The New York Times on Tibetan elections

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A Tibetan in exile praying at the Tsuglagkhang Temple near Dharamsala, India, on Saturday, the day before the vote. Credit Tsering Topgyal/Associated Press

Mudslinging Trumps the ‘Middle Way’ in Tibetan Exiles’ Election

By GEETA ANAND | MARCH 23, 2016

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/24/world/asia/dalai-lama-tibet-dharamsala.html

DHARAMSALA, India — It is often said that the lower the stakes, the more vicious the politics. And so it might be said of the just-concluded campaign for political leader of the Tibetan government in exile, which, given the exalted status of the Dalai Lama, was a bit like voting for the vice president to a sitting president.

The final round in the second election for a leader of the Central Tibetan Administration, as the exiled Tibetan government is known, concluded last weekend, though the results will not be known until April. Still, the proceedings showed just how hard it is to build a democracy under the leadership of a man who, though 80 years old, semiretired and dedicated to democratic principles, is revered as a Godlike figure by Tibetans.

Largely absent from the discussion in the campaign was the question of how to win freedom for the nearly six million Tibetans living in China, an issue that has consumed the exiled Tibetan community for almost six decades. It is viewed as disrespectful to the man the Tibetans call His Holiness to question the “middle way” strategy that he set in motion nearly 30 years ago, in which he softened his demand for independence, instead seeking self-governance within the Chinese government. It has been an effort to draw China into a dialogue that by most accounts has failed.

Instead, the election devolved into mudslinging and sycophancy. The hot topics were the audacity of the current political leader, Lobsang Sangay, who is running for re-election, to have his portrait displayed in the Washington office, and the drinking habits of his opponent, Penpa Tsering, the speaker of the exiled parliament.

Dhardon Sharling, who was labelled "anti-Dalai Lama" for daring to speak up against the way the elections have been conducted

The campaigns “have been tearing each other apart, harping on petty, trivial issues,” said Dhardon Sharling, 34, a member of the parliament, “when all we should be talking about is how we will resolve Tibetan’s issues, how we’ll take the Sino-Tibetan dialogue forward.”

Mr. Sangay, 48, was on the defensive from the start of his re-election campaign, forced to answer at every stop why he had put his own portrait on the wall of the group’s new Washington office instead of a picture of the Dalai Lama. It did him little good, it seemed, to explain that his portrait had been hung in the basement, and that there were 13 other pictures of the Dalai Lama in the Washington office.

The current Dalai Lama, who is part of the lineage of spiritual leaders of the Tibetan people that dates back to the 14th century, has been championing the cause of democracy for his people since he fled to India in 1959 after China claimed Tibet and began a campaign to repress its religion and culture. (He has refrained from commenting in this campaign, and few people know how closely he was following the dialogue on the elections. His secretaries did not respond to requests for interviews.)

He set up his residence and an exiled government outside of Dharamsala, in northern India. And as he promoted the cause of freedom for the people he had left behind, he gradually relinquished his own political authority. An exiled parliament was set up, a cabinet, and finally, in 2011, the job of an elected political leader, known as the sikyong, a role similar to prime minister.

Even as he gave up his political role, the Dalai Lama retained his position as the spiritual and cultural leader of the Tibetan people. A democratic election for a people without a country is a complicated affair, with voting in more than 40 locations in India, and dozens more around the globe. Registered voters number about 88,000, fewer than in most mayoral elections in the United States.

Mr. Sangay, in an interview in his Dharamsala office, where a life-size picture of the Dalai Lama hangs behind his desk, lamented the endless controversy over the portraits in Washington. “It’s the number one question I’m asked, the number one issue I clarify,” Mr. Sangay said.

In an interview, Mr. Tsering, 50, criticized Mr. Sangay for allowing his own portrait to be displayed, saying his opponent had been “brought up in a very Western style,” in which “image is very important.”

Mr. Tsering blamed his opponent’s supporters for circulating a picture of him at a book party years ago, drinking with friends. “They made it seem like I am always drinking, creating the impression I have a problem,” he said. Someone demanded at a campaign event that he pledge to give up alcohol if elected political leader, which he refused to do, he said, because he does not have a drinking problem.

Even as the free-for-all ensued in the election, a 16-year-old killed himself in early March by settling himself on fire in Dehradun, India, an eight-hour drive from Dharamsala, a reminder of the deep frustration in the exiled community over the lack of progress in winning any measure of freedom in Tibet. One hundred and forty-four Tibetans have killed themselves in this way during the past 20 years.

Despite the absence of their candidates in the election final, there is a vocal minority of voters who refuse to support the middle way strategy, favoring a fight for full independence.

Lukar Jam Atsok, former Sikyong 2016 candidate who was excluded from the elections via rules arbitrarily imposed by the Election Commission

Lukar Jam Atsok, 44, a writer who was imprisoned in China before escaping into India years ago, ran in the preliminary contest for political leader, arguing that the Dalai Lama could be considered a traitor for having given up full independence for Tibet in his negotiations with the Chinese.

“If a person does not believe in independence, whether he’s my father or the Dalai Lama, I do not agree with that person,” he said in Tibetan in an interview. “I am not saying the Dalai Lama is a traitor, but if you consider the political history, then he is one.”

But far from promoting a dialogue, Mr. Atsok’s comments prompted his public condemnation from Mr. Sangay and Mr. Tsering, and he was removed from the final vote. The election commission announced the day after the preliminary ballot that only the top two candidates would remain in the final election, eliminating Mr. Atsok. Sonam Choephel Shosur, the chief election commissioner, said that the only concern was to make the final a two-way runoff, and that the commission had decided on that before the votes were counted in the preliminary round.

Ms. Sharling, the lawmaker, said regardless of the motivation, the election commission’s behavior “made the election smell foul.” She said that Mr. Atsok had gone too far in his criticism of the Dalai Lama, but that pro-independence voices needed to be heard.

“This is binary thinking and is wrong,” said Ms. Sharling. “I fight against it and I get labeled anti-Dalai Lama.”

 

Dear friends,

The New York Times recently published this article providing succinct coverage of the ongoing Tibetan elections. Unlike the Reuters special report, the New York Times coverage was accurate and balanced, using easily identifiable sources of information to highlight aspects where the Tibetan electoral process has fallen short.

The way in which the campaigns have been carried out reflects the petty nature of those involved. Instead of focusing on real issues which affect the Tibetan people, for example education and the preservation of Tibetan culture, the campaigns degenerated into exercises of character assassination.

One would expect that an event of such importance for the Tibetan people would be conducted with some decorum. If however an event of such importance can degenerate into mud-slinging and name-calling, where none of the pertinent issues were discussed, do we need to wonder how day-to-day proceedings in the Tibetan parliament are conducted? Do we need to question why the Tibetan leadership have failed to achieve any of their socio-political objectives over the last 60 years, and have failed to secure the welfare of their people?

