Racism Against Tibetans in America

Nov 19, 2016 | Views: 590
Share this article

As a child, I experienced a lot of racism growing up in Howell, New Jersey. In school, I was called a “chink” very frequently and bullied for my race. I wasn’t bullied for many other things, but only for my race. As I grew older and taller, the bullying stopped but now as a grown up, I am still discriminated against. But this time, the discrimination is for my religion which is my Dorje Shugden faith. And the other difference is that this time, the discrimination comes from my own Tibetan people and the leadership which is the Tibetan people.

Growing up in Howell, New Jersey in the 1970s, I was discriminated against for the colour of my skin and for being Asian.

Growing up in Howell, New Jersey in the 1970s, I was discriminated against for the colour of my skin and for being Asian.

So when I was sent the article below today by one of my friends, I was not surprised because from my experience growing up in America, I know many people have experienced and continue to experience racism just because of something they cannot change which is their ethnicity and skin colour. So while I was not happy to read what Tenzin has experienced, sad to say but now he knows what it feels like as a Tibetan to be called something derogatory because of who you are.

This is something that myself and many others as a Dorje Shugden practitioner have experienced for the last 20 years. I am a Dorje Shugden practitioner, that is who I am and for two decades, I have suffered vulgarities, insults and threats as a result of my faith which I committed to before the ban started. My faith is therefore something I cannot change due to my tantric commitments and the promise I made to my guru.

Not only am I a Dorje Shugden practitioner, but my father also relied on Dorje Shugden. And in fact, many years ago, he gave me a Dorje Shugden wealth vase that was blessed by the great Mongolian lama Guru Deva Rinpoche. So my father was a devotee of this holy Protector too, and he also wanted me to be connected with Dorje Shugden and believed the practice would benefit me.

Tenzin says in his interview that the discrimination is different because it is sanctioned by those in power. He speaks about the fear he experiences for his family’s safety. Tenzin’s words can easily be applied to the situation faced by Dorje Shugden practitioners. As a result of their faith, Shugden practitioners have lived under a dark cloud of uncertainty and fear for 20 years. Their images are put up throughout Tibetan settlements so they can have hatred and violence directed against them. They are banned from schools, shops, hospitals, restaurants as a result of their faith; their children are bullied in and removed from schools, and parents who practise are shut out from employment within the Tibetan civil service. Even the leader of the Tibetan people, His Holiness the Dalai Lama refuses to meet with Dorje Shugden practitioners.

It is my prayer that everyone, Tibetan or otherwise, never has to suffer any kind of discrimination, whether it is on the basis of their race, gender, age, faith or economic background. And especially for Dorje Shugden practitioners, may the discrimination against them end soon.

It is my prayer that everyone, Tibetan or otherwise, never has to suffer any kind of discrimination, whether it is on the basis of their race, gender, age, faith or economic background. And especially for Dorje Shugden practitioners, may the discrimination against them end soon.

So I pray that Tibetans who have racist taunts directed at them meditate on this, and develop compassion for Dorje Shugden practitioners and the fear they have had to live with for two decades. No one should have to experience violent behaviour that is based on discrimination, whether it is because of their race, skin colour, economic background, education and their faith. Certainly I don’t wish Tenzin’s experiences on anyone. So please read the article below and listen to the interview snippets carefully. Take out Tenzin’s name and experience, and think about how it can apply to Dorje Shugden practitioners. It is my hope that through this, more Tibetans will know what it feels like to be segregated against because of who you are, because that is exactly how Dorje Shugden people feel.

Tsem Rinpoche

 

Harassed, afraid, a North Country immigrant fights back with love

by Zach Hirsch (Plattsburgh Correspondent), in Plattsburgh, NY

Source: http://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/news/story/32951/20161117/harassed-afraid-a-north-country-immigrant-fights-back-with-love

Nov 17, 2016 — Tenzin Dorjee did everything he was supposed to do and more. He became naturalized as a U.S. citizen six years ago. He co-owns the Himalaya Restaurant in Plattsburgh, which now has a second location. Each year, he helps organize a festival that brings in musicians and artists from across the country and overseas.

Tenzin Dorjee, one of the owners of the Himalaya Restaurant in Plattsburgh, was repeatedly harassed in the days after the presidential election. Photo: Zach Hirsch

Tenzin Dorjee, one of the owners of the Himalaya Restaurant in Plattsburgh, was repeatedly harassed in the days after the presidential election. Photo: Zach Hirsch

He’s put in hundreds of hours building the city’s cultural diversity. Lately, something else is consuming his energy: fear.

Since Election Day, there has been a wave of hate directed at minority groups across the U.S. Intimidation. Harassment. Swastikas. The Southern Poverty Law Center counted over 400 such incidents in the week after the election.

After being repeatedly harassed himself, Dorjee is struggling to make sense of this moment, and trying to figure out how to fight back.

Dorjee grew up in Bhutan. Over the years he’s been singled out a few times in Plattsburgh, but it was just “minor stuff. They trash all my flowerpots and stuff,” he said. “This feels very different.”

Audio File:

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

It was Wednesday of last week, the day after Donald Trump was elected. Dorjee was walking into Walmart when he ran into two men wearing camouflage jackets. “It was a couple of guys standing next to a couple of trucks. And that’s when they say, ‘Hey chink, get the f— out of my country. Go back to where you came from.’ And I just smiled at them.”

Yangchen Dorjee (left), Tenzin's wife and co-owner of the Himalaya Restaurant, sang with Tibetan musician Tamding Tsetsan at the 2015 festival. Photo: Zach Hirsch

Yangchen Dorjee (left), Tenzin’s wife and co-owner of the Himalaya Restaurant, sang with Tibetan musician Tamding Tsetsan at the 2015 festival. Photo: Zach Hirsch

He sighed. “Then it happened again.”Just a few steps away, two other people used the same racial slur. “I felt very uncomfortable, unsafe,” Dorjee said, and he never made it into Walmart. “I just turned around and went back home.”

Then, a couple of days later, he was out running errands when two older men in a car cut him off on purpose, he said, and flashed him the middle finger. The fact that they were elderly people broke his heart. “That was something that I wasn’t expecting.”

Dorjee is culturally Tibetan, and his family came to the U.S. to escape persecution from the Chinese government. Once, he said, Chinese officials caught up with them in India, and he was beaten so badly it took him three weeks to recover.

He came here to get away from all that. And for the most part, the North Country has embraced the Dorjees. They’re well liked and widely respected for organizing the annual Tibetan arts and culture festival. In 2015, local artists built a permanent mandala tile mural into the side of a building downtown to honor Tibetan traditions. At the unveiling, Dorjee smiled and appeared to be overwhelmed. He told the crowd that Plattsburgh is full of honorary Tibetans.

