我忠于我的修持

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(Chinese translation of “I Pray to What I Want to” http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=55375)

给所有走在灵修之路的人们:

无论我们的老师是否具有名气或高知名度,这些都不应影响我们对老师的信任和忠诚。我们的老师传授给我们的任何教诲应依据传承,而且那些教诲在过去的上百上千年来都给无数生命带来助益,因此我们也无需有所质疑。每个教诲必须源自某个传承,若是上师经已解释传承的源头,我们也都接受了,那么我们就该全心全意、从一而终地学习那些教诲。在这样的情况下,多或少人跟随一位上师,并不能断定这位上师是否比较具格,因为很多伟大的大师都故意选择做个寂寂无名的人。使各个教诲得以延续及穿透人心的关键,其实来自我们对上师的信任、虔敬及忠诚,更少不了我们自身做出的改变。当我们对上师失去信心或对上师加以批评的时候,我们等于是在批评他的传承、他的上师、他的弟子,以及他的诚意,因为这一切都是息息相关的。金刚总持有言:若我们批评并且离开自己的上师,不管后来我们遇到多少位新的上师,后来跟这些上师学多少的法,我们都不会有所成就。这个劝告尤其非常重要。我们必须面对现实,克服自己的愤怒、放下所谓的颜面和邪见。如果我们真的跟上师面对一些无法克服的问题,即使好好跟上师说话、分享和解释后真的也行不通的话,那就请上师批准你另找上师。即便是我们离开了原来的上师,另向一位上师学法,我们也不应该批评,或是尝试诋毁原本的上师。为何?因为原本的上师确实给了我们殊胜的佛法。说起过去的上师,我们应保持尊敬的口吻,也应铭记他们的恩惠。尽管或许你和原本的上师因缘不足,但是他仍抽出时间给你传授佛法,给过你关爱、礼物。我们总不能鄙视每一个不符合我们期待的人。千万别将那些恩惠抛诸脑后。若想证得更高的修行成就,怀有一颗感恩之心是一种必要,于是我们在所有高阶密续本尊的每日修持(仪轨)中忆念我们的上师及传承上师们。我们在每日的禅修及仪轨修持中念诵祈请上师及传承上师们之加持的祈愿文。这旨在培养感恩的心态,也旨在提醒我们事物的存在并无理所当然。因此我们不应批评自己的传承上师,或是听从别人对传承上师的批评。对传承上师有所质疑、批评他们或是认同针对他们的批评都会妨碍我们在任何一个密续修持中获得成就的能力。像是大威德金刚、时轮金刚、嘉瓦嘉措(大悲胜海)、如意摩尼度母、金刚瑜伽母、胜乐金刚、密集金刚及喜金刚的修持法门中都有祈请根本及传承上师的诵文。修行人每日都念这些诵文,祈求传承上师们的加持。

赤江仁波切与其亲近弟子——喇嘛耶喜及喇嘛梭巴。这张相片非常温馨,我一直都非常喜欢,于是也想在此与你分享。

给大家提一个例子:格鲁传承中有嘉杰帕绷喀仁波切、嘉杰赤江仁波切、嘉杰宋仁波切及其他大师。每一天,在我们主要的禅修中,我们念诵这些大师的名字,祈请他们赐予加持,好让我们的修持有所成就。一些无知的人批评这些大师,说他们持有邪见,所修之法非正法,并且引导弟子走向歪路——看来这样的指责已经成为一种政治正确的说辞,而且如此的指责越是屡见不鲜。然而,作为一名格鲁传承的修行者,我们每一天都会修大威德金刚、密集金刚及胜乐金刚的法门,在这些个别的修持中,我们都必须祈请这三位传承上师。那么我们每一天在禅修时视他们为证悟者,并且祈求他们的加持,但是随后却转过身听取他人对他们的批评和贬抑,这究竟是怎么一回事?我们应该如何处理这样的情景?对他们的指责置之不理,因为他们是出于无知和理解不足,才会对我们所选择的上师不敬?但是不管是任何人,他们都不应轻视我们的选择及上师,因为每个人都有信仰的自由。他们的批评无可否认也是信仰自由的体现,但是批评我们的传承上师们对我们或他们又有什么益处?20年前我曾亲耳听闻人们贬低上一世的班禅喇嘛、毁坏他的肖像并叫他作叛徒。我也听过人们批评第16世噶玛巴顽固不已,更指责他不学无术,只懂得给大量的灌顶——这样的指责是我所不认同的。除此,我也曾见过那些对敦珠仁波切、贝诺仁波切及一些萨迦派过去的祖师做严厉批评的人。然而,这些饱受批评的上师们有无数视他们为高成就者、活佛的弟子和追随者。对他们的弟子而言,这些上师已获成就,也是个活佛。在弟子们的认知里,他们能从这些上师的修行成就中获得加持和助益。不仅如此,祈请上师的加持也是弟子们每日的密续修持中的一部分。于是,我应该听信严厉批评这些上师的人,还是那些视这些上师为高成就者的人?能将这些上师看成是高成就者必然对我和他人都有好处。当然,在娑婆中,我们认为是美好至极的东西,也可能是别人眼中极为恶劣的东西。对一些人而言珍贵的东西,在另一些人看来也可以是剧毒。我们可以赞扬或批评任何人,这是言论和信仰自由所赋予的权利,但我们不该“劫持”这些自由赋予我们的权利,去伤害追随这些上师的弟子们的情感。对我而言,帕绷喀仁波切、赤江仁波切、宋仁波切、贝诺仁波切、顶果钦哲仁波切、16世噶玛巴等大师,都是高成就者,也是传承持有人,更将殊胜的佛法传授给上千上万的人。我甚至曾听闻不少人批评嘉瓦仁波切。这是他们的权利,但我选择不这么做,因为我不想伤害他成千上万信众的情感。我选择从嘉瓦仁波切经已尽其所能做到最好的角度去看待他。于是我对人、事与物的观点是:还那些上师及弟子们自由授法和修行的空间,不予以任何批评。这一直都是我所持有的观点。我因为这样的观点而备受赞扬,也因此而遭人厌恶,但这就是我的观点。

至尊贝诺仁波切,一位将生命奉献于弘扬佛陀教法、莲花生大士纯净教诲的大师在我心中留下非常深刻的印象。对那些前去向他寻求帮助的人,他一直都平等、慈悲对待他们每一个人。

在藏传佛教中,批评授予我们教法的上师们及他们个人的修持是不被允许的。如果我们不遵从这样的教诲,我们就违背了跟上师之间的灵修关系,进而使我们在成就更高层次了悟的路上面对障碍。我们或许师从好几位上师,这几位上师或许在某个议题上持有互相对立的观点,让我们陷入两难的窘境。藏族有一句谚语:若我站起,我会碰伤我的头;若我坐下,我会碰伤我的背,我坐立皆不得。这句谚语用以比拟师从好几位上师,但他们对特定的修持、传承或本尊持有各自不同的看法。那么弟子该怎么做?每个人都有各自的应对方式。若我认同其中一位上师,不认同另一位上师,我便违背了与上师之间的灵修关系。若我不认同另外一位与我其中一位上师持不同看法的上师,我再一次违背与上师之间的灵修关系。这无疑让我陷入两难,因为无论我怎么选,我都会“背叛”上师。举个例子:若我其中一位上师指示我持修宗喀巴大师法门,并告诉我此法门是最好最无上之法门;同时我的其中一位上师却告诉我莲花生大士之法门才是我该专修的。甲上师说宗喀巴大师的加持更迅速,此法门对这个时代的众生更有效;乙上师也为莲花生大士的法门给相同的说辞。试想想,我前去拜见一位上师,他说的、教的全都是宗喀巴大师;我前去拜见另外一位相等重要的上师,他跟前一位上师一样,说的、教的全都是莲花生大士。于是如果我选修其中一个本尊不修另一个本尊,我岂不是违背了其中一位上师?身为弟子的我们,应当怎么做?

