Dharma is For Everyone

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Religion is just a label. It is the teachings of the religion that help nurture our innate goodness. Therefore I have always encouraged people of different backgrounds to practice their chosen religion with great faith and devotion.

I will never try to distract and convert people from their religious teachers to Buddhism because I believe all major religions in the world teach their followers love, peace and compassion. Kechara is the way it is today not because the beautiful people of Kechara are special, or have incredible abilities that others may not possess, but because they work very hard, long hours and respect others regardless of their social status and background. The results reflect that. There is no special secret, it is just hard work, dedication and everybody can do that. If the growth of Kechara both physically and spiritually amazes you, then I hope that you know of the hard work by dedicated people that goes on behind-the-scenes, and feel inspired to follow their footsteps by applying this good attitude in your own centres.

In Buddhism, all enlightened beings’ minds and consciousnesses are equal. The state of an enlightened mind is one that has achieved perfection of wisdom and compassion, which means there is no enlightened being greater than the other. Enlightened beings such as Shakyamuni and Cherezig appear different in our limited minds, but by nature, they are one and inseparable. However, although all enlightened beings are the same, out of their great compassion, they manifest to us in various different forms such as Medicine Buddha, Tara, Manjushri etc. And because samsaric beings like us are affected and influenced by karma, we develop a stronger form of  connection and affinity to one (or more) enlightened beings that manifest to aid us in dispelling whatever klesha we hold strongly in our mind.

In a similar way, one manifestation of Dharma is no greater than another because the essence of the teachings are the same. Whether we label ourselves as Buddhists, Christians or any other religion, the practice of Dharma transcends those labels. Practice of one’s religion does not come from the labels we give ourselves, but from actually carrying out compassionate acts as taught by our beliefs. There are many people who identify themselves as ‘Buddhist’, yet they do not truly understand or practice Dharma and there are many people who identify themselves as ‘Christians’, yet they repeatedly sin then beg for forgiveness. Is this the outcome we truly want just because we are so fixated about religious labels?

Dharma is a doctrine. To one who’s not Buddhist, it can simply be taken as advice to live a virtuous life; to a spiritually inclined person, Dharma is the essential teachings to transform the mind towards that of an enlightened being. Although it can be a part of it, Dharma is not just lighting some candles or incense every day, or going to the church or temple every week… at the end of the day, we must observe whether we remain mean, lazy, uncommitted and uncompassionate, or if we transformed to overcome our negative behaviours. 

In this respect, the deities of Buddhism can appear in different forms but their essence remains the same. Compassion and love are also taught in other religions such as Christianity, even if the method of delivery to the people is different. In Buddhism there is the Buddha and in Christianity there is Jesus Christ. I will not say that Buddhism is objectively better than Christianity, but Buddhism is just the best for me and that will not change. There are many Buddhists who find that Buddhism is not the best for them and that is okay. And there may be Christians that do not find Christianity is the best for them, and that is okay too… Ultimately, it is who we become at the end of the day that is more important than any label we can put on ourselves.

We should understand this. Dharma cannot be owned by anybody or anything so labelling that only Buddhists can practice Dharma would be very incorrect… and labelling that Christians or anyone of other faiths cannot practice Dharma is not correct either, because there is nothing religious about Dharma; it is about finding ways to become a better person and lead a virtuous life. Anybody can be on the Dharmic path, not just a Buddhist. Before Lord Buddha became enlightened and started to teach, there was no labelling of Buddhism but Dharma existed before and will exist after Buddhism is no longer heard of in this world. Also, Buddha has surely manifested in parts of the universe that we do not know of and at those places, the term Buddhism may not exist. Yet the Dharma remains the same.

This article below illustrates a half-dozen examples on how the Dharma helped some Christians to deepen their relationship with God, and how they strengthened their Christian beliefs and are now better Christians by applying some Buddhist teachings in their lives. I am sharing this not to show that Buddhism is superior to other religions, absolutely not. But as an example of how some people, by keeping an open mind and not trapping themselves within the boundaries of religious labelling, have managed to find more inner peace. I wish everyone to have a great spiritual journey and may you always find peace and happiness.

Sarva Mangalam.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

Why are Christians Turning to Buddhism?

Six Examples by Jay McDaniel

A small but growing number of Christians in the West are turning to Buddhism for spiritual guidance. Many are reading books about Buddhism, and some are also meditating, participating in Buddhist retreats, and studying under Buddhist teachers. They are drawn to Buddhism’s emphasis on “being present” in the present moment; to its recognition of the interconnectedness of all things; to its emphasis on non-violence; to its appreciation of a world beyond words, and to its provision of practical means — namely meditation — for growing in one’s capacities for wise and compassionate living in daily life. As they learn from Buddhism, they do not abandon Christianity. Their hope is that Buddhism can help them become better Christians. They are Christians influenced by Buddhism.

 

1. Julia is typical of one kind of Christian influenced by Buddhism. She is a hospice worker in New York who, as a Benedictine sister, turns to Buddhism “to become a better listener and to become more patient.” As a student of Zen she has been practicing zazen for twenty years under the inspiration of the Vietnamese Zen teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh, whose book Living Buddha/Living Christ gave her new eyes for Christ, proposing that Jesus himself was “mindful in the present moment.” She practices meditation in order to deepen her own capacities for mindfulness, particularly as it might help her be more effective in her life’s calling. As a hospice worker she feels called to listen to dying people, quietly and without judgment, as a way of extending the healing ministry of Christ. Like many people in consumer society, she sometimes finds herself too hurried and distracted, too caught up in her own concerns, to be present to others in patient and healing ways. She turns to Zen practice because it has helped her become more patient and attentive in her capacities to be available to people in a spirit of compassion.

From Julia’s perspective, “being present” to people in a compassionate way is a spiritual practice in its own right. She calls this attention “practicing the presence of God,” and she believes that this listening participates in a deeper Listening – an all-inclusive Love — whom she calls God, and whom she believes is everywhere at once. She turns to Zen meditation, then, not to escape the world, but to help her draw closer to the very God whose face she sees in people in need, and to help her become gentler and more attentive in her own capacities for listening. In her words: “I hope that my Zen practice has helped me become a better Christian.”

 

2. John, too, is a Christian who practices meditation, but for different reasons. He suffers from chronic back pain from a car accident several years ago. He has turned to meditation as a way of coping more creatively with his pain. “The pain doesn’t go away,” he says, “but it’s so much worse when I fight it. Meditation has helped me live with the pain, instead of fighting it all the time.” When people see John, they note that he seems a little more at peace, and a little more joyful, than he used to seem. Not that everything is perfect. He has his bad days and his good days. Still, he finds solace in the fact that, even on the bad days, he can “take a deep breath” and feel a little more control in his life.

