52 Years of Generosity

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As a child, Rinpoche remembers having a lot of toys to play with, thanks to the generosity of his adoptive mother Dana Bugayeff

As a child, Rinpoche remembers having a lot of toys to play with, thanks to the generosity of his adoptive mother Dana Bugayeff

Those who have the merits to be in Rinpoche’s sphere will very quickly realise that one of Rinpoche’s most prominent qualities is that of generosity. It is a quality that has always inspired me because not only is the scope of Rinpoche’s generosity vast and far-reaching, but it also comes after a lifetime of difficulties. From the moment of his birth when he was rejected by his birth mother, to the abuse he suffered under his adoptive parents, to the physical difficulties he faced in Gaden Monastery, right until the time he was instructed to stay in Malaysia and teach – Rinpoche has experienced more pain and obstacles than the average human being.

For me, that is what makes Rinpoche’s generosity so special because although Rinpoche himself only experienced kindness and generosity from time to time, Rinpoche has never made his own sufferings a reason to cause suffering to others.

Rinpoche has always maintained that the main influence for his generosity was his adoptive mother, Dana Bugayeff. Although she suffered from severe schizophrenia that remained undiagnosed until her later years, during her periods of lucidity, she would be extremely generous towards everyone around her. Rinpoche, for example, was the recipient of countless toys and whatever Rinpoche asked for, as long as it was unrelated to Dharma, he would get it. This I learned first-hand from one of Rinpoche’s cousins, Sara, who said everybody always loved going over to the Bugayeff’s house, the adults because of the hospitality and food that Dana would shower them with, and the children because of the basement full of Rinpoche’s toys that they got to play with.

Rinpoche with his beloved adoptive mother Dana Bugayeff, whom Rinpoche credits as being one of the first people to show him what it is like to give without agenda.

Rinpoche with his beloved adoptive mother Dana Bugayeff, whom Rinpoche credits as being one of the first people to show him what it is like to give without agenda.

Dana is also fondly remembered as having brought in nearly-homeless people into the family home, to feed them a good meal at the family dining table. She would carry around in her car boot a shovel and snowchains during winter, since winters in New Jersey were especially harsh and the snow could pile up to 6ft. This would inevitably result in many cars getting stuck in the snow. With her shovel and snowchains, Dana would dig these cars out of the snow so the drivers could safely resume their journeys.

Most notably, Dana never expected anything in return, whether it was recognition or payment. Hence Rinpoche always says he learned this attitude of giving in abundance, with no agenda, from his adoptive mother.

Over the last 20 years, countless people have been recipients of Rinpoche’s generosity. The list below, therefore, is by no means an exhaustive record of all the times Rinpoche has given to others. This generosity also inspires me to practise gratitude because, as you will see below, I have been the recipient of Rinpoche’s kindness in all ways, big and small.

 

Gaden Monastery

  • Redoing the entire flooring of Gaden Lachi, which is the main prayer hall used by over 3,000 monks from both Gaden Jangtse and Gaden Shartse monasteries.
The flooring of Gaden Lachi undergoing renovations. The entire retiling of Gaden's main prayer hall was sponsored by Rinpoche.

The flooring of Gaden Lachi undergoing renovations. The entire retiling of Gaden’s main prayer hall was sponsored by Rinpoche.

  • Offering and donating cows and buffaloes to provide milk for the monastery, a vital source of nutrients (calcium and fat).
  • Sponsoring medical equipment for the Shartse clinic, and for the local hospitals. One hospital was opened by the Tibetans, operated by the Tibetans for the Tibetans and offering Western-style treatment. The other hospital offered Tibetan medicine.
  • Sponsoring tuberculosis medication through the local Nyingma monastery. The Nyingma monastery had a program which provided full courses of tuberculosis medication for each patient requiring treatment. Rinpoche sponsored many courses for many patients, making all of these offerings through the monastery.
  • Sponsoring and constructing houses and / or Ladrangs for various monks and lamas, including Kalden Rinpoche and the 103rd Gaden Tripa.
Kalden Rinpoche in front of the Ladrang that Tsem Rinpoche raised sponsorship for.

Kalden Rinpoche in front of the Ladrang that Tsem Rinpoche raised sponsorship for.

  • Redoing the entire flooring of Gaden Shartse Monastery’s debate courtyard, used daily by the monks to debate and examine the scriptures.
  • Sponsorship for individual senior monks. Physical life in Gaden was very difficult and older monks facing financial hardship often sought Rinpoche’s assistance to connect them with sponsors, who would offer basic necessities and help them to further their education.
  • Taking care of younger monks, and assuming responsibility for their welfare and education. Rinpoche is fondly remembered in Gaden by younger monks as someone who was very fair, strict and traditional, yet very warm, generous and fun-loving. Rinpoche would, for example, organise badminton games in the garden of Tsem Ladrang as an activity for the younger monks and to provide entertainment for Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche who would watch these games.
Lama Zopa on the throne at the Root Institute, Bodhgaya (India). Behind Lama Zopa is the centre's main altar and to the right is the Lama Tsongkhapa and heart sons statues that Tsem Rinpoche offered to them in 2005.

