Do something so you don’t regret later…

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Just do it!

 

You know what??? Sitting around and not doing anything is FAILURE.

If you try, you have a chance to make it. If you don’t try, then you give no chance to winning.

The time is going to pass anyway, so why don’t you let it pass achieving something really meaningful.

One facet that laziness arises from is fear of failing. Another facet is fear of winning! That is right. Sometimes we have programmed ourselves to lose that it is scary to win. When we win, we have expectations from others that we think we can’t handle. But turn that around. If we don’t think of them as expectations then it is not so bad. We should think that we are inspiring people.

Yes, little old you can inspire people. Haven’t the simplest people in the past brought inspiration to you? Well we are one of those ‘simple’ people and we have the power to win if we keep trying. If we persist and we don’t give up. Giving up is the easy way out. But is it a real way out or just increasing our fears?

Don’t wait. It is glorious to fail, to be laughed at, to be joked about, because when you finally make it, it sure is sweeter in the end… anyways they are really laughing about themselves subconsciously without even realizing.

So simple. If you want something you never had, then do something you never did, is the quote I took from the above that is totally inspiring. I didn’t write this quote, but I am sharing with you. Please pass it to others and be who you want to be and achieve what you want to achieve by doing it one day at a time.

Good luck and prayers to all of you,

Tsem Rinpoche

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  1. freon on Jun 14, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    This article is very inspiring.
    It is true that many time, we are the person who make ourself failed. By running away from what we suppose to do – because of laziness and many excuses we gave to comfort ourself. Fear of failing, is just another excuses to cover our own ego.

    It is very true that, we should try. No harm to JUST DO IT and try! If we never move, we never try, we are so afraid of being hurt, then we still remain status quo, we will never get stronger. We are the loser that we make up.

    From this article, i feel i must move on. Do what i suppose to do. Not afraid to anything anymore and no hidding. After all, I will die and i don’t think i want to die thinking i have to try to do something i suppose to do and not doing it, feeling regrets on the death moment.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this article

    With Folded hands, love,
    Freon

  2. Lin Mun on Feb 7, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this quote. This is a very good reminder to me especially, who always fear and lazy to face the difficulty and think of other people’s perception on me.

    I agree that we should have a different mindset that our action is to inspire others and not stressing it on ‘me’.

    Thank you again for always encourage and motivate us to do better.

  3. JP on Jan 14, 2016 at 12:41 am

    “If you want something you never had, then do something you never did.”

    This is truly a powerful and thought provoking quote. Being creatures of habit, what we do in general and how we react are pretty predictable. Because we operate in a predictable manner, if we are not getting the results we want, then a change in what we do and how we react is inevitable for a different result. This takes effort and consistency because we may fail many times before we succeed.

    The key is to keep going until the objective is achieved. I believe this trait is healthy and favorable to have because with this same trait we can apply it to our spiritual practice and gain Enlightenment.

  4. Wan Wai Meng on Oct 31, 2015 at 2:30 am

    Its very precise and accurate advise for those of us who wishes to achieve what we have not achieved before.

  5. Pema Thinley on Oct 2, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    this is really touching and encouraging. this encourage me to live for others, solely for others. Thank you Rinpoche _()_

  6. Sharon Ong on May 21, 2015 at 11:44 am

    I used to dread trying something new as I fear failure.(Yes, huge EGO of mine!) But now, I am no longer afraid to try as even if I did fail, I would have learnt something in the process. And by learning something new in the process of failing is in itself winning. Why winning? By learning, one will gain knowledge and wisdom. With those, it is a “win” against ignorance.

    Thank you for this post, Rinpoche. It is truly a great post as a reminder to myself to constantly improve and not fear failure so much. Without failure, how am I to know my weaknesses to improve, right?

  7. Pastor Henry Ooi on May 7, 2015 at 10:31 am

    This quote is beautiful and it becomes more beautiful after Rinpoche enhanced it with details. This applies to me and I shall share it to people I meet online and in person.

