Dharma work, attitude & TDL

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Please take a look at this above video I did today for you. I hope it will bring you more light…..

 

 

 

Dear friends,

Today I was at the beach in East Coast of Malaysia and decided to share how I arrived at Thubten Dhargye Ling Dharma Centre in Los Angeles when I was 17 years old. I also have shared my thoughts on Dharma work. I thought my sharing might help some people. After all we are all humans and have our thoughts, feelings and emotions right or wrong.

Dharma work is something of a blessing, privilege and honour. We should never do Dharma work thinking we are doing the centre, our guru, others and Buddha a favour. If we think like that then even offering flowers and incense to the Buddha is doing Buddha a favour?? Not so.  We are not doing anyone a favour if we think we are doing them a favour…in fact, it defeats the whole purpose because of wrong thinking.  If we need to help people who need to cross a dangerous river daily by building a bridge, we can build it ourselves but it can take much longer. If we join forces with others, then the bridge can be completed much faster with less effort. Joining in the Dharma work of a centre is like the example I just gave with the bridge. When we do Dharma work, we must act in accordance with the Dharma. We must have integrity, discipline, drive, commitment and honesty. Then the work really becomes Dharma and something to help us bring happiness to others and ourselves eventually. Dharma work places should not become places to dump our anger, frustrations and emotions forcing others to confront our unhappiness in our lives by asking for attention and not applying a solution. Of course our Dharma friends will listen and try to help, but ultimately we must apply the true solutions/remedies to get results. When we throw tantrums, demand special attention, do not complete our work, do not fulfill our promises, then whatever you are doing is not Dharma work. How could it be? It is work that could be Dharma but you made it into work that harms yourself and others.

Dharma people are generally more tolerant, forgiving, patient, kind but we should not take advantage of this. The problems you have in your romance, family, kids, husbands, wives, partners, friends, etc. were not created by your Dharma friends, so do not blame them. Do not expect them to be the object of your unhappiness with the situations you created yourself. Do not ask Dharma, your teacher, your friends to solve your problems. You must apply the Dharma and solve your problems. If you are always throwing tantrums, blaming others, complaining and making others uncomfortable, then you will make yourself unwelcome wherever you go. No one deserves to be lonely and sad. So do not create the situations to become lonely. When you do Dharma work, then do your work with a smiling face, good attitude and a disposition that make others happy to have you. That is your training. Training your mind to become something that other people will want you is the challenge worth taking.

Dharma work is NOT WHAT OTHERS CAN GIVE YOU OR WHAT YOU CAN DEMAND, but what you give others quietly and without complaints……dharma work is about giving. Giving from all levels is what really brings love, contenments and respect…what we all want and need… Dharma is about rooting out our selfish mind that brought us all our problems in the first place. Dharma teaches us the truth about ourselves and we should face it and do something about it before it’s too late…When we have so much support and care around us and we ‘cannot’ solve our problems, how to solve it alone and away? But sometimes being away makes us realize what we missed and it could be positive..it’s different for everyone.

We should never blame others in our work. We should never push responsibilities onto others. We should never ask others to solve our problems and make them listen to our stories for hours with no end, when we created the problems and only we can solve it. We should not threaten others we will quit, or leave or will not participate because that is the same as telling Lord Buddha you quit and you don’t want to ‘help’ Buddha. That sounds ridiculous by any standards. If you wish to quit to take care of your problems and maybe later do Dharma work again, then do so quietly and without complaining or gossiping or making up stories to cover your shame, failure and embarrassment. If you do so, then you close the doors for yourself to return and you end up alone again..you end up back to square one.

