Panchen House

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Apr 27, 2011

Many years ago I conceived the idea of Dharma Houses, where Dharma students can live together, share and support one another in their practice and Dharma work. It all began when a few students wanted to find a place to stay. So they shared a house together and I started naming these houses so that they would receive blessings from the Buddhas’ names. Now, there’s Tara House, Jamyang House, Vajrayogini House, Heruka House, Drakpa House, Naropa House, Setrap House, and the latest is Panchen House, making it the 8th Dharma House.

A few days ago, I heard that Bryan, Ethan, and Jean Mei are moving in to Panchen house. So I decided to pay a visit to their new home and while I was there, I did a little prayer to bless their home.

I had a wonderful time visiting Panchen House. I was amazed how three young people can be so creative in setting up a place with minimum funds yet make it look so funky, spiritual and extremely comfortable. I wouldn’t mind living there. Their altar was done up with so much love and care… you can see their devotion in this. Their altar is just so beautiful…so simple yet so powerful…I did a serkym while I was there.

I wish for more and more dharma houses to spring up where people on the same path share a space and encourage each other and support each other….I SEND MY LOVE AND PRAYERS TO PANCHEN HOUSE for success, harmony, growth and continuation..I am very proud of these pioneer young people who go all the way with their spiritual work setting a positive trend for many others…what a wonderful example.

I’ve asked Joy to go to Panchen House to take pictures and interview Bryan, Ethan and Jean Mei, and here is the interview below…The interview are candid and genuine. I like smart young people who are spiritual. It is inspiring in many ways when young people can think beyond materialism and be more aware of what really brings happines…

I love this post and I know you will too…do read on…Much care,

Tsem Rinpoche

 


Heart of their home, Panchen House’s main altar.

Bryan doing Serkym (black tea offering) to Setrap.


A very creative space… very nice…

Cozy living room in Panchen House… these guys are very creative!


Jean Mei’s comfy room…


Cute…


Bryan, Ethan and Jean Mei just hanging out in their new dharma house…


Ethan, Jean Mei and Bryan, three young, fun, creative people doing dharma full-time…

 

Ethan Chu

Q: What made you decide to join Kechara full-time?

It was H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s teachings that helped me and reading the PEACE book. It made a lot of sense to me, and answered a lot of the ‘whys’ I had in life which no one could answer. If I don’t start now (do Dharma) then when can I start? When I am old and I can’t do much? I can’t even control the 30 years of my life that has already passed, what makes me think I can control the next 30 years? At the beginning I thought I had made a huge sacrifice when I joined the Dharma but I changed the way I think and my way of life has become more fulfilling.

If it makes me happy, why not? If it helps my friends, why not? If I manage to put a smile on a person’s face, why not? If they call me a Buddhist, why not? If they say it is “Dharma”, why not?

Dharma helps and motivates me to change. When I see other people who have been in the Dharma longer AND are the same age as me, they told me that they have changed for the better, so I ask myself: why not me too?

 

Q: So what made you decide to live in a Dharma house with Dharma friends and do you think it is beneficial?

Yes it is beneficial. It is a place for us to work, take care of each other, and support each other since we’re all in Dharma together. We can also learn from each other. Spiritual support is important and that is different from family support, because we are all working for the same goal – serving others!

 

Bio: Ethan Chu

For 10 years, Johor native Ethan Chu styled his way to the top of the fashion world. When he was not styling, he was making a name for himself in the public relations industry, working with major lifestyle brands.

Known for his quirky sense of style and gentle demeanour, Ethan’s background in public relations makes him the perfect addition to Kechara Care’s growing team of people. At Kechara Care, Ethan helps to manage the Kechara Care Gallery where he introduces newcomers to the background and history of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche, as well as the Kechara organisation. He also manages the Kechara Care Lounge, a place for newcomers to relax and a memorable venue for the organisation’s many celebrations, birthday parties, sharing sessions and Dharma talks.

[E] ethan.chu@kechara.com
[M] +6012 2544 030

 

 

Josh Bryan Ho

Q: What made you decide to join Kechara full-time?

I joined Kechara Care in 2010 after going to the GSDP – Grand Setrap and Dzambala Puja 2010 event in KL. I saw it in the newspaper and I really wanted to go – so, I got Ethan to go together with me! From there I started to connect with some senior Kecharians and was nurtured by Liaison Chuah Su Ming. At that time, Kechara Care only had Su Ming, James, May Ong and Nicholas, and so I volunteered to help them. I started to volunteer a lot and I saw Su Ming’s real care towards others. She had no agenda with these people, and from there I saw that she had gotten that quality from Rinpoche. He really cares, real care, for others.

Dharma work is actually being in service to others and Rinpoche mentioned many times “whoever worked in Dharma will always be well taken care” and I witnessed this personally myself . E.g. When someone is sick, Rinpoche will let Su Ming know and make necessary arrangements to ensure that person is taken to the doctors and that nutritious soup and meals are delivered to them. They will also check, to make sure that the sick person is well taken cared of. Another example is when Rinpoche gave an angel figurine to a Christian lady whose husband had just recently passed away.

This showed to me that Rinpoche’s care and compassion extends to everyone without agenda. That act of giving was not to convert the Christian lady or anything. It was perhaps to cheer her up, or give her some hope. No matter what religion you are, it doesn’t matter – these are the type of small gestures of genuine care for others that I see from Rinpoche that really inspired me to join Kechara.

 

Q: So what made you decide to live in a Dharma house with Dharma friends and do you think it is beneficial? Are you happy to be in a Dharma House?

Yes, I am happy because the 3 of us are in Dharma and we’re living in the same house, sharing the same goal. This makes us closer and it gives spiritual support like what Ethan mentioned. This is very positive as it helps one another on the Dharma path and it’s fun. Dharma to me is actually applying the teachings Rinpoche teach and it’s good to live in a Dharma house because that way we can also motivate or guide each other especially when someone goes on the wrong path.

I am very happy Rinpoche gave us such a cool Dharma house name – Panchen House. I don’t really know why Rinpoche gave that name as it is so high and nothing like us as we are not scholars but I am happy for the simple reasons because it was given by Tsem Rinpoche himself, that to me is most precious. And I feel it is a great blessing and I feel I can do more on my part in serving others fully and better.

 

Bio: Josh Bryan Ho

Prior to joining the Kechara Care team, Bryan Ho was a highly sought-after make-up artist, traveling all over South-East Asia to work with A-List stars. A visit to the Grand Setrap and Dzambala Puja in 2010 changed his life forever – impressed by the decor and dynamic Kechara environment, Bryan joined the Kechara Care team one year later as a full-time member of staff.

In his new role, Bryan applies his creative energy to caring for others. Together with the Kechara Care team, Bryan manages the Kechara Care Gallery where newcomers are introduced to the background and history of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche, as well as the Kechara organisation. Bryan also manages the Kechara Care Lounge, a place for newcomers to relax and a memorable venue for the organisation’s many celebrations, birthday parties, sharing sessions and Dharma talks.

[E] josh.bryan@kechara.com
[M] +6016 7355 133

 

Khong Jean Mei

Q: What made you decide to join Kechara full-time?

 

I took refuge with Tsem Rinpoche at the age of 11 or 12 because my parents was already following Rinpoche. Rinpoche gave me a “stupa” saying that it represented the Buddha’s mind and it’s good to learn the Dharma. Before I joined the Dharma full-time, I always related Dharma with attending classes or teachings. I liked it, but it didn’t excite me like how other things like shopping did! Then when I came back from China for a 2 week holiday, I saw what my mum, Dato’ Ruby Khong, did and how she made KSK (Kechara Soup Kitchen) grow and that inspired me.

