United Colors of Spirituality

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One morning, I received a teaching from my Guru, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche on “Why we want to become Vajrayogini” by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. After watching the profound teaching that was delivered in an extremely easy to understand manner, the first thought that came into my mind was:

It is such a pity that because of the Dorje Shugden ban, people like me get distracted from knowing this Dharma master beyond the controversy. It is a great loss that his insightful and generous teachings conveyed in a relatable manner are lost in the fight between pro-Dorje Shugden and pro-Dalai Lama groups.

Expanding on this thought, I realized how many good lessons in life we miss because we focus on the negative aspects of life that blind us from the hope that still shines before us everyday. The wider impact of this “little ban” is significant because it reveals how we permit things to be despite knowing it is completely wrong and that it destroys all the civil progress that our forefathers fought for. It is like shutting one eye and walking away from a situation where help is desperately needed.

This is why Rinpoche is so adamant that the ban must be lifted. Besides relieving Dorje Shugden practitioners from unnecessary suffering caused by discrimination, suppression and threats to life and security, this ban deprives global citizens who seek wisdom, goodness and peace of Dharma teachings that offer solutions. This in turn means that religious bans and breaches of religious freedoms like in the case of Dorje Shugden’s practice keep us in this vicious cycle of fear that leads to anger, selfishness and ignorance.

The incredible danger of the Dorje Shugden ban is that it is an “enemy” that is spreading the poison from within. Dorje Shugden practitioners are ostracized, threatened, shunned and jeered at by the very people they grew up with and with whom they shared a common aspiration to benefit others. In a precise illustration of “biting the hand that feeds them”, students are putting down their teachers who practice Dorje Shugden, despite having received tremendous Dharma knowledge from them.

I grew up in a country where we take pride in the multi-racial and multi-cultural society that forms the “Malaysia, Truly Asia” persona of this land I call home. Hence, living in harmony with fellow Malaysians who are Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Christian etc. is a norm. In fact, having lived in this colorful and vibrant environment, I almost took harmony in diversity for granted and did not cherish it through deeper understanding. It is from Rinpoche’s teaching on mantras being the sound manifestation of the Buddha that I now interpret and appreciate the reading of the Quran to be a method through which the local Muslim community blesses the environment with positive sound energy. I am not saying that the reading of the Quran is intended to be such, but as a member of the community, I am able to develop a sincere appreciation for it, which in turn creates respect for others’ practice and culture.

Reflecting on this in relations to fellow Malaysians with whom I share this beautiful country, I realize that THIS is Dharma: a practice of equanimity, which is offering the same attitude towards everyone regardless of their race, background or faith. Equanimity is the ability to identify and embrace the beauty of diversity. It is Tsem Rinpoche, a Dorje Shugden Lama whom the Central Tibetan Administration accuses of being sectarian, who taught this spiritual lesson of tolerance to me.

To me, actions speak louder than words. And through their actions, the Central Tibetan Administration is a much more accurate reflection of sectarianism. Solely on the basis that they practice Dorje Shugden, lamas and practitioners have been discriminated against and deprived of some of the most fundamental needs such as medical attention, education and food supplies. Monks who renounced all material possessions and relations with the secular world because of their faith in the Three Jewels were expelled from their monasteries, leaving them with nothing and no one to turn to. A decision to cause such consequences is beyond sectarian, it is inhuman. How can we, informed global citizens of the 21st Century, permit representatives of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, an icon of peace and tolerance, to get away with such severe crimes against humanity?

 

This is just one example of how Dorje Shugden practitioners are shunned and ostracized. This is how pro-Dalai Lama supporters treat their fellow countrymen who chose a different belief. Why would people spend time and effort to propagate such wrong actions? I believe that for most, it is the desire to conform, to continue to be accepted in their society because this dog-eat-dog world is too lonely and difficult to bear alone. I do not believe that anyone who aspires to gain realizations, attainments, Bodhicitta and wisdom would want their spiritual journey to be tainted with politics, criticism and discrimination of their fellow human beings. It is individuals or groups like the Central Tibetan Administration who identified this need and habit to conform and took advantage of their upper hand to inflict separation and disharmony for personal gain using a vehicle (Buddhism) that is intended to be a way out of samsara.

H.E. Tsem Rinpoche and our Lineage Gurus, H.H. Pabongka Rinpoche, H.H. Trijang Rinpoche and H.H. Zong Rinpoche.

I am grateful whenever Rinpoche sends us spiritual lessons in any form or manner, as there is always something beneficial that will uplift the level of our thinking and attitude. Rinpoche often shares profound teachings from other spiritual masters, good examples of other faiths and religions as well as exemplary celebrities so that we practice humanity, live consciously with fellow sentient beings and make sustainable decisions in consideration of our merit bank and karma composition.

The human race has progressed significantly and we are now able to call ourselves a civilization by the blood, sweat and tears of previous generations. Today, children of various racial, religious and social backgrounds have the equal opportunity to share a classroom in most parts of the world. It is impossible for anyone to turn a blind eye on Dorje Shugden practitioners who are being ostracized by their very own people who share the same land, traditions, dreams and leadership. The ban must end for the sake of humanity.

We are in the age of the United Colors of Spirituality, a time of acceptance, and every time we turn away from those in need, we shed a layer of our potential to fulfill our spiritual awakening.

Memo from the Central Tibetan Administration’s Department of Health calling for the resignation of employees who practice Dorje Shugden. Given the shortage of qualified healthcare staff, it is clear that politics are prioritized above the welfare of Tibetan citizens. Click to enlarge.

For the benefit of those who do not know about Dorje Shugden and the ban, or the dire consequences that have arisen from the spiritual division created by the ban, in a nutshell:

  • Dorje Shugden is an enlightened Dharma Protector who manifested about 400 years ago from a lineage of erudite masters like Mahasiddha Biwawa, Duldzin Drakpa Gyaltsen, Panchen Sonam Drakpa and Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen who are recognized emanations of Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom.
  • There were inauspicious events when Dorje Shugden first arose because a divine play was staged through the wisdom of the Gods that resulted in the murder of Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen. After several unmistakable signs, Dorje Shugden was enthroned as a Dharma Protector by the Sakya Trizin and recognized by the 5th Dalai Lama who wrote a praise to this Enlightened Protector, crafted a Dorje Shugden image with his own hands and built a chapel, Trode Khangsar, for Dorje Shugden.
  • From the time Dorje Shugden was enthroned, his practice spread far and wide through the tireless efforts of renowned Dorje Shugden masters like H.H. Pabongka Rinpoche, H.H. Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Zong Rinpoche, H.E. Rabten Rinpoche and H.E. Domo Geshe Rinpoche, just to name a few.

The long list of Dorje Shugden masters whose work has benefited the Dharma tremendously and who have all returned to continue turning the Wheel of Dharma as recognized by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

  • The ban came in the form of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama’s “advice” directing all subjects of the Central Tibetan Administration to give up their practice of Dorje Shugden. Failure to comply would lead to expulsion, segregation and threats. The implementation of this “advice” ranged from the infamous red/yellow stick referendum on Dorje Shugden to social pressure on households and businesses to turn away from individuals who chose to continue their practice.

The video below highlights various announcements of the ban and the granting of permission to use harsh methods to enforce it, including the expulsion of Dorje Shugden monks.

Those who chose to discontinue spiritual and material relations with Dorje Shugden followers would pick the yellow colored voting stick while those who chose to continue their practice would pick the red stick.

  • The consequences… ugly. Tibetans, lay and ordained, turned against each other. Brothers and sisters from the Land of Snows rained hostility, aggression and violence on each other. A nation is not ruined when they lose the land they call home but when they lose the bond that holds the people together to a common vision. Holy images like Dorje Shugden statues and H.H. Trijang Rinpoche’s photos were removed from monasteries and nunneries. Monks were beaten, clubbed and stabbed; walls were built between monasteries that practice Dorje Shugden and those that do not. These are just some of the results of the Dorje Shugden ban.

Five masked men bearing knives attacked an 84-year old monk who dedicated his life to the Dharma at Trijang Ladrang in Shar Gaden Monastery. Who can these dedicated elderly sangha members turn to for help given that the authorities put in place to protect their wellbeing are the very people threatening their safety and lives?