Supporters of the Tibetan leadership may argue that democracy is new to Tibetan society, hence the struggle to implement it among their people. If we examine this statement from another angle however, it can also be said that the current state of Tibetan politics reflects an ongoing pattern of corruption and scandal that was brought over from Tibet. After all, pre-1959 Tibet was hardly a model of democracy and there are reports aplenty of a feudally-led, medievally-minded system of punishment and justice.

Hence in the 21st century, the Tibetan leadership are still unable to implement any markers of democracy – for example, elections – without incorporating some aspect of corruption. The chief election commissioner, Sonam Choephel Shosur’s statement is evidence for this – he stated that his only concern is to ensure a two-way runoff, where his real concern should actually be to ensure free and fair elections.

The New York Times article was also a platform for those who have been silenced by the Tibetan leadership. The article highlighted what is probably the most damaging accusation that can be directed against any Tibetan – anything that does not match the views of the establishment is labelled as anti-Dalai Lama, and therefore deemed evil, disloyal and unfit to succeed or lead.

The most prominent example of this is the case of Lukar Jam Atsok who had run his campaign on a platform of full independence for Tibet. This was in stark contrast to the other candidates, who made it known they supported His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Middle Way Approach. After the preliminary ballots, Lukar Jam was removed from the election race, having already been publically condemned by the other candidates as being anti-Dalai Lama.

Similarly, Dhardon Sharling, an incumbent member of parliament, spoke about her experience in speaking up against the election commission’s behaviour. She too noted that she had been labelled as anti-Dalai Lama for daring to speak up against their rulings. Even the incumbent Sikyong himself, Lobsang Sangay, experienced this when it was intimated he is anti-Dalai Lama for not hanging His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s portrait in his Washington office.

(Left to right): Penpa Tsering, Lobsang Sangay and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Appearing in photos with His Holiness is a sure sign of approval by the Tibetan leadership. Those labelled 'anti-Dalai Lama' however, face public condemnation, ridicule and ostracization as Lukar Jam experienced when campaigning to be Sikyong

In countries with a more mature understanding of democracy, this portrait topic would be a non-issue, being so small, insignificant and irrelevant to the welfare of the people. So the fact Lobsang Sangay even had to defend himself on this point, saying he had 13 other portraits hanging elsewhere in the office, is ridiculous. It speaks for the lack of maturity in the Tibetan leadership’s understanding of democratic principles, that such a petty topic could be used by the candidates to distract their people from the lack of discussion of the real issues. It was nothing more than a manipulation of the Tibetan people’s loyalty for His Holiness the Dalai Lama, exploiting this loyalty against them so they would be distracted from asking tough questions like “What are you actually going to do for us and our wellbeing?”

Ms Sharling’s experience also suggests a potentially growing internal conflict among members of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile. Ms Sharling’s criticism is not the first by an incumbent member of parliament. Another recently-former member of parliament, Kalon Dicki Chhoyang, recently resigned from her position as Minister of Information and International Relations so that she could freely express her dissatisfaction and opinions with the way the elections were being conducted. Ms Chhoyang’s feelings towards the elections, her passion for the Tibetan people’s future and her lack of faith in the leadership were all so strong that she felt she had to RESIGN from the leadership in order to speak freely!

For anyone to feel obliged quit so that their views can be taken seriously, and so their views can make a difference, is not a good reflection of the state of the Tibetan leadership.

Given this understanding of the state of the Tibetan leadership, it is clear to see that there is little future for the Tibetan people in exile after His Holiness the Dalai Lama enters clear light. Broad-minded, well-spoken candidates like Ms Chhoyang do not want to get involved with the establishment and do not want to run for the leadership position; those who are broad-minded, well-spoken and DO want to become a leader like Lukar Jam are ostracised and rudely denied the opportunity.

During the preliminary election rounds, it is alleged that the Tibetan leadership pressured various monasteries, groups and individuals to cancel Lukar Jam's speeches and deny him the ability to speak on their premises. It was to send a clear message to the Tibetans that this candidate did not have the support of the Tibetan leadership and the establishment, and the people should therefore not vote for him

So what is in it for Lobsang Sangay and Penpa Tsering then, since other intelligent and broad-thinking individuals are opting out of the race? Why do they cling so hard to the potential to become leader of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile? One cannot help but consider the possibility of benefits and kick-backs from being in the Sikyong position, benefits which Lobsang Sangay and Penpa Tsering apparently value more dearly than other incumbent members of the Tibetan leadership-in-exile.

It would certainly explain why these two fight so hard to retain and / or acquire the Sikyong position, to the point of employing tactics like arbitrary rules designed to exclude other candidates from running. Their motivation is not for the welfare of Tibet and her people. Unlike Ms Chhoyang who quit the leadership to make an impact with her intelligent, incisive speeches to HELP the Tibetan people to decide, Lobsang Sangay and Penpa Tsering continue to fight tooth and nail for the position, strangely without ever uttering a word about what they will do for the Tibetan community!

As the New York Times points out, their manifestos and what they will do for the Tibetan community has been sidelined by petty issues like Lobsang Sangay’s lack of Dalai Lama portraits and Penpa Tsering’s supposed alcoholism. This is also how the welfare of the Tibetan community has been sidelined by the Tibetan leadership for the last 60 years. After all, if there were no perks to the position, the focus would have been the Tibetan people’s welfare. And had their welfare (and not the perks) been the focus, the Tibetan communities throughout India today would not continue to languish after 60 years with poor literacy rates, employment opportunities, and medical and social welfare.

Supporters of the Tibetan leadership should keep in mind that all of this is the result of their investment in the leadership for the last 60 years. Is it wise to continue investing in a regime that has made such little progress in their political and social goals, and a leadership that continues to malign, suppress and ostracise their own people who are deemed to be against the status quo like Lukar Jam, Ms Sharling and Shugden practitioners? If the Tibetan leadership continues to approach divergent views with hostility (much less apprehension and suspicion), they will soon find their supporters decreasing in number, virility and influence.

 

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  1. Wan Wai Meng on Aug 21, 2016 at 2:54 am

    It is in the best ‘self’ interest of the people within CTA to keep their people, the Tibetans in exile who are ignorant and not aware of the reality of how dire their situation truly is.

    There are no high levels or low levels negotiation between, China and CTA, so what kind of hope is there for the Tibetans in exile?

    I also think, there is a calculated reason why the 2 candidates did not have clear manifestoes of how they wish to benefit the Tibetan, they have no idea and no method to benefit and make things better for the Tibetans in exile, sixty years of being in exile and nothing to show for it.

