Bill Clinton adopts Buddhist Meditation

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Looking for enlightenment: Former President Bill Clinton has taken up meditation to help him relax

 

Chill Bill: Clinton turns to the art of Buddhist meditation to relax

By Daily Mail Reporter
PUBLISHED: 3 August 2012

Former American president Bill Clinton has taken his exercise regime to spiritual heights – by learning the art of Buddhist meditation to help him relax.

The politician, 65, has recently taken up a healthier life-style including becoming vegan after a string of heart problems over the years.

And in his latest bid to improve his well-being, the Democrat has hired his own personal Buddhist monk to help him learn how to meditate properly. 
 
Radaronline quoted a source as saying: ‘Ever since his heart scare, Bill has looked for ways to help him relax.

‘He has a hectic life, he travels a lot on business as an ambassador for the U.S. and needs something to keep him sane.’

Meditation offers him that, he has a *mantra that he likes to chant and after every session he feels transformed and full of positive energy.

‘It’s definitely doing him the world of good – he feels fitter and stronger than ever.’

 
Old practice: Buddhist monks have been perfecting the art of meditation for thousands of years

 

In February 2004, Clinton was rushed to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City after complaining of chest pains.

He needed to have two coronary stents implanted in his heart and a few months later in September underwent quadruple bypass surgery.

In 2010 he then had a clogged artery reopened – his second heart op in just five years – and announced he was giving up his diet of American fast food such as burgers, fries and deep-fried chicken to go vegan.

His strict diet consists of lots of fresh vegetables and fruit but he admits he still occasionally eats fish.

 

[Extracted from: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2183101/Bill-Clinton-turns-art-Buddhist-meditation-relax.html#ixzz22jZNOO1c]

 

Note: Buddhism is one of the fastest growing religions in the United States.

*Mantras are sacred words as spoken by the Buddha which has vast benefits for the mind and body when chanted consistently. See more, here.

 


 

比尔·克林顿选择佛教禅修法

寻求证悟:前总统比尔·克林顿以禅修协助让自己放松

 

 

克林顿选择佛教禅修法来寻求放松。

《每日邮报》报道

2012年8月3日

 

美国前总统比尔·克林顿选择以灵修作为其个人训练方法——学习佛教禅修法来协助自己放松。

自几年前患上心脏疾患后,这名65岁的政治家不久前决定投入更健康的方式,其中包括成为一个严格的素食者。

为了改善身体的健康,这位民主党员最后还选择请求其个人佛教僧侣指导他正确的禅修法。

美国网站Radaronline引述某个来源报道说:“自从面对心脏危机后,比尔已积极寻求各种方式来让自己更放松。”

 “他的生活十分忙碌,作为一名美国使节,他必须时常到处公干,所以极需找寻某种方法来让他保持清醒。”

他个人的禅修方式是选择一个自己喜欢的*心咒来念诵。据称,每次念完之后,他就感觉到整个人仿佛焕然一新,而且充满正能量。

 “这肯定对他很有帮助——他觉得自己目前正处于前所未有的健康和强壮状态。”

 

古老的修行:佛教僧侣上千年来都在不断完善化禅修的艺术

 

 

2004年2月,克林顿投诉出现胸痛症状后,便赶往纽约市的哥伦比亚长老会医院求医。

医生必须在他的心脏内植入冠脉支架,接着在几个月后的9月份,再接受一项心脏四重搭桥手术。

2010年,他必须再度接受手术打开阻塞的动脉——这是他在短短的5年内接受的第二次心脏手术——他宣布自己将从此放弃美国的快餐习惯,如享用汉堡、薯条,以及炸鸡,而改吃严格素食。

他的严格素食餐点包括大量的新鲜蔬菜和水果,但他承认自己偶尔也会吃鱼。

更多资料与来源:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2183101/Bill-Clinton-turns-art-Buddhist-meditation-relax.html#ixzz22jZNOO1c

 

注:佛教是在美国发展的最为迅速的宗教之一,现在美国前总统克林顿也选择念诵心咒。

 *心咒是佛陀口述的圣言,持续持诵将给身心灵带来无穷的益处。请点击:http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=28029

 

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  1. MARCO NEXUS on Sep 20, 2012 at 2:07 am

    VERRY VERRY GOOD

  2. Sean Pang on Aug 20, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Bill Clinton is a intelligent man but even he needed a life-changing experience to realise that Buddhist practices can benefit him.

