Homelessness in Malaysia

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A homeless elderly man named Cheong Kuan sleeps all alone in the busy streets of Kuala Lumpur.

A homeless elderly man named Cheong Kuan sleeps all alone in the busy streets of Kuala Lumpur.

Across the globe, homelessness affects people of all ages, color and creed, and both genders. It is near impossible for a country’s administration to ascertain the true number of homeless people in their country, for some people may find themselves literally out in the streets the next day.

The reasons for homelessness vary from riches to rags, domestic quarrels, being disowned by the family or running away from home to escape physical or sexual abuse. This includes older people being kicked out from their homes after they willed their property over to their next of kin, individuals being asked to leave home for continued substance abuse or for stealing from their family, or being cheated by so-called employment agencies or persons with the promise of lucrative job offers but left stranded after they arrived at their destination. These victims could have used up their life savings to pay for the agency’s fees or worse still, could have borrowed money for the fees and travelling expenses.

Kuala Lumpur is estimated to have about 2,000 homeless people in 2016 but the actual figure could be much higher.

In 2004/2005, the founder of Kechara, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, together with some friends started regularly distributing about 15 packets of food to the homeless in Kuala Lumpur. Those were the humble beginnings of Kechara Soup Kitchen (KSK) and its motto, ‘Hunger Knows No Barriers’, aptly describes the services it provides to the less fortunate.

Tsem Rinpoche knows how it is to be homeless. When he was a teenager growing up in America, he had experienced homelessness there. He left his foster parents’ home in New Jersey, and hitchhiked to Los Angeles, California. He had little money and had to resort to sleeping in parks and under bridges. Many times, he went without food for the day. As such, Rinpoche always says not to judge people or ask why they are homeless, but to offer them food, show them care and compassion. After all, they are people, just like us.

H.E. Tsem RInpoche with Kechara Soup Kitchen Committee

Rinpoche with Kechara Soup Kitchen’s committee

Today KSK serves an average of 12,000 sets of food in a month. Each set consists of vegetarian food, bottled water, biscuits and fruit.

Weekdays see the homeless queuing for their meals at KSK’s premises in downtown Kuala Lumpur. And while having their meals, they can have their laundry done and dried within the premises. KSK is very thankful to all its sponsors for the building, vans, food truck, food and monetary contributions. And also importantly, many thanks to the volunteers who turn out in the dozens each Saturday night to help distribute food to the clients’ doorsteps (which they call home). Their home could be the pavement, bus stops and terminals, beneath bridges or any place they can find a decent roof over their heads.

To become a volunteer, one has to be at least 18 years old and must attend an orientation briefing conducted by a KSK staff or volunteer team leader in KSK’s office premises. Visual aids like slides and videos are used to explain the dos and don’ts before going out into the streets for food distribution. Some of the homeless are sensitive to new faces and may take offence when new volunteers approach.

First time volunteers being briefed before hitting the streets for food distributing

First time volunteers being briefed before hitting the streets for food distribution

The homeless are used to living life on the streets and they value their freedom, preferring it to living in shelters and homes run by authorities or NGOs. They may mistake the volunteers as government officers out to nab them. Some homeless are drug addicts and may be very insistent when their demands are not met. There are also ageing prostitutes and it would not be ideal for new volunteers to interact with them during their first time on the streets. So, to ensure the safety of the volunteers, KSK staff request they wear KSK tshirts, proper footwear, no jewelry and expensive handbags, no giving of cash or other items apart from what is already prepared, and not to wander off alone while on the streets. New volunteers will be under the supervision of a seasoned volunteer or KSK staff.

In addition to serving food, KSK’s volunteer doctors provide free medical check ups, wound dressings, and non-prescription medication to the clients. Serious cases will be sent to the nearest hospital for further evaluation or admission. The team of doctors are selfless and are always available for the clients. KSK even had eyewear companies giving out glasses prescribed by their opticians.

Volunteer Doctors treat the homeless in our mobile clinic every weekend

Volunteer doctors treat the homeless in our mobile clinic every weekend

Other services provided by KSK and its volunteers are free haircuts, hand-me-down clothes, handbags, shoes, books, children’s toys and diapers, electrical and household items. Another area of service is to assist clients to replace their lost documents through application at relevant government departments. Job interviews are also arranged for clients willing to work. KSK also helps to reconnect some clients with their families.