    Not only that, the CTA creates more difficulties for the Tibetans with the Dorje Shudgen issues, the 2 Karmapa Issues, and more recently issues with Drukpa Kagyus monasteries being taken over Karma Kagyus, the list goes on and on. Relying on CTA is just going to be a bigger and deeper hole for the Tibetans in exile. Unless and until we do away with the CTA, Tibetans in exile will have no hope and no peace.

  2. Shane Jayasuriya on Jun 20, 2016 at 1:34 am

    Dear Pastor Jean thank you for this article, Its sad to see corrupted selfish minds within the exiled Tibetan government doing harm to its people and Buddha dharma. Om Benza wiki bithana soha

  3. Chris Chong on Mar 30, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    Dear Rinpoche and Pastor Jean Ai,

    Thank you for sharing this article. It is sad to see that religion had been used as a weapon in political affairs. Due to the selfishness of those people, innocent and faithful devotees have to suffer.

    Tibetans have to have a sense of logical thinking and not blindly follow their faith. Because of their ignorance of what is actually happening around them, this gives those despicable people a chance to manipulate them.
    Ay Dorje Shugden Ban be lifted as soon as possible.

    Chris

  4. Jason on Mar 29, 2016 at 2:53 am

    Thanks Pastor Jean Ai for sharing. From the articles, I found out that CTA really no democracy at all.Mr Lukar jam Atsok been removed from election after he said Dalai Lama is traitor in political. Lukar Jam Atsok always promote independence of CTA .
    From the New York Times, it show that Tibet leadership can’t bring much welfare to Tibetan but corruption is getting higher.why tibetan still trust on Dalai Lama?i wish Tibetan will have a better future by change of leadership .

  5. Datuk May on Mar 28, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    It is clear to note from the observations of the New York Times report on the democratic election of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) there is no choice for the Tibetan people in exile. My opinion is based on the following points:

    1) No one except those who are supposed to be supportive of the existing policies are allowed to be candidates for election to office.

    2) Both Lobsang Sangay and Penpa Tsering are sitting high level officers of the existing government.

    3) Any new candidates that have a notion of what can be different from the last 60 years are not allowed to stand for election.

    4) No news of the real manifesto of the candidates are known except of their personal lack of good conduct. If good conduct is to be considered a virtue for public office, these 2 will probably not qualify.

    5) Resignation of clear thinking Tibetans from the government as they are not impactful in what is right for way forward in negotiations with China.

    Democracy is non existent in this whole pretence of free election and I believe the plight of Tibetans in exile will be soon be an issue that the world will see as just an excuse for corruption and disorder. History will repeat itself and Tibetans in exile will have a future as they have seen of the last 60 years. Very sad.

  6. Uncle Eddie on Mar 28, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    Tibetan elections are said to still reflect an ongoing pattern of corruptions, scandals and character assasination, purportedly brought over from Tibet since pre-1959. Tibet was seen to be hardly a model of democracy, but said to be still having feudally-led medivally system where no election exists without incorporating some aspects of corruptions and unnecessary conflicts. It is said that China is seen moving towards an excellent direction and needs time to work out her democractic principles according to her culture, and not that of the West. China it seems in the past had been accused of suppressing religion, but now seems to give freedom to practise any religion, including our powerful Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden, which is said to be totally a free and private matter for religious followers or practitioners! China being the biggest economy in the World, officially is known to be an atheist country, but moving towards a more open stance on the liberty of religious practice! Openly shown, 1.2billion people of China have the freedom of religion, with no suppression to whoever they want to practise, even our great protector, Dorje Shugden if anyone so wish. But here on our side, the Ban still exist! Nevertheless, the whole world’s attention is now centered to see a good transformation of Tibet. With China’s awakening and compassionate intentions, Tibet will have a good chance to be restored back to its normalcy, with more autonomous civil rights than before! With such good hope and expectations,may the ban on Dorje Shugden be lifted and end soonest possible for the benefits of all beings! Om Benza Wiki Bitana Soha.

  7. graceleong on Mar 26, 2016 at 11:19 pm

    Lobsang Sangay has been the Sikyong since 2011 and despite all the promises he made to free Tibet, there is yet any sign of such possiblity. As for Penpa Tsering, he was the Speaker of the Tibetan government and most of the news surrounding him is, his alleged personal vices. No wonder the New York Times have to be so forthwright with their report on this current elections. Plus all these undemocratic methods of labelling others “Anti Dalai Lama”. If the Tibetan government and the Dalai Lama truly want to benefit Tibetans then there should open discussion on all the possible issues that are wrong and hence not helping the Tibetans acquire their freedom . There should be no ego protecting tactics like the ones they are using now by not allowing people to express their opinions.
    If mistakes were ignorantly made in the past, amend them. Make positive changes to remove all these high handed methods of pretending they have the solutions and power but in actual fact not.Be humble. Do not discriminate against others like the Dorje Shugden practitioners. Do not create confusion by recognising double Panchen Lamas and double Karmapas. What politics is there that the CTA can play when their representation is but a speck of dust on this Earth !! Be real and do the real things to help your fellow Tibetans know the truth that they have to learn to move on in the best possible manner and NOT LIVE IN THE PAST !! I feel sorry for those who still hold on to the hope of physically having Tibet “free”.
    The freedom is in the mind. The trap is self made. I hope and pray the Tibetans understand this and free themselves from the trap they created for themselves.
    As for the CTA, please have mercy on your people. If you cannot do good the least is please do not add on more sufferings for your people. I am glad the New York Times wrote an honest piece of news to share with the world that will make people think deeper instead of just sympathizing ignorantly.

    With folded hands.

  8. Abby Foo on Mar 26, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    A good analyzing article by New York Times. I hope the exiled Tibetan government remain calm and not labeling New York Times as another “Chinese-paid-media”.

    What we can see from one election for a leader of the exiled Tibetan government:

    1. There is lack of democracy within the exiled Tibetan government, or even authoritarianism is exist within the system as we can see people who questioned or expressed their disagreement towards the governance, like Dhardon Sharling and Lukar Jam Atsok are labeled as “anti-Dalai Lama”

    2. Lukar Jam Atsok, former Sikyong 2016 candidate had been excluded from the elections via rules arbitrarily imposed by the Election Commission because of his daring comments on Dalai Lama’s “Middle Way” policy. There is NO FREEDOM OF SPEECH or FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION.

    3. In order to freely express dissatisfaction and opinions with the way the elections were being conducted, a recently-former member of parliament, Kalon Dicki Chhoyang, recently resigned from her position as Minister of Information and International Relations.

