Bill Clinton adopts Buddhist Meditation

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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.

Source: 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.

 

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。

资料来源: 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
 

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  1. Chris Chong on Apr 3, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing this news.

    Meditation has so many great benefits. One of it is to find peace out of this hectic and cluttered modern lifestyle. Many people had been taking up meditation as part of their routine lives to cope with the stress that they have. It is nice to see that even a political leader in the Western had recognised it’s benefits after his heart scare.

    With meditation we can develop alot good qualities too such as mindfulness and compassion if we meditate on it well.

    Humbly,
    Chris

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

    VERRY VERRY GOOD

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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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  7. 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.

  8. 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。 🙂

  9. 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.

  10. 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…

  11. 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.

  12. 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. _/\_

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Sr2665 on Aug 10, 2012 at 6:50 am
  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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…

  21. 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。

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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 .

  26. 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.

  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. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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。。。

  31. 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!

  32. 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 .

  33. 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!

  34. 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

  35. 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!

  36. 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.

  37. 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!

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

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

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

  42. 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.

  43. 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

  44. 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…

  45. 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!

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

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

  47. 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. 🙂

  48. 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!

  49. 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.

  50. 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.

  51. 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.

  52. 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.

  53. 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…

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  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Dec 7. 2016 10:05 PM
    Thank you Dato’ Colin for sharing your journey in dharma and your method in applying dharma in a corporate world.

    I always think that it is difficult to practise dharma in corporate as everyone only have the same mindset that is to gain more profit at the fastest pace and therefore lots of greed and selfishness. But you have showed us that as long as we are perseverance and hold our principal and dharma strongly, we can apply it no matter which segment we are, be it corporate or not.

    Most importantly, is to set the right mindset and hold on to dharma principles. Continue to strive no matter how many challenges we have.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/how-to-grow-your-business-with-buddhist-principles.html
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Dec 7. 2016 09:54 PM
    Thank you Pastor Patsy for sharing your dharma journey. It is a great encouragement for many as you show that determination will surely bring result.

    It is important to practise dharma and to always focus out. When we keep practising this our mind will slowly transform to benefit others instead of feeding ourselves with all the greed, anger and selfishness.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/how-dharma-changed-my-life.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Dec 7. 2016 01:13 PM
    So happy to see the YAK – Millennials of Kechara – were learning to become an entrepreneur, be proactive and independent with good motivations. These practical experience will lay the foundation for leadership qualities, lateral thinking as well as a creative and innovative mindset. I wish to see more success for our Kechara YAK and looking forward to their upcoming activities! Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/yak.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Dec 6. 2016 10:22 PM
    Good sharing and informative blogs of Kuan Yin temples in Malaysia.
    Origins of Kuan Yin been explained too. I do not know so much about it till i read these post…i only knew Kuan Yin as Goddess of Mercy.When i was young i used to follow my mother to temple to pray without knowing much..just as one one of a deity.On Guan Yin’s birthday, devotees observe a vegetarian diet in remembrance of her compassion and kindness.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these beautiful post .
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/guan-yin-day.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Dec 6. 2016 09:16 PM
    This is very auspicious that 2 great masters meet together and talk about dharma works for the benefit of all sentient beings.

