We Own Nothing…

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(By Pastor Loh Seng Piow)

 

Nothing is owned by us. Everything will be given, taken, lost, abandoned or forgotten in the end. We came into our current lifetimes with nothing and no matter how much we accumulate, we leave with nothing. So wouldn’t it be wise that in between, we develop no real attachments or put so much emphasis on the material? 

We need material items, but not for the false security they give us but the tool they can be to further the goals of others and one’s own spiritual progress. If materialism is truly used in that fashion, then it should be ok…meaning it will not cause you sufferings.

Trust the Three Jewels, be firm with your commitments by contemplating death daily, hurt no one, be honest, be kind to those around you first, then extend out, respect your guru to the utmost and engage in your daily sadhanas with great conviction. Be aware that your time will be up soon. It’s important to do something useful for others in your life so that you will never end up bitter. Bitterness arises from knowing we have done nothing that has affected anyone in our lives. Start something now…better now than waste time feeling sorry for yourself or trying to elicit empty praises from others…

All is empty, arises from it and dissolves into. Therefore all imputed phenomena will decay, it is just a matter of time. Denial of it, causes great unnecessary sufferings. Don’t deny anymore….

Tsem Rinpoche

 

 

 During one of my  talks at Kechara House…2010

 

 Nothing is accomplished in one day…the bigger the project, the more the obstacles…but the obstacles you suffer is for others…so suffer it without suffering…Tsem Rinpoche

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  1. CindyH on Jun 16, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Realistically nothing is owned by us but yet it is the norm to structure our lives to amass as much (wealth) as we can for a “better” future. This is but another testament of how we readily form our delusions and latch on to reinforce it by creating illusions of which we think are real. It is not the act of amassing material items per se that is the issue but rather our intention behind it. If such act serves to feed into our attachments, then it is a no brainer that it is to our detriment. However, if such act is meant done with to further the goals of others and one’s own spiritual progress then it becomes an opportunity to generate merits/good karma. Same act but with extreme opposite results.

    Reminding ourselves about the fragility and uncertainty of our lives would serve to provide a clear perspective on what really matters at the point of our death which in turn would reinforce our conviction to practice Dharma.

    We come to define things, including ourselves based on what we understand them and also based on our past experiences. However, that is really failing to see things as it is and on a neutral basis as we are already looking at it clouded by judgement or projected definition of it. Therein lies the problem which would be compounded if we stubbornly refuse to open our minds to other possible explanation/view. Similarly, if we do not let go of our pain, our fears and whatever emotions we allow to define us, we will not be able to avail ourselves to the healing properties of Dharma (which require understanding/realisation of concepts foreign to our habituated delusional thinking)

  2. Jason on Mar 4, 2016 at 3:29 am

    Thanks Rinpoche. Rinpoche did said that “Materialism bring Emptiness”.This is truth.We keep on earning and buying new or branded stuffs.But when time to go we can’t bring all these along. Only mind will follow us. We must always contemplate death so we won’t scare when the day come.Dont let the immediate gratification make us pay hefty price. Do more dharma works to bring us spiritual awaken and guide us to enlighten path.

  3. Sadi on Feb 20, 2015 at 3:12 am

    How fortunate i am to hear of Rinpoche how very lucky that this great master speaks the truth always for the sake of lowly beings like me so we may attain a moment’s salvation and this build up of moments may make bigger instances then finally a big powerful liberation. I need a lot of purification and merit gaining practices to actualize this and other teachings. May you live long Rinpoche.

  4. Denise Kuek on Jan 11, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing this. Chasing for material items and enjoyment for ourselves will never be happy, when the moment we chase for that, we thought that is what we want for, and when the time we get it it was not be like what we expected, it happened to me. The most miserable part is people could not find out the real reason why their life is bitter, and they keep numbing themselves and time passed..Dharma is precious, by learning Dharma I believe I can find the way to be happy and bring the happiness to others as well.

  5. Alice Tay on Dec 23, 2014 at 8:58 am

    看完这段短篇的开示,让我突然想起了徐志摩的一篇诗文:
    “悄悄的我走了,正如我悄悄的來;
    我揮一揮衣袖,不帶走一片雲彩。 ”
    从这一小段诗的显示,很肯定的是,我们是带不走任何有关自然现象的一切。

    现实告诉我们,无论你多么有钱,地位,权利,亮丽的外表等等。你还是逃不过佛学里常提起的生、老、病、死。

    努力与奋斗几十年,拥有了世俗里的所有一切,是否能肯定我们在最后一份钟的呼吸是带着平静的离开?!我不见得。。。

    感谢Rinpoche 这段短篇但有力的开示。

    • Alice Tay on Dec 23, 2014 at 9:46 am

      如果不想枉费此生,还是尽早做好准备,随从一位有资格的上师学习佛法,利益众生。帮助他人等于帮助自己。

  6. Hee TS on Nov 9, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    感谢仁波切張貼這頁提醒及教授我们应以何心境面对逆境,無常。

  7. Pee Bee Chong on Sep 13, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the teaching. We have been taught and learnt from society how to survive, take care and protect ourselves. Even to do any charity work or helping others, ourselves come first before others.

    Learning the Dharma let us realise that all these materials, money and fame will not go with us when we leave. We need to learn how to let go of our attachments and put others before us. This is never easy for us. However, as long as we have the right motivation and perseverance to go all the ways. Nothing is impossible.

    Nothing is accomplished in one day….the bigger the project, the more the obstacles …. but the obstacles you suffer is for others….so suffer it without suffering….Tsem Rinpoche

  8. Wan Wai Meng on May 4, 2014 at 3:21 am

    It is a fallacy to think that in our worldly existence we can bring over to our next life, such worldly and material possessions. Do we even own anything for that matter?

  9. beatrix ooi on Mar 9, 2014 at 12:20 am

    Yes, we were born with nothing, the clothes, food, shelter were given to us by our parents. And when we drowned old and die someday, all these will not go with us, not even money. We come alone, we die alone.
    All these outer enjoyments will not last long, we will never know what will happen next, that’s why we can’t just spend our whole life working for money, money can’t buy us everything.