Kechara Soup Kitchen volunteers talking to a client who woke up from his sleep

Kechara Soup Kitchen volunteers talking to a client who woke up from his sleep

The important next to-do on the KSK committee’s list as its medium-term goal is to expand on the existing food bank programme which runs on donated surplus food given by sponsors who own food businesses. This helps to reduce food wastage and benefits the needy. The donated food is also distributed among other NGOs who in turn hand them out to their clients. This ensures surplus food from sponsors does not go to waste. And because of this kind food sponsorship, KSK’s premises is bursting at its seams.

The long-term objective of KSK is to set up a nurture centre to arm the homeless and those below the poverty line with the necessary skills for them to secure jobs. The plan is to have basic infrastructure including clean water and electricity, classes cum workshops, a hostel and a canteen. The objective is not to give free handouts to the homeless but to reintroduce them back into society with their dignity intact.

Our Soup Kitchen provides free meals to the homeless everyday

Our soup kitchen provides free meals to the homeless everyday

KSK has a branch in Penang with committed volunteers serving the homeless, and a kind group of volunteers in Johor Bahru doing the same.

KSK’s committee members appeal to kind sponsors to generously donate in making our wish list a reality. For more details, please contact +603 2141 6046 or email [email protected].

 

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  1. CindyH on Jan 12, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Another indication of how KSK seeks to think for the benefit and from the perspective of those in need, (apart from the focusing on the small details like providing meals which can last longer for them) is how KSK always seeks to expand other services with the aim of, as much as possible, (i) integrating those on the streets back to society and (ii) preventing those at the verge poverty to be forced to the streets.
    Hence, we see services like medical aids, food banks, basic sanitary services eg haircut, facilities to wash their clothes, replacement of IC, even aid (time, money and effort) to locate and reunite some on the streets with their loved ones etc.

    Further, not only does KSK give immediate relief, KSK also focuses on the long-term welfare of those in need by creating avenues where they can sustain themselves long term, such as assistance to find jobs, teaching them skills such as sewing blankets or making rugs etc. Apparently, there are even plans for a proper job training centre in the pipeline.

    In addition, the expansion of KSK has resulted in the participation of more and more volunteers which also serve to spread awareness and also helps to clear up the misconceptions about homelessness and poverty.

    Thank you, Rinpoche and Pastor Henry for sharing this article and for the continuous great work with KSK.

  2. Lew on Jan 10, 2017 at 1:04 am

    One of the main thing I like about Kechara Soup Kitchen is her consistency in helping the homeless, and also her quick adaptation to work with other soup kitchens.

    Through my years of volunteering in KSK, I find that there are quite a number of other individuals who give out food on an occasional basis. I am not saying this is bad, but the lack of consistency can sometimes cause over supply of food to homeless and caused wastage. I feel those who wish to give out food on individual basis should work with KSK or start distributing food outside of KL so that there is no wastage.

    To counter over supply of food, KSK did adapt. KSK gave out food such as sandwiches or burger which can be kept longer, so that in case the homeless received hot food such as rice, they can keep the burger until morning without going bad. This is very thoughtful and practical.

    I wish KSK success with their food bank project, and their ultimate goal of setting up a job training centre to get even more people off the streets!

  3. wan wai meng on Jan 7, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    Homelessness is a social issue affecting many countries around the world, and a bit more common in developed and developing countries. It is a problem of urban societies and communities.

    What KSK does is to give ‘consistently’ and that is regardless of rain or shine, public holiday or otherwise. It is a form of supreme giving by the committees, volunteers of KSK. And they do this year on year without fail, without wanting or needing anything back from the people they are assisting, one exception could be KSK might want the KSK clients from now henceforth to take care of themselves better, and if there is an opening or chance to be better to also take that action to be a better person.

    Mostly we hear about successes and but I am sure KSK has it share of challenges and also times when things don’t turn out well, and KSK people they absorb that suffering and they still carry on their mission for their clients. This to me is the supreme form of giving.

  4. Stella Cheang on Jan 5, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    Homeless had been frowned upon in this and other countries because they are seen as parasites of the society, leading many to jump to their conclusion or pass judgement quickly. But thankfully, with the loving kindness of His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, the homeless are not neglected. Kechara Soup Kitchen was founded by His Eminence and established with the sole purpose to feed them and if possible, to re-home them too. Thank you to all the hard work by members of Kechara Soup Kitchen, 2000 homeless within Kuala Lumpur were fed and attended to in 2016 alone. Thank you very much Pastor Henry for this article and thank you Rinpoche for giving us a chance to help the less fortunate.