    I’m sure there are countless such examples but this is a high-profile one that we should learn from: don’t wait for a personal disaster, embrace Buddhism now, practice Dharma today, start living a physically and spiritually healthy life!

    Sean in Shanghai

  3. judy lam on Aug 19, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    I am sure Mr Clinton made the right choice by adopting the Buddhist way of life and meditation. A demanding lifestyle and health problems will take its toll on him if left unchecked. I hope Mr Clinton will find peace and joy in his life from now on.

  4. Leann Lim on Aug 19, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    随喜!!越来越多人了解佛教,素食的好处~~佛教的禅修艺术只有在尝试和持续的修持下才能体验到效果,就如前总统克林顿体验的:每次念完之后,他就感觉到整个人仿佛焕然一新,而且充满正能量。

    只是短短的一句心咒,却可以让疲惫的心灵洗涤,赋予正能量~~禅修的好处真是说也说不尽,但愿越来越多世人接触佛种子,愿佛教得以弘扬~~

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  6. Sheryl KH (JB) on Aug 15, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    It comes as a surprise to me at first when I read the title of this blog, but then when I think about again, this may not really be that special anyway as Buddhism has spread its wings to many parts of our world, including the western societies.

    The feeling that I have from reading this article is that among so many possible solutions in the world, it seems that what really will help us are those that are invisible and yet supreme in its power – a belief in something.

    Of course, I am not denying the power of medicine and science.

    We can use sleeping pills when we have insomnia, but we all know that in long term it becomes drugs and it does not solve the root of the problem. What really will help is to get the root out, and to dig inside our hearts, to make ourselves understand better, to let go, to forgive, all these will help us, although they may take a longer time, but they help us to uproot the negativities in a more fundamental way.

    Oh well, perhaps I need to learn meditation.

  7. abby f on Aug 14, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    你可以将佛教看成是一种哲学,而非宗教。你可以不相信佛家所说的来世,但如果你将佛教的哲学运用在生活当中,你的每一天,就能过得更加快乐了。

    最近心烦意乱时,我也学会做观想。我观想佛菩萨充满加持力的白光射向我,我将嗔怒和烦恼化成黑气,再让黑气从鼻孔内排出来。当然这比较偏向宗教的层面。无论如何,只要能使人的念头转变,从不好的念头转向好的念头,任何宗教都不是问题。 :)

  8. Sean Wang on Aug 13, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    I find it very good for Bill Clinton to have taken up the time to practice Buddhist Meditations. I have always believed that Meditation is the best Medication. I do hope that Bill Clinton’s heart problems will cease. I believe firmly that it will cease as he continues to live this healthy lifestyle of veganism and meditation.

  9. tenzin llhamo on Aug 13, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Good to know that his health is getting better after all the surgeries. Its sad to know people only change when it’s too late. Mr Clinton is making a smart move by adapting and changing his eating lifestyle. Nowadays, people go vegan not because of religion but for a healthier lifestyle. May many more realize the importance…

  10. Sharon Saw on Aug 13, 2012 at 1:37 am

    When a life-changing or threatening event occurs, people tend to pause and take stock of their lives. Rinpoche is constantly asking us to take stock NOW before it’s too late. For Bill Clinton, i’m happy to hear that he is vegetarian and is now learning about Buddhist meditation. If only more people would look into Buddhist philosophy as a guide to leading a richer and more fulfilling life. Through famous people like Bill Clinton, hopefully more people will be inspired to follow his footsteps.

  11. Wendy Loh on Aug 13, 2012 at 12:54 am

    When great leaders choose a spiritual path, it is inspiring for others to follow suit. Upon realizing that something higher exists within and without, they change their ways and perceptions and hopefully will use their skills to lead others to Enlightenment. Have a great journey, Mr. Clinton. _/\_

  12. Low ksjc on Aug 12, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    We are glad that that Clinton found a remedy to put his mind at ease and a lifestyle to help him live a happier life.
    Aren’t we fortunate to learn all this practice first hand from this Blog!
    Thank you Rinpoche.