    • beatrix ooi on Mar 9, 2014 at 12:23 am

      Sorry, correction. Drowned///- grow

  10. Grace Leong on Mar 6, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Got up this morning and received some very depressing news; recalled some unsettled challenges and battling some mind delusions.My next question was “what exactly is the purpose of life ?”
    After some contemplation, I concluded that Rinpoche has the greatest purpose / career in the whole wide world. Though your career is extremely challenging, the motivation is totally PURE. All your efforts and sleepless nites were used to alleviate suffering and pain of others.
    This teaching totally supports my conclusion. As we own nothing why sweat the small things. Work on focusing out and extending positive energy to others.That is more purposeful.

  11. Low KHJB on Mar 2, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Thank you for the kind reminder dear Rinpoche.It is true that we come into this samsaric world with nothing except for our precious human life.During the course of our existence,most of us are thought the importance of attachments in order to stay ahead and to attain status in society.For the very few that is fortunate,they will have a chance to meet up with the dharma.
    For those who truly practices dharma ,they would understand that attachment would only lead to suffering as we would only accumulate karma during our cause of our existence(in this and many life time in the past).
    We should come to term with ourself that we live our life for others as a mother would sacrifice for their offsprings.Practice Generosity in order to cultivate Compassion .This will only generate positive karma in order for us to move on in the right direction…

  12. Shelly tai on Feb 25, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for teaching us even the message is short but very true. We do not own anything the wealth that we have now later in our live will have to leave behind when death come we must well make used of the wealth to help others or advance in our spiritual advancement . By developing our mind we can have a more happy live in this and our future live .

  13. Sean Wang on Feb 23, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    This is a wonderful message, Rinpoche. Nothing is owned by us, not even our body, he are merely minds inhabiting these husks. Why should we chase for needless materialism when true happiness can be found within.

  14. Sharon Ong on Feb 20, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Having lost a friend to a terminal illness earlier this week, this post is a stark reminder of my own mortality and how I will leave this world with nothing but the Dharma, my own merits and karma.

  15. Carmen Lin @ KMP on Dec 1, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Denial creates more suffering that we are trying hard to avoid. So we have to learn to accept and face it with Dharma knowledge that we’ve learnt. By being not attached and tricked by the false security that we gained, we must always remember and focus on the goals that we have aimed. Thank you Rinpoche for this short and profound post.

  16. Vinnie Tan on Aug 21, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    It is such a beautiful saying, and it is very true as well. We usually indulge ourselves in items that would give us that false sense of happiness. Many of us nowadays may own many things and make a lot of money, but never once, these people would feel the sense of happiness. This is simply because they are pursuing in things that do not exist at all. The sad thing is that many of us do not know this fact. Yet they think it is because they are not getting the correct things. But they have misinterpreted the true meaning of life.

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  18. Jeff on Mar 1, 2013 at 6:37 am

    While this post is good. I find that this is not entirely true about bitterness. Their is multiple reasons why one can be bitter. eg. sometimes bitterness can come up from not doing things for yourself and helping others too much or resentment towards others for doing things you are made to do or don’t want to do.

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  20. David Lai on Jan 30, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    This makes a lot of sense. We don’t actually own anything and whatever wealth we have accumulated in this life will eventually be lost, used up or given to someone. I think materialism is one of the biggest culprit of modern day ills. I like the fact that Buddhism doesn’t just disapprove of it but it offers various methods to make use of materialism to further our spiritual practice.

    There are actually wealth yidams, yidams that increases our spiritual and material wealth. This is attractive to some and repulsive to others. It doesn’t matter, these special practices are actually meant to address the dire need of spiritual poverty of our material age. Before I end, the special wealth yidam is Dzambala.

  21. Jessica Yap on Dec 18, 2012 at 12:38 am

    “All is empty, arises from it and dissolves into. Therefore all imputed phenomena will decay, it is just a matter of time. Denial of it, causes great unnecessary sufferings. Don’t deny anymore….”

    I love this line. Perfect words for us to contemplate on further.. ‘We Own Nothing’ is so true.. we should think about our attachments and detach ourselves slowly from it. Being attached to any thing/person causes us to be reborn in the lower three realms. I have much, much more to learn.

    Thank you for the profound teaching, Rinpoche..

  22. Jessica Yap on Nov 13, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    We came into this world empty handed, we will leave as such. The only that thing we take along with us after our passing is our karma and merits.

    Our karma follows us like a shadow. That is why it is important to do unto others what we would want others to do unto us.

    Thank you for sharing, Rinpoche!

  23. [email protected] on Sep 13, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    How true ‘we own nothing’. We will live in misery if we are always chase after money and material things, though I must admit it is important for us to survive in this modern world. How much is enough? If we have gone through life, we will realize that no matter how much we earned or what clothes we wear, it will give us pleasure and satisfaction, but if we put all our energy into looking good and living a good life, we will lose out a lot more on values-added things in ur lives.

  24. Wendy Loh on Aug 17, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche. Ownership stems from attachment and the wrong view that we need things to give us a sense of security.

  25. JP on Jul 12, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    This is a very powerful teaching. Rinpoche always tell me that all will be gone when we die. So what’s the attachment about? Why keep hanging on to my past and let it affect me? It’s so true.

    When I lie in bed and think that if I am dying now, would it all matter? It sounds morbid but I find that it helps me to let go a lot of my past.

    I also realise how empowering it is because I am not bound by my self limiting and self imposed beliefs.

  26. Julia Tan on Jul 4, 2012 at 12:23 am

    I am a jeweler. I sell materialistic. I sell insecurity. I sell attachment. I sell false happiness.

    I saw how people attached to this small tiny expensive blink blink items. I experienced how people manipulated story just to get their husbands to spend millions to buy them jewelry. I realized that relationship and love could be exchanged with just a piece of diamond.

    They believed that the bigger the diamond they OWN the higher their status in the HIGH society. That’s how they set themselves up and work hard and chase for the GOOD LIFE that they conceptualize of.

    One day when I die, what I OWN will be taken away by someone else.

