His Holiness the Dalai Lama shouts?

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In a recent exclusive interview with Telegraph UK, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama mentioned that he gets angry too… to the point that he shouts and says harsh words. Wow. So honest. Unlike someone who shouts profanities simply for self benefit or ordinary anger, His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s words and shouting comes 100% from pure compassion.

He comes back life after life to benefit people through love, peace and compassionate methods… So if he shouts, it can be from no other motive but to benefit you. How fortunate for those who receives the shouting of His Holiness! In Tibetan system, we believe he is purifying your negative karma using wrathful means when necessary. It is possible for sure. We believe sometimes something negative will happen to us, so a highly evolved being like His Holiness can percieve this and he will instantly change the course of that karma or purify it by using wrathful means (shouting). Then we will avoid this turnout. Such is the benefits of working with highly evolved beings.

Like a father towards his only child, I am sure His Holiness shouts at his advisers, secretaries and other people around him because he wants them to improve. The works of the Dalai Lama is very important as it is purely for the benefit of others. Therefore it is important for his assistants and the people working alongside the Dalai Lama to do their work well without mistakes. What would the Dalai Lama gain through shouting anyways??

Another way to see this is that His Holiness is totally honest with his emotions and reactions. He ‘admits’ he shouts too. I think His Holiness is very honest always and brutally honest about himself. Such an inspiration.

Those who work with the Dalai Lama should always be grateful as Dharma work brings benefit to countless of sentient beings.

Do take a read at the interesting article below.

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Dalai Lama: I shout and say harsh words

Ahead of his visit to St Paul’s Cathedral tomorrow to receive the £1.1 million Templeton Prize for contributions to advancing the world’s understanding of spirituality, the Dalai Lama spoke exclusively to the Sunday Telegraph in Dharamsala about China, his temperament, close friendships and his extreme daily routine.

Exiled since 1959, he watched helplessly as China imposed its totalitarian rule on Tibet. Today, Tibet is no closer to freedom than when he first fled Chinese occupation, but without him, the Tibetans might have been forgotten, simply another group of exiles clinging on to a fragmented culture.

Despite Beijing’s countless efforts to discredit him, the Dalai Lama has become one of the world’s most revered leaders, praised for the non-violent way he has led his people, and has a rock-star-like following (tickets to next month’s lecture tour of Scotland, for instance, sold out within hours). Along with his close friend Archbishop Desmond Tutu, he remains one of the last great surviving 20th-century icons of peace.

Tomorrow he will be in London, at St Paul’s Cathedral, to receive the £1.1 million Templeton Prize as “a universal voice of compassion” with a respect for “spiritually relevant scientific research that centres on every single human being.” He will announce how he is to spend the money during the ceremony. The award follows the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize for his commitment to non-violence, and highlights his championing of science as a vital element in religious life.

He still hopes that China will change its approach to Tibet and will initiate democratic reforms within his lifetime. “My lifetime means if I remain another ten, 20 years, then definitely we’ll see it. If I die next year, I don’t know.”

He believes that the Arab Spring has had a deep impact on China’s thinking, and that Buddhist logic could offer its leaders a way out of totalitarianism. “If they face the reality, then there is no reason for fear or distrust” – something he believes are the product of China’s rule. “A lack of transparency results in distrust and a deep sense of insecurity.”

Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mahatma Gandhi and Albert Einstein are cited by him as people who inspire him, but says he has been most heavily influenced by the second-century Indian Buddhist monk Nagarjuna. “He said that there is a huge gap between appearances and reality. Appearance is something absolute, but reality is not that way – everything is interdependent, not absolute. So that view is very helpful to maintain a peace of mind because the main destroyer of a peaceful mind is anger.”

But he hasn’t quite mastered this himself, he concedes. He gets angry “quite often” with “advisers, secretaries, other people around me when they make some little, little mistake, then sometimes I burst. Oh yes! Anger and I shout! And some harsh words. But that remains for a few minutes, then it’s finished.”

At 76, he wakes at 3.30 every morning, meditates for four hours, pounds the treadmill, and then uses Buddhist prostrations to relax. He hasn’t watched television for two years, doesn’t read novels or poetry, but is a BBC radio addict. He stops work just after three in the afternoon, and is tucked up in bed by 7pm.

Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/tibet/9261176/Dalai-Lama-I-shout-and-say-harsh-words.html

 

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  1. Sean Wang on Feb 14, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    It is normal for everyone to shout. Even the Dalai Lama. When His Holiness shouts, it is only for the benefit of the person being shouted at. It is not really a scolding but vajra anger. A form of anger fuelled by compassion and not malicious wrath.

  2. Sarah on Jan 15, 2013 at 5:20 am

    Just like a caring parent that shouts at their children for misbehaving, HHDL shows his care that is alike a parent to his only child by correcting his student’s wrong doings.

    I do not believe HHDL have true anger in him, his wraths are all motivated by compassion and genuine care for his student’s welfare. Sometimes when a person faces obstacle, there really is no other choice either than using wrathful means to make them experience a mental shift because merely talking would do the person no good. Whoever have been fortunate enough to receive these type of wrathfulness from their Guru is truly fortunate as their Guru helped them to purify their negative karma and help them through their mental block that makes them non receptive to Dharma.

    I remember once I have heard of a very high lama whom has a reputation of beating people out of compassion. Whenever he walk down the street, he would sometimes go up to another person and slapped them. He was very well known for helping others purify their karma by beating them, which is why anyone that was beaten by him would kneel, fold their hands and say thank you to this high Lama.

    The wrath that a high Lana shows although from the outside it look scary, but actually, it is purely motivated to purify our negativities that is hindering our spiritual growth.

  3. Paris on Jan 4, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    I think it is helpful to consider and contemplate upon the intent and the meaning of the teacher’s words rather than the tone in which it is said. For example, a mother’s shouting at her child isn’t because she is really angry or upset but arises out of great concern and compassion, and that is understood. It is the same way for the lamas towards his students and the people working around him – being “angry” is just another manifestation of compassion, probably because a more peaceful method has not yet worked to wake up the student or push him out of harmful habits / behavior.

    Someone once pointed out to me to think of what the lama feels as he is ‘shouting’ or displaying anger towards at the student – that it most probably hurts the teacher more to do this, than for the student hearing it. So we should realise the teacher does what he does not because he’s angry in the ordinary ways that we we are or because he dislikes us … but conversely because he actually loves us so very much. Again, to listen to the intent and meaning of his words, than the way in which he expresses it is the most helpful way for us to realise his teachings, whatever way it manifests to us.

  4. Lanse on Jan 2, 2013 at 2:14 am

    I think I can relate more to this now. When one shouts at others, it normally happens in two types of situation. One is he gets really emotional due to his benefit being jeopardized, the other is out of love or compassion.

    Just like how our parents shouted at us when we were young and innocent. Their motivation although might not be as altruistic as HHDL, is still out of concern. The fact is those very close to us and love us won’t simply shout at us for no reason.

    I wouldn’t shout at anyone whom I don’t care enough. Of course when I examine it deeper, I started to realize that not shouting when it is necessary is a type of selfishness too.

    Therefore, my conclusion is: shout whenever I need to, but before that examine carefully what my motivation is. It must come from true care but not trying to win. It must be out of Eight Worldly Dharma. Or else it is just another manifestation of emotion that will only bring harm to us.

  5. Joy on Dec 21, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    “Appearance is something absolute, but reality is not that way – everything is interdependent, not absolute. So that view is very helpful to maintain a peace of mind because the main destroyer of a peaceful mind is anger.”

    Definitely His Holiness the Dalai Lama is one of the wisest man alive that in our present life now that we can see as a living walking Buddha of Compassion or an inspiration. He is one of those beings that gives hope to today’s society not just Tibetans… the hope that there is “good” and “compassion” still in our world. So definitely I believe if HHDL shouts, it is out of compassion like a father shouts and love for his only child.