  13. Albert Ratchaga on Aug 10, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Buddhism is definitely not operate from superstitious as mentioned by many people, or anything that are unreality.

    Today, there are more and more people understand and accepting Buddhism as a healing practice, Buddhism heals not only our body, but also our mind. It is so important that we understand that Buddhism is part of our life, what we are learning in this world comes from Buddha, it is with us since birth already, it’s only that we need to discover it and start to apply it in our life.

    another fact that it shows here is being vegan, “don’t eat meat” is not about religious, it is simply for health issue, there are so many benefits by being a vegetarian, sad is, many people refuse top see the truth.

  14. Henry Ooi on Aug 10, 2012 at 9:29 am

    When Kechara Forest Retreat is ready it will provide an ideal place for people to practice meditation and chanting of mantras. In Kechara World Peace Centre, small huts for meditative retreats will be available to the public for holistic healing and relaxation for the mind and body. These two pet projects of Rinpoche would be dedicated to people in Malaysia and abroad who seek a place to re-energize and invigorate. Meditation and chanting mantras are a great method to relieve the stress in our daily lives.

  15. Sr2665 on Aug 10, 2012 at 6:50 am
  16. wah ying on Aug 10, 2012 at 1:23 am

    More and more world leaders, politicians, business people are following or adopting Buddhism philosophies, meditation method and way of life.

    Buddhism teachings on benefiting others, loving kindness, letting go and so on might not seem fitting in to the mainstream values.

    However, in the era of globalism, with the tension between people intensified, and the growth of economy, our world becomes more and more uncaring and indifferent.

    I guess we need something to balance our mind, to bring peace to our mind; to narrow the gap between outer wealth and inner wealth.
    And compassion, peace and equanimity practicing by Buddhism is the antidote. We need the wisdom to resolve the contradictions and confusion.

    Peace of mind, freedom from all kinds of fear/sufferings and meaning of life, are always the pursuits of human being and other beings; and Buddhism offers the answers we look for upside down, here and there. Ancient but modern.

  17. Mei Fong on Aug 9, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Buddha’s teaching can be adopted by anyone from anywhere and from any background. It doesnt matter someone is from a different level of society or from a specific or even problematic history, the teachings benefits everyone. To me it can be so universal because Buddhism is not seen as a “religion” to me but more of the art of living. I have not chanted any other mantra besides OM MANI PEDME HUM previously and now, i realize there is so much more to be chant and to be learnt out there. I hope through this, more will be aware of the benefits and learn the “art of living” so that they can lead a better and happier life.

  18. Julia Tan on Aug 9, 2012 at 1:32 am

    Good for President Bill Clinton to engage himself into Buddhism. Meditation and Mantra do bring positive energy to calm our mind. When the mind is calm, it can think wisely, the body will accommodate better too.
    Ever since his heart scare, he realized that he needed to change his diet to vegan. He has been stop killing, meditate and chanting mantra, all these are bring harmony, peacefulness and relax to him.

  19. Lim (KH JB) on Aug 9, 2012 at 12:07 am

    No matter who u r, where u from, what u do, learning and practicing Dharma will benefit u a lot. If we may be vegetarian or less meat eater when practice Dharma, we will shoot 2 birds with 1 stone.

    Thanks Rinpoche for the sharing…

  20. June Kang on Aug 8, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    名人学佛,说明佛法适合每个人,不管你是富人还是穷人,你是高学历者或低学历者,不管你是著名的或无名等,佛法能让你轻松快乐,如果你遵循佛陀的教导。

  21. Su Ming on Aug 8, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    I have met a few of my friends from the West. A lot of them are not Buddhist but they have taken methods from Buddhism to improve their life. It is amazing that Buddha was born in Nepal, enlightened and passed away in India…his teachings spread to the Indo China, China/Tibet. And then spread further to the West.

    I am very happy for my friends as most of them are happier. And they do not need to be a Buddhist but most important, they believe in the methods.

    And of course, it does help when celebrities like Bill Clinton and etc embraces Buddhism. After all they do have the power of influence.

  22. yikming on Aug 8, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Rejoice for Bill. With his great influence, we hope he is able to contribute positively back to the society.

