Bishop John Spong on Religion and God – Very interesting!

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Dear friends around the world,

I recently came across this video of Bishop Emeritus John Shelby Spong. It is a clip from an interview hosted by Keith Morrison, a Canadian broadcast journalist. In the clip Bishop Emeritus Spong explains why he thinks that hell does not exists, how religion is used to control people and that the popular Christian notion of God as a parent figure in the sky is false. Bishop Spong inspires me greatly as he is outspoken, he is not afraid to share his views with others even though his views may go against what is normally believed within Christian philosophy.

The Bishop is a man who is well learned and has obviously thought about these issues deeply. Even though he is a religious figure, he is able to see beyond the confines of his own religion and encompass everyone else in his thinking. I like this a lot since he is not bound by his limited perceptions but is able to view things from a different and logical manner. What strikes me is the similarities between what Bishop Spong says and the teachings of the Buddha. By watching Bishop Spong, it is clear to me that he is very true to himself, his religion and even mankind. His kind, generous and honest nature have led him to share his unique and illuminating views with all of us, despite what others may think of him. His views are revealing and provide us with an all-encompassing view of God and the divine in a logical and yet universal manner. Please do read the transcript below and watch the video. They are very short but informative, and will help to open your mind to new ideas of how things exist.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

Bishop John Shelby Spong

Bishop Emeritus John Shelby Spong

Bishop Emeritus John Shelby Spong

Born in 1931, John Shelby Spong was the Bishop for the American Episcopal Diocese of Newark from 1979 to 2000. Bishop Emeritus Spong became known as a liberal Christian theologian, a religious commentator and author of numerous books on the Christian faith. Through his work he advocates a fundamental shift in Christian belief, away from theism, dogma and traditional doctrines. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1952 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and received his Master of Divinity in 1955 from the Virginia Theological Seminary. He was later conferred the honorary Doctor of Divinity from both Virginia Theological Seminary and Saint Paul’s College, Virginia, as well as an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania. During his career helping others through his religious position he served in many churches and parishes across the North Carolina and Virginia states of America. He has also lectured at theological institutions including Harvard Divinity School, has been the recipient of prestigious awards, and has even been a guest on various American TV shows such as The Today Show, Politically Incorrect, Dateline, 60 Minutes and Larry King Live.

 

Interview with Bishop John Shelby Spong

Bishop John Shelby Spong: I don’t think hell exists. I happen to believe in life after death but I don’t think it has got a thing to do with reward and punishment. Religion is always in the control business and that’s something people don’t really understand. It’s in the guilt-producing control business. And if you have heaven as a place where you’re rewarded for your goodness and hell as a place where you’re punished for your evil then you sort of have control of the population. And so they create this fiery place which has quite literally scared the hell out of a lot of people throughout Christian history and is part of a control tactic.

Keith Morrison: But wait a minute. You’re saying that hell, the idea of a place under the earth or somewhere, where you’re tormented for an eternity is actually an invention of the church?

Bishop John Shelby Spong: Oh yes. I think the church fired its furnaces hotter than anybody else. But I think there is a sense in most religious life of reward and punishment in some form. The church doesn’t like for people to grow up because you can’t control grownups. That’s why we talk about being born again. When you are born again you are still a child. The people don’t need to be born again, they need to grow up. They need to accept responsibility for themselves and for the world.

Keith Morrison: What do you make of the theology which is quite prominent these days in America, which is that there is one guaranteed way not to go to hell, and that is to accept Jesus as your personal saviour?

Bishop John Shelby Spong: I grew up in that tradition. Every church I know claims that we are the true church. They have some ultimate authority. We have the infallible pope, we have the inerrant bible. The idea that the truth of God can be bound in any human system, by any human creed, by any human book. It’s almost beyond imagination for me.

God is not a Christian, God is not a Jew or a Muslim, or Hindu, or Buddhist. All of those are human systems which human beings have created to help us try and walk into the mystery of God. I honour my tradition. I walk through my tradition. But I don’t believe my tradition defines God. Life is a startling and wondrous experience and eventually I think we are going to discover that God unfolding through the life of our consciousness and our self-consciousness and is not a parent figure up in the sky. But I believe because I am related to something that is not bound by time and space that I will share in whatever God’s eternity is.

 

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A short commentary

Here is a short commentary on some of the points that Bishop Emeritus John Shelby Spong raised in the above clip from the interview:

  • It’s not about rewards and punishments

Within mainstream Christian belief, you are either rewarded for good deeds or punished for committing sins by an all-powerful God. This leads to the obviously polar opposites of heaven and hell when a person dies. But this is not the case in Bishop Spong’s views as he doesn’t even believe in hell. Whereas Christians believe that the judge for our deeds or sins is God, Buddhists do not believe in a creator God. Instead Buddhists believe that what leads to good and bad situations is the karmic results of our actions. We are in control of what happens to us, as opposed to an external deity. If we create good karma we go to the three higher realms, if we commit negative karma we go to the three lower realms. There are many similarities in all religions but I don’t think the Bishop has studied Hinduism or Buddhism to understand the depth of it and their profound doctrines and its many differences from Christianity.

In Christianity your destiny is basically in the hands of an outer deity or God but in Buddhism it is 100% within your own hands. If you were to believe in the God theory, that everything is in God’s hand, then there are many discrepancies in life that are difficult to explain – the sick, the rich, the poor, why some countries suffer from so many natural disasters, etc. It is very difficult to explain these disparities and discrepancies with the belief that God controls everything because ultimately people will end up asking “why is God so cruel?” Some people might think that is because there is a lesson to be learned. What lesson is there to be learned when God created you and you are here to live and your whole life is about suffering? What is there to learn because after that there is no more life? You are gone, you are finished. Buddhism on the other hand says that what you create is what you will experience, in this life and future lives. So this gives you full control, makes you take responsibility and explains a lot of the disparity in the world because everything arises from karma. Therefore karma is fair. Whatever comes to us is a result of what we have done.

  • Religion is about control

Religion can be used to control people because you scare them to follow what you say by telling them that hell exists and lure them to comply by telling them that heaven exists. In the past this has scared a lot of people into subservience because they are scared of hell. This is a tactic that has been used in the past to control people.

When you believe in an outer God that controls your destiny and rewards and punishes you, then that can be used by a teacher or minister in a place of worship to end up controlling you. This is because it is this person’s interpretation of what is good and bad that leads you to hell or heaven. In this way there are many Christian denominations and in many of these denominations they have different views of what is correct, what is not correct, what is acceptable and not acceptable. But if you look at it on an ultimate level the fundamental bible is pretty much the same in all Christian sects, it is just that the interpretation comes out different. This can sometimes be very dangerous because extreme interpretation leads to extreme problems. In Buddhism, you are explained what is harmful and what is not. It is the duty of the clergy to explain this to you according to the universal law of karma. If the clergy explains this to you, it is not to control you but for you to have the knowledge to control yourself from harm.

In Buddhism, there is no outer deity that controls you, instead you have to control yourself. The teachings that were put forth by the Buddha are a guideline showing us how to live our life and what creates a happy future or unhappy future. It is not that if you do not follow the guidelines that the Buddha will punish you. So, there is no deity that punished you and rewards you in Buddhism. Therefore, this explains a lot of the disparity in the world. The guidelines as taught by the Buddha is to help us have a happy and non-harmful life. Those who wish to harm, will find the rules ‘controlling’ and those who have no intention to harm will find the guidelines very helpful.

  • Born again vs. growing up

Bishop Emeritus Spong argues that the church talks about being born again Christians which means that the person has accepted God. This infers that they are cleansed of their sins and start their lives anew. But Bishop Emeritus Spong states that this a tactic used to control people. Rather people should be grownups and not those who are new born and take responsibility for themselves. Yes, we should be responsible and grow up and accept the consequences if we don’t. Being born again but not changing our attitude will make being born again ineffective.

What the Bishop said about being born again is excellent. There are two reasons that you would be born again. The first is that you were baptised earlier on in your life but sinned tremendously, so you were born again and become pure again, like a child, and are able to start over under the control of God again. The second is that you have never been baptised and now you are born again and come under the control of God. So if you come under the control of God and do good then you are rewarded by going to heaven to be with God. This sounds a little simplistic to me but if you are born again, do good things, change your mind, transform and become a beneficial person to others, than this is okay. God in actuality does not really control anything, but the various churches interpret what God wants and doesn’t want from you. The church is in control. Each church has it’s own interpretations. That’s where the confusion and division comes.

  • The divine is beyond labels

Each church or religious authority claim that they are following the only path to the divine or God. This cannot be true because God by definition would be beyond anything that humans can think of. The spiritual path would not be contained within a single book or a single method. The distinction that exists between religions is made by humans. It is good to follow a certain path, and adhere to that path to God or the divine but that does not mean that God or the divine is bound by the limitations of your tradition.

