Mr. Lukar Jam

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Mr Lukar Jam

Click on the image to read Mr Lukar Jam's statement regarding the Dorje Shugden issue. Thank you for speaking up and thank you for having the courage to want to set this right. Source: http://lukar2016.com/manifesto/

Regarding Mr. Lukar Jam

I am not very interested in politics especially Tibetan politics but this is connected to something spiritually important to millions and myself. Mr Lukar Jam is a Sikyong (Prime Minister of exiled Tibetan people) candidate. He is not a Dorje Shugden practitioner nor religious nor does he ascribe to a religion although he is Tibetan born in Tibet, but he can see religious conflicts arising that are not necessary and create horrible sentiments and segregation. He wishes very much to resolve the religious conflict created by the current Tibetan government in exile regarding the Dorje Shugden issue. So few among the Tibetans dare speak up about resolving the Dorje Shugden issue. I am glad Mr Jam is opening the doors to this because we all want harmony.

The ban against Dorje Shugden has created many conflicts, disharmony, pain, segregation, prejudice, violence and hatred towards people who choose Dorje Shugden as a worship. People say you have the freedom to practise Dorje Shugden but if that is the case then why are Shugden people spat upon and hated? Because they are goaded on by Tibetan government in exile (CTA), even in their websites. Tibetan government in exile prints/publishes all types of negative propaganda against Shugden, yet they say you have the right to practice. No government in power or exile should dictate any religion to their people. They should not encourage nor discourage any religion or faith and should give FULL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM. This is a mark of democracy which Tibetans in general are coming to grips with.

Many Tibetans who are progressive can see this but many dare not speak out or they will be labeled anti-Dalai Lama which is similar to reputational suicide. Within the Tibetan society which is very archaic and not democratic, to have divergent views from H.H. the Dalai Lama immediately means you are against the Dalai Lama. As unfitting as that sounds, it is true. I respect His Holiness the Dalai Lama and love him but my views are different. This does not mean I am against him or have any ill-will towards him, but it is sacrilegious to do so within the Tibetan society. No Tibetan can have a view different from the Dalai Lama on any issue especially spiritual or they will be segregated, threatened, ostracized and penalized. All your rights as a Tibetan will be removed and you cannot even vote for a new Sikyong.

The exiled Tibetan constitution is if you practise Dorje Shugden, then you do not need to associate with Tibetans who do not. You should stay away from Tibetan schools, hospitals, government departments and even voting. Yes this is true. You can Google and read for yourself. You are not allowed to join any public events with other Tibetans or the Dalai Lama just because you practise Shugden. Tibetan government in exile encourages the segregation of Dorje Shugden people. Simple, if you practise Dorje Shugden you cannot attend any talk given by the Dalai Lama even if it is not of religious nature. If you practise Dorje Shugden then to keep the ‘samaya’ clean, we don’t attend teachings by the Dalai Lama who does not practise and that is understood. Samaya is ‘spiritual relationship’. But if the Dalai Lama is giving a general public talk, as a Tibetan why am I not allowed to attend? Because I practise Dorje Shugden. That is discrimination against me for my religious belief. Not advice but a full-out ban. As a citizen or person of the Tibetan race, when our ‘leader’ the Dalai Lama gives a speech, why is it I and many of us who practise Shugden cannot attend his public talks? Just because my religious views are different? Just take a moment and think. If the leader of your country gives a speech, you can only attend if you agree with his religious views or you are barred…does that sound right? Does that sound democratic? That is what is happening with the Tibetan people in India and around the world now. It is happening with me. If you practise Dorje Shugden you are barred to participate in anything the Tibetan exiled government hosts or the Dalai Lama’s public talks and hospitals, schools and voting. You cannot even go into some restaurants because of your religious views! The Tibetan government in exile encourages this very much so in their constitution. Google and read.

Mr Lukar Jam also bravely speaks up about the rampant corruption within the Tibetan leaders (CTA) and how this needs to change immediately. I’ve included his thoughts in short on this. You can read further here, copy and paste the link:  http://lukar2016.com/manifesto/

Imagine if President Obama said if you are Catholic then you are not allowed to join in any benefits such as citizenship, welfare, voting, schools, medical in the US? He would not last two minutes. But this is happening within the Tibetan society. If this is not happening why would I and so many of us say it is and stand up to make this known, jeopardizing ourselves? Because it is true.

Mr Lukar Jam is very progressive, far reaching in thinking and very fair. That is why he will never be accepted and elected into the position of Sikyong. Because it’s a divergent view and a view different than the CTA’s and especially H.H. the Dalai Lama’s views. But having said that, I think he has made waves with his progressive encompassing religious views. He has other views about China and Tibet/China relations which I don’t agree on, but that does not matter. We can still respect and be friends with people who have views radically different than ours. Why not? I like the fact he can think broadly, full stop. I don’t mind I don’t agree with all his views because everyone is different.

We need more Tibetans like him who are moderate, fair, democratic and really speak their mind intelligently, politely and respectfully. The fact he is not accepted or respected is a reflection of how Tibetan mainstream society is perhaps ‘educated’ so far to not have any divergent views different than the Dalai Lama’s or his government which he controls fully. I wish Tibetans, H.H. Dalai Lama well and long life always. My views are different but my heart is with you as it always has been.

I hope to hear more from this progressive and fair Tibetan man. Good Luck Mr Lukar Jam. You can read what his views are on Dorje Shugden in the picture above.

Tsem Rinpoche

P.S. This is just a sample of the reactions given when I practise Dorje Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=58841

The Dalai Lama’s website regarding Dorje Shugden: http://www.dalailama.com/messages/dolgyal-shugden

The Central Tibetan Administration’s website regarding Dorje Shugden: http://tibet.net/dolgyal-shugden/

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  1. Stella Cheang on Jul 10, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    It is very courageous for Mr Lukar Jam to speak freely about the quandary of Tibetan refugee under the command of Dharamsala. The community is deeply segregated in the past 20 years due to the bias and unfair policy imposed by CTA. Many Tibetans suffered but dare not speak up. Mr Lukar Jam spoke about the solemn plight of things where Shugden practitioners are not allowed to join any public events with other Tibetans but also about the rampant corruption by members of CTA. We should show support to people like Mr Lukar Jam for willing to take risk and speak up for greater good.

    Humbly, bowing down,
    Stella Cheang

  2. Pavara Lam on Jan 10, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    It is good to see that Mr Lukar Jam has decided to speak out on behalf of all the Tibetans.
    The CTA can go really hard on people who speak up against the ban, that’s why a person like Mr Lukar Jam is special. Why do i say special? Because Mr Lukar Jam puts his fear of prosecution and mistreatment aside, who else in the world would dare to head straight on when there is prosecution and mistreatment to suffer should he fail?
    Failure is not something wrong… Failures can teach us something important. Take for example Thomas Edison, he failed more than a thousand times and yet he kept going until he found the answer. Upon his discovery of making a light bulb he quoted: “I have not failed 10000 times, i have just found 10000 ways that don’t work” Thus it is important to keep going and not worry about failure Mr Lukar Jam is a perfect example of the type which never gives up.

    I hope that more people will come up with the confidence of Mr Lukar Jam to voice up against the ban.

  3. Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Dec 30, 2015 at 4:44 am

    I have to say, Lukar Jam is very brave to go up against the Tibetan establishment. They have been known to enact violent repercussions against anyone who dares to defy them, and they are most certainly not above a smear campaign.

    Although I am not interested in politics, stories about Lukar Jam and the Sikyong elections fills my news feed so I can’t help but glance at some of the stuff. I have seen the names people call him, the images they photoshop of him, the announcements some monasteries about how they are glad to announce his speeches have been cancelled, etc.

    Exactly what they do to Dorje Shugden practitioners, to be honest.

