Quit Smoking the Buddhist Way

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I am happy to see how, more and more, Buddhism is being applied and used in so many diverse platforms and industries these days. Schools are infusing Buddhism into its students’ daily lives by having meditation classes and substituting detention with meditation sessions. And what’s amazing is that they have noticed positive changes in their students’ behaviour as a result.

More recently, I came across this article that shows how Buddhism can also help people quit smoking. This is excellent news because it proves what I have known since I was a young boy, which is that Buddhism is very effective to inspire transformation in people.

I hope you enjoy the article and do leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Yale Psychiatrist Uses Buddhist Concept to Help Smokers Quit

By Ed Stannard, Register Metro Editor
POSTED: 02/23/09, 12:01 AM EST | UPDATED: ON 02/23/2009

WEST HAVEN — A Yale psychiatrist is bringing together neuroscience and Buddhist practices to help people overcome their addictions.

Dr. Judson A. Brewer has conducted studies with alcoholics and cocaine addicts and now is beginning research to help people quit smoking.

Brewer is medical director of the Yale Therapeutic Neuroscience Clinic, based at the Veterans Affairs medical center. What he teaches is mindfulness, a concept rooted in Buddhism.

“Mindfulness has a two-component definition for the scientific community,” Brewer said. “First, it’s maintaining your attention on the present moment, and the second is you’re bringing to that a nonjudgmental attitude of acceptance and curiosity.”

Addicts use their drug or substance of choice to relieve stress and tension, Brewer said, and that behavior becomes habitual. “Everybody forms habits based on their prior experiences,” Brewer said. “Those habits inform how we approach each new situation.”

What the clinic’s training does is help the addict break the cycle of turning to a drug to relieve the seemingly unbearable feelings created by stresses such as loneliness or anger. Brewer compares it to surfing; the wave represents a feeling like anger; we wipe out to get rid of the feeling.

“The secret is, your anger’s going to go away anyway, if you can just ride that wave,” even though you fear that you’re going to wipe out in the surf, Brewer said.

“You get crushed by these waves. Every time you react to them you get crushed by them. Every time they ride that wave, they get better at riding it.”

The knowledge that the addict is not a slave to the drug enables him or her to resist the urge more easily each time. “That adds this huge element of openness — when you know how something works there’s much more freedom to not react to it.”

The experienced Buddhist knows that anger and other stresses will go away. “Where Buddhism comes in, it says everything is impermanent,” that life is change, Brewer said. That includes suffering.

Buddhism is based on the Four Noble Truths. The first is that life is suffering, and the second is that we cause our own suffering through our ignorance and attachments to our desires. The third truth is that we can overcome those desires and the fourth is to follow the Buddhist path to enlightenment.

Mindfulness training is the clinic’s version of that path, in which people are given exercises which Brewer summed up by the acronym SOBER: Stop; Observe the body, emotions and thoughts; Breathe and notice your breath; Expand your awareness to other phenomena; and Respond in a healthy way.

Trainees are also taught various kinds of meditation, including one called loving kindness meditation.

“You just practice saying certain phrases over and over: may you be happy, may you be healthy, may you be free from inner and outer harm, may you live with ease.”

The exercises develop concentration, Brewer said. “It also helps us soften our often very firm boundaries between ourselves and other people.” That in turn helps make us more nonjudgmental, one of the basic tenets of mindfulness.

The studies are too new to have yielded definitive results, but Brewer said researchers have compared how well mindfulness reduces stress with the more traditional cognitive behavioral therapy. Mindfulness training did at least as well in decreasing the fight-or-flight response, in modulating heart rate and breathing.

Brewer said researchers have not proven a connection with the physical dependency that drugs create. “We know mindfulness can affect physiologic response … but we don’t know how it’s doing it.”

Also, addictions are incredibly difficult to treat. Smokers typically try five to seven times before they’re successful, Brewer said. But even if mindfulness doesn’t turn out to have greater success than more traditional techniques, it also does no harm, with no drugs and no negative side effects.

While the marriage of religion and neuroscience may seem contradictory, Brewer said Buddhism may be the most appealing religion to the scientific mind. It does not have a traditional concept of God and practitioners are encouraged to learn from experience, not from faith. He practices the Theravadan school that focuses solely on the Buddha’s teachings, rejecting traditions and beliefs added on by later branches.

“It draws a lot of scientists because it’s very rigorous and very experiential,” he said.

Brewer first tried Buddhist meditation in graduate school, he said, and it guided him into his specialty. Following the Buddhist precept of not harming any creature, he stopped doing animal research, “and the only thing left is people.”

