How Tibetan leadership treats a sponsor (jindak)

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All the monks of Gaden Shartse Monastery doing Lama Chopa during my first morning there. We sponsored the offerings for the monks.

All the monks of Gaden Shartse Monastery doing Lama Chopa during my first morning there. We sponsored the offerings for the monks.

There’s a topic most people find a little awkward to talk about, and that’s sponsorship in the Dharma. People find it awkward because they think money is not a very spiritual thing to discuss. Yet it is an unavoidable subject because it’s a simple fact of life in samsara – monasteries and Dharma institutions would never be able to survive without the kindness of sponsors, and if they did not have the funds. In fact, the topic of sponsorship was even addressed during the time of the Buddha himself. Through the example of his disciples like Magadha Sangmo and her father Suddatta, we have lessons on the correct attitude of a sponsor and we learn how sponsorship can become a spiritual practice. There is also sponsorship from the perspective of the recipient, which is what I am addressing here in the context of how Dharamsala and the Tibetan leadership treats their sponsors so poorly.

So for those who are studying Buddhism, at one point or another, they will have to deal with the topic of sponsorship. Hence sponsorship is something that I have been acutely aware of since the age of 11, when my connection with Dharma started through my family. Since that time, for the last 19 years, we have been sponsors for both Kechara and the monasteries in India.

Me, bottom left, with glasses and looking at the camera. As a kid, all of us (both Rinpoche and my family) had very little personal funds. We didn't even have enough to have a Dharma centre, so Rinpoche would give Dharma teachings in various people's houses. A portion of the funds raised would always be redirected to the monasteries for whatever requests they had made. Today, none of us are allowed to go to the monasteries we have raised so much sponsorship for.

Me, bottom left, with glasses and looking at the camera. As a kid, all of us (both Rinpoche and my family) had very little personal funds. We didn’t even have enough to have a Dharma centre, so Rinpoche would give Dharma teachings in various people’s houses. A portion of the funds raised would always be redirected to the monasteries for whatever requests they had made. Today, none of us are allowed to go to the monasteries we have raised so much sponsorship for.

I remember that throughout my childhood and teenage years, countless dinners and events were held to raise funds for the monasteries in India. Even at a time when all of us had very little due to the financial crash of 1997, we never stopped sponsoring the monasteries. I remember SMS blasts being sent out, with requests for us to help this or that monk with his medication, or to sponsor books or robes. I remember requests for sponsorship for buffaloes and cows, or building materials, and drives held to raise funds for medical equipment. I remember many, many opportunities to make offerings of statues as well as offering painting and jewellery for statues in the monastery.

Most of all, I remember frequent updates from Rinpoche and the monastery, telling us just how our sponsorship was being used. This is the cow your funds sponsored, this is the room that has been repainted thanks to money you donated, these are the robes being offered to the monks, these are the statues being made and these are the statues now being painted. This is the old flooring of Gaden lachi (the main prayer hall) being dug up, this is the new flooring being selected and these are contractors appointed to do the work. And here is the new flooring being delivered…so on and so forth.

Raising funds for Gaden Shartse Shabten Khang (Puja House) located in Dharamsala, North India. Take note of the date, which was two years before the Dorje Shugden ban reached its peak. Will the funds raised be returned to the sponsors? I don't think so...

Raising funds for Gaden Shartse Shabten Khang (Puja House) located in Dharamsala, North India. Take note of the date, which was two years before the Dorje Shugden ban reached its peak. Will the funds raised be returned to the sponsors? I don’t think so…

Over the years, I can safely say that together with Rinpoche, we have sponsored millions in rupees to the Tibetan Buddhist monasteries of India. So you must be thinking, why am I writing about this now after so many years? Because as a jindak, I wanted to express just how my lama, family and I have been treated by the anti-Shugden faction, led by Dharamsala, during this whole Dorje Shugden controversy.

You see, in the last 19 years, my family and I have been a jindak for the Tibetan monasteries. We did this both individually and through Rinpoche, supporting whatever fundraising efforts were initiated through the Kechara organisation. We did it because we believed that the monasteries really needed it, and because we had been taught that making offerings to any one of the Three Jewels is an incredibly meritorious act (and we still believe in this).

Making offerings to all of the monks of Gaden Shartse Monastery. My lama, family and I have been doing this for the last 20 years. Sadly, we are no longer allowed to return to the monastery because we practise Dorje Shugden and are treated horribly despite having raised millions for the Sangha community.

Making offerings to all of the monks of Gaden Shartse Monastery. My lama, family and I have been doing this for the last 20 years. Sadly, we are no longer allowed to return to the monastery because we practise Dorje Shugden and are treated horribly despite having raised millions for the Sangha community.

On a personal capacity, I have been a jindak not only with funds but with time and effort too. It would actually be inaccurate to say that I am unfamiliar with the Tibetan community. Honestly speaking, India was never a place I had any desire to travel to. Having attended a private British international school, I grew up with a pretty Eurocentric outlook. But in 2004, Rinpoche asked me to travel to India for the first time and that trip, along with subsequent ones, changed my entire world.

The last time I was in India was in early 2005, three years before the ban really picked up steam. During this time, Gaden Shartse Monastery was still whole and had not yet split in half. Because there was still relative calm, I was able to visit Sera Mey Monastery, Zongkar Choede Monastery and Gyumed Tantric College. All of these places are now out of bounds to me because I practise Dorje Shugden.

I had the great fortune to visit Gaden Shartse Monastery in the winter of 2004/2005, before the ban reached its peak and the monasteries were forced to split.

I had the great fortune to visit Gaden Shartse Monastery in the winter of 2004/2005, before the ban reached its peak and the monasteries were forced to split.

But this 2005 pilgrimage, among the many others I was able to take, really deepened my personal connection with the Buddhist faith. Visiting monastery after monastery on pilgrimage, something in my mind shifted and I realised it was among this sea of maroon that I felt most familiar and comfortable. Thus it was on this trip that I requested to become a nun.

And though I may lack an understanding of many nuances of Tibetan culture, I have always been passionate about Tibet as a whole. So although I don’t talk about it much these days, people who are close to me will be aware that for many years, while I lived in England, I campaigned for the Tibetan cause. Even after I was counselled against going, I would still sneak off to join protests because I felt that as a Tibetan Buddhist, it was my duty to speak up for the Tibetan people.