I was inspired because my mum was just a house wife for 18 years with no higher education and I saw how much she pushed herself and went all the way to being full-time in Kechara, giving her 100% to Dharma. I saw the results in her personal transformation and KSK growing from giving out 20 packets of food to 1,400 packets of food a week! So I started to volunteer in various departments like Tsem Ladrang, Kechara Care, E-Division, Kechara Soup Kitchen and I kept on extending my stay. What was supposed to be a 2 week holiday became 6 months. I kept on volunteering because I liked how what I was doing, actually meant something to someone.

What triggered me to want to join full-time was the night before my birthday, I had received a card and gift from Rinpoche. In the card, it said that Kechara is my “spiritual home” and that my family and I had a strong bond with Rinpoche. It went on to say that I was always welcomed to be part of any department in Kechara.

At that time I kept thinking to myself: if I was to join Kechara, which department would I join? The next thing I knew Beng Kooi asked if I’d like to be Rinpoche’s blog secretary. I said “Yes!”, although I was actually rather hesitant because I really hate any computer-related work. However, I thought if it would help take any load off and Rinpoche can spread Dharma more, why not? I also remember that Rinpoche had once said that: each and every person has his/her own market to attract to do Dharma; I felt that in that way hopefully whatever I did might perhaps inspire others like me, my age group to learn some Dharma.

Q: So what made you decide to live in a Dharma house with Dharma friends and do you think it is beneficial?

The thought came to me when I heard a Dharma talk by Rinpoche about being independent and to stop “taking” from our parents. How living outside, out of our parents’ house, and being independent was a good way to repay our parents’ kindness. So from then on I decided that when given the opportunity, I’d want to move out. It just so happened that 2 of my best Dharma friends, Bryan and Ethan was also looking for a place to move out too. It was a perfect opportunity. It is good to be in a Dharma house because it’s good to be with people with the same energy, mind set and it’s inspiring one another to do more. I hope this will also inspire others to live in Dharma houses.

Bio: Khong Jean Mei

Khong Jean Mei, may only be 22 but already she is joining Kechara full-time! She is fresh Graduate from an Accounting and Finance degree  and studied Chinese at Beijing University.

Jean Mei is part of His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche’s blog team, where she is the fist blog secretary. Rinpoche has plenty of things to blog about, so Jean Mei will be kept very busy researching and preparing for blog uploads. However, this ever-enthusiastic girl is not daunted by the challenge of spreading Rinpoche’s thoughts and teachings through the web but is keen and enthusiastic to help bring Rinpoche’s teachings out there to cyber world.

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37 Responses to Panchen House

  1. Adeline Woon on Apr 28, 2011 at 11:36 am

    You have no idea how much you actually benefited people, unless those who are benefited, like me, says thank you sincerely from the bottom of my heart. Bravo!!

  2. Terri on May 3, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    I wanted to buy that same bed from Ikea LOL. Very cute

  3. Doreen Teoh on May 6, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Hi Ethan, Bryan and Jean Mei,

    To tell you fankly, I envy you, the threesome, young people working for dharma, and knows that what you are doing is beneficial to others. If i had the clock turn back for me for 10 years, i would have done the same. I have not have the merits to do so when younger, but at my age now I will continue to do as much as i can for Kechara. I rejoice for you and your parents, as their children is working for Dharma, and i pray that my boys will do the same when they are older.

    Bryan and Ethan, both of you have always showed yr willingness to help and assist, and very creative and talented duo.

    Both of your passion, devotion and energy as always being felt and thank you.

  4. Ethan Chu on May 10, 2011 at 12:09 am

    My House My House My House!!!

    Okay, I am going to promote my house. Wait, my guru has taught me not to be so selfish to be just about me myself and I, SO i’m gonna promote dharma, hehe…

    To be honest, on the superficial level. Renting a house simply just about renting a house. You get a few friends stayed together, you helped one another do house chores, take care of one another well being. Any difference? Nah, just like anyone else would do…

    On the other hand, when we are in dharma, staying together; we do whatever is mentioned above. But on a deeper level, we hold dharma very closely to our hearts. We will always confide in one another, clear queries, do our practice consistently with each other’s encouragement.. in that way, it is more on the spiritual growth altogether.

    It is such a nice feeling to have people around my age to be able to connect spiritually and teach me whatever I don’t understand. In this way, we bounded very closely from there.

    Just like when i see comments from people like adeline, doreen etc… Again, I think to myself. I must have done something right. I sincerely thankyou all for the encouragement and vice versa. You by commenting here and supporting Rinpoche’s teachings and the cause have also inspired many who read this blog if not else where.

    I thankyou my guru very much to be able to live in such wonderful dharma house and give us the dharma. No house have I stayed before have so much love, care & wisdom.

  5. Don Buchwalter on Mar 4, 2012 at 7:37 am

    Wonderful!

    I particularly like your altar – very innovative and creatively put together.

    You’ve all done very well! I’ll join Rinpoche in sending prayers for your success.

  6. mima on Mar 4, 2012 at 7:48 am

    What a wonderful team: Jean Mei, Ethan and Bryan living together and working to spread Rinpoche’s teaching. Beautiful spaces of love and care! Congratulation and best to you all!

  7. Han on Mar 4, 2012 at 8:04 am

    I like this post very much, very inspiring.

    Bryan, Ethan and Jean Mei set a very good example to young generation, they are modern and funky yet can be so spiritual. they choose dharma over worldly careers and benefit others. like what Jean Mei highlighted that each and every person has his/her own market to attract to do Dharma; she felt that in that way hopefully whatever she did might perhaps inspire others like their age group to learn some Dharma.

    Jean Mei said she really hate any computer-related work. However, she thought if it would help take any load off and Rinpoche can spread Dharma more, why not? This is pure dharma, I remembered in one of Rinpoche’s teaching, he said dharma is not doing something you like or do not like, as long your motivation is to benefit others and do it well…..

    These 3 youngsters really representing DHARMA IN ACTION

    Again, thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring post!

  8. Lisa on Mar 4, 2012 at 10:27 am

    I love the main altar set up so artistic, simple and cool. Not only they have inspired their age group to do dharma but also the older one simply like me. Being staying with your dharma friends, brothers or sisters and being out of parents’ umbrella is not a easy moved to some kids especially those who has always been protected by their parent. I really admire them for their courage and determination to be aligned with only one goal and vision which do anything to spread dharma and benefit for others. Bravo!!!!!

    Love always Lisa

  9. Frederick Law on Mar 4, 2012 at 10:31 am

    i love their groovy altar sooo muchhhhh….. they are so creative at making up the altar from bricks, and decorated it with so much sincerity and care, so mesmerizing just looking at their altar. It really shows how much Spirituality boils in them, and how sincere they are.

    Ethan, Bryan and Jean Mei are a wonderful example of young, energetic, sincere people, they are so comfortable to be around, and are so dedicated to Dharma and Rinpoche.

  10. DR on Mar 4, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Yes Panchen House is lovely. I have visited before, it is basic and simple. But when you look carefully,it is not a house BUT a home as it is infused with so much care and love. Among all the dharma houses, this is the youngest; not just that its the latest one set up but if you add the ages of all three occupants its less than 100 years old! Hahaha!

