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。

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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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57 Responses to Bill Clinton adopts Buddhist Meditation

  1. 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…

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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. :)

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

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

  9. 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!

  10. 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…

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. Choi Kim Yok on Aug 6, 2012 at 10:42 pm

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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!

  18. 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.

  19. 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!

  20. 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

  21. 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!

  22. 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 .

  23. 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!

  24. 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。。。

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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 .

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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。

  34. 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…

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. Sr2665 on Aug 10, 2012 at 6:50 am
  39. 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.

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

  42. 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. _/\_

  43. 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.

  44. 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…

  45. 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.

  46. 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。 :)

  47. 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.

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  49. 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~~

  50. 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.

  51. 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

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

    VERRY VERRY GOOD

  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,
So go pursue all the way with the unknown,
because all unknown with familiarity becomes the known.
~Tsem Rinpoche

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Entrance into Kechara Forest Retreat. Beautiful photo by Pastor Seng Piow. Tsem Rinpoche 
yesterday
The sacred Vajra Yogini stupa in Kechara. Contains many holy relics and precious items associated with Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 days ago
His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and His Holiness Karmapa were very good friends. They respected eachother's practice very much. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 days ago
Homage to remover of obstacles and emanation of Avalokitesvara. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 days ago
This is powerful. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
The 5,000 year statue of Sangdup Jamphel Dorje at Reting Monastery. Made by Manjushri, sponsored by Chenresig and consecrated by Vajrapani. It was created to subdue the wild people and animals of the area so dharma can flourish. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 week ago
This is a 5,000 year statue of Sangdup Jamphel Dorje in Reting Monastery in Tibet. Very holy and owned by Atisha. TR
1 week ago
This is a self arisen wisdom eye of Heruka that arose in Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche's cave in Tibet. Very holy. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
When we do beautiful things for others, our smiles show it. Look at these beautiful people. They make me smile. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Something special about Tara: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=58508
2 weeks ago
Rawo Tso lake, Tibet. Fantastic!!
2 weeks ago
I wish long life to His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche as well as all dharma teachers and students. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
We should never segregate or bias against anyone. Everyone should be treated the same. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
When people post abusive statements, make accusations, defamatory remarks, fabricate information and manipulate past events to malign someone’s character on public social media platforms, it can land us in hot water now! See how it's happening: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=61867
3 weeks ago
His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, His Holiness the 10th Panchen Rinpoche and His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Both Trijang Rinpoche and Panchen Rinpoche practiced Dorje Shugden their whole lives. Masters of sutra and tantra. Beautiful photo.
3 weeks ago
Dear friends, I have just blogged something VERY EXCITING for your educational pleasure! Please take a look: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=61175
3 weeks ago
Powerful Kache Marpo whose has been alleviating the sufferings of countless for hundreds of years. May we be in your presence. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Now this is wisdom coming from an intelligent human being! Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
I loved visiting this place in Lantau Island, Hong Kong!
3 weeks ago
I have never liked living in the city since young. This is the setting I desire with Manjushri near me. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
