Huge statue of Luang Phor Thuad (龙普托) in Thailand

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I didn’t know about this place at all. We found this place by total accident and glad we did.

Huge statue of Luang Phor Thuad/Long Por Thuat (龙普托) in Thailand, along the way from Bangkok to Wat Muang in Ang Thong Province. I was amazed when I looked out the car window to see such a magnificent image of a holy monk. It is huge and very blessed to see.

Thailand is like Tibet where they revere the sangha very much. They create large images of special sangha that have shown exceptional ability. It’s like in Tibet huge images of the blessed monk Tsongkapa is created everywhere.  There are huge and beautiful statues of Tsongkapa all over Tibet and Mongolia. Many have experienced miracles, blessings or at least a sense of peace in the presence of these Tsongkapas just like I did in front of Luang Phor Thuad’s statue.

I wanted so much to share this with everyone. Beautiful, holy, sacred and meaningful.

I had to bring our group to see this image after our visit to Wat Muang Temple and take a few pictures.We did some prayers and really felt happy to see this holy monk image.

Take a good look and in the future, do visit this holy image to make offerings in person.

Tsem Rinpoche



 


 

Luang Phor Thuad was born in B.E 2125 (1582) in Suan Chan Village, Chumphol Dustrict, Sathing Phra in Songkla (Southern Thailand). His parent was Khun Hu and Mae Chan, a poor couple living in the place of Shrentthi Pan, the wealthy landlord. His parents name their child as “Pu” (meaning crab).

When Pu (Luang Phor Thuad) was less than 6 months old, he was placed in a towel under a shady tree near the padi field while his mother was working.At noon she ceased work for a time in order to breast-feed him. As she walked towards the baby, she saw a huge python twine round him.She alarmed for help. The neighbours quickly gathered knives, axes and clubs and came round. The python was stern and motionless. The people around did not know what to do. No one dared to start the attack and suddenly,his mother gets an idea. With the old belief that this snake might be the god created vision. She quickly plucked seven wild flowers of different colours, put then on a leaf which served as a plate, knelt down, closed her eyes, and prayed earnestly.The python spit out a crystal ball on the baby’s chest and left out soon. It was a brilliant crystal ball.Many people gathered round to have a look at it. His mother then kept the gem and brought him home.

A rich man offered a very good price for the crystal ball, but his mother did not wish to sell it. The rich man forced her. At last she presented it to him. The rich man was happy but for only a while. Within three days, all members in his family fell ill. He consulted a medium and was told that he had kept something which did not belong to him by right. Only the baby boy could own it.The rich man was frightened and returned the crystal ball to the baby’s mother. Within 3 months, money poured in like water. His parents became very rich. The neighbours were jealous. They stole the crystal ball. They were chased by the python till they threw it into a pit. Later a deity revealed the whereabouts of the crystal ball to his parents in their dreams, thus the precious crystal ball was recovered. His parents became more devoted to the Buddha. They generously helped the poor, made offerings to the Sangha (Monk) and built temples.

Luang Phor Thuad began to learn about the Buddhist teaching in a temple nearby at the age of 5 years old. Rather talented as he was, he mastered all subjects his teacher could guide him within a year. He went to other temples over the hill and across the jungle to acquire further teaching every day. He became a monk at the age of 12 years old and devoted a full time study in the Dharma. His father passed away at the age of 72 years old when he was 30 years old. In order to further the studies in Buddhism, he left his mother and went to other province.

From the present location, Wat Pakok, Singora, Thailand, Luang Phor Thuad took a boat sailing northward to Ayuthaya province (former capital of Thailand). After sailing for half a day, the boat met with great storms. The boat was jolted and the passengers were frightened. The boat did not arrive at its destination after drifting for several days. The store of drinking water ran short. The boatmen gathered that their previous voyages had all been very smooth.The catastrophe might have been caused by the presence of the monks. They planned to push him into the sea. He could sense their intention. He consoled them that they needed not worry about drinking water as there was plentiful around. He stretched his leg out of the boat, the storm was pacified. With his leg, he drew a circle on the sea and told the boatmen to draw water within the circle for drinking.

The boatmen were angry at first as they did not believe that the sea water could be used for drinking. After his assurance they made a try and found that it was actually drinkable. One purposely tasted the water outside the circle and shouted that it was salty.The boatmen were amazed and did not take further steps to harm Luang Phor Thuad.