Nowadays, one of the reasons why I don’t talk about my time as a campaigner is because it’s painful. On the one hand, I feel strongly about injustices that I perceive have been committed against the Tibetan people. On the other hand, as a Dorje Shugden practitioner, I’m treated like trash by the anti-Shugden Tibetan community, to put it very bluntly.

One of numerous examples of how Rinpoche and I are treated amongst Tibetans on WeChat. People go onto my social media accounts and take old images of me prior to my ordination, and create collages to imply some kind of impropriety. Is this how the Tibetan leadership encourages their community to treat sponsors?

One of numerous examples of how Rinpoche and I are treated amongst Tibetans on WeChat. People go onto my social media accounts and take old images of me prior to my ordination, and create collages to imply some kind of impropriety. Is this how the Tibetan leadership encourages their community to treat sponsors?

I am insulted and harassed online for my faith, to the extent ‘friends’ from within the Tibetan community have told me that they are going to dissociate from me because of my faith. I have been told my lama is cheating me, that he’s a conman out to fool me. Images of me have been Photoshopped to imply there is some kind of impropriety between me and my teacher. There have been attempts to humiliate me, call me names and insult my opinions as b*****t. On WeChat, when I post things, I’m met with images of faeces, copulation, guns, daggers and such to imply that my lama and what I believe in belong at that level.

It disturbs me to think that this may actually be the true nature of the Tibetan community I spoke up for. Did I spend years fighting for the rights of a community that’s capable of backstabbing their own supporters? But then again, why should I be surprised that as a foreigner, this could happen to me when anti-Shugden Tibetans are capable of attacking their own people on the basis of their faith?

And do my years speaking up for them now mean nothing? Do the millions of rupees that I helped to raise for the Tibetan monasteries now mean nothing to them? Is this how the Tibetan leadership encourages their people to treat a jindak? And since I am a dirty Dorje Shugden practitioner who would not be welcomed in the monastery I helped to raise funds for, will the funds be reverted to me and my loved ones? Surely if I am ‘evil’, my money is ‘evil’ too. After all, why would the money be clean when the donor is not? My experience is not just limited to me by the way. Movingly, Geshe Sopa-la told me once that because of his faith, he’s not even allowed to step into the monastery that he helped to build and his words have never left me.

In fact, Geshe Sopa is not the only one treated badly although he has given his life to the monasteries. Countless other lamas and Shugden practitioners have donated hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of rupees to the monasteries they are not allowed to connect with. Gangchen Rinpoche, for example, was one of Sera Mey Monastery’s biggest benefactors until the Dorje Shugden ban came along. Tsangpa Khangtsen’s buildings, prayer hall and monk rooms were built through funds he raised. After the ban, Gangchen Rinpoche was systematically humiliated by the Tibetan leadership who used to have a page devoted to denouncing him.

Another Shugden lama, Kensur Lobsang Tharchin, established a massively successful food fund for the monks of Sera Mey. This fund provided a permanent solution to the challenge of providing food for their monks, and continues to benefit the monastery until today. Were Kensur Rinpoche alive today, one can’t help but wonder if the Tibetan leadership would treat him in the same humiliating, discriminatory way since he never gave his Dorje Shugden practice before he entered clear light.

My family has supported the community of monks in Gaden Monastery for nearly 20 years. Seen here are my aunts, my uncle, my grandfather and some friends with monks from both Gaden Shartse and Gaden Jangtse College.

My family has supported the community of monks in Gaden Monastery for nearly 20 years. Seen here are my aunts, my uncle, my grandfather and some friends with monks from both Gaden Shartse and Gaden Jangtse College.

I see now that my decision to give up supporting the Tibetan leadership was perhaps a justified one, because of the way my family and I have been treated despite our nearly two decades of support for the Tibetan community. It doesn’t matter how much or how often you have given; the second you have outlived your financial usefulness for the Tibetan leadership, you are no longer relevant to the powers that be in Dharamsala. At least, that’s what we have been led to think because of the treatment we as jindaks have received whereby we are rejected but our sponsorship is welcomed.

Thankfully however, this saga has also given me and other practitioners like me something else to channel our passion and funds towards, and that is the lineage, growth and spread of the Dorje Shugden practice. That is not to say we would be adverse to sponsoring the non-Shugden monasteries; in fact, we would be happy to do so, if only the leadership stopped encouraging their people to treat their jindaks so poorly. Why would I support, raise money for and speak up on behalf of a community that does its utmost best to reject me, harass me and put me down? Why support a community that rejects my friends from hotels, and refuses to sell pearls to them even though they have raised millions for the monasteries too? Why support a community where the leadership condones the branding of non-Shugden practitioners, to identify them as separate from ‘dirty’ Shugden practitioners?

Raising funds for the Protector chapel of Gaden Shartse Monastery. This fundraising drive, which has been one of many over the last 20 years, was targeted to raise 1.11 million Indian rupees.

Raising funds for the Protector chapel of Gaden Shartse Monastery. This fundraising drive, which has been one of many over the last 20 years, was targeted to raise 1.11 million Indian rupees.

The irony is that I am only practising the faith that has been taught to me by masters of the Tibetan community. It is a practice that has been handed down from generation to generation over the last 400 years. But the fact is I am not Tibetan and I don’t need to put up with this type of treatment and as far as I am concerned, I will keep my faith and take my money and efforts elsewhere since the Tibetan leadership, the same one I used to protest for, continues to treat me in this way.

At the end of the day, thanks to my lama, I am not disillusioned enough to ignore the fact there are still some incredibly holy places and practitioners in the monasteries in India and luckily, I have not lost faith in them. But while there may be holy people and places there, it cannot be denied that the leadership they are beholden to has been encouraging some very unholy activities over the last 20 years and this really, REALLY needs to stop.

In this fundraising drive, Rinpoche and his students raised RM290,000 (or 4.36 million Indian rupees) for the monastery's hospital. The Tibetan leadership will never acknowledge this type of assistance offered to their community, but will instead encourage their people to attack Shugden practitioners and sponsors. As thanks, Rinpoche and other Shugden practitioners will be harassed, abused and discriminated against. In fact, as Shugden practitioners, Rinpoche and his students would never be allowed to receive treatment from the very hospital that we raised funds for.

