Why aren’t the monasteries helping the drought?

Nov 14, 2016 | Views: 1,008
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The Tibetan settlements throughout India, Nepal and Bhutan. In India itself, 24 tracts of land were granted by Nehru in 1959. These can be further broken down into sub-settlements. Those severely affected by the current drought are in South India (Kollegal, Mundgod, Bylakuppe and Hunsur) and amongst the largest Tibetan settlements in exile.

When Tibetans first arrived in India in 1959, the Indian government under the leadership of Jawaharlal Nehru assigned to the Tibetans 24 tracts of land throughout India. On these empty spaces, Tibetans would have the freedom to rebuild their lives. This meant building their homes, constructing roads, establishing shops and businesses, re-establishing their monasteries and providing social services to their own people – hospitals, schools, retirement homes. All of this was left up to the Tibetan leadership and people to do as they wished. To guide their people, the Tibetan leadership (His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the CTA) assigned each settlement with a donjo, or representative of the Dalai Lama. The donjos are responsible for overseeing the welfare and affairs of the people. The donjos give updates to the Dalai Lama and in this way, his instructions are passed to all 24 settlements which includes over 160,000 Tibetan refugees.

Today, the 24 tracts of land granted by Nehru can be broken down in major and minor settlements, and those with monasteries have the largest and most thriving populations. This makes sense for a society where religion plays a central role to the culture and way of life. Anyway, these large and thriving settlements include Bylakuppe, Hunsur, Kollegal and Mundgod which are the locations of Sera, Gaden and Drepung Monasteries. These monasteries are the three main monasteries of Tibetan Buddhism and they are full of high lamas and accomplished masters, and have over 10,000 monks in residence today.

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The grand master Gen Nyima of Gaden Monastery, an accomplished meditator and practitioner of the Yamantaka tantra

So I was saddened when I came across an article today explaining that these Tibetan settlements in South India have been severely affected by a regional drought. I was sad not only because the people are suffering but how come it seems nothing has been done about it, and the people have been allowed to suffer? During my time in Gaden, I saw with my own eyes how accomplished masters could influence the weather. It didn’t matter if they were high lamas or simple monks, or what rank they held. As long as they were accomplished in their practices, they had guru devotion and pure samaya with their teachers, and if they had developed bodhicitta, they could influence the weather. Tibetan Buddhism has many special rituals to affect and effect the weather. If it was too dry, I saw with my own eyes these accomplished meditators making it rain and save the harvest. If it was too wet and the villagers’ crops were in danger of being drowned, the masters could stop the rains. I saw this with my own eyes OVER AND OVER AGAIN. It happened every time they did rituals to influence the weather so I know it wasn’t a fluke or by chance.

For example, one grand master who I would frequently visit was Gen Nyima. Gen Nyima was a great monk of Gaden Jangtse Monastery from Gowo Khangtsen (administrative house) who resided in the deep Bhutanese forests for over 15 years before returning to Gaden. During his retreats, he focused on Lord Yamantaka’s practice with just a small thangka of Lama Tsongkhapa in his tiny room in the forest. As word grew of this holy monk meditating in the forest, many people came to seek his divine help. Gen Nyima was extremely accurate in his divinations and foretelling of the future, and he was renowned for influencing the weather and healing various illnesses if caught early. Even members of the Bhutanese Royal family used to visit him and they built roads through the dense jungles so it would be easier for people to travel to see the holy lama.

His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery was famous for his knowledge of Sutra and profound mastery of Tantra. Rinpoche by the monastery and the laity to perform many well-known as well as obscure rituals, as he had proven the effects of his rituals. He was well-known to bring rain to drought-stricken areas and was famous for this among his other brilliant accomplishments.

His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery was famous for his knowledge of Sutra and profound mastery of Tantra. Rinpoche by the monastery and the laity’s requests to perform many well-known as well as obscure rituals, as he had proven the effects of his rituals. He was well-known to bring rain to drought-stricken areas and was famous for this among his other brilliant accomplishments.

Later, Gen Nyima was requested to move back to Gaden Jangtse Monastery. When he was living there, I had the great fortune to live next door to this attained master so I used to visit him a lot. I would sit by his feet and all day long, villagers came to see him and request for divination, or to heal certain parts of their bodies or diseases and illnesses. He had a long pipe and he would recite some mantras then use the pipe to blow the mantras onto the affected body parts and they would be healed. One time, I asked this accomplished practitioner about Tara pujas and he told me he didn’t know how to do them. He in fact said he does not know how to do any pujas except Yamantaka! I was quite surprised because he was such a senior and grand master and Tara pujas are very common in the monastery. So I asked him what mantras he did for healing and he told me, “Yamantaka!” Then I asked him what mantras he did for dispelling spirits and he told me, “Yamantaka!” Gen Nyima only relied upon Yamantaka. I asked him what mantras he used to affect the weather to stop or bring rain and he replied again “Yamantaka”. From just focusing on Yamantaka, he could do everything and benefit so many beings. I realised that we don’t need a lot of deities to gain attainments. All we need is one deity and if we focus on them and fully rely on them, with faith, we can gain attainments too. I learned a great lesson that day from a holy and simple monk of ‘no rank’.

Gen Nyima was also famous for influencing the weather. When it was raining heavily for many days which happens in South India, the villagers would come and request Gen Nyima to save their crops from drowning. You have to understand, they were so worried. These villagers were dirt poor and the crops were their only food and income. If the harvest was gone, they would literally starve. So Gen Nyima would take his long plastic pipe and walk outside his room, recite some mantras and then point the pipe into the sky and blow. Within half an hour, the rains would stop. He was famous for this. The villagers would also come to him if there was a drought and he would do the same thing if there had not been any rain for many weeks. Within half an hour, it would start raining. Like I said, I saw this over and over again with my own eyes and Gen Nyima was not the only one whom I saw doing this. He is just one holy example. His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was also a very powerful, holy master of influencing the weather. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was a master of the highest calibre and the guru of tens of thousands of monks and students around the world. While he was alive, he would often be requested to do rain rituals in many Tibetan settlements throughout India.

When I lived in Gaden, I sponsored many projects to help the laypeople so I know firsthand how poor the Tibetan community are, and how much they will suffer from this drought. This is myself with some Malaysians visiting one of the schools I helped to sponsor.

When I lived in Gaden, I sponsored many projects to help the laypeople so I know firsthand how poor the Tibetan community are, and how much they will suffer from this drought. This is myself with some Malaysians visiting one of the schools I helped to sponsor.

Gen Nyima was not a lama of high rank or from a famous Ladrang with riches and thousands of disciples, but he was a holy practitioner who had developed bodhicitta. And through his practice, one of the peripheral powers he had accomplished was the power to influence the weather. So this article below from Tibet.net which is the Central Tibetan Administration’s official website really surprised and saddened me. As I mentioned, Bylakuppe, Hunsur and Mundgod are the locations of the three main monasteries of Tibetan Buddhism which are Gaden, Sera and Drepung Monasteries. Also, Tashi Lhunpo Monastery is in Bylakuppe. These have over 10,000 monks! Hence by right, with so many great monasteries in close proximity, such a terrible drought should not have been allowed to continue. I am sure these monasteries have practising monks and meditators so how come it appears they have not been able to stop the drought? I am sure someone can request His Holiness the Dalai Lama to travel to these badly-affected areas to do rituals?

Therefore what I am about to say here may not be a popular opinion but we have to consider if samaya has been broken between the teachers, disciples and the Protectors, specifically Dorje Shugden. Samaya is the sacred relationship between a student and teacher which is formed when a commitment is made, whether it is through taking vows, receiving practices, or accepting and completing assignments. When this samaya is broken, it is impossible for the blessings of the lineage lamas to come down to the practitioner. Think of it like a pipe; when there is a break anywhere along the pipe, everyone downstream won’t receive water. So samaya is like the pipe which channels the blessings of the lineage lamas down to present-day practitioners, to empower and boost the potency of their practices and prayers.

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In this case, the monasteries giving up their commitments to their lineage lamas, specifically related to their Dorje Shugden practice, might be why the prayers and rituals have been ineffective. It is not in giving up Dorje Shugden that makes the rituals perhaps done already ineffective but the broken samaya of losing faith in great master and gurus because they practise Dorje Shugden. Plus the samaya of the monasteries are broken when hundreds of great masters, practitioners and monks are expelled from the monastery just because they practise Dorje Shugden. Monks from Gaden, Sera and Drepung Monasteries were expelled solely on that basis. This creates very heavy negative karma. If we can make offerings to the sangha and collect so much positive karma then by right, by splitting them up, the opposite effect comes. Sorry to say this but otherwise what other possible reason is there for the continued suffering of the Tibetan people and why have the rituals by these monasteries to alleviate the drought not been effective? Is it because there are no monks or sincere practitioners in the monastery? This cannot be when these settlements have over 38,000 people between them and within them, there are 10,000 monks. Is it because none of the monks know how to do a weather-influencing pujas, or to request the nagas to bring the rains? Also not possible. There are many ritual experts in the Sangha who know how to perform very complex pujas, meditations and visualisations that have elaborate altars and set-ups. I am not bringing up this point to accuse, defame or criticise but out of concern, to ask the monasteries, lamas and Tibetan government to repair the broken samaya created by defaming Dorje Shugden high lamas, tulkus, geshes and sangha. That samaya must be repaired soon. The sanghas must all unite again and not discriminate other sangha due to their Dorje Shugden practice.

So humbly, for the sake of the people who are greatly suffering from this horrendous drought, I would like to respectfully suggest that the Gaden, Sera and Drepung Monasteries’ sangha and Tibetan people consider repairing their samayas. The Tibetan government should repair this samaya. And also the populace and monasteries can start invoking and propitiating Dorje Shugden for the rains to come. Perhaps the control form of Dorje Shugden which is Wangze, who rides on a turquoise dragon. I have lived in the Tibetan settlements myself and know firsthand how poor the people are. In fact I organised and sponsored many charity projects because the people there are so, so poor and a drought like this will really affect them. I KNOW Dorje Shugden can help. As an enlightened being, Dorje Shugden will be able to assist them if they make sincere supplications and as long as the samaya is mended. Even His Holiness the great 16th Karmapa himself prophesied that one day, we will need Dorje Shugden’s help. So I hope the Tibetan leadership will sincerely consider my request, for the benefit of the people who are desperately looking to them for help.