On the next day, the boat arrived at the Ayuthaya province. Luang Phor Thuad walked for a few miles and was happy to see a stately temple in front of him.The monks in the temple refused to accept him as he was poorly clad. He turned to an old temple not very far away. The old keeper welcomed him and offered him board and lodging. He stayed there to study the scripture, to pay homage to the Buddha and to practised meditation for half a year.

The ruler of a neighbouring country,King of Sri Lanka sent seven monks to Ayuthaya province to test the achievements of the monks in Thailand. They brought with them 12 bowls containing 84,000 words. These words were to be arranged into a certain sutra within 1 week. If the task was accomplished, King of Sri Lanka will prepare to present Thailand with seven boats made of gold. Should the task be a failure, Thailand should surrender their sovereignty to their country. The Thai King gathered all well-known learned monks to tackle the problem. Many tried but were not successful.

Announcement was made by the court to look for someone capable of dealing with the task. On the fourth night the King dreamed of a white elephant trumpeting in dazzling light. He consulted a fortune-teller and was told that it was a good sign as a sage was likely to appear to solve the problem. The King was uncertain. On the sixth day, Luang Phor Thuad left the temple in the morning to beg for food. He arrived at a rich man’s house. The people were discussing about that very serious topic. They saw him holding a bowl standing in front of their doors. The host reverently offered him food. He sensed that the monk in front was rather extraordinary in appearance. He paid Luang Phor Thuat due respect and told the latter that their country reputed for their Buddhist studies would be put to shame if no one could meet the challenge put forward by the neighbouring land and asked whether the latter could help in that matter. Luang Phor Thuad replied that he would try. The host was very happy. He intended to invite Luang Phor Thuat to see the King immediately. Luang Phor Thuad told him not to be hurry and would go the next morning.

After Luang Phor Thuat had left, the host broke the news to the King. On the next morning, the King sent a special carriage to bring Luang Phor Thuat to the palace. On arrival he was escorted by the officials to the entrance. The steps with loud noises as Luang Phor Thuat walked on them barefooted. The King and the officials were all very quiet. About half an hour later the monks from the neighbouring country came in. After exchanging greetings, Luang Phor Thuad began to arrange the words. 12 bowls of words were poured on the table. He closed his eyes and arranged them with both hands. About a quarter of an hour later, he announced that 5 words were missing.

Those 7 monks remained in silence. He then warned that anyone did not quickly take out those missing words would die of cracking skull. The culprit was frightened and took out those missing words. With his eyes closed Luang Phor Thuad exercised the supernormal power to arrange the words. The sutra was completed in a little while. Seeing that Thailand was invincible, those seven monks presented those 7 boats made of gold and left.Thus Luang Phor Thuad’s name was well-known throughout the country. He was looked upon as a saintly Buddhist monk in Thai history.

Luang Phor Thuad remained in the capital city for a few years until be was informed of his mother’s serious illness. He rushed southwards and not long after his mother died at the age of 78 years old. After the funeral he stayed back in Singora, Thailand.

A state governor from the south by the surname of Phang, a man with a comparatively dark countenance, wished to build a Buddhist temple. He came to Singora to look for a distinguished monk to head the project. One evening after sunset, he saw an old monk stroll along the seaside, leaving behind a trail of light. He knew that was the right person to approach. He stepped forward to pay due respect to the monk and told the monk his intention of building a temple in Pattani. Luang Phor Thuad already knew the matter through his psychic power. He consented and went with the governor Phang to Pattani. When the construction was completed, the temple was named Wat ChangHai. Luang Phor Thuad was abbot to this temple till he passed away at the age of 120 years old.

For over three hundred years Luang Phor Thuat has been exercising his power to help people in danger and accidents. His images were highly esteemed for their supernormal power.

The image may protect the bearer from the disturbance by demons and relieve sufferings of a patient. Its effect in preventing accidents is especially noted.

(above writing extracted from the internet)

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  1. Jason on Jul 3, 2016 at 3:14 am

    I feel blessed after seeing Luang Phor Thuad statue. In Thailand, I can see many Buddha and eminent monk statue around Thailand especially at suburban area.Thai people pay very high respect to monk. This can be seen on the food offerings to monk in the early morning 6am at Khao San Road. I really love to see Buddha and monk statue.
    Thanks Rinpoche discover it and share to us and I am planning to visit this statue in short period.

