eddie on Mar 16, 2015 at 10:50 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for awakening us up with this significant news, which make people to be more aware of what they write which do not hurt people’s reputations psychologically, or otherwise incurred defamatory remarks to anyone’s respectability. Yes, in fact this is more of a piece of good news for many, whose main aim, pure intention and motivation is to concentrate solely on Buddhist teachings to benefit more people through the internet and social media which is made so available and prevalent in Today’s lifetime! Nevertheless, like Rinpoche said, what-so-ever, we will remain kind to others always, and live together with peace and harmony, and continue to cherish and respect all forms of spiritual practices of others, for the benefits of all living beings in this Universe! Om Mani Padme Hung.

  23. Yvonne Yap on Mar 16, 2015 at 10:45 am

    感谢仁波切的分享,这是个好消息,虽然网络发言自由,但也不能无声胜有,毁谤他人,造成他人损失及心灵创伤。
    不能因私人问题,而在社交媒体,大发文章,滥用媒体的方便去伤害别人。也太无聊了吧!
    既然有时间的话,倒不如,写一些有意义的来激励需要帮助别人。

  24. yenpin on Mar 16, 2015 at 10:44 am

    感谢仁波切的分享,社群媒体是分享好的信息,而不是用来做人生攻击,或是发泄不满,伤害他人。
    造成他人严重损失,心灵上受到威胁,人生不安。希望大家可以善用社群媒体。不要造成社会干扰。
    社群媒体不是给我们发泄个人的情绪,而是把好的信息带给大家,把快乐带到全世界。

  25. jerry_sito on Mar 16, 2015 at 10:35 am

    在这个帖子里,也许有人会认为,尊贵的上师,想要透过法律的途径来构成“威胁”或“警告”莫些人,不要在攻击我们的网站

    然而,我却深深的能够感觉到师父的慈悲,给予我们佛法的教诲,也许我们现在没有宗教,那么给予我们一定得道德“规则”就叫做法律,倘若我们运用到佛法上,那么那就叫做“戒律”

    然而“法律”条文与“戒律”那是为了保护我们自己本身的,而不是为了牵制我们的自由,仿佛当我们严守戒律的时候,那么我们在修行的道路上就会有所成就,而护法更会帮助我们因为我们很好的守住我们的戒律与真正的把佛法运用在我们的生活上,好比如当我们不“恶语”那么我们就不会种下恶业,并不会受到因果的牵制

    感恩师父的教诲,从一路以来,师父都教导我们,要时常保持慈悲心的对待别人,师父也教导我们要尊重所有的僧侣及一切有情众生,并且要常常严守我们的戒律,因此我们学习了把佛法运用在我们的生活上,把佛法的真正有意义的教诲正确的运用在“社群媒体”“网络”上,真正的做到弘扬佛法与利益一切有情众生

    感恩尊贵的师父
    祈愿师父常住在世,长转法轮
    弟子:Jerry Sito

  26. Wylfred Ng on Mar 16, 2015 at 10:34 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing.

    Nowadays with the technology and social media, many people tend to express their feeling own their own social media pages. Some will share about their happiness, some will share about their dissatisfaction.But some people will post hurtful speech that may hurt others.

    It is good to see these few cases that punished the people who hurt others on social media page. So that people would not post vulgar words. This is to protect all of us.

    Thank you

  27. Louise on Mar 16, 2015 at 10:28 am

    谢谢仁波切的分享。

    其实每一样东西都有两面, 好与坏的动机都是操作与自己的一双手。 社群媒体这个平台,可以是正能量与负能量的。

    常常会看到很多人在 社群媒体发泄一切都不满、骂人与讲一些不三不四的东西, 其实是很笨的行为, 若要人不知,除非己莫为。天网恢恢,疏而不漏。

    我知道仁波切是一位非常低调的,为了来自世界各地的徒子徒孙不停分享,我要谢谢仁波切。

    很多来自比较偏僻的小地方也因为看到仁波切的部落格与社群媒体, 认识了佛法,改变了人生。

  28. Carmen Koo on Mar 16, 2015 at 1:48 am

    We have enough of bullies. In school, kids are bullied. On the road, drivers are bullied. And now, online, there are cyber bullies. I wonder what satisfaction people get from bullying and defaming others online, sometimes anonymously? If you have issues with someone or the company, why wouldn’t you settle it in person? and If it is not possible to meet up with the person, write in a letter, speak with their PAs, other people in the company… instead of venting online, won’t you want a solution to your woes?

    I am glad that legislation against online “bullying” are taken seriously. Ultimately, we have to be responsible for our own actions, also known as karma. I hope more cases do happen, so that people cease from constantly creating suffering for one another.

  29. William on Mar 15, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    In this day and age we have to be careful with what we post online. This is our responsibility because we are spreading news, information and also rumour far and wide. We never know who we will offend or break the law. So, take precaution and post responsibly. If you have the intention to cause hurt or malice, then one day it will come back to bite you at the back.

  30. GraceLeong on Mar 15, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    Yes, I have seen real cases of people going on internet to set up fb pages to defame reputable service companies just to get attention and free services after making untrue allegations. They can even post bogus pictures of a bad service and make unreasonable demands for money back and further compensation etc.Apparently, the same perpetrator goes around targeting different beauty service companies with the same tactics.
    Some of these people who spent so much time on the internet hurling abuses at others or targeted people, could either be really “sick” people or probably “paid” to do it. I am really glad the law can go after them now. That will cut down a lot of negative energy plus lessen their chance of accumulating negative karma !

  31. Pema Thinley on Mar 14, 2015 at 4:45 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    thank you so much, this is so informative and a very good reminder for us to really understand and realize the real function of social media. A healthy socialising is what is needed and necessary for the benefit of all. This would benefit a lot of people Rinpoche.

    Thank you

  32. Frederick Law on Mar 14, 2015 at 1:47 am

    Thank You Rinpoche for sharing this information on the consequences of of cyber bullying. Social Media really is a powerful media that can change peoples life be it good or bad, depending on the person motivation when posting it.