    4. In the whole process of this election campaign, there’s NO MENTION of how to win freedom for the nearly six million Tibetans living in China, an issue that has consumed the exiled Tibetan community for almost six decades. Whether it is full independence or self-governance within the Chinese government, this is not the main point, important issues for example the welfare and future prospects of their own people are not being addressed, but petty, trivial issues are being “debate”, such as Lobsang Sangay’s photo is hung on the wall instead of Dalai Lama’s picture; Penpa Tsering’s drinking habit.

    These 4 points above show the lack of democracy within the exiled Tibetan government and how authoritarianism is being practiced when there are punishments towards the people who disagree or even merely questioning their governance as their governance does not bring results but bring worries to the Tibetans in exile.

    People always see Dorje Shugden issue is just a religion issue, yes it is a religion issue BUT IT IS ALSO A POLITICAL ISSUE. As we can see the pattern of how the exiled Tibetan government will “punish” people who have different view or stance.

    Thus we see the exiled Tibetan government allowing the discrimination and segregation towards Dorje Shugden practitioners and even implementing the unethical ban on Dorje Shugden practice. Yes, the Dalai Lama may “advise” people not to practice Dorje Shugden, but it DOES NOT MEAN the exiled Tibetan government is free to use this as a mean to oppress their own people, as a government to all people, they should protect all of the people regardless their religion and belief.

  9. Sarah on Mar 26, 2016 at 8:17 am

    I agree with Pastor Jean Ai that there is a “lack of maturity in the Tibetan leadership’s understanding of democratic principles”. Well said. The election campaign was reduced to mud-slinging and name calling. Reminds me of the current preliminary election campaign in the U.S., especially on the Republican side. When political leaders avoid the real issues and focus on attacking their rivals on a personal level, it shows their motivation.

  10. Pastor Henry Ooi on Mar 25, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    It is crystal clear the Tibetan leadership use their power to put down anyone whom they deem as not toeing the line,  like for example, Mr Lukar Jam Atsok. Another example is the ridiculous ban on the practice of Dorje Shugden. In the latter case, it is not only one person the Tibetan leadership put down, but hundreds of thousands of innocent people. And for what? Just because these people refused to stop their religious practice.

    Lukar Jam being a writer was too vocal against the Tibetan leadership and too close for comfort. Hence his political career was abruptly ended. I hope Lukar Jam has started planning for a political comeback.

    The Tibetan leadership has given the impression to the world that they only want candidates who are apple polishers, candidates who would not squeal on them. The Tibetan leadership want loyal candidates who kowtow to their demands, and who are immoral to want a slice of the big creamy cake.

    Tibetans can forget what their leadership can do for them, the leadership are too busy taking care of themselves. The people may close an eye if the Tibetan leadership get fatter but the least they can do is to do more to benefit their people instead of dividing them especially with the Dorje Shugden ban.

    Madam Dicki Chhoyang publicly said she will speak more after the elections. I wonder will she? And when?

  11. Stella Cheang on Mar 25, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    A couple of points came to mind:

    The Tibetan exile community consist of not more than 200,000 population whereas there are about 6 million Tibetan people in Tibet, China. It is somewhat unclear to me how a movement that sits outside of Tibet China and have not yield any form of progress in world stage in the past 6 decades, can be considered as still taking the fight for the freedom of 6 million Tibetans seriously. Perhaps this explain the silence on the Sino-Tibet issue.

    While the democracy process could be rather new to the Tibetan in exile community, the trivialness of the election campaign is mind-blogging. To think that this is a body empowered to bring 6million of Tibetans to freedom, but does nothing to secure the welfare of Tibetans. To make matter worse, the election process is tainted by mudslinging. In a nutshell, it is not hard to summarize that the election process and the demonstration of democracy by having a Sikyong is to revere the spiritual and culture leader, HHDL himself.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Jean Ai for sharing the insights on the on-going Tibetan election. This New York Times report seems more analytical and neutral by comparison to the Reuter’s piece.

    Humbly, bowing down,
    Stella Cheang

  12. Joy on Mar 25, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    Finally a newspaper reporting on REAL NEWS! Unlike Reuters, NY Times really highlighted the truth about what is really happening with the exile Tibetan leadership and giving us a lot of identifiable examples as evidences. This is just a glimpse of how the Tibetan Leadership have been operating and how they have been manipulating their people, using the Dalai Lama’s name and exploiting people’s loyalty to the Dalai Lama as a means to control and influence them for their own benefit. It really tells us a lot about their ruling and their mindset which is NOT democratic at all and with this kind of leadership, it is no wonder they lost their country. Sorry to say this, but I doubt even if Tibet got her independence back, she would be ruined with this lot running the country as one defends about putting his picture on the wall and the with his alcoholic gatherings. Great examples.

    One good thing that’s coming out of this ridiculous ‘undemocratic’ corrupted election is that Tibetans ARE SPEAKING UP and they now DARE to. Perhaps this is a good thing and why the Dalai Lama stepped down as a political/secular leader and started implementing the Sikyong position. I suppose more and more people are fed-up, especially those who are educated, the youths, the newer generation, those living abroad, they will stand up now because…
    1) they know the Dalai Lama is not going to live forever (sorry to say, but this is reality)
    2) they’ve already lost everything, what more can they lose?
    3) they are already in exile and are refuges, and some migrated to other parts of the globe hence they are already not ‘Tibetan’ citizen, hence they have more freedom of speech
    4) they’ve come to the realsiation that the future of Tibetans lies in their own hands, the choices they make now and the kind of life they wish to live and the kind of leaders they choose to lead them will either bring them down or bring them up… and so far sorry to say they’ve failed in all areas and on top of that they continue to DIVIDE their own people by
    1) banning people’s religious practice (Dorje Shugden)
    2) condemning, suppressing (and perhaps even threatening) those who have an opposing view from the Dalai Lama or anyone who dare to speak up for that matter like Mr. Lukar Jam and Ms Sharling as stated in this article.

    Now the world can get a clearer picture of the so called “compassionate” “democratic” Tibetan Leadership and perhaps from this really help look into the the corrupted leadership and really help Tibetans. Hopefully a change will come soon as more and more dare to speak up, and with that broad minded fair leaders will arise to genuinely work for their people and help preserve their culture.

  13. Frederick Law on Mar 25, 2016 at 2:56 am

    The New York Times article on the Tibetan election is written with broader view of the whole issue plaguing Tibetan, a non bias reporting and with sources that is more credible, compared to Reuters report on Dorje Shugden and China issue which is biased and full of personal agenda of the journalist.

    The recent Tibetan Election of the Sikyong, Tibetan version of Prime Minister is marred by charachter assasination, name calling between two Sikyong candidates. what makes it even worst is the way the electoral system that is being conducted in unfair manners, where the candidate such as Lukar Jam who is consider Anti- Dalai Lama was removed from the election, having publicly condemned His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.

