Buddhist calm becomes big business?

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Buddhist calm becomes big business

AP, June 12, 2012

Peace of the action: The calming yogic technique of ‘mindfulness’ is catching on in big business and even politics.

San Francisco, CA (USA) — This has become a daily ritual. In Mr Ryan’s world, it’s a stretch for people to get this relaxed. He’s a member of Congress.

TIM Ryan finds a quiet spot, closes his eyes, clears his mind and tries to tap into the eternal calm.

Increasingly, people in settings beyond the serene yoga studio or contemplative nature path are engaging in the practice of mindfulness, a mental technique that dwells on breathing, attention to areas of the body and periods of silence to concentrate on the present rather than the worries of yesterday and tomorrow.

Marines are doing it. Office workers are doing it. Prisoners are doing it.

The technique is drawing tens of thousands to conferences and learning experiences across the nation and world, and studies have shown it to reduce the symptoms of certain diseases and conditions.

Mr Ryan has written a book, “A Mindful Nation,” pushing mindfulness as an elixir that can tone down political divisions in Washington, get American schoolchildren learning better, and return the country to an era of richer personal experience.

“You still forget your keys, you still call people by the wrong name, you still stub your toe, but you can train your mind to be more in the present moment,” Mr Ryan said.

Benefits in stress reduction and improved performance have prompted US corporations including Google, Target, Procter & Gamble, General Mills, Comcast, BASF, Bose and New Balance to offer mindfulness training and encourage its use at work.

The practice’s critics, including some psychologists and religious scholars, say the approach is little more than Buddhist meditation repackaged and rebranded for a secular, and often paying, audience.

“The commercialisation of Buddhism has been happening as long as Buddhism has existed,” said Rachelle Scott, an associate professor of religion at the University of Tennessee and author of “Nirvana for Sale.”

“It’s problematic, because most Americans who are engaging in these activities don’t know the cultural backdrop to that, so in order to gain access they have to go to one of these retreats, and they are expensive,” she said.

Of the $US34 billion ($34 billion) Americans spent on alternative medicine in 2009, $US4.2 billion – about 12 per cent – was spent in sectors that included mindfulness concepts, such as meditation-related classes or relaxation techniques, according to federal data. Participation in meditation therapy by US adults rose 6 per cent a year on average from 2002 to 2007, according to a study by the research group SRI International.

Marine 1st Lt Scott Williams, 32, of Lancaster, California, said skills he learned through Mindfulness-based Mind Fitness Training – known in the military as MMFT or “M-fit,” – allow him to transition rapidly from one focus point to another, to rid his mind of negative thoughts, and to recover more quickly from emotional experiences.

“As an infantry officer in the Marines, the mental agility gained by conducting mindfulness exercises could potentially be the difference maker as I lead men through chaotic and uncertain environments in Afghanistan,” he said.

The technique has also reached prisons, where it is being used to reduce stress, anxiety and violence.

Mr Ryan, a Democrat from Youngstown, learned the technique at a retreat two days after the 2008 presidential election – the end of a stressful campaign period and the beginning of another.

“I was to the point where I was OK, but I thought, ‘I’m going to be fried by the time I’m 40; I’m just going to be burnt out,’” said Mr Ryan, who was 35 at the time of the election.

For Mr Ryan, a former high school quarterback, the feeling he gets during mindfulness meditation reminds him of the utter concentration and single-mindedness athletes feel when they’re “in the zone.”

In fact, it was Phil Jackson, the legendary NBA coach, who was among the first to legitimise mind-body techniques in popular culture as he led the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers to 11 titles from 1989 to 2010.

Jackson was nicknamed the “Zen Master” for a holistic approach to coaching that drew upon Eastern religious philosophy. Over the same period that Jackson was winning titles, brain science was beginning to validate what practitioners found evident: The brain can be trained to de-stress, and the body will perform better.

For many, it was a wacky, or at least unconventional, idea – departing from the wisdom of the day that the brain was more or less fully formed by the time a child hit kindergarten.

The growing body of research showing the brain has the capacity to change throughout life is bringing mental fitness onto the same plane as physical fitness, said Georgetown University associate professor Elizabeth Stanley.

Ms Stanley, who runs MMFT and conducts research for the Army and Marines, said mindfulness meditation “isn’t touchy-feely at all” in its new uses.

“There’s something very empowering about learning how and why the body and mind respond under stress,” she said.

Ms Stanley said studies involving subjects engaged in repeated mindfulness have shown that it changes the way blood and oxygen flow through the brain, leading over time to structural changes. The practice can shrink the amygdala, which controls our fear response; enlarge the hippocampus, which controls memory; and make the insular cortex that regulates the body’s internal environment more efficient, according to recent peer-reviewed studies by Ms Stanley and others.

The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention are touting several recent studies that have found the technique can reduce the severity of irritable bowel syndrome symptoms in women and reduce stress and pain in chronic sufferers of fibromyalgia and depression.

Google spokeswoman Katelin Todhunter-Gerberg says the company’s “Search Inside Yourself” mindfulness class is among its most popular. It enhances awareness and performance, which improves productivity and morale, she said.

One Google lawyer, she said, was able to use her training to stop taking things so personally, reduce the irritability sometimes evident in her emails, and elicit immediate kudos from customers.

Not everyone is sold. In her self-help website Mindful Construct, psychology master’s student Melissa Karnaze worries that mindfulness runs the risk of encouraging participants to suppress valid emotions.

“To imply that typical forms of human judgment are somehow inferior to a particular type of attention referred to as mindfulness – with regard to mental health and well-being in general – is a broad sweep,” she said in an email. “We rely on various types of judgment for survival, and context matters.”

Mr Ryan wants to see fellow politicians embrace mindfulness and abandon the aggressive, around-the-clock grind.

