27 RULES TO REAL HAPPINESS!!!

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Twenty-Seven Verses On Mind Training

Je Tsongkapa (1357-1419)

 

 

1 ) With body, speech, and mind fully aligned, I prostrate fervently before those rare beings, who are victorious over all notions of limitation, and before their spiritual daughters and sons. May a cosmic celebration of pure poetry, perfectly expressing the most subtle teaching of these victorious sages and the inheritors of their wisdom, now burst forth like an infinite garden in perpetual spring.

2 ) Gaze calmly with the clear eye of Prajnaparamita (Perfect Wisdom) upon universal manifestation, this beginningless tapestry woven from vibrant karmic threads of conscious beings, and listen to the harmonious symphony of interdependence. Purify entirely from the slightest shadow of negativity this boundless expanse of apparent struggle and conflict. With diamond-clear intention, instill faith everywhere. With mirrorlike wisdom, stabilize all chaotic minds.

3 ) If shadows of negativity are not dispelled immediately, these strange insubstantial absences of light gain immense potency with every new action, until even those who understand the dangers of negation will not have enough power to choose the way of Clear Light. Even those who study philosophy and speak eloquently are unable to release themselves from illusory darkness.

4 ) The full spectrum of struggling and aspiring humanity, from immature persons to advanced contemplatives, suffers the painful delusion of clinging to these empty shadows as they become filled with affective power by self-centered action and intention.

5 ) This apparent bondage, this clinging to shadows, is constituted by reactions of pleasure and pain, obviously or subtly rooted in self-serving motivation. By those rare beings who have gone beyond, who throughout all time abide in bliss as Buddhas, the true nature of reactions and their results is clearly known to be insubstantial. But the boundless expanse of self-oriented beings, who bind themselves inexorably to selfish motivation, therefore cannot liberate or even distance themselves slightly from egocentricity.

6 ) We should meditate carefully and thoroughly upon the inevitably binding nature of negativity, learning to discriminate sensitively and unerringly between the actions which negate the preciousness of others and actions which affirm and judiciously care for others. From this clear viewpoint, renounce all negation and strive with the total commitment of your being to become entirely affirmative of all life everywhere.

7 ) The seeds of action are positive and negative intentions. Any intention consciously rooted in selfless motivation, desiring only sheer goodness for all conscious life, will establish the stable ground of goodness and will universally generate rich results of goodness. Any intention even slightly weakened by selfish motivation undermines both the ground of our life and its fruits. Intention is the sole creative force of existence.

8 ) To cling to the intention of triumphing over another, the desire to prosper at the expense of any being or to indulge in the slightest bias against any being because of personal feelings of attraction or repulsion, these alone are the causes for whatever suffering exists in personal lives and in the universe as a whole. We should meditate ceaselessly on this revolutionary truth, remaining conscious of it during every moment of existence.

9 ) Those who attempt to deceive with words of advice that in any way exalt selfishness and depreciate selflessness become hopelessly lost in narrow-mindedness, obsessed with their own selfish interests. Such persons create the only error in the universe: diverting our precious care and concern for others to ourselves. This deception not only expresses hatred for Buddha’s wisdom but is the absurd attempt to destroy universal Buddha nature.

10 ) To avoid decisively this disastrous way of hatred, bring to birth within your stream of awareness the maternal mind of totally positive intentions toward all beings as toward cherished children. This mind of kindness, supremely skillful in loving care, unveils the infinite value of every single life, demonstrating compassion as the meaning of existence. But the clumsy negative mind, operating blindly without concern for the preciousness of others, drains the nectar of meaning from human life. Cultivate diligently the selfless love that transforms every thought and action into tangible help for conscious beings.

11 ) The method taught by awakened sages to develop this skillful mind of kindness is to cut the root of all selfish projections by repeatedly and intensively studying Perfect Wisdom, meditating single pointedly on its essence in a state of contemplative stillness and stability. With the clarity and honesty of such concentration, projected worlds of self-serving desire will melt in the sunlight of meditation, like structures of ice, revealing the magnificent secret of our existence, its total significance and absolute justification, which is active compassion for all conscious life.

12 ) Such meditative practice brings to light the mind which envisions only the well-being of others, which is constantly grateful to all beloved beings for the immeasurable kindness they have poured forth through beginningless time as mothers, fathers, children, friends, benefactors, and teachers. This mind of goodness knows only the ceaseless longing to benefit all these blessed beings without exception in whatever manner and on whatever level imaginable.

13 ) To remember vividly during every moment the kindness that has been expressed by all beings, and to cultivate an intense and constant longing to return even a small portion of this kindness, unveils the true significance of life in all worlds. The person who fails to respond wholeheartedly to this call for universal kindness and concern is on a lower plane of development than animals, who are capable of experiencing immense gratitude.

14 ) Those who unhesitatingly embrace and tenderly serve all suffering creatures during this degenerate age, just as a loving mother painstakingly cares for even the most wayward of her children, they alone are the teachers of the holy life who authentically walk the Buddha Way.

15 ) The mind that faithfully and tirelessly serves and elevates conscious beings is sheer goodness, constantly giving the gift of itself, its faith in ever-expanding goodness, to all other minds thereby benefiting them in the most direct way. Of all possible forms of benefit on any level, the highest is to teach this practice of love, this indomitable faith in universal goodness, by the direct transmission of selfless awareness flowing transparently from mind to mind in accordance with the need and capacity of each mind. This is true teaching, tangibly transmitting the living energy of universal goodness, which becomes perpetually active in the recipient, even during the most pressing times of crisis, never evaporating into mere words or concepts.

16 ) During this blissful practice, continually cultivating the wonderful, ever-expanding mind of goodness, even the slightest lack of sympathetic joy disappears and awareness becomes more concentrated and selfless, while the selfish emotions and conceptual projections which compose this narrow conventional world are gradually effaced, and we are completely liberated. The brilliant sun of Great Compassion shines unobstructed. The spirit of wholehearted love in every thought and action constitutes the spontaneously radiating sunlight, effortlessly melting the mist of self-centeredness, vastly strengthening our constant efforts for all beings.

17 ) Beings benefit each other, consciously or unconsciously. Even enemies become profound benefactors in subtle ways. Those who clearly perceive this radical principle find no isolated object for hostile thought. They can discover and encounter only friends, benefactors, and inseparably related beings. This insight avoids aggressive thinking and allows the mind to expand endlessly into wholesomeness, generosity, and sympathy.

18 ) Never offering the slightest encouragement to hostility, never hesitating to embrace the concerns of others, pay complete attention to every altruistic impulse that arises in the stream of pure awareness. Contemplate the teaching of selfless compassion, calming and clarifying the turbulent flood of egocentric mind with the sweetest meditation. Renounce the meaninglessness of selfish life. Become devoted to the true meaning of existence: the spontaneous, active compassion for all living beings. If one does not refute self-centered motivation, the subtle tendencies of the mind can never be free from the gross or subtle disposition to negation.

19 ) Transform the intense activity of daily life into the harmonious expression and teaching of truth by affectionately reminding and being reminded that the bitter dark fruits of negating others are poisonous, to be most carefully avoided, while the sweet bright fruits of affirming others are life-giving, to be thoroughly enjoyed. Authentic delight exists only in serving others, and suffering springs only from harming others or insensitively ignoring the needs of living beings, all of whom are as intimately related to us as our own precious mother and father.

20 ) So sensitive an ecology is the interdependence of all, that the slightest attention and assistance to others creates moral elevation for ourselves and humanity, while the slightest indifference or neglect toward others creates moral harm for ourselves and our civilization. The faintest spark of ill will toward other beings can burst forth into a terrible forest fire, consuming vast expanses of sympathetic joy. Even the faintest negative reaction or malicious wish opens wide channels throughout our entire being for life-destroying poisons of negation and life-obscuring shadows of self-cherishing.

21 ) Cast far away from all precious humanity these lethal doses, these ominous shadows, by cultivating instinctive admiration and love for those who practice the way of selflessness. Adore such bodhisattvas for their irreversible vow to remain intimate with the struggle of living beings as beacons of love and as the light of panoramic vision.

22 ) Once identified with this luminous way of life, you will experience every moment as soaked in bliss, tasting the delight of compassionate responses to even the most negative actions of other beings. I have composed this poem of rapturous affection further to strengthen the diamond-sharp conviction of those already faithful to the path of wisdom.

