Celebrity Buddhists

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Buddhism has been around for over 2,600 years… one of the oldest religions in the world… However, it is only in the past 20 years that Buddhism has really taken off  into mainstream traditionally non-Buddhist countries and is embraced by many people all over the world from all walks of life…

In Asian countries, where Buddhism is much more prevalent, and has existed peacefully for thousands of years is now finally spreading. But it is kept alive by the monastic educated, who spread their influence by teaching and example. Similarly, in America, with the difference that the equivalent ‘celebrity’ class there comprises of movie stars, celebrities, personalities and rock musicians, who promote the message of Buddhism in their movies, music and lifestyles.

These days, we can find Dharma centers, temples and monasteries coming up across the globe. We can even find a Dharma center in your neighbourhood at this day and age. What is really surprising these days, is that you will probably not find as many monks, but lay people in these centers. It is really encouraging to see that many people are realizing that there is more to life than parties, shopping, fun, movies, holidays, etc.

All thanks to the His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and great masters like Gaden Tripas, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, Lama Yeshe, Geshe Wangyal, Kensur Lobsang Tharchin, Geshe Rabten, etc etc etc… more and more people are becoming more aware of Buddhism and finding it a suitable way of life and religion. In this way, more and more people will benefit from Buddhist teachings.

 

Some of the more famous Hollywood Buddhists are as follows:-

 

Keanu Reeves

In 1993, Reeves played Siddhartha in “Little Buddha”, it is rumoured that this role may have turned the actor onto Buddhism. Being one quarter Chinese in ancestry, it also connects back to his heritage of Buddhism also.

In a video series called, “Discovering Buddhism”, Reeves said: “There is a profound power that is awakened in us by contemplating impermanence and death. We are inspired to practice the dharma in everything we do and not to waste another moment of our precious lives.”

 

 

 

 

 

President Bill Clinton

 

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.’

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.

 

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 here:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=28029

 

K.D. Lang

Nearly a decade ago, k.d. lang began studying the Nyingma tradition of Buddhism, but the 48-year-old singer says she has been drawn to the practice since childhood. “From a very early age I have considered myself to be a Buddhist. I don’t even know where that came from, it was just an innate feeling,” she said in an interview with the Shambala Sun. “Then the older I got and the more I learned about Buddhism, the more I felt at home with its principles and philosophy.”

 

 

Richard Gere

Among the most famous Buddhists in Hollywood, Richard Gere has been a very vocal supporter of human rights in Tibet and is often seen in the company of the Dalai Lama. Their first meeting even included a vital acting lesson for Gere: “‘So when you do this acting and you’re angry, are you really angry?’” Gere recalled His Holiness asking. “ ‘When you’re acting sad, are you really sad? When you cry, are you really crying?’ I gave him some kind of actor answer, like it was more effective if you really believed in the emotion that you were portraying. He looked very deeply into my eyes and just started laughing. Hysterically. He was laughing at the idea that I would believe emotions are real, that I would work very hard to believe in anger and hatred and sadness and pain and suffering.”

Richard Gere makes his admiration for the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader in exile, well known. Gere periodically retreats to Tibet to brush up on his Buddhism. While there, the actor enjoys a very different existence than he does in Hollywood. According to Gere, he has a simple room and has to share a bathroom. There is a limited supply of water and no television, air conditioning or newspapers. As Gere, explains it, this is his time to relax, to meditate, to release.

 

Uma Thurman

In 1964, Uma Thurman’s father, Robert Thurman, became the first Westerner to be ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist monk. Though she is named after “dbuma chenpo” (“the great middle way”) she considers herself to be agnostic and regrets that her father didn’t give her a more formal religious upbringing: “My father didn’t impose his religion on us as children,” the actress has said. “To the point that maybe it would have been nice to have a little more—something to rebel against.”

 

 

 

 

Kate Hudson

After trying on Kabbalah with Madonna, Yankee third baseman Alex Rodriguez was reportedly ‘flirting’ with Buddhism when he was dating Kate Hudson. Though Hudson was raised Jewish—the faith of her mother, Goldie Hawn—the family also practiced Buddhism. Hudson would even bring Buddhist prayer beads to Yankee games, and perhaps it worked: The team won the World Series in 2009.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oliver Stone

In a commencement speech to the UC-Berkeley class of 1994, filmmaker Oliver Stone spoke of the importance of his faith in the world. “Buddhism in this country is not really understood; it’s regarded as sort of quaint, it seems to be an old-fashioned religion,” the then 63-year old Stone said. “But it isn’t, really. It’s a very active one and has a place in the modern world.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kate Bosworth

Kate Bostworth was introduced to Nicherin Buddhism when she began dating actor Orlando Bloom in 2002. While the couple has since broken up, the 27-year-old Bosworth has described the faith as “just a really incredible state of mind…It’s basically about constantly growing and making yourself a better person and focusing on what you want for yourself and the world and really putting it out there.”

 

 

 

 

 

Leonard Cohen

Singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen has practiced Buddhism since the 1970’s, but it was only after he finished touring for his 1992 album, “The Future”, that he decided to devote himself completely into the faith. The man who wrote “Hallelujah” lived for five years in a Zen Buddhist monastery in Los Angeles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steven Seagal

Steven Seagal has been studying Buddhism since he was a boy, and in 1997, the action star was declared to be a reincarnated lama, or tulku (a sacred vessel of Tibetan Buddhism). Seagal also served as the American protector of the daughter of the tenth Panchen Lama while she was in college. Seagal had heard she was in danger, so he contacted people in Tibet. “I spoke with my friends there, and they said I was one of the few people who could protect and take care of her…be her father figure, her guardian,” Seagal said. “Try to guide her so that she kept her heritage in the dharma…You’re born naked, you die naked…In between, you should find a spiritual guide.”

 

 

Herbie Hancock

Jazz legend Herbie Hancock has been practicing Buddhism, since the early 1970s. He discovered it one night on stage when his bassist started playing something innovative, even ‘magical’. “People were freaking out,” Hancock said of his satori, “it was so incredible what he was playing.” The bass player said he’d been chanting. Hancock was intrigued, and discovered the Buddhist faith lined up with what he’d already believed. “I said, this sounds like what I always believed in anyway. I thought I was the only one.”

 

 

 

 

Philip Glass

Composer Philip Glass was first drawn to Buddhism in the late 1960s. when he travelled to India. In 1972, he met the Dalai Lama and eventually scored the soundtrack to Martin Scorsese’s film about His Holiness, “Kundun”. Scorsese said of Glass, “His Buddhist faith and deep understanding of Tibetan culture combine with the subtlety of his composition to play an essential role in our movie on the life of the Dalai Lama.”

 

 

 

 

 

Steve Jobs

In 1974, as soon as Steve Jobs earned enough money working for videogame-maker Atari, he travelled to India where a Buddhist monk shaved his head and he began practicing the faith. A few years later, Jobs began studying Zen Buddhism under Kobin Chino who would later officiate at his wedding. While being a billionaire may seem to go against Jobs’ faith, his Zen-like business attitude has certainly paid off when it comes to the religion Jobs founded in 1976: Apple.

Update (19/2/2011):

All the money in the world, being a powerful CEO, and creating Apple will do nothing to help him at his death now. He is well known and a celebrity will not help him one bit now. Whatever good karma he has will help him take a good rebirth.Many ppl get into the trap like him… experiencing money and challenges for a while, then it’s over. If he had seriously practices dharma even become a zen monk, it would have been more beneficial for him. Om Mani Peme Hung

 

George Lucas

George Lucas was born and raised in a strongly Methodist family. After inserting religious themes into Star Wars, he eventually come to identify strongly with the Eastern religious philosophies that he studied and incorporated into his movies, which were the major inspiration for the “Force”. Lucas often states that his religion is “Buddhist Methodist”.

 

 

 

 

 

Tina Turner

Tina Turner often said that Buddhism gave her the strength to leave her abusive husband. She said, “I tested it and it worked.”

 

 

 

 

 

Goldie Hawn

Goldie Hawn calls herself Jew-Bu – meaning she was born a Jew, but is practicing Buddhist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alanis Morrisette

Alanis Morrisette is said to be extremely into Buddhism and has visited India twice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miranda Kerr

Miranda Kerr said that Buddhism is “very grounding and really centering”. She was introduced to Buddhism by boyfriend, Orlando Bloom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tiger Woods

Born to a Thai-Chinese-Dutch mother and African-American-Asian father, Tiger Woods has been raised a Buddhist. His family would go to the temple once a year and meditate regularly.

“People probably don’t realize it, but I was raised a Buddhist, and I actively practiced my faith from childhood…” he says.

Woods has long been connected to Buddhism through his Thai mother and has said that his recent actions are extremely regretted, “I felt entitled, which I had never felt before. Consequently, I hurt so many people by my own reckless attitude and behavior. I quit doing all the things that my mum and dad had taught me. And as I said earlier in my statement, I felt entitled, and that is not how I was raised”.

“Buddhism teaches that a craving for things outside ourselves causes an unhappy and pointless search for security. It teaches me to stop following every impulse and to learn restraint. Obviously, I lost track of what I was taught”.

 

George Takei

Many people will recognize him as ‘Sulu’ from the television series Star Trek. George was born in Los Angeles, California to Japanese American parents. He is one of the first regular roles of Asian Americans on American TV. As a young child, he was a member of Boy Scout Troop 379 of the Koyasan Buddhist Temple. George is both a practicing Buddhist and a proponent of gay rights. In 2008, George married his long-time partner in a Buddhist ceremony in Los Angeles.

