Why so rude?

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Dear friends,

When and if we visit other people’s social media pages and sometimes don’t agree with their views, that is okay but we absolutely should NOT comment anything derogatory or negative as we should be respecting their freedom of speech. Freedom of speech does not need to be vulgar, rude or demeaning ever. We can have a polite debate if we wish not in order to win but to understand. But when detractors constantly and specifically come to our page and tell us what we can and cannot do and even become vulgar when we don’t accept, that is not freedom of speech on their part but infringement of my rights. I do not go on their pages and post anything. Why should they come to my page and post negative derogatory comments? It’s not necessary. I didn’t force my opinions on them because it is on my page. It is on my page and not their page. I didn’t post on their page but my own page.

If my posts appear on your ‘feed’ and you don’t like it, you can ignore it or just unfriend me then it will never appear again. Some obviously do not understand the basic workings of Facebook or twitter and they should learn up how to stop things they don’t want to see. 🙂 You do not need to be rude, infringe on my freedom of speech/worship or get vulgar when you don’t agree with my views or spiritual path. After all there are many out there who would like information I am sharing even if you don’t like it. Yes, many have written in and thanked me for the practice and information on Dorje Shugden. For example in the case of our Dorje Shugden social media posts, I have every right to share any aspect of the practice as I like. I have been requested many times to share more on every aspect of Dorje Shugden’s practice in fact and I cannot keep up with all the requests. I have every right to share any aspect of Dorje Shugden’s practice, information, lamas, history and pictures on my social media pages as and when I want. I do not and will never advocate violence, breaking vows, harming, sectarianism or any harm to anyone ever so why should Dorje Shugden practice bother you. This is my right to practice. You can counter by saying some Dorje Shugden practitioners has used this practice to harm others, or create division or sectarianism and that might be true in some rare cases. But that is definitely not all or the majority of Dorje Shugden practitioners. If you find one bad Christian, do you ban Christianity? If you find one bad Hindu, do you segregate against all Hindus? Of course not. People will use religion to fulfill their selfish aims, but that does not mean the religion itself is bad or everyone in that religion is bad or it should be banned. We should never generalize and make sweeping statements that create more disharmony than peace.  

Why should people come to my FB pages, twitter, blog (tsemrinpoche.com) and instagram and tell me I can’t speak about Dorje Shugden or this or that? Or if I post on Dorje Shugden they spit on me, curse me, leave very rude messages, send vulgar messages and threaten my life? We cannot worship this or follow what we like?? That is ridiculous and also sometimes they are very rude and very vulgar about this. Their vulgarity shows the world that their invasion of our cyber and personal space is not with good intent. It is a total infringement of my rights to speech, worship and way of life. Are they doing this from their own volition or being paid to do it or what? In fact who are telling these people who comment on my Dorje Shugden posts to write such unpleasant things? Who taught these people that Dorje Shugden is bad or they should insult Dorje Shugden practice and practitioners. Who gave them this information? Who keeps publicizing this information and inciting the crowd to attack Dorje Shugden practitioners? Who are telling them that Dorje Shugden is evil and we should segregate away from his practitioners? Whoever are spreading these vicious untruths are the actual ones responsible for all the disharmony, hatred and hatred against Dorje Shugden and his practitioners. The same people spreading bad and wrong information against Dorje Shugden people are the same people who can correct this situation if they really wished to do so. Dorje Shugden practice will not go away and will continue to grow. So either everyone who practice Dorje Shugden and don’t practice get along, respect each other and live in peace or have the opposite. This is up to the people who have spread the wrong information against Dorje Shugden. If you think you have the right to say Dorje Shugden is bad, then I have the right to say Dorje Shugden is good. If you keep repeating Dorje Shugden is bad then I  have the right to repeat Dorje Shugden is good. Dorje Shugden is part of my way of life and you are going to speak against it, then be ready for me to gently and respectfully protest you are wrong. Why should I stay quiet, be afraid or give up my beliefs just because you, or some lama famous or not says so. I follow my personal guru’s instructions and that’s it! But you do not need to be rude to me nor I to you. We do not need to argue and create ‘wars’ with this and have mudslinging at all.

Why should anyone be vulgar with someone just because they don’t agree with them about their religion? (See what I mean: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=58841 ) When we tell them nicely to not visit our page nor spam and they continue to, then we have to block them. Some after spamming, when we block them, they complain they are blocked! Amazing. If they don’t have common sense to not go to a page they don’t like and leave nasties always, then we have compassionately block them from disturbing the peace. Sorry. That is unfortunate, but necessary. This is a clean and clear and honest method to say RESPECT MY FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND WORSHIP. I do respect your freedoms and rights and do not post vulgarities and disrespectful comments on your social media pages but I am sorry to block you if you cross the line. I do not post nasty, negative or rude comments about your choices on your page especially about your religion! But if you cannot control yourself nor respect others with your disrespectful comments which I don’t accept, then don’t visit my pages. I don’t mean to sound arrogant or rude, but it would be a nice alternative instead of ugly comments for you if you don’t like my religion because I am not trying to convert you. My religious beliefs do not need your approval. I don’t care what lama or how famous they are, but if they criticize my faith or spiritual choice, that is their freedom, but they will create disharmony, anger and retaliation. It is my religious freedom to not follow what some of these lamas say but that does not give their followers the right to always speak against my faith and discourage others from it. Or even put negatives on their cyber space to discourage. If you discourage, be ready for ‘retaliation’ of some sort. This is the 21st century and not feudal Tibet. There are more good things to encourage than bad things to discourage. If these lamas who speak against other’s religions, deities and paths have retaliation and such, do not complain as you started it. You can end it. Simple logic. So we can respect another’s religious choice by not saying a single negative word about it and respect it or we can speak up against it and then there will be disharmony. Especially if it is one sided and the lama is not willing to discuss, be open and find solutions. Do not put other people’s religion in a negative light on social media or blog sites. As this is not a sign of openness, kindness or spirituality.

When you are told you have religious freedom and then you choose your religion and others are disrespectful to your choice and even threaten you because of it, this is not religious freedom. This is hiding behind a veneer of false freedom while you denigrate another’s religion. No religious leader or common citizen should criticize another’s religion, race, personal orientation or social background ever. It is bad form and policy to do so. Many of you who do criticize never met me or know me. So don’t presume. Don’t judge me on just my religion.