    Those who post with intent to hurt and defame others should really be dealt with through legal way, if not more and more cyber bullying will grow and more people will suffer because of this unscrupulous action.

    In this internet age, social media should be use to motivate and inspired others in this degenerating times where society are heading towards more selfish and self-centered path.

    We should use Social media platform as a tool to connect the world and share knowledge and wisdom, even sharing love and care to inspire and motivate others who are loss, and who are down. Rinpoche blog is a very powerful example of using social Media to spread Dharma and compassion that affects billions all over the world.

    Sincerely,

    Frederick Law

  33. Colin Tan on Mar 14, 2015 at 12:55 am

    Thank u Rinpoche for sharing.

    Indeed for the past 2 weeks my company was also defamed by someone and the article was spread around many making us feeling very upset. We did so much for the Melaka property scene, but the person don’t see it that way, and defamed us.

    Tried many ways of getting the person but was difficult. We were left in a situation whereby we cant do much for awhile and have to see the number of views increase.

    But in the end… we manage to use legal actions to get the hosting site to take the article down and those that shared the posted were issued a legal letter, asking for a public apology and taking their reposting and sharing of the article down.

    It is indeed true that even if its reposting and not written by urself, it does have legal implications.

    So to All… pls watch what u write and repost especially when the articles have any defamatory evident in it.

    Lets all spread love and care rather than being bad to others.
    cheers.

  34. Tiffany Ong on Mar 13, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    Thank u Tsem Rinpoche for highlighting such issue n to bring awareness to all of us. I hav to agree that talking nonsense online , using abusive language, scolding , anything related which is not good should b stop! Ppl must not misuse te Internet.. I hope tis article can bring awareness to all 😉

  35. ECheah on Mar 13, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    There are two sides to the internet revolution. It brings so much convenience to our daily lives as compared to say, 30 years ago. But with it comes the danger. Countless have been misled, brainwashed, conned, hurt, defamed, even driven to suicide….as long as one has online access, one is vulnerable. From simple people like you and me to VIPs to corporations to entire government administrations, all can be targets. It can be a dangerous place to be. Hence forensics & cyber security is a specialty area in high demand these days.
    There are those who believe everything they read on the internet. Worse, they may perpetuate and pass it on. It’s an easy mouse click. Ignorance breeds ignorance.
    Even emails can get you in trouble. You might think you’re ok since you deleted it but what you wrote and deleted can come back and bite you back. We have a real case in the co. I work with. It involves emails and anti-trust laws. Someone was alleged to have colluded with competitors and suspected of price fixing. Everything was dug up, hard disk drives, cell-phone accounts, letters, emails, notes, files. Things they thought were deleted were retrieved and were used as evidence. They were summoned to court and faced jail sentences, even though they were not even living in the jurisdiction which filed the case in court.
    So what we think is “harmless” or “safe” may be anything but. Those who attack others via social media may or may not be caught and brought to justice in this life time, but they created the cause and will have to bear the effects of the action not necessarily in this life time.
    If one has nothing good to say, it’s better to shut up and say nothing. Better, use the internet & social media to convey positive influences that might benefit others.

  36. Sharon Ong on Mar 13, 2015 at 11:32 am

    This is excellent! About time that something is being done about social media misuse and abuse. Am glad that these cyberbullies can no longer hide behind the virtual cloak of anonymity inciting hatred, slandering and the like.

    Let’s use social media meaningfully to spread messages of love, peace and kindness to all.

  37. Edward Ooi on Mar 12, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    I use social media every single day of my life but I don’t post all these bad and nasty comments about other people. I know that it will definitely hurt someone’s feelings. Think of this, what if someone has already been abused really badly in life (not social media) and the only place they could find peace is social media, they share about their problems but in the end they still get nasty comments. I think even I would have commit suicide if I’ve never known Dharma. So please no matter if the person deserves it or not, it is not for us to judge. Let their own Karma decide. The more we judge about people, the more people that will judge us. Karma is a two-edged sword and it will never stop unless we stop first. So why not just keep our mouth closed and let Karma do it’s thing. What is the point of hurting someone and get hurt by that person or someone else? Is it worth it, I don’t think so. Unless you are doing it for the good of the person (not intentionally to hurt them) then it’s not that bad.

  38. Julia Tan on Mar 12, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    I am so glad to know that legal action can be taken to those who used social media to abuse and put down others. All these negative and vulgar comments on personal, religion, public basis, definitely cause huge damage to others’ reputation, mentally and emotionally. These damage can be really bad and hurtful because these damaging comments stays on the site for very long time and it will be read by thousands even millions of people all over the world. I hope the three cases above became a good example to others who have been misused social media to damage others.

    Whenever you want to make a bad comment on social media, think twice, because you may hurt others and it may last for very long time. Not only that, that’s a very high chance you will be sued by damaging other’s reputation.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article. I hope many will read and be aware that making bad comments will cause huge damage to themselves too.

  39. Josh Akers on Mar 12, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    I think this is the wild west era of social media and there’s a new sheriff in town.

    I am crazy about freedom of speech though, and where does it stop? Will I be jailed and fined for saying McDonalds is gross and their corporation is involved in despicable animal rights abuse? What if millions of people heard me and stopped eating there? They would sue me and win? Its a slippery slope…

    I guess we just need very honorable and discerning judges to make the call.

    If I ever get in trouble for saying “9\11 was an inside job” for example, I would consider my freedom gone. (research tower 7, it was clearly controlled demolition.) I will never forget how big a coverup can go… Sorry off topic.

  40. Joy on Mar 12, 2015 at 4:16 am

    To all those who love to spew vulgarities, hateful speeches and abuse the social media world by harming, accusing, threatening… well you should really read this and stop before it is too late! What you write does have consequences even if you “hide” you identity, and that’s always been so, all it takes is someone to say enough is enough like the cases above, especially when it causes damage on others.

    Glad to know such laws are being implemented to keep everyone safe. And it also shows how crimes have not only ventured into the cyber world but is on the rise till we needs such laws.

