Work and Play Become One……..

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(By Tsem Rinpoche)

Whether we are working in a place for the next 1 year, 10 years, 100 years isn’t the issue. The issue is while we are working there, we treat everyone, and our work as if we are going to be there for a hundred years. Why? Because wherever we work, we are working with other PEOPLE. People have feelings, impressions, can be happy and can be hurt. Hence when we are working there, we should never think, these people don’t matter, I am just here for a short time so it doesn’t matter what they think. But we should think, while I am here I AM GOING TO MAKE EVERYONE HAPPY. I am going to be kind to everyone. I am going to make everyone like me and I am going to like them. Then wherever we go, we create respect, love, care and good feelings from others towards ourselves. That is so important as it will affect other areas of our life.

We may plan this or that for the next 30 years but we can die tonight. Everyone in between is insignificant or just a stepping-stone to get where I want would be a bad attitude to have. Because whether we live 30 years more or 30 hours more, it is WHAT we create in our environment which is of the ultimate importance. Do we create distrust, laziness, irresponsibility and dishonor? Or the environment we create is trust, responsibility, kindness and integrity? Whether we live long or not is out of our hands, but what we do during that time is in our hands. Life is much more than getting ahead at the expense of others. Getting ahead in life is fine, creating a happy, trusting, caring environment along the way IS MOST IMPORTANT.

If we use people and a place as a stepping stone..we lose everyone’s respect and we lose respect for ourselves. We may get the money and material items, but when we lose respect for ourselves, then we become bitter and unhappy. Even angersome eventually. That would not be a good result for all the hard work. Hard work must result in happiness of the mind not just material gains. HAPPINESS FOR OTHERS AND OURSELVES IS THE ULTIMATE RESULT OF WORK AND CAREER WE SHOULD SEEK. A happiness that brings zero harm to others.

  1. Doing work in such a way that others don’t need to correct us, or push us to meet the deadline is such a wonderful way to give back to others in the office. Free love to them.
  2. Helping another member of our team to finish their work, or cover for them in emergencies without agenda is a nice spiritual way to live.
  3. Never backbite about other people in our team. We have issues, talk it out in a pleasant manner with the attitude to solve the problem but not to win. Winning is not everything. Sometimes you can win, but lose everything in the process. Talk to iron things out is the best motivation. Never create schism or insinuate. Make peace and harmony.
  4. Be honest. Come when you are supposed to and leave when things are done… Never leave your work for others to cover for you. You send a message to people that you haven’t any integrity. Integrity is the basis of trust. When you create trust in people’s mind, you create a harmonious attitude and environment. Everyone enjoys harmony.
  5. Buy lunch, a birthday card, a snack, a drink and stuffed toy for others in your team from time to time. Soup when their sick. Be caring with eachother. Don’t think of the office as just a place to get as much freebies and money as you can. But a place to share, give and return kindness too. When? Whenever necessary.
  6. We all have personal problems that we bring to work sometimes and we can’t help it because it disturbs us. So if we have reacted negatively to someone because of it, apologize from the heart when you have calmed down. Bringing our problems to work is an inevitable, but apologizing from the heart is wonderful. Apologies do not make you lose face in the long run. In fact, it helps you to gain face.
  7. Sure your quitting time may be for example 6pm, but if there’s work, finish it and support your team. If you run out, after a while people feel you are not with them and then eventually they will not be with you. Teamwork is not about the work, it is about how you make others feel when you finish the work and not leave it to them. It’s called caring and compassion.

    Work and play are not different when your work makes a huge difference in other people’s lives. The concept of work and play being different is applicable sometimes but not in all circumstances. There are times when we go to ‘play’ after work AND it becomes work. For examples being stuck in traffic, your friends cancel appointments, overcrowded loud shopping malls, relationships that drag us down, being with people who are totally into themselves, getting to a party that is totally not happening or meeting people who are not for real. These are some scenarios that play time becomes worse than ‘work’ time.

    The purpose of work is to support ourselves so we can do activities that make us happy. But if our work is such a nature that it brings others happiness, then we are priviledged to work in such a job and it is not really a job. Hence we should not treat it as work or job in the traditional sense of the word. Because helping others bring happiness to ourselves so that is not work. Hence timing is not the issue anymore. It’s about giving it your all, and getting alot back as a result.

    How can you make a cut off time when you are happy and others are happy because of you? Think deeply about that. We are being paid to bring others happiness. How can that be work? Bringing happiness to others will bring happiness to ourselves. Of course having said that, we would like to meet with friends, go karaoke, walk in the park, pujas, retreats, a drive, shopping after ‘work’ sometimes and THAT IS FINE. The point here is that if you have the good affinity to work in a organization/job that benefits others, don’t treat it as work. Don’t treat it as a job. It is much much much more than a career. It is better than any career you can ever have. Careers give us money and a sense of purpose hoping that will bring happiness. But money and false self purpose doesn’t ever bring happiness. Check it out. A job that brings purpose and satisfaction is something that enriches the lives of others SHORT TERM AND LONG TERM. Having a job like that is not a job. We should never view it as so. We should think our job is actually happy time or enjoyable time.
  8. Are we lucky enough to work with people that give to us, share, generous, supportive, loving, kind, and always there to talk to us? Then why is being with these people considered being at work? It looks like enjoyment to me. Sometimes people at ‘work’ turn out to be better than people we have at home, our partners, even long time friends. Why do we label people at work, just work mates? They can turn out to be super-duper, loyal, loving friends. Even better than people we have labelled our partner or friends. Many instances of that.

    We have to change our perspective. Sometimes we bring all our problems from our friends, relationships and home to work. We make our work mates listen to us, console us, be there for us, but we give nothing back. When it’s 6pm, it’s quitting time and we are gone!! People outside of work bring us problems, and people at work solve it for us. It sounds like the people at work ARE OUR REAL FRIENDS sometimes. Check it out. Sometimes we feel happier with the people at work than outside of work. True? It can be true. We have to ask ourselves, why don’t we do more for our work mates? Why do we do more for people outside of work? Because one is labelled for fun and the other is for work? That is wrong perception if we examine it closely. What do we do for others at work? How much do we share or give or do we just take. People at work give us the livelihood to spend it on ourselves and friends. And if your workmates are wonderful group of people on top of livelihood, they also give you friendship, love, understanding, an ear at times, advice, support and care. Don’t we have a ethical and humanistic attitude to return that? Of course we do.
  9. Just because we didn’t go to school with them when younger, or have intimate relations with people at work does not mean they are not worth our time, energy, evenings and weekends. Remember, when we see it as ‘sacrifice’ of our evenings or weekends with these people at the office is when we label it work. But how come when we go with friends/partners, it is not a sacrifice of our free time? Because our view is wrong. Whether the people that support us and care for us are at work or outside work is NOT THE CRITERIA. The criteria is that these people HELP ME..and it just so happens they are from work. So when I hang out with these people in the office or outside beyond my ‘working hours’, it is not work, but it is with friends and enjoyable… THAT IS IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER.

    If we want to get ahead, we have make our priorities more important. If we have a passion for painting, but we don’t set time aside for it, then how to be recognized for it or accomplish it. If we are into relationships that get us nowhere, movies, food, gossip, dancing, or very protective of our attachments and not willing to let go of anything to accomplish a bigger goal, then a bigger goal cannot be achieved. Being in some sort of job or work and not going all the way will lead to disappointment. We have to go all the way in whatever job we are in. We have to think that whatever we do, must be the best we have done.
  10. It ‘s important to not always expect support in the office. The office may have some project or whatever going on, we must make sure we attend. It gives the whole office a feeling of solidarity, support and loyalty. Whether at home or at the job, we should go all the way. Don’t treat others according to our own labels. We should treat them for who they are without being judgemental but with discernment. Judging and discerning seems similar but differentiated by motivation.

    If work and free time is made into such a distinction like the ex-berlin wall, then you will not treat the people at work as they deserve especially if they are good people. This is not always the case, but it can be. You treat the people at work as work and subtly you send a message that they are not worth you maybe. Just a thought… In general look carefully and see who is with you…

    Work and workmates should not always be viewed as having a cutting off time. When the whistle blows..bye bye! Remember, see where your friends really are. Who is there for you and give you words of wisdom. Remember their kindness whether it is at work or home.

Tsem Rinpoche

July 20, 2010
 

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  1. Andrea Lai on Mar 22, 2018 at 11:53 pm

    This is what Dharma is about “Happiness for others and ourselves is the ultimate result of work and career we should seek.” Recalling back before I join into Dharma activities, my life was terrible. Working in secular world make me feel insecurity on work, relationships and it affected my health as well. Though, you have kind intention to re-correct the situation, but the people seem to ignore and even backfired you. No matter how hard working you are, people keep on getting a piece of you.

    Somehow, I’m grateful now that I’m contributing myself more into Dharma, to change and transform myself to be better. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the teaching and guiding us. 🙏🙏🙏

  2. Joey Tan on Aug 18, 2017 at 12:12 am

    “HAPPINESS FOR OTHERS AND OURSELVES IS THE ULTIMATE RESULT OF WORK AND CAREER WE SHOULD SEEK.”-a great statement. Everyone want to live happy and see others happy too. If our career can make ourselves happy and others happy it is a great result for all of us. I have learned that the article provides a lot of ways to be happy and make others happy at work. Thanks for the sharing.

  3. Edward Ooi on Jun 12, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    I agree with what Rinpoche has written. We cannot “use” our colleagues as a stepping stone or treat our colleagues like tools, in fact, we should not anyone like that because that is taking advantage on people, selfish and cold-blooded. I totally believe that if we keep on treating people like that, no one will come and help us willingly. Nobody would want to help someone who is as troublesome as how it has been described by me earlier, unless the person is super compassionate.

    My father always tell me to never treat anything as work, you have to do it like you mean it or don’t do it at all. Now that I think of it, it makes a lot of sense. If you enjoy doing something, it will never feel like work. There is also another saying that goes like this: Choose A Job You Love, And You Will Never Have To Work A Day In Your Life. Which I think it’s quite accurate. Don’t you think so?

    The lessons that I have learnt from this article are to never treat anything like work or you will never enjoy doing it AND never use and treat someone like a stepping stone and tools. If we do that we might be successful but we will never earn people’s respect and we will not be happy at work.

  4. Dense Kuek on Feb 5, 2015 at 1:55 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article, It is fantastic. What this helps me is to change my thinking that ‘work’ and ‘play’ can do at the same time as long as the job is benefiting others then we should enjoy it. Besides this, I understand is that we should finish our job before leaving, instead of pushing the job to the colleagues, the things we do not like sure the others do not like too. Our perception for our job is the main point to cause us if we are happy during working hour, if we don’t change our mind and like to differentiate ‘job’ and ‘work’, no matter how many jobs we change, we are not going to enjoy it. But the point for me to think about is whether my job benefits others? But this would not be an excuse for me to be good to my colleagues.

  5. Wan Wai Meng on Jan 9, 2015 at 3:55 am

    Many of Rinpoche’s teachings, can be applied into various situations which makes it not rigid at all in its implementations. So whichever place brings us benefit in comparison to other places we should value that place above other places even it is called ‘work’ and cherish the people in that environment.

    Whether we work, play, have a relationship, an amazing career, hobby it is all directed towards the pursuit of happiness, in fact it can be said that all actions we do it to bring about some sort or form of happiness.. contentment or otherwise . This is what separates people who are spiritual and those who are worldly, spiritual people will tend to look at long term happiness, worldly more to instant and short term happiness. Spirituality looks at the happiness and well being of all beings, examples of great personages are people like Gandhi and the Buddha, they benefitted millions from their actions and views, it has been said many times that buddhas worked for the happiness of beings, and worldly or selfish beings worked for their own welfare. So look where the buddha got to and where the worldly beings got to?

  6. Casteven Lim (KH JB) on Oct 13, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche for the profound sharing, the whole article 100% touched our daily life style.

    Like Rinpoche always say: ” One Cannot But Many Can”; team work is the best solution for every work but how to be harmoniously work in team is really not a easy work.

    From my personal point of view, i feel that when we want to work harmoniously in a team must start from ourself but not just hope others be good with us then only we do so. Hence as we started to be good with others sure we are creating the positive Karma to meet better person surrounding us.

    Thanks Rinpoche once again to introduce Lama Tsongkhapa and Lord Setrap practice that help us to be a better person toward others…

  7. Vinnie Tan on Oct 8, 2014 at 1:43 am

    This is definitely an insightful post. There is just so much knowledge that we can pick up from reading this article.

    Personally I agree with everything that is written on this post 100%. I too believe it is how we deem “work” that would affect our emotions as well as the people around us. If we enjoy ourselves, play not only our own parts but to help the rest out when help is needed as well it would create harmony and happiness with the people that we are working with. Through this not only can we help the organisation that we are working for to even higher levels, but it would also improve ourselves as a whole.

    Simple reason to this, when we enjoy what we are doing, we would enjoy the environment that we are at. Then, we would influence the people around us to be happier. Hence, it is an overall improvement to your work place. Through that we can also boost our work productivity, then if our bosses are happy we can get more bonus. Hehe!

    Truthfully, through showing care, love, and respect with colleagues I believe that it boost the good office relationship that one would have with their colleagues. Let’s think of it this way, we see and face our colleagues about 8-9 hours a day. Even more time then we spend with our spouse or family members (after taking away the sleeping time). Thus, our colleagues are like our family whereby we have to work in harmony. So what for create hatred in the workplace when we can share love and peace to make ourselves happier daily?

