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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  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Oct 19. 2017 11:04 AM
    Wow …such a unique island called Socotra which i did not know before or come across . Everything from trees to flowers looks so unique. A place home to a panoply of strange plants and animals uniquely which adapted to the hot, harsh, windswept island. The landscape of this remote Socotra Island looks as if it comes from a sci-fi film.
    From what I see through the pictures this Socotra Island, looks more like Alien place. It’s truly unlike any place on earth and is also called the ‘Lost World ‘ to some of the tourist. I did some research on this island .
    It seem over millions of years, the isolated island in the Arabian Sea has cultivated a unique biodiversity unlike anywhere else on Earth. Twisted dragon’s blood trees and bulbous bottle trees have made Socotra a place of legends, feared by sailors throughout history and believed by some to be the site of the original Garden of Eden.
    Now it seem to be a tourist attraction in Yemen after when UNESCO named it as World Natural Heritage Site in 2006. Its wonderful news as UNESCO recognizes the importance of preserving the island.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these unique island with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/socotra-island.html#comment-753145
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Oct 19. 2017 11:03 AM
    Beautiful sacred painting by Rinpoche. Amazing to know RInpoche as a small kid is so talented in drawing and painting . Yet after so many years the painting still looks good condition. Such a beautiful White Tara painting and now Rinpoche still paints.
    Wow interesting stories behind the scared painting of the powerful white Tara. When we have trust and faith that’s how these powerful Tara will help us.
    Thank you for sharing with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/sacred-painting.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Oct 19. 2017 11:02 AM
    The two beautiful Yeti painting comes a long way from Nepal with love to Malaysia .Specially for Rinpoche……such a beautiful gift and unique .. Knowing Rinpoche like Bigfoot so much. Every gift which is given, even though it be small, is in reality great, if it is given with affection. It is not the gift but the thought that counts.
    Rejoice for Mitra Poudel and Khom Thapa
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these beautiful paintings.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/yeti-bigfoot-sasquatch/from-nepal.html
  • Jason
    Wednesday, Oct 18. 2017 11:14 PM
    This is a great news to animals. Gucci, a leading fashion company going to stop fur clothing now. I just watched a video about the people peel off the fox skin. So cruelty.
    Even though we own any fur clothing, we shouldn’t wear it because this will create a desire cause to others to buy more fur clothing .
    Human beings are very intelligent but we shouldn’t take away animals rights to live in this planet.
    Thanks Rinpoche sharing.

    Jason
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/do-you-know-what-gucci-did.html
  • Alice Tay
    Wednesday, Oct 18. 2017 05:51 PM
    藏传佛教格鲁派第十世班禅喇嘛被视为阿弥陀佛的化身,并且是继达赖尊者后拥有最高权威的佛法大师。第十世班禅喇嘛是一名颇有影响力的大师,每当他给予公开开示时,数以千计的人都会前去听法。
    第十世班禅喇嘛和达赖尊者的关系可以追溯到第五世达赖尊者时期。在当时,第五世达赖尊者的上师,同时也是杜固扎巴坚赞(多杰雄登前世之一)的上师是第四世班禅喇嘛。为了感激上师,达赖尊者赐予上师“班禅大师”头衔,并对班禅大师的三任前世加以追封。此外,达赖尊者也将扎什伦布寺赐为其上师的驻锡地。而此扎什伦布寺内还安设一间供奉多杰雄登的护法殿至今,并且还成为著名的旅游胜地。
    由此可见,如果多杰雄登就如藏人行政中央所说的修持多杰雄登会伤害西藏事业,那么当时的第五世达赖尊者为何要赠送设有多杰雄登的护法殿的扎什伦布寺予第四世班禅喇?如果多杰雄登真的会伤害西藏事业,那么第十世班禅喇嘛为何要费尽心思来撰写这篇约30至40页的的“妙音怙主(宗喀巴)佛教护法天王金刚具力五部威猛尊酬供仪轨”的祈愿文?难道第十世班禅喇嘛铁了心肠不再理会或是存心要危害西藏人民?这一切的一切,让我们不得不深入的思考。

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/panchen-lama-sungbum-chinese.html
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Oct 18. 2017 05:22 PM
    It is very worrying that there are such high percentage of plastic fibres found in our tap water. Even developed country such as UK, Germany and France has 72% of their tap water contaminated with plastic fibres. I guess this is the price we have to pay. With improve technologies and new science inventions we keep coming out with new products that uses various types of plastics and chemicals to bring down the production cost. But unfortunately, nothing comes free as human who will have to suffer the implication of these plastics fibres in the form of water and air, and it is alarming to our health. I think the only way is to create awareness to people telling them how harmful it can bring to us and we should avoid using the products that contribute the pollution and use alternative.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/do-you-know-what-you-are-drinking.html
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Oct 18. 2017 05:04 PM
    It is good news that Tibetan MP Venerable Tenpa Yarphel speaks up against Nechung. Why would a democratic country listen to an oracle to seek advise for the country governance and administration? It just puzzled me. If Nechung is right, why isn’t the country and people progressing but divided further with the Dorje Shugden ban? What more Nechung is an not enlightened dharma protector. It was proven that so many Nechung’s prophecies was wrong but none would question and CTA would still follow the wrong advice. The CTA leaders continue to segregate, discriminate and remove all the human rights against Dorje Shugden practitioners such as education, medical, religion and etc. This is so illegal.