伟大的上师如格西格桑嘉措、格西昆措与至尊嘉杰宋仁波切合影。他们二人都从至尊宋仁波切那里接受教诲及口传。我非常喜欢这张相片。

外头有成千上万的人说莲花生大士是最殊胜、最无上的,社交网站(面子书、推特、Instagram)上充斥着如此的赞叹和虔敬,然而,另边厢也有成千上万的弟子对宗喀巴大师也是如此赞叹,在社交网站上写满对宗喀巴大师的敬仰。哪个是更好的?任何决定都会让我左右为难。哪个上师是正确的?哪个是“错”的?无论是哪个答案,我都将违背跟上师的灵修关系。这两个修持法门都有数以万计的信众。我是否应该追随名气较大、坐在更高的法座、拥有更多信众及更富有的上师呢?这一切是否证明这位上师比起那些一无所有、或者拥有得较少的上师来得更具格呢?一位上师拥有更多的追随者,是否就等于他更可靠呢?该听取哪位上师的话,究竟该取哪个衡量标准?无数的追随者和信众被迫掉进这种不公、不寻常及极具政治性的困境。如果你只跟一位上师而非多位上师有灵修上的关系,那就简单很多。然而,这也不意味你有权利批评另外一位上师及弟子之间灵修关系、修持,以及弟子对其上师的依止心。对他人做批评非善举,因为恶言相对不会有终结的时候,更会如冤冤相报何时了般没完没了。我不在乎人们自认有多“利美”或无宗派主义,因为直到我们根除介于十地菩萨和圆满证悟之间的细微“我执”之前,我们有意无意都会出现偏袒的情况。从早餐要挑什么吃,穿什么衣服,弄什么发型到挑伴侣,加入那所寺院,开什么车,睡什么样的床,每个人都可以针对每一个选择进行无止境的辩论——怎样才算得上最好品质的床,最美味的早餐,最好看的衣服——这样的争论不会有完结。每一个人的论据都会随着时间而变得更圆满,但是到了最后,我会选择我的上师、传承上师、修持、本尊和命运。于是,没有任何一个人应该批评我,或是“劝”我做相反的选择。我已做了选择,我会坚守我的选择。因此,你那些或许是出于慈悲及慈爱的善意劝告,我没恳求,也不会接受。

宋仁波切如此靠近我,我是何等的幸运。每当一有机会,宋仁波切会牵住我的手一同步行或在一起。那位跟宋仁波切在一起的身材修长的小伙子就是我。

以下是一些经过跟多位上师请教,解决以上难题的假设性解决方案。下面是我的总结:

(一) 上师本身应该实修、展现出慈悲、智慧及善巧,并以大悲心、智慧及善巧待人处事,不批评他人的上师、修持、本尊、传承及传统。上师本身应该停止给修行人的心增添困惑,因为不管人们在修什么,他们的修持已有上百年的历史,从过去到现在也有其传承。于是身为上师的不应做出何者、何事、何物更好或更坏的比较,或针对修持法门进行好坏的比较。上师本身更不应该针对任何一位上师的修持而发生口角、争吵或诋毁任何修持。当然,我们需要一名佛教领袖、教宗或权威,但即便是如此,无论是出于良善或恶劣的动机,权威也不应伤害成千上万人们的情感,因为这样的伤害颇具破坏性,更会带来不必要的严重分歧。我认为弟子们是无辜的,他们往往被所碰见大师的迷住了,导致他们没办法独立思考。我们可以把所有上师想成是有过失的,因此上师们会犯错;我们也可以把所有的上师想成圆满无过失的。无论是持有哪一种想法,弟子都会陷入麻烦之中;无论是持有哪一种想法,弟子都会困惑;无论是持有哪一种想法,弟子都会面对不利的处境。所有的上师应该对弟子们展现大悲心,为弟子们对异己者展示尊重,以及为弟子们做预先的规划,以免弟子们陷入这种政治性的窘境而被迫抉择,给人、事与物贴上标签,然后议论其他上师及传承的好坏是非。这些弟子师从一位上师,为的是想从自己制造的痛苦中解脱,而非承担更多的问题、困难和困惑,然后不但不从娑婆中“脱身”反而再次深陷娑婆之中。上师们应该尊重弟子们,别让他们在指责其他上师、修持、传承及护法中失去自己、变得困惑。这个时候这一点特别重要。我想与其叫弟子们怀有一颗慈悲心,培养慈悲心,以大悲心做人处事,此时更恰好是上师们展现大悲心的时候。我以最深的敬意对所有的上师说以上的话,因为我也只是个正穿越娑婆深海的凡人。

纵观时间及历史,许多伟大的胜者为众生之福示现慈悲,即便是牺牲性命,也要完成更伟大的使命,以及惠及人们。

(二) 第二个解决方案是:若你师从两位上师,而这两位上师所教授的见解和修持互相冲突的时候,遵循第一位上师的劝告,也别对第二位上师起邪见,如果这么做适合你。请容我进一步解释。举个例子:如果你的第一位上师指示你修宗喀巴大师的法门,而他也已经圆寂了,第二位上师则建议你以莲花生大士法门作为主要修持。既然你的第一位上师经已圆寂,你就无法放弃原本的修持,那么自然地你就得告知第二位上师你没能获得原本上师的批准停止原先的修持,因此你必须维持现状。第二位上师不应推翻原本上师给予这名弟子的指示,否则弟子必会感到困惑。在我的经验里,这些年来有上百个人前来见我,他们会告诉我自己的上师指示他们修涅仲、普巴金刚、度母、一髻佛母、文殊菩萨、莲花生大士及宗喀巴大师等法门。我能告诉他们,他们所修之法门对他们是最好的?除非是非常情况,我一向都会告诉他们,他们所修之法门无不妥之处,我也没什么好增、好改,因为这就是事实。我不想让他们困惑,或对他们对上师的信任有任何不敬,更不想对他们的上师表示不敬。因此如果某一个人可以终止某个上师所赐予的修行,他们必定是先得了赐予该修持法门上师的准许。后来的上师都没有权利推翻弟子首位上师所给予的指示,如果你要严谨地遵守常规。选择师从一位上师像是单点餐食,而非自助餐。不管你单点了什么餐点,你就别三心两意,只需安心享用,别再探头盯着自助餐各式各样的食物看。以我做例子:我的根本上师是至尊嘉杰宋仁波切,宋仁波切为了我、我的人生、我的证悟授了我一套修持法。这25年以来,我都勤勉地遵照上师所赐的修持。突然有一天,有的人,有的上师和弟子告诉我宋仁波切有过失。可宋仁波切已经圆寂了,我不可能前去见他,获得他的准许并问:“我能终止修持您授予的这个和那个法门吗?”即便是如此,后来的新上师也不能推翻宋仁波切。如果我想终止任何一个宋仁波切授予的修持,我都必须得到宋仁波切的准许。其他上师或新的上师都无法推翻他的话。无论任何人修任何法门,师从哪一位上师,处于哪种情况,这个道理都能应用在自己身上。即使是这一世的宋仁波切,也不能推翻上一世宋仁波切给其弟子的指示。若是我们要开始一位上师可以推翻另一位上师的“传统”,那么推翻另一位上师的上师在将来也会面对被另一位上师推翻的情景,且这种情景将陆续无止境地上演。此情景只会引致慢性的困惑、猜疑,最终变成希望破灭。因此基本上不管你的上师发自内心授予你哪个修持,你就从一而终地修下去,为上师授予弟子们之法而随喜。我是否会毕生都暴怒,告诉所有学巫术者他们所选的道路都是不对的,他们应该放弃巫术,否则就会下地狱?不,我不会这么做。

你的任何一位上师都不是你的敌人。上师授法予你,但你缺善缘而无法承担上师的法。你的业果、我执及愤怒才是你真正的敌人,上师从来就不是你的敌人。我们不应该在问题或疑惑一浮现就消失无踪。一生中,我们也不是要跟父母、伴侣、兄弟姐妹、同事及儿女磨合吗?那为什么上师你便做不到?上师不可能是那个唯一无法被我们接受的人。为什么我们能跟所有人经历磨合,唯独是上师,你选择置之不理?或许是因为我们不珍惜上师对我们的付出和栽培?又或者我们是在责怪上师点出我们所不想面对的事实?平等对待生命中的每一个人,克服人和人之间的差异,不要特别偏心对谁好或对谁不好。你如何将人“抛弃”会反映出你究竟是如何看待别人,而你看待别人的方式日后会像鬼一样缠着着你,影响你人生的其他方面。恶劣的态度若没有好好地去处理、改变和对治,它会一次又一次地浮现。现在能保护我们的人,他们不会一直都在我们身边,终究一天,我们必须面对自己。这个事实任谁都无法逃避。最终,我们可以避开所有人,唯独避不开自己所种下的祸根,因为这个祸根恰好就在我们心中。这算是比较极端的情况了,但一般而言,我们也应该设法解决我们对上师的疑惑和问题,忠诚事师如故。这么做将有助于我们培养自己的心,也是训练自己的最好时机,最后将结出善果。欲在修行上取得成就,持之以恒是最大的关键。

我的其中一位上师,伟大的噶举派上师直贡仁波切。

如果我们师从的新上师会对我们过往的上师、修持或传承做出批评,这其中必然有失当的地方,否则就是有其政治议程。上师之间不应相互批评,不管他们是谁。今时今日,不管一位上师有多大或一般的名气,他也不应批评另一个人的修持、上师、传承及信仰。文明世界中的民主政府甚至允许过去遭人鄙视的信仰如巫术、伏都教等的修持。也正是因为如此,没有任何一个上师或宗教领袖拥有诋毁另一种思想的权利,原因很简单:因为一旦开始诋毁,大家应当如何画界线?大家不应基于信仰的差异而对人有偏见,甚至是排挤、歧视或隔离某组人,因为这将种下分歧、不和及憎恨的种子。

