Why aren’t the monasteries helping the drought?

Nov 14, 2016 | Views: 955
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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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  1. 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.

    Suzy

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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。

  8. 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…

  9. 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).

    TW_NewDocumentary

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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

  22. 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?

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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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    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 08:56 PM
    Amazing miracles true story …of how Rinpoche helped. With Rinpoche blessing during the children baptismal ceremony,this little boy who had not spoken since 9 years old was able to speake again.Incredible….
    Chef Au truly believes been a vegetarian has help him to collects merits for his son.Rinpoche’s care and compassion has benefited many more people.Through these stories hope more people will be inspired to achieve the state of compassion and attainments.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for this sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-4.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 07:51 PM
    Having fully trust and faith in Rinpoche ,Fat monk’s mother was well again, after been diagnosed with cancerious tumour at the liver.
    Following instructions given by Rinpoche, his mother recited mantras and Fat monk did a series of pujas as told,his mother recovered then.
    Amazing……Miracles do happen.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-3.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 05:27 PM
    We are no strangers to the creatures called Werewolves. They are often depicted as the Jekyll-and-Hyde-like monsters in movies who are unable to control their animal instincts when they shift from human form to a wolf-like creature, usually during the full moon. Together with the Vampires who can transform into bats, are my childhood imagery villains, who triggered my curiosity on mythical creatures during younger days. They still do, lol.

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

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 05:07 PM
    The miraculous power of Protectors’ practice can heal and shield us from negative karma from ripening. Through the blessings of our Guru, coupled with strong faith and trust, the practices will take effect swiftly and effectively. Rejoice to Steven Lee. May he be guided by the Three Jewels always. Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow for sharing the true story with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-10.html
  • Lin Mun
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 03:57 PM
    This is a very touching article. I totally agree that dog is a man’s best friend. They are always so loyal to the owner. However it is sad that not all pet owners are such. Some will only treat them literally as an animal and therefore do not take good care of them. Dogs or any other animals are beings that have feeling. There should not be neglected and be abused by us. This article reminds us to always care for all beings and respect them.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this heartwarming article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 02:21 PM
    Its a heartfelt touching article of this faithful dog.Cannot imagine this ,such a wonderful relationship between that dog and the deceased owner.The greatest fear dogs know is the fear that we will not come back for them That i noticed from observing from my pet poodle.In this case this faithful dog knew his owner won’t be back.
    Dogs are loyal, patient, fearless, forgiving, capable of pure love and have feelings too.He must have missed the owner badly that he wanted to accompany the owner all the way to the resting place.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing. May that faithful dog ,continue to serve and well taken, love by the other family members.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 01:46 PM
    Werewolves are known to be mythical creatures found in fiction instead of lurking in the dark woods,In various parts of the world there were few cases who have gone down in history as real life werewolves Interesting to read it from these post..How far it was true or just legends.,no one really know . Many myths and legends surrounding werewolves .To become a werewolf, it is necessary to be bitten by a werewolf in their form at the time of the full moon. Thats what all of us knew from the movies and from fiction told. Reports of werewolf sightings continued even till this century but mostly in between 1428 and 1447 .The most recent sighting of werewolf sightings in 1972. was in Ohio .but eventually subsided .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these interesting article which i do enjoyed reading it,
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html
  • Valentina
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 01:11 PM
    Join our blog chat session this Saturday 11AM – 12PM (GMT +8) on the topic of:

    Twenty-Four Holy Places & Eight Great Charnel Grounds part 2 – (focus topic: Eight Great Charnel Grounds)

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

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/twenty-four-holy-places-eight-great-charnel-grounds.html
  • Jason
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 03:07 AM
    This year Wesak Day fall on 10 of May. This day is very special and meaningful to me because I will visit Kechara Forest Retreat(KFR) to join some meritorious event there.
    For me, Wesak is a day to commemorate Buddha Sakyamuni in three aspect( Birth , Enlightened, Nirwana).
    While we celebrate Wesak, we must remind ourselves to learn from Buddha teachings and practice it in order to gain attainment.
    Thanks Rinpoche and Pastor Seng Piow for sharing in order to create more understanding on Wesak Day.

    Jason

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

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

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

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

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

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

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