Digital Journal Publishes Tsem Rinpoche’s Advice Against Self Immolation

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For most people, probably the first time they ever saw someone driven to self-immolation to defend their beliefs was during the Viet Nam War.

Venerable Thich Quang Duc. Click on image to enlarge.

Venerable Thich Quang Duc. Click on image to enlarge.

Back then, a Buddhist monk by the name of Venerable Thich Quang Duc calmly entered meditation as he burned to death. He was protesting the persecution of Buddhists in his country Viet Nam, and when Americans saw it, they were totally shocked by the sight. It later helped to compel the American government to withdraw their support for the Vietnamese government of the time.

Over the years, this method of protest has been adopted by the Tibetans but unfortunately, with much less success. In the case of Venerable Duc, it only took one monk to trouble the American President’s conscience – upon seeing the photo of Venerable Duc self-immolating, President John F. Kennedy remarked that,

“…no news picture in history has generated so much emotion around the world as that one.”

Yet with the Tibetans, 152 have taken their own lives and still the international community remains unmoved. To me, this is extremely sad. Buddhists are taught that one of our core precepts is to refrain from killing, no matter how big or small the life. If you remember the movie Kundun, one of the famous scenes was that of Tibetans picking out worms from the soil as they constructed the Dalai Lama’s movie theatre in Tibet. So I would have expected Tibetans, who are Buddhist by culture and birth, to abide by this very strongly. The fact so many Tibetans can overlook one of their cardinal percepts leads me to think a couple of things:

  1. No one educated them that the self-immolations are not gaining the desired effect. They have somehow become misinformed (whether deliberately or not) into thinking the world will one day react once enough self-immolations occur.
  2. There is a dilution in the importance the new generation places on their Buddhist culture and values. They are giving up centuries-held culturally-ingrained precepts, in favour of short-term political goals.

Yet, none of this confuses me as much as why the Tibetan leadership have remained absolutely silent over the matter. How can any leadership with a conscience allow their people to keep taking their own lives, and not say or do anything to stop it? Does it not hurt them to see so many of their own people dying in this manner? Do they not feel any guilt for failing to make political progress so much so that Tibetans feel self-immolations are such a necessity?

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It also disappoints me to know that His Holiness the Dalai Lama has had to witness this 152 times, and the Tibetan leadership STILL remains silent. How many more people have to die before the Tibetan leaders say enough is enough, and they speak up to stop it all? After all, the Central Tibetan Administration have been VERY creative in the way they have suppressed Dorje Shugden people. Do not get me wrong, I am not asking for potential self-immolators to be hurt or segregated like how Dorje Shugden people are. I would never wish that on anybody. However, there are many ways in which the Tibetan leadership can discourage self-immolations (which Tsem Rinpoche previously outlined in his article about Reuters here). So how come the Tibetan leaders are not doing anything to deter potential self-immolators?

In fact instead of stopping them, the leadership encourages them by praising them, celebrating them, lauding their so-called ‘feats’, building memorials to them… I am sorry and I mean no disrespect but personally, I would have put the funds spent on building memorials and lighting butterlamps towards building schools, training good teachers, constructing hospitals, getting the best medical equipment and so on. Why not focus on how we can improve the lives of the living instead of encouraging people to essentially commit suicide? How illogical that the Tibetan leadership always chooses the latter option.

In the bigger picture, no one understands the pain and desperation of the self-immolators better than Dorje Shugden people who have to go through it with double intensity. First, like other Tibetans, Dorje Shugden practitioners who are Tibetan also feel the pain of not being in their homeland. On top of that, unlike other Tibetans, they also suffer a second source of pain and loss of dignity because they are kicked out and segregated from the Tibetan exiled community due to their Dorje Shugden practice.

H.E. Tsem Rinpoche has issued a statement about the self-immolations and it was published on Reuters.

H.E. Tsem Rinpoche has issued a statement about the self-immolations and it was published on Reuters. Click to view the original Reuters publication.

Wishing to prevent more unnecessary deaths and suffering, Tsem Rinpoche issued a statement about the self-immolations, and how the Tibetan leadership’s silence over this is unusual given they have spent 22 years suppressing Shugden practitioners. It was first published by Reuters and now Digital Journal, a Canadian-based Internet news service, has published it too. Originally established in 1998 as a technology and gadget magazine, over time they have evolved to become a global online hub for citizen journalism. These days, they publish both professional contributions and user-submitted content. Of course, all user-submitted content has to be approved by them so if the news somehow risks their journalistic integrity or reputation, Digital Journal is not going to publish it.

So that is the situation we find ourselves in – Tsem Rinpoche had good intentions to make such a statement, and Digital Journal allowed for the statement to be published, feeling it would somehow interest or benefit their readers. And yet, despite all of this, Tsem Rinpoche’s statements have now been used to attack Tsem Rinpoche himself. Since the publication of the first piece on Reuters, the attacks have intensified, with signs they are being coordinated. They have come from all quarters, ranging from anonymous pro-Tibet accounts all the way up to notable personalities like Prof Robert Thurman. My question is, why would anyone want to attack a person for trying to save lives by advising others that self-harm and suicide via self-immolation is not the correct solution?

Attached here is just some example of Prof Robert Thurman harasses and degrades Tsem Rinpoche and his students. If there is really no ban, then what are all his tweets about?

Attached here are just some examples of how Prof Robert Thurman harasses and degrades Tsem Rinpoche and his students. If there is really no ban, then what are all his tweets about?

I always find it a little strange because if there is no ban on Dorje Shugden like the Tibetan leadership claims, then why are all of their supporters reacting so strongly to Tsem Rinpoche’s statements? Some of them spend hours criticising Tsem Rinpoche for his practice of Dorje Shugden, or denigrating and deriding my teacher for his opinions. Surely, ban or no ban, it is up to Tsem Rinpoche to issue whatever statements he wishes, and to choose whatever practice he wants to rely on. The fact people act like there is a ban whilst simultaneously claiming there is none, actually reflects poor communication from the leadership.

So I am sorry but I am going to have to say this, and it is not a truth that is very pleasant — it all boils down to poor leadership.

  1. It was poor leadership that led to the split of the Gelug community over the Dorje Shugden issue.
  2. Poor leadership resulted in the Jonangpas being denied parliamentary representation, even though they are an officially-recognised religious denomination in Tibet.
  3. Poor leadership led to the split of the Karma Kagyu community over the Karmapa issue.
  4. Poor leadership resulted in the many scandals we have seen plaguing the Tibetan leadership as of late, ranging from accusations of sexual assault all the way up to money laundering and embezzlement.
  5. Similarly, it is now poor leadership that has led Tibetans to feel they lack the opportunity and outlet to express their frustrations, therefore resorting to self-immolations.

I thank Digital Journal for publishing the statement and I hope in doing so, someone reads Tsem Rinpoche’s words and is dissuaded from taking their own life. I also thank Digital Journal for shining a light on the misgovernance and poor leadership that has potentially irrevocably damaged what is actually a very beautiful community which has produced and nurtured incredible great masters that benefit the world. I hope that as time passes, more Tibetans are dissuaded from this horrific act, and the Tibetan leadership starts to act in the interests of their people, by dissuading them from self-immolating and giving them other options for speaking up.

Pastor Jean Ai

 

Source: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/3692767. Click on image to read the original article.

Source: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/3692767. Click on image to read the original article.

 

Addendum

Central Tibetan Administration’s Website

Below is a screenshot of Tibet.net, which is the Tibetan leadership’s website. In it, they have a section with “information” about Dorje Shugden which is designed to promote hatred, negativity and direct vulgarities towards Shugden practitioners. What kind of democratic leadership has a section like this on their site targeting a religious group? Imagine the uproar there would be if the American or Canadian, or any other democratic government had sections like this on their site for the public!

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The Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) website which has a section on Dorje Shugden. What kind of democratic government has sections on their website which target a religious group? Click to enlarge.

 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Website

This is a screenshot of DalaiLama.com which is the official website of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. When this section exists on His Holiness’ website, it actually emboldens Tibetans to discriminate against and segregate Shugden practitioners. This section is basically the Dalai Lama’s ‘endorsement’ of such behaviour; when anti-Shugden individuals see this, they think it is okay to segregate against the practice “because the Dalai Lama said so”. I don’t think the Dalai Lama would agree with this but the webmaster and shadow writers behind his website should not put this type of anti-Dorje Shugden section which subscribes to discrimination against a group because of religion. In the 21st century, this is not fitting of a great spiritual leader like His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Do not discriminate tolerate; is the way to go.

If the Dorje Shugden ban is just advice and not a ban, then why is a section like this necessary on any website?

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s website which has a section on Dorje Shugden. This section emboldens Tibetans to discriminate against Shugden practitioners because it is the Dalai Lama’s endorsement of such behaviour.

 

Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile’s Resolution Stating Government Employees Should Not Rely on Dorje Shugden

In 1996, the Tibetan leadership passed a resolution stating that all departments (and ergo their employees) should not rely on Dorje Shugden (point 8). The resolution also stated that individuals who do engage in its worship will harm the Dalai Lama’s life and the so-called Tibetan cause. That being the case, how will anyone within the Tibetan settlements and government be able to openly engage in Dorje Shugden practice after that, if their worship has been widely labelled as anti-Dalai Lama, anti-CTA and treasonous? To openly practice after that will leave them open to criticism, vulgarities, harassment and discrimination, as Dorje Shugden practitioners have been for the last 20 years. So they will be left with three options: to give up the practice (which many will not do), to practice secretly, or to give up their jobs.

A screenshot of tibet.net, showing the 1996 resolution which proclaimed that departments under the Tibetan leadership should not propitiate Dorje Shugden and that doing so will harm the Dalai Lama's life.

