The Precise Moment

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What really matters at the precise moment?

 

When is it your turn? Any day now most likely. None of what you believed, said, thought, eaten, travelled, learned, family, acquired, partner, kids, parents, likes, dislikes, games, humour, travels, anger or ego will help you at this precise moment. This moment is very precise and exact. No escape. The state of mind reflected by your habituated actions throughout your life will lead you out of your body and propel you into ‘light’ or a temporary tunnel, or a vast field, or seeing some dead ‘relatives’ depending on your thoughts then total darkness followed by another womb. A womb pregnant with further pain perhaps? Most likely, unless you are  spiritually attained or awakened. You will again abide within a womb waiting to issue forth into the world temporarily armed or not armed for the same experiences again or their variations and more redundancy. 1Existence is meaningless redundancy that we falsely imbue with meaning. A meaning that leads to further repeated meaninglessness. This has been going on countless untold times and will continue to unless you achieve the methods to end it. 2Like the proverbial blind turtle swimming in the ocean.

Whatever you have been used to telling yourself  and ‘believing’ will determine your next womb birth or birth. No God, Gods or wealth or friends can do anything for you now. Not that they ever could and if you took confidence in them, you are going to be sweating with regrets now of the empty clingings throughout your life to them and many others things you believed falsely. A clinging of empty promises deluded by projections pushing us to act in ways that didn’t benefit ourselves at all or anyone.

How smart you think you were or what made you feel secure will all be gone in this precise moment. Only the attainments and good merits will lead you now. Only refuge, samaya, practice, merits and your Yidam will guide  you now.  Unless you forsook them by laziness, temperament, wrong sudden emotions or abandonment.

Your fancy talk, explanations or wit will not secure an exception with the dark figure in your room waiting to take you from your corporeal form ready to decompose. Yama the Grim Reaper has been waiting and watching with delight at all your deceptions both known and unknown and it’s time to pay back dues. Don’t think the next step or life will be better judging from this one. You know how you were and you know what you have done. If you don’t, that’s even worse.  How can diamonds be found on the moon when you dig on earth? Everything you believed or not believed or courageously and loudly proclaimed to others now will only be echoes of a soon to be forgotten past. A past you thought was permanent and still and unchanging. Remember, the words of doom is not death is upon you, but life was wasted on projections.

Are you ready for the denizens of the other world waiting patiently to exhaust your last breath? If you are not, when will you be ready?  Another few extended years will do not much for you. Being ready or not is not a characteristic of the 3Grim Reaper. He doesn’t wait for you to be ready, but he waits nevertheless. Look at yourself and what you have actually achieved spiritually. Are you ready? If not, what are you waiting for now? If you forsook your teacher, dharma, practice and the practice of compassion, then regret and reconnect. Start the time honored 4recommendations now by the past Sages. Don’t look for reasons to not practice, but look for reasons to practice. If you have remained connected due to some merit infused wisdom, then step it up. Time is not on your side!

Tsem Rinpoche

 

1 Samsara

2 Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche describes in Lam Rim our chances of another good life is like a blind turtle that surfaces once every 100,000 years for air then goes back below the ocean again, and that his head can go through a yoke randomly floating and moving through a vast ocean. The turtle putting his head through this yoke is likened to the rarity of finding the ‘perfect’ human body again with the 8 leisures and 10 endowments and meeting the dharma again.

3 Yama, the Lord of Death or in Western terms, Grim Reaper – The one who comes to take you from your body with his minions.

4 Be vegetarian for life now. Read, study the Lam Rim and apply immediately without long explanations. Engage in Guru Yoga of Lord Tsongkapa and Migtseyma daily without a break and reap the benefits. The negative habits many and your teacher have mentioned about you for years, eliminate now. It will not hurt you but help you. Volunteer regularly in dharma works. Work for dharma fully if you can. Bring Dharma to others. Study up on dharma. Be emotionally close to your teacher and support the works. If you had differences with your teacher due to delusions, make up for it. Don’t wait. You or your teacher can die anytime. Apologize and make amends with your teacher immediately. Follow those who practice dharma and just smile at those who don’t even if they are in the dharma centre. Do your practices consistently and put the 8 Verses of Thought Transformation as the heart of your meditations combined with the first chapter of Lam Rim daily.

