Tsongkhapa & Friends at a disco???

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Datin is really patient. She has beautified so many Buddha statues by patiently spending hundreds of hours on gluing crystals to the holy images. She has a steady hand, creative mind, tons of patience and she loves to make the Buddhas beautiful.

Datin, her daughters, Patsy, Cherri, James, Kenny and a few other volunteers came daily to create this beautiful ‘bling bling’ work of art on Buddha Shakyamuni, Tsongkhapa, and Tara, who look like they are in a divine disco… hehe I love it!

I always like to do things that are unconventional or have different from the norm… especially when being different make things stand out better to attract people to the Dharma, or to practice better and to plant Dharma seeds in many beings.

These beautiful images are from Paul at Kechara Discovery and they are each 3 feet or 1 meter in height. They are in the audience room of Tsem Ladrang Kuala Lumpur for our private worship.

You can also see similar beautiful statues in Kechara Paradise Outlets. My passion for Buddha statues has been a lifelong love ever since I was very young. I love for people to have them as they bring so much benefit to people, and even by just looking at a Buddha image, the seed of enlightenment is planted into their mind stream. This is why I love making Buddha statues very beautiful and attractive. Having beautiful, iconographically correct Buddha images are essential part of our daily meditation and prayers to help in of visualisation and focus. These Buddhas are so beautiful, glamorous, shiny and very elegant. They are residing in Tsem Ladrang and I am sure Bobby Trendy in Los Angeles would love them!

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The traditional Gelugpa altar set up usually consist of three main Buddhas; Buddha Shakyamuni on the far left – representing the original Buddha that appeared in our aeon before Lama Tsongkhapa. Next is Lama Tsongkhapa who sits in the middle as the main Buddha of our lineage and finally Green Tara, for the fulfilment of all our wishes, activities and spiritual growth.

In the Tibetan tradition, Buddha statues are usually beautified and adorned with many precious stones such as turquoise, corals, pearls, and Dzi beads which are gems that can be found in the Himalayan region. However, in today’s modern times, we have an abundance and a variety of beautifully carved stones and jewels, hence we can be more creative with our offerings to the Buddhas. This is what inspired the creation of these beautiful ‘bling-bling’ altar set up, where the Buddhas are being adorned with Swarovski crystals.

The reasons for offering up a lot of beautiful jewels on to our Buddhas and altar is because offerings of such richness to the Buddhas create the causes for us to receive abundant resources and support. There are many forms of resources, not just financial but also physical resources, which are very much needed, especially when we wish to build a beneficial Dharma institution like Kechara Forest Retreat, to preserve and spread the holy Buddhadharma to benefit many. ‘Give to receive’ that is the universal law. Therefore, the more we give, the more we shall receive as it creates the causes for this positive energy. It also helps us to cut down our miserly attitude, which is the root cause for us to not have resources and to be in poverty.

A Buddha’s form is made up of three aeons of culmination of merits due to the practice of restricting negativities of the body, speech and mind life after life. Therefore, to see a Buddha, to make offerings to a Buddha, to prostrate to a Buddha and to create Buddha images put the imprints in our mind to have such a situation in which we create the causes to have a Buddha’s body.

Every action we do towards the Buddha image, such as offering flowers to the Buddha, beautifying, painting, sponsoring, or prostrating to a Buddha image plants the seeds of what the Buddha represent in us, as well as the seeds for us to achieve the same enlightened state, just like the Buddha. In short, it is very powerful to have a Buddha image in our house because we are connecting to an outer being who has achieved full enlightenment, and at the same time we are connected to our own inner being that has the potential to achieve this same state of enlightenment. The Buddha said that whether we make offering to him or to an image of him, the merits are exactly the same when it is done with a good motivation. Hence, it is very powerful and very good for everyone to have a beautiful Buddha statue or image on our shrine. Therefore, we should always make abundant offerings to the Buddhas, to the best of our ability. We should offer up the best we can afford, as our enlightenment is priceless. So, by offering up diamond-like crystals onto the Buddha’s body is an expression of our value of the preciousness of what the Buddha represents and our wish to achieve the same, which is full enlightenment.

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  1. Michael C. on May 1, 2014 at 7:57 am

    *Drool falls out of my open mouth from gazing for too long. Like a Bug to a Light-Bulb at night.

  2. Wei Theng on Nov 24, 2012 at 1:10 am

    I saw this bling bling Buddhas earlier and wondered who did such a beautiful Buddha statues.
    Reading this post and realised the wonderful people behind that create such a beautiful piece of art. It takes a lot of patience and focus to do it. It’s just another Dharma practice through arts. Rejoice!