In conclusion, do not visit social media pages/sites that you do not like. But do not stop others in anyway of posting or sharing their religious faith. If you do visit, no one forced you there so you are not compelled to leave very inhumane and rude comments. This reflects you and your own teacher. Either your teacher did not teach you well or you didn’t follow the teachings well. Either way it makes you look bad and makes your teacher look bad. Think of people who know nothing of the Dorje Shugden issue created by the Tibetan leadership when there was no issue and how it looks to all these new people to see the one sided mudslinging.  I have my path and I don’t need yours or your teachers’ approval. 🙂 But regardless of my religious path I have many other facets of who I am and we can still be friends. Do not let religion ever be a stumbling block to genuine friendship, concern and harmony for each other. We need a peaceful planet and criticizing against another’s religion will never help. We are all humans and we need the basic same things in life. We can be kind, respectful, polite and caring to each other no matter what religion we are or not. That is so much better. Let’s be friends and not look at what religion we practice. Thank you. Look at each other as people and not what religions they practice.

Tsem Rinpoche.

P.S. I like to thank Robert Anderson for his logical comment which I share here. 

 

 

This is posted on the Exiled Tibetan Govt’s (Central Tibetan Administration) website. They list all the Tibetan people who go for protests against the illegal Dorje Shugden ban. They never list the non-Tibetans because citizens of sovereign countries would never stand for it. They post the Tibetans who democratically and peacefully protest against this ban in order to incite hatred and anger creating angry mobs against Dorje Shugden practitioners. I have never gone for one single protest, but supposedly protests are a democratic method to change something that is damaging one sector of society. If peaceful protests are democratic and freedom of speech is encouraged, then why have a hit list on your website against people who protest? See many more: http://tibet.net/2014/05/list-of-dolgyal-followers-who-protested-against-his-holiness-the-dalai-lama-in-us-and-europe/

 

 Important and related articles:

Dorje Shugden: My side of the story (多杰雄登:我这方面的说法)

http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=65988

My plea to His Holiness the Dalai Lama

http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=69524

Dorje Shugden

http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/dorje-shugden

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  1. MartinC on Feb 9, 2017 at 8:44 am

    Dorje Shugden has been maligned and demonized by the Tibetan leaderships’s smear campaigns for 20 years. However, when some one actually looks into the allegations against the Protector and examine what the practice is all about, they see the goodness of Dorje Shugden clearly. This comment by ‘Suzy in Hawaii’ is yet another indication that despite all efforts, the anti-Shugden offensive has failed. . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4&t=11s

    Suzy

  2. Andrea Lai on Nov 27, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    It’s really sad to see or witness war among humans due to differences in spiritual practice.As a Buddhism we are thought to be humble, polite and respect on each other opinions and thinking.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the story of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. I’m getting more knowledge of my dharma protector and my root guru kind intention. May Shugden ban lift ASAP. Less people suffer, more people live in peace and harmony.

  3. Anne Ong on Nov 19, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    I hope you anti Shugden people will stop all these nonsense nasty attack on us. You have no right to go to other people’s blog and other social media platform to harrass others on their spiritual practice. it is a personal thing and we have our religious rights and freedom to practice what we like.Thank you very much.

  4. Tsem Rinpoche on Sep 15, 2016 at 1:03 am

    Trode Khangsar Chapel in Lhasa, Tibet

    Over 400 years ago a great and learned lama Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was famed in Mongolia, Tibet, Nepal and China for being very saintly and compassionate. He resided in his residence (Zimkhang Gongma Ladrang) in Drepung Monastery. His root guru was H.H. the Omniscient 4th Panchen Lama and his close dharma brother was the 5th Dalai Lama.

    The 5th Dalai Lama and Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen had a very close and dharmic relationship and often went to receive teachings together from the 4th Panchen Lama. They were close in age. They both became very learned and well known. During this time, the Dalai Lama was enthroned as a Dharma King of Tibet. But more people went to see Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen for teachings, initiations and divinations. This made the attendants of the 5th Dalai Lama feel threatened that Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s fame might usurp the power of the 5th Dalai Lama. So they had a khata forced down his throat. At that moment, Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen dissolved his psychic winds and generated the wish to be a great guardian of Buddha and Tsongkapa’s teachings. As his consciousness dissolved, he entered ‘bardo’ as a dharma protector of the highest order (jikten depey sungma). Many signs were seen throughout Lhasa at this time and the earth was said to have shaken in Lhasa. This event was already predicted to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s previous incarnation when he was one of the 8 main disciples of Lord Tsongkapa the Supreme Master and he served Tsongkapa directly by building Gaden Monastery.

    When the 5th Dalai Lama heard what his scheming and power-hungry attendants had done, he was very distressed. He was very sorry Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was murdered and dishonored as he was a great dharma master. The 5th Dalai Lama composed an apology to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. In Lhasa, tens of thousands gathered for the cremation of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s holy body. During the cremation, the 5th Dalai Lama’s apology was read out at which flames spontaneously arose from the body of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen commencing the cremation. From the body, during cremation, a powerful whirlwind of smoke tunneled into the sky for all to see as this was an indication Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s consciousness has arisen as the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. The Dharma Protector Setrap immediately recognized this new protector Dorje Shugden and ‘enthroned’ him as a powerful Dharma Protector in the realm of the Buddhas. From this, Setrap and Dorje Shugden are closely connected and very close working hand in hand always. After the cremation, the great 5th Dalai Lama built a Dorje Shugden chapel on the spot the cremation took place and named it Trode Khangsar. The 5th Dalai Lama commissioned the statue of Dorje Shugden in this chapel and had monks installed in the chapel to do continuous propitiations to Dorje Shugden. Trode Khangsar Chapel was a commemoration to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen who was wronged and also a celebration of his consciousness arising as the World Peace Peace Protector Dorje Shugden.

    This Trode Khangsar Chapel still exists now in Lhasa where many make pilgrimages there. It is in good condition and was recently renovated. It is over 400 years old and a testimony to the respect the Great 5th Dalai Lama had to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen who arose as Dorje Shugden.

    I have visited this holy chapel in Lhasa years back. I’ve never heard of it till I was in Lhasa and by chance, I was told about it which I was happy to visit. I could not find the place but strangely a bunch of pilgrims from Amdo told me they would show me how to get there in Lhasa.

