Do not miss: Malala Yousafzai

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Dear blog Reader friends all around the world,

I have something very special to share with you today. Something very special. Something you must watch and be blessed to see. Something you must share with friends and your children. Share with everyone.

Sometimes I come across a story so powerful, so emotional and so compassionate that it just moves me and life changing. Of course I like to share these beautiful stories with you and it is my pleasure to share them. My goal in my blog work is to disseminate wisdom, compassion, understanding, awareness and forgiveness. When I started my blog a few years back, it was just something I decided to do one day when I woke up. No pre-planning or grand plans. Within 24 hours the blog came up. Now I hear it helps people all around the world. I am humbled. Thank you all. In the spirit of my blog’s purpose, please see this 20 minute video of a young, compassionate and powerful spiritual girl who has moved the world, myself and you will be moved too.

 

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

“Even if there was a gun in my hand and he was standing in front of me, I would not shoot him [referring to the member of the Taliban that shot her in October of 2012]. This is the compassion I have learned from Mohamed, the prophet of mercy, Jesus Christ and Lord Buddha. This the legacy of change I have inherited from Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and Mohammed Ali Jinnah. This is the philosophy of nonviolence that I have learned from Gandhi, Bacha Khan and Mother Teresa. And this is the forgiveness that I have learned from my father and from my mother. This is what my soul is telling me: Be Peaceful and Love Everyone.”Malala Yousafzai, she said this at around 7:19 in the video below:

  

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About Malala Yousafzai (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malala_Yousafzai)

Malala Yousafzai (born 12 July 1997, age 16) is a Pakistani school pupil and education activist from the town of Mingora in the Swat District of Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. She is known for her activism for rights to education and for women, especially in the Swat Valley, where the Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school. In early 2009, at the age of 11–12, Yousafzai wrote a blog under a pseudonym for the BBC detailing her life under Taliban rule, their attempts to take control of the valley, and her views on promoting education for girls. The following summer, a New York Times documentary was filmed about her life as the Pakistani military intervened in the region, culminating in the Second Battle of Swat. Yousafzai rose in prominence, giving interviews in print and on television, and she was nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize by South African activist Desmond Tutu.

On 9 October 2012, Yousafzai was shot in the head and neck in an assassination attempt by Taliban gunmen while returning home on a school bus. In the days immediately following the attack, she remained unconscious and in critical condition, but later her condition improved enough for her to be sent to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England for intensive rehabilitation. On 12 October, a group of 50 Islamic clerics in Pakistan issued a fatwā against those who tried to kill her, but the Taliban reiterated its intent to kill Yousafzai and her father.

The assassination attempt sparked a national and international outpouring of support for Yousafzai. Deutsche Welle wrote in January 2013 that Malala may have become “the most famous teenager in the world.” United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown launched a UN petition in Yousafzai’s name, using the slogan “I am Malala” and demanding that all children worldwide be in school by the end of 2015 – a petition which helped lead to the ratification of Pakistan’s first Right to Education Bill. In the 29 April 2013 issue of Time magazine, Yousafzai was featured on the magazine’s front cover and as one of “The 100 Most Influential People in the World”. She was the winner of Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize and was nominated for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize (although Malala was widely tipped to win the prize, it was awarded to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons). On 12 July 2013, Yousafzai spoke at the UN to call for worldwide access to education, and in September 2013 she officially opened the Library of Birmingham. Yousafzai is the recipient of the Sakharov Prize for 2013.

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  1. Valentina on Apr 2, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    Do not miss: Malala Yousafzai

    This is a very inspiring piece of article about the young education activist, Malala Yousafzai, Her speech in the United Nations was so powerful especially when she said that she would not have wished to shoot her assailant even if she had a gun in her hand. When Malala said so, she got a wide applause from the audience. This just shows that compassion and kindness always touch people’s heart. Malala is not only an intelligent young woman, but also a compassionate and kind lady. I wish her success in her future endeavour.

  2. Lin Mun on Oct 8, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    It is amazing to listen to the speech. She is such a brave and compassionate girl at a very young age. She is not afraid to speak up when there is unfairness and I like to courage to fight for the human rights.

    Very inspiring speech.

  3. Chandra on Jan 13, 2015 at 3:46 am

    Such a brave young lady, now a Nobel Laureate at 17! A light for South Asian women and women all over the world. She is an example for so many women to not compromise on their rights and humanity.

  4. Wendy Loh on Nov 13, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    Amazing. Simply inspiring. Malala is a 16-year-old teenager who is brave and wise. Compassion is a given. But I do wonder why would half the world go crazy over a pop idol like Justin Bieber or Miley Cyrus, who are both known now to be notorious and dramatic when Malala is fighting to stay alive?

  5. David Lai on Nov 11, 2013 at 1:51 am

    Incredible little girl. She speaks with such confidence and I love most about what she says is that she holds no malice for the people who tried to kill her. It’s really sad that there are still countries and groups of people with such backward/almost barbaric view of women. Exclusivity of education to men is such a medieval concept. The very fact they open fire shows how afraid they are of education and the opening of one’s horizons. Such fear reflects the wrong view that they hold. Imagine what were the causes they created in previous lives to be reborn with such thinking. Incredible.

