What are pujas about… do take a good read…

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An expression of your Compassion: A teaching by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche

Rinpoche gave a really lovely teaching to a few of us yesterday about the significance of doing pujas (literal translation: a set of rituals and prayers done to remove obstacles). Here is the full, unedited transcript of his teaching, straight from the Buddha’s mouth!

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Why do we learn and do pujas?

When we see people have problems, when we see people suffering and having difficulties, we ourselves do not have a lot of ability to help and to assist. We ourselves do not have much wisdom, we don’t have any power, we don’t have any effect, we’re not doctors, we’re not psychologists, we’re not healers. Right now we’re not. So it’s very hard when we see other people suffer from sickness, suffer from obstacles, suffer from pain or suffer from losing something, or suffer from a loss, a death of a pet or a family. We suffer a lot and they suffer a lot. But you see, this suffering is an energy. This suffering is an energy that can be lust, that can be hate, that can be anger, that can be giving, that can be helping. It’s just an energy and how we direct it is up to us. 

So when we see someone that we love and we care about, or other people – a centre member, our friend or anyone – and they need help, our heart goes out to them. Our heart going out to them and our energy put into sorry for them can be directed better. It can be directed in a form of a puja. 

What is a puja? I’m not giving you the literal translation. A puja is an expression of your compassion for another person, another being. A puja is an expression, an action, a direct initiative to do something for someone who has an obstacle, who has a problem, who has a difficulty, who has some kind of pain or sickness or fear. And so, to watch these people have fear and pain and suffering and difficulties, and we don’t do something about it doesn’t make us a better person, doesn’t help our spiritual practice, doesn’t make our minds become enlightened or open up. 

To do something for them is very, very correct way of opening our minds up – practising emotional generosity, expressing compassion, expressing care. Why? Because the pujas that you guys are practising are not made up. They’re not ineffective and they’re based on an enlightened Being; in today’s case, Medicine Buddha and last time, you practised Tara. These days, Tara and Medicine Buddha really have a lot of effect, they really have a lot of blessings, they really have a lot and a lot of power to help.

So what happens is that we who do the pujas become a gateway, become a connection to help that person. So instead of just looking at someone and saying, “Oh, poor thing, poor thing; Oh poor this, poor that”, if the child is suffering from whatever reasons and they can’t do well in their studies, they’re going to fail and they can’t move on in their studies, if we do a Manjushri puja for them, it is an expression of our concern and our care; and it has energy and it will bless that person. If that person is very sick – same thing, we do a Medicine Buddha puja and we can expedite or quicken their healing.

So a puja is an expression of our care, our initiative and our sincere concern for another being. So when people ask you what is a puja, you say not the literal translation (because the literal translation is “to clear obstacles”). But the human definition, the human meaning of puja from my point of view is an expression of your compassion; an expression of your care.

So when you do puja in that way, it is very effective. Why? Any action that is preceded by or motivated by compassion or Bodhicitta has much more effect. Any action we do that is motivated by any form, any level, any amount of Bodhicitta or compassion has more power. Why is that? Two reasons:

(1)  When it is motivated by Bodhicitta or compassion, you are tapping into your real mind, your Buddha nature. When you tap into your Buddha nature, you push yourself to become a Buddha – very effective for yourselves.

(2)  A second reason is when you’re motivated by compassion and care, that is the main ingredient for Dharma practice. So for Dharma practice to have effect, our mind must be free of selfishness. Selfishness and Dharma does not match; selfishness and Dharma protector practice doesn’t match; selfishness and Medicine Buddha doesn’t match; selfishness and Manjushri doesn’t match. Selfishness and Dharma practice doesn’t match.

 

Why selfishness and Dharma practice cannot mix

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Hence if we do selfishness with Dharma practice, even after 10, 20 years, there’s not much result. Why not much result? Because our mind is still selfish. So selfishness here is not good or bad. It is a ingredient that must be removed from the soup, until the soup tastes good. 

Therefore, if you do Dharma work with selfishness, it’s harmful for yourself! It’s not effective for others. Why is it harmful for yourself? Because even though you’re practising something so good from great Lamas, after so many years, you have no results, very little result – it’s harmful because you waste your time. You receive something so great, but you cannot…

Like a hungry ghost who, even if you give them very good food, their mouth is the size of a pin. They cannot fit it in, even if you give them such nice food. It cannot fit. Even a little bit, they have to squeeze it in like that. That’s really a hungry ghost. And when the hungry ghost takes the food and it goes down their long, thin, grey neck, when it comes to their stomach, it burns like gastric. It burns and burns and burns – in fact, the food creates pain. Why? They have the karma to experience that.

So therefore, if you do Dharma work, Dharma practice, Dharma meditation, Dharma anything with selfish motivation or innate selfishness, the effect is very little. Why is it very little? Because Dharma and selfishness is the opposite.

If you have oil and you put a wick on top and you want to light it, but you keep putting water, it will burn out. Even if you have oil, it will burn out. Even if there is oil in the lamp, if you put water, the water mixes with the wick and the fire has to go out even if there is still oil. So oil is like Dharma – it can light up a room. You can open up the oil, you put a wick on top, floating (like in Chinese temples), and you light it; it lights up and you can see things in a dark room. But if you keep putting water, the light goes out, even if there is oil.

So water is like selfish motivation in this case; oil is like Dharma. Hence, if you have oil and you can light and you can see, why do you need to move around in the dark like this? Why you keep putting water? Similarly, if you do Dharma work, people think, “How come I do my sadhanas for so many years, I do my mantras for so many years and I do Tsok, and I don’t have any power and in fact, my mind becomes more lazy and worse?” Because you haven’t removed the main ingredient – selfishness.

If selfishness never gets removed, how many years do you have left to your life? How many years? Aren’t you afraid of your death? Aren’t you afraid to be alone and close your eyes and no one can help you? Aren’t you afraid of what you’re going to see after death? If you are selfish and you cover your actions, it means you’re afraid people know you’re selfish. But you know what? People knowing you’re selfish is quite scary but what’s even more scary is when you die and your selfishness comes back to you. That’s very scary.

So hence, if you’re selfish, your Dharma work cannot get results. So two options: (1) get rid of Dharma work and be selfish or (2) get rid of selfishness and do Dharma work. Of course, it has to be number 2. Very simple. The more selfish we are, the more ineffective our practice is. The more water we put into the oil, the less we can light.

So therefore, instead of thinking of how to get how to get rid of selfishness, instead of blaming, instead of hiding, instead of avoiding, we should just stop the selfishness. You see, if you just stop the selfishness, you win. Why? You don’t have to put energy to hiding, to avoiding, to defending, to protecting your ego. You don’t have to. Why? Put the energy towards cutting your selfishness out, not toward covering selfishness! Both ways is energy; both ways, you have to use your petrol.

So therefore, it’s time for us to wake up and do something now. Now! Why? What are we waiting for? What result are we waiting for? What time, what year are we waiting for? How many years do we need to wait? How many years? When we started Dharma 10 years ago, 20 years ago we said we’re going to do Dharma. And then we start and we go, “Oh, it’s difficult, I’ll do it next year. Oh, now I have work, I’ll do it 2 years from now. Oh, when I’m 30 or 40, I’ll do it.” And then we keep making time to delay the real, actual Dharma practice. And what happens? When we look back, 10 years, 15 years, 20 years are gone.