    In this age, we should be able to think and fight for our rights. I hope more people like Venerable Tenpa Yarphel will speak up against the unfair Tibetan leadership towards their people. Everyone should be treated equally and especially for a Buddhism country.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/tibetan-mp-tenpa-yarphel-speaks-up-against-nechung.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Oct 18. 2017 11:29 AM
    Shocking to read and hear this, happening in our own country. Even though this post is old , feeling sad for those cats starving been kept at two pet boarding premises which they called pets hotel. Pets owner discovered that those pets were left abandoned and starved . They also found dead cats and many were in a sad condition. Our local newspapers reported that about 200 cats and a dog were rescued from that premise alone .Another location about 100 cats were found and rescued. These episode was highlighted in news national wide. It such a shameful act .How can the owner of the premises do it for their own selfishness just because of celebrations.
    It is good that the authorities took a stern legal action against the owners of the centre.
    Animals are ignorant and do not deserve to be treated so badly. Be kind and caring to all sentient beings. Have empathy.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/300-starved-and-13-died-petknode.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Oct 18. 2017 11:28 AM
    A beautiful approach by the British MPs has recommended that people reduce the amount of meat they eat to help prevent food shortages in Britain . Even though it is political approach yet still happy as less animals will be killed for foods on the table.
    The massive increase in meat consumption in recent decades has led to the price of grain increase which used for animal feed. Its also lead to widespread deforestation and pressure on agricultural land. The MP are trying to tackle food wastage as half the food bought from UK supermarkets goes in the bin. The UK population are encouraged to eat less meat in long run.
    Thank you for sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/british-mps-says-eat-less-meat.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Oct 18. 2017 11:27 AM
    So touching ….watching this beautiful videos , could not controlled my tears too. Its such a warm moment when the two of them met again after a long search nearly 25 years of a hopless search . Mitchell Shigemoto has never forgotten how James Pearson saved his life. In foreign places, and the way Shigemoto’s relationship with James Pearson training together and fighting ,along side in the war ,they became best friends.
    James Pearson is truly a selfless ,kind and friendly person, nor matter what happen stands by Mitchell Shigemoto.
    Thank you Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing this inspiring post.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/mitchell-shigemoto-and-james-pearson-best-friends-in-war.html

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Dear friends, This meme is powerful. Who you hang around with and the types of attitude they have is who you will be influenced by many times and who you will become in the future. Look at your friends and the people that always surround you to know who you will become. Tsem Rinpoche
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Dear friends, This meme is powerful. Who you hang around with and the types of attitude they have is who you will be influenced by many times and who you will become in the future. Look at your friends and the people that always surround you to know who you will become. Tsem Rinpoche
October 2017, His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal graciously reading our Kechara album and updates as presented by Beng Kooi and Martin. He was very pleased with our progress and offers his blessings. Tsem Rinpoche
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October 2017, His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal graciously reading our Kechara album and updates as presented by Beng Kooi and Martin. He was very pleased with our progress and offers his blessings. Tsem Rinpoche
His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche grants audience to Beng Kooi and Martin in France.  Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
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His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche grants audience to Beng Kooi and Martin in France. Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
Recently Beng Kooi and Martin on behalf of myself and Kechara was lucky to have audience with His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He lives in around Paris, France. His Holiness is 91 years old and very healthy and alert. He was the 101st throne holder for Tsongkapa and was the head of the Gelugpa school of Buddhism and was very successful during his tenure. He is a strong practitioner of both Sutra and Tantra of Je Tsongkapa\'s tradition and a master of all Buddhist knowledge. He holds steadfast to his protector Dorje Shugden very strongly. So we can see even the highest throneholders who are masters of Sutra and Tantra also practices Dorje Shugden knowing the benefits.

Beng Kooi and Martin brought photo albums of Kechara Forest Retreat/Kechara and updates on Kechara and our works. His Holiness was very pleased to listen and offered some gifts back. 

This is a beautiful picture and the great blessings bestowed on us from His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.

Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche 
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Recently Beng Kooi and Martin on behalf of myself and Kechara was lucky to have audience with His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal of Gaden Shartse Monastery. He lives in around Paris, France. His Holiness is 91 years old and very healthy and alert. He was the 101st throne holder for Tsongkapa and was the head of the Gelugpa school of Buddhism and was very successful during his tenure. He is a strong practitioner of both Sutra and Tantra of Je Tsongkapa's tradition and a master of all Buddhist knowledge. He holds steadfast to his protector Dorje Shugden very strongly. So we can see even the highest throneholders who are masters of Sutra and Tantra also practices Dorje Shugden knowing the benefits. Beng Kooi and Martin brought photo albums of Kechara Forest Retreat/Kechara and updates on Kechara and our works. His Holiness was very pleased to listen and offered some gifts back. This is a beautiful picture and the great blessings bestowed on us from His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche Read more on His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche: http://bit.ly/1PlaNNS
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The meaning and origins of Halloween: http://bit.ly/2egnVrp *****and**** My Halloween in Salem: http://bit.ly/2zwq6li
This is so powerful. It is a must read and must share.
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This is so powerful. It is a must read and must share.
Beng Kooi meeting with the scholar and teacher Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen has been very active and you can see his youtubes in Tibetan speaking about the benefits of Dorje Shugden practice. He is a direct student of Trijang Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche.
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Beng Kooi meeting with the scholar and teacher Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen has been very active and you can see his youtubes in Tibetan speaking about the benefits of Dorje Shugden practice. He is a direct student of Trijang Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche.
Martin meeting with Gen Tashi. Gen Tashi is a very devoted and committed activist of Dorje Shugden\'s cause. He is tireless in speaking for the truth. They enjoyed sharing some time together.
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Martin meeting with Gen Tashi. Gen Tashi is a very devoted and committed activist of Dorje Shugden's cause. He is tireless in speaking for the truth. They enjoyed sharing some time together.
Martin meeting with the well known strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist and scholar Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe lak was very happy to meet Martin and shared so much wonderful information. Beautiful meeting.
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Martin meeting with the well known strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist and scholar Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. Geshe lak was very happy to meet Martin and shared so much wonderful information. Beautiful meeting.
Beng Kooi meeting with friend and strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist Gen Tashi
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Beng Kooi meeting with friend and strong and devoted Dorje Shugden activist Gen Tashi
Another stunning digital print art of Dorje Shugden from an artist in Peru. Tsem Rinpoche
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Another stunning digital print art of Dorje Shugden from an artist in Peru. Tsem Rinpoche
This beautiful Dorje Shugden is from an artist in the Ukraine. Tsem Rinpoche
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This beautiful Dorje Shugden is from an artist in the Ukraine. Tsem Rinpoche
Please never get tired of speaking for those who do not have a voice. If we can alleviate their pain or try our best, why not? Thank you all so much. Tsem Rinpoche
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Please never get tired of speaking for those who do not have a voice. If we can alleviate their pain or try our best, why not? Thank you all so much. Tsem Rinpoche
Pastor Antoinette of Kechara arranged a Malaysian artist to paint this special Dorje Shugden painting conceptualized by myself. She oversaw the process and completed it. Wonderful beautiful Dorje Shugden Malaysian style by Malaysian artist. Tsem Rinpoche
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Pastor Antoinette of Kechara arranged a Malaysian artist to paint this special Dorje Shugden painting conceptualized by myself. She oversaw the process and completed it. Wonderful beautiful Dorje Shugden Malaysian style by Malaysian artist. Tsem Rinpoche
Sometimes after my prayers, reading on sasquatch is relaxing. Tsem Rinpoche
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Sometimes after my prayers, reading on sasquatch is relaxing. Tsem Rinpoche
This gorgeous outdoor bronze Buddha is in Korea. Would be lovely to pay homage to Him there.
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This gorgeous outdoor bronze Buddha is in Korea. Would be lovely to pay homage to Him there.
Beautiful old vintage photo of Kamakura Buddha in Japan. I had the good fortune to visit this holy Buddha a few years back. I do hope I can go again with some students. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful old vintage photo of Kamakura Buddha in Japan. I had the good fortune to visit this holy Buddha a few years back. I do hope I can go again with some students. Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche with Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during the Medicine Buddha festival.
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Tsem Rinpoche with Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during the Medicine Buddha festival.