  6. HelenaC on Nov 7, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    She is a marvellous brave girl!! Bravo for her acts and courages!! Very inspiring and touched!!

  7. Karen Chong on Nov 6, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    From her speech, courage of speaking up and her consistency in supporting the less fortunate, it’s hard to believe she is only 16. Shamefully, when i was her age, i was just a vain, lazy and full of myself girl.

    Malala is absolutely amazing. She went through a lot of difficulties that has made her a powerful and influential figure today. Similarly, when bad conditions arise, we shall see it as a support, or a lesson for us to move forward. The key point is not to give up.

  8. Darren Kechara on Nov 3, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Thank you the sharing! Such an amazing girl whom fight for education and women rights at for her young age. I hope she is well and will continue to progress on benefit more with her activity. 🙂

  9. June Tang(KH JB) on Nov 2, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche sharing this meaningful post.Malala Yousafzai is truly an amazing young girl.She is compassion to forgive for those who hurt her and brave to raise her voice to fight for rights to education and for women.I wish her well and all her wishes can fulfill swiftly !!!

  10. Jutika Lam on Oct 31, 2013 at 3:25 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Indeed Ms Malala Yousafzai has really played a very big part in the cruel world not for her own benefit but for the many other girls out there who have little or no access to education.

    She is really 1 very very influential people in the World and there is no doubt that she will turn more heads around the world because though she may just be 16 years old she really helps and raises awareness to a lot of people around the world that many girls around the world have little or no education.

    It is truly touching how brave she may be even though she is just 16 years old and no doubt she will win more awards because of a wondrous change around the world.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this very touching story!

    Love
    Jutika

  11. Carmen Lin @ KMP on Oct 30, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    Malala is a courageous and inspiring teenagers. She is the living example of compassion and also charismatic idol to many. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

  12. henry ooi on Oct 28, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    She is intelligent, speaks well and with confidence, passionate of her goal, and she is only 16 years old! How many people would do what she did at the risk of her own life, to fight for what she believes in, not many. She sets a good example for others, the younger people, to follow in her footsteps. A true hero(ine).

  13. JP on Oct 26, 2013 at 2:53 am

    Malala is truly inspirational. Apart from what Rinpoche quoted of her speech that I find most amazing for a girl of her age, I also liked what she said as follows: “Weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, fervour and courage was born.”

    The depth of her realisation and wisdom transcends all religions. I always believe that the truth transcends all religions and religions are platforms from which we search the truth.

  14. Casteven Lim (KH JB) on Oct 21, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    May Malala Yousafzai wishes come true…

    Her powerful voice and her brave action able to get awareness for the related parties…

    May she always bless by 3 jewels and be safe…

  15. Joy on Oct 21, 2013 at 1:24 am

    Wonderful courageous girl that shows us the power of compassion and forgiveness… even if she had a gun she said, she would not have killed the Taliban who wanted to shoot her! We all need to hear more of such true stories because it shows and proves to us courage, kindness, forgiveness can happen. Just what we choose is up to us. Will we get angry and point the finger and put the blame on the other, or would we swallow our ego and just get the job/task done? Winning is not always you being “right”, sometimes it could be you being “wrong” by letting the others win – forgiveness. If we are in Dharma and we should practice this simple theory and let it be just another theory. We can start with the smallest and simplest thing… like taking out the trash! From there nurture people through “live” examples.

  16. Wah Ying on Oct 20, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    From her eyes I see she believe in what her believe – non-voilence, peace, rights to education and freedom of speech.

    Malala teaches me, courage comes from deeply believe in what she believe, even when you are facing with obstacles, or you were hurt for that. When this happens, it does not mean your belief or dreams are a mistake or not worth to pursuit for. It just means there are something blocking your way, we might need to climb over the obstacles or de route to reach our goal; but says nothing about the goal is something wrong or not.

    “Courageous is not doing something without fear, but doing something in the face of fear”. A hero like Malala is not someone without fear, but someone let go of her fear for something she thinks is worth working for, risks her life for.

    Thank you, Rinpoche for this post. Gambateh Malala.

  17. Pastor Han Nee on Oct 20, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    It is rare indeed for one so young as Malala Yousafzai(only 16) to be so brave,wise, compassionate,and forgiving.While she will not bow to the cold and violent ways of the terrorists, she is so compassionate and so caring for all women and children everywhere,as to call for education for even the women and children among the terrorists.

    When she says; “Thousands have been killed, and millions have been injured and i am just one”, she expresses the basic reasoning behind the case for cherishing others more than self. This is the fundamental basis for he development of compassion and bodhicitta. I believe she is a Bodhisattva emanating as Malala!

    Her goal in all her struggle is so clear-cut – equality of opportunity of education for all, beginning with the children and girls of the world. This is because she believes that education is the key to unlock the door to freedom of all who are oppressed. Education is empowering.

    Malala, I salute you. May you have success in all of your fight for freedom and equality.

