Spirituality Without Religion?

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The minds of the present generation of individuals are slowly but surely wandering away from religious practice. Unlike before, few have any respect for religion, and for this I do not blame the Individuals themselves. People are right in asserting their dislike for religion to a certain extent. So many wars have been fought, so many people have been killed in the name of religion, and so it is unsurprising to hear statements such as: “I am not a religious person”.

Now, many of these individuals who claim that they are not religious say that they are spiritual instead. They may help the poor, they may serve their friends, neighbours and loved ones, they may also go out of their way in doing work which few religious organisations have managed to do, and so at first blush it may sound like they are right in proclaiming their spirituality. Many of these individuals also emphasise the fact that going to the church, temple or mosque is no good because in doing that, a person is only concerned with his own selfish gains of praying to benefit himself, his family members or friends. Also what good is it to spend money to make offerings to a deity? Instead, why not donate the same money to help someone really in need than to offer it to what looks like an obvious inanimate idol?

I am not saying that these individuals who claim to be spiritual are wrong; neither am I saying that they are right. In my opinion, absolute awareness is needed in order to come to any conclusions and to judge what is right or wrong since everybody’s opinion of what is good or bad, sin or virtue is different, based on perspectives.

For every individual who is on the path of spirituality or as most people like to call themselves – a seeker of truth, or even for those individuals who like to call themselves spiritual, there is one important question to consider if you want to eliminate your doubts on whether you are spiritual or not: Is my spirituality leading me and others to Enlightenment?

Now, this is a very important question and the answer to this question may come to your mind instantly, or it may take a certain amount of time depending on how authentic your search for the truth has been from the time you started up until this day. Whatever the case, this is an important question to consider because if your spirituality is not leading you to Enlightenment, everything that you are doing is futile, and has absolutely zero value. I don’t care how many people’s lives you have changed or the amount of money you have donated to charity. If your practice does not lead you and others around you to Enlightenment, everything that you are doing is not worth the struggle, period. The same question applies to those people who call themselves religious. If your religion does not lead you to Enlightenment, you are doing nothing but wasting your time.

Therefore, I would like for you to ask yourself this question time and again – Am I really spiritual or religious? This question will decide your entire journey on this Earth in the present realm, and all the other six realms of existence.

After all of this knowledge, it is quite safe to say that every person who calls himself spiritual is actually a pseudo-spiritual person, and the same applies to a person who calls himself religious. There are obviously exceptions to this, but what I just said basically holds true for most people. So to sum the whole thing up, on this Earth we have three types of people:

  1. Pseudo-Spiritual
  2. Pseudo-Religious
  3. Authentic spiritual or religious

With all of this being said, in my opinion, being part of a religion is very important in order to be on the right track because sometimes, the masters or spiritual gurus can guide us and give us advice on whether we are on the correct path or not. Most individuals who think they are spiritual or religious often get themselves caught up in this illusion that they are on the correct path because their outer conditions do not always contradict what they are doing. What I mean is that these individuals have everything in their lives sorted – they have a nice home, a nice car, beautiful family, great friends, and so they often take this as proof that they are on the right track, but sometimes the truth can be totally different from what they believe. There can be no greater delusion than this. The delusion of wellbeing is one of the greatest delusions.

Now, since it is important to be part of a religion in order for spirituality to grow, how is one supposed to know whether their religion is right or wrong? How do you ensure that you are not following a wrong religion?

Here are some of the things to consider:

 

1. Is your religion giving you the correct interpretation of the founder’s teachings?

For example, a lot of masters in the past such as Jesus, Buddha, Mohammad and Mahavir have given humanity the precious gift of their teachings. Unfortunately, they haven’t always been interpreted in the best way. This can be very dangerous because it obviously changes our entire viewpoint of life and everything in general. So in my opinion, this is a very important thing to consider.

If your religious leaders or the scriptures that you are reading do not translate the teachings of these great masters like Jesus, Buddha and others in the best way possible, then in my opinion you fall in the first and second category of pseudo-religious or pseudo-spiritual person.

 

2. Is your religion trying to suppress, or is it trying to destroy your doubts?

This is a biggie. Every man and woman on this planet is born with questions in their minds. Is your religion giving you an answer to destroy that question or is it telling you that you shouldn’t be asking that question because it goes against the religion? Be careful, because what a lot of spiritual leaders, priests, monks and imams do is that they give you an answer just so that you and many others may not ask more questions.

The good news is that every individual is born with intelligence, and so if he is not lazy and if the question is really coming from his heart, he is bound to get an answer to it at some point.

Of course, the authenticity of the disciple’s question also matters. If the question you are asking is just for the sake of testing the master’s knowledge or with any motive other than expanding your consciousness, the master is either going to criticise your question, choose to not answer it, or he is going to give you a totally different answer which will make you question your own question.

 

3. Are your masters or gurus always consistent in what they do?

Remember, a real master or spiritual guru is never consistent in what he is doing. He does not have a fixed set of rules based on which he operates. He works according to individual needs. He is flexible with his teachings and adapts to the environment in which he is. He is ready to put his reputation at stake for his disciple’s growth or the individual’s growth. This is the sign of a true master. A real master does not care what the world thinks of him; he does his own thing and uses the scriptures and texts to match present day situations.

For example in Tibet, many lamas who have been masters to their disciples for quite some time usually do things that will put the disciple’s spiritual knowledge to the test. They usually change the way they behave just so that the disciple does not hold a fixed idea about them in their minds. They may even manifest wrath or beat a disciple. There are various reasons why they do this, but every single time, it is to give a certain teaching to the disciple which can lead them to further growth.

Even in India more than a decade ago, there was a master named Osho who used to indulge in activities that to a normal audience would seem sinful and perverted. He was known as the sex-guru, because of his open attitude towards sex. Now, Osho may not have been a master to many individuals and not all would be able to comprehend his teachings, but that does not mean that he is right or wrong. This only means we need to change our perception of how things should be. This is the basic reason why a master is never consistent in what he does. There could be many other reasons unknown to us and it is quite possible, considering the level of our consciousness, that we are unable to comprehend certain actions and methods that a master may use which can benefit us in the long run.

 

4. Is your religion giving you proof and explanations for everything that is taught or is it just stating facts or rules that you need to follow or abide by?

Not all religions are able to show proof to support the contents of their scriptures or texts. There could be various reasons for this. Maybe at the time the teachings were given, proof wasn’t really required due to the prevailing conditions. In today’s day and age due to the developments in science and technology, proof of almost anything is possible hence modern man expects and demands proof and logical explanations.

Is your master actually giving you proof of a certain teaching or is he just stating those teachings as rules that you need to follow in your life? If he is unable to justify or explain a certain text clearly, it only goes to show that he has perhaps not applied them in his own life. If he had applied them, he would be able to give you enough examples from around the world and his own life so that the teachings not only make sense to you intellectually, but also existentially. Sometimes it may not be possible to prove something immediately, but if the teachings being received are really genuine, you will notice a positive change in your behaviour as days go by. This is enough proof of the authenticity of the teachings that you are receiving.

Also if you are new to a certain religion or if you do not have much knowledge, you can always identify whether a certain religion is being taught correctly by taking a good look at the individuals who are already part of that religion or teachings related to it. You will see a certain vibrancy and positivity around such disciples. They do not complain, gossip or badmouth others. Every activity that they do reflects beauty, compassion and love – even the most trivial. This serves as proof in the early days when you are new. Of course as time passes by, you can apply those teachings to your own life and check, but make sure you are a sincere and honest disciple yourself, or else you will find no change in you. In this case, it is your fault and not the fault of your religion or guru.

 

5. Is your religion or master condemning you?

A real guru always has a fresh approach towards everything in life, and he will try in every way to help you move forward from the place you are in. At the beginning, except for an open mind, nothing else is expected from you.

A true religion will never condemn you. You will be accepted as you are with all your flaws. Then, it gives you clear cut ways and methods to go beyond your present life situation and achieve positive results.

An authentic religion will never give up on you. For example, if you are a drug addict, an alcoholic or if you possess any bad qualities, are you being told that you are condemned to hell? If this is the case or if anything similar to this is being told to you, then your religion or master is simply playing tricks on you.

 

6. Does your religion condemn other religions, teachings or philosophies?

Last but not least, an authentic religion is always open to other teachings, philosophies and religions. Even if you come from a totally different religious background, an authentic master is always able to explain his own teachings based on your faith. Sometimes, a great master from a different faith can even enhance your understanding and increase your faith in your own religion! I have sometimes also heard of masters who contradict their own religion so as to explain or make a concept clear for the sake of their disciples.

A true religion should never condemn other religions but instead accept and embrace the differences. This also shows that they see the oneness in everything and do not make any distinctions since that would only contradict their own and every other individual’s existence in the world.

There can be various other ways in which you can identify the authenticity of a particular religion, but these six ways that I have mentioned constitute the essence of every authentic religion. A lot of you may think this is really sceptical, but the truth of the matter is that if you are about to follow a particular teaching which is a matter of life and death, a basic understanding is required, and that is exactly what I am trying to highlight here in this article. I wish you the very best in everything that you do including your search for truth.

