Dalai Lama says ‘too many’ refugees in Europe

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Surely the most famous and well-established refugee community in the world has to be the Tibetan people and that is thanks to the single-handed efforts of His Holiness the Dalai Lama who has spent the last 60 years keeping the Tibetan cause alive, relevant and in the global consciousness.

The Tibetan diaspora began in 1959 after the People’s Liberation Army entered the country and the Dalai Lama fled into exile. Upon entering India, the Dalai Lama and his exiled leadership were granted 24 tracts of land scattered throughout the country on which the Tibetans would be able to reestablish themselves. These tracts of land were freely and kindly given to the Dalai Lama and his people by the Indian government led by Jawaharlal Nehru. They were granted with the assumption that the Tibetans would be in India as refugees for a very long time and would therefore need space of their own. Indeed, Nehru’s foresight was such that he even extended a citizenship policy to the Tibetans – if within 99 years they were unable to accomplish their political goals and return to their homeland, Tibetans would be forced to take up Indian citizenship and assimilate with the rest of the Indian population.

After 60 years of protests, campaigns and fundraising, the Tibetan movement has not borne fruit and Tibetans continue to depend on the kindness of their host countries for their language and culture's survival. Should these host countries withdraw their support for the Tibetans, which His Holiness seems to be advising of Europe towards Middle Eastern and Central Asian refugees?

After 60 years of protests, campaigns and fundraising, the Tibetan movement has not borne fruit and Tibetans continue to depend on the kindness of their host countries for their language and culture’s survival. Should these host countries withdraw their support for the Tibetans, which His Holiness seems to be advising of Europe towards Middle Eastern and Central Asian refugees?

Time has shown that thus far, Nehru was almost prophetic in the arrangements he made for the Tibetan people. In the last 60 years, the Tibetan leadership have not been successful in making progress with their political goals. While China continues to rise in power and influence on a global level, the Tibetan leadership and their people continue to be racked by infighting, political scandal, manipulations, divisions and accusations of embezzlement, financial mismanagement, corruption and murder.

We can therefore see that living in exile has been very challenging for the Dalai Lama and his community. Having experienced a similar pain and hardship, the world was therefore taken aback by the apparent callousness of His Holiness the Dalai Lama when he recently issued the statement below:

Dalai Lama says ‘too many’ refugees in Europe

AFP | May 31, 2016, 06.10 PM IST

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/Dalai-Lama-says-too-many-refugees-in-Europe/articleshow/52522387.cms

BERLIN: Tibetan Spiritual leader Dalai Lama said in an interview published that Europe has accepted “too many” refugees, and that they should eventually return to help rebuild their home countries.

“When we look into the face of every single refugee, especially the children and women, we can feel their suffering,” said the Tibetan spiritual leader, who has himself lived in exile for over half a century.

“A human being who is a bit more fortunate has the duty to help them. On the other hand, there are too many now,” he said, according to the German translation of the interview in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

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“Europe, for example Germany, cannot become an Arab country,” he added with a laugh, the daily reported. “Germany is Germany.

“There are so many that in practice it becomes difficult.”

The Dalai Lama added that “from a moral point of view too, I think that the refugees should only be admitted temporarily”.

“The goal should be that they return and help rebuild their countries.”

Germany last year took in 1.1 million people fleeing war and misery in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries, but the flow was reduced sharply by the decision of Balkan countries to close their borders to people travelling through Turkey and into northern Europe.

The Dalai Lama also said in the interview, conducted in Dharamsala, seat of the Tibetan government-in-exile in northern India, that he hopes to one day return to Tibet.

“Maybe in a few years,” said the 80-year-old. “If an opportunity for my return arises, or at least for a short visit, that would be a source of great joy.”

Thousands of Tibetans have fled their Himalayan homeland since China sent in troops in 1951, and many have settled in India.

Considering that thousands of Tibetans have indeed fled their Himalayan homeland since 1951, it is therefore surprising that His Holiness the Dalai Lama has not shown empathy for the pain of the refugees who risk life and limb to cross the Mediterranean Sea in hopes of finding safety. The media today is filled with heartbreaking images of children drowning on beaches and parents crying over their bodies, as well as celebrities declaring that “A parent only puts their child on a boat when the sea is safer than the land”. While the world protests and attempts to pressure Europe to accept more refugees, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has taken the opposite stance, declaring instead that Europe has accepted too many refugees.

Such remarks beggar belief as they are being issued by someone whose community’s existence can be wholly attributed to the kindness of others. India, for example, has for 60 years provided a home, education, healthcare and employment opportunities for tens of thousands of Tibetan refugees. Many other countries have also opened their doors to the Tibetans – the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Taiwan to name a few – and received them with equal generosity and openness.

Up until today, Tibetans continue to arrive in Nepal and India where they enter a life in exile as refugees. These recent arrivals were caught in an unseasonal snowstorm and arrived with frostbitten feet. Should India and Nepal extend the same treatment towards these Tibetan refugees, that His Holiness the Dalai Lama seems to be asking Europe to extend towards refugees arriving from the Middle East and Central Asia? (Photo: Steve Razzetti)

Up until today, Tibetans continue to arrive in Nepal and India where they enter a life in exile as refugees. These recent arrivals were caught in an unseasonal snowstorm and arrived with frostbitten feet. Should India and Nepal extend the same treatment towards these Tibetan refugees, that His Holiness the Dalai Lama seems to be asking Europe to extend towards refugees arriving from the Middle East and Central Asia? (Photo: Steve Razzetti)

His Holiness the Dalai Lama travels the world asking nations to show compassion to the Tibetans, and lobbies for them to apply political pressure on China. Simultaneously, in this interview, he displays a surprising lack of empathy for refugees entering Europe. The tough question must therefore be asked – why should the world continue to show compassion for the Tibetan diaspora, when their leader shows so little compassion for other people fleeing war just as the Dalai Lama himself did nearly 60 years ago?

It also came across as callous and shockingly unsympathetic when in the same interview the Dalai Lama addressed his own longing to return to his homeland. The same courtesy and empathy was not extended for the Syrian, Iraqi and Afghan refugees entering Europe; the Dalai Lama implied that the refugees would want to stay in Europe permanently and did not possess the same longing to return to their own homeland.

The Dalai Lama even said that Germany is Germany and that it “cannot become an Arab country”, thereby implying that Germany should be kept German. Was this an attempt to pander to nationalistic German sentiment and appeal to outspoken patriotic groups, in order to gain their support for his own Tibetan cause? Was this “The Dalai Lama, the Simple Monk” or “The Dalai Lama, the Astute Statesman” speaking?

His Holiness the Dalai Lama offers prayer at Hijrat Mosque at the Tibetan settlement in Srinagar, India. Were these displays of mutual respect for other faiths purely for the cameras, or did His Holiness the Dalai Lama really mean it? His actions towards Dorje Shugden practitioners, and his remarks regarding refugees in Europe seem to indicate otherwise.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama offers prayer at Hijrat Mosque at the Tibetan settlement in Srinagar, India. Were these displays of mutual respect for other faiths purely for the cameras, or did His Holiness the Dalai Lama really mean it? His actions towards Dorje Shugden practitioners, and his remarks regarding refugees in Europe seem to indicate otherwise.

Or perhaps His Holiness is concerned that a turn of attention towards refugees entering Europe will result in a decline in attention towards and resources for Tibetan refugees. One shudders at the mere thought that his motivation could be so ruthless. Thanks to his campaigning and work for six decades, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has become synonymous with compassion and human rights. He counts among his friends fellow Nobel Peace Prize laureates such as Aung San Suu Kyi, Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Interestingly, all of them have, at one point or another, been accused of discriminating against various groups of people. The Dalai Lama’s remarks in the interview however, were totally contrary to the image that he has carefully cultivated for himself over the last 60 years. Suddenly, considering the remarks made in the interview, his teachings on compassion, ethics and the right to freedom from tyranny are no longer as appealing as they once were.

These teachings have certainly not appealed to Dorje Shugden practitioners for the past 20 years, as the ban on the practice of Dorje Shugden has made their life nearly unbearable. The ban on the practice, which is an infringement of religious freedoms and was enforced with no basis in 1996, has resulted in violence, vulgarities and even threats on their life. Many Tibetan Dorje Shugden practitioners even had to flee India, to seek safety in other countries; Tibetan Dorje Shugden practitioners essentially became refugees within refugees, seeking protection from their own communities.

