Should there be a separate autonomous Dorje Shugden state? Part 1

Sep 9, 2017 | Views: 3,492
Share this article

Within Tibetan society, it is rare to find someone who will speak openly because the Tibetan leadership, sorry to say, does not support or encourage many freedoms. Aside from the suppression of religious freedoms, another freedom that they suppress very heavy-handedly is freedom of speech and expression. Many Westerners will find this difficult to digest because the Tibetan leadership says they are a so-called democracy. Also, it’s not easy to associate censorship and no freedom of speech with a community that has been protesting for the last 60 years. But I lived in the settlements of India for many years and there are many nuances about Tibetan culture and mannerisms and goings-on that takes some time to notice and understand, which the media does not always cover effectively.

Mr Lukar Jam himself was recently the target of violence when a poem he composed in memory of a deceased friend was perceived to be anti-Dalai Lama.

Mr Lukar Jam himself was recently the target of violence when a poem he composed in memory of a deceased friend was perceived to be anti-Dalai Lama.

Tibetans know that if you speak, do or think anything against the leadership’s policies, you will automatically be singled out, segregated and discriminated against. If you are a Westerner and you don’t agree with the leadership, they will keep one eye closed because you’re a potential sponsor or will speak up, but if you are Tibetan you will be considered a deserving target for violence and vulgarities from them, and they will publicly denounce you. So one thing I admire about Mr Lukar Jam is that he is very brave because not only does he talk very openly about his thoughts, but he does it about something that is “controversial” which is the Dorje Shugden issue. I am not interested in politics and I never have been. All I am interested in is the freedom to practise whatever religion I choose. In this case, it just happens to be the Dorje Shugden practice. So I’m speaking on just that and not any of the other ideas he has.

So I like what Mr Lukar Jam says because he is fair and objective. Mr Lukar Jam is saying all Dorje Shugden practitioners are not the same and so they should not be treated in the same way. Similarly, all non-Dorje Shugden practitioners are different so they should not be treated the same way either. I like that approach because it recognises that everyone has a different motivation for their involvement.

Actually, one thing Mr Lukar Jam keeps talking about is how the segregation is intentional and so my thought is, since the Tibetan leadership is firm that they do not want us involved with mainstream Tibetan society, perhaps Dorje Shugden practitioners should separate because they are already segregated. I am sure many of us don’t wish this but when I examine the situation, what other choice do we have?

  1. We cannot give up our practice because that would be breaking our commitment to our teachers. But because we cannot give up our practice, the Tibetan leadership are intentionally keeping us separated from everyone else. We are segregated in all facets of daily life as it is, since 1996 when the ban started.
  2. The Tibetan leadership call us so-called demon worshippers. They degrade our faith, encourage people to harass us, label us ‘anti-Dalai Lama’ so that violence and vulgarities are directed against us. This is intended to browbeat us into giving up our practice, which has not worked.
  3. We are not allowed in mainstream Tibetan schools, shops, restaurants, hospitals and monasteries. We can’t have jobs in the Tibetan government unless we swear out from the Dorje Shugden practice. And we are banned from seeing His Holiness the Dalai Lama who is our leader. We are not allowed to attend his talks, whether secular or religious. Why not the secular talks that concern Tibetans? (Yet people of any other non-Buddhist faith face no such problems)
Mr Lukar Jam speaks objectively and truthfully in this interview. I don't like politics and don't engage in it, and don't agree with all of Mr Lukar Jam's views but on this Dorje Shugden issue, his perspective is a refreshing change.

Mr Lukar Jam speaks objectively and truthfully in this interview. I don’t like politics and don’t engage in it, and don’t agree with all of Mr Lukar Jam’s views but on this Dorje Shugden issue, his perspective is a refreshing change.

  1. So we are clearly rejected from mainstream Tibetan society. The discrimination against us is extensive, violent and worst of all, created and sanctioned by the leadership. And when this leadership does everything they can to destroy our spiritual practice, what choice do we have but to live separately if we want to protect our physical wellbeing and our faith? We have no other way to live. Like other groups persecuted in the past for their religion such as Mormons, Puritans, Wiccans, Pagans, Jews, Zoroastrians, various sect of Islam (Shia, Sufi, Ahmadis, Salafis), Sikhs, Baha’i, Voodoo, Bon, Karma Kagyus during the time of 5th Dalai Lama, Coptic Christians, Witchcraft, Yazidis, Dalits of India, Mandaeans and many more, they find a way to continue. In history, people being persecuted for their religion either go underground, move away or become an independent state. There are religious groups in the world who are fighting for that even now. So whether we believe in their religion or not, does not matter. They should be respected equally because they are humans and no segregation due to their religion should occur or be enforced. Dorje Shugden practitioners are being persecuted now.
  2. All of this segregation, separation and discrimination is solely on the basis of our religious choice. There is no other reason why children of Dorje Shugden practitioners cannot enter mainstream Tibetan schools. There is no other reason why some Tibetans have access to medical services, and other Tibetans like the Shugden people are denied medical treatment.
  3. At the same time, in the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR), Dorje Shugden practitioners are not harassed on the basis of their faith. Dorje Shugden practice is not banned and in fact, the Chinese government gives everyone the same religious freedoms, regardless of what they believe in. That means that there is equal religious freedom for Dorje Shugden practitioners as with other religions in Tibet, as compared to within the exiled Tibetan settlements in India and Nepal.

So overall, it appears that if Dorje Shugden practitioners were to remain in Tibet where there is religious freedom as long as you follow the law, it would be safer for them as China seems to be respecting religious freedoms within Tibet. What I mean is they allow religion, full stop. If Tibet remains a part of China, then Dorje Shugden practitioners will not be discriminated as well as other sects in Tibet.

 

Possible hypothetical solution for Dorje Shugden Tibetans

At the present time, the Tibetan leadership (Central Tibetan Administration located in Dharamsala, North India or CTA) are asking for autonomy of Tibet within China. If and when the exiled Tibetan leadership are successful in their bid for autonomy and they receive this with Tibet, then all the Tibetans inside Tibet and those returning to Tibet from the outside will be under the CTA, who will continue to discriminate against Dorje Shugden practitioners for their practice, just as they are doing now in exile. If that’s the case, then if and when there’s autonomy under the CTA, perhaps Dorje Shugden practitioners should seek sub-autonomy within Tibet. They should have their own Dorje Shugden spiritual leaders (just as the Bon, Jonangs and Tibetan Muslims do) who practise Dorje Shugden led by our own spiritual/secular heads elected by us. They should seek autonomy from Tibet.

In conclusion, what I am saying is if Tibet remains in China, the Dorje Shugden people will be safe as they are now. China is moving towards allowing all religions to be practised. But if Tibet is granted the Middle Way (autonomy) as proposed by the Dalai Lama, then the CTA will continue to discriminate against Dorje Shugden people at which time Dorje Shugden practitioners should seek to perhaps separate from Tibet to not be controlled by the CTA. Dorje Shugden Tibetans returning to an autonomous Tibet should seek sub-autonomy from Tibet so the discrimination against them by the CTA will stop. If the CTA gives equal representation of Shugden people in government and stops the segregation, then this separation is not necessary. I am not interested in separation or remaining a part of Tibet per se but freedom to practise without segregation.

The Tibetan leadership have made it clear over and over again throughout the last 20 years that Dorje Shugden practitioners are not welcome among the Tibetans. So although it is painful for us to do so, perhaps we should do what the Tibetan leadership say and go all the way to separate from mainstream Tibetan community, even asking for our own autonomous state within the Tibetan community.

The Tibetan leadership have made it clear over and over again throughout the last 20 years that Dorje Shugden practitioners are not welcome among the Tibetans. So although it is painful for us to do so, perhaps we should do what the Tibetan leadership say and go all the way to separate from mainstream Tibetan community, even asking for our own autonomous state within the Tibetan community. Even if you need medical attention, you are banned from receiving medical help just because you are practicing Dorje Shugden. Loseling is a monastery and it is suppose to be practicing compassion, love and care for the needy. No medical help at all. Why do the Tibetan populace do this? Who started it? Who began this human rights violation which is discrimination due to religion? The answer is the Tibetan leadership in exile located in Dharamsala, North India.

In every civilised democratic country, there is representation for every strata of society – colour, gender, religion, etc. So why is it within the Tibetan parliament there is no representation for the Dorje Shugden people who number into the thousands? They are Tibetans after all. Why are Dorje Shugden people not given seats in the exiled Tibetan parliament to contribute to the direction of the future of the Tibetan people as a whole? Dorje Shugden people are Tibetans and so they should be in the parliament and government as Tibetans, and not segregated due to their religious preference. But they are not represented whatsoever in the CTA of Dharamsala because there is a ban against Dorje Shugden practitioners. Although they are not allowed in mainstream Tibetan monasteries in India and Nepal, nor are they allowed in the Tibetan settlements, they are still Tibetans and deserve representation. The simple fact they are not represented in the Tibetan parliament of Dharamsala shows a distinct and conscious segregation. Simply put, a ban against this group of Tibetans.

The bottom-line is that this situation is just complicated, confusing and totally unnecessary due to the ban on Dorje Shugden. If there were no ban, none of this would even need to be discussed. So in reality, all Tibetans should be united because we are all human beings but the Tibetan leadership does not see it that way. So even though separation is not what I want at all, I don’t see any other choice because I will not give up my practice of Dorje Shugden. And since the Tibetan leadership want to separate Shugden practitioners from everyone else, and will not allow us to assimilate with mainstream society, they are forcing us into this situation which I am only presenting hypothetically. Even some of the Western supporters of various Tibetan schools of Buddhism bash Dorje Shugden practitioners on the internet and bar them from their centres. This is totally against democracy and the spirit of compassion, tolerance and acceptance which the Buddha taught. You do not need to be Buddhist or even accept Buddha to be allowed in any Buddhist place of worship. But Dorje Shugden Buddhists are barred from the Dalai Lama’s temple, the main monasteries and their affiliates around the world. Even those in democratic countries!

These are just my thoughts and I am sorry if they offend anyone but really, what other choice do we have as segregated Dorje Shugden practitioners? This is just something to think about. I am not planning to start a new movement or political movement. Or be some separatist. This is all hypothetical. But Dorje Shugden people are discriminated by the current Tibetan leaders in exile and they encourage this among their foreign Buddhist converts with their anti-Shugden sub-websites, pamphlets, books, condemnations, videos, planned social media paid attacks and public talks all over YouTube. Like I said, I am not interested in politics and I do not agree with everything Mr Lukar Jam said but although his segment was short (less than 5 mins), I found his perspective on the Shugden issue created by the Tibetan leadership and approach to be quite refreshing regarding the Dorje Shugden people’s plight.

I wish the Dorje Shugden discrimination and hatred would stop and it has to start with the Tibetan leadership making public statements to put an end to this. Their silence is their consent to this discrimination. The CTA must stop their distribution of their anti-Shugden books, pamphlets, close down the sub-websites and cease their public condemnation against Dorje Shugden which is infringement of religious freedom. The CTA has paid groups of people in both India and other countries to have planned negative propaganda attacks on social media against Dorje Shugden practitioners. They wish to damage their reputations and therefore invalidate their voices that speak up against this discrimination. I have suffered social media attacks done by paid social media attackers of the CTA for years now. If all these stop, then we can reconcile as one people again. I should not be discriminated just because I practise Dorje Shugden as it’s a religion. This practice and meditation was given to me by my personal aged teacher over 30 years ago. Please do listen to the five minute video below by Mr. Lukar Jam.

So my final thoughts: I wish the Tibetan people in Tibet and outside of Tibet happiness and a good resolution to their wishes concerning Tibet. I respect China and their wishes. I hope that both the Tibetans and China can come to a conclusion mutually beneficial for both peacefully. I wish the leadership in China will be able to continue bringing China to greater heights and I wish His Holiness the Dalai Lama long life. I wish China and His Holiness the Dalai Lama can become friends and Dalai Lama returns to Tibet. I basically wish all to have happiness.

Humbly,
Tsem Rinpoche

[Read Part 2 here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=142868]

 

Transcript

The Dorje Shugden issue has become political and made so big which is unnecessary. In reality, it should be a small issue within the Tibetans. Within the Tibetans, it’s a Gelugpa issue and it becomes even smaller. Then you can reduce it down further to a protector worshipping issue, whether to have this protector not. Which means if you want to worship or not, it is up to you. If you do it that way, it becomes smaller.