When John is asked to reflect on the relation between his meditation practice and Christianity, he reminds his questioner that the very word Spirit is connected to the Hebrew word ruach, which means breathing. John sees physical breathing – the kind that we do each moment of our lives – as a portable icon for a deeper Breathing, divine in nature, which supports us in all circumstances, painful and pleasant, and which allows us to face suffering, our own and that of others, with courage. “Buddhism has helped me find strength in times of pain; it has helped me find God’s Breathing.”

 

3. Sheila is an advertising agent in Detroit who turns to Buddhism for a different reason. She does not practice meditation and is temperamentally very active and busy. But over the years her busyness has become a compulsion and she now risks losing her husband and children, because she never has time for her family. As she explains: “Almost all of my daily life has been absorbed with selling products, making money, and manipulating other people’s desires. Somewhere in the process I have forgotten what was most important to me: helping others, being with friends and family, and appreciating the simple beauties of life. Buddhism speaks to my deeper side.”

When Sheila reflects on the relationship between Buddhism and Christianity, she thinks about the lifestyle and values of Jesus. She recognizes that Jesus himself had little interest in appearance, affluence, and marketable achievement, and that he was deeply critical of the very idea that “amassing wealth” should be a central organizing principle of life. She doubts that Jesus would approve of the business culture in which she is immersed, in which the accumulation of wealth seems to be the inordinate concern. For her, then, Buddhism invites her to rethink the values by which she lives and to turn to values that are closer to the true teachings of Christ. “I find this simpler way challenging,” she says, “but also hopeful. I hope that Buddhism can help me have the courage to follow Christ more truly.”

 

4. Robert is an unemployed social worker in Texas, who feels unworthy of respect because he does not have a salaried job like so many of his friends. He, too, has been reading books on Buddhism, “Most people identify with their jobs,” he says, “but I don’t have one. Sometimes I feel like a nothing, a nobody. Sometimes I feel like it is only at church, and sometimes not even there, that I count for anything.”

Robert turns to Buddhism as a complement to the kind of support he seeks to find, but sometimes doesn’t find, in Christianity. Buddhism tells him that his real identity – his true self, as Buddhists put it – lies more in the kindness he extends to others, and to himself, than in making money and amassing wealth. Like Sheila, he sees this as connected with the teachings of Jesus. “Jesus tells me that I am made in the image of God; Buddhism tells me that I possess the Buddha-Nature. I don’t care what name you use, but somehow you need to know that you are more than money and wealth.”

 

5. Jane is a practicing physicist who works at a laboratory in Maryland who goes to a local Methodist church regularly. For her, a religious orientation must “make sense” intellectually, even as it also appeals to a more affective side of life, as discovered in personal relations, music, and the natural world. But she also finds God in science and in scientific ways of understanding the world. She is troubled that, too often, the atmosphere of church seems to discourage, rather than encourage, the spirit of enquiry and questioning that is so important in the scientific life. Jane appreciates the fact that, in Buddhism as she understands it, this spirit is encouraged.

This non-dogmatic approach, in which even religious convictions can be subject to revision, inspires her. In her words: “I plan to remain a Christian and stay with my Methodist church, but I want to learn more about Buddhism. I sense that its approach to life can help me see the spiritual dimensions of doubt and inquiry and help me integrate religion and science.”

 

6. Sandra is a Roman Catholic nun in Missouri who leads a retreat center. Twelve months a year she leads retreats for Christians, Catholic and non-Catholic, who wish to recover the more contemplative traditions of their prayer life and enter more deeply into their interior journey with God. At her workshops she offers spiritual guidance and introduces participants to many of the mystics of the Christian tradition: John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, Meister Eckhart, Hildegard of Bingen. Even as she does this, she herself is on the very journey to God, and she makes this clear to people who come her way.

Sandra turns to Buddhism because she believes that its teaching of no-ego or no-self, when understood experientially and not just intellectually, is itself an essential dimension of the journey to God. She sees this teaching as complementary to, and yet enriching, the teaching of “death and resurrection” that is at the heart of Christian faith. In her words: “Christianity and Buddhism agree that the spiritual pilgrimage involves an absolute letting go, or dropping away, of all that a person knows of self and God. Indeed, this is what happened in Jesus as he lay dying on the cross, and perhaps at many moments leading up to the cross. Only after the dying can new life emerge, in which there is in some sense ‘only God’ and no more ‘me.’ I see the cross as symbolizing this dying of self and resurrecting of new life that must occur within each of us. Buddhism helps me enter into that dying of self.”

 

As you listen to their stories, perhaps you hear your own desires in some of them? If so, you have undertaken an empathy experiment. You need not be “Christian” or “Buddhist” to do this. There is something to learn from them even if you are not religious at all. Don’t we all need to live by dying? Don’t we all need to listen better? Don’t we all need to inquire and seek truth? There is something deeply human in their searching, and deeply human in our willingness to learn from them, even if we don’t share their faith. And even if we do.

[Source: http://www.bbncommunity.com/why-are-christians-turning-to-buddhism/]

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  1. Datuk May on Jul 13, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    Very interesting, to Buddhists, Buddhism is a religion and to non Buddhists, Buddhism is a philosophy, a way of life.

    As explained clearly by H E the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, the essence of Buddhism is the teaching of Dharma and it is for everyone to bring out the innate goodness within mankind. Beautifully taught. Thank you, Rinpoche.

  2. Fong on Jul 1, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    “I hope that my Zen practice has helped me become a better Christian.” Quote from Julia.

    Through the eyes of the many who shared their experience and contact with Buddhism, it shows that Buddhism can be a tool to help them with their faith and everyday life. Buddhism does not require one to believe in the Buddha per se. It is as Rinpoche said, just a label.

    Dharma is dharma and is meant to help alleviate the suffering of beings. and it has helped these individuals in their own ways. It is not to brand anybody.

    Thank you for this sharing. It is very empowering in its way.

  3. Pastor Han Nee on Jun 21, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for making us look at the essence of the practice of the Buddha Dharma, in fact the essence of true practice of any religion. The real practice of any religion must go beyond the label to the practice of what that religion’s doctrine teaches us about how to be a better person, by practicing love, peace and compassion.

    The real practice of the Dharma is about transforming ourselves to bring us closer and closer towards our ultimate goal of Enlightenment ( a state of mind of total peace and liberation from all suffering and disturbance). Ultimately at the end of each day and over a period of time, we should be checking ourselves to see if we have become kinder, more patient, more tolerant, and more committed people and if we have worked successfully to remove our negativities -self-grasping,attachment, aversion , anger, hatred, and the like , even if it’s a little at a time.

