Guest Contributor – Tara

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[Winning article for “A Chance To Bring Home Medicine Buddha — For Free!!” – http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/a-chance-to-bring-home-medicine-buddha-%E2%80%93-for-free.html]

 

I must admit I feel a bit awkward writing this article. I am normally not one to boast about the things I do in my private life. For any other type of contest, I would most likely be nominating someone else and gushing on and on about how they should win a placement due to their wonderful nature and abilities. However, for this contest I am actually writing about myself (and my anonymous friend who doesn’t know I am including him!), so you will have to forgive the lack of humility in this letter.

It is not so much that I think I have performed such virtuous acts that I deserve to win this wonderful statue of Menlha. I have seen more love and dedication in others when it comes to caring for animals, than the simple things I do. A great example would be the video just posted on Tsem Rinpoche’s blog about Mr. Pak Mie and his extraordinarily compassionate work with dogs and cats. He is a true hero and if I cannot be considered for the statue I at least hope one would be sent to him so he and his animals may continually be blessed and his loving work can be carried on for generations to come. If I knew his contact information, I would have included it here for you!  But please, do try to send him one if you can find his information and think it would be something he would openly receive.

 

Pak Mie and his friends.

 

As I have stated above, what I do for animals pales in comparison, but I have always had a place in my heart for the care and protection of animals. First of all, I try very hard to live a vegan lifestyle. I am not perfect and sometimes I do regretfully eat some animal products from time-to-time, but otherwise I try very hard to contribute to a humane way of living through my diet. I am very thankful as well that Tsem Rinpoche is a huge advocate of vegetarianism, and his compassion and education for this topic makes my heart sing. I feel that we are lucky to have him to lead by example and show us that all life is important. I am thankful for him and his teachings.

Aside from trying to live a vegan lifestyle, I try my best in my own little way to protect the animals– wild as well as domesticated– that I come in contact with on a day-to-day basis. I live with my friend in an old house on 2.1 acres of land with a huge creek in back in southern New Jersey, USA.  Sadly, like most places in the United States, the land is continually bought up by builders and huge mansions are built over once precious farmland and forest areas, thus driving the animals out of their homes.

This thought upsets me greatly because I feel it is not our right to continually push these poor, defenseless animals out of their homes just so we can live in a huge house to show off to our friends. And once these homes are built and the deer start jumping out onto the road and accidents ensue, people blame the deer and other animals they kill! How is this logical?

That is why I took it upon myself to try to give the deer and other animals, such as the groundhogs, skunks, birds, squirrels, bunnies, frogs, mice– you name it– a place to call their own. A mini sanctuary, if you will. We have achieved this by setting up two feeding stations. Every week we go and purchase corn, black sunflower seeds, safflower seeds, thistle, sweet feed, and when the season is right we purchase apples in bulk, and plant clover for the animals. We even have a vegetable garden in the summer that we share with the animals, and make sure that any of the left over fruits and vegetables we do not compost is left out for them to eat. Since there is nice body of water to the side and back of us, it’s the perfect area for the animals to call their home and feel safe (at least when they’re not traveling around, as do the deer). Mind you, we are not trying to domesticate the animals in any sense. We believe that to be dangerous for the animals, so we feed them quietly without them knowing really how the food got there to begin with. We want them to understand there is a food source on our land as well as a sense of safety, but not be dependent upon us and still remain wild and on guard for their own protection.

 

Some of the many sweet deer whom come to feed around the property.

 

 

 

One of our groundhogs checking out the woodpile near the barn.

A froggie I rescued at work one day.

 

I didn’t realize just how much the animals felt safe here until a few weeks ago. Sadly, a deer that I had suspected that was sick died on the property. My friend found him by the barn near one of the feeding stations. There wasn’t any sign of harm on the deer’s body, so we believe he was just a sickly deer. My heart broke when I heard the news, because I would see this deer alone at odd hours during the day by himself, looking frail. I felt bad I could not help him, and wished there was something else I could have done to make him healthier. However, my friend and I were honored he died on our property, and were happy that he was finally at peace and no longer suffering. For some reason I just couldn’t let his body be eaten by the other animals in the area– as ironic as that sounds– seeing how the worms and maggots would feed on him eventually anyway. But we ended up burying him; we wanted to give him a more (in our minds) loving send off, and let his body rest in the place he felt the safest. I kept a

locket of his hair from his tail and keep it next to my small buddha statue and incense. I prayed that he be born to a better life, if not going straight to a state of nirvana. (In my mind, all animals are pure and perfect, and I cannot see how they wouldn’t reach nirvana right away. But that’s just my personal feeling on things, regardless of what the dharma teaches.)