In this fundraising drive, Rinpoche and his students raised RM290,000 (or 4.36 million Indian rupees) for the monastery’s hospital. The Tibetan leadership will never acknowledge this type of assistance offered to their community, but will instead encourage their people to attack Shugden practitioners and sponsors. As thanks, Rinpoche and other Shugden practitioners will be harassed, abused and discriminated against. In fact, as Shugden practitioners, Rinpoche and his students would never be allowed to receive treatment from the very hospital that we raised funds for.

An appeal for funds to sponsor medical treatment for an elderly monk from Gaden Shartse Monastery, prior to the peak of the Dorje Shugden ban. Note the sign-off on the email, my mother who helped to raise millions in funds over the years.

An appeal for funds to sponsor medical treatment for an elderly monk from Gaden Shartse Monastery, prior to the peak of the Dorje Shugden ban. Note the sign-off on the email, my mother who helped to raise millions in funds over the years.

A message recently left on my wall by Yeshi Chodon, who writes on her profile that she works for the Central Tibetan Administration. Is this how the Tibetan leadership encourages their own staff to speak to sponsors?

A message recently left on my wall by Yeshi Chodon, who writes on her profile that she works for the Central Tibetan Administration. Is this how the Tibetan leadership encourages their own staff to speak to sponsors?

My beloved maternal grandmother and aunt (now Pastor Patsy) making offerings to Rinpoche. During public teachings like these, a portion of all funds raised would be donated to the monasteries.

My beloved maternal grandmother and aunt (now Pastor Patsy) making offerings to Rinpoche. During public teachings like these, a portion of all funds raised would be donated to the monasteries.

One of the many fundraising events held at a time when we had very little personal funds ourselves, to raise much needed contributions for the monasteries. Most of Rinpoche's more recent students won't even recognise this restaurant, since this event was held so long ago!

One of the many fundraising events held at a time when we had very little personal funds ourselves, to raise much needed contributions for the monasteries. Most of Rinpoche’s more recent students won’t even recognise this restaurant, since this event was held so long ago!

Young monks of Gaden Monastery receiving offerings of robes and a Manjushri statue. My lama, family and Kechara sponsored 3000 sets of robes and statues to all of the monks of Gaden Monastery. Yet, because we practise Dorje Shugden, sponsors like us are now treated like criminals although we are not.

Young monks of Gaden Monastery receiving offerings of robes and a Manjushri statue. My lama, family and Kechara sponsored 3000 sets of robes and statues to all of the monks of Gaden Monastery. Yet, because we practise Dorje Shugden, sponsors like us are now treated like criminals although we are not.

With Rinpoche at the Root Institute in Bodhgaya, making offerings of a Lama Tsongkhapa and sons statue set. Yet again another place we are no longer welcome to, although our statue offering continues to sit on their main altar.

With Rinpoche at the Root Institute in Bodhgaya, making offerings of a Lama Tsongkhapa and sons statue set. Yet again another place we are no longer welcome to, although our statue offering continues to sit on their main altar.

Another example of a WeChat message that was sent to me on a public thread, by an anti-Shugden person. With their silence, the Tibetan leadership continues to condone such behaviour and treatment of the jindaks.

Another example of a WeChat message that was sent to me on a public thread, by an anti-Shugden person. With their silence, the Tibetan leadership continues to condone such behaviour and treatment of the jindaks.

A politely-phrased comment from a former friend who I became connected to through protesting for Tibetan causes. It is sad he felt the need to tell me to leave my organisation and to label my lama as dishonest. Is it honest that the monasteries and anti-Shugden people accuse us of being so-called ghost worshippers, but they keep funds raised by these same so-called ghost practitioners?

A politely-phrased comment from a former friend who I became connected to through protesting for Tibetan causes. It is sad he felt the need to tell me to leave my organisation and to label my lama as dishonest. Is it honest that the monasteries and anti-Shugden people accuse us of being so-called ghost worshippers, but they keep funds raised by these same so-called ghost practitioners?

A not-so-polite comment also recently left on my wall. Since I am supposedly terrorist-funded, does this mean all the sponsorship my family and I raised for the monasteries is not from acceptable sources and will therefore be returned to us?

A not-so-polite comment also recently left on my wall. Since I am supposedly terrorist-funded, does this mean all the sponsorship my family and I raised for the monasteries is not from acceptable sources and will therefore be returned to us?

Someone who professes to be close to the Tibetan leadership left this comment on my wall. She deleted immediately after leaving it, probably wanting to ensure I read it but not wanting others to see the truth of what anti-Shugden people are really like.

Someone who professes to be close to the Tibetan leadership left this comment on my wall. She deleted immediately after leaving it, probably wanting to ensure I read it but not wanting others to see the truth of what anti-Shugden people are really like.

More abuse from another member of the Tibetan community. I wonder why anti-Shugden Tibetans feel it is acceptable for them to speak with a jindak in this way, while the Tibetan leadership remains silent.

More abuse from another member of the Tibetan community. I wonder why anti-Shugden Tibetans feel it is acceptable for them to speak with a jindak in this way, while the Tibetan leadership remains silent.

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Ongoing harassment from another member of the Tibetan community

After posting an image of a young Kyabje Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche having lunch with a young Kyabje Zong Chocktrul Rinpoche, this reaction was posted on my wall. Is this how the Tibetan leadership encourages their people to speak about lamas?

After posting an image of a young Kyabje Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche having lunch with a young Kyabje Zong Chocktrul Rinpoche, this reaction was posted on my wall. Is this how the Tibetan leadership encourages their people to speak about lamas?

 

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  1. wan wai meng on Mar 12, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    Occurrence such as Tibetans taking sponsors money, and then later ostracizing Dorje Shugden practitioners and lamas, is common place and has happened.

    If Shugden people who did Shugden practice are demon worshippers, then so is their resources, money tainted by the worst corruption ever, so why does any pure dharma lineage, institution or monasteries would want to associate with such negative resources.

    Anti Shugde people have called us with the worst names, killers, butchers, arms dealers etc, so in Dharma we are not supposed to accept funds that are from unwholesome. So why not return all such corrupted resources?

  2. CindyH on Mar 2, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    Talking about one’s sponsorships toward anything, would not be easy, especially when those sponsorships were given freely, sincerely and without any expectation of returns. However, when not speaking up would perpetuate more harm, it would not be right to stay silent. Imagine having given unstintingly of your time and your energy to fundraise and sponsor only to be discriminated, harassed, put down and even abused. Yet it was endured and but for the situation getting worse each day, even to the extent of those who have benefitted, belting out disrespect, abuse and vulgarities towards erudite Tibetan Lamas, Pastor Jean Ai would not be compelled to bring to light such grave injustice and blatant exploitation of the kindness of people masterminded by the Tibetan leadership. After all, it is only fair that the real situation and full picture be made known to sponsors and potential donors alike.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Jean Ai for bringing to light this loaded issue and raising awareness in hopes of bringing about the cessation of the discrimination and the distasteful exploitation.