 

 

 

 

Boy George

Boy George says Buddhism has helped him stay sober.

The ‘Do You Really Want to Hurt Me’ hitmaker has struggled with drug addiction throughout his life but he claims his recent commitment to the Eastern religion – which aims to end followers’ suffering through the elimination of ignorance and desire – has stopped him from relapsing.

”I went back to Buddhism last year. I messed around with it in the 80s – it was cosmetic then – but I’m really into it now. Chanting is all about polishing your mirror. What do you want to be? I feel like I’m out of chances; people have forgiven me so much, I can’t let them down again.”

 

Naima Mora

“I’m a Buddhist and I am always working everyday bringing forth the best part of myself” – Naima Mora

Naima Mora is a multi-talented performing artist; Musician Vocalist, Author, Model and Public Speaker. Born into a family with strong spiritual values, Naima have been a Buddhist and chanted mantras her whole life.

Naima Mora shared how winning the hit TV show America’s Next Top Model brought on a dark period in her life and how she used her Buddhist practice to recognize the beauty within her life and overcome this difficult period.

 

Orlando Bloom

The dashing star of The Lord of the Rings and Pirates of the Caribbean turned to Buddhist practice because “The philosophies behind it are very current today and are a way of finding some sort of peace,” but also because it helped keep him from the self-destructive path he was always in danger of carving out for himself.

Bloom stresses that his Nichiren practice is very practical: “The philosophy that I’ve embraced isn’t about sitting under a tree and studying my navel, it’s about studying what is going on in my daily life and using that as fuel to go and live a bigger life.”

We wish Orlando well as he swashbuckles his way to Full and Perfect Enlightenment.

 

 

H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

His Holiness is a Buddhist first and celebrity second. He may not croon into a mike or emote on a sound-set, but the Dalai Lama can certainly pack (and wow) an auditorium, and stars like Richard Gere and Keanu Reeves are eager to share the stage with the supreme head of Tibetan Buddhism, leader of the Tibetan Government in Exile, and incarnation of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara.

And top marks for length of practice: His Holiness is currently in his 14th documented incarnation as a lama, easily beating our other celebs who have at best only one lifetime of practice each — although admittedly in His Holiness’s sixth incarnation he refused to become a monk and spent much of his time chasing the ladies (ah, those youthful indiscretions!). The Dalai Lama also gets top marks for modesty: His Holiness describes himself as being “a simple Buddhist monk.”

His Holiness says, “Many of our problems stem from attitudes like putting ourselves first at all costs. I know from my own experience that it is possible to change these attitudes and improve the human mind.”

 

Aung San Suu Kyi

With impeccably non-frivolous credentials we start with nonviolent pro-democracy activist, leader of the National League for Democracy in Myanmar (Burma), and noted prisoner of conscience, Aung San Suu Kyi.

Heavily influenced by Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy of non-violence, Suu Kyi campaigned for the democratization of Burma, which was (and is) under a military dictatorship, and in 1989 she was placed under house arrest. In 1991 Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her peaceful and non-violent struggle under a military dictatorship. She has been in and out of house arrest since then and has been sustained in her long confinement, during which she was not allowed to meet her dying husband, by her vipassana meditation practice. Commenting on her long isolation, she said “Isolation is not difficult for me. Maybe it’s because of my Buddhist upbringing.”

 

Oliver Stone

Born to a Jewish, stockbroker father and a french catholic mother and raised episcopalian, Stone converted to Buddhism in his adulthood. He considers himself a student of Tibetan Buddhism. His conversion began when he volunteered to fight in the Vietnam war and was moved by the practices of the people.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jet Li

A devoted Tibetan buddhist, Jet Li has written many essays on Buddhism and religion. His website houses these essays and he even answers questions from fans about religion and many spiritual issues. The martial artist was on the verge of quitting acting to become a buddhist monk but was advised to continue with his acting career by his spiritual advisor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phil Jackson

Arguably, the greatest coach of all time, Phil Jackson is a practicing buddhist and uses the teachings in his coaching system. Jackson’s coaching system contains a mixture of American Indian philosophy and Zen Buddhism. His style and approach keeps disparate elements of a team working in harmony. He has taught his players the power of calming the chaotic mind to make better decisions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah Jessica Parker

The obvious reason why people, especially celebs are drawn to Buddhism is for its simple philosophy and focus on spirituality – and Jewish-raised Sarah Jessica Parker has apparently also gone the spiritual way. She had made many headlines for being a Jew-Bu – a term used for people who combine Buddhist philosophy with Hebrew teachings.

 

 

 

 

Jonathan Peter “Jonny” Wilkinson

Jonny Wilkinson is an English rugby player. Acknowledged as one of the world’s best rugby union player, he has several career highlights in the rugby sport. Until today, Wilkinson holds the Rugby World Cup points record at 277 points.

Due to the nature of his career, Wilkinson has suffered various injuries throughout his career as a professional Rugby player. With a deep fear of failure and death, Wilkinson began to find solace in Buddhism after relating it to his readings on quantum physics.

“Failing at something is one thing, but Buddhism tells us that it is up to us how we interpret that failure… [Buddhism] a philosophy and way of life that resonates with me… I identify with it. I agree with so much of the sentiment behind it. I enjoy the liberating effect it’s had on me to get back into the game… Buddhism, with its concepts of karma and rebirth, have freed me from the twin fears of death and life without rugby, like life, will also come to an end.” – Jonny Wilkinson

 

Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey is a Canadian American actor, comedian and producer, he have been described as one of the biggest movie stars in Hollywood. Despite being well known as ‘the funny man’ on-screen, Jim Carrey has had many personal struggles including battling his bouts of depression. On the quest to heal himself, Jim Carrey decided to stop his anti-depression medication and searched for the ultimate meaning of life. His search for spirituality is largely inspired by Eckhart Tolle, who’s teachings helped the actor to understand how his suffering came from fixating on thoughts. 

In 2009, Jim Carrey shared the spiritual spot light with Eckhart Tolle at the first Global Alliance for Transformational Entertainment (GATE) meeting in Los Angeles, where he shared his moment of enlightenment.  Now a spiritual man, Jim Carrey shares his spiritual breakthrough with as many people as he can, with the motivation “I want to take as many people with me as I can”.

Jim Carrey (left) met with H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama recently in 2014

 

Other famous Buddhists are:-

  • Naomi Watts – British-Australian actress and film producer
  • Sting – English singer-songwriter, lead vocalist of The Police
  • Harrison Ford
  • Steve Wynn – CEO  of Wynn Resorts Limited, Las Vegas
  • Sharon Stone – Actress
  • Hermann Hesse – Noble Prize winning author
  • Dennis Weaver – Actor
  • Alice Walker – Author (Color Purple and others)
  • Adam Yauch – Lead Singer of Beastie Boys
  • Joanna Lumley
  • Kylie Kwong
  • William Ford, Jr. – Chairman of Ford Motor Company
  • Belinda Carlisle – Pop Singer
  • Cher – Singer
  • Faye Wong – Chinese singer
  • Patrick Duffy – Actor
  • Courtney Love – American singer-songwriter
  • Angelina Jolie – American actress, humanist activist, Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Refugee Agency
  • Brad Pitt – Actor
  • Jennifer Lopez – Singer, Actress
  • Jackie Chan – Hong Kong actor, action choreographer, comedian, director, producer, martial artist, screenwriter, entrepreneur, singer, and stunt performer.
  • Jeff Bridges – American actor
  • Leonard Cohen – Canadian singer/songwriter/poet
  • Allen Ginsberg – Poet
  • Ron Reagan – Talk show host, son of former US president (Ronald Reagan)
  • Russell Simmons – Entertainment and fashion mogul
  • Chow Yun-fat – Chinese actor
  • Penelope Cruz – Spanish actress and model
  • Annie Lennox – Singer
  • Michelle Yeoh – Malaysian Actress

 

Sources:

1) http://www.wildmind.org/blogs/on-practice/top-10-celebrity-buddhists

2) http://www.newser.com/story/81483/surprising-celebrity-buddhists.html

3) http://www.thefrisky.com/post/246-tiger-woods-and-other-surprise-celebrity-buddhists/

4) http://www.dhammawiki.com/index.php?title=Category:Celebrity_Buddhists

5) http://www.buddhismaustralia.org/fambud.htm

6) http://www.contactmusic.com/story/boy-george-buddhism-has-kept-me-sober_3854991 

 

Related link:

Top 10 Buddhist Celebrities

Annie Lennox’s Beautiful Card

Boy George is Buddhist and proud!

The Russian Princess Buddhist Nun

A letter from Jeff Bridges

Aung San Suu Kyi: Buddhism has influenced my worldview

Apple’s Steve Jobs the Buddhist

Tina Turner the powerful Buddhist

K.D. Lang’s a committed Buddhist

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  1. Lin Mun on Jun 7, 2016 at 10:20 pm

    Interesting to know that there are so many westerner celebrities are Buddhist. This will surely help more people to know about Buddhism in the West and because they are famous, they will also influence people to learn and find out about Buddhism.

    May more people learn and be benefited from Buddha’s teaching.

  2. Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Feb 12, 2016 at 8:21 am

    What a prolific group of people to be Buddhist. What never ceases to amaze me is the universality of Buddha’s teachings.

    (1) that when applied on a very superficial level, Buddhist techniques assist us to realise our full secular potential. People talk about how meditation helps them to harness their awareness, develop their attention span, calm their minds and help them make better decisions. Can you imagine if you tweaked your motivation to apply the same technique for spiritual purposes?