His research on people is not harmful, either, and Brewer believes that the philosophy that has helped relieve his stress can help others conquer the dangerous addictions that threaten their health and their lives.

The clinic is seeking volunteers for its smoking-cessation study, which pays $10 per session and $100 for completing the 10-session course. Call the clinic’s hot line at 376-7059. More information is on the Web site at www.ytnc.yale.edu.

Source: http://www.nhregister.com/article/NH/20090223/NEWS/302239990

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  1. Wan Wai Meng on Dec 18, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    This is a very interesting article, it seems people once they understand themselves why they indulged in a habit thats a first step to kicking the habit. I also think if patients can think its possible to kick a habit, that will give them the impetus to kick a particularly non beneficial habit.

  2. Yee Mun (KISG) on Dec 16, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting article.

    Buddha’s teaching is amazing. It can be apply in any area, on anyone/situation and it never outdated. Buddhism can be used on managing a company, transforming ourself for spiritual purposes, for our daily life and now it is being use by psychiatrist to help people quit smoking. Meditation is a much prefered choice as it has no side effects as compare to using drug.

    Looking forward to seeing Buddhism being applied in health care industry which help to heal patients in pain, fighting with deadly disease such as cancer, AIDS & etc.

  3. Andrea Lai on Dec 15, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    Interesting article. I never thought meditation can help oneself quit smoking without consumption of medication or drugs.

    I believed that being mindfulness is an important role in this situation.It is because meditation could help one person stay calm, relax mentally,emotionally,physically and spirituality.

    I’m not a smoker but I would like to share my experience of meditation.I have practiced it for 11 years.I experienced feeling happy,pain,hurt during my meditation section.I do cry in my meditation.That time I was in deep stressed and depressed. At times, I will laugh and smile too. All these are out of control and it’s a release.Sometimes,my mind will flow somewhere far beyond which I ended up falling asleep in my meditation(LOL).I even experienced running nose after meditation(beginning) which take about 2 weeks.At beginning, it might difficult to start but one must cultivate it into daily practice and it will become a habit.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this wonderful article.

  4. KarenC on Nov 9, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    I like how Brewer intertwined the essence of Buddhist teaching mindfulness and impermanent into his research. In Buddhist context, we can achieve mindfulness through meditation and this method can help us to know our mind, train our mind and eventually free our mind. When smokers want to quit smoking, first they will have to find out the reason why they started this habit the eventually whey they wish to end this habit. The discovery of our mind can be very interesting. Our mind is not static but pliable, so if we can pick up any habits and be addicted to it, such as smoking, why is that so difficult to just give up this habit which before you pick up smoking as habit, you were not smoking. It tells how our mind works and how it affect our life.

    Buddhist calm becomes big business?
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/big-buddhist-hit-calmic-yogic-technique.html

  5. Wylfred Ng on Nov 8, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    谢谢仁波切的分享。

    佛法是如此的博大精深, 现在科学家也以佛法的教诲和角度来研究我们人类的心识对于烟瘾的影响。 虽然这些研究都还是在初期阶段, 不过想信未来这些研究想必可以帮助更多人。

    负责这项研究的科学家不只是研究佛陀的教诲而已, 他还自己有在佛教小乘的道场学习。 而且现他也已经停止以动物为实验品的研究, 只专注在人体研究。 想必佛陀的教诲也在他的生命中带来巨大和有益社会的影响。

    谢谢。

  6. William Chua on Nov 7, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    I believe that the mind controls our actions. Therefore, the addiction that we have whether it is smoking or drug abuse, when the mind is set to quit, then it will fight to quit no matter what. Yes, Mindfullness is very important as the article suggest, it is maintaining your attention on the present moment, and bringing to that moment a nonjudgmental attitude of acceptance and curiosity. We have to be always alert and have a strong mind to follow it through until breakthrough.

    I myself have tried to quit smoking a few times over the years and failed. That is because the reason behind quitting is not strong enough and always subject to desires. The last time I quit was close to 2 years ago and succeeded. Being in the present and associating the negative effects of smoking which makes me stop picking up a cigarette.