  3. Martin on Mar 1, 2017 at 12:41 am

    Pastor Jean Ai, It’s good of you to write about this, not to embarrass the Tibetan people but as a means to stop this bullying that the Tibetan leadership in exile (whose example is followed by the Tibetan people) has become known for.

    Everywhere you go it’s common to see sign centres that appeal for funds for the Tibetan struggle and the people of the world have compiled generously. It is also ironic that on the one hand the Tibetan people depend solely on kind sponsors (regardless of race, nationality and religion) but once they have taken the money they regard the same sponsors badly on the basis of skin colour (calling Caucasian people by all kinds of names), nationality (everyone of Chinese ancestry is an enemy and a pig notwithstanding the fact that 50 million Chinese people are not citizens of China) and religion (regarding Buddhist who propitiate the ancient dharma Protector Dorje Shugden as demons and traitors).

    Why accept the help and then bite the hand that provides the help? What does it say about the people? Perhaps not all Tibetan people are like that but most standby and watch as their compatriots dig Tibetan credibility into a hole.

    And now we see that even the monastic institution synonymous with the holy name of Lama Tsongkhapa the Second Buddha defames itself by its practice of bigotry and discrimination. Such actions fly on the face of what Ganden is supposed to symbolise and represent.

    The bottom line is this – all are toeing the official line of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) who is now infamous for its religious persecutions even as it accuses China of same. This is a clear case of poor leadership that’s leading the Tibetan people down the road into infamy and insignificance.

  4. Joy on Feb 28, 2017 at 10:36 am

    Reading all the Tibetan comments and replies is really appalling and you will never have thought or expect this from society that is Buddhist, that teaches and supposedly practices loving compassion? It sure shows us their true colours and that they really do not practice anything. In fact they sound like they are no different from the Chinese dogs they curse us to be so much. They are exactly if not worst than their enemies because they claim to be “Buddhist”. How can a Buddhist and a Dalai Lama representative speak in such horrific manner.

    What’s more disgusting is their vulgarities towards their own Tibetan Lamas… really really disgusting and low. Have they no shame and do they not hold anything sacred? Not even their tradition and customs? This is certainly NOT advice from the Tibetan Leadership, this has been encouraged, cheered on, and probably even taught on how they should treat Dorje Shugden people. And to think Pastor Jean Ai and family helped and donated so much, this is really too much. Too much coming from a society that is suppose to be teaching us loving compassion.

    It just proves to the world that perhaps Tibetan Buddhism sold to the west and the world by the Central Tibetan Administration is just another ticket to fatten up their own pockets. They have made Tibetan Buddhism a commercial campaign to milk money from the world without having to much for themselves. When you think about it what have the Tibetan Leadership done for India after being in India land for so long. How have they improve India in anyway? Have they helped them economically, built anything for India, any infrastructure, any invention… what have they given to India? They only gave India what India gave them… Buddhism and yet now they are trashing it to the mud with their disgusting behaviour and representation. The Buddha predicted that Buddhism will be destroyed not from the outside but from the inside…I take that to mean from withing its own people who do not practice it but just wear the label = Buddhist or Dalai Lama supporter. How very sad indeed, how very tragic.

    This post has so much evidences that there is a huge discrimination, abuse and ban on Shugden practitioners worldwide and this really has got to stop. Tibetan Leaders and the west who are ignorant should stop deceiving the world and lying about how good or how in desperate need they are for help, aid. Why should anyone waste another cent for such ungratefulness. This is definitely not how you treat people and definitely not people who sponsored and helped you/your monasteries/your people/your community. This horrible attitude of the Tibetans that keep taking and never giving back, some more curse you must stop. Thank you Pastor Jean Ai for sharing such details and to show the world the cruel injustice you and many Shugdenpas experienced on a daily basis.

  5. Lew on Feb 27, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    It is indeed very sad to see this is happening. It is never good to mix politics with religion. Many would have thought that Buddhism taught us to be kind & forgiving, but this is the ugly truth when people in power want to use religion to control over others.

    Buddhism is about encompassing. It is never about segregation and discrimination. But CTA has conveniently use religion to manipulate their people to hate each other. This is totally against Buddhism, and against basic human rights. There are already so much negativity about religions and Buddhism. Why create more and divert people from becoming spiritual?

    I pray this ban and segregation will come to an end very soon.

  6. Sharon Ong on Feb 24, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    Dear Pastor Jean Ai,

    I applaud your courage to speak up on this matter. It saddens me to read that after all that you have done, the very people you were trying your best to support and help have not only turned their backs on you but have maliciously attacked you online, slandering you, your lama and your religious practice. Their very jaundiced view of Dorje Shugden practice has probably stunted the proliferation of Dharma and their own country’s independence as these anti-Shugdenpas have used their precious resources to incite hatred and spread wrong views, instead of focusing what’s important such as their own spiritual development, the spread of Buddhism and regaining their own country.

    I pray that this Shugden controversy will end immediately and allow the divide to unite.

    Thank you for this honest write-up, Pastor Jean Ai.

  7. Pastor David Lai on Feb 24, 2017 at 11:02 am

    Dear Pastor Jean Ai,
    I read a lot of nostalgia, faith and tinge with sadness in your posts about the past and about the past and especially about the current times. Its with heavy heart to imagine how Tibetans can justify their vulgarities in the name of the ban or the Dalai Lama. I was especially appalled by how some of them would say about the lineage lamas like that.

    It’s incredible putdown and shocking to see how they justify that this is correct in the name of the ban. It’s incredible even as a non-Tibetan Ani, you are subject to so much abuse. It was enlightening and poignant article and thank you Ani-la Jean Ai for giving us insight into the situation as a sponsor. On the other hand, I rejoice to see how you basically grew up in the Dharma and have been one way or another involved in the Dharma since childhood. Its fruitioning of good karma from previous lives.