“Nobody enjoys it; nobody likes it. It’s become a mess,” Mr Ryan said. “Look at the approval ratings from the American people, look at how the people who are inside these institutions feel about the gridlock and the inability to get things done, and the constant campaigning, and the amount of money that’s involved. We’re not going to solve the problem by doing more of it.”

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  1. Lin Mun on Aug 25, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    It is a good news that more people from various corporate industry engage in meditation to help them calm their mind. Meditation is not a religion but a method to train us to be mindful and focus. When we can control our mind and be focus we naturally will not be affected by the stress from our daily life. Hope more people will engage in meditation and mindfulness training to gain peace of mind.

  2. Vivian Ong on Aug 20, 2017 at 1:24 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article. This is indeed a good news to hear. Hopefully more and more people will engage in meditation classes which will train them about mindfulness. At this degenerate age, mindfulness is very important or else all the good morale will be gone and the people’s mind will be barbaric.

    With folded palms,
    Vivian

  3. Vinnie Tan on Aug 23, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    To me, I think that by doing dharma work, keeping up with own practices, and following instructions given by one’s Guru would be the best practice. There are many ways to keep the mind calm, including meditation. I would say that there is no one way to do it, but I believe that we should use the way that we feel that it suits us best!

  4. Khong Jean Mei on Feb 4, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    I don’t think that anyone can deny that in this day and age people need a stress reliever. Things move fast, and a quick and easy method is in demand to relax and to “escape” for a while.

    What’s interesting is how Georgetown University associate professor Elizabeth Stanley refers to the body and mind as two separate entities when relating to how each entity reacts to stress.

    If Tim Ryan’s quick and easy fix is to meditate on calmness despite where you are, it clearly shows how our body and mind are two separate entities.

    We can be in a bustling underground station, and escape into the serenity our mind can bring us to.

    If that is the case, when our body breaks down and finally gives in – where does our mind go to?

  5. patsy on Dec 16, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Due to the hectic lifestyle, more people are seeking ways to find inner peace by going for meditation classes which is a very therapeutic way to distress. Meditation before multitasking can calm stress and aid concentration.

    With this in mind, business schools are now beginning to embrace a practice of Buddhist approach to increasing awareness of oneself and its surrounding that has grown popular in the corporate world.

  6. Wan Wai Meng on Jul 16, 2012 at 2:24 am

    Buddhism has much much more to offer than just calming one;s mind so one is more aware. If they only knew the true benefits of buddism they would scream !

  7. Wendy Loh on Jul 10, 2012 at 12:50 am

    Mindfulness is key to any form of spiritual development. It does not mean that we are becoming less sensitive or involved when mindfulness increases. In fact we become more astute, aware, sensitive and sharp because we are definitely more focused and clear of our thoughts, emotions and feelings. Why? Because a chattering mind wastes energy unnecessarily. Instead of writing a letter to our friend congratulating her job promotion, we have a million other things floating about in our mind from paying our bills to choosing the next movie to watch. So when the letter is written, it is not getting our 100% attention and if we focused, we’d probably finish our task faster and with more efficiency. So there we go… mindfulness is not just a spiritual practice but it is a crucial for our day to day living. _/\_

  8. Irene Lim on Jul 4, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    The key to success in work performance, creativity, productivity is in calm abiding and prevent delusional thoughts from arising. Many individuals seeking success in their goals whether worldly or spiritual acknowledge meditation as a vehicle to attain their goals.

  9. Choi Sheem on Jul 3, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    In these modern, fast-paced world, everyone is feeling very pressured and tensed. Meditation helps to calm ones nerves and it is an alternative to using drugs. It is just so wonderful what Shakyamuni Buddha taught more than 2000 years ago still work wonders today.

  10. Milly on Jul 3, 2012 at 1:09 am

    Mindfulness leads to a more peaceful and calm mind. When we are calm and less stressed, it leads to clearer thinking and making less rash and wrong decisions. If world leaders can practice mindfulness, it would help them in running their countries and for some, it would mean less animosity with other countries and lesser wars. What was taught by Lord Buddha 2,500 years ago is now being re-branded and commercialized by non-spiritual individuals. For the less spiritually inclined societies, attending such programs is beneficial than not attending any at all. This training may be good to be taught in schools so that children can be trained from young and grow up to be better adults.

  11. Julia Tan on Jul 2, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Mindfulness is part of the 4th noble truth that Buddha taught 2500 years ago. We need to tame our monkey mind in order to think deeper and absorb knowledge. So that in order for us to gain wisdom.
    I’m not amazed that practicing mindfulness changes the way blood and oxygen flow through the brain and also improve memory and control fear. These had been said in the Buddha’s teachings.
    In the modern world that full of competition and the heavy load of work, whether you are in the business world, children in school, Politician or prisoners. It is very important to train our mind to be focus on whatever we are doing at this moment. Once we focus our mind, we are actually has slowly calm our mind and enjoy the peacefulness.

  12. yenpin on Jun 29, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    因为控制不了情绪而犯下了,很大的错,也因为情绪上的控制不好,就发动没必要的战争,情绪的控制是非常的重要的。我们修行佛法与静坐来达到身,心的平静,在这样的状态,我们的智慧就会慢慢生长,可以让我们做出正确的决定,不管我们在做什么事情时,都能有最好的结果,如果我们这里有一间禅修中心,就可以让大家能够尝试透过静坐或禅修,让我们可以好好的静下来,想想我们要的是什么,我们的就有圆满人生。

  13. winnie on Jun 29, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    人,往往因为控制不了情绪而犯下了,很大的错误,也因为情绪上的控制不好,而发动战争,所以情绪上的控制是非常的重要的。我们修行佛法与静坐来达到身,心的平静,只有这样的状态,我们的智慧就会慢慢产生,可以让我们做出正确的决定,这么一来不管我们在做什么事情时,都能有最好的结果,如果有一间禅修中心,就可以让大家能够尝试让自己透过静坐或禅修,让我们可以好好的静下来,想想我们要的是什么,这样才能有圆满的人生。

  14. Lim Tat Ming on Jun 29, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Mindfulness is so fundamental and important in our daily lives. More and more people are finding the meditation on mindfulness useful to calm their minds and to de-stress themselves. Even the secular world is capitalising on this Buddhist meditation technique too. Mindfulness meditation is not just for calming our mind, at a deeper level it will develop our wisdom which necessary to understand the nature of things around us and about us. Mindfulness Meditation is now a must rather a necessity in life for everyone.

