THEN + NOW: can you recognize?

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Everyone was a kid once so see these interesting kiddie pics of the people who work closely with me….who can you recognize????

A few years back, when Kechara started to grow exponentially, I needed proper management from skilled and or dedicated individuals to get the organization to keep running smoothly. I decided to adopt the monastic organizational structure, as used in Gaden Monastery, to manage the expansion. In 2006, the Liaison Council was introduced into Kechara organization. 6 years later, Kechara now has 18 liaisons, all unique and capable individuals that carry out the necessary secular work for Kechara to continue benefiting others.

Kechara liaisons are very, very dedicated to their Dharma work… they work very hard to get things done, without any complaints or excuses. All 21 of them came into Kechara wanting to make a difference. They made the decision not to use their lives just to pursue a monthly pay cheque, but to instead benefit others… all through different means. I am very proud of Kechara’s 21 liaisons, and all the full-time staff and volunteers who support them.

I’ve blogged here the faces of the Liaisons then and now…everyone was a kid and they can grow up to be something beneficial to others…take a look..would you have recognized them as kids if I didn’t tell you who they were….Which one still looks similar to their kiddie pics and which ones really look different??? Let me know what you think? Who still resembles themselves as kids? Who do you think wins the cute kiddie pic??hehehe

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IRENE LIM

Irene

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Irene is an avid traveler and well-versed in Buddhist philosophy, health, nutrition, meditative equipoise and tantra. She has raised funds for numerous charitable organisations and has led several pilgrimages to some of the world’s most sacred Buddhist sites. The core of her life for the past 17 years has been and still is, the connection to her spiritual practice which has enriched her life experience, resonating deeply through her entire being. Her spirituality has given great meaning to her life, transforming her mind, and leading her to find inner peace and happiness.

When the thought of opening a vegetarian restaurant arose, Irene immediately embraced the idea with joy and made it happen. She believes people deserve to experience taste, fun, joy, beauty, sustainable happiness, wealth, health and harmony.

 

 

DATUK MAY PHNG

Datuk May

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  • Executive Director, Tsem Ladrang
  • President, Kechara House Buddhist Association Malaysia
  • Board of Directors, Kechara Organization
  • Executive Committee Member, Kechara World Peace Center

Datuk May is vastly experienced in construction, automobile, manufacturing, property management, plantation and clean room technologies. Currently, she is the Chairman of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Shanghai, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Malaysian Rubber Export Promotion Council and a Committee Member of MRPMA (Malaysian Rubber Products Manufacturers’ Association).

Datuk May has lead a very privileged life. However, despite her material success, when she hit the age of 40 years old she felt a certain emptiness within. This lead her to read books and attended courses on adult experiential learning where she then realized her desire for spirituality in life. I first met Datuk May in 2007, when she followed a friend to attend a Dharma talk that was given one evening. From that moment forward, Datuk May dedicated her time, effort, and energy to Kechara for the benefit and happiness to all.

 

 

PASTOR KOK YEK YEE

Yek Yee

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Kok Yek Yee is a Liaison and Senior Editor of both Kechara Media & Publications and Kechara Care. She is also a committee member of Education Committee and core member of the Kechara Chinese Committee. Recently, Yek Yee was ordained as one of Kechara’s pioneer Pastors.

With a Diploma in Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Psychology, Yek Yee started her career as a journalist, writing for Guang Ming Daily and Nanyang Siang Pau, an established national newspaper, as a features writer.

Yek Yee won an award for The Best Health Related Article in the Magazine Category, which was awarded by the Malaysian government in 2007, and has continued to write for major dailies and popular magazines such as Feminine and Buddha. She published her first book, Protector Setrap, in 2007.

 

CHUAH SU MING

Su Ming

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A Business Administration graduate from the University of Sheffield, Su Ming’s early career revolved around a most glamorous lifestyle with many travel opportunities. Su Ming has worked for Bacardi Martini Malaysia and left a jet-setting job with L’Oreal Malaysia to join Tsem Ladrang, which she personally finds more fulfilling on a spiritual level.

She currently heads Kechara Care which serves to help newcomers in Kechara.

 

SHARON SAW

Sharon

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A mother to a 13 year old son, Sharon Saw is a woman of many talents. With a BA (Hons) in Land Economy and an honorary Masters of Arts from Cambridge University, Sharon has worked on projects ranging from layout planning for the British government, to running her own IT company, to script-writing. Sharon started volunteering in KMP in 2006 and since 2008, she has been working full time for Kechara. Sharon now brings her life experience and writing expertise to her position as Liaison of Kechara Media & Publications, a role which she feels has given her a permanent sense of fulfillment and a purpose in life that is real.

In addition to Sharon’s commitment in Kechara, she holds or has held the following positions:

  • Former President of Soroptimist International Club of Petaling Jaya
  • Editor, Soroptimist International Region of Malaysia newsletter
  • Asst. Hon. Secretary of the Oxford & Cambridge Society, Malaysia
  • Member of the Federation of Malaysian Unit Trust Managers
  • Director, Gergaji Management Sdn Bhd

 

 

DATO’ RUBY KHONG

Ruby

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Dato’ Ruby Khong is the President of Kechara Soup Kitchen, socialite, mother of three beautiful grown up children, director of an international petroleum company, and the director of a chain of Himalayan artifact retail shops. Despite the many hats she wears, she remains committed to the plight of the less fortunate.

Her dedication to the cause resulted in her naming as one of Forbes Asia’s Heroes of Philanthropy. More recently, Dato’ Ruby won the Golden Heart category in the Tribute to Women Awards, presented by Malaysia’s First Lady, Yang Amat Berbahagia Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor.

It is not an uncommon sight to find Dato’ Ruby in the back streets of Kuala Lumpur on Saturday nights with her team of volunteers serving and talking to her friends on the streets.

Her ability to balance her responsibilities to her family and career, whilst maintaining a sincere commitment to philanthropy, is admired by many seeking to imitate her ease and natural grace. Dato’ Ruby is comfortable, unpretentious and undeniably feminine in whatever role she finds herself in. With her hands-on approach, this passionate, upbeat, very bubbly lady is a true leader in her own right.

 

 

PAUL YAP

Paul

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After graduating from the University of Otago, New Zealand, Paul Yap garnered eight years of experience in the finance industry as a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants. Starting his career in an international public accounting firm, Paul then became the Senior Finance Manager in a manufacturing company.

Now the Liaison of the closely linked departments of Kechara Discovery, Kechara Blooms and Kechara Saraswati Arts, Paul arranges pilgrimages to holy Buddhist sites, and works to create and bring affordable, high-quality Buddha images to the world.

 

 

NICHOLAS YU

Nicholas Yu

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Nicholas has been a member of Kechara since 2008, beginning as a Kechara Soup Kitchen volunteer before becoming one of their Team Leaders. Since then, Nicholas has been elected into the Kechara House2010-2012 Committee.