    If the Tibetan leadership want to progress into the 21st century and they want to make sure their community survives after the passing of His Holiness, then they need to develop genuine democracy. They need leadership programmes that will train people who will be capable of guiding Tibetan society once His Holiness is gone (in a thousand years’ time).

    As it is, there is no such programme to train leaders AND no single lama that everyone will listen to. Instead of focusing on the welfare and future of society, everyone is too busy jostling to see what they can squeeze from Western donors. So sadly, the events of the last sixty years demonstrate that the Tibetan leadership are not really interested in the progress of their people. If they were, they wouldn’t waste so much time on suppressing the views and faiths they don’t agree with. Don’t like Dorje Shugden? Suppress it. Don’t like Lukar Jam? Suppress him.

    Democracy is about being open-minded, tolerant and accepting of new ideas. And so if cause resembles effect, and the effect is a leadership that continues to suppress everything, then their motivation was never to foster open-mindedness and tolerance to begin with.

  4. Valentina Suhendra on Dec 28, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    I think it is really courageous of Mr. Lukar Jam to step up and acknowledge that Shugden issues have been blown out of proportion and it should not be the focus of CTA.

    I think he has gone out of convention and may offend some people too by voicing his opinion. But I truly respect him for that. We need more leaders like him.

    Valentina

  5. Beatrix Ooi on Dec 28, 2015 at 12:13 am

    I respect Mr Lukar Jam for his courage to speak up and point out the issues. Tibetan people should be more like Mr Jam and speak up, no one else can save their society other than themselves. I know that it’s not easy because there are some consequences, but I don’t think we should be afraid to tell the truth.

    What he mentioned is right, Dorje Shugden is a small issue and why is the Tibetan leadership making it such a big issue? Dorje Shugden is a religion, a belief, a choice. No one is forcing anyone to do His practise nor should anyone try to stop the practitioners from doing the practise. Religion is a choice and all of us should have the rights to choose our own beliefs.

    Like what the Central Tibetan Administration claims, if there’s no discrimination nor segregation, then why can’t Dorje Shugden practitioners enter shops, hospitals, schools, restaurants and etc that are government operated? If this is not discrimination then what is it?

  6. Pastor Moh Mei on Dec 26, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    Tibetans need more people like Mr Lukar Jam. You can try to garner foreign support but by the end of day it should not be the foreigners or outsiders who stood up for Tibetan affairs, it should be the Tibetan people. Hopefully Mr Lukar will inspire more Tibetans to stand up and speak out.

    Taking a non-religious stance allows Mr Lukar to draw attention to the human rights aspect of the Shugden issues that is currently causing dissension among Tibetans.

    Of course I would not neccesary agree on all of Mr Lukar’s views. There is no world leader that has policies and views that please and suit everyone. The important point is look at the main aspect of his principles. Mr Lukar sees and acknowledges the religious conflicts that are not necessary and has created horrible sentiments and segregation among Tibetans and bravely speaks up about the rampant corruption within the Tibetan leaders. Tibet definitely needs more people like him who are moderate, fair, democratic and really speak their mind intelligently, politely and respectfully. Generally, the world needs more leaders with these attributes.

  7. Pastor Shin on Dec 26, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    Although I do not like politics, I have to applaud Lukar Jam’s statement that “…we cannot have a monolithic view of Shugden worshippers as there are different types of Shugden practitioners. Also there are those who are trying harm the Tibetan cause in the name of loyalty to the Dalai Lama and in the name of fighting the Shugden worshippers”. This is a very good response to the Tibetan Parliament in Exile’s resolution where Dolyal (derogatory name for Dorje Shugden) followers are made criminals just because of their religious belief. How can a “government” make such a sweeping statement and condemn people just because of their religious belief?

    In Point 3 of the 17 March 2014 resolution of the Assembly of Tibetan People’s Deputies (Tibetan Parliament in Exile), it says:
    (3) Recognises clearly the actions of Dolgyal followers as a political tool to create discord within the Tibetan community under the influence and deception of monetary gains, and to denigrate His Holiness the Dalai Lama with baseless allegations. The Parliament would like to make it clear that the issue has nothing to do with religious freedom. Further recognises also the Dolgyal followers and others – whose have caused grave harm to the faith and polity of Tibet under the Chinese government’s ploy and in violation of the law of Karma – as criminals in history.

    What is the proof that ALL Dorje Shugden followers want to denigrate His Holiness and under the influcence and deception of monetary gains? There are many Dorje Shugden lamas and practitioners who made huge impact and contributed to the Tibetan community in exile by building and supporting the monasteries, the poor, building schools/ hospitals, providing spiritual services and many more!

    In the pluralistic world today, we respect each other and be friends with people who have views radically different than ours. But that is not the case with the Tibetans and the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA). They do not allow that. You have to conform to their views and not allowed to have other views. That goes against the purpose of trying to establish a democratic Tibetan government.

    Lukar Jam is practising democratic rights with a bold and courageous step, given the current vitiated atmosphere against anyone daring to speak against the view of His Holiness the Dalai Lama or the CTA. Such a candidate can bring to the open the debate and different point of view that has been silenced by the CTA and pave the way for a more forward-thinking Tibetans. Unfortunately, Lukar Jam was not accepted and elected into the position of Sikyong because of this very reason.

  8. Chris Chong on Dec 24, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    Dear Rinpoche ,

    Thank you for sharing this post on Mr Lukar Jam. Its is refreshing to see a Tibetan to stand up and disagree with the Dorje Shugden ban openly. The tibetan community is still living in the archaic times. Although Dalai Lama is a prominent leader in Tibet, we should use logic and common sense to analyse any leader’s actions. We should not just take in any mindset or rule that they say without thinking where is it coming from.

    The public should know how to think and analyze any situation and not blindly follow their leaders.

    Chris

  9. Pastor Lim Han Nee on Dec 24, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    “We can’t have a monolithic view of Shugden worshippers”, says Mr Lukar. This statement shows us that Mr Lukar is an open-minded and progressive thinking politician. Even though he does not practice Shugden, yet his commitment to freedom of religion makes him respect those who do, especially those who quietly practice Shugden and, at the same time, show their respect and faith in the Dalai Lama.

    He is deeply aware of the suffering of Shugden practitioners who are being ostracized and persecuted by anti-Shugden Dalai Lama loyalists.He questions these people in their aggression towards Shugden practiitoners; he says they are hurting the Tibetan cause in the name of loyalty to the Dalai Lama.

    Mr Lukar wisely calls for a more nuanced and comprehensive policy to tackle this issue.

    Mr Lukar should be lauded for his courage to stand up and speak against injustice and for freedom of religion.

  10. Alice Tay on Dec 24, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    一个国家可以和平的建立,主要的原因是这个国家的人民可以和睦相处,共同携手维护自己的家园与国家。

    虽然马来西亚不是一个经济很繁荣的国家,但最起码这里的人民还可以在国泰民安之下可以得到宗教信仰自由。比方说这里的最高元首和首相都是回教徒。当有任何大节日或是演讲开放给予大众时,任何人不管你是马来人、华人、印度人,等等与不同的宗教者,都可以一一出席。这是其中一点为何本人会感到非常欣慰与感恩活在马来西亚。如果和西藏相较之下,因为我修持多杰雄登而被拒在门外,我会感到多么的无奈,也可能会觉得,难道这国家不要我了?难道因为不同的宗教信仰,就算我是多么得为人民、社会与国家着想,还是徒劳无功的!

    很钦佩 Lukar Jam 先生可以站出来说出他个人对西藏与修持多杰雄登的想法。这是因为他相信,每个人都有言语发表的权利。而我们必须打开心房,张开视野去学习那些符合逻辑与拥有正面思考的知识。不要盲目地只是听从一面的说法。

    在此祈愿所有曾经因为宗教信仰问题而伤害他人,不要再继续伤害他人了。反而要记得为其他人着想,利人利己。

  11. Pee Bee Chong on Dec 24, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    It is so bravely for Mr. Lukar Jam to speak up on the Dorje Shudgen issue.

