The Importance of Tibet Befriending China

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Dear friends around the world,

Here are some of my thoughts after reading this interesting turn of events in Dharamsala in this article “DIIR Holds First Workshop to Enhance Chinese Outreach Campaign” which is on Central Tibetan Administration’s (CTA) website belonging to the Tibetan leadership:

1. Any Tibetan inside or outside of Tibet who makes relationships with Chinese nationals and China’s leadership is somehow always considered anti-Dalai Lama and anti-Tibetan and basically a traitor. So it is interesting the Tibetan leadership is encouraging workshops in their headquarters in Dharamsala of ‘teaching’ Tibetans and others how to reach out to China and the Chinese national. That is indeed a stunning turn of events because the Tibetan leadership did not encourage friendship with China among their people as it would be seen as an act of betrayal to Tibet. Now they are having workshops to learn how to connect with China and Chinese nationals. So many Tibetan lamas and people have gone to China and met with leaders and the ordinary people and have been branded traitors. They are in turn ostracized. The Tibetan leadership likes to highlight which lama has ties with China and therefore against the Dalai Lama!

2. On the one hand, the Tibetan leadership are (understandably) always criticising the Chinese leadership. But what is done is done, and whatever Tibet was or was not in relations to China and its sovereignty is not in the cards anymore. So do not keep talking about what Tibet was. If they want a better deal for Tibet, then it is high time they tone down the negative rhetoric and humbly reach out to China. So it is important that at every get-together with foreign dignitaries and their citizens, the Tibetan leadership stops criticising and talking about the evils of China.

3. Do not talk about human rights, ethics and morality, and stamp down China with that. China is what it is. Every country in the world has human rights abuse issues and in some countries, it is still happening so no one should be the pot calling the kettle black. Basically, humans are interested in power, benefits and financial rewards and in most cases, these three override any sort of ethics and morality. If Western powers were so ethical and moral, why do they not go to war with China for Tibet, as they have done for Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam?

Chinese President Xi Jinping has been extremely well-received all over the world by various powerful Western leaders and entrepreneurs, but has never been seen with the Tibetan leadership. From top left (left to right): Martin Schulz (President; European Parliament), Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (UK), Milos Zeman (President; Czech Republic), David Cameron (Prime Minister; UK), Barack Obama (President; USA), Vladimir Putin (President; Russia), Bill Gates (Microsoft), Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Prince William (UK), Malcolm Turnbull (Prime Minister; Australia), Francois Hollande (President; France), Rupert Murdoch (News Corp), Tim Cook (Apple), Jeremy Corbyn (Labour Party leader; UK), Theresa May (Prime Minister; UK)

Chinese President Xi Jinping has been extremely well-received all over the world by various powerful Western leaders and entrepreneurs, but has never been seen with the Tibetan leadership. From top left (left to right): Martin Schulz (President; European Parliament), Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (UK), Milos Zeman (President; Czech Republic), David Cameron (Prime Minister; UK), Barack Obama (President; USA), Vladimir Putin (President; Russia), Bill Gates (Microsoft), Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Prince William (UK), Malcolm Turnbull (Prime Minister; Australia), Francois Hollande (President; France), Rupert Murdoch (News Corp), Tim Cook (Apple), Jeremy Corbyn (Labour Party leader; UK), Theresa May (Prime Minister; UK)

I am not condoning war in any way but I am giving examples. With all of their so-called morality, human rights and ethics, the Western powers voted that within their policies, Tibet is a part of China. So is it not ironic that on the one hand, they entertain His Holiness the Dalai Lama and on the other hand, they are falling over one another to make close ties with China and get economic benefits? When it comes to governance, it is not morality and ethics that is high on the agenda but how much money is made. So it would behoove the Tibetan leadership to shift the direction of their friendship towards the Chinese. After all, in the last 50 years of their friendship with the West, the Tibetan leadership have received hundreds of millions in financial aid for Tibetan refugees but that did not help Tibet in any way. So if the Tibetan leadership keeps criticising China and waltzing with the West, it would show that they are actually interested in financial gains for their own coffers within the exile leadership, and not all that interested in helping Tibet.

So which is it? You all have a guess.

4. It is interesting that there is this training programme going on. I hope it expands and becomes a regular event and, if I can say so, it should have started decades ago. The fact of the matter is that countries with sovereignty are making Olympic sprints towards friendship with China so what more is there to say about a leadership without a country and in exile? Therefore, if the Tibetans genuinely want this new initiative to be successful, they have to stop their negative rhetoric about China and stop further irritating this powerful nation.

The bottom line is that, truth be told, it is a waiting game. The Tibetans in exile are dwindling and for Tibetans in foreign countries, they will increasingly integrate into their respective adopted countries as they reach the second, third, fourth generations living there. These current and future generations may be Tibetan in name and DNA but in any other way, their attitude will become more and more like their adopted country’s. If you look two, three, four generations into the future, all of this will be just another event in history, just like the takeover of Australia by British convicts, the pillage of American Indians in North America and the destruction of South American Mayan Empires by its greedy conquerors, to name just a few.

Over time and eventually, Tibet as a part of China will become part and parcel of history, just as Australia was taken over by British convicts.

Over time and eventually, Tibet as a part of China will become part and parcel of history, just as Australia was taken over by British convicts.

And these conquered places have become sovereign countries belonging to the conquerors, without a peep from their native and original inhabitants. Australia, North America and South America are very good examples of how something wrong is, eventually and in time, forgotten and becomes something right. It is not that I agree but Tibet is a part of China and over time, it will become part and parcel of history, just like the three continents mentioned.

5. I find it very funny that I have always supported the preservation of the unique Tibetan language, culture and religion. I have always had the deepest and utmost respect for His Holiness the Dalai Lama and I still do. I have also had a great respect for the ancient and continuously influential and rich culture of China. My respect for Tibet and the Dalai Lama does not contradict my respect of China, and my respect of China does not contradict my simultaneous respect for Tibet and the Dalai Lama. Yet as an exiled Tibetan, I am forced to be one or the other where in fact I would love to see a friendship of China and Tibet that benefits both sides. I have always advocated this.

http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/TROnTibetChinaDialogue01.flv

For 400 years Dorje Shugden has been practised and has had nothing to do with politics. Suddenly, as a Dorje Shugden practitioner, I am tried and crucified as a hater of the Dalai Lama and Tibet. My religious practice has nothing to do with Tibetan or Chinese politics, but it has everything to do with my spiritual convictions. I am a Tibetan by blood, and a Buddhist and faithful practitioner of the Protector Dorje Shugden. I have no dealings and connections, nor have I ever had with the great nation of China. I do hope I can visit the religiously historically significant places in China that are connected with Buddhism, but that does not make me anti-Dalai Lama.

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I have always respected, and will continue to respect His Holiness the Dalai Lama. But just because I respect His Holiness, does not mean I am not allowed to respect the great nation of China too. My religious practice has nothing to do with Tibetan or Chinese politics, and everything to do with my spiritual convictions.

What is funny is this – that if you practise Dorje Shugden, you are on China’s side and against the Dalai Lama. For me, personally, China and Dorje Shugden have nothing in common in my relationship with them. So I do not appreciate the negative rhetoric that I receive on a daily basis because I respect China and Dorje Shugden. Again, I would like to reiterate – I respect the great nation of China, I respect Tibet and His Holiness the Dalai Lama and I hope very much the three of them can be good friends because the alternative is the status quo.

I am happy to see this workshop and I hope it continues. I hope that the Tibetan and Chinese people will become good friends but this can only happen if the Tibetan leadership extends an olive branch to China and soon, I hope, if not for themselves then for the six million Tibetans in Tibet.

May His Holiness the Dalai Lama be strong and live very long. May the great nation of China grow in strength. And may Tibet become a zone of peace and happiness.

Sincerely,
Tsem Rinpoche

 

DIIR Holds First Workshop to Enhance Chinese Outreach Campaign

November 16, 2016

DHARAMSHALA: China desk of the Department of Information and International Relations (DIIR) held its first workshop for Chinese liaison officers to enhance its Chinese outreach campaign on Saturday, 12 November. The workshop was held as directed by Kashag at DIIR’s Lhakpa Tsering Memorial Hall.

The workshop in progress at DIIR Lhakpa Tsering Memorial Hall

The workshop in progress at DIIR Lhakpa Tsering Memorial Hall

Sixteen participants attended the workshop which included PhD students from the US, Belgium, Taiwan as well as from the Dalai Lama College of Higher Education based in Bangalore, India and the East Asian Research Center of Jawaharlal Nehru University based in New Delhi.

During the workshop, Mr Dawa Tsering, Representative His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Taiwan, Mr Kunga Tashi, Chinese liaison officer at OOT North America, Mr Lama Kyab, the assistant to the Taiwan Representative Office, Joint Secretary Mr Sonam Dorjee, spoke on various topics related to Tibet and China.

The topics include the reincarnation issue, restoration of Tibetan culture, China’s Regional Ethnic Autonomy Law, the Middle Way Approach followed by a question and answer session.

The participants expressed their satisfaction at the enthusiastic discussion on the Tibet-China issue and called for more such workshops and training in the future.

Accoridng to DIIR’s Chna desk, the workshop focused on three main issues vis a vis why do Tibetans need to reach out to Chinese, the level of coordination required with Chinese nationals, and how to reach out to Chinese nationals.