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  1. Samfoonheei on Jan 6, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    Death is inevitable non of us can escape that is for sure.Every moment of our life we will never see again ,live our life to the fullest and make every moment joyful and meaningful. To learn ,practice Dharma,work for Dharma and bring Dharma to others will lead you to happiness and gain merits. Do dharma work with a good motivation as advised by Rinpoche Star now and not to waste time….every moments is PRECISE.
    THANK YOU Rinpoche for this teachings and advice.

  2. Jill Yam on Aug 1, 2016 at 9:59 am

    Death is inevitable. Nothing is permanent. We tend to take our life for granted nut knowing that time is not our friend. Because of wrong views and our delusions we forget about our karma. We should start doing dharma now and not find excuses not to practice.
    Only the attainments and good merits will lead us now. Only refuge, samaya, practice, merits and our Yidam will guide us now.

    No one can guide us at that precise moment. It’s up to us how we live our life and do our practices and follow our Guru’s instructions.

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing which I will take to heart.

    Jill Yam

  3. Ng Jesvin on Jul 31, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing. Yes, dying is the process that we cannot escape and at the end of the day we can’t bring anything with us in this precise moment. I would like to thank Rinpoche for giving me the answer in facing the death. With the dharma knowledge, we are able to take refuge to the three jewels, keep our Samaya with our guru, practice with daily sadhana and meditation, gain merits through dharma work, transform our mind by understanding the 4 nobel truths, practice the 8 fold paths and keep the 5 percepts, rely upon our Yidam to guide us till the end of our life.

    Humbly with hand folded,
    Ng Jesvin

  4. Chris Chong on Mar 17, 2016 at 12:36 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing this advice. Death is the truth that no one can deny but everyone tends to forget about it until the very last moment. Because of this delusion that we will live for a very long time, we wasted our time in pursuing things that are useless to us when our elements are dissolving one after and other. Only refuge, samaya, practice, merits and our Yidam will guide us now.

    Rinpoche had adviced us to do death meditation everyday to remind us of impermanence and what is most important to us now. One who does not realise death, will waste his life away until he does.

    Humbly,
    Chris

  5. Lars on Dec 10, 2014 at 3:09 am

    What a splendid article! Thank you so much Rinpoche for writing it.

  6. Li Kheng on Nov 30, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Death is certainly the final destination of each and everyone of us, which we cannot avoid or escape. Therefore, it would be most wise for us to spend time, effort and resources to die well. Death should not be a taboo or something we feat because false pretense that “death is far from happening to us” will lead us to a destruction state of grasping, attachment, fear at our precise moment of death.

    I would like to share the link below on Meditating on Death which helped me appreciate some of the precious people in my life better and improve my relationship with them. So, see…in acknowledging death, we open the windows for our heart to live better.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/last-night-i-spoke-about-death-meditation-in-more-detail.html

  7. Wan Wai Meng on Jun 12, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    Existence is meaningless redundancy that we falsely imbue with meaning. A meaning that leads to further repeated meaninglessness. This has been going on countless untold times and will continue to unless you achieve the methods to end it. ~ I find this to be very true, but still if we do not want to wander aimlessly in samsara, then it might be good to do meaningful things? Or doing things that bring us closer to enlightenment?

  8. Edwin Tan on May 10, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Before I met you, I will probably be afraid of death, of the unknown, of what I will become of in my next life, if I ever have.

    Now that I met Rinpoche, my kind guru, who is always watching out for me, cleansing my negative karma, guiding me how to gain merits and reduce negativities, I know I will be ready when the time comes.

    I reflect on my misdeeds, my deeds. I do not know what is next, but I am ready.

    Thank you, Rinpoche.

    Regards,
    Edwin

  9. Leslie Leong on Apr 4, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    I think that a lot of people who has achieved high standings in life often forgets where they came from. I have personally come across people who talks big, lies, plays politics, horrible in character, very judgmental. Of course I have also met very nice and humble people too.
    Thanks for this article as it reminds me/us that we must never forget that in life, wealth, successes, power, achievements…means nothing when we leave, which we eventually will.
    I am thankful to have the opportunity to have easy access to internet to learn from this website about dharma, wish to learn more.