    At the heart of Buddhist practice to become better people is practicing mindfulness or awareness of our interconnectedness to others and our interdependence, and of developing inner peace and tranquillity of mind. That is why, Christians are turning to Buddhist practices, like meditation and retreat, to help them become better Christian practitioners.

  4. Jason on Dec 16, 2015 at 4:05 am

    Dharma is doctrine. It leads to mind transform to become a enlighten beings with compassion and wisdom as well .Dharma can’t be label as Buddhism or Christian. It is a spiritual path which can be adopted by any religion.
    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing

  5. Alice Tay. on Dec 13, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    感谢仁波切这篇博文,让我们可以更进一步了解有关宗教的课题。

    以下是个人从以上的博文所得到的一些理解:

    1. 宗教其实只是一个标签。可以说是现代人方便的将宗教信仰归类。

    2. 一般宗教的教诲都是帮助我们怎样成为一个好人。而要成为一个好人是要打从内心所呈现的仁爱、平静、同情与慈悲对待身边的人。因此,我们都必须接受与尊重每个人的宗教选择。

    3. 仁波切一再提醒我们,所有证悟者/诸佛菩萨都是有相同的心识和拥有圆满的慈悲心与智慧。佛菩萨会呈现不同的形象来普渡众生比如药师佛,文殊菩萨,度母等等。而他们为何会有如此的形象出现在我们面前,其实这都是和我们的业力有关。

    4. 佛法其实在很早以前就已经存在了。在佛陀还没有达到证悟和传授佛法时,当时根本就没有像现时代被称为佛教徒。所以,佛法其实是不管在几千或是几万年前,或是以后当没有人再听到‘佛法’或是‘佛教徒’,佛法依然是存在的。

    5. 博文里面所提到的6个不同背景的基督教徒都赞同佛法一些方面的解释是可以帮助到他们在灵修方面更上一层楼。这包括了我们要活在当下、要有正念与警觉心、接受与忍耐的去面对一切苦、帮助他人与时时刻刻怀有感恩之心、面对原来的我与不虚伪、放下自我与以不同角度来了解心灵上的修持。

  6. Lin Mun on Dec 13, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thanks for sharing this article.

    Some of the points I learned from this article:
    1. Everyone should practice dharma. Dharma is not only practice by Buddhist but for everyone. Dharma is about finding a way to be better person and leading a virtuous way.
    2. It is our action and how we transform our mind that is important. Religion is only a label.
    3. Be contented and have compassion to everyone and our environment. Willing to change and improve the situation and be persistent.
    4. Meditation provide us an option to free our self from pain and have more focus. We should learn to accept the situation and not to fight it.
    5. I am happy to know that there is a group of people who have great openness to embrace Buddhism into their Christianity practice. I hope more people are more open in accepting as it is a method which will benefit one. Everyone has a freedom to adopt the best best for their practice.

  7. Pastor Shin on Dec 13, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    In my opinion, religion is a collection of beliefs, cultural systems, and world views that relate humanity to an order of existence. What is important is the teachings of these religion that teach their followers love, peace and compassion. 

    Dharma is the essential teachings to transform the mind towards that of an enlightened being or ways to lead us to become a better person and lead a virtuous life. Dharma is not owned by anybody or anything and there is Dharma in every religion because the essence of the teachings are the same. Whether we label ourselves as Buddhists, Christians or any other religion, the practice of Dharma transcends those labels..

    Are we Buddhists just because we call ourselves Buddhist? What makes us a good Buddhist, Hindu, Christian, etc.? Practice of one’s religion does not come from the labels we give ourselves, but from actually carrying out compassionate acts as taught by our beliefs. 

    Buddhism, Christianity and all of the other major world religions share rules of behavior which governs how they are to treat others. Two quotations from Buddhist texts which reflect this ethic are:

    “…a state that is not pleasing or delightful to me, how could I inflict that upon another?” Samyutta Nikaya v. 353

    “Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.” Udana-Varga 5:18.

    We can see the similarity in Christianity’s Golden Rule:

    Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them.”Matthew 7:12.

    “…and don’t do what you hate…” Gospel of Thomas 6.

    This Gospel was said to have been widely used in early Christianity but never made it into the official canon because of its Gnostic content.

    Of all the stories shared in the blog post, I like the story of Sandra, a Roman Catholic nun in Missouri who leads a retreat center. What I like is that she saw no conflict in the two religions and that both traditions agree that the spiritual pilgrimage involves an absolute letting go, or dropping away, of all that a person knows of self or God. This shows that religion is not about praying to God or Buddha, but of mental transformation to become a better person.

  8. Asyley Chia on Dec 13, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you for sharing this articles,
    From 6 example stories show six different background with same religiou and the beautiful things are they practice Dharma to benefits them without shifting their own religion. All the religions are same and religious is just a label, As Rinpoche said “There is nothing religious about Dharma, is it about finding way to become a better person and lead a virtuous life.” Anybody can be on the Dharmic path. The important is to practice dharma with a open mind then have our mind changed and transform to be a better person.

    With folded hand
    Asyley Chia

  9. Pastor Moh Mei on Dec 12, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    We have a habit of labeling everything in order to condense and confine the universe down to the scale we can understand and accept. But doing so does not bring any joy or peace. In fact because we are restricting our true nature, we bring ourselves sufferings. And we get stuck in that cycle.

    Remove the label, keep an open mind. Do not be so obsessed with who we think we are. No matter our DNA, background, culture, religion, experiences we all ultimately want the same thing – to not suffer, to have happiness, to have peace. That is universal and dharma is the essential teachings that to transform our mind towards achieving that. It’s applicable to everyone.

  10. Paul Yap on Dec 12, 2015 at 11:59 am

    Dharma is about finding ways to become a better person and lead a virtuous life. Anybody can be on the Dharmic path, not just a Buddhist.

    Buddhism can appear in different forms but their essence remains the same. Compassion and love are also taught in other religions such as Hindu and Christianity. Ultimately, it is who we become at the end of the day that is more important than any label we can put on ourselves. We can call ourself Buddhist or anything, at the end of the day, be kind and compassion

    This articles has given importance insight of how some people by keeping an open mind and not trapping themselves within the boundaries of religious labelling, they have managed to find more inner peace. The most interesting is Dharma has help them to gain more faith in their own religion.

  11. keng tan on Dec 12, 2015 at 10:33 am

    …indeed in the realms of spiritualism, there is no ‘ spiritual plagiarism’ per se. It is really not so important in modern society to care where where and when spirituality originates but the message is clear – delve within and let the beauty of spirituality arise unhindered…thank you for sharing this article because it helps us see a seamless society reaching towards the divine.