  15. Jace Chong on Jun 28, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    如果我们相信佛陀的话, 其实祂早已有了医学和科学的答案。

    人体有无限可能,心识能够控制的事情有很多。我们不应该太靠感官来思考,在我们内心深处其实有许多更实在的答案。

    Mr.Ryan 做了非常好的事, 把静坐介绍给不同领域的人去修学。不管我们外在面对怎样的问题,每个人都有能力用心识的力量去治愈自己。

    但愿更多人可以通过打坐从而认识自己的能力,解决自身的问题,帮助更多的人。

  16. Grace (KSJC) on Jun 28, 2012 at 1:24 am

    Practice mindfulness can let us calm down.it useful for us as in modern day we only focus on pursuing personal goal, busy with worldly thing, we should seek a chance to let our mind calm down.

  17. Fiona ng on Jun 27, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    当你静心关照自己,首先认清当下,看清过去。
    有过什么样错误,当你跨过过去的阴影,你就可以燃起新的点子的火花开启你体内的惊人活力。

  18. Joy on Jun 27, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    I think the concept of “mindfulness”, “awareness” and “meditation” is becoming more and more popular these day because it is not based on religion but rather on a universal agreement of being at PEACE. Something everyone would like to have and can do with out having to have faith in anything in particular.

    Let’s face it we are living in a fast pace rat race and everyone’s got stress! Buddha is perhaps the best psychiatrist in the world, giving us the antidote that we can apply in our daily lives! >>>Meditation to calm our mind & create awareness<<<

    So while the motivation of selling this "concept" is not a virtuous one… but at the same time it gives people a chance to discover the connection between the samsara world and their true potential. And it doesn't always have to be "Buddhist Dharma"… it can be just being a kinder, more tolerant, peaceful, happier person. So why not if it helps.

  19. Paris on Jun 27, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Rinpoche has explained to us once that a lot of people have this mistaken idea that when we do these meditations, we “withdraw” and become less aware of the world around us. Actually, this isn’t what it’s about and developing awareness meditation actually hones our minds more, make us sharper and more alert so that we actually become more in tune with what’s going on around us, as opposed to withdrawing. This makes a lot of sense in a corporate environment, and in modern work environments where, to be successful, you need to be able to multitask, as well as to be aware of the behaviours, tendencies and work of everyone around you.

    In our tradition, Rinpoche has explained that awareness meditation is one step more than focusing on the breath or on walking. The focus of the meditation instead, is on visualisation of a Buddha, his iconography and his form; or a focus on mantra recitation. So in this way, we develop focus, but our object of focus is of something enlightened – by that we also gain merit on top of developing the clarity of the mind. The merit propels us in our spiritual practice, so it becomes an essential part of the meditations we do. One fuels the other, and vice versa.

    Thank you for this share Rinpoche. it’s really good to see how Buddhist influence is penetrating the busiest, most high profile places in the world. Just goes to show that you can be very much a Buddhist, and adopt the practices wherever you are, whatever you’re doing and without having to even overtly “convert”.

  20. Khoo Hou Haw on Jun 27, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    I am happy to see that more and more people around the world are gradually involved in practice of Buddhism in one way or another. But what worries me is that people also using this phenomenon to commercialize it. The most important practice in Buddhism is to maintain a pure motivation in whatever we do. Commercialized practice can never maintain that pure motivation. It is in fact motivated by one of the three poisons: greed, and it also defied the teaching of Buddhism to become Generous.

  21. Victor Phang on Jun 27, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Personally I foresee the teaching of mindfulness meditation will become a big money generator simply because more and more people is seeking for peaceful mind due to overloaded of information both relevance and irrelevance, good and bad, positive and negative, worldly and spiritually. The information of worldly desire, enjoyment, depression, politics and many more meaningless updates that causing mind confusion and instability.

    I fully agreed people should learn and practice any kind of meditations but I disagreed to commercialize it. Good thing must be shared, not sell. They may collect certain amount of money to maintain the facilities and create awareness but not making huge profit for personal gain.

    Charging expensive fee is limiting the number of people to learn and access to it. Moreover this method against the original principle of sharing in Buddhism.

    Thank you for sharing, Rinpoche
    Take good care
    With love,
    VP

  22. Yoke Fui on Jun 27, 2012 at 6:51 am

    Non Buddhists use meditation to calm their minds and improve alertness Buddhists go further than that, after the mind is calm we contemplate and familiarize our minds with virtues.

    It is interesting to note ” research showing the brain has the capacity to change throughout life” as said Georgetown University associate professor Elizabeth Stanley and Rinpoche had taught that our mind does not age, otherwise how can a baby (whose mind already existed many life times ago) learn new things ?

