The Beginning….

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Everything in life has false dualistic views. If we choose to enter the door of dualism, then we get hurt, disappointed, and bitter in the end. If we choose a better doorway which is emptiness, then the door leads seemingly nowhere yet everywhere. Emptiness of dualism.

 

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Whatever we choose, everything ends in death in the end. Everything is forgotten, lost, abandoned and taken away. Why bother to spend your whole life gathering things you can keep for a very short time? So better choose a doorway that at death, it leads to something much better. Something you can take…more tangible yet not tangible…your consciousness..mind.

 

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Your mind is the only thing you actually ‘own’. It travels ‘with’ you life after life taking on different forms, experiencing, collecting, learning and then back to the same thing again. In the end, there’s no place new in samsara you have not been to. It seems like a journey, but it’s just a vicious cycle. Nothing new to learn, only to re-experience again and again.

 

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At the end of each life cycle, we have to start the dying process again….then death, then rebirth, then death, over and over again with no end….pleasurable to the ignorant. A vicious cycle to those who are Awakened.

 

Desire

Fired by our attachments, desire and greed we have to take rebirths again and again deceptively thinking it is a new journey or it will be better or it is a place we haven’t been to before. Those are the babblings of the deceived.

 

Ugly death

 At the end of each deceptive ‘journey’ we take in Samsara, it always ends in death. No matter what forms we take and what ‘new’ lessons we learn, we never really learn because there’s is no new knowledge within samsara’s internal boundaries.

 

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But if we look outside of samsara’s boundaries, there’s another journey. A true journey. A journey traversed by the Buddhas of the past, and awaiting the Buddhas of the future. This journey has a destination. This destination will not be disappointing or lead to bitterness. It has a wonderful end. But that end will be just the beginning.

 

Tsem Rinpoche

 

 

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  1. Stella Cheang on Mar 12, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for this very profound teaching. Because of us holding on to the dualistic view, we are bound to the “I” heavily, with the “I”, attachment arise. However, nothing that the “I” attached to or possess in this world of this lifetime can be brought along when we die one day, inevitably. We foolishly think that all the temptations in samsara are exotic and fun, but, really, what samsara a.k.a our world is but a gateless theme park that serves unlimited pleasure and pain roller coaster rides with free tickets to hell. Think about it and what we want for our next life before time runs out.

  2. Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Feb 12, 2016 at 8:39 am

    I am currently in a retreat and in between sessions, I have been thinking a lot about the things people do that they think will bring them happiness, but in fact keep them trapped in samsara. At one point, I got really frustrated especially when thinking about people who really should know better. WHY do they keep doing the same thing over and over again, thinking it will bring them happiness? They KNOW the Dharma, they KNOW they are going to die one day, and so knowing their time is so short, why are they wasting it on meaningless pursuits? Is their life so bad that they have to distract themselves in this way?

    At one point through all this thinking, I realised how judgmental I was being. What they do that keeps them in samsara may be obvious, but what I am doing is just as bad even if it is more subtle. My own attachment to judgement and the ‘pleasure’ I derive from making such judgements, and my own attachment to thinking that my method is better than theirs, is just as bad as whatever they are engaged in. Why? Because in the end, we all still end up being reborn in samsara anyway. The only difference is how we got there and where we ended up.

    So why create so much karma from such negative, judgemental thoughts about others? In the past, such an attitude has not brought me happiness. Yet, just like the people I was judging, I deceptively imagined that this time, things would be different, I will be proven correct and as a result, I will be happy from having been proven correct. Boy, that was a wake-up call when I came to that conclusion about my own delusions.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this powerful, poetic teaching of the Four Noble Truths. Reading it was very freeing for my mind.

  3. Ong Moh Mei on Feb 1, 2016 at 11:54 pm

    None of us can deny that we will all die one day. With birth, the only certainty is death. Whatever happens in between we may have some predictability, some control but there are too many factors beyond us. While we may not know when or how we will die, we know with absolute certainty that we will. There are many proof that reincarnation exists. For those of you who believe in reincarnation, one must why we keep doing this same cycle again and again. What is the point? Buddhist believes in enlightenment, that there is a journey beyond. But it doesn’t look like people are rushing to get enlightened either. For those who supposedly believe in enlightenment, many still seems to keep going through the cycle of birth and death. Hopefully they will get there some day.