    May Tibetan has more people like Mr. Lukar Jam, who are open and
    accept religious freedom so that Dorje Shudgen ban will be lifted as soon as possible to reduce the suffering of Dorje Shudgen practitioners, and the lineage of Dorje Shudgen can flourish forever.

    Thank you

    With folded hands
    Pee Bee Chong

  12. Lin Mun on Dec 24, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing this article and reminded us that we should always have an open mind to accept different people’s view.

    Some of the points I learned :

    1) Everyone has the freedom and choice in choosing their religion. A democractic country cannot stop this right. People should have a freedom to attend any talks even if they do not agree on the points by the speaker.

    2) All of us have our own point of view and should not be influence by others who have the power. We should investigate and not follow blindly even if a very respected person have different view from us. Everyone is different and will have different opinion.

    3) I respect Mr Lukar for being brave to speak up this view and promote religion fairness in Tibet. Not many people dare to be different especially if it may affect their safety and agaisnt the government.

    4) I learn that we should be dedicated and have the courage to continue to fight for our right and voice our view.

    5) Some of the laws set by each country are influence by political reason and it is important that we have the correct view to judge it from a religion point which is the right view.

  13. jillyam on Dec 21, 2015 at 11:51 pm

    Mr. Lukar is a very brave person to stand up on what he believes even though he does not do the practice.
    Religion is very personal and I think Religious Freedom is for everyone. Why said no ban but those who practices Dorje
    Shugden are shunned upon and there are segregation between those who practices and those who doesn’t?
    It’s time everyone should stand up for their own rights and let the ban be lifted as soon as possible.

  14. June Kang on Nov 22, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    Each time when I read that “if you practise Dorje Shugden you cannot attend any talk or teaching given by His Holiness Dalai Lama, it always remind me the Story of Angulimala.

    Angulimala had slain 999 victims, however Buddha never give up to him, Buddha did not hesitate to walk the thirty miles to meet him and save him. Why? The one thing that everyone of us has in common is everyone of us can become a Buddha.

    I am a Buddhist, I practice what Buddha taught, I follow the “Lamrin Teaching”, and I did not kill anyone, BUT because my protector practice is Dorje Shugden, , I was being banned to attend His Holiness Dalai Lama’s teaching. In another words is you are stopping me to learn Dharma from a great being who can help me towards enlightenment. Doesn’t it this is against Buddha teaching?

    Moreover, that is nothing wrong to practice Dorje Shudgen, this practice is more than 350 years and many high lama is also practice and has been reincarnated. So obviously the high lama who practice Dorje Shudgen reincarnation has proven nothing wrong with the practice unless you(those anti Shugden) would like to prove “karma” taught by Buddha is
    Wrong.

  15. Joy on Nov 7, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for “opening up” our eyes and giving us more knowledge always so we can think bigger, better and understand the whole situation, and from there make our own decisions or conclusion.

    Yes Mr. Lukar’s views are quite thought provoking especially for the CTA… and yes not all of Mr.Lukar’s view we can agree with but the ones on the injustice of Shugden practitioners and how the CTA works is certainly refreshing to hear. Indeed Mr. Lukar is quite brave, logical and brutally honest. So much so he is now labelled as anti-Dalai Lama. I guess some people do not want the skeletons in the closet exposed.

    I like what Rinpoche said and yes I this should be the way of open minded, progressiveness… “We can still respect and be friends with people who have views radically different than ours. Why not? I like the fact he can think broadly, full stop. I don’t mind I don’t agree with all his views because everyone is different.”

    So yeah we respect His Holiness the Dalai Lama and love him but our views are different BUT this doesn’t mean we are against him or wish bad things to happen to him at all. We are in fact merely, actually, following his advice on “religious tolerance” and “compassion for all”.

    Rinpoche really gave us a lot of knowledge and insights into how the Tibetan people really think and the how the corrupt CTA works.
    Anyone who has a divergent view, opposing to His Holiness is a huge problem and considered sacrilegious in the Tibetan society. They will be labelled anti-Dalai Lama immediately… I believe this is now Mr. Lukar’s nickname, unfortunately. And all this coming from an exile govt that claim Compassion is their religion?

    It’s sad to see many who do not know much, especially in the western world, they will continue to be deceived by the CTA. Hopefully more open minded, educated Tibetans will speak up against the injustice, so that truth and peace can prevail once again amongst the exile Tibetans. I think it’s time for a radical change, one that brings peace amongst people not aggression and segregation.

  16. Ron Wong on Nov 1, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    Thank you Mr Lukar Jam for speaking up for the rights & freedom of all Shugden practitioners all around the world. In particularly Shugden practitioners among the Tibetan community, there have been too many suffering for these people & too long. These are also Tibetan people, like any other citizens in a democratic country who should be given the same rights & freedom like every other citizen of the country. Why should they be segregated, separated, deny of all social welfare & services just because their religious belief is different from the leader? This does not sound democratic at all. I wish you well Mr. Lukar Jam, please continue your courages effort to resolve the Shugden’s ban in order to bring peace & harmony to the Tibetan community & all Shugden practitioners.

  17. Raymond on Nov 1, 2015 at 8:37 am

    It is weird that, people fight even in a religion, like this world has not enough sufferings.

  18. Sock Wan on Oct 30, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    Rinpoche and Kecharians are not into politics, we are here to practice mind transformation. Unfortunately Dorje Shugden faith was made into an issue for political interest. This has created a lot of sufferings among Tibetan DS practitioners. The sufferings was since 20 years ago!

    No one politician among the Tibetan refugees has said something so neutral and straight to the point before. Finally someone sees that DS ban creates a lot of problems in Tibetan society. The ‘government’ is not being fair, promotion of harmony, respect and tolerant is close to zero. They say they are the follower of HHDL but it is very clear that they are not following what HHDL preach, ie compassion.

    I really hope Mr Lukar Jam will win in this election. With his new ideas, new method, new plan for the Tibetans, there might be some good results. If the old one does not work, time to change!

  19. Pastor Antoinette Kass on Oct 29, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    This is good news. Finally someone speaks up and expresses that what happens to Dorje Shugden practitioner is out of proportion.
    How can a government behave in such away again his own people?

    Only Dorje Shugden practitioners are bad? They can not eat in the same place, be treated by the same doctor and buy there food in the same shop but have to travel far away to buy regular objects and worse have to travel far to find medical care!

    Thank you for speaking up on this topic and may the ban be solved swiftly.

    Thank You for sharing Rinpoche.

  20. Vinnie Tan on Oct 29, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    Mr Lukar Jam is really exceptional. Not only does he dare to openly “challenge” CTA and Dalai Lama’s stance on Dorje Shugden, but he challenges them in many ways as well.

    I do not agree with all his views as well, but it shows the kind of level of thought that Mr Lukar Jam is able to have. It is unbelievable and it shows how advance his thoughts are. We are in the 21st century and it is necessary to have advanced thoughts like that.

    When things are fully ruled by one person and no one dares to oppose, at times, the decision that is being made might be wrong. When it is wrong, there will only be more harm then good that is done.

  21. freon on Oct 29, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the latest related to Dorje Shugden’s news. Mr. Lukar Jam is definitely very brave to talk his thoughts out, especially on current hot issues of Dorje Shugden. I hopes too, many tibetan will open up their mind and see what have the discrimination brought to them , to the Buddhism. Nothing but confuse. I hopes, many more Tibetan could see the true problems where, Dorje Shugden’s issues have been use as an excuses for the politician to get favor. To reserved the culture of Tibet, to unite the Tibetans is not to discriminate them, but, to solve the problems together. What is good to cast out own people who are already a refugees? What political power to gain?