  • God is not a parent in the sky

A lot of people think that God is like a parent in the sky looking over everyone. However, according to the Bishop Emeritus God is actually found in our own consciousness and how we live our lives rather than outside of ourselves. Since we are related to everything else which is not bound by the constraints of time and space, we can all share in God’s eternity, whatever that may be. Buddhism believes the Buddha is within us.

I like what the Bishop says very much because he is kind of asking everyone to take control of their lives, take control of their attitude and their actions and their results. His is asking them not to do nothing and leave the situation to God, or even to do something and still leave the situation to God. Because if there is a God, as in the mainstream sense of God – a being that rewards you and gives you things, and also punishes you and takes things away – then everyone who does good things should be rewarded. But we do not see this as being the case.

On the other hand, in Buddhism, when you do negative things or when you do positive things, of course the results will come but it takes some time. This is because for the results to manifest you need to come across a factor to trigger the opening of that karma to experience it. But all actions lead to karma being created and all karma remains dormant until triggered and opened.

So in the Bishop’s case, he is saying that God is not some parent in the sky that punishes and rewards us, and this is very apt. Because when we believe in that, then we leave what happens to us in the hands of an outer control, an outer God, which may not exist in the way that we think it exists. So what he is say is that God is definitely not a being in the sky that controls us or rewards us. It is more that we all have qualities to find God within us. Those qualities are inherent in all humans if we decide to develop them. These qualities are compassion, tolerance, generosity, kindness and a sense of empathy for others. When we live in kindness, we have found the God and Buddha within us.

Therefore, I think that when we study religions and when we practice religion according to our own traditions we should come to the conclusion that God is not in the sky, and that the Buddha is not in the sky, but actually within us. When we develop these qualities we become one with God and everything around us becomes heaven. As long as we do not accept that, then everything we create around us becomes a hell. It helps to follow a particular tradition that leads you to the Buddha or God within us.
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  1. Uncle Eddie on Dec 19, 2017 at 11:15 am

    The purpose of religion is said to make us feel grown-ups, i.e. to be able to make use of what we have in our minds, like freedom, intelligence, courage and of course sense of responsibility to do what is right and logical, which Bishop Emeritus John Shelby Sponge, had so courageously and explicitly implied! This memior is indeed powerful, enlightening and influencing! Dharma is of course not something to fear, or to judge yourself by, but for inner “comtemplations”. Dharma, as all have been taught, is hope, is light and the way of wisdom! As said, “Dharma is for those who wish for peace and need a way to find it,” which can change our life for the better! But as further said, one thing is for sure in all our lives, wherever we are, “it is that whatever we do eventually it will come back to us, and there is no way to avoid it. In our religion, we call that “Karma”! Yes, the Bishop is sincerely and truly a very well learned and fearless man. He is greatly wise and outspoken; and not afraid to share his view with others when his honest opinion is publicly sought, even though his view may go against what is normally believed otherwise within Christian Philosophy. Thank you so much Rinpoche, for sharing all these with us, it is truly a very good learning session!

  2. Tan Soon Huat on Nov 1, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    I totally agreed what Bishop John Shelby Spong has mentioned in interview and Rinpoche’s comments. Religion has been created to suit different mindset and quality of people. I alwaya believe the Religion has been created with good initiate purpose in very beginning. It is human interpreted the doctrine in wrong way or twisted it purposely for own benefits.

    I respected all religions (with their original intention). I have done some religion hoping during my high school time as I was curious about religion after self studying some of Zen and Taoism books borrowed from Penang Chinese Library. With my limited understanding of Zen at that time, the book taught me that Zen is required to guide by a qualified Guru or else it could be very dangerous. Guru has full responsibility to guide the students well or else they might suffer of heavy negative karma as the wrong teachings will influence to many people in future. It is logic to me.

    However, when I joined the Bangalow Stay organized by church. I was surprised the Pastor let the followers to discuss and interprete the bible by them self during group Bible study. A lot of strange interpretation came out without much clarification. It boiled down to just believe in God, Heaven and Hell. There is not next life after go to Heaven and no next life after go to Hell. The story just stopped here. I was wondering whether it will be out of population along the time. Hence, there is always different culture and mind set from church to church. Some very aggresive, such as either you are my church brothers or my enemy and some very loving, they just try to help regardless your races and religion. Hence, I settled my mind on Buddhism as everything is well explained to me without any doubt such as attitude, teaching etc.

    Hence, I think religion is very sensitive; it can be turned into saver or weapon to control and destroy others for own benefits. We need to follow it carefully or with full awareness.

    Thank You Rinpoche for bringing this up for us to understand the sensitivity of the religion.

  3. Valentina Suhendra on Oct 19, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    Dear friends,

    This meme is powerful. Who you hang around with and the types of attitude they have is who you will be influenced by many times and who you will become in the future. Look at your friends and the people that always surround you to know who you will become.

    Tsem Rinpoche

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  4. June Kang on Oct 12, 2017 at 8:36 am

    Most religion will give you 2 choices, you either go to heaven or hell, and this actually to me is no choice. Everyone wants to go heaven but doesn’t want to die. Buddha taught us is not only this 2 choices, you can forever free to chose this two. Read more here in this blog http://www.tsemrinpoche.com to find out the answer. The one I like Buddhism is taking responsibility of your own life and starting by be aware your intention and motivation. And most of us lack of awareness of our motivation and intention included me. That is why the training of mindfulness is important and follow the guidance of a guru will be the perfect one.

  5. Pastor Antoinette on Oct 12, 2017 at 8:22 am

    I am happy to hear what this Bishop Emeritus John Spong says. It is not the purpose of religion to make us child-like and dependent on someone else. Instead I think it is the purpose of religion to make us grown-up and make the best with what we have, our abilities, resources and environment.

    That you Bishop Jong Spong for expressing yourself so clearly and openly. May more people speak up and make the point so clear! We have to take the responsibility ourselves – nobody else can take responsability for ourselves. But we can reach out for help and work together as a team to get something done, in this way everybody wins.

  6. Mingwen on Oct 12, 2017 at 7:50 am

    Undeniable..what Bishop John Spong said about religion and God is right BUT only for those who are using religion as their weapon and shield to control people, get what they want and hide behind when things don’t go according to their plans.

    It’s annoying to have people keep on creating problems due to their selfishness and greediness which need the others to pay for their “debt” with an extremely high price which is everyone’s piece of peace.

    Every single thing on Earth can have different sides, positive and negative, for instance, drug. What’s matter is how we use it, it’s either for the benefit of oneself or for the benefit of all..

  7. Pastor Chia on Oct 12, 2017 at 6:25 am

    Malaysia is multi races country explore with serves religion. Difference religion is needed for difference mind set of people whetther you are Islam, Hindulism or Buddhism and etc. The foundermental of religion is always the same but the tactic use will difference.

    Since menkind existence, people set a religion to follow which they believe of ” God ” with guarding and protect them. I am agree what Bishop Emeritus John Spong has spoken. In one way, religion created to control the people mind set. If you are spiritual person. you will take responbility how you act and thinking. Basically you no need a religion to be a better person. People wrong interplate the real religion meaning it create unnecessary matters to control others. At the end creating dishormony in between with difference religion people. Which are happening from the past until now.

  8. Justin Cheah on Oct 12, 2017 at 1:58 am

    I am very comfortable with my current religion which is Buddhism and what I like about Buddhism is logic and promote forever harmony by not hurting others. I found this to be the best and karma will take of oneself if he has been unkind particularly. Here in this article Bishop Emeritus John Spong nailed it.

  9. Andrea Lai on Oct 12, 2017 at 1:45 am

    I would agreed with Bishop Emeritus John Spong talks on Christianity on controlling mind. Recalled back of my elder brother joining church with invitation from his old friend. It’s happened just only few masses attends, he changed completely into a stranger. There were many things he can’t touch claiming it is against his religion. We have brief talk with his old friend whom we know and he was shocked with his change. Since then, he stopped inviting my brother. Thank Buddha, he didn’t baptized. Due to this incident, my mom became very offensive on Christianity or Catholics.

    To me, religion is like a guideline or path that lead us to become a better person.

  10. Eric kksiow on Oct 11, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    Regarding of this article – Simple and does make sense to me, it’s similar as Rinpoche shared before – http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/what-is-god-what-is-buddha.html

    Bishop Emeritus John Shelby Spong gave an very good explanation of it.