Instead of making the issue smaller, we made it bigger, bigger and bigger. Then people associate this Dorje Shugden practice with that if you practice Dorje Shugden, then you are against the Dalai Lama. Being that the Dalai Lama is the spiritual and secular head of the Tibetans, if you practice Dorje Shugden, it is made out that you are against the Dalai Lama. Then you become wrong because you are presumed to be against him. And then you are connected to the Chinese government. Nobody is trying to solve this issue but they are making this issue bigger, like making the fire bigger. So that is why this issue still exists.

Then those who practice Dorje Shugden, we separate them and we put them into one group. Whenever you see his followers, you think, “They are bad and hateful.” This kind of politics for separation must end. That is wrong. We put them all into one group, and we label them as negative in a political view. So anyone who practices Dorje Shugden is automatically bad and estranged from the Tibetan community as a whole. We have to stop that kind of political view, to put them into one group and separate them from other Tibetans due to their worship of Dorje Shugden.

There are people who practice Dorje Shugden and respect the Dalai Lama, and they respect the Tibetan government. They don’t criticize the Dalai Lama, they don’t criticize the Tibetan government. They stay quiet and they don’t make any trouble.

Then there’s the second group of Dorje Shugden practitioners who said that the Tibetan government didn’t treat us well, and they don’t agree with the Dalai Lama. That’s the second group, and they protest. If people want to protest, if people want to say something, that’s their rights. And if they protest, we shouldn’t be surprised, they have the right to protest.

Then there’s the third group, that perhaps they are connected, or they get money from China, it is assumed. And that’s very little (a very small group). Then our government said that we should suppress this Dorje Shugden group. And the people follow along because the Tibetan government said so. Then the people who follow along, some understand, some don’t understand, some are just following along and they don’t really understand the issue.

There’s all types of people. Then some people said they are Chinese spies, of course there are Chinese spies in their group and everywhere because the Chinese want to divide us. This is not exclusive to Dorje Shugden people.

Within Tibetans, you have some monks, the sangha who are sincere and they practice sincerely. Then we talk about clean Samaya with the Dalai Lama, for a lot of ordinary Tibetans it doesn’t matter. We don’t understand all that stuff. Then there are Tibetans who play politics and they show us they are against Dorje Shugden and speak up against the Dorje Shugden people to be famous and gain favors or look good.

This is purely political. It becomes something political because this Samaya thing becomes associated with you being against the Dalai Lama.

The Tibetan government separate them, the Dorje Shugden people and the Tibetan people. This can be solved. When we don’t solve this, it becomes worse and worse. “We’re good, they’re bad.” If that’s all you talk about, then the issue won’t be solved. My thinking is that the Dorje Shugden issue is made big, but we can make it small.

We should not separate people. We should not separate. If I am elected into office, I am sure I can solve the issue and unite everyone.

For sure there are people who are pro-Chinese, for sure. Within the Dorje Shugden people, there are definitely people who are pro-China, definitely. So people who worship Dorje Shugden, people who have faith in the Dalai Lama, people who are pro-China, we shouldn’t mix this up. If we keep doing this, we will not be able to solve this issue. I feel I can solve the Dorje Shugden issue for sure. If I’m elected, I can solve the Dorje Shugden issue. I can solve this, but you have to have courage. I don’t think this issue is that big, if we really want to solve it.

 

When Mr Lukar Jam was campaigning in the 2016 Sikyong (Tibetan Prime Minister) race, this was his manifesto regarding Dorje Shugden practitioners. Because he advocated for fair treatment of Dorje Shugden worshippers, he received a lot of criticism from his political opponents who claimed he was anti-Dalai Lama. But for any open-minded observer who reads this, they will quickly see it is not the case. Click to enlarge.

When Mr Lukar Jam was campaigning in the 2016 Sikyong (Tibetan Prime Minister) race, this was his manifesto regarding Dorje Shugden practitioners. Because he advocated for fair treatment of Dorje Shugden worshippers, he received a lot of criticism from his political opponents who claimed he was anti-Dalai Lama. But for any open-minded observer who reads this, they will quickly see it is not the case. Click to enlarge.

 

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

33 Responses to Should there be a separate autonomous Dorje Shugden state? Part 1

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. Valentina Suhendra on Oct 19, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    We should fulfil the will of His Holiness the Dalai Lama for an autonomous Tibetan state.

    3d2e2d3d-4daf-4db8-8215-c05d582f0b04

    3d929c9b-8d33-42ff-ab27-640c45ba1139

    6b852cf2-f1cf-4605-934f-eb2cd1d6b59e

    7aece914-b64c-41e4-93b3-2cf0096b25f7

    ff628aeb-4dff-4bbb-bc2f-17ba128af47f

  2. Valentina Suhendra on Oct 19, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    Dear friends,

    This meme is powerful. Who you hang around with and the types of attitude they have is who you will be influenced by many times and who you will become in the future. Look at your friends and the people that always surround you to know who you will become.

    Tsem Rinpoche

    d96b47a2-387a-4d07-8ae1-6b4ad910aed2

  3. Pastor Shin on Oct 19, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    Recently Beng Kooi and Martin on behalf of myself and Kechara was lucky to have audience with His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He lives in around Paris, France. His Holiness is 91 years old and very healthy and alert. He was the 101st throne holder for Tsongkapa and was the head of the Gelugpa school of Buddhism and was very successful during his tenure. He is a strong practitioner of both Sutra and Tantra of Je Tsongkapa’s tradition and a master of all Buddhist knowledge. He holds steadfast to his protector Dorje Shugden very strongly. So we can see even the highest throneholders who are masters of Sutra and Tantra also practices Dorje Shugden knowing the benefits.

    Beng Kooi and Martin brought photo albums of Kechara Forest Retreat/Kechara and updates on Kechara and our works. His Holiness was very pleased to listen and offered some gifts back.

    This is a beautiful picture and the great blessings bestowed on us from His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.

    Humbly,
    Tsem Rinpoche

    GadenTri1

    GadenTri2

    gaden trisur kechara

  4. Carmen Koo on Oct 16, 2017 at 1:34 am

    Lukar Jam’s statement on solving the Dorje Shugden issue is very logical. Separation within the Tibetan people is done, when there shouldn’t need for it to be like this. No one within the CTA has sat down to discuss and solve this, but instead, made it bigger and bigger. Why are Dorje Shugden practitioners ostracized within their own community, why are they discriminated against? If the Tibetan leadership can accept all other religions, gender, sexual orientation, etc, why can’t they accept DS practitioners? What is their intent to have mixed religion and politics, to reach a stage like this in its discrimination against DS practitioners?

    It makes sense what Rinpoche wrote here – even now, DS practitioners are discriminated against.. If the CTA has autonomy of Tibet, Shugden practitioners would still be condemned, it would make no difference. So having a separate autonomous DS state makes sense, to allow full freedom for DS practitioners. But then again, IF and when CTA has autonomy of Tibet, then they would prove their theory wrong, because they said that Dorje Shugden practice hinders their fight for gaining Tibet back. Either ways, DS practitioners are used as the CTA’s scapegoat.

  5. Valentina Suhendra on Oct 13, 2017 at 7:05 am

    Great message every Tibetan especially must read!

    99db7720-bb39-46d3-bd93-3e2ca0f6ed7c

    bb270277-6912-4e9e-ad1e-0da94bb74dba

    e60b9b05-2f2f-4133-940e-c7eb068a18f6

    e620014f-0cf8-44d2-945e-61f6141a58ee

    ef0d99f0-b31d-4337-aa46-066f75a4aa5c

  6. Rin Lee on Oct 11, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Respect each other’s religion is the basic and fundamental value which a person shall possess. Banning the practitioners of Dorje Shugden from having and enjoying their basic needs for example medical treatment is really cruel and inhuman. The action of CTA is truly against the fundamental principle of Buddhism. Last but not least, Dorje Shugden is a Dharma Protector and not a demon; and I am one of those whose lives have been saved by Dorje Shugden.

  7. Karenc on Oct 10, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    20 years of being suppressed, segregated, discriminated and harassed, having an autonomous Dorje Shugden state is liberation to all dorje shugden practitioners. It’s definitely a good idea. Living under the ruling of so-called democratic CTA, it’s known that there’s no freedom of religion, speech and expression so long you’re practising DS. Why CTA must label their own people just by their faith? DS tibetan, Kagyu Tibetan, Ningma Tibetan, half tibetan, gay tibetan, lesbian tibetan, indian tibetan, poor tibetan, rich tibetan and so on, they are all tibetans, why CTA must segregate their own people using different labels and with the labels, further divide the community? Don’t you think this is one of the biggest reasons why Tibet still cannot get back their country? no unity how to fight the “enemy”? Of course you lose. And for 60 years in-exile, a government body has to consult a spirit Nechung for advice on how to rule the country? if Nechung is so powerful and accurate, why are u still in exile?

    It’s encouraging to see some open-minded and smart Tibetans are starting to speak up now. More should join the force to demand for a more democratic system of governance.

  8. Sock Wan on Oct 9, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    Bottom line is CTA is just using DS as a way to separate their people, to distract the Tibetans from seeing how inefficient and incapable they are in getting Tibet back. After 60 years of struggle, they are still refugees in India. His Holiness wants the middle way approach, ie getting the autonomous region status for Tibet but CTA is not in any way supporting His Holiness. China is open for discussion but CTA themselves is refusing to have a dialogue with them. If CTA really cares about the welfare of the Tibetans, they will do what is the best for them. After 60 years, the Tibetans in India are still stateless.

  9. William Chua on Oct 9, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    The Dorje Shugden issue has been blown out of proportion as described by Mr. Lakar Jam. It is small issue but made political by the CTA to gain power to continue ruling the Tibetans at the expense of Tibetans who practices Dorje Shugden. It is unfair to group all Tibetans who practice Dorje Shugden as the same because everyone is different as explained by Lakar Jam. There are those who practices Dorje Shugden and also respects the Dalai Lama.

    So the idea of having a separate autonomous Dorje Shugden state is beneficial so that the suffering by the people for the last 20 years can end. Only if the CTA seeks autonomy instead of independence from China. As you can see, China has developed Tibet to be prosperous and advanced since they took over. Tibetans in China has religious freedom and the freedom to live however they want.

  10. jerry_sito on Oct 9, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    感谢仁波切的分享与教诲

    我觉得今天无论在那一个的派系佛法传承中(大乘,小乘,金刚乘等等…)都不应该有区别心,伟大的佛陀佛法教诲,是教导我们拥有“菩提心”,而不是“区别心”

    在菩萨戒中,那有不公平对待一切众生的道理,今天倘若真的需要被帮助的人,而你视而不见,或是您一直在“毁谤”其他的传承或他人的老师,那么您不是违背了您所受持的“菩萨戒”了吗?

    在多杰雄登护法的课题中,最长见的问题中,普遍的都是,您修持多杰雄登就是反达赖喇嘛尊者的人,可是在我们漫长的佛法学习的过程中,我们的上师尊贵的詹杜固仁波切从来就没有教导过我们要反抗,诋毁,伤害达赖喇嘛尊者,或是任何的一位僧伽,反之,上师要我们必须尊重所有的僧伽众,不能毁谤三宝,帮助有需要的人,培养我们的菩提心,要我们学习修心八诵,菩提道次第广论等等,我们也从来没有因为修持多杰雄登而伤害任何的一个人,所以我真的不明白,修持多杰雄登就是等于伤害达赖喇嘛尊者的说法是怎样成立的?

    谢谢
    Jerry

    Meme-11

  11. Tsem Rinpoche on Oct 9, 2017 at 9:43 am

    I still love and miss His Holiness the Dalai Lama. I am hoping he will unite all of us no matter what our religion is. I know he will. His Holiness has done so much good in the world. I’ve admired him since I was a very young boy and when I met him for the first time in 1979. He came to Howell, New Jersey where I grew up. It was magical to see him. I pray one day he will accept all Dorje Shugden practitioners as was his root guru was a Dorje Shugden practitioner and invite us into his presence again with love and acceptance. I pray for his long life and continued presence in this world. I never lost hope in His Holiness the Dalai Lama to accept all of us regardless of race, religion, sect and background once again.
    I place my unworthy head to his feet, Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com

    I love Dalai Lama

  12. Samfoonheei on Sep 30, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    Very interesting …..Lukar Jam is one brave man who speak openenly about the Dorje Shugden issue and bringing harmony amongst the Tibetan. He spoke objectively and truthfully throghout his interview. The Dorje Shugden issue is getting out of propotion.. instead of solving this small issue , they (CTA )are making this issue bigger and bigger.
    No one should be discriminated by the current Tibetan leaders in exile just because they practise Dorje Shugden. CTA said that there is no ban but those practicing Dorje Shugden practitioners were not represented in the Tibetan parliament.
    May the ban on Dorje Shugden and the sufferings of practitioners will end very soon.. Hoping these issue will somehow solved peacefully..
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these post.