    I have a friend who chose to practice as Christians rather than as a Buddhist. She likes both Christianity and Buddhism but was put off by the latter in terms of daily rituals, making offerings etc…that is fine…untimately spirituality is about mind transformation and everything else we do is just a platform for help us get there – hence there are choices and we chose and live by our choices…

  12. Beatrix Ooi on Dec 12, 2015 at 3:15 am

    It’s good to read about what people of other faith think about Buddhism, it doesn’t mean that Buddhism rules the world or Buddhism is the best, no of course, we all have different views and we definitely have the freedom to adopt any religion we want.

    I’m glad that people are open minded enough to share their experiences with the others, personally I find meditation very helpful. Meditation helps us to relax our mind and the body. If we’re doing breathing meditation, we focus only on the breathing and nothing else, the results you get from doing it is amazing. If it’s done consistently, you will definitely see the difference in your mind, most of the people find themselves more calm after the meditation. It’s going to be hard at first, but if we are persistent, there’s nothing that we can’t conquer, literally.

  13. yenpin on Dec 11, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    感谢仁波切分享这篇文章给我们。

    在这篇文章中分享的故事,人们明白要学习成为一个更好的人是没有国界或是宗教之分。
    学习善待他人,尊重一切众生,要有慈悲心,成为一个更好的人。

    佛法是真理, 适用于每一个人, 不管你是不是佛教徒,你都可以学习佛法的真理,当我们
    遇到问题,能够更容易,更有效地处理情况。

    也让我们看到了生命的意义,从中学习我们如何过着有意义的生活。

  14. Pastor Adeline on Dec 11, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    Dharma is the truth, the law of which how phenomena function in the universe. Within dharma, there are Buddha dharma, Jesus dharma, Prophet Muhammad dharma, Krishna dharma etc. and they suits different mind that prefer different ways of presentation. Dharma is dharma, there shouldn’t be any restriction in application regardless of external factors and labels. Dharma is for the mind which is formless and its essence is emptiness, therefore any label we placed on the outside will not stop dharma from functioning.

    Below points are elaboration of the examples given in the article:
    1) Mindfulness is applicable to everyone who would like to be focus, to absorb new information quickly and accurately, to become more patience and heal others by listening attentively.
    2) Meditation allow us to accept all situations without fighting them. Acceptance makes us calm and are able to deal with situations more easily and effectively.
    3) Appreciation is the very basis of the bodhi mind, which is one that wishes to attain enlightenment for the benefits of all sentient beings. Being gratitude allow us to experience life to the finest details and to connect truly.
    4) Recognising our innate nature free us from perceptions, while allowing us to live our lives to the fullest shining with our true beautiful nature of kindness, compassion and care.
    5) Making enquiries and asking questions help us to understand and strengthen our faith towards the dharma of our choice. It also allow us to learn and understand quickly.
    6) Letting go of attachment, the self and most importantly dharma eventually is necessary for us to achieve oneness with our innate nature, the quality of being fully awaken, to recognise the truth and to be liberated from our wrong views.

  15. Chris Chong on Dec 11, 2015 at 3:03 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing this article. What I had learnt from this post is that religion is a label and very superficial if we are not truly incorporating it into our daily lives. A lot of people like to label themselves as Buddhist but do not practice dharma at all. This does not only happens in Buddhism. Example of what mentioned in the post, a lot of ” Christians” keep repeating the same sin and den confess about it without making an effort to actually change that.

    In Buddhism, we study and practice dharma. Dharma is the teaching of Lord Shyakyamuni 2500 years ago which is also known as the truth. Why is it known as truth, because it is explains how the universe works and it applies to everyone without exception. It will still applies to you weather you believe it or not, because it is the TRUTH. The truth does not change according to your liking or faith in it. This is why, some of the poeple of other religion find dharma to be useful and it compliments their faith in their own religion because Dharma does not only applies to Buddhist.

    I also learn that all religion teaches the same thing when we distil the essence of their teachings to the core, which is being kind to others and be a better man. Although it might seems like there is a huge difference between the religions, it is the same goal after all. So, there is no need to slender another religion because deep down, we are trying to pursue the same goal, just different method and ideology.

    Chris

  16. Pee Bee Chong on Dec 10, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing,

    The minds and consciousness of all the enlightened beings in Buddhism are the equal. Although they are the same, out of their great compassion, they manifest to us in various different forms because samsaric beings like us are affected and influenced by karma.

    Dharma is doctrine, It is about finding ways to become a better person and lead a virtuous life. Transformed to overcome our negative behaviours. Therefore, Dharma can be practised by all religious and should be not labelled only can be practiced by Buddhist. There are successful examples that Christians practising dharma to improve their life and practices.

    Thank you
    with folded hands
    Pee Bee Chong

  17. freon on Dec 10, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    Dharma or Buddhism is just a words for label. The core practices is about peace of mind. Once a monk told me that, real buddhism will make the person feel light. Since learning dharma, I felt i am lighter and can see problems in a way more to reality. Even when there is mara arise, i can still overcome the situation in more patient way.

    • freon on Dec 10, 2015 at 5:23 pm

      Thus, real religion teach people on harmony, peace and intergrity. Either Christian or Buddhist. The real practitioner is always live with faith in them, thus, their mind are more stabil

  18. Ng Jesvin on Dec 10, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing this article for us. Religion is just a label, in our samsaric life there are many religion that come across us like Buddhism, Christianity, Islamic and also Hinduism. All religion teach people to be a better person, to be compasionate, be kind to other people and respect all living beings. The stories shared in this article once again give us a great example that learning to be a better person has no boundaries and that the label one put on oneself at the end of the day is just a label. What is important is have our mind changed? Have we transformed into a better person and lead a virtous life, have we eased our mind and have we really achieve joyfulness? Lastly, i still remember what Rinpoche shared before ” if you believe in god, there’s fabulous, if you believe in Buddha, there’s fabulous; if you don’t believe in anything, there’s fabulous. But please believe in yourself and please believe in the happiness you can bring to people around you.”

    With hand folded,

    NgJesvin

  19. Stella Cheang on Dec 9, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    It is important for us to know that the fundamental of religion promotes love, peace and kindness; regardless if you are a Christian, Muslim, Buddhism or Hindu. Religion is label for us to get associated with the method of practice that most suited to us at our level of understanding, which varies due to our affinity, upbringing, culture, etc. If we truly practice the core values of the religion the we subscribed to, with great faith and devotion, then we should be able to nurture our innate good qualities and reduce our bad habituation.

    Therefore it is heartwarming to see fellow Christian practitioners embrace the Buddhism values without being swayed away from their own practice. It is a monumental display of true openness and advance spiritual practice.

    At the same time, it is also important for us to realize that in Buddhism, all enlightened beings’ minds and consciousnesses are equal. There is no enlightened being greater than the other. But us as samsaric beings are affected and influenced by karma, hence, we develop a stronger form of connection and affinity to one (or more) enlightened beings than another.