Nicholas graduated with a Bachelor (Hons.) Degree in Electronic & Electrical Engineering from Lincolnshire & Humberside University. His working experience has been with telecommunications companies managing infrastructure implementation for 8 years. In May 2010, Nicholas Yu quit as project manager with one of Malaysia’s top mobile operators to become a full-time Kechara member of staff. He credits the ease of his entrance into full-time Dharma to his supportive wife Josephine and two loving daughters.

 

 

HAN SIEW FONG

Miss Han

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Ms Han Graduated from Taiwan’s National Cheng Chi University with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism. With a Masters degree in Journalism and 15 years of industry experience under her belt, Han Siew Fong has dedicated her life to television productions. In her role as a producer, Ms. Han controls all aspects of production, ranging from idea development and cast hiring to shoot supervision and fact-checking. Despite being highly in demand and always busy with projects, Ms. Han is deeply committed to promote the Dharma through hard media as part of Kechara InMotion.

 

 

PHNG LI KIM

Li Kim

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A mother of 3 sons and daughter to Kechara House’s President, Datuk May Phng, Li Kim is as highly accomplished as her mother. Since graduating from Pepperdine University in California with a BSc in Business Administration, Li Kim has managed a wide variety of companies, ranging from the manufacture of latex surgical and examination gloves, to companies dealing in network marketing and IT digital signage. In short, Li Kim has ample experience in Management, Production, Strategic Planning, Human Resources, Finance, Administration, Product Research, and Sales and Marketing. Her professional expertise makes her well-suited to her current position as CEO of Kechara Media & Publications.

 

 

KHONG JEAN AI

Jean AI

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  • Private Office of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche

Upon graduating from Warwick University, England with a Bachelors in Psychology, Jean Ai worked in London before quitting in 2009 to join Tsem Ladrang full-time. As the daughter of Liaison Ruby Khong, Jean Ai grew up under the Dharma umbrella and is proud to follow in her mother’s footsteps of dedicating her life to benefiting others.

Jean Ai’s main portfolio focuses on developing and maintaining Rinpoche and Kechara’s online presence via the Kechara website. She also writes and edits content for the Kechara weekly e-newsletter.

 

 

JP THONG

JP Thong

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A former hotelier, JP Thong has many accomplishments to speak of – alongside his many entrepreneurial undertakings, JP was President of Asiaworks Foundation and also performed in The Wicked Pitches, an award-wining a cappella group. Now Head Liaison of Tsem Ladrang, JP uses his entrepreneurial skills to manage the Ladrang and promote the Dharma to the world.

 

Siong Woan

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  • Project Director of Kechara Soup Kitchen

A Chartered Accountant by profession, Siong Woan has a vast working experience prior to joining Kechara. Siong Woan held many high positioned jobs when at 2006 she decided taking a Dharma career is the way she wants to live her life. She is a mother of two children and have a deep interest in Buddhism. Ever since she met Kechara in 2009, she have been volunteering and taking much responsibilities in Kechara. A year later, Siong Woan joined Kechara full time under KSK and has been serving the homeless since then.

 

OOI BENG KOOI

Beng Kooi

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  • Director of e-Division, Tsem Ladrang
  • Personal Assistant to H.E. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Correspondence and Divination Secretary
  • Nepal expansion (Tsem Ladrang Kathmandu and retreat center)

An engineer with a Bachelors Degree in Electronic Engineering from Imperial College, London, Beng Kooi first came to Kechara House in 2007 to attend a book talk. It was an illuminating experience and a radical change of perspective, inspiring her to leave her job in the UK to join Kechara and serve the Dharma.

 

 

HENRY OOI

Henry

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Henry Ooi first met Kechara in 1998 and since coming into Dharma, his life has had a complete makeover. After more than two decades in the skincare and cosmetics industry, Henry now brings his business sense to the role of Liaison and Director of Kechara Paradise Outlets. Henry shares Kechara’s vision for the outlets to function as satellite Dharma centers, positioned to bring Lama Tsongkhapa’s teachings to the wider public..

 

 

DR LANSE CHIAH

Dr Lanse

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Dr Lance graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from Jinan University, China. Before joining Kechara Media & Publications as a full time translator, Dr Lance was a lecturer at a local traditional Chinese medicine college where she taught subjects from western medicine to future TCM to doctors so that they can combine both western and eastern diagnostic methods in order to meet modern society’s needs. Dr Lance started to work as a part-time translator in Kechara Media & Publications in 2009 then decided to become a full time Dharma worker the next year.

 

 

DAVID LAI

David

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David graduated with a Bachelor of Computing from Monash University, Australia. Upon returning to Malaysia, he worked in sales and marketing with various companies like Canon and Volvo before joining Kechara Media and Publications’ marketing team. David has since authored two books with KMP – There’s No Way But Up, and Vajrayogini and Other Sacred Power Places in Nepal.

 

 

LOH SENG PIOW

Asus

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  • Personal Attendant to H.E. Tsem Rinpoche
  • New Media and Research (China)

Loh graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from Nanyang Technological University and earned his Master’s Degree in Engineering from Singapore-MIT Alliance. Since joining the Ladrang, Loh has dedicated his life completely to the Dharma, using the skills he obtained from his previous working experience in research and development to further the growth of Dharma.


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  1. Vinnie Tan on Nov 15, 2013 at 1:18 am

    All the photos are just so cute! I think the ones that still look like their kid photos would be Paul and Su Ming. The photos are just so pretty.

    Shows us how much we have changed since we were kids. With the wrong direction, we can be monsters of the society.

    I am so grateful that I have Dharma and Rinpoche in my life since young to guide me to the correct path. Even till now, when I am no longer the 5 year old little girl, I know that Rinpoche still cares for me just like how I first met Rinpoche. Thank you Rinpoche for always caring for all of us!

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  9. Alan Chan ( KSJC ) on Aug 7, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Wow ! all very cute when they was young , Thank you Rinpoche to post this blog, It will get closes with our Liaisons and sharing with their background. all of them did the good job ! it is really inspire to us to learn from them ! Rejoice !

  10. Louise Lee on Jul 26, 2012 at 12:02 am

    每个人多有过去, 好的,坏的,无论是如何,只要我们现在遇见佛法,修行佛法,将来一定会更好!

    我们不必特意的更改变。

    可是。。。。。。我就在这, 静悄悄的改变!

  11. Grace ( KSJC ) on Jul 9, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    Thanks for the 23 liaison, for your hardwork. devotion and great compassion for helping other by giving up your personal career.your team is a good example to us .

  12. Wan Wai Meng on Feb 28, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    These are excellent information and writeup about the various people who are heading Kechara what they have done before as RInpoche said many times before, many hands and many people with all kinds of skills and experiences combined can make things happen. And we do need many people to come together to build a lasting legacy like KWPC.