    This short video is a short clip of this holy Trode Khangsar Chapel in Lhasa today commemorating Dorje Shugden, built by the great 5th Dalai Lama. The great 5th Dalai Lama even composed a prayer to Dorje Shugden which is still available today and we can recite to invoke the blessings, protection, and assistance of World Peace Protector Dorje Shugden.

    Tsem Rinpoche


    Read more: Trode Khangsar – A 400-year-old Dorje Shugden Chapel in Lhasa
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/trode-khangsar-%E2%80%93-a-400-year-old-dorje-shugden-chapel-in-lhasa.html

    Short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTybDwTeLAM

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    The 5th Dalai Lama’s Prayer to Dorje Shugden

    HUM
    Though unmoving from the sphere of primordial spontaneity,
    With wrathful turbulent power, swifter than lightning,
    Endowed with heroic courage to judge good and bad,
    I invite you with faith, please come to this place!

    Robes of a monk, crown adorned with rhinoceros leather hat,
    Right hand holds ornate club, left holds a human heart,
    Riding various mounts such as nagas and garudas,
    Who subdues the mamos of the charnel grounds, praise to you!

    Samaya substances, offerings and torma, outer, inner and secret,
    Favourite visual offerings and various objects are arranged.
    Although, previously, my wishes were a bit dense,
    Do not stop your powerful apparitions, I reveal and confess!

    Now respectfully praising with body, speech, and mind,
    For us, the masters, disciples, benefactors and entourages,
    Provide the good and avert the bad!
    Bring increase like the waxing moon in spiritual and temporal realms!

    Moreover, swiftly accomplishing all wishes,
    According to our prayers, bestow the supreme effortlessly!
    And like the jewel that bestows all wishes,
    Always protect us with the Three Jewels!

    From: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/the-5th-dalai-lamas-prayer-to-dorje-shugden

    Tibetan prayer from: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/the-14th-dalai-lamas-prayer-to-dorje-shugden.html

  5. Linda on May 12, 2016 at 3:45 am

    Nice to know Patricia Snodgrass, Wong Kok Chung (Joey Wong) and Carol McQuire are in contact. All those nasties on Tsem Rinpoche, guess now we know who directed Carol and her “friends”‘s attention to him with all those fake stories. The violence and vulgarities against Tsem Rinpoche, now there’s proof who was the source of it.

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  6. Lydia on May 7, 2016 at 6:08 am

    Carol McQuire and Linda Ciardiello I guess just can’t help themselves but these cartoons were a totally great use of Linda’s artistic skills.

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  7. Lydia on May 7, 2016 at 6:03 am

    Perfect, just perfect! Carol McQuire and Linda Ciardiello’s new works totally fit in with this rudeness theme!

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    Sogyal (3)

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  13. Tsem Rinpoche on Jan 7, 2016 at 5:06 am

    Thank you for having the strength, courage and genuine care to stand up and speak peacefully for what you believe in. No one should ever suffer, be segregated, assaulted, hurt, degraded, belittled, cursed, hated and biased for their religious beliefs. No one should advise anyone against any religious belief. If we want to find people who hate a certain religion, we can find plenty. If we want to find people who like a certain religion or form of spirituality, there will be plenty. In the end who is right and wrong? Which religion is right or wrong. All or some or none? Therefore it is more logical to respect all religions, all faiths and all forms of spirituality. In history many have exploited religion for selfish purposes and many have not. As long as I have not, that is all that matters. I cannot and will not speak for others of my faith and what their motive is, but I know my motive. No one and no leader and no religious leader should ever hurt, segregate or speak against another religion. Time for peace. Time for harmony. Time for respect. Time to look beyond mine/your religion and be kind. Be kind to everyone. Never put anyone down because of their religion.

    Humbly,

    Tsem Rinpoche.

    P.S. I wish very much the people from His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s views/side and people from the side of Dorje Shugden practitioners meet very soon. May they meet in peace, with kindness in the hearts and good motivation to solve this issue once and for all. We have to solve this through peaceful dialogue. I never protested against His Holiness Dalai Lama nor spoke harshly against his views ever. I have always respected his and everyone’s views. We all have to live on this earth together. You will not accept my way of spirituality and I will not accept your’s and that is okay. But we must respect each other’s spiritual faith and NEVER criticize or advise against it. We must respect also what we don’t accept. Everyone has their way. Advising against another’s religion/faith/spirituality creates so much disharmony. No more disharmony. It’s been 19 years since the ban against Dorje Shugden started. It must end please. We have so many things to argue about in this world, let’s make one less conflict. I wish this conflict to end peacefully soon. I wish His Holiness the Dalai Lama and supporters can open channels of communication and solve this issue soon. Peaceful dialogue please and soon. Thank you.

    peace

  14. Shane Jayasuriya on Oct 4, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    I really agree with Rinpoche every much.Religious freedom and what our practice is not others concern if we are not bringing harming any one with our practice. If one or two harms others from their practice , should not blame or criticize or harm all the other innocent practitioners.

  15. Edward Ooi on Jul 29, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    I very much agree with what Rinpoche has written. I have seen a lot of my fellow Dorje Shugden practitioners who has been criticized, opposed, scolded with vulgar words and treated with no respect at all just because they are Dorje Shugden practitioners. Besides, why would some people criticized another’s practice/religious because they are unhappy with it? Is that what you call Religious Freedom? I don’t think so.

    Yes, Rinpoche has every right to talk about Dorje Shugden on Rinpoche’s blog because it is owned by Rinpoche and it is a blog about sharing Dharma. So.. what rights do these people have to come and post those nasty comments? Like the other time when we talked about a practice in India which is called the Aghoris and they consume animal and human carcasses and sometimes they even meditate on human dead body, what is weird that is their people do not even talk bad about it or start opposing it and here we Dorje Shugden practitioners are, why are we getting verbally attacked by these people for doing no harm to the any sentient at all? Is this even fair?

    And most importantly, what bugs me the most is that a lot of people who go against us are people who do not understand anything about Dorje Shugden’s practice and story but yet they do it is because they normally assumed and judge Dorje Shugden’s practice only from what they have heard or read about. I really really wished from the depths of my heart that the ban will be lifted soon so that less people would criticize about what we are doing and many more people will practice Dorje Shugden.