  10. Shelly tai on Apr 2, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for reminding us about our death. Death is inevitable non of us can escape , through spiritual practice make me understand more about the process if death by understanding it more it actually drive to be more want to stay in the path because we need to prepare our mind transform our negative state of mind to a positive state of mind so that our next will suffer less because happiness in on our own hand no one else can help us.

  11. William on Apr 1, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    When your time is up, it is up. Time to go, no negotiation not extension. Then you will go on to your next birth. Your next rebirth will depend very much on what you have done this life and your previous lives. This is because we believe in the continuation of the mindstream but not the body (vessel) you are in now.

    So, what you do now is very important for the future till you are liberated and free from the cycle of life. Some may get there faster, some slower, but what you do not is important. Do dharma work with a good motivation as advised by Rinpoche as it will help us. The time we have is now, there’s no other time already.

    I am grateful that I am now working for the Dharma, doing the best I can. Hopefully I can make a difference in my future life so that my future will be brighter. In the mean time, help others along the way. Thanks to Rinpoche’s guidance and teachings, I am able to absorb some Dharma into my life. I am on my journey and definitely a good one.

  12. Li Kheng on Mar 31, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    At the moment of death, nothing matters except the ability to be prepared to depart with grace through wisdom and compassion. However, if we are really honest, nothing really matters NOW anyway.

    Why do I say that, not out of bitterness but awed realization.

    For some, the money they have creates a fear that people (including their spouse and children) only want them for their money. Therefore, they live in distrust. So, although there is cash in the bank, these “rich people” have empty heart of loneliness.

    For some, they have many friends…but friends for happy days who tend to disappear when the going gets rough. If we are truly honest, we know that we do not have to wait for the moment of death to be abandoned as we are already alone when facing bankruptcy. People do not want to be associated with failure.

    For some, authority has provided great power and control. A General Manager or CEO of a company may be able to dictate the fate of the company and the entire team of staff with one statement. Wow, what great power! However, fear arises that the power is taken away. As in the case of author Michael Gill who wrote [How Starbucks saved my life], at the age of 53, he was fired and not only did he loose his clients, staff loyalty and respect, he could hardly get anyone to pick up his call. He described himself to be helpless.

    So, does this mean that we get rid of our riches and un-friend everyone? No, it simply means we need to review our priorities with strong consideration to the kind words shared by Tsem Rinpoche above. So that we create real value with our money, relations and authority in a way that can give us peace when we face death and in a way that we will leave behind a legacy that benefits others.

  13. beatrix ooi on Mar 27, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    What Rinpoche has written is very true, we will never know when’s our last day on earth. Just like what happened in the past few weeks, none of the people on the plane knew that tragic was going to happen. And also my school’s prefect, who died in a car accident recently, he died on spot… none of them knew that it was their last day. We don’t wait until unfortunate tragic happens then only we regret, it will be far too late by then. These bad news taught me a lesson- we’ll never know when we’re gonna die, so while we are alive, we make sure ourselves don’t involve in negative activities, at least it’ll helps us when the time comes.

  14. Julia Tan on Mar 27, 2014 at 12:21 am

    Some people met Dharma by accident or unintentionally. Some people came to Dharma when he has no place to go. Some people come for Dharma for help because they lost something, may be a husband, a child, money, court case, illness, business etc, some people was a calling time to them, some people search for Dharma because they have very strong past life imprint just like Rinpoche. Whatever it is, we are blessed to meet the guru and the Dharma if you have found one.

    What about those who are not in the categories on top? Where are they going after death? The soul will be pulled and dragged by the yama to the hell. only Merits could save you. Merit is just like our bullets to shoot the enemy down in order to protect and defend ourselves.

    How to gain merits? find a merits field like Kechara.. throw in all the good that your have done. If you see the good is more than the money you have then you are save. If you see the money is more than your merits, then you will suffer and when the last day come before you have a chance of even think about it. too late.. and too bad for you.

  15. AdelineTan on Mar 26, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for giving this profound dharma teaching on the blog. Since this optimum human rebirth is so difficult to get as it is stated in the lamrim. ‘No Self-deception could be worse. After gaining such a chance. Than not cultivating virtue! Nothing could be blinder!’ and ‘From non-virtue come all suffering and likewise all the lower realms. From virtue come all the upper realms and all happy rebirth.’ I must remember to put this into practice everyday now.