    Yes “anger” which I have lots… robs us of peace of mind and gives us heavy heart. But since I met Rinpoche… and know a little bit about Dharma, my anger has lessen tremendously and my tolerance level gone up. Some people say I am an idiot, because I allow myself to be so called “abused or used”… but a friend’s mother once told me, that in fact the the “strength” which few would have, now why would you want to be like the norm? Words of wisdom if we heed the advices 😉

  6. tenzin llhamo on Dec 9, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    I believe very much what Rinpoche have mentioned about purification of negative karma using wrathful methods. If I have the merits to be shouted at for the above, I will never think of it as the Lama scolding me. In fact, what does the Lama get out of it except our selfishness, ego and pride? Only out of pure compassion and love for me… What about the wrathful deities then? Isn’t it the same method..

  7. Martin on Dec 5, 2012 at 3:00 am

    The big difference between a high incarnate lama like His Holiness shouting and ordinary people shouting is that the Lama shouts at a person to help him or her, and to purify the person’s bad karma, and is done out of compassion. Whereas when ordinary people shout it is usually out of anger and done to hurt others and instill fear in them. The first arises out of kindness and the second out of anger or unkindness.

    It is wonderful how the although Dalai Lama is aware that he is viewed by many as a living saint, he does not project a holier-than-thou image and often think of himself as a simple monk.

    I cannot imagine the pressure that is on the Dalai Lama’s shoulders and yet he goes about his ways in a such a calm manner exemplifying peace.

  8. adelinewoon on Nov 25, 2012 at 2:20 am

    His holiness openness, directness and straightforwardness is so inspiring. Being in his presence, you can’t help feeling overwhelmed by his compassionate, loving kindness. He is a living saint, a saint living solely for the benefit of others. How fortunate are we to be living in the era where he is here with us!

  9. Darren Kechara Paradise on Nov 24, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Every action or words of His Holiness does is to benefit everyone around him.

  10. bengkooi on Nov 22, 2012 at 4:47 am

    I am not surprised in the least to read that the Dalai Lama uses wrathful methods like shouting or being “angry”. I had not heard of wrathful means until I came across Tibetan Buddhism. Then I learnt that when a qualified Buddhist master scolds you, screams at you, or perhaps hits you, much negative karma is purified.

    I also heard that it depends on your view of the teacher. If you believe that the teacher is enlightened, and anything he does to you is for your own good, then the benefit is much more as you will accept whatever methods your teacher chooses to guide you along the spiritual path. However, if you are unable to see your teacher in the correct light, and you get angry and upset at the methods he is using, the benefit is less but there is still benefit anyway. Just like an animal circumambulating a stupa still gets the benefits of circumambulation without understanding the nature of the stupa.

    I would also like to share a story which Rinpoche shared with me previously. The previous incarnation of H.H. Zong Rinpoche was known to be a wrathful teacher. One time, he caught two monks doing something naughty. He called one of the monks into his room, and was said to have given him a very strong beating. The other monk was not scolded nor beaten. The next day, the monk who escaped punishment died. And the monk who was punished was fine. This is a true story which is a good testament to the power of purification by a wrathful teacher.

    So anyway, if you happen to have the fortune to have a lama who uses wrathful means, be happy that you are so lucky. The wrathful path is so much faster than the peaceful one.

  11. grace (KHJB) on Nov 19, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    May His Holiness Dalai Lama have long life and good health. His Holiness has teach us honesty towards our emotions, there is no meaning to cover by mask..

  12. Lim Han Nee on Nov 18, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Yes, HH Dalai Lama, emanation of the most compassionate Chenrezig and winner of the Nobel Peace prize, humbly admits that he does get angry and shout at “advisers, secretaries,other people around (Him) when they make some little little mistakes”.

    However,his outbursts of anger come and go very quickly; and , being Chenrezig,they are manifestations of his compassion and are designed to purify the negative karma of those who get shouted at by Him. This will prevent something huge and unbearable from happening to these people, who will now have their negative karma ripen on a reduced scale and under ‘controlled’ conditions.

  13. Wah Ying on Nov 17, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    When I know nothing much about Buddhism, about compassion of a Guru, I will not understand why a Guru uses wrathful action, or why Guru gives BF. With more and more understanding I realise a Guru shouts or get angry or uses wrathful way or any other ways that I don’t understand, towards or to train students is only with one motivation, that’s for the benefits of the students.