    Therefore we should not have any pre-conception that one enlightened being is better than another. Let alone making degrading statements. It is in our best interest to respect all enlightened beings and practice dharma with an open mind.

    Humbly, bowing down,
    Stella

  20. Joy on Dec 9, 2015 at 1:24 am

    I really enjoyed reading the stories of how Christian faith practitioners who were open minded enough to read and then discovered certain methods in Buddhism that helped them. By applying these methods or Buddhist philosophies, it helped enriched and strengthen their own faith in “God”. They found creative ways to also helped others. How beautiful is that and that is truly how spirituality is supposed to be, to help enriched the spiritual side in all of us. Just because our ways of worship or the image of our God is different, doesn’t mean it is wrong because the essence are the same; love/compassion, kindness, wisdom. Hence no one religion is better than the other or more superior and no person should condemn let alone encourage others to condemn others. No good religion ever had any teacher, saint, or prophet who taught condemning and criticising another’s religion is good. It is us humans who loves to label, divide and conquer from the 3 poisonous mind of ignorant, greedy, and jealousy.

    I remembered this theory about religion from a kind lady who so happened to be in the same room as us when we received the sad news that my father did not make it. Her theory was that all religions stems from the same tree, (showing us her arm and hand) and that it just branches out (her 5 fingers) into different branches but it is all from one same source/trunk (the arm) and I suppose now that I think of it, it also reaches out to achieve the same goal, get to the sun! This simple theory was told to me and my sister by a kind lady who did not know us at all in Mount Elizabeth hospital Singapore, where we were waiting. I guess seeing two young girls, who were quite distraught from a tragic news while the adults were discussing about “religion”, she wanted to help comfort and calm us down with something more “universal” and she did with her simple one tree theory. Somehow at just 12 I got it and I could accept her logic cos it sounded like the most logically and fair reason for having so many different religions that could make life very confusing. Why would “god” want to make us so confused for? I used to think that when I was a kid and almost disliked all religion, especially when my father was a “free thinker”. Hence religion should make life better not confuse it further, so when adults argue about who’s religion is right or better, it can really impact a child’s mind to dislike religion.

    So yes it is definitely true what Rinpoche said religion is just a label. It is the teachings of the religion that when we apply that helps to nurture us or transform us to being better humans, and to bring out the innate goodness in us. Everything else is really just a “label” that we humans created to identify something, to make communication easier.

  21. nicholas on Dec 9, 2015 at 12:53 am

    It’s really beautiful to read this articles to see how people are encourage and become a better Christians due to the help from Buddhist teaching. The wonderfuly thing to see here is that people does not sway from their religion because of Buddhism and this perfectly reflect the Dharma that is to benefit people regardles of what background you are.

    I like what it mentioned in this article that all religions is just a label and we should not be fixated by it. What important is how it transform our mind to be a better person and able to help others.

    From the Buddhist teaching people realise the common value that make sense to them and instead to biase with their choice they apply Buddhist teaching to improve their Christianity believes. Buddhism give them hope to understand more of what life is all about and instead of blindly agree they evaluate and come to a common conclusion for both teaching to improve their life by transforming their mind.

    This is definitely one of the great articles that shows how true teaching does not separate anyone believe but help us to develop wisdom to see the true meaning of life and how we can live our life meaningfully

  22. LOW KHJB on Oct 17, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing that Dharma is in fact for everyone.Dharma knowledge, transcend all religion and it is the universal language that guide us all towards the correct path.
    Its application will assist us to rediscover the true nature we are born with and to live life to the fullest in the present and after lives.
    We are very fortunate to be acquainted with a guru that is generous to share this precious gift of Dharma knowledge and at the sametime patiently guide us to the correct path without any agenda.

    Thank you Tsem Rinpoche,with hands folded.

  23. Li Kheng on Oct 6, 2015 at 9:55 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you so much for this very kind post. In the global community of the 21st century, we need more wisdom to guide us to see similarity in the diversity every individual possess. When we overcome our fear to the unknown, we will discover that diversity creates the various personalities and characteristics that empower us to compliment each other and there is somewhat a natural harmony in that.

    Like the environment that strives because of its biodiversity, we too can and will flourish when we find ways to optimize ourselves by embracing each others diverse backgrounds, beliefs, skills, knowledge and abilities.

    This is a short and very powerful post to show that however different the path and method, the destination is the same: to be better men and women who benefit others

  24. Matthieu on Sep 20, 2015 at 3:06 am

    Ultimately there can only be one truth, otherwise it wouldn’t be the truth.

    It is very easy to caught up in labels, but we must realise that what we are is without and label, and is impossible to label. The teachings of dharma are based on the truth of our reality, and thus they will apply to all beings wether we believe in one god or another; or even if we don’t believe in gods at all. We can all benefit from dharma teachings as they are logic, and realisation. Even if one person is labelled christian and one is labelled buddhist they can both be good people, and vice versa.

  25. Shelly tai on Sep 17, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    Buddhism is a very logical religion it can be apply to our daily life perfectly in fact the teaching itself is can be use for everyone of us because it make sense, so I am not surprised that Dharma can be apply to others religion as additional matter to improve their life. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

  26. Uncle Eddie on Sep 17, 2015 at 11:29 am

    What is Dharma? As in essence it means improving our mind by reducing our faults and improving our good qualities. It is our attitudes, motivation and our way of thinking that we need to change, not our external appearances. At a strict minimum, practising the Dharma means giving up our attachment to this lifetime and our sole preoccupation with its concern. If we work to provide ourselves with what need to pursue our practice and see higher goal, our work is said to be perfectly in harmony with Dharma practice. On the other hand, if we work to earn a living just because we want to live well in this lifetime and we never think about future lives, then our work has nothing to do with the Dharma. As our Guru has said, “Dharma is a doctrine to transfer the mind towards that of an enlightened being – not just lighting candles, incense or going to temples or churches everyday. End of the day, we must observe whether we remain mean, lazy, uncommitted, uncompassionable or whether already transformed all negative behaviours.” Om Mani Padme Hung.

  27. Phng Keng Hwa on Sep 16, 2015 at 5:10 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for this post. 🙂 It really was uplifting to know that there are people with open minds. And the stories of these six people are inspiring and can be seen as a key to opening the doors of our closed minds as well. 🙂 I am extremely happy to see that these to religions both compliment each other, and can both help us spiritually if we understand them correctly. I am sure that out there, Christianity has helped other people to become better Buddhists as well. 🙂

    Thank you for this post, and may you continue spreading beneficial teachings. _/|\_

    Your humble student,
    Keng Hwa.

