Don’t Be Disenchanted -My Sharing (Setrap Retreat)

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Tr Kechara House is engaging in another Setrap retreat, this time to clear obstacles for the smooth manifestation of Kechara World Peace Centre or KWPC. They will be accumulating 1 million mantras, 108,000 serkym offerings and 54,000 prostrations to Lord Setrap, who is the Dharma protector of Kechara as well as Gaden Shartse Monastery.

The Kechara House Committee organised for the 1st day of the retreat to coincide with H.H the 14th Dalai Lama’s birthday, which is a very auspicious start.

I was also very happy that my student JJ Chong gave his first Dharma teaching on Setrap’s lineage, history, practice and benefits. JJ is only 26 and he has been with me for a number of years now. He has very strong Dharma imprints and I am very glad that he is starting to mature and turn into a beneficial person. Jj’s wonderful talk will be on a separate post. Please do listen to it.

I wanted to offer the retreatants the oral transmission of Setrap’s mantra, because it would benefit them much more to do the retreat with it. I received the mantra from my Guru Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche in Gaden and I am happy to be able to pass it on to my students. I also wanted to talk a little bit about the benefits of doing group retreat as well as a number of other topics, so I spoke them over the conference phone at KH1.

I spoke regarding a few thoughts:

1. How not to get disappointed over a period of time when doing work.

2. Based on individualising problems, we become angrier, depressed, bitter et al.

3. How not to give up on certain people if we really are serious on our practice.

4. How doing group retreats makes us think less of our own problems.

5. How group retreats/work at Kechara can increase altruism which can be applied everywhere.

6. Different types of retreats such as on subjects, on Yidam, or on a protector.

7. How to feel hope again after being bitter, angry, disenchanted and depressed.

One talk I gave over the phone to everyone, the other one, I showed up in person to share my thoughts. Both talks have been uploaded here. Please do take a serious listen and contemplate. I feel it can really help you wherever your mental state may be.

 

My students recorded my talk over the phone and you can listen to it by clicking on the box below:

 

or click here to watch on Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MW2CX4Kzxbk

 

I was told that there were many people at KH1 that night. 72 people had registered for the retreat and they were very sincere in wanting to do this for KWPC. There were also a few people watching the live streaming of the event online. My students have set up an online live streaming channel at http://justin.tv/kechara and I am told it is quite popular. Personally I am not a big fan of technology or the Internet, but when it is used to benefit others and reach out to more people, then it serves the purpose.

So I decided to go there and pay them a surprise visit and also to give them more teachings. The best thing that we can give others is the Dharma and I was told that many people enjoyed my talk and were inspired by it. I am happy to know that.

The video of my visit is here and the continuation of the talk, watch it by clicking on the box below:

 

or click here to watch on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QS8xYQnItU0

 

KWPC will be an institution that will benefit so many people and there will definitely be obstacles due to our negative group karma. So retreats such as this will be very effective for purification – but we must develop a selfless mind in order for it to be effective. You will be able to learn and understand more from my talks.

Everyone who attends the retreat will gain benefit from the energies that the prayers will generate. To find out more please visit http://www.kechara.com/kechara-house/events/going-forward-with-setrap/

 

I thank the participants of the retreat. You make your time meaningful. I thank all those who prepared the videos/audios/uploading of this here, it really speeds things up for me and brings benefit to many.

Humbly,

Tsem Rinpoche

P.S. I will update the progress of the retreat here on this thread. Please check back every few days.

 

July 14, 2010

 


RETREAT UPDATES

 

6 July

72 attendees

Serkym = 1,512

Mantra = 7,200

Prostrations = 0

 


7 July

42 attendees

Serkym = 8,400 (cumulative: 9,912)

Mantra = 75,600 (cumulative: 82,800)

Prostration = 2,300 (cumulative: 2,300)


8 July

31 attendees

Serkym = 6,537 (cumulative: 16,449)

Mantra = 78,300 (cumulative: 161,100)

Prostration = 7,307 (cumulative: 9,607)


9 July

28 attendees

Serkym = 2,800 (cumulative: 19,249)

Mantra = 22,900 (cumulative: 184,000)

Prostration = 4,167 (cumulative: 13,774)


10 July

43 attendees

Serkym = 23,200 (cumulative: 42,449)

Mantra = 142,200 (cumulative: 326,200)

Prostration = 3,083 (cumulative: 16,857)


11 July

Prostration = 1,826 (cumulative: 18,683)


12 July

69 attendees

Serkym = 28,600 (cumulative: 71,049)

Mantra = 133,500 (cumulative: 459,700)

Prostration = 6,800 (cumulative: 25,483)


13 July

49 attendees

Serkym = 22,400 (cumulative: 93,449)

Mantra = 102,900 (cumulative: 562,600)

Prostration = 6,302 (cumulative: 31,785)


14 July

33 attendees

Serkym = 22,400 (cumulative: 111,552)

Mantra = 208,008 (cumulative: 770,608)

Prostration = 8,990 (cumulative: 40,775)

* Kechara Southern Jewel Chapel (KSJC) from Johor Bahru has contributed 600 prostrations count today


15 July

43 attendees

Serkym = 5,184 (cumulative: 116,736)

Mantra = 260,388 (cumulative: 1,030,996)

Prostration = 9,002 (cumulative: 49,777)

* Kechara Southern Jewel Chapel (KSJC) from Johor Bahru has contributed 200 prostrations count today


16 July

Serkym = 4,644 (cumulative: 121,380)

Mantra = 95,688 (cumulative: 1,126,684)

Prostration = 5,653 (cumulative: 55,430)


* SETRAP RETREAT IS COMPLETED TODAY WITH ALL TARGETS ACHIEVED

 



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Picture of Kechara members & friends at the completion of the retreat at Kechara House 1 today


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62 Responses to Don’t Be Disenchanted -My Sharing (Setrap Retreat)

  1. David Lai on Jul 8, 2010 at 6:05 am

    Setrap is an amazingly quick Dharma Protector in bestowing results especially if one is steadfast in one’s commitments and promises. He, possessing a mind of a Buddha is one with Amitabha Buddha. I have heard of so many miracle cases and how he blesses people to overcome their mundane problems. Many start to take refuge in the 3 jewels and as a result start their real spiritual practice.
    Setrap is the Dharma Protector of Gaden monastery and Kechara House and has been highly effective and has made Kechara House grew at a tremendous rate. What’s amazing is that Setrap saves lives and has been highly effective in benefitting many people. This retreat is timely to connect with his activity emanation to purify our negative karma and obstacles for our new Gompa and KWPC to arise. We are so lucky to have such powerful Dharma Protectors to rely on.

  2. Paris on Jul 8, 2010 at 7:56 am

    The teachings were the icing on the cake, the most special and surprising bonus for the already auspicious evening prayers at KH. Rinpoche’s particularly powerful explanation of the important and significance of doing GROUP retreats and Dharma work seemed especially relevant on a day that we were about to start a group retreat, to be dedicated to the new gompa and KWPC, which will be beginnings of a local monastic community.
    I had a certain understanding of why Rinpoche had always encouraged us to work in Dharma, especially in or with any of the 13 departments – to be within a supportive community that will actively and directly help us along our spiritual journey.
    However, this talk added so much more to my understanding, showing me the direct “mechanics” of how this group energy propels us to look beyond the limited perceptions, frustrations of ourselves and to focus outwards on the needs, problems, desires and pains of others. In recognising what others are going through, we begin to move away from individualising difficulties and problems and start to look, as a whole, at the pervasive difficulties and problems that EVERY SINGLE PERSON OUT THERE suffers. We shift from merely bitching about that one colleague/neighbour/friend to the more active determination of DOING SOMETHING to help ALL THE OTHER PEOPLE out there who, JUST LIKE US, are also going through problems.
    By being within a group, we learn the most essential lesson that “I am one, but others are many”, so we stop looking inwards at ourselves (poor me, pity me!) and start focusing outwards at EVERYONE ELSE.

  3. Choi Kim Yok on Jul 8, 2010 at 9:54 am

    Rinpoche gave a clear and inspiring teaching on the purpose and benefits of retreats. I’ve participated in several group retreats before but never really understood the real purpose, which is to achieve true happiness by developing altruism. Before, it was to achieve specific goals, usually more materialistic in nature, although it was not for myself. Now, having understood the real objectives and benefits of doing retreats, whether individually or as a group, my approach has changed. Pabongka Rinpoche’s Lamrim retreat is a good example of how one can master all of Buddha’s teachings and live one’s life according to the Lamrim. I hope Kechara House members can engage in a Lamrim retreat as a group with Rinpoche’s guidance. I’m sure we will all benefit a lot from it.

  4. pamela on Jul 8, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Rinpoche gave us oral transmission through the phone and everyone was listening carefully. Not only did Rinpoche gave an oral transmission but it came with a Dharma talk. As always, it is clear and easy to understand. With Rinpoche, it was never about DO this, DO that without a logical explanation. At least for me, it is logical and it helps to change the mindset that I have. In the midst of a Dharma talk, it is always accompanied by logical examples, jokes and Q&A session. It is very important for us to be able to understand the meaning behind the talk and not DO,DO,DO. Or else, Rinpoche wouldnt have come all the way just to explain again. Yes, Rinpoche personally showed up and gave a Dharma talk again when we were about to finish Setrap’s puja. Thank you Rinpoche.

  5. Voon Chin on Jul 8, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    The big numbers of Setrap retreatants were sincere as they had turned up to help clear obstacles for our New Gompa and KWPC to manifest.That was the primary motivation to engage in the retreat.
    A lot of people turn up only if the Lama or Spiritual Guide comes which is missing the point.
    The attendees’ good thoughts created the cause for Rinpoche to actually come in person to give more dharma and to inspire and bless their minds.
    Rinpoche explained why doing a retreat collectively is more powerful and beneficial.
    This is a new angle for me- that when there are people all around us , our thoughts will include n directed at others in a natural way as opposed to doing it alone and focusing only on one person.This can give rise to self cherishing which reduce the potency of our prayers.
    Simple explanations from Rinpoche have big positive effects on us.

  6. Yokefui on Jul 8, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    At the opening session of the Setrap Retreat on 6 July 2010, retreat participants were surprised by Rinpoche’s visit. Most of us did not expect Rinpoche to grace the occasion after he had given the oral transmission via the tele conference phone.
    Rinpoche is always very concerned to give clear and unmistaken teachings to students. When he could not see people ‘s responses in KH1 during the earlier part of his teachings, he came over and explained again face to face to all of us.
    On behalf of all at the Retreat that night, thank you Rinpoche. You had shown us again by example how to place others before ourselves.