Monk covered in blood in the name of “Free Tibet” and “Long live the Dalai Lama”

  • Current news of hope… International media has created increased exposure and awareness of the plight of Dorje Shugden practitioners in the world, where breaches of human rights and religious freedom is not tolerated. The Tibetan leadership is being questioned and this encourages young Tibetans to stand up and have their voices heard. Never before has the Central Tibetan Administration been answerable to its people. This is the time of change and like the saying goes, strike while the iron is still hot: the ban must end now for humanity, for hope and for a future.

 

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  1. Wah Ying on Mar 8, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    Thank you Li Kheng for this well written article on Dorje Shugden practice and the ban on the practice. You have written in a simple way yet with depth. The article starts with the teaching of Vajrayogini of the precious teachings of great master Geshe Kelsang Gyatso (and many more other masters) not able to reach the mass or being accessed by the mass because of the Dorje Shugden ban and various smear campaigns by Tibetan leadership against great masters who practice Dorje Shugden.

    What she said is so true. The ban actually do lots of damage and cause so much sufferings than one can see it now. It actually damaged and damaging the Gelug lineage. Even not about Gelug lineage, the mass who are looking for wisdom of daily life will be deprived from the opportunity/rights as well.

    I have the similiar experience when Li Kheng shares about how she feels and views about the prayer call in mosque after listening to the teachings of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche. I learned to put in more thoughts and be more open when encountering with something new that looks “weird” or abnormal” from my experience. Tsem Rinpoche will always shares news and articles from different lineages, cultures and faith. I learned quite a lot about witchcraft and some Indian or South American belief for example after reading Rinpoche’s blog articles. Some of the practices or culture customs look “dangerous”, “scrary” or “disgusting”, in fact view all things we are not familiar with, with closed mind is much more “dangerous” and “scrary”.

    Apart from teachings and articles on Dorje Shugden practice, the wide variety & diversity of sharing or teachings shared on Rinpoche’s blog, Twitter, Youtube and Facebook, for so many years consistently, actually sending one very importat message about Tsem Rinpoche – yes he is a Dorje Shugden master, but he is never a person with sectarian mindset, in fact he is practitioner with acceptance, respect and open heart. He shares good deeds of people from different national, cultures, lineages and faith. When comes to ban on Dorje Shugden practice, he is adamant, he speaks up – not because he wants fame, but he experienced and witnessed the damages the ban has done to the lineage, the mind of people, harmony of communities; and sufferings of many who are Dorje Shugden practitioners and non-practitioners. He can always keep silence and does his practice quitely. But he chooses to stand up and speak up. This only shows his courage and his compassion as a Buddhist practitioner and guru.

    I hope many who read about this article can share about your thoughts after reading this article. 🙂

  2. MartinC on Feb 9, 2017 at 5:12 am

    Its good to see this comment by ‘Suzy in Hawaii’ on Rinpoche’s YouTube Chanel. It has been 20 years of smear campaign against Dorje Shugden but today people who can think for themselves are beginning to look beyond prejudice to see the goodness of Dorje Shugdenand benefit from it. See what Suzy wrote – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4&t=11s

    Suzy

  3. Wan Wai Meng on Sep 19, 2016 at 2:10 am

    Not many people and Buddhists included apply the Kalama sutta, when they encounter something that is out of the norm and challenges their normal conventions.

    We need to not take things so on the surface. When others say that Dorje Shudgen is an evil spirit and harms Tibetan cause and the Dalai Lama, one does need to check the validity of such statements. for example how can Dalai Lama who is Chenrezig, be harmed by a mere spirit? The 14th Dalai Lama is a qualified Mahayana spiritual teacher, not many things can come close to harming such an individual. Or the Laws of Karma has bee turned on its head.

  4. Tsem Rinpoche on Sep 15, 2016 at 3:21 am

    Trode Khangsar Chapel in Lhasa, Tibet

    Over 400 years ago a great and learned lama Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was famed in Mongolia, Tibet, Nepal and China for being very saintly and compassionate. He resided in his residence (Zimkhang Gongma Ladrang) in Drepung Monastery. His root guru was H.H. the Omniscient 4th Panchen Lama and his close dharma brother was the 5th Dalai Lama.

    The 5th Dalai Lama and Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen had a very close and dharmic relationship and often went to receive teachings together from the 4th Panchen Lama. They were close in age. They both became very learned and well known. During this time, the Dalai Lama was enthroned as a Dharma King of Tibet. But more people went to see Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen for teachings, initiations and divinations. This made the attendants of the 5th Dalai Lama feel threatened that Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s fame might usurp the power of the 5th Dalai Lama. So they had a khata forced down his throat. At that moment, Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen dissolved his psychic winds and generated the wish to be a great guardian of Buddha and Tsongkapa’s teachings. As his consciousness dissolved, he entered ‘bardo’ as a dharma protector of the highest order (jikten depey sungma). Many signs were seen throughout Lhasa at this time and the earth was said to have shaken in Lhasa. This event was already predicted to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s previous incarnation when he was one of the 8 main disciples of Lord Tsongkapa the Supreme Master and he served Tsongkapa directly by building Gaden Monastery.

    When the 5th Dalai Lama heard what his scheming and power-hungry attendants had done, he was very distressed. He was very sorry Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was murdered and dishonored as he was a great dharma master. The 5th Dalai Lama composed an apology to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. In Lhasa, tens of thousands gathered for the cremation of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s holy body. During the cremation, the 5th Dalai Lama’s apology was read out at which flames spontaneously arose from the body of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen commencing the cremation. From the body, during cremation, a powerful whirlwind of smoke tunneled into the sky for all to see as this was an indication Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s consciousness has arisen as the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. The Dharma Protector Setrap immediately recognized this new protector Dorje Shugden and ‘enthroned’ him as a powerful Dharma Protector in the realm of the Buddhas. From this, Setrap and Dorje Shugden are closely connected and very close working hand in hand always. After the cremation, the great 5th Dalai Lama built a Dorje Shugden chapel on the spot the cremation took place and named it Trode Khangsar. The 5th Dalai Lama commissioned the statue of Dorje Shugden in this chapel and had monks installed in the chapel to do continuous propitiations to Dorje Shugden. Trode Khangsar Chapel was a commemoration to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen who was wronged and also a celebration of his consciousness arising as the World Peace Peace Protector Dorje Shugden.

    This Trode Khangsar Chapel still exists now in Lhasa where many make pilgrimages there. It is in good condition and was recently renovated. It is over 400 years old and a testimony to the respect the Great 5th Dalai Lama had to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen who arose as Dorje Shugden.

    I have visited this holy chapel in Lhasa years back. I’ve never heard of it till I was in Lhasa and by chance, I was told about it which I was happy to visit. I could not find the place but strangely a bunch of pilgrims from Amdo told me they would show me how to get there in Lhasa.

    This short video is a short clip of this holy Trode Khangsar Chapel in Lhasa today commemorating Dorje Shugden, built by the great 5th Dalai Lama. The great 5th Dalai Lama even composed a prayer to Dorje Shugden which is still available today and we can recite to invoke the blessings, protection, and assistance of World Peace Protector Dorje Shugden.

    Tsem Rinpoche


    Read more: Trode Khangsar – A 400-year-old Dorje Shugden Chapel in Lhasa
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/trode-khangsar-%E2%80%93-a-400-year-old-dorje-shugden-chapel-in-lhasa.html

    Short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTybDwTeLAM

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    The 5th Dalai Lama’s Prayer to Dorje Shugden

    HUM
    Though unmoving from the sphere of primordial spontaneity,
    With wrathful turbulent power, swifter than lightning,
    Endowed with heroic courage to judge good and bad,
    I invite you with faith, please come to this place!

    Robes of a monk, crown adorned with rhinoceros leather hat,
    Right hand holds ornate club, left holds a human heart,
    Riding various mounts such as nagas and garudas,
    Who subdues the mamos of the charnel grounds, praise to you!

    Samaya substances, offerings and torma, outer, inner and secret,
    Favourite visual offerings and various objects are arranged.
    Although, previously, my wishes were a bit dense,
    Do not stop your powerful apparitions, I reveal and confess!

    Now respectfully praising with body, speech, and mind,
    For us, the masters, disciples, benefactors and entourages,
    Provide the good and avert the bad!
    Bring increase like the waxing moon in spiritual and temporal realms!