Please remember, no one forced you to do Dharma work. You chose it. So if you choose Dharma work and joined an organization or dept, then it has rules and parameters from past experiences to safeguard everyone for the future. It’s like if there’s a stretch of road that is slippery, then a sign can be put up to warn drivers and also to lower the speed. To lower the speed is not a rule to make you suffer or control you but to protect you. Similarily within any Dharma organizations there are unique ways of doing things that have evolved over time, so do not just think it’s useless and throw it to the wind and act as you like… After all, have you ever run a Dharma centre or managed many people? If you haven’t then you have to realize the rules are to help you, others and the work long term. Not all rules are perfect, but with time they can be perfected. Nothing is perfect after all. But important to know that if you have the merits to do Dharma work, then your attitude must adjust with it. How can you touch statues, thangkas, offerings, attend teachings, give talks, do rituals, do prayers and be involved with work everyday that is meant to relieve others of sufferings when you add to their sufferings by your attitude? That wouldn’t do would it? How can you join Dharma and act the same or worse than before you have joined Dharma? That doesn’t make sense either please….. I wrote all this for you to self examine and not to judge you or criticize you…definitely to help you examine. I examine myself always. I don’t always like what I see, but I do something about it because I know it will bring me trouble later and I don’t want trouble…. Doing something about what we don’t like in ourselves is Dharma. Repaying the Guru’s kindness in the highest manner is to transform ourselves. If we appreciate our Guru, then show it with transformation, everything else is an excuse. Dharma work is meant to transform ourselves for the benefit of ourselves and others….Not to make us worse.

If you are volunteering, then how wonderful you sponsor yourself a stipend to work for the Dharma. Then your giving of yourself to Dharma is thorough. Rejoice. You have the fortune to take care of yourself so the Dharma does not need to find more help to help you. You help yourself to help others…so wonderful if you can do that…What you do not need in stipend, can be used for someone else to do Dharma work, how kind of you to allow this chain reaction….

If you are on stipend because you wish to do Dharma work and cannot afford to, then you are so lucky that Dharma pays you to transform and collect merit. Think about it..you are being paid to be a good person, generate good qualities, do work to benefit others, to attend teachings, to have the honour to work with other selfless people, to give meaning to your lives, to dedicate merits for your loved ones, to be in an environment that aims to better society and others…You are being paid to become enlightened..how lucky you are??? If you are collecting a stipend, you are not bad, it’s because you need to, so be grateful, humble, work hard, nurture others, be generous in your time/effort/work, do not make trouble, or burden others ever. No one is paying you to make others suffer more..People come to the dharma to find some peace and wisdom, not for a stipened person of the Dharma to burden them more with problems and confusion…take the stipend with open hands and also give back with open hands…You are lucky to be paid to benefit others…please think……I rejoice for you to do Dharma work either way. I truly do.

If really you leave Dharma work for now whether as a volunteer or stipend staff, you didn’t leave Dharma or your centre. You should continue to really practice Dharma so you can overcome your obscurations. You should be involved in the centre, pujas, teachings and activities. Why? Because you need it very much. You may be embarrassed at first, but your face loss for the moment is worth your continuation of your Dharma learning and participation. Face is nothing and Dharma is everything. So even if you are not doing Dharma work per se, you should not abandon anything else in the Dharma ever…

For any reason that is beyond our control that we must ‘leave’ Dharma work, then be grateful. Do not be sneaky. Do not keep quiet. Do not just take and pretend you are staying. But talk to the person in charge. Be honest. Let your Dharma co-workers know. Make them feel worth the effort they put towards you. Do not keep quiet till the last minute, sneak away and do not want to face so many that have been kind to you because you have no gratitude, no appreciation and you take and don’t give. Courage is appreciation. If you do not have appreciation, then anywhere you go, you will be not respected. Places and faces can change, but results will be the same. Wherever you plant apple trees, it will be apples that grow and not oranges. So if you need to leave, then leave in a way that is honest, respectful and do not treat your Dharma work just as a job. Try your best to find a replacement. Do not just leave an empty space and let others fill it. Your job and what you are doing will be left to others to cover. If you are sincere about your Dharma practice and Dharma work, then you will do your best to make sure what you are leaving does not burden anyone else. Do not owe money, debts or leave a bad taste in other people’s mouth. Because then it’s like abandoning the best thing in your life and then just rubbing more insult into the wound.

If you have the honour to sponsor Dharma, then do not treat the Dharma like a racehorse expecting it to win and bring you returns. The returns you want and what you get can be different, maybe better. Do not control others with your money. Dharma centres/actitivities/people need your sponsorship and appreciate it. But your attitude should not be a King or Queen waltzing into the Dharma centre because you are a sponsor. A sponsor should be all the more humble, gracious and never show off what you gave and expect gratitude. Your reward and ‘payment’ of gratitude is the lives Dharma has touched because of you…. If the Dharma, centre and activities are growing, that is your reward. That is the true reward. You would have most likely used your money for more samsaric acquisitions, but when you sponsor the Dharma you are doing something so excellent, that the Dharma is doing you a favour to allow you to sponsor it…think about it.