So not only has the Dalai Lama alienated himself from the Dorje Shugden practitioners, but he is now doing it with the world. As long as His Holiness continues to make comments of such nature, the Tibetan leadership will have to cope with a wane in his popularity and influence. People today are more acutely aware of the need to be socially conscious, and to act in a manner that exhibits a respect for the suffering of people from all faiths and walks of life. The Tibetan leadership however, continue to be stuck in the 20th century, a relic of a time when flippant comments made by leaders can be quickly stymied before they are broadcast all around the world. Hence today, more so than ever before, the opportunity for the Dalai Lama’s return to his homeland is increasingly distant as the Tibetan leadership fails to catch up to the workings of the 21st century. Perhaps instead of commenting on politics, His Holiness should, with respect, stick with discharging the duties of the position he always insists that he holds – a simple Buddhist monk. He may find that such a stance would be less problematic for him, for the Tibetan leadership and for the Tibetan people.

 

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  1. Lin Mun on Mar 30, 2017 at 11:46 am

    It is ironic that Dalai Lama would have given a remarks to discourage country such as Germany to accept refugees and that refugees should return to homeland and to build the country. I think this is really a callous statement to be mentioned. Dalai Lama being the Tibetan Buddhist leader should portray compassion and extending help to those in need. All these refugees are running away for their life because their own country is not safe to stay anymore. Just like what Tibetan has encountered in the late 1950s.

    This kind of contrary statement is also very obvious in the Dorje Shugden ban. Dorje Shugden have been practised by many high lamas since 400 years ago and also by Dalai Lama’s Guru but it is ban by Tibetan leadership.

    Dalai Lama is a high lama and is believed to be the emanation of Chenrezig. Although his statements were contrary sometimes but I believe he would have the reason that we may not understand yet. Hopefully all the issues would be resolve in peace.

  2. MartinC on Feb 9, 2017 at 4:59 am

    This comment by Suzy posted on Tsem Rinpoche’s YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4&t=11s) speaks volumes of how the public is beginning to look beyond false rhetoric to see the goodness of this very important deity. Suzy confessed that she tried to avoid recognizing the beauty of the Shugden practice due I guess to old loyalties but the truth cannot be buried forever. Have a read.

    Suzy

  3. Echeah on Oct 25, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    We should be careful not to take someone’s words out of context and then make conclusions without considering the bigger picture. His words may sound uncharacteristic of a compassionate being from the standpoint of the refugee, but we must understand that the Dalai Lama in his role, often has to tread between religion and politics and his statements can be a fine line between the two. It is difficult to please both sides all the time.

    I see some truth in what he said. When faced with a dire situation, the natural reaction is to want to escape and look for relief. Sometimes in escaping, you encroach and force others to accommodate you. We should also understand the resentment of those being encroached. If you are welcomed, all is good, but if you overstay your welcome, that is in itself being very selfish and over-presumptious. Both sides are looking into the interest of I, me and mine.

    If we say that being compassionate means all countries should open their borders and admit anyone who wishes to seek a better life, how is that being practical or acceptable? The rule of the game is, a sovereign state chooses to admit you, you don’t admit yourself.

  4. Wan Wai Meng on Oct 20, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    This is really uncharacteristic of the Dalai Lama, to choose such words.

    For the refugees who are escaping conflict zones, none of his words are even close to what Buddha of Compassion should be uttering at all. The words telling refugees not to escape to Europe, nothing short of making one uninspired, and certainly not feeling too proud to be a Buddhist with such a Buddhist leader of that stature and nature.

  5. Tsem Rinpoche on Sep 15, 2016 at 3:24 am

    Trode Khangsar Chapel in Lhasa, Tibet

    Over 400 years ago a great and learned lama Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was famed in Mongolia, Tibet, Nepal and China for being very saintly and compassionate. He resided in his residence (Zimkhang Gongma Ladrang) in Drepung Monastery. His root guru was H.H. the Omniscient 4th Panchen Lama and his close dharma brother was the 5th Dalai Lama.

    The 5th Dalai Lama and Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen had a very close and dharmic relationship and often went to receive teachings together from the 4th Panchen Lama. They were close in age. They both became very learned and well known. During this time, the Dalai Lama was enthroned as a Dharma King of Tibet. But more people went to see Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen for teachings, initiations and divinations. This made the attendants of the 5th Dalai Lama feel threatened that Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s fame might usurp the power of the 5th Dalai Lama. So they had a khata forced down his throat. At that moment, Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen dissolved his psychic winds and generated the wish to be a great guardian of Buddha and Tsongkapa’s teachings. As his consciousness dissolved, he entered ‘bardo’ as a dharma protector of the highest order (jikten depey sungma). Many signs were seen throughout Lhasa at this time and the earth was said to have shaken in Lhasa. This event was already predicted to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s previous incarnation when he was one of the 8 main disciples of Lord Tsongkapa the Supreme Master and he served Tsongkapa directly by building Gaden Monastery.

    When the 5th Dalai Lama heard what his scheming and power-hungry attendants had done, he was very distressed. He was very sorry Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was murdered and dishonored as he was a great dharma master. The 5th Dalai Lama composed an apology to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. In Lhasa, tens of thousands gathered for the cremation of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s holy body. During the cremation, the 5th Dalai Lama’s apology was read out at which flames spontaneously arose from the body of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen commencing the cremation. From the body, during cremation, a powerful whirlwind of smoke tunneled into the sky for all to see as this was an indication Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s consciousness has arisen as the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. The Dharma Protector Setrap immediately recognized this new protector Dorje Shugden and ‘enthroned’ him as a powerful Dharma Protector in the realm of the Buddhas. From this, Setrap and Dorje Shugden are closely connected and very close working hand in hand always. After the cremation, the great 5th Dalai Lama built a Dorje Shugden chapel on the spot the cremation took place and named it Trode Khangsar. The 5th Dalai Lama commissioned the statue of Dorje Shugden in this chapel and had monks installed in the chapel to do continuous propitiations to Dorje Shugden. Trode Khangsar Chapel was a commemoration to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen who was wronged and also a celebration of his consciousness arising as the World Peace Peace Protector Dorje Shugden.

    This Trode Khangsar Chapel still exists now in Lhasa where many make pilgrimages there. It is in good condition and was recently renovated. It is over 400 years old and a testimony to the respect the Great 5th Dalai Lama had to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen who arose as Dorje Shugden.

    I have visited this holy chapel in Lhasa years back. I’ve never heard of it till I was in Lhasa and by chance, I was told about it which I was happy to visit. I could not find the place but strangely a bunch of pilgrims from Amdo told me they would show me how to get there in Lhasa.

    This short video is a short clip of this holy Trode Khangsar Chapel in Lhasa today commemorating Dorje Shugden, built by the great 5th Dalai Lama. The great 5th Dalai Lama even composed a prayer to Dorje Shugden which is still available today and we can recite to invoke the blessings, protection, and assistance of World Peace Protector Dorje Shugden.

    Tsem Rinpoche


    Read more: Trode Khangsar – A 400-year-old Dorje Shugden Chapel in Lhasa
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/trode-khangsar-%E2%80%93-a-400-year-old-dorje-shugden-chapel-in-lhasa.html

    Short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTybDwTeLAM

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    The 5th Dalai Lama’s Prayer to Dorje Shugden

    HUM
    Though unmoving from the sphere of primordial spontaneity,
    With wrathful turbulent power, swifter than lightning,
    Endowed with heroic courage to judge good and bad,
    I invite you with faith, please come to this place!

    Robes of a monk, crown adorned with rhinoceros leather hat,
    Right hand holds ornate club, left holds a human heart,
    Riding various mounts such as nagas and garudas,
    Who subdues the mamos of the charnel grounds, praise to you!

    Samaya substances, offerings and torma, outer, inner and secret,
    Favourite visual offerings and various objects are arranged.
    Although, previously, my wishes were a bit dense,
    Do not stop your powerful apparitions, I reveal and confess!