    Yes, on the onset it may sound funny. But if we think deeper, they are so young and already in dharma fulltime. Where were we when we were their age? Chasing a partner? Chasing a dream? A dream that NEVER came true???

    Like Doreen said, if she had a chance to turn back the clock, she would have done the same. I would too. These three young people also had many options (and still do as they are educated, talented and gorgeous) how they wanted and want to live their lives, but they chose to benefit others. I salute you! It must have been aspirational prayers you made in your previous lives to meet dharma again early in your lives and continue with your spiritual journey.

    I am very proud of you three. On a lighter note, I lost Bryan to the Private Office of His Eminence. Sob sob. Bryan was the best makeup artist i ever had and my photos will never be the same again without your work of art on my face :-(

  11. Sharon Saw on Mar 4, 2012 at 11:02 am

    These three young people are a great inspiration to many… they show that Dharma is not only for retirees, or losers, or people who can’t do anything else. These three show that young, intelligent, fun, creative people want Dharma as a career now.

    There are so many Dharma houses at Kechara now, which were inspired by Tsem Rinpoche. Each has its own character which comes from its residents. Panchen House is quirky and cute and is a brilliant reflection of Bryan, Ethan and Jean Mei. I always loved visiting Panchen House – at one stage, a group of us was meeting there for a special project and it was such a welcoming, relaxing environment (with a spectacularly creative altar!). Thank you Ethan, Bryan, Jean Mei for all that you do for Rinpoche and Kechara and your very kind hospitality during our marketing project! :)

  12. Su An on Mar 4, 2012 at 11:09 am

    I visited Panchen House last year and was really impressed with how it was decorated in minimalist and creative style with quirky little surprise decorations. Am especially in awe of their altar… it is fantastic! Sort of raw grunge look but very clean and… holy? haha don’t know any other word to describe =p

    These band of brothers/sisters work hard and always with a smile on their faces. Kudos to them for being a good example and inspiration to others, especially the jaded youths who have everything and nothing. GAMBATTE!!!

  13. Vincent Cheng on Mar 4, 2012 at 11:11 am

    It’s beautiful, I thought it’s H.H. Panchen Lama’s house when I 1st read the title. Haha.

    This will inspire me with many great ideas to decorate my house and do more Dharma work, haha thank you so much!

  14. Lim KSJC on Mar 4, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Wow, Panchen House so wonderful… Feel to take a visit there to copy more idea for my new house… Hehehe…

  15. Karen C. on Mar 4, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Yessss Panchen House rocks! I was in awe with their altar which full of their unique personalities. I was from creative line but u know what, they are way more creative! They can always come out with lots of quirky, fun, witty and innovative ideas. I really love working with these 3 dharma brothers and sisters, their devotion and passion in Dharma has inspired me to do more. The threesome is the real inspiration and has led by examples for the young generation.

  16. Helena Chin on Mar 4, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    I love Penchen House, I have visited 3 times and i love to hangout there with these tree creative monsters hehehehe…. I love their altar, very beautiful and stylish hehehe..yes the word “stylish” on a altar set up :)
    You can see the decoration in the house has their individual personality and its very creative and fun!! I just love the place!!!!

  17. lewkwanleng on Mar 4, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    It is quite a common trend that younger generation now like to stay with our parents. When this happens, we the kids usually do not stand on our own because we have others to take care of our laundry, we don’t need to pay for utility bills, etc.

    Doing Dharma is all about serving others. If we cannot even stand on our own, how can we serve others? That’s why Rinpoche encourages people to live on their own.

    This is not to separate us from the parents. We still go back to visit parents and have dinner with them. From the initial look, people may think we are separated from the parents. Yes, initially it may look like that. However in long run, it brings us even closer. Because we can stand on our own, our parents don’t have to worry about us. Also, we gain respect because we are now handling our stuffs. It gives our parents a sense of security because parents know that we can stand on our own, and they don’t have worry about us.

    But why Dharma house? This is because we have ups and downs. With Dharma brothers and sisters living together, we can support each others.

    I sincerely wish there are more and more Dharma houses arise in very near future.

    p/s: Ethan, Bryan & Jean Mei, your apartment is really nice! Very creative! And of course I like your alar the most! :)

  18. Marten on Mar 4, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Metta sutta……This is to be done by one skilled in aims who wants to break through to the state of peace: Be capable, upright, & straightforward, easy to instruct, gentle, & not conceited, content & easy to support, with few duties, living lightly, with peaceful faculties, masterful, modest, & no greed for supporters. Do not do the slightest thing that the wise would later censure. Think: Happy, at rest, may all beings be happy at heart. Whatever beings there may be, weak or strong, without exception, long, large, middling, short, subtle, blatant, seen & unseen, near & far, born & seeking birth: May all beings be happy at heart. Let no one deceive another or despise anyone anywhere, or through anger or irritation wish for another to suffer. As a mother would risk her life to protect her child, her only child, even so should one cultivate a limitless heart with regard to all beings. With good will for the entire cosmos, cultivate a limitless heart: Above, below, & all around, unobstructed, without enmity or hate. Whether standing, walking, sitting, or lying down, as long as one is alert, one should be resolved on this mindfulness. This is called a sublime abiding here & now. Not taken with views, but virtuous & consummate in vision, having subdued desire for sensual pleasures, one never again will lie in the womb….

  19. jennifer on Mar 4, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Dear Jean Mei, Byran and Ethan
    I am so very proud and happy for your love and devotion to Rinpoche and to Dharma ! It touches me deeply that you all have the good karma and oppportunity to learn the Dharma and put into good use what you have gained i
    and learnt. You are so fortunate to have met Rinpoche at an early age and so blessed to be guided and taught by such an Enlightened Being! I use to say ‘ Youth is wasted on the young ‘ , but as i look around at all the young and beautiful people in Kechara , i admit i am wrong and i stand corrected. Love your new home and love your altar table ! Very cosy , comfy and it’s just lovely !ion

  20. Ash Ng on Mar 4, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Hey guys, lovely decorations you had. It’s nice to have like-minded friends staying together for a greater purpose on life :) Happy for you cheers

  21. Dee Dee Quah on Mar 4, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Congratulations Bryan, Ethan & Jean Mei on the Gorgeous place which you’ve made your own. May it bring many blessings to all of you and in turn you continue to do so much for Rinpoche & Dharma.

  22. Datuk May on Mar 4, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Panchen House was set up when Ethan, Bryan and Jean Mei decided to give up their normal pursuits and join Kechara full time in April 2011.

    Now only 11 months from then, the 3 of have become the POs of Rinpoche’s private office. What a climb up the ladder of success.

    Congratulations and may all of you, young, intelligent and beautiful people continue to inspire people to live their lives like you do, in contribution to others.

    I am inspired by you.

  23. Paul Yap on Mar 4, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Hey! Panchen House is so beautiful and comfortable, very clean and well organised. Hmmmm…this makes me think…should we have a survey and vote who has the best Dharma house? [ANSWER:-Panchen House!]

  24. patsy on Mar 4, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Kudos to Bryan, Ethan and Jean Mei for being a good example and inspiration to others. Panchen House is the spiritual home of three young adults who stayed together and shared a common goal – learning and spreading the dharma to benefit others.

    You guys are so fortunate to have the good karma and oppportunity to learn the Dharma from Rinpoche at an early age and put into good use what you have learned.