    Moreover, swiftly accomplishing all wishes,
    According to our prayers, bestow the supreme effortlessly!
    And like the jewel that bestows all wishes,
    Always protect us with the Three Jewels!

    From: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/the-5th-dalai-lamas-prayer-to-dorje-shugden

    Tibetan prayer from: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/the-14th-dalai-lamas-prayer-to-dorje-shugden.html

  5. samfoonheei on Jul 19, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    Thank you Li Kheng for sharing this beautiful article.
    We are indeed very lucky that we have religious freedom in our country. The Dorje Shugden ban has created disharmaony , hardship , social problems and so forth to many practitioners.
    This is the time of change and like the saying goes, strike while the iron is still hot: the ban must end now for humanity, for hope and for a future well said by Li Kheng.Do hope H.H. Dalai Lama will end this ban soon.Thanks for updating so that more people are aware the sufferings cause by Dorje shugden ban.

  6. Shane Jayasuriya on Jun 19, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    Thank you Li Kheng for updating about Dorje shugden ban and problems people facing due to that. May ban ended soon! _/\_

  7. sonny tan on Jun 3, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Thank you Li Kheng for this article, we are indeed very fortunate that we have spiritual freedom down here where we can hold our heads up and says we are Buddhist living in a Muslim country. While in Dharamsala, Tibet and many parts elsewhere Dorje Shudgen practitioners are been sidelined, blamed, abused and degraded in society. It is very sad to see that some Buddhist are using religion platform mixing it with politics and turning it into a shameful, disgraceful mankind act.
    It is from the inside of a political play at CTA that turns this matter into a circus where many laughed at us. Buddhism have always been known and regarded as a peaceful religion but now it has all turned ugly with all that is happening currently with the segregation. It has now turned into ” I am right, you are wrong” trust has been compromised, faith destroyed, beliefs crumpled and trampled upon like a discarded piece of paper.
    Why have they come to this? I would view it as power play, greed, indoctrination, false oracle advice which lead many at CTA into confusion leading to a mismanaged administration and failure to set its objectives right. While finding no solution to the mass confusion self created they have to find some scapegoat and Dorje Shudgen is the unfortunate recipient of their unholy decision.
    We can only pray and hope that all these will end soon and meanwhile we will protect sanctity of Dorje Shudgen and educate those who who are vulnerable.

  8. Pema Thinley on May 28, 2016 at 4:03 am

    Thank you Phng Li Kheng for sharing this much-needed words against the Shugden ban that has created lots of social problems. May the ban be liffted soon _()_

  9. William Chua on May 26, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    How can a practice that is being practiced for centuries be overturned overnight and caused people to hate and hurt each other. Before the DS ban, people were living in harmony and free to practice what they like. However, when the Dalai Lama imposed the ban, families fight against each other, friends become enemies and violence became a normality.

    Buddhism is a peaceful religion which should be upheld by the practitioners and not mixing with politics. With Politics, the lines becomes blurred and people’s greed becomes apparent. Instead of working for the betterment of the people, the CTA is dividing its people and causing hurt and hardship.

    I agree with Li Kheng that we should celebrate the differences in each of us so that we learn from each other and become more diverse.

  10. shelly tai on May 26, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    Thank you Li Kheng for this write up on Dorje Shugden ban . It is indeed very true for us as a Malaysian who live in such a harmonious country we do not really feel how if we as a chinese being discriminated because we are live together in peace for many generations.Hence this ban to be enforce by the CTA is not something that I can accept and is very wrong to discriminate people who are Dorje Shugden practitioner.

  11. Carmen Koo on May 25, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    With so much request for His Holiness Dalai Lama and the Central Tibetan Administration to lift the ban on Dorje Shugden to give religious freedom, there still hasn’t been a reach out by the Tibetan leadership to address this impending cry for equality.

    To simply ban a practice, and segregate a community where the fundamental practice of guru devotion is so vital, this ban has literally forced many to break their samaya with their gurus, many of whom, I believe are students of Trijang RInpoche, a DS practitioner. Since many have practiced DS, and forced to give up or face expulsion from the monastery or community, the effect of the ban has created a tidal wave of broken samayas, which perhaps has impacted the works and lives of the Tibetan Leadership in ways beyond one could imagine, because they are in effect supporting and encouraging people to break their samayas.

    There is no logic in the ban:

    1. Whatever it is, the choice and freedom should be entirely up to us to practice.

    2. And if we do choose to practice, we should not be at the end of the abuse rod for it. We should not be segregated, discriminated, denied from attending Dalai Lama’s teachings, or receiving medical care and so forth.

    3. Many lamas have practiced DS for lifetimes, and their incarnations are back. IF DS was a bad practice, these lamas would lose their attainments and abilities, and would not be able to incarnate back. But Trijang Rinpoche, a DS lama, is back and has been recognized in this life.

    4. DOrje Shugden has been practiced for 600 years, and even the 5th and 13th Dalai Lama wrote praises to Dorje Shugden.

    5. How can HHDL who had practiced DS in the earlier parts of his life, suddenly say that DS is bad, and this practice came from his tutors who were both DS practitioners. It is not logical that, some teachings/practices given by the tutors are right, and some are wrong. If the basis of the teachings is at fault, then ALL teachings are at fault, which would mean everything that HHDL teaches is also at fault. Which cannot be.

    There are more illogical reasons to the ban. But besides that, being segregated and discriminated for our choice of practice is wrong.

    Thank you for this post, Li Kheng.

    Carmen

  12. KarenChong on May 25, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    总的来说,这篇文章道尽了自嘉瓦仁波切下了禁令过后,凡是雄登的修持者都在各个程度上遭受迫害,挤压,隔离甚至人身攻击。最不可原谅的是藏人行政中央逼人们毁坏三昧耶,导致他们本身及他们的根本上师受到伤害。除此之外,藏人行政中央更威逼寺院的领导人犯下无间罪,在僧伽之间造下离间罪,并且逼使这么多僧人参与这样的离间当中。这种煽动各种族之间的小动作,还有对各个修持多杰雄登高僧大德的百般刁难与限制,阻碍佛法的增长,严重破坏佛陀教诲的传承及延续性。如果他们是位佛教徒,应该了解破坏佛法传承的所带来的恶业。这个禁令不早日解除,我们雄登修持者将不会停止发声,我们势必要嘉瓦仁波切听到我们的声音,然后解除此禁令!

  13. Su Ming on May 25, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    This such a well written article

    When I first came to know about this ban and how the this controversy has affected the Tibetan community all across, I was really shun off by the action of the Tibetan Leadership ie Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)

    As a leader or a government, you are suppose to UNITE the people especially more so if you are exile. But in this case, their action has proven that they have succeeded in causing friction/segregation amongst the Tibetans successfully. Especially with the Shugden controversy. As Tibetan Leadership, the biggest asset to them is actually the Lamas cause these are the very people who are renown in spreading Tibetan Buddhism through majority of the countries around the world. Unfortunately, they are not. Instead they are staining and tarnishing their names. An example is Penpa Tsering, the speaker of the Tibetan Parliament in a public talk has put down and disgrace Pabongka Rinpoche’s name who is the commentator of the Liberation In Palm of your Hands (Lamrin) ……How ridiculous is that? *Please see the video*

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phsFHUqWftM

    “The incredible danger of the Dorje Shugden ban is that it is an “enemy” that is spreading the poison from within” – and this is so true.

  14. Sock Wan on May 25, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    Thank you Li Kheng for sharing with us how the ban on Dorje Shugden has caused sufferings to many Tibentans and Dorje Shugden lamas. Many people ask why am I so concerned of the ban when I am not a Tibetan and I do not face any discrimination here in Malaysia? The answer is simple, as long as there is a ban on Dorje Shugden practice, many highly attained Dorje Shugden lamas will not be able to spread Dharma to as many people as possible. We are risked to lose some very authentic lineage because of the people are doubtful of the lama due to the ban. Besides, Dorje Shugden really can benefit people, since I am here to practice and develop compassion, I should defend and work towards lifting the ban. It will be very selfish to close one eye to do Dorje Shugden practice quietly and see our fellow Tibetan Dharma brother and sister suffer.

  15. Wylfred Ng on May 25, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    Thank you Li Kheng for the article.

    This article highlighted the difficulties of Dorje Shugden practitioner are facing under the unethical Dorje Shugden ban.