  13. So Kin Hoe(KISG) on Sep 27, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing your points of view with us through the article as this is indeed not necessarily to be discussed at all if there is no ban imposed on Dorje Shugden’s practice. I truly respect Mr. Lukar Jam for his courage and righteousness to uphold the discriminated Dorje Shugden’s practitioners as he is willingly to put himself in danger or at risk of receiving the same discrimination when he publicly has spoken out the issues faced by Dorje Shugden’s practitioners.

    A successful government should not segregate their own people at any cost because discrimination, separation and attacks will implant long term negativities into their current and younger generation’s mind, which will bring more harm rather than positive progress in their future development. If the current CTA leaders can prove themselves as a fair and caring government, wise in diplomatic skills and able to manage their own people through the 84,000 teachings of Buddha, the chances of a democratic, strong and powerful country like China to return back their own soil to the current CTA are even more higher for now.

    May the leaders in current CTA will be instilled with higher attainments, clearer views and compassion for their own people so that all Tibetans will be united as one big family again. May the ban of Dorje Shugden will be lifted to end the sufferings endured by many Shugden’s practitioners. May H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama returns back to Tibet and bless everyone with equal love.

    Humbly with folded hands,
    kin hoe

  14. wan wai meng on Sep 24, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    I am happy to know and hear of Lukar Jam’s pragmatic approach to resolve the Dorje Shugden issue and bring harmony amongst the Tibetan. Now that is a practical leader the Tibetan people in exile can follow and emulate.

    People in any faith, there are good or bad. I find his views very balanced and insightful. Hope someone of such stature and astuteness will be the ones who will run CTA in the future.

  15. Suzy on Sep 23, 2017 at 7:56 am

    A formal split of the Tibetan community is the last thing most of us want however the idea is brilliant and one never knows what the future holds. I like how Datuk May in her reply to this article references the 2 Sharmapas. I wonder if anyone(s) have been engineering this split, is it predestined, it’s a choice or the chaos will continue?
    I wouldn’t have any issue with 2 Tibets given freedom and autonomy from China(yes I know in a perfect world) until the CTA gets new and competent leadership to reunite all Tibetans. Let’s do it!

  16. graceleong on Sep 14, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for endlessly finding amicable solutions for the sufferings of Dorje Shugden practitioners due to the ban.
    It is getting more and more apparent now that the excuses that are being used by the CTA to continue the ban on Dorje Shugden is lame, inhumane and internationally unconstitutional. As said before, if any DS practitioner broke the law he/she should be punished by the law as an individual. He/she cannot be punished for their religious beliefs on Dorje Shugden or any deity for that matter. PLUS there is no valid reason/rule to put a BLANKET BAN on every Tibetan that practices Dorje Shugden !!
    Because there is no logical explanation for the ban, one can only believe that it’s all done for political reasons. As Mr Lukar said rightfully , why does the CTA portray the practice of Dorje Shugden to be such a big evil thing; why does CTA blow it all out of proportion when in fact it is possible for it to be solved amicably ! Is the CTA doing this to distract people from their failure (since 1958) to obtain any of form of autonomy or rights from the China government with regards to the status of Tibet and Tibetans?

    Should there be a separate autonomous Dorje Shugden state ?
    There are places in the world where a community live their lives based on their philosophies and religious beliefs. Auroville in Pondicherry, South of India is one such example. The purpose of Auroville is to realise human unity – in diversity. Today Auroville is recognised as the first and only internationally endorsed ongoing experiment in human unity and transformation of consciousness, also concerned with – and practically researching into – sustainable living and the future cultural, environmental, social and spiritual needs of mankind. This place was established in 1968 and is very successful and almost running at full capacity and getting harder for “newcomers” to join them in this little township. People from all over the world who have similar beliefs, come to make Auroville their home.
    In Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Malaysia, we are also building a conscious living community extending our philosophies and services to anyone who needs it, Buddhists or non-Buddhists. This was all only possible due to the guidance and blessings from our Guru, H.E Tsem Tulku Rinpoche and Dorje Shugden ! Maybe a similar concept can be established in Tibet for Dorje Shugden practitioners who are discriminated by the CTA.

    I pray that the ban on Dorje Shugden will end very soon. I pray that an amicable solution will be applied soon. I pray that Mr Lukar or some like minded leader will take over to lead the Tibetans out of their dilemmas (mostly self created !)
    OM BENZA WIKI BITANA SOHA

  17. Thupten Tsering on Sep 13, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    This is a very interesting article to read. i think, Dorje Shugden Tibetans also have to request for own autonomous state since Central Tibetan Administrative seek for middle way. i am pretty much happy to have a separate autonomous Dorje Shugden state for DS followers under Chinese government since they have no rights provided from their own government, CTA.

  18. Anne Ong on Sep 13, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and blog team for this interesting updates. Unfortunately, I’m not good in politics and don’t like to get involved in politics. Hopefully all’s well that ends well and there is new hope for a new beginning to get the ban lifted as soon as possible. Nevertheless, I sincerely give my full support in anyway I can to get this ban off and end the sufferings for all the DS practitioners.🙏

  19. freon on Sep 13, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    Ever since H.H Dalai Lama have said that we can practice Dorje Shugden, the CTA have not remove the ban at all. Instead the CTA using the donation fund that they get to create more hatred on Dorje Shugden’s practitioners. Not only this, CTA have goes against H.H Dalai Lama’s wishes to approach China in middle way.

    Through these incidents I can only said that the CTA have intention to continue separate their refugees and create chaos in their society to cover their weakness. Thus, I agreed with the hypotheses that Rinpoche have mentioned, instead letting the CTA continue to use their refugees for their own agenda, create so much suffering and hatred, to the extend the ban have seriously violet the human right’s, why not we have our own set of ruler then. Then the Dorje Shugden’s practitioners should separate totally from the main stream of Tibetan’s refugees, have own hospitals, schools and do not need to be bullied by the CTA. As we know, Dorje Shugden’s practice is not something new and practice just by few peoples only. In fact as Glenn Mullin mentioned, Dorje Shugden’s practice is a pervasive one. More than millions of people practice Dorje Shugden. Thus to have our own set of rules is not hard at all. Since the CTA already did the discrimination.

    If CTA are so worried that the China wanted to separate the Tibetan. They should not have this ban. This ban has separated the refugees’ society and causes a lot of unnecessary splits within Tibetan family. It is very pity to the Tibetan refugees in India, they already a refugee; no home for them and as time goes by, some of the youngsters who are born in India might be even confuse of their identity. With the ban occur; in add on salt to the wound.

    Think more carefully, who will be benefited from this ban? Not the Tibetan society, not the China. I can only see is CTA, because if their people is not unite, they can’t unite to questions the CTA the reasons they are still in India as refugees after 50 years and the reasons why the leaders are so rich compare to ordinary Tibetan.

    Dorje Shugden’s pratitioners are Tibetan too. Thus, if the CTA insist to segregate this way, they are actually forcing their own people to have new set of rules within the Refugees.

  20. Datuk May on Sep 13, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    What a brilliant article stating facts of the situation facing Dorje Shugden people in India and discrimination against them by the CTA. What is of great impact with this article is the false and unproven blame against Dorje Shugden and with current availability of information on the Ban and the conduct of CTA, this article presents to Dorje Shugden people food for thinking that there can be a way out of their predicament.

    It is highly impossible for CTA to regain Tibet under whatever way they may decide or propose to China. The Chinese government had worked hard for the past 70 years to create a nation of China and rid China of a dysfunctional dynasty, bullying from foreign powers and basic abuse of her citizenry, would China now be open to disruption of her work while progress is still on. Even Hongkong was returned to China by the UK. Even if China is to allow the Dalai Lama and Tibetan people to return to China, it is not even remotely possible for China to permit segregation of 2 Tibets, one of Dorje Shugden people and another for non Dorje Shugden. This is not even thinkable as far as China is concerned. Unity and opportunities for all is the core of communism.

    From the track record of CTA, it is possible for them in desperation to agree to a division of Tibet. Imagine 2 Tibets, like 2 Karmapas? Hmm… scary thoughts.

    Although it is extremely tempting to have a separate autonomous state for Dorje Shugden, it is highly unattainable. BUT THE BEAUTY OF THIS ARTICLES AND THE WISDOM THOUGHTS OF H.E the 25th TSEM Rinpoche is opening the thought process for Dorje Shugden people, not to be suppressed, repressed and depressed over the bullying, think and there is a way out. Faith in Dorje Shugden is the way out. Be strong in our faith as we do have freedom of religion granted by the Government of China. The world too, I believe, but it is just that many feel the matter too small to deal with like the opinion of Mr. Lukar Jam, amazing man of open and expansive mind.

  21. Pastor Henry Ooi on Sep 11, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    Some people may say the manifesto re Dorje Shugden by Mr Lukar Jam is political because he was lobbying for office. I say he was fair in his statement as he was interested in fair play for all Tibetans including Dorje Shugden practitioners. Dorje Shugden practitioners are people too, not inanimate objects. For Lukar Jam to say this and being a Tibetan means a lot as he did not profess to be a Dorje Shugden practitioner, he is only interested in politics that he could use as influence for the betterment of the Tibetan people. And for this, Lukar Jam was branded to be against HH the Dalai Lama by the CTA.

    The hypothesis as to should Dorje Shugden practitioners make a clean cut from those who oppose the practice, I think so. Why continue to live in a society when you are being put down, ridiculed, treated as pariahs, barred from entering public places, no freedom of practice, no human rights? This is outrageous coming from a government that is supposedly Buddhists, who supposedly are practicing loving compassion. And if this happens then it would benefit the Dorje Shugden practitioners to seek for sub autonomy in Tibet. They would be so much safer there then where they are now. China has done so much for Tibet – progress, development, standard of living for Tibetans there have improved and are improving. Dorje Shugden practitioners would greatly benefit from this. It would be good for the Dorje Shugden practitioners to send representatives to start talks with the Chinese government. There is nothing to lose, as presently the Dorje Shugden practitioners have lost almost everything but everything to gain.

  22. Lim Han Nee on Sep 10, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    For a government that professes to be democratic, a spiritual matter like the practice of Dorje Shugden, should not be politicized. It is basically about a person’s freedom of worship , and freedom of worship should, by right, be enshrined in the constitution of any democracy.Yes, Mr Lukar Jam, you are correct when you say that the worship of Dorje Shugden has been made so big because it has been politicized by the Tibetan Government.

    The ban on Shugden practice has indeed made the practice of Dorje Shugden issue so big, that , following the dictates of the Tibetan Government, all Shugden practitioners should be persecuted until they give up their practice. Moreover, Shugden practitioners are immediately labelled as anti-Dalai Lama, and are deemed as being not loyal to Him, and hence should be discriminated against and persecuted. This labelling has also spawned a sadly mistaken perception that all Shugden practitioners are bad and hateful! The lack of investigation has led all anti Shugden people to discount the fact that there are Shugden practitioners who , being pure practitioners,respect both the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan leadership and have never engaged in any subversive acts against either.

    Since the Tibetan Government has dictated that all Shugden practitioners be completely segregated from the rest of the community in all facets of life, shouldn’t the Shugden practitioners break away and form a separate state?

    I don’t agree that that is a viable option. Working in that direction will somehow make Shugden practitioners as political. It is more important to see that the trend in China is the other way round – there in Tibet, China,Tibetans are given the freedom of practising Dorje Shugden. In fact, China’s policy for its people is freedom of religious choice .
    It is time the Tibetans in exile realise that they have to speak up, and stand up for their rights and their freedoms. It is time that they be less ignorant and be more informed, that they investigate and find out the truth about Dorje Shugden, and not blindly follow the dictates of the Leadership.After all, as the electorate they hold the power of vote to vote people like Lukar in. The winds of change are blowing their way.For a government that professes to be democratic, a spiritual matter like the practice of Dorje Shugden, should not be politicized. It is basically about a person’s freedom of worship , and freedom of worship should, by right, be enshrined in the constitution of any democracy.Yes, Mr Lukar Jam you are correct when you say that the worship of Dorje Shugden has been made so big because it has been politicized by the Tibetan Government.