    Now respectfully praising with body, speech, and mind,
    For us, the masters, disciples, benefactors and entourages,
    Provide the good and avert the bad!
    Bring increase like the waxing moon in spiritual and temporal realms!

    Moreover, swiftly accomplishing all wishes,
    According to our prayers, bestow the supreme effortlessly!
    And like the jewel that bestows all wishes,
    Always protect us with the Three Jewels!

    From: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/the-5th-dalai-lamas-prayer-to-dorje-shugden

    Tibetan prayer from: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/the-14th-dalai-lamas-prayer-to-dorje-shugden.html

  6. Pastor KH Ng on Aug 31, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    Well another “controversial” opinion by the Dalai Lama!!

    The Dalai Lama, the world most famous refugee said that there are too many refugees in Europe. My impression is that it is a very non emphatic statement because these refugees are in dire need to leave their home countries and take refuge from internal strife/war, violence and potential famine. Hence, it is a justifiable refuge compare to “economic refuge”.

    I fell the statement is not sensitive to the actual situation especially from the Dalai Lama who is known for His compassion.

    Perhaps HHDL is trying to assassinate his own reputation as a form of teaching??

  7. Christina on Jun 24, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    Hello , well i cant understand what is so ‘wrong’? With the statement of his HH…why isnt it wise enough, one day all these people to return back in their lands, rebuild them & make a life? How many people restarted their lives again & again? in their own land or a foreign? Have you ever thought that maybe many of them wouldnt like to adjust to the european way of life? & might not even respect their hosting countries?

    • Pastor Shin Tan on Jun 25, 2016 at 12:37 pm

      Dear Christina,
      I think His Holiness’ statement came as a surprise, and many viewed the comment as perhaps not showing empathy for the pain of the refugees who risk life and limb to cross the Mediterranean Sea in hopes of finding safety, when His Holiness and the Tibetans in exile also suffered similar predicament since the 1950s. Having said that, I have to agree with His Holiness that “there are so many that in practice it becomes difficult.” This is indeed an issue that needs to be handled well by the global community.

      • Christina on Jun 25, 2016 at 2:47 pm

        Hello again! Well i would say , its not surprising for non-Buddhist people to kind of disprepute the statement of his HH, but for me as a new-practitioner im trying to keep in mind, what ive actually read a while ago about Guru devotion, so , i think it has a simple meaning his statement, & i really dont see any hindrance or lack of empathy…towards them…i think it would be contradictory to what he really manifests…the Buddha of Compassion.. The refugee issue its so complex, definitely these people need help, but also rebuilding their country would be a great solution, & why not going back? Im an expat in a country with huge problems & my dream would be one day to go back to my own. We shouldnt forget that this mixture of different religions, culture,mentality and so on, its make things even harder for both parts( im already in one).Yes Germany is Germany & cant become an Arab ghetto?! When you are seeking safety, protection,a bettet future for your family you should make the effort to integrate in the society & not vice versa. I really dont know if Europe can handle this situation….and something also to consider is that, if not -all-of them have any intention to stay in countries that are not of a benefit..when applying for asylum.Thats just my opinion with respect to all, im commited to help as much as i can others in any way i can, have a nice day!😊

  8. Shane Jayasuriya on Jun 19, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    Thank you for the article, may all beings be happy and peaceful.

  9. JP on Jun 19, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    It is bewildering for HH the Dalai Lama to manifest comments that severely lack empathy and compassion. HH being an emanation of Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion, seems to be the opposite of what he represents and champions around the world.

    HH and his people have been enjoying the kindness of the Indian people for the last 60 years as refugees. They for one, would know the hardships of being refugees. No one wants to be a refugee. People have no choice but to flee from their country when hope is bleak and their lives are at stake. Refugees are robbed. Some die along the way. Women are raped. It’s really hell for them.

    So for HH to make comments that Europe has too many refugees and “Germany is Germany it cannot be an Arab country” is shocking and not befitting of spiritual leader who advocates peace and loving kindness. I wonder if the Dalai Lama supporters would rally for Middle Eastern refugees to return to their own country or accuse European countries of being anti Dalai Lama if they don’t take HH’s comments seriously.

    It may sound bizarre, but this is what Dalai Lama supporters accuse those who don’t following HH’s instructions of stopping the practice of Dorje Shugden.

  10. Jona on Jun 14, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    Unfortunately, unlike Buddhism, Islam is an aggressive ideology (just look at Islam’s history) and – at the risk of being called islamophobic – this ideology does carry in it a real danger for the non-Islamic West. One needs not look further back into the past than to what happened in Orlando, Florida. Tibetans would be more than welcome (for they do not murder in the name of the Buddha), but Muslims? Well, the hesitation towards the thousands and thousands of Muslim refugees is, at the least, understandable.

    • Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Jun 14, 2016 at 7:39 pm

      Hi Jona,

      An interesting perspective. I am not going to comment on the tenets of another faith because I am unlearned in that religion, and my comments therefore would be based more on opinion than knowledge. Hence whatever I say won’t be helpful to the discussion and would detract from the real issue, which is the hypocrisy His Holiness is manifesting.

      What I can say is that suffering is suffering, and no one wants to suffer. Everybody wants happiness and regardless of their faith, nobody wants to (or should have to) live in war and misery. To conclude that one group of people’s suffering is somehow more relevant or urgent than another group’s, creates divisions in society. Just like in the Dorje Shugden issue whereby Shugden practitioners’ suffering is viewed as less relevant than non-Shugden practitioners, so it is somehow okay if Shugden practitioners suffer.

      In this way, because our human mind is prone to dualistic / discriminatory thinking, we ignore our human duty which is to cultivate universal kindness to one another. That is the reason why we have conflict in the first place.

      Tibetans can by the way be very aggressive as well. You need only look at this link (http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/will-the-dalai-lama-agree-with-this.html) and these images below to see just how violent they can be. Just outside the Dalai Lama’s teachings, they behave in this way to their own Tibetan brothers and sisters who are peacefully protesting for the religious freedom to practise Dorje Shugden, without discrimination, violence and vulgarities.

      Thank you for your comment! I hope you will explore other areas of this blog when you have the time!

      ViolentDalaiLamaSupporters (1)

      ViolentDalaiLamaSupporters (2)

      ViolentDalaiLamaSupporters (3)

      ViolentDalaiLamaSupporters (4)

  11. Jason on Jun 12, 2016 at 2:33 am

    More than 60 years , why Tibetan can’t be united and many have to flee from Tibet to India.I really get a shock on H.H Dalai Lama on the statement that ask Europe shouldn’t accept more refugees from others country but on the hands H.H Dalai Lama ask the world to show compassion to Tibetan refugees. What is the motivation of H.H Dalai Lama ?As we know that DS ban already caused many Tibetan being separated and have hostility to each other’s. Many DS practitioners also fled from Tibet to India to get refuge. If H.H Dalai Lama really want help Tibetan refugees, please lift the ban.
    Thanks Pastor Jean Ai for sharing.

    Jason

  12. CindyH on Jun 8, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    From reading the article, it does appear that the Dalai Lama is rhetorically having his cake and eating it. On one hand, the Dalai Lama and the Tibetans have been surviving on the generosity of other countries in light of their refugee status and to date the Dalai Lama continuously seek such support. In fact, much of the hype and favourable image (to the point of celebrity status) of the Dalai Lama in the West are formulated in connection with the Tibetan’s refugee status. Despite this, the Dalai Lama now issues such a callous remark discouraging other countries from accepting refugees, seemingly unsympathetic to the plights of those forced to flee their war torn country for a chance in life.

    It maybe that such statement is a calculated move to preserve or salvage the wavering support to the Tibetan cause but if that is the case, it has likely backfired considering such remarks fly in the face of the Dalai Lama’s image as a peacemaker who promotes kindness, tolerance and compassion. This inconsistency may likely discourage any further support. Further, it brings to light the incompetency of the Tibetan government to date which would not help in generating continuous support. Not only are Tibetans still refugees after 60 years, there are very little significant positive changes to living conditions in the Tibetan diaspora from how it was when they first landed despite the more than generous donations pouring in from their host countries, organisations and private contributions from worldwide.