  22. Datuk May on Oct 29, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    It is so very refreshing to hear Mr. Lukar Jam’s view on Dorje Shugden worship.

    It is the respect that he has for religious freedom that makes Mr. Lukar Jam such a needed leader for the Tibetans in exile. A different way of looking at the world today instead of the old fashioned archaic and feudalistic manner of the Tibetan people.

    Sad to think that it is his progressive thinking that will prohibit him being elected as the Sikyong. How do the Tibetans wish to progress without a different leadership.

    Mr. Lukar has at last opened the doors for some people in power among the Tibetan community to dare to think otherwise, smartly and find solutions to the many problems that face them. Let the progress continue and have the injustice to Shugden devotees be removed and the Ban be lifted.

  23. Christine Wang on Oct 29, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    The Obama example is a good one! Imagine any leader in the world to ban the people who have different religion and make a war againt them.How the audience in the world will criticise him/ her. And for whoever to win a Nobel Peace prize, it’s hard to relate the person or the organization to any kind of war that hurt people physically or mentally.

    Politics are played by relatively a small group of people. But their decisions can influence and change the whole nation. And if their decisions are made with their peronsal agenda/ ego, then the result could be ugly as many innocent will be hurt.

    With or without religion, as a leader to a team/ company/country, his/ her people follow the leader with the hope that he/she will bring them a life with happiness and safety, not harm or hatred. Simple as that.

    Please don’t hurt the peole who pratise DS as they are not any less than the people who do not practise DS or who do not practise anything!

    Christine

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  • Alice Tay
    Friday, Oct 20. 2017 01:51 AM
    In Buddhism, before become an enlightened beings, all living beings have to experience the suffering in taking rebirth for many lifetimes and each of the rebirth, we must have father and mother. It is possible that our previous lifetime’s father and mother have taken rebirth in other forms such as animals, hungry ghosts and etc in this lifetime. Due to this reason, we should love and treat all sentient beings well as everyone might once been our father or mother in the previous life. We owe them kindness and therefore we should practice dharma and help to liberate them from suffering and lead them to enlightenment.

    I am extremely grateful that I meet and learn dharma from Rinpoche. Rinpoche’s skilful means teachings let me understand that I should not only care about myself, my family and friends but to be kind and compassion to everyone around me. Rinpoche reminds and encourage us to do our commitments and daily sadhana. Later, I realized that when we do prayers, sadhana or pujas, we must begin with Taking Refuge in the Three Jewels and followed by recitation of the Four Immeasurables. Through this practice, it is actually to help us to set a good motivation and generate our Bodhicitta for the benefit of all sentient beings.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/five-ways-to-love-more-by-tsem-rinpoche.html
  • Lin Mun
    Thursday, Oct 19. 2017 10:27 PM
    Rinpoche’s blog has so many interesting topics and articles. Be it heavy and technical or light such as traveling tips, all are very useful and informative to the readers. I appreciate Rinpoche and writers team hardwork in giving us vast information and opportunity for us to learn and improve our dharma knowledge.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/i-am-honoured.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Oct 19. 2017 11:04 AM
    Wow …such a unique island called Socotra which i did not know before or come across . Everything from trees to flowers looks so unique. A place home to a panoply of strange plants and animals uniquely which adapted to the hot, harsh, windswept island. The landscape of this remote Socotra Island looks as if it comes from a sci-fi film.
    From what I see through the pictures this Socotra Island, looks more like Alien place. It’s truly unlike any place on earth and is also called the ‘Lost World ‘ to some of the tourist. I did some research on this island .
    It seem over millions of years, the isolated island in the Arabian Sea has cultivated a unique biodiversity unlike anywhere else on Earth. Twisted dragon’s blood trees and bulbous bottle trees have made Socotra a place of legends, feared by sailors throughout history and believed by some to be the site of the original Garden of Eden.
    Now it seem to be a tourist attraction in Yemen after when UNESCO named it as World Natural Heritage Site in 2006. Its wonderful news as UNESCO recognizes the importance of preserving the island.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these unique island with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/socotra-island.html#comment-753145
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Oct 19. 2017 11:03 AM
    Beautiful sacred painting by Rinpoche. Amazing to know RInpoche as a small kid is so talented in drawing and painting . Yet after so many years the painting still looks good condition. Such a beautiful White Tara painting and now Rinpoche still paints.
    Wow interesting stories behind the scared painting of the powerful white Tara. When we have trust and faith that’s how these powerful Tara will help us.
    Thank you for sharing with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/sacred-painting.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Oct 19. 2017 11:02 AM
    The two beautiful Yeti painting comes a long way from Nepal with love to Malaysia .Specially for Rinpoche……such a beautiful gift and unique .. Knowing Rinpoche like Bigfoot so much. Every gift which is given, even though it be small, is in reality great, if it is given with affection. It is not the gift but the thought that counts.
    Rejoice for Mitra Poudel and Khom Thapa
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these beautiful paintings.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/yeti-bigfoot-sasquatch/from-nepal.html
  • Jason
    Wednesday, Oct 18. 2017 11:14 PM
    This is a great news to animals. Gucci, a leading fashion company going to stop fur clothing now. I just watched a video about the people peel off the fox skin. So cruelty.
    Even though we own any fur clothing, we shouldn’t wear it because this will create a desire cause to others to buy more fur clothing .
    Human beings are very intelligent but we shouldn’t take away animals rights to live in this planet.
    Thanks Rinpoche sharing.

    Jason
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/do-you-know-what-gucci-did.html
  • Alice Tay
    Wednesday, Oct 18. 2017 05:51 PM
    藏传佛教格鲁派第十世班禅喇嘛被视为阿弥陀佛的化身,并且是继达赖尊者后拥有最高权威的佛法大师。第十世班禅喇嘛是一名颇有影响力的大师,每当他给予公开开示时,数以千计的人都会前去听法。
    第十世班禅喇嘛和达赖尊者的关系可以追溯到第五世达赖尊者时期。在当时,第五世达赖尊者的上师,同时也是杜固扎巴坚赞(多杰雄登前世之一)的上师是第四世班禅喇嘛。为了感激上师,达赖尊者赐予上师“班禅大师”头衔,并对班禅大师的三任前世加以追封。此外,达赖尊者也将扎什伦布寺赐为其上师的驻锡地。而此扎什伦布寺内还安设一间供奉多杰雄登的护法殿至今,并且还成为著名的旅游胜地。
    由此可见,如果多杰雄登就如藏人行政中央所说的修持多杰雄登会伤害西藏事业,那么当时的第五世达赖尊者为何要赠送设有多杰雄登的护法殿的扎什伦布寺予第四世班禅喇?如果多杰雄登真的会伤害西藏事业,那么第十世班禅喇嘛为何要费尽心思来撰写这篇约30至40页的的“妙音怙主(宗喀巴)佛教护法天王金刚具力五部威猛尊酬供仪轨”的祈愿文?难道第十世班禅喇嘛铁了心肠不再理会或是存心要危害西藏人民?这一切的一切,让我们不得不深入的思考。

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/panchen-lama-sungbum-chinese.html
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Oct 18. 2017 05:22 PM
    It is very worrying that there are such high percentage of plastic fibres found in our tap water. Even developed country such as UK, Germany and France has 72% of their tap water contaminated with plastic fibres. I guess this is the price we have to pay. With improve technologies and new science inventions we keep coming out with new products that uses various types of plastics and chemicals to bring down the production cost. But unfortunately, nothing comes free as human who will have to suffer the implication of these plastics fibres in the form of water and air, and it is alarming to our health. I think the only way is to create awareness to people telling them how harmful it can bring to us and we should avoid using the products that contribute the pollution and use alternative.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/do-you-know-what-you-are-drinking.html
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Oct 18. 2017 05:04 PM
    It is good news that Tibetan MP Venerable Tenpa Yarphel speaks up against Nechung. Why would a democratic country listen to an oracle to seek advise for the country governance and administration? It just puzzled me. If Nechung is right, why isn’t the country and people progressing but divided further with the Dorje Shugden ban? What more Nechung is an not enlightened dharma protector. It was proven that so many Nechung’s prophecies was wrong but none would question and CTA would still follow the wrong advice. The CTA leaders continue to segregate, discriminate and remove all the human rights against Dorje Shugden practitioners such as education, medical, religion and etc. This is so illegal.