  7. jerry_sito on Nov 7, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    感谢仁波切您的教诲与分享:

    我们常跟随上师学习佛法,听闻佛法,修持佛法,而仁波切也常提到说,佛法并不是只是每天那1至2小时中,坐在那里念诵经文,或是进行一些仪轨,使用法器或供养而已,而是我们必须把佛法融入我们的生活当中,并运用出来,并且转化我们的心识,这才是正真的佛法。

    很开心地发现,越来越多的组织团体,开始并不只是把佛法归类单单只是“宗教”而已,而是开始发掘出,佛法能够帮助到人类(无论大家是任何的信仰)的生活,习惯,习性,情绪等等,得到很好的改善与稳定。

    佛法是博大与博爱的,佛法不是单单于一下仪轨或是念诵经文而已,而佛法是一种学问,教导我们如何面对人生旅途中所面对的一切生老病死,并且引领我们走向正确的方向。

    谢谢
    Jerry Sito

  8. Li Kim on Nov 6, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    Smoking is a indeed an addictive habit. It gives smokers the perceived stress relief. And in some cases, like myself, it was cool to smoke…way back then like 30 years ago. But today, it is clear smoking is so NOT cool. If I take a step back and look at the times I desire a cigarette… yes, when I am stressed, overwhelmed and/or anxious. Therefore this article makes total sense. Incorporating the fundamentals of Buddhism is not about getting rid of the cigarettes but removing the elements leading us to smoke. I could not agree more. Please find here another article to support this one shared by Rinpoche. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3180092/Trying-stop-smoking-Meditation-key-success-reduces-cravings-without-realising.html

  9. Aarav bauddh on Nov 2, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    Namo buddhaya

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    I love buddhist

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  11. Pavara Lam on Oct 24, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    It is good to know that researchers have found out that meditation can help someone to quit smoking.
    It is known that meditating can help calm and relax a person’s mind, since people smoke cigarettes when they are stressed out meditation can be used instead of a cigarette. Meditation is better as it has no side effects and it will not harm you and it can also improve one’s patience and concentration, cigarettes on the other hand has been linked to cancer and other respiratory disease/infections it may also harm others around you when you exhale the contents of the cigarette.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this informative post on how to quit smoking the Buddhist way.

  12. Paul Yap on Oct 23, 2016 at 11:49 am

    I believe smoking is an addictions arose from the sickness of the mind. The mind is used to certain behaviour and subconsciously we are repeating that behaviour even though is detrimental to us.

    Buddhism has an antidote and proper method in training the mind. Scientist found that Buddhism is the most logical method based on past experiences and not god. As such, there is potential possibility for scientist to explore and from that develope methods to curve more people.

    I feel that scientist should focus more on meditation and mindfulness, that is the fundamental teachings and method for Buddhists in training the mind and have attainment. There is a vast knowledge and wisdom in Buddhism, there are answers inside Buddhism in resolving the major conflicts and issues facing our world. i hope it will become the major method for most people in achieving peace, harmony and loving kindness

  13. Lin Mun on Oct 22, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    It is great to know that scientist now also agreed that meditation is a a great way to counter smoking habit. Meditation is a practise to control our mind.

    The more we are in control our mind the better we are in countering all types of negative bad habit and including smoking. I have friends who said that who said smoking is good to reduce stress, help in digestion and etc. I guess it is the wrong view and finding excuses to continue with this bad habit.

    In addition, meditation is a good method as compared to taking medicine which may have side effect.

  14. Colin Tan on Oct 20, 2016 at 10:18 am

    We all know that when nicotine is inhaled, it can cause a feeling of temporary relaxation or stress relief. What makes it so difficult to quit smoking is because smokers have to face the withdrawal syndromes, the irritation, the stress & all the negative feelings once they stop smoking. Every now and then there will be some inventions introduced to the smokers to quit smoking. It’s so rare that a Buddhist way is actually being introduced to them to help to bring their attention to the present moment to face all the uncomfortable feelings like helplessness or loneliness. It’s just like how we do in meditation session; smokers will learn to accept discomfort as it is without judgment and response in a healthier way. If all the discomfort can be accepted with loving kindness without diverting the attention to cigarettes, then gradually nicotine will no longer be needed by the body.
    It’s very normal that a few attempts might be needed to quit the smoking habit. If this Buddhist way is effective to quit smoking, then it can be applied to other negative habits and suffering in life too. Eventually we will recognize that suffering, discomfort, pain are impermanent in life. This mindfulness practice can bring transformation towards a healthier lifestyle without any addiction, as well as to reduce unnecessary stress, fear and anxiety.

  15. ming hy on Oct 18, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for posting this article. As a doctor, this topic fascinates me. it is actually fairly well know that meditation or mindfulness training as they call it, is used and helps many illnesses. One example is the use of meditation in the treatment of migraine, and there have been many studies showing changes in the brain activity during meditation. Two patients with the same disease severity will behave/ react to their illness in different ways, and I the “severity” of illness can definately be improved by the mind, if the perception on the situation can be given clarity. If the mind is happier or less stressed, this can translate to improved physical healing, it has been shown in many studies.
    It is great that the medical field is now beginning to realise the benefits of meditation in the treatment of many disorders. We could take it one step further and perhaps scientifically prove its benefits for preventing some diseases too.