  28. Sharyn Lim (KPSG) on Sep 14, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article. I have read these testimonials through online before when I tried to search the topic of Christians converting to Buddhists stories online. Indeed, more and more Christian Westerners and Asians alike are applying Buddhist philosophies in order for them to become a better Christian. They did not abandon Christianity though some did, as they are using dharma or Buddhist logic teachings to relate deeper to become a better person overall.

    This shows that Buddhism goes beyond the religion label, it can be applied by any religions and races as Dharma is all about applying virtuous actions that leads to virtuous life.
    I am indeed grateful to learn Dharma and precious Buddhist teachings through H.E Tsem Rinpoche and Kechara. Without Kechara, I would be just a lay person labeling myself as a Buddhist without any dharma knowledge. Kechara is giving us rich Dharma teachings which we can apply daily in our lives for us to become a better person.

    Thanks to Kechara E division team’s hard work and commitment for providing Guru’s teachings online by ways of social media, blogs and Youtube which make it easily accessible by anyone in every corner of the world. Only the power of Internet, it can reach mass people.

    • Dolma Liliane on Sep 17, 2015 at 4:00 pm

      This is an answer for John. I had olso a car accident in Belgium. The same pain. You can mail me!!! I found after years a clinic in brussels area, and the doctor is a nice lady and her collegues too. And they put me a few needles with product in the back where it hurts, because it is the nerf that hs a problem. I don’t have on my nerfs. The nerf has a dommage. Yes i feel better. And i continue with them stopping the terrible pain. This is a gift to you. You may mail me. om mani padme hung I heard you!

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  • nut4all
    Sunday, Apr 30. 2017 07:03 AM
    and stopped animal sacrifice at these temples. http://www.drukpa.com/about-us/our-yogis/the-three-divine-madmen 99%ppl focus on jab jum DrukpaKunley…
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    My favorite Mahasiddha is Naropa….Let explain few !from4incarnation DRUKPAone MADe split!forTWO!!DRUKPA(HEMIS-ladakh)&SHABDRUNG(relung monastery Tibet site) .later SHABDRUNG split for3 body speach MIND! ( i m not certain order) SHABDRUNGS ARE!!! NamkhaiN0rbu RINPOCHE YES!! HH SHABDRUNG controversial in BHUTAN home jail!by urgyen trinley can!idDAYE&TaklungShabrung .. Recently with Dalai our monk seen !
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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