    I am humble to see our precious guru to pay respect and prostrate to his friend, H.E. Kyabje Yongyal Rinpoche , who is a very learned scholar, master of tantra, always focused his time on teaching hundreds of students in Sera and in in-depth personal practice. This is a good example for us to follow and practice.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing attached with the beautiful photos.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/meeting-kyabje-yongyal-rinpoche-in-new-york.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Dec 6. 2016 07:04 PM
    Very informative blog post that remind us.
    As human consume fish ,prawns and so forth from the sea laced with harmful chemical, toxins build up that lead to health problems in long term.Sad to know environment is so bad when some people do not care much about it.Sooner or later our oceans will be filled with rubbish,plastic if we are not doing enough to protect the environment.The plastic accounts for 15 per cent of the chick’s body weight…that is shocking.
    I do hope more people are aware of the truth behind the crisis destroying our seas.
    Thank you Rinpoche its a good sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/how-plastic-destroys-our-seas.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Dec 6. 2016 06:11 PM
    It is both motivating and enriching to read sharing by successful individual who applied Dharma in their life. Thank you Dato’ Colin for this sharing. This shows us that when we applied Buddha Dharma, we will be able to achieve more in life.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/how-to-grow-your-business-with-buddhist-principles.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Dec 6. 2016 04:00 PM
    This is the first time I read about Hecate in details. She is the goddess of magic, witchcraft, the night, moon, ghosts and necromancy, and sorcery. Yet people worship her. She was one of the main deities worshiped in Athenian households as a protective goddess and one who bestowed prosperity and daily blessings on the family. I find this juxtaposition very interesting on two level. How people will readily submit themselves to a powerful being bestowed with supernatural powers.

    On the other hand, Hecate, who is associated with dark powers are being worshipped as a protective goddess could mean she uses her power for doing good that benefits people. This goes to show that some who possesses dark power like witchcraft, necromancy and sorcery are not necessary bad and will not necessary harm. It all depends on their motivation.

    Thank you very much Rinpoche for this insightful article on Hecate.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/etc/hecate.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Dec 5. 2016 03:58 PM
    Malaysia is so rich in its cultural identity, and the Dragon festival is one of them been celebrated in a way whereby different races too join in.It is wonderful to know,the origins of the Dragon Boat Festival and the story behind.It has now turned to a team-focused sport.which promotes discipline, racial harmony, physical fitness and mental toughness
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these very informative and interesting post.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-dragon-boat-festival-a-fusion-of-traditional-and-modern-culture.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Dec 5. 2016 03:29 PM
    After reading these blog i learned something new.The word Chaplain.
    I have not come across of it before.
    Thanks Beatrix Ooi for sharing ..an interesting blog of how this young man served as a Buddhist Chaplains in the US Arm. There is only one Buddhist chapel in the United States military. In recent years there has been a growing number of Buddhists in the US military, hence the work of Buddhist chaplains are growing too. A great way to spread Dharma to more people in the military.
    Thank you again Beatrix Ooi
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/buddhist-chaplains-in-the-us-army.html
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Dec 4. 2016 05:07 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the article on Dayak Festival and its community and cultures. It is very interesting to learn about the other races cultures. We in Malaysia are so fortunate that we are expose to so many differences and yet live harmoniously.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/gawai-dayak-the-celebration-of-bountiful-harvest.html
  • Yeo Kwai Gin
    Saturday, Dec 3. 2016 05:22 PM
    Wow ! 恭喜Justin与香积厨对社会的付出 !法喜 !

    感恩仁波切的付出与教导, 让在马来西亚的街头露宿者和一班家境贫困的人们在艰辛的时候得到帮助。詹杜固仁波切创立的克切拉香积厨对社会的付出是值得赞扬, 香积厨不但发放食物给街头露宿者,还提供流动医院主要在最快的时间让受伤的露宿者得到治疗, 还有FoodBank专提供食物与支援给各地需要帮忙如天灾带来的食物缺乏, 还有Imbi路的香积厨中心,提供给街头露宿者全免费的食物和饮品,免费沐浴和清洗衣服,还帮忙他们寻找工作等等。让他们体谅到社会另外拥有一班人还在关心着他们。
    愿街头露宿者得到更舒适的生活, 实现他们目标前进,社会繁荣,那么每一个人都可以安居立业,不用再在街头露宿了 !

    欲了解更多克切拉香积厨,或想参与活动,请继续游览 :
    http://www.kechara.com/soup-kitchen/what-we-do/

    感恩合十
    YEO KWAI GIN

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-soup-kitchen-ksk/kechara-won-2-awards.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Dec 3. 2016 04:42 PM
    Congratulation to Justin as well as KSK team. A well deserved recognition. You have selflessly working for those in need. Our society need more people to help those living on the street.