    • BK on Oct 23, 2016 at 9:55 am

      Ming HY
      That last statement you made is so true. Accomplished Buddhist masters are known to have full control of their life and death and have the ability to heal their body’s illnesses and diseases thru the power of the mind and the control of the 4 elements that make up our bodies as described by Pastor Jean Ai below. At its most basic level, this control of the mind can be experienced through meditation and to overcome addiction is just a teeny tiny glimpse of the benefits of the mastery of the mind.

      I too would love to see a scientific study on how meditation can overcome illnesses and so called incurable diseases. Perhaps Tung Shin Hospital would like to do such a study? ☺️

  16. Jutika Lam on Oct 18, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    Smoking, like all other addictions starts with the mind, not the body. Our mind sends signals to our body and tells it that this is good for us. This leads to us wanting to repeat the action over and over again, making it become our habit.

    This is the first time reading about a Buddhist approach towards helping people get over their addiction of smoking through meditation does sound very logical and interesting.

    I hope that Dr Brewer will be able to help thousands of people give up their smoking addiction through his methods.

    • Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Oct 19, 2016 at 2:39 pm

      Hi Jutika, just wanted to correct you a little there in your comment about the mind telling the body to help you understand a bit better 🙂 in the case of addiction, we also have to consider the chemical response of the body. The body consists of the four elements – wind, earth, water, fire – and when something is added to this mix, it throws off the balance and produces a reaction. When the reaction is something pleasurable, and the reaction is produced repeatedly, eventually you develop the habit and craving of wanting that reaction. Mindfulness, I guess, attacks that craving and habit by helping us to gain control of our mind and break the cycle of the body’s reactions affecting the mind.

      So things like alcohol and drugs have a chemical reaction on our body because they alter the balance of the four elements. Even things like chocolate produce a minor addiction response. When people eat chocolate, it produces neurotransmitters like phenylethlyamine, serotonin, dopamine and endorphins, all of which tells our body, “Yes, eating this thing gives me a good, happy feeling, I should eat more of it!” Eventually, over time, people can be addicted to chocolate.

      Anyway it would be interesting for Dr Brewer to develop the research further and to explore how mindfulness affects physiological response. Buddhism already has the answers but as always, with Western science, they need quantifiable data and proof 😉

  17. June Kang on Oct 18, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    It is wonderful to see that Buddhist meditation to help people quit smoking. One of the Meditation the smokers practice is “loving Kindness”, a method of develop compassion. In short, this method of quit smoking brings no harm to the body and at the same time develop concentration and compassion.

    Thank you Brewer introduce this method to peoples. Buddhist meditation besides the benefits mentioned above, it also bring clarity, emotional positivity, and a calm seeing of the true nature of things. Siddhartha meditated under Boddi tree for forty nine days to discover all pain and suffering in the world and he became an enlightened one, a Buddha. This shows that the power of Meditation.

  18. Alice Tay on Oct 18, 2016 at 1:01 am

    Breathing meditation is considered as one of the methods to maintain our attention on the present moment. We can focus on our breath, the inhale and exhale. A regular practice of mindful breathing can help to reduce stressed or anxious. For those who are really want to quit the smoking, must have try with this method.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this effective idea to quit smoking and at the same time to help the person get closer to the dharma.

  19. shelly tai on Oct 17, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this informative article will us. It is amazing what holy Buddha teaching because if we study and contemplated the teaching it has no false everything that Buddha teach is base on logic and we practitioner has to experience it by ourselves instead of based on blind faith, that is what the Brewer said , so The Buddha has review the true of everything that happen to us as a result of it a lot of people find it Buddhism is very difficult to practice because we ourselves has to put in hard work to do it. By using Buddha teaching to overcome addiction is possible because it help to train our mind to be mindful about our desire and to understand where this desire come from and is bad for us so that for us to kick off this addiction.

  20. Ron Wong on Oct 16, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    I totally agreed with Brewer’s statement on how our habits were developed base on our prior experiences. Smoking is certainly one such habits that many have started & become an addiction which they find difficult to quit later.

    I do believe that Brewer’s approach to the problem with mindfulness practices will yield many positive results. Buddha has taught about how everything stem from the mind, with mindfulness practices & meditation, it helps to keep the mind calm & hence be able to react positively to whatever difficult situation that one is facing. What follows is that we are replacing those prior negative experiences with the positive one & hence slowly cutting away the negative habits eventually.