    When I think of enlightenment, that there is something beyond samsara, I always think of the movie The Matrix. Not all who took the red pills and realized the truth of the Matrix were happy with the “real” situation. Sometimes I wonder if enlightenment could be like that. We wake up from the illusion of the fabricated world created by the Matrix only into another hell hole, another gloomy world. True, it may not be fabricated but it’s still just trading one world for another. It’s a scary thought. On one hand is this world which is samsara that we already know it’s just endless suffering one way or another. On the other is the promise of end of suffering. But throughout history, that is what mankind has always been searching for. Is this just another illusion that the grass is always greener on the other side, hence we are never happy where we are and wanted something else somewhere else.

  4. Paul Yap on Dec 20, 2015 at 11:45 pm

    At the end, we only owned our mind, nothing else is owned by us. We can’t take anything with us when we are dead. Money, fame, ego etc will be left behind. We only can take with us the karma and merits we have created and all the right choices we made while we are still alive.

  5. Wan Wai Meng on Nov 18, 2015 at 1:25 am

    Our minds can bring us to a meaningful existence a lifetime of benefitting others, or it can lead us to plain misery over and over again.

  6. Pema Thinley on Oct 2, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    These are words like my alarm to wake me up from my deluded state. whenever i feel lost and not well with my mind, i read these words and really help me remind me of my true purpose in this world. Thank you so much

  7. Kevin W on Jun 17, 2015 at 2:50 am

    How profound.

    Only by cutting desires/attachments can impulse energies be stopped.
    Impulse energies causes karmas to arise.
    Karmas creates the cycle of rebirths.

    By stilling the mind on Emptiness,
    One creates non dualistic mind. No impulse energies are created.
    No impulse energies; no karmas to arise.

    Thus cessation of rebirths is achieved.

    Enlightenment is the Emptiness of the non-dualistic mind.
    No bad no good. No sadness no happiness. No pleasure no pain.

    • Kevin W on Jun 17, 2015 at 8:34 am

      Correction. It’s Impulse Thought Energy.
      Everything arises from Thoughts, that which creates karma.

  8. Datuk May on Jun 11, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Birth is the beginning of life or is death the beginning? Somehow, either way makes sense.

    My point of view is if we have lived our lives within the teachings of the Awakened one, and with the inevitable ageing of the machine called our physical body, isn’t death a beginning whereby we can discard our worn out vessel and have the controlled and tamed mind to take on a new vessel to continue our work.

  9. Li Kheng on Jun 10, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    This post makes me reflect on how I and many people have viewed life from an angle that is opposite of the truth. So much time is spent to staying alive and preserving the body when such effort is futile because nothing can defeat the inevitable destination of death. Similarly, so much effort is put into avoiding death when that is the one aspect of our life that is certain.

    This is the true meaning of irony.

    I am sharing this with my friends who participated in the Inner Peace Retreat at Kechara Forest Retreat. It will make a powerful and potentially liberating subject for contemplative meditation.

  10. JP on Jun 9, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    “But if we look outside of samsara’s boundaries, there’s another journey. A true journey. A journey traversed by the Buddhas of the past, and awaiting the Buddhas of the future. This journey has a destination. This destination will not be disappointing or lead to bitterness. It has a wonderful end. But that end will be just the beginning.”

    The last sentence of the paragraph caught my attention, “But that end will be just the beginning.”. This has always been my question. Once we become a Buddha, then what happens? Once all lives are liberated, then what’s next? I believe this question is too profound for us to understand.

    What’s more important for my level is to be liberated first. By that time, I may find my answers to what’s next. I believe that’s where we truly live, free of delusions.

  11. Shelly Tai on Jun 8, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for constantly remind us about death and impermanent , it is indeed a very profound teaching that will release us from a lot of suffering it actually lead us to let go a lot of our self graping so that we will be more willing to help others and think less about our need , and it also help us to stay in our spiritual path and not give up easily.

  12. Lum Kok Luen on Jun 8, 2015 at 11:00 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you for sharing and reminding us of the “End Day” and the teaching on Emptiness.
    It’s really a reminder call to drop our egos, desires, hatred, greed, etc., etc.