  16. Yee Mun on Jul 28, 2015 at 12:28 am

    A blog is a very personal space for one to share his interests, like and dislike, religion and other things. A blogger would welcome words of encouragement and friendly debate, but definitely not vulgar or offensive message. No one would like a stranger to come into your space and in a very rude manner tell you what you are doing is wrong. If do not like the post by the blogger, just leave silently or do not come back in the future. Show some respect for others that have different practice or opinion.

    All religions promote peace, happiness and mind transformation for us to be better in the future. Leaving negative, vulgar or offensive comments in others blog is something opposite to what all religions are promoting. Our act will not only reflect about ourself, it also reflect who our teacher is and what our teacher taught us. So think twice before we act, do not bring shame to ourself and also to our teacher. If we want to check whether our action is right or wrong, we only need to ask ourself 1 question, will Buddha do this, say like this or act in such a way? If the answer is no, then we are 100% wrong. STOP it.

    I hope those anti Dorje Shugden people can leave my Guru alone, do not disturb his mind, do not waste his time to defend our practice and seeking for a dialogue to lift the ban. My Guru has more important things to do.

    We have our right to do the practice of our choice. As a Dorje Shugden practitioner, we only ask for a dialogue to settle the issue peacefully. Lift the ban for us to practice freely and in harmony with others.

  17. Shelly Tai on Jul 27, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this information with us, is very illogical when you read what this people write because I believe they all are spiritual practitioner whether what religion they are the main thing they should practice is kindness and love if they criticising others religion or believe I think is very wrong and will eventually discourage others to be spiritual.

  18. Edwin Tan on Jul 19, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    At the end of it.. It just boils down to respect towards one another, and choosing whether to leave derogatory remarks or not. Or simply just ignoring posts that seems unpleasant to the reader.

    There is no need to target the writer. Freedom of speech. Freedom of space.

  19. Uncle Eddie on Jul 17, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    Religion should lead to Peace, let us all be agents of Peace and harmony. I remember Rinpoche once said, “Whatever religion others are, we must respect. We must not think of harming them or their beliefs. Their beliefs are what make them who they are. Everyone has the right to be who they are”. As a point for thought, we all have to live on this planet together, where no one religion and/or, belief can cover the minds of all beings in this Planet. Having a variety is a norm and said to be useful. To disparage other’s religion or belisf, can create great upheavels within families, neighbours, cities, countries, friends and the World too! Actually religion can be used to create so much peace and goodwill if we practice each religion and develop the inner peace it is meant for, which is said to lead to outer Peace. Our Rinpoche has also taught that, religion shouldn’t be used selfishly to further one’s own endeavours, or goals indiscriminately. The true goal of a religious practitioner shouldn’t be using others conveniently to get to heaven. Their goal should be to create a “Heaven” on earth by tolerance, kindness and living in peace with better understanding to help and take care of others. Many may accept a heaven after death, and some don’t. But we all have a life to live now, and this life is very important and precious – once it’s lost, many opportunities will be lost too. So all respective religions and its followers should promote respect, tolerance and a geniune concern for each other, be they humans, animals and the environment. As always, the defining feature of a spiritual practitioner should always be compassion and acceptance – this defining cultivation of good qualities for religion will make our lives lived in peace and thus lead us to a heaven in the after life, if we choose to believe. The World is not perfect and neither are we. Together, however, we can solve whatever problems we have. To do this we must all strive for the same goal and consciously work towards achieving it. Om Mani Padme Hung.

  20. Phng Keng Hwa on Jul 16, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    It is nice to see that there are people who have the sense and logic to be respectful and neutral in this vast sea of hate. 🙂 I am really grateful to Mr. Robert Anderson. 🙂 Thank you, sir, for sharing your thoughts on the hate spread in the Shugden issue. If more people were to be like Mr. Robert Anderson, who respects what others believe in as well as what he believes in, the world would be a less dramatic and much happier place.

    I hope more people like Mr. Anderson will surface.

    Your humble student,
    Keng Hwa.

  21. LOW KHJB on Jul 16, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for your kind reminder on tolerance and respecting others in terms of views and beliefs. We are living in a modern democratic society.
    We have the rights to express ourselves or choose a religion that is suitable to our lifestyle.But, all these should be done with serious consideration as not to seek conflict or create harms to others in the society.
    Almost all religion would place love,harmony,compassion, generosity and tolerance as a base.If they truly understand these then multiracial or multi religious society would certainly find peace and joy in their co existence. Benefiting each other to enable them to develop and grow ( politically or financially ) .

  22. Lucas Roth on Jul 16, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    This post is very good and I agree with it completely. It is not just on social media that this hate can occur because of difference. Whenever people are not the same on a topic or opinion they lash out at each other. This is so wrong because if there is a disagreement then there is no need to have hatred and harm to others, just do not follow that way if it doesn’t suit you. If different arguments disagree directly then you can stand up for it properly and without need for harm like a formal protest such as in the old days of Martin Luthor King Jr. There is no need for harm and a fight.

    In this Dorje Shugden situation, it is so sad how all Shugden people get attacked physically and through the internet. Although I am talking about how disagreements are and how it can start things like this. I feel that this is the base to all disagreements and how it connects to this post is like that. So I feel like this is something else to connect to this post. It is because of disagreements not taken correctly. There is no need for harm and hate. There is no need for fighting, I feel so sad to hear that Shugden people are attacked because of difference. This should not be here in today’s society and it is so wrong and immature almost. Why is there a need to be so rude like how Rinpoche said. I hope this comment can be related to this post like how I thought of it. I am sorry if this comment is not good or doesn’t relate enough. So I am trying to say that all this is caused by an extremely bad approach by the non Shugden people for a situation that is not agreeing with them. Also freedom of speech is not a right to hate and insult. It is just a right to say your thought and your beliefs and feeling. So that is abused and can cause things like this Shugden hate.

  23. Pastor Han Nee on Jul 16, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    Freedom of speech comes with responsibility. The responsibility is to respect others’ right to freedom of speech and choice of religion. When individuals violate this basic right by invading the space of another and use rude incisive language to insult another about his choice of spiritual practice, in his social media space, this is tantamount to an offence because it hurts. If we wish not to be hurt, we should not hurt others by going into their space.This is especially so, when , in this case, our Guru Tsem Rinpoche himself has never gone into another’s space , nor criticize another in a negative and insulting manner.