  16. LT Loo on Mar 25, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    From the “wheel of life” it shows how one turn the samsara wheel in one complete chain-link cycle. Due to ignorance, you develope “wrong view”. you neglect the fact of karma and it effect and be ignorance of your future life. since we had acquired this human rebirth by chance and meet with the dharma. The other school of Buddhism suggest to abandonment of “desire” as the practice to break this chain,(your desire for object of attachment,desire of taking another form/rebirth…).
    Seldom had I read about it mentioned the “golden opportunity” during death process as another method( my ignorance?). In the Vajrayana teaching, the same desire energy was turn to focused to difference object, such as the desire to benefit others,desire to enlightenment… This newly re-learned habituation will be used at the time of death to propel one into “pure-land” of your choice or to higher fortunate rebirth.

  17. Pastor Han Nee on Mar 25, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this gem of a teaching.

    I appreciate it that Rinpoche keeps reminding us to do the death meditation daily. This teaching impresses me with the urgency of preparing for death. For the state of mind at point of death will determine where we will be going to in our next rebirth.

    Our state of mind at point of death is the state we have habituated our mind with, through all the actions of our body, speech and mind, throughout our lives. If our mind were habituated to be positive and has no clinging to the appearances of this life,then it will travel out of this life into a good rebirth. However,more often than not, our mind allows itself to be deceived by appearances because of wrong perceptions. Then our habituated state of mind will be a negative one, mired in grasping and clinging to the insubstantial things of this life. At that precise moment of death, this clinging to what we had always perceived as our ‘anchor’, will be the cause of our undoing and unravelling. By then it’s too late.When we realize the truth, that we have clung falsely to things which will not protect or help us at all, and which had been the cause of our creating negativities,we will be helplessly on the way to another life, another meaningless existence.

  18. Uncle Eddie on Mar 25, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    “Wherever there is birth, there’s always death”, but whose-ever turn is, nobody knows. Young or old, one has to go when the time comes, as seen in the law of impermanence. No God, or gods, or wealth or friends can do anything for us. Only attainments and good merits will lead us now. Only refuge, samaya, practice, merits and our Yidam will guide us now. Don’t look for reasons to, not practice, but look for reasons to practice now, as time is not on our side, as Rinpoche has said! Thank you very much once again for your precious advice and teachings, Rinpoche. With your meritorious teachings, deep care andlove all this while, if ever we can have a wish granted, it will be “In our next rebirth may we always not be parted from a perfect Guru like you Rinpoche!” Om mani padme hung.

  19. Carmen K on Mar 25, 2014 at 2:01 am

    I used to think about death. What will I do at that moment, and before dwelling too much into it, I’d brush it away thinking “there’s still alot of time left. I’m not going to die so soon. Let’s not think about it”… and there I was brushing it off year after year. Though frankly speaking, I think I was just scared. Scared about what I would do at that moment. How will it feel? Where will I go? Who will be by my side, and how can I have the heart to “leave” them. I had no idea.

    Well, I’m glad I met Rinpoche..it has been my greatest fortune. Rinpoche has given me answers to many questions I had. But most of all, Rinpoche has shown me the path, and created a platform for me to do what I can to prepare myself for the final moment. A life which otherwise would be extremely mundane and tedious now has purpose and meaning because of the Dharma that Rinpoche has brought to me.

    Nothing can save you from death. But what you do in your life will dictate your judgement day.

  20. Low KHJB on Mar 24, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing.It is a kind reminder but the obvious reality for our final days to come if we are not prepared spiritually .
    We are fortunate to meet up with our compassionate guru who give us a final road map to Shangri la to rid yourself of suffering for free. But we rather grope in the dark to find Treasure island to satisfy our greed and fantasy.
    Samsara is indeed tempting and most of us got so indulge in its pleasure that we lose our true nature of finding our way home through the Jewels of Dharma.
    I do not deny that I am one of its victims.But day by day I am fighting the inner demons to seek the right path through the guidance of the 3 Jewels through Kechara.
    I am sure the benevolent Dharma will triumph at last, for me to be prepared for those coming final days to come.

    Thank you Rinpoche for you guidance!