Lama Zopa on the throne at the Root Institute, Bodhgaya (India). Behind Lama Zopa is the centre’s main altar and to the right is the Lama Tsongkhapa and heart sons statues that Tsem Rinpoche offered to them in 2005.

  • Amongst many other statues, offering a 5ft Avalokiteshvara statue to Gaden Shartse Monastery. Rinpoche has also previously offered a 3ft statue of the 5th Dalai Lama to Sera Monastery. With great pomp and ceremony, it was escorted into Sera Lachi in the traditional manner, with the procession being led by the then Abbot of Sera Je Monastery Geshe Jampa Tekchok. Sera Lachi is the main prayer hall which is used by all 3000 monks of Sera Jey and Sera Mey. In more recent years, Rinpoche has sponsored statue sets for other Dharma centres, including a large statue set of Lama Tsongkhapa and his two heart sons to the Root Institute in Bodhgaya, India.
Rinpoche making the offering of the 5th Dalai Lama statue to Gaden Monastery.

Rinpoche making the offering of the 5th Dalai Lama statue to Sera Monastery.

  • 3000 sets of robes and 3000 Manjushri statues, one for each of the monks of Gaden Jangtse and Gaden Shartse monasteries. In more recent years, Rinpoche and his students have offered 800 White Tara statues to Shar Gaden Monastery.
  • Making countless offerings of vitamins and nutritional supplements to senior monks, who were not necessarily getting all the nutrients needed from the general monastic diet.
  • Sponsoring schools in the local Tibetan community, and for the local Indian community (one of which was headed by Dr Hegde in Mundgod).
Rinpoche with some Malaysian students in front of a community hall and school that Rinpoche had raised sponsorship for.

Rinpoche with some Malaysian students in front of a community hall and school that Rinpoche had raised sponsorship for.

  • Sponsoring poor families, paying for their children’s schooling and uniforms, and bringing them cooking oil, rice and other daily necessities.
  • Taking care of the local Indian community. Rinpoche’s care for them was so extensive that even decades later, having lost contact with them, Rinpoche would still continue to find them and reach out to them to extend his assistance. Everyone who knew Rinpoche could still remember their experiences with Rinpoche very clearly. I personally witnessed one of these incidents when, decades after he last saw Rinpoche, a rickshaw driver in Bodhgaya could still pick out Rinpoche’s voice from the very large crowd.
  • Taking care and sponsoring old folks’ homes. Not only did Rinpoche sponsor food and supplies for the residents, but Rinpoche would personally deliver these to the facilities. Oftentimes, before going there, Rinpoche would also ask them what they’d like to eat. They requested for soft mashed potato as they didn’t have any teeth, so Rinpoche would go to the homes with this aloo sabjzi and personally feed them, especially those who were bedridden.
One of the poor local families who benefited from Rinpoche's assistance.

One of the poor local families who benefited from Rinpoche’s assistance.

  • Raising sponsorship for and constructing accommodation for Pukhang Khangtsen, for over 100 monks. This was instrumental in saving them from developing pneumonia and tuberculosis, and suffering from snake bites during the monsoon season. For this, Rinpoche had to leave his beloved monastery and travel to Malaysia for the very first time in 1992 where, after three months, he raised the necessary funds to sponsor the construction of the rooms.
The rooms of Pukhang Khangtsen that Rinpoche raised sponsorship for.

The rooms of Pukhang Khangtsen that Rinpoche raised sponsorship for.

  • Raising sponsorship for and installing water pumps to provide clean potable water for the monks. Rinpoche often oversaw the installation of these pumps too, which required contractors to come in and drill to find ground water and install a well.
One of the water pumps that Rinpoche sponsored, to provide clean drinking water for the Sangha.

One of the water pumps that Rinpoche sponsored, to provide clean drinking water for the Sangha.

  • Life-saving medical treatments for many senior monks, most notably Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche who was suffering from untreated diabetes until Rinpoche took him for medical treatment in Bombay and brought the diabetes under control. Kensur Rinpoche would go on to live until he was 80 years old, teaching and creating many scholars and Geshes in the process. More recently, Rinpoche also oversaw and ensured that Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende, the Abbot Emeritus of Shar Gaden Monastery, would receive the medical treatment he needed.
Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche (left) in Bombay when Tsem Rinpoche (middle) took him there to receive treatment for his diabetes.

Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche (left) in Bombay when Tsem Rinpoche (middle) took him there to receive treatment for his diabetes.

