Mr. Sugihara- Conspiracy of Kindness- MUST WATCH!!!

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Dear friends around the world,

I am not commenting on the war, the political issues or the fighting. I am simply sharing this beautiful story of Mr. Chiune Sugihara who was just one person who had compassion for others. His compassion didn’t stay intellectual or just at dinner conversations. But he put it into action. Mr. Sugihara did what he did for the sake of humanity as he could not take the untold suffering in front of his eyes daily. It was a great risk to himself and his family. His wife told him she will stand by him even if he ends up with nothing. His family eventually suffered for what he did. He received no financial gain and in the early years not any recognition. The Japanese government did not have a clear policy on the Jews and the refugees escaping death. But the foreign Ministry of Japan was against bringing the refugees into Japan although nothing was firmly decided as Japan was in alliance with Germany and Italy. It was Germany exterminating the Jewish people. He decided to defy his government and issue visas for the Jews in Lithuania to help them escape. From Lithuania with Japanese visas, were able to take the trans-Siberian railway across Russia to the Eastern front and there board a ship to arrive to safety in Kobe, Japan. In Japan the Jewish refugees recounted how kind the Japanese public was to them and treated them with dignity. From Kobe, the Jews were able to eventually resettle in North America, South America and even Shanghai. The 6,000 and more Jews he saved said clearly, if it was not for Mr. Sugihara’s defiance of his government to issue visas for the escape, they would have been butchered. Now nearly seven decades later, the descendants of these 6,000 number into 40,000 people happily living their lives in peace today. I am truly humbled from the depths of my heart with profound admiration for this man and he is one of my heroes. His wife and he himself are really people who represent humanity at their best. Mr. and Mrs. Sugihara gained no financial benefits for this action and in fact suffered for it greatly later in life. He showed the highest human courage and valor. 

Mr. Sugihara said just before he passed away:

“I could not help but sympathize with their tearful entreaties. There were elderly people and women amongst the refugees. At the time the Japanese government did not have a consistent policy regarding such refugees. I thought it hopeless to try to engage them. So I decided to act without waiting for their reply. I knew that someone would eventually make a complaint. However I decided myself this was the correct thing to do. What is wrong with trying to save the lives of many people? I think what I did was natural as a human being.”

This is indeed one of the most touching documentaries I HAVE EVER SEEN. It is about how a person used his connection, power and office to save the lives of thousands!! Please take the time to watch this incredible video. Learn about this brave and kind man. Share this with your children and friends. It is very good to expose young people to these types of stories. It helps to build their character, thinking and form their minds to be the best they can. This story transcends race, culture, religion, continents, space and time. I hope one day a top budget movie will be made of this. We need more of this on the screens to offset all the violence, pain, degeneration and horror in movies these days. For now please watch the beautiful documentary I’ve included in this blog post. 

Humbly,
Tsem Rinpoche

Miriam Fierberg-Ikar
Mayor of Netanya, Israel

“In our Jewish tradition, there are two types of charity, one is ordinary charity and the other is ‘true charity’. Mr. Sugihara did what is called ‘true charity’. True charity is for people he did not know, people of different religions, for those who do not belong to his country, without any connections at all and whom he had never met. Sugihara did this contrary to his own safety. This is the highest act that can be achieved by mankind. He could not look away from the fate of Jewish persecution by Nazi Germany. With the help of his wife, he saved thousands of lives. Eventually history recognized his actions. Later he was honored with the title ‘Righteous Among Nations’ by the efforts of the Jews he saved. However small that symbol, it is the expression of his noblest deed. We all thank him for his highest act.”

 


 

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An excellent documentary reproduced here for strictly educational purposes. “A Conspiracy of Kindness” is one of the most inspirational documentaries I have ever seen. I highly recommend you to take the time to watch and share. 

 

Chiune Sugihara

Born January 1, 1900, in rural Japan, Chiune Sugihara lived during a period of extraordinary change in his home country. He was a diplomat by profession, and his memory has endured primarily thanks to his actions during a single month of his life in 1940, while serving as Japan’s consul in Kaunas, Lithuania. As World War II escalated in Europe, Sugihara wrote visas, unauthorized by his foreign ministry, permitting Jewish refugees to escape through Japan, even though they did not meet the Japanese government’s requirement for entry, and in some cases, did not even hold passports at all. This decision, which some believe may have cost him his career, ultimately meant a safe escape for thousands of Jews who otherwise would likely have been captured by the Nazis.

Sugihara grew up at a time when Japan was beginning to assert itself as a global power. In his youth, he was exposed to competing cultural influences: his mother came from a long line of samurai, whose traditions stressed loyalty to family and country above all else; yet there was also the lure of more cosmopolitan opportunities, as Japan looked outward, colonizing parts of China and Korea.

An excellent student with an independent streak, Sugihara chose to pursue his own dream of studying English literature, entering the progressive Waseda University in Tokyo instead of following his father’s wish that he become a doctor. He worked odd jobs to pay his way.

Soon after starting university, Sugihara won a scholarship from the Japanese foreign service to study Russian in Harbin, China. Then the capital of Manchuria, Harbin was an international city primarily controlled by Japan. While in Harbin, Sugihara married a Russian woman — whom he later divorced.

Manchuria was also the site of Sugihara’s first assignments after finishing his diplomatic training. As deputy consul, he negotiated with the Soviet Union to win control of the Manchurian Railroad at a favorable price for Japan. However, Japan’s cruel treatment of the Chinese in its quest for dominance was more than Sugihara could stomach. He resigned from his post in 1934 and returned to Tokyo to retrain for assignments in Europe. While there, he met and married Yukiko Kikuchi.