    Let’s keep the world spinning with kind words not hateful speeches.

  41. DR on Mar 12, 2015 at 3:04 am

    It is good to know that legal action can be taken against irresponsible social media users who use these platforms to threaten, harass, humiliate and embarrass another person. Otherwise it would be like giving people a license to hurt others and go rogue on social platforms.

    There are those who hide behind cyber anonymity and write defamatory posts on another person by taking an issue out of context and intentionally omitting facts and information. It can be very damaging because a situation will seem like something completely different than it actually is. This will easily manipulate people into thinking a certain way about a certain matter.

    Main thing is knowing how to use social media responsibly. The fact that laws are being drafted to apprehend those who make defamatory and racist remarks shows how powerful this tool (social media platforms)is. If used wisely and correctly, it brings positive results for all.

  42. sandra on Mar 12, 2015 at 12:56 am

    Yes, misusing social media only harms us. We were given classes on responsible social media use at uni. A little anecdote – a student on our course went for work placement. The person disliked one employee/supervisor and later talked bad about them on facebook. Now, the two people in the scenario weren’t friends but the status surfaced on the wall of this company’s other employee who then reported to authorities. The student was brought in front of the university’s heads of department. The student unfortunately used a curse word in front of the panel and was expelled. Whatever stays on social media stays on social media. Even when they it’s been deleted it remains on the internet’s ‘memory’, just treat people like you would in real life. I am sure a lot of these haters would not behave disgracefully in real life. It’s shocking the abuse inflicted via social media especially to celebrities!

  43. Sean in Shanghai on Mar 12, 2015 at 12:27 am

    Thank You, Rinpoche, for sharing the articles. This is indeed great news and long overdue.

    Social media is a double-edged sword. It has enabled the world to connect, to come closer, to share information, encourage exchange of ideas and enhance understanding of each other’s worlds instantaneously. But it has also provided a convenient cover for people with deep inner fears but inadequate skills, maturity or wisdom to voice them, face them and address them, reducing only to cowardly acts like attacking others with differing viewpoints and hoping to escape responsibilities by claiming ignorance or hiding behind cyber anonymity.

    As Charlotte Clode wrote above, “Nor is ignorance of those laws any kind of defence against being taken to court for defamation having made libellous or slanderous comments – the damage has still been done, whether you knew you could be held accountable for it or not.”, so it is with our Karma.

    I remember Rinpoche teaching this once: If you know what you’re about to do is wrong and you do it, you cause bad Karma. If you didn’t know what you’re about to do is wrong and you do it, does it make the thing you did right or less wrong? No, it’s still wrong and you did it. You caused bad Karma. As Tenzin Palmo said, the only thing we can try our best to do – at all times – “is not cause harm, and be very careful with our speech so that we bring benefit to others and we don’t hurt them.”. Live with good intentions, act with care, acceptance and respect for others.

    Social media is potentially one of the most powerful tool to spread goodwill and beneficial knowledge to bring about World Peace. Let’s not corrupt it like we have done with so many of our own creations, besides those of Mother Nature.

    Sean in Shanghai

  44. nicholas on Mar 11, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    Social media has becoming a great/wide platform for many people to express and share their voice and thought. By saying so it also becoming more extreme and uncontrollable come to a point people uses vulgarities, bullying and etc to cause worried, scared, depression to others.

    Freedom to express is good but should be constructive and bring positive effect with encouraging with substance.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing as it’s good to know that there is a control now for people miss use social media to harm and defame others. We should be responsible with our action be it if we talk to a person face to face or in cyber. Internet can be a very powerful tools but it has to be in good use and it can’t be damaging if we use it the other way round.

  45. Datuk May on Mar 11, 2015 at 11:42 pm

    I totally agree with Pastor Henry, that Social Media is for socialising and sharing of news that may be of general interest. However, ignorant minds have used it as a platform for smear campaigns to vent their dislikes and likes of particular events, people and so forth.

    It is also true that the Law enforcers in USA are drafting some form of laws to be enforced for the protection of indiscriminate slandering.

    What is very nice to note is that the cases mentioned here happened in UK and glad that in Malaysia we do practice the same legal system called “Common Law” and reference can be made in our High Courts of precedence in UK courts.

    It is important that we should never slander any one publicly and as taught by Rinpoche discuss and find the middle way which is the WIN/WIN” situations most amicable to all at large,

  46. antoinette on Mar 11, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    Yes, everyone should watch what they are posting. Will this post or comment influence others in a good way or a negative way. We should aim to make this world and the internet world a better place.

    The risk of getting a jail sentence or a high legal bill will hopefully make people think twice before they post hate mails. But it should be natural to make others feel better instead of sending treats and accusations.

    Thank You

  47. Pastor Chia on Mar 11, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    Reading through this three study case about how people abuse social media to hurting others and will be have serious repercussion by committing such crime. It is important to think through what we say or write in social media. We are responsible for our actions of speech that create suffering and pain for others.

    Thank you Rinpoche sharing this post,it remind us watching our body,speech and mind daily to benefit others and not hurting people by social media even in simple comment.

  48. Khoo on Mar 11, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche. It is very good that people are finally taking action against those who abuse the Internet. We have noticed that nowadays a lot of people will just forwarding and re-posting mostly anything without verifying the accuracy of these news. These people will be most likely to be used as a tool by some parties to spread rumors for their political purposes. I have seen cases where some news still floating in the Internet for years even after it had been proven to be fake! Also that some new generation have developed these bad habit of writing irresponsible statements on social media thinking that this is their “freedom of speech” to write all these baseless and unproven statements without having to bare any responsibility to the consequences and no one can do anything to them. I fear that this kind of mentality will eventually spread to other part of their life that they will start acting and speaking in irresponsible manners.
    The Internet has become a very important part of our life and it can be used to make someone’s life better or ruin someone’s life. We do need law to maintain the Internet. It is sad that every freedom given to human will eventually need law to constraint it.