    Humbly yours,
    _/\_
    Lum Kok Luen

  13. Joy on Feb 2, 2014 at 1:25 am

    If we can really internalise this, then all problems, sufferings, anger, hatred, disharmony, stress, fears, issues we have in our life will just melt away because what’s the point in getting so “hung up” about? Instead we would treasure and really appreciate our precious “human” body that is fit and able to do Dharma and my gawd… and we have a Guru to guide us on top of that!

    We don’t realise this, that is why our bad habituations are still so hard and tough and deeply ingrained in us. But I must say, it is because of Rinpoche’s teachings and constant care in finding interesting ways to “remind” us of this impermanence existence, we may perhaps have a 10% realisation or a glimpse of how we can change our lives and other’s lives around us and hopefully we get it eventually and live a fuller, more purposeful, happier life.

    An apt reminder during this Chinese New Year as everyone goes around showing gratitude and paying respects to their folks… but shouldn’t this be done even without CNY? I guess samsara makes us “busy”.

  14. Carmen Lin @ KMP on Dec 9, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    I certainly need this very much to remind myself of what life would be at the end and refresh myself with a better attitude towards life and train myself to be committed with my Dharma work.

    Thank you Rinpoche very much of sharing this.

  15. Vinnie Tan on Jul 28, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Although the pictures in this article are very gruesome, but it reminds us hat we will be in the future when we die or when we are poor and do not have food. We should not be taking what we have for granted, not wasting our lives in the enjoyment of the samsara activities. We should always keep in mind about what we have, being grateful for what is given to us. Give others as well when we can.

  16. […] H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche wrote a truly mind-blowing blog entitled, “The Beginning” about life on earth, and how we truly own nothing. And the only thing we can take with us is our minds. Do have a read at http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/2010/06/the-beginning.html. […]

  17. Anila on Dec 3, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    When there is a begining there will be an end. Its just like going round and round in circles without and end. So is life. You were born as a baby then you grow up. And grow old then die. And you take rebirth again in a different environment and a different body. Except that what has not change is your consciousness. Your Karma will have to change by how you cause it and the effect of the result. So at the beginning when we create a good cause for the good result to happen at the end so it can connect to the beginning again. In doing this we must accumulate merits during our lifetimes for us to be able to get good karma for this to happen.

  18. Sean Wang on Nov 17, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    ever since I was born I have been continuously been walking in the door of dualism.everything ends in death and begins again.The only thing that we actually would have is our mind. I would feel very bored if I would be able to feel like that right now to grow old then die then get young again. Then do it again and again. If my mind could remember what happens in my cycle I think that I would get a headache.
    greed, attachments and desire is keeping the cycle goig on. So, I will stop all of that to prevent me from going continuosly into that cycle over and over again.

  19. Gim Lee on Nov 15, 2010 at 1:19 am

    Dear Rinpoche

    This thought provoking post keeps me thinking… I have no attained views to offer but I wish to share the following views that I thought could be very useful on this topic…

    “…Buddhism teaches us ways to let go and simply to approach life as it is, whatever we might find, with the most simple, sane, clear mind possible. We are given methods to know referenceless rather than conduct a life-long war against it so that the complications in our mind can dissipate, so that we can make more peace with whatever we face…

    In Buddhism, emptiness, the gap that composes the open dimension, is not a problem. In dualism, we have avoided the gap, lost touch with what it really is and believe it is a problem. We are superstitious even phobic about that gap, the godlessness, the non-concrete.

    Buddhist practitioners are people who are willing to look beyond that superstition, to be curious enough to explore the experience of the texture reality as it is, rather than relate to it as if we already understand it, rather than relate to it through ideas… ”

    By Troma Rinpoche from “Entering The Open Dimension – A Buddhist View of God, Godlessness and The Sacred