The original article as it appeared on the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) website. Click on the image to enlarge. (Source: http://tibet.net/2016/11/diir-holds-first-workshop-to-enhance-chinese-outreach-campaign/)

The original article as it appeared on the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) website. Click on the image to enlarge. (Source: http://tibet.net/2016/11/diir-holds-first-workshop-to-enhance-chinese-outreach-campaign/)

 

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  1. MartinC on Feb 9, 2017 at 2:56 am

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

    Suzy

  2. Fong on Dec 10, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    The only way forward for both parties is to have a dialogue as the the Dalai Lama has always advocated. SO, this is a very good start. If they are serious about mending the fence they should also stop the negative rhetoric against China and work out a middle way to solving this issue.

  3. Marek on Dec 9, 2016 at 12:51 am

    Germany invaded Poland in WW2, now they are doing everything they can to have a good relationship, previous German leaders having apologised profusely to Poland and other nations, as well as investing heavily as reparations for WW2. My parents are Polish, so that is why this is of particular significance to me. Chairman Mao is dead, what he did can’t be reversed, Tibetan society was medieval before 1959 – now Tibet has more schools and hospitals than it did before 1959 – many Tibetans inside China have prospered due to farming cordyceps, whereas the Tibetans outside China have a better quality of life than they would have done had they remained in Tibet – this is similar to how the USA is doing everything it can to help Native Americans/The First Nations preserve their culture, giving them special permission for casinos, educational/social grants/loans, in an attempt to make up for the massacre/holocaust imposed on them, also similar to how the Australian government is trying to help the aborigines to make up for how they were treated when Australia was first colonised, same in New Zealand and with the Maoris, and how much the British Government did to attempt to foster good relations with the nations it formerly colonised/enslaved – many people of all nations and ethnicities live in Australia/NZ/USA/UK, everybody is becoming multi ethnic and multi lingual, there is not a slave who doesn’t have a king as an ancestor, there isn’t a king who doesn’t have a slave as an ancestor – “I am descended from such and such an Emperor/Pharaoh/Genius” (and from what’s untraceable – also descended from prostitutes, undesirables,criminals and untouchables) I have met plenty alleged Lamas and Tulkus – the alleged 5th reincarnation of this throneholder, the alleged 16th reincarnation of another luminary – like Tsem Rinpoche says elsewhere – people’s titles and alleged credentials don’t matter half as much as their actions and example they set for others.

  4. Khoo Hou Haw on Dec 8, 2016 at 10:06 am

    This is a great news for the Tibetans in Dharamshara. Many coutries around the world had realized that being friendly with China is a wise decision for the growth of their country and benefit of their people. It is great that Dharamshara has realized this fact as well. Anyway, simply made up an excuse to accuse China doesn’t seem like a wise move for a leadership. It brings no benefit to anyone.

  5. julia Tan on Dec 8, 2016 at 8:18 am

    As a Buddhist or not, i am sure we all chose to see the bright side of the world everyday. I think that’s also one of the principle reason why we like to make light offering to Buddha and Gods. We pray for world peace, no sufferings, no disaster, harmony. We want to live our life with compassion everyday, that’s one of the Buddhists principle practices.

    No matter what had happened before to Tibet and China, the same situation had happened to many countries for the last thousands of years. The earth is turning, we were taught and learn how to let go and move in life for the sake of the future of our next generations. Hence i am very happy to know about the effort of DIIR holding the first workshop dedicated to enhance Chinese Outreach Campaign so that Tibetans learning why do Tibetans need to reach out to Chinese, the level of coordination required with Chinese nationals, and how to reach out to Chinese nationals. I rejoice for Tibetans as they are heading to direction of creating the course of world peace for their people and the world.

    I hope this open mind act will come to success, and Dorje Shugden practice issues of being blamed for the failure of Tibet course will dissolved soon. I hope CTA sees the important of the unity of all Tibetans as a whole instead of going against Dorje Shugden practitioners for political reasons. Going against Dorje Shugden practitioners is very unnecessary and waste of time and resources because this will only cut down the spirit of unity for Tibet. All Tibetans should work together to preserve love, harmony and unity for sake of Tibet’s children.

  6. Pastor Chia on Dec 8, 2016 at 8:13 am

    China has become world largest economy country is undeniable now.It benefit small countries in Asia to growing and many counties are making friends with China. Since Tibet exile government has been at India over 50, is nothing they can do but always criticise people who close with China to anti His Holiness Dalai Lama. In reality, China government has help Tibetan develop much more in economy in Tibet itself,building monastery according tibetan people believe. Will be good Tibetan exile government to repair their relationship with China now,instate to promote hatred toward China by using Dorje Shugden ban. Practising Dorje Shugden is nothing to do with China. People have their right and freedom to choose what they believe and practice. With all the respect to His Holiness 14 Dalai Lama, people are not anti his wishes but always see him as the spiritual leader but not the politician.

  7. Pastor Antoinette on Dec 8, 2016 at 7:59 am

    I agree that after such a long time, the chances to get Tibet back are extremely small. Tibet is a part of China now. The Tibetans are suffering and by becoming friends with the Chinese Government, the Tibetans can have better conditions and may preserve their culture and ways of life. By saying negative words against Chinese Government it will only increase tensions and not helping the Tibetans in Tibet in any way as it seems.

    I hope that the workshops to enhance Chinese Outreach campaign will grow and that the Tibetans and Chinese can improve their relationship and be friends with China as there is no way out after so many years.

  8. Andrea Lai on Dec 8, 2016 at 7:40 am

    Good to know that at last the Tibetan are willing to have discussion with China. It’s a new hope not only for Shugden’s ban lift but whole nation to know this conflict end in a fair manner.
    I pray the Tibetan Leadership will reconsider of their people sufferings,befriend with China and work together to build up this country in harmony.

  9. Mingwen on Dec 8, 2016 at 7:09 am

    Great news!May China & Tibet get along well and hold hands to work and benefit their people. Shame to say, whenever there are people, there will be conflicts. Hence, when conflicts arise, we should immediately search for the root of the conflict and solve it by putting our egos down.

  10. Pastor Albert on Dec 8, 2016 at 2:21 am

    China has taken over Tibet, it has already been so many years, and if Tibetan government is really working for the benefit of their citizen, they should have work closely with China harmoniously and do their best to restore Tibet as a great country.

    What Rinpoche said in the video is very true, no matter how much we gain, in 20 years time, 30 years time, or 50 years later, all of us would have left the world, so why create so much harm to the people around? As a citizen of Tibet, all they want is to live their life peacefully, no one want to be in war. So if CTA still create conflict with China due to whatever reason, the Tibetan citizen will never live in peace, causing so much pain to the citizen, is this really worth it?

    Many countries has already be friend with China, BIG countries like UK, USA, France, Russia and many more who are doing great and developing their country well, and yet, they still work together with China to grow their country even better. So if these countries are going this path, why should Tibet go otherwise?

    Dorje Shugden has nothing to do with China, it is only a deity that is practicing inside China, but besides China, Dorje Shugden also been practiced by the people around the world, then why don’t CTA go against all the countries, why only pick China? just because China has took over Tibet and now the government holding grudges towards China? This doesn’t make sense at all, and in my personal opinion, if the CTA really think this way, they want to attack China due to this, they are too shallow to take care the country well.. Tibet and Tibetans deserved to be better.

    People who practice Dorje Shugden as their belief, their faith, they should have the freedom to practice any deity they want without being criticized or being attacked. If they want to attack Dorje Shugden’s practitioners, then by right, they should be attacking Avalokitesvhara and Amitabhe’s practitioners as well, because Avalokitesvhara and Amitabha Buddha is also widely practiced in China, practiced by the Chinese, and the chinese from all around the world, so again, why picked only Dorje Shugden?

    I mean no offence to anyone, but I really hope Tibetan government understand what they should do to bring best benefit to the Tibetans and not for their own benefit only.

    Spiritual and Politics does not mix and they should not mix, Spiritual is SPiritual, Politic is Politic, they are different in nature. Rinpoche has another article explain very well the difference between Spiritual and Secular, read here for more:
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/are-you-secular-or-spiritual.html

  11. June Kang on Dec 8, 2016 at 2:19 am

    China will become the world’s largest economy and it was so obvious that many countries in the world is making friend with China.

    However for the past 50 years,if any Tibetan who makes relationships with Chinese nationals and China’s leadership, Tibetan leadership will say they are anti Dalai Lama , and now “DIIR Holds First Workshop to Enhance Chinese Outreach Campaign”. I am very curious, what make them change? They should be firm of what they are fighting for for the last 50 years just like they are firm on anti Dorje Shugden Practitioners. I guess that they may not get any financial aid from the western if they still criticize China because almost the whole world is trying to have good relationship with China.

    I wonder that if the whole world support Dorje Shugden Practitioners, will Tibetan Government still ban it?

    For the past 50 years, I can’t see any great thing that Tibetan Government have done for the Tibetan and Tibet refugee in India, they rather spend money and time to attack Dorje Shugden practitioners such like CTA published on its official website, a list of Dorje Shugden Practitioners complete with faces, names, personal details and addresses whom the CTA has arbitrarily identified as traitors to the public at large. And it is very obvious that the Dorje Shugden ban has brought so many negative things to the Tibetan such like separation of the family & monasteries, suffering among the Dorje Shugden Practitioners & etc. The question is why Tibetan leadership was doing all these to own peoples which seen like doesn’t make sense. The only things I can think of are all about politics and selfishness.

    However it would not be too late for them to make friend with China. I pray for you Tibetan Leadership to be successful to bring benefits to your peoples in all the future undertaking.