Forgive me if my words do not please some of you as I have written this with good motivation. May the droughts end and may everyone have abundance again. May the samayas of the monasteries and lay people be repaired soon.

Tsem Rinpoche

 

All Steps to be Taken to Compensate Tibetan Farmers Affected by Drought in South India: Department of Home

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Mr Tsering Dorjee, Joint Secretary, Department of Home, CTA examining a corn field affected by drought.

DHARAMSHALA: The five major Tibetan settlements in South India have recently been hit by an unprecedented drought in the region, ravaging over 5,900 acres of standing crops in the five largest Tibetan communities.

Tibetan farmers in Bylakuppe, Hunsur, Kollegal and Mundgod settlements have been gripped by an extensive drought which caused a near-total loss of crops and brought hundreds of Tibetans families to the brink of an urgent economic crisis.

In an interview with Tibet.net, Acting Secretary, Mr Chemi Rigzin, Department of Home, lamented the severity of the crisis and assured that the department would take all necessary steps to provide compensation for the affected farmers and their family members.

“We are faced with the most severe case of crop failure ever recorded in Tibetan exile history. All the five major Tibetan settlements have been gripped by an unfortunate and severe drought this season. However, we have started issuing appeals to our foreign supporters, Offices of Tibet around the world and Tibetan settlements in India, Nepal and Bhutan for immediate relief assistance. We assure all the affected farmers that the department will do its best and all necessary steps would be taken to ensure compensation for the losses,” Mr Chemi Rigzin said.

The department is focussed on gathering relief and evolving a mechanism to disburse the compensations at the earliest, he added.

Farmers who have incurred losses of 50 per cent of crops or more would be compensated and eligible farmers would be compensated as per rules and regulations of the Disaster Relief Fund.

Mr Tsering Dorjee, Joint Secretary of Home department had earlier led a detailed survey to assess the gravity of loss in Kollegal, Bylakuppe and Hunsur settlements from 4 – 12 October 2016. A detailed survey in Mundgod Tibetan settlement was conducted by a local official.

The survey led by Mr Tsering Dorjee ascertained a complete report of losses incurred by each farmer in all the five affected settlements.

Kollegal Tibetan settlement, with the largest agricultural community, has suffered the biggest loss this season. Farmers in the region have incurred a combined crop loss to the tune of Rs 30,032,233.57, resulting in total crop loss for some.

Families in Mundgod Tibetan settlement has suffered 50 – 80 per cent loss, while Hunsur Tibetan farmers suffered 50 – 70 per cent loss, costing an approximate Rs 2,280,245.72

The near-total crop loss have resulted in a debilitating impact on the income and consumption of a large number of Tibetan families in these settlements. Many of them have taken huge loans from banks to cover their investments.

No Settlement Acres of cultivated land Losses incurred
1. Kollegal Tibetan Settlement 2157.1 Rs 30,032,233.57
2. Hunsur Tibetan Settlement 229.6 Rs 2,280,245.72
3. Bylakuppe Tibetan Settlement 424 Rs 2,397,819.60
4. Mundgod Tibetan Settlement 335.12 Rs 3,003,126.00

 

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Drought-affected crops

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A corn field hit by drought

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More than 5900 acres of cultivated land have been ravaged by recent drought in South India.

Source: http://tibet.net/2016/11/all-steps-to-be-taken-to-compensate-tibetan-farmers-affected-by-drought-in-south-india-department-of-home/

 

Update November 14, 2016

Any refugee community which has been in a free country for more than 50 years should already be able to stand on their own two feet and stop making appeals. The very fact the CTA continues to ask for donations and, on top of that, uses the Dalai Lama’s name tells you how ineffective their work has been. This is not meant as a criticism but as a description of reality.

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So on a secular level, they are still begging for money and relying on handouts after 50 years of exile in a free country like India where all opportunities for success have been afforded to them. And yet, they are still begging for money. Thus on a secular level as well as a spiritual level, the Central Tibetan Administration have not fulfilled their namesake.

India is free, everyone can do what they want. The Tibetan leadership were given land, opportunities, education and aid, and so many Western charities help them. This is much, much more than any other refugee community in the world has received and yet, they still can’t make it. Instead, they have spent millions on campaigns, websites, pamphlets and books against Dorje Shugden, instead of putting these donations towards their people.

 

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  2. MartinC on Feb 9, 2017 at 3:02 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.

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  3. wan wai meng on Jan 2, 2017 at 1:10 am

    The drought affecting all the Tibetan communities is definitely a result of bad karma ripening on the Tibetans.

    Places where Schism has occurred are very negative places, and can attract tremendous amounts of negative karma. When the karma manifests then disasters like drought can certainly afflict the Tibetan community. The scale of the drought shows the extent of the karma that is triggering the drought and the severity of the effects matches the schism that had been committed.

    What is so surprising is that the CTA, government in exile, instead of channeling help in terms of funds to the communities that are struggling, they are campaigning and spending all their resources to defame Dorje Shugden and all the lamas associated with Dorje Shugden. No money to help their own community, but they have money to do negative actions on Dorje Shudgen people.

  4. JP on Dec 17, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    It is indeed very unfortunate that so many lives are affected as a result of broken samaya. As Rinpoche wrote, “It is not in giving up Dorje Shugden that makes the rituals perhaps done already ineffective but the broken samaya of losing faith in great master and gurus because they practise Dorje Shugden. Plus the samaya of the monasteries are broken when hundreds of great masters, practitioners and monks are expelled from the monastery just because they practise Dorje Shugden. Monks from Gaden, Sera and Drepung Monasteries were expelled solely on that basis. This creates very heavy negative karma.”

    Hence, their drought is at its worst ever. The negative karma is so heavy, the rituals are not effective. The only way is to repair the broken samaya. It is not logical that no single lama can control the weather and stop this drought. So either the people with broken samaya wake up and repair this broken samaya or stay stubborn due to selfish agendas and continue to suffer. As this negative karma snow balls, I can’t imagine what will happen next. It’s a scary thought.

  5. Alice Tay on Nov 24, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    The great master Gen Nyima was not a high rank /famous lama. However he was a holy practitioner who had developed bodhicitta, only focus on one deity i.e. Yamantaka and had the power to influence the weather. This shows that when we focus on one deity and fully rely on the deity with strong faith, eventually we can attainments too. Furthermore, H.E Kensur Jetsun Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche said before that If we fully rely on Dorje Shugden, and focus on Dorje Shugden, we definitely can become fully enlightened because Dorje Shugden is a fully enlightened being.

    By looking at the current situation, the special rituals is no longer effective to influence the weather. This might due to the reason of they giving up Dorje Shugden practice which caused the broken samaya of losing faith between the practitioners and great master and gurus.

    Hope the Tibetan leadership see the point here and see the suffering of Dorje Shugden practitioners.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

  6. Jacinta Goh on Nov 22, 2016 at 8:38 am

    Being an outsider myself (non-Tibetan and just a follower-practitioner), actually you can hardly differentiate between logic and truth. Sometimes you think that you are practicing correctly in that moment, but others might not think the same as yours. I am thankful that Rinpoche always encourages us to investigate and check for ourselves. In this case, I would support what Rinpoche has laid out here. Something must be not right in that sense. Those High Lamas and practitioners should investigate and put forth a logic for this drought to be happened.

    Thank you Rinpoche.

  7. Echeah on Nov 20, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    _/\_ Nobody wants all this suffering to continue. So the rain dances don’t work anymore. As Rinpoche explained in another video, the elementals can be appeased and propitiated to bring rain. But that only works if the lines of communication had not been broken. It’s just like maybe they’ve been calling and texting but there is no reception in that area and the elementals did not get the message or they’re unhappy.

    In this case, it is so clear that there is broken samaya coming to play. Due to the heavy negative karma that resulted from past and continuous serious non-virtuous action of a group of people, the whole community has to suffer for it. Innocent people were killed in a most horrible way, notably Methar and Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. Now that Dorje Shugden has arisen, they defame him and persecute people who do his practice. Karma has not forgotten and as Rinpoche explained, karma’s job is to make you suffer.

    When they killed Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen during the 5th Dalai Lama’s time, a large plume of smoke rose from the funeral pyre fire and covered all of Lhasa in the shape of a gigantic black hand. All the people in Lhasa were shocked and scared, and a series of calamities and turbulent events quickly followed. The livestock and crops died, while the earth shook and the weather was turbulent. This current sad drought situation seems to be a replay of the same occurance during that time.

  8. Wylfred Ng on Nov 19, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    谢谢仁波切的分享。

    现在在印度发生的旱灾是如此的严重, 且都是发生在藏人乃至佛教寺院的所在地。 为什么藏传佛教著名于以一些特殊仪式为人消灾、求雨事迹怎么会完全无法帮助到这个旱灾呢?

    仁波切在文中所提到的例子有很多都是寺院高僧通过密续修持和成就菩提心为人治病、求雨、祈求雨停等等。 这些都是在印度当地众所周知的事情。 但是为什么现在这个旱灾无法通过这些方法解决呢? 这也是非常值得我们探讨的事情。

    在佛教中, 所有成就都是源自于上师依止心, 没有上师依止、清净的三昧耶, 无论我们如何修行都没有用。 在文中提到的论点就是多杰雄登禁令让很多人破坏了三昧耶。 其实修不修持多杰雄登并不是最重要的重点, 不过毁谤、欺压修持多杰雄登的高僧是破坏三昧耶的最大因素。 尤其是藏人行政中央多年来不注重藏人的福利, 而是一味炒作多杰雄登课题。 打压多杰雄登修持者, 这些都让很多藏人犯下违背上师的共业。 这些都可以解释为什么旱灾无法通过法会或祈求本尊加持的方式结束。

    所以还是要回到问题的根源, 就是三昧耶的问题。 要如何修复三昧耶呢? 其中一个就是停止多杰雄登禁令, 停止打压多杰雄登修持者。

    谢谢。

  9. Wah Ying on Nov 19, 2016 at 12:13 am

    It saddened whoever read about the drought situation in Tibetan settelments.