A screenshot of tibet.net, showing the 1996 resolution which proclaimed that departments under the Tibetan leadership should not propitiate Dorje Shugden and that doing so will harm the Dalai Lama’s life.

 

Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile’s Resolution Naming Dorje Shugden Practitioners as Criminals in History

This is a screenshot of tibet.net, the Central Tibetan Administration’s official website, which shows the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile’s unanimous resolution dated 17 March 2014 naming Dorje Shugden practitioners as criminals in history (point 3, paragraph 2).

The Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile passed a resolution on 17 March 2014 naming all Dorje Shugden practitioners as criminals in history.

The Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile passed a resolution on 17 March 2014 naming all Dorje Shugden practitioners as “criminals in history”. On what basis can the Tibetan leadership condemn all Dorje Shugden believers, including the elderly, infirm, young, and those not of Tibetan nationality, as criminals?

 

VIDEO: Dalai Lama bans Dorje Shugden practice
and expels monks

His Holiness the Dalai Lama was recorded in Drepung Monastery in 2008 clearly stating that those who refused to give up their Dorje Shugden practice should be expelled from the monasteries. His Holiness even said that if people found it difficult to fulfill this instruction, that they should say that the Dalai Lama told them to expel Dorje Shugden practitioners.

My question is this: if giving up Dorje Shugden practice is just advice, and it is up to us who we wish to rely on, then why are there such heavy repercussions for people who choose to keep the practice? As a result of His Holiness saying this, thousands of Shugden monks were expelled from the monasteries, and were forced to set up their own monasteries where they would be able to continue their Dorje Shugden practice.

 

VIDEO: Gaden Monastery Attacked

Since the inception of the Dorje Shugden ban 20 years ago, the CTA (Central Tibetan Administration) continues to organize a hateful campaign against Dorje Shugden practitioners. In doing so, the Tibetan leadership has gone against the very core teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama on compassion and tolerance and thereby, misled the world over the nature of their activities. The Tibetan leadership pursues huge sponsorship and financial aid from the West in order to run its operations but they actually channel these funds towards campaigns that suppresses religious freedom within the Tibetan communities through various means to instigate violent suppression against Dorje Shugden practitioners.

This video footage shows clearly how Dorje Shugden practitioners have lived their lives in fear for the last 20 years due to the ban on Dorje Shugden. Although the Tibetan leadership and supporters have continued to use various violent and underhanded means to segregate and discriminate Dorje Shugden practitioners, the practitioners themselves have not fought back. Instead, they continue to uphold their peaceful reliance on their Dorje Shugden lineage lamas and especially the practices and teachings they have received in relations to the protector deity. The main part of the video was filmed in 2000 and it shows 3,000 lay and ordained Tibetans heading towards Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India in order to riot against a group of Dorje Shugden practitioners.

Disclaimer: This video belongs to a third party. Permission was granted for us to upload here. This video is not being used for any commercial purposes, it is being used for educational purposes only.

 

VIDEO: Dorje Shugden practitioner rejected
from Gaden Shartse Monastery Guest House

A Dorje Shugden practitioner enquiring about room rates at the Gaden Shartse Monastery Guest House in Majnu-ka-tilla, Delhi was rejected by the hotel staff and asked to leave.

 

VIDEO: France 24 reports on the Dorje Shugden issue

France 24 is a reputable news network based in France, known for their objective reporting style. They covered the Dorje Shugden issue extensively, surely a reflection of the seriousness of the issue for them to devote so much airtime to it. In their video, France 24 captured on film the discrimination against a Dorje Shugden monk.

VIDEO: Al Jazeera reports on the Dorje Shugden issue

Based in the Middle East, Al Jazeera was formed in response to the heavy influence of Western culture on the media. They are known to cover controversial topics that other news agencies may be reluctant to cover, and provide hard-hitting, objective coverage of current affairs.

Evidence of the Ban

Over the years, my students have collected evidence of the ban against Dorje Shugden. Personally, I find it quite disappointing and sad that they have been able to collect so much evidence because it just goes to show how widespread and pervasive this ban has become. As you can see below, notices banning Dorje Shugden practitioners can be found just about anywhere in the Tibetan settlements. Whether a Dorje Shugden person is trying to access healthcare or enter a restaurant, or try to buy something from a shop, they are banned everywhere and refused service. How is this just ‘advice’ when the repercussions of practising Dorje Shugden are so violent inside the Tibetan communities and settlements?

 

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  1. Joy Kam on Jul 17, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    Antique Pelden Lhamo thangka with sacred Dorje Shugden at the bottom right. Can see Tsongkapa and Guru Rinpoche on the top also. Beautiful and holy.

  2. Joy Kam on Jun 28, 2018 at 3:16 am

    How can a nun curse someone they do not even know and wish the person to die quickly and be born in hell? What kind of nun is this? Shocking! What more she’s cursing a Buddhist teacher and a monk?! Is this the face of Bhutanese Buddhist?

    This is so shameful for her as a nun, her teacher, her monastery, her country and her King. A sangha should not behave in such a manner. A Sangha should carry enlightened Buddha’s teachings of compassion and wisdom to benefit all sentient beings.

    A Sangha is not supposed to promote hatred and certainly should not be cursing or wishing another person to die. That wish itself is already breaking one of the vows.
    A Sangha is one of the 3 Jewels, an object of refuge. They should not behave like an uncivilized person with so much hate. This is how bad the Tibetan Leadership has spread their lies and hate about Dorje Shugden and Shugden Buddhist practitioners.

    Jamyang Choden

  3. Samfoonheei on May 7, 2018 at 10:58 am

    Its great news that Digital Journal and Reuters for publishing the statement of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche on self-immolations. As to spread awareness of unnecessary lost of lives and discourage self-immolations as a form of protest by some Tibetans. This method of protest has not been successful by looking at those past history. Many of the initial self-immolations were carried out by monks, but there is a growing number of laypeople, including nomads and farmers, have since taken part. Its really sad loosing a life in such a manner. The Chinese government has recently stated that those inciting or abetting self-immolations should be charged with intentional murder . More than hundreds of monks have taken their own lives up yo date and still the international community remains unmoved.. Hopefully H.E Tsem Rinpoche’s plead against Self Immolation which is been heighted in social medias and by this Digital Journal can be read and heard by many across the globe . Self Immolation has to be stop somehow. Every one should be given the rights, freedom to choose and practise any religion they want. The choice is theirs and not the government . May all discrimination, segretation stop and may all live harmonious .
    Thank you Rinpoche for speaking up and gave some good advices , understanding to those people , monks and others.
    Thanks Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai, Digital Journal and Reuters .

  4. Wai Meng Wan on Apr 26, 2018 at 11:03 am

    I thank His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche the 25th for having so much courage and determination to speak up about issues that are harmful and hurtful to many others. One being the Dorje Shudgen issue and the other is the this senseless immolations by Tibetans. If the immolations makes a difference in the Tibetan struggle yes perhaps one can consider doing so, but it has not make one bit of difference to the lives of the Tibetans in Tibet at all. I would also like to add that Tsem Rinpoche, does not need to get his feet into such a potentially charged issue, and like Rinpoche’s previous foray in speaking up about Dorje Shugden, when he highlighted that the immolations should be replaced by other more beneficial forms of actions. As a Buddhist, if one weighs the actions, immolation could potentially benefit the political standing and the Tibetan state, for me something worldly in nature and the effects of that if it benefits is short term and may or may not benefit this life, if one does actions that is in the nature of buddhist and not suicide that potentially has benefits as outlined by Pastor Jean Ai, that benefits for sure this and many other lifetimes and potentially be a spark for someone to achieve enlightenment.

  5. Pastor Adeline Woon on Apr 17, 2018 at 3:17 am

    A true democracy allows everyone the freedom to exercise their human rights, including the freedom to practise any religion they want. In democratic countries, the government does not interfere with this right. Neither are democratic governments prejudiced against their citizens’ choice of religious belief. They do not force people to stop their religious practice or pass legislation criminalising people because of their religion.

    The Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), the Tibetan leadership who are based in Dharamsala are the exception. They are the only so-called ‘democratic’ leadership that puts a stranglehold on its people, persecuting them for their religious beliefs. They deny the rights of Dorje Shugden practitioners for simply practicing their religion as they have done for the past 400 years. Dorje Shugden practitioners are ostracised from their own community, denied medical care, education or even employment in government offices. The CTA definitely does not live up to the right to be called a democratic administration, especially when in it inflicts suppression of people’s freedom and disrespects basic human rights.

    http://video.tsemtulku.com/videouploads/comment-1523903366.mp4


  6. Stella Cheang on Apr 15, 2018 at 10:45 am

    Self-immolation is a harmful way to deliver a message. Why would the leadership and His Holiness the Dalai Lama allow such harmful action? It is an irony to see His Holiness keeping silence, for His Holiness is a monk, therefore naturally follows Buddhist practices that is against any action that leads to self-harm (or harming of others). Thankfully, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche voices out and educates the people to understand this is not right. I hope the Tibetans would listen to H.E. Tsem Rinpoche and stop harming themselves.

  7. callista on Apr 1, 2018 at 12:23 am

    I would like to thank Digital Journal for publishing Tsem Rinpoche’s Advice Against Self Immolation.
    Even a third party has realized the importance of human life and published the news and why can’t CTA realize that its people are suffering and to the certain extent some of them choose to self-immolation as a form of protest.
    CTA has plenty of ways to create the discrimination on Shugden practitioner, but they have no time to take care of the country affair and the funniest part is they keep denying that there is no ban on Dorje Shugden practice but why both websites DalaiLama.com stated His Holiness Dalai Lama actually emboldens Tibetans to discriminate against and segregate Shugden practitioners. This section is basically the Dalai Lama’s ‘endorsement’ of such behaviour and Tibet.net unanimous resolution dated 17 March 2014 naming Dorje Shugden practitioners as criminals in history (point 3, paragraph 2).