    I would like to request H.H. Dalai Lama to end this unethical ban, and please end the sufferings of the Dorje Shugden practitioners.

    Thank you

  16. Jerry_Sito on May 25, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    谢谢您的分享

    在读完这个帖子后,我十分赞成,宗教是应该和平共处而不是制造出伤害的,就马来西亚的例子举的非常贴切,这这片土地上有不同的宗教存在着,但是彼此包容并互相尊重,然而同样传承的格鲁派,曾经辉煌的把佛法弘扬十方的格鲁派(黄教),如今却因为一位“护法”而造就了寺院的分裂,家庭破裂,朋友间反目成仇,多少人因为这多级雄登的禁令,而遭受到伤害,即使生病,也因为“禁令”的缘故而不被医院接受,这不是很残忍吗?

    倘若我们撇开“宗教”或“护法”这个名词,倘若一般人因为莫一些“禁令”,比如以前的奴隶制度等,我们都会觉得倘若任何人被伤害,攻击,即使生命垂危也不能就医,妻离子散,我们都会觉得只是不人道的吧?

    那么为何因为一位“护法”,大家非得要不断的攻击所有修持者呢?多杰雄登护法修持者,与没有修持多杰雄登护法者,大家和平的共处,彼此不强迫谁放弃谁本身所坚持的修持法门,并和平共处,那不是很好吗?

    我们常祈愿天下太平,那么我们就应该彼此尊重彼此,彼此不伤害彼此,那么我们身为佛教徒,每天所祈愿的“天下太平和谐”才会发生呀,倘若我们自己本身,不要因为别人“修持”什么而让自己的心中充满仇恨(这与佛法相违)不要因为别人“修持”什么而失去了自己的菩提心,不要因为别人“修持”什么而参与评论与攻击他们,因为大家必须要明白,宗教是提倡和平的,最重要的一点是,他人“修持”什么自有他一定的因缘,只是他没有伤害你,没有攻击你,没有毁谤你,那么你又何必..参与伤害其他的行列呢?

    ThankYou谢谢
    Jerry Sito

  17. graceleong on May 24, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    Dear Li Kheng
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the Dorje Shugden ban. Enjoyed reading all your replies too.
    Thank you for appealing strongly for the removal of the ban on Dorje Shugden. I agree that it is extremely crucial for this ban to come down quickly as many sufferings arose from this ban. The ban should also be removed both for the sake of the DS practitioners who are being persecuted plus the persecutors who collect heavy negative karma from their actions.
    May we all put our heart and soul together to end this ban for the benefit of all beings .

  18. Pastor Han Nee on May 22, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    Thank you Li Kheng. This post for which you have given a very interesting yet apt title ,the “United Colors of Spirituality”, is powerful in its strong advocacy of “religious freedom and harmony” over “intolerance and schism”.

    Where there is needless suffering, resulting from the withdrawal of religious freedom, a scenario , which is becoming less and less acceptable in a world that is increasingly recognizing basic human rights (like the right to practice one’s religion freely), we cannot shut our eyes and pretend it is not there.

    Where there is suffering like the suffering of Shugden followers and practitioners because of a ban on it. We have to speak up for them. THERE IS A BAN as the videos presented here shows. THE BAN IS CAUSING SUFFERING as the evidence is presented clearly here.

    The reasons given for the ban have been refuted again and again with clear logical reasons.

    Why is there still a denial of peaceful negotiations to lift the ban?

  19. Jason on May 10, 2016 at 3:39 am

    Thanks Li Kheng for sharing such a good and informative article.Dorje Shugden Ban really bring so many harms to the Dorje Shugden(DS) practitioners .This ban really show a bad impression about Tibetan Buddhism to outsiders who are totally don’t know the real story behind.The protest between non DS and DS practitioners are shown on media. Of course many people will stand on pro Dalai Lama due to Dalai Lama’s fame.
    We as Tsem Rinpoche disciples , we have the responsibility to promote DS practice and explain the real story of DS . Social media works must be done as many as possible to educate more people about DS.Practice DS is infallible .
    I am really appreciate the Rinpoche’s teams to come out with http://www.dorjeshugden.org to let more people know about DS. I wish the ban will lifted soon and more sentient beings can get benefit on practice DS .

    Jason

    • Li Kheng on May 12, 2016 at 1:34 pm

      Thank you Jason for your comment! You are right, the ban has a very negative effect on Buddhism as a whole and has a negative influence of people’s faith. This is the last thing we need now because the public are already so doubtful about schools of faith in general.

      It would be such a pity if people “give up” on Buddhism and Dorje Shugden because they are two extremely effective protections and blessings that can help people during this degenerate age. If we open our eyes, we will see so much suffering. We can also see that suffering is not completely resolved by material wealth because rich people also suffer, only differently. A connection to Dorje Shugden and the Dharma can give peace and sense of sanctity which is much needed.

      This is why Rinpoche advocates for the ban to be lifted so strongly. It goes way beyond one practice or one school of faith. It is about humanity as a whole and our relationship with our higher state of mind and our divine within,

  20. Pastor David Lai on May 4, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    Dear Li Kheng,
    You have a really good article here and the title is very catchy and a little light-hearted although the topic is not. This Dorje Shugden ban has been going on for way too long and has taken a told on all of us, including the great lamas who continue to uphold the lineage and are not afraid to express and reveal their practice of Dorje Shugden.

    It’s just too bad that the ban has gone on this long and we really need more exposure on this matter and good pressure for the Tibetan leadership to relinquish this damaging ban. Everyone seems to be on the losing end of the battle and despite all this damage on both sides to varying degrees. There doesn’t seem to be any respite to this whole issue.

    I am not psychic and I just don’t seem to see how it will end. The most logical conclusion to this saga would be if the Dalai Lama passes into clear light without issuing a statement to withdraw the ban would only serve to prolong the ban unnecessarily. I do hope the end would come sooner than later.

    • Li Kheng on May 12, 2016 at 1:42 pm

      Pastor David, I cannot agree with you more. Division, disharmony, discrimination, destruction can never benefit anyone. Even if someone seem to have benefitted superficially, the ultimate result will be harmful. Take a look at history.

      The most damaging result of war is the loss of humanity. Speak to veterans who went through hell and back as they stared death in the eye…as they became executors of death. Their soul is permanently broken.

      This is what is happening to the lay community of Tibetans in exile. As the CTA does not exist as a government, they do not have an army. So, who executes all these acts of war? Lay men and women who are untrained, uneducated and unexposed. What becomes of their minds? Violence becomes OK. Killing becomes OK. Discrimination becomes OK. Watching someone lose everything for an invalid reason becomes OK.

      This is the true loss: a society that is OK with suffering, injustice and invasion of human dignity. When all that makes us human is loss, what is left?

  21. Datuk May on May 4, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    A beautifully written article to illustrate the harmonious results of acceptance, mindfulness, care, compassion and loving kindness (to name a few) which are the tenets of all great religions of the world in the 21st century.

    This article also pointedly shows the chaos which results from the destruction of religious freedom by representatives of the Dalai Lama. Also how such a non violent religion like Buddhism can be used to distort the meaning of compassion and wisdom by a Ban on the worship to a Buddha Protector, Dorje Shugden.

    • Li Kheng on May 6, 2016 at 12:25 pm

      Yes, may the violence, discrimination, segregation be replaced once again with love, wisdom, tolerance and harmony.

      May the profound teachings of great masters like Geshe Kelsang Gyatso shine through all the distractions.

  22. Vinnie Tan on May 4, 2016 at 8:39 am

    Thank you Li Kheng for this article. It clearly shows that the ban has gone a long way and people have not been doing enough to speak up for the Tibetans that practice Dorje Shugden or just Dorje Shugden practitioners in general.

    It is unfair for a group of people that are getting the discrimination due to their religious faith. How is it that it is correct for some people to practice a certain religion, yet wrong for another group to do the same? It makes no logic as we are just practising a religion and no one should be discriminated based on that fact.

    How will it be an advice when people are being discriminated, hurt and attacked because of their choice of religious practice. It is not fair and should never be the case.

    However, when we look at another angle, through the ban it has brought more people to know who Dorje Shugden is. With this, it might also be a divine play that the high lamas and Buddhas are manifesting in our time of degeneration.