  12. Eric kksiow on Dec 8, 2016 at 12:29 am

    That is the key point (laughter). My stand until now is that I want to make clear that Tibet is a separate country from China. But the future is open and there are three different options. Regarding options, there is still a lot to be worked out, so I do not feel that I should reveal too much at this moment. At the moment, my position is that I do not want to break my links with the Chinese Government, at the same time I cannot discuss certain things that may discourage the Tibetan will and determination. I am thinking that eventually some sort of referendum among the Tibetans should be carried out. Then try to get some suggestions and thoughts of what the Tibetans really feel. I also want to get as many views of the Tibetans inside Tibet. At the same time, I do not want people to blindly follow my choice. I want people’s real feelings. I do not want to be imposing my will on the people. In 1963, I made a draft Constitution and made it clear that the power of the Dalai Lama can be changed with a two-thirds majority of the National Assembly. So now, I really want to listen to the people’s ideas. I prefer to make a number of options which I feel are possible, and to present them to the Tibetan people and listen to their wishes. It is my responsibility for the possibilities and the difficulties. This is my plan. In the near future, I think things will become clearer.

  13. Jace Chong on Dec 8, 2016 at 12:28 am

    Thanks Rinpoche and the blog team for the article.

    Personally I think it’s a great move to have workshop to enhance Chinese outreach by the Central Tibetan Government and I agree what Rinpoche said here very much, that to accept what has happened is history, the importance is what we should do NOW to benefit all sides.

    Like what His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama always say, the world is one family and with dialogue and more communication, we create harmony and world peace. Looks like this the workshop is one of the attempt to go for the direction of what Dalai Lama preaches.It’s important to befriend for the benefits of all Tibetan refugees.

    Thank you.

  14. nicholas on Dec 8, 2016 at 12:24 am

    This workshop to enhance Chinese outreach campaign should have done earlier. By keep asking for freedom with negative message from the Tibetan government to the Chinese will not help in anyway. Sorry to say what had happened is a fact and nothing can be change if it could it already happen and don’t have to wait after 50 years. Furthermore in this 50 years we have not seen how Tibetan leaders have done anything practical to turn the situation around but just keep creating enemy. Fund given to them had been pour down to attack other Tibetan in religious matter which is totally a waste and instead of separating Dorje Shugden practitioners they should have unite all of them regardless of their different belief. A successful country will give freedom for their people. Look at our fingers which have different length and size from the same hand but we didn’t chop them of to make them same right? What important is even though there are different but still able to cooperate to work together.

    The hypocrite attitude screaming for their country freedom but at the other side discriminate religious freedom for their own people should stop immediately.
    It’s time for Tibetan leaders realise what is reality and what need to be done. Mending back the relationship is important for Tibetans future if they are really concern for their people. Befriended with China is not about Tibetan leaders but for all Tibetan future. We hope to see the Tibetan leaders also take the same step to mend the relationship with Dorje Shugden practitioners as they have done nothing wrong but just having strong faith in their spiritual practice.

  15. pammie yap on Dec 7, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    I truly agree. After 50 years of friendship with, I don’t see CTA doing anything collected from the aids, to improve much for the Tibetan refugees. As a government, shouldn’t Tibetans be top priority?
    Personally IMO, instead of ‘angering’ China more, CTA should be looking for ways to improve the relationship. How does angering and irritating China actually help the situation?
    Having the workshop is indeed a good start towards mending the relationship. How can CTA, on one hand ask for a dialogue and on the other hand, keep sending negative remarks? How does that work?
    For example, just because we practice Dorje Shugden, we are branded Chinese spies. Where does the word ‘Chinese spies’ come from? What has religion to do with politics? If CTA is ‘really’ keen on mending the relationship, they should come up with ways to stop anti DS practitioners saying such things and avoid further ‘damage’. Until that is so, CTA, please stop talking about human rights, when you don’t even practice it.

  16. Adeline Tan on Dec 6, 2016 at 1:47 am

    Tibet is part of China for sure,no other countries will recognise Tibet as a country even though the CTA in exile without a country tried to fight for independent and self rule for the last 50 years. All the problems they are having now can only be solved by having dialogues with all the parties involved including the practice of Dorje Shudgen issue.
    It is high time for the Tibetan to befriend China and work together to develop Tibet to benefit the people and hopefully one day the Tibetan people and the Chines people can work and live together harmoniously .

  17. Carmen Koo on Nov 28, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    Under China’s ruling, we have seen Tibet flourish. Infrastructure has dramatically improved, and tourism has also been boosted in Tibet. After losing its independence, Tibet has only gotten better and better, and placed itself on the international map for tourism.

    I haven’t seen the exile leadership have proper plans for growth and development for Tibetans around the world, or in Tibet alone. The funds received worldwide through foreign aid, help and donations are not borne to benefit its people. And now, making friends with China after years of going against them, I wonder what the exile leadership wants out of this relationship.

    But on the other hand, how much longer does the Tibetan leadership want to go against the might of China, which will benefit nobody? As China gets more powerful in its economic ties and investments worldwide, people will soon forget the occupation of Tibet, and will move towards developing with China.

    The exile leadership, on one hand, holds a workshop on how to foster ties with China, but on the other hand, continue to use Dorje Shugden to divide its people, into choosing being a pro Tibetan/HHDL supporter or anti. If you are a DS practitioner, then you are with China, if you are not, then you are with HHDL/Tibet.

    Only recently, I saw a published video on line by the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), condemning the practice of Dorje Shugden and its practitioners for maligning the name of His Holiness Dalai Lama. They had published a book against Dorje Shugden and I for one, am sure that in my few years of practice of Dorje Shugden, have done nothing to that effect in maligning HHDL’s name.

    Now what is wrong with this, is that the governing body in exile has turned to publishing a book on the practice of a Buddhist deity, Dorje Shugden, and placed the blame on a divine interference for their own inability in succeeding to unite and harmonise its people thus far. That being one of the reasons that resulted in the publication of the book and documentary film, the latest releases of the CTA has only further caused segregation amongst its people. Tibetans are split between practicing Dorje Shugden practice or not, and by releasing this book and video, the Central Tibetan Administration have totally denied the feelings and religious freedom of this entire faction of its population.

    It is ironic that the fundamental accusations made against the practice of Dorje Shugden, that its practice “…disrupt the harmony of the Tibetan people” – Ms Tenzin Dhardon Sharling, Secretary of the Department of Information and International Relations, is the very reason they are releasing this book and film. By doing so, they have only served to further divide their own people, so the release of the book and video is clearly NOT intended to unite its people, but purely to demean the practice of Dorje Shugden.

    “It is clear now that Dolgyal (a derogatory term referring to Dorje Shugden) activities have become a tool for the Chinese government to slander His Holiness the Dalai Lama, demean the Tibetan people’s faith in His Holiness and disrupt Tibetan harmony,” she said.

    How can any government blame and use a religious practice in its political game, and in its process stop people from practising Dorje Shugden? All practitioners have different teachers, some His Holiness Dalai Lama and some other teachers, whom they have received the practice of Dorje Shugden from. How can the Central Tibetan Administration publish a book telling people of the disbenefits of a religious practice with the aims of hoping to achieve unity and garner more support for His Holiness in that manner? I respect His Holiness very much, but as an icon of peace, the ban against Dorje Shugden practice has brought much more suffering and condemnation than peace to Tibetans and practitioners worldwide.

    The fact is there is a ban on Dorje Shugden practice and Dorje Shugden lamas worldwide like Tsem Tulku Rinpoche are constantly defamed, abused, threatened and insulted for it. I am not interested in the political movements of the CTA but exploiting sentiments of people through means of a religious practice is not what a governing body should do. I stand for the fact that everyone should be able to practice what they choose to freely, not be discriminated against for practising it and definitely not having the administrative body of Tibetans publish books and videos undermining and speaking against the practice of Dorje Shugden.

    Fostering ties with China can only bring benefits to Tibet, its people and the leadership in exile but ultimately, this workshop will only go to waste if the leadership in exile continues its way to segregate its people in this way.

  18. Ron Wong on Nov 27, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    China being the new superpower nation of the world is certainly undeniable. Every nations & leaders of the world wants to be friend & develop close relationship with china because there are many benefits doing so. Whether it is for economic, political, trade & security benefits, China is the leading nation of the world that everyone chooses not to ignore. Even the Tibetan leadership is no exception. Though I am a little surprised with the change of heart here, but it is certainly a good start because of the many benefits that China can bring to the nation & its people as we have seen since the mother land rule over Tibet.

    In the past 50 years, the Tibetan leadership had tried to regain back Tibet’s independent from China, nothing has achieved but only separation, disharmony & suffering of its people who are torn between the Dorje Shugden issue which has nothing to do with politics at all. Instead of focusing on the real issue at hand, the practice of Dorje Shugden, a dharma protector has been portrait as anti-Dalai Lama & a sabotage to the Tibetan cause since then. This time around & for whatever reason the Tibetan leadership’s change of heart, I hope that their focus is on the Tibetan people & Dorje Shugden issue. As I believe that leader of the country is responsible to ensure that economical & social welfare of the people is being taken care off & there are peace & harmony in the people living conditions.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing such great news & I wish only happiness & joy for the Tibetan people.

  19. Pastor Han Nee on Nov 24, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    Tibet is an inalienable part of China -most democratic countries in the world agree on that.Even the Dalai Lama has, since 1974, not sought for independence, according to what he told the media in Ulaanbatar on23rd November. All His Holiness wants is genuine autonomy. All Dalai Lama wants is “a mutually beneficial solution, beneficial to both sides”.He has stressed that “friendship between Tibetan and Chinese peoples is very essential”.