  3. James Long on Nov 22, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    是点缀,是闭关也是供养。在家子弟最好能时时作供养累积功德。毕竟我们不是僧人能每天禅修,研习佛法,所以必须通过做很多的供养来得到功德。供养不必多,也不一定是钱财。一杯茶,一杯水也是供养。

  4. Darren Kechara Paradise on Nov 19, 2012 at 1:27 am

    This is very beautiful. I liked the Lama Tsongkhapa with blings crystal on. 🙂

  5. ngeowchin on Sep 7, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Dear Datin,
    It had all been said and they are all sincere heartfelt appreciation of what you had contributed towards our organisation and to spirituality.You are a precious jewel which outshine all the swarowski crystals !
    May you and your family be blessed always and continue the holy work you have committed to doing.

  6. Datin Ng on Jul 10, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Dear All, I truly humbled by all your compliments. This retreat of adorning thousands of glittering crystals on Buddhas was a training of my patience.
    It made me realize that one who is not at peace with himself cannot be at peace with others and if you can be patient among the impatient, most of the conflict and friction can be avoided. As Rinpoche always taught us, let others win, you dont lose BUT you GAIN! Knowing that i cannot change worldly conditions according to my wishes but i can change my mind to develope contentment, come what may, with this frame of mind, it will eventually lead you to patience, calmness and tolerance.
    Warmest Regards, Datin Ng

  7. Sandy Clarke on Jul 10, 2010 at 9:14 am

    These are superb! Can I have one?
    These are so…spellbinding to look at. At first glance, you can’t help but think “Wow – how glamorous”, but once I got over the initial feeling of awe, it struck me just how much time must have gone into making these statues look so divine. Like Lily said, it can be argued that these statues are ostentatious on the surface, but when you contemplate on the offerings, you realise just how much kindness, compassion, love, care and devotion went into making these statues look as they do, and (for once!) I’m struggling to find the words to describe the magnificence of the offerings and the sheer brilliance in terms of the creativity and focus. Such beautiful displays constructed by such beautiful practice!
    Kind regards,
    Sandy

  8. Lily on Jul 10, 2010 at 8:11 am

    Some people may look at these statues and think that it is too ostentatious. I confess I have that thought initially! Buddha was a humble man giving up all his riches. Tsongkapa was a simple monk so why adorned such glamour on to his images! Thinking more on this, offerings to the Three Jewels (in its literal sense here) is sacred but what matters is the motive rather than the size of the offerings. If by adorning crystals on to the statues helps one develops patience (as it is a meticulous task) which is one of the six paramitas, then surely this is a good thing! I will be looking to adorn my statues too and I would not feel it ostentatious at all!

  9. Angel SH Ooi on Jul 10, 2010 at 4:14 am

    I came to know Datin, since year 2002. She is BEAUTIFUL, nice lady, good hearted, kind and generosity..!
    Besides that, Datin has a quantity of creation and very talented. I have been to her mansion a couple of time, every time when I am there, for sure she will bring me into her prayer room! Oh my god, she really can decorate all her statues looks so nice and very beautiful, look like a REAL PERSON wearing tons of jewelry. AT THE SAME TIME INDIRECTLY, DATIN IS MAKING AN OFFERINGS TO ALL HER BUDDHAS. DATIN HAS SET A GOOD EXAMPLE FOR US TO LEARN. DATIN YOU ARE FANTASTIC!!!
    IF YOU WANT TO BE RICHED LIKE DATIN INNER AND OUTER, WE HAVE TO CREATE THE COURSE OF GIVING, LETS START WITH KINDNESS AND GENEROSITY!!! GO KSK! PLEASE GO TO http://www.kechara.com/ksk/.
    ACORDDING TO RINPOCHE’S TEACHING, PERSON LIKE DATIN MUST HAVE LOTS OF LOTS OF MERITS DUE TO HER KINDNESS AND GENEROSITY IN HER PASSED LIVES. THIS LIFE, SHE HAS BEEN BLESSED WITH COMFORTABLE LIFE, BEAUTIFUL KIDS AND OF COURSE NOT FORGOT ABOUT DATIN’S LOVING HUSBAND, DATUK JEFFREY NG AND DATIN’S IN LAWS AND FAMILY! THEY ALL ARE VERY KIND AND NICE PEOPLE. THANK YOU DATIN ONCE AGAIN, FOR YOUR ENDLESS CARE AND CONTRIBUTIONS TOWARDS THE GROWTH OF KECHARA ORGANIZATION!!! MAY DATIN YOU AND ALL YOUR LOVE ONES HAVE GOOD HEALTH AND LONG LIVES! OM MANI PEME HUNG.
    Love, angel

