Tour at KFR!

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Dear friends, 

A lot of work have been going on at Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR) for the past 2 weeks. I have been staying on site and directly overseeing the expansion of our temporary abode, Kechara Village, our main temple and Ladrang. A lot of land clearing is being done on a daily basis, so that we view the landscape better and start building works.

Yesterday, the Liaison Council together with invited guests and Ladrang staff visited the land to view the progress of the work being done. There were more than 70 visitors! There were a few people who flew in from all over the world who came on the tour… from Bulgaria, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Nepal and England!

Liaison JP Thong was the tour guide of the day leading the group to view the various parts of the land where we will be building on. JP gave a clear and detailed explanation to the group on our building and expansion plans. JP has been staying on the land and is on site 80% of the time to oversee the expansion of the current premises and the building of Kechara Village. He is also there on a daily basis to meet the contractors and to help out in any way required. 

The group was shown the proposed sites for the main temple called the Shakyamuni World Peace Hall. This hall will be able to accommodate 3000 people. The group were also shown the proposed site for our restaurant, gift shops, 2 new roads, the Ladrang, Kechara Village and expansion of the current premises. A huge parking lot will also be made available to accommodate many cars and buses. 

After visiting those sites, everyone made their way to the temporary abode for some delicious Kechara Oasis food! While the guests were eating, JP brought a few people at a time on a tour of the cabin area where I reside with my assistants. We have erected tents to accommodate more people as the current area is not sufficient for the work we do. Do take a look at the pictures below!

After dinner, I met up with everyone to share with them the exciting plans that we have on the land. I was very happy to meet everyone especially all of my foreign friends who flew to Malaysia to be with us. I also shared with everyone that we will have an organic farm on the land very soon. I would very much like to plant our own vegetables. I will invite students and friends to come destress by growing their own vegetables, plucking them, washing them and cooking them on their own. Rejuvenate the body with healthy organic food. 

With all if the work going on, we will need a lot of help on a daily basis. Those who wish to help out, please contact Su Ming. She is very good in coordinating. Su Ming and the Ladrang arranged all the logistics yesterday for me to meet everyone comfortably. 

She is contactable through (e) [email protected] (hp) +6012 291 1178, or you can contact my office at: [email protected]

Tsem Rinpoche

 

 

Everyone gathering at the entrance… looking good in their yellow boots!

 

 

All prepared to climb some hills!

 

 

Our Bulgarian guest, Diane Suter

 

 

An excavator in action at the entrance of the land

 

 

 

JP looking very stylish with his rubber boots and umbrella hanging from his pouch

 

 

Everyone was paying full attention to JP’s explanation

 

 

Beautiful Kecharians and friends: (l-r) Wah Ying, Dr Lanse, Kwok Wai, Irene Lim, Mr Cheok Hong Guan, Ron Wong, Antoinette Kass and Diane Suter.

 

 

Dato’ Ruby was very happy to be at KFR!

 

 

Next destination: Ladrang site!

 

 

Look at all the happy faces!

 

 

JP giving more explanations as the group walked further into the land

 

 

The road leading to the current cabin area (temporary abode), Ladrang site and Kechara Village

 

 

 

Albert carried around the portable speaker so that JP’s voice could be heard!

 

 

Everyone taking down notes so that they can explain to others

 

 

The road leading up to the proposed Ladrang site

 

 

Everyone walking up the hill.

 

 

The proposed Ladrang site is up on a hill to the right. The contractors have cleared the land, the road will be built next.

 

 

JP showing everyone around the Ladrang site. 

 

 

 

Look at the beautiful view at the back! It is an almost 360 view of green forestry.

 

 

 

The front view on top of the Ladrang site. To the left is the temporary abode…

 

 

Walking on the land at the back of the current cabin area (temporary abode). More work is being done to expand the area. Robert (left) flew in from Hong Kong just to join in the tour. He is the landscape architect for the KFR project. I was very happy to see him there that day.

 

 

JP briefing everyone before entering the Kechara Village site…

 

 

The Kechara Village site is very beautiful with lots of greenery around. It is very well shaded.

 

 

(l-r) Moh Mei, Pastor Susan and Mr Loo helping to set up a fire place. The smoke helps to prevent insects and mosquitoes from entering the cabin area.

 

 

JP showing everyone the tent area set up for the Ladrang staff and volunteers.