一向来,我们的上师传授我们无数珍贵的法教,我们对上师也虔敬无比、勤奋修习,然后突然有一天,另一位知名的上师教了你不同的东西,接着你便对自己原本的上师起疑,这样是不好的。此时是我们的真本色便露了出来,这件事无关上师,因为我们就这么轻易的动摇了。无论另外一位上师有多大的名气,你的上师毕竟还是给你传授了殊胜的法教,你应该时时为此而对上师怀有感恩之心。更高的法座不一定就比坐在低下坐垫的谦虚上师来得好。等级、法座、名气和弟子数量的多寡并不能反映一位上师的修为及知识水平。我认识好几位非常具格的上师,但他们都没有大量的弟子。让我非常惊讶的是,一些弟子会离他们而去,甚至还看不起他们。如果我们对上师有意见,我们应当保持谦卑、将自我放下,并且向上师道歉。留下或离开,决定就在我们手中,但是别诋毁或尝试诋毁上师,因为这样做罪业深重,更何况你同时也伤害其他弟子。制造这样的伤害根本没有让你成为更好的人。

一种思想或一个信仰的效益或所谓的纯净并不是数目字所能决定的,因为现今世界多个宗教在一开始的时候也只有少数的信众,然后随着时间增多。因此,少数人的信仰或多数人的信仰不是某个思想或信仰是否应该被允许的决定性因素。回顾历史,这里跟大家举几个一信仰如何消灭另一信仰的实例:

(一)上百年来,澳大利亚移民尽其所能消灭当地原住民的信仰,更迫使他们改变信仰、破坏丰富的文化传承及本土宗教。澳大利亚原住民的宗教被视为野蛮、落后及邪恶。结果,今日大量的原住民必须逐步从过去遭受的破坏和宗教侵害、被迫信仰真“上帝”中找回他们的根。

(二) 欧洲15、16、17世纪期间,罗马教皇或所谓的“真教会”纵容并授权人们进行“猎巫”行动。他们谴责、追捕、隔离及惩罚那些想成为欧洲前基督教信仰的追随者。对于不愿顺服所谓“真教会”的人,教会自动宣布这些人为违法之徒、惩罚他们,并充公他们的所有家产。至于那些仍然抗拒、拒绝顺从的人,他们会遭受酷刑、淹死、压至粉身碎骨或遭活活烧死。这一切酷刑都以上帝、纯洁、真正通往天堂之道路之名来执行。今时今日,还有谁还会允许这样的暴行?然而在500年前,这样的酷刑被看成是殊胜及是上帝的旨意。

在15、16、17世纪时,不顺从“真教会”教义的人都被归类成巫师,并且被绑在刑柱上活活烧死。

(三)当欧洲移民抵达北美洲时,发生在澳大利亚原住民的悲剧又在这片土地上重演。北美洲的原住民遭受压制,饱受羞辱,并且被迫放弃原本的信仰,改信另一宗教。他们原本的信仰被视为未开化、野蛮及邪灵的“杰作”,于是传教士会举办游行,挥动他们最无上的权威——圣经,同时掠夺当地原住民的文化、生活方式,并且亵渎他们的信仰。时至今日,美国仍在他们的纸钞上印有“In God We Trust”(我们相信上帝)的字眼,对跟欧洲移民抱有不同信仰的人展示全然的不尊重。

此告示牌摄于1961年5月25日,密西西比州的杰克逊。所幸如此的告示牌及心态不复存在,或是逐渐消失了。(拍摄:William Lovelace、Express、Hulton Archive、Getty Images)

(四)当来自西班牙的侵略者抵达中美洲及南美洲地区时,他们就没有抱着尊重当地信仰、文化及这片土地上的人们的态度。“真教会”强制性摧毁建筑物、当地宗教之教士、文献、宗教仪式,更掠夺当地人的财产,侮辱他们的文化(称当地人为劣等的蛮族)。更为雪上加霜的是,侵略者借前所未闻的欧洲疾病之名屠杀当地人。中美洲及南美洲当地人美丽及高深的宗教遭受系统性的破坏,更被宣布为不合法的宗教。殊胜的庙宇被铲平,基督教教堂就伫立在被铲平的庙宇之上。庆幸的是,如今很多中美洲及南美洲国家在宪法中纳入宗教自由,保障前基督教信仰。于是现今那些古老宗教有复兴之象,重拾骄傲和尊严。再也没有人会说他们的宗教是蛮人的信仰或是邪教,除非辱骂人者本身是没受教育的野蛮人。

“猎巫”行动乃在上帝及纯洁之名义底下进行。讽刺的是,那些对其他人采取“猎巫”行动之人,过去本身也因为在欧洲面对宗教逼害而逃亡,但随后他们却以相同手段对付那些与大多数格格不入的人。

(五)清教徒及教友会教徒与英国教会格格不入,因此面对巨大的灾难。这些教徒被视作极端、偏离正教的非正教教徒。在英国,他们是“地下宗教”,后来当情况演变至即便是暗地里做朝拜也不可能了的时候,他们被迫迁移至当时的“新大陆”(美国)。抵达美国之后的一段时间里,他们拥有信仰自己宗教的自由。然而当十三殖民地开始富有起来、获取土地并组成区域联合政府后,虽然当初他们因宗教压迫而从欧洲逃亡至此,他们却在此地发起“猎巫”行动。那些不顺从他们教条或是不到教堂礼拜的人,以及那些信仰古时文艺如占卜、草药学及疗合之人,他们都被视作女巫。巨大的恐慌与偏见、财产充公、隔离政策及残忍的死刑(活活烧死、压死及淹死)一一重现。这一切只因教会是大多数人所追随的,不追随教会的属少数,多数人就自然仗着维护教会之“纯洁”而对少数人进行“猎巫”行动。那些乖离教会的人被指与邪魔会面、合作并签署协议,因此属多数之人限制乖离“真教会”人们的宗教自由。讽刺的是,他们以过去在欧洲遭受的种种逼害为手段,转而将这些暴行施加自己的群体中。这样的趋向并非好事,我们必须以历史为借镜,方不让悲剧再次上演。

无数的女性,尤其上了年纪的女性在“猎巫”时期丧失性命。她们因为自己的信仰遭受污蔑而面临淹死、压死及活活烧死的厄运。

(六)几千年来,犹太人的丰富文化遗产及精深的宗教不断遭受逼害,甚至面对被消灭的命运,然而这一切却无人阻止。犹太人在多个国家的长久历史中一直都属少数群体。他们的宗教被视为异常、邪教,更非走向上帝怀抱的正道。结果,他们的犹太教堂、祈祷的地方及符号遭受大肆地破坏,至于那些拒绝改教或接受同化的人,他们被毒气杀害,遭受殴打、折磨甚至杀死。因为犹太人的毅力和韧性,他们保存了自己的信仰,利益了世界各地的犹太社群。然而,有一个时候,就在上个世纪以前,他们的信仰遭受逼害,甚至被视为邪教。这样的事不应再发生。

纵观历史,少数人之信仰遭受大多数人的逼害,只因大多数人认为少数人信仰的观点和修持不符他们的教义。他们不但不敞开胸怀接受异己,提倡和谐,反而还同化或消灭原住民人口。

 (七)英国自1858年殖民印度至1947年,这期间英殖民政府羞辱印度子民,强迫当地人接受欧洲文化。他们以亵渎上帝及该受天谴为由,使得这个次大陆的居民失去了对自己民族、宗教和丰富文化原有的尊严。英殖民政府利用印度,剥削她和她的子民。在那个过程中,纵使英殖民政府尽其所能让印度子民改教,称他们为异教徒、野蛮人及偶像崇拜者,但他们的蛮行并没有成功改变印度子民的对他们宗教的信仰。英殖民政府凭什么标签其他人或国家为野蛮,后贬低他人的信仰成纯粹的偶像崇拜?英殖民政府并没有尊重(虽有例外)印度当地人已有5000余年的宗教和信仰。在没有深究、实践及理解兴都教之特点——和平、宽容及慈悲——的精深教义的情况下,英殖民政府公开、无耻地反对兴都教的信仰。所幸印度子民的韧性,以及对自己宗教的无比信念帮助他们克服了殖民者激烈的侵害。今时今日,没有一个心智正常的人会说兴都教是“野蛮”的,或说这个信仰引人下地狱。兴都教是拥有11亿追随者的世界主要宗教之一。这11亿追随者都视她为通往圣洁的正道。