Dorjee speaking at the unveiling of the Mountain Lake Mandala. Photo provided by Mountain Lake PBS

Dorjee speaking at the unveiling of the Mountain Lake Mandala. Photo provided by Mountain Lake PBS

Dorjee with his family. Photo provided by Dorjee

Dorjee with his family. Photo provided by Dorjee

“I’ve always been asked this question of ‘how many Tibetan families are there in Plattsburgh?’ And I’ve always said plenty. And this goes to prove that whatever I said about my family in Plattsburgh is correct…The hearts that I have here are Tibetan,” he says in Arts in Exile, a Mountain Lake PBS documentary about the festival.

Now, Dorjee is frightened for his family’s safety. On Facebook he wrote a long, emotional post, which said in part,

“As fear overtakes me for the protection of my family and myself I am now joining the group that believes in right to own firearms.”

He continued, “It is a sad decision for me as I believe in compassion but as a family man and human I have faults and it has driven me to the conclusion that a weapon of destruction is my only safeguard against the hate that has been directed against the color of my skin and political beliefs.”

Dorjee is a practicing Buddhist. Being peaceful is a huge part of his religion and identity. But he felt like he didn’t have any other options. He planned to buy a shotgun for the house, and get a license for a concealed carry pistol.

It was a dark, low moment, Dorjee said. Then he heard from friends, and he slept on it.

“I got around to thinking, and then my community members, of course they’ve been very supportive on my Facebook, and then I’ve had community members come up to me and say ‘Tenzin, we are behind you all the way.’ And when I look at that kind of support, then I do not feel the need to bear any kind of firearms, because that is my firearm.”

Audio File:

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Instead of guns, he’s buying a new security camera. He’s also hoping to help organize a forum about racism and xenophobia. Leaders from the city and town said they think that’s a great idea.

In the meantime, people are on edge. Recently, a rumor ran around SUNY Plattsburgh about the KKK. University Police sent an email reassuring students that they’ve looked into it and there is no evidence of KKK activity in the area.

On Monday, Dorjee’s car was vandalized while it was parked outside of his house. He’s not sure if it’s a racial thing, but he thinks so, since it’s never happened before in the nine years he’s lived here.

Dorjee plans to fight back with compassion. In a Facebook post about the car, he wrote, “Bring it on. Your hate is not going to change me into you.”

The finished Mountain Lake Mandala in downtown Plattsburgh, which stands as a permanent tribute to Tibetan culture. Photo: Zach Hirsch

The finished Mountain Lake Mandala in downtown Plattsburgh, which stands as a permanent tribute to Tibetan culture. Photo: Zach Hirsch

 

For more interesting information:

Please support us so that we can continue to bring you more Dharma:

If you are in the United States, please note that your offerings and contributions are tax deductible. ~ the tsemrinpoche.com blog team

Share this article

25 Responses to Racism Against Tibetans in America

DISCLAIMER IN RELATION TO COMMENTS OR POSTS GIVEN BY THIRD PARTIES BELOW

Kindly note that the comments or posts given by third parties in the comment section below do not represent the views of the owner and/or host of this Blog, save for responses specifically given by the owner and/or host. All other comments or posts or any other opinions, discussions or views given below under the comment section do not represent our views and should not be regarded as such. We reserve the right to remove any comments/views which we may find offensive but due to the volume of such comments, the non removal and/or non detection of any such comments/views does not mean that we condone the same.

We do hope that the participants of any comments, posts, opinions, discussions or views below will act responsibly and do not engage nor make any statements which are defamatory in nature or which may incite and contempt or ridicule of any party,individual or their beliefs or to contravene any laws.

  1. MartinC on Feb 9, 2017 at 2:55 am

    For longest time, people who have been misled have wrongly accused Dorje Shugden practitioners and have hated blindly without understanding the real issue. Therefore it is very refreshing to see this comment by Suzy in Rinpoche’s YouTube channel [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4&t=11s] in which she eloquently expressed how her mind shifted about Dorje Shugden after learning more about the Protector.

    Suzy

  2. wan wai meng on Jan 5, 2017 at 12:46 am

    I honestly do not think Donal Trump is pushing the race, or purity agenda, Donald Trump is always looking for business and jobs for Americans first, everything else secondary. Still I feel sorry that he and his family are under duress.

    With regards to Dorje Shudgen people, it is an institutional persecution all the way from the top. There are so much evidence that shows, how many practitioners, monks and lamas have been harmed by the Dorje Shugden ban.

  3. Justin Cheah on Nov 23, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    Discrimination is nothing new actually and it is more apparent these days as more people are aware of it. We are now living in the modern world and this should not be happening especially in US where it is one of the main advocacy for human rights. Somehow rather, Asians and Africans are more likely to suffer from this. What Dorjee is going through so far is something certainly caught everyone by surprise given by the latest outcome of the presidential election. This is time where Tibetans realise there are one group of not only Tibetans are suffering from currently. It is the discrimination against Dorje Shugden and it’s practitioners. Every known practitioners were subject to abusive messages hurled at them and especially Tsem Rinpoche where his FB and Twitter accounts were attacked daily. Don’t get me wrong, I am not trying to say Karma strikes back to the Tibetans who discriminated Dorje Shugden practitioners but now at least some of them will understand how it feels to be one being discriminated like how their compatriots who chose to honour their commitments to their gurus by holding onto the practice and be firm with it. We live in this world today knowing that things are no longer can be just pushed into us without proper analysis and people have to realise there are always people who will think differently from you and we should respect that. Being born in a race that is so called lower in the caste or monority doesn’t mean they will have to suffer demeanour.

  4. Shelly tai on Nov 23, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    Discrimination again any religion or race are not supposing happen in this modern era where people are more well educated is very frustrating to know that discrimination do happen in country like U.S by the people there should more civilize I really hope this kind of discrimination can end soon especially on discrimination for people who practice their faith and religion which are happen all around the world we need to practice with freedom and without fear everyone want peace .

  5. Tan Soon Huat on Nov 20, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    Thank You Rinpoche for sharing this article. I feel sad on the pitiful experience by Dorjee. There is nothing we can change to make the discrimator feels better; we are born with the skin color. Same things for Dorje Shugden practitioners; we can not give up our practice as it is given by our Guru. We need to hold the commitmennt no matter what happen even given up our life like Methar.

    I think Dorje Shugden practitioners suffered even more that fear experienced by Dorjee. They are helpless, some of them even tortured to dead. Their family are facing society pressure such as hospital does not give treatment to them, school does not want to accept their children etc. Who is going to help them? Yes, you may say their practice harm your Guru, H.H.Dalai Lama but H.H.Dalai Lama has announced that the practice of Dorje Shugden does not harm him at all. Please stop using the excuse to harm anybody to fulfill your selfish desire. It is not Buddhism and in fact you are stopping the Dharma Wheel turning. Nobody will join the violent religion for peaceful purpose.

