Small Plant Growing on Zong Rinpoche’s Statue

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March 13, 2010

Dear everyone,

A few days ago in my audience room in Kechara House 1, there was a leakage on the ceiling, and water fell directly onto Zong Rinpoche’s statue on the altar, not anywhere else. So I was quite concerned and worried.

Without asking me, Monlam, who was very concerned and caring and who has a lot of initiative, called up three very senior and old monks in Gaden Monastery to ask if it means anything bad. JP, also on his own, asked Monlam about the significance.

The first senior Gen (Gen means teacher in Tibetan), said that water falling onto the lama’ statue like that is nothing bad. In fact it is very, very good, it means that attainments are coming. And he also said, if there is anything like mushrooms or grass or plants growing on the statue afterwards, it is a clear sign that a lot of money for Dharma is coming soon.

In Tibet we believe what the old monk said. And the amazing thing is he mentioned this a few days ago before we noticed that something is actually growing on the statue.

The second senior monk, Geshe Jinpa said, there is nothing to worry about, it is a good sign, it means good things are coming.

And Monlam even contacted one of my gurus, His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche to ask for divination, and Kensur Rinpoche’s divination showed that “Don’t worry, everything is fine, just do a long life puja of 16 Arhats for Tsem Rinpoche life. It is not a bad sign. Everything will be ok.”

All three lamas confirmed that after the statue is repaired and we put up the clothes again, I should offer up a khata, an offering of tensum and mandala, and everything is fine. In fact it is a very good sign. All three lamas confirmed that if I do that after the repairing of the statue, it would be good.

Thank you.

Tsem Rinpoche

The holy image is in my room now.

 

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Tibetan ‘Ah’ syllable found on the inside of the skull of the 2nd Zong Rinpoche, Zongtrul Tenpa Chopel (1836-1899 AD) after his cremation ceremony

 


Here’s more stories similar that happened to me:

This mushroom appeared last time in my house also: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/setrap-gives-another-sign.html

Then immediately outside of my house a Bodhi tree starte to grow on it’s own. We asked around and no one had planted it: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/etc/wherever-i-stay-this-is-what-happens.html

This one appeared very recently: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=30053&preview=true

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  1. Li Kheng on Jun 21, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    Tsem Rinpoche practiced pure Guru Devotion. It has been mentioned in many interviews and statements that Tsem Rinpoche was much known for His devout Guru Devotion. The fact that Rinpoche stays in Malaysia is based on Guru Devotion.

    Because of strong and consistent Guru Devotion, Tsem Rinpoche will always have connection to His Gurus. Even after passing away, Zong Rinpoche’s blessing is evidently with Rinpoche, acting as guidance and blessing to Rinpoche. The manifestation of this plant is also a sign of the close relationship Tsem Rinpoche has with Zong Rinpoche due to strong Guru Devotion and clean samaya.

    I pray daily that, as Rinpoche’s students, we will learn to develop one of our Guru’s strongest trait: Guru Devotion, which is the foundation of all progressive and effective Dharma practice.

  2. Cynthia Ng on Jun 20, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Unbelievable small plant growing on Zong Rinpoche’s statue! I Seen with my own eyes the plants outside Gompa grow mushrooms few times. Of course is very excited when know is good omen.

  3. Wan Wai Meng on Jun 14, 2012 at 3:33 am

    It was Rinppoche’s devotion to his teachers and the Buddha Dharma that led him to do so much in the East. Rinpoche by being devoted to his teachers was being devoted to the Dharma. The Dharma lived within his teachers whether it was His Holiness Zong Rinpoche or Kensur Jampa Yeshe and so many many more. There are just too many coincidences in Rinpoche’s life which points to the fact that Rinpoche is very very attained lama with so much compassion for others.

  4. Shin on Apr 5, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    I had the great fortune to have audience with the statue of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and offered a khata.

    It is amazing to witness miraculous signs, but I always remember what is more rare and precious, thanks to the Lamrim class in Kechara House, about the turtle and the golden yoke:-

    There is a vast ocean, as fast as the whole universe. A blind turtle dwells at the bottom of the ocean, but he surfaces once every one hundred years. Meanwhile floating on top of the ocean is a golden yoke with a small hole in the centre. This ring is carried by the wind and waves. How easy would it be for the blind turtle to poke hsi head through that golden yoke is how rare for us to be born as a human or god and to come across the pure, complete teaching of Dharma.

    Thank you Rinpoche for Kechara is the golden yoke for many “turtles” who are swimming in the ocean of samsara and may our work continues to bring Dharma to many.

  5. Victor Phang on Apr 5, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Great news! Really eye opening information. This is my very first time reading this kind of information.
    Really thanks for sharing, Rinpoche. May Kechara grows and flourish forever 🙂
    With love,
    VP

  6. Cynthia on Sep 16, 2011 at 6:32 am

    I can always remember this statue incident. People from KH was invited to Ladrang to view this statue. Rinpoche gave a dharma talk and along with it offered refuge to students who want to take refuge. It was very random and rare opportunity. To me that was a good thing coming. For me at least … to take refuge with one of the best guru.