  23. Pastor Yek Yee on Aug 8, 2012 at 3:19 am

    Bill Clinton adopts Buddhist Meditation, I will not surprised because the Asian well life traditional method is very effective for our physically and mentally problem. I would like to congratulation he can find something good in his age. Bill Clinton is a celebrity, but he only gain inner peace and peace of soul through meditation. Rejoice for Mr Bill Clinton.

  24. Grace Leong on Aug 7, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    Old age , sickness and near death experiences have certainly made Bill Clinton re-think his lifestyle . The vegan diet will be great for his body and the Buddhist meditation will help transform his mind . With a Guru to guide him , I do hope that he will learn the Dharma to gain more wisdom and compassion for the benefit of many . After all he is a man of high intelligence and influence . Many will be motivated to follow his footsteps .

  25. soonhuat on Aug 7, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing this information. i think I have experience the same thing as President Clinton. I just survived through my 2nd heart attack. Now, I eat 80% veggie for my meal. I can feel that one of my legs is in coffin now. I realized life is so fragile and unpredictable, I need to do more Dharma work as time waits for nobody.

  26. Lim Han Nee on Aug 7, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    So not only has former US president Bill Clinton become a vegan, he has also begun the practice of Buddhist meditation with a Buddhist monk as a personal guide. Not only that. He also chants a Buddhist mantra that leaves him feeling relaxed and calm afterwards.

    Hopefully, Mr Clinton will progress to gain insights into the benefits of love and care and compassion for others, which are the hallmarks of spirituality in general and Buddhism in particular.

  27. Grace ( KSJC ) on Aug 7, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    Congrate Bill Clinton to have choose become vegetarian, it glad that the mantra can let him felt more calm and full of energy.Mantra did have its power and energy which benefit me also.hopefully more and more people can learn dharma and tranform themself.

  28. patsy on Aug 7, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    It is good to know that Bill Clinton has adopted a new lifestyle by becoming a vegan and practicing meditation after a sting of heart problems. A stressful life and an unhealthy diet is one of the killer disease which caused heart attacks. I am glad he realized the benefits of Buddhist mantras and meditations.

  29. EricLee KHJB on Aug 7, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    已经不止一次听到许多名人,运动员,艺人等等多在茹素以及进行佛法禅休。这正是仁波切的用心良苦,以世人的成功来吸引我们可以想这些成功者学习。其实,与其在这里羡慕这些人,倒不如自己身体力行得去实践,你就可以真正的体会禅休的好处,让我们一起开始体会禅休所带来的好处吧。。。

  30. william on Aug 7, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    In this hectic world where most people are chasing for money and power, there needs a time of silence to reflect. What better way than Buddhist meditation and who better to lead as example than Mr. Ex-President, Bill Clinton, who was once the most powerful man in the world!

  31. Alan Chan ( KSJC ) on Aug 7, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    I’m not surprised by Bill Clinton’s to make decision to meditate and become vegetarian. once someone was fall on the health problem or lost direction, it seeking something to support or rely. meditation is a very good practice which to calm our mind and release tension or stress, Mr Bill clinton’s , you are make the right decision ! Thank you Rinpoche to share the info to us. Rejoice .

  32. Paris on Aug 7, 2012 at 11:52 am

    I think it’s interesting that his choice to turn to Buddhist methods is tied in very much to his health, and in finding healthier methods of living. The thing about Buddhism is that even if we don’t wish to follow it as a religion, so many aspects of it can be adopted purely for the betterment of our life / lifestyle.

    So being vegan is not necessarily a Buddhist thing, but that particular choice can be very much tied into the practice of compassion and contemplating on the suffering of animals and abstaining from that. The meditations might be used initially as a relaxation method, but they also train awareness and teach us discipline and focus. So there are benefits throughout the practices that are not necessarily just about religion, but about a way of living.

    I hope Clinton finds much peace and that his health improves! Perhaps he should add in a couple of sessions of serkym and Menlha pujas too!