    Hope it all will stop very soon. No more violent and harming to those innocent harmless person.

  6. Julia Tan on Nov 20, 2016 at 1:00 am

    My heart goes to Dorjee after reading this article. He reminded me the Dorje Shugden ban that caused recrimination among Tibetans. No matter who you are, where you come from, how different our religions or belief, we should not allow discrimination to happen.

    Why choose to discriminate if we can live harmoniously together. Non of the religions in the worlds teaches us to discriminate. If we are being taught to love even animals, why can’t we love each other. Why create so much of hatrads, fear and sufferings due to personal benefits. Why choose to hate while you can forgive, accept and be nice to each other.

    Please do not forget about what happened during world war 1 and 2. Why hate? Because you blame others of ruing your life? If you can choose to be responsible of your life, of what you did, of your failure or mistakes, then there’s no hate hence there would not be discrimination among people. Then world peace is near.

  7. So Kin Hoe (KISG) on Nov 19, 2016 at 11:20 pm

    I am deeply saddened after knowing the discrimination and racism faced by Tenzin and his family in US after the US election day. I believe there are many more Tibetan families staying in US in order to escape persecution from the Chinese government. I hope the newly elected US government will take counter measures to improve the racism and discrimination situation in US as there is no benefit for everyone if the racism and discrimination continue to be amplified to a higher level.

    Similarly, the discrimination is also happening to all the Dorje Shugden’s practitioners in India where Dorje Shugden’s practitioners receive unfair treatment and being abused just because of different belief in religion. I personally do not see if there is any benefit for someone to put down other’s religion and practice as discrimination, abusive words, vulgarity and baseless accusations cannot help anyone to gain any worldly achievement and spiritual progress as well.

    Thank you Rinpoche for bringing out the awareness of racism that is happening in US and the discrimination and injustice faced by many Dorje Shugden’s practitioners. It is our responsibility to share the Dharma teachings to others, especially for those who launch the attack to others because of different belief, different religion, different races or simply because of prejudice. May our world become a better place to live with peace and harmony.

  8. Pastor Han Nee on Nov 19, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    Tenzin Dorjee together with other minorities in the US , are now facing the back lash of a wave of racism and hate – sometimes expressed in violence and at other times in biting insults and derogatory remarks – hurled at them.This wave has swept across the North Country in the aftermath of the presidential elections. Tenzin Dorjee says it’s scary because racial attacks appear to be sanctioned by “those in power”. He fears for his life and he fears for the safety of hs family. At one stage, he was even driven to the point of wanting to own a firearm for protection!

    While he is experiencing such tremendous fear and threat to his life from being discriminated against and persecuted because of strong negative racist sentiments, perhaps , he and other fellow Tibetans in the same boat, should pause and contemplate ,for a moment, and empathize with others, who are being discriminated from within their own race. Tenzin and others should spare a thought for Shugden practitioners, including high Lamas, who have been discriminated against and persecuted and threatened for 20 years. Schools are barred to their children; they cannot seek treatment from hospitals and they have been barred from posts in the civil service.

    There are many, including my Guru, who have been unjustifibly insulted and threatened just because they practice a practice given to them by their root Gurus . Just as there is no justification for racial discrimination, so too is there no justification for discrimination against individuals who choose to honor and keep their faith and belief.

    I echo my Guru in asking for all authorities concerned and those in power to stop practicing any form of discrimination; for no form of discrimination is ever justifiable or lawful. Instead, it continues to bring much harm and suffering. May peaceful negotiations take place soon to resolve the pressing issues of discrimination.

  9. Vinnie Tan on Nov 19, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    It is really sad to see that even in modern times like that, discrimination is still ongoing for even countries like the US. It is also stronger now with the new presidency direction.

    However, what is on for Tenzin now is nothing compared to what Dorje Shugden practitioners are going through. The kind of pain and fear they have lived in decades. They have no one to go to as well because even their own government is out to get them.

    For cases like Tenzin’s they have support groups that they can go to for help. But, what about the Dorje Shugden practitioners? When the ban just started, they had nowhere to go and where ever they go they are being spat at. Even for the basic needs, they had problems getting them due to the kind of discrimination that was against them.

    I hope that with what is going on for some of the racial groups in the US now, they will be able to understand how Dorje Shugden practitioners feel. Especially for the Tibetans that are there now.

  10. Uncle Eddie on Nov 19, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    It is so unfortunate that Tenzin Dorje, who has to escape from Tibet, China, to be made a scapegoat of this western racism and Xenophobia. Racists are the sufferers of Sadism, who enjoy imposing all forms of cruelty to others for their enjoyment and pleasures. It is not therefore surprising that Tenzin and his family suffered terrible mental and physical tortures at the hands of these sick people, whenever and wherever the Tenzins happened to meet any of them. It is the same as what Rinpoche had experienced in his young life! Till this day, this hatred and discrimination suffered by them still follow. Of course, in the case of Rinpoche, he was being discriminated for deep devoted faith in Dorje Shugden, the great Protector, by the Tibetan Leadership and its group of anti-worshippers of Dorje Shugden. Irrespective of whether Tibetans or not, it is also the hope of all sentient beings not to be made to feel segregated against who you are, or whether you are a worshipper of Dorje Shugden. This is both the respected birthright and spiritual liberty of all beings, including animals! It is said that, “Buddhism is a religion that requires extensive practices as well. Faith alone is not sufficient. Many man-made disaters could have been averted, but for a failure to implement the basic human values of kindness and consideration for other’s freedom of worship! May the fervent hope and wish of our Rinpoche in all his prayers come true for the benefit of all sentient beings. Om Benza Wiki Bittana Soha.

  11. Lin Mun on Nov 19, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    It is very sad that discrimination on minority still continue to exist in a democratic country and this this is in fact right after election. It is already very tough for Tibetan to leave their home country and now being harassed and to live in fear daily in US.

    I agree with Dorjee method to fight back using compassion instead of getting a gun which will instil more violent. Hope his forum about racism and xenophobia will bring great success and create awareness to the people in Plattsburg and others.

    Nonetheless, the discrimination experience by Dorjee is the same to those Dorje Shugden practitioners. The Tibetan in power will abuse and put stress on them with baseless allegation. All these because the one in power would want to defend for their own agenda. Dorje Shugden practitioners also have to live in fear and being discriminate and segregate from entering public places including getting medical help. Why create so much suffering to the people?

