2nd wealthiest man’s son is a monk

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Tan Sri Ananda Krishnan

Dear friends,

Recently, a student of mine sent me an interesting e-mail regarding one of the wealthiest people in Malaysia. It was surprising but news to rejoice at!! It was regarding Tan Sri Ananda Krishnan’s son…

Tan Sri Ananda Krishnan is the second wealthiest man in South East Asia and ranked 89th wealthiest man in the world. As a Malaysian businessman, he has an estimated net worth of US$7.6 billion.

Currently, Tan Sri has multiple business interests including those within the media (Astro), satellite (MEASAT) and telecommunications (Maxis) industry to name a few. Although Tan Sri is one of wealthiest people in the world, he is known for being very low profile. As a father of three children, most of us may imagine them to be three terribly spoilt children. On the contrary, Tan Sri’s only son is a monk.

It is written in the news article below that when Tan Sri invited his son for a meal, his son rejected his father politely. He said that he is now a monk and like other monks, he has to beg for his food. Tan Sri’s son is now living in a monastery within a forest in Northern Thailand. He now depends on other people’s generosity to sustain himself. Can you believe it, why would the son of an immensely wealthy family become a monk? For very good reasons of course.

Tan Sri Ananda Krishnan’s son is now ordained as a Buddhist monk, Ajahn Siripanno here pictured with his father

In many other reports, they also state that Tan Sri Ananda Krishnan himself is a devout Buddhist. How beautiful…Tan Sri is also popularly known as a great philanthropist, especially in the field of education. So much merits for Tan Sri to have such a son now ordained as Ajahn Siripanno.

I am so excited to read that Mr Ananda has a son who has decided to devote his life to the Three Jewels. Doing so is not only great blessings for himself but also for his father and family. I rejoice and pray that Mr Ananda and his family will always be blessed by the Three Jewels. Just like when Siddhartha Gautama left his palace and riches to seek enlightenment.

Tsem Rinpoche

 

Please see Ajahn Siripanno’s beautiful dharma talk here:

http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=29547

 

The Monk Who Flew in a Jet

By business bhutan | 01 January 2011

In 2008, as my friend and I sat down in the restaurant to eat our dinner, we saw a man in the hotel lobby. Immediately, we assumed that he was alone so decided to invite him for dinner.

“I don’t eat dinner,” the elderly man declined the offer, “I am on my way to the gym.”

The next morning, I met him in the hotel lobby and noticed that he was wearing the same clothes.

“Excuse me,” he said politely and then looking at the young monk sitting next to me, said affectionately, “Son, it is time for us to go home.” The son obediently picked up his small cloth bag from the floor and followed his father.

Tan Sri’s son, Ajahn Siripanno

Earlier, curious to see a monk in the Uma hotel in Paro, I had started a conversation with him.

“Yesterday was my father’s 70th birthday and he wanted me to spend it with him in a special place,” the monk informed me. The monk could have been in his early thirties.  He had short hair and was wearing saffron robes and had a pair of slippers on. “What a beautiful country you have? They had flown into Paro in their own jet.

So who are these people?  The elderly man is Ananda Krishnan and the monk his only son.

Krishnan is the second richest man in Malaysia. According to Forbes he is worth 7.6 Billion dollars. The Tamil Malaysian of Sri Lankan Tamil origin is a self made man and is a notable philanthropist but leads a low profile life. He and his son are both Buddhists.

Few years ago, the billionaire lost his son. He started to look for him and his search stopped in a Buddhist monastery in north Thailand.  Shocked to see his son in saffron robes, short hair with a begging bowl in his hand the father invites his son for a meal.

“I am sorry; I cannot accept your invitation.”  Like all my fellow monks, I have to beg for my food.” Krishnan reply made headlines, “With all my wealth I cannot even afford to feed my own son.”

The son still lives in the monastery in the forest of Thailand and like all the monks in the monastery depends on other people’s generosity for his sustenance.

Hearing stories like these one wonders if we are giving up everything that we already possess to acquire things that we really don’t need.

This story clearly demonstrates that human contentment and well being in real terms requires us to go beyond physical, mental, and emotional dimension. Krishnan’s son clearly shows that detachment could be a greater wealth and devotion a bigger asset in our lives.

(Extracted from: Business Bhutan, “The Monk who Flew in a Jet”, http://www.businessbhutan.bt/?p=3954, 1-01-2011)

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  1. gaayathiri tambyrasah on Nov 15, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    Hi. How old are you ? Are you still a monk or met someone and fell in love ? Just curious. Please reply me the soonest. Waiting in the line.
    PS: I messaged you once long time back regarding monkhood. So changed mind ? Please do. Its kind of difficult leaving here. Full of turbulence, hurdles ( I messaged you regarding this previously, remember ? ). I am sure you had great relaxation being a monk.( opss, sorry for the words, well..thats what I thought monks do, chant, eat, sleep….do enlighten me more on other things you monks do. Please come back and do your duty HERE. I am very sure you will enjoy it thoroughly. Do contact me when you are here. I will be overjoyed to assist you in everyway possible.

  2. Chris Chong on Apr 10, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    Dear Rinpoche ,

    Thank you for sharing this article.

    It was very good to see the father accept and respect the decision of his son. It is inspiring to see the son of a billionaire that the world is his oyster to choose the life of being ordained. He must had realise the truth and how meaningless of the persuit of an ordinary life. It is not easy to let go of all the temptations when it’s practically in your palms.

    His courage and determination will be an example for many more to come.

    Humbly,

    Chris

  3. Chandrup Kaushal on Mar 16, 2015 at 7:12 am

    wonderful very very inspiring story.

  4. dorji wangmo on Dec 17, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Hello
    Greeting from http://www.namotoursandtreks.com, kingdom of Bhutan.
    New year soon to celebrate and may 2015 bring happiness,prosperity and peace in the world. Tashi Delek.