  49. pammie yap on Mar 11, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    Social media should NOT be about cyber bullying and attacking people online. What world are we living in now? People are so hateful and revengeful. We have enough sadness in the world, why can’t we say something nice and be kind instead? It doesn’t hurt to be kind to one another. Not like we need to pay or it shortens our life.

    The effect of cyber bullying is very damaging. There are people who suffer depression from it or even commit suicide. Why do we want that when we don’t want to experience it ourselves?

    If you don’t like someone or something they posted, just skip or move along. Why want to use your energy and turn it into something negative and harmful for the world to see?

    To all you who spread schism and hatred, please be careful. You may think you are safe but you might not be. Peoples are watching what you do.

    Let’s all spread love, peace, compassion and kindness always.

  50. Pastor Henry Ooi on Mar 11, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    Social media is for socialising, not for sending hate messages, or for posting vulgarities to someone of what was written just because someone else doesn’t agree to the article; or making racist statements, and making negative religious comments of other people’s belief. Some even argued about choice of food and fashion sense. It has become anti social media. It is good that people who write such negativities may be hauled to court for damages incurred by them onto others. Our world is turning into a hateful place to live in with such hostilities. May light overcome the darkness of ignorant minds. May peace and loving compassion prevail.

  51. Choi Sheem on Mar 11, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for highlighting these cases of internet bullies being caught by the authorities. The social media is a very powerful tool when utilised in a proper way to spread vital information and good news. It is very wrong for people to vent abusive and damaging messages to create hatred and confusion to other users.
    Just as fire can bring light and warmth to those in the cold darkness, it can also destroy homes and lifes when misused.
    I hope that this cases serve as a reminder to all that one should use the social media with care so as not to damage others.

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    Animals have feelings too ,and they needs our care ,love aswell.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
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Whatever we can do to spread the teachings of our Guru, we should do so.
 These three (Dharma, Oser and Mumu) are super adorable.
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These three (Dharma, Oser and Mumu) are super adorable.
Beautiful Vajra Yogini print.
yesterday
Beautiful Vajra Yogini print.
Beautiful and holy new statues arrived to Kechara Forest Retreat. Please enjoy the pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146950
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Beautiful and holy new statues arrived to Kechara Forest Retreat. Please enjoy the pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146950
Beautiful old thangka of Buddha Nageshvaraja
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Beautiful old thangka of Buddha Nageshvaraja
Dear friends, This meme is powerful. Who you hang around with and the types of attitude they have is who you will be influenced by many times and who you will become in the future. Look at your friends and the people that always surround you to know who you will become. Tsem Rinpoche
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Dear friends, This meme is powerful. Who you hang around with and the types of attitude they have is who you will be influenced by many times and who you will become in the future. Look at your friends and the people that always surround you to know who you will become. Tsem Rinpoche
October 2017, His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal graciously reading our Kechara album and updates as presented by Beng Kooi and Martin. He was very pleased with our progress and offers his blessings. Tsem Rinpoche
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October 2017, His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal graciously reading our Kechara album and updates as presented by Beng Kooi and Martin. He was very pleased with our progress and offers his blessings. Tsem Rinpoche
His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche grants audience to Beng Kooi and Martin in France.  Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
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His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche grants audience to Beng Kooi and Martin in France. Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
Recently Beng Kooi and Martin on behalf of myself and Kechara was lucky to have audience with His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He lives in around Paris, France. His Holiness is 91 years old and very healthy and alert. He was the 101st throne holder for Tsongkapa and was the head of the Gelugpa school of Buddhism and was very successful during his tenure. He is a strong practitioner of both Sutra and Tantra of Je Tsongkapa\'s tradition and a master of all Buddhist knowledge. He holds steadfast to his protector Dorje Shugden very strongly. So we can see even the highest throneholders who are masters of Sutra and Tantra also practices Dorje Shugden knowing the benefits.

