What our flag means

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Having to work in urban societies – in the city, among buildings, traffic, people, parking, congestion, smoke and smog really takes a toll on one’s body and mind. Sometimes we really need to go to a place of peace, healing and recovery. Because of this, I conceptualised and founded Kechara Forest Retreat with my close members and since then, it has grown and we are still in the process of building Phase 1 and Phase 2. What is beautiful is that at the entrance of Kechara Forest Retreat, we have a set of flag poles with three flags displayed.

The centre which is the most prominent and most respectful position is adorned by the Malaysian flag. This represents our love, our loyalty, our appreciation and our respect towards our country and where we are, Malaysia. May Malaysia always grow, always be at peace, harmonious and prosperous. We wish the best to all our Malaysian people, the government and the public.

The second flag, on the left, which is the second highest position of respect, is the flag of Pahang state. Malaysia has 13 states, and each state has its own flag. So, on the left is a flag representing the state that Kechara Forest Retreat is in, which is Pahang state, and we show our deepest respect, appreciation and love towards the state of Pahang where we abide. For those who are international, Pahang state where we are located is just 45 minutes to an hour’s drive from our national capital of Kuala Lumpur.

The third flag, on the right, is the flag of Kechara, which is newly designed by myself. Its white background represents a clean, clear, luminous mind – the mind that has no pollution, no distortions and no projections. The mind is clean, luminous and clear. Therefore it should actually be a clear flag but that is pretty impossible to do, so I put it on a white background representing the clear, luminous mind of enlightenment, of the state of peace and the state of happiness which we strive to achieve.

In the centre is the Sanskrit seed syllable of Vajrayogini’s mind. This seed syllable is called the BAM letter. The BAM letter represents Vajrayogini’s mind, which is a Buddha mind, and we wish to achieve the Buddha mind. All of us wish to achieve full enlightenment. So on a clear, luminous mind, we are fully enlightened – that’s the symbology of the flag. At the same time, the BAM represents the conjunction, the smooth operation and the smooth interactions of the four elements of our body. When the four elements of our body: earth, air, water and fire are in conjunction and harmonious, then the mind will be able to generate better thoughts, happier thoughts and spiritual thoughts. The last meaning (in simplicity) for the BAM letter is the dissolution of the elements in our body, the dissolution of our mind and the various states that our mind goes through at the time of death, which equals the next step that is after death (which is bardo), and then rebirth.

The BAM letter in subtle Tantric meaning, which I can’t go into detail here, is the dissolution of the gross mind into the subtle mind, and into the stages until you reach the top of the BAM letter where you see a squiggle. So the top of the squiggle and the dissolution of that is the gross mind dissolving into the subtle mind, the subtle mind dissolving and leaving the body, and ejecting it into the bardo, into the future life. So the BAM syllable has that meaning in Tantra, which is according to Vajrayogini’s path. Last but not least, the BAM syllable represents that Kechara is a portal into the mind of Vajrayogini, to become Vajrayogini, and to ascend to Kechara Paradise. Vajrayogini’s paradise is called Kechara in Sanskrit; in Tibetan, it is called Dakpo Kachö. So Kechara is named after the divine paradise of Vajrayogini which we wish all ascend to. Therefore, Kechara’s flag is based on Vajrayogini’s mind and the mind of enlightenment, and the balance of the four elements within our body for peace, harmony and happiness, as well as the mind that is luminous, clear and happy.

May all who enter Kechara, who see Kechara, who think of Kechara and has anything to do with Kechara be blessed by all the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and deities in the form of Vajrayogini. May they reach Her paradise here on earth, and afterwards when they leave the earth.

Now that we have our flag poles here and they are in front, we are celebrating, saluting and showing deep respects to our beloved country of Malaysia, our beautiful and beloved state of Pahang, and also to the full mind of enlightenment. Here is a short video that was taken and also a picture, and I want to make a little note that Pastor Moh Mei worked very hard in getting the flags stitched up according to my design, on time for our special event that happened today which you can read on another blogpost.

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 The entrance of Kechara Forest Retreat in Pahang state, Malaysia

 

 

 

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Flag of Pahang

 

Flag of Kechara

 

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  1. Stella Cheang on Aug 5, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    It is important for Kecharian to understand the meaning of the BAM letter; the logo and the symbol used in Kechara’s official correspondences. The BAM letter is the Sanskrit seed syllable of Vajrayogini’s mind, which is the mind of a Buddha. In a simplistic manner, the BAM letter represents the conjunction, the smooth operation and the smooth interactions of the four elements of our body. When the four elements are in harmony, our mind will be generate thoughts that are of better quality. At the time of death, the BAM represent dissolution of the elements in our body, the dissolution of our mind and the various states that our mind goes through at death, at bardo and then rebirth.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this teaching on the meaning of Sanskrit seed syllable of Vajrayogini’s mind.

  2. Lin Mun on Jul 4, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for explaining Kechara flag in detailed. May Kechara Forest Retreat keep growing and benefit more people who wants to seek dharma knowledge. We are really fortunate to have such a blessed place and conducive environment for us to practise.

  3. Wan Wai Meng on Mar 20, 2016 at 10:04 am

    May Kechara organisation bring much benefit to all Malaysians, and may the thought to be enlightened and striving for continuous betterment be forever present inMalaysians minds.

  4. Mingwen on Oct 28, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    It feel great to know more about Kechara! Thank you, Tsem Rinpoche, for the great information.

  5. Edward Ooi on Oct 13, 2015 at 12:55 am

    I love our Kechara flag. It looks very simple, plain, neat and it doesn’t look messy. At the same time, it holds a lot of meanings behind it. When I first saw the white background of our Kechara Flag, I didn’t think or notice many things from it and I have also never thought that it would have so many meanings behind the white background.The mind is clean, clear, luminous mind – the mind that has no pollution, no distortions and no projections.

    Because the Sanskrit symbol is also our Kechara logo, so I naturally thought that it is just a normal symbol. I have also never put much thought into what does it represent. But now that Rinpoche has explain it so well, I finally understand what it means. It represents the mind of the Vajrayogini’s mind, which is a Buddha’s mind. The symbol is called BAM. It also represents the perfect mind that we all wish to achieve. A mind where we are able to gain full control of our mind like where, how, when we want to take rebirth and as what. And to be free from all sufferings. In other words, free from Karma.

    Finally, I want to Thank You Rinpoche for giving us such a wonderful explanation upon the Kechara flag. The meaning behind the flag is beautiful. May every being have the opportunity to reached enlightenment as fast as possible so that no one will have to suffer ever again. Thank you for reading.

  6. yenpin on Oct 4, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    有国才有家,每个人民都希望国家繁荣和谐,看着三旗随风飘动,让人非常感动。克切拉禅修林为人民打造一个大自然的社群人间福田,希望带来安康,快乐,和谐,幸福和国家繁荣。
    看着金刚瑜伽母心识种子字BAM随风飘动,希望我们国家安康,和谐繁荣,也加持周围的众生,种下一棵善意的种子。让这个世界更美好。

  7. So Kin Hoe (KISG) on Oct 1, 2015 at 11:15 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for giving us the details and explanation about the BAM syllable, which represents Vajrayogini’s mind that can lead us to attainment and enlightenment. Indeed, we truly appreciate, respect and thankful to our national and Pahang state government to allow us to build Kechara Forest Retreat on this blessed land so that the Dharma can continue to grow, which not only benefit the local folks but the blessings and Dharma can even spread to the people from other countries around the globe.
    I sincerely pray for Rinpoche’s long life and good health to turn the wheel of Dharma and lead all sentient beings to achieve world peace and ultimate happiness.

  8. Sharon Ong on Sep 30, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for designing and explaining the significance of the Kechara flag. I like the fact that the simple design has a deep meaning behind it. May all reach Vajrayogini’s paradise here on earth, and afterwards when we all leave the earth.

  9. Ron Wong on Sep 27, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    Kechara Forest Retreat is certainly a beautiful & holy place that brings the feeling of joy, harmony & peace to the mind everytime that I am there. We are very fortunate & thankful to Rinpoche for choosing our country & the sate of Pahang to build this wonderful & holy centre.

    Importantly, we are most grateful to the Malaysian Government for their kindness in granting the building of such holy place in this beautiful land, & the Pahang state government for their help & cooperation in making the dream come true. Being a Muslim country, this also symbolise the love, equality & practice of religious freedom by the government towards the people no matter what race, colour & cultural background we are from.

    Having the 3 flags flying side by side at the entrance of KFR, besides it represent our love & respect to the governments, they will always remind us that with outer peace & harmony we will find inner peace.

    I wish Rinpoche good health & long life, may Kechara Forest Retreat continue to growth & spread dharma to the ten directions.

  10. Uncle Eddie on Sep 27, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    We indeed feel grateful to be able to have our Kechara’s flag flying side by side with our Malaysia’s National flag as well as the State of Pahang flag, at the entrance of Kechara’s Forest Retreat. Our deep heartfelt thanks is hereby expressed to The Government of Malaysia and to Pahang State Government too. May all who enter Kechara, or has any dealing with, see, think or even hears of Kechara be well blessed with good health, a long and peaceful life. May Dharma spread throughout the infinite reaches of space and all sentient beings attain enlightenment quickly. Through the merits of all who have contributed to the spread of the Buddha’s teachings in this respect, and for the sake of all sentient beings, may all their dharma wishes be fulfilled quickly. My deepest hearfelt thanks to Rinpoche for all his endless Dharma inspirations and teachings. Om mani padme hung.

  11. Pastor Henry Ooi on Sep 22, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    I like the simplicity and colour of our Kechara flag. The poles made from stainless steel would last through the test of time. A sight to behold on a windy day our Kechara flag fluttering in the wind next to our national flag and state flag.