 

 

We need more space!! The people assisting in the Kechara Forest Retreat are all staying in tents at this time on the land. They are determined to get this place up.

 

 

Beautiful Fasting Buddha statue sits behind Shakyamuni Buddha. In front of Shakyamuni is Vajrapani and Tsongkhapa.

 

 

(l-r) Beng Kooi, Nadia, Susanna (who came in from Singapore) and Diane.

 

 

I shared with everyone gifts that I got from a monk friend of mine… it included a Pabongka Rinpoche statue, Vajrayogini text and a crystal stupa representing Body, Speech and Mind. I found it a very auspicious sign as I had mentioned that we needed to build a 8ft Pabongka statue at KFR… and the very next day, I was presented with a Pabongka Rinpoche statue…

 

 

I showed everyone the Pabongka Rinpoche statue that was offered to me… 

 

 

 I gave away our new book to a few people. It’s called “Miracles”… my personal attendant, Pastor Loh Seng Piow, conceptualize the idea to turn a few real stories into comics

 

 

I was happy to see Tuan Wong there that day.

 

 

Giving Robert a Kechara Village layout illustration.

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  1. Tong sunsun on Dec 23, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    回看这些照片是kfr 当初最早期的时候, 那时的禅修林还是一片泥泞,车只能停在大门口,大家必须步行进入,下雨还会不时跌进泥泞。现在的禅修林设备先进,舒适,一砖一瓦都齐全。心里实在感恩我们现在舒服就是前人的努力。谢谢。

  2. jerry_sito on Dec 23, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    感恩仁波切的分享与教诲

    回首看回这个帖子,心中无比感慨,一份难以言语的动容充满着整个心中

    在慈爱与尊贵的仁波切无限的祝福与加持下,克切拉禅修林从一片荒山野岭,到一瓦一砖地,发展到现在宏伟庄严的建筑

    尊贵的上师,不但不辞劳苦地亲身地参与整个过程,也让我们有机会参与在其中学习,并累积功德,并学习把佛法实践在我们的生活当中

    一瓦一砖,一步一脚印的,一切来的不易,但是一切都是为了弘扬与延续佛法,为的是造福一切众生,我们珍惜与感恩我们的上师与所有给予支持的朋友

    祈愿克切拉禅修林,无限的扩展下去,一切工程顺利,法喜充满

    感恩尊贵的仁波切,祈愿您长驻在世,常转法轮

  3. Li Kheng on Aug 27, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Seeing these past images of Kechara Forest Retreat is amazing. Although i instinctively refer to them as old photos, these images were taken less than a year ago. Actually, many people…including professionals are surprised by what was accomplished in Kechara Forest Retreat in the past 10 months. I see this as the result of having faith in Rinpoche and Rinpoche’s advise.

    I strongly prompt readers to check out the latest on Kechara Forest Retreat here http://retreat.kechara.com/

  4. tenzinkhenchen on May 28, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    I rejoice for all those who visited Kechara Forest Retreat, especially those who have travelled so far just to meet Rinpoche and KFR and receive the teachings. JP is an extremely talented and hardworking individual and I admire the fact that he has so much guru devotion and that he took ownership for building Kechara Forest Retreat. AMAZING!

  5. Martin on Nov 29, 2012 at 3:11 am

    Since the Tour conducted by JP, so much more developments have taken place in a relatively short space of time. Amongst these, a proper cement road is now being built, a lot more living cabins and toilet/shower cabins have been set up to accomodate the swelling number of Kecharians working there, Ajai the caretaker now has a nice home behind the butter lamp house, the tent city has moved to larger premises and given way for developments at The Enchanted Forest where Rinpoche’s Ladrang will be, and soon there will be proper and adequate electricity and water supply. And every day more and more beautiful plants are showing up courtesy of the “Green Team”. There is even a small aviary on the site now.

    The driving force behind this is Rinpoche who is not only manifesting KFR before our eyes but in the process have also galvanized the varied strengths of Kecharians and harnessed so many members and friends into a virtuous cause.

    For many of us, KFR offers probably the highest opportunity to collect merits in our lifetime.