  27. Milly on Jul 3, 2012 at 1:29 am

    At the time of death, we can only take our karma with us and nothing else. If we are blessed with material wealth and we imbue our life with Dharma teachings, this wealth will be an asset for us to be able to do more to help other sentient beings. There is only regret at our last breath if we had just drifted with our life and done nothing to improve oneself or done something useful to help others.

  28. June Tang (KH-JB) on Jun 27, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    I love this word” we own nothing” we wont’t know what will happen in next second? will we die? will we success? will we rich…..etc…?we won’t take anything when we die,only the karma will follow us,whatever we own and have now is only temporary,we should learn dharma and do more dharma works to benefit more others.Start now!!dun waste our this life time!!
    Thank you RINPOCHE for the wonderful teaching^_^

  29. Alex C.J.Tan on Jun 27, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Whatever material/external items we are attached to will be given, taken, lost, abandoned or forgotten after death, and only our mind will follow us to our next rebirth. It sounds logical to focus on nurturing and developing the mind as the time and effort spent will not be wasted.

    Thank you Rinpoche for the profound guide.

  30. Sheryl KH (JB) on Jun 27, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    It is really very easy to fall into the belief that we own this and that and admists this belief system, we try out best to accumulate what we believe to be important, but sadly, all these we cannot bring with us when we leave this world.

    There is such saying in Chinese that ‘We come with nothing and leave with nothing.’

    Truly something for us to contemplate on everyday.

  31. mitra on Jun 25, 2012 at 10:29 am

    thank you dear guru for wonderful teaching.

  32. nicholas on Jun 17, 2012 at 1:40 am

    Really true that we own nothing actually in this samsara world.
    Most of the people tend to believe whatever we achieved or wanting to achieve in term of materialistic in this samsara world is permanent and precious but they didn’t realize that those materialistic they can’t bring it over to their next life.

    By realizing impermanent and complete on death (http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/last-night-i-spoke-about-death-meditation-in-more-detail.html), it will change our view and action. Knowing that there is nothing that we should precious but only the Dharma because this great teaching and the only way to realize the truth of life and the eternal of happiness. By practicing Dharma the merits we generate will follow us from life after life.

  33. Cynthia Ng on Jun 16, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    感谢仁波切分享!

    生不带来,死不带去,事实却是如此。人生无常,试问有多少次是拥有后也会失去的,不论钱财,家人,名与利,都会随着时间而流失。与其盲目的追求所要的,倒不如冥想当死亡来临时我们会如何面对,从这冥想中会让我们更把握做出人生中正确的决定。

    学会放下,因为当走完人生的尽头时一切还是回归于零。

  34. Su Ming on Jun 16, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Earlier today, both Paris and myself sat down to talk to a close student of Rinpoche to help this person let go of his past which has affected him negatively till today. It is amazing that one’s childhood including mine has so much impact (both negatve & positive) in our lives and it has shaped us to who we are.

    Some of us actually let go of the not pleasant situation and move on, unfortunately most of us holds on to it and has affected our potential. Sometimes, we hold on and when we want to let go, it might be too late and we have lost someone or something.

    At death, we do not own anything, not even our feelings/experiences. Therefore, isn’t better to let go now and move forward.

  35. ECheah on Jun 15, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    This song suddenly came to my mind, “I, I who have nothing, I, I who have no one….” by Shirley Bassey, LOL.
    How true it is, we came alone and naked, we leave the same way too. It’s just that the temporary “pleasures” we experience in this lifetime make our existence feel so real. We’ve always been conditioned to “make the most of your life”, meaning get the most out of it for yourself, ie to be “successful” in relation to others. It’s always in relation to others. Haven’t we aspired or been proud to be “the riches kid on the block, the prettiest, the most powerful, most famous etc….” always at the expense of others. It’s so refreshing to learn that the Buddhist way of life is to make the most of our lives, but for others (which benefits us too). This is so alien to worldly philosophy. What? Benefit others? Why should I? It’s so strange and our self-centered habit is something we still need to unlearn as it rears its ugly head on a daily basis. But it is this illusion that keeps us tossing endlessly in various states of suffering we think is happiness.

  36. Phillis Chin on Jun 12, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    This is just a stop, on the way to where we’re going. We’re just at ” Temporary Home” .

    Thank You Rinpoche for the teachings.

  37. Choisheem on Jun 12, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    This teaching is short yet the lesson I learnt from it is so applicable. Yes it is not wrong to want more money and material items. But we should put them to good use and not be attached to it. I also realised that at death, we cannot bring anything with us except our spiritual attainments. These also reminded me of the saying “live as though there is no tomorrow.”

  38. Victor Phang on Jun 11, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Dear Rinpoche:
    Thanks for this short, simple but very meaningful teaching. Yes, we came to this world with nothing and very soon will leave with nothing as well. The worldly attraction is getting stronger and stronger, marketers use all kind of creative methods to “enhance” our worldly attachment and manufacturers produce all kind of advanced products to “satisfy” our senses which greatly “increase” our worldly desires. It is tough to ignore, reduce and minimize the impacts of these desires. Everyday when we drive to work or even going to Dharma center, we can see plenty of advertisements along the journey which may pull us further away from learning and practicing Dharma. Therefore the idea of having KFR and KWPC is absolutely vital to “protect” us from all these dangerous attractions. Let make it happen now!

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing. Take good care.
    With love,
    VP

  39. Pastor Yek Yee on Jun 9, 2012 at 11:51 am

    This post is very short but very meaningful. It heat me!!!Yes, from I am born until today, what can I really posses??Money? Relationship? Friendship? or or or….I am contemplate now, actually I own nothing…but why I still so attach? I am so ignorance…

  40. Irene Lim on Jun 4, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    How true! We are just transient. With this knowledge we are at peace.

  41. Eric Lee KSJC on Jun 2, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    如果我们相信无常,我们就会发现其实在这个世界上,没有什么东西是永恒的。不管你是谁,你有多大的本事,都逃不过生老病死,所以只有佛法修行才能跟着我们一辈子,只有活在当下才能快乐,所以只有把佛法融入生活,才能感觉到真正的拥有。

  42. So Kin Hoe on Jun 2, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Thank you Rinpoche. This is the fact I will remind myself always. Nothing in this world is permanent.

