What Would Buddha Say About Selfies?

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By Pastor David Lai

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Selfie [noun]

A photograph that one takes of oneself with a digital camera or a front-facing smartphone, tablet, or webcam, especially for posting on a social-networking or photo-sharing website.

In a generation of smartphones installed with Facebook and Instagram apps, taking selfies in all its variations are part of the latest social media craze. With most modern smartphones being fitted with front facing cameras, selfies are made even easier because it is so easy to take flattering and casual pictures. You either love or hate selfies but that does not deny their popularity. The funny thing is, I have been taking selfies even way before I heard of the word, no thanks to Facebook and the webcam on my laptop.

In 2012, Time Magazine included the word “selfie” as one of the “Top 10 Buzzwords” of that year, thus reflecting the current social trend. According to a survey in 2013, two-thirds of Australian women between the ages of 18 to 35 take selfies and naturally, the most common purpose of doing this is to post them on social media platforms. A poll commissioned by Samsung found that selfies make up 30 percent of photos taken by people within the age group of 18 to 24. By November 2013, the Oxford English Dictionary declared the word “selfie” as the “Word of the Year” and traces its origins to Australia.

 

What I think of Selfies…

First of all, I think selfies are fun. On second thought, I also think they made an action that is overtly narcissistic into something fun and guiltless by giving it a cute name – selfie. The vain part of me loves this and the cute little word makes it all the more inviting and fun to do so. The thing about selfies (if you read the definition at the beginning of this article) is that you have to share that little picture of yourself with people on social media to get some sort of response.

People take selfies essentially to have it uploaded onto their social networks in order to get a response from their followers. It has never been this easy and far-reaching, considering how many users there are on social platforms. It’s addictive to watch that little thumbs-up number go up. I know it’s silly but most of us selfie-lovers do that. We wait for the numbers to go up and hope someone will say something in the little box below because that would mean that my picture was interesting enough or good enough for you to make a comment. If I got over a hundred likes, I would be smiling from ear to ear and if I had more than five comments, especially from people that matter to me, I would be walking on clouds. I know. It isn’t much.

However, when I observed a few selfie-lover friends (or should I say, selfie addicts) repeatedly post pictures of themselves on Facebook, my initial reaction was, “Wow! You look great.” I clicked “LIKE” and thought I should take a selfie too. Then, I saw another selfie and I clicked “LIKE” again. Somewhere between the 20th to 30th selfie (all in a slightly different pose), I was almost screaming, “Not again!” On the 40th to 50th selfie, I would just scroll down real quick to avoid them. Finally on the 100th selfie, I found myself thinking, “Is it bad karma to unfriend someone on Facebook?” No… I didn’t do that but it got me thinking, “Why would people take so many selfies of themselves?”

So, what’s wrong with taking a few selfies for a few cheap thrills? On its own, I think that taking selfies is not a bad thing actually. It is the underlying behavioral pattern that is bad. This is when selfie-taking develops into an addiction. This is when people take selfies to the next level of narcissism and self-deception. This is when people project a make-believe world that they are always smiling, always happy, always at a party, always in a designer outfit, always on holiday in an exotic location, etc. to their audience when the reality is quite different.

More often than not, this make-believe world is an escape from a reality that they refuse to face. Self-deception is dangerous when it becomes chronic because it would mean that one will eventually resort to lying, cheating or cover-ups in order to maintain that pretence. Consequently, the more selfies one takes, the more one just feeds into this self-deception and its underlying insecurities. At this point, I am already reconsidering taking most of my selfies although I let one or two slide just for comedic relief. I know all this may sound dramatic to you but let’s check out what the experts say about this social activity.

 

What Some Experts Say…

In 2013, a social study done on Facebook users entitled “Tagger’s delight? Disclosure and liking in Facebook” found that frequently posting photos of oneself have a correlation with lower levels of intimacy and social support from Facebook friends in general. This is because Facebook audiences would find it difficult to relate to those who constantly share photos of themselves.

A typical Facebook audience consists of a broad range of people – partners, friends, family, colleagues and acquaintances, and each group would take a different view of the information shared. Many would find excessive selfie-taking to be distasteful and even offensive. In fact, the author of this study even suggests that “those who frequently post photographs on Facebook risk damaging real-life relationships.” This is logical considering how social media is dominating inter-personal relationships with the advent of smartphones and the easy access to the Internet. 

Danny Bowman suffers from body dysmorphic disorder

In April 2014, a young English man by the name of Danny Bowman recalls spending ten hours a day taking up to 200 selfies and still feeling that they were not good enough. All this culminated to the point when he attempted to commit suicide after failing to take the perfect selfie. He was diagnosed with body dysmorphic disorder, a form of obsessive-compulsive disorder. This incident led to several research articles connecting excessive selfie-taking with body dysmorphic disorder. The connection does not indicate suicidal tendencies but the fact that excessive selfie-taking may likely indicate the underlying problem of body dysmorphic disorder.