  24. HillHermit on Jul 15, 2015 at 4:15 am

    Actually, what is freedom of speech? If we think freedom of speech gives us the right to speak or write hatefully, cruelly, with judgment, disrespect, and intolerance, we destroy the causes to be in a place where freedom of speech is valued and protected. In other words, only kind and careful speech guarantees freedom. We destroy the causes of freedom of any kind through acting out afflictions. The unique causes of freedom of speech are not governments that “guarantee” it, but having practiced pure, kind, respectful and non-harming speech/writing in the past. Claiming one’s right to freedom of speech while spewing vitriol or falsehood about anything or anyone is a guaranteed method to be forced to perceive oneself in a place where expression will be violently suppressed or denied.

  25. Pastor Gim Lee on Jul 14, 2015 at 10:44 pm

    Dear Anti-Dorje-shugden people,

    You said
    there is no ban, yet
    segregation is practiced
    Teachings, service & treatment are denied

    You said
    we have freedom, yet
    we’re not to reveal our practice
    even on our own social media platform

    You said, proudly
    you’re followers of HHDL, yet
    you’re showing no restraints
    to control your body, speech & mind

    You screamed
    for freedom of speech, yet
    you trolled over & violated ours
    why the double standards?

    You demanded
    to be left alone, yet
    you tagged us on tweets,
    comment on our walls with profanity.

    harassment is rampant
    discrimination is obvious

    where is your compassion?
    where is our freedom?

  26. Berndt on Jul 14, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    Dear Venerable Rinpoche,
    thanks for informing us. It is very sad that the T.G. in Exile, is to put Dorje Shugden worhippers in the pillory. I think the Government should take care for all of the ppl. and ensure religios freedom for all as well.

  27. Datuk May on Jul 14, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    Although Mr. Robert Anderson’s comment is precise and to the point, I wish to thank HE Tsem Rinpoche for being so kind to explain exactly how we should behave in a manner that is befitting to all who agrees or disagrees on whatever issues at hand.

    Sad that HE Tsem Rinpoche and his students are attacked and insulted for their singular belief and faith in Dorje Shugden. The question is do Kechara also differ in their faith in the Holy Dharma and the doctrine of Je Tsongkapa? The answer is no, we are students of Je Tsongkapa’s doctrine.

    Please have respect to our rights.

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  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 04:26 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline sharing this interesting post about Bodhidharma, a great master favoured meditation and introduced the Lankavatara Sutra to Chinese Buddhism.

    Here are a few points I have learned from this post:
    1. Bodhidharma had strong imprints of Dharma from the past and therefore he is interested in Buddha’s teachings and show his great wisdom. at a very young age.
    2. His strong guru devotion and determination in learning and spreading the dharma based on meditation though he confronted with difficulties such as Emperor Wu Di was not impressed by his teachings, being ostracized and rejected and lived as a beggar for many months. Notwithstanding, he continued and never give up to practice meditation in complete silence for nine years in cave wall when he was not accepted by Shaolin Monastery at the beginning .
    3. When Bodhidharma was allowed enter to the monastery, he had put a lot of efforts to help the monks in improving their physical body as well as their mind through the meditation. Then, Bodhidharma continued to develop a system of 18 dynamic tension exercises which were printed as Yi Gin Ching (Changing Muscle/Tendon Classic) in 550 CE. It is known as the Luohan (arhat) 18 Hand Movements today which serves as the basis of both Chinese Temple Boxing and the Shaolin Martial Arts.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/bodhidharma-the-founder-of-gongfu.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 04:10 PM
    Thank you, Grace, for sharing with us the many tips on how to care for and maintain our hair. Personal grooming is important because when we care for our appearance, we are respecting the people who have to deal with us. Caring for our hair, making sure that it is neat and clean should be something we need to take care of since young as it is part of personal grooming. The key is not to be attached to our body and outer-images, that results in spending much time and resources just to make ourselves look good.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/how-much-do-you-know-about-hair.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 03:00 PM
    Thank you for sharing these wonderful and significant photos showed that Kechara Pastors’ tireless efforts to bring dharma to many others and do the blessings whenever is necessary.

    Basically, the pastorship role was conceptualized by our precious guru, H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, to preserve the Dharma and to give laypeople an opportunity to commit to benefiting others. Kechara Pastors are fully dedicated and selflessly serving others especially in spiritual growth and therefore this is good for us to support the Pastors so that they can focus and spend more of their time and effort to serve others and most importantly Buddhist teachings can be spread and shared to many others. The supports to Pastors including food, lodging, transportation, items necessary for their work, such as ritual items or spiritual gifts for those in need and many others. (If you are interested to know more about Kechara Pastors, please have a good read at http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/support-the-kechara-pastors.html)

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/10-amazing-house-blessings-by-kechara-pastors.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 02:13 PM
    Its such a great blessing for all of us to hear the holy voice recordings of H.H Kyabje Zong Rinpoche a great master..His profound teachings ,got to take seroiusly,more as an important advice on Dorje Shugden’s practice.H.H Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s explaination was very clear before any of the practitioner’s commitment and receive sogtae.They must keep the lineage practice and teachings no matter what ever happen.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us on the important advice by a great master.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/kyabje-zong-rinpoches-advice-on-dorje-shugdens-practice.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 11:50 AM
    Thank you Pastor Han Nee for your sharing your thoughts and review about the book “Be Happy” written by Rinpoche. It is indeed not easy to be happy as we all have various expectation in every situation and people.

    We may think having a big house, lots of cash and good career is happiness but this is the wrong perception. Being happy is not about material and everything about ourselves. It is only when we can do more for others and focus out that we gain happiness. I never realised this until I joined Kechara. I think we have such a fixed mindset of what happiness is and when our expectation is not met, we are unhappy.