  23. Cynthia Ng on Jun 27, 2012 at 12:59 am

    翻开报纸里所有的新闻都是负面的,很多事件都是因为人们失去清晰的思维,没有平静的心所犯下了弥天大错。

    持宗喀巴心咒真的有效于平静下我们的思维,认真的持修有助于释放我们负面的情绪,把任何的愤怒,不开心都可以化解,其实佛法就是我们的禅修之一,也不需花费成千上万去上身,心,灵的课程,佛陀就是我们最好的禅修对象。

  24. Kevin Tan on Jun 27, 2012 at 12:44 am

    I was given my first lesson on meditation by Pastor Ngeow in Kechara last year. It was a small group of less than ten people. We were told to suck sweet…heh! Heh,… And described the experience. Each one of us had different experience. But the experience I had with meditation after few practices was …….Certainly it was relaxing but it was the heightened awareness, the clarity of sound, the calmness of the mind was simply an wonderful journey. Last Sunday at the Kechara Sunday Service where we had a brief meditation session. It was a wonderful reminder of the calming state of mind. I must practise more……

  25. Yvonne on Jun 27, 2012 at 12:26 am

    当我第一次,来到克切拉佛教中心的时候,第一个给我的感觉就是,很舒服,没有压力,整个人好像轻松了很多。我也参加了法会,法会使我心灵平静和集中。是很多城市人,心灵减压又健康的好去处,现在的社会环境,给人带来的无名压力,真的
    需要找个方法来解决,佛教中心和禅修中心,是很好的选择。

  26. EricLee KHJB on Jun 26, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    人,最难控制的东西就是情绪。 人,往往因为控制不了情绪而犯下了了很大的错误,也因为情绪上的控制不当,因而发动战争,所以情绪上的控制是非常的重要的。释迦摩尼佛所弘扬的佛法,就能让我们透过佛法的修行,来达到身,心,零灵的平衡,只有达到这样的状态,我们才能产生智慧,让后可以让我们做出正确的决定,这么一来不管你在做什么事情时,都能有最好的结果产生,所以希望大家能够尝试让自己透过静坐,让自己好好的静下来,好好的想想自己想要的是什么,这样才能过一个圆满的人生。

  27. June Tang (KH-JB) on Jun 26, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    修习佛法与坐禅是百利无害的,它能带来生,心,灵的平静。当我们的思维非常的清晰与冷静下所做的选择与决定,才能正确无误和事半功倍的把事情办好!既能利己又能利他,何乐而不为呢?朋友,就从今天开始学习佛法与坐禅吧!!

  28. Sheryl KH (JB) on Jun 26, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    I have never learnt this ‘mindfulness’, so i cannot really comment how effective this program can be.

    what I feel is that if this is generated from Buddhism, then it must have elements of truth in it, for Buddhism has been in this world for 2500 years, it can be coming out from no way.

    What I am concerned is that in this era where people like new ideas and that things get fade out quickly and that the amount of company profits is far more important than the actual benefits that are produced to the consumers, program on ‘mindfulness’ may be handled carelessly and this gives bad name to Buddhism.

    Buddhism cannot be wrong, but the misuse of this religion can lead to unfortunate scene.

  29. Han on Jun 26, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    In my opinion, Engaging in dharma is a way to develop a mindful mind.
    To practice mindful starts from the minute you get up in the day to the moment you lay your head on the pillow there is opportunity to engage mindfulness, opening you up to greater focus, calm, and peace.
    Nowadays people spend thousands on program to manage daily stress and learn how to be mindful etc.
    Actually , in buddhist principle, if we practice sincerely with determination and focus, mindfulness definitely will be close with us.

  30. Cindy on Jun 26, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Doing meditation is very good for us when we are stressed from work or other things. we should find a quite place that no one will disturb u, sit down, close ur eyes & don’t think of anything. I usually do that when I’m stressed & cannot think of anything. This is taught by my previous yoga teacher, this really help.

  31. pastor ngeow on Jun 26, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Mindfulness meditation is one Buddhism’s major contribution of sense of peace and well being for the people in this world.Although it is inseparable from Buddhism as a religious practice, its versatility and effectiveness to benefit all levels of needs had crept into every facet of one’s life such as sports, martial arts,qi gong dynamics, business environment,home, medical treatment, etc. When before, fitness gurus think physical health is key to everything,the benefits experienced by meditators had broken that myth. Both our body and mind have a very close relationship and both influence each other.If one’s mind is not well, one’s body will deteriorate and vice versa. Both body and mind must be equally factored into the equation of health. Unfortunately, due to commercialism and lack of true knowledge,one or the other is promoted or emphasized. This reduces the full benefit of attaining harmony or balance of body and mind. Recognizing the combined benefits of meditation and physical exercise is the holistic approach to ensuring physical health and sense of well being.

  32. Lim KH (JB) on Jun 26, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Learn and practice Dharma can bring inner peace for us, when our mind is clear everything will be have a better solution for that and right decision. Through meditation can help us feel relax and release.

    Although this is not our habit now, but is no harm to start to do it now. Start to do it 10% from now then increase more later, u will feel and tasted the benefits of Dharma.

    • Girlie Ooi on Jun 26, 2012 at 2:09 pm

      It is good to take a short while away from the hustle and bustle to engage in this technique, to tame our monkey-minds. Yes, start slowly and increase / put in more time as we begin to feel the benefits. So we need to de-stress to perform better.

  33. MayOng on Jun 26, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Daniel J Siegel (MD), a scientist by training wrote a Foreword in the book “Bringing Home the Dharma” by Jack Kornfield. He said he was surprised to find that Buddhist views were actually more about a science of mind and a method of healing than about a ‘religion’.

    He encountered Buddhism as a system of thought and understanding devoted to alleviating mental pain. He found it odd that as a psychiatrist, something in the realm of religious practice was actually more akin to clinical work in the field of mental health. He now teach on the connection between science and spirituality, linking the mindful brain with the wise heart.

    He said we can promote a more integrated way of living through the power of mindful awareness with integrative reflective practices, our relationships with one another can become filled with compassion and kindness. His hopes for our planet of moving from “me” to “we” to fill the potential of bringing health and healing to our precious and fragile home.