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  1. Wan Wai Meng on Nov 5, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    Thank you Herman what I gathered here is that for our spirituality, we must make the necessary checks to verify if the master we wish to follow suits us. Why? As spiritual practices not only benefits only for this life and possibly across many lifetimes.
    Well this life is as a human is quite long as it is, so since spirituality is so important for our ‘happiness’, we should make the time to investigate and check our potential spiritual master.

  2. samfoonheei on Jul 30, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    Thank you Herman for sharing .I do enjoyed reading as it explained deeply ,very informative for us to understand.Do agree with Herman a true religion should never condemn other religions but instead accept and embrace the differences. We are so fortunate to have Rinpoche that teach us the correct path …. to be a better person with kindness and compassion and so forth.
    Thanks again

  3. Carmen Koo on Jul 22, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    Thank you Herman Rodrigues for this article.

    I do agree with you that the delusion of wellbeing, is one of the greatest delusions, because our wellbeing is determined by karma, and does not have a fixed timing when the karma will or can ripen. One day, all may seem well, and the next moment, everything comes crashing down. So yes, don’t ever be comfortable with how or where we are, because it isn’t permanent. When we realise that, then we are more accepting of whatever fate that comes our way.

    Spirituality, defined on dictionary.com; of or relating to the spirit as the seat of the moral or religious nature.

    Religious, defined on dictionary.com; imbued with or exhibiting religion; pious; devout; godly.

    I guess people do not want to be confined by a label of a particular religion, therefore statements such as “I am not a religious person” comes about. However, confining to a particular religion gives you a direction to aim towards, a goal. Like in Buddhism, it is the goal of enlightenment. The basis of your practice is grounded by the teachings of the particular religion. Being spiritual is exercising certain attributes like kindness, care, generosity towards others, that does not result into something higher, or a more supreme result. So I guess being both spiritual and religious are complimentary to one another.

  4. Sock Wan on Jul 16, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    This is a very informative and educational article for people who wants to learn and practice a religion. Some people want to practice a religion but are not sure how to choose the right one, therefore they don’t engage in a religious practice. Many people are using religion to gain personal interest, to fulfil their desires. This article gives us a guideline how to choose and evaluate a teacher and this assessment is so simple to do. I find it very true that a real religion will not ever condemn another religion, a real religion promote respect, harmony, tolerance, humility, etc. If the values taught in a religion are opposite of these values, one should be doubtful of it.

    Thank you Herman for sharing with us this simple guidelines to choose the right religion/teacher.

  5. Justin Cheah on Jul 11, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    My opinipn, religion is supposed to develop the good qualities in us and reinvent our misconceptions about rules of nature. Turning the bad into good by outlining the truth phenomenon in life.

    Unfortunately many these days were being influenced by so called spiritual leaders of so called particular “the religions” to promote the opposite, generating fear into the weak minded people and turning them into working for a self centred minded people and manipulating them to win in wars for self gain and sadly these are being branded as religions.

    Segregations were created and make everyone fight against each other to be the ultimate rightful claim to be the correct one. They each ended up worse than before and more violent instead of loving each other regardless of the creed and race. They call themselves religious sadly.

    This article makes us think deeper into analysing and challenging our own thoughts. This is necessary to make us think and debate ourselves on our minds to realise the reality.

  6. Wylfred Ng on Jul 11, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    谢谢Herman的分享。

    Herman 的分享解释了如何找到适合我们的宗教和老师。
    我很庆幸我可以遇到我的上师, 让我了解修行是什么一回事。

    谢谢

  7. Karen on Jul 11, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    I enjoyed reading this article. Herman pointed out straight the 3 kinds of people we have: Pseudo-spiritual, pseudo-religious and authentic spiritual or religious. I guess the first 2 types are the most common ones we can find around us. We must ask ourselves which category are we in when we’re pursuing spirituality/religion? When we engage in certain religious/spiritual group, what kind of motivation are we having?

    People always have fixated view on how a Dharma centre should operate, how a spiritual Guru and Dharma people should behave and talk. All these expectation polluted our motivation of learning Dharma. I like point no.3 where it mentioned a real master works according to individual needs and is flexible with his teachings and adapts to the environment in which he is. This is how Tsem Rinpoche uses His skilful means combined with His great compassion to teach every single students. Rinpoche’s way of teachings is always so engaging because Rinpoche knows we “clowns” “get bored” or fell asleep easily when listening to Dharma teachings (due to lack of merits) hence Rinpoche has to compassionately create many kind of jokes to trap our focus back to the teachings. Why jokes? people tend to like to listen to jokes, rumours and etc that is lighter, therefore Rinpoche uses all kinds of skilful means just to make the students learn Dharma.

  8. Carsden on Jul 11, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    確實有個很大疑問,人們進寺廟、道場、教會、各宗教場所等是抱持著什麼樣的動機與心態?也許覺得是某種缺失,當然最實際最普遍的莫過於錢與健康。人們總是持香念念有詞著:希望家人身體健康、希望可以賺多一點錢等等世俗的所謂「願望」。但很多人都不明白宗教之所以神聖,是因為它可以讓你變成更好的人,從而再由心去幫助其他人,真誠、誠摯的那種,這是最美好的事情。

  9. jerry_sito on Jul 11, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    感谢您的分享与解释

    这的确是一篇十分有用的帖子,尤其在现在的一个E时代里,各种许多形形色色的教派,宗教,灵修等不断崛起,然而新一代的新新人类,也对所谓过去的“宗教”觉得是旧派或老土,加上对于古老的传承也没有太多的了解,于是都逐渐迈向不同的“灵修”道路上。

    这是很多人其实都不是很清楚,其实“宗教”与莫一些“灵修”其实是有很大的分别的,在莫些情况下,也许你会觉得是一样的,比如说做一些善事,但是“宗教”与“灵修”下所产生的观点与所应该抱有的动机,再接下来最后所延伸得到的结果,也将会是不一样的。

    我并没有觉得我能替你选择一个所谓大众化的宗教,佛教,基督教或是一些灵修但是却没有牵连到宗教的信仰,或单纯的是专注在打坐,或只是单纯的冥想,因为无论修行的道路如何,你将是那一个必须承担一切结果的人,所以我只是建议说,当您为自己选择一个修行的道路时,请你一定要好好思考,它所带来的最终成就与结果,是否是您所想要追求的?或是先贤所遗留下来的宗教信仰,其中又有着什么奥秘之处。

    谢谢
    Jerry Sito

  10. Lum Kok Luen on Jul 7, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    Thank you Herman for elucidating your thoughts and opinions on spirituality and religion.

    For a lot of people, religion determines a person’s spirituality. This concept gets mixed up. I am religious therefore, I am spiritual.

    However, in today’s generation of people, there is a clash and assimilation of culture into religion and this is where a lot of people get “hooked” on the expectation that rituals/ practices/ procedures must be adhered to before one can become spiritual.

    I am actually confused (in the early stages of coming to Kechara back in 2013) between spirituality and religious. I thought that if one is to become spiritual, one has to “belong” to a certain religion and only through practice that one can become spiritual. Now my view have changed.

    Being spiritual, to me, is necessary before one can profess to belong to a certain religion. My thoughts are that religion is basically a label that society have created to segregate people into different faiths so that we all have fall into these categories making it easy for the state or government to control its people.

    I always believed that humanity is lost in a lot of people’s minds and we need our entire education system to bring back humanity into the young students’ minds so that we create a conducive environment in this world to have peace, mutual respect and to help one another and not segregate one another through labels of different religion, different ethnicity, and different culture.

    Yours humbly,
    Lum Kok Luen

  11. Alice Tay on Jul 5, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    在现今社会,大多数人都会偏向寻找心灵的快乐与安宁。而他们觉得他们所做的这一切是不需要与宗教有关系如帮助穷人,帮助朋友或者去一些非营利机构当义工。甚至有些人认为如果某某人在宗教组织包括教堂,寺庙等帮忙其实只是为了自己而做和祈祷希望可以让他自己,他的家人或朋友得到利益。除此,有些人还会觉得为什么需要利用金钱来供养给佛菩萨,到不如用此金钱帮助有需要的人?

    无论如何,其实我们真正要思考的是,就如Herman Rodrigues所提到的,以我们目前的灵修的持修是否可以让我们达到证悟?就拿以上的例子来说,同样一笔钱让我们做选择来供养佛菩萨或僧团,或是选择捐给有需要的人。钱是一样的捐出去,但是发心就不一样了。供养佛菩萨或僧团,是希望佛法可以继续流传下去,然后帮助更多人。因为佛法可以让一个人的心识改变,让他/她可以成为更好的人帮助与利益他人。而如果选择利用这笔钱来帮助穷人,那只是暂时性帮这个穷人解决问题。过后,如果此人没有做出任何改变,他还是一样要面对痛苦。

    选择永远都是在我们手上。如果真的想要得到真正的解脱,还是趁早做出明智的选择,跟随一位具格的上师与拥有纯净的传承,而最终可以让你登上菩提道。

  12. Pastor KH Ng on Jul 5, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    If we start with stating that all Religion’s objective is for liberating our sufferings and of others’, we can then proceed to practice it. The verb in religion is spirituality. Instead of the meta physical, most of us can only practice the physical. This means our thinking, behaviour, speech and actions; and what is the results of this physical practice. Does it leads to our happiness and more importantly the happiness of others.
    Instead of finding the differences between religion, we can find the common values of religions like love, compassion and charity, and practice it. Focusing on the differences is the root of all our problems, be it in religion or in society and individuals. This to me is true spirituality.