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  11. nicholas on Oct 11, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    It’s really an interesting interview and to learn what Bishop Emeritus John Shelby Spong said here. Many people would have different view and understanding of what a religious is. Personally for me is has to make some sense at some point. Strongly agree with what had been said that religion is about control and one can be so extreme to the extend that I feel it has crosses the line of it true teaching.

    I always believe the teaching of religion is about compassion as this is the fundamental core for everyone to be able to live together in harmony and be responsible with our action as we are the one that create the cause of our happiness and unhappiness which I also see that we are the one that create our heaven and hell. No one can be blame but just our action.

    I’m glad that I found the way to live my life meaningfully in Buddhist way through my Guru and the guidance total make sense to me which is in service of other. Hope more people will listen and read what Bishop Emeritus John Shelby Spong has said as what we are today and future is all within us.

  12. pammie yap on Oct 11, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    I always believe that no matter what religion one choose to practice, we ourselves have to transform as all religions only teach us to be a better person, whether there is a heaven/hell or not. When I was young, I’d like to explore other religions to see what it was like but I found them to be uninteresting. I thought that it would be logical and understandable as to what I knew back then, which was just follow what you are taught and obey. But through learning Buddhism, I found that the teachings are logical with reasons. Not just something that will either send you to hell or heaven.

    Bishop John Spong is definitely someone who thinks outside the box with logic and reasons. It’s always good to educate instead of ‘shoving’ ideas into people’s brain. This is my first time hearing someone of Christianity talk about something like this, openly. Let’s hope that this article will make more people think and ‘readjust’ their belief.

  13. Pastor Henry Ooi on Oct 11, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    I have always thought that mankind has always used religions as a means to control the minds of people, probably dating back to when humans were first civilised. People are always fascinated by mysteries, the unknown, occult arts, magic, divinity. Wanting to believe in these, most people follow what they want to hear with promises of gaining powers, material possessions, fulfilment of desires and so on. Most people do not want to improve the self or change for the better to acquire these but want the easy way, that is, to ‘pray’ and hope for the best. Some people would even give up their lives with the promise of being labelled martyrs or be in heaven after they sacrificed their lives. Buddha never promised all these that people yearn for would come true. Buddha instead taught how people should think with logic, debate over the teachings, and put them into practice. In other words, we should work hard to get what we want (happiness) and to get out of where we are (suffering). But most of us failed because we found the processes too long, too tough, taking a lot of our time, too many sacrifices, and the list goes on. We put aside this, thinking we will do so tomorrow. But we forget, tomorrow may never come for us. And there is no guarantee we may have a perfect human body (if we were that fortunate to take a human rebirth) and be reborn in an environment that we may have the freedom to continue on our spiritual journey.

  14. Pastor Albert on Oct 11, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    I agree with what the Bishop said, Churches is all about controlling the people, remember many years ago I attended a Sunday Church with my friend, during the session, I just heard the pastor focusing on the few of us in the hall and kept asking Jesus to forgive us and keep pressuring us to baptise and believe in Jesus, take Jesus as our only lord, etc. I felt very uneasy during the whole session and after that day, I never went to church anymore.

    Another incident I heard from one of my Buddhist friend, during her college years, she was a Christian, even though her family is not in any religion, but they didn’t stop her from going to church, so she always follow her friends to church every Sunday. She has many questions about religion and our purpose of our life and so on, but she doesn’t seems to get any answer from the church, in fact, she started to know about Buddhism through her boyfriend, she realized that all her doubts, questions are answered thru Buddhism, hence, she decided to stop going to the church and start engaging Buddhism. When her church members heard she stop attending the Sunday session, they formed a so called Rescue group wanting to rescue this young girl who is “falling into hell”, they even went to the extent of going to her house and disturb her parents and family members, until the family members report to police only they stop going. This incident has become a nightmare for my friend and she remembers it until today.

    To me, Christians are very extremist, they will do anything and everything to bring people into their community, throughout the years, I have met many Christians who come wanting to convert me from Buddhist to Christian, they even bad mouth Buddhism and said Buddhism is a cult, only Christian is the real religion. To me, there will never a best religion in the world, every religion play their part to guide different people that suits the particular religion.

  15. Sharon Ong on Oct 9, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    As one who went to a Christian missionary school with many relatives who are from different Christian denominations, I always had the impression that God “belongs” to the Christians. Along with the Christian concept of God, I also grew up hearing about heaven and hell ie the good go to heaven and the baddies go to hell. Simple concepts. But there were gaps in what I needed answers to such as the meaning of life, life after death, why is there a disparity in this world, etc which I found Buddhism explains it perfectly and logically.

    It is truly refreshing to read about Bishop John Spong’s take on religion and God. I see parallels in Buddhism in many of his points and I commend Bishop Spong for being courageous enough to speak up for what he truly believes in although it sounds against the grains of the conventional Christian teachings especially the part about hell being a control tactic and that it does not really exist.

    I particularly like this bit where Bishop Spong said “God is not a Christian, God is not a Jew or a Muslim, or Hindu, or Buddhist. All of those are human systems which human beings have created to help us try and walk into the mystery of God. I honour my tradition. I walk through my tradition. But I don’t believe my tradition defines God.” And this is what I think is the essence of true spirituality, a relationship with a divine being that transcends all labels, human systems and boundaries.

  16. bk on Oct 7, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Very wise words from Bishop John Spong. When I was younger, I used to feel that there was no need to follow a particular religion per se because I believed they were all the same at the core. I explored hinduism, christianity, buddhism, taoism and also read about judaism and islam. Although different methods are prescribed, the root texts all teach us to be good, kind, compassionate, forgiving and so on.

    So what Bishop John Spong says so articulately is pretty much how I used to feel when I was younger.

    Having gained some wisdom (i hope), I have chosen to walk to Buddhist path because it is the best fit for me. Today I am a happy practising Buddhist thanks to having met my root teacher who is everything I am looking for in a spiritual guide.

    I’ve also realised that it’s important to have a proven spiritual path to follow because if we just pick and choose from different religions, we may end up walking in circles and not get anywhere. At the same time, I firmly believe that each religion caters to a particular crowd and there is no one religion that can fit everyone.

    I hope more listen to these wise words of Bishop John Spong. If more people can understand what he means, there will be fewer wars fought over religion and more peace amongst humankind.

  17. Lew on Oct 6, 2017 at 2:34 am

    This is indeed a very interesting yet controversial point of view from Bishop Emeritus John, which directly saying there is no God out there in the sky but is within us. In effect, Bishop John is putting the responsibility back to the hand of the individuals instead of God.

    For me, I personally tend to accept the theory of responsibility-in-my-hand more than the responsibility-in-others-hand. If I accept the latter theory, then why should I bother with doing anything at all? Just sit there, relax, do nothing because I will be safe anyway. I am more acceptable to the theory that we need to work hard for this life, and we need to work even harder in order to have a next life.

  18. chon kong on Oct 6, 2017 at 1:32 am

    Bishop John Shelby Spong said that “Religion is always in the control business and that’s something people don’t really understand.” I agree ! I believe God is good. Quite similar to the Buddhist belief that there is no external God. God or Buddha can be found or can be developed through the mind or consciousness.
    We must learn from Guru the Buddha teaching ,and follow instruction giving by guru to develop qualities like compassion, generosity, , empathy, kindness, etc. to become one with God or Buddha.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting atircle.

  19. Wei Theng on Oct 6, 2017 at 1:28 am

    Bishop John Shelby Spong is very learned and well thought about religions. He mentioned a very valid point – religion is a control tactic. Many people using religion to control other people to listen to them. Some use it for the benefits of others while some use it for the benefit of their own gain and try to eliminate other opponents. The later is very frightening and may cause conflicts or even war. Just like what happening to a lot of war in the world as well as the Shudgen ban is all because of someone or group wants to be in control and want to have the power.

    I especially like Bishop Spong thought that God is not a parent in the sky, but he is within us. His thought is very compassion and universal. It is when we cultivate the qualities of God / Buddha, like kindness, tolerance, generosity, kindness and a sense of empathy for others, etc, we are then one with the God/Buddha.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing Bishop Spong’s view. If only all leaders of religions of have the same view that is for the benefit of others to be a better person, everyone will live in harmony and there will be betterment in the mandkind.

  20. wan wai meng on Oct 6, 2017 at 1:17 am

    Bishop John is very courageous and taking the road less travelled. He dares to interpret differently than how mainstream christians interpret the bible , their god and religion.

    He has many critics, but I feel its impressive for him, to draw his own conclusions based on his learning, contemplation and powers of deductions. Perhaps there are many roads leading up the mountain. I do like that he knows people like to label God as such and such, and he says it that God can neither be categorized as this or that. Perhaps cannot be expressed by human language and human who are subject still to the human conditioning?