    In this age, we should be able to think and fight for our rights. I hope more people like Venerable Tenpa Yarphel will speak up against the unfair Tibetan leadership towards their people. Everyone should be treated equally and especially for a Buddhism country.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/tibetan-mp-tenpa-yarphel-speaks-up-against-nechung.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Oct 18. 2017 11:29 AM
    Shocking to read and hear this, happening in our own country. Even though this post is old , feeling sad for those cats starving been kept at two pet boarding premises which they called pets hotel. Pets owner discovered that those pets were left abandoned and starved . They also found dead cats and many were in a sad condition. Our local newspapers reported that about 200 cats and a dog were rescued from that premise alone .Another location about 100 cats were found and rescued. These episode was highlighted in news national wide. It such a shameful act .How can the owner of the premises do it for their own selfishness just because of celebrations.
    It is good that the authorities took a stern legal action against the owners of the centre.
    Animals are ignorant and do not deserve to be treated so badly. Be kind and caring to all sentient beings. Have empathy.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/300-starved-and-13-died-petknode.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Oct 18. 2017 11:28 AM
    A beautiful approach by the British MPs has recommended that people reduce the amount of meat they eat to help prevent food shortages in Britain . Even though it is political approach yet still happy as less animals will be killed for foods on the table.
    The massive increase in meat consumption in recent decades has led to the price of grain increase which used for animal feed. Its also lead to widespread deforestation and pressure on agricultural land. The MP are trying to tackle food wastage as half the food bought from UK supermarkets goes in the bin. The UK population are encouraged to eat less meat in long run.
    Thank you for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/british-mps-says-eat-less-meat.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Oct 18. 2017 11:27 AM
    So touching ….watching this beautiful videos , could not controlled my tears too. Its such a warm moment when the two of them met again after a long search nearly 25 years of a hopless search . Mitchell Shigemoto has never forgotten how James Pearson saved his life. In foreign places, and the way Shigemoto’s relationship with James Pearson training together and fighting ,along side in the war ,they became best friends.
    James Pearson is truly a selfless ,kind and friendly person, nor matter what happen stands by Mitchell Shigemoto.
    Thank you Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing this inspiring post.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/mitchell-shigemoto-and-james-pearson-best-friends-in-war.html
  • Alice Tay
    Wednesday, Oct 18. 2017 12:42 AM
    Venerable Tenpa Yarphel showed great courage to voice up and pointed out that if the Tibetan Government-in-Exile is really practice democracy, basically no one will be discriminated and segregated regardless of ethnic group, gender, religious and etc. The people should work together for the growth of the state instead of just listened or seek advice from Nechung and ultimate decisions are still come from HH the Dalai Lama in spite of his retirement from politics.
    Miraculously, Tibetan community continues to believe the Nechung although they have experienced the false prophecies given by Nechung with the possible reason that no one can fully understand the language that Nechung speaks.

    Hope there are more people like Ven. Tenpa Yarphel stand firm and continue to speak up for truth just to benefit and bring no harm to the people.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/tibetan-mp-tenpa-yarphel-speaks-up-against-nechung.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Oct 17. 2017 11:08 AM
    So sad and heart breaking watching this video ,did not able to watch that part when our best friend was put into the boiling pot. Disgusting and cruel indeed. How can they do it and later sold as meat in restaurants…..so inhuman and shocking. My heart sink for a moment to see what happening to those poor dogs. They were tortured, abused before death. Dog meat trade should stop in this modern civilization , where dog deserved much better to live ,love, like us. They are our men best friends after all. They are one of us ,accompany us ,guard our house and keeps us happy. Please do not hurt them i plea.
    Hope the government or people concerned stop the dog meat trade industries. Go on vegetarian is the right healthy choice.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing .

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/dog-meat-trade.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Oct 17. 2017 11:07 AM
    Unseen beings do exists . We human cannot see but our best friends do sense the unseen being existing around and are sensitive too. Animals do behave unusually .
    There must be some kind or unhappy event happened long time ago. A fire or someone killed ?? The unseen being are trapped ,maybe which we won’t know. They need the couple to set them free from sufferings and pain. Whatever it is , its up to the couple after they have investigated of what happen. Hope the haunted house with unseen being have a happy ending.
    Thank you for sharing, interesting videos .

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/film-tv-music/the-haunted-terror-at-maple-dale-farm.html

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Dear friends, This meme is powerful. Who you hang around with and the types of attitude they have is who you will be influenced by many times and who you will become in the future. Look at your friends and the people that always surround you to know who you will become. Tsem Rinpoche
October 2017, His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal graciously reading our Kechara album and updates as presented by Beng Kooi and Martin. He was very pleased with our progress and offers his blessings. Tsem Rinpoche
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October 2017, His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal graciously reading our Kechara album and updates as presented by Beng Kooi and Martin. He was very pleased with our progress and offers his blessings. Tsem Rinpoche
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His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche grants audience to Beng Kooi and Martin in France. Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
Recently Beng Kooi and Martin on behalf of myself and Kechara was lucky to have audience with His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He lives in around Paris, France. His Holiness is 91 years old and very healthy and alert. He was the 101st throne holder for Tsongkapa and was the head of the Gelugpa school of Buddhism and was very successful during his tenure. He is a strong practitioner of both Sutra and Tantra of Je Tsongkapa\'s tradition and a master of all Buddhist knowledge. He holds steadfast to his protector Dorje Shugden very strongly. So we can see even the highest throneholders who are masters of Sutra and Tantra also practices Dorje Shugden knowing the benefits.

Beng Kooi and Martin brought photo albums of Kechara Forest Retreat/Kechara and updates on Kechara and our works. His Holiness was very pleased to listen and offered some gifts back. 

This is a beautiful picture and the great blessings bestowed on us from His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.

Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche 
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Recently Beng Kooi and Martin on behalf of myself and Kechara was lucky to have audience with His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He lives in around Paris, France. His Holiness is 91 years old and very healthy and alert. He was the 101st throne holder for Tsongkapa and was the head of the Gelugpa school of Buddhism and was very successful during his tenure. He is a strong practitioner of both Sutra and Tantra of Je Tsongkapa's tradition and a master of all Buddhist knowledge. He holds steadfast to his protector Dorje Shugden very strongly. So we can see even the highest throneholders who are masters of Sutra and Tantra also practices Dorje Shugden knowing the benefits. Beng Kooi and Martin brought photo albums of Kechara Forest Retreat/Kechara and updates on Kechara and our works. His Holiness was very pleased to listen and offered some gifts back. This is a beautiful picture and the great blessings bestowed on us from His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
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This is so powerful. It is a must read and must share.
Beng Kooi meeting with the scholar and teacher Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen has been very active and you can see his youtubes in Tibetan speaking about the benefits of Dorje Shugden practice. He is a direct student of Trijang Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche.
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Beng Kooi meeting with the scholar and teacher Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen has been very active and you can see his youtubes in Tibetan speaking about the benefits of Dorje Shugden practice. He is a direct student of Trijang Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche.
Martin meeting with Gen Tashi. Gen Tashi is a very devoted and committed activist of Dorje Shugden\'s cause. He is tireless in speaking for the truth. They enjoyed sharing some time together.
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Martin meeting with Gen Tashi. Gen Tashi is a very devoted and committed activist of Dorje Shugden's cause. He is tireless in speaking for the truth. They enjoyed sharing some time together.
Martin meeting with the well known strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist and scholar Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe lak was very happy to meet Martin and shared so much wonderful information. Beautiful meeting.
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Martin meeting with the well known strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist and scholar Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe lak was very happy to meet Martin and shared so much wonderful information. Beautiful meeting.
Beng Kooi meeting with friend and strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist Gen Tashi
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Beng Kooi meeting with friend and strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist Gen Tashi
Another stunning digital print art of Dorje Shugden from an artist in Peru. Tsem Rinpoche
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Another stunning digital print art of Dorje Shugden from an artist in Peru. Tsem Rinpoche
This beautiful Dorje Shugden is from an artist in the Ukraine. Tsem Rinpoche
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This beautiful Dorje Shugden is from an artist in the Ukraine. Tsem Rinpoche
Please never get tired of speaking for those who do not have a voice. If we can alleviate their pain or try our best, why not? Thank you all so much. Tsem Rinpoche
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Please never get tired of speaking for those who do not have a voice. If we can alleviate their pain or try our best, why not? Thank you all so much. Tsem Rinpoche
Pastor Antoinette of Kechara arranged a Malaysian artist to paint this special Dorje Shugden painting conceptualized by myself. She oversaw the process and completed it. Wonderful beautiful Dorje Shugden Malaysian style by Malaysian artist. Tsem Rinpoche
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Pastor Antoinette of Kechara arranged a Malaysian artist to paint this special Dorje Shugden painting conceptualized by myself. She oversaw the process and completed it. Wonderful beautiful Dorje Shugden Malaysian style by Malaysian artist. Tsem Rinpoche
Sometimes after my prayers, reading on sasquatch is relaxing. Tsem Rinpoche
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Sometimes after my prayers, reading on sasquatch is relaxing. Tsem Rinpoche
This gorgeous outdoor bronze Buddha is in Korea. Would be lovely to pay homage to Him there.
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This gorgeous outdoor bronze Buddha is in Korea. Would be lovely to pay homage to Him there.
Beautiful old vintage photo of Kamakura Buddha in Japan. I had the good fortune to visit this holy Buddha a few years back. I do hope I can go again with some students. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful old vintage photo of Kamakura Buddha in Japan. I had the good fortune to visit this holy Buddha a few years back. I do hope I can go again with some students. Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche with Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during the Medicine Buddha festival.
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Tsem Rinpoche with Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during the Medicine Buddha festival.
This is a unique thangka of Pelden Hlamo with Dorje Shugden and Setrap and Nechung. Of course they all get along unlike what Tibetan leadership likes to say they don\'t get along. All enlightened beings get along with other enlightened beings and unenlightened beings. Enlightened beings have no karma to not get along with others. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is a unique thangka of Pelden Hlamo with Dorje Shugden and Setrap and Nechung. Of course they all get along unlike what Tibetan leadership likes to say they don't get along. All enlightened beings get along with other enlightened beings and unenlightened beings. Enlightened beings have no karma to not get along with others. Tsem Rinpoche
I love this picture. I wish it will all settle down soon.
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I love this picture. I wish it will all settle down soon.
 I love this picture of Mumu peeking through the screen and window to see what is going on. He is always been very busy body and active. He has to know what is going on. I love you Mumu.
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I love this picture of Mumu peeking through the screen and window to see what is going on. He is always been very busy body and active. He has to know what is going on. I love you Mumu.
How would you like to get one piece of this beautiful piece of art?
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How would you like to get one piece of this beautiful piece of art?
First time PM Tenpa Yarphel speaks up against Nechung. It has created a huge stir. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144220
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First time PM Tenpa Yarphel speaks up against Nechung. It has created a huge stir. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144220
I always like my rooms to smell clean, fresh, woodsy and a bit like the forest. my favorite types of essential oils to burn daily or as an offering to the Buddhas are Juniper, Cypress, Black Spruce, Peppermint and sometimes Rosemary. I like the smell of the forest, woods and wooded areas very much. I\'ve been using essential oils in my rooms for years. I don\'t necessarily purchase the brand you see in the picture as I buy any brand as long as it\'s made naturally. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
I always like my rooms to smell clean, fresh, woodsy and a bit like the forest. my favorite types of essential oils to burn daily or as an offering to the Buddhas are Juniper, Cypress, Black Spruce, Peppermint and sometimes Rosemary. I like the smell of the forest, woods and wooded areas very much. I've been using essential oils in my rooms for years. I don't necessarily purchase the brand you see in the picture as I buy any brand as long as it's made naturally. Tsem Rinpoche
In the bitter coldness of Yachen Gar, Tibet, several nuns are practicing meditation. You can see many small single \'huts\' in the background. They do this yearly and throughout the year. It is very inspiring to see people practice even under extreme conditions because they realize how samsara is so full of deceptions. Praise to the Dharma that liberates us with truth and practice. Tsem Rinpoche
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In the bitter coldness of Yachen Gar, Tibet, several nuns are practicing meditation. You can see many small single 'huts' in the background. They do this yearly and throughout the year. It is very inspiring to see people practice even under extreme conditions because they realize how samsara is so full of deceptions. Praise to the Dharma that liberates us with truth and practice. Tsem Rinpoche
More than you have....
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More than you have....
The holiest place for the spiritual seeker is where our guru abides. Tsem Rinpoche
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The holiest place for the spiritual seeker is where our guru abides. Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful flowers offered on my shrine to Sacred Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful flowers offered on my shrine to Sacred Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
This is my favorite image of Lord Manjusri. I had this exact same image as a kid in the 1980\'s and treasured it very much. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is my favorite image of Lord Manjusri. I had this exact same image as a kid in the 1980's and treasured it very much. Tsem Rinpoche
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I love this idyllic painting of a beautiful Buddhist temple in a small town with foliage, natural, blue skies and country living. I can definitely live in this type of environment any time. I love living near nature. I wish I can go inside this picture to start living there now. Tsem Rinpoche
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I just did another one. See how it's done- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144259
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I like this sketch I just did. Tsem Rinpoche
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The stupa dedicated to the great Changkya Rolpai Dorje in 5 peaks of Manjushri - China. Changkya Rolpai Dorje was one of the previous life of His Holiness Pabongka Rinpoche. In that life, he was the imperial tutor to the Emperor of China. Photo from Karen Chong
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Please click on this picture and see what the adorable boy is doing.
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Please click on this picture to enlarge and read. It is important and share with others. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