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

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

Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche 
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Recently Beng Kooi and Martin on behalf of myself and Kechara was lucky to have audience with His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He lives in around Paris, France. His Holiness is 91 years old and very healthy and alert. He was the 101st throne holder for Tsongkapa and was the head of the Gelugpa school of Buddhism and was very successful during his tenure. He is a strong practitioner of both Sutra and Tantra of Je Tsongkapa's tradition and a master of all Buddhist knowledge. He holds steadfast to his protector Dorje Shugden very strongly. So we can see even the highest throneholders who are masters of Sutra and Tantra also practices Dorje Shugden knowing the benefits. Beng Kooi and Martin brought photo albums of Kechara Forest Retreat/Kechara and updates on Kechara and our works. His Holiness was very pleased to listen and offered some gifts back. This is a beautiful picture and the great blessings bestowed on us from His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
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This is so powerful. It is a must read and must share.
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This is so powerful. It is a must read and must share.
Beng Kooi meeting with the scholar and teacher Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen has been very active and you can see his youtubes in Tibetan speaking about the benefits of Dorje Shugden practice. He is a direct student of Trijang Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche.
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Beng Kooi meeting with the scholar and teacher Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen has been very active and you can see his youtubes in Tibetan speaking about the benefits of Dorje Shugden practice. He is a direct student of Trijang Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche.
Martin meeting with Gen Tashi. Gen Tashi is a very devoted and committed activist of Dorje Shugden\'s cause. He is tireless in speaking for the truth. They enjoyed sharing some time together.
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Martin meeting with Gen Tashi. Gen Tashi is a very devoted and committed activist of Dorje Shugden's cause. He is tireless in speaking for the truth. They enjoyed sharing some time together.
Martin meeting with the well known strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist and scholar Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe lak was very happy to meet Martin and shared so much wonderful information. Beautiful meeting.
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Martin meeting with the well known strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist and scholar Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe lak was very happy to meet Martin and shared so much wonderful information. Beautiful meeting.
Beng Kooi meeting with friend and strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist Gen Tashi
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Beng Kooi meeting with friend and strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist Gen Tashi
Another stunning digital print art of Dorje Shugden from an artist in Peru. Tsem Rinpoche
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Another stunning digital print art of Dorje Shugden from an artist in Peru. Tsem Rinpoche
This beautiful Dorje Shugden is from an artist in the Ukraine. Tsem Rinpoche
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This beautiful Dorje Shugden is from an artist in the Ukraine. Tsem Rinpoche
Please never get tired of speaking for those who do not have a voice. If we can alleviate their pain or try our best, why not? Thank you all so much. Tsem Rinpoche
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Please never get tired of speaking for those who do not have a voice. If we can alleviate their pain or try our best, why not? Thank you all so much. Tsem Rinpoche
Pastor Antoinette of Kechara arranged a Malaysian artist to paint this special Dorje Shugden painting conceptualized by myself. She oversaw the process and completed it. Wonderful beautiful Dorje Shugden Malaysian style by Malaysian artist. Tsem Rinpoche
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Pastor Antoinette of Kechara arranged a Malaysian artist to paint this special Dorje Shugden painting conceptualized by myself. She oversaw the process and completed it. Wonderful beautiful Dorje Shugden Malaysian style by Malaysian artist. Tsem Rinpoche
Sometimes after my prayers, reading on sasquatch is relaxing. Tsem Rinpoche
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Sometimes after my prayers, reading on sasquatch is relaxing. Tsem Rinpoche
This gorgeous outdoor bronze Buddha is in Korea. Would be lovely to pay homage to Him there.
3 weeks ago
This gorgeous outdoor bronze Buddha is in Korea. Would be lovely to pay homage to Him there.
Beautiful old vintage photo of Kamakura Buddha in Japan. I had the good fortune to visit this holy Buddha a few years back. I do hope I can go again with some students. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful old vintage photo of Kamakura Buddha in Japan. I had the good fortune to visit this holy Buddha a few years back. I do hope I can go again with some students. Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche with Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during the Medicine Buddha festival.
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Tsem Rinpoche with Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during the Medicine Buddha festival.
This is a unique thangka of Pelden Hlamo with Dorje Shugden and Setrap and Nechung. Of course they all get along unlike what Tibetan leadership likes to say they don\'t get along. All enlightened beings get along with other enlightened beings and unenlightened beings. Enlightened beings have no karma to not get along with others. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is a unique thangka of Pelden Hlamo with Dorje Shugden and Setrap and Nechung. Of course they all get along unlike what Tibetan leadership likes to say they don't get along. All enlightened beings get along with other enlightened beings and unenlightened beings. Enlightened beings have no karma to not get along with others. Tsem Rinpoche
I love this picture. I wish it will all settle down soon.
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I love this picture. I wish it will all settle down soon.
 I love this picture of Mumu peeking through the screen and window to see what is going on. He is always been very busy body and active. He has to know what is going on. I love you Mumu.
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I love this picture of Mumu peeking through the screen and window to see what is going on. He is always been very busy body and active. He has to know what is going on. I love you Mumu.
How would you like to get one piece of this beautiful piece of art?
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How would you like to get one piece of this beautiful piece of art?
First time PM Tenpa Yarphel speaks up against Nechung. It has created a huge stir. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144220
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First time PM Tenpa Yarphel speaks up against Nechung. It has created a huge stir. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144220
I always like my rooms to smell clean, fresh, woodsy and a bit like the forest. my favorite types of essential oils to burn daily or as an offering to the Buddhas are Juniper, Cypress, Black Spruce, Peppermint and sometimes Rosemary. I like the smell of the forest, woods and wooded areas very much. I\'ve been using essential oils in my rooms for years. I don\'t necessarily purchase the brand you see in the picture as I buy any brand as long as it\'s made naturally. Tsem Rinpoche
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I always like my rooms to smell clean, fresh, woodsy and a bit like the forest. my favorite types of essential oils to burn daily or as an offering to the Buddhas are Juniper, Cypress, Black Spruce, Peppermint and sometimes Rosemary. I like the smell of the forest, woods and wooded areas very much. I've been using essential oils in my rooms for years. I don't necessarily purchase the brand you see in the picture as I buy any brand as long as it's made naturally. Tsem Rinpoche
In the bitter coldness of Yachen Gar, Tibet, several nuns are practicing meditation. You can see many small single \'huts\' in the background. They do this yearly and throughout the year. It is very inspiring to see people practice even under extreme conditions because they realize how samsara is so full of deceptions. Praise to the Dharma that liberates us with truth and practice. Tsem Rinpoche