    Thank you Rinpoche

  20. Lim Han Nee on Aug 28, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for this beautiful and profound teaching. It took me a long while to fathom even a little of its depth.
    I am trying to find my way though it in this response.
    ‘Everything in life has false dualistic views. if we choose to enter the doorway of dualism then we get hurt, disappointed and bitter in the end. If we choose a better doorway which is emptiness(emptiness of dualism), then the doorway seemingly leads us nowhere and everywhere’.
    If we choose the doorway which is emptiness(free of dualism), we will be undertaking a journey out of samsara and its vicious cycle of uncontrolled existences of suffering. This is, in fact, the journey which past Buddhas have undertaken to Enlightenment and liberation from suffering, and which future Buddhas will undertake.
    This journey, whose doorway is emptiness, requires that we relinquish ‘self’ to realize a mind of ‘selflessness’.This ‘selfless’ mind is the ‘mind of clarity’ and is also a ‘non-dual space mind’. It is free of bias, free of desirous attachment and hatred and sees all beings as ‘inseparably related’. Thus, it is a mind that is free of the causes of suffering and of suffering, as it unwaveringly sees the ultimate nature of self and all phenomena.
    To realize this ‘selfless’, non-dualistic mind, we have to dismantle our closed conceptual mind and free it of its habituated and distorted perceptions and projections which make it see self and all things as substantial, permanent, independently existing and separate, and labels and classifies all things.It is this closed conceptual mind, that labels and discriminates out of wrong projections and perceptions, that feeds the roosters and the snakes in us and create our suffering, our hurts,our disappointments and out bitterness.

  21. Allan Lee 李栢荣 on Jul 10, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    This is really a great teaching passed on by Rinpoche. Every time we are caught within ourselves because we could not see the other view of matter. We are so attached with so much matters and we tend to lose ourselves during the process.
    We are covered with greed and blinded with desire to get certain things or even a person.
    Recently I get to know an old lady, who is telling everyone how much she had cared and loved here godson, but once the godson met a girlfriend, she went into defensive mode and started bombarding her godson with mean words and words to degrade the girl and humiliate the girl.
    It is really a hard situation to see for the poor guy, but in the end he just told the old lady, hope she will respect him and her girlfriend and told her that she will always be his godmother no matter what happened. But the lady refused everything and objected, saying if he insist to be with the girl, then they will no longer be related as godmom and godson relationship.
    Sad situation though to see it ended that way. But it really shows how human can be blinded with greed and desire where they tend to think that they can own everytime, creating negative karma as it goes on.

  22. ng yew seng on Jul 9, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    Rinpoche, thank you for the powerful words and powerful pictures. One point that most affected me was the point about being caught in a vicious cycle. I had to ask myself , why do I let myself to still be caught in this vicious cycle ? I think probably due to countless lifetimes of negative habituations. It’s like being caught in a whirlpool. At least now I’m starting to learn how to swim out from it. The first few strokes will be difficult but with Rinpoche’s blessings and the help of my fellow kecharians , I will save myself and in turn learn to save others. I think my fellow kecharians are superb fighters. Fighters of their own habituations. Thank you Rinpoche for your unending patience with us and your guidance.

  23. Elena on Jul 9, 2010 at 1:23 am

    What a powerful blog post, made even more powerful by the images that Rinpoche added. In speaking about duality, it reminds me of a short teaching that Rinpoche gave on the visualisation we should hold during a Medicine Buddha puja.
    Rinpoche spoke about Menlha’s residing in non-dual space, which is the clarity of the mind. In that state, it means he is without attachment – without duality, there is no good or bad, no right or wrong, no black or white. Thus, residing in non-duality, Menlha exists only to benefit us, no matter what actions he manifests and however it appears. And because Menlha is without attachment, he manifests in his physical blue form.
    In the same way our Guru is also without attachment – everything about his body, speech and mind is for others. One example is that he takes on the robes, to show he is in service of others. We cannot take on the robes ourselves but our Guru can, because he is without attachment.
    That teaching really stuck with me because of the visualisation that Rinpoche later gave on prostrations. It was the first time I felt I could really apply a teaching on non-duality to my practice, that non-duality was an actual achievable state of being. Rinpoche said,
    1) As we recite NAMO GURU BEH and NAMO BUDDHA YAH, think, “May I attain your non-dual space body”
    2) As we recite NAMO DHARMA YAH, think, “May I attain your non-dual space speech”
    3) As we recite NAMO SANGHA YAH, think, “May I attain your non-dual space mind”
    4) As you go down to the ground, think, “I surrender everything to you”
    5) As you come back up, think, “I rise to practise the Dharma for others”
    That’s the visualisation I have every time I do prostrations now, whether it’s to Menlha or not, just because it is so beautiful.