  33. yenpin on Aug 7, 2012 at 11:17 am

    念诵心咒,可以帮助我们的心灵得到平静,也能长智慧,坚固记忆,了解诸法之真实意义,亦能消除语业、破愚痴,得诸佛菩萨之般若智慧。
    吃素得好处,不伤害生命,就增长慈悲之心,能使身体健康

  34. Uncle Eddie on Aug 7, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Bill Clinton, 65, the former U.S.A President, has joined the line of Celebrity of Buddhists in learning the art of meditation to help him relax and to de-stress. He has turned vegan too, after a string of heart problems, though at times he admitted occassionally to eating fish. As an Ambassador for the U.S., his life is thoroughly hectic, travelling a lot on business and meditation will definitely made him feel fitter and stronger than ever. Buddhism is obviously one of the fastest growing religion in the United States. Thanks for sharing the great news, Rinpoche, its certainly exciting and interesting!

  35. Carmen on Aug 7, 2012 at 5:52 am

    I wonder what makes most people in the West choose Buddhism, as it says in the blogpost that it is one of the fastest growing religion in the United States. It definitely can’t be a fad.. I guess more educated people are seeing that the truth Buddha taught 2,500 years ago, still stands today. Since proven, why not follow what has shown results.

    Great the Bill Clinton is seeking meditation from a Buddhist monk to help calm him down. Funny how Rinpoche’s blog promotes Meditation and Vegetarianism, and Bill Clinton has only recently gotten interested in these subjects since his health took a turn.

    Thank you for this article, Rinpoche.

  36. Li Kheng on Aug 7, 2012 at 3:43 am

    Wow, the Clintons are really taking on Buddhism. I remember Rinpoche shared an image of Hillary Clinton paying respect to Lord Buddha’s image in Thailand. May more powerful figures arise to crate greater awareness on the benefits of Buddhism in generating peace and happiness in our ever degenerating world.

    I rejoice that the western world recognizes the benefit and power of pure Buddhadharma. I pray that the presence of Buddhism will return strongly amongst the Asian society.

    • jerry on Aug 30, 2012 at 12:40 pm

      Yes Buddhism is the only religion/philosophy that can keep up to date with science & yet maintains its growth;nothing superstitious about it;Buddha had said*Ehi Passiko* which literally means come & see for yourself;Sadhu3!

  37. Paul Yap on Aug 7, 2012 at 12:37 am

    More and more people notice the power of meditation and self healing. The art of meditation has been adopted by the buddhist thousand years ago, and now is finally flourishing in the west and benefiting thousand. There are many other famous celebrity which has been practicing meditation, and benefiting for decades:-

    Celebrities have been espousing the benefits of meditation for decades:-
    (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/8602265/Celebrities-who-meditate.html)

    Gwyneth Paltrow,Tina Turner, Steven Seagal, Orlando Bloom, Rivers Cuomo, Gisele Bundchen, Richard Gere, David Lynch, Russell Simmons, Herbie Hancock, Sting, George Harrison and more.

  38. justin cheah on Aug 7, 2012 at 12:27 am

    More and more people find the proven benefits of engaging into serious Buddhism practise and turning to healthy eating in vegan. We see more prominent people especially in the west joining this Rinpoche and that Rinpoche. It shows one thing, they see the benefits in Buddhism and may they find peace in their spiritual practice.

  39. Irene Lim on Aug 6, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    I truly believe stress is the main killer disease. Calm mind coupled with vegetarian diet helps to keep us healthy and extend lives. Hence if we wish to have longevity we should practise meditation and go meatless. This is a proven track.

  40. KYC on Aug 6, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Good for him.I wonder which mantra Mr Clinton is chanting.

  41. Sara Andreyev on Aug 6, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    How wonderful that former President Clinton has adopted a new life style for a better mind and body.

  42. nicholas on Aug 6, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Life is just getting more and more stressful. Rejoice for the former American President Bill Clinton to take up Buddhist meditation to help his health but Buddhism is more than just healing his current physical health situation but as he practices more and understand the real happiness he could be one of the many in the west to promote this great method that able to benefit many to gain eternal peace and happiness.

    Becoming vegan/vegetarian indeed is a great way to take care of our health and of course it does benefit our spiritual practices too in realizing compassion. There are so many variety of vegetarian food now a day that we can easily find out there.
    Check this out: http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/vegetarian-restaurant-review

  43. bengkooi on Aug 6, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Its no surprise that President Bill Clinton has sought refuge in Buddhism after his health scare. Too many of us take life for granted, until we are fortunate enough to experience serious problems, be it health, financial, relationship etc.