Sponsoring monks, teachers and the gurus is a unique position to be in. You have the direct affinity to help your teacher in their work…how beautiful is that? You get to relieve some burdens from your teachers’s mind in raising funds for their noble projects. How wonderful to relieve the minds of people who uphold the Dharma, share knowledge with you and give your life true purpose. All the wealth in the universe is not enough of an offering to one who shows you the path to enlightenment. Enlightenment is priceless. Liberation from all suffering is priceless. So if you can support a person who does this for others, how great is your luck to chance upon this..I am not saying sponsors deserve nothing and just offer, offer, and offer. What I am saying is when the sponsor offers with no expectations, then the true teacher will recognize this, the love and blessings to the sponsor will be manifold. No true teacher will not take care of  such a sponsor. Sponsors should trust. Sponsors do not need to feel jealous, or compete or demand because if you expect your teacher to take care of all this, you think very lowly of your teacher. Offer more than funds, offer your practice..that is the greatest and highest form of supporting your teacher.

From my side, I appreciate the sponsors deeply and my wish to benefit them goes into not just this life, but future lives. Without sponsorship, how can any centre grow, reach out or do any of their noble works. From my heart, I thank and appreciate sponsors so much as with any teacher I am sure. A good relationships comes between sponsor and teacher when both just do their work with the intent to benefit others and nothing else…….what a wonderful partnership.

Your teacher will use your sponsorship to the best of their judgement, leave it to them and do not demand reports, special favours, special attention, special exceptions. If you do, it will make others lose respect for you. After sponsoring, why would you want others to lose respect in you because of petty behaviours. Be a shining example of generosity without control, strings, conditions, doubt and demands. Then you become a true sponsor of the Dharma acquiring merits to bring great spiritual returns. Sponsors should get involved with Dharma work and see it to the end, after all why ‘invest’ in something and not see it all the way through? How much and how often you sponsor should be done with 100% motivation to benefit without demands….that is good training. Dharma is not a business and the people involved are not business people. Before you sponsor, make sure it is the place you have confidence in. Check it thoroughly. Whatever you promise to sponsor, then do so and show your integrity as a sign of your spirituality. Do not make empty promises, because that leads you to the wrong type of emptiness…..It disappoints others deeply….Sponsors are very kind….for sure….for very sure…

Doing Dharma work helps us to collect merits and the benefits are far reaching on many levels…. Do not make it into a situation where you collect demerits, more negative karma and strengthen your negative habituations. You must transform your mind in order to do Dharma work and for it to be really Dharma, otherwise it is just work like any other work in Samsara. Please think about what I have said….I am not here to criticize you or accuse, but to lay the cards out on the table straight and honestly. Please see it as that and not something to hurt you or accuse you. Of course there are many who really do Dharma work and inspire me and many others. To them I fold my hands in humility and I thank them.

Sometimes in the Dharma centres you come across people who know their stuff, memorized the prayers, are fast, been around for many years, volunteer alot, know alot of the history of the centre yet they are not nice. They are jealous, nasty, very competitive, mooch money from you, borrow and not give back, use sweet Dharma words with bad motive to get something else,  gossipy, schismatic, and really turn alot of people off. Your question might be HOW COME THIS IS ALLOWED OR WHY LIKE THAT??? Well there are going to be people who listen, apply and practice the Dharma and there are going to be people who don’t. That is what makes up a centre…Just like in a hospital you come across caring and sincere nurses as well as nurses who don’t care. So when you come across these people and they have been hurtful to you, you may speak up to them and be firm. Ask them not to treat you this way or that way. You can speak up and it does not make you bad.. Being compassionate does not mean being the object of unnecessary abuse from anyone centre or not… These people are in the centre because if they weren’t they would be worse off. It is the compassion of the teacher and members that allow them to stay. So you can generate compassion towards them and keep a safe distance if necessary. There have been instances in every centre where certain people really do things that are very bad forcing the centre to ask them to go for a retreat, or just please do not get involved in the centre because their harm is way beyond any parameters. There are all types of people in a centre…but one should not judge the Dharma on their basis. There are people who come to a centre with totally a non-spiritual goal and maybe to use the centre or members…that does happen unfortunately sad to say…..We must be alert to protect the centre from people who’s intentions are harmful by taking appropriate actions according to the law of the land. I mention the truth/reality and it may shock some of you, but welcome to the real world…I am sorry.  In a hospital there will be people who benefit and live from treatment, but some do not. Yet medical treatment for others must continue. Watch yourself and judge yourself when in the Dharma as your goal is peace, wisdom and liberation….