  13. Li Kim on Feb 14, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Looking at all of us then and now makes me laugh with such warmth. Thank you Rinpoche for posting this. We are all so engaged with one another as adults, it is simply wonderful to see all of us as children.

    Thanks Mom, for telling the whole world how much I grew la!!!!

  14. jennifer on Feb 12, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    It is very interesting to see how everyone has changed since they were little babies!!!

  15. pastor on Feb 11, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Henry no wonder people call us old cows, we were cowboys! Now i know why u smoke, you like guns ! No wonder u don’t need to look fierce. Now u do because u lost yr guns hehe !
    The cutest is yf and by a small margin jp the thong !

  16. Irene on Feb 10, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    “Birds of the same feather flock together” – whatever size, shape, colour, appearance and background we came together for one vision, one reason, one guru to make 1 Kechara grow and be beneficial to others. We must have made our prayers in our previous lives for this to happen and meet with 1 perfect Guru to make our lives meaningful. Thank you my dear Rinpoche.

  17. Sharon Saw on Feb 10, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Gosh… aren’t these photos the perfect reminder for impermanence! 😀 Thank you for sharing these photos… i must say it’s been an amazing experience to work with all the liaisons – everyone comes from such vastly different backgrounds yet we are all united in the common pursuit of spiritual progress and to bring Tsem Rinpoche’s vision to fruition! Somehow our karma brings us here so we shall have to work hard to make sure our collective karma doesn’t exhaust… as Rinpoche said today: “Though we may have the collective karma to get something, physically if we do nothing much and watch our lives waste by comfortably, then the open window could close on us. Nothing is static. Nothing stays, so we have to always be ‘aggressive’, consistent and pro-active.”

  18. mayy on Feb 10, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Hehehe….most of them looks different in their own ways. As one matured over the years few of the liaisons featured looks so different. Few till todate does look almost the same.

    I like Jamie’s way of smiling which still resembles her till now…haha.

    Beng Kooi looks soooooooo different from her young age photo!

    Dato Ruby, Jean Ai and Su Ming …so cute! 🙂

    Most recognisable were Pastor Susan, Pastor Yek Yee, Wan, Sharon, Irene and Datuk May.

  19. henry ooi on Feb 10, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Beautiful and memories-filled pictures of yesteryear. Who else could have thought of such a posting than Rinpoche? Thank you, Rinpoche, for showing us how we looked like then.

    Irene looks pretty in her pretty dress.
    Su Ming was a pretty child and now a pretty woman.
    Siong Woan looks pretty in her dress, wearing a hat.
    Dato Ruby’s picture as a child is sweet. Now she is a swan.
    Jean Ai – cute pic, her looks then resemble her now.

    Datuk May’s pic of a child does not resemble her now. No, not at all.
    Yoke Fui on a bicycle? Her face shape did not change much.

    Pastor Yek Yee on the podium receiving trophy for 3rd placing? What happened?
    Sharon is cute with a hat (by the beach, I think). Her smile as a child is still there today.
    Li Kim in shorts, sporty. Not surprised. Look at her now.
    JP – sporty on trampoline? Where did that JP go to?

    Wan’s pic as a child resembles her current pic.
    Pastor Susan’s pic as a child resembles her now especially her mouth part, err, teeth.

    Paul’s pic in classroom is studious, no wonder.
    Han is school uniform, studious.
    Dr Lanse, did not look too happy, maybe forced by parents to become a doctor? All she wanted was to be free to find herself.

    Nicholas as a Western cowboy? Maybe previous life?
    Pastor Ngeow in cowboy outfit too? Fierce and pissed off look. Maybe parents forced him to be something else but he wants to be a pastor?

    Jamie in dress, cheeky look, still is.
    Beng Kooi, even as a child she still was not in a dress.
    David – could not see his lips so cannot tell the resemblance.

    Seng Piow’s skin colour is quite dark even as a child.

    I pick pastor Susan’s pic as the closest resemblance.

    I find Beng Kooi’s pic as the cutest because then and now are sooooo different.

  20. joey wong on Feb 10, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    omg susan used to be cute, pretty and sweet before….

  21. Datuk May on Feb 10, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Looking at LiKim’s small girl photo made me remember what a small girl she was. Everything I bought for her to wear was special small size. Then she grew up……and then……..hahaha, she just grew!

  22. DR on Feb 10, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    We were such cute babies and toddlers! Cute ‘pao paos’! And then we grew up and ………. Hahaha!

    I think the cutest baby award goes to our dear Beng Kooi!

  23. wahying on Feb 10, 2012 at 10:47 am

    I think Irene, Yoke Fui(her smile), Wan, Pastor Susan (especially her eyes) and Jamie still resembles themselves as kids. And Pastor Ngeow and Dr Lanse look serious since young. Jean Ai and Su Ming cute, Dato Ruby such a little beauty, David was eating ice cream hehe. Thank you all liaisons for putting your lives in benefiting people.

  24. Su An on Feb 9, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Great article on the career history of these incredible people, showing how Kechara and Dharma was the turning point of their lives and how they are still going and growing strong with Kechara. The skills, knowledge and experienced gained before Kechara are effectively put to use to genuinely help others with no profit motive. They have made Kechara their “final career destination” and this speaks volumes. Congratulations!

  25. patsy on Feb 9, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Cute! Cute! They all look cute especially Jean Ai, Su Ming and Dato Ruby but the cutest is Beng Kooi.

    Pastor Susan, Wan and Sharon still have the same resemblance.

    Now all of them are grown up and doing dharma work to benefit others!.How wonderful!

    Thank you for this post, Rinpoche!

  26. abby on Feb 9, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    I think Wan and Datuk May still resemble themselves as kids. Especially the way Datuk May smiles, still remain the same.
    Pastor Susan and Beng Kooi looks super cute and sweet!
    Li Kim looks cheerful and graceful, hehehe.
    And Im shocked that Pastor Yek Yee was a sporty girl! Pastor Ngeow looks cuter now. LOL.

  27. lucy yap on Feb 9, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Very cute photos!Wan and Pastor Susan’s photos bear some resemblance.Su Ming and Datuk Ruby very,very cute!It’s amazing these young kids grew up to be wonderful adults who practice Dharma to benefit others.

  28. Thierry Janssens on Feb 9, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Funny how everyone looks similar, yet different.
    Age takes a toll on physical appearances, but there is either a smile or a way in the eyes that makes the children recognizable.
    It is like the personality is already there as a young child. Yes, the traits of character must come from before birth, how otherwise… how?

    Pastor Ngeow with hair as a child has this air like he is about to talk about the 4 Noble Truths… I’ts funny to see!

    Wow… JP’s outfit as a kid is priceless! Great style, and totally fit for playground… This is not in Malaysia right? Who wears pull-overs for playground activity in Malaysia…

    Thank you for posting this Rinpoche

  29. tenzin llhamo on Feb 9, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    LOL…They all look so cute when they were young! Pastor Susan and Paul looks almost the same. The rest would have been a bit difficult to guess at first glance. The cutest in their kid photo would be Dato Ruby, Jean Ai and Su Ming.

