Buddhist Pastors Around The World

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Buddhism is a religion that stresses compassion towards everyone and this is clearly evident with the growth of the world-wide trend of Buddhist pastors, ministers and chaplains. Practitioners are becoming more and more aware that they can help others by training in pastoral care and fulfilling the roles of a pastor in order to benefit society. They are becoming a beacon of hope in the ravenous storm of suffering that is life, providing much needed support and care.

From counselling, visiting people in hospital or prison, performing pujas or prayers for those who are ill or facing difficulties, pastors realise that they need to help others overcome their suffering and so aid them in any way they can. Motivated by Buddhist teachings, they try to alleviate the suffering of others in its many forms, both physical and emotional. In doing so they teach others the Buddhist path to help themselves, and bring hope to many all over the world. Everyone needs assistance, encouragement and direction to navigate the ups and downs of life, and Buddhist pastors are there to accompany practitioners out of their suffering.

Kechara has its own pastors who serve practitioners and the community in a number of ways, but this is not something that only exists within Kechara. There are many pastors all over the world and there are even many places where people can train to become pastors, ministers and chaplains. I wanted to share with you just some of these training places and give some examples of pastors and chaplains, so you can rejoice and know more about the work of many people all over the world, who make a real difference in the lives of others.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

Pastoral Care & Chaplaincy Services and Training Programmes

 

1. New York Zen Center For Contemplative Care

BuddhistPastors-13This center is in the heart of New York City and was the first Buddhist organisation to be fully accredited by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education as a Clinical Chaplaincy Training Center in America. Based on the Zen tradition, this center offers courses that integrate contemplative Buddhist practices with professional training. This includes a graduate level Contemplative Care Certificate, a Masters Degree (in conjunction with New York Theological Seminary) and Buddhist Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) education. The New York Zen Center For Contemplative Care also offers services such as formal ceremonies, including marriages, commitment ceremonies, renewal of vows, funerals, internment of ashes, memorial services, baby blessings, baby naming ceremonies and house blessings.

Source: https://zencare.org/contemplative-care-training-program

 

2. Upaya Zen Center

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Based in New Mexico, USA, this Zen center focuses on merging Buddhist practice with social services, as an extension of the bodhisattva vows of the Mahayana tradition. Combining the two wings of compassion and wisdom, they provide services in prison work, women’s rights, the environment, peacework and death and dying. They offer a two year Upaya Buddhist Chaplaincy Training programme, covering topics such as Engaged Buddhism, Transforming Suffering, and Ethics, Relations & Communication. The course is equivalent to 48 graduate credit units from the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC), and participants can apply for board certification on completion of the course.

Source: https://www.upaya.org/social-action/chaplaincy

 

3. Won Institute of Graduate Studies

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Based on the principles of Won Buddhism, founded in Korea, with centres all over the world, this particular institute offers a Certificate in Buddhist Pastoral Care programme. The institute is associated with a sister university, Won Kwang University in South Korea, and both focus on the cultivation of morality through education in healing and the liberal arts. The Certificate programme prepares participants to engage in providing pastoral care in such environments as prisons, hospitals and hospices.

Source: http://www.woninstitute.edu/academics/certificate-in-buddhist-pastoral-care

 

4. Institute of Buddhist Studies

BuddhistPastors-7This institute located in Berkeley, California, USA was established in 1949 and provides both graduate-level degrees and certificate programmes in many areas of Buddhist practice. Students from the institute go on to become ordained ministers or take monastic vows, become chaplains throughout many areas and organisations in society, or pursue doctoral studies at universities throughout the United States. Their Buddhist Chaplaincy course is a 72-unit programme that meets the chaplaincy certification standard as set out by the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC). Those who combine the Certificate in Buddhist Chaplaincy with the Graduate Theology Union’s MA in Buddhist Studies meet the Association of Professional Chaplains’ requirement for an accredited theological degree. Graduates go on to serve in schools, hospitals, prisons, hospices, healthcare facilities, universities, the private sector, rehabilitation facilities, and the US Armed Forces.

Source: http://www.shin-ibs.edu/academics/areas-of-specialization/buddhist-chaplaincy

 

5. Buddhist Ministry Initiative at Harvard Divinity School

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The first of its kind within a school of divinity at a University, this initiative aims to train professionals in the field of Buddhism. A wide variety of topics are taught during the programme, including history, thought, and practice of Buddhism, especially in the Buddhist arts of ministry. The initiative is taught by faculty members and visiting lecturers from various Buddhist communities, on subjects such as the application of Buddhist principles to social action, social activism, leadership, counseling and pastoral care, spiritual formation, preaching and worship.

Those who graduate from the initiative with their master of divinity education, typically go on to work in range of career paths, from religious community leadership to chaplaincies at hospitals, hospices or universities. Some even go on to nonprofit management, academic scholarship, community development and social activism. Students also have the opportunity to study wider areas of interest within the Harvard Divinity School or other Schools at Harvard for their course requirements, including development leadership, conflict resolution, education, and psychology and counseling.