  7. May Ong on Jul 8, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    This is one of the BEST live dharma talk that I have attended given by HE Tsem Tulku Rinpoche and I was on duty. The part of teaching I love the best and most relevant like “hitting it right on the spot of our head” is “Do not Individualize the Problem but Blame on anything else except the person”.
    In samsara and throughout the ages since men had exists on earth, we have been bombarded by problems of anger or hatred, greed, ignorance or delusion and suffering. These issues have been prevalent in human nature and that is why we remain as human and not Buddhas. This is so thought provoking for me and relevant. Thank you, Rinpoche for the teaching.

  8. Leonglili on Jul 8, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    Thank you so much rinpoche for your appearance & making it so clear. Rinpoche always gives talk that is beneficial to us & something we could apply right away to transform our lives.
    I was very unhappy few weeks ago with someone that didn’t fulfill promise which left me feel very pissed off & angry. Rinpoche’s talk helps me to understand how I got into the bitterness feeling by individualising the problem & getting stuck deeper into samsara.
    I understand the importance of group retreat more now too. I used to be very skeptical over puja, until Lord Setrap came to my rescue few months ago from being disturbed by spirit. I can say it’s very very powerful & fast to offer help when needed when we chant mantra ‘Om Maha Yakcha Tsa Soha’
    Rinpoche please care of health and continue turn the wheel of dharma

  9. Likheng on Jul 8, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    The opening of this retreat was blessed by the informative Dharma talk conducted by JJ (please check out http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/2010/07/jj.html to hear the content of the teaching). Such information is very important because we need to know and understand the Buddha to whom we take refuge and entrust our lives to. This is the power of Tsem Rinpoche’s approach to teaching the Dharma: do not blindly follow, act through comprehension and conscious choice.
    Tsem Rinpoche was so kind to grace the event with His presence and give everyone a pleasant surprise. You should have seen the reaction of the audience upon his majestic entrance! Our Rinpoche is like a celebrity: phones came out and people starting taking photos endlessly and recorded his teachings. I believe their action simply reflects on their acknowledgement that Rinpoche represents something pure and rare and they wish to capture every bit of precious holiness they can. Lucky people to have this awareness!
    I related Rinpoche’s teaching on individualization to the common habit of “getting personal” about things. Version 1 of getting personal is getting personal with ourselves with nagging thoughts like: they do this to me, they insulted me…me this…me that. Version 2 of getting personal is with others where we dedicate our anger, ignorance and self-cherishing toward a particular “target” whom we label bad.
    Un-individualizing things and looking at them as existing because we are in samsara brings forth a feeling of sadness for all. Think: “Nobody wants to be the bad guy or labeled lazy, selfish, greedy etc. We are all subject to creating undesirable results because we are trapped in samsara. In some ways, we just can’t help it”. With this angle, it is easier to develop compassion and with compassion we will find a more effective way to get others and ourselves out of the rut.
    As un-individualization is a new habit to develop, we may want to check in form time to time that we are moving in the right direction. Rinpoche taught that a good way to check in is by taking a good look at the results we create. If we are getting it “right”, it is more likely that we feel happier, we have more success and the people like being around us. What a helpful guideline for us to start our un-individualization program. Ready, get set, go!

  10. judy on Jul 8, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    It was very kind of Rinpoche to grace the recent Setrap retreat and to make sure we understood his Dharma teaching of the day. Rinpoche always show his care and compassion. His Dharma talk on individualizing people’s behaviour is very useful in order for us to deal with the tall orders in our current lifestyle and the stress level we all commonly experience now. Getting along with people is very important in order to create a harmonious environment both at home and at work. Rinpoche has advised us not to individualize people according to his/her behaviour which are influenced by one’s environment and one’s karma. By doing group retreat, our mind opens up and we understood the problems we are all exposed to. Rinpoche also taught us not to give up on people. Most of us are guilty of judging people and complaining in our daily lifes, and that makes us unhappy. We should all make an constant effort to remember this teaching and apply it in my daily lives and learn to let go of our dissatisfaction, bitterness and disappointments. Thank you Rinpoche!

  11. Joey on Jul 8, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    It has been quite a while since Rinpoche gave a Dharma talk, and this Dharma talk in particular has been very extremely helpful for me when working with my mental issues and hangups when it comes to reducing them. I often had the problem of labeling certain individuals as difficult or problematic, and then avoiding them altogether. Rinpoche’s talk made me realize that there is no need for that as it is everywhere and pervasive. And that the problem is not with the person but with the environment.
    This talk will be very important for so many people on not how to live happily but also to have spiritual progress in their lives, especially for Kecharians as it will serve as the groundwork for us Kecharians to work even close with each other than ever before, forming an unbreakable Dharmic Bond that will transcend through lifetimes.

  12. Sean on Jul 8, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    I really want Kechara World Peace Centre to manifest, grow and flourish to spread the glorious Dharma. I am proud of Uncle JJ too for giving a very good Dharma talk about Setrap’s history, lineage and practice. Thank you, Rinpoche for the Oral Transmission, it makes me feel that whenever I chant OM MAHA YAKCHA TSA SOHA, it does not feel very empty and it feels magical. Setrap’s mantra now makes me feel much more relaxed and comforted whenever I dream of something scary or if I watch a scary movie as I am very chicken. From now on I shall never get disappointed after I screw up after a long period of time. I will never individualize a person or give up on anyone, especially in the Dharma. I find group retreats a better thing to do compared to normal retreats as people can actually use a ‘retreat’ as an excuse to ‘escape’ from everyone, someone you dislike etc. I will develop a less selfish and a more selfless mind. Thank you for the talk, Rinpoche as it helps me and everyone else. I might be able to attend some parts of the retreat.

  13. Nicholas Yu on Jul 8, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    Rinpoche has given a wonderful teaching on “Don’t individualize the problem by the person” on this auspicious day (Dalai Lama Birthday & Setrap Retreat).It is a very powerful teaching where I used to individualize the problem during my working time with my previous company. With this thought we get more personal not only to the problem but with that particular person. In such we develop projections of how should the person do/act the way we want. If these doesn’t happened we will start to blame on the person, get angry, impatient, rude, etc….we stuck with our own projection! We make ourselves unhappy. And hence we will even give up with this person after several times of dissatisfaction. Rinpoche mentioned we should not blame the problem to the person because we are in Samsara and this could happen from other people. We can see this as environment issue. Help this person from the problem so we eliminate the “problem” per say rather than discard the “person”. And as a practitioner we don’t give up to a person.
    Thank you again to Rinpoche for this precious teaching, it really open my mind to focus on the problem rather than the person itself.

  14. Bonita Khoo on Jul 8, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    Setrap had brought many members and friends to Kechara House. Many who came and requested for ‘help’ from Setrap had seen positive results and had in turn invited more friends to come.
    We had several retreat sessions every now and then to clear obstacles for the organizations and our personal growth. Rinpoche had mentioned to us before that the bigger the dharma project, the more benefits it can bring to many, the more obstacles we will face. This is due to the collective negative karma of the current students and friends, and also of those who will be joining in the future.
    It is really wonderful to see that so many people from all walks of life, be them young or mature, come to put their ‘hearts and souls’ together working towards a common goal, for the manifestation of Kechara World Peace Centre that will benefit many in the world, leaving behind a legacy for our future generations!

  15. Siong Woan on Jul 8, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Your teaching really blown my mind away, the teaching on stop individualise other people’s problems was so applicable to our day-to-day lives. The habit of getting angry, bitchy, difficult,etc will eventually be part of our mind stream that we carry with us life after life after life and we will not be able to gain happiness, let alone spiritual attainment.
    On the same token, when we start to offer love and care selflessly to every living beings that we touch and go all out to help them, this positive energy will bounce back to us, become part of us.
    From now on, let’s bear this in mind in everything we do.
    With folded hands,
    Siong Woan

  16. Lili ng on Jul 8, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Everyone had a pleasant surprise when Rinpoche showed up unexpectedly,as always Rinpoche’s dharma talk are both mind blowing and entertaining with his quick witted humour at making fun of all our hang ups.I am so glad I attented this teaching,it has made me think more from different angle and perspective,it’s like having some knots in you being slowly undone and you go oh..and your mind just clicked in a good way.Everything that Rinpoche teach is from the Lamrim but he managed to put it in a way that’s so applicable to us now which we all can relate to with so much clarity and understanding,his teachings has manage to penetrate everyone from all level judging from all the comments received from this blog,it’s simply amazing.I was rather zombified when Rinpoche talks to me that nite,all I want to say is “thank you Rinpoche,for without your blessings I would not be able to do anything that can be called worthy in this life and thank you for the precious dharma you have imparted to us”.May everyone of us go one step closer towards an altruistic mind by remembering all these teachings again and again.

  17. Irene Lim on Jul 8, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    This retreat does not only clear obstacles for Kechara World Peace Centre it also blesses our country and brings peace, happiness and prosperity.
    In relation to what Rinpoche has mentioned in the talk if we follow his instructions closely, doing this retreat peoples’ lives will be touched and transformed. Even they have no idea of the three principal aspects of the path, renunciation, bodhicitta and the right view of emptiness , if they have great devotion to compassion and bodhicitta and live our lives very kind, very compassionate it has the effect of transforming our minds into a good heart and compassion hence reducing obstacles and contributing to perfect work causing happiness for all sentient beings.

  18. su_zan on Jul 8, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    It was wonderful to see there are more people these days in the center even if they know Rinpoche is not attending. Over the pass few years when there is such occasion or celebration there is only a few attendees unless Rinpoche is around then Kechara House will then be filled and pack with people. The years of Rinpoches dedication and hard work have been felt by many people. Hence more and more people that are joining KH these days are getting more sincere that they really want to help to clear obstacles for the New Gompa and KWPC to manifest so that dharma can grow in this regent.
    When Rinpoche is giving a dharma talk and transmission over the phone there were great silence and alertness from people around although there is still one or 2 that dose off. But still to me it is a good sign as many are able to accept dharma talk over the phone. Jay Jay did a great job explaining Setrap especially to such a big crowed. I’m very happy to see him progressing and learning to be a more responsible person.
    Thank you Rinpoche for constantly prompting words that help me over come my own problems and concern.

  19. Shirley Tan on Jul 8, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    Everyone in that room were all so happily surprised when Rinpoche appeared. It was like a triple blessing from the Three Jewels – the Setrap retreat itself, the Oral Transmission and then the Teaching from the Guru, live. I am really grateful that Rinpoche turned up and made sure that we all understood. I believe everyone in the room knows how much Rinpoche cared about their minds, and wanted to make sure that we get the essence of the Dharma Talk. I especially liked and identified the part Rinpoche said that we should individualize a person or a problem with that person. Everything stems from the nature of Samsara because we are all stuck here and we are all suffering from the detrimental side effects of being in Samsara THIS LONG – life after life. Now, I truly understand why group retreats and group assignments from Rinpoche are so important. Not only do we learn, bond together, and become less self-absorbed – most of all, we all purify our bad karma collectively. It is very powerful indeed. So, we will never give up and we will WIN together! That’s truly liberating. We become a community again of benefiting each other and live in mutual friendship.