    May you and KSK team continue to grow and benefit more people.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-soup-kitchen-ksk/kechara-won-2-awards.html
  • Alice Tay
    Saturday, Dec 3. 2016 12:53 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche and the team’s effort to share these powerful qualities of Dorje Shugden in Mongolian language. Hope they are more people get to know Dorje Shugden, an emanation of Manjushri, and understand to practice Dorje Shugden will also have all the benefits related to Manjushri’s practice.

    Hope these powerful qualities of Dorje Shugden will come up with the words in other languages to benefit more people.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/powerful-qualities-of-dorje-shugden-in-memes-mongolian.html
  • Alice Tay
    Saturday, Dec 3. 2016 12:49 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche and the team’s effort to share these powerful qualities of Dorje Shugden in Mongolian language. Hope they are more people get to know Dorje Shugden, an emanation of Manjushri, and understand to practice Dorje Shugden will also have all the benefits related to Manjushri’s practice.

    Hope these powerful qualities of Dorje Shugden will come up with the words in other languages to benefit more people.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/powerful-qualities-of-dorje-shugden-in-memes-mongolian.html

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
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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This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
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This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
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The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
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Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
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One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
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Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
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My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
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Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
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Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
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Sir Edmund Hillary
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha\'s teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha's teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I\'ve seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
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Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I've seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
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It's nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
                         Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
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Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
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Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
High lamas in France September 2016
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High lamas in France September 2016
༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden:   http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
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༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
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Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
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More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass,
 Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, 
 By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements,
 By seeing the good results, one\'s path becomes more clear, 
 The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, 
 This would eliminate the samsara within our minds.
 ~Tsem Rinpoche
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All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass, Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements, By seeing the good results, one's path becomes more clear, The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, This would eliminate the samsara within our minds. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
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Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
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Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
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Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
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Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
                         This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
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This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
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Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
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Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
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His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
3 months ago
Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
Left to right:

His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
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Left to right: His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
 It\'s nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
3 months ago
It's nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
Jog Falls a power place of Vajra Yogini and Heruka: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=108652
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Jog Falls a power place of Vajra Yogini and Heruka: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=108652
Don\'t wait for the perfect group. Don\'t wait for the perfect person. Don\'t wait for the perfect situation. Don\'t expect yourself to be perfect. Don\'t even look for perfection at least in our realm as it does not exist or time will run out. Just get going and keep doing good. It\'s between you and yourself. Tsem Rinpoche
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Don't wait for the perfect group. Don't wait for the perfect person. Don't wait for the perfect situation. Don't expect yourself to be perfect. Don't even look for perfection at least in our realm as it does not exist or time will run out. Just get going and keep doing good. It's between you and yourself. Tsem Rinpoche
Kind people are to be treasured. They make life worth living. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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Kind people are to be treasured. They make life worth living. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Don\'t you love her bag? She\'s stylish and at one with the universe. OM Shanti. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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Don't you love her bag? She's stylish and at one with the universe. OM Shanti. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful Manjushri carved in China
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Beautiful Manjushri carved in China
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We must loyal to our guru. How to be loyal? To always do the teachings and practice he gave us and to conquer our laziness. We must make our gurus more important than our ego. So it is important to always let our guru win and not our ego. If our ego wins, many will suffer and we will suffer. If our guru wins, temporarily we suffer, but long term we will be happy and many around us will be happy. You see, the guru is always on the look out to give us methods and teachings that we can engage in to bring us happiness. The biggest happiness is overcoming our ego and it\'s traces and the guru always directly and indirectly focuses on that. Our guru will always love and help us, but we must meet our guru half way too. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
We must loyal to our guru. How to be loyal? To always do the teachings and practice he gave us and to conquer our laziness. We must make our gurus more important than our ego. So it is important to always let our guru win and not our ego. If our ego wins, many will suffer and we will suffer. If our guru wins, temporarily we suffer, but long term we will be happy and many around us will be happy. You see, the guru is always on the look out to give us methods and teachings that we can engage in to bring us happiness. The biggest happiness is overcoming our ego and it's traces and the guru always directly and indirectly focuses on that. Our guru will always love and help us, but we must meet our guru half way too. Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche with holy Mt Shasta of Northern California in the background: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
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Tsem Rinpoche with holy Mt Shasta of Northern California in the background: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
We had a nice visit at Mt Shasta, a holy area in Northern California and did a good puja there: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
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We had a nice visit at Mt Shasta, a holy area in Northern California and did a good puja there: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
I get requests from all around the world to do prayers. For certain individuals it\'s really dire, so I make special candle offerings to the Buddhas for them at my private residence. These are the candles that was offered recently for a very ill young little girl. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
I get requests from all around the world to do prayers. For certain individuals it's really dire, so I make special candle offerings to the Buddhas for them at my private residence. These are the candles that was offered recently for a very ill young little girl. Tsem Rinpoche
This is powerful and true. When someone disappoints you so many times, it cannot be an accident anymore. You need to have compassion for them to not do more negative karma and not allow it anymore and we need need to have compassion for ourselves too and not let them hurt us again.. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
This is powerful and true. When someone disappoints you so many times, it cannot be an accident anymore. You need to have compassion for them to not do more negative karma and not allow it anymore and we need need to have compassion for ourselves too and not let them hurt us again.. Tsem Rinpoche
Ra Lotsawa\'s personal sacred image of Yamantaka Vajrabhairava. Said to be housed in Samye Monastery, Tibet.
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Ra Lotsawa's personal sacred image of Yamantaka Vajrabhairava. Said to be housed in Samye Monastery, Tibet.
Message from Tsem Rinpoche
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Message from Tsem Rinpoche
This Tara has such a beautiful face...artwork on this is nice
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This Tara has such a beautiful face...artwork on this is nice