Source: http://hds.harvard.edu/academics/buddhist-ministry-initiative

 

6. University of the West

BuddhistPastors-11The University of the West offers a Mastery of Divinity in Buddhist Chaplaincy, covering nine core areas of focus: ritual/liturgy, comparative religions, religious education, pastoral care and counseling, spiritual formation, religious history, institutional organisation and administration, sacred literature, and theology/philosophy. Meeting the requirements for the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC), the course prepares students with the knowledge and skills to work in the field of professional chaplaincy as Buddhist practitioners.

Source: http://www.uwest.edu/site/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=125&Itemid=165

 

7. Jamyang Buddhist Centre Leeds

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As part of their outreach work, Jamyang Buddhist Centre Leeds provides support to the Leeds Teaching Hospitals (National Health Service Trust) Chaplaincy Service in the United Kingdom. This initiative provides appropriate attention to patients requiring religious, pastoral and spiritual care. They also assist staff who have concerns arising from their work and advise staff in matters relating to Buddhist patients. Their work can include counseling, education, worship and even crisis ministry.

Source: http://jamyangleeds.co.uk/outreach/buddhist-chaplaincy/

 

8. Buddhist Chaplaincy Service – Online

BuddhistPastors-15 Founded at the Edith Cowan University in Perth, the Buddhist Chaplaincy Service provides meditation and talks on a voluntary basis and is available to all members of the Edith Cowan University community. The service provides support, encouragement, advice, spiritual counseling and assistance to those who need it, while fostering diversity and promoting understanding between a variety of different faiths.

Source: http://www.buddhistchaplaincy.com/

 

9. Sati Center for Buddhist Studies

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The Sati Center for Buddhist Studies offers a Buddhist Chaplaincy Training Programme designed to educate Buddhist practitioners to serve as chaplains and spiritual care givers. This one year training program provides the opportunity to study practices and principles of Buddhism as relating to spiritual care giving and provides an overview of the various psychological, social, and ethical issues related to such work. It includes training for working in hospitals, hospices, jails and other environments. The training also concentrates on attending to the sick or dying, performing of wedding ceremonies, memorials and other ceremonies to help people during the important periods in a person’s life.

Source: http://www.sati.org/buddhist-chaplaincy-training-program/

 

10. Asiana University

The Asiana University in Chiang Mai, Thailand, offers both Diploma and Certificate progammes for Buddhist Chaplians, as well a graduate level Diploma of Clinical Pastoral Counseling and Certificate courses on hospice care. It is partnered with universities in Japan, Korea, India and Singapore. It’s pastoral counseling training programmes includes theory, professional issues, crisis intervention, relationship and family, as well as weaving in teachings from the Buddhist path and sutra study. On the other hand, its chaplaincy training includes communication skills, fundamentals, practical psychology, spiritual care and counseling, the use of sacred texts in such work, and spiritual formation and transformation.

Source: http://asianauniversity.com/framework/

 

11. Buddhist Chaplains Association

BuddhistPastors-21 The Buddhist Chaplains Association is a network of Buddhist committed to spiritual care giving, to help people become better skilled and trained Buddhist chaplains. The association aims to provide practitioners with a support network, as they have taken Buddha’s teachings to heart and decided to help others. It provides a platform where those already in the field, can share their experience and give advice to others. This endeavour fosters a spirit of community between practitioners and opens communication to further manifest the generous, virtuous wisdom as taught by the Buddha. Among their many goals, they aim to provide access to education and training resources for Buddhist spiritual care, provide information to those practicing such as contact details for hospitals, prisons, hospices, etc., serve as liaisons between practitioners and both the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) and the Association of Certified Pastoral Educators (ACPE), and encourage and support those interested in entering the field.

Source: http://buddhistchaplainsassociation.org/

 

12. Emanuel College

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Emanuel College of Victoria University in the University of Toronto offers a Master of Pastoral Studies (MPS) in Spiritual Care – Buddhist Studies. This unique course is intended to provide practitioners with the necessary abilities to engage in pastoral care, pastoral counseling, education and chaplaincy, and careers in the non-profit sector. The course allows participants to specialise in three different streams: spiritual care, social service, or worship and preaching. The spiritual care stream provides training for giving care within religious communities and public institutions, and if a student completes the necessary units in Supervised Pastoral Education (SPE), they are in compliance with requirements of the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC). Those in the social service stream usually do so for personal enrichment or undertake the training as they are leaders in religious or secular social service agencies wishing to improve their skills. Those who follow the worship and preaching stream, usually engage in the training for personal enrichment or to improve their skills in providing lay leadership in religious communities. All courses focus on four main areas including religious faith and heritage, culture and context, spiritual/vocational formation, and practices of area of specialization.

Those in the spiritual care stream can also complete the requirements for a Certificate in Spiritual Care and Psychology. As such they can provide spiritual care and offer psychotherapy as a spiritual care practitioner (chaplain) within public institutions such as hospitals and prisons. Alternatively, they can act as a psycho-spiritual therapist (pastoral counselor) in counseling centres and other contexts. This certificate also meets a portion of the educational requirements towards becoming a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) within the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) for those who are interested to follow this path.