This is a unique thangka of Pelden Hlamo with Dorje Shugden and Setrap and Nechung. Of course they all get along unlike what Tibetan leadership likes to say they don\'t get along. All enlightened beings get along with other enlightened beings and unenlightened beings. Enlightened beings have no karma to not get along with others. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is a unique thangka of Pelden Hlamo with Dorje Shugden and Setrap and Nechung. Of course they all get along unlike what Tibetan leadership likes to say they don't get along. All enlightened beings get along with other enlightened beings and unenlightened beings. Enlightened beings have no karma to not get along with others. Tsem Rinpoche
I love this picture. I wish it will all settle down soon.
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I love this picture. I wish it will all settle down soon.
 I love this picture of Mumu peeking through the screen and window to see what is going on. He is always been very busy body and active. He has to know what is going on. I love you Mumu.
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I love this picture of Mumu peeking through the screen and window to see what is going on. He is always been very busy body and active. He has to know what is going on. I love you Mumu.
How would you like to get one piece of this beautiful piece of art?
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How would you like to get one piece of this beautiful piece of art?
First time PM Tenpa Yarphel speaks up against Nechung. It has created a huge stir. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144220
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First time PM Tenpa Yarphel speaks up against Nechung. It has created a huge stir. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144220
I always like my rooms to smell clean, fresh, woodsy and a bit like the forest. my favorite types of essential oils to burn daily or as an offering to the Buddhas are Juniper, Cypress, Black Spruce, Peppermint and sometimes Rosemary. I like the smell of the forest, woods and wooded areas very much. I\'ve been using essential oils in my rooms for years. I don\'t necessarily purchase the brand you see in the picture as I buy any brand as long as it\'s made naturally. Tsem Rinpoche
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I always like my rooms to smell clean, fresh, woodsy and a bit like the forest. my favorite types of essential oils to burn daily or as an offering to the Buddhas are Juniper, Cypress, Black Spruce, Peppermint and sometimes Rosemary. I like the smell of the forest, woods and wooded areas very much. I've been using essential oils in my rooms for years. I don't necessarily purchase the brand you see in the picture as I buy any brand as long as it's made naturally. Tsem Rinpoche
In the bitter coldness of Yachen Gar, Tibet, several nuns are practicing meditation. You can see many small single \'huts\' in the background. They do this yearly and throughout the year. It is very inspiring to see people practice even under extreme conditions because they realize how samsara is so full of deceptions. Praise to the Dharma that liberates us with truth and practice. Tsem Rinpoche
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In the bitter coldness of Yachen Gar, Tibet, several nuns are practicing meditation. You can see many small single 'huts' in the background. They do this yearly and throughout the year. It is very inspiring to see people practice even under extreme conditions because they realize how samsara is so full of deceptions. Praise to the Dharma that liberates us with truth and practice. Tsem Rinpoche
More than you have....
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More than you have....
The holiest place for the spiritual seeker is where our guru abides. Tsem Rinpoche
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The holiest place for the spiritual seeker is where our guru abides. Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful flowers offered on my shrine to Sacred Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful flowers offered on my shrine to Sacred Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
This is my favorite image of Lord Manjusri. I had this exact same image as a kid in the 1980\'s and treasured it very much. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is my favorite image of Lord Manjusri. I had this exact same image as a kid in the 1980's and treasured it very much. Tsem Rinpoche
I love this idyllic painting of a beautiful Buddhist temple in a small town with foliage, natural, blue skies and country living. I can definitely live in this type of environment any time. I love living near nature. I wish I can go inside this picture to start living there now. Tsem Rinpoche
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I love this idyllic painting of a beautiful Buddhist temple in a small town with foliage, natural, blue skies and country living. I can definitely live in this type of environment any time. I love living near nature. I wish I can go inside this picture to start living there now. Tsem Rinpoche
Another gorgeous Byzantine style painting. As the crowd is lead to the hill of light, atop the hill is St. Dorje Shugden ready to give rest to the weary. And hope to the hopeless and help to the helpless. Tsem Rinpoche
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Another gorgeous Byzantine style painting. As the crowd is lead to the hill of light, atop the hill is St. Dorje Shugden ready to give rest to the weary. And hope to the hopeless and help to the helpless. Tsem Rinpoche
Ms Gerbrick was a very special person in my childhood. When I finally found her again, I had lost her - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144296
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Ms Gerbrick was a very special person in my childhood. When I finally found her again, I had lost her - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144296
I just did another one. See how it\'s done-
 http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144259
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I just did another one. See how it's done- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144259
I like this sketch I just did. Tsem Rinpoche
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I like this sketch I just did. Tsem Rinpoche
One of my sketches just finished. Tsem Rinpoche
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One of my sketches just finished. Tsem Rinpoche
More of my drawings.  Tsem Rinpoche
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More of my drawings. Tsem Rinpoche
See what Linus has to say to Charlie Brown: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/dorje-shugden
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Plse click on this and read and share. Important thoughts regarding our teacher. Tsem Rinpoche
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Plse click on this and read and share. Important thoughts regarding our teacher. Tsem Rinpoche
The stupa dedicated to the great Changkya Rolpai Dorje in 5 peaks of Manjushri - China. Changkya Rolpai Dorje was one of the previous life of His Holiness Pabongka Rinpoche. In that life, he was the imperial tutor to the Emperor of China.  Photo from Karen Chong
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The stupa dedicated to the great Changkya Rolpai Dorje in 5 peaks of Manjushri - China. Changkya Rolpai Dorje was one of the previous life of His Holiness Pabongka Rinpoche. In that life, he was the imperial tutor to the Emperor of China. Photo from Karen Chong
Please click on this picture and see what the adorable boy is doing.