    (2) it just goes to show that people from all walks of life can benefit from the wisdom of Buddha’s teachings. You don’t even have to be Buddhist to benefit from Buddhist techniques. It is another reason why I love Buddhism – it doesn’t seek to convert nor force its doctrine on you. You get to be fully responsible for how much or how little of the Dharma you want to apply in your life.

    (3) given that the techniques can benefit anyone from all walks of life, what is the common theme here? I mean, you have male/female, old/young, Caucasian/Asian, gay/straight, political/artistic…the only thing everyone here has in common is their mind. Since Buddha’s teachings focus on developing the mind, that is how and why Buddhism is universally applicable (because everyone has a mind!).

    And that obviously translates into a huge potential for the monetisation of the Dharma (Eckhart Tolle!) because it means EVERYONE can benefit from the Dharma. You can look at that two ways. Although the idea of Dharma Lite makes me uncomfortable at times, what it does reflect is a demand for techniques to alleviate the suffering in our minds and the skilful means to convey those techniques. After all, if people didn’t want or need it, then no one would think to repackage the Dharma in commercial terms…

  3. Li Kheng on Dec 30, 2015 at 2:34 am

    These celebrities show us that fame, wealth and power has greater significance when infused with spiritual motivation. In this day and age when logic is crucial for people to choose a spiritual path, Buddhism is very suitable because this is a teaching on ways of living and interacting with all sentient beings that creates harmony and sustainability.

  4. NUTroll on Jul 12, 2015 at 8:33 am

    http://e5.pudelek.pl/62d6b2e33c42348ef8fd2636bca8f726b4f62896.jpg Builded in 1988 Jeff Bridges(Actor) 2015 selling own house.In room Bhuddas statuettes.

  5. Chandra on Jan 21, 2015 at 4:10 am

    Aw surprised to see some of Hollywood’s female stars make it to the list!

  6. Hee TS on Sep 23, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    這個博客帖子很有意思!讓我们知道有許多名人是佛教徒。擁這麼多的追隨者和愛好者的名人,我相信他們將能夠吸引更多的人学习佛法.感谢仁波切用心收集出那么多的资料与我们分享!

  7. Low KHJB on Aug 23, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing on celebrity buddhist.It is great to know that westerners are starting to understand and appreciate the philosophy and the practice of buddhism.
    May their dharma knowledge grow together with their fame.We know that attachment to fame is not good in buddhism .But through their fame it could be way to spread their dharma knowledge and in turn buddhism to their fans or associates.

  8. Karen Gan on Aug 21, 2014 at 11:33 am

    It is nice to know that Buddhism is practice by many even famous celebrities and by learning dharma their life changed better.
    Hope they can use their fame to influence more people to know more about Buddhism and more people can be benefited by learning and practising dharma.

  9. Sharon Ong on Aug 21, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Now I know why I was so drawn to Star Wars as a child. Thank you for this wonderful post. It reaffirms that Buddhism is beneficial for everyone and can be easily assimilated into one’s life.

  10. Julien Roth on Aug 21, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing all this information with us! Its so kind that Rinpoche has taken the time to find all this information and share it with us 🙂

    Firstly i would like to say, I too have realised Buddhism has been spreading. When i go to different places around the world, even Europe, i can see that Buddhism is present in those countries as there are temples and many other things. Its nice to know that everybody can experience Buddhism and that people all around the world are studying it. Hopefully the number of Buddhist around the world would keep on increasing.

    Secondly, I would like to comment on the affect celebrities have on the spreading of Buddhism. Celebrities tend to stand out in the public, as everybody knows who they are, and admire them. Some people even look up to them. So when a celebrity has a certain view or, in this case follows a certain religion, it comes out to the public and is spread throughout the world faster (this is due the the internet as well). And i think this is fantastic! Its almost as though they are advertising Buddhism xD but of course they are not.

    Lastly, I learnt that many famous actors which i like are Buddhist. For example, Angelina Jolie, Orlando Bloom and Kate Hudson. Some of these actors being Buddhist came to me as a surprise. I never thought they would have followed the same religion as me. Its really cool to know that the actors we all love follow the same religion, it makes us in some way related to them.

  11. Pee Bee Chong on Aug 20, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, thank you for the sharing. Some people may like to shop, go on holidays, travels or watch movies and etc. However, this satisfaction and happiness is only short term. They may find internally, they are not happy. Buddhadharma helps us to find our inner and outer happiness.
    Thank you Rinpoche, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and all the great masters for perpetuating, teaching and sharing the Buddhadharma.

  12. Houn Aurelian on Aug 20, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Hi Rimpoche, may I respectfully point out that there were many ordained Westerm Buddhist monks before Robert Thurman, including: Jiyu-Kennett Roshi (My Master’s Master; British, 1962); Venerable Sumangalo (American 1950’s), Venerable Lustig (1920’s, Latvian,) & his Master, Venerable Tennissons, (Lithuanian 1890’s; an emissary to Imperial Russia of HH The 13th Dalai Lama). There were others as well.

  13. Casteven Lim (KH JB) on Jul 31, 2014 at 4:36 am

    I m proud to be a true Buddhist after take refuge to my root Guru, Tsem Rinpoche…

    Through Rinpoche advice, we can be a better person so to our next generation…

    Dharma never wrong, may we able to receive more teaching from Rinpoche hence able to share and benefit peoples around us…

  14. Hee TS on Jul 30, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche, this list really do surprised me, didn’t really know that there are so many celebrities from European country practice Buddhism, i always thought that they are Christian…

  15. Su Lin on Jul 3, 2014 at 12:29 am

    Its amazing to see a lot of people being buddhist! I was amazed that my favorite VS Model is a buddhist! Wow, this is simply amazing. Keep on chanting!!!

  16. AdelineTan on Jun 20, 2014 at 12:34 am

    It is nice to read that Buddhism is growing fast in the west especially in America. More and more celebrities are embracing buddhism now. Celebrities and the rich and famous are very influential people, they can help to spread Buddhadharma through their own experiences easily to benefit and inspire others like Tina Turner and Boy George for examples. Their words and actions carry weight after they became better and happier persons. Thank you for sharing this interesting post.

  17. Gopinath Ulaganathan on Jun 11, 2014 at 12:16 am

    Not to forget the person who strived hard to bring Buddhism back to THE GREAT MOTHER INDIA , Dr. Ambedhkar and the nearly 200000 indians who converted into Buddhism at the withness of the Great SANCHI stupa build by the GREAT ASHOKA DHARMA RAJA . The amount of struggle Dr. Ambedhkar underwent to bring BUDDHA back to INDIA was tremendous but fruitful. After nearly a millenium of Loosing the BUDDHA DHARMA from its mother land thanks to Dr. Ambedhkar and His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama MOTHER INDIA got back What SHe lost ! NAMO BUDDHYA !

  18. THE PUBLICIST on May 14, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    they are buddhist..it doesnt mean that they practice the faith and some of them lead tehir life astray even though they pray and practice buddhism. PATHECTIC!!

  19. Beatrix Ooi on May 14, 2014 at 12:19 am

    I’m really surprised to find out that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are Buddhists, I’ve never thought of that before. Actually, I don’t think it really matters if you’re a Buddhist or a Christian, all sorts of religions teach us about being good, and not committing sins. None of the religions teach us to be bad.

  20. Daisy Sun on May 13, 2014 at 1:23 am

    Many has applied the dharma, and it is proven effectively. Story from ancient Buddha, 84 great mahasiddhas, even the modern world of actor and actress, that’s the medicine we need most to consume. If not now, when?

  21. Alex Tan on Dec 15, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Steve Jobs wanted to pursue spirituality full time but his Guru told him that stay in business. Because of his Guru’s advice, we have iMac, iPod, iPhone, iPad, Pixar studio today. I often wonder if his meditation has anything to do with all these incredible gadgets Apple created under his leadership.

    It is very clear in this case that his guru has the foresight that Steve Jobs will benefit more people by remaining in secular world. That’s why it is so important for one to be guided by a qualified spiritual guide.

  22. Beatrix Ooi on Oct 28, 2013 at 1:42 am

    I’m very surprised that Cher and Steve Jobs are Buddhists, I never knew about that. The most important is that, I didn’t know Buddhism has benefited so many celebrities. I’m very interested in Tina Turner’s story about her being a Buddhist, I shall google that up. Thank You for sharing Rinpoche.

  23. tong sun sun on Sep 18, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    看完了这篇文章,突然觉得心里好安慰,因为佛法已经慢慢的被越来越多人相信着,学习着。看着这些名人对佛法的认同心里暖呼呼,而且他们是名人往往会有广告效应。就是这种效应,佛法在无形中被‘推销‘出去。在这个末法期,‘推销‘是必须的。

  24. VInnie Tan on Sep 15, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    It is just great to know that Buddhism is practiced by many. I am very happy that these celebrities are Buddhism practitioners as well despite their busy schedule. It is just good to know that more Westerners are now interested in Buddhism and also practising it.

  25. edward ooi on Apr 18, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, I was very surprised when I saw Steve Jobs and Cher’s name. Because I never thought even for one second that their are Buddhists. I know that Steven Seagal is a Lama, but which I didn’t is that he is a Reincarnated Lama. I hope Buddhism will spread far and wide through out the world and may Buddhism bring peace to the world.

  26. Jimmy on Feb 21, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Respectfully, the presentation of the Steve Jobs entry should be rethought. The update added after his death seems disrespectful and inappropriate. It comes across as an opportunistic and surprisingly negative exposition of Buddhadharma. As the list of celebrity Buddhists was undoubtedly included here with a positive and inspirational intention, please consider revising the update.