    The Tibetan leadership should respect the wishes of HH Dalai Lama, and , as Tsem Rinpoche so wisely suggests, there should be peaceful negotiations, for a solution acceptable to both sides. This also applies to the Shugden issue. There should be peaceful negotiations for an amicable solution. So right now, the Tibetan leadership should not be irritating the Chinese government. Instead, they should work towards a peaceful way of reaching out to China. There is everything to gain. Most importantly is to work peacefully for the preservation of the rich Tibetan language and culture, and not lose all of this through a stubborn refusal to be friends with China.

  20. Lum Kok Luen on Nov 24, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you very much for sharing this positive news. At least there is this cause created for Tibet and China to ultimately reconcile, albeit in whatever form we do not know yet.

    Whichever way this turns out, I am sure that there is nothing wrong in befriending China as it is a pretty big and powerful nation (both in numbers and economics). So, I would say that this is really a good positive step forward.

    I am also sad that till this day there are so much verbal and written abuse of Your Eminnece which saddens me as the person(s) creating these statements are collecting so much negative karma themselves.

    We pray and hope that one day there will be very positive results in this whole Tibet – China relation.

    Thank you.

    Humbly yours.
    Lum Kok Luen

  21. Paul Yap on Nov 22, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    China is definitely becoming the world leaders in this century, in terms of economy and perhaps military as well. There are more Pros to have close ties with China. We can see that all the world leaders are making good relationship with China. We have to accept that Tibet is already part of China, there is no turning back. Tibetan and their leaders needs to accept this fact. It will be wise for the Tibetan to make good relationship with China, to grow their economy, culture and religious.

  22. So Kin Hoe (KISG) on Nov 22, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for writing and sharing the article about the importance of Tibet befriending China, especially at this point of time where China is one of the most powerful countries with the fast growing economy. I totally agree that Tibetans should have become friends with Chinese few decades ago since both are living in neighboring countries and once Tibetan has become friends with Chinese, there will be more benefits for Tibetans in terms of economic trading, national security, political relationship and even cultural exchange to learn more from each other. It would be better to have more friends rather more unfriendly persons surrounding us within our vicinity.

    Further more, religion should not be interfered by any political means, which can only induce more confusion and contradiction, and it is totally a wrong view when Dorje Shugden’s practitioners are being linked to China’s influence since Dorje Shugden arose as Dharma Protector during the 5th Dalai Lama’s time in Tibet. Upon reading this article, it is observed that a good and positive step taken by Mr Dawa Tsering, Representative His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Taiwan, to participate the workshop carried out at DIIR Lhakpa Tsering Memorial Hall with the objective of closing the gap between Tibet and China in the diplomatic level.

    I sincerely pray that very soon, both Tibet and China will become friends and maintain a good neighboring relationship that promote peace, harmony and mutual understanding which can benefit all the Tibetans in overall.

    May the ban of Dorje Shugden will be lifted as soon as possible with the compassion and blessings from H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama. May no one ever live in fear and being discriminated.

    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands,
    kin hoe

  23. Fong on Nov 21, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    China is fast becoming an economic power exceeding all others in this world. The major western leaders have been meeting with China officials and having referendums for trade. All the western powers walk a thin line balancing politics and economics. SO, they will be very cautious when it comes to Tibet.

    So, it is timely and for the benefit of Tibet that there are training on befriending China. Though it may not seem palatable at all, there must a separation of church and state, as all the major powers of the world had recognized and practiced.

  24. Keng Tan on Nov 21, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    This article makes a while lot of sense. If I remember well, back in the 90’s His Holiness The Dalai Lama appeared on UK news saying prayers and guns don’t fill hungry stomachs and China is making that provision for/to Tibetan sector.

    If indeed we are dealing with spirituality, we should disregard politics as I feel they do not mix well.

    So His Holiness in the 90’s already has far better vision of the Sino Tibetan relationship.

    Its a shame that those at grass roots level cannot see this vision and constantly creating schism within a community that would otherwise be enjoying the fruits of harmony.

    • Jacinta Goh on Nov 22, 2016 at 8:44 am

      That’s funny but it is a fact too. He learnt mandarin quite well. Not sure of his intention but am pleased to see this.

      • Choong on Nov 24, 2016 at 12:11 am

        He is just being a practical businessman. You cannot pretend to be “the” global social media company without a footprint in China which is the world’s largest economy and who has 700 million internet users.

        And to be in China, you have to play with Chinese rules.

  25. Echeah on Nov 20, 2016 at 2:34 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for the very well written article. We are so fortunate to be given updates on these events as they unfold, right here on Rinpoche’s blog.

    Indeed it is very heartening to hear some sort of Chinese outreach campaign is starting. Tibet as a people should engage rather than face off China, same goes for Hong Kong, America and any nation. Any ally is always better than a foe. Whatever their reason to do so, if they do, it may be for benefits, whether economic, power or security etc. I totally agree with Rinpoche that it’s always about benefits. All nations usually look for benefits first, and often it is at other nations’ expense.

    Look at how the western nations bully the 3rd world and keep them down as much as possible. Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean not to enjoy his cruise but to colonise and plunder.

    Palm oil, being major export revenue for the 3rd world (SEA countries), is so versatile that it dominates supermarket shelves from shampoo to Nutella to shortening to cooking oil to biscuits to pastries, to cosmetics, the list goes on. It’s technical superiority, health benefits and versatility cannot be usurped by oil from soybean, rapeseed, sunflower, corn (from the western countries). But the west has advocated a very strong anti-palm oil lobby and their buzzword is sustainability. They cite oil palm industry as having an extensive carbon footprint while the western oils do not. But studies have shown that America’s carbon footprint is way higher than that of China or India in terms of carbon consumption, meaning the US is much more polluted per capita. They fabricate all kinds of untruths about palm oil and have a well oiled lobbying machinery that has got the western man on the street totally convinced on their lies and governments enacting laws. They continue their plunder of the weaker nations by instituting economic sanctions and preferential taxes against them. There is the Nutella tax. Now Trump has a new crackpot idea of imposing a 45% tax on Chinese imports. Well, is that a fair country after all? It’s blatant protectionism and bullying.

    It’s always about self-benefit.

  26. Vinnie Tan on Nov 19, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    This is just great news that the DIIR are conducting workshops teaching the Tibetans how to reach out to the Chinese in China. It shows that the younger and the newer generation of Tibetans know what is more practical and know what they should be doing in order to help their own people.

    There is no point to keep fighting against China like that. The world’s economy is changing and it is only smarter for them to follow the trend. In fact, Tibet has improved with the help of China.

    If the CTA really want to help the Tibetans that are still in China and fulfill H.H. Dalai Lama’s wishes, I think that they should try their best to be friends with China stop their anti-China actions.

  27. Li Kim on Nov 19, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    There is so much logic and common sense for nations to have relations with China. It is a fact. Look at everything that is happening in the world. Therefore it is only normal for Tibet to do the same. This workshop looks like a progressive step for the CTA. But I cannot help but see the irony and hypocrisy in the actions of the CTA overall especially in the issue of worship of Dorje Shugden and China. It is “brave” that CTA paints this whole picture that China is behind the slandering of the HHDL, and then have this workshop to close ties with China. It is no wonder that after 5 decades things are still the same and Tibet is part of China still – fickle and inconsistent government actions.

  28. shelly tai on Nov 19, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    As we all know China is the growing superpower there is no doubt about it ,so for the Tibetan to grow economically they need to rely on China so that the Tibetan will have a better living place and is good for the younger generation which they need proper education to improve their current living condition so no point to fight with China that is really pointless to do that.

  29. Mingwen on Nov 19, 2016 at 3:31 am

    The authorities of one country must always place their citizens’ as their priority rather than their own benefits.

    Imagine how much works can be well done and eliminates any possibility of going back to redo or repair a project that has been “DONE” in a country. Its saved cost, time and the citizens can be benefited without any delay.

    All of the countries have corruption issue, but why some of the countries are developed and some are still undeveloped? Personally, I think that the authorities of one country are being selfish, greedy and acting illogically. When a country is developed, the country would definitely have more incomes why are they only focusing actions that are gaining self benefits.

    May all authorities of various country place their citizens’ as their priority. May all of us regardless of race, religion and gender around the world can live together in harmony and peace.

  30. Lew on Nov 18, 2016 at 11:38 pm

    HH Dalai Lama has always advocate love, compassion and kindness, but it is strange that many Tibetans are very hateful towards China. It is quite ironic because Buddhism talks about acceptance, forgive and move forward, but yet, so many engage in this hatred game.

    With all the hatred against China, why would China give Tibet autonomous? If China give Tibet autonomous, with the hatred, Tibet would want to be independent of China and we all know China is not going to let that happen.

    If Tibet is smart, they really should be friend China and stop the hatred strategy. But I guess Tibetan government in exile is caught in between. They want to use the hatred energy to stir the emotions of people, but I am quite sure they know it is not going to work, but they seem to have lost their way.

    I can understand why Tibetans are so hateful against China, but being hateful is not going change anything for the better, for sure.

  31. Anne Ong on Nov 18, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for highlighting this article. i myself is really not good in politics. In my humble opinion, politics and religion should not mix. This is indeed a good news. China today holds the strongest economy country in the world. CTA really did a very good move this time. And I hope it’ll be more coming in the future. I agree with Rinpoche that Tibet should be in touch with China for the benefit of the Tibetans. And this includes the Dorje Shugden issue.