  12. Alice Tay on Sep 21, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    国旗是国家的一种标志性旗帜,象征着国家主权,国家的历史文化传统和民族精神的体现。因此,国旗备受人民所崇敬以及国际社会所尊重。而其实,每个国旗或旗帜的建造都有它的特别意思与用意。

    我们是多么的幸运可以在克切拉禅修林大门前看到此三旗~国旗,州国旗还有克切拉的旗帜。这让我想起尊贵的上师詹杜固仁波切,似乎在提醒我们,我们其实活在一个很有条件的地方,而且是可以得到当地政府所批准而建立克切拉禅修林来利益更多人。也因为有此特好的条件,让我们每个人都有机会找寻心灵上的快乐与解脱。

    感谢仁波切的用心。也希望一切有情众生看到此克切拉的旗帜~金刚瑜伽母心识种子字BAM,得到加持。

  13. Carmen Koo on Sep 21, 2015 at 8:05 am

    Every aspect of what we have in Kechara is Dharma. From the functions of the various departments, to the work we do, to our charitable arm; it is all infused with Dharma, and now even the visual sight of a flag can instill such powerful and strong imprints on our mindstreams. That’s what I love..everything Rinpoche does, conceptualises, builds, displays, creates…is all Dharma, for us to learn and for the benefit of others.

    The Malaysian government and people, as well as the state of Pahang, has been supportive of our works here. Thank you, for embracing us with open arms, and thank you for your kind support. I am proud to be Malaysian, and am fortunate that I live in a country where its citizens are allowed religious freedom and diversity.

    I am even more fortunate to have entered the portal to Vajrayogini, which is what Kechara is. To be able to practice the Dharma, transform, abandon (or at least lessen) our attachments, self cherishing minds, ego, and all that it results in is one of the best and most permanent things we can do for ourselves and our mind. May all who enter Vajrayogini’s portal through Kechara’s doors be initiated into her practice so that the door to Kechara Paradise opens for us to practice Dharma again and again without distractions.

    Thank you Rinpoche for the detailed description towards something so profound. Being one with a Buddha, where our minds can be one with the Buddha, means elimination of a self centric mind. Elimination of a self centric mind leads to no suffering for ourselves, and for those around us. In nature, being one with our yidams, male or female, means that we reside in the same state of mind as a Buddha where our existence is not bound by “I” or any identity.

    We are so fortunate to always be able to walk through the doors of Kechara Forest Retreat; a portal to Vajrayogini’s pureland.

  14. Lim Tat Ming on Sep 21, 2015 at 2:01 am

    A flag is a symbol or emblem of a country or institution or as a decoration during public festivities.

    Kechara flag is similar to the iconography of a Buddha image that teaches about the path to liberation and enlightenment.

    The Kechara flag is more than being a mere flag, it carries the very essence of what Kechara is established for.

    It is so auspicious to have the Kechara flag with the seed syllable BAM as its symbol or emblem. Any being who sees the seed syllable BAM each time the flag flutters in the winds, plants seed of enlightenment in its mind stream.

    Seeing one’s National flag flying gives one the sense of patriotism. However seeing the Kechara Flag flying gives rise to the feeling of “divine pride” that Kechara – A Tsem Rinpoche Organisation shall flourish forevermore!

    Thank You Rinpoche for designing this meaningful Kechara flag.

  15. tongsunsun on Sep 19, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    感恩上师的分享,看见三旗竖在禅修林门前顿时生起敬意。旗帜在微风下徐徐飘扬,展现了爱国情谊。看见(BAM)種子字旗幟的飄揚就讓我想起風馬旗,讓方圓百里的有情眾生都可以得到加持,讓眾生都種下佛種子。感恩上師的慈悲。合十。

  16. Li Kheng on Sep 19, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    When I read Rinpoche’s blog post above I see the importance of harmony between our vision and dreams with our local community and the larger society as a whole. For us to achieve the impact we aspire to have, we need to all work hand in hand.

    This is very beautiful!

    The flag of Kechara looks very clean and simple but hold such deep and vast significance. Having had the honor to live in Kechara Forest Retreat and share this space with participants of the Inner Peace Retreat, I can see how this is a space where people heal as our 4 elements finds harmony and balance. I can also see how this is the portal for us to entire Vajrayogini’s paradise as we work here to overcome our sources of suffering (3 poisons of ignorance, ego and anger) as we challenge ourselves out of our comfort zones.

    It is with great humility and gratitude that I say this: being in Kechara Forest Retreat where daily living is about being mindful, serving the community, giving back to Nature and reaching out to society, I believe I have a chance to transforming my mind to experience inner peace, happiness and contentment.

    The thought that we can create of heaven on earth becomes closer and more possible. Kechara Forest Retreat is tangible hope.

  17. Girlie OOI on Sep 19, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    Dear Rinpoche

    Thank You for hoisting our Kechara flag together with those of Malaysia and Pahang. It is a sight to behold, seeing it fluttering in the wind, in front of Kechara Forest Retreat.

    Nay it be a sign of growth for all who enter Kechara Forest Retreat, Pahang and Malaysia.

  18. Grace Leu on Sep 19, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    So happy to see Kechara flag flying on the earth of Malaysia…It represents the growth of Dharma in Malaysia . May everyone get the blessing and achieve the enlightenment . .

  19. Vinnie Tan on Sep 19, 2015 at 12:11 am

    Seeing the Kechara flag being flown with Malaysia’s flag and Pahang state flag mean a lot. It makes me feel that Kechara has grown a lot, reason being that it is usually organisations that have grown to a certain scale, then they will have their own flag design and have their flags being flown with the country’s flag and state flag.

    Having the Kechara flag being so high up on the flag poles marks a special significance as it indeed shown that Kechara has grown. And it is because of Rinpoche’s vision and the hard work of the students to have made this happen. Without Rinpoche, everything will not have happened.

    Although the flag may look very simple with the BAM letter and a white background, however the thought and meaning behind what Rinpoche has thought through is incredible. I feel so ignorant when I think about it.

    Indeed the meaning of the white background representing clean, clear, luminous mind is strong. And it is exactly why people join the dharma. As by the end of the day we want to have transformation in our minds. Being in Kechara and having our Dharma family’s support is the biggest support for us to have that clean, clear, and luminous mind. Showing that in KFR there will be no pollution, distortions nor projections that will “dirty” our mind.

  20. Choi Sheem on Sep 18, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    The Kechara flag is so simple yet it carries a remarkable significance to all who catch a glance of it. For those who know the meaning of this flag, it would serve as a reminder of their spiritual path which lead them to Vajrayogini’s paradise.
    Since it is the seed syllable of Vajrayogini’s mind on the Kechara flag, it is such a joy to note that everyone who sees it would be blessed and planted with the seed of enlightenment.
    Thank you Rinpoche for having this flag and Kechara Forest Retreat to guide all beings towards a clear, peaceful and happier mind which would eventually lead to their enlightenment.

  21. Jutika Lam on Sep 18, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    It is wonderful to see the Malaysian, Pahang and the newly designed flag of Kechara fluttering in the wind in front of the entrance of Kechara Forest Retreat.

    I really like the fact that despite the new Kechara flag having such a simple design, the meaning behind it has a very strong Dharmic meaning and symbolizes what we strive to achieve.

    As a retreat center and tourist attraction, it is very good to have the Malaysian flag and the Pahang state flag in front of the entrance of Kechara Forest Retreat to show all passerby’s and vistors our loyalty, respect, appreciation and love towards our country and state.

    Thank you Rinpoche for taking the time to write this post and to explain the meaning behind Kechara’s new flag.

    May Kechara Forest Retreat continue to grow and expand so that everyone who visits can take a step back from the city and leave feeling blessed and recharged.

  22. Pavara Lam on Sep 18, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    It is good to know that KFR finally has the flag poles to hoist the flag which will show that we love and respect our country and state.
    The flag a real beauty to me and i am sure everyone else will see it as a beauty.
    I never knew the significance of the BAM symbol, but now I know the significance.

    KFR is a really nice place to visit as, it is really peaceful and quiet compared to the city.
    KFR is not just a spiritual place, but also a place for nature lovers and people who want a break from the hectic city life.

    May Kechara keep growing and may our country and state always be peaceful and prosperous.

  23. Datuk May on Sep 18, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    Raising a flag is always auspicious and the display of pride and honour. In Kechara, we raised the flag of our nation symbolising how proud we are to be of Malaysian origin, the state flag in gratitude for the assistance by the state authorities and in respect of the space we are in.

    As a Kecharian, the flag of Kechara is a beauty to my eyes and with the meaning expounded by Rinpoche, it is heart warming that with the flying of our flag we are in a state of learning perfection in this life and future lives. And also Kechara’s commitment to be a place of refuge for the well being of our state of mind. To be pure and clear with the blessings of Buddha Vajrayogini to achievement of peace and harmony within ourselves.

    It is a proud moment to have our flag flying with our national and state flags and extremely auspicious to have it raised for the first time on Malaysia Day 2015.

    May auspiciousness be for Malaysia, the state of Pahang and our organisation, Kechara House.

  24. Edwin Tan on Sep 18, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for the explanation for the flags in front of Kechara Forest Retreat. There is really much thoughts placed when raising the flags in front of KFR. I never really give much thought on the BAM symbol, thank you Rinpoche for giving us such clear explanation on what the symbol represents and symbolises.

    Raising all 3 flags on Malaysia Day has so much meaning to it and shows how much love and respect we have for the country and the state.

    Thank you Rinpoche. Thank you Pastor Moh Mei for expediting the process to have the flags up in time.

  25. Pastor Patsy on Sep 18, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    I rejoice to see the Malaysia, Pahang and Kechara flag at Kechara Forest Retreat raised up on Malaysia Day. This day also marks the first time we have our Kechara flag.

    It is indeed great blessings to have this BAM flag at the entrance of Kechara Forest Retreat as those coming to Kechara Forest Retreat or passing by will be blessed by Vajrayogini when they see the BAM sign.

    Thank you , Rinpoche, for the detailed explanation of the BAM on Kechara flag

  26. Shelly tai on Sep 18, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful update, KFR is a very bless place to be this retreat center is suit all the city folk who load up with a lot of stress in the daily basis KFR is a place for all of us to distressed what more is a land that already been bless by many enlightened being once again thank you Rinpoche for having this retreat center in Malaysia.

  27. andrew on Sep 18, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    He is a living legend surrounded by those whose actions are legendary. You can be what you want to be and do what you want to do.