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Body dysmorphic disorder is a psychological disorder that relates to an obsessive preoccupation with the flaws of one’s appearance. Those who suffer from this disorder would usually go to extreme measures to conceal or correct their perceived flaws. This condition is fairly common and affects somewhere between 1.7 to 2.4 percent of the population. In addition, this condition usually starts during adolescence, and affects men and women equally. Sufferers usually hide what they feel and therefore, excessive selfie-taking could be one of the indicators of this disorder.

On the other hand, recent studies conducted this year (2015) on social media users suggest correlations between selfie-taking behavioral patterns with psychological conditions like narcissism and psychopathy. More specifically, selfie-posting behavior was linked to both narcissism and psychopathy while users who religiously edited their photos would possess a narcissistic tendency but not psychopathic behavior.

According to experts, narcissism disorder is a condition where sufferers believe that the world revolves around them due to deep-seated underlying insecurity, while psychopathy is where the sufferer lacks empathy for others and are governed by impulsive behavior. The connection between the number of selfies posted online and narcissism seems to be stronger among men than in women. As smartphones and social networks become increasingly popular, everyone is becoming more concerned with their appearance. That means these conditions may eventually become a common problem.

 

What would Buddha have said?

Now that we’ve heard from the experts, what about the Buddha? I would not pretend to know the Buddha so well that I could tell you what he would have said. But I think we can get an inkling of his thoughts on the matter of selfies by going through some of his teachings on the self. Experts have long said that the selfie is an expression of the self, and there is no one more qualified on the subject of the self than Lord Buddha. In fact, the Buddha gave voluminous teachings on this subject and it forms the core of his higher teachings.

The most basic aspect of the Buddha’s teachings is the development of renunciation. This does not mean that we abandon our responsibilities, family, friends, home, job, and so forth and run off to meditate in a cave instead. Renunciation is a special wisdom that sees the flaws of our attachment to short-term gratification and worldly pleasures and turns us to invest our time towards learning, helping others and other spiritual pursuits.

Selfies are generally an exercise in self-gratification because much of the thrill of posting a selfie is in amassing the likes and compliments that one gets in the comments below. When we think deeper, all that self-gratification leads us to nothing but serves only to increase our attachment for it. Selfies may seem harmless but doing it excessively is an indication that we have particularly strong attachments. Strong attachments are synonymous with a strong self-cherishing mind as well and that is the basis for suffering. In Buddhism, cherishing ourselves leads to suffering while cherishing others leads towards happiness.

In the highest teachings of the Buddha, our self-cherishing mind doesn’t inherently exist in the way we think it does. Our self-identity is attached to many aspects but the strongest are on the body and name. How we conventionally identify ourselves is based on these aspects that are in reality false in the ultimate sense. Selfies essentially celebrate that attachment to these aspects that don’t actually exist and thereby further solidifying this false notion of self that we hold so dearly to.

Therefore, it is safe to conclude that the Buddha would not have approved of selfies. However, the Buddha being the one endowed with great wisdom and skillful means would not have denounced selfies completely but would probably have advocated the middle way of approaching selfies. That is, to allow selfies in moderation for the mass majority of his students and to discourage it amongst his closest students who are more dedicated towards reaching the selfless state of enlightenment.

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  1. Wan Wai Meng on Apr 10, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    I suppose one if one is very attached to one’s body and seeing that body in a beautiful is a cause for concern. I recall once Rinpoche said that people who have a lot of attachment have a lot of fears, the fear can then create more anger.

    So I agree with the pastor David, normal people can take selfies for fun of course, they should never be obsessed with taking selfies. For the ones firmly on the path of renunciation i don’t think it is forbidden, as the renunciate has left their worldly life in the pursuit of a quick way to enlightenment.

  2. Jason on Dec 4, 2015 at 11:55 pm

    Thx Pastor David. For me i dont like selfie but i hv to do it because always travel alone to overseas.i posted selfie in fb because i use fb as my photo album.Frankly said, i did feel happy n cheers once i saw many LIKE my photo.i will change my mind after i read the above article. i must renunciation because all these so called LIKE wont help me in my life.it might make me more attachment and make myself suffer.

  3. Yeo on Oct 30, 2015 at 1:06 am

    I definitely agree with what the author written above. Its so true that people get too obsessed with selfies and hurt themselves by it. I was a guy who love to take selfies, i can take up to 30 selfies a day but after some time i found out that i was actually wasting my time and craving for the “likes” from people around me, and i was living with all these “likes” by people on my social media. So i did actually quit and only do selfie when people ask me to do it for social purposes. (: Thanks author for the good sharing, great post indeed.

  4. Vinnie Tan on Oct 24, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    Thank you Pastor David for your sharing of this article. With this article coming from you that is also a huge selfie king it means so much.

    Not only the self realisation that you have and sharing with us, but it also teaches us that the kind of problems that we will have when we overly focus on our external looks, it will bring us no where.

    The little thumbs up, comments, retweets, favourites, or hearts on Facebook, Twitter, or even Instagram mean nothing by the end of the day. Yes, little things like this may make us happy for the moment, but what is the effect after that instant happiness? We will once again be back to the dull lifestyle that we may be having or that lousy day that we have. Nothing can change.

    The ultimate change that we can have is the change of us disconnecting from the “I” factor.