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Please click on this picture and see what the adorable boy is doing.
Learn a new word and see what Fauvism means here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=143633
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Learn a new word and see what Fauvism means here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=143633
Please click on this picture to enlarge and read. It is important and share with others. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
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Please click on this picture to enlarge and read. It is important and share with others. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
The handprint of His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche Jetsun Dechen Nyingpo
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The handprint of His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche Jetsun Dechen Nyingpo
Dear friends, For the first time in art history you will see a Tibetan divinity in Byzantine art form. Just published! Please be amazed and see the whole artwork here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=143348
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Dear friends, For the first time in art history you will see a Tibetan divinity in Byzantine art form. Just published! Please be amazed and see the whole artwork here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=143348
我这里有一副最庄严印度风格法力强大护法的画作。点击这里观赏与下载: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=142950
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我这里有一副最庄严印度风格法力强大护法的画作。点击这里观赏与下载: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=142950
A separate Tibetan state? 

Should this group of Tibetans have their own autonomous state?
In a world full of trials and tribulations, this group of Tibetans continues to defy all odds against a difficult leadership. Should they have their own state, their own country to live free and in harmony? Read and decide-Part 1: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=142741 and Part 2: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=142868
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A separate Tibetan state? Should this group of Tibetans have their own autonomous state? In a world full of trials and tribulations, this group of Tibetans continues to defy all odds against a difficult leadership. Should they have their own state, their own country to live free and in harmony? Read and decide-Part 1: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=142741 and Part 2: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=142868
When I first arrived in Gaden Monastery in January 1988, I lived in this small room: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=100092
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When I first arrived in Gaden Monastery in January 1988, I lived in this small room: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=100092
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  • October 18, 2017 23:32
    Yen asked: Dear pastor, I am married but have not been blessed with a kid after several years. How can I overcome the pain I am going through? I also like to ask u for guidance to help someone dear to me who have met with an accident and in vegetative state. How do I help the friend suffer less? What can I do to help her overcome this obstacle in life even when doctor seems to have given up hope?
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear Yen, Thank you for your question. I am very sorry to hear of your situation and that of your friend. One thing we need to remember is that the Buddha explained to us how karma works. Everything we experience in life, whether good or bad is due to our actions previously in this life and previous lifetimes. While this may sound unfair in that we need to experience the results of something that we do not remember doing, this is the way samsara exists. They only way to be free of this type of suffering is to attain enlightenment, the state of a Buddha. That being said, we all need help in our daily life, and that is where deity practice can help us. In order to overcome the pain you are going through, may I suggest that you engage in the Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa. You can find an excellent commentary by His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/tsongkapas-daily-practice-video-commentary.html. You can find the prayers to recite here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/sadhana-prayers.html#19. There is also a practice box set dedicate to Lama Tsongkhapa, which you can order online here if you wish: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/tsongkhapa-boxset-english Lama Tsongkhapa is the emanation of Manjushri, the Buddha of wisdom; Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion; and Vajrapani, the Buddha of skilful means. As such the practice is extremely powerful and is well-known to help people heal psychical pain, but more importantly the sufferings felt in the mind. You can concentrate on the recitation of the Mig Tse Ma mantra and beseech Lama Tsongkhapa to help ease your suffering. He will surely help. His practice is known for relieving anxiety and even depression. In regards to your friend, on a practical level you can research about your friend’s specific state and see if there are any treatments available that can be effective if you have not done so already. In any case what you can do is to engage in prayers or pujas and dedicate the merits generated to your friend. For example, you can engage in the practice of Medicine Buddha, available here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/medicine-buddha-practice.html, or alternative have Medicine Buddha pujas sponsored here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/medicine-buddha-puja-fund. Medicine Buddha is excellent at healing on all levels, and provide us with soothing and beneficial energy. Another method that you can use to help your friend is to generate as much merit for her as possible. A vast amount of merit and purification of karma can help even the direst of circumstances. Such activities could involve releasing animals from slaughter or deplorable conditions, feeding the homeless and less fortunate and providing for them, and making vast amounts of offerings to the Buddhas and enlightened beings. If done with a good motivation, and dedicated towards your friend, she will benefit from the virtuous actions, even if you cannot see the benefits at the moment. Coupled with this you can engage in the practice of a Dharma protector such as a Dorje Shugden. You can find the prayers here if you wish to engage in them yourself: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/diamond-path-a-daily-sadhana-of-dorje-shugden, alternatively you can have Dorje Shugden pujas sponsored here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/dorje-shugden-wishfulfilling-puja-fund. Dharma protectors help to overcome obstacles and conditions that we wish to arise. I understand that it is a difficult situation, but you should maintain your faith in the Buddhas and enlightened beings, and they will definitely help. I hope this helps. Thank you