And a lot of these people who ran away from Dharma, they run away from themselves because they’ve been running and running and running, so when they face the real Dharma, they run again. Why do they have to run? Because they never create the causes to face themselves. Never. How do you know that? Where there’s smoke there’s fire. So you use an example like this: because they’re not successful in any part of their life. Because they’re not successful in any part of their life, you know when they’re running away from Dharma, they’re running away from themselves. If they’re very successful in other parts of their life and they run away, okay… maybe there is something else involved.

So let’s say that Beng Kooi just works a normal job, she cannot get married, she doesn’t have many friends, people don’t like her and then she joins Dharma. After 5 or 6 years, she runs away.She says, “Oh, Rinpoche’s bad, the Dharma students are bad, the Ladrang’s bad, KH is bad, Yoke Fui is bad, this is bad, that is bad.” They run and tell other people that. Fine. Stupid people listen and say, “Oh, maybe it’s true huh…” Smart people say, “Wait a minute… but you didn’t do much with your life. Your don’t have many things in your life.” So if you keep saying it’s bad maybe the problem is not Dharma; maybe the problem is you. Why is it you? Because why is it that you fail at everything? You can think that way. My point? This is not criticism for people who left. This is for us to examine by logic about ourselves – how we run away.

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How pujas connect us to the blessings of the Buddha

Pujas is a beautiful expression of compassion, which is a key to open the Buddha’s heart to bring blessings for the person we’re praying for. So why do we do pujas? In order to show our concern, love and care for someone else. That’s why we do pujas. And pujas are effective because they’re based on an enlightened Being, rituals that collect merit and purify negative karma and aspirational prayers that are dedicated toward that person for their future.

And on top of that, that person might also sponsor the puja: maybe they cannot do the puja, maybe they don’t know how, or they’re too far away, or maybe they’re too sick or they have too many obstacles, so they cannot do the puja. So when they give you the money to buy the items, and you offer the Buddha, you make a connection for them. You represent them to the Buddha.

So therefore, the reason for sponsoring puja, or sponsoring Sangha to do pujas or sponsoring food is that you cannot do it or you cannot be there. So in spirit, you’re there by making offerings. So the monks represent you; or you, the Dharma Sangha, represent them towards the Buddha. And therefore, the pujas have that kind of effect. 

So even people cooking in the kitchen…that’s why in the monastery, there are monks who don’t do the pujas; they cook and supply for the monks. They collect merit also and it is an expression of their compassion to help the person through the puja. So therefore, all work in the kitchen – serving, puja, whatever – is all Dharma work, it is an expression of compassion. 

And also, when we do the pujas, we alone don’t have power. We alone don’t have attainments, we alone didn’t do our Dharma practice so we have power. So we need to invoke the Buddhas. So to say, “Oh, I don’t have power, I cannot do anything, I’m normal and I don’t do anything” – it’s just another expression of laziness, selfishness. Laziness is from selfishness. The mother to the laziness is selfishness. Laziness is the son to the mother. The mother is selfishness; the son is laziness.

So therefore, to sit around and say, “I cannot, I cannot, I cannot, I cannot,” is pure, 100% laziness. And to accept laziness and accept selfishness and to say, “That’s how I am” and to accept to do that is a very bad sign. Why is that a bad sign? Expect more problems, expect more obstacles, expect more suffering, expect more. Why? Buddha punishes you? No. Your own selfishess punishes you.

So therefore, when we do pujas, we should do it knowing we cannot do much but pujas is the way for us to care and love and help, even though we don’t have power. And to learn the pujas well and to learn the rituals well.

 

Learning the rituals well

Why do we need to learn the rituals well? Why? Because if we’re highly attained, we don’t need rituals, we can heal someone just by blowing on them. We can help someone by speaking Dharma. We can purify someone even if we beat them. We can purify their karma if we’re highly attained. If we’re highly attained, we can scare them. When we walk by, we shout, “rah!” and they jump, they’re very scared – their karma is purified… If we’re highly attained, we can do that to people. We can scare them. If we’re highly attained, we can scream and shout at them, and make them very sad, and make them angry and make them run away. We can even save their life if we’re highly attained. We can scream and shout at them, we can scare them, we can do many things to them if we’re highly attained. Why? Because we can do it directly, we don’t need puja, we don’t need the Buddha. We are the Buddha.

If you’re highly attained, you are the Yidam. You think or visualise, “I am Yamantaka”, so if I slap you, it is not me; it is Yamantaka slapping you. And the person will have effects: their life will be saved, karma purified, obstacles pushed away. So highly attained people don’t need to contact the Buddha to contact you. They are the Buddha, they are the Yidam. They themselves are the Yidam already. Remember a Yidam is not a God; a Yidam is something you can attain.

So a highly attained person can be a Dharma protector’s emanation, can be a Yidam or have become one with the Yidam or have gained some attainments close to the Yidam. So when they do it to you directly, they don’t need a puja. When Kensur Jampa Yeshe scolds us, or screams at us – he has screamed at me! – it is Yamantaka screaming at me. I don’t have any anger, I don’t have any negative thinking, I don’t run away. I listen and I say I’m sorry because I know he’s purifying my karma. Much better than a puja; quicker, faster and direct. Much faster. 

When Kyabje Zong Rinpoche beat the monks severely, the monks live, their diseases are gone. Why? Because Kyabje Zong Rinpoche is already Heruka. When they scold us, and they tell us off and they shout at us and scream at us, we feel pain, we feel anger, we wonder, “Why like that?”, but if we feel like that and we let go and say, “No, it’s a blessing,” and don’t think anymore and let go, it becomes a puja. Even in a non-Dharma work, when people shout at you, it means they love you. When people tell you off, it means they love you. If you reject the love, you’re quite stupid. Even in a normal world.

So therefore, people like us – we don’t have that power so therefore, we need to invoke Yamantaka; we need to invoke Setrap, we need to invoke Tara and Medicine Buddha because we don’t have the power. But if we do Yamantaka well and we do Manjushri very well, we become Manjushri, we become Heruka, we become Yamantaka: “I am Yamantaka” Why? Then the power is directly from the power from the person. Why is the power directly in the person? Everyone can become Yamantaka. Everyone.

So therefore, ordinary people like us, we cannot directly affect people; we cannot do it directly. Hence since we cannot do it directly, since we cannot affect them directly, we have to do it indirectly. Indirectly can be pujas, indirectly can be doing Dharma work, indirectly can be studying Dharma, indirectly can be doing retreats, indirectly can be holding our samaya. Why? If we hold samaya, we gain attainments. If we do Dharma work, we gain merits to become better people. If we do pujas, we bless that other person.

You see, so indirectly we can do – through Dharma work, through charity, through pujas, through retreats, through holding our samaya. Those are indirect ways to help other beings. We help other sentient beings – that’s why we hold samaya. We wish to benefit other sentient beings – that’s why we have Guru devotion. We wish to have help others and benefit a certain person – that’s why we do pujas. We wish to be of tremendous benefit to others, therefore I become a monk and I hold my vows well so that I can study the Dharma with no distractions. That’s why we do Dharma action.

