Wonder Woman

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Dear friends,

I’m extremely honoured to have been given this opportunity to write on His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche’s blog. His Eminence has been a fan of Wonder Woman from a young age. He respects female heroines especially because decades ago, women did not have the freedom to do what they would like and they were constantly looked down upon. The emergence of Wonder Woman turned the entire concept around and opened society up to the possibility that women can be something.

The character of Wonder Woman is strong, wise, fair, loyal and kind. What I like about her is that even though she is beautiful, she doesn’t rely on her looks and body to accomplish her goals. So she is a female icon that a lot of people can look up to even up until today. I hope you enjoy reading about Wonder Woman as she is one of a kind. I would like to thank Pastor Niral Patel and Pastor Jean Ai for editing the article.

Regards,
Beatrix

 


 

Wonder Woman (a.k.a. Princess Diana of Themyseira or Diana Prince) is a fictional character who appears in American comic books published by DC Comics. She is a demigoddess and a warrior princess of the Amazons (who are based on Greek mythology).

She was sculpted from clay by her mother Hippolyta and brought to life by the Olympian deities, from whom she also received magnificent powers. Wonder Woman has an arsenal of weapons at her disposal, including the Lasso of Truth, a pair of indestructible bracelets that are bullet-proof and a tiara which serves as a projectile weapon. She never misuses any of her weapons to hurt other people but only uses them to defend herself and to get the truth from the supervillians so she can prevent and solve crimes.

The Wonder Woman character was created during World War II and was initially depicted fighting Axis military forces, alongside an assortment of supervillains.

When appearing as Diana Prince, Wonder Woman was dressed in ordinary clothes when she would perform her famous Wonder Woman spin when transforming into the superheroine. Below is a video of that famous Wonder Woman spin.

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Wonder Woman taking on the identity of Diana Prince

Fictional Character Biography

Diana was a member of the Amazons, a tribe of women native to Paradise Island – an isolated island set in the middle of a vast ocean. Captain Steve Trevor’s plane crashed on the island and he was found alive but unconscious by Diana and a fellow Amazon. Diana had him nursed back to health and then fell in love with him. A competition was held on Paradise Island to determine the most worthy woman among the Amazons. The winner was to be responsible for delivering Captain Steve Trevor back to the man’s world and to fight for justice. Wearing a mask and wig, Diana snuck into the competition although her mother forbade her to take part. She won the competition and was conferred the Golden Belt and the Golden Lasso, sometimes known as the Lasso of Truth. She was also rewarded with a costume which was made by her mother, the Queen and was given the name Wonder Woman.

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Travelling to the United States for the first time, she came across an army nurse who was desperate to leave for South America but could not do so due to a shortage of money. In order to have a valid identity to look after Captain Steve, Diana made a deal with the nurse. As both of them looked similar, Wonder Woman gave the nurse the money she had for her to travel to South America and in exchange, she took the nurse’s identification to work as a nurse in the army. This woman’s name was Diana Prince.

 

Wonder Woman with her bullet-proof bracelets.

Wonder Woman with her bullet-proof bracelets.

Abilities and Resources

Diana is depicted as a strong acrobat and fighter who is skilled in armed and unarmed combat. She has portrayed great skill in using her bracelets to stop bullets and she is also extremely good at wielding her golden lasso. Therefore these two have become her signature weapons. She is also enormously strong and while lifting a car may seem unachievable for most people, for Wonder Woman it is a piece of cake.

Golden Belt

The belt was conferred upon her when she won the competition on Paradise Island. It is a symbol of Amazon supremacy and as long as Diana wears it, she retains her cunning and strength outside of Paradise Island.

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Wonder Woman in her aqua suite.

Bullet-proof bracelets

Wonder Woman’s bracelets are made of an indestructible material. Some sources indicate that it is formed from the remnants of the goddess Athena’s legendary shield, the Aegis.

Golden Lasso

The lasso compels people bound by it to tell the absolute truth and it is virtually indestructible. She wields the lasso with great precision and accuracy and can use it as a whip or noose.

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The Wonder Woman – Lynda Carter

Lynda Carter (Lynda Jean Cordova Carter), was born on July 24, 1951 in Phoenix, Arizona. Her father is of English and Scottish-Irish ancestry, and her mother is of Mexican, Spanish and French descent. Carter made her public television debut on Lew King’s Talent Show at the age of 5.