Source: http://www.emmanuel.utoronto.ca/Prospective/Programs/mps.htm

 

13. International Association of Clinical Pastoral Counselors

Founded in 2010, this association is a worldwide initiative between Buddhist-based pastoral educators and counselors. Bringing together various institutions and organisations, this association reflects on common issues surrounding pastoral care, and collaborates with international and national bodies that are active in interfaith pastoral care giving. The association places an emphasis on advancements in pastoral care based on meditation and mindfulness, especially when helping others deal with stress, trauma and change management. It aims to use the method of pastoral care to promote the Buddhist principles of compassion, mindfulness and wisdom.

The association strives to cultivate interfaith dialogue and relationships that further the study and practice of science and mindfulness based pastoral counseling; connecting its international members to offer them quality services, networking and collective action; and facilitating conferences with research institutes and other higher science based institutions and associations to illuminate their concerns and interests in public debate and to outside pastoral partners.

Source: http://iacpc.com/

 

14. Kechara Buddhist Organisation

BuddhistPastors-44Based in Malaysia the Kechara Buddhist Organisation has many ordained Buddhist pastors. Combining the responsibilities of the ordained with the appearance of a lay person, Kechara pastors are the connection between the sangha and the everyday practitioner. As lay people holding vows, they make the Dharma accessible to more people, giving them guidance and sharing knowledge, helping them overcome the difficult times in their lives and assisting them to progress on their own spiritual journeys.

Kechara’s pastors have a varied way of helping others, through counseling and teaching, to performing blessings, prayers and ceremonies. Not only to do they aid others in person but they also have a strong practice of sharing the teachings and providing support through books, online videos, and blogs. Since Malaysia is a multicultural country, Kechara pastors teach and counsel in different languages to aid Buddhist practitioners in their native languages.

Source: http://www.kechara.com/kechara-house/pastors/

 


 

Notable Buddhist Pastors, Chaplains & Priests

 

1. Thomas Dyer – Buddhist Military Chaplain

BuddhistPastors-28 Thomas Dyer had originally enlisted in the US Marines, but felt threatened by the training he was given to kill. Leaving the Marines, he attended the Mid-American Baptist Seminary and eventually became a Baptist preacher. However, he did not find happiness and subsequently converted to Buddhism. Joining the Army National Guard, he was commissioned as a Buddhist Chaplain in 2008.

Source: http://christianfighterpilot.com/2009/09/04/baptist-pastor-to-buddhist-military-chaplain/

 

2. Venerable Tenzin Yeshe – Buddhist Chaplain

BuddhistPastors-30 Venerable Tenzin Yeshe was ordained by Jhado Rinpoche and is a volunteer Buddhist Chaplain with the Buddhist Prison Pathways Project (BP3). She provides Buddhist services to inmates at New Folsom’s highest level facility to offer meditation and Dharma talks. Teaming up with the Quakers she has even trained to facilitate Non-Violent Communication workshops inside the Vacaville California Medical Facility prison. Apart from her work within the American prison system, Venerable Tenzin also performs house blessings, business blessings, blessings for children, long life blessings and even funeral services.

Source: http://www.khandroling.com/chaplaincy/

 

3. Lama Migmar Tseten – Buddhist Chaplain

BuddhistPastors-32As a Buddhist Chaplain at Harvard University, USA, Lama Migmar Tseten is dedicated to the interaction between persons and various Buddhist lineages in a non-sectarian manner to foster a strong Buddhist community. Lama Migmar Tseten conducts regular meetings at Cambridge Buddhist Association.

Source: http://chaplains.harvard.edu/filter_by/buddhist-chaplaincy

 

4. Reverend Heng Sure – Buddhist Pastor

BuddhistPastors-34Reverend Heng Sure is a Buddhist pastor residing at Berkeley Buddhist Monastery, where he is serving as the monastery’s director. The monastery is a branch of Dharma Realm Buddhist Association. He is famed for completing a pilgrimage by prostrating from South Pasadena to Ukiah, California (800 miles) seeking world peace. He currently aids others by performing services and teaching a wide variety of subjects, from sutra studies to veganism.

Source: http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/FINDING-MY-RELIGION-Buddhist-pastor-Heng-Sure-3175631.php

 

5. Jennifer Block – Buddhist Chaplain

BuddhistPastors-37Jennifer Block serves as a chaplain and Education Director for the Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco. She teaches workshops and offers spiritual care to those who have suffered loss in their lives, and provides community outreach. She is also one of the founders and facilitators of the Buddhist Chaplaincy Training programme at the Sati Center for Buddhist studies. She also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley, CA, and holds a theology degree from Naropa University.