    Hence, all religious leaders shows their spirituality not for their ego, but to lead by examples. No better way to teach then to practice what they preach.

    • William Chua on Jul 11, 2016 at 9:10 pm

      I totally agree with Pastor KH on spirituality where the practice of good values like compassion, love and charity is the core. Therefore, any religion which has this values is worth practicing and it depends on your affinity to that religion.

      A true religion should never condemn other religions but instead accept and embrace the differences. This also shows that they see the oneness in everything and do not make any distinctions since that would only contradict their own and every other individual’s existence in the world.

  13. shelly tai on Jul 5, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    Thank you Mr Herman Rodrigues for sharing this write up with us. After reading this article I think it very true a lot of people will think religion will help them to sort out their life like good wealth, good family and all the worldly wants but what if all the things that a person wish and wants for do not come true then they will claim that this religion does not work , the point is that they do not understand what the true religion can do for them is not about external wealth but is more important is inner peace and happiness of cause ultimately is enlightenment , in order to make a person understand the purpose of religion then we need a good spiritual guide that can teach us so that we can have mind transformation and realisation . We as a Kecharian that we are so fortunate that we have our guru that teach us the correct path and also the greatness of Lama Tsongkhapa lineage.

  14. Uncle Eddie on Jul 4, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    The 14th Dalai Lama has once taught that Shantideva in doing battle with his “negative-emotions” turned his own weapons upon himself, as it is important that we do so in order to progress spiritually, rather than making it simply a subject of academic study. Likewise, we shall do as advocated, by paying homage to the Buddha, reciting extracts from the sutras as follows:- “Abandon Evildoing; Practice virtue well; Subdue your mind: This is the Buddha’s teachings.” Continue with the following, “By this merit may we attain omniscience and overcome our enemy, our harmful deeds, and may beings, buffeted by waves of birth, old age, sickness and Death, be liberated from the ocean of existence.” This is something that is universally helpful, something that all people might appreciate, whether they are religious or not. This refers to the principle of Interdependence. “Happiness and sufferings”, as with the beings who experienced them, said that all these do not arise without cause and effect! In fact, all things arise from causes corresponding to them, as taught by all schools of Buddhism. By training our minds and getting used to this view of interdependence as taught, will gradually result to a gradual change of our behaviour to do less harm to others. The reason for this, is that the happiness we all want, and the sufferings we all try to avoid, are said to be produced precisely by our actions, which we called “Karma”. We are directed to learn from such insight and experiences! Thank you very much, Herman Rodrigues, for the kind sharing of your interesting articles, expert views and advice.

  15. Datuk May on Jul 4, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    Thank you, Herman Rodrigues, this article had sent me contemplating why I have chosen to travel the path of spiritually with religion. To be kind and compassionate and do virtuous acts are quite easy as every act will come and end. Basically what then is the end purpose? To feel good or to gain claim to philanthropy. Are these acts to benefit us or others? The grounds and foundations simply may be temporary and motivation questionable.

    With the tenets of evoking the real good self which is in all of us except the very essence of living been contaminated, it is of utmost important to me personally is to have a guide book and teacher so that our foundation of evoking the goodness in us are strong.

    Though having been educated in a missionary school and studied bible knowledge, it always seem too simplistic that we depend on the Almighty to save us from hell and with earnest confessions we are saved.

    I chose to be a Buddhist is the fundamental requirement for salvation is the Dharma of which we must study and practise. Enlightenment is the highest form of being and as such it requires hard work.

    It was very fortunate for me in my search for peace and self reliance to being a good person, I found my Guru, HE the 25th Tsem Rinpoche. It is the practice of Dharma and the results that will show that our lives can be better and this is the most endearing element of my faith in the Dharma.

    The path of spirituality is easier with faith in a religion. This is my humble opinion.

  16. William Chua on Jul 3, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    Thank you Herman for this enlightening article.

    “With all of this being said, in my opinion, being part of a religion is very important in order to be on the right track because sometimes, the masters or spiritual gurus can guide us and give us advice on whether we are on the correct path or not.” Having a guru is very important because our guru will guide us to achieve our enlightenment. The methods differs from each individual and hence we cannot compare with other people. We will know whether our guru is correct or not by witnessing his actions and results he created with is always have others’ benefit at heart. All that they do is not for themselves but for others.

    Also all religions reached it’s followers to do good and not harm others. If any case your religion shows you the other way, then you might want to reconsider that religion.

  17. Fong on Jul 3, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    The 6 questions are very apt. The truth should be found in more ways than and whether the truth is universal or across the board as they say in samsara.

    I notice that Rinpoche’s lineage can be traced all the way back to the Buddha Shakyamuni. That would put the stamp of authenticity on Rinpoche’s teachings.

    Rinpoche always tries to get us to think for ourselves based on the Lamrim. We are encouraged to ask question and examine for ourselves how to look for answer in the Lamrim and teachings from other high lamas.

    And, Rinpoche has always shown the his action do not deviate far from what he teaches and his actions are consistent.

    We are encouraged to ask questions and find the truth by way of debate, just like the monasteries of the Gelug tradition.

    Rinpoche has always advised us not to disparage or say anything to the contrary towards other lamas whether they are of the Gelug traditions or one of the other schools as such an act will draw negative karma and can cause schism within the sangha. In fact, Rinpoche always encourage those of the other faith be true to their faith and to learn more of their own faith to further understand it.

    These only shows me that religion is important. But, if it to be a comparison, then I don’t think this question is properly answered by the article.

    Thanks anyway though for the article as it makes me think about the subtle differences and how to reconcile them.

  18. JP on Jul 3, 2016 at 11:51 am

    This article makes so much sense. Religion is supposed to guide us towards becoming a wiser and more compassionate person. Many spiritual leaders and organizations promote the opposite, creating a community of people who are narrow minded, selective with their acts of compassion, non accepting, angersome, in denial, greedy and the list goes in. This is the reason why wars are fought in the name of religion.

    My question is why embrace a religion that helps us become a worse version of ourselves and outwardly pretending to be more spiritual? It doesn’t make sense to me. It’s so convenient to say it’s our duty to stop the devil’s influence. But do we really have the wisdom to decipher?

    This article helps us take another look about our religion which may be difficult for many because it challenges their belief systems. This will lead to redefining their reality and few would have the courage to step into uncharted water.

  19. Martin on Jul 3, 2016 at 1:44 am

    Thank you for this article, Herman.

    Whilst I am not entirely sure if I agree with you that, “if your spirituality is not leading you to Enlightenment, everything that you are doing is futile, and has absolutely zero value”.

    Very few people can go from zero to enlightenment so quickly, although there are higher practices that can facilitate that kind of passage. Enlightenment comes about as the result of a number of critical factors, one of which is to free ourselves from the clutches of karma. And yet, all practices in samsara are in one way or another bound by their karma and driven by their karma. The act of realising the folly of samsara is spirituality; the efforts one makes in combatting one’s samsaric afflictions is spirituality, the actions that one engages in that cultivates kindness leading to Bodhicitta is spirituality, the deep contemplations one engages in to understand how we are is spirituality.

    Spirituality is not one thing, but the progression of many things in concert. I feel that to saw that unless one is on a single and identifiable path that is labelled spiritual and headed to enlightenment, then one ;s wasting time, is not quite right.

    I have met many people who are openly religious and yet their actions re tainted with the worldly motivations, and yet their actions are not void of spiritual goodness. I have met people who are not at all religious but are to in tune with others and nature, that their actions are naturally benevolent and kind and spiritual.

    And so I have yet to identify what is worthwhile spirituality and what isn’t.

    I do complete love what you wrote:

    “…these individuals have everything in their lives sorted – they have a nice home, a nice car, beautiful family, great friends, and so they often take this as proof that they are on the right track, but sometimes the truth can be totally different from what they believe”.

    We cannot and should not measure the progress of our spiritual path by the successful fulfilment of out material and emotional attachments. That is not to say that we cannot have these wants, but that we should not be so deluded to think that we have our worldly wishes answered because we are practicing the correct spirituality and hence our prayers are answered.

    I is not what we have or don’t have. It is why we want them, how we regard what we have and who do we do with them.

    Once again, thank you for a thought-provoking article, Herman. I am looking forward to more from you.

  20. Stella Cheang on Jul 1, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    This article by Herman Rodrigues brings clarity to what is the difference between being spiritual and being religious. Many of us are unclear where to draw the line. People rather proclaim themselves to be spiritual than religious because being religious has a connotation to being fanatical. And being spiritual sort of gives the person a ticket to do good deeds without submitting to any religion label.

    One thing is clear, it does not matter whether we are on a spiritual path or a religious path, as long as the path leads us to enlightenment, then it is the right path. But if it is not the path to enlightenment, I agree it is a waste of time. A waste of time in the sense whereby putting in the same effort and time yet not reaching the full possible potential. In as much as the ones who are serious on the religious path, the questions and answers listed by Herman provide a checklist to gauge the authenticity of the teachings.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Herman for this thought provoking article.