  21. Alice Tay on Oct 6, 2017 at 1:02 am

    This is a very interesting post that Bishop John Spong shared his Christian perspective honestly. Bishop John’s ideas together with the short commentary given by Rinpoche are really opened my mind as his ideas and Buddha teachings have very much similarities. In Buddhism, we believe in karma and full responsible for our actions, our speech and our thoughts. We will create good karma by having good intentions motivating good deeds. Adversely, we will create negative karma when our intentions born of wrong view motivating unwholesome deeds. Bishop John has such similar view of that “everyone to take control of their lives, take control of their attitude and their actions and their results.”

    Besides, Bishop John also believes that God is definitely not a being in the sky that controls us or rewards us. It is more that we all have qualities to find God within us. Similarly, buddhists believe the qualities such as compassion, tolerance, generosity, kindness, empathy, acceptance and etc. are inherent in all humans. If we are really practice and develop all these qualities, we have found the God and Buddha within us.

  22. Jace Chong on Oct 5, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche and the blog team for the wonderful article and make me think more.

    I have a cousin in Australia had last stage of cancer, the family asked me what should be done for her, I told them about animal liberation, puja, and reciting mantras, keep the mind calm, accept the suffering, believe in purification. In the end, they told me what I told them is too complicated and troublesome, my cousin accept Jesus (as they are Christians in the hospital converting patients’ beliefs), the people told her just accept Jesus, and she will go to heaven. So that was what she did before she passed away, and the family believes that she has gone to heaven.

    Personally I don’t think by just believe in something, you would be liberated from all the pains forever, if it is so, why do people who are still alive who believe in God, they still suffer? People who suffer in a lot of pains such as sickness, abuse, bully, discrimination etc. even they believe in God, the sufferings didn’t disappear? When someone pass away, because we can’t see them suffer anymore, by believe in God, they no longer suffer? I don’t think this is logic at all.

    I think this kind of “Believe in God, you go to heaven; if you don’t, you go to hell.” theory works because people choose quick fix or short cut over recognizing the root of the problems and solutions for it.

    I don’t think Christianity originally preaches this short cut theory, I respect that Christianity is a deep and profound teachings that does liberate people from sufferings.

    For me I think the point is to be responsible to our own actions and to recognize the sufferings, not just answer everything with “God”, and don’t need to do anything. This is how Buddhism more practical than Christianity in this case.

    Thank you.

  23. Sarah on Oct 5, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    Bishop John Shelby Spong’s thoughts on God are quite similar to the Buddhist belief that there is no external God. Buddhists believe in the Buddha nature, that all beings have the seed of enlightenment within them which can be activated. Thus, God or Buddha can be found or can be developed through the mind or consciousness. As H.E. Tsem Rinpoche said, it is a matter of following a tradition that leads to the Buddha or God within us. We need to develop qualities like compassion, tolerance, generosity, kindness, empathy, etc. to become one with God or Buddha.

  24. CindyH on Oct 5, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    The concept of being condemned to hell or rewarded with access to heaven for all eternity at the sole discretion of God and we have no say in it at all was something that never sat well with me. Especially when the scriptures point to the God in question as being temperamental, selective and even consistently contradicts himself. For example, if God is indeed love itself, then why would he create hell to punish those whom he gave up on? Why would he discriminate between people and subject some to so much suffering and allow some to only have the best in life? Why is there a limit to his compassion in that he would intentionally abandon and forsake those who displeases him and for all eternity at that?

    Upon further digging, I began to see that the problem lies more on the interpretation of God and God’s will. I discovered that for every religion that premised upon a creator/God, (i) there are always different schools of thoughts within each of them and (ii) each religion would be defined by the mainstream interpretation. This article is a classic example illustrating both points.

    Thankfully I reconnected with Dharma where logic and reasoning forms the basis for one to develop faith and there is significantly less ambiguity with the core teachings. Admittedly, the absence of the inconsistencies and arbitrariness necessary and inherent in the belief of a creator/God was a huge pull factor for me towards Dharma.

    Personally, I like Bishop Emeritus John Shelby Spong’s conclusion which allows for more tolerance and harmony;
    “God is not a Christian, God is not a Jew or a Muslim, or Hindu, or Buddhist. All of those are human systems which human beings have created to help us try and walk into the mystery of God. I honour my tradition. I walk through my tradition. But I don’t believe my tradition defines God. Life is a startling and wondrous experience and eventually I think we are going to discover that God unfolding through the life of our consciousness and our self-consciousness and is not a parent figure up in the sky. But I believe because I am related to something that is not bound by time and space that I will share in whatever God’s eternity is.”

    Thank you for such an interesting sharing.

  25. Julia Tan on Oct 5, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    I believe God is good. The benefit depends on how people carried it out. What people chose to believe and not believe. What’s workable what’s not. Stories have been changed in order to control people’s mind at the same time make it easy for others to follow. People tend to take advantage of part of pieces in the bible and everybody believe in it in their own interpretation.

    Well people will choose the easy way out! Who wants to work hard to purify karma compare to just believe in Jesus and your sin just disappeared and you are pure again? Why put all responsibilities to God?

    Hence to preserve and protect the pure lineage is very important. When the pure teachings were containmenated, everything can twist and turned by people. When Dorje Shugden ban started, all practitioners suddenly became demon worshippers also became Chinese spy. What can this happened over night? If no body speak up, many years later it became something we chose to accept. Why chose to be abused and being wronged?

  26. Lum Kok Luen on Sep 25, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    Thank you Your Eminence for sharing this “controversial, but really insightful” article from Bishop Emeritus Spong. I believe he is a rational, logical and a man with a mind able to critique many spiritual phenomena in a humanistic and holistic way.

    Religions have always been presented ass having heaven and hell. If you believe in my “god” then, you have earned your right to go to “heaven”. If you reject my dogma, then you have also rightfully earned your one way ticket to “hell”. I find this debate and preaching (till this present day) rather condescending and it make sense that the whole organization just wants to control others so that they “kow tow” to overall organization’s agenda. The agenda, normally, is to obtain unending finances to build this and build that. And the best part is, the bigger your contribution, the higher and faster one goes on purgatory.

    I believe there are many other Bishop Emeritus Spong out there in the US , maybe they are not so prominently featured in the mainstream media as they are often perceived and anti-establishment and anti-church.

    This article certainly demonstrates that there is a Buddha in all of us – just need that bit of trigger to cause the karma to manifest and the Buddha nature in us will henceforth materialize.

    Thank you Your Eminence for this beautiful article.

    Humbly yours,
    Lum Kok Luen

  27. Cc on Sep 24, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.
    Is great that Bishop John Spong shared his thoughts.
    I was once a Christian but never been baptised .Went to church and asked for emptiness. Sound funny to think of it.

    I believed all are because individual or human misinterpretation and like JP mentioned some divisions of Christianity that claim that all other religions are manifestations of the devil but all these are because of human giving wrong view or wrong thoughts. Is very subject to individual understanding. There are nothing wrong with God’s,Buddha or Deity. Is human itself.

    Because Christianity is simplified where it doesn’t explained in detail unlike Buddhism.
    Born again, there’s life after death and they have bardo stage but it does not mention in details like Buddhism where there are 49 days and how, what will we experience.

    All religion are good .The only thing is we the sentient beings that are confuse.

  28. JP on Sep 24, 2017 at 11:22 am

    It is refreshing to listen to the Bishop Emeritus speak of his deep insight on the belief system of his faith. Many of my friends and relatives are in some form of Christianity. I noticed that there are some divisions of Christianity that claim that all other religions are manifestations of the devil. So if we don’t accept Christ and God, we are to parish in Hell. It is their duty to save us from Hell.

    I have never bought this idea that it’s so easy to NOT go to Hell just by accepting Christ and God. If God created the Universe and is all so powerful, why not just remove Satan and then everyone can live in peace? Why so much complications and give us the power of choice and so on and so forth? Why complicate matters when if we can resolve it? Why waste so much time? What’s the purpose of all these games in the name of wanting us to learn life lessons? If we are God’s children, why not make us emanations of God so that everyone is happy and live in Heaven? Why bother with all these drama? My Christian friends would reply that God has his grand plans and they are beyond us to understand. So my question to them would be, “If God is so difficult to understand, what makes you so sure that you have understood God correctly in the first place?”. Sorry to say, I find their train of thought very illogical and simplistic.

    As Rinpoche told me when I first joined Kechara. Try to master being COMPASSIONATE to the level of people like Mother Theresa, Gandhi, and so on. Then try to figure out what God is. I totally agree to this advice. IF we don’t eat, breathe, and think compassionately all the time as a spiritual practitioner first, we are not ready to understand the deeper meaning of life.