  8. Pastor Antoinette Kass on May 7, 2015 at 8:16 am

    If we don’t try to do our best and improve we will regret it.
    Instead of focussing on our fear or anything that holds us back we should think that we are inspiring others.

    Thank You Rinpoche for this change of perspective which makes a difference for us and for others.

  9. Pastor Chia on May 7, 2015 at 4:44 am

    My spiritual journey has help me overcome many of my fear to do something I never do before. It help me less focus of my self centre mind, step out from my comfort zone. Become a Buddhist pastor i need to selfless and take care of other need more then myself. In the organization i have to work with different mind set of people, most of them are new in dharma and some people are not spiritual at or. when your work together with people are not familiar with, you have to build up the friendship and trusting them work as your team member.

    Now i have the opportunity work at Kechara Forest Retreat under green team. I never believe what i can do the job well at the beginning because of non experiencing and fear to fail. Sometime after start planting,I gain the experience how to take care and maintain the plants living. Now has growth many type of flowers,forest trees and herbs all over the Kechara Forest Retreat land. I want thank rinpoche by believe in me and let me able to experience all of this.In live, we always want to find peace and happiness. By develop more care with others, concern your living environment and animals.You will find more peace in your mind. I have witness with myself. I thought to sharing my opinion here with this article rinpoche has blog.

  10. Julia Tan on May 6, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing a short yet very meaningful post. We face challenges in our lives, the whole life through and no end. Some people choose to ignore and wait for others to solve the problem. Some choose to face the challenge and take up the burden and solve the problem for others. Some people’s life stays stagnant because they choose to do the same thing again and again even though they fail again and again they still continue to do the same thing hence they never had a chance to excel and have something that they never had. Those who kept trying, this way cannot try another way and go all the way, they became somebody and inspired others to step out to make their lives meaningful. No matter in Dharma or in samsara, never take NO as an answer because nothing is impermanence. A NO can be a YES if we try.

  11. pammie yap on May 6, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    Yes, I believe ‘simple’ people can inspire many as I was inspired by those people too. Not that they are any lesser than me but because they went and did it. Little things that can inspire many! Instead of sitting around and waiting for something good to happen, why don’t we make the time, effort and do it instead.
    Lets not let laziness take over nor keep on hoping… Even if we fail, we should keep on trying and never give up!

  12. Vinnie Tan on May 6, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche!

    This is indeed what all of us need today. The “not afraid to lose” attitude. I agree with many times that when we give up on something is because of the fear of losing. When we have overcome that and be consistent and persevere for our goal, we will make it one day. Everything is based on our attitude and hard work. Thank you Rinpoche for this article. Reminding all of us what we are capable of achieving.

    I like what Rinpoche has said about when people laugh at our failure, they are laughing at themselves. I agree with that statement and think that it is very true. Reason being that all of us are afraid of failing, yet when we laugh at others, we are actually rejoicing inside saying that lucky we did not try and failed to avoid from the embarrassment. However, when these people we previously laughed at succeed, we would be then regretting that we did not do what we should do. The person that has succeeded could be us.

    It is because of the fear that we constantly have, it hinders us from further growth.

  13. Sonam Yangchen on May 6, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    thank you rinpoche la _()_ we are so fortunate to have you as our guidance, inspiration. your hard work, sacrifices are always remembered la…long live tsem rinpoche for rinpoche never fail to shower kindness towards all beings..

  14. Carmen K on May 6, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    Laziness is the biggest cause towards procrastination, fear, and failure. We are too lazy to change the state we are in, the situation we are in, to get out of our comfort zone. There are days I look back and reflect that I should have done this, and that, but sometimes, the opportunity passes and you are never able to do what you wanted again.

    People are happy to be lazy, to let things remain, as long as each day they can wake up and everything is still the same, or as it was. But when the situation changes, and they’re not in a situation they’re used to anymore, then reflection on lost opportunities and regrets come. But there’s a solution – before you let yourself fall into that state, you can choose not to have yourself have an opportunity to feel that way. Your decision to change tomorrow, today or yesterday, will determine whether you live a life above average, or just..as is.