This is the kind of setting I would like to live in. This is in Nepal. I would want a large Manjushri statue in this house with me. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
This is good!! 
4 weeks ago
I have composed a short prayer that can be done daily to invoke upon the protective, skillful, wish granting energies of Dorje Shugden. The meaning will contain the Three Principle paths but in more modern terms: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=61394
4 weeks ago
Making offerings to His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche will collect merits. May he live long. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
Beautiful picture of H.E. Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Beautiful. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
Glad to see this friend well and healthy. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
How fortunate to meet His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche. 
1 month ago
What a beautiful altar. Wow.
1 month ago
Talented people who are creating more awareness for a greener planet through Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia! Thank you! Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
Beautiful huge Manjushri Chapel in Ganden Sumtseling Monastery in Yunnan.
1 month ago
His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche Losang Choky Gyeltsen predicted that when after Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen entered into clear light, he took rebirth as Kangxi Emperor of China. Kangxi help to build the great Ganden Sumtseling Monastery and the famous Amarbayasgalant Monastery for Zanabazar Rinpoche, the head lama of Mongolia. He was known to be kind and practiced dharma and benevolent to many other religions. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Ganden Sumtseling Monastery in Yunnan is beautiful surrounded by mountains. This monastery is known as 'Little Potala" because it resembles the potala in Lhasa. This place was built by the 5th Dalai Lama and financed by the Chinese Emperor Kangxi. Kangxi would visit often to oversee the construction which is very unusual. Kangxi was one of Dorje Shugden's previous incarnations. This is one of the earliest monasteries to adopt Dorje Shugden's practice. Also the in their chapel is where the famous sword bent by the previous oracle in trance of Shugden is kept. Highly blessed. Tsem Rinpoche (read more. I was sent this picture and link today and it's beautiful: http://www.dorjeshugden.com/places/ganden-sumtseling-monastery/)
1 month ago
Fantastic Vajrapani!
1 month ago
Buddhists and monks from the Theravadin tradition will meditate in this manner to gain realization of impermanence just like in Tibet. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Beautiful old Trakze thangka. TR
1 month ago
His Holiness Ling Rinpoche, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche. These are the gurus of Dalai Lama for over 30 years. The majority of dharma being disseminated by Dalai Lama around the world comes from these two masters. These two masters are both students of Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Special form of Vajra Yogini where she is flying to Kechara Paradise. This is symbolic of where She will lead her practitioners. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
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1 month ago
Bruce Lee has much wisdom to share. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
His Eminence Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche Losar 2015. May he live a thousand years. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
This is so true and applicable. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang is the epitome of learning, erudite knowledge, attainments & saintliness. Namo Guru-beh. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
H.H. the 5th Dalai Lama made a chapel and large statue to Dorje Shugden in Lhasa. This chapel still stands in Lhasa hundreds of years later. This is the magnificent statue inside the shrine. This statue commissioned by 5th Dalai Lama.
1 month ago
In the great Sera Monastery in Tibet, in their chapel they have a special Dorje Shugden statue available for the monks and public.
1 month ago
In His Holiness the Panchen Rinpoche's large Tashi-Lhunpo Monastery in Tibet, there is a special large chapel and prayer hall dedicated to Dorje Shugden. Here is the main statue in this chapel. The 9th, 10th and current Panchen Rinpoche all worships Dorje Shugden.
1 month ago
This is Setrap and Dorje Shugden together in Gaden Monastery built by Tsongkapa in Tibet. They have been worshipped for hundreds of years together in this holy Protector chapel.
1 month ago
Very rare painting of Yellow Yamantaka. He has Manjushri's head on His own head and holding Manjushri again. Beautiful.
1 month ago
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    Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche & Kyabje Ling Rinpoche doing Lama Chöpa in Bodhgaya in the 60s
    In the 1960s, H.H. Yongzin Kyabje Ling Rinpoche would always organize Lama Chöpa (Guru puja-composed by Panchen Rinpoche) with 1000 offerings in Bodhgaya and would often be joined in by H.H. Yongzin Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, and sometimes the 16th Karmapa would even join in. Wonderful. Watch this blessed and old footage of the two Yongzins doing Lama Chöpa in Bodhgaya. Yongzin is the special title to those who were the root and close teachers of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. There were two official Yongzins. Trijang Rinpoche and Ling Rinpoche were the Yongzins of the current Dalai Lama for over 40 years living nearby to Dalai Lama and passing him all the teachings necessary. They were extremely kind and giving all necessary teachings, empowerments and oral transmissions that Dalai Lama is disseminating to the world today to millions. Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
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  • Socialite becomes a volunteer in Malaysian soup kitchen