  8. Freon on Feb 23, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    Dear Pastor Jean Ai,

    Reading through this article, it is very sad and angry to see how the CTA could do this to their sponsors. To me, it they are so good, raise fund themselves and benefits the monasteries. Some of the facilities in the monastery was raised by Dorje Shugden’s people, since they ban the Dorje Shugden people, why not they don’t use the facilities that was built by Dorje Shugden people? Have courage to leave or return the facilities to Dorje Shugden people than.

    I am sorry to see how people “bullied” you in social media whenever you posted about Dorje Shugden, and, it is sad to see even some friend have leave you because of the ignorance of this ban. I salute you for your courage to stand up and talk to bring the truth to people and to protect our Lama.

    This ban has causes so many harm to people. Not even influence on Tibetan but people who wanted to be in Tibetan Buddhism, will get more confuse by this ban.

    On the other hand, i notice on how Rinpoche say update the sponsors. It reminded me on we need to treat our sponsors well and update them. Not take for granted their money, by updating them about their sponsor, it will pull them to dharma too.

    Thank you for the write up

    Best regards
    Freon

  9. Lum Kok Luen on Feb 23, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    Dear Pastor Jean Ai,

    Thank you for sharing all these really enriching experience. Before reading this article, I didn’t know that you and your family went through so much “abuse” just because we practice DS.

    It goes to show that despite all the teachings, refuge vows that so many have taken in front of the Three Jewels, they have not really transformed their minds and this is expressed through their actions and words. Really, really sad and disgusting.

    Budddhism teaches us to be kind and compassionate to ALL beings. But here it clearly demonstrates that humans have a long, long, long journey to go.

    Do not be disheartened. This, to me, motivates us more in that it gives us more wisdom and broadens our mind that even the very people close to us will turn around one day and become an “enemy”.

    Fret not, as we have our ever loving and compassionate Protector with us and He will be with us until Enlightenment.

    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai.

    Lum Kok Luen

  10. Pastor Lim Han Nee on Feb 23, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    Tsem Rinpoche and his Malaysian students (including Pastor Jean Ai and her family) have sponsored millions of rupees to help support the Indian Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in one way or another over the last 19 years. Being Buddhists, the sponsors believed that the monasteries really needed the funds and it is taught that making offerings to any one of the Three Jewels is tremendously meritorious.

    But events took an ugly turn against Shugden sponsors . When the ban on Shugden practice was strictly enforced by the Tibetan leadership from around 2008, all Shugden practitioners were barred from visiting all these monasteries. This meant that all these monasteries that had been enjoying the benefits of the funds raised painstakingly and with much great effort and given to them by sponsors which included Shugden practitioners, now suddenly shut their doors on their Shugden benefactors!

    Furthermore, in a bewildering twist of events,followig the Tibetan leadership’s enforcement of the ban, the recipients of these benefits from these monasteries began attacking their Shugden benefactors and sponsors even online, levying all kinds of insults against them and defaming them, as can be seen from this article.

    What a way to return kindness!

    Just think how compassionate Shugden Lamas, like Gangchen Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche, who had made huge contributions to the monasteries in the form of building Ladrangs, prayer halls and monks ‘ quarters and the like, are now being ostracised and persecuted, insulted and defamed online by the recipients of this sponsorship , just for holding steadfastly to their practice of Shugden, given to them by their root gurus!

    How can the Tibetan leadership and these recipients hold on to these benefits on the one hand, and at the same time, insult, discriminate and persecute the benefactors , on the other hand!

    Thank you P Jean Ai for sharing your experiences as a sponsor in this article.

  11. Anne Ong on Feb 22, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai for sharing your sad and unfortunate experiences with your family about how you were badly treated by those anti shugden people. It’s very unfair and prejudice for the Tibetan leadership to only want sponsorship and then reject people who are Dorje Shugden practitioners. This is really hypocritical.
    I’m sorry to say that similar things are happening with my closest dharma friends. Many of these friends are not willing to acknowledge this ban and try to lift their finger to do social media to help lift the ban. I’m not being bias or self praise just because i’m doing the social media for the ban. These people are very committed and devouted to the Dorje Shugden statue on their altar at home, and overlooked the facts that Rinpoche needs the students/members for support. And the many good things that comes along with mind transformation and sincere guru devotion._/\_

  12. Julia Tan on Feb 22, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai for sharing the truth on how you being treated by the anti-shugden people and the Tibetan leadership. I feel really disgusting reading those rude messages that they sent to you. You are doing the right thing Pastor Jean Ai for speaking up. Those who are receiving the fund is always easier than those you has gone out there to raise the fund. H.E. Tsem Rinpoche constantly gave talk and he offered up the offerings (cash) back to his mother monastery. Putting in so much of effort, not that wanted any recognition but at least do not put people down until this level. The worse thing is Pastor Jean Ai and her family are not allowed to enter these monasteries.

    CTA claimed that we pray to GHOST, How can those prayed to the “ghost” behaved more kind, sincere and nice than those who are anti- Dorje Shugden. The Tibetan leadership and the anti-shugden people claimed that they are nice and holy. But they constantly made up stories, said disgusting things to put down the Dorje Shugden Lamas like H.H. Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Zong Rinpoche, H.H. Ganchen Rinpoche, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche and any more. So much kindness that H.H. Trijang Rinpoche has been given to H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama. He nurtured and given H.H. the education, initiations, love and care, but now he’s being treated this way.

    The Dorje Shugden ban is a disaster to Tibet, to dharma and to humanity. The CTA is shutting the door for themselves. They chase the Dharma away. As those who are holding the lineage, these are the pure lamas that will continue to practice Dorje Shugden and grow.

  13. Yeo Kwai Gin on Feb 22, 2017 at 1:38 am

    感恩仁波切和邝仁爱讲法师的分享 !

    看完这篇文章后, 我的心情很沉重和心痛, 多杰雄登修持者在这20年以来开始就被歧视, 不友善对待, 伤害,破坏家园。在文章里, 讲法师被朋友在网上绝交(只因为讲法师是雄登修持者),被丑化, 被脏言怒骂等等, 只因是” 多杰雄登修持者 ” 。那是多么的无辜和无奈和心痛 !

    在邝仁爱讲法师提到的, 赞助大德一直以来供养了庞大的资源如金钱, 修理佛堂, 建医疗中心,供养佛像等等, 让寺院里的僧人拥有舒适的地方和足够的资源修行, 但是为何只有了多杰雄登的争论课题, 西藏中央政府要严厉的把 “修持雄登者” 和” 无修持雄登者”严重的隔离呢?