  10. Leonglili on Jul 10, 2010 at 2:44 am

    Those buddhas are certainly sparkling eye-catching beauties. Never have I seen Buddha adorned by so much glitter. It’s truly a magnificient work Datin has done.
    In fact everything about Kechara stood out as very contemporary , creative and colourful. That was what attracted me to Kechara Paradise outlet in the first place and from there on get to know more of Rinpoche’s teachings.
    Datin being the immediate past president of Kechara has contributed immense generosity and is very instrumental to Kechara’s growth. As a new member I thank you endlessly from my heart Datin for setting up a wonderful platform for us to learn Rinpoche’s teachings.

  11. Ooi Pe on Jul 9, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    It looks like the 3 Buddhas are ready for the bling-bling catwalk. Here they come, all decked out in the finest crystals, glued on piece by piece. Painstakingly completed with patience and eye for detail by Datin and her team of volunteers, these statues now adorn Rinpoche’s private altar in his audience room. Datin has turned these statues into wearing elegant robes, just as she is elegant too. Maybe we should gift Datin with Bill Keith’s sunglasses after all? What a wonderful way to collect merits. Datin is very generous in many ways, supporting Rinpoche’s dharma projects in various departments of the organisation.

  12. Shirley Tan on Jul 9, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    I had to wear my shades to read this blog post, especially in looking at the pictures. That is some major BLING! OMG.
    I cannot imagine how long it took Datin and her children to finish decorating the Buddhas with each crystal. It is definitely a mind training on patience, precision and concentration and the final product is the awesome beautiful shinning bright Buddhas – boundless light is an understatement here.
    Rinpoche certainly does everything in his own signature twist. It is always different, fresh and uber cool. Rinpoche will always find ways to portray the Buddhas and Dharma that are creative, innovative and fun.
    I don’t think anyone else in the world would embellish their Buddhas in this way. This can only be a “Tsem Tulku” trademark.

  13. May Ong on Jul 9, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    The first time I entered Tsem Rinpoche’s private audience room in Ladrang was astounding. Placed there on the altar facing Tse Rinpoche’s seat are three beautiful blink blink decorated statues – Buddha Shakyamuni, Tsongkhapa and Tara. Behind these statues is also a curtain of blink blinks of Sarovski crystals. If you travel the world to visit temples you will never be able to find such kind of statues decorated in this manner.
    Tsem Rinpoche said these are offerings you can make to any Buddha statues. You may use pearls, precious stones, gold leaf. You should see how Vajrayogini is being decorated. Datin Ng had exercised hours of patience and giving generosity for this project. Bravo!

  14. Wasukamol on Jul 9, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    Dear Datin, I like the blink blink buddhas that you and your team has done up on the 3 beautiful big statues for rinpoche ladrang. You and your team have did a great job!!! and for sure it came from love, patience to stick it piece by piece, effort and creative ideas to make from you and your team. The Green tara crown and lotus flower are very fantastic with the colorful swarovski, the tsongkhapa robe with white and gold color on hat very elegant.
    Datin also kindly did another 2pcs on 3ft Shakyamuni Buddha for Kechara Paradise Outlets. Each of this blink blink buddha statue have different disigns. You can go to view it at Kechara Pradise outlets @Sunway pyramis and @SS2 branch. There are absolutely fantastic!!!

  15. pamela on Jul 9, 2010 at 10:45 am

    It is obvious that Datin Ng is a very patient and loving person. Just look at the Buddhas! The cubic zirconias were beautifully and painstakingly glued on ONE by ONE! All the hard work paid off needless to say for look what she has done, offering her love and time, devoted herself into finishing what she started as a retreat.
    BEAUTIFUL!!!
    Whenever there are events, talks, fundraising, anything to do with Kechara, she will be there. Not to mention her busy schedules, she is the Executive Committee Member of Kechara World Peace Centre (http://www.kechara.com/peace-centre/about-us/our-team/) and an Honorary Liaison to our Spiritual Guide, H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche. WOW!