  5. mahesh Raju on Sep 7, 2014 at 3:28 am

    when you will take over or be with your father business. Like other billionaire son , their kids start to take over father business but you declining. Hope you decide something best for this. As a tamil Native , hence malaysian, i always notice his growth.

    • gaayathiri tambyrasah on Nov 15, 2016 at 11:09 pm

      That’s why. When? When? Do let all of us know. Its hard without you being here. We need help badly. I am speechless when I heard that you are a monk. How can you be so selfish ? Whom do you expect to take over your father’s business. Your assistant ? Don’t take it to heart. Just wondering how can a multimillioners’s son choose to become a monk. Look at others and get an example. Don’t throw everything away. You need to expand not shrink away from your duties !!!!! ( If you think I am rude, please think of me as your mother….nagging nagging nagging ..hehehehe )

  6. Manikumar on Nov 5, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Its inspire me to leave everything behind & follow the path of love & true happiness

  7. shelray sam on Jul 26, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    It is rare an inspiring that he is not a spill brate, like many rich people. Sadhu, sadhu, sadhu to the brave, compassion, and generous heart.

  8. Prabin Shrestha on May 2, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    First of all, thank you for this interesting story.
    But I think, you forgot to quote the name of the son. Only father’s name is quoted as richest business man. And also, as the son is now Monk, he should be recognized by his own name, not by his father.
    Thank you.

  9. edward ooi on Apr 25, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, I didn’t know that Tan Sri is the wealthiest man at Malaysia and Ananda Krishan is the second. And also I did not expect that Rinpoche would have the chance to see Ananda Krishan and his son because they would be at home being protected or going to overseas.

  10. Aida jamal on Apr 24, 2013 at 12:40 am

    I am lost for words…. Ajahn siripanno is a fantastic human being… His talk was so inspirational.. He has got so much wisdom at such a young age… Would love to meet him one day… May he be blessed wt all the wisdom!

  11. June Tang (KHJB) on Nov 19, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this inspiring story.Ajahn Siripanno gave up everything to be a monk show that he value the dharma very much.I am rejoice and wish Ajahn Sriripanno good health ,long live and able to spread dharma to benefit more and more peoples !!

  12. kt tony on Nov 19, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    I can’t believe this story but just like to say god is great.

  13. Clara Tang on Oct 30, 2012 at 5:17 am

    Dear Rinpoche, I have a question, not relevant to this posted subject, but why do most of us leave behind all we have learn in our past lives and start afresh again..unless one is very attained or has some reminiscence, we usually have absolutely no recollection of what we have learn or experience. Or it is meant to be, so that we could relearn and do more homework.. Humbly yours..

  14. wendy on Sep 12, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    i had the opportunity to attend one of Ajahn Siripanno’s talks in BUBS a couple of years ago. Sitting behind me, right at the back of the hall was his father.
    it was an inspiring talk as Ajahn Siripanno went on to say how he missed the opportunity to serve one of the greatest forest monk of all – Ajahn Chah.

  15. Lim KH (JB) on Jul 18, 2012 at 2:59 am

    Money is not everything but without money we cant do anything. After reading this article i suddenly remember the joke when i volunteer at JB KP roadshow.

    There is a auntie come to buy incense, so she ask me which one better. I suggest to her the incense for harmony and wealth then she buy both. After paid she ask me the incense really can bring wealth after burn? So i start to chatting with her that ” auntie may i know if ur income is RM 2K 10 years ago is that enough?” then auntie reply ” sure enough, that income very big”, after that i ask her again ” if now ur income is RM 20K per month is that enough?” auntie reply that ” where got enough now so many things need money…”

    At last i explain to auntie that now ur income increase to RM 20K per month really still no enough we got too much attachment than 10 years ago. So the most important things is our inner wealth otherwise even RM 200K per month also not enough. The auntie agree to me and say ” ya u are rite, actually many things that is no need if according previous 10 years life style”.

    Hopefully the auntie can increase her family inner wealth after burn the incense.

  16. HARIDAS A/L KERESANIN on Jul 9, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Good mning Sir Ananda krishna….i need help from u…i wan become a sucess busimen like u sir in gas n oil…could’t u help me sir…i dont wan money…my age still 32 yrs….pls help me…wan be success in my life n help diable people…pls sir…

    • Wan Wai Meng on Jul 9, 2012 at 12:13 pm

      Dear Haridas,
      I am not Mr Ananda Krishna but we have many spiritual methods for people to achieve their goals. For removal of obstacles we have Setrap and to develop more business opportunities we have Lord Dzambala pujas and we have a lot of work you can contribute to to create positive energy for what you need to do. Would you like to visit our center my handphone is 012 215 0968

      • dorji wangmo on Dec 17, 2014 at 12:50 pm

        Morning
        Greeting from http://www.namotoursandtreks.com
        is there any chance we can visit Rinpoche with a small group for a blessing? If so where would be the venue and when and for how long would Rinpoche avaiable? Thanks

  17. K.Muthoovaloo on Jul 2, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    I m very and bless to see yr sons is near to god. You can be the father but your have a bless son. God Bless You

  18. Julia Tan on Jul 2, 2012 at 1:39 am

    Ajahn Siripanno makes me remember about Buddha. Ajahn Siripanno have all the money and power that he wants but chose to lead an ordained life in search for enlightenment. I have a lot of respect for Ajahn because he chosed to be in Dharma although he has all the power and money in the region. He would have let the riches, fame  and all other attachment to delude his mind and lead a normal life. I cannot imagine what his life will be if he didn’t pursue Dharma despite his truly blessed form of rebirth. His letting go of himself made me feel he is all but one like Buddha. May Ajahn Siripanno live long and be able to spread Dharma to a lot of people.