因为奴隶制的存在及针对非洲信仰及文化的规划性毁灭,大多数的非裔美国人与其根及文化传承断了联系。

(八)广大、多元及肥沃的非洲大陆上住着来自数万个不同的部落的人。就个人或总体而言,他们都有各自的生活、语言、文化和宗教。当这些无辜的人们被骗到,或遭强行摆渡跨越大西洋到美国卖身成奴隶后,任何能追溯回他们古老传统的遗迹都遭系统性的破坏。结果今时的非裔美国人并没有属于他们祖辈的宗教、文化、身份、姓名及语言,很多人甚至不晓得他们的祖辈来自非洲的何处。他们被迫除去自己丰富的身份背景,更被迫接纳欧洲的文化及宗教。虽然如此,仍有一小部分不愿服从的人暗地里继续他们的信仰——现代人标签此信仰为伏都教(voodoo)。当我们说起伏都教,她其中有众多的方法、分支及膜拜形式。此信仰是如此的丰富且多元,然而对伏都教一无所知的旁观者而言,她看起来像是邪术,或甚至是充满伤害性的。就如在每一个宗教或是任何一个宗教中,总有人以良善的发心及不可告人的发心来修行。我们凭什么去审判别人?伏都教于北美、加勒比、中美、南美洲及非洲都受到宪法的保障。没有任何一个人,政府机构的任何人,或是任何的宗教仇恨群体可以推翻宪法赋予伏都教信众的保障。他们有全然的信仰自由,并且依据自己的宗教而生活。

回看历史,很多遭受逼害的人牺牲性命,只为争取他们的权利,为了发声及信仰的自由。

以上所述的仅是历史中几个一组人能如何透过无知、恐惧、仇恨及(或)贪婪加上偏见,借宗教之名,给另一组人带来如此巨大伤害的例子。在倡导自由的时代里,不管你的宗教是属仅有世界人口百分之一信众的少数,还是属世界人口百分之九十信众的多数,你都应该享有全然的信仰自由——不受时间、地方及何种形式的限制。任何一个宗教领袖或其追随者都不应批评其他的宗教,免得它将如雪球般越滚越大,造成如我们从历史中所见的悲剧。不管一个人选择哪个宗教或是选择当个无神论者,这都是他们不可剥夺、与生俱来的权利。他们不应遭受支配、强迫、侮辱而信奉一个宗教或另一个宗教。任何一位宗教领袖、世俗的领袖或老师都不应批评其他宗教、信仰及修持为低劣的。任何人都不应该贬低另一个人的信仰或宗教,将他人的信仰称为“邪灵膜拜”。当我们称其他人的宗教为“邪灵膜拜”、低劣或是错误的,我们极有可能会伤及某个人对某个久远历史的情感、尊严,以及某个人因某个宗教而对该地方所产生的情感。这么做并不会造下和平、民主、自由及和谐的因。宗教及宗教领袖应该时时在各自的圈子里及跟遇见的每个人创造和谐。我们一旦开始标签“这个宗教是好的”或“这个宗教是恶劣的”,那么这样的相互标签必会导出恶果,最终将危害世界和平,危害这人口爆炸,且是我们不得不和平共存的小星球。宗教领袖有极大的权利与影响力,因为在人人的眼中,他们是一个文化道德及伦理的良知。于是他们所拥有的权利不应被滥用或错误使用。不管一个人选的是伏都教、美国原住民信仰、巫术或是佛教以走上觉悟之道,这仍然是他们的选择。我们大可以抱持尊重的心与其辩论及做分享,但不得贬低他人的信仰并且尝试改变他人的信仰。要在我们的小星球上共存,人与人之间都需要和平、快乐及凝聚力。我们的继续生存仰赖和平,而宗教、信仰在促使和平这件事上扮演极其重要的角色,于是责任就落到宗教老师的手中。

团结与和谐是我们继续共存于此小星球的关键元素。

你不享受宗教自由吗?你喜欢因为你的信仰被另一些人标签为恶劣的而被禁止上学、被迫与你的朋友和亲人隔开、不被允许经商吗?我们可以争吵至湿婆、梵天和毗湿奴毁坏、重建再保留宇宙几百次,即使是这样,我们也不会争出个胜负、对错来。事实是:我们每一个人都有权接受平等的对待,没有人应该面对基于自己的宗教信仰而被某些条例和规则所束缚的不公。无论我们的信仰是否被接受,或是否被视为正统的,说到底我们还是凡人一个。我们都需要食物、关爱、慈悲的对待,更值得拥有不可剥夺、与生俱来的权利,好比说选择的自由。不管是世俗或是宗教的领袖都不应从我们身上剥夺此权利。

民权运动终止了像是如此的告示牌。当时盛行的偏见必须有所改变,因为说到底,我们都是渴望爱、尊重及和谐的凡人。

总括而言,我以一颗最谦卑、恭敬的心请求各个传承的灵修老师、所有的领袖及其下属千万别妖魔化他人的信仰、信仰体系或是神灵。每一个人都一个上帝,这个上帝可以是造物者,或是在心中的上帝,让人们自行决定。我会看我将跟谁或哪些人来往,什么时候跟哪些人来往由我决定,无人有权干涉、阻扰。如果他们有权阻止我,那么我也有权回话,跟他们说他们错了。在普世的辩论中,绝不会有开始、过程或结束。这是一个迂回的始末,而我不想卷入这些辩论当中,或因此而遭受谴责。让我来简化一切:我有我的上师、传承、修持和目标,我会坚守它们,直到我死去为止。不管你来自东方、西方、北方或南方,坐在高法座上或站在法座边,有无权利,你们都左右不到我的决定。如果你继续告诉我或书写我将如何堕到地狱去,我走的非正道,我不遵照正确的权威,你将在自己狭隘的心胸里造出一个小地狱。因为我为自己所拥有的感到满足,虽有过失但仍是一个好人,毕竟我还是幸运地投生在一个认同我的想法的国家和文明社会。因此没有任何一个人的抨击、质疑能否定我;任何一个身处民主、自由之国度的人也不能阻止我,除非你身在这个自由的时代,思想却停滞在欧洲的16世纪。

詹杜固仁波切

伟大的蒙古上师——索普咕噜谛瓦仁波切。他是我父母亲的上师。他在我于甘丹寺早年期间帮了我很多忙。他一直都是甘丹寺、色拉寺、哲蚌寺及扎什伦布寺的功德主,更是赤江仁波切的忠心弟子。我不会将他的恩惠给忘了,他所给予我的帮忙可是多得不可能在此尽述。

 

我的其中一位恩人,索普咕噜谛瓦(左者)与至尊班禅仁波切(右者)非常亲近。

 

至尊班禅喇嘛(左者)与嘉瓦仁波切(右者)。这是他们多张合影当中我最喜爱的其中一张。

 

我想分享的另一张非常殊胜的相片。当时,无上的顶果钦哲仁波切特意前去会见至尊班禅喇嘛。两位觉悟者同现一张相片内。

 

伟大的至尊班禅喇嘛身处西藏,以无尽的智慧、慈悲及善巧凝聚了藏人。他更是一名菩提萨垛,为了佛法的弘扬,他承受了不少的苦难。

 

文化大革命期间,至尊13世嘉瓦仁波切在我母亲与家人离开家乡前往拉萨时给予了帮忙和协助。我对13世嘉瓦仁波切有非常大的敬意和感激。

 

另一张我喜爱的相片——至尊遍知13世嘉瓦仁波切。我的家人过去跟仁波切有着密切的关系。

 

至尊16世噶玛巴,另一位我身为敬佩的大师,但同时也听了不少批评他的言论,然而这不影响我对他的敬佩。

 

触动人心的相片——至尊宋仁波切为卧病在床的忠心弟子,喇嘛耶喜进行最后的仪式。

 

喇嘛耶喜对其根本上师至尊嘉杰赤江仁波切展现最深的敬意。如此般的上师依止心将获高成就。

 

这是一位藏学家Alexandra David-Neel在位于西藏的闭关山洞外所拍下的相片。我非常想要分享这张特别的相片。她是首位进入西藏学习藏传佛教的非藏族人。

 

我非常敬重的其中一位上师,至尊扎贡金刚持——他是赤江仁波切、林仁波切及嘉杰宋仁波切的忠心弟子。他性情温和、坚守清净戒律、精通显密教法,更用其生命将佛法带给每个与他相见的有缘人。跟这位上师在一起的时候我会感动得泪水盈眶,因为我知道在我身边的是一位高成就者。

 

1988年,当我初抵达甘丹寺时所见的伟大神谕。我非常幸运能够亲眼目睹这位由赤江仁波切训练的神谕,将自己的身体作为佛教护法金甲衣护法及其他护法降神的媒介。他虽是我的朋友,但我非常尊重他能降神的能力。在降神的过程中,对于未来之事,他能给人们准确无误的预言和劝告。

 

我喜欢这张嘉瓦仁波切位于达兰萨拉之神谕——涅仲——在降神中的相片。

 

至尊嘉瓦仁波切在神谕降神时向涅仲护法说话。多年来,我在甘丹寺的佛坛都供着这一张相片。

 