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The handprint of His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche Jetsun Dechen Nyingpo
Dear friends, For the first time in art history you will see a Tibetan divinity in Byzantine art form. Just published! Please be amazed and see the whole artwork here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=143348
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Dear friends, For the first time in art history you will see a Tibetan divinity in Byzantine art form. Just published! Please be amazed and see the whole artwork here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=143348
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我这里有一副最庄严印度风格法力强大护法的画作。点击这里观赏与下载: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=142950
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  • October 18, 2017 23:32
    Yen asked: Dear pastor, I am married but have not been blessed with a kid after several years. How can I overcome the pain I am going through? I also like to ask u for guidance to help someone dear to me who have met with an accident and in vegetative state. How do I help the friend suffer less? What can I do to help her overcome this obstacle in life even when doctor seems to have given up hope?
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear Yen, Thank you for your question. I am very sorry to hear of your situation and that of your friend. One thing we need to remember is that the Buddha explained to us how karma works. Everything we experience in life, whether good or bad is due to our actions previously in this life and previous lifetimes. While this may sound unfair in that we need to experience the results of something that we do not remember doing, this is the way samsara exists. They only way to be free of this type of suffering is to attain enlightenment, the state of a Buddha. That being said, we all need help in our daily life, and that is where deity practice can help us. In order to overcome the pain you are going through, may I suggest that you engage in the Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa. You can find an excellent commentary by His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/tsongkapas-daily-practice-video-commentary.html. You can find the prayers to recite here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/sadhana-prayers.html#19. There is also a practice box set dedicate to Lama Tsongkhapa, which you can order online here if you wish: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/tsongkhapa-boxset-english Lama Tsongkhapa is the emanation of Manjushri, the Buddha of wisdom; Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion; and Vajrapani, the Buddha of skilful means. As such the practice is extremely powerful and is well-known to help people heal psychical pain, but more importantly the sufferings felt in the mind. You can concentrate on the recitation of the Mig Tse Ma mantra and beseech Lama Tsongkhapa to help ease your suffering. He will surely help. His practice is known for relieving anxiety and even depression. In regards to your friend, on a practical level you can research about your friend’s specific state and see if there are any treatments available that can be effective if you have not done so already. In any case what you can do is to engage in prayers or pujas and dedicate the merits generated to your friend. For example, you can engage in the practice of Medicine Buddha, available here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/medicine-buddha-practice.html, or alternative have Medicine Buddha pujas sponsored here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/medicine-buddha-puja-fund. Medicine Buddha is excellent at healing on all levels, and provide us with soothing and beneficial energy. Another method that you can use to help your friend is to generate as much merit for her as possible. A vast amount of merit and purification of karma can help even the direst of circumstances. Such activities could involve releasing animals from slaughter or deplorable conditions, feeding the homeless and less fortunate and providing for them, and making vast amounts of offerings to the Buddhas and enlightened beings. If done with a good motivation, and dedicated towards your friend, she will benefit from the virtuous actions, even if you cannot see the benefits at the moment. Coupled with this you can engage in the practice of a Dharma protector such as a Dorje Shugden. You can find the prayers here if you wish to engage in them yourself: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/diamond-path-a-daily-sadhana-of-dorje-shugden, alternatively you can have Dorje Shugden pujas sponsored here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/dorje-shugden-wishfulfilling-puja-fund. Dharma protectors help to overcome obstacles and conditions that we wish to arise. I understand that it is a difficult situation, but you should maintain your faith in the Buddhas and enlightened beings, and they will definitely help. I hope this helps. Thank you
  • October 14, 2017 13:27
    Ling asked: I have been practising chakrasamvara for over 2 years now and recently during my meditation I feel that during the deity meditation portion that it feel like my entire body is under a heavy water fall. My heart and limbs also feel like flowing water and there is some crawling sensations. What could this be
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear Ling, Thank you for your question. I rejoice to read that you are practising Chakrasamvara for over two years now. This is very good, you should keep the practice steady, keep the vows and commitments well and you will progress on your spiritual evolution. Generally speaking when you engage in higher tantric yoga meditation, the meditations include movement of your psychic winds. Therefore sometimes people will experience strange feelings in the body. When this happens, once should ease off the concentration on that particular visualisation when engaging in the practice. What you can do to lessen these feelings is to engage in purification practices such as the 35 Confessional Buddhas, which you can find here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-35-confessional-buddhas.html. Alternatively if you have the appropriate initiation, you can engage in the practice of Heruka Vajrasattva, which would be included in your sadhana text. Engaging in the purification practices would lessen these sensations when you practice, as everything we experience is due to our karma. What I would advise the most, however, is to consult the guru that gave you the empowerment of Chakrasamvara practice. Your guru would be able to better advise you in addition to the above, the methods you can use to minimise the physical effects if they are due to the actual practice. I hope this helps. Thank you
  • October 13, 2017 11:15
    Fearful asked: What does violent shaking all of the sudden and "shrinking" feeling of the head mean during practice mean? I've been practicing the dharmapalas, and this is happening. What does it mean?
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear Fearful, Thank you for your question. There could be any number of reasons for this to be occurring. What you can do when this starts to happen is to stop what you are doing, and take deep breaths, and concentrate on your breath. As you concentrate on your breath, this will have a calming effect on both your body and mind, which should stop the involuntary shaking and strange feelings. In fact focusing on the breath is one of the best known methods of developing a focused, concentrated, yet calm Your practice of the Dharmapalas should begin with either Guru Yoga or deity practice, therefore I would suggest that you engage in these practices more before you begin the actually Dharma protector practice. One of the best practices is the Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa. This practice is well known for its healing ability on for both the body and the mind. Over time, you should see such occurrences lessen. If this shaking happens regularly and also when you are not practicing, you should consider visiting a qualified health professional just to rule out anything untoward. I hope this helps. Thank you
  • October 8, 2017 20:48
    John asked: Dear pastors, When reciting mantras we are instructed to visualize the deity. However I realize that my visualization is very very fuzzy and very very ever-changing. It is not a still image, there is like thick clouds moving and blocking the visualization then they would clear and block again and clear again and the deity would even change shape. The round part would be more oval one moment and more circle the next etc. In fact, I don't even know if the picture that ends up appearing in my mind is really looking like the deity or not. What if I end up visualizing a monster without knowing it since it's so fuzzy? Is there danger if that happens? What do you advice me to do?
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear John, Thank you for your question. This is a question that people actually ask a lot, but there is no need to worry, especially if we do not have tantric initiation. In fact, the more we practice getting our visualisation stabilised now, the better we will be able to practice tantra when we eventually receive tantric initiation. The issue you are having maintain a steady visualisation is not an uncommon one. This is because we actually have to train our mind to concentrate on what we are doing. One of the major facets of Buddhist meditation is concentration, and this is something we need to develop. We might think that we have a good ability to concentrate, but what the Buddha and the great masters have taught is that we actually do not, but we can obviously develop it. Visualisation itself is a form of concentration meditation, therefore until we achieve a good level of concentration, things like this will happen as we train our minds. What we can do is to focus on a particular aspect of the visualisation, such as the face of the deity, and once that is stable and focused, we can continue onto other parts of the deity’s body, and then the various other aspects of the visualisation. That way, we train ourselves little by little to have a complete visualisation. No in regards to your question about their being danger if something goes wrong or if we make a mistake during our visualisation, this cannot be at our stage of practice. This is because the visualisation is engaged in during the mantra recitation section. Mantras themselves are the Buddhas and enlightened beings in the form of sound. Therefore when we recite mantras we are invoking the holy energies of the Buddhas, which naturally guide and protect us from any harm. The fact that you are facing this issue is in fact a good sign. It shows that are trying to concentrate on the visualisation, but that your mind has not reached a level of concentration powerful enough to maintain the stability of the visualisation. The antidote to this is simple, keep practising. As you continue to practice, you will notice that your visualisation becomes stronger and stronger. If however, you are still worried, you can end your recitation sessions with the prayer dedicated to a Dharma protector to any obstacles, and end with a completion dedication. I hope this helps. Thank you
  • October 6, 2017 22:31
    Wong asked: Hi, i would like to ask about jhana which is the last factor of the eightfold path. How is it being practised?