    Well, CTA can deny anything but the truth will always be there.

    I sincerely hope that, HHDL and CTA allow freedom of religion

  8. Grace Leu (KHJB) on Mar 30, 2018 at 8:00 am

    Thank you Digital Journal published Tsem Tulku Rinpoche ‘s statement on self-immolation should not be encouraged. Life is precious. As a Buddhist, we are aware how precious human life is ,just like the blind turtle need to touch the ring on the waving ocean. Instead we are sad the the self -immolation action did not attract the international community action, all remain silent. Even heart break is Tibetan leadership even encouraged this action and attack Rinpoche who want to save lives. We really wish that right message can pass down to people and such actions no more happened.

    Thank you.

  9. Pastor Han Nee on Mar 24, 2018 at 10:33 am

    Digital Journal, thank you for publishing Tsem Rinpoche’s re-affirmation of his call to all Tibetans to desist from Self-Immolation as a Form of Protest. As Rinpoche has so clearly and compassionately put it, self-immolation is a violation of a basic tenet of Buddhism – to refrain from Killing.

    It is sad that the 152 who have self-immolated(who include monks and nuns), have strayed so far as to forget this basic tenet and committed such a gross act of transgression. It is even sadder that they were not aware that their acts of self-immolation were in vain.The world has not been moved to step forward to help realise their purpose and desire – their free Tibet Cause.However, as Rinpoche also points out, what is most amazing is that the Tibetan Leadership has remained silent over these self-immolations. That they can remain unmoved by their own people taking their own lives for a cause, which they themselves are suppose to have worked on BUT have failed to do so and advance in any way!

    Tibetans urgently need to be educated about how wrong it is to take their own lives and for a grossly mistaken hope that self-immolation will advance their dream of an independent and free Tibet.Self-immolations must be stopped! The Tibetan Leadership, whom Tibetans still trust, must not abdicate this responsibilility to tell and advise them that they must STOP!

    Just imagine Robert Thurman, the Professor of the Chair of Tsongkhapa at Columbia University , telling Sock Wan to abandon her devotion to her Guru! Just unbelievable that he can make such derogatory remarks and vile aspersions on our most compassionate Guru, Tsem Rinpoche, and Kechara! I wonder when he will realise that he is the deluded one, for only a deluded mind can be so negative! For why else would any thinking person attack another for trying to stop further self-immolations and save lives? I tremble to think that he is using his authority of an academician of a renowned university to spread such gross malevolent unsubstantiated views and lies!

  10. Ming HY on Mar 20, 2018 at 11:56 pm

    Thank you Reuters and Digital Journal for publishing the statement by HE Tsem Tulku Rinpoche against self immolation , resulting in the loss of 152 lives. It is indeed sad that Buddhists are supposed to refrain from killing are taking their own lives, and then glorified as heroes by putting up monuments. It”s also sad that the CTA is not being active at putting a stop to this or discouraging it, as not only is this act ineffective in achieving their goals, but it is an unnecessary and violent loss of life, only creating more sadness and grief, to family, friends and those watching such an act. Thank you Rinpoche for speaking up about about this, and out of your true compassion and kindness to prevent more unnecessary suffering.

    I am however, rather disappointed that Mr. Robert Thurman had used this to attack Rinpoche in a totally uncalled for manner. I am very disappointed because I was lead to believe that as a teacher and practitioner of Lama Tsongkapas teachings, Mr. Thurman should practice what he preaches, otherwise his words will hold no water. Would you trust a person who shares the teachings of Buddhism and yet behaves otherwise?

    I pray that self immolations does come to an end and may all the conflicts be resolved peacefully.

  11. Frederick Law on Mar 20, 2018 at 3:23 am

    Deep appreciation to Digital Journal to publish H.E The 25th Tsem Rinpoche stand on self-immolation. It is saddening to see Tibetan sacrifices their life by setting themselves ablaze to protest, and yet none of Tibetan leadership speaking up and take action to stop this act, instead they focus on other Dorje Shugden ban and magnify on it as if it is serious issue that is destroying Tibetan community and Tibetan Buddhism.

    The CTA divert everyone attention to Dorje Shugden ban, and yet they never resolve the issue to self-immolation, is the CTA only care about how put down Dorje Shugden practitioner, and ignoring the humanity of precious life of those self immolator. It is even appaling that the community attacked Tsem Rinpoche for speaking about the truth against the Self- immolation, and why are they not asking and requesting CTA and His Holiness to tell the Tibetan to stop this inhuman act of Self-immolation.

    And what Robert Thurman wrote about Tsem Rinpoche just show that he does not practice Buddhism and what he preached. If He is His Holiness Dalai Lama student, why does he contradict the teaching given by Dalai Lama about compassion, kindness and peace? Could you still trust such person who preached Buddhism, and yet doing action contradict to what he wrote. Is it still inspiration to learn the essence of Buddhism from such hypocrite?

  12. Lin Mun on Mar 19, 2018 at 6:17 pm

    Appreciate Digital Journal who is another big media network to write an article about Rinpoche’s comments on self immolation. It is not acceptable that Tibetan Leadership is not taking any action to stop the suffering on their people. 152 cases and still does not dawn on them of their people’s request. Thank you Rinpoche for your work in standing up for the Dorje Shugden practitioners and enduring all the attacks from various sources.

    With this article and hopefully many more to come, more people would stand up against self immolation and unfairness imposed by Tibetan Leadership. The government can’t just stay numb but instead quickly engage in peaceful dialog to resolve this matter.

  13. Irene Lim on Mar 18, 2018 at 5:15 am

    Thank you Digital Journal for publishing Tsem Rinpoche’s advice against self Immolation. It is extremely sad that 152 had taken their own lives to protest their plight in vain. Precious human lives should not be sacrified and is sacrilegiously wrong to commit sucide in protest. By publishing Rinpoche’s advice is to help in bringing benefiical information to the mass to deter future self-immolators. I hope more medias will follow suit.

    It is outrageously weird and shocking to see Professor Robert Thurman attacking Rinpoche. Is this his way of representing his alama mater? He ought to be ashamed of himself. Thank Buddha I am not his student fortunately. As usual he often echoes the Dalai Lama in saying there is no ban in Dorje Shugden practice when evidence and reality have proven otherwise.

  14. so kin hoe (KISG) on Mar 17, 2018 at 11:40 pm

    Thank you Digital Journal for publishing the statements of His Eminence the 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche to cease from self-immolation within Tibetan community as a form of protest. 152 of precious human lives were lost in self-immolation are sufficient to prove that self-immolation is not an effective method to influence the Tibetan leadership in improving the way they run and manage their Tibetan in exile community as the split of Gelug community because of the Dorje Shugden conflict and the split of the Karma Kagyu community because of the Karmapa issue are yet to be resolved as of now. No other self-immolation should be continued on within the Tibetan community as the scarification of human life and the injustice regulations set by CTA against the Dorje Shugden practitioners are obviously two different matters.

    The poor leadership of CTA and failure to cultivate unity, peace and harmony among all Tibetans has even caused a well-known professor, Robert Thurman to misuse his popularity and status of being close to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama when he had downgraded a caring and kind Lama, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, for his own personal agenda. A sincere Buddhist and spiritual practitioner will not attack on anyone negatively but practise the Dharma according to Buddha’s teachings 100% without any prejudice, bias, hatred and schism.

    May all the conflicts within the Tibetan community will be ended peacefully to restore the unity and harmony for all Tibetans, and the history of Tibetan self-immolation will not be continued but ceased immediately.

    Humbly with folded hands,
    kin hoe

  15. graceleong on Mar 14, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    I am happy to see another media highlighting H.E Tsem Rinpoche’s plead against Self Immolation, as I personally do not believe this is a wise act. I believe that by staying alive and doing something for the cause might result in a greater chance of success then taking one’s own life for the cause.
    What took me by surprise in this article is the conversation that Robert Thurman had with Ms Sock Wan. Based on the LAMRIN (Liberation in the Palm of your Hand by H.E Pabongka Rinpoche) refering to page232 – I would regard Robert Thurman as “Bad Company”. As described in the LAMRIN
    “”Bad Company”don’t wear coarse sacking, they don’t have horns on their heads; “bad company” means people who make you do something nonvirtuous out of a feigned concern for your welfare, or who prevent you from doing something virtuous. The LAMRIN advised to ignore such people, no matter who they may be. Regard them as terrifying, as if they were mad elephants, tigers or leopards, and avoid them””

    Robert Thurman “advised” Ms Sock Wan to give up her Guru ! Robert Thurman asked her Not to listen to her Guru’s teachings !! Robert Thurman called this blog which has 11.7 million views a fake website !! His Twitter conversation with Ms Sock Wan is certainly NOT FAKE !!
    I felt really disappointed and sad and also upset to read his comments. I feel worried now for all the students who read his books or attended his classes on Buddhists studies. His words to Ms Sock Wan had no wisdom and compassion – how can he guide any being to Enlightment ??
    I say this with no malice and I really hope he will reflect on his wrongdoings and apply all the Buddha’s teachings in his practice to benefit others and not otherwise. With folded hands.