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During high school, Carter performed in a band called Just Us. Then when she was 16, she joined two of her cousins in another band called The Relatives. The group opened at the Sahara Hotel and Casino lounge in Las Vegas for three months. Because Carter was under 21 at the time, she had to enter through the kitchen! Carter also attended Arizona State University, where she was voted “Most Talented”.

 

Career

Carter won a local Arizona beauty contest in 1972 and gained national attention in the United States by winning Miss World USA, representing Arizona. Her acting career took off when she landed a role in Wonder Woman as the title character and her secret identity, Diana Prince.

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Carter participated in the Arizona beauty contest in 1972 and won the title Miss World USA, representing Arizona.

The series lasted for three seasons. As it was winding down, while referring to the feedback she had received for her posters, Carter told US Magazine:

“I never meant to be a sexual object for anyone but my husband. I never thought a picture of my body would be tacked up in men’s bathrooms. I hate men looking at me and thinking what they think. And I know what they think. They write and tell me.”

She also was upset with some of the marketing of her image. Warner Bros. worked out a deal with the toy company, Mego, to create a Wonder Woman doll while the series was still on the air. In 1987 on The Late Show with Joan Rivers, Carter commented:

“I think that you’re probably familiar with a problem in Hollywood, and that is that they market you, and they use you. They did a mask of my face and put it on the doll, and they put my name on for the first run of it. And then they took my name off and said they didn’t have to pay me anymore. So it’s the kind of thing that you can be used so much in this industry. I make nothing. I don’t even make anything from the reruns. Don’t ever settle for net profits. It’s called creative accounting.”

In 1978, she was voted “The Most Beautiful Woman in the World”. During the late 1970s, Carter recorded an album titled ‘Portrait’. Carter is credited as a co-writer on several of the songs. She also sang two of her songs in a Wonder Woman episode in 1979, entitled ‘Amazon Hot Wax’.

 

Personal life

Carter has been married twice. Her first husband was her former talent agent, Ron Samuels. The marriage lasted from 1977 to 1982.

In January 1984, Carter married Washington, DC, attorney Robert A. Altman and they have two children, James and Jessica. The family now live in Potomac, Maryland.

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Carter has revealed that her mother had suffered from irritable bowel syndrome for over 30 years, resulting in Carter touring the country as an advocate and spokeswoman. Lynda is also a staunch advocate and supporter of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Pro-Choice rights for women, and legal equality for LGBT people. She was the Grand Marshal for the 2011 Phoenix Pride and 2011 New York Pride Parades, as well as the 2013 Capital Pride Parade in Washington, DC.

In June 2008, Carter admitted in an interview to People that she had entered a rehabilitation clinic for treatment of alcoholism and had been sober for 10 years. In a statement when asked what the recovery process had taught her, Carter explained that the best measure of a human being is “how we treat the people who love us, and the people that we love”.

 

Filmography

Below are just some of the shows she has acted in:

Year Show Role Notes
1974 Nakia Helen Chase 1 episode
1975 Matt Helm Bobbi Dee 1 episode
1976 A Matter of Wife… And Death Zelda TV movie
Starsky and Hutch Vicky 1 episode
1975 – 79 Wonder Woman Wonder Woman/ Princess Diana/ Diana Prince TV movie + 59 episodes
1980 The Last song Brooke Newman TV movie
The Muppet Show Herself 1 episode. Warner Home Video has released all three seasons of Wonder Woman on DVD in various regions, both separately and in a collected edition.

Warner Home Video has released all three seasons of Wonder Woman on DVD in various regions, both separately and in a collected edition. There are 59 episodes and one TV movie in total.

DVD Name Episode Release Date Details
The Complete 1st Season 14 June 29, 2004 All 14 episodes (including the pilot) with commentary by Carter and executive producer Douglas S.Cramer, New documentary retrospective.
The Complete 2nd Season 22 March 1, 2005 21 episodes plus a feature-length season premiere; Bonus documentary: “Revolutionising a Classic: From Comic Book to Television.”
The Complete 3rd Season 24 June 7, 2005 Audio commentary by Lynda Carter on “My Teenage Idol is Missing”; Featurette: “Wonder Woman: The Ultimate Feminist Icon.” The Initial Region 1 release included a bonus DVD containing the first episode of the Captain Marvel television series Shazam!, “The Joy Riders.”