    The ban on Shugden practice has indeed made the practice of Dorje Shugden issue so big, that , following the dictates of the Tibetan Government, all Shugden practitioners should be persecuted until they give up their practice. Moreover, Shugden practitioners are immediately labelled as anti-Dalai Lama, and are deemed as being not loyal to Him, and hence should be discriminated against and persecuted. This labelling has also spawned a sadly mistaken perception that all Shugden practitioners are bad and hateful! The lack of investigation has led all anti Shugden people to discount the fact that there are Shugden practitioners who , being pure practitioners,respect both the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan leadership and have never engaged in any subversive acts against either.

    Since the Tibetan Government has dictated that all Shugden practitioners be completely segregated from the rest of the community in all facets of life, shouldn’t the Shugden practitioners break away and form a separate state?

    I don’t agree that that is a viable option. Working in that direction will somehow make Shugden practitioners as political. It is more important to see that the trend in China is the other way round – there in Tibet, China,Tibetans are given the freedom of practising Dorje Shugden. In fact, China’s policy for its people is freedom of religious choice .
    It is time the Tibetans in exile realise that they have to speak up, and stand up for their rights and their freedoms. It is time that they be less ignorant and be more informed, that they investigate and find out the truth about Dorje Shugden, and not blindly follow the dictates of the Leadership.After all, as the electorate they hold the power of vote to vote people like Lukar in. The winds of change are blowing their way.

  23. Pastor Henry Ooi on Sep 10, 2017 at 10:55 pm

  24. MC on Sep 10, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    To put it bluntly, the Central Tibetan Government cannot be considered a democratic ‘government’ and it is a bit fuzzy as to what they are. When it suits the CTA to pitch their plight to democratic countries, they frame their struggle as that of a victimised democratic nation against a Communist juggernaut

    However, when the Tibetan people in exile begin to express themselves as people with rights and various freedoms entrenched within the Tibetan Constitution, they are told that they cannot. And to actually exercise their democratic rights such as the freedom of speech and freedom of religion, is tantamount to treason against the God-King and the State.

    But we have been through all these people and logic and common sense do not seem to apply here. Let’s consider instead this hypothetical issue that this thought-provoking post has raised.

    Assuming China and the CTA come to some détente and the Tibetans are allowed to return to Tibet. Will CTA allow Tibetans who include Dorje Shugden in the pantheon of deities they worship to join the other Tibetans to return from diaspora? Or will citizenship be based on having a religion acceptable to the Tibetan leadership?

    This is a question everyone who have been supporting the Tibetan freedom cause should be interested in lest they inadvertently support the CTA to become yet another regime with dictatorial traits.

    The case of the ban on the worship of Dorje Shugden should also be of interest to all Tibetans. In fact, the issue is not whether you agree or disagree with the practice of Dorje Shugden or any other religion. The issue is whether you wish to support the creation of a precedent that the CTA can arbitrarily decide what thoughts the citizens can have, what thoughts are treasonous, what opinions are illegal and what god the people are allowed to pray to? If the Tibetan people are fine with that, then they should not longer have an issue living under the Chinese government who are portrayed by the CTA to be just as oppressive.

    Clearly, the Dorje Shugden issue will not be settled so long as the CTA keeps fanning the flames of hatred against a people simply based on their religion. The same government can surely not guarantee liberty of any sorts.

  25. nicholas on Sep 10, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    What Lukar Jam said is right. The differences of spiritual choices is a small issue, in fact it’s not an issue as in any country their people have their right of choice and their leader will uphold democray and respect the differences to unite their people. The Tibetan leadership is looking for freedom from China but on the other hand suppressed their own people for their difference’s in spiritual practices in this case is Dorje Shugden practice to divert the attention of their failure to bring their people back to Tibet.

    If CTA is looking for freedom so to Dorje Shugden practitioners and it make sense that the autonomy (middle way) is not just for CTA but also for Dorje Shugden practitioners. How would CTA negotiate for freedom which the world can see how they discriminate their people. One think for sure CTA can do is to stop Dorje Shugden discrimination by showing the world that they respect differences and worth to appeal for the best interest for their people else they hold no weight in whatever they seek for.

  26. Lew on Sep 10, 2017 at 10:41 am

    On one hand, the Tibetan leadership, Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), claimed herself to be suppressed by China and ripped of their freedom, but on the other hand, CTA herself suppressed Dorje Shugden practitioners, and ripped of the people’s freedom to practice.

    What Mr Lukar Jam said, is just to correct the wrong doing of CTA which suppressed the freedom of practice. If CTA wants to continue to position herself as a democratic government, then CTA should stand to be corrected. But look at what happened to Mr Lukar Jam? The people threaten him and his family, and CTA kept quiet about it, and in a way, CTA is encouraging violence towards different voices.

    In my opinion, CTA still have a very long way to democracy. Or shall I say, CTA has no interest to implement democracy but just to use democracy as a way to trick the western countries for donations, because most western countries do not investigate what is really happening in the Tibetan settlements.

  27. yinping on Sep 10, 2017 at 7:17 am

    The Tibetan Leadership claimed they are democracy but on the other hand they do not provide freedom for their people to choose their religious practice freely. Not only that, the Tibetan leadership imposed a ban on Dorje Shugden practise. The Tibetan Leadership call the sincere and innocent Dorje Shugden’s practitioners as demon worshipers, denounced them publicly and encourage vulgarities and violence against them. Is this democracy?

    Practicing any religion is a personal choice and never a political issue. As the saying goes
    “…no government has the right to tell people how to worship and certainly not the right to discriminate against them or persecute them for the way they choose to express their faith…”- Senator Joseph Lieberman, 1998

    I wish all the discrimination and segregation towards Dorje Shugden’s practitioners will come to an end. I sincerely wish that the Tibetan leadership will communicate with Dorje Shugden people, making a public statement to resolve this issue peacefully.

  28. Irene Lim on Sep 10, 2017 at 6:57 am

    From my point of view as a Malaysian and as a Dorje Shugden follower, Lukar Jam is clearly pragmatic in his political approach in resolving the DS issue and reuniting the Tibetan Community. However, once he had touched on the most sensitive area (the policy on DS) hell broke loose – Lukar Jam is classified as an anti-Dalai Lama and he has been de-capacitated.

    While I agree with Rinpoche that if the Dalai Lama succeeded in returning to Tibet on procuring autonomy for Tibet, DS practitioners should secure a sub autonomy state therefrom but I figure out this dream will never materialise on 2 realistic counts:

    (1) China will never grant autonomy to Tibet and the 14th Dalai Lama will never get to return to Tibet as China stands firm that the Dalai Lama is a separatist.

    (2) Even if Tibetans managed to secure autonomy of Tibet I doubt the anti-Dalai Lama stigma on DS practitioners will easily be erased off and could secure a sub DS state.

    After tested and having failed his attempt on the recent election campaign, Lukar Jam who is young, modern, capable and courageous, should continue to stand out further by gathering all the Tibetan DS practitioners around the world and lead under a separate flagship (since CTA does not want to do anything with DS practitioners) to return to China and enjoy the full benefits and status of her citizens without having to fight and be ostracized by the CTA.

    When the numbers of DS practitioners outside Tibet join Tibetans in China, they will become the mainstream practitioners as there are millions of DS practitioners living in China and thus makeup the numbers. Why be ostracized, made pariah; suffer uncertainty and hardship by a group of minority outside Tibet whose time is running out any time now??? DS practitioners must do something for yourselves and thus benefitting others for the time has come for this Protector of Peace to manifest in a stronger presence riding in the tidal wave of growth and success of China.

    This is my humble and honest opinion. I do not wish to offend anyone.

    • Suzy on Sep 23, 2017 at 1:50 pm

      Such an interesting and inspiring opinion. Thank you.

  29. Steve Jones on Sep 10, 2017 at 5:25 am

    It beggars belief that a government would choose to discriminate against a segment of it’s own people. What are the reasons for doing that? Are they deemed subversive? From what I read, it does not appear to be so. Hence there must be other reasons for this segregation. Reference to Tibetan Leadership : the government or Dalai Lama or both? I find it a little confusing as from my little understanding of Buddhism and Tibetan issue. Dalai Lama is meant to be the embodiment of kindness and an emanation of the Compassion Buddha – so why would he chose to practise discrimination? And if he is a Buddha emanation, why is there a fear for his life. Surely, a Buddha is indestructible.

    Besides, there seems to be no congruence between:

    a) the Dalai Lama professing his religion to be kindness; and
    b) an outright discrimination by his government against Dorje Shugden practitioners

    As to whether there should be a separate autonomous Shugden State, I felt that there should not necessarily be one. Not because I do not hear the plight of Dorje Shugden practitioners but I think the ‘state’s and it’s people should unite and be one instead of a divided one. A government that so outwardly practises discrimination ought to be challenged by world governments and if necessary, sanctions imposed to curb this unruly state behaviour.

    For those who jump on the band wagon of harassing Dorje Shugden practitioners, they seem like:

    i) a very ignorant group of people; or
    ii) opportunists/profiteers out to make a quick buck on the back of others misfortune

    Fair people of the world should rise up against these sort of people. I am really and genuinely sad for the Dorje Shugden practitioners and I plead with leaders of those nation that support the Tibetan government in exile. Please open your eyes to see the sorry state of affairs of the Tibetan people and stamp your foot against such tyranny.

    • E.W. on Sep 10, 2017 at 6:58 am

      Hi Steve Jones,

      This segregation, hatred and violence against the Dorje Shugden people since 1996 is difficult to believe. But you should see this video where the Dalai Lama himself is asking for Dorje Shugden monks to be expelled from the Monasteries and that he rejoices when this is done. He orders this and wants all Dorje Shugden people expelled. There is no religious freedom. Watch this short clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQa0mZEtRGA

      You can see how Tsem is attacked on social media simply for being a Shugden practitioner. This is his only ‘crime’. This was started by the Dalai Lama as you can see in the video. And the government under him continue this persecution. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/will-the-dalai-lama-agree-with-this.html

      More awareness is necessary as to what is happening.

  30. Chris Chong on Sep 9, 2017 at 11:48 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    I totally agree with what Mr Lukar Jam said. Dorje Shugden issue is MADE big by the CTA. It is totally unnecessary because it is actually a very small problem. It was blown up because CTA wanted to use this issue to divert public’s attention away from their failure to unite Tibet over the years.

    Dorje Shugden issue is a religious freedom issue that was turned into a political issue. How is one’s choice to practice a certain deity is being viewed as being against the Tibetan government? That does not make sense. Anyone should have freedom to choose their religion and their belief system without the fear of being labeled anti-government. From this issue, i can see that Tibetan government clearly had blown up Dorje Shugden issue for their own gain because it is certainly not in the best interest of Tibetans.

    I hope CTA will stop dividing its own people and creating disharmony which is totally uncalled for.

    Humbly,
    Chris

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 OCTOBER / 十月份讨论主题

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 care@kechara.com 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
  • Alice Tay
    Friday, Oct 20. 2017 01:51 AM
    In Buddhism, before become an enlightened beings, all living beings have to experience the suffering in taking rebirth for many lifetimes and each of the rebirth, we must have father and mother. It is possible that our previous lifetime’s father and mother have taken rebirth in other forms such as animals, hungry ghosts and etc in this lifetime. Due to this reason, we should love and treat all sentient beings well as everyone might once been our father or mother in the previous life. We owe them kindness and therefore we should practice dharma and help to liberate them from suffering and lead them to enlightenment.