  20. Paris on Jul 8, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    Li Kheng, how nice that you linked Rinpoche’s talk with JJ’s opening. It seemed an especially auspicious night, didn’t it, with the birth of a new Dharma teacher, followed by teachings given by our Lama himself. Sort of like an “opening act”, but a nice omen of things to come – i.e. one day, we will also have lay people teaching lay people, which is what Rinpoche has always wished to create with the building of KWPC and the growth of all Kechara departments.
    As is emphasised in all Dharma teachings, the greatest gift we can ever give to someone is by teaching them the Dharma – so really, this is something we should all be aspiring towards. It is humbling to think that we even have the smallest opportunity to be a part of this new wave of teachings and blessings.

  21. ng yew seng on Jul 8, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    Thank you very much Rinpoche for the talk over the phone and for paying us a visit. I so very much look forward to seeing Rinpoche each time. Your presence is so mesmerizing that it would be very hard not to get ‘attached’ to Rinpoche. But I do know that much much more important then wishing to be in your presence is the fact that I need to put into practice all that Rinpoche have thought. Each talk by Rinpoche that I have had the fortune to attend just takes my breath away. Each talk empowers me to look at things differently. Never in a million lifetimes would I have been able to see things the way that Rinpoche sees them. One hour of your dharma talk can easily cut short my journey in samsara by a million lifetimes. Thank you Rinpoche !

  22. mingHY on Jul 8, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    Unfortunately, I do not have the merits to attend many of these group retreats and teachings, so I thank Rinpoche and his e-team for making such valuble teachings available to us who are further from KL. This particularly touched me because the “don’t individualise” concept and developing selflessness is something not only to be practiced within Dharma Centres, but something that we must live out daily with our friends, colleagues, family, the man in the street, and even the plumber that comes to fix our toilet. It is so important in bringing harmony and happiness to our lives, yet quite simple (after Rinpoche has explained it!).

  23. Patsygooi on Jul 8, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Setrap is one of the most amazing dharma protectors that any one could asked for. By having full faith and trust in Setrap many people had their prayers answered by Setrap. The large turnout on the first day of Setrap Retreat proved that more and more people are relying on our beloved dharma protector to help them clear obstacles and their wishes fulfilled. Thus this retreat is the best that we can do to help clear the obstacles for the manifestation of Kechara World Peace Center.
    Rinpoche’s visit to Kechara House gave everyone a pleasant surprise as earlier Rinpoche had spoken with great length on the phone and had given us the oral transmission of Setrap’s holy mantra. However, Rinpoche mentioned that he had to come to Kechara House to make sure that everyone clearly understood the benefits of doing a group retreat and the dharma talk by Rinpoche had a great impact on us. As quoted by Rinpoche, “The greatest gift is the gift of dharma”. Thank you, Rinpoche for giving us the greatest gift!!!

  24. Beng Kooi on Jul 8, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    A decade ago, hardly anyone had heard of Setrap or even the concept of Dharma protectors when Rinpoche first introduced his practice to Malaysian. He was red, he was fierce, he looked like he was about to club you in the head!
    But over time, his popularity has grown through education, word of mouth and simply because his practice is truly effective.
    Setrap pujas are now the most popular pujas in Kechara House, and that’s no surprise – just look at the many testimonials that people have submitted to us, telling just how Setrap has helped them in business, health, black magic, spirit problems, financial trouble… even saving their lives. http://www.kechara.com/support/your-say/amazing-miracles/
    The list is endless and that’s only the littlest of what he can do for you. His true function to clear the obstacles to our Dharma practice and judging by the number of people now working full time in Kechara, or devoting themselves to the Dharma centre, it is proven to be effective.
    This retreat will be a perfect introduction to setrap and his practice – visit Kechara and learn from the expert just how to propitiate this powerful and efficacious Dharma protector!

  25. Terri on Jul 9, 2010 at 12:22 am

    Thank you, I need this teaching. Love Always <3

  26. Tho on Jul 9, 2010 at 12:36 am

    I totally agree with individualizing problems making oneself suffer more. At least it applies to me, I tag people around me and group them into different category and I presume how they should behave base on my own view. I put my own expectation how others should response (lesser nowadays but sometime I still do so….). When there is a problem, I see it as his/her/my/an individual problems. It increases my anger and disappointment. Then I will either “kill” “khata” or run away from that person. And the problem remains there.
    If I would like to put on one category, there should have only one which all of us are in the same – we still in the samara.There is no difference between each other.
    Ops… I have used 8 “I” and 4 “my” in such a short paragraph above. Lots people have self centric thinking including myself. Ripoche explained group retreats make us think less of our own problems; I will try to set the right motivation. I wish I could do so.

  27. JP on Jul 9, 2010 at 12:46 am

    Rinpoche’s talk on how to address our daily issues such as depression, anger, frustration, bitterness and so on helped me look at practising compassion in a different light. A few weeks ago, Rinpoche told me that when one practises compassion, one does not focus entirely on results. One should instead focus on tenacity.
    Whether or not a person changes for the better because of our act of compassion depends on the person’s karma and merits. Therefore, we should not stop acting out of compassion just because we do not see the results we expect. Otherwise, we will never attain a mind of bodhicitta. It all makes sense because I learn to let go faster and not get depressed or angry so easily.
    So when Rinpoche explained during the Setrap Retreat how to not individualise problems, it immediately occured to me that it was talk on practising compassion and equanimity. Rinpoche’s explanation was so concise, easy to grasp and so readily applicable to our daily lives. It was really fantastic!
    All of us go through some sort of mental tribulations no matter how cool and non chalant the person may look. I’ve got so many friends to share this teaching with:-) I know it’ll benefit them tremendously and bring some relief to their lives.
    With this new insight along with Setrap’s blessings, all of us will have a happier state of mind.

  28. weeliang on Jul 9, 2010 at 12:54 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    I have been looking forward to this retreat since the completion of the Yidam retreat of Lord Dzambala. Thank you very much for allowing us the honour of performing this retreat. I will do my best in contributing to the retreat. This retreat means a lot to me, as KWPC means a lot to me. KWPC is a dream I share with Rinpoche and something I wish to build alongside Rinpoche. May Lord Dzambala and Lord Setrup grant us strength, perserverance and resources for this dream to materialize in the hope of having peace within and without. Additionally, I hope the kind buddhas grant me patience and humility.  Like always, thank you very much for your guidance and love.
    With folded hands,
    Wee Liang

  29. fang on Jul 9, 2010 at 12:56 am

    Exactly a year ago, I wouldn’t have clue who Setrap is if the Dhamapala had rode his sacred horse into my garden. I know for certain that I would have been frightened out of my wits. He’s red. He’s got three eyes. He’s fierce. He’s got fangs… wouldn’t anyone just drop everything and run? Coincidently, my first project in KMP was the Setrap box set. After a brief introduction and getting to know Setrap through Sharon’s detailed explanation in the book, I felt really silly to be fearful of him at all! Setrap Protector is the warthful emanation of Buddha Amitabha. As an ‘Enlightened Being’ despite his wrathful outer looks, Setrap Chen is well known for accomplishing the deadliest and swiftest destruction for all inner, outer and secret obstacles. Through time, I find myself being drawn closer to him and at times, catching myself having a conversation with him in my head. Strange how through understanding and knowledge, fear subsides and trust evolved. Thank you Rinpoche for bringing Setrap into our lives.

  30. Wan Wai Meng on Jul 9, 2010 at 2:03 am

    I was taking notes through my laptop while Rinppche was talking I noticed a slightly better absorption of the dharma than previously. Rinpoche spoke about the differences between Lam Rim retreats, Protector and Yidam retreats that helped us to see to the three different functions of these type of retreats. He also spoke about not giving up on others, which for me also meant not giving up on myself. As if we give up on others easily chances are we will also give up on ourselves too. I also found it quite meaningful when Rinpoche pointed out that it is a general problem of samsara that we all have problems due to our delusions, and different lives we manifest different problems more and each life could be different. And since we’re all in the same boat we should develop more compassion for one another.
    Rinpoche also mentioned how purification happens during the Setrap retreat and that’s was our problems and karma is created by a selfish motivation. Hence to purify it we need the opposite type of motivation which is a selfless motivation to counter something created by a selfish motive. Perfect logical sense.!

  31. Justin Cheah on Jul 9, 2010 at 2:06 am

    I am very happy that Rinpoche actually came to drop by and explained even further! I didn’t expect Rinpoche to turn up after the oral transmission over the conference call. Rinpoche is very kind to have come personally and wanted to explain further on to what he had said before and make sure everybody has a clear view on his teachings.
    I like the part where Rinpoche explained to us why we created unhappiness through individualising a problem and one should not give up on someone if we are serious in our practise. Rinpoche showed us all these while on how he had not given up on his students who swayed and later becoming a better person who benefits others.

  32. Ling on Jul 9, 2010 at 3:17 am

    Dearest Rinpoche,
    Thank you for your blessings and teachings! Your presence at the Setrap Retreat – that was a real bonus and I am still feeling elated, inspired and contemplative!
    The visuals images in my head as Rinpoche gave the Dharma teachings – I had a good laugh as I kept seeing pictures of heads being boxed up, categorised according to what we perceived, feel and then chucked, stacked oneside … hey that sounds like what we do best… accumulate and case shut! Do we really open them and relook at them at different light? Be really open minded and see beyond …or do we think that we are unique?
    I shared with Sean that night and he related something with me with regards to a comment made by a member of a Sangha – ” We all think we are unique but actually we are not. We are only unique when we loose our self-cherishing mind.”
    That set me thinking… and your teachings kinda replayed in my head once more before the ZZZ’s got to me!
    And I will press the play button on the youtube video posted.
    Thank you very much Rinpoche for seeing and nurturing our potential always!
    With Gratitude and Love
    With Folded Hands
    Ling

  33. Wendy on Jul 9, 2010 at 3:34 am

    I am not at all surprise that Rinpoche’s teachings during the opening of the Setrap retreat had a great impact on many people like all his other teachings. Like the Great Pabongka Rinpoche, Rinpoche never teaches from syllabus but according to the needs of his audience. He knew what we needed to know and taught accordingly. One of the things he mentioned repeatedly was our habituation of individualizing others. We often find people around us problematic because we tend to look at their faults, magnify them and individualize them as unpleasant. As time goes by, as we begin to like people less and less, we keep to ourselves and avoid people. As a result we end up becoming bitter and unhappy. This is a common problem among people and I am no less guilty of it.
    So how do we solve this problem? By not individualizing people and understanding that the problems experienced by others, just like problems experienced by ourselves are not problems unique to each of us but are pervasive problems in samsara. By understanding that, we will become less personal about other people’s hang ups and will have less tendencies to think that his or her unpleasantness is directed at us. Also by understanding that, we can begin to develop empathy and compassion for others. That is the beginning of selflessness that will create the merits that can help us purify our negative karma arising from selfishness that caused our unhappiness in the first place. This teaching is so incredibly profound. It has answered many people’s question, myself included about what made people unhappy and provided a solution on how to overcome this unhappiness. Fanstastic!!!