    *Why there are no precaution steps taken before the drought turn so bad & so many are badly affected? What are the reasons behind this lack of precaution steps? A dysfuntion administrative office of Tibet? The welfare of the people is not on their priority list? They care less about thier people? They are busy with other affairs than their people’s affairs?

    *Why there are no monks can perform the rain ritual to save the situation? No one villager in all the affected settlement have asked the monastery for help as they were asking whenever they need to settle the weather problem as in previous time? Should be somenoe has asked for rain through ritual and prayer to deities from the monasteries or through the Tibetan leaders.

    If there is someone in the monastery can perform the rain ritual, why it doesn’t help or no more working this time round? I would believe in what the logic provided by Rinpoche in which breaking of samaya & losing faith in Dorje Shugden lamas making all the rituals no more effective.. The consequences of dividing the sangha (expel Dorje Shugden monks from monsateries) is heavy, ineffective in their prayer would be one of the majors consequences one.

    *Any steps taken to solve the drought and ineffectiveness of the prayers? For a Central Tibetan Administartion continues to step up all their efforts to against Dorje Shugden practice and masters who practice it., we can guess Tibetan leadership is not believing what damages they have done so far therefore no actions haves taken to mend the situation. They continue to blame any parties except themselves for any unfortunate things happen. It’s sad to know a leadership who is not for the people, one any bad situation can turn into an opportunity for the leadership…

  10. Joy Kam on Nov 17, 2016 at 1:52 am

    So the CTA straight away ask for money from the West when they are in trouble? If the are so poor, then why on earth do they spend their good people’s money to create a nonsensical documentary and print a 400+ pages of books that basically condemns another religious faith. We all know it is filled with lies and whatever is said in there is nothing but just twisted facts. Why not use the money to help their people who are facing the drought problem? Sounds to me that they just wasted a lot of funds on something useless, useless because it’s foundation is lies and hatred, so the results will generally be negative. So money down the drain literally which could have gone to the Tibetans suffering from this drought.

    Another question is why do the Tibetan leadership keep wanting to split their people up? Do they not understand the motto “United we stand, Divided we fall”? They are already a minority, why create more segregation which is not good for their Tibet cause. This is not goinf to free Tibet, just make themselves more vulnerable. So silly (sigh).

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  11. Justin Cheah on Nov 17, 2016 at 12:06 am

    It is illogical to see why there were nothing done to make the drought situation better in India. This is very unusual and probably what CTA could have done was to allocate money to even help the situation better rather than investing money into publishing some books and videos against Dorje Shugden practice and blatantly claiming no discrimnation against Dorje Shugden practitioners in India. I think this is why the people there are suffering from this unattended drought. I am sure the monasteries have done their part in doing various pujas to help ease the situation but i think the devastating effect of the issue is that many of them have already broken their samaya in abandoning Dorje Shugden practice under the advice or governance of CTA resulting in so much damage done leading to ineffectiveness of puja. I feel sad for the situation and may their sufferings be addressed as soon as possible.

  12. Choong on Nov 16, 2016 at 11:42 am

    The symptoms of degeneration of practice and worse still, broken samaya on a rather massive scale, is there for the trained eye to see. Being unable to help tame droughts and floods is certainly a symptom.

    Practices stem from a proven lineage, proven to be effective, but practices are not like a lawnmower or pasta maker which can be handed to anyone and without much training, to get results successfully and without much fortitude.

    Indeed, the ingredients for successful practice include intact samaya or the strong bond between the teacher and the student, the master and the disciple, together with keeping all the promises or to have a strong discipline in order for success. This is certainly not like a lawnmower which you could just put aside and bring it out every now and then when you need to mow the grass.

    To me, unlike a pasta maker which is physically there in our kitchen cabinet, ready to produce physical results (pasta :), practices need us to contact and tap the energies that are there but which we cannot see. Are these energies there? Of course they are, if not, how did past practitioners get results?

    We get this ability by learning from and working with a Guru and lineage holder. So if we abandon our Guru, don’t keep our promises, don’t do our practices and perfect them, it would be very logical to say that we will not get results. And the saddest part is that after one or maybe two generations, the practice will be lost.

    May the Tibetan monasteries in India repair samaya and stop generating very, very dire karma by not carrying out administrative policies which result in broken samaya. May they Tibetan monasteries in India encourage strong, strong samaya.

  13. Julia Tan on Nov 16, 2016 at 11:08 am

    I’m a Buddhist, I believe in Karma. Everything happened for a reason including disasters. Whatever negative karma created all these years due to broken sayama, lies, corruption of CTA must stop in order to stop the drought.

    CTA failed in their secular level, need not talk about spiritual level at all. Why blamed a deity who has been protected the people, not only Tibetan but all His practioners.

    CTA has to stop using the resources (donated from the people all around the world to help the Tibetan) for their own benefits. The fund should be used correctly to re build the country and help the poor. Why focus on divide the people further, creating suffering by spreading lies and ban for Dorje Shugden. Such a heavy karma created for the people.

    Why is that practicing Dorje Shugden only effect Tibetan? While CTA is currupted and only focus on their own benefits? putting down pure lamas such as H.H Ganchen Rinpoche, H.H. Trijang Rinpoche and many more. Why do we have to stop and give up our practice for Tibet but CTA kept destroying Tibet? What benefit CTA going to bring to the world? What have CTA contributed to improve the refugees situation in India? Other than taking from the people, what else?

    Before blaming Dorje Shugden and the practioners illogically, please look at how China rebuild Tibet, how China contributed and helped the poor in Tibet. what have CTA done? Nothing but blamed a deity.

    I’m not a Tibetan but I have many Tibetan friends. They are spiritual, kind and sincere people. CTA Please be kind to your own people and stop lying to them. They want nothing but freedom of doing their practice. CTA must stop creating sufferings and divisive amomg Tibetan. Stop abusing the power to put down all pure lamas in all schools. CTS must start repairing the samaya. That’s the only way to go before it’s too late.

  14. Mingwen on Nov 16, 2016 at 7:14 am

    I wonder if the monasteries did prayers to ask for rain. If they did, it indicates that the prayer from them are not effective. But I have few more questions regarding on the whole

    1) is drought common in India?
    2) did the monasteries did prayers to ask for rain during the droughts?
    3) the prayer for asking rain has just became ineffective recently(2016) or it has been ineffective since there is a ban on Dorje Shugden?
    4) if the answer is no for Q.3, does it mean that the prayer will be ineffective only when the individual has broken samaya (etc.,abandon practice of Dorje Shugden which is a pure lineange of dharma practice from their previous gurus)?

    Hmm.. going to read more to answer my above questions.

  15. Sofi on Nov 16, 2016 at 4:07 am

    I remember Rinpoche sharing with us many times of how his Guru, H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Gen. Nyima’s ability to command the weather. I was in awe at their attainments and how effective they were able to help the people as many were dependent on their crops for their livelihood. So it is with great surprise that I read about this drought? Why with the many Lamas (I am sure attained ones too) are not able to do the puja to bring forth the rain? Have they lost their “powers”? I think what Rinpoche explained about broken samaya make a whole lot of sense. After all how can one turn against one’s own Guru for practicing Dorje Shugden bring any blessings to one’s Dharma practices? In our practice, the Guru is the Buddha and the Buddha is our Guru. So in turning against the Guru, you have forfeited yourself of the Buddha.

    And also, there’s the heavy karma of so many Shugden Sangha being run out of their monasteries and being targeted with harm. For so long the Anti-Shugdens had collectively caused so much sufferings for the Shugden practitioners and so all those negative karma must ripen sometime right? Maybe if it gets too serious, they should really consider inviting a Shugden Lama who had held pure Guru samaya to perform the rain puja.

    I find it peculiar that CTA is able to come out with the losses or need of compensation so clearly in such a short time whereas their accounting of sponsorship monies had been murky for years. After nearly 60 years living on sponsorship monies and with all the opportunities open to the refugees worldwide, CTA still ask for more handouts on top of existing handouts. Without even a country to their name, can they really be considered legitimate, especially living in host country for more than 50 years already. So they are actually governing on borrow land, not even a country.

    I do hope that CTA will be able to solve the problems soon as the real sufferers are the farmers who will starve if their crops are destroyed by the drought.

  16. Albert on Nov 16, 2016 at 2:44 am

    Drought ain’t no fun, during drought season, it can kill off all the crops, vegetables, and when it become more serious, even living beings will die from dehydration. rain and dry season is a must routine for anywhere we stay, because we need to strike for a balance, everything in this world need to be balanced, just like in Dharma, Nagarjuna teaching about middle view, that is also to strike for a balance between Spiritual and Material, never too extreme on either side.

    When Lama Tsogkhapa was born, he took on the task to spread Nagajunar’s middle view, then Dorje Shugden arise as a protector to protect Lama Tsongkhapa’s teaching, hence his practice is very swift and effective, I have personally seen how effective Dorje Shugden’s puja is, how many people and situation Dorje Shugden has saved and helped them to overcome these difficulties.

    When our guru gives us a practice, we are to keep the practice until our guru permit us to let go or we die, there is no other way, or else, we will create a broken samaya once we receive the practice and giving up, as per what was mentioned in the article, then our any other practice will never bear result, and in fact, with our high caliber guru that gave us the practice, that means he has checked and know what practice suits us the best due to the affinity we created in our past life, so if we give up this most suited practice, what other practice can we expect to do, it just doesn’t make sense at all.

    During this drought season, where many people’s living were affected, I hope the people can put down whatever conflict they having and repair the samaya with their guru, then perform the necessary puja to overcome this effectively.

  17. June Kang on Nov 16, 2016 at 1:43 am

    Yes, it is time to accept Dorje Shugden’s help as like the great 16th Karmapa himself prophesied that one day, we will need Dorje Shugden’s help. Release others suffering should be our priority as a Buddhist.

    The ban of Dorje Shugden has resulted segregation among the monks in monasteries, a huge amount of negative karma has been collected by this. In addition to the broken Samaya has cause the practice not effective. Samaya has a lineage from Vajradhara up until your own guru. So because of the ban of Dorje Shugden, the broken Samaya indirectly resulted the broken of the lineage , therefore how can the practice still be effective.

    Is time to lift the Dorje Shugden ban and repair the samaya for a harmony environment and better world.