    I believe that with this attitude that we carry, we would be much more happier in our workplace.

  8. Edwin Tan on Sep 30, 2014 at 4:52 am

    This applies to our daily lives and not just work alone. The mentality and attitude we adopt how we live creates so much difference and atmosphere for our friends and family.

  9. Pee Bee Chong on Sep 29, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing.

    Hard work must result in happiness of the mind not just material gains. HAPPINESS FOR OTHERS AND OURSELVES IS THE ULTIMATE RESULT OF WORK AND CAREER WE SHOULD SEEK. A happiness that brings zero harm to others.

  10. Hee TS on Sep 29, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    謝謝仁波切 的分享,
    這讓我思考如何改善人以人之间的友好关系,反思並採取行動後,踩實的為我們創造更好的人文環境。
    我預計,這内容確實能够幫助許多人從中得利。此外,它是適用的,立即和直接的積極的成果!
    這是一個關於通過鼓勵他人成為更好的人格及間接地關愛他人,創造事業的和平,首先在我們身邊周遭的入門開始,将自我为中心消除,世界和平是可以實現的!

  11. jayanthi on Sep 29, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Your highness how hard a person works but still no appreciation from the higher authorities.

  12. Felix Kong on Dec 12, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche to remind us . One day 24hours , we are spend more than 8 hours on working time. Meet with working college more than our parent/partner . It is very important to change our view, treat them as a best friend , sharing the happiness and helping each other , don’t be self-fish , go to work place like back to our home sweet home and sure we will enjoy our work if we are practice like this .

  13. TanHP KH-JB on Jul 10, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    This is a most valuable advice, for workers in the service industry like me. We helped each other to tackle difficult problems like closed friends. End results is every one is happy. (We are happy because the problem is solved; the Captain of the ship is happy because the communication equipment is repaired; the Bosses are happy because they would be paid.. HaHa)
    Also I am grateful to have understanding and caring bosses.

  14. Wan Wai Meng on Jul 9, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Working in dharma with other dharma workers we do develop special relationships with others one that is based on working towards the same goal. So many times outside of dharma we are all actually wanting the same thing HAPPINESS. But when outside because we do not actually realise that if we work together perhaps we can get to HAPPINESS faster?

  15. Sharon Saw on Jul 4, 2012 at 2:51 am

    I was told once that when you love your work, you have actually retired. Isn’t that what retirement is all about – finally getting to do what you really love and what you have been waiting for all your life slaving away at a menial job which in the end, only brings home a paycheck which you save up to spend when you retire. Doing Dharma work has been my ‘retirement’… i don’t feel that i ‘have’ to go to work… it’s just part of my life… there are challenges of course, like in everything else, but there are the successes also, like in everything else. But Dharma is so wonderfully different from any secular job… and all the above that Rinpoche has so kindly shared explains why.

  16. Karen C. on Jun 23, 2012 at 12:55 am

    We are constantly reminded not to be selfish. The results of selfishness has made us not a nice person to work with or even not comfortable to get along with. The barrier that we put around ourselves to defend difficulties are so strong that we actually resist everything that is outside our comfort zone.

    Without us realize, our motto in life seems to be: be selective, be lazy, be selfish… but we pray to Buddha and hope Buddha will help us ease our sufferings that actually are self created. I think the very basic level of being spiritual is really not how much you have prayed but be nice to people. Focus on others rather than focus on ourselves because by doing this we may achieve the state of selfless.

  17. Yee Mun on Jun 21, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    The time we spent in office with our colleagues is much longer than we have with our family. For many people, office is their second home and colleagues are just another family. As a family, we should love each other, care about each other, support and help each other. A happy working place is a place that we look forward to go to everyday. Happy workers will also increase productions. Will keep Rinpoche’s sharing in mind and to apply it in working environment. Thank you Rinpoche.

  18. lim tin nee on Jun 21, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Rinpoche’s message on the importance of changes in work attitude to bring greater productivity, joy n harmony in work, to make all situations, every minute of life meaningful n rewarding by changing our view, remarkably echoed n reiterated by one of his close students, is a sage, a Buddha’s advice to everyone of us ,be we an employer or an employee. The reasons are: firstly, in this degenerate age ,the chasing of wealth, prestige or power equate with happiness n security in this life, has brought about much discontentment, even depression; secondly, many of our young people who are working now have not developed the proper work attitude to bring them joy; thirdly, employers when equipped with Rinpoche’s valuable teaching, find themselves facing less stress n strain in their relationship with their employees n all will be gamed for the win, win situation.

    Thank you Rinpoche for being successful in transforming the minds of many of your students.Those who have been transformed by you are there ever ready to serve the needy. I really admire in them the great courage they have in serving others,even forgetting time n place.It is you Rinpoche, Who have shown them the sky is the limit.

    With folded hands I bow to you.

  19. Sean in Shanghai on Jun 21, 2012 at 3:27 am

    The topic of “Work and Play Becoming One” is one which is dear to me.

    Rinpoche’s words are so true. There’s, as always, a lot of wisdom and insight in what He writes. Rinpoche’s teachings are many-faceted and have profound effects on my think pattern. By coincidence or by design, Rinpoche’s teachings rock!

    While reading the blog, I started thinking about my now-over corporate life but then I had another revelation. I’d like to share my thoughts here.

    When I was in the corporate world, because there were many departments, I could only have a direct impact on my own team.

    I’ve always striven to strike a balance between corporate discipline and empowerment so as to encourage trust and respect among my team members. Discipline requires trust and respect for the company’s guidelines while empowerment shows trust and respect to a team member’s person (skills, knowledge, commitment) and gives the team member the freedom to grow. Both are necessary if we want to groom a strong team.

    At the same time, I’ve always insisted that whatever we did, we must have fun with it. Fun doesn’t mean not being serious about what we do. Fun is about passion, it’s about enjoying what we do and enjoying who we do it with AND enjoying the ultimate result and being able to celebrate together as a team. We worked hard, we played hard, we were one, we were family.

    Or so I thought.

    I had hoped to encourage a mentality and “work/lifestyle” that transcends work and private time. However, looking back, it wasn’t always sustainable. While I was the manager (8 years with Daimler, 5 years with Bosch), my teams were stable with hardly any staff turnover, and my teams enjoyed the best Employee Satisfaction results. We were always the envy of the rest of the company because we had so much fun on top of being successful. But when I left the companies both times, the bubbles we existed in were eventually burst by the inevitable new setup. It’s not (just) the fault of the new manager, my old team members let go of what they held dear and so they became like the rest of the company, back to square one as if I had never existed.

    I’ve learned that while I already instinctively practiced a lot of what Rinpoche wrote about, it will only work if ALL team members believed, breathed and lived as one unit and do the same things with the same conviction. It cannot be dependent only on any individual personalities. The whole team must have the same belief, conviction, commitment, passion AND courage to dare to challenge what the rest of the world thinks to be right but is actually the wrong view. IF the team believes as one unit that they are facing the wrong view.

    So what does this teach me? That it’s the same for Rinpoche our Guru, Kechara the organisation and us the students.

    Are we really in tune with what Rinpoche is teaching us or are we only nodding our heads because we are mesmirized by Rinpoche?

    Are we so attached to Rinpoche that if He is no longer with us, we will be lost and all our learnings disappear or will we carry on with our learning by practicing what He taught us and keep up with the work we set out to do under His leadership?

    Rinpoche is conferring to us the teachings of Lord Tsongkhapa with Himself being our ultimate model. Which means if we truly embrace Rinpoche’s teachings, even if He is absent or not reachable, we must be able to go on.

    Just like my ex-teams should have upheld the fun and respectful environment among themselves even after I left the company. But then again, I’m no Guru. I haven’t got the skillful means.

    I still have a lot to learn, there’s so much I don’t know. But what I do know is that my job as a student is to help spread Rinpoche’s teachings of love and compassion to as many people as possible, as far as possible, so that in time to come, the teachings will survive time and live on beyond us. Do I have the necessary means to do that? OF COURSE! But right now, my reach and support are limited. So, I have to work harder to make sure that I DO have the necessary means to achieve even more but NEVER forgetting what my ultimate goal is. I shouldn’t need Rinpoche to remind me although I might need it now and then, for I’m still learning after all.

    I wish with the deepest sincerity that Team Kechara embraces our Guru’s gift – the Kechara Spirit – so that we can all be one with our Guru. Only then can the Kechara Spirit – and Lord Tsongkhapa as well as Rinpoche’s teachings – be truly immortal.

    I apologise if my comments drifted off the mark and are inconsistent with the blog topic but this was such a powerful revelation for me, I had to share it.

    Thank You, Rinpoche!

    Sean

  20. Li Kheng on Jun 21, 2012 at 1:41 am

    Dear Rinpoche, thank you for this post…as always it offers a great source of learning opportunity as well as prompting to create action to improve.

    We spend 8 hours of our waking day at work and, probably, another 2 hours on the road to and from work. Thus, it can be said that we dedicate an average of 10 hours (about 60%) of our waking hour to work. This makes it extremely important that we are living well in our work.

    It is said that rebirth as a human is the most precious. Being so precious, it is unwise and unacceptable is we waste our precious human life by engaging in work that we cannot grow through the practice of virtue. This post reminds I to make the brave decision to choose work that I believe in and can contribute to. It is really true that the friends we get to know through work can become closer than purely for-fun friends due to the commonality in interest, goal etc.

    I envy and rejoice for those who are blessed to work for the dharma within the vision of Rinpoche at Kechara. It is truly an honor to work for a cause and vision that can benefit so many in the long term. Not many people have the opportunity to do so. Thus, it is most important for those who have this good fortune to truly reap its benefit by being fully committed, dedicated and professional.

    May more people be blessed to have the opportunity to dedicate their time, skills and talents to serve their Guru and Dharma.

  21. Denise Kuek on Jun 20, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    thank you Rinpoche for this sharing, before reading this,i never think about how’s the relationship between me and my colleague and how i treat them..i will change my attitude to treat them nicer..

  22. Davin on Jun 20, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this post. This is interesting and I found many important point to improve in myself and to share with others. A good working environment and relationship will always create good energy. I am glad I am working with Kechara now.

  23. nani on Jun 19, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    work and play non filiing we work hard.and more happy life.

  24. jennifer on Jun 19, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    That is such a profound teaching by Rinpoche. I remember an accounting term that i learnt in my student days , and that is Human Asset Accounting. Which basically means that one of the most important asset in any company is the staff. Yes of course the stock and service of the company are also important but without people in the company, nothing works! Rinpoche’s teaching is very wise, it is so important that we must give happiness to our coworkers and in return we feel happy that everyone is happy. And what a great environment we are all working in!

  25. Uncle Eddie on Jun 19, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Kechara House should not be construed as a work-place, but as a spiritual centre for dharma sharing, caring, nuturing and serving to benefit people in Dharma. People who are serving at a dharma centre definitely have a better understanding of each other than our own people at home, or at our work-place, because of the same dharma tasks we are performing, the same type of spiritual energy we are receiving and the same type of dharma teachings we are learning and practising. Performing dharma tasks and helping out at dharma centres give one endless opportunities to practise and learn from amazing teachers and fellow practioners, as well as the everyday buddhas and dieties we served and prayed to. But most important of all, is one’s formal practice of acceptance and vulnerability of “each other’s behaviours” of our own inner group while at work and play! These are said to be the true dharmic practices where we can learn in action and practice at the dharma centre where one serves. This is also what Dharma can truly offer us to learn how to breathe while under water, to prepare oneself to serve in the outside world to benefit others.

  26. abby F on Jun 19, 2012 at 3:44 am

    I feel lucky to work in Kechara and do what I love to do here, which is writing/translating. I feel lucky as well to have kind, sincere, caring ‘colleagues’ aka friends in my office. I am lucky enough to understand and totally believe in what Rinpoche said here, as I am going through some of the circumstances that Rinpoche mentioned above.

    Job never gives a purpose to our life! But the heart and mind to benefit others/bring others happiness, give us the purpose to live our life. Therefore, by knowing this, we don’t take our job as solely as a job. We ‘work’ 5-6days a week, are we going to call this is our life? What Im trying to say is, we spend most of the time to ‘work’, if we see it as a job, then what is the purpose of your life? If we see it not just a job, then it will be more meaningful, whether we are in working hour or not, we see everyone as our friends, not colleagues or whatsoever. Then from this, we gain true friendship, we gain respect and trust and love from others and we give the same thing to them. We can turn a job/work, into something very meaningful by switching our mind and heart.

    Thank you Rinpoche for giving us the oppurtunity to work in Dharma, for giving me such a wonderful life. And I must thank Rinpoche for reminding me, how lucky I am and what I should do more to my fellow ‘colleagues’ aka Dharma friends.

  27. Julia Tan on Jun 19, 2012 at 3:10 am

    I am definitely not a good workmate to work with. In my company I wanted everything to be perfect. Every single piece of product must be properly done and no mistake and must be arranged accordingly. i changed my display almost every day. Products must be nicely presented and have a sense of precious when customer hold it. When they put it on, they will feel the sense of exclusive and precious of it. As I stressed many times to all my staffs that this is called professional. it’s part of the marketing skill.

    People who worked for me think I am crazy! They think that I am giving them a difficult time. They often feel tired of me and frustrated. If i know how to skillfully teach them and spend more time take care or talking to them and their family. Most importantly

  28. Amos Leong on Jun 19, 2012 at 2:31 am

    Team work or partnerships are all about “give and take” just a slightest cauculation on who does what and how much defeats the whole purpose of team work or partnerships. But none of us are perfect and brought all our crap from our childhood, hurts, unforgiveness to trigger even the slightest things till today, those are the things we need to address during our quiet time, lest you bring it to the outside world and make it less conducive and yucky, not to the extend of climbing on top off each other either, what’s our motivation?this question should be the root question in EVERYTHING we do and say, once done and said cannot be taken back. Thank you TTR.