    Socialite becomes a volunteer in Malaysian soup kitchen
    In the Malaysian capital, Ruby Khong devotes her lunch hours delivering food to the needy, even when the tropical heat and humidity make it hard to breathe. "It was always about myself, what I wanted and that continued on for a while until 1994," she says. That year, she was on a quest for spiritual guidance in India and met a Buddhist monk named Tsem Rinpoche. Read more here: http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29986205
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    Mumu always prepares his bed this way before sleeping. Cute.
    5 months ago
  • Watch what Jason Clare said in parliament
    Watch what Jason Clare said in parliament
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  • Super cute attack. Have to watch!!
    Super cute attack. Have to watch!!
    6 months ago
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    They pump 'things' into poultry to make it look plump and bigger to attract you to buy. Then you eat whatever they've pumped and think how it builds up in your body? Is your taste buds worth it to risk your health? Tsem Rinpoche
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    Look at this 2 minute video, while Hong Kong is having massive protests,right over the skyline of a city a UFO is spotted observing.. Incredible footage. UFO's are historically said to always gather where there is massive conflicts or congregations of people for hundreds of years.
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    See this video and do share with friends. See what happens at 1:10........Om Mani Peme Hung Watch it for the sake of the beings within in enduring what they have to endure. Don't think about how you feel because you are not there, but how they feel. Tsem Rinpoche
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    I just purchased an empty locket from an art store for around $10 and had a nice picture of His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche inserted in the front and His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche inserted on the others side at home. Attached a str...ing and it's good to wear for blessings. Look how beautiful. I am the type, I devote myself to my practice but I remember it is the sole kindness of the guru's teachings. Without the guru there is no dharma at all as I cannot speak to Buddha directly. Tsem Rinpoche
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    I was gifted this wonderful blingy shiny new pen by a spiritual friend. I didn't know Swarovski pens write so smoothly. I am going to enjoy writing with this. Thank you Jessica Pimentel. Tsem Rinpoche
    6 months ago
  • Is this the Loch Ness monster?
    Is this the Loch Ness monster?
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    In Kechara Forest Retreat we have a large aviary with many rescued birds and tortoises. We just built a nice pool for them to cool down in. Tsem Rinpoche
    7 months ago
  • Rescuing dog in LA river
    Rescuing dog in LA river
    7 months ago
  • This is a very inspiring video by Jim Carrey you must see
    This is a very inspiring video by Jim Carrey you must see
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    Dalai Lama watching TV
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    Dog with a heart of Gold
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    8 months ago
  • 14th Dalai Lama with Mrs.Indira Gandhi , Delhi INDIA 1966
    14th Dalai Lama with Mrs.Indira Gandhi , Delhi INDIA 1966
    10 months ago
  • The Girl Who Couldn't Cry - Water is Life
    The Girl Who Couldn't Cry - Water is Life
    It's really hard to educate a generation of people born in conditions where they take things for granted. A simple slogan campaign that says, "Save water, It's precious" isn't sticky enough to make inroads. That's exactly where this video steps in: to make people realize how precious water actually is. A brilliant video that follows the heartbreaking story of a young girl that cannot cry. Sounds like fiction? Sadly, it is not.
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    Dear everyone, All sentient beings deserve to live, be happy and not hurt, including animals. We should never hurt them or eat them. Look how much this chicken welcomes a hug and love. Observe carefully. Don't eat beings who can feel pain because the karma comes back. Tsem Rinpoche
    11 months ago
  • The appreciation shown here is so deep and touching.
    The appreciation shown here is so deep and touching.
    Dear friends, See this incredible video. This chimp was found in captivity for many years. Dr Jane Goodall released him into the wild. Look how he comes back to thank her with deep apprecition. It's amazing. Animals have such strong feelings of pain and happiness just like us. We should never hurt them and share with others to not hurt them. Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
    11 months ago
  • Aki drinking some water in the aviary
    Aki drinking some water in the aviary
    Aki is a rescued bird, he now lives in Kechara Forest Retreat Aviary
    1 years ago
  • Jamyang enjoying some fresh corn
    Jamyang enjoying some fresh corn
    Jamyang is one of our rescue birds that live in Kechara Forest Retreat Aviary
    1 years ago
  • The Cute Mumus Practising Dog Orchestra at Kechara Forest Retreat
    The Cute Mumus Practising Dog Orchestra at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Today the Mumus (dogs) decided to do a dog orchestra rehearsal together with the Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR) dogs.
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    1 years ago
  • Mumu, Oser and Dharma running and having a good time. I love seeing them playing. Tsem Rinpoche
    Mumu, Oser and Dharma running and having a good time. I love seeing them playing. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago

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Homeless no more! One more #offthestreet tonight as Uncle Tee was referred to Pusat Kebajikan Global in Kepong for permanent stay. Uncle Tee had to sleep on the street after he lost his job due to old age and deteriorating health. We helped to check him into the shelter earlier this afternoon and he is so glad that he will have a roof over his head tonight onwards. Justin@KSK
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Members from Lions Club of George Town Mutiara serving food at KSK Penang. Patsy
12 hours ago
Mr. Loh offering beautiful flowers to Lord Setrap and Dorje Shugden @ Kechara Penang. Patsy
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One of our food recipients enjoying his food. Patsy @ KSK Penang
2 days ago
Monday night food distribution around George Town, Penang. Photo #2. Patsy
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Monday night food distribution in George Town, Penang. Photo #1. Patsy
2 days ago
You can say what you want, but I will practice as I like. ~Tsem Rinpoche_share by Frederick Law
2 days ago
Don't look for attention for the sake of it as it does not last.~Tsem Rinpoche_share by Frederick Law
2 days ago
Oser girl looks like a soft toy~Tsem Rinpoche_share by Frederick Law
2 days ago
If we respect another person's spiritual path, we would never advise against it.~Tsem Rinpoche_share by Frederick Law
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Worship Vajra Yogini & ascend into Kechara Paradise~Tsem Rinpoche_share by Frederick Law
2 days ago
Pastor Niral led Dharma Protector Puja and was assisted by Pastor Han Nee during the Qing Ming Remembrance Puja at Kechara House gompa. May all sentient beings be free from all sufferings. Lucy Yap
2 days ago
"Body,Speech and Mind" offering to our precious Guru,H.E.Tsem Rinpoche's throne by Datuk May Phng during the Qing Ming Remembrance Puja at Kechara House gompa 30/3/2015.Friends and Kecharians turn up at gompa to offer candles and dedication cards and dedicate the merits to their departed loved ones. http://www.kechara.com Lucy Yap
2 days ago
We are very appreciate the support and kindness of Pastor Yek Yee and team in conducted the Rabney & Soongdrup puja and Dorje Shugden puja at KHJB yesterday. And grateful to Pastor Yek Yee gave dharma sharing of Dorje Shugden and blessings for members. May KHJB will be continue grow and all the members will be protected by Dorje Shugden. Support the Kechara Pastors http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/support-the-kechara-pastors.html From: June Tang (Khjb)
2 days ago
A precious opportunity to make an auspicious offering of pearls to Dorje Shugden on the altar of KHJB. The offering of jewels, actual or visualised, creates the causes for us to attain the real jewels, the Six Paramitas. Through offering such precious items, we also begin to cut our attachments to the objects we hold dear. In addition, decorating and beautifying a holy and powerful place of worship will purify one's negative karma and create the causes for life's necessities to come about. From: June Tang (Khjb)
2 days ago
Qing Ming remembrance Day 2015 at Kechara House gompa on 30/3/2015,Dharma Protector Puja ( English) For Chinese session puja will be held on 1/42015.Time: 8 - 10pm.Qing Ming dedication cards are available at Frontdesk +603 7803 3908. Lucy Yap
3 days ago
Fortunate ones who got personal blessings from Pastor Yek Yee after the dharma sharing on Dorje Shugden. From: June Tang (Khjb)
3 days ago
For our Dharma sharing, Pastor Yek Yee introduce to us the understanding of DORJE SHUGDEN practice and his benefits. From: June Tang (Khjb)
3 days ago
First Dorje Shugden puja progress at KHJB now. From: June Tang (Khjb)
3 days ago

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