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Fearlessness

August 23, 2009

In this region, wealth, face and family lineage have FAR MORE IMPORTANCE than belief in karma, next life and Bodhi mind. Problems arise from basically these 3 factors.

However, when we look at these from the widest scope of ultimate mind view, it pales so insignificantly because our lives are so short. Hence we trap ourselves, again and again. And time passes by quickly…

Isn’t it tiresome when people always focus ON WHAT THEY DID? And that they hardly focus on WHAT OTHERS HAVE DONE?

When something goes WRONG, then they REPEAT OVER & OVER & OVER what they did & what difficulties they had in order to COVER. But they never think about HOW THEY DAMAGE OTHERS.

That’s the problem, they never start focusing out.

It’s good for people like that to write and read WHAT OTHERS HAVE DONE FOR THEM DAILY. To stop repeating and move on.

If you want to get places, you have to have FEARLESSNESS. What’s fearlessness? Better to GO ALL THE WAY even if we might FAIL. It’s better than DOING NOTHING and JUST FAILING. Because when you do nothing, you have to play so many games to hide your failure.

I hate it when we just do nothing and be comfortable with failure… because you hate yourself in the end for doing NOTHING AND THAT’S WHY YOU FAILED. You carry that your whole life.

Covering failure is the MAIN SOURCE FOR OUR EGO TO STAY STRONG. If we go all the way, the chance to win IS THERE!

Think! Failure from doing nothing or a chance to make it. Ego protection or ego diminishing. Pick…

Much care,
Tsem Rinpoche

 

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Kyabje Lati Rinpoche and myself. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche was the main Lama that asked me to go abroad to teach. That’s how i came to Malaysia.

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  1. Chris Chong on Mar 15, 2016 at 1:39 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing this advice. Because of our ego, we failed to accomplish alot of things that we may have a chance with it. We are too afraid to try and fail because it will make us look ugly. When things go wrong, we will start looking for excuses and blame others. We are protecting our ego and hence we fail in accomplishing great things because our ego are more important that everyone and everything else.

    By letting down our ego and go all the way, we will not be limited by our ego and great things will be acomplished.

    Humbly,
    Chris

  2. Pee Bee Chong on Sep 9, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing. We will continue trying fearlessly until we get the results. As long as we are perseverance, setting the right motivation and determination, we can surely get results.

    We will never know our potential if we don’t try. Once we set our motivation, we should go all the ways. Trying pushes us out of our comfort zone and we learn new things every time when we try. No
    regret if we fail, but we will regret if we did not try.

    When we try, we will feel grateful to others because by experiencing the processes ourselves, we can realize how much effort, commitment required, and how much attachment we need to let go in order to succeed.

  3. Wan Wai Meng on Jun 22, 2014 at 2:11 am

    Rinpoche’s logic is impeccable. Truly it is better to try and fail, then not try which is sure failure. Trying helps us to diminish our ego, not trying we stay just the same.

  4. Sharon Ong on Jun 13, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Thank you for this post. This bit stuck out to me the most. “Covering failure is the MAIN SOURCE FOR OUR EGO TO STAY STRONG. If we go all the way, the chance to win IS THERE!” So here’s me going for the chance to win. 🙂

  5. Edwin Tan on Apr 29, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    How true. Short article but makes a lot of sense.

    Failing and having a huge ego do not bring us any benefits. Humble and low profile is better. Remembering who helped us along our way to success is important as those people are the ones that guided us during our failures.

    If we are to be in samsara, better to start developing a Bodhi mind than being in delusion by the 3 factors Rinpoche mentioned.

    Thank you.

  6. Jacinta Goh on Apr 7, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    My thought on this is rather narrow, more on personal level. Sometimes, we are just happy in our comfort zone. Any changes are immediately perceived as negative and hence, resistant arises. The thought of failure is constantly staining our mind, even before we embark on something new. Thank you Rinpoche for giving me the fearlessness in Dharma where I have taken a U turn (I still have my fear but lesser). May I be of benefit to others.

  7. Pastor Han Nee on Mar 31, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche. I’m taking a second look at this post because i’m rediscovering new facets of this teaching or facets I had overlooked before.

    We place so much emphasis on wealth, face, and family, because our focus is on this life and on ourselves as a separate independent identity. We think so much about this life, when in reality , this life is so very short if we place it against ultimate reality.We forget that we will circle endlessly, in samsara, rebirth after rebirth,migrating to whichever of the six realms of existence our karma takes us.

    We become so self-absorbed that we tremble in fear of leaving our comfort zones and experiencing failure. Fear of failure is ego’s subtle rejection of a diminishing of the ego with failure.

    We are so focused on what we are doing that we give little thought to what others are doing. We forget we are dependent on others. Then we start trampling on others and disregard what harm we inflict on others.

    To be fearless, we need to face ourselves and realize that we are hiding behind our egos, especially when we fear failure.We need to be brave and go all the way, even if there is a possibility of failure.

  8. Sharon Saw on Mar 15, 2013 at 4:41 am

    Fear is an emotion induced by a perceived threat which causes entities to quickly pull away from it and usually hide. It is a basic survival mechanism occurring in response to a specific stimulus, such as pain or the threat of danger. In short, fear is the ability to recognize danger leading to an urge to confront it or flee from it (also known as the fight-or-flight response) but in extreme cases of fear (horror and terror) a freeze or paralysis response is possible. Some psychologists such as John B. Watson, Robert Plutchik, and Paul Ekman have suggested that there is only a small set of basic or innate emotions and that fear is one of them. This hypothesized set includes such emotions as joy, sadness, and anger. Fear should be distinguished from the emotion anxiety, which typically occurs without any certain or immediate external threat.

    Fear is frequently related to the specific behaviors of escape and avoidance, whereas anxiety is the result of threats which are perceived to be uncontrollable or unavoidable. It is worth noting that fear almost always relates to future events, such as worsening of a situation, or continuation of a situation that is unacceptable. Fear can also be an instant reaction to something presently happening. All people have an instinctual response to potential danger, which is in fact important to the survival of all species. The reactions elicited from fear are seen through advantages in evolution. Fear can be a manipulating and controlling factor in an individual’s life.

    Conquering our fears is one of the biggest battles we have to fight on a daily basis.

  9. Martin on Dec 16, 2012 at 5:55 am

    If we fear failure, it is only because we place high values on the superficial things that we feel are at stake such as our pride, people’s perception of us and money. So many do not even try due to that fear and when we do fail, we hide our failure for the same reason. In fact there is nothing real at stake.

    How we deal with failure is a good indication of how much we have progressed in our practice, if at all. I have seen people who failed and allowed that failure to overwhelm them and they stay in that state of mind for the rest of their lives. Each day they do, they replay that failure again and become even more crippled by fear and embarrassment.

    Perhaps a good way to avoid being trapped by that fear is to remove our personal objectives from the process and to focus on the good a successful endeavor can bring to others.

  10. Milly on Jul 4, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Fear of failure prevents us from putting our foot forward to try. It could also be due to laziness and not wanting to get out from our comfort zone. Yes, one must admit our own mistake instead of spending people’s time in listening to our explanation and justification to cover up. So exasperating and selfish. I am grateful to my mother who was a pillar of strength to the family. She didn’t complain any difficulties she encountered to anyone and always sought solutions to solve any problems. I am also grateful to Rinpoche who teaches me the Dharma to help me transform my mind and his constant prayers and blessings for all sentient beings. Thank you very much Rinpoche.

  11. sockwan on Jun 21, 2012 at 9:24 am

    What is there to afraid of? If we do not try, there is no chance for success. If we try, we know where our limitation is and it is while trying, we improve and grow. Growing up is painful, take this pain as a learning process.