  27. Sean Wang on Jan 28, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    I think that this is a sign that Buddhism is not a religion that is only practiced by a minority of mankind. Buddhism is practiced by a large fraction. Many celebrities decide the choose the Buddhist path. I rejoice. They will be able to influence more people to learn Buddhism and that means they are being beneficial by being famous. I knew George Lucas was Buddhist prior to this article because he based a lot of scenes from Star Wars off Buddhism. Heck, the Ewoks also speak Tibetan!

  28. Lucas Roth on Jan 15, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    wow i did not know that we had sony celebrity buddhists, it is nice to know that these people have more to them and even Harrison Ford and he is very famous. these are cool facts. 😀

  29. Girlie Ooi on Nov 28, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Famous people who have embraced Buddhism in their lives are leading by example to show us how the influence on them has been for the better. While most have not taken the spiritual path further (e.g. Prof Robert Thurman who became a monk), their acceptance of Buddhism has helped to shed the mysticism of the faith.

  30. Shasanajyoti on Nov 14, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    I am too proud to know about the all Buddhist celebrate

  31. David Lai on Oct 6, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    I think it is great that there are so many Buddhist celebrities out there and its great to be a celebrity and Buddhist because celebrities have a heavy weight drawing of the masses so fundraising and raising awareness of a particular Kechara project. I think that it would be good for Buddhism as each star will have his/her following…

  32. So Kin Hoe on Aug 30, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    Celebrities can spread Buddhism to many of their fans and followers. Buddhism can make them to succeed in their career and their success can link back to Buddhist’s teachings. Let’s introduce Buddhism to other celebrities as well.

  33. Sharon Saw on Aug 23, 2012 at 5:33 am

    It’s great to see so many celebrities who are Buddhists but except for Richard Gere’s public relationship with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, i don’t hear much about the gurus of the other celebrities. I wonder why. If i was a celebrity with a guru, i would shout it from the rooftops!

    Other Hollywood Asian celebrities who are Buddhist are Jet Li and Jackie Chan.

  34. Veron Tung on Aug 17, 2012 at 8:42 am

    阅读这这篇文章让人有种“哇!哇!”的感觉。原来很多从电视英荧幕上所认识的演员或成功人士都是佛教徒。这也显示出佛教真的在美国迅速的在发扬着。这也真的印证佛法依然是适合现代人,要不这么多的成功的领导者、演员、音乐人也可不是我们现在所看到的他们啦!真的是谢谢仁波切的用心收集出那么多的资料与我们分享!

  35. sweekeong on Aug 14, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    As celebrities they have very challenging career to become successful. Hardwork and willingness to learn and constantly improvement are some of the important traits in them. They are not afraid to try out new ideas and expose to new experience. When it comes to spirituality some of them are open to the teachings of Buddha which they have find it useful and practical, bringing meanings to their life. Whichever religions we belief in, as long as it brings you closer to humanity and compassion, you are on the right track.

  36. EricLee KHJB on Aug 14, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    通过这一则的blog commend, 再一次的证明了佛法的生活方式,是适合现代人所需要的,要不然世界这么多的成功人士,例如 演员,运动员,歌星,甚至于国家领导人都能接受佛法,并且透过佛教的教导方式来改善他们的生活方式,这不就证明了佛法的确是现代人所需要的吗?如果,你到现在还在怀疑佛法在现代的可行性,你不妨试试来了解佛法,尝试佛法的好处,我相信你一定会感觉到佛法所带给你喜悦。

  37. Grace ( KSJC ) on Aug 14, 2012 at 12:51 am

    Thanks for the info.it is good to know how the buddhism change their life and thinking like Bill Clinton and Tiger Woods.Steven Seagal was a Tulku, i like his say ” you born naked, you die naked, in between you should choose a spiritual guide.

  38. Henry ooi on Aug 13, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    In the last ten years in Malaysia, Buddhist (mostly Tibetan) centers and temples have sprung up like mushrooms after a downpour of rain. Malaysians, including me, who call ourselves Buddhists benefited a lot after learning and understanding Buddhism. We, at Kechara, are so fortunate to have our Spiritual Guide, His Eminence Tsem Tulku Rinpoche among us teaching us the dharma.

  39. Uncle Eddie on Aug 13, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    As said in the blog, Buddhism has been around for over 2,600 years – one of the oldest religion in the World. Most importantly is that Buddhism has existed peacefully for thousands of years, kept alive by the Monastic educated and finally
    said to have been taken off into the main-stream, traditionally into non-buddhist countries and embraced by many people all the world over, from all walks of live. Many much more people are becoming more aware of buddhism and finding it a suitable way of life and religion. So do many more of the famous Hollywood buddhist celebrities too, including the politically rich, famous, powerful and influential. Rinpoche has once said, “we are all going to live on this planet together. Whatever religion others are, we must respect. Their belief is what makes them who they are… everyone has the right to be who they are… no one religion can cover the minds of all beings on this planet. Having a variety is useful. Religion can be used to create so much peace when we practice each religion and develop the inner peace it is meant for. Inner peace wll lead to outer peace.” Thank you so much Rinpoche for sharing with us such inspiring words of wisom and guidance. May it work immediately to fulfil all Dharmic hopes of all living beings.

  40. tenzin llhamo on Aug 13, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Nice to know some of the celebrities who changed their thinking and life after learning and knowing Buddhism. I like what Kate Bosworth said
    “just a really incredible state of mind…It’s basically about constantly growing and making yourself a better person and focusing on what you want for yourself and the world and really putting it out there.”

    Like her, I am constantly growing and being better with what I am learning and doing. Its the transformation at the end of the day that makes me feel good about everything around me.

  41. Lim (KH JB) on Aug 13, 2012 at 4:50 am

    In LamRin told us that everyone got the opportunity to be Buddha, so no matter who u are, where u from, u may be enjoy and benefited by being a Buddhists.

    Thanks Rinpoche for the sharing to let us eye open…

  42. Lim Han Nee on Aug 12, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    It’s great to know that celebrities have become Buddhists.They’ll change people’s perception of Buddhism as being either too mystical or being too sombre and ritualistic that only people in robes engage in it.

    I like what Keanu Reeves says about Buddhism -(B)y contemplating on impermanence and death…(w)e are inspired to practice the dharma in everything we do and not waste another moment of our precious lives”.

  43. Thierry on Aug 10, 2012 at 10:49 am

    I did not know that so many famous figures in the West had turned to buddhism!
    Bu then it is not surprising neither as buddhism is enunciated and clarified in a way that is suitable to the western modern mind, that very mind that turned against religions of the “revelation”.
    And so it also fills a vacuum in the western world too.

  44. Wendy Loh on Aug 9, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    This is just my personal opinion. As a celebrity and public figure, an artist also holds a social responsibility in the spreading of good values. By choosing openly the Buddhist path, this will surely bring about great positive changes in the world. _/\_

  45. Juls on Aug 9, 2012 at 7:16 am

    Not surprise to see so many great and famous people took refuge in Three Jewels. I believe there are many more influential people in the world adopted Buddhism into their lives.
    They are highly intelligent people who have tremendous busy schedule and complicated lifestyle. Why they choose Buddhism? When we listen to what they said, Dharma had touched their hearts deeply and enlightened them in one way or another, helped them gone through difficulties and released pain and sufferings in their lives. They meditation, chant holy Mantra and study Dharma. They put Dharma into all aspects of their lives. Dharma made them stronger and helped them re-bounce back quickly. I like the idea of Gere having a very simple and basic living style that let him relax, meditate and release from his heavy and complicated samsaric world.

  46. Pastor Yek Yee on Aug 9, 2012 at 2:01 am

    I thought celebrity become Buddhist like a modern trend for celebrity which may be can upgrade their celebrity status…?? That is not right or wrong! But I think it is good for celebrity be a Buddhist because they are spread a good message to public that Buddhism is good and can change your life without you knowing. Let’s get more and more celebrity be a Buddhist, let’s them to influence more and more people join Buddhism, make this lineage growing and benefits more!

  47. DR on Aug 8, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    The other Celebrity Buddhists are Leonardo DiCaprio (of the movie “Titanic”), Jennifer Lopez(who starred against Richard Gere in the movie “Shall We Dance”), Harrison Ford (of the movie “Indiana Jones”)and Orlando Bloom (star of “Lord Of The Rings”.

  48. william on Aug 8, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    There are so many celebrities who are Buddhist and it is good as they are creating more and more awareness that Buddhism is not only an asian religion but a global religion. There are many aspects of Buddhism one can practice and there are many schools where you can choose to follow or practice. Whichever suits you better, just like Bill Clinton who only practices Buddhist meditation which helps him to relax. And TIna Turner who is a member of the Soka Gakkai group which practices Japanese Buddhism.

    I think the message is that no matter whether you are famous or not, no matter the colour of your skin or anywhere you are located, you can practice Buddhism. It is a way of life which can be adopted into your lifestyle.

  49. Yvonne Yap on Aug 8, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Very happy to knew about this, the celebrity is a good example for us ,also can spread dharma more fast.
    Dharma is for everyone.

  50. justin cheah on Aug 8, 2012 at 1:40 am

    Didn’t know that there were so many of the celebrities who are actually Buddhist. Thank you for sharing this Rinpoche.

  51. nicholas on Aug 8, 2012 at 1:15 am

    It’s so fascinating to know whose in Hollywood that is buddhist. Buddhism is not just a religious but is a way of life that is so much logical and practical to transform ones mind to become a better person.

    I once read about Koo Stark has claimed the real reason she will not appear in this year’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! is because she is a Buddhist.