  24. Susan Lim on Jul 7, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    “Where u and what you doing?” is what Rinpoche will send to his students for updates. In relation to Rinpoche’s advice to Melvin, “In spirituality, always ask yourself questions regarding what you are doing and why you are doing it daily” gives a different perspective to “where u and what you doing?” It’s a way for the student to also check what they are up to in their mind which is reflected in their daily activities.
    This blogpost is not just some clever sayings illustrated by photos to impress…It is brilliant, it is pure wisdom..on top of that, what I wish to point out is Rinpoche use many methods to push his students to realize what is said in the blogpost…to shape our minds and thus affecting the way we live our lives to achieve happiness with no regrets when we look back…
    I love this post very much as it hits home what really matters.

  25. ngeowchin on Jul 6, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    What a graphically beautiful way to present such a profound teaching on dualism, emptiness and impermanence -yet its key points are easy for us to grasp, to reflect , to relate and to practice.
    It really hits me that we can be so foolish to hang on to things, to spend so much energy( some more leading to stress and anxiety )in acquiring them ( mostly not essential things that we need but out of greed ), which, as Rinpoche said , we can only have them for a very short time.
    The only thing we can bring along to our future lives when our body die and decays is our mind.
    We should spend time to learn how to train our mind to become a beautiful wise mind which will be free from negative thoughts if we care about our future.
    We must because there are so many future lives ahead of us while there is only one present one now. The best use of this present life is to do something truly meaningful with it,as Rinpoche says here
    instead of going after temporary pleasures with nothing prepared for the future.

  26. mima on Jun 19, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for giving us this very precious teaching!

  27. Jace Chong on Jun 14, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche for the teachings.
    Ya, we should always “zoom out” and see what is the whole picture of life and not focus on the short terms satisfaction.

  28. Lamjp9188 on Jun 13, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    thank you it realy warms my heart`

  29. Sonia Waskin on Jun 13, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    My Dear Rinpoche
    This was truely a powerful teaching for me. Lately I have felt that I have been doing the same thing over and over again and it is now clear that the feelings I have are very true to past lives. So my question is in today’s world how do I find my way clear of being “bored” How do I center myself with contentment?
    Everyday I go for a walk and marvel at all that were given in this world with the trees, the sky, the creatures but it is difficult to be thankful for all human creatures. This is a hard path and I need to work on this but do not know how. Does this work hand in hand with centering oneself? Yours Truely Sonia (Suncy)

  30. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche on Jun 13, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    The best anyone can do if not enlightenment is to gain mastery over taking rebirth. Where you want to go can be determined if you practice the sacred Vajra Yogini Tantra thoroughly.
    Start now before you are awarded the empowerment by:
    Holding vows and commitments.
    Be honourable and have integrity.
    Whatever work or practices you’ve been assigned, do it diligently and happily.
    Develop contemplations on the good qualities of one’s lama again and again.
    Never give up.
    Practice the 8 Verses of Thought Transformation.
    Then:
    Engage in the preliminary practices slowly but surely and finish.
    Guru Yoga
    Vajrasattva
    Mandala
    Prostrations
    Water offerings
    35 Confessional Buddhas
    Don’t practice when you get Vajra Yogini, because you can start now. You have Vajra Yogini now. If your teacher says start, start in this way that I’ve written. Start now.
    Have a sacred image of Vajra Yogini on your shrine and do all the practices ‘directed’ or focussed on Her. Hence you create powerful affinity with Her starting now.
    Don’t waste time and procrastinate due to excuses that arise from empty reasonings.
    Tsem Tulku

  31. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche on Jun 13, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Dear Datuk,
    Ridding your mind of dualism is not a hobby or a mission, it is the very purpose you should live for. We should all live for. If we do, all our actions become spontaneously spiritual.
    Since you wish to bring others to spiritual practice, the more you rid yourself of dualism, the more effective you will be. The very reason to bring people to dharma is to help them to the highest goal, getting rid of dualism. For when dualism is eliminated, the SENSE OF FREEDOM, HAPPINESS AND LIGHTNESS you feel will be irreplacable and infectious to others.
    Keep samaya clean, do all dharma/secular work with a supreme motivation as in the King of Prayers, contemplate on the reality of death daily with great concentration, look back at what life was about and determine to not waste the rest of our lives. These points are very important for our pursuit of non-dualism.
    I wish you my best and send you my care,
    Tsem Tulku

  32. Datuk May Phng on Jun 13, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teaching. I will learn to rid my life of my dualistic mind with the purpose to live in the Dharma to benefit others.