    一直以来, 所有修持多杰雄登法门的高僧大德如帕绷卡仁波切, 赤江仁波切, 宋仁波切, 刚坚仁波切, 詹杜固仁波切等等都是无私的不断弘扬佛法, 把宗喀巴大师的传承与佛法传播到世界每一个角落, 利益众生 !而且, 很多修持雄登的高僧还一直转世回来继续祂们的宏愿呢 !

    修持多杰雄登法门保护我们和帮助减轻或去除我们的障碍,让我们在灵修的路上更加快速的达到成就 !

    希望尊贵的达赖尊者,西藏中央政府和有关当局可以尽早把”多杰雄登争论课题”解决, 因为还没出现这课题之前, 大家都是一样的和谐共处,一起辩论佛法,一起参加法会, 一起开心的生活。

    愿尊贵的达赖尊者与尊贵的上师詹仁波切健康长寿,吉祥如意, 愿雄登课题可以尽早解决, 世界和平 !

    OM BENZA WIKI BITANA SOHA

    感恩合十
    YEO KWAI GIN

  14. KarenC on Feb 21, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai for speaking up for so many other mistreated sponsors. What you have wrote are very logical. For the past 2 decades, CTA has never stop to pollute the young and innocent mind of their own people with hate campaigns, books publishing, social media trolls and etc. What good does it serve for the CTA to continue to carry on all these negativities? Imagine they diverted all the energy, effort, money and talents on building up their country?

    Instead of using the public platform to promote harmony, CTA forced dharma centres around the world to participate in their discrimination, separation, schism, and policy of marginalisation of dorje shugden practitioners.

    I read about Panglung Rinpoche and Gangchen Rinpoche has also kindly sponsored the hospital and one of the khamtsen in Sera Mey. However after the ban, both Rinpoche are not welcomed to use them. There’s not even a signage erected to thank the sponsor for building such facilities for the monks just because the sponsor is dorje shugden practitioner. It’s really illogical, unethical and ungrateful of these Sanghas (i’m sorry) to treat their sponsors like that. There’s a Chinese saying “过河拆桥” meaning after you get something from someone and you just dump that person because he/she is no longer useful.

    Many of the conditions in Monasteries especially in India are quite bad, due to lack of funding, problems like monks suffer from malnutrition, medical problems, lack of facilities, education not in place etc would arise and all these factors contributed to the downfall of a monastery and it would directly affect the upholding of the lineage.

    CTA please stop being in denial and lift the Dorje Shugden ban!

  15. jerry_sito on Feb 21, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    感谢讲法师您的分享,

    我们接触佛法,就是选择了踏上一条能够引领我们获得证悟与脱离娑婆世界的道路,我们开始学习忏悔与累积功德,寻找内心的一份安定来看清六道轮回之苦。佛法在任何的情况下永远都不应该成为是伤害他人的“工具”。

    感到非常的无奈是,许多的佛法功德主,慷慨的布施,维修伟大的佛法寺院,供养僧侣,并没有要求回报,却反之受到来自与所帮助的对象对功德主咆哮,威胁与出言攻击等等,我想这是大大地违背了佛陀的教诲与教义。

    我的想法是,如果抛开了“多杰雄登”护法的议题,今天有一个人对你好,或是刚好在你很需要帮忙的时候,有一个人雪中送碳地给予了无私的帮助,那么明天,后天,将来… 即使这一个人无论他选择了自己的人生道路该往那一个方向走,或是他选择信仰任何的宗教等等,当你再遇见他的时候,我们都的记得与感恩当初他的那一份恩惠,因为懂得感恩是人类最基本的礼仪,今天也许因为某些状况,政治因素,宗教等等,产生彼此意见不合,也并不代表你可以忘记了当初的那一份恩惠,你当然可以选择安静,或是你当然拥有发言的自由权,但是要用一种善巧与友善的方式来沟通与讨论彼此的意见不合,但是倘若就这样出恶言攻击,威胁等等,这未免有点忘恩负义与太没有道理了吧。

    谢谢
    Jerry

  16. Sock Wan on Feb 21, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    This is just one of the many cases where Dorje Shugden practitioners are isolated, discriminated and insulted. It is amazing how people don’t value the quality of a person but pass judgement based on one’s belief. For Pastor Jean Ai she has been a great supporter to Free Tibet cause and a sponsor to the monastery. As soon as she revealed her Dorje Shugden practice, some of her Tibetan friends do not want to have anything to do with her anymore, she is made fun of on social media platform, she is not welcomed to the monastery anymore. Didn’t Buddha teach us to be compassionate and be tolerant to differences? Didn’t Buddha teach to be polite and gentle? These so-called Buddhists used vulgar words on Dorje Shugden practitioners, create separation and conflict among the Buddhists.

    If you go to a Dorje Shugden monastery, you will realise what they teach in the monastery is no different to those non-Dorje Shugden monastery because both are teaching Buddha’s doctrine. If the teachings are the same, how can Dorje Shugden be a cult or a spirit worshopping religion? Bear mind, all lamas who are practising Dorje Shugden are students of renowned masters like Pabongkha Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche, etc. Many of them are lineage holders and have received authentic Buddha’s teachings from great masters.

    The ban not only affect existing Dorje Shugden practitioners, it affects the future of potential Dharma practitioners too. Some people would rather not pursuing Dharma practice because they are greatly confused by the ban and find the controversy rather disturbing, they don’t know what is real what is not real.

    It is normal everyone has their preferences, they should be encouraged to stick with their belief as long as their belief is one that bring peace to themselves and others. Tibetan leadership should examine how much damage the ban has caused to their community and do something about it. Without unity among the Tibetan people, their cause will not be successful.

  17. William Chua on Feb 21, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    As the saying goes” Don’t bite the hands that feed you”, the CTA is definitely an ungrateful group who does not treat their sponsors well. Even if we have opposing views on our spiritual beliefs, they should at least be civilised. They will never return the sponsorship to those sponsors who are DS practitioners. I wonder whether they do acknowledge these sponsors who sponsored the floors in Jangtse and the hospital?

    All have been brain washed by the CTA to just blindly follow. Where is the proof that DS practitioners are sponsored by China? They just accuse without any facts and to stir up reaction. The CTA has reduced their fight for an independent Tibet to an autonomous region within China from 1959 and always place the blame on Dorje Shugden. It is just an excuse to deviate from their inefficient government.