  43. Andrew Chiam on May 31, 2012 at 11:00 am

    The whole point here is to cut attachments to material wealth. In the end, all are emptiness. But it really need some practice and strong will to cut the attachment thta had become so conditionally rooted in our live, and pls bless me to do so with correct method. Thanks Rinpoche.

  44. Mc on May 31, 2012 at 3:34 am

    I like this very much. I can see that if I were to read the words Rinpoche has written in this post every day, and when death finally comes to me, I would not panic or have much regret. I see that very much.

    How easily distracted we are and we lose our way with useless thoughts and pursuits. How sad and frightening it would be to realize when it is all too late that we are so unprepared for what is to come next.

    Nice reminder that everything that comes into our possession and each blessing that we have is to be used as tools to help others. In that way, we can enjoy having those things and yet not deny ourselves of the true happiness we gain in doing good for others.

  45. Uncle Eddie on May 30, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Attachment is the origin root of suffering. We go through life grabbing one thing after another to ease our stress. Culture tells us that it is good to acquire things like material possession of wealth and fame, and we are being jerked around by attraction and aversion. But, when we acquire those things, we don’t stay happy for long, before we start chasing something else. What we feel make us happy can also make us miserable. Realising non-attachment is not easy, it needs a life long practice. It’s a practice that requires giving up ideas about goals and rewards, or escaping to a better place. in buddhism, it teaches that the better place is right here. One should cultivate detachment, so as to view the world as less enticing and less permanent to be detached from its pains, as much as deluded pleasures. The nature of the world cannot be changed, but the nature of ourselves can and because things are impermanent, we therefore own nothing at the end!

  46. Datuk May on May 28, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Nothing is accomplished in one day…the bigger the project, the more the obstacles…but the obstacles you suffer is for others…so suffer it without suffering…

    Thank you Rinpoche for repeating this kind teachings. At the moment, I am suffering truly with pain over obstacles that are in my way to accomplish what needs to done. I still feel the pain of suffering but I will persevere and not go numb and cannot think out of the box.

    Life is a paradox, being responsible may be a virtue but this very same virtue is torturous when there are no humanly foreseeable solutions to overcome obstacles and problems.

    Until I die, I will with suffering or otherwise do what I can to benefit others, which I believe is the true essence of this life.

    I can take nothing with me on death but may I create something that will always be of use for generations after generations.

    May I be blessed to accomplish my wish.

  47. wahying on May 28, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    这再次提醒我们并没有想象中有那么多时间,死亡也不是我们能逃避得了的。不要等待,现在就开始。

    经常会有人以为佛教徒想法消极,因为我们“放弃一切”,“不执着一切”……其实,仁波切在过去的开示和这篇短短的开示里,强调了灵修并不是教你放弃一切,躲进山洞里,而是对外在的物质不执着和不贪着的心态,如此一来我们才不会拥有了反而比没有更痛苦,反而更备受折磨。更重要的是,带着怎样的发心去追求物质,有没有把它们用在利益自己和别人之上。

  48. guat hee on May 28, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for the message.

    It’s important to do something useful for others in your life so that you will never end up bitter. Bitterness arises from knowing we have done nothing that has affected anyone in our lives. Start something now…

  49. June Kang on May 28, 2012 at 12:44 am

    First I read this is last year July, I feel this is very meaningful to my life and I wanted a change. However when I look back I actually has not much changes of myself
    Anyway, thank you for bring this article out again; This is good to remind me again of what I have said and what I have done so far.

  50. Lim Han Nee on May 27, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Thank you,Rinpoche, for teaching us about the profound topic of emptiness in the context of death and dying.

    In the recent film that I watched – The Tibetan Book of the Dead – the Dalai Lama had said that we should actually rehearse our death and our dying. It will be most beneficial,(as Rinpoche has advised)if we were to spend a little time each day thinking of our imminent death and thinking that each day may be our last. Then all this attachment and grasping at the things of this life will loosen its hold on us. We will turn our thoughts more to Dharma and to benefiting others with our wealth and what we own.

  51. bengkooi on May 27, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    This was one of the things Rinpoche said when I first met him during a book club in 2007. The idea that nothing belonged to me, especially none of the things that I had worked for all my life, was life changing.

    Its quite a subtle thing, to realise that my life, my home, my family, my loved ones, my friends, even such mundane things like my treasured game collection and my career, can be anytime taken away by death, accident, circumstance. And that none of that will be taken with me on my next journey. I mean, how many of us really think about death? We are more interested in thinking about life, planning our next dinner date and so forth

    When I started to engage in buddhist practice, one of the difficult things was to do the mandala offering. I had studied the theory and visualisation behind it, but when I started actually visualising the things I would give up, it wasnt that easy. Things like cars, money, tangible material things were easy enough. But it was the more subtle things that were quite a struggle.

    I imagined myself not having friends, not having skills, being a total loser that no one liked, and so on. It wasnt easy, and I wouldnt say its easy still, but the letting go that comes with such visualisation is liberating.

    Another teaching that Rinpoche recently gave was to let go of ourselves. Basically, even ourselves, what we think of ourselves, how we react, our history, where we come from, what we are worth, also doesnt belong to us. And if we are able to let go of how we should be, what we should say, what we are able or unable to do, our self imposed limitations are gone, and we can emerge as a new person.

    powerful stuff.

  52. Helena on May 27, 2012 at 2:16 am

    This is a wonderful post Rinpoche. Thank you for the reminder and teaching.
    Much care,
    Helena

  53. David loh on May 26, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the reminder. Yes naked we come and naked we go.

  54. AdelineTan on May 26, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    It is very true that we came to this world with nothing and will leave this lifetime without anything. I must always contemplate that today is my last day in order to let go all the attachments and to embrace dharma, do dharma work so that i’ll be able to bring something along with me to my future lives.