  14. Wei Theng on Nov 17, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Normally people has the perception that monks need to be goodie goodie and gentle. They should not show any emotions. However, in Tibetan buddhism, it is believe that the Guru will use all ways to make sure his students transform to better person. The Guru might show love, anger, joking or use all different ways to make the student win.

    His Holiness Dalai Lama is very humble. He is showing that he is same as us with emotions but I’m sure his anger is with great compassion. Sometimes, wrathful way are more effective and faster to get the results.

    Besides, this article also reveals that HHDL is very discipline. At the age of 76, he stills wakes up at 3.30am to start his daily practice. This is very inspiring.

  15. tancho on Nov 16, 2012 at 9:58 am

    He’s human after all

  16. Sharon Saw on Nov 16, 2012 at 2:35 am

    It must be shocking to many people that this Nobel Peace Prize winner gets ‘angry’. Anger is the last thing people expect from a monk or nun, always thinking that monks and nuns are peaceful and always smiling. I do believe that their nature is peaceful but that those who have spiritual attainments would manifest anger as an antidote to our delusions. It’s interesting that the Dalai Lama would reveal this side of him though…perhaps it is a skilful method for people to relate better with him.

  17. Davin on Nov 15, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    A guru is not only here to please us and telling us to do things that we like only. This would not help us at all. A guru is here to teach and guide us to beat out our comfort zone and overcome our attachment,ignorance,anger,hatred,ego and to guide us to enlightenment. His holiness shouts and uses harsh words, I believe that the motivation behind such actions are for our own benefits.

  18. Mayy on Nov 15, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    In every people’s perception that Buddhist monks or nuns are loving, kind and full of love for others. Again, they are human too but when they are angry and “scold” at their students is to “wake” them up and to drum in the message out of pure motivation to help the person. It is not done to hurt him or her.

  19. Han on Nov 15, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    I always belief that Lama’s anger towards students because he wants us to improve.
    Not only HHDL does use harsh words to scold people, truly with compassion. All gurus anger are with pure motivation and helping others. As student, should not react back as anger but pure compassion for us to transform.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this inspiring post

  20. Albert Ratchaga on Nov 15, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Dalai Lama talks so openly where he shouts and get angry very fast, and yet it only lasted a few minutes only. There is nothing for him to hide or he only say good things wanted to get praise or anything, because his act is purely Dharma and no personal agenda, that’s why he does not need to look good in the public. The truth is the truth, nothing to hide.

    Angry only for a few minutes? I think if anyone who were to really get angry for their personal agenda, they would not calm down in few minutes time, that is impossible, so for Dalai Lama who is able to do so, then you should know what his anger mean. That is purely for the benefit of others.

  21. abby F on Nov 14, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    To me personally, I don’t think it is weird that Dalai Lama will shout too. I believe a Guru with wisdom like the Dalai Lama has many different ways of teaching the students that are from many different backgrounds. A real Guru is not the one who always looks goody-goody, a real Guru is the one who willing to risk having us ‘hate’ him if he can benefit us by doing something that looks controversial or crazy(in this case like the Dalai Lama shouts at His students). This is what stated in ‘Gurus For Hire, Enlightenment For Sale’ (http://vajrasecrets.com/books/english-books/gurus-for-hire-enlightenment-for-sale.html).

    A Buddha like Amitabha has the wrathful emanation like the Dharma protector Setrap, and Manjushri has the wrathful emanation like Kalarupa. This shows clearly that people just need different ways of guidance at the different point of time. Sometimes we need advice and care, sometimes we need to be pushed, it is just the matter of way of approach at different point of time.

  22. Adrian Chow on Nov 14, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    I believed when His Holiness shouted at someone, He means no harm even with His harsh words. Just like Rinpoche said, Tibetans believed when a Highly Attained person shouted at one person the motivation is to purify our negative karma which is purely from a compassion mind.

  23. sweekeong on Nov 14, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Even in the news report Dalai Lama is giving universal teaching values to all of us. His statement: “the main destroyer of a peaceful mind is anger” is very valid and applicable when we live our every day lives with so many difficulty and circumstances to do our work, relationship with others.