  7. Anila on Dec 4, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Zong Rinpoche is Tsem Rinpoche Root Guru and Trijang Rinpoche is the Guru of Zong Rinpoche. These two statues have been placed in Tsem Rinpoche’s audience room altar in KH1 for a long time. Uncle Eddie and I use to take care of the Gompa and Rinpoche’s room at that time. One day uncle eddie called me when he was about to make water offerings on the altar and spotted water dripping down onto the middle of Zong Rinpoche’d forehead from the ceiling. The water then flooded the floor around the altar. Zong Rinpoche’s statue was soaked wet and damaged. Then it was brought to Ladrang to dry before sendi g it for re;air. During the process of drying during the few days a small plant sprout out of Zong Rinpoche’s right knee. And Rinpoche dislayed it out in Ladrang Gompa for us to see. According Ganden Monasteery Senior monks say about the incident is correct. This is a good sign that we are expanding and growing very fast.

  8. Uncle Eddie on Sep 5, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    Rinpoche’s deep-rooted unwavering guru devotion could have brought about this miraculous blessing in the form of a yellow sprout of plant appearing on the damaged statue of Zong rinpoche. All three lamas feedback confirmed good sign particularly at the time when we are awaiting the manifestation of Kechara World Peace Centre. Even rinpoche’s own living guru, H.E. Kensur Jampa rinpoche’s divination gave the following Assurance; “Dont worry, everything is fine. Just do a long puja of 16 arhats for Tsem rinpoche’s life. It is not a bad sign. Everything will be ok.” Tsem rinpoche’s guru devotion reputation in Gaden earned him great from all who knew him – THE VITAL FOUNDATION TO ALL ATTAINMENT!

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  11. Mimi Chua on Aug 1, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Thank you Tatt Ming for sharing this storey to me when my family visited KH in June 2010. Now I understand this blog better and how it connects to the one after it is nicely repaired.

  12. pamela on Jul 10, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    I recalled this incident because most of the people who knew about it looked so worried, especially the liaisons as many didnt know the significance of such incident happening. Not long after that, an SMS came from Ladrang’s admin stating that everything is going to be okay, in fact better than OKAY. Monlam and the Ladrang people did a good job by taking the initiative to consult the senior Monks in Gaden Monastery. As always, nothing but good news. The fact that everyone was worried shows how much they care about Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche’s statue. Lily is so amazing, the way she ‘fixed’ (http://www.kechara.com/arts/news/a-restoring-zong-rinpoche-update/) the statue was beautiful. It really looked like new! Nice.

  13. JP on Jul 10, 2010 at 2:49 am

    I remember clearly when I received a call from Yoke Fui in the morning that the Zong Rinpoche statue in Kechara House 1’s audience room is badly damaged, I almost fell off my bed. I couldn’t believe that water would find its way to fall direct onto the statue. Directly above the audience room is an office. Really, what are the chances? In the 2 ½ years of being in service in Tsem Ladrang, the impossible always appear to be possible, defying all statistics.
    I immediately sent a few Ladrang staff over to Kechara House 1 to rescue the statue and examine the extent of the damage. Shortly after, I arrived at the scene. After examining the damage, we made a few phone calls to people who are experienced with clay statues. After much consultation, I gave Rinpoche a report and a proposal on salvaging the statue. We had to leave the statue to dry for a few days.
    As soon as I returned to the ladrang, I asked Monlam to call Gaden Monastery to find out the significance of this event. The divinition results showed that it was a good sign. We were asked to look out for mushrooms or plants growing on the statue. Immediately one day after we transported the statue back into the ladrang, my assistant Bonita alerted me of the sprout. I was once again pleasantly shocked because the statue was kept in a cabinet where there was no light! Amazing!
    Good omens do happen when we have good Guru samaya. Rinpoche is famous in Gaden Monastery for having Guru devotion.

  14. joey on Jul 10, 2010 at 12:01 am

    And to think of people who scoff at miracles saying that they do not exist and all that, this is one of them! Right here in Malaysia and with Rinpoche as well! That and this being the indisputable proof that Rinpoche is benefiting others and to the less knowledgeable and exposed ones, that Rinpoche is a ‘real’ Rinpoche from Ganden, not a doubtful one. And i totally rejoice for this sign as it means, well, funds for KWPC is near! hehehhe
    I feel that the important lesson here is to always have faith in the Lama. These ‘miracles’ are definite signs that things will happen sent to us by the Dharma protector to not doubt the Lama. And even though it looks hard to achieve, whatever that Rinpoche has said IS achievable…

  15. Sean Wang on Jul 9, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    This is real proof that miracles really do happen in Kechara House. I had the honor of seeing the plant on the statue and I prostrated to it. We can also trust and believe in our great gurus, our lamas. We also can trust the great teachers as they all said similair things indicating what they say is actually true! I like the pictures! They are in really good quality!! May Rinpoche live to a nice ripe old age, so that he can help may other people to get a good chance to be an enlightened being! OM ARA PATSA NA DHI!