这位是我的亲近好友,众多殊胜佛教护法降神之媒介——甘丹萨济寺的伟大神谕。除了这个身份,这位僧人是一位友善、实实在在及直率的人。初到甘丹寺的我并没有获得太多的经济支援,于是他会经常在我肚子饿时给我送食物。我会一直把他的恩惠铭记于心。

 

我非常喜欢这张相片,因为拉巴顿珠(Lhakpa Dondrub)乃托摩格西仁波切之个人神谕。我非常幸运能在他圆寂前住进他的房子,更进一步认识他。我非常喜欢他,因为他忠于自己的上师、修持及传承。

 

我非常喜爱嘉杰托摩格西仁波切的这张相片。13世嘉瓦仁波切曾说他是宗喀巴大师的化身。他具神通力,更善巧地利用其神通力利益了无数众生。西藏各地的人都会寻找他所造的药丸。还有一件让人更为津津乐道的是,西藏高原的雪人是他的信差,更是他闭关山洞前的侍卫。

 

1951年,至尊嘉瓦仁波切造访托摩格西仁波切位于西藏的寺院。当时嘉瓦仁波切在托摩格西寺住上一下子,也在那里向神谕咨询事物。

 

托摩格西的现世转世与至尊嘉杰永嘉金刚持的合影。

 

这是我其中一幅个人的唐卡,我想在这里跟大家分享。此图乃宗喀巴大师八大弟子之一的度津扎巴坚赞。左上方是他的根本上师宗喀巴法王。右上方是他主要的冥想本尊大威德金刚。左下方是他个人的佛教护法四面大黑天。右下方则是他的主要弟子——班禅喇嘛之前世,克珠仁波切。

 

另一张我喜爱的相片——至尊嘉杰宋仁波切及其两位弟子:来自威斯康辛州的格西伦珠梭巴,以及洛杉矶的格西簇亲格辛。

 

格西簇亲格辛(我其中一位上师)与我在达兰萨拉合影。当时我们一同出席嘉瓦仁波切的开示。

 

尊敬的格西登达乃是我母寺甘丹萨济寺过去的一位负责人。我不曾从他那里接受教诲,但我知道他是传授显密教法、众格西的伟大上师。今时今日,他的才干可不是轻易就能做到的。

 

另一位甘丹江孜寺的伟大上师,格西簇亲,一位非常有才干但十分谦虚的僧人。他是另一位精通显密教法、过去在甘丹寺,现在瑞士拥有上百名弟子的大师。他以其坚守清净戒律而在格鲁巴世界中著称。他一星期六天从早上到傍晚,不言倦地传授佛陀教义的哲学。因为这位大师的仁慈,很多寺院僧人得以完成佛法的修习,更获得格西拉让巴的学位。虽然如此,这位大师从不为此功劳要求名利。

 

格西饶登,一位培养学者的上师。过去他在北印度达兰萨拉一座山上的小屋禅修,后嘉瓦仁波切指示他到西方国家传法。因为格西饶登的聪慧及对佛陀教诲的掌握,他得以将精深的佛法传授予无数的西方人。他的弟子就包括了喇嘛耶喜、喇嘛梭巴、贡萨仁波切及其他大师。

 

格西饶登(右者)与至尊嘉瓦仁波切(中者)在他位于瑞士的道场。他俩在格西饶登还在世时关系非常亲近。我非常喜爱这张相片。

 

格西饶登与其根本上师,至尊嘉杰赤江仁波切。此图可见格西饶登恭敬地协助其上师。我觉得这张相片非常温馨、让人记忆犹新、有力且触动人心。一位大师侍候自己的伟大上师。格西饶登终其一生都对赤江仁波切忠心耿耿。

 

格西饶登接受其根本上师赤江仁波切的劝告和教诲。

 

1987年,我向至尊嘉瓦仁波切请求出家戒。我一直都很喜欢这张相片。当时嘉瓦仁波切亲切待我并马上答应将授予我出家戒。

 

嘉瓦仁波切于甘丹萨济寺为金甲衣护法神的新佛坛开光。

 

这是嘉瓦仁波切多张相片里我最喜爱的一张。我看见光环环绕其身及头部。

 

甘丹萨济寺其中一栋建筑的顶部。坐着的是甘丹寺布康康村的杜固们。从左至右:嘉巴仁波切(Gyampa Rinpoche)、詹仁波切(Tsem Rinpoche)、嘉尔康兹仁波切(Gyal Khangtse Rinpoche)、堪殊仁波切杰逊强巴耶喜(Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Jampa Yeshe)、堪殊嘉杰拉谛仁波切(Kensur Kyabje Lati Rinpoche)、嘉杰宋仁波切(Kyabje Zong Rinpoche)、嘉日堪祖仁波切(Kari Khentrul Rinpoche)及钦列仁波切(Trinley Rinpoche)。

 

我非常有幸能请到蒙古佛教最高精神领袖,呼图克图喀尔喀杰逊丹巴(Khutughtu Khalkha Jetsun Dampa,坐者)到我家来。站在左手边的是俄罗斯卡尔梅克共和国的精神领袖,谛罗仁波切及我。我们在喀尔喀杰逊丹巴到访我家时拍下这张相片。

 

我就坐在至尊堪殊嘉杰拉谛仁波切这位伟大上师、甘丹萨济寺之隐密瑜伽士的身旁。正是拉谛仁波切指示我到马来西亚弘法。

 

我的良师及上师——甘丹萨济寺的尊贵的堪殊仁波切与我的合影。

 

嘉杰赤江仁波切众多相片当中我最喜爱的一张。很久以前在新泽西豪威尔,我人生第一次有幸亲眼见赤江仁波切的这张相片。

 

我想跟大家分享我的另一幅唐卡。中间是班禅索南扎巴——甘丹萨济寺及哲蚌洛色林寺僧侣考取格西学位所参考的课本之作者。左上方是班禅索南扎巴之根本上师,第一世嘉瓦仁波切。其主要修持法门就显示在右上方:密续本尊密集金刚。左下方是其主要护法四面大黑天,右下方则是其亲近弟子,第三世嘉瓦仁波切,索南嘉措。

 

这张相片非常罕见且异常殊胜。至尊赤江仁波切头戴班禅索南扎巴的特殊法帽。

 

我最喜爱的其中一张相片。至尊嘉瓦仁波切与其跟随30年之久的根本上师嘉杰林仁波切及嘉杰赤江仁波切。

 

我在1980年代与至尊嘉瓦仁波切见上一面。

 

这是我个人的嘉杰帕绷喀仁波切之像。帕绷喀仁波切拉章给了我这尊像,为此我感到受宠若惊,更感到无比荣幸。

 

这是今世的嘉杰帕绷喀仁波切。他经常都在西藏及尼泊尔进行长期的闭关。

 

这是我放在自己房里的至尊嘉杰宋仁波切像。

 

这张相片是这两位菩萨众多相片中我最爱的一张,两位菩萨一起用膳呢!嘉杰宋仁波切(右者)不仅是无上胜乐金刚赤江仁波切(左者)的忠心弟子,更是他的亲近朋友。

 

他们以圆满人身乘愿归来,再度一同用膳。

 

从左至右:现世的至尊嘉杰宋仁波切(His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche)、至尊嘉杰拉谛仁波切(His Holiness Kyabje Lati Rinpoche)、至尊格鲁传承最高法座持有人,甘丹赤巴杰逊龙日南杰(Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal)及堪殊仁波切杰逊强巴耶喜(Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Jampa Yeshe)。

 

在甘丹萨济寺祈愿大堂内。从左至右:格鲁传承最高法座持有人,第101任甘丹赤巴杰逊龙日南杰、现世嘉杰宋仁波切及詹杜固仁波切。

 

我向现世宋仁波切顶礼。

 

这是我第一位上师,新泽西豪威尔的尊贵的堪殊仁波切杰逊洛桑达庆。这位大师授予我皈依戒,给我传授逻辑,更给了我首个高级密续灌顶。在新泽西豪威尔,他住的地方离我住的地方只有10分钟的距离。这位大师是嘉杰宋仁波切及嘉杰帕绷喀仁波切的亲近、忠心弟子。

 

嘉杰赤江仁波切与其心子嘉杰宋仁波切及嘉杰泽美仁波切。赤江仁波切这位卓越、具格的上师培养出一样相等素质的弟子。

 

凡人一个的我出席一项仪式。

Cher的这首歌触动了我的心,更道出了我的感受:

 

 

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  1. Tsem Rinpoche on Sep 15, 2016 at 12:15 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

  2. Valentina Suhendra on Mar 8, 2016 at 11:33 pm

    I hope Tibetan leadership will stop contradicting itself and discriminating based on faith, for the benefit of Tibetan people.