    And only then, do we realise there is more to life and seek answers in spirituality…

    And nowadays we see more and more people especially from the West, seeking answers and a better quality of life in Buddhism, which has all the answers…

  44. Wan Wai Meng on Aug 6, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Many people turn to meditation due to the benefits of it. A calmer sense of self and clearer mind who does not what that. It has been used at prisons as well. If meditation can help hard core prisoners why not a President!

  45. HelenaC on Aug 6, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Wow….great to know about this news :)
    Rejoice for the Former President Bill Clinton.

  46. sweekeong on Aug 6, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Methods don’t belong to anyone just like ideas. If it has beneficial properties, and after investigation by verifying that others have benefited from it we can apply it on us without guilt. To label something as bad or tainted without check is prejudgement. We are punishing ourselves the opportunities to discover and learn new things by our own silly close-mindedness.

    Certainly for health if you have spent so much money, if there is something else that doesn’t cost as much but already adopted by many, it wouldn’t matter. We can die any day. Meditation requires discipline and perseverance. You need those more than money. :)

  47. Louise Lee on Aug 6, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    修佛可以有益心身。

    明白佛陀的语, 可以让我们远离迷惑。 得到生活的满足。

    素食可以让我们,有良好的肠胃!远离病魔!

  48. Elena on Aug 6, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    This is kindda cool, but also kindda weird: “the Democrat has hired his own personal Buddhist monk to help him learn how to meditate properly.” – I wish the author had attempted to learn some terminology. The sentence “sponsored a Buddhist monk” seems very contradictory…how do you hire a monk? (haha read Gurus for Hire, Enlightenment for Sale ;) )

    But I’m glad someone as perceptive and intelligent as Clinton understands the benefits of meditation. It’s not some weird kooky discipline limited to the hippies!

    • Paris on Aug 7, 2012 at 12:03 pm

      like a personal trainer?! LOL which I guess is what a spiritual teacher is to us (in a crude comparison). knocks out all those kinks we have to work on and gets us back into shape, at all levels!

    • Li Kim on Aug 10, 2012 at 9:22 pm

      Elena,

      True…I was also taken aback by hiring a monk.. My imagination then linked to way Jamie wrote about personal trainer… A monk in trainers… How rude of me…

      The good news is that former President Clinton is making changes to live better and hopefully longer. Sad part is that he had to nearly lose his life before he would change. And how many of us need to be near death to change? And will we have the merits to survive the near death experience? Do good and change NOW while we are in tact.

  49. Steve Tobias on Aug 6, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Very interesting, thank you Rinpoche, and also thank you for linking the video about the Old Testament and God possibly having a wife — very thought-provoking in many ways.

    It is nice to see people opening up to meditation and getting the benefits, especially someone who is 65, and they say “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Bill Clinton’s recently becoming vegan, and now meditating, I would call that incredible. Some in the US might call it “being a liberal” but that’s okay.

    It just proves how malleable the mind can be. A 65 year old man who works full time as an ambassador, has a whole lifetime of habituations, has all the press watching him, has everyone expecting him to be a certain way, still manages to dynamically make these changes. I mean, no offense to anyone, but he could just pop a Xanax and take some heart meds and continue eating fast food and doing his business. I hope meditation takes him to deeper levels beyond just stress relief, maybe he enters samadhi or has some realizations, and it permeates to other people.

  50. Jace Chong on Aug 6, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    By more and more people participating in de-stressing activity such as meditation and physical yoga, we can see there’s an urgent need to de-stress in the society especially the people who are living in the city.

    From an article by Cary Barbor on Psychology Today, it says that meditation activates the sections of the brain in charge of the autonomic nervous system, which governs the functions in our bodies that we can’t control, such as digestion and blood pressure. These are also the functions that are often compromised by stress.

    On the other hand, meditation is also a very good method to practice nowadays, not only it can be done as and when, it also draws people to seek the inner peace instead of seeking outer solutions that never cure the root problem. Eventually, like what Lew said, they will find studying up wisdom is important after the physical problems have settled down. Wisdom is the main core power to live a better live.

    So I think meditation is the first good step to a better life, rejoice for Bill Clinton and all the participants who attend meditation.