  19. Grace (KSJC) on Jun 28, 2012 at 1:46 am

    while we still pursuing our personal goal & materiality, some have choose to let go the attachment and pursuing sprituality practice.this is really amazing, how many of us can let go the wealth and seeking enlightenment??Krishnan’s son have prove us nothing is impossible …the value of Dharma is precious than wordly things…

  20. Sheryl KH (JB) on Jun 27, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    What an amazing story is this? Amazing for the achievement that Tan Sri has made for himself and the very different path that his son has chosen to take.

    Being the only son, Ajahn Siripanno can easily take over his father businesses can they will be more than sufficient for him for anything that he can dream of. But yet, I guess it is the strong buddhism imprints within him that overide materialism.

    Yet another inspiring true story.

  21. Yoke Fui on Jun 14, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Ajahn Siripanno is like the modern day Prince Sidharta. Even though born in riches and luxuries he is not fooled by these transient happiness.

    I hope Tan Sri Krishnan can see the wisdom of his son’s decision and support his son’s noble pursuit and the spread of dharma with his wealth.

  22. Wan Wai Meng on May 24, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    There are still beings with the merits who can see through that all the material we have cannot give us security or happiness. He left the ‘palaces’ to search for the truth, what courage and determination to look for the truth. Inspired.

  23. freon on May 16, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Ajahn Siripanno story reminded me about Lama Atisha or Shakyamuni. They born with Golden spoon but they do not attracted to worldly concerned. Its not easy to be a monk or nun, especially since young everything is well prepare to a person e,g: having maids, luxury food, entertainment etc. To be a forest monk; no maid, no nice food, no nice comfort big bed. Even to an ordinary people , these are not easy to achieve.

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  25. ERIC LEE KSJC on Apr 29, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    在以前,总是不明白为什么所有成功的人士,他们总是不断的在寻找能在背后给予他们忠告的精神导师,而且往往在最紧要的关头时,都需要这些人的意见,才能做决定。有时我真的搞不懂,难道这些成功人士没有智慧吗?怎么会去请教那些什么都没有的人?如今,我开始懂了,人在什么都没有的时候,就不会产生执着,就会过得自在,快乐。而那些富有,成功的人,因为害怕失去,而产生恐惧,所以整天提心吊胆的过日子,所以,他们开始羡慕这一些什么都没有的人的那一份自在,所以才会想请教这些人士如何做到自在,快乐。佛说“放下”,是快乐的根本,以前不认同,但现在终于明白所谓事情的真相了。。。。。

  26. lewkwanleng on Apr 23, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    A Chinese newspaper “Kwong Wah Yit Poh” featured this story today: http://www.kwongwah.com.my/news/2012/04/22/162.html

  27. Margaretlee on Mar 29, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    This is truely inspiring and I will definitely FB it and share with all my friends.

    Obviously Ajahn has a strong imprint to monastic life, his decision to become renounced and the fact that his father Tan Sri supported such decision showed deep respect and understanding for each other.

    It is simply beautiful…..

  28. Hew Li Lyn on Mar 29, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    It would be a trememdous honour if one or any of your children decides to join the monastery to become a monk. The merits collected would indeed be wonderful for the parents. I have children myself and if any of them want to become a monk or devote their lives to Dharma, they will definitely have my support.
    This article on Ananda Krishnan and his son is so inspiring and I as a parent could only wish for such a blessing.

  29. Paris on Mar 29, 2012 at 12:40 am

    This is such a beautiful sharing. I especially love that quote “With all my wealth I cannot even afford to feed my own son” – such a poignant statement, which proves as ever that money cannot buy you the most important things in life. Only our real true spiritual practice can.

    There is a kind of beautiful irony though, in what Tan Sri says in this quote. He can’t feed his son, but it is actually because of a good reason – because his son is so devout in his practice, dedicated to his vows and on the path of true non-attachment. There are so many other people out there in the world who have all the riches they could imagine but still cannot really spend or enjoy it. Either they become too miserly and cannot bear to spend any of it. Or they use their money to create on more and more difficulties for themselves.

    I guess Tan Sri’s son really proves to us that good old adage that less really is more.

  30. Sharon Saw on Mar 28, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    I love this article as there is so much to reflect on. So many Malaysians think that if their son or daughter becomes ordained as a monk/nun, it is a waste of their lives. I know of a very wealthy lady who has since passed away. She had two daughters, one of who became a nun. When the daughter became a nun, it was seen throughout the community as such a pity for the mother.

    Yet here is Tan Sri Ananda Krishnan, supporting his son’s wish to be a monk. Perhaps it is because Tan Sri has Sri Lankan roots, which may be more open to spirituality. Tan Sri has accumulated great financial wealth and he is also giving back by philanthropic deeds. I am happy to learn that he is replenishing his good karma!

    I also think that this story is reminiscent of the historical Buddha’s story – how Prince Siddharta Gautama left the riches of his palace in search of Enlightenment. Tsem Rinpoche also gave up a comfortable life for an austere life at Gaden Monastery. When Rinpoche was so poor in India and had appealed to Rinpoche’s adoptive parents, the Bugayeffs for help, they had offered Rinpoche a materially comfortable life if Rinpoche were to abandon his monkhood. Yet Rinpoche would much rather have all the physical sufferings of the monastery than the empty comfort of a secular life.

    I rejoice for Tan Sri Ananda and his only son, Ajahn Siripanno. Their openness to the Dharma is their true wealth which nobody can take away.

    Thank you again, Rinpoche.. i will share this article as i think it will inspire many.