    With folded hands,
    Jason

  2. samfoonheei on Jul 2, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    Thank you for sharing RInpoche,
    Its a beautiful statue with such an interesting story behind it.
    I do hope to visit one day….

    😉

  3. Stanley Ong (aka DarkMind) on Oct 3, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    Hi, did you get at least part of this story from my blog?

    If so, I am honoured. 🙂

    http://thaigurumonks.blogspot.sg/2005/09/legendary-luang-phor-thuad.html?m=1#comment-form

    • Admin on Dec 10, 2014 at 2:44 pm

      Dear Stanley,

      We have checked, and unfortunately no. There wasn’t any information that was extracted from your blog.

      However, as there’s never such a thing as enough knowledge, thank you so much for sharing the link to your blog. Do continue with your Dharma postings!

      With folded hands,
      Admin

  4. Su Lin on Jun 23, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    The story behind this statue is really fascinating and intresting. It’s fascinating because the myth and history was so deep, there were details in what the monks did with what the monks presented to the statue. This is also intresting because the Luang Phor Thuat has been exercising his power to help people in danger and accidents. And I find that this has a great meaning to it.

  5. Teo Kong Meng on Dec 28, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Love to hear more stories about Luang Pu Tuad. I have a Statute of His Holiness in mt house.

  6. Pastor Han Nee on Sep 26, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    It is truly extraordinary that a huge statue of a monk is found in the middle of ‘nowhere’.It is the statue of a famous Thai monk. Luang Phor Thuad was born into a very poor family, who were too poor even to give him an education. Yet, the seed must have been planted in a previous life, for the circumstances surrounding him to change so dramatically, with the appearance of a python, who spewed out a precious jewel that brought wealth and changed the course of Luang Phor Thuad’s life.

    From a young age, he was already drawn to Buddhism. He became a monk at the age of 12. He went on to perform great deeds , including making a sutra out of 84000 letters which saved the country from falling into the hands of a neighbour.

    His extraordinary powers came from a good heart and a heart of deep renunciation. Being a Sangha, he helped preserved the Buddha’s teachings. His power of blessing was so great that amulets of him were efficacious in healing, blessing and protecting. His blessings have reached out to many as far as northern Malaysia, judging from several comments posted.

    Luang Phor Thuad is indeed a great sangha.

  7. Wan Wai Meng on Sep 25, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    We kind of saw the statue form the highway and went to investigate. We are blessed to know this great Buddhist master.

  8. HelenaC on Sep 25, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Wow….what a magnificent statue!!! Thank you for sharing RInpoche, hope to visit one day 😉

  9. Uncle Eddie on Sep 16, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    It is said that Luang Phor Thuad was a legendary southern Thai monk, immensely popular with the southern thais. Many miracles have said to be performed or associated with him. The big statue was commissioned by Queen Sirikit of Thailand at Wat Huay Mongkol. Many people in Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia believe that armulets ceated in this vicinct had great protection power against fatal automobile accidents and it is said that the abbot of Wat Chong Hai is the pioneer creator of these sacred armulets!

  10. Jill Yam on Sep 16, 2013 at 12:41 am

    I enjoy looking at Buddha statues and images now more than ever since I have learnt Dharma from Rinpoche and Kechara. Whether if the Buddha’s form is wrathful or serene, exotic or simple, all Buddhas give me a peace of mind whenever I see them. As Rinpoche said, all Buddhas ultimately lead us to enlightenment.
    But I would love to visit Luang Phor Thuad statue one day!

  11. Cliff on Sep 15, 2013 at 3:59 am

    Wow! Luang Phor Thuad was such an acclaimed monk. It was so cool how he managed to decipher the text and even found 7 missing words whilst his eyes were closed. The statue of him is huge! Must’ve been a real sight to see and visit. Its wonderful how enormous the statue of Luang Phor Thuad is and hope that it would bless all those who see it and the land around it and more. Thank you for sharing Rinpoche, I’m glad Rinpoche was able to stumble upon the statue of Luang Phor Thuad, I know it must make Rinpoche very happy to see people building a huge statue like Luang Phor Thuad to bless the people.