  16. ruby on Jul 9, 2010 at 1:10 am

    I was in Ipoh Study group open house when a group of us received news that water from the upper floor leaked into our unit and damaged Zong Rinpoche’s statue which Rinpoche had with him for years. I remember cousin Henry’s horrifying face when he broke the news to us. The first thought that came into my mind was “oh no, we are doooomed!”. Everyone’s mood was dampened as we took that as a bad omen. Later that day, we received news (just as how Rinpoche wrote on his blog) that Monlam had called the high monks in Gaden and they confirmed that it is a good sign as Tibetans believe that water is a sign of prosperity/auspiciousness. Just like if it drizzles after a dharmic activity, it is a good sign. We were also told that if a plant grows on the damaged part, it is even better. And lo behold, a sprout emerged two days later much to our relief!

  17. ngeowchin on Jul 7, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    Water for the Chinese always equates with money and smooth flow of luck and good fortune.
    When water damaged the statue of Zong Rinpoche in the audience room , whatever the above positive associations with water flew out the window.There was a sense of foreboding for all of us who knew about the incident.Curiously, it seemed like the leakage from the ceiling was very selective, finding its way and dripping down only on the spot where the small statue is.
    It turned out to be a good sign when the water give rise to a mysterious sprout and foretells good things coming.
    This was confirmed by 3 monks from Gaden monastery.
    In fact if it was auspicious,it was due to Rinpoche’s strong Guru devotion, the foundation of all attainments.

  18. David Lai on Jul 7, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    I think omens are just signs given by the power of the 3 jewels to herald something good or something bad. The omen itself is not the cause for what is bad or what is good. It is actually the samaya of the that person or more so the collection actions of that individual. Well, it is because we don’t have enough faith in our Lamas or we ourselves are not stable and unsure of what is right or wrong, the Buddhas are very kind to send little signs to let us know.
    However, this little plant omen is the most potent omen I have ever seen happening surround Rinpoche. It is most potent because it is arising from a statue of Rinpoche’s own Guru and we all know how devoted Rinpoche is to his Lamas. Rinpoche although a relatively young Lama in Gaden monastery, is widely respected not for his sponsorship or his diligent work for the monastery but his utter pure devotion to his Lamas.
    In fact, some older monks say they have not seen devotion like Rinpoche’s since the fall of Tibet. It was because of Rinpoche’s devotion that save his Guru, Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche from a rather severe complications arising from Diabetes. Monk revere such devotion because it is through such devotion that high spiritual attainments would arise as witnessed by this omen.

  19. Bonita Khoo on Jul 7, 2010 at 4:30 am

    The day when water leaked at KH Audience room and damaged Rinpoche precious statue of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, all of us were so worried that it was a bad omen!
    Fortunately, news and feedback from Gen Gelong, Geshe Jinpa and Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche lifted the boulders off everyone’s shoulders and chest!
    In fact, all these good news came at a very appropriate timing when we needed affirmation for the support that we were looking forward to towards the manifestation of Kechara World Peace Centre.
    In view of the size of this project, we needed the support from all angle from financial, to networking, to skills, to time support etc. We need to pull together whatever resources we have and work towards our goal.
    These signs came at the right moment in assuring us that we will gain the support needed for the growth of Kechara organization and the manifestation of Kechara World Peace Center.
    By the blessing of Rinpoche’s pure guru samaya and guru devotion, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche ‘used’ His holy body to manifest signs giving us the assurance for the support coming forth for Rinpoche’s project in spreading Lama Tsongkhapa and Protector’s teachings.
    You can call this a miracle or whatever you like. It definitely had shown us that we are moving towards the right direction under the guidance to Rinpoche in benefiting others!

  20. Sandy Clarke on Jul 6, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    This wonderful sign is quite clearly a blessing, but also an indication of your complete, unwavering Guru devotion towards HH Zong Rinpoche.
    To have you as our teacher, we learn the greatest lessons from your kindness, compassion and clear wisdom, but also as HH Zong Rinpoche’s student, you show us by example of your own Guru devotion exactly how we, and students of other Gurus, should commit to their teacher and remain devoted to them at all times if we are to benefit fully from our studying of the Dharma.
    May I offer my greatest respects to HH Zong Rinpoche and give my deepest gratitude for his pure kindness and guidance in teaching you in such a way that has led you to become our great, wise and compassionate Guru. We remain eternally devoted.
    Kindest regards,
    Sandy