  • October 14, 2017 13:27
    Ling asked: I have been practising chakrasamvara for over 2 years now and recently during my meditation I feel that during the deity meditation portion that it feel like my entire body is under a heavy water fall. My heart and limbs also feel like flowing water and there is some crawling sensations. What could this be
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear Ling, Thank you for your question. I rejoice to read that you are practising Chakrasamvara for over two years now. This is very good, you should keep the practice steady, keep the vows and commitments well and you will progress on your spiritual evolution. Generally speaking when you engage in higher tantric yoga meditation, the meditations include movement of your psychic winds. Therefore sometimes people will experience strange feelings in the body. When this happens, once should ease off the concentration on that particular visualisation when engaging in the practice. What you can do to lessen these feelings is to engage in purification practices such as the 35 Confessional Buddhas, which you can find here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-35-confessional-buddhas.html. Alternatively if you have the appropriate initiation, you can engage in the practice of Heruka Vajrasattva, which would be included in your sadhana text. Engaging in the purification practices would lessen these sensations when you practice, as everything we experience is due to our karma. What I would advise the most, however, is to consult the guru that gave you the empowerment of Chakrasamvara practice. Your guru would be able to better advise you in addition to the above, the methods you can use to minimise the physical effects if they are due to the actual practice. I hope this helps. Thank you
  • October 13, 2017 11:15
    Fearful asked: What does violent shaking all of the sudden and "shrinking" feeling of the head mean during practice mean? I've been practicing the dharmapalas, and this is happening. What does it mean?
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear Fearful, Thank you for your question. There could be any number of reasons for this to be occurring. What you can do when this starts to happen is to stop what you are doing, and take deep breaths, and concentrate on your breath. As you concentrate on your breath, this will have a calming effect on both your body and mind, which should stop the involuntary shaking and strange feelings. In fact focusing on the breath is one of the best known methods of developing a focused, concentrated, yet calm Your practice of the Dharmapalas should begin with either Guru Yoga or deity practice, therefore I would suggest that you engage in these practices more before you begin the actually Dharma protector practice. One of the best practices is the Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa. This practice is well known for its healing ability on for both the body and the mind. Over time, you should see such occurrences lessen. If this shaking happens regularly and also when you are not practicing, you should consider visiting a qualified health professional just to rule out anything untoward. I hope this helps. Thank you
  • October 8, 2017 20:48
    John asked: Dear pastors, When reciting mantras we are instructed to visualize the deity. However I realize that my visualization is very very fuzzy and very very ever-changing. It is not a still image, there is like thick clouds moving and blocking the visualization then they would clear and block again and clear again and the deity would even change shape. The round part would be more oval one moment and more circle the next etc. In fact, I don't even know if the picture that ends up appearing in my mind is really looking like the deity or not. What if I end up visualizing a monster without knowing it since it's so fuzzy? Is there danger if that happens? What do you advice me to do?
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear John, Thank you for your question. This is a question that people actually ask a lot, but there is no need to worry, especially if we do not have tantric initiation. In fact, the more we practice getting our visualisation stabilised now, the better we will be able to practice tantra when we eventually receive tantric initiation. The issue you are having maintain a steady visualisation is not an uncommon one. This is because we actually have to train our mind to concentrate on what we are doing. One of the major facets of Buddhist meditation is concentration, and this is something we need to develop. We might think that we have a good ability to concentrate, but what the Buddha and the great masters have taught is that we actually do not, but we can obviously develop it. Visualisation itself is a form of concentration meditation, therefore until we achieve a good level of concentration, things like this will happen as we train our minds. What we can do is to focus on a particular aspect of the visualisation, such as the face of the deity, and once that is stable and focused, we can continue onto other parts of the deity’s body, and then the various other aspects of the visualisation. That way, we train ourselves little by little to have a complete visualisation. No in regards to your question about their being danger if something goes wrong or if we make a mistake during our visualisation, this cannot be at our stage of practice. This is because the visualisation is engaged in during the mantra recitation section. Mantras themselves are the Buddhas and enlightened beings in the form of sound. Therefore when we recite mantras we are invoking the holy energies of the Buddhas, which naturally guide and protect us from any harm. The fact that you are facing this issue is in fact a good sign. It shows that are trying to concentrate on the visualisation, but that your mind has not reached a level of concentration powerful enough to maintain the stability of the visualisation. The antidote to this is simple, keep practising. As you continue to practice, you will notice that your visualisation becomes stronger and stronger. If however, you are still worried, you can end your recitation sessions with the prayer dedicated to a Dharma protector to any obstacles, and end with a completion dedication. I hope this helps. Thank you
  • October 6, 2017 22:31
    Wong asked: Hi, i would like to ask about jhana which is the last factor of the eightfold path. How is it being practised?