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In the bitter coldness of Yachen Gar, Tibet, several nuns are practicing meditation. You can see many small single 'huts' in the background. They do this yearly and throughout the year. It is very inspiring to see people practice even under extreme conditions because they realize how samsara is so full of deceptions. Praise to the Dharma that liberates us with truth and practice. Tsem Rinpoche
More than you have....
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More than you have....
The holiest place for the spiritual seeker is where our guru abides. Tsem Rinpoche
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The holiest place for the spiritual seeker is where our guru abides. Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful flowers offered on my shrine to Sacred Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful flowers offered on my shrine to Sacred Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
This is my favorite image of Lord Manjusri. I had this exact same image as a kid in the 1980\'s and treasured it very much. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is my favorite image of Lord Manjusri. I had this exact same image as a kid in the 1980's and treasured it very much. Tsem Rinpoche
I love this idyllic painting of a beautiful Buddhist temple in a small town with foliage, natural, blue skies and country living. I can definitely live in this type of environment any time. I love living near nature. I wish I can go inside this picture to start living there now. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
I love this idyllic painting of a beautiful Buddhist temple in a small town with foliage, natural, blue skies and country living. I can definitely live in this type of environment any time. I love living near nature. I wish I can go inside this picture to start living there now. Tsem Rinpoche
Another gorgeous Byzantine style painting. As the crowd is lead to the hill of light, atop the hill is St. Dorje Shugden ready to give rest to the weary. And hope to the hopeless and help to the helpless. Tsem Rinpoche
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Another gorgeous Byzantine style painting. As the crowd is lead to the hill of light, atop the hill is St. Dorje Shugden ready to give rest to the weary. And hope to the hopeless and help to the helpless. Tsem Rinpoche
Ms Gerbrick was a very special person in my childhood. When I finally found her again, I had lost her - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144296
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Ms Gerbrick was a very special person in my childhood. When I finally found her again, I had lost her - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144296
I just did another one. See how it\'s done-
 http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144259
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I just did another one. See how it's done- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144259
I like this sketch I just did. Tsem Rinpoche
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I like this sketch I just did. Tsem Rinpoche
One of my sketches just finished. Tsem Rinpoche
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One of my sketches just finished. Tsem Rinpoche
More of my drawings.  Tsem Rinpoche
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More of my drawings. Tsem Rinpoche
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Plse click on this and read and share. Important thoughts regarding our teacher. Tsem Rinpoche
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Plse click on this and read and share. Important thoughts regarding our teacher. Tsem Rinpoche
The stupa dedicated to the great Changkya Rolpai Dorje in 5 peaks of Manjushri - China. Changkya Rolpai Dorje was one of the previous life of His Holiness Pabongka Rinpoche. In that life, he was the imperial tutor to the Emperor of China.  Photo from Karen Chong
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The stupa dedicated to the great Changkya Rolpai Dorje in 5 peaks of Manjushri - China. Changkya Rolpai Dorje was one of the previous life of His Holiness Pabongka Rinpoche. In that life, he was the imperial tutor to the Emperor of China. Photo from Karen Chong
Please click on this picture and see what the adorable boy is doing.
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Please click on this picture and see what the adorable boy is doing.
Learn a new word and see what Fauvism means here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=143633
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Learn a new word and see what Fauvism means here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=143633
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  • October 18, 2017 23:32
    Yen asked: Dear pastor, I am married but have not been blessed with a kid after several years. How can I overcome the pain I am going through? I also like to ask u for guidance to help someone dear to me who have met with an accident and in vegetative state. How do I help the friend suffer less? What can I do to help her overcome this obstacle in life even when doctor seems to have given up hope?
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear Yen, Thank you for your question. I am very sorry to hear of your situation and that of your friend. One thing we need to remember is that the Buddha explained to us how karma works. Everything we experience in life, whether good or bad is due to our actions previously in this life and previous lifetimes. While this may sound unfair in that we need to experience the results of something that we do not remember doing, this is the way samsara exists. They only way to be free of this type of suffering is to attain enlightenment, the state of a Buddha. That being said, we all need help in our daily life, and that is where deity practice can help us. In order to overcome the pain you are going through, may I suggest that you engage in the Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa. You can find an excellent commentary by His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/tsongkapas-daily-practice-video-commentary.html. You can find the prayers to recite here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/sadhana-prayers.html#19. There is also a practice box set dedicate to Lama Tsongkhapa, which you can order online here if you wish: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/tsongkhapa-boxset-english Lama Tsongkhapa is the emanation of Manjushri, the Buddha of wisdom; Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion; and Vajrapani, the Buddha of skilful means. As such the practice is extremely powerful and is well-known to help people heal psychical pain, but more importantly the sufferings felt in the mind. You can concentrate on the recitation of the Mig Tse Ma mantra and beseech Lama Tsongkhapa to help ease your suffering. He will surely help. His practice is known for relieving anxiety and even depression. In regards to your friend, on a practical level you can research about your friend’s specific state and see if there are any treatments available that can be effective if you have not done so already. In any case what you can do is to engage in prayers or pujas and dedicate the merits generated to your friend. For example, you can engage in the practice of Medicine Buddha, available here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/medicine-buddha-practice.html, or alternative have Medicine Buddha pujas sponsored here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/medicine-buddha-puja-fund. Medicine Buddha is excellent at healing on all levels, and provide us with soothing and beneficial energy. Another method that you can use to help your friend is to generate as much merit for her as possible. A vast amount of merit and purification of karma can help even the direst of circumstances. Such activities could involve releasing animals from slaughter or deplorable conditions, feeding the homeless and less fortunate and providing for them, and making vast amounts of offerings to the Buddhas and enlightened beings. If done with a good motivation, and dedicated towards your friend, she will benefit from the virtuous actions, even if you cannot see the benefits at the moment. Coupled with this you can engage in the practice of a Dharma protector such as a Dorje Shugden. You can find the prayers here if you wish to engage in them yourself: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/diamond-path-a-daily-sadhana-of-dorje-shugden, alternatively you can have Dorje Shugden pujas sponsored here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/dorje-shugden-wishfulfilling-puja-fund. Dharma protectors help to overcome obstacles and conditions that we wish to arise. I understand that it is a difficult situation, but you should maintain your faith in the Buddhas and enlightened beings, and they will definitely help. I hope this helps. Thank you