  55. lewkwanleng on May 26, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Before I learn about Buddhism, I know that I come into this world, I have nothing, and when I die, I can’t take anything away. So I asked, what should we do then? Since we are going to die one day, and can’t take anything away, does it matter what I do now? Should I just make a lot of money and enjoy? Why should I help others (even though somehow I know it is good to treat others good) if I can’t take away anything?

    Taking refuge in Three Jewels and studying up (a little bit, I confess), I now know that my mind will exist after I die and will go to the next life, next body. As such, it is more important to train the mind. Be kind to others, have integrity, collect a lot of merits, benefit others are the most important, because it is all about training the mind towards the path of enlightenment. To me, this is a life that is worth living, and indeed, it is not “empty” at the time of death. Every action to benefit others with the motivation to gain enlightenment (so that I can benefit even more people) will not be “wasted”, and will be “carried over” to our next life.

    There are many tools that can help us in training the mind. Contemplation of death is one of the powerful one, because it reminds us that whatever wealth and fame we acquire will be gone at the time of death. It will help us in letting go of attachments. (It is not about we don’t make money, instead, while acquiring the wealth, we should not forget about the ultimate gold)

    Yes, when we “suffer” for others, it is suffer it without suffering.

  56. henry ooi on May 26, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Rinpoche tirelessly teaches that Death is Imminent. But most of us avoid the subject and always think that it will not happen to us so soon but to others.

    The older generation avoids this taboo subject because it’s inauspicious to talk of it. But when we don’t prepare beforehand and when the time comes suddenly, catching us unprepared, then at our deathbed we may start to regret and worry of the many matters that should have been done but were not. I think this would not be a good way to end this life and may affect the next rebirth, maybe as a spirit.

    I have heard of some people’s attitude changed after near death experience. I have also heard some changed for the worse when they were diagnosed with terminal illnesses like filled with anger, became depressed, have a poor me thinking because no one wants me now and no one will take care of me. I do not want to fall into such situations.

    I am learning to let go of what people say of me and think of me. It wouldn’t matter to me when I am dead anyway. What little possessions I have, I have willed it to my my family. I can’t take them with me when I go. I want to go with a peaceful mind.

  57. Grace( KSJC ) on May 26, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    The truth is in front of us but most of time we choose to ignore it or “forgotten”.We need to keep remind ourself life is short, we should do more for other instead ourself.just happen i saw myself in the picture attached above for joining the 2010 Dharma talk, it shame that two years pass by i still keeping myself busy with worldly things.must change now…

  58. patsy on May 26, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    We own nothing….. This is so true!

    Thank you, Rinpoche for this profound teachings. All the desires and attachments we chased for all our lives will be left behind at the time of death. Nothing follow us to our next rebirth except our karma. May I have the strength to overcome my attachments and the wisdom to understand the realization of emptiness!

    • Adrian Cho on May 26, 2012 at 5:02 pm

      Totally agree what you said Patsy..
      Thank you for sharing 🙂

  59. Adrian Cho on May 26, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this post and teaching us..
    Really meaningful and I appreciate it..
    Thank you Rinpoche always remind us and always care all of us.

  60. Sam on May 26, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    I truly agree that we own nothing. When we come to thiw world, we come with nothing. When we leave, we bring nothing as well. Whatever that we own and hold on to is all impermanent. Many of us are not able to let go of all these attachments and we indulge into it be it materials…or relationship. But we always forget that we are in one of the six realms and all these are going again and again until we truly reach enlightenment at one of our lifetime. But by just understand we own nothing isnt enough. I think we need to do more by benefiting others and at the same time cherish what other have done to benefit us. I like Rinpoche’s quote: “Nothing is accomplished in one day…the bigger the project, the more the obstacles…but the obstacles you suffer is for others…so suffer it without suffering”. Suffer it without suffering..

    Thank you Rinpoche for your teaching. Rejoice to have you as my guru.
    Take care

  61. James Long on May 26, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    生不知来,死不知去。我们每日执着的到底能为我们带来快乐吗?拥有越多反而失去更多。不要选择在死后才被迫将身外之物送走,不如现在就学习"拥有"但不执着的心态?

  62. Calvin Kam on May 26, 2012 at 11:22 am

    萬般帶不走,唯有業隨身!

  63. Lim KSJC on May 26, 2012 at 10:42 am

    We come to this world with nothing then we also with this world with nothing. After know a little bit of Dharma,we notice that we may bring Dharma and also karma will follow us always. But when we will step out the first step and keep going to do so?? Hopefully we all may use more time in Dharma to know more, serve more, benefit more…

    • Adrian Cho on May 26, 2012 at 4:06 pm

      I rejoice for you Lim, that always share Dharma to benefit other peoples 🙂

      • Lim KSJC on May 30, 2012 at 3:26 am

        Thanks Adrian…

  64. Shane Renaud on May 26, 2012 at 6:46 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for following Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s advice.
    Love Shane

  65. Ksjc Leu Chong Hin on May 26, 2012 at 4:11 am

    “We own nothing” that right, nowadays I will spent a few minutes thinking of my death especially when our age getting old and older as time pass. I will treat people surrounding me nicer and better. Especial they need my helps. Thanks.

  66. wei theng on May 26, 2012 at 1:29 am

    We owned nothing, we cannot be sure the material things that we owned can last for how long. However, when we used the material things or anything we have to help others, it becomes more meaningful.
    I love this “Nothing is accomplished in one day…the bigger the project, the more the obstacles…but the obstacles you suffer is for others…so suffer it without suffering…”
    when we work for others, all the obstacles are no longer be viewed as sufferings…

  67. Han on May 26, 2012 at 1:05 am

    非常喜欢仁波切这精湛的教诲
    我们不拥有任何东西,我們不執著任何世上的財產、名譽、虛名,那麼任何東西都會到我們這裡來。
    即放下一切时,也是拥有最多。。。。
    一旦我們被這世上的東西所奴役,我們就會永遠追在它後面跑,疲於奔命、耗盡心力,各種問題都找上門來了,還不一定得到任何東西。

  68. Grace on Sep 18, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    Never forget death is coming. Thank you Rinpoche for your wonderful teaching, when realised can save infinite beings from this meaningless cyclic existence.