 

In Malaysia

  • The establishment of Kechara Soup Kitchen, which provides food, employment assistance and medical care to over 10,000 people every month, as well as facilitating contributions to individual families living near to or below the poverty line, other non-governmental organisations and charities.
  • Establishing Kechara Forest Retreat, which provides city-dwellers and modern-day spiritual seekers a place to rest, recharge and unwind, to unlearn old harmful habits and engage in new, positive, constructive behaviours.
  • Conceptualising and establishing departments like Kechara In Motion and e-Division, to record, preserve and promote the teachings of Lama Tsongkhapa throughout the world.
  • Introducing Lama Tsongkhapa’s lineage to Malaysians. One of the reasons why Rinpoche established Kechara Discovery and Kechara Saraswati Arts is because when Rinpoche first arrived in Malaysia, the people here were not aware of Lama Tsongkhapa and it was near-impossible for Rinpoche to find an iconographically accurate and beautiful statue of Lama Tsongkhapa.
  • Providing invaluable advice that has led to miracles for everyone, from babies to young children, to senior citizens. If we were to cover each and every case, this list would be very, very long! I would instead encourage you to go to the Personal Attendant category of this blog and explore all of the examples there.
  • Assisting people in their medical treatments to ensure they receive the best care and recover as quickly as possible. In some instances, Rinpoche even opened up his home (Ladrang) for sick students to stay for extended periods of time. Rinpoche organised his students to provide meals for them and round-the-clock care, and even personally accompanied some of his students for their treatments. Over the years, Rinpoche has also quietly sponsored medical treatment for countless students.
  • Rescuing countless marriages and relationships, and counselling and providing advice to hundreds of couples facing marital troubles.
  • Organising countless pilgrimages and educating students so that they would be able to lead future groups to these same holy sites and plant seeds of enlightenment in their mindstreams.
  • Performing exorcisms all over the region, and providing advice to protect against black magic. In one particularly memorable incident narrated to me by my father who personally bore witness to it, Rinpoche removed a naga from a young man in his 20s. The naga had taken possession of the man since he was a child, after he had offended it and the man was unable to speak and could only writhe on the ground. At their wit’s end, his parents brought the man before Rinpoche who expelled the naga before a large crowd of people.
  • Sponsoring emergency medical treatment of countless animals, especially stray animals that would otherwise perish without urgent medical attention.
  • Saving lives that might otherwise have been lost in near-fatal accidents over and over, and over again.
  • Organising younger students to assist older students with labour-intensive and physical tasks like house-cleaning and house moves, and setting up their altars.
  • Sponsoring urgent, sometimes life-saving, pujas for students who otherwise would not be able to afford it. Through his Ladrang and assistants, Rinpoche has ordered hundreds of pujas in the monasteries in India for this purpose.
  • Saving countless lives by encouraging hundreds of people to go vegetarian, and establishing vegetarian restaurants to make compassionate eating a more widely available option.
  • Inspiring his students to show kindness to animals. Many of Rinpoche’s students today carry dog food in their cars to feed hungry strays, thanks to Rinpoche’s example.
  • Ultimately, giving up Rinpoche’s personal wish to do intensive retreats, to be here and establish activities to benefit Malaysians.

 

PERSONAL

In a personal capacity, I have been the recipient of Rinpoche’s generosity and kindness since I first met Rinpoche when I was 11. These are just some of the many examples of the ways in which Rinpoche has assisted me and my family:

  • Dharma teachings, formally and informally, in action and in speech.
  • Personal practice and connecting me with the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden.
  • Pilgrimages to Nepal, India and Sri Lanka. On these trips, I didn’t realise it then but the connection with Dharma somehow became much deeper and more personal. I believe it was through the blessings of the many great lamas I had the privilege to meet through Rinpoche’s kindness. It was after one of these pilgrimages that I first requested to become a nun so the trips definitely did have an impact on me!
After visiting this nunnery near to Gaden Monastery in South India, I made my first request for ordination to Rinpoche.

After visiting this nunnery near to Gaden Monastery in South India, I made my first request for ordination to Rinpoche.

  • Knowing how restless with wanderlust I was when I first joined Kechara, Rinpoche sponsored a weekend trip to Bangkok for myself and another girl. All Rinpoche asked for was a text a couple of times a day to let him know we were okay and safe.
  • During her obstacle year, Rinpoche gave my mother specific initiations to clear the obstacles and save her life.
  • Rinpoche conducted my beloved maternal grandmother’s funeral.
  • Dharma books which Rinpoche continues to gift to this day, to inspire and educate me. One of the very first books I received, which left an indelible impression on my mind was Blue Jean Buddha. Young, really cool people being all spiritual? Sign me up!
  • Statues, thangkas and tsakaleys including a Trijang Rinpoche statue, this Milarepa thangka and a Gyenze tsakaley.
  • School fees, phone bills. When my parents were facing severe financial difficulties with my higher education, I was on the verge of being removed from school when Rinpoche quietly arranged for my education to be sponsored. I did not find out until many years later.
  • Food and drink. On one particular occasion, I was working late in Ladrang and the whole team had gone out. When they returned, I was called down to Rinpoche’s room. Rinpoche gave to me bottles of ginger beer (my favourite!) and boxes of salad, then shooed me off to go and enjoy them.
  • Laptops, phones. Rinpoche always says it’s not for me, but for me to do my work.
A note to accompany the first phone Rinpoche ever gifted to me, a Nokia 6230

A note to accompany the first phone Rinpoche ever gifted to me, a Nokia 6230

  • Security deposit and rental for my Dharma home, and renovations for my room. On more than one occasion Rinpoche has personally taken me shopping in IKEA to help me choose furniture and has rallied everyone together to help make sure everything was set up properly.
  • An entire collection of Bigfoot books!
  • Cards. For example, the year Rinpoche returned to the USA for the first time in 26 years, Rinpoche sent a funny Halloween card in October to a few of his students.
  • Clothes. On one occasion, I was in Bangkok mostly alone during heavy flooding and Rinpoche had already returned to KL. Through a Dharma sister, Rinpoche sent me some clothes to let me know I was being thought about and not alone. The gesture was deeply encouraging, to say the least.
Clothes from Malaysia, sent to Bangkok (2011).