  15. Pastor Gim Lee on May 6, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    To get out of comfort zone and to face the fear of unknown expectations will keep some of us from going all out in Dharma works. It is much easier of course to just give excuses and sit around doing nothing. Then again, will that give us happiness?

    If all this while we are not happy with our life, will we find happiness if we are still living the same way without doing anything differently?

    Definitely not. Like Tsem Rinpoche says: “IF YOU WANT SOMETHING YOU NEVER HAD, DO SOMETHING YOU NEVER DID.”

    And never wait, because we never know when our time in this life will end. So, just do it, now.

  16. nicholas on May 5, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    A lot of time we always find something/someone to blame for anything that doesn’t work out in our life, but when we look deeper it is actually we didn’t even put effort to work it out and just wait……

    Be it for whatever reason but when the time passes there is no point of return. Then we either sit there again and wait…which is wait for nothing or realise it and work it out for something. I have regretted for not doing something and sad to say there is no ‘replay’ for me and got to hold on to it as a reminder.

    Now what important is just like Nike says ‘Just Do It’. If we do it we have a chance, be it good or bad the results is another ‘chance’ for us to improve but if we don’t do anything we will not know what ‘chance’ is, we will not know what hope is and we will not know how far we can go. What left if we not doing anything is just stay back behind time getting better with the word ‘regret’.

  17. Su Ming on May 5, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    Many things we let it slipped because of our fear. Fear of what…Fear of coming out of our comfort zone. It is scary as I have seen many opportunities passed not only for myself but for many others. A simple regret from a simple action which I did not do was not saying I love my late father before he passed away and when he did passed away, it was too late. Cause whatever you want to do after that, it is useless.

    Therefore, after experiencing the above, I just do whatever it takes without much thoughts. Why? Life is just too short. I saw and experienced many regrets and they were not worth it.

  18. DR on May 5, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    One of the reasons why one sits around and not try is because one is too familiar in comfort zone and procrastinate. How often we tell ourselves “I will do it when ….” or “I am too busy now raising my family. When my kids go to college only then I can do charity”, or “when I retire only then I have more time to do xxxx”.

    Procrastination is the thief of time. If you put off doing what you ought to do, you will end up not having enough time to do it properly. Or worse still, it would have been too late.

    One of my favourite poems by Edward Young that I stumbled upon when I was young and remains one of my all time favourite:

    At thirty, man suspects himself a fool;
    Knows it at forty, and reforms his plan;
    At fifty chides his infamous delay,
    Pushes his prudent purpose to resolve;
    In all the magnanimity of thought
    Resolves, and re-resolves; then dies the same.

  19. stella on May 5, 2015 at 10:41 am

    It is true that if we never try, we never know. And the courage (or lack of) to try is strongly tied to our many fears. And because of our fear, we sit and let time slipped through.

    Thank You Rinpoche for this inspiring reminder that we should get out of our comfort zone.

    Humbly, with folded palms,
    Stella

  20. Lum Kok Luen on May 5, 2015 at 9:46 am

    Thank you Rinpoche. This is a very inspiring quote that we should always look at when we want to attempt new feats, challenges and new adventures.

    Humbly yours
    Lum Kok Luen

  21. Daniel Volz on Feb 21, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Thank you for all of your efforts

  22. Martial on Apr 20, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you very much for everything.
    Every time i feel down i have a look at your Blog and within a few minutes i really feel better.
    You always teach good things and i already learned a lot, thank you…
    We really need more people like you in Europe and everywhere in the world.
    Take care and have a lovely day.

    Martial

  23. grace (KHJB) on Mar 25, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Rinpoche, thanks for the quote “If you want something you never had, then do something you never did “.We always fear of failure, so sometime we choose to give up..yet it is a true that never try ,you don’t know how much you can achieved.Be Brave !

  24. sarahyap on Feb 16, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Haha… Rinpoche always tells us if we want to produce something, then we have to create the causes NOW to get to our goal to achieve it. If we never start, then we never get anywhere… so that’s why we FAIL even before we begun!