  24. patsy on Nov 14, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    As an emanation of Chenrezig, H.H.the Dalai Lama is full of compassion and he will even use wrathful methods to benefit others if He deemed fit. He is so humble and speaks the truth with regards to His emotions. His motivation is pure and when He scolds it is to clear away obstacles and a method to purify the negative karma. As such, we should not judge the action but the motivation behind the harsh words.

  25. Sock Wan on Nov 14, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Buddha does get angry, but for a good reason, so that someone will grow or realise something. Just like Setrap, he is the emanation of Buddha Amitabha but he is so wrathful, looks angry. He is angry because we are deluded by our wrong views, he will use his wrathfulness to lead us to the right path.

  26. MayOng on Nov 13, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    The ”anger'” from a normal lay person is usually based upon their own selfish needs for the benefit of themselves only. But when a holy being like HH Dalai Lama or highly enlightened beings becomes “angry”, it would be towards the situation or their assistants making repeated mistakes for not being mindful or aware of their own actions and its repercussions.

    In practising the dharma path, when our teacher or Guru or Lama scolds us, it must be for a very good reason to help see the path clearer, or make us realise some mistakes or help to purify us. Highly enlightened beings do not just get angry for no other reason. It is just like a father or mother scolding their children. The scolding is for the good of the children and not for the parents, in most cases for lay people.

  27. Tat Ming on Nov 13, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    HH Dalai Lama is so humble to admit his having anger. He demonstrated that it is only human to have anger. However, we all know an enlightened being like HH Dalai Lama who is believed to Chenrezig or the Buddha of Compassion, can only be angry to benefit others and for no other reasons!

    Anger is one of the three poisons of our mind – anger, attachment and ignorance. Anger is so elusive! It only strikes us when we least expect it. Even if we have strong mindfulness and awareness, we can’t help but get angry at moments when we lose control of ourselves. We lose control of ourselves when we want to protect and defend our ego. Our ego is the most important thing in the whole wide world at that particular instant of anger. Anger happens instantly and spontaneously. And after the anger, almost always we have regrets. But it is no point regretting because much hurt and damage would have been done to the persons (including ourselves) during our anger. Unless we have accomplished total renunciation of the eight worldly concerns, anger will remain with us. It is like a time-bomb waiting to explode!

    The practice of patience and mindfulness will keep us in check of anger. We need to constantly remind ourselves of the danger of anger. Anger can destroy us in many ways. One of the most harmful ways is the burning of our merits. Anger can lead to wars between nations. Anger can break relationships. There are many other many disadvantages of anger. The irony is when we realise that we will die the every next moment, even anger becomes irrelevant! So why become angry? Knowing the dangers of anger, we should strive to be patient.

  28. Wan Wai Meng on Nov 13, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Look at all the fierce deities like Yamantaka and Setrap they are all wrathful and all are enlightened. When the lama scolds us it is a purification for us and they do it out of deep compassion. As probably the gentle methods do not work anymore or there isn’t any more time so the wrathful method has to be employed.

  29. Louise Lee on Nov 13, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    相信每一位尊贵的上师都有他们特别的 教导方式。

    达赖喇嘛的方式,只是于一般我们见到的佛法老师不同! 因为从小家人就灌输我们,出家人就应该怎样, 怎样的!

    其实我觉得,上师爱我们就应该在我们有错时及时纠正。不听话时也应该骂。 如果我的师父从来都不骂我,惩罚我, 。。。。那。。。。我觉得有点怪!

  30. Uncle Eddie on Nov 13, 2012 at 11:44 am

    As from whatever were disclosed in a recent exclusive interview with Telegraph UK, it can be extremely painful and depressing to the Dalai Lama, who is on his “exiled since 1959, as he watched heplessly as China imposed its Totalitarian rule on Tibet. Today, Tibet is no closer to freedom than when he first fled Chinese occupation, but without Him, the Tibetans might have been forgotten, simply another group of exiles clinging onto a fragmented culture”. Its truly not an easy role to be the Dalai Lama, though “who has become one of the World’s revered Leaders, praised for the non-violent way he has led his people, and has remained one of the last Great surviving 20th-century Icons ofPeace”. So, if he shouts, it can be of no feelings of displeasure to the secretaries, advisers and other ‘choosen’ people around him, as this can, or should be accepted as “purification of compassion” by the Dalai Lama of any negative karma/forces to devade its course of happening through such wrathful means. This in itself is pure kindness and deep care, as the Dalai Lama himself is awared of. The whole Universe salute the Dalai Lama with the greatest of esteem and admiration for being what he is, and lives for! “Long live the Dalai Lama”. OM MANI PADME HUM.