    Humbly, bowing down,
    Stella Cheang

  21. Tommy Hawksblood on Jul 1, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    A good person= ego you say you are a good person. To what= a person that is helping who? What can you give to them?
    religion is not e result of practice. Religion is just following words. Saying you are Spiritual doesn’t make it so. If one doesn’t know the truth one cannot be spiritual either. One may think It is the step in understanding a true God which it is not. Only when one understands the spiritual laws can one understand what spiritual is. God is not man made, man is God made.

    Humility, Dharma and teachers cannot give you any awareness of a true God it can only come by direst experience. Jesus was the only person on this planet since Atlantis that was teaching about a true experience of death. Buddha experienced the Bliss state which he based his teaching on.
    Not that many people understand the astral plane and what really goes on there. It is not a great gift to stay there meaning no more reincarnation to the physical world

    God and Buddha are not even close. How do people talk about Jesus when they have no clue to what he was here for. What he really taught. The difference between Buddha and Jesus were one of the only beings able to use all the psychic abilities and able to show them in a real realty.
    All talks are about man made ideas. What earth is about, what love is about , Not one word about a real God. Yes the man made idea of a God. Then the man made ideas of what earth is about.
    Buddhism is the oldest religion on the planet and look where it brought man. Even that split many times to the point of even changing the deities they work with. For all the people thinking they know – Shiva, Durga and Green Tara are real entities. They do not site there waiting for prayers – prayers are never really answered. Not the way people want them to be.
    What is even more scary is all the people talking like they have some real knowledge. Telling people things are ok. It is ok If you don’t ever want to know why God really put you here in Hell in the first place. In Atlantis it was bliss on earth, after it was destroyed the Indian people followed the deities – but they did not understand their teaching. To this day how many people have had a real experiences with the deities never mind a Real God. People need to know the deities are the little workers for God in the lowest words of God. Meaning the first three planes of existence. Jesus taught much more then what Man wrote in the Bible. There is none of His true teachings in it.
    Religion has no truth to it. They were all written by man. Man uses GOD yes with their sick ego. If you knew God is the true creator and created all things for many important reasons. That is only true when a soul looks to understand it’s true self and a real God. Religion is a man made word. The idea of heaven for most people is still a man made idea.
    I will say after years being with Green Tara and Shiva then seeing the truth of SOUL one will slowly start to understand God. God qualities are what ? Like given to the poor, saving the world, really. Is the Dalai Lama saving the world, no His country taken away. Man’s idea of earth is not religion and guess what it is not spiritual. After Atlantis went down the races living on the planet after went down but that I will not even get into now.
    God created a soul for a reason -each soul is different. No soul is here for every other soul. Words move nothing, prayers move nothing, dreams do nothing to Soul. On this planet how many people know there past lives, I am talking about many of them. Even the Priest, high Lamas and ministers have no clue. Let’s look at the all the talk over 300,000 years. Where is the human race now? Still unaware of truth and God. While they live in a idea of life and love.

  22. Pastor Adeline on Jul 1, 2016 at 1:18 am

    People pick religion or spirituality according to what they can relate to. It may be a concept, an idea, a view they find useful at the beginning and that is perfectly fine. They may do good deeds with a group of like-minded people and that will still contribute to the generation of good deeds useful in continuing to learn and practising the religion they are following to a certain degree.

    The different religions and spiritual groups are very necessary for all the different mind in existence. They serve as different platforms useful for people to learn and grow spiritually until they find the ultimate truth. Similarly, people need kindergarten before primary, secondary before college, college before university. It will be unreasonable to say that the university is the best and the rest are not necessary while we understand clearly those are the foundation for one to be ready for university.

    From a Buddhist point of view, our karma decides what we follow and practice. It is almost uncontrollable that we find solace in a certain spiritual group or practise. There’s no right or wrong per se, but to accept the results we have created. The good thing is when we continue to believe in doing good with any religious or spiritual groups, which understandably involves no killing or hurting others, then we have a chance to meet something higher along the way as we are contributing toward the positive wave that is shared among good energies. Meaning, there’s still hope for enlightenment and nothing is wasted.

    Buddhism may be suitable for me, but not necessary for others. Because of this, Buddhists appreciate similarities and share without prejudices. This is very necessary for peace and harmony.

  23. Doreen on Jul 1, 2016 at 12:20 am

    All the six questions are very relevant when one is seeking “truth” in this life.

    1st Q – correct interpretation of the founder’s teachings? I find this question is very important as many religious interpreter or so called religion leaders have gave teachings based on their own perception of the scripture text that has leads to so many unwanted/unfavorables event that is happening which have caused deaths, fights and discrimination.

    2nd Q – Is your religion trying to suppress, or is it trying to destroy your doubts? I would say that it is important to ask questions as a practitioner, and based on the answers from the religion path that you are taking, it should clear your doubts and should not have any suppression on your questions.

    3rd Q – Are your masters or gurus always consistent in what they do? A master or Guru is consistent on the level of caring, compassion and the fundamental that a disciple need to be consistent and discipline in his/her practice. A Genuine Master or Guru will find all means and methods to teach his students the right path. Just like mentioned, not even considering his own reputation and goes all way to show methods to teach.

    4th Q – Is your religion giving you proof and explanations for everything that is taught or is it just stating facts or rules that you need to follow or abide by?

    Whatever facts or rules that are taught, should have a very logical explanation to it. There are rules to follow and facts to proof but what most important is that, if the rules and facts are not practical and harms or destroy life and others.

    5th Q – Is your religion or master condemning you? No religion or Masters should condemn any other beings in this realm, if the practice is genuine, as every beings in this realm arises from the same condition. If a religion or masters does a segmentation, where is the practice of the basic of “ACCEPTANCE”?

    6th Q – Does your religion condemn other religions, teachings or philosophies? if it does, ask the reason why? The religion that condemn others is it because they are lack of confidence of their own religion, by condemn others they will be much more superior.

    My Conclusion is that whatever teachings or learnings we attain from a Guru or Masters, ultimately oneself will be your own judge as what is really oneself motivation of having or receiving teachings from a Guru or Masters. It is also the results that oneself will be able to obtain and experience.

  24. Tommy Hawksblood on Jun 30, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    Second thought, dreaming is for dreamers. Look at what a suppose true teaching brought Tibet. Complete control by China, self killing, rape and killing. Look at the Native people, out of 50 million native people 49 million were killed.
    How many people have a clue to what spiritual even means. Love and peace are man made ideas. Awareness to many is just ego.
    Mind and soul are different, mind is a program taught, soul is awareness of it’s incarnations. It learns truth so that it can leave here. Jesus taught about death of the body not life of it. Most religions have no idea of anything past the astral world. The Bardo is just one small part of the astral plane. Not all souls have to go there.
    The same as reincarnation is for the souls that did not work out there their own karma or think they need to work out everyone else’s. Just as high Buddhist think they need to come back and try to save every SOUL.

  25. Tommy Hawksblood on Jun 30, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    I disagree with much of what you said. Truth never changes for anyone. Time doesn’t make things different. A true teacher of truth doesn’t change his ideas. A true master has to be able to teach his student to be greater then he or SHE is. Even Jesus said there will be greater then He. Sadly no one could ever fill that, YET.
    But a true MASTER goes to the source to get the answers not a writing of someone else.

    • Pastor Shin Tan on Jul 1, 2016 at 3:34 am

      Dear Tommy,
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts here. I agree with you that truth never changes for anyone and time doesn’t make things different. The foundation of Buddhism is the Law of Cause and Effect. Good deeds bring good results, bad deeds bring bad results. Your own action/deeds bring your own results. It will not change and time doesn’t make things different.

      Perhaps I can share with you a relevant debate with H.E. Tsem Rinpoche on this topic “Can we be spiritual without being religious?”:
      http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/can-we-just-be-spiritual-but-not-religious.html

  26. Pastor Han Nee on Jun 30, 2016 at 11:33 am

    Thank you for a very interesting and thought-provoking article, Herman Rodrigues. I fully agree with your views on Religion and Spirituality.

    Yes, it is understandable why people today shun religion – too many people are being killed and wars are being waged in the name of religion. So people nowadays like to tell others they are spiritual, instead.

    Nonetheless, as you say, we need to examine what being spiritual is and if anything important is missing from our lives by our being merely spiritual. After all, we have to make optimum use of this life to achieve as you say -Enlightenment (or Full Awakening)- a state of mind of no more disturbance or suffering, a mind of peace, compassion and wisdom, realizing our full potential of a mind of Ultimate Peace and Happiness.

    Yet, we need to look carefully for the correct path and for the right Spiritual Guide – a Spiritual Guide who can assess our needs and then address these needs skillfully, compassionately and effectively.We are greatly influenced by our Spiritual Guide. Hence, he should aslo be compassionate towards all beings and be broadminded and open to accept the faith of others and even guide them to become correct and more effective practitioners of their own faith.

    Buddhism ( the path to full awakening and enlightenment)is (as Einstein himself said) the religion with minimal dogmas.

  27. Pastor Tat Ming on Jun 30, 2016 at 2:35 am

    What a brilliant analysis on authencity of religion and spirituality by Herman!

    Below are my answers to the questions posted.

    Q1. Is your religion giving you the correct interpretation of the founder’s teachings?