As Nazi and Russian troops poured into Poland in the fall of 1939, Sugihara was appointed consul general to Lithuania and moved there with Yukiko and their young children. While his official assignment was to set up a small consulate in the capital city of Kaunas, his primary responsibility was to monitor Soviet and German troop movements near the border with Russia.

During his time in Lithuania, the Sugiharas quickly became acquainted with many of the local residents, including some Jewish families, who shared with him their fears of the growing Nazi menace. These friendships may have formed at least part of what inspired Sugihara to help the refugees when Nazi troops closed in on Lithuania.

Although his own government would not officially accept such a large number of refugees, Sugihara defied protocol and wrote scores of visas every day throughout August 1940, giving thousands of desperate refugees a chance to escape a terrible fate.

Later that fall, under intense pressure from the Soviet regime, which had annexed Lithuania in June, Sugihara was forced to close the consulate. After traveling to Berlin, he was reassigned to several Japanese consulates throughout Nazi-occupied Europe through the end of the war. Sugihara was serving in Bucharest at the time of Germany’s surrender in 1945, and when the Soviets took control of Romania, he and his family were detained there for over a year in an internment camp. They were released in 1946, but detained again for months in Vladivostok on their journey back to Japan.

Upon arriving back in Tokyo in 1947, Sugihara was pressured to resign from the foreign ministry. He believed that the dismissal was a direct result of his decision to issue the unauthorized visas in 1940, though the official reason was downsizing of the diplomatic corps during Japan’s post-war occupation by the United States.

Sugihara spent the latter half of his life in relative obscurity. At times finding it difficult even to provide for his family, he worked odd jobs as a translator and interpreter, and for many years as a manager with an export company in Moscow. Sugihara never spoke of his actions in Lithuania, never actually knowing, in fact, whether the risk had done any good. His humanitarian deed went almost entirely unheralded until the late 1960s, when he was located by a man he had helped to save.

In 1985, Israel officially recognized Sugihara for his actions with an award ceremony at the Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem, where he was declared “Righteous Among Nations” and a tree was planted there in his honor. Since his death in 1986, Sugihara has been further memorialized in his hometown of Yaotsu, Japan, as well as Kaunas (now Kovnos), Lithuania.

In 2000, Japan officially celebrated the centenary of Chiune Sugihara’s birth.

Source: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/sugihara/readings/sugihara.html

Mr. Sugihara. A shining example of people who selflessly help other people with no agenda. Thank you sir! Thank you very much for following in your conscience.

Mrs. Sugihara who was afraid of the risks, but supported her husband that their conscience must rule!

The young Mr. Sugihara with his family emblem (crest) on this attire

Mr. Sugihara between 1969-1975

Picture of handwritten visa courtesy of the Visas for Life Foundation The Sugihara / Curacao Visa

Handwritten visa by Sugihara

Sugihara’s image is etched on the stone monument and a testimonial to his brave deeds is written in English, Hebrew and Japanese. Beautiful. The monument is located near the Temple's West Roxbury Parkway entrance. The Sugihara Memorial Committee, composed of Temple Emeth members and the Boston area’s Japanese community, organizes an annual program to honor Chiune Sugihara in Massachusetts. In 2008, the Town of Brookline formally honored Chiune Sugihara for his deeds and the city of Tsuruga, Japan, for accepting these families.

Placing flowers at one of the memorials of Sugihara

Mr. and Mrs. Sugihara at the Consulate in Kauna, Lithuania

Sugihara Memorial in Los Angeles

Sugihara Memorial in Lithuania

Japanese Consulate where Mr. Sugihara saved so many in Lithuania. This is the very place where he issued thousands of handwritten visas that save so many.

Film on Sugihara was shot in Poland, reliving the period of 1934-1955, with international cast from Japan, France, Poland, and Russia. Audience will have a chance to enjoy the famous Japanese actor Toshiaki Karasawa’s efforts to portray Chiune Sugihara, who’s story until this very day moves everyone and embodies the values of bravery, humanity, and compassion. Lithuanian audience will recognise actress Koyuki, who portrays Sugihara’s wife in the film, from Edward Zwick’s film “The Last Samurai”.

 

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  1. Wan Wai Meng on Sep 19, 2016 at 2:27 am

    Within Japanese society in those days, obedience to one’s superiors was paramount and absolute. So Mr Sugihara was a pioneer and groundbreaking, amongst Japanese at least. For him to defy convention and do what he did, took a lot of courage, he did the unthinkable by saving strangers. He was indeed a Bodhisattva for the Jewish people.

  2. Echeah on Jul 9, 2016 at 2:18 am

    I just went to see the movie in the cinema. It was very touching indeed and I’m still thinking about it, days later. Mr Sugihara’s kindness and compassion transcended race, religion and culture. Why did he do it? If they were fellow Japanese, it would have been easy to understand, but they were Jews, no money or fame to be gained and no particular vested interest in saving them. He had nothing to gain from his choice of action, but instead he and his family suffered for it. He made his choice, to do nothing and then live with the heavy burden and guilt of turning away the thousands of Jews who came to him for help or take personal risk and take accountability for them.

    By doing so, he made sacrifices. It also cost him his job and he was declared persona non grata by his own government. But in the end his conscience was clear.