  69. Uncle Eddie on Sep 5, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Yes at the end of the day, nothing is own by us! “We need material items, but not for the false security they give us but the tool they can be to further the goals of others and one’s own spiritual progress. If materialism is truly used in that fashion, then it should be ok…meaning it will not cause you sufferings.” According to the “Path to enlightenment” we could eliminate sufferings by just leaving that material world. It is the ordinary beings who suffer in cyclic existence, due to the experience of the ordinary beings who are bounded by delusions and karma. We have to create a state of renunciation from which we are to be freed from such boundage – i.e in accordance with our guru’s directives.

  70. Joy Kam on Jul 10, 2010 at 1:22 am

    Rinpoche has always taught us that having wealth is not the issue here but what you do with your wealth is the key to you being happy or unhappy. Hence we have wealth Buddha – Dzambala who provides Dharma practitioners what they require to do their practice. One practice we ought to consistently do is giving and it does not necessary have to be something tangible. Even being a good listener to a friend is a form of giving, giving emotionally. Or giving in the form of serving others, providing your talents and skills to be of benefit others, letting someone win an argument is also giving. Ahhh and this is something we can all do immediately, something so simple I know but a tough one to achieve, but not impossible. It’s like catching yourself or stopping yourself from saying something back to justify or explain, and just let the other person win, this is hard, but when you do realize it and do it, you actually become a much calmer person. Besides what is there to win anyways when nothing can be taken with us at the point of death, except the results of our actions.

  71. Joy Kam on Jul 10, 2010 at 1:21 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you Rinpoche for posting up this precious teaching. But like what Wan said, if we don’t practice it, it just becomes nothing anyway. This teaching has made me realize that throughout my life, I have been very selfish; always thinking how to get the things that I want in life thinking it will give me happiness and security. This teaching has made me realize that the more I do that the more I end up becoming disappointed, frustrated and angry when I did not at the end of the day get what I wanted. But honestly it caused me more suffering then happiness, and because, yes it is true, you cannot even take a penny with you when you die, so what are we really wanting and protecting since we own nothing? Our ego and insecurities? This was basically it for me. I am not perfect and 100% free of this suffering, but I find that the more I let go, the more lighter I feel and things become easier.

  72. ckliew-kc on Jul 9, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    This message by Rinpoche is really how we should live and lead our life daily. We should never be too attached to some form of materialistic items. Craving and indulgence will eventually brings destructions upon ourselves. Being too uptight about what we own and do not own created more negativity in our mind by doing so we become angry very fast , very selfish and miserly.
    It doesnt brings happiness to ourselves nor any happiness towards peopl we love. Our friends and people that come in contact with us will avoid us and in the end me might eventually leave this world without any peace. Our sufferings continues in to our next life.
    Whatever we own and have now is only temporary. We should always learn to let go by learning the ways to do so & comtemplating it through the buddhadharma of 4 Noble truth.

  73. June Kang on Jul 9, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    “It’s important to do something useful for others in your life so that you will never end up bitter. Bitterness arises from knowing we have done nothing that has affected anyone in our lives “. This is very powerful teaching. My experiences tell me that peace arises within us when we can benefit others.
    However, most of us including me that our awareness is not there. Everyday we wake up, we would still do things for ourselves, and create more attachment, hurt people, angry, unhappy and so…………
    Therefore is good we can visit this blog everyday to learn, to practice and to grow. Whatever teaching in this blog is helping us to look for happiness and peace and is free. Lots of people out there are paying money to attend courses to solve their problem and yet this blog is free. We should encourage more people to visit it.
    Thank you Rinpoche.

  74. weeliang on Jul 9, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    I love this teaching very much. I think back in my past and realize that this teaching is very true. Previously, I indulge in lots of expensive things, these things made me very happy but only for a while. I have come to realize that was happening because I was buying these expensive things for very personal and selfish reasons. They were basically used to fuel my ego and I was very attached to them. Sometimes, instead of making me happy, they even caused me suffering. The funniest bit is now I understand that all those expensive things that I own are basically flashing moments going by. The latest model in the Ferrari line up becomes second best after two years and an antic after four. It’s a neverending chase. These are things that we will not be taking with us when its time to go.
    After going through some of Rinpoche’s books and teachings, I have to come to realize that it is not the things I own or owned that made me suffer or happy. It was my perception of them and the motivation I had to own them that gave me a particular result. It is now apparent to me that everything we own can generate happiness or suffering for us. If we get our motivations right, our belongings can generate goodness and happiness to others and in return, we will also have goodness and happiness. To me, it is because I have learned that everything thing we are means nothing if its not to benefit others.
    Having realized the goodness of dharma, I will use my resources to practice and spread dharma. Maybe expensive things will have a better meaning to me in the future.
    Wee Liang

  75. Ooi Pe on Jul 9, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    I came into this world with nothing, all full of gooey stuff. The nurse checked me and wrapped me up into a little bundle (not so little mind you as I came weighing in the largest of 3 siblings); my parents cared for me and brought me up. Where would I be without them and my family members? What I have today is all because of them. Yet when I leave this world, I take nothing with me. Everything will be “returned” to whence they came from. I have to learn to detach myself from all material things as I will not be able to bring them with me.

  76. Jay Jae Chong on Jul 9, 2010 at 2:58 am

    I like Rinpoche’s short and sweet talk highlighting all our downfalls and the needs to address them in order to avoid further sufferings for ourselves and others.
    Although simple it may seem to be, it is in actual fact a corpus of teachings which includes a lot of logical debate for one to be able to realize the meaning of emptiness. But on a practical level, this is possible because if we’re to understand the meaning behind the nature of reality, we’re really going round and round with our discontentment and is leading us no where.
    the only solution is for us to snap out of ourselves and be able to face what is really before us and acknowledge what needs to be fixed in order to move on. Life’s short, let’s not play the game of chasing the wild, it’s not worth it.