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  3. abby foo on Feb 7, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    我个人非常喜欢,来自詹杜固仁波切的一段话:

    站在我的角度,我从嘉瓦仁波切那里接受教诲,我对他仍然有敬意,也将他视为我的上师之一。对一些没有从嘉瓦仁波切那里接受教诲的人而言,情况或许不是如此。无论如何我的做法还是必须对他有持敬意的。即使我没有从嘉瓦仁波切那里接受教诲,我仍然会采取对他保持敬意的做法。嘉瓦仁波切抨击多杰雄登护法修持的劝告伤害了很多人,事实上是伤害了千万人。这样的抨击引起了纷乱、隔离及痛苦。嘉瓦仁波切所教授的一切都关乎慈悲、容忍及和谐,雄登修持者值得这些美好。因此我恭敬地向至尊嘉瓦仁波切跪拜,请求他派遣他的大臣们会见雄登团体的领袖以解决此事。我以最虔敬地心说出这一切。作为藏人的一份子,我也希望并祝愿嘉瓦仁波切安好。祈愿嘉瓦仁波切长寿健康。詹杜固仁波切敬上。

  4. tsemtulku on Jan 31, 2015 at 6:24 am

    Dear everyone, His Holiness Dalai Lama says to kick out monks from the monasteries who do not listen. I was so surprised at this short speech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BS6hq5HJNik

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  • 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
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 04:30 PM
    Miracles do happen,when we have faith and trust in our Guru.What is important is to follow Rinpoche’s advice and do as instructed by our Guru to clear the osbtacles all the way.Angie and Herry were so fortunate to have meet Rinpoche.Its because of Rinpoche ‘s compassion and caring for his student Angie’s life was saved.Infact Rinpoche has helped many people through his intervention, advice and instructions.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing miracles stories which i enjoyed reading.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-2.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 02:45 PM
    WOW….interesting a miracles true story. Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing.Reciting mantras by family members and doing 20 pujas done at the monastery to help the baby. These proved that pujas, which have been done for hundreds of years in the monasteries are very powerful methods for us to overcome difficulties, create huge amounts of merit and for protection, good health and long life.This show us how powerful pujas can help us when we have trust and faith in our Guru.And with Rinpoche divination,the baby was born and now a healthy boy.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-1-2.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 12:47 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these powerful teachings.Its a privilege
    to do Dharma work to benefits other,do it with motivation and a good attitude when engaging ourselves It will be guide line for me.When we serve others to do Dharma work together at Kechara Forest Retreat ,we will improve ourself , purify our negative karma and to benefit others too.I will be sponsoring to the healings bricks soon and i will cherish every moment in supporting KFR.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/dharma-work-attitude-tdl.html
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 11:06 AM
    Bigfoot is just another beings living in this world although not commonly seen and live in the deep jungle in high mountains. There were many evidences that people from many parts of the world sighted this beings. Whatever shape they are I think importantly we are all sharing this world and therefore need to have mutual respect and not intervene each others.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/its-in-the-scriptures-they-exist.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 04:26 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline sharing this interesting post about Bodhidharma, a great master favoured meditation and introduced the Lankavatara Sutra to Chinese Buddhism.

    Here are a few points I have learned from this post:
    1. Bodhidharma had strong imprints of Dharma from the past and therefore he is interested in Buddha’s teachings and show his great wisdom. at a very young age.
    2. His strong guru devotion and determination in learning and spreading the dharma based on meditation though he confronted with difficulties such as Emperor Wu Di was not impressed by his teachings, being ostracized and rejected and lived as a beggar for many months. Notwithstanding, he continued and never give up to practice meditation in complete silence for nine years in cave wall when he was not accepted by Shaolin Monastery at the beginning .
    3. When Bodhidharma was allowed enter to the monastery, he had put a lot of efforts to help the monks in improving their physical body as well as their mind through the meditation. Then, Bodhidharma continued to develop a system of 18 dynamic tension exercises which were printed as Yi Gin Ching (Changing Muscle/Tendon Classic) in 550 CE. It is known as the Luohan (arhat) 18 Hand Movements today which serves as the basis of both Chinese Temple Boxing and the Shaolin Martial Arts.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/bodhidharma-the-founder-of-gongfu.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 04:10 PM
    Thank you, Grace, for sharing with us the many tips on how to care for and maintain our hair. Personal grooming is important because when we care for our appearance, we are respecting the people who have to deal with us. Caring for our hair, making sure that it is neat and clean should be something we need to take care of since young as it is part of personal grooming. The key is not to be attached to our body and outer-images, that results in spending much time and resources just to make ourselves look good.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/how-much-do-you-know-about-hair.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 03:00 PM
    Thank you for sharing these wonderful and significant photos showed that Kechara Pastors’ tireless efforts to bring dharma to many others and do the blessings whenever is necessary.

    Basically, the pastorship role was conceptualized by our precious guru, H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, to preserve the Dharma and to give laypeople an opportunity to commit to benefiting others. Kechara Pastors are fully dedicated and selflessly serving others especially in spiritual growth and therefore this is good for us to support the Pastors so that they can focus and spend more of their time and effort to serve others and most importantly Buddhist teachings can be spread and shared to many others. The supports to Pastors including food, lodging, transportation, items necessary for their work, such as ritual items or spiritual gifts for those in need and many others. (If you are interested to know more about Kechara Pastors, please have a good read at http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/support-the-kechara-pastors.html)

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/10-amazing-house-blessings-by-kechara-pastors.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 02:13 PM
    Its such a great blessing for all of us to hear the holy voice recordings of H.H Kyabje Zong Rinpoche a great master..His profound teachings ,got to take seroiusly,more as an important advice on Dorje Shugden’s practice.H.H Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s explaination was very clear before any of the practitioner’s commitment and receive sogtae.They must keep the lineage practice and teachings no matter what ever happen.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us on the important advice by a great master.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/kyabje-zong-rinpoches-advice-on-dorje-shugdens-practice.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 11:50 AM
    Thank you Pastor Han Nee for your sharing your thoughts and review about the book “Be Happy” written by Rinpoche. It is indeed not easy to be happy as we all have various expectation in every situation and people.

    We may think having a big house, lots of cash and good career is happiness but this is the wrong perception. Being happy is not about material and everything about ourselves. It is only when we can do more for others and focus out that we gain happiness. I never realised this until I joined Kechara. I think we have such a fixed mindset of what happiness is and when our expectation is not met, we are unhappy.

    Rinpoche has pointed out many ways for us to rectify our thoughts and methods to be happy. Now it is for us to take initiative to change and transform our mind if we want to be happy.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Han Nee for this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/be-happy.html
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Apr 24. 2017 12:30 PM
    Many people do not believe in reincarnation and only relates it to certain religion such as Hinduism and Buddhism. However, there were many instances and signs that proven reincarnation exist. As Buddhist we will believe in reincarnation and karma. It is by understanding that everything has its cause and effect that we should learn to live life in the correct attitude and mindset. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting articles to remind us of karma and the importance of doing dharma practise.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/interesting-signs-of-reincarnation.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Apr 23. 2017 08:29 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for your teachings.
    Always be generous and kind in what ever we could do even its little help.It’s the little things in life that bring the greatest happiness. Its between us and our Buddha ,so we would not bother what the receipient thinks and say of us. What ever was said ,should not deter our motivation to do Dharma work.
    (It will change people’s lives in one way or another. It will change your life for the better.)….well said by Rinpoche.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/its-not-between-you-and-the-recipient.html