    A1. It is important to validate the authencity of a teaching so that we do not end up wasting our time practising a teaching that is wrong, incorrect or unproven.

    Q2. Is your religion trying to suppress, or is it trying to destroy your doubts?

    A2. Any religion that suppresses one’s freedom of questioning and the clearing of doubts are clearly not founded on truths. This is because truths cannot be destroyed by questioning. False teachings will fail the test of validity.

    Q3. Are your masters or gurus always consistent in what they do?

    A3. A master who has wisdom, compassion and skilful means will use the most suitable method to transform his disciples. Hence the master is not always consistent in his methods used. However, true and genuine master is consistent in his care and love of his disciple. He only want the best for his disciples which is the complete enlightenment of a Buddha.

    Q4. Is your religion giving you proof and explanations for everything that is taught or is it just stating facts or rules that you need to follow or abide by?

    A4. An authentic religion can provide logical explanations and valid reasons for everything that it teaches. Failure on the part of the practitioner to comprehend the teaching or accept the logical explanations and valid reasons given does not invalidate the religion. It is due to ignorance or the lack of wisdom on the part of the practitioner.

    Q5. Is your religion or master condemning you?

    A5. You should not be condemned for what you are because in Buddhism for example a master accepts that all sentient beings have the potential to become a Buddha.

    Q6. Does your religion condemn other religions, teachings or philosophies?

    A6. An authentic religion does not condemn other religions, teachings or philosophies. In fact it accepts differences. All practitioners have different affinities to different religions. These practitioners have religious freedom to practise what they like. No religion or anyone should condemn others’ religion.

    Another approach to check the authencity of a religion or teachings is based on Lord Buddha’s teaching – Kalama Sutta as follows.

    Kalama Sutta

    The people of Kalama asked the Buddha who to believe out of all the ascetics, sages, venerables, and holy ones who, like himself, passed through their town. They complained that they were confused by the many contradictions they discovered in what they heard. The Kalama Sutta is the Buddha’s reply.

    –Do not believe anything on mere hearsay.
    –Do not believe in traditions merely because they are old and have been handed down for many generations and in many places.
    –Do not believe anything on account of rumors or because people talk a a great deal about it.
    –Do not believe anything because you are shown the written testimony of some ancient sage.
    –Do not believe in what you have fancied, thinking that, because it is extraordinary, it must have been inspired by a god or other wonderful being.
    –Do not believe anything merely because presumption is in its favor, or because the custom of many years inclines you to take it as true.
    –Do not believe anything merely on the authority of your teachers and priests.
    –But, whatever, after thorough investigation and reflection, you find to agree with reason and experience, as conducive to the good and benefit of one and all and of the world at large, accept only that as true, and shape your life in accordance with it.

    The same text, said the Buddha, must be applied to his own teachings.

    –Do not accept any doctrine from reverence, but first try it as gold is tried by fire.

    extracted from:
    http://www.ling.upenn.edu/~beatrice/buddhist-practice/kalama-sutta.html

    H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche gave two powerful teachings below on spirituality and religion.

    What is Spiritual Practice?
    https://youtu.be/u1OY9l9HsXM

    What is God? What is Buddha?
    https://youtu.be/n79erzOJE6k

    Is my spirituality leading me and others to Enlightenment?

    The points presented above are useful and important for anyone serious about their spirituality or religious practice.

  28. Chris Chong on Jun 30, 2016 at 12:12 am

    I love how this article pin points out all the essential questions that one should comtemplate on when they claim they are in the right religion and right path.

    In my opinion, religion becomes more like a supportive group nowadays. Many took up religion because they need the sense of belonging or someone to answer their questions about life. However, because of the overly stressed my religion is better than yours, we have wars and conflict totally unnecessarily.

    Being religious doesn’t mean you are a spiritual person and you are a good person. Examples will be the infamous ISIS group. They are religious people for sure, but are they spiritual at all ? No I don’t think so. Vise versa, there are many spiritual people who are not religious. I personally know alot atheist who are kind and giving. They always involved in charity and volunteering to that help the less fortunate.

    So in the end, I think the most important part is to stay true to our humanity and cherish it. Humanity is the best religion anyone can have.

    Humbly,
    Chris Chong

  29. Choong on Jun 29, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    This is a well thought-out and written article and I thank you Herman, for it.

    I would like to however add that many people turn “religious” to give themselves some hope, some salvation both in the Christian or non-religious sense, just plain hope that somehow, somewhere, sometime, all will be better. After all, as we all know, samsara sucks! And these people wouldn’t be even close to understanding the concept of “enlightenment” (I too struggle of course!) and they would be perfect prey for the vulture-like.

    My point is, although these people should be asking the questions that you have clearly laid out, but they just don’t.

    Would you prick their bubble of doing “good” things?

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  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 19. 2018 12:16 PM
    I have enjoyed reading books or watching paranormal videos from time to time.. I do believed unseen beings definitely do exist. As long as we do no harm or disturb them , they too do us no harm. But in all we got to accept it seriously as in some cases the unseen beings might be aggressive. We are fortunate we have Dorje Shugden protecting us ….having trust and faith in our practice , respecting the unseen being by making offerings to them. All the paranormal stories which Rinpoche experiences were interesting and scary. I do enjoyed the snake spirit , Banging Pots to name . Seem to be interesting.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/paranormal-collection.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 19. 2018 12:15 PM
    Amazing ……The Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. It was once the residence of the HH Dalai Lama until the HH 14th Dalai Lama fled to India during the 1959 Tibetan uprising. It is now a museum and UNESCO World Heritage Site. The palace is named after Mount Potalaka, the mythical abode of the bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara. It is one of the most famous attractions in Tibet and it seem to be the highest ancient palace around the world. Its in my bucket list to go there for a pilgrimage. That’s my wish after reading and seeing those beautiful pictures of the place. Potala Palace is a must-see attraction in Lhasa.
    Thank you for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/potala.html
  • Alice Tay
    Wednesday, Jul 18. 2018 11:05 PM
    This article is a very precious sharing on Gen Nyima and Dorje Shugden oracle. I appreciate very much and would like to share some of my thoughts here:

    The Significance of Dorje Shugden
    a. Although Gen Nyima did not practice Dorje Shugden but he confirmed that Dorje Shugden is Manjushri and everyone knows this especially all the high lamas.
    b. There was one time HH the 98th Gaden Tripa Jetsun Jampel Shenpen was very ill and his secretary came to visit Gen Nyima. Gen Nyima advised to perform a full Dorje Shugden Torgya ritual. This is because Dorje Shugden has become the principal Protector of Lama Tsongkhapa’s tradition and therefore by performing these pujas, Gaden Tripa would recover.

    The importance of guru devotion
    Dorje Shugden always protects, helps and guides faithful practitioners in spiritual path. If one person does not practice the dharma, against the guru’s advice or disrespecting guru, will not lead the person to enlightenment path. For this instance, Rinpoche asked the Protector Dorje Shugden not to take trance in the lady. After that, it was told that Dorje Shugden never took trance through her again. The lady went to monasteries and requested to become an oracle again, but she was told to repair her samaya with her teacher.

    Focus and have faith in practice
    It is believed that Gen Nyima practiced and focused on Yamantaka. Gen Nyima practiced Yamantaka diligently that included daily sadhana for 4 times per day with rituals and offerings, mantra recitations and full meditation. Gen Nyima said if practice Yamantaka, do not need any other Protector because Yamantaka is also a Protector. Gen Nyima only relied on Yamantaka for many matters included divinations, bless and heal the people and control the weather etc.

    It is said that if you reveal the deity you practise, you will not gain attainments. But, Gen Nyima told Rinpoche about his practice on Yamantaka and this implied that he has achieved higher levels of spiritual attainments and he is no different from Yamantaka. Furthermore, HH the 14th Dalai Lama believed and certified Gen Nyima’s meditational attainments and abilities. HH the 14th Dalai Lama asked Gen Nyima not to die or show signs of old age and sickness. Gen Nyima replied that he will follow the instruction.

    The practice of Eight Worldly Concerns
    Gen Nyima had studied up to the Madhyamaka (Middle Way) philosophy level in the monastery. Gen Nyima was very humble, sincere and he did not want to sit the examinations and earn a degree. He just wanted to meditate.