    Considering that the Dalai Lama is emanation of Chenrezig, surely the above consequences would not escape the Dalai Lama and one can’t help but think that there is a bigger picture at play. Taking cue from the Dalai Lama’s success in causing the spread and flourishing of Tibetan Buddhism around the world, am inclined to be believe that there is a reason underlying such statement and tend to agree with Pastor Jean Ai’s sentiments on Potential Reason No.2

  13. chris chong on Jun 7, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    Dear Pastor Jean Ai,

    Thank you for sharing this new here. It is interesting to see that His Holiness the Dalai Lama himself as a refugee had discourage europe countries not to accept refugees. Refugees from war countries especially from the middle east had been forced to take refuge in other countries and many of them had died trying. One of them had made a huge impact on the society is the refugee toddler who was drown and washed ashore in Turkey.

    Being the head of Tibetan Buddhism, the Dalai Lama should show compassion and should had advised otherwise. It does not make sense when the Dalai Lama made such statements. Similarly, the Dorje Shugden ban is not logical when the Dalai Lama made the stand. Due to the ban, the sangha community had been seperated and peace was destroyed. Dorje Shugden practitioners were being discriminated, bullied and alienated by their own community. Isnt the Dalai Lama’s job to look after the tibetan buddhist community and maintain peace?

    I believe H.H the Dalai Lama is a pure monk and an incarnation of Chenrezig, the buddha of Compassion. There must be a hidden reason behind his recent actions that is beyond our comprehension and understandings.

  14. Paul Yap on Jun 7, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    The Indian government has shown lots of compassion to the Tibetan refugees, they are a good example to the world, and now lots of refugees in Europe need help, how could a Tibetan leader who has received lots of help previously, would speak against giving help to others? The refugees have walk thru mountains and cross the seas, with little or no food, they are facing great challenges and death daily. How could anyone who has the heart to decline the refugees? Every human deserves the right to have freedom, shelter, food, free speech, believes, religion and etc.

  15. Stella Cheang on Jun 7, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    Sometimes news like this baffled me to no end. A leader of an exile community living in refuge condition by the mercy of the kind Indian government, actually goes around discouraging support to other refuges. Certainly this post a huge question mark to His motivation.

    I tend to agree with what Pastor Jean Ai mentioned, the shockingly unsympathetic could be due to the fear of declining attention towards the Tibetan cause. But who can He blame for there had been ZERO result produced for the last 60 years since the Tibetan diaspora began in 1959. Perhaps the answer is as plain as a malfunctioning leadership that focuses only on suppressing the Dorje Shugden practitioners instead of uniting the people to advance their cause.

    Thank You Rinpoche and Pastor Jean Ai for another eye opening article. We need to know more about the way Tibetan “works” and how they think so that we can help to bring the right aid and awareness to them.

    Humbly, bowing down,
    Stella Cheang

  16. shelly tai on Jun 7, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai for sharing this news with us. I think Dalai Lama should not be commenting about others country to accept all these poor refugees who has to risk their life just because they want to live he as a peace maker should always encourage others to be kind to others so how ridiculous if he put up a statement for not supporting the refugees in others country. In view of that this is like how Dalai Lama ban Dorje shugden practice even though he as a holy monk he should practice kindness and compassion but because of this ban there is so much suffering among the Dorje Shugden practitioner.

  17. Vinnie Tan on Jun 7, 2016 at 2:47 am

    Such irony….

    H.H. Dalai Lama is also a refugee himself that has brought thousands of Tibetans with him to seek help from countries like India, Nepal, America, UK and so on.

    Why is it that if it is for others those countries should not take in too many of them, yet as for the Tibetans, nothing similar was being said. What is even worst is that there is no compassion and kindness behind the speech. To say that Germany should not have so much refugees and have them remain as German as possible. H.H. Dalai Lama is the spokesperson of Buddhism and that is about kindness and compassion. So why is he not showing these refugee the kind of compassion and love that he should be?

    It is just funny how H.H. Dalai Lama has changed how he portrays to the world on how he is. It is a certain way in front of a certain crowd, and a totally different person in front of another crowd.

    I do hope that one day H.H. Dalai Lama will end the split between the Dorje Shudgen practitioners and non-Dorje Shugden practitioners. Currently the Dorje Shugden practitioners are being ostracised because of their faith and practice. This is not fair towards them as they have done nothing wrong but to practice Guru Devotion.

  18. Jace Chong on Jun 6, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche and Pastor Jean Ai for the article.

    It’s quite ironic for Dalai Lama to say such statement while he is the leader for one of the refugee camp in the world. I do share the same question with some of the people who left comments here which is wondering why Dalai Lama came out with controversial statements that contrary to his image where he promotes world peace, harmony and oneness.

    Nonetheless, like any high beings, I do believe Dalai Lama does everything for a reason to benefit, be it towards a small group, or putting down his reputation for a bigger things to arise.

    Attained beings has no attachment to themselves, meaning they will never do anything out of own selfish reason. What Pastor Jean Ai replied to Lew in the previous comments make sense, which I support the potential reason number 2 too.

    You can see there’s a change of a direction how Dalai Lama portray himself for the pass few years. There’s an inclination of Dalai Lama’s news towards a bad guy direction, and we can see China grab every chance of it to criticise him.

    To further put Dalai Lama down, China gives a lot of resources to develop a better Tibet. Good facilities and well planning for country side developments have always been brought up in Chinese news. So there are groups of people benefitted from China’s stance against Dalai Lama. This is one of the possibility I can think of.

  19. sonny tan on Jun 6, 2016 at 11:04 am

    Thank you Pastor Elena on this recent message by His Holiness, I am utterly sad and at the same time cannot comprehend that His Holiness would made such an inappropriate speech. A speech not befitting a very knowledgeable, spiritual and highly respected and regarded Buddhist scholar.
    I would assume that he must have succumbed to pressures only known to himself but it still belies a man of such distinction. Of late we are very often confused by his many remarks. One would need to be on par with his spiritual stature to really deeply digest its implications. However, a speech such as this can be misconstrued by many quarters and collateral damages can be felt and seen later.
    We would however wish him well and pray that he would see some light later and eventually lift his pressured ban on Dorje Shudgen.

  20. sweekeong on Jun 6, 2016 at 7:50 am

    HH Dalai Lama has great influence on others. His words carry weight due to him being a compassionate spiritual leader. The fact that Germany and other European countries accepting Syria refugees is a commendable compassionate act towards the refugees who suffered from the ongoing Syrian civil war. At the same the the authorities have to contend with making the citizens happy while taking in more refugees. Not everyone will be agreeable towards the decisions made by authorities due to personal perferences and individual views. There are language and cultural differences between the locals and the refugees.

    The refugees need a place to escape to and the ‘saviour’ has the responsibility of sustaining the refugees. Resources need to be reallocated to sustain the living of the refugees. There is no hard and fast rule to say only allow this amount of X refugees are accepted. If the the authorities stop the inflow of the refugees what would happen to those who are waiting at the borders? Wouldn’t they die with no place to escape?

    • Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Jun 11, 2016 at 4:38 am

      Yeah Swee Keong, I found it kind of interesting the Dalai Lama said this when the German Chancellor herself insisted on Europe having open borders to refugees! Germany has taken in the most Syrian refugees out of anyone in Europe (1,296,228,090 to date).

      Your comment actually prompted a thought in me. Like you said, the authorities have to contend with making the citizens happy because not everyone will be happy with the decisions made. So Angela Merkel will have to work hard to convince her public and the politicians that she’s doing the right thing. By the Dalai Lama making statements like these in Germany, he’s making it hard for Ms Merkel to accomplish her goals. It’s almost like interference, if you see what I mean?

  21. Sofi on Jun 6, 2016 at 4:29 am

    It certainly is shocking to read of the Dalai Lama’s view on the refugees seeking safety from their war-torn country. They had risks their lives for a chance at a better future, whether temporary or otherwise. It is just as the Tibetan-In-Exile had done 60 years ago, including the Dalai Lama himself. It was due to the generosity of host countries, including India, Nepal and various others that had kindly given them the refuge they seek. Yet, in this 60 long years, the Dalai Lama and his people are still considered “refugees” despite the more than generous donations from their host countries, organisations and private contributions from worldwide. Why have they not returned to their homeland to rebuild as the Dalai Lama had suggested? After all, the China now is actively promoting the economic level of Tibet and preserving the tradition of Tibetans as well as allowing religious freedom to practice, including Dorje Shugden.