    I am extremely grateful that I meet and learn dharma from Rinpoche. Rinpoche’s skilful means teachings let me understand that I should not only care about myself, my family and friends but to be kind and compassion to everyone around me. Rinpoche reminds and encourage us to do our commitments and daily sadhana. Later, I realized that when we do prayers, sadhana or pujas, we must begin with Taking Refuge in the Three Jewels and followed by recitation of the Four Immeasurables. Through this practice, it is actually to help us to set a good motivation and generate our Bodhicitta for the benefit of all sentient beings.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/five-ways-to-love-more-by-tsem-rinpoche.html
  • Lin Mun
    Thursday, Oct 19. 2017 10:27 PM
    Rinpoche’s blog has so many interesting topics and articles. Be it heavy and technical or light such as traveling tips, all are very useful and informative to the readers. I appreciate Rinpoche and writers team hardwork in giving us vast information and opportunity for us to learn and improve our dharma knowledge.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/i-am-honoured.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Oct 19. 2017 11:04 AM
    Wow …such a unique island called Socotra which i did not know before or come across . Everything from trees to flowers looks so unique. A place home to a panoply of strange plants and animals uniquely which adapted to the hot, harsh, windswept island. The landscape of this remote Socotra Island looks as if it comes from a sci-fi film.
    From what I see through the pictures this Socotra Island, looks more like Alien place. It’s truly unlike any place on earth and is also called the ‘Lost World ‘ to some of the tourist. I did some research on this island .
    It seem over millions of years, the isolated island in the Arabian Sea has cultivated a unique biodiversity unlike anywhere else on Earth. Twisted dragon’s blood trees and bulbous bottle trees have made Socotra a place of legends, feared by sailors throughout history and believed by some to be the site of the original Garden of Eden.
    Now it seem to be a tourist attraction in Yemen after when UNESCO named it as World Natural Heritage Site in 2006. Its wonderful news as UNESCO recognizes the importance of preserving the island.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these unique island with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/socotra-island.html#comment-753145
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Oct 19. 2017 11:03 AM
    Beautiful sacred painting by Rinpoche. Amazing to know RInpoche as a small kid is so talented in drawing and painting . Yet after so many years the painting still looks good condition. Such a beautiful White Tara painting and now Rinpoche still paints.
    Wow interesting stories behind the scared painting of the powerful white Tara. When we have trust and faith that’s how these powerful Tara will help us.
    Thank you for sharing with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/sacred-painting.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Oct 19. 2017 11:02 AM
    The two beautiful Yeti painting comes a long way from Nepal with love to Malaysia .Specially for Rinpoche……such a beautiful gift and unique .. Knowing Rinpoche like Bigfoot so much. Every gift which is given, even though it be small, is in reality great, if it is given with affection. It is not the gift but the thought that counts.
    Rejoice for Mitra Poudel and Khom Thapa
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these beautiful paintings.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/yeti-bigfoot-sasquatch/from-nepal.html
  • Jason
    Wednesday, Oct 18. 2017 11:14 PM
    This is a great news to animals. Gucci, a leading fashion company going to stop fur clothing now. I just watched a video about the people peel off the fox skin. So cruelty.
    Even though we own any fur clothing, we shouldn’t wear it because this will create a desire cause to others to buy more fur clothing .
    Human beings are very intelligent but we shouldn’t take away animals rights to live in this planet.
    Thanks Rinpoche sharing.

    Jason
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/do-you-know-what-gucci-did.html
  • Alice Tay
    Wednesday, Oct 18. 2017 05:51 PM
    藏传佛教格鲁派第十世班禅喇嘛被视为阿弥陀佛的化身,并且是继达赖尊者后拥有最高权威的佛法大师。第十世班禅喇嘛是一名颇有影响力的大师,每当他给予公开开示时,数以千计的人都会前去听法。
    第十世班禅喇嘛和达赖尊者的关系可以追溯到第五世达赖尊者时期。在当时,第五世达赖尊者的上师,同时也是杜固扎巴坚赞(多杰雄登前世之一)的上师是第四世班禅喇嘛。为了感激上师,达赖尊者赐予上师“班禅大师”头衔,并对班禅大师的三任前世加以追封。此外,达赖尊者也将扎什伦布寺赐为其上师的驻锡地。而此扎什伦布寺内还安设一间供奉多杰雄登的护法殿至今,并且还成为著名的旅游胜地。
    由此可见,如果多杰雄登就如藏人行政中央所说的修持多杰雄登会伤害西藏事业,那么当时的第五世达赖尊者为何要赠送设有多杰雄登的护法殿的扎什伦布寺予第四世班禅喇?如果多杰雄登真的会伤害西藏事业,那么第十世班禅喇嘛为何要费尽心思来撰写这篇约30至40页的的“妙音怙主(宗喀巴)佛教护法天王金刚具力五部威猛尊酬供仪轨”的祈愿文?难道第十世班禅喇嘛铁了心肠不再理会或是存心要危害西藏人民?这一切的一切,让我们不得不深入的思考。

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/panchen-lama-sungbum-chinese.html
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Oct 18. 2017 05:22 PM
    It is very worrying that there are such high percentage of plastic fibres found in our tap water. Even developed country such as UK, Germany and France has 72% of their tap water contaminated with plastic fibres. I guess this is the price we have to pay. With improve technologies and new science inventions we keep coming out with new products that uses various types of plastics and chemicals to bring down the production cost. But unfortunately, nothing comes free as human who will have to suffer the implication of these plastics fibres in the form of water and air, and it is alarming to our health. I think the only way is to create awareness to people telling them how harmful it can bring to us and we should avoid using the products that contribute the pollution and use alternative.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/do-you-know-what-you-are-drinking.html
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Oct 18. 2017 05:04 PM
    It is good news that Tibetan MP Venerable Tenpa Yarphel speaks up against Nechung. Why would a democratic country listen to an oracle to seek advise for the country governance and administration? It just puzzled me. If Nechung is right, why isn’t the country and people progressing but divided further with the Dorje Shugden ban? What more Nechung is an not enlightened dharma protector. It was proven that so many Nechung’s prophecies was wrong but none would question and CTA would still follow the wrong advice. The CTA leaders continue to segregate, discriminate and remove all the human rights against Dorje Shugden practitioners such as education, medical, religion and etc. This is so illegal.

    In this age, we should be able to think and fight for our rights. I hope more people like Venerable Tenpa Yarphel will speak up against the unfair Tibetan leadership towards their people. Everyone should be treated equally and especially for a Buddhism country.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/tibetan-mp-tenpa-yarphel-speaks-up-against-nechung.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Oct 18. 2017 11:29 AM
    Shocking to read and hear this, happening in our own country. Even though this post is old , feeling sad for those cats starving been kept at two pet boarding premises which they called pets hotel. Pets owner discovered that those pets were left abandoned and starved . They also found dead cats and many were in a sad condition. Our local newspapers reported that about 200 cats and a dog were rescued from that premise alone .Another location about 100 cats were found and rescued. These episode was highlighted in news national wide. It such a shameful act .How can the owner of the premises do it for their own selfishness just because of celebrations.
    It is good that the authorities took a stern legal action against the owners of the centre.
    Animals are ignorant and do not deserve to be treated so badly. Be kind and caring to all sentient beings. Have empathy.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/300-starved-and-13-died-petknode.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Oct 18. 2017 11:28 AM
    A beautiful approach by the British MPs has recommended that people reduce the amount of meat they eat to help prevent food shortages in Britain . Even though it is political approach yet still happy as less animals will be killed for foods on the table.
    The massive increase in meat consumption in recent decades has led to the price of grain increase which used for animal feed. Its also lead to widespread deforestation and pressure on agricultural land. The MP are trying to tackle food wastage as half the food bought from UK supermarkets goes in the bin. The UK population are encouraged to eat less meat in long run.
    Thank you for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/british-mps-says-eat-less-meat.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Oct 18. 2017 11:27 AM
    So touching ….watching this beautiful videos , could not controlled my tears too. Its such a warm moment when the two of them met again after a long search nearly 25 years of a hopless search . Mitchell Shigemoto has never forgotten how James Pearson saved his life. In foreign places, and the way Shigemoto’s relationship with James Pearson training together and fighting ,along side in the war ,they became best friends.
    James Pearson is truly a selfless ,kind and friendly person, nor matter what happen stands by Mitchell Shigemoto.
    Thank you Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing this inspiring post.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/mitchell-shigemoto-and-james-pearson-best-friends-in-war.html
  • Alice Tay
    Wednesday, Oct 18. 2017 12:42 AM
    Venerable Tenpa Yarphel showed great courage to voice up and pointed out that if the Tibetan Government-in-Exile is really practice democracy, basically no one will be discriminated and segregated regardless of ethnic group, gender, religious and etc. The people should work together for the growth of the state instead of just listened or seek advice from Nechung and ultimate decisions are still come from HH the Dalai Lama in spite of his retirement from politics.
    Miraculously, Tibetan community continues to believe the Nechung although they have experienced the false prophecies given by Nechung with the possible reason that no one can fully understand the language that Nechung speaks.

    Hope there are more people like Ven. Tenpa Yarphel stand firm and continue to speak up for truth just to benefit and bring no harm to the people.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/tibetan-mp-tenpa-yarphel-speaks-up-against-nechung.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Oct 17. 2017 11:08 AM
    So sad and heart breaking watching this video ,did not able to watch that part when our best friend was put into the boiling pot. Disgusting and cruel indeed. How can they do it and later sold as meat in restaurants…..so inhuman and shocking. My heart sink for a moment to see what happening to those poor dogs. They were tortured, abused before death. Dog meat trade should stop in this modern civilization , where dog deserved much better to live ,love, like us. They are our men best friends after all. They are one of us ,accompany us ,guard our house and keeps us happy. Please do not hurt them i plea.
    Hope the government or people concerned stop the dog meat trade industries. Go on vegetarian is the right healthy choice.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing .

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/dog-meat-trade.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Oct 17. 2017 11:07 AM
    Unseen beings do exists . We human cannot see but our best friends do sense the unseen being existing around and are sensitive too. Animals do behave unusually .
    There must be some kind or unhappy event happened long time ago. A fire or someone killed ?? The unseen being are trapped ,maybe which we won’t know. They need the couple to set them free from sufferings and pain. Whatever it is , its up to the couple after they have investigated of what happen. Hope the haunted house with unseen being have a happy ending.
    Thank you for sharing, interesting videos .

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/film-tv-music/the-haunted-terror-at-maple-dale-farm.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.
Dear friends, This meme is powerful. Who you hang around with and the types of attitude they have is who you will be influenced by many times and who you will become in the future. Look at your friends and the people that always surround you to know who you will become. Tsem Rinpoche
12 hours ago
Dear friends, This meme is powerful. Who you hang around with and the types of attitude they have is who you will be influenced by many times and who you will become in the future. Look at your friends and the people that always surround you to know who you will become. Tsem Rinpoche
October 2017, His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal graciously reading our Kechara album and updates as presented by Beng Kooi and Martin. He was very pleased with our progress and offers his blessings. Tsem Rinpoche
17 hours ago
October 2017, His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal graciously reading our Kechara album and updates as presented by Beng Kooi and Martin. He was very pleased with our progress and offers his blessings. Tsem Rinpoche
His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche grants audience to Beng Kooi and Martin in France.  Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
19 hours ago
His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche grants audience to Beng Kooi and Martin in France. Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
Recently Beng Kooi and Martin on behalf of myself and Kechara was lucky to have audience with His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He lives in around Paris, France. His Holiness is 91 years old and very healthy and alert. He was the 101st throne holder for Tsongkapa and was the head of the Gelugpa school of Buddhism and was very successful during his tenure. He is a strong practitioner of both Sutra and Tantra of Je Tsongkapa\'s tradition and a master of all Buddhist knowledge. He holds steadfast to his protector Dorje Shugden very strongly. So we can see even the highest throneholders who are masters of Sutra and Tantra also practices Dorje Shugden knowing the benefits.

Beng Kooi and Martin brought photo albums of Kechara Forest Retreat/Kechara and updates on Kechara and our works. His Holiness was very pleased to listen and offered some gifts back. 

This is a beautiful picture and the great blessings bestowed on us from His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.

Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche 
Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
19 hours ago
Recently Beng Kooi and Martin on behalf of myself and Kechara was lucky to have audience with His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He lives in around Paris, France. His Holiness is 91 years old and very healthy and alert. He was the 101st throne holder for Tsongkapa and was the head of the Gelugpa school of Buddhism and was very successful during his tenure. He is a strong practitioner of both Sutra and Tantra of Je Tsongkapa's tradition and a master of all Buddhist knowledge. He holds steadfast to his protector Dorje Shugden very strongly. So we can see even the highest throneholders who are masters of Sutra and Tantra also practices Dorje Shugden knowing the benefits. Beng Kooi and Martin brought photo albums of Kechara Forest Retreat/Kechara and updates on Kechara and our works. His Holiness was very pleased to listen and offered some gifts back. This is a beautiful picture and the great blessings bestowed on us from His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
The meaning and origins of Halloween: http://bit.ly/2egnVrp
*****and****
My Halloween in Salem: http://bit.ly/2zwq6li

Fantastic Reads!!
2 days ago
The meaning and origins of Halloween: http://bit.ly/2egnVrp *****and**** My Halloween in Salem: http://bit.ly/2zwq6li Fantastic Reads!!
The meaning and origins of Halloween: http://bit.ly/2egnVrp
*****and****
My Halloween in Salem: http://bit.ly/2zwq6li
2 days ago
The meaning and origins of Halloween: http://bit.ly/2egnVrp *****and**** My Halloween in Salem: http://bit.ly/2zwq6li
This is so powerful. It is a must read and must share.
2 days ago
This is so powerful. It is a must read and must share.
Beng Kooi meeting with the scholar and teacher Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen has been very active and you can see his youtubes in Tibetan speaking about the benefits of Dorje Shugden practice. He is a direct student of Trijang Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche.
3 days ago
Beng Kooi meeting with the scholar and teacher Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen has been very active and you can see his youtubes in Tibetan speaking about the benefits of Dorje Shugden practice. He is a direct student of Trijang Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche.
Martin meeting with Gen Tashi. Gen Tashi is a very devoted and committed activist of Dorje Shugden\'s cause. He is tireless in speaking for the truth. They enjoyed sharing some time together.
3 days ago
Martin meeting with Gen Tashi. Gen Tashi is a very devoted and committed activist of Dorje Shugden's cause. He is tireless in speaking for the truth. They enjoyed sharing some time together.
Martin meeting with the well known strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist and scholar Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe lak was very happy to meet Martin and shared so much wonderful information. Beautiful meeting.
3 days ago
Martin meeting with the well known strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist and scholar Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe lak was very happy to meet Martin and shared so much wonderful information. Beautiful meeting.
Beng Kooi meeting with friend and strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist Gen Tashi
3 days ago
Beng Kooi meeting with friend and strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist Gen Tashi
Another stunning digital print art of Dorje Shugden from an artist in Peru. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
Another stunning digital print art of Dorje Shugden from an artist in Peru. Tsem Rinpoche
This beautiful Dorje Shugden is from an artist in the Ukraine. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
This beautiful Dorje Shugden is from an artist in the Ukraine. Tsem Rinpoche
Please never get tired of speaking for those who do not have a voice. If we can alleviate their pain or try our best, why not? Thank you all so much. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
Please never get tired of speaking for those who do not have a voice. If we can alleviate their pain or try our best, why not? Thank you all so much. Tsem Rinpoche
Pastor Antoinette of Kechara arranged a Malaysian artist to paint this special Dorje Shugden painting conceptualized by myself. She oversaw the process and completed it. Wonderful beautiful Dorje Shugden Malaysian style by Malaysian artist. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
Pastor Antoinette of Kechara arranged a Malaysian artist to paint this special Dorje Shugden painting conceptualized by myself. She oversaw the process and completed it. Wonderful beautiful Dorje Shugden Malaysian style by Malaysian artist. Tsem Rinpoche
Sometimes after my prayers, reading on sasquatch is relaxing. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Sometimes after my prayers, reading on sasquatch is relaxing. Tsem Rinpoche
This gorgeous outdoor bronze Buddha is in Korea. Would be lovely to pay homage to Him there.
2 weeks ago
This gorgeous outdoor bronze Buddha is in Korea. Would be lovely to pay homage to Him there.
Beautiful old vintage photo of Kamakura Buddha in Japan. I had the good fortune to visit this holy Buddha a few years back. I do hope I can go again with some students. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Beautiful old vintage photo of Kamakura Buddha in Japan. I had the good fortune to visit this holy Buddha a few years back. I do hope I can go again with some students. Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche with Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during the Medicine Buddha festival.
3 weeks ago
Tsem Rinpoche with Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during the Medicine Buddha festival.
This is a unique thangka of Pelden Hlamo with Dorje Shugden and Setrap and Nechung. Of course they all get along unlike what Tibetan leadership likes to say they don\'t get along. All enlightened beings get along with other enlightened beings and unenlightened beings. Enlightened beings have no karma to not get along with others. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
This is a unique thangka of Pelden Hlamo with Dorje Shugden and Setrap and Nechung. Of course they all get along unlike what Tibetan leadership likes to say they don't get along. All enlightened beings get along with other enlightened beings and unenlightened beings. Enlightened beings have no karma to not get along with others. Tsem Rinpoche
I love this picture. I wish it will all settle down soon.
3 weeks ago
I love this picture. I wish it will all settle down soon.
 I love this picture of Mumu peeking through the screen and window to see what is going on. He is always been very busy body and active. He has to know what is going on. I love you Mumu.
3 weeks ago
I love this picture of Mumu peeking through the screen and window to see what is going on. He is always been very busy body and active. He has to know what is going on. I love you Mumu.
How would you like to get one piece of this beautiful piece of art?
3 weeks ago
How would you like to get one piece of this beautiful piece of art?
First time PM Tenpa Yarphel speaks up against Nechung. It has created a huge stir. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144220
3 weeks ago
First time PM Tenpa Yarphel speaks up against Nechung. It has created a huge stir. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144220
I always like my rooms to smell clean, fresh, woodsy and a bit like the forest. my favorite types of essential oils to burn daily or as an offering to the Buddhas are Juniper, Cypress, Black Spruce, Peppermint and sometimes Rosemary. I like the smell of the forest, woods and wooded areas very much. I\'ve been using essential oils in my rooms for years. I don\'t necessarily purchase the brand you see in the picture as I buy any brand as long as it\'s made naturally. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
I always like my rooms to smell clean, fresh, woodsy and a bit like the forest. my favorite types of essential oils to burn daily or as an offering to the Buddhas are Juniper, Cypress, Black Spruce, Peppermint and sometimes Rosemary. I like the smell of the forest, woods and wooded areas very much. I've been using essential oils in my rooms for years. I don't necessarily purchase the brand you see in the picture as I buy any brand as long as it's made naturally. Tsem Rinpoche
In the bitter coldness of Yachen Gar, Tibet, several nuns are practicing meditation. You can see many small single \'huts\' in the background. They do this yearly and throughout the year. It is very inspiring to see people practice even under extreme conditions because they realize how samsara is so full of deceptions. Praise to the Dharma that liberates us with truth and practice. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
In the bitter coldness of Yachen Gar, Tibet, several nuns are practicing meditation. You can see many small single 'huts' in the background. They do this yearly and throughout the year. It is very inspiring to see people practice even under extreme conditions because they realize how samsara is so full of deceptions. Praise to the Dharma that liberates us with truth and practice. Tsem Rinpoche
More than you have....
3 weeks ago
More than you have....
The holiest place for the spiritual seeker is where our guru abides. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
The holiest place for the spiritual seeker is where our guru abides. Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful flowers offered on my shrine to Sacred Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Beautiful flowers offered on my shrine to Sacred Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
This is my favorite image of Lord Manjusri. I had this exact same image as a kid in the 1980\'s and treasured it very much. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
This is my favorite image of Lord Manjusri. I had this exact same image as a kid in the 1980's and treasured it very much. Tsem Rinpoche
I love this idyllic painting of a beautiful Buddhist temple in a small town with foliage, natural, blue skies and country living. I can definitely live in this type of environment any time. I love living near nature. I wish I can go inside this picture to start living there now. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
I love this idyllic painting of a beautiful Buddhist temple in a small town with foliage, natural, blue skies and country living. I can definitely live in this type of environment any time. I love living near nature. I wish I can go inside this picture to start living there now. Tsem Rinpoche
Another gorgeous Byzantine style painting. As the crowd is lead to the hill of light, atop the hill is St. Dorje Shugden ready to give rest to the weary. And hope to the hopeless and help to the helpless. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Another gorgeous Byzantine style painting. As the crowd is lead to the hill of light, atop the hill is St. Dorje Shugden ready to give rest to the weary. And hope to the hopeless and help to the helpless. Tsem Rinpoche
Ms Gerbrick was a very special person in my childhood. When I finally found her again, I had lost her - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144296
4 weeks ago
Ms Gerbrick was a very special person in my childhood. When I finally found her again, I had lost her - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144296
I just did another one. See how it\'s done-
 http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144259
4 weeks ago
I just did another one. See how it's done- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144259
I like this sketch I just did. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
I like this sketch I just did. Tsem Rinpoche
One of my sketches just finished. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
One of my sketches just finished. Tsem Rinpoche
More of my drawings.  Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
More of my drawings. Tsem Rinpoche
See what Linus has to say to Charlie Brown: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/dorje-shugden
4 weeks ago
Plse click on this and read and share. Important thoughts regarding our teacher. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Plse click on this and read and share. Important thoughts regarding our teacher. Tsem Rinpoche
The stupa dedicated to the great Changkya Rolpai Dorje in 5 peaks of Manjushri - China. Changkya Rolpai Dorje was one of the previous life of His Holiness Pabongka Rinpoche. In that life, he was the imperial tutor to the Emperor of China.  Photo from Karen Chong
1 month ago
The stupa dedicated to the great Changkya Rolpai Dorje in 5 peaks of Manjushri - China. Changkya Rolpai Dorje was one of the previous life of His Holiness Pabongka Rinpoche. In that life, he was the imperial tutor to the Emperor of China. Photo from Karen Chong
Please click on this picture and see what the adorable boy is doing.
1 month ago
Please click on this picture and see what the adorable boy is doing.
Learn a new word and see what Fauvism means here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=143633
1 month ago
Learn a new word and see what Fauvism means here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=143633
Please click on this picture to enlarge and read. It is important and share with others. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Please click on this picture to enlarge and read. It is important and share with others. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
The handprint of His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche Jetsun Dechen Nyingpo
1 month ago
The handprint of His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche Jetsun Dechen Nyingpo
Dear friends, For the first time in art history you will see a Tibetan divinity in Byzantine art form. Just published! Please be amazed and see the whole artwork here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=143348
1 month ago
Dear friends, For the first time in art history you will see a Tibetan divinity in Byzantine art form. Just published! Please be amazed and see the whole artwork here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=143348
我这里有一副最庄严印度风格法力强大护法的画作。点击这里观赏与下载: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=142950
1 month ago
我这里有一副最庄严印度风格法力强大护法的画作。点击这里观赏与下载: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=142950
A separate Tibetan state? 