    I hope the ban on Shugden will end and the authority will promote peace and harmony among the people and country

  12. Sarah on Nov 19, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    It’s tough already to be a refugee in a foreign country. Although Dorjee has become a U.S. citizen, he will always feel he’s a foreigner because of the discrimination against him. It’s good he has decided not to buy a gun for protection. I support his approach which is to organise a forum to highlight the plight of people like him, and using peaceful means like social media. I think speaking out and reaching out to people of different ethnic backgrounds will be more effective than carrying a gun and living in fear.

  13. Fong on Nov 19, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    Discrimination is rearing it’s ugly head more and more nowadays. It’s like history is repeating itself. It is sad that people like Tenzin Dorjee and his family have to endure racial discrimination. But, at this present moment, all minority groups, not just the Asians are feeling the discrimination.

    In situations like this, as a practicing Buddhist he is fighting all that with compassion just as Rinpoche has always propounded the way to clear hate is with love, hate begets hate.

    Hopefully, this will enable Tenzin Dorjee to empathize with many other around the world who are discriminated against for their race, religious believes or gender. That this will make him aware of human rights and be more sensitive to the sufferings of others within his very own community that were segregated and discriminated against.

    No one has to go through what his family is going through. No one. No one should be discriminated against. Always think what if, the shoe is on the other foot when you discriminate. What if you were the one discriminated against. As practicing Buddhist, we should always remember karma.

    So, I hope these Tibetans in the United States now, can see the parallel here with the Dorje Shugden discrimination around the world and have compassion and peace in their heart and stop this religious discrimination.

  14. Echeah on Nov 19, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    It is very unsettling to always have the feeling of insecurity and being at risk in one’s own backyard. Racism has always been rampant mostly in majority white countries. As long as you’re not white, you’re bullied and discriminated against. The recent Trump campaign and his winning the election uncovers the true colours of the general American populace which up till now had been subdued. But Trump’s rhetoric had given them the impetus and sanction to finally unleash what they had always felt of people of colour, LGBT, non-Christian, female, immigrants, minorities etc.

    Everybody of oriental descent is generally termed Chinese and called slit-eyed, chinks, yellows-skinned. I heard from my daughter that Trump called a popular K-Pop group Chinese, probably because we all have the same slit-eyes so we’re lumped into the same abominated pot. Generally America is wary and jealous of China that has unseated them as the largest economy of the world. So more so now anything Chinese is looked upon with disdain. Trump had promised to make America great again! But Trump and America had better swallow their pride and be friends with China if they are smart.

    Actually not only in America, as I said earlier, in majority white countries. I was in Australia a few months ago and had dinner with 2 friends, another ethnic Chinese and a white from UK. We were getting a cab and there was a row of them outside the mall. My Asian friend and I went to the first cab but my UK friend was trailing far behind. The 2 of us Asians were about to open the door to the first cab but the driver looked at us leery eyed and rudely said no he’s not for hire and he’s not taking us. Nonplusssed, we went to the next cab behind. By then our white friend joined us and we got into the 2nd cab together. But the 1st cab driver came and scolded us and said we should be getting into his cab as he’s first in line. We understood the undertone immediately.

    If being discriminated against by another race is bad enough, being discriminated against and victimised by people of your own race is far worse. Tibetans segregating and dividing Tibetans. That’s the ultimate bias. Instead of uniting them, the Tibetan government is ruling by dividing their own people. This is a sad scenario and wrong on all counts.

  15. Valentina Suhendra on Nov 19, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    Dear Rinpoche

    Thank you for this article. I had lived in the United States for five years and I was quite fortunate to stay in the Northwestern part where the discrimination was much less than the other part of the United States and almost everyone I knew strived to be politically correct.

    However, it does not deny the fact that the United States have a long history of race based discrimination. Now, my teacher and Dharma brothers and sisters are discriminated because they practiced Dorje Shugden. Everyday, we received nasty accusations and insults due to our belief. We are still fortunate because those who practice Dorje Shugden within the Tibetan settlements in India are having much worse experience than us. They are being denied access to employment, health, and public places. How degrading!

    When I am reading this article, although I am not pleased with the discrimination suffered by the Tibetans in the United States, but I hope they will reflect on how unpleasant it is to be discriminated against and therefore, encouraged their fellow Tibetans to stop discriminating other people solely based on their faith.

    Valentina

  16. nicholas on Nov 19, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    It’s sad that at this modern time segregation still exist but just has been said in the article that the people this hold on to their ethnicity and skin color or rather I feel as threaten their security. People would rather being closed than have an open mind that the world is belong to everyone and as long as peace is being focus despite the different why can’t everyone accept the differences. We are not the only species that live in this world.

    I shared my sadden to Tenzin due to the discrimination that make him feel so insecure and always in fear. Looking at Tenzin situation it the same as all Dorje Shugden practitioners that faces all sort of threat, vulgarities, harm, bias treatment, hospitality, basic needs be it in actual physical or virtual in the cyber world. What make the situation worsen is that the attack is from the same ethnic which segregate and harm their own people which is the Tibetan. Situation getting more depress where the Tibetan even hired different ethnic of people to add more oil to the fire that they had created. Personally I don’t understand why they need to come to this extend to create the harmful environment for their own people that just looking for freedom of choice for the spiritual practice that never harm anyone.

    For people that feel sad for Tenzin for what he and his family have to go through the Shugden practitioners are going through the same fear and insecure moment too. If the Tibetan leaders has been looking for freedom for his country but at the same time taken away the freedom from his own people that practice Shugden, what is the logic of this? Hope Tibetan leaders contemplate this deeply as discrimination is not a selective event but is action that doesn’t bring peace, harmony, growth to the entire world.

  17. YEO KWAI GIN on Nov 19, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    感谢仁波切分享关于Tenzin Dorjee被种族主意歧视的情况与心灵上伤害。

    种族主意歧视在每一个国家都给人民带来伤害,不但是种族歧视,宗教歧视如多杰雄登法门早在20年前大家不分你我和睦相处的,但在禁令过后就让雄登修持者带来伤害,歧视,破坏等等,如修雄登护法法门家庭的儿女不得上学,生病不得到医院就医,家园遭受破坏,购物商店不得进去购物等等,20年的折磨与痛苦,希望尽早得到方案解决或将禁令解除,让人民可以和谐共处的生活下去,请游览以下网站 :http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-buddhist-divide-an-unholy-campaign-against-religious-freedom.html 。

    Tenzin Dorjee在文章里有述说到在种族主意歧视遭受恶言伤害,汽车遭受破坏,甚至担心家人遭受伤害,心灵上遭受折磨。Tenzin Dorjee 只是其中一个个案,但是还有众多的个案我们是还未知道而已。

    歧视无论在宗族或种族上,都只会带来伤害,破坏与情况恶化,愿多杰雄登的禁令可以尽快解除,愿世界各地的对种族歧视达到和谐相处的目标,那么人民和谐,国家就兴旺,世界就和平,那不是一件好事吗?