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear Wong, Thank you for your question. The last factor of the eightfold noble path is called jhana in the Pali language. In the Sanskrit language it is called dyana. This is a state of meditative absorption which culminates in the understanding of emptiness and is the pathway that leads us to attain liberation. Generally this state is achieved through the practice of single-pointed concentration meditation. But within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition once you have achieved stabilised single-pointed meditation, you progress onto the path of special insight meditation. It is at this stage, that one is able to concentrate completely on understanding emptiness and therefore attain enlightenment. This topic is somewhat outside of the scope of this section of the blog. However, Pabongkha Rinpoche in his excellent Lam Rim text, titled “Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand” gives a very concise yet thorough introduction to the topic of meditation. Pabongkha Rinpoche addresses the path to enlightenment, not through the eightfold noble path however, but through the six perfections of a bodhisattva. In essence although on the surface the two ways of structuring the path to enlightenment may seem different, they are actually both the same if one analyses them carefully. If you read “Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand” you will understand how the two structures are interlinked if you have an understanding of the eightfold noble path. You can order a copy of the book here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/lamrim-liberation-in-the-palm-of-your-hand and the book is also available at Kechara Paradise outlets. Alternatively, you can ask your local book store to order the book in for you if they have that service. I hope this helps. Thank you
  • October 3, 2017 04:11
    jason asked: i have been practicing higher yoga tantra for over two year now and recently i started to get nightmares for three continuous nights now and i think it will continue, What is happening ? did i do something wrong? The first nightmare was me being cut in to numerous pieces , the second was me being visited by a greyish blue female old female ghost with no eyes in eye sockets, and the third was a giant dark brown black centipede encased in a white translucent sac exploding out of my thigh and crawling/ rolling away in to darkness. Im quite worried that i may have done something wrong even though i think i have not.
    pastor answered: Dear Jason, Thank you for your question. I am glad to hear that you have been practising Higher Yoga Tantra for over two years. You should keep your samaya with your Guru pure and intact, as well as keeping the vows and commitments that you would have taken during the empowerment into the practice. If you do this then you will see a definite transformation of your mind and circumstances for the better, which is after all what Buddhist practice is all about. In regards to your nightmares I do not think that you have done anything wrong per se. In this case it could be due to two possible reasons, the first is that your negative karma is arising in your dreams and the second is that you are being afflicted by a spirit. In the first case, when we practice Higher Yoga Tantra properly and sincerely, it purifies a lot of negative karma. As when engaging in any practice that purifies negative karma, this karma can open and manifest under control situations. For example you the karma manifests are nightmares or scary figures or feelings, rather than physically, which would come about through uncontrollable causes and conditions. When karma is purified it manifests in its most mild form, and for you in this case, it could manifest in the form of nightmares. Therefore if we are engaging in powerful practices, or when we concentrate on these practices, such things can occur. Some people may find this sort of situation bad. But this is not correct, because due to the nature of samsara, we are affected by karma in some form or another. What matters here is that karma is purified so that we can progress on our spiritual journey. When you face such difficulties, the key here is continue with your practice strongly and not give up. In this manner, the karma which causes such situations to occur is purified quicker and then we are no longer affected by it. Therefore you should wholeheartedly engage in primary sadhana of your meditational deity. On the other hand, it could be that you are being affected by a spirit or spirits. In this case there are methods of protection that you can engage in which should be included in your Higher Yoga Tantra practice. If you are unsure of what these could be, please humbly approach your initiating guru for more guidance. Another way that can help solve this problem is to engage in the practice of a Dharma protector such as Dorje Shugden. Since you are already practising a Highest Yoga Tantra, you can ask your guru about the particular Dharma protectors associated with the practice. Each of the major tantric practice has certain Dharma protectors associated with it that aid practitioners to clear obstacles and create conducive conditions for practice. You can actually engage in any Dharma protector practice, but it would be best for you to consult your guru as he or she may assign you a specific Dharma protector to practice. Whatever the case may be, it comes down to karma. The Higher Yoga Tantra you are practising should include a purification practice such as Vajrasattva. For example if you practice the Heruka Chakrasamvara tantra, and have received the appropriate empowerment, you can practice Heruka Vajrasattva. You then concentrate on the practice of Vajrasattva to purify the negative karma causing the situation, and over time you will see the situation get better. If you are not sure of the purification aspect of your daily practice, you can recite the 35 Confessional Buddhas. All of these can help, however I strongly advise you to humbly approach your guru and ask for further advice and instruction, as he or she may assign you other practices or even ask you concentrate on specific sections of the sadhana that they passed to you, to help you overcome these problems. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • September 30, 2017 22:31
    kevin asked: hi pastor, I've been very problematic lately and depressed. My plans seem to be always out of place. I read from an article that some problems are caused by negative karma from the previous and present life. I want to know if there is anything that I can do to drain my negative karma. Im very wary now on my actions to others so not to add to my existing karma. Can you suggest a mantra which I can recite and reflect on everyday to help alleviate my problems and drain my negative karma. Thank you very much. Bless you.