  12. Beatrix Ooi on Sep 12, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    The statue of the Sangha is indeed very huge and holy! People there will get a lot of benefit from there, especially the ones who were involved in building the statue. I love the surrounding environment as it’s filled with greens and beautiful sceneries.
    Thank You for sharing the video Rinpoche.

  13. Andrew James Boon on Sep 12, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    I recall having the opportunity and privilege to go visit this holy site whilst in Bangkok a couple of years back. It was through Rinpoche’s kind recommendation that I had even heard of this place.

    I recall it was still not quite complete yet as you can see in the photos above. It is quite an impressive site with lakes, and even F&B outlets planned from what I could tell of the construction. I wonder how it is progressing? I tried to look online for any updates but came up blank! 🙁

    More on this holy monk here: http://buddhatalisman.blogspot.com/2012/02/luang-phor-thuad-autobiography.html

  14. Erickksiow on Sep 12, 2013 at 12:37 am

    High Attain Monk in Thailand, Hope to go to his Wat for one day.

    Thank You fro sharing Rinpoche

    Best Regards : Eric kksiow

  15. Shelly tai on Sep 10, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this beautiful statute with us. I rejoice for the people who build this wonderful statute and may the statute and temple bring the dharma to more people and hopefully with the dharma it will reduce the suffering of all being.

  16. Sean Wang on Sep 9, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    This statue is so cool! The story of Luang Phor Thuad is very interesting. The next time I go to Thailand, I have to convince my mama to let me see it. I think that there should be more statues like these around the world and I think that Kecharians should make such an image of Rinpoche 😀 It would be amazing!

  17. Elsie Toy on Sep 9, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Dear Rinpoche

    Thank you very much for sharing this with us. Thailand has many buddha statues to bless the area and The big Luang Phor Thud to bless us I hope I get the blessings by seeing this through the iternet (I am greedy for blessings). I love to visit Thailand and I intend to do soon. In fact, I visited these places such as Temple of Dawn in 1978 but then I was ignorant and didnt know much about it. Now I have all the reason to go and revisit these places and with a different view. Thank you very much for this sharing I like to brig my daughter and let that be an eye opener for her too. Thank you.

  18. Low Khjb on Sep 7, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing .The statue of Luang Phor Thuad is indeed amazing.The grandeur of the size and detail of the statue shows how much effort the people put in to building the statue of the revered and dedicate it to the attained Luang Phor Thuad.
    As mentioned,we hope to see such statue of our past sangha at the Kfr in the future too.It would certainly bless all those who make a effort to visit Kfr.

  19. Grace Leu(KHJB) on Sep 6, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Thank you Rinpoche fir the sharing. The story of Luang Phor Thuad really amazing and why he was so well respected by Thai people. Really happy to know that have such huge holy image in Thailand. Wishing that I can visit his holy image one day.

  20. Sasha sunsun on Sep 4, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    Very famous in thailand , a lot visitor especialy Malaysian and Singapore.

  21. Jutika Lam on Sep 4, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Woah…. What an amazing and gigantic statue of Luang Phor Thuad!

    It is true that in Thailand people are famous for making such great and gigantic statues of the many famous and well attained Masters of Thai Buddhism.

    It is very lucky for the people in Thailand to be able to have the blessings to be able to have such great statues for thousands and thousands of people to come and Pray to.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing!

    Rest Well

    Love
    Jutika

  22. So Kin Hoe on Sep 4, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    Thanl you Rinpoche for sharing the story of Luang Phor Thuat. There is also a big statue of Luang Phor Thuat at the Wat Huay Mongkol temple complex located 15 kilometers west of Hua Hin. Many Thais pray to Luang Phor Thuat and fully trust in Him to resolve all their human problems.

  23. Wylfred on Sep 4, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    我一直都认为我自己和泰国佛教没有缘, 也会尽量避免接触泰国佛教, 真的有分别心。 通过仁波切分享和上课后, 才知道大乘,小乘和金刚乘佛教都是源自于释加摩尼佛。 顶礼上师

  24. Darren Kechara on Sep 4, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Very huge statue if Luang Phor Thuad, a must visit if we travel to Bangkok. Seeing the image itself already has the blessing, will be great if we can do offering as well. Thank you for sharing Rinpoche.