  31. Uncle Eddie on Mar 28, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Joining the monastry is a direct method to achieve realization of the essence of Buddha’s teachings and therefore is a very special and profound method. It is firstly, to cut the self-grasping ego which is the root cause of samsara. Cutting “self-grasping” is very meaningful, important and essential requirement, which can easily make one fall for a treacherous wrong view in the outside world. Secondly, it is also to cut all afflictive emotions and conceptual thoughts, said to be the greatest ego pride which causes samsaric sufferings and can obstruct one from achieving reality and direct wisdom. Through the profound practices, taught in the monastry to remove all afflictive emotions of Ignorance, Aversion, Attachment, Pride and Jealousy, all our problems could be removed. Ethical discipline in overcoming all unwholesome deeds, avoiding of negative actions to accumulate positive potentials can more easily be achieved and maintained in a monastry than inthe outside unwholesome world! So Tan Sri Ananda’s son, ordained as Ajahn Siripano is making the right choice, where no amount of wealth can equate. We greatly rejoice for him and pray for blessings from the triple Gems to be bestowed on Tan Sri Ananda’s family.

  32. Koh Hee Peng on Mar 28, 2012 at 2:37 am

    The last 2 paragraphs truly represent the teachings that one should realise after reading the articles above.

    “Hearing stories like these one wonders if we are giving up everything that we already possess to acquire things that we really don’t need.”

    “This story clearly demonstrates that human contentment and well being in real terms requires us to go beyond physical, mental, and emotional dimension. Krishnan’s son clearly shows that detachment could be a greater wealth and devotion a bigger asset in our lives.”

    Dear Rinpoche, thank you for sharing such an amazing article. Thank you.

  33. Li Kim on Mar 28, 2012 at 12:53 am

    This article only tells us the truth about life and wealth… Weatlh, even in abundance, does not bring us the happiness and peace we are all in pursuit of. The happiness and peace we all want is indeed priceless and has no inheritance.

    Thank you Rinpoche of this very amazing and inspiring post.

  34. patsy on Mar 28, 2012 at 12:10 am

    This is so inspiring. Ajahn Siripanno gave up everything shows how much he values the dharma. Time for us to contemplate on why we are so attached to our little worldly possessions when the second wealthiest man’s son can give up everything to be a monk.

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  36. DR on Mar 27, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    If you look at this from another point of view, he could remain status quo in the Ananda Krishnan ‘Palace’, inherit the wealth and use it for propagation of dharma. Rinpoche told us before that to be born into a wealthy of family can be good karma or bad karma, depending on what you do with your wealth and status. But he chose to renounce, like Shakyamuni Buddha did 2,600 years ago. Very inspiring as it is even harder at such degenerate times with so many distractions.

  37. tenzin llhamo on Mar 27, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    I have read about this story in the newspapers quite some time ago. Imagine if the father didn’t have Dharma knowledge. Such an inspiration to many. To be able to give up everything for the 3 Jewels is not something many of us can do.

  38. nicholas on Mar 27, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Wow!
    Truly happen in Malaysia. Interesting!
    A lot of people must have thought that why he choose this path? Wasting the opportunity to inherit his father’s wealth!
    But actually he already gains the wealth of all, the spiritual wealth that make him free from all the delusion and attachment. At the same time bringing great blessing to the family.

    Ajahn Siripanno really inspiring. This is a great true story that give people another view of spirituality.

  39. William on Mar 27, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    This is the first time i hear this story and knowing that Tan Sri’s son is a monk. VEry inspiring that this young man can follow his heart and not be distracted by the wealth he has. He has found true happiness and that he is wealthy in all ways without the money. A great story to contemplate on why are we so attached to our attachments when someone can let go of his vast wealth for a simple life!

  40. skyong on Mar 27, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Wow incredible.. I know Ananda Krishnan is one of Malaysia most wealthiest man but never knew that he has a son and his son is a monk. There is more him than meets the eye.

  41. ng on Mar 27, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Rejoice ! Rejoice ! May all sangha continue to bless and inspire us. May all sangha quickly attain enlightenment and come back to guide us. May buddhadharma never degenerate .

  42. So Kin Hoe on Mar 26, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this great story of Ajahn Siripanno. This real story is happening in our current degenerate life. It really gives me the true inspiration to do more in Dharma no matter we come from rich or poor family background.

  43. Elena on Mar 26, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Wow, his son gave up inheriting 7.6 billion to become a monk…that’s how much he values the Dharma, to give all that up willingly. How much less are WE asked to give up, and how much less do we find difficult to give up? It really makes you think and inspires you.

  44. justin cheah on Mar 26, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Just like Buddha Shakyamuni, he ‘left’ wealth, power and all sorts of other enjoyment behind. Ajahn Siripano is really an inspiring son! He has the fortune to potentially inheritting the mass fortunes from his father and yet he pursued most people would not realise which is internal happiness. His wisdom must be very high and Tan Sri Ananda Krishnan would be blessed even further for having such a filial child creating more merits for his father. True blessing!

  45. Li Kheng on Mar 26, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    This acts as such a good story for us to reflect on our own lives. For a person who is destined to inherit 7.6 billion dollars, Ajahn Siripanno gave it up to be a part of the sangha community. While most of us, who will unlikely become millionaires in this lifetime, spend all our energy and time pursuing $$$. In fact, many of us jeopardized relationships in pursuit of outer wealth.

    I do not believe that it is meant fo us to all become monks and nuns after reading this post. However, we can certainly think about 1) the deeper motivation for us to persevere in this dog-eat-dog race and 2) come up with ideas on how we can share some of our “riches” in a manner that benefits others.

    This story is a good opportunity for us to “stop, look, choose and go again”. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this inspiring story and the chance for us to reflect on our race for money.

  46. Victor Phang on Mar 26, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    I just shared this story with Siong Woan and Karen 2 days ago when we were coming back to KL from Hunger Awareness Week Event at University of Nottingham, Semenyih. Now the complete story is posted here. So fast and efficient.. hehe 🙂
    As a dharma student, definitely I rejoice for Tan Sri’s family. This is not easy to let go his extra comfortable life, but his mind is so strong and stable!
    Thank you for sharing, Rinpoche. Take good care _/\_

  47. Valentina Suhendra on Mar 26, 2012 at 7:54 am

    My dear Lama

    It’s amazing. With all his wealth, he knows what is the priority in life and actually execute it. Most of us, including me, are afraid to live in poverty and to lose what little that we have.