  77. Wasukamol on Jul 8, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the profound teaching of ‘sunyata or emptiness’. Even tho if we understand it but it will bring us no where if we not practicing, knowing and pracitcing bring us to enlightenment.
    Our mind is like a monkey mind, without training we just like an untame horse whom not run follow the direction. In order to not become unhappy and bitter when we getting older, we have to start from small thing like how to make people surround us happy then indirectly we become happy, the basic to make people happy is from our love and caring, think about other and do thing for other, stop thinking about me me and me.. i’m doing thes also as i would like to become selfless.
    To take and hold vows help to stop our negative habitiual. And from that we will collect merit and might b able to have wisdom to under emptiness in one day.

  78. pamela on Jul 8, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    Many of my friends say they understand Buddhism but they dont nor try. They say they are Buddhists but they refuse to see nor hear. I am not perfect but I try to learn and understand. People say religions are just something to scare us or change us into something we are not! How can that be?? We have a brain to think, ears to listen, Buddha Shakyamuni’s teachings survived for 2,500 years and people around the world are practicing it, easterners and westerners.
    “All is empty, arises from it and dissolves into. Therefore all imputed phenomena will decay, it is just a matter of time. Denial of it, causes great unnecessary sufferings. Don’t deny anymore….”
    Scary but it is the truth. When we were born, we had only our birthday suit and when we die, it’s uncontrollable and nothing material that can be brought along!

  79. Sean on Jul 8, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Just these three words are so amazing…. WE OWN NOTHING. Everything we have now will be given, taken, lost, abandoned or forgotten in the end. I will trust the three jewels. I only can take them with me after I die. I cannot take anything when I die. All the money that I can grasp in my hands will dissolve, my loved ones will dissolve, everything will dissolve into emptiness. We only take our mind. We cna keep the three jewels in our minds. So we end up getting to keep them. YAY! I like thes two paragraphs as they pose a deep meaning towards me :
    “All is empty, arises from it and dissolves into. Therefore all imputed phenomena will decay, it is just a matter of time. Denial of it, causes great unnecessary sufferings. Don’t deny anymore….
    And
    Nothing is accomplished in one day…the bigger the project, the more the obstacles…but the obstacles you suffer is for others…so suffer it without suffering…”
    These words are so beautiful. They make me want to shed a tear….

  80. Joey on Jul 8, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    This post is a very important reminder for so many people, me included that there is nothing really here for me to hang on to and to focus on something that would be more lasting like mind transformation. Because of that there is not much of a reason to keep pursuing temporary pleasures that bring me to nowhere at the end of the day.
    However the key point here is that material items are to support spiritual practice as its the point that most people miss and subsequently develop the wrong perception that having material wealth is wrong and kinda avoid it. Now i shall think twice about buying those stuffs, and make sure that it benefits me spiritually as well….

  81. Peter on Jul 8, 2010 at 10:44 am

    Terima Kasih Rinpoche!
    ‘Nothing is owned by us. Everything will be given, taken, lost, abandoned or forgotten in the end. We came into our current lifetimes with nothing and no matter how much we accumulate, we leave with nothing. So wouldn’t it be wise that in between, we develop no real attachments or put so much emphasis on the material?’
    This is a hard fact for most of us to face and it is from experience that I have to say that this is tough to accept after spending a lifetime thus far being ingrained that this material world is all there is to it…
    So I recall the Dhammapada…aptly reflecting Rinpoche’s teaching
    ‘The fool worries, thinking, “I have sons, I have wealth.” Indeed, when he himself is not his own, whence are sons, whence is wealth?’
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/kn/dhp/dhp.05.budd.html
    But Rinpoche gives us the hope and reminder here:
    “Trust the Three Jewels, be firm with your commitments by contemplating death daily, hurt no one, be honest, be kind to those around you first, then extend out, respect your guru to the utmost and engage in your daily sadhanas with great conviction. Be aware that your time will be up soon.
    It’s important to do something useful for others in your life so that you will never end up bitter. Bitterness arises from knowing we have done nothing that has affected anyone in our lives. Start something now…better now than waste time feeling sorry for yourself or trying to elicit empty praises from others…”
    Sadhu!

  82. John Colquhoun on Jul 7, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    I’m sat here now with tears in my eyes, that all is impermanent was again brought home to me yesterday when Raymond had to make a one way trip to the vets. Little Gina and Zoe have been wandering around looking for him, How do you tell a dog their friends gone?
    Everything gets left behind or leaves us, all passes in the end.
    I ‘know’ all this and yet all the teachings are to me is a bucket to catch the drips from a leaky roof, when will i use them to fix the tiles proper…
    Go be nice to someone while you still can.

  83. Albert on Jul 7, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    We won’t know what will happen in the next second, it can be good or bad, it’s all depends on our karma. Many people fall into the trap and blind folded with the material attraction, having comfortable life, enjoying high technology entertainment, etc. Without realizing it, the moment when they die, they cannot take what they have with them, hence; they become nothing but carry with all the negative karma they created in this life.
    With all these material attraction, people tend to get strong attachment to it and created a state of mind for them to be selfish or lazy. We generally don’t have the care quality. So what we have left? NOTHING!!!!!
    What most important for us now is to generate care and showing kindness to our close one, initially might be difficult or fake, but after sometime of doing it, it become a habitual and eventually it will be within us.

  84. Susan Lim on Jul 7, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Conveyed in simple language even a 10 year old can read…but if practiced, we will have total liberation! Rinpoche, I am in awe of this teaching. Short, straight to the point, no big jargons, only deep meaning that is impossible to deny. I recall in one of Rinpoche’s teachings before…Rinpoche asked if we would spend so much to redo a hotel room if we were to stay there for just a short while? What we should be focusing on is to work on our minds as that’s what we will be taking from one life time to the next, irregardless of what outer form/body it takes on.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this teaching. I will contemplate on this until there is a change in my mind.