    YEO KWAI GIN

  18. Datuk May on Nov 19, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    Throughout history when a kind and compassionate monarch or leader ascends the seat of power, the nation prospers and great growth is experienced. When the opposite kind of a monarch or leader ascends the same seat of power, then chaos is created and the people will become fearful and disorientated. And the nation will decline.

    It is therefore not surprising that with the election of new President Trump of the United States of America, the minorities like Tibetan Tenzin Dorjee are being harassed and discriminated against. President Elect Trump indoctrinated fear of the white people of being dominated by the minority groups of people of colour.

    I really feel sorry for the Tibetans like Tenzin Dorjee who have escaped from China in fear of discrimination, made a life in democratic USA to once again experience such fate. It is also encouraging to note that other Tibetans will now stand with him to fight this with love. This is really beautiful.

    I am a Dorje Shugden practitioner and daily, members of my Dharma family, under the spiritual guidance of HE the 25th Tsem Rinpoche suffer such same discrimination and harassment from fellow Buddhist. Rinpoche suffers the most from being cursed at and vulgarities thrown at Him.

    It is very painful and heartbreaking for Rinpoche to suffer such for His faith and also from fellow Tibetans in the seats of power.

    In comparison to minority discrimination, the Dorje Shugden Lamas have suffered so much more as there are no laws to protect them. And all these DS Lamas have are their love, compassion and kindness to plead for the Ban to be lifted. 20 years of suffering is far too long. I pray that the Dalai Lama will lift the Ban and create unity and harmony to eliminate any further suffering.

  19. Pastor Antoinette on Nov 19, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    This is so sad as it shows that with the election many people show their racial side and even criticize people who give much to their country.

    Racism is very scary as a basic human need is to feel safe at home and the area you live. This seems now threatened by people who don’t know Tenzin and only discriminate him based on the colour of his skin. He does not have a language barrier or is a burden to others. Yet, he is the target to their aggression

    In the introduction Rinpoche wrote that he was also a victim of racism and eventhough times have evolved since the 70’s, the hate and agression is still so dominant. It must be a very hurtful and scary experience for someone who has lived many years of his life in the country and went to school or has worked, paid taxes and was part of the community.

    Dorje Shugden practitioners have to experience such hate in their own community and among their own people. I think this is even worse. The harassment from your people, your nationality, from friends and even family members, being cast out of your temple and community is much more difficult to bear. The person in the article still has many friends and his family who support him.

    May the Dorje Shugden ban be ended soon so that the suffering of so many people can end and the Tibetan people can unite again. May HH the Dalai Lama show compassion to all Tibetans.

    Thank you,

  20. Lew on Nov 19, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    This is so true, all of us don’t like to be discriminated and wanted equality for ourselves, but when it comes to others, it is a different matter all together. At least many people are like that.

    I think the worst kind of discrimination is the kind that come from your own ethnic group. In this case of Tsem Rinpoche, it is most heart broken when the discrimination comes from own “family” Tibetans.

    Tibetans also said they are persecuted by China, but at the same time, they persecute Dorje Shugden practitioners. And they find ways to justify it is OK to discriminate Dorje Shugden people, and in the same way, the Chinese government find ways to justify their persecution towards Tibetans. Where is this going to end?

    What I don’t understand is, why are the Tibetans never contemplate this point: If they don’t like to be persecuted, then why are they persecuting others? Let’s not even talk about karma coming back, why would you do something you don’t like to others?

  21. Stella Cheang on Nov 19, 2016 at 10:44 am

    It is sad but not surprising to hear of the immediate racial tension in America following the presidential election in the United States. As the Trump’s election campaign had painted the minorities and the colored people as a threat to peace and the economy, it is no wonder the extreme white nationalist took it upon themselves to act out these campaign manifesto. The impact of words and actions of Donald Trump as a newly elected President, literally legitimize outward racism and blatant discrimination against the minorities and colored people in the new term. Thankfully, many citizen of America are liberal and peace-loving, they are quick to voice out against the absurdly racist pitch and took it onto social media to create awareness. It is also very heartwarming to read that Tenzin Dorjee retaliate the violent with rational and love.

    If one feel unfair and even angry for the minorities and colored people in the States, then try imagine for a moment how life is for Dorje Shugden’s practitioners. They had endured far worse for the past two decades because their leaders (of Tibetans in exile) are incapable of complying to core human rights obligations towards its people. Physical violent, death threat, discrimination and segregation against Dorje Shugden people were wildly practiced in Tibetan settlements in India because, like the United States now, the leadership; i.e. Dharamsala and CTA endorsed and pitch it. It is still going on today.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article and this quote for us to ponder on “No one should have to experience violent behaviour that is based on discrimination, whether it is because of their race, skin color, economic background, education and their faith.”

  22. Sofi on Nov 19, 2016 at 5:44 am

    I agree with Rinpoche that in America, racism had always existed but with Trump’s winning of the Presidential elections, the racists are coming out of the woodworks. They take courage with Trump’s message that immigrants should be sent back to their countries of origins, albeit illegal ones. With his potential appointment of a white supremacist, well America is going to be in for a shock, especially those non-whites who had voted for Trump. So all in all, I am not surprised that Tenzin Dorjee would face the threats by being different. Racists do not care if you are legally citizen or not. They just look at race and anyone that is not their race is sport enough. It is terrible that Tenzin is driven to fear for his and his family’s safety and had even considered owning guns as protection. However I am glad that he had very good friends support group that helped him to gain strength in other ways. As he had been an organiser of the cultural events and had garnered friends of all races in his community, he had their support. He also had very strong support from his social networks. I would think that the support of so many people is the best weapon against minority racists people. When they see the strength of support, they will think again of doing real harm.

    What Tenzin is facing runs parallel to what the Dorje Shugden practitioners had been facing since the ban 20 years ago. Although what Tenzin is going through is unpleasant and fearful, I am a little glad that he is going through this. Now he can better understand the situation of suffering by the Shugden practitioners. The constant fear and having to look over your shoulder for that constant attacks. And the constant vulgar harassment as faced by Rinpoche on a daily basis. Maybe Tenzin will share a little sympathy for the Shugden practitioners and being a community man who is Buddhist, maybe he will play his part towards generating awareness of the Shugden ban that had created so much sufferings to the Lamas and practitioners. Maybe he will support the lifting of the illegal ban that infringed on religious freedom to bring unity to all Tibetan Buddhist pracitioners. Maybe all those who faced and experienced discrimination will stand up for the rights to religion practice without persecution, rights of humanity.

    Thank you Rinpoche for bringing awareness of the state of discrimination in the US and your own personal experiences during your childhood as well as what you are going through now. May the world learn to be a little kinder and more accepting of each other.