23 ) Gazing back over these exuberant verses, I perceive an abundant banquet of poetry, easy to assimilate and to understand clearly. Entirely in accord with the teaching of the sutras and with the deep realization of awakened sages, these words are full of subtle nourishment. To contemplate their various levels of meaning is not only to taste the nectar of wisdom but is to walk the sublime path of compassion.

24 ) This surprising poem condenses into a few verses the profound and extensive teachings of my lineage. I have composed these melodic lines, like heavenly wish-fulfilling gems, to benefit the minds of all beloved beings. Those with strong capacity for meditation in action will deepen their insight into the nature of Reality by following these words into the heart of Buddha.

25 ) Some authors tie complex knots of philosophical terms, while others rave incoherently like mad persons. In the most beautiful hermitage, the snow mountains of Tibet, this poet, known as Ever-Expanding Mind of Goodness, has attempted to write with richness and lucidity.

26 ) May the bliss of the mystical fusion of transcendent wisdom with tender compassion fall like sweet summer rain from dark blue clouds, the motivation of goodness, skillfully and gracefully opened by lightening flashes of selfless awareness. May conscious beings in every realm and condition enjoy their glorious existence as the dynamic play of Lord Buddha’s four modes of manifestation: transparent, universal, heavenly, and earthly.

27 ) Having become, through the medium of this poem, the powerful and eloquent speech of Divine Manjushri, speaking directly with the harmonious and melodious voice of the transcendent Wisdom Deity, may I and all my relations and companions, from small insects to tenth-level bodhisattvas, attain the blessings of primordial Buddha nature: infinite bliss, infinite fulfillment, infinite perfection, and universal conscious enlightenment.

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These 27 verses are perfect for guideline of everyday living. Perfect for harmony in families. Perfect for harmony between partners. Perfect for gaining peace and inner calm. Supreme for beginning, middle and end in one’s spiritual journey.  This is something we should memorize, practice, take refuge in and use as a guideline for our dharma practice.

If you have a guru, you should practice this very much so you can advance in whatever sadhanas you are being guided in. If you don’t have a guru, it is the perfect outline to live our lives, to endeavour in our spiritual practice, to strive to become in lieu of a guru, until you find your teacher… it is all the more important to follow if you don’t have a teacher and feel lost or don’t know where to start. Print this out. Frame it. Keep it in your PC, pass it to friends, make posters, put it on your altar, it should be in your sadhana book. No serious practitioner should be without it.

It is not hard… because it is really a guideline to finding who we are deep inside that has been temporarily lost with all the round of rebirths, pain, insecurities,ego, fear, loss, and living in illusory states of mind. You should strive to learn, and put into practice what these 27 verses contain. They contain the complete Lam Rim in short form. If you are serious about Lam Rim or your spiritual practice, then master and live these 27 verses daily and now. It might be hard in the beginning, but what isn’t and it is worth it.. These verses will literally change your life!!

For those who wish to gain attainments, transform, change and become happy…recite the above 27 mindblowing sacred lines by our Lord and Sage Tsongkapa the Incomparable DAILY AS A SADHANA. THEN CONTEMPLATE THE MEANING WHILE RECITING OM AH RA BA ZA NA DHI..

If you are my student or say I have benefited you, then do this daily as a special request from me. If even you have not met me, but you wish to or have an affinity with me, then ‘prove’ it by reciting this daily and practicing these precious life changing verses. The secret to happiness is in these verses. The ultimate cure to depression and feeling bitter are within these verses if you practice…try it..what do you have to lose..

IF YOU ARE A SOCIAL WORKER, A SINCERE PRACTITIONER,  A POLITICIAN, DOCTOR OR ANY PUBLIC SERVANT OR WORK FOR A CHARITY, THESE VERSES ARE VERY NECESSARY FOR YOU TO PRACTICE AND REMEMBER IN ORDER TO NOT LOSE HOPE, BECAUSE YOUR JOB COULD BE QUITE TOUGH….

A BIG REASON FOR YOU TO RECITE AND PRACTICE THESE DAILY IS-YOU DESERVE TO BE HAPPY..

Tsem Rinpoche

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  1. Yvonne on Feb 5, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    Dun worry be happy!

  2. Pastor Moh Mei on Feb 28, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    I have to say I have mixed feelings about this article. On the one hand, I saw that it meant I have probably never experienced real happiness in my life and it’s a long, long way to real happiness. On the other hand, there are clear and definitive rules already given that can be followed to achieve real happiness.

    Those are 27 very long and daunting rules to real happiness. Can we truly want to seek something that we have never experienced before? Then again in the worldly sense everyone seek to fall in love and live happily ever after but until one fell in love one wouldn’t know what falling in love is like. So why is it that one seek it? What drives us to seek something that we don’t know about?

    If we do not know what real happiness is, why are we seeking it or work towards achieving it? Is it simply due to “the grass is greener on the other side” syndrome? Maybe it’s just the perspective of approach is wrong. If we do not so much want to escape the situation or suffering we are in instead of accepting external situations as being irrelevant to our state of happiness, then the state of happiness is pervasive and we still remain on the same side of the grass lawn.

  3. Wan Wai Meng on Nov 18, 2015 at 1:10 am

    Everytime I read such verses, it has not failed to inspire me once more over. It does point to the fact that our motivations can change the results of all that we do. If it is concern for oneself then the result is likely to be negative, if it is a positive motivation then the following results brings us to the next level of our development.

  4. Lum Kok Luen on Jun 5, 2015 at 10:11 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    These are indeed very though provoking and we will need to recite it in our daily sadhana. I find verse 8 is extremely useful to rid ourselves of our egos and personally, I will need to work on this.
    Thank you again Rinpoche for sharing.

    Humbly yours,
    _/\_
    Lum Kok Luen

  5. Candice Loke Xin Ling on Jun 4, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing such a beautiful poem written with pure love and compassion!
    May the teachings of Lama Tsongkhapa spread throughout the ten direction until samsara’s end. _/\_

  6. Michael C. on May 1, 2014 at 3:32 am

    Thank you. I printed out a copy.

  7. Gorjana on Aug 19, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    the only way out is through!

  8. Vinnie Tan on Jul 29, 2013 at 1:51 am

    Many of us constantly search happiness, thinking that we will find it through samsara activities. We do not know that we may be happy for that moment, but after that, we will once again feel empty.

    But when we find happiness from our religion and practices, we will feel much happier no matter what the situation is or when it is going on. This is because we have learnt, and grown to see the things being depicted to us in a different way that would bring us happiness.

  9. philyong on Feb 5, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    True happiness is suppose to come to us naturally but because of all the distractions we face every day, it is no longer the case. But it does not mean that we can no longer have happiness..I guess now we just have to put in a little more effort.

    The happiness I am writing about here isn’t the day to day ‘happiness’ we experience due to our attachments, desires, etc but the happiness of finding the truth in our lives. The truth of us being able to let go of our false happiness to attain eternal happiness. Knowing that we do not live our lives for ourselves but for a greater cause to put it simply.

    Take for example, every day we chase our attachments for ‘happiness’ yet more often than not we are not happy. Why is this so? But when we help others or do work that brings benefit to others, don’t we always feel happy? So it this not the right way to go?

    These are questions I ask myself very often too!

    We are very fortunate to have guidance from greater beings like Rinpoche who so kindly provide us with methods to attain happiness. This is something we must appreciate very much and share with others as a start for us to gain happiness =).

  10. mima on Nov 3, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Thank you so much Rinpoche for this precious blog. Beginning nov 3. 2010 I will daily recitate those 27 verses as you recommended. Thank you again!

  11. Wan Wai Meng on Nov 2, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    The more I read it the more joyful the heart feels, like a song from the heart reverberating with the truth of the universe 🙂

  12. Anila on Nov 2, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    If you have the 3 perfect qualities of Body, Speech and mind with no flaws then definately you can be a Buddha. Its hard to become a Buddha if you are in the Samsaric world. All Buddhas suffer alot before they become a Buddha. Through your sufferings you begin to meditate and contemplate why you are suffering. When you can find the answer to your problem situation you will feel gratitude and will to return the kindness that has been bestowed upon you. The next step is you show compassion and kindness to those who are still sufferings that you had undergone before and you will find it easier to help others. Overall Compassion and Kindness if applied with Wisdom can bring a lot of happiness to one’s mind.