  34. Joy Kam on Jul 9, 2010 at 4:43 am

    You are right Fang – for those newbies who don’t know much Dharma, they will get frightened off! Or they will query and ask since we are Buddhist. Like when the first time I saw my sister having a Vajrayogini statue which is less fierce mind you (this is before I got in to Buddhism)… I thought Oh no she’s gone and join a CULT!!! But later when I met Rinpoche and he explained to me about all the different symbologies of each Buddha, it just amazed me how much there is to know and learn beyond my tiny mind. And knowing that there is Dharma Protectors just completely blew my mind. I absolutely love Vajrayana Buddhism because each Buddha focuses on a particular benefit, problem and mind set. Hence they are more direct in cutting ones delusions and sickness. Every single implement, color and even the way they stand, what they wear, their facial expression etc. have very deep symbologies and meaning. Nothing is made up or for no rhyme of reason, and that was what I found so amazing and so much to learn in Buddhism. In a way I am so glad I gazed upon my sister’s Vajrayogini, cos through her blessings she lead me to connect with Tsem Rinpoche and Kechara which have definitely changed my life completely! I only wish I knew Dharma earlier.

  35. Joy Kam on Jul 9, 2010 at 5:27 am

    Dharmapala Lord Setrap has definitely helped me in so many ways. And one of the many which Setrap is infamous for is accidents. Setrap is always there to help save your life from crazy, dangerous accidents. This is my own experience. This happened awhile back when our very 1st Kechara Houese dharma centre was being renovated! This was also the time I was doing my retreat, and the night before my car accident, Rinpoche came to my retreat room and did a black tea offering to Setrap for things to be smooth. The very next day while I was volunteering in Kechara House 1… I was about to leave with a friend for a mission to buy some cards for Rinpoche, when I backed out my car, I hit straight in to a truck load of gas tanks which even flew out from the truck on to the side of my car! I quickly got out of the car and just could not believe what just happened. Later Rinpoche said it is good and very auspicious. A lot of your negative has been purified and you should “rejoice”! Crazy isn’t it, rejoice in a major car accident? My mind was stunned without much to say. But I know that if it wasn’t for Protector to help me, I think the gas tanks could have just broke out in explosion! I literally walked away scratch free. Rely on Setrap 100%, hey if the whole Gaden can be under His protection and care, why not?

  36. Sandy Clarke on Jul 9, 2010 at 8:27 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    May I take this opportunity to also offer my thanks to the people who bring your videos/audio teachings to others. Living in Scotland, I can certainly testify that their efforts really do benefit those who are so physically far away from Kechara and wouldn’t be able to benefit from your wonderful teachings with the people who are so dedicated to producing your teachings online.
    Also, the people who commit themselves to the retreat to remove obstacles for the manifestation of KWPC, their selflessness and devotion to you and the work of Kechara is astounding. And no doubt that while these retreats are wonderful spiritually, I imagine them to be quite physically demanding. One of the things that impresses me the most about everyone at Kechara is their willingness to constantly push themselves and achieve results; these folks really do show that with dedicated effort and commitment, there is so much that can be achieved.
    Kindest regards,
    Sandy

  37. Anila on Jul 9, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Tsem Rinpoche surprise visit to Setrap Retreat in Kechara House 1. Setrap Retreat started with Rinpoche giving an oral transmission to attendees for 72 Retreatants by conference telephone in KH1. After the oral transmission, everybody was surprise when Rinpoche turned up suddenly right after completion dedication. But any how the people in pack full Gompa was very happy that Rinpoche came by. Rinpoche gave short dharma talk come together with humourous dharma jokes of Spiritual value. Everybody enjoyed. The people were so happy to see Rinpoche that they stayed behind after puja to help clean up also. Many newbies were there to see Rinpoche for the first time and felt very lucky. While some don’t even see Rinpoche even after one year in the centre.

  38. Alvynlee on Jul 9, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    The perception of by just trust, believing, accept in the holy beings, Buddha, God, Deities and think you are safe is a wrong perception. Lots of people i came across thinks that way. If only they have the merits to hear this Dharma tallk by Rinpoche…
    Do not INDIVIDUALIZE! I guess that is the keyword to me. The accumulation of individulized problems is the built up of anger, hatred, depression… Do not blame the ’1′ person, situation or the problem.
    And to see so many Kecharians doing Setrap retreat together is really beautiful. May all obstacles be pacify for the manifestation of KWPC and also the new Gompa.
    Thank you Rinpoche for the Dharma talk. ;)

  39. ruby on Jul 9, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    Thank you very much Rinpoche for coming to Kechara House that night. It was a pleasant surprise and treat for all the sincere people who participated in the Setrap retreat. Many were newbies (who came to Kechara House for the first time) and i rejoice in their merits to be able to see Rinpoche and listen to Rinpoche live. It is so wonderful to know that these newbies wish for the manifestation of KWPC and contribute by engaging in this powerful Setrap retreat. As what Martin commented in one of his postings on Rinpoche’s blog, to put it in a nutshell, engaging in Kechara’s activities is very healing on a personal basis AND benefits many at the same time too. Very Malaysian way of thinking; buy one, get one free!

  40. henry ooi on Jul 9, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    When we individualize others problems is to remind ourselves that we too have similar problems but of varying degree. Daily we face the three main root poisons and we struggle and most times fail to come out better each time. Listening to others enhanced problems is good therapy for us because we are no better than others.
    This impromptu dharma talk by Rinpoche was one of the shortest but very penetrating to me and a good reminder to what I wrote above. It grounds me to be not judgmental, to stop and think first before summing up a judgment based on hearsay. I will put myself in others shoes first before making negative comments pertaining to others individual problems.

  41. martin on Jul 9, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    I come from a different religious background and attended a very traditonal scholing of that religion, and it was always drilled into us never to “abandon” our God. So my defence mechanisms were always up when speaking to people of different faith. I count myself very fortunate to have personally heard Rinpoche’s talk 3 times. Right from the first talk i felt that i learned more in those few minutes about what TRUE spirituality is about and how the mere participation in a religion, any religion does not lead to real spiritual development.
    The way Rinpoche speaks and the way he humbles himself makes it easy for all to relate and undertand, even for an ignoramus like me. His words are not mere utterances but they are LIVING WORDS and the words plants seeds of Truth that just grow and grow and grow within us.
    I used to read the Bible and wondered for a long time what it would be like, to have been there, front row, as Jesus delivered his Sermon On The Mount. When Rincpoche’s surprised us with His visit and gifted us with an impromtu Dharma talk, i got my answer.
    I mean no disrespect to anyone and i apologise if my analogy is wrongly misconstrued.
    I am writing this to remind myself never to take these talks for granted and to truly contemplate on the His words. The “instructions” on the alternative uses of the khata was a bonus.

    • Martin on Aug 8, 2012 at 1:42 am

      Time passes so quickly and it has been 2 years already since I heard Rinpoche during that retreat in 2010. It was such a pleasant surprise when Rinpoche suddenly turned up at what was then KH1.

      I was “new” then but not anymore and I have had many more dharma lessons from Rinpoche since. The hard question I asked myself as I listened to this teaching again is…how much have I transformed? Am I still individualizing problems and am I still relating problems to individuals? Sadly yes and to my great shame it hit me that even though I regard myself as Rinpoche’s student, even as I profess to love and trust my Guru, I still make him repeat and repeat the same lesson over and over again. He has to repeat because I haven’t learned. When will it go in for good? And how many more times must I force my Guru to repeat his teachings before I run out of merit to hear it ever again?

      I am glad that this blog post is revived for it has given me a chance to check myself. That I am still hear to listen to this teaching is not something I have earned or deserve but purely by my Guru’s grace.

      This is sobering.

  42. Elaine Cheah on Jul 9, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Incidentally somebody asked me if it was possible to participate in the Setrap retreat from abroad and I answered that a group retreat is as the name suggests, a retreat done in a group as opposed to a personal retreat. The whole point of going for a retreat is so that we can tear ourselves away from our daily cares and distractions and put full concentration on the retreat. Otherwise if everyone is allowed to participate from anywhere, chances are that we would have plenty of excuses not to do it or will only do it if we have spare time. When done in unison, the combined energies can be very intense and uplifting. There are also the mudras to learn and setting of our motivation. Also, if the Lama gives an oral transmission before the retreat, that would be even better.
    Therefore I am very happy that Rinpoche confirmed my understanding that night when he made a surprise visit to Kechara House just as we were completing the Setrap puja on H. H. The Dalai Lama’s 75th birthday. He gave an excellent dharma teaching and he did explain the purpose of engaging in group retreats. Kechara House conducts many different types of pujas for different needs and I am so very grateful to have the chance to learn how to do them correctly. I love doing the pujas, and these surprise dharma teachings by Rinpoche complete the rapturous experience.

  43. ash ng on Jul 9, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    After many years of practising the Dharma didn’t seem to become more happier and more forgiving. Just don’t know why! Few years ago, a Mahayana monk shared with me that the common fault among practitioners is that we like to ‘see’ the faults of others especially when we know a lot of Dharma knowledge and we think we are ‘better’ than others, forgetting we ourselves are in the same situation, we have the same faults as well. Anger, jealousy, bitchy, selfishness etc and that creates problems for ourselves as mentioned in this teaching. Depression, disappointment, anger and bitterness. All these due to our fixed views of how things or person should be.
    Today, Rinpoche shared an important massage – DON’T NOT individualize others because we have the similar problems, I have the same problems too. To look at these problems as existence and nature of samsara. Rinpoche, thank you for sharing the teaching of ACCEPTANCE of others and to forgive those who have hurt us in the past.
    Rinpoche, thank you for taking care and provide a solution to my unsettled mind. Tashi Delek.