  5. Alice Tay on Dec 23, 2016 at 12:32 am

    About 11 years ago , the food distribution is started with about 15 packets of food to the homeless in Kuala Lumpur. Now, KSK serves an average of 12,000 sets of food in a month. This shows that they are more generous people to get involved in this good deeds. But on the other side, it showed more people are needed for help.

    For those are interested to be a volunteer, may consider to join KSK. It is opened for everyone but the volunteer has to be at least 18 years old and must attend an orientation briefing conducted by a KSK staff or volunteer team leader in KSK’s office premises. Besides, KSK also seeking for kind sponsors to generously donate in making KSK’s wish list a reality.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Henry sharing this and hope this will inspire more people become more generous in kind of monetary or dedicate their time and efforts to become a volunteer.

  6. Lin Mun on Dec 19, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    It is great effort done by KSK team. From a small team it has now grown so much to help those living in the street in so many ways. It is our responsible to help the needy as we are all human. Many of them live in the street not because the do not want or lazy to work but due to them being conned and stranded in the big city. It is heart wrenching to hear their stories.

    KSK not only provide basic help like food and water but also help get them job so they can be independent again. This is important to help them get out from this cycle.

    May there be more volunteers and financial support coming in consistently to KSK so they can reach out to many more.

  7. Pavara Lam on Dec 18, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    KSK is doing a fantastic job by helping the homeless people of Malaysia.
    The homeless people often find themselves on the streets due to, Lack of money, drug addiction, and mistreatment by family members, as such it is important for us to try and help these people up and hopefully get them back to society.

    I really hope that KSK will be able to keep up the good work and help benefit more homeless people in Malaysia.

  8. JP on Dec 4, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    All of us go through ups and downs throughout our life. Sometimes we just need a helping hand to pull us back up. This is what Kechara Soup Kitchen is about. Kechara’s community service arm is making waves to helping the homeless.

    We encourage people from all walks of life to experience what it’s like to extend some care and kindness to others who are at the lowest time of their life. You may realise how we take the most basic things for granted. Most of us in Malaysia are blessed with a roof over our head, a clean bed to sleep on, clean water to drink and having more than 1 meal a day. Our clients on the streets can only dream of it.

    May Kechara Soup Kitchen continue to provide hope to the destitute and inspire others to reach out to the less fortunate.

  9. Colin Tan on Dec 3, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    Whenever we mention about homeless, images that immediately come to our mind could be people walking on the street, smelly, dirty, hungry, obnoxious or drunk. We might not know the real reason behind why these homeless end up on the street. There are many factors leading to them taking to the streets for refuge, e.g. drug addiction, alcoholism, gambling, mentally illness, and jobless, abandoned by family, or runaway from home.

    We might think that they should be responsible for what they did to lead them to the street. In fact, they should. But we might not understand what kind of hardship or dark passage they had experienced in life. Hence we have no right to judge them. Many of the homeless are rejected by family & society, where they feel like a burden & feel hopeless in the world. It’s a big step for them to crawl out from the predicament and to regain their self-esteem to face the challenge in life again.
    There are small steps we can do for them, by exercising empathy, by remembering the humanity of each man or woman we see on the street, to treat them with dignity. Or we can take a bigger step to be a volunteer, or to donate to NGOs like KSK, to channel the proper help required, to eventually assist the homeless to find a job and to go back to family and society again.

  10. Samfoonheei on Nov 28, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    “Hunger Knows No Barrier”. Beautiful motto……the services it provides to the less fortunate,Well said..Kechara Soup Kitchen” (K.S.K) founded by our Guru Rinpoche to serves the homeless with foods as Rinpoche know well how it is like without food and shelter.Other services provided by KSK are free haircuts, free medical check ups, wound dressings and so forth.Its great to know more and more volunteers joining KSK to see for themselves and to serve the homeless.Hopefully more homeless will be taken off the streets with the help of KSK and more to benefit from KSK.
    Thank you Pastor Henry for sharing this article.