    You see, the two running candidate Penpa Tsering and Lobsang Sangay who are vying for the Sikyong post uses immature manner to tarnish the name the other. They are too focus on their own personal agenda, forgotten the fight for the rights of their own community, how to improve the education and welfare of the Tibetan people in exiled.

    These are the people who uses their authority to their own people, suppress the religious freedom of Dorje Shugden practitioners. Who never find methods to resolve the 19 years old issue on the ban on Dorje Shugden. 60 years in exile, 60 years of bad governance that has torn the Tibetan community apart, and continue to degenerate the beauty of Tibetan Buddhism due to their own selfish agenda.

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  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Wednesday, Aug 24. 2016 10:19 AM
    Praise to Avalokitesvara, the supreme Lord of Compassion.

    A true teacher will be kind to all levels of people and will not see the differences between them except how to be kind and benefit them. He looks upon them to relieve their sufferings to some degree. A true follower of this teacher will do the same in order to follow the teacher’s footsteps. Therefore a disciple who wishes to please a TRUE teacher will be humble, take care of the teacher’s circle of students and people and treat everyone well. When we treat the teacher’s people well, we treat the teacher well. When we are kind to everyone, WE PLEASE THE TRUE TEACHER TREMENDOUSLY because a true teacher only wants the best for us and the best is to have a kind and generous and unbiased mind. When we are kind, we benefit ourselves and others so much. To be humble is to gain and earn everyone’s respect and open the Vajra Yogini (Buddhahood) nature within us. To be biased is to keep the Vajra Yogini nature locked away. Our goal as a spiritualist is to open the Vajra Yogini nature inherit in all of us. Sarva Mangalam. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Wednesday, Aug 24. 2016 05:47 AM
    The amount of suffering, fear and pain they have to experience should be experienced by no one whether animal or human. It is heartbreaking to continuously see the sufferings animals endure for our ‘pleasures’. I do feel helpless, but helpless or not, we must create more awareness tirelessly. With awareness, their suffering can eventually be reduced. The ones who are slaughtered, it’s too late. We can only shed tears but we have to still be concerned about future slaughter of animals and try to prevent. Helping and being kind to animals is not spiritual, strange or unnatural, but pure empathy of understanding their pain in that no sentient beings would want to suffer. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Aug 23. 2016 06:09 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for the explanation on Naga realms; i.e. who they are, in what form they exist, how do we co-exist with them in the same space, and the remedy should we, due to our carelessness, have caused harm or pain on them and now suffering the consequences. Naga dwells in areas where there is abundance of water, they are protective towards the flora and fauna that enrich their surroundings, and they are very particular about cleanliness and vegetarianism. Now that we understand the habit of Naga, and since we share the same dwelling with them, it is only polite to extend the respect and mindfulness that they deserve as another sentient being. Thank you Rinpoche for this teaching.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/apology-to-the-naga-realm.html#top1
  • sonny tan
    Tuesday, Aug 23. 2016 01:11 PM
    sonny tan on Aug 23, 2016 at 1:10 pm
    It is indeed sad that religious tolerance is believed to be at its lowest level worldwide. A small incidence can spark violence and sometimes resulting in death. I find it very hard to understand why some religious denomination uses emotive actions rather than an analytical approach in solving matters. This has been their ways all along perhaps it is time their religious leaders relook in their approach to have a more open frame of mind when their religion is being attack and not resorting in unnecessary violence.
    Perhaps somewhere along the teachings by their leaders who could have been instigated by the fanatical fundamentalist inculcated different ideology into them believing that by going to war, destroying places of worship would earn them high reward in the afterlife?
    I pray and hope that their higher religious authorities would seriously take an in-depth look on the pain they have inflicted on innocent people, destroying of historical sites, temples as these acts would only breed hatred and bring disdain among their people.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 23. 2016 01:02 PM
    After reading the article, feel sad for those people due the unrest there they suffered.Racial tension in the USA have been going on since a long time.It doesn’t stopped from one incident to another.Increase in recent mass shootings in public places had cause travel alerts for countries like USA ,UAE and Bahamas to mention a few.The authority should ensuring the safety and security of their people to enjoy the true freedom regardless of race, colour and so forth.Same goes to religion,we must be able to be given religion freedom.With the Dorje Shugden ban for example…it had cause many sufferings in certain countries.Do hope the ban will be lifted soon.
    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing .
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/racial-tensions-cause-travel-alerts-for-the-united-states.html
  • Joy Kam
    Tuesday, Aug 23. 2016 08:12 AM
    Hi folks did you know that you can submit a story/blog post here on this blog
    >>SUBMIT A STORY<< http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/submit-a-story

    Guest writers and contributors are welcomed. The articles can be about Dharma, inspirational stories, scholastic writings and etc. Any positive writings that will leave our readers with more knowledge after reading.

    May this blog to be a platform to have many writers, ideas, subjects and opinions discussed. A platform for others to share their writings, which can reach thousands around the world from here.

    P.S. Please read the Guidelines and Terms & Conditions before submitting your story.
  • Joy Kam
    Tuesday, Aug 23. 2016 08:03 AM
    Out of Rinpoche’s great compassion, a compilation of >>Essential Buddhist Prayers<< are made available for FREE to HELP you. They are from the very basic preliminary prayers to those that are focused specifically to solve a problem or to bring out a potential quality in you.

    Do check it out and copy whichever prayers you require
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=21036 AND if you are not sure and you have a question, you can ASK a PASTOR here http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/ask-the-pastors They are ever ready to assist you in any way possible!
  • Joy Kam
    Tuesday, Aug 23. 2016 07:56 AM
    For all dharma practitioners around the world/those who just want sacred images in their environment,

    Did you know you can download and print high-resolution images of Enlightened Beings ABSOLUTELY FREE here? >> Buddha Images (Free Download) << http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html

    H.E. Tsem Rinpoche has kindly made these beautiful selected high-res quality sacred images available for everyone to print for your altar/shrine. Enjoy, be blessed and share this with others.

    Do let Rinpoche know at the comments sections which images you downloaded as Rinpoche would feel very happy to know that it has benefited someone. 🙂
  • Joy Kam
    Tuesday, Aug 23. 2016 07:51 AM
    For all dharma practitioners around the world/those who just want sacred images in their environment,

    Did you know you can download and print high-resolution images of Enlightened Beings ABSOLUTELY FREE here? >> Buddha Images (Free Download) << http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html

    H.E. Tsem Rinpoche has kindly made these beautiful selected high-res quality sacred images available for everyone to print for your altar/shrine. Enjoy, be blessed and share this with others.