  6. ERIC LEE KHJB on Nov 12, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    KFR对我而言简直就是人间天堂,能够让现代人忙碌的生活,可以有个休息站,可以让我们能停下脚步,去思考自己真正想要的是什么?同时,也能让我们的身,心,灵得到成长,谢谢仁波切的用心,让这平凡的人间也有天堂。

  7. Jessica Yap on Nov 7, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Thank you JP, Su Ming, and everyone else who’re involved in this wonderful project. I can’t wait to help out this coming Friday at KFR! Lots of progress has been made since Day 1. So excited to help out and be a part of this legend which will benefit not only us humans but to all sentient beings too! How kind of Rinpoche. 🙂

    Will definitely get my friends and family involved! hehe, see you guys there!

    Thank you Rinpoche for everything!

  8. cheryl bush on Nov 7, 2012 at 3:54 am

    I gaze in wonder at this most beautiful of scenes, wondering how many have had this same dream of *Kechara* _()_now seeing it born on *Ladrang Hill*_()_where, ‘Lakes and pools adorned with lotuses, and the beautiful call of wild geese; everything that is unowned throughout all worlds as extensive as space_()_and, ‘when shall i withdraw into the forest and live among the trees with birds and deer who say nothing unpleasant, but are a joy to live with?’OM MANI PADME HUM…….

  9. lucy yap on Nov 6, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Kechara Forest Retreat,a place where countless visitors will be beneficial.We are really fortunate to be given this opportunity to volunteer in this meritorious,holy land.
    With Rinpoche’s blessings and guidance,KFR will manifest swiftly.

  10. Uncle Eddie on Nov 6, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    This is what will really change our Life! Like what Rinpoche said, “With this Chamang Headquarters, it gives me something exciting to wake up to. To know what it is for…….. the purpose, the goal and the Liberation, the benefits and the lasting results make me want to be alive to do this.” Therefore, let us one and all, Kecharians, friends, dharma brothers and sisters, and well-wishers, truly get together to get this done, so as to give back to society! As our Guru has further stressed, “buiding a Headquarter for our Dharma Lineage is rejuvenating and has a purpose. Anything else pales, nest to this.”

  11. grace (KHJB) on Nov 5, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche for the Sharing and update, woow… KFR is changing a lot, so great that Kechara Village is in progressing..looking forward to visit KFR again.

  12. mitra on Nov 4, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Rejoice for all visitors to KFR, especially those from Bulgaria,I am excited to see the plan and progress at KFR.I am really glad to see everybody is working hard for this project as it will bring benefits to others for generations.

  13. June Tang(KHJB) on Nov 3, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing all the updates and nice pictures. I am very excited to see all the progress of KFR ^_^ Thank you Rinpoche ,JP,KFR team and everyone whom are make effort on this project.I will sharing this good news to Jb member ans friends,hope that can bring more people to participate in this project !!
    Wish KFR project can complete swiftly !!

  14. Wan Wai Meng on Nov 3, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Rinpoche is ever so kind to share with us his visions and plans. And we do need information so that we can share about KFR to other people. And KFR does need many people’s contribution to get it up. As many people gets involved the greater the benefit KFR will be and impact to the world. Kechara is getting more and more international and prominent visitors.

  15. Low ksjc on Nov 3, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche,for being so compassionate to present there at KFR to conceptualize and to hasten the development of the project.We are sure every inch of the land there had been blessed by your presence there.
    I have been there in the past but WOW ! so much had been done since then.We can not deny that JP have put in a lot of effort for the development of KFR. thank you JP.
    May the KFR be completed soon to benefit and bless those who set foot on the land there !

  16. Lim Han Nee on Nov 2, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    It is exciting to watch the fast pace progress in the building of Kechara Village and KFR. It’s a day-to -day transformation of forest land into a lovely place of retreat. Everyday, as we receive updates , we see how the whole of Kechara is getting involved to shape the vision, and Rinpoche is there in the center of it all, hands on , and inspiring everyone .

    Thank you Rinpoche.

  17. Adrian Cho on Nov 2, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Rejoice for everyone that visited KFR. It is very excited, that KFR will gonna finish build up coming soon 🙂 KFR definitely is a very beautiful place. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this post and all the nice pictures.

  18. Davin on Nov 1, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Wow.. what a wonderful journey to KFR. Rejoice for all of the visitors. I am really glad to see everybody is working hard for KFR to manifest and this will bring benefits to many others.

  19. AdelineTan on Nov 1, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    It is very exciting to see the work in KFR is progressing well and fast since i last visited there with the Melaka sturdy group to offer butter lamps about 4 months ago,and i am looking forward to visit KFR again this Saturday to do some work there.