    For the son of the second wealthiest man in Malaysia to be a monk is very inspiring.

    Valentina

  48. ECheah on Mar 26, 2012 at 1:35 am

    I have a friend who used to work in Maxis. She used to tell lots of gossip about her previous co. and also told me in utter dismay that her then boss’ son had “run away to Thailand to become a monk”. My friend is of another faith. She said he completely wasted his life away while he had all the golden opportunities laid out for him ready for him to grab, but tsk tsk tsk what a disappointment. It was, after all her own view, the world view. Who can blame her when we’ve been socially conditioned to think like that all our lives? I didn’t know then whether it was true or not. That it is true after all confirms that all the money and power in the world may not be the answer to true happiness. That Tan Sri’s son knows that and has placed his life firmly towards what matters most is just so beautiful.

  49. Sofi on Mar 26, 2012 at 12:41 am

    Its an amazing and really hard act to follow in these degenerate times. Fancy giving up such life of comfort for the simple and dependant on others for food. Just as Rinpoche had compared, like Buddha Shakyamuni. But having said that, I rejoice the most for Tan Sri Ananda as he had such great acceptance of his son’s decision. It takes such courage and love to give up his son (in the worldly sense), especially where Asians usually view their sons as their “heirs”. Absolutely beautiful!

  50. Grace Leong on Mar 25, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    Wow ! It’s a great story . Very inspiring !! To have the potential to inherit so much wealth being the only son and yet all he prefers, is to be a simple monk to devote to the 3Jewels !! Most amazing !!

  51. nsa on Mar 25, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    I’m really happy for Tan Sri Ananda Krishnan and his family. In Myanmar, people like to have sons because as males, they would have the chance to become monks. All boys will be sent to the monastery to become a monk for as long as they want. Some become monks, some do not. If a son becomes a fully ordained monk, the whole family would rejoice. How different the mentality is compared to countries without mass Buddhist consciousness! Perhaps Ajahn Siripanno will be the catalyst to breakdown the skewed perception of monks and monastic life.

  52. Irene on Mar 25, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    I heard before of Ananda Krishnan only son is a Buddhist monk and that Ananda himself is very low profile. Someone saw him driving in a white proton saga to the Bricksfield Vihara with his son, Ajahn Siripanno. Ajahn Siripanno is inspiring.

  53. lewkwanleng on Mar 25, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    It is indeed very inspiring to hear stories like this. Imagine I only have so little belongings yet I am so attached to them. He has the potential to inherit all the wealth from the father, yet he can just give them up so easily.

    Rinpoche always said, if we have knowledge, we will not be attached to our material things. I must say his knowledge about the Dharma must be very strong, and that he must have studied a lot, either in this life or previous lives.

    Rejoice!!

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  • Stella Cheang
    Friday, Dec 9. 2016 05:04 PM
    Thank you so much for the sharing, Pastor Patsy. Reading this sharing reaffirms that Rinpoche’s teaching transcend time and space. What Rinpoche taught 20 years ago, he teaches us today. Rinpoche’s teaching is monumental to us, of the pervasiveness of Buddha’s Dharma that is the truth and wisdom in the purest form. He is the Bodhisattva who practices infallible Buddha’s way of compassion, wisdom and renunciation. Rinpoche infuses dharma knowledge onto everyone and showers people who he comes across with loving kindness and generosity tirelessly, since 1995! We are really so lucky to have Rinpoche here to continue turn the wheel of Dharma.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/how-dharma-changed-my-life.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Dec 9. 2016 11:14 AM
    Wonderful post ..from from TheBuddhism.Net a good sharing.
    I like these ( Every good action must be done with a good, pure motive; so when we give, pure motive means our generosity should be pure generosity, without hoping for any return or reward for what we do. )
    well said.
    Good reminder……
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/external-article/generosity
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Dec 9. 2016 10:58 AM
    Wonderful teachings on attitude when receiving offerings.I learned some important points here.Always dedicate the merits to the one who give or when someone does something nice for us.When we makes an offering, the recipient should rejoice in the person’s generosity. Its a good teachings and a reminder for us.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai for sharing the teachings on the attitude when receiving offerings.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/attitude-when-receiving-offerings.html
  • Jason
    Friday, Dec 9. 2016 03:45 AM
    Very sacred Guan Yin images. Mostly Chinese temples in Southeast Asia did worship Guan Yin.This meant Guan Yin already penetrated as a most popular deity. Most of Guan Yin statue appeared in female forms yet origin is male forms. Anyway, Guan Yin can manifest whatever forms to help all sentient beings.

    I really like thousand arm Guan Yin. She look very fascinated and magnificent. This can’t be expressed by words but I just got the strong feelings when I saw Thousand arms Guan Yin.

    Thank you Rinpoche shared the Guan Yin article. This is very informative articles.It really gain extra knowledge on Guan Yin after read this article.

    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/guan-yin-day.html?nomobile
  • Alice Tay
    Friday, Dec 9. 2016 12:38 AM
    We should have compassionate thought as all of these dangerous animals deserve our respect. Human beings do not have a privileged to take other beings’ lives and it is better to lose one’s own life than to kill another being.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Shakila for sharing this meaningful article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-worlds-most-dangerous-animals-in-danger-themselves.html
  • Lin Mun
    Thursday, Dec 8. 2016 11:41 PM
    Most of the time we will only say how dangerous and cruel the animals nature in killing or hurting human but we never thought that human kill them hundreds or thousand more times just so we can satisfy our taste bud and enjoyment.

    Human are in fact more cruel and terrible as we will use and abuse animals without caring if animals will suffer or not.