    What struck me about his story is that it was not that he had to decide between saving or killing lives, which would clearly be either positive or negative. The choice would have been more clear-cut. But his was a dilemma between doing nothing (neutral) and doing something (positive). By doing nothing, it was not as if he would have killed thousands by his own hand, but indirectly he would have been complicit to the Nazi’s heinous crime. By doing nothing, it would ultimately be the same as sending them to the gas chambers himself.

    This brought to my mind Rinpoche’s karma chart. White karma (virtuous action) and black karma (non-virtuous action) are obvious. But neutral karma (doing nothing) is the tricky one. Neutral karma may seem like neutral outcome, but not so, according to Rinpoche. Neutral karma leads to regret, bitterness, lost chances, death, sickness and unhappiness. The end result is continual states of unpleasant rebirths, not meeting the dharma, wrong view & negative habituations. Therefore, the result of neutral karma is the same as black karma.

    So if we’re supposed to be in dharma and are sitting, watching others pass by in their suffering state, and doing nothing about it, that is just as bad as harming them. We cannot sit by and do nothing and expect to face no consequences. Thank you Rinpoche for this powerful learning.

  3. samfoonheei on May 17, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    Dear Rinpoche
    Thank you for sharing this beautiful story. I have read it over and over again.Mr Sugihara indeed had helped so many people regardless the races. May his story be share and told to the younger generation so as his compassion and act be inspired to all .
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  4. freon on May 12, 2016 at 1:47 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing this article. This is a very inspiring article in helping sentient being without agenda.

    The Simon Wiesenthal Center has estimated that Chiune Sugihara issued transit visas for about 6,000 Jews and that around 40,000 descendants of the Jewish refugees are alive today because of his actions. This got me to have some thoughts. Mr. Sugihara compassionate and skillful acts have save many lives. At that time, maybe he has issued more than 2000 transit visa to the refugees. But, these small figures have got more than 10,000 of peoples survived and have their decedents. A small numbers become big number just by one action. A small act of kindness has save the entire families. This got me to think that, every action that motivated by kindness (Dharma) can actually bring tremendous benefit to people.

    Mr. Sugihara knew that his actions might brought him no promising future in the government, people will complaint about him, which is true that he was dismissed by the government after he returned to Japan. His wife Yukiko Sugihara, have said that the Foreign Ministry told Sugihara he was dismissed because of “that incident” in Lithuania. To support his family he took a series of menial jobs, at one point selling light bulbs door to door. He never mentioned on how he have save the Jews. This was confirmed that when the Jews came to Japan to visit him, only his neighbours knew what great action he has done. (This information came from Wikipedia) Mr. Sugihara knew this might risk his family and his life; but, he just did it. He did the actions, just because he wanted to save them. Not wanting their money, not fame, not power, he helps without agenda

    His acts inspired me to benefit sentient being without agenda.

    Thank you Rinpoche

    With Love,
    Freon

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  5. Vinnie Tan on May 6, 2016 at 12:35 am

    The story of Mr Sugihara is just so beautiful. He has helped so many people during such a difficult time and not letting others know about it. It is through his actions that shows that he is indeed a hero. He has placed the lives of these people in front of his and his family.

    With the actions of being able to give up your own life and freedom shows how compassionate he is to these people that he has never met and will never meet. I can only imagine how grateful these people would be towards him as it is something that no one was willing to do for them at that point of time. Adding on to that, he did not get the agreement from his government, yet he is doing this because he cares. If the government found out at that time, he would be in trouble but he did not care about that, as he feels that the lives of the Jews at Germany are important as well.

    It is with the actions of people like Mr Sugihara that will make this world a better place. It is through the care that we have for others that makes us a happier person.

  6. Stella Cheang on May 6, 2016 at 12:08 am

    How remarkable that someone who sacrificed his career, expected nothing in return, did what he did for the sake of people whom he barely know. Mr Sugihara put no label to the people he helped. What he had done transcended race and creed. He brought hope to the people who were persecuted in those dark war times. Mr Sugihara’s good deeds went unheard of and did not receive the recognition while he was still alive, in fact, he could not even provide for his family after he was pressured to resign from his foreign ministry position. Yet, he saved 6,000 lives. He is a living Bodhisattva of the time.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this inspiring story with us.

    Humbly, bowing down,
    Stella Cheang

  7. Pastor Loh Seng Piow on May 5, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    Mr Sugihara’s story must be told, just like Oskar Shindler’s. These are the very few souls who risked their lives and dared to stand up against the majority evil at trying times where most chose to conform and stay coward for fear of their own lives. It took one person to save 6,000 people, imagine if more people like Sugihara stood up, the war might not even happen in the first place. Quote here the famous saying of Edmund Burke “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

  8. Pastor Antoinette Kass on May 5, 2016 at 10:04 am

    Mr. Sugihara is a light in the dark. So many jews or half-jews, opponents of the Nazi regime, had no where to turn in those days and they got murdered without any mercy. The extend of the concentration camps and the atrocities that happened is difficult to imagine.

    Most people chose to use the ostrich method and put their head in the sand, pretending to not know what is happing. Mr. Sugihara did not hesitate and used his position to benefit many desperate people by saving their lives from the merciless Nazi-regime.

    Thank You Rinpoche, for sharing this inspiring life and actions of Mr. Sugihara and his wife.

    P. Antoinette

  9. Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on May 5, 2016 at 8:56 am

    Where he could have just as easily abandoned the Jews, Mr Sugihara risked his own life and ultimately his career to save thousands of people. His deeds are all the more extraordinary considering the times in which he lived and acted.