  51. MayOng on Aug 6, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Tsem Rinpoche has a teaching on Mantras – Holy Words of Power, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2hFuMhh658&feature=plcp. Reciting mantras help to calm the mind down in just a few minutes when we maintain the focus.

  52. lewkwanleng on Aug 6, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    It is good to hear that more and more people are taking up the time proven Buddhism practice to tame the mind, but if we have studied Lamrim before, then we must know taming the mind is just a small portion. What is important is, what are we dong to do the the tamed mind and the healthy body.

    Through many of the teachings found in this blog, all the well being of our mind and body should be use for the benefit of all other sentient beings…

  53. DR on Aug 8, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    AND dine at Kechara Oasis!

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The Unknown

The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
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because all unknown with familiarity becomes the known.
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Ancient and sacred Manjushri from Reting Monastery
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Beautiful and holy Manjushri. Very sacred at Reting Monastery. TR
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Very good.
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His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche with Kyabje Dromo Geshe Rinpoche
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Panchen Sonam Drakpa, fifteenth Throne-holder of Je Tsongkhapa (Ganden Tripa), and former abbot of Gaden, Sera, and Drepung monasteries (the only monk to ever become abbot of all three).
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Hardworking and kind Kecharians. Their dedication touches me deeply. Tsem Rinpoche 
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“The problem is not enjoyment; the problem is attachment.”-Tilopa
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Golden Undefeated Lama of Blessings: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=69823
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This is the illustrious Changkya Rolpai Dorje who is the previous incarnation of Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=4297
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Special painting of Manjushri and here is his short praise to do daily: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=69797
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Dear Pasang and Wife, I thank you both for your wonderful agate mala gift. It is very kind of you. Much prayers for you both, Tsem Rinpoche
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Very good news!!
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This is super simple yet super powerful and it is the black and white truth. Read this short thought and contemplate deeply. Tsem Rinpoche 
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At the age of 23, Tsongkhapa went to the region of U to meet up with some people from his hometown, Amdo. His friends entreated him to return to Amdo and they also gave him a letter from his mother. She also requested him to return to Amdo and had slipped one of her white hairs in the letter too. Touched by this, Tsongkhapa considered returning to Amdo for a while. However, when he contemplated deeper. he realized that if he left for Amdo, he would be disrupting his practices of mental discipline. As there was no benefit, he sadly decided not to return to his homeland. Instead he sent a thangka of a painting of himself to his mother in Amdo. When his mother opened it, the picture spoke to her and it was as if Tsongkhapa was there with her, which brought her great joy. In a letter accompanying the thangka, Tsongkhapa requested his mother and sister to build a stupa around the sandalwood tree which had sprung up at his birth. His mother and sister complied and from that stupa, the holy monastery of Kumbum developed.
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In this day and age this is totally necessary: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=69186
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Never listen to one's own egoistic thoughts, but follow what Dorje Shugden advises always. Your ego makes sure you lose but Dorje Shugden makes sure you win!~ Tsem Rinpoche
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Pastor David giving dharma talks today in Kechara Forest Retreat. Tsem Rinpoche 
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Dear friends, open this up and PLEASE read it carefully. It's short. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is worth remembering and worth sharing. Tsem Rinpoche 
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Very nice message I wanted to share. Tsem Rinpoche 
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Comfortable sitting room of H.H. Dalai Lama
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Inside the monastery there is hut with bamboo and plums. The host and the guest has met with pure hearts. Don't complain we have stood in front of the door and chatted a long time as the sun set on the pier we wait for the boat to return. ~Lien Gong
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Holy beings manifest in both conventional and unconventional methods to benefit us. Tsem Rinpoche
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Their Holinesses Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche & Kyabje Ling Rinpoche
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This is powerful. We are in a great place and that is Kechara. Some in the past and present and maybe future may think otherwise. And that is ok. Everyone has their karma to contend with. But if we put our efforts in Kechara and it's our genuine efforts, it can be no different than other places and even better. Where we put our efforts is where we will get the results. I guess this illustration says it all. "The grass isn't greener on the other side. It's greener where YOU water it.". Where we 'water' it is the effort we put in. Since we are here, we should do our best instead of doing little or mediocre thinking there is a better place and this is just a transition place. Because maybe this is the best place but some of us don't see it because we are blinded by our projections. Just my thoughts. Tsem Rinpoche