  29. Samfoonheei on Sep 24, 2017 at 7:59 am

    Very interesting article……gave me a clear defination and understanding of God and religion.I agree with Bishop John Spong….if we all have qualities of love, compassion. caring ,tolerance, generosity, kindness and a sense of empathy to benefits others, God or Buddha will be within us. I can understand much better of the insight.
    I admired Bishop John Spong for his courage to speak up and explained to others about what he thought .Do hope more people will open their minds and judge for themselves the truth of it based on logic thinking and teachings. I am glad ,i am on the right path.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these interesting post.

  30. Lim Han Nee on Sep 23, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    Bishop John Spong’s very radical ideas for a Christian are not so radical when we hold them in the light of the Buddha’s Dharma. His not believing in a hell, but in an afterlife accords with Buddhism’s belief in afterlives. The belief in one going to hell or heaven after this life is too simplistic. It does not explain disparities that exist between people and countries. It does not justify why one should go to hell or heaven as a form of punishment or reward.Furthermore, it appears to be more a man-made system of control where an external God is the judge.What’s more , the God is a creation of a conceptional mind. In reality, I agree with the Bishop that God cannot be an external parental figure high up in the sky.

    Rather God, as the Bishop says, “unfolds through the life of our consciousness and our self-consciousness”, in other words “within us”, like the Buddha potential within us, as we manifest compassion and kindness.

    Yes, as the Bishop says, so does Buddha – we take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.(We don’t need to be born again . We need to grow up and take responsibility for our actions and reactions).We control our fates via karma ( the law of cause and effect ). We determine our happiness and suffering through our non harming or harming actions and our actions to benefit others.

    Yes, the Bishop’s view of an afterlife and his perception of hell as a nonentity accords with the Buddha’s view. The Bishop in his sincere devotion to the Divine has touched the Truth and Reality.

  31. Stella Cheang on Sep 23, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    To me, the single largest contradiction found in many religions and their implementation (by men) is the way how one’s action and the consequences are governed and judged by a someone. This someone has the power to grant love, good fortune, take away all the sins and also punish anyone who has committed bad deeds; all in ONE lifetime.

    It presents a huge unanswerable question, especially for people who met with huge misfortune, and for people who suffered from birth, who are born poor, born sick or handicapped, etc. Are they the abandoned and forgotten children and thus have to go through this single ONE lifetime with great pain and anguish?

    It is, thereby, easier to reconcile the disparity in life when we understand the Law of Cause and Effect. When we do a particular action, we should expect a certain result. Even though we cannot determine the time frame of which the outcome will arrive, we can rest assured that it will. As the Law of Cause and Effect works in parallel with reincarnation, we can expect the result to continue or take place in the next life, or thereon.

    Therefore, we can explain the disparity of birth. And in a big way, Law of Cause and Effect encourages everyone to take responsibility for their own action, because no one, not even the special someone, can remove our sins for us. The only person who can right our wrong and is ourselves.

    Law of Cause and Effect and Reincarnation are essential teachings in Buddhism, which attracted me to this religion, as they provide me with good, solid answers to many of my questions about life.

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for this sharing.

  32. Suzy on Sep 23, 2017 at 5:06 am

    Having studied the roots of Christianity in an attempt to understand the culture around me, it became quite apparent that the church was created to gain control of the masses of people by the Roman empire. Jesus had turned their world upside down and now all could be conquered with love, literally. This new knowledge of personal power threatened the very existence of government/empire and the church was created in the most fundamental least metaphysical, least empowering way possible, hence the bible. Since then it has branched out into a myriad of different sects of Christianity, a few somewhat transcendent but most still dis-empowering to the seeker of God and all things good.

    I’d like to see the Christian countries eventually understand that Jesus completely embraced the reality of reincarnation and he never ever created all these different churches claiming exclusivity and the “only” right path. His message was simple but profound beyond measure.

    Martin Luther King Jr studied went to India to study non-violent protest under Gandhi, came back and changed the world, a little known fact I love to share with most all Christians I meet. He was a great inspiration to me, giving me the idea that I was free to study Buddhism to my hearts content and not stay within the confines of the Christian church. I still love Jesus for his message and great works, and feel he is very happy to see me practicing and fully embracing Tibetan Buddhism.

  33. Paul Yap on Sep 22, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    I believe that religion should be based on logical thinking and teaching instead of blind faith and controls. From the history, many of the politician uses religion to achieved personal agenda. I have chosen Buddhism because the teachings are based on logic, Karma is based on logic. Buddhism teaching us to live a harmonious happy life. I would never agree with some religion who glorify killing heretic as an honor and gateway to their heaven. I believe that religion embraces all differences, and not seek conversion as their ultimate goals, conversion only shows that they are lack of confidence and less tolerance.

  34. Datuk May on Sep 20, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    Having been to a Christian missionary school, I had always wondered why I never got baptised as a Christian. I have always thought that somehow or other being a child of God was controlling and somehow did fit into my logical thinking even though I enjoyed Bible studies classes that were conducted in my school.

    As such this article is indeed very interesting and after so many are the answers to why I was never baptised.

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  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Jun 24. 2018 05:27 PM
    Congratulations to all the winners of the award. It is great to participate in community and volunteering works. We are part of the community and we should always care for them and help those who needed assistance in all forms.

    We are fortunate that Rinpoche created Kechara Soup Kitchen to bring food and hope to the homeless. Many of the homeless would have given up hopes due to their living conditions. With many more organisations helping the community we will develop a compassionate and loving society.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-soup-kitchen-ksk/malaysias-top-10-most-empowering-young-community-champions-2017.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Sunday, Jun 24. 2018 12:07 PM
    You may have heard of singing in the rain, but how about chanting in the rain?

    A group of Kecharians went on sacred pilgrimage in Kechara Forest Retreat itself yesterday. We all know we don’t have to travel far for pilgrimage because we have Kechara Forest Retreat with so many blessed images and relics. Please see what I mean: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3439KaJsBA
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jun 24. 2018 11:53 AM
    Beautiful Tsem Ladrang in Kathmandu Nepal, what I saw from this post. Surrounding by beautiful landscapes mountain and away from the main road. A perfect place for prayers, meditation and retreats. Wonder if I have the privilege to visit this beautiful Ladrang on my trip to Nepal one of this days.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/tsem-ladrang-naranthannepal.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jun 24. 2018 11:53 AM
    In the folklore of Nepal, the Yeti is an ape-like entity. Nepal is a soul-searching wonder nation that boasts the Himalayas with its many unexplained mysteries. Many locals ,climbers, and researchers have reported sightings of Yeti that looms large in the mythology of Nepal for centuries. For decades people have reported seeing an ape-man roaming the snowy wastes of the Himalayas is part of many cultural traditions around the world. Seeing the appearance of or even hearing the beast is a sign of fearful apprehension to them. Hence they somehow makes offerings to the Yeti , respect them as friends so as the Yetis will not harm and disturb them and even act as deliveryman from one high lama to another. That’s interesting ….pigeons can carry messages why not the Yeti. Yeti do exist after all in Himalayas when travelling at that time is a hindrance.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/yeti-bigfoot-sasquatch/respect-them.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jun 23. 2018 01:44 PM
    As many million urban dwellers may be living in poverty, in Nepal. Their poverty does not absolve them of responsibility for the crime. How difficult life has become for the average Nepalese and how those in desperate situations can end up doing all kinds of desperate things like sold their kidneys to ‘organ traffickers’ for the money. Sad to know that there is even a ‘Kidney Valley’ as almost everyone there has sold a kidney. Desperate Nepalese in the village travelled to India to part with a kidney just to make ends meet. It is really heartfelt to read that the organ traffickers to the extend of kidnapping and killing innocent people. Glad to know the Nepalese government passed a law banning the sale of kidneys.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/guess-what-they-are-selling-in-nepal.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Saturday, Jun 23. 2018 04:57 AM
    Dear friends,


    For those who were available and here, around 17 of us, I was very fortunate to share a section of teachings from His Holiness the 13th Dalai Lama’s teachings from the book THE PATH OF THE BODHISATTVA WARRIOR.

    The subject matter was offerings.

    I shared from the text the benefits of making offerings. The source for these teachings on offerings. The reason for offerings. What types of offerings to make. What are faultless offerings. What are incorrect offerings. What to think when making offerings. The benefits of long term offerings on our shrines. Inner and outer offerings. How offerings are an integral part of the path.The correct motivation behind offerings. How merits increase material properity and dispells obastcles. How making offerings is pivotal in gaining merits to realizing higher teachings.

    We also discussed according to Je Tsongkapa why some us may think offerings are not important and that they prefer to rely on study, meditation or practice alone is faulty. We discussed what are the faults of not making offerings.