  16. Carmen Koo on Jul 8, 2010 at 2:55 am

    I saw the 3 statues today at Tsem Ladrang!! It was just splendid. Viewing it from photos and in real life is totally different. The photos simply cannot do justice to how wonderful the statues look when you experience it in person. The crystals were all stuck on so well, and the care and patience put into can be felt upon setting eyes on the statues.
    Although I have not met Datin, I can sense that she is an awfully patient woman with a very big heart who has tirelessly spread Dharma and never-endingly work to the growth of Kechara and manifestation of KWPC. I was told that together with her daughters and a few other volunteers, Datin painstakingly stuck each individual crystal onto the statues. Kudos to that. It must’ve taken a lot of patience, time and effort. Very well done. The statues look magnificent!

  17. margaretlee on Jul 8, 2010 at 12:34 am

    Rinpoche has said in his teaching that whatever you can afford, you should always make offering to the three jewels. Adorning a buddha statue with beautiful sparkling zicornia is a great way to collect vast amount of merits. Datin was chosen as she is creative, patient and has very steady hands. Rinpoche knows that Datin always like to beautify buddha statues,so Datin is the best candidate as she would enjoy what she is doing.
    Infact, the result is so stunning. Tsongkhapa, Shakyumuni and white tara all look like they are dressed in diamond robes. I love the idea and the look!!!
    I have a few words to share here about Datin, She is a lady of elegance, soft spoken and very kind hearted. She has contributed so much to support the growth of Rinpoche’s dharma work for many years, that without her, we would not be what we are today. Datin, thank you so much. You are someone whom I always respect.

  18. Peter on Jul 7, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    Terima Kasih Rinpoche!
    The practice of adorning Buddha images have its longstanding practice and roots in the Mahayana Sutras and Commentaries…and as I have read and learned from various sources, when adorning these sacred and worthy statues which represent the Body of the Buddha, we are basically cultivating the adornment of our own essential Buddha Nature with the qualities of the Perfections, cultivating a form of concentration of the Mind, planting Buddha causes for Buddha-like conditions and essentially benefiting ourselves and all around us when we maintain a Buddha-like moment to moment Mind frame which in turn effects both spiritual and mundane benefits.
    Then when we are in that state, we can always smile and conduct ourselves from a pure heart like Datin Ng and her friends who engaged in this practice.
    Wouldn’t that be lovely? 🙂 A Pure Land, Kechara on Earth…

  19. Irene Lim on Jul 7, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Yes, Datin has tons of patience. Her qualities are many although she stays quiet and low profile it does not mean she is a beauty without brain for she is at the helm of many public listed companies. Datin is an example of Rinpoche’s good student leading a bodhisattva way of life without wanting attention. Her generosity is overwhelming which is something I have to learn from her. Although she is gentle and soft she is persuasive, assertive and firm without offending people. Datin has hidden talents too. One of her creativity traits was recently discovered with blink blink odyssey on Tara, Lama Tsongkhapa and other enlightened images.

  20. Jean Mei on Jul 7, 2010 at 8:31 am

    I remember Tsem Rinpoche saying that everyone has a different way of practicing Dharma and different paths can lead to enlightenment.
    If I’m not mistaken, there was a monk who swept the grounds at monastery from one end to the other, continuously and that collected him a lot of merits and removed enough obstacles to lead him to enlightenment. Is that true? (my facts are probably all over the place) I remembering hearing it when I was quite young.
    If what I said above has any truth, then if painstakingly gluing Swarovski crystals onto a Buddha statue is one of the ways — why not!
    Actually, I’ll leave that to Datin, don’t want to do it and halfway realize that I’ve actually drawn a big Chanel sign right in the middle of the statue!! 😛 just kidding

  21. chia on Jul 7, 2010 at 8:13 am

    Dear Datin Ng, you are one of the generous people I had met. Your generosity and kindness toward Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, support Rinpoche personally, Tsem Ladrang , sangha, dharma center and various departments at Kechara organization. All of us had witnesses. You kindness to donate without any self motive has inspire more of the Kecharian contribute their time toward to dharma to make organization grown.
    Datin you are quiet and elegance women. Your idea and patiently put all the Swarovski crystal on the budhha statue make the buddha statue so stunning yet look elegance just like you. I like very much when I first saw it.
    Chia

  22. han on Jul 6, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Bling Bling Buddhas, especially the Shakyamuni, i like!
    Through the kindness of our guru, Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, he assigned Datin such a wonderful way of collecting merits. Offering Jewels , crystals and precious stone to the buddhas.
    First impression of Datin is that she is a quiet and calm and elegance lady. Also very generous, after shown us all these bling bling buddhas, i realised everyone talents is limitless, each individual has its own strength and potential in collecting merits, can be in the art form or even cleaning the Gompa with pure motivation also collect tremendous merits.
    Thank you Kechara Discovery ( http://kechara.com/discovery/ ) & to Datin for such a wonderful job done