    Thank you Pastor Jean AI for voicing out. You voice means a lot.

  18. Wylfred Ng on Feb 21, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    谢谢邝仁爱讲法师的分享。

    首先我想要随喜仁波切、邝仁爱讲法师及家人在过去二十年来对佛法的捐助和贡献。 通过仁波切的捐助寺院得以继续传授及弘扬佛法。

    不过非常讽刺的是在多杰雄登禁令开始后, 仁波切、邝仁爱讲法师、及很多修持多杰雄登的高僧和僧侣都不被允许回到原本属于的寺院。 原因无别—就是多杰雄登禁令。
    多杰雄登的影响层面非常广, 不只是选择修持或不修持而已。 选择继续修习多杰雄登法门, 那你就得准备被排挤、不可以参加一些寺院的法会、不可以在一些商店买东西、不可以在医院接受治疗、不可以和不修习多杰雄登的家人见面、 最严重的就是受到死亡威胁。

    仁波切和邝仁爱讲法师在禁令之前曾经捐助过很多寺院, 甚至在遭受亚洲金融风暴, 大家都在财务上受到严重影响的时候还是继续捐助寺院。 为的就只是为弘扬佛法献出一份绵力。 不过在多杰雄登禁令过后, 仁波切再也不准回到自己的寺院。 而且过去对于寺院所做出的贡献和捐助都被遗忘了。

    很多宗教, 包括佛教都教我们学习感恩。 不过在多杰雄登禁令中, 感恩这个字是可以完完全全被忽略, 如果你是多杰雄登修持者, 任何情面都没得讲。 这就是多杰雄登禁令所带来的深远影响。

    愿达赖尊可以在这个禁令中发声, 为所有多杰雄登修持者给予一个很好的交代。 也愿这个无理的禁令可以快点被解除。 停止这些多杰雄登禁令所带来的乱象。

    谢谢

  19. Samfoonheei on Feb 21, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    Cannot imagine that the Tibetan leadership does not appreciate and show gratitude to those sponsor (jindak).Feeling sad disappointed as its Kecharas that have sponsored them 3000 sets of robes and statues to all of the monks of Gaden Monastery to name a few.Yet the jindaks were treated so badly denied services to hotel and are not allowed to revisit the monasteries that the jindaks sponsored.The Jindaks were also verbally abused in social media.All these happened just because of the practicing of Dorje Shugden as their choice.
    Thank you Rinpoche,Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai for sharing.
    Hope more people will be aware of this discrimination against Dorje Shugden practitioners world wide.

  20. Francisco on Feb 21, 2017 at 10:31 am

    One thing I think I understand about the anti-shugden people, is that they are filled with ignorance, they are weak minded, they are not thinking by themselfs, they are not listening to the words of The Buddha…one thing I learned from the words of The Buddha himself was – “Do not blindly believe what I say, experience it for yourself” – The Buddha, himself, told to not blindly believe what he said… THE BUDDHA!! is there anyone above The Buddha in this earth? … no, there isn’t, so they should follow the example of The Buddha himself, by not blindly believing what someone else said about Dorje Shugden practitioners, they should think for themselfs, they should look at what Dorje Shugden practitioners do, speak, act, etc. If Dorje Shugden practitioners do practice the precepts, do spread love and kindness, do spread peace and compassion, are helping people in need, respect others independently of their religious beliefs, faith, status,etc, than they are helping people!! Helping, respecting, spreading love and kindness… Anti-Shugden’s Wake Up!!!

    I can’t even imagine (I mean I can imagine, just by seeing what the anti-shugden’s do and say about those who are very directly connected to them, helped them in times of need, and who follow, as themselfs, the path laid by The Buddha), what these anti-shugden people would say or do to hindus for example, who have thousands if not millions of gods!! would these anti-shugden first inform themselfs about each and every one god before talking to an hindu person…. I guess not…

    If that’s the way you anti-shugden wanna teach the worldly beings how to be and act… guess what… they already know, because, hatred is everywhere in this planet, and guess what… many people in this world are masters of hate, you would have a long way to get to their level of hate, but guess what else… you are already doing it… and yet, you have time to stop that hate and start love! spread love, peace, kindness, compassion and respect… and one day the world might change 🙂
    hate creates hate, love creates love, only with love can hate be dissipated, so let the love seed inside you grow and flourish, spread that love, and one day there might be a huge beautiful garden! 🙂

    And guess what anti-shugden’s, before taking false conclusions, you know what my religion is? – is love and compassion… you know what I practice? – I practice love, peace, kindness and compassion.

    Dorje Shugden practitioners, Kechara house, buddhists, non-buddhists, all who have love and kindness, please don’t stop and don’t be afraid of being true to yourselfs.

    Thank you Ani Lobsang Pema – Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai and Tsem Rinponche for putting this article up.
    Thank you, and may love, peace, kindness and compassion be with you at all times.

  21. graceleong on Feb 20, 2017 at 11:29 pm

    The messages against Rinpoche, Dorje Shugden High Lamas and DS practitioners are appalling !!! It is heart breaking to see the amount of degeneration in the minds of the human race; can’t even isolate it to just Tibetan Buddhism. All done in the name of “protecting” people from an “evil deity” ?? It is so bizarre !
    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai for sharing your journey. Thank you for not being put off by all the bad experiences you have had to go through. Thank you for having the tenacity to continue with your practice despite all the obstacles and benefiting many . Your sharing may have raised some disgusting emotions towards the anti-Shugden, but the truth though painful to digest ought to be told.
    Everyone has a right to choose which side they prefer to be in – to practice Dorje Shugden or not to practice, there is no need to discriminate those who choose to practice.
    Thank you Rinpoche for showing and emphasising the path of the Middle Way; we practice Dorje Shugden and we still respect His Holiness the Dalai Lama, but we persistently and humbly ask for the ban to come down. Thank you Rinpoche for your Wisdom and Compassion . With folded hands.

  22. Mingwen on Feb 20, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    It’s fine for everyone to have our own faith, beliefs, freedom of speech. Everyone can give suggestions on everything but WHY does ot need to be accompany with vulgar words, baseless descriptions and FAKE & edited images / memes from the original ones for a negative purpose which is to defame another person.