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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini's blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves. ~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
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His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one's death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
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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
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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
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2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
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One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
 Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
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Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
Tsem Rinpoche\'s Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
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Tsem Rinpoche's Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
 It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and \'defeat\' the ones that hurt us because we don\'t become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
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It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and 'defeat' the ones that hurt us because we don't become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
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Tsem Rinpoche's heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin  Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
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Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
 (left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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(left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s good to be with kind and sincere people.
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It's good to be with kind and sincere people.
If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
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If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
My Mumu boy didn\'t want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
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My Mumu boy didn't want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
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This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
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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
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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.
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March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
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Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
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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
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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
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The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
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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!
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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
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February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
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Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
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  • April 20, 2017 10:45
    Ronnie asked: Dear Rinpoche and Pastors, I'm studying abroad and very far away from home, seeking guidance and advice as I have no one else I can talk to about this. Please read with an open mind, I don't know where else to go for help. I'm pregnant and it's an unplanned pregnancy. I'm stuck between keeping it or letting it go. I'm young and having a child at my age in the society we live in now would be considered taboo. The father of the child thinks I should let it go because it may cause a setback to both our careers and cause major family issues. He thinks we aren't ready to raise a child especially since we're both still in university and his parents think badly of me even though they've never met me or tried to get to know me. I'm sure no one would ever have the heart to take away a heartbeat but it seems like it isn't the right time to have a child now and if we did go through with it, the child probably won't be able to have the best things life can offer looking at where we are now in terms of finance and maturity. I'm lost, confused and unsure what the right thing to do is now. Any advice at all would be helpful right now. Thank you so very much for taking time to read my story.
    pastor answered: Dear Ronnie, I’m sorry to read that you are going through this situation. I can understand that this situation is tough to go through. You are always more than welcome to come here to ask questions. May I suggest that you talk to either someone in your family or your friends to help you come to an appropriate solution? This is because, what you feel, what you are going through, will change from time to time and you would need someone to talk to, someone that you can lean on through this situation you are facing. Depending on where you are in the world, professional help can also be sought to help you make a decision, which will be the best option for you seeking help. From a Buddhist perspective, the taking of a life is not considered a positive act, therefore those on the Buddhist path, would normally abstain taking a life if possible. However, that being said, one must always weigh the decision oneself. Everything we do in life, necessarily involves karma both positive and negative. That is why Buddhists try to overcome samsara in general. Your situation is complicated because you are abroad, but if possible you should really open up to someone you are close to in order to help you through making this decision on a personal basis. When you talk to someone, whom you are able to express yourself more, you may able to come to better decision that is right for you. There may be other options open to you if you seek help. I personally know women who have been in similar situations. One of these women, let the child go and the other went through the pregnancy and then gave the child up for adoption. You may or may not have thought of this option, but it is one that could be open to you, depending on where in the world you are. Any decision we make in life, however big or small it may seem, has far reaching consequences whether in this life, or in future lives. This is just a part and parcel of life within samsara. However, we should weigh the decisions we make clearly given the situation we are in. We cannot always do this weighing ourselves, but need to talk about our options with others we can rely on such a friends, family or professionals. You should consider doing this, which will help you greatly emotionally, and may give you the grounding you need to make the correct decision for you. I hope this helps.
  • April 19, 2017 04:57
    Dongho asked: What is a nyung ne practice? According to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, it's a purification sadhana. However, what are the instructions for this? I'm guessing it's to Chenrezig, but how does it work? Also, from what I have read, Vajrasattva practice is only for broken vows while Akshobhya is for regular misdeeds. Does that mean one has to take the Akshobhya practice to purify bad karma from this life and previous instead of Vajrasattva? As for the purification practices, are some like Vajrasattva and Chenrezig only to purify the bad karma and let it come quickly or is it to prevent it from coming? I am confused in it. As for signs, I recited a mantra of White Yangchenma that a Sakya lama, Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche, gave me with the Sakya visualizations I read on, and after one mala, I heard some lady call my Korean name even though no one in my neighborhood knows of my name and my family members weren't in the area. What does this mean?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your questions, it’s nice to see you back here again. Nyung Ne practice is a purification practice that centres around Chenrezig. It is a very beneficial practice that stems from a holy nun named Gelong-ma Palmo. It is a two and a half day practice that can be repeated many times over and over again to intensify the purification and build a closer relationship with Chenrezig. As well as its purification aspect, the practice is known to generate vast amount of merit, and also compassion, as the practice centres around Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion. The practice involves taking the eight Mahayana precepts for the duration, fasting, meditating, prostrating and praying. The practice usually entails empowerment into the practice of Chenrezig, therefore the exact meditations, prayers can only be explained to those who have the empowerment. Vajrasattva practice is not necessarily only for repairing broken vows, etc. That’s why it is advised that you engage in the practice at the end of the day, to repair any vows that you may have broken during that day, as well as stopping any negative karma you created that day from multiplying. This would entail reciting the mantra 21 times, together with the four opponent powers. However, if you engage in this practice more intensely, it definitely has the capability to purify all sorts of karma. That is the reason why in Ngondro, or preliminary practices one engages in before tantra, the practice of 100,000 Vajrasattva mantra recitation is an integral part. You can read more about Vajrasattva and his practice here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/an-important-purification-practice.html. Within purification practices, some of the karma will be purified completely, so you do not feel its effects at all, but when purifying other karma you will need to feel its effects somehow. For example if you have the karma to be in a car accident and get seriously injured, and you are engaging in any practice, but especially the purification practice, since you have purified most of the karma, you will only experience being in a very minor car accident, with only very superficial injuries. Therefore, in this case, the karma has been purified to the extent that it does not affect you as much, but you still need to feel part of its effect. In regards to any signs that you receive which engaging in the practices given to you by one of your specific gurus, you should report the happenings to that particular guru. He will be able to give you more of an accurate answer, as it may be related to the particular practice that he gave to you. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • April 17, 2017 07:06
    Thomas asked: Dear Pastors, When a serkyem set has been used so much and one is ready to get rid of it and replace it with a new one. What is a respecful mode of disposal?
    pastor answered: Dear Thomas, Thank you for your question. Your question shows that you have a lot of respect for offering items, which is very good. If possible, you should try to repair the item if within your means, and doing so make embellishments to make it a better offering item, which can still be used. If this is not possible, then you should dispose of the item with a good motivation. You should think that this item has been used to make offerings to the enlightened beings, but now that it is broken or unusable, you are going to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. Since it itself is not a receptacle of energies of the enlightened beings, such as a statue, tsa tsa or thangka, it does not require a special dissolution before being disposed of. However since it was used to make offerings, it still requires some form of respect when disposing, and this comes from one’s motivation and the way in which you dispose of it. Usually, when disposing of items in this way, make the motivation that you have used it and that it is now time to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. When you do this you can dispose of it in a respectful manner. For example, if you are going to throw it away, you do not simply open the trash can and throw it in. You wrap it up in something, like a bag or newspaper and dispose of it respectfully. Another method you can dispose of it is to recycle the object, if the material it is made from can be recycled. That way you are more conscious of the environment as well. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 16, 2017 22:38
    Curious asked: Dear pastors In a recent youtube video something like paying respect to deceased ones, pastor Nirel Patel explained that merits are like the interest and good karma is like the principal sum. So merits always regenerate themselves and hence do not get used up but good karma is like the principal sum so it gets used up. So my question is what are practices that generate merit? And can we turn a mundane daily activity into a meritorious one? Maybe can you provide an example?