More pictures of Lynda Carter:

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Lynda Carter (now), still as beautiful and charismatic as ever

Lynda Carter (now), still as beautiful and charismatic as ever

Lynda Carter (left) with Blaine Trump

Lynda Carter (left) with Blaine Trump

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Sources:

  • http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/origin-story-wonder-woman-180952710/?no-ist
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lynda_Carter
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wonder_Woman

 

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  1. Choong on Mar 6, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    She was an icon for the TV generation and I loved the series and her character. I didn’t know then but I guess Wonder Woman did help shape by perception of women and I thank the producers for all the positives the series has brought. I wish there were more of these positive icons for children growing up today.

  2. Wan Wai Meng on Oct 28, 2016 at 12:18 am

    Thanks for introducing Wonder Woman to us all. TV shows of the past would some story or value they would like to convey to the audience and public. So cool to learn about this American icon.

  3. Hayden Chan on Jun 25, 2016 at 11:24 am

    Thank you Jie Jie Beatrix for this post of Wonder Woman. She is beautiful and strong and kind. I love to put Superman and Wonder Woman together because they are good friends and team mates. I have scene Wonder Woman In some of the DC comics movies and she is in the Justice League team. 🙋

  4. Uncle Eddie on Jun 22, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    As a comical fictional character, “wonder woman” stands tall for being one of the more popular super heroes created on a Video Movie show. Wonder woman was created during world war II and was initially depicted fighting axis military forces alongside an assortment of supervillians. She was supposed to be a warrior Princess of the Amazons, based on Greek mythology and received magnificient powers as a demigoddess. To many of us as practitioners of Buddhism, our version of a true wonder-woman in all reality, would be one like Dharma Master Cheng Yen. Leaving home at 23 years old, she became a Buddhist nun and was instructed by her mentor, venerable master Yin Shun, to “work for Buddha’s Teachings for sentient Beings.” Later on, master Cheng Yen founded a Buddhist Charitable Foundation with the purpose of “devotedly helping the poor and educating the rich” to give material aid to the needy, sick and desperate ones, thus inspiring love and a spirit of Humanitarian to all sentient beings! With such a spirit of great love, respect and compassion to relieve the sufferings of sentient beings, Master Cheng Yen, our real “Wonder Woman” contributions have been increasingly recognized by a World-wide global community. In 2011, she received the Roosevelt Institute’s FDR Distinguished Public Service Award, and was named as one of the World’s 100 most Influential people by Time Magazine. In 2014, she was presented with the Rotary International award of Honor in recognition of her Humanitarian efforts and contributions to World Peace! That is what a wonder-woman should really be like! Nevertheless, thank you very much Beatrix for the sharing of this interesting series of wonder-woman which make veiwing wonderfully entertaining and inspiring too!

  5. Wah Ying on Jun 21, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    Thank you Beatrix for this Wonder Woman write up! Wonder Woman is part of many’s childhood memories, including me. I watch a little of Wonder Woman along with her Superfriends. Seeing the pictures of Wonder Woman here, I found out she looks like female Buddha Vajrayogini.. 🙂 Wonder Woman is fighting for justice, peace and love, thus she is a symbol of courage, responsible and truth. 🙂

  6. gary foo on Jun 19, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    Thank you Beatrix for that write up on wonder woman . i have always admired strong or strong warrior like women because they can show besides being gentle and demure , if you mess with me , I will kick your aXX hehe (censored). Like Tara, Wonder woman shows one need not be in a man’s body to display strength and might. Come to think of it in the recent movie where Superman goes against Batman, we can see reveral of roles of the male being the main protector, fortunately Wonder Woman appeared just in time and protected them both from the common enemy or else Batman would be reduced to ashes already 🙂

  7. Pastor David Lai on Jun 19, 2016 at 4:39 am

    I love this post on Wonder Woman. As long as I can remember, Rinpoche had been a faithful fan of Wonder woman and have the whole series that he watch over and over again. As for myself, I have watched wonder woman a little when I was younger alongside the bionic woman and man series. I must say, the series is rather nostalgic and a little kitsch as well. The comic-like opening sequence sets the mood for some good ole fashion fun and the retro sound effects that comes with every twirl, jump and use of superhuman strength does add good flavor to this series. I love it…