  44. han on Jul 9, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    The surprised visit of Rinpoche made the retreat even more auspicious. The part that strike me most was the talk Rinpoche gave. Especially when he talked about individualising problems, we bacome angrier, depressed and bitter..etc. I used to experienced this type of emotions. After dharma journey, glad that individualising reduced.
    After Rinpoche’s talk, i told myself, i have to be consistently To be involved in setrap puja or retreats. These will lessen our obsticles and problems, the problems may not 100% solved but due to our mind shifted, we focus outwards and cut off selfishness and become happier and has peace in mind. The essence of the teachings was we do not focus on ourselve so much, and our problems become NOT NECESSARY AT ALL

  45. Alex C.J. Tan on Jul 9, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    Watch this Dharma talk, if
    - you wish to get the most benefits from a retreat
    - you feel frustrated, angry, bitter, depressed etc
    - you are about to give up on someone
    - you are looking for hope after being angry, bitter, disenchanted and depressed.
    The explanation on not individualising the problems that we face with people was so profound. It was clear, simple to understand and practical. Rinpoche gave us a very precious and yet simple to apply solution to stop us from isolating ourselves from people due to our flawed projections. It was like a missing jigsaw puzzle that I have been searching for.
    What we received from you certainly priceless. Thank you Rinpoche for your generous and unconditional love and care. But most of for all the precious teachings that protect us from creating harm and sufferings to ourselves and others.

  46. Jeffrey Gan on Jul 10, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you Rinpoche for posting this dharma teaching in your blog.
    The topic about individualising has made me realised that all this while my negativities arises having individualise thoughts which leads to more suffering. After reflecting my past actions, is my self cherishing mind that leads to never ending suffering. It comes and go, comes and go every time.
    I met a friend last night who was suffering from sadness, anger, disappointment. I shared the topic about individualising to her and she felt that what I’ve shared about individualising made sense about why she was sad, angry and dissapointed. She felt much better after contemplating. I felt very happy that just by sharing Rinpoche’s dharma talks to others can make a difference in thier life. It is very fulfilling to know that dharma sharing can help people. Thank you Rinpoche.

  47. Lim Han Nee on Jul 10, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Having read and responded to your posts on your account of yourself in Hollywood in the 80′s, on Pabongkha Rinpoche, of his poem ” Heart Spoon” and on Trijang Rinpoche, I now would like to say that a thread that runs through them, including through your teaching on the Setrap Retreat,is the thread of love , kindness and universal compassion.All stem from the same mind of Bodhicitta.
    Here in this teaching, you show us how to start growing that mind,by not individualizing persons and problems and finding fault and complaining about others along these lines.
    Yes, Rinpoche, you show us so clearly and logically that all these ‘individualized’ traits and problems are basically problems that are there inherent in samsaric existence.
    We are all carrying neuroses in our minds and each person just has a different neurotic ailment, that’s all.
    It’s the mind of great and universal compassion, a selfless mind, a mind that knows no borders between all beings and ourselves, that is clear and without neurosis. Such is the mind of great Lamas like our Rinpoche’s, Pabongkha Rinpoche’s and Trijang Rinpoche’s.
    Thank you, Rinpoche, for showing us, once again, how to move forward by practicing altruism during this retreat.
    Lim Han Nee

  48. ash ng on Jul 10, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Lord Setrap has helped me in the past many many times and till today He has never forsake me and still helping me whenever i request help from Him. He has not only assist in my worldly activities but also in my spiritual journey. I have engaged in Mahayana Pureland Sutra many many years ago and my guess i have create a strong affinity with Him but this time in wrathful form as Setrap is a wrathful animation of Buddha Amitabha.
    In this teachings, Rinpoche taught us to remove obstacles and our negative karmas which we have created in the past by developing or arose the altruistic thought – Bodhichitta – the wish for others (sentient beings) to be free from their pain and sufferings, may all the burden comes to ourselves and others have happiness and joy. Someone who has mastered this tactic can only teach such altruism from true practise, stable realization and His ACTIONS. I LOVE my guru, Tsem Rinpoche :)

  49. Anila on Jul 10, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    Kechara is still engaging in another Setrap Retreat this time to clear obstacles for smooth manifestations of Kechara World Peace Centre ( kwpc ) in KH1 in their own capacity and convenience. The group has to accumulate 1 million mantras, 108,000 serkym offerings and 54,000 prostrations to Lord Setrap who is Dharma Protector of Kechara as well as Gaden Shartse monastery. This was organized on H.H Dalai Lama’s birthday which is very auspicious when 2 events are celebrated on the same day. It was very auspicious also when J.J, 26 years old, Rinpoche’s long time student was requested to make his first teachings which will be recorded in a different post. Tsem Rinpoche also gave an oral transmission of the mantra which was given to him by his Guru Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche to participants. Rinpoche also gave a short talk on the benefits of doing group Retreat and also on other topics over the conference phone in KH1.

  50. keng on Jul 10, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    Incredible to see so many retreatants. I am sure there will be many to come and the comradeship it generates will surely bless the centre and the engaging practitioners. Setrap practice is fantastic and must not be de-cried for those who do not understand or fully engage in his practice. He clear obstacles that only those who engage in his practice will know and ready to testify. And Kechara is now full of engaging practitioners which is such good news. And just look at the number of young ones as well as professional ones who are now interested in dharma practice. It is even more a ‘breath of fresh air’ to see young people like JJ sharing the practice with others.

  51. benji on Jul 12, 2010 at 12:45 am

    i just managed to listen to Rinpoche’s PRECIOUS teaching on the occasion of Setrap retreat – it was truly ‘magical’; he just gave me the answer to my present problem – i WAS ‘INDIVIDUALISING’ someone, and truly suffering for that! THANKS, “KAM-SIAH CHE-CHE”, RINPOCHE! Why, i even followed the oral transmission of Setrap mantra, (even though it was from Youtube, and after such a lapse of time!); with faith that i actually received it! Is that ridiculous of me?

  52. KH Ng on Jul 12, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    It was a pleasant surprise that Rinpoche decided to come personally even though he has already given a Dharma talk over the phone and offered the retreatants the oral transmission of Setrap’s mantra. This shows his overwhelming concern and compassion for us all. We are truly blessed!
    Regarding his message of not individualising problems, I personally was basically on a crusade in my company about this, coincidently, though not as articulate and altruistic as Rinpoche. Amazingly, I can see the results of this small effort of mine bearing some fruits. People change, because I think they can see the benefit for themselves and the company and hence also themselves.
    I think we can apply these teachings to our daily life effectively, first by understanding the teaching, is convinced by it, then by developing faith and applying it consciously. If we do that repeatly and consciously we will change little by little and eventually we are able to be an example to others and we can share these teachings with others and they will change.
    Thanks Rinpoche!

  53. Li Kheng on Jul 17, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    Congratulations on the successful completion of the Setrap Retreat!
    Reading this thread where so many people generously share their experience and thoughts about the Dharma is very inspiring. This is one of the tangible results that the teachings of Tsem Rinpoche at Kechara have created for Malaysia and Malaysians. I am extremely grateful.
    The dedication in which the retreat is completed is also a reflection on the faith that we have for Rinpoche, Setrap and the Dharma. I see this commitment and effort as an expression of gratitude towards our kind Buddhas and Guru for the miracles they have bestowed upon us (as BK shared with this link: http://www.kechara.com/support/your-say/amazing-miracles/).
    I pray that our karma will allow us to always realize the preciousness of the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha and that we will not take the 3 Jewels for granted!
    Congratulations again for the completion of Setrap Retreat and sincere thanks to all the Dharma sisters and brothers who contributed!

  54. Li Kheng on Jul 17, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    Hey Paris! You are right, we are very lucky to be a part of this Dharma revolution. We witnessed the entry of Buddhadharma into the international arena with the great works of H.H. Now we get to be a part of the revolution of how Dharma will continue to flourish into the future through lay teachers so that all sentient beings will get the chance to be close to the Dharma and liberation.
    Tsem Rinpoche is so kind to leave us this gift…it certainly is the best gift in the world.
    I hope that every person who has been touched by the Dharma will recognize this blessing and make the effort to be sincerely close to the Dharma.

  55. Yokefui on Jul 17, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    The retreat participants felt sentimental at the end of last night’s concluding session. ling , Lee Ann & friend continued with their prostration even after the session because they wanted to fulfill the prostration counts they had pledged.
    Choi Seem, Lam and their two lovable boys, Jutika and Pavara virtually camped at KH 1 during the entire retreat. Choi Seem said in her SMS that they ” wanted to do the best so that people can come and do the retreat”. The Lams are a good example of how families can practise dharma together joyfully.
    Wee Liang , once again is the undefeated champion in prostration. To ensure we could complete all the counts of the Retreat, Wee Liang did full prostration from 15 July evening to 6AM 16 July , bringing the collective prostration count up by 1,900!
    Our heartfelt thanks to the three umzes, Gim Lee, KH Ng and LT Loo.
    There are many others contributed towards the successful completion of the Retreat ahead of schedule. I sincerely rejoice in your efforts and dedication towards Rinpoche’s vision & mission!!

  56. Wan Wai Meng on Aug 5, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    Rinpoche is a Dharma CEO if there is such a thing he would give us directions and ways to reach our goal it will always start with him to give us information on how we can progress. Retreats are powerful way to generate causes for our wishes to come true.

  57. Lim (KH JB) on Aug 6, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Thanks Rinpoche for the sharing and rejoice for all Kecharian effort.

    “One Cannot But Many Can”, i will always keep this phrase in mind. Sometime our step to success is very hard and full of obstacle but the most important things is WE MUST KEEP ON GOING then only can done later.

    With Rinpoche and protectors blessing, KFR and KWPC sure will manifest very soon…

  58. NadiaG on Aug 7, 2012 at 4:41 am

    I was fortunate to attend one very short Setrap prayer during our KFR puja, but I would love to participate in. Retreat of this magnitude.

  59. soonhuat on Aug 7, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    wish i could join the retreat

  60. Wah Ying on Aug 15, 2012 at 12:01 am

    Individualising only make oneself more angry and unhappy. Since it’s the norm of samsara world, people you dislike most of the time is the mirror to reflect on our own weaknesses or shortcoming.

    Today I may not see myself in the mirror, but it could be something to remind oneself.

    The teaching on individualizing from Rinpoche is something I never think in that way, and from there we could make yourself to have less sufferings by amplifying other’s weakness and spend time talk, worry or analyses it.