    I always take this example to illustrate the effectiveness of STARTING NOW and think of the the big things along the way. A few years ago, when Rinpoche and a few of His students walk along KL city, they say a few homeless along the streets. In a split second, Rinpoche decided to buy 20 packets of freshly cooked vegetarian food and gave the food to these homeless people. It was from that day, that the causes for Kechara Soup Kitchen came to be, and now… KSK is one department that serves the community, and not only feed the homeless, but help the under privilege and even get the homeless off the streets by searching for them jobs.

    We should never let laziness get the better part of us. How often have we had great ideas to create something good to benefit others but we decide to delay or not do it just because we’re lazy or we’re busy pursuing our desires?

    Just like what the title says… do something so you don’t regret later… life is not about satisfying yourself, but it’s about giving, being kind and compassionate… helping the poor… that is the only route to having fulfillment in our lives.

  25. Sean Wang on Feb 7, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    I really love this article. My favorite part is “If you try, you have a chance to make it. If you don’t try, then you give no chance to winning. The time is going to pass anyway, so why don’t you let it pass achieving something really meaningful.”It reminds of another quote I read but forgot where: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”. If you have the opportunity to do something good, just do it! You will never regret it. No matter how impossible it seems, it is still possible.

    We have to remember that time never waits. If we waste time doing nothing, we would have wasted our time and not anyone else’s. If you die with regrets, it will become your fault if you do not take the chances you have NOW!

  26. Lanse on Jan 21, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    It is interesting to know that laziness arises from both fear of failing as well as winning. Failing and winning are totally opposite to each other yet they are giving the same impact on us. How can it be?

    When I think a bit further, I see that they are actually the same. Fear of failing of course is due to our big ego, we don’t want to lose face in front of others when we cannot achieve something. Whereas fear of winning is also the same. We don’t want to win because we do not want other to have higher expectation on us, and this is because we are too afraid of failure. Then it comes back to the root cause again which is ego.

    The funnest things about Dharma is that it always makes us think further and deeper. At the end, we will realise that all phenomena are actually arise from the three poisons, and they all came from our mind. No wonder Buddhism emphasizes so much on taming the mind.

  27. Sharon Saw on Jan 2, 2013 at 12:06 am

    It’s been almost 2 years since i read this post so it’s a good reminder to revisit it again and see how the wisdom within has translated to action. “If you want something you never had, then do something you never did” – so perhaps this new year’s resolution for me would be to embrace the new and continue pushing the limits. Do or die.

    • Paris on Jan 14, 2013 at 5:46 am

      ….cos if you don’t really do anything great or meaningful, you might as well be dead! For what’s the point of living a life that doesn’t actually go anywhere (whatever that “anywhere” may be for you)…. that would mean we live our entire lives just for the sake of heading towards death?

      I like this: “Sitting around and not doing anything is FAILURE.” Absolutely applicable to me, because I’m so damn scared of failing. So yes, sitting there, being scared and getting paralysed by the fear of failure means i haven’t accomplished and will never even start to dream of accomplishing anything. So I have failed before I even began.

      One of my very first teachings from Rinpoche was about exactly this. I remember voicing that “I’m just afraid I’ll fail” and Rinpoche screaming back (very lovingly and passionately, of course!) about this – showing me just how silly I really am for even entertaining the thought of failing. Here you go, watch this and then go out and take a risk on something new and successful: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBTKPihGgK4

  28. abby f on Jan 1, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, what I learnt from this article is, it is not the result which determine whether we are success or failure. The result can be success or failure, it is ok, not one gets success at the first time. It is so normal to see people get success and failure, but it is rare to see people with great persistence and people who dare to try and go beyond their limit.