  31. Henry Ooi on Nov 13, 2012 at 11:27 am

    It is inspiring to read that HH Dalai Lama talks candidly for it is an education for me that highly realized beings’ actions may be the same as others but it’s the motivation that counts.

  32. lewkwanleng on Nov 13, 2012 at 5:42 am

    Buddhist monks usually give people the perception that they are cool and compassion. Yes, that is true, but at times, one needs to use the wrathful energy to get message across.

    For example, parents at times will “scold” the children to get certain messages across. The difference is the motivation. If one uses harsh or wrathful words out of anger, it will hurt; but on the other hand, if one uses wrathful words for people to improve or to give them good values, it will benefit;

    As such, we cannot just look at the action (shout and use harsh words) and decide if a person is angersome. I have also seen Dharma protector (through oracle in trance) use a stick to hit a villager who were very ill (apparently he was possessed by some spirits), but the villager “woke up” and restore consciousness.

  33. Lim (KH JB) on Nov 13, 2012 at 2:27 am

    Every Guru will use their skillful ways to teach us, and we should ready when our Guru press our button. We are so fortunate to have a Guru so near to us and always direct point to our mistakes.

    I truly wish that Rinpoche, HH Dalai Lama and all spiritual guides long life and continue turn the Dharma wheel…

  34. Milly on Nov 13, 2012 at 2:12 am

    HH Dalai Lama is very humble and tells us he does shout. But his shouting is with a different motivation. That is, to buck us up and mind transformation. As a living Kuan Yin, His Holiness actions are pure and sincere. He cares for our welfare and rebirth. May His Holiness live long to see Tibet gain independence from Tibet.

  35. Girlie Ooi on Nov 12, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Yes we all view HH as Chenrezig (Kuan Yin) and to find him faultless. To know that He shouts and uses harsh words may come as a surprise but we know the motivation behind such actions are for our benefits. And really, he is not angry at you, just the situation.

  36. Sheryl KH (JB) on Nov 12, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    So true about what has been said about His Holiness Dalai Lama: Without His Holiness, Buddhism will not spread so wide and deep, and those Tibetan people may have to go through a lot more hardships that what it is now.

    I wish long life for His Holiness Dalai Lama, so that his compassion and wisdom can continue. I wish too that China’s totalitarian rule on Tibet can be taken back very soon, so that the beauty of Tibet, its religion, culture and people can remain.

    Reading this article also make me realised how disciplied His Holiness Dalai Lama’s daily life is – to wake up at 3:30am and then be up in the bed at 7pm.

    I wish happiness and great health for His Holiness Dalai Lama.

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    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
    Join our blog chat session this Saturday 11AM – 12PM (GMT +8) on the topic of:

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

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

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

    Jason

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
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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because all unknown with familiarity becomes the known.
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini\'s blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves.
~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini's blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves. ~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
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His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
: This picture says it all. Click on it to enlarge and read and please share.
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: This picture says it all. Click on it to enlarge and read and please share.
This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one\'s death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one's death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin\'s dog Snowy!
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.
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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
4 weeks ago
It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and 'defeat' the ones that hurt us because we don't become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
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Tsem Rinpoche's heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin  Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
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Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
 (left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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(left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
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
1 month ago
If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
My Mumu boy didn\'t want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
My Mumu boy didn't want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
1 month ago
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
1 month ago
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn\'t move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
1 month ago
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
1 month ago
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
1 month ago
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
1 month ago
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
1 month ago
Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
2 months ago
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
2 months ago
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
2 months ago
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
2 months ago
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
3 months ago
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
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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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