 

 

 

The deer during better times. I named her Daisy until I realized it was a male, then he became Duke instead.

We are pretty sure it was the same deer, even though the pictures look totally different. Considering we haven’t seen him since, we are quite positive it was Duke. 🙁

 

So, yes, the deer are very important for us to protect here (and thus it helps to protect people driving on the road as well by giving the deer a safe haven), and even the smaller animals as well. As I have stated before, we live in a very old house, so it tends to be a refuge for mice. We love our little friends and our two dogs are always aware of their presence. Do not get me wrong– we are not overrun with mice, but from time-to-time we do have them staying when it is very cold out in the winter. Normally in the spring and autumn we catch the mice in humane traps and set them free a few miles away with food and nesting material in the forest, but in the winter months we let them stay and sometimes even leave food out for them when we know it is safer to stay in our house than it is to possibly stay in someone else’s house with poison or kill traps. Luckily most of the mice seemed to have taken refuge in the barn, where one of our feeding stations is located.

 

Look closely in the center and you will see one of our many mousey friends. 🙂

 

As I have mentioned above, we have two dogs.  My one dog is a Yorkshire Terrier and I love her to pieces. I always say, “I couldn’t love you anymore, Moxie, if I had given birth to you myself!” Our other “daughter” is a fairly new edition to our home. Last summer we rescued a Greyound. Her name is Ellie Mae and she has had it rough. We are not sure if she had been abused or is just naturally skittish or it is a combination of both, but she has gone from being a very scared, sickly dog to a dog who now trusts people and is thriving. If we had the time and money we would just fill this house with dogs.  My dream has always been to have a no kill shelter. Maybe or maybe not that will happen in this lifetime for me, who knows? But until then I will focus on my two current loves who bring us so much joy.

 

The loves of my life; my beautiful daughters.

 

I have always grown up with dogs, but if I wasn’t allergic to cats I would probably house them as well (although I would fear for the birds outside…!).  But we are always up for helping out cats when the moment arises. Growing up I used to carry around cans of cat food in my purse in case I would find strays. It would happen more often than not!

However the last time we helped out a cat was a rather sad situation. My friend (who is a landlord) had one of his tenants leave a pregnant cat in his basement after they moved out (they claimed it was not their cat). Everyone’s first reaction was “Call animal control!” or “Take it to the pound!” but we could not do that, considering it would lead to an almost certain death. Even though the cat was not our responsibility, we wanted it to be. So we ended up taking a very long journey with the cat which included helping it have its kittens, getting the mommy spayed, getting all the kittens and mommy their shots, then placing the kittens and the mommy in homes. I even named the mommy “Dharma” while we temporarily cared for it; I figured it was a fitting name.

 

“Dharma” with her kittens. They were truly sweet kitties.

I literally could go on and on for pages about the small things my friend and I do for the animals we encounter, but I will stop here. The only thing else I can say is that my friend is so good with animals and they love him, and I feel a special connection to animals as well. We try hard to educate others who are willing to listen and promote humane ways of living by our actions. We feel that every sentient being– no matter how small– deserves a chance at life. Even though it has taken me many years to overcome my phobia of certain bugs, even when they are in the house (and trust me there are a lot, especially when you live in an old house with lots of trees and shrubbery around!), we try to respect their life and take them outside or just leave them alone. We want this house to be a safe place for all sentient beings, not just the “cute” furry ones.

 

 

 

Ladybugs love visiting us.

Cool little fella, eh?

 

 

A nice instagram-ed picture of one of our many Cardinal friends. Isn’t he handsome?

Even bats like to hide out on the 3rd floor.

 

In conclusion, I know that there are probably other individuals out there who deserve the Menlha statue more than I do.  I have seen so many examples of selfless, beautiful work with animals over the years by other individuals, and they are the ones who have inspired me to perform small acts of kindness to the animals I encounter on a day-to-day basis. However, when I read the following description for this contest, I knew that it would truly be a blessing to have this statue on our property, watching over our beloved friends:

“Menlha’s energy is especially wonderful for animals, bestowing them with good health and powerful, positive imprints for their future lives…. This statue will bless all other creatures, big and small, which abide within the area.”

Therefore, even though I may not deserve the statute as much as the next person, I believe the many sentient beings that live on and around our property do deserve that great blessing. I am writing this article in honor of them, in order to win it for them, so that they may continue to be protected and blessed in this life and future lives to come.

Thank you for taking the time to read this as well as holding this generous contest.

 

With Metta ~

~ Tara

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  1. Girlie OOI on Mar 30, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Dear Tara

    Thank you for an interesting post.

    You home is like a mini zoo, housing visitors like insects and animals. They can sense your love for them.

    I hope more sponsors can come to you in your quest to help out these beings.