    We must ‘sacrifice’ a little of our comfort in order to have a greater result, especially when it comes to things that will benefit others. Again, it is not just about the result, but in the process, we become someone who dare to go beyond limit and this really inspired others and give others hope. Thank you Rinpoche for this article. I agree giving up is just a way to increase our fear. We will never overcome something if we give up. The fear remains forever and the fear will become bigger and bigger, until we totally give up to dream, to even think about who we are. Because we can’t even face ourselves…

  29. Yap Xiao Ting on Dec 5, 2012 at 1:42 am

    Once i though while we learn a lesson, we learn a solution. Then, i realize that i am learning to smile along with the progression is far more meaningful. ‘Then’ which mentioned above = above 10 years. Hahahaha….what a long time.

  30. patsy on Nov 21, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    This is so true! “If you try, you have a chance to make it. If you don’t try, then you give no chance to winning. Successful people and leaders are where they are today because they worked hard and never give up even if they fail…they dare to fail… and they are not lazy.

  31. wei theng on Nov 16, 2012 at 12:16 am

    ” Sitting around and not doing anything is FAILURE.

    If you try, you have a chance to make it. If you don’t try, then you give no chance to winning.

    The time is going to pass anyway, so why don’t you let it pass achieving something really meaningful.”

    It is so meaningful. I will contemplate it frequently and check myself so that I will fall into the trap of laziness that fear of failing or fear of winning.

  32. Wah Ying on Nov 5, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Yes, it’s GLORIOUS to fail, to be LAUGHED at, compare to never put in any effort to try.

    I never realise there’s fear to be winner because of laziness until I read this article. I have to check myself everyday, whether I am not capable of something or I just merely being lazy.

    It’s a good article to share with all my FB friends. I want all to be winners of their life.

  33. Jace Chong on Nov 5, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    I like “If you try, you have a chance to make it. If you don’t try, then you give no chance to winning.” too.

    This is very logic and yet powerful words. Most of the time when we came to the junction of do or not do, we always let our negative thought to take charge and keeps thinking “What will happen if we fail?”

    Yes, we should think of all consequences when we make decision, but do not let the fear to fail control us. We have actually nothing to fail, especially if we are doing something to benefits others. Even when we fail, inside us we still win because we have done our best to make it.

    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing this.

  34. May Ong on Nov 2, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    When we know that something is good for us, especially dharma – we should make some time to dedicate effort and work towards it. It may be for a good cause, it may be for whatever reason but if we know in our heart it is the right thing to do, we just do it.

  35. mayy on Nov 2, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Very true in every way. There were times, fear of failing and winning all mixed up well up in thoughts and this resulting for not going all the way. Hence, not achieving what we want to do. I would say that we just have to DO IT and not letting others’ expectations be in the way to deter us from doing what we have originally planned and wanting to do. To do with passion and wanting to succeed not for ego sake but for fulfillment in accomplishing something successfully. How it turn out to be is all in our hands. No one else. Not even the Buddhas.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

  36. tenzin llhamo on Oct 25, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    So true. Most of the time Rinpoche always remind us that we CAN do it. If we always say cannot then whats the point for trying anything? There is nothing to lose. If we try and we fail, at least we tried but if we just sit around and not do anything then we fail anyway. Step out of our comfort zones and do the best we can in everything.

  37. Han on May 28, 2012 at 11:40 am

    I contemplating on below sentence:
    “Don’t wait. It is glorious to fail, to be laughed at, to be joked about, because when you finally make it, it sure is sweeter in the end….”

    Sometimes, The FEAR of failing that stops me MOVING FAST ENOUGH or DARE TO TAKE RISK… since nothing to loose, also think positively what Rinpoche shared with us:

    “When we win, we have expectations from others that we think we can’t handle. But turn that around. If we don’t think of them as expectations then it is not so bad. We should think that we are inspiring people.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this amazing post.

  38. Wan Wai Meng on Nov 21, 2011 at 1:01 am

    “If you want something you never had, then do something you never did” that is so logical but not so easy for us to see sometimes but if it makes a alot of sense. Which is probably why we are encouraged to get out of our comfort zones and push our boundaries.

  39. Eli on Mar 16, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    This is very inspiring, thank you.

    Only one part I’m not sure, I don’t really understand how this works, “they are really laughing about themselves subconsciously without even realizing”?

    Very insightful and helpful, thank you.