  20. tenzin llhamo on Nov 1, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    It was a fun day! I had so much fun there with other Kecharians. JP did an excellent job explaining about the development in KFR. The last time I went there, I had to stand outside looking in. This time, everything changed and the progress was amazing! And everyday we get updates and pictures on this blog. Isn’t it wonderful! Even though we are not there, we can see and be in the know. Thank you everyone who did so much… Keep up the good ‘work’! Can’t wait to be there and help!

  21. Han on Nov 1, 2012 at 12:15 am

    Its amazing to see so much progress in KFR In such a short period, like Beng Kooi said
    “the moment Rinpoche stepped into his cabin at KFR, a buzz of activity followed. What you see in the picture above is merely the tip of the iceberg that is works in progress at KFR.”

    After visits KFR, its time to get together to volunteer, working towards this wonderful project. Its time to come out from our comfort zone and get our hands dirty.

    Thank you Rinpoche, KFR team & Ladrang team speed up the manifestation of Kechara Forest Retreat!

  22. Janice Kwok on Oct 31, 2012 at 8:25 am

    A privilege to see Pabongka Rinpoche statue and the auspicious signs manifesting everywhere is heartwarming. Thank you Rinpoche for taking the lead, directing the plans and what needs to be done. A place where everyone can call home when the first phase is completed.

  23. Sheryl KH (JB) on Oct 31, 2012 at 12:01 am

    Rinpoche has gone through much hardship and so when he said that the current condition in KFR land is very inconvenient I have no doubt about it. Nevetheless, Rinpoche kindly stays there to ensure that the work will move on fast and accurately.

    Rinpoche has only one wish that is to bring up KFR quick, so that more people can benefit from it.

    With the energy that Rinpoche brings to KFR land and the dedication of all participants, KFR will manifest surely. We just need to devote ourselves into this project so that it can manifest swiftly. And with this, Rinpoche’s wish will be fulfilled.

  24. Seng Aun on Oct 30, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    What a glorious sight! So many people coming together for a historic purpose, the manifestation of Kechara Forest Retreat and Kechara Village. A holistic retreat for spiritual practitioners and a place where people can find peace and seek blessings from the Buddhas.

    A big thank you and huge applause to Rinpoche and those who work so tirelessly towards the development of this wonderful project.

  25. deborah on Oct 30, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    The progress and growth at KFR is remarkable, better than a number of commercial developments. Well done to everyone who chipped in.

  26. patsy on Oct 30, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Since that day until now, there has been much more work done and so much progress as we can see daily from the photos updated frequently. KFR will benefit many and we should put all our effort to help towards this project, may it be raising funds or volunteering. It will be tremendous benefits for us to collect merits and be a part of KFR

  27. Alan Chan ( KHJB ) on Oct 30, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    I am very exciting to see the progress of KFR. Thank you Tsem Rinpoche leading all the way to manifest of KFR , Thank you all of kecharians effort , it will really very benefited to many people once it is up.

  28. Cynthia Ng on Oct 30, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Thank you JP and team put in effort and make sure volunteers and staffs understand whole KFR development and this make everyone more cleared and I can see everyone was very HAPPY!

    Is very fortunate to see the precious Pabongka Rinpoche statue, Vajrayogini text and a crystal stupa. I am very grateful that i have the chances contribute my little effort towards KFR project.

    Rejoice for everyone especially guests from oversea.

    Wish KFR manifest swiftly!

  29. judy lam on Oct 30, 2012 at 7:49 am

    The hard work, commitment, dedication and every detail that goes into the construction of KFR are shown on the faces of these people in the photographs. With Rinpoche’s blessings and the hard work of Kecharians, may KFR be a landmark that Kecharians are proud of and make an impact on the Malaysia map!

  30. Albert Ratchaga on Oct 30, 2012 at 2:16 am

    This is really a wonderful trip, JP explains and bring us walk through the whole area to tell us what is the planning next. Kechara Village has decided to move to the KFR Land from the initial place, and guess what? Rinpoche said KFR is the place for others, so he only wanted cabins in KV will be good enough, Rinpoche never wanted anything luxury for himself but he said the Gompa must be very beautifully done because it is for others. He want the public to have a comfortable place to pray and meditate.