  30. lewkwanleng on Feb 9, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Wow! Young photos revealed!! Thank you for all for working so hard for other!

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    I must say the content is very accurate and it helped me to understand how my mind works better. There are so much to learn, explore, understand, and I am amazed how much a number entails. Thank you to the team who worked hard to get this written, uploaded and made it available for all of us!

    In order for us to excel in life, understanding who we really are is very important. In addition, if we make the efforts to understand others this way, I dare to say we will always be in the win-win situation, good things will come to us easily. The key to success is to understand ourselves and others for sure.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/numerology/numerology-calculator.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Friday, Sep 30. 2016 10:19 AM
    This is truly impressive! Kudos to the team who brought this thoroughly well researched and state of the art article to us. I had never knew that there are so many “keys” to unlock the door to understand one’s personality. Human is indeed a complex creature. We have so many facets. To start off with, there are 16 life path categories that differentiate us. And then we have our achievement number, birthday number and karmic debt number that further tell of a part of our character. Combined with our full name, we will have expression number, heart desire number, personality number and balance number.

    For me, this is like a fun new toy. I will cross reference my own personality from the different numbers, and also cross reference that of others. Sometimes I find the readings give conflicting idea of the same person. But I would like to take it as that giving ideas of a person (myself, for example) facet that I don’t see and know of. We are complex creature, I reckon it is common to have multiple characteristic. It is better to know than not to know.

    Thank you very much.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/numerology/numerology-calculator.html
  • Pastor Adeline Woon
    Friday, Sep 30. 2016 10:14 AM
    This is a comprehensive post about one of the important preliminaries practise we should engage in if we wish to excel and improve on our path to enlightenment. A few years ago, five of us got together to engage in the prostration retreat and achieve 100,000 prostrations collectively. Rinpoche has kindly composed the prayers for our retreat which includes the 35 Confessional Buddhas prayers. Rinpoche has mentioned it would be good if we can recite each of the 35 Buddhas’ name as we prostrate which is extremely powerful and efficacious in clearing our negative karmas that arise from our three doors.

    After reading the brief descriptions of the 35 Buddhas, it is obvious that all our negative karmas are caused by the six root of afflictions which is the roots of all our sufferings. As long as we do not purify the karmas arise from the six together with transforming our mind while receiving higher practices, there is no way for us to completely be liberated from sufferings.

    The thought of the number of negative karmas we accumulate every second with the present of the afflictions, especially ignorance, is very scary. It is like we continuously drinking poison while expecting our health to remain in the tip top condition. For those of us who focus on secular activities, unless we have merits and a huge amount of positive karmas, we are basically expediting the manifestation of our negative results. It is logical therefore to focus more on beneficial and meritorious activities while engaging spiritual and purification practices. As long as we continue to improve spiritually, there is definitely hope for us to be ultimately freed from samsara. The very least we can keep things at bay.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-35-confessional-buddhas.html
  • Pastor Adeline Woon
    Friday, Sep 30. 2016 10:13 AM
    For nu’ _____cc TR’desk.pls – It is shocking to learn that discrimination is still exist in today’s modern world where information is easily learned on the internet and education is available in most corners of the world.
  • nu’cc TR&TEAm
    Friday, Sep 30. 2016 04:15 AM
    intresting the ppl’VIEW dont’ you? https://www.facebook.com/berukhyentse2016/photos/pcb.1575423569432589/1575423372765942/?type=3&theater i havent been recently ((this sunday evening before monday friend with car cancel trip last minute, my carTOOld.to.go))…..but i been there few years ago. {before i know TR exists?,i had only IMAGINE?} @Jason hm..,and Guru is trying to train our mind to become less angersome.,,,,1) Mahasiddha Saraha: The “Arrow Shooter”Karmapas are Saraha’incarnations.
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  • Jason
    Friday, Sep 30. 2016 03:09 AM
    84 Mahasiddhas pictures attached with details explanation are really a effective teaching to me. It shows to me that the important of Guru Devotion.For us to gain higher attainment, we must follow and never ever abandon Guru’s instruction. Guru can foresight our future,and Guru is trying to train our mind to become less angersome.
    This is really interesting and inspiring write up.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/vajradhara-and-84-mahasiddhas.html
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  • Lin Mun
    Thursday, Sep 29. 2016 09:00 PM
    Thank you Pastor Seng Piow for sharing this true story. Rinpoche always shower kindness, compassion and love to everyone especially those in need. It also prove that puja can help to clear our obstacles.

    So glad that the baby is now a healthy boy 🙂

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-1-2.html
  • sonny tan
    Thursday, Sep 29. 2016 05:25 PM
    sonny tan on Sep 29, 2016 at 5:24 pm
    Thank you Mrs. Patel for this video and recipe on Pav Bhaji, the pictures surely look very appetizing and I believe it was cooked with love especially for our Pastor Niral who may have missed home cooking food and this seems like gourmet dish for Pastor Niral.
    Home cooked food is always the best particularly when it is cooked by our own mother where it is the same food we love and grew up with. I would love to try this recipe in the near future since I am also passionate on Indian food.
  • nu’ _____cc TR’desk.pls
    Thursday, Sep 29. 2016 08:29 AM
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Sep 28. 2016 09:49 PM
    Wow, the Pav Bhaji looks so delicious. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this recipe and video so we can learn it step by step.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/mrs-patels-pav-bhaji.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Sep 28. 2016 03:58 PM
    To normal reader, the story of Srinivasa Ramanujan draw parallel to Nikola Tesla, who is the unmasked genius behind invention/creation that changed the work. Yet, Srinivasa Ramanujan’s success has a mystical connotation. The achievements of Srinivasa Ramanujan, through self-taught mastery of mathematics was attributed to mystical messages received from the Hindu Goddess Namagiri. In Srinivasa’s own words “… an equation for me has no meaning, unless it expresses a thought of God.” The Hindu goddess Namagiri or Namakkal, is a form of Mahalakshmi, the Hindu goddess of fortune, wealth and both secular and spiritual prosperity. She is well-known for appearing in the dreams of her devotees to grant advice and blessings. She would appeared in the dreams of Srinivasa, where there were drops or oceans of flowing blood, where he would see mathematical formulas sent to him by Namagiri. Upon waking he would write these down as complete formulas or as inspiration for formulas he would compose later. Srinivasa Ramanujan was a very religious man and he held his held his religious beliefs deeply, such as strict vegetarian vows. Thank you Pastor Niral for this story.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/film-tv-music/srinivasa-ramanujan-the-mystical-mathematician.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Sep 28. 2016 03:11 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article on 12 Law of Karma very simple and clear for us to understand.I do believe for every action,there’s a reaction.its the cause and effect theory. The consequences will come.Theres so many types of karma explain in this article.It a very good reminder and advice for us to be always kind,caring and compassion to all sentient beings. And forth most always be mindful for whatever we do. I will take some time to understand and improve to change for the better and make a difference in my life.I will try my best.
    Thanks Rinpoche .with folded hands.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/12-little-known-law-of-karma-that-will-change-your-life.html
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Sep 28. 2016 05:54 AM
    Thank you Pastor Seng Piow for sharing this inspiring experience in a very nice comic. I have learned that :

    1) Have determination and believe in our Guru – Adeline believe in Rinpoche and do according to his instruction. Even though the treatment period is not easy but she did not give up and continue.