  34. James Long on Jun 26, 2012 at 3:29 am

    这并非件新鲜事,遇见一位朋友,他的公司就设立了一间静修室,让所有的员工,尤其是高层的职员能将心静下来,才开始工作或则会议。他说每一次在路上的奔波,走动,心或多或少都会比较浮躁,浮躁的心所作的决定也必定会有不好的结果,一间静修室就这样设立了。

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  • Stella Cheang
    Monday, Dec 11. 2017 10:37 PM
    It is relaxing to read interesting facts. Also interesting to see photos from yesterday-year of friends . Nice post! Thank you for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/funnies/21-interesting-facts.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Monday, Dec 11. 2017 09:32 PM
    Thank you, Rinpoche. We are so blessed to have the statues of Buddha Nageshvaraja and Loma Gyonma here in Kechara Forest Retreat, Malaysia. When we prostrate to Buddha Nageshvaraja, it will help us purify heavy negative actions. And Loma Gyonma’s mantra is known for good health, to cure diseases, and to be free from all forms of negativity.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/nageshvaraja-and-loma-gyoma-arrives-to-kfr.html
  • P David Lai
    Monday, Dec 11. 2017 08:04 PM
    Dear everyone,

    Here are 10 interesting links for this week to Rinpoche’s blog posts and Vajrasecrets for your reading pleasure and social media sharing.
    P David Lai

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    Rinpoche’s Blog :

    1. Dorje Shugden Wangze for Power and Influence
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-wangze-for-power-and-influence.html

    Dear students and friends, I have previously blogged the complete commentary and prayers for two of Dorje Shugden’s emanations, which are Trakze, the wrathful form and Gyenze, the increase form. Ever since then, I have been receiving many requests for teachings on the other forms of Dorje Shugden. So, it is with great pleasure that I would like to offer you this explanation and commentary to Wangze’s practice, along with a condensed prayer to this form of Dorje Shugden.

    2. Tagpu Pemavajra and Visions from Gaden Heaven
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/tagpu-pemavajra-and-visions-from-gaden-heaven.html

    Dear friends around the world, Yesterday I was inspired to speak on a topic related to the enlightened Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. I wanted to address one of the reasons why the Tibetan leadership says we cannot engage in this practice. According to the Tibetan leadership, Dorje Shugden is a spirit and when we rely on him, we are actually engaging in spirit practice. In doing so, we break our refuge and monk vows, and are no longer considered a Buddhist. That’s according to the Tibetan leadership.

    3. Kukai Kobo Daishi: The Esoteric Monk of Shingon Buddhism
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/kukai-kobo-daishi-the-esoteric-monk-of-shingon-buddhism.html

    Kukai, also known posthumously as Kobo Daishi, was an influential and beloved figure in Japan. He played an instrumental role in establishing and spreading the Shingon Buddhist doctrine (also known as Shingon Mikkyo), one of the few esoteric forms of Buddhism outside Tibetan Buddhism, which he received from his root guru, Hui Kuo (746-805 CE). Hui Kuo was a close disciple of Amoghavajra (705-774 CE), a renowned 8th Century Indian monk. Kukai himself is considered to be one of the eight patriarchs of Shingon Buddhism.

    4. Helena Roerich: Writer, Philosopher and Peacemaker
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/helena-roerich-writer-philosopher-and-peacemaker.html

    The graceful and talented Russian writer, artist, theosophist, explorer, healer and philosopher, Helena Ivanovna Roerich was born on February 12, 1879. She was the beloved wife of the famous painter, Nicholas Roerich. They were both disciples of Master Morya, the teacher of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (Madame Blavatsky), founder of the Theosophical Society. With the help and collaboration of various teachers from the East, Helena and Nicholas Roerich founded the Agni Yoga Society in New York in the early 20th Century. The Agni Yoga Society advocated the philosophical teachings known as Living Ethics.
  • P David Lai
    Monday, Dec 11. 2017 08:04 PM
    The following 3 articles have lower viewership, do go on comment and share on social media :-

    5. Wonderful Okinawa
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/wonderful-okinawa.html

    When the word ‘Japan’ comes to mind, people will usually think about Hokkaido, Tokyo, or Osaka, as these prefectures are the most popular tourist destinations. Another prefecture that should not be left out on any trip to Japan, one that is distinct from mainland Japan with its similarly ancient culture, different languages, art and distinct cuisine, is Okinawa.

    6. Top Ten Events and Festivals to Visit in Malaysia
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/top-ten-events-and-festivals-to-visit-in-malaysia.html

    Malaysia’s rich cultural diversity is reflected in the country’s packed calendar of events and festivals. Most of these celebrations have religious or cultural origins and many are also designated as either state or national holidays. Celebrated by everyone in the country, the colourful festivities which observe the ethnic traditions and beliefs of the varied backgrounds of the population are what gives Malaysia the label of “Truly Asia” that it is so well known for. The national events and festivals of Malaysia are occasions for family reunions and for joyful community get-togethers. They are world-class examples of how diversity can be inclusive and celebrated. Many of these days of observation follow the lunar calendar, thus the dates they fall on vary from year to year.

    7. A Bentong Series
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/a-bentong-series.html

    Bentong is a district nestled amongst the mountains and greenery of Western Pahang, Malaysia. It is approximately 80 kilometres northeast of the capital city, Kuala Lumpur, just across the Titiwangsa Mountain range. Visitors can easily reach the town via an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur. Therefore, Bentong is a perfect getaway from bustling city life. Administratively, the Bentong district covers an area of 1831 square kilometres and includes the towns of Bentong, Genting Highlands, Karak, Telemong, Manchis, Sungai Dua and Bukit Tinggi.