 

Please do not take offense in what I have written, I wrote it to clarify. Not to accuse or say everyone is like this or that. From what I wrote, you take what applies to you if anything. If it doesn’t apply, I still have a duty to explain and share on the attitude behind Dharma work. If you understand, then everyone will have a better relationship with eachother and that is what I want.

I thank you,

 

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 


Chinese Translation

佛法工作、态度及图登达杰林佛法中心

请观赏我今天特别为大家录制的影像,希望它能够为你带来更多的曙光……

 

亲爱的朋友们,

今天,我来到马来西亚东海岸的沙滩,我决定跟大家分享我17岁时如何抵达位于洛杉矶的图登达杰林佛法中心。我也跟大家分享我对佛法工作的想法。我想我的分享或许会帮到一些人。毕竟我们都是人类,无论对或错,我们都有自己的想法、感受和情绪。

佛法工作是一种加持、殊荣及荣誉。从事佛法工作的我们,不应该将所做的事想做是在帮忙佛教中心、我们的上师、其他人和佛陀做事。如果我们这样想,难道为佛陀供花和供香就是在帮佛陀做事?不是这样的。我们并不是在帮任何人的忙;如果我们想成是在帮别人的忙……事实上,这种错误的想法就已经乖离了从事佛法工作的整个目的。如果我们要建一道桥来帮助那些每天都需越过危险河流的人们,当然我们可以自己建,但是却得耗上较长的时间。如果我们与别人联手共建那道桥,我们就能更快且更省力地完成工程。在一个佛教中心从事佛法工作,就好像我刚例举的那个建桥的例子。我们在从事佛法工作的过程中,我们的行为一定得和佛法保持一致。我们必须言出必行、有纪律、动力,遵守诺言并有诚信。那么这份工作最终就真的变成佛法,并成为一个能帮我们去为他人和自己带来快乐的东西。从事佛法工作的场所,不该成为我们发泄愤怒、挫折感和情绪的地方;我们也不该一味要求别人的关注,强迫别人去面对我们生活上的不快乐,而不去解决问题。同修当然会聆听并尝试帮助我们,但最终我们还是必须用对的方法/解药去解决问题。如果我们发脾气,要求别人的特别关注,却没有完成工作,也不去履行诺言,那么无论我们做的是什么,它都不会是佛法工作。怎么会这样?它原本可以是佛法的工作,但是你却将它变成给自己和他人带来伤害的工作。

学佛的人普遍上更具容忍心、不记仇、有耐性和善良,但是我们不应该就此而占便宜。你在爱情、家庭、亲子关系、夫妻关系、伴侣之间、友情中等所面对的问题,都不是你同修制造的问题,因此不要迁怒于他们。你为自己制造了不愉快的经历, 不要期待他们会成为那个该负责任的人。不要叫佛法、你的上师、你的朋友来替你解决问题。你必须应用佛法来解决你的问题。如果你经常发脾气,责怪和抱怨他人并使他人感到不舒服,那么你会让自己陷入无论去到哪里都遭到排挤的情况中。没有任何一个人应遭受孤独和悲伤的处境。因此不要制造令自己陷入孤独之中的情况。脸带笑容,并以良好的态度和性格从事佛法工作,这会使你被大家珍惜。这是你的训练。训练你的思维以成为一个令其他人会珍惜的人,这是一个值得尝试的挑战。

从事佛法工作,并不是看别人可以给你什么或者你可以要求什么,而是让你学会如何能够沉默且不抱怨地为别人付出……佛法工作是关于施予。从每一个层面上施予,能真正带来关爱、满足感和尊重……这是我们每一个人想要及需要的东西。第一个给我们带来所有问题的,便是自私的心理,而佛法正是让我们摒弃这心理的东西。佛法教导我们为人的真相,而我们应该面对它,并在来不及之前作出改变。若我们在拥有那么多支持和关怀的情况下都“没办法”解决问题,那么独自一人或远离人群怎么解决问题呢?当然,远离人群有时候也能让我们了解自己错过了些什么,而这也可以是正面的做法…这是因人而异的。