    The text we used was easy to read, easy to understand and I recommend it very much. The attendees were focused shared they learned the benefits of offerings in a simple yet profound manner.

    Since we are going to do our 1st “Pilgrimage Day” today at Kechara Forest Retreat with the residents, I thought this teaching will help them very much.

    It was a great joy for me to share these teachings as it refreshes my own memory. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche
  • Alice Tay
    Saturday, Jun 23. 2018 04:45 AM
    I rejoice to hear that Ramesh has faith and trust in Dorje Shugden and never scared about the spirit will harm him in this holy land of Kechara Forest Retreat. This is very inspiring and it is without doubt that Dorje Shugden will bless and protect everyone because he is no different than the Wisdom Buddha Manjushri.

    Thank you for sharing this nice story of Ramesh.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/the-ghosts-on-jalan-chamang-road-in-bentong.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jun 22. 2018 04:12 PM
    Prince Charles speaks wonderfully of an advice to cut down on steaks during a visit to the US. American consumes more meat than nearly any other citizen of the world. Now, an increasing number of Americans are choosing to go vegetarian to help the planet. That’s right choice . A vegetarian diet has a much smaller eco-footprint than meat and more healthy. They have been cutting trees, clearing lands to make pasture land for cows which is bad for the environment. Reducing meat and dairy consumption is an urgent and necessary steps toward achieving a better future. Changing diets , changing farming practices and policies will definitely help to save land , water, killing of animals for meat and so forth.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/prince-charles-tells-america-to-cut-down-on-steaks-for-the-sake-of-the-world.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jun 22. 2018 04:11 PM
    Well, I am glad to come across this old post through Lin Mun’s comment. Wonderful to know of this method which I have no knowledge at all. Having feeling negative emotions is bad and never allows it to control of our life . Releasing negative emotions through the simple and easy method as mentioned is good and refocusing our attention too will surely helps.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/a-method-to-release-anger.html
  • Lin Mun
    Thursday, Jun 21. 2018 09:41 PM
    It’s true that we destroy our earth just to satisfy our taste bud and killing so many animals. So glad that Prince Charles warned and educate the public openly that the whole ecosystem is affected now and that the earth can’t afford to cater to the fast changing demand. All of us have responsibility to the environment and should do something about it. Stop eating meat and it will directly help the world to save water, land, weather and importantly reduce killing and suffering on animals.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/prince-charles-tells-america-to-cut-down-on-steaks-for-the-sake-of-the-world.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Thursday, Jun 21. 2018 04:11 PM
    Trode Khangsar – A 400 year old Chapel in Lhasa | 拉萨400年历史的多杰雄登护法殿—布旦康萨- https://bit.ly/2JNsyN9
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jun 21. 2018 03:24 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing. A beautiful and meaningful song invoking blessings by Lama Gyalwa Kalzang Gyatso, the 7th Dalai Lama. Reading through it I do feel a sense of happiness, and peacefulness surrounding. It’s a beautiful blessing and it paints a thousand powerful , meaningful words of inspirational.
    Wow…… stunning Holy pictures for us to download . Thanks again.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tsongkhapa/easy-and-effective.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jun 21. 2018 03:23 PM
    Great teachings to catch up, I still have a lot to learn . After reading through the question and answers, I have learned quite a bit of knowledge and will read again over time to get a better understanding of Tsongkhapa. Plenty to absorb especially the names. But glad to come across this post. I am very fortunate to be able to learn and practice from all those wonderful articles online .
    Thank you Rinpoche and team with folded hands.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/exciting-information-on-tsongkapa.html
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Jun 20. 2018 09:19 PM
    A very easy way to release anger. It is also to shift our mind to focus on other movements instead of thinking about what makes us angry. I think the tapping will release the tense muscles on the face. Nevertheless, thank you Rinpoche for sharing this natural and easy method.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/a-method-to-release-anger.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jun 20. 2018 03:22 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the profound teachings. I am glad I found and read this article of how our mind works and transformation of our mind to determine in our next reincarnation. At least from now I could understand a little bit more about the true nature of our minds. Rinpoche has given a very clear teachings, explanation yet powerful knowledge for us to ponder our mind and thoughts. Through the learning and practice of
    Lama Tsongkhapa we can gain many benefits. Rinpoche’s blog online have benefited me and many others tremendously . I have bookmarked this article so I could revisit it time to time.
    Thank you again Rinpoche with folded hands .

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-mind-and-lama-tsongkhapa.html

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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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You may have heard of singing in the rain, but how about chanting in the rain?

A group of Kecharians went on sacred pilgrimage in Kechara Forest Retreat itself yesterday. We all know we don\'t have to travel far for pilgrimage because we have Kechara Forest Retreat with so many blessed images and relics. Please see what I mean: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3439KaJsBA