  18. Andrea Lai on Nov 16, 2016 at 12:54 am

    It is sad to hear that many people suffering in their spiritual practice due to DS ban. They are forced to stop into continuing their teacher’s teaching which will cause a very bad negative karma. From a broken samaya, there are no merits gain for them especially into spiritual practice and dharma.
    May the ban lift ASAP, lessen the sufferings and gives the people freedom especially mended back their broken samaya.

  19. Eric kksiow on Nov 16, 2016 at 12:36 am

    Here is what I have heard from seniors and do comment or add if any…

    Samaya is the spiritual bond, commitment and loyalty between a student and his Guru, or a student and his spiritual community (which could be either ordained or lay). To maintain good, clean samaya is to engage in Dharma practice exactly in accordance with our teacher’s instructions.

    Also, while maintaining a pure samaya with our teachers and honoring our words towards him creates merit, it is only logical that doing the opposite creates a kind of demerit, or karma that prevents our positive merit from opening up. When we break samaya, it is like saying that we do not believe or accept the teachings and guidance from our Lama, that we know better. In this case, we create the karma to be separated from the Guru and not to be able to receive the teachings in future.

  20. Jace Chong on Nov 16, 2016 at 12:32 am

    Thanks Rinpoche and the blog team for sharing about the sad news in India now.

    When Rinpoche raised up this issue, it makes sense that how come the current condition were allowed whereby there are powerful practices in the monasteries to help all sentient beings.

    According to the report, this drought is unprecedented. Like what Rinpoche mentioned, there were masters that can control the weather to help the farmers but seems like nothing work now. There must be something not right and the closest thing that make sense is the broken samaya disabling the enlighten ones to help.

    Mending Samaya may not be a bad thing to do for the well being of the people. May the monasteries repair the leaking pipe and get the full help from the enlighten beings.

    Thank you.

  21. Pastor Antoinette on Nov 16, 2016 at 12:29 am

    It is indeed not logical that the Dalai Lama and CTA don’t stop the suffering of so many Tibetans. HH knows for sure that lamas with bodhicitta, guru devotion and pure samaya can control the weather or heal a person.

    So why is it that so many people are threatened by the drought and if no help arises, they will have to suffer its consequences. So many monks are residing in the area but they cannot help because of the broken samaya to their guru and protector, Dorje Shugden.

    Dorje Shugden is for sure a very powerful protector but due to the request to stop the Dorje Shugden practice by the Dalai Lama and its enforcement through the CTA, so much damage has been done. The blessings of the lineage lamas cannot pass through and therefore the practices and prayers are ineffective and don’t bring help.

    We wish very much that this drought can be stopped as well as the suffering of so many Dorje Shugden practitioners since so many years and the ban on Dorje Shugden will be ended as soon as possible. May the samayas be repaired soon.

    Thank you Rinpoche, for this clear explanation on the effects of broken samaya.

  22. Pastor Henry Ooi on Nov 16, 2016 at 12:06 am

    The CTA should not have waited that long and did nothing for the poor farmers. With modern day technology and more accurate weather forecast, CTA would knew in advance how bad and how long the drought would have lasted. They could have taken measures to prepare for the drought but no, they were busy with political work that benefitted them personally. And the political work includes the ban on Dorje Shugden practice that is not only affecting Dorje Shugden practitioners but also the poor farmers brought on by the prolonged drought. And instead of spending time and money in coming out with the latest, a video against Dorje Shugden, CTA should have used it for the drought problem. As said by Rinpoche, and I reiterate: the ban has resulted in broken samaya among many sangha members and lay people in the Tibetan community in India.

    I hope to see the end of the ban so that families, relatives, friends and divided sangha members can be reunited again. I pray it will be soon

  23. pammie yap on Nov 15, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    It is so true. How come after 50 years of independence, they still can’t help the Tibetans? And it makes sense, how come they do not seek spiritual guidance earlier? Why wait till so late? Seeking donations now can only help temporarily. They should have monitored and talk to the people to find solutions. What kind of government takes care of their people like that?
    And what if the donations don’t come? Or perhaps CTA would like to have some of it for their own use?

    We in KFR have personally did and experienced how powerful Dorje Shugden’s Puja is. We requested for Dorje Shugden to help control the weather as prescribed by our Guru and it is very effective. So if we can, why can’t the protectors that CTA approve do the same. Perhaps the damage of broken samaya is taking its toll and manifesting?

  24. nicholas on Nov 15, 2016 at 11:42 pm

    I personally have seen how a dark cloud move away after a Puja has been carried out. I have no doubt of the effectiveness of the Puja. I strongly agree that if we break our samaya we will not get the blessing from our Puja as what we learn is from our Guru that has a pure lineage to bless us.

    It make sense that there are so many great monasteries and there should be someone that able to carry out the Puja to help the situation but in this case why it doesn’t? It’s not about the method or what Puja to do but is the essence, the quality of the one that carry out the Puja.

    The only reason like what has been said in the article is the broken samaya from the students to the teacher that causes the situation.

    In the spiritual side we have the assumption where we still can amend the situation but whether to be carry out is still subject to the individual as of this moment we can see political reason has been mix into spiritual and causes the unnecessary suffering for example Dorje Shugden ban. Many people would just blindly follow and never want to investigate and research for the truth or logic. What we can see here is the after effect that quite obvious and make sense. Many have forgotten the fundamental of the spiritual practice.

    In the political aspect it sad that CTA still unable to stand by it own to be independent after 50 years. Looking at the monetary support they received being spend on unnecessary ban which they can use it for this bad time for the people that affected instead. Something to think about after so long with all the support they get but still unable to be strong and sustainable.

  25. Fong on Nov 15, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    It find it sad that one of the reasons why the prayers for rain has been ineffective is due to broken samaya. Because of broken samaya, the Tibetans area facing hardship and have no help coming their way, as even the prayers are not having any effect to ease their burden.

    So, we should be ever so mindful to keep our commitments and samaya clean.

  26. Anne Ong on Nov 15, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for highlighting the plight of Tibetan people in India who suffer tremendously because of this horrendous drought. i hope the Tibetan government realised this situation to repair the broken samaya created by defaming Dorje Shugden high lamas, tulkus, geshes and sangha soon. And also for the benefit of others who are so deeply affected by this extensive and prolonged drought.

  27. Stella Cheang on Nov 15, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    Why aren’t the monasteries helping the drought? Indeed. For the monasteries and the monks who were very capable of affecting the weather just 20 years ago, but are not able to do anything at this juncture, this is really a question begging for answers. What had happened in the last 20 years that invalidated the power of the monasteries and the monks to bring rain? As a Buddhist, we believe in pure and clean samaya with our lineage masters and root guru. In the past 20 years, the main event that happened and is still going on, is the harsh and illogical ban on Dorje Shugden, which drives thousands of monks and practitioners astray from their practice. Being forced to break their promise with their root guru or faced being driven out of the monastery (for the monks) or faced violent discrimination, including being beaten, threatened, and harassed (for all practitioners), led many to give up their lineage practice. Negative karma as a result of creating schism and split within the Buddhist community, led many to believe that the rituals to invoke rain has not been effective and will not be, unless broken samaya has been mended. Thank you Rinpoche for highlighting the plight of Tibetan people in India who suffer tremendously because of this horrendous drought. May His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama will be able to work out a peace deal to mean the samaya for the sake of his people and end this suffering.

  28. CindyH on Nov 14, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    Considering the severity of the droughts resulting in so much hardship, it is only compassionate for these monasteries to lend a hand in relieving the sufferings of the people. Especially when it is known that Tibetan Buddhism has many special rituals which can influence the weather. In fact, there is nothing to lose but much to gain for CTA to pursue the option of asking for such rituals to be done, even if the monasteries are not taking the initiative. Further, it wouldn’t be strange for CTA to resort to religious rituals as solutions since it is normal for them to consult oracles for major decisions anyway.

    Unless of course, perhaps CTA are aware or made aware that with the current situation, they lack the necessary components for the rituals to be successful. The rituals to influence the weather are only able to work provided they are executed by accomplished monks who hold their vows, have pure samaya or guru devotion with their teachers, and developed bodhicitta. Not only are there much heavy negative karma with the imposition of the unwarranted Dorje Shudgen ban, but also many broken samaya of losing faith in great masters and gurus because such great masters practise Dorje Shugden.

    If CTA truly have the interests of Tibetans at heart, they ought to put aside work to swiftly remove the ban, especially since the Dalai Lama has recently effectively negated the main reason for the ban.

  29. KarenC on Nov 14, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    It really make sense that when samaya is broken with guru, whatever practice we do has no effect or with little effect. We all know the fact that the suppression against DS practice have caused much suffering and grievance among the Tibetans and even non Tibetans. This has directly contributed to the accumulation of heavy karma.

    If i remember clearly, Rinpoche said before, one of the methods to invoke rain in some monasteries in Tibet and India, when there’s drought in that area, the monks would perform a ritual which they would carry each of the Kangyur (normally Kangyur consists of 108 volume) to walk around the monastery combined with some other rituals like blowing conch shell to call for the rain.

  30. So Kin Hoe (KISG) on Nov 14, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    According to my understanding from Rinpoche’s article, the long and severe drought that badly affects the crops and the livings of the five major Tibetan settlements in southern India should be resolved proactively by first mending the broken samaya between the teachers, disciples and the Protectors, especially Dorje Shugden since Dorje Shugden’s practice was banned for more than 20 years. As explained by Rinpoche, it is impossible for the prayers and rituals can be effectively carried out to influence the weather or requesting the nagas to bring rains to the drought affected areas at southern India, since the Tibetan government had imposed the ban of Dorje Shugden’s practice, separated lamas and monks into non-Dorje Shugden’s practitioners and Dorje Shugden’s practitioners that had caused hundreds of great masters, practitioners and monks expelled from the monasteries just because they practice Dorje Shugden. The broken samaya was mainly because of the monasteries had given up their commitments to their lineage lamas by imposing the ban of Dorje Shugden’s practice.

    This is a very sad case when it comes to life and death as the Tibetan settlements in southern India are financially poor and fully dependent on the crops for living. If the crops are in total loss, we can imagine how hard the Tibetan settlements are facing now. It is almost similar like natural disasters such as tsunami, earthquake or strong tornadoes that wipe out everything on the land.