在工作上我们不应该责怪他人,我们不应该将责任推卸在他人身上。我们不应该叫别人替我们解决问题,让他们花几个小时聆听我们说不尽的故事,尤其我们正是制造那些问题的人而也只有我们自己才能找到解决方案。我们不应该以离开工作岗位,或者离开佛教中心,或不参与任何活动来威胁其他人,因为你这么做就等同于你对佛陀说你要退出,你不想“帮忙”佛陀。以任何标准来衡量,这听起来都很荒谬。如果你想离开以解决你的问题然后再回来从事佛法事业,那么就保持沉默,不要抱怨或制造流言,或者捏造故事来掩盖自己的羞愧、失败和困窘。如果你这么做,那么你是在为自己堵住后路,让自己没办法回来并再次陷入孤独之中。最后你还是没有任何改变。

请牢记,没有人强逼你从事佛法工作,那是你的选择。因此如果你选择从事佛法工作并加入某个组织或部门,你就必须明白,每个组织或部门都会有因过去经验而设下的规则和限制,目的是在未来的日子里保障每个人的利益。这就好像是某个路段有路面平滑的情况,为了警告驾驶者或提醒他们将车速减缓,路边便会设置一个警示牌。减缓车速不是一个用来为你制造痛苦或约束你的规则,而是在保护你的安全。同样的,在任何佛教组织内都会有随着时间演变,而发展出来的独特处理事情的方式,所以不要认为那是毫无用处的东西并置之不理,然后为所欲为。再怎么说,你曾经经营过一个佛教中心或管理过很多人吗?若你不曾的话,那你要明白,那些规则都是为了帮助你、他人以及那些长远的工作。不是所有的规则都是完美的,但日子久了它们就会逐渐变得完善。毕竟没有任何一个东西是完美的。然而,很重要的一点你必须知道,如果你有足够的功德从事佛法工作,那么你就必须调整你的态度来工作。如果你每一天都在触碰佛像、唐卡、供品、出席开示、给讲座、进行仪式、祈愿,及参与理应能减轻人们痛苦的工作,你又怎能任由自己恶劣的态度来增加他们的痛苦?那是行不通的,对吧?你怎么可以在接触佛法后行为还是维持不变,或比接触佛法前更变本加厉?那根本说不通。我写这篇文章是让你做自我检视,并不是要评断你或批评你,这完全是为了让你做自我检视。我常常检视我自己。我并不总是喜欢我所看到的,但是我会做出改变,因为我知道它在之后会带给我麻烦,我不想要麻烦。针对我们对自身不满意的地方去加以改进是佛法。回报上师恩情的最高尚方式便是转化自己。如果我们珍惜自己的上师,那就以自己的转化来表示感激,其他的一切都是借口。佛法工作就是为了转化自己以给自己和他人带来益处,而不是为了让我们变本加厉。

如果你在佛教中心充当义工,你为自己的佛法工作赞助俸给,这有多美好啊!那么你便是完全地将自己奉献给佛法。随喜。你有自己照顾自己的运气,佛法不必费心思去帮助你。你帮助自己以帮助其他人。如果你可以这么做那有多美好啊!你不需要的俸给可以用来支持其他人从事佛法工作,你的仁慈制造别人从事佛法工作的因。

如果你想从事佛法工作却不得不领薪,那么你也很幸运,因为佛法支付你薪水,好让你得以转化,并让你累积功德。不妨这么想,你被付予薪水以成为一个好人,建立良好品德;你被付予薪水以从事利益他人的工作、出席开示,且让你有机会与其他无私的人一同工作;你被付予薪水来为你的人生找到意义,让你能够回向功德给你的至爱;你被付予薪水来生活在一个以改善社会和他人为目标的地方,你被付予薪水以达致证悟……你是多么地幸运啊!如果你必须领薪,这不表示你不好,而是因为你需要靠它来过日子;你因此要感恩、谦虚、勤力及栽培其他人,不要吝啬你的时间、精力或对工作有所计较,不要制造问题或成为别人的负担。没有人支付你薪金来让其他人受更多的苦。那些前来接触佛法的人们是想找寻安宁和智慧,而不是为了找寻一个受薪的佛法工作者给他们带来更多问题和混乱的负担。以开放的心接受薪金,也以开放的心付出。你有机会被付予薪水以给人们带来利益,这是很幸运的,请想想……无论你以哪种方式从事佛法事业,我为你随喜。我真的为你随喜!