    Panchen House looks so cozy and comfortable. I love the altar

  25. abby on Mar 5, 2012 at 10:10 am

    I went there once and i love their altar the most!
    They really put effort in setting up the wonderful altar :)
    These 3 ‘seniors’ are wonderful Dharma brothers and sister. hehehe.

  26. Sam on Mar 5, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    I love ‘Panchen House’ I think this is not just a house..its a home. A very warm, peaceful and wonderful concept. Most important is the ‘stylish modern’ altar reallyyyyyyy inspire me a lot. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing and thank you Ethan, Bryan and Jean Mei for sharing your thoughts. Wish you guys well and happy _/\_

  27. Julia Tan on Mar 5, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Yes.. Panchen house is really nice, creative, cozy and warm.. It reflected Jean Mei, Ethan and Bryan personality so much. I love that house! I visited them when they were first moved in. 

    In future we will have more and more dharma houses. 3 or 4 people sincerely dedicate their life for dharma, staying together, care and encourage each other.. so wonderful!

    Jean Mei, Ethan and Bryan you guys have done so much and benefited so many people. Thank you! 

  28. vc on Mar 5, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    A genuine enlightened monk or left home people tasks is normally propagating Buddhadharma to the world while they are help by layman who is supporting their works.A guideline should be drawn so that practitioners of Buddhism or maintaining Buddhist precepts emerge to become a genuine practitioners before engaging in higher practices and initiation.So Layman Buddhist Society Association should be formed to include the public to join in as member even though they are not inside the ‘Buddhist School’ so that many healthy activities will grow to counter the negative influence from society.Layman who is supporting the Buddhadharma is not loser although there is a ‘rippling effect’ cause by some irresponsible people which in turns force them to submit to their thought that layman who is supporting Buddhism is a loser.I have got some people i know in the past claiming this people are loser and it affect the society thinking.I believe Buddhas know what we are doing so they send someone like Rinpoche to defend Buddhism from declining.I wish them success.

  29. So Kin Hoe on Mar 5, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Congratulations to Ethan, Bryan and Jean Mei!
    It is very inspiring to see all the passion and nice deco in Panchen House.

  30. Andrew Chiam on Mar 5, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Iam totally rejoice for Ethan,Bryan and Jean Mei. It was a real blessing when dharma brother and sister are staying under one roof. For beginner in Dharma, the cross support, motivation and sharing will bring tremendous benefits to strengthen and expedite on the learning process. Besides that living with different individual and away from home will also help to build tolerance, respect and independence.

    A very nice, comfortable, cosy and artistic describes best the Panchen House. Thanks for the house tour as well. May there always be auspiciousness in the house.

  31. Carmen Koo on Mar 6, 2012 at 5:29 am

    I remember the very first time I was in close proximity with Rinpoche was when I tagged along together with Ethan, Bryan, Shin, Su Ming, Seng Piow and a few other people to Panchen House. It was a lovely experience to be 1.) in such a close group together with Rinpoche and 2.) to see a new Dharma House being set up, and a good friend of mine, Jean Mei, moving in with 2 other amazing people. She really enjoys and loves living with them.

    Panchen House has a really good vibe – its’ simple, fresh, has very positive energy, a super creative altar, lots of Vajrayogini posters and pictures hung up everywhere… it’s a really great place to chill and hangout! there has been a few get-togethers held there. I love it when we all meet up and hang out at Panchen House.

    Props to Ethan, Jean Mei and Bryan, for creating such a pleasant Dharma House to live in as an example to all. All 3 of them are dedicated, committed, young and intelligent individuals who are an inspiration to many, like myself. They work tirelessly for others. I salute them.

  32. WT on Mar 7, 2012 at 1:21 am

    Panchen house brings back memories of my Uni time in Penang when groups of bros and sis in the Dharma staying together. I’m extremely happy to hear that here the working Dharma bro and sis also staying together and supporting one another in spiritual journey too! rejoice!
    Bryan, Ethan and Jean Mei, your home is so cosy, simple yet artistic. Most important, it’s full of Dharma. You have set the example and hope more people will follow u all to have more and more Dharma houses. ;)

  33. Plinio Tsai on Mar 7, 2012 at 1:53 am

    Very nice work about Dharma Houses and wonderful choice to be a full member to work on help people with Dharma. Really nice!

  34. tenzin llhamo on Mar 11, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Nice place and altar! Oh yes, the 3 of them are very kind and helpful people. Am glad we got the chance to see their beautiful place. May they continue to grow in their spiritual paths…

  35. Wan Wai Meng on Apr 11, 2012 at 3:41 am

    Their story is really inspiring for such young people. I do remember the first time bryan and ethan came into GSDP they were speaking to Eric Choong, they were struck by dharma lightning it seems. Love at first sight.

  36. Darren Kechara Paradise on Jan 10, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Wonderful people doing Dharma work and sharing the same goal which is ultimately to benefit everyone. Thank you Rinpoche for the idea of setting up Dharma house.

  37. Albert Ratchaga on Jan 11, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Panchen House is one of the Dharma house of Kechara, Kechara is adopting the Monastic system where the Dharma practitioner would stay in the same place so they can share Dharma at home instead of go back to their own house and do their own things separately.

    Panchen House has 3 young people there, Bryan, Ethan and Elisa, they are young, good looking, smart and not difficult to get a high pay job out there, But due to their understanding of the importance and urgency of Dharma, they let go the such opportunity and involve into Dharma fully.

    From this, you can see the display and design of the house, it is a modern and creative new age Dharma house with a beautiful Altar set up.