    Look at what a controversy can result in ….. people who believed in the controversy (in this case Dorje Shugden and the practice ) they can go all out to judge, harass, defame, discriminate, disparage and also encourage others to follow suit. They are so convinced they are right that they allowed their ego to rule and left no room for wisdom and compassion.
    Similarly with the controversy of the Karmapas. Those who fell for the controversy believed they were right and fell into the samsaric trap of fulfilling their self cherishing ego and lead them to have wrong thoughts, wrong speech and wrong actions.
    It is so scary because many of these people are labelled as Buddhist scholars, High Lamas and political leaders/heads and revered by many. Alas ! This proves IGNORANCE is truly a deadly poison !!

  16. Wah Ying on Mar 14, 2018 at 3:47 am

    I have to thank these news platform like Digital Journal and Reuters for publishing the statement of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche on self-immolations. This is for not only helping to spread the message of Rinpoche on self-immolations but they have also helped in saving more lives from engaging in taking their own lives.

    No matter what religion you are in, whatever reasons behind it, as mentioned by Rinpoche, self-immolations is an act of self-harm, it hurts not only the person who engages in the act but their family and friends as well. It surely hurts so many who see this act of self harm, but why a learned Tibetan Buddhism academician and Buddhist, Mr Thurman not able to see this act is actually not in line with non-killing percept? Unless Mr. Thurman is commenting with motivation to further the Tibet cause by sacrificing another person’s precious life, as Tibetan leaders are doing where they keep silence about this self harm all the time, after over 150 people have sacrificed themselves; and expecting more to take their own lives.

    To attack in such a way on Twitter, Mr Thurman has automatically disqualified himself as a scholar in Tibetan Buddhism who should know better about non-killing percept and all lives are precious, guru devotion, acceptance and compassion.

  17. Jacinta Goh on Mar 14, 2018 at 3:08 am

    To my dismay, Buddhism has turned to a war on self-glory (thinking that he knows more) versus humbleness. It’s very sad to see the exchanged msgs between Prof.Robert Thurman and Sock Wan. Robert Thurman even further claimed that Rinpoche’s website is a fake one. Being a writer, a professor and for some one of his calibre, shouldn’t he has known Buddhism better but why turned it into disaster? Shouldn’t he has more tolerance towards others and to be honest, it’s a serious matter to even claimed that H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche’s website is a fake one! His Emininece has taught many many many teachings other than Dorje Shugden practice. Rinpoche has repeatedly emphasised the importance of understanding Dharma correctly, on how and what to practice and Rinpoche even goes beyond the norm to by training those fortunate and close students directly so that they can be the better version of them. I am one of His Eminence online fans and I follow H.E. ‘s blog or teachings through social media like FB, Twitter closely and I found no faults of His teachings. I might not be the best example but at least I am being honest that I have benefitted from His teachings somehow.

  18. Sharon Ong on Mar 14, 2018 at 12:39 am

    Defending one’s believes is admirable but is self-immolation the solution? I don’t think so. There have been more than 150 self-immolations and the Tibetan government-in-exile (CTA) is still nowhere close to its goals. How many more lives need to be lost to this cause before CTA does something?

    I am really shocked to see someone of Robert Thurman’s standing sending such hateful tweets inciting students to go against their own teacher and defaming a Buddhist monk. As someone who is the expert in Tibetan Buddhism, he would know the importance of relying on a teacher and the consequences of breaking one’s Samaya with his/her teacher.

    I find it really strange that someone as highly educated like Prof Thurman would make false statements about Kechara and Rinpoche as he has not even taken the time to visit and objectively research to see what we are all about. We study the Lamrim, 50 Stanzas of Guru Devotion and more here. These are Buddhist texts and am not sure where he got his info from about us only studying Rinpoche’s online posts.

  19. nicholas on Mar 14, 2018 at 12:34 am

    It’s ironic to see how Tibetan leadership can keep silent toward their own people sacrificing their lives. Their silent is directly showing their encouragement on such action which it doesn’t make sense as the leader for their people.

    Looking at how Prof Robert Thurman attacking Tsem Rinpoche for promoting to stop self-immolation is another weird scenario/situation. What is so wrong for a human to ask another human not to hurt themselves? Why is Prof Robert Thurman being so rude and defensive which by right he should also encourage the Tibetan to stop hurting themselves if he’s really truly compassionate towards Tibetan people. If he’s a real supporter’s of His Holiness the Dalai Lama isn’t that he should up hold His Holiness teaching and preaching which is encouraging for peace and non-violence. But his action is totally opposite.

    Whether you are spiritual, for humanity sake we should not encourage anyone to hurt themselves especially in this situation everyone should voice up to stop self-immolation and find a non-violent way to fight for your rights.

    Truly grateful for Digital Journal for publishing this article to support non-violent towards oneself and may more people around the world able to read this and together we voice up for the stop of self-immolation.

  20. Pastor Antoinette Kass on Mar 14, 2018 at 12:04 am

    It is good news that H.E. Tsem Rinpoche‘s message gets distributed more and more. I believe that many people feel bad about the Tibetans self-immolating but nobody is stopping them. Now everyone can read from Rinpoche that it is even against Buddhist vows and therefore absolutely not accepted by Buddhism. This shows even clearer that the CTA, the Central Tibetan Administration must do something to stop their people from killing themselves.

    Yet, we read so much about scandals and trips around the world from the CTA but nothing is done to prevent the Tibetans to stop them hurting themselves. This is very wrong and is not what the Tibetans deserve from their government. The CTA should stand up for the Tibetans and protect them. This is their first priority! I hope that they will do their best to stop the self-immolations and provide the Tibetans with better opportunities and a better life.

    It is tremendously sad that people criticize H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche for speaking up. Instead of following Buddhist rules, people such as Bob Thurman openly critizise and put down Rinpoche because of his Dorje Shugden practice. This speaks volumes about what is going on in the Tibetan society and Tibetan Buddhism. So many insults and lies against H.E. Tsem Rinpoche and Kechara, only because we practice the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. This is a shame for everyone who calls himself a Buddhist, let alone Prof. Bob Thurman. It is time for everyone to practice Dharma.

  21. Wei Theng on Mar 13, 2018 at 10:38 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Khong Jean Ai for sharing this on self-immolation.
    Special thanks to Digital Journal and Reuter for publishing article to create more awareness so that more people will look into stopping the unnecessary sacrificing of self-immolation that has caused so many people losing their lives!

    Buddhism is about compassion and wisdom. It is sad to see that Tibetan leadership who is supposed to follow Buddhism are not stopping their people for killing their own selves. They are using their people for the sake of their political gain. There are more peaceful way to get to their political goals rather than “encouraging” their own people to taking their own lives.

    I agreed with Carmen that H.E. Tsem Rinpoche is very brave to speak up on self-immolation even though Rinpoche may get “attack” verbally or physically from having different opinions from the Tibetan leadership ie CTA just like the tweets from well-known Buddhism scholar/writer Robert Thurman. I am very disappointed to see how he has tweeted to my friends and calling my Guru & my friend cult. Buddhism is to walk the path and practice. Not just talk nicely with all the Buddhist jargons or show to how nice when one is in front of public while on the other hand is not following the Buddhist way and harming others. When the time comes, the true nature / behaviour will surface to show if one really practice Buddhism or just a Buddhist by name.

  22. JP on Mar 13, 2018 at 10:30 pm

    Tsem Rinpoche has been getting a lot of attention from overseas media such as Huffington Post, Reuters and now, Digital Journal, for his stance on religious freedom and recently, his appeal for Tibetans to NOT self-immolate as a form of protest. There are always peaceful and non-violent methods that are more effective.

    Uma Thurman’s father, Prof Robert Thurman of Columbia University has been attacking Tsem Rinpoche for promoting religious freedom and the end of religious apartheid in the Tibetan Buddhism. It’s unbelievable that a professor from such a prestigious institution can harrass a monk online and continue to be righteous about it. I’m even more surprised that Columbia University even allows one of their faculty members to continue promoting such hatred and negativity.

    As women in the US are standing up against harrassment of all sorts in the #timesup and #metoo campaign, it’s about time that people wake up to stop supporting the discrimination of any religion and become mindless pawns of a corrupt group of politicians who paint themselves as victims and ambassadors of peace. In this case, I’m highlighting the Tibetan leadership and their supporters.

  23. Carmen Koo on Mar 13, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    Thank you for this, and thank you to Digital Journal for a press release that voices for a call to action that is urgent because it has involved many lives, and will continue to involve more lives if nothing is done.

    Tsem Rinpoche is extremely brave, for logically speaking up on subjects that many avoid, or have been silenced to. His plight for Dorje Shugden practitioners to gain religious equality has been a source of strength to the many who have been shunned and silenced, and now his words on self-immolation is sending waves of support and encouragement to those who have been affected by this.

    My question to the Central Tibetan Administration is that if their believe and conviction to “Free Tibet” was of such significance and importance to them, how come they’re not the ones wanting to/proposing to self-immolate (note: not that I am for self-immolation and the act, its just a question for their consideration), and yet can stand on the sideline to watch their own brothers and sisters do so and do nothing about that? And If knowing that self-immolating does not bring any significant result, as it has not with the tragic loss of 152 lives, then why encourage this act? Why not come up with another solution or proposal that does not involve sacrificing precious human lives, for the sake of their people? Out of compassion and love for their people, they should better themselves to do more. They are Buddhists too, and knowing that there is huge negative karma in committing suicide, why do nothing to stop it, and watch it happen?

    Robert Thurman – many people respect you, but your tweets does not reflect your stature as a Professor. You clearly know that the 50 stanzas of Guru Devotion is a root practice in Vajrayana Buddhism, and you are doing the exact opposite, separating student and teacher. I am surprised at this! Will the Dalai Lama Agree with this? http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/will-the-dalai-lama-agree-with-this.html

  24. Datuk May on Mar 13, 2018 at 5:27 pm

    I have heard of Robert Thurman and read of his closeness to the 14th Dalai Lama and supposed to be a learned person of the Buddhist Dharma in particular Tibetan Buddhism.