Source: http://buddhistchaplains.org/cmsms/index.php?page=snapshots

 

6. Reverend Renshin Bunce – Buddhist Priest

BuddhistPastors-38Reverend Renshin Bunce ordained as a priest at the Zen Center in San Francisco in 2003. She began her training as a Buddhist chaplain at the Sati Center in Redwood City and then later at California Pacific Medical Center. She received the equivalent of a Master of Divinity from the Association of Professional Chaplains for her seven years’ residence at Tassajara and City Center, and currently works as a hospice chaplain.

Source: http://buddhistchaplains.org/cmsms/index.php?page=snapshots

 

7. Robert Chodo Campbell – Buddhist Priest

BuddhistPastors-39Robert Chodo Campbell serves on the Core Faculty of the New York Zen Center’s Buddhist Chaplaincy’s Training Programmes, and is also the center’s Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director. He brings to his teaching his experience of Zen practice and psychoanalytic study, focusing on areas such as anxiety, depression, drug and alcohol abuse, and contemplative approaches to spiritual care. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Buddhist Studies and is a Co-Director of Contemplative Care Services for the Department of Integrative Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center.

Source: http://buddhistchaplains.org/cmsms/index.php?page=snapshots

 

8. Koshin Paley Ellison – Buddhist Priest

BuddhistPastors-40Koshin Paley Ellison is a Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care. He also serves as the Director of Training for the Center’s Buddhist Contemplative Care programmes. He is currently a Supervisory candidate for the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education. He is a licensed social worker and an Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Buddhist Studies, as well as the Co-Director of Contemplative Care Services for the Department of Integrative Medicine at Beth Israel Center, where he also serves on the Medical Ethics Committee. He is known to give talks, workshops and leads retreats on various contemplative based methods towards spiritual care, meditation and leadership in many settings, such as corporations to national healthcare conferences.

Source: http://buddhistchaplains.org/cmsms/index.php?page=snapshots

 

9. Trudi Jinpu Hirsch-Abramson – Buddhist Priest

BuddhistPastors-41Ordained in 1991, she began her clinical pastoral education in 1997, and became the first Buddhist Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) Supervisor in 2000. She currently serves as an ACPE Chaplain Supervisor and Zen priest in the lineage of Taizan Maezumi. She is an Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Buddhist Studies and also serves as one of the core teaching team at the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, where she is the primary ACPE Supervisor for the center’s Clinical Pastoral Education Training Programmes.

Source: http://buddhistchaplains.org/cmsms/index.php?page=snapshots

 

10. Osho Genjo Marinello – Buddhist Abbot

BuddhistPastors-42Osho Genjo Marinello is a volunteer Buddhist pastor for the Washington State Department of Corrections, and is a psychotherapist in private practice. He is also an Adjunct Faculty member at Antioch University Seattle in Buddhist Studies, a member of the Religious Coalition for Equality and a Spiritual Director associated with Anamchara, a multifaith endeavour. He also strives to provide community service that is inspired by the philosophy and teachings of Buddhism.

Source: https://choboji.org/history/

 

11. Kok Yek Yee & David Lai – Buddhist Pastors

BuddhistPastors-45Pastor Kok Yek Yee is the Head Pastor of Kechara Buddhist Association Malaysia. An award winning journalist, she became a writer for Kechara Media and Publications when she wanted a more spiritual life, and later ordained as a Buddhist Pastor. Currently she is also the head of Kechara’s Puja House, providing support to many through prayers and blessings. She teaches and counsels in Chinese and performs rituals, blessings and ceremonies for all of life’s major events, including births, marriages and deaths.

Pastor David Lai began his spiritual journey in Kechara at the Kechara Paradise outlets, after which he joined Kechara Media and Publications as a writer. As an avid writer, he has published books on Buddhist practice that have brought solace to many and as an online blogger he shares his experience and knowledge with people all over the world. Known for his lively and humorous talks, he teaches in English.

 
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  1. Lin Mun on Mar 14, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    It is very interesting to know that there are so many Buddhist pastors and Buddhist Chaplains around world. Pastors are very important as a person to bring dharma knowledge and reach out to many more people. Many people need guidance spiritually and with the existence of pastors, he/she can get more attention and advise easily.

    We are very fortunate that Kechara has many pastors who we can reach them when we need spiritual guidance.

  2. Joy on Mar 1, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    From these great findings of so many Buddhist ministers/chaplains and pastors. It really shows that having a Buddhist Pastorship in Kechara is nothing new at all. I wonder why there were so many opposing when Rinpoche first started announcing this concept? Perhaps people are not so exposed and familiar with it?

    Well, here is it and it looks like they even have courses and programmes to train you to be a Buddhist chaplain/pastor. This is another vision Rinpoche has with out Pastorship programs. This blog post gave us some really good examples and it is really inspirational to know that there are so many people out there who are keen to learn and become a Buddhist Chaplain or Pastors. I guess if we have syllabus they can come to learn, I am sure people will want join in. Very great rejoicing news indeed!

    I didn’t realise they even have Buddhist Chaplain programs in Harvard! Wow it just shows that Buddhist Chaplain or Pastorship is not something new and uncommon. Otherwise the prestigious universities would not have in as one of their courses. Thank you Pastor Niral for listing down all the brilliant Buddhist Chaplain/Pastorship program.