  28. Colin Tan on Sep 18, 2015 at 11:05 am

    The setting up of the 3 flags is really a symbolic moment for Kechara. I have seen how hard each and everyone work to get KFR up to where it is today. Without the hard work and our Guru vision… there be nothing like this that can benefit all in Pahang.

    Love the idea put in on the flag design. I was made to choose the colour to be used for the flag and was thinking only in the point of seeing like which looks nicer and did not gave much thoughts to what our Guru have thought of… wanting it to symbolise purity and clean mind and so on… really feel so ignorant when compare to my Guru.

    Thank u for making us all proud of being a Kecharian.

  29. Pastor Yek Yee(月谊讲法师) on Sep 18, 2015 at 2:30 am

    那一个国民不爱自己的国家,那一个国民不忧民又忧国呢?毕竟这块土地陪伴着我们一生最大部份的时间,谁人可以没有感情,谁可以在骨节上放掉重要的爱国情操呢?对于爱国情操,每个人对它的情感表达方式是极为不一样的!沉默,不代表不爱国,暴走在街头,和平地争取权益,是表态式的爱国态度;总而言之,每人对自己国家的爱,表达的方式都迴然不同!

    当我第一眼看到克切拉禅修林大门前,轰然竖立着三大旗帜在微风中飘扬,我心神一定;马上心裡默祷感恩有位如斯贴心又有眼见的上师!我想上师应该对马来西亚国情发展情况有所感触,于是起了竖立三旗在禅修林土地上,以示他对我们另一种更深层的照顾和关怀。我想这就是为什麽当我看到三旗在风中飘扬的时候,心情竟莫名兴奋激动。。。对我个人而言,三旗代表着外内密的修持和供养。

    仁波切对三旗的安排和铺阵,从自己亲手操刀设计旗帜,将三旗择吉日竖挂起来,那天正是马来西亚日,在同时,那天也是我生平第一次看到金刚瑜伽母心识种子字BAM的心灵之旗飘扬在天空中,这份深切的感受和内层不容易解读的意义,不易解说,但它却深深地烙印在脑海中。

    看着三旗随风飘动,我默默地许了一个愿,祈求我国土、我国民及我心性皆有幸穫得殊胜佛母金刚瑜伽母的洗涤、安抚、牵引;让所有有情众生藉此善根圆满大菩提!

    月谊讲法师合十

  30. KarenChong on Sep 18, 2015 at 1:39 am

    We have our own flag for the first time and it means a lot to us Kecharians. People come to Kechara with different goals, aspirations and motivations but mostly all we wish for is happiness. Happiness is a big word which need a lot of effort. Here in Kechara we have a Guru who resides here to guide us to this path using different methods. Kechara flag may look simple yet it denotes the destination where we wish to arrive ultimately which is the abode of Vajrayogini where we can find permanent happiness. To reach Vajrayogini’s pure land we need an enlightened mind. To be enlightened we need to practice Dharma and transform our mind.

    All the teachings, practices, retreats and Dharma activities here we have in Kechara is to prepare and guide us to the path to enlightenment. Rinpoche is very compassionate and kind to use different methods to teach us Dharma for example by creating Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR) in Bentong that serves as a platform for us to serve Dharma.

    By having Kechara flag waving in the air, it serves as a reminder for us to practice Dharma more diligently in order to reach our goal. While having Malaysia and Pahang Flag shows how fortunate we are to be able to establish the pure Tsongkhapa lineage here on this beautiful multiracial country.

  31. Wei Theng on Sep 18, 2015 at 1:31 am

    It is really wonderful to see that the flags of Malaysia, Pahang State as well as Kechara are flying at the entrance of Kechara Forest Retreat. It is even auspicious that it is raised on the Malaysia Day!

    For me, this representing Kechara Forest Retreat respecting the nation & supporting the growth of Kechara, Pahang & Malaysia! It is just like the vision of Rinpoche that we are building a world peace centre for the benefit people of Malaysia & from Malaysia, to all in this region and to the world.

    From Rinpoche’s detailed explanation of the Kechara’s flag with the BAM letter that represented the mind of Vajrayogini, the mind of enlightenment, and the balance of the four elements within our body for peace, harmony and happiness, as well as a mind that’s luminous, clear and happy. Anyone who pass by or see the flag will get the blessings from Vajrayogini. It is also representing Kechara is the portal for us to get the teaching and lineage of Vajrayogini, the powerful Buddha that will help us to get enlightenment in this era.

    May Kechara and Kechara Forest Retreat grow far & wide. May many more people can get to come and benefited from KFR!

  32. Pastor KH Ng on Sep 17, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    Dear Rinpoche

    Thanks for the post. The 3 flags represent what Kechara Forest Retreat is; the country Malaysia, the state it is in, Pahang and Vajrayogini Paradise which Rinpoche has envisioned for us and make it manifest as KFR.
    The flags give a sense of recognition to the governments of the country and state with Kechara and the intimate connection with the people of Malaysia and Pahang. It shows that KFR officially recognise the land of Malaysia and Pahang which means respecting others is a value that is important to Kechara Forest Retreat.
    In return we will also be respected.

    I rejoice.

    Thank you Rinpoche

  33. Graceleong on Sep 17, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    May all sentient beings benefit from Kechara Forest Retreat which is a portal to a divine state of mind, a portal to the abode of Vajrayogini, right here a pure land in the state of Pahang, Malaysia ! Thank you Rinpoche for conceptualizing and making it available for all of us !

  34. Liang Chon Kong on Sep 17, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    謝謝仁波切的開示與教誨。

    很高興看到這熟悉的三面旗幟飄揚在KFR 的入口處。它代表了馬來西亞,我熱愛的國家和家園,得到高僧大德加持這片土地,佛法偏布整個山林,從這裡加持每個眾生。

    謝謝上師講解克切拉的旗幟的含義,金剛瑜伽母的天堂是我們修持佛法的方向,祈願充滿力量的BAM(種子字)有機會滲透每名眾生,一起去到金剛瑜伽母的家園,克切拉的天堂。

  35. Wah Ying on Sep 17, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Dear Rinpoche,

    It’s so great to see Malaysian flag, Pahang state flag and Kechara flag displayed at the entrance of Kechara Forest Retreat. Malaysia is not the richest, the wealthiest or the perfect country in the world, but we are lucky not to live in the conflict zone and still enjoy religious freedom under the law. Here in this land, I meet my Guru, follow the Gelug lineage and practice.

    I was not born in Pahang, but because of Kechara Forest Retreat, Pahang become my another home after my hometown and the town I work and live for so many years.

    Kechara is the last destination we all would like to ascend to – a mind that with no pollution, no distortions and no projections, a Vajrayogini’s mind, an enlightenment mind. Thank you Rinpoche for the teachings on the seed syllable BAM. May all beings walk pass and see the Kechara flag be blessed and experience happiness, peace and joyfulness in their mind. May many get the teachings and blessing of Vajrayogini and be freed from sufferings. May Vajrayogini’s teachings spread wide and far from here to the ten directions.

    Thank you,
    Wah Ying

  36. Adrian Chow on Sep 17, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing this short yet very meaningful teaching based on our very owned Kechara flag waving which symbolizing that Kechara is being established here in Malaysia and Kechara is here to stay as an icon of Bentong, Pahang and Malaysia.

    I can’t help but feel sense of proud by just looking at the waving flags and very fortunate and grateful that i am part of this Dharma community and Dharma family.

    May the existence of Dharma and Kechara Forest Retreat may bring peace, prosperity and growth to all Malaysians and the country.

    With Folded Hands & Love,
    Adrian Chow

  37. Wai Meng Wan on Sep 17, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    Flags can stir patriotism, loyalty, pride and even feelings of love towards a country, person, clan and so forth. The Kechara Flag billowing in the wind, is something to be proud about, proud that we are part of something greater than ourselves, and that we wish to contribute towards the growth of Kechara to benefit the multitudes. The BAM on the Kechara flag is commonly associated with Vajrayogini’s seed syllable, and the secret of the BAM will all be revealed when we obtain the initiation in the Vajrayogini secert practice. Vajrayogini is known as the mother who give births to buddhas, so may everyone who sees the BAM symbol be blessed and plant seeds to do Vajrayogini’s practice in the near future.

  38. jerry_sito on Sep 17, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    感恩仁波切给予的开示与教诲

    感谢仁波切您的无私与大爱,打造出这样一个美丽的克切拉禅修林,这里是一个让我们能够在宁静与在完美的大自然地下,修行与闭关的地方。

    很开心看着这三面旗帜在风中柔柔飘逸的感觉,尤其是克切拉的旗帜仿佛看见宛如西藏传统般写满咒语的藏旗,在随风起舞的同时,属于金刚瑜伽母的BAM(种子字)强大与充满力量地祝福与加持着一切围绕的,在地下进过的一切有情众生

    感谢尊贵的仁波切给予有关于金刚瑜伽母种子字BAM的开示,受益良多。祈愿所以一切有情众生,都能够常闻佛法,并有机会能够得到多杰雄登护法与金刚瑜伽母的密续修持法门,并祈愿克切拉禅修林所有接下来的建筑工作顺利完成,好能够成就并利益到更多的有情众生,并让大家能够在这里好好修行直到前往克切拉天堂。

  39. Wylfred Ng on Sep 17, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    Dear Rinpoche

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing on the flags in front of the entrance of KFR.

    I always feel grateful that i am able to know Rinpoche and know Kechara in Malaysia, the country where i born in.
    Many people need to travel a far, some even across the different continent just to learn dharma.

    Secondly i am very happy that KFR is located in Bentong, Pahang. Bentong is a very nice town to live in, with many nice scenery.

    Of course the Kechara flag is making me proud as a Kecharian. I am always near to the Vajrayogini lineage, and always create more affinity to Kechara.
    I hope that many people will get blessings from Vajrayogini and be reborn in Kechara Paradise, which is the ultimate goal in dharma practice.

    Thank you.

  40. JP on Sep 17, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    Seeing the flags fly in front of Kechara Forest Retreat during Malaysia Day was perfect because the flags represent our respect and love towards our country, state and our institution. Without the people, there will be no country, state or institution.