    Instead os spending time thinking of whose fault it is when failure happens, thinking of a solution is much better in getting things done.

  12. nani on Jun 19, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    lati rinpoche know that rinpoche can teach .and he ask him to come malaysia to benifit for many people.

  13. EricLee KHJB on Jun 19, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    有时候,人们会一直不断的犯错,是因为为了要掩饰自己当初的第一个慌言,而且只会越陷越深。要从这样的循环中走出来,唯一的方法就是承认自己的错误,让后再归零做起,再向受到影响的人道歉,你就能完全的从痛苦中解脱。

  14. Sharon Saw on Jun 18, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    This is very true. People who are always focused on themselves cannot focus on others. And focusing on ourselves is always very detrimental because we have a deluded view of ourselves. We should be grateful to others who have helped us, especially our Guru, who operates from love without agenda. Our Guru very kindly shares the Dharma with us solely to benefit us and alleviate us from suffering if we should apply the very Dharma he teaches. What we should be afraid of is our lives without Dharma… that negative karma we accumulate should be very scary.

  15. Bengkooi on Jun 18, 2012 at 3:22 am

    Words of wisdom for everyone to live by. I know some people who could really use this advice. It is tiresome when you see them explaining over and over again, in a variety of ways why a mistake was made, or why things didn’t turn out well. All that time, effort and imagination could have been put to better use in improving themselves rather than protecting their egos and reputations.

    Especially in the Asian countries, the value of “face” is priced above self improvement and honesty. Unfortunate but true. If only they realized that their efforts to protect themselves doesn’t work and is too transparent, the world might be a better place to live in

  16. paul yap on Jun 17, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    I believe “there is nothing to lose, and more to gain” for going all the way.

    Do it because “you have passion and loves it”, not because you are force to do it, and not because “Everybody is doing it”

    Live is just too short and fragile, in wasting more time searching “oneself”, we JUST DO IT!

  17. philyong on Jun 15, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    What was written here really strikes a note in my mind. Not to put anyone down or be on the grim side but we are actually losers already so what’s there to lose?

    Losers? Why? Think about it..what have we achieved in life that is so worth talking about? We have made LOTS of money? We bought a NEW car, NEW house, NEW toy? Having all these, does it dictate how well we are doing in life?

    Having all these material goodies in life might seem to be an achievement to some but that does not make you a winner..How do I define a winner? Hmm check out Mother Teresa and the likes. These people are winners not because of what they have but because they don’t have much but still continue to give. This is a PURE winner.

    So yes, since we are already losers anyways, how bad can failure be? There’s really nothing much to lose even if we fail. Instead if we fail and we can stand up again after that, we will gain tremendous respect which will help in our works to benefit others. To use our recognition to bring benefits to more people. Of course only if its genuine failure.

  18. yenpin on Jun 15, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    人在遇到困難時都會逃避問題,不要去面对但問題。这就是失敗的原头
    我们必须去面对問題,有失败才会有成功,只要鼓起勇氣踏出第一步,拥有勇气并不意味着我不害怕,这意味着,我将尽力帮助自己醒来,面对现实,也不放弃尋求成功! 我堅信,成功肯定在前面等着我们。

    谢谢仁波切不断提醒我们

  19. Sam on Jun 13, 2012 at 11:04 am

    My guru, a lot of times we hold back and do nothing because we are afraid to fail. We do not know what will happen next and we stop right there thinking about doing it but no actions taken after that. We continue to think and think and think and at the end time flies and gone, we then regret with a lot of ‘what if’…but we cant turn back time anymore. I hate this feeling, annoyed with it and hating myself for not having the courage to just do it and giving tonnes of excuses at times.I dont want to carry this feeling, dont want to regret by doing nothing and wait. Thank you Rinpoche for reminding us and myself, even though this article is short but its very powerful. And I love this quote: “Better to GO ALL THE WAY even if we might FAIL. It’s better than DOING NOTHING and JUST FAILING.”

    Thank you Rinpoche.
    Take good care.

  20. Fiona ng on Jun 12, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    对同一个问题,一千个人有一千种看法,而你只要坚持住你自己的看法,这就是自信,在自信者看来,世间没有什么事情是不可以做的。就像仁波切坚守他对上是的承诺。

  21. Julia Tan on Jun 12, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Yes, when problem comes I only see what I have done for others (which is actually very tiny little TC thing) but not what I have hurt others and what others had done for me. Hence I started to justify, to find a “good” reason (which always the lame one) why I can’t do it, I also blame others do not corporate and the list goes on. Yes, I am simply being selfish, cover up my own failure and still want to look good. What else is new to me? Putting up a big smile or tears to get away of it do not help me further. All these advantages will be taken away when time goes by. I will end up being alone and no where.

    I have all the conditions to be better but why I abused it and stay comfort because I am afraid to fail. I do not push myself to go deeper and thinking why I am no body still. Rinpoche has talked me many many times and given me many many advices, and why am I not listening? Because i have not seen the real suffering in my life. But if i have to reach that stage to transform then i am the biggest idiot in the world. Knowing that I fail is not enough but being able to put my effort into action and keep on improving and trying will be the way I should head off.

  22. judy lam on Jun 12, 2012 at 8:19 am

    There are many reasons why we are afraid to fail, right from when we were small and our parents do everything to make sure we succeed in life. They are not wrong in doing that. As we go make a career for ourselves, we fight hard to climb that ladder of success, sometimes we lean on the wrong wall. Some people are lucky to make it, some are not. Everyone around us expect us to be successful in life and to raise a good family. Therefore, it is hard for a common person on the street not to be afraid of failure. When I look around me, people who are successful do take risks. At the end of the day, it is better to try than not to try at all. Thank You Rinpoche.

  23. Su Ming on Jun 11, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    Fearlessness.

    I always thought we as Asian are mostly fortunate as I see a lot of us had it easy ie Parents supporting us financially and emotionally till like 20s. I have know many friends of mine who still live with their parents until now. As for me, I did not need to raise or work my way to pay my universities bills. My mom paid for me and I thought I was lucky and very fortunate.

    Then now, I noticed that I am not that fortunate. I have seen the drive which others have and Oh Boy, a few of them are very successful. Some do not take no as an answer and they are aggressive to get what they want. And when you check their background, they have very little support, they had to go through very difficult situations thus they are successful now. Their drive is tremendous and passion for success in incredible. They are fearless. And dare to fail.

  24. Grace KSJC on Jun 11, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    we love to point our figure to other when fail and never think about we are the cause of the problem.we choose escape when facing difficulty yet blame other to cause us make such decision…have to change the thinking and facing it instaed escape from it.

  25. Victor Phang on Jun 11, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Dear Rinpoche:
    We afraid of failure so choose to do nothing, we always look out instead of self-checking, we like to cover our shortcoming rather than overcoming it and worst we love to highlight what we have done than recognizing what other people has done to us.

    Obviously Dharma is the only solution to all these degeneration. Only Dharma could give us the correct view for everything. A lot of times when I share Dharma and involve more in Dharma works, most of my friends said I’m overly “addicted” to religion so lesser people call me out for “yamcha” or movie. I’m fine with that because I’m bored of talking about money, car and work now. All these topics would only degenerate me. I didn’t mean I’m very “high-class” now, just my view about life is different now.

    Now I’m willingly to get addicted to Dharma, I’m sorry for them but I keep my hands open to welcome them whenever they want to join me in Kechara. I wish more and more people could open their minds, see the reality of life and get connected to Dharma.
    Thank you for sharing. Take good care.
    With love,
    VP

  26. Siong Woan on Jun 9, 2012 at 11:14 am

    I have been meeting many people for the last few days, mainly senior citizens who are ‘enjoying’ their retired lives. Most of then spend time looking for ‘freebies’ and they are very demanding when it comes to their ‘rights’ of taking!

