A Poem To My Teacher……

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His Holiness Kyabje Zong Dorje Chang

Alone With Memories

(my actual poem)

Sadness and loneliness
are my forced friends,
Living in lands forever foreign
as I have no home…..

Sounds of my guru’s damaru
evokes a time long gone,
As it plays in my head
all day long…

My guru’s memory I projected
onto my daily life,
Keeps me going in a place I am
forced to call home…

Tragic am I living in a
time that has passed,
A memory that I must wake from
although I resist…

My work and burdens hasn’t any end,
Yet have to trudge on, onto where?
Is there any respite from my hopes and optimism?
Or is it better to accept reality which is cynicism?

I long for my youth not for the
false hopes it promised,
But to hear the sound of my
Glorious Guru playing his divine music
on his damaru again… To be warmed by his wisdom,
blessed by his strength…..

And to feel hope again…
A hope that hangs in there,
But often slips away…again…

Written by Tsem Rinpoche

Then one of my student’s son, Gavin, surprised me by arranging the music, playing the piano and making a beautiful song from the poem!

I was like wow…the kid’s got talent… Some of the words he re-arranged for the sake of the song from my original poem. But it evokes my feeling for my Guru for sure. When I listen to this, I think of Zong Rinpoche…

Or view the video on the server at:
http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/APoemToMyTeacher.mp4

(the lyrics of the song made from the poem below by Gavin Gooi)

Sadness and loneliness
are my forced friends,
Living in lands forever foreign
as I have no home…..

Sounds of my guru’s damaru
evokes a time long gone,
As it plays in my head
all day long…

My guru’s memory I projected
onto my daily life,
Keeps me going in a place I am
forced to call home…

Tragic am I living in a
time that has passed,
A memory that I must wake from
although I resist…

Alone with memories
My work and burdens hasn’t any end,
Yet have to trudge on, onto where?
Is there any respite from my hopes and optimism?
Or is it better to accept reality which is cynicism?

Alone with memories
Alone with memories

I long for my youth not for the
false hopes it promised,
But to hear the sound of my
Glorious Guru

Playing his divine music
on his damaru again…
To be warmed by his wisdom,
blessed by his strength…..

Alone with memories
My work and burdens hasn’t any end,
Yet have to trudge on, onto where?
Is there any respite from my hopes and optimism?
Or is it better to accept reality which is cynicism?

Alone with memories
Alone with memories

And to feel hope again…
A hope that hangs in there,
But often slips away…again…

(Above) His Holiness Zong Rinpoche and myself in Yucca Valley, California. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was conferring Vajra Yogini empowerment with full commentary which I attended. I was also one of Rinpoche’s private assistants during his stay here.

His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was very affectionate to me all the time. His attendant told me that I was very lucky as he rarely touches people.

This photo is of Kyabje Rinpoche walking with me in Chinatown, Los Angeles. Rinpoche enjoyed shopping. On this trip Rinpoche bought a Birthday gift for me which was a Chinese opera puppet. I was so honoured, surprised and treasured the blessed gift.

Tsem Rinpoche

Tibetan ‘Ah’ syllable found on the inside of the skull of the 2nd Zong Rinpoche, Zongtrul Tenpa Chopel (1836-1899 AD) after his cremation ceremony

 

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  1. Samfoonheei on Aug 22, 2017 at 10:59 am

    Wow beautiful and meaningful this precious poem wrote by Rinpoche.And the lyrics of the song made from the poem below by Gavin Gooi is fabulous. Could not beliveve it from a poem to a lovely songs. Nice to hear and i love listerning each and every words said….very touching poem from sadness to happiness expressed .Rinpoche’s Guru Devotion and the love for His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing .

  2. Datuk May on Aug 16, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche’s guru devotion is legendary. As His students, it is almost embarassing for us to realise that what we consider as Guru devotion. By Rinpoche’s standard of Guru Devotion, we do not even qualify to be His students. Due to Rinpochine’s bodhichitta, we have the privilege to call ourselves His students.

    I have always loved this poem Rinpoche wrote on His Root Guru, HH Zong Rinpoche, and I take this opportunity to post it again for all to experience the beauty of this poem.

  3. Pema Thinley on Jan 26, 2015 at 5:12 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    This is very touching poem Rinpoche _/\_, Thank you for sharing Lah. I am so fortunate to have got to read and meet your wisdom that transforms my mind every day.

  4. Ong Moh Mei on Jul 7, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    The photo of His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche holding your hand along Chinatown has a profound impact on me. Every time I look at that image it brings me close to tears. Okay, I admit not just close to tears, it has made me cried. Your Guru devotion has touched me deeply.

    I humbly ask His Eminence for compassion that I may have the blessing to become your student one day and to have the liberated mind to practice Guru devotion in the manner which you have towards all your Gurus.

  5. Tshewang on Mar 9, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    wonderful……expressions put into lines…..lovely..la your holiness

  6. Cara Alexy on Dec 18, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    You made various nice points there. I did a search on the matter and found a good number of folks will go along with with your blog.

  7. mima on Nov 1, 2010 at 11:22 am

    This is such a beautiful creation, it goes so deep with sadness and joy together! Much gratitude always!

  8. mima on Oct 19, 2010 at 11:58 am

    I am deeply move by those photos, this poem and this music! My heart is full of gratitude and joy to have meet you on line and thank you so much for your kindness, caring and generosity! Thank you for your continual work no matter how you feel.

  9. M&M on Oct 3, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Im fortunate enough to have a copy of His Holiness Zong Rinpoche’ s extensive commentary on Vajrayogini’s practice. By far its 1 the most detailed and accurate commentary that i hold dearly by heart.

    Totally can understand your longing towards ya GURU, Tsem. I think of what you’ve done for Kechara and the world, His Holiness Zong Rinpoche would be very delighted !