    Rinpoche has pointed out many ways for us to rectify our thoughts and methods to be happy. Now it is for us to take initiative to change and transform our mind if we want to be happy.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Han Nee for this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/be-happy.html
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Apr 24. 2017 12:30 PM
    Many people do not believe in reincarnation and only relates it to certain religion such as Hinduism and Buddhism. However, there were many instances and signs that proven reincarnation exist. As Buddhist we will believe in reincarnation and karma. It is by understanding that everything has its cause and effect that we should learn to live life in the correct attitude and mindset. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting articles to remind us of karma and the importance of doing dharma practise.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/interesting-signs-of-reincarnation.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Apr 23. 2017 08:29 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for your teachings.
    Always be generous and kind in what ever we could do even its little help.It’s the little things in life that bring the greatest happiness. Its between us and our Buddha ,so we would not bother what the receipient thinks and say of us. What ever was said ,should not deter our motivation to do Dharma work.
    (It will change people’s lives in one way or another. It will change your life for the better.)….well said by Rinpoche.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/its-not-between-you-and-the-recipient.html
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Apr 23. 2017 07:16 PM
    Thank you Grace for this interesting articles about hair. There are just so much info which we do not know previously. Most of the time we may neglect the details, thinking as long as we clean our hair everyday it is sufficient. But there are so many things we need to know for example types of hair, scalp condition, our environment and our physical condition which may affect our hair. Great tips.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/how-much-do-you-know-about-hair.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Apr 23. 2017 03:31 PM
    Amazing miracles……….its show that the practice of Dorje Shugden is so powerful and will help whoever needs help regardless of race and religIon, far or near as long we have faith and trust. Dorje Shugden is an emanation of Manjushri , arose to protect the teachings of Lama Tsongkhapa. Dorje Shugden helps us to purify our own negative karma and clearing o bstacles .It is a very beneficial practice and we can in turn to help our friends and people in need.
    The two stories told by Datuk May was one of those miracles that Dorje Shugden has helped.
    Thank you Datuk May for sharing these amazing miracles.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/%EF%BB%BF%EF%BB%BFdorje-shugden-miracles.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Apr 23. 2017 12:19 PM
    Well i do not have much knowledge obout hair till i read these imformative article.Thank you Ms Grace Leong,,,i do enjoyed reading it as i learned some knowledge from it at least i could know what hair type i do have and taking caring of it.Very useful tips too.
    Yes it true,most of us spend more time and money on our face and less on our hair. With your useful tips ,i am sure more people will be taking care of their hair and scalp too .
    Thank again Ms Grace Leong for sharing
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/how-much-do-you-know-about-hair.html
  • Valentina Suhendra
    Sunday, Apr 23. 2017 09:20 AM
    Pig Slaughter

    When you watch how the poor pig cried for his life in this article’s video, you will understand that animals have feeling too. None of them are willing to be slaughtered to satisfy our taste buds. Please be kind to animals and be vegetarian.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/pig-slaughter.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Sunday, Apr 23. 2017 03:33 AM
    This is a powerful movie. The Tillerman siblings are forced to fend for themselves when they are abandoned by their mother in the parking lot of a shopping mall. Heart wrenching to see. Abandonment is very hard and affects you for the rest of your life. They eventually meet their grandmother (Anne Bancroft), a loner who is reluctant to take them in. The acting is excellent. The plot was powerful. The struggles are believable. The ending was beautiful and everyone should have a good ending. Must watch this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yN6HQGHVYaA
  • Jason
    Sunday, Apr 23. 2017 02:28 AM
    Dorje Shugden( DS)is World Peace Dharma Protector and he is emanation of Manjushri (Buddha of Wisdom). DS always help anyone to clear inner or outer obstacles in order for us to have a conducive environment to practice Dharma.
    From above miracles cases, we can see that DS really compassion to help layman in samsara to overcome problems or difficulties.
    In return to DS, we must practice Dharma to nurture or cultivate wisdom and compassion to benefits more people.
    Thanks Datum May for sharing her own experiences to us.

    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/%EF%BB%BF%EF%BB%BFdorje-shugden-miracles.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Apr 22. 2017 04:07 PM
    Thank you, Nicholas, for sharing with us how you started with Kechara. It is very inspiring to learn that Nicholas started volunteering at KSK, no doubt being nudged to do so, but it was with noble and unconditional intention and had gone all the way since then.

    Each and every one of us has unique affinity, hence, different preference in setting our foot out of our comfort zone to start benefitting others. It is because of this reason; Rinpoche initiated many departments so that people with different preference can find an area that calls out to them.

    I hope more people will volunteer their time for a cause, it not only make our life more meaningful but also expand our horizon as well as benefit many people along the way.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-soup-kitchen-ksk/my-first-time-volunteering-in-kechara.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Apr 22. 2017 02:51 PM
    It is indeed difficult when a person loss his/her pet. It is never easy because for many pet owners they don’t treat their dog/cat literally but as part of their family. Especially for dog and their nature, they are so loyal and the bonding with human is very strong. Hence, it is understandable that pet owners will grieve over the death of their dog. Every pet owners will mourn or grieve at different extent. As family member and friends we should understand the situation and extend our assistance to comfort them.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/why-losing-a-dog-can-be-harder-than-losing-a-relative-or-friend.html