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Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
 Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
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Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
Tsem Rinpoche\'s Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
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Tsem Rinpoche's Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
 It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and \'defeat\' the ones that hurt us because we don\'t become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
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It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and 'defeat' the ones that hurt us because we don't become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
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Tsem Rinpoche's heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin  Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
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Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
 (left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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(left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s good to be with kind and sincere people.
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It's good to be with kind and sincere people.
If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
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If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
My Mumu boy didn\'t want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
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My Mumu boy didn't want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
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This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
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This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn\'t move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
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I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
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March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
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Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
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March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
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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
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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
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Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
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Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
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The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
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Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
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My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
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February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
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Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
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  • April 20, 2017 10:45
    Ronnie asked: Dear Rinpoche and Pastors, I'm studying abroad and very far away from home, seeking guidance and advice as I have no one else I can talk to about this. Please read with an open mind, I don't know where else to go for help. I'm pregnant and it's an unplanned pregnancy. I'm stuck between keeping it or letting it go. I'm young and having a child at my age in the society we live in now would be considered taboo. The father of the child thinks I should let it go because it may cause a setback to both our careers and cause major family issues. He thinks we aren't ready to raise a child especially since we're both still in university and his parents think badly of me even though they've never met me or tried to get to know me. I'm sure no one would ever have the heart to take away a heartbeat but it seems like it isn't the right time to have a child now and if we did go through with it, the child probably won't be able to have the best things life can offer looking at where we are now in terms of finance and maturity. I'm lost, confused and unsure what the right thing to do is now. Any advice at all would be helpful right now. Thank you so very much for taking time to read my story.
    pastor answered: Dear Ronnie, I’m sorry to read that you are going through this situation. I can understand that this situation is tough to go through. You are always more than welcome to come here to ask questions. May I suggest that you talk to either someone in your family or your friends to help you come to an appropriate solution? This is because, what you feel, what you are going through, will change from time to time and you would need someone to talk to, someone that you can lean on through this situation you are facing. Depending on where you are in the world, professional help can also be sought to help you make a decision, which will be the best option for you seeking help. From a Buddhist perspective, the taking of a life is not considered a positive act, therefore those on the Buddhist path, would normally abstain taking a life if possible. However, that being said, one must always weigh the decision oneself. Everything we do in life, necessarily involves karma both positive and negative. That is why Buddhists try to overcome samsara in general. Your situation is complicated because you are abroad, but if possible you should really open up to someone you are close to in order to help you through making this decision on a personal basis. When you talk to someone, whom you are able to express yourself more, you may able to come to better decision that is right for you. There may be other options open to you if you seek help. I personally know women who have been in similar situations. One of these women, let the child go and the other went through the pregnancy and then gave the child up for adoption. You may or may not have thought of this option, but it is one that could be open to you, depending on where in the world you are. Any decision we make in life, however big or small it may seem, has far reaching consequences whether in this life, or in future lives. This is just a part and parcel of life within samsara. However, we should weigh the decisions we make clearly given the situation we are in. We cannot always do this weighing ourselves, but need to talk about our options with others we can rely on such a friends, family or professionals. You should consider doing this, which will help you greatly emotionally, and may give you the grounding you need to make the correct decision for you. I hope this helps.
  • April 19, 2017 04:57
    Dongho asked: What is a nyung ne practice? According to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, it's a purification sadhana. However, what are the instructions for this? I'm guessing it's to Chenrezig, but how does it work? Also, from what I have read, Vajrasattva practice is only for broken vows while Akshobhya is for regular misdeeds. Does that mean one has to take the Akshobhya practice to purify bad karma from this life and previous instead of Vajrasattva? As for the purification practices, are some like Vajrasattva and Chenrezig only to purify the bad karma and let it come quickly or is it to prevent it from coming? I am confused in it. As for signs, I recited a mantra of White Yangchenma that a Sakya lama, Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche, gave me with the Sakya visualizations I read on, and after one mala, I heard some lady call my Korean name even though no one in my neighborhood knows of my name and my family members weren't in the area. What does this mean?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your questions, it’s nice to see you back here again. Nyung Ne practice is a purification practice that centres around Chenrezig. It is a very beneficial practice that stems from a holy nun named Gelong-ma Palmo. It is a two and a half day practice that can be repeated many times over and over again to intensify the purification and build a closer relationship with Chenrezig. As well as its purification aspect, the practice is known to generate vast amount of merit, and also compassion, as the practice centres around Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion. The practice involves taking the eight Mahayana precepts for the duration, fasting, meditating, prostrating and praying. The practice usually entails empowerment into the practice of Chenrezig, therefore the exact meditations, prayers can only be explained to those who have the empowerment. Vajrasattva practice is not necessarily only for repairing broken vows, etc. That’s why it is advised that you engage in the practice at the end of the day, to repair any vows that you may have broken during that day, as well as stopping any negative karma you created that day from multiplying. This would entail reciting the mantra 21 times, together with the four opponent powers. However, if you engage in this practice more intensely, it definitely has the capability to purify all sorts of karma. That is the reason why in Ngondro, or preliminary practices one engages in before tantra, the practice of 100,000 Vajrasattva mantra recitation is an integral part. You can read more about Vajrasattva and his practice here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/an-important-purification-practice.html. Within purification practices, some of the karma will be purified completely, so you do not feel its effects at all, but when purifying other karma you will need to feel its effects somehow. For example if you have the karma to be in a car accident and get seriously injured, and you are engaging in any practice, but especially the purification practice, since you have purified most of the karma, you will only experience being in a very minor car accident, with only very superficial injuries. Therefore, in this case, the karma has been purified to the extent that it does not affect you as much, but you still need to feel part of its effect. In regards to any signs that you receive which engaging in the practices given to you by one of your specific gurus, you should report the happenings to that particular guru. He will be able to give you more of an accurate answer, as it may be related to the particular practice that he gave to you. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • April 17, 2017 07:06
    Thomas asked: Dear Pastors, When a serkyem set has been used so much and one is ready to get rid of it and replace it with a new one. What is a respecful mode of disposal?
    pastor answered: Dear Thomas, Thank you for your question. Your question shows that you have a lot of respect for offering items, which is very good. If possible, you should try to repair the item if within your means, and doing so make embellishments to make it a better offering item, which can still be used. If this is not possible, then you should dispose of the item with a good motivation. You should think that this item has been used to make offerings to the enlightened beings, but now that it is broken or unusable, you are going to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. Since it itself is not a receptacle of energies of the enlightened beings, such as a statue, tsa tsa or thangka, it does not require a special dissolution before being disposed of. However since it was used to make offerings, it still requires some form of respect when disposing, and this comes from one’s motivation and the way in which you dispose of it. Usually, when disposing of items in this way, make the motivation that you have used it and that it is now time to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. When you do this you can dispose of it in a respectful manner. For example, if you are going to throw it away, you do not simply open the trash can and throw it in. You wrap it up in something, like a bag or newspaper and dispose of it respectfully. Another method you can dispose of it is to recycle the object, if the material it is made from can be recycled. That way you are more conscious of the environment as well. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 16, 2017 22:38