    Vajrasecrets:-

    8. TRAVEL MEDITATION CUSHION
    https://www.vajrasecrets.com/travel-meditation-cushion

    A compact meditation cushion that provides adjustable-height support for meditation and prayer sessions. Open flat to use as a floor cushion or fold in half to raise your hips when sitting in the lotus position for long durations. 

    9. BLESSED DZAMBALA TURQUOISE PENDANT (JUNIOR)
    https://www.vajrasecrets.com/dzambala-turquoise-pendant-junior

    The blessed Dzambala turquoise pendant marries the protective, uplifting properties of turquoise with the wealth-granting blessings of Buddha Dzambala. Made with pressed turquoise powder and set in solid 925 silver, this pendant has been blessed by the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden in trance.

    10. GOLD PLATED COPPER OFFERING BOWL SET, 2.6 INCHES
    https://www.vajrasecrets.com/gold-plated-copper-offering-bowl-set-2-6-inches

    Generate tremendous merits by making offerings with this traditional set of gold-plated hand beaten copper offering bowls, featuring a raised base and Tibetan-inspired motifs carved around the outer rim. Perfect for smaller shrines and altars at home or in the workplace.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Dec 11. 2017 01:11 PM
    Have heard of this group is called the WSPA, non-profit animal welfare organization before but did not much of it till I read this article. Amazing…what they did, its seem they have been helping animals by looking to their welfare as well., Their vision is a world where animal welfare matters and animal cruelty. They do amazing work around the world,…….and are creating awareness to everyone and every where in every countries. They helped to repair and installed equipment and launched campaign on disasters preparedness , providing aids to those in the disaster area, to stop bears hunting in South Korea and so forth. Love what they did to help those animals been suffered in the hands of entertainments exploitation .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the marvellous work of the WSPA. Thank you WSPA…….well done keep it up. May those animals free from sufferings.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/who-are-the-wspa.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Dec 11. 2017 01:11 PM
    What a beautiful sight with 2 different species a piglet and a tiger cub, hugging, playing and enjoying each other together. No one would imagine that yet they did having a good time . Very unusual to see such a case and that behaviour is a learnt and habituated process.
    We can change our behaviour for the better. I do enjoyed watching the video…..so cute both of them.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing,

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/piglet-and-tiger-cub-best-friends-cute.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Dec 11. 2017 01:10 PM
    All birds are fascinating creatures, hummingbird are special small, colourful birds with iridescent feathers. First time coming across these beautiful birds. They are among the smallest of birds, and most specialized nectar-eating birds. Little birds with big appeal. Most of them live in tropical rain forests. These sparkling jewels of summer are easy to love but with much care heavy responsibility of offering them fresh, healthy food and safe, clean feeders. Feeders must be kept clean and free from mold and fungus else these unique birds might develop serious fungus infection. This infection will causes the tiny birds’s tongue to swell and cause a slow suffering death. Proper care and clean is the basic , save them from extinction before its too late.
    Thank you pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing this informative article. Care and love for all sentient beings nor matter how small there are.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/loving-hummingbirds-to-death-2.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Dec 10. 2017 08:52 PM
    Thank you for this interesting sharing. The people of Okinawa sounds like they really know how to have fun. The yearly Naha Tug-of-War Festival and the Pantu Festival are really fun! It will be a destination that i will love to visit.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/wonderful-okinawa.html#comments
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Dec 10. 2017 08:34 PM
    Thank you, Pastor David, for this interesting sharing. Sir Edmund Yeti is a shining example of a true fearless explorer. A lifetime of determination and dedication towards causes that he believe deeply in without consideration for fame and wealth. May we too, can ignite that hidden passion in us and go all the way with what we believe in.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/yeti-bigfoot-sasquatch/sir-edmund-hillarys-yeti.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Dec 10. 2017 11:44 AM
    Just over the years we’ve lost an incredible variety of species, like these amazing creatures
    animals that have recently become extinct. I have not seen all these animals before till I read this article. Some of them looks odd in features. Animal extinctions may be caused by natural occurrences such as climatic heating or cooling or changes in sea levels. In more modern times, however, human activity has been to blame. The main cause of modern extinctions could also be like clearing forest , expanding of farming land and so forth.
    The authority concerned must do some thing before the situation getting worse. In no time there will be any of these animals left and seen.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing and to create awareness of protecting life and the living environment of those extinct animals.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/10-most-amazing-extinct-animals.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Dec 10. 2017 11:44 AM
    Wonderful and powerful quotes for us to ponder ,to choose to be a vegetarian.Wow….what a huge difference between those vegetarian childhood having IQ of 109.1, and meat eaters childhood having IQ of 100.9. It show that those people on vegetarian are smarter then.
    Being a vegetarian makes it easier for us to increase our loving kindness and compassion. Do it for the animals. Do it for the environment, and do it for our health.
    In every country in the world, killing human beings is condemned. The Buddhist precept of non-killing extends even further, to include all living beings…….~ Thich Nhat Hanh
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/excellent-quotes-on-vegetarianism.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Dec 10. 2017 11:43 AM
    Wow …..there is such a city in India ,which was a eye opening for me. This Indian city Palitana becomes world’s first vegetarian city . This city a major pilgrimage centre for Jains religion and is known for being the largest cluster of Jain temples.They have take an approached to protect all sentient beings to go on vegetarian lifestyle. More or less a vegan as no eggs. The government has even made illegal of the buying and selling of meat, fish and eggs, and also related jobs or work, such as fishing. And has declared Palitana a meat-free zone prohibiting animal slaughter within the town’s limits.
    Jainism is one of the oldest religions in the world and preaches a path of non-violence towards all living beings. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.
    Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances of survival of life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet…..quoted by Albert Einstein