  61. Regina De Giovanni on Feb 4, 2013 at 5:31 am

    very relevant teaching thank you

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  • Dwayne Johnson
    (Wednesday, Apr 16. 2014 09:08 AM)
    For vincent tan – Yonten Shigyurma – The Foundation of All Realisations Well-realising that the root of the path,
    the foundation for every realisation,
    is to properly rely on my kind Guru,
    bless me to do so with great effort and devotion. Knowing that this life of freedom, found but once,
    is difficult to gain and greatly meaningful
    bless me to develop the continual wish
    all day and night to take its essence. Mindful of death, this life disintegrates
    as swiftly as a bubble in turbulent water
    and after death my good and bad
    karma follows me like my shadow. Having gained firm certainty of this,
    bless me to be ever conscientious
    to abandon even the slightest harm
    and practice every possible virtue. Enjoying deceptive samsaric pleasure
    brings no contentment and is the door to all suffering.
    aware of its drawbacks, bless me to develop
    a strong wish for the bliss of liberation. With mindfulness, introspection, and great care
    induced by that pure aspiration
    bless me to make my essential practice
    the Pratimoksha, root of Buddha’s teachings. Just as I’ve fallen in this sea of suffering
    so have all beings, my kind mothers;
    seeing this, bless me to train in Bodhicitta,
    taking up the burden of liberating them. And yet, just wishing this, without practicing
    the three ethics, Enlightenment cannot be attained.
    knowing this well, please bless me to intensively
    strive to train in the Bodhisattva vows. Properly analysing the correct object
    and pacifying distraction to mistaken objects
    bless me to swiftly realise the path
    which unifies quiescence and special insight. When I’m a pure vessel, trained in common paths,
    bless me to enter with perfect ease
    the sacred gateway of fortunate ones,
    the supreme of vehicles, Vajrayana. Then, foundation for the two attainments
    is keeping the pure vows and commitments.
    having found unfeigned conviction in this
    bless me to guard them with my life. Having precisely understood the essentials
    of the two stages, heart of the tantras,
    bless me to strive without break in four sessions
    to practice Yoga as taught by holy Masters. May the spiritual guides who reveal this excellent path
    and the friends who practice it all live long.
    Please grant blessings that outer and inner
    hindrances all be fully pacified. In all lives may I never be parted
    from perfect Masters and enjoy the glory of Dharma.
    Perfecting realisations of the paths and stages,
    may I swiftly gain the state of Vajradhara. this is the Prayer of the Great Saint Great Buddha Lama Tsongkhapa!
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  • vincent tan
    (Wednesday, Apr 16. 2014 01:49 AM)
    Those are the words of the Living Christ
  • vincent tan
    (Wednesday, Apr 16. 2014 01:49 AM)
    I am always with you,
    even when you are not able to feel me in your heart.
    I love you always,
    I surround you with my protecting love,
    even when you occasionally forget me.
    I listen to your problems,
    if you are sincere and receptive, I give you solutions.
    I hear your prayers and answer those which are in the best interest
    of everyone in your life including, but not limited to, you. I am the light and the thoughts in your mind,
    I am the sight in your eyes,
    I am the life in your body,
    I am the feelings you feel in your heart.
    I am always at work in your life for your greater good,
    although you may not always believe this;
    hopefully, your faith in me will grow constant.
    you must realize:
    “my will is whatever is happening in the present moment”.
    within this moment you must think and act
    with integrity, humility and courage,
    you must trust in me,
    and surrender your will to mine through acceptance.
    if you continue to demonstrate acceptance,
    integrity, humility, courage and trust,
    you will discover the secret of opening your heart to my love.
    the greater your faith in me
    the more I am able fill your heart with my love. it is I, who grants you the serenity to accept
    the things you cannot change,
    the courage to change the things you can
    and the wisdom to know the difference.
    eventually you will realize the samplings of love
    I bestow on you through others
    are purposefully designed to draw you closer to me.
    it is only I, who loves you unconditionally,
    I am an ever-flowing fountain of love, peace and joy,
    I will never disappoint you; I will always be with you.
    I mete out to you the exact amount of pain you cause others,
    because I want you to be compassionate.
    I want you to be able to give love and equally as important,
    I want you to be able to receive love.
    how else will you learn to love me?
    how will you learn to accept my love?
    the moment you realize the error of your ways,
    the moment you sincerely regret the pain you cause others,
    I forgive you; I nourish you with my tender mercies.
    remember, I never stop loving you for you are my precious child.
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Wednesday, Apr 16. 2014 12:52 AM)
    Here are all the news links related to Kechara’s Pray for MH370 event at Kechara Forest Retreat on Sunday 13 Apr 2014. Kechara Forest Retreat was mentioned in all the posts for organizing the prayer for MH370. Few major paper like SinChew, ChinaPress, GuangMing & The Star have more coverage on the event. URL for the event on different media: 1) Times of malta.com http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20140413/local/malaysia-airlines-flight-370-long-hunt-looms-as-pings-go-silent.514697 2) Yahoo.com.my https://my.news.yahoo.com/photos/malaysia-slideshow/buddhist-devotees-holding-prayer-beads-offer-prayers-passengers-photo-042103955.html 3) ut Sandiego http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/apr/13/missing-planes-black-box-batteries-may-have-died/ 4) Financial express http://www.financialexpress.com/news/long-hunt-for-missing-malaysia-airlines-mh370-looms-as-pings-go-silent/1240308 5) The Malaysian Insiders http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/black-boxes-crucial-if-those-aboard-mh370-are-to-be-cleared-says-cnn 6) The Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/13/mh370-australian-team-halves-smaller-search-zone-in-hunt-for-black-box 7) 8TV 8pm Mandarin News 《续为MH370祈福 为机上人员家属送上关怀》 http://www.8tv.com.my/mandarinnews/news-local/MH370_1397394692.html#sthash.ny7cg8z6.gbpl
    8) United Daily 联合日报在线 http://www.uniteddaily.com.my/?q=node/70334 9) The Rakyat Post http://www.therakyatpost.com/gallery/ 10) China Press中国报 http://www.chinapress.com.my/node/517023 11) Sin Chew Daily星洲日报 http://news.sinchew.com.my/node/359691 12) Guang Ming Daily光明日报 http://www.guangming.com.my/node/201746?tid=3 http://www.guangming.com.my/node/201745?tid=3 13) Kwong Wah Jit Poh光华日报 http://www.kwongwah.com.my/news/2014/04/13/82.html 14) The Star http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/04/14/MCA-gets-show-on-the-road-Top-leadership-to-brief-grassroots-leaders-on-plan/ 15) Nanyang Siang Pau南洋商报 http://www.nanyang.com/node/613913?tid=460 16) MSN News http://news.msn.com/world/official-says-sub-will-be-used-in-search-for-jet 17) Negara Kita http://www.negarakita.com/Post-981505-%E4%BE%9B%E7%81%AF%E7%A5%88%E7%A6%8F%EF%BC%8C%E5%BB%96%E4%B8%AD%E8%8E%B1%EF%BC%9A%E6%88%91%E4%BB%AC%E9%9A%8F%E6%97%B6%E6%8F%90%E4%BE%9B%E6%8F%B4%E5%8A%A9 Enjoy reading!
  • Dwayne Johnson
    (Wednesday, Apr 16. 2014 12:19 AM)
    For vincent tan – OM MANI PADME HUNG OM MANI PADME HUNG OM MANI PADME HUNG OM MANI PADME HUNG OM MANI PADME HUNG OM MANI PADME HUNG OM MANI PADME HUNG OM MANI PADME HUNG OM MANI PADME HUNG OM MANI PADME HUNG OM MANI PADME HUNG OM MANI PADME HUNG OM MANI PADME HUNG OM MANI PADME HUNG OM MANI PADME HUNG OM MANI PADME HUNG OM MANI PADME HUNG
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  • Martin B
    (Tuesday, Apr 15. 2014 08:12 PM)
    Hi dear Rinpoche and dear Kecharians !
    I’d like to attract your attention to one serious world problem in the field of health care. It’s about a petition which potentially could save thousands or may be millions of human lives in the future. It will take you no more than 5 minutes to read, sign and share it on your wall in Facebook and Twitter
    http://www.alltrials.net/
    you could also watch a TED video about this serious problem which is relevant to all people:
    http://www.ted.com/talks/ben_goldacre_what_doctors_don_t_know_about_the_drugs_they_prescribe
    P.S.Abstract: Thousands of clinical trials have not reported their results; some have not even been registered. Information on what was done and what was found in these trials could be lost forever to doctors and researchers, leading to bad treatment decisions, missed opportunities for good medicine, and trials being repeated. All trials past and present should be registered, and the full methods and the results reported. We call on governments, regulators and research bodies to implement measures to achieve this.
    Thank you !
  • vincent tan
    (Monday, Apr 14. 2014 10:31 PM)
    Mother Theresa-People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway. If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway. What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway. Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway. In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.
  • vincent tan
    (Monday, Apr 14. 2014 09:42 PM)
    MOTHER THERESA ONCE SAID- A clean heart is a free heart. A free heart can love Christ with an undivided love in chastity, convinced that nothing and nobody will separate it from his love. Purity, chastity, and virginity created a special beauty in Mary that attracted God’s attention. He showed his great love for the world by giving Jesus to her. There is a terrible hunger for love. We all experience that in our lives – the pain, the loneliness. We must have the courage to recognize it. The poor you may have right in your own family.
    Find them.