  8. pammie yap on Jun 17, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    Thank you Beatrix for the post and the beautiful pictures!
    I have always love superheroes (especially women.. hehe) as I love the justice they uphold. No matter how bad they are treated, their motivation is always to help. Keep everyone safe and trouble free.
    The creator of this character is really imaginative! How nice if the lasso really does exist! It will help so much. No more lies. hehe…

    Lynda Carter is a great actress but I still prefer Gal Gadot as she looks tougher and more sophisticated.

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  9. Choong on Jun 17, 2016 at 2:35 am

    Did Bionic Woman and Wonder Woman ever team up?

    • Pastor Shin Tan on Jun 17, 2016 at 4:27 am

      Well, the Bionic Woman and Wonder Woman were seen walking down the streets of Palm Springs, California. Ok, not exactly, hehe.

      In the pictures you can see Lindsay Wagner (The Bionic Woman) and Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman) in a ceremony to honour Lindsay Wagner in California. Lindsay Wagner, 62, was being honoured on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars.

      She was joined by friend and fellow super-heroine Carter, 60, who is best known for her role as Wonder Woman in the Seventies TV show.

      Aren’t they amazing, looking like that at 60+.

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      • Sharon Ong on Jun 25, 2016 at 11:41 am

        Two of my fav superheroines! They still look amazing!

  10. Stella Cheang on Jun 16, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    As a fictional character, Wonder Woman stands tall for being one of the more popular one among the superheroes list that is overcrowded by male. To me, besides her good look, her background as the princess of Amazon add to the allure for being the all-time favorite female heroine. Using nylon string tied to a stick or something, I used to (as a child) imitate how she used her lasso on villains, regrettably, on my poor siblings and playmates. Growing up with a female heroine like Wonder Woman certainly empowered the feminism in me, a little.

    But for me, the impart is far more powerful after learning about the hardship an actress has to go through to reach and sustain in a top role. Even at the top, a female actress earns far less than a male and definitely receives less recognition or respect. Luckily the disparity is narrowing in recent years. For this, I applaud Lynda Carter for her success in playing the role of Wonder Woman for 3 seasons at a time where female were given supporting roles at best. Glad that she is married with a loving family now, steered clear from alcoholism and is championing causes that she believes in.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Beatrix for this interesting article.

    Humbly, bowing down,
    Stella Cheang

  11. Pastor Shin Tan on Jun 16, 2016 at 3:05 am

    Thank you Beatrix for this article on Wonder Woman. When I was growing up, they had this show on TV and I watched some of the episodes.

    What I remember most was how she really nailed the bad guys with her strength (not violence) and grace. Her lasso of truth forces anyone it captures to obey and tell the truth. This is a much better “weapon” to extract confessions and compel obedience instead of subduing by force.

    It was an inspiration to have such a powerful female figure on TV, especially during the 80s where most women on screen are stereo-typically weak and dependant on men.

  12. Echeah on Jun 16, 2016 at 1:01 am

    Those days they had teenie tiny waists. These days you need to remove several ribs to achive the same. Humankind must have evolved, lol. It was a fun read, thanks Beatrix.

  13. Fong on Jun 14, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    At a time, when I hadn’t even heard of feminist movement, I loved watching ‘Wonder Woman”. It was all about her being able to do what she likes which was exactly what I loved. I loved fishing and climbing trees and stealing fruits from the neighborhood fruit trees, planting vegetable on the riverbanks.

    Curious thing was, I was never censured by my parents for all that. In fact, my contribution to the dinner table was appreciated. So, to hear of people talking about being a feminist etc was a surprise. Guess, growing up poor in the rural area is very different from growing up in the city.

    Now, does that apply to religion as well? Is this a way of saying that all that Yeshe Tsogyal and Machig Labdron and Pema Chodron and Tenzin Palmo achieved are extraordinary and not something that we should assume that we, as women can do? Is it so extraordinary to be female and be able to achieve something great?