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Peace and freedom
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Thank you!!
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Powerrful!
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Never threaten or hurt others because of their choice of religion. 
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Please accept our humble requests to Your Holiness. 
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To Your Holinesss the Dalai Lama. 
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Beautiful and sacred Wangtsey tsatsa. http://www.vajrasecrets.com
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Good friends are hard to find and when we find them, treasure them. TR
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A thought
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My personal statue of Authority-Averting Ganapati statue. Carved of wood and around 24 inches in height. Tibetan: Surkek Selway Tsokdak
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This loyal friendship writing is so applicable to my life. All the kind and beneficial things I have in my life came from friends and especially my gurus. Tsem Rinpoche
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A picture of myself back in 1990 with Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche in background. Gangchen Rinpoche asked me to teach at that time.
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Beautiful vintage photo of the entrance into the Bodhanath Stupa in Kathmandu. One of my favorite holy places of all time. Tsem Rinpoche 
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This is the senior oracle (Kuten Lama) of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He was a good friend of mine. I miss him very much. He was kind to me always. Tsem Rinpoche 
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    His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang chants the prayer of Dorje Shugden
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    Gongkar the bird at Kechara Forest Retreat
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    A step by step explanation of Dorje Shugden's iconography in 3D!
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Today Kechara Ipoh Study Group has completed our monthly animals liberation activity with 50 kilograms of cat fish released into the lake at Gunung Lang, Ipoh. We have dedicated our Medicine Buddha mantras, H.E.Tsem Tulku Rinpoche's mantra and prayers for Rinpoche's long life, for the growth of Kechara, for our friends and family. Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Medicine Buddha and Dorje Shugden Thangka will always presented during bereavement Puja. By Puja House 4 July'15
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Pastor Yek Yee doing last rite. By Puja House 4 July '15
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Puja team setting up altar for bereavement Puja . By Puja House 4 July'15
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Love the deep and soothing sound from this colorful instrument. Stella
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Visitors to Kechara Forest Retreat queuing to pay respects to HE Tsem Rinpoche's throne and to receive blessings. DR.
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28 Selangor MCA leaders visited Kechara Forest Retreat yesterday upon the invitation by our Minister of Transport YB Dato' Sri Liow Tiong Lai. They were in awe of what we have built in this 35acres. DR.
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Puja Team focus on listening to the dedication and generate mind of compassion during Puja. By Puja House, 3 July'15
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Medicine Buddha Puja sponsored for the beloved whom passed away. By Puja House 3 July '15
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Making torma for Puja. By Puja House ,3 July'15
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Medicine Buddha Puja was sponsor by a sponsor for her illness to heal fast. By Puja House, 2 July'15
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Dorje Shugden Puja is highly demanded by sponsors. Some sponsor have even sponsor Dorje Shugden Puja for every month. By Puja House, 2 July'15
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Dukkar Puja was Sponsored by a Sponsor dedicated to her daughter. By Puja House , 2 July'15
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Setrap Puja did today for Sponsor dedicated to their kids. May the negative disturbances that influence their kids can be pacify. By Puja House, 2 July'15
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During Puja we will always chant mantra of multiply and blessed the rosary. By Puja House 2 July'15
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Chuan checked into the soup kitchen feeling worried this morning. He told us that he was coughing and there were blood coming out from his spluthum this morning. Chuan explained that he had the symptoms since morning and otherwise he is feeling fine. He was very worried if he has contracted a serious disease. He was then immediately rushed to the hospital for further checks for suspected TB and requires admission. We wish Chuan a swift recovery from his illness swiftly. Justin@KSK
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The group of volunteers from IKEA Malaysia who helped in the kitchen. They also helped to deliver food provisions to our Food Bank recipients today. Thank you for your participation! 来到我们香积厨帮忙的IKEA Malaysia志工们。他们今天也帮忙派送食粮给我们食物银行的受惠者。谢谢你们的参与! Justin@KSK
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The group of volunteers from IKEA Malaysia who helped in the kitchen. They also helped to deliver food provisions to our Food Bank recipients today. Thank you for your participation! 来到我们香积厨帮忙的IKEA Malaysia志工们。他们今天也帮忙派送食粮给我们食物银行的受惠者。谢谢你们的参与! Justin@KSK

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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