    The kindest people, the ones whose acts inspire others, are those who act at great personal risk, without a thought for their own safety or reputation, for the benefit of others. Oftentimes their work is done without hope for recognition too, just purely for the sake of others and we only come to find out about their good deeds by accident or when the victims raise awareness.

    Without meaning to, Mr Sugihara’s actions are truly an example of activities free from the Eight Worldly Dharmas of hope for happiness and fear of suffering; hope for fame and fear of insignificance; hope for praise and fear of blame; hope for gain and fear of loss.

  10. Valentina Suhendra on May 5, 2016 at 8:19 am

    Dear Rinpoche

    Thank you for the article. What Mr. Sugihara did is definitely very inspiring. He used one month of his life to save thousand of lives and by doing that he risked his career and financial security. It is very refreshing to see someone actually do something for others and not so much for the benefit of oneself. I also find it amazing that Mrs. Sugihara was supporting her husband knowing her comfortable life could end considering what her husband did to save the Jews.

    This article made me realise that our temporary hardship is not so important compared to the life of many.

    Valentina

  11. Pastor Adeline on May 5, 2016 at 5:59 am

    Chiune Sugihara is a hero who displayed the supreme qualities of humanity: courage, kindness, compassion so rare to find. In the time of madness, he is able to make the right decision calmly knowing clearly the serious consequences that will land him and his family. It is a serious offence especially in the Japanese culture for a government officer to defy the government. Nevertheless, Sugihara-san’s concern was the 6000 lives he managed to save, way more important than his and his family’s.

    This kind of courage stems from a genuine care and concern for fellow human beings equally where discrimination and selfish thoughts are non-existence. It is possible for us to do the same as we have all the same nature as Sugihara-san. Sugihara-san is really an inspiration and a good example who died without regret and with dignity knowing he has done great deeds in his life.

  12. Beatrix Ooi on May 5, 2016 at 4:57 am

    Mr Sugihara is indeed very inspirational, he risked his own life to save the 6,000 over Jews, he didn’t have to do it but he chose kindness over fear, he put their lives in front of his. What a great hero.

    There are still some people who look down on Japan/ Japanese because during their invasion decades ago, they brutally killed millions and millions of lives. But the thing is that, everything has a pass, what is over is over. People really need to learn how to let go.

    Japan is a beautiful country, they have worked so hard to maintain and advance the country, and they have made it. Mr Sugihara is just one of them who did good works to benefit others.

  13. Kb thapa on May 5, 2016 at 1:28 am

    This beautiful story about Mr. Sugihara,, There are many ways to see a hero, as the main figure in a poem, play or story, sometimes as a warrior. To be a hero takes boldness, courage, and dignity. I believe a hero has to have a kind and thoughtful heart in order to achieve his actions. Along with being a hero, it takes a lot of sacrifice. Heroes sometimes sacrifice their career, future, or family, and they sometimes risk losing their lives. Not every one can be a hero, but when someone strives to help another person from danger just like Mr. Sugihara who are inspiration to all of us….

  14. Joy Kam on May 5, 2016 at 12:33 am

    In the face of so much pain and tragedy, Mr. Sugihara choose to be the face of kindness and great courage. It is people like him that did what he did to save so many lives and risk himself getting caught and even possibly getting killed. He is no superman but he is a ‘hero’. It is people like him that shows us that kindness does exist and it is all up to us and the choices we make each day.

    Mr. Sugihara is like a Bodhisattva saving millions of lives literally from getting killed and we can see the gratefulness of these people and their family whom he saved and up till today they are still grateful to him. His legacy is not about how many countries he conquered but rather how many lives he saved. One man changed the lives of so many Jewish people whom because of him they are alive.

  15. Pastor David Lai on May 5, 2016 at 12:07 am

    Looking back at Sugihara’s story, I realize that the upcoming movie is more than welcomed. It is always good to be exposed to such wonderful examples of humanity who would use whatever resources they have to benefit others selflessly.

    In today’s materialistic world where selfishness is the norm and such acts of kindness is becoming rarer and rarer. There’s a shortage of real heroes and reading and watching the movie is a rare treat. It is really nice that Rinpoche does so much to spread kindness and compassion in such varied forms on Rinpoche’s blog always. I am inspired to be a sugihara in my small capacity and in whatever what I can as it reflects the teachings, Rinpoche and the Protector.

  16. Julia Tan on May 4, 2016 at 11:51 pm

    Mr. Sugihara, a role model of compassion. At that critical time in 1940, Mr. Sugihara only sees suffering caused by the war and people was dying. Out of compassion he decided to do something about it using the position he had at that time. He saved 6000 lives. Without thinking much for himself and his family, which at that time he could be put himself and his family in danger. But he is acting out of his Buddha nature which without agenda, saving those people that came to him for help which he knew he cannot not doing anything out it.

    In our daily lives, someone people choose to harm others using their power, fame and money. Some people using the same thing they have but choose to help others.

    The greatest happiness is helping someone else.

  17. Chris Chong on May 4, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing this amazing works of Mr Sugihara here. His actions are of true compassion. He helped so many people who are not in any way related to him. He did not get any kind of benefit and in fact suffered alot with the repercussions of his decision. However, he still willing to save all these lives even if he has to risk his own.

    Acts of true compassion is very rare. His story is inspiring and more people should know this story as it would benefit them.