  2. mitra on Mar 30, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Dear Tara,

    I really enjoy reading your post very much.to me
    that is the result that practiced Dharma in our daily life.

  3. Jutika Lam on Mar 19, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Dear Tara,

    To me it is not awkward for you to write and boast once in a while… besides what is the point of having this competition when people don’t want to boast/write about themselves?

    So think about it.. not to awkward right?

    Getting back to the reason why you are writing this post about why you should deserve a Medicine Buddha Statue.

    I am extremely awed by the way you treat any animals that come to your house as well as your 2 acre land.

    I agree with you that the Honorable Pak Mie should indeed get one of our Medicine Buddha Statues to be place in his shelter so that his 600 dogs as well as his 100 cats can always be blessed as well for their good health and even if they were to pass away while in pain or sickness Medicine Buddha can guide them to take rebirth as a human so that they too can learn and enjoy practicing Dharma too!

    It is amazing how you shelter so many mice, bats, dogs, cats small insects as well as other animals.

    To me there is totally know reason why you should not win the Medicine Buddha Statue as there are not many people like you who would do such a thing to innocent animals.

    Congratulations on winning the Medicine Buddha Statue!!!!

    Keep up the good work and may Medicine Buddha bless you and all the pets, animals you now have as well as all the future animals to come.

    P.S Heard you have Instagram right? Do go and follow H.E Tsem Rinpoche’s Fanpage Account @tsemrinpoche http://statigr.am/search/tsemrinpoche ….. inform us when you are done!

    Love
    Jutika

  4. Felix Kong on Mar 18, 2013 at 2:19 am

    Thank you Tara sharing your touching story here . You are so good and love animals , setting up a place for them. May all the animals within your house area be bless and protect by Menlha .

  5. patsy on Mar 17, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Thank you, Tara, for writing in with a wish to invite a Medicine Buddha to your home to bless all the beings roaming around your home. Your house is like a mini zoo; a haven safe and welcoming for the wildlife.

    Congratulations on winning the Medicine Buddha statue. May Menhla blesses you and your family including all those animals in your home.

  6. Sean Wang on Mar 16, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Dear Tara, you post is extremely enjoyable. It is great to know that you transformed your house into a miniature animal sanctuary. There is so much humility and compassion at play here. Normally, people would not want to care for other animals due to their superiority complex but you are different and that’s what makes you beautiful! I wish for you to win the Medicine Buddha statue as your love for animals is so sincere!

    Love,
    Sean
    https://www.facebook.com/AnimalBefriendersCoalition

  7. sarahyap on Mar 13, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    Dear Tara,

    Beautiful write up. Thank you for telling us your story and sharing all these wonderful pictures.
    Congratulations on winning the Menlha statue. May Menlha bless all these wonderful beings that roam around your house.

  8. hecelus tan on Mar 10, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    If we start to care about others sentient beings like animals and take care of them like taking care on our own family members and friends.Then we will find that our mind become light,happy and peaceful.These are the result that we really practicing Dharma in our daily life.

  9. hecelus tan on Mar 10, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    If we start to take care all types of animals like our own family members.Then it showed that we are compassionate and we will see that our own mind will become peaceful,light and happy.That is the result that practiced Dharma in our daily life.

  10. sweekeong on Mar 10, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Thank you Tara for writing and wanting to win the Menlha statue for the animals you care for. You’re really deserving of Medicine Buddha’s blessing and protection. From your writing you are very concerned on how others treated the animals they encountered and you have taken the decision to do something about it to the best what you can do. What is very nice is making your land you’re living on animal friendly. Animals do not have sheltered to speak of unlike the humans. They are very much exposed to the elements especially in countries with four seasons. Although you’re giving food to the animals that happen to pass by to your property you make it a point that food is available but they do need to be independent to fence for themselves when they move to other areas.

  11. beatrix ooi on Mar 10, 2013 at 1:01 am

    Dear Tara, thank you for sharing your wonderful story. It’s really amazing to have people like you to care about the animals, I feel so happy for them. You are doing a great great job on helping those animals, may you have good health and long life so that you can benefit more animals. Thank You.

  12. Joy on Mar 9, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Dear Tara,

    Thank you for submitting your beautiful story and letting us all know that there are kind hearted people out there who really is doing all they can to help the animals around them. It is not often we hear people helping wild animals and this is the first time I am reading about this!

    ANimals have a sixth sense so I am sure they know that your property is a place they can find some solace and refuge in, hence they come. It is amazing to see your love and care for them and I am sure you and your friend do what you can to help them. Thank you for having a compassionate heart 🙂 I am sure a Menlha sitting outside in your garden area will bless the birds, deers and all the beautiful wild friends who come to visit.