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/palitana-sets-a-good-example.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Dec 10. 2017 11:42 AM
    Choose to go on vegetarian ,it’s a healthy and worthy way to live.Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try . I have always been health conscious, I saw sick people with medical problems my whole life and naturally wanted to avoid going down the same path. I try my best to go meatless and have more vege since then. The simple act of becoming a vegetarian will make a difference in the health of our planet. By eating meat we share the responsibility of climate change, the destruction of our forests, and the poisoning of our air and water. We can save many lives by going on vegetarian. Through reasearher has found that those on vegetarian had a better complexion, healthy, better digestive system and many more benefits to our body in long term.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing such a informative article , to create awareness so as more and more people will be on vegetarian or at least meatless.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/6-mind-blowing-benefits-to-your-body-as-a-vegetarian.html
  • Alice Tay
    Sunday, Dec 10. 2017 12:00 AM
    Thank you Lenard Hu sharing this interesting and useful information about Bentong town.
    The natural environments such as Chamang Waterfalls and Kechara Forest Retreat are really nice and peaceful. These places may help us in lessening our stress and heal our body and mind.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/a-bentong-series.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Dec 9. 2017 07:03 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the prayer to Buddha Vajrayogini. We are so fortunate to be able to connect to Vajrayogini through Rinpoche. May I be able to connect to Vajrayogini lineage master in every life time and reach Kechara Paradise.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/vajra-yogini/mara-fears-vajra-yogini.html