    I end with her words on the power of education:” One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world. Education is the only solution. Education first”.

  18. Grace Leu on Oct 20, 2013 at 12:46 am

    马拉拉不畏强权,勇敢把心声大声向全世界喧言.她一切所做的并不是为自己,而是千千万万个巴基斯坦的人民尤其是女性能够享有教育的权力。感动的是包括伤害她的塔里班份子 。当下我感到惜福,为自己能自由受教育感到感恩, 同时又为那些在世界另一个角落遭受不平待遇的人民感到心痛。多希望这一切的痛苦能通过慈悲,忍 辱,智慧  ,一 一去除。自私自利的恶势力,放下你们的屠刀吧!

  19. Low Khjb on Oct 19, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing.Malala is a very brave,compassionate ,generous ,wise and selfless person. At such a young age ,she spoke with wisdom that an adult should be ashame off for their action in the name of god as it is for their own interest in mind only that is greed and power .
    We hope she would succeed in her honorable cause to secure the right for education in her country.So that all the younger generation could have the chance to understand religion in any form with better clearity to foster understanding and harmoney in this ignorant world.

  20. KYC on Oct 18, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    On CNN today, it was reported that Malala will be meeting Queen Elizabeth II soon. I’m so happy for her. She is a very brave girl and is an inspiration to young people around the world. I think she will do a lot of good things for her country when she grows up, especially in the field of education for girls. In an interview on CNN recently, Christiane Amanpour commented to her that the attempt on her life didn’t seem to have any effect on her dreams. Malala replied, “You can shoot at a body, but you cannot shoot my dreams.”

  21. jerry_sito on Oct 18, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    感恩仁波切的分享与开示,感恩仁波切总是不断的寻找很多的故事,然后给予我们学习智慧,慈悲,理解,认识和宽恕,然后学习转化我们的心识,然我们更接近佛法

    Malala Yousafzai确实是这样一位了不起的小女孩。她冒着生命危险,呼唤起世界的人们了解 , 强烈的信念对于教育的重要性

    “这是我已经学会了,仁慈的先知穆罕默德,耶稣和佛陀的慈悲。”一位小女生是如何雄辩无畏以及如何她提及不同信仰在一个句子里,显示所有的尊重和承认。这是何其震撼人心,鼓舞人心的。

    马拉拉还告诉奥巴马总统,因为停止恐怖主义无人驾驶飞机袭击巴基斯坦。她说,“我感谢美国总统奥巴马在巴基斯坦和阿富汗在支持教育工作,造福叙利亚难民。我也表达了我的顾虑,无人机袭击助长恐怖主义。在这些行为中被杀害的无辜受害者,他们带领巴基斯坦人民之间的怨恨。如果我们重新进行教育上的努力,它会带来很大的影响,“

    教育是关键。但与灵性 – 给道德的基础。

    一位小女生,就已经能如此的充满智慧,慈悲,理解,认识和宽恕,与一个造福人群的心,这是我们该学习的,甚至我们是如此的感到惭愧,当我们在修行上或参与佛法工作时,我们总是懦弱的退缩与逃避问题,在仁波切的这个分享与开示里,我发现倘若我们能学习到拥有像她般的智慧,慈悲,理解,认识和宽恕,和一个无私,大爱造福人群的心,那么我们就会更勇敢与精进在佛法的修学道路上

    感恩仁波切您总是苦口婆心的教育我们,给予我们教诲与开示

  22. Cliff on Oct 17, 2013 at 12:47 am

    Amazing! Such a brilliant young lady able to stand in front of thousands of people on live television and to passionately speak her words despite all she has gone through is truly courageous and respected. Despite being shot by the taliban she has shown what knowledge and education has given her to be able to forgive even the man who tried to assassinate her and her friends. It was such a brilliant speech written and spoken so well by a young lady. I’m glad she is alright and I can’t wait for what the future lies for her in her goal to bring equality and education to pakistan women. This is truly inspiring.

  23. Uncle Eddie on Oct 16, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    Miss Malala Yousafzai seems to have it in her, i.e. loving kindness which is the essence of bodhicitta. With such bodhicitta, she is on a most comfortable, uncomplicated perfect path, free of any danger of leading people to extremes. That is why she has been quoted to have said even after she was shot, “Even if there was a gun in my hand and he was standing in front of me, I would not shoot him. This is the forgiveness I learnt from my father and mother. This is what my soul is telling me. Be peaceful and love everyone.” With that philosophy, she now has become so precious, more precious than gold or diamonds, beyond the comparison with any material things – The most perfect object in this degenerate World! Om mani padme Hung.

  24. Shelly tai on Oct 16, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Thank you for sharing this inspiring story about Malala. Very brave and full of courage in this young girl, she is so determine to achieve what she want even down to give up her live and fight with no violent, for most us we will give up after a life threatening incident but not for this 16 years old girl. I wish her well and safe.