  31. Darren Kechara Paradise on Oct 30, 2012 at 1:53 am

    Am happy to see the KFR pictures, everything is going very fast. May the works in KFR manifest swiftly. OM Tare Tuttare Ture Soha

  32. Jessica Yap on Oct 29, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    How beautiful KFR land is! I love how the green surrounds the entire area. Can’t wait for KFR to be completed and spend my weekends/holidays there doing retreats or attending meditation classes. Whatever it is, I’m certain that I want to be part of it! And i will make sure my family and friends would be there by helping them to create a cause for them.

    Without Rinpoche, all these wouldn’t be possible. Thank you very, very much, Rinpoche. Your compassion leaves me speechless as always.

  33. Pastor Chia on Oct 29, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    Our KFR tour is fun and exciting by listening Liaison JP Thong explaining to us. Many great plan has been though out at KFR land. The most important is new ladrang will be build at the hill surrounding by a lot of tree.

    For pass 2 week, many progress after the earthwork started. Rinpoche, KFR team and ladrang team working very hard oversee the progress and update all the picture at the blog.

    Building KFR need a lot of volunteer work to plan the grass and flower, copping wood to burn to repel the insert and mosquito. I was manage stayed over night after the tour and volunteer to help for the next day. It is great experience volunteering at KFR. Join us fast! Don’t me left out.

  34. Mei Fong on Oct 29, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    I am super duper happy with all the progress on KFR up until now.
    The first time when i was there till this very blog post with an overall picture of the place looks superbly different. Certain parts are not even recognizable anymore compared to what it was previously.
    I thank all who have put in so much help and effort to get this place up and going. May this place continue to grow and be up for the benefits of many.

  35. janice Kwok on Oct 29, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    I am happy and excited to see development in KFR since my last visit. Even much more humbling and inspiring is Rinpoche staying there and directing the work that needs to be done. To know the Buddhas are blessing the development of this project is inspiring for all of us, from the fact that it didnt rain as hard as in the city is a testament to this.

  36. KYC on Oct 29, 2012 at 5:33 am

    From the pictures, it can be seen that a lot of progress has been made to clear the land for building and landscaping. I’m looking forward to the exciting activities that will be organised there, like meditation, teachings, and pujas complete with long horns etc. Meanwhile, we have to work very hard to raise funds and help with the development of this great project which will bring benefits to many people.

  37. wei theng on Oct 29, 2012 at 3:00 am

    It’s exciting to see the progress of KFR. With the showing of so many auspicious signs, we should work harder to get it up ASAP as it will really very benefited to many people once it is up.
    Thanks KIM for recording the video that people who are not around that day also can learn about the plan, the new development and the teachings.

  38. Angelshooi on Oct 29, 2012 at 1:29 am

    Thank You Rinpoche, JP and Tsem ladrang for arranging the tour to KFR. JP has done a good job, explained very well about the future development of KV and KFR.

    It was a wonderful trip, and get together with our Kecharians and visitors.

    • Bk on Oct 29, 2012 at 2:07 am

      It is said that wherever the Lama goes, that’s where the Ladrang is. And sure enough, the moment Rinpoche stepped into his cabin at KFR, a buzz of activity followed. What you see in the picture above is merely the tip of the iceberg that is works in progress at KFR.

      In just the past 2 days, much gardening and planting has taken place, and a large group of students enthusiastically started building the concrete foundation of our caretaker’s new home.

      However, back to the topic – during the tour, what really stuck out for most of the crowd were the auspicious signs that have been happening ever since we found the land that was to be KFR. From a dream of the exact landscape when rinpoche was a child, to auspicious drizzles of rain, to a postcard of the exact landscape from an unknown Mongolian monk at Losar, to birds appear etc, the coincidences that have been happening are all traditional Tibetan signs of something very special that will happen at KFR.

      Do raise your hands to volunteer at KFR while there is still opportunity. The merits you will collect are unimaginable.

  39. Adrian Chow on Oct 29, 2012 at 1:17 am

    I can’t thank you enough Tsem Rinpoche to be there personally supervising the progress. It is very exciting to see KFR are slowly coming into place, although there are a lot more work to be done but at least it is moving bit by bit. And also thank you JP for taking ownership of this project which will benefit a lot more people in the near future.

    Thank you Rinpoche again and all the volunteers so far. We are very fortunate to have you as our Guru.