  33. Thom on Jun 13, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Very Clear and tranquile!

  34. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche on Jun 12, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    Dear Mervin,
    Sidetracking does happen when we don’t contemplate on the impermanence and transiency of our situation. Also remembering what is this all for and asking that question honestly will help very much.
    In spirituality, always ask yourself questions regarding what you are doing and why you are doing it daily. What is the purpose of work, money, food, aging, death, sickness, etc. Ask daily to yourelf.
    Tsem Tulku

  35. Mervin on Jun 12, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you for reminding me… I have side tracked and i am happy I read this post.

  36. Wu Yew Seng on Jun 12, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Dear Rinpoche many thanks for the very insightful teaching and to summarize, what rinpoche had written is actually the three Dharma Seals in Buddhism.
    1. Anicca: impermanence
    2. Anatta: non-Self
    3. Nirvana: Liberation
    The Three Dharma Dharma is common amongst all schools of Buddhism and in fact the three dharma seals is what used by Buddhist to differentiate what is Dharma and what is not. In my own opinion, it is vital to align our motivation and practice with the three dharma seals to ensure that our practice is in the correct direction.
    Well learned is very good but if one known a lot but do not apply what they have learned, then it will be like what the Jewish people always said, it is like a donkey carrying lot of books on it. Instead of using the knowledge for their own good, one will be burden by all this knowledge.

  37. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche on Jun 12, 2010 at 3:17 am

    Dear Sarah,
    Your very welcome. It reminds me too.
    I wish you well and much happiness.
    Tsem Tulku

  38. Sarah on Jun 12, 2010 at 3:16 am

    Beautiful!
    This teaching certainly help remind people like me… not to stray from practicing Dharma.
    Thank you Rinpoche 🙂

  39. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche on Jun 12, 2010 at 2:04 am

    Dear Roland,
    I like what you have quoted from Dharmakirit. Superb. Now you must fully practice it and get along with every single person that irritates you. As you grow more and more patient with people, then you know your holding of self and others is lessening. Then the faults ‘cannot’ arise.
    You should become the hotline for patience.
    Please start today and practice with everyone past, present and future.
    I wish you luck, tremendous success and happiness,
    Tsem Tulku

  40. Roland Yap on Jun 12, 2010 at 1:48 am

    Very Nice. Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful teaching.
    Can I just add a short saying by Dharmakirti to your blog.
    By holding ‘self’ we hold ‘others’.
    Through ‘self and others’ attachment and aversion arise.
    And in connection with this
    All faults arise.

  41. Dino Goh on Jun 12, 2010 at 1:03 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for such a stunning teaching.
    You are teaching us that in life we have got a choice, same old same old in the samsara or willing to make a difference to a better place. Your teaching is absolutely true.
    The reason why people are so excited with their experiences due to attachment. Choosing a different path indeed is coming out from the dark.
    This is too important for me to learn today.
    Dino

  42. Paris on Jun 12, 2010 at 12:30 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for those many apt and stunning reminders and teachings. Those pictures sure are gruesome… but at the end of the day, yes, that’s what we all are – just a bag of bones and flesh.

  43. susan on Jun 11, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    absolute wisdom, insight…truth. I’ve read and reread this post and can’t get enough of it. I see something new each time i read it. Thank you so Rinpoche for compiling the beautiful photos to go with the teaching!

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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
    Join our blog chat session this Saturday 11AM – 12PM (GMT +8) on the topic of:

    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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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
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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
: This picture says it all. Click on it to enlarge and read and please share.
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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.
4 weeks ago
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
1 month ago
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn\'t move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
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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
1 month ago
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
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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.
1 month ago
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
1 month ago
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
1 month ago
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
1 month ago
Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
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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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  • 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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