    The Dalai Lama had said that he can feel the sufferings of the refugees, especially the women and children. And yet, most of his own people are languishing in camps that are below standard whilst his government officials are enjoying the luxury afforded from the millions of donations collected. Doesn’t his own people matter?

    As such, I really don’t think that the Dalai Lama should comment nor advice on countries accepting refugees as he had certainly not solved his own “temporary” refugee status yet. On top of all his problems, he placed a ban on Dorje Shugden and created additional sufferings for practitioners worldwide.

    May the Dalai Lama swiftly manifest the compassion and love as he always teaches. May he manifest the wisdom to reunite his people and to resolve the status of the Tibetan-In-Exiles to give them a real home.

  22. Frederick Law on Jun 6, 2016 at 2:20 am

    I am utterly shocked what H.H Dalai Lama lamented above about too many refugee. Where is the compassion and kindness of HH Dalai Lama, this is very irresponsible comment made

    H.H the Dalai Lama had on many occasion gave controversial statement which has tarnished HH reputation in the eye of the world. Being a refugee in exile for the past 60 years, His Holiness should show empathy and compassion toward refugee of other countries.

  23. Pastor Tat Ming on Jun 6, 2016 at 1:13 am

    Dalai Lama’s comment in AFP that Europe has accepted “too many” refugees, and that they should eventually return to help rebuild their home countries reflect badly on His Holiness as a Nobel Prize winner for peace.

    Being a refugee Himself living in exile in India, His Holiness is able to realise the plight of these refugees entering Europe. The very fact that they had become refugees indicates that returning to their originating countries is almost impossible.

    The ban on Dorje Shugden and recent public statements made by His Holiness have already tarnished his reputation. This latest negative comment add further salt to his wound!

    His Holiness had contributed a lot to the flourishing of Tibetan Buddhism around the world. His peace initiatives are similarly abound. Since His Holiness is known to be an emanation of Chenrezig, all his actions have deeper meanings and for higher beneficial purposes despite appearing to be non beneficial to us.

    I hope His Holiness will lift the ban on Dorje Shugden soon and continue to do his benovalent work to benefit others and spend less time in politics making unnecessary remarks that will jeopardise his reputation and cause a disrepute to Tibetan Buddhism.

  24. BlackCoffee on Jun 5, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    His Holiness was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 by the Norwegian government. Earlier this year, Norway declared that it will not take any more refugees from the EU. IMHO HH is campaigning for the EU and the Norwegian government. I scratch your back, you scratch mine. It is very convenient. Amnesty International, where are you?

    http://www.thelocal.no/20160408/norway-wont-take-any-more-refugees-from-eu

  25. Lew on Jun 5, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    Dear Pastor Jean Ai,

    I agree with what you have written. I too was very shocked to hear what HH Dalai Lama has commented about the refugees. Didn’t the entire concept of Tibetan in Exile based on the concept of refugee? If it is not the kindness of India, I think Tibetan cannot live peacefully in India. If it is not the kindness of India, Tibetan Buddhism cannot be so well preserved.

    Another very shocking remarks by HH Dalai Lama was the sexist remarks about His reincarnation.

    I am just wondering why recently HH Dalai Lama would make such controversial remarks. Do you have an answer?

    • Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Jun 6, 2016 at 4:39 am

      Lew,

      Actually, I have been thinking about that because in the last year or so, His Holiness has been making more and more comments which are being supposedly “taken out of context” by the media. Then the Tibetan leadership has to step in, do damage control and send out press releases about how His Holiness’ comments were taken out of context, and how the media don’t have a good understanding of Buddhism so they misinterpreted his remarks, etc.

      Look – the media broadcasts what you tell them to. You can’t train all of them in Buddhist studies so how are they supposed to learn how to interpret His Holiness’ comments correctly? Wouldn’t it be easier to feed them the right story, by giving them accurate soundbites that they can take away so you don’t have to worry about how they will spin it?

      Yet knowing that the media has a tendency to misinterpret, His Holiness continues to speak in this way and that has left me wondering why.

      I can only think of one thing which is that His Holiness is chipping away at his own allure and gently getting the world to think of him in a less glorified manner so that when he passes (in a long, long time to come), the shock of his passing is not so painful. That’s Potential Reason #1.

      For Potential Reason #2, in the past, the media would never have considered publishing any kind of pieces with the potential to embarrass the Dalai Lama. Yet today, it seems they have no hesitation to do so. His Holiness has always been the media darling for the last 60 years (and rightly so). As a result, people and especially his Tibetan people, always found him to be untouchable, almost superhuman.

      The mistakes he is making now are the mistakes of a human being because people can make mistakes. Maybe His Holiness is building up to a time when people don’t see him in some God-like way, to a time when he can actually say, “Hey, actually I made a mistake about the whole Dorje Shugden thing. It’s fine, you can practise if you want.” And in that time, saying something like that won’t be shocking and so embarrassing anymore for him to do.

      Personally, I like my Potential Reason #2 better!!

      • Sharon Ong on Jun 6, 2016 at 10:09 am

        Dear Pastor Jean Ai,

        This is such a thought-provoking piece as it does not really make sense to someone at my level that someone like His Holiness would issue such a seemingly un-Buddhist and unfeeling statement. More so from someone who has been a refuge himself for half a century or more. My first thought was that perhaps His Holiness’ statement was somehow lost in translation or misquoted by the journos.

        Then, when I thought about it a little further, I thought that perhaps there is a bigger scheme of things that is not apparent to mere mortals like me. After all, from scriptures and past historical events, we have learnt of how Buddhas can manifest situations that can seem opposite to the ordinary view and detrimental on the face of it, but in the bigger scheme of things will ultimately benefit all sentient beings. Hence, I share the same sentiments as you that perhaps His Holiness is manifesting “mistakes” to make him appear more human and fallible. And when His Holiness lifts that ban, it would sound more convincing and acceptable.

        Let’s hope that your Potential Reason #2 will come true VERY soon. 🙂

        Thank you for this.

        • Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Jun 11, 2016 at 4:34 am

          Hi Sharon,

          Mistranslation is a possibility and I had considered that myself, but it seems that His Holiness’ words are being increasingly mistranslated and taken out of context, no?

          Like I said, in the past the media would’ve never considered publishing a piece like this. The senior generation of journalists would have thought the Dalai Lama’s words were mistranslated – in their minds, even if the Dalai Lama said it, it couldn’t be his true thoughts and it HAD to be a mistranslation. The new generation however, have no such hesitation, it would seem and are taken in by His Holiness’ charm and disarming giggle.

          Something in me tells me that His Holiness is doing all of this on purpose (nothing psychic lah, just a hunch!). He can’t possibly be making error after error, and not know what’s happening and how his people are scrambling to deal with it. So why keep doing it unless he’s cruel and likes to watch his people panic? There has to be a bigger reason because the Dalai Lama is most definitely not cruel.

          Anyway, let’s work and see. Only time will tell. And yah, I’m not gonna say “wait and see” because it’s important we continue to raise awareness, and not sit around and wait! 😉 hehe

      • Lew on Jun 9, 2016 at 12:34 am

        Dear Pastor Jean Ai,

        I too like your reason #2 🙂 LOL. But I would like to play the devil’s advocate a bit.

        I think in general, people around the world has lost interest with the “Free Tibet” cause. Especially the new generation, “Free Tibet” has no meaning to them. The rise of China also add obstacles to their negotiation (they started with demanding independence, then quietly changed to autonomous without giving reasons). Sad to say, HH Dalai Lama is slowly losing His fame and attention (of course I know He is not seeking attention for His personal agenda).

        I mean, it has been 60 years, and it is not getting anywhere near to what they wish. I would say HHDL would make “controversial” remarks so that media will focus on Him with the hope to “re-ignite” the passion for “Free Tibet” cause. “Free Tibet” cause no longer attracts attention of the public, sad to say.