    Miss Stark, former girlfriend of Prince Andrew, has claimed she could never eat bugs due to her religious beliefs so could not take part.She told Hello! magazine: “I am a Buddhist and I couldn’t kill anything.

    Great practitioners and i believe they will be more and more celebrities were to promote the value of Buddhism.

  52. Grace Leong on Aug 8, 2012 at 12:50 am

    Buddhism is predominantly practiced in the eastern countries and now so many in the west want to learn it too . Hollywood superstars embracing the BUddha’s teachings ! Like Goldie Hawn , born a Jew but practices Buddhism and calls herself a Jew-Bu . That’s so liberal . Very cool too . She must have found Buddhism very flexible to incorporate into her Jew roots . That is just so true of Buddhism . Though it is an ancient teaching , it is so relevant , so current .
    I can just imagine what a great impact and influence it would be to many , when Keanu Reeves shares a teaching on Impermanence and Death …. Not wasting another moment of our precious human life !
    Rejoice for all that have met the Dharma ! Their life’s will be transformed and many more will benefit from that .

  53. Kellysha Poon on Aug 7, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    What is exactly id Buddhism?

  54. Paul Yap on Aug 7, 2012 at 12:53 am

    hehe, i wish all of them read Rinpoche’s blog and fall in love with Kechara instantly, cos there is nothing like Kechara out there! and life would be boring without Kecharian around!

  55. Sheryl KH (JB) on Aug 7, 2012 at 12:19 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this information here. This blog may have taken up quite a bit of your precious time.

    It seems to me that for all these people who have trusts in Buddhism derive this belief from a couple of reasons: That Buddhism helps provide meanings and reliefs for their lives; That Buddhism is a pass-down from their family tradition. For some, it is purely because of chance, such as in the case of George Lucas.

    I have never been a religious person, but interesting and gradually I come to accept it….and never did I expect myself to hold a mala in my hand, something that I couldnt imagine at all.

    In buddhism, we can this as seeds, that they have ripened.

    How beautiful, that in this life I have this chance to meet dharma and to learn and practice dharma.

    For me, Buddhism has such a rich amount of wisdom. I feel protected and blessed to come to know Buddhism. For me, Buddhism provides me a good wealth of knowledge and explaination to life events.

  56. judy lam on Aug 7, 2012 at 12:18 am

    It’s good to know that these famous celebrities embraced Buddhism. They will give a breath of fresh air to Buddhism by their representation.

  57. Irene Lim on Aug 6, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    I am sure all these celebrities who have chosen Buddhism now have good seeds from their previous lives to enable them continue the same path. There is no co-incidence but good karma accumulated from previous lives to meet with Dharma again this life and future lives.

  58. Wan Wai Meng on Aug 6, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Buddhism’s universal values are a draw for many people and beings. And especially people who are in high profile positions and it lets them retreat into something that really takes them out of their normal reality and that helps them not only to relax but to see things better. Of course buddhist practices help us to gain wisdom and penetrate into ideas and concepts much much more.

  59. MayOng on Aug 6, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    This is another celebrity Buddhist list we can add on: http://www.dhammawiki.com/index.php?title=Category:Celebrity_Buddhists, to include Jennifer Lopez, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Goldie Hawn and Sting.

  60. Julia Tan on Jul 8, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    It’s wonderful for celebrities to believe in Buddlism. They can use their fame to influence more people to know more about Buddlism. It’s more persuadsive than other ordinary people. Also, they can use their wealth to help the needy. They can help the government to solve some problems of the society such as hungers and crimes.

  61. PhillisChin on Jun 19, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    What a interesting post!! Thank You Rinpoche ^^,
    Before reading this post, I really dint know there is so many famous celebrity is a Buddhists!! Interesting ~~~~ ^^, I am sure they will be able to attract more people into Buddhism! As they have a lots of follower and fans! In this way, there will be more and more and more people will benefit from Buddhist teachings as Rinpoche said. Wonderful people ……….

  62. Arnaud Pontacq on Sep 21, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    Thank you so much Dearest Rinpoche.

  63. Sarah on Jan 31, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Wow! that’s an impressive list!
    Before reading this post, i think i can only name like 5 celebrities whom are Buddhist! lol!

    Yeah, i’m surprised Orlando Bloom is not on the list… but there was a description that says ‘he introduced his girlfriend to Buddhism’. In fact, I heard he goes for retreats on a yearly basis.

    Also, i thought Brad Pitt is Buddhist too… haha… could be an influence he got when he acted in ‘7 years in Tibet’.

  64. Paris on Jan 31, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Thank you for sharing this – the post features so many of my favourite people. Buddhism aside, they are people who are making big strides in being of benefit to the world. These are stars are give back, do charities and speak up for a lot of marginalised people (gay rights, feminism etc). It is empowering to see how they are already being of such benefit to the world and using their status to help others, rather to get more into themselves.

    Like Sandy said, there are people who are cynical about the fact that celebrities talk about being Buddhist (or whatever religion or cause that they are a part of). There really isn’t anything to be cynical about – I think their actions speaks quite clearly for themselves. If they are being beneficial by who they are, promoting a good cause for the welfare of others, then why not? Outward appearances are everything in this day and age – so we work with it for now because that’s what people are looking for and desire, at first. Celebrity status does pull in a crowd – if you can turn that “fan base” around for someone’s benefit – then why not?

  65. Ethan Chu on Jan 30, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    I love this… I’ve been wanting to put the rich and famous Buddhists together to form a list but I only knew that few famous ones who I’ve came across on paper. Knowing that there are more. One reason I want to know and do that is to see how one evolves through their practices, as stars are public figure. So it is interesting to see how they speak, how they think, act after the practices from before and after. It is wonderful to see one change for the better regardless what method they seek.

    yeah, im also surprise that Oralando Bloom is not on the list. Angelina Jolie is a Buddhist too isn’t it? so I always wondered if Brad Pitt is too. And recently I came across many interviews of rock n roll indie bands. So many of them rock n roll boys are Buddhists too like Brian Molko of Placebo; they even played at the Angkor Wat.

    It is really nice to see people put their religion close to their hearts regardless they are a star or not. And the most beautiful thing of all, they share it publicly so that many can get benefited too…

    • tsemtulku on Jan 30, 2011 at 2:02 pm

      Please send in pics, short write ups of other Buddhist stars so I can include on this list. This list is not final and not conclusive at all. Thanks.

  66. Philip Yong on Jan 30, 2011 at 12:44 am

    this blog post is very interesting! It is good to know that there are many celebrities who are Buddhists. Good in a way that they can attract more people to this beautiful religion.

    Unlike when I try to talk to my friends about Buddhism, they just conveniently brush me off. But celebrities having so many followers and fans, I am sure they will be able to attract more people into Buddhism!

    Great post indeed!

  67. Sandy Clarke on Jan 29, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    A few media cynics have labelled Buddhism as “the new celebrity fashion accessory”. They say it’s the in-thing for celebrities (and even “ordinary” Westerners)to be seen to be Buddhist.

    The normal reaction might be to say “that’s just nonsense”, but I think even if in some cases Buddhism is initially nothing more than a status symbol, it sure beats a lot of other things people can attach themselves to that will no doubt bring them harm.

    Some friends of mine have read my Dharma books and dabbled in meditation after some conversations with me (which they instigated). They find Buddhism intriguing, partly because (as they say) “there are no rules”, but mostly because “it really makes sense”. A lot of my friends love the idea that Buddhism is an applied, realised religion, as opposed to falling on your knees and always praying for forgiveness while attending the odd church service now and again.

    Those who have read the Dharma books and meditated have found little changes happening within themselves. One friend used to have such a short fuse at work and would become stressed very easily, but now she is much more calm and accepting and feels much happier at work, her mind “much clearer”. Another friend called me after his girlfriend was feeling quite down about things in her life. He had read “The Art of Happiness” by HH Dalai Lama and asked if he could borrow it again, feeling sure it would help.

    It just goes to show that even scratching the surface of Buddhism can provide one with so much benefit and it seems in so many cases those who “dabble” in Buddhism actually begin to take a much deeper interest with time and become practitioners – that’s exactly how I became a Buddhist!

    It’s so wonderful that many famous people embrace the Dharma. They provide a great example of what’s really important in life. Who has more fame or wealth than a Hollywood star? And yet, they all see value in the Dharma, placing it high above money and wealth.

    As for the media cynics, in the few cases where celebrity Buddhism may well be superficial, I can’t see how promoting compassion, understanding and loving kindness can ever be a negative thing, whatever one’s motivation. There are many examples of people who benefit greatly from the Dharma, regardless of their level of knowledge or commitment. Of course, the greater the commitment and the more consistent the effort of one’s practice is, the more benefit one receives.

    Celebrity or not, everyone seeks happiness, everyone wants to be free from suffering and there’s no better way to achieve these things than by practicing the Dharma.

    Kind regards,
    Sandy

    • Li Kim on Aug 10, 2012 at 8:00 pm

      Hi Sandy,

      I like what you have written and I like most these two para:

      “The normal reaction might be to say “that’s just nonsense”, but I think even if in some cases Buddhism is initially nothing more than a status symbol, it sure beats a lot of other things people can attach themselves to that will no doubt bring them harm.”

      “As for the media cynics, in the few cases where celebrity Buddhism may well be superficial, I can’t see how promoting compassion, understanding and loving kindness can ever be a negative thing, whatever one’s motivation. There are many examples of people who benefit greatly from the Dharma, regardless of their level of knowledge or commitment. Of course, the greater the commitment and the more consistent the effort of one’s practice is, the more benefit one receives.”

