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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Here is the latest news and pictorial updates, as it happens, of our upcoming forest retreat project.

The Kechara Forest Retreat is a unique holistic retreat centre focused on the total wellness of body, mind and spirit. This is a place where families and individuals will find peace, nourishment and inspiration in a natural forest environment. At Kechara Forest Retreat, we are committed to give back to society through instilling the next generation with universal positive values such as kindness and compassion.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/build-your-own-growroom.html
  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 01:40 PM
    When on the hospital bed nearing our last breath, nothing matters except for the practice and transformation we have done in dharma in our lifetime.

    Our money, wishes, houses, clothes, jewelry, reputation, spouses, desires, dreams, greed, anger, possessions, explanations will be of no use at all. It will in fact even be a hindrance scratching at our mind’s energy to let go and we cannot.

    Since they are no use at that momentous event, we should continue that thought now and understand what we should truly cultivate now. This thought must translate into action not just scholastic thoughts and meanderings of the mind for self deception or imitation spiritual satisfaction. This is what I think daily and everyday as part of my meditations on death and impermanence according to first chapter of Lam Rim.
    ~H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche

    Learn more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-dying-process.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 12:11 PM
    Amazing and very creative architecture designed space for our home grown foods.It is a good idea for those living in the cities.The Growroom is beautifully produced made it convenience which enables people to connect with nature surrounding with plants. The smell of herbs and plants makes cities dwellers to live in happiness and healthy.
    Its takes alot of effort and determination for anyone to build a growroom.Well they can do it,if they have the will power….hoping someday KFR will have one too.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/build-your-own-growroom.html
  • nut
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 01:39 AM
    Lazynnes ,negative karma!and mends samajas …ITS very very , inderdependent motivations lewwels of awareness Teacher’Quality &sangha quantity ,first when samajas ARE pure Empowerment full blessings later?so give less Empowerment ITS OK.ccTR IS Wise.
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  • nut
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 01:32 AM
    http://www.aikidosydneycity.com/interview-with-takeda-shihan-by-aikikai-hombu-dojo/ yes yes sumikiri!i m sure HE practice martial arts in many previous lives AS well AS have family’karma conected with ai!ki flow,,,so NEUTRAL his re:for attacks ARE.,above normal fighter skills!___and i m skull in maya astro,fine and wanth share:#####paranormalTSEMsection on:::: antarctica aliens& JFK ,Peru as egg skulls.________________have a good day&nice PRactICE.____THE LIGHT be?or just show options that can be used.
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  • nut
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 01:23 AM
    For example B_LOCK can be neutral karma ,butRE_PLAY reactions can make diferent results in second person?
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  • nut
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 01:22 AM
    NEUTRAL karma not make good ,not bad result!but ITS STill karma so IS not done from lewwels of acomplishment where IS NO NEW karma acumulations.
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  • nut
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 01:16 AM

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
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Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
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because all unknown with familiarity becomes the known.
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Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
7 days 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
7 days 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.
7 days 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
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More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
1 week 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!
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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
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The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
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Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
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Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week 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 week 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 week ago
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
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Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
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The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
4 weeks ago
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
4 weeks ago
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
2 months ago
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
2 months ago
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
This is a good one to read
2 months ago
This is a good one to read
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
2 months ago
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
Mumu\'s hair is messy and he looks funny
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Mumu's hair is messy and he looks funny
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. 
I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. 
Feast your eyes! 

Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. Feast your eyes! Tsem Rinpoche
                        Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini\'s path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html  Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini's path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
Message to Tibetans in English
3 months ago
Message to Tibetans in English
Message to the Tibetans
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Message to the Tibetans
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
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Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
3 months ago
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
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Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
3 months ago
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
4 months ago
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
4 months ago
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
4 months ago
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
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One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
4 months ago
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
4 months ago
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
5 months ago
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
5 months ago
Sir Edmund Hillary
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha\'s teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha's teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I\'ve seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
6 months ago
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I've seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
6 months ago
It's nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
                         Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
6 months ago
Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
6 months ago
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
6 months ago
Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
High lamas in France September 2016
6 months ago
High lamas in France September 2016
༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden:   http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
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༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
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Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
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  • March 27, 2017 04:19
    Dongho asked: I have been reading on the tunes of certain sects and would like to ask on this. From what I've read, there are certain tunes to each sect and school of certain chants. Exactly where can I find the sheet music for these percussion and horns with the chants, such as to the one for invoking Kache Marpo or Dorje Shugden? Would it be possible to use school instruments for this?