    pastor answered: Dear Curious, Thank you for your question. First, to clarify a point, in regards to good karma, you are right, it is like a principal sum in a bank account, but you take away from it when you experience something good in your life, and you add to it when you do good deeds. Merit on the other hand, once accrued never diminishes, therefore when something is based on merit, it is based on the energies of this never diminishing sum, which you could say is like interest. In short, the principal sum when talking about karma is always added to and subtracted from. However, when talking about merit, once you have it, there is no way to destroy it, you will always benefit from it. There are various ways to explain how to generate merit. I will explain a way that I find easiest to understand. In normal life, when we go about performing any sort of activity, be it ‘good’ or ‘bad’ we do so out of ignorance of the true nature of existence, and it is usually self-motivated. For example, we work our entire lives to generate monetary income, so that we have enough money, resources, and materials goods to be comfortable. This is self-motivated, but it is the accepted way the world works these days, and is part and parcel of being bound to samsaric life. On the other hand, the act of merit making can be categorised into three parts: i) motivation, ii) the act itself, and iii) dedication. Let’s start with motivation, when engaging in various virtuous acts, we should have the motivation that by engaging in the act, we have the motivation to alleviate the suffering of someone else, and that may we gain enlightenment so that we can benefit them in the future. The second is the act itself. The third is to dedicate the energy of the virtuous act to gaining enlightenment. These three are what make merit. This may be a little confusing, so let me give an example: giving help to a homeless person. Whereas in ordinary life, this is something praised as a very good deed, it does not create merit without motivation and dedication. In order for this to become merit, one must set the motivation that one is giving help to the homeless free of the eight worldly concerns, to alleviate their suffering and also making the motivation that you will achieve enlightenment for the sake of the person or people you are helping. Then after you have helped them, you dedicate the energy created to the spiritual journey towards full enlightenment to help all sentient beings, while at the same time benefiting as many sentient beings as possible on the way there. This transforms the act into not only a virtuous action but also one that generates merit. On the other hand, if you were to help the homeless without these, you are creating good karma, which although beneficial, keeps you bound to existence within samsara. As it is the goal of Buddhist practice to overcome the cycle of samsara, a Buddhist would want to generate merit instead of good karma. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 13, 2017 11:38
    D.A. asked: If Begtse Chan is not from Mongolia, what are his real origins or story exactly? And which lamas offer his empowerment? As for Manjushri Nagarakshasa, which lamas specifically offer his empowerment and practice?
    pastor answered: Dear D.A. Thank you for your question. Begtse, is also known as Chamsing, or Jamsaran in Mongolian. As mentioned in an earlier sharing with someone who also asked a question about Begtse, the practiced was introduced to Tibet from India by the translator Nyen Lotsawa, and is considered one of the main protectors of the Hayagriva cycle of tantras. According to the scriptures that derive from the Sakya tradition, who incorporated the practice from the translators, and in which tradition Begtse became a very important protector, Begtse in a previous life was born many eons ago. In that particular life, he was born as the younger prince in a royal family. His name was Drag Gye, and his older brother’s name was Drag Den. Over time both princes developed differing religious beliefs, to the point where they could not get along with each as they both held their own religious views strongly. As was the custom during that time, they decided to settle their differences through logical debate, with the loser having to convert to the winner’s religion. This custom was also prevalent in ancient India, and there are many stories of such debates occurring between the great masters of the past and those of other faiths. Drag Gye lost the various debates, but ran away instead of converting to his older brother’s religion. Drag Den caught him, and tried to punish him for breaking the rules of debate and going back on his promise. Drag Gye told his brother that even if he was killed he would not give up his religion, however if Drag Den let him go, that in the future when Drag Den became enlightened, he would protect his teachings. With that Drag Den let him go, and gave him a set of copper armour, a stick, and a bow and arrow. Drag Den also gave Drag Gye a new name: Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po. After this incident the two brothers never saw each other again in that lifetime. Many lives after that Drag Den was reborn as Prince Siddharta, who eventually became enlightened and is now known as Buddha Shakyamuni. Drag Gye, or Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po, was reborn in a cemetery in the North West direction. His parents gave birth to two eggs, one was a coral-like colour and the other was an agate-like colour. These two eggs flew high into the sky and reached the heavenly realms, there they subdued the gods. Then flying back down to earth, they subdued many nagas. Eventually they even came to threaten their own parents. The parents petitioned the Dharma protector Ekajati for her help, who threw her own staff (khatvanga) at the eggs, and broke them apart. From the coral-like coloured egg came a ferocious man with yellow hair, he proclaimed that his name was ‘Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po’. When he emerged he was wearing a set of copper armour, wielding a stick, copper sword, and a bow and arrow. From the agate-like coloured egg came a female who was blue in colour, her teeth were like shells, she had turquoise eyebrows, and her hair was made of fire. She emerged wielding a copper knife, ritual dagger (phurba), rode a terrifying bear and wore an intricate necklace made of agate and lapis lazuli. It was then that Ekajati once again took action, and subdued them, after which they became Dharma protectors. The male figure became known as Begtse, and the female as his sister. When you propitiate Begtse, his sister is automatically included and aids practitioners as well. As for which lama offer his practice and empowerment, most lamas do not advertise which teachings or practice they hold. Therefore you should respectfully approach lamas and ask them if they have the practice and can bestow it, or if they know of any lamas that have the practice, depending on how much you want to practice Begtse. Similarly, this applies to those lamas who have the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. However, this practice is included in the Rinjung Gyatsa series of empowerments. This unique cycle of teachings, includes all 4 classes of tantric practices, and includes the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. Therefore those lamas who have received the complete transmission, and have kept their commitments for this practice, are qualified to pass this on to others. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
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Art expression using chalks and papers is an avenue for young children to cultivate positive perspective of life and connect with their artistic or creative side. Stella, KSDS
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Art expression using chalks and papers is an avenue for young children to cultivate positive perspective of life and connect with their artistic or creative side. Stella, KSDS
Children as long as 2 years old are ready to learn up skills and attitude that will help them shape their life. When else will be best to instil them with good Dharma values if not since young? Stella, KSDS
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Children as long as 2 years old are ready to learn up skills and attitude that will help them shape their life. When else will be best to instil them with good Dharma values if not since young? Stella, KSDS
Senior students of the children class of Kechara Sunday Dharma School had their class in the ghompa every Sunday. Stella, KSDS
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Senior students of the children class of Kechara Sunday Dharma School had their class in the ghompa every Sunday. Stella, KSDS
Besides young Karlson and Ern Ern, there are new faces in Kechara Sunday Dharma School 2-4 years old. Stella, KSDS
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Besides young Karlson and Ern Ern, there are new faces in Kechara Sunday Dharma School 2-4 years old. Stella, KSDS
Kechara Sunday Dharma School students 5-6 years old making prostration to Lama Tsongkhapa at the beginning of the class every Sunday. Stella,KSDS
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Kechara Sunday Dharma School students 5-6 years old making prostration to Lama Tsongkhapa at the beginning of the class every Sunday. Stella,KSDS
@KecharaHouse tonite, 48 puja attendees filled the air with a loud chorus of prayer n mantra 2 Dorje Shugden n Setrap!  PHNee
3 days ago
@KecharaHouse tonite, 48 puja attendees filled the air with a loud chorus of prayer n mantra 2 Dorje Shugden n Setrap! PHNee
A big Thank You to the kind volunteers and to Jace Chong!
3 days ago
A big Thank You to the kind volunteers and to Jace Chong!
Make your weekend meaningful! Contact Jace Chong to volunteer in Kechara Forest Retreat for the aviaries.
3 days ago
Make your weekend meaningful! Contact Jace Chong to volunteer in Kechara Forest Retreat for the aviaries.
Thank you to our young volunteer to improve the life of the birds in our aviary!
3 days ago
Thank you to our young volunteer to improve the life of the birds in our aviary!
English Level 2 Dharma Class, Pastor Han Nee started the Day 5 Lamrim, which is the Seven-Limbed Prayer with Homage and Prostration( 35 Confessional Buddha )  was extensively covered. -  Yew Seng
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English Level 2 Dharma Class, Pastor Han Nee started the Day 5 Lamrim, which is the Seven-Limbed Prayer with Homage and Prostration( 35 Confessional Buddha ) was extensively covered. - Yew Seng
Sunday Dharma class kids learning to take refuge with teacher Alice. Lucy Yap
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Sunday Dharma class kids learning to take refuge with teacher Alice. Lucy Yap
One of the outdoor activities for KSDS students is to exercise the drawing that near to the nature. Alice Tay, KSDS
5 days ago
One of the outdoor activities for KSDS students is to exercise the drawing that near to the nature. Alice Tay, KSDS
Teacher Jesvin explained the camp rules and regulations to the camper. Alice Tay, KSDS
5 days ago
Teacher Jesvin explained the camp rules and regulations to the camper. Alice Tay, KSDS
KSDS teachers and the young participants of WOAH  Camp played & have fun together for this game, Self defense and attack. Alice Tay, KSDS
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KSDS teachers and the young participants of WOAH Camp played & have fun together for this game, Self defense and attack. Alice Tay, KSDS
The younger group of KSDS were happy because they're given chance to feel,touch and play the slime. Alice Tay, KSDS
5 days ago
The younger group of KSDS were happy because they're given chance to feel,touch and play the slime. Alice Tay, KSDS
Teacher Laura guided the students do meditation. Alice Tay, KSDS
5 days ago
Teacher Laura guided the students do meditation. Alice Tay, KSDS
Day break at Kechara Forest Retreat! Sunrise meditation during Inner Reflection Retreat, April 2017
5 days ago
Day break at Kechara Forest Retreat! Sunrise meditation during Inner Reflection Retreat, April 2017
Inner Reflection in April 2017 with guests from USA, Singapore, China and UK! Join our upcoming meditation programs!
5 days ago
Inner Reflection in April 2017 with guests from USA, Singapore, China and UK! Join our upcoming meditation programs!
Visitors in Kechara Forest Retreat, circumambulating the holy Vajra Yogini Stupa. Picture credit Pastor Gimlee
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Visitors in Kechara Forest Retreat, circumambulating the holy Vajra Yogini Stupa. Picture credit Pastor Gimlee
Students are getting ready to do prostration in Gompa following a Teacher Kien and Teacher Zhi Yan instruction. Lin Mun KSDS
5 days ago
Students are getting ready to do prostration in Gompa following a Teacher Kien and Teacher Zhi Yan instruction. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Callista & Teacher Irene were sharing with children on the topic of courage. It is good to instil dharma knowledge from young. Lin Mun KSDS
5 days ago
Teacher Callista & Teacher Irene were sharing with children on the topic of courage. It is good to instil dharma knowledge from young. Lin Mun KSDS
Children are learning how to recite mantra from teacher Alice and teacher Laura. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children are learning how to recite mantra from teacher Alice and teacher Laura. Lin Mun KSDS
Students were all so excited listening to the process of making slime as they are going to make one themselves. Lin Mun KSDS
5 days ago
Students were all so excited listening to the process of making slime as they are going to make one themselves. Lin Mun KSDS
Robey, Natalie and Lauren doing sharing on how to make slime. A great exercise for them to learn leadership & public speaking. Lin Mun KSDS
5 days ago
Robey, Natalie and Lauren doing sharing on how to make slime. A great exercise for them to learn leadership & public speaking. Lin Mun KSDS
Beautiful tormas was offered during Gyenze Puja at Kechara Forest Retreat. Lucy Yap
5 days ago
Beautiful tormas was offered during Gyenze Puja at Kechara Forest Retreat. Lucy Yap
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