Every Dharma action should be motivated by Bodhicitta or an artificial Bodhicitta – then it becomes real. So therefore, if you have the power, you do directly. If you don’t, I don’t, we don’t, we do it indirectly. That’s the purpose of pujas.  

Much care, and prayers, Tsem Rinpoche

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  1. Marek on Dec 19, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    never have negative wishes in a puja – eg the wish to kill Hitler, a better wish would be for WW2 to have ended quickly and peacefully

  2. Marek on Dec 19, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    unskilled attempts at Highest Yoga Tantra practice can result in the worst kind of selfishness & narcissistic delusions – being a deity for one’s own sake alone & then thinking all of one’s actions are without consequence because it’s all the enlightened activity of a deity – killing others becomes “liberating” them, drunkenness becomes “enjoying divine nectar” etc etc etc – please tell us more

  3. Jason on Sep 4, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    This is very clear explanation on what puja really is. Before I approach to Kechara , my understand on puja is only just a prayers but now I know more details on what is puja. It is a kind of compassion expression to others sentient beings.

    By doing puja, it will train us to be more compassion which is needed in our dharma practice.Besides that, Rinpoche also very emphasized on selflessness when we practice dharma work.Dharma work should be free of Eight Worldly concerns.

    Compassion and selflessness are the two factors we must take into consideration when we do dharma works.

    Thanks Rinpoche for wonderful sharing.

    With folded hands,
    Jason

  4. Samfoonheei on Jun 19, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful article on Puja. This teaching and explanation of Puja is really of great help to me as i am new. At least i can understand better and i do enjoy doing Puja. to express my care for others.
    Its all about Dharma work and expression of compassion.thats what was said in the article.
    With folded hands thanks again

  5. Chris Chong on Dec 5, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    Dear Rinpoche ,

    Thank you for sharing this article. This is what I have learnt from this article.

    1. Puja is not just a set of prayers and rituals. It is an expression of compassion towards those that needed help. When we see those that are in dire need of help and usually we wont have the necessary skills to help them directly. By doing a puja and dedicating the puja to them, we can help them with the buddha’s blessing. Alot of people like to post sad stories and depressing pictures on social media and leave comments like ” I wish I can help” or ” May god bless them”. To me, this is just an act. If they really want to help those people or animals, they would had taken initiative to help them with action.

    2. Compassion is the key in dharma work. When we do dharma work with compassion as our motivation, our work will flourish. The pujas or prayers that we do will be more effective as we are tapping into our buddha nature.

    3. Selfish and dharma do not mix. If we do dharma with a selfish mind, we will acheive nothing and even becoming worse.

    4.Highly attained practitioners can purify our bad karma directly. Sometimes the Guru might scold or even hit us. We must not be angry or turn away from our Guru. A good Guru will have compassion as his motivation when he hit or scold us and his action can purify our bad karma directly.

    Chris

  6. Soon Huat on Sep 5, 2015 at 10:49 am

    Thank You Rinpoche for sharing the definition of puja to us. I like Rinpoche’s quote;”the human meaning of puja from my point of view is an expression of your compassion; an expression of your care.Any action that is preceded by or motivated by compassion or Bodhicitta has much more effect.So when you do puja in that way, it is very effective.” and there are explanation of the reasons behind. Selfishness and Dharma practice is matched at all. In fact, it is conflicted. It is just like cancer and good cells are not matched, good cell might eventually be eaten up by cancer. I still have selfishness in me and I am trying hard to get rid of it as long as I aware it by following teaching from Rinpoche faithfully.
    Puja,Retreat or any Dharma work assigned by Rinpoche are powerful, to be honest, I do feel it. You will feel it if you do it sincerely and with the selfish-less/to benefit others mindset.

    Thank You Rinpoche.

    Sincerely,
    Soon Huat

  7. Soon Huat on Sep 5, 2015 at 10:46 am

    Thank You Rinpoche for sharing the definition of puja to us. I like Rinpoche’s quote;”the human meaning of puja from my point of view is an expression of your compassion; an expression of your care.Any action that is preceded by or motivated by compassion or Bodhicitta has much more effect.So when you do puja in that way, it is very effective.” and there are explanation of the reasons behind. Selfishness and Dharma practice is matched at all. In fact, it is conflicted. It is just like cancer and good cells are not matched, good cell might eventually be eaten up by cancer. I still have selfishness in me and I am trying hard to get rid of it as long as I aware it by following teaching from Rinpoche faithfully.
    Puja,Retreat or any Dharma work assigned by Rinpoche are powerful, to be honest, I do feel it. You will feel it if you do it sincerely and with the selfish-less/to benefit others mindset.

    Thank You Rinpoche.

    Sinceerely,
    Soon Huat

  8. Sharon Ong on Sep 2, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    I thank Rinpoche for this post as it gives a deeper meaning to pujas beyond “puja is a set of rituals and prayers done to remove obstacles”. Am a great fan of pujas as my family and friends have benefited much from them. Grateful to be able to lean on Kechara’s Puja Team in times of crisis where a spiritual solution is probably the only thing we can do to help the person suffering.

    With folded hands.

  9. Stella on Aug 30, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Thank You Rinpoche for the holistic teaching of Puja. Puja is not merely a set of ritual that helps remove obstacles; it is the embodiment of compassion to help another person by invoking the power of the Buddhas.

    I also find this statement “Dharma work and selfishness don’t mix” resounding, and contemplated a little bit on it.

    When we do dharma work, we hope to gain enlightenment or develop Bodhicitta or be a better person at the least. But if every of our good action is tainted by selfish intention, what do we gain at the end of the day? Will our mind transformation progress closer to any attainments? Since we have spent some of our energy on dharma work, it is silly to let the energy and effort be wasted due to selfish intent. To “reap the benefit” of Dharma work, it is really important to block out selfishness i.e. the 8 worldly concerns out of all aspect of our dharma work.

    Therefore I am very grateful for this teaching. While I work on developing Bodhicitta motivation, I will remind myself to not perform Dharma work with selfish thoughts :- I do dharma work not in hope for any material gains or avoid material loss. I do dharma work not to seek praise or avoid criticism. I do dharma work not to improve my reputation or avoid a stained reputation. I do dharma work not to experience pleasure or avoid displeasure.

    Thank you very much Rinpoche.

    With my head to your feet,
    Stella

  10. Tiffany Ong on Aug 21, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    Good afternoon Rinpoche,

    I was having thoughts about Puja’s just the other day and today I am reading everything that I need to know. What are puja’s , why are we doing it, why Puja, etc etc. But after reading your article today. I know what I’m doing and why I am doing it. Puja is something very powerful and it is to benefit everyone that is having obstacles.Yes we can’t help someone when they have trouble,we don’t have super powers but puja’s can help. A very good read and definitely this article will benefit more sentient beings.

    With folded hands, May Rinpoche live long and continue to spread the Dharma.

  11. Joe Chang on Aug 20, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for your wonderful explanation on the purposes and benefits of doing Puja. As the saying goes, asking for help when we are in trouble is a sign of strength (or wisdom), not weakness. Then what more can we say when we ask the Buddhas, who have infinite power, omnipresence and compassion, to come to our aid when we are in trouble? Om Benza Wiki Bitana Soha!