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  • March 26, 2017 02:14
    Kunga asked: Does the Gelug have Begtse a protector? If so, could you please provide a sadhana for him here?
    pastor answered: Dear Kunga, Yes the Dharma protector Begtse exists within the Gelug tradition. He is also known as Chamsing. Begtse’s practice stems from India and was introduced to Tibet and therefore Tibetan Buddhism by the translator Nyen Lotsawa. Marpa Lotsawa also practiced Begtse, and so the practice exists in the Kagyu traditions. This practice was eventually transmitted to Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, the first of the five patriarchs of the Sakya tradition, who were the founding fathers of that tradition. Over time the practice of Begtse was incorporated into the Gelug tradition, founded by Lama Tsongkhapa, and was notably practiced by the 1st and 2nd Dalai Lamas. Over time the practice gained popularity within the lineage, especially when it spread to Mongolia. There the practice became an important one within the lineage as upheld there. Begtse is also affectionately known as the Dharma protector of Mongolia, because his practice is so popular there. If I am not mistaken, there is an oracle of Begtse in Mongolia as well. There is a mistaken account that the practice originated around the time of the 3rd Dalai Lama, with the subjugation of a Mongolian war god, but Begtse was definitely practiced before that time in the Gelug, Kagyu and Sakya traditions. While the practice of Begtse is very effective, I have not come across the practice of Begtse in my personal practice, therefore I do not have access to the Begtse sadhana to provide to you. Instead Begtse is propitiated in prayers that incorporate many other Dharma protectors, and Begtse is also considered one of the nine protectors of the Hayagriva (Tamdrin) cycle of tantric teachings. Therefore Begtse is included in the Dharma protector sections of the Hayagriva tantras. Surrounding Begtse are his sister, Sing Ma, and his main minister, Le Khan Mar Po. His inner retinue comprises of eight butchers who wield copper swords in their right hands and skull-cups full of blood in their left hands. They are portrayed as naked and are very ugly. His outer retinue comprises a further twenty-one butchers, who hold copper swords in their right hands, and this time, the entrails of butchered enemies. They wear the skins humans and oxen as clothes, with ornaments made from human bone. While this may seem violent, Begtse is actually a very powerful and beneficial protector, who helps practitioners clear their obstacles and create conducive conditions for their spiritual evolution. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 24, 2017 20:12
    Azair asked: Venerable Rinpoche, I am doing a study in Kalachakra Tantra and I've heard from most of the lama's too that if you practice the Kalachakra Tantra, you'll be able to take control of your next rebirth. Ofcourse, it has been said that we will get our rebirth according to our Karma and desires but whether those dreams will get fulfilled will depend upon the actions that we take in this life. Thus, practicing the Kalachakra(till the end) after initiation will give you the opportunity to take rebirth anywhere you desire regardless of your Karma. My question is that, is there some truth in this statement.? Does this statement hold true for other tantra practices, such as Vajrayogini Tantra, Ghuyasamaja Tantra, Heruka Tantra, etc. I would really really like to know. Thankyou in anticipation, regards, Azair
    pastor answered: Dear Azair, Thank you for your question. Yes there is truth to this statement, both from a scriptural perspective and also by example, as the great masters have shown us. This is a unique feature of all Anuttarayoga Tantras or Highest Yoga Tantras, which Kalachakra, Vajrayogini, Guhyasama and Heruka are all examples of. This category of tantric practice can actually lead a practitioner to full enlightenment in this very lifetime. Even if enlightenment is not reached, very high levels of attainment can be reached nonetheless. This includes the ability to take control over your next rebirth. This is primarily engaged in so that the practitioner is born in an