  3. Pastor Chia on Mar 1, 2017 at 8:17 am

    I am feeling greatful seeing more buddhist pastors around the world vow to serve others following by buddha dharma. I still remember when H. E.Tsem Rinpoche first ordain buddhist pastor at Malsysia. Many people did not hear about buddist pastor. Most of people only related pastor to the church.

    currently Kechara Buddhist Organization had 17 pastors, which offer more services to helping public. Rinpoche also pass the lineage for pastor to ordain new pastors . I wish to see more pastor from different tradition to help to promote buddha dharma.

    Thank you rinpoche sharing this wonderful article bring more hope to people who seeking for help and there is many pastors around the world. Om Mani Pedme Hum.

  4. Pastor Albert on Mar 1, 2017 at 7:36 am

    I like reading this article, it is great to see so many institution that trained up pastors to provide spiritual service to the people.

    Many people did not understand and thought that Pastor only available in Church, Pastor only for Christian, and how come a Buddhist center also has pastors, I got asked this question many times in the past years. I’m glad to see so many pastors around the world and this article has also shown that Kechara is not the only Dharma center has Pastors, other Dharma center also has Pastors and they existed long before Kechara do.

    These groups of Pastors are not an ordained monk / nun, but to me, they are no different than a sangha being, because they have renounced from their formal life to become a pastor so they can spend their life benefiting others.

    Rinpoche has took another step ahead, that is to bring pastor service online, as internet is global, Rinpoche added one more column in this blog so that people from any part of the world can ask Kechara’s pastors questions related to Dharma.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/ask-the-pastors

    May more Buddhist pastor appear in more places in the near future so that whenever people needed Pastor service, Pastors are there to assist.

    more information about Pastors can be found @ http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/support-the-kechara-pastors.html

  5. June Kang on Mar 1, 2017 at 7:23 am

    Nowadays younger peoples aren’t attracted to religions. As for Buddhism, younger Chinese may visit the temple once in a year that is during the Chinese New Year. And the rest of the year they hardly study Buddhism and visit the temple.

    I think the people of this generation come to temple or join Meditation with the motivation of discovering who they are and how to better manage their lives instead of searching of religious experience. Hence, they may not approach to the monks because thinking that the monks may not have the experience of life they are having right now. Furthermore with the development of technology which deals with lots information and communications, technology has become hireling of greed and hatred. Therefore it is very good to have more Buddhist Pastors with the appearance of lay person and playing role connect between the sangha and peoples or practitioners can be more effectively reach out to the younger generation and preach the Dharma to change the world.

  6. Pastor Antoinette on Mar 1, 2017 at 3:43 am

    Dharma is something so important and helpful in our life, yet often we need to hit a crisis, have health issues or searching something more in life to search for help and if we are lucky we meet the Dharma..

    It is very inspiring that so many Buddhist pastors, priests and chaplains provide so many significant and supportive activities, all over the world. They help people in various situations of their life. The Dharma is the truth and it guides us to see things clearer and take better decisions for our life.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing about these inspiring people and centers all over the world!

  7. Andrea Lai on Mar 1, 2017 at 1:00 am

    It’s a wonderful message to let the world know that there are Buddhist pastors,priests and chaplian regardless of skin color,races and cultures.All of them carried with a same goal and motivation,servicing all sentient beings with compassionate and unconditionally helping those who in needed.
    I’m proud and thankful we have qualified pastors in Kechara into spiritual practice and spreading Dharma to benefit many.

  8. Eric kksiow on Feb 28, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    It is glad to know more Buddhist Pastors around the world, in my case.. From the 1st Buddhist Pastor in Kechara, i am close with Pastor Chia and i know what he did for all the time.

    Eg : As this article mentioned above – He teaches and counsels in Chinese and performs rituals, blessings and ceremonies for all of life’s major events, including births, marriages and deaths.

    I respect all the Pastors in Kechara, they benefit others, work for others, all of their hard-works toward to others, i had seen it by myself.

    Much respect to all the Pastors in Kechara and around the world
    Eric kksiow

  9. Pastor Henry Ooi on Feb 28, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    It is wonderful to know of so many other Buddhist institutions worldwide offering pastoral services apart from Kechara. Many people have benefited, are benefiting, and will benefit from these services. Of course, other religious centres have similar services according to their own religious belief. These pastors or whatever name they are called have the common goal, that is to provide spiritual services to their members.

  10. nicholas on Feb 28, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    It’s heart warming to see that how Buddhist teaching has evolve to direct benefit people through the establishment of pastorship. I remembered H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche conceptualised Kechara pastorship to preserve the Dharma and to give laypeople an opportunity to commit to benefitting others. The 1st Kechara pastorship ordination was held on the 24th October 2011. Can read more at http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/first-ever-buddhist-pastor-ordination.html

    Reading this article and knowing so many countries around the world established the pastorship to provide so many spiritual services to help people with various problem from different background is so rejoicing. May more places provide more such services and help more people around the world with the blessing of the 3 jewels.