    Humbly ,

    Chris

  18. Pastor Niral Patel on May 4, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    Mr. Sugihara led a very inspiring life and is a shining example of how we should all, as human beings, show compassion for each other. The Second World War is known to be one of the worst atrocities carried out by mankind, and most people around the world are aware of the immense suffering that it caused.

    However, even amongst such horror and evil actions, there were people who practiced compassion and Mr Sugihara is one of those shining examples. During the war most people who have only thought about themselves but Mr Sugihara thought about others instead. This is the way to live a good and fulfilled life, that the Buddha talks about in his teachings, and every other Buddhist master since has emphasised.

    Within Buddhist teachings it says that we need to practice two qualities that will lead us to the greatest achievement of enlightenment. Known as the ‘Two Wings’ these are wisdom and compassion. Without showing compassion and practicing wisdom we cannot progress in either bettering ourselves and the world or anything higher is aspiration.

    Mr Sugihara’s tenacity to so save as many people as he could, without regard for the consequences, shows his true character. His strength of character is something that we should all emulate.

  19. Li Kheng on May 4, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    Too often we define ourselves by the role we play. We make decisions that enable us to fulfill this role well.

    However, true heroes see themselves not as the job they hold or the title they are given to define their value to an organization. Heroes see themselves as people before anything else. They make decisions on the basis of humanity because humanity is what causes sustainability, inner and outer prosperity, quality of life, world peace and long-term happiness.

    Thank you for sharing this post that shed light and hope.

  20. Datuk May on May 4, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for this post of True Heroism, which is a legacy that never dies.

    Mr. and Mrs. Sughihara’s compassion to the Jews during the second World War had multiplied from 6,000 to current record of 40,000 human lives.

    Reading such compassion and heroism humbles me greatly and to know that it is never too big nor too small a kind gesture can generate results of greatness.

  21. diane estelle on Oct 27, 2015 at 3:46 am

    Dear Tsem Rinpoche:

    I am diane estelle Vicari, the documentarian who produced SUGIHARA Conspiracy of Kindness. I thank you for sharing this incredible story with your community. For me, it was a 10 years journey from discovery to delivery. It first aired on PBS in 2005, so you can imagine how happy this makes me to see that the story lives on…We need more of Mr. & Mrs. Sugihara like human in our world today and by teaching and sharing these stories, I am in hope that it will touch someone somewhere out in the world. It certainly changed my life. With gratitude.

    • Martin on May 4, 2016 at 11:23 pm

      Dear Diane,

      This response is late but I wanted to thank you for bringing the good deeds of Mr. Sugihara to the public eye. I appreciate works such as yours because we live in difficult times and a time when life is such that it compels human rights to look after themselves, first and last. What you do is inspiring and is food for the soul.

      The memory of a good man lives on in your works and that too is remarkable.

      I hope to see more of your work and I hope that you will also learn about the great works of my teacher, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche who has touched and saved many people quietly.

      Thank you
      Martin

  22. Chandra on Jan 21, 2015 at 4:51 am

    What an admirable person! There were many guardian angels during the two world wars that history tell us of, who lent a hand to and for the good of humanity. I just watched a movie about Alan Turing today who was a British mathematician/ pioneer computer scientist. His most prominent work in World War II was to break the enigma code that helped decipher the attacks the Germans were planning to make. He not only helped Britain win the war but caused the war to end quicker and saved a million lives. Mr. Sugihara was another kind being who was giving to humanity. Thank you for this wonderful post Rinpoche.

  23. Hee TS on Oct 6, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    感謝仁波切與我們分享這真实且感人的事故,Mr & Mrs Sugihara 真實的例子讓我們赞叹!體现忘卻我愛執而成他愛執,如《供养上師儀軌》所说【總之凡愚为自利,能仁專修利他行,了知功罪利害心,自他相換願加持。】也是大悲心的实践吧!

  24. Wan Wai Meng on Apr 9, 2014 at 12:54 am

    This brings to mind that spiritual enlightenment has no labels attached to it. Any human has the capacity to transcend barriers of race, upbringing, status, faith and all kinds of man made designated labels. In the case of Mr Sugihara, he certainly overcame his fear and his own self preservation instincts to save so many people. He most obviously and certainly knew doing what he did, it was the end of his career and so a certain extend he put his his entire family at risk.

    At different periods of time in human history, heroes are needed to shine the way during dark times. During WW2 it was necessary for Mr Sugihara to raise the bar and rise up from his comfort zone to do what was needed at that time.

  25. Seth Chong on Feb 18, 2014 at 2:02 am

    This is too beautiful… too beautiful.

  26. Alice Tay on Feb 7, 2014 at 12:01 am

    感谢Rinpoche 分享这感人但又有些伤感的Mr Sugihara 的真人故事。

    Mr Sugihara 可以说是在乱世里的其中一位有智慧和慈悲心的外交官。他学会了英语与俄语,沾上优势。

    当Mr Sugihara离职为Manchuria副外交官,这呈现出他怀有一颗慈悲心。因为他再不能忍受成千上万的华人被日本人宰杀。他为有离开,然后回去东京接受新的任务。

    到后来,当Mr Sugihara要关闭Lithuania, Kaunas 的领事管的时候,大概有两百多名的逃难者,向Mr Sugihara求救,希望可以得到签证,因为这样他们才不会被Nazi 党折磨。。。Mr Sugihara 最后也答应了,因为他相信他可以违抗政府,但他不可以违背上帝。他知道,他这样做是正确的。

    Mr Sugihara 所做的一切,未曾要求任何回报。当时,有几个受过Mr Sugihara 的帮助是非常的感恩。他们也相信这世界是有轮转来回。。。

    就如Rinpoche 曾经开示过,对别人好,等于对自己好。

  27. andre giroux on Feb 6, 2014 at 4:03 am

    Great story thank you for sharing.
    Andre

  28. Grace Leu(KHJB) on Jan 26, 2014 at 12:15 am

    Mr Sugihara show the compassion way by saving life regardless the races! He really brave and show determination to help refugees even though may bring trouble to him and family. He is really a true hero!