    You go Gal ! No more tears .. HUGS:P

  10. Elena Luna on Sep 24, 2010 at 12:26 am

    Me parece conmovedor el poema que rinpoche le dedica a Zong rinpoche,pero creo que es un sentimiento de lo mas natural ya que es su guru raiz y un maestro perteneciente a una familia de ngakpa,ademas tiene el linaje cho de la tradicion de Ganden,abad de GANDEN … Yo no he conocido a Zong rinpoche pero es mi INSPIRACION, muchos dias pienso si fuese chico y monje me gustaria ser como el y si lo hubiese conocido creo que me sentiria muy triste .No he conocido a Zong rinpoche pero gracias a que buscaba informacion sobre el llegue a una foto en la que estaba cogido de la mano de TSEM TULKU y me dije que esa persona debia ser un ser especial,tenia curiosidad por saber quien era, busque informacion sobre TSEM TULKU y asi llegue a este blog y a esta maravillosa organizacion que es Kechara.Gracias a Rinpoche y a todos los miembros de Kechara por hacer posible que la distancia no sea un obstaculo para tener informacion sobre Dharma.

  11. andrew paisley on Aug 22, 2010 at 7:34 am

    Tho our circumstances are different..i can relate to this poem..when my teacher Rinchen is with us in practice with his Damaru and bell..it feels like such a blessing…when he’s away and i look at his cushion and little table (we put a cup of tea on it when hes gone)..i can feel a deep sadness within that i will be parted from my precious teacher when death claims one of us..so i try to remember this and i know the best way to love him is to love all others the same way…if i could do that i would truly percieve a pure world..i will try..because thats how best to please him,by truly loving and cherishing all others and viewing them all as supreme..my love and respect for him urges me on to try to do this..thankyou for these beautiful words Rinpoche,they resonate deep within and i will try to transform my broken heart into a jewel..you always inspire me thankyou.andrew

  12. Anila on Aug 21, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    I love the poem that you composed to your Guru the most. I am sure you missed your Guru very much. The lonliness and sadness you feel are real and is expressed in your poem. From what I have gathered in the biography of yourself. Your parents stopped you from practicing Dharma. But was compromised by teachings from your beloved Guru, When you arrived at Gaden Monastery it was Zong Rinpoche who had shared his home with you even though it was a cowshed. And had also nutured you as a mother who would nuture her own child. Definitely anyone would feel very scared and insecure finding themselves in a foreign country. Your Guru gives you that confidence and security to carry on with your life. When your Guru passed away you wrote this poem. I love the poem and lyrics that was composed very much.

  13. Datuk May Phng on Jul 10, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    When I first read Rinpoche’s poem to Rinpoche’s Guru, I cried, because it is so real. From that moment, I made a promise to learn as much as I can of the Dharma from Rinpoche to repay to a small degree what Rinpoche has to endure in order to benefit us.
    In many instances, we, the students have disappointed Rinpoche in our slow inert and selfish ways and I truly regret our conduct.
    I thank Rinpoche for all that Rinpoche has done for us and there is no way I can repay but to give it all for the manifestation of KWPC in order that more will benefit from Rinpoche’s teachings and resulting in a better world of love, care and great compassion.

  14. Joy Kam on Jul 10, 2010 at 5:46 am

    To read this Poem and hear Gavin sing it is a mix feeling of sadness and joy. Rinpoche has always mentioned to us how much he felt so alone being here in Malaysia, away from the many other monks, Gaden, the monasteries and of course all the great masters and HH Zong Rinpoche. Through Rinpoche’s personal intimate sharing on how much Rinpoche misses Zong Rinpoche, I can clearly see how deep is Rinpoche’s Guru Devotion and love. Without the Guru there is no Dharma. Even though Rinpoche is sad, Rinpoche still teach us that no matter what to always keep your commitments to your Guru and samaya clean by not breaking your commitments and words of honor. I feel sad for Rinpoche and at the same time very blessed and lucky to have Rinpoche still with us. And may we be able to have the great honor and merits to invite the present Zong Rinpoche to grace and bless our lovely KWPC in the near future.

  15. Kwok Wai on Jul 10, 2010 at 4:19 am

    This poem really made me realise how much our Guru, Tsem Tulku Rinpoche is like any one of us. In a way, it reminded me of the once popular song, “One of us” by Joan Osborne with the line… “What if God was one of us.”
    It really makes me realise that what we all go through in life is very much the same… A lot of pain and suffering and that the only way out is to actually suck it all up and face the music.
    Rinpoche has shown us the courage and resolve through discipline. This is indeed very inspiring; he really stands out like a beacon of hope for all of us in Samsara. Having Rinpoche as a Guru and role model, has totally eliminated the chance for me to make any excuse for not pursuing my spiritual journey with 110% resolve.
    To sum it all up, we are not alone.

  16. Jennifer Khoo on Jul 10, 2010 at 3:59 am

    The poem brings to my heart a deep sense of longing and yearning for a beloved Guru, for days spent with him, for the Guru’s love, guidance, wisdom and strength that was shown to Rinpoche. I felt that the poem also invokes the momory and nostalgia of another time – a time that Rinpoche was a student seated at the feet this very Enlightened Master in preparation for the time that Rinpoche becomes a teacher.
    Perhaps Rinpoche knows that he should be in the present but having experienced such intense love from his Master, it is very difficult for Rinpoche not to remember and not to yearn with deep affection for his ‘Glorious Guru’. This is such a wonderful poem on Guru Devotion – an aspiration that I would truly like to strive towards.
    Jennifer Khoo
    (Jamie’s mum)

  17. Mrs Chuah on Jul 10, 2010 at 3:08 am

    The memory of the Guru especially the sound of the Guru playing his divine music on his Damaru again and again has given the Poet inspiration to keep on living healthily in a world, foreign and beset with obstacles.
    The Poet’s Guru has given Him the spiritual strength to face reality in Samsara. The Poet has met a lot of bitterness in His life but it is the divine thought of His Guru that has always given him hope to hang on to life.
    The poem relates to the lives of many people including me. Living in Samsara will never make life a bed of roses. It always has its ups and downs. Most of the time, we encounter more bitter experiences than sweet ones. Our Guru, with His divine inspiration will help us to make life a better place to live for us. In times of obstacles, He is the one who will always be there.
    Even our parents we love dearly will die but they will not leave behind for us the heritage of the Guru with His valuable lessons. He imparts to us. The lessons are precious and they help us to explain why we are here in Samsara with all the problems and how to solve these problems.
    Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, our Guru’s root Guru had inspired Him to do the divine things that His Eminence Kyabje Zong Rinpoche did before. His affection for our Guru is always in our Guru’s mind. His gratitude to Him is never forgotten. Our Guru’s strong devotion to him should inspire us to emulate him more and more.
    Mrs Chuah