  40. Cynthia Lee on Oct 29, 2012 at 1:15 am

    It was surprising to see so much work was done on the KFR land in such a short period of time. It was raining for the past few days, but that day was perfect for the tour with no rain, no sun and best of all no mosquitos! The day ended with Rinpoche sharing the plans of KFR and the story of Findhorn Foundation. What is really interesting was the story Rinpoche told about the benefits of breathing and walking meditation. I look forward to doing this in KFR in future. It will help us look deep into ourselves very much.

  41. Erickksiow on Oct 28, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    Rejoice for all visitors to KFR, Thank You to Rinpoche for giving a good chances to everyone of us. ( Including to Build KFR ), Much appreciate Rinpoche care of us in this lifetime and future future lifetime.

    with fold hands : Erickksiow

  42. Helena Chin on Oct 28, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    It was an awesome trip to KFR and seeing the land are being flatten and cleared for KFR project. JP was being a great host for explaining to us about the project and tour us around KFR. I rally can’t wait to see KFR manifest 🙂 it will benefit so many and I’m sure lots of Rinpoche’s overseas students and friends will visit KFR and do their retreat here 🙂
    I am very excited about the meditations that Rinpoche had mentioned about that night, KFR will have the breathing meditation, sitting meditation, and many more….hehe.
    Love to see there are more and more volunteers helping and those happy face.

  43. Sharon Saw on Oct 28, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Thank you to the Tsem ladrang staff for organising the tour. After walking around the site, it is easier to envision what will be built where, though since the tour, the plans have been refined and in future, i am sure they will continue to be refined.. Rinpoche is very passionate and hands on in KFR but KFR is not for Rinpoche but for all those who will gain merits in contributing effort and funds towards this project, and for all those who will benefit from this sanctuary in future. We are very fortunate to be part of this historic development, thank you Rinpoche!

  44. sweekeong on Oct 28, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and JP for taking the time to explain and update us all on Kechara Forest Retreat and Kechara Village. To build this place we need people who are passionate about this project, explain to the public, to spend time doing work and willing to put up with inconveniences in order to make progress. This place will become a place for people destress in future.

  45. adeline woon on Oct 28, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Rinpoche has shown so much love and care by explaining clearly what the plans are for KFR. It is indeed very exciting for Malaysia to have our very own Findhorn! Living in the nature, with the nature is the nature of our lives. Don’t wait until it is built and enjoy the facilities, because you might not have the chance to. Come join in and be part of this wonderful project!

  46. Jace Chong on Oct 28, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    What a wonderful tour led by JP and Rinpoche’s explanation to the expansion of KFR adds to the excitement!

    I am really glad to see everybody is working hard for this project as it will bring benefits to others for generations.

    Kechara is spreading the positive energy out from city to jungle, bring people back to the basic, and find the inner peace. I really like the idea of a place away from the hustle and bustle.

    We must work extra extra hard, to get this up!

  47. May Ong on Oct 28, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Rinpoche shared his vision and plans of Kechara Village on KFR land in this video. I like the part when he said there will be monks to teach us how to do the traditional ‘long horn’ in KFR that will sound like elephants in the jungle, even if we don’t have them there (yet).

    And this is the link (http://www.findhorn.org/aboutus/ecovillage/education/#.UIzuKNeGU3I) to the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland, of which Rinpoche has plans for in K. Village. This is so exciting to be able to spend a weekend in KFR to learn and share with friends and family members.

  48. Henry Ooi on Oct 28, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Since that day of the KFR land tour, more works have been done and many more will be going on as Kechara Village needs to be up and about ASAP before the torrential monsoon season starts in November.

  49. DR on Oct 28, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    There has been alot of progress work done on KFR since. Photo updates are put up almost hourly by those at KFR, updating everyone of the progress so that we are kept abreast. Don’t forget to scroll all the way down of this page to KECHARA FOREST RETREAT PROGRESS UPDATES. See for yourself! Or better still, see you at KFR!

  50. Irene on Oct 28, 2012 at 8:55 am

    I am excited to see the plan and progress at KFR. It was a fantastic tour of KFR and an important evening with Rinpoche. Surely a day to remember forever.

    • Pastor Susan on Nov 2, 2012 at 7:37 pm

      Yes it was very exciting to see the progress and plans on KFR. The plans are still evolving and the hard working team sure is doing a fantastic job. Thank you Irene for providing food daily for all the people in KFR. it’s really a great help and contribution to KFR’s project.