    It is great to know that modern scientists are combining Buddhism in their research & approach to find new ways & methods to benefit people’s life. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting article

    Do not underestimate the power of the mind!

  21. Jace Chong on Oct 16, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche and the blog team for sharing this information on how Buddhism and science work hand in hand for smokers to quit smoking habit.

    There’s not a moment in samsara without suffering, the activities that we think are happiness or a relief from suffering is just a temporary moment that have lesser suffering. Smoking is one of it that a lot of people find temporary solace from tangled and unsolved moments, and some just become a habituation to smoke whenever we are able to.

    I am not a heavy smoker but I do understand the reason to smoke and not to. What mentioned here in the article is enlightening that actually everything is in the mind, that we can find other solution when we feel like lighting up a cigarette, to tame that mind.

    Practicing mindfulness is very practical where we watch how our mind affect our action and we do something to prevent us from dwelling into something addictive.

    Thank you.

  22. Echeah on Oct 16, 2016 at 2:25 am

    It all starts in the mind. The body follows suit. Since the mind is telling the body what to do and if the body feels satisfied with the physical results of the drug, it reinforces what the mind thought which then leads to a repeated action. It becomes habituation. This pattern is seen in all other types of actions whether good or bad. Why did the mind start down that road in the first place?

    I’ve heard of the rat experiments (poor rats) in the 1970’s by a professor of Psychology in Vancouver called Bruce Alexander. In one cage was one lone rat with 2 bottles i.e. plain water and drug-infused water. The lone rat tended to drink only from the drug-filled bottle.

    The other was a lush cage where the rats would have colored balls and the best rat-food and tunnels to scamper down and plenty of friends: everything a rat about town could want. These rats seemed to not be interested in the drug-infused water.

    What they found was, the rats with good lives didn’t like the drugged water and mostly shunned it, while the lonely rat had nothing better to do but be fixed on the drug.

    It goes to show that the way to tackle drug addiction is not just cold turkey which is just superficial. The problem is not the drug but deep down unhappiness, and as long as that is still there, rehab will only have temporary results.

    In Buddhist practice, we are to focus out. When we’re constantly occupied with serving and benefitting others, the result is happiness. The constant focus on the “I” is what brings us all the suffering and unhappiness and is the root cause of drug addiction.

  23. Lew on Oct 15, 2016 at 5:05 am

    I must say this is the first time I hear that Buddhism teaching is used to curb addictions, and it is indeed an eye opener. I have personally heard quite a few Christian organised drug rehab centre which have many success cases, but Buddhist organised drug rehab centres are quite rare.

    May Dr Brewer gain much success in adopting Buddhism meditation method to curb addiction, and may Dr Brewer find even better methods to help people quite smoking because there are millions of people who wish to quite smoking.

  24. Justin Cheah on Oct 14, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    i have dealt with many drug addicts in the past and did noticed one thing; most of them are more likely to return to drugs if they are not religious. Drugs spoils the brain system and most of the time it is the temptation that makes former drug addicts return to drugs. This is when i reflected on this phrase of “it’s all in the mind.”

    By taming the mind, like someone going into religion, it does help to reshape one’s thinking and over time, a person is able to reshape his way of life. Hence i am not too surprised to learn that Buddhist meditation methods are actually being used by doctors to cure addictions.

  25. Vivian Ong on Oct 14, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article. I’m impressed that Dr. Brewer tried Buddhist meditation in graduate school which guided him into his specialty. Following the Buddhist precept of not harming any creature, he also stopped doing animal research.

    His research on people is not harmful. So, Dr. Brewer believes that the philosophy that has helped relieve his stress can help others conquer the dangerous addictions that threaten their health and their lives.

    Hopefully in the near future, more and more people will apply the Buddhist teachings into their daily lives. With this, the world will be at peace and harmony.

    _/\_

  26. Pastor Han Nee on Oct 14, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    A Yale Psychiatrist uses Mindfulness to counter addiction to cigarette smoking. Brewer says he uses the 2 component definition of mindfulness -” First, it’s maintaining your attention on the present moment, and the second is you’re bringing to that a nonjudgmental attitude of acceptance and curiosity.”

    As most people turn to drugs or cigarettes to relieve stress related to loneliness or anger and other such negative emotions, the heart of the treatment is in focusing on the transience and impermanence of these negative feelings in meditation. They come in waves -so let each wave pass and not react. Once you can ride the wave and not succumb and be crushed, then you can break the habit and the addiction eventually.

    How powerful are the Buddha’s teachings in helping us to understand and be aware of our emotions, to recognise their impermanence, to control our negative reactions and through all this learn to develop inner peace.