  29. Christine Wang on Jun 19, 2012 at 1:54 am

    When we were young, our schools are the second “home” and our classmates were our ” family” since we spent more time with them than our real family! And we met our best friend during the school time and we played together after school and during the holidays. If you study hard and well, and you treat your classmate well, all the teachers and classmates like you and you enjoy going to school everyday. School was ” Work” when we were young and work is just like “School” when we grow old.

    I like No.8 point which Rinpoche said “Sometimes people at ‘work’ turn out to be better than people we have at home, our partners, even long time friends. Why do we label people at work, just work mates? They can turn out to be super-duper, loyal, loving friends. ” I met my best friend Betty 7 years ago when we both worked at GE. After working together for a project, we started to have lunch and hung out after work. I am the single child and Betty treated me like her younger sister and I remembered once I was having a serious disagreement with my parents, she came all the way to my home to talk my parents out… We both changed job years later but our friendship stays. Now we are Dharma sisters and she supports a lot for Kechara Tea House and KSK. I am so happy that we have the merits to learn Dharma together. 7 years later we are still best friends and without the WORK, we will never meet each other.

    And it’s so important to enjoy the work even there are people we don’t like or there are things we don’t really want to do. Hey there are family members we don’t like either! Work IS life! If work is something we ” wait for it to end at 18:00″ everyday, we are wasting our life and we are ” suffering ” from the time we walk into the office to the time we leave- 8 hours at least! It happened to me before.

    This is a fantastic teaching and I wish I could read it earlier –I would have done my JOB differently. It’s a must read for everyone who WORKS. I will share with my friends/ ex colleagues and it will be our topic for our Study Group this coming Sunday! 🙂 Thank you Rinpoche! This teaching will change many people and it will make them happier in the work. Nothing changes but everything changes! Work is still the same work but if we change the way of how we treat the work and people around, we will be happier.

    Love
    Christine

  30. Adrian Chow on Jun 18, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    I remembered about fifteen years ago, when i first joined this company called NC. It was a medium size company whereby we have about 20 staffs crammed in one bungalow in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. It was so crammed and I was practically sitting side by side with another colleague of mind just like the classroom. I remembered one our my colleague then said me on my first day that this is a very good company to work with. Everyone in this company are very close to each other. It’s just like a ‘family’.I just briefly nodded my head when he told me over the lunch i had the first time as an NC staff. His words didn’t really got me thinking deeper but i considered it is good sign.

    Time past by pretty quickly as we all were extremely busy with work. I started to realized that i was slowly been accepted or included in their outings, i realized then most of my colleague then had somehow managed to developed a very strong bond and trust towards each other. We do not just worked together but even for leisure and if someone needed help from them in his/ her project we will definitely lend in a hand to help and whenever we do go out, we’ll be together most of the time.

    Until today, we’ll make it a point to have gathering a least once a year due to our hectic schedule. Working in that company was one of our happiest moment in our life so far, so we all claimed.

  31. Girlie Ooi on Jun 18, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    We spend an average of 8 hours daily in a working environment (our office) in the company of colleagues. In fact, at times we spend more time in their company than we do of our family members and friends. In this aspect, should we not treat them like “family”?

  32. Pastor Susan on Jun 18, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    There are many key points here that Rinpoche is teaching us. However, I wish to highlight one particular key point:

    For most, work and personal life is separated..it is just to get a pay cheque that’s required to sustain us. Nothing wrong with that, but it is not uncommon for people to feel dissatisfied, if it becomes the ONLY reason why they keep that job.

    For a few fortunate ones, work is their life and there is no distinction between their work and personal life. With my limited observation, it’s clear to me that those who are successful don’t have a distinction between their work and life… and if you were to ask them why this is so, they will be able to tell you that they find satisfaction and meaning in the work they do.

    What’s more important than to use our lives for something we find meaningful,…or beneficial. Why should something that is beneficial that we do becomes a hobby and not something we dedicate our time to? What would you like to do with your life?

  33. Wei Theng on Jun 18, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the teaching. This is not just applicable for normal secular work to create a happy environment, but it is also what it should be when we are doing Dharma work.
    It is we ourselves that is responsible to create an environment that is happy, positive, good and we like to be in.
    When now I started working for Dharma, I am so grateful. Just like what Rinpoche mentioned, “Because helping others brings happiness to ourselves, so that is not work.” Working in eDiv, is a retreat and practice for me. Just as i have make my previous secular work environment a good one to be, I should even do more on this to make eDiv and Kechara a great place to be!

  34. Louise Lee on Jun 18, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    谢谢仁波切的提醒!

    我们说太多了,忽略了做! :-) 用心去做, 或是像机器人那样做是不同的!用心下苦功的是领悟。冷漠像机器, 是因为做而做! 

    热爱自己的工作, 就会爱护身边的同事。 做起事来, 也会事半功倍!有麻烦事,帮忙的朋友也会特别多。 

    冷漠的工作,就会做在那里等放工!常常计较,只会生人讨厌! 

    其实学佛的道理,就是我们做人的态度!如果我们有沟通问题,自然的事情就会有恶劣!

    玩乐, 大家都爱玩了。 但是不可以太疯狂,失去理智!而且这也不是失去理智的理由!During dharma knowledge plant in our mind, we’ll not do something crazy or wrong view !

    所以说, 佛法知识是可以让我们更有内涵。 如果把这融入生活, 绝对是美好人生的开始!

    我们不快乐,以为我们放不开!

  35. Chris Tan on Jun 18, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for writing such a wonderful article. Love this post because it is very true how people working attitude in nowadays. Last time i used to hear people said – “WHY DO YOU WORK SO HARD FOR YOUR COMPANY, THE COMPANY IS NOT BELONGS TO YOU… In fact, some of them never do well in their job still always complaint this and that OR sometimes beings lazy and left work for others to complete for them.

    I believe all these are come from our mind on how to value on one thing. We shouldn’t catagories thing like this. If we do, we are being selectiveness for ourself and create the inharmony in the working environment. Because automatically we treat people in the office not our real friend so we never open up ourself to others. As the results, we being diplomatic, protective, defensive, selfish – let people do more than us so we can have easy way out.

    No matter where we are, if we take the ownership, be responsible and working with 100%, wherever or whoever we work with sure will get the good results. Because good people create a good environment, and a good environment bring a positive energy and definitely the positive energy will bring us a peaceful mind. I really believe this.

    I feel this article is very good for us to put in our office or in any offices. It will be good for the staff to read it.

  36. Sam on Jun 18, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the article. I believe everyone of us spend at least 8 hours which is one third of their time daily at work. I always find that workplace is an interesting place because i deal with people coming from different background, ages, experiences and various walk of lifes. When we first choose to join a company, of course the main factor is to find a job that we are passionate and we can grow from a job to career and climb up the career path along the way. In order to contribute and add value to the company, we need to work with people to complete certain given tasks. Yes, work as a team because we work in an organization. But sad to say that what i experienced so far is backstabbed within department, ‘tai chi-ing’ masters and empty promises which lead to very unhealthy working environment. People go to work putting up masks on their faces and faking to achieve their aims be it certain position, more money, fame or to win. But we always forget the very basic of working is to earn a living. Rinpoche is correct that “Getting ahead in life is fine, creating a happy, trusting, caring environment along the way IS MOST IMPORTANT”

    I think it is important to create a harmony environment regardless at work, at home or other places. We must always have a correct mindset and not to have differentiation to put tag on each and everyone. To tag this person is my friend….this person is my Dharma brother…this person is my colleague. We should treat everyone the same and set our motivation to benefit others. The basic is at least not to harm if we are not able to help. And to spread happiness among ourselves. Believing karma means believing in cause and effect. Once the happy cause is created, it will be an iceball keep rolling to be bigger and bigger. It is easy, we just need to start from ourselves. Once there is no barrier in our own mindset, every moment and everyone we meet is precious and we can have fun at anytime. Always expect the unexpected and life will be wonderful.

    Thank you Rinpoche for the teaching.
    Please take care

  37. Sofi on Jun 18, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    A most timely reminder to me. I am in preparation mode to withdraw myself from work more to contribute to Kechara. In doing so, I find that I am getting more impatient with whatever situation that comes up as I view it as taking my time away from my Kechara activities. With Rinpoche’s teaching, I should really reflect on my actions which will affect all and always remember to never be selective. I still haven’t found the balance of work and volunteering so decided one has to give.

  38. David Lai on Jun 18, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    What a meaningful guide towards making our jobs that we spend most of our lives into a positive, encouraging and nurturing environment. I must admit that for some people and certain job environments will take a bit of extra effort to bring these points into being. I really like the Japanese model of keeping staff and employees well taken cared of so they remain loyal and have bigger job satisfaction.

    All of us here in Kechara including myself is very fortunate to be within this nurturing environment that has so much to offer us. We have job satisfaction, greater cause than just a pay check and also the prospect of being involved in the spiritual organisation that is growing rapidly. I hope many who are working in Kechara would realize the potential in this organisation and see to it that they are involved in this massive expansion, growth and the benefit it brings to so many people.

  39. nicholas on Jun 18, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    If we work for ourselves we are the only factor for happiness but if our work bring happiness to others and eventually to us too. How can we stop bringing happiness to others and it doesn’t sound work at all yet it’s a privilege for me to be able to contribute for their needs.

    It is true that we use to think of our childhood friend is the real friend because we spend so much time together knowing each other for so long but at the same time as when we started to work out there the time we spend with colleagues is much longer. Especially now with Kechara, we nurture and treat each other so closely. This is what we should value and appreciate because these are the people that all the time with us through thin and thick. We work and play together!

    Of course in order to appreciate them we should not bring our problem to them instead we should always offer to help them.

    I love this post so much and it’s a great benefit to so many people working out there.

    Thank you Rinpoche

  40. KH Ng on Jun 18, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    How true! If our work is making a difference is others lives, whether the people we are with is from “work”, Dharma or anywhere doesn’t matter. What matters is we make a difference together; to each other and to others outside. We make each other happy with our good attitude, honesty, integrity and love and compassion. We lead by example whether we are the “leader” or not. Others will follow the good and some also will follow our bad examples. Why not always set a good example always?

  41. cindy on Jun 18, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    I love this article very much.Thank you for posting. We also need to remember work is work, play is play likes when we go for holidays/vacations with family or workmate do not bring works along with us, Thats not call holidays/vacations, we’ll not enjoy it at all.
    Even though we also spend more of our times in office then at home but still family must come first especially if our parents is still around. For me family relationship is very important second only go for work.

  42. Any Loke on Jun 18, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Rinpoche’s blog post always very meaningful and always let us contemplate. But I’m so glad that my job is being an entertainer, and could be of bringing a short moment of happiness to all my client, so basically my job is at play and I could play to be my job. I’m glad that I could have a job like that now. Used to be so stressful at work but after reading the post, it doesn’t matter whether we are working or we thought that we are enjoying in a stressful way. Thank you so much for the posting

  43. Henry ooi on Jun 18, 2012 at 11:41 am

    This is so true. We spend much time at work yet we are lazy and selfish and do not treat our colleagues as friends. Instead we use them to cover for our laziness, lies and selfishness. And when our colleagues point out our mistakes and give us advice we ignore them and their kind intention. We are creatures of laziness and selfishness. This also happens at home with our family.

  44. Jeffrey Yee on Jun 18, 2012 at 11:24 am

    I believe most of us spend more than half of our days at work and we actually see our colleagues more than any of our friends and family. That being said, I see the importance of having a good relationship at our workplace.

    I understand how the office environment can be political and dramatic sometimes but I realize it doesn’t stop us from being the first to treat others well sincerely. We really have nothing to lose besides disappointments – which actually stems from expectations we set. It all begins with us and how we can influence others to do the same without expecting.

    The main essence that I received from this teaching is about sincerity and not being selective with the people around us. The work place is just one, but I believe this teaching can be applied anywhere we are in order to create harmony with everyone we know.

    I’m really glad to work in Kechara where we treat everyone as Dharma brothers and sisters. But I must constantly remind myself that it doesn’t only apply in the centre, but also to others around us who are not in it. It really is one of the recipe to harmony.

    Thank you Rinpoche.

  45. mitra on Jun 18, 2012 at 11:16 am

    thank you guru ji for shering .work and play become one ….in the fimily also we work together and make fun and play together is not filing like we work hard.And dharma work also same like fimily.we work dharma brother and sister to gether is more fun and happily.we shere knowledge and benefit.thank you rinpoche.

  46. JP Lim on Jun 18, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Very insightful, keep on praying that we have the strenght to muddle through the office politics.