    Therefore creating awareness to love, care and not kill animals should be instilled since young. When we have a loving and caring society, we can sure help reduce unnecessary killing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-worlds-most-dangerous-animals-in-danger-themselves.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Dec 8. 2016 05:13 PM
    Amazing to know what Dorje Shugden Wangze can help us.,control and exert positive influence our own minds. I am glad to understand and learned some new knowledge from this wonderful post.Wangze is an emanation of Manjushri and will only assist us if our motivation is genuine.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these teachings and the wonderful dedication for those who practice Dorje Shugden as Wangze or any other Dorje Shugden emanation.
    May Rinpoche be blessed with good health always.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-wangze-for-power-and-influence.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Dec 8. 2016 02:59 PM
    Thank you so much, Rinpoche, for sharing this post that shows us great work by the team, who worked behind the scene tirelessly, representing the good name of His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche to help Khensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Phende get medical checkup. The thoughtfulness and level of details carried out by the team was exemplary. The team also demonstrated meticulous and excellence work not only in taking care of Khensur Rinpoche and his attendants for eight days, but also in sharing the good works by His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche in Malaysia and USA. This is a good example for us to learn up in serving others.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/whats-a-meaningful-pilgrimage.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Dec 8. 2016 11:19 AM
    Wonderful and interesting post.Its good to know more about Mount Wutai.The history, Tibetan influence and so forth really interesting to read….i do enjoyed reading and learned more.
    Mount Wutai is considered to be one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites for Buddhists around the world.Its now a tourist attraction and listed as UNESCO World Heritage site.
    Thank you Valentina for sharing this lovely post.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/mount-wutai-the-earthly-abode-of-lord-manjushri.html
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Dec 7. 2016 10:05 PM
    Thank you Dato’ Colin for sharing your journey in dharma and your method in applying dharma in a corporate world.

    I always think that it is difficult to practise dharma in corporate as everyone only have the same mindset that is to gain more profit at the fastest pace and therefore lots of greed and selfishness. But you have showed us that as long as we are perseverance and hold our principal and dharma strongly, we can apply it no matter which segment we are, be it corporate or not.

    Most importantly, is to set the right mindset and hold on to dharma principles. Continue to strive no matter how many challenges we have.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/how-to-grow-your-business-with-buddhist-principles.html
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Dec 7. 2016 09:54 PM
    Thank you Pastor Patsy for sharing your dharma journey. It is a great encouragement for many as you show that determination will surely bring result.

    It is important to practise dharma and to always focus out. When we keep practising this our mind will slowly transform to benefit others instead of feeding ourselves with all the greed, anger and selfishness.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/how-dharma-changed-my-life.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Dec 7. 2016 01:13 PM
    So happy to see the YAK – Millennials of Kechara – were learning to become an entrepreneur, be proactive and independent with good motivations. These practical experience will lay the foundation for leadership qualities, lateral thinking as well as a creative and innovative mindset. I wish to see more success for our Kechara YAK and looking forward to their upcoming activities! Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/yak.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Dec 6. 2016 10:22 PM
    Good sharing and informative blogs of Kuan Yin temples in Malaysia.
    Origins of Kuan Yin been explained too. I do not know so much about it till i read these post…i only knew Kuan Yin as Goddess of Mercy.When i was young i used to follow my mother to temple to pray without knowing much..just as one one of a deity.On Guan Yin’s birthday, devotees observe a vegetarian diet in remembrance of her compassion and kindness.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these beautiful post .
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/guan-yin-day.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Dec 6. 2016 09:16 PM
    This is very auspicious that 2 great masters meet together and talk about dharma works for the benefit of all sentient beings.

    I am humble to see our precious guru to pay respect and prostrate to his friend, H.E. Kyabje Yongyal Rinpoche , who is a very learned scholar, master of tantra, always focused his time on teaching hundreds of students in Sera and in in-depth personal practice. This is a good example for us to follow and practice.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing attached with the beautiful photos.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/meeting-kyabje-yongyal-rinpoche-in-new-york.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Dec 6. 2016 07:04 PM
    Very informative blog post that remind us.
    As human consume fish ,prawns and so forth from the sea laced with harmful chemical, toxins build up that lead to health problems in long term.Sad to know environment is so bad when some people do not care much about it.Sooner or later our oceans will be filled with rubbish,plastic if we are not doing enough to protect the environment.The plastic accounts for 15 per cent of the chick’s body weight…that is shocking.
    I do hope more people are aware of the truth behind the crisis destroying our seas.
    Thank you Rinpoche its a good sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/how-plastic-destroys-our-seas.html