    Robert Thurman’s comments on H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche is testament to his lack of ability NOT to criticise for the purpose of his being disagreeable to being compassionate in Rinpoche’s statement to stop self immolation.

    If Robert Thurman is as Buddhist as he seem to be portrayed then he should not be attacking Rinpoche personally but rather be complimentary to Rinpoche’s appeal to stop self immolation. An appeal out of compassion.

    I regret to have to say this, but Thurman’s tweets about Rinpoche is uncalled for and without basis.

  25. Anne Ong on Mar 13, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for pointing out on how self-immolation can be resolved. Good job to Digital Journal for publishing Rinpoche’s thoughts and letting the public know there is hope in stopping self-immolation.🙏 I sincerely pray that Tibetans will stop self immolation, and the Tibetan leadership in exile to issue statements to discourage self immolation. What Robert Thurman has tweeted about Tsem Rinpoche is really very annoying. What a nasty, mean and obnoxious old man this Thurman is. He should shut up. 😡😱. Thank youPastor Jean Ai and blog team for this write up!👍

  26. Lew on Mar 13, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    I am sorry to say this, but I am very disgusted what Robert Thurman has tweeted about Tsem Rinpoche. Who is Robert Thurman to say others as fake? Just because Robert is close to HH Dalai Lama, he is now an authority or something? After writing so many books, and being so close to HH Dalai Lama, he choose to discriminate and spread hatred instead of practicing kindness and acceptance? Is that the kind of Buddhism he received from HH Dalai Lama?

    How can Tibetan leadership be so selfish to want of their people to self immolate for their personal gain? I sincerely pray that Tibetans will stop self immolation, and the Tibetan leadership in exile to issue statements to discourage self immolation.

  27. Nicholai R. on Mar 13, 2018 at 3:03 pm

    This is my first time to this blog. After Thurman tweeted about Tsem Rinpoche, it got me curious to google and landed me here. After checking out the very unpleasant tweets from Bob Thurman, I will not read or purchase any more of his books. All that love, compassion and tolerance he preaches in his books is just for business and he does not practice himself. How can he tweet such ugly messages to people. He has no right to tell anyone what their practice is. People want to pray to Buddha, demon, god, hell or whatever is NONE OF THURMAN’S BUSINESS!

    He is suppose to be close to the Dalai Lama. He teaches/lectures in Buddhism and yet he is rude, nasty, extremely childish and obnoxious. After decades of practicing Buddhism and he behaves like this. If we didn’t know Buddhism better we would lose faith in Buddhism seeing it gives no results. He being close to the Dalai Lama and he behaves like this? Makes me lose trust in Dalai Lama although I know it’s not Dalai Lama’s fault.
    What a nasty, mean and obnoxious old man this Thurman is. He should shut up.

  28. Pastor Henry Ooi on Mar 13, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    I hope that more publicity would be made by other media on this matter, “Self Immolation”, now that Reuters and Digital Journal have published it.

    I maintain what I commented below:
    “What good would that be, and what could be done, when that person who believed in their cause and who had so much faith for what they wanted to achieve when they are dead?”

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/reuters-publishes-my-thoughts-on-tibetan-self-immolation.html

    Pastor Henry Ooi on Mar 9, 2018 at 11:10 pm
    I absolutely agree with Rinpoche that no matter what the reasons are, no one should give up their life for whatever cause they believe in and are fighting for. What good would there be, and what could be done, when that person who believed in their cause and who had so much faith for what they wanted to achieve when they are dead? If every fighter had to sacrifice their precious life then who is left to champion the cause they believed in?

    I don’t see our hear any of the CTA people self immolating since they are the leaders of the Tibetans in exile, and they believe and want so much for a Free Tibet. I’m not insinuating that the CTA or anyone should but I’m just saying out loud.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 17. 2018 02:48 PM
    Voodoo is an Afro-Caribbean religion where by their practices revolve around specific beliefs and a pantheon of Gods and Goddesses. These African Voodoo practice has been going on for many hundreds of years. It was once misunderstood. Some claimed as witchcraft but they are not and it is still practiced today. It was declared as a true religion where everyone can practices freely and worship as they like without discrimination.
    Because of the Tibetan Leadership (CTA) political agenda and due to the differences from their own belief, they instituted the ban against Dorje Shugden practitioners. At this century everyone should given the freedom to choose what they believes and what to practise without discrimination.
    Is heart breaking to read articles on the CTA’s official website of the ban which has indeed cause disharmony among the Tibetan communities. The Tibetan Leadership at one side said that everyone can have the freedom to practise but at one end they are against it. They are not truly democratic at all. Dorje Shugden practice is banned by the Tibetan leadership while the Voodoo was banned by European colonisers previously. As times goes by the authority accepted the voodoo practice. The CTA should followed the example of what actually a democratic country like by lifting the ban so as people can practice freely to what they want .
    Its wonderful to know of the Voodoo’s practice from the videos.
    May HH Dalai Lama please lift the ban soon to create a peaceful and harmonious communities .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/voodoo-and-the-tibetan-leadership.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 17. 2018 02:47 PM
    Great post for many to have a better understanding of our own Malaysian land…..state of Kedah. Many of us are not aware of the beauty of Kedah. I have been twice there yet still could not cover all corners as it is a vast State. Yes ..its definitely a place to visit this ‘ Rice bowl of Malaysia’ which was sometimes called. Visited the mainland and Langkawi Island which has plenty to offer to locals as well as foreigner. The many places of interests are fantastic which has a historical stories and legends behind it. I have visited those common places like … Paddy Museum, Pulau Payar Marine Park, Tasik Dayang Bunting , Mahsuri’s Tomb and so forth to name a few.
    Visitors to Kedah must try their delicacies which are different from those other states of Malaysia.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Sharon Ong for this sharing .

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/wonderful-kedah-malaysia.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Tuesday, Jul 17. 2018 12:38 AM
    Where can you find Buddhist texts, scriptures, ebooks and other documents for download at ZERO COST??
    Here –> http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/free-downloads-texts

    There are texts from General Buddhism to Buddhist Philosophy, Tantra and more, suitable for everyone from the beginner spiritual seeker to the advanced practitioner.

    Do come back regularly as we will be adding more texts.
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Jul 16. 2018 09:47 PM
    Tsem Rinpoche’s private quarters has such a beautiful shrine for you to view and be blessed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPAfpMoN2bA
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Jul 16. 2018 09:18 PM
    Sacred Guru Rinpoche thangka w/ Mother Green Tara on his left & World Peace Protector Dorje Shugden on his right- https://bit.ly/2uqdg7f
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Jul 16. 2018 09:04 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for these useful tips when we engage in a retreat. I think it is very important to set the highest motivation before engaging in a retreat and then focus on it during the retreat. We are really very fortunate to have all the guidance from Rinpoche and pastors and comfortable venue to do retreat here in Kechara. Appreciate Rinpoche’s kindness.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/5-practical-tips-for-a-spiritual-retreat.html
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Jul 16. 2018 08:40 PM
    Retreat is indeed a great way to breakaway from our busy schedule to seek for a calm and peaceful mind. Not only that, it is a great way to connect with the Buddha for a few days without any disturbance, just us and Buddha. We are all very fortunate that Rinpoche created Kechara Forest Retreat where we have a conducive environment for retreat. Thank you Rinpoche for your kindness.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/6-signs-you-need-a-retreat-pronto.html
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Jul 15. 2018 10:27 PM
    A wonderful news to see Megnath sharing Dorje Shugden practise to his family, friends, students and Nepal’s community. So glad that the powerful practise of Dorje Shugden can be spread to so many places. With the 2 chapels in Nepal, I am sure more people will learn and engage in the practise. Thank you Rinpoche for your kindness in sharing Dorje Shugden and created so many methods and opportunities for all to know him.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/dorje-shugden-arrives-in-nepali-school.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Jul 15. 2018 08:27 AM
    It is fascinating to read about the tradition and practice in Sikkim at the time when Lamaist countries were deemed as mysterious and out of reach. Through the writing of Waddell, it came to light that the enlightened Dharmapala, Dorje Shugden was revered by the Nyingma lineage in Sikkim as the protector was placed in a prominent position within the Pemayantse Monastery. Pemayangtse Monastery stood as one of the most prominent monasteries in Sikkim and it was tied to Mindrolling Monastery in Tibet. It was also the seat of Lhatsun Namkha Jigme, a great master of the Nyingma tradition, who through “his mastery of Riwo Sangcho, established and consolidated the Buddhist teachings in Sikkim.” Given the Given Waddell’s proficiency of the Tibetan language and culture, but perhaps not with the religion and its pantheon of deities, Dorje Shugden remained undisputed as a deity venerated by the people of Sikkim at that time. Thank you for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-in-nyingma-pemayangtse-monastery-sikkim.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Saturday, Jul 14. 2018 08:12 PM
    I am not letting go, so don’t drag me yelps Gizmo! https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=31&v=a70X2ql5Lys
  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Jul 14. 2018 01:43 PM
    Through out human history, villains and unkind beings are allowed to hold office and make significant decision that caused damages, to not just one but many people. For example He Shen during Qianlong Emperor’s time in Qing Dynasty, or Judas Iscariot during Jesus Christ’s time. It is frustrating to learn in hindsight that, for certain particular reasons, circumstantial or purely out of the leader’s selfish motivations, these villains to reign and damage. Shameful and disgusting.