  14. CindyH on Jun 13, 2016 at 11:58 pm

    It is interesting to read about the Wonder Woman and also the actress, Lynda Carter who successfully brought the character to life. Prior to reading this, I just had very superficial knowledge of the character per se and my exposure to her was limited to a class on the topic of feminism. The visiting professor then touched on how Wonder Woman served as depiction of positive role model for girls in the time when women were typically portrayed as helpless and in need of rescuing, or as sexy, buxom pin-ups models. A couple of interesting points which comes to mind from that discussion;
    • the creator of Wonder Woman was actually a psychologist and feminist who wanted to relay the message that women are not inferior and it is possible for women to be strong and break free from the stereotype of being the weaker gender with high economic and psychological dependency on men. Pretty heavy message for comic material.
    • Wonder Woman’s approach to crime fighting was revolutionary at that time where it did not focus on violence and brute force but a more “feminine” touch i.e. she typically only uses force as last resort. She would always first try to reason with them and often would be able to convince the bad guys to reform. This also ties in with one of her iconic instrument of choice i.e. her magic lasso, which forced anyone bound by it to tell the truth.

  15. Doreen Teoh on Jun 12, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    Thank you, Beatrix for this article. It brings back memories of my younger days as a kid, i am was fascinated with ” Wonder Woman” and especially Lynda Carter, as i admire her beauty, poise and confidence playing the character of “Wonder Woman”, she did a very good job. At that time, this type of television program is quite difficult for us to watch in Malaysia, as sometimes it only runs for a while in the local TV station eg. only have RTM1 & 2, and it is quite back date, not so same time premier like the current programs in cable TV (Astro).

    Seeing and reading this blog, it hits me that times have passed by like a speed of light.

    Thank you, Beatrix for the write up.

  16. Sharon Ong on Jun 12, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    Reading this brought me back to my childhood as I grew up watching Wonder Woman and used to pretend to be her. The other heroin I used to role play was Bionic Woman aka Jamie Sommers. Hahaha! I just love the whole superheroine-save-the-world-from-baddies as I was never really a princessy-damsel-in-distress-Rapunzel-kind-of-girly-girl.

    Back in those days, women were the fairer sex that was usually seen as weak and many were not even working outside their homes. Back then, women’s main purpose in life was to get married, procreate and become a domestic goddess. When someone like Wonder Woman came into my young life, though a TV character, it made me want to break out of the norm and become someone who is strong, independant and yet kind, capable of saving myself instead of waiting for another superhero.

    Thank you for this wonderfully written and informative piece, Bea. And, yes, I still want those Wonder Woman bulletproof bracelets. 🙂

  17. May Ong on Jun 12, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    Wonder Woman was my favorite female hero for me then.

    Why were we attracted to Wonder Woman then? It was because she portrayed values, qualities and heroism of who I want to be when I grow up. She was such an icon for growing female child or student then. There weren’t too many super heroes in television in the 1970s and she was THE one whom we want to be.

    Qualities like courage, independence, freedom, helping others overcome their situation. Another wonderful sharing of old memories. Thank you.

  18. Lew on Jun 12, 2016 at 1:58 am

    Thought I have heard about Wonder Woman, I didn’t grow up watching her, so I don’t really know much about her. On a side note, I did watch Get Smart (Agent 99).

    Thank you Beatrix for sharing something which Rinpoche likes. It is always a nice feeling when I read something Rinpoche likes, I feel I am more connected to my Guru.

    After reading this article, I now know the reason why this character Wonder Woman is famous at that time. It is a time of the raising of gender equality, and this character has a strong message of woman can also handle all the tasks given. I didn’t know about this previously. It was (and still is) a very strong message.

    Once again, thank you Beatrix for taking the time to do the research. It is very well written, concise and informative.

  19. nicholas on Jun 11, 2016 at 8:01 am

    Thank you Beatrix for sharing this article. Generally I love super hero character since young. They give you the spirit to fight for good, for justice, to help the unfortunate one and the attitude of never give up no matter how hard or difficult you have to go through, you will succeed in the end.

    Wonder Women is a great lady super hero that shows that woman can be strong and noble in their action too. Lynda Carter not only stunning in her character as wonder women but also in real person with what she has done and gone through.