    Do let Rinpoche know at the comments sections which images you downloaded as Rinpoche would feel very happy to know that it has benefited someone.
  • Stella Cheang
    Monday, Aug 22. 2016 11:16 PM
    Happy to see this discover as it gives us another record to show that we are not alone. To me, it is very interesting to see that evidence of the existence of aliens/ extra-terrestrial beings seemed to be pointing at a certain clue, where most, if not all of the aliens/ extra-terrestrial beings have one head, two arms and two legs. I am sure it is not a coincidence in any way. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/10000-year-old-rock-paintings-depicting-aliens-and-ufos.html
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Aug 22. 2016 11:00 PM
    It is heartwrenching to see the pictures. Why would they treat the animals in this manner? If they cannot afford or don’t want to take care of the bear, they can pass them to the right authority.

    It is more upsetting when this abused are done in a temple, a holy place. Agree with Rinpoche that it is people’s doing and not the place. We cannot generalise Buddhist are cruel but only selected people. I hope the bears that have been rescued can now life happily and freely.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/can-you-believe-what-happened-in-this-temple.html
  • sonny tan
    Monday, Aug 22. 2016 02:11 PM
    sonny tan on Aug 22, 2016 at 2:11 pm
    Thank you Rinpoche for this highlight on Nagas, I would like to share some experiences on this. Many years ago I was following a guru, she use to come to Malaysia very often and during one of her many visit the guru decided to purchase a piece of uncultivated land on top of a hill in the west coast of Penang.
    She wanted to turn this land into a meditation center, we were informed to help clear this land and we constantly travelled to Penang almost every weekend to complete the assigned task. We did not do any prayers before clearing the land to appease the unseen spirits residing within that environment because we do not have any ideas on how to go about it. What was taught to us is just meditation however many things happened. On one occasion I was stung by a bee right below my eyelid when clearing the land, trees were felled without supervision, there was constant disagreement and anger thrown at each other. There was frequent cars breakdown without reason, on one occasion while travelling back from Penang after our duties while in the car I had a very heated argument with a fellow truth seeker whom I was very close with and it happened over some very trivial matter. Our friendship ended that day and neither of us try to resolve the matter or mend the friendship.
    My relationship with my girlfriend turned sour and finally dissolved because of my constant travelling to the land, not long after that one of the the member passed away, another member’s death followed not long after that and it shocked us because this guy is young and very healthy as he works in a construction site. Very spooky and unbelievable to say the least but I believe that nagas, spirits and entities are found in these places and respect need to be accorded when visiting their domain.
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Aug 22. 2016 01:24 PM
    Very interesting article,,,I do enjoyed reading it.All about this diplomat monk name Agvan Dorjiev his life story and how he was part of an important diplomatic role in developing and strengthening the relationship between Russia and Tibet.Even though religion and politics do not mix yet with his help he managed to contribute to the monasteries in Lhasa and Tashi Lunpo in Shigatse,and establish Buddhism there. With the support of many powerful personalities he even build a Buddhist temple in the Russian capital, despite the odds and difficulties.His tireless effort to preserve Buddhism in Russia , he was arrested a couple of times.That’s great…..he suffered for the people to make it possible.
    Thanks Valentina for sharing
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/agvan-dorjiev-the-diplomat-monk.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Aug 21. 2016 10:33 PM
    First and foremost, I personally do not condone act of violence. And we should not. Even though in the course of history, it is not uncommon for people to take justice into their own hands especially when they do not see any better alternatives than their known way. Strangely, human’s sense of justice is selective and twisted. On one end, we have angry villagers here acting out on animals kidnappers in the most violent mob act seen in recent times; on the other end, we have a whole town that celebrates the killing and manslaughter of dogs while they shunned away people who tried to save the dogs in a vehement manner. I certainly hope the brutality faced by these 2 evildoers can serve as a wake up call to the butcher in Yulin.

    Thank you very much Rinpoche for this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/do-you-know-this-is-happening-in-southern-china.html
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Aug 21. 2016 08:24 PM
    Very simple and easy to make syrup. I also like natural remedies as any additional process will mean unnatural ingredients to be added. Sometimes, we just need to go back to basic and simple method.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/food-recipes/pine-needle-syrup-for-lung-inflammation-bronchitis-and-respiratory-ailments.html