  25. Julien Roth on Oct 16, 2013 at 1:00 am

    This is so touching, although she has every right to hate the people who had shot her, she doesn’t. I think we can all learn from this. Revenge is never the answer, and that compassion is truly amazing and will make you a better person. I really enjoyed watching her speech, it was so strong, and just really touched me. Thank you so much for sharing.

  26. AdelineTan on Oct 16, 2013 at 12:34 am

    Very powerful speech and voice from a sixteen year old. she risks her life to promote education to all the children in the world especially for the girls, she is very brave and courageous. May all her wishes be fulfilled.

  27. Beatrix Ooi on Oct 16, 2013 at 12:30 am

    Thank You for sharing Rinpoche, Malala is truly an inspiring young lady, she can already do so much and can even think like a grownup. Her parents must be really proud of their mature daughter. Through her actions and speech, she can tame the minds of the people, I think that she will benefit a lot of people.
    Thank You for sharing Rinpoche.

  28. sarahyap on Oct 16, 2013 at 12:22 am

    Amazing… just 16, and she thinks so maturely and can shoulder such heavy responsibility to fight for something she truly believes in.

    After she was shot, she did not back down, in fact, she not only does not harbor any ill intention to the Talibans that arranged for her death and even threatened her family’s safety… instead new courage and confidence was born, and through her strong determination to end the disparity… and her peaceful ways, she has gain much favor from other nations.

    I truly hope that her efforts will pull through and change the current education system in her country.

  29. Julia Tan on Oct 15, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Malala has a very strong personality. Although she were born the a place of war, she never fear and keeping silent. Malala cannot tolerate more violence and the women and children are suffer the most in her country, she decided to fight for them, to write something, to say something and do something about it as long as you have knowledge. Hence education is the must for all the children and it has to be free. Thanks to the father who has brought her up and nurture her well since her young age.
    I thank Malala who did not wait for the light but she become the light for the women and children that are in the dark..

  30. benji on Oct 15, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Thank you very much, Rinpoche for the sharing. It was a great inspiration – how fortunate we have been and still are. Let’s do whatever we can, so that other’s also have the chance to gain wisdom.

  31. Mitra on Oct 15, 2013 at 10:04 am

    owa Malala Yousafzai is truly such an amazing woman-child. she has wisdom and compassion too.thank you rinpoche for shering.mitra

  32. Felix Kong on Oct 15, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Malala Yousafzai,only 16 year old, you are bravo, compassion and caring to everyone. Never changing your mind even have many obstacles, continue fight for importance of education and everyone should go to school.” Be Peaceful and Love Everyone” and continue benefit others. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

  33. Patsy on Oct 15, 2013 at 12:04 am

    Malala Yousafzai, is a courageous and compassionate young lady. The failed assassination attempt had made her a strong person. To quote her,” Nothing changed in my life, except this: weakness, fear and hopelessness died; but strength, power and courage was born.” Her passion and her beliefs in education for girls had made her a powerful spokesperson; speaking with passion and confidence.

    A much matured young lady who understood the importance of compassion and forgiveness. May her inspiring works bring hope to all those who are deprived of education.

  34. tenzinkhenchen on Oct 14, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Malala Yusafzai is an amazing little woman. She is so young yet so mature. “This is the compassion I have learned from Mohamed, the prophet of mercy, Jesus Christ and Lord Buddha.” This shows that she embraces all faiths. She is very fearless for mentioning so many faiths in one sentence.

    I also like how she even told President Obama to stop the drone strikes on Pakistan. Because it only fuels terrorism. I csan’t wait to see what Malala does next!

  35. Tong sunsun on Oct 14, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    眼见这小女生坚毅的眼神,清晰的语调句句锵锵有力。很难想象16,7岁的她拥有如此宽阔胸襟。祝福她如愿以偿。

  36. Wei Theng on Oct 14, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing. Malala is courages, inspirational and I could not believe she is just a 16 year old lady.
    The wisdom and compassion that she has within her and her determination to bring education to women is so inspiring. Just like a buddhisatva to me!
    Salute her and may she be well and safe and achieve her dream!

  37. Regina De Giovanni on Oct 14, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    This young girl is so very inspiring! Thank you for sharing this speech. Kind Wishes Regina

  38. wansan on Oct 14, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    This video has brought tears to my eyes. Thank You RInpovche for sharing this.

    Malala Yousafzai is not an ordinary 16 year old like many of us. At the age of 16, she has already become one of the most influential person in the world. Thank You Malala for fighting for education for all women in this world despite being attempted to murder by the Talibans. Imagine, just merely 16 years old, Malala has already stood out to fight for others, she has already been thinking every single day of benefiting others, improving their lives.

    It’s truly amazing how Malala at her age, has already understood the importance of being compassion to others, forgiving others and not taking revenge of others who have harmed us.

    I especially like the part where she says ” Nothing changed in my life, except this : weakness, fear and hopelessness died; but strength, power and courage was born.” May Malala be safe and well. This is definitely a video worth sharing to everyone else.

  39. Wan Wai Meng on Oct 14, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Thank you Malala you must be the Tara in your world, saving female children from ignorance and a lack of hope 🙂 .