Clothes from Malaysia, sent to Bangkok (2011).

Ultimately, the greatest generosity I experience is being allowed to stay in Rinpoche’s mandala and to do something purposeful with my life that I know, under any circumstances, will never require me to do something evil, unethical or against my own beliefs. In samsara where everything is built and manifested to create more suffering for ourselves and others, it is a privilege to be in an environment where we have a chance to hopefully add less pain to the world.

When I reflect on all of the things Rinpoche has done for me, Malaysians and the lineage at large, it would not be remiss of me to conclude that what the scriptures tell you is true. That is, real teachers – genuine teachers – who have your ultimate well-being at heart, will be kinder to you than our own mother and father. And to say I am a bit embarrassed by the length of my list is an understatement because a student should never take from the teacher, and should always aim to give instead. But in compiling this list, I hope people are also encouraged to recount and reflect on the kindnesses they have received from their own teachers, to practise gratitude towards their guru and to find ways to show the same kindnesses to others. So, given everything all of us have received, isn’t it about time we start giving back to our lamas?

 

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  1. Anne Ong on Feb 17, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    Whatever gift Rinpoche has given to us,big or small is invaluable thoughts. The most generous and precious gift Rinpoche is giving us is Dharma. It is so rich that no words can describe. To me it is something like “Chicken Soup for the Soul”. Thank you very much Pastor Jean Ai for this truly beautiful write up about Rinpoche’s generosity._/\_

  2. Julia Tan on Feb 15, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    Thank you for sharing our Guru’s kindness, love, care, generosity and compassion to the world Pastor Jean Ai. Not that we wanted Rinpoche to be recognised or praised by others but this is something really worth for the world to rejoice with, to inspire others to do the same so that more people in the world will be benefited, to encourage someone who’s also doing something similar to continue and to remind those who have received Rinpoche’s kindness and generosity, Rinpoche never hope nor have even a thought of receiving anything in return.

    Everything Rinpoche had done and continue to do everyday, is really not what words can be discribed. RInpoche continue to pray for us everyday for our well being, our mind transformation, our dharma practice and even just a small connection to us with the precious Buddha Dharma, Rinpoche never give up any chance to do so just like the invisible vajra hook.

    The generosity of unconditional Love to all sentient beings, time, effort and skilful mean to benefit all quitely. Students who are close picked up Rinpoche’s valuable habits and generate the qualities too. I am very very grateful to be one of Rinpoche’s close students who has along the way influenced tremendously by Rinpoche. Just like 2500 years ago, there are countless people influenced by the Lord Buddha by Buddha’s qualities through His example and teachings. Nothing more precious than having a Guru like this. May Rinpoche live very very long and continue to benefit all sentient beings.
    I prostrate to my Guru feet.

  3. P. Albert on Feb 15, 2017 at 8:38 am

    Rinpoche’s kindness and generosity is just beyond words, everyone who came into Rinpoche’s life, whether it’s his close students, friends, families, or even to the people that Rinpoche just passed by, who he has never talked to or don’t even know their names, Rinpoche will give them gifts that they need to ease their life / suffering. Yes, Even to people Rinpoche don’t know, to people that Rinpoche just met once, he will notice their need and give them the gifts that they need. Whenever Rinpoche give gifts, it is always related to Dharma, sometimes when situation allow, Rinpoche will share the Dharma related to the gift he gives.

    Looking at the list of generosity Pastor Jean Ai listed, those donations Rinpoche donated to the Monasteries comes from various sponsors, and when a person sponsoring to a Monastery, or sponsor statues to monasteries, it is very great merits, so Rinpoche from time to time will raise fund to offer statues to the monasteries, imagine what other thing can be greater to sponsor a monasteries and let the Dharma grow? If we don’t take this opportunity to do more, then when is the right time to do it?

    Whatever Rinpoche do, it is always for the growth of Dharma and to release suffering from others, since the first day till today, I have never seen Rinpoche changed his motivation once, I have never seen Rinpoche do things that is for himself, it is always for others benefit.

    Thank you Rinpoche for your constant care and taking care f us tirelessly and thank you Rinpoche for all that you have given to us.

  4. Pastor Antoinette on Feb 15, 2017 at 8:15 am

    Rinpoche is always generous towards everyone. Since I have met H.E. the 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, I have received from him Dharma items for my practice, statues and many different gifts but what is most important, I have received the Dharma.