  23. Abby Foo on Nov 19, 2016 at 4:20 am

    This world never lacks of hatred, discrimination and racism, why add more? What happened to Dorjee is really bad, and it is telling us, till this day, ‘hate’ never stop, and ‘hate’ is everywhere…

    Hate also exists in the Tibetan community in India. Tibetan in India who practices/believes in a deity named Dorje Shugden are being discriminated, segregated and hated like what Tsem Rinpoche has explained at the above.

    The pics I attached below are the proves of how bad the discrimination/segregation is against Dorje Shugden practitioners. I pray that all discrimination and hate will come to an end very soon. I pray that all live in equanimity, love and peace. May ban against Dorje Shugden can be lifted soon.

    sign in south india

    sign-Bylakuppe5

    sign-Bylakuppe-camp1-6

    sign-drepung loseling-denying medical care2

  24. Joy Kam on Nov 19, 2016 at 2:59 am

    It is quite a surprise to see (especially after the US election) how racist America really is and still is after so many years. This is 2016 and it racism is still very high. I guess is was well hidden, they were just suppressed or quiet down due to Obama’s administration but now they are wide awake and lashing out all that punned up hate. But what is interesting about Tenzin’s story is that his experience it is exactly what we Dorje Shugden people, Lamas, monks, nuns, practitioners are facing each and everyday, online/offline, just because of our faith.

    We have been called names like Chinese dogs and trolled on twitter. We’ve been wrongly accused, defamed and discriminated all because we’re a SHUGDEN practitioner, especially if you are living in India. It is exactly the same fears and disgusting remarks we get…. interesting how Tenzin is being called the very name Tibetans hate and view as enemy. To the ignorant white man we are all the same as our skin is the same, but also in reality we are ALL the same – human! So why do we need to discriminate anyone?

    I hope those Tibetans experiencing the racism in US will contemplate on how Dorje Shugden people feel about their discrimination. People should unite not divide and good leaders encourage this not create schism, build a wall and fund hate campaigns.

  25. Casteven Lim (KHJB) on Nov 19, 2016 at 2:21 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Tenzin Dorjee story is very sad to hear so as ShugdenPa in Tibet. We are lucky that born in beautiful Malaysia that less discrimination here. Sometime there are a minority of uneducated dark skin folk is calling Chinese is ” Cina Babi, balik China ” ( Chinese pig, go back to China ) but still Malaysia is in peace.

    America seem like a Humanrights country but actually their Ego or “Lineage” influence them until today. Hence to solve this worldwide issue we need to just like DS told us, use the power of social media to get more peoples around the world to look into this issue so as DS Ban, then with more voice around the world the discrimination issue can be solve as soon possible.

    Your sincerely,
    Casteven

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *





Blog Chat

BLOG CHAT

Dear blog friends,

I’ve created this section for all of you to share your opinions, thoughts and feelings about whatever interests you.

Everyone has a different perspective, so this section is for you.

Tsem Rinpoche


SCHEDULED CHAT SESSIONS / 中文聊天室时间表

THURSDAY
10 - 11PM (GMT +8)
5 - 6AM (PST)
星期五
9 - 10PM (GMT +8)
4 - 5AM (PST)
(除了每个月的第一个星期五)
SATURDAY
11AM - 12PM (GMT +8)
FRIDAY 7 - 8PM (PST)
SUNDAY
9:30 - 10PM (GMT +8)
4:30 - 5AM (PST)

UPCOMING TOPICS FOR APRIL / 四月份讨论主题

Please come and join in the chat for a fun time and support. See you all there.


Blog Chat Etiquette

These are some simple guidelines to make the blog chat room a positive, enjoyable and enlightening experience for everyone. Please note that as this is a chat room, we chat! Do not flood the chat room, or post without interacting with others.

EXPAND
Be friendly

Remember that these are real people you are chatting with. They may have different opinions to you and come from different cultures. Treat them as you would face to face, and respect their opinions, and they will treat you the same.

Be Patient

Give the room a chance to answer you. Patience is a virtue. And if after awhile, people don't respond, perhaps they don't know the answer or they did not see your question. Do ask again or address someone directly. Do not be offended if people do not or are unable to respond to you.

Be Relevant

This is the blog of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche. Please respect this space. We request that all participants here are respectful of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche and his organisation, Kechara.

Be polite

Avoid the use of language or attitudes which may be offensive to others. If someone is disrespectful to you, ignore them instead of arguing with them.

Please be advised that anyone who contravenes these guidelines may be banned from the chatroom. Banning is at the complete discretion of the administrator of this blog. Should anyone wish to make an appeal or complaint about the behaviour of someone in the chatroom, please copy paste the relevant chat in an email to us at [email protected] and state the date and time of the respective conversation.

Please let this be a conducive space for discussions, both light and profound.

KECHARA FOREST RETREAT PROGRESS UPDATES

Here is the latest news and pictorial updates, as it happens, of our upcoming forest retreat project.

The Kechara Forest Retreat is a unique holistic retreat centre focused on the total wellness of body, mind and spirit. This is a place where families and individuals will find peace, nourishment and inspiration in a natural forest environment. At Kechara Forest Retreat, we are committed to give back to society through instilling the next generation with universal positive values such as kindness and compassion.

For more information, please read here (english), here (chinese), or the official site: retreat.kechara.com.

Noticeboard

Name: Email:
For:  
Mail will not be published
  • Jason
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 03:07 AM
    This year Wesak Day fall on 10 of May. This day is very special and meaningful to me because I will visit Kechara Forest Retreat(KFR) to join some meritorious event there.
    For me, Wesak is a day to commemorate Buddha Sakyamuni in three aspect( Birth , Enlightened, Nirwana).
    While we celebrate Wesak, we must remind ourselves to learn from Buddha teachings and practice it in order to gain attainment.
    Thanks Rinpoche and Pastor Seng Piow for sharing in order to create more understanding on Wesak Day.