  40. Valentina Suhendra on Oct 14, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    My Dear Lama

    Thank you for blogging about Malala Yousafzai. She has been headlines many times in CNN, BBC, and NYT. I admire her courage and most of all, the fact that she is forgiving. I need a lot of story like hers, Rosa Park, Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Florence Nightangle,Da Vinci, Lord Buddha, etc. I have a heart of a coward. Reading a story of Malala, and other historical figures gives me that courage booster. All celebrated figures – past and present are not those who conform to society norm, but those who made a difference in the world they live in.

    They are (were) humans with doubt and fear like mine, but they do (did) not let their fear paralyzed them. And even then, they practice even more courage to forgive those who harm them or try to stop them.

    Having face personal battle of my own, I understand the magnitude of Malala’s actions. I have my best wishes for her. I heard she is being nominated for Noble Peace Prize. She deserves and earned that prize.

    Valentina

  41. Elena on Oct 14, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Malala is an amazing young person, no doubt, but credit must also be given to her father who ran a school for girls despite the risks to his life and his family’s life. Why? Because he believes every girl has just as much right to an education as any boy. From her father’s bravery, it is not difficult to see where Malala has got her courage from, as well as her belief in the power of education.

    So for people who say parents don’t have that much of an influence on their kids, Malala and her father’s example show they surely do. When you’re a child, your parents are your first heroes – everything they do is the right thing to do, and your parents can do no wrong. From our parents, we learn right from wrong, good from bad, and the principles that we will carry with us through life – whether or not we learn to stand up for injustices done, or we choose to run away in the face of adversity, is up to the lessons our parents teach us. Malala and her father definitely show just how important it is for these first heroes to set a good example for future generations.

  42. Choongs on Oct 14, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Never a dull day in Samsara.

  43. lewkwanleng on Oct 14, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    From the way she speaks, it is difficult to believe that she is only 16 years old! She speak with such passion, conviction, courage and with such substance which put a lot of us to shame.

    I pray we have non-violence, equality, tolerance between religions/race etc.

    I will definitely share this with my friends about this amazing lady!

  44. Irene Lim on Oct 14, 2013 at 10:21 am

    The courageous teenager, Malala Yousafzai, kills all Taliban and terrorists with her powerful voice. Her compassion, forgiveness and non-violence attitude are tremendously inspiring. She gained peace and victory.

  45. Sharon Saw on Oct 14, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Malala Yousafzai is truly such an amazing woman-child. Someone who had such strong beliefs in the importance of education that she has risked her life for that belief. “This is the compassion I have learned from Mohamed, the prophet of mercy, Jesus Christ and Lord Buddha.” How eloquent this young lady is and how fearless she is of mentioning different faiths in one sentence, showing respect and acknowledgement of all. How humbling and inspirational.

    Malala has also taken the opportunity to tell President Obama to stop the drone strikes on Pakistan as it fuels terrorism. She says, “I thanked President Obama for the United States’ work in supporting education in Pakistan and Afghanistan and for Syrian refugees. I also expressed my concerns that drone attacks are fueling terrorism. Innocent victims are killed in these acts, and they lead to resentment among the Pakistani people. If we refocus efforts on education it will make a big impact,”

    Education IS key. But together with spirituality – to give a foundation of morality.

    It will be interesting to see Malala’s progress. May she be safe and well.

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  • nut4all
    Sunday, Apr 30. 2017 07:03 AM
    and stopped animal sacrifice at these temples. http://www.drukpa.com/about-us/our-yogis/the-three-divine-madmen 99%ppl focus on jab jum DrukpaKunley…
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  • nut4HE25TRinp!o
    Sunday, Apr 30. 2017 01:54 AM
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    My favorite Mahasiddha is Naropa….Let explain few !from4incarnation DRUKPAone MADe split!forTWO!!DRUKPA(HEMIS-ladakh)&SHABDRUNG(relung monastery Tibet site) .later SHABDRUNG split for3 body speach MIND! ( i m not certain order) SHABDRUNGS ARE!!! NamkhaiN0rbu RINPOCHE YES!! HH SHABDRUNG controversial in BHUTAN home jail!by urgyen trinley can!idDAYE&TaklungShabrung .. Recently with Dalai our monk seen !
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  • Alice Tay
    Sunday, Apr 30. 2017 12:16 AM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this and I was touched by this story very much. I personally think that this faithful dog must has very close karmic connection with its owner and it know that the owner is died. Furthermore, animals are very sensitive to our energies and mind states. So, if we are loving kindness and compassion, they can feel our love and care.