  13. Terri on Sep 20, 2010 at 5:38 am

    im going to save it. i am so sad today.

  14. Terri on Sep 20, 2010 at 5:37 am

    Can u give like a lecture on that? plz

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  16. Bei Dawei on Jul 19, 2010 at 8:39 am

    For purposes of daily recitation, it may be helpful to divide the text into nine sections of three verses each. Then pause (for example) three times during the morning, three times in the afternoon, and three times in the evening to recite a section.
    I have found that this avoids the fatigue / “spaced” or “buzzed feeling that comes from reciting extemely long texts. (The method bears some resemblance to the Christian practice of psalmody.)

  17. Ling on Jul 12, 2010 at 8:23 am

    Dearest Rinpoche,
    An on-going battle that goes on every morning – is the battle within ourselves – in our brain, our mind between good and evil – being good versus being bad. This range from having good thoughts as opposed to having bad or evil thoughts, be it about people, situation, etc.
    These 27 Verses are in my mind and my thoughts this time – contemplating on how to explain the verses, convey and teach their benefits to children? Start them young!
    I mean to simplify it in a context that we can start the cultivation of altruistic intention and developing compassion (Bodhicitta) with our young, instill and motivate them the practice of giving, being considerate, to think of others, to help look after each other, to be less self cherishing?
    Good Actions > Give Goodness, Doing Good Deeds = Produce Good Results, When We See Others Happy > We Become Happy > Happiness All Around
    How can we get them to think and go about doing little acts of kindness, generosity?
    Being a visual person, I thought of doing “Visual Exercises” like role playing with the children, applicable to adults as well, to help us get into the habit of having good positive thoughts as much as possible.
    The simplest easiest way I can think of is the example of us putting on hats.
    In our daily lives, we wear different hats – or are asked to put on different hats – something we are quite used to. And we take on many roles in the course of one day! (And quite clever about it too!)
    Eg, In school we are asked to put on thinking hats to think, explore, solve problems or do a project. The same is for adults – the way we are asked to don these hats for brainstorming sessions, solve work-related issues, make money for businesses, etc.
    Shouldn’t we put on a different type of hat this time? A GOOD HAT to kick start the day, with good thoughts – with positive intention to make a difference, for the people around us.
    Make full use of our mental facilities and think creatively of how we can make or improve things better for others, be it a situation, to benefit others.
    In time, with the utmost optimism, the GOOD HAT will be more than a switch, a mechanism to help us tune into the GOOD FREQUENCY – and evolve seamlessly, effortlessly, automatically to the GOOD MODE. With good practicing habit, it will then become a part of our daily lives, naturally.
    Well those are the thoughts I have for this morning. I still have a long way to learn, grow, and to figure and practice “tong-len” – the art of giving and taking.
    Thank you for your teachings, guidance and blessings! I walk with warmth and sunshine plus a big smile!
    With Folded Hands
    Ling

  18. Minghy on Jul 10, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    As with many above, it took a few read throughs to get the meaning of the verses and will need further study to really appreciate it’s true meaning and then application to our daily lives. However, this is a beautiful summary of the Lamrin teachings and echo the recent teachings that Rinpoche gave on imprints. The verses are so comprehensive and there is so much in them that I’m sure that if we practiced each and every verse to perfection, we could reach enlightenment! I will definitely comtemplate more on this daily so that it becomes part of my mindstream.

  19. Jay Jae Chong on Jul 10, 2010 at 5:31 am

    when I first met Rinpoche, Rinpoche’s first advise to me was to memorize the eight verses of though transformation and to use it as a guide to my life. I found it hard to memorize just eight verses which pretty much sums up Buddha’s teachings but in actual fact a gem very hard to find to help us overcome ourselves in many ways.
    It is very interesting to find that the mind teachings of the Buddha was crafted many generations ago for the people of today and weren’t taught in public until recent generations. These teachings which mostly are culminated from verses are what we called the Lojong teachings or that of the mind transformation.
    when the 8 verses are expanded, they are the same with the 27 verses of mind training written by Lama Je Tsongkhapa. Though it may sound a bit poetic and also devotional in nature, it helps us focus on the result of such practices which will definitely steer us towards the shore of enlightenment!

  20. Alex C.J.Tan on Jul 9, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    Not a single moment in our life that we are not dependent others. Whether we are in a state of happiness, sadness or equanimity, we are constantly benefitting from the efforts of others such as food, water, shelter, utilities, etc. As Je Tsongkhapa so accurately pointed out, the humanity is so interdependent, we must remember and repay the kindness of others.
    Samsara is not practising the 27 Verses of Mind Training. If we are serious about getting out of Samsara, we must embrace and put teaching from these 27 verses into action. When we give to others, we see the happy faces of the recipients and the images would remind in our memory for a long time. Trust the 3 Jewels and start putting others before self…and watch samsara slowly disappearing.
    May the glorious teachings of Je Tsongkhapa blaze forever.

  21. Janice on Jul 9, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, verse 2 and 3 is so true. Just last week, in Singapore, a lady decided to end her life as she was not able to get out of the despair and depression of losing her husband on their wedding night dinner. The shadows of negativity, her chaotic mind, and because it was not dispelled (her family members stayed close to her on her first suicide attempt), those shadows gained so much potency that she couldn’t release her mind from the illusionary darkness and choose to see the Clear Light. I remember Rinpoche saying in one of your teachings that reciting Migtzema is very effective for people who are depressed or unhappy. Precious wisdom from Lama Tsongkhapa

  22. fang on Jul 9, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    Two words in the title of the posting caught my attention and stop me from scrolling further – REAL HAPPINESS. People tend to seek different things at different period of times in their lives and, I am no different. Up until about a decade ago, I realized that most of the activities and work almost everyone does circled around monetary and material concerns. Is that REAL HAPPINESS? I wasn’t sure, so I decided to take a different path… With the support and blessing of my family, I cooked up the courage to quit a full time job in advertising to pursue my dream; it was a dream fueled by passion and whatever talent I was told I had. During the last 12 years or so, I had gotten myself involved in the arts – mostly theatre performances and singing. It was quite a tough period when I literally went from a having a comfortable stable income to fighting for any roles to play and gigs to do, just so I can first, convince my mother not to worry too much about me and second… that the choice I made was all worth it. Looking back today, I can happily say that I have no regrets doing what I did. A little more than a decade later, I find myself standing at the crossroad again, psyching myself to face a brand new decade… You know what? Looking around, I would not have even imagined I would be working where I am right now. Deep down, I know I am at a good place… Real Happiness? Perhaps it is in the form of spirituality which I have yet had the opportunity to learn more of. The 27 Verses on Mind Transformation by Lama Tsongkhapa could not have ‘appeared’ to me at a better time. At the first read, I was overwhelmed by its poetic and very descriptive nature. The mind immediately went into the ‘too much, too soon’ mode. It wasn’t until David, Jamie, Susan and Sharon’s contribution during a discussion on the 27 verses at KMP that I realized… it is really not that hard to grasp. Admittedly, I still have very far to go in the studies and understanding of the Dharma. But curiousity is in my nature and with wonderful friends in Kechara, the mind will persist. I do like the verses very much and I hope to have a deeper understanding of each verse through more discussions and contemplations.