      Personally, even the trend for celebrities to embrace Buddhism is a “sign” and to me designed. Why? Majority of the world believe that celebrities “have it all”, some even see that a celebrity status is a significant result for success and accomplishment. I myself believe this because we all know behind the scenes it is never that pretty picture. This is why when they embrace Buddhism it makes a loud bang for people to notice and explore Buddhism.

      In doing this, it is good that Dharma seed gets planted into many heads. Dharma here I am addressing overall general wholesome goodness of being a benefit to others.

      Much care,
      Li Kim

  68. Elena on Jan 29, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    Hehehe I’m surprised Orlando Bloom wasn’t on the list, given he introduced Kate Bosworth and Miranda Kerr to Buddhism 🙂

    But seriously speaking, it’s people like them (and Kecharians!) who will change the public’s misunderstanding of Buddhism as a mystical Eastern religion that tells people not to be successful / famous / wealthy, all in the name of non-attachment.

    They will also change people’s belief that you only turn to religion when you’re a loser, and cannot succeed in life. These guys have definitely succeeded, and the whole world loves them!

    • Chamathka on Feb 27, 2013 at 2:07 pm

      It seems that Elena has got a good sense in dealing with universal minds. Yes, she is very correct on the fact that most western people think Buddhism is a hysterical myth, which does not provide happiness in life. But as a typical SriLankan Buddhist,it all about actual sense of life. Buddhism teaches not only how to get rid of sorrow, but also the way of living an practically excellent lives.
      Having seen some rude comments on Buddhism, it appears to me that those critics are furiously terrified over the loss of own religons. Buddhism is very much parallel with the new science theories and innovations. If someone says that Buddhism doesn’t have proper rules for its followers, well then that man has been hoodwinked. It does not contain rules because it is a liberal philosophy which provides the follower a chance of deciding his mind stamina. It is very visible that Buddhism leapfrogs every other religons,those restrict their followers from liberal thinking. And of course,if these celebrities have actual faith in Buddhism, please welcome my Standing ovation.
      Elena, you are a sensible person!

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    Karma, however, is not set in stone. We can change our circumstances through our own efforts – purification of karma and accumulation of merit. Tibetan astrology, based on these Buddhist principles, provides us the methods to ensure success in this life and a good rebirth in the future. Tibetan astrology can also predict what will happen to us in this life and our next rebirth based on the time of our birth.

    Discover your traits according to the Mewa, or Magical Square system of Tibetan astrology below, and find out how to purify your negative karma to improve your life!

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 05:24 PM
    Very interesting:


    Radin explained in his book: “For a Western-trained academic, the mere existence of, say, telepathy would be considered supernormal and thus wildly extraordinary. But for an experienced yogi, it’s just a boringly normal minor siddhi [a Sanskrit term for a meditation attainment, or power]. A skeptical scientist, not having the benefit of thousands of hours of practice in yoga and meditation, would require repeatable, rigorously obtained experimental data showing odds against chance of a gazillion to one. The yogi merely requires his own experience.”


    Very interesting read: http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2157904-supernormal-abilities-developed-through-meditation-dr-dean-radin-discusses/?sidebar=morein
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 01:45 PM
    Its indeed a beautiful place …..away from the city hectic life to visit and could stay over night too.Just to get away from work to relax ,get some fresh air ,do meditation and so forth .At Kechara Forest RetreatI,Bentong is where the largest Dorje Shugden statue in the world situated and we can receive blessing,make offering to the Buddhas as well as enjoy the tranquility of the beautiful gardens.I have recomended my friends and relatives to visit such a beautiful place at Bentong.
    Thank you Paul Yap for sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/go-bentong.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 01:15 PM
    Well…all pendants are beautifully designed,hand crafted to match each and every sacred images on it to suit all occasion for the wearer.I can see a lot of hard work for those involed in desgning and making of it.
    All pendants are very unique, modern, timeless and also sacred ,thats all i could describe it.Hope more people will be wearing these beautiful pendants to get connected with the Buddhas.Thank you Rinpoche for sharing and Kechara’s Louise Lee for creating Dharma art in in the form of jewelry
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/timeless-and-sacred.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 12:41 PM
    This Mahasiddha is Kukkuripa (the dog lover). He loved dogs so much. When he meditated in the cave he had his doggie with him. She had kept him company for years in his cave. They shared bedding, food, water and company. When he gained high attainments, the Dakinis came to take him to Kechara Paradise. He was hesitant to go but the Dakinis insisted and he went with them.

    He arrived at Kechara (Paradise/Buddha abode of Heruka and Vajra Yogini) and enjoyed teachings and feasts up there and they asked him to stay longer if not forever…. But he kept thinking about his doggie left alone in the cave. He felt guilty and missed her. Kukkuripa would use his psychic powers to see his poor doggie alone and hungry waiting for him at the cave while enjoying the attention of the Dakinis and feasts. The cave was dark and had no food. The doggie had to go out and find small tiny scraps of food and was getting skinny. Kukkuripa saw this and it pained him. Worried she was not getting enough food. He use to share the offerings of food he would get from people with her. Doggie and him would delightfully eat the food together. Kukkuripa had no attachments to ‘clean’ or ‘dirty’ in regards to sharing food with his dog. He had overcome this in his meditations. In ancient India, people would not co-habitate with a dog. It was considered unclean and filthy, but Kukkuripa had cast away those notions and loved his dog as she loved him. But he felt guilty to leave her alone while he was ‘enjoying’ himself in Kechara and could not stop thinking about his beloved dirty smelly dog in his cave alone…so he left Kechara Paradise and all it’s ‘delights’ for his doggie. He couldn’t abandon her. The Dakinis implored him to stay, but he was firm to return. The Dakinis said you will give up this paradise here for a mere dog???!! You can advance further in your meditations if you stay in Kechara and then help the dog later they attempted to persuade him. But Kukkuripa would not stay, he was loyal to his little dog as she had kept him company for many years in the lonely dark cave. She was loyal to him and how can he abandon her now. He couldn’t and he wouldn’t listen to the Dakinis. He left to join doggie. He never forget her companionship and loyalty. All the wonderful things in Kechara could not tempt him against his loyal friend the little doggie. He left everything for her.

    So he finally left Kechara to the Dakinis dismay and went back to his cave to be with his dog so she won’t be alone. Doggie was delighted to see her master and wagged her tail so much!! She licked him and he hugged her! She was skinnier for not eating well these few days he noticed. He fed her and hugged her and loved his doggie…He went back to his routine of meditation, receiving food offerings and sharing his food with doggie. They were happy together. One day, when he was scratching her in her favorite place and she licked him so his eyes were closed, when he opened his eyes she had suddenly turned into a Dakini shimmering with lights! The brilliance of the lights lit up the whole cave in front of Kukkuripa!! Kukkuripa was astonished to behold the splendourous lady in front of him! Of course this Dakini must be the Queen Herself he realized, as Vajra Yogini which was Kukkuripa’s main Yidam he had meditated on her for years in the cave. And She said to Kukkuripa, “Well done, you gave up paradise to be with just a dog..it shows you have given up attachements and projections of pleasant and unpleasant, now your Dakini will give you the final paradise (enlightenment)!”

    Kukkuripa attained full enlightenment blessed by Vajra Yogini by releasing the final subtle attachment to the non-existent self! After enlightenment his fame and name grew and many came to see him and he gave teachings to countless and benefitted many before he finally ascended to Kechara the second and final time. He was forever known as Kukkuripa the dog lover.

    I love him so much!!! This is one of my favorite Mahasiddhas along with Badrapa, Shantideva, Ghantapa and a few others. I wanted to share this story with you. I wanted you to know that there are many great true stories like this one about Kukkuripa that are true and can be applied to our lives. To inspire us.

    Tsem Rinpoche
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 12:29 PM
    The great and illustrious master Sonam Tsemo at the end of his life was described by an old woman who witnessed Sonam Tsemo depart. Standing on a rock at the holy spring near Sakya area known as Chumik Dzingka, his body ascended gracefully into the sky, still holding his dog. He loved his dog very much. Even today the footprints of Loppon Sonam Tsemo and the dog can be clearly seen in the rock, left for the benefit of living beings as a field from which to accumulate merit. It is a sign of a holy being when they can leave their footprints in stone for future generations to witness and make offerings on that spot to collect merits. This holy site was decorated by the great master Mantradhara Ngawang Kunga Rinchen later on. Other accounts say that he ascended from Gorum Library near Chumik Dzingka spring. A stupa containing his holy relics was erected there. Sonam Tsemo was a powerful practitioner of the Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini and at the end of his short life he ascended with his very body to Kechara paradise. He was 40 years old. Kechara is the sanksrit name of the special abode of Vajra Yogini. Those who practice Vajra Yogini to the highest level can ascend her paradise with their very bodies. Sonam Tsemo the great master of sutra and tantra was seen by an old woman flying off holding his beloved dog to ascend Kechara paradise. No one every found his body and his room was empty.
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 12:27 PM
    Congratulations to Mitra for his first dharma teaching in Nepali to the expats. So glad that Dorje Shugden practise can reach out to many in various languages and to different people. Mitra has done a good job in introducing Lama Tsongkhapa lineage and guided them on the benefit and iconography of Dorje Shugden.