  21. Jacinta Goh on Mar 24, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Two of the greatnesses of reading Lam rim is to know the true thinking of Buddha and taking it as an instruction. Likewise, Rinpoche’s blog serves as though the same for me. There are many times, I found that Rinpoche is actually giving us instructions indirectly. Hopefully I can follow Rinpoche’s advices up to tee!

  22. Graceleong on Mar 24, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    I was brought up to “not talk about death”. It was a taboo topic which may become curse-like. How strange it was when I started learning Dharma and realized that the first truth in Buddhism was suffering which of course includes death. Also Rinpoche advised all of us to do death meditation on a regular basis. By contemplating death we learn to “let go”. Let go of all our attachments which forms one of the basis of our daily suffering. If death was the only sure thing in our life, why fret so much !
    Rinpoche is constantly finding skillful ways to remind us of our ultimate end because he loves and care for all of us and wish for us to quickly have this realization to reduce our sufferings. Thank you dear Rinpoche.

  23. Lucy Yap on Mar 24, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    We often take our life for granted and think we’re going to live forever.But,from one moment to the next,nobody know what will happen Whether we are young or old,we may die anytime.This fear and suffering keeps us from thinking seriously about death and impedes our happiness.We must not stop striving to improve our circumstances in this lifetime. We are truly blessed to have Rinpoche’s blog which is filled with Rinpoche’s precious teachings (which had benefitted millions)at our fingertips.

  24. Boon on Mar 23, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article with us. Life is very precious. It is hardly for us to have the opportunity to born as human beings who have the chances approach to dharma. We never know when is our “last episode” in this world. Hence, we shall often engage in dharma work and most important thing is to transform ourselves- cut down our bad habits etc.Thus, when Mr. Yama say hello to us, we will be less frighten and have the confidence to get a good rebirth.

  25. Sean Wang on Mar 23, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    The most important time for our spiritual practice is our death. We have prepared and meditated for the moment. Are we ready for this journey into our next life? We need to be.

  26. Nancy Loo on Mar 23, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    Most people thought by ending their present life, will resolve all their problem/s and never knowing that the last thought of present life will be carried to the next life . Upon encountering the dharma, I learnt about the urgency to contemplate on the subject on death. Initially, I was really freaked out at the mere thought on this subject. Gradually, I was be able to discuss with others when I have more understanding on why that it was taught first before the commencement of other dharma topics. Therefore, I will constantly be mindful of my every thoughts will be off virtue just in case death calling at my door!! Thank you Rinpoche for this teaching.

  27. Jennifer on Mar 23, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    Thank you for sharing this precious teaching Rinpoche. This precise moment awaits us all… whether we like it or not, it is what we would have to go through the moment we were born.

    What really matters at this precise moment? A question that has crossed our mind. But not many actually bother with it. The problem with many of us is that we always think time is on your side even though we are constantly reminded in many occasions that death is always unexpected.

    We are very fortunate to have received teachings from Rinpoche to not be ignorant about this important moment of our lives which was conveniently ignored in the past. May we no longer wait or look for excuses, but prepare ourselves right away for this precise moment by learning and practicing Dharma whole heartedly and consistently!

  28. David Lai on Mar 23, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    I would love to say that I am prepared for death but I know that’s not the truth. Although I am unprepared but I am glad that i am in Dharma. I am not much of a practitioner but I dare say that whatever I do in Dharma adds wonderful causes for a good death and better future lives. I am just glad I am exposed to this idea of preparing for the inevitable. No where else do I find good reminders for our eventual demise. Everywhere else, we only see and meet distractions that do nothing for our eventual passing. We are indeed blessed to have Rinpoche’s blog.

  29. nicholas on Mar 23, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Day by day I always heard either someone is in the hospital and going to die or accident or already passed away. It getting very norm but knowing it happen to someone sometime we will just feel sorry for them but we forgotten that it may happen to us. We know it that the ‘day’ will come but just ‘hope’ it will happen much much later.

    But if we turn our mind to think the other way round by realizing this precise moment will come and can come anytime it will be more realistic for us to prepare ourselves. Before i met dharma I never know what to do if the precise moment were to arrived but after I met Rinpoche, the teaching is not to ask us to run away and be denial instead is to prepare ourselves for it. The beauty of dharma is teaching us to face anything that will happen to us and focus out to benefiting others so when the precise moment come we have no worry.