    May all Buddhist lineages and all monasteries to be united as one big Dharma family as soon as possible, free from discrimination and resolve the serious draught issues together, which can save thousands of lives from the five major Tibetan settlements in southern India.

  31. Pastor Han Nee on Nov 14, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    To extend further on the explanation so logically given by Tsem Rinpoche,broken samaya goes deeper than just giving up their Shugden practice. Broken samaya can be seen in their losing faith with the great Masters who had practiced Shugden. Broken samaya can be seen in the terrible expulsion of so many hundreds of great masters, practitioners and monks from the monastery just because they practise Dorje Shugden. Monks from Gaden, Sera and Drepung Monasteries were expelled solely on that basis. This has logically led to the creation of very heavy negative karma. It is the creation of this heavy negative karma that appears to have such heavy negative impact to cause the traditional rituals not to work to bring rain.

    For the sake of the return of harmony , it is to be hoped that broken samayas are repaired and it would appear that the only way this can happen is through the lifting of the ban.

  32. Pastor Han Nee on Nov 14, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    It is sad that this prolonged and extensive drought has caused the crops to fail and the poor people in the Bylakuppe, Hunsur, Kollegal and Mundgod settlements to face a near-total loss of crops and brought hundreds of Tibetans families to the brink of an urgent economic crisis. Whatever help is being extended to these families in the form of compensation, will be only at best a temporary relief . In the end , there will still be much hardship and suffering.

    Why have powerful traditional rituals (that used to be so efficacious in bringing rain) failed?Upon investigation, the root cause of this failure appears to be the broken samaya of monks and practitioners with their root gurus, when they gave up their Dorje Shugden practice.Broken samayas have to be repaired and to pave the way for this to happen , the ban on Shugden practice has to be lifted. Hence, it is to be hoped that good sense and compassion will prevail and the Tibetan authorities work to remove the ban quickly, for the benefit of all the many so deeply affected by this extensive and prolonged drought.

  33. jerry_sito on Nov 14, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    感谢仁波切的教诲与开示,

    我相信与十分地赞同,当我们与上师之间的三昧耶已经失去的时候,那么当我们再做多少的法会与修持,其影响力(或称力量)是会变的非常的微弱的,在藏传佛教,上师是一切更本的加持,上师给予你佛法与修持,帮助我们得到成就,同样的是我们自己选择的上师,并且建立了自己与上师三昧耶的关系,当我们放弃或损坏了三昧耶的关系与戒律后,同样的当我们违背了一些戒律后,我们就开始制造出不好业力与果报,而当我们破坏了戒律与三昧耶的关系损坏时,我们是必须拖过一些忏悔的法门已经修复以损坏三昧耶关系来继续我们的修行道路的。

    在仁波切的这个教诲中,所提到的那一位高僧,他只是一心地专注与大威德金刚的修持发法,而得到了一切的成就,同样的我所得到的启发是,许多时候,我们只会责怪法会,或修持,加持后,并没有得到效果,可是大多数的我们是如此的3心2意,常听别人说什么好就修什么,那里有加持就去,结果全部只是半桶水,当我们必须一心的专注与一个护法与本尊的时候其实更容易得到成就。

    谢谢
    Jerry

  34. Datuk May on Nov 14, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    As the governing body of Tibetans in exile, I hope that the CTA will consider requesting HH Dalai Lama to assist with effective divine intervention to this dire situation of Tibetans in their settlements in India.

    Monetary subsidies are short term solutions, removing the ban so that the samaya of the monastic and lay Tibetans can be repaired is the best way forward for CTA to serve its people.

    What is explained by HE the 25th Tsem Rinpoche is very logical and the efforts are simple and clear. Let the samaya broken because of the ban on Dorje Shugden be repaired by removing the ban.

    More than the drought now occurring, better living conditions will arise without division among the Tibetans in exile. Let there be harmony to create the cause for a better future.

  35. Lew on Nov 14, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    This is indeed a very tough question to answer: Why didn’t the monasteries gather the high lamas to stop the drought? Why let the drought happen? Has the weather rituals been performed but not effective?

    When it comes to Dorje Shugden issue, many Tibetan seem to have thrown the samaya equation out of the window. They only care about the samaya with HH Dalai Lama (which in some cases people may not even have samaya with HH Dalai Lama), but it is OK to destroy the samaya with their own root guru.

    I do hope HH Dalai Lama’s followers can really see the seriousness of this issue and stop the bad karma of destroying the samaya of other practitioners. By making Dorje Shugden the scapegoat brings to no benefits but create so much negativity. It is time to stop the discrimination and unite all Tibetans.

  36. Uncle Eddie on Nov 14, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    As agreed, to guide their people, the Tibetan Leadership, under His Holiness, The Dalai Lama and the C.T.A. are responsible for the overseeing of the welfare and affairs of its people. If these Tibetan Settlements in South India have been severely affected by a regional drought and the people were sufering as a result, something immediately should be done about it to relieve them of such sufferings. With the 3 main Tibetan Monasteries, which are Gaden, Sera and Drepung, such phenomena should not be allowed to happen with nothing be done to relieve the sufferings of the people! A great many thanks and appreciation should accorded to our Rinpoche for his sincere and compassionate concern in highlighting this horrendous drought to relieve the people’s sufferings. May the Tibetan Leadership take immediate steps to relieve the desperation of the Tibetan community there in India.

  37. Lum Kok Luen on Nov 14, 2016 at 11:42 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    This is needless suffering. It is very sad to see the prolonged drought affecting such a large population.

    The broken samaya is really blocking the Divine Beings from assisting people who really needs the help to make the weather conducive for crops.

    I am humbled yet again from this sharing and teaching and certainly reinforces the teaching in 50 Stanzas that we must never forsake our Guru, even at the cost of our life.

    Perhaps as a way to move forward, the community collectively have to use the Four Opponent Powers to purify and then to mend the samaya immediately to rescue the situation and to prevent it from getting worse. I believe there is no amount of work that is more critical than mending the samaya.

    The other obstacle that prevents this samaya mending is the political undertones that could possibly affect the recovery from drought. The CTA people may not believe in broken samaya and thus, may behave or control the Tibetan populace not to mend any samaya. If this is so, then the consequences will be even more dire.

    I pray that the CTA will have the wisdom to see through all these and do its level best to provide a better quality of life to all Tibetans living in exile in India.

    Yours humbly
    Lum Kok Luen

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    Sunday, Oct 22. 2017 08:38 PM
    It is very sad for the Tibetan in exile that after 60 years they are still refugees and not able to have a good environment to develop in any sense. The question is why isn’t the governing body (Central Tibetan Administration) whom has been receiving helps from other countries been able to help the Tibetan in exile in getting good education and get them out of the vicious cycle ? Above article clearly shows that Tibetan living in other countries were given the opportunity to learn and freedom to develop ones talent. I hope the Tibetan in exile understand their position and stand up to fight for their rights and freedom.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/why-are-these-tibetans-successful-without-the-cta.html
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    Very touching…….farmer and his cow for 23 years through thick and thin .A special bond between them even when separated to retirement home we can see how much tears flowing the two of them. True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils.
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    Animals have feelings too ,and they needs our care ,love aswell.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

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    Sunday, Oct 22. 2017 05:18 PM
    Is really heart breaking to watch this video ,how horrible and sad how those chickens, turkeys ,cows, cattle ,pigs and died suffering so much pain and abused. I almost in tears how can the slaughter men did it…..so cruel. The chicken is the worst abused animals ,suffered cramped, bitten by the owner before been slaughtered. Having the throat slit alive or scalded alive.
    Cattle horn were piled off, injuries on them left alone. Thousands of cows or cattle were not able to walk before going to the slaughtered house. Pigs suffered the same faith, throw against the wall. Many pigs suffered injuries and so forth. Those who are so sick and cannot made to the slaughtered house were shot dead. Some are burned alive.
    Choose vegetarian ,live healthy and safe those poor aniamals.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/please-watch-leave-your-thoughts-in-comments-for-me.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Oct 22. 2017 05:15 PM
    What I heard is more than the 9;s…. 3 and 6 too from old folks many years back. I was warned on these ….year we odd to be careful and so forth. All those black years has passed by me with up and down. I do not believed of such myth and I don’t quite actually remember much and try not to remember as it’s the past. I have let go all ,just looking forward and now I am glad to have Rinpoche to thank for having learn and practice Dharma. Every day is a new day for me ,learning new knowledge from Rinpoche blog.
    Thank you Datuk May for sharing your thoughts of the 9’s.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/a-blind-corner-at-each-decade.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Oct 22. 2017 05:14 PM
    Wonderful platform for Rinpoche to share with more people having an account of FB. From there they can have live streaming to express each individual opinion on certain interesting subject. Having these live streaming Rinpoche did a lot of sharing with people of different walks of life ,his biography, his spiritual journey, meeting his Guru and on the practice of Dorje Shugden .It s a powerful way to spread Dharma knowledge through social media. It can be shared by many and since the video is saved ,the viewer could see from time to time to get a better understanding .
    These live streaming lasted for 3 hours with many beautiful comments.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing. We love HH Dalai Lama and we love Dorje Shugden ..Please resolve the Dorje Shugden issue as soon as possible. and please end the suffering, segregation and prejudice.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/h-e-tsem-rinpoches-first-live-streaming.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Oct 21. 2017 09:30 PM
    This is great move by Gucci and I hope it will encourage more brands to follow suit. We do not need to have animals fur on our body to look pretty and to prevent us from cold. We have many options. Choose one that does not harm and bring suffering to other beings.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/do-you-know-what-gucci-did.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Oct 21. 2017 09:22 PM
    This is horrible and it is a shame that we human can do such actions that bring tremendous pain to the animals. We should stop using leather products and this will directly stop the demand of leather goods. I hope authority of respective country will implement rules to protect animals welfare. It is only when there are laws that people will stop such act.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/where-does-leather-come-from.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Oct 20. 2017 10:04 AM
    Interesting someone like Rob Lowe a famous actor actually told he came face-to-face with Bigfoot was with his two sons .No proof and details given to support his encounter. Whether for publicity his coming show no one knows. He was filming his new paranormal documentary series when he said he saw it. It does not matter at least it helps to raise awareness of that Bigfoot do exist. Good in way more people will come to accept it and will further investigate its existence of Bigfoot. It also encourages people to start thinking broadly of possibilities.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/rob-lowe-face-to-face-with-bigfoot.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Oct 20. 2017 10:03 AM
    Well,I have read news of Bigfoot sightings in the jungles of southern Malaysia before years back. Interesting as our country do have the sighting of Bigfoot too.It seems that Bigfoot can be found anywhere in this world. To many people, Bigfoot is the stuff of nightmarish folklore. Described by hundreds of alleged eyewitnesses as an ape-like creature that stands nearly eight feet tall. There is a number of sighting by the locals and may be linked to environmental changes and the shrinking jungle. This has attracted world attention, having teams from different countries and our local government as well. The research scientists, has been trying to verify Bigfoot’s existence so far none has really performed intensive research on this matter. Historical records show eight claimed sightings of enormous apemen or Bigfoot or oversized apes. Despite numerous sightings, photos and footprints , there has never been conclusive proof that these creatures exist in Malaysia.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these interesting article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/bigfoot-in-malaysia.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Oct 20. 2017 10:02 AM
    Alarming height and shocking to know there is microplastic contamination in our drinking water after scientific investigation has discovered that.
    Glad to know scientists are doing more for research on the implications for health. At least we could know more knowledge and more aware of all plastics fibres in our tap water. All this while we have been drinking . Scientists warn microplastics are so small they could penetrate organs. That is bad for our health. Plastic fibres have infiltrated the drinking water of cities and towns all over the world. Our oceans are littered with plastic, which is killing whales and other marine mammals, and contaminating fish. Previous studies have shown when people eat seafood, they are also eating high levels of microplastics, not to mention taking in a lot of mercury as well
    Many people have involved to make a change for a better environment for the generation to come. Educating the people from school children to the people on the streets the safest ways of garbage disposal will be a wonderful start. We should all take responsibility to care for the environment and help raise awareness.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/yeti-bigfoot-sasquatch/from-nepal.html