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, 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
My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
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My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
3 months ago
Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
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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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.
 It\'s nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
3 months ago
It's nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
Jog Falls a power place of Vajra Yogini and Heruka: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=108652
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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
Kind people are to be treasured. They make life worth living. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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Kind people are to be treasured. They make life worth living. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Don\'t you love her bag? She\'s stylish and at one with the universe. OM Shanti. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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Don't you love her bag? She's stylish and at one with the universe. OM Shanti. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful Manjushri carved in China
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Beautiful Manjushri carved in China
Sent from Samsung tablet.
3 months ago
Sent from Samsung tablet.
We must loyal to our guru. How to be loyal? To always do the teachings and practice he gave us and to conquer our laziness. We must make our gurus more important than our ego. So it is important to always let our guru win and not our ego. If our ego wins, many will suffer and we will suffer. If our guru wins, temporarily we suffer, but long term we will be happy and many around us will be happy. You see, the guru is always on the look out to give us methods and teachings that we can engage in to bring us happiness. The biggest happiness is overcoming our ego and it\'s traces and the guru always directly and indirectly focuses on that. Our guru will always love and help us, but we must meet our guru half way too. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
We must loyal to our guru. How to be loyal? To always do the teachings and practice he gave us and to conquer our laziness. We must make our gurus more important than our ego. So it is important to always let our guru win and not our ego. If our ego wins, many will suffer and we will suffer. If our guru wins, temporarily we suffer, but long term we will be happy and many around us will be happy. You see, the guru is always on the look out to give us methods and teachings that we can engage in to bring us happiness. The biggest happiness is overcoming our ego and it's traces and the guru always directly and indirectly focuses on that. Our guru will always love and help us, but we must meet our guru half way too. Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche with holy Mt Shasta of Northern California in the background: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
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Tsem Rinpoche with holy Mt Shasta of Northern California in the background: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
We had a nice visit at Mt Shasta, a holy area in Northern California and did a good puja there: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
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We had a nice visit at Mt Shasta, a holy area in Northern California and did a good puja there: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
I get requests from all around the world to do prayers. For certain individuals it\'s really dire, so I make special candle offerings to the Buddhas for them at my private residence. These are the candles that was offered recently for a very ill young little girl. Tsem Rinpoche
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I get requests from all around the world to do prayers. For certain individuals it's really dire, so I make special candle offerings to the Buddhas for them at my private residence. These are the candles that was offered recently for a very ill young little girl. Tsem Rinpoche
This is powerful and true. When someone disappoints you so many times, it cannot be an accident anymore. You need to have compassion for them to not do more negative karma and not allow it anymore and we need need to have compassion for ourselves too and not let them hurt us again.. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is powerful and true. When someone disappoints you so many times, it cannot be an accident anymore. You need to have compassion for them to not do more negative karma and not allow it anymore and we need need to have compassion for ourselves too and not let them hurt us again.. Tsem Rinpoche
Ra Lotsawa\'s personal sacred image of Yamantaka Vajrabhairava. Said to be housed in Samye Monastery, Tibet.
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Ra Lotsawa's personal sacred image of Yamantaka Vajrabhairava. Said to be housed in Samye Monastery, Tibet.
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This Tara has such a beautiful face...artwork on this is nice
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This Tara has such a beautiful face...artwork on this is nice
This is the road that leads to my house in the mountains. I have a small house and a lake nearby the house and I live there on vegan foods with my pets-Mumu loves running around the meadows. I have a large outdoor Vajra Yogini statue made of stone and we make offerings of juniper leaves burned to her daily as sang. I love living in the mountains away from the senseless repeating of actions in urban life. Urban life with its various pollutions do not connect us to who we are inside. I love this walking path to my retreat home where I will live for the rest of my life and on the way home, I pluck some flowers for my shrine to offer to the Buddha...thank you for allowing me to live here. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is the road that leads to my house in the mountains. I have a small house and a lake nearby the house and I live there on vegan foods with my pets-Mumu loves running around the meadows. I have a large outdoor Vajra Yogini statue made of stone and we make offerings of juniper leaves burned to her daily as sang. I love living in the mountains away from the senseless repeating of actions in urban life. Urban life with its various pollutions do not connect us to who we are inside. I love this walking path to my retreat home where I will live for the rest of my life and on the way home, I pluck some flowers for my shrine to offer to the Buddha...thank you for allowing me to live here. Tsem Rinpoche
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Rinpoche's quote is on my mom's final resting place. It was chosen by my dad and at that time he said it is the best one for both of them. My dad would be interred next to her when his time comes in the distant future. Pastor David Lai
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  • December 9, 2016 02:09
    Harold Musetescu asked: Is there a practice text for the Dharmapala "Methar"?
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  • December 6, 2016 00:34
    Sipra asked: Dear Pastors, For past 5 month or so I have been suffering from fear and anxiety. It has become difficult to live my daily life. I am mother of young child. Please help me.
    pastor answered: Dear Sipra, I'm sorry to read that you are going through this fear and anxiety, and i can understand that it has been effecting your daily life. You should seek professional help as this fear and anxiety can worsen if you don't get help and can deteriorate fast. Coupled with this, but by no means an alternative, you can engage in the daily practice of Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden, which you can find here: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/diamond-path-a-daily-sadhana-of-dorje-shugden Lama Tsongkhapa's practice is very well-known to calm the mind from depression, fear and anxiety so will be very beneficial for your situation. When engaging in the practice, please concentrate and focus on the mantra of Lama Tsongkhapa. Dorje Shugden's practice on the other hand is very good for alleviating any obstacles we may be facing in life. Therefore, this may have to overcome the obstacles in life that are causing the fear and anxiety or even remove obstacles for professional help to be even more effective, so you can overcome your situation. The cause of this situation may be deeply rooted, therefore i would like to advise you to do both methods, find professional help and engage in the daily practice. Coupled together they have a better chance of solving your situation, than by themselves. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • December 3, 2016 23:25