    When Gen Nyima lived in deep forest of Bhutan, he had helped and healed many people including the Queen Mother of Bhutan. There was no greed or selfishness in Gen Nyima. He only took very little of the money that needed for his and his assistant’s subsistence. While the balance of the money would offer to HH the Dalai Lama and Gaden Monastery. Another example was Gen Nyima just used an Amul cheese container for divinations instead of silver, brass, wood or clay divination boxes.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/the-jolenpa-bodhisattva-gen-nyima.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Wednesday, Jul 18. 2018 10:20 PM
    Oser is super funny. Dharma boy is super funny. Look how they avoid and attack Chip! LOL- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmGg6g8waNg
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Jul 18. 2018 09:43 PM
    Some of the pictures are so funny, cute and some very heartwarming. I like the best is the huge dog caring for the small kitten. It’s like a mom taking care of the young baby. So warm and so much love. All animals have feelings like us. Treat them good.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/etc/very-heartwarming-photos.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 18. 2018 02:37 PM
    Inspiring yet powerful article and transcript of Mr Chen, the Chinese Buddhist billionaire. He has started an online games company and had accumulated worth of billions yet feeling unhappy and streesful. He eventually decided he had to salvage his own health after experiencing panic attacks. At the peak of his career he decided to put his wealth for something more meaningful. Combined with his Buddhist beliefs, convinced him to study and commit to researching the human brain and to transcend suffering.
    He gave out most of his fortune to support brain research.
    And even gave millions to various causes, including education, charities, healthcare, disaster relief, and poverty relief. He realised at end of the day , wealth is not everything , we should let go , afterall dealth is unpreditable. An example to all of us.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-chinese-buddhist-billionaire-who-wants-to-fix-your-brain.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 18. 2018 02:37 PM
    A wonderful details write-up for anyone who is planning a pilgrimage or visiting there. Its will makes the trip such easier. A very profound teachings and explanations of the four Sacred sites of Vajra Yogini in Nepal. Beautiful pictures of 4 important sites of Vajra Yogini which I am fortunate to have a look at. I have not been to Kathmandu before but would love to visit if I have the opportunity. In fact getting excited after reading this article and watching those videos. Learning some new knowledge of what to do after visiting each site and at the end of trip and making the four aspirational prayers as recommended.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/four-sacred-sites-of-vajrayogini-in-nepal.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Jul 18. 2018 10:36 AM
    Thank you for this brief introduction of the most recognisable landmark in Lhasa, the Potala Palace. At the centre of the Tibetan government and also the winter palace of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, this magnificent 13-storey building is indeed a architecture masterpieces. It is also interesting to note the mystical Demoness of Tibet that illustrates the physical location of important monasteries in Tibet.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/potala.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 17. 2018 02:48 PM
    Voodoo is an Afro-Caribbean religion where by their practices revolve around specific beliefs and a pantheon of Gods and Goddesses. These African Voodoo practice has been going on for many hundreds of years. It was once misunderstood. Some claimed as witchcraft but they are not and it is still practiced today. It was declared as a true religion where everyone can practices freely and worship as they like without discrimination.
    Because of the Tibetan Leadership (CTA) political agenda and due to the differences from their own belief, they instituted the ban against Dorje Shugden practitioners. At this century everyone should given the freedom to choose what they believes and what to practise without discrimination.
    Is heart breaking to read articles on the CTA’s official website of the ban which has indeed cause disharmony among the Tibetan communities. The Tibetan Leadership at one side said that everyone can have the freedom to practise but at one end they are against it. They are not truly democratic at all. Dorje Shugden practice is banned by the Tibetan leadership while the Voodoo was banned by European colonisers previously. As times goes by the authority accepted the voodoo practice. The CTA should followed the example of what actually a democratic country like by lifting the ban so as people can practice freely to what they want .
    Its wonderful to know of the Voodoo’s practice from the videos.
    May HH Dalai Lama please lift the ban soon to create a peaceful and harmonious communities .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/voodoo-and-the-tibetan-leadership.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 17. 2018 02:47 PM
    Great post for many to have a better understanding of our own Malaysian land…..state of Kedah. Many of us are not aware of the beauty of Kedah. I have been twice there yet still could not cover all corners as it is a vast State. Yes ..its definitely a place to visit this ‘ Rice bowl of Malaysia’ which was sometimes called. Visited the mainland and Langkawi Island which has plenty to offer to locals as well as foreigner. The many places of interests are fantastic which has a historical stories and legends behind it. I have visited those common places like … Paddy Museum, Pulau Payar Marine Park, Tasik Dayang Bunting , Mahsuri’s Tomb and so forth to name a few.
    Visitors to Kedah must try their delicacies which are different from those other states of Malaysia.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Sharon Ong for this sharing .

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/wonderful-kedah-malaysia.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Tuesday, Jul 17. 2018 12:38 AM
    Where can you find Buddhist texts, scriptures, ebooks and other documents for download at ZERO COST??
    Here –> http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/free-downloads-texts

    There are texts from General Buddhism to Buddhist Philosophy, Tantra and more, suitable for everyone from the beginner spiritual seeker to the advanced practitioner.

    Do come back regularly as we will be adding more texts.
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Jul 16. 2018 09:47 PM
    Tsem Rinpoche’s private quarters has such a beautiful shrine for you to view and be blessed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPAfpMoN2bA
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Jul 16. 2018 09:18 PM
    Sacred Guru Rinpoche thangka w/ Mother Green Tara on his left & World Peace Protector Dorje Shugden on his right- https://bit.ly/2uqdg7f
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Jul 16. 2018 09:04 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for these useful tips when we engage in a retreat. I think it is very important to set the highest motivation before engaging in a retreat and then focus on it during the retreat. We are really very fortunate to have all the guidance from Rinpoche and pastors and comfortable venue to do retreat here in Kechara. Appreciate Rinpoche’s kindness.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/5-practical-tips-for-a-spiritual-retreat.html
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Jul 16. 2018 08:40 PM
    Retreat is indeed a great way to breakaway from our busy schedule to seek for a calm and peaceful mind. Not only that, it is a great way to connect with the Buddha for a few days without any disturbance, just us and Buddha. We are all very fortunate that Rinpoche created Kechara Forest Retreat where we have a conducive environment for retreat. Thank you Rinpoche for your kindness.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/6-signs-you-need-a-retreat-pronto.html

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Oser is super funny. Dharma boy is super funny. Look how they avoid and attack Chip! LOL- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmGg6g8waNg
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Oser is super funny. Dharma boy is super funny. Look how they avoid and attack Chip! LOL- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmGg6g8waNg
Very nice picture of Pabongka Rinpoche, Oracle of Shugden and Gen Lobsang Yeshe who helped HH Dalai Lama out of Tibet.
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Very nice picture of Pabongka Rinpoche, Oracle of Shugden and Gen Lobsang Yeshe who helped HH Dalai Lama out of Tibet.
Me and peek-a-boo Oser who is pretending to be a rabbit. LOL Tsem Rinpoche
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Me and peek-a-boo Oser who is pretending to be a rabbit. LOL Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s private quarters has such a beautiful shrine for you to view and be blessed:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPAfpMoN2bA
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Tsem Rinpoche's private quarters has such a beautiful shrine for you to view and be blessed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPAfpMoN2bA
Sacred Guru Rinpoche thangka w/ Mother Green Tara on his left & World Peace Protector Dorje Shugden on his right- 
 https://bit.ly/2uqdg7f
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Sacred Guru Rinpoche thangka w/ Mother Green Tara on his left & World Peace Protector Dorje Shugden on his right- https://bit.ly/2uqdg7f
The 3rd Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche points out clearly the murderer of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen- Read Here -  https://bit.ly/2uyhkBt
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The 3rd Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche points out clearly the murderer of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen- Read Here - https://bit.ly/2uyhkBt
Murder in Drepung Monastery: Depa Norbu- Read here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=162787
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Murder in Drepung Monastery: Depa Norbu- Read here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=162787
Dorje Shugden Arrives in a Nepali School | नेपाली विद्यालयमा दोर्जे शुग्देनको प्रवेश।- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=164978
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Dorje Shugden Arrives in a Nepali School | नेपाली विद्यालयमा दोर्जे शुग्देनको प्रवेश।- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=164978
My doggies are super cute. He is Dharma boy in grey and she is Oser girl in the white. They looked like little stuffed toys. I love them very much.
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My doggies are super cute. He is Dharma boy in grey and she is Oser girl in the white. They looked like little stuffed toys. I love them very much.
My doggies are super cute. He is Dharma boy in grey and she is Oser girl in the white. They looked like little stuffed toys.
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My doggies are super cute. He is Dharma boy in grey and she is Oser girl in the white. They looked like little stuffed toys.
Four Sacred Sites of Vajra Yogini in Nepal- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=164215