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Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
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Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
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Whatever we can do to spread the teachings of our Guru, we should do so.
 These three (Dharma, Oser and Mumu) are super adorable.
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These three (Dharma, Oser and Mumu) are super adorable.
Beautiful Vajra Yogini print.
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Beautiful Vajra Yogini print.
Beautiful and holy new statues arrived to Kechara Forest Retreat. Please enjoy the pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146950
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Beautiful and holy new statues arrived to Kechara Forest Retreat. Please enjoy the pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=146950
Beautiful old thangka of Buddha Nageshvaraja
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Beautiful old thangka of Buddha Nageshvaraja
Dear friends, This meme is powerful. Who you hang around with and the types of attitude they have is who you will be influenced by many times and who you will become in the future. Look at your friends and the people that always surround you to know who you will become. Tsem Rinpoche
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Dear friends, This meme is powerful. Who you hang around with and the types of attitude they have is who you will be influenced by many times and who you will become in the future. Look at your friends and the people that always surround you to know who you will become. Tsem Rinpoche
October 2017, His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal graciously reading our Kechara album and updates as presented by Beng Kooi and Martin. He was very pleased with our progress and offers his blessings. Tsem Rinpoche
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October 2017, His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal graciously reading our Kechara album and updates as presented by Beng Kooi and Martin. He was very pleased with our progress and offers his blessings. Tsem Rinpoche
His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche grants audience to Beng Kooi and Martin in France.  Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
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His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche grants audience to Beng Kooi and Martin in France. Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
Recently Beng Kooi and Martin on behalf of myself and Kechara was lucky to have audience with His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He lives in around Paris, France. His Holiness is 91 years old and very healthy and alert. He was the 101st throne holder for Tsongkapa and was the head of the Gelugpa school of Buddhism and was very successful during his tenure. He is a strong practitioner of both Sutra and Tantra of Je Tsongkapa\'s tradition and a master of all Buddhist knowledge. He holds steadfast to his protector Dorje Shugden very strongly. So we can see even the highest throneholders who are masters of Sutra and Tantra also practices Dorje Shugden knowing the benefits.