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The amount of suffering, fear and pain they have to experience should be experienced by no one whether animal or human. It is heartbreaking to continuously see the sufferings animals endure for our \'pleasures\'. I do feel helpless, but helpless or not, we must create more awareness tirelessly. With awareness, their suffering can eventually be reduced. The ones who are slaughtered, it\'s too late. We can only shed tears but we have to still be concerned about future slaughter of animals and try to prevent. Helping and being kind to animals is not spiritual, strange or unnatural, but pure empathy of understanding their pain in that no sentient beings would want to suffer. Tsem Rinpoche
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The amount of suffering, fear and pain they have to experience should be experienced by no one whether animal or human. It is heartbreaking to continuously see the sufferings animals endure for our 'pleasures'. I do feel helpless, but helpless or not, we must create more awareness tirelessly. With awareness, their suffering can eventually be reduced. The ones who are slaughtered, it's too late. We can only shed tears but we have to still be concerned about future slaughter of animals and try to prevent. Helping and being kind to animals is not spiritual, strange or unnatural, but pure empathy of understanding their pain in that no sentient beings would want to suffer. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear Rinpoche,  I\'ve made some porridge for Rinpoche to have later when Rinpoche is hungry.  Thank you,  Beatrix (Sometime a pot of porridge tells you so much about another person and you just know why you appreciate them so much. Beatrix is such a caring and kind young person. It\'s a pleasure to work with her and have her around. Tsem Rinpoche)
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Dear Rinpoche, I've made some porridge for Rinpoche to have later when Rinpoche is hungry. Thank you, Beatrix (Sometime a pot of porridge tells you so much about another person and you just know why you appreciate them so much. Beatrix is such a caring and kind young person. It's a pleasure to work with her and have her around. Tsem Rinpoche)
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Sent from Samsung tablet.
Keep it up!
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Keep it up!
Karen does a nice sharing
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Karen does a nice sharing
Something nice from Wan San
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Something nice from Wan San
The holy statue of Vajra Yogini at Sanku, Nepal
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The holy statue of Vajra Yogini at Sanku, Nepal
“We need, in a special way, to work twice as hard to help people understand that the animals are fellow creatures, that we must protect them and love them as we love ourselves.” 
― César Chávez
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“We need, in a special way, to work twice as hard to help people understand that the animals are fellow creatures, that we must protect them and love them as we love ourselves.” ― César Chávez
Beautiful monastery in Eastern Tibet.
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Beautiful monastery in Eastern Tibet.
An alpine lake at more than 4000 meters in elevation in eastern Tibet
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An alpine lake at more than 4000 meters in elevation in eastern Tibet
This is Mount Kailash in Tibet where Vajra Yogini resides. Many Tibetans will go and pay homage to this mountain and do prayers at the base.
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This is Mount Kailash in Tibet where Vajra Yogini resides. Many Tibetans will go and pay homage to this mountain and do prayers at the base.
 The three most important statues of Buddha Shakyamuni, the Founder of Buddhism. The 1st photo is the Buddha aged 8, the 2nd photo is the Buddha aged 12 and the 3rd photo is the Buddha age 35. These three statues of Buddha Shakyamuni are believed to have been created 2,500 years ago and have the blessings of Buddha Shakyamuni. Two of the statues are in Tibet and one is in India. The statue of Buddha aged 8 is in the Ramoche Temple, the statue of Buddha aged 12 is in the Jhokang Temple and statue of Buddha aged 35 is in India at Bodhgaya.
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The three most important statues of Buddha Shakyamuni, the Founder of Buddhism. The 1st photo is the Buddha aged 8, the 2nd photo is the Buddha aged 12 and the 3rd photo is the Buddha age 35. These three statues of Buddha Shakyamuni are believed to have been created 2,500 years ago and have the blessings of Buddha Shakyamuni. Two of the statues are in Tibet and one is in India. The statue of Buddha aged 8 is in the Ramoche Temple, the statue of Buddha aged 12 is in the Jhokang Temple and statue of Buddha aged 35 is in India at Bodhgaya.
This gorgeous area is in Kongpo Tibet. Notice the village nestled among the purple trees. Such a beautiful place to live with a blue lake and clear mountains.
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This gorgeous area is in Kongpo Tibet. Notice the village nestled among the purple trees. Such a beautiful place to live with a blue lake and clear mountains.
Beautiful Gaden monastery built by Lord Tsongkapa over 600 years ago has produced countless powerful mahasiddhas, teachers, practitioners and masters in Tibet.
1 week ago
Beautiful Gaden monastery built by Lord Tsongkapa over 600 years ago has produced countless powerful mahasiddhas, teachers, practitioners and masters in Tibet.
This stairway nestled among green hills is Sanku Vajra Yogini temple in Kathmandu, Nepal. It is one of the five sacred shrines and temples dedicated to Her. In this temple a lady who was an emanation of Vajra Yogini showed many miracles and when she passed they made a likeness of her body and enshrined it here. So we can worship Vajra Yogini in the form of this lady at this sacred temple in Sanku. I visited here with many of my dharma friends years ago to pay homage to this sacred Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
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This stairway nestled among green hills is Sanku Vajra Yogini temple in Kathmandu, Nepal. It is one of the five sacred shrines and temples dedicated to Her. In this temple a lady who was an emanation of Vajra Yogini showed many miracles and when she passed they made a likeness of her body and enshrined it here. So we can worship Vajra Yogini in the form of this lady at this sacred temple in Sanku. I visited here with many of my dharma friends years ago to pay homage to this sacred Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
They are digging up so much more ancient and beautiful Buddhist arts, statues/artifacts in Afghanistan. They have been buried for hundreds of years...Look at this recent find of a BEAUTIFUL Buddha head dug up in Hadda Afghanistan. Afghanistan of course was Buddhist in ancient times.
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They are digging up so much more ancient and beautiful Buddhist arts, statues/artifacts in Afghanistan. They have been buried for hundreds of years...Look at this recent find of a BEAUTIFUL Buddha head dug up in Hadda Afghanistan. Afghanistan of course was Buddhist in ancient times.
Dharma and sangha friends from the Monastery
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Dharma and sangha friends from the Monastery
Absolutely beautiful lake. I like the clearness of the water and vegetation very much
1 week ago
Absolutely beautiful lake. I like the clearness of the water and vegetation very much
Something I just thought of....
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Something I just thought of....
Such a beautiful scene of a Japanese man made lake. Wish to do something like this so much.
3 weeks ago
Such a beautiful scene of a Japanese man made lake. Wish to do something like this so much.
Did you know this about Vincent van Gogh?
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Did you know this about Vincent van Gogh?
AN ALTERNATIVE FARM FAMILY PORTRAIT SHOWS A HIGHER LOVE...this chicken mamma has adopted a puppy...and her biological child wonders why her new sibling looks so strange...and wants to get some love and some warmth, too...but this mother is not a speciesist...she loves all children of all species, equally...and this puppy is so big, he is getting all the warmth...wait your turn, chickie, she has lots to spare...LOVE MULTIPLIES AS YOU GIVE IT OUT, LOVE ALL BEINGS....Animal Freedom Fighter--Chickens have this type of capacity to care and love. They are sensitive beings...We should never harm or eat them.
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AN ALTERNATIVE FARM FAMILY PORTRAIT SHOWS A HIGHER LOVE...this chicken mamma has adopted a puppy...and her biological child wonders why her new sibling looks so strange...and wants to get some love and some warmth, too...but this mother is not a speciesist...she loves all children of all species, equally...and this puppy is so big, he is getting all the warmth...wait your turn, chickie, she has lots to spare...LOVE MULTIPLIES AS YOU GIVE IT OUT, LOVE ALL BEINGS....Animal Freedom Fighter--Chickens have this type of capacity to care and love. They are sensitive beings...We should never harm or eat them.
In Thailand, they also make large images of their holy gurus and or well known holy monks for people to honor, worship and make offerings to. We do the same in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.
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In Thailand, they also make large images of their holy gurus and or well known holy monks for people to honor, worship and make offerings to. We do the same in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.
This picture says it all. I wonder always why constructed items these days wear out so fast.
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This picture says it all. I wonder always why constructed items these days wear out so fast.
This is a beautiful portrait
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This is a beautiful portrait
Sacred art work on Vajra Yogini
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Sacred art work on Vajra Yogini
Never forget to do our Vajra Yogini practice. We can lose our money, we can lose our friends, we can lose our position, we can lose our family, we can lose our wife, we can lose our husband and we can lose our materialistic possession because in the end we will lose all outer objects anyway, but NEVER lose our Vajra Yogini practice. Everything lost is meant to be lost because we are in samsara and whatever we enjoy in samsara will not last and will be lost. It is their nature. Never waste time, energy and keep procrastinating, but do our Vajra Yogini practice intensely and strongly and be firm. Samsara never grants permanence and happiness, but Vajra Yogini\'s practice will hand the universe and all the joys within it to you.-Tsem Rinpoche
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Never forget to do our Vajra Yogini practice. We can lose our money, we can lose our friends, we can lose our position, we can lose our family, we can lose our wife, we can lose our husband and we can lose our materialistic possession because in the end we will lose all outer objects anyway, but NEVER lose our Vajra Yogini practice. Everything lost is meant to be lost because we are in samsara and whatever we enjoy in samsara will not last and will be lost. It is their nature. Never waste time, energy and keep procrastinating, but do our Vajra Yogini practice intensely and strongly and be firm. Samsara never grants permanence and happiness, but Vajra Yogini's practice will hand the universe and all the joys within it to you.-Tsem Rinpoche