    When asked to assist in helping people, they have so many ‘self-generated’ excuses and ‘self-imposed’ limitations not to do anything. It is sad to see them wasted most part of their lives and still wasting the limited time they have on earth…

    Had they realised they have to ‘FOCUS OUT’ and start considering about other people around them, their lives would have been different and their time spent fruitfully and meaningfully

  27. KYC on Jun 8, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    I like Rinpoche’s definition of fearlessness. Rinpoche is telling us not to be afraid and go all the way even if we fail.

  28. HelenaC on Jun 6, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Such a wonderful post, thank you Rinpoche. This post is direct, straight forward and hit it on my face. After i have digested on this post, its really gave me a big shout!!!! MOVE MOVE MOVE!!!!
    Love this most : Covering failure is the MAIN SOURCE FOR OUR EGO TO STAY STRONG. If we go all the way, the chance to win IS THERE!
    Totally agreed!

    Thank you Rinpoche.
    Much care,
    Helena

  29. David Lai on Jun 4, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    This is really neat because what Rinpoche is talking about is one of the 3 types of laziness that the Buddha taught 2500 years ago. The Buddha said that being lazy is being caught up with worldly affairs and worldly achievements.

    I think it is lazy because we avoid looking at deeper issues like spirituality and how are we contributing towards the outcome of our afterlife. This cycle of laziness has been an ongoing issue with everybody and there is very little influence in pop culture that promotes otherwise. It is sad that when someone decides to work full time in the Dharma or decides to become ordained, it is viewed like a temporary or transitory job or that we have failed in life and that’s why we have decided to be a monk. I have never heard of anybody who thinks that it is a calling or something beneficial.

    Honestly, I am glad that I am doing something different and I am working for the Dharma. I am finding my place in an organisation (Kechara) that benefits people and spreads the message of spirituality. Nothing could be more exciting than that. I could never see myself going back to the grind of working in an office and for a paycheck.

  30. June Tang(ksjc) on Jun 4, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    大多數人在遇到困難時都會裹足不前或逃避問題,但按兵不動或原地踏步并不能解決問題!
    一位成功者的背后總有着許多失敗的經驗,決對不會害怕會失敗而放棄尋求成功! 我堅信
    “走出去,一定會有路” 只要鼓起勇氣踏出第一步,成功肯定在前面等着大家!!共勉之^_^

  31. Uncle Eddie on Jun 2, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Everyone knows failure is the mother of success, but unless we have a very stong force of fearlessness in us, we never dare to fail again. Such fear always drag us down and put us off to re-attempt again. Yes, it is more basically because of these 3 factors of face, wealth and ego that people with ignorance and inadequate knowledge of dharma have treated them far more important than the belief in Karma, next life and Bodhi-mind. The story of Rinpoche’s life gives the best of perfect examples of what fearlessness, endurance, determination and compassion are all about to go all the way to make Kechara what it is today, though not without experiencing initial failures, obstacles and intensed sufferings along the way before attaining success! Thanks to Rinpoche’s strong and determined thoughts.

  32. Su Ming on Jun 1, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    I will always remember what Rinpoche recently told one of his close student which applies to me as well. What have you got to loose? NOTHING cause you were a loser to begin with. Rinpoche was refering to a new project which we were embarking on.

    Most of us will think that this statement was harsh but to me that is kindness advice anyone can give us.

    If we really think about it, what have we achieved? A marriage/relationship/career/kids/and etc which some we are trapped in. And then we looked back in our lives and what have we actually achieved?

  33. June Kang on May 31, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    Yes, i had the experience of hate myself at the end when i found i were comfortable with my failure. When I realized it,I found life is no meaning and think of end my life. But at that point i was lucky that i listened lots of Rinpoche’s teaching and it helps me to start realizing the meaning of life. Thank you Rinpoche.

  34. patsy on May 31, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    I believe that it is better to try to do something rather than not doing anything due to ego or fear. If we do not try, we will never know our potential and if we fail, we learn from the mistakes and improve on it.

    When we focus out, we will be appreciative of what others have done for us and we should repay their kindness and when we get out of our comfort zone we will be able to do more to benefit others.

    Thank you, Rinpoche for this advise.

  35. nicholas on May 31, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    I if we just focus in, what we could do is very limited because it just within our own comfort zone but if we could focus out we will expand our ability in order to achieve the benefits for others.

    Being fear because of worried to be fail. Being fear also because of the “Unknown” (http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/the-unknown.html) things/work the we going to face. For whatever reason, we should just do it. If we don’t try we can never know how far we can go and for others there is nothing to lose because if we don’t do it we definitely FAIL but if we work on it we might make a change.

  36. henry ooi on May 31, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Yes, many of us are preoccupied with these three issues and it’s all about me, mine, us, and ours. We worry of not having enough wealth yet fear losing it when we have them. We tell a lie to cover another lie because of not wanting to lose face. We put pressure on ourselves and our children to have children and grandchildren so that the family’s lineage continues. I’ve heard of people who go to the extent of asking their son/grandson to take another wife if the first wife cannot bear an heir to carry forth the family’s name. The family’s name is more important than the children’s marriage.

  37. Andrew Chiam on May 31, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Thanks Rinpoche. This line below really hits me hard. Why? It must be something from within.

    “I hate it when we just do nothing and be comfortable with failure… because you hate yourself in the end for doing NOTHING AND THAT’S WHY YOU FAILED. You carry that your whole life.”

  38. Mc on May 31, 2012 at 3:24 am

    Fear is always crippling. I am still afraid to fail as it is still fresh in my mind what failure taste like. And yet, each day spent in dharma work teaches me more and more how really wasteful our “normal” thoughts are. Thoughts that seem to advocate self preservation but actually traps us inside our Fear.

    It is true, so much effort is required to cover our failures and so much energy used to hide. A trapped mind is a cursed mind.

    Better to just go at it and keep going at it. After a while you became less afraid of the hits.

  39. Pastor Yek Yee on May 31, 2012 at 3:13 am

    對仁波切來說,甚麼東西是最重要的?我想對仁波切來說,完成對上師的承諾,可說是此生最重要的。這是詹仁波切一個很优秀的美好品貭,也是仁波切每個轉世都不約而同擁有的特貭之一。當年,因拉諦仁波切而來到星馬一帶,仁波切就為了完成自己上師的心,所以,凡是上師交待過的事情,他都不會忘掉,然後盡自己所能去實現它!此等依止心,能夠找到的,就是上師的加持。

  40. Lim Han Nee on May 30, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    Our fears and worries are always the result of our focusing inwards on ourselves. So we let ourselves be dragged down by these negative fears and worries about failing. We dare not venture into something because we fear that the odds are against us.WE give a hundred and one excuses and hide behind these excuses.Because of that, we don’t even try, let alone go all the way. End result is when we protect our ego and ‘face’ this way, we are doomed to end up doing nothing, which is worse than having done something even it resulted in failure.We end up being disgusted with ourselves.

  41. wei theng on May 30, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    what strike me are:
    1. It’s better to do it rather than standing there do nothing due to fear as we have more chances of getting it. Albert einstein has gone thru thousands of failure for us to enjoy our lights today.
    2. Focus out.
    it is when we focus out, and always be appreciative of others kindness, then we will do more.

  42. bengkooi on May 30, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    That practice of focusing out on others hit me nice and hard in the gut today. This is not the first time I am reading this, but this is the first time it has hit so hard.