  51. Lester on Oct 28, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Very impressive, very inspiring. Malaysians are indeed fortunate to have the retreat site on their land. My homage to the Rinpoche, JP and every single worker for the project!

  52. Lim (KH JB) on Oct 28, 2012 at 7:24 am

    Rejoice for all visitors to KFR, especially those from Bulgaria, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Nepal and England! Thanks JP that take ownership to help Rinpoche to built and committed 80% of his time will be in the forest.

    I bow down with fold hands to Rinpoche that lead a example to living in forest and to make sure the things all done in KFR. We will make our efforts as in your instructions in video as much possible to let KFR manifest as soon possible. Thanks Rinpoche for the advises for us in video.

    • Lim (KH JB) on Oct 28, 2012 at 7:27 am

      ** Thanks JP that take ownership to help Rinpoche to built Kechara Village and committed 80% of his time will be in the forest.

    • lewkwanleng on Oct 29, 2012 at 11:32 pm

      Lim, I think JP already committed 100% of the time there 🙂 I have been going to KFR quite frequently lately and things are really progressing fast, thanks to the Lama who dedicated so much to the Dharma. As a student, I need to work extra hard too.

      I know JB is quite far, but I hope to see a HUGE group of people from JB to participate in this very special projects more often. As Rinpoche said , we need a lot of resources (talents, money, etc) to get KFR up, and Rinpoche keep saying, KFR is for all of us!!

      And when you are in KFR, don’t forget to take a lot of pictures 🙂

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  • Jason
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 03:07 AM
    This year Wesak Day fall on 10 of May. This day is very special and meaningful to me because I will visit Kechara Forest Retreat(KFR) to join some meritorious event there.
    For me, Wesak is a day to commemorate Buddha Sakyamuni in three aspect( Birth , Enlightened, Nirwana).
    While we celebrate Wesak, we must remind ourselves to learn from Buddha teachings and practice it in order to gain attainment.
    Thanks Rinpoche and Pastor Seng Piow for sharing in order to create more understanding on Wesak Day.

    Jason

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

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

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

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

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

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-12.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 04:30 PM
    Miracles do happen,when we have faith and trust in our Guru.What is important is to follow Rinpoche’s advice and do as instructed by our Guru to clear the osbtacles all the way.Angie and Herry were so fortunate to have meet Rinpoche.Its because of Rinpoche ‘s compassion and caring for his student Angie’s life was saved.Infact Rinpoche has helped many people through his intervention, advice and instructions.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing miracles stories which i enjoyed reading.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-2.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 02:45 PM
    WOW….interesting a miracles true story. Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing.Reciting mantras by family members and doing 20 pujas done at the monastery to help the baby. These proved that pujas, which have been done for hundreds of years in the monasteries are very powerful methods for us to overcome difficulties, create huge amounts of merit and for protection, good health and long life.This show us how powerful pujas can help us when we have trust and faith in our Guru.And with Rinpoche divination,the baby was born and now a healthy boy.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-1-2.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 12:47 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these powerful teachings.Its a privilege
    to do Dharma work to benefits other,do it with motivation and a good attitude when engaging ourselves It will be guide line for me.When we serve others to do Dharma work together at Kechara Forest Retreat ,we will improve ourself , purify our negative karma and to benefit others too.I will be sponsoring to the healings bricks soon and i will cherish every moment in supporting KFR.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/dharma-work-attitude-tdl.html
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 11:06 AM
    Bigfoot is just another beings living in this world although not commonly seen and live in the deep jungle in high mountains. There were many evidences that people from many parts of the world sighted this beings. Whatever shape they are I think importantly we are all sharing this world and therefore need to have mutual respect and not intervene each others.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/its-in-the-scriptures-they-exist.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 04:26 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline sharing this interesting post about Bodhidharma, a great master favoured meditation and introduced the Lankavatara Sutra to Chinese Buddhism.