  23. Ling on Jul 9, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Dearest Rinpoche,
    Flashback – 1st read, encounter with the 27 verses was last week and the reaction and aspiration:
    These invaluable, profound, beautiful verses are more than poetic radiance, wisdom and inspiration. I will read again and again with enthusiastic effort and reverence.
    Since then, I have been doing that in-between meetings, at sought out intervals, as these verses keep popping up in my brain not just in words but with visuals as well…
    I read the 27 Verses again last night before I slept and the beautiful verses sing to me like a lullaby…it was a restful, peaceful slumber filled with imagery and feelings of peace, happiness.
    And how do I walk out of the door? With a smile on my face, and a different kind of spring… with more awareness, more sincerity, and with my antennas more tuned towards altruistic intention… and with right motivation…( I make conscious effort to step out with my right foot as my 1st affirmation of the day – it makes things easier! )
    With a better understanding that the unique Lojong Practice or Mind Training Tradition dates back all the way to the Great Sages with the most influential from Lord Atisha and from then preserved in our Gelugpa tradition …a revered practice, legacy that is being passed to us through our Lineage Masters.
    We are most fortunate that we have the blessings, the auspicious opportunity to come across and be in contact through our family tree, Guru Tree, Lineage Masters.
    Having a family we can belong to, we can take abode in, is something not to be taken for granted but to embrace with homage and due respect, and what better way to repay all their kindness than to put them into practice.
    Starting with the Mind Training in Eight Verses and moving onto the 27 Verses we have been so blessed to be equipped with seeds of altruistic intention so that we may from there develop real Bodhicitta.
    I am still learning and growing, Each day I will try harder to be good and a better person than yesterday, by first learn how to tame my mind, learn to be kinder, be more sensitive, be more mindful and aware of people and surroundings, and apply by checking myself and practice.
    Thank you very much Rinpoche for preparing the bed, like a constant gardener, mother, life coach and more! Nurturing us with constant care and love so that the Dharma seeds so lovingly cast will take root and grow.
    Bedding and re-bedding the round beneath, never giving up on us, always ensuring in the most creativity and innovative ways that we have the soil ( spiritual home), nutrients ( the various department), the rays of sunshine ( activities) – the foundation platform to bloom and grow.
    Most of all to ground us with understanding, love, altruistic intention, setting the right motivation so that they qualify us to listen to Dharma teachings and instructions.
    I pray that we all have to good fortune to always sit at the Lotus Feet of Buddhas and hear the sound of Dharma! And May the Lotuses Bloom in Everyone’s Heart!
    To you we are not “good seeds or bad seed” but seeds with the fullest potential.
    With Lots of Love and Gratitude
    With Folded Hands
    Ling

    • mima on Aug 11, 2010 at 12:32 am

      Thank you Ling! Beautifully said!

  24. Rema Kurup on Jul 9, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    “20) So sensitive an ecology is the interdependence of all, that the slightest attention and assistance to others creates moral elevation for ourselves and humanity, while the slightest indifference or neglect toward others creates moral harm for ourselves and our civilization. The faintest spark of ill will toward other beings can burst forth into a terrible forest fire, consuming vast expanses of sympathetic joy. Even the faintest negative reaction or malicious wish opens wide channels throughout our entire being for life-destroying poisons of negation and life-obscuring shadows of self-cherishing.”
    These verses are awe-inspiring, and Verse 20 is something I will try to learn by heart. Rememberance of and recitation of this awesome verse as often as possible, I feel, will help me clear negativity within and evoke compassion without.
    Prostrations to the Divine Guru

  25. Lee246810 on Jul 9, 2010 at 1:44 am

    Twenty-Seven Verses On Mind Training Je Tsongkapa (1357-1419)
    It is very amazing! The 1st time i read with Kechara House committee members i feel very good if i can learn more deep in it!But in it have a lot words i dont understand! Luckly YOKE FUI had teach word by word till i understand the meaning! Thank a lot sista!
    Last few day, our HOD Kechara Discovery Paul have revision all this teaching! I know it more clear! it is so wonderful for all this teaching!
    If we can apply it in our daily life, how this world will be? I think it can improve ourselve in the shorter way! will have no more war!
    Thank you so much Rinpoche have given us all this training!

  26. weeliang on Jul 9, 2010 at 12:23 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Since I started dharma journey at Kechara House, I have come to realize that I do act mostly on my liking and dislikes. It is very self cherishing. Since then, I Have been sharing with my fellow dharma brothers and sisters at the center and they have been giving me advice patiently on the Buddhist way of living and how is it that the essence of it all is to be selfless and positive in thinking. From then, I started to practice to watch the way my mind works and it has been hard work. A week ago, I got a print out of the 27 verses of mind training from a fellow dharma sibling. As per your instructions, I have been doing it as a daily prayer and have also been contemplating about it regularly. The verses has really held together all the sharing and teachings I have gained from my dharma siblings and also from Your Eminence, like a bowl containing the noodles that were spread out all over the floor previously. The poetic teaching really illustrated how being positive, selfless and being non-attached can be beneficial for your happiness and the happiness of the people around you. It also gives you realization that the opposing actions and mindset brings negative effects to your life. For me, verse 17 had most impact. It mentions that even enemies are profound benefactors in subtle ways. When I think back, it was my enemies that brought out most of my virtues. Whenever my enemies put me in tight spots, it was a test of my strength and will to overcome obstacles. And now, when I meditate upon these teaching, it is easier for me to let go and look to the future. Happiness is once again instilled. Thank you for your wise teachings and love.
    With folded hands,
    Wee Liang

  27. Lee246810 on Jul 8, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    Twenty-Seven Verses On Mind Training Je Tsongkapa (1357-1419)
    It is very amazing! The 1st time i read with Kechara House committee members i feel very good if i can learn more deep in it!
    Last feel day, our HOD Kechara Discovery Paul have revision all this teaching! I know it more clear! it is so wonderful for all this!
    If we can apply it in our daily life, how this world will be? I think it can improve ourselve in the shorter way! will have no more war!
    Thank you so much Rinpoche have give us all this training !

  28. ngeowchin on Jul 8, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    After reading the 27 verses a few times already I begin to realize why Rinpoche exhorts we contemplate on it as our daily sadhana. It really is all of Buddha’s teachings in one. Any one of the verses will have power to plant seeds and open our wisdom eye.
    Eg V20 ‘ So sensitive an ecology is the interdependence of all…’ Is about how we are an integral part of the whole and the whole depends on us. This teaching on mutual synergy and dependence is the equivalent of the scientific term ‘butterfly effect’.
    Whatever we do will have an effect not only on our immediate friends and location but will exert an influence on the whole world as it triggers the chain of cause and effect. Hence we need to be mindful not to do negative actions, as its harmful effects can affect vast numbers and create endless suffering.

  29. Judy on Jul 8, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Thanks to Rinpoche for posting the Twenty-Seven Verses on Mind Training. As I am new to Dharma, the verses seemed deep. Fortunately, KMP had a group reading of all the Twenty Verses few days ago and we took turns to read the verses. The KMP liaisons very patiently explained the verses to us. What sticks out for me is on Karma and interdependence. If we realize how interconnected we are, we will stop creating negative actions. By gaining wisdom, we purify our karma. If we do not clear our negative karma, it will multiply over time. By reading the verses time and again, we should gain better understanding and apply it in our lives so that we can be better people and set examples for others.

  30. Sandy Clarke on Jul 8, 2010 at 6:18 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you for sharing this with us. Immediately after I printed the pages, I had another wee read over them and Verse 13 jumped out for a second time. As children, we can view our parents sometimes as interfering, out-of-touch pains who know nothing about life! We can view our teachers as nuisances, and even try to demean and ridicule our siblings and friends. Yet, all of these people, through their kindness, are the reasons why we are here today, as we are. Without even the smallest gestures of kindness and compassion from others, our lives would be pretty grim, and yet we spend our time expecting more, or not even at all appreciating kind acts that are continuously sent our way.
    How important it is to recall and remember the generosity of others, and how much more important it is to not just return that kindness like some loan repayment, but to fully appreciate the kindness of others and give without agenda, condition or expectation.
    If we could only appreciate fully what we have, instead of expecting more, and if we could fully appreciate the people around us instead of expecting more from them, I think we ourselves would feel our minds to be much lighter and far more content than it is at present.
    These verses are a wonderful gift. Thank you, Dear Rinpoche.
    Kindest regards,
    Sandy

  31. ng yew seng on Jul 7, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    As per your video instructions, I have memorized and recite the 8 verses of thought transformations as part of my daily sadhana. At first I didin’t understand what the 8 verses meant. But i did it anyways. After doing that for a year, I did not become a saint, but now I feel guilty as hell when I do something wrong or do things that are opposite of the 8 verses. Maybe that’s a start.
    I shall now faithfully include the 27 verses as part of my daily sadhana, even if i do not understand them fully, I believe I shall reap tremendous benefit because they are Lama Tsongkhapa verses. Here’s to happier days 🙂
    Thank you for caring.