  47. Terri Hellerich on Jun 18, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Thank you Rinpoche

  48. judy lam on Jun 18, 2012 at 7:51 am

    The people we work with does matter, in fact, each of us should work on building a strong work relationship so that it will pave the way for a harmonious work environment. If we give each of our colleagues care, respect, love and understanding, we can work better together. Sometimes communicating effectively may be a problem especially when others are busy, occasional get-together will strengthen our relationship. When we are wrong, we admit, apologize and move on. To me, it helps to think that any work that is not done timely will affect other people, that way we take responsibility to finish a job on time and satisfactorily. All of us are not perfect, therefore, acceptance of other people’s flaws is important, though it is not always easy especially when it affects our work.
    In KMP, we complement each other in our roles & responsibilities. I may not be able to do what my other colleague is doing, but in her/his absence, we help to the best of our ability. For the KMPL who worked very hard, I will tell myself that they are doing such good work to assist Rinpoche and for the Dharma, the least I could do is to do whatever possible to facilitate their work. Li Kim has been a gem in accepting our flaws and yet like a big sister, would honestly tell it to us with a dose of her ‘to die-for’ sense of humor! That helps to keep us grounded! Thanking you Rinpoche for giving us this opportunity to work and learn from each other.

  49. william on Jun 18, 2012 at 2:57 am

    When we join a company, we have to treat it as our home and our colleagues as our family members. We spend more time at our work place as compared to time spent at our real homes. Therefore, we should work together as a team towards the company’s goals. When there is teamwork and the people are keeping a look out for each other, then it makes working there enjoyable. Isn’t this what we want, a place where we are happy and fulfilling our needs.

    If we work for a company or NGO which contributes to people, then it is even better and more satisfying because the difference you made to a person will be food for your soul. Always do more than what you are expected to do.

    What you want from your workplace is from what you want to create with them. It is all in your hands. Make your choice.

    • Li Kim on Jun 18, 2012 at 5:56 am

      I first wrote my comment about two years ago… Now, two years later, I cannot tell you how true this is. especially this line :
      “Sometimes people at ‘work’ turn out to be better than people we have at home, our partners, even long time friends. Why do we label people at work, just work mates? They can turn out to be super-duper, loyal, loving friends. Even better than people we have labelled our partner or friends.”

      My team in KMP have become my closest friends. They know more about my life than many people outside of work. In fact when I am distressed I call on Sharon, Jamie and Susan like they are my nerve centre. At times, they know me better than I know myself. Judy and Deborah know how I am the minute I walk into the office. I have found really true and great friends here in my “workplace”.

      I have my issues, I have my days…but they are all forgotten when I step into the office. I find tremendous joy being with my people in KMP. I love them dearly and deeply. And they know me inside out so I cannot even be a fake! It is just honesty which ties us all together.

      • Paris on Jun 18, 2012 at 6:44 pm

        LiKim, I love you too!
        It’s pretty awesome to look back on this post 2 years later, and to see how far we’ve all come along as friends and family. The point that we spend more time with our workmates than anyone else in a day is especially true – so wouldn’t we want to make the most of it?

        If we’re complaining about the people we work with, then we have a choice – we can continue being at loggerheads, or we can become their friends. So yes, it’s a choice. There are some people you see who excel wherever they are and make friends whatever situation they’re in; and there are some who fall out with colleagues no matter where they’re working. The constant is that one person; not the rest of the world.

        If we say that the people we work with aren’t nice or easy to work with, then we also have to ask what we’re doing to contribute to that environment – do we make it worse? Or better?

        • Sharon Saw on Feb 4, 2013 at 12:58 am

          Six months later from your posts, Li KIm and Jamie…talk about impermanence… we are now back together and i am so happy to be back with you guys in Rinpoche’s private office! It was so funny that day when we were having a meeting and a few people left and it ended up being a ‘KMP’ meeting… love you both lots xx

      • Deborah on Jun 20, 2012 at 11:52 am

        thanks for the mention boss. it’s a pleasure to do what i do and where i do it. yes i have grown in different ways and it has been beneficial in many ways. no regrets as KMP is one of the places in my life where work does not seem like work and is not always a burden.
        we love you too phng li kim!

  50. JP on Jun 18, 2012 at 2:40 am

    “The purpose of work is to support ourselves so we can do activities that make us happy. But if our work is such a nature that it brings others happiness, then we are privileged to work in such a job and it is not really a job. Hence we should not treat it as work or job in the traditional sense of the word. Because helping others bring happiness to ourselves so that is not work. Hence timing is not the issue anymore. It’s about giving it your all, and getting a lot back as a result.”

    The above paragraph makes a lot of sense because we are so used to corporate life that we tend to forget that dharma work is not a job but a privilege. Being in service to public is a privilege because we help alleviate people’s sufferings. This should not be restricted by time.

  51. Wendy Loh on Jun 18, 2012 at 2:13 am

    Thank you, Rinpoche for these words of wisdom. For there to be productivity at work, there must be proper communion between fellow colleagues. And each person must first and foremost complete his or her duties. No matter what is thrown before him, he must not be distracted. And this is very sacred and a secret to success. _/\_

  52. Leann Lim on Jun 18, 2012 at 1:02 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this, it’s really open my mind, like what exactly happen around us, the way to solve & think about and the thought of ‘lablelism’ of ourselves. That’s so TRUE.

    I’m lucky person, my work or job always be my favourite ‘activity’. Especially in KIM now, our member like : Ms.Han, Jace, Chris, Lai and Veron..I always feel supportive, loving, kindness and sharing within each other in office. Yes, is not anymore about Job or careers, is more than that, esp is come with the meanings behind the work, it much more satisfied. Thank you my workmates and as my loving spiritual friends too, THANK YOU. You all really show a good examples for us by giving and sharing.

    Nowadays, people spend more time on work, but can see the result when people just treat it as “JOB”, then what they get is complain, unhappy and work done without ‘soul’. They bring a lot of negativity back to home or people around.It’s just like a circle,keep turn around and back to the same point. And I do agree sometimes there is play times become worst then ‘work’ time.

    Through this article, is remind me not to label the friends who’s caring and bring happiness to you by ‘outside friends’ or ‘work friends’ is no different between. What need to do is pay back them with sincerity, sharing, kindness, integrity and most important is done and finish our work well, don’t ever bother people caring you to cover our mistake. Don’t break our promise to them. I learn a lot between work and friends, THANK YOU Rinpoche!

  53. Han on Jun 18, 2012 at 12:54 am

    I used to easily stressed and under pressured in corporate workplace.
    Especially when I was overloaded with tasks with non stop OT….

    After engaged in Dharma work, I do feel very fortunate to work in such a job and IT IS NOT REALLY A JOB.
    Just like what Rinpoche mentioned in this post,
    “Because helping others bring happiness to ourselves so that is not work.”
    Since my goal is to benefit others, therefore In such working environment, I do not feel OVERTIME in work stressed me anymore, so timing not an issue to me too.

    Within co workers in dharma place, there are differences compare to corporate sectors, everyone WORK AND PLAY TOGETHER, with common passion in benefiting others as the main purpose, what else to loose, only WIN WIN, we all WIN in our spiritual practice too.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this in depth post.

  54. su an on Jun 18, 2012 at 12:46 am

    Dear Tsem Rinpoche thank you for this teaching, it is so important for anyone who has to work with another person to absorb and apply this. When i was in the corporate sector a lot of us staff / kuli were quite bitter and unhappy working.. now i see it is because everyone was working for themselves and failed to look beyond the work and at the humans doing the work. also i felt quite perplexed why some of my workmates would say “i don’t mix my colleagues with my friends” or they somehow find that spending time with colleagues was “Sad” and “no life”. to me, going to work is just like going to school… our school mates were our friends, why distinguish between work mates and friends? why put work mates lower than “friends”? This is an absolute must read post for everyone.

  55. Lai on Jun 18, 2012 at 12:28 am

    Thanks Rinpoche for the teaching.
    After reading this post i realize that i am fortunate enough that i am working in a place where the team are kind and always supportive to me. Thanks ms han & KIM.

  56. grace (KSJC) on Jun 18, 2012 at 12:27 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing. it give me a refresh what attitude i should change toward my work and my colleague or team member.when i was 20′, if not happy with the work or environment, i will impulse and resign and never think of to change the attitude, most of the time, we will think of other people not nice to us, we never think that we may also have such attitude that make people not happy.everyone is equal and deserve self respect.i will keep in mind of Rinpoche’s teaching to avoid repeat the same mistake.

  57. Jace Chong on Jun 17, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    Nowadays, people spend 70-80% time at works, it’s important to practice all these precious thought and actions in our life.

    I read a book by Dalai Lama stating that there are 2 ways to make ourselves happy, one is to do everything that please ourselves, two is to make everybody around you happy. Both way lead to happiness, but quantity wise, the second way is more practical. Hence putting effort to make others happy is better than just focus on our own happiness as it drives us no where.

    I am proud that now my “workmates” are caring and compassion, and we don’t treat our works as works, but something with great meaning behind. Beside works harmoniously, I think with respect to the leader and stay close as a team is also an efficient way to “work”, as together we get things done faster.

    Without co-operating among workmates and with our leader, the leader will have more problems and troubles to solve. We shouldn’t leave our workmates or leader alone, we should always be there to back up.

    If our leader fail, we fail. If our leader up, we up. So putting down self agenda and think for others will make the team stronger, will make our leader stronger with more confidence, hence it will push the team to grow.

    As a working team, we should focus on the bigger picture with love and care among each other, fighting with each other for personal agenda has no point and it’s wasting time.

    I especially like this “Whether we live long or not is out of our hands, but what we do during that time is in our hands.”

    Thank you Rinpoche! _/\_

  58. Helena Chin on Jun 17, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    This is an amazing post Rinpoche, Thank you so much for reminding. This post is totally related on me. This is what i have experienced after i have join Kechara. Once you love your job and love your colleagues and knowing your job is to benefits many. You will find the joy of working, even working at late hours or even weekend, you find it happy and contented. I totally agreed somehow colleague is better than your partner, friends or maybe family.
    I love to hang out with my team and other department’s people alot. We work and play together, we laugh and cry together as well hehehe. Its alot to learn and compromise at work as everyone has their own problems and personality. But showing respect, love, kindness it will change the situation, and all of these has to start with ourselves. FIRST THING IS VERY IMPORTANT TO START THE DAY IS TO SMILE AND A MORNING GREET TO OUR COLLEAGUES.
    Thank you Rinpoche for the post, i love love love this post very much, because i think this is how we create a harmony and happy working environment. After all we are a team, we have to see each other everyday and our working hour is so long hence we do not want to work in a negative energy where everyone is grumpy and angry.

    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands,
    Love, Helena

  59. Veron Tung on Jun 17, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    谢谢仁波切!这篇文章真的真的让我了解了很多一直存留在我脑海里很久的疑问。没错工作的确是占了我们人生里很大的一部分。我们人生里的快乐不快乐自从离开了学校以后,就是在工作岗位上来寻求了。同一个工作,我尝试过快乐的工作,也在同一个工作里,尝试过有如地狱般的经验。同事的态度,自己对工作的态度,真的决定了所有的成败。我不快乐,因为当队友工作只为了工作,它真的只是一份没有灵魂的结果。最伤心的是看着有人付出百分之百的心去对待这份工和同事,但因为别人的不认真及敷衍及推搪,总是让人觉得很沮丧。曾经怀疑认真的付出难道是多余的?但我真的在这里这篇文章里得到了答案。我知道我更应该如何面对前面排山倒海的工作。谢谢!

  60. PhillisChin on Jun 17, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    Thank You for the wise teaching Rinpoche,
    What all Rinpoche say is very true and it happens every working place. I’m honored to “work” at a organisation and people around me in my office are just awesome!They are great people! Except myself…
    As Rinpoche said,” see where your friends really are. Who is there for you and give you words of wisdom. Remember their kindness whether it is at work or home.” This, always, will be on my mind. Thank You again Rinpoche.

  61. Cynthia Ng on Jun 17, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    仁波切所提到的都是我们在面对的,感谢仁波切教诲。

    “Whether we live long or not is out of our hands, but what we do during that time is in our hands. Life is much more than getting ahead at the expense of others. Getting ahead in life is fine, creating a happy, trusting, caring environment along the way IS MOST IMPORTANT”~~

    生命短暂,人生无常。我们应该要把握当下把工作做好,不带给同事麻烦和收拾残局是最重要的!从事佛法事业绝对不可以抱着在外工作的态度来对带人和事,因为我们是要带给任何一位众生希望与利益他们。

    我们要转变我们的思想,时常提醒自己尽量不把私事带到工作上,那样是会影响我们的情绪以及工作效率,也因为这样我们可能会把事情弄糟糕,我们不可因为工作而工作。

    没有任何的人或环境会把我们的问题带走,只要我们把问题放下,不活在以往的痛苦经验中,我们才可以坦然接受发生的事情,勇往直前。

    我时常提醒自己要创造内在的快乐,唯有内在的快乐才可以把快乐传播出去,也因为拥有内在的快乐,办起任何事情或面对任何人才能顺利和让人感觉舒服。

  62. Low ksjc on Jun 17, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    Dear Rinpoche ,thank you very much for your guidance on how to build a harmonious and conducive working environment.After years of working experience, good and bad.I have promise myself not to treat others the way I had been mistreated before and I would not ask someone else to do something that I would not do myself.We should treat all working mate as friends,even those working below us.After all they are an extension of us to assist us to complete a task which we are assign to fulfill. When we treat others well then the chances the others betraying us is less, at least there should be a minute element of respect left when misunderstanding occurs.As mentioned to build a caring working environment is important as everyone is ever willing to help out in time of need willingly without obligation like a family would. I

  63. Mei Fong on Jun 17, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    It has really opens up my mind to a new take and perception on our working environment and the people we share our office with everyday. It made me reflect on how to improve my relationship with those that I work with. We should make our office environment and our work colleagues as pleasant as possible. Thank You Rinpoche!!