无论你是义工或受薪的职员,如果你现在真的离开佛法事业,你其实并没有离开佛法或你的佛法中心。你应该继续真正地实践佛法,以让你能够克服自身的障碍。你应该参与佛教中心的活动、法会、开示以及各种活动。为什么?因为你极度需要这些。刚开始时你或许会很尴尬,但是你那一刻的没面子是值得的,因为那能让你继续佛法上的学习和参与。面子是虚无的,而佛法是一切。因此纵使你本身没有从事佛法工作,你永远都不应该放弃佛法中的一切。

如果为了任何一个超乎我们掌控的理由而必须“离开”佛法工作,那么我们要感恩。不要偷偷摸摸,不要保持沉默,不要一味接受别人的好意,还装着你会继续留下来。你要去和负责人谈一谈。为人得诚实,让你佛法的同事了解你的状况。让他们觉得为你付出心力是值得的。不要保持沉默直到最后一分钟,然后再偷偷离开,只为了逃避那些善待你的多张脸孔,因为你对他们的善意对待不怀有谢意及感激,更只受不施。勇气是感激的表现。如果你没有怀着感激的心,无论你去到哪里,你都不会得到别人的尊重。地方和人可以不一样,但是结果会是一样的。无论你在哪里种下苹果树,长出来的都会是苹果而不是橙。因此如果你得离开,那么就诚实且有礼貌的离开,不要将你的佛法工作看成是只是一个工作,尽量找一个替代,不要离开然后留下一个空位待别人来填补它。因为这样,别人将必须帮你完成你的工作。如果你真诚对待你的佛法修行和佛法工作,那么你会尽量确保你的离开不会对任何一个人造成负担。不要欠钱,不要负债,或留下恶名并成为别人的话柄。因为这就像是放弃了你人生最好的东西之后,还在伤口上撒盐。

如果你有幸能赞助佛法事业,那么不要好像对待赛场上的马儿一样对待佛法,期待它会给你带来胜利和回酬。你想要的回酬和你得到的东西可以是不一样的,或许会更好。不要利用你的钱去控制其他人。佛法中心、佛法活动或学佛的人需要你的赞助,他们会珍惜你的慷慨。但是你的态度不应该犹如踩着华尔兹舞步进入佛法中心的国王或王后,只因为你是赞助人。一个赞助者应该比所有人都更谦虚、亲切,不炫耀自己给了多少,然后期待别人来感谢你。你的回酬和“报酬”来自那些由于你的赞助而被佛法撼动的生命。如果佛法、某个中心和活动能够取得发展,那就是你的回酬。那就是真正的回酬。绝大多数的时候,你可能会将你的钱用在去拥有娑婆世界中的事物,但是当你赞助佛法,你就是在做一件了不起的事。佛法给了你机会,让你为佛法付出……去想一想。

赞助僧人、导师和上师让你处在特别的位置上。你拥有直接的殊缘帮助你上师的工作,这有多美好啊!你为上师的高尚计划筹募款项,能减轻上师心理的负担。能够为守护佛法、与你分享知识,并给予你人生真正意义的人减轻心理负担,那是多美妙的事。整个宇宙的财富都不足以你用来供养一位指引你走上证悟之道的人。证悟是无价的。从所有的痛苦中解脱是无价的。因此如果你可以支持一个帮助他人解脱痛苦的人,若你能有这样的机会,那是多大的福分!我不是说赞助者就只应一味奉献,而不该获得什么。我的意思是如果赞助者能够无条件的奉献,具格的上师将会看得见,而他给予赞助者的关爱和加持将是多方面的。没有一位具格的上师会忽略这样的赞助者。赞助者应该不存有任何怀疑。赞助者不必嫉妒、竞争,或要求什么,因为如果你期待你的上师去照顾这一切,那你就是将你的上师想得非常卑微。奉献比资金更多的东西,奉献你的修行,这便是你对上师最伟大、最崇高的支持。

对我而言,我由衷感谢赞助者,我愿他们不止在这一世受益面,更希望他们在来世也能获益。如果没有赞助者的帮助,一个中心如何能发展,向前迈进并接触大众,或实现他们的高尚工作?我肯定,我个人和任何一个上师都一样由衷感谢和感激那些赞助者。赞助者和上师之间的和谐关系,在双方都怀着只想利益他人而别无他意的情况下产生。那是多么美好的伙伴关系!