    I remember Rinpoche always telling us, we treasure so much about our body treat it with the best that we can. But by the end of the day, what it does is that it betrays us. It does nothing but to betray us. So why are we even putting so much emphasis to upkeep this perception of “I”.

    When we pass away, there is nothing that is able to help us apart from the merits that we have collected while we are alive and doing work to benefit others. Like many of Rinpoche’s teachings, when we truly feel happy is the times when we focus out. It is difficult at first, but as time goes by, that habit that we install in us will just come forth. By that time we will truly be happy as we no longer focus on “I” that we know will betray us.

    To be honest, I do get excited when I see the little figures going up as well. But by the end of the day when I think of it again, there is nothing after that. These only last for maybe a day or two. But when we leave this world, what do we get. Nothing… because what we have done has done no impact, it only impact ourselves but not anyone else’s lives.

  5. Joy on Oct 24, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    Thank you Pastor David very “interesting” post on “selfie” as it is such a huge trend right now. I enjoyed reading it. I guess as we degenerate, the world or rather we will create more and more self-indulging activities, which creates more attachments that binds us in this vicious cycle of being born again and again in samsara. Experiencing all its sufferings again and again. It’s amazing how in Dharma we are taught to detach from the self, while the world spins around a chain that binds us to the self.

    Yes I would agree with your opinion that the Buddha would probably advice us closer students to not indulge in this “selfie” obsession. Even our Rinpoche does not encourage it, so I am quite certain it’s not something we should progress into.

    It just encourages our ego, pride, vanity, attachments to increase and inflate. On a psychological level, it is also unhealthy so let’s be moderate if we really “must” and why must we is also something we should investigate deep within us to address a much deeper hang up.

  6. Lum Kok Luen on Oct 24, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    Dear Pastor David,

    Thank you for the wonderful analysis of the obsessive and compulsive behavior called “selfie”. I would also include “wefie” into this discussion as there are a many people who in a small closely knitted friendship group, are obsessed with taking “wefies” just like taking “selfies”.

    Totally agreed that moderation is the key. As Budhha has always advocated we should moderate our behavior. As long as we are always mindful and alert not to let “selfie” become a self cherishing practice, then it’s ok.

    There are many other behaviors that is self cherishing and “selfie” is just one of the many in-things that is happening around the world, especially in this degenerate age.

    Thank you for the wonderful article. Keep these coming!!

    _/\_
    Lum Kok Luen

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    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this beautiful story. I believe miracles happened because we believe in Buddha and Protector. We may not be able to see or understand how it happens but I believe with the blessing of Buddha, it will happen. Importantly we have the right motivation and towards the benefit of others.

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I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. 
I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. 
Feast your eyes! 

Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. Feast your eyes! Tsem Rinpoche
                        Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini\'s path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html  Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini's path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
Message to Tibetans in English
2 months ago
Message to Tibetans in English
Message to the Tibetans
2 months ago
Message to the Tibetans
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
2 months ago
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
2 months ago
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
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Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
3 months ago
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
3 months ago
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
3 months ago
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.
3 months ago
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.
3 months ago
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
3 months ago
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
3 months ago
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
3 months ago
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?
4 months ago
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
4 months ago
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
4 months ago
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
5 months ago
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
5 months ago
It's nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
                         Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
5 months ago
Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
5 months ago
Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
High lamas in France September 2016
5 months ago
High lamas in France September 2016
༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden:   http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
5 months ago
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
5 months ago
Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass,
 Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, 
 By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements,
 By seeing the good results, one\'s path becomes more clear, 
 The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, 
 This would eliminate the samsara within our minds.
 ~Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass, Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements, By seeing the good results, one's path becomes more clear, The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, This would eliminate the samsara within our minds. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
5 months ago
Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
5 months ago
Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
5 months ago
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
5 months ago
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.
5 months ago
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
5 months ago
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
5 months ago
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
5 months ago
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
6 months ago
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.
6 months ago
Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
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His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
6 months ago
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
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It's nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
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    ཁྱེད་ཀྱི་བཀའ་སློབ་དོན་སྙིང་དེ།།གང་གི་རྣ་བར་བདུད་རྩི་མོད།།འོན་ཀྱང་འགའ་ཡི་རྣ་ལམ་དུ།། བྲག་ཆ་བཞིན་དུ་འགྱུར་སྲིད་མོད།། ཚང་མས་ཚར་རེ་གཟིགས་རོགས།། Kyabje Denma Gonsa Rinpoche telling people that it is important to have guru samaya. It use to be that way in the great monasteries. We should not create problems and schisms. If we want to practice a protector, then do so, if not it's okay, but don't make trouble. One should just practice the Buddha Dharma well. To do good practice. If you have faith in Dorje Shugden and trust all the way, he will definitely help you. But most important is to practice the dharma. This is his advice in short here. It's good to let more Tibetans hear this holy speech and appeal by this very senior Rinpoche. TR
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    This was on FB and I came across it. His Holiness said in Tibetan institutions there is a lot of propitiating protector/oracles and this is not what Buddhism is about. So they are putting Nechung/Tema oracles within the video to say what is he talking about when he does it himself. This is confusing is the message to his people. TR
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