  21. Elena on Jul 4, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Beng has a point about that guru devotion enabling such blessings to be manifested. Because without guru devotion, even if such miraculous signs were manifested, who would believe them?
    What is sad is that signs like these are still needed these days to convince educated practitioners of a guru’s abilities. I feel that it is a sign of degeneracy that people do not believe their guru’s words without miracles, even though they are educated and can think logically. Rinpoche always says we take so many things in our lives as our gurus – we allow things like money, sex, the need for fame, to influence and run every decision we make, despite knowing those things drag us deeper into samsara…but yet we happily let them do that.
    Then when someone comes along and teaches us how to gain ultimate happiness, we balk at the idea of them telling us what to do and how to get it. If we can’t listen to him now, how can we listen to his instructions in the higher tantric practices, which can be dangerous? I think that’s what Beng means when she says guru devotion is the foundation of all practices in Vajrayana Buddhism.
    Guru devotion is the reason why we have Rinpoche here with us today. If Rinpoche had not been devoted to Zong Rinpoche, he wouldn’t have left the US to take ordination vows in India. If he hadn’t been devoted to Lati Rinpoche, he would not have left India to come to Malaysia, to raise funds for the monastery. So guru devotion isn’t just the foundation of all practices in Vajrayana Buddhism. Guru devotion is the foundation for Kechara to exist today.
    Anyway, this grand statue of Zong Rinpoche wasn’t left destroyed like this. It was restored by Kechara Saraswati Arts ( http://www.kechara.com/arts/news/a-restoring-zong-rinpoche-update/ ) volunteer Lili Ng who did an amazing job. I saw the statue after restorations were complete, and it looks as good as new…and Lili even made a replica for Rinpoche!

  22. Beng Kooi on Jul 3, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    There is more that can be said about the miraculous appearance of this sprout on the statue of Zong Rinpoche.
    Like all attained Gelug masters, Tsem Rinpoche is extremely humble and will not draw attention to the fact that it is actually his exemplary Guru Devotion and unbroken pure samaya with Kyabje Zong Rinpoche that enabled this image of his root guru to show signs and portents of what is to come.
    This image of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche has been with Tsem Rinpoche since his earliest days in India, when Rinpoche left his home in the USA for good and went to Gaden Shartse to be ordained as a monk. The image contains many holy relics but ultimately, it is Rinpoche’s strong and pure connection to Zong Rinpoche that enables such miraculous signs to manifest.
    May all true buddhists practitioners around the world also become shining examples of Guru Devotion, which is the foundation of all practices in vajrayana Buddhism.

  23. Linda Hoo May Ling on Mar 17, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    A precious moment………It’s precious plant, symbolic growth. The colour of the plant is yellow and round, supreme peace attainment as one. Standing tall on the right lap of H.H. Zong Rinpoche. So so unique. So glad I am able to place such special memory found in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Thank you so much to be able bookmark this land for many years to come. Do really hope this unique mystical plant can grow further into a big tree with flowers and if possible fruit bearing like the Bodhi Tree and yet maintain our H.H. Zong Rinpoche statue for more years to come.
    T H A N K Y O U S O M U C H!

  24. Thomas Canada on Mar 14, 2010 at 4:18 am

    I recently received a statue of H.H.Zong Rinpoche and all the memories or previous years cascade across my mind.This I see similarly to the ‘Sprout’ that manifested as if by a miracle.
    I wished to also share that the way you Teach resounds in my heart and mind. Therefore I thank you for your presence, even though you are half way around the world. Time and Space are meaningless.
    With Folded Hands, I rejoice in the clarity of your words!
    Many Thanks
    ps I too have a connection with Mongolia

  25. Alexander Belousov on Mar 13, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    That’s great!

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  • Jason
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 03:07 AM
    This year Wesak Day fall on 10 of May. This day is very special and meaningful to me because I will visit Kechara Forest Retreat(KFR) to join some meritorious event there.
    For me, Wesak is a day to commemorate Buddha Sakyamuni in three aspect( Birth , Enlightened, Nirwana).
    While we celebrate Wesak, we must remind ourselves to learn from Buddha teachings and practice it in order to gain attainment.
    Thanks Rinpoche and Pastor Seng Piow for sharing in order to create more understanding on Wesak Day.

    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/wesak-day-special-on-rtm-2.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 06:10 PM
    OMG! This is very touching. To see a doggie who never left go of his owner in spite of death. Way more powerful than many who proclaimed “till death do us part.” Just like the human, not all doggies are as loyal as this tear-jerking pet, but I truly believe almost all doggies offer unconditional love to the person who feeds and cares for them. Even when they are stray animals. There was a stray dog who will run two streets from the entrance of the “Taman” until the car stops in front of the house, just to greet me. You can imagine the warm and conviction in my heart that these beings are more than capable of loving than many of us, human! Thank you for this lovely sharing. I miss my doggie, Sherab.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 06:00 PM
    Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow, for this amazing sharing. There is no doubt about the ability of our Guru, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche. His incarnations have been compassionate and taken rebirth to return and spread the dharma so that sentient beings can benefit and learn some dharma in our short life.

    We shall never doubt our Guru; but must see that He is one with our Yidam and Protector, an attained being. Even if our Guru does not demonstrate clairvoyance abilities, we must never contest our Guru, for he holds the key (dharma) that can liberate us from eternal suffering in samsara.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-1-2.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 05:50 PM
    Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow, for the illustrated miracle story on how Rinpoche guided Cynthia and Marici away from danger through protector’s practice. The unseen exist, whether we like it or not. Some of them are malicious and have the affinity or karma with some of us. Hence they can cause harm and disturbance. By engaging in Protectors’ practice like Dorje Shugden and Setrap that have been practiced by the high lamas of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, we are protected and guarded against harm.