  27. Uncle Eddie on Oct 14, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    Smoking is an additive habit seen as an early form of releasing frustration, tension and to create excitement. Mindfulness training seems like a good religious method used today to kerb and cure smoking, as it is also said related to emotion as researched by Buddhism clinical way! It gives them a kind of feeling to relieve their sense of bad feeling from worries and negativity as well as suffering too. Like many people said, they started smoking very young, through experimentation, curiousity and great egoism. The very first few puffs, some on piffered cigarettes of their parents and friends ended up for many, becoming keen smokers at 12 years old up to grown up age! Most tried to quit many a times, a few made it, but quite a number failed, until an actual happening circumstances showed them why they should stop! Perhaps amongst the group of smokers, one of the smoker’s auntie died of cancer, and she was seen and medically certified as a longterm chained smoker. The cause of death as confirmed by the medical report was due to longterm smoking as being the cause of death! Quitting smoking isn’t an easy task by most, as smoking is physically and mentally additive. Unless health has become an issue of increasing awareness, like death in this example, then many may take it more with seriousness and sincerity the Buddhist Way! A great many thanks for the sharing of this interesting article, Rinpoche.

  28. Samfoonheei on Oct 14, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    Good information….now one can quit smoking the Buddhist Way, Dr. Judson A. Brewer a psychiatrist is bringing together neuroscience and Buddhist practices to help people quit smoking.It is good news that more and more people are practicing Buddhism to help them in many way.Schools are infusing Buddhism to have meditation classes too.
    I understand that some people smoke to release stress,anger and so forth but long term it is bad for their health.There fore i do hope those smokers out there can quit smoking the Buddhist way…..meditation and mindfulness training that might help.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting article,

  29. Sofi on Oct 14, 2016 at 7:35 am

    It is interesting that more and more are turning to integrating Buddhist practices into their line of work. Now Dr. Judson A. Brewer is researching on integration of Buddhist meditations into his cure to addictions. Although his research is still on going but the positiveness are there to warrant the continuation of his research. Meditation quieten down the brain activity so that we may be able to connect with out inner being and if we were to integrate Buddhist mindfulness into the meditation itself, then the focus will be on the positive. If the mind is fulfilled then external stimulant will not be needed to fill the emptiness which habituates leading to addiction. It is cutting addiction at its very core where the need is. I certainly hope that soon meditation will be norm as a solution for psychological problems that plague the world and these problems are on the increase. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interest article with us.

  30. Karenc. on Oct 13, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    “ Brewer first tried Buddhist meditation in graduate school, he said, and it guided him into his specialty. Following the Buddhist precept of not harming any creature, he stopped doing animal research, “and the only thing left is people..” I like how Brewer put what he learnt into practice and most of all, his research is beneficial for others.

    Habits can be formed, broken, reform and break again due to both external causes like environmental and internal causes like how our mind works. Brewer uses the examples of how Buddhists view anger issue and how they overcome it and be at peace. This is a very good linkage with how he uses buddha’s wisdom to help people quit smoking. Both smoking and anger issue are addictive. Both smoking and getting angry can be seen as a form of releasing tension and it varies at each situation.

    Mindfulness training seems like the new clinical medicine to many illness related to emotions. Smoking is also related to emotion as some smokers claim that when they smoke, it gives them a kind of feeling that they are free from worries, unhappiness and other negative feelings. However, the fact is, after thousands of ciggerates, they are still unhappy.

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  • Joy Kam
    Sunday, Feb 26. 2017 12:41 AM
    ***The Advantages of Propitiating Dorje Shugden: Part 1***

    According to His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden is a fully enlightened Buddha who appears in the form of a worldly god so that beings in this era can access his blessings quicker and more powerfully.

    Dorje Shugden is also known as the Protector of our time because, apart from guiding Buddhist practitioners on their path to Enlightenment, he also attends to our daily challenges and obstacles. Dorje Shugden does this not because he is a fulfiller of samsaric wishes but because in his omniscience, Dorje Shugden recognises that the human mind becomes distracted from Dharma practice by mundane problems. Hence alleviating our worries and fulfilling our wishes is just a means by which Dorje Shugden helps practitioners achieve the higher objective, i.e. a flourishing Dharma practice.