你的上师会根据他的判断,加以善用你的赞助;将你的资金交在他们手中,不要要求报告书、特别照顾、特别的关注以及特殊的待遇。如果你这么做,你会失去别人对你的尊重。在赞助后,为什么要让别人因为你的一些小举动而对你失去尊重?成为一个慷慨的好榜样,不企图控制、不附带条件、不怀疑,也不多加要求地付出,那么你便会是一个真正的佛法赞助者,你累积的功德将为你带来巨大的灵修回报。赞助者应该参与佛法工作以见证工作的始与终;既然要“投资”,为什么又不见证它的整个过程呢?无论你赞助的数额和次数是多少,都应该是出自完全想利益他人,别无要求的动机……这是很好的训练。佛法不是一单生意,参与的人并不是生意人。你在赞助之前要确保那是你能投以信心的一个佛教中心。先做个彻底的了解。无论你答应要赞助什么,就要言出必行,那是显示你的灵性修养的象征。不要开空头支票,因为那将让你错误理解空性,那会深深地让他人失望。赞助者们都非常仁慈,那是肯定的,是毋容置疑的……

从事佛法工作帮助我们累积功德,这份工作带来的益处可以散播到多个层面。不要让自己在从事佛法工作时累积负面的功德及更多的恶业,并强化你负面的习性。你必须打从心底转化自己来从事佛法工作,好让你的心血成为真的佛法,否则你的工作就会跟任何一个娑婆世界的工作一样。针对我的话,你去想一想。 我不是在批评你或谴责你,我只是直接且诚实地将事情摊开来说。请你这样来看待我的话,而这些不是为了要伤害你或谴责你的话。当然也有很多真正在从事佛法工作的人,这些人启发了我,也启发很多人。我对他们谦恭的双手合十并感谢他们。

有些时候,你会在某个佛教中心内遇见那些能掌握自身职务、对祈愿文能倒背如流、敏捷、加入某个中心好几年、当了许多次义工,也对中心的历史有所认识的人,但是他们却不怎么友善。他们善妒嫉、难应付、好勇斗狠,又或许会讹诈你的钱财、向你借东西但不归还,动机不良却擅长使用漂亮的佛法文字以获取一些东西、多嘴多话、搞分裂并激怒了不少人。你或许会问:“怎么可以允许这些事发生”或“为什么会这样?”。当然,在一个佛教中心里,既有真心想听取教诲,实践佛法并认真修行的人;也会有不想这么做的人。一个佛教中心就是由这些人组成的。就像一所医院,你既会遇到对病人关怀备至及诚恳的护士,也会遇见对病人漠不关心的护士。因此如果你遇到那些人,或曾经被他们伤害过,你大可态度坚定地说明你的立场,要求他们不要这样或那样对待你。你可以出声,这并不表示你是坏人。慈悲为怀并不意味着要成为被欺凌的对象。这些人在某个中心里的原因是,如果他们不在中心里,他们会变得更加恶劣。是上师和中心成员的慈悲心 允许他们留下来。因此你可以对他们产生慈悲心,并在有需要的时候跟他们保持距离。这已经是每个中心都会出现的情况,你会发现有些人真的可以做出十分恶劣的举止,导致中心的管理人逼不得已,而必须要求那些有问题的人去闭关,或者不让他们参与中心的活动,因为他们带来的伤害已经超乎任何一个标准。一个中心里可能存在着许多种人,但是人们不应该以他们作为判断佛法的标准。有一些人是完全不以修行为目标,且很可能是为了利用某个中心及其成员而来到一个佛教中心。不幸的,这的确会发生。为了保护佛教中心,我们必须保持警惕,并根据地方法律采取适当的手段来对付那些怀有不良动机的人。我说出的真相或现实也许会吓坏一些人,但是欢迎你们来到真实的世界,我很抱歉。在医院里固然会有因为获得治疗而从中受益或获得痊愈的人,但并非所有的人都这样。虽然如此,继续为人们提供医药治疗仍是必要的。在学佛的过程中观察自己并判断自己,因为你的目标是取得宁静、智慧和解脱。