    In Kechara, we are taught to focus out to benefit others always. We are taught to not be afraid to learn regardless of our age, to think on a higher level, to be more kind, to be more compassionate, more efficient, and to take responsibility of our actions. In other words, to be a better human being that is driven by wisdom and kindness.

    The flags say it all. We coexist in peace and harmony embracing all our differences.

  41. sweekeong on Sep 17, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    It is a great idea to erect the flags at entrance of Kechara Forest Retreat. To me the flags represent honouring and respecting the land we live on. We depend on the land for sustainance and growth. Every creature on land depends on it to live, so do the trees, and forests. To respect the land means we continue maintaining the land (environment) clean and habitable by human and animals, not plundering and destroying the land until it becomes a wasteland.

  42. nicholas on Sep 17, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    It’s really nice to see the flags in front of Kechara Forest Retreat. The respect we show to the state and country is a reflection from the spiritual practice to benefit many people and directly to this beautiful country.

    Thank you Rinpoche for the detail explanation on the flags. It’s really a blessing for our Kechara flag. The significant from Rinpoche’s explanation is really wonderful and many people will be blessed by just seeing it.

    Kechara is definitely a place for our spiritual growth and in KFR it’s a place for many people learn and practice as a community.

  43. keng nam tan on Sep 17, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article and the symbolism of the Kechara Flag. It will serve to remind everyone seeing this flag to practice to be one with Vajrayogini, but through the graduated path as propounded by Lama Tsongkhapa. And a reminder to all that we have to be thankful to everyone, our Guru, the Buddhas, the Sangha, country, state, friends and foes alike for they are our practice, our salvation.

  44. MartinC on Sep 17, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    The three flag flying in the wind is a wonderful addition to Kechara Forest Retreat and to raise these flags on Malaysia Day is auspicious.

    Respecting the nation and state and its corresponding laws is in fact in accordance to the teachings of the Buddha. The nation is after all an agglomeration of all the people within it and Buddhism teaches that we should see all people and all sentient beings as our own family and to extend to them the love and kindness we give to our loved ones.

    For Kechara to raise these three flags is a strong statement, that is, Kechara is here to stay and the Lama is here to stay for the people of Malaysia. We do not have a visiting lama but a resident high lama who is committed to the people of Malaysia. This is good news for Buddhist in Malaysia for the authentic practices are now within reach, and this is also good news for the nation of people because there is now yet another organization to promote the all-important culture of peace and harmony between Malaysians of all races, religion and creed.

    On the extrinsic level, we are all citizens of Pahang, Malaysia and we abide by its laws and rules. On the intrinsic level, we are all residents of this pure land of Vajrayogini and KFR is nothing short of the gateway to Vajrayogini’s Paradise.

    May the presence of KFR in Pahang promote peace, growth and prosperity for all people in the State and the Country of Malaysia.

    • lewkwanleng on Sep 17, 2015 at 6:13 pm

      I feel very touched seeing the Kechara flag being flown. I agree with Martin that it is a very strong statement, and I feel that is the reason why I feel so touched: Kechara is committed to be here to bring Dharma to the people in Malaysia. Even more importantly, this is the portal to Vajrayogini’s paradise, because the teachings of Vajrayogini is very sacred, rare, and difficult to access in this part of the world.

      Thank you Rinpoche for spending the time to design the flag, as well as giving us the explanation for the design of the flag.

  45. Lucy Yap on Sep 17, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    It is such a beautiful sight to watch Kechara flag flown along with our National and state flag on Malaysia Day. It is an expression of our identity and pride, based on Vajrayogini’s mind,the mind of enlightenment.
    Dear Rinpoche thank you for blessing fortunate Kecharians and visitors to Kechara Forest Retreat. With Rinpoche’s blessings and guidance may this heavenly place grow internationally for the benefit of other beings.
    May all beings,everywhere be happy and free and all my thoughts. words and actions contribute in some way to the happiness and freedom of all beings.
    With gratitude and folded hands, thank you for this beautiful post Rinpoche.

  46. Pastor Niral on Sep 17, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    A short but powerful teaching give by HE Tsem Rinpoche about the three flags at the front entrance to Kechara Forest Retreat.

    The tantric meaning behind the Kechara Flag is very impressive. Thank you Rinpoche for choosing such a powerful flag for Kechara. It is a blessing to see this flag on our way in and is very beneficial to practitioners.

  47. Paul Yap on Sep 17, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    The Kechara Flag’s design was very clean, simple and yet very meaningful. I would like to work towards a happy mind, creating lots of merits so that i have the opportunity to enter Kechara Paradise.
    The Kechara flag will enable everyone who passed by, upson sighting the BUM, create the affinity with Vajrayogini, benefiting themselves so that in future they will too enter into the mandala of Vajrayogini. This is the skillful means and compassion by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche benefiting all being in KFR.

  48. Pastor David Lai on Sep 17, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    I think it was a wonderful idea of having the flag poles and flag of Malaysia, the state Pahang and of Kechara as well. I love the symbolism of the Bam syllable and I think the flag itself is a powerful blessing to denote that Kechara Forest Retreat is within the dominion of Vajrayogini. It represents powerful blessings imparted on all people, animals and unseen beings who wander onto the sacred grounds of KFR. It signifies a lot to me and would seem like a victory banner proclaiming victory over selfishness, negative karma and obstacles. I rejoice with the erection of the flagpoles and I hope many who pass through the gates of KFR be blessed with the potential to receive her practice eventually, practiced her sadhana and 11 yogas, become a great Mahasiddha to benefit others and eventually ascend to Kechara Paradise.

  49. Pastor Han Nee on Sep 17, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this beautiful post. Thank you for the teaching on the Kechara flag and for reminding us to have respect and appreciation for our country and the state of Pahang, in which Kechara Forest Retreat resides.

    Thank you for creating the Kechara flag, which holds so much meaning(as Rinpoche’s teaching in this post has shown). The BAM, representing the enlightened mind of Vajrayogini and the luminous clear mind of enlightenment we seek to attain, is the symbol on the flag of Kechara.

    With folded hands, and heart filled with deep appreciation and gratitude, I thank Rinpoche for creating Kechara on earth, to give us a beautiful clear path of practice.

  50. Sock Wan on Sep 17, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for always being so thoughtful for our spiritual path. Everything Rinpoche does is for our spiritual benefits, even a small thing like a flag has got a profound meaning in it. It is not easy to get information on Vajrayogini practice because it is a secret practice, there are many things that cannot be revealed to a non-practitioner. But Rinpoche skilfully gives us bits and pieces of knowledge on Vajrayogini to create the cause for us to one day receive the the practice.

    Kechara Organisation is a platform Rinpoche creates for us to create the merits and purify our karmas for higher practice. Kechara Forest Retreat is the infrastructure Rinpoche creates for us to do the higher practice. I don’t know where else in this world we will be able to find a teacher and a place like this.

    In Kechara Organisation, there are many hidden treasures. As we progress in our spiritual practice, we will be able to find them.

  51. Joy on Sep 17, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    The meaning behind the three great flags that hangs right in the front of sacred Kechara Forest Retreat is really beautiful and perfect. I like the creative rationale of the Kechara Flag and the significance of it all. And even for those who do not know the “real” meaning behind it, just from sight of it, they will be blessed and seeds of enlightenment imprinted in them without them realizing it.

    Yes some will not receive Vajrayogini empowerment now, but at least the seed is planted and in future lives it has the potential to arise again.

    I remembered Rinpoche told me the meaning behing Kechara’s Bam back in the days when we first started designing the Kechara’s logo which Rinpoche drew out on just a piece of paper… and I had Cynthia Lee to design it. That time Cynthia was not part of us but just my housemate lol. Who would have thought that designing a simple logo could gain her merits to be in Kechara today lol.

    Rinpoche explained something similar to this post so I would understand why this symbol was important, and now to see this beautiful flag raised up high is a proud, privileged moment for all Kecharians and especially those older students, I believe, who still have the merits to be here to witness this.

    Thank you Rinpoche for planting the seeds of Vajrayogini in all of us, including the animals, and even formless sentient beings, it benefits so many.

  52. Pastor Shin on Sep 17, 2015 at 11:41 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing about the meaning behind the beautiful BAM-letter flag of Kechara.

    Indeed, those who see the Kechara flag & visits Kechara, they are blessed with the seed of Vajrayogini and the essence of enlightenment.

    We are fortunate to have learnt more about BAM syllable representing Vajrayogini’s luminous mind, and may we (Kecharians) work hard towards the building of Kechara Forest Retreat, so that this physical portal can be a powerful place of study & practice of Vajrayogini’s path.

    How wonderful that on Malaysia Day, when we celebrate this beautiful country’s independence by proudly flying the Malaysian & state’s flag, we are also blessed with the flag of liberation of Buddha Vajrayogini.

  53. Albert Ratchaga on Sep 17, 2015 at 10:46 am

    Hanging the flag up high is a respect to the country, the state and the temple.

    Kechara is located in Malaysia, the mission and the purpose of Kechara being in Malaysia is to benefit the people here and to benefit the people from around the world, everyone will be coming to Malaysia, to Pahang to visit Kechara and get blessing from the Precious Buddha – Vajrayogini, Lama Tsongkhapa and Protector Dorje Shugden.

    Thank you Rinpoche for bringing Kechara to Malaysia, for so many people to be able to get involve into self improvement and learn to give back, to give back to the society.

    Bentong, Pahang is a beautiful and quiet place to be, there are a lot of forest and hills, it is also where Kechara Forest Retreat is. I love to go there as the place is very serene and peace.

    Having the BAM flag outside of Kechara Forest Retreat is so blessed, everyone who goes in to the place, everyone who passed by going in to the waterfall, they will be blessed by Vajrayogini the moment they sees the flag of the seed syllable “BAM”.

    Thank you Rinpoche for the detail explanation.

  54. Jace Chong on Sep 17, 2015 at 10:40 am

    Proud to see these 3 flags are flapping in front of the beautiful place, Kechara Forest Retreat.