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  • the pacifier
    (Wednesday, Apr 23. 2014 11:27 AM)
    people are sharing useful wisdom to each and everyone of you and hence I did saw Vincent posted a Tibetan chant translated in English in taking the calls of becoming protectors of other sentient beings. are all of you kecharians doing that? instead of throwing tantrums, all of you trying to escape the truth and make ways for wrath and anger and mishandle the comments in an unfair manner. guru himself, as all of you said is generous and giving and that’s why he allows other articles to come and drop by to make his blog interesting as once Paul said, Buddhist is the only religion that embrace other religious beliefs?
  • the pacifier
    (Wednesday, Apr 23. 2014 11:22 AM)
    Someone from the admin naughtily and unfairly delete off my comments for which they are helpful to pacify the below drama. Lets be fair to everyone over here. the admin of the blog I should say should have been advised by someone to pluck out my statement yesterday. I can sense even more wrath and anger from the kecharians the so called loving Buddhist but ironically, they couldn’t accept the fact that things are happening. Im not standing on whos side, but to be frank, the Rinpoche in this blog indeed motivantionally trying to convert Christians to Buddhism. is that correct? why are there articles about Jesus as a vegetarian since the bible never mentioned a word or phrases about it and yet, Rinpoche himself posted pictures of Jesus in a Buddhist sandhana which looks more like a Buddha-Jesus than Jesus himself. He posted too you tubes with regards to Jesus could have spent some of his life in india and became a monk and that shows him agreed with the worldviews on Jesus as a monk. Did Rinpoche himself personally encounter Jesus or he himself have some sort of motivation to do so..What Vincent posted below are all about Christian wisdom which he felt he could benefit many of you. But irrationally, some of you bully and throw tantrums in a so called ‘nice’ way to him. Is it fair? besides, you should question the Rinpoche of the blog, why is that so he is so fascinated about the red Indians shamanistic way of life? Is he also a believer in the red Indians way of life and their worship and soon be converting each and everyone of you into shamanistic pastors in a modern way? Hence, is he trying to message you to turn to other religious beliefs since he posted articles on nick vujivic saved by grace and his missions? How about master cheng yen? Is he calling each and everyone of you to turn to Tzu chi and become their members? what is he trying to emulate? If you said that Rinpoche are moving forward to call each and everyone of you to be loyal to one DHARMA center, 1 GURU, and etc..the concept and theme don’t even exist.. /
  • Anonymous
    (Tuesday, Apr 22. 2014 08:55 PM)
    Vincent, Rinpoche shares about other religions and other religious figures to create religious harmony. He is open, generous and giving. You are ‘sharing’ to create religious disparity and trying to convert. There is a huge difference. Go share on a Muslim site and see the reaction.
  • Tim
    (Tuesday, Apr 22. 2014 08:52 PM)
    Dear Vincent, please respect all the Buddhists here. Your religion is not superior to any other religion. Create your own blog and preach there please. Thanks.
  • vincent tan
    (Tuesday, Apr 22. 2014 02:41 PM)
    Wisdom that Works
    by Berni Dymet
    Prov. 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.
    I don’t think there’s one person on this planet that doesn’t want to have some more wisdom. I mean wisdom’s a good thing – right? So why aren’t we all a whole bunch wiser than we actually are?
    Answer: because wisdom involves sacrifice. The dictionary definition of wisdom is this: having experience, knowledge, and good judgment; and the soundness of an action or decision by applying this experience and knowledge, and good judgment.
    Boil that down and there are two parts to Wisdom. Knowing what to do – and then actually getting on and doing it.
    And therein lies the problem. We’re all happy to have a bit of a theory lesson – but when it gets to putting that wisdom into action – we discover that wisdom has a cost.
    According to King Solomon – the beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord. But then, many people don’t want to hear that. So here’s what happens – they keep on making the same mistakes, over and over and over again.
  • vincent tan
    (Tuesday, Apr 22. 2014 10:56 AM)
    Hi dwayne..is that your real name..i should say..well..its doesnt matter..sorrry to assume that you are a Christian..good to know that you are raised a buddhist and grown up as a buddhist.it must be worthwhile spiritual journey for you to go through.the theme called 1 sect 1 dharma center that emphasize on buddhist teachings ONLY i should say would defeat the purpose what rinpoche wanted to emphasize on his blog..this blog has been visited more than a million visitors and its open..its never restricted or block anyone to go in to share their views which includes the chatroom..all views and opinions are most welcome which the administration allows that and i believe rinpoche would love more opionionated views and other articles to be post here which everyone is free to share.if this blog side just share only buddhism..whats the point that guru shared about Jesus Christ, Mother Theresa, posted pictured of Dalai Lama with Blessed Pope John Paul II and so on and so forth..the 84000 of syakmuni’s teaching do not include points that rinpoche shared on other religious figures and yet he shared from his perspective point of views which he believes would drawn many people to visit his blog and to create interest so as to benefits others..besides..he shared too other teachings on nick vujicic, the no arms and no legs charismatic evangelical pastor, and other dharma center master cheng yen.eventhough he shared ghostly figures on ghouls and spirits-big foot and fairies etc.are these teachings based on ONLY buddhist teaching or just merely KECHARA?.so having said…did rinpoche of the blog basically shared only ONE and his OWN views and just purely based on the 84000 texts or just the lam rim texts? NO..he shared other world views to make his blog visitable and interesting..what do you think now..
  • Dwayne Johnson
    (Tuesday, Apr 22. 2014 12:27 AM)
    Dear Vincent, thank you for your lengthy explanation on your journey from Buddhist and becoming a Catholic, with all due respect we are all happy that you found a religion that you find comfort in and suitable to you. And for your information, i was never an Atheist or even or Christian, i was brought up as a Buddhist from young, well assuming the person of such and such without proper investigation and even understanding of the background is very much not necessary. For your info, i respect all religions, and even the person from other faith, because all religion main purpose is to bring about change and teaches about right moral conduct and bring about peace to all. But from the point of view of what this blog was created in the first place, it is to bring Dharma to all people, and even utmost importance is for those who are seeking spirituality in Buddhism, is to be FOCUS to one, and not be distracted from the others. It is due to this reason, many of those who Centre hopping, from one centre to another, does not find the answer they are looking for, why? it is Because they receive too many different advice and information which shrouded their mind, it cause more confusion, and that is why they could not even progressed in their practice, and then blame and getting angry at.
    Tsem Rinpoche always promote 1 Lama, 1 Centre, and encourage those seeking spirituality in Buddhism to focus on one and go all the way, yet not losing the value of respecting other religion, which is what we see in Tsem Rinpoche. So my point is, it is not being selfish to just learn ONLY one religion, because when one FCOUS ONLY on one religion and study all the way, it provide faster and more concrete results then being half heartedly learning Buddhism, and then confusing their mind with another. if you Look even in all the Great Attain Master, i believe that you do since you went to many centre before, all of this Great Master focus on their own Sect and their Yidam.
    Not everyone mind is the same that is why Buddha Shakyamuni has 84,000 teaching that is the remedies to all 84,000 mind. As a religious practitioner, i think we should respect other religion, understanding the vision and goal of the centre, before posting things which can create confusion. what if there are people posting prayers in tibetan or in Pali in a Christian blog, what would the visitor think? do you think they will be confused, and the community in that blog will feel that their space is being disrespected. The praises that you posted are beautiful, i believe you can benefit more people if you post in forum Lowyat and other religious community blog.
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  • vincent tan
    (Monday, Apr 21. 2014 09:57 PM)