    Jason

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

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

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

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

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

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-12.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 04:30 PM
    Miracles do happen,when we have faith and trust in our Guru.What is important is to follow Rinpoche’s advice and do as instructed by our Guru to clear the osbtacles all the way.Angie and Herry were so fortunate to have meet Rinpoche.Its because of Rinpoche ‘s compassion and caring for his student Angie’s life was saved.Infact Rinpoche has helped many people through his intervention, advice and instructions.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing miracles stories which i enjoyed reading.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-2.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 02:45 PM
    WOW….interesting a miracles true story. Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing.Reciting mantras by family members and doing 20 pujas done at the monastery to help the baby. These proved that pujas, which have been done for hundreds of years in the monasteries are very powerful methods for us to overcome difficulties, create huge amounts of merit and for protection, good health and long life.This show us how powerful pujas can help us when we have trust and faith in our Guru.And with Rinpoche divination,the baby was born and now a healthy boy.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-1-2.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 12:47 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these powerful teachings.Its a privilege
    to do Dharma work to benefits other,do it with motivation and a good attitude when engaging ourselves It will be guide line for me.When we serve others to do Dharma work together at Kechara Forest Retreat ,we will improve ourself , purify our negative karma and to benefit others too.I will be sponsoring to the healings bricks soon and i will cherish every moment in supporting KFR.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/dharma-work-attitude-tdl.html
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 11:06 AM
    Bigfoot is just another beings living in this world although not commonly seen and live in the deep jungle in high mountains. There were many evidences that people from many parts of the world sighted this beings. Whatever shape they are I think importantly we are all sharing this world and therefore need to have mutual respect and not intervene each others.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/its-in-the-scriptures-they-exist.html
  • 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

1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · »

Messages from Rinpoche

Scroll down within the box to view more messages from Rinpoche. Click on the images to enlarge. Click on 'older messages' to view archived messages. Use 'prev' and 'next' links to navigate between pages

Use this URL to link to this section directly: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/#messages-from-rinpoche

CREDITS

Concept: Tsem Rinpoche
Technical: Lew Kwan Leng, Justin Ripley, Yong Swee Keong
Design: Justin Ripley, Cynthia Lee
Content: Tsem Rinpoche, Justin Ripley, Pastor Shin Tan, Sarah Yap
Writer: Pastor Loh Seng Piow
Admin: Pastor Loh Seng Piow, Beng Kooi

I must thank my dharma blog team who are great assets to me, Kechara and growth of dharma in this wonderful region. I am honoured and thrilled to work with them. I really am. Maybe I don't say it enough to them, but I am saying it now. I APPRECIATE THESE GUYS VERY MUCH!

Tsem Rinpoche

What Am I Writing Now

Facebook Fans Youtube Views Blog Views
Animal Care Fund
  Bigfoot, Yeti, Sasquatch

The Unknown

The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
So go pursue all the way with the unknown,
because all unknown with familiarity becomes the known.
~Tsem Rinpoche

Photos On The Go

Click on the images to view the bigger version. And scroll down and click on "View All Photos" to view more images.
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
2 weeks ago
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
2 weeks ago
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.
2 weeks ago
: 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
2 weeks ago
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!
3 weeks ago
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.
3 weeks ago
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
3 weeks ago
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
3 weeks ago
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
3 weeks ago
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.
3 weeks ago
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.
3 weeks ago
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.
3 weeks ago
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
3 weeks ago
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
3 weeks ago
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
3 weeks ago
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
3 weeks ago
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
3 weeks ago
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
3 weeks ago
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)
4 weeks ago
(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.
4 weeks ago
It's good to be with kind and sincere people.
If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
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.
1 month ago
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn\'t move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
1 month ago
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
2 months ago
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
2 months ago
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
2 months ago
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
2 months ago
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
3 months ago
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
3 months ago
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
This is a good one to read
3 months ago
This is a good one to read
Click on "View All Photos" above to view more images

Videos On The Go

Please click on the images to watch video
  • Heartbreaking, must watch
    2 weeks ago
    Heartbreaking, must watch
  • Mongolian pop group singing hauntingly in Mongolian
    2 weeks ago
    Mongolian pop group singing hauntingly in Mongolian
  • Nice treats for your dogs
    2 weeks ago
    Nice treats for your dogs
  • Mumu did his best to recover. He never cried but was valiant to accept treatments by the vet.
    3 weeks ago
    Mumu did his best to recover. He never cried but was valiant to accept treatments by the vet.
  • 98 year-old Ben Ferencz, the last surviving prosecutor from the Nuremberg trials. Powerful advice.
    3 weeks ago
    98 year-old Ben Ferencz, the last surviving prosecutor from the Nuremberg trials. Powerful advice.
  • Decide for yourself what's beautiful.
    3 weeks ago
    Decide for yourself what's beautiful.
  • Tsem Rinpoche's Vajra Yogini statue and offerings.
    3 weeks ago
    Tsem Rinpoche's Vajra Yogini statue and offerings.
  • If you say,
    3 weeks ago
    If you say, "You wanna go bye bye" to Mumu, he will be excited. He loves to go for rides.
  • Snake begs for water.
    3 weeks ago
    Snake begs for water.
  • Tsem Rinpoche's beautiful Vajra Yogini shrine which is a portal to Kechara.
    3 weeks ago
    Tsem Rinpoche's beautiful Vajra Yogini shrine which is a portal to Kechara.
  • This is a great way to grow food with minimal space and water.
    3 weeks ago
    This is a great way to grow food with minimal space and water.
  • This penguin swims 5,000 miles every year to visit the man who saved his life.
    3 weeks ago
    This penguin swims 5,000 miles every year to visit the man who saved his life.
  • Denma Gonsa Rinpoche on guru devotion and Dorje Shugden
    3 weeks ago
    Denma Gonsa Rinpoche on guru devotion and Dorje Shugden
    His Eminence Kyabje Denma Gonsa Rinpoche the mahasiddha speaks clearly about guru devotion and Dorje Shugden
  • Beautiful turtle returning to the sea to be free and happy. Amazing sight.
    4 weeks ago
    Beautiful turtle returning to the sea to be free and happy. Amazing sight.
  • Japan's greatest modern day artist, Yayoi Kusama
    4 weeks ago
    Japan's greatest modern day artist, Yayoi Kusama

ASK A PASTOR


Ask the Pastors

A section for you to clarify your Dharma questions with Kechara’s esteemed pastors.

Just post your name and your question below and one of our pastors will provide you with an answer.

Scroll down and click on "View All Questions" to view archived questions.