  32. June Kang on Jul 7, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    Dear Rinpoche
    Thank you for posting the 27 rules to real happiness. I read thru it once and found it is very difficult for me to understand. It is because my English is not so good. However we, KMP has gather together yesterday as a group reading and Jamie, David, Susan and Sharon is helping to explain the first 5 verses to us. I found this way is very helpful cause i can understand more. At the same time it help me to understand more deeply about the yesterday Dharma talk by Rinpoche during the Setrap Retreat. I see there is a relation between the 27 Rules to real happiness and Rinpoche’s talk that we are interdependent and we all have the same problems.
    Thanks to Rinpoche and the team member.

  33. Ashlee on Jul 7, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    The 27 verses of happiness is a condensed version of Lamrin and it is very profound that i have a tough time digesting the meaning of some phrases. I find it very similar to the 8 verses of Thought Transformation but more elaborate. I will follow Rinpoche’s advice to read it everyday as part of my practice, creating the positive imprints which will help me excel in my transformation. Through my little understanding currently, we should constantly recognize that serving others and in return receive the bliss. When you practice compassion, you will automatically want to help others and with good motivation you in return be rewarded with happiness. Deceiving others or harming others via our actions, speech & bad thoughts will only create suffering and unhappiness for ourselves. Therefore, we should be practice awareness & adopt altruistic actions and cut away our selfishness to gain happiness for ourselves. I have save the 27 verses of Happiness and will print it out to recite and i will also encourage my kids to read it. I know it will benefit me & my family.

  34. sean on Jul 7, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    I saw my Mama reading these 27 verses of Lama Tsongkhapa. I did not know what they were exactly, I was fairly confused. So, thank you Rinpoche, for providing the 27 verses to the public as some can achieve real happiness through practicing theses verses. When people think of happiness these days, they would think of somethings that are “bliss” for a slight moment and suffering for a longer period of time. I think that if most of the world practised these infinitely good verses, there would definetly be less or no wars at all. Lama Tsongkhapa does it, he becomes happy, if a layman does it, what difference would there be. It is the same 27 verses, layman or not. That is why these verses are very good, because it brings happines, true happiness. Knowing that it is the Lamrim in short form, I think that is even better, as it can guide me into enlightenment. Once again, thank you Rinpoche, for sharing this with the public, to make many people happy!

  35. Joe Ang on Jul 7, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    Dearest Rinpoche,
    from my humble understanding of this blog,
    By contemplating on the 27 VERSES ON MIND TRAINING by JE TSONGKAPA again and again, we will be able to train the mind to see beyond our self cherishing thought, and realize that all beings are actually interdependent. That we actually have benefitted from others and others from us. When we associate with others, we should view them as precious no matter if they are “hard to deal with” or not. This is because our perception may not be correct due to our negative Karma. What we perceive as wrong or the way things should be, is from “our” own clouded mind. It’s when we have too much expectation on how things are suppose to be, and it don’t go our way, we become bitter over time. Hence, we should meditate on the 27 VERSES to recognize the negativity that is in us, face it, cut off the root and start to cultivate positive actions and loving kindness. It is only by “practicing” diligently and consistently;
    We may be able to check our mind and motivations. We need to remind and check ourselves repeatedly because of our negative imprints which were brought on from so many previous lives. These imprints cannot be turned OFF just like that! Only by having strong faith in the 3 Jewels and through the guidance of our kind Guru we learn the way and method to cut down on negative thoughts and actions. It is useless to learn and not apply. (Just like having a driver’s license with a nice shiny car, but is always waiting for someone else to drive you.) The Guru, spends his time to think of ways to teach, guide, gives specific practices, initiations to us. He invests so much of his time and energy to benefit us. And, we on the other hand always make excuses and running away but hope to achieve enlightenment. One will still only be “hoping”, 10, 20 (maybe more) lifetimes from now! By then the negative Karma created would have been so strong that one may not even have enough merit to know the Dharma.
    Now is the time to start our spiritual practice, not tomorrow, not later. Because the sooner we recognize our negative thoughts and actions, the sooner we can face and conquer it. Don’t allow negative and harmful thought to grow their roots so thick and deep in our mind, that we become ignorant to goodness. Because if we allow hatred and bitter thought enough time to breed, we will contract into our ltiny bitter self and hate and blame everyone else (Think Smeagol in LOTR). We should extend ourselves to the benefit of others. Instead of waiting and hoping to receive, we should reach out and give. It is by giving and helping others that we truly help ourselves. This is because when we stop to listen, understands and help others, we stop focusing on ourselves. Our priority is for the betterment others, and over time, without even realizing, our own problems dissolve and disappear, if not become lesser. Practice Dharma, be HAPPY and bring COLOURS to people’s life.
    🙂
    With much love and respect,
    Joe Ang

  36. henry ooi on Jul 7, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    These verses by Lama Je Tsongkhapa are so poetic and so profound and so complete yet infused with so much humility.
    How can we deny that Je Rinpoche is not an enlightened being?
    Everything we need to study, contemplate and practice is in these 27 verses.
    The managers of Kechara Paradise (KP) have met to read and discuss the essence of the 27 verses.
    We had a hard time reading and trying to grasp the meaning. We wrote down the essence of each verse to remind us when we read again.
    The managers will in turn read and discuss the verses with all KP staff.
    All staff will read the 27 verses before they start their day’s work and dedicate the merits at the end of the day.
    This daily sadhana will benefit KP staff and help them to serve customers better at all KP outlets.

  37. David Lai on Jul 6, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    I am thoroughly amazed by this 27 profound verses as Lama Tsongkhapa is truly a poet and profound scholar and thinker. His verses and filled with descriptive visuals and eloquent explanation towards cutting away at spiritual dogma towards understanding the true cause for happiness. Lama Tsongkhapa profoundly explains that selfish intentions and all many of clinging and benefitting oneself would only bring about sufferings of many kinds.
    Lama Tsongkhapa’s happiness runs counter to much of today’s society and culture that mostly encourages self-indulgence and in fact glorify it. There is very little in today’s world that advocates selfless motivation. Hence, crime rates, depresssion and all manner of social ills are increasing directly and indirectly from the advocacy of selfishness.
    Anyway, this is on a larger social scale, while Lama Tsongkhapa is talking about spiritual transformation from an individual introspective perspective. Hence, most of the verses talk about looking inward to discover the selfless nature and strive to nurture it against the habitual patterns of selfish actions. What we have here is priceless treasure that not only applies to Buddhists but to all spiritual seekers.

  38. Joey on Jul 6, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    These 27 verses are definitely one of the most amazing verses that i have read so far. They are what Rinpoche had said about them – mind blowing. As I read through the verses, it just went into my mind because it was written in such a simple yet profound style. The words are both light yet profound at the same time.
    The verses seem to be describing the mental state that i am supposed to be in and it does seem hard to actualize it. On the 2nd read, it feels as if beneath all those false illusions that i identify as myself lies a part of my mind that functions this way.
    These verses seem to give me a kind of calm that i have never felt before and a greater appreciation of Lama Tsongkhapa…

  39. may on Jul 6, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Dear Rinpoche
    before I found out about kechara, I was lost and felt jaded
    but after coming to kechara , I felt at peace and even just by doing prostration.I did learn that happiness is something which you, yourself can make it happen.In my case,I decided to fulltime freelance and on the side do volunteer work etc, KSK. For the past almost 10 years of my career,everywhere I work with, its the same and I do tend to bitch about it and end up feeling like crap for I wasn’t happy and this unhappiness seemed to dwell on me,continuously following me wherever I go(workplace).Hence recently, I decided to do something about it.I left my job and now I’m fulltime freelancing, teaching kids art classes(private) and every fortnight or so i volunteer for KSK on late sat nights.
    So far,I am beginning to feel happiness gradually seeping into my life.
    Thank you ,Rinpoche.