This is the road that leads to my house in the mountains. I have a small house and a lake nearby the house and I live there on vegan foods with my pets-Mumu loves running around the meadows. I have a large outdoor Vajra Yogini statue made of stone and we make offerings of juniper leaves burned to her daily as sang. I love living in the mountains away from the senseless repeating of actions in urban life. Urban life with its various pollutions do not connect us to who we are inside. I love this walking path to my retreat home where I will live for the rest of my life and on the way home, I pluck some flowers for my shrine to offer to the Buddha...thank you for allowing me to live here. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is the road that leads to my house in the mountains. I have a small house and a lake nearby the house and I live there on vegan foods with my pets-Mumu loves running around the meadows. I have a large outdoor Vajra Yogini statue made of stone and we make offerings of juniper leaves burned to her daily as sang. I love living in the mountains away from the senseless repeating of actions in urban life. Urban life with its various pollutions do not connect us to who we are inside. I love this walking path to my retreat home where I will live for the rest of my life and on the way home, I pluck some flowers for my shrine to offer to the Buddha...thank you for allowing me to live here. Tsem Rinpoche
 Rinpoche\'s quote is on my mom\'s final resting place. It was chosen by my dad and at that time he said it is the best one for both of them. My dad would be interred next to her when his time comes in the distant future. Pastor David Lai
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Rinpoche's quote is on my mom's final resting place. It was chosen by my dad and at that time he said it is the best one for both of them. My dad would be interred next to her when his time comes in the distant future. Pastor David Lai
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  • December 6, 2016 00:34
    Sipra asked: Dear Pastors, For past 5 month or so I have been suffering from fear and anxiety. It has become difficult to live my daily life. I am mother of young child. Please help me.
    pastor answered: Dear Sipra, I'm sorry to read that you are going through this fear and anxiety, and i can understand that it has been effecting your daily life. You should seek professional help as this fear and anxiety can worsen if you don't get help and can deteriorate fast. Coupled with this, but by no means an alternative, you can engage in the daily practice of Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden, which you can find here: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/diamond-path-a-daily-sadhana-of-dorje-shugden Lama Tsongkhapa's practice is very well-known to calm the mind from depression, fear and anxiety so will be very beneficial for your situation. When engaging in the practice, please concentrate and focus on the mantra of Lama Tsongkhapa. Dorje Shugden's practice on the other hand is very good for alleviating any obstacles we may be facing in life. Therefore, this may have to overcome the obstacles in life that are causing the fear and anxiety or even remove obstacles for professional help to be even more effective, so you can overcome your situation. The cause of this situation may be deeply rooted, therefore i would like to advise you to do both methods, find professional help and engage in the daily practice. Coupled together they have a better chance of solving your situation, than by themselves. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • December 3, 2016 23:25
    Fluxor asked: I am in a relationship with someone. I want to leave her, so i can give more time for social work and considering monastic life and being ordained in the future. I want to break up and do it gently, but I know she will be very mad and angry with me. Is it okay to leave her without notice? I will make a letter and arrange time to talk few days later when she is more stable emotionally. I think, it will be calmer way. Or should I talk to her first before I leave? I know this way she can be very mad and might do some abusive acts right away. But people say I need to respect her with talking to her first. I'm confused. I want to do it in a gentle and loving way that I don't want to bring her more suffering. Warmest metta, Fluxor
    pastor answered: Dear Fluxor, This is something that is a very difficult thing to do. If you have thought about this carefully and thoroughly, then you should do what feels right. However we must remember that the other person in the relationship may be reliant on you in some way. That being said, we can also hurt another person if we are not open and truthful about the situation. Instead we should go about the situation in the best possible manner to minimise harm and also to not create negative karma in the process, which is all too common when breaking up with someone, and this leads to more suffering in the future. You know the person who you are in a relationship with the best, however the method which you have mentioned may not be the most appropriate course of action. Rather than doing this, you should sit down with your partner and talk about the situation in calmer manner. This is the better approach, if you want to do this. You do need to respect her as a person with her own feelings, and in order to do the right thing in this situation, you should do so face to face and calmly. Following the method that you described may cause even more pain. If you do it calmly, respecting and honouring her as someone who has their own feelings, you are doing your best given the situation. Please remember that you don’t have to take monastic ordination in order to practice the Buddhist path. In fact within Kechara, Tsem Rinpoche has even started the tradition of lay pastors, who are lay people that have dedicated their lives to the practice of Dharma and the service of others. If you change your mind for any reason, Rinpoche has given a very good teaching on transforming a relationship to make it successful. You can find the video teaching here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/ingredients-for-a-successful-relationship.html. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • December 2, 2016 09:44