  23. Pastor Adeline on May 4, 2016 at 7:44 am

    It is true that there is a ban and this ban is on that suppress the Dorje Shugden practice that has a long history proven to be beneficial. This ban is not an act that goes according to the Buddhist teachings but one that ignores humanity, diversity, harmony, peace; freedom of speech, practice, choice etc. This ban started as an advice and still, it is said to be an advice, but the reactions and actions that follow are showing the clear sign of the existence of a ban.

    A ban happens when people are prohibited from something and punishment in the form of fine, jail, deportation etc. will follow when one insisted on not following it. In India where the Tibetans-in-exile is, the lay Dorje Shugden practitioners who insist on keeping their Dorje Shugden practice are also banned from employment and education opportunities, medical needs, travel document application etc. For the ordained, they are not allowed to travel, to raise funds, to see their teachers, so that the lineage that they carry will be eliminated.

    This ban is one that bring about serious consequences which will eliminate the Dorje Shugden lineage forever. We require everyone’s help in spreading the truth about this ban, the benefits of the Dorje Shugden practice so that the ban will be lifted, discrimination will end and humanity will once be practiced again.

  24. Pastor Antoinette Kass on May 3, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    Dear Li Kheng,

    I never imagined that in Buddhism there could happen something like this. It is a teaching about right conduct, kindness, acceptance and all positiv qualities. A ban of a 400 year old practice is kind of unrealistic. How come Dorje Shugden is beneficial for so long and now he is used in a political way.

    Indeed, the pain and suffering Dorje Shugden practitioners have to go through is inimaginable. You cannot trust anyone. Even your best friends and your family is not allowed to speak to you when you practice Dorje Shugden.

    It is deeply disturbing that this happens in the Tibetan Community. And it has to end quickly. We need to create more awareness and share about this inimaginable ban.

    Thank you for this very detailed write up.
    Thank You Rinpoche for helping us to see behind the fame and name and see what is really happing for the people on a day to day basis.

    May the ban come down swiftly.
    P. Antoinette

  25. Beatrix Ooi on May 3, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    Thank you for your wonderful sharing Li Kheng, what you have written js very beautiful. Ever since the ban was implemented, thousands and thousands of Dorje Shugden practitioners, especially those who live in the exile have been heavily discriminated against, spat upon, looked down and even hurt, mentally and physically.

    I believe that the unethical ban is somewhat a manifestation of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to benefit many more people and save the lineage, I may not agree with His methods but I am in no place to be judgmental as I’m not the enlightened one. I pray that may the ban be lifted very quickly and smoothly so that all Dorje Shugden and non Dorje Shugden practitioners may unite again, live together harmoniously and peacefully.

    • Li Kheng on May 12, 2016 at 1:53 pm

      Hi Bea

      I also hope that there is a greater purpose to this ban as the damage it has caused it really quite detrimental. Well, maybe this ban opens up our eyes to the preciousness of the Dharma, which many of us might have taken for granted previously.

      Perhaps in our fight to end this ban, we learn with depth about this perfect Protector of our time and are truly able to practice it with the reverence it deserves. With knowledge and with appreciation for Dorje Shugden, the power of his practice may come through with deeper significance because we are praying with understanding of our motivation and the qualities of our object of worship.

      I truly hope this ban will end soon. The suffering of the pay especially sangha members is so hard to watch. They became the sangha to free themselves, and here we reach into the holy spaces of monasteries and temples to drag them back into the “dirty” concerns of samsara. So many happenings of the ban is simply wrong at all levels. It is impossible we turn our backs to those who suffer.

      Share knowledge, pledge support to spread reliable information about Dorje Shugden. End this threat to humanity.

  26. Pastor Loh Seng Piow on May 3, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    So much damages to Buddhism created by the ban on Dorje Shugden, it should not have started in the first place. Dalai Lama started the ban in hope to unite all sects of Tibetan Buddhism, it is a purely political decision, because Dalai Lama claimed that Dorje Shugden is too sectarian and thus dividing Tibetans. However, the result is exactly opposite, Tibetans became even more divided than before the ban. The ban should stop right now, it really tarnishes Buddhism badly for decades.

  27. Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on May 3, 2016 at 8:44 am

    Thank you Li Kheng for sharing your thoughts and another view of how the Dorje Shugden ban impacts Buddhadharma worldwide. What you wrote here “Expanding on this thought, I realized how many good lessons in life we miss because we focus on the negative aspects of life that blind us from the hope that still shines before us everyday.” stopped me in my tracks.

    When Rinpoche had us watch that reincarnation video recently, one of the things that stood out for me was one of the professor’s reasonings for why HE doesn’t believe in reincarnation, but that he cannot ignore the evidence for it. He said that our likes, dislikes, preferences and what we’ve been conditioned to think as real and the truth actually closes us up and keeps us from the truth, and from expanding our knowledge and improving (well, he said something to that effect, I’m expanding on his words! Hehe)

    You’re right and I guess that is why Rinpoche always tells us to stop complaining. It’s not because feedback isn’t gratefully received, but because there is a difference between feedback and complaining. When you complain, it’s not constructive; unlike feedback, complaining is not done with a view to improve the situation for the future. And when done enough times, it becomes your habit to look for things to complain about. So like you said, instead of enjoying the good lessons in life, we focus on the negative aspects.

    United Colors of Spirituality…I love it!

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    • Li Kheng on May 6, 2016 at 11:50 am

      Hello PJA,

      Thanks for leaving a comment! Agree with you, this is the true beauty of science: they look at facts and filter out personal judgements and expectations so that beneficial knowledge can be disseminated to the public. Just because ban is called an “advise”, what does the fact show? What results do we see? If we still insist it is an advise, then we need to change the definition of “advise” in all the dictionaries. The world is already delusional enough, it is discouraging when the beacon of light we look to for integrity, kindness and wisdom is also illusional.

  28. kb thapa on May 3, 2016 at 8:04 am

    Throughout the world many people practice different religions and have faith in different things . some people call themselves spiritual but people like in CTA who hold the power don’t follow the doctrines of an organized religion . As our world becomes more global it is important to respect each other and our different beliefs. lets say CTA don’t like Dorje Shugden, who the hell are they to tell us don’t practice, this our personal choice . So much suffering around the we are facing now days but here we go someone says BAN DS practice.. are u guys human or what.. Is CTA GOVT FOLLOW Buddha’s teaching,, if yes then what kind of Buddhist are they??..

    • Li Kheng on May 6, 2016 at 11:42 am

      You are right KB. The CTA does not have the right to do what they are doing. However, they are able to do this because NO ONE IS STOPPING THEM.

      Like the saying, the mouse come out to play because the cat is not around.

      This is why the work of Rinpoche to create awareness to engage support and action from the global society is so important. THe world has changed because of the global populace. It is in the hands of the public that change can happen. It is through the voice of the people that new policies can find ways into constitutions.

      This is democracy.

  29. Joy Kam on May 3, 2016 at 7:34 am

    Yup Li Kheng I couldn’t agree with you more! Because of the ban so many people are split, their family, friends, love ones, and most horrible of all, their Gurus are abandoned. How can anyone throw away such sacred relationship because of politics? But I guess this shows us who they are. And because a great, knowledgeable, wise, real Lama like Geshe Kelsang speaks up against the injustice, the Tibetan Leadership attacks him, shuns him, create nasty lies about him and even threatens his life. And because of this many people who could have been benefited from the Dharma, from his teachings, from his books etc. basically lost out. Just imagine how many people’s lives has been affected and their spirituality hindered because of this ban on Dorje Shugden. And the reasons the Tibetan Leadership gives us regarding Dorje Shugden and why we should not practice it are not even logical.

    All they, the Tibetan Leadership do is twisting the truth around and create more and more lies to cover another lie. It is indeed truly sad and quite disgusting coming from a society that calls themselves Buddhist. It is quite shameful there is so much nasties going around and the more His Holiness does not intervene to say anything and keeps quiet, the more people are going to believe this is all His Holiness’s doing and this in the end will tarnish His reputation even further. When this happens, which already happening then the sponsorship funds will also lessen, and this will then affect them Tibetan Leaders pockets too. So either way, there is no way they can win their dirty nasty injustice actions by suppressing the Shugden people because the truth always prevails because it is our right to have religious freedom!

    • Li Kheng on May 6, 2016 at 11:39 am

      Thank you for your comment Joy.