  29. Casteven Lim (KH JB) on Jan 25, 2014 at 2:35 am

    Salute to Mr. and Mrs Sugihara, they have a big heart and lending their hands for those needed…

    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing with us, Mr and Mrs Sugihara are the real example for us to follow, we must take our first step out hence to generate compassion in ourselves…

  30. Alex C.J. Tan on Jan 23, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    Mr Sugihara demonstrated great bravery and put the refugees before himself and his family. I particularly thought his remarks “I may have disobeyed my country. But by not helping the refugees i m disobeying God” was very profound. He had the courage to step up and consequently more than 40,000 people benefited from his act of kindness. One of the form of giving is giving of fearlessness, and he has done that for those refugees.

  31. Uncle Eddie on Jan 22, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    To develop such great compassion like Sugiharas’, it is said that one, must have a strong feeling for the suffering of all living beings, irrespective! When we have a deep and geniune feelings of love and compassion for all living beings, we will naturally feel close to them and think of them as precious. As such, without exception we will always have the strong wish to remove all their sufferings. Such strong realisation of great compassion, not only purify one’s negative karma very quickly, but also is said to be a fundamental asset to be able to gain enlightenment! May all living beings achieve such realisations! Om mani padme hum.

  32. June Tang(Khjb) on Jan 20, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this amazing and touching post. Mr. Sugihara is truly a hero!!! His compassion is inspired by many people.May more people like him able to help more others !

  33. May Ong on Jan 20, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    All Mr Sugihara wanted to do was to help those in desperate need of help to survive from a war, to escape to a different place to live. He may not be a Bodhisattva but he knew what he had to in order to help those in need. He saved lives. It demonstrates that ordinary people like Mr Sugihara can use whatever resources he had to help others. He did not need others to tell him to do that. He felt it was his responsibility to do it.

    May his reincarnation be blessed by the Buddhas.

  34. wansan on Jan 19, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this story. A story of an ordinary man but a hero to many. “The most important part is that, one man can make a difference” I like this quote from one of the person whose live was saved by Mr Sugihara. He was definitely a very very compassionate and kind person whom didn’t expect any form of return from anyone. Risking his own life to save others. Mr Sugihara was a hero to many and his great values should be practiced by all of us.

  35. Low Khjb on Jan 19, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Thank you for the sharing Rinpoche.A very touching story of a great man who value human lives of others way above his family and his own.For his action at the time might lead to his death which due to the defiance of order from occupying forces during war times.
    Mr Sugihara was a compassionate person and never ask for anything in return and there should be more people like him in this world.His descendants would be very proud of his action.Which Mr Sugihara would be a role model to humanity for infinity.

  36. Sean Wang on Jan 19, 2014 at 2:06 am

    This is truly a man who lives by compassion. So wonderful. I really wish that more people would be able to open their hearts and help others regardless of the situation.

  37. Stella on Jan 16, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    Thank You for sharing, Rinpoche. This is a very touching story.

  38. Valentina Suhendra on Jan 16, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Dear Lama

    I just watched the youtube video and had a hard time controlling my emotion as what Mr. Sugihara did in defying his government and issuing those visas is really courageous. Sometimes, peer presure to conform can be really terrorizing and suffocating at best. This is an incredible man as he did what is right instead of doing what is politically correct.

    Regards

    Valentina

  39. Jacinta Goh on Jan 16, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    This story have been shown on Astro before. Actually he was not that famous until those whom he had helped honoured him! Sometimes, conscience does play a role… His story brought along the memory of a little girl, Anne Frank to me. However, I will definitely watch it again sometime later. Thank you Rinpoche!

  40. David Lai on Feb 13, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    Omg! This is incredibly touching tale of a rare kind and compassionate man. It’s beautiful that he did all that and gained no recognition and the world would have forgotten about it. Fortunately, he was lauded and honored in his later years because people do remember his kindness and especially when so many lives owe it to his kindness that they are still alive.

    Its amazing and I think that the last statement was beautiful because it encapsulates the predicament that he went through and the decided that he followed his conscience and not upon bureaucracy. This is truly something inspirational for all of us to be Sugiharas in our work, friendships, relationship and basically throughout our lives. We just don’t know how much an act of kindness could meet a lot to the other person.

  41. Anila on Sep 16, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    My first thought was this wonderful Japanese gentleman has practiced selflessness. From what I hear from the older generation. They say the Japanese were very cruel people. In Malaysia many people were tortured by the Japanese. The hate Malaysian had harboured for the Japanese lasted for a long time. Sugihara treated the refugees as human beings and did not follow what his country tell him to do. But he has followed what his conscience tell him is right even at the extent of disloyalty to his country. And when he was diplomat has help to free many refugees from suffering by taking the risk of approving visas before it has been approved by the first authority. With this he has shown that he is willing to risk himself one person for the sake of so many thousand refugees he can save.