Should this group of Tibetans have their own autonomous state?
In a world full of trials and tribulations, this group of Tibetans continues to defy all odds against a difficult leadership. Should they have their own state, their own country to live free and in harmony? Read and decide-Part 1: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=142741 and Part 2: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=142868
1 month ago
A separate Tibetan state? Should this group of Tibetans have their own autonomous state? In a world full of trials and tribulations, this group of Tibetans continues to defy all odds against a difficult leadership. Should they have their own state, their own country to live free and in harmony? Read and decide-Part 1: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=142741 and Part 2: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=142868
When I first arrived in Gaden Monastery in January 1988, I lived in this small room: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=100092
1 month ago
When I first arrived in Gaden Monastery in January 1988, I lived in this small room: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=100092
Click on "View All Photos" above to view more images

Videos On The Go

Please click on the images to watch video
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    13 hours ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
  • Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
    yesterday
    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
  • Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
    yesterday
    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
    7 days ago
    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
  • Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
    1 week ago
    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 week ago
    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    1 week ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    1 week ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    2 weeks ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.
  • Fishes circumambulate around the sacred Manjushri image at Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia.
    3 weeks ago
    Fishes circumambulate around the sacred Manjushri image at Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia.
  • Dr Jordan B Peterson reveals this shift in mindset that will make you seize every opportunity.
    3 weeks ago
    Dr Jordan B Peterson reveals this shift in mindset that will make you seize every opportunity.
  • Look what China is doing about meat-eating!
    3 weeks ago
    Look what China is doing about meat-eating!
  • Must watch this brain video... very interesting
    3 weeks ago
    Must watch this brain video... very interesting
  • Beautiful Buddha being sculpted from clay.
    4 weeks ago
    Beautiful Buddha being sculpted from clay.
  • After a while, you are are numb and you just keep doing it. You don’t know what you are doing and you don’t see it for what it really is. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 weeks ago
    After a while, you are are numb and you just keep doing it. You don’t know what you are doing and you don’t see it for what it really is. Tsem Rinpoche
    Please share this as much as possible. Please care. Please help: http://www.patreon.com/weanimals
  • OSER GIRL IS SO SMART AND CUTE AND EVERYONE LOVES HER
    4 weeks ago
    OSER GIRL IS SO SMART AND CUTE AND EVERYONE LOVES HER
  • It is a very painful process before the animals are finally dead.
    1 month ago
    It is a very painful process before the animals are finally dead.
  • After a while, you are are numb and you just keep doing it.
    1 month ago
    After a while, you are are numb and you just keep doing it.
    You don't know what you are doing and you don't see it for what it really is. Tsem Rinpoche Please share this as much as possible. Please care. Please help: http://www.patreon.com/weanimals
  • If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.
    1 month ago
    If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.
  • Take a look at what singer Nicki Minaj did.
    1 month ago
    Take a look at what singer Nicki Minaj did.
  • Animals are enslaved to do a human’s job, this must stop.
    1 month ago
    Animals are enslaved to do a human’s job, this must stop.
  • This is how the chickens are killed in the farm, they die a very horrible death.
    1 month ago
    This is how the chickens are killed in the farm, they die a very horrible death.
  • America likes to police the world but their own record of civil rights is not on track. Watch this video from people of color in the US.
    1 month ago
    America likes to police the world but their own record of civil rights is not on track. Watch this video from people of color in the US.
  • Important video to watch and learn.
    1 month ago
    Important video to watch and learn.
  • Bigfoot’s voice captured on tape.
    1 month ago
    Bigfoot’s voice captured on tape.
  • Amazing video that you will not regret watching.
    1 month ago
    Amazing video that you will not regret watching.
  • This is so wonderful.
    1 month ago
    This is so wonderful.
  • Norma Jean
    2 months ago
    Norma Jean
    These are the heartbreaking scenes we see over and over again, that we share in the hopes of telling the stories of those who otherwise would have suffered and vanished from this earth without a trace. This is Norma Jean. Free for a little over five months, she knew more happiness than millions of her sisters ever will. But she couldn’t escape the fate genetically programmed into her as an egg producing machine. She seemed more lethargic than usual this morning, so we brought her inside to administer fluids and antibiotics in the hopes of pulling her through until we could get her in to see our vet. She couldn’t hang on. She died this evening shortly after this video was taken, severely infected from the rotting egg yolk adhered to various organs throughout her abdominal cavity. Like virtually every single one of her sisters, caged or free range, rescued or not, she paid the ultimate price for eggs (from FB)
  • If you want to change the world, start of by making your bed
    2 months ago
    If you want to change the world, start of by making your bed
    If you want to change the world, measure a person by the size of their heart
  • Canadian PM Justin Trudeau visits a Hindu mandir (temple)
    2 months ago
    Canadian PM Justin Trudeau visits a Hindu mandir (temple)
    While on a visit to a Hindu mandir (temple), Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks on diversity as Canada's strength.

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.

  • October 18, 2017 23:32
    Yen asked: Dear pastor, I am married but have not been blessed with a kid after several years. How can I overcome the pain I am going through? I also like to ask u for guidance to help someone dear to me who have met with an accident and in vegetative state. How do I help the friend suffer less? What can I do to help her overcome this obstacle in life even when doctor seems to have given up hope?
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear Yen, Thank you for your question. I am very sorry to hear of your situation and that of your friend. One thing we need to remember is that the Buddha explained to us how karma works. Everything we experience in life, whether good or bad is due to our actions previously in this life and previous lifetimes. While this may sound unfair in that we need to experience the results of something that we do not remember doing, this is the way samsara exists. They only way to be free of this type of suffering is to attain enlightenment, the state of a Buddha. That being said, we all need help in our daily life, and that is where deity practice can help us. In order to overcome the pain you are going through, may I suggest that you engage in the Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa. You can find an excellent commentary by His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/tsongkapas-daily-practice-video-commentary.html. You can find the prayers to recite here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/sadhana-prayers.html#19. There is also a practice box set dedicate to Lama Tsongkhapa, which you can order online here if you wish: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/tsongkhapa-boxset-english Lama Tsongkhapa is the emanation of Manjushri, the Buddha of wisdom; Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion; and Vajrapani, the Buddha of skilful means. As such the practice is extremely powerful and is well-known to help people heal psychical pain, but more importantly the sufferings felt in the mind. You can concentrate on the recitation of the Mig Tse Ma mantra and beseech Lama Tsongkhapa to help ease your suffering. He will surely help. His practice is known for relieving anxiety and even depression. In regards to your friend, on a practical level you can research about your friend’s specific state and see if there are any treatments available that can be effective if you have not done so already. In any case what you can do is to engage in prayers or pujas and dedicate the merits generated to your friend. For example, you can engage in the practice of Medicine Buddha, available here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/medicine-buddha-practice.html, or alternative have Medicine Buddha pujas sponsored here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/medicine-buddha-puja-fund. Medicine Buddha is excellent at healing on all levels, and provide us with soothing and beneficial energy. Another method that you can use to help your friend is to generate as much merit for her as possible. A vast amount of merit and purification of karma can help even the direst of circumstances. Such activities could involve releasing animals from slaughter or deplorable conditions, feeding the homeless and less fortunate and providing for them, and making vast amounts of offerings to the Buddhas and enlightened beings. If done with a good motivation, and dedicated towards your friend, she will benefit from the virtuous actions, even if you cannot see the benefits at the moment. Coupled with this you can engage in the practice of a Dharma protector such as a Dorje Shugden. You can find the prayers here if you wish to engage in them yourself: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/diamond-path-a-daily-sadhana-of-dorje-shugden, alternatively you can have Dorje Shugden pujas sponsored here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/dorje-shugden-wishfulfilling-puja-fund. Dharma protectors help to overcome obstacles and conditions that we wish to arise. I understand that it is a difficult situation, but you should maintain your faith in the Buddhas and enlightened beings, and they will definitely help. I hope this helps. Thank you
  • October 14, 2017 13:27
    Ling asked: I have been practising chakrasamvara for over 2 years now and recently during my meditation I feel that during the deity meditation portion that it feel like my entire body is under a heavy water fall. My heart and limbs also feel like flowing water and there is some crawling sensations. What could this be
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear Ling, Thank you for your question. I rejoice to read that you are practising Chakrasamvara for over two years now. This is very good, you should keep the practice steady, keep the vows and commitments well and you will progress on your spiritual evolution. Generally speaking when you engage in higher tantric yoga meditation, the meditations include movement of your psychic winds. Therefore sometimes people will experience strange feelings in the body. When this happens, once should ease off the concentration on that particular visualisation when engaging in the practice. What you can do to lessen these feelings is to engage in purification practices such as the 35 Confessional Buddhas, which you can find here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-35-confessional-buddhas.html. Alternatively if you have the appropriate initiation, you can engage in the practice of Heruka Vajrasattva, which would be included in your sadhana text. Engaging in the purification practices would lessen these sensations when you practice, as everything we experience is due to our karma. What I would advise the most, however, is to consult the guru that gave you the empowerment of Chakrasamvara practice. Your guru would be able to better advise you in addition to the above, the methods you can use to minimise the physical effects if they are due to the actual practice. I hope this helps. Thank you
  • October 13, 2017 11:15
    Fearful asked: What does violent shaking all of the sudden and "shrinking" feeling of the head mean during practice mean? I've been practicing the dharmapalas, and this is happening. What does it mean?
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear Fearful, Thank you for your question. There could be any number of reasons for this to be occurring. What you can do when this starts to happen is to stop what you are doing, and take deep breaths, and concentrate on your breath. As you concentrate on your breath, this will have a calming effect on both your body and mind, which should stop the involuntary shaking and strange feelings. In fact focusing on the breath is one of the best known methods of developing a focused, concentrated, yet calm Your practice of the Dharmapalas should begin with either Guru Yoga or deity practice, therefore I would suggest that you engage in these practices more before you begin the actually Dharma protector practice. One of the best practices is the Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa. This practice is well known for its healing ability on for both the body and the mind. Over time, you should see such occurrences lessen. If this shaking happens regularly and also when you are not practicing, you should consider visiting a qualified health professional just to rule out anything untoward. I hope this helps. Thank you
  • October 8, 2017 20:48
    John asked: Dear pastors, When reciting mantras we are instructed to visualize the deity. However I realize that my visualization is very very fuzzy and very very ever-changing. It is not a still image, there is like thick clouds moving and blocking the visualization then they would clear and block again and clear again and the deity would even change shape. The round part would be more oval one moment and more circle the next etc. In fact, I don't even know if the picture that ends up appearing in my mind is really looking like the deity or not. What if I end up visualizing a monster without knowing it since it's so fuzzy? Is there danger if that happens? What do you advice me to do?
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear John, Thank you for your question. This is a question that people actually ask a lot, but there is no need to worry, especially if we do not have tantric initiation. In fact, the more we practice getting our visualisation stabilised now, the better we will be able to practice tantra when we eventually receive tantric initiation. The issue you are having maintain a steady visualisation is not an uncommon one. This is because we actually have to train our mind to concentrate on what we are doing. One of the major facets of Buddhist meditation is concentration, and this is something we need to develop. We might think that we have a good ability to concentrate, but what the Buddha and the great masters have taught is that we actually do not, but we can obviously develop it. Visualisation itself is a form of concentration meditation, therefore until we achieve a good level of concentration, things like this will happen as we train our minds. What we can do is to focus on a particular aspect of the visualisation, such as the face of the deity, and once that is stable and focused, we can continue onto other parts of the deity’s body, and then the various other aspects of the visualisation. That way, we train ourselves little by little to have a complete visualisation. No in regards to your question about their being danger if something goes wrong or if we make a mistake during our visualisation, this cannot be at our stage of practice. This is because the visualisation is engaged in during the mantra recitation section. Mantras themselves are the Buddhas and enlightened beings in the form of sound. Therefore when we recite mantras we are invoking the holy energies of the Buddhas, which naturally guide and protect us from any harm. The fact that you are facing this issue is in fact a good sign. It shows that are trying to concentrate on the visualisation, but that your mind has not reached a level of concentration powerful enough to maintain the stability of the visualisation. The antidote to this is simple, keep practising. As you continue to practice, you will notice that your visualisation becomes stronger and stronger. If however, you are still worried, you can end your recitation sessions with the prayer dedicated to a Dharma protector to any obstacles, and end with a completion dedication. I hope this helps. Thank you
  • October 6, 2017 22:31
    Wong asked: Hi, i would like to ask about jhana which is the last factor of the eightfold path. How is it being practised?
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear Wong, Thank you for your question. The last factor of the eightfold noble path is called jhana in the Pali language. In the Sanskrit language it is called dyana. This is a state of meditative absorption which culminates in the understanding of emptiness and is the pathway that leads us to attain liberation. Generally this state is achieved through the practice of single-pointed concentration meditation. But within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition once you have achieved stabilised single-pointed meditation, you progress onto the path of special insight meditation. It is at this stage, that one is able to concentrate completely on understanding emptiness and therefore attain enlightenment. This topic is somewhat outside of the scope of this section of the blog. However, Pabongkha Rinpoche in his excellent Lam Rim text, titled “Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand” gives a very concise yet thorough introduction to the topic of meditation. Pabongkha Rinpoche addresses the path to enlightenment, not through the eightfold noble path however, but through the six perfections of a bodhisattva. In essence although on the surface the two ways of structuring the path to enlightenment may seem different, they are actually both the same if one analyses them carefully. If you read “Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand” you will understand how the two structures are interlinked if you have an understanding of the eightfold noble path. You can order a copy of the book here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/lamrim-liberation-in-the-palm-of-your-hand and the book is also available at Kechara Paradise outlets. Alternatively, you can ask your local book store to order the book in for you if they have that service. I hope this helps. Thank you
  • October 3, 2017 04:11
    jason asked: i have been practicing higher yoga tantra for over two year now and recently i started to get nightmares for three continuous nights now and i think it will continue, What is happening ? did i do something wrong? The first nightmare was me being cut in to numerous pieces , the second was me being visited by a greyish blue female old female ghost with no eyes in eye sockets, and the third was a giant dark brown black centipede encased in a white translucent sac exploding out of my thigh and crawling/ rolling away in to darkness. Im quite worried that i may have done something wrong even though i think i have not.
    pastor answered: Dear Jason, Thank you for your question. I am glad to hear that you have been practising Higher Yoga Tantra for over two years. You should keep your samaya with your Guru pure and intact, as well as keeping the vows and commitments that you would have taken during the empowerment into the practice. If you do this then you will see a definite transformation of your mind and circumstances for the better, which is after all what Buddhist practice is all about. In regards to your nightmares I do not think that you have done anything wrong per se. In this case it could be due to two possible reasons, the first is that your negative karma is arising in your dreams and the second is that you are being afflicted by a spirit. In the first case, when we practice Higher Yoga Tantra properly and sincerely, it purifies a lot of negative karma. As when engaging in any practice that purifies negative karma, this karma can open and manifest under control situations. For example you the karma manifests are nightmares or scary figures or feelings, rather than physically, which would come about through uncontrollable causes and conditions. When karma is purified it manifests in its most mild form, and for you in this case, it could manifest in the form of nightmares. Therefore if we are engaging in powerful practices, or when we concentrate on these practices, such things can occur. Some people may find this sort of situation bad. But this is not correct, because due to the nature of samsara, we are affected by karma in some form or another. What matters here is that karma is purified so that we can progress on our spiritual journey. When you face such difficulties, the key here is continue with your practice strongly and not give up. In this manner, the karma which causes such situations to occur is purified quicker and then we are no longer affected by it. Therefore you should wholeheartedly engage in primary sadhana of your meditational deity. On the other hand, it could be that you are being affected by a spirit or spirits. In this case there are methods of protection that you can engage in which should be included in your Higher Yoga Tantra practice. If you are unsure of what these could be, please humbly approach your initiating guru for more guidance. Another way that can help solve this problem is to engage in the practice of a Dharma protector such as Dorje Shugden. Since you are already practising a Highest Yoga Tantra, you can ask your guru about the particular Dharma protectors associated with the practice. Each of the major tantric practice has certain Dharma protectors associated with it that aid practitioners to clear obstacles and create conducive conditions for practice. You can actually engage in any Dharma protector practice, but it would be best for you to consult your guru as he or she may assign you a specific Dharma protector to practice. Whatever the case may be, it comes down to karma. The Higher Yoga Tantra you are practising should include a purification practice such as Vajrasattva. For example if you practice the Heruka Chakrasamvara tantra, and have received the appropriate empowerment, you can practice Heruka Vajrasattva. You then concentrate on the practice of Vajrasattva to purify the negative karma causing the situation, and over time you will see the situation get better. If you are not sure of the purification aspect of your daily practice, you can recite the 35 Confessional Buddhas. All of these can help, however I strongly advise you to humbly approach your guru and ask for further advice and instruction, as he or she may assign you other practices or even ask you concentrate on specific sections of the sadhana that they passed to you, to help you overcome these problems. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • September 30, 2017 22:31
    kevin asked: hi pastor, I've been very problematic lately and depressed. My plans seem to be always out of place. I read from an article that some problems are caused by negative karma from the previous and present life. I want to know if there is anything that I can do to drain my negative karma. Im very wary now on my actions to others so not to add to my existing karma. Can you suggest a mantra which I can recite and reflect on everyday to help alleviate my problems and drain my negative karma. Thank you very much. Bless you.
    pastor answered: Dear Kevin, Thank you for your question. Yes, according to Buddhist thought everything we go through in life is caused by karma. This can be either good or bad, so difficulties we face in life are indeed due to our karma. Now, one thing about karma that people often forget is that it can be purified. There are many methods within Tibetan Buddhism that are used for the purification of karma. In fact all practices necessarily involve the purification of negative karma and the generation of merit. The most effective of these are known as purification practices, which have the specific benefits of helping us to purify negative karma which leads to all kinds of problems within in our lives. These include Vajrasattva practice, which can be found here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/an-important-purification-practice.html and the practice of the 35 Confessional Buddhas, which can be found here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-35-confessional-buddhas.html. You can read more about these practices by clicking on the respective links. These are two very powerful methods of purifying negative karma and have been relied upon by countless practitioners and masters to progress on the spiritual path. They are two very extremely effective methods used within Tibetan Buddhism. Since you are going through many problems, however, you can engage in the practice of a Dharma protector who can help alleviate the obstacles you are facing and at the same provide conditions that are suitable for you. One such Dharma protector is Dorje Shugden, you can read more about his practice here, and his daily prayers here: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/diamond-path-a-daily-sadhana-of-dorje-shugden. The website also has a lot of information about the practice and how it can benefit you in daily life. While it may seem daunting that you have negative karma, you should not be disheartened because negative karma can be overcome by purifying it. What you said is right, you should be wary of creating more negative karma. In fact that is one of the main points a Buddhist lives by, which is not creating more negative karma. People often wonder why Buddhists take vows and precepts, this is actually to stop the accumulation of negative karma. For example a Buddhist takes the vow not to kill, this obviously stops the Buddhist from creating the negative karma of killing because they consciously remember that they should not kill in whatever situation they are in. So it is very good that are checking your actions to make sure that you do not add to the negative karma. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • September 28, 2017 13:18
    Nepal asked: I've noticed that in Nepal, Shugden and his retinue are forms of the worldly protector Za Rahula, or that's what the lamas and sadhanas say. Wouldn't that make Shugden dangerous or wouldn't that make Manjushri a worldly deity or one that is dangerous?
    pastor answered: Dear Nepal, Thank you for your question. Dorje Shugden is an emanation of Manjushri, that is what the high lamas and masters have taught and explained using Buddhist logic. Dorje Shugden as an enlightened being has been practiced by all major schools of Tibetan Buddhism, and was first practiced within the holy Sakya tradition. Similarly, Manjushri is an enlightened being. In fact all Tibetan Buddhist schools and Vajrayana traditions, including those in Nepal, say that Manjushri is an enlightened being, the Buddha of wisdom. Rahula on the other hand is a worldly deity who was bound by oath to protect Buddhism and Buddhism practitioners. You can read more about him here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dharma-protectors-of-tibetan-buddhism.html#tabs-1. All Tibetan Buddhist schools similarly agree to this point. Therefore to equate Dorje Shugden as a form of Za Rahula would logically mean that Manjushri is not a Buddha. This cannot be since hundreds of thousands of holy masters have relied on Manjushri and gained enlightenment through such beliefs and practices associated with Manjushri. Since from a logical perspective this cannot be the case, and Dorje Shugden is an emanation of Manjushri, it is safe to say that Dorje Shugden is not a form of Za Rahula. You can read more about Dorje Shugden, his history, lineage of practice and benefits here: http://www.dorjeshugden.org. I hope this helps. Thank you.
View All Questions