      The ban on Dorje Shugden reveals the choices of those who uphold the ban:

      – They choose greed for political connection and funds instead of practicing inclusiveness to encourage spiritual aspirations during these degenerate times.

      – They choose violence over tolerance.

      – They choose ignorance over knowledge as they refuse to learn about the facts behind Dorje Shugden and the ban. This is evident in the anti-Shugden groups’ unsubstantiated accusations and inability to debate openly.

      – They choose politics over spirituality.

      – They choose the CTA over their own teachers who have given them love, knowledge, a shelter, a community. One of the saddest of such case is FPMT who degrades their Guru, Lama Yeshe, who is a renowned Dorje Shugden practitioner. Spiritually, we can see the truth in this statement as Lama Osel is not able to manifest his potential in this reincarnation.

      – We choose fear over love. Many say they accept the ban because they fear the Dalai Lama and the CTA. Little do they know: fear only breeds more fear.

      This is the depth of this “simple” ban or “advise”. Whatever, people want to call it, the results are detrimental and global.

      Hence, the urgent need for this ban to end.

  30. chris chong on May 3, 2016 at 1:05 am

    Dear Li Kheng,

    Thank you for sharing your own thoughts here. As you said, Malaysia is a country of diversity. We have many different races that have different cultures and different belief system that made up our own community. This kind of diversity is rare in the world especially when we can live in such harmony despite of our differences. One of the most amazing thing in Malaysia is we have religion freedom. We are able to pray to anything or anyone as long as we do not go against the law. I would think that this is one of the main factor that contributed to the harmony we have today.

    When the Dalai Lama imposed the Dorje Shugden ban, the buddhist community in Malaysia is being affected as well. I had personal experience of being unwelcome by a Buddhist store owner when I went there. When they know I believe in Dorje Shugden, they attitude changed from warm to cold in an instant. I could not even imagine how Dorje Shugden practitioners are being treated in places like TIbet and India.

    Dear Your Holiness the Dalai Lama, Please lift Shugden Ban.

    • Li Kheng on May 6, 2016 at 11:29 am

      Thank you Chris for your honesty. We are living in an extremely interdependent world. With information technology, the interconnectedness only get more intense and vast.

      Understanding this and applying our understanding of karma, we should realize that this culture of separation, discrimination, breach of human right will only spread if not stopped.

      On what basis do we permit the Dorje Shugden ban to go on and ask for religious freedom for other faiths? We would look like a hypocrite and our words will carry no weight. It is only logical.

      This is actually one of the reason why I am passionate about lifting the ban. It is beyond Dorje Shudgen or Buddhism. It is about our humanity…our nature to do the right thing…our nature to be the voice for those silenced…our nature to stand up for justice.

  31. Pastor Niral Patel on May 2, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    This article by our Li Kheng highlights a point that is often over-looked by the majority of people when considering the ban on the practice of Dorje Shugden, and that is the amount of Dharma masters who continue their practices have. Those who are on a real spiritual path should recognise this fact. If these lamas have such Dharma, then surely it calls into question the ban the practice.

    But given the current situation it seems that it is more to do with politics than actual practice of spirituality. As Li Kheng rightly writes in this article the ban on Dorje Shugden has led to a lot of negativity, which directly counters what Buddhism practice is about. This pain and suffering, purely because of religious belief has to stop in this day and age that she terms as the United Colors of Spirituality. This is a very apt term. In many civilised and democratic countries all over the world, people are free to choose whatever religion they want to practice and are not actively persecuted for their beliefs. This is not the case with practitioners of Dorje Shugden, who ARE actively persecuted by THEIR own government who is SUPPOSED TO SUPPORT THEM. Sadly this is not the case. Thank you to those lamas, beacons of the Dharma, who continue to oppose this un-democratic and pain-causing ban.

    • Li Kheng on May 6, 2016 at 12:23 pm

      This is the saddest part: the people who were supposed to fend for you are the exact ones who are persecuting you.

      If we just take a moment and put ourselves in that position. How does it feel? If we do not want something like this to happen to us, we should not allow it to happen to others as well.

      With the Internet, creating awareness, signing a petition and lending a helping hand or a comforting encouragement has become easy and convenient.

  32. Valentina Suhendra on May 2, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    Dear Li Kheng

    Thank you for this beautiful article. Just like you I have been living in countries that respect people’s religions – USA, Indonesia and now Malaysia. I cannot understand the reason why in this day and age, some people, like Dorje Shugden practitioners, are being penalised on the basis of their faith. The manner as to how they are being penalised is very degrading: refused entry to shops, refused medical services, being beaten and tortured. I thought these things only happened in the middle ages.

    I do hope these problems will be resolved soon and we can live in harmony with each other again.

    Valentina

    • Li Kheng on May 6, 2016 at 11:24 am

      Thank you Valentina for your comment! Leaving a comment like what you did here is already a contribution to ending this atrocity to human rights.

      Yes, it is shameful when our youths are busy with the latest models of handphone and tabs they “must” have, there are groups of people who cannot even access education, medical attention, temples or simple sundry shops because they exercised their right to religious freedom.

      It makes me want to do something when I know that simple families who worked all their lives to build a home, buy a fridge to keep their food fresh have it all taken from them by attackers in the middle of the night. Worst still, attackers who are fellow Tibetans.

      I do hope the ban will end through all the efforts being made by Tsem Rinpoche and various groups who believe in upholding the sanctity of human rights.

  33. Li Kheng on May 2, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    It was a privilege to be able to share my thoughts and learnings about the Dharma, Dorje Shugden, the ban on this Dharma Protector and the suffering that the ban has caused. Most importantly, the potential long-term damage that awaits humanity as we allow the ban to go on.

    Coming from a privileged background where tolerance of difference was upheld and acceptance of diversity is encouraged, I took so many comforts of being a citizen of the 21st century for granted. I savored the opportunities to befriend open minded and accepting people from various parts of the world thinking it was a norm.

    The Dorje Shugden ban and what it did to helpless individuals is appalling. It shocks me that so much suffering still does not quality to be a breach to humanity by standards of global organizations like the United Nations. I relaize my ignorance stem from my attitude that “someone out there is going to help these people” and “what can I really do”. Well, I learn from Tsem Rinpoche that every effort, big and small, matters. On a secular level it is called the power of source. Spiritually, it is because when we do something with passion, sincerity and commitment, we summon the similar energies from around us to cause the results we want.

    This ban is very, very, very wrong. To lift it is not impossible. But more voices is needed. More actions are needed to prompt those in power and with authority to lift their hand and open their minds to declare: this atrocity must end now. Not for anything but for humanity as a whole. Humanity is the greatest asset we have in this world because it is on the basis of humanity that we have lived and flourished for over 200,000 years on earth. It is because of humanity that there is that silver lining in every cloud. It is for humanity that a single smile from the heart will brighten the darkest moment.

    Please read more to understand and share your thoughts in comment or support spread the word to those whom you know will share our passion to preserve what is truly good in our world: a faith in our humanity

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  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 28. 2017 03:38 PM
    Trolls are assiociates as beings of Scandinavian folklore.A large number of different mythological creatures continue to live on in Scandinavian folklore.They have different shapes,habitat and filthy features . There are also numerous tales of trolls told and retold.Trolls are also believed to have the magigal powers, which were folktales ,posses capabilities that are beyond human .What ever it was a remnant of a long-lost reality for sure. I do believe that there’s a very high chance trolls had existed in the past.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing ,i do enjoyed all the stories in these article even though it just folk tales.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/the-hidden-nature-of-trolls.html
  • Jason
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 11:54 PM
    People always expect return on some contribution being done especially in charity events. When the return was under their expectations then they will feel sad or unhappy.
    As Rinpoche said, Dharma is a teachings to transform our mind to become bodicitta or selfless to benefit others without condition. Once we practiced selfless mind, our mind will not be affected by others people reaction.
    What will be my legacy? I think this is not really important to me anymore once I know Dharma teachings from Rinpoche.
    Thanks Datuk May for sharing to benefit more people.