environment where they can eventually pick up their practice and further their spiritual path to enlightenment, or in order to be born in a place where they can benefit sentient beings the most, as part of the spiritual journey over many lifetimes. One of the reasons such an ability is very necessary on the spiritual path, is that usual death and rebirth occurs at the mercy of ones karma, specifically what is known as the ‘throwing karma’ or the karma that dictates what sort of rebirth a person is going to take. This opens up at the time of ordinary death, which most people have no control over. During the death process, many of our disturbing emotions will arise. Whichever of these is the strongest at the point of death triggers open a latent karmic potential, which becomes the ‘throwing karma’ and dictates where we are going to take rebirth and if that life will generally be full of suffering or not. Within Anuttarayoga Tantra, one of the key points of practice is to prepare for one’s death. This is done by simulating the dying process during one’s meditations, so that one becomes familiar with it. At the most pivotal part of this process, one practices achieving either the rainbow body or great bliss (in the case of the father tantras); or clear light (in the case of mother tantras). The tantras themselves are not defined in terms of the gender of the central deity, but by the method used to gain enlightenment. This is either the rainbow body/great bliss (classified as male, therefore labelled ‘father’) or clear light (classified as female, therefore labelled ‘mother’). Non-dual tantras such as the Kalachakra tantra can employ either of the two methods, a mixture of both, or alternate methods. In the case of superior practitioners, due to the power of their practice, they can achieve either of these two methods in their current body. Since they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, and a particular method of practice, they can also achieve enlightenment during their physical death. The great Lama Tsongkhapa is said to have achieved enlightenment at the moment of physical death, using the second of these. For other practitioners, they may not be able to achieve this either in their meditations while they are alive, or during the death process. However because they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, they remain in complete concentration at the time of death, not allowing any disturbing emotions to arise. Due to this level of concentration, meditation and awareness during the dying process, they are able to control where they next take rebirth. This is evident in the tantric scriptures themselves, and the life stories of many masters, who can state exactly where, when and to whom they will take their next rebirth, as they are in full control of the dying and rebirth process. There is a type of meditation called ‘thukdam’ which has been translated into ‘death meditation’. This is a final meditation some masters choose to engage in. During this meditation, the master themselves consciously begin the physical dying process themselves, engage in the meditation of dissolving the winds into the heart centre and remain in the most pivotal part of the death process, the mind of clear light of death. During this point they engage in meditations, either the methods of the father or mother tantras as mentioned previously, and or consciously choose where they are to next take rebirth. They can remain in this death meditation for long periods of time, days at an end, in which their consciousness has not yet left their body, although for all intents and purposes they are dead according to medical science, e.g. they have no heartbeat. At the end of their meditation, a drop of blood will be emitted from their nostril, and their head will slump over a little. Masters who engage in this meditation usually sit in full meditation posture, and their body remain supple and soft even though they have passed away from a medical point of view. I hope this brief explanation helps. Thank you.
  • March 23, 2017 23:01
    Brad asked: What is the significance of offering the Seven precious emblems of royalty to the Buddhas and enlightened Dharma Protectors? What are we symbolically offering up?