  32. Uncle Eddie on Nov 18, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    Xi Jinping, assumed Presidency of China on March 14, 2013. The most talked about issue during his presidency has been to establish China as a powerful Nation. As said and believed by what everybody thinks, it is essentially “a Chinese Dream” of China’s President, Xi Jinping! As written in the news, he wants to see China in 2049 on the centenary of her independence as a rich, powerful, democractic and a friendly nation, with its century’s old tradition and legacy. As the old proverb says, “Where there is a will, there is a way.” The great Chinese plan major goal remains the “Silk Road Economic Belt.” In his envision, Xi Jinping considers the development of the Silk Road Economic Zone as an essential to build a network for regional coperatoion. The great Chinese plan aims at including Euraisian, South Asian and West Asian countries within it fold. Through this framework of economic cooperation amongst these countries, it will promote cultural communication and interaction amongst the people. While in its focused on the promotion of regional, international and bilateral relations, President Xi Jinping was not oblivious to building the foundation of good Governance of China. Being an experienced political Leader emerging from the grassroot. He knows well that unless the hopes and aspirations of the people are met, no initiatives will sustain in the long run! So therefore, this may be one major important point of why Tibet should befriend back China, for the sole benefit of its people, followers and friends. Thank you heartily, Rinpoche for the sharing!

  33. Phoebe Chong on Nov 18, 2016 at 5:36 am

    CTA should seriously work harder to repair relationship with China. It’s time Tibetan to wake up, the fact is in the past 60 years of time have proven CTA unable to win Tibet back, what make CTA able to win now or tomorrow! In addition, today china is a power house unlike CTA not even recognised as a country. People shouldn’t still staying in the past or history, move on, work for the better future.

    Tibetans and monks who staying at China speak fluently in mandarin these days, should be so proud of them. Many people in the world now learning mandarin or parents encouraging their children to learn mandarin. One of the good example is Ivanka Trump’s daughter Arabella (US’s president Donald Trump’s granddaughter), reciting Chinese Poem and learning mandarin at aged 4 been published by CNN (http://edition.cnn.com/2016/11/15/asia/china-donald-trump-granddaughter-speaks-chinese-trnd/). What this mean! No more fighting against or ignore the strong existence of China in our world now!

    Even the owner’s family of US white house educating their next generation for chinese and cultural, what make CTA should be exception. CTA should spending times and resources befriending China instead of promoting hatred among community on Dorje Shugden’s ban, or using funds and leading tibetan working against religious freedom.

  34. Joy Kam on Nov 18, 2016 at 4:16 am

    Well if you ask me… I think it is about time but maybe time is running out for the CTA. They should have done this like 10 years ago. Befriending China is the way to go if they want to survive especially after His Holiness sorry to say passes. India is trying hard tobuild strong tie with China and anything to do with the Tibetans and HH the Dalai Lama has been in the way most of the time, so I would not be surprised that India ditches the Tibetans and CTA once HH is gone. They are still friendly now to give face to His Holiness.

    But I cannot help to wonder why do they want to learn mandarin now as an outreach to China now while a few days ago they condemn Dorje Shugden, accusing it to be a tool the Chinese is using against His Holiness? Why the huge contrast and contradiction? Could it be desperation or a plot by the CTA to get into the good books of China so that they can maintain their power and wealth? Either way they need to be friends with China like what Rinpoche has been telling us. And if H.H. the Dalai Lama wishes to return to Tibet, they definitely need to be friends with China. The clock is ticking for them and they really don’t have much time left.

  35. TekLee on Nov 18, 2016 at 1:55 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the article. It is indeed a good news. Maybe it is not to those who “fight” for Tibet independent. Actually i keep asking this question to myself, “is it really so bad under the governance of China? What is wrong under governance of China?” If we take some time to read about China history (i am always interested in reading China history) China was not ruled by communist by choice. And, if it’s not rule by communist, what will this country be today? Such a big country. And, actually, the faith of the country falls in the hand of the citizen / people of that country.
    But China today is totally different from China 10 years ago, even different from the past 5 years ago. China today holds the strongest economy country in the world. So, what is wrong under the governance of China? CTA really did a very good move this time, and hope it’ll be more coming in the future. I totally agree with what Rinpoche said, we don’t cast stones at those who we request things from, we treat them coffee & tea and lunch & dinner to slowly talk about it. I am not part of Tibet, but as a Tibetan Buddhism practitioner, I also hope that one day Tibet and China can solve this issue peacefully soon.
    Thank you again Rinpoche. With folded hands _/\_

  36. nicholas on Nov 18, 2016 at 1:18 am

    It’s a great move for Tibet to be in this program to foster the relationship with China. What happen in 57 years ago is a past and what important is the future. His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama has been preaching for dialogue to resolve whatever issue we have or face and this is the first time I see such movement from CTA following His Holiness positive advice.

    Dorje Shugden practice has been claimed to be the caused of the downfall of the country and has been accused as anti Dalai Lama due to connection with China. So does it mean anyone or country that befriended with China are anti Dalai Lama? This sound ridiculous. Why mix the religious belief into political issue?
    After so long from the Shugden ban what positive result that actually has it been achieved by Tibetan leaders? yet only separation and suffering of the Tibetan.

    The future for Tibetan is not to hold back the past and spending unnecessary effort splitting their people through religious ban but how to move forward to unite their people and face the reality of the existence. China indeed is the country that have most influences in the world that many country would like to be ally with. The future is peace, unity and harmony not only within Tibetan but with other countries.

    This first move from CTA is a surprising step but is a positive one and looking forward for the next event.

  37. Vivian Ong on Nov 18, 2016 at 12:24 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting and informative article. I agree with Rinpoche that Tibet should be in touch with China for the benefit of the Tibetans. We know very well that now China is the biggest in terms of economy. So, for Tibetan to be able to build back Tibet, they need to reach out to China for help. I think the CTA should think of a middle way to resolve this issue.

    With folded palms,
    Vivian

  38. Kb Thapa on Nov 17, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    Rinpoche came to Malaysia to teach he has been doing very well. Dorje Shugden practitioners have been discriminated and along with very high lamas like H. E. Tsem Rinpoche. I am just amazed how Tibetan Government can put down another lama saying Chinese spay or being paid just because he practice Dorje Shugden. As far as i know Tibetan they never criticize another lama. Wake up CTA look around you see what happening.. China, one of the most powerful and growing economically. CTA needs to be serious and be honest and have sincere dialog with China, they need to stop talking nonsense. CTA should lift the ban on Dorje Shugden and let people practice whatever they want.

  39. Julia Tan on Nov 17, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    I’m a Malaysian Chinese. In Malaysia we have many religions, but we do not have conflict nor problems practicing Dorje Shugden (a 400 years Dharma protector purely for spiritual growth).

    I’ve seen how anti-Shugden people attack H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche online, put him down by accusing Rinpoche of being paid by China. He was being called names. These anti-DS people are very rude.

    H.E. Tsem Rinpoche and many other Dorje Shugden lamas and practitioners have been discriminated and being blamed for the failure of Tibetan course with some illogical reasons. Not only that, DS Lamas and practitioners being accused as China’s spies without any prove.

    H. E. Tsem Rinpoche who being the spiritual guide for Tsem Rinpoche organisation in Malaysia. Rinpoche is being put down and attacked online daily with horrible threat, vulgar words and lies by some anonymous that claimed represent Tibetan and forced Rinpoche to give up Dorje Shugden practice.

    H.E. Tsem Rinpoche is a simple monk who came to Malaysia to teach the pure lineage of Lama Tsongkhapa. He deserved to be respected as anyone of us.

    Setting up DIIR is the smartest move by CTA. After 50 years, CTA finally realised the importance of building the relationship between Tibet and China. I don’t know much about politic but I believe everyone deserve world peace, happiness and a stable economy. Setting up DIIR is definitely for the better future of Tibet. The day Tibatan to return to their mother land will be soon.

  40. graceleong on Nov 17, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    I agree 100% to the explanation given by Rinpoche relating to the importance of Tibet befreinding China.
    I do sympathise with the Tibetans who suffered during the invasion of Tibet by China in the 1950s. Many lost their loved ones or were forced to be separated, lost their homes and other material possesions, lost their careers and livelihoods etc. There is without a doubt that there was lots of sufferings caused to the Tibetans for many years.
    That was 57 years ago. We cannot survive on sympathy alone. For the Buddhists, what happened to Tibet and the Tibetans is KARMA. Maybe it’s a purification of very bad karma. I am not an expert in the subject of Karma, and I do not say this to judge anyone. Whatever did happen has happened for a reason, and the only way is to move on from there, believing it was for a collective good and be grateful that it was not worse.
    Well Karma doesn’t stop there. How the Tibetans react to the invasion and all the decisions made thereafter will create new karma. If the Tibetans want good karma then create the causes for that to ensure a better future.
    The question now is – was all that bad mouthing towards China and Tibetans who befriended China necessary or productive ?
    During the initial period after the invasion, many will sympathise with the Tibetans and loads of money was raised from the kind hearts of the citizens of the world. However, if the money raised was not put to do what was promised, then it becomes a scam. Scamming intentionally cannot possibly bring any help or good karma to the Tibetans !! Is that why China never barged even an inch towards all the requests made by HH the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government ?
    Lets have a simple scenario. When you need a favour from someone do you talk to the person kindly and patiently and skillfully or bad mouth them ?
    Tibetans stand to loose more when you turn China into an enemy. The rest of the world cannot resist being friends with China. China is huge and huge can only be transformed to dollars and cents. In this degenerate world there is no value for righteousness ! It’s sad but that is the truth and humbly we have to learn to live with it and do what is necessary for the benefit of the majority.
    When Tibetan government bad mouth China plus discriminate all the Tibetans who have dealings with China, they are just thinking of themselves and not how to benefit their people. It’s so clear! So if the Tibetan government truly want to benefit its people then it will have to change its approach – try being a friend to China as Tsem Rinpoche advises !
    It’s a great start for DIIR to hold their First Workshop to Enhance Chinese Outreach Campaign. Let’s hope more initiatives will be put in place to close the gaps created from all the animosity between the two governments.
    Also, a very crucial point to the Tibetan government is to STOP DISCRIMINATING others like the Dorje Shugden Lamas and practitioners and using them as an excuse for their own failure to free tibet. STOP creating diversions or falsity to un-focus from your own failures. That is totally unfair and uncalled for. It will not bring the CTA any good results by doing so and too much sufferings are created instead. PLEASE END THIS BAN ON DORJE SHUGDEN . With folded hands.