    Here are a few points I have learned from this post:
    1. Bodhidharma had strong imprints of Dharma from the past and therefore he is interested in Buddha’s teachings and show his great wisdom. at a very young age.
    2. His strong guru devotion and determination in learning and spreading the dharma based on meditation though he confronted with difficulties such as Emperor Wu Di was not impressed by his teachings, being ostracized and rejected and lived as a beggar for many months. Notwithstanding, he continued and never give up to practice meditation in complete silence for nine years in cave wall when he was not accepted by Shaolin Monastery at the beginning .
    3. When Bodhidharma was allowed enter to the monastery, he had put a lot of efforts to help the monks in improving their physical body as well as their mind through the meditation. Then, Bodhidharma continued to develop a system of 18 dynamic tension exercises which were printed as Yi Gin Ching (Changing Muscle/Tendon Classic) in 550 CE. It is known as the Luohan (arhat) 18 Hand Movements today which serves as the basis of both Chinese Temple Boxing and the Shaolin Martial Arts.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/bodhidharma-the-founder-of-gongfu.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 04:10 PM
    Thank you, Grace, for sharing with us the many tips on how to care for and maintain our hair. Personal grooming is important because when we care for our appearance, we are respecting the people who have to deal with us. Caring for our hair, making sure that it is neat and clean should be something we need to take care of since young as it is part of personal grooming. The key is not to be attached to our body and outer-images, that results in spending much time and resources just to make ourselves look good.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/how-much-do-you-know-about-hair.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 03:00 PM
    Thank you for sharing these wonderful and significant photos showed that Kechara Pastors’ tireless efforts to bring dharma to many others and do the blessings whenever is necessary.

    Basically, the pastorship role was conceptualized by our precious guru, H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, to preserve the Dharma and to give laypeople an opportunity to commit to benefiting others. Kechara Pastors are fully dedicated and selflessly serving others especially in spiritual growth and therefore this is good for us to support the Pastors so that they can focus and spend more of their time and effort to serve others and most importantly Buddhist teachings can be spread and shared to many others. The supports to Pastors including food, lodging, transportation, items necessary for their work, such as ritual items or spiritual gifts for those in need and many others. (If you are interested to know more about Kechara Pastors, please have a good read at http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/support-the-kechara-pastors.html)

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/10-amazing-house-blessings-by-kechara-pastors.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 02:13 PM
    Its such a great blessing for all of us to hear the holy voice recordings of H.H Kyabje Zong Rinpoche a great master..His profound teachings ,got to take seroiusly,more as an important advice on Dorje Shugden’s practice.H.H Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s explaination was very clear before any of the practitioner’s commitment and receive sogtae.They must keep the lineage practice and teachings no matter what ever happen.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us on the important advice by a great master.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/kyabje-zong-rinpoches-advice-on-dorje-shugdens-practice.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 11:50 AM
    Thank you Pastor Han Nee for your sharing your thoughts and review about the book “Be Happy” written by Rinpoche. It is indeed not easy to be happy as we all have various expectation in every situation and people.

    We may think having a big house, lots of cash and good career is happiness but this is the wrong perception. Being happy is not about material and everything about ourselves. It is only when we can do more for others and focus out that we gain happiness. I never realised this until I joined Kechara. I think we have such a fixed mindset of what happiness is and when our expectation is not met, we are unhappy.

    Rinpoche has pointed out many ways for us to rectify our thoughts and methods to be happy. Now it is for us to take initiative to change and transform our mind if we want to be happy.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Han Nee for this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/be-happy.html
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Apr 24. 2017 12:30 PM
    Many people do not believe in reincarnation and only relates it to certain religion such as Hinduism and Buddhism. However, there were many instances and signs that proven reincarnation exist. As Buddhist we will believe in reincarnation and karma. It is by understanding that everything has its cause and effect that we should learn to live life in the correct attitude and mindset. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting articles to remind us of karma and the importance of doing dharma practise.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/interesting-signs-of-reincarnation.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Apr 23. 2017 08:29 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for your teachings.
    Always be generous and kind in what ever we could do even its little help.It’s the little things in life that bring the greatest happiness. Its between us and our Buddha ,so we would not bother what the receipient thinks and say of us. What ever was said ,should not deter our motivation to do Dharma work.
    (It will change people’s lives in one way or another. It will change your life for the better.)….well said by Rinpoche.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/its-not-between-you-and-the-recipient.html

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
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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
: This picture says it all. Click on it to enlarge and read and please share.
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: This picture says it all. Click on it to enlarge and read and please share.
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.
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Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn\'t move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
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I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
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Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
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March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
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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!
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The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
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Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
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This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
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I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
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Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
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Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
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The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
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Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
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My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
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February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
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  • 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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