    Continue from below, some even close themselves and left their previous paths because they are upset and no answer on their prayers..and they go on searching and searching until they found their own path of their choice in the name of protest..no one can control them as they cant accept the fact that they themselves protesting or angry on certain issues which made them close their heart, mind, soul and spirit to accept the fact all paths are meant to be peaceful, loving and caring..but some perceive in a wrong way and some even said that the scriptures or holy books regress instead of progressing without they themselves knowing or studying the books by their own..the translations went ugly more than benefit others..but who translated it? Humans? Or gurus? Or yourself? People tend to look at the ugly side of everything instead the positive and beautiful angles as we tend to be in this manner.we opt and tend to look at the dark side instead on the bright side..i dont mean to offend anyone but be more open instead of being selfish to ONLY learn one’s religion..
  • vincent tan
    (Monday, Apr 21. 2014 09:40 PM)
    Hi dwayne..hope you are doing fine and well.dont be disheartened.Your devotion to the triple jewel especially to guru amazed me..this blog absolutely its free for everyone to go in and to post their opinion and articles which definitely will benefit many so as to deepened understanding of one’s another religion.i believe that this very main aim of the blog is to create understanding of each other beliefs and religion and paths so as to reach harmony..all teachings and religion as well as paths coexist together and leads to the One True God. Besides, guru himself wrote articles about Jesus and embedded Mother Theresa’s pictures onto his blog..He has his motivation to do..no religion nor any paths own by a single organisation or a community as we have our own free will to embrace and practice them..same to you..i believe before you are buddhist.you might be an antheist or Christian but you chose to believe in buddhism. Me too..am a buddhist but chose to embrace catholicsm on my own free will and beliefs as well as encounters..all articles posted is to benefits all and no danger of that so as long as you are open..i am catholic by faith but i did join several at gompas as well as temples and moreover joined in in the spirit of goodwill to attend dharma classes, and quranic studies to deepened my understanding on each paths so as to enlightened myself to be more adaptable and respect others as human being and beings on the earth..to love each other as Christ commanded and taught.
  • vincent tan
    (Monday, Apr 21. 2014 03:24 PM)
    The Great Confirmer
    Revelation 3:14
    The word Amen solemnly confirms what went before, and Jesus is the great Confirmer; immutable forever is “the Amen” in all His promises . Sinner , I would comfort you with this reflection. Jesus Christ said, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” 1 If you come to Him, He will say “Amen” in your soul; His promise shall be true to you . He said in the days of His flesh, “A bruised reed he will not break.” 2 Poor, broken, bruised heart, if you come to Him, He will say “Amen” to you, and it will be true in your soul as in hundreds of cases in years gone by.
    Christian , isn’t this very comforting to you also, that there is not a word that has come from the Savior’s lips that He has ever retracted? The words of Jesus will stand when heaven and earth pass away. If you get ahold of but half a promise, you will find it true. Watch out for those who ignore the promises and so miss much of the comfort of God’s Word.
    Jesus is Yes and Amen in all His offices . He was a Priest to pardon and cleanse once; He is Amen as Priest still. He was a King to rule and reign for His people and to defend them with His mighty arm; He is an Amen King, the same still. He was a Prophet of old, to foretell good things to come; His words remain trustworthy and true—He is an Amen Prophet. He is Amen as to the merit of His blood; He is Amen as to His righteousness. That sacred robe will remain most fair and glorious when nature shall decay. He is Amen in every single title that He bears; your Husband, never seeking a divorce; your Friend, sticking closer than a brother; your Shepherd, with you in death’s dark vale; your Help and your Deliverer; your Refuge and your Strong Tower; the Vessel of your strength, your confidence, your joy, your all in all, and your Yes and Amen in everything.
    1 Matthew 11:28 2 Matthew 12:20
    Family Bible reading plan
    verse 1 Ecclesiastes 6
    verse 2 2 Timothy 2
  • Oya
    (Monday, Apr 21. 2014 12:04 PM)
    For tsemtulku – i Offer my deepest regard and respect. i offer prostrations of body , speech and mind to my Gurus, Buddha , Dharma, and Sangha. In a world that changes on a dime, i offer up my preconceived ideas of what unconditional love really is and pray for insight into the four giving, that i will one day become enlightened and for the benefit of all my mothers throughout space and time. Thank you Rinpoche for what must be endless hours of caring for us all.
    Om Ah Hung, Om Ah Hung, Om Ah Hung
  • Dwayne Johnson
    (Monday, Apr 21. 2014 12:42 AM)
    why is the Admin of the blog not doing their job filtering the post in Rinpoche Blog??? are you all sleeping on your job, shouldn’t you be protecting the asset of the Guru?
    [no sender]
  • Dwayne Johnson
    (Monday, Apr 21. 2014 12:39 AM)
    For vincent tan – please respect this page, this page belongs to H.E Tsem Rinpoche, although we welcome and respect all religion, but please do not come here and post something that keep on emphasizing your religion, you are disrespecting the Owner of this page, and you are disrespecting other people in this blog as well. they are many other channels that you can share you post to, but here is mainly for all those who want to learn about Dharma. what if others go and post about their religion in your own community blog and keep sharing and annoys others??? Please RESPECT others if you want people to respect you as well, same goes to religion! thank you!
    [no sender]
  • vincent tan
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 05:26 PM)
    Resurrection? Prove It to Me
    by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson “Raised from the dead? Sure. Right. And I have a bridge I’d like to sell you.”
    That’s how Thomas might have responded if he had lived in our day. “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands, and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it.”1 He’d seen dead people before. And Jesus was dead. He sounds like sophisticated rationalists of the Twenty-first Century. “It isn’t plausible,” they would contend. “It didn’t happen.” But what if it did happen? Thomas was convinced when Jesus appeared to him, reached out his hands to Thomas, and said, “Put your finger here.” Thomas dropped to his knees. “My Lord and my God!”2 It was self-hypnosis, you counter. The disciples wanted to believe that their Lord was not dead, so they just invented it out of whole cloth. Really? Let’s look at some of the evidence. Jesus’ body was missing. If the Jews could have found it, they could have stilled the preaching of Jesus’ resurrection that filled Jerusalem. But they could not.
    The body wasn’t stolen. The Romans had no motive. The Jews had no motive. Ah-ha, you say, the disciples stole it. There is the matter of the Roman guards, and the disciples’ initial disbelief when the women brought them the news early that Easter morning. This brings me to my third point.
    If the disciples had stolen the body, you wouldn’t expect them to risk their lives. People don’t die for what they know is not true. But the disciples put their lives on the line, and nearly all were eventually martyred for their faith. They certainly believed it.
    The church mushroomed size in Jerusalem, the very place he was crucified. Followers of Jesus in the city of Jerusalem grew from a few dozen to thousands upon thousands soon after Jesus’ resurrection. They believed it was true.
    Contemporary documents refer to the event. Thallus the Samaritan, Suetonius, Tacitus, Pliny contain references to Jesus. Jewish historian Josephus writes about Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. They knew something had happened.
    Jesus’ resurrection from the dead is actually more plausible than any other explanation. That’s why we Christians make such a big deal about Easter. That’s why we celebrate.
    Jesus’ resurrection means that death is not the end. That though my body may lie mouldering in the ground, Jesus, whom the Father raised from the dead, gives me eternal life. Ultimately, we Christians believe, our bodies, too, will be raised from the dead.
    And since Jesus is not dead, people can encounter him today. You can know him through a personal relationship. I could point to lots of people who can testify what Jesus has done in their lives to bring them from the brink of disaster to peace and meaning and joy. He changes people for good.
    If you’re not sure can’t really say you’ve met this risen Jesus, this Easter Sunday why don’t you slip into church to seek him. And perhaps in the midst of our celebration, you’ll find him for yourself.
    He’s alive, you know. That’s what Easter is all about!
  • Oya
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 02:05 PM)
    Hi , Rinpoche invited me here to join in the chat