  25. Julien Roth on Sep 4, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    This is a beautiful statue Rinpoche. And i have to say, the video above really does show its beauty. Someday, i really wouldn’t mind seeing this statue at all. Thank you for sharing Rinpoche

  26. Ojhani on Nov 18, 2012 at 12:11 am

    We went to Thailand few years ago, and I was attracted by a bronze statut at Amulet’s market in Bagkok and I’ve bought it. It is Luang Phor Thuat’s statut in bronze, but I didn’t know his story. At my home this statut has a special place. Until today I didn’t know that he protects against accident but I truly believe that after reading this. 2 years ago, we almost had a car accident; no one didin’t understand how and why we avoid this accident. Now, I have the answer. This holly Buddhist monk was around us. From now and until the end of my life, I will pray next to this satut.

  27. Jace Chong on Aug 17, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Homage to Luang Phor Thuad! The story of his bio is amazing. If it’s from the point of view of Tibetan Buddhism, he must be incarnation of high lama or Bodhisattva.

    Only true Buddhist practitioners live their life for others, never complain how others treat them. He is highly knowledgeable to solve the sutra in order to save the country.

    May his devotion to Buddhism set a great example for people to study Dharma for others. _/\_

  28. JP on Jun 30, 2012 at 5:24 am

    The story of Luang Phor Thuad sounds amazing. I believe he must have been a tulku of very high calibre. I’ve never heard of snakes spitting out crystal balls. Perhaps it’s a naga’s offering to Luang Phor Thuad who’s a very special child. I’m also quite surprised to see such a huge outdoor statue of a monk and not Shakyamuni Buddha in Thailand. I think it’s very unusual. I would visit this temple, the next time I’m in Bangkok.

  29. James Long on Sep 14, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    We saw this huge statue on the highway to Wat Muang. Our group are very fortunate to visit holy site with Rinpoche.

    In Wat Muang, they have a shrine for their Abbot who built the temple. In the same area, they built a huge statue of Guru in this case Luang Phor Thuad. This tradition of building Guru statue is same as Tibetan.

    We took picture there with Rinpoche and make a prayer in future we will able to built huge statue of our lineage master, so that we will be able to be close to meet a Guru and practice Dharma life after life.

  30. monlam on Sep 10, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the video and photos.
    This holy sangha statue is really big and nice. This looks like real. This is very good for people to pray and get some blessing.

  31. Melinda on Aug 27, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    I have a statue of Luang Phor Thuat at home on my alter.I do not know much about Luang Phor Thuat neither does my Mom. I was only told to pray to Luang Phor Thuat for safety and protection.How ignorant I am not to know the inspiring story of such a holy monk.
    Thank you so much for sharing this, Rinpoche. It will definitely be different from now whenever I see His holy image and now i can share the story with my Mom too!

  32. tenzin llhamo on Aug 27, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche. Such an amazing story of His life. Those who see His Holy image from near or far will not only be blessed but reminded of His story on what He had done for so many years with humility.

  33. Nicholas on Aug 26, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Wow…..it’s really so nice and bless to able to see such a big holy statue from far. I like the feeling. If I were to have a house near the large statue, I would like have all the windows face the statue. What a great view!!!
    After Rinpoche mention that may in future we are able to build a large statue of our linage Guru, my mind keep on imagining it and it’s so wonderful.
    The story of Lung Phor Thuad is great. It’s really a blessing to have such a great being which continuing to help people over three hundred years.

    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing this.

  34. Joy on Aug 26, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for all the beautiful pictures, videos and exciting updates … they are very inspiring to witness. It is good to see Rinpoche well with a great supportive team working really hard to spread Dharma in Thailand. What a great privilege to be there with Rinpoche doing this great works – rejoice for the team!

    Rinpoche’s the greatest tour guide for Thailand, making every single place of visit so much more meaningful and valuable. Most of us had visited Thailand and these places never had this type of priceless knowledge to really appreciate the place. Now when we go back to Thailand and visit these great places and instead of just being a silly tourist, it will have more meaning.

    Thank you Rinpoche for having this blog to share with the world your inspiring journeys and teachings which are truly priceless!