  11. shelly tai on Nov 28, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    Thank you Pastor Henry for sharing with us on KSK. KSK is really doing a good job for the homeless and urban poor family in Malaysia because this are the group of people who desperately need help and in most of the time our government has not enough man power to do all these welfare work for the needy so with KSK come along it will help to ease out a lot of problems that this homeless face and some of them are capable to work which KSK will help them to look for a job so that they live independently without the support from KSK, thats is really a very meaningful task.

  12. Uncle Eddie on Nov 28, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    As the saying goes,”Compassion knows no barriers.” It is in this spirit, that our compassionate Rinpoche is said to have use the community action arms of Kechara to organise and start off in 2004/2005, “Kechara Soup Kitchen” (K.S.K) Despite the early days of suffering of abuse, loneliness, Homeless, hunger, starvation and the experiences of sleeping alone desolately, on the streets during that time of his journey from New Jerseys to Los Angeles, yet, Rinpoche haboured absolutely no resentment nor sadness! Instead, using those suffering painful experiences, he has transformed those harrowing experiences of starvation and sleeping on the streets into one of incredible light and Happiness for others. Our Rinpoche has always put the needs of others before self! Through Kechara, Rinpoche will do whatever it takes to relieve the sufferings of others, and always will help to extend food to the homeless, the old, infirm, abused, orphans and the less fortunate! He has also taught and shown to us that the act of giving also develops within us the virtue of generosity, which is the direct antidote to miserliness and counter attachments, which is a source of suffering! A great many thanks to Pastor Henry Ooi, and his hard-working team for heading, carring and managing Kechara Soup Kitchen(KSK) in delivering food, medical aids and other needy services to the homeless and urban poor of Malaysia! Heartfelt appreciation should also be expressed to the kind-hearted sponsors and generous contributors as well, for all their merciful donations made in relieving the sufferings and hardships of the homeless poor and desolute! Om Mani Padme Hum.

  13. Fong on Nov 28, 2016 at 12:27 am

    KSK has been a boon not just in helping to stave off hunger for a night or a day. I’ve seen these volunteers give medical aid, help them replace documents like identity cards, help them get shelter at homes and most important of all, help them get a job and reintegrate into society.

    And, then there is the food bank where KSK helps the urban poor by helping with basic food items while they get back on their feet.

    KSK has been doing a good job of embodying the motto “Hunger Knows No Barrier”. There are also those whom KSK has helped and they themselves are now volunteers showing how much they appreciate what KS has done for them.

    Thank you, Pastor Henry for this sharing and for the great work of KSK.

  14. So Kin Hoe (KISG) on Nov 27, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    Thank you Pastor Henry for writing and sharing the article about homelessness in Malaysia. This article will definitely give the most truthful facts about being homeless and how we can help the homeless people on the streets. Usually, almost everyone will try to avoid or stay further away whenever there is any homeless people loitering around within the vicinity with the thought of these homeless people can just be treated as someone who is bad and they will commit all sorts of crime but in fact, they are not.

    As this article has clearly explained to us that there are many reasons why these people ended up in homeless condition without getting all the basic necessities. The homeless people do not want to sleep on the streets at night and they do not want to get hunger all the times without getting shower for days, weeks or months. They have no other choice due to many reasons such as being in deep depression, being unwanted by their own family members, having criminal records and not getting hired for a job and many more reasons which we may not even realize at this point of time.

    Since the homeless people are not criminal, they will not hurt us or do any harms onto us, they need our help in both physical and mental aspects. Kechara Soup Kitchen, which was founded by H.E. the 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, can provide all the guidelines and methods on how to approach and help the homeless people in Malaysia. By helping and lifting up the homeless people back into society with jobs or opportunities for them to survive on their own, we can create a caring and compassionate circle of life in our country.

    Thank you with folded hands,
    kin hoe

  15. Yee Mun (KISG) on Nov 27, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    Thank you Pastor Henry for your sharing on KSK.

    Every KSK client has their own stories how they become homeless. But their stories are not important, what is important is how we can help them. Feeding them food is the first step to help them to overcome their hunger and is also a way to gain trust from them so that KSK will be able to help them further. KSK has growed so much that from only feeding at the initial stage till now, they can provide other services such as free medical assistance to the homeless, reconnect back to their family, finding them a job & etc. The success of KSK is the join efforts of a great leadership, committed staff, volunteers and generous sponsors. May KSK have the necessary and continous support to help the homeless.

