Superstar Linda Lin Dai

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As a kid, I have always liked the old Chinese movies from Hong Kong especially from Run Run Shaw Studios. It is during the time when Hong Kong was still under the colonial Yoke. Where Chinese people were proud of their long lasting culture, their achievements, their history and their rich contributions to this world. They wanted to produce movies that highlighted the rich cultural history of  themselves as a people and not be inundated with Hollywood. Hollywood was closed doors to Asians or anyone of color for that matter. The universal success of Run Run studios and it’s stars sent a message to the world. You don’t have to be what Hollywood portrays to be worth something.

There’s thousands of spectacular pictures by Run Run Shaw. The actors and actresses very famous in the East lived glamorous lives with intrigue, love, pain, success, and early deaths like their Hollywood counterparts. One of my favorites is Lin Dai. I have posted some information on her for you to read. She was indeed a tragic personality whose beautiful films live in the hearts of millions. Her beauty as renowned as Liz Taylor or the Liz Taylor of the east and her acting superb. She made everything believable.

Here are some information about this screen goddess of Mandarin-language films.

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Linda Lin Dai was born as Cheng Yue-ru to a politician’s family in Guangxi, China in 1934. Lin migrated to Hong Kong with her family in 1948. She joined Yung Hwa Film Company in 1952 after leaving the Great Wall Studio, where she joined a year earlier, and made her big-screen debut in Singing Under The Moon. The film made her an instant success.

For the next decade, Lin won the hearts of audiences with more than 40 films. Off the screen, she married tycoon Long Sheng-xun in 1961 at the age of 26. Although she worked for several different studios, Linda Lin Dai is closely associated with the Shaw Brothers, where she became a contract player in 1961.

1959- kingdom & the beauty

The Kingdom And The Beauty (1959)

Lin perfectly matched the vision Shaw Brothers had of itself as a studio and its ideal audience- sophisticated, cosmopolitan, erudite, elegant, modern, and decidedly bourgeois, or aspiring to be all those things.

1965- Blue& Black

The Blue & The Black (1965/ 1966)

Educated in Mandarin and English, Linda Lin Dai could by-pass the local Cantonese-speaking world of Hong Kong to speak to a transnational Chinese audience in America, Europe, Taiwan, and the Nanyang. She could play the classical Chinese beauty or the modern career woman. On screen she often played the heroine who sacrificed herself for the greater good.

Lindai movie 3

Lin won over the critics by winning an unprecedented four best actress awards at the Asian Film Festival for The Golden Lotus, Diau Charn, Les Belles and Love Without End during her career.

Awards

Sadly, she committed suicide in 1964, leaving behind two unfinished films, The Lotus Lamp and The Blue And The Black (1 and 2). In 1995, she was the only Mandarin movie star featured in the Hong Kong Movie Stars stamp collection released by the Hong Kong Post Office. It is an evident that she is still living in the hearts of many Chinese audiences even though she has passed away for almost forty years.

Lindai funeral

This is a picture taken during her funeral procession

10 Top Movies By Linda Lin Dai Of Shaw Studios

    1. Diau Charn (1958)
    2. The Kingdom And The Beauty (1959)
    3. Les Belles (1961)
    4. Love Without End (1961)
    5. Madam White Snake (1962)
    6. Love Parade (1963)
    7. Beyond The Great Wall (1964)
    8. The Lotus Lamp (1965, Released Posthumously)
    9. The Blue & The Black Part 1 (1965)
    10. The Blue & The Black Part 2 (1966)

    Above info extracted from:

    • IVL Les Belles DVD
    • http://hkmdb.com/db/people/view.mhtml?id=2126&display_set=eng

    Movie clips:

    Madame White Snake – (wonderful tale based on rich Chinese Mythology):

    http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/v20495552BB6KzDNM.flv

    Or view the video on the server at: http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/v20495552BB6KzDNM.flv

    Beyond The Great Wall – (Historical re Chinese Princess given to Mongols to save from invasion)

    http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/v2049553764P32JJY.flv

    Or view the video on the server at: http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/v2049553764P32JJY.flv

    Love Parade – (modern film highlighting the versatility of her acting)

    http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/v204955483ppnFMx5.flv

    Or view the video on the server at: http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/v204955483ppnFMx5.flv

    The Battle of Love – (Lin Dai’s earlier movie)

    http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/v20495966fh34FTSK.flv

    Or view the video on the server at: http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/v20495966fh34FTSK.flv

    Lin Dai – (A short Tribute)

    http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/v20495493mCCMFn2c.flv

    or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUCgM0e0HPs&feature=related

    Or view the video on the server at: http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/v20495493mCCMFn2c.flv

    Please search on youtube for many more wonderful films by Lin Dai and Shaw studios. Very well made. Many of the films are available on dvd also. I have most of Lin Dai’s films.