    Rinpoche is compassionate and only want the best for us. His teachings are not meant to show off the power of the divines but offer us a way out from our desperate samsara conundrum that binds us from engaging in deeper spiritual practice. Rinpoche always teaches us to focus on mind transformation and Tsongkhapa practice. How fortunate we are to have met Rinpoche in this lifetime. We must not let this rare and precious opportunity go to waste.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-12.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 04:30 PM
    Miracles do happen,when we have faith and trust in our Guru.What is important is to follow Rinpoche’s advice and do as instructed by our Guru to clear the osbtacles all the way.Angie and Herry were so fortunate to have meet Rinpoche.Its because of Rinpoche ‘s compassion and caring for his student Angie’s life was saved.Infact Rinpoche has helped many people through his intervention, advice and instructions.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing miracles stories which i enjoyed reading.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-2.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 02:45 PM
    WOW….interesting a miracles true story. Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing.Reciting mantras by family members and doing 20 pujas done at the monastery to help the baby. These proved that pujas, which have been done for hundreds of years in the monasteries are very powerful methods for us to overcome difficulties, create huge amounts of merit and for protection, good health and long life.This show us how powerful pujas can help us when we have trust and faith in our Guru.And with Rinpoche divination,the baby was born and now a healthy boy.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-1-2.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 12:47 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these powerful teachings.Its a privilege
    to do Dharma work to benefits other,do it with motivation and a good attitude when engaging ourselves It will be guide line for me.When we serve others to do Dharma work together at Kechara Forest Retreat ,we will improve ourself , purify our negative karma and to benefit others too.I will be sponsoring to the healings bricks soon and i will cherish every moment in supporting KFR.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/dharma-work-attitude-tdl.html
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 11:06 AM
    Bigfoot is just another beings living in this world although not commonly seen and live in the deep jungle in high mountains. There were many evidences that people from many parts of the world sighted this beings. Whatever shape they are I think importantly we are all sharing this world and therefore need to have mutual respect and not intervene each others.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/its-in-the-scriptures-they-exist.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 04:26 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline sharing this interesting post about Bodhidharma, a great master favoured meditation and introduced the Lankavatara Sutra to Chinese Buddhism.

    Here are a few points I have learned from this post:
    1. Bodhidharma had strong imprints of Dharma from the past and therefore he is interested in Buddha’s teachings and show his great wisdom. at a very young age.
    2. His strong guru devotion and determination in learning and spreading the dharma based on meditation though he confronted with difficulties such as Emperor Wu Di was not impressed by his teachings, being ostracized and rejected and lived as a beggar for many months. Notwithstanding, he continued and never give up to practice meditation in complete silence for nine years in cave wall when he was not accepted by Shaolin Monastery at the beginning .
    3. When Bodhidharma was allowed enter to the monastery, he had put a lot of efforts to help the monks in improving their physical body as well as their mind through the meditation. Then, Bodhidharma continued to develop a system of 18 dynamic tension exercises which were printed as Yi Gin Ching (Changing Muscle/Tendon Classic) in 550 CE. It is known as the Luohan (arhat) 18 Hand Movements today which serves as the basis of both Chinese Temple Boxing and the Shaolin Martial Arts.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/bodhidharma-the-founder-of-gongfu.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 04:10 PM
    Thank you, Grace, for sharing with us the many tips on how to care for and maintain our hair. Personal grooming is important because when we care for our appearance, we are respecting the people who have to deal with us. Caring for our hair, making sure that it is neat and clean should be something we need to take care of since young as it is part of personal grooming. The key is not to be attached to our body and outer-images, that results in spending much time and resources just to make ourselves look good.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/how-much-do-you-know-about-hair.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 03:00 PM
    Thank you for sharing these wonderful and significant photos showed that Kechara Pastors’ tireless efforts to bring dharma to many others and do the blessings whenever is necessary.

    Basically, the pastorship role was conceptualized by our precious guru, H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, to preserve the Dharma and to give laypeople an opportunity to commit to benefiting others. Kechara Pastors are fully dedicated and selflessly serving others especially in spiritual growth and therefore this is good for us to support the Pastors so that they can focus and spend more of their time and effort to serve others and most importantly Buddhist teachings can be spread and shared to many others. The supports to Pastors including food, lodging, transportation, items necessary for their work, such as ritual items or spiritual gifts for those in need and many others. (If you are interested to know more about Kechara Pastors, please have a good read at http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/support-the-kechara-pastors.html)

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/10-amazing-house-blessings-by-kechara-pastors.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 02:13 PM
    Its such a great blessing for all of us to hear the holy voice recordings of H.H Kyabje Zong Rinpoche a great master..His profound teachings ,got to take seroiusly,more as an important advice on Dorje Shugden’s practice.H.H Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s explaination was very clear before any of the practitioner’s commitment and receive sogtae.They must keep the lineage practice and teachings no matter what ever happen.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us on the important advice by a great master.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/kyabje-zong-rinpoches-advice-on-dorje-shugdens-practice.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 11:50 AM
    Thank you Pastor Han Nee for your sharing your thoughts and review about the book “Be Happy” written by Rinpoche. It is indeed not easy to be happy as we all have various expectation in every situation and people.