    Fluxor asked: I am in a relationship with someone. I want to leave her, so i can give more time for social work and considering monastic life and being ordained in the future. I want to break up and do it gently, but I know she will be very mad and angry with me. Is it okay to leave her without notice? I will make a letter and arrange time to talk few days later when she is more stable emotionally. I think, it will be calmer way. Or should I talk to her first before I leave? I know this way she can be very mad and might do some abusive acts right away. But people say I need to respect her with talking to her first. I'm confused. I want to do it in a gentle and loving way that I don't want to bring her more suffering. Warmest metta, Fluxor
    pastor answered: Dear Fluxor, This is something that is a very difficult thing to do. If you have thought about this carefully and thoroughly, then you should do what feels right. However we must remember that the other person in the relationship may be reliant on you in some way. That being said, we can also hurt another person if we are not open and truthful about the situation. Instead we should go about the situation in the best possible manner to minimise harm and also to not create negative karma in the process, which is all too common when breaking up with someone, and this leads to more suffering in the future. You know the person who you are in a relationship with the best, however the method which you have mentioned may not be the most appropriate course of action. Rather than doing this, you should sit down with your partner and talk about the situation in calmer manner. This is the better approach, if you want to do this. You do need to respect her as a person with her own feelings, and in order to do the right thing in this situation, you should do so face to face and calmly. Following the method that you described may cause even more pain. If you do it calmly, respecting and honouring her as someone who has their own feelings, you are doing your best given the situation. Please remember that you don’t have to take monastic ordination in order to practice the Buddhist path. In fact within Kechara, Tsem Rinpoche has even started the tradition of lay pastors, who are lay people that have dedicated their lives to the practice of Dharma and the service of others. If you change your mind for any reason, Rinpoche has given a very good teaching on transforming a relationship to make it successful. You can find the video teaching here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/ingredients-for-a-successful-relationship.html. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • December 2, 2016 09:44
    Tashi asked: Dear pastors, What are the mantras and sacred syllables of the 12 Tenma Goddesses? I'm trying to find one to the bodhisattva Dorje Yudronma and goddess Tahsi Tseringma. Who is Shiptak Gyene exactly and what is his mantra and purpose? Is simply putting "Namo" and then the name of the Buddha or bodhisattva work? Also, is there a mantra for pimples or near sightedness?
    pastor answered: Dear Tashi, As Dorje Yudronma and Tashi Tseringma are not enlightened protectors but worldly deities who have been subdued to protect the Dharma, their mantras and practices are not free available to all practitioners, according to the Gelug tradition (I am unsure if they are available freely in other traditions). Usually, to engage in these practices one must have first received empowerment into a yidam or meditational deity practice, after which one can request the spiritual teacher to teach the practice. The functions of these protectors are also embodied in other protectors who are enlightened, and whose practices are readily available. As embodiments of enlightened beings, they can also help along the spiritual path to enlightenment rather than just providing material needs and removing obstacles. These include the various emanations of Dorje Shugden, for example Shize Dorje Shugden who is excellent for pacifying diseases and lengthening one’s life, just like Tashi Tseringma and the Long Life Sisters. However as an emanation of Manjushri, Shize can also grant beneficial imprints and help to overcome the inner obstacles of negative emotions and habituations that we all face in life. Shiptak Gyene is a protector specific to the Gelugpa tradition. He was a layman who lived in Lhasa during the time of Lama Tsongkhapa. Whenever Lama Tsongkhapa would travel to Lhasa, Shiptak Gyene would be there, ready to serve Lama Tsongkhapa as best as he could and receive teachings on the Dharma. He was very devoted to Lama Tsongkhapa and arose a protector to help those with material needs if they are sincere pracitioners of the Dharma. As such, he holds a bowl of jewels to represent that he can aid pracitioners in this regard. You can see a picture of Shiptak Gyene here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/archive/deitypics/highres/Shiptak_Gyene.jpg. The word ‘namo’ means ‘I prostrate’, hence when you add the word before the name of a Buddha or bodhisattva, it basically means that you are prostrating to that being. While this has tremendous effect, as you are verbalising the prostration towards an enlightened being and therefore generating some merit, it does not have the same effect as a mantra. This is because a mantra itself in the essence of that particular being, in the form of sound. If you repeat that mantra over and over again, you bring the energies associated with that particular enlightened being into your life. For example if you recite the Medicine Buddha mantra, you bring healing energies into your life. But if you only add ‘namo’ to the beginning of their name, you are simply making prostration. It would be much more beneficial to recite the proper mantra for the particular enlightenment being you are propitiating. As for pimples, I have not come across a specific mantra for this in my own practice. However two very good mantras that you could recite are Black Manjushri or Hayagriva. These two deities are very well known for curing skin diseases of all types, and therefore may help in the situation. You can find out more about Black Manjushri practice here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/a-black-manjushri-sadhana-self-healing-meditation-and-exercises.html. The Hayagriva (a wrathful emanation of Chenresig) mantra is recited as: HRI PEMA DATRI HAYAGRIVA HULU HULU HUNG PHET. For nearsightedness, you can engage in the practice of Migchey Chrenrezig, which is an excellent practice for those with eye problems. You can find it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/blessing-eye-problems.html. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • November 30, 2016 18:56
    Angela Yo asked: These past few months, I can't stop myself thinking about being ordained to be a nun. I don't know where to begin. I don't know if it suits me or not. But I really want to make this lifetime meaningful. Thank you.
    pastor answered: Dear Angela Yo, I rejoice to read that are thinking about become ordained as a nun. This is a very good aspiration to have and follows the example of the holy Buddha Shakyamuni. He showed us the way to make our life meaningful by becoming a Buddha to benefit others. If you have not already done so, you should join a Dharma centre and find a guru. By following the advice of a qualified guru, you can train yourself to hold the ordination vows in the future. Here at Kechara, those who have the aspiration to become members of the holy sangha, first become a Pastor, which is in between a lay practitioner and an ordained monk or nun. This way, we can train ourselves to understand and live by the vows before become ordained. As ordination is very special and holy, it is better that we are prepared before we take the vows. This way we can make the most use of holding the sacred vows on our spiritual journey to enlightenment. As you engage along this path, first you should study and understand the most basic of vows, which are the refuge vows. All other vows, whether ordination, bodhisattva or tantric vows are based on the refuge vows, and the keeping of these vows are the root cause of gaining enlightenment. In fact, all other vows are extensions of these vows. Therefore it is very important that we have a firm basis for our practice by understanding and living by these vows properly. As you progress on your practice, you can learn the teachings such as the 50 Verses of Guru Devotion, the Lam Rim and the Wheel of Sharp Weapons. All these teachings will aid you on the path to become an ordained nun in the future. If this is truly your wish, then during your daily practices you should make strong aspirational prayers that you are able to fulfil this. At the same time you should create the causes for this to occur. The way to do this is by supporting the sangha, you can do this by making any form of dana offering to them, from food, clothing, material assistance or anything else that they would need your help with. While doing this, you should generate the strong aspiration that you can become a member of the sangha. As the sangha are one of the Three Jewels, any offerings that you make to them, especially in terms of your time and effort, will generate a lot of merit because they are holding the holy vows. I hope this helps, and I make the prayer that your auspicious aspiration is fulfilled, that you make your life meaningful by holding the vows of an ordained nun. Thank you.
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