  40. Tshewang on Mar 9, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    very inspiring message la….it is really touching and inspiring ..we actually learn by trying..with trial and error..we build the game successfully…..it is true….la..your messages are really worth practicing..your holiness

  41. Philip Yong on Dec 5, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    This blog post really did hit me once more. I admit I’ve given up on many things/projects many times. But from now on, I will do my very best in living my life meaningfully by helping others.

  42. Uncle Eddie on Sep 16, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    Yes, failure is the mother of success as the saying goes! Without failure we won’t know what success is all about. But don’t get despondent by failures as no one is born to fail always, and nobody is born always a loser too. Basing on the logic of impermanance, nothing stays permanent. Failure is not an end in itself. We must move on, and try and try again with greater determination and faith. Faith has been proven to move mountains, but to win again we must move fast. We must not sit around and cover ourselves with self pity, and moan, yet do nothing about our failures, but to put more greater efforts to change our failure to success. Time passes fast and it waits for no one! As our guru said,”It is glorious to fail, to be laughed at, to be joked about, but when we finally make it, it will be a sweet success”. By so doing, we will serve as an inspiration to many others.

  43. Anila on Sep 2, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    TIME AND TIDE WAITS FOR NO MAN. Is it true? Yes I believe its true. What is most important that we should do for our spiritual life first so that we don’t regret when we die.If we are a Buddhist practioner we should think about creating lots of good merits for our salvation from the lower realms. In mundane life it would be nice not to be lazy and do whatever you can and not waste your time that you will regret later and think you should have done it. Many people will say I will leave this and this to do another day. Maybe that day will not come and you loose the opportunity which leads to regret. Even if its a failure you will know where you stand and rectify or solve it and there is no regret.

  44. Anila on Aug 15, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    I totally agree with all that Rinpoche writes in his blog. Its never too late to try anything that we wish to do while we still have the capabilities. Whether we are old or disabled or people who are immobilised can still find things to do according to the functions of their limbs ansd brains. You must put your heart and soul to what you want to do and say I will achieve it. You may be surprise the task you are doing is not bad or hard after all when you are happy and enjoy doing tne work. And most important you must think positive and say in your mind you can do it. A positive mind is the tool for success. I believe nothing you want to do can be failure unless you are lazy. If you fall or fail one time try again and find ways by putting effort. Why waste the time you have with sitting around and doing nothing. Do soimething which will benefit you and others. Time and tide waits for no man. Once opportunities lost are lost for ever. My few experiences with successes that I had was thru Rinpoche’s guidance
    that I will be able to make it turn out to be success and not failures. And I dont regret it.

  45. thierryfornow on Jul 10, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    Nobody is a looser, nobody is a failure. Why? Because we can all win.
    Nobody is “programmed” to fail, to be miserable and helpless, like there would be this permament “hard-wired” failure being that I am. This is not logical, nothing is permament, even our failed attempts, they will pass and we will succeed eventually.
    With this in view we can operate a shift on how we react and how we use our failures, two options:
    1. We see our failures as an end in itself and get stuck in them,
    2. We see our failures as steps to success and move on.
    When, as a child, we learn to ride a bycicle we fail many times, yet we get back on the bike always and try again until we can master the control of the bycicle.
    Why don’t we do the same when we “fall” on our spiritual path?
    Perhaps we should look at it from the bycicle story, why do we get back on the bike after we have fallen and even hurt ourselves in that fall? What makes us go back on the bycicle, knowing that we will fall again many times before we can master the bike? Why? Because we have faith that we can master the bike. We have faith in that.
    So we should ask ourselves: do we have faith in our potentiality for becoming enlightened? If we don’t then we do not have faith in our guru neither, how could we? If we have faith in our guru that can see this buddhahood potential in us, we would be able to trust him.
    On the path to enlightenement, Buddha taught the third Noble Truth before the fourth for a basic simple reason, we should recognize our potentiality for buddhahood before we even hear of the path taking us there.
    Same: we must have faith that we can bike before we learn to bike, then only do we find the strength to push ourselves.
    “If you want something you never had, then do something you never did”