  64. MayOng on Jun 17, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Work in the secular world has expectations out of us. The company pays us to get the job done hopefully. But we usually bitch about the work, the bosses and colleagues. In the end, we find work unjoyful due to pushing responsibilities to others and we become unhappy ourselves.

    In dharma work, it is still work but with dharma instilled in our minds for those who learned up dharma. Prayers also help. This type of work over time will become part of our practise of patience, perseverance, view things differently and bosses are not bosses but peers and mentors.

    We are serving others in dharma and people who needs our help spiritually. Therefore sometime work time has no limitation. If we see others needing help, we should make time for them. Unlike secular work, we are paid overtime to get the job done. It is not the case with dharma. In dharma we get the satisfaction of seeing others happy by us helping them resolve their problems. This is not to say we do not have our own problems which we do but we kinda freeze them aside for awhile.

    • DR on Jun 18, 2012 at 12:19 pm

      I agree with some of your opinions here. I look at it this way, whether we are doing our secular work or dharma work, the environment is the same. At both places, you will experience at one time or another co-workers who are lazy but cover to look good, those who stab you on your back, datelines to meet, targets to be achieved. It is the same everywhere. What makes dharma work different from secular work is the motivation and end result. One benefits a wider spectrum of people and the latter benefits probably just our immediate family members.

      I have been asked before by many people what my hobbies are; the first time when I was asked this, i was dumbfounded. It dawned on me that my work, play, hobbies, family has all been integrated into one. There is no longer the distinction as my passion and mission lies in my dharma work.

      • Sharon Saw on Feb 4, 2013 at 12:55 am

        Today is a Sunday and I was working in Haven. A friend contacted me and was horrified that i was working… he said that’s awful!! Don’t you get a day off? I was thinking actually the last day off I had, i spent it at home continuing my work. I actually didn’t even leave my house that whole day. Now i am working at Rinpoche’s private office, we do not have a scheduled day off though there are days when we do not have to come into the office which we call ‘laundry days’. Why? Because when we do dharma work, we never need to take a ‘break’ from Dharma. Dharma is within everything we do, as Dato Ruby rightly pointed out. If we call them ‘off’ days, we will subconsciously think that this is ‘work’ or a ‘chore’ as opposed to the days we do not have to ‘work’ and reinforce lifetimes of habituations of laziness and irresponsibility. While we do need days to handle our laundry, do errands etc – hence the laundry day. I thought that was incredibly skilful of RInpoche to reprogram our deluded minds!

  65. Victor Phang on Jun 17, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Dear Rinpoche:

    Thanks for the enlightening teaching. I think why people differentiate between workmate and friend is basically the “security” issue that we face in secular organization because they are incidents where a lot of time workmates betray, backbite and gossip about us in order to get “trust” from higher level of management which is very important for promotion and bonus. Don’t be surprise that some times the manager or boss purposely “place” this kind of people to “avoid” unity among workmates simply because they able to create a “power-balancing” environment where his/her own position could not easily be challenged, to avoid group resignation and to eliminate group demand issue within the organization. All these can be achieved by disuniting the people under him/her/organization. This is the reason why many companies do not want to activate their staff unions and nowadays they are very little number of influential staff unions exist in the market because most of companies argued that all the staff benefits are “protected” by government that is good enough. Therefore people who is working in a secular organization is becoming more and more insecure and calculative, not because they don’t love their workmates but the performance-based environment created by the organization/management is “forcing” and “training” them to be as selfish as possible which lead to disharmony within the group then many choose to go back at 6pm to relax and get a balance in life or even worse some don’t really “work” during working hours because they afraid of making mistake which could be the “evidence” for disciplinary action and demotion. All these phenomena contributed to disloyalty, irresponsibility, and zero belongingness; as the result today everyone is being measure by performance appraisal that directly affects their increment, reward and promotion.

    So come back to the case of working in a Dharma center where the ultimate objective is totally opposite than a secular organization. Dharma center is talking about bringing happiness to others and ourselves whereas secular organization is talking about profit and only profit. What happens is this group of Dharma workers who mostly former employees in secular organizations may “accidently” carry their work method from previous workplace into a Dharma center then conflict arises. The question is do they ready to serve? The readiness mainly based on individual transformation from focusing on promotion and bonus to focusing on welfare and spirituality of other beings.

    When the work objective successfully shifted and in line with the Dharma center’s objective then things could be much smoothen, workmates become buddies, high loyalty and responsibility and have sense of belongingness. However they are still some people may take the advantage of working in a Dharma center to be purposely underperform or wrongly-perform. Everyone knows Dharma center talks about compassion and love so if their performance is not up-to the requirement, they assume it is acceptable because other people will compassionately help them to complete it nicely, they won’t receive letter of warning, disciplinary action or face accusation in court. The worst they may get are transfer of department, ask to go for retreat or complete special assignment. Of course I’m not saying we should enforce the “fear” factor of a secular organization in a Dharma center then it would dismiss the whole purpose of having people to work for Dharma. I strongly believe transformation is still the key and only way to overcome “problematic” people in the Dharma center.

    Thank you Rinpoche and take good care.
    With love,
    VP

  66. Milly on Jun 17, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    We spend more of our waking hours with “colleagues” than with family members or friends. Hence, creating a harmonious and pleasant working environment is beneficial for our mind. When we get along and do our work well in the “work” place, it also creates conducive energy for everyone to “work” together as a strong team and brings faster and positive result for the company’s growth. People we know “out of work place” does not guarantee they make better “friends” than those from our office. So when we inculcate a co-operative, helpful, ethical, sincere attitude towards our workmates, gradually it will generate the same response from them. It is even more beneficial if we happen to have the merits to be working in an institution like our Kechara organisation that benefits others with no financial agenda instead of being in a company that is focused primarily on making profits.

  67. KYC on Jun 17, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    This is very good advice for developing a good attitude at work and with our workmates. If we are selfish and let others do most of the work, it will result in a lot of unhappiness and disharmony at the workplace. When we are in the dharma, work is not work any more. When we are working for the happiness of others, it makes us happy. In the end, we are the ones who benefit. On the contrary, in the corporate world, bosses have to pay overtime to workers for them to stay longer than the stipulated work hours. Everything is about money.

  68. Lim KH (JB) on Jun 17, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing with us how we should do for our-self and teamwork when completing a assignment. If we can make our assignment or work to be a part of a hobby and take our team mate as our old good friends then we will enjoy the environment and all the assignment or work will be done in a harmony and super fast way…

    If we may let a unknown person to be our friend or a very close friend after some time then why we cant take our team mate become this? But if we can open our heart to receive their good qualities and they also open their heart to receive our good qualities then sure we will easily become a very good and close friend and done the assignment and work easily and smoothly in a harmony situation. But the key is We Must Start Open Our Heart To Receive Others Good Qualities First then only can hope others do so…

  69. skyong on Feb 8, 2012 at 3:02 am

    Hi Rinpoche! After reading this and reflecting on it I regretted much not doing a good job as a friend to my colleagues I met in my secular work. Now that I think about it I have been avoiding others and sending signals to them… I think because of bitterness in myself…I have used a lot ‘hardwork and helpfulness’ to create a positive image and at the sametime to cover my bitterness while it is still remains inside me. I think I have the wrong perspective of how other people should treat me while I don’t give the due return, approach them first and have genuine concern for other first by putting aside my bitterness. Kechara people here have been kind and friendly to me… I regretted I have used them in some ways.

  70. Wan Wai Meng on Sep 24, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    Work gives us a lot of meaning especially work that involves in bring a sense of real happiness for others. Then that ‘work’ is not work. I suppose when we are anywhere ‘working’ that the work and the people there is not for us to use or to get something from. That we should think long term of how we can enhance our work and benefit others and ourselves in the long run.

  71. bengkooi on Sep 14, 2011 at 11:39 am

    This should be a must read for everyone who has ever held down a job. If they did, the world would be a better place…Working in Dharma, it is much easier to implement Rinpoche’s advice. But in the secular world, where office politics are everywhere you look, it is easy to forget all about Dharma…. I guess if we were all to live, eat, breathe Dharma, we would have no distinction between our personal life and our work life. We would treat everyone, whether colleague, friend or stranger equally. It would not be about what you can do for me, but about what I can do for you. What a nice way to live.

  72. ani kunzang on Feb 27, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    Rinpoche ~ this is something for me to really contemplate and use as a tool of change. Thank you. I am a really, really terrible procrastinator. I have bookmarked this page as I need to read this more than one time to digest, reflect on and hopefully help me change some awful work/life habits. Thank you, with deep gratitude and love.

  73. Philip Yong on Dec 5, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    very very very wise words. It has open up my mind even more! Definitely prepares me for the working life. THANK YOU RINPOCHE!

  74. Knut Eggers on Sep 26, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    Okay, forget about my upper comments. I wasn’t at the point to understand how useful YOUR WORDS would be for my own work. I will read them repeatedly. You are a wise and well-studied man, dear Tsem-Tulku Rinpoche.

  75. Knut Eggers on Sep 23, 2010 at 4:35 am

    Or even better (I got that from visiting the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland):
    At the beginning of the day all the people from one departmant hold each other by the hand in a circle, close their eyes and say: “WE dedicate our important work…”
    But now it’s enough for today. I would be SO happy if these my ideas were of any help for you. Good night.

  76. Knut Eggers on Sep 23, 2010 at 4:20 am

    From now on I am going to dedicate my work to Lady Vadjra Yogini. Every time on my work, when I start a new task I say to myself from the deepest place in my heart (if possible without closing my eyes):”I dedicate this important work to the Lady Vadjra Yogini (and to the happiness of all sentient beings).
    So it shall be.

  77. Knut Eggers on Sep 23, 2010 at 4:03 am

    This is wise… I think the Dalai Lama is an expert on this, as I remember some of his words saying that one can do (very) hard work and still be satisfied. I only miss one thing. I mean if you give this text to people at Ketchara house everyone will know, but I for myself find that in the working world, which is really sometimes a very strange mixture of karmic influences it is kind of impossible to really swim against the stream and make a change, if there isn’t at least ONE person whio committedly doing a medtation (I tended to do them in the rest room, I got the idea from Eileen Caddy, Founder of the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland) or to repeat mantras all day long during work, e.g. Medicinebuddha, Om Mani Padme hum or for example Om Bendsa Guru Pema Siddhi Hung. Meanwhile we are at a point where nobody cares anymore where I meditate… the only rule is that it doesn’t interrupt the working process. People have to be able to meditate AND do their work BEST as POSSIBLE at the same time. (This adds a little Zen taste to it, doesn’t it?). Love.

  78. Lim Han Nee on Aug 16, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you for reminding us, yet again,that our suffering stems from wrong perceptions.Wrong perceptions derive from our mentally labelling everything,every environment and every person that we come across.
    We label what is our sphere of comfort and fun, rest and relaxation and we label what is our sphere of work(which we equate with stress),strife and unhappiness.We label people as friends and loved ones on the one hand and strangers,nasty people and enemies on the other.We put the first into our sphere of comfort and joy and the second into our sphere of stress and pain.
    We can only find true inner peace and lasting joy when we begin to dismantle all these labels and wrong projections and perceptions.

  79. Sandy Clarke on Aug 15, 2010 at 7:31 am

    Tonight, a friend of mine – who plays in a band – said: “We played Belladrum (music festival) last week and even though I had to get up at 6am, I felt really good, even though that’s the time I usually get up for work and dread it!”

    I think perhaps our workplace is a victim of our pre-set notions and as such, we suffer for it, as do our work colleagues as a result of our mind set.
    If we work 8-10 hours per day, that’s roughly 50 hours per week that we spend with coleagues: they cannot fail to have an influence in our lives and certainly, we should do what we can to cultivate positive, lasting relationships with these people. That they are “work colleagues” should really make no difference. It’s just a label. Work colleagues are just like us. No doubt we feel we deserve respect and are worthy of the time of others’, so surely we should respect our work colleagues and be generous with our time?

    Kind regards,
    Sandy

  80. Anila on Aug 14, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    We spend more time in the office than at home. So we should make our office environment and our work colleagues as pleasant as possible. I believe if we are happy we can work better and thats the truth. If we have any problems at home we should not bring them to the office. It will affect not only your work performance but also your relationship with your colleagues. We should put them aside and solve them later out of the office.Change your attitude and be happy. For you may not see tomorrow. There is a saying which goes WHEN YOU SMILE THE WHOLE WORLD SMILES WITH YOU. Forgive your enemies you may not know they may become your best friend one day. Think of all the help and good things your colleagues have done for you. Think positive and be ever helpful.