    Love them. Before you speak, it is necessary for you to listen, for God speaks in the silence of the heart. Give yourself fully to God. He will use you to accomplish great things on the condition that you believe much more in His love than in your own weakness. Speak tenderly to them. Let there be kindness in your face, in your eyes, in your smile, in the warmth of your greeting. Always have a cheerful smile. Don’t only give your care, but give your heart as well. The more you have, the more you are occupied, the less you give. But the less you have the more free you are. Poverty for us is a freedom. It is not mortification, a penance.
    It is joyful freedom. There is no television here, no this, no that. But we are perfectly happy. I pray that you will understand the words of Jesus, “Love one another as I have loved you.” Ask yourself “How has he loved me? Do I really love others in the same way?” Unless this love is among us, we can kill ourselves with work and it will only be work, not love. Work without love is slavery. Little things are indeed little, but to be faithful in little things is a great thing. A sacrifice to be real must cost, must hurt, must empty ourselves. The fruit of silence is prayer, the fruit of prayer is faith, the fruit of faith is love, the fruit of love is service, the fruit of service is p
  • vincent tan
    (Monday, Apr 14. 2014 09:38 PM)
    Quotes of Mother Teresa
    “Keep the joy of loving God in your heart and share this joy with all you meet especially your family. Be holy – let us pray.” “I once picked up a woman from a garbage dump and she was burning with fever; she was in her last days and her only lament was: ‘My son did this to me.’ I begged her: You must forgive your son. In a moment of madness, when he was not himself, he did a thing he regrets. Be a mother to him, forgive him. It took me a long time to make her say: ‘I forgive my son.’ Just before she died in my arms, she was able to say that with a real forgiveness. She was not concerned that she was dying. The breaking of the heart was that her son did not want her. This is something you and I can understand.” “When once a chairman of a multinational company came to see me, to offer me a property in Bombay, he first asked: ‘Mother, how do you manage your budget?” I asked him who had sent him here. He replied: ‘I felt an urge inside me.’ I said: other people like you come to see me and say the same. It was clear God sent you, Mr. A, as He sends Mr. X, Mrs. Y, Miss Z, and they provide the material means we need for our work. The grace of God is what moved you. You are my budget. God sees to our needs, as Jesus promised. I accepted the property he gave and named it Asha Dan (Gift of Hope). “Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” “Like Jesus we belong to the world living not for ourselves but for others. The joy of the Lord is our strength.” “There is only one God and He is God to all; therefore it is important that everyone is seen as equal before God. I’ve always said we should help a Hindu become a better Hindu, a Muslim become a better Muslim, a Catholic become a better Catholic. We believe our work should be our example to people. We have among us 475 souls – 30 families are Catholics and the rest are all Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs—all different religions. But they all come to our prayers.” “There are so many religions and each one has its different ways of following God. I follow Christ:
    Jesus is my God,
    Jesus is my Spouse,
    Jesus is my Life,
    Jesus is my only Love,
    Jesus is my All in All;
    Jesus is my Everything.” Make us worthy, Lord, to serve those people throughout the world who live and die in poverty and hunger. Give them through our hands, this day, their daily bread, and by our understanding love, give them peace and joy.
    I heard the call to give up all and follow Christ into the slums to serve Him among the poorest of the poor. It was an order.
    I was to leave the convent and help the poor while living among them. When a poor person dies of hunger, it has not happened because God did not take care of him or her.
    It has happened because neither you nor I wanted to give that person what he or she needed. You and I, we are the Church, no? We have to share with our people. Suffering today is because people are hoarding, not giving, not sharing.
    Jesus made it very clear. Whatever you do to the least of my brethren, you do it to me.
    Give a glass of water, you give it to me. Receive a little
    child, you receive me. Everybody today seems to be in such a terrible rush, anxious for greater developments and greater riches and so on, so that children have very little time for their parents. Parents have very little time for each other, and in the home begins the disruption of peace of the world. If we really want to love we must learn how to forgive.
  • vincent tan
    (Monday, Apr 14. 2014 09:30 PM)
    Mother Teresa’s Nazareth Prayer for the Family Heavenly Father,
    you have given us the model of life
    in the Holy Family of Nazareth.
    Help us, O Loving Father,
    to make our family another Nazareth
    where love, peace and joy reign.
    May it be deeply contemplative,
    intensely eucharistic,
    revived with joy. Help us to stay together in joy
    and sorrow in family prayer.
    Teach us to see Jesus in the members of our families,
    especially in their distressing disguise.
    May the eucharistic heart of Jesus
    make our hearts humble like his
    and help us to carry out our family duties
    in a holy way.
    May we love one another
    as God loves each one of us,
    more and more each day,
    and forgive each other’s faults
    as you forgive our sins.
    Help us, O Loving Father,
    to take whatever you give
    and give whatever you take with a big smile. Immaculate Heart of Mary,
    cause of our joy, pray for us. St. Joseph, pray for us. Holy Guardian Angels,
    be always with us,
    guide and protect us. Amen. Prayer of Mother Teresa Dear Jesus, help us to spread your fragrance
    everywhere we go.
    Flood our souls with your spirit and life.
    Penetrate and possess our whole being so utterly
    that our lives may only be a radiance of yours.
    Shine through us and be so in us
    that every soul we come in contact with
    may feel your presence in our soul.
    Let them look up and see no longer us, but only Jesus.
    Stay with us and then we shall begin to shine as you shine,
    so to shine as to be light to others.
    The light, O Jesus, will be all from you.
    None of it will be ours.
    It will be you shining on others through us.
    Let us thus praise you in the way you love best
    by shining on those around us.
    Let us preach you without preaching,
    not by words, but by our example;
    by the catching force -
    the sympathetic influence of what we do,
    the evident fullness of the love our hearts bear to you. Amen. Quotes by Mother Teresa “There is a terrible hunger for love. We all experience that in our lives – the pain, the loneliness. We must have the courage to recognize it. The poor you may have right in your own family. Find them. Love them.” “Before you speak, it is necessary for you to listen, for God speaks in the silence of the heart.” “Give yourself fully to God. He will use you to accomplish great things on the condition that you believe much more in His love than in your own weakness.”
  • Randy Wong
    (Monday, Apr 14. 2014 02:29 PM)
    Hi. T.R., This link reminds us of our mortality. Impermanence of life. Hope you can share with all. Thank you. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErooOhzE268
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Sunday, Apr 13. 2014 11:19 PM)
    What can you do in Kechara Forest Retreat in a day? Here’s a glance of it: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.634867589927115.1073741839.572060446207830&type=1. Visit Kechara Forest Retreat and join our monthly tour! The next one is on 26 Apr. http://retreat.kechara.com/plans-and-facilities/
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Sunday, Apr 13. 2014 11:13 PM)
    Kechara did a successful and beautiful prayer for Flight MH370 today at Kechara Forest Retreat. Enjoy some of the pictures here https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.635040956576445.1073741840.572060446207830&type=1 and get ready to read about Kechara on news :)
  • vincent tan
    (Sunday, Apr 13. 2014 11:40 AM)
    The Beatitudes Jesus said: 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
    4 Blessed are those who mourn,
    for they will be comforted.
    5 Blessed are the meek,
    for they will inherit the earth.
    6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    for they will be filled.
    7 Blessed are the merciful,
    for they will be shown mercy.
    8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
    for they will see God.
    9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called children of God.
    10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
    11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
  • vincent tan
    (Sunday, Apr 13. 2014 01:10 AM)
    If I speak in the tongues of men and angels, but have not love,
    I have become sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal. And if I have prophecy and know all mysteries and
    all knowledge, and if I have all faith so as to remove mountains,
    but have not love, I am nothing. And if I dole out all my goods, and
    if I deliver my body that I may boast
    but have not love, nothing I am profited. Love is long suffering,
    love is kind,
    it is not jealous,
    love does not boast,
    it is not inflated. It is not discourteous,
    it is not selfish,
    it is not irritable,
    it does not enumerate the evil. It does not rejoice over the wrong,
    but rejoices in the truth It covers all things, it has faith for all things,
    it hopes in all things, it endures in all things. Love never falls in ruins;
    but whether prophecies, they will be abolished; or
    tongues, they will cease; or
    knowledge, it will be superseded. For we know in part and we prophecy in part. But when the perfect comes, the imperfect will be superseded. When I was an infant,
    I spoke as an infant, I reckoned as an infant;
    when I became [an adult],
    I abolished the things of the infant. For now we see through a mirror in an enigma, but then face to face.
    Now I know in part, but then I shall know
    as also I was fully known. But now remains faith, hope, love, these three;
    but the greatest of these is love. 1 corinthians 13:1-13