Tsem Rinpoche
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You may have heard of singing in the rain, but how about chanting in the rain? A group of Kecharians went on sacred pilgrimage in Kechara Forest Retreat itself yesterday. We all know we don't have to travel far for pilgrimage because we have Kechara Forest Retreat with so many blessed images and relics. Please see what I mean: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3439KaJsBA Tsem Rinpoche
Stunning \'nathang\' thangka of Ekazati, Dorje Drolod and Dorje Shugden together.
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Stunning 'nathang' thangka of Ekazati, Dorje Drolod and Dorje Shugden together.
Sacred Vajra Yogini made in Qing dynasty Between 1644-1911). It is housed in Sichuan Museum, Chengdu. Just to gaze at Her holy form is to realize there is a different place we can go to that has no suffering. She is the doorway and all we have to do is leave our projections and enter. May all ascend to Kechara Paradise. Namo guru Vajra Yogini lah Chak Tsel Lo! Tsem Rinpoche
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Sacred Vajra Yogini made in Qing dynasty Between 1644-1911). It is housed in Sichuan Museum, Chengdu. Just to gaze at Her holy form is to realize there is a different place we can go to that has no suffering. She is the doorway and all we have to do is leave our projections and enter. May all ascend to Kechara Paradise. Namo guru Vajra Yogini lah Chak Tsel Lo! Tsem Rinpoche
Rumi: Legendary Sufi Poet whose mystical works transcend space and time. It\'s beneficial to enhance our knowledge of other traditions & cultures: https://bit.ly/2lh9cRO
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Rumi: Legendary Sufi Poet whose mystical works transcend space and time. It's beneficial to enhance our knowledge of other traditions & cultures: https://bit.ly/2lh9cRO
His Holiness Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, Kyabe Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastery doing puja.
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His Holiness Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, Kyabe Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastery doing puja.
Old Tsui Marpo thangka with his other 6 brothers. So it\'s the 7 blazing Tsen brothers. Beautiful.
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Old Tsui Marpo thangka with his other 6 brothers. So it's the 7 blazing Tsen brothers. Beautiful.
Protector Tsui Marpo in Danji Ling in Lhasa. Striking image.
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Protector Tsui Marpo in Danji Ling in Lhasa. Striking image.
Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Monastery in 2006
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Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Monastery in 2006
My doggies and I-June 2018
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My doggies and I-June 2018
Megnath and myself June 2018
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Megnath and myself June 2018
Stunning Guru Rinpoche thangka. Please download and save. Click on picture to enlarge.
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Stunning Guru Rinpoche thangka. Please download and save. Click on picture to enlarge.
This incredible White Tara was discovered in Indonesia. It is said to be 800 years old and made by Nagarjuna. A local person Mr. Supriyono dreamed of a bluish red dragon surrounding the village and splashing down into the well before finding Her. This beautiful White Tara was discovered in Indonesia. See video: - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96dW0Ms1oR0&feature=youtu.be
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This incredible White Tara was discovered in Indonesia. It is said to be 800 years old and made by Nagarjuna. A local person Mr. Supriyono dreamed of a bluish red dragon surrounding the village and splashing down into the well before finding Her. This beautiful White Tara was discovered in Indonesia. See video: - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96dW0Ms1oR0&feature=youtu.be
Beautiful thangka of Dorje Drolod, Guru Rinpoche and Dorje Shugden with Ekazati. Such beautiful artwork. More here for free download- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=62528
2 weeks ago
Beautiful thangka of Dorje Drolod, Guru Rinpoche and Dorje Shugden with Ekazati. Such beautiful artwork. More here for free download- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=62528
དགའ་ལྡན་ཁྲི་ཐོག་བརྒྱ་དང་གཅིག་རྗེ་བཙུན་ལུང་རིག་རྣམ་རྒྱལ་མཆོག་གི་རྗེ་བཙུན་རྡོ་རྗེ་རྣལ་འབྱོར་མའི་བཀའ་ཁྲིད་དང་ཕྱག་དཔེ།- https://bit.ly/2JvLG22
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དགའ་ལྡན་ཁྲི་ཐོག་བརྒྱ་དང་གཅིག་རྗེ་བཙུན་ལུང་རིག་རྣམ་རྒྱལ་མཆོག་གི་རྗེ་བཙུན་རྡོ་རྗེ་རྣལ་འབྱོར་མའི་བཀའ་ཁྲིད་དང་ཕྱག་དཔེ།- https://bit.ly/2JvLG22
What we get without effort, is more of a curse than a blessing.
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What we get without effort, is more of a curse than a blessing.
Mother Tara, Dorje Shugden and Gonpo Tramsuk
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Mother Tara, Dorje Shugden and Gonpo Tramsuk
འབྲུག་གི་ཞབས་དྲུང་བཞི་པ་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན།
http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=161821
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འབྲུག་གི་ཞབས་དྲུང་བཞི་པ་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=161821
A thangka of Yudroma Goddess that was in the house of the lady oracle to this Goddess. When I went to consult the goddess via the oracle, I took this picture of the thangka in her house. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
A thangka of Yudroma Goddess that was in the house of the lady oracle to this Goddess. When I went to consult the goddess via the oracle, I took this picture of the thangka in her house. Tsem Rinpoche
NEW! The Promise – Tsem Rinpoche’s inspiring biography now in ebook format!- https://bit.ly/2sPGFpJ
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NEW! The Promise – Tsem Rinpoche’s inspiring biography now in ebook format!- https://bit.ly/2sPGFpJ
Drashi Lhamo: The Protectress with the Rolled Out Tongue- 
 http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=162307
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Drashi Lhamo: The Protectress with the Rolled Out Tongue- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=162307
Beautiful Buddha and Dorje Shugden thangka for free download here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
2 weeks ago
Beautiful Buddha and Dorje Shugden thangka for free download here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html
Bodhgaya Tara which is suppose to have spoken to Atisha.
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Bodhgaya Tara which is suppose to have spoken to Atisha.
Very inspiring story about a Sikh master and Saint. I really enjoyed learning about this master. I wanted to share with you- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=161053
2 weeks ago
Very inspiring story about a Sikh master and Saint. I really enjoyed learning about this master. I wanted to share with you- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=161053
Very interesting read about the Sacred Yamdrok Yumtso Lake: The Abode of Goddess Dorje Geg Kyi Tso- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=161876
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Very interesting read about the Sacred Yamdrok Yumtso Lake: The Abode of Goddess Dorje Geg Kyi Tso- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=161876
The 4th Zhabdrung Rinpoche of Bhutan and Dorje Shugden- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=160863
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The 4th Zhabdrung Rinpoche of Bhutan and Dorje Shugden- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=160863
Beautiful 2018 Wesak Day gift of a Vietnamese style Dorje Shugden. Absolutely beautiful. Free download here:http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/which-dorje-shugden-style-is-your-favourite.html
4 weeks ago
Beautiful 2018 Wesak Day gift of a Vietnamese style Dorje Shugden. Absolutely beautiful. Free download here:http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/which-dorje-shugden-style-is-your-favourite.html
It is important to merge our minds with the Buddha\'s mind. Start by letting go of saying Dharma is hard. Dharma seen as hard is a concept we hold onto in order to excuse ourselves to improve our minds. Dharma is not hard, but samsara is hard. See the truth in this before time runs out. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
It is important to merge our minds with the Buddha's mind. Start by letting go of saying Dharma is hard. Dharma seen as hard is a concept we hold onto in order to excuse ourselves to improve our minds. Dharma is not hard, but samsara is hard. See the truth in this before time runs out. Tsem Rinpoche
This Flying Vajra Yogini artwork is framed and over the doorway of a Vajra Yogini chapel in Nepal. The Chapel is dedicated towards the Flying Vajra Yogini. Beautiful.
4 weeks ago
This Flying Vajra Yogini artwork is framed and over the doorway of a Vajra Yogini chapel in Nepal. The Chapel is dedicated towards the Flying Vajra Yogini. Beautiful.
རུའི་ཊར་གསར་འགྱུར་ལས་ཁང་ནས་ངས་ཤར་གླིང་ཨེ་ཤི་ཡ་ཡི་ཆེད་དུ་འགྲིགས་འཇགས་ཀྱི་སྨོན་ལམ་འདེབས་པའི་སྐོར་དེ་དཔར་སྐྲུན་བྱེད་འདུག - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=160706
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རུའི་ཊར་གསར་འགྱུར་ལས་ཁང་ནས་ངས་ཤར་གླིང་ཨེ་ཤི་ཡ་ཡི་ཆེད་དུ་འགྲིགས་འཇགས་ཀྱི་སྨོན་ལམ་འདེབས་པའི་སྐོར་དེ་དཔར་སྐྲུན་བྱེད་འདུག - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=160706
There are many very interesting articles on Bigfoot/yeti/sasquatch as well as videos. Please enjoy yourselves: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/yeti-bigfoot-sasquatch
1 month ago
There are many very interesting articles on Bigfoot/yeti/sasquatch as well as videos. Please enjoy yourselves: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/yeti-bigfoot-sasquatch
Environment is stronger because when you are in a spiritual environment with other spiritual brothers and sisters, the chance to learn and transform is much higher. If we rely on our own willpower and go at it alone to practice spirituality, very small chance we can succeed. Because most of the time we don\'t have the willpower and our willpower does not sustain us. That is why we have monasteries where clusers of people live together spiritually to enhance each other and the whole for thousands of years. That is why we have spiritual communities like Findhorn and Kechara Forest Retreat so that we are in a spiritual environment and being in this type of environment encourages us to grow inwardly. It gives us strength and support and in turn we give others strength and support. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Environment is stronger because when you are in a spiritual environment with other spiritual brothers and sisters, the chance to learn and transform is much higher. If we rely on our own willpower and go at it alone to practice spirituality, very small chance we can succeed. Because most of the time we don't have the willpower and our willpower does not sustain us. That is why we have monasteries where clusers of people live together spiritually to enhance each other and the whole for thousands of years. That is why we have spiritual communities like Findhorn and Kechara Forest Retreat so that we are in a spiritual environment and being in this type of environment encourages us to grow inwardly. It gives us strength and support and in turn we give others strength and support. Tsem Rinpoche
I like this White Tara image. It is very basic but has an appeal in this style of art.
1 month ago
I like this White Tara image. It is very basic but has an appeal in this style of art.
He was so excited to bring this sacred statue home to install in his family shrine.......
1 month ago
He was so excited to bring this sacred statue home to install in his family shrine.......
Daily do your prayers/mantra to Lord Manjushri as it\'s a powerful blessing on a daily basis. It is so important to have sharp mind, good memory and quick wisdom and Manjushri can bestow this. I have heard many tell me that Manjushri\'s practice is very effective. We must also do Manjushri\'s intensive retreats at least twice a year. It would be very beneficial. Sacred mantra of Manjushri: Om Ah-Ra Ba-za Na-Dhi
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Daily do your prayers/mantra to Lord Manjushri as it's a powerful blessing on a daily basis. It is so important to have sharp mind, good memory and quick wisdom and Manjushri can bestow this. I have heard many tell me that Manjushri's practice is very effective. We must also do Manjushri's intensive retreats at least twice a year. It would be very beneficial. Sacred mantra of Manjushri: Om Ah-Ra Ba-za Na-Dhi
It is nice to see a friend in Nepal receiving a beautiful Bhagwan Dorje Shugden gift from myself. I wish him well always. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
It is nice to see a friend in Nepal receiving a beautiful Bhagwan Dorje Shugden gift from myself. I wish him well always. Tsem Rinpoche
What my mom shared with me as a young boy that I carry with me till now. She was very caring and giving when she was well: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=160069
2 months ago
What my mom shared with me as a young boy that I carry with me till now. She was very caring and giving when she was well: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=160069
A beautiful painting of the enlightened protector Dorje Shugden in the very rich tradition of Aztec art of South America. I wanted to commission something in this rich tradition which is filled with spiritual journeys into other worlds, magic, purification, the supernatural, astral visitations, gods and other dimensions and it has manifested. I have successfully combined the divinity of Tibet with the rich artistic tradition of the Aztecs. The artist we had is amazing. We have many more beautiful art pieces here for you to enjoy and download: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144924