    pastor answered: Dear Kevin, Thank you for your question. Yes, according to Buddhist thought everything we go through in life is caused by karma. This can be either good or bad, so difficulties we face in life are indeed due to our karma. Now, one thing about karma that people often forget is that it can be purified. There are many methods within Tibetan Buddhism that are used for the purification of karma. In fact all practices necessarily involve the purification of negative karma and the generation of merit. The most effective of these are known as purification practices, which have the specific benefits of helping us to purify negative karma which leads to all kinds of problems within in our lives. These include Vajrasattva practice, which can be found here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/an-important-purification-practice.html and the practice of the 35 Confessional Buddhas, which can be found here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-35-confessional-buddhas.html. You can read more about these practices by clicking on the respective links. These are two very powerful methods of purifying negative karma and have been relied upon by countless practitioners and masters to progress on the spiritual path. They are two very extremely effective methods used within Tibetan Buddhism. Since you are going through many problems, however, you can engage in the practice of a Dharma protector who can help alleviate the obstacles you are facing and at the same provide conditions that are suitable for you. One such Dharma protector is Dorje Shugden, you can read more about his practice here, and his daily prayers here: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/diamond-path-a-daily-sadhana-of-dorje-shugden. The website also has a lot of information about the practice and how it can benefit you in daily life. While it may seem daunting that you have negative karma, you should not be disheartened because negative karma can be overcome by purifying it. What you said is right, you should be wary of creating more negative karma. In fact that is one of the main points a Buddhist lives by, which is not creating more negative karma. People often wonder why Buddhists take vows and precepts, this is actually to stop the accumulation of negative karma. For example a Buddhist takes the vow not to kill, this obviously stops the Buddhist from creating the negative karma of killing because they consciously remember that they should not kill in whatever situation they are in. So it is very good that are checking your actions to make sure that you do not add to the negative karma. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • September 28, 2017 13:18
    Nepal asked: I've noticed that in Nepal, Shugden and his retinue are forms of the worldly protector Za Rahula, or that's what the lamas and sadhanas say. Wouldn't that make Shugden dangerous or wouldn't that make Manjushri a worldly deity or one that is dangerous?
    pastor answered: Dear Nepal, Thank you for your question. Dorje Shugden is an emanation of Manjushri, that is what the high lamas and masters have taught and explained using Buddhist logic. Dorje Shugden as an enlightened being has been practiced by all major schools of Tibetan Buddhism, and was first practiced within the holy Sakya tradition. Similarly, Manjushri is an enlightened being. In fact all Tibetan Buddhist schools and Vajrayana traditions, including those in Nepal, say that Manjushri is an enlightened being, the Buddha of wisdom. Rahula on the other hand is a worldly deity who was bound by oath to protect Buddhism and Buddhism practitioners. You can read more about him here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dharma-protectors-of-tibetan-buddhism.html#tabs-1. All Tibetan Buddhist schools similarly agree to this point. Therefore to equate Dorje Shugden as a form of Za Rahula would logically mean that Manjushri is not a Buddha. This cannot be since hundreds of thousands of holy masters have relied on Manjushri and gained enlightenment through such beliefs and practices associated with Manjushri. Since from a logical perspective this cannot be the case, and Dorje Shugden is an emanation of Manjushri, it is safe to say that Dorje Shugden is not a form of Za Rahula. You can read more about Dorje Shugden, his history, lineage of practice and benefits here: http://www.dorjeshugden.org. I hope this helps. Thank you.
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