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 This is so good. I need to remember this and not allow people to do this to me anymore. Being kind is one thing, but when they are doing it and it harms, it is not a matter of kindness anymore but taking advantage.
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This is so good. I need to remember this and not allow people to do this to me anymore. Being kind is one thing, but when they are doing it and it harms, it is not a matter of kindness anymore but taking advantage.
Incredible Lama Thubten Phurbu and His Activities - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=150927
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Incredible Lama Thubten Phurbu and His Activities - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=150927
Huffington Post has just released their SECOND EXPOSÉ of the Dorje Shugden issue. You can read about it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=151328
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Huffington Post has just released their SECOND EXPOSÉ of the Dorje Shugden issue. You can read about it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=151328
Please read what Kyabje Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche says about people\'s religion.
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Please read what Kyabje Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche says about people's religion.
A gorgeous Dorje Shugden painted in traditional art style of China. Chinese art has flourished for over 5,000 years and highly sought after. This form of Dorje Shugden is sitting on a seat as you see painted in his chapel (Trode Khangsar) in Lhasa, Tibet. Dorje Shugden can be on a seat or Lion.  More downloads here.  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
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A gorgeous Dorje Shugden painted in traditional art style of China. Chinese art has flourished for over 5,000 years and highly sought after. This form of Dorje Shugden is sitting on a seat as you see painted in his chapel (Trode Khangsar) in Lhasa, Tibet. Dorje Shugden can be on a seat or Lion. More downloads here. http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
Dear friends, The Dorje Shugden oracle of Gaden Shartse Monastery was authorized and blessed by both Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. He was a favorite among high lamas for his smooth trances and clear prophecies. This video is a one-of-a-kind where you see the Choyang Dulzin Kuten oracle take trance of the peaceful form of Dorje Shugden wearing the robes of a high lama giving teachings, blessings and transmissions. Very sacred and rare video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pawS1TMOe8k
4 weeks ago
Dear friends, The Dorje Shugden oracle of Gaden Shartse Monastery was authorized and blessed by both Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. He was a favorite among high lamas for his smooth trances and clear prophecies. This video is a one-of-a-kind where you see the Choyang Dulzin Kuten oracle take trance of the peaceful form of Dorje Shugden wearing the robes of a high lama giving teachings, blessings and transmissions. Very sacred and rare video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pawS1TMOe8k
Beautiful contemporary art piece of Dorje Shugden for free high res download here:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
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Beautiful contemporary art piece of Dorje Shugden for free high res download here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
The Huffington Post extensively covers the Dorje Shugden issue. I had no idea that this article was being written. I was not contacted, not asked for an interview or asked for any comments, and then it was published and my students alerted me to it. So it was a very, very pleasant and encouraging surprise to read such balanced coverage from such a reputable news website. You can read it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=149806
4 weeks ago
The Huffington Post extensively covers the Dorje Shugden issue. I had no idea that this article was being written. I was not contacted, not asked for an interview or asked for any comments, and then it was published and my students alerted me to it. So it was a very, very pleasant and encouraging surprise to read such balanced coverage from such a reputable news website. You can read it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=149806
དེ་རིང་ང་ཁྱེད་རང་ཚོ་མཉམ་དུ་བོད་མིའི་ཆབ་སྲིད་ནང་གི་བློ་མགུ་ནུས་པའི་མངོན་འགྱུར་ཞིག་ཞུའི་ཡིན། གང་དག་བོད་པའི་སྤྱི་ཚོགས་ནང་ཆོས་ལུགས་ཁྱད་པར། དབྱེ་འབྱེད། ཕྱོགས་རིས་ཐོག་ལ་གང་འདྲ་སྟངས་འཛིན་བྱེད་དགོས་ཀྱི་སྐོར་ངེས་གཏན་སྣུན་ཤུགས་བྱེད་ཐུབ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-mp-tenpa-yarphel-speaks-up-against-nechung-tibetan.html
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དེ་རིང་ང་ཁྱེད་རང་ཚོ་མཉམ་དུ་བོད་མིའི་ཆབ་སྲིད་ནང་གི་བློ་མགུ་ནུས་པའི་མངོན་འགྱུར་ཞིག་ཞུའི་ཡིན། གང་དག་བོད་པའི་སྤྱི་ཚོགས་ནང་ཆོས་ལུགས་ཁྱད་པར། དབྱེ་འབྱེད། ཕྱོགས་རིས་ཐོག་ལ་གང་འདྲ་སྟངས་འཛིན་བྱེད་དགོས་ཀྱི་སྐོར་ངེས་གཏན་སྣུན་ཤུགས་བྱེད་ཐུབ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-mp-tenpa-yarphel-speaks-up-against-nechung-tibetan.html
བོད་པའི་དབུ་ཁྲིད་ཚོའི་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན་བསྟེན་མཁན་ཚོར་མ་ཉེས་ཁ་ཡོག་གི་བརྙན་ཕྲིན་གསར་པ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-leaderships-new-anti-shugden-video-tibetan.html
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བོད་པའི་དབུ་ཁྲིད་ཚོའི་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན་བསྟེན་མཁན་ཚོར་མ་ཉེས་ཁ་ཡོག་གི་བརྙན་ཕྲིན་གསར་པ། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/tibetan-leaderships-new-anti-shugden-video-tibetan.html
(Drepung) Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we\'ve come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
1 month ago
(Drepung) Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we've come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we\'ve come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
1 month ago
Dear friends, In the effort to be creative about something as holy and beneficial as Dorje Shugden, we've come out with these new and realistic depictions. One is Dorje Shugden visiting the Potala Palace and the other is Dorje Shugden arising from Drepung Monastery where he lived in Zimkhang Gangma Ladrang as a high lama. Please enjoy and be blessed. Sincerely, Tsem Rinpoche (High resolution downloads: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html )
I had this painting commissioned. Please read more here on this great master-
 http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146195
1 month ago
I had this painting commissioned. Please read more here on this great master- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146195
How can all the high lamas of Tibet and all the protectors not be able to defeat Dorje Shugden? This is food for thought: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Bj0254UG-Y
1 month ago
How can all the high lamas of Tibet and all the protectors not be able to defeat Dorje Shugden? This is food for thought: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Bj0254UG-Y
致全世界的华人:这是我一份小小的心意:一幅富有古中国传统艺术的作品。希望你们会喜欢! http://bit.ly/2zLOjnK
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致全世界的华人:这是我一份小小的心意:一幅富有古中国传统艺术的作品。希望你们会喜欢! http://bit.ly/2zLOjnK
“One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
2 months ago
“One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Download for free this high res photo of Lord Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
2 months ago
Download for free this high res photo of Lord Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
Whatever we can do to spread the teachings of our Guru, we should do so.
2 months ago
Whatever we can do to spread the teachings of our Guru, we should do so.
 These three (Dharma, Oser and Mumu) are super adorable.
2 months ago
These three (Dharma, Oser and Mumu) are super adorable.
Beautiful Vajra Yogini print.
2 months ago
Beautiful Vajra Yogini print.
Beautiful and holy new statues arrived to Kechara Forest Retreat. Please enjoy the pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146950
2 months ago
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
2 months ago
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
2 months ago
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
2 months ago
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
2 months ago
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 
Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
2 months ago
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
The meaning and origins of Halloween: http://bit.ly/2egnVrp
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The meaning and origins of Halloween: http://bit.ly/2egnVrp *****and**** My Halloween in Salem: http://bit.ly/2zwq6li Fantastic Reads!!
The meaning and origins of Halloween: http://bit.ly/2egnVrp
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My Halloween in Salem: http://bit.ly/2zwq6li
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The meaning and origins of Halloween: http://bit.ly/2egnVrp *****and**** My Halloween in Salem: http://bit.ly/2zwq6li
This is so powerful. It is a must read and must share.
2 months ago
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.
2 months ago
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.
2 months ago
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.
2 months ago
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
2 months ago
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
2 months ago
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
2 months ago
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
2 months ago
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
2 months ago
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
2 months ago
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.
2 months 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
2 months ago
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.
2 months ago
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
2 months ago
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.
2 months ago
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.
2 months ago
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?
2 months ago
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
2 months ago
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
2 months ago
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
2 months ago
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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Wonderful team work from the kitchen, Pastor Chia, Kar Leng Cheng and Kenny for these nice foods preparation. Thank you for your hard work and efforts. Alice Tay, KSDS
Pastor Yek Yee gave the opening speech and welcome all the young participants for joining 2D1N 2017 Woah Camp~Fun , Kechara Forest Retreat. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Pastor Yek Yee gave the opening speech and welcome all the young participants for joining 2D1N 2017 Woah Camp~Fun , Kechara Forest Retreat. Alice Tay, KSDS
WOAH Camp young participants followed the instructions well & kept their belongings nicely. Alice Tay, KSDS
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WOAH Camp young participants followed the instructions well & kept their belongings nicely. Alice Tay, KSDS
Teacher Kien, Teacher Lin Mun, Teacher Julie and Teacher Alice are checking the name list, name tag, room arrangement & T Shirt distribution. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Teacher Kien, Teacher Lin Mun, Teacher Julie and Teacher Alice are checking the name list, name tag, room arrangement & T Shirt distribution. Alice Tay, KSDS
Welcome the young participants of 2017 W.O.A.H. Camp at Kechara Forest Retreat. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Welcome the young participants of 2017 W.O.A.H. Camp at Kechara Forest Retreat. Alice Tay, KSDS
KSDS youngest group age 3-6 years old learn dharma together and share happiness with each other. Alice Tay, KSDS
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KSDS youngest group age 3-6 years old learn dharma together and share happiness with each other. Alice Tay, KSDS
KSDS teachers reviewed and discussed the lessons,flow and games for this coming 2017 Woah Camp, held at Kechara Forest Retreat. Alice Tay, KSDS
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KSDS teachers reviewed and discussed the lessons,flow and games for this coming 2017 Woah Camp, held at Kechara Forest Retreat. Alice Tay, KSDS
Pastor Tat Ming guided a group of KSDS teachers and volunteers doing meditation. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Pastor Tat Ming guided a group of KSDS teachers and volunteers doing meditation. Alice Tay, KSDS
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