    Back to Depa Norbu, as a person, he is unkind, certainly not spiritual. He is self-serving and unscrupulous. He was given power and ascent to the position of Regent, then he flipped and joined the rebellious against Gelug tradition. Why would the crimes of such a person being covered up? The worst of all, he murdered a highly attained lama who arose as an enlightened protector of the lineage and teachings? Something is seriously amiss!

    Logically, the Tibetan leaders should have drawn a clear line with Depa Norbu and charged him with all the crimes he have done, including the murder of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. It may seem unfair to charge a person centuries after he is dead, but it should not be new to the Tibetan leadership. They are capable for ascribing wrongs to the dead anyway, i.e. alleging TDG for making a bad prayer when he died and arose as an evil spirit, Dorje Shugden.

    The Tibetan leadership should use this unscrupulous tactic now, for the sake of unifying the people as well as undoing the wrong of accusing a highly attained lama (Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen) and reinstating Dorje Shugden. It is really too bad that the Dalai Lama, the King of Tibetan Buddhism and his peers were (still is?) surrounded by people the like of Depa Norbu.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/external-articles/murder-in-drepung-monastery-depa-norbu.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Saturday, Jul 14. 2018 03:18 AM
    The 3rd Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche points out clearly the murderer of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen- Read Here – https://bit.ly/2uyhkBt
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Saturday, Jul 14. 2018 03:06 AM
    Murder in Drepung Monastery: Depa Norbu- Read here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=162787
  • Alice Tay
    Friday, Jul 13. 2018 09:11 PM
    This post brought me back to my days in the university’s time. During 3 years studied in Kedah, I have tried all the foods as stated in the post except fried porridge. At that time, most of my friends are Malays (born in Kedah) and therefore the Buddhism temples such as Buddhist Hermitage Lunas, Wat Kalai etc. are not in our list for visit.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Sharon sharing this interesting post of Kedah. Hope I get the chance to visit Kedah again especially Wat Kalai that built more than 200 years ago by Prak Nikcrodthamadtada.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/wonderful-kedah-malaysia.html
  • Lin Mun
    Friday, Jul 13. 2018 08:59 PM
    It’s alarming reading this article. Year 2030 is very near and if we don’t do much to help the earth and our environment, we will very soon exhaust our natural resource. We are facing with so much deficiency such as clean water, air, trees and our whole ecosystem are affected. We should create awareness and start taking action to help our mother earth instead of looking for another earth. It is with the right mindset that we can sustain our earth.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/time-to-find-a-second-earth-wwf-says.html

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The Unknown

The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
So go pursue all the way with the unknown,
because all unknown with familiarity becomes the known.
~Tsem Rinpoche

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Me and peek-a-boo Oser who is pretending to be a rabbit. LOL Tsem Rinpoche
yesterday
Me and peek-a-boo Oser who is pretending to be a rabbit. LOL Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s private quarters has such a beautiful shrine for you to view and be blessed:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPAfpMoN2bA
yesterday
Tsem Rinpoche's private quarters has such a beautiful shrine for you to view and be blessed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPAfpMoN2bA
Sacred Guru Rinpoche thangka w/ Mother Green Tara on his left & World Peace Protector Dorje Shugden on his right- 
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yesterday
Sacred Guru Rinpoche thangka w/ Mother Green Tara on his left & World Peace Protector Dorje Shugden on his right- https://bit.ly/2uqdg7f
The 3rd Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche points out clearly the murderer of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen- Read Here -  https://bit.ly/2uyhkBt
4 days ago
The 3rd Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche points out clearly the murderer of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen- Read Here - https://bit.ly/2uyhkBt
Murder in Drepung Monastery: Depa Norbu- Read here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=162787
4 days ago
Murder in Drepung Monastery: Depa Norbu- Read here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=162787
Dorje Shugden Arrives in a Nepali School | नेपाली विद्यालयमा दोर्जे शुग्देनको प्रवेश।- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=164978
5 days ago
Dorje Shugden Arrives in a Nepali School | नेपाली विद्यालयमा दोर्जे शुग्देनको प्रवेश।- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=164978
My doggies are super cute. He is Dharma boy in grey and she is Oser girl in the white. They looked like little stuffed toys. I love them very much.
5 days ago
My doggies are super cute. He is Dharma boy in grey and she is Oser girl in the white. They looked like little stuffed toys. I love them very much.
My doggies are super cute. He is Dharma boy in grey and she is Oser girl in the white. They looked like little stuffed toys.
5 days ago
My doggies are super cute. He is Dharma boy in grey and she is Oser girl in the white. They looked like little stuffed toys.
Four Sacred Sites of Vajra Yogini in Nepal- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=164215

This is an important pilgrimage blog post everyone must study and understand as one day you could visit and make prayers. Also this post has the various lineages of the sacred Lady Vajra Yogini\'s practice. A must read. Tsem Rinpoche
6 days ago
Four Sacred Sites of Vajra Yogini in Nepal- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=164215 This is an important pilgrimage blog post everyone must study and understand as one day you could visit and make prayers. Also this post has the various lineages of the sacred Lady Vajra Yogini's practice. A must read. Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche at Kechara Forest Retreat
6 days ago
Tsem Rinpoche at Kechara Forest Retreat
Sakya tradition\'s thangka of Dorje Shugden sitting on a throne within his palace with his four emanations and high Sakya Lama nearby. Tsem Rinpoche
6 days ago
Sakya tradition's thangka of Dorje Shugden sitting on a throne within his palace with his four emanations and high Sakya Lama nearby. Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s shrine next to his working table
6 days ago
Tsem Rinpoche's shrine next to his working table
Tsem Rinpoche teaching in Kathmandu, Nepal
6 days ago
Tsem Rinpoche teaching in Kathmandu, Nepal
Tsem Rinpoche teaching around 20 years back in Wisdom Centre Kuala Lumpur.
6 days ago
Tsem Rinpoche teaching around 20 years back in Wisdom Centre Kuala Lumpur.
A Indian Yogi meditating on the path of Vajra Yogini deep in the forest as he is guarded by his wisdom protector Dorje Shugden. If we rely on him, Dorje Shugden will watch over us unwaveringly.~Tsem Rinpoche
6 days ago
A Indian Yogi meditating on the path of Vajra Yogini deep in the forest as he is guarded by his wisdom protector Dorje Shugden. If we rely on him, Dorje Shugden will watch over us unwaveringly.~Tsem Rinpoche
A very rare lineage of the Severed-Head Vajra Yogini thangka. She has severed her head and holding it in her own skull cup. Top left is Indra Kacho Vajra Varahi, centre is Flying Vajra Yogini and top right is Maitri Kacho Vajra Yogini.~Tsem Rinpoche
6 days ago
A very rare lineage of the Severed-Head Vajra Yogini thangka. She has severed her head and holding it in her own skull cup. Top left is Indra Kacho Vajra Varahi, centre is Flying Vajra Yogini and top right is Maitri Kacho Vajra Yogini.~Tsem Rinpoche
A stunning ethereal depiction of Dorje Shugden invoked by the Aboriginal tribes in Australia.~Tsem Rinpoche
6 days ago
A stunning ethereal depiction of Dorje Shugden invoked by the Aboriginal tribes in Australia.~Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful thangka with upper left: Guru Rinpoche in the form of Nyima Odser, centre Lord Buddha Shakyamuni, right Tsongkapa, bottom left Protector Dorje Drolod and bottom right Protector of wisdom Dorje Shugden.~Tsem Rinpoche
6 days ago
Beautiful thangka with upper left: Guru Rinpoche in the form of Nyima Odser, centre Lord Buddha Shakyamuni, right Tsongkapa, bottom left Protector Dorje Drolod and bottom right Protector of wisdom Dorje Shugden.~Tsem Rinpoche
A meditator in Tibet has a vision of Manjushri Dorje Shugden while in retreat...while his \'assistant\' the yeti is in the background. Few Tibetan lamas had mentioned they have seen the yeti in Tibet or they harnessed the yeti to deliver messages to other meditators in distant mountains hard to reach by the average person. Tsem Rinpoche
6 days ago
A meditator in Tibet has a vision of Manjushri Dorje Shugden while in retreat...while his 'assistant' the yeti is in the background. Few Tibetan lamas had mentioned they have seen the yeti in Tibet or they harnessed the yeti to deliver messages to other meditators in distant mountains hard to reach by the average person. Tsem Rinpoche
Left is His Eminence Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Tharchin lak of Sera Mey Monastery. He was residing in our Rashi Gempil Ling Kalmuck temple in Howell, New Jersey since 1971. I arrived in Howell in 1972 and had the fortune to take refuge with this master and receive innumerable teachings for 8 years. I lived 10 minutes away due to my good fortune. He is my first teacher. He is a direct student of H.H. Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche Dechen Nyingpo the Great as well as Their Holinesses Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche.