  40. Peter on Jul 6, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    “Beings benefit each other, consciously or unconsciously. Even enemies become profound benefactors in subtle ways.”
    Perhaps, this link may be of some help: http://ezinearticles.com/?What-Would-You-Do-to-Your-Enemy?&id=3908859
    (and it’s from none other than Rinpoche himself as I recall Him telling this story before in one teaching session on ‘imprints’) in response to understanding the excerpt phrase above.
    Degenerate Age…Dharma Ending Age/ mò fǎ / mappō
    Oft I would wonder if this term has been used as an excuse for my mind to justify all of its sloppiness and excesses…
    Recalling the very fact that even during the time of the Buddha, the supposed ‘Perfect Dharma Age’ and yet we have personalities like His infamous cousin Devadatta and his cohorts, Channa (the Buddha’s own groom and horseman who helped him escape from the palace and later even after ordination, he was known to be incorrigible that the Buddha before His Mahaparinibbana imposed the Brahmadanda/noble silence as the ‘higher penalty’ on him, which after Parinibbana, he repented) and other ‘troublesome’ personalities. Even Ananda, the very personal attendant of the Buddha did not attain any sainthood until just before the First Sangha Council. So perhaps, it’s more about one’s own mind and its resolve rather than the ‘Times/Age/Aeon’ factor per se?
    Just an exploration…:-)

  41. Likheng on Jul 6, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    When I re-read each of the 27 Rules to Real Happiness, I was awed by the beautiful, delightful (no words good enough to describe) kindness of Je Tsongkapa. Simply reading his words of 600 over years old, I can still experience genuine love and sweetness throughout my mind. After 600 years, Je Tongkapa’s words are still bringing goodness to us without discrimination or judgment at our degeneration! How very kind the Buddhas are!
    Here, Tsem Rinpoche is practicing this same sweet kindness by sharing the priceless teachings so openly and generously. Putting these teachings on Rinpoche’s blog make it available to every single person who has the wisdom to suck it all up hungrily! Do not waste this chance and learn the hard way like I had to. Realize immediately how rare such teachings are and how even more rare Rinpoche’s generosity is. Just because Rinpoche gives so readily (this teaching and the many others on this blog and websites like http://www.tsemtulku.com & http://www.kechara.com), we must not be complacent and believe that this is the norm. It is NOT. Just reflect and you will see that I am “right”. So, please absorb every word like a sponge and make conscious effort to excrete them through our actions so that these teachings will not just get stored within and ferment. Even the best of things will spoil if not taken care of or used.

  42. Nicholas Yu on Jul 6, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    As reading through the verses I feel that it seems like almost everything related strongly to these big words “Selfishness” and somehow we don’t realize it due to our ignorance or we have habituate it since very early age/lifetime. Our suffering is actually direct related to our selfishness intension/motivation. We must acknowledge it! (No hiding) and renounce. It’s not easy…….but at least we can start from expressing kindness and be grateful and show our appreciation, care & love to all these kindness people that have treated us well. By practicing this consistently we will be habituate and the action will come very naturally not only to the people we know but to anyone. I love what Rinpoche mentioned “You deserve to be happy” and for me to be happy is by seeing other people happy towards our selflessness action.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this verse. I don’t know how much I can do but I know that I’m looking for happiness and this is the way…I’ll do.

  43. Likheng on Jul 6, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    Paul, I agree with you: all the 2500 years old teachings of Lord Buddha and his sages are targeted at the mind. We have been told about the power of the mind. Phrases like “Mind over Matter”, “Free you mind and the rest will follow…”etc. have stood the test of time and the human skeptic & destructive nature. So, they must be true whether we like it or not!
    If we acknowledge the power of our minds, we cannot be victims to external factors. In fact, we have to start taking full responsibility of our life and its results. Oh oh, how frightening! Or perhaps, how empowering…
    What I find very empowering about acknowledging the strength of the mind is that everything is within my control and “I” have the ability through consistent practice of pure Dharma like the 27 Rules to Happiness and 8 verses of Mind Transformation to become happy, free and peaceful.
    Isn’t it wonderful that we have the full authority to create happiness for ourselves and others? Making this idiot proof, the 27 Rule by Lama Tsongkapa has so kindly mapped out specifically HOW we can achieve this: Create happiness by giving happiness to others. Tsem Rinpoche worded this beautifully: Create self worth by giving worth to others.
    Apologies if I misled you by sounding so goody goody with my conceptual thoughts above. To put the record straight, I am not. In fact, when I first read this post, my thought was: “Wow, so hard ah. Cannot lah”. However, our Guru put these rules out to begin the journey to reap the full potential of our true human nature. So, until I wise up, the best thing is to trust my Guru.
    This is kind of similar to taking and upholding vows, which many avoid because they fear the bind vows have. However, ironically, vows are given not for the sake of the vows, they are given for OUR sake. I learn from Tsem Rinpoche that whether we have taken vows or not, every act that is contradicting the 3 sets of Buddhadharma vows accumulate negative karma that will eventually “get” us when we die. So why not take vows and make a conscious effort daily to develop a good habit of being selfless. On a basic human level, being selfless makes us better people. It will create peace and harmony for us, our family and our society. With consistent effort that causes desirable results, we can inspire for harmony to spread to our region and our world. Viewing vows in this light, I see how silly it is to avoid taking vows.
    Be driven and act now because we are aware of the scariness of how badness consumes humanity like a black hole: hungry, merciless and quick (look at how fast degeneration happens compared to building of goodness). Let’s join our friends like Thierry, Ivy, and Albert who have the merits to make the immediate decision to embrace Rinpoche’s advise to put these 27 verses into daily practice.

  44. May Ong on Jul 6, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    When I first read the 27 Verses on Mind Training composed by Lama Je Tsongkhapa, I did not understand what it was trying to tell us. Later when KH Committee sat down to read the verses one by one and we discussed over them, I began to understand the general idea of what these verses was about.
    It is a poem of the complete Lamrin
    It is important to purify our negative karmic actions even though we may be learned
    Sentient beings of the 6 realms suffers because of our own selfish actions, intention, pleasure and pain in samsara but we still cling on to these ignorantly
    Learn to cultivate the mind like a mother to her child: 100% positive intention of kindness and skillful loving care in every action and thought to help others, like her own child
    I guess most of us instilled a protective shell around us trying not to let our guard down to protect ourselves from being hurt but are we truly protecting ourselves in this manner? Why is it so hard for our minds to open up to virtuous teachings that can benefit us?

  45. Irene Lim on Jul 6, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Wow, these words of the Sage is really mind blowing. I have to re-read many times and wish to contemplate further again and again as these are the words of the brilliant Buddha Manjushri for our real happiness. I may not be able to practise or closely practise everything that was said here but I will surely work towards it because it is for my and others sustainable happiness – nothing to lose but more to gain. These rules when applied are antidotes to selfish minds. Selfish minds create unhappiness and suffering for oneself and others while the selfless mind brings sustainable happiness and liberation for others.

  46. KYC on Jul 6, 2010 at 9:05 am

    I can feel the blessings of Lama Tsongkhapa just from reading these verses. Each verse is like a wish-fulfilling jewel that can benefit the mind of the reader. These words can actually lead you to the heart of Buddha. I was touched by the beauty of the language. And this is only a translation. I can only imagine how astoundingly beautiful the original text must be. Lama Tsongkhapa composed this “poem of rapturous affection to strengthen the diamond-sharp conviction of those already faithful to the path of wisdom”. The feeling of Lama Tsongkhapa’s deep affection for us is very strong when I read the verses. I’ve never felt this before. Now I’m convinced that the practice of Buddhism is the true path. It is the practice of love and faith in universal goodness. I shall recite these verses as a daily sadhana.

  47. Li Kim on Jul 6, 2010 at 3:59 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for this beautiful poetry of happiness.
    When I first started reading these verses my mind was having a conversation of her own. First it went, “Huh? What? I don’t understand…” Basically my mind was trying to play tricks on me and this reaction typically stems from my resistance to believing that happiness is really simply about mind set and pure intentions.
    You see, my silly mind has been very well trained to be selfish under the pretense of “protecting myself from being hurt”. Yes, I am sure many of us can relate to this phrase. Some of us live this as a motto. Yeap, motto to pure unhappiness.
    As I forced myself to continue reading the verses, I consciously kept telling my mind to shut up and be open to receive the teachings for me to be happy. In verse 16 my mind begins to contemplate deeper…
    Happiness is about intention, getting connected to basic humanity of kindness, love and compassion, and bringing out all that goodness for others. It sounds ironical that happiness is created by completely giving up one self to benefit others. Here we thought that happiness was all about ME, ME and more ME.
    It is not easy to break from my habituation of creating baseless happiness which many a times have been external, short lived and inconsistent. But, I have to start somewhere, somehow and NOW. May my journey to happiness within and without begin with these beautiful 27 Rules to Happiness!