  23. Albert on Jul 6, 2010 at 5:16 am

    Datin is a very humble and patient business lady; she has always free out her time from her busy schedule to contribute to her dharma work, how devoted she is to dharma. Imagine, how much time and effort will it takes us to put up crystals to a 3 feet Buddha statue, not everyone can do that, but Datin and her close dharma friends does it, what a great offering to the Buddha, to our guru.
    When I first saw these Buddha statues in Tsem Ladrang Audience room, I got a shock as never in my life that I’ve seen any statue are so glamour, it really looks like they are in DIVINE DISCO!!!!!

  24. Yokefui on Jul 5, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    Datin Ng is a sweet and quiet lady. When I first came to KH, she appeared aloof and distant. During the last 5 years after I got to know her better ,I discovered she is a very chatty lady indeed. Datin has been generously sponsoring many of our projects and it’s said that in her previous life she was also Rinpoche’s sponsor.
    Rinpoche is always thinking of ways to tab the inner qualities of his students so that each one will shine out in his/her own way, optimizing the opportunity each now has.
    Upon Rinpoche’s advice, Datin embarked on the project of offering crystals to the Buddha statues. Well, we were all blinded by the bling bling when we first saw the completed project !
    Datin adorned a few Buddha statues that are on display at various Kechara outlets, do check out –http://www.kechara.com/shopping/

  25. Lily on Jul 4, 2010 at 8:16 am

    Loving the glamorous Tara! Kechara the unconventional Dharma centre and certainly this is reinforced by these beautiful statues. Where else would you find these in any other temples in Malaysia?

  26. Justin Ripley on Jul 4, 2010 at 4:21 am

    Look closely at these statues, they are not small you know, and each of the zirconia’s was glued painstakingly one and a time using a strong adhesive glue and a pair of tweezers. Every night they came for a few weeks to complete this offering. Just another of Rinpoche’s skillful ways for us to practice Dharma and collect huge amounts of merit.
    Soo many jewel offerings on the body of the Buddha creates the cause for us to be free of body karma, and have good health. It wasn’t just one statue but three, and it wasn’t for decoration it was for prayer and practice. Now do you get the picture?

  27. SK Yap on Jul 4, 2010 at 12:09 am

    Datin and the rest have such divine hands by making all the Buddhas so fabulously bling-bling looking!
    I love how Datin has put the crystals on Buddha Shakyamuni’s zen (robes), it is just like millions of diamonds flowing through Buddha’s body. It is a very nice offering too!
    Check out how Datin has outlined Tara’s clothes and the flowers, it requires very detailed work.
    This kind of hand work must be carried out patiently, carefully, and it means sitting there for long hours, just to complete pasting all the crystals in one small area. Thank you for all the long hours of creating such a nice Buddha Altar.
    I also like Rinpoche’s ideas of making the crystal curtain behind the Buddha, and lots of loose crystals filling up the front altar table. This makes the Buddha glow!!!

  28. terri on Mar 28, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    I love crystally things that reflect light. It’s so pretty.

  29. ng on Mar 27, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    The buddhas are soooo beautifull and mesmerizing.. everyone should get a chance to see if live.
    Just remember to bring your sunglasses … ! 🙂

  30. Ai Chin on Mar 27, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    I admire greatly the fantastic work and patience of those wonderful KH members involved. It’s beauuuutiful!!!

  31. Tsetchi on Mar 27, 2010 at 1:23 am

    Wow ! What a wonderful work ! Bravo bravo !

  32. Stella on Mar 27, 2010 at 12:15 am

    I was amazed when i first saw those bling bling buddhas! I love bling bling all the time.. But had never seen a bling bling buddha in my life! Really an eye opener! If i had more money.. I would definately have all the bling bling buddhas in my home!

  33. Shin Tan on Mar 26, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    Trust me, when you walked into the room, you thought you’re on stage or on a dance floor!
    P/s: Many people who came on tour to Ladrang were AWED by the Buddhas, hehehe. I dare say these are the 1st BLING BLING Buddhas in the whole world (with all the real BLINGS!)

  34. Elsie Toy on Mar 26, 2010 at 8:35 am

    Wow…take my breath away…

  35. Matt Williamson on Mar 26, 2010 at 2:36 am

    Simply glorious! Thank you for posting these Rinpoche, blessing us all.