    As such, we must treat the animals like humans too. Not to harm them because humans can be reborn as animals and animals can be reborn as humans. We have to accept that humans and animals are interconnected and just like a family.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Apr 29. 2017 11:49 PM
    Spiritual practice is definitely much more than doing good for others. When we practice “spirituality” without religion and from our own understanding, how sure are we that we are on the right track? When we practice spiritual with the guide of religion, we will certain progress and much easily to attain higher levels. Thank you, Rinpoche for this teaching.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/can-we-just-be-spiritual-but-not-religious.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Apr 29. 2017 10:56 PM
    When we truly love and care for another being like a family, whether this other being is a dog or cat, a child or a stranger, it will break our heart when it is gone. Many people may not be capable of this emotion towards a pet but as we evolved, we will realize we are capable to develop such feelings for animals. It is common in the west to have pets cemetery because of this reason. Thank you for this article, Rinpoche.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/why-losing-a-dog-can-be-harder-than-losing-a-relative-or-friend.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Apr 29. 2017 03:09 PM
    Interesting info and article about werewolves. I never knew about its origins and the various wolves existence until I read this. I have thus far know about werewolves only from the movies and the famous twilight show. But one thing I noticed from the articles is the gruesome manner in killing the person (or suspected werewolves). Some were cursed to be a werewolves. There just so much anger, violence and killing in the whole process, which probably the reason why werewolves are known to kill and hurt human and other animals.

    Anyway, whether we believe the existence of werewolf is true or not, I believe that there are other forms of beings in world. And we should not handle or deal with other beings with violence and anger.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html#comment-744320
  • Lin Mun
    Friday, Apr 28. 2017 04:00 PM
    Everything we offer to Buddha is a form of mind transformation and practise our mind to be focus even when doing water offering. When pouring the water into the bowl we have to recite Om Ah Hum (3 times), think positively and pouring it slowly so it does not spill and leaving the space of a grain of rice before reaching the top. After offering we also have to clean the bowls properly without leaving stain. All this is to train our mind.

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

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

    Jason

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

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

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

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

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this heartwarming article.