  48. SK Yap on Jul 6, 2010 at 1:12 am

    As I read the Twenty-Seven Verses On Mind Training again and again on Rinpoche’s blog, I can recall Rinpoche always tell us to put these teachings close to our heart, transform to become better and kinder person. As such, the main teaching in Kechara House, taught by H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, is the Eight Verses of Mind Transformations, which in essence is similar to the twenty-seven verses by Lama Tsongkhapa
    Upon Rinpoche’s request, Margaret Lee painted the text and made it into a very beautiful painting with nice thick frame and it is hung right next to the main entrance of KH-1. This serves as a reminder to all who walks into Kechara House.
    Now we are progressing and given the chance to learn additional knowledge under the Twenty-Seven Verses On Mind Training.
    For anyone who is interested, I have found the full outline of the Eight Verses of Mind Transformations, inside one of the older version of Rinpoche’s web page:-
    http://tsemtulku.com/resources/prayers/prayers-preliminaries/eight-verses-of-mind-transformation/
    Below is my favourite phase, and perhaps one of the more difficult for practice as well.
    “Whenever I meet a person of bad nature,
    Overwhelmed by negative energy and intense suffering,
    I will hold such a rare one dear
    As if I’ve found a precious treasure.”
    Paul

  49. SK Yap on Jul 6, 2010 at 1:00 am

    Reading through the Twenty-Seven Verses On Mind training line by line is just as good as receiving the teaching and knowledge directly from Lama Tsongkhapa himself just like I do with our spiritual guide, H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche.
    These are the words of wisdom from the enlightened mind that was passed down to us since 500 plus years ago.
    Thanks to the kindness of H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, we now have the great fortunate to receive this precious teaching by the holy master Lama Tsongkhapa.
    As I am reading through these verses, the Eight Verses of Mind Transformations appears in my mind. Both of these teachings are very similar, which is focusing on the mind training and transformation. All Buddha’s teaching and H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche’s teaching are focus on the mind, and that’s the potential we have as human to become better and kinder person for the benefits of others.
    Thank you for such a precious lesson.
    Paul

  50. Elsie Toy on Jul 5, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    Dearest Rinpoche
    I was sitting and was wondering what I am going to do. “With the theme song from movie “Eraser” humming in my head – Where do we go from here”. Visited your blog and saw the 27 versus on Mind Training. I said to myself that I am going to practice it. So I printed out and from the website and wanted brought it home. Somehow I forgot to bring them from my car to my house for 2 days, I got upset with myself for my tardiness. Met up with Ash Ng yesterday to collect my stuff and share about Rinpoche’s teaching and also shared about the 27 versus of Mind Training. Ash didnt see the 27 versus and I happily pass it to him for him to practice it with his Sadhanas. I am glad that I didnt say I pass it to you after I made photo copies I happily passed it to with the clear holder. I am not proud of myself for doing that but it gives me a chance to practice to serve others before myself and mindfulness. Rinpoche shared his knowledge with us but for me pass it to someone else is insighifance. I am glad that I am learning day by day. Happy are those who are willing to share and the change begins with me. With Love and respect.

  51. Datuk May on Jul 5, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    Reading these verses reminds of the bits and pieces of advices which my parents and elder relatives used to tell me when I was growing up. The thoroughness in these verses of why and how we should practise transforming our mind is truly “mind boggling” and yet sounds simple.
    I believe that we find these rules hard to follow is due to wrong habituations practiced by us due to the structures set up to create degeneration in society whereby beings in this society can be controlled by dualistic thinking.
    One of the things I remember being taught in school was opposites, good and bad, like and dislike and so on, therefore from the very beginning already we are taught to be self cherishing with dualistic thinking, creating constant dissatisfaction, envy and hate which are definitely emotions to unhappiness.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these verses with us, so that we know that there are ways out of our sufferings.

  52. Dr Chong wei min on Jul 5, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Dearest rinpoche,
    These words are inspiring, beautiful like rays of wisdom through a cloudy sky. I will make a poster of it and try to live in this manner. It is a powerful medicine for the mind and I thank you from the bottom of my heart as it is so calming.
    With Folded hands , your student
    Dr Chong

  53. Bei Dawei on Jul 5, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    Rinpoche,
    On another post (on preparing for Vajrayogini practice) you recommend ten activities *before* the customary six preparatory practices, including the “practice” of the Eight Verses of Thought Transformation; the “study” of five other texts (one of which was lojong, though this seems to be a genre rather than a specific text); and the daily recitation of a practice such as the Gaden Lhagyema. I surmise, then, that this is the lojong text you had in mind…?
    For someone who has taken no tantric vows or initiations, it seems that you recommend Je Tsongkhapa guru yoga, and now this, as daily recitation practices. Would you include anything else in this list?
    As an aside, I have mixed feelings about Tibetan Buddhism’s emphasis on the recitation of texts. I can appreciate that it helps to focus the mind on certain images and topics, but wonder how much of one’s time should be given over to this sort of thing. (The fact that tantra revolves around sadana recitation discourages me from wishing to commit to it.)

  54. mayy on Jul 5, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    Most of us are just like a dog chasing its own tail for whatever apparent mundane activities and materialistic reasons without realizing that we are actually CHASING AFTER SUFFERING not the true happiness which we think we are…haizzzz… Going round and round without a true purpose in life is actually wasting our human existence in this lifetime. This leads us to our own self centeredness. How fortunate we are that Rinpoche has chosen to be here and continuously guiding us even to sharing these so profound 27 verses of mind transformation by Lama Je Tsongkhapa. Itself is Lamrim which Rinpoche has been and always teaching us all the time. Intricacy of our own deluded mind lead us to more negative thoughts and actions which will take us to lower realms. Thus, we MUST, at least myself will make this 27 verses of mind transformation as my daily sadhana. It is all in our own hands if we want to end sufferings. Wonderful positive and lasting results will sprung forth.
    “Like Jesus we belong to the world, living not for ourselves but for others.”…by Mother Teresa.

  55. mima on Jul 5, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Thank you Rinpoche. I am learning so much from you. No many teachers are like you. It is such an incredible chance to learn from you in this life time. Even far away it can work as what really count is my sincere motivation and dedication to listen to you with an open heart and mind and do the practices you are recommending.
    I will from monday 5 to sat july 31 do everyday the reading and focus on one verse a day as Shirley came up with this great idea. With a deep, deep gratitude.

  56. margaretlee on Jul 5, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this powerful antidode to our sufferings. The 8 versus of mind transformation written by Geshe Langri Thangpa Dorje Senge (1054-1123) is already very profound. These 27 versus of mind transformation written directly by Lama Tsongkhapa are even more extraordinary. When I was reciting these 27 versus yesterday together with KSK committee, it reinforced the understanding of the causes of our deep self inflicted sufferings, even though we are in such degenerated age, to have the great fortune and merits to come across such master piece of self liberation, I should treasure it deeply in my heart and will include this in my daily sadhana. To receite this everyday is to recondition how our mind think, we constantly need that adjustment as the world we are living in today, only feeds us with more delusions rather than clarity. The best offerings to our dear Guru is to put these versus into practice in our daily life. Thank you Rinpoche.

  57. Justin Ripley on Jul 5, 2010 at 7:19 am

    As I read these 27 verses with my ladrang counterparts I was overwhelmed with emotions and I didn’t know why. It’s not that I had a realisation or anything but the verses just caused a reaction. Its like Rinpoche said in this teaching http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/2010/07/imprints-talk-now-available-on-youtube.html
    Something was triggered in me, i’m a little hesitant to explore this deeper, afraid at what I may find but it must be good, and its recommended to bring about positive results in our mindstreams to read this as a daily sadhanna, then I will follow and let you know what happens. Perhaps it will help others perhaps it won’t, but if its as Rinpoche says that our lives become better then why not give it a go.

  58. Joy Kam on Jul 5, 2010 at 4:52 am

    I would have never read these 27 rules to happiness if Rinpoche did not ask us to. All departments in Kechara are asked to read this daily like our sadhana (prayer). It very empowering as it sets your motivation right for the day and makes me reflect on my thoughts and how I will carry out my day or the next day.
    These verses are very profound and some parts need to be really contemplated. But when you do contemplate, and understand it, it is easier to digest and apply the practice. It is really wisdom to true happiness.
    One thing fantastic about these prayers is that it gives you the antidote to cut away your selfish mind which is the causes of all the miseries you experience in your life. Thank you Rinpoche for giving us the medicine to happiness!