  18. SK Yap on Jul 9, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    The poem is very beautiful, it reflects H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche’s love and devotion to H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, and his longing to meet Zong Rinpoche again and again in all his future lifes.
    Thanks to the talented Gavin Gooi, you have made a wonderful music arrangement and sang it out too with your beautiful voice; it really touches anyone who hear your song!
    H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche has set a wonderful example of guru devotion. Guru devotion is the root of all attainment. As Buddha Shakyamui has passes to paranirwana, all of the Buddha’s future incarnation will manifest as our Guru and continue teach us dharma. H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche definitely see all his Guru same nature with the Buddha, we need to follow his teaching and act the same too!
    PAUL

  19. KYC on Jul 9, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    Rinpoche teaches guru devotion through his own devotion to his guru. I witnessed this for the first time at the official opening of KSA in December 2007. Rinpoche cried becaused he missed his guru so much. I think people who have lost their gurus understand exactly how Rinpoche feels. They share that deep longing for someone who had meant so much to them, who had given them strength to be what they are today. Although Rinpoche is a tulku, he is very human at the same time. He has his ups and downs, just like all of us. That’s what makes him endearing. But even when he’s down, he never loses sight of his purpose on earth. Rinpoche often tells us that he has all that he has now because of his devotion to his gurus.

  20. Margaretlee on Jul 9, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    I sensed Rinpoche’s deep lonliness being in a foreign land, even though he called Malaysia his home; his home is where his heart eblongs to, mother Gaden Monastery. I sensed Rinpoche’s deep sadness, his connection with his root guru, Zong Rinpoche, is beyond time and distance. I sensed Rinpoche’s deep frustrations, as if he was wading through thick mud .
    No one can deny the strong and pure guru devotion that Rinpoche has for Zong Rinpoche. Those pictures we saw on the blog were kept by Rinpoche for years, they hold fond and dear memories for Rinpoche.
    I also kept a little box that I put all the letters, cards, and photos that I have taken with Rinpoche since I met him. I like to take them out and read out every single card or little note that Rinpoche wrote for me at a particular time, look through the many photos that brought back great memories and laughter. Rinpoche put in so much care and love for each student and all he wishes is happiness for us and we will transform and be a better person. How can we not then?

  21. David Lai on Jul 9, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Rinpoche’s little poem and song reflects the intense love for Kyabje Zong Rinpoche as his Lama and for the Dharma. There is nothing more poignant than to reflect the passing of someone that one loves so much. Hence, the only way Rinpoche can reconnect with Kyabje Zong Rinpoche is with the Sadhanas and mantras that was bestowed upon him many years ago.
    Rinpoche’s love for Kyabje Zong Rinpoche reflects Rinpoche love for the Dharma that seemed to be an innate quality within Rinpoche since his earliest years. Hence, although he was raised in an environment that had very little to very little Dharma, he would eagerly seek it out and practice. Faith in the Lamas and the Dharma just happened sponstenously for Rinpoche. What’s even more amazing is that he consistent about this. Everything he does now, like the departments of Kechara House have its roots in his earlier childhood.

  22. KOK YEK YEE on Jul 8, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    Normally, when we read poem mostly related with relationship. When a high Lama wrote a poem must be more than circular love. Rinpoche is scholar; his poem is simple, direct and nice. When I read I can feel how Rinpoche miss his Guru Zong Rinpoche. If you read it from your heart this poem can make you cry. Even though Rinpoche wrote inner expression such as his lonely and emotional after his lovely Guru pass away. He feels sad because he lost a very great teacher in his life. He says met Zong Rinpoche is 5 top important events his life. From here, you know how much he love his Guru.

  23. Nicholas Yu on Jul 8, 2010 at 12:42 am

    Reading through the poem and listening to the song triggered my emotional feeling. (reminded me to my late father), this poem shows how much Rinpoche miss his root guru Zong Rinpoche. Zong Rinpoche has been like a father and friend to Rinpoche and have changed Rinpoche life. Rinpoche’s has gone through a great experience serving Zong Rinpoche and developed a pure and strong guru devotion. Looking at the picture where Zong Rinpoche holding Rinpoche’s hand….this really shows how close they are………so sweet. Rinpoche always practice kindness and gratitude. We should learn & practice our gratitude to our Guru while we still can…our Guru is just like our mother. Never give up on us!

  24. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche on Jul 8, 2010 at 12:36 am

    Dear Martin,
    There’s not much I want to do in life other than what I am doing. I could have done other things and perhaps been successful at it I dare think so..but I didn’t. I chose to do what I am doing over 30 years ago and will stick to it.
    Anything I acquire, get or even become well known will be used to bringing benefit to others. If I wanted benefit and fame for me for me, I should not be a monk or fat (hehe). I am committed to what I am doing because of what I experienced early on in life and other reasons also.
    I want to make it here. Make it ‘big’ and use that ‘bigness’ to do alot. Watch my dear friend. I am going to use all of me for others. I don’t mind doing it. What else am I going to do with me??
    Anyone who works with me, joins me or is involved with me, we are going down that same road together. The road of bringing whatever benefit we can to others. Join me…..let’s use the rest of our lives for something meaningful….I know you can relate….
    In time, through your observation and intelligence you will see I mean everything I say and I will not ever be thwarted from that goal….
    Much peace, happiness and good results for you,
    Tsem Tulku

  25. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche on Jul 8, 2010 at 12:29 am

    Dear Martin,
    Forget about the protocals and rules my dear Martin. You just be yourself and speak your mind and be who you are.
    I accept you as you wish to be.
    I like you and that is all that matters.
    Much care and good wishes to you. I want you to have a great reason to live, to exist and to be just who you are. You deserve it after so many years. Hang in there, it will get better and better. Seeing life, it’s happenings and what has happened through a wider and more open lens will bring the peace we all want.
    You are going to be ok…watch and see. Watch and look forward to it. Stick nearby and I pray that all your pain comes to me..I mean it.
    Your friend,
    Tsem Tulku

    • Martin on Feb 11, 2013 at 12:08 am

      I was looking through Rinpoche’s older posts and serendipitously stumbled across this precious gem. It’s been over two years since this post and each day I, like many others experience a bit more how one can develop such great devotion to one’s Guru. If we were to recall how we were, how we struggled with ourselves meaningless and how the Guru has created meaning out of all our lives and how he has cared for us and given us each a role to play in something that contains real value, it is overwhelming.