    The world is full of so many talented people. Growing up in US, I didn’t realize as I saw everything threw the eyes of Hollywood. The people there have very little idea of the richness lying untapped for films in the Far East. This is what I am trying to convey in this post. The dragon is waking now….

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    1. Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Mar 21, 2016 at 3:19 am

      There is something about the stars of yesteryear that is unmatched by today’s celebrities. The class, elegance, beauty and grace with which they conducted themselves and their private lives…they relied more on their talent to make them superstars, than their sex appeal (although of course, that was never very far behind).

      Based on Rinpoche’s write-up about Lin Dai, it seems like she wasn’t typecast as a seductress or temptress which is refreshing. It reflects the level of her talent and the respect people had for her such that they didn’t reduce her into a sex kitten.

      Stars like Lin Dai broke the barriers and paved the way for the Lucy Liu’s and Michelle Yeoh’s of today. But their problems and the problems of the stars of today are exactly the same – unhappiness is unhappiness and when you are surrounded by everything people say should make you happy, and you’re still not happy, I guess suicide seems like the only way out when you don’t know any better or any differently.

    2. Maylin on Mar 30, 2014 at 12:23 pm

      My mom was a fan of Lin Dai when my family moved to Hong Kong in the early 60’s. My mom told me that Lin Dai once held me (before I turned 1 year old) during her filming break in front of our house : )
      I also enjoy those movies from ’50s and 60’s very much!

    3. DR on Jun 13, 2012 at 10:22 pm

      It so so sad to hear of untimely death from such talented actors and singers from the East and West. Marilyn Monroe and Whitney Houston was another such example. Things may seem all well and rosy from the outside but suffering is in all beings in samsara as its the nature of samsara. I am sure if they had the merits to meet with the dharma,situation could have been different for them as they are able to deal with whatever that they were experiencing with better control of it.

    4. ericchoong on Jun 13, 2012 at 5:35 pm

      ( Linda Lin) Lin Dai is one of Tsem Tulku Rinpoche’s favorite actress。。。。She is also one of my favorite fashion icon, she beautiful and glamorous.I was greatly inspired by her style during her era…….But Sadly, she committed suicide in 1964.Even though she is gone,her legacy still lives on…. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing:-)

    5. abby foo on Jun 17, 2011 at 5:37 pm

      aww, my parents love her very much also 🙂

    6. Arlette Chiapetti on Dec 22, 2010 at 12:26 pm

      Hmm. I am not so sure about that…

    7. Janice Kwok on Nov 7, 2010 at 10:33 pm

      Astro did a run of Lin Dai’s movies and still continues to do so. I remember reading her in the magazines which my mum used to buy and admired her beauty, her smiling eyes. The story lines in all her movies are similiar: tragic, unrequieted love, the heroine who dies for all. She couldnt see beyond the illusions of her celluloid roles that she decided to end her life painfully. Its so sad to read that her family members are not able to forgive her even though so many years have passed.

    8. wong kok tong on Aug 25, 2010 at 10:43 am

      very inspiring recording. Remind me of the values of history and the Chinese people. A view that the younger Chinese and other nationalities can learn to appreciate culture and talents of the past.