  42. weeliang on Jul 10, 2010 at 12:06 am

    I have watched the video of Mr. Sugihara’s heroic life. He is aspiration that a hero can arise from pure loving kindness. I the video, Mr. Sugihara went against his jurisdiction and helped many that were in need of his kindness. He basically stuck his head out for strangers of a different race, religion and beliefs. He just knew that these people needed help for their survival. He not just stuck his head out but he also gave all he could physically by hand writing thousands of approvals to allow the refugees to cross the border. If I remember correctly, There was this bit in the story that in order for the refugees to cross the border, they needed 3 approvals from 3 different governments of which one was by Mr. Sugihara. The approvals also had to be given in a sequence where Mr. Sugihara’s approval was second in the sequence. But when some of the refugees came, they did not have the first approval that was needed, but Mr. Sugihara gave them his approval anyways in hope that they will find their way across the border.
    From this video, I learned that sometimes, we have to learn to use our hearts over our brains. When we help somebody, we must have hope that they will succeed. Given the case that Mr. Sugihara approved refugees without the first approval that is needed, he just made sure he did his part and hoped that they will be able to obtain the other approvals. He did not once thought that if those refugees he approved whom did not have the necessary approval, his efforts will be in vane. He just kept to the thought that he had to do his part and that was most important. I think that is a showing of giving unconditionally. I highly recommend that everyone watch this video. Very inspirational. Mr. Sugihara became very successful and respected just by being extremely kind.
    Wee Liang

  43. Paris on Jul 9, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    This is a stunning story of how just one person can make such a profound difference in the lives of others, no matter what it may cost him. I think maybe of us don’t really believe that we can make any real difference – we think, “But I’m just one person so what can I possibly do?” Sugihara was just one person too; he may even have been removed completely or punished for what he was doing, which would have meant that the people helping the Jews would have gone down to a big fat ZERO. But the very fact that he was willing to take this risk and do whatever he could for that moment, that day, led him to literally saving the lives of thousands.
    Imagine if he had just sat back and thought “Oh what if I get caught for this, I better not” or “Oh maybe I should think about this a little bit more and do it tomorrow”. Don’t we all think these things every single day? Imagine if he had too, and all those lives would have perished because of a moment of procrastination.
    Rinpoche has often said that even existing and doing nothing is collecting negative karma which ties in very strongly to the quote “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” We may not be the ones authorising the genocide of the Jews, but if it was in our control to do something to help them and we didn’t, then we may as well have been just as responsible as the SS official who authorised the killings and concentration camps.
    This is a reminder that we all have the opportunity to do what Sugihara did. It may not be under such extreme circumstances as the holocaust, but every day there is someone out there who is suffering in one way or another, and there is always something we could be doing, no matter how small it may seem to be at the time. So what are we doing?!?!

  44. Susan Lim on Jul 9, 2010 at 1:35 am

    What a beacon of light in the great holocaust darkness. People like Sugihara are few in this world, but it the works and their contribution to humanity is so GREAT. Can you imagine what this world would be like if we had more Sugihara? More Mother Theresa, More Mahatma Gandhi!
    We are very fortunate to have Tsem Tulku Rinpoche amongst us, a life who has reached out to the entire world, bringing lasting happiness to many yet, looked into every detail of his students welfare…if they have enough food and if the wallets they carry around has money! How can anyone not love Tsem Tulku Rinpoche?!

  45. ngeowchin on Jul 8, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
    This is the same wisdom very similar to what Rinpoche has been exhorting to us all the time. That if we do nothing to alter the cause of our life of attachment to worldly things and sense pleasures, the evil of our mind – our delusions and imprints, will triumph and drag us down to unhappy states of rebirth.
    During a dark period like in WW2, when evil triumphs for a short period, it is very inspiring and encouraging to witness acts of courage keeping the banner of goodness and holiness alive to overcome evil eventually.Sugihara’s a true hero of humanism and I am so glad Rinpoche shared this here.

  46. Wan Wai Meng on Jul 6, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    I felt goosebumps reading about how this man risked his family and career for people who were not his blood or kin. It was not even in his job scope to do what he did. Even after he had helped so many he fell into silence and his career was put into icebox. He was one of the top diplomats of his time who outmanoeuvred the Russians during a sales transactions, he had a tremendous future doing if he just did nothing. This man chose to trust his conscience and instincts to help the Jewish families.
    We always like to generalize that the Japanese people were totally demons in WW2, well not all are as we can see.

  47. Wan Wai Meng on Jul 6, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    I felt goosebumps reading about how this man risked his family and career for people who were not his blood or kin. It was not even in his job scope to do what he did. Even after he had helped so many he fell into silence and his career was put into icebox. He was one of the top diplomats of his time who outmanoeuvred the Russians during a sales transactions, he had a tremendous future doing if he just did nothing. This man chose to trust his conscience and instincts to help the Jewish families.
    We always like to generalize that the Japanese people were totally demons in WW2, well not all are as we can see.