      Never in my life have I come across anyone who prays that all my pain will go to him and over time, yes, the pain has become significantly less but only due to the kindness of my Guru. And to think that mine is not the only he has had to absorb. And so we have to ask ourselves if our devotion to our Guru is of a measure that can justify all that he has done for us. Again the best way to show our devotion is though a Dharma practice that is true and that which bear results.

  26. martin on Jul 8, 2010 at 12:18 am

    “My guru’s memory I projected
    onto my daily life, But to hear the sound of my
    Glorious Guru
    To be warmed by his wisdom,
    blessed by his strength,
    And to feel hope again…
    A hope that hangs in there….”
    I am newbie to Kechara to please forgive me if i speak out of turn.
    I have yet to understand the “rules” and “protocols”…and yet the the aforementioned words touched me ever so deeply not because i have known Zong Rinpoche, but because i have had the great fortune to meet Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, and in the short period of time, Tsem Tulku is ever present in my daily life, i long to listen to his voice and words of wisdom, i am empowered to do better by His strength, and i am alive with Hope again.
    As much as Zong Rinpoche, meant the world to Tsem Tulku, H.E Tsem Tulku Rinpoche and his love and teachings mean the world to me and He has changed my entire life.
    It has only been weeks…but i guess you don’t need to eat a while bottle of jam to know its marmalade.
    Thank you, Rinpoche…to be warmed by your wisdom and blessed by your strength…and whats is more, to be given life again by your love and compassion.

  27. henry ooi on Jul 7, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    Tsem Rinpoche’s deep love and intense guru devotion to H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche is magnified through his love and care to his students by teaching dharma to all, be they near or far, in Kechara House or away. That is guru devotion.
    Giving gifts, joking, hinting, poking fun at and praising students; being stern, at times scolding with ‘anger’, dispatching Tsem Ladrang’s staff to send students who are down with illness to the clinic and later making soup to be sent over, raising fund to cover students’ medical cost, and their family welfare…these are only some of the many skilful methods Rinpoche uses.
    Rinpoche frequently speaks high regards and sings praises of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and tears will well up in his eyes, a touching display of intense guru devotion.

  28. May Ong on Jul 7, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    HH Kyabje Zong Dorje Chang had been a father, friend, advisor, spiritual guide and guru to HE Tsem Rinpoche. It is due to Tsem Rinpoche’s relationship with his guru that he feels such strong bond even after the passing of HH Zong Rinpoche. In this, HE Tsem Rinpoche echoes his inner feelings of loneliness of living in a foreign land that is not his home and he has a long task ahead of him to accomplish for Kechara World Peace Centre.
    Our hearts goes to HE Tsem Rinpoche for the loss but we can use this motivation to help Tsem Rinpoche to continue to spread the teachings of dharma to benefit the world.

  29. Peter on Jul 7, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Terima Kasih Rinpoche!
    How lovely is it to have Rinpoche bare it all to us and the world and demonstrate what Guru Devotion is in its pristine form and indeed one can see Zong Rinpoche manifesting through Him.
    I rejoice that Rinpoche had such a great teacher like Zong Rinpoche who had such a deep impression on Rinpoche where many others out there are without a guide or have been searching for such a one for decades or undecided…like myself.
    If it’s any consolation, Zong Rinpoche lives on in Rinpoche’s teachings, thoughts and in the growth of Kechara as a whole.
    “Living in lands forever foreign
    as I have no home…..”
    On one level…I recall the Buddha’s utterance in the Pali Canon:
    ‘O Housebuilder, you are found out,
    no longer will you build this house again…”
    On another level…Rinpoche, are we not Your home, Your family now?
    To Rinpoche, with my hands clasped in anjali…

  30. Likheng on Jul 6, 2010 at 2:39 am

    The image of Zong Rinpoche holding Rinpoche’s hands is so moving. This photo personifies the love Rinpoche so often shares in Rinpoche’s teachings, blog and website. In seeing this image, I reflect on the similar affection, kindness and generosity Rinpoche gives all of Rinpoche’s students in Kechara House. Rinpoche would always give out gifts to students after each Dharma talk. Rinpoche would send gifts “out of the blue”. The list goes on and on. Similarly, Rinpoche would make fun of students in an unmistakable affectionate manner.
    For all the blessings, I express deep gratitude to Zong Rinpoche for Tsem Rinpoche and I sincerely thank Tsem Rinpoche for Rinpoche’s generosity with the Dharma.

  31. David Lai on Jul 5, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    What beautiful and sad words! The longing and special relationship Tsem Rinpoche had with Kyabje Zong Rinpoche is simply amazing and inspirational. It inspires us as students to devote to Rinpoche in a similar manner.
    Besides that I do think that Rinpoche’s exemplary devotion to his Lama reflects his own inner qualities of steadfastness, loyalty and wisdom. He must have received many crucial transmissions and teachings from Kyabje Zong Rinpoche that have changed the course of his life. In fact, I believe that it was Kyabje Zong Rinpoche that adviced a young Tsem Rinpoche many years ago that if he wanted to be an actor, he could and he would be very successful and if he became a monk, he would be exceptionally beneficial.
    Thus, thanks to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, Tsem Rinpoche was ordained and eventually became our spiritual guide. By remembering the qualities of my Lama, may I be able to have his level of devotion to his teacher too.