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

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

Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche 
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Recently Beng Kooi and Martin on behalf of myself and Kechara was lucky to have audience with His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He lives in around Paris, France. His Holiness is 91 years old and very healthy and alert. He was the 101st throne holder for Tsongkapa and was the head of the Gelugpa school of Buddhism and was very successful during his tenure. He is a strong practitioner of both Sutra and Tantra of Je Tsongkapa's tradition and a master of all Buddhist knowledge. He holds steadfast to his protector Dorje Shugden very strongly. So we can see even the highest throneholders who are masters of Sutra and Tantra also practices Dorje Shugden knowing the benefits. Beng Kooi and Martin brought photo albums of Kechara Forest Retreat/Kechara and updates on Kechara and our works. His Holiness was very pleased to listen and offered some gifts back. This is a beautiful picture and the great blessings bestowed on us from His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
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This is so powerful. It is a must read and must share.
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This is so powerful. It is a must read and must share.
Beng Kooi meeting with the scholar and teacher Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen has been very active and you can see his youtubes in Tibetan speaking about the benefits of Dorje Shugden practice. He is a direct student of Trijang Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche.
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Beng Kooi meeting with the scholar and teacher Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen has been very active and you can see his youtubes in Tibetan speaking about the benefits of Dorje Shugden practice. He is a direct student of Trijang Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche.
Martin meeting with Gen Tashi. Gen Tashi is a very devoted and committed activist of Dorje Shugden\'s cause. He is tireless in speaking for the truth. They enjoyed sharing some time together.
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Martin meeting with Gen Tashi. Gen Tashi is a very devoted and committed activist of Dorje Shugden's cause. He is tireless in speaking for the truth. They enjoyed sharing some time together.
Martin meeting with the well known strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist and scholar Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe lak was very happy to meet Martin and shared so much wonderful information. Beautiful meeting.
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Martin meeting with the well known strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist and scholar Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe lak was very happy to meet Martin and shared so much wonderful information. Beautiful meeting.
Beng Kooi meeting with friend and strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist Gen Tashi
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Beng Kooi meeting with friend and strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist Gen Tashi
Another stunning digital print art of Dorje Shugden from an artist in Peru. Tsem Rinpoche
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Another stunning digital print art of Dorje Shugden from an artist in Peru. Tsem Rinpoche
This beautiful Dorje Shugden is from an artist in the Ukraine. Tsem Rinpoche
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This beautiful Dorje Shugden is from an artist in the Ukraine. Tsem Rinpoche
Please never get tired of speaking for those who do not have a voice. If we can alleviate their pain or try our best, why not? Thank you all so much. Tsem Rinpoche
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Please never get tired of speaking for those who do not have a voice. If we can alleviate their pain or try our best, why not? Thank you all so much. Tsem Rinpoche
Pastor Antoinette of Kechara arranged a Malaysian artist to paint this special Dorje Shugden painting conceptualized by myself. She oversaw the process and completed it. Wonderful beautiful Dorje Shugden Malaysian style by Malaysian artist. Tsem Rinpoche
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Pastor Antoinette of Kechara arranged a Malaysian artist to paint this special Dorje Shugden painting conceptualized by myself. She oversaw the process and completed it. Wonderful beautiful Dorje Shugden Malaysian style by Malaysian artist. Tsem Rinpoche
Sometimes after my prayers, reading on sasquatch is relaxing. Tsem Rinpoche
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Sometimes after my prayers, reading on sasquatch is relaxing. Tsem Rinpoche
This gorgeous outdoor bronze Buddha is in Korea. Would be lovely to pay homage to Him there.
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This gorgeous outdoor bronze Buddha is in Korea. Would be lovely to pay homage to Him there.
Beautiful old vintage photo of Kamakura Buddha in Japan. I had the good fortune to visit this holy Buddha a few years back. I do hope I can go again with some students. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful old vintage photo of Kamakura Buddha in Japan. I had the good fortune to visit this holy Buddha a few years back. I do hope I can go again with some students. Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche with Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during the Medicine Buddha festival.
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Tsem Rinpoche with Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during the Medicine Buddha festival.
This is a unique thangka of Pelden Hlamo with Dorje Shugden and Setrap and Nechung. Of course they all get along unlike what Tibetan leadership likes to say they don\'t get along. All enlightened beings get along with other enlightened beings and unenlightened beings. Enlightened beings have no karma to not get along with others. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is a unique thangka of Pelden Hlamo with Dorje Shugden and Setrap and Nechung. Of course they all get along unlike what Tibetan leadership likes to say they don't get along. All enlightened beings get along with other enlightened beings and unenlightened beings. Enlightened beings have no karma to not get along with others. Tsem Rinpoche
I love this picture. I wish it will all settle down soon.
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I love this picture. I wish it will all settle down soon.
 I love this picture of Mumu peeking through the screen and window to see what is going on. He is always been very busy body and active. He has to know what is going on. I love you Mumu.
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I love this picture of Mumu peeking through the screen and window to see what is going on. He is always been very busy body and active. He has to know what is going on. I love you Mumu.
How would you like to get one piece of this beautiful piece of art?
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How would you like to get one piece of this beautiful piece of art?
First time PM Tenpa Yarphel speaks up against Nechung. It has created a huge stir. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144220
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First time PM Tenpa Yarphel speaks up against Nechung. It has created a huge stir. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144220
I always like my rooms to smell clean, fresh, woodsy and a bit like the forest. my favorite types of essential oils to burn daily or as an offering to the Buddhas are Juniper, Cypress, Black Spruce, Peppermint and sometimes Rosemary. I like the smell of the forest, woods and wooded areas very much. I\'ve been using essential oils in my rooms for years. I don\'t necessarily purchase the brand you see in the picture as I buy any brand as long as it\'s made naturally. Tsem Rinpoche
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I always like my rooms to smell clean, fresh, woodsy and a bit like the forest. my favorite types of essential oils to burn daily or as an offering to the Buddhas are Juniper, Cypress, Black Spruce, Peppermint and sometimes Rosemary. I like the smell of the forest, woods and wooded areas very much. I've been using essential oils in my rooms for years. I don't necessarily purchase the brand you see in the picture as I buy any brand as long as it's made naturally. Tsem Rinpoche
In the bitter coldness of Yachen Gar, Tibet, several nuns are practicing meditation. You can see many small single \'huts\' in the background. They do this yearly and throughout the year. It is very inspiring to see people practice even under extreme conditions because they realize how samsara is so full of deceptions. Praise to the Dharma that liberates us with truth and practice. Tsem Rinpoche
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In the bitter coldness of Yachen Gar, Tibet, several nuns are practicing meditation. You can see many small single 'huts' in the background. They do this yearly and throughout the year. It is very inspiring to see people practice even under extreme conditions because they realize how samsara is so full of deceptions. Praise to the Dharma that liberates us with truth and practice. Tsem Rinpoche
More than you have....
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More than you have....
The holiest place for the spiritual seeker is where our guru abides. Tsem Rinpoche
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The holiest place for the spiritual seeker is where our guru abides. Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful flowers offered on my shrine to Sacred Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful flowers offered on my shrine to Sacred Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
This is my favorite image of Lord Manjusri. I had this exact same image as a kid in the 1980\'s and treasured it very much. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is my favorite image of Lord Manjusri. I had this exact same image as a kid in the 1980's and treasured it very much. Tsem Rinpoche
I love this idyllic painting of a beautiful Buddhist temple in a small town with foliage, natural, blue skies and country living. I can definitely live in this type of environment any time. I love living near nature. I wish I can go inside this picture to start living there now. Tsem Rinpoche
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I love this idyllic painting of a beautiful Buddhist temple in a small town with foliage, natural, blue skies and country living. I can definitely live in this type of environment any time. I love living near nature. I wish I can go inside this picture to start living there now. Tsem Rinpoche
Another gorgeous Byzantine style painting. As the crowd is lead to the hill of light, atop the hill is St. Dorje Shugden ready to give rest to the weary. And hope to the hopeless and help to the helpless. Tsem Rinpoche
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Another gorgeous Byzantine style painting. As the crowd is lead to the hill of light, atop the hill is St. Dorje Shugden ready to give rest to the weary. And hope to the hopeless and help to the helpless. Tsem Rinpoche
Ms Gerbrick was a very special person in my childhood. When I finally found her again, I had lost her - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144296
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Ms Gerbrick was a very special person in my childhood. When I finally found her again, I had lost her - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144296
I just did another one. See how it\'s done-
 http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144259
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I just did another one. See how it's done- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144259
I like this sketch I just did. Tsem Rinpoche
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I like this sketch I just did. Tsem Rinpoche
One of my sketches just finished. Tsem Rinpoche
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One of my sketches just finished. Tsem Rinpoche
More of my drawings.  Tsem Rinpoche
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More of my drawings. Tsem Rinpoche
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Plse click on this and read and share. Important thoughts regarding our teacher. Tsem Rinpoche
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Plse click on this and read and share. Important thoughts regarding our teacher. Tsem Rinpoche
The stupa dedicated to the great Changkya Rolpai Dorje in 5 peaks of Manjushri - China. Changkya Rolpai Dorje was one of the previous life of His Holiness Pabongka Rinpoche. In that life, he was the imperial tutor to the Emperor of China.  Photo from Karen Chong
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The stupa dedicated to the great Changkya Rolpai Dorje in 5 peaks of Manjushri - China. Changkya Rolpai Dorje was one of the previous life of His Holiness Pabongka Rinpoche. In that life, he was the imperial tutor to the Emperor of China. Photo from Karen Chong
Please click on this picture and see what the adorable boy is doing.
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Please click on this picture and see what the adorable boy is doing.
Learn a new word and see what Fauvism means here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=143633
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Learn a new word and see what Fauvism means here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=143633
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  • October 18, 2017 23:32
    Yen asked: Dear pastor, I am married but have not been blessed with a kid after several years. How can I overcome the pain I am going through? I also like to ask u for guidance to help someone dear to me who have met with an accident and in vegetative state. How do I help the friend suffer less? What can I do to help her overcome this obstacle in life even when doctor seems to have given up hope?
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear Yen, Thank you for your question. I am very sorry to hear of your situation and that of your friend. One thing we need to remember is that the Buddha explained to us how karma works. Everything we experience in life, whether good or bad is due to our actions previously in this life and previous lifetimes. While this may sound unfair in that we need to experience the results of something that we do not remember doing, this is the way samsara exists. They only way to be free of this type of suffering is to attain enlightenment, the state of a Buddha. That being said, we all need help in our daily life, and that is where deity practice can help us. In order to overcome the pain you are going through, may I suggest that you engage in the Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa. You can find an excellent commentary by His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/tsongkapas-daily-practice-video-commentary.html. You can find the prayers to recite here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/sadhana-prayers.html#19. There is also a practice box set dedicate to Lama Tsongkhapa, which you can order online here if you wish: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/tsongkhapa-boxset-english Lama Tsongkhapa is the emanation of Manjushri, the Buddha of wisdom; Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion; and Vajrapani, the Buddha of skilful means. As such the practice is extremely powerful and is well-known to help people heal psychical pain, but more importantly the sufferings felt in the mind. You can concentrate on the recitation of the Mig Tse Ma mantra and beseech Lama Tsongkhapa to help ease your suffering. He will surely help. His practice is known for relieving anxiety and even depression. In regards to your friend, on a practical level you can research about your friend’s specific state and see if there are any treatments available that can be effective if you have not done so already. In any case what you can do is to engage in prayers or pujas and dedicate the merits generated to your friend. For example, you can engage in the practice of Medicine Buddha, available here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/medicine-buddha-practice.html, or alternative have Medicine Buddha pujas sponsored here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/medicine-buddha-puja-fund. Medicine Buddha is excellent at healing on all levels, and provide us with soothing and beneficial energy. Another method that you can use to help your friend is to generate as much merit for her as possible. A vast amount of merit and purification of karma can help even the direst of circumstances. Such activities could involve releasing animals from slaughter or deplorable conditions, feeding the homeless and less fortunate and providing for them, and making vast amounts of offerings to the Buddhas and enlightened beings. If done with a good motivation, and dedicated towards your friend, she will benefit from the virtuous actions, even if you cannot see the benefits at the moment. Coupled with this you can engage in the practice of a Dharma protector such as a Dorje Shugden. You can find the prayers here if you wish to engage in them yourself: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/diamond-path-a-daily-sadhana-of-dorje-shugden, alternatively you can have Dorje Shugden pujas sponsored here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/dorje-shugden-wishfulfilling-puja-fund. Dharma protectors help to overcome obstacles and conditions that we wish to arise. I understand that it is a difficult situation, but you should maintain your faith in the Buddhas and enlightened beings, and they will definitely help. I hope this helps. Thank you
  • October 14, 2017 13:27
    Ling asked: I have been practising chakrasamvara for over 2 years now and recently during my meditation I feel that during the deity meditation portion that it feel like my entire body is under a heavy water fall. My heart and limbs also feel like flowing water and there is some crawling sensations. What could this be