  12. Shelly tai on Aug 19, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    Thanks you Rinpoche for giving us this Dhrama teaching, I fully agree we are not Buddha so we do have to act as a Buddha this way is to force us to act for others to work for others do not think about ourselves I think this way is work for me .

  13. Alice Tay on Aug 12, 2015 at 11:55 am

    I am totally agreed that we ourselves do not have much wisdom or ability with any special power to help especially when we see people in suffering or difficulties because of the sickness. As such, we hope by doing or sponsor puja as a connection to help the person.

    By holding the clean samaya, the puja is more powerful and effective to help the person in suffering. For example, the pujas such as Setrap and Dorje Shugden puja could help to eliminate the obstacles so that he/she might able to meet a qualified & capable doctor for better treatment. Whereas, the pujas for healing and long life are Medicine Buddha puja and Namgyal Tsechog puja.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing and I am more understand and clear now about the benefits of puja and motivation behind it.

  14. graceleong on Aug 11, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    It is extremely interesting to the learn the fact that when your Lama scolds you or smacks you really hard or makes you angry or chases you away or simply teases you and make you feel small, it is a form of purification. In fact a very quick form of purification. Also , if that happens to us we have to learn to see it in the positive light , as a blessing.
    I totally agree !! I am not highly attained or anywhere close to it, but if I were to take the effort to scold someone it is because I truly care.
    However, having the opportunity to be scolded and smacked etc by a highly attained Lama needs great amount of merits too. How many who are sick or have obstacles or passed away has/had the merits to meet a High Lama ? Requesting/participating/sponsoring a Puja is a great act or solution in times of crisis. It has great results and my family and I have had this experience.
    Thank you Rinpoche for making the Puja House and team available for all of us. Also thank you to all those who worked so hard day and night in the Puja house to help alleviate our problems !

  15. paolorossi4444 on Aug 9, 2015 at 4:48 am

    GREAT SPEECH.

  16. Loh Ann Leong (Penang Study Group) on Jul 28, 2015 at 5:18 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for explaining the vastness benefit of pujas. Although some situations are beyond our assisting capabilities as karma ripens or possible lacking of merits to help, as least we know now that puja can help as it is form of expression of compassion to the person/animal/sentient beings that we care and love.
    And also I always keep in mind of below advise from Tsem Rinpoche that we shall not waste time further.

    “So therefore, to sit around and say, “I cannot, I cannot, I cannot, I cannot,” is pure, 100% laziness. And to accept laziness and accept selfishness and to say, “That’s how I am” and to accept to do that is a very bad sign. Why is that a bad sign? Expect more problems, expect more obstacles, expect more suffering, expect more. Why? Buddha punishes you? No. Your own selfishess punishes you”.

    OM BENZA WIKI BITANA SOHA _/|\_

  17. Sadi on Feb 20, 2015 at 5:32 am

    I like Tibetan pujas to buddhas. In fact in my own life and families’ lives, I have experienced very good benefits from pujas to the buddhas. I guess the traditional method to invoke the buddha’s blessings is immensely helpful to normal folks like us. When me and my sisters were in school from primary until end of secondary school, we attended a boarding school in another country. This involved travelling for a day or two and the idea of being in a foreign country was scary enough for girls aged 4-8. So my mother had contact with Tibetan monks and they would kindly grace our house and do day long pujas for us. I believe it was the effect of these pujas that we were very successful in our academic careers. lol. It sounds very pretentious ”academic careers” haha but the reason I am saying this is, after we were done with school there we moved back to our native country. We enrolled in local colleges and I’m pretty sure we hadn’t done pujas for studies in those years because our grades became supremely average. When we were in this boarding school our grades were like A-A+ not only that we excelled in extra curricular activities too and got esteemed prizes at our annual prize distribution days. But it’s also most likely due to our efforts too though. Nevertheless the pujas were great for us. So thank you buddhas 🙂

  18. SL Boon on Nov 28, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche. For me personally, I think doing Puja can keep my motivation on the right track. It reminds me of being persistent in becoming a better person and stay out of non virtues deeds.

  19. Tek Lee on May 22, 2014 at 3:41 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for the teaching.

  20. Kevin T.C.Lam on May 21, 2014 at 3:40 am

    I’m really blessed to be able to learn more about Pujas from Rinpoche. Thank you so much.

  21. Stella C on Dec 14, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    I am new, this is good basics for me to know since I had started attending puja for the last 3 weeks.thank you very much, Teacher.

  22. Felix Kong on Nov 22, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    i will remember this “The mother is selfishness; the son is laziness.” We cannot gain any result although work for Dharma or Dharma practice if we still keep this type of habits. Sponsor a Puja for your family or friends to help them remove obstacle, always healthy and be blessed by three Jewels, now we can offer a puja to anyone for blessing via this link http://vajrasecrets.com/pujas-1.html , is very convenience for you.

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  24. henry ooi on Sep 23, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    i, personally, have experienced the power, effect and beneficial result from pujas. I would also describe a puja as an ancient form of healing and removal of inner and outer obstacles, obstacles created by self. As Rinpoche wrote here, we can have pujas done for our loved ones to show our love and to practice compassion.

  25. jerry_sito on Sep 21, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    法会是慈悲与力量的展现。克切拉的法会都是依据格鲁派甘丹寺的传承。既然是慈悲与力量的展现,我们就必须在法会前后,法会中都保持一样的爱心,耐心,和专注的心,这样我们才能完完全全的把法会的力量发挥出来,帮助到需要的人 :0

    当然我也会抱着一刻感恩仁波切的心,因为这所有美丽的法会修行,都是仁波切给予我们教导与开示的

  26. Andrew James Boon on Sep 18, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    How incredibly fortunate, blessed and privileged we at Kechara have such powerful and authentic pujas to learn from and to benefit others. It is through the blessings of Rinpoche that we can even begin to contemplate the positive effects it would have on the lives of people in Malaysia and the region!

  27. Uncle Eddie on Sep 17, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    The significance of Puja is said to remove obstacles or to expedite and quicken their process to provide solutions. Their effectiveness are said to depend on our earnest motivation, compassion and bodhicitta with our mind freeof selfishness. Just like Rinpoche said in his teachings, “Every Dharma action should be motivated by Bodhicitta – the wish to benefit others – or to be of tremendous benefit to others, therefore, I become a monk and I hold my vows well so that I can study the Dharma with no distractions. That’s why we do Dharma action!” In all earnesty, we pray that we will be able to be bestowed with the blessings of such powerful motivations to transform our mind to do our Dharma work, pujas, retreat and holding samayas just as well, to be of benefit to others!

  28. Grace Leu(KHJB) on Sep 16, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing. It let me understand the true meaning to having a puja and what attitude we should have when doing puja.we should keep in mind and share with other.

  29. CK Siah on Sep 16, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    其实会法也可以说是天籁之声和祝福之音,每个法会都有它独特的力量,法会就像我们跟佛菩萨的心灵沟通。每当我们做法会,首先我们要依据上师的仪轨,然后思维和意识都要保持正面能量。我们所念的经文和三宝都会化成很美妙的声波在整个宇宙传送。所有的宇宙众生或佛菩萨都会感应到我们的美妙祝福之音而转化成一种神奇力量来净化我们的负能量。所以法会是可以消除我们所面对的障碍。谢谢仁波切的分享

  30. Datuk May on Sep 16, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Thank you, Admin for putting up this article again. Just 2 days ago a very close friend spoke to me about his problems and all I could think of was to call Pastor Yek Yee and do some pujas for him. Then I explained that I will do pujas for him, to help remove obstacles.