    Tashi asked: Dear pastors, What are the mantras and sacred syllables of the 12 Tenma Goddesses? I'm trying to find one to the bodhisattva Dorje Yudronma and goddess Tahsi Tseringma. Who is Shiptak Gyene exactly and what is his mantra and purpose? Is simply putting "Namo" and then the name of the Buddha or bodhisattva work? Also, is there a mantra for pimples or near sightedness?
    pastor answered: Dear Tashi, As Dorje Yudronma and Tashi Tseringma are not enlightened protectors but worldly deities who have been subdued to protect the Dharma, their mantras and practices are not free available to all practitioners, according to the Gelug tradition (I am unsure if they are available freely in other traditions). Usually, to engage in these practices one must have first received empowerment into a yidam or meditational deity practice, after which one can request the spiritual teacher to teach the practice. The functions of these protectors are also embodied in other protectors who are enlightened, and whose practices are readily available. As embodiments of enlightened beings, they can also help along the spiritual path to enlightenment rather than just providing material needs and removing obstacles. These include the various emanations of Dorje Shugden, for example Shize Dorje Shugden who is excellent for pacifying diseases and lengthening one’s life, just like Tashi Tseringma and the Long Life Sisters. However as an emanation of Manjushri, Shize can also grant beneficial imprints and help to overcome the inner obstacles of negative emotions and habituations that we all face in life. Shiptak Gyene is a protector specific to the Gelugpa tradition. He was a layman who lived in Lhasa during the time of Lama Tsongkhapa. Whenever Lama Tsongkhapa would travel to Lhasa, Shiptak Gyene would be there, ready to serve Lama Tsongkhapa as best as he could and receive teachings on the Dharma. He was very devoted to Lama Tsongkhapa and arose a protector to help those with material needs if they are sincere pracitioners of the Dharma. As such, he holds a bowl of jewels to represent that he can aid pracitioners in this regard. You can see a picture of Shiptak Gyene here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/archive/deitypics/highres/Shiptak_Gyene.jpg. The word ‘namo’ means ‘I prostrate’, hence when you add the word before the name of a Buddha or bodhisattva, it basically means that you are prostrating to that being. While this has tremendous effect, as you are verbalising the prostration towards an enlightened being and therefore generating some merit, it does not have the same effect as a mantra. This is because a mantra itself in the essence of that particular being, in the form of sound. If you repeat that mantra over and over again, you bring the energies associated with that particular enlightened being into your life. For example if you recite the Medicine Buddha mantra, you bring healing energies into your life. But if you only add ‘namo’ to the beginning of their name, you are simply making prostration. It would be much more beneficial to recite the proper mantra for the particular enlightenment being you are propitiating. As for pimples, I have not come across a specific mantra for this in my own practice. However two very good mantras that you could recite are Black Manjushri or Hayagriva. These two deities are very well known for curing skin diseases of all types, and therefore may help in the situation. You can find out more about Black Manjushri practice here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/a-black-manjushri-sadhana-self-healing-meditation-and-exercises.html. The Hayagriva (a wrathful emanation of Chenresig) mantra is recited as: HRI PEMA DATRI HAYAGRIVA HULU HULU HUNG PHET. For nearsightedness, you can engage in the practice of Migchey Chrenrezig, which is an excellent practice for those with eye problems. You can find it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/blessing-eye-problems.html. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • November 30, 2016 18:56
    Angela Yo asked: These past few months, I can't stop myself thinking about being ordained to be a nun. I don't know where to begin. I don't know if it suits me or not. But I really want to make this lifetime meaningful. Thank you.
    pastor answered: Dear Angela Yo, I rejoice to read that are thinking about become ordained as a nun. This is a very good aspiration to have and follows the example of the holy Buddha Shakyamuni. He showed us the way to make our life meaningful by becoming a Buddha to benefit others. If you have not already done so, you should join a Dharma centre and find a guru. By following the advice of a qualified guru, you can train yourself to hold the ordination vows in the future. Here at Kechara, those who have the aspiration to become members of the holy sangha, first become a Pastor, which is in between a lay practitioner and an ordained monk or nun. This way, we can train ourselves to understand and live by the vows before become ordained. As ordination is very special and holy, it is better that we are prepared before we take the vows. This way we can make the most use of holding the sacred vows on our spiritual journey to enlightenment. As you engage along this path, first you should study and understand the most basic of vows, which are the refuge vows. All other vows, whether ordination, bodhisattva or tantric vows are based on the refuge vows, and the keeping of these vows are the root cause of gaining enlightenment. In fact, all other vows are extensions