  11. Mingwen on Feb 28, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    Buddhist pastors, ministers and chaplains, everyone of them are preparing and charging up themselves with skills and knowledges to benefit others with their lives and efforts.

    They provides essential aids to the needy
    by providing hopes and cares at critical moments, when one is facing difficulties in life. They serve the world tirelessly just to take away people’s , animals’ and unseen beings’ sufferings.

    May all sentient beings have happiness and its causes,
    May all sentient beings be free of suffering and its causes,
    May all sentient beings never be separated from sorrowless bliss,
    May all sentient beings abide in equanimity, free of bias, attachment and anger. –
    The Four Immeasurables
    (Love, Compassion, Joy & Equanimity)

  12. pammie yap on Feb 28, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    Its wonderful that there are so many places in the world that are nurturing chaplains, pastors & teachers to spread Buddhism. These people learn and train so hard so that they can benefit others. How inspiring!

    I especially like the part where they also extended their help to inmates. These inmates really need the kindness, compassion and wisdom to help them.

    I am very proud that Kechara have our very own pastors. Some are Sangha-to-be while the others are layperson pastors. Our pastors go through vigorous training and learning just like those mentioned above, so that they can assist H.E Tsem Rinpoche to nurture and benefit others. They are super hardworking and always on the go where help is needed. Read about them here http://www.kechara.com/kechara-house/pastors/

  13. Julia Tan on Feb 28, 2017 at 1:26 am

    It is very inspiring to see so many Buddhist organisations offered their pastoral service to the public and in universities. The services covered wide range of needs from birth till death, from ritual to prayers, from education to training, from counselling to blessings and the list goes on. I rejoice to see pastoral service is growing every where in the world. People study and understand the Dharma and then come together to do something big to benefits others. and so many people benefited. Everything is about give and love unconditionally and practicing compassion.

  14. Vivian Ong on Feb 28, 2017 at 12:32 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article about Buddhist pastors from all around the world. Whether the pastors are from Asia or from the Western countries, their main motivation is to help those in need of their service. I am surprised that many Westerners have take on Buddhism as their spiritual practice. May more and more people be benefitted from the advice of the pastors.

    With foldex palms,
    Vivian

  15. Samfoonheei on Feb 17, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    Wonderful ….. there is so many institutions offers courses to integrate contemplative Buddhist practices with professional training.All the centers are all over world wide training Buddhist Pastors. .This show that Buddhism is spreading near and far in all direction.Buddhism is a religion that stresses compassion towards everyone that requiring religious, pastoral and spiritual care.We have our own Pastors too at KFR who serve practitioners and the community in many ways.They give support to many through prayers and blessings which is very helpful.They also practice of sharing , teachings and knowledge to many .Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

  16. Datuk May on Feb 12, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    Many lay Buddhists have a great love for the Dharma as they believe the knowledge and in depth study of the Buddha’s stainless teachings creates a inner peace and outer peace for a better world to live in.

    However, many due to previous commitments or lack of merits are unable in this lifetime to enter the monastic order, and with the creation of lay Pastors, it is possible for such lay buddhists to share their love of the Dharma to others.

    It is very motivational and encouraging to know that besides Kechara, there are many institutions that trains Buddhist Pastors, to live their passion of sharing and practising the Dharma.

  17. Lew on Feb 12, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    We now live in a world with a lot of distractions to spiritual practice. For whatever the reason (financial commitments, work commitments, need to take care of family & kids, etc), they stopped us to become a fully ordained monk or nun. Therefore, I fully agree with Tsem Rinpoche’s vision of Buddhists Pastors. It is lay people like everyone else, with the extra motivation to benefit people by spending more time to learn the Dharma and benefit others. Also, people may find lay people pastors more approachable because lay people also faces similar issues in life.

    Nowadays, many people will only turn to Dharma or spiritual when there are some troubles or issues in their live. (In other words, many of us won’t look at spiritual when everything is “fine”) Therefore, Buddhist Pastors play an important role. While solving people’s issue, they will also help them to become more spiritual and eventually practice Dharma and benefit others.

    I pray Buddhist Pastors can grow and more people become Pastors to benefit others.

  18. Stella Cheang on Feb 10, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche for the list of learning institutions where one can enrol to become a qualified Buddhist Pastors, Priests, Chaplains or Ministers. It is admirable when someone develop the altruistic motivation to serve others, even though it can be a thankless job. A qualified Buddhist Pastors, Priest, Chaplains or Ministers, therefore, is the embodiment of compassion and wisdom coupled with strong faith. May many people be inspired by these shining examples.