    After reading the explanation by Rinpoche, it’s even more meaningful. Thank you Rinpoche for setting up this paradise on this land, open up opportunities for the people in Malaysia to enter the pure land of Vajrayogini, which our mind dissolve into the eternity of happiness.

    Our mind and karma are the only baggage we bring to our next journey when this current body goes back to the earth, for me, our mind is worth “investing” for than expensive property, luxury car, and successful career. Kechara is a place to guide your mind to enlightenment. I am very grateful to meet and be part of Kechara, thanks to the hardworks from Rinpoche and his dedicated students who overcome so much obstacles to make this possible for me and so many people on this earth.

    May these 3 flags continue to flapping high, continue to give hope to sentient beings that achieving eternal happiness is possible.

    • joshua on Sep 17, 2015 at 12:12 pm

      Thank you Rinpoche for the explanation on the symbol and may Rinpoche and all Gelug Lamas spread the Dharma as far and wholesome to benefit many.

  55. Irene Lim on Sep 17, 2015 at 10:30 am

    Kechara Forest Retreat is the portal of the female Buddha Vajrayogini whose state of mind we are trying to achieve. Kechara Forest Retreat is the paradise on earth conducive for us to learn, practise to achieve Vajrayogini. This is too awesome. Thank you Rinpoche for actualising this and offering this rare and precious opportunity to anyone who cares to be connected and make their wishes come true.

  56. MITRA on Sep 17, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for explanation of the Kechara flag . wonderful wishes from rinpoche i always respert my buddha dharma and shangha May Malaysia always grow, always be at peace, harmonious and prosperous. We wish the best to all our Malaysian people, the government and the public.thank you for your kind wish and share.

  57. Louise Lee on Sep 17, 2015 at 10:17 am

    马来西亚是我出生的国家,没有国就没有家。我爱我的国家,希望我们可以一起进步。

    彭亨文冬是我我另外的一个家,它是尊贵的詹杜固仁波切与大家一起建造的家。

    尊贵的詹杜固仁波切希望给我们金刚瑜伽母的加持,希望我们可以得到他的修持法。金刚瑜伽母如母亲一般的接近,关爱我们。

    希望大家在马来西亚这片土地和平,健康的一起迈向美好的每一天。

  58. Pastor Gim Lee on Sep 17, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for the detailed explanation of the Kechara flag and the meaning behind it.

    We are all extremely fortunate to have met Rinpoche, hence, to have the great merits to receive pure Dharma and to be in Rinpoche’s mandala.

    The Kechara Organisations with its vibrant activities online or offline, and especially the heavenly Kechara Forest Retreat will definitely benefit countless beings.

    May all who come into contact with Kechara receive the blessings of all the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and the blessings of Mother Vajrayogini herself as Rinpoche mentioned.

    With folded hands,
    Pastor Gim Lee

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    Tuesday, Aug 22. 2017 10:58 PM
    Danny Bowman’s case is extreme, more of a mental problem instead of a vanity issue. However, many people around us are addicted to taking selfie. Even though it might be just showing off their beauty to gain attention, it should not be dismissed lightly. Because of their excessive love for themselves, they lack the empathy for others. This is the real issue. When someone place all the attention on themselves and expect others to do the same, it is against the practice of Bodhicitta. And if it not corrected at early stage, it will become a habituation and strong imprint that will also affect them in their next life.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/selfie-addiction-is-no-laughing-matter-psychiatrists-say.html
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    Pabongka Rinpoche was, in fact, the reincarnation of a well-known scholar Changkya Rolpay Dorje who was the Royal Tutor to the Chinese Emperors. Because of this sensitivity, Pabongka RInpoche was not recognized his lineage by the power of the day. This in itself is a hint that there are more than meet the eyes.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/the-collected-works-of-h-h-pabongka-rinpoche.html
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    Tuesday, Aug 22. 2017 12:24 PM
    Very inspiring and powerful quotes for us to have a deep thought of it. Which we will need to remember at all times in our spiritual journey.
    I do loves these quotes…
    Remember, if we wish to make an offering to our teacher, no offering is greater than that of our own dharma practice..~Geshe Tsutrim Gyeltsen

    Never abandon your spiritual teacher no matter how many inner obstacles you need to overcome……~Tsem Rinpoche

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing all these powerful quotes which will change our lives and should not be ignored.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/quotes-that-should-not-be-ignored.html
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    Tuesday, Aug 22. 2017 12:23 PM
    Wow beautiful and meaningful this precious poem wrote by Rinpoche.And the lyrics of the song made from the poem below by Gavin Gooi is fabulous. Could not beliveve it from a poem to a lovely songs. Nice to hear and i love listerning each and every words said….very touching poem from sadness to happiness expressed .Rinpoche’s Guru Devotion and the love for His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing .

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    China are trying to protect its growing domestic film industry from Hollywood domination. The most best measure is the strict quota limiting the number.
    Brad Pitt was back in China nearly 20 years after being baned over a film about Tibet .Time has changed China policy on celebrities entering China.
    Thank you Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing.

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    Tuesday, Aug 22. 2017 10:05 AM
    You won’t believe what this former Citibank vice president has to say. One of the most powerful and inspiring speeches you will ever hear in your life! Plse take a few moments to listen to this. It is worth it.-
    https://www.facebook.com/mercyforanimals/videos/10152917764269475/?hc_ref=ARTTZV6szVgZXaepZJFJ_-wCZ1U-SiyFA3jzC20EoNgCNwsOyTV_ELImvK3Lq_IgBBQ
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Aug 21. 2017 09:48 PM


    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these precious pictures. It shows so much about Guru Devotion and a very close Guru and student relationship. The love and care of a Guru to his students are unlimited.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/gurus-love-their-students.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Monday, Aug 21. 2017 07:53 PM
    This article reminds me of how, in general, people understand the need to have a strong and fit psychic body but rarely willing to take action to go through the training. Let alone Dharma training of the mind which is much more tougher. Because our habituation has conditioned us to perceive and think a certain way, and the need to unlearn and relearn is not part of our program.

    To me, understanding the need to be trained and having the courage to go through the training is a process in itself. The mind has to be conditioned to understand the need of the training which is to eliminate the “i” and the importance of the training which is to speed up the journey of crossing the ocean of samsara.

    Most importantly, we must recognize it is very rare for us to be in a perfect human condition, meet the dharma and the perfect Guru, therefore, we must not imagine that we have time by thinking there will always be tomorrow. Actually this is the conversation in my mind sometimes… lol.

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/training-shouldnt-be-optional.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Aug 21. 2017 10:54 AM
    A beautiful true story shared, I have seen patients suffered under cancer treatment ,at times I felt sad for them and lost of words at times. Most practitioners I have come across thinks of their profit but did not take a real effort to understand their patients pain. When we care for our patients, encourage them really makes a big difference in their life. In my line of duty I have seen many patients suffered in pain, fear, anxiety and very emotional. When we are in the patients shoe,, we can understand and feels the pain as well. As a health provider its only my duty to provide words of encouragement, help and care for them.
    Dr.Richard Teo spoke the very truth ,to inspire the younger generations of furture doctors when embark on their journey to be in health professioner ,to think of others too. Do agree with Dr.Richard Teo in private practice doctors made lots of money but at the end of the day they are not happy in life. We go through life attaching to things, wanting them to last forever. But they don’t last anyway. .Over time, we just came to accept that all good things in life must end. Nothing is impermanent
    Since we all know death is inevitable. To Live a meaningful life till to the fullness to learn and practice Dharma ,to transform ourselves, lighten up and makes us a better person.If you want happiness for a lifetime, helping, caring for others can change our life. We should always appreciate people when they are alive.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these inspiring post and hope more people will be inspired . Saluting Dr Richard Teo, who have touched the lives of thousands on views of life at the end of his lives.At the time of writing he has passed away since in 2012.May he have a swift rebirth.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/this-will-change-your-life.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Aug 21. 2017 10:53 AM
    Amazing worth travelling there to see for myself such a holy place. Being there will be a tremendous blessing as it is one of the places where Manjushri the Buddha of Wisdom’s energy abides.Wow ….As a natural reserve it is the home of China’s three holy mountains, which are Jampelyang, Chenresig and Chana Dorje.Looks very beautiful and the scenic views were just amazing to be there.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing ,i would like to travel there someday to enjoy the beauty of these Holy mountains.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/excellent-travelogue-of-holy-places-in-tibet.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Aug 21. 2017 10:52 AM
    The former N.B.A. player Stephon Marbury has become a beloved celebrity since playing for professional basketball in China. Marbury was able to change China’s basketball culture.From NBA to CBA …he lead the team to national victory, winning three Chinese Basketball Association.
    A 300-square foot museum dedicated to Stephon Marbury’s career was opened in China, where the former NBA star has flourished since deciding to play there.He was given a Green card for his outstanding contributions.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this inspiring…Never give up even though he failed with the NBA but he found success after playing for CBA.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/stephon-marbury-embraces-china.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Aug 20. 2017 03:09 PM
    Beautiful ,meaningful songs if you listern and reading the lyrics.
    In the stillness of remembering What you had,And what you lost…,And what you had…and what you lost …..well said i love this part.
    Fleetwood Mac was not my favourite singer though yet i enjoyed this oldies songs.
    Since now i have Dharma in me i do like to listern to Buddhist songs example of Tsongkhapa’s blessings songs and Tibetan music.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this meaningful song for relaxing after a stressful day.
  • jason
    Sunday, Aug 20. 2017 02:56 AM
    Past few years, my grandmother,Aunty, Uncle passed away. I feel sad but this also create awareness to me that death is the final destination of everyone in samsara. Practicing of Dharma really help me in knowing that we must achieve final liberation and no more rebirth.
    Besides that, we must appreciate the moment we gather with anyone and share Dharma to them.
    Thanks Datuk May to remind me that to spend more time with the love one. I really grateful to my family and friends.

    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/a-generation-gone.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Sunday, Aug 20. 2017 01:03 AM
    For steven d –

    Dear Steven, Thank you for your question. I appreciate your wish to become better, improve your health and to continue your journey.