    I have seen the effects of pujas and believe they work wonders and it has become my form of expressing kindness to someone’s problems which is truly beyond me to help.

  31. Cliff on Sep 16, 2013 at 4:16 am

    I had always admired and like the thought behind what puja represented and the purpose it was for. Always sponsoring for pujas for the aid of someone in need always felt so special and exclusive to be helping someone indirectly. We may not be Buddha’s but to help someone in any way we can even indirectly through puja’s is a great benefit to the purpose of the person or thing it is for. I always found it very therapeutic after each puja, you feel a lot happier and a lot lighter. Listening to all the monks or anyone involved in the puja reciting together is beautiful and can sometimes get very intense and interesting. I agree with Rinpoche that selfishness and dharma clearly do not mix with each other but instead completely contradict one another. Thank you Rinpoche for precisely explaining to us in four sections to the significance and purpose of what a puja is.

  32. wansan on Sep 15, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Pujas are really beautiful. Different pujas have their own hand mudras which are absolutely beautiful as well. It’s like hand-dancing. Besides, pujas can really really benefit and help a lot of people. Our very own Kechara Puja House has done lots of pujas on behalf of people who are needed. I love using the vajra and bell. The sound of the bell ringing is so nice and in a particular rhythm as well. How wonderful. Incorporating music with prayers and a bit of hand dancing

  33. James Long on Sep 14, 2013 at 11:15 am

    法会是慈悲的展现。克切拉的法会都是依据格鲁派甘丹寺的传承。既然是慈悲的展现,我们就必须在法会前,法会后都保持一样的爱心,耐心,不然所念的法会虽然还是会有佛菩萨的加持,但效果可能没如此的强大。做观音法会,却不吃素,就有点说不过去了。。

  34. Wylfred Ng on Sep 13, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    The reason i step into Kechara House is because of Tara Puja. Before that, i only visited Kechara Paradise to invite holy items. And a staff in Kechara Paradise told me about Puja.
    Thanks to the Puja, that is the reason why i came and continue to learn dharma here.

  35. julia Tan on Jul 18, 2012 at 7:33 am

    The correct view of a Puja is an expression of compassion for another person or being who is suffering. It can be action or help that we can do for a friend or someone who has obstacles or sickness, or to someone that has passed away.

    Puja can be very effective when we care and have compassion or Bodhicitta to that person. If we do not have Bodhicitta now, at least our mind is free of selfishness while doing puja.

    When we stop our selfishness, we safe all the energy to cover our ego, hiding, defending etc. We will become a hungry ghost if we die being selfish. Selfishness manifest into many form such as laziness, sleepy, giving up, giving excuses etc.

    Sponsoring puja is very good cause it is to make offering to the Buddha. It can also be cooking and supplying for the monks who do prayer for you.

    For highly attained lama to scream and even slap us is already a way of purifying our karma. we should not get angry when our guru did that but thank our guru for doing that. It’s the faster way of purifying our bad karma. Hence let go and think it is a blessing from our guru who is one with His yidam such as Yamantaka.

    As usual, Rinpoche’s teaching is always simple yet has a deep meaning in it. For someone lazy and slow like me have to read a few times to understand and remember. Thank you Rinpoche.

  36. Khoo Hou Haw on Jun 25, 2012 at 3:42 am

    Dear Rinpoche, for Puja that is being done for someone we don’t know and not even seen them, will it be still as effective? Is there any kind of indication that we can know we are on the right track when doing Puja?

    • David Lai on Mar 16, 2013 at 11:01 pm

      Hi Khoo,
      Nice to see you asking this question here on Rinpoche’s blog. We can always dedicate the merits of any puja to just about anyone and it does not matter if we know or not. What matters is our motivation and the power of the sacred words that we say. However, having said that, it is still better if loved ones do the actual puja for that person.

      Their karmic affinity and connection makes the blessings more potent for that person. Hence, for funerals, Rinpoche always ensure that the loved ones recite Om Mani Padme Hum 10 malas for the 49 days because of this reason. There are times they are not open to doing prayers, other people can substitute of course. Also if the person has merits to dedicate would also be extremely beneficial like the fact that the person has been doing Dharma work as well. When we do the prayers, the merits is a very powerful dedication to propel the loved ones to a good rebirth. That’s as far as I know through the years of hearing Rinpoche explain about pujas during crucial moment of death.

  37. pastor ngeow on Jun 22, 2012 at 9:45 am

    In any action we do , for it to be effective to bear positive fruit, it must be performed with sincerity and with pure motivation.By sincerity it means we go all the way with it whole heartedly and without twist and turns or excuses.
    Although our minds are not pure like an enlightened being’s, we must do things without imposing conditions and selectiveness for self gratification.If we stick to above, we will realize the real miracle is a mind transformed.

  38. sockwan on Jun 21, 2012 at 3:16 am

    Now I know what makes a puja powerful, it is because of the good qualities we are practising. By doing a puja for another person, we are practising care, compassion, generous. Since these are some of the good qualities Buddha wants us to develop, when we apply them we will definitely get the blessing.

    Puja at the personal level helps us to calm our mind and be more opened. This is from my personal experience.

    Thank you.

  39. Yoke Fui on Jun 18, 2012 at 7:45 am

    Some of us really wish to help others but do not have enough dharma knowledge or skills to be a teacher.When we see someone in need of help and there is no other way to do so, puja is the expression of this strong urge to help.
    Rinpoche has kindly established a system whereby local Malaysians received authentic training from monks . Now in KH we have a permanent Puja House for people who wish to sponsor pujas any time of the day. Becoming a member of Kechara’s puja team gives you the opportunity to put your compassionate energy into effective use.

  40. Lim Han Nee on Jun 8, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    As I review Rinpoche’s post on the power and benefit of pujas, I feel recharged with compassionate energy to go on doing pujas and dedicating them to someone who seems not likely to recover, who continues to be in a coma, and now seems to be getting worse.

    In the greater scheme of things, when karma determines the nature of our experiences in this life as well the shape of our future lives, if there are seemingly no clear quick answers to our prayers and pujas now and in the immediate future, surely the compassionate energy that we are seeking from the Buddhas must be directed towards some peaceful outcome for the one we are praying for in a distant future.

    If it seems that we cannot see a peaceful outcome in this life, then it must be a peaceful outcome in the next life. Whateever pujas we do must be creating the merits for that person for a future good rebirth? Mightn’t it be that way?And as long as they still live,we should not stop collecting merits for them this side of life.

    • DR on Jun 9, 2012 at 2:22 pm

      Dear Madam Lim, i agree with what you shared here. Any offerings made to the Three Jewels is never wasted. Even if we do not see the immediate tangible result due to very heavy karma of many of us, it is ‘stored’ in our merit bank.

      I have come across several cases whereby a person’s heavy karma is manifesting ie terminally ill, big financial difficulty, etc and they do not understand the workings of karma and merit. They ask to do a small puja and expect to be healed immediatley. When they dont get their expectation, they get disappointed.