  19. Bradley Kassian on Feb 8, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    It’s amazing, and encouraging to see that pastors come from all walks of life and many organizations. Offering services from marriages, commitment ceremonies, renewal of vows, funerals, internment of ashes, memorial services, baby blessings, baby naming ceremonies and house blessings etc. All these pastors no matter what organization have a very compassionate heart to do what they do. They are an inspiration to all of us.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Mar 23. 2017 12:56 PM
    Wonderful news to note that EU authorities have finally taken steps to stop online abused.Well with these cut less misused of online disharmony and hate by some undisciplined individual.Nowadays there were too many fraud and scams going on social medias.Hence EU companies are trying to deal to solve fraud and scams,as well as user protection on their websites.
    Our Precious Guru and many Dorje Shugden Practitioners was bullied on social medias too.Do hope with the tightenings of law will help to stop online bullies.
    Thank you, Rinpoche for sharing .
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/victory-over-online-hate.html
  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Thursday, Mar 23. 2017 08:33 AM
    “Somehow, Rinpoche knew I did not believe in Buddhism and so he used a skillful way to give me a teaching. He said that even though I can’t see the Buddha, that does not mean that the Buddha does not exist. This is just like electricity; we can’t see electricity but when we see the lights are turned on, it proves electricity does exist. Similarly, when we see the growing Sangha community and the temples, it proves the existence of Buddha, because without electricity, there would be no light and without the Buddha, there would be no Sangha. After listening to that sound logic, I was still stuck on the need for more proof that the Buddha existed. But it made me think deeper because what Rinpoche said made a lot of sense.” – Pastor Albert Rachaga

    From a Free Thinker to a Buddhist, http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=118312
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Mar 22. 2017 08:22 PM
    We definitely would love to read more stories like this. It is so heart warming to know that people do not care if it is an animal or human but extend their assistance to save the horse. What makes me surprise was the guy who was captured by Officer Frank Pomodoro came to help the horse too.

    It is true that everyone has a Bodhi mind and compassion. We just need to practise and express it.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/we-need-more-stories-like-this.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Mar 21. 2017 11:41 PM
    马来西亚被公认为一个非常独特的国家。它是一个拥有多元种族、宗教和文化的国家。截至2016年7月,马来西亚共有大约31億人口,而其中印裔只占少数的6.7%,相等于约200万人。虽然如此,马来西亚各族人民依然可以和睦相处。从这篇博文,我们可以看到印度文化对马来西亚其他种族文化存有一定的影响,尤其是语文和美食方面。此外,马来西亚可称为一个民主国家,因此这里来自不同种族和宗教信仰的人民都可以各自举办庆典活动。

    感谢仁波切分享这篇有趣的博文。

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/malaysia/indians-in-malaysia-chinese.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Mar 21. 2017 09:53 PM
    This is a very good and sincere sharing, Pastor Albert. It is so true that all the organisation will not accept a person who did mistake but Kechara is an organisation that will do the otherwise by retaining those who did wrong and do whatever they can to help and transform this person. So compassionate. This also means that everyone in Kechara team has the same motivation and that is to serve for the benefit of others although they may need to deal with uneasy people in the team and various challenges.

    Appreciate Pastor for your time and dharma sharing to all of us so we can learn and change.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/from-a-free-thinker-to-a-buddhist.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Mar 21. 2017 04:33 PM
    Very funny…. A good laugh heals a lot of hurts. Funny jokes made us smiles and laughter can make your days sparkle with happiness.
    Funny Japanese Doctor really so funny but do made sense really.
    Thank you Rinpoche…i have a good laugh after reading and did learned some knowledge from the facts.To live good ,with good foods and do good in whatever where.They dedicate themselves to what gives their life meaning and purpose.
    Thanks again.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/etc/this-is-so-funny.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Mar 21. 2017 02:47 PM
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  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Mar 21. 2017 02:47 PM
    Rejoice to Pastor Albert….you have chosen your choice to join the many Pastors at Kechara as a Pastor.I am happy for you following the spiritual path of our Precious Guru.Thank you for sharing your sincere thoughts of the journey joining kechara.Wonderful journey from a free thinker to a Buddhist to serve and benefits others along your spiritual path. Rinpoche ‘s teaching have indeed changed many lives to be a better person.Mind transformation ,compassion caring kindeness,helpfullness and generosity through Rinpoche action or work , we learn from there one of those teachings.May Pastor, you will continue serving the good work and teachings of Rinpoche to more and more people then.
    Thanks again Pastor Albert.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/from-a-free-thinker-to-a-buddhist.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Mar 21. 2017 12:29 PM
    Thank you, Rinpoche, for a good laugh! Indeed. Joke aside, the key of what happens to us is our karma, even what we eat and do have some impact. More importantly, it is what we do with our life and how we make an impact on others that counts at the end of the day. Looking like sleeping beauty with our organs in prime conditions at our dying bed will not gain us an open ticket to a good rebirth. ��

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/etc/this-is-so-funny.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Mar 21. 2017 12:21 PM
    When I read this blog, it hits me hard that whatever Rinpoche described here is a mirror for me and everyone. We all have the problem of not doing our part in some point in time one way or another. Hence, it is very important for us to take Rinpoche’s advice personally to do our part to the best of our ability. It is important to always remember that we should not burden others with the work we did not do, like how Rinpoche teaches us. It is also important to support our Dharma friends in ways that can improve him/her; there is a saying “Give a Man a Fish, and You Feed Him for a Day. Teach a Man To Fish, and You Feed Him for a Lifetime”. May I have the strength and tenacity to develop the qualities described by Rinpoche. Thank you, Rinpoche for this teaching.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/no-more-excuses-please.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Mar 21. 2017 11:55 AM
    In my mind, people who have no merits to know H.E. Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Jampa Yeshe in person must be feeling very lucky to be able to learn about this great master from Rinpoche’s blog. Kensur Rinpoche was appointed in 1984 as the Abbot of Gaden Shartse Monastery. His whole life was about spreading dharma, doing good work to preserve Buddha Dharma and helping others tirelessly, even until the end of his journey of this lifetime. We must always remember Kensur Rinpoche’s good qualities and be inspired to serve others and benefits just like he had done.

    It is also our good fortune to learn of the untold good gesture of Tsem Rinpoche for offering his Ladrang to Kensur Rinpoche. This is an excellent example of pure Guru Devotion. Thank you, Rinpoche for sharing these rare and precious photos with us on the blog. May Kensur Rinpoche take rebirth to continue his good work so that more people can benefit from Buddha Dharma from pure lineage.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/h-e-kensur-rinpoche-jetsun-jampa-yeshe-1928-2011.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Mar 21. 2017 11:28 AM
    Thank you, Pastor Albert, for the sincere sharing for your amazing journey with Kechara and the inspiration to serve others because of Rinpoche’s teaching. Rejoice to you for the renunciation on material gains and given up on attachment to worldly desires. Rinpoche’s teaching is the fountain of Buddhism nectar that quenches our thirst for all secular needs and a huge force of motivation for us to work for the benefits of others. May Rinpoche’s teaching reach and benefit more people through your good work.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/from-a-free-thinker-to-a-buddhist.html
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Mar 20. 2017 09:53 PM
    It is a fantastic news that EU authorities have taken legal steps to curb the misused of social media. In this day and age, social media is a very powerful tool to reach out to many people but it can also be a very damaging tool if abuse the usage. We see so many scams, cyber bullying, sending wrong messsage, rumours and etc with so many negative intentions.

    Hope this law will be implemented and everyone will be protected against unnecessary attack and scams. A fine if 50m Euro is definitely a stern message to social media companies to take action.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/victory-over-online-hate.html
  • Alice Tay
    Monday, Mar 20. 2017 09:43 PM
    This is great to see the scientists’ researches, one of them is NUS has proved Vajrayana meditation techniques can lead us to enhancements in cognitive performance. Buddha’s teachings since 2,500 years ago taught us not to abandon any part of Buddha’s teachings but to respect all the traditions. We should believe that Buddha will not teach anything does not benefit to the sentient beings. Nevertheless, in order to have the pure teaching of Lama Tsongkhapa (is in fact the teachings of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni if traced back to the origins), we have to seek for a qualified spiritual guru with pure lineage. Furthermore, Assoc Prof Kozhevnikov clearly stated that Vajrayana meditation typically requires years of practice. Therefore, in order to have the correct meditation techniques, this is very important for us to have a qualified guru who is able to helps us in achieving what we wish to have.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/vajrayana-meditation-techniques-can-enhance-brain-performance.html
  • Ange Dong
    Monday, Mar 20. 2017 09:38 PM
    Dear Venerable Rinpoche,

    Thank you so much for providing all the teachings on Youtube, came across some of your early teachings particularly on The Twelve Links of Dependent Origination, which have shown me so much inspiration as well as the possibility of overcoming laziness and other delusions while staying focused academically at school.

    Thank you so much for all the hard work. I pray for long-life of the Venerable Rinpoche and may all the wholesome activities flourish in ten directions, and through the merits we have collected may all sentient beings receive every benefit of it.


    Best regards,
    Ange Dong

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
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Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
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Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
3 days 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
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More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
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The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
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Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
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Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
5 days 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
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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
6 days ago
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
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Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
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The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
4 weeks 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!
4 weeks 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
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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
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Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
This is a good one to read
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This is a good one to read
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
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Mumu is silly and cute and funny
Mumu\'s hair is messy and he looks funny
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Mumu's hair is messy and he looks funny
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. 
I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. 
Feast your eyes! 

Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. Feast your eyes! Tsem Rinpoche
                        Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini\'s path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html  Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
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Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini's path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
Message to Tibetans in English
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Message to Tibetans in English
Message to the Tibetans
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Message to the Tibetans
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
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Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
3 months ago
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
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Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
3 months ago
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
4 months ago
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
4 months ago
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
4 months ago
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
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One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
4 months ago
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
4 months ago
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
5 months ago
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
5 months ago
Sir Edmund Hillary
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha\'s teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha's teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I\'ve seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
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Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I've seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
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It's nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
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Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
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Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
High lamas in France September 2016
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High lamas in France September 2016
༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden:   http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
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༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
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Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
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