This is an important pilgrimage blog post everyone must study and understand as one day you could visit and make prayers. Also this post has the various lineages of the sacred Lady Vajra Yogini\'s practice. A must read. Tsem Rinpoche
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Four Sacred Sites of Vajra Yogini in Nepal- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=164215 This is an important pilgrimage blog post everyone must study and understand as one day you could visit and make prayers. Also this post has the various lineages of the sacred Lady Vajra Yogini's practice. A must read. Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche at Kechara Forest Retreat
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Tsem Rinpoche at Kechara Forest Retreat
Sakya tradition\'s thangka of Dorje Shugden sitting on a throne within his palace with his four emanations and high Sakya Lama nearby. Tsem Rinpoche
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Sakya tradition's thangka of Dorje Shugden sitting on a throne within his palace with his four emanations and high Sakya Lama nearby. Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s shrine next to his working table
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Tsem Rinpoche's shrine next to his working table
Tsem Rinpoche teaching in Kathmandu, Nepal
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Tsem Rinpoche teaching in Kathmandu, Nepal
Tsem Rinpoche teaching around 20 years back in Wisdom Centre Kuala Lumpur.
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Tsem Rinpoche teaching around 20 years back in Wisdom Centre Kuala Lumpur.
A Indian Yogi meditating on the path of Vajra Yogini deep in the forest as he is guarded by his wisdom protector Dorje Shugden. If we rely on him, Dorje Shugden will watch over us unwaveringly.~Tsem Rinpoche
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A Indian Yogi meditating on the path of Vajra Yogini deep in the forest as he is guarded by his wisdom protector Dorje Shugden. If we rely on him, Dorje Shugden will watch over us unwaveringly.~Tsem Rinpoche
A very rare lineage of the Severed-Head Vajra Yogini thangka. She has severed her head and holding it in her own skull cup. Top left is Indra Kacho Vajra Varahi, centre is Flying Vajra Yogini and top right is Maitri Kacho Vajra Yogini.~Tsem Rinpoche
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A very rare lineage of the Severed-Head Vajra Yogini thangka. She has severed her head and holding it in her own skull cup. Top left is Indra Kacho Vajra Varahi, centre is Flying Vajra Yogini and top right is Maitri Kacho Vajra Yogini.~Tsem Rinpoche
A stunning ethereal depiction of Dorje Shugden invoked by the Aboriginal tribes in Australia.~Tsem Rinpoche
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A stunning ethereal depiction of Dorje Shugden invoked by the Aboriginal tribes in Australia.~Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful thangka with upper left: Guru Rinpoche in the form of Nyima Odser, centre Lord Buddha Shakyamuni, right Tsongkapa, bottom left Protector Dorje Drolod and bottom right Protector of wisdom Dorje Shugden.~Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful thangka with upper left: Guru Rinpoche in the form of Nyima Odser, centre Lord Buddha Shakyamuni, right Tsongkapa, bottom left Protector Dorje Drolod and bottom right Protector of wisdom Dorje Shugden.~Tsem Rinpoche
A meditator in Tibet has a vision of Manjushri Dorje Shugden while in retreat...while his \'assistant\' the yeti is in the background. Few Tibetan lamas had mentioned they have seen the yeti in Tibet or they harnessed the yeti to deliver messages to other meditators in distant mountains hard to reach by the average person. Tsem Rinpoche
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A meditator in Tibet has a vision of Manjushri Dorje Shugden while in retreat...while his 'assistant' the yeti is in the background. Few Tibetan lamas had mentioned they have seen the yeti in Tibet or they harnessed the yeti to deliver messages to other meditators in distant mountains hard to reach by the average person. Tsem Rinpoche
Left is His Eminence Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Tharchin lak of Sera Mey Monastery. He was residing in our Rashi Gempil Ling Kalmuck temple in Howell, New Jersey since 1971. I arrived in Howell in 1972 and had the fortune to take refuge with this master and receive innumerable teachings for 8 years. I lived 10 minutes away due to my good fortune. He is my first teacher. He is a direct student of H.H. Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche Dechen Nyingpo the Great as well as Their Holinesses Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche.

Right. Is His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche visiting this temple in New Jersey. It was at this time His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche conferred the Dorje Shugden sogtae (\'initiation\') on Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Tharchin along with two other students.~Tsem Rinpoche
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Left is His Eminence Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Tharchin lak of Sera Mey Monastery. He was residing in our Rashi Gempil Ling Kalmuck temple in Howell, New Jersey since 1971. I arrived in Howell in 1972 and had the fortune to take refuge with this master and receive innumerable teachings for 8 years. I lived 10 minutes away due to my good fortune. He is my first teacher. He is a direct student of H.H. Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche Dechen Nyingpo the Great as well as Their Holinesses Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Right. Is His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche visiting this temple in New Jersey. It was at this time His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche conferred the Dorje Shugden sogtae ('initiation') on Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Tharchin along with two other students.~Tsem Rinpoche
Another cute attack short video of my doggies you must see: 



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMUWYvWk3no&feature=youtu.be
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Another cute attack short video of my doggies you must see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMUWYvWk3no&feature=youtu.be
I first saw this \'red\' illustration of Vajra Yogini back in Howell, New Jersey when I was around 14 years old. It is one of my favorite depictions of this Buddha Dakini. Tsem Rinpoche
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I first saw this 'red' illustration of Vajra Yogini back in Howell, New Jersey when I was around 14 years old. It is one of my favorite depictions of this Buddha Dakini. Tsem Rinpoche
Sacred old Vajra Yogini small hand painting called a \'tsakaley\'.
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Sacred old Vajra Yogini small hand painting called a 'tsakaley'.
Offerings are made daily to the enlightened awakened beings on my shrine. Today we offered many fresh and clean fruits. May all be blessed by finding the path to enlightenment and gaining attainments. Tsem Rinpoche

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Offerings are made daily to the enlightened awakened beings on my shrine. Today we offered many fresh and clean fruits. May all be blessed by finding the path to enlightenment and gaining attainments. Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
Beautiful picture of His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche.
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Beautiful picture of His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche.
My dear Mumu boy has such soulful and deep penetrating eyes. He was highly sensitive, intelligent and caring. He is physically gone, but never from my heart. Tsem Rinpoche
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My dear Mumu boy has such soulful and deep penetrating eyes. He was highly sensitive, intelligent and caring. He is physically gone, but never from my heart. Tsem Rinpoche
Oser and Dharma meet \"His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche\"- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-fP1MLuR0A
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Oser and Dharma meet "His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche"- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-fP1MLuR0A
Oser and Dharma meet a new friend. Super cute attack video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkuXAcveV0E
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Oser and Dharma meet a new friend. Super cute attack video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkuXAcveV0E
Little Oser trying to get a snack out. Super cute video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ANtRnEFREA
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Little Oser trying to get a snack out. Super cute video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ANtRnEFREA
Beautiful and sacred shrine
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Beautiful and sacred shrine
Voodoo and the Tibetan Leadership- https://bit.ly/2u4BZ0w

What happened to the voodoo religion is similar to what Tibetan leadership is doing today to groups of people due to their religion.
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Voodoo and the Tibetan Leadership- https://bit.ly/2u4BZ0w What happened to the voodoo religion is similar to what Tibetan leadership is doing today to groups of people due to their religion.
Take two minutes and  look at this cool video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqBOV1pf8uU
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Take two minutes and look at this cool video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqBOV1pf8uU
Another beautiful and ancient thangka of Guru Rinpoche and Dorje Shugden!
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Another beautiful and ancient thangka of Guru Rinpoche and Dorje Shugden!
Please read about this incredible hermit monk Gen Nyima. Very inspirational-  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163703
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Please read about this incredible hermit monk Gen Nyima. Very inspirational- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163703
Neat and fun video to share: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oqe2JPpO6OI
3 weeks ago
Neat and fun video to share: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oqe2JPpO6OI
A question regarding unenlightened oath bound protectors. Do click on picture and read. Tsem Rinpoche
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A question regarding unenlightened oath bound protectors. Do click on picture and read. Tsem Rinpoche
Be kind to everyone because they need it. Tsem Rinpoche
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Be kind to everyone because they need it. Tsem Rinpoche
Ishwar Puri Ji: The Great Sikh Master in the West- Please read more and be inspired: https://bit.ly/2KxqOqI
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Ishwar Puri Ji: The Great Sikh Master in the West- Please read more and be inspired: https://bit.ly/2KxqOqI
Geshe Puntsok happy with his gift of The Promise book.
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Geshe Puntsok happy with his gift of The Promise book.
It is said by the caretakers not to go to this place at night. Because at night they hear gatherings and lots of voices. People in the village respectfully avoid this place as the dakinis (yoginis) gather at this place and if they are disturbed, there are fearful consequences worst than death for the intruder. Please read more about the this place in Hirapur: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163205
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It is said by the caretakers not to go to this place at night. Because at night they hear gatherings and lots of voices. People in the village respectfully avoid this place as the dakinis (yoginis) gather at this place and if they are disturbed, there are fearful consequences worst than death for the intruder. Please read more about the this place in Hirapur: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=163205
Raven-faced Karma-Mahakala or Kakamukha Mahakala
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Raven-faced Karma-Mahakala or Kakamukha Mahakala
You may have heard of singing in the rain, but how about chanting in the rain?

A group of Kecharians went on sacred pilgrimage in Kechara Forest Retreat itself yesterday. We all know we don\'t have to travel far for pilgrimage because we have Kechara Forest Retreat with so many blessed images and relics. Please see what I mean: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3439KaJsBA