  • October 14, 2017 13:27
    Ling asked: I have been practising chakrasamvara for over 2 years now and recently during my meditation I feel that during the deity meditation portion that it feel like my entire body is under a heavy water fall. My heart and limbs also feel like flowing water and there is some crawling sensations. What could this be
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear Ling, Thank you for your question. I rejoice to read that you are practising Chakrasamvara for over two years now. This is very good, you should keep the practice steady, keep the vows and commitments well and you will progress on your spiritual evolution. Generally speaking when you engage in higher tantric yoga meditation, the meditations include movement of your psychic winds. Therefore sometimes people will experience strange feelings in the body. When this happens, once should ease off the concentration on that particular visualisation when engaging in the practice. What you can do to lessen these feelings is to engage in purification practices such as the 35 Confessional Buddhas, which you can find here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-35-confessional-buddhas.html. Alternatively if you have the appropriate initiation, you can engage in the practice of Heruka Vajrasattva, which would be included in your sadhana text. Engaging in the purification practices would lessen these sensations when you practice, as everything we experience is due to our karma. What I would advise the most, however, is to consult the guru that gave you the empowerment of Chakrasamvara practice. Your guru would be able to better advise you in addition to the above, the methods you can use to minimise the physical effects if they are due to the actual practice. I hope this helps. Thank you
  • October 13, 2017 11:15
    Fearful asked: What does violent shaking all of the sudden and "shrinking" feeling of the head mean during practice mean? I've been practicing the dharmapalas, and this is happening. What does it mean?
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear Fearful, Thank you for your question. There could be any number of reasons for this to be occurring. What you can do when this starts to happen is to stop what you are doing, and take deep breaths, and concentrate on your breath. As you concentrate on your breath, this will have a calming effect on both your body and mind, which should stop the involuntary shaking and strange feelings. In fact focusing on the breath is one of the best known methods of developing a focused, concentrated, yet calm Your practice of the Dharmapalas should begin with either Guru Yoga or deity practice, therefore I would suggest that you engage in these practices more before you begin the actually Dharma protector practice. One of the best practices is the Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa. This practice is well known for its healing ability on for both the body and the mind. Over time, you should see such occurrences lessen. If this shaking happens regularly and also when you are not practicing, you should consider visiting a qualified health professional just to rule out anything untoward. I hope this helps. Thank you
  • October 8, 2017 20:48
    John asked: Dear pastors, When reciting mantras we are instructed to visualize the deity. However I realize that my visualization is very very fuzzy and very very ever-changing. It is not a still image, there is like thick clouds moving and blocking the visualization then they would clear and block again and clear again and the deity would even change shape. The round part would be more oval one moment and more circle the next etc. In fact, I don't even know if the picture that ends up appearing in my mind is really looking like the deity or not. What if I end up visualizing a monster without knowing it since it's so fuzzy? Is there danger if that happens? What do you advice me to do?
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear John, Thank you for your question. This is a question that people actually ask a lot, but there is no need to worry, especially if we do not have tantric initiation. In fact, the more we practice getting our visualisation stabilised now, the better we will be able to practice tantra when we eventually receive tantric initiation. The issue you are having maintain a steady visualisation is not an uncommon one. This is because we actually have to train our mind to concentrate on what we are doing. One of the major facets of Buddhist meditation is concentration, and this is something we need to develop. We might think that we have a good ability to concentrate, but what the Buddha and the great masters have taught is that we actually do not, but we can obviously develop it. Visualisation itself is a form of concentration meditation, therefore until we achieve a good level of concentration, things like this will happen as we train our minds. What we can do is to focus on a particular aspect of the visualisation, such as the face of the deity, and once that is stable and focused, we can continue onto other parts of the deity’s body, and then the various other aspects of the visualisation. That way, we train ourselves little by little to have a complete visualisation. No in regards to your question about their being danger if something goes wrong or if we make a mistake during our visualisation, this cannot be at our stage of practice. This is because the visualisation is engaged in during the mantra recitation section. Mantras themselves are the Buddhas and enlightened beings in the form of sound. Therefore when we recite mantras we are invoking the holy energies of the Buddhas, which naturally guide and protect us from any harm. The fact that you are facing this issue is in fact a good sign. It shows that are trying to concentrate on the visualisation, but that your mind has not reached a level of concentration powerful enough to maintain the stability of the visualisation. The antidote to this is simple, keep practising. As you continue to practice, you will notice that your visualisation becomes stronger and stronger. If however, you are still worried, you can end your recitation sessions with the prayer dedicated to a Dharma protector to any obstacles, and end with a completion dedication. I hope this helps. Thank you
  • October 6, 2017 22:31
    Wong asked: Hi, i would like to ask about jhana which is the last factor of the eightfold path. How is it being practised?
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear Wong, Thank you for your question. The last factor of the eightfold noble path is called jhana in the Pali language. In the Sanskrit language it is called dyana. This is a state of meditative absorption which culminates in the understanding of emptiness and is the pathway that leads us to attain liberation. Generally this state is achieved through the practice of single-pointed concentration meditation. But within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition once you have achieved stabilised single-pointed meditation, you progress onto the path of special insight meditation. It is at this stage, that one is able to concentrate completely on understanding emptiness and therefore attain enlightenment. This topic is somewhat outside of the scope of this section of the blog. However, Pabongkha Rinpoche in his excellent Lam Rim text, titled “Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand” gives a very concise yet thorough introduction to the topic of meditation. Pabongkha Rinpoche addresses the path to enlightenment, not through the eightfold noble path however, but through the six perfections of a bodhisattva. In essence although on the surface the two ways of structuring the path to enlightenment may seem different, they are actually both the same if one analyses them carefully. If you read “Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand” you will understand how the two structures are interlinked if you have an understanding of the eightfold noble path. You can order a copy of the book here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/lamrim-liberation-in-the-palm-of-your-hand and the book is also available at Kechara Paradise outlets. Alternatively, you can ask your local book store to order the book in for you if they have that service. I hope this helps. Thank you
  • October 3, 2017 04:11
    jason asked: i have been practicing higher yoga tantra for over two year now and recently i started to get nightmares for three continuous nights now and i think it will continue, What is happening ? did i do something wrong? The first nightmare was me being cut in to numerous pieces , the second was me being visited by a greyish blue female old female ghost with no eyes in eye sockets, and the third was a giant dark brown black centipede encased in a white translucent sac exploding out of my thigh and crawling/ rolling away in to darkness. Im quite worried that i may have done something wrong even though i think i have not.