  16. Ron Wong on Nov 27, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    This is a very meaningful service that KSK is providing to the society especially to the homeless who are now receiving food, medical care & kindness which they have lost the moment they are out on the street.

    Like a beacon of light, KSK, the volunteers & sponsors radiate hope & joy to these unfortunate souls who could have disappear over time on the face of the society unnoticed by anyone.

    The idea of training & nurturing the homeless with the necessary skill & confidence for them to be out of the street & back on their own is very practical. It is beneficial to both the homeless & society as it helps to reduce the number of homeless & restore a sense of purpose to their lives. I believe KSK is a community service that not only bring hope & joy to the homeless but also the people serving the homeless.

    Thank you Pastor Henry for sharing this meaningful life experience.

  17. Pastor David Lai on Nov 27, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    Thank you Pastor Henry for this informative article about the reality of homelessness in Malaysia and the relief work that Kechara Soup Kitchen does and especially the exposure that KSK brings to urban poverty in Malaysia. There are those that criticize such work by saying that it encourages homelessness and the urban poor to rely on handouts. But these are empty talk because apathy is not a solution to the urban problem of homelessness and the urban poor. I think some of the programs run by KSK is incredible like the food bank and the attempts to introduce jobs and get them off the streets. Such great work by Pastor Henry and his team at Kechara Soup Kitchen.

  18. TekLee on Nov 27, 2016 at 1:42 am

    Thank you Pastor Henry for sharing this article. It takes a very big courage to be homeless also. I actually ever thought of doing it one night, experience what the clients experience sleeping on the street. But, in the end, I gave up this thought. It really takes a very big courage to sleep on the street. Can we imagine, most of them have no choice but to end up sleeping on the street? And, it’s not only for one or two nights, but for don’t know how long? We in Kechara Soup Kitchen have only one hope, to assist as many clients as possible, and to get as many clients as possible to be off the street and get shelter. With this, we really need to thanks to those sponsors who sponsor the building, food, truck, van, monitory assistance, and all the things we have for the clients. It is indeed not easy to help them off the streets and to help reduce the number of clients, but we will do our best in this. For as long as space remains, for as long as sentient beings remain, until then may I too remain, to dispel the miseries of he world. _/\_

  19. Lum Kok Luen on Nov 26, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    Thank you so much Pastor Henry for sharing the many wonderful Dharma teachings of HE 25th Tsem Rinpoche, in particular about Kechara Soup Kitchen.
    It is indeed a big challenge to run KSK in its entirety and with the growing list of volunteers (full and part time), the noble deeds of KSK has certainly reached a wide segment of Malaysian and overseas society.

    Lastly, this is another teaching (in real life) of Compassion In Action, aka, CIA.

    Humbly yours,
    Lum Kok Luen

  20. Vivian Ong on Nov 26, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    Thank you Pastor Henry for highlighting this article. Homelessness is not a choice. These homeless people end up on the streets due to the many reasons from being chased out from home, drug addicts, being cheated by employer, etc. KSK do need a lot of volunteers to help in the food distribution, send foodbank groceries to the poor and urban families, food preparation and also admin works. KSK is grateful to have the ever supportive sponsors donating food items and also cash donations.

    With folded palms,
    Vivian

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  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 05:27 PM
    We are no strangers to the creatures called Werewolves. They are often depicted as the Jekyll-and-Hyde-like monsters in movies who are unable to control their animal instincts when they shift from human form to a wolf-like creature, usually during the full moon. Together with the Vampires who can transform into bats, are my childhood imagery villains, who triggered my curiosity on mythical creatures during younger days. They still do, lol.

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

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

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

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this heartwarming article.

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

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

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

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/twenty-four-holy-places-eight-great-charnel-grounds.html
  • Jason
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 03:07 AM
    This year Wesak Day fall on 10 of May. This day is very special and meaningful to me because I will visit Kechara Forest Retreat(KFR) to join some meritorious event there.
    For me, Wesak is a day to commemorate Buddha Sakyamuni in three aspect( Birth , Enlightened, Nirwana).
    While we celebrate Wesak, we must remind ourselves to learn from Buddha teachings and practice it in order to gain attainment.
    Thanks Rinpoche and Pastor Seng Piow for sharing in order to create more understanding on Wesak Day.

    Jason

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

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

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

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

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

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-12.html

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