    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/what-will-be-your-legacy.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 08:56 PM
    Amazing miracles true story …of how Rinpoche helped. With Rinpoche blessing during the children baptismal ceremony,this little boy who had not spoken since 9 years old was able to speake again.Incredible….
    Chef Au truly believes been a vegetarian has help him to collects merits for his son.Rinpoche’s care and compassion has benefited many more people.Through these stories hope more people will be inspired to achieve the state of compassion and attainments.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for this sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-4.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 07:51 PM
    Having fully trust and faith in Rinpoche ,Fat monk’s mother was well again, after been diagnosed with cancerious tumour at the liver.
    Following instructions given by Rinpoche, his mother recited mantras and Fat monk did a series of pujas as told,his mother recovered then.
    Amazing……Miracles do happen.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-3.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 05:27 PM
    We are no strangers to the creatures called Werewolves. They are often depicted as the Jekyll-and-Hyde-like monsters in movies who are unable to control their animal instincts when they shift from human form to a wolf-like creature, usually during the full moon. Together with the Vampires who can transform into bats, are my childhood imagery villains, who triggered my curiosity on mythical creatures during younger days. They still do, lol.

    It is gruesome to learn that real life werewolves are actually brutal even when they are in human forms. It is a far depict from the movies and fictions, where they are civil and level headed when in human form. I hope one day science or technology can provide more proves the existence of werewolves, and debunk the reason of this mystical shapeshifter.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 05:07 PM
    The miraculous power of Protectors’ practice can heal and shield us from negative karma from ripening. Through the blessings of our Guru, coupled with strong faith and trust, the practices will take effect swiftly and effectively. Rejoice to Steven Lee. May he be guided by the Three Jewels always. Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow for sharing the true story with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-10.html
  • Lin Mun
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 03:57 PM
    This is a very touching article. I totally agree that dog is a man’s best friend. They are always so loyal to the owner. However it is sad that not all pet owners are such. Some will only treat them literally as an animal and therefore do not take good care of them. Dogs or any other animals are beings that have feeling. There should not be neglected and be abused by us. This article reminds us to always care for all beings and respect them.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this heartwarming article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 02:21 PM
    Its a heartfelt touching article of this faithful dog.Cannot imagine this ,such a wonderful relationship between that dog and the deceased owner.The greatest fear dogs know is the fear that we will not come back for them That i noticed from observing from my pet poodle.In this case this faithful dog knew his owner won’t be back.
    Dogs are loyal, patient, fearless, forgiving, capable of pure love and have feelings too.He must have missed the owner badly that he wanted to accompany the owner all the way to the resting place.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing. May that faithful dog ,continue to serve and well taken, love by the other family members.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 01:46 PM
    Werewolves are known to be mythical creatures found in fiction instead of lurking in the dark woods,In various parts of the world there were few cases who have gone down in history as real life werewolves Interesting to read it from these post..How far it was true or just legends.,no one really know . Many myths and legends surrounding werewolves .To become a werewolf, it is necessary to be bitten by a werewolf in their form at the time of the full moon. Thats what all of us knew from the movies and from fiction told. Reports of werewolf sightings continued even till this century but mostly in between 1428 and 1447 .The most recent sighting of werewolf sightings in 1972. was in Ohio .but eventually subsided .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these interesting article which i do enjoyed reading it,
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html
  • Valentina
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 01:11 PM
    Join our blog chat session this Saturday 11AM – 12PM (GMT +8) on the topic of:

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

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

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

    Jason

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
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One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini\'s blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves.
~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini's blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves. ~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
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His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
: This picture says it all. Click on it to enlarge and read and please share.
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one\'s death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one's death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin\'s dog Snowy!
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I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin's dog Snowy!
Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
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Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
 Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
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2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
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One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
 Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
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Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
Tsem Rinpoche\'s Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
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Tsem Rinpoche's Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
 It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and \'defeat\' the ones that hurt us because we don\'t become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
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It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and 'defeat' the ones that hurt us because we don't become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
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Tsem Rinpoche's heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin  Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
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Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
 (left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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(left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s good to be with kind and sincere people.
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It's good to be with kind and sincere people.
If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
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If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
My Mumu boy didn\'t want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
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My Mumu boy didn't want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
1 month ago
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
1 month ago
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn\'t move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
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Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
1 month ago
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
1 month ago
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
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The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
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Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
2 months ago
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
2 months ago
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
2 months ago
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
2 months ago
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
3 months ago
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
3 months ago
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
This is a good one to read
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This is a good one to read
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  • April 20, 2017 10:45
    Ronnie asked: Dear Rinpoche and Pastors, I'm studying abroad and very far away from home, seeking guidance and advice as I have no one else I can talk to about this. Please read with an open mind, I don't know where else to go for help. I'm pregnant and it's an unplanned pregnancy. I'm stuck between keeping it or letting it go. I'm young and having a child at my age in the society we live in now would be considered taboo. The father of the child thinks I should let it go because it may cause a setback to both our careers and cause major family issues. He thinks we aren't ready to raise a child especially since we're both still in university and his parents think badly of me even though they've never met me or tried to get to know me. I'm sure no one would ever have the heart to take away a heartbeat but it seems like it isn't the right time to have a child now and if we did go through with it, the child probably won't be able to have the best things life can offer looking at where we are now in terms of finance and maturity. I'm lost, confused and unsure what the right thing to do is now. Any advice at all would be helpful right now. Thank you so very much for taking time to read my story.
    pastor answered: Dear Ronnie, I’m sorry to read that you are going through this situation. I can understand that this situation is tough to go through. You are always more than welcome to come here to ask questions. May I suggest that you talk to either someone in your family or your friends to help you come to an appropriate solution? This is because, what you feel, what you are going through, will change from time to time and you would need someone to talk to, someone that you can lean on through this situation you are facing. Depending on where you are in the world, professional help can also be sought to help you make a decision, which will be the best option for you seeking help. From a Buddhist perspective, the taking of a life is not considered a positive act, therefore those on the Buddhist path, would normally abstain taking a life if possible. However, that being said, one must always weigh the decision oneself. Everything we do in life, necessarily involves karma both positive and negative. That is why Buddhists try to overcome samsara in general. Your situation is complicated because you are abroad, but if possible you should really open up to someone you are close to in order to help you through making this decision on a personal basis. When you talk to someone, whom you are able to express yourself more, you may able to come to better decision that is right for you. There may be other options open to you if you seek help. I personally know women who have been in similar situations. One of these women, let the child go and the other went through the pregnancy and then gave the child up for adoption. You may or may not have thought of this option, but it is one that could be open to you, depending on where in the world you are. Any decision we make in life, however big or small it may seem, has far reaching consequences whether in this life, or in future lives. This is just a part and parcel of life within samsara. However, we should weigh the decisions we make clearly given the situation we are in. We cannot always do this weighing ourselves, but need to talk about our options with others we can rely on such a friends, family or professionals. You should consider doing this, which will help you greatly emotionally, and may give you the grounding you need to make the correct decision for you. I hope this helps.
  • April 19, 2017 04:57
    Dongho asked: What is a nyung ne practice? According to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, it's a purification sadhana. However, what are the instructions for this? I'm guessing it's to Chenrezig, but how does it work? Also, from what I have read, Vajrasattva practice is only for broken vows while Akshobhya is for regular misdeeds. Does that mean one has to take the Akshobhya practice to purify bad karma from this life and previous instead of Vajrasattva? As for the purification practices, are some like Vajrasattva and Chenrezig only to purify the bad karma and let it come quickly or is it to prevent it from coming? I am confused in it. As for signs, I recited a mantra of White Yangchenma that a Sakya lama, Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche, gave me with the Sakya visualizations I read on, and after one mala, I heard some lady call my Korean name even though no one in my neighborhood knows of my name and my family members weren't in the area. What does this mean?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your questions, it’s nice to see you back here again. Nyung Ne practice is a purification practice that centres around Chenrezig. It is a very beneficial practice that stems from a holy nun named Gelong-ma Palmo. It is a two and a half day practice that can be repeated many times over and over again to intensify the purification and build a closer relationship with Chenrezig. As well as its purification aspect, the practice is known to generate vast amount of merit, and also compassion, as the practice centres around Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion. The practice involves taking the eight Mahayana precepts for the duration, fasting, meditating, prostrating and praying. The practice usually entails empowerment into the practice of Chenrezig, therefore the exact meditations, prayers can only be explained to those who have the empowerment. Vajrasattva practice is not necessarily only for repairing broken vows, etc. That’s why it is advised that you engage in the practice at the end of the day, to repair any vows that you may have broken during that day, as well as stopping any negative karma you created that day from multiplying. This would entail reciting the mantra 21 times, together with the four opponent powers. However, if you engage in this practice more intensely, it definitely has the capability to purify all sorts of karma. That is the reason why in Ngondro, or preliminary practices one engages in before tantra, the practice of 100,000 Vajrasattva mantra recitation is an integral part. You can read more about Vajrasattva and his practice here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/an-important-purification-practice.html. Within purification practices, some of the karma will be purified completely, so you do not feel its effects at all, but when purifying other karma you will need to feel its effects somehow. For example if you have the karma to be in a car accident and get seriously injured, and you are engaging in any practice, but especially the purification practice, since you have purified most of the karma, you will only experience being in a very minor car accident, with only very superficial injuries. Therefore, in this case, the karma has been purified to the extent that it does not affect you as much, but you still need to feel part of its effect. In regards to any signs that you receive which engaging in the practices given to you by one of your specific gurus, you should report the happenings to that particular guru. He will be able to give you more of an accurate answer, as it may be related to the particular practice that he gave to you. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • April 17, 2017 07:06
    Thomas asked: Dear Pastors, When a serkyem set has been used so much and one is ready to get rid of it and replace it with a new one. What is a respecful mode of disposal?
    pastor answered: Dear Thomas, Thank you for your question. Your question shows that you have a lot of respect for offering items, which is very good. If possible, you should try to repair the item if within your means, and doing so make embellishments to make it a better offering item, which can still be used. If this is not possible, then you should dispose of the item with a good motivation. You should think that this item has been used to make offerings to the enlightened beings, but now that it is broken or unusable, you are going to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. Since it itself is not a receptacle of energies of the enlightened beings, such as a statue, tsa tsa or thangka, it does not require a special dissolution before being disposed of. However since it was used to make offerings, it still requires some form of respect when disposing, and this comes from one’s motivation and the way in which you dispose of it. Usually, when disposing of items in this way, make the motivation that you have used it and that it is now time to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. When you do this you can dispose of it in a respectful manner. For example, if you are going to throw it away, you do not simply open the trash can and throw it in. You wrap it up in something, like a bag or newspaper and dispose of it respectfully. Another method you can dispose of it is to recycle the object, if the material it is made from can be recycled. That way you are more conscious of the environment as well. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 16, 2017 22:38
    Curious asked: Dear pastors In a recent youtube video something like paying respect to deceased ones, pastor Nirel Patel explained that merits are like the interest and good karma is like the principal sum. So merits always regenerate themselves and hence do not get used up but good karma is like the principal sum so it gets used up. So my question is what are practices that generate merit? And can we turn a mundane daily activity into a meritorious one? Maybe can you provide an example?
    pastor answered: Dear Curious, Thank you for your question. First, to clarify a point, in regards to good karma, you are right, it is like a principal sum in a bank account, but you take away from it when you experience something good in your life, and you add to it when you do good deeds. Merit on the other hand, once accrued never diminishes, therefore when something is based on merit, it is based on the energies of this never diminishing sum, which you could say is like interest. In short, the principal sum when talking about karma is always added to and subtracted from. However, when talking about merit, once you have it, there is no way to destroy it, you will always benefit from it. There are various ways to explain how to generate merit. I will explain a way that I find easiest to understand. In normal life, when we go about performing any sort of activity, be it ‘good’ or ‘bad’ we do so out of ignorance of the true nature of existence, and it is usually self-motivated. For example, we work our entire lives to generate monetary income, so that we have enough money, resources, and materials goods to be comfortable. This is self-motivated, but it is the accepted way the world works these days, and is part and parcel of being bound to samsaric life. On the other hand, the act of merit making can be categorised into three parts: i) motivation, ii) the act itself, and iii) dedication. Let’s start with motivation, when engaging in various virtuous acts, we should have the motivation that by engaging in the act, we have the motivation to alleviate the suffering of someone else, and that may we gain enlightenment so that we can benefit them in the future. The second is the act itself. The third is to dedicate the energy of the virtuous act to gaining enlightenment. These three are what make merit. This may be a little confusing, so let me give an example: giving help to a homeless person. Whereas in ordinary life, this is something praised as a very good deed, it does not create merit without motivation and dedication. In order for this to become merit, one must set the motivation that one is giving help to the homeless free of the eight worldly concerns, to alleviate their suffering and also making the motivation that you will achieve enlightenment for the sake of the person or people you are helping. Then after you have helped them, you dedicate the energy created to the spiritual journey towards full enlightenment to help all sentient beings, while at the same time benefiting as many sentient beings as possible on the way there. This transforms the act into not only a virtuous action but also one that generates merit. On the other hand, if you were to help the homeless without these, you are creating good karma, which although beneficial, keeps you bound to existence within samsara. As it is the goal of Buddhist practice to overcome the cycle of samsara, a Buddhist would want to generate merit instead of good karma. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 13, 2017 11:38
    D.A. asked: If Begtse Chan is not from Mongolia, what are his real origins or story exactly? And which lamas offer his empowerment? As for Manjushri Nagarakshasa, which lamas specifically offer his empowerment and practice?
    pastor answered: Dear D.A. Thank you for your question. Begtse, is also known as Chamsing, or Jamsaran in Mongolian. As mentioned in an earlier sharing with someone who also asked a question about Begtse, the practiced was introduced to Tibet from India by the translator Nyen Lotsawa, and is considered one of the main protectors of the Hayagriva cycle of tantras. According to the scriptures that derive from the Sakya tradition, who incorporated the practice from the translators, and in which tradition Begtse became a very important protector, Begtse in a previous life was born many eons ago. In that particular life, he was born as the younger prince in a royal family. His name was Drag Gye, and his older brother’s name was Drag Den. Over time both princes developed differing religious beliefs, to the point where they could not get along with each as they both held their own religious views strongly. As was the custom during that time, they decided to settle their differences through logical debate, with the loser having to convert to the winner’s religion. This custom was also prevalent in ancient India, and there are many stories of such debates occurring between the great masters of the past and those of other faiths. Drag Gye lost the various debates, but ran away instead of converting to his older brother’s religion. Drag Den caught him, and tried to punish him for breaking the rules of debate and going back on his promise. Drag Gye told his brother that even if he was killed he would not give up his religion, however if Drag Den let him go, that in the future when Drag Den became enlightened, he would protect his teachings. With that Drag Den let him go, and gave him a set of copper armour, a stick, and a bow and arrow. Drag Den also gave Drag Gye a new name: Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po. After this incident the two brothers never saw each other again in that lifetime. Many lives after that Drag Den was reborn as Prince Siddharta, who eventually became enlightened and is now known as Buddha Shakyamuni. Drag Gye, or Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po, was reborn in a cemetery in the North West direction. His parents gave birth to two eggs, one was a coral-like colour and the other was an agate-like colour. These two eggs flew high into the sky and reached the heavenly realms, there they subdued the gods. Then flying back down to earth, they subdued many nagas. Eventually they even came to threaten their own parents. The parents petitioned the Dharma protector Ekajati for her help, who threw her own staff (khatvanga) at the eggs, and broke them apart. From the coral-like coloured egg came a ferocious man with yellow hair, he proclaimed that his name was ‘Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po’. When he emerged he was wearing a set of copper armour, wielding a stick, copper sword, and a bow and arrow. From the agate-like coloured egg came a female who was blue in colour, her teeth were like shells, she had turquoise eyebrows, and her hair was made of fire. She emerged wielding a copper knife, ritual dagger (phurba), rode a terrifying bear and wore an intricate necklace made of agate and lapis lazuli. It was then that Ekajati once again took action, and subdued them, after which they became Dharma protectors. The male figure became known as Begtse, and the female as his sister. When you propitiate Begtse, his sister is automatically included and aids practitioners as well. As for which lama offer his practice and empowerment, most lamas do not advertise which teachings or practice they hold. Therefore you should respectfully approach lamas and ask them if they have the practice and can bestow it, or if they know of any lamas that have the practice, depending on how much you want to practice Begtse. Similarly, this applies to those lamas who have the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. However, this practice is included in the Rinjung Gyatsa series of empowerments. This unique cycle of teachings, includes all 4 classes of tantric practices, and includes the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. Therefore those lamas who have received the complete transmission, and have kept their commitments for this practice, are qualified to pass this on to others. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
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