    It just brings me back to how small my/our problems are when we stop thinking about ourselves and considering the plight of others for a change. Nothing changes, everything changes eh?

    Thank you rinpoche for a strong blow to my ego again.

  43. Han on May 30, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    这篇教诲提醒自己别在迟疑与浪费时间在思考可以不可以成功的问题上,惧怕失败而不敢前进是愚昧的,由于害怕失败而躲在舒服圈更是大错特错!

  44. Yoke Fui on May 30, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    We constantly put constraints on ourselves and based on these constraints we give excuses for not taking the leap or not going all the way. Most of these “concerns” are imaginary.It is our fear more than anything else that holds us back.

    In both worldly and spiritual pursuits, if we don’t give our 100% we will never know our full potential.

    Rinpoche always encourages his students : if we try at least there is a minimum 50% chance; however if we don’t even attempt, there will be no chance at all !

  45. wah ying on May 30, 2012 at 3:18 am

    不要坐着盘算失败的下场当下就必须努力。与其坐着等死,不如站着求生。努力了,也不一定就达到目标,就成功,至少我努力了,而通常就做出成绩来。天下没白吃的午餐。是的,仁波切,勇者无惧,无惧失败,只惧于自己不曾付出,不曾奋斗过,不曾热血。

    谢谢仁波切的教诲,铭记于心。

  46. sarahyap on May 30, 2012 at 1:13 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing a post with such wonderful insights.

    It is true, that many people places those 3 far more important than Dharma… how very unfortunate. I also believe, that it is also because we place our own importance above the Dharma… we think about ourselves first, then Dharma which is a terrible attitude… it is this very attitude that brings all of our troubles, lack of practice, lack of dedication and hindering out spiritual growth.

    Thank you for this timeless advice, as a Dharma student I hold this advice (and all of Rinpoche’s advice) very close to my heart.

  47. MayOng on May 29, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Somehow we are born into fear and we fear the unknown but I equate this fear as layers of skin like onions. If we are to peel this layer of fear little by little by attempting to go one more step forward (after conquering the last fear we had) instead of retreating, then I guess we will be in the process of reaching the goal by peeling layers upon layers of this fear inside of us.

  48. tenzin llhamo on May 29, 2012 at 2:16 am

    I believe. If I don’t do it, I will never know whether I’d succeed or fail. Since it can be only one, I should do it. My ego should not be my reason of not trying. If I succeed, fabulous and if I fail, try again. I will always remember! Thank you Rinpoche for the constant reminder for us to buck up and do something about it.

  49. Uncle Eddie on Sep 28, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Yes rinpoche, wealth, face, and family lineage tend to occupy the primary purpose and thoughts of our wordly lives. Such illusion tends to continue on and passed down through the off-springs as family heirloom teaching. Hence that’s how human beings like ourselves are trapped again and again, until we can have the merit to meet up with a spiritual Guru to teach us Dharma. Otherwise it will be like what ‘Heartspoon’ prayer said “since beginningless cyclic existence through countless cycles of rebirths, we have not achieved the slightest benefit from them.” Without following a spiritual teacher, when it comes to following the path leading to Liberation and omniscience, we are as confused as a blind person wandering in the middle of a deserted plain. Likewise, a spiritual teacher is our true guide to enlightenment, who thinks of us with his boundless compassion and with kindness in caring far more greater than any existing human being can ever give. Thank you rinpoche for your constant care and guiduance.

  50. Anila on Sep 8, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    There are so many types of thoughts. Positive thoughts, negative thoughts, evil thoughts, virtuous thoughts etc. Different people have different thoughts. But I think the most important thoughts are thoughts like never say die. When you fall do not wallow in your failure. Throw those thoughts out and start again. Then you find that when you have suceeded. It is your mind and thoughts that it happen. Some people before they start on anything the thought that comes to their mind is doubt. When something you have not even started, how do you know before hand that you cannot do it. Even if you fail you must not give up. Try again until you suceed using positive thoughts.

  51. Koh Hee Peng on Jul 29, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    “Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want.” – Randy Pausch
    “The brick walls that are in our way are for a reason. They are not there to keep us out, they are there o give us a way to show how much we want it” – Randy Pausch
    http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/2010/05/randy-pauch.html

  52. Elena on Jul 10, 2010 at 2:40 am

    There are many things that I am grateful to my mother for. One of the things is that she taught me and my siblings gratitude. So when Rinpoche says “It’s good for people like that to write and read WHAT OTHERS HAVE DONE FOR THEM DAILY”, it brings back memories of when my mother taught us to eat mindfully. She set an exercise for us to realise how we depend on others’ kindness – she said that at every meal, we should write down where the meal came from. Can you imagine doing that for a bowl of spaghetti? The ingredients in the pasta, the ingredients in the sauce…who planted the vegetables? Who made the pasta? Who harvested the eggs? Who drove the ingredients to the factory? Who made it? Who operated the machines? Who packed it onto lorries, who drove it to the supermarket? Who stacked the shelves? The list could go on and on. The point is, no man’s an island – we thrive on other people’s kindness, so we should never act so arrogantly as to believe we are the centre of society.
    Another thing my mother taught me is that it’s easier to tell the truth and accept the consequences, than to lie and hide. Temporarily, it might hurt like hell for your ego when you tell the truth, and you are scolded for your mistake about but ultimately, the only person who benefits from that is you. Playing games is tiring, and you’ll eventually be found out – the consequences of that (lost trust and faith in you) is more difficult to remedy than the shouting you receive from your initial mistake.
    Yes, I had (and still have!) an awesome mother!

  53. mima on Jul 7, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Such an important talk, thank you Rinpoche!

  54. Paris on Jul 7, 2010 at 3:55 am

    This post reminds me of another one of Rinpoche’s most classic quotes (which is also on my email signature!) which is “Stop believing in what you are; start believing in what you can be”.
    Rinpoche was talking to David and me about our books when this quote arose. It was an apt reminder to us to get real, to stop being paralysed by our fear and to realise that there is always something more – we can always be better, fly higher, do more so long as believe that this is what we CAN BE AND DO.
    I think this quote is a perfect complement to this post because it reminds us of the potential that every one of us has if only we learnt to focus forward and outwards.
    It’s so true, isn’t it, how we sit around JUST BELIEVING in who we are right now: we say, our hands flailing, “But that’s just the way I am! I can’t change, I’m like this, I’m like that.” And we take refuge in all the limitations we put on ourselves.
    I like what Rinpoche says about how not trying or doing is already failure in itself. Because if we tried, we were at least halfway to achieving it. If we didn’t manage to achieve it, we would surely find other gems along the ways – other experiences, lessons and successes.
    Nike got it right then, when they flung a swoosh on their products and proclaimed boldly, simply, JUST DO IT. (Lots of time for worrying later). So here goes. *holds my breath and jumps*

  55. Susan Carr on Mar 20, 2010 at 12:04 am

    We must always try. Having courage doesn’t mean I am not afraid, it means that I am but will try to help myself wake up and face reality with a soft heart. Taking responsibility for my life and how it effects others. This is courage I think, one day at a time. I am blessed to have your words reminding me of what is important today. Much less of the great “I am” and more giving everyday
    Thank you so much Rinpoche

  56. Shirley Tan on Mar 19, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    This is such a timely and wonderful post, Rinpoche. Thank you so deeply for sharing these precious words. I needed to read them and re-read them. And because so many precious words are all documented in Rinpoche’s Blog, I can return to them time and time again. I have wasted enough time and much of my life. Yet I will contend myself to saying that it is comfortable and safe not to try. I will only exert enough effort to get things started, but have not put enough effort to move things to the end. Going all the way was not something I did or could comprehend. Thus, this is why I look back and can only see a barren land. Nothing was ever built. But this will all change after knowing the Dharma that Rinpoche has so kindly shared with us all. Ultimately, I know I too will change and that is worth looking forward to each day. Thank you, Rinpoche. Always.