    Curious asked: Dear pastors In a recent youtube video something like paying respect to deceased ones, pastor Nirel Patel explained that merits are like the interest and good karma is like the principal sum. So merits always regenerate themselves and hence do not get used up but good karma is like the principal sum so it gets used up. So my question is what are practices that generate merit? And can we turn a mundane daily activity into a meritorious one? Maybe can you provide an example?
    pastor answered: Dear Curious, Thank you for your question. First, to clarify a point, in regards to good karma, you are right, it is like a principal sum in a bank account, but you take away from it when you experience something good in your life, and you add to it when you do good deeds. Merit on the other hand, once accrued never diminishes, therefore when something is based on merit, it is based on the energies of this never diminishing sum, which you could say is like interest. In short, the principal sum when talking about karma is always added to and subtracted from. However, when talking about merit, once you have it, there is no way to destroy it, you will always benefit from it. There are various ways to explain how to generate merit. I will explain a way that I find easiest to understand. In normal life, when we go about performing any sort of activity, be it ‘good’ or ‘bad’ we do so out of ignorance of the true nature of existence, and it is usually self-motivated. For example, we work our entire lives to generate monetary income, so that we have enough money, resources, and materials goods to be comfortable. This is self-motivated, but it is the accepted way the world works these days, and is part and parcel of being bound to samsaric life. On the other hand, the act of merit making can be categorised into three parts: i) motivation, ii) the act itself, and iii) dedication. Let’s start with motivation, when engaging in various virtuous acts, we should have the motivation that by engaging in the act, we have the motivation to alleviate the suffering of someone else, and that may we gain enlightenment so that we can benefit them in the future. The second is the act itself. The third is to dedicate the energy of the virtuous act to gaining enlightenment. These three are what make merit. This may be a little confusing, so let me give an example: giving help to a homeless person. Whereas in ordinary life, this is something praised as a very good deed, it does not create merit without motivation and dedication. In order for this to become merit, one must set the motivation that one is giving help to the homeless free of the eight worldly concerns, to alleviate their suffering and also making the motivation that you will achieve enlightenment for the sake of the person or people you are helping. Then after you have helped them, you dedicate the energy created to the spiritual journey towards full enlightenment to help all sentient beings, while at the same time benefiting as many sentient beings as possible on the way there. This transforms the act into not only a virtuous action but also one that generates merit. On the other hand, if you were to help the homeless without these, you are creating good karma, which although beneficial, keeps you bound to existence within samsara. As it is the goal of Buddhist practice to overcome the cycle of samsara, a Buddhist would want to generate merit instead of good karma. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 13, 2017 11:38
    D.A. asked: If Begtse Chan is not from Mongolia, what are his real origins or story exactly? And which lamas offer his empowerment? As for Manjushri Nagarakshasa, which lamas specifically offer his empowerment and practice?
    pastor answered: Dear D.A. Thank you for your question. Begtse, is also known as Chamsing, or Jamsaran in Mongolian. As mentioned in an earlier sharing with someone who also asked a question about Begtse, the practiced was introduced to Tibet from India by the translator Nyen Lotsawa, and is considered one of the main protectors of the Hayagriva cycle of tantras. According to the scriptures that derive from the Sakya tradition, who incorporated the practice from the translators, and in which tradition Begtse became a very important protector, Begtse in a previous life was born many eons ago. In that particular life, he was born as the younger prince in a royal family. His name was Drag Gye, and his older brother’s name was Drag Den. Over time both princes developed differing religious beliefs, to the point where they could not get along with each as they both held their own religious views strongly. As was the custom during that time, they decided to settle their differences through logical debate, with the loser having to convert to the winner’s religion. This custom was also prevalent in ancient India, and there are many stories of such debates occurring between the great masters of the past and those of other faiths. Drag Gye lost the various debates, but ran away instead of converting to his older brother’s religion. Drag Den caught him, and tried to punish him for breaking the rules of debate and going back on his promise. Drag Gye told his brother that even if he was killed he would not give up his religion, however if Drag Den let him go, that in the future when Drag Den became enlightened, he would protect his teachings. With that Drag Den let him go, and gave him a set of copper armour, a stick, and a bow and arrow. Drag Den also gave Drag Gye a new name: Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po. After this incident the two brothers never saw each other again in that lifetime. Many lives after that Drag Den was reborn as Prince Siddharta, who eventually became enlightened and is now known as Buddha Shakyamuni. Drag Gye, or Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po, was reborn in a cemetery in the North West direction. His parents gave birth to two eggs, one was a coral-like colour and the other was an agate-like colour. These two eggs flew high into the sky and reached the heavenly realms, there they subdued the gods. Then flying back down to earth, they subdued many nagas. Eventually they even came to threaten their own parents. The parents petitioned the Dharma protector Ekajati for her help, who threw her own staff (khatvanga) at the eggs, and broke them apart. From the coral-like coloured egg came a ferocious man with yellow hair, he proclaimed that his name was ‘Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po’. When he emerged he was wearing a set of copper armour, wielding a stick, copper sword, and a bow and arrow. From the agate-like coloured egg came a female who was blue in colour, her teeth were like shells, she had turquoise eyebrows, and her hair was made of fire. She emerged wielding a copper knife, ritual dagger (phurba), rode a terrifying bear and wore an intricate necklace made of agate and lapis lazuli. It was then that Ekajati once again took action, and subdued them, after which they became Dharma protectors. The male figure became known as Begtse, and the female as his sister. When you propitiate Begtse, his sister is automatically included and aids practitioners as well. As for which lama offer his practice and empowerment, most lamas do not advertise which teachings or practice they hold. Therefore you should respectfully approach lamas and ask them if they have the practice and can bestow it, or if they know of any lamas that have the practice, depending on how much you want to practice Begtse. Similarly, this applies to those lamas who have the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. However, this practice is included in the Rinjung Gyatsa series of empowerments. This unique cycle of teachings, includes all 4 classes of tantric practices, and includes the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. Therefore those lamas who have received the complete transmission, and have kept their commitments for this practice, are qualified to pass this on to others. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
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KSDS students age 5-6 doing prostrations to Lama Tsongkhapa. Alice Tay, KSDS
11 hours ago
KSDS students age 5-6 doing prostrations to Lama Tsongkhapa. Alice Tay, KSDS
Tormas made by Kechara Puja Team at Kechara Forest Retreat as offering during puja. Lucy Yap
13 hours ago
Tormas made by Kechara Puja Team at Kechara Forest Retreat as offering during puja. Lucy Yap
Lovely so watch children doing group work & discuss among themselves. Lin Mun KSDS
yesterday
Lovely so watch children doing group work & discuss among themselves. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Alice guiding students of class 5-6 yrs old to do breathing meditation. Good way to calm our mind. Lin Mun KSDS
yesterday
Teacher Alice guiding students of class 5-6 yrs old to do breathing meditation. Good way to calm our mind. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Mien always encourage students to participate in class. Lin Mun KSDS
yesterday
Teacher Mien always encourage students to participate in class. Lin Mun KSDS
Appreciate all the great photographers who spend their time on Sunday dharma class to help us capture the nice moment. Lin Mun KSDS
yesterday
Appreciate all the great photographers who spend their time on Sunday dharma class to help us capture the nice moment. Lin Mun KSDS
Group activities during dharma class. The older students lead the younger ones. Good exercise to train their public speaking skills . Lin Mun KSDS
yesterday
Group activities during dharma class. The older students lead the younger ones. Good exercise to train their public speaking skills . Lin Mun KSDS
Looking Vegetarian Food?? Visit us at Kechara Oasis #travel #holiday #marriage #family ~ Guat Hee
yesterday
Looking Vegetarian Food?? Visit us at Kechara Oasis #travel #holiday #marriage #family ~ Guat Hee
We are at the 15th KL-PJ WEDDING FAIR from 28-30 April 2017, Mid Valley Exhibition Center. Come visit our booth for exciting promotions on vegetarian wedding banquets and registration of marriage services! ~ kecharaoasis.com ~ Guat Hee
yesterday
We are at the 15th KL-PJ WEDDING FAIR from 28-30 April 2017, Mid Valley Exhibition Center. Come visit our booth for exciting promotions on vegetarian wedding banquets and registration of marriage services! ~ kecharaoasis.com ~ Guat Hee
Pastor Gim Lee assisted by Kechara Puja Team, conducted a Dorje Shugden puja and blessings at a premise. Lucy Yap
3 days ago
Pastor Gim Lee assisted by Kechara Puja Team, conducted a Dorje Shugden puja and blessings at a premise. Lucy Yap
Art expression using chalks and papers is an avenue for young children to cultivate positive perspective of life and connect with their artistic or creative side. Stella, KSDS
5 days ago
Art expression using chalks and papers is an avenue for young children to cultivate positive perspective of life and connect with their artistic or creative side. Stella, KSDS
Children as long as 2 years old are ready to learn up skills and attitude that will help them shape their life. When else will be best to instil them with good Dharma values if not since young? Stella, KSDS
5 days ago
Children as long as 2 years old are ready to learn up skills and attitude that will help them shape their life. When else will be best to instil them with good Dharma values if not since young? Stella, KSDS
Senior students of the children class of Kechara Sunday Dharma School had their class in the ghompa every Sunday. Stella, KSDS
5 days ago
Senior students of the children class of Kechara Sunday Dharma School had their class in the ghompa every Sunday. Stella, KSDS
Besides young Karlson and Ern Ern, there are new faces in Kechara Sunday Dharma School 2-4 years old. Stella, KSDS
5 days ago
Besides young Karlson and Ern Ern, there are new faces in Kechara Sunday Dharma School 2-4 years old. Stella, KSDS
Kechara Sunday Dharma School students 5-6 years old making prostration to Lama Tsongkhapa at the beginning of the class every Sunday. Stella,KSDS
5 days ago
Kechara Sunday Dharma School students 5-6 years old making prostration to Lama Tsongkhapa at the beginning of the class every Sunday. Stella,KSDS
@KecharaHouse tonite, 48 puja attendees filled the air with a loud chorus of prayer n mantra 2 Dorje Shugden n Setrap!  PHNee
6 days ago
@KecharaHouse tonite, 48 puja attendees filled the air with a loud chorus of prayer n mantra 2 Dorje Shugden n Setrap! PHNee
A big Thank You to the kind volunteers and to Jace Chong!
6 days ago
A big Thank You to the kind volunteers and to Jace Chong!
Make your weekend meaningful! Contact Jace Chong to volunteer in Kechara Forest Retreat for the aviaries.
6 days ago
Make your weekend meaningful! Contact Jace Chong to volunteer in Kechara Forest Retreat for the aviaries.
Thank you to our young volunteer to improve the life of the birds in our aviary!
6 days ago
Thank you to our young volunteer to improve the life of the birds in our aviary!
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