    In regards to your question, there are many dimensions that need to be addressed in order to ‘assign’ a specific Buddha’s practice for a person. Some of the factors are:

    1. Temperament
    2. Malady
    3. karmic affinity
    4. Immediate pressing needs
    5. Long term needs
    6. If the person has been in dharma and understand dharma well
    7. How much time a person has daily or in general for practice/what other practices they have
    8. Living conditions (has space and quiet or with busy family)
    9. If the person is willing to take vows as there are ‘higher’ and more in-depth practices if vows can be taken
    10. How many or what other sadhanas/practices is already being done. Sometimes we can intensify one of the practices the person is already doing.

    These are a few of the factors I would examine before I suggest a practice for someone.


    Remember to always go for a qualified medical treatment in your country or place of residence and then with this treatment you can apply various spiritual practices in addition to the medical treatment.

    Spiritual practices can help heal as they purify the karma fueling the problem but medical treatment takes care of the problem that is karmically already opened. So important to do both. By doing practice you can ‘lessen’ the problem either by intensity or duration. and sometime get well. If you ask me to give a general sweeping answer for the general crowd or for a person I don’t know much about, I would suggest these practices:

    1. Black Manjushri http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=70674
    2. Avolokitesvara (Chenresig) (four armed, thousand armed, etc)
    3. Loma Gyonma http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=64691
    4. Medicine Buddha http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=44277

    Any of the the above four practices is helpful in general and overall. You don’t have to do all but just one would suffice and according to your tradition of Buddhism. You do not need initiation or take on vow commitment but you can do these practices daily and or in full retreat. Would be good to be vegetarian with good motivation as less harm done to other sentient beings directly and indirectly will help the healing process. Read up on the practices well before starting. Much information on the internet.

    It is good to learn up on the 9 round breath meditation daily also. Take 20 minutes daily to do this breath meditation. You can do the breath meditation first and then any of the four practices you choose or just breath meditation alone. (Theravadin Buddhist can just do the 9 round breath meditations daily and be consistent with this practice and you will see your mind release, open up and become calmer. You can do this breath meditation no matter who you are and if you are ill or healthy. This meditation has many benefits you can research and learn up. No ill effects with this meditation even if done ‘wrongly’.) Breath meditation is highly recommended by me for all persons both spiritual or not, young or elderly, Buddhist or otherwise as using the breath powerful and can be done anywhere and anytime. Breath is fundamental and we must breathe, so this is using meditation to manipulate the breath to heal our bodies and bring some peace to our minds. Done daily is highly beneficial.

    I hope this sincerely helps you. I send you my good wishes and for your healing. We all need healing. May you be happy, well and achieve your goals, Tsem Rinpoche
  • steven d
    Saturday, Aug 19. 2017 10:28 PM
    Namaste,

    Thank you for sharing all this beautiful buddha images, prayers and information for so many to learn from and be guided.

    Question for Rinpoche:

    What practice, prayer or deity (‘s mantra) would you advise for the uninitiated in regards to healing the causes of trauma, ptsd, dissociation and grounding into your physical body?

    I got diagnosed with PTSD 6 yrs ago, at age 29, right after my spiritual awakening after which all the past rauma revisited me in the course of 2 weeks.

    I wasn’t under the guidance of a lama or teacher at that time and still am not.

    Are there any practices you would advise? As there are so many people with trauma and PTSD (10% of the population in Western countries) , there would be so many to benefit from your wise words.

    I have read that certain deities have more affinity for certain diseases/imbalances. Are there any deities that are specifically related to releasing trauma or the above-mentioned afflictions/asymptoms.

    In love

    Steven


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I pity men who occupy themselves exclusively with the transitory in things and lose themselves in the study of what is perishable, since we are here for this very end- that we may make the perishable imperishable, which we can do only after we have learned how to approach both.~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