Right. Is His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche visiting this temple in New Jersey. It was at this time His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche conferred the Dorje Shugden sogtae (\'initiation\') on Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Tharchin along with two other students.~Tsem Rinpoche
6 days ago
Left is His Eminence Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Tharchin lak of Sera Mey Monastery. He was residing in our Rashi Gempil Ling Kalmuck temple in Howell, New Jersey since 1971. I arrived in Howell in 1972 and had the fortune to take refuge with this master and receive innumerable teachings for 8 years. I lived 10 minutes away due to my good fortune. He is my first teacher. He is a direct student of H.H. Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche Dechen Nyingpo the Great as well as Their Holinesses Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Right. Is His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche visiting this temple in New Jersey. It was at this time His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche conferred the Dorje Shugden sogtae ('initiation') on Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Tharchin along with two other students.~Tsem Rinpoche
Another cute attack short video of my doggies you must see: 



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMUWYvWk3no&feature=youtu.be
6 days ago
Another cute attack short video of my doggies you must see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMUWYvWk3no&feature=youtu.be
I first saw this \'red\' illustration of Vajra Yogini back in Howell, New Jersey when I was around 14 years old. It is one of my favorite depictions of this Buddha Dakini. Tsem Rinpoche
7 days ago
I first saw this 'red' illustration of Vajra Yogini back in Howell, New Jersey when I was around 14 years old. It is one of my favorite depictions of this Buddha Dakini. Tsem Rinpoche
Sacred old Vajra Yogini small hand painting called a \'tsakaley\'.
7 days ago
Sacred old Vajra Yogini small hand painting called a 'tsakaley'.
Offerings are made daily to the enlightened awakened beings on my shrine. Today we offered many fresh and clean fruits. May all be blessed by finding the path to enlightenment and gaining attainments. Tsem Rinpoche

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1 week ago
Offerings are made daily to the enlightened awakened beings on my shrine. Today we offered many fresh and clean fruits. May all be blessed by finding the path to enlightenment and gaining attainments. Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
Beautiful picture of His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche.
1 week ago
Beautiful picture of His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche.
My dear Mumu boy has such soulful and deep penetrating eyes. He was highly sensitive, intelligent and caring. He is physically gone, but never from my heart. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
My dear Mumu boy has such soulful and deep penetrating eyes. He was highly sensitive, intelligent and caring. He is physically gone, but never from my heart. Tsem Rinpoche
Oser and Dharma meet \"His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche\"- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-fP1MLuR0A
1 week ago
Oser and Dharma meet "His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche"- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-fP1MLuR0A
Oser and Dharma meet a new friend. Super cute attack video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkuXAcveV0E
1 week ago
Oser and Dharma meet a new friend. Super cute attack video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkuXAcveV0E
Little Oser trying to get a snack out. Super cute video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ANtRnEFREA
1 week ago
Little Oser trying to get a snack out. Super cute video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ANtRnEFREA
Beautiful and sacred shrine
1 week ago
Beautiful and sacred shrine
Voodoo and the Tibetan Leadership- https://bit.ly/2u4BZ0w

What happened to the voodoo religion is similar to what Tibetan leadership is doing today to groups of people due to their religion.
1 week ago
Voodoo and the Tibetan Leadership- https://bit.ly/2u4BZ0w What happened to the voodoo religion is similar to what Tibetan leadership is doing today to groups of people due to their religion.
Take two minutes and  look at this cool video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqBOV1pf8uU
2 weeks ago
Take two minutes and look at this cool video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqBOV1pf8uU
Another beautiful and ancient thangka of Guru Rinpoche and Dorje Shugden!
2 weeks ago
Another beautiful and ancient thangka of Guru Rinpoche and Dorje Shugden!
Please read about this incredible hermit monk Gen Nyima. Very inspirational-  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163703
2 weeks ago
Please read about this incredible hermit monk Gen Nyima. Very inspirational- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163703
Neat and fun video to share: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oqe2JPpO6OI
2 weeks ago
Neat and fun video to share: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oqe2JPpO6OI
A question regarding unenlightened oath bound protectors. Do click on picture and read. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
A question regarding unenlightened oath bound protectors. Do click on picture and read. Tsem Rinpoche
Be kind to everyone because they need it. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Be kind to everyone because they need it. Tsem Rinpoche
Ishwar Puri Ji: The Great Sikh Master in the West- Please read more and be inspired: https://bit.ly/2KxqOqI
2 weeks ago
Ishwar Puri Ji: The Great Sikh Master in the West- Please read more and be inspired: https://bit.ly/2KxqOqI
Geshe Puntsok happy with his gift of The Promise book.
3 weeks ago
Geshe Puntsok happy with his gift of The Promise book.
It is said by the caretakers not to go to this place at night. Because at night they hear gatherings and lots of voices. People in the village respectfully avoid this place as the dakinis (yoginis) gather at this place and if they are disturbed, there are fearful consequences worst than death for the intruder. Please read more about the this place in Hirapur: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163205
3 weeks ago
It is said by the caretakers not to go to this place at night. Because at night they hear gatherings and lots of voices. People in the village respectfully avoid this place as the dakinis (yoginis) gather at this place and if they are disturbed, there are fearful consequences worst than death for the intruder. Please read more about the this place in Hirapur: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163205
Raven-faced Karma-Mahakala or Kakamukha Mahakala
3 weeks ago
Raven-faced Karma-Mahakala or Kakamukha Mahakala
You may have heard of singing in the rain, but how about chanting in the rain?