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
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One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini\'s blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves.
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini's blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves. ~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
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His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one\'s death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one's death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin\'s dog Snowy!
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I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin's dog Snowy!
Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
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Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
 Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
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2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
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One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
 Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
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Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
Tsem Rinpoche\'s Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
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Tsem Rinpoche's Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
 It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and \'defeat\' the ones that hurt us because we don\'t become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
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It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and 'defeat' the ones that hurt us because we don't become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
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Tsem Rinpoche's heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin  Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
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Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
 (left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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(left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s good to be with kind and sincere people.
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It's good to be with kind and sincere people.
If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
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If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
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My Mumu boy didn't want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn\'t move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
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I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
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March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
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Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
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March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
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More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
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Read this as it will be interesting
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Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
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This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
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I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
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Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
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Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
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The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
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Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
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My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
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February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
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Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
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  • April 20, 2017 10:45
    Ronnie asked: Dear Rinpoche and Pastors, I'm studying abroad and very far away from home, seeking guidance and advice as I have no one else I can talk to about this. Please read with an open mind, I don't know where else to go for help. I'm pregnant and it's an unplanned pregnancy. I'm stuck between keeping it or letting it go. I'm young and having a child at my age in the society we live in now would be considered taboo. The father of the child thinks I should let it go because it may cause a setback to both our careers and cause major family issues. He thinks we aren't ready to raise a child especially since we're both still in university and his parents think badly of me even though they've never met me or tried to get to know me. I'm sure no one would ever have the heart to take away a heartbeat but it seems like it isn't the right time to have a child now and if we did go through with it, the child probably won't be able to have the best things life can offer looking at where we are now in terms of finance and maturity. I'm lost, confused and unsure what the right thing to do is now. Any advice at all would be helpful right now. Thank you so very much for taking time to read my story.
    pastor answered: Dear Ronnie, I’m sorry to read that you are going through this situation. I can understand that this situation is tough to go through. You are always more than welcome to come here to ask questions. May I suggest that you talk to either someone in your family or your friends to help you come to an appropriate solution? This is because, what you feel, what you are going through, will change from time to time and you would need someone to talk to, someone that you can lean on through this situation you are facing. Depending on where you are in the world, professional help can also be sought to help you make a decision, which will be the best option for you seeking help. From a Buddhist perspective, the taking of a life is not considered a positive act, therefore those on the Buddhist path, would normally abstain taking a life if possible. However, that being said, one must always weigh the decision oneself. Everything we do in life, necessarily involves karma both positive and negative. That is why Buddhists try to overcome samsara in general. Your situation is complicated because you are abroad, but if possible you should really open up to someone you are close to in order to help you through making this decision on a personal basis. When you talk to someone, whom you are able to express yourself more, you may able to come to better decision that is right for you. There may be other options open to you if you seek help. I personally know women who have been in similar situations. One of these women, let the child go and the other went through the pregnancy and then gave the child up for adoption. You may or may not have thought of this option, but it is one that could be open to you, depending on where in the world you are. Any decision we make in life, however big or small it may seem, has far reaching consequences whether in this life, or in future lives. This is just a part and parcel of life within samsara. However, we should weigh the decisions we make clearly given the situation we are in. We cannot always do this weighing ourselves, but need to talk about our options with others we can rely on such a friends, family or professionals. You should consider doing this, which will help you greatly emotionally, and may give you the grounding you need to make the correct decision for you. I hope this helps.
  • April 19, 2017 04:57
    Dongho asked: What is a nyung ne practice? According to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, it's a purification sadhana. However, what are the instructions for this? I'm guessing it's to Chenrezig, but how does it work? Also, from what I have read, Vajrasattva practice is only for broken vows while Akshobhya is for regular misdeeds. Does that mean one has to take the Akshobhya practice to purify bad karma from this life and previous instead of Vajrasattva? As for the purification practices, are some like Vajrasattva and Chenrezig only to purify the bad karma and let it come quickly or is it to prevent it from coming? I am confused in it. As for signs, I recited a mantra of White Yangchenma that a Sakya lama, Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche, gave me with the Sakya visualizations I read on, and after one mala, I heard some lady call my Korean name even though no one in my neighborhood knows of my name and my family members weren't in the area. What does this mean?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your questions, it’s nice to see you back here again. Nyung Ne practice is a purification practice that centres around Chenrezig. It is a very beneficial practice that stems from a holy nun named Gelong-ma Palmo. It is a two and a half day practice that can be repeated many times over and over again to intensify the purification and build a closer relationship with Chenrezig. As well as its purification aspect, the practice is known to generate vast amount of merit, and also compassion, as the practice centres around Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion. The practice involves taking the eight Mahayana precepts for the duration, fasting, meditating, prostrating and praying. The practice usually entails empowerment into the practice of Chenrezig, therefore the exact meditations, prayers can only be explained to those who have the empowerment. Vajrasattva practice is not necessarily only for repairing broken vows, etc. That’s why it is advised that you engage in the practice at the end of the day, to repair any vows that you may have broken during that day, as well as stopping any negative karma you created that day from multiplying. This would entail reciting the mantra 21 times, together with the four opponent powers. However, if you engage in this practice more intensely, it definitely has the capability to purify all sorts of karma. That is the reason why in Ngondro, or preliminary practices one engages in before tantra, the practice of 100,000 Vajrasattva mantra recitation is an integral part. You can read more about Vajrasattva and his practice here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/an-important-purification-practice.html. Within purification practices, some of the karma will be purified completely, so you do not feel its effects at all, but when purifying other karma you will need to feel its effects somehow. For example if you have the karma to be in a car accident and get seriously injured, and you are engaging in any practice, but especially the purification practice, since you have purified most of the karma, you will only experience being in a very minor car accident, with only very superficial injuries. Therefore, in this case, the karma has been purified to the extent that it does not affect you as much, but you still need to feel part of its effect. In regards to any signs that you receive which engaging in the practices given to you by one of your specific gurus, you should report the happenings to that particular guru. He will be able to give you more of an accurate answer, as it may be related to the particular practice that he gave to you. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • April 17, 2017 07:06