    pastor answered: Dear Brad, Thank you for your question. The ‘saptaratna’ or seven precious emblems represent on the one hand the ultimate state of temporal power, and on the other hand the ultimate spiritual attainments that we can achieve. By offering these to the Buddhas, we are actually creating the causes to achieve what they represent. Therefore it is good to know the meaning of each, so we can understand what we are creating the causes for by offering them up: Please see below for an explanation of the seven royal emblems: 1. The Precious Wheel: a thousand spoked wheel, representing the universal power of the Buddhas, as well as the teachings of the thousand Buddhas of our aeon. It is represented by the Dharmachakra, symbolising the ‘turning of the wheel’ or teaching of the Noble Eightfold Path. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, especially that of our own mind, thoughts, delusions and afflictions. 2. The Precious Jewel: an eight sided wish-granting gem, which fulfils all the needs of a universal emperor. This jewel has eight special qualities: it illuminates the night sky for hundreds of leagues; it is cooling when the temperature is hot and warming when the temperature is cold; it makes manifest whatever the holder wants; when thirsty it causes a fresh-water spring to appear; it has the ability to control the nagas, and other supernatural beings, as well as preventing natural disasters such as storms, floods, etc.; it gives off multi-coloured lighted which heals the various mental and emotional afflictions; it cures all illnesses; and it ensures that one dies a natural death, not an untimely one. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, or perfect discrimination, so one knows what to abandon and what to keep in the mindstream during the spiritual journey to enlightenment. 3. The Precious Queen: the most beautiful and virtuous of all women. She is described as a goddess who is the epitome of someone: with devotion; without jealousy; who is the embodiment of fertility; who works for the welfare of all beings; who possess feminine wisdom; speaks the truth; not attract to sensual pleasures or material possessions; and does not have false views. She is adored by all. She also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect effort. This is necessary to keep meditating until one gains spiritual attainments. 4. The Precious Minister: who has sharp intelligence, patience, and the ability to give wise counsel to the emperor. He is so attuned to the emperor that even before the emperor has spoken, the minister is already carrying out his command. He only wishes to support the Dharma, help sentient beings, and is an excellent strategist. He also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect joy. This is also akin to the attainment of the first bodhisattva level, because you have come to an understanding of your own mind, which is like pouring ice-cold water into boiling water. The water stops boiling, as does the thoughts, projections, and delusions in the mind. He represents the path of the bodhisattva. 5. The Precious Elephant: who has the strength of a thousand normal elephants. He is white, with the perfect features that an elephant could have. He is majestic, graceful, and gentle, but in battle is fearsome, fearless and unyielding. He communicates with the emperor through a telepathic link. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect adaptability. This is important, as one needs to be able to adapt to the various mental afflictions as they arise, and suitably counter them. 6. The Precious Horse: who has all the marks of a celestial horse. Known as wind-horse, he is able to travel extremely fast, and can circumambulate the entire universe three time in just a single day. He is never fearful or startled, never makes a sound when galloping, and has extremely soft hairs on his body. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is single-pointed concentration. This is important because without this form of concentration, once cannot engage in the analytical meditations that lead to an understanding of emptiness, and therefore enlightenment. 7. The Precious General: who has mastered the arts of war and always wins in battle. He wears battle armour and holds many different weapons. He tries to avoid battle, but when necessary fights, and never gives up until he has won. He is fearless, and courageous in carrying out the emperors commands and ensures the emperors army carries out their duties. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect equanimity. This is because he overcomes all warfare, which is akin to the battle between things were are attached to and things we have an aversion for in our minds. In short, what you are offering up is the highest of all temporal treasures and abilities, as well as the entire path of the Dharma. Doing so creates the causes for you to receive all of this on your spiritual journey towards enlightenment. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 20, 2017 10:16
    Grigoris asked: Excuse me, but I would like to ask, what does the prayer to Shangmo Dorje Putri say exactly? I can't read Tibetan, but would like to see the description that the prayer gives. I am not planning to say the prayer or make interaction(as it would be very dangerous), but would like to see what it actually says from the Tibetan text. Here's the link: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/shangmo-dorje-putri-the-bamo-of-sakya.html
    pastor answered: Dear Grigoris, Thank you for your question. Shangmo Dorje Putri is indeed a fascinating unenlightened Dharma protector. Unfortunately at the moment, we do not have a translated copy of the text in English that we can provide. The usual format for such texts, would include an invocation, making offerings to appease them, and then exhortations for them to perform their activities, possibly followed by thanking them for their help. One thing is for certain, due to the nature of Shangmo Dorje Putri her prayer is sure to include violent imagery, just like many other Dharma protectors, such as Achi Chokyi Drolma (who even though has a peaceful appearance, has a lot of violent imagery in her prayers). The reason behind the violent imagery is explained in the post about Achi Chokyi Drolma here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/achi-chokyi-drolma-chief-protectress-of-the-drikung-kagyu.html
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