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

Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
You may have heard of singing in the rain, but how about chanting in the rain? A group of Kecharians went on sacred pilgrimage in Kechara Forest Retreat itself yesterday. We all know we don't have to travel far for pilgrimage because we have Kechara Forest Retreat with so many blessed images and relics. Please see what I mean: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3439KaJsBA Tsem Rinpoche
Stunning \'nathang\' thangka of Ekazati, Dorje Drolod and Dorje Shugden together.
3 weeks ago
Stunning 'nathang' thangka of Ekazati, Dorje Drolod and Dorje Shugden together.
Sacred Vajra Yogini made in Qing dynasty Between 1644-1911). It is housed in Sichuan Museum, Chengdu. Just to gaze at Her holy form is to realize there is a different place we can go to that has no suffering. She is the doorway and all we have to do is leave our projections and enter. May all ascend to Kechara Paradise. Namo guru Vajra Yogini lah Chak Tsel Lo! Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
Sacred Vajra Yogini made in Qing dynasty Between 1644-1911). It is housed in Sichuan Museum, Chengdu. Just to gaze at Her holy form is to realize there is a different place we can go to that has no suffering. She is the doorway and all we have to do is leave our projections and enter. May all ascend to Kechara Paradise. Namo guru Vajra Yogini lah Chak Tsel Lo! Tsem Rinpoche
Rumi: Legendary Sufi Poet whose mystical works transcend space and time. It\'s beneficial to enhance our knowledge of other traditions & cultures: https://bit.ly/2lh9cRO
4 weeks ago
Rumi: Legendary Sufi Poet whose mystical works transcend space and time. It's beneficial to enhance our knowledge of other traditions & cultures: https://bit.ly/2lh9cRO
His Holiness Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, Kyabe Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastery doing puja.
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His Holiness Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, Kyabe Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastery doing puja.
Old Tsui Marpo thangka with his other 6 brothers. So it\'s the 7 blazing Tsen brothers. Beautiful.
1 month ago
Old Tsui Marpo thangka with his other 6 brothers. So it's the 7 blazing Tsen brothers. Beautiful.
Protector Tsui Marpo in Danji Ling in Lhasa. Striking image.
1 month ago
Protector Tsui Marpo in Danji Ling in Lhasa. Striking image.
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  • Considering getting a tattoo of a Buddha image? Watch this video.
    24 hours ago
    Considering getting a tattoo of a Buddha image? Watch this video.
  • Tsem Rinpoche’s personal shrine. May everyone who view the shrine be blessed and have peace.
    yesterday
    Tsem Rinpoche’s personal shrine. May everyone who view the shrine be blessed and have peace.
  • Very powerful and heartwarming short video about love. A must watch and a must share. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 days ago
    Very powerful and heartwarming short video about love. A must watch and a must share. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Megnath is such a devotee of Bhagawan Dorje Shugden where he brought this protector to many people. Must watch this short video of him with the school kids. Lovely. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 days ago
    Megnath is such a devotee of Bhagawan Dorje Shugden where he brought this protector to many people. Must watch this short video of him with the school kids. Lovely. Tsem Rinpoche
  • My super adorable Oser girl Schnauzer reaching for a carrot on a chair. Her face looks like a stuffed animal toy. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 days ago
    My super adorable Oser girl Schnauzer reaching for a carrot on a chair. Her face looks like a stuffed animal toy. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This is the shrine next to my working table where I sit daily. Tsem Rinpoche
    6 days ago
    This is the shrine next to my working table where I sit daily. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Who is that?? Wow Wow
    1 week ago
    Who is that?? Wow Wow
    Tsem Rinpoche's pet Schnauzers Oser & Dharma trying to get attention of the life-like statue of Rinpoche's guru Kyabje Zong Rinpoche which was offered by the students
  • Nothing Stops Me from Getting the Snack!
    1 week ago
    Nothing Stops Me from Getting the Snack!
    Tsem Rinpoche's pet Schnauzer Oser got the snack from the ball!
  • I must get the snack!
    1 week ago
    I must get the snack!
    Tsem Rinpoche's pet Schnauzer Oser trying hard to get her snack out of the ball!
  • I love this green snack munch munch munch
    1 week ago
    I love this green snack munch munch munch
    Tsem Rinpoche's pet Schnauzer Oser enjoying her green snack!
  • ‘Ahm-ahm’ video part 3: Starring the two silly doggie clowns doing jumps for carrot tidbits. Teehee
    2 weeks ago
    ‘Ahm-ahm’ video part 3: Starring the two silly doggie clowns doing jumps for carrot tidbits. Teehee
  • ‘Ahm-ahm’ video part 2: Starring the mega monsters Oser and Dharma. Teehee
    2 weeks ago
    ‘Ahm-ahm’ video part 2: Starring the mega monsters Oser and Dharma. Teehee
  • ‘Ahm-ahm’ video part 1: Guess what are the two monsters looking for??? Teehee…cute
    2 weeks ago
    ‘Ahm-ahm’ video part 1: Guess what are the two monsters looking for??? Teehee…cute
  • A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
    3 weeks ago
    A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
  • A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
    3 weeks ago
    A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
  • A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
    3 weeks ago
    A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
  • A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
    3 weeks ago
    A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
  • Bigfoot Sign Arrives in Betong
    3 weeks ago
    Bigfoot Sign Arrives in Betong
    The town's filled with excitement as Kechara Bigfoot gets a new sign.
  • Visiting senior citizen homes who happily receive Dorje Shugden’s blessings.
    3 weeks ago
    Visiting senior citizen homes who happily receive Dorje Shugden’s blessings.
  • Visiting a senior citizens home and sharing Dorje Shugden with them.
    3 weeks ago
    Visiting a senior citizens home and sharing Dorje Shugden with them.
  • Megnath outside the Chabahil Dorje Shugden Chapel in Kathmandu passing out Dorje Shugden brochures and booklets to the local people.
    4 weeks ago
    Megnath outside the Chabahil Dorje Shugden Chapel in Kathmandu passing out Dorje Shugden brochures and booklets to the local people.
  • Megnath walking around the Bodha stupa in Kathmandu and his uncle holding image of Dorje Shugden as he was just gifted with it.
    4 weeks ago
    Megnath walking around the Bodha stupa in Kathmandu and his uncle holding image of Dorje Shugden as he was just gifted with it.
  • Oser and Dharma vying for a snack! Cute
    1 month ago
    Oser and Dharma vying for a snack! Cute
  • A devotional song by Mary Fewel Tulin from the Radhasoami of Baba Sawan Singh. In it she praises the guru’s ability to evoke love and compassion within a practitioners heart.
    1 month ago
    A devotional song by Mary Fewel Tulin from the Radhasoami of Baba Sawan Singh. In it she praises the guru’s ability to evoke love and compassion within a practitioners heart.
  • Another devotional song in the Radhasoami tradition of Baba Sawan Singh. In this song she sings about the qualities of the guru.
    1 month ago
    Another devotional song in the Radhasoami tradition of Baba Sawan Singh. In this song she sings about the qualities of the guru.
  • On June 1, 2018, His Holiness the 10st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal starting giving teachings on Vajra Yogini in France.
    1 month ago
    On June 1, 2018, His Holiness the 10st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal starting giving teachings on Vajra Yogini in France.
  • His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal Rinpoche at 91 years old is healthy and very strong. We are blessed to see him. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 months ago
    His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal Rinpoche at 91 years old is healthy and very strong. We are blessed to see him. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Monthly Dorje Shugden Puja Performed at Nagu Monastery, Dechen, Yunnan, China for Tsem Rinpoche
    2 months ago
    Monthly Dorje Shugden Puja Performed at Nagu Monastery, Dechen, Yunnan, China for Tsem Rinpoche
  • His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche with his student Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
    3 months ago
    His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche with his student Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
    His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Shartse Monastery was one of the teachers of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Here in this beautiful video is Geshe Kelsang Gyatso showing his centre to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, then proceeding to sit down to receive teachings. For more information, please go to http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/kyabje-zong-rinpoche
  • Super neat footage of Patty the Bigfoot!
    4 months ago
    Super neat footage of Patty the Bigfoot!
    In 1967, Bob Gimlin and Roger Patterson stumbled across an incredible sight whilst out in Bluff Creek, in the California wilderness. At a creek which had been freshly washed-out by recent floods, they witnessed a female Bigfoot swiftly traverse the rugged landscape. Since their filmed encounter with the Bigfoot, who has since been nicknamed Patty, many have disputed the authenticity of their recording but no one has been able to successfully prove that it is a fake. Credits for this video goes to entirely to windvale for the original footage.
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    9 months ago
    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    This video is thought-provoking and very interesting. Watch! Thanks so much to our friends at LIVEKINDLY.
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    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
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    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
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    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
  • Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
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    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
  • Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
    9 months ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    9 months ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
  • Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
    9 months ago
    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
  • Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
    9 months ago
    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
  • Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
    9 months ago
    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
    9 months ago
    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    9 months ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    9 months ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    9 months ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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A wonderful Monday to have 2 young teenagers, Su Lin and Kieren together with Polly, Say Fong and Lisa Tan serving lunch to our clients. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
12 hours ago
A wonderful Monday to have 2 young teenagers, Su Lin and Kieren together with Polly, Say Fong and Lisa Tan serving lunch to our clients. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Self-defense class held by KSDS in Kechara House. Alice Tay, KSDS
yesterday
Self-defense class held by KSDS in Kechara House. Alice Tay, KSDS
Every kids will be given opportunity to lead the class to do prostrations. Alice Tay, KSDS
yesterday
Every kids will be given opportunity to lead the class to do prostrations. Alice Tay, KSDS
You Qian is a smart and loving kindess boy made donation for animal liberation. Alice Tay, KSDS
yesterday
You Qian is a smart and loving kindess boy made donation for animal liberation. Alice Tay, KSDS
The birds would be released after the prayers and mantra recitation. Alice Tay, KSDS
yesterday
The birds would be released after the prayers and mantra recitation. Alice Tay, KSDS
Pastor Han Nee led KSDS students, parents and others for animal liberation in Kechara House. Alice Tay, KSDS
yesterday
Pastor Han Nee led KSDS students, parents and others for animal liberation in Kechara House. Alice Tay, KSDS
Lets see who is the lucky person to received Dorje Shugden from Kuala Lumpur Chinatown. Louise
yesterday
Lets see who is the lucky person to received Dorje Shugden from Kuala Lumpur Chinatown. Louise
Dorje Shugden stall sending hope and blessing to everyone daily. Louise
yesterday
Dorje Shugden stall sending hope and blessing to everyone daily. Louise
Children volunteering in Kechara Soup Kitchen. A great way to spend the weekend. Lin Mun KSDS
3 days ago
Children volunteering in Kechara Soup Kitchen. A great way to spend the weekend. Lin Mun KSDS
Lovely kids, learning to chant at very young age. Lin Mun KSDS
3 days ago
Lovely kids, learning to chant at very young age. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback - KSDS Graduation, volunteers are doing make up for children. Lin Mun KSDS
3 days ago
Throwback - KSDS Graduation, volunteers are doing make up for children. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback - Grand Dorje Shugden Puja, homemade soap all the way from Kuantan. Lin Mun KSDS
3 days ago
Throwback - Grand Dorje Shugden Puja, homemade soap all the way from Kuantan. Lin Mun KSDS
Royden feeding a deer during the Farm in The City outing. Lin Mun KSDS
3 days ago
Royden feeding a deer during the Farm in The City outing. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback - Colouring contest during Grand Dorje Shugden Puja 2017. Lin Mun KSDS
3 days ago
Throwback - Colouring contest during Grand Dorje Shugden Puja 2017. Lin Mun KSDS
Thanks to recommendation by Mr Andrew Yap, we brought 2 young clients to a job interview at an upscale hotel in #KualaLumpur. Hopefully they will succeed in their interview and live a stable life soon. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
3 days ago
Thanks to recommendation by Mr Andrew Yap, we brought 2 young clients to a job interview at an upscale hotel in #KualaLumpur. Hopefully they will succeed in their interview and live a stable life soon. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Prayer and dedication ~ Monthly Bird Liberation by Kechara Penang Study Group. ~ Jacinta
3 days ago
Prayer and dedication ~ Monthly Bird Liberation by Kechara Penang Study Group. ~ Jacinta
Monthly Bird Liberation ~ Kechara Penang Study Group , Jacinta
3 days ago
Monthly Bird Liberation ~ Kechara Penang Study Group , Jacinta
Dharma Sharing about H.E. the 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche’s biography led by Bro Soon Huat~ Kechara Penang Study Group, Jacinta
3 days ago
Dharma Sharing about H.E. the 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche’s biography led by Bro Soon Huat~ Kechara Penang Study Group, Jacinta
More than 200kg of surplus were saved and distributed to the needy families in Jalan Sungai. If not for the food rescue heroes, all these would have ended up in landfills. Thank you to Tesco and all volunteers for making this possible !!! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
4 days ago
More than 200kg of surplus were saved and distributed to the needy families in Jalan Sungai. If not for the food rescue heroes, all these would have ended up in landfills. Thank you to Tesco and all volunteers for making this possible !!! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Big thanks to Billy Hew for the generosity. Winter melon tea drinks arrive just in time for our street friends as the weather has been muggy and unpredictable lately! We also share the joy with our charity partners. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 days ago
Big thanks to Billy Hew for the generosity. Winter melon tea drinks arrive just in time for our street friends as the weather has been muggy and unpredictable lately! We also share the joy with our charity partners. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Jenny, Eunice and Nurul Anisa were such a great help to our kitchen today. Apart from serving in the kitchen, they also helped to prepare materials to be used for the needy families' skills training project. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
6 days ago
Jenny, Eunice and Nurul Anisa were such a great help to our kitchen today. Apart from serving in the kitchen, they also helped to prepare materials to be used for the needy families' skills training project. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Happy Wefie customer in our stall ! Everyone love Dorje Shugden ! Louise Lee
1 week ago
Happy Wefie customer in our stall ! Everyone love Dorje Shugden ! Louise Lee
Dharma sister Wong Li Yen come to volunteer in our stall in Kuala Lumpur Chinatown during saturday. So kind to spare time to help in the hot sun! Love you. Louise
1 week ago
Dharma sister Wong Li Yen come to volunteer in our stall in Kuala Lumpur Chinatown during saturday. So kind to spare time to help in the hot sun! Love you. Louise
Daily everyone receive precious gift from our stall in Kuala Lumpur Chinatown. Louise
1 week ago
Daily everyone receive precious gift from our stall in Kuala Lumpur Chinatown. Louise
So glad to have children engaging in dharma practise at a young age. Lin Mun KSDS
1 week ago
So glad to have children engaging in dharma practise at a young age. Lin Mun KSDS
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