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear Wong, Thank you for your question. The last factor of the eightfold noble path is called jhana in the Pali language. In the Sanskrit language it is called dyana. This is a state of meditative absorption which culminates in the understanding of emptiness and is the pathway that leads us to attain liberation. Generally this state is achieved through the practice of single-pointed concentration meditation. But within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition once you have achieved stabilised single-pointed meditation, you progress onto the path of special insight meditation. It is at this stage, that one is able to concentrate completely on understanding emptiness and therefore attain enlightenment. This topic is somewhat outside of the scope of this section of the blog. However, Pabongkha Rinpoche in his excellent Lam Rim text, titled “Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand” gives a very concise yet thorough introduction to the topic of meditation. Pabongkha Rinpoche addresses the path to enlightenment, not through the eightfold noble path however, but through the six perfections of a bodhisattva. In essence although on the surface the two ways of structuring the path to enlightenment may seem different, they are actually both the same if one analyses them carefully. If you read “Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand” you will understand how the two structures are interlinked if you have an understanding of the eightfold noble path. You can order a copy of the book here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/lamrim-liberation-in-the-palm-of-your-hand and the book is also available at Kechara Paradise outlets. Alternatively, you can ask your local book store to order the book in for you if they have that service. I hope this helps. Thank you
  • October 3, 2017 04:11
    jason asked: i have been practicing higher yoga tantra for over two year now and recently i started to get nightmares for three continuous nights now and i think it will continue, What is happening ? did i do something wrong? The first nightmare was me being cut in to numerous pieces , the second was me being visited by a greyish blue female old female ghost with no eyes in eye sockets, and the third was a giant dark brown black centipede encased in a white translucent sac exploding out of my thigh and crawling/ rolling away in to darkness. Im quite worried that i may have done something wrong even though i think i have not.
    pastor answered: Dear Jason, Thank you for your question. I am glad to hear that you have been practising Higher Yoga Tantra for over two years. You should keep your samaya with your Guru pure and intact, as well as keeping the vows and commitments that you would have taken during the empowerment into the practice. If you do this then you will see a definite transformation of your mind and circumstances for the better, which is after all what Buddhist practice is all about. In regards to your nightmares I do not think that you have done anything wrong per se. In this case it could be due to two possible reasons, the first is that your negative karma is arising in your dreams and the second is that you are being afflicted by a spirit. In the first case, when we practice Higher Yoga Tantra properly and sincerely, it purifies a lot of negative karma. As when engaging in any practice that purifies negative karma, this karma can open and manifest under control situations. For example you the karma manifests are nightmares or scary figures or feelings, rather than physically, which would come about through uncontrollable causes and conditions. When karma is purified it manifests in its most mild form, and for you in this case, it could manifest in the form of nightmares. Therefore if we are engaging in powerful practices, or when we concentrate on these practices, such things can occur. Some people may find this sort of situation bad. But this is not correct, because due to the nature of samsara, we are affected by karma in some form or another. What matters here is that karma is purified so that we can progress on our spiritual journey. When you face such difficulties, the key here is continue with your practice strongly and not give up. In this manner, the karma which causes such situations to occur is purified quicker and then we are no longer affected by it. Therefore you should wholeheartedly engage in primary sadhana of your meditational deity. On the other hand, it could be that you are being affected by a spirit or spirits. In this case there are methods of protection that you can engage in which should be included in your Higher Yoga Tantra practice. If you are unsure of what these could be, please humbly approach your initiating guru for more guidance. Another way that can help solve this problem is to engage in the practice of a Dharma protector such as Dorje Shugden. Since you are already practising a Highest Yoga Tantra, you can ask your guru about the particular Dharma protectors associated with the practice. Each of the major tantric practice has certain Dharma protectors associated with it that aid practitioners to clear obstacles and create conducive conditions for practice. You can actually engage in any Dharma protector practice, but it would be best for you to consult your guru as he or she may assign you a specific Dharma protector to practice. Whatever the case may be, it comes down to karma. The Higher Yoga Tantra you are practising should include a purification practice such as Vajrasattva. For example if you practice the Heruka Chakrasamvara tantra, and have received the appropriate empowerment, you can practice Heruka Vajrasattva. You then concentrate on the practice of Vajrasattva to purify the negative karma causing the situation, and over time you will see the situation get better. If you are not sure of the purification aspect of your daily practice, you can recite the 35 Confessional Buddhas. All of these can help, however I strongly advise you to humbly approach your guru and ask for further advice and instruction, as he or she may assign you other practices or even ask you concentrate on specific sections of the sadhana that they passed to you, to help you overcome these problems. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • September 30, 2017 22:31
    kevin asked: hi pastor, I've been very problematic lately and depressed. My plans seem to be always out of place. I read from an article that some problems are caused by negative karma from the previous and present life. I want to know if there is anything that I can do to drain my negative karma. Im very wary now on my actions to others so not to add to my existing karma. Can you suggest a mantra which I can recite and reflect on everyday to help alleviate my problems and drain my negative karma. Thank you very much. Bless you.
    pastor answered: Dear Kevin, Thank you for your question. Yes, according to Buddhist thought everything we go through in life is caused by karma. This can be either good or bad, so difficulties we face in life are indeed due to our karma. Now, one thing about karma that people often forget is that it can be purified. There are many methods within Tibetan Buddhism that are used for the purification of karma. In fact all practices necessarily involve the purification of negative karma and the generation of merit. The most effective of these are known as purification practices, which have the specific benefits of helping us to purify negative karma which leads to all kinds of problems within in our lives. These include Vajrasattva practice, which can be found here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/an-important-purification-practice.html and the practice of the 35 Confessional Buddhas, which can be found here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-35-confessional-buddhas.html. You can read more about these practices by clicking on the respective links. These are two very powerful methods of purifying negative karma and have been relied upon by countless practitioners and masters to progress on the spiritual path. They are two very extremely effective methods used within Tibetan Buddhism. Since you are going through many problems, however, you can engage in the practice of a Dharma protector who can help alleviate the obstacles you are facing and at the same provide conditions that are suitable for you. One such Dharma protector is Dorje Shugden, you can read more about his practice here, and his daily prayers here: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/diamond-path-a-daily-sadhana-of-dorje-shugden. The website also has a lot of information about the practice and how it can benefit you in daily life. While it may seem daunting that you have negative karma, you should not be disheartened because negative karma can be overcome by purifying it. What you said is right, you should be wary of creating more negative karma. In fact that is one of the main points a Buddhist lives by, which is not creating more negative karma. People often wonder why Buddhists take vows and precepts, this is actually to stop the accumulation of negative karma. For example a Buddhist takes the vow not to kill, this obviously stops the Buddhist from creating the negative karma of killing because they consciously remember that they should not kill in whatever situation they are in. So it is very good that are checking your actions to make sure that you do not add to the negative karma. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • September 28, 2017 13:18
    Nepal asked: I've noticed that in Nepal, Shugden and his retinue are forms of the worldly protector Za Rahula, or that's what the lamas and sadhanas say. Wouldn't that make Shugden dangerous or wouldn't that make Manjushri a worldly deity or one that is dangerous?
    pastor answered: Dear Nepal, Thank you for your question. Dorje Shugden is an emanation of Manjushri, that is what the high lamas and masters have taught and explained using Buddhist logic. Dorje Shugden as an enlightened being has been practiced by all major schools of Tibetan Buddhism, and was first practiced within the holy Sakya tradition. Similarly, Manjushri is an enlightened being. In fact all Tibetan Buddhist schools and Vajrayana traditions, including those in Nepal, say that Manjushri is an enlightened being, the Buddha of wisdom. Rahula on the other hand is a worldly deity who was bound by oath to protect Buddhism and Buddhism practitioners. You can read more about him here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dharma-protectors-of-tibetan-buddhism.html#tabs-1. All Tibetan Buddhist schools similarly agree to this point. Therefore to equate Dorje Shugden as a form of Za Rahula would logically mean that Manjushri is not a Buddha. This cannot be since hundreds of thousands of holy masters have relied on Manjushri and gained enlightenment through such beliefs and practices associated with Manjushri. Since from a logical perspective this cannot be the case, and Dorje Shugden is an emanation of Manjushri, it is safe to say that Dorje Shugden is not a form of Za Rahula. You can read more about Dorje Shugden, his history, lineage of practice and benefits here: http://www.dorjeshugden.org. I hope this helps. Thank you.
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