  30. henry ooi on Mar 23, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Tsem Rinpoche always says, “Death is certain, when is not.” Rinpoche says to practice dharma now, not tomorrow, not next week, not next month, not next year, but now.

    Do not wait until we have retired from working life, do not wait until our business is successful, do not wait until our children have all grown up, do not wait until we have traveled the world. We can still do all these but incorporate dharma into our daily lives. Do not procrastinate, time waits for no one. Procrastination is laziness.

  31. mima on Mar 23, 2014 at 11:37 am

    I cannot thanks enough Rinpoche for this blog. Thank you so much for it!

    • mima on Mar 23, 2014 at 12:27 pm

      I can’t thank enough Rinpoche!

  32. Fong on Mar 23, 2014 at 9:12 am

    Before meeting Dharma & Rinpoche’s teaching, death used to flashed thru my head & fill me with dread. I will lose all senses, my family! I would then push the thought away, feeling too scared & panicky. Now I try to work towards facing it by learning more dharma & practising. Hopefully, it will be enough as I still feel that I am moving too slowly.

  33. jp on Mar 23, 2014 at 6:26 am

    Death is something that many people do not wish to talk about because it the unknown and people are scared. I feel that instead of staying ignorant and being in fear as a result, we should investigate and find out. In this way, we can prepare ourselves when the day comes of our passing away.

    I believe that when fully embrace the fact that we will leave this existence day, we will do whatever it takes to prepare ourselves for the transition, and reassess what used to be important in our lives and redefine our priorities. I believe this is a practical and wiser approach. We will never lose out with more knowledge.

  34. lewkwanleng on Mar 23, 2014 at 6:07 am

    in our culture, it is not common to talk about our big day, but ironically, it is something we need to go through eventually, yet most don’t pay any attention to it.

    before i met Dharma, for me, i understand that fame, kids, friends, spouse cannot help us at the time of death, but I don’t know what else, and am kinda stuck. after learning Dharma, i now know there are practices i can do to get myself prepare for the final moment. therefore, i understand that buddhism is not about pessimistic, but rather prepare for something we can bring to our next life.

  35. Gabby on Mar 23, 2014 at 5:58 am

    Wow powerful Rinpoche great works you do really touch so many lives all around the world including mine and my 13 yr old son. Thank you for everything!

  36. Ruby Khong on Mar 23, 2014 at 5:55 am

    In the last 10 years of my life, I have met more people than I did throughout my whole life added together. Some people measure success by the wealth they have accumulated, the power they have attained, or the status they have achieved. Yet, even though they have reached success beyond their wildest dreams, they still feel a void — something is missing from their life. Unfortunately, for some, they chased wordly success till their last breath. For some, it was regret on their death bed but then, it is already too late for death waits for no one.

    I am one of those fortunate people who has the merits to meet Tsem Rinpoche. During our first meeting, Rinpoche skillfully adviced me to spend the rest of my life with a purpose to benefit others. Rinpoche explained that people who live a life of purpose make a meaningful difference in someone else’s life, including animals, and that I should do things for others without expectation of personal gain and serve as exemplary role model. What really matters at the time of death is the legacy you will be leaving behind and the merits you have accumulated to bring along with you to your next life to continue your spiritual journey.

    When Mr Yama comes knocking at your door, at least you know that you had lived a meaningful,loving and caring life. You will then be fearless of death as you will think about all the special, magical moments of your life, and thereby have a more peaceful, joy-filled death.

    This article What Really Matters At The Precise Moment is a very good post by Rinpoche which I will share with my friends.

    • mima on Mar 23, 2014 at 11:51 am

      Ruby, I really appreciated reading your inspiring comment! Much Gratitude for all the incredible work you are doing with Rinpoche! Your work have been a constant source of inspiration to me. Thank you infinitely!

  37. Tommie on Mar 23, 2014 at 5:16 am

    The only thing that can be of any ust to us at the moment of death is our spiritual practice. We must abandon worldly concerns and practice the holy Dharma……. Are we ready?

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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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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
1 month ago
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
1 month ago
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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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
1 month ago
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
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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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