    Thomas asked: Dear Pastors, When a serkyem set has been used so much and one is ready to get rid of it and replace it with a new one. What is a respecful mode of disposal?
    pastor answered: Dear Thomas, Thank you for your question. Your question shows that you have a lot of respect for offering items, which is very good. If possible, you should try to repair the item if within your means, and doing so make embellishments to make it a better offering item, which can still be used. If this is not possible, then you should dispose of the item with a good motivation. You should think that this item has been used to make offerings to the enlightened beings, but now that it is broken or unusable, you are going to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. Since it itself is not a receptacle of energies of the enlightened beings, such as a statue, tsa tsa or thangka, it does not require a special dissolution before being disposed of. However since it was used to make offerings, it still requires some form of respect when disposing, and this comes from one’s motivation and the way in which you dispose of it. Usually, when disposing of items in this way, make the motivation that you have used it and that it is now time to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. When you do this you can dispose of it in a respectful manner. For example, if you are going to throw it away, you do not simply open the trash can and throw it in. You wrap it up in something, like a bag or newspaper and dispose of it respectfully. Another method you can dispose of it is to recycle the object, if the material it is made from can be recycled. That way you are more conscious of the environment as well. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 16, 2017 22:38
    Curious asked: Dear pastors In a recent youtube video something like paying respect to deceased ones, pastor Nirel Patel explained that merits are like the interest and good karma is like the principal sum. So merits always regenerate themselves and hence do not get used up but good karma is like the principal sum so it gets used up. So my question is what are practices that generate merit? And can we turn a mundane daily activity into a meritorious one? Maybe can you provide an example?
    pastor answered: Dear Curious, Thank you for your question. First, to clarify a point, in regards to good karma, you are right, it is like a principal sum in a bank account, but you take away from it when you experience something good in your life, and you add to it when you do good deeds. Merit on the other hand, once accrued never diminishes, therefore when something is based on merit, it is based on the energies of this never diminishing sum, which you could say is like interest. In short, the principal sum when talking about karma is always added to and subtracted from. However, when talking about merit, once you have it, there is no way to destroy it, you will always benefit from it. There are various ways to explain how to generate merit. I will explain a way that I find easiest to understand. In normal life, when we go about performing any sort of activity, be it ‘good’ or ‘bad’ we do so out of ignorance of the true nature of existence, and it is usually self-motivated. For example, we work our entire lives to generate monetary income, so that we have enough money, resources, and materials goods to be comfortable. This is self-motivated, but it is the accepted way the world works these days, and is part and parcel of being bound to samsaric life. On the other hand, the act of merit making can be categorised into three parts: i) motivation, ii) the act itself, and iii) dedication. Let’s start with motivation, when engaging in various virtuous acts, we should have the motivation that by engaging in the act, we have the motivation to alleviate the suffering of someone else, and that may we gain enlightenment so that we can benefit them in the future. The second is the act itself. The third is to dedicate the energy of the virtuous act to gaining enlightenment. These three are what make merit. This may be a little confusing, so let me give an example: giving help to a homeless person. Whereas in ordinary life, this is something praised as a very good deed, it does not create merit without motivation and dedication. In order for this to become merit, one must set the motivation that one is giving help to the homeless free of the eight worldly concerns, to alleviate their suffering and also making the motivation that you will achieve enlightenment for the sake of the person or people you are helping. Then after you have helped them, you dedicate the energy created to the spiritual journey towards full enlightenment to help all sentient beings, while at the same time benefiting as many sentient beings as possible on the way there. This transforms the act into not only a virtuous action but also one that generates merit. On the other hand, if you were to help the homeless without these, you are creating good karma, which although beneficial, keeps you bound to existence within samsara. As it is the goal of Buddhist practice to overcome the cycle of samsara, a Buddhist would want to generate merit instead of good karma. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 13, 2017 11:38
    D.A. asked: If Begtse Chan is not from Mongolia, what are his real origins or story exactly? And which lamas offer his empowerment? As for Manjushri Nagarakshasa, which lamas specifically offer his empowerment and practice?
    pastor answered: Dear D.A. Thank you for your question. Begtse, is also known as Chamsing, or Jamsaran in Mongolian. As mentioned in an earlier sharing with someone who also asked a question about Begtse, the practiced was introduced to Tibet from India by the translator Nyen Lotsawa, and is considered one of the main protectors of the Hayagriva cycle of tantras. According to the scriptures that derive from the Sakya tradition, who incorporated the practice from the translators, and in which tradition Begtse became a very important protector, Begtse in a previous life was born many eons ago. In that particular life, he was born as the younger prince in a royal family. His name was Drag Gye, and his older brother’s name was Drag Den. Over time both princes developed differing religious beliefs, to the point where they could not get along with each as they both held their own religious views strongly. As was the custom during that time, they decided to settle their differences through logical debate, with the loser having to convert to the winner’s religion. This custom was also prevalent in ancient India, and there are many stories of such debates occurring between the great masters of the past and those of other faiths. Drag Gye lost the various debates, but ran away instead of converting to his older brother’s religion. Drag Den caught him, and tried to punish him for breaking the rules of debate and going back on his promise. Drag Gye told his brother that even if he was killed he would not give up his religion, however if Drag Den let him go, that in the future when Drag Den became enlightened, he would protect his teachings. With that Drag Den let him go, and gave him a set of copper armour, a stick, and a bow and arrow. Drag Den also gave Drag Gye a new name: Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po. After this incident the two brothers never saw each other again in that lifetime. Many lives after that Drag Den was reborn as Prince Siddharta, who eventually became enlightened and is now known as Buddha Shakyamuni. Drag Gye, or Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po, was reborn in a cemetery in the North West direction. His parents gave birth to two eggs, one was a coral-like colour and the other was an agate-like colour. These two eggs flew high into the sky and reached the heavenly realms, there they subdued the gods. Then flying back down to earth, they subdued many nagas. Eventually they even came to threaten their own parents. The parents petitioned the Dharma protector Ekajati for her help, who threw her own staff (khatvanga) at the eggs, and broke them apart. From the coral-like coloured egg came a ferocious man with yellow hair, he proclaimed that his name was ‘Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po’. When he emerged he was wearing a set of copper armour, wielding a stick, copper sword, and a bow and arrow. From the agate-like coloured egg came a female who was blue in colour, her teeth were like shells, she had turquoise eyebrows, and her hair was made of fire. She emerged wielding a copper knife, ritual dagger (phurba), rode a terrifying bear and wore an intricate necklace made of agate and lapis lazuli. It was then that Ekajati once again took action, and subdued them, after which they became Dharma protectors. The male figure became known as Begtse, and the female as his sister. When you propitiate Begtse, his sister is automatically included and aids practitioners as well. As for which lama offer his practice and empowerment, most lamas do not advertise which teachings or practice they hold. Therefore you should respectfully approach lamas and ask them if they have the practice and can bestow it, or if they know of any lamas that have the practice, depending on how much you want to practice Begtse. Similarly, this applies to those lamas who have the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. However, this practice is included in the Rinjung Gyatsa series of empowerments. This unique cycle of teachings, includes all 4 classes of tantric practices, and includes the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. Therefore those lamas who have received the complete transmission, and have kept their commitments for this practice, are qualified to pass this on to others. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
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Students were all so excited listening to the process of making slime as they are going to make one themselves. Lin Mun KSDS
Robey, Natalie and Lauren doing sharing on how to make slime. A great exercise for them to learn leadership & public speaking. Lin Mun KSDS
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Robey, Natalie and Lauren doing sharing on how to make slime. A great exercise for them to learn leadership & public speaking. Lin Mun KSDS
Beautiful tormas was offered during Gyenze Puja at Kechara Forest Retreat. Lucy Yap
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Beautiful tormas was offered during Gyenze Puja at Kechara Forest Retreat. Lucy Yap
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