    May Lama Tsongkhapa lineage and Dorje Shugden practise continue to grow and benefit more people.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/mitra-teaches-bhagwan-dorje-shugden-in-nepali.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 04:15 PM
    Very clear explanation of what is Vajrayogini’s left foot stepping on. Each time when i have a look at the beautiful statue of Vajrayogini this question will comes back to me. i am glad came across these blog by chance, i saw and read to understand better.A clear explanation ..stampling left and right foot significant of desire ,hatred and ignorance that cause us to be in samsara and she she able to control.Vajrayogni’s practices is so powerful in heliping us and that is the reason Rinpoche always ask us to start now.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these short explanation in the video and the interesting story of Mahadeva.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/facebook-question-what-is-vajra-yoginis-left-foot-stepping-on.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 02:44 PM
    Rejoice to all the families who had setup a Buddhist altar at home and conducted a house blessing puja. There are diverse benefits of conducting the house blessing puja, which ranges from bringing well-being on all levels – in one’s health, relationships, business, and family – to purifying the home. The puja ceremonies will purify the environment which helps the people who live there and people who are visiting there to experience general well-being. The puja can be personalised based on the request or need of the individual. Thank you for sharing with us the many photos of the beautiful altar of these families, it is very heartwarming to know that they will always be blessed by the Three Jewels.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/10-amazing-house-blessings-by-kechara-pastors.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 02:24 PM
    Thank you for sharing this mindfully planned itinerary for everyone who is interested in visiting Kechara Forest Retreat. Kechara Forest Retreat has different facets that showcase different elements of spirituality and Tibetan Buddhism in this wholesale venue. One can enjoy the flora and fauna of Mother Nature, or embrace the contemporary architectures that feature many magnificent Buddha statues and authentic Himalayan decorations. Not forgetting to mention, in Kechara Forest Retreat sits the largest Dorje Shugden statue in the world! This is a holy place we must never miss to pay homage for blessings from the Three Jewels.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/go-bentong.html
  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 01:07 PM
    金泽“财王”护法殿

    在禅修林的入口处的左边有一间小佛堂,是全天候二十四小时开放给大众的。这间佛堂的一砖一瓦都是由不同善心人士捐增的。也因为他们过后发了一笔小财,所以在大马文东,金泽护法一般被简称为“财王“。

    根据佛陀教诲,五蕴是组成众生的五个方面,分别是色、受、想、行、识。证悟者如多杰雄登能将五蕴分别化现成不同的本尊。金泽是多杰雄登“受”蕴的化现,作用是协助我们增长世俗和修行上的财富。“受”蕴是我们对愉悦或不悦感受的认知。我们执着于愉悦,避免不悦,而这正是导致我们受困和造下各种业,继而产生痛苦的因(此段原文: http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_6d7edf5f0102x1n6.html)

    来到这里,我们首先要上香。做生意的朋友可要趁此机会拜拜,供养一个大的莲花蜡烛,上三根大香,祈求今年一帆风顺哦。

    摘自“GO BENTONG!与菩萨有约”
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120808
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Mar 25. 2017 11:02 PM
    Can’t imagine that a priest actually stabbed Pope John Paul. How can he do this when he as a priest is suppose to be compassion and love everyone but kill the religion leader. he should remember that he carries the name priest and hence must show good example and behaviour to others but instead took another person’s life.

    I respected Pope John who continued his trip even though he was injured. That shows the determination he had to teach so it can benefit others. Always put others first more than our own needs.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/pope-john-paul-stabbed-by-priest.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Mar 25. 2017 08:13 PM
    It is admirable for Sine Lindholm & Mads Ulrik Husum to place their design as open source for everyone to download and copy to manufacture. This shows how farsighted they are in propelling self-sustainability. The first step is always the hardest, and I believe what Sine and Mads had done is towards the right direction. In this way, people from all the around the world who genuinely are passionate and interested in growing own vegetables will be able to start on their own. Without needing to rely on middleman or manufacturer who might end up making the brilliant idea a commercial white elephant. Thank you, Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/build-your-own-growroom.html
  • Alice Tay
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 10:05 PM
    Many companies especially in overseas are very considerate and allow their employees to bring their dogs to work. I personally think that this is a very good practice where the employees no longer have to worry about leaving pets at home alone. The work environments that cultivate loving kindness, caring and compassion create a much more positive and productive place to work. Besides, it may influence everyone especially those who do not have pet to be more kind to the animals.

    Nevertheless, the employer and employees may have to work together to maintain the safe and cleanliness work place such as reduce odour, provide clean air and many others.

    Thank you for this interesting article as a reminder to us to love and be kind to animals no matter where we are.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/inside-the-worlds-most-dog-friendly-office.html
  • Lin Mun
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 07:06 PM
    Superb idea and very creative. Home farming in the cities ! Appreciate all the hardwork and ideas to produce Growroom. It’s just like putting a big puzzle and making the whole process so much easier to plant in cities where we always have limited spaces.

    We should support more people to come up with such ideas so we can eat our own food and cultivate self sustainability.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/build-your-own-growroom.html

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This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
15 hours ago
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
17 hours ago
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn\'t move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
17 hours ago
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
18 hours ago
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
1 week ago
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
1 week ago
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
1 week ago
Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
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Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
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Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
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The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
4 weeks ago
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
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My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
2 months ago
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
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Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
This is a good one to read
2 months ago
This is a good one to read
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
2 months ago
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
Mumu\'s hair is messy and he looks funny
2 months ago
Mumu's hair is messy and he looks funny
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. 
I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. 
Feast your eyes! 

Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. Feast your eyes! Tsem Rinpoche
                        Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini\'s path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html  Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini's path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
Message to Tibetans in English
3 months ago
Message to Tibetans in English
Message to the Tibetans
3 months ago
Message to the Tibetans
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
3 months ago
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
3 months ago
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
3 months ago
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
3 months ago
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
4 months ago
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
4 months ago
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.
4 months ago
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.
4 months ago
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
4 months ago
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
4 months ago
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
4 months ago
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?
5 months ago
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
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Sir Edmund Hillary
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  • March 27, 2017 04:19
    Dongho asked: I have been reading on the tunes of certain sects and would like to ask on this. From what I've read, there are certain tunes to each sect and school of certain chants. Exactly where can I find the sheet music for these percussion and horns with the chants, such as to the one for invoking Kache Marpo or Dorje Shugden? Would it be possible to use school instruments for this?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your question, it is good to see you back and asking more questions. Yes you are right, there are differences in the tunes and chants between the lineages. The differences can vary significantly between the traditions, for example the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism is known for its extremely deep throat singing which is very powerful and is characterised by a low, booming voice, in contrast to the other traditions. Even within a particular tradition, there can be slight variations as to the manner in which the chants and tunes are performed. For example those monasteries are which are affiliated with Gyume will have one way of throat singing, where those affiliated with Gyuto will have another. As far as I am aware there is no professional sheet music for the rituals, most probably because the music is actually an integral part of the ritual itself. Therefore the music, tunes, and chants are all taught at the same time the ritual and prayers are. The tunes, and use of the instruments all have specific meanings, because they are considered to be offerings to the deities in the form of sound. The monasteries would not have copies of sheet music either, because sheet music is western practice. The use of ritual music within Tibetan Buddhism is more of one based on memory. In the Kechara organisation, the puja team was trained in such ritual instruments at the same time they learnt the particular ritual from monks from the monastery, such as the puja of Dorje Shugden. From what I saw of the training, the musical tunes, and use of instruments was not written down but taught experientially at the same time as the chanting. I have not come across any other instruments being used in pujas apart from the traditional ritual instruments, because even the instruments themselves have a specific meaning. That is not say that school instruments cannot be used. This is because, as long as the offering is sincere, the Buddhas and enlightened deities will accept it, and in turn you will generate great amounts of merit. Offerings should be made to the best of our ability, therefore if you do not have access to the ritual instruments, or do not know how to play them, but you know how to play other instruments, and use these instruments as offerings to the Buddhas during pujas, the amount of merit you generate will be the same. This is because you are sincere with your offering. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 26, 2017 02:14
    Kunga asked: Does the Gelug have Begtse a protector? If so, could you please provide a sadhana for him here?
    pastor answered: Dear Kunga, Yes the Dharma protector Begtse exists within the Gelug tradition. He is also known as Chamsing. Begtse’s practice stems from India and was introduced to Tibet and therefore Tibetan Buddhism by the translator Nyen Lotsawa. Marpa Lotsawa also practiced Begtse, and so the practice exists in the Kagyu traditions. This practice was eventually transmitted to Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, the first of the five patriarchs of the Sakya tradition, who were the founding fathers of that tradition. Over time the practice of Begtse was incorporated into the Gelug tradition, founded by Lama Tsongkhapa, and was notably practiced by the 1st and 2nd Dalai Lamas. Over time the practice gained popularity within the lineage, especially when it spread to Mongolia. There the practice became an important one within the lineage as upheld there. Begtse is also affectionately known as the Dharma protector of Mongolia, because his practice is so popular there. If I am not mistaken, there is an oracle of Begtse in Mongolia as well. There is a mistaken account that the practice originated around the time of the 3rd Dalai Lama, with the subjugation of a Mongolian war god, but Begtse was definitely practiced before that time in the Gelug, Kagyu and Sakya traditions. While the practice of Begtse is very effective, I have not come across the practice of Begtse in my personal practice, therefore I do not have access to the Begtse sadhana to provide to you. Instead Begtse is propitiated in prayers that incorporate many other Dharma protectors, and Begtse is also considered one of the nine protectors of the Hayagriva (Tamdrin) cycle of tantric teachings. Therefore Begtse is included in the Dharma protector sections of the Hayagriva tantras. Surrounding Begtse are his sister, Sing Ma, and his main minister, Le Khan Mar Po. His inner retinue comprises of eight butchers who wield copper swords in their right hands and skull-cups full of blood in their left hands. They are portrayed as naked and are very ugly. His outer retinue comprises a further twenty-one butchers, who hold copper swords in their right hands, and this time, the entrails of butchered enemies. They wear the skins humans and oxen as clothes, with ornaments made from human bone. While this may seem violent, Begtse is actually a very powerful and beneficial protector, who helps practitioners clear their obstacles and create conducive conditions for their spiritual evolution. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 24, 2017 20:12
    Azair asked: Venerable Rinpoche, I am doing a study in Kalachakra Tantra and I've heard from most of the lama's too that if you practice the Kalachakra Tantra, you'll be able to take control of your next rebirth. Ofcourse, it has been said that we will get our rebirth according to our Karma and desires but whether those dreams will get fulfilled will depend upon the actions that we take in this life. Thus, practicing the Kalachakra(till the end) after initiation will give you the opportunity to take rebirth anywhere you desire regardless of your Karma. My question is that, is there some truth in this statement.? Does this statement hold true for other tantra practices, such as Vajrayogini Tantra, Ghuyasamaja Tantra, Heruka Tantra, etc. I would really really like to know. Thankyou in anticipation, regards, Azair
    pastor answered: Dear Azair, Thank you for your question. Yes there is truth to this statement, both from a scriptural perspective and also by example, as the great masters have shown us. This is a unique feature of all Anuttarayoga Tantras or Highest Yoga Tantras, which Kalachakra, Vajrayogini, Guhyasama and Heruka are all examples of. This category of tantric practice can actually lead a practitioner to full enlightenment in this very lifetime. Even if enlightenment is not reached, very high levels of attainment can be reached nonetheless. This includes the ability to take control over your next rebirth. This is primarily engaged in so that the practitioner is born in an environment where they can eventually pick up their practice and further their spiritual path to enlightenment, or in order to be born in a place where they can benefit sentient beings the most, as part of the spiritual journey over many lifetimes. One of the reasons such an ability is very necessary on the spiritual path, is that usual death and rebirth occurs at the mercy of ones karma, specifically what is known as the ‘throwing karma’ or the karma that dictates what sort of rebirth a person is going to take. This opens up at the time of ordinary death, which most people have no control over. During the death process, many of our disturbing emotions will arise. Whichever of these is the strongest at the point of death triggers open a latent karmic potential, which becomes the ‘throwing karma’ and dictates where we are going to take rebirth and if that life will generally be full of suffering or not. Within Anuttarayoga Tantra, one of the key points of practice is to prepare for one’s death. This is done by simulating the dying process during one’s meditations, so that one becomes familiar with it. At the most pivotal part of this process, one practices achieving either the rainbow body or great bliss (in the case of the father tantras); or clear light (in the case of mother tantras). The tantras themselves are not defined in terms of the gender of the central deity, but by the method used to gain enlightenment. This is either the rainbow body/great bliss (classified as male, therefore labelled ‘father’) or clear light (classified as female, therefore labelled ‘mother’). Non-dual tantras such as the Kalachakra tantra can employ either of the two methods, a mixture of both, or alternate methods. In the case of superior practitioners, due to the power of their practice, they can achieve either of these two methods in their current body. Since they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, and a particular method of practice, they can also achieve enlightenment during their physical death. The great Lama Tsongkhapa is said to have achieved enlightenment at the moment of physical death, using the second of these. For other practitioners, they may not be able to achieve this either in their meditations while they are alive, or during the death process. However because they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, they remain in complete concentration at the time of death, not allowing any disturbing emotions to arise. Due to this level of concentration, meditation and awareness during the dying process, they are able to control where they next take rebirth. This is evident in the tantric scriptures themselves, and the life stories of many masters, who can state exactly where, when and to whom they will take their next rebirth, as they are in full control of the dying and rebirth process. There is a type of meditation called ‘thukdam’ which has been translated into ‘death meditation’. This is a final meditation some masters choose to engage in. During this meditation, the master themselves consciously begin the physical dying process themselves, engage in the meditation of dissolving the winds into the heart centre and remain in the most pivotal part of the death process, the mind of clear light of death. During this point they engage in meditations, either the methods of the father or mother tantras as mentioned previously, and or consciously choose where they are to next take rebirth. They can remain in this death meditation for long periods of time, days at an end, in which their consciousness has not yet left their body, although for all intents and purposes they are dead according to medical science, e.g. they have no heartbeat. At the end of their meditation, a drop of blood will be emitted from their nostril, and their head will slump over a little. Masters who engage in this meditation usually sit in full meditation posture, and their body remain supple and soft even though they have passed away from a medical point of view. I hope this brief explanation helps. Thank you.
  • March 23, 2017 23:01
    Brad asked: What is the significance of offering the Seven precious emblems of royalty to the Buddhas and enlightened Dharma Protectors? What are we symbolically offering up?
    pastor answered: Dear Brad, Thank you for your question. The ‘saptaratna’ or seven precious emblems represent on the one hand the ultimate state of temporal power, and on the other hand the ultimate spiritual attainments that we can achieve. By offering these to the Buddhas, we are actually creating the causes to achieve what they represent. Therefore it is good to know the meaning of each, so we can understand what we are creating the causes for by offering them up: Please see below for an explanation of the seven royal emblems: 1. The Precious Wheel: a thousand spoked wheel, representing the universal power of the Buddhas, as well as the teachings of the thousand Buddhas of our aeon. It is represented by the Dharmachakra, symbolising the ‘turning of the wheel’ or teaching of the Noble Eightfold Path. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, especially that of our own mind, thoughts, delusions and afflictions. 2. The Precious Jewel: an eight sided wish-granting gem, which fulfils all the needs of a universal emperor. This jewel has eight special qualities: it illuminates the night sky for hundreds of leagues; it is cooling when the temperature is hot and warming when the temperature is cold; it makes manifest whatever the holder wants; when thirsty it causes a fresh-water spring to appear; it has the ability to control the nagas, and other supernatural beings, as well as preventing natural disasters such as storms, floods, etc.; it gives off multi-coloured lighted which heals the various mental and emotional afflictions; it cures all illnesses; and it ensures that one dies a natural death, not an untimely one. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, or perfect discrimination, so one knows what to abandon and what to keep in the mindstream during the spiritual journey to enlightenment. 3. The Precious Queen: the most beautiful and virtuous of all women. She is described as a goddess who is the epitome of someone: with devotion; without jealousy; who is the embodiment of fertility; who works for the welfare of all beings; who possess feminine wisdom; speaks the truth; not attract to sensual pleasures or material possessions; and does not have false views. She is adored by all. She also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect effort. This is necessary to keep meditating until one gains spiritual attainments. 4. The Precious Minister: who has sharp intelligence, patience, and the ability to give wise counsel to the emperor. He is so attuned to the emperor that even before the emperor has spoken, the minister is already carrying out his command. He only wishes to support the Dharma, help sentient beings, and is an excellent strategist. He also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect joy. This is also akin to the attainment of the first bodhisattva level, because you have come to an understanding of your own mind, which is like pouring ice-cold water into boiling water. The water stops boiling, as does the thoughts, projections, and delusions in the mind. He represents the path of the bodhisattva. 5. The Precious Elephant: who has the strength of a thousand normal elephants. He is white, with the perfect features that an elephant could have. He is majestic, graceful, and gentle, but in battle is fearsome, fearless and unyielding. He communicates with the emperor through a telepathic link. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect adaptability. This is important, as one needs to be able to adapt to the various mental afflictions as they arise, and suitably counter them. 6. The Precious Horse: who has all the marks of a celestial horse. Known as wind-horse, he is able to travel extremely fast, and can circumambulate the entire universe three time in just a single day. He is never fearful or startled, never makes a sound when galloping, and has extremely soft hairs on his body. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is single-pointed concentration. This is important because without this form of concentration, once cannot engage in the analytical meditations that lead to an understanding of emptiness, and therefore enlightenment. 7. The Precious General: who has mastered the arts of war and always wins in battle. He wears battle armour and holds many different weapons. He tries to avoid battle, but when necessary fights, and never gives up until he has won. He is fearless, and courageous in carrying out the emperors commands and ensures the emperors army carries out their duties. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect equanimity. This is because he overcomes all warfare, which is akin to the battle between things were are attached to and things we have an aversion for in our minds. In short, what you are offering up is the highest of all temporal treasures and abilities, as well as the entire path of the Dharma. Doing so creates the causes for you to receive all of this on your spiritual journey towards enlightenment. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 20, 2017 10:16
    Grigoris asked: Excuse me, but I would like to ask, what does the prayer to Shangmo Dorje Putri say exactly? I can't read Tibetan, but would like to see the description that the prayer gives. I am not planning to say the prayer or make interaction(as it would be very dangerous), but would like to see what it actually says from the Tibetan text. Here's the link: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/shangmo-dorje-putri-the-bamo-of-sakya.html
    pastor answered: Dear Grigoris, Thank you for your question. Shangmo Dorje Putri is indeed a fascinating unenlightened Dharma protector. Unfortunately at the moment, we do not have a translated copy of the text in English that we can provide. The usual format for such texts, would include an invocation, making offerings to appease them, and then exhortations for them to perform their activities, possibly followed by thanking them for their help. One thing is for certain, due to the nature of Shangmo Dorje Putri her prayer is sure to include violent imagery, just like many other Dharma protectors, such as Achi Chokyi Drolma (who even though has a peaceful appearance, has a lot of violent imagery in her prayers). The reason behind the violent imagery is explained in the post about Achi Chokyi Drolma here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/achi-chokyi-drolma-chief-protectress-of-the-drikung-kagyu.html
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