    2) Guru will always ask his students to practise dharma as a form to overcome the obstacles. Sometimes we may not understand the whole intention but if we practise Guru Devotion then we will follow the instruction fully.

    3) Doing dharma work such as volunteering in temple, building Buddha statue, offering to temple and sangha can help purify our karma.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-15.html#comment-724896

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
So go pursue all the way with the unknown,
because all unknown with familiarity becomes the known.
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More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
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More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass,
 Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, 
 By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements,
 By seeing the good results, one\'s path becomes more clear, 
 The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, 
 This would eliminate the samsara within our minds.
 ~Tsem Rinpoche
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All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass, Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements, By seeing the good results, one's path becomes more clear, The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, This would eliminate the samsara within our minds. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
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Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
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Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
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Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
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Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
                         This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
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This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
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Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
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Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
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His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
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My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
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Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
Left to right:

His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
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Left to right: His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
 It\'s nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
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It's nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
Jog Falls a power place of Vajra Yogini and Heruka: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=108652
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Jog Falls a power place of Vajra Yogini and Heruka: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=108652
Don\'t wait for the perfect group. Don\'t wait for the perfect person. Don\'t wait for the perfect situation. Don\'t expect yourself to be perfect. Don\'t even look for perfection at least in our realm as it does not exist or time will run out. Just get going and keep doing good. It\'s between you and yourself. Tsem Rinpoche
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Don't wait for the perfect group. Don't wait for the perfect person. Don't wait for the perfect situation. Don't expect yourself to be perfect. Don't even look for perfection at least in our realm as it does not exist or time will run out. Just get going and keep doing good. It's between you and yourself. Tsem Rinpoche
Kind people are to be treasured. They make life worth living. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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Kind people are to be treasured. They make life worth living. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Don\'t you love her bag? She\'s stylish and at one with the universe. OM Shanti. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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Don't you love her bag? She's stylish and at one with the universe. OM Shanti. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful Manjushri carved in China
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Beautiful Manjushri carved in China
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Sent from Samsung tablet.
We must loyal to our guru. How to be loyal? To always do the teachings and practice he gave us and to conquer our laziness. We must make our gurus more important than our ego. So it is important to always let our guru win and not our ego. If our ego wins, many will suffer and we will suffer. If our guru wins, temporarily we suffer, but long term we will be happy and many around us will be happy. You see, the guru is always on the look out to give us methods and teachings that we can engage in to bring us happiness. The biggest happiness is overcoming our ego and it\'s traces and the guru always directly and indirectly focuses on that. Our guru will always love and help us, but we must meet our guru half way too. Tsem Rinpoche
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We must loyal to our guru. How to be loyal? To always do the teachings and practice he gave us and to conquer our laziness. We must make our gurus more important than our ego. So it is important to always let our guru win and not our ego. If our ego wins, many will suffer and we will suffer. If our guru wins, temporarily we suffer, but long term we will be happy and many around us will be happy. You see, the guru is always on the look out to give us methods and teachings that we can engage in to bring us happiness. The biggest happiness is overcoming our ego and it's traces and the guru always directly and indirectly focuses on that. Our guru will always love and help us, but we must meet our guru half way too. Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche with holy Mt Shasta of Northern California in the background: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
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Tsem Rinpoche with holy Mt Shasta of Northern California in the background: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
We had a nice visit at Mt Shasta, a holy area in Northern California and did a good puja there: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
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We had a nice visit at Mt Shasta, a holy area in Northern California and did a good puja there: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
I get requests from all around the world to do prayers. For certain individuals it\'s really dire, so I make special candle offerings to the Buddhas for them at my private residence. These are the candles that was offered recently for a very ill young little girl. Tsem Rinpoche
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I get requests from all around the world to do prayers. For certain individuals it's really dire, so I make special candle offerings to the Buddhas for them at my private residence. These are the candles that was offered recently for a very ill young little girl. Tsem Rinpoche
This is powerful and true. When someone disappoints you so many times, it cannot be an accident anymore. You need to have compassion for them to not do more negative karma and not allow it anymore and we need need to have compassion for ourselves too and not let them hurt us again.. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is powerful and true. When someone disappoints you so many times, it cannot be an accident anymore. You need to have compassion for them to not do more negative karma and not allow it anymore and we need need to have compassion for ourselves too and not let them hurt us again.. Tsem Rinpoche
Ra Lotsawa\'s personal sacred image of Yamantaka Vajrabhairava. Said to be housed in Samye Monastery, Tibet.
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Ra Lotsawa's personal sacred image of Yamantaka Vajrabhairava. Said to be housed in Samye Monastery, Tibet.
Message from Tsem Rinpoche
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Message from Tsem Rinpoche
This Tara has such a beautiful face...artwork on this is nice
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This Tara has such a beautiful face...artwork on this is nice
This is the road that leads to my house in the mountains. I have a small house and a lake nearby the house and I live there on vegan foods with my pets-Mumu loves running around the meadows. I have a large outdoor Vajra Yogini statue made of stone and we make offerings of juniper leaves burned to her daily as sang. I love living in the mountains away from the senseless repeating of actions in urban life. Urban life with its various pollutions do not connect us to who we are inside. I love this walking path to my retreat home where I will live for the rest of my life and on the way home, I pluck some flowers for my shrine to offer to the Buddha...thank you for allowing me to live here. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is the road that leads to my house in the mountains. I have a small house and a lake nearby the house and I live there on vegan foods with my pets-Mumu loves running around the meadows. I have a large outdoor Vajra Yogini statue made of stone and we make offerings of juniper leaves burned to her daily as sang. I love living in the mountains away from the senseless repeating of actions in urban life. Urban life with its various pollutions do not connect us to who we are inside. I love this walking path to my retreat home where I will live for the rest of my life and on the way home, I pluck some flowers for my shrine to offer to the Buddha...thank you for allowing me to live here. Tsem Rinpoche
 Rinpoche\'s quote is on my mom\'s final resting place. It was chosen by my dad and at that time he said it is the best one for both of them. My dad would be interred next to her when his time comes in the distant future. Pastor David Lai
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Rinpoche's quote is on my mom's final resting place. It was chosen by my dad and at that time he said it is the best one for both of them. My dad would be interred next to her when his time comes in the distant future. Pastor David Lai
Kechara\'s kindly Pastor Shin is in Mumu\'s room doing long life Amitayus retreat and blessings for Mumu, Dharma and Oser (my three doggies) right now. I am very grateful for this. She will complete 10,000 mantras in three days mini retreat to increase their lives, plant positive imprints in their mindstream, bless their health and collect merit indirectly for their future lives to practice dharma..... Tsem Rinpoche August 28, 2016.
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Kechara's kindly Pastor Shin is in Mumu's room doing long life Amitayus retreat and blessings for Mumu, Dharma and Oser (my three doggies) right now. I am very grateful for this. She will complete 10,000 mantras in three days mini retreat to increase their lives, plant positive imprints in their mindstream, bless their health and collect merit indirectly for their future lives to practice dharma..... Tsem Rinpoche August 28, 2016.
You must read this. Wait till you are in a quiet place and not out on the streets or some cafe, but in your rooms and read this twice at least..it is so powerful. I just found it. 