    The problems that people of our time encounter are common everywhere we go and they include:

    1) Financial problems
    2) Illnesses and diseases
    3) Natural disasters and epidemics
    4) Stres and depression
    5) Violent crimes and wars
    6) Loss of purpose and direction

    How Dorje Shugden Helps…
    http://www.dorjeshugden.org/blog/the-advantages-of-propitiating-dorje-shugden-part-1
  • Joy Kam
    Sunday, Feb 26. 2017 12:38 AM
    ***The Advantages of Propitiating Dorje Shugden: Part 2***

    The Dharma Protector’s role is to ensure that practitioners have uninhibited access to the teachings, the clarity to understand the principles and meanings, and suitable conditions to apply what they have learned. And so, for the practitioner, the Dharma Protector functions to avert inner and outer obstacles the practitioner may encounter, and where necessary, provide conditions and resources for the practitioner’s Dharma journey to be smooth and unobstructed.

    http://www.dorjeshugden.org/blog/the-advantages-of-propitiating-dorje-shugden-part-2
  • Joy Kam
    Sunday, Feb 26. 2017 12:36 AM
    Take a little bit of Dorje Shugden knowledge with you wherever you go. Download these teachings in the language that suits you best. English, Chinese, Tibetan, or even Italian, Nepali, Korean and Mongolian – we have it all here, for you, for free.

    >>> Dorje Shugden Images & More <<<
    http://www.dorjeshugden.org/category/media/downloads

  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 08:31 PM
    Mumu is so cute on the treadmill. Rinpoche is very creative in getting Mumu to exercise. When we want the best for our pet, we will think out of the box to help. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the knowledge and video.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/videos/mumu-on-the-treadmill.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 07:42 PM
    Scary to know what exactly happened to Angel during her waking from sleep.Watched the video, wondering its sleep paralysis or the unseen beings pressing on her. This weird phenomenon as explained by Rinpoche is that she was karmically connected with the unseen beings.I do believe the unseen beings do exists after all, I am glad Angel is back to her own self , its over now.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/till-i-see-blood.html#comment-736240
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 07:40 PM
    Sleep paralysis whether is science or paranormal.From what i read and hear to me its more paranormal as i do believe in unseen beings do exist after all. Sleep paralysis is more likely to be caused by paranormal distinct existence. I have not experience one before but at least i know now what i can do if it happen to me after reading this post.There are many other methods to protect ourselves just in case,like reciting our powerful mantra of Dorje Shugden( OM BENZA WIKI BITANA SOHA ) .
    Thank you Vinnie Tan for sharing this article.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/sleep-paralysis-medical-or-paranormal.html#comment-736360
  • Pastor Shin
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 05:06 PM
    Interesting read from Tsemrinpoche.com

    Energy Channels
    This vital life force or chi, is composed of two kinds of forces, yin and yang, and flows along a sophisticated network of energy pathways, or highways, circuiting the body. Over 2000 years ago ancient cultures knew of the existence of these energy channels. They were called ‘sen’ in Thailand, ‘nadis’ in India, ‘meridians’, ‘channels’ or ‘vessels’ in China and Japan, and ‘channels’ in Tibet. In India, where many eastern healing arts developed, there were said to be 72,000 nadis or energy pathways. Disease is believed to be a blockage in the energy flow of these channels. A range of healing traditions, including acupuncture, acupressure, massage and yoga, are founded on the principle of the existence of energy channels or pathways, known as meridians, or nadis, running around the body in an expansive network.

    read more: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/science-finally-proves-meridians-exist.html
  • Pastor Shin
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 03:33 PM
    (REPLY FOR BEN)
    For Pastor Shin – Are pujas more effective than prayers?

    Pujas are more comprehensive as they involve rituals and prayers. In other words, prayers are part of a puja. Each puja is done based on scriptural texts and methods passed down by the lineage masters, which invokes the blessings of Buddhas/ meditational deities. Apart from recitation of mantras and meditation, ritual cakes (tormas) and other offerings are also done for pujas.

    You can read more about pujas here:

    – Powerful Pujas
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/the-power-of-prayers.html

    – What are pujas about… do take a good read…
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/what-are-pujas-about-do-take-a-good-read.html

    You may also want to read about “Dorje Shugden’s Puja and Its Benefits”, which explains the components of a puja, as well as the benefits.
    http://www.dorjeshugden.org/blog/dorje-shugdens-puja-and-its-benefits

    I hope the above info will help in answering your question.
  • Pastor Shin
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 02:24 PM
    Fully enlightened beings can manifest in whatever form they so choose in order to benefit sentient beings. Buddhas can manifest in the form of a Lama, a spiritual friend and even in the form of sound, which are called mantras. In essence mantras are the holy energies of the Buddhas in the form of sound. Reciting mantras of the Buddhas, meditational deities (Yidams) and Dharma Protectors therefore invokes their blessings to bring about a beneficial impact in our lives.