    If anyone really has evidences about the negative effects of practising the Dharma Protector,Dorje Shugden. Kindly share it out, if it’s true, it can benefit a lot of people. But if there’re ain’t, please behave, have some respect for the others and save some dignities for oneself.

    Be a real Buddhist, practice well and has wisdom. Stop funding hate but create love and invest in peace.

    Thank you, Pastor Jean Ai for sharing your personal experiences.

  23. So Kin Hoe (KISG) on Feb 20, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    These are very sad incidents where Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, Pastor Jean Ai, her family members and many Kechara members had sponsored much of their funds, energies, efforts and time to help and support the monasteries in India for the past 19 years and yet, they are currently being treated by Tibetan leaders and community as No. 1 enemies because of practising Dorje Shugden. Our humans’ long revolution history has proven that everyone has the rights to be protected by legislative laws and regulations in every country and up to now, we do not see the discrimination against one’s religion practice is legalized in any of the rules and regulations set by any country. Yet, we are seeing a backward direction from Tibetan leaders and community where discrimination, hatred, vulgarity, humiliation and other forms of negative comments can be applied to those who are practising Dorje shugden. This should not happen in the Buddhists’ community in the first place as it goes against the Buddha’s teachings fundamentally and further more, instead of repaying the sponsors with kindness and appreciation, the sponsors are badly treated by Tibetan community in return.

    I sincerely pray that H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama and Tibetan leaders will end the sufferings and discrimination endured by many Shugden’s practitioners by lifting the ban of Dorje Shugden soonest possible. May all Buddhists united as one big Dharma family and spread the Buddhadharma to the 10 directions for the benefits of all sentient beings in this life and many future lifetimes.

    Thank you Rinpoche for posting the article and thank you Pastor Jean Ai for sharing the real happenings in order to bring the awareness of the current fate faced by many Shugden’s practitioners.

    With folded hands,
    kin hoe

    • Dorji on Feb 21, 2017 at 2:01 pm

      It is really disheartening that some thugs of Tibetan’s does so in order to humiliate the sponsorship. How dare they Post a Rinpoche being a gay partner to another Rinpochoe. Shame on them!! Buddhist religion teach us to show compassion and love towards others. I am a Buddhist and in my country, we respect and pay homage to the sponsorship’s. Don’t be dishearten in what they are doing, instead have a heart to forgive and give your donation to other monasteries around the world
      Respect should be given as well as should be earned. From my point you earned your respect. Great Lama will never preach others to do a wrong thing, they simply want a peace and joy to all sentient beings. Keep on doing your job no matter what others say as I appreciate your job and am proud to say that as a nun you have a tolerance to bear and still does a good deeds. Kencho sum Thugje ziig to anim!!

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  24. Pastor Henry Ooi on Feb 20, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    What Pastor Jean Ai wrote I can attest to, having the great fortune to be one of Tsem Rinpoche’s students and the merit to have visited the monasteries with the many jindak from Kechara. The monks in the monasteries are not at fault for the segregation because of the ban on the practice of Dorje Shugden. The Tibetan leaderships, CTA, are the culprits. It is very true that now they label Tsem Rinpoche and Kechara as so called ‘devil’ worshipper. Since that being their accusation, CTA should order the monasteries to return all the sponsored money, religious items and materials. Better still, CTA should give the sponsored money to the monasteries and order them to return to Tsem Rinpoche and Kechara. And CTA should reimburse the monasteries for their ‘loss.’ But no, the CTA representatives sit in their office and do nothing to help the monasteries. Instead they spend time and money plotting to separate Tibetans who refuse to give up on Dorje Shugden. And they can spend money to produce a recent video against Dorje Shugden. They use Dorje Shugden as a scapegoat to distract Tibetans from their (CTA) failure as a government who promised their people the return of their motherland. So sad, more so for those Tibetans who have wool pulled over their eyes by CTA.

  25. Ugyen Norbu on Feb 20, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    If people just treating you as terrorist just you leave..because it shows their real heart of practitioners of their part…. From my point you are really doing great to help Tibet but they are tooly taking their sense in all negative..in other way you are came to be god n God have sent you to help other in a way of Buddhist..

  26. Edwin Tan on Feb 20, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    Dear Pastor Jean Ai,

    It is really saddening to see the anti-Shugden protests going on, humiliation to Dorje Shugden practitioners, hate mails, hate comments etc… while at the same time, still receiving sponsorships from the very same people these haters “abused”.

    I tend to agree with you, if they feel so strongly about our so-called “evilness”.. why don’t they return all the donations made? Why don’t they reflect what they are “fighting” for is just? Why don’t they separate whatever was sponsored and created from the donations and return them to Shuden practitioners?

    Importantly, they hate HE Tsem Rinpoche, what about the many Lord Tsongkapa or Vajrayogini statues His Eminence donated to the monasteries? Why accept them on their altar only to abuse and hurt our Guru?

    It is really time for them to wake up, and leave the faith of our choice to us. time will tell and prove to them.

    Thank you for the article. I truly hope the Tibetan Leadership will read, digest and understand.

  27. Sharon on Feb 20, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    Why focus on hate? Pls enlighten.

    • Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Feb 20, 2017 at 7:08 pm

      Hi Sharon,

      Thanks for your comment! I believe your question would be better directed at the Tibetan leadership in Dharamsala 🙂

      I don’t hate them and in fact, I feel sad about this whole thing. It shouldn’t have to be this way, but they really hate us Dorje Shugden practitioners and our religious beliefs. As a result of this, the Tibetan leadership has actively discriminated against us for the last 20 years…but during that time, they were also okay to take our money!

      So this is being posted to highlight their double standards in accepting our funds yet treating their sponsors in such a negative and shameful manner, and to raise awareness of this ongoing discrimination against us.

      Thank you!

  28. Mark on Feb 20, 2017 at 10:41 am

    This is disgusting. When will this stop?

    • Tsem Rinpoche on Feb 20, 2017 at 11:03 am

      This the reason we are posting about this in order to create awareness so it will stop. We wish H.H. the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan people no ill-will but we are requesting them to please stop all the negative ‘advises’ and condemnation against our Dorje Shugden religious choice. No religious or secular leader should make any negative comments against any religion or spiritual path in this day and age. We must learn from the past already.

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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.
~ 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
4 weeks ago
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
4 weeks ago
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.
4 weeks 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
4 weeks 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
4 weeks 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
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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
1 month ago
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!
1 month ago
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!
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
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
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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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