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

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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini\'s blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves.
~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini's blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves. ~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
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His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
: This picture says it all. Click on it to enlarge and read and please share.
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: This picture says it all. Click on it to enlarge and read and please share.
This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one\'s death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one's death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin\'s dog Snowy!
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I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin's dog Snowy!
Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
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Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
 Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
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2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
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One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
 Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
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Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
Tsem Rinpoche\'s Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
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Tsem Rinpoche's Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
 It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and \'defeat\' the ones that hurt us because we don\'t become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and 'defeat' the ones that hurt us because we don't become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
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Tsem Rinpoche's heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin  Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
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Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
 (left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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(left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s good to be with kind and sincere people.
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It's good to be with kind and sincere people.
If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
My Mumu boy didn\'t want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
My Mumu boy didn't want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
1 month ago
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
1 month ago
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn\'t move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
1 month ago
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
1 month ago
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
1 month ago
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
1 month ago
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
1 month ago
Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
2 months ago
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
2 months ago
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
2 months ago
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
2 months ago
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
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February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
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  • April 20, 2017 10:45
    Ronnie asked: Dear Rinpoche and Pastors, I'm studying abroad and very far away from home, seeking guidance and advice as I have no one else I can talk to about this. Please read with an open mind, I don't know where else to go for help. I'm pregnant and it's an unplanned pregnancy. I'm stuck between keeping it or letting it go. I'm young and having a child at my age in the society we live in now would be considered taboo. The father of the child thinks I should let it go because it may cause a setback to both our careers and cause major family issues. He thinks we aren't ready to raise a child especially since we're both still in university and his parents think badly of me even though they've never met me or tried to get to know me. I'm sure no one would ever have the heart to take away a heartbeat but it seems like it isn't the right time to have a child now and if we did go through with it, the child probably won't be able to have the best things life can offer looking at where we are now in terms of finance and maturity. I'm lost, confused and unsure what the right thing to do is now. Any advice at all would be helpful right now. Thank you so very much for taking time to read my story.
    pastor answered: Dear Ronnie, I’m sorry to read that you are going through this situation. I can understand that this situation is tough to go through. You are always more than welcome to come here to ask questions. May I suggest that you talk to either someone in your family or your friends to help you come to an appropriate solution? This is because, what you feel, what you are going through, will change from time to time and you would need someone to talk to, someone that you can lean on through this situation you are facing. Depending on where you are in the world, professional help can also be sought to help you make a decision, which will be the best option for you seeking help. From a Buddhist perspective, the taking of a life is not considered a positive act, therefore those on the Buddhist path, would normally abstain taking a life if possible. However, that being said, one must always weigh the decision oneself. Everything we do in life, necessarily involves karma both positive and negative. That is why Buddhists try to overcome samsara in general. Your situation is complicated because you are abroad, but if possible you should really open up to someone you are close to in order to help you through making this decision on a personal basis. When you talk to someone, whom you are able to express yourself more, you may able to come to better decision that is right for you. There may be other options open to you if you seek help. I personally know women who have been in similar situations. One of these women, let the child go and the other went through the pregnancy and then gave the child up for adoption. You may or may not have thought of this option, but it is one that could be open to you, depending on where in the world you are. Any decision we make in life, however big or small it may seem, has far reaching consequences whether in this life, or in future lives. This is just a part and parcel of life within samsara. However, we should weigh the decisions we make clearly given the situation we are in. We cannot always do this weighing ourselves, but need to talk about our options with others we can rely on such a friends, family or professionals. You should consider doing this, which will help you greatly emotionally, and may give you the grounding you need to make the correct decision for you. I hope this helps.
  • April 19, 2017 04:57
    Dongho asked: What is a nyung ne practice? According to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, it's a purification sadhana. However, what are the instructions for this? I'm guessing it's to Chenrezig, but how does it work? Also, from what I have read, Vajrasattva practice is only for broken vows while Akshobhya is for regular misdeeds. Does that mean one has to take the Akshobhya practice to purify bad karma from this life and previous instead of Vajrasattva? As for the purification practices, are some like Vajrasattva and Chenrezig only to purify the bad karma and let it come quickly or is it to prevent it from coming? I am confused in it. As for signs, I recited a mantra of White Yangchenma that a Sakya lama, Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche, gave me with the Sakya visualizations I read on, and after one mala, I heard some lady call my Korean name even though no one in my neighborhood knows of my name and my family members weren't in the area. What does this mean?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your questions, it’s nice to see you back here again. Nyung Ne practice is a purification practice that centres around Chenrezig. It is a very beneficial practice that stems from a holy nun named Gelong-ma Palmo. It is a two and a half day practice that can be repeated many times over and over again to intensify the purification and build a closer relationship with Chenrezig. As well as its purification aspect, the practice is known to generate vast amount of merit, and also compassion, as the practice centres around Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion. The practice involves taking the eight Mahayana precepts for the duration, fasting, meditating, prostrating and praying. The practice usually entails empowerment into the practice of Chenrezig, therefore the exact meditations, prayers can only be explained to those who have the empowerment. Vajrasattva practice is not necessarily only for repairing broken vows, etc. That’s why it is advised that you engage in the practice at the end of the day, to repair any vows that you may have broken during that day, as well as stopping any negative karma you created that day from multiplying. This would entail reciting the mantra 21 times, together with the four opponent powers. However, if you engage in this practice more intensely, it definitely has the capability to purify all sorts of karma. That is the reason why in Ngondro, or preliminary practices one engages in before tantra, the practice of 100,000 Vajrasattva mantra recitation is an integral part. You can read more about Vajrasattva and his practice here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/an-important-purification-practice.html. Within purification practices, some of the karma will be purified completely, so you do not feel its effects at all, but when purifying other karma you will need to feel its effects somehow. For example if you have the karma to be in a car accident and get seriously injured, and you are engaging in any practice, but especially the purification practice, since you have purified most of the karma, you will only experience being in a very minor car accident, with only very superficial injuries. Therefore, in this case, the karma has been purified to the extent that it does not affect you as much, but you still need to feel part of its effect. In regards to any signs that you receive which engaging in the practices given to you by one of your specific gurus, you should report the happenings to that particular guru. He will be able to give you more of an accurate answer, as it may be related to the particular practice that he gave to you. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • April 17, 2017 07:06