    The Dharma has changed my view on many things in life. When reading this article I was thinking how important it is to help the Sangha. Rinpoche’s kindness and generosity to build for them and has helped the monks so much to be healthy and be able to practice.

    Thank you for your article P. Jean Ai and I agree that it is most precious to be allowed to stay in Rinpoche’s mandala and be able to do beneficial things and learn to focus out and help others.

  5. June Kang on Feb 15, 2017 at 8:02 am

    I am one of the recipients of Rinpoche’s generosity. Most of our generosity is with agenda, however Rinpoche generosity is without agenda and is consistent. I can feel that the generosity is base on pure motivation to help us in our spiritual path, to help us free from suffering, that is none of us here can really do it. And the most special and valuable one is the advise given by Rinpoche for our spiritual path. The practice of my generosity is also inspired by Rinpoche’s generosity. Thank you Rinpoche and may you live long.

  6. Mingwen on Feb 15, 2017 at 7:52 am

    This whole list from Pastor Jean Ai is just a bit of Tsem Rinpoche’s great works from being consistent, generous, caring and zero-selfishness.

    They’re numberless of unknowns and thousands of students of Tsem Rinpoche have been benefited. Creating this blog, sharing dharma teachings with his own creative way make dharma attractive and easy to learn for us.

    Be the light, don’t wait for the light. – Tsem Rinpoche

    Tsem Rinpoche has been the brightest light in my life and I will try my best to follow your footsteps that can benefit numberless of beings. Thank you! =)

  7. Pastor Chia on Feb 15, 2017 at 7:46 am

    My first experience travel with Rinpoche with the group the people to Gaden Monastery.I had witness many people how Rinpoche benefited with and within monastery.For example,villages will carry their offering came to monastery to thank rinpoche has so kind helped their poor family.Some of the tibetan villages not even meet Rinpoche yet their has received kindness of generosity.

    Rinpoche generosity has continue years after years giving out even more thing,care,love and dharma touched many people heart.Just like others, i am one of the students rinpoche has helped. All rinpoche hard work had put in to benefit others created Kechara House Buddhist organisation in Malaysia. Kechara Soup kitchen are one of the department emulate Rinpoche generosity helping thousand of homeless people.

    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai has shared this wonderful article through the blog. With rejoice and dedicate all the merit collected can helped more people at the future.

  8. Eric kksiow on Feb 15, 2017 at 12:56 am

    First of all, Thank You PJA for sharing this article. It’s make me reminded back to the year of 2008 – 2009, 1st time i connected with Rinpoche’s in social media ( FB & Twitter ). Rinpoche’s posted a lot of KSK ( http://www.kechara.com/soup-kitchen/ ) pictures on social media, at that time ( 2008 – 2009 ) i was thinking “this” Rinpoche’s did a lot of good works and it’s really touched my heart and felt that i am chosen the right Buddhist organization to join.

    So, at the year of 2010, i finally joined full time in Kechara, one of the department call ( Kechara Paradise – http://www.kechara.com/shopping/ ) , that time i was thinking, hmmm… Selling statues, incense and Tibetan Furniture? Is it benefit others? In my heart was thinking, am i going to the right department?

    After several of years ( 2013 -2014 ) my thought in mind totally changed, why? Kechara Paradise is once of the department is to bring peoples toward to Dharma and every single kechara departments are benefit others, it’s just from different ways & different methods to attract peoples in to Dharma too.

    My point : From the year of 2008 – 2009 i connected with Rinpoche’s thru social media, joined Kechara from the year of 2010 until 2017, i has seen Rinpoche’s help many peoples thru spiritually, physically and some of them even in financially supports by Rinpoche ( Rinpoche’s did the same that i mentioned to me too ). And even my mom told me, your Guru is so kind and generous, and she keep telling me work hard for it, you will never find a “Boss” who treated you like this.

    I will never ever forget how’s Rinpoche treated me, and the other person i would never ever forget him too and he is Pastor Henry. Both of yours has taught me and care of me a lots .

    Sincerely & humbly from my heart
    Thank You so much! And i really appreciate it!
    Eric kksiow

  9. Eric kksiow on Feb 15, 2017 at 12:34 am

    First of all, Thank You PJA for sharing this article. It’s make me reminded back to the year of 2008 – 2009, 1st time i connected with Rinpoche’s in social media ( FB & Twitter ). Rinpoche’s posted a lot of KSK ( http://www.kechara.com/soup-kitchen/ ) pictures on social media, at that time ( 2008 – 2009 ) i was thinking “this” Rinpoche’s did a lot of good works and it’s really touched my heart and felt that i am chosen the right Buddhist organization to join.

    So, at the year of 2010, i finally joined full time in Kechara, one of the department call ( Kechara Paradise – http://www.kechara.com/shopping/ ) , that time i was thinking, hmmm… Selling statues, incense and Tibetan Furniture? Is it benefit others? In my heart was thinking, am i going to the right department?

    After several of years ( 2013 -2014 ) my thought in mind totally changed, why? Kechara Paradise is once of the department is to bring peoples toward to Dharma and every single kechara departments are benefit others, it’s just from different ways & different methods to attract peoples in to Dharma too.