  59. Ivy on Jul 5, 2010 at 2:31 am

    In the moments before waking up I sometimes am in a a very lucid state where I can very easily visualize things… Before waking today I found myself in such a state, and for some reason decided to visualize all the buddhas before me and ask that they might send me a teacher so that I might have direction…
    Anyhow, when I woke up, I checked your blog and saw this post. I will take this as sign, and recite these verses everyday along with my other prayers, in hopes that that contemplation upon their meaning will give me direction until I find a teacher.
    Like Wai Meng said, I would have never found these verses on my own. Thank you so much for sharing!

  60. sunital on Jul 5, 2010 at 1:42 am

    Thank you Rinpoche, for helping us realize the true essence of life. In this materialistic world it is so easy to falter and be lured . However, its great masters like you who help us layman come back on track.
    I’ve been listening and watching your videos on YouTube on a regular basis and I must confess that it has helped me immensely in understanding the dharma . I do hope to meet you in person one of these days soon.
    This is my fervent prayer.
    Thank you Rinpoche one more time.
    Sincere Regards,
    Sunita

  61. Shirleymayatan on Jul 4, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    These are the most beautiful 27 verses that I have ever come across. These are not mere eloquent words put together to convey the artistry of writing, but these words actually stir my mind and move my heart. The essence of this article is truly about cultivating a GLORIOUS “SUN OF GREAT COMPASSION” within us so that we can always “taste the nectar of wisdom” and walk the path of loving kindness. Like the sun shines without any obstruction in the sky, it consistently gives life to all life forms. If we do not have the sun, the earth would surely die. The 27 verses establish a clear, logical and simple way for us to start practicing in our daily life. Personally, I have always grappled with volatility of the mind and no matter how intelligent or articulate I may be, it only serves to magnify my instability. Hence, my so-called intelligent does not help me in any way, least of all, others. In fact, my intelligence would even become the causes for me to do more harm unto others and myself. Until my mind is steady and firm, no matter what, I will use everything I am blessed with to serve others in the best way possible. This is one of the many reasons why I love this post and value it so much. It presents an antidote to my existing ailments. The cure would come in the form of my relentless determination to work at it and incorporate these verses into my every being – until every impulse is ALTRUISTIC. Only then I can begin to live a blissful life, in every sense of the word. Thank you, Rinpoche. THANK YOU. I will never give up.

  62. Patsygooi on Jul 4, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    In this degenerate age, our selfish minds, our big ego, hatred, anger, jealousy, desire, everything that our self-cherishing mind perceived is good, will lead us no where but to the lower realms without us realizing it.
    To cherish others more than oneself, to show love and compassion and to work hard for the benefit of others, will lead us to have a more fulfilled life. The 27 verses I will cherish in my heart and recite it daily and apply it in my daily life. Rinpoche always asked us to contemplate on the 8 verses of mind training. Now we will move one step up and contemplate and apply the 27 verses of mind training into our lives.

  63. kennywong75 on Jul 4, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    WOW!!! It’s quite a vast and profound amount of information. After reading all of it, I confess that I’ve only manage to understand some of it.
    I will meditate on it and start doing this 27 verses as part of my daily Sadhana from today onwards. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these teaching with us.
    As I believe I need to start practicing how to be at peace with oneself and with people who are difficult with us. By practicing on focusing on others on a daily basis, we will create the habituation of focusing on ourself less and less… until there is no more self cherishing thoughts… what a superb formula….

  64. ruby on Jul 4, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    KSK Committee read these verses together today. I agree with what Yoke Fui commented. Verse 17 is one of the hardest,if not the hardest, to actualise it. And if it doesn’t, it remains as just dry intellectual knowledge.
    We are at such degenerated age where beings are self absorbed with oneself and everything has to be me, me and me first. Then only to our “love ones” and beyond. Our enemies, or whom we perceive as such, is always at the bottom of the barrel. Hence it is such a wonderful practice that everyday when we do our Gaden Lhagyama, at the beginning of our visualisation, we visualise those who disturb us in front of us. I pray that in time it comes naturally and translate that into our daily lifes.

  65. Thierry on Jul 4, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    I have recently started recitating the 27 verses as part of my daily Sadhana, and eventhough I can’t claim that I understand them in totality, I noticed that my mind was going “bzzzzzzzz” upon their recitation, just like when you upload a big file on your computer and the hard drive goes “bzzzzzzz” turning at high speed, absorbing and arranging the information.
    Here I mean a healthy and joyful “bzzzz”, not the kind of “bzzzzzz” that brings hard disk failure, but one that brings a re-formatting, making the computer faster, more dynamic, a BOOSTER!
    These 27 verses a very nice addition to my sadhana, and I actually look forward to the reading as I enjoy this “bzzzz” very much, I know it is helping.
    Thank so much Rinpoche for giving us access to these rare and extraordinary verses written directly by Lama Tsongkhapa himself!

  66. Wan Wai Meng on Jul 4, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    If left on my own I would have never found this beautiful verses, which is sheer spiritual poetry. Thank you so much Rinpoche. I’m very taken by the message in these verses – Lama Tsongkhapa’s version of the practice of mind training. What I understand from these verses is that it helps us to develop the mind of compassion. This mind has countless benefits and serves as a cause for enlightenment.
    I’d like the verses very much, and I hope to have a deeper understanding of each verse through deeper contemplation. It is definitely a companion for practitioners serious about practice and realization. Something we cannot do without. I would like to contemplate on one verse a day, even if only for a few moments.

  67. han on Jul 4, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Self cherishing, self grasping and ego will lead us NO WAY but only further sufferings, These 27 verses of mind training will help to get rid of my self cherishing mind if I consistently contemplate and practice sincerely everyday as Rinpoche’s advise , TO MEMORIZE,PRACTICE,TAKE REFUGE IN AND USE AS A GUIDELINE FOR OUR DHARMA PRACTICE.
    It seem very difficult to achieve this perfect wisdom in order to become enlighten, but according Je Tsongkhapa, we can cultivate these qualities by showing cares, kindness to all being, to develop kindness through cut the root of all selfish projections (verse 11)
    After read through these verses 2 times, my 1st thought was HOW IMPOSSIBLE TO ACHIEVE? But through contemplating, unless I want to continue to be the general type of people and since I am in dharma, in order to inspire people, to bring others into dharma, myself must set a good example and slowly achieve these qualities.

  68. yoke fui on Jul 4, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Yesterday, a group of us read the 27 Verses of Tsongkhapa’s Mind Transformation together and tried to understand the meanings.
    The verse that we found most challenging is verse 17 – “Beings benefit each other, consciously or unconsciously. Even enemies become profound benefactors in subtle ways”.
    Intellectually, we can relate to this because enemies give us opportunity to practice patience, letting go, avoid creating more negative actions etc. At this present moment we really can’t figure out how enemies can be of benefit to us.
    However, since Lama Tsongkhapa said so, we will keep that in mind even when we come across a most obnorcious person because we sincerely want to improve ourselves.

  69. Peter on Jul 4, 2010 at 8:31 am

    Terima Kasih Rinpoche!

  70. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche on Jul 4, 2010 at 7:59 am

    Dear Albert,
    I like what you wrote. You’re very intelligent and write excellently.
    I am so happy to hear your comments. The 27 verses would suit people like you who needs to understand reality, life and have a greater purpose. Without a greater purpose, you would becomed disillusioned and bored eventually with living in general.
    Tsem Tulku

  71. Albert on Jul 4, 2010 at 7:56 am

    Many of us have been having a mindset of seeking for ‘happiness’ by chasing after material satisfaction, but without realizing it, this material satisfaction is the main criteria to enhance our selfishness and distancing ourselves by egocentricity. With this wrong mindset, it will not bring us anywhere but further into the sea of suffering. That’s why we need to contemplate on these 27 verses of mind training and put it into action, as it will not transform us immediately, but we can cultivate these qualities by starting to care and show our kindness to the people close to us then slowly to a wider group of people. Contemplate and practicing it well will gain us ultimate wisdom in the path of enlightenment.
    After went through this teaching, I realize that my own self cherishing mind will only bring myself into illusory darkness. To avoid myself for going further into that, I really need to meditate it well, even not gaining enlightenment in this life, but at least it can prevent me for going into the 3 lower realms for the next rebirth.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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