  13. tsemtulku on Mar 9, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Read this beautiful story by Giel-Frédéric Foubert. He contributed to our contest of winning a Medicine Buddha statue. This young man will touch your heart. See here: http://blog.tsemtulku.com/?p=39751

    Contest: http://blog.tsemtulku.com/?p=39695
    Would you like to win? It’s not too late! TR

  14. Sharon Saw on Mar 9, 2013 at 1:54 am

    Dear Tara,

    Thanks for sharing your lovely story and all the photos!! You really love animals and even reflect it in your almost vegan lifestyle. i am happy that a Menlha statue will be blessing all the wildlife in your mini sanctuary. Animals can sense where there is love and i am sure that they flock to your land because of the positive energy you give out. Menlha will add his enlightened energies and blessings to your kind generosity. Congratulations!

  15. edward ooi on Mar 9, 2013 at 1:25 am

    Dear Rinpoche, it is good to see that there are peoples that loves animals other than the people among ourselves. Tara I wish you all the best on getting more sponsors so that you can spend it on buying supplies and save more wild animals. Thank you for helping these animals.

  16. Paris on Mar 9, 2013 at 1:24 am

    Tara, I am so awed by your incredible story, your humility and your amazing efforts to help these animals in your area. Thank you so much for sharing your story. Your humility is especially astounding and I am so so glad that you did write in with your story and the beautiful pictures.

    I have never heard of someone doing animal rescues for wildlife like this, in a personal capacity and your story is so inspiring! There are many people who do rescues of domestic animals, such as dogs and cats so it must have been real unchartered territory for you to go out to help this very, very large and varied range of animals. I think it’s wonderful that you even just provide them a safe place to go to – animals can definitely feel that compassion and love of others and know that it’s a good place for them to be in.

    I am really happy that a Menlha will be coming over to you. His energies (especially blessed by Tsem Rinpoche) will definitely be of great benefit and immense blessings to all the animals who will come by him. And of course, great blessings for you and your friend too!

    Much love and appreciation for all you are doing xxxx

  17. Sheryl KH (JB) on Mar 8, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Dear Tara,

    I really enjoy reading your post very much. Your house is like a little zoo, housed by various types of animals and insects.

    I really like your idea of setting up feeding places for the animals, I agree with what you have said, unless we take it upon ourselves to take care of them for the rest of their lives, we have to make them learned that they cannot depend on us for foods and everything.

    I love places where there are four seasons so that we can enjoy the differences. All seasons have beauty of their own.

    I wish that you can have your wish come true that you be awarded the Medicine Buddha statue, so that many more animals will be blessed in every trip that they come to your compound.

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  • Alice Tay
    Sunday, Apr 30. 2017 12:16 AM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this and I was touched by this story very much. I personally think that this faithful dog must has very close karmic connection with its owner and it know that the owner is died. Furthermore, animals are very sensitive to our energies and mind states. So, if we are loving kindness and compassion, they can feel our love and care.

    As such, we must treat the animals like humans too. Not to harm them because humans can be reborn as animals and animals can be reborn as humans. We have to accept that humans and animals are interconnected and just like a family.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Apr 29. 2017 11:49 PM
    Spiritual practice is definitely much more than doing good for others. When we practice “spirituality” without religion and from our own understanding, how sure are we that we are on the right track? When we practice spiritual with the guide of religion, we will certain progress and much easily to attain higher levels. Thank you, Rinpoche for this teaching.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/can-we-just-be-spiritual-but-not-religious.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Apr 29. 2017 10:56 PM
    When we truly love and care for another being like a family, whether this other being is a dog or cat, a child or a stranger, it will break our heart when it is gone. Many people may not be capable of this emotion towards a pet but as we evolved, we will realize we are capable to develop such feelings for animals. It is common in the west to have pets cemetery because of this reason. Thank you for this article, Rinpoche.

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

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

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

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

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/making-water-offerings-to-the-buddhas.html
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    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

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~ 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
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His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one\'s death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one's death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin\'s dog Snowy!
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I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin's dog Snowy!
Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
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Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
 Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
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2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
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One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
 Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
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Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
Tsem Rinpoche\'s Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
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Tsem Rinpoche's Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
 It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and \'defeat\' the ones that hurt us because we don\'t become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
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It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and 'defeat' the ones that hurt us because we don't become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
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Tsem Rinpoche's heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin  Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
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Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
 (left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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(left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s good to be with kind and sincere people.
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It's good to be with kind and sincere people.
If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
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If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
My Mumu boy didn\'t want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
My Mumu boy didn't want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
1 month ago
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
1 month ago
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn\'t move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
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Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
1 month ago
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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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!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
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Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
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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This is a good one to read
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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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