    9. Hee Peng (Melaka Center) on Jul 11, 2010 at 10:12 pm

      My mum was so thrilled when I told her that Rinpoche had put up posting on Lin Dai on his blog. She was an icon back then that every girls would dress up and look like her in every way possible. Despite the fame and the money that she made as a superstar, she was not happy with her life. My mum told me that she had attempted to commit suicide twice before but was successully rescued by her husband and it was a trick used by her to make sure that her husband remained loyal to her. Nonetheless the third attempt was fatal as her husband wasn’t anywhere near her to rescue her.
      Grasping the ungraspable often leads us to do something that not only cause harm to us but also inflict sufferings to others. We always want things to remain the way it is, be it the relationship, careers, family, neighbourhood, etc and if something has changed and if the changes are to our disadvantage or we feel uncomfortable with the changes, we would try to contain the impact of those changes in our lives rather than embracing it, either by living in denial that everything remains the same even though it isn’t, or we resort to drastic masures to ensure that nothing changes by means of deception, lies, threats, and so forth. Often such actions bring pain and sufferings to our closed ones and ultimately drive them away from us.

    10. keng on Jul 10, 2010 at 11:36 pm

      I used to watch the black and white with Lin Dai and I do love the wonderful songs she ‘belt’ out. The other beautiful and talented actor that took her own life was Betty Loh Tih. It is a real shame that these celebrities and those of today cannot see the truth in ‘life’. It may seem bad to say but they are somewhat ‘self centred’ otherwise they would not take their own life for whatever ‘depressed’ state of affairs they undergone. This also proves that success and fame in this life is no guarantee of happiness. I dread the current generation of people who have no stability in thoughts and are constantly chasing for fame and fortune the ‘quick’ way. And how ironic that after attaining fame, they decide to keep their lives private.

    11. Lily on Jul 10, 2010 at 10:14 pm

      Many a Saturday nights were spent with my mom in the cinema watching movies of Lin Dai, Li Ching and Ling Po, to name but a few. All the ladies were the superstars and legends in their own time. Lin Dai committed suicide at the prime of her career. She had ‘everything’, fame and fortune but happiness..?? She must have been deeply depressed that she can’t think rationally but take that course of action. Like some of the celebrities of recent times, they are too consumed with their own emotions that they cannot see the reality of their sufferings. If they have the good fortune to have come into spirituality/dharma, perhaps some of them would still be alive. Om Mani Padma Hum

    12. May Ong on Jul 10, 2010 at 1:58 am

      Linda Lin Dai was beautiful, talented, charming and an angel. However she ended her life tragically with such sadness. Women can be beautiful during their prime but ageing is a fact of life. If only she had grown old gracefully with her family beside. She may have glamour, rich and wealthy but she was certainly not happy. If this state of unhappiness is left alone, depression sips in.
      I feel for what she went through in her last moments of life. She must have thought about her actions before making the decision to take her own life. She was not able to see light at the end of the tunnel. Nobody should take that road.

    13. Irene Lim on Jul 9, 2010 at 11:33 pm

      I was a movie queen when I was young. My uncle owns a cinema in town and my family and I did not have to pay to see any movies. Almost every evening I would go movies with my grandmother, mother and siblings. Of course, Lin Dai was one of my favorite actress. Whatever movie comes to town I would surely be in the cinema. It is so nostalgic when I watch Lin Dai’s movie now. She was the best actress; everything about her acting and expression was really dramatic and real. She was renowned and extremely popular in the Chinese speaking countries. It was a blow when she committed suicide. What a waste….
      I was a movie queen when I was young. My uncle owns a cinema in town and my family and I did not have to pay to see any movies. Almost every evening I would go movies with my grandmother, mother and siblings. Of course, Lin Dai was one of my favourite actress. Whatever movie comes to town I would surely be in the cinema. It is so nostalgic when I watched Lin Dai’s movie now. She was the best actress; everything about her acting and expression was really dramatic and real. She was renowned and extremely popular in the Chinese speaking countries. It was a blow when she committed suicide. What a waste….
      Why crave for fame, when it is only a passing phase? There is a greater purpose in life than chasing fame. If only Lin Dai knew…..

    14. Joy Kam on Jul 9, 2010 at 4:53 pm

      Lin Dai’s story is classic case of Samsara’s Entrapments. No matter how beautiful, talented and famous you are, if your mind is not happy, in this case Lin Dai was always in depression, you will still go downhill especially if you don’t have merits to support your fame and stardom. Just like Elvis and James Dean and Merilyn, all these classic legends who became so famous so fast and died young. What I understand and from many of Rinpoche’s teachings is these famous people suddenly die is cos their good karma has been exhausted, that is why they go down very fast. But if you have Merits (which cannot be exhausted) from doing good/virtuous deeds, it helps to support you to continue doing your good works (if you are doing good works to begin with, like Dharma, charity, helping others etc.) Many do not understand Karma and Merits and if we really understand and apply it, we can grow positively very fast. Karma and Merits is not about a religion, it exists whether we like it or not, this explains why certain things happen, the cause and effect of everything that exist. So no point basking in our fame and glory for it may just disappear at a blink of an eye without you even realizing it.