CHAT PICTURES

Halloween is around the corner at Kechara Sunday Dharma School. Stella Cheang
2 days ago
Halloween is around the corner at Kechara Sunday Dharma School. Stella Cheang
Art section during Kechara Sunday Dharma School, Sunday morning. Stella Cheang
2 days ago
Art section during Kechara Sunday Dharma School, Sunday morning. Stella Cheang
Kechara Sunday Dharma School students at Kechara Ghompa learning together. Stella Cheang
2 days ago
Kechara Sunday Dharma School students at Kechara Ghompa learning together. Stella Cheang
Teacher Laura and Kechara Sunday Dharma School students 4-6 years old. Stella Cheang
2 days ago
Teacher Laura and Kechara Sunday Dharma School students 4-6 years old. Stella Cheang
Kechara Sunday Dharma School in Kechara House, SunwayMas every Sunday morning. Stella Cheang
2 days ago
Kechara Sunday Dharma School in Kechara House, SunwayMas every Sunday morning. Stella Cheang
Sharing with others may bring happiness to everyone. Alice Tay, KSDS
5 days ago
Sharing with others may bring happiness to everyone. Alice Tay, KSDS
Teamwork and work in harmony is important for a success event. Alice Tay, KSDS
5 days ago
Teamwork and work in harmony is important for a success event. Alice Tay, KSDS
Teacher Callista guided the class to recite the dedication before the class ended. Alice Tay, KSDS
5 days ago
Teacher Callista guided the class to recite the dedication before the class ended. Alice Tay, KSDS
Teacher Julie showed  the sample drawing of Nagomi Art to the students. Alice Tay, KSDS
5 days ago
Teacher Julie showed the sample drawing of Nagomi Art to the students. Alice Tay, KSDS
KSDS students are happy to show their own creation of Nagomi art. Alice Tay, KSDS
5 days ago
KSDS students are happy to show their own creation of Nagomi art. Alice Tay, KSDS
Ideal for a family trip! Visit Kechara Forest Retreat and meet our birds at the aviary! Open daily from 10am to 5pm, Bentong, Chamang Road.
5 days ago
Ideal for a family trip! Visit Kechara Forest Retreat and meet our birds at the aviary! Open daily from 10am to 5pm, Bentong, Chamang Road.
Thank you to the Wine Bar for sending over the empty wine bottles and carton boxes at Kechara Soup Kitchen site. KEP-SERENA
6 days ago
Thank you to the Wine Bar for sending over the empty wine bottles and carton boxes at Kechara Soup Kitchen site. KEP-SERENA
Teacher Alice explaining Rinpoche's bio to students in the galley. Lin Mun KSDS
6 days ago
Teacher Alice explaining Rinpoche's bio to students in the galley. Lin Mun KSDS
Children were so excited listening to teacher Grace instruction in making Halloween's cookies. Lin Mun KSDS
6 days ago
Children were so excited listening to teacher Grace instruction in making Halloween's cookies. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Julie giving briefing on Nagomi Art. It's an art to express to inner feeling. Lin Mun KSDS
6 days ago
Teacher Julie giving briefing on Nagomi Art. It's an art to express to inner feeling. Lin Mun KSDS
We love our 'fingers' ! Halloween cookies done by the children during dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
6 days ago
We love our 'fingers' ! Halloween cookies done by the children during dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Jayce leading the completion dedication after Sunday dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
6 days ago
Teacher Jayce leading the completion dedication after Sunday dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Thank you for the wonderful books!
1 week ago
Thank you for the wonderful books!
His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche is the advocate of true love, compassion and kindness. Pastor Adeline
1 week ago
His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche is the advocate of true love, compassion and kindness. Pastor Adeline
Longevity Bun and cup cake as dessert ~ Guat Hee
1 week ago
Longevity Bun and cup cake as dessert ~ Guat Hee
沙茶酱炒素虾 ~ kecharaoasis.com ~ Guat Hee
1 week ago
沙茶酱炒素虾 ~ kecharaoasis.com ~ Guat Hee
Stir fried Cambodian-style with lemon and mint leaves ~ kecharaoasis.com ~ Guat Hee
1 week ago
Stir fried Cambodian-style with lemon and mint leaves ~ kecharaoasis.com ~ Guat Hee
Briefing #task #service #food #team ~ Guat Hee
1 week ago
Briefing #task #service #food #team ~ Guat Hee
Mid Autumn Festival #charity #dinner #vegetarian ~ Guat Hee
1 week ago
Mid Autumn Festival #charity #dinner #vegetarian ~ Guat Hee
Before the function day.. #Planning #turnover #allocate #task #service #customer #happy #wedding #bless #team ~ Guat Hee
1 week ago
Before the function day.. #Planning #turnover #allocate #task #service #customer #happy #wedding #bless #team ~ Guat Hee
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
Malaysia 3,126,253
United States 2,302,449
Singapore 586,925
India 543,789
United Kingdom 447,251
Canada 405,138
Australia 359,570
Nepal 289,369
Philippines 227,093
Bhutan 161,192
Indonesia 151,105
Germany 119,803
Portugal 113,434
Mongolia 94,030
Thailand 90,745
France 89,951
Italy 81,520
Spain 80,152
Brazil 79,339
Netherlands 74,783
New Zealand 56,290
Hong Kong 56,242
Romania 55,877
South Africa 54,502
Taiwan 54,160
Switzerland 50,572
Mexico 40,894
United Arab Emirates 37,760
Russia 36,257
Ireland 35,705
Japan 34,741
Sweden 33,325
Vietnam 31,320
Greece 29,866
Poland 28,355
Belgium 27,563
Sri Lanka 27,453
Turkey 25,081
Saudi Arabia 23,910
Total Pageviews: 10,855,078

Login

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