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  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 06:42 PM
    According to the Buddhist teachings, we all have a unique blend of karma that determines where we are born, the circumstances of our birth and the quality of our life. Naturally, this is due to the actions that we performed in previous lives. Karma also dictates our characteristics and traits that determine how we act throughout our lives, which in turn leads to certain outcomes in this life and a determination of where we will take rebirth in the future.

    Karma, however, is not set in stone. We can change our circumstances through our own efforts – purification of karma and accumulation of merit. Tibetan astrology, based on these Buddhist principles, provides us the methods to ensure success in this life and a good rebirth in the future. Tibetan astrology can also predict what will happen to us in this life and our next rebirth based on the time of our birth.

    Discover your traits according to the Mewa, or Magical Square system of Tibetan astrology below, and find out how to purify your negative karma to improve your life!

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 05:24 PM
    Very interesting:


    Radin explained in his book: “For a Western-trained academic, the mere existence of, say, telepathy would be considered supernormal and thus wildly extraordinary. But for an experienced yogi, it’s just a boringly normal minor siddhi [a Sanskrit term for a meditation attainment, or power]. A skeptical scientist, not having the benefit of thousands of hours of practice in yoga and meditation, would require repeatable, rigorously obtained experimental data showing odds against chance of a gazillion to one. The yogi merely requires his own experience.”


    Very interesting read: http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2157904-supernormal-abilities-developed-through-meditation-dr-dean-radin-discusses/?sidebar=morein
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 01:45 PM
    Its indeed a beautiful place …..away from the city hectic life to visit and could stay over night too.Just to get away from work to relax ,get some fresh air ,do meditation and so forth .At Kechara Forest RetreatI,Bentong is where the largest Dorje Shugden statue in the world situated and we can receive blessing,make offering to the Buddhas as well as enjoy the tranquility of the beautiful gardens.I have recomended my friends and relatives to visit such a beautiful place at Bentong.
    Thank you Paul Yap for sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/go-bentong.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 01:15 PM
    Well…all pendants are beautifully designed,hand crafted to match each and every sacred images on it to suit all occasion for the wearer.I can see a lot of hard work for those involed in desgning and making of it.
    All pendants are very unique, modern, timeless and also sacred ,thats all i could describe it.Hope more people will be wearing these beautiful pendants to get connected with the Buddhas.Thank you Rinpoche for sharing and Kechara’s Louise Lee for creating Dharma art in in the form of jewelry
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/timeless-and-sacred.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 12:41 PM
    This Mahasiddha is Kukkuripa (the dog lover). He loved dogs so much. When he meditated in the cave he had his doggie with him. She had kept him company for years in his cave. They shared bedding, food, water and company. When he gained high attainments, the Dakinis came to take him to Kechara Paradise. He was hesitant to go but the Dakinis insisted and he went with them.

    He arrived at Kechara (Paradise/Buddha abode of Heruka and Vajra Yogini) and enjoyed teachings and feasts up there and they asked him to stay longer if not forever…. But he kept thinking about his doggie left alone in the cave. He felt guilty and missed her. Kukkuripa would use his psychic powers to see his poor doggie alone and hungry waiting for him at the cave while enjoying the attention of the Dakinis and feasts. The cave was dark and had no food. The doggie had to go out and find small tiny scraps of food and was getting skinny. Kukkuripa saw this and it pained him. Worried she was not getting enough food. He use to share the offerings of food he would get from people with her. Doggie and him would delightfully eat the food together. Kukkuripa had no attachments to ‘clean’ or ‘dirty’ in regards to sharing food with his dog. He had overcome this in his meditations. In ancient India, people would not co-habitate with a dog. It was considered unclean and filthy, but Kukkuripa had cast away those notions and loved his dog as she loved him. But he felt guilty to leave her alone while he was ‘enjoying’ himself in Kechara and could not stop thinking about his beloved dirty smelly dog in his cave alone…so he left Kechara Paradise and all it’s ‘delights’ for his doggie. He couldn’t abandon her. The Dakinis implored him to stay, but he was firm to return. The Dakinis said you will give up this paradise here for a mere dog???!! You can advance further in your meditations if you stay in Kechara and then help the dog later they attempted to persuade him. But Kukkuripa would not stay, he was loyal to his little dog as she had kept him company for many years in the lonely dark cave. She was loyal to him and how can he abandon her now. He couldn’t and he wouldn’t listen to the Dakinis. He left to join doggie. He never forget her companionship and loyalty. All the wonderful things in Kechara could not tempt him against his loyal friend the little doggie. He left everything for her.

    So he finally left Kechara to the Dakinis dismay and went back to his cave to be with his dog so she won’t be alone. Doggie was delighted to see her master and wagged her tail so much!! She licked him and he hugged her! She was skinnier for not eating well these few days he noticed. He fed her and hugged her and loved his doggie…He went back to his routine of meditation, receiving food offerings and sharing his food with doggie. They were happy together. One day, when he was scratching her in her favorite place and she licked him so his eyes were closed, when he opened his eyes she had suddenly turned into a Dakini shimmering with lights! The brilliance of the lights lit up the whole cave in front of Kukkuripa!! Kukkuripa was astonished to behold the splendourous lady in front of him! Of course this Dakini must be the Queen Herself he realized, as Vajra Yogini which was Kukkuripa’s main Yidam he had meditated on her for years in the cave. And She said to Kukkuripa, “Well done, you gave up paradise to be with just a dog..it shows you have given up attachements and projections of pleasant and unpleasant, now your Dakini will give you the final paradise (enlightenment)!”

    Kukkuripa attained full enlightenment blessed by Vajra Yogini by releasing the final subtle attachment to the non-existent self! After enlightenment his fame and name grew and many came to see him and he gave teachings to countless and benefitted many before he finally ascended to Kechara the second and final time. He was forever known as Kukkuripa the dog lover.

    I love him so much!!! This is one of my favorite Mahasiddhas along with Badrapa, Shantideva, Ghantapa and a few others. I wanted to share this story with you. I wanted you to know that there are many great true stories like this one about Kukkuripa that are true and can be applied to our lives. To inspire us.

    Tsem Rinpoche
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 12:29 PM
    The great and illustrious master Sonam Tsemo at the end of his life was described by an old woman who witnessed Sonam Tsemo depart. Standing on a rock at the holy spring near Sakya area known as Chumik Dzingka, his body ascended gracefully into the sky, still holding his dog. He loved his dog very much. Even today the footprints of Loppon Sonam Tsemo and the dog can be clearly seen in the rock, left for the benefit of living beings as a field from which to accumulate merit. It is a sign of a holy being when they can leave their footprints in stone for future generations to witness and make offerings on that spot to collect merits. This holy site was decorated by the great master Mantradhara Ngawang Kunga Rinchen later on. Other accounts say that he ascended from Gorum Library near Chumik Dzingka spring. A stupa containing his holy relics was erected there. Sonam Tsemo was a powerful practitioner of the Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini and at the end of his short life he ascended with his very body to Kechara paradise. He was 40 years old. Kechara is the sanksrit name of the special abode of Vajra Yogini. Those who practice Vajra Yogini to the highest level can ascend her paradise with their very bodies. Sonam Tsemo the great master of sutra and tantra was seen by an old woman flying off holding his beloved dog to ascend Kechara paradise. No one every found his body and his room was empty.
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 12:27 PM
    Congratulations to Mitra for his first dharma teaching in Nepali to the expats. So glad that Dorje Shugden practise can reach out to many in various languages and to different people. Mitra has done a good job in introducing Lama Tsongkhapa lineage and guided them on the benefit and iconography of Dorje Shugden.