  32. Yokefui on Jul 5, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Reading the poem brings tears to my eyes.
    I witnessed Rinpoche’s deep longing for his Guru, Zong Rinpoche during the 3-day teaching on “Guru Devotion ” at Damekhang in 2007.
    It was the first time I saw a grown man showing his inner feelings so unabashedly. I didn’t feel embarrassment at all. Rinpoche’s openness touched my heart and I said to myself ” This is someone you can trust 100%, he’s got nothing to hide !”
    May I have the devotion like my Guru does,
    May I never let my Guru down,
    May KWPC manifest to bring meaning to all our lives.

  33. Shirleymayatan on Jul 5, 2010 at 3:54 am

    This is probably the most heart wrenching and emotional post in Rinpoche’s Blog. No matter how many times I read this poem, it brings tears to my eyes. I feel certain that it delivers this effect on all the readers, because it was written with so much love and sincerity. It was written by Rinpoche, and it feels as if the poem has been infused with all of Rinpoche’s deepest emotions. At the start of my spiritual journey, I found it so hard to understand what Guru Devotion was all about and why all the students would revere their Gurus so much. The Guru and student disciple relationship presents the ONLY ticket to our path of transformation. Without the Guru, there would be no one to guide, teach, advise and nurture us. There would be very little progress or no progress at all. There would be no one to help us cut through every of our negative habituations. And without severing our bad habituations, we will never be able to achieve any form of improvement at all. This is why our Guru will always be our Living Buddha. He is the one standing before us, giving us REAL knowledge and creating the path to our complete Enlightenment. The Guru IS our true salvation in each lifetime.

  34. susan on Jul 4, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    Rinpoche’s devotion to Song Rinpoche is so similar to other high lamas devotion to their gurus. Reading this poem brings new meaning, new experience and a glimpse of what guru devotion entails…So much love, gratitude, gratefulness, respect and it’s so heart wrenching to know Rinpoche never saw Zong Rinpoche again. Rinpoche started his journey as an ordained monk in Gaden without his beloved Guru around! Rinpoche worked so hard and kept his promise to his Guru. Rinpoche, thank you for sharing such an intimate poem, a great lesson in guru-student relationship. Really, who is the most important person I can ever have in my life…one that shows me the way to lasting happiness, one who can help me to bring such happiness to others as a way to repay the kindness.

  35. Girlie on Jul 4, 2010 at 11:10 am

    The poem written by young Gavin so clearly reflects Rinpoche’s feelings – how He misses His Guru so much. He tells us how much he longs to be in the company of his guru again but physically he is no longer around, but he keeps HH Kyabje Zong Rinpoche close to his heart, never for a moment forgetting him. Memories of a dear person long gone … but not forgotten. I am reminded of my grandmother, someone strict yet fun to be around with. She was someone from the “old era” yet she saw the need to change – she even went to the extent to learn a few simple English words, just so that she could bring herself up-to-date. I miss her but I know that she has not completely left me.

  36. Wendy on Jul 4, 2010 at 5:19 am

    Reading this poem is really heart breaking. I can feel Rinpoche’s sadness and loneliness. I can feel that Rinpoche feels very alone in a foreign land having the responsibilities that not an ordinary person can imagine. It’s heart breaking to know all that Rinpoche go thru. I am very grateful that Rinpoche is still here caring, teaching and guiding us despite deep down sadness, loneliness and missing Zong Rinpoche every single day. I thank Rinpoche for putting aside all personal comfort to be here with us. The sacrifice of a guru for his student is just like a mother for her child, in this case a mother for so many “children”.

  37. Bonita Khoo on Jul 4, 2010 at 2:15 am

    Reading Rinpoche’s poem, I felt Rinpoche’s loneliness and sadness and how much Rinpoche misses Zong Rinpoche everyday.
    Listening to Gavin’s composed ‘poem song’ is really heart wrenching! Rinpoche’s devotion to Zong Rinpoche is so strong and firm and it is a good example of guru devotion. This is such a wonderful song though it stirs up sadness in me and also a sense of admiration towards Rinpoche’s devotion towards Zong Rinpoche.
    The pictures posted give a sense of closeness between Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche and this cannot be cut despite time and distance. Looking at the picture of Rinpoche standing next to Zong Rinpoche, the radiant smile on Rinpoche’s face shows clearly how much love Rinpoche has for Zong Rinpoche.
    May we have the merits for Zong Rinpoche’s current incarnation to grace and bless the opening of Menara Kechara & KWPC.

  38. Gavingswei on Jun 15, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche, i’m really glad that you liked the song and I hope I managed to convey the message from the poem correctly into the song.
    Gavin

  39. Friendofthetruth on Jun 15, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Rinpochela,
    unfortunately I know exactly what you are feeling. There is no way to stop missing your Lama, even though he is with you all the time.
    When your Lamas go to the Pure Lands the world seems to end.
    I love your poem. I hope to get to meet you.

  40. Mary Tonningsen on Jun 15, 2010 at 6:16 am

    Ok, I’m crying like a baby – this is so beautiful and so sad. I’m glad you have such wonderful memories of him and the love you had for each other, despite your feelings of loss. Thank you for sharing this with us, Rinpoche. Namaste!

  41. Duke Okkelberg on Apr 21, 2010 at 9:16 am

    Here is a link to some wonderful audio teaching about the basics of Buddhism by H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche.
    http://www.talkingbuddhism.com/info.php?title=23

  42. mima on Apr 9, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    softness kindness caring deep deep deep from the heart
    deep longing
    hidden heart and tears
    infinite compassion
    eternity
    sing along very softly
    again and again
    melting and letting go
    beyond
    and between realities
    Thank you Rinpoche for being who you are. Thank you for your presence with us

  43. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche on Apr 8, 2010 at 12:45 am

    Dear shirley,
    It is the same for me. Listening to the song makes me miss HH Zong Rinpoche so much that it is painful.
    I have never stopped missing Him and I never will.
    Tsem Tulku

  44. Shirley Tan on Apr 8, 2010 at 12:17 am

    This is too heart-wrenching to read, and just to hear it all in a song – it is like hearing the sounds of the heart crackling to pieces. I am very sorry but I could not listen it through. It just just too painful. May be at another day and time, I will make myself sit and listen it through and through. Thank you for sharing something to emotionally intense, Rinpoche. I am sure it was not easy to write the verses in the first place. The pictures are especially haunting, and yet truly beautiful.