    15. Joy Kam on Jul 9, 2010 at 4:46 pm

      This brings back so much memories when mum use to drag us to the old smelly cinemas to watch Lin Dai in Madam White Snake – and I loved it! Even as a little kid around 5 or 6 years old, I totally loved her because of her charisma, beauty and good acting. It’s a classic and I am quite surprised that Rinpoche like Lin Dai too! Rinpoche is really so versatile, you can relate to just about anyone from any age group and background. I guess this is what make Rinpoche so different and Rinpoche’s style more approachable to the masses.

    16. Beng Kooi on Jul 9, 2010 at 5:16 am

      This is my first time coming across Lin Dai, and when I saw the first black and white picture of her, I actually thought she was Liz Taylor!
      Later, as I read more and saw her colour photos, I realised my perception of her changed a little, just by virtue of her being an Asian actress. Its not that I thought she was any less beautiful or elegant, but there was a definite shift in my perception of what she would be like and who she was.
      My reaction came as a surprise to me, and I just wanted to share it with all, that sometimes, what we perceive through our senses, even with something as simple as this, does colour our perceptions of how things are or how things should be. And if we are unaware (or even if we are aware), we act from our expectations and that is what creates much unhappiness from all of us. Thank you for this post, i got something unexpected from it.

    17. Allan Lee 李栢荣 on Jul 9, 2010 at 1:50 am

      Lin Dai, watched her movies when I was young. Use to shrug when my mom makes us sit together and watch the show with her. Those singing sounded to horrible to me during that time. But as I grew up, I realised I started to appreciate those “dreadful” movies. We can really see how people from the era putting so much effort in the acting. Lin Dai is really a lady with pure talent and she can really act well. I love The Kingdom and The Beauty & Madam White Snake. My two all time favourites. It is a sad thing for her to die at young age by taking her own life. She is a lost to the entertainment industry and also a lost of talent. It will be great if we can relive such talents and remake the movies just like it is from that era. It will sure entertain us and will bring back the sweet memories 🙂

    18. Elaine Cheah on Jul 8, 2010 at 10:46 pm

      In the black and white photo, Lin Dai reminds me of Audrey Hepburn, an epitome of grace and classic elegance. These film clips, pictures and songs of old Shanghai evoke a sense of nostalgia of an era long gone. I’m not quite a movie buff, and I have no recollection of Lin Dai, but it is nice that we are able to let time stand still and capture forever moments that become lost as soon as they occur and we can relive them again and again and be transported back to that era in reminiscence.
      The old Chinese movies have very tragic story lines that often tell of love and loss. My earliest memories of Chinese movies was when I was very small, living in the hospital where my mum worked as the matron. The nurses always had the TV and Redifusion on at the canteen in the nurses’ quarters. The medium of conversation around the hospital was mainly Cantonese. The black and while movies were always being played and they were all tear-jerkers. I had a nanny from Canton, an “Ah Ma Chair” who was celibate, sworn to service as a housekeeper, wore one long pigtail and whose dress code was always crisp white and black “sam foo”. That hospital where I lived, the Chinese Maternity Hospital in Pudu (which still exists today), was founded by the Run Run Shaw Foundation of Hong Kong, what a small world. Ah, this brings back a lot of my childhood memories forever etched in my mind.

    19. Sean on Jul 8, 2010 at 5:30 pm

      I have never heard of this Linda Lin Dai. I also never watched any of her movies but if Rinpoche likes it, if I find one of these movies, I will like it for sure. All the pictures look extremely nice, they make Linda Lin Dai look extremely gorgeous. She gained many awards! It is sad that she committed suicide. Suicide is the worst option in life. That stupid option will send you directly to hell! I will search for the movies that are more recent like: The Blue & The Black Part 1 (1965) and The Blue & The Black Part 2 (1966).