  81. Anila on Aug 14, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    We spend more time in the office than at home. So we should make our office environment and our work colleagues as pleasant as possible. I believe if we are happy we can work better and thats the truth. If we have any problems at home we should not bring them to the office. As it would not only affect your work performace but also your relationship with your colleagues. We should then put them aside and later solve them out of office. Change your attitude and be happy. There is a saying that goes WNHEN YOU SMILE THE WHOLE WORLD SMILES WITH YOU. Forgive your enemies you may not know they may become your best friends one day. Think of all the good things your colleagues ha

  82. Koh Hee Peng on Jul 30, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Working for dharma is the best one can get. Why? Below are some of the reasons I can think of, imagining if the dharma center is a company/corporation:-
    a) We are working for best CEO in the world – LORD BUDDHA.
    Yes. If we work for dharma, our ultimate boss would be Lord Buddha. Don’t you think Lord Buddha is the most ideal boss? Don’t you think it is cool when somebody asked you “Hey, who are you working for?” “I am working for LORD BUDDHA”… hehe. Lord Buddha embodies all the qualities that inspire us to become like him. Buddha has laid the path showing us that it is not impossible for one to be liberated from samsara. The only obstacle that stands between the path to enlightenment and us is our own ignorant mind.
    b) The performance assessment of one’s dharma work – KARMA.
    Don’t we agree that the most impartial, the most unbiased performance assessment one can ever get is the karma we collect from doing any type of work? In our society, most of the time we are unsatisfied with the performance assessment graded by our bosses – the normal bosses that are trapped in samsara like us, always thinking that either the bosses are bias, or we are being underappreciated by the company. But in terms of Karma, we are responsible for our own actions. We have no one to blame but ourselves because we are the ones who sew the seeds, either the good or the bad, and in time we would be rewarded accordingly. The best thing is the karma is impermanent. Karma is meant to show us what we have done wrong and thus we learn how to FIX our lives better, just like any other performance assessment methods available in the corporate world.
    c) Our Directors would be the compassionate ENLIGHTENED BEINGS who are free from sufferings, who have been liberated from samsara (e.g.Taras, Chenrezig / Avalokiteshvara, Mother Vajrayogini, Lord Tsongkhapa, Guru Rinpoche, etc). Don’t you think is super COOL to have these deities as our “Directors”. We would be dying to see and worship these “Directors” and we would do just ANYTHING to get their blessings.
    d) Our “Senior Managers” and “Managers” would be our LIVING BUDDHAS, e.g. H.H. The fourteenth Dalai Lama – “Senior Manager”, H.H. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche – “Manager”, etc. These high lams who are “old school” in practising dharma, who are well verse in liberating their minds to attain enlightenment, who despite having mastered their own death and rebirth, yet they vow to be reborn again and again in samsara with only one supreme objective – to show and guide all sentient beings to the path of enlightenment in any way possible. Don’t you think it is a blessing that Kechara House has a dedicated, compassionate “Manager” – H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, who has sacrificed his entire life for dharma, who has resided in Malaysia for the past 18 years, who has worked relentlessly in pursuit to teach, guide and support all of us all the way to the attainment of enlightenment?
    e) The “Assistant Managers” would be the ordained beings (i.e. monks and nuns), who have taken the vows and devoted their lives to the well being of all sentient beings.
    f) The “senior executives” would be the liasons, who work tirelessly and relentlessly in expanding the dharma center and carrying out any dharma works assigned by the “Manager”.
    g) The “executives” would be the members of the dharma center, who are fun, enthusiastic, and hardworking in helping the senior executives in any way possible to accomplish the “tasks” assisned by the “Manager”.
    h) The “part time staffs” would be the volunteers who, instead of indulging in all kinds of entertainment available during their free time, CHOOSE to help in doing dharma works.
    i)The “shareholders”, “suppliers”, “customers” would be all beings that aren’t liberated from the ignorant mind that still reside in samsara, who are subjected to the sufferings of endless cyclic existence, like me .. hehe..
    – With all due respect, I have no intention to mock any deities or buddhas or high lamas or Rinpoches in the piece of write-ups below. Out of the blue these thoughts just pop up in my head and I think it is fun and I just thought of sharing it in this particular blog. If the write-ups are deemed to be not suitable for this blog, kindly please remove it. Sorry for any inconvenience caused –

  83. John Colquhoun on Jul 28, 2010 at 4:50 am

    Thankyou Rinpoche, very good post for me at this time, has given me much to think on and work at putting into practice.

  84. Monique Surette on Jul 28, 2010 at 2:58 am

    This advice couldn´t be more timely for me. Thank you so much Rinpoche!

  85. Paris on Jul 28, 2010 at 1:21 am

    What a stunning post, and I wish I had read this when I was in my previous job, which I used to dread and find meaningless. Actually, I met some fantastic people there who became my best friends in KL – I never thought of how I could take advantage of that time at “work” to nurture those friendships more but only ever thought of how much longer I had to go before 5pm when I would leave on the dot.
    What Li Kim said is so true – that we probably spend more time in a week with our work mates than with our families, partners and social friends. So why don’t we try to value that time with them more? I’m extremely lucky to be able to work in KMP (as well as with the liaisons council and various other departments). There are times in Kechara we have 12 hour meetings, but every single person is happy to be there, throughout the 12 hours – because it’s really like being with family. We don’t think of it as work, but as something that we want to do, with people we cherish.
    It’s funny how, because we are so close now, we feel sad if we don’t see each other for even a few days, if one of us travels abroad for example. It is extremely comforting and beautiful to know that these people are there with you during work, outside of work – any time, anywhere. You go through real shitty times together, but you also celebrate the amazing, successful, fun times – and with that, you grow, become closer and really appreciate each other more. Work really does become just as fun as play with if you develop relationships with the people around you in the right way.

  86. patsy on Jul 25, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    We should all enjoy what we do. Most people work to sustain their lifestyles and worldly commitments and ended up all stressed up and not contented. Others are happy and considered their workplace as home surrounded by workmates they called their families.
    Employers must treat their staffs well and with respect. Do not take them for granted as without them there will be no company. Employees must be thankful that they are not jobless. They must be loyal and dedicated to their company for giving them a chance to work.
    If both parties can work and get along in harmony by compromising with each other, then work is not work but something we like and look forward to do irrespective of the working hours.
    We are blessed if we can work in or be part of Kechara Organization and that we may serve to benefit others. Kechara Organization, is one big happy family where we work hard and play hard which sets a good example for other companies to follow.

  87. yoke fui on Jul 25, 2010 at 8:36 am

    I ‘ve often heard youngsters whine that “I have no life at work”. To them “life” means holidays and clubbing….activities they perceive that can bring them happiness.
    Rinpoche teaches us how to make all situations, every minute of our life meaningful and rewarding by changing our view.
    The saying that ” all good things must come to an end” is proven wrong because if we can change our view, we can make our whole life into a never ending happy time. How logical!

  88. ngeowchin on Jul 22, 2010 at 11:47 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for opening our mind to a new take on our working environment and the people we share our office with.We are so stupid to limit our capacity to enjoy happiness by assuming it has to be within a family structure.I agree that many of my friends have given me support, help and shared happy moments which my own family members cannot.In fact, during my active career before retirement, I spent more time with my friends and workmates than my family. We hear people talking about spending quality time during the weekends with family.It would be unfair and biased if we say we did not spend quality time with our friends and workmates too.
    Unfortunately, we do not respond with same love and care to them as we do to our family, just because of the labelling and blood ties.
    All it takes is adopting a fresh view and consider its many benefits to others and ourselves. As Rinpoche said, we cannot control how long we will live, but we certainly can control our mind and determination to make our environment a friendlier and more caring place at home and at work.

  89. Li Kim on Jul 21, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    I like this article very much. Thank you Rinpoche.
    It is amazing how much time we spend at the workplace and with our workmates. Yet, many of us hate our work and do not appreciate our workmates. For many of us, unless you work in a family business with family members, we spend more time with our workmates than our family!
    This article gives deep perspective how we can appreciate and make our workplace a more meaningful place with the purpose to benefit people. Being happy and creating happiness are key in my career now as CEO of KMP. I am truly blessed to have this in my life.
    For many you may not be in an organization which you think benefits people, do not think that. Just be kind and nice to people around you. IF you want to do more, check us out in Kechara.

  90. Shirley Tan on Jul 20, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    This should be a mandatory read for everyone and I do mean, everyone.
    In fact, it’d be great for all the Human Resource Departments in every company to send this out to all their employees. They should even print it out and have it posted into their Bulletin Board in places like the pantry and drink dispenser where people normally congregate and chat.
    No one really enjoys their work. We see it as a necessary evil. Necessary because it feeds the lifestyle we want to maintain.
    Only a select few can actually say that they love their work. This is, sadly, only a minority.
    In this post, Rinpoche has spelt out very clearly that it only takes a shift in our perspectives. Change our thought patterns and we will start enjoying our work as much as our playtime.
    At the end of the day, the reason why so many people are stressed at work and seeking pyschiatric treatement even, is because they are so unhappy at work.
    Imagine a change of mind set changes everything.

    • Andrew Hibberd on Jan 9, 2015 at 11:07 am

      if we make everything mandatory then we fail to grasp the truth
      do you really think this read and all others must be mandatory?
      im really interested in your opinion

  91. Joey on Jul 20, 2010 at 9:59 am

    Thank you so much Rinpoche for this post as it matched the working attitude that i currently have (although not completely) and an interesting way of following up with that. This is a very important teaching for so many of us out here working and dont have the merit to work in the organization yet on how to make our lives much more meaningful than just doing ‘a job’ and getting on with it. This is a brilliant way of injecting some meaning into the lives of so many people out there…

  92. thierryfornow on Jul 20, 2010 at 2:07 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for this post.
    It made me reflect on how to improve on my relationship with those that I work with and that I take sometimes for “granted.”
    The points to reflect on and act upon are real step stones for us to create a better human environment.
    I anticipate that this post will indeed help many people as they can relate to it directly and very personally.
    Also,it is applicable immediately and with immediate positive results!
    This is about caring for others and creating causes for peace, first around us directly, then indirectly by inspiring others to become better people.
    World peace is achievable!

  93. Andrew James Boon on Jul 20, 2010 at 1:53 am

    Yet another insightful post. Indeed work should not be “work” as it sounds like a chore. From a secular standpoint, we should always love doing our jobs because we spend so much physical and mental time on it. If we do not, we will become bitter as more than half our lives are wasted on something we do not enjoy but is seen purely as a financial means of security. That as we all know does not equate happiness.
    As an employer, the happiness and welfare of our staff is of utmost importance. Most employers do not see or want to acknowledge that it is the very staff/employee that makes up the company. Whom without them, the company is nothing! I could not have a company without the support of my staff and as such I give them as much respect, support and gratitude back. They are really like an extended family and Thierry and I will help them whenever we can.
    This similar feeling we have in Kechara and its various departments especially Tsem Ladrang. There is often the underlying genuine care and concern on a much larger scale of course! Perhaps that is why both Thierry and I always feel right at home whenever we contribute in our small way and are exposed to just that culture.
    Thank you all at Kechara for making us feel at home and thank you Rinpoche for welcoming us home! With much love

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  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Jun 18. 2018 06:41 AM
    Rumi: Legendary Sufi Poet whose mystical works transcend space and time. It’s beneficial to enhance our knowledge of other traditions & cultures: https://bit.ly/2lh9cRO
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Sunday, Jun 17. 2018 07:24 AM
    You guys are going to have a cute attack with these two super adorable videos of Tsem Rinpoche’s doggies Oser and Dharma.-


    https://youtu.be/JX1UdH7IjQ8

    And

    https://youtu.be/YGD7CtNmnuI

    The videos JUST came out!

    Enjoy!
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Sunday, Jun 17. 2018 06:48 AM
    Dear Changzo Beng kooi and our wonderful Kechara blog team including writers, researchers and technical team,


    With the deepest respects, lit incense billowing, prayers and great faith and some tears in my eyes, I have humbly published the story of Lord Atisha the incomparable for the world to read on our blog-site. I am just so happy to have Him on our blog-site. He is so holy and the guru of gurus. May all be blessed by Lord Atisha and Lady Tara by seeing this post and reading about Him. May all gain renunciation, bodhicitta and sunyata completely by studying Atisha’s teachings.- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=158941

    Lord Atisha’s benefits, teachings, writings, presence, works, life, sacrifice and pure monk-hood really is such a jewel among jewels. 900 years later He still inspires us so much.

    The pith of the Dharma is to transform the mind (within lojong teachings) and Atisha exemplified and stressed this throughout His life. Lojong brings the mind of an ordinary person to an exalted being (bodhisattva). From attachment to samsara and wrong projections to seeing samsara for the poisonous nature it really is and brings us to easily develop necessary qualities of endurance, patience, tolerance, compassion and acceptance. Lojong is a most important teaching and essence of Lord Buddha’s path. The Lam Rim composed by Atisha embodies this very much. It is very much worth your time to read. It is in this post for your convenience.

    Thank you all for your hard work towards such a beneficial post.

    Gratefully, Tsem Rinpoche

    P.S.

    1. I love the new tab system in this post you have where every content can be seen so easily at a glance. Makes it easier for the readers. I really want our blog visitors to benefit.

    2. I love all the prayers listed by Atisha you have made available. You made it convenient for the downloadable books regarding Atisha for everyone. I am so happy to have Atisha’s Lam Rim here to be accessible for everyone which is so holy. I love all the videos and I really like the gallery with many Atisha pictures of thangkas and statues. That was a nice touch. A real triumph of a post!!
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Sunday, Jun 17. 2018 04:00 AM
    Tsi’u Marpo: History, Narrative & Myth by Cameron Bailey, December 28th, 2015

    According to the Tantra of the Red-Razored One the being that would become the deity Tsi’u Marpo was born during the dispensation of the Buddha Kashyapa as the Khotanese Prince Chorwa. Chorwa is said to have had faith in Buddhism and to have taken monastic ordination. One day, when he was meditating alone in the forest, the daughter of the local king was bathing nearby when she was bitten by a venomous snake. Chorwa was able to save her life by giving her a medicinal antidote, but when two evil ministers saw this, they spread the false rumour that the monk and the princess were making love.

    The king, outraged by this, sent men to kill the monk. The princess attempted to dissuade him by telling him the truth of the matter, but he did not listen, and out of protest she vowed to be reborn as the hostile spirit sister of the monk in a future life, then threw herself off a cliff, committing suicide, in protest. Chorwa, meanwhile, fled to the Himalayas, and his mind became downcast and full of evil intentions. He then proceeded to go on a killing and raping spree, but eventually the king’s army caught up to him and stabbed him to death. Before he died, the monk swore to be reborn as a tsen demon, and the “executioner of all beings.”