of these vows. Therefore it is very important that we have a firm basis for our practice by understanding and living by these vows properly. As you progress on your practice, you can learn the teachings such as the 50 Verses of Guru Devotion, the Lam Rim and the Wheel of Sharp Weapons. All these teachings will aid you on the path to become an ordained nun in the future. If this is truly your wish, then during your daily practices you should make strong aspirational prayers that you are able to fulfil this. At the same time you should create the causes for this to occur. The way to do this is by supporting the sangha, you can do this by making any form of dana offering to them, from food, clothing, material assistance or anything else that they would need your help with. While doing this, you should generate the strong aspiration that you can become a member of the sangha. As the sangha are one of the Three Jewels, any offerings that you make to them, especially in terms of your time and effort, will generate a lot of merit because they are holding the holy vows. I hope this helps, and I make the prayer that your auspicious aspiration is fulfilled, that you make your life meaningful by holding the vows of an ordained nun. Thank you.
  • November 28, 2016 12:32
    Demian asked: Dear pastors, Just recently, I have read about concentrations and that has gotten me worried. If one worships a depiction of Saraswati without any concentrations of the depiction, does that mean that I've been praying to an empty shell? If so, does praying to Saraswati's depictions that are online work or not? Or could a simple visualization work without praying to a statue or thangka, but to a visualized form? Would the visualization in Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö's praise to Saraswati be alright along with the mantra? Or does the visualization have to use this website's prayer and mantra to Saraswati? Do the 8 offerings have to be real or can they visualized instead? For the 8th offering of music, does there have to be a bell, or can a drum, flute, violin, or even vocal replace that? What are the views of the mantra "Nam Myoho Renge Khyo"?
    pastor answered: Dear Demian, Thank you for your question. Concentration during one’s daily prayers is an important factor. Within Buddhism, we believe that there are three ways in which a person interacts with the world, these are the body, speech and mind. In order to receive the full benefit of the practice you engage in, you should ensure that all three of these are used. For the body, this is by sitting down to engage in your daily practice without getting distracted. The best posture for this is the meditation position known as the seven-point Vairochana position, this is described in detail in the text Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand. For your speech, you engage in reciting the prayers and the mantra recitation. And for the mind, you concentrate in the various visualisations associated with the practice you are engaging in. Even though you have been praying without the use of concentration, it has still been effective since Saraswati is an enlightened being. She has full compassion, and will definitely bestow her energies and love to those who invoke upon her with a pure heart and good motivation. However, if you do concentrate on both your visualisation and the mantra recitation, the practice will be more effective and you will see a heightened improvement in your life. In regards to the visualisation of Saraswati according to the praise by Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro, this actually belongs to the practice of another lineage, therefore I cannot comment on its validity, as I don’t belong to the lineage to have studied its origins and how it differs from the praise presented here on Rinpoche’s blog. That being said, each lineage has its own version of the visualisation of deities, and this in inherently linked to the particular praise. Therefore if you were to recite one particular praise or practice, you should keep the visualisation to the one that corresponds with it. The 8 offerings can be placed on the altar as physical offerings, but should also be visualised. The reason why we place the actually offerings on the altar is to make a physical offering with our body, as well as a reminder that we make these offerings during our visualisations. If you are not able to make the physical offerings on your altar for whatever reason, this is ok. However you should try your best to have these offerings since it is a way for you to generate merit. The last offering of sound, is usually represented by the conch shell but can be anything that resembles sound, such as any instrument. For example, I know people who represent sound with a miniature flute or even a miniature guitar on their altars. In regards to the Nam Myoho Renge Khyo mantra, this is central to all forms of Nichiren Buddhism, which developed in Japan but is now practiced all over the world. It is said this mantra embodies the entire Lotus Sutra, which in itself explains what enlightenment is and the path to reach enlightenment, following Nichiren’s particular practice. Therefore this mantra is all encompassing, and central to the Nichiren tradition. I hope this helps. Thank you.
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2016 WOAH Camp~Discover Your Power. Please join and register now. Date:17/12-18/12. Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat. If interested, please contact Lin Mun 017 2042722, Victor 019 2732312, Alice 019 6686248. KSDS, Alice Tay
Wonderful moment for Pastor Henry in distributing the free gift to the children during Lantern Festival Charity Bazaar. Alice Tay, KSDS.
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Wonderful moment for Pastor Henry in distributing the free gift to the children during Lantern Festival Charity Bazaar. Alice Tay, KSDS.
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