    My point : From the year of 2008 – 2009 i connected with Rinpoche’s thru social media, joined Kechara from the year of 2010 until 2017, i has seen Rinpoche’s help many peoples thru spiritually, physically and some of them even in financially supports by Rinpoche ( Rinpoche’s did the same that i mentioned to me too ). And even my mom told me, your Guru is so kind and generous, and she keep telling me work hard for it, you will never find a “Boss” who treated you like this.

    I will never ever forget how’s Rinpoche treated me, and the other person i would never ever forget him too and he is Pastor Henry. Both of yours has taught me and care of me a lots .

    Sincerely & humbly from my heart
    Thank You so much! And i really appreciate it!
    Eric kksiow

  10. Andrea Lai on Feb 15, 2017 at 12:18 am

    After reading this article,I’m completely touched with Rinpoche’s pure compassionate heart and His tirelessly showing His kindness to everyone around.

    I have joined Kechara for only few months, I do received my 1st gift from Rinpoche. The gift is not anything distinguish or branded (which I don’t flavor)but His attentiveness and delicate heart.I truly appreciate, humbly thank you and grateful to have meet Rinpoche in this life.

    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai for sharing this wonderful article and with folded palms,may Rinpoche live long.

  11. nicholas on Feb 14, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    Rinpoche’s generosity came from a pure motivation of compassion. Despite the suffering Rinpoche has gone through Rinpoche learned from it and turn it the other way round to benefit others from his negative experienced. Rinpoche knows how much suffering one gone through during the bad time and from this how one need love and care to turn the situation around to continue their journey. Rinpoche care and love is consistent and very thorough to make sure it’s not just to help on the surface.

    I’m one of many people that Rinpoche’s has continuously help, guide, love and care for. Not just my well being but also extended of my family and Rinpoche will always make sure my family is OK all the time. This is what I’m saying about thorough care and love from Rinpoche.

    Everything Rinpoche does is surrounded with dharma even a gift which look very much nothing to do with spiritual but the blessing and thoughtfulness from Rinpoche is always eventually about spiritual for all of us. The best gift is always the teaching from Rinpoche and from Rinpoche’s care and love is always to support us in our spiritual practice.

    I’m forever owe to Rinpoche for his kindness and in order to repay his kindness is to put dharma into practice which I’m still working on it.

  12. Pastor Henry Ooi on Feb 14, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    So many people in Kechara, and outside of Kechara, have benefited so much from Rinpoche’s great compassion and generosity. From money for families and their children’s education, hospital bills and health related expenses; to gifts like houses, cars, food, bags, shoes, wallet’s, clothes, watches, jewelry, educational and holiday trips, statues, thangkas, malas, precious offering and ritual items, books, pujas and blessings. And the most valuable, dharma teachings and advice. My family and I are one of the fortunate and grateful recipients. Thank you so much Rinpoche. Please live very long.

  13. pammie yap on Feb 14, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai on elaborating all the kindness, care and love that Rinpoche has shown throughout the years. Rinpoche is consistent in His actions and I can relate to that. All the years that I have been in Kechara, Rinpoche has shown nothing but kindness, love and care for me and many of us. In return, all He asked was for us to always practice the Dharma and transform ourselves to be better. I have never heard Him talk about any thing that wouldnt benefit us. He is always finding ways to benefit others on His own initiative. Even through His gifts (of which I have received a LOT), He is always blessing us and showing His care.

    And now with Kechara Forest Retreat, Rinpoche has found a ‘better’ way to benefit many, now and the many more, in years to come. How blessed are we!

    Through Rinpoche’s teachings and care, I have learned to better myself!
    I am forever grateful to have met Rinpoche and to be part of Kechara!
    Thank you RInpoche for everything!

  14. Kenny Loh on Feb 14, 2017 at 11:26 am

    This is a very inspiring account of Tsem Rinpoche and Pastor Jean Ai. There’s a hidden message in here – and the message has been consistent over the years even though the methods it is conveyed, changes all the time. 🙂

  15. Vivian Ong on Feb 14, 2017 at 12:45 am

    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai for sharing this article. Rinpoche’s never ending kindness, generosity and love towards everyone including animals is something that we need to put into practice ourselves. I myself also have received gifts from our beloved Guru a number of times and I am always grateful and thankful to Rinpoche. We are all very fortunate to be in Rinpoche’s mandala. Many things have changed for me since I come to know of Kechara and Rinpoche. I can say there is no regrets and I am happy working for the Dharma 🙂

    With folded palms,
    Vivian

  16. Wylfred Ng on Feb 12, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    谢谢仁爱讲法师的分享。

    仁波切从小就一直在帮助其他人,以帮助其他人为己任。当然我也是其中的受惠者之一。

    早期的就不说了。 当然我可以有机会在克切拉佛教中心可以学习就已经是最大的恩惠之一。 在马来西亚这个佛教不太繁荣的国家我有机会在这里学习正信佛法是如此幸福的事情。 这都是因为仁波切选择在这里设立佛教中心。而且通过在这里学习我也有机会把佛法介绍给我身边的人。