    We may think having a big house, lots of cash and good career is happiness but this is the wrong perception. Being happy is not about material and everything about ourselves. It is only when we can do more for others and focus out that we gain happiness. I never realised this until I joined Kechara. I think we have such a fixed mindset of what happiness is and when our expectation is not met, we are unhappy.

    Rinpoche has pointed out many ways for us to rectify our thoughts and methods to be happy. Now it is for us to take initiative to change and transform our mind if we want to be happy.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Han Nee for this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/be-happy.html
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Apr 24. 2017 12:30 PM
    Many people do not believe in reincarnation and only relates it to certain religion such as Hinduism and Buddhism. However, there were many instances and signs that proven reincarnation exist. As Buddhist we will believe in reincarnation and karma. It is by understanding that everything has its cause and effect that we should learn to live life in the correct attitude and mindset. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting articles to remind us of karma and the importance of doing dharma practise.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/interesting-signs-of-reincarnation.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Apr 23. 2017 08:29 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for your teachings.
    Always be generous and kind in what ever we could do even its little help.It’s the little things in life that bring the greatest happiness. Its between us and our Buddha ,so we would not bother what the receipient thinks and say of us. What ever was said ,should not deter our motivation to do Dharma work.
    (It will change people’s lives in one way or another. It will change your life for the better.)….well said by Rinpoche.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/its-not-between-you-and-the-recipient.html