Remember those wonderful Carlos Castaneda books? I use to read them many years back in my room back in New Jersey as a kid. His learning journey with Don Juan was amazing! Those books inspired my commissioning of this beautiful Aztec Dorje Shugden. May you be blessed. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
A beautiful painting of the enlightened protector Dorje Shugden in the very rich tradition of Aztec art of South America. I wanted to commission something in this rich tradition which is filled with spiritual journeys into other worlds, magic, purification, the supernatural, astral visitations, gods and other dimensions and it has manifested. I have successfully combined the divinity of Tibet with the rich artistic tradition of the Aztecs. The artist we had is amazing. We have many more beautiful art pieces here for you to enjoy and download: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144924 Remember those wonderful Carlos Castaneda books? I use to read them many years back in my room back in New Jersey as a kid. His learning journey with Don Juan was amazing! Those books inspired my commissioning of this beautiful Aztec Dorje Shugden. May you be blessed. Tsem Rinpoche
H.H. the Dalai Lama’s sudden change of mind about China-backed Panchen Lama is incredible and stunning. His Holiness\'s new stance will bring more harmony, peace and understanding. I thank His Holiness the Dalai Lama very much for this. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche (Please read here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=159261)
2 months ago
H.H. the Dalai Lama’s sudden change of mind about China-backed Panchen Lama is incredible and stunning. His Holiness's new stance will bring more harmony, peace and understanding. I thank His Holiness the Dalai Lama very much for this. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche (Please read here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=159261)
Sculpture demigoddesses Singhini (lioness goddess) on the upper terrace in front of Nyatapola temple in Bhaktapur, Nepal.
2 months ago
Sculpture demigoddesses Singhini (lioness goddess) on the upper terrace in front of Nyatapola temple in Bhaktapur, Nepal.
How fortunate I am to be sitting in my room, with a rosary in my hand reciting the mantra given to me by my compassionate guru and to meditate in developing a compassionate heart and purifying my karmas. How fortunate I am to be able to spend my time in such a meaningful manner. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
How fortunate I am to be sitting in my room, with a rosary in my hand reciting the mantra given to me by my compassionate guru and to meditate in developing a compassionate heart and purifying my karmas. How fortunate I am to be able to spend my time in such a meaningful manner. Tsem Rinpoche
Comic drawn by Tendor, a prominent Free Tibet activist-Every Tibetan knows that although His Holiness the Dalai Lama says he is retired from politics, he is in full control of the Tibetan government in exile. No member of the government will dare carry out any decisions without His Holiness\' approval. He is retired for the sake of the west so he does not look like a dictator.~Tenzin Damchoe
4 months ago
Comic drawn by Tendor, a prominent Free Tibet activist-Every Tibetan knows that although His Holiness the Dalai Lama says he is retired from politics, he is in full control of the Tibetan government in exile. No member of the government will dare carry out any decisions without His Holiness' approval. He is retired for the sake of the west so he does not look like a dictator.~Tenzin Damchoe
It would be wonderful if everyone can recite these two mantras 100k each focusing on Shakyamuni Buddha and His powerful healing energies. Not collectively but each person 100k each of each mantra. Praise to Shakyamuni the Sage who showed us a permanent way to bliss.
4 months ago
It would be wonderful if everyone can recite these two mantras 100k each focusing on Shakyamuni Buddha and His powerful healing energies. Not collectively but each person 100k each of each mantra. Praise to Shakyamuni the Sage who showed us a permanent way to bliss.
In Tibet Shannan area Riwoche Ling Monastery, devotees are putting Tsem Rinpoche\'s photo inside the cabinet together with the Buddha he loves - Dorje Shugden
在西藏山南日乌曲林寺,信徒们把詹杜固仁波切的法照和他最敬爱的多杰雄登护法像摆在一起
4 months ago
In Tibet Shannan area Riwoche Ling Monastery, devotees are putting Tsem Rinpoche's photo inside the cabinet together with the Buddha he loves - Dorje Shugden 在西藏山南日乌曲林寺,信徒们把詹杜固仁波切的法照和他最敬爱的多杰雄登护法像摆在一起
Please read this..thank you.
4 months ago
Please read this..thank you.
A beautiful Dorje Shugden depicted in Druid and newage style. There are many more here and free downloads in high file: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144924
4 months ago
A beautiful Dorje Shugden depicted in Druid and newage style. There are many more here and free downloads in high file: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144924
Here, His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche (left), one of the tutors of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, confers one of the many countless tantric initiations on the Dalai Lama (right). You can see a young Dalai Lama bowing in this picture with Trijang Rinpoche blessing him. Trijang Rinpoche is therefore undoubtedly the Dalai Lama’s tantric master. A great master at that. Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
Here, His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche (left), one of the tutors of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, confers one of the many countless tantric initiations on the Dalai Lama (right). You can see a young Dalai Lama bowing in this picture with Trijang Rinpoche blessing him. Trijang Rinpoche is therefore undoubtedly the Dalai Lama’s tantric master. A great master at that. Tsem Rinpoche
This is a very sacred statue of Buddha Chenresig (Avalokitesvara/Kuan Yin) that manifested many miracles in North India. Read and see more pictures and understand the background here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=153802
5 months ago
This is a very sacred statue of Buddha Chenresig (Avalokitesvara/Kuan Yin) that manifested many miracles in North India. Read and see more pictures and understand the background here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=153802
Wonderful updated version of The Promise book is out! Please get your copy. Much more new information included.
5 months ago
Wonderful updated version of The Promise book is out! Please get your copy. Much more new information included.
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  • Megnath outside the Chabahil Dorje Shugden Chapel in Kathmandu passing out Dorje Shugden brochures and booklets to the local people.
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    Megnath outside the Chabahil Dorje Shugden Chapel in Kathmandu passing out Dorje Shugden brochures and booklets to the local people.
  • Megnath walking around the Bodha stupa in Kathmandu and his uncle holding image of Dorje Shugden as he was just gifted with it.
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    Megnath walking around the Bodha stupa in Kathmandu and his uncle holding image of Dorje Shugden as he was just gifted with it.
  • Oser and Dharma vying for a snack! Cute
    1 week ago
    Oser and Dharma vying for a snack! Cute
  • A devotional song by Mary Fewel Tulin from the Radhasoami of Baba Sawan Singh. In it she praises the guru’s ability to evoke love and compassion within a practitioners heart.
    2 weeks ago
    A devotional song by Mary Fewel Tulin from the Radhasoami of Baba Sawan Singh. In it she praises the guru’s ability to evoke love and compassion within a practitioners heart.
  • Another devotional song in the Radhasoami tradition of Baba Sawan Singh. In this song she sings about the qualities of the guru.
    2 weeks ago
    Another devotional song in the Radhasoami tradition of Baba Sawan Singh. In this song she sings about the qualities of the guru.
  • On June 1, 2018, His Holiness the 10st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal starting giving teachings on Vajra Yogini in France.
    3 weeks ago
    On June 1, 2018, His Holiness the 10st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal starting giving teachings on Vajra Yogini in France.
  • His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal Rinpoche at 91 years old is healthy and very strong. We are blessed to see him. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 weeks ago
    His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal Rinpoche at 91 years old is healthy and very strong. We are blessed to see him. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Monthly Dorje Shugden Puja Performed at Nagu Monastery, Dechen, Yunnan, China for Tsem Rinpoche
    1 month ago
    Monthly Dorje Shugden Puja Performed at Nagu Monastery, Dechen, Yunnan, China for Tsem Rinpoche
  • His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche with his student Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
    3 months ago
    His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche with his student Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
    His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Shartse Monastery was one of the teachers of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Here in this beautiful video is Geshe Kelsang Gyatso showing his centre to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, then proceeding to sit down to receive teachings. For more information, please go to http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/kyabje-zong-rinpoche
  • Super neat footage of Patty the Bigfoot!
    3 months ago
    Super neat footage of Patty the Bigfoot!
    In 1967, Bob Gimlin and Roger Patterson stumbled across an incredible sight whilst out in Bluff Creek, in the California wilderness. At a creek which had been freshly washed-out by recent floods, they witnessed a female Bigfoot swiftly traverse the rugged landscape. Since their filmed encounter with the Bigfoot, who has since been nicknamed Patty, many have disputed the authenticity of their recording but no one has been able to successfully prove that it is a fake. Credits for this video goes to entirely to windvale for the original footage.
  • Adorable Tibetan kids wishing Happy New Year 2018
    4 months ago
    Adorable Tibetan kids wishing Happy New Year 2018
    The children and their little well-wishing voices are adorable!! It is a must listen. They recite prayers to Dorje Shugden to invoke blessings for everyone for the New Year 2018! At one point, they sprinkle some of the drink into the air as per tradition as an offering to Dorje Shugden. Shugden's practice in Tibet has been strong for four hundred years and is continuing to grow. Happy New Year (Losar) to everyone. May everyone have peace. Sarva Mangalam!
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    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
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