  • 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.
View All Questions

CHAT PICTURES

Art expression using chalks and papers is an avenue for young children to cultivate positive perspective of life and connect with their artistic or creative side. Stella, KSDS
2 days ago
Art expression using chalks and papers is an avenue for young children to cultivate positive perspective of life and connect with their artistic or creative side. Stella, KSDS
Children as long as 2 years old are ready to learn up skills and attitude that will help them shape their life. When else will be best to instil them with good Dharma values if not since young? Stella, KSDS
2 days ago
Children as long as 2 years old are ready to learn up skills and attitude that will help them shape their life. When else will be best to instil them with good Dharma values if not since young? Stella, KSDS
Senior students of the children class of Kechara Sunday Dharma School had their class in the ghompa every Sunday. Stella, KSDS
2 days ago
Senior students of the children class of Kechara Sunday Dharma School had their class in the ghompa every Sunday. Stella, KSDS
Besides young Karlson and Ern Ern, there are new faces in Kechara Sunday Dharma School 2-4 years old. Stella, KSDS
2 days ago
Besides young Karlson and Ern Ern, there are new faces in Kechara Sunday Dharma School 2-4 years old. Stella, KSDS
Kechara Sunday Dharma School students 5-6 years old making prostration to Lama Tsongkhapa at the beginning of the class every Sunday. Stella,KSDS
2 days ago
Kechara Sunday Dharma School students 5-6 years old making prostration to Lama Tsongkhapa at the beginning of the class every Sunday. Stella,KSDS
@KecharaHouse tonite, 48 puja attendees filled the air with a loud chorus of prayer n mantra 2 Dorje Shugden n Setrap!  PHNee
2 days ago
@KecharaHouse tonite, 48 puja attendees filled the air with a loud chorus of prayer n mantra 2 Dorje Shugden n Setrap! PHNee
A big Thank You to the kind volunteers and to Jace Chong!
3 days ago
A big Thank You to the kind volunteers and to Jace Chong!
Make your weekend meaningful! Contact Jace Chong to volunteer in Kechara Forest Retreat for the aviaries.
3 days ago
Make your weekend meaningful! Contact Jace Chong to volunteer in Kechara Forest Retreat for the aviaries.
Thank you to our young volunteer to improve the life of the birds in our aviary!
3 days ago
Thank you to our young volunteer to improve the life of the birds in our aviary!
English Level 2 Dharma Class, Pastor Han Nee started the Day 5 Lamrim, which is the Seven-Limbed Prayer with Homage and Prostration( 35 Confessional Buddha )  was extensively covered. -  Yew Seng
3 days ago
English Level 2 Dharma Class, Pastor Han Nee started the Day 5 Lamrim, which is the Seven-Limbed Prayer with Homage and Prostration( 35 Confessional Buddha ) was extensively covered. - Yew Seng
Sunday Dharma class kids learning to take refuge with teacher Alice. Lucy Yap
3 days ago
Sunday Dharma class kids learning to take refuge with teacher Alice. Lucy Yap
One of the outdoor activities for KSDS students is to exercise the drawing that near to the nature. Alice Tay, KSDS
4 days ago
One of the outdoor activities for KSDS students is to exercise the drawing that near to the nature. Alice Tay, KSDS
Teacher Jesvin explained the camp rules and regulations to the camper. Alice Tay, KSDS
4 days ago
Teacher Jesvin explained the camp rules and regulations to the camper. Alice Tay, KSDS
KSDS teachers and the young participants of WOAH  Camp played & have fun together for this game, Self defense and attack. Alice Tay, KSDS
4 days ago
KSDS teachers and the young participants of WOAH Camp played & have fun together for this game, Self defense and attack. Alice Tay, KSDS
The younger group of KSDS were happy because they're given chance to feel,touch and play the slime. Alice Tay, KSDS
4 days ago
The younger group of KSDS were happy because they're given chance to feel,touch and play the slime. Alice Tay, KSDS
Teacher Laura guided the students do meditation. Alice Tay, KSDS
4 days ago
Teacher Laura guided the students do meditation. Alice Tay, KSDS
Day break at Kechara Forest Retreat! Sunrise meditation during Inner Reflection Retreat, April 2017
5 days ago
Day break at Kechara Forest Retreat! Sunrise meditation during Inner Reflection Retreat, April 2017
Inner Reflection in April 2017 with guests from USA, Singapore, China and UK! Join our upcoming meditation programs!
5 days ago
Inner Reflection in April 2017 with guests from USA, Singapore, China and UK! Join our upcoming meditation programs!
Visitors in Kechara Forest Retreat, circumambulating the holy Vajra Yogini Stupa. Picture credit Pastor Gimlee
5 days ago
Visitors in Kechara Forest Retreat, circumambulating the holy Vajra Yogini Stupa. Picture credit Pastor Gimlee
Students are getting ready to do prostration in Gompa following a Teacher Kien and Teacher Zhi Yan instruction. Lin Mun KSDS
5 days ago
Students are getting ready to do prostration in Gompa following a Teacher Kien and Teacher Zhi Yan instruction. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Callista & Teacher Irene were sharing with children on the topic of courage. It is good to instil dharma knowledge from young. Lin Mun KSDS
5 days ago
Teacher Callista & Teacher Irene were sharing with children on the topic of courage. It is good to instil dharma knowledge from young. Lin Mun KSDS
Children are learning how to recite mantra from teacher Alice and teacher Laura. Lin Mun KSDS
5 days ago
Children are learning how to recite mantra from teacher Alice and teacher Laura. Lin Mun KSDS
Students were all so excited listening to the process of making slime as they are going to make one themselves. Lin Mun KSDS
5 days ago
Students were all so excited listening to the process of making slime as they are going to make one themselves. Lin Mun KSDS
Robey, Natalie and Lauren doing sharing on how to make slime. A great exercise for them to learn leadership & public speaking. Lin Mun KSDS
5 days ago
Robey, Natalie and Lauren doing sharing on how to make slime. A great exercise for them to learn leadership & public speaking. Lin Mun KSDS
Beautiful tormas was offered during Gyenze Puja at Kechara Forest Retreat. Lucy Yap
5 days ago
Beautiful tormas was offered during Gyenze Puja at Kechara Forest Retreat. Lucy Yap
The Promise
  These books will change your life
  Tsem Rinpoche's Long Life Prayer by H.H. Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche
  Support Blog Team
Lamps For Life
  Robe Offerings
  Vajrayogini Stupa Fund
  White Tara Mantra Bank Project
  Rinpoche's Medical Fund
  Dana Offerings
  Soup Kitchen Project
 
Zong Rinpoche

Archives

YOUR FEEDBACK

Page Views By Country
United States 2,146,274
Malaysia 2,893,815
Singapore 560,844
United Kingdom 417,350
India 341,735
Canada 379,822
Australia 338,223
Nepal 245,754
Philippines 182,985
Bhutan 124,640
Portugal 102,463
Indonesia 130,423
Germany 112,841
Mongolia 74,528
Thailand 87,246
France 84,380
Brazil 74,690
Italy 74,630
Spain 73,593
Netherlands 70,183
New Zealand 52,730
Hong Kong 52,596
Taiwan 49,436
Mexico 37,800
Romania 43,251
United Arab Emirates 34,798
South Africa 33,902
Switzerland 46,151
Ireland 32,107
Japan 31,920
Vietnam 29,063
Russia 34,246
Sweden 31,248
Saudi Arabia 20,982
Sri Lanka 21,473
Turkey 23,541
Greece 24,449
Poland 25,592
Belgium 23,820
Total Pageviews: 9,739,421

Login

Dorje Shugden
Click to watch my talk about Dorje Shugden....