(This quote is very powerful from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. He seems to be a powerful thinker and can think beyond daily and ordinary thoughts. Like I shared, only the study of dharma is going to lead to the imperishable. Any other studies of this world only are temporarily beneficial which is perishable. Of course he is not referring to dharma, but he realized ordinary pursuits leads to perishability. If he knew dharma, he would see the vastness of Buddha\'s omniscience.  Tsem Rinpoche)
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I pity men who occupy themselves exclusively with the transitory in things and lose themselves in the study of what is perishable, since we are here for this very end- that we may make the perishable imperishable, which we can do only after we have learned how to approach both.~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (This quote is very powerful from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. He seems to be a powerful thinker and can think beyond daily and ordinary thoughts. Like I shared, only the study of dharma is going to lead to the imperishable. Any other studies of this world only are temporarily beneficial which is perishable. Of course he is not referring to dharma, but he realized ordinary pursuits leads to perishability. If he knew dharma, he would see the vastness of Buddha's omniscience. Tsem Rinpoche)
One of the nicest Taras I\'ve seen. I like her shade of green and the lotus on the left which is lower as her hand is lower so it\'s very balanced looking. Her face looks young, motherly, kind and yet regal.
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One of the nicest Taras I've seen. I like her shade of green and the lotus on the left which is lower as her hand is lower so it's very balanced looking. Her face looks young, motherly, kind and yet regal.
(1st photo) Kyabje Lati Rinpoche in the centre and Ven Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende on the extreme right. After the unfair ban against Dorje Shugden practitioners was forcibly instituted by Tibetan leadership onto the people and monasteries, the monasteries split. Over 600 monks from Gaden Shartse Monastery left and set up Shar Gaden Monastery. The Tibetan leadership did their best to get the authorities to close Shar Gaden Monastery but Shar Gaden had registered so there was nothing Tibetan leadership can do. It was very sad. Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende left Gaden Shartse Monastery to be the abbot of the newly formed Shar Gaden Monastery in South India where they can continue Dorje Shugden practice. Prior to the ban Lati Rinpoche and Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende can meet up, share and be close as they all had been very close. After the ban this was not allowed anymore. Dorje Shugden and non-Dorje Shugden people had to be segregated. They cannot mix. The previous prime minister of the Tibetan exiled government said that Dorje Shugden people and non Dorje Shugden people are like the mustache and the mouth and it has to be separated. Tsem Rinpoche
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(1st photo) Kyabje Lati Rinpoche in the centre and Ven Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende on the extreme right. After the unfair ban against Dorje Shugden practitioners was forcibly instituted by Tibetan leadership onto the people and monasteries, the monasteries split. Over 600 monks from Gaden Shartse Monastery left and set up Shar Gaden Monastery. The Tibetan leadership did their best to get the authorities to close Shar Gaden Monastery but Shar Gaden had registered so there was nothing Tibetan leadership can do. It was very sad. Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende left Gaden Shartse Monastery to be the abbot of the newly formed Shar Gaden Monastery in South India where they can continue Dorje Shugden practice. Prior to the ban Lati Rinpoche and Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende can meet up, share and be close as they all had been very close. After the ban this was not allowed anymore. Dorje Shugden and non-Dorje Shugden people had to be segregated. They cannot mix. The previous prime minister of the Tibetan exiled government said that Dorje Shugden people and non Dorje Shugden people are like the mustache and the mouth and it has to be separated. Tsem Rinpoche
You can see in this 2nd photo, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche blessing a child and Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende standing next to the child. The monasteries were happy, united and had good samaya with each other prior to the ban. The ban destroyed everything and unity and harmony. It is very sad to see this. These pictures are from Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende\'s collection. Tsem Rinpoche
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You can see in this 2nd photo, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche blessing a child and Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende standing next to the child. The monasteries were happy, united and had good samaya with each other prior to the ban. The ban destroyed everything and unity and harmony. It is very sad to see this. These pictures are from Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende's collection. Tsem Rinpoche
His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche on the throne, His Eminence Lati Rinpoche (next to Zong Rinpoche) and below Lati Rinpoche is Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche (sitting below Lati Rinpoche). This is a puja in Gaden Shartse Monastery. A rare and blessed photo and nice to save. Tsem Rinpoche
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His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche on the throne, His Eminence Lati Rinpoche (next to Zong Rinpoche) and below Lati Rinpoche is Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche (sitting below Lati Rinpoche). This is a puja in Gaden Shartse Monastery. A rare and blessed photo and nice to save. Tsem Rinpoche
ou can save this rare thangka of 1,000 armed Heruka. I\'ve never seen this thangka or any of this form before and it\'s the first time. You can print out or keep or use. I found this online and it\'s beautiful. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche mentioned this Heruka 30 years ago to us and since then I have never seen this in painting or statue at all till now. He has many legs and many faces too. Very special and unique. Seeing Heruka or thinking of Heruka plants the seeds of enlightenment in our mindstream. Tsem Rinpoche
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ou can save this rare thangka of 1,000 armed Heruka. I've never seen this thangka or any of this form before and it's the first time. You can print out or keep or use. I found this online and it's beautiful. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche mentioned this Heruka 30 years ago to us and since then I have never seen this in painting or statue at all till now. He has many legs and many faces too. Very special and unique. Seeing Heruka or thinking of Heruka plants the seeds of enlightenment in our mindstream. Tsem Rinpoche
This is Venerable Lhakpa Tsering from Tibet. He has passed away a few years back of natural causes and as he was older. He was one of the high ranking and official oracle of Dorje Shugden, Namka Barzin, Kache Marpo and several other high protectors. He was famous in Tibet for his correct trance of Dorje Shugden and extremely powerful clairvoyance advice of Dorje Shguden. He has been taking trance since Tibet. In 1959 he left Tibet for India and settled in Kalimpong. He continued to take trance in Kalimpong of Dorje Shugden for government officials, local persons, high lamas, monasteries, nuns, monks and even foreigners. For over 40 years his wonderful oracular ability to take trance and give advice and prophecies has benefited so many people. He was trained and blessed as an oracle by the previous Dromo Geshe Rinpoche of Sera Jey Monastery. I\'ve had a chance to stay at his house, meet him and see him in trance. It was a great blessing and amazing experience. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is Venerable Lhakpa Tsering from Tibet. He has passed away a few years back of natural causes and as he was older. He was one of the high ranking and official oracle of Dorje Shugden, Namka Barzin, Kache Marpo and several other high protectors. He was famous in Tibet for his correct trance of Dorje Shugden and extremely powerful clairvoyance advice of Dorje Shguden. He has been taking trance since Tibet. In 1959 he left Tibet for India and settled in Kalimpong. He continued to take trance in Kalimpong of Dorje Shugden for government officials, local persons, high lamas, monasteries, nuns, monks and even foreigners. For over 40 years his wonderful oracular ability to take trance and give advice and prophecies has benefited so many people. He was trained and blessed as an oracle by the previous Dromo Geshe Rinpoche of Sera Jey Monastery. I've had a chance to stay at his house, meet him and see him in trance. It was a great blessing and amazing experience. Tsem Rinpoche
Why seek anything else when you have the illustrious practice of Vajra Yogini from the lineage of the Crazy Wisdom Mahasiddha Naropa? Nothing in samsara created by ordinary men can surpass the practice of Vajra Yogini elucidated to us by the Buddha. Nothing in samsara’s knowledge no matter how incredible can surpass the knowledge embodied in the dharma by the Buddha. Samsara knowledge is limited. When we study Buddha’s knowledge (Dharma) it guarantees our future with no limitations. Spend more time studying dharma than samsaric knowledge. Why even compare? Surrender samsara as death and loss are it’s only results and engage in Dharma practice all the way. Vajra Yogini is dharma and dharma is Vajra Yogini. Give everything for Vajra Yogini’s practice. Start now as a preliminary practice even without initiation (blog article: Starting on Vajra Yogini Now- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=4395). Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche
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Why seek anything else when you have the illustrious practice of Vajra Yogini from the lineage of the Crazy Wisdom Mahasiddha Naropa? Nothing in samsara created by ordinary men can surpass the practice of Vajra Yogini elucidated to us by the Buddha. Nothing in samsara’s knowledge no matter how incredible can surpass the knowledge embodied in the dharma by the Buddha. Samsara knowledge is limited. When we study Buddha’s knowledge (Dharma) it guarantees our future with no limitations. Spend more time studying dharma than samsaric knowledge. Why even compare? Surrender samsara as death and loss are it’s only results and engage in Dharma practice all the way. Vajra Yogini is dharma and dharma is Vajra Yogini. Give everything for Vajra Yogini’s practice. Start now as a preliminary practice even without initiation (blog article: Starting on Vajra Yogini Now- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=4395). Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche
The young Tsem Rinpoche with his cousin Sada Andreyev. She visited him in Los Angeles. Taken in Tsem Rinpoche\'s room in Thubten Dhargye Ling Dharma centre.
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The young Tsem Rinpoche with his cousin Sada Andreyev. She visited him in Los Angeles. Taken in Tsem Rinpoche's room in Thubten Dhargye Ling Dharma centre.
Young Tsem Rinpoche with his cousin Sonia Waskin. She visited him in Los Angeles, California.
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Young Tsem Rinpoche with his cousin Sonia Waskin. She visited him in Los Angeles, California.
Pictures of the teenage Tsem Rinpoche with his two cousins Sonia and Sada. Taken outside of Thubten Dhargye Ling Buddhist Centre where Tsem Rinpoche was living. Los Angeles, California, USA
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Pictures of the teenage Tsem Rinpoche with his two cousins Sonia and Sada. Taken outside of Thubten Dhargye Ling Buddhist Centre where Tsem Rinpoche was living. Los Angeles, California, USA
Pictures of the teenage Tsem Rinpoche with his two cousins Sonia and Sada. Los Angeles, California, USA
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Pictures of the teenage Tsem Rinpoche with his two cousins Sonia and Sada. Los Angeles, California, USA
The young Tsem Rinpoche with his parents Boris and Dana Bugayeff. And on the extreme right is Tsem Rinpoche\'s cousin Toktun Gugajew. This was in Howell, New Jersey, USA
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The young Tsem Rinpoche with his parents Boris and Dana Bugayeff. And on the extreme right is Tsem Rinpoche's cousin Toktun Gugajew. This was in Howell, New Jersey, USA
Tsem Rinpoche attending the wedding of Carmen Kichikov\'s brother. Tsem Rinpoche is 2nd from the right and in his adolescence. Howell, New Jersey, USA
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Tsem Rinpoche attending the wedding of Carmen Kichikov's brother. Tsem Rinpoche is 2nd from the right and in his adolescence. Howell, New Jersey, USA
When my adorable Dharma boy came home to me. I love you Dharma boy. Tsem Rinpoche
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When my adorable Dharma boy came home to me. I love you Dharma boy. Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche in Taiwan as a baby where he was born
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Tsem Rinpoche in Taiwan as a baby where he was born
Tsem Rinpoche as a baby holding an umbrella
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Tsem Rinpoche as a baby holding an umbrella
Think about this...
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Think about this...
Our frustrations have meaning when it\'s for others and a greater cause.
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Our frustrations have meaning when it's for others and a greater cause.
It is much better to be doing good things for others than just for ourselves.
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It is much better to be doing good things for others than just for ourselves.
Contemplate this please...
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Contemplate this please...
Is there life beyond the grave? If the soul exists, does it survive death? If so, when did the belief first arise that the soul may reincarnate, to be born anew in another physical body? Before we unlock the future we must find the keys to the past. I’m Leonard Nimoy. Join me and open the door to ancient mysteries beginning now, here on A&E. Continue reading here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=37831
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Is there life beyond the grave? If the soul exists, does it survive death? If so, when did the belief first arise that the soul may reincarnate, to be born anew in another physical body? Before we unlock the future we must find the keys to the past. I’m Leonard Nimoy. Join me and open the door to ancient mysteries beginning now, here on A&E. Continue reading here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=37831
It was a great honour for myself and Kechara to have His Eminence Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Phende visiting us. He is a courageous and extremely brave abbot emeritus of the monastery during it\'s most difficult time.~Tsem Rinpoche - Please read more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=132602
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It was a great honour for myself and Kechara to have His Eminence Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Phende visiting us. He is a courageous and extremely brave abbot emeritus of the monastery during it's most difficult time.~Tsem Rinpoche - Please read more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=132602
This is a powerful picture of Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, Kensur Kyabje Lati Rinpoche and the current incarnation of Trijang Rinpoche meeting together in the year 2000 when Trijang Rinpoche was 18. All three lamas are Dorje Shugden practitioners. In fact Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen was the one that first encouraged my practice of Dorje Shugden when I was 16 years old when I joined his beautiful Thubten Dhargye Ling centre in Los Angeles. I lived with Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen for 8 years before proceeding to Gaden Monastery in South India. Later Kyabje Zong Rinpoche came to our Los Angeles centre and granted sogtae (permission ceremony) to practice Dorje Shugden for life as requested by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen. Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen had tremendous faith in Trijang Rinpoche. 

Kyabje Lati Rinpoche was innovative, dedicated and very much focused on bringing dharma to many. He had tremendous faith in Dorje Shugden as I had the honour to meet him many times. He would seek advice from Dorje Shugden many times via the oracle of Gaden Monastery. Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen and Kensur Kyabje Lati Rinpoche have since passed away while the current Trijang Rinpoche is a perfect lineage holder and practitioner of Dharma while he keeps Dorje Shugden as his personal protector as he has done so for many lifetimes. 