    20. ngeowchin on Jul 8, 2010 at 4:10 pm

      I was so excited when I saw Lin Dai’s pics and story captured Rinpoche’s interest out of zillions of stars out there.Of course Lin Dai was no ordinary star – she was undisputed Queen of Chinese celluloid and probably won more awards for her beauty cum talent than any other HK stars then and now.
      I also happen to be her no 1 fan and had seen all her movies many times. The record must be ‘Beauty and the Kingdom’ which I must have watched more than a dozen times and had memorised many of the songs there. She was also my mother’s no 1 fan and many people said my mom look like her – hence my bias !
      Beauty, fame, fortune and intelligence cannot protect our mind.Lin Dai had all those things but could not find peace and contentment – the things that matter.
      She left this world sad and regretful.
      If we don’t learn from this lesson and take the dharma path, we will also suffer same fate for chasing after transience and things that don’t matter when death comes.

    21. Ooi Pe on Jul 8, 2010 at 9:07 am

      I remember being dragged to the movies to watch Lin Dai on the silver screen. I did not undertsand a word of what was goig on then but I found it interesting as she was very pretty and the idol of many people. She became the darling of the Eastern silver screen. She was very successful in the short span of her life. Sadly she left this world aged 30 while at the pinnacle of her acting career – she had fame, power, career – material fortune. A stark reminder of how life is so fragile. Nothing is certain; death is certain. Her legend lives on.

    22. Joey on Jul 7, 2010 at 12:21 pm

      Lin Dai’s life story was an extremely weird one in my opinion because although she was a superstar, almost ALL of the characters she plays on screen commits suicide for the good of the many. In the end, due to gossips from the media that she was a loose woman, she committed suicide to protect her honor. My grandmother was one of her biggest fans and she told me how Lin Dai died. Even she noticed that Lin Dai died the way her screen characters did: suicide and disappointment after being forced into a corner or when being accused.
      Perhaps, she acted those roles too many times until she internalized the mentality of her characters, and acted out based on them.This seems to be one of the examples of familiarization but unfortunately in the wrong direction. And how gossip can ruin another life and person.

    23. Yokefui on Jul 7, 2010 at 8:14 am

      Lin Dai is one of those famous celebrities that seem to have everything we can only dream of but are so hopelessly unhappy with their lives that they resort to taking their own lives.
      People chase after fame, power, wealth etc, when they get to the top they worry about how long they will stay up on top and depress over the fear of losing them.
      Rinpoche always teaches on how to have real inner peace – to focus on others, once we do that we destroy the cause for unhappiness, SELFISHNESS. If you want a powerful teaching on this , go to “We own nothing”: http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/2010/04/we-own-nothing.html

    24. Shirley Tan on Jul 7, 2010 at 7:23 am

      Hi Elsie, thank you so much for taking the time to write and share more stories about Lin Dai. I also was not aware that she drank Detol. The thought is painful enough. However, I would not go to as far as to say that I admire people who take their own life. Ending one’s life does not stem from courage, it comes from fear and abject depression. When we feel trapped in some situation and we cannot see the light at the end of that long dark tunnel, we will withdraw deeper within ourselves. We will fall deeper into an abyss of negative emotions. In fact, I dare say that taking one’s life is the ultimate act of selfishnes. Because we have turned our backs to life, and we rather give up and not try anymore. So, in actual fact, we have totally stopped caring and are willing to abandon even ourselves. What you said about having someone around to help or to console is very valid. When our mind is so unstable, our emotions can derail us completely. This is one of the reasons why Rinpoche blogs, why Kechara puts on Rinpoche’s teachings into youtube and put out everything online. Someone who is down or depressed might come across these videos or teachings, or even this blog post and find it helpful. It might even save a life. Rinpoche often says that everything our mind projects, no matter how real it may seem is just an illusion. If a thought can be created from the mind, it can also be taken away from the mind, and even be replaced by a better thought. I know at this point it may sound easier said than done. Everything takes time and practice. But when we don’t give up and keep working at our own issues, things will eventually get better. We will become much stronger and nothing will throw us off ever again. It takes time to build strength and courage. No different than it takes time to build bigger/stronger muscles in our bodies. We have to keep working at it, and never give up. With every bad and self-defeating thought, we will replace it with ten good, uplifting thoughts and focus outwards. Rinpoche has said many times that the fastest cure to depression is to stop thinking about ourselves so much, and do more social or community work. Helping others is an instant reliever of misery, because we become someone useful and beneficial to others. Then we will begin to value the real purpose of life.