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
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This is the opposite of self discovery or spiritual practice expected. What do you think this means? Very profound. Tsem Rinpoche 
11 hours ago
This is excellent. The needs of the many are greater than the needs of the one is a good philosophy to live by. After a while our petty desires do go away when we apply the remedies. Tsem Rinpoche 
11 hours ago
Excellent  statue of Lord Manjushri. TR
12 hours ago
Interesting.
12 hours ago
"Some people spend all their energy, and even risk their lives to achieve fame. Fame and notoriety are both no more than an empty echo. Your reputation is an alluring mirage that can easily lead you astray. Discard it without a second thought, like the snort you blow from your nose."~Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
4 days ago
Over 22,000 views here on engaging in this practice that will purify and protect your environment from powerful spiritual disturbances: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=31904
4 days ago
Dakinis are Buddhas' wisdom in feminine form. Without respect of the feminine, there can be no enlightenment. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 days ago
Unusual & nice depiction of Manjushri. Tsem Rinpoche
4 days ago
“If you utilize obstacles properly, then it strengthens your courage, and it also gives you more intelligence, more wisdom. Because there is obstacle, you make attempt; so have to think, have to try something. Have to try certain way; so this gives strength and also wisdom and intelligence. If you use them in wrong way, then discourage, failure, depression.”~His Holiness The Dalai Lama
4 days ago
Very nice painting. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 days ago
We should treat animals very well. They have feelings just like us and do not deserve any sufferings just like us. They can be our best friends. Tsem Rinpoche
4 days ago
I wish more Buddhas are painted more realistically like this. Who did this? Tsem Rinpoche
4 days ago
There is a lama under the canopy at the temple entrance giving teachings and look at all the monks in the snow receiving teachings. When you want dharma bad enough, nothing can stop you. Tsem Rinpoche
4 days ago
I like this inviting scenery at the Nunnery of Tsogyal Latso area in Tibet. Beautiful small temple, holy stupa, trees, green, bright and look at the mountains surrounding. Not barren or dry. Perfect place to live, practice, age, retreat, meditation and pass away. Tsem Rinpoche
4 days ago
We have 13 Buddhist Pastors in Kechara. Four were newly ordained last night. After the ordination it rained for 15 minutes I am told while the sun continued to shine brightly in the area. One Pastor is in the USA right now so not pictured. Tsem Rinpoche
6 days ago
My Mumu boy is so alert, cute and intelligent. I can never get tired of loving him. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 week ago
I had commissioned this Thirteen Deity Yamantaka thangka. With Lord Tsongkapa above centre representing all lineage masters. Manjushri to the left and H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche to the right. Sacred, beautiful and pure wisdom embodied in this thangka. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
This tastes really good!!! Easy to make. Some frozen items you have to heat up, take out of microwave, stir and put back in to continue cooking for a few mins more. This one you just put on for 5 mins and eat. But it tastes REALLY good and tastes home cooked too. Nice surprise. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
When can I find a location, house and environment like this? This is the kind of place I would like to spend the rest of my life in. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
Jill Yam and also Mr. Hee always conducts wonderful pujas for those who come to Kechara House and request. I am very happy about that. The pujas offer tremendous results and therefore benefits for many. Our puja requests are growing very much. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Even animals can show great compassion and sense when another needs it. Be kind to animals and be vegetarian. Collect less negative karma by not eating meat. Be kind always. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Portraits of People Living on a Dollar a Day- You absolutely must see the stunning photos and background. See here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=48180
2 weeks ago
This mechanism was recovered from the Antikythera shipwreck in 1901. Its complexity and purpose was not understood for another hundred years. Dated to around 200 BC, it is identified to be an analog computer used to calculate the astronomical position of the stars and planets. Its juxtaposition among other ancient artifacts is akin to finding a jet airplane inside King Tutankhamun’s tomb. The device, whose inner workings are far more complex than a Swiss watch, is capable of accurately measuring the movement of the sun, the moon (and all its phases), eclipse cycles and the position of the planets. Who could have built this?~https://www.facebook.com/cosmic.intelligenceagency
2 weeks ago
Prince Palta is my maternal grandfather. Princess Nirjidma is my aunt. She has two sons. The sons are my cousins. Wonder if they are alive or not? Where are they? Any offsprings? Interesting to find out. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
Never be angry at your guru, Hold a grudge against your guru. Never seek revenge against your guru. Never talk badly about your guru to cover your mistakes. Don't abandon your guru or ignore  your guru because he loved you for you as no one else  did and dared to love your potential too. Never hold your anger for long against your guru. Your guru was only doing his 'job' by teaching you, showing you better, explaining the dharma to you and was very brave to do so for you as no one else would dare do so. No one would dare take that job. No one else dared to love you and give you more. ~Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Nothing would make me MORE HAPPIER than to retire in this environment. I hope this manifest soon. By the karma of myself and the people I have hopes in will help it to manifest. I love this so much. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
A very important poem to understand: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=47846
2 weeks ago
Billy Meier took the best pics of UFOs. I watched a documentary about him with Seng Piow and we were both stunned how good the documentary is. It's alittle older but relevant. When you watch, you must please pay full attention as they have accents, but understandable. Listen closely to the technical information when his material goes through tests for authenticity: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0q7ye0dic0U
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Nobody should put beautiful grandma to sleep ever and nobody should put that lovely dog or any animals to sleep. No animals should be harmed, butchered or caged. We are humans and supposedly more intelligent. So let's act like it by being kind to those animals that are 'lesser' than us and our intelligence. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
This is exactly what Buddha taught. What Tsongkapa explained. What H.H. Trijang Rinpoche embodied and what H.H. Zong Rinpoche shared with me.~Tsem Rinpoche
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NEW POST-And some partners just drag each other down anyways because it’s convenient to be with that person. It’s not love but just using each other. I’ve seen that clearly in a few cases. People can hide with their partners and avoid real efforts because they are in denial, but denial or not, it will catch up. I am deeply sorry to say things like that too. But it’s true..please read on: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=47760
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Do you know about Raimundo Arruda Sobrinho? If you don't you should find out now!! It is totally necessary to find out and share with others: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=47397
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It's fortunate for the student to meet a caring and real teacher in this day and age. It is also very fortunate for the teacher to meet a caring and genuine student. It benefits the dharma and many beings when a genuine teacher and genuine student meet and work together to benefit others. Very powerful and good combination.-See what I mean please: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=47425
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The evil ways of some completely amaze me every single day.. They better take a deep breath when they close their eyes for the last time, because it's not going to be pretty. This is how this little sweetheart was dumped on the street.-From Harbored Souls Rescue (FB)
3 weeks ago
Dear friends, a special letter for Frederick but it might benefit everyone out there who are really seeking inner change and spirituality. I invite you to read as I just posted now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=47445
3 weeks ago
Click on photo to enlarge and see what this six year old has to share with the world. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
My dad rescued her from an abandoned store front two years ago. They watch TV like this together! -Via Reddit (facebook)
3 weeks ago
My shrine here in the USA. Do you like it? Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
Dear friends, as you know part of my ancestry is Mongolian (Kalmyk). The Kalmyk Republic is one of the republics in Russia. And Kalmyk Republic is the only European republic that is Buddhist and they are Mongols in ancestry. They are proud people. I found a video that is very good. It showcases all the dances of the various Russian Republics. Very beautiful and rich Russian heritage. At 27:59 of the video you will see the Kalymk performers doing the Mongol-Kalmyk dance. I use to dance in a Kalymk dance troupe as a kid, but I couldn't dance like this! I was amazed how beautiful it was done and talented the Kalmyk dancer are as well as the other republics. I want to share with you. Please see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhnbLoFbpsU -Thank you- Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
The Medicine Buddha is the composition of the buddhas. This means that when we practice the seven-limb prayer and make offerings with the seven limbs, we receive the same merit as we would if we had made offerings to all the Buddhas. Similarly, when we recite the mantra of Medicine Buddha, we collect unbelievable merit just as when we offer the seven-limb practice to Medicine Buddha. Be the cause for many to come to receive the healing of the Medicine Buddha and seal tremendous merits for yourself and your family in this life and the other lives to come.~Martin Get involved: http://www.medicinebuddhahill.com
3 weeks ago
Dear friends, Came across this which is short and gives hope. Do see: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=47218 Always trying my best to expose you to all types of knowledge, information and inspirations, Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
I love country roads. I wish this one lead to a secluded wooden retreat house where I lived away and far from the trappings of samsara and it's endless deceptions. Those who agree or participate in the deceptions will not only invite depression and disillusionment, but perhaps eventually be 'crippled' by it and trapped for long spells of 'time'. TR
3 weeks ago
What a nice comment by Antonio Rocco Romeo left on my facebook comments. I like people who have gratitude and show it. Not just say it but show it because they are the people who will get far and be less self-introverted creating less unhappiness in their minds. Happiness comes from having gratitude. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
March 29, 2014-Went to a Native American Indian store yesterday to find stones to make offerings to the Buddhas. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
In horror of death, I took to the mountains— Again and again I meditated on the uncertainty of the hour of death, Capturing the fortress of the deathless unending nature of mind. Now all fear of death is over and done. ~ MILAREPA
4 weeks ago
This is what my 1972 blue Volkswagon beetle looked like when I had it in the 80's.  This is the exact color too. I drove it all over Los Angeles. It didn't have alot of power but it got me around. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo: "However dark our minds may be, however hard our hearts may be, this is not our true nature... enlightenment is when we finally come into our true humanity." ... pic Korea Nov 2013 ( We must keep practicing and applying the dharma strongly to bring our real nature out. Don't let temporary emotions and dark feelings let us give up our dharma practice or works. Don't listen to people who have done very little for us or what they did for us heralds only more sufferings. Listen to the dharma. Tsem Rinpoche )
1 month ago
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    Dear everyone, All sentient beings deserve to live, be happy and not hurt, including animals. We should never hurt them or eat them. Look how much this chicken welcomes a hug and love. Observe carefully. Don't eat beings who can feel pain because the karma comes back. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 days ago
  • The appreciation shown here is so deep and touching.
    The appreciation shown here is so deep and touching.
    Dear friends, See this incredible video. This chimp was found in captivity for many years. Dr Jane Goodall released him into the wild. Look how he comes back to thank her with deep apprecition. It's amazing. Animals have such strong feelings of pain and happiness just like us. We should never hurt them and share with others to not hurt them. Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
    4 days ago
  • Aki drinking some water in the aviary
    Aki drinking some water in the aviary
    Aki is a rescued bird, he now lives in Kechara Forest Retreat Aviary
    1 month ago
  • Jamyang enjoying some fresh corn
    Jamyang enjoying some fresh corn
    Jamyang is one of our rescue birds that live in Kechara Forest Retreat Aviary
    1 month ago
  • The Cute Mumus Practising Dog Orchestra at Kechara Forest Retreat
    The Cute Mumus Practising Dog Orchestra at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Today the Mumus (dogs) decided to do a dog orchestra rehearsal together with the Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR) dogs.
    2 months ago
  • Incredible footage you must see!
    Incredible footage you must see!
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    2 months ago
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    Gongkar is our new bird for Kechara Forest Retreat's aviary. Gongkar never had friends and the original owner could not bring him to his destination. Now he is with us and assimilating in his cage within the aviary for a few weeks then released into aviary. Look at how much he wants attention from the other birds. Cute. Tsem Rinpoche
    6 months ago
  • Mumu, Oser and Dharma running and having a good time. I love seeing them playing. Tsem Rinpoche
    Mumu, Oser and Dharma running and having a good time. I love seeing them playing. Tsem Rinpoche
    6 months ago
  • Mumus running at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Mumus running at Kechara Forest Retreat
    7 months ago
  • Kechara Forest Retreat panorama, September 2013
    Kechara Forest Retreat panorama, September 2013
    7 months ago
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    Dechog our cockatoo at Kechara Forest Retreat grabbing long beans which he loves. Nice bird. We love him. Tsem Rinpoche
    10 months ago
  • The mumus having outdoor evening stroll!!!
    The mumus having outdoor evening stroll!!!
    11 months ago
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    17 May 2013, heavy rain at Kechara Forest Retreat from 7am-8am (1 hour). Water overflowed the existing drain and also opened up a much wider new "route" for itself.
    11 months ago
  • Must see video from Rajendra on our disciplined dogs
    Must see video from Rajendra on our disciplined dogs
    1 years ago
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    Dato' Ruby won the Bella Awards!
    1 years ago
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    This is a wonderful video for Moh Mei because she is sleeping in the KECHARA FOREST RETREAT CONTAINERS all alone...ehehehhehe...this is a new friend to keep her company....tsem rinpoche
    1 years ago
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    Answer to Jo
    1 years ago
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    The 2 tortoises in Tsem Ladrang, Kadro and Menlha are enjoying their fresh veggie meal.
    1 years ago
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    Organic vegetables at Kechara Forest Retreat
    1 years ago
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    This is Dorje our friendly fish that lives with us. He captured my attention the first time because he was exceptionally friendly. TR
    1 years ago
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    Mumus go bye bye!!!
    1 years ago
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    SP's mom said that she is from Penang. This is her first trip to bodhgaya, and she truly finds bodhgaya is very holy and spiritual.
    1 years ago
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    Very touching video...Buddha said it was very important to visit the four holy places associated with Him before our deaths. Remembering this, I had instructed Paul to take this senior group to Bodhgaya and make sure they are able to plant imprints. When this life of 'fun', money, parties and socials are over, we cannot leave empty handed. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
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    Our two rescued tortoises who live at Tsem Ladrang happily and will be transferred to Kechara Forest Retreat where they will have much more space to roam and run. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
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    Aki is the old African Grey that was abandoned by his owner. Because he is old, no one wanted him. Well we wanted him and we took him and in and love him. He is in a big aviary and he likes his cage. We leave his cage open at all times so he can go in and out as he likes. His cage is his security blanket. Cute. He gets nice food and sunshine daily and also we play monks chanting for him to be blessed. We love you Aki. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
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    Meal time for all the cute mumus!
    1 years ago
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    Dear james, very nice video of Kechara outlet and the activity led by Kien. You must always make more videos. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
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    This little birdie was at a pet shop. He has maimed leg, permanent damage to his wing and cannot fly and also one eye blind. I don't think anyone would want the poor thing, so I adopted him and keep him safe, fed and with lots of fresh air. He's also in a large aviary so he can be with other birds and not be alone. He is alert, active, and has a good appetite. I like him very much and will make sure he is safe, happy and has a good life. I name him Lucky. Lucky will always be safe now. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
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    Setrap's mantra
    2 yearss ago
  • Rinpoche does Baby Jane!
    Rinpoche does Baby Jane!
    2 yearss ago