  20. Brad Penney on Jun 11, 2016 at 3:22 am

    I’m a Wonder Woman fan myself – thanks so much for posting

    • Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Jun 11, 2016 at 4:42 am

      Me too Brad! I wasn’t a fan until Tsem Rinpoche introduced me to her (before my time and they weren’t showing reruns in Malaysia). I watched it in the background while doing work, but wasn’t taken in by her story until one particular episode. She’s on a ranch somewhere and there’s a group of kids misbehaving. How she addressed them and dealt with them with a lot of warmth but very firmly, is something I have not seen in modern day TV. It was then I realised there’s something special about this superhero. She’s not about using violence and she doesn’t have to rely on her body to get her way. She’s got a message which is that truth will always triumph, and you don’t have to be loud, mean and aggressive to get your point across. Such a breath of fresh air for TV!

  21. Lin Mun on Jun 10, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    Thank you Beatrix for your sharing on Wonder Woman. It is very interesting to know this character on tv and also about the actress, Lynda Carter.

    Many people have perception that woman is less competent than man which is definitely not true, maybe physical strength to some extend. However, I think it is how a person carries him or herself, what contribution have we done for others that is important.

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    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 11:54 PM
    People always expect return on some contribution being done especially in charity events. When the return was under their expectations then they will feel sad or unhappy.
    As Rinpoche said, Dharma is a teachings to transform our mind to become bodicitta or selfless to benefit others without condition. Once we practiced selfless mind, our mind will not be affected by others people reaction.
    What will be my legacy? I think this is not really important to me anymore once I know Dharma teachings from Rinpoche.
    Thanks Datuk May for sharing to benefit more people.

    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/what-will-be-your-legacy.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 08:56 PM
    Amazing miracles true story …of how Rinpoche helped. With Rinpoche blessing during the children baptismal ceremony,this little boy who had not spoken since 9 years old was able to speake again.Incredible….
    Chef Au truly believes been a vegetarian has help him to collects merits for his son.Rinpoche’s care and compassion has benefited many more people.Through these stories hope more people will be inspired to achieve the state of compassion and attainments.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for this sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-4.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 07:51 PM
    Having fully trust and faith in Rinpoche ,Fat monk’s mother was well again, after been diagnosed with cancerious tumour at the liver.
    Following instructions given by Rinpoche, his mother recited mantras and Fat monk did a series of pujas as told,his mother recovered then.
    Amazing……Miracles do happen.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-3.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 05:27 PM
    We are no strangers to the creatures called Werewolves. They are often depicted as the Jekyll-and-Hyde-like monsters in movies who are unable to control their animal instincts when they shift from human form to a wolf-like creature, usually during the full moon. Together with the Vampires who can transform into bats, are my childhood imagery villains, who triggered my curiosity on mythical creatures during younger days. They still do, lol.

    It is gruesome to learn that real life werewolves are actually brutal even when they are in human forms. It is a far depict from the movies and fictions, where they are civil and level headed when in human form. I hope one day science or technology can provide more proves the existence of werewolves, and debunk the reason of this mystical shapeshifter.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 05:07 PM
    The miraculous power of Protectors’ practice can heal and shield us from negative karma from ripening. Through the blessings of our Guru, coupled with strong faith and trust, the practices will take effect swiftly and effectively. Rejoice to Steven Lee. May he be guided by the Three Jewels always. Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow for sharing the true story with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-10.html
  • Lin Mun
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 03:57 PM
    This is a very touching article. I totally agree that dog is a man’s best friend. They are always so loyal to the owner. However it is sad that not all pet owners are such. Some will only treat them literally as an animal and therefore do not take good care of them. Dogs or any other animals are beings that have feeling. There should not be neglected and be abused by us. This article reminds us to always care for all beings and respect them.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this heartwarming article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 02:21 PM
    Its a heartfelt touching article of this faithful dog.Cannot imagine this ,such a wonderful relationship between that dog and the deceased owner.The greatest fear dogs know is the fear that we will not come back for them That i noticed from observing from my pet poodle.In this case this faithful dog knew his owner won’t be back.
    Dogs are loyal, patient, fearless, forgiving, capable of pure love and have feelings too.He must have missed the owner badly that he wanted to accompany the owner all the way to the resting place.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing. May that faithful dog ,continue to serve and well taken, love by the other family members.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 01:46 PM
    Werewolves are known to be mythical creatures found in fiction instead of lurking in the dark woods,In various parts of the world there were few cases who have gone down in history as real life werewolves Interesting to read it from these post..How far it was true or just legends.,no one really know . Many myths and legends surrounding werewolves .To become a werewolf, it is necessary to be bitten by a werewolf in their form at the time of the full moon. Thats what all of us knew from the movies and from fiction told. Reports of werewolf sightings continued even till this century but mostly in between 1428 and 1447 .The most recent sighting of werewolf sightings in 1972. was in Ohio .but eventually subsided .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these interesting article which i do enjoyed reading it,
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html
  • Valentina
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 01:11 PM
    Join our blog chat session this Saturday 11AM – 12PM (GMT +8) on the topic of:

    Twenty-Four Holy Places & Eight Great Charnel Grounds part 2 – (focus topic: Eight Great Charnel Grounds)

    At one time there was a god by the name of Rudra who was originally part of Mahadeva’s retinue. He was a very fierce being who also had many of his own consorts. Together with his consorts he began to oppress sentient beings, and promoted violence and unethical behaviour. At that time, Heruka once again arose, and in a dance of great compassionate wrath, liberated Rudra and his consorts from their physical bodies, sending their minds to pure lands. The places where Rudra’s body parts fell became charnel grounds. …read more by clicking the following link:

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/twenty-four-holy-places-eight-great-charnel-grounds.html
  • Jason
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 03:07 AM
    This year Wesak Day fall on 10 of May. This day is very special and meaningful to me because I will visit Kechara Forest Retreat(KFR) to join some meritorious event there.
    For me, Wesak is a day to commemorate Buddha Sakyamuni in three aspect( Birth , Enlightened, Nirwana).
    While we celebrate Wesak, we must remind ourselves to learn from Buddha teachings and practice it in order to gain attainment.
    Thanks Rinpoche and Pastor Seng Piow for sharing in order to create more understanding on Wesak Day.

    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/wesak-day-special-on-rtm-2.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 06:10 PM
    OMG! This is very touching. To see a doggie who never left go of his owner in spite of death. Way more powerful than many who proclaimed “till death do us part.” Just like the human, not all doggies are as loyal as this tear-jerking pet, but I truly believe almost all doggies offer unconditional love to the person who feeds and cares for them. Even when they are stray animals. There was a stray dog who will run two streets from the entrance of the “Taman” until the car stops in front of the house, just to greet me. You can imagine the warm and conviction in my heart that these beings are more than capable of loving than many of us, human! Thank you for this lovely sharing. I miss my doggie, Sherab.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 06:00 PM
    Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow, for this amazing sharing. There is no doubt about the ability of our Guru, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche. His incarnations have been compassionate and taken rebirth to return and spread the dharma so that sentient beings can benefit and learn some dharma in our short life.

    We shall never doubt our Guru; but must see that He is one with our Yidam and Protector, an attained being. Even if our Guru does not demonstrate clairvoyance abilities, we must never contest our Guru, for he holds the key (dharma) that can liberate us from eternal suffering in samsara.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-1-2.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 05:50 PM
    Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow, for the illustrated miracle story on how Rinpoche guided Cynthia and Marici away from danger through protector’s practice. The unseen exist, whether we like it or not. Some of them are malicious and have the affinity or karma with some of us. Hence they can cause harm and disturbance. By engaging in Protectors’ practice like Dorje Shugden and Setrap that have been practiced by the high lamas of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, we are protected and guarded against harm.

    Rinpoche is compassionate and only want the best for us. His teachings are not meant to show off the power of the divines but offer us a way out from our desperate samsara conundrum that binds us from engaging in deeper spiritual practice. Rinpoche always teaches us to focus on mind transformation and Tsongkhapa practice. How fortunate we are to have met Rinpoche in this lifetime. We must not let this rare and precious opportunity go to waste.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-12.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?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
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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
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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
: This picture says it all. Click on it to enlarge and read and please share.
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: This picture says it all. Click on it to enlarge and read and please share.
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
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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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
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
4 weeks ago
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
1 month ago
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
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
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
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.
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
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!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
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The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
1 month ago
Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
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
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
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
2 months ago
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
2 months ago
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
2 months ago
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!
2 months ago
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
3 months ago
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
3 months ago
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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This is a good one to read
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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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