    25. Peter on Jul 6, 2010 at 10:27 pm

      Terima Kasih Rinpoche!
      And yes, my paternal grandparents and parents were some of her fans and the surprising news of her unfortunate demise was a tough one.
      Her case, like many others, has served to give me a stark reminder of how fragile do some hold on to the thin thread of the precious human existence…
      More importantly, it has taught me how to be more compassionate and understanding of these people and be of the best assistance that I can be in their ‘dark night of the soul’ moments when the only light they see is none…
      Every such case that I read serves as a wake up call to certain realities of life, oft ignored or shelved away.

    26. Elsie Toy on Jul 5, 2010 at 8:29 pm

      She shocked the entire Asia with the news of her suicide drinking Detol. (I was 6 yrs old then when she died.) Imagine how painful is that to drink detol, the pain and agony she goes through. She gave so much of joy and entertainment to other but inside her she suffers in silence. She was mocked by the Roman Catholics for committing suicide. (Her Catechism teacher was also my teacher in St Margaret church in Hong Kong) Her grave is still in Happy Valley Hong Kong. I visited the cementery on ‘All Souls’ Day for catholic Mass. The grave is not even taken care of by her family members it is really sad. Something must have pushed her to the brim to take such a drastice action. If only someone is there for her to help her to see her through and understand her needs to console her. Why still mocked her after her death isnt there forgivenss. I dont understand. Maybe she is suffering me because of her self centredness. She need more attention from her family but not receiving it. Is that what she is suffering. Self-centredness cause suffering as well. That is the danger of “I”. Therefore wer must learn to put others before us.

    27. David Lai on Jul 5, 2010 at 7:52 am

      I am amazed by Rinpoche’s broad range of movies that he watches as they span east to west. I guess it must be Rinpoche’s ways to understand his Chinese students here in Malaysia. In order to be effective, Rinpoche had immersed himself in Chinese culture in order to understand his students better.
      Rinpoche has been in Malaysia since 1992 and he has done a lot to understand the local Malaysian mentality and disposition. Therefore, his activities have increased tremendously with the culmination in Kechara House and its various departments. The departments are ingenious ways in which Rinpoche spreads the Dharma. They have recently come up with interested and informative website on these departments. Do check it out – http://www.kechara.com

    28. Paris on Jul 3, 2010 at 7:35 pm

      Wow I didn’t know that she committed suicide – it’s such a shocker when you hear of talented, amazing, beautiful people killing themselves and you think, “what do they have to be sad about to kill themselves? they have everything in the world and the world loves them.” It’s such a sad thing to see that you could be at the top of the world and still feel like the loneliest person.
      It’s really true too – when I was studying in this rich-bitch international school, the kids were more screwed up than you could ever know. They were drinking themselves to the hospital, doing pregnancy tests at 15, suffering eating disorders, depressed, going for counselling. You look at these kids with their amazing glamourous, rich, safe lives and you think, “what have you got to be unhappy about?”
      Then you go to Nepal, where they have nothing and they have to paint walls for a living and they’re happier than anyone I’d ever met (I wrote these experiences in my book). Rinpoche himself shows us what it means to have that lasting happiness – from the time he lived in a cow shed, to now, living in a beautiful, comfortable Ladrang in KL, he has never changed, never been more happy or sad in either condition, his happiness completely unaffected by a material surrounding. This is something really worth aspiring to.
      I think Rinpoche is far more glamorous than Liz Taylor or Lin Dai could ever have been and this stems from the fact that he is so REAL, unchanging, consistent and kind. There is so much glamour in finding happiness no matter what the conditions around you are, and further, giving that happiness to others also.

    29. Yee Ling on Jul 2, 2010 at 6:00 am

      Dear Rinpoche
      Your blog on Lin Dai brought back many childhood memories of going to her movies with my mother when I was very young. I remember very clearly the story of Madame White Snake. When her songs played on Redifusion, my mother used to love singing along with her! Yes, she left quite an impact on many people, myself included

    30. mima on Jun 30, 2010 at 8:56 am

      Thank you for sharing about this very special being!