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LADRANG LIGHT OFFERING FUND A rare and precious opportunity for candles to be offered on your behalf at the private residence of His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche. The offering of light to the Three Jewels has great benefits for one's mind including gaining clarity and intelligence, the acceleration of realisations, and greater understanding and wisdom. This exclusive light offering is also ideal for those who do not have a personal altar or are unable to make light offerings themselves. http://www.vajrasecrets.com/ladrang-light-offering-fund
Nice friends who help each other in Dharma works.
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Nice friends who help each other in Dharma works.
Venerable Geshe Puntsok speaks so well in both Tibetan and English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idQF6_6BD6s and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZ-jCJQWMMs&t=0s
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Venerable Geshe Puntsok speaks so well in both Tibetan and English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idQF6_6BD6s and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZ-jCJQWMMs&t=0s
Beautiful image of Avalokitesvara who has spoken before. Housed in Ladakh
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Beautiful image of Avalokitesvara who has spoken before. Housed in Ladakh
Our Panglung Kuten taking trance of Dorje Shugden in Tibet where he is greatly sought after
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Our Panglung Kuten taking trance of Dorje Shugden in Tibet where he is greatly sought after
Beautiful painting of Atisha
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Beautiful painting of Atisha
Beautiful Tara has arrived in Kechara Forest Retreat. See many more pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=105289
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Beautiful Tara has arrived in Kechara Forest Retreat. See many more pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=105289
Gorgeous Buddha carved into the mountain in China
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Gorgeous Buddha carved into the mountain in China
Beautiful Dorje Shugden Gyenze statue by Kechara available at vajrasecrets.com
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Beautiful Dorje Shugden Gyenze statue by Kechara available at vajrasecrets.com
I like this Buddha image very much
1 month ago
I like this Buddha image very much
Beautiful Buddha in the Bodhgaya enlightenment stupa
1 month ago
Beautiful Buddha in the Bodhgaya enlightenment stupa
Pastor Lanse, contact her if you have questions..she is kind and helpful.
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Pastor Lanse, contact her if you have questions..she is kind and helpful.
Interesting
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Interesting
Buddha sat under this tree when he gained enlightenment
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Buddha sat under this tree when he gained enlightenment
Buddha Goddess Dukkar. Beautiful image.
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Buddha Goddess Dukkar. Beautiful image.
Such a nice retreat house for extended meditations and prayers.. ..incredible. With trees, sunshine, pond, lotus leaves and purple flowers. I love this whole setting. Even creepers growing on the roof of the house. How perfect this place is for me.
1 month ago
Such a nice retreat house for extended meditations and prayers.. ..incredible. With trees, sunshine, pond, lotus leaves and purple flowers. I love this whole setting. Even creepers growing on the roof of the house. How perfect this place is for me.
Tsem Rinpoche brings home Dharma and this was his first day home.
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Tsem Rinpoche brings home Dharma and this was his first day home.
White Tara mantra in Sanskrit
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White Tara mantra in Sanskrit
Beautiful thangka of Buddha of wisdom Saraswati
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Beautiful thangka of Buddha of wisdom Saraswati
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    Nice Dorje Shugden rock painting
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    His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche teaches the truth of life and our impeding death.
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Medicine Buddha puja performed by Kechara Puja Team at 10.30pm in Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat for a sponsor.May all obstacles be removed. Lucy Yap
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Medicine Buddha puja performed by Kechara Puja Team at 10.30pm in Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat for a sponsor.May all obstacles be removed. Lucy Yap
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Preparation in the kitchen .. for the set lunch #noodle #spinach #beancurd #fresh ~ kecharaoasis.com ~ Guat Hee
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Beatrice with the Vajrayogini statue she invited from Kechara House Souvenir Shop as an offering to our beloved and precious Guru on her daughter's birthday. http://www.vajrasecrets.com Lucy Yap
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Lantern preparation for Lantern Festival. Pic By Eric Ho
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Teacher Jesvin handling class 14 and above. Pic by Eric Ho
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Fun time teacher Serena playing hide and seek with student. Pic by Eric Ho
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The Curse of Mittavinda explained by teacher Alice. Pic by Eric Ho
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Mala recitation taught by teacher Kien. Pic by Eric Ho
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Kids recognizing words taught by teacher Stella. Pic By Eric Ho
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How Much You Endure Is Up To Your COMPASSION ~Tsem Rinpoche. YEO KWAI GIN ( KKSG )
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金泽财王庙~就位于马来西亚, 彭亨州文冬的克切拉禅修林 , 祂帮助了许多的人达到愿望, 诚心的向祂祈求, 无论在健康, 平安, 财富或运气上, 祂都帮得上忙 ! YEO KWAI GIN ( KKSG )
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Make Someone's Life Better With A Prayer ~ http://www.vajrasecrets.com . YEO KWAI GIN ( KKSG )
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22/8/16: Happy faces of volunteers after food distribution. P.Patsy
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22/8/16: Thank you, Dr. Khishendran Selvam for treating some of our food recipients during street food distribution. P.Patsy
一班热心的朋友每个星期五晚上抽出1小时的时间, 帮助香积厨这意义充满的活动。  YEO KWAI GIN ( KKSG )
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一班热心的朋友每个星期五晚上抽出1小时的时间, 帮助香积厨这意义充满的活动。 YEO KWAI GIN ( KKSG )
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22/8/16: Food distribution around Georgetown, Penang. P.Patsy
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克切拉香积厨将热腾腾的食物交到街头露宿者的手中, 让他们至少有温饱的一餐 。 YEO KWAI GIN ( KKSG )
20/8/16: Volunteers packing biscuits and sorting out food allocation before street food distribution. P.Patsy
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20/8/16: Volunteers packing biscuits and sorting out food allocation before street food distribution. P.Patsy
Please come and join us Lantern Festival on 03.09.2016, Saturday. 6PM-10PM. Victoria Lam KSDS
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Please come and join us Lantern Festival on 03.09.2016, Saturday. 6PM-10PM. Victoria Lam KSDS
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Sharing is caring. Yes! We are in teamwork. Victoria Lam KSDS
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Plant the Dharma seeds and gives the best nurture while they are still young. The age group of 2-4 years old seek for Refuge and Generating Bodhicitta. Victoria Lam KSDS
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Teacher Alice explained the lesson to the kids of age group 7-8 years old with precisely. Victoria Lam KSDS
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