        For 60 years, the Tibetan in Exile failed to produce good results for people to admire. The countries who sponsor them didn’t see their donation being put to good use, and rumours of embezzlement within the Tibetan leadership is very strong. Furthermore, with pressure from China, I really don’t know where Tibet is heading.

        • Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Jun 11, 2016 at 4:26 am

          Lew,

          Neither do I, I don’t know where the Tibetan leadership is heading either. The Free Tibet thing used to be popular when it was fashionable to hate China. But the world today is very different to the world 20, even 10, years ago.

          In today’s world, people want to learn Mandarin and Chinese customs because like you say, they recognise that China is rising. They want to tap into the resources and into the market, so they need some way of making a connection.

          Supporting the Free Tibet cause doesn’t bring you any benefit except for perhaps some kind of moral satisfaction…and let’s face it, considering MOST people today, how many people really care about moral satisfaction if it doesn’t pay the bills?

          This is something the Tibetan leadership needs to consider because unfortunately, the whole Free Tibet movement is centred on His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s image and even more unfortunately, one day His Holiness will have to pass.

          The Chinese leadership however, looks like it will be here to stay for a long time to come, past the 32 years more that His Holiness says he will live. So how long can Dharamsala hold out and continue to antagonise the Chinese?

          Let’s look at the maths. In 32 years time, it will be 2048.

          The agreement that the Tibetan leadership has with the Indian government, which lasts for 99 years, is due to expire in 2058/2059.

          In the 10 years between His Holiness’ predicted passing and the time when Tibetans have to become Indian citizens (2058/2059), does anyone really think that the Tibetan leadership will be able to accomplish much politically if they (a) don’t have the Dalai Lama to help them anymore (b) haven’t accomplished anything since 1959 as it currently stands?

          It would be smarter for the Tibetan leadership to think about how they can prepare for that time because seriously, directing time and resources to suppressing Dorje Shugden practitioners is a total waste. Compared to Dharamsala, China has unlimited resources. Why spend your limited resources fighting your OWN people, when you could be directing it somewhere else?

          The way I see it, the situation for the Tibetan leadership looks very bleak and they would be better off getting their people together and uniting them, instead of spending money that they don’t have on driving their people apart.

      • Wei Theng on Jun 10, 2016 at 5:20 am

        Dear Pastor Jean Ai,

        From the contradictory speech on Dorje Shugden ban, to the recent sexist remarks about His reincarnation and now remarks about the refuge in Europe. It really makes me puzzled why His Holiness is contradicting with his image of a person who is compassionate and promote world peace.
        I really hope it is like your potential reason #2 that he is manifesting more “human-like” that he will make mistakes and can be easier for him for him to say it is a mistake as an excuse to lift the Shugden ban.

        Thank you!

  26. Fong on Jun 5, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    It saddens me to read that the Dalai Lama said that “there are too many refugees” in Europe. Coming from some one who expounds compassion, loving kindness and peace, this is very surprising, shocking even.

    The refugees have gone through much suffering to get to Europe to escape from worse carnage in their homeland. They are looking for the same chances from Europe that the Dalai Lama and Tibetans received from India some 60 years ago. I don’t think being refugees in India for 60 years is being “temporary”. In fact, from the article, India has helped plan for the long term for the Tibetans.

    I can understand the Dalai Lama longing to return to Tibet. I don’t think the refugees in Europe now feels less for their homeland. But, circumstances is such that they brave grave dangers to reach what they hope is safer haven for their families.

    Whoever is advising the Dalai Lama has made the Dalai Lama look very bad in the eyes of many. Sad times, indeed.

    It is disturbing news but if it is what transpired, it needs to be made known, good or bad. Thanks for highlighting this piece of news, Pastor Jean Ai.

  27. Daniel on Jun 5, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    China has always regarded His Holiness as not merely a ‘simple Buddhist monk’ but a very astute and seasoned politician. And this post goes someway towards articulating how competent and skilful the Dalai Lama is. I feel the speech is tailored to appeal to German nationalistic fervour and this is what the Dalai Lama should say to win hearts.

    When we put together the Dalai Lama’s speeches and quotes we see that they are often contradictions but when we examine the speeches based on the inclination of the audience and the social and political environment within which the Dalai Lama’s speeches are made, then we see a very seasoned orator very much in tune with the emotions and thinking of the crowd.

    Now the Dalai Lama says refugees owe their host nation a ‘moral duty’. If the same moral duty were to be applied to the Tibetans in exile, then should they not make neutral if not friendly overtures towards China? Instead, at every opportunity we see the Dalai Lama criticising China while standing on Indian soil, at the same time India tries to engage with China peacefully.

  28. Choong on Jun 5, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    I’m no expert on karmic pathways but isn’t His Holiness Dalai Lama, the leader of the Tibetan people, by suggesting such a policy of denying refugees long term stay in Europe, enhancing the potential of his own people to be accorded the same? This is so reckless.

    • Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Jun 6, 2016 at 4:58 am

      Hi Choong,

      I think you’ve hit on an interesting point. I’m no expert on karmic pathways either but I can’t imagine that such comments will lead to good results for the Tibetan people (if we view this issue from a purely superficial POV).

      After last few years, and after examining the evidence, sorry but I really doubt the Tibetan people will regain their homeland. In the past, the world was united in their hatred against China, so Tibetans had the advantage of this strength of feeling behind their campaigns. In more recent times, the same can no longer be said; Tibetans and their supporters can no longer rely on the world to speak up for Tibet because the world needs China.

      It therefore becomes all the more important for the Tibetan leadership to court the favourable view of Western leaders…and nowadays, Western leadership is leaning towards a more humanitarian approach (as opposed to, say, George W. Bush’s rather bearish behaviour). So comments like these will definitely NOT endear the Tibetan leadership to the Western nations. Comments like these will alienate supporters of the Tibetan cause, on both a national and individual level; why associate yourself with someone who makes such archaic, near-xenophobic remarks?

      Having said that, will the results of these types of comments be ultimately harmful to the Tibetan people? I don’t think so and therefore also don’t believe His Holiness’s actions are reckless. To say they are reckless would imply that His Holiness is not in control of his actions and mind, which is simply not the case. I believe His Holiness the Dalai Lama IS a bodhisattva and so although things appear reckless and ruthless, they are not unplanned. With my limited view, I can’t see what the reason for all of this yet but my experience with our own Rinpoche tells me that when it comes to the work of bodhisattvas, there is always a reason. Their planning, foresight and strategic thinking extends far beyond what any of us can comprehend.

      Simply put, if our Rinpoche can do it, then our Rinpoche’s guru can do it too 🙂 thank you again for your comment!

      • Choong on Jun 6, 2016 at 11:09 am

        Thank you Pastor Jean Ai, maybe HHDL is manifesting recklessness so that his polity in particular may realise that HH can be “wrong” too. And that they should not be blind followers and not think for themselves and ask the right questions. This would certainly at once help overturn the Dorje Shugden ban, bring the clarity of the Dharma to more people, especially Je Tsongkhapa’s stainless methods and teachings.

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    Friday, Apr 28. 2017 04:00 PM
    Everything we offer to Buddha is a form of mind transformation and practise our mind to be focus even when doing water offering. When pouring the water into the bowl we have to recite Om Ah Hum (3 times), think positively and pouring it slowly so it does not spill and leaving the space of a grain of rice before reaching the top. After offering we also have to clean the bowls properly without leaving stain. All this is to train our mind.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the many benefits and water offering in a simple to understand article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/making-water-offerings-to-the-buddhas.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 28. 2017 03:38 PM
    Trolls are assiociates as beings of Scandinavian folklore.A large number of different mythological creatures continue to live on in Scandinavian folklore.They have different shapes,habitat and filthy features . There are also numerous tales of trolls told and retold.Trolls are also believed to have the magigal powers, which were folktales ,posses capabilities that are beyond human .What ever it was a remnant of a long-lost reality for sure. I do believe that there’s a very high chance trolls had existed in the past.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing ,i do enjoyed all the stories in these article even though it just folk tales.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/the-hidden-nature-of-trolls.html
  • Jason
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 11:54 PM
    People always expect return on some contribution being done especially in charity events. When the return was under their expectations then they will feel sad or unhappy.
    As Rinpoche said, Dharma is a teachings to transform our mind to become bodicitta or selfless to benefit others without condition. Once we practiced selfless mind, our mind will not be affected by others people reaction.
    What will be my legacy? I think this is not really important to me anymore once I know Dharma teachings from Rinpoche.
    Thanks Datuk May for sharing to benefit more people.