      It is likened to a person has very big bank overdarft, credits afew dollars into the account and expect the account to go back into black. Hence, it is important that the sponsor of a puja understands this.

  41. wahying on May 7, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    生活的一切都是法,法也是生活。

    更意料不到的是,你以为法会这样一个议题将会是沉闷的,内容肯定围绕在法会而已。但是,仁波切就是如此善巧,可以把惰性与修行成果,无私与修行成果结合在一起。它不仅告诉了你关于法会的一切,还告诉了你法会以外,但是又跟生活密切相关的佛法教诲。

    感谢仁波切的教诲。

  42. Sean Pang on Apr 11, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    GREAT teaching! A true “Dummies’ Guide” that boils down the “What and Why” of doing Pujas to a few simple, easy-to-understand points:
    – doing a puja is an expression of your compassion for another person or being;
    – when you do something that supports a puja, even if you’re not doing the puja itself, you’re already doing Dharma work and is an expression of your compassion;
    – BUT, do it with the right motivation and do it without selfishness, i.e., when doing a puja for someone, think of and for that person/being wholeheartedly;
    – when we are motivated by Bodhicitta or compassion, we tap into our real mind or Buddha nature, thus pushing ourselves to become a Buddha, and so when we help others selflessly, we help ourselves. A win-win situation!

    If I missed out any key points, that makes me the King of Dummies but so what? I’m still learning!

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for yet another effective teaching!

    Paris, thanks for transcribing. Loved your comments from July 8, 2010!

    Likheng, thanks for sharing this blog.

    Sean

  43. Gim Lee on Apr 7, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this teaching and explanations. Thank you Paris for transcribed it. This teaching is especially important for Puja House staff and volunteers as we do pujas everyday for people who need helps. We must set right motivation and do the pujas correctly, then our pujas will be effective. This is the great way for us to practice and to develop compassion.

  44. Li Kheng on Apr 7, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Wow, this teaching took my breath away! So humanly to the point, making something as ‘foreign” as puja easy to relate to and understand.

    It is true, whenever we know of someone’s suffering, we have the natural desire to offer a helping help. As said, that is the instinct of the Buddha within each and everyone of us. However, in many situations, we struggle with finding an effective method to alleviate the suffering experienced. Perhaps this is why we buy flowers and fruit basket for the sick and dying.

    Thank you Rinpoche for showing us another offering we can make to express our care for others in their time of need: offering of Puja.

  45. Andrew chiam on Apr 5, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Hi Rinpcohe and Paris,

    Thanks for the sharing on the good article on Puja. Not in all situations, we will have the wisdom of speech and mind and physical ability to help to ease the suffering of our loves one. Thus, Puja will serves as a great outlet to direct our compassion/love/healing/protection and healing power from the Buddha/Protector invoked in a intangible energy to help the individual in suffering. Furthermore, by entrusting the individual to the 3 Jewels, we are rest assure that they are in good hands.
    Puja is a great way to accumulate greater stream of merits better in group than individual.

    Thanks again for the sharing. The article is timely in strengthening my effort to attend Puja and work harder for benefits of more sentients beings.

  46. ECheah on Apr 5, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Problems arise from the karma we created long ago. When they ripen and manifest, what else can we do but to brave the storm? If we have to go through it one way or another, the least we can do is to try to lessen the effect. Pujas open up a direct line of communication with all the Buddhas from whom we can receive their blessings. The resultant merit from performing these pujas can help to reduce or in some cases resolve the problem. All depends on the inevitability of karma and accumulation of merits. Whatever the outcome, it would only be for the better though we may not see it like that immediately. We usually want a quick fix and doubts may arise when we don’t get the miracle we expected. But would it have been good for us in the long run? Having said that, it would even be better if we stop doing negative deeds that come back to bite us later, and do lots of these pujas before a problem occurs because if successfully purified, it may not even manifest. The problem is, we normally wait till problem ripens, then seek a miracle cure. If we don’t know how to do these pujas, Puja House of Kechara House can come to our rescue.

  47. yoke fui on Apr 5, 2012 at 11:36 am

    This teaching is so beneficial to the puja team members, people that join our weekly pujas and all those who seek spiritual help.

    Sometimes we feel so helpless watching others suffer and we don’t know how to help them.With the correct understanding on why we pray and the right motivation, isn’t it wonderful we can help others by activating our inner energy?

    Thank you Rinpoche for the teaching & clear explanation.

  48. Victor Phang on Apr 5, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Great explanation of Pujas and other indirect activities we can do to help others as well as our self. Very detail, informative, meaningful and easy to understand. Rinpoche, thank you very much for the teaching and now I have clearer mind and motivation to do dharma practice particularly on pujas.
    With folded hands, thank you and appreciate your selfless and compassion in guiding us.
    With love,
    VP

  49. David Loh on Apr 5, 2012 at 3:01 am

    My! The photos here are so old! Everyone looks so young and slim. Haha. Like Paris i was also not really fond of pujas. But, here I am two years later doing pujas and torma everyday; sometimes up to 5 pujas a day and making torma till 4am. It is all well worth it when people see you and tell you ‘thank you so much for praying for me, the puja really helped me overcome this and that’. Deep down when you ‘feel’ the pain and suffering of the people you do pujas for I guess that itself is the essence of the right ‘motivation’. Am not perfect neither extremely compassionate because initially I did have selfish reasons for doing pujas all the time; I figured out that at least some good will ‘spill out’ and benefit me and my loved ones if I keep doing pujas. After a while all these does not really matter as I realized the pain and problems some people have when they request for pujas to be done for them. My problems became small at times when compared with these poor people. I will continue to do pujas with what miserable abilities I have and hopefully when the time comes I will die while doing puja. Haha.

    • Gim Lee on Apr 7, 2012 at 9:07 pm

      Hey bro David, I also want to die while doing puja… wow… if that happens, the last thing I do before I die is doing something beneficial for others, rather than doing any other selfish things for myself.

      Yes when doing dharma works, especially performing pujas for others, it is very important that we reflect on their pains and sufferings, like that we can set our motivation right to request Buddha to help them 🙂

  50. Iulian on Apr 5, 2012 at 12:43 am

    Just want to say : Thank you Rinpoche _/\__/\__/\_

  51. keng on Mar 20, 2012 at 6:14 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for this powerful teaching.

  52. Deki Yangzom on Mar 12, 2012 at 1:35 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for your ever active love and compassion! I learned a lot in few months what I haven’t for decades through Your
    Eminence’s blogs, video teachings…etc. I feel my veil of ignorance being peeled off layer by layer. May Rinpoche’s teachings and activities touch the lives of many sentient beings far and wide… With Great Reverence,Deki Yangzom.

  53. Linda on Oct 19, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Thanks, Paris, for sharing this precious teaching. It is quintessential Tsem Rinpoche and I can even hear how he would be delivering this. Thank you, Rinpoche, always for your generosity and courage.