  45. Liz coleman on Apr 7, 2010 at 11:49 am

    You can see he loved you very much…beautiful…

  46. Duke Okkelberg on Apr 7, 2010 at 9:34 am

    The last picture you posted seems to capture the very essence of your beautiful relationship with Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. I love it.

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

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/selfie-addiction-is-no-laughing-matter-psychiatrists-say.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Aug 22. 2017 05:59 PM
    Thank you, Rinpoche, for this sharing on Dr. Joona Repo’s work. In his book “Phabongka Dechen Nyingpo: His Collected Works and the Guru-Deity-Protector Triad,” Dr. Joona Repo’s impartial recollections of Pabongka Rinpoche serves to debunk certain perception people have towards this erudite master, who was brought into question because of his emphasis on Dorje Shugden and what was deemed as sectarianism practices.

    Through presenting the vastness and diversity of the works by Pabongka Rinpoche and records of his teaching against sectarianism, this book empirically presents a balanced view of Pabongka Rinpoche against those baseless allegations. The fact that Pabongka Rinpoche wrote extensively about Vajrayogini and had visions of Heruka proved that he is no ordinary Lama.

    Pabongka Rinpoche was, in fact, the reincarnation of a well-known scholar Changkya Rolpay Dorje who was the Royal Tutor to the Chinese Emperors. Because of this sensitivity, Pabongka RInpoche was not recognized his lineage by the power of the day. This in itself is a hint that there are more than meet the eyes.

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

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

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

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

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/a-poem-to-my-teacher.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 22. 2017 12:22 PM
    Its a interesting post with 2 giants countries discussing over movie market. Hollywood producers who are increasingly looking to tap the country’s fast-growing box office into China market.However there is restriction .They hopes China will increase the quota and the share of revenues more in line with international markets. And even has openly criticized China on trade.China is likely to raise the quota of imported films as part of recent trade talks.
    China are trying to protect its growing domestic film industry from Hollywood domination. The most best measure is the strict quota limiting the number.
    Brad Pitt was back in China nearly 20 years after being baned over a film about Tibet .Time has changed China policy on celebrities entering China.
    Thank you Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing.

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


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

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

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

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

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for this article.

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

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

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

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

    Jason

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Question for Rinpoche:

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

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

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

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

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

    In love

    Steven


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

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

This is a powerful and beautiful picture of three great lamas of Buddha’s lineage and also of Gaden Monastery. ~Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
This is a powerful picture of Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, Kensur Kyabje Lati Rinpoche and the current incarnation of Trijang Rinpoche meeting together in the year 2000 when Trijang Rinpoche was 18. All three lamas are Dorje Shugden practitioners. In fact Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen was the one that first encouraged my practice of Dorje Shugden when I was 16 years old when I joined his beautiful Thubten Dhargye Ling centre in Los Angeles. I lived with Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen for 8 years before proceeding to Gaden Monastery in South India. Later Kyabje Zong Rinpoche came to our Los Angeles centre and granted sogtae (permission ceremony) to practice Dorje Shugden for life as requested by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen. Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen had tremendous faith in Trijang Rinpoche. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche was innovative, dedicated and very much focused on bringing dharma to many. He had tremendous faith in Dorje Shugden as I had the honour to meet him many times. He would seek advice from Dorje Shugden many times via the oracle of Gaden Monastery. Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen and Kensur Kyabje Lati Rinpoche have since passed away while the current Trijang Rinpoche is a perfect lineage holder and practitioner of Dharma while he keeps Dorje Shugden as his personal protector as he has done so for many lifetimes. This is a powerful and beautiful picture of three great lamas of Buddha’s lineage and also of Gaden Monastery. ~Tsem Rinpoche
A beautiful photograph of a path walking down from Manjushri Hill in Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
1 month ago
A beautiful photograph of a path walking down from Manjushri Hill in Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
This picture is of KB lovingly holding Mumu while he tries to stand up. I was in the room with them and someone else took this picture. It is a very sad and poignant picture because just a short while after this picture was taken, Mumu passed away with all of us present. This was the last picture of my little Mumu alive. We immediately did puja for Mumu and he is sorely missed by many as he touched our lives deeply. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
This picture is of KB lovingly holding Mumu while he tries to stand up. I was in the room with them and someone else took this picture. It is a very sad and poignant picture because just a short while after this picture was taken, Mumu passed away with all of us present. This was the last picture of my little Mumu alive. We immediately did puja for Mumu and he is sorely missed by many as he touched our lives deeply. Tsem Rinpoche
For years I have been doing this everywhere I go, no matter where or what country I am in. Always be kind to animals.
1 month ago
For years I have been doing this everywhere I go, no matter where or what country I am in. Always be kind to animals.
Practising makes you better at something. If you keep practising in laziness, that is what you will become good in. If you keep practising generosity, that is what you will develop. Keep practising in what you want to become good at.
1 month ago
Practising makes you better at something. If you keep practising in laziness, that is what you will become good in. If you keep practising generosity, that is what you will develop. Keep practising in what you want to become good at.
Real spirituality is kindness.
1 month ago
Real spirituality is kindness.
Our time on this earth in this lifetime is short. It\'s our choice what will look back on when we are in our final moments.
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Our time on this earth in this lifetime is short. It's our choice what will look back on when we are in our final moments.
Materialism, desire and greed never result in happiness.
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Materialism, desire and greed never result in happiness.
Never ever eat our friends. Go vegetarian.
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Never ever eat our friends. Go vegetarian.
It is a privilege to serve the Dharma and to serve others. Real freedom comes in serving others.
1 month ago
It is a privilege to serve the Dharma and to serve others. Real freedom comes in serving others.
Compared to humans and all other sentient beings, animals have just as much right to happiness and freedom.
1 month ago
Compared to humans and all other sentient beings, animals have just as much right to happiness and freedom.
Dharma is not something I engage in as something separate from me. Dharma has been me since young.
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Dharma is not something I engage in as something separate from me. Dharma has been me since young.
How much we are willing to suffer is how compassionate we are.
1 month ago
How much we are willing to suffer is how compassionate we are.
Dharma is the medicine of the mind prescribed by the Buddha.
1 month ago
Dharma is the medicine of the mind prescribed by the Buddha.
How much effort we are willing to put into our practice, is how much results we will get.
1 month ago
How much effort we are willing to put into our practice, is how much results we will get.
What do you worship on your altar, meat or compassion? One develops coldness and encourages lack of empathy, and one choice encourages attainments.
1 month ago
What do you worship on your altar, meat or compassion? One develops coldness and encourages lack of empathy, and one choice encourages attainments.
Where does patience come from? Think about it closely
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Where does patience come from? Think about it closely
Indian sadhus and mendicants also very happy to receive Bhagwan Dorje Shugden
1 month ago
Indian sadhus and mendicants also very happy to receive Bhagwan Dorje Shugden
Tsem Rinpoche with the great Geshe Namgyal Wangchen of Drepung Loseling Monastery. Read more: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=132495
2 months ago
Tsem Rinpoche with the great Geshe Namgyal Wangchen of Drepung Loseling Monastery. Read more: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=132495
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(1st row) Alexandra David-Neel, Nicholas Roerich, Helena Roerich, Anagarika Govinda
(2nd row) Walter Evans-Wentz, John Blofeld, Bill Porter (Red Pine), Ekai Kawaguchi
2 months ago
Some of my favorite people (1st row) Alexandra David-Neel, Nicholas Roerich, Helena Roerich, Anagarika Govinda (2nd row) Walter Evans-Wentz, John Blofeld, Bill Porter (Red Pine), Ekai Kawaguchi
Do share this message and create more awareness. Thank you
2 months ago
Do share this message and create more awareness. Thank you
All that we want in samsara is just fleeting and illusionary and we are tired of chasing something that is so short lived, Lady Buddha Dakini Vajra Yogini, please embrace me as you did Naropa with great affection and lift me to your Kechara Paradise in my rainbow body. ~Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
All that we want in samsara is just fleeting and illusionary and we are tired of chasing something that is so short lived, Lady Buddha Dakini Vajra Yogini, please embrace me as you did Naropa with great affection and lift me to your Kechara Paradise in my rainbow body. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Lady Buddha Diamond Dakini Vajra Yogini, you appear in so many forms, guises and methods out of great compasion to bring me to your paradise of Kechara heaven. Bless me to waste no more time and engage in my spirituality thoroughly and may I see your coral visage soon. Bless me that I surrender all my games, attachments, projections and endless chasing of all that is futile in samsara now.... Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
Lady Buddha Diamond Dakini Vajra Yogini, you appear in so many forms, guises and methods out of great compasion to bring me to your paradise of Kechara heaven. Bless me to waste no more time and engage in my spirituality thoroughly and may I see your coral visage soon. Bless me that I surrender all my games, attachments, projections and endless chasing of all that is futile in samsara now.... Tsem Rinpoche
Sri Lanka is one of the most beautiful places I have visited. There is so much to explore. I have compiled 20 MUST VISIT places for you to see in Sri Lanka. Enjoy the post and the great pictures! Enjoy: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=127234
3 months ago
Sri Lanka is one of the most beautiful places I have visited. There is so much to explore. I have compiled 20 MUST VISIT places for you to see in Sri Lanka. Enjoy the post and the great pictures! Enjoy: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=127234
 http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/gallery/chat-pictures/chat-8yzmaqog68754.jpg Sacred and holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini being escorted from the Vajra Yogini temple on the streets on festival day to bless the masses. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/gallery/chat-pictures/chat-8yzmaqog68754.jpg Sacred and holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini being escorted from the Vajra Yogini temple on the streets on festival day to bless the masses. Tsem Rinpoche
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  • August 22, 2017 01:55
    jason asked: what is the significance of a solar eclipse in terms of sadhana practice besides multiplying merit