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini\'s blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves.
~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini's blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves. ~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
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His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
: This picture says it all. Click on it to enlarge and read and please share.
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one\'s death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one's death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin\'s dog Snowy!
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I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin's dog Snowy!
Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
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Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
 Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
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2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
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One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
 Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
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Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
Tsem Rinpoche\'s Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
3 weeks ago
Tsem Rinpoche's Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
 It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and \'defeat\' the ones that hurt us because we don\'t become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
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It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and 'defeat' the ones that hurt us because we don't become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
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Tsem Rinpoche's heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin  Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
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Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
 (left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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(left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s good to be with kind and sincere people.
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It's good to be with kind and sincere people.
If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
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If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
My Mumu boy didn\'t want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
My Mumu boy didn't want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
4 weeks ago
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
1 month ago
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn\'t move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
1 month ago
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
1 month ago
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
1 month ago
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
1 month ago
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
1 month ago
Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
2 months ago
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
2 months ago
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
2 months ago
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
2 months ago
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
3 months ago
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
3 months ago
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
This is a good one to read
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This is a good one to read
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  • April 20, 2017 10:45
    Ronnie asked: Dear Rinpoche and Pastors, I'm studying abroad and very far away from home, seeking guidance and advice as I have no one else I can talk to about this. Please read with an open mind, I don't know where else to go for help. I'm pregnant and it's an unplanned pregnancy. I'm stuck between keeping it or letting it go. I'm young and having a child at my age in the society we live in now would be considered taboo. The father of the child thinks I should let it go because it may cause a setback to both our careers and cause major family issues. He thinks we aren't ready to raise a child especially since we're both still in university and his parents think badly of me even though they've never met me or tried to get to know me. I'm sure no one would ever have the heart to take away a heartbeat but it seems like it isn't the right time to have a child now and if we did go through with it, the child probably won't be able to have the best things life can offer looking at where we are now in terms of finance and maturity. I'm lost, confused and unsure what the right thing to do is now. Any advice at all would be helpful right now. Thank you so very much for taking time to read my story.
    pastor answered: Dear Ronnie, I’m sorry to read that you are going through this situation. I can understand that this situation is tough to go through. You are always more than welcome to come here to ask questions. May I suggest that you talk to either someone in your family or your friends to help you come to an appropriate solution? This is because, what you feel, what you are going through, will change from time to time and you would need someone to talk to, someone that you can lean on through this situation you are facing. Depending on where you are in the world, professional help can also be sought to help you make a decision, which will be the best option for you seeking help. From a Buddhist perspective, the taking of a life is not considered a positive act, therefore those on the Buddhist path, would normally abstain taking a life if possible. However, that being said, one must always weigh the decision oneself. Everything we do in life, necessarily involves karma both positive and negative. That is why Buddhists try to overcome samsara in general. Your situation is complicated because you are abroad, but if possible you should really open up to someone you are close to in order to help you through making this decision on a personal basis. When you talk to someone, whom you are able to express yourself more, you may able to come to better decision that is right for you. There may be other options open to you if you seek help. I personally know women who have been in similar situations. One of these women, let the child go and the other went through the pregnancy and then gave the child up for adoption. You may or may not have thought of this option, but it is one that could be open to you, depending on where in the world you are. Any decision we make in life, however big or small it may seem, has far reaching consequences whether in this life, or in future lives. This is just a part and parcel of life within samsara. However, we should weigh the decisions we make clearly given the situation we are in. We cannot always do this weighing ourselves, but need to talk about our options with others we can rely on such a friends, family or professionals. You should consider doing this, which will help you greatly emotionally, and may give you the grounding you need to make the correct decision for you. I hope this helps.
  • April 19, 2017 04:57
    Dongho asked: What is a nyung ne practice? According to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, it's a purification sadhana. However, what are the instructions for this? I'm guessing it's to Chenrezig, but how does it work? Also, from what I have read, Vajrasattva practice is only for broken vows while Akshobhya is for regular misdeeds. Does that mean one has to take the Akshobhya practice to purify bad karma from this life and previous instead of Vajrasattva? As for the purification practices, are some like Vajrasattva and Chenrezig only to purify the bad karma and let it come quickly or is it to prevent it from coming? I am confused in it. As for signs, I recited a mantra of White Yangchenma that a Sakya lama, Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche, gave me with the Sakya visualizations I read on, and after one mala, I heard some lady call my Korean name even though no one in my neighborhood knows of my name and my family members weren't in the area. What does this mean?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your questions, it’s nice to see you back here again. Nyung Ne practice is a purification practice that centres around Chenrezig. It is a very beneficial practice that stems from a holy nun named Gelong-ma Palmo. It is a two and a half day practice that can be repeated many times over and over again to intensify the purification and build a closer relationship with Chenrezig. As well as its purification aspect, the practice is known to generate vast amount of merit, and also compassion, as the practice centres around Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion. The practice involves taking the eight Mahayana precepts for the duration, fasting, meditating, prostrating and praying. The practice usually entails empowerment into the practice of Chenrezig, therefore the exact meditations, prayers can only be explained to those who have the empowerment. Vajrasattva practice is not necessarily only for repairing broken vows, etc. That’s why it is advised that you engage in the practice at the end of the day, to repair any vows that you may have broken during that day, as well as stopping any negative karma you created that day from multiplying. This would entail reciting the mantra 21 times, together with the four opponent powers. However, if you engage in this practice more intensely, it definitely has the capability to purify all sorts of karma. That is the reason why in Ngondro, or preliminary practices one engages in before tantra, the practice of 100,000 Vajrasattva mantra recitation is an integral part. You can read more about Vajrasattva and his practice here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/an-important-purification-practice.html. Within purification practices, some of the karma will be purified completely, so you do not feel its effects at all, but when purifying other karma you will need to feel its effects somehow. For example if you have the karma to be in a car accident and get seriously injured, and you are engaging in any practice, but especially the purification practice, since you have purified most of the karma, you will only experience being in a very minor car accident, with only very superficial injuries. Therefore, in this case, the karma has been purified to the extent that it does not affect you as much, but you still need to feel part of its effect. In regards to any signs that you receive which engaging in the practices given to you by one of your specific gurus, you should report the happenings to that particular guru. He will be able to give you more of an accurate answer, as it may be related to the particular practice that he gave to you. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • April 17, 2017 07:06