    • andre giroux on Feb 6, 2014 at 4:08 am

      Totally agree with you Wai Meng.
      Andre

  48. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche on Jun 20, 2010 at 2:18 am

    Dear Joe,
    Please watch the videos of Mr Sugihara completely if you have not yet. It is very touching. I like it very much. I posted many other things on my blog. Please look through them slowly and learn one by one over time. Absorb and understand. It will benefit you.
    Whatever posts on my blog you have read, seen or watched the videos, please leave a comment of what you have learned and how it affected you. I would like to hear from you, your learning from the post and comments.
    I wish you well and to complete your spiritual path.
    Thank you.
    Tsem Tulku

  49. Joe Ang on Jun 19, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    Dearest Rinpoche,
    thank you for sharing this wonderful life story of Mr. Sugihara.
    The act of kindness without expecting anything in return, even losing his job and comfort. Choosing to be selfless, he saved many lives which would otherwise suffer a very cruel fate.
    Mr. Sugihara has showed us, what it means by, “taking on the suffering of others happily”, how the world can be a much better place if everyone learn to respect, love, cherish, and choose to do the RIGHT thing for other fellow man.
    The world is shared by every sentient beings. We can do our part to make more people understand this by adopting Mr. Sugihara’s attitude. That is, to be kind to anyone and everyone. Not only to those who can / will benefit us. Practise kindness and pray that the kindness given, can be practised by the receiver and so forth. Even a sincere smile can be an act of kindness.
    🙂

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

    Jason

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

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

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

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

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

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

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/its-in-the-scriptures-they-exist.html
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    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 04:26 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline sharing this interesting post about Bodhidharma, a great master favoured meditation and introduced the Lankavatara Sutra to Chinese Buddhism.

    Here are a few points I have learned from this post:
    1. Bodhidharma had strong imprints of Dharma from the past and therefore he is interested in Buddha’s teachings and show his great wisdom. at a very young age.
    2. His strong guru devotion and determination in learning and spreading the dharma based on meditation though he confronted with difficulties such as Emperor Wu Di was not impressed by his teachings, being ostracized and rejected and lived as a beggar for many months. Notwithstanding, he continued and never give up to practice meditation in complete silence for nine years in cave wall when he was not accepted by Shaolin Monastery at the beginning .
    3. When Bodhidharma was allowed enter to the monastery, he had put a lot of efforts to help the monks in improving their physical body as well as their mind through the meditation. Then, Bodhidharma continued to develop a system of 18 dynamic tension exercises which were printed as Yi Gin Ching (Changing Muscle/Tendon Classic) in 550 CE. It is known as the Luohan (arhat) 18 Hand Movements today which serves as the basis of both Chinese Temple Boxing and the Shaolin Martial Arts.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/bodhidharma-the-founder-of-gongfu.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 04:10 PM
    Thank you, Grace, for sharing with us the many tips on how to care for and maintain our hair. Personal grooming is important because when we care for our appearance, we are respecting the people who have to deal with us. Caring for our hair, making sure that it is neat and clean should be something we need to take care of since young as it is part of personal grooming. The key is not to be attached to our body and outer-images, that results in spending much time and resources just to make ourselves look good.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/how-much-do-you-know-about-hair.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 03:00 PM
    Thank you for sharing these wonderful and significant photos showed that Kechara Pastors’ tireless efforts to bring dharma to many others and do the blessings whenever is necessary.

    Basically, the pastorship role was conceptualized by our precious guru, H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, to preserve the Dharma and to give laypeople an opportunity to commit to benefiting others. Kechara Pastors are fully dedicated and selflessly serving others especially in spiritual growth and therefore this is good for us to support the Pastors so that they can focus and spend more of their time and effort to serve others and most importantly Buddhist teachings can be spread and shared to many others. The supports to Pastors including food, lodging, transportation, items necessary for their work, such as ritual items or spiritual gifts for those in need and many others. (If you are interested to know more about Kechara Pastors, please have a good read at http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/support-the-kechara-pastors.html)

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/10-amazing-house-blessings-by-kechara-pastors.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 02:13 PM
    Its such a great blessing for all of us to hear the holy voice recordings of H.H Kyabje Zong Rinpoche a great master..His profound teachings ,got to take seroiusly,more as an important advice on Dorje Shugden’s practice.H.H Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s explaination was very clear before any of the practitioner’s commitment and receive sogtae.They must keep the lineage practice and teachings no matter what ever happen.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us on the important advice by a great master.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/kyabje-zong-rinpoches-advice-on-dorje-shugdens-practice.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 11:50 AM
    Thank you Pastor Han Nee for your sharing your thoughts and review about the book “Be Happy” written by Rinpoche. It is indeed not easy to be happy as we all have various expectation in every situation and people.

    We may think having a big house, lots of cash and good career is happiness but this is the wrong perception. Being happy is not about material and everything about ourselves. It is only when we can do more for others and focus out that we gain happiness. I never realised this until I joined Kechara. I think we have such a fixed mindset of what happiness is and when our expectation is not met, we are unhappy.

    Rinpoche has pointed out many ways for us to rectify our thoughts and methods to be happy. Now it is for us to take initiative to change and transform our mind if we want to be happy.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Han Nee for this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/be-happy.html
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Apr 24. 2017 12:30 PM
    Many people do not believe in reincarnation and only relates it to certain religion such as Hinduism and Buddhism. However, there were many instances and signs that proven reincarnation exist. As Buddhist we will believe in reincarnation and karma. It is by understanding that everything has its cause and effect that we should learn to live life in the correct attitude and mindset. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting articles to remind us of karma and the importance of doing dharma practise.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/interesting-signs-of-reincarnation.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Apr 23. 2017 08:29 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for your teachings.
    Always be generous and kind in what ever we could do even its little help.It’s the little things in life that bring the greatest happiness. Its between us and our Buddha ,so we would not bother what the receipient thinks and say of us. What ever was said ,should not deter our motivation to do Dharma work.
    (It will change people’s lives in one way or another. It will change your life for the better.)….well said by Rinpoche.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/its-not-between-you-and-the-recipient.html

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