  41. Sarah Yap on Nov 17, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    The CTA have always been saying that they are waiting to have dialogue with China, but all they ever did is to push China away. China is obviously managed by highly intelligent officials, now tell me which intelligent person would bother to waste their time to speak to someone who’s so set on seeing you as wrong and appear to be hostile. Anyone would see such pointlessness of engaging in such meeting. The CTA has no leeway to bargain with China and they of all people, like every other country in the world, should be rushing to be in China good books. Instead, they act as if they are exclusive and deserve the demands they place on China. LOL.

    Frankly speaking, if CTA doesn’t repair their relationship with China, a few more years down the road, it will be impossible for them to do anything even if they wanted to. Infact, I’m just guessing that because of all the damage the CTA have done between China and them, it is highly possible that there is no chance at all for reconciliation, and the CTA is just biding their time as long as they can.

    Some people from the ‘Free Tibet’ branch has a genuine hate for China, condemns China as if their life depends on it, despite knowing the hypocrisy behind their actions. And at the same time, without realizing, or perhaps they dont care, that their actions are directly harming the very hope of re-establishing any form of connection between the CTA and China.

    It’s time the CTA wake up and stop lying to themselves. They cant use the ‘poor me’ or ‘human rights’ approach much longer. With China rising as a power house, their economic significance will force other nations to keep good relations with them. NO LEADER in any country be it a President, Prime Minister, Sultan, whatever… will fight for Tibet’s human rights at the expense of foreign relations. At the end of their term, all retired presidents would want to talk about is how their works have contributed to their own country and GDP growth; not how they screw up the country’s foreign relations due to their ‘personal’ feelings toward human rights issues in Tibet.

  42. Justin Cheah on Nov 17, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    It is indeed interesting that the Tibetan leadership is encouraging such workshops to foster Tibetans on how to reach out to China. For me it would bexpect better if it had been done much earlier. What Tsem Rinpoche highlighted in this article was very clear and yes I would agree. Sooner or later Tibetans in Exile will already have different mindsets of their ancestors. By then, there will be not much headway to be done like for instance returning back to Tibet which would have been flourished by then. I really hope the workshop will be done with a good motivation and also regularly so that there will be hope for Tibetans. Who knows, Tibetan can be back in Tibet again and take care of their own clan and land with Chinese government watching closely. I really hope by this small little step began by CTA will lead to more positivity rather than negativity that is surrounding Dharamsala especially the issue with Dorje Shugden. I am very happy to also read the word “middle way” in the article. I believe this is what the majority of Tibetans want, the lifting of Dorje Shugden ban, back in Tibet with families, peace away from war and continue the legacy of rich Tibetan culture.

  43. Pastor Han Nee on Nov 17, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    Respect for Tibet and respect for China can go hand in hand . Tibet has a rich and unique culture and religion and language. China too has a rich cultural background and boasts of a past of powerful ancient civilisations. Today China is being courted by Western powers because it is a fast rising economic powerhouse , and, in fact ,it is the world’s leading economic power.

    While we can respect the past, we should not cling to it. Impermanence and change are the truths that Buddha taught. Clinging to a past that is no more will not allow us to move on. The way forward for Tibet is what Tsem Rinpoche advises so wisely. The Tibetan leadership should be friends with China , instead of mulishly sticking its head in the sand. There is everything to gain and nothing to lose, if it does so.

    In the past the Tibetan leadership had been quick to ostracise Tibetan Lamas and ordinary people who had been to China and met the Chinese leaders. So now when Dharamsala starts organising workshops to teach Tibetans and others how to reach out to China and the Chinese national, we wonder if it’s a genuine effort to start being friends with China or not. If it is a genuine effort, it should be sustained. It will only be good for the future of the Tibetans in exile if the Tibetan leadership were to pursue this single-mindedly.

    At the same time, it should recognize the sincerity of Lamas like Tsem Rinpoche, who can respect Tibet, China and the Dalai Lama, simultaneously, from the pure viewpoint of Dharma. What Tsem Rinpoche says is true. In previous lives , we had been born as citizens of every one of the countries in the world today. We had been born as animals and in other realms too. Hence, it is meaninglessly to discriminate based on the labels we give to others. Best is to focus on our ongoing spiritual growth for this and future lives, as our mindstream is continuous and goes on into future lives.

    In a matter of time, Tibetans who have migrated abroad, will have assimilated into the foreign cultures of the countries they had migrated to. History has shown that , after a few generations, all the wrongs done to one’s own country or race would have been forgotten, once the dust of time had settled over them.

  44. Sarah on Nov 17, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    H.E. Tsem Rinpoche is speaking the truth. The fact is, Tibet is part of China. Therefore, it is better for the Tibetans to be pragmatic and work together with the Chinese authorities to preserve the Tibetan language and culture. Looking at things from the point of view of the Dharma, I see only karma (cause and effect). If one believes in karma, then it shouldn’t be difficult to accept one’s present situation and move forward, creating the causes and conditions for a better future for Tibetans living in China. As Rinpoche said, it is necessary to have dialogue with polite language and mutual respect for each other. Both sides can work something out together. And this includes the Dorje Shugden issue.

  45. Datuk May on Nov 17, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    It is with great amazement that the DIIR part of the CTA is conducting programs to their executive officers on the Outreach to China.

    It had been more than 50 years now that Tibetans in exile had left their motherland and it may be a bit late for such ideas of reconciliation. However having said that, I think that it is better late than never.

    What is going through my mind is why now? Is it another manipulation by the CTA in fear of losing power with the reincarnation of the 15th Dalai Lama. In the event there are to be two 15th Dalai Lama, who then will be in better position to lead and be the spiritual head of Tibetans.

    The one in China, leading 6 million Tibetans or the one in India leading a few hundred thousands Tibetan in exile. Looking at this fact may be the reason for the CTA to consider this outreach to China.

    What I have mentioned here is not folly for even now there are 2 Karmapas.

    Another very valid point as highlighted by HE the 25th Tsem Rinpoche is that Tibetans in exile may not be that much aligned to their ethnic cultures anymore as they grow up in other lands and may be more assimilated in their new environment.

    It is my sincere hope that CTA can reconcile with China with some meaningful advantages for all Tibetans.

    Since the 1980s when China opened up to the world, many Chinese like my forefathers have returned to China, reunited with their families and have contributed towards the betterment of their kin. That was a wonderful experience for overseas Chinese to be part of their homeland again.

    It is also my hope that with this realization of dialogue as advocated by Rinpoche, the same may be applied for the ban on Dorje Shugden. Dialogue will create situations whereby all parties will win and harmony restored.

  46. Stella Cheang on Nov 17, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    Happy to read that Dharamsala decided to soften their stance on China and hold workshop that focuses on hypotheses of a potential friendship i.e. (1) why do Tibetans need to reach out to Chinese, (2) the level of coordination required with Chinese nationals, and (3) how to reach out to Chinese nationals. It is not too late to choose between being the leader with lessening respect of a tiny population versus being the leader, no doubt with confined authorities, of a six million population and a thriving economy.

    The sad thing is, while the leadership of Tibetan in exile is spinning their u-turn in their national policy, they seemed to have forgotten the pain and suffering that they had created in their own backyard when they used to (still are) demonizing and labelling all Dorje Shugden practitioners as pro-China. As the accusations are without prove, and the leadership of Tibetan in exile has decided to cozy up to China, they should immediately lift the Shugden ban. In the earnestly to pursue a good and friendly relationship with China, they should remove the Shugden ban, which is as good as removing the excuses for negative rhetoric about China to a large extend.

    Collaboration to expound Shugden practice and teachings in Tibet can be one of the many steps to reach out to the Chinese in the very near future. Thank you very much Rinpoche for this fantastic article.

  47. Pastor Patsy on Nov 17, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    CTA, it’s time to wake up and it’s time to put aside the slandering and stop antagonizing China.
    Reading this article gives a glimmer of hope and I am happy that the CTA is taking the first and right step to enhance better relationships with China. However, there is no way that the CTA can have good relationship with China if they keep degrading China and condemning those who practiced Dorje Shugden as anti-Dalai Lama or Chinese spies etc. CTA should stopped discriminating and suppressing Dorje Shugden practitioners and even respected lamas are not spared. It is so disheartening to see H.E. The 25th Tsem Rinpoche been bombarded with vulgarities and nasty messages on line with the intention of tarnishing his reputation.
    HH. The 14th Dalai Lama has already said that anyone can practice Dorje Shugden as Dorje Shugden cannot harm him or the Tibetan cause. CTA should lift the ban and not go all out to ostracized Dorje Shugden practioners.
    Thank you, Rinpoche for sharing this insightful article.