    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/what-will-be-your-legacy.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 08:56 PM
    Amazing miracles true story …of how Rinpoche helped. With Rinpoche blessing during the children baptismal ceremony,this little boy who had not spoken since 9 years old was able to speake again.Incredible….
    Chef Au truly believes been a vegetarian has help him to collects merits for his son.Rinpoche’s care and compassion has benefited many more people.Through these stories hope more people will be inspired to achieve the state of compassion and attainments.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for this sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-4.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 07:51 PM
    Having fully trust and faith in Rinpoche ,Fat monk’s mother was well again, after been diagnosed with cancerious tumour at the liver.
    Following instructions given by Rinpoche, his mother recited mantras and Fat monk did a series of pujas as told,his mother recovered then.
    Amazing……Miracles do happen.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-3.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 05:27 PM
    We are no strangers to the creatures called Werewolves. They are often depicted as the Jekyll-and-Hyde-like monsters in movies who are unable to control their animal instincts when they shift from human form to a wolf-like creature, usually during the full moon. Together with the Vampires who can transform into bats, are my childhood imagery villains, who triggered my curiosity on mythical creatures during younger days. They still do, lol.

    It is gruesome to learn that real life werewolves are actually brutal even when they are in human forms. It is a far depict from the movies and fictions, where they are civil and level headed when in human form. I hope one day science or technology can provide more proves the existence of werewolves, and debunk the reason of this mystical shapeshifter.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 05:07 PM
    The miraculous power of Protectors’ practice can heal and shield us from negative karma from ripening. Through the blessings of our Guru, coupled with strong faith and trust, the practices will take effect swiftly and effectively. Rejoice to Steven Lee. May he be guided by the Three Jewels always. Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow for sharing the true story with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-10.html
  • Lin Mun
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 03:57 PM
    This is a very touching article. I totally agree that dog is a man’s best friend. They are always so loyal to the owner. However it is sad that not all pet owners are such. Some will only treat them literally as an animal and therefore do not take good care of them. Dogs or any other animals are beings that have feeling. There should not be neglected and be abused by us. This article reminds us to always care for all beings and respect them.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this heartwarming article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 02:21 PM
    Its a heartfelt touching article of this faithful dog.Cannot imagine this ,such a wonderful relationship between that dog and the deceased owner.The greatest fear dogs know is the fear that we will not come back for them That i noticed from observing from my pet poodle.In this case this faithful dog knew his owner won’t be back.
    Dogs are loyal, patient, fearless, forgiving, capable of pure love and have feelings too.He must have missed the owner badly that he wanted to accompany the owner all the way to the resting place.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing. May that faithful dog ,continue to serve and well taken, love by the other family members.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html