    May Lama Tsongkhapa lineage and Dorje Shugden practise continue to grow and benefit more people.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/mitra-teaches-bhagwan-dorje-shugden-in-nepali.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 04:15 PM
    Very clear explanation of what is Vajrayogini’s left foot stepping on. Each time when i have a look at the beautiful statue of Vajrayogini this question will comes back to me. i am glad came across these blog by chance, i saw and read to understand better.A clear explanation ..stampling left and right foot significant of desire ,hatred and ignorance that cause us to be in samsara and she she able to control.Vajrayogni’s practices is so powerful in heliping us and that is the reason Rinpoche always ask us to start now.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these short explanation in the video and the interesting story of Mahadeva.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/facebook-question-what-is-vajra-yoginis-left-foot-stepping-on.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 02:44 PM
    Rejoice to all the families who had setup a Buddhist altar at home and conducted a house blessing puja. There are diverse benefits of conducting the house blessing puja, which ranges from bringing well-being on all levels – in one’s health, relationships, business, and family – to purifying the home. The puja ceremonies will purify the environment which helps the people who live there and people who are visiting there to experience general well-being. The puja can be personalised based on the request or need of the individual. Thank you for sharing with us the many photos of the beautiful altar of these families, it is very heartwarming to know that they will always be blessed by the Three Jewels.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/10-amazing-house-blessings-by-kechara-pastors.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 02:24 PM
    Thank you for sharing this mindfully planned itinerary for everyone who is interested in visiting Kechara Forest Retreat. Kechara Forest Retreat has different facets that showcase different elements of spirituality and Tibetan Buddhism in this wholesale venue. One can enjoy the flora and fauna of Mother Nature, or embrace the contemporary architectures that feature many magnificent Buddha statues and authentic Himalayan decorations. Not forgetting to mention, in Kechara Forest Retreat sits the largest Dorje Shugden statue in the world! This is a holy place we must never miss to pay homage for blessings from the Three Jewels.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/go-bentong.html
  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 01:07 PM
    金泽“财王”护法殿

    在禅修林的入口处的左边有一间小佛堂,是全天候二十四小时开放给大众的。这间佛堂的一砖一瓦都是由不同善心人士捐增的。也因为他们过后发了一笔小财,所以在大马文东,金泽护法一般被简称为“财王“。

    根据佛陀教诲,五蕴是组成众生的五个方面,分别是色、受、想、行、识。证悟者如多杰雄登能将五蕴分别化现成不同的本尊。金泽是多杰雄登“受”蕴的化现,作用是协助我们增长世俗和修行上的财富。“受”蕴是我们对愉悦或不悦感受的认知。我们执着于愉悦,避免不悦,而这正是导致我们受困和造下各种业,继而产生痛苦的因(此段原文: http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_6d7edf5f0102x1n6.html)

    来到这里,我们首先要上香。做生意的朋友可要趁此机会拜拜,供养一个大的莲花蜡烛,上三根大香,祈求今年一帆风顺哦。

    摘自“GO BENTONG!与菩萨有约”
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120808
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Mar 25. 2017 11:02 PM
    Can’t imagine that a priest actually stabbed Pope John Paul. How can he do this when he as a priest is suppose to be compassion and love everyone but kill the religion leader. he should remember that he carries the name priest and hence must show good example and behaviour to others but instead took another person’s life.

    I respected Pope John who continued his trip even though he was injured. That shows the determination he had to teach so it can benefit others. Always put others first more than our own needs.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/pope-john-paul-stabbed-by-priest.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Mar 25. 2017 08:13 PM
    It is admirable for Sine Lindholm & Mads Ulrik Husum to place their design as open source for everyone to download and copy to manufacture. This shows how farsighted they are in propelling self-sustainability. The first step is always the hardest, and I believe what Sine and Mads had done is towards the right direction. In this way, people from all the around the world who genuinely are passionate and interested in growing own vegetables will be able to start on their own. Without needing to rely on middleman or manufacturer who might end up making the brilliant idea a commercial white elephant. Thank you, Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/build-your-own-growroom.html
  • Alice Tay
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 10:05 PM
    Many companies especially in overseas are very considerate and allow their employees to bring their dogs to work. I personally think that this is a very good practice where the employees no longer have to worry about leaving pets at home alone. The work environments that cultivate loving kindness, caring and compassion create a much more positive and productive place to work. Besides, it may influence everyone especially those who do not have pet to be more kind to the animals.

    Nevertheless, the employer and employees may have to work together to maintain the safe and cleanliness work place such as reduce odour, provide clean air and many others.

    Thank you for this interesting article as a reminder to us to love and be kind to animals no matter where we are.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/inside-the-worlds-most-dog-friendly-office.html
  • Lin Mun
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 07:06 PM
    Superb idea and very creative. Home farming in the cities ! Appreciate all the hardwork and ideas to produce Growroom. It’s just like putting a big puzzle and making the whole process so much easier to plant in cities where we always have limited spaces.

    We should support more people to come up with such ideas so we can eat our own food and cultivate self sustainability.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/build-your-own-growroom.html

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This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
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This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn\'t move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
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I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
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March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
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We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
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March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
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More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
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The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
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Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
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Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
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This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
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I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
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Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
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The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
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Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
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My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
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February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
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Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
This is a good one to read
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This is a good one to read
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
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Mumu is silly and cute and funny
Mumu\'s hair is messy and he looks funny
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Mumu's hair is messy and he looks funny
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. 
I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. 
Feast your eyes! 

Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. Feast your eyes! Tsem Rinpoche
                        Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini\'s path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html  Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini's path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
Message to Tibetans in English
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Message to Tibetans in English
Message to the Tibetans
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Message to the Tibetans
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
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Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
3 months ago
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
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Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
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Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
4 months ago
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
4 months ago
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
4 months ago
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
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One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
4 months ago
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
4 months ago
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
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Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
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Sir Edmund Hillary
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha\'s teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha's teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I\'ve seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
6 months ago
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I've seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
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It's nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
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  • March 27, 2017 04:19
    Dongho asked: I have been reading on the tunes of certain sects and would like to ask on this. From what I've read, there are certain tunes to each sect and school of certain chants. Exactly where can I find the sheet music for these percussion and horns with the chants, such as to the one for invoking Kache Marpo or Dorje Shugden? Would it be possible to use school instruments for this?
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  • March 26, 2017 02:14
    Kunga asked: Does the Gelug have Begtse a protector? If so, could you please provide a sadhana for him here?
    pastor answered: Dear Kunga, Yes the Dharma protector Begtse exists within the Gelug tradition. He is also known as Chamsing. Begtse’s practice stems from India and was introduced to Tibet and therefore Tibetan Buddhism by the translator Nyen Lotsawa. Marpa Lotsawa also practiced Begtse, and so the practice exists in the Kagyu traditions. This practice was eventually transmitted to Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, the first of the five patriarchs of the Sakya tradition, who were the founding fathers of that tradition. Over time the practice of Begtse was incorporated into the Gelug tradition, founded by Lama Tsongkhapa, and was notably practiced by the 1st and 2nd Dalai Lamas. Over time the practice gained popularity within the lineage, especially when it spread to Mongolia. There the practice became an important one within the lineage as upheld there. Begtse is also affectionately known as the Dharma protector of Mongolia, because his practice is so popular there. If I am not mistaken, there is an oracle of Begtse in Mongolia as well. There is a mistaken account that the practice originated around the time of the 3rd Dalai Lama, with the subjugation of a Mongolian war god, but Begtse was definitely practiced before that time in the Gelug, Kagyu and Sakya traditions. While the practice of Begtse is very effective, I have not come across the practice of Begtse in my personal practice, therefore I do not have access to the Begtse sadhana to provide to you. Instead Begtse is propitiated in prayers that incorporate many other Dharma protectors, and Begtse is also considered one of the nine protectors of the Hayagriva (Tamdrin) cycle of tantric teachings. Therefore Begtse is included in the Dharma protector sections of the Hayagriva tantras. Surrounding Begtse are his sister, Sing Ma, and his main minister, Le Khan Mar Po. His inner retinue comprises of eight butchers who wield copper swords in their right hands and skull-cups full of blood in their left hands. They are portrayed as naked and are very ugly. His outer retinue comprises a further twenty-one butchers, who hold copper swords in their right hands, and this time, the entrails of butchered enemies. They wear the skins humans and oxen as clothes, with ornaments made from human bone. While this may seem violent, Begtse is actually a very powerful and beneficial protector, who helps practitioners clear their obstacles and create conducive conditions for their spiritual evolution. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 24, 2017 20:12
    Azair asked: Venerable Rinpoche, I am doing a study in Kalachakra Tantra and I've heard from most of the lama's too that if you practice the Kalachakra Tantra, you'll be able to take control of your next rebirth. Ofcourse, it has been said that we will get our rebirth according to our Karma and desires but whether those dreams will get fulfilled will depend upon the actions that we take in this life. Thus, practicing the Kalachakra(till the end) after initiation will give you the opportunity to take rebirth anywhere you desire regardless of your Karma. My question is that, is there some truth in this statement.? Does this statement hold true for other tantra practices, such as Vajrayogini Tantra, Ghuyasamaja Tantra, Heruka Tantra, etc. I would really really like to know. Thankyou in anticipation, regards, Azair
    pastor answered: Dear Azair, Thank you for your question. Yes there is truth to this statement, both from a scriptural perspective and also by example, as the great masters have shown us. This is a unique feature of all Anuttarayoga Tantras or Highest Yoga Tantras, which Kalachakra, Vajrayogini, Guhyasama and Heruka are all examples of. This category of tantric practice can actually lead a practitioner to full enlightenment in this very lifetime. Even if enlightenment is not reached, very high levels of attainment can be reached nonetheless. This includes the ability to take control over your next rebirth. This is primarily engaged in so that the practitioner is born in an environment where they can eventually pick up their practice and further their spiritual path to enlightenment, or in order to be born in a place where they can benefit sentient beings the most, as part of the spiritual journey over many lifetimes. One of the reasons such an ability is very necessary on the spiritual path, is that usual death and rebirth occurs at the mercy of ones karma, specifically what is known as the ‘throwing karma’ or the karma that dictates what sort of rebirth a person is going to take. This opens up at the time of ordinary death, which most people have no control over. During the death process, many of our disturbing emotions will arise. Whichever of these is the strongest at the point of death triggers open a latent karmic potential, which becomes the ‘throwing karma’ and dictates where we are going to take rebirth and if that life will generally be full of suffering or not. Within Anuttarayoga Tantra, one of the key points of practice is to prepare for one’s death. This is done by simulating the dying process during one’s meditations, so that one becomes familiar with it. At the most pivotal part of this process, one practices achieving either the rainbow body or great bliss (in the case of the father tantras); or clear light (in the case of mother tantras). The tantras themselves are not defined in terms of the gender of the central deity, but by the method used to gain enlightenment. This is either the rainbow body/great bliss (classified as male, therefore labelled ‘father’) or clear light (classified as female, therefore labelled ‘mother’). Non-dual tantras such as the Kalachakra tantra can employ either of the two methods, a mixture of both, or alternate methods. In the case of superior practitioners, due to the power of their practice, they can achieve either of these two methods in their current body. Since they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, and a particular method of practice, they can also achieve enlightenment during their physical death. The great Lama Tsongkhapa is said to have achieved enlightenment at the moment of physical death, using the second of these. For other practitioners, they may not be able to achieve this either in their meditations while they are alive, or during the death process. However because they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, they remain in complete concentration at the time of death, not allowing any disturbing emotions to arise. Due to this level of concentration, meditation and awareness during the dying process, they are able to control where they next take rebirth. This is evident in the tantric scriptures themselves, and the life stories of many masters, who can state exactly where, when and to whom they will take their next rebirth, as they are in full control of the dying and rebirth process. There is a type of meditation called ‘thukdam’ which has been translated into ‘death meditation’. This is a final meditation some masters choose to engage in. During this meditation, the master themselves consciously begin the physical dying process themselves, engage in the meditation of dissolving the winds into the heart centre and remain in the most pivotal part of the death process, the mind of clear light of death. During this point they engage in meditations, either the methods of the father or mother tantras as mentioned previously, and or consciously choose where they are to next take rebirth. They can remain in this death meditation for long periods of time, days at an end, in which their consciousness has not yet left their body, although for all intents and purposes they are dead according to medical science, e.g. they have no heartbeat. At the end of their meditation, a drop of blood will be emitted from their nostril, and their head will slump over a little. Masters who engage in this meditation usually sit in full meditation posture, and their body remain supple and soft even though they have passed away from a medical point of view. I hope this brief explanation helps. Thank you.
  • March 23, 2017 23:01
    Brad asked: What is the significance of offering the Seven precious emblems of royalty to the Buddhas and enlightened Dharma Protectors? What are we symbolically offering up?