Enjoy it and understand it well: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107335
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You must read this. Wait till you are in a quiet place and not out on the streets or some cafe, but in your rooms and read this twice at least..it is so powerful. I just found it. Enjoy it and understand it well: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107335
This is a short and powerful blog post..be ready to have your heart broken. But you should still read this: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107363
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This is a short and powerful blog post..be ready to have your heart broken. But you should still read this: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107363
100 holy and beautiful Tsongkapas arrived today!
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100 holy and beautiful Tsongkapas arrived today!
(Tsem Rinpoche\'s doggy) hehehe...Mumu\'s face is always so cute..Mumu is very human-like, when you look into his eyes, it seems like you\'re looking into a human\'s eyes. Mumu has a very different energy than other dogs. He is really like a human.-Karen Chong
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(Tsem Rinpoche's doggy) hehehe...Mumu's face is always so cute..Mumu is very human-like, when you look into his eyes, it seems like you're looking into a human's eyes. Mumu has a very different energy than other dogs. He is really like a human.-Karen Chong
The amount of suffering, fear and pain they have to experience should be experienced by no one whether animal or human. It is heartbreaking to continuously see the sufferings animals endure for our \'pleasures\'. I do feel helpless, but helpless or not, we must create more awareness tirelessly. With awareness, their suffering can eventually be reduced. The ones who are slaughtered, it\'s too late. We can only shed tears but we have to still be concerned about future slaughter of animals and try to prevent. Helping and being kind to animals is not spiritual, strange or unnatural, but pure empathy of understanding their pain in that no sentient beings would want to suffer. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
The amount of suffering, fear and pain they have to experience should be experienced by no one whether animal or human. It is heartbreaking to continuously see the sufferings animals endure for our 'pleasures'. I do feel helpless, but helpless or not, we must create more awareness tirelessly. With awareness, their suffering can eventually be reduced. The ones who are slaughtered, it's too late. We can only shed tears but we have to still be concerned about future slaughter of animals and try to prevent. Helping and being kind to animals is not spiritual, strange or unnatural, but pure empathy of understanding their pain in that no sentient beings would want to suffer. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear Rinpoche,  I\'ve made some porridge for Rinpoche to have later when Rinpoche is hungry.  Thank you,  Beatrix (Sometime a pot of porridge tells you so much about another person and you just know why you appreciate them so much. Beatrix is such a caring and kind young person. It\'s a pleasure to work with her and have her around. Tsem Rinpoche)
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Dear Rinpoche, I've made some porridge for Rinpoche to have later when Rinpoche is hungry. Thank you, Beatrix (Sometime a pot of porridge tells you so much about another person and you just know why you appreciate them so much. Beatrix is such a caring and kind young person. It's a pleasure to work with her and have her around. Tsem Rinpoche)
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Sent from Samsung tablet.
Keep it up!
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Keep it up!
Karen does a nice sharing
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Karen does a nice sharing
Something nice from Wan San
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Something nice from Wan San
The holy statue of Vajra Yogini at Sanku, Nepal
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The holy statue of Vajra Yogini at Sanku, Nepal
“We need, in a special way, to work twice as hard to help people understand that the animals are fellow creatures, that we must protect them and love them as we love ourselves.” 
― César Chávez
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“We need, in a special way, to work twice as hard to help people understand that the animals are fellow creatures, that we must protect them and love them as we love ourselves.” ― César Chávez
Beautiful monastery in Eastern Tibet.
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Beautiful monastery in Eastern Tibet.
An alpine lake at more than 4000 meters in elevation in eastern Tibet
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An alpine lake at more than 4000 meters in elevation in eastern Tibet
This is Mount Kailash in Tibet where Vajra Yogini resides. Many Tibetans will go and pay homage to this mountain and do prayers at the base.
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This is Mount Kailash in Tibet where Vajra Yogini resides. Many Tibetans will go and pay homage to this mountain and do prayers at the base.
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  • September 29, 2016 00:40
    Chen asked: Can u please talk about the vajrayana secret mother pills . Also called the black mother pills
    pastor answered: Dear Chen, Thank you for your question. Regarding the pills you have mentioned, I believe you are referring to the Rinchen Rilnag pills, commonly referred to as the ‘Black Pills’. They are also known as the ‘Karmapa’s Black Pills’. The larger versions of these pills are known as the ‘Mother Rinchen Rilnag Pills’. These holy pills are actually made His Holiness the Karmapa from the Karma Kagyu tradition. These pills are extremely rare and made of substances such as precious metals and various jewels. They are said to confer a lot of blessings, healing and protection for those that eat them. They can even be carried with you for protection and good fortune. The healing effects of the Rinchen Rilnag have been known to help those with chronic illnesses, including complete remission. The pills are also known to help with conditions such as depression and anxiety. For those that cannot recover from their illness due to the force of their ripening karma, it is said that eating the pills creates a very strong connection with His Holiness the Karmapa. When they finally pass over from this life, it is said this connection allows His Holiness, who is an emanation of Chenresig, to guide them to a better and fortunate rebirth. The pills are said to be made using implements that belonged to Marpa Lotsawa and Milarepa, two of Tibet’s most well-known Buddhist masters. These implements are what give the pills their black colour. Both smaller ‘baby’ and larger ‘mother’ pills are rolled by His Holiness during the process and placed in the 3rd Karmapa Rangjung Dorje’s begging bowl over night before being distributed. The whole process includes the recitation of sacred prayer and meditation. It is also said that the ‘mother’ pills have the power to multiple or create ‘baby’ pills by themselves if owned by sincere practitioners. You can learn more about Milarepa and teachings on the mind here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/our-neurotic-mind.html. While Kechara does not have these pills, we do have a variety of other holy pills available for practitioners to invite and benefit from. You can invite them from Kechara House, our Kechara Paradise outlets in Malaysia or online from http://www.vajrasecrets.com/precious-pills. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • September 28, 2016 03:15
    Harold Musetescu asked: Do you have any information on the "Vajrapani in Garuda form" practice?