  36. Joy Kam on Mar 26, 2010 at 2:35 am

    Wow! Talk about bling bling Buddhas!!! This is spectacular, Rinpoche always has fantastic out of this world ideas to collect merits & makes it so glam too! Who says that Buddhas can’t be glamorous:D

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    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the many benefits and water offering in a simple to understand article.

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    What will be my legacy? I think this is not really important to me anymore once I know Dharma teachings from Rinpoche.
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  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 08:56 PM
    Amazing miracles true story …of how Rinpoche helped. With Rinpoche blessing during the children baptismal ceremony,this little boy who had not spoken since 9 years old was able to speake again.Incredible….
    Chef Au truly believes been a vegetarian has help him to collects merits for his son.Rinpoche’s care and compassion has benefited many more people.Through these stories hope more people will be inspired to achieve the state of compassion and attainments.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for this sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-4.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 07:51 PM
    Having fully trust and faith in Rinpoche ,Fat monk’s mother was well again, after been diagnosed with cancerious tumour at the liver.
    Following instructions given by Rinpoche, his mother recited mantras and Fat monk did a series of pujas as told,his mother recovered then.
    Amazing……Miracles do happen.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-3.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 05:27 PM
    We are no strangers to the creatures called Werewolves. They are often depicted as the Jekyll-and-Hyde-like monsters in movies who are unable to control their animal instincts when they shift from human form to a wolf-like creature, usually during the full moon. Together with the Vampires who can transform into bats, are my childhood imagery villains, who triggered my curiosity on mythical creatures during younger days. They still do, lol.

    It is gruesome to learn that real life werewolves are actually brutal even when they are in human forms. It is a far depict from the movies and fictions, where they are civil and level headed when in human form. I hope one day science or technology can provide more proves the existence of werewolves, and debunk the reason of this mystical shapeshifter.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 05:07 PM
    The miraculous power of Protectors’ practice can heal and shield us from negative karma from ripening. Through the blessings of our Guru, coupled with strong faith and trust, the practices will take effect swiftly and effectively. Rejoice to Steven Lee. May he be guided by the Three Jewels always. Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow for sharing the true story with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-10.html
  • Lin Mun
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 03:57 PM
    This is a very touching article. I totally agree that dog is a man’s best friend. They are always so loyal to the owner. However it is sad that not all pet owners are such. Some will only treat them literally as an animal and therefore do not take good care of them. Dogs or any other animals are beings that have feeling. There should not be neglected and be abused by us. This article reminds us to always care for all beings and respect them.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this heartwarming article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 02:21 PM
    Its a heartfelt touching article of this faithful dog.Cannot imagine this ,such a wonderful relationship between that dog and the deceased owner.The greatest fear dogs know is the fear that we will not come back for them That i noticed from observing from my pet poodle.In this case this faithful dog knew his owner won’t be back.
    Dogs are loyal, patient, fearless, forgiving, capable of pure love and have feelings too.He must have missed the owner badly that he wanted to accompany the owner all the way to the resting place.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing. May that faithful dog ,continue to serve and well taken, love by the other family members.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 01:46 PM
    Werewolves are known to be mythical creatures found in fiction instead of lurking in the dark woods,In various parts of the world there were few cases who have gone down in history as real life werewolves Interesting to read it from these post..How far it was true or just legends.,no one really know . Many myths and legends surrounding werewolves .To become a werewolf, it is necessary to be bitten by a werewolf in their form at the time of the full moon. Thats what all of us knew from the movies and from fiction told. Reports of werewolf sightings continued even till this century but mostly in between 1428 and 1447 .The most recent sighting of werewolf sightings in 1972. was in Ohio .but eventually subsided .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these interesting article which i do enjoyed reading it,
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html
  • Valentina
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 01:11 PM
    Join our blog chat session this Saturday 11AM – 12PM (GMT +8) on the topic of:

    Twenty-Four Holy Places & Eight Great Charnel Grounds part 2 – (focus topic: Eight Great Charnel Grounds)

    At one time there was a god by the name of Rudra who was originally part of Mahadeva’s retinue. He was a very fierce being who also had many of his own consorts. Together with his consorts he began to oppress sentient beings, and promoted violence and unethical behaviour. At that time, Heruka once again arose, and in a dance of great compassionate wrath, liberated Rudra and his consorts from their physical bodies, sending their minds to pure lands. The places where Rudra’s body parts fell became charnel grounds. …read more by clicking the following link:

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/twenty-four-holy-places-eight-great-charnel-grounds.html
  • 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

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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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!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
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The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
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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