    pastor answered: Dear Brad, Thank you for your question. The ‘saptaratna’ or seven precious emblems represent on the one hand the ultimate state of temporal power, and on the other hand the ultimate spiritual attainments that we can achieve. By offering these to the Buddhas, we are actually creating the causes to achieve what they represent. Therefore it is good to know the meaning of each, so we can understand what we are creating the causes for by offering them up: Please see below for an explanation of the seven royal emblems: 1. The Precious Wheel: a thousand spoked wheel, representing the universal power of the Buddhas, as well as the teachings of the thousand Buddhas of our aeon. It is represented by the Dharmachakra, symbolising the ‘turning of the wheel’ or teaching of the Noble Eightfold Path. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, especially that of our own mind, thoughts, delusions and afflictions. 2. The Precious Jewel: an eight sided wish-granting gem, which fulfils all the needs of a universal emperor. This jewel has eight special qualities: it illuminates the night sky for hundreds of leagues; it is cooling when the temperature is hot and warming when the temperature is cold; it makes manifest whatever the holder wants; when thirsty it causes a fresh-water spring to appear; it has the ability to control the nagas, and other supernatural beings, as well as preventing natural disasters such as storms, floods, etc.; it gives off multi-coloured lighted which heals the various mental and emotional afflictions; it cures all illnesses; and it ensures that one dies a natural death, not an untimely one. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, or perfect discrimination, so one knows what to abandon and what to keep in the mindstream during the spiritual journey to enlightenment. 3. The Precious Queen: the most beautiful and virtuous of all women. She is described as a goddess who is the epitome of someone: with devotion; without jealousy; who is the embodiment of fertility; who works for the welfare of all beings; who possess feminine wisdom; speaks the truth; not attract to sensual pleasures or material possessions; and does not have false views. She is adored by all. She also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect effort. This is necessary to keep meditating until one gains spiritual attainments. 4. The Precious Minister: who has sharp intelligence, patience, and the ability to give wise counsel to the emperor. He is so attuned to the emperor that even before the emperor has spoken, the minister is already carrying out his command. He only wishes to support the Dharma, help sentient beings, and is an excellent strategist. He also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect joy. This is also akin to the attainment of the first bodhisattva level, because you have come to an understanding of your own mind, which is like pouring ice-cold water into boiling water. The water stops boiling, as does the thoughts, projections, and delusions in the mind. He represents the path of the bodhisattva. 5. The Precious Elephant: who has the strength of a thousand normal elephants. He is white, with the perfect features that an elephant could have. He is majestic, graceful, and gentle, but in battle is fearsome, fearless and unyielding. He communicates with the emperor through a telepathic link. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect adaptability. This is important, as one needs to be able to adapt to the various mental afflictions as they arise, and suitably counter them. 6. The Precious Horse: who has all the marks of a celestial horse. Known as wind-horse, he is able to travel extremely fast, and can circumambulate the entire universe three time in just a single day. He is never fearful or startled, never makes a sound when galloping, and has extremely soft hairs on his body. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is single-pointed concentration. This is important because without this form of concentration, once cannot engage in the analytical meditations that lead to an understanding of emptiness, and therefore enlightenment. 7. The Precious General: who has mastered the arts of war and always wins in battle. He wears battle armour and holds many different weapons. He tries to avoid battle, but when necessary fights, and never gives up until he has won. He is fearless, and courageous in carrying out the emperors commands and ensures the emperors army carries out their duties. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect equanimity. This is because he overcomes all warfare, which is akin to the battle between things were are attached to and things we have an aversion for in our minds. In short, what you are offering up is the highest of all temporal treasures and abilities, as well as the entire path of the Dharma. Doing so creates the causes for you to receive all of this on your spiritual journey towards enlightenment. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 20, 2017 10:16
    Grigoris asked: Excuse me, but I would like to ask, what does the prayer to Shangmo Dorje Putri say exactly? I can't read Tibetan, but would like to see the description that the prayer gives. I am not planning to say the prayer or make interaction(as it would be very dangerous), but would like to see what it actually says from the Tibetan text. Here's the link: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/shangmo-dorje-putri-the-bamo-of-sakya.html
    pastor answered: Dear Grigoris, Thank you for your question. Shangmo Dorje Putri is indeed a fascinating unenlightened Dharma protector. Unfortunately at the moment, we do not have a translated copy of the text in English that we can provide. The usual format for such texts, would include an invocation, making offerings to appease them, and then exhortations for them to perform their activities, possibly followed by thanking them for their help. One thing is for certain, due to the nature of Shangmo Dorje Putri her prayer is sure to include violent imagery, just like many other Dharma protectors, such as Achi Chokyi Drolma (who even though has a peaceful appearance, has a lot of violent imagery in her prayers). The reason behind the violent imagery is explained in the post about Achi Chokyi Drolma here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/achi-chokyi-drolma-chief-protectress-of-the-drikung-kagyu.html
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10 hours ago
Kechara Sunday Dharma School teachers and volunteers outing session. Stella,
Dorje Shugden the powerful World Peace Protector taking full trance in an oracle.
15 hours ago
Dorje Shugden the powerful World Peace Protector taking full trance in an oracle.
Visitors have the opportunity to pay respect to this holy statue, in Kechara Forest Retreat, Wisdom Hall!
16 hours ago
Visitors have the opportunity to pay respect to this holy statue, in Kechara Forest Retreat, Wisdom Hall!
Group photo of Kechara Sunday Dharma School teachers and trainer after the Teachers Training program in 2016. Stella, KSDS
yesterday
Group photo of Kechara Sunday Dharma School teachers and trainer after the Teachers Training program in 2016. Stella, KSDS
Kechara Sunday Dharma School teachers attended the weekly Blogchat Dharma sharing session every Monday. Stella, KSDS
yesterday
Kechara Sunday Dharma School teachers attended the weekly Blogchat Dharma sharing session every Monday. Stella, KSDS
Kechara Sunday Dharma School students and parents made a day trip to Kechara forest Retreat during school holidays. What a good way to spend a weekend. Stella, KSDS
yesterday
Kechara Sunday Dharma School students and parents made a day trip to Kechara forest Retreat during school holidays. What a good way to spend a weekend. Stella, KSDS
Kechara Sunday Dharma School students, Kayene and her brother Karlson made a day trip to visit Kechara Forest Retreat with their parents. Stella, KSDS
yesterday
Kechara Sunday Dharma School students, Kayene and her brother Karlson made a day trip to visit Kechara Forest Retreat with their parents. Stella, KSDS
Lovely visitors in Kechara Forest Retreat, Wisdom Hall
2 days ago
Lovely visitors in Kechara Forest Retreat, Wisdom Hall
Prostration is a practice to show reverence to the Three Jewels. Let the children have this practice at their young age, Alice Tay, KSDS
2 days ago
Prostration is a practice to show reverence to the Three Jewels. Let the children have this practice at their young age, Alice Tay, KSDS
Teacher Stella together with WOAH Camp young participants to check the broken egg. Alice Tay, KSDS
2 days ago
Teacher Stella together with WOAH Camp young participants to check the broken egg. Alice Tay, KSDS
Great to see Dian and Wen Xin tried to do breath meditation slowly. Alice Tay, KSDS
2 days ago
Great to see Dian and Wen Xin tried to do breath meditation slowly. Alice Tay, KSDS
Happy faces of Teacher Irene together with KSDS's youngest age group. Alice Tay, KSDS
2 days ago
Happy faces of Teacher Irene together with KSDS's youngest age group. Alice Tay, KSDS
Most of the KSDS students like drawing and discuss about their drawing. Alice Tay, KSDS
2 days ago
Most of the KSDS students like drawing and discuss about their drawing. Alice Tay, KSDS
The yearly gotong royong event on Malaysia Day. Great day to contribute back to the society. Lin Mun KSDS
2 days ago
The yearly gotong royong event on Malaysia Day. Great day to contribute back to the society. Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS students, parents and teachers participated in food packaging for Kechara Soup Kitchen. Lin Mun KSDS
2 days ago
KSDS students, parents and teachers participated in food packaging for Kechara Soup Kitchen. Lin Mun KSDS
The team is setting up the tent and games for the Halloween party. Lin Mun KSDS
2 days ago
The team is setting up the tent and games for the Halloween party. Lin Mun KSDS
Students of SRJK (C) enjoyed themselves so much during Halloween 2016. Lin Mun KSDS
2 days ago
Students of SRJK (C) enjoyed themselves so much during Halloween 2016. Lin Mun KSDS
Khai Te is very talented in drawing. Look at the van. It has a Kechara logo. Lin Mun KSDS
2 days ago
Khai Te is very talented in drawing. Look at the van. It has a Kechara logo. Lin Mun KSDS
Students listening to Teacher Grace attentively during WOAH camp 2016. Lin Mun KSDS
2 days ago
Students listening to Teacher Grace attentively during WOAH camp 2016. Lin Mun KSDS
Happy visitor invited Dorje Shugden back home.
5 days ago
Happy visitor invited Dorje Shugden back home.
6 days ago
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Join our Meditate in Nature Programme 2017! Here are the Dates:
When we love others without projections, we truly LOVE. ~ Tsem Rinpoche . YEO KWAI GIN ( KKSG )
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When we love others without projections, we truly LOVE. ~ Tsem Rinpoche . YEO KWAI GIN ( KKSG )
True Love Is Simple Because It's SELFLESS ~ Tsem Rinpoche.  YEO KWAI GIN ( KKSG ) .
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True Love Is Simple Because It's SELFLESS ~ Tsem Rinpoche. YEO KWAI GIN ( KKSG ) .
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