    在比较个人方面仁波切也曾经帮过我许多。 在几年前我曾经受到腰痛的困扰,在我得到这个病痛之前仁波切就从美国寄给我一个印有药师佛形象和心咒的盒子。 过后我的腰痛也完全痊愈。 我相信这是因为仁波切的加持, 我才可以完全痊愈。

    当然我受过的恩惠也不止于此,太多了, 也不能多写。

    希望大家都可以在这里分享大家的个人经验。

    谢谢

  17. Fong on Feb 10, 2017 at 10:54 am

    What Rinpoche has shown is that he is so very consistent in his generosity from India to Thailand and Malaysia. And, he shares this giving with all regardless of status or creed. His generosity does not just encompass the physical gifts but of refuge, dharma and loving compassion that is so far reaching in terms of geographical distance and time. Through this one dana paramita, the first of the Six Paramitas, he has touched so very many lives worldwide.

    As Pastor Jean Ai said, it is time we, who have met Rinpoche and receive his generosity reflect and contemplate on this. Thank you, Pastor Jean Ai, for reminding us what Rinpoche’s generosity means to us in its many levels and perspective.

  18. Pema Thinley on Feb 9, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    Dear Pastor Elena Khong Jean AI,

    Thank you so much for sharing Rinpoche’s immeasurable kindness and generosity. I was deeply moved throughout the article and took me back to remember how Rinpoche has greatly benefited me all these three years since I Knew Rinpoche. I shall always be in debt to him and practice as much dharma as possible.
    Rinpoche has never stopped to show genuine love and help to anyone whom he came across. One of the influences Rinpoche had one me was to become vegetarian for all the times to go, Thank you Rinpoche _()_.

  19. shelly tai on Feb 9, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    Thank you Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai for sharing this write up with us. I personally must said meeting Rinpoche is a very big turning points in my life because of Rinpoche we learn about the holy Buddha teaching and it bring a lot of benefits to our family because the Dharma has teach us how to cope with the up and down in our daily life without the Dharma we will not learn why negative things to us and because of the Dharma it teaches us to let go of our dissatisfaction about our life and find a way to solve our obstacles.Thank you Rinpoche for being here in Malaysia with us.

  20. Bradley Kassian on Feb 8, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s boundless generosity affects all who have any connection with him, from animals to monks, and even us laymen/laywomen. He works tirelessly with no thought of reward, or to get something in return, his only goal is to make other’s happy, content, and to become better human beings one step at a time. This blog and his youtube videos is a testament to that, as many of us are scattered across the globe and have few opportunities to study the dharma. I have been a recipient of his generosity in the past. He once gifted me a thangka, a Medicine Buddha pendant, and dharma books, but the greatest gift was not the material objects, but that of his knowledge and advice that I followed, and helped to clear some obstacles. I’ll continue to endeavor and aspire to his level of generosity.

  21. Pastor Lim Han Nee on Feb 7, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    Rinpoche has said before that every step of our journey in life, particularly our spiritual journey, involves a choice. Rinpoche will remain a powerful source of inspiration to all of us because he chose to rise above all the pain and suffering experienced in his childhood and youth , and to be generous and kind and compassionate towards others and not inflict the same pain that others had inflicted on him.

    The other surprising and unexpected reason for Rinpoche’s supreme generosity is his mother Dana. Her bouts of schizophrenia aside, Rinpoche’s mother Dana could not stand by to watch people get into difficulty and do nothing. She would carry around spades and shovels in winter to dig out the ice from other people’s cars so that they could continue their journey home. Her generosity extended to the urban homeless. She would bring the homeless into her house and feed them with a hearty meal at her own dining table. Her essential generosity and warm heart had a deep impact on Rinpoche. He emulated her generosity –her giving without expecting anything back in return.

    Rinpoche’s help over the years has extended to countless people in various forms, providing aid of all kinds to the sangha be it for food or basic necessities, education, medical treatment , be it constructing houses or ladrang, or giving monks robes or books or statues. For the poor in the community, he would give them food, build schools and old folks homes ,as well as install water pumps, for them.

    In Malaysia, he initiated the Kechara Soup Kitchen for the urban poor and homeless, and, through the Tsem Rinpoche Foundation, projects like the Bite No More, and school shoes for school-going children have been launched . Then, there is his care for animals as shown in his loving care of his pets –Mumu, Oser and Dharma – and in the setting up of the Kechara Bird Aviary and the Fish Pond @Dream Manjushri.

    Over and above this, is Rinpoche’s teaching of the precious Dharma, which he has done tirelessly over the years to countless people. He has also given counselling and advice that had led to many miracles and saved marriages and relationships. Owing to his constant advice and urging, many have turned vegetarian, changing to healthier lifestyles , and in the process saved many lives of animals.

    The above are just some of the countless ways Tsem Rinpoche has manifested his generosity and compassion to all regardless of who we are. Such is Tsem Rinpoche’s boundless love and generosity.