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear Jason, Thank you for your question. It is good to see you here. As you have rightly pointed out, during solar eclipses the merit from engaging in virtuous actions are greatly multiplied. Therefore there are many prescribed practices one can do during these times to generate a lot of merit, such as engaging in prayers, making abundant offerings, animal liberation, taking precepts for the day, etc. In terms of sadhana practice, the main benefit here would be the multiplication of merits generated. However on a tantric level, since the movements of the planets are linked to the movement of energy within the universe, and therefore one’s body, there would be subtle changes in the psychic winds within the body as well. On the whole, the patterns of the universe are mirrored within the psychic winds in the body as well. The tantric system that deals with these movements in the most detail is the Kalachakra Tantra, which you can read more about here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/introduction-to-tibetan-astrology.html In the Kalachakra Tantra it is said that when a solar eclipse occurs, merit is either multiplied a thousand, ten-thousand times, or a hundred-thousand times. The sun and the moon are linked with the psychic winds, channels and drops with tantric practice. According to the Kalachakra Tantra everyone breathes 21,600 time every day and our minds are said to ride on the winds within our bodies. The majority of the winds within out body are karmic winds, in that they come about and are affected by karmic tendencies. During an eclipse however, more wisdom winds are said to prevail in the body. As these circulate in the body, doing Dharma practice, especially tantric practices in which you use these winds, one can achieve spiritual attainments at a speed that would not normally be possible. In traditional mythology, there is a celestial body known as Rahu. This isn’t actually a physical planet, but a node on the orbit of the moon. When Rahu appears, he is said to swallow the sun for some time, this is the ancient explanation of a solar eclipse. Rahu is also known as the “dragon’s head”. Within the Kalachakra Tantra, practitioners use Rahu to bring the sun and the moon under control. As the sun is associated with psychic channels on the right side of the body, and the moon with psychic channels on the left side of the body, what this means is that the practitioner controls these energies and brings them into the central psychic channel instead. Thereby the solar eclipse is said to mirror a tantric yogi’s ability to bring the psychic energies of the left and right side into the central channel. Once in the central channel the yogi can engage in the higher psychic energy meditations in order to gain spiritual attainments and even enlightenment. For an everyday practitioner therefore, the main benefit of practicing during a solar eclipse is the multiplication of merit. For a tantric practitioner however, it is a time that they can make use of the energies of nature to boost their practices. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • August 18, 2017 01:27
    Todd asked: Does Rinpoche have any information on the deity Rakta Yamari, who is believed to be an emanation of Manjushri?
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear Todd, Thank you for your interesting question. Rakta Yamari is indeed a wrathful emanation of Manjushri, in the form of a yidam or meditational deity belonging to the Anuttarayoga, or highest tantra, class of deities. The practice has been incorporated into all four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism: the Nyingma, Kagyu, Sakya and Gelug. Generally speaking some of the wrathful forms of Manjushri can be classified into three groupings, the Rakta (blood-red), Krishna (blue-black), and Vajrabhairava (adamantine terrifying). Since Rakta Yamari is therefore a classification of deities, it would be hard to give information here on all of them. The specific forms of Rakta Yamari differ in how the main figure appears and the number of other deities in the mandala. Of particular note, is that each of these forms and their practices has their own lineage of practice as well. Whilst there are forms of all three classifications within the four main schools of Tibetan Buddhism, certain lineages place more emphasis on a particular form than others. For example, within the Gelug lineage emphasis is placed on Vajrabhairava Yamantaka, of which there are two forms in particular that are practiced: 13-deity Yamantaka, and Solitary Hero Yamantaka. In fact Vajrabhairava Yamantaka is one of the three main Anuttarayoga Tantra deities practiced in the Gelug lineage, which we follow, alongside the Akshobhyavajra variant of Guhyasamaja and Chakrasamvara. There are two important lineages of Rakta Yamari practice: the 13-deity Rakta Yamari, and the 5-deity Rakta Yamari practice. Both of these practices can be traced back to an important lineage holder, the Indian Mahasiddha Virupa. In the case of the 5-deity Rakta Yamari lineage, he was taught the practice by a wisdom dakini. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • August 17, 2017 19:26
    Aldric Wilson DuXing asked: How can the alleged "DiSanShr" "Dorje Chang Fo" Yi Yun Gao be the actual incarnation of Buddha Dipankara Buddha?
    Pastor Niral Patel answered: Dear Aldric Wilson DuXing, Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, I do not know much about Yi Yun Gao to be able to comment on this. However, within Buddhism we do believe that the Buddhas, out of their compassion appear in human form to help sentient beings in whatever way they can. Within Tibetan Buddhism there is a long history of recognising great masters as the physical body emanations (also known as tulkus) of the Buddhas. The logic behind this is that the Buddhas are all compassionate and so help sentient beings in any and all means that they can. This would obviously include taking the physical form of a human. To say that the Buddhas cannot or do not do this, would be limiting the abilities of the enlightened beings, which goes against the scriptures. In fact, in the scriptures it states that Buddhas can emanate out in countless different forms at the same time. This includes animate beings, such as humans, animals, etc., and also inanimate objects such as bridges, or other things. These emanations, or incarnations if in human form, can be recognised by those who have the ability to perceive the enlightened beings, such as highly attained masters or other emanations themselves. That is why you see only the highest masters within the Tibetan Buddhist traditions recognise others as incarnations of the Buddhas. Other methods of confirming this can include checking with an enlightened Dharma protector, such as Dorje Shugden, when in trance of a qualified oracle. Those who really are emanations of the enlightened beings do not actually need to be recognised as such, as they will always help others no matter if they are recognised or not. However the recognition of such beings is more for us, as practitioners to gain merit by helping them achieve their goal of helping other sentient beings. But as I mentioned earlier, these beings do not self-proclaim themselves but are recognised as such by other highly attained masters who are trustworthy and really work for the cause of helping others by upholding and practicing the holy teachings of Lord Buddha. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • August 16, 2017 00:47
    Anonymous asked: Sorry about the link not working. They can be found at dharmawheel.net and then looked under Tibetan Buddhism and then under topics which are under all the other lineage topics. Since this is recent, the title "Crazy Scandal somewhat related to Gelug hitting Taiwan" should come up. But anyway, here are the sources in that case: https://ladakh2017blog.wordpress.com/2017/08/12/mary-jin-gebis/ https://maisonneuve.org/article/2013/06/18/when-monks-come-town/ https://ladakh2017blog.wordpress.com/2017/08/14/bw-dorje-shugden/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ad355FqDQuo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzvPhv_eldk http://www.blisswisdom.org/statement/1854-1006 https://ladakh2017blog.wordpress.com/2017/07/24/dalai-lama-speaks-to-chinese-devotees-about-bliss-and-wisdom/
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  • August 15, 2017 01:43
    Anonymous asked: Hi, although this is not a question, I would like to bring awareness towards a particular cult in China and Taiwan that has been having scandals with their leader, Mary Jin. The cult has been defaming the Dalai Lama and has begun supporting Shugden here even though that's not really bad. However, I would like to bring attention so they may not begin corrupting the Buddhists here. Even though I used a dharmawheel website, it has links to its sources: https://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=40
    pastor answered: Dear Anonymous, Thank you for bringing this to our attention, however the link you provided does not work. I do not know anything about this particular person or their organisation, so I really can’t say much. However, there are some people out there who use religion for their personal gain, and twist the teachings to suit their greed. These sorts of people are often embroiled in scandals and the like and often have views that go against common sense. That is why it is very important to check that a teacher is qualified, is practicing, and is teaching the Dharma as it should be according to the scriptures. All students are encouraged do to so and this in mentioned clearly in the scriptures themselves. The actions of a teacher should be in line with actions laid out in the scriptures and their views should match the logic laid out in the scriptures as well. Once we see a teacher’s qualities, and we have made sure that what they practice is real and genuine, we can devote ourselves to that person fully. We at Kechara, following the teachings of His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, think very highly of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, as he is the emanation of the Buddha of compassion, Chenrezig. Similarly, we also believe that Dorje Shugden is the emanation of the Buddha of wisdom, Manjushri. For us, both are enlightened beings, and many practitioners all around world follow this belief as well. We are saddened to see or hear when others talk badly about either, since both are enlightened beings capable of benefiting the world tremendously. Thank you.
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