    pastor answered: Dear Harold Musetescu, Thank you for your interesting question. I believe by this, you may be referring to the practice of Trakpo Sumtril. This is a form of Vajrapani combined with Hayagriva and Garuda. In this form Vajrapani is depicted with a horse’s head on top of his own, representing the deity Hayagriva and King Garuda right at the top. This practice is therefore a ‘three-in-one’ practice. It is extremely effective to counter severe and life threatening illness, increase general health, protect against malignant forms of spirit harm and black magic, as well as to rid the mind of the three poisons, which leads to enlightenment. His Eminence the 25th Tsem has recommended this practice for people in the past and has taught of its immense benefits. Vajrapani appears in his usual form, dark blue in colour with one face and two arms. In his upraised right hand he wields a golden vajra with five spokes, while his left hand performs the threatening gesture at the level of his chest. His wears tiger skin garments with his right foot bent and left outstretched, surrounded by wisdom fire. He is adorned at the crown with a white ‘Om’, at the throat with a red ‘Ah’ and at the heart with a blue ‘Hum’. His yellowish-brown hair is upraised, amidst which is a green horse’s head representing the deity Hayagriva. On the crown of this horse’s head is the King Garuda. King Garuda has a white body, three eyes and a vajra beak. His wings are made of swords and between his two horns of turquoise is a magnificent burning gem. In his hands he holds the four types of nagas and eats them, showing that the practice can overcome all types of harm caused by nagas. His holy mantra is: OM BENZAPANI HAYAGRIVA GARUDA HUM PHET Below, i have included a picture showing Trakpo Sumtril. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • September 27, 2016 00:56
    Demian asked: What exactly are the 4 Remati sisters? I know that Palden Lhamo is one of them, but who are the others? I was reading an article from the Rigpa wiki where I got confused. It was on the 12 Tenma sisters, but the names of the 12 didn't match the 3 categories. What does this mean? As for prayers, do they have to be in Tibetan or Sanskrit, or can they be in any language? If they have to be in Tibetan, then where can I find an online English to Tibetan website for large praises and prayers? Who exactly is Nyenchen Thanglha? I've read that he had to be bound 4 times by Vajrapani, Vajrakilaya, Heruka, and finally by Guru Rinpoche do to being powerful. But how can enlightened beings like Vajrapani have a hard time binding a powerful Bon mountain spirit? Is it wise for a child to perform Dorje Yudronma divination alone? If so, where can I find the invocations? According to this link: http://taramandala.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Dzinpa-Rangdrol-Protectors-for-Complete-Transmission.pdf it described Dorje Legpa(aka. Nechung) to be approached for more mundane and personal matters. But why would that be so if he simply gets many prophecies wrong? I thought the consort of Palden Lhamo was Yamantaka(since Saraswati is Palden Lhamo and her consort Manjushri is Yamantaka). However, according to the same link above, it says that Mahakala is Palden Lhamo's consort. Is that even true? Does a torma have to be made of only food? Because I found plastic tormas being sold as well. As for prayer wheels, where are they mentioned in Buddhist teachings? Do the mantras have to be written in Tibetan/Sanskrit with gold ink, or can they be written in pencil lead over and over in English? And how does one make a simple prayer wheel? What are the views on Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton elections? Because both sides are terrible with Trump being racist and greedy while Hillary being a liar, poisoner of old people, and corrupt. Which one would be a wise choice to choose in Buddhist teachings? Is it true that Pehar Gyalpo was once a Mongolian and Tibetan god? According to this website: http://www.trimondi.de/SDLE/Part-2-07.htm it says he was a war god who hates Tibetans. As for this website: http://www.trimondi.de/SDLE/Part-2-08.htm why would the 4 armed and 6 armed Mahakalas be used for war when they are enlightened dharmapalas? As for the mention of the 9 headed Chinese demon, is that Rahula? Because the article says that the demon defeated Mahakala.
    pastor answered: Dear Demian, Thank you for your interesting questions. I have answered your questions in sections. Please see below: A) In regards to the Remati sisters, there are some differing classifications. Palden Lhamo in her aspect as Magzor Gyalmo, which is the form we commonly see her in, is not part of the worldly Remati sisters, although she is often times referred to as ‘Remati’. The four Remati sisters are actually part of the 12 Tenma Goddesses. Under Magzor Gyalmo, as part of her retinue, are the Five Tseringma Sisters or the Five Long-Life Sisters, a group of worldly goddesses. Under this group are the 12 Tenma Goddesses. This group is usually divided into three groups for the purposes of classification. One of these three groups are known as the Four Remati Sisters. Rather than being the same as Magzor Gyalmo, they are part of her entourage. As such, some people mistakenly class her as part of the Remati sisters group since she shares the name. B) I have looked at the page you referred to in relation to the 12 Tenma Goddess. The reason you got confused is because the two lists are different. This is because different traditions name them or identify them differently. I have another source, which lists the goddesses as follows: 1. Dhagnyi Chenmo Dorje Kundrakma 2. Paldan Hari Dorje Yamakyong 3. Gangkyi Yumchen Dorje Kunzangma 4. Drokchen Khordul Dorje Geg-kyi-tso 5. Gangkar Shamey Dorje Chenchikma 6. Kharak Khyungtsun Dorje Pelgi Yum 7. Serchen Khading Dorje Lumo 8. Mari Rabjam Dorje Drakmo Gyal 9. Kongtsun Demo Dorje Pokham Kyong 10. Tsenla Laro Dorje Menchikma 11. Mentsun Chenmo Dorje Yamosil 12. Yuyi Drilbu Dorje Zulema As mentioned earlier, the exact names of the goddesses will differ slightly amongst the various traditions. This is not to say that they are not the same, it is just that their names appear differently. C) When you recite prayers, you can recite in whatever language you are familiar with. For example, in my own daily practice I used to recite only in English. Now that I have become a little more familiar, I recite in Tibetan as well. However, it is not a rule that the prayers must be recited in Tibetan. When the meaning behind the prayers and the motivation from the side of the practitioner is good, then prayers work. Some people prefer to recite in Tibetan because there is flow and rhythm to the prayers, compared to the English translation but this is not necessary. You can recite in any language you are familiar with. D) Nyenchen Thanglha is a deity that is indigenous to Tibet. In fact he is the mountain god of the Nyenchen Thanglha mountain range and interestingly is the god associated with the plateau upon which the Potala Palace is built on in Lhasa. When worldly deities are bound by an enlightened being, they stay bound. When stories relate that they were bound again, this actually means that they retook their oaths or promises in front of other enlightened beings. This is somewhat similar to practitioners re-taking their vows, for example their refuge, bodhisattva and tantric vows, in order to repair them. So this does not mean that the enlightened beings are not powerful, but from the side of the god, that he made his oaths again. E) In regards to Dorje Yudronma divination it is better to have the received the necessary empowerments, permission and commentaries from a Guru before engaging in the divination. This is to ensure that the practitioner has the qualifications to engage in the divination successfully. It is also advisable that one train under the guru to understand everything about the divination method before starting to practice on your own. F) Dorje Legpa and Nechung are not the same deity. Nechung is known to be a Gyalpo spirit, whereas Dorje Legpa is actually a Theurang spirit. Therefore they are two entirely different beings. Dorje Legpa is actually part of the ‘Ma