  22. Stella Cheang on Feb 7, 2017 at 10:15 am

    Thank you, Pastor Jean Ai for this touching sharing. Rinpoche’s generosity is well known for his generosity and compassion. He always goes out of the way to ensure people, even if they are mere strangers to receive the help, be it spiritual or otherwise, they needed. However, something more stood out to me from this article. Rinpoche suffered greatly when he was with his adoptive mother. Yet, Rinpoche remembers his adoptive mother fondly and command the one good quality of her as the fuel for his many many generous acts in life. This is truly noble. I hope we can all learn from Rinpoche.

  23. Datuk May on Feb 6, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai for this comprehensive article on HE the 25th Tsem Rinpoche’s generosity and humbly ascertain that I am one of the recipients of Rinpoche’s generosity.

    Above all the gifts of generosity I have received from Rinpoche, the greatest one of all is the unconditional love and care that Rinpoche had showered on me.

    The hours of Dharma and teachings are priceless and I shall forever be grateful.

  24. Lew on Feb 6, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    When I read the generosity shown by Tsem Rinpoche towards the monasteries, it is like “wow”. I have heard Rinpoche has donated to Gaden especially Shartse but I didn’t know the extensiveness.

    Just like Pastor Jean Ai and many other people, I am also a recipient of Rinpoche’s generosity. First of all, Rinpoche created an environment for me to work within Kechara which allows me to pay mybills, collect merits and pursue my spiritual path. Rinpoche also helped me a lot by giving advice how to bring up good kids which I am really appreciative of. Last but not least, Rinpoche also gave me advice on my health matters.

    Rinpoche always show us the “how-to”. We have read about generosity in Dharma text, but how do we do practice it? Rinpoche’s way of being always show us how to apply what we learn from scriptures to daily life (I frequently said that Rinpoche is a walking Dharma scripture).

    I wish Rinpoche long live and continue to turn the Dharma wheel. May I emulate the quality of Rinpoche and serve others.

    • Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Feb 7, 2017 at 10:24 am

      I’m pretty sure I missed out a couple of examples. Each time I go back to the monastic list, more examples come to mind. And even for the Malaysia one…after reading your comment, it has made me think that in creating KFR, Rinpoche has also created a safe, spiritual place for us to grow old in and live out our dying days. If we have been stuck in work-bills-work-bills our whole current lives, and not being able to do something for our future rebirths, then through KFR we have a chance to spend the few remaining years we have left doing something for our future lives.

      I’ll add to the list shortly hehe

  25. Uncle Eddie on Feb 6, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    It is said that “Buddhas always choose to be born in the most difficult circumstances, out of compassion to benefit others. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche is one such extraordinary being in this occassion! He was of no difference. Born in Taiwan on October 24, 1965 from a young Mongolian Princess, Rinpoche was named as Prince Iska Minh. It was acclaimed that when he was as young as seven months, there were already strong indications of Rinpoche’s spiritual imprints from previous life. We have read that monks from a monastery were sent to visit his Mongolian princess mother home to honourably inform that the royal baby is a reincarnated high Lama.” The monks requested to take the child to the monastery for his spiritual education! However, the young mother declined.” Yes, as Pastor Elena confirmed in her write-up, Rinpoche has said he learned his attitude of giving in abundance with no agenda from his adopted mother, Dana Bugayeff! Dana is said to have always given, but never, never thought of any expectation for returning! It is absolute true that Rinpoche is known to us as such, and countless of people whom we know of, including ourselves, had been receivers of Rinpoche’s generosity in gifts and kinds, some perhaps much more, big and small! Yes, Like Dana, most notably Rinpoche has also been the sponsorship of construction of houses/or ladrangs for various monks and Lamas; re-construction of the entire flooring of Gaden Shartse Monastery debate courtyard; raising sponsorship for the construction of accomodation for Pukhang Khangsten for over 100 monks, where we had the good fortune to witness such wonderful philantropic event in 1992. As said, Rinpoche is a Bodisattva amongst us, a highly attained being who worked and lived solely for the sake of others. He has transformed every hardship and suffering into an experience of light, highlighting at every step of the way into compassion, unwavering tenacity, patience and untiring strength of dharmic spirituality! Om Mani Padme Hum.

    • Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Feb 7, 2017 at 10:22 am

      Hi Uncle Eddie, thank you for your comment! You have known Rinpoche for many, many years too (if I’m not wrong, for many more years than me!). Perhaps you can share with us some of the ways in which you have been a recipient of Rinpoche’s generosity too. Thank you!

  26. Samfoonheei on Feb 6, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    The most truly generous persons are those who give silently without hope of praise or reward….that was one of Rinpoche’s most prominent qualities and it have inspired myself and many.Rinpoche had learned the attitude of giving in abundance, from his adoptive mother.
    Over the last 20 years, countless people in Malaysia,Tibet and so forth have been recipients of Rinpoche’s generosity.
    Thank you Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai for sharing this beautiful inspiration article of our previous Guru Rinpoche generosity.This will inspired more and more people to.practice gratitude towards their Guru and to find ways to show the same kindnesses to others.

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