    http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/dorje-shugdens-mantra
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 01:37 PM
    Very touching……. i do enjoyed watching those videos.
    So courage of John Byrne the homeless man to jump into the ice cold water to safe his pet rabbit.What he did was indeed incredible .His love and compassion for his pet rabbit and dog is an example,inspiration to us .
    Even though he is homeless yet he care and love his pet rabbit and dog so much giving food by begging.
    The man Gary Kearney who threw the pet rabbit was sentenced to four months detention.It show that the law do not tolerate cruelty to animals. A lesson to learn from here is to love.care and compassion to all sentient beings whatever happen to them.Never abused them.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing and i have shared with my friends too.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/the-rabbit-in-the-river.html
  • Joy Kam
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 02:12 AM
    **The Three Bodies of a Buddha**

    The primary manifestation of a fully enlightened being is called the Dharmakaya. “Dharma” means phenomenon, while “kaya” means body. Therefore, Dharmakaya refers to the primordial or true nature of phenomena which is beyond conceptual and dualistic thought. This manifestation is essentially the mind of a fully enlightened being, beyond appearance and sensory perception. This mind knows no limits or boundaries… more: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/blog/the-three-bodies-of-a-buddha
  • Joy Kam
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 02:10 AM
    ***Yangdup Wealth Puja 2017*** blog post is out.

    Find out why is the Yangdup Puja performed? How does wealth play a role in Buddhism? Isn’t Buddhism about letting go of one’s worldly attachments? Check out the fabulous pictures and videos here >>> http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/yangdup-wealth-puja-2017.html
  • Ben
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 01:56 AM
    For Pastor Shin – Are pujas more effective than prayers?
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  • Pastor Shin
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 01:29 AM
    By understanding Dorje Shugden’s enlightened nature, we realise that relying on him cannot lead us anywhere except for Enlightenment. Reciting any praise of Dorje Shugden on a daily basis reminds us of his attainments, and the type of being we are propitiating. It also serves as a reminder of the qualities we can attain as a result of relying on him, that his practice will help us to attain common and uncommon siddhis.

    http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/praise-of-dorje-shugdens-origins
  • Pastor Shin
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 01:28 AM
    Incense has been used as a traditional substance for offering since the birth of Buddhism. The first recorded instance of incense being used occurs in the story of Magadha Sangmo, whose impact can be seen across the ancient Buddhist world. The daughter of Suddatta, a layman and the Buddha’s primary patron, she herself was an ardent student of Buddha Shakyamuni. After marrying, she longed to see her Guru, the Buddha and offer dana. Climbing to the roof of her in-law’s house, she offered incense and a verse of invocation. The omniscient Buddha heard her prayers and arrived with his entire entourage, descending from the sky on a lion to fulfil her request.

    http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/incense-offering-prayers-to-dorje-shugden

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February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
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February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
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Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
This is a good one to read
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This is a good one to read
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
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Mumu is silly and cute and funny
Mumu\'s hair is messy and he looks funny
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Mumu's hair is messy and he looks funny
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. 
I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. 
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I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. Feast your eyes! Tsem Rinpoche
                        Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini\'s path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html  Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
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Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini's path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
Message to Tibetans in English
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Message to Tibetans in English
Message to the Tibetans
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Message to the Tibetans
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
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Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
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A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
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Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
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Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
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This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
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The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
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Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
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One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
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Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
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My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
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Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
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Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
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Sir Edmund Hillary
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha\'s teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha's teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I\'ve seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
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Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I've seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
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It's nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
                         Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
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Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
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Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
High lamas in France September 2016
5 months ago
High lamas in France September 2016
༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden:   http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
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༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
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Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass,
 Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, 
 By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements,
 By seeing the good results, one\'s path becomes more clear, 
 The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, 
 This would eliminate the samsara within our minds.
 ~Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass, Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements, By seeing the good results, one's path becomes more clear, The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, This would eliminate the samsara within our minds. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
5 months ago
Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
5 months ago
Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
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Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
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Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
                         This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
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This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
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Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
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Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
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His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
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My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
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His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
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Left to right: His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
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It's nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
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Jog Falls a power place of Vajra Yogini and Heruka: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=108652
Don\'t wait for the perfect group. Don\'t wait for the perfect person. Don\'t wait for the perfect situation. Don\'t expect yourself to be perfect. Don\'t even look for perfection at least in our realm as it does not exist or time will run out. Just get going and keep doing good. It\'s between you and yourself. Tsem Rinpoche
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Don't wait for the perfect group. Don't wait for the perfect person. Don't wait for the perfect situation. Don't expect yourself to be perfect. Don't even look for perfection at least in our realm as it does not exist or time will run out. Just get going and keep doing good. It's between you and yourself. Tsem Rinpoche
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