This is a powerful and beautiful picture of three great lamas of Buddha’s lineage and also of Gaden Monastery. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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This is a powerful picture of Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, Kensur Kyabje Lati Rinpoche and the current incarnation of Trijang Rinpoche meeting together in the year 2000 when Trijang Rinpoche was 18. All three lamas are Dorje Shugden practitioners. In fact Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen was the one that first encouraged my practice of Dorje Shugden when I was 16 years old when I joined his beautiful Thubten Dhargye Ling centre in Los Angeles. I lived with Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen for 8 years before proceeding to Gaden Monastery in South India. Later Kyabje Zong Rinpoche came to our Los Angeles centre and granted sogtae (permission ceremony) to practice Dorje Shugden for life as requested by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen. Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen had tremendous faith in Trijang Rinpoche. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche was innovative, dedicated and very much focused on bringing dharma to many. He had tremendous faith in Dorje Shugden as I had the honour to meet him many times. He would seek advice from Dorje Shugden many times via the oracle of Gaden Monastery. Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen and Kensur Kyabje Lati Rinpoche have since passed away while the current Trijang Rinpoche is a perfect lineage holder and practitioner of Dharma while he keeps Dorje Shugden as his personal protector as he has done so for many lifetimes. This is a powerful and beautiful picture of three great lamas of Buddha’s lineage and also of Gaden Monastery. ~Tsem Rinpoche
A beautiful photograph of a path walking down from Manjushri Hill in Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
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A beautiful photograph of a path walking down from Manjushri Hill in Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
This picture is of KB lovingly holding Mumu while he tries to stand up. I was in the room with them and someone else took this picture. It is a very sad and poignant picture because just a short while after this picture was taken, Mumu passed away with all of us present. This was the last picture of my little Mumu alive. We immediately did puja for Mumu and he is sorely missed by many as he touched our lives deeply. Tsem Rinpoche
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This picture is of KB lovingly holding Mumu while he tries to stand up. I was in the room with them and someone else took this picture. It is a very sad and poignant picture because just a short while after this picture was taken, Mumu passed away with all of us present. This was the last picture of my little Mumu alive. We immediately did puja for Mumu and he is sorely missed by many as he touched our lives deeply. Tsem Rinpoche
For years I have been doing this everywhere I go, no matter where or what country I am in. Always be kind to animals.
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For years I have been doing this everywhere I go, no matter where or what country I am in. Always be kind to animals.
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Practising makes you better at something. If you keep practising in laziness, that is what you will become good in. If you keep practising generosity, that is what you will develop. Keep practising in what you want to become good at.
Real spirituality is kindness.
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Real spirituality is kindness.
Our time on this earth in this lifetime is short. It\'s our choice what will look back on when we are in our final moments.
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Our time on this earth in this lifetime is short. It's our choice what will look back on when we are in our final moments.
Materialism, desire and greed never result in happiness.
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Materialism, desire and greed never result in happiness.
Never ever eat our friends. Go vegetarian.
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Never ever eat our friends. Go vegetarian.
It is a privilege to serve the Dharma and to serve others. Real freedom comes in serving others.
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It is a privilege to serve the Dharma and to serve others. Real freedom comes in serving others.
Compared to humans and all other sentient beings, animals have just as much right to happiness and freedom.
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Compared to humans and all other sentient beings, animals have just as much right to happiness and freedom.
Dharma is not something I engage in as something separate from me. Dharma has been me since young.
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Dharma is not something I engage in as something separate from me. Dharma has been me since young.
How much we are willing to suffer is how compassionate we are.
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How much we are willing to suffer is how compassionate we are.
Dharma is the medicine of the mind prescribed by the Buddha.
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Dharma is the medicine of the mind prescribed by the Buddha.
How much effort we are willing to put into our practice, is how much results we will get.
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How much effort we are willing to put into our practice, is how much results we will get.
What do you worship on your altar, meat or compassion? One develops coldness and encourages lack of empathy, and one choice encourages attainments.
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What do you worship on your altar, meat or compassion? One develops coldness and encourages lack of empathy, and one choice encourages attainments.
Where does patience come from? Think about it closely
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Indian sadhus and mendicants also very happy to receive Bhagwan Dorje Shugden
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All that we want in samsara is just fleeting and illusionary and we are tired of chasing something that is so short lived, Lady Buddha Dakini Vajra Yogini, please embrace me as you did Naropa with great affection and lift me to your Kechara Paradise in my rainbow body. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Lady Buddha Diamond Dakini Vajra Yogini, you appear in so many forms, guises and methods out of great compasion to bring me to your paradise of Kechara heaven. Bless me to waste no more time and engage in my spirituality thoroughly and may I see your coral visage soon. Bless me that I surrender all my games, attachments, projections and endless chasing of all that is futile in samsara now.... Tsem Rinpoche
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  • August 22, 2017 01:55
    jason asked: what is the significance of a solar eclipse in terms of sadhana practice besides multiplying merit
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear Jason, Thank you for your question. It is good to see you here. As you have rightly pointed out, during solar eclipses the merit from engaging in virtuous actions are greatly multiplied. Therefore there are many prescribed practices one can do during these times to generate a lot of merit, such as engaging in prayers, making abundant offerings, animal liberation, taking precepts for the day, etc. In terms of sadhana practice, the main benefit here would be the multiplication of merits generated. However on a tantric level, since the movements of the planets are linked to the movement of energy within the universe, and therefore one’s body, there would be subtle changes in the psychic winds within the body as well. On the whole, the patterns of the universe are mirrored within the psychic winds in the body as well. The tantric system that deals with these movements in the most detail is the Kalachakra Tantra, which you can read more about here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/introduction-to-tibetan-astrology.html In the Kalachakra Tantra it is said that when a solar eclipse occurs, merit is either multiplied a thousand, ten-thousand times, or a hundred-thousand times. The sun and the moon are linked with the psychic winds, channels and drops with tantric practice. According to the Kalachakra Tantra everyone breathes 21,600 time every day and our minds are said to ride on the winds within our bodies. The majority of the winds within out body are karmic winds, in that they come about and are affected by karmic tendencies. During an eclipse however, more wisdom winds are said to prevail in the body. As these circulate in the body, doing Dharma practice, especially tantric practices in which you use these winds, one can achieve spiritual attainments at a speed that would not normally be possible. In traditional mythology, there is a celestial body known as Rahu. This isn’t actually a physical planet, but a node on the orbit of the moon. When Rahu appears, he is said to swallow the sun for some time, this is the ancient explanation of a solar eclipse. Rahu is also known as the “dragon’s head”. Within the Kalachakra Tantra, practitioners use Rahu to bring the sun and the moon under control. As the sun is associated with psychic channels on the right side of the body, and the moon with psychic channels on the left side of the body, what this means is that the practitioner controls these energies and brings them into the central psychic channel instead. Thereby the solar eclipse is said to mirror a tantric yogi’s ability to bring the psychic energies of the left and right side into the central channel. Once in the central channel the yogi can engage in the higher psychic energy meditations in order to gain spiritual attainments and even enlightenment. For an everyday practitioner therefore, the main benefit of practicing during a solar eclipse is the multiplication of merit. For a tantric practitioner however, it is a time that they can make use of the energies of nature to boost their practices. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • August 18, 2017 01:27
    Todd asked: Does Rinpoche have any information on the deity Rakta Yamari, who is believed to be an emanation of Manjushri?
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear Todd, Thank you for your interesting question. Rakta Yamari is indeed a wrathful emanation of Manjushri, in the form of a yidam or meditational deity belonging to the Anuttarayoga, or highest tantra, class of deities. The practice has been incorporated into all four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism: the Nyingma, Kagyu, Sakya and Gelug. Generally speaking some of the wrathful forms of Manjushri can be classified into three groupings, the Rakta (blood-red), Krishna (blue-black), and Vajrabhairava (adamantine terrifying). Since Rakta Yamari is therefore a classification of deities, it would be hard to give information here on all of them. The specific forms of Rakta Yamari differ in how the main figure appears and the number of other deities in the mandala. Of particular note, is that each of these forms and their practices has their own lineage of practice as well. Whilst there are forms of all three classifications within the four main schools of Tibetan Buddhism, certain lineages place more emphasis on a particular form than others. For example, within the Gelug lineage emphasis is placed on Vajrabhairava Yamantaka, of which there are two forms in particular that are practiced: 13-deity Yamantaka, and Solitary Hero Yamantaka. In fact Vajrabhairava Yamantaka is one of the three main Anuttarayoga Tantra deities practiced in the Gelug lineage, which we follow, alongside the Akshobhyavajra variant of Guhyasamaja and Chakrasamvara. There are two important lineages of Rakta Yamari practice: the 13-deity Rakta Yamari, and the 5-deity Rakta Yamari practice. Both of these practices can be traced back to an important lineage holder, the Indian Mahasiddha Virupa. In the case of the 5-deity Rakta Yamari lineage, he was taught the practice by a wisdom dakini. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • August 17, 2017 19:26
    Aldric Wilson DuXing asked: How can the alleged "DiSanShr" "Dorje Chang Fo" Yi Yun Gao be the actual incarnation of Buddha Dipankara Buddha?
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear Aldric Wilson DuXing, Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, I do not know much about Yi Yun Gao to be able to comment on this. However, within Buddhism we do believe that the Buddhas, out of their compassion appear in human form to help sentient beings in whatever way they can. Within Tibetan Buddhism there is a long history of recognising great masters as the physical body emanations (also known as tulkus) of the Buddhas. The logic behind this is that the Buddhas are all compassionate and so help sentient beings in any and all means that they can. This would obviously include taking the physical form of a human. To say that the Buddhas cannot or do not do this, would be limiting the abilities of the enlightened beings, which goes against the scriptures. In fact, in the scriptures it states that Buddhas can emanate out in countless different forms at the same time. This includes animate beings, such as humans, animals, etc., and also inanimate objects such as bridges, or other things. These emanations, or incarnations if in human form, can be recognised by those who have the ability to perceive the enlightened beings, such as highly attained masters or other emanations themselves. That is why you see only the highest masters within the Tibetan Buddhist traditions recognise others as incarnations of the Buddhas. Other methods of confirming this can include checking with an enlightened Dharma protector, such as Dorje Shugden, when in trance of a qualified oracle. Those who really are emanations of the enlightened beings do not actually need to be recognised as such, as they will always help others no matter if they are recognised or not. However the recognition of such beings is more for us, as practitioners to gain merit by helping them achieve their goal of helping other sentient beings. But as I mentioned earlier, these beings do not self-proclaim themselves but are recognised as such by other highly attained masters who are trustworthy and really work for the cause of helping others by upholding and practicing the holy teachings of Lord Buddha. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • August 16, 2017 00:47
    Anonymous asked: Sorry about the link not working. They can be found at dharmawheel.net and then looked under Tibetan Buddhism and then under topics which are under all the other lineage topics. Since this is recent, the title "Crazy Scandal somewhat related to Gelug hitting Taiwan" should come up. But anyway, here are the sources in that case: https://ladakh2017blog.wordpress.com/2017/08/12/mary-jin-gebis/ https://maisonneuve.org/article/2013/06/18/when-monks-come-town/ https://ladakh2017blog.wordpress.com/2017/08/14/bw-dorje-shugden/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ad355FqDQuo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzvPhv_eldk http://www.blisswisdom.org/statement/1854-1006 https://ladakh2017blog.wordpress.com/2017/07/24/dalai-lama-speaks-to-chinese-devotees-about-bliss-and-wisdom/
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  • August 15, 2017 01:43
    Anonymous asked: Hi, although this is not a question, I would like to bring awareness towards a particular cult in China and Taiwan that has been having scandals with their leader, Mary Jin. The cult has been defaming the Dalai Lama and has begun supporting Shugden here even though that's not really bad. However, I would like to bring attention so they may not begin corrupting the Buddhists here. Even though I used a dharmawheel website, it has links to its sources: https://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=40
    pastor answered: Dear Anonymous, Thank you for bringing this to our attention, however the link you provided does not work. I do not know anything about this particular person or their organisation, so I really can’t say much. However, there are some people out there who use religion for their personal gain, and twist the teachings to suit their greed. These sorts of people are often embroiled in scandals and the like and often have views that go against common sense. That is why it is very important to check that a teacher is qualified, is practicing, and is teaching the Dharma as it should be according to the scriptures. All students are encouraged do to so and this in mentioned clearly in the scriptures themselves. The actions of a teacher should be in line with actions laid out in the scriptures and their views should match the logic laid out in the scriptures as well. Once we see a teacher’s qualities, and we have made sure that what they practice is real and genuine, we can devote ourselves to that person fully. We at Kechara, following the teachings of His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, think very highly of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, as he is the emanation of the Buddha of compassion, Chenrezig. Similarly, we also believe that Dorje Shugden is the emanation of the Buddha of wisdom, Manjushri. For us, both are enlightened beings, and many practitioners all around world follow this belief as well. We are saddened to see or hear when others talk badly about either, since both are enlightened beings capable of benefiting the world tremendously. Thank you.
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