    31. Elsie Toy on Jun 29, 2010 at 1:24 am

      Thank you Rinpoche for sharing about Lin Dai. It is such a tragedy that such a jewel is so vulnerable. “Here today gone tomorrow ” sad that all fame, glamour and riches didn’t give her happiness but bitterness,agony and pain that gave her the courage to take her own life. Somehow I always respect those people who have the courage to take their own life. I respect their courage cos I don’t have.

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    • Lin Mun
      Saturday, Apr 29. 2017 03:09 PM
      Interesting info and article about werewolves. I never knew about its origins and the various wolves existence until I read this. I have thus far know about werewolves only from the movies and the famous twilight show. But one thing I noticed from the articles is the gruesome manner in killing the person (or suspected werewolves). Some were cursed to be a werewolves. There just so much anger, violence and killing in the whole process, which probably the reason why werewolves are known to kill and hurt human and other animals.

      Anyway, whether we believe the existence of werewolf is true or not, I believe that there are other forms of beings in world. And we should not handle or deal with other beings with violence and anger.

      http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html#comment-744320
    • Lin Mun
      Friday, Apr 28. 2017 04:00 PM
      Everything we offer to Buddha is a form of mind transformation and practise our mind to be focus even when doing water offering. When pouring the water into the bowl we have to recite Om Ah Hum (3 times), think positively and pouring it slowly so it does not spill and leaving the space of a grain of rice before reaching the top. After offering we also have to clean the bowls properly without leaving stain. All this is to train our mind.

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

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

      Jason

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

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

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

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

      Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this heartwarming article.

      http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
    • Samfoonheei
      Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 02:21 PM
      Its a heartfelt touching article of this faithful dog.Cannot imagine this ,such a wonderful relationship between that dog and the deceased owner.The greatest fear dogs know is the fear that we will not come back for them That i noticed from observing from my pet poodle.In this case this faithful dog knew his owner won’t be back.
      Dogs are loyal, patient, fearless, forgiving, capable of pure love and have feelings too.He must have missed the owner badly that he wanted to accompany the owner all the way to the resting place.
      Thank you Rinpoche for sharing. May that faithful dog ,continue to serve and well taken, love by the other family members.
      http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
    • Samfoonheei
      Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 01:46 PM
      Werewolves are known to be mythical creatures found in fiction instead of lurking in the dark woods,In various parts of the world there were few cases who have gone down in history as real life werewolves Interesting to read it from these post..How far it was true or just legends.,no one really know . Many myths and legends surrounding werewolves .To become a werewolf, it is necessary to be bitten by a werewolf in their form at the time of the full moon. Thats what all of us knew from the movies and from fiction told. Reports of werewolf sightings continued even till this century but mostly in between 1428 and 1447 .The most recent sighting of werewolf sightings in 1972. was in Ohio .but eventually subsided .
      Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these interesting article which i do enjoyed reading it,
      http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html
    • Valentina
      Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 01:11 PM
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      Twenty-Four Holy Places & Eight Great Charnel Grounds part 2 – (focus topic: Eight Great Charnel Grounds)

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

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

      Jason

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

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

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

      http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-1-2.html

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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.
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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
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    This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one\'s death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
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    This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one's death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
    I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin\'s dog Snowy!
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    I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin's dog Snowy!
    Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
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    Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
     Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
    Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
    Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
    2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
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    2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
    One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
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    One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
     Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
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    Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
    Tsem Rinpoche\'s Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
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    Tsem Rinpoche's Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
    Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
     It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and \'defeat\' the ones that hurt us because we don\'t become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
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    It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and 'defeat' the ones that hurt us because we don't become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
    Tsem Rinpoche\'s heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
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    Tsem Rinpoche's heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
    Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin  Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
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    Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
    Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
     (left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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    (left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
    Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
    It\'s good to be with kind and sincere people.
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    It's good to be with kind and sincere people.
    If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
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    If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
    My Mumu boy didn\'t want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 month ago
    My Mumu boy didn't want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
    This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
    March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
    1 month ago
    March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
    More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 month ago
    More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
    His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
    1 month ago
    His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
    His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
    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
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    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
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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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