  48. Leonard Ooi on Nov 17, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for highlighting this article.

    In my opinion, politics and religion should not mix , and the initiative taken by the Tibet authorities to reach out to China is indeed a correct move to promote peace and harmony.

    Lifting the ban on Dorje Shugden worship is one of the best move to promote Peace among worshippers and non worshippers ; so much so that eventually there woukd be less or no alienation or discrimination among the people of China and Tibet based on their different beliefs and religion. Everyone has the freedom to choose their religion without fear being branded anti-Tibet or anti Dalai Lama or pro China etc etc .

    Let there be PEACE Abd HARMONY

    With folded hands,

    Leonard Ooi
    KPSG

  49. Pastor Henry Ooi on Nov 17, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    It’s about time the CTA wake up that it benefits them and their governance of their people by not going against their enemy, China, one of the most powerful, if not the current most powerful nation in the world. CTA have been crying over spilt milk for over five decades, I think it is time for them to clean up the milk and move on ahead. CTA banned the practice of Dorje Shugden, a practice that is being in existence for centuries in Tibet, yet China, considered a country ruled by so called communists, allow their citizens to do the practice. Reports and news that booming businesses in Tibet China are on the rise, the majority of the citizens living there are happy and prosperous. I can’t say the same of the people living in Dharamsala.

    • Pastor Henry Ooi on Dec 7, 2016 at 11:57 pm

      I hope that for the betterment of the Tibetan leadership and its people that this effort would bring about benefits for all. No use crying over spilt milk but look forward to a better future. Also I look forward to seeing the lifting of the ban imposed by the Dalai Lama on the practice of Dorje Shugden.

  50. Kien Wong on Nov 17, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche to share this topic with us. i myself really not good in politic. But, i really don’t see the benefit of any of this Tibetan in the China site after all the past fighting topics/issues of CTA for the past 50 years. I think is time to check the results they created before and look for the new possibility to gain the China to support them in many ways like to keep their religions, culture and many more other Tibetan believe.

  51. Harold Musetescu on Nov 17, 2016 at 11:33 am

    I think that the key phrase here is, “The topics included the reincarnation issue…”. Keep a eye on the Dalai Lama’s health in the months to come. The CTA is not the author of all of this new found policy but it is in fact the 14th Dalai Lama.

    The 14th Dalai Lama and his CTA fear the “reincarnation issue”. Will there in fact be only one 15th Dalai Lama or will there be TWO. They fear that there will be two 15th Dalai Lama’s. One from “India” which will be chosen by the CTA and one from “Tibet” chosen by the Chinese.

    The “Tibetan” 15th Dalai Lama will be chosen by the “Golden Urn” method. He will be born in Tibet and he will be pro Dorje Shugen. He and the Panchen Lama will do Dorje Shugden empowerments throughout Tibet. Together they will stand as defenders of Dorje Shugden. The new Tibetan Dorje Shugden “Oracle” will replace the Nechung Oracle as the new State Oracle of Tibet. Dorje Shugden as has been previously predicted will be made the “State Protector of Tibet”, replacing the Pehar who is to retire.

    How can the CTA and the Dalai Lama counter all of this? Maybe they realize that they can’t and hope by making nice gestures to the Chinese they will get on their good side. They may believe that an “Indian” 15th Dalai Lama is just a dead end road for them? Maybe by making gestures to the Chinese they can get a chance to remain in some kind of partial position of power under the Chinese.

    Keep watching what the CTA and the Dalai Lama do in the future with positive statements towards China. See what they say and do about ending the ban on Dorje Shugden.

    This is all about “The reincarnation issue” and nothing else.

  52. CindyH on Nov 17, 2016 at 11:24 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.

    With such workshops, it does appear that CTA is stepping in the direction which can yield a positive outcome. Whilst such initiatives are indeed welcomed, CTA has to back up such initiative to reach out and befriend China with more sincerity in order for things to move. The reality is that China has the upper hand and for CTA to have a shot at furthering the Tibetan cause from its current stalemate status, CTA has to befriend and rebuild a relationship with China.

    Imagine that you are thinking of going into a business with X and in the midst of negotiating the deal, you keep hearing X disparaging you by attacking your integrity and character. Would you still think that X is someone who can be trusted to have the interest of the business at heart and will act in good faith? Would you not be put-off by X? Would it not jeopardise the deal?

    And yet that is what CTA is actually doing. Take for example the ban on Dorje Shugden. CTA has issued many official documents condemning Dorje Shugden practitioners as China’s spies, working for China as working for the enemy of Tibet and anti-Dalai Lama. In fact, to date, many of such negative statement and propaganda continues to be available visibly internally and internationally. Whenever CTA repeats those baseless allegations, CTA is continuously demonising China in the eyes of both Tibetans and the world at large. Isn’t it then logically foreseeable that such action would frustrate CTA’s efforts in reaching out to China for furtherance of the Tibetan cause?

    It also reinforces China’s views that Dalai Lama/CTA as not being genuine and bent on creating problems for the Chinese government. In fact, to a certain extent, China views CTA’s ban on Dorje Shugden as a way to split the Tibetans in the Tibet Autonomous Region and cause unrest there to make things difficult for China.

    Thus, based on past actions of CTA, China has every reason to be wary of them and workshops focusing on how to engage Chinese officials would amount to nothing if China refuse to play ball with CTA. Realistically, there really is no need for China to deal with CTA (as many countries acknowledge Tibet as part of China) and China’s economic influence is prevalent. So, unless China is moved by CTA’s sincerity to come back to the negotiation table, there is nothing much CTA can do to further the Tibet cause. Isn’t that another good reason to remove the baseless ban? What better way to demonstrate sincerity than to remove one of the things that China sees as a thorn on their side? In addition, CTA has nothing to lose (except for some “face”) and much to gain from removing the illogical ban.

    Hopefully, CTA’s would really do what it takes and put the interests of Tibetans over all other interests.

  53. sonny tan on Nov 17, 2016 at 10:35 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for this illuminating article which will be the most talked about events worldwide in the very near future. It is indeed a very happy moment for all Tibetans that the CTA is willing to put behind the unfortunate episode that has disrupted so many lives, causing undissolved grievances, inducing unnecessary hatred which I hope the Tibetans would erased it from their memory in time to come.
    I must congratulate President Xi for his openness, friendly disposition, decisive and a very bold person who does not tolerate corruption a very likeable, warm and amicable person.
    This historic meeting I believe would not have been made possible without the blessings of his Holiness Dalai Lama which I hope would be fruitful and thereby ending an unpleasant chapter in Tibetan history and hopefully closed forever.

  54. JP on Nov 17, 2016 at 9:36 am

    This is definitely a turn of events from CTA who has been ostracizing all Tibetans who have any sort of connections to China. I understand the sentiments having lost their country to China but it doesn’t serve the Tibetans at the end of the day.

    As highlighted clearly in this artice, most developed countries are eager to build a strong and amicable relationship with China for economic reasons. When countries prosper, their citizens’ livelihood improves and everyone is happy. Even the big boys like USA and the UK put in so much effort to have a good relationship with China regardless of their stance on human rights against China. At the end of the day, it’s all about money, as stated in the article.

    So if CTA really wants to take care of their Tibetans in exile, they should really stop attacking China. There is nothing CTA can do to reverse the situation. China is way too big and powerful for any country to have any influence on her.

    CTA should also stop abusing Dorje Shugden practitioners and accusing us of being anti Dalai Lama. It’s like accusing Muslims and Christians of being anti Dalai Lama just because they have connections with China. So ridiculously illogical and a complete farce. Being Malaysian looking at Tibetan politics, it’s so obvious that CTA is using Dorje Shugden practitioners as a scapegoat to cover up for their incompetence in not regaining Tibet. In addition, it is also very obvious that they are not interested in their people’s welfare.

    Why would any government punish their own people because of religious beliefs???? I find it highly suspicious. It’s a typical rule and divide strategy at the expense of the people.

    Let’s see.what else CTA will do after this.

  55. Valentina Suhendra on Nov 17, 2016 at 9:17 am

    Dear Rinpoche

    Thank you for this insightful article. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Department of Information and International Relations (DIIR) held a workshop to enhance China outreach campaign. The followings are my thoughts on the issue:

    1. Tibet is under Chinese authority and governance. If the Dalai Lama and the CTA are serious about wanting to have honest and sincere dialogs with China, they need to stop saying nasty things and accuse people of being the Chinese spies or receiving Chinese money in a manner that is degrading every time they found a person or a party that is not agreeable with their view. There is no way the CTA can have a discussion that is based on goodwill with China if they keep saying that everything that is associated with China is bad.

    2. Not only the CTA have to change their stance and be more polite to China, they also need to control their followers. The Dalai Lama and the CTA leadership in exile should strongly encourage their followers to stop using the terms Chinese and China in a degrading manner, to stop self-immolation, and to stop protesting against China in Tibet.