  54. ern on Jan 3, 2011 at 2:37 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    I continued ruminating what I explained in the comment posted above.
    I will use this experience as a reminder that the Dharma is more than beautiful words. I took refuge and I pray the guru due to the same reason. This should strength my faith and devotion in the Three Jewels and the Three Roots. If I sincerely trust, I will feel their protection and their compassion in all circumstances.
    I will not worry anymore even though I still feeling different. Maybe, somehow, it is a blessing; I was developing a thin attachment and an untold pride because I had some sensations. I understand it is an error, also to speak about it with other than the Guru. I try to keep this in mind but I was concerned this time. I would love to understand more about what happened and the consequences but this should not be a distraction. I will focus on my practice, to grasp and follow the teachings in order to practice properly.
    Thank you for being open to questions and sorry for wasting your precious time with small questions.
    I pray for a humble and pure motivation, in action.

  55. ern on Jan 1, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    I practice Riwo Sangue Tcheu sometimes at home. I share the practice by inviting all those dead or alive that could fit into my imagination, “we” are offering together. This week it was particularly beautiful, with every mantra prayed by us, someone in Avici was freed in a rainbow body (well, we lacked of equanimity, priority was for those suffering there for the longest period).
    A feeling of energy was moving, especially on the left side of my body, but it was concentrated on my chest. It was intense and beautiful so I felt as sharing it. Following the feeling, I made a pause with the text in order to visualize a friend. I opened my arms to him and offered what I had on my chest. Immediately, the energy sensation completely disappeared. I was surprised but I continued giving that present (…whatever left) to other friends.
    When I finished the puja text -and starting thinking more- I worried a little bit since the sensation that the energy vanished was physical and so real. Additionally, I remembered that in some ceremonies we ask spirits and creditors to “gave us back” the vitality / energy that they took from us. Is it really “my energy”? Is that why we ask them to give it back? and ask goddesses to find it when it has been lost? Is it important to recover that particular energy? in such case, should I ask my friends to give my present back?
    In what cases we better ask the raw natural elements for brand new energy?
    Even thought in this practice I did not visualized myself as Péma Theuthreng Tsel , I felt as something happened, if that is the case, I hope all my friends are safe and my negative energy stayed with me. I thought that I should have offered the positive fruits that my energy could produce instead of my energy itself. No karmic links or debts?
    As history, months ago, before I met this particular friend for the first time, I felt something behind me, when I looked behind I realized I was feeling his heart chakra (never before or after I felt someone else’s energy).
    The two days after the puja I was a little bit weak so I practiced another one, this time no presents. Today, after 4 days, I feel as recovering but my chakras are calm. Before, it happened to me to feel vibrations, waves and occasionally the hip moving softly in 8’s like an Arabic dancer. Is that some kind of purification in progress?

    Would you please help me to clarify these thoughts? THANK YOU

    May this New Year bring spiritual prosperity.

    PS – It seems that I am attached to samsara 🙂 🙁 apparently to touch the front with Chang bou removes merit and of course I did it + as soon as I recover some energy I offered it.

  56. Anila on Oct 19, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Pujas are linked with compassion and generosity. Without the motivation for these two qualities, you won’t be able to help people by doing pujas alone. You must also know the meaning why and how to do the pujas. Generosity does not mean you can only give in monetary. Giving your services by doing and participating in pujas is another way of showing you are not selfish when you pray for other people. I believe Pujas done with compassion and selflessness will definitely invoke the Buddhas or Deity to help the person we are praying for. Combined energies in doing pujas are very effectve. I understand a lot of people in the weekly Setrap Puja had been helped and their problems solved.

  57. Wan Wai Meng on Aug 15, 2010 at 3:48 am

    This is a beautiful writeup of what pujs is. The phrase ‘puja is an expression of one’s compassion’ was drummed me into me by ngeow who highlighted to some of us how when a realized being speaks the dharma from realisation it differs from someone teaching/speaking just based on pure intellectual understanding. The more dharma we know the better will be the effects of the puja that we participate in.

  58. Joyce on Aug 9, 2010 at 2:59 am

    Really a great read. Thank you Wan for showing this to me.

    • Wan Wai Meng on Aug 15, 2010 at 3:50 am

      Dear Joyce,
      Rinpoche’s blog has a wealth of information and knowledge and is a source of the teachings Lam Rim. Take your time to go through it has all kinds of topics some serious, some fun and all interesting.

  59. Michael Kuang on Jul 27, 2010 at 12:57 am

    Tonite Setrap Puja end with Mr Ngeow’s brief explanation on Puja. I’ve never look at Puja at a compassionate and caring level. I attend puja with some motives eg: to learn and practice Dharma and also to transform my mind. I guess i havent got the right mindset to dedicate the puja practice and benefit all other sentient beings..all along it is just me, me and me when it comes to puja maybe sometimes i get to do some dedication to fellow devotees family member or etc, but still the main focus is gaining something for myself. The Dharma practice should be motivated by Bodhicitta and i shouldnt expect any spiritual gain for myself only. I have bookmarked this page and will review it whenever I feel I have deviate from the practice from time to time so I can be on the right track together with the Setrap Puja team.
    I would like to thank Mr.Ngeow for reminding that of Rinpoche’s teaching are available on line for our daily reflection. I do appreciate the Q&A session whereby we need to look up for the answer from Rinpoche’s blog!
    Great way to learn since we might not be able to see Rinpoche personally but thru the blog we can learn so much from him.

  60. Joey on Jul 8, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    For many years many people especially of the Thervarda tradition, as well as atheists disprove of pujas and rituals as nothing but belief and blind faith due to lack of explanations on how they work and their importance. This is a very important article in Buddhism as not many people can provide such a clear and logical explanation of what pujas are especially in english that appeals to the intellectuals.
    Now that i understand the main purpose of Pujas, i find myself more willing to go through them. I used to be not able to go through long pujas as it will aggravate my back problem and cause me to get dizzy due to the chanting and sitting. Now i still get them but its no longer a reason for me to not do any or particpate in them.

  61. Paris on Jul 8, 2010 at 8:49 am

    I’d also like to offer some advice that Rinpoche gave us for when we are doing pujas, especially when we are doing pujas in dedication of a particular person or situation:
    1) Take refuge sincerely and deeply in the Three Jewels, with the trust that they can take us all the way to enlightenment
    2) Visualise the yidam/deity (e.g. Tsongkhapa, Medicine Buddha, Setrap) as one with our Lama, as it is from and by our Lama’s kindness that all our attainments will arise
    3) focus strongly on the person/ situation that this puja is being dedicated for. This also trains our mind to focus outwards on others, instead of just on ourselves, as we have always been used to doing.
    Hope this helps and here’s wishing everyone many meaningful, beautiful, effective, beneficial pujas!

  62. Paris on Jul 8, 2010 at 8:45 am

    I agree that a puja is a means to an end and not the end in itself. At the end of the day, if we’re still nasty horrible people who aren’t putting any effort into transforming our minds, or becoming kinder people than the pujas just become another means for us exert our selfish egos and become attached. (Instead of the puja becoming a means for us to expression our compassion, we become puffed up with pride and think, “I’m so special, everyone should respect me for my mastery over puja”.
    As with everything we do in Dharma, our motivation is most important. A puja can be the holiest act in the world if done with the purest and most sincere intention of helping to relieve someone’s suffering and bring them happiness; then again, if the same motivation is generated, the very same benefit could be created by a simple “mundane” action like having a cup of tea to a distressed friend for a cup or paying off someone’s loan.
    As Rinpoche frequently reminds us: that one hour per day on the meditation cushion is well and good, but what is more important is what we are doing & how we are acting the other 23 hours in the day.