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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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My Mumu boy is so alert, cute and intelligent. I can never get tired of loving him. Tsem Rinpoche 
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I had commissioned this Thirteen Deity Yamantaka thangka. With Lord Tsongkapa above centre representing all lineage masters. Manjushri to the left and H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche to the right. Sacred, beautiful and pure wisdom embodied in this thangka. Tsem Rinpoche
3 days ago
This tastes really good!!! Easy to make. Some frozen items you have to heat up, take out of microwave, stir and put back in to continue cooking for a few mins more. This one you just put on for 5 mins and eat. But it tastes REALLY good and tastes home cooked too. Nice surprise. Tsem Rinpoche
3 days ago
When can I find a location, house and environment like this? This is the kind of place I would like to spend the rest of my life in. Tsem Rinpoche 
6 days ago
Jill Yam and also Mr. Hee always conducts wonderful pujas for those who come to Kechara House and request. I am very happy about that. The pujas offer tremendous results and therefore benefits for many. Our puja requests are growing very much. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
Even animals can show great compassion and sense when another needs it. Be kind to animals and be vegetarian. Collect less negative karma by not eating meat. Be kind always. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
Portraits of People Living on a Dollar a Day- You absolutely must see the stunning photos and background. See here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=48180
1 week ago
This mechanism was recovered from the Antikythera shipwreck in 1901. Its complexity and purpose was not understood for another hundred years. Dated to around 200 BC, it is identified to be an analog computer used to calculate the astronomical position of the stars and planets. Its juxtaposition among other ancient artifacts is akin to finding a jet airplane inside King Tutankhamun’s tomb. The device, whose inner workings are far more complex than a Swiss watch, is capable of accurately measuring the movement of the sun, the moon (and all its phases), eclipse cycles and the position of the planets. Who could have built this?~https://www.facebook.com/cosmic.intelligenceagency
1 week ago
Prince Palta is my maternal grandfather. Princess Nirjidma is my aunt. She has two sons. The sons are my cousins. Wonder if they are alive or not? Where are they? Any offsprings? Interesting to find out. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 week ago
Never be angry at your guru, Hold a grudge against your guru. Never seek revenge against your guru. Never talk badly about your guru to cover your mistakes. Don't abandon your guru or ignore  your guru because he loved you for you as no one else  did and dared to love your potential too. Never hold your anger for long against your guru. Your guru was only doing his 'job' by teaching you, showing you better, explaining the dharma to you and was very brave to do so for you as no one else would dare do so. No one would dare take that job. No one else dared to love you and give you more. ~Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
Nothing would make me MORE HAPPIER than to retire in this environment. I hope this manifest soon. By the karma of myself and the people I have hopes in will help it to manifest. I love this so much. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
A very important poem to understand: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=47846
1 week ago
Billy Meier took the best pics of UFOs. I watched a documentary about him with Seng Piow and we were both stunned how good the documentary is. It's alittle older but relevant. When you watch, you must please pay full attention as they have accents, but understandable. Listen closely to the technical information when his material goes through tests for authenticity: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0q7ye0dic0U
1 week ago
Nobody should put beautiful grandma to sleep ever and nobody should put that lovely dog or any animals to sleep. No animals should be harmed, butchered or caged. We are humans and supposedly more intelligent. So let's act like it by being kind to those animals that are 'lesser' than us and our intelligence. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
This is exactly what Buddha taught. What Tsongkapa explained. What H.H. Trijang Rinpoche embodied and what H.H. Zong Rinpoche shared with me.~Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
NEW POST-And some partners just drag each other down anyways because it’s convenient to be with that person. It’s not love but just using each other. I’ve seen that clearly in a few cases. People can hide with their partners and avoid real efforts because they are in denial, but denial or not, it will catch up. I am deeply sorry to say things like that too. But it’s true..please read on: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=47760
2 weeks ago
Do you know about Raimundo Arruda Sobrinho? If you don't you should find out now!! It is totally necessary to find out and share with others: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=47397
2 weeks ago
It's fortunate for the student to meet a caring and real teacher in this day and age. It is also very fortunate for the teacher to meet a caring and genuine student. It benefits the dharma and many beings when a genuine teacher and genuine student meet and work together to benefit others. Very powerful and good combination.-See what I mean please: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=47425
2 weeks ago
The evil ways of some completely amaze me every single day.. They better take a deep breath when they close their eyes for the last time, because it's not going to be pretty. This is how this little sweetheart was dumped on the street.-From Harbored Souls Rescue (FB)
2 weeks ago
Dear friends, a special letter for Frederick but it might benefit everyone out there who are really seeking inner change and spirituality. I invite you to read as I just posted now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=47445
2 weeks ago
Click on photo to enlarge and see what this six year old has to share with the world. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
My dad rescued her from an abandoned store front two years ago. They watch TV like this together! -Via Reddit (facebook)
2 weeks ago
My shrine here in the USA. Do you like it? Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
Dear friends, as you know part of my ancestry is Mongolian (Kalmyk). The Kalmyk Republic is one of the republics in Russia. And Kalmyk Republic is the only European republic that is Buddhist and they are Mongols in ancestry. They are proud people. I found a video that is very good. It showcases all the dances of the various Russian Republics. Very beautiful and rich Russian heritage. At 27:59 of the video you will see the Kalymk performers doing the Mongol-Kalmyk dance. I use to dance in a Kalymk dance troupe as a kid, but I couldn't dance like this! I was amazed how beautiful it was done and talented the Kalmyk dancer are as well as the other republics. I want to share with you. Please see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhnbLoFbpsU -Thank you- Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
The Medicine Buddha is the composition of the buddhas. This means that when we practice the seven-limb prayer and make offerings with the seven limbs, we receive the same merit as we would if we had made offerings to all the Buddhas. Similarly, when we recite the mantra of Medicine Buddha, we collect unbelievable merit just as when we offer the seven-limb practice to Medicine Buddha. Be the cause for many to come to receive the healing of the Medicine Buddha and seal tremendous merits for yourself and your family in this life and the other lives to come.~Martin Get involved: http://www.medicinebuddhahill.com
2 weeks ago
Dear friends, Came across this which is short and gives hope. Do see: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=47218 Always trying my best to expose you to all types of knowledge, information and inspirations, Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
I love country roads. I wish this one lead to a secluded wooden retreat house where I lived away and far from the trappings of samsara and it's endless deceptions. Those who agree or participate in the deceptions will not only invite depression and disillusionment, but perhaps eventually be 'crippled' by it and trapped for long spells of 'time'. TR
2 weeks ago
What a nice comment by Antonio Rocco Romeo left on my facebook comments. I like people who have gratitude and show it. Not just say it but show it because they are the people who will get far and be less self-introverted creating less unhappiness in their minds. Happiness comes from having gratitude. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
March 29, 2014-Went to a Native American Indian store yesterday to find stones to make offerings to the Buddhas. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
In horror of death, I took to the mountains— Again and again I meditated on the uncertainty of the hour of death, Capturing the fortress of the deathless unending nature of mind. Now all fear of death is over and done. ~ MILAREPA
3 weeks ago
This is what my 1972 blue Volkswagon beetle looked like when I had it in the 80's.  This is the exact color too. I drove it all over Los Angeles. It didn't have alot of power but it got me around. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo: "However dark our minds may be, however hard our hearts may be, this is not our true nature... enlightenment is when we finally come into our true humanity." ... pic Korea Nov 2013 ( We must keep practicing and applying the dharma strongly to bring our real nature out. Don't let temporary emotions and dark feelings let us give up our dharma practice or works. Don't listen to people who have done very little for us or what they did for us heralds only more sufferings. Listen to the dharma. Tsem Rinpoche )
4 weeks ago
This can be applicable to some experiences in our past? So we just let go, forgive and offer our prayers. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
My shrine in my room where I work. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
Nicholas arranged alot of flowers at my request in front of the house so it's more colorful and natural. Nice offerings. He has been working at it. Nicholas is hardworking, straightforward and easy to work with. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
Joy has been with me for many years and very talented. She really has painted hundreds of Buddha images within Kechara. I asked her to join me in USA to help do some work and she was on the plane within 48 hours after her spiritual retreat in another part of the US. Joy is here in the USA to help our Tsem Rinpoche Foundation. She went for a two week retreat and then joined me. Welcome. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
Mountains may crumble, the oceans may dry up, but the Buddha cannot lie.~Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
Nothing is more precious than having a guru that loves you and teaches you. It is through his divine teachings you find yourself and become someone who brings light, life, joy and bliss to all those you meet. You make your life beautiful due to the beauty your guru shows you have in you. ~Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
We have five dharma store outlets (Kechara Paradise) and these are the wonderful sales persons who work our stores and always has a bright smile on their faces. They are good people and I am happy to have them. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
When we trust our guru, things don't become better or easier, but our goal becomes clear and we head towards a direction that leads to something supreme for ourselves. Nothing from my guru to me has ever been easy or simple or without much obstacles, but I will not quit. ~Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
People who truly love animals have the special mind to love without agenda and without rewards. Su Ming is one of those rare souls that love, care and help you without any personal agenda. She is warm, intelligent, sharp and a GREAT FRIEND TO HAVE. She is what defines friendship. You will find it hard to find another like her. People are blessed to have her in their lives and I mean every word of this. Treasure her friendship alway and never lose it because hard to find again. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Kecharians in a strange time and place.....Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
Was casually walking around Venice Beach today and suddenly a Marvin called out "Rinpoche!" I never met this gentle person, but he has been following me on my youtubes and blog and recognized me. It was nice to meet up with him and say hello. And say hello to his dog Scooby too! It touched me that he said my teachings online and blog helped him and changed his life. Thank you Marvin! Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
We walked by a house in Los Angeles that was fantastic! They made a special outdoor place for Lord Buddha to be placed. Hundreds of people walk by and can see this Buddha and be blessed. I really like this alot. I always like to do this too! Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
Beautiful Buddha at the Japanese Garden in San Francisco. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
THE DAIRY INDUSTRY IS THE MEAT INDUSTRY... PLEASE DITCH THE DAIRY & DON'T SUPPORT THIS CRUELTY! --This is what happens when dairy cows have outlived their usefulness ...after their calves have been repeatedly and systematically stolen from them and they have been exploited as milk-producing slaves.
1 month ago
This was the view of the mountains near where I live USA. I love the mountains and seeing them daily. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
I've always loved flowers. We visited a nearby nursery today and there was so many nice flowers. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
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  • Aki drinking some water in the aviary
    Aki drinking some water in the aviary
    Aki is a rescued bird, he now lives in Kechara Forest Retreat Aviary
    1 month ago
  • Jamyang enjoying some fresh corn
    Jamyang enjoying some fresh corn
    Jamyang is one of our rescue birds that live in Kechara Forest Retreat Aviary
    1 month ago
  • The Cute Mumus Practising Dog Orchestra at Kechara Forest Retreat
    The Cute Mumus Practising Dog Orchestra at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Today the Mumus (dogs) decided to do a dog orchestra rehearsal together with the Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR) dogs.
    2 months ago
  • Incredible footage you must see!
    Incredible footage you must see!
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    Gongkar is our new bird for Kechara Forest Retreat's aviary. Gongkar never had friends and the original owner could not bring him to his destination. Now he is with us and assimilating in his cage within the aviary for a few weeks then released into aviary. Look at how much he wants attention from the other birds. Cute. Tsem Rinpoche
    6 months ago
  • Mumu, Oser and Dharma running and having a good time. I love seeing them playing. Tsem Rinpoche
    Mumu, Oser and Dharma running and having a good time. I love seeing them playing. Tsem Rinpoche
    6 months ago
  • Mumus running at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Mumus running at Kechara Forest Retreat
    7 months ago
  • Kechara Forest Retreat panorama, September 2013
    Kechara Forest Retreat panorama, September 2013
    7 months ago
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    Dechog our cockatoo at Kechara Forest Retreat grabbing long beans which he loves. Nice bird. We love him. Tsem Rinpoche
    10 months ago
  • The mumus having outdoor evening stroll!!!
    The mumus having outdoor evening stroll!!!
    10 months ago
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    17 May 2013, heavy rain at Kechara Forest Retreat from 7am-8am (1 hour). Water overflowed the existing drain and also opened up a much wider new "route" for itself.
    11 months ago
  • Must see video from Rajendra on our disciplined dogs
    Must see video from Rajendra on our disciplined dogs
    1 years ago
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    Dato' Ruby won the Bella Awards!
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    This is a wonderful video for Moh Mei because she is sleeping in the KECHARA FOREST RETREAT CONTAINERS all alone...ehehehhehe...this is a new friend to keep her company....tsem rinpoche
    1 years ago
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    1 years ago
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    The 2 tortoises in Tsem Ladrang, Kadro and Menlha are enjoying their fresh veggie meal.
    1 years ago
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    Organic vegetables at Kechara Forest Retreat
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    This is Dorje our friendly fish that lives with us. He captured my attention the first time because he was exceptionally friendly. TR
    1 years ago
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    Mumus go bye bye!!!
    1 years ago
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    SP's mom said that she is from Penang. This is her first trip to bodhgaya, and she truly finds bodhgaya is very holy and spiritual.
    1 years ago
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    Very touching video...Buddha said it was very important to visit the four holy places associated with Him before our deaths. Remembering this, I had instructed Paul to take this senior group to Bodhgaya and make sure they are able to plant imprints. When this life of 'fun', money, parties and socials are over, we cannot leave empty handed. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
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    Our two rescued tortoises who live at Tsem Ladrang happily and will be transferred to Kechara Forest Retreat where they will have much more space to roam and run. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
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    Aki is the old African Grey that was abandoned by his owner. Because he is old, no one wanted him. Well we wanted him and we took him and in and love him. He is in a big aviary and he likes his cage. We leave his cage open at all times so he can go in and out as he likes. His cage is his security blanket. Cute. He gets nice food and sunshine daily and also we play monks chanting for him to be blessed. We love you Aki. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
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    Meal time for all the cute mumus!
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    Dear james, very nice video of Kechara outlet and the activity led by Kien. You must always make more videos. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
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    This little birdie was at a pet shop. He has maimed leg, permanent damage to his wing and cannot fly and also one eye blind. I don't think anyone would want the poor thing, so I adopted him and keep him safe, fed and with lots of fresh air. He's also in a large aviary so he can be with other birds and not be alone. He is alert, active, and has a good appetite. I like him very much and will make sure he is safe, happy and has a good life. I name him Lucky. Lucky will always be safe now. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
  • Setrap's mantra
    Setrap's mantra
    2 yearss ago
  • Rinpoche does Baby Jane!
    Rinpoche does Baby Jane!
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    2 yearss ago
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Aiyo so cute. I am in KD now going through some design work with Karen and Mrs.Chua is teaching Pat, Kumar, Yen Ping, Louise and Jeff English.

May they be able to learn up fast and assist Rinpoche's work!

Love,
Ethan

    2 yearss ago

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