    Thomas asked: Dear Pastors, When a serkyem set has been used so much and one is ready to get rid of it and replace it with a new one. What is a respecful mode of disposal?
    pastor answered: Dear Thomas, Thank you for your question. Your question shows that you have a lot of respect for offering items, which is very good. If possible, you should try to repair the item if within your means, and doing so make embellishments to make it a better offering item, which can still be used. If this is not possible, then you should dispose of the item with a good motivation. You should think that this item has been used to make offerings to the enlightened beings, but now that it is broken or unusable, you are going to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. Since it itself is not a receptacle of energies of the enlightened beings, such as a statue, tsa tsa or thangka, it does not require a special dissolution before being disposed of. However since it was used to make offerings, it still requires some form of respect when disposing, and this comes from one’s motivation and the way in which you dispose of it. Usually, when disposing of items in this way, make the motivation that you have used it and that it is now time to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. When you do this you can dispose of it in a respectful manner. For example, if you are going to throw it away, you do not simply open the trash can and throw it in. You wrap it up in something, like a bag or newspaper and dispose of it respectfully. Another method you can dispose of it is to recycle the object, if the material it is made from can be recycled. That way you are more conscious of the environment as well. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 16, 2017 22:38
    Curious asked: Dear pastors In a recent youtube video something like paying respect to deceased ones, pastor Nirel Patel explained that merits are like the interest and good karma is like the principal sum. So merits always regenerate themselves and hence do not get used up but good karma is like the principal sum so it gets used up. So my question is what are practices that generate merit? And can we turn a mundane daily activity into a meritorious one? Maybe can you provide an example?
    pastor answered: Dear Curious, Thank you for your question. First, to clarify a point, in regards to good karma, you are right, it is like a principal sum in a bank account, but you take away from it when you experience something good in your life, and you add to it when you do good deeds. Merit on the other hand, once accrued never diminishes, therefore when something is based on merit, it is based on the energies of this never diminishing sum, which you could say is like interest. In short, the principal sum when talking about karma is always added to and subtracted from. However, when talking about merit, once you have it, there is no way to destroy it, you will always benefit from it. There are various ways to explain how to generate merit. I will explain a way that I find easiest to understand. In normal life, when we go about performing any sort of activity, be it ‘good’ or ‘bad’ we do so out of ignorance of the true nature of existence, and it is usually self-motivated. For example, we work our entire lives to generate monetary income, so that we have enough money, resources, and materials goods to be comfortable. This is self-motivated, but it is the accepted way the world works these days, and is part and parcel of being bound to samsaric life. On the other hand, the act of merit making can be categorised into three parts: i) motivation, ii) the act itself, and iii) dedication. Let’s start with motivation, when engaging in various virtuous acts, we should have the motivation that by engaging in the act, we have the motivation to alleviate the suffering of someone else, and that may we gain enlightenment so that we can benefit them in the future. The second is the act itself. The third is to dedicate the energy of the virtuous act to gaining enlightenment. These three are what make merit. This may be a little confusing, so let me give an example: giving help to a homeless person. Whereas in ordinary life, this is something praised as a very good deed, it does not create merit without motivation and dedication. In order for this to become merit, one must set the motivation that one is giving help to the homeless free of the eight worldly concerns, to alleviate their suffering and also making the motivation that you will achieve enlightenment for the sake of the person or people you are helping. Then after you have helped them, you dedicate the energy created to the spiritual journey towards full enlightenment to help all sentient beings, while at the same time benefiting as many sentient beings as possible on the way there. This transforms the act into not only a virtuous action but also one that generates merit. On the other hand, if you were to help the homeless without these, you are creating good karma, which although beneficial, keeps you bound to existence within samsara. As it is the goal of Buddhist practice to overcome the cycle of samsara, a Buddhist would want to generate merit instead of good karma. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 13, 2017 11:38
    D.A. asked: If Begtse Chan is not from Mongolia, what are his real origins or story exactly? And which lamas offer his empowerment? As for Manjushri Nagarakshasa, which lamas specifically offer his empowerment and practice?
    pastor answered: Dear D.A. Thank you for your question. Begtse, is also known as Chamsing, or Jamsaran in Mongolian. As mentioned in an earlier sharing with someone who also asked a question about Begtse, the practiced was introduced to Tibet from India by the translator Nyen Lotsawa, and is considered one of the main protectors of the Hayagriva cycle of tantras. According to the scriptures that derive from the Sakya tradition, who incorporated the practice from the translators, and in which tradition Begtse became a very important protector, Begtse in a previous life was born many eons ago. In that particular life, he was born as the younger prince in a royal family. His name was Drag Gye, and his older brother’s name was Drag Den. Over time both princes developed differing religious beliefs, to the point where they could not get along with each as they both held their own religious views strongly. As was the custom during that time, they decided to settle their differences through logical debate, with the loser having to convert to the winner’s religion. This custom was also prevalent in ancient India, and there are many stories of such debates occurring between the great masters of the past and those of other faiths. Drag Gye lost the various debates, but ran away instead of converting to his older brother’s religion. Drag Den caught him, and tried to punish him for breaking the rules of debate and going back on his promise. Drag Gye told his brother that even if he was killed he would not give up his religion, however if Drag Den let him go, that in the future when Drag Den became enlightened, he would protect his teachings. With that Drag Den let him go, and gave him a set of copper armour, a stick, and a bow and arrow. Drag Den also gave Drag Gye a new name: Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po. After this incident the two brothers never saw each other again in that lifetime. Many lives after that Drag Den was reborn as Prince Siddharta, who eventually became enlightened and is now known as Buddha Shakyamuni. Drag Gye, or Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po, was reborn in a cemetery in the North West direction. His parents gave birth to two eggs, one was a coral-like colour and the other was an agate-like colour. These two eggs flew high into the sky and reached the heavenly realms, there they subdued the gods. Then flying back down to earth, they subdued many nagas. Eventually they even came to threaten their own parents. The parents petitioned the Dharma protector Ekajati for her help, who threw her own staff (khatvanga) at the eggs, and broke them apart. From the coral-like coloured egg came a ferocious man with yellow hair, he proclaimed that his name was ‘Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po’. When he emerged he was wearing a set of copper armour, wielding a stick, copper sword, and a bow and arrow. From the agate-like coloured egg came a female who was blue in colour, her teeth were like shells, she had turquoise eyebrows, and her hair was made of fire. She emerged wielding a copper knife, ritual dagger (phurba), rode a terrifying bear and wore an intricate necklace made of agate and lapis lazuli. It was then that Ekajati once again took action, and subdued them, after which they became Dharma protectors. The male figure became known as Begtse, and the female as his sister. When you propitiate Begtse, his sister is automatically included and aids practitioners as well. As for which lama offer his practice and empowerment, most lamas do not advertise which teachings or practice they hold. Therefore you should respectfully approach lamas and ask them if they have the practice and can bestow it, or if they know of any lamas that have the practice, depending on how much you want to practice Begtse. Similarly, this applies to those lamas who have the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. However, this practice is included in the Rinjung Gyatsa series of empowerments. This unique cycle of teachings, includes all 4 classes of tantric practices, and includes the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. Therefore those lamas who have received the complete transmission, and have kept their commitments for this practice, are qualified to pass this on to others. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
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