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---Quotes that should not be ignored--- Never abandon your spiritual teacher no matter how many inner obstacles you need to overcome. ~Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/quotes-that-should-not-be-ignored.html From: June Tang (Khjb)
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---Quotes that should not be ignored--- People who are immersing themselves in the classics should do nothing else but put the meaning of their studies into practice.~Kyabje Pabonka Rinpoche, 1878-1941+ http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/quotes-that-should-not-be-ignored.html From: June Tang (Khjb)
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---Quotes that should not be ignored--- Beware more the person who gossips than what they say. You are next on their list… Gossiping is usually used for trying to control situations in a negative and selfish way, to strive for a feeling of self-importance, or worse, out of boredom. ~Ian de la Rosa http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/quotes-that-should-not-be-ignored.html From: June Tang (Khjb)
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--Quotes that should not be ignored-- It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. ~Henry David Thoreau http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/quotes-that-should-not-be-ignored.html From: June Tang (Khjb)
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--Quotes that should not be ignored-- “It is important to understand that true practice is something we do from moment to moment, from day to day. We do whatever we can, with whatever wisdom we have, and dedicate it all to the benefit of others. We just live our life simply, to the best of our ability.” ~Lama Thubten Yeshe http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/quotes-that-should-not-be-ignored.html From: June Tang (Khjb)
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Work in progress in Kechara forest retreat building stupa bhumpa. This is the difficult part and requires concreting section by section, allowing drying time in between. Pastor Henry
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