    pastor answered: Dear Jason, Thank you for your question. I am glad to hear that you have been practising Higher Yoga Tantra for over two years. You should keep your samaya with your Guru pure and intact, as well as keeping the vows and commitments that you would have taken during the empowerment into the practice. If you do this then you will see a definite transformation of your mind and circumstances for the better, which is after all what Buddhist practice is all about. In regards to your nightmares I do not think that you have done anything wrong per se. In this case it could be due to two possible reasons, the first is that your negative karma is arising in your dreams and the second is that you are being afflicted by a spirit. In the first case, when we practice Higher Yoga Tantra properly and sincerely, it purifies a lot of negative karma. As when engaging in any practice that purifies negative karma, this karma can open and manifest under control situations. For example you the karma manifests are nightmares or scary figures or feelings, rather than physically, which would come about through uncontrollable causes and conditions. When karma is purified it manifests in its most mild form, and for you in this case, it could manifest in the form of nightmares. Therefore if we are engaging in powerful practices, or when we concentrate on these practices, such things can occur. Some people may find this sort of situation bad. But this is not correct, because due to the nature of samsara, we are affected by karma in some form or another. What matters here is that karma is purified so that we can progress on our spiritual journey. When you face such difficulties, the key here is continue with your practice strongly and not give up. In this manner, the karma which causes such situations to occur is purified quicker and then we are no longer affected by it. Therefore you should wholeheartedly engage in primary sadhana of your meditational deity. On the other hand, it could be that you are being affected by a spirit or spirits. In this case there are methods of protection that you can engage in which should be included in your Higher Yoga Tantra practice. If you are unsure of what these could be, please humbly approach your initiating guru for more guidance. Another way that can help solve this problem is to engage in the practice of a Dharma protector such as Dorje Shugden. Since you are already practising a Highest Yoga Tantra, you can ask your guru about the particular Dharma protectors associated with the practice. Each of the major tantric practice has certain Dharma protectors associated with it that aid practitioners to clear obstacles and create conducive conditions for practice. You can actually engage in any Dharma protector practice, but it would be best for you to consult your guru as he or she may assign you a specific Dharma protector to practice. Whatever the case may be, it comes down to karma. The Higher Yoga Tantra you are practising should include a purification practice such as Vajrasattva. For example if you practice the Heruka Chakrasamvara tantra, and have received the appropriate empowerment, you can practice Heruka Vajrasattva. You then concentrate on the practice of Vajrasattva to purify the negative karma causing the situation, and over time you will see the situation get better. If you are not sure of the purification aspect of your daily practice, you can recite the 35 Confessional Buddhas. All of these can help, however I strongly advise you to humbly approach your guru and ask for further advice and instruction, as he or she may assign you other practices or even ask you concentrate on specific sections of the sadhana that they passed to you, to help you overcome these problems. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • September 30, 2017 22:31
    kevin asked: hi pastor, I've been very problematic lately and depressed. My plans seem to be always out of place. I read from an article that some problems are caused by negative karma from the previous and present life. I want to know if there is anything that I can do to drain my negative karma. Im very wary now on my actions to others so not to add to my existing karma. Can you suggest a mantra which I can recite and reflect on everyday to help alleviate my problems and drain my negative karma. Thank you very much. Bless you.
    pastor answered: Dear Kevin, Thank you for your question. Yes, according to Buddhist thought everything we go through in life is caused by karma. This can be either good or bad, so difficulties we face in life are indeed due to our karma. Now, one thing about karma that people often forget is that it can be purified. There are many methods within Tibetan Buddhism that are used for the purification of karma. In fact all practices necessarily involve the purification of negative karma and the generation of merit. The most effective of these are known as purification practices, which have the specific benefits of helping us to purify negative karma which leads to all kinds of problems within in our lives. These include Vajrasattva practice, which can be found here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/an-important-purification-practice.html and the practice of the 35 Confessional Buddhas, which can be found here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-35-confessional-buddhas.html. You can read more about these practices by clicking on the respective links. These are two very powerful methods of purifying negative karma and have been relied upon by countless practitioners and masters to progress on the spiritual path. They are two very extremely effective methods used within Tibetan Buddhism. Since you are going through many problems, however, you can engage in the practice of a Dharma protector who can help alleviate the obstacles you are facing and at the same provide conditions that are suitable for you. One such Dharma protector is Dorje Shugden, you can read more about his practice here, and his daily prayers here: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/diamond-path-a-daily-sadhana-of-dorje-shugden. The website also has a lot of information about the practice and how it can benefit you in daily life. While it may seem daunting that you have negative karma, you should not be disheartened because negative karma can be overcome by purifying it. What you said is right, you should be wary of creating more negative karma. In fact that is one of the main points a Buddhist lives by, which is not creating more negative karma. People often wonder why Buddhists take vows and precepts, this is actually to stop the accumulation of negative karma. For example a Buddhist takes the vow not to kill, this obviously stops the Buddhist from creating the negative karma of killing because they consciously remember that they should not kill in whatever situation they are in. So it is very good that are checking your actions to make sure that you do not add to the negative karma. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • September 28, 2017 13:18
    Nepal asked: I've noticed that in Nepal, Shugden and his retinue are forms of the worldly protector Za Rahula, or that's what the lamas and sadhanas say. Wouldn't that make Shugden dangerous or wouldn't that make Manjushri a worldly deity or one that is dangerous?
    pastor answered: Dear Nepal, Thank you for your question. Dorje Shugden is an emanation of Manjushri, that is what the high lamas and masters have taught and explained using Buddhist logic. Dorje Shugden as an enlightened being has been practiced by all major schools of Tibetan Buddhism, and was first practiced within the holy Sakya tradition. Similarly, Manjushri is an enlightened being. In fact all Tibetan Buddhist schools and Vajrayana traditions, including those in Nepal, say that Manjushri is an enlightened being, the Buddha of wisdom. Rahula on the other hand is a worldly deity who was bound by oath to protect Buddhism and Buddhism practitioners. You can read more about him here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dharma-protectors-of-tibetan-buddhism.html#tabs-1. All Tibetan Buddhist schools similarly agree to this point. Therefore to equate Dorje Shugden as a form of Za Rahula would logically mean that Manjushri is not a Buddha. This cannot be since hundreds of thousands of holy masters have relied on Manjushri and gained enlightenment through such beliefs and practices associated with Manjushri. Since from a logical perspective this cannot be the case, and Dorje Shugden is an emanation of Manjushri, it is safe to say that Dorje Shugden is not a form of Za Rahula. You can read more about Dorje Shugden, his history, lineage of practice and benefits here: http://www.dorjeshugden.org. I hope this helps. Thank you.
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