  46. Shirley Tan on Jul 5, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Regret happens when you have waited until it is too late to start living your life. No one can change the past. It is long gone. And you have to live with the consequences of your action in the Present. Until you change and do something different to break the cycle, chances are your future will also be the same, if not worse. No one would like to wait until the end and then find out that we should done things differently. If we have always been the loser, then start creating the causes to be a winner. Learn new skills, un-load all the bad habits and change ourselves. In Buddhism, we say that Liberation lies in the palm of your hands. Only you can save yourself. Only you can change yourself. So, don’t wait anymore. Time’s ticking away so very fast – now, that is scary.
    Starting being your best so that you can start enjoying the best years of your life NOW.

  47. Duke Okkelberg on Mar 23, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    Shirley, I love your humor and the way you put things.
    I agree with the statement above: “It is glorious to fail”
    If it were not for my failures, I would have had no need to seek out the Dharma. My failures have all been camouflaged successes.
    One thing that I always repeat to myself to ensure that I never entertain ideas of giving up is THE BEST IS YET TO COME! I really believe that for myself and my path. My best years in the Dharma are ahead of me if I keep at it and never give up. How can I give up when I haven’t even tasted the frosting yet?

  48. Shirley Tan on Mar 20, 2010 at 2:11 am

    This particular blog speaks to me in the most profound way. Here I am, this ex-Queen of Sloth who is hell bent on becoming something more than a fat domesticated self-indulgent pet. I am going to go all the way and woul rather die trying than sit in my bed and rot the years away.

  49. Sharon Saw on Mar 19, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    I love this!! “If you try, you have a chance to make it. If you don’t try, then you give no chance to winning.
    The time is going to pass anyway, so why don’t you let it pass achieving something really meaningful.”

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

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

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

    Jason

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

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

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

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

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this heartwarming article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 02:21 PM
    Its a heartfelt touching article of this faithful dog.Cannot imagine this ,such a wonderful relationship between that dog and the deceased owner.The greatest fear dogs know is the fear that we will not come back for them That i noticed from observing from my pet poodle.In this case this faithful dog knew his owner won’t be back.
    Dogs are loyal, patient, fearless, forgiving, capable of pure love and have feelings too.He must have missed the owner badly that he wanted to accompany the owner all the way to the resting place.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing. May that faithful dog ,continue to serve and well taken, love by the other family members.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 01:46 PM
    Werewolves are known to be mythical creatures found in fiction instead of lurking in the dark woods,In various parts of the world there were few cases who have gone down in history as real life werewolves Interesting to read it from these post..How far it was true or just legends.,no one really know . Many myths and legends surrounding werewolves .To become a werewolf, it is necessary to be bitten by a werewolf in their form at the time of the full moon. Thats what all of us knew from the movies and from fiction told. Reports of werewolf sightings continued even till this century but mostly in between 1428 and 1447 .The most recent sighting of werewolf sightings in 1972. was in Ohio .but eventually subsided .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these interesting article which i do enjoyed reading it,
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html
  • Valentina
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 01:11 PM
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    Twenty-Four Holy Places & Eight Great Charnel Grounds part 2 – (focus topic: Eight Great Charnel Grounds)

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

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

    Jason

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini\'s blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves.
~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini's blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves. ~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
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His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
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: This picture says it all. Click on it to enlarge and read and please share.
This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one\'s death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one's death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin\'s dog Snowy!
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I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin's dog Snowy!
Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
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Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
 Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
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2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
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One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
 Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
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Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
Tsem Rinpoche\'s Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
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Tsem Rinpoche's Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
 It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and \'defeat\' the ones that hurt us because we don\'t become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
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It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and 'defeat' the ones that hurt us because we don't become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
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Tsem Rinpoche's heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin  Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
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Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
 (left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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(left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s good to be with kind and sincere people.
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It's good to be with kind and sincere people.
If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
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If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
My Mumu boy didn\'t want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
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My Mumu boy didn't want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
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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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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!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
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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
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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
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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
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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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  • 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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