    • Sean Pang on Apr 11, 2012 at 4:29 pm

      Hi Paris,

      I love your comment on “puffed up pride”! I think we should come up with a Badge of (Dis)Honour with a picture of a strutting peacock that we can give to ourselves as a “gentle” reminder every time we submit to our ego! 🙂

      I also liked Rinpoche’s “1-23 hours” reminder. So simple yet so powerful!

      Cheers, Sean

  63. Wendy on Jul 8, 2010 at 2:50 am

    This article answers all my questions about why dharma practice sometimes does not bring result. It is not the fault of the Dharma, as in our case the Dharma is pure and received from pure Lamas and pure Lineage. So what then could possibly go wrong if we have been reading or listening to all the dharma teachings we can get our hands on, do our Dharma work, do all the possible pujas available and recite all the mantras we can possibly recite. Still we have very little or no results. Why is that? The crux of the matter is that the basis for any positive result to arise from any Dharma action is selflessness. Therefore, there is really no secret formula for a successful Dharma practice except to practice with the motivation of selflessness and compassion to benefit others. As such, Dharma practice and selfishness resembles water and oil. They cannot mix.

  64. Susan Lim on Jul 7, 2010 at 5:16 am

    This teaching demystifies what prayers in Buddhist context is all about. Different religions have different connotation affixed to the word “prayers”. In Buddhism, we do not pray to some God as in the Christian faith. If you noticed, not ones is it written in this blog post that Buddhist pray to some God and definately not to some man-made brass statue. How I wish non-Buddhist will be open and seek to understand what statues and prayers in Buddhism is all about.
    What I also like very much about this post is how Rinpoche always emphasize on our motivation in everything that we do. Yes, samsaric deluded beings like us can be screwing up in the midst of ringing our bells and chanting away some mantras while sitting in the lotus posture! Rinpoche is very kind to point out to us that what’s very important is our motivation else, in short…it’s just another look good, waste of time activity which Rinpoche does not wish for us to be engaged in.

  65. Yokefui on Jul 6, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Very often when someone we know falls sick or meets with an accident, we feel so helpless and anxious. We would very much like to help but we are unable to do anything.
    Rinpoche teaches us to direct the energy of wanting to help out of love and care for that person into doing a puja for him or her.
    I have heard of many “miracles” that at very crucial moment, the family request all their friends to pray together and then the patient recovered miraculously.
    For dharma students that have studied so much on how to generate bodhichitta through logical reasoning, put into practice what you learnt intellectually by taking part in pujas. If you can’t even leave the comfort of your home to do puja at KH
    ( http://www.kechara.com/kechara-house/pujas/) how else can you be of benefit to others?

    • DR on Apr 10, 2012 at 11:45 am

      Yes you are absolutely right when you mention ‘I have heard of many “miracles” that at very crucial moment, the family request all their friends to pray together and then the patient recovered miraculously’. I myself have so many personal testimonials on the positive effect of pujas.

      Whenever someone is sick or in trouble, not only do we give moral support, lend them a shoulder to cry on or be the punching bag or bring them gifts. All that will heal them temporary. But encouraging them to do a puja or sponsor a puja, that will help them to heal spiritually. Both must be done.

      We are so fortunate that our Lama has set up the infrastructure for Kechara to help others in all ways.

  66. ngeowchin on Jul 4, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Mr. Wu,you write with depth and understanding.
    Rinpoche’s talk on pujas is absolutely incredible in that it is so clear,relational and heartfelt. For the casual Buddhists, it will definitely clear a lot of questions and doubts in their minds by its simple directness and clear examples.
    For serious practitioners,it will improve their knowledge and understanding by its profoundness and depth that can only come from the mouth of one who is realized.
    I have never figured out why Buddhists always engage in pujas because I have never read such clear explanations before .All we ever learn if we check on the word puja is its literal definition which says very little of what it really is and how it actually benefits.

  67. Wu Yew Seng on Jun 7, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    I do agree with what rinpoche said in his blog. When there is nothing you can do about the situation, a good way to send your compassion is through puja; If you can help directly then just help.
    However, one shall always keep in mind that puja is a skillful mean and it is not the dharma if not driven by bodhicitta or without knowing the meaning behind the rituals. This is principle can be applied to all rituals and even sadhana, remember the rituals and sadhana are tools that help you to reach liberation, they are not the actual path. So do not be attached to rituals until the point that you totally give up on practicing and studying the dharma from the sutra and great work like the lam rim.
    To properly learn puja also include the understanding of the meaning of each steps of the puja ritual, integrating them with the actual dharma. Only then, the puja or sadhana become meaningful and will have the power to transform your mind, and through transforming your mind, your behavior and eventually your situation.

  68. Susan Lim on Jun 7, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    I love this writeup. very informative. Jamie used to share that she was never really fond of puja. And now, she really is a puja queen! I think understanding the benefits will propel people to be engaged in the deed.

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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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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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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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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)
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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!
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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
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February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
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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
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A section for you to clarify your Dharma questions with Kechara’s esteemed pastors.

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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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Teacher Laura guided the students do meditation. Alice Tay, KSDS
Day break at Kechara Forest Retreat! Sunrise meditation during Inner Reflection Retreat, April 2017
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Day break at Kechara Forest Retreat! Sunrise meditation during Inner Reflection Retreat, April 2017
Inner Reflection in April 2017 with guests from USA, Singapore, China and UK! Join our upcoming meditation programs!
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Inner Reflection in April 2017 with guests from USA, Singapore, China and UK! Join our upcoming meditation programs!
Visitors in Kechara Forest Retreat, circumambulating the holy Vajra Yogini Stupa. Picture credit Pastor Gimlee
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Visitors in Kechara Forest Retreat, circumambulating the holy Vajra Yogini Stupa. Picture credit Pastor Gimlee
Students are getting ready to do prostration in Gompa following a Teacher Kien and Teacher Zhi Yan instruction. Lin Mun KSDS
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Students are getting ready to do prostration in Gompa following a Teacher Kien and Teacher Zhi Yan instruction. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Callista & Teacher Irene were sharing with children on the topic of courage. It is good to instil dharma knowledge from young. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Callista & Teacher Irene were sharing with children on the topic of courage. It is good to instil dharma knowledge from young. Lin Mun KSDS
Children are learning how to recite mantra from teacher Alice and teacher Laura. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children are learning how to recite mantra from teacher Alice and teacher Laura. Lin Mun KSDS
Students were all so excited listening to the process of making slime as they are going to make one themselves. Lin Mun KSDS
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Students were all so excited listening to the process of making slime as they are going to make one themselves. Lin Mun KSDS
Robey, Natalie and Lauren doing sharing on how to make slime. A great exercise for them to learn leadership & public speaking. Lin Mun KSDS
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Robey, Natalie and Lauren doing sharing on how to make slime. A great exercise for them to learn leadership & public speaking. Lin Mun KSDS
Beautiful tormas was offered during Gyenze Puja at Kechara Forest Retreat. Lucy Yap
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Beautiful tormas was offered during Gyenze Puja at Kechara Forest Retreat. Lucy Yap
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