  35. Steve Tobias on Aug 26, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    These kinds of stories are great. Then the statue representing them. Can’t really grasp how large it is or the impact of running into such a statue. The only “large things” in America are billboards. On the rural highways sometimes a person writes something on the roof of their house, like a tribute to their dog, and it takes you out of the normal sphere of things. Even the large Christian churches are nice. Imagine a giant statue of a famous monk, with a story behind it?

  36. Michael Kuang on Aug 25, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    LP Thuad is highly revered by Malaysian as well. Many northern states Buddhist will put LP Thuad amulet on their children as to protect them. My mum gave me one of the Wat Pak Kow consecrated LP Thuad when I was in kindergarten. I ve kept it until today as to remember how my mom took care of me when I was young and now it is time for her child who grown up to take care of the aging mother.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing..as Buddhism stresses on Non Sectarian..this is a true example on how you incorporate Thai Theravadan Gurus to inspire all of us to practice diligently. Namo Pothi Satho Akanthi Maya Iti Pakawa Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu!

  37. patsy on Aug 25, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    I remembered when I was young, we had a photo and a statue of Lung Phor Thuad on our altar and my parents would pray daily to Lung Phor Thuad. On special occasions, my parents would buy thin gold foil and stick on to the statue. Before sitting for exams or going for a job interview, my parents would always advise me to pray to Lung Phor Thuad which I did even though I do not know much about this great monk but out of respect for my parents. It is through Rinpoche’s kindness again for sharing this article with us that I have gained so much information on this great monk. Thank you!

  38. His. on Aug 25, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    AppreciatingBrancussi? The most reality is often not what is most manifest. The bigger the statue, the more we can realize there’se no use in searching outside what is within….that is why people find calm in watching the sea. A bigger statue then the sea is not there. On the floating market there was this Madonna-with-child A green Buddha statue and in the evening when looking up to the stars, we realized that all over the world people had in fact the same shrine up in the sky, with all the stars as statues of the Gods….Bara Berechit Elohim it means The beginning Created many Gods …
    We are all up to The Beginning.
    Hm. nice . Thanks for sharing. Buddha=The Beginning.

    Here is a statue in words it is Zen-statue I hope AllYou like it You know in Zen the man goes find the bull and then put on a halter and the animal becomes quiet and in the and he can ride on his back, while reading a holy scripture, or plying a flute, and the animal brings him savely home. Many statues like that , very well known.
    Here’s with poem, it ones arose from his-mind. Deeply Thank You for chance to share it

    Galloping over the land
    When it touched the Holy Sand
    The horse Sacrifize became a lucky-born

    The sand turned into a lake
    In which Sacrifize disappeared

    It’s memory called: set me free
    The waters mirror: come to me

    Silent black, mysterious dark
    It’s light strange unshore
    It wanted to wait and waited
    For thousand years, or even more

    Then, dusty from a long travel
    Thirsty for another level
    The bird Experience flew out of the sky

    Tangled through thousand times
    And willing to tell
    Touched it the water
    Had flewn right into the well

    There down by the lake
    when it drunk of the water
    The bird Experience altered into a man

    When he looked into the mirror
    He saw his memory, and took a dive
    Then Sacrfize, recognizing it’s history
    Was shaken back to life

    The man swam to the bottom
    And touched the Holy Sand
    The horse Awakened One then humbly
    Kneeled before it’s Master, who took His seat
    And to the lake ofcourse of darkness
    the final End.

  39. Frederick Law on Aug 25, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, seeing the Holy image of Lung Phor Thuad is a blessing knowing of the things achieve by such a holy Sangha. the story of Lung Phor Thuad is very interesting.The Statue of Lung Phor Thuad looks very real, it will be in my list of must visit if i ever to travel and visit Thailand in the future and make offering.

    i am very excited to know that Rinpoche has plan to make a large statue of Zong Rinpoche and Trijang Rinpoche in the future, it will be a blessing to many.

  40. tsemtulku on Aug 25, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Stopping here to see this fantastic image was accidental. It was not part of the program. We didn’t even know it existed. On the way to Wat Muang Temple to visit the 300 ft Buddha statue in the fields we came across this…This holy image is 1.5 hours drive from Bangkok city itself. I wanted to share this with everyone so much. Tsem Rinpoche

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  • 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
  • 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!
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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
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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
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
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I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
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Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
1 month ago
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
1 month ago
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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
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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
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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
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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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