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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini\'s blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves.
~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini's blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves. ~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
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His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one\'s death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one's death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin\'s dog Snowy!
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I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin's dog Snowy!
Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
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Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
 Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
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2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
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One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
 Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
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Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
Tsem Rinpoche\'s Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
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Tsem Rinpoche's Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
 It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and \'defeat\' the ones that hurt us because we don\'t become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
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It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and 'defeat' the ones that hurt us because we don't become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
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Tsem Rinpoche's heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin  Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
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Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
 (left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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(left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s good to be with kind and sincere people.
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It's good to be with kind and sincere people.
If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
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If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
My Mumu boy didn\'t want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
My Mumu boy didn't want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
1 month ago
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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.
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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
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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 month 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 month 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 month ago
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
1 month ago
Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
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 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
2 months ago
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
2 months ago
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
2 months 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!
2 months ago
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
3 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
3 months ago
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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This is a good one to read
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  • April 20, 2017 10:45
    Ronnie asked: Dear Rinpoche and Pastors, I'm studying abroad and very far away from home, seeking guidance and advice as I have no one else I can talk to about this. Please read with an open mind, I don't know where else to go for help. I'm pregnant and it's an unplanned pregnancy. I'm stuck between keeping it or letting it go. I'm young and having a child at my age in the society we live in now would be considered taboo. The father of the child thinks I should let it go because it may cause a setback to both our careers and cause major family issues. He thinks we aren't ready to raise a child especially since we're both still in university and his parents think badly of me even though they've never met me or tried to get to know me. I'm sure no one would ever have the heart to take away a heartbeat but it seems like it isn't the right time to have a child now and if we did go through with it, the child probably won't be able to have the best things life can offer looking at where we are now in terms of finance and maturity. I'm lost, confused and unsure what the right thing to do is now. Any advice at all would be helpful right now. Thank you so very much for taking time to read my story.
    pastor answered: Dear Ronnie, I’m sorry to read that you are going through this situation. I can understand that this situation is tough to go through. You are always more than welcome to come here to ask questions. May I suggest that you talk to either someone in your family or your friends to help you come to an appropriate solution? This is because, what you feel, what you are going through, will change from time to time and you would need someone to talk to, someone that you can lean on through this situation you are facing. Depending on where you are in the world, professional help can also be sought to help you make a decision, which will be the best option for you seeking help. From a Buddhist perspective, the taking of a life is not considered a positive act, therefore those on the Buddhist path, would normally abstain taking a life if possible. However, that being said, one must always weigh the decision oneself. Everything we do in life, necessarily involves karma both positive and negative. That is why Buddhists try to overcome samsara in general. Your situation is complicated because you are abroad, but if possible you should really open up to someone you are close to in order to help you through making this decision on a personal basis. When you talk to someone, whom you are able to express yourself more, you may able to come to better decision that is right for you. There may be other options open to you if you seek help. I personally know women who have been in similar situations. One of these women, let the child go and the other went through the pregnancy and then gave the child up for adoption. You may or may not have thought of this option, but it is one that could be open to you, depending on where in the world you are. Any decision we make in life, however big or small it may seem, has far reaching consequences whether in this life, or in future lives. This is just a part and parcel of life within samsara. However, we should weigh the decisions we make clearly given the situation we are in. We cannot always do this weighing ourselves, but need to talk about our options with others we can rely on such a friends, family or professionals. You should consider doing this, which will help you greatly emotionally, and may give you the grounding you need to make the correct decision for you. I hope this helps.
  • April 19, 2017 04:57
    Dongho asked: What is a nyung ne practice? According to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, it's a purification sadhana. However, what are the instructions for this? I'm guessing it's to Chenrezig, but how does it work? Also, from what I have read, Vajrasattva practice is only for broken vows while Akshobhya is for regular misdeeds. Does that mean one has to take the Akshobhya practice to purify bad karma from this life and previous instead of Vajrasattva? As for the purification practices, are some like Vajrasattva and Chenrezig only to purify the bad karma and let it come quickly or is it to prevent it from coming? I am confused in it. As for signs, I recited a mantra of White Yangchenma that a Sakya lama, Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche, gave me with the Sakya visualizations I read on, and after one mala, I heard some lady call my Korean name even though no one in my neighborhood knows of my name and my family members weren't in the area. What does this mean?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your questions, it’s nice to see you back here again. Nyung Ne practice is a purification practice that centres around Chenrezig. It is a very beneficial practice that stems from a holy nun named Gelong-ma Palmo. It is a two and a half day practice that can be repeated many times over and over again to intensify the purification and build a closer relationship with Chenrezig. As well as its purification aspect, the practice is known to generate vast amount of merit, and also compassion, as the practice centres around Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion. The practice involves taking the eight Mahayana precepts for the duration, fasting, meditating, prostrating and praying. The practice usually entails empowerment into the practice of Chenrezig, therefore the exact meditations, prayers can only be explained to those who have the empowerment. Vajrasattva practice is not necessarily only for repairing broken vows, etc. That’s why it is advised that you engage in the practice at the end of the day, to repair any vows that you may have broken during that day, as well as stopping any negative karma you created that day from multiplying. This would entail reciting the mantra 21 times, together with the four opponent powers. However, if you engage in this practice more intensely, it definitely has the capability to purify all sorts of karma. That is the reason why in Ngondro, or preliminary practices one engages in before tantra, the practice of 100,000 Vajrasattva mantra recitation is an integral part. You can read more about Vajrasattva and his practice here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/an-important-purification-practice.html. Within purification practices, some of the karma will be purified completely, so you do not feel its effects at all, but when purifying other karma you will need to feel its effects somehow. For example if you have the karma to be in a car accident and get seriously injured, and you are engaging in any practice, but especially the purification practice, since you have purified most of the karma, you will only experience being in a very minor car accident, with only very superficial injuries. Therefore, in this case, the karma has been purified to the extent that it does not affect you as much, but you still need to feel part of its effect. In regards to any signs that you receive which engaging in the practices given to you by one of your specific gurus, you should report the happenings to that particular guru. He will be able to give you more of an accurate answer, as it may be related to the particular practice that he gave to you. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • April 17, 2017 07:06
    Thomas asked: Dear Pastors, When a serkyem set has been used so much and one is ready to get rid of it and replace it with a new one. What is a respecful mode of disposal?
    pastor answered: Dear Thomas, Thank you for your question. Your question shows that you have a lot of respect for offering items, which is very good. If possible, you should try to repair the item if within your means, and doing so make embellishments to make it a better offering item, which can still be used. If this is not possible, then you should dispose of the item with a good motivation. You should think that this item has been used to make offerings to the enlightened beings, but now that it is broken or unusable, you are going to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. Since it itself is not a receptacle of energies of the enlightened beings, such as a statue, tsa tsa or thangka, it does not require a special dissolution before being disposed of. However since it was used to make offerings, it still requires some form of respect when disposing, and this comes from one’s motivation and the way in which you dispose of it. Usually, when disposing of items in this way, make the motivation that you have used it and that it is now time to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. When you do this you can dispose of it in a respectful manner. For example, if you are going to throw it away, you do not simply open the trash can and throw it in. You wrap it up in something, like a bag or newspaper and dispose of it respectfully. Another method you can dispose of it is to recycle the object, if the material it is made from can be recycled. That way you are more conscious of the environment as well. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 16, 2017 22:38
    Curious asked: Dear pastors In a recent youtube video something like paying respect to deceased ones, pastor Nirel Patel explained that merits are like the interest and good karma is like the principal sum. So merits always regenerate themselves and hence do not get used up but good karma is like the principal sum so it gets used up. So my question is what are practices that generate merit? And can we turn a mundane daily activity into a meritorious one? Maybe can you provide an example?
    pastor answered: Dear Curious, Thank you for your question. First, to clarify a point, in regards to good karma, you are right, it is like a principal sum in a bank account, but you take away from it when you experience something good in your life, and you add to it when you do good deeds. Merit on the other hand, once accrued never diminishes, therefore when something is based on merit, it is based on the energies of this never diminishing sum, which you could say is like interest. In short, the principal sum when talking about karma is always added to and subtracted from. However, when talking about merit, once you have it, there is no way to destroy it, you will always benefit from it. There are various ways to explain how to generate merit. I will explain a way that I find easiest to understand. In normal life, when we go about performing any sort of activity, be it ‘good’ or ‘bad’ we do so out of ignorance of the true nature of existence, and it is usually self-motivated. For example, we work our entire lives to generate monetary income, so that we have enough money, resources, and materials goods to be comfortable. This is self-motivated, but it is the accepted way the world works these days, and is part and parcel of being bound to samsaric life. On the other hand, the act of merit making can be categorised into three parts: i) motivation, ii) the act itself, and iii) dedication. Let’s start with motivation, when engaging in various virtuous acts, we should have the motivation that by engaging in the act, we have the motivation to alleviate the suffering of someone else, and that may we gain enlightenment so that we can benefit them in the future. The second is the act itself. The third is to dedicate the energy of the virtuous act to gaining enlightenment. These three are what make merit. This may be a little confusing, so let me give an example: giving help to a homeless person. Whereas in ordinary life, this is something praised as a very good deed, it does not create merit without motivation and dedication. In order for this to become merit, one must set the motivation that one is giving help to the homeless free of the eight worldly concerns, to alleviate their suffering and also making the motivation that you will achieve enlightenment for the sake of the person or people you are helping. Then after you have helped them, you dedicate the energy created to the spiritual journey towards full enlightenment to help all sentient beings, while at the same time benefiting as many sentient beings as possible on the way there. This transforms the act into not only a virtuous action but also one that generates merit. On the other hand, if you were to help the homeless without these, you are creating good karma, which although beneficial, keeps you bound to existence within samsara. As it is the goal of Buddhist practice to overcome the cycle of samsara, a Buddhist would want to generate merit instead of good karma. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 13, 2017 11:38
    D.A. asked: If Begtse Chan is not from Mongolia, what are his real origins or story exactly? And which lamas offer his empowerment? As for Manjushri Nagarakshasa, which lamas specifically offer his empowerment and practice?
    pastor answered: Dear D.A. Thank you for your question. Begtse, is also known as Chamsing, or Jamsaran in Mongolian. As mentioned in an earlier sharing with someone who also asked a question about Begtse, the practiced was introduced to Tibet from India by the translator Nyen Lotsawa, and is considered one of the main protectors of the Hayagriva cycle of tantras. According to the scriptures that derive from the Sakya tradition, who incorporated the practice from the translators, and in which tradition Begtse became a very important protector, Begtse in a previous life was born many eons ago. In that particular life, he was born as the younger prince in a royal family. His name was Drag Gye, and his older brother’s name was Drag Den. Over time both princes developed differing religious beliefs, to the point where they could not get along with each as they both held their own religious views strongly. As was the custom during that time, they decided to settle their differences through logical debate, with the loser having to convert to the winner’s religion. This custom was also prevalent in ancient India, and there are many stories of such debates occurring between the great masters of the past and those of other faiths. Drag Gye lost the various debates, but ran away instead of converting to his older brother’s religion. Drag Den caught him, and tried to punish him for breaking the rules of debate and going back on his promise. Drag Gye told his brother that even if he was killed he would not give up his religion, however if Drag Den let him go, that in the future when Drag Den became enlightened, he would protect his teachings. With that Drag Den let him go, and gave him a set of copper armour, a stick, and a bow and arrow. Drag Den also gave Drag Gye a new name: Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po. After this incident the two brothers never saw each other again in that lifetime. Many lives after that Drag Den was reborn as Prince Siddharta, who eventually became enlightened and is now known as Buddha Shakyamuni. Drag Gye, or Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po, was reborn in a cemetery in the North West direction. His parents gave birth to two eggs, one was a coral-like colour and the other was an agate-like colour. These two eggs flew high into the sky and reached the heavenly realms, there they subdued the gods. Then flying back down to earth, they subdued many nagas. Eventually they even came to threaten their own parents. The parents petitioned the Dharma protector Ekajati for her help, who threw her own staff (khatvanga) at the eggs, and broke them apart. From the coral-like coloured egg came a ferocious man with yellow hair, he proclaimed that his name was ‘Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po’. When he emerged he was wearing a set of copper armour, wielding a stick, copper sword, and a bow and arrow. From the agate-like coloured egg came a female who was blue in colour, her teeth were like shells, she had turquoise eyebrows, and her hair was made of fire. She emerged wielding a copper knife, ritual dagger (phurba), rode a terrifying bear and wore an intricate necklace made of agate and lapis lazuli. It was then that Ekajati once again took action, and subdued them, after which they became Dharma protectors. The male figure became known as Begtse, and the female as his sister. When you propitiate Begtse, his sister is automatically included and aids practitioners as well. As for which lama offer his practice and empowerment, most lamas do not advertise which teachings or practice they hold. Therefore you should respectfully approach lamas and ask them if they have the practice and can bestow it, or if they know of any lamas that have the practice, depending on how much you want to practice Begtse. Similarly, this applies to those lamas who have the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. However, this practice is included in the Rinjung Gyatsa series of empowerments. This unique cycle of teachings, includes all 4 classes of tantric practices, and includes the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. Therefore those lamas who have received the complete transmission, and have kept their commitments for this practice, are qualified to pass this on to others. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
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