    Thereafter he hatched from an egg produced from the union of a deity named “Lekpa” and a female tsen. When he was born, he had six other tsen demon brothers growing inside his body – (2) the “black obstacle might demon” in his head, the (3) “divine might demon” in his bones, (4) “rock might demon” in his body heat, (5) “knife might demon” in his blood, (6) “serpentine might demon” in his pus, and (7) “defiling might demon” in his ‘messy rotten garments of flesh.’ Together they became the seven wild tsen brothers.


    Tsiu Marpo is a Tibetan worldly god, Warrior Class (drala), that functions as a Buddhist protector deity. The practice was popularized by the teacher Ngari Panchen Pema Wangyal (1487-1542 [P1669]). Ngari Panchen was a teacher originating from Mustang, Nepal, and he principally practised the Nyingma and Sakya Traditions. He popularised the cult of the protector deity Tsiu Marpo which was likely an adaptation of the local Bon mountain protector unique for the town of Lo Monthang called Tsengo Dragpa Gyaltsen. The mountain is located due west of the Mustang capital and Dragpa Gyaltsen remains to this day the special protector deity to the Mustang royal family. As a Terton, the principal ‘Terma’ Revealed Treasure cycle of Ngari Panchen is known as the Ngarpan Terdzo.

    According to popular accounts, Tsiu Marpo became known as the special protector of Samye Monastery in the 17th century after the long time protector of the monastery, Pehar Gyalpo, moved to Nechung next to Drepung Monastery just outside of Lhasa. The practices of Tsiu Marpo as a Buddhist protector have now been adopted by almost all of the traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.

    https://www.himalayanart.org/search/set.cfm?setID=494

    Protector Tsiu Marpo in a chapel in Lhasa. He is an ancient deity who legends goes back to the previous Buddha. He is here enshrined with a very enigmatic face sitting on a throne and receiving a drink offering. He also takes trance of various oracles and speaks.
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Saturday, Jun 16. 2018 03:26 PM
    They stabbed you in the back?
    Its ok.
    They lied to you?
    Its ok.
    They used you?
    Its ok.
    Keep working. Keep pushing. Overcome it all.

    -Warren Buffett
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Saturday, Jun 16. 2018 03:25 PM
    Surround yourself with people that push you to do and be better. No drama or negativity. Just higher goals and higher motivation. Good times and positive energy. No jealousy or hate. Simply bringing out the absolute best in each other.-Warren Buffett
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  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Friday, Jun 15. 2018 09:39 AM
    Dear everyone,

    Please go over these must reads. There are four short biographies. They are not very long. But read them carefully and please understand them well and retain the information. Three of them are very inspiring as well as surprising:




    1. https://treasuryoflives.org/biographies/view/Takpu-Pema-Vajra-Jampel-Tenpai-Ngodrub/TBRC_P231

    2. https://treasuryoflives.org/biographies/view/Pabongkha-Dechen-Nyingpo/P230

    3. https://treasuryoflives.org/biographies/view/Third-Trijang-Rinpoche-Lobzang-Yeshe-Tendzin-Gyatso/TBRC_P2596

    4. This is the one that killed TDG- https://treasuryoflives.org/biographies/view/Depa-Norbu/13614

    Ask Pastor Niral or Pastor David about anything you don’t understand. They will be happy to clarify. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Jun 14. 2018 11:57 PM
    This is an interesting article. Through the lens of Carlos Castaneda, we are introduced to the Yaqui Indian’s sorcery and the uses of drugs and herbs that are associated with it. The acute description of Carlos’ teacher, Don Juan and the landscape of Mexico in his books made him popular and rich. Allowing him to crystallise Don Juan’s shamanistic concepts into a modern teaching, i..e the Tensegrity. Carlos’ life was not short of entanglements; his background had 2 versions, he had several marriages but ended up only the first on was valid and legal, and more critically, the authenticity of his works came under question. Despite strangled marriage and hearth issue, Carlos lived till the age of 72, left behind sizeable wealth as well as a legacy of New Age Movement.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/books-poetry/carlos-castaneda-the-godfather-of-the-new-age-movement.html
  • Lin Mun
    Thursday, Jun 14. 2018 09:15 PM
    I think it is very important that our government has the foresight and take strict action against rudeness and cyberbully in social media. While online provide lots of opportunities for many sectors but it also comes with threat if we abuse the functions. Many people are not responsible when sharing information and some may intentional use it to defame, instigate or even create hatred against others. We as user have to be wise in our actions or we will be fine by the government for wrongly sharing or exposing info. Glad our local authority taken steps to prevent before it the negative impact get worse.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/social-media-rudeness-will-not-be-tolerated-in-malaysia.html

  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jun 14. 2018 03:02 PM
    Venerable Ajahn Chah a Thai Buddhist monk was an influential teacher of the Buddhadhamma and a founder of two major monasteries in the Thai Forest. Ajahn Chah’s early monastic life followed a traditional pattern, of studying Buddhist teachings and the Pali scriptural language. His father passing has caused him to think deeply about life’s real purpose. He left everything and set off on mendicant pilgrimage. Despite all the hardships he had gone through many more disciples increased and that where he started the first monastery . His teachings is indeed simple yet a profound and has attracted many Westerners. Venerable Sumedho is the first westerner came to stay with him. Venerable Ajahn Chah did travel as far as England and America to spread his teachings to the west. He left the world a legacy of his life teachings, experiences, and realisations of the Buddhadharma. Wow …it seem that more than a million people from all over the world attended his funeral which include the Thai royal family. His teachings is still well know till today…..he was a man of compassion .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting post .

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/venerable-ajahn-chah-the-forest-monk.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Thursday, Jun 14. 2018 07:04 AM
    各位朋友们,
    我们都上学,着装,学习,工作和拥有事业来使我们致富,成名,能去旅游,拥有美好的感情生活,吃美味的食物,住在最好的房子里,和入住豪华的酒店。我们都做这一切来使我们快乐,拥有“自由”,获得“安心”。但是,Kate Spade拥有爱他的丈夫和孩子,她在商业界非常成功,她很富有,交游广阔,“自由”,很有才华,很出名,但她在她高档的纽约公寓以一条丝巾挂在门的把手而自杀了。唵嘛呢叭咪吽。她的佣人发现了她。她品尝最好的食物,和最顶尖的社会人士打交道,住在世界上最“精彩”的都市,但是,55岁的她受够了,于是结束了自己的生命。为什么拥有所有的人们竟然会不快乐?为何我们明明知道他们并不快乐,却鞭策我们自己,孩子和朋友去仿效那些人?为何我们还是要欺骗自己?
    请看视频:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XLPTbHg2Vw 
    饮食界大明星Anthony Bourdain主持获奖的电视节目,出游到所有独特的地区,有位漂亮的女友和可爱的11岁女儿,他富有,成功,有名,品尝最好的食物,他的书登上畅销排行榜,他拥有很多有权有势的朋友们,熟悉世界各角落,拥有“自由”而能为所欲为。我们都努力仿效他,想要拥有他所拥有的一切,好让自己能“快乐”。但是,61岁的他,一位柔术爱好者,却在巴黎一间五星级酒店以浴袍的腰带上吊自杀了。他甚至没留下任何遗言。唵嘛呢叭咪吽。他的生活到底还缺什么呢?为何他如此不快乐?他到底缺少了什么东西?
    请看视频: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WLEHciltIo 
    为何我们鞭策自己去仿效,崇拜,或千方百计去成为那些人?为何我们羡慕他们所拥有的?为何我们想要过他们过的生活?很明显的、非常赤裸的,这显示了旅游、娱乐、朋友、感情、金钱、“自由”、教育、时尚、美食和名气并不能为我们带来任何东西,反而会带给我们空虚感,这是因为外在的拥有和感情永远不能解决内在的矛盾,孤独和无常的感觉。事实上我们反而变得更空虚。事实上,他们必须更加倍地去掩饰他们的痛苦,因为他们怎么可以让别人知道,拥有一切的自己其实并不快乐?他们必须为了因牺牲而达到的地位和为了镜头而假装快乐。他们被迫延续那个谎言——拥有名利就拥有快乐,而事实并不是这样的。他们必须假装很快乐,事实上,他们虽拥有一切但并不快乐。这是我们在还没有达到无法挽救的地步之前当头棒喝的教训。可悲的是,有时候那些人决定不再假装下去了,就像之前提到的那两位人士,还有很多很多过去和未来的人们一样。 
    我们必须教育我们自己和我们的孩子们,财富、事业、金钱、旅游、朋友和感情绝对不是人们获得快乐的答案。如果我们鞭策自己和他人往那些方向去拼,如果有事情发生了,我们就必须负起一部份责任。为何要延续那种思维呢?快乐是在内心寻获的。唯一能让我们获得快乐的方式,是观察内心和转换内心,把我们的心识提升到更高的觉知境界。纪律、三昧耶、戒律、忍辱、正业、慈悲、布施、禅修和智慧才是真正的财富。为了真正的快乐,我们应该在那些方面努力精进。我们应该时时记住因果的存在,避免再造恶业。在这方面是有很多灵修传统能帮助我们的。重要的是,我们要在还有时间之际为我们的心识而努力。我们的时间有限。在佛法修行上全力以赴是我们利用短暂人生的最好方法。我们也应该鼓励他人修习佛法,创造佛法道场和鼓励我们所爱的人也修习佛法。如果我们真的爱我们所爱的人,我们就应该引导他们学习佛法。那样我们就能保证他们能获得快乐。我们要培养出离心,慈悲和智慧,把我们内在的佛性和佛本尊合二为一。我们应该常住在一个能相互鼓励的灵修社群,因为我们单独是肯定不能自律的。现在就努力修行是非常重要的。 
    随着年龄的增长,我更加因能遇见我的上师们,并从他们身上获得教诲并修行而感激涕零。我很感激能够拥有生命中真正有价值的东西。我与他人无异,但我的上师们改变了我,也让我改变了内心。我很感激我的上师们。
    我感激我的灵修,还有一个能让我修行的道场,如克切拉禅修林和很多其他类似的场所,一个保护我的心识的静修圣地,一个如果我努力实践就能获得真正快乐的场所。
    詹杜固仁波切
    后记:我并没有不尊敬那两个过世的人的意思,我想要说明的是,他们虽然拥有一切,但也许已经太迟了,但对我们还不算太迟。请包涵,我们必须以他们的死亡为鉴,把我们的思想提升到一个更高的觉知境界,那就是心识和灵性的归属。
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Thursday, Jun 14. 2018 02:31 AM
    Dear friends,

    We all go to school, dress, learn, work and have careers to be rich, famous, travel, have great relationships, eat delicious foods, stay in the best houses, park in glamorous hotels. We all do this to be happy. To have ‘freedom’.To be at peace. Yet Kate Spade had a child and loving husband, extremely successful business, rich, connected,’free’, talented and very famous commits suicide by hanging herself with a scarf on a door knob in her high fashion New York apartment. Om Mani Peme Hung. Her maid found her. She ate the best, was seen with the best and lived in the most ‘exciting’ city in the world and yet at 55 had enough and ended it. Why is it people who have EVERYTHING are not happy? Why is it we push ourselves, our kids, our friends to emulate them when we know that is not where happiness is? Why do we keep deceiving ourselves?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XLPTbHg2Vw&feature=youtu.be

    Massive celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain had a award winning show, travels to all the exotic places, has a beautiful girlfriend, lovely 11 year old daughter, rich, succesful, famous, ate the best foods, has a top best selling books, has so many powerful influential friends, known the world over and has ‘freedom’ to do what he likes. We all strive to be like him. To have what he had so we can be ‘happy’. But the question is at 61, being a fit Jiu Jitsu enthusiast hung himself on a belt of his bathrobe in his Paris five star hotel. He didn’t even leave a note. Om Mani Peme Hung. What else is missing in his life? Why so unhappy? Now what was missing?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WLEHciltIo

    Why do we push ourselves to emulate, admire or try to become like these people? Why look up to what they had? Why wish to live our lives similar to their life? Obviously and blatantly it shows travel, fun, friends, relationships, money, ‘freedom’, education, fashion, food and having fame brings nothing. Nothing but adds to our sense of emptiness. Because outer possessions and relationships can NEVER solve the inner dilemmas, loneliness and a sense of impermanence. We become more empty in fact. In truth they have to hide their pain even more because why aren’t they happy since they have EVERYTHING? They have pretend for the sake of all they sacrificed to get where they are and for the camera. They had to perpetuate the lie that being famous, rich and all that makes you happy when it does not. They have to pretend to be happy yet they have everything and they are not happy. A powerful lesson to learn before it’s too late for us. Sometimes they stop pretending as these two persons did as well as many in the past and many in the future. Sad to say.

    We need to teach ourselves and our kids that wealth, job, money, travel, fun, friend and relationships DEFINITELY are not the answer to human happiness. And if we push ourselves and others towards this direction, if anything happens to them, we are a part of it. Why perpetuate this? Happiness in in the mind. The only thing that can make us happy is in investigating and transforming the mind. To bring our mind to live on a higher level of consciousness. That discipline, samaya, vows, patience, right livelihood, compassion, generosity, meditation and wisdom are the true wealth and we should strive towards that for true happiness. To be aware of karma and to stop creating further negative karma. There are many spiritual traditions that can help us in this. The important thing is to do something about our mind before our time is up. Time is short. Practicing Dharma all the way is the best we can ever do with our short lives. To encouarge others to practice dharma. To create dharma places and encouraged loved ones to dharma. If we really loved those we love, we would make sure we lead them to dharma. We would guarantee their happiness in that way. To realize renounciation, compassion and gain wisdom. To merge with our Buddha-yidam and our Buddha nature within us. To be within a spiritual community where we encourage each other, because alone we will not have the discipline for sure for now. To practice. This is so important now.