    Thomas asked: Dear Pastors, When a serkyem set has been used so much and one is ready to get rid of it and replace it with a new one. What is a respecful mode of disposal?
    pastor answered: Dear Thomas, Thank you for your question. Your question shows that you have a lot of respect for offering items, which is very good. If possible, you should try to repair the item if within your means, and doing so make embellishments to make it a better offering item, which can still be used. If this is not possible, then you should dispose of the item with a good motivation. You should think that this item has been used to make offerings to the enlightened beings, but now that it is broken or unusable, you are going to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. Since it itself is not a receptacle of energies of the enlightened beings, such as a statue, tsa tsa or thangka, it does not require a special dissolution before being disposed of. However since it was used to make offerings, it still requires some form of respect when disposing, and this comes from one’s motivation and the way in which you dispose of it. Usually, when disposing of items in this way, make the motivation that you have used it and that it is now time to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. When you do this you can dispose of it in a respectful manner. For example, if you are going to throw it away, you do not simply open the trash can and throw it in. You wrap it up in something, like a bag or newspaper and dispose of it respectfully. Another method you can dispose of it is to recycle the object, if the material it is made from can be recycled. That way you are more conscious of the environment as well. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 16, 2017 22:38
    Curious asked: Dear pastors In a recent youtube video something like paying respect to deceased ones, pastor Nirel Patel explained that merits are like the interest and good karma is like the principal sum. So merits always regenerate themselves and hence do not get used up but good karma is like the principal sum so it gets used up. So my question is what are practices that generate merit? And can we turn a mundane daily activity into a meritorious one? Maybe can you provide an example?
    pastor answered: Dear Curious, Thank you for your question. First, to clarify a point, in regards to good karma, you are right, it is like a principal sum in a bank account, but you take away from it when you experience something good in your life, and you add to it when you do good deeds. Merit on the other hand, once accrued never diminishes, therefore when something is based on merit, it is based on the energies of this never diminishing sum, which you could say is like interest. In short, the principal sum when talking about karma is always added to and subtracted from. However, when talking about merit, once you have it, there is no way to destroy it, you will always benefit from it. There are various ways to explain how to generate merit. I will explain a way that I find easiest to understand. In normal life, when we go about performing any sort of activity, be it ‘good’ or ‘bad’ we do so out of ignorance of the true nature of existence, and it is usually self-motivated. For example, we work our entire lives to generate monetary income, so that we have enough money, resources, and materials goods to be comfortable. This is self-motivated, but it is the accepted way the world works these days, and is part and parcel of being bound to samsaric life. On the other hand, the act of merit making can be categorised into three parts: i) motivation, ii) the act itself, and iii) dedication. Let’s start with motivation, when engaging in various virtuous acts, we should have the motivation that by engaging in the act, we have the motivation to alleviate the suffering of someone else, and that may we gain enlightenment so that we can benefit them in the future. The second is the act itself. The third is to dedicate the energy of the virtuous act to gaining enlightenment. These three are what make merit. This may be a little confusing, so let me give an example: giving help to a homeless person. Whereas in ordinary life, this is something praised as a very good deed, it does not create merit without motivation and dedication. In order for this to become merit, one must set the motivation that one is giving help to the homeless free of the eight worldly concerns, to alleviate their suffering and also making the motivation that you will achieve enlightenment for the sake of the person or people you are helping. Then after you have helped them, you dedicate the energy created to the spiritual journey towards full enlightenment to help all sentient beings, while at the same time benefiting as many sentient beings as possible on the way there. This transforms the act into not only a virtuous action but also one that generates merit. On the other hand, if you were to help the homeless without these, you are creating good karma, which although beneficial, keeps you bound to existence within samsara. As it is the goal of Buddhist practice to overcome the cycle of samsara, a Buddhist would want to generate merit instead of good karma. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 13, 2017 11:38
    D.A. asked: If Begtse Chan is not from Mongolia, what are his real origins or story exactly? And which lamas offer his empowerment? As for Manjushri Nagarakshasa, which lamas specifically offer his empowerment and practice?
    pastor answered: Dear D.A. Thank you for your question. Begtse, is also known as Chamsing, or Jamsaran in Mongolian. As mentioned in an earlier sharing with someone who also asked a question about Begtse, the practiced was introduced to Tibet from India by the translator Nyen Lotsawa, and is considered one of the main protectors of the Hayagriva cycle of tantras. According to the scriptures that derive from the Sakya tradition, who incorporated the practice from the translators, and in which tradition Begtse became a very important protector, Begtse in a previous life was born many eons ago. In that particular life, he was born as the younger prince in a royal family. His name was Drag Gye, and his older brother’s name was Drag Den. Over time both princes developed differing religious beliefs, to the point where they could not get along with each as they both held their own religious views strongly. As was the custom during that time, they decided to settle their differences through logical debate, with the loser having to convert to the winner’s religion. This custom was also prevalent in ancient India, and there are many stories of such debates occurring between the great masters of the past and those of other faiths. Drag Gye lost the various debates, but ran away instead of converting to his older brother’s religion. Drag Den caught him, and tried to punish him for breaking the rules of debate and going back on his promise. Drag Gye told his brother that even if he was killed he would not give up his religion, however if Drag Den let him go, that in the future when Drag Den became enlightened, he would protect his teachings. With that Drag Den let him go, and gave him a set of copper armour, a stick, and a bow and arrow. Drag Den also gave Drag Gye a new name: Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po. After this incident the two brothers never saw each other again in that lifetime. Many lives after that Drag Den was reborn as Prince Siddharta, who eventually became enlightened and is now known as Buddha Shakyamuni. Drag Gye, or Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po, was reborn in a cemetery in the North West direction. His parents gave birth to two eggs, one was a coral-like colour and the other was an agate-like colour. These two eggs flew high into the sky and reached the heavenly realms, there they subdued the gods. Then flying back down to earth, they subdued many nagas. Eventually they even came to threaten their own parents. The parents petitioned the Dharma protector Ekajati for her help, who threw her own staff (khatvanga) at the eggs, and broke them apart. From the coral-like coloured egg came a ferocious man with yellow hair, he proclaimed that his name was ‘Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po’. When he emerged he was wearing a set of copper armour, wielding a stick, copper sword, and a bow and arrow. From the agate-like coloured egg came a female who was blue in colour, her teeth were like shells, she had turquoise eyebrows, and her hair was made of fire. She emerged wielding a copper knife, ritual dagger (phurba), rode a terrifying bear and wore an intricate necklace made of agate and lapis lazuli. It was then that Ekajati once again took action, and subdued them, after which they became Dharma protectors. The male figure became known as Begtse, and the female as his sister. When you propitiate Begtse, his sister is automatically included and aids practitioners as well. As for which lama offer his practice and empowerment, most lamas do not advertise which teachings or practice they hold. Therefore you should respectfully approach lamas and ask them if they have the practice and can bestow it, or if they know of any lamas that have the practice, depending on how much you want to practice Begtse. Similarly, this applies to those lamas who have the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. However, this practice is included in the Rinjung Gyatsa series of empowerments. This unique cycle of teachings, includes all 4 classes of tantric practices, and includes the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. Therefore those lamas who have received the complete transmission, and have kept their commitments for this practice, are qualified to pass this on to others. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
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