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear Ling, Thank you for your question. I rejoice to read that you are practising Chakrasamvara for over two years now. This is very good, you should keep the practice steady, keep the vows and commitments well and you will progress on your spiritual evolution. Generally speaking when you engage in higher tantric yoga meditation, the meditations include movement of your psychic winds. Therefore sometimes people will experience strange feelings in the body. When this happens, once should ease off the concentration on that particular visualisation when engaging in the practice. What you can do to lessen these feelings is to engage in purification practices such as the 35 Confessional Buddhas, which you can find here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-35-confessional-buddhas.html. Alternatively if you have the appropriate initiation, you can engage in the practice of Heruka Vajrasattva, which would be included in your sadhana text. Engaging in the purification practices would lessen these sensations when you practice, as everything we experience is due to our karma. What I would advise the most, however, is to consult the guru that gave you the empowerment of Chakrasamvara practice. Your guru would be able to better advise you in addition to the above, the methods you can use to minimise the physical effects if they are due to the actual practice. I hope this helps. Thank you
  • October 13, 2017 11:15
    Fearful asked: What does violent shaking all of the sudden and "shrinking" feeling of the head mean during practice mean? I've been practicing the dharmapalas, and this is happening. What does it mean?
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear Fearful, Thank you for your question. There could be any number of reasons for this to be occurring. What you can do when this starts to happen is to stop what you are doing, and take deep breaths, and concentrate on your breath. As you concentrate on your breath, this will have a calming effect on both your body and mind, which should stop the involuntary shaking and strange feelings. In fact focusing on the breath is one of the best known methods of developing a focused, concentrated, yet calm Your practice of the Dharmapalas should begin with either Guru Yoga or deity practice, therefore I would suggest that you engage in these practices more before you begin the actually Dharma protector practice. One of the best practices is the Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa. This practice is well known for its healing ability on for both the body and the mind. Over time, you should see such occurrences lessen. If this shaking happens regularly and also when you are not practicing, you should consider visiting a qualified health professional just to rule out anything untoward. I hope this helps. Thank you
  • October 8, 2017 20:48
    John asked: Dear pastors, When reciting mantras we are instructed to visualize the deity. However I realize that my visualization is very very fuzzy and very very ever-changing. It is not a still image, there is like thick clouds moving and blocking the visualization then they would clear and block again and clear again and the deity would even change shape. The round part would be more oval one moment and more circle the next etc. In fact, I don't even know if the picture that ends up appearing in my mind is really looking like the deity or not. What if I end up visualizing a monster without knowing it since it's so fuzzy? Is there danger if that happens? What do you advice me to do?
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear John, Thank you for your question. This is a question that people actually ask a lot, but there is no need to worry, especially if we do not have tantric initiation. In fact, the more we practice getting our visualisation stabilised now, the better we will be able to practice tantra when we eventually receive tantric initiation. The issue you are having maintain a steady visualisation is not an uncommon one. This is because we actually have to train our mind to concentrate on what we are doing. One of the major facets of Buddhist meditation is concentration, and this is something we need to develop. We might think that we have a good ability to concentrate, but what the Buddha and the great masters have taught is that we actually do not, but we can obviously develop it. Visualisation itself is a form of concentration meditation, therefore until we achieve a good level of concentration, things like this will happen as we train our minds. What we can do is to focus on a particular aspect of the visualisation, such as the face of the deity, and once that is stable and focused, we can continue onto other parts of the deity’s body, and then the various other aspects of the visualisation. That way, we train ourselves little by little to have a complete visualisation. No in regards to your question about their being danger if something goes wrong or if we make a mistake during our visualisation, this cannot be at our stage of practice. This is because the visualisation is engaged in during the mantra recitation section. Mantras themselves are the Buddhas and enlightened beings in the form of sound. Therefore when we recite mantras we are invoking the holy energies of the Buddhas, which naturally guide and protect us from any harm. The fact that you are facing this issue is in fact a good sign. It shows that are trying to concentrate on the visualisation, but that your mind has not reached a level of concentration powerful enough to maintain the stability of the visualisation. The antidote to this is simple, keep practising. As you continue to practice, you will notice that your visualisation becomes stronger and stronger. If however, you are still worried, you can end your recitation sessions with the prayer dedicated to a Dharma protector to any obstacles, and end with a completion dedication. I hope this helps. Thank you
  • October 6, 2017 22:31
    Wong asked: Hi, i would like to ask about jhana which is the last factor of the eightfold path. How is it being practised?
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear Wong, Thank you for your question. The last factor of the eightfold noble path is called jhana in the Pali language. In the Sanskrit language it is called dyana. This is a state of meditative absorption which culminates in the understanding of emptiness and is the pathway that leads us to attain liberation. Generally this state is achieved through the practice of single-pointed concentration meditation. But within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition once you have achieved stabilised single-pointed meditation, you progress onto the path of special insight meditation. It is at this stage, that one is able to concentrate completely on understanding emptiness and therefore attain enlightenment. This topic is somewhat outside of the scope of this section of the blog. However, Pabongkha Rinpoche in his excellent Lam Rim text, titled “Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand” gives a very concise yet thorough introduction to the topic of meditation. Pabongkha Rinpoche addresses the path to enlightenment, not through the eightfold noble path however, but through the six perfections of a bodhisattva. In essence although on the surface the two ways of structuring the path to enlightenment may seem different, they are actually both the same if one analyses them carefully. If you read “Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand” you will understand how the two structures are interlinked if you have an understanding of the eightfold noble path. You can order a copy of the book here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/lamrim-liberation-in-the-palm-of-your-hand and the book is also available at Kechara Paradise outlets. Alternatively, you can ask your local book store to order the book in for you if they have that service. I hope this helps. Thank you
  • October 3, 2017 04:11
    jason asked: i have been practicing higher yoga tantra for over two year now and recently i started to get nightmares for three continuous nights now and i think it will continue, What is happening ? did i do something wrong? The first nightmare was me being cut in to numerous pieces , the second was me being visited by a greyish blue female old female ghost with no eyes in eye sockets, and the third was a giant dark brown black centipede encased in a white translucent sac exploding out of my thigh and crawling/ rolling away in to darkness. Im quite worried that i may have done something wrong even though i think i have not.
    pastor answered: Dear Jason, Thank you for your question. I am glad to hear that you have been practising Higher Yoga Tantra for over two years. You should keep your samaya with your Guru pure and intact, as well as keeping the vows and commitments that you would have taken during the empowerment into the practice. If you do this then you will see a definite transformation of your mind and circumstances for the better, which is after all what Buddhist practice is all about. In regards to your nightmares I do not think that you have done anything wrong per se. In this case it could be due to two possible reasons, the first is that your negative karma is arising in your dreams and the second is that you are being afflicted by a spirit. In the first case, when we practice Higher Yoga Tantra properly and sincerely, it purifies a lot of negative karma. As when engaging in any practice that purifies negative karma, this karma can open and manifest under control situations. For example you the karma manifests are nightmares or scary figures or feelings, rather than physically, which would come about through uncontrollable causes and conditions. When karma is purified it manifests in its most mild form, and for you in this case, it could manifest in the form of nightmares. Therefore if we are engaging in powerful practices, or when we concentrate on these practices, such things can occur. Some people may find this sort of situation bad. But this is not correct, because due to the nature of samsara, we are affected by karma in some form or another. What matters here is that karma is purified so that we can progress on our spiritual journey. When you face such difficulties, the key here is continue with your practice strongly and not give up. In this manner, the karma which causes such situations to occur is purified quicker and then we are no longer affected by it. Therefore you should wholeheartedly engage in primary sadhana of your meditational deity. On the other hand, it could be that you are being affected by a spirit or spirits. In this case there are methods of protection that you can engage in which should be included in your Higher Yoga Tantra practice. If you are unsure of what these could be, please humbly approach your initiating guru for more guidance. Another way that can help solve this problem is to engage in the practice of a Dharma protector such as Dorje Shugden. Since you are already practising a Highest Yoga Tantra, you can ask your guru about the particular Dharma protectors associated with the practice. Each of the major tantric practice has certain Dharma protectors associated with it that aid practitioners to clear obstacles and create conducive conditions for practice. You can actually engage in any Dharma protector practice, but it would be best for you to consult your guru as he or she may assign you a specific Dharma protector to practice. Whatever the case may be, it comes down to karma. The Higher Yoga Tantra you are practising should include a purification practice such as Vajrasattva. For example if you practice the Heruka Chakrasamvara tantra, and have received the appropriate empowerment, you can practice Heruka Vajrasattva. You then concentrate on the practice of Vajrasattva to purify the negative karma causing the situation, and over time you will see the situation get better. If you are not sure of the purification aspect of your daily practice, you can recite the 35 Confessional Buddhas. All of these can help, however I strongly advise you to humbly approach your guru and ask for further advice and instruction, as he or she may assign you other practices or even ask you concentrate on specific sections of the sadhana that they passed to you, to help you overcome these problems. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • September 30, 2017 22:31
    kevin asked: hi pastor, I've been very problematic lately and depressed. My plans seem to be always out of place. I read from an article that some problems are caused by negative karma from the previous and present life. I want to know if there is anything that I can do to drain my negative karma. Im very wary now on my actions to others so not to add to my existing karma. Can you suggest a mantra which I can recite and reflect on everyday to help alleviate my problems and drain my negative karma. Thank you very much. Bless you.
    pastor answered: Dear Kevin, Thank you for your question. Yes, according to Buddhist thought everything we go through in life is caused by karma. This can be either good or bad, so difficulties we face in life are indeed due to our karma. Now, one thing about karma that people often forget is that it can be purified. There are many methods within Tibetan Buddhism that are used for the purification of karma. In fact all practices necessarily involve the purification of negative karma and the generation of merit. The most effective of these are known as purification practices, which have the specific benefits of helping us to purify negative karma which leads to all kinds of problems within in our lives. These include Vajrasattva practice, which can be found here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/an-important-purification-practice.html and the practice of the 35 Confessional Buddhas, which can be found here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-35-confessional-buddhas.html. You can read more about these practices by clicking on the respective links. These are two very powerful methods of purifying negative karma and have been relied upon by countless practitioners and masters to progress on the spiritual path. They are two very extremely effective methods used within Tibetan Buddhism. Since you are going through many problems, however, you can engage in the practice of a Dharma protector who can help alleviate the obstacles you are facing and at the same provide conditions that are suitable for you. One such Dharma protector is Dorje Shugden, you can read more about his practice here, and his daily prayers here: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/diamond-path-a-daily-sadhana-of-dorje-shugden. The website also has a lot of information about the practice and how it can benefit you in daily life. While it may seem daunting that you have negative karma, you should not be disheartened because negative karma can be overcome by purifying it. What you said is right, you should be wary of creating more negative karma. In fact that is one of the main points a Buddhist lives by, which is not creating more negative karma. People often wonder why Buddhists take vows and precepts, this is actually to stop the accumulation of negative karma. For example a Buddhist takes the vow not to kill, this obviously stops the Buddhist from creating the negative karma of killing because they consciously remember that they should not kill in whatever situation they are in. So it is very good that are checking your actions to make sure that you do not add to the negative karma. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • September 28, 2017 13:18
    Nepal asked: I've noticed that in Nepal, Shugden and his retinue are forms of the worldly protector Za Rahula, or that's what the lamas and sadhanas say. Wouldn't that make Shugden dangerous or wouldn't that make Manjushri a worldly deity or one that is dangerous?
    pastor answered: Dear Nepal, Thank you for your question. Dorje Shugden is an emanation of Manjushri, that is what the high lamas and masters have taught and explained using Buddhist logic. Dorje Shugden as an enlightened being has been practiced by all major schools of Tibetan Buddhism, and was first practiced within the holy Sakya tradition. Similarly, Manjushri is an enlightened being. In fact all Tibetan Buddhist schools and Vajrayana traditions, including those in Nepal, say that Manjushri is an enlightened being, the Buddha of wisdom. Rahula on the other hand is a worldly deity who was bound by oath to protect Buddhism and Buddhism practitioners. You can read more about him here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dharma-protectors-of-tibetan-buddhism.html#tabs-1. All Tibetan Buddhist schools similarly agree to this point. Therefore to equate Dorje Shugden as a form of Za Rahula would logically mean that Manjushri is not a Buddha. This cannot be since hundreds of thousands of holy masters have relied on Manjushri and gained enlightenment through such beliefs and practices associated with Manjushri. Since from a logical perspective this cannot be the case, and Dorje Shugden is an emanation of Manjushri, it is safe to say that Dorje Shugden is not a form of Za Rahula. You can read more about Dorje Shugden, his history, lineage of practice and benefits here: http://www.dorjeshugden.org. I hope this helps. Thank you.
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United States 2,304,678
Singapore 587,297
India 545,368
United Kingdom 447,710
Canada 405,552
Australia 359,960
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Philippines 227,301
Bhutan 164,249
Indonesia 151,260
Germany 119,928
Portugal 113,466
Mongolia 94,161
Thailand 90,865
France 90,022
Italy 81,570
Spain 80,214
Brazil 79,449
Netherlands 74,846
New Zealand 56,314
Hong Kong 56,279
Romania 55,908
South Africa 54,539
Taiwan 54,200
Switzerland 50,706
Mexico 40,946
United Arab Emirates 37,858
Russia 36,281
Ireland 35,742
Japan 34,782
Sweden 33,353
Vietnam 31,359
Greece 29,926
Poland 28,425
Sri Lanka 27,760
Belgium 27,586
Turkey 25,095
Saudi Arabia 23,933
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