    3. As China’s influence grow, more world leaders will be drawn to China and avoid risking China’s wrath by meeting the Dalai Lama or the CTA leadership. Even today, we have read in the news leaders like the Vatican and Norwegian have been avoiding the Dalai Lama. This trend will continue if the CTA does not make peace with China. The CTA is highly depended on foreign aid to help its people. Only recently, they appeal for the fund to help Tibetan settlements in India, which are suffering from prolonged drought. Therefore, considering the current situation, the CTA should build a good rapport with China at least by implementing point no. 1 and no.2 above to reduce the risk other world leaders disassociating themselves with them for fear of invoking China’s displeasure.

    I think for the sake of Tibetan refugees in exile, the CTA should not repeatedly focus on the history of how China mistreat the Tibetans, but instead, focus on the better future and the benefit that can be gained by building a better relation with China. I am happy that the CTA is arranging this workshop to enhance the China outreach program and I hope this positive trend will continue.

    Valentina

  56. Pastor Antoinette on Nov 17, 2016 at 8:23 am

    I rejoice for the efforts done in Dharamsala to organise such a Tibetan-Chinese cultire issue discussion. It has been so long since Tibet has been taken over by China and there is no good in not cooperating as the Tibetan people has to suffer the consequences.

    Indeed Chinese is a huge nation and has recently even overtaken the US as largest economy. I think that it is time to move on and these discussions are a good sign for finding the best conditions for the Tibetan people in the situation.

    The ban on Dorje Shugden and the many high lamas, monks and nuns as well as lay practitioners is not helpful and has destroyed the unity of the Tibetan people as the consequences are very harsh when exposed as a Dorje Shugden practitioner.

    Forced to sign that you give up the practice or being cast out, kicked out of the monastery, or for lay man and women they are not allowed to travel, not allowed to a governmental job, even going to the hospital, shops and school is not allowed for the Dorje Shugden practitioner in their community.

    These consequences are not part of a democratic society and I hope that the ban on Dorje Shugden practitioners will be lifted as soon as possible to bring the Tibetan community into harmony again.

    Thank you,
    Pastor Antoinette

  57. Irene Lim on Nov 17, 2016 at 8:00 am

    No man is an island and especially we can see many powerful nations are clambering to reach out to China, the emerging world superpower for a slice of economic benefits. In reality every nation who cares for her country and people establish friendly relations with China for obvious reasons. They stand to gain from this stance than to remain aloof or foe. Even the once proud and powerful United Kingdom bent her knees and woed China at her best for trade favours. But why would an exile administration, CTA keep fighting a losing battle with the Great Wall? Isn’t it like throwing eggs on a wall? How illogical and comical it is. Of course unless CTA choose to gain financial aids and empathy from the world for its lost cause which is more attractive than serving its people while using Dorje Shugden and Shugden practitioners as a scapegoat for its political rhetoric. As a result of this it is hurting and segregating its own flock beyond imagination. If CTA is genuine for its people every effort should be made to repair its relation and create a peaceful and friendly bond with China. It is impertinent that CTA correct its damage now otherwise its opportunity would come to a pass for the status CTA is imminently withering away.

  58. Sofi on Nov 17, 2016 at 5:41 am

    I read this article with great hope that CTA is moving towards friendship with China and finally H.H. the Dalai Lama may have his wish of dialogue for Autonomous Tibet granted. After 60 years in exile, the surviving Tibetans finally have a glimmer of hope to return home. I must commend CTA in seeking to correct their mistake of antagonising China, with this workshop to understand China & Chinese better.

    I agree that the past is history and without any countries’ backing, the Tibetans-In-Exile has no stance to regain full control of Tibet, especially not now when China has become the super power in military and international trade. Who would support the refugees who has nothing to offer whilst friendship with China offers riches to their country in terms of trade agreements?

    When I read point 2 & 3, I just couldn’t decide to laugh or sneer. Accusing China of being oppressive, evil, terrible human rights violation, etc when CTA practices the same. Just look at how the Dorje Shugden practitioners and Lamas had suffered for 20 years under the ban imposed by CTA. Properties were seized, monks were ran out of the only home (monasteries) they had known, practitioners denied access into shops for necessities, hospitals for medical care, schools for education, etc. There had been countless cases of Shugden practitioners being abused and threaten, even attained Lamas. Rinpoche has been spammed with ugly & vulgar messages of lies & abuses daily, trying to discredit & tarnish his precious Dharma work that helped so many of his students and other people locally and worldwide. So in actuality, CTA has no rights to speak of China’s “violations” at all. It’s like a double sided mirror that reflects each other and unless the mirror cracks, it will be a stalemate with no forward future. So I am impress that CTA is moving towards extending the olive branch.

    CTA should lift the ban on Dorje Shugden now. Firstly, the Dalai Lama had said we are allowed to practice without any harm to his life nor the Tibetan cause. Secondly, with lifting of the ban, unification of practitioners will take place. This would translate into support for CTA numbers extra millions as even non-Tibetans are still Tibetan Buddhists. Thirdly, CTA could refocus their wasteful expenditure to attack Shugden practitioners on efforts to train the friendship team. Lastly but not the least, Shugden pracitioners had never been any threat to either the Dalai Lama nor the Tibetan cause. We are just practitioner who wish for the freedom to practice with NO LINKS to China nor any supposedly “enemy”. Our link is only to our Guru who practices pure samaya to the unbroken lineage Gurus with pure teachings.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article of hope and may the Ban on Dorje Shugden be lifted swiftly and all Tibetan Buddhists reunite as a whole. May the precious lineage teachings remain pure to carry the blessings all the way down to be pass on to the future.

  59. Wan Wai Meng on Nov 17, 2016 at 5:09 am

    We all need friends, and especially if we are without a nation.

    Now this is a new development, that the Tibetans are working towards building ties with the Chinese. The issue of Tibet, cannot be resolved with more conflict. It needs dialogue, negotiation and understanding.

    It used to be unthinkable that Tibetans would want to reach to the Chinese, apart from the Dalai Lama doing, but seems like this is a government supported initiative. At some point we do need to wake up to reality, the China that is now is almost unstoppable not even the US can stand in its way.

    This is also validates the work Dorje Shugden lamas have done in China, they were not traitors to Tibetans, they were building a bridge to connect with the Chinese towards some form or resolution on the Tibetan issue.

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  • Lin Mun
    Friday, Apr 28. 2017 04:00 PM
    Everything we offer to Buddha is a form of mind transformation and practise our mind to be focus even when doing water offering. When pouring the water into the bowl we have to recite Om Ah Hum (3 times), think positively and pouring it slowly so it does not spill and leaving the space of a grain of rice before reaching the top. After offering we also have to clean the bowls properly without leaving stain. All this is to train our mind.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the many benefits and water offering in a simple to understand article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/making-water-offerings-to-the-buddhas.html
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    Friday, Apr 28. 2017 03:38 PM
    Trolls are assiociates as beings of Scandinavian folklore.A large number of different mythological creatures continue to live on in Scandinavian folklore.They have different shapes,habitat and filthy features . There are also numerous tales of trolls told and retold.Trolls are also believed to have the magigal powers, which were folktales ,posses capabilities that are beyond human .What ever it was a remnant of a long-lost reality for sure. I do believe that there’s a very high chance trolls had existed in the past.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing ,i do enjoyed all the stories in these article even though it just folk tales.
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  • Jason
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 11:54 PM
    People always expect return on some contribution being done especially in charity events. When the return was under their expectations then they will feel sad or unhappy.
    As Rinpoche said, Dharma is a teachings to transform our mind to become bodicitta or selfless to benefit others without condition. Once we practiced selfless mind, our mind will not be affected by others people reaction.
    What will be my legacy? I think this is not really important to me anymore once I know Dharma teachings from Rinpoche.
    Thanks Datuk May for sharing to benefit more people.

    Jason

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

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

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

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this heartwarming article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 02:21 PM
    Its a heartfelt touching article of this faithful dog.Cannot imagine this ,such a wonderful relationship between that dog and the deceased owner.The greatest fear dogs know is the fear that we will not come back for them That i noticed from observing from my pet poodle.In this case this faithful dog knew his owner won’t be back.
    Dogs are loyal, patient, fearless, forgiving, capable of pure love and have feelings too.He must have missed the owner badly that he wanted to accompany the owner all the way to the resting place.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing. May that faithful dog ,continue to serve and well taken, love by the other family members.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
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    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 01:46 PM
    Werewolves are known to be mythical creatures found in fiction instead of lurking in the dark woods,In various parts of the world there were few cases who have gone down in history as real life werewolves Interesting to read it from these post..How far it was true or just legends.,no one really know . Many myths and legends surrounding werewolves .To become a werewolf, it is necessary to be bitten by a werewolf in their form at the time of the full moon. Thats what all of us knew from the movies and from fiction told. Reports of werewolf sightings continued even till this century but mostly in between 1428 and 1447 .The most recent sighting of werewolf sightings in 1972. was in Ohio .but eventually subsided .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these interesting article which i do enjoyed reading it,
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    Twenty-Four Holy Places & Eight Great Charnel Grounds part 2 – (focus topic: Eight Great Charnel Grounds)

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

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  • Jason
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 03:07 AM
    This year Wesak Day fall on 10 of May. This day is very special and meaningful to me because I will visit Kechara Forest Retreat(KFR) to join some meritorious event there.
    For me, Wesak is a day to commemorate Buddha Sakyamuni in three aspect( Birth , Enlightened, Nirwana).
    While we celebrate Wesak, we must remind ourselves to learn from Buddha teachings and practice it in order to gain attainment.
    Thanks Rinpoche and Pastor Seng Piow for sharing in order to create more understanding on Wesak Day.

    Jason

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

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

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

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

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

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-12.html

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