Za Dam Sum’ or the ‘Three Terma Protectors’ who are propitiated mainly in the Nyingma tradition. You can read more about Dorje Legpa here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dharma-protectors-of-tibetan-buddhism.html. In regards to Nechung, you can read more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/nechung-the-retiring-devil-of-tibet.html. As for why prophecies from the Nechung oracle can be mistaken, please see my previous replies to you. If I remember clearly, I have given some possible reasons already. G) You are correct that Yamantaka is an emanation of Manjushri. His consort is actually known as Vajra Vetali and is an emanation of Saraswati. Yamantaka and Vajra Vetali are in the form of a Yidam or meditational deity. Yamantaka/Vajra Vetali’s practice belongs to the Anuttarayoga tantra or Highest Yoga Tantra. Through this practice one can gain enlightenment in just one lifetime. In the case of Palden Lhamo, she is also an emanation of Saraswati but in the form of a Dharma protector. The role of a Dharma protector is to clear obstacles and provide the necessary conditions for practice. Their practice does not lead to enlightenment, but aids practitioners so they can concentrate on the practices that DO lead to enlightenment. This includes the Yidam practice of Yamantaka as mentioned above. Palden Lhamo is known as the consort of Mahakala, which is true. There are actually over 75 different forms of Mahakala, all of whom are emanations of different Buddhas. For example Four-Faced Mahakala is an emanation of Manjushri in the form of a protector. Six-Armed Mahakala on the other hand is an emanation of Chenresig. Therefore Palden Lhamo can be the consort of Mahakala. H) Torma itself is an offering of food to the Buddhas. Therefore traditionally it is made of food substances, which usually include barley flour and butter. There are actually a lot of different uses and variety of torma for different purposes. The most common form of torma is the one associated with the row of sensory offerings offered on one’s altar. This can be replaced with a pack of biscuits if you like. Other people replace this with a fixed torma offering. These are the plastic ones you have come across. Most commonly, these are used for fixed sensory offerings on one’s altar to represent the offering of food. I) There are many different ways to make a prayer wheel. You are right that for traditional prayer wheel mantras were written with very good ink or gold if the mantras were handwritten. These days however, I believe that people print out the mantras necessary rather than write them by hand. If you would like to know more about prayer wheels and their construction, you should get hold of the book ‘Wheel of Great Compassion’ by Lorne Ladner. This book explains the manner in which one can create their own prayer wheel. I have not read the book myself but am told it includes the information you would need for this. J) In regards to politics, I am not familiar with the current elections to possibly make an informed decision. From a Buddhist perspective however, a good candidate would be the one who promotes peace, harmony, well-being and religious harmony. You should not support those that perform dubious actions, lie, cheat or who persecute others. Instead support those with positive qualities. K) In regards to Nechung’s history, yes he is considered a very powerful deity. There are differing accounts to his origin, some say he was a war god from Mongolia while others say that he was an ancient god from Persia. However, in both accounts he came to Tibet and was very powerful. Then he was subdued by Guru Rinpoche who bound him by oath to serve the Dharma. You can read more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/nechung-the-retiring-devil-of-tibet.html L) In regards to the last section of your questions, the links you have provided are from an unreliable source. The whole purpose of this website is to deride Buddhism in all its forms as something negative. This is obviously not the case. The rituals associated with 4-Armed and 6-Armed Mahakala would have been used to clear obstacles. This would have been portrayed as a spiritual battle. What the protectors would actually have been battling against would have been the negative karma of the people at the time. In regards to the nine-headed demon, I do not believe that it would have been Rahula because Rahula is oath bound, which means he would not go against an enlightened being. This means he would definitely not fight with any of the Mahakala protectors. When they refer to the nine-headed demon, it does not refer to Rahula. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • September 25, 2016 01:03
    tsering dolker asked: Thukjey che, The answer was impressive but as far as i have read and know ( though very less) menstruation is not considered something as''unclean"' .It is regarded just as a monthly discharge of impurities from the body
    pastor answered: Dear Tsering Dolker, Thank you. Answering your Dharma questions is what the Kechara Pastors are here for. I completely agree with you on this regards. In my previous answer, I was not saying that I or anyone else at Kechara holds this mistaken view about women. I was just stating that some people may hold this view about women in regards to your original question. Please do feel free to ask more Dharma questions if you have any. Thank you.
  • September 24, 2016 23:14
    Ling po asked: What r the unique siddhis one can attain from the practice of chakrasamvara
    pastor answered: Dear Ling Po, The practice of the deity Chakrasamvara belongs to the Anuttarayoga Tantra (Highest Yoga Tantra) and as such the greatest of the siddhis attainable is complete enlightenment within one lifetime. Siddhis are actually of two types. These are called mundane siddhis and supra-mundane siddhis. Mundane siddhis are abilities that usually only last for one lifetime. However supra-mundane siddhis are abilities that are never lost as they arise from our accumulated merits. These abilities are with us from lifetime to lifetime until we achieve enlightenment. Generally speaking the benefits of Chakrasamvara’s practice include the transformation of one’s mind, purification of past negative actions and the clearing of obstacles. This is coupled with the accumulation of merits, wealth, attainments and good health. Specifically Chakrasamvara practice grants the siddhi of abandoning the twelve interdependent links of samsara (represented by his twelve arms) through the four doors of liberation (symbolised by his four faces). These four doors are: (1) an understanding of emptiness, (2) signlessness or absence of attributes, (3) wishlessness or the absence of aspiration and (4) the ultimate emptiness or the lack of composition of all phenomena. Through Chakrasamvara practice one can also harness the usually destructive energies of attachment, anger, desire and hatred as a means to achieving enlightenment. Instead of supressing these energies, you channel these negative energies into something beneficial. As an Anuttarayoga Tantric practice, the unique attainments Chakrasamvara grants is preventing ordinary or uncontrolled death; and transforming the bardo (intermediate stage between death and rebirth) and the process of rebirth as paths towards enlightenment. Usually during these process we are at the mercy of the effects of our karma. But this system can grant you the unique power to control these events. During our practice of Chakrasamvara we actually transform our perception of all mundane experience as a higher spiritual path. On a side note, but an important one, Heruka Chakrasamvara’s practice is unique amongst all the Buddhist tantras. While all the others degenerate over time, Chakrasamvara’s practice is the only tantra whose effectiveness actually increases as the times degenerate further. Therefore we are extremely fortune if we are able to make a connection with Chakrasamvara, especially in our current Kaliyuga age. I hope this helps. Thank you.
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