Tsem Rinpoche
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You may have heard of singing in the rain, but how about chanting in the rain? A group of Kecharians went on sacred pilgrimage in Kechara Forest Retreat itself yesterday. We all know we don't have to travel far for pilgrimage because we have Kechara Forest Retreat with so many blessed images and relics. Please see what I mean: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3439KaJsBA Tsem Rinpoche
Stunning \'nathang\' thangka of Ekazati, Dorje Drolod and Dorje Shugden together.
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Stunning 'nathang' thangka of Ekazati, Dorje Drolod and Dorje Shugden together.
Sacred Vajra Yogini made in Qing dynasty Between 1644-1911). It is housed in Sichuan Museum, Chengdu. Just to gaze at Her holy form is to realize there is a different place we can go to that has no suffering. She is the doorway and all we have to do is leave our projections and enter. May all ascend to Kechara Paradise. Namo guru Vajra Yogini lah Chak Tsel Lo! Tsem Rinpoche
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Sacred Vajra Yogini made in Qing dynasty Between 1644-1911). It is housed in Sichuan Museum, Chengdu. Just to gaze at Her holy form is to realize there is a different place we can go to that has no suffering. She is the doorway and all we have to do is leave our projections and enter. May all ascend to Kechara Paradise. Namo guru Vajra Yogini lah Chak Tsel Lo! Tsem Rinpoche
Rumi: Legendary Sufi Poet whose mystical works transcend space and time. It\'s beneficial to enhance our knowledge of other traditions & cultures: https://bit.ly/2lh9cRO
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Rumi: Legendary Sufi Poet whose mystical works transcend space and time. It's beneficial to enhance our knowledge of other traditions & cultures: https://bit.ly/2lh9cRO
His Holiness Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, Kyabe Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastery doing puja.
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His Holiness Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, Kyabe Zong Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastery doing puja.
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  • Considering getting a tattoo of a Buddha image? Watch this video.
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    Considering getting a tattoo of a Buddha image? Watch this video.
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    Tsem Rinpoche’s personal shrine. May everyone who view the shrine be blessed and have peace.
  • Very powerful and heartwarming short video about love. A must watch and a must share. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Very powerful and heartwarming short video about love. A must watch and a must share. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Megnath is such a devotee of Bhagawan Dorje Shugden where he brought this protector to many people. Must watch this short video of him with the school kids. Lovely. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Megnath is such a devotee of Bhagawan Dorje Shugden where he brought this protector to many people. Must watch this short video of him with the school kids. Lovely. Tsem Rinpoche
  • My super adorable Oser girl Schnauzer reaching for a carrot on a chair. Her face looks like a stuffed animal toy. Tsem Rinpoche
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    My super adorable Oser girl Schnauzer reaching for a carrot on a chair. Her face looks like a stuffed animal toy. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This is the shrine next to my working table where I sit daily. Tsem Rinpoche
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    This is the shrine next to my working table where I sit daily. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Who is that?? Wow Wow
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    Who is that?? Wow Wow
    Tsem Rinpoche's pet Schnauzers Oser & Dharma trying to get attention of the life-like statue of Rinpoche's guru Kyabje Zong Rinpoche which was offered by the students
  • Nothing Stops Me from Getting the Snack!
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    Nothing Stops Me from Getting the Snack!
    Tsem Rinpoche's pet Schnauzer Oser got the snack from the ball!
  • I must get the snack!
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    I must get the snack!
    Tsem Rinpoche's pet Schnauzer Oser trying hard to get her snack out of the ball!
  • I love this green snack munch munch munch
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    I love this green snack munch munch munch
    Tsem Rinpoche's pet Schnauzer Oser enjoying her green snack!
  • ‘Ahm-ahm’ video part 3: Starring the two silly doggie clowns doing jumps for carrot tidbits. Teehee
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    ‘Ahm-ahm’ video part 3: Starring the two silly doggie clowns doing jumps for carrot tidbits. Teehee
  • ‘Ahm-ahm’ video part 2: Starring the mega monsters Oser and Dharma. Teehee
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    ‘Ahm-ahm’ video part 2: Starring the mega monsters Oser and Dharma. Teehee
  • ‘Ahm-ahm’ video part 1: Guess what are the two monsters looking for??? Teehee…cute
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    ‘Ahm-ahm’ video part 1: Guess what are the two monsters looking for??? Teehee…cute
  • A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
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    A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
  • A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
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    A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
  • A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
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    A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
  • A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
    3 weeks ago
    A Dorje Shugden puja was performed by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). KFR’s land is extremely blessed and energised, all beings who enter the land will be blessed.
  • Bigfoot Sign Arrives in Betong
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    Bigfoot Sign Arrives in Betong
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  • Visiting senior citizen homes who happily receive Dorje Shugden’s blessings.
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    Visiting senior citizen homes who happily receive Dorje Shugden’s blessings.
  • Visiting a senior citizens home and sharing Dorje Shugden with them.
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    Visiting a senior citizens home and sharing Dorje Shugden with them.
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    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
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Grateful to Kloth Malaysia and Sime Darby Initiative Programme for the invite to The Fabric Recycling Launch by HH Tengku Zatasha. Justin is beaming to have met En. Zaki as they mutually found solutions to each others problems. Finer details to be worked out on a later date. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Grateful to Kloth Malaysia and Sime Darby Initiative Programme for the invite to The Fabric Recycling Launch by HH Tengku Zatasha. Justin is beaming to have met En. Zaki as they mutually found solutions to each others problems. Finer details to be worked out on a later date. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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A wonderful Monday to have 2 young teenagers, Su Lin and Kieren together with Polly, Say Fong and Lisa Tan serving lunch to our clients. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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A wonderful Monday to have 2 young teenagers, Su Lin and Kieren together with Polly, Say Fong and Lisa Tan serving lunch to our clients. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Self-defense class held by KSDS in Kechara House. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Self-defense class held by KSDS in Kechara House. Alice Tay, KSDS
Every kids will be given opportunity to lead the class to do prostrations. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Every kids will be given opportunity to lead the class to do prostrations. Alice Tay, KSDS
You Qian is a smart and loving kindess boy made donation for animal liberation. Alice Tay, KSDS
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You Qian is a smart and loving kindess boy made donation for animal liberation. Alice Tay, KSDS
The birds would be released after the prayers and mantra recitation. Alice Tay, KSDS
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The birds would be released after the prayers and mantra recitation. Alice Tay, KSDS
Pastor Han Nee led KSDS students, parents and others for animal liberation in Kechara House. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Pastor Han Nee led KSDS students, parents and others for animal liberation in Kechara House. Alice Tay, KSDS
Lets see who is the lucky person to received Dorje Shugden from Kuala Lumpur Chinatown. Louise
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Lets see who is the lucky person to received Dorje Shugden from Kuala Lumpur Chinatown. Louise
Dorje Shugden stall sending hope and blessing to everyone daily. Louise
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Dorje Shugden stall sending hope and blessing to everyone daily. Louise
Children volunteering in Kechara Soup Kitchen. A great way to spend the weekend. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children volunteering in Kechara Soup Kitchen. A great way to spend the weekend. Lin Mun KSDS
Lovely kids, learning to chant at very young age. Lin Mun KSDS
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Lovely kids, learning to chant at very young age. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback - KSDS Graduation, volunteers are doing make up for children. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback - KSDS Graduation, volunteers are doing make up for children. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback - Grand Dorje Shugden Puja, homemade soap all the way from Kuantan. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback - Grand Dorje Shugden Puja, homemade soap all the way from Kuantan. Lin Mun KSDS
Royden feeding a deer during the Farm in The City outing. Lin Mun KSDS
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Royden feeding a deer during the Farm in The City outing. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback - Colouring contest during Grand Dorje Shugden Puja 2017. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback - Colouring contest during Grand Dorje Shugden Puja 2017. Lin Mun KSDS
Thanks to recommendation by Mr Andrew Yap, we brought 2 young clients to a job interview at an upscale hotel in #KualaLumpur. Hopefully they will succeed in their interview and live a stable life soon. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thanks to recommendation by Mr Andrew Yap, we brought 2 young clients to a job interview at an upscale hotel in #KualaLumpur. Hopefully they will succeed in their interview and live a stable life soon. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Prayer and dedication ~ Monthly Bird Liberation by Kechara Penang Study Group. ~ Jacinta
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Prayer and dedication ~ Monthly Bird Liberation by Kechara Penang Study Group. ~ Jacinta
Monthly Bird Liberation ~ Kechara Penang Study Group , Jacinta
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Monthly Bird Liberation ~ Kechara Penang Study Group , Jacinta
Dharma Sharing about H.E. the 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche’s biography led by Bro Soon Huat~ Kechara Penang Study Group, Jacinta
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Dharma Sharing about H.E. the 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche’s biography led by Bro Soon Huat~ Kechara Penang Study Group, Jacinta
More than 200kg of surplus were saved and distributed to the needy families in Jalan Sungai. If not for the food rescue heroes, all these would have ended up in landfills. Thank you to Tesco and all volunteers for making this possible !!! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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More than 200kg of surplus were saved and distributed to the needy families in Jalan Sungai. If not for the food rescue heroes, all these would have ended up in landfills. Thank you to Tesco and all volunteers for making this possible !!! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Big thanks to Billy Hew for the generosity. Winter melon tea drinks arrive just in time for our street friends as the weather has been muggy and unpredictable lately! We also share the joy with our charity partners. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Big thanks to Billy Hew for the generosity. Winter melon tea drinks arrive just in time for our street friends as the weather has been muggy and unpredictable lately! We also share the joy with our charity partners. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Jenny, Eunice and Nurul Anisa were such a great help to our kitchen today. Apart from serving in the kitchen, they also helped to prepare materials to be used for the needy families' skills training project. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Jenny, Eunice and Nurul Anisa were such a great help to our kitchen today. Apart from serving in the kitchen, they also helped to prepare materials to be used for the needy families' skills training project. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Happy Wefie customer in our stall ! Everyone love Dorje Shugden ! Louise Lee
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Happy Wefie customer in our stall ! Everyone love Dorje Shugden ! Louise Lee
Dharma sister Wong Li Yen come to volunteer in our stall in Kuala Lumpur Chinatown during saturday. So kind to spare time to help in the hot sun! Love you. Louise
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Dharma sister Wong Li Yen come to volunteer in our stall in Kuala Lumpur Chinatown during saturday. So kind to spare time to help in the hot sun! Love you. Louise
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