  85. ngeowchin on Jul 7, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    What an incredible teaching to bring the most profound aspect of Buddhism ( emptiness) within the grasps of ordinary deluded students like me.
    For those who have studied the Lamrim, Rinpoche’s ahort treatise here basically covers all the essential points of the Lamrim – the 3 principal aspects of the path.
    We own nothing -is about renunciation of one’s attachments to worldly pleasures and things.
    Taking refuge, contemplating death, being kind to others, not hurting others,reaching out and doing something useful for others in this life – is about cultivating compassion and bodhicitta.
    Ultimately all imputed phenomena will decay as their nature is empty of inherent existence – is about the correct view of emptiness.
    Wow Wow Wow.I am going to print this out and frame it and put it on my shrine and have another copy laminated to put in front of my pc to reflect daily.

  86. Sharon Saw on Jul 6, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    I love this post – these three words mean so much – “we own nothing”. From our childhood, we are taught the difference between mine and yours. This is mine, therefore it is not yours. We are taught to accumulate things, material rewards for good behaviour. Material things become evidence of our ‘good’ behaviour, therefore we are lulled into the delusion that the more material things we have, the better people will think of us.
    35+ years later, i find that it’s all false! Rinpoche’s post explains so clearly that everything we perceive that we own, we actually do not. I know extremely rich people who hoard and keep their money so tight that they don’t even spend it on themselves! Rinpoche has explained that in reality, they are suffering from poverty because even when they do have the resources, they do not spend it and live like paupers so they might as well not have any money.
    The old adage “Money is the root of all evil” is inaccurate. The real quote is “The love of money is the root of all evil” because money itself is neutral. It is neither good nor bad, but it is what we do with the money and what we would do in order to get money that is the evil or good.
    Rinpoche says, “Bitterness arises from knowing we have done nothing that has affected anyone in our lives. Start something now…better now than waste time feeling sorry for yourself or trying to elicit empty praises from others…” I love Rinpoche’s teachings because not only do they give me insight into the right way of thinking but also the method to counter previous wrong views.

  87. Sandy Clarke on Jul 6, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    We own nothing. Excellent. It’s such a shame that we need time to fully realise this, since the realisation would rid of of our fears and insecurities. Most of our fears are rooted in the idea that we might lose something (status, face, money, assets, people, our current life…), but if we can let go and realise that nothing is ours to lose, ironically, we seem to gain so much more than what we think we already have.
    Even Bill Gates, or Steve Jobs – very rich men with “secure” lives – can’t take what they’ve accumulated with them after they’re gone. Nor can they carry their reputation even from this life to the next, so really, why are we so attached?
    For me, real wealth, real value lies in using what you have to benefit others. As Morrie Schwartz once said: “Giving makes me feel like I’m living.” We know it’s true anytime we give a gift to someone – their pleasure and joy brings us more pleasure by our giving than what we get by receiving.
    We own nothing, but we can give everything.
    Kind regards,
    Sandy

  88. Yokefui on Jul 6, 2010 at 11:19 am

    This is a powerful teaching for me. At the present , most of us do not have the merits to grasp the meaning of Wisdom teaching.
    Rinpoche is always so skillful in giving the dharma in the manner we can relate and understand.
    How true is it that at death we leave everything behind and therefore nothing truly belongs to us. If we know how to use our knowledge, position and wealth to bring meaning and happiness to others, then we have acquired the real wealth.
    You don’t have to be a Buddhist to understand Rinpoche’s teaching because what he teaches is universal. If we put his teaching in the conduct of our daily life, I think we shall be happier and more free.

  89. Wendyyyho on Jul 5, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    “Bitterness arises from knowing we have done nothing that has affected anyone in our lives”. This sentence brings back some of my memories from the past. In the past I have always wondered why some people feel bitter and unhappy all the time. I myself had such experiences from time to time but could never put my finger on the real cause. There are people who go through their whole life without finding out why. Recently, Rinpoche told us a story about a dying man who was angry and bitter about his life from one of the books he read. All he could do was to be angry but he didn’t have a clue why he was angry or how to get out of his angersome state. As a result he was in complete misery. A psychiatrist who counseled him soon saw where his problem lies and suggested that maybe he should do something for others. He remembered there was a church nearby that need air-conditioning to be fixed and being an electrician by profession, it was something he could do. The church was simply too happy to accept his service and in the process of doing that his anger subsided. He finally found peace because he felt a sense of worth doing something for others. A few months later, at his death bed he said to the psychiatrist, “thank you for saving my life”. This is a lesson to us that life is simply not how long we live but rather it is the meaning we put into our lives in service of others. Otherwise, bitterness will be the inevitable result if our lives

    • Vivek Karmaa on Jun 8, 2012 at 10:50 am

      Nice one. Thanks.

  90. Tsetchi on Apr 20, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    Your blog is so precious for whom have not the possibility to come hear your teachings. Thank you very much Rinpoche, you are so kind to share your wisdom with all of us.
    “Nothing is accomplished in one day…the bigger the project, the more the obstacles…but the obstacles you suffer is for others…so suffer it without suffering…Tsem Tulku”
    This is really true, thank you to remind us that !
    Much love
    Tsetchi

  91. mima on Apr 20, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    Rinpoche’s writings always come at the time when I needed the most!

  92. Elsie Toy on Apr 20, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Thank YOU Rinpoche.. that was exactly i felt weeks back.. I felt that I was wasting my time. Lost and wanted to do something meaningful in life and had wonder what was my mission on earth. Even sitting at my workstation was a waste of time earning a salary keeping myself alive without meaning to it. I really felt that this message is special to me. Thank you.

  93. mima on Apr 20, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Thank you always!

  94. AngelSHOoi on Apr 20, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    Thank You Rinpoche for Your wonderful reminding message again!Thanks

  95. Duke Okkelberg on Apr 20, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    Great teaching Rinpoche

  96. Wan Wai Meng on Apr 20, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche so beautiful !

  97. Melvin Racelis on Apr 20, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Wonderful message Rinpoche.

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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,
So go pursue all the way with the unknown,
because all unknown with familiarity becomes the known.
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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!
3 weeks ago
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
3 weeks ago
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
3 weeks ago
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
4 weeks ago
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
4 weeks ago
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
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
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.
1 month 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
1 month ago
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
1 month ago
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
1 month 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
2 months ago
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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  • 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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