    As I progress in life, I am ever so grateful for meeting my teacher, receiving teachings and practicing. I am grateful for having something that has true worth in my life. As I am not any different than anyone else, my guru made the difference for me and in me. I am grateful to my teacher.

    I am grateful for my spirituality and a place to practice it in Kechara Forest Retreat and many other places like this. A retreat sanctuary to protect me from my own mind. A place I can find real happiness if I apply myself.

    Tsem Rinpoche

    P.S. I mean no disrespect to the two persons mentioned who passed on, but I am making a point that it may be too late for them although they had everything, but it’s not too late for us. Forgive me. We must make meaning of their deaths by ascending to a higher consciousness of thinking which is refuge in spirituality and mind.
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jun 13. 2018 03:30 PM
    Its has proven that the Drukpa Kagyus of Bhutan propitiated, worshipped and invoked Dorje Shugden . They were encouraged by none other than Jigme Norbu, the 4th mind emanation (incarnation) of Ngawang Namgyal, who is the lama who founded the Bhutanese nation. Dorje Shugden is not a Gelug-only Dharma Protector as is claimed but in reality fact, it was widely practised amongst the Kagyu, Sakya and Nyingma traditions.
    His Holiness the 4th Zhabdrung Jigme Norbu even composed prayers to Dorje Shugden. If Dorje Shugden’s practice was evil and harmful, why would this Drukpa Kagyu high lama, compose prayers to Dorje Shugden and in his vast collection of works. All these are stated in the collected works of Zhabdrung Jigme Norbu, published by the National Library of Bhutan. So this evidence showed that the Kagyu do propitiate and invoke Dorje Shugden centuries ago.
    Thank you Rinpoche and writers for such insight post to clear all the doubts and misconception about Dorje Shugden.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-4th-zhabdrung-rinpoche-of-bhutan-and-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jun 13. 2018 03:29 PM
    Interesting write up of this Buddhist Pemayangtse monastery in Sikkim. It seem to be one the oldest monastery with historical history behind it and also demonstrates the ancient rituals in practice. Sikkim has many monasteries and the influence of Buddhism is felt in nearly every where . From the fluttering prayer flags to the sacred caves, lakes and stupas, the images and symbols of Buddhism retain a freshness undimmed by the passage of time. The great majority of the monasteries in Sikkim belong to the Nyingma subsect . Wow… Dorje Shugden is not a Gelug-only Dharma Protector as is claimed but was, in fact, widely practised amongst the Nyingma traditions. Some interesting information , this monastery was built for “monks of pure Tibetan lineage”. This practice is still retained. The unique feature of the monastery is that there is an intricately carved wooden structure located on the top floor . The monastery houses a good collection of wall paintings, sculptures, precious images, thankas and a huge gold plated statue of Guru Rinpoche. The murals at Lhatsun Namkha Jigme’s Pemayangtse Monastery in Sikkim paints a thousand words of proof that they do propitiated and invoked Dorje Shugden among the Nyingma tradition.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Seow Choong Liang for this post.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-in-nyingma-pemayangtse-monastery-sikkim.html

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Environment is stronger because when you are in a spiritual environment with other spiritual brothers and sisters, the chance to learn and transform is much higher. If we rely on our own willpower and go at it alone to practice spirituality, very small chance we can succeed. Because most of the time we don\'t have the willpower and our willpower does not sustain us. That is why we have monasteries where clusers of people live together spiritually to enhance each other and the whole for thousands of years. That is why we have spiritual communities like Findhorn and Kechara Forest Retreat so that we are in a spiritual environment and being in this type of environment encourages us to grow inwardly. It gives us strength and support and in turn we give others strength and support. Tsem Rinpoche
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Environment is stronger because when you are in a spiritual environment with other spiritual brothers and sisters, the chance to learn and transform is much higher. If we rely on our own willpower and go at it alone to practice spirituality, very small chance we can succeed. Because most of the time we don't have the willpower and our willpower does not sustain us. That is why we have monasteries where clusers of people live together spiritually to enhance each other and the whole for thousands of years. That is why we have spiritual communities like Findhorn and Kechara Forest Retreat so that we are in a spiritual environment and being in this type of environment encourages us to grow inwardly. It gives us strength and support and in turn we give others strength and support. Tsem Rinpoche
I like this White Tara image. It is very basic but has an appeal in this style of art.
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I like this White Tara image. It is very basic but has an appeal in this style of art.
He was so excited to bring this sacred statue home to install in his family shrine.......
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He was so excited to bring this sacred statue home to install in his family shrine.......
Daily do your prayers/mantra to Lord Manjushri as it\'s a powerful blessing on a daily basis. It is so important to have sharp mind, good memory and quick wisdom and Manjushri can bestow this. I have heard many tell me that Manjushri\'s practice is very effective. We must also do Manjushri\'s intensive retreats at least twice a year. It would be very beneficial. Sacred mantra of Manjushri: Om Ah-Ra Ba-za Na-Dhi
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Daily do your prayers/mantra to Lord Manjushri as it's a powerful blessing on a daily basis. It is so important to have sharp mind, good memory and quick wisdom and Manjushri can bestow this. I have heard many tell me that Manjushri's practice is very effective. We must also do Manjushri's intensive retreats at least twice a year. It would be very beneficial. Sacred mantra of Manjushri: Om Ah-Ra Ba-za Na-Dhi
It is nice to see a friend in Nepal receiving a beautiful Bhagwan Dorje Shugden gift from myself. I wish him well always. Tsem Rinpoche
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It is nice to see a friend in Nepal receiving a beautiful Bhagwan Dorje Shugden gift from myself. I wish him well always. Tsem Rinpoche
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What my mom shared with me as a young boy that I carry with me till now. She was very caring and giving when she was well: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=160069
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Remember those wonderful Carlos Castaneda books? I use to read them many years back in my room back in New Jersey as a kid. His learning journey with Don Juan was amazing! Those books inspired my commissioning of this beautiful Aztec Dorje Shugden. May you be blessed. Tsem Rinpoche
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A beautiful painting of the enlightened protector Dorje Shugden in the very rich tradition of Aztec art of South America. I wanted to commission something in this rich tradition which is filled with spiritual journeys into other worlds, magic, purification, the supernatural, astral visitations, gods and other dimensions and it has manifested. I have successfully combined the divinity of Tibet with the rich artistic tradition of the Aztecs. The artist we had is amazing. We have many more beautiful art pieces here for you to enjoy and download: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144924 Remember those wonderful Carlos Castaneda books? I use to read them many years back in my room back in New Jersey as a kid. His learning journey with Don Juan was amazing! Those books inspired my commissioning of this beautiful Aztec Dorje Shugden. May you be blessed. Tsem Rinpoche
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H.H. the Dalai Lama’s sudden change of mind about China-backed Panchen Lama is incredible and stunning. His Holiness's new stance will bring more harmony, peace and understanding. I thank His Holiness the Dalai Lama very much for this. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche (Please read here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=159261)
Sculpture demigoddesses Singhini (lioness goddess) on the upper terrace in front of Nyatapola temple in Bhaktapur, Nepal.
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Sculpture demigoddesses Singhini (lioness goddess) on the upper terrace in front of Nyatapola temple in Bhaktapur, Nepal.
How fortunate I am to be sitting in my room, with a rosary in my hand reciting the mantra given to me by my compassionate guru and to meditate in developing a compassionate heart and purifying my karmas. How fortunate I am to be able to spend my time in such a meaningful manner. Tsem Rinpoche
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How fortunate I am to be sitting in my room, with a rosary in my hand reciting the mantra given to me by my compassionate guru and to meditate in developing a compassionate heart and purifying my karmas. How fortunate I am to be able to spend my time in such a meaningful manner. Tsem Rinpoche
Comic drawn by Tendor, a prominent Free Tibet activist-Every Tibetan knows that although His Holiness the Dalai Lama says he is retired from politics, he is in full control of the Tibetan government in exile. No member of the government will dare carry out any decisions without His Holiness\' approval. He is retired for the sake of the west so he does not look like a dictator.~Tenzin Damchoe
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Comic drawn by Tendor, a prominent Free Tibet activist-Every Tibetan knows that although His Holiness the Dalai Lama says he is retired from politics, he is in full control of the Tibetan government in exile. No member of the government will dare carry out any decisions without His Holiness' approval. He is retired for the sake of the west so he does not look like a dictator.~Tenzin Damchoe
It would be wonderful if everyone can recite these two mantras 100k each focusing on Shakyamuni Buddha and His powerful healing energies. Not collectively but each person 100k each of each mantra. Praise to Shakyamuni the Sage who showed us a permanent way to bliss.
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It would be wonderful if everyone can recite these two mantras 100k each focusing on Shakyamuni Buddha and His powerful healing energies. Not collectively but each person 100k each of each mantra. Praise to Shakyamuni the Sage who showed us a permanent way to bliss.
In Tibet Shannan area Riwoche Ling Monastery, devotees are putting Tsem Rinpoche\'s photo inside the cabinet together with the Buddha he loves - Dorje Shugden
在西藏山南日乌曲林寺,信徒们把詹杜固仁波切的法照和他最敬爱的多杰雄登护法像摆在一起
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In Tibet Shannan area Riwoche Ling Monastery, devotees are putting Tsem Rinpoche's photo inside the cabinet together with the Buddha he loves - Dorje Shugden 在西藏山南日乌曲林寺,信徒们把詹杜固仁波切的法照和他最敬爱的多杰雄登护法像摆在一起
Please read this..thank you.
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Please read this..thank you.
A beautiful Dorje Shugden depicted in Druid and newage style. There are many more here and free downloads in high file: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144924
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A beautiful Dorje Shugden depicted in Druid and newage style. There are many more here and free downloads in high file: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144924
Here, His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche (left), one of the tutors of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, confers one of the many countless tantric initiations on the Dalai Lama (right). You can see a young Dalai Lama bowing in this picture with Trijang Rinpoche blessing him. Trijang Rinpoche is therefore undoubtedly the Dalai Lama’s tantric master. A great master at that. Tsem Rinpoche
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Here, His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche (left), one of the tutors of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, confers one of the many countless tantric initiations on the Dalai Lama (right). You can see a young Dalai Lama bowing in this picture with Trijang Rinpoche blessing him. Trijang Rinpoche is therefore undoubtedly the Dalai Lama’s tantric master. A great master at that. Tsem Rinpoche
This is a very sacred statue of Buddha Chenresig (Avalokitesvara/Kuan Yin) that manifested many miracles in North India. Read and see more pictures and understand the background here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=153802
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This is a very sacred statue of Buddha Chenresig (Avalokitesvara/Kuan Yin) that manifested many miracles in North India. Read and see more pictures and understand the background here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=153802
Wonderful updated version of The Promise book is out! Please get your copy. Much more new information included.
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\"Bhagavani, source of all wonders, Vasudhara, Goddess of splendour and fortune, bestower of auspicious mental desires; homage to the Goddess Wish-fulfilling Wheel.\" (Sakya liturgical verse).
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"Bhagavani, source of all wonders, Vasudhara, Goddess of splendour and fortune, bestower of auspicious mental desires; homage to the Goddess Wish-fulfilling Wheel." (Sakya liturgical verse).
Beautiful and sacred Vajra Yogini in Pharping, Nepal. The caretaker said it was owned by the Great Marpa the translator who was the guru of Milarepa. Wow.
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Beautiful and sacred Vajra Yogini in Pharping, Nepal. The caretaker said it was owned by the Great Marpa the translator who was the guru of Milarepa. Wow.
In the Lankavatara Sutra, Lord Buddha says: \"For innumerable reasons, the Bodhisattva, whose nature is compassion, is not to  any meat. Thus Mahamati, whenever there is the evolution of living beings, let people cherish the thought of kinship with them, and thinking that all beings are [to be loved as if they were] and only child, let them refrain from eating meat.  Mahamati, meat is not eaten by anybody for any reason, there will be no destroyer of life. Thus, Mahamati, meat-eating I have not permitted to anyone, I do not permit, I will not permit.\"
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In the Lankavatara Sutra, Lord Buddha says: "For innumerable reasons, the Bodhisattva, whose nature is compassion, is not to any meat. Thus Mahamati, whenever there is the evolution of living beings, let people cherish the thought of kinship with them, and thinking that all beings are [to be loved as if they were] and only child, let them refrain from eating meat. Mahamati, meat is not eaten by anybody for any reason, there will be no destroyer of life. Thus, Mahamati, meat-eating I have not permitted to anyone, I do not permit, I will not permit."
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    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
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    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
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    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
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    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
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    8 months ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
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    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
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    Beautiful Buddha being sculpted from clay.
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    9 months ago
    After a while, you are are numb and you just keep doing it. You don’t know what you are doing and you don’t see it for what it really is. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Take a look at what singer Nicki Minaj did.
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    Animals are enslaved to do a human’s job, this must stop.
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    This is how the chickens are killed in the farm, they die a very horrible death.
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    America likes to police the world but their own record of civil rights is not on track. Watch this video from people of color in the US.

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