请不要因为我的文字而感到被冒犯,我写这个是为了要澄清。我并不是在谴责或指说每个人都是这个样子或那个样子。从我的文字中,如果任何一个东西适用于你,你可以接受它。如果不适用,我仍有责任跟大家解释和分享佛法工作背后的态度。如果你能明白,那么每个人和其他人之间都会有更和谐的关系,而这也正是我想要看到的东西。

 

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  1. sonny tan on Jun 27, 2016 at 9:35 am

    Volunteering and doing dharma work is work I look upon as one of the most important aspect of my life, an opportunity many would and could not do or do not want to do as they view it as wasting their time and effort. It is definitely a rare opportunity that allowed me this chance to help me grow spiritually.
    I would not hesitate to offer myself in any task and will probably not question why I was given this task because I would see it as an elevation to fulfil my spiritual needs which unquestionably remain a monumental gap in my spiritual development.
    Working in a group requires patience, tolerance, acceptance, training and very much understanding the roles we are in. We are always very eager to push through what we have learned among the group and when suggestions are turned down one would feel hurt and ego deflated, therefore one would need to always view it as a group activity rather than an individual trip.
    Of course when in a group we are bound to face people with much temperament such as anger, jealousy, moods swing, and behavioral attitude therefore one need to always keep in check our own temperament in order to avoid clashes that ultimately serve no purpose.
    Most importantly is to always remind ourselves that ultimately we are in dharma to improve and shed away those bad habits, undesirable qualities, attitudes in us that is annoying and hopefully comes out a better person.
    It takes a lot of time to reached a level of acceptance and by doing dharma work we are trying to inculcate compassion into our lives and hopefully when we are able to rule out the thinking faculty that we are so used and let the heart rule perhaps then compassion can arise to the surface then we would eventually come to a stage where nothing else matters. When we have reached that level uppermost in our mind is helping and serving others and this is the ultimate that we hope to reached and achieved when doing dharma work or volunteering.

    • Pastor Shin Tan on Jun 27, 2016 at 10:20 am

      Dear Sonny,
      Thank you for sharing and nice to know that you have read this post. There are more interesting posts on this blog.

      Another one that I would like to recommend is “Our Neurotic Mind”. The video will answer questions of: “How and Where our NEUROTIC MIND appears, and Why it appears?” H.E. Tsem Rinpoche also spoke about Milarepa, one of Tibet’s most famous yogis and poets.

      http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/our-neurotic-mind.html

      • Sonny tan on Jun 27, 2016 at 6:07 pm

        Thank you Pastor Shin Tan, I will view the video. As always with respect

  2. Jason on Mar 16, 2016 at 2:31 am

    Dharma work is about selflessness and benefit others. When we do dharma work , a good motivation must be set in our mind.. We must avoid 8 worldly dharma when we doing dharma works.The 8 worldly dharma are “getting what you want ,avoiding getting what u don’t want, wanting instant happiness, not wanting unhappiness, wanting fame,not wanting to be unknown , wanting praise and not wanting blame ”
    If avoid all these 8 worldly dharma, I am sure our dharma work will be very successful and benefit more sentient beings.
    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing .

  3. Pastor Adeline on Dec 10, 2015 at 2:39 am

    佛法事業對很多人來說是個很陌生的名詞,即使是佛教徒也未必能明白這個名詞的含義。就以敝人為例,剛開始的時候,自己其實也不太明白為甚我們需要投入佛法事業。雖說現在有了多一點的理解和體會,但也不敢說自己是完全體會其中的利益。透過師父以上的教誨,初步釐清以下的重點。藉此跟大家分享:
    1)佛法事業其實是投入以佛陀教誨為基礎,以他人利益為中心,以轉化心識為主的工作。
    2)來到佛教中心的義工、功德主、職工、志工等等感恩自己有機會為他人奉獻,因為有中心,才有機會奉獻。
    3)有人的地方必然有人事問題,與其專注在他人的問題,不如專注在提升自己。
    4)佛法事業並不是一般的受薪工作,也不是謀生的機會,而是提升心靈層次的練習場。
    5)佛教中心的人理應比一般人更有慈悲、更有耐心、更會為他人考量,但那可能是我們一廂情願的想法,因為大家都是正在學習佛法、努力學佛的人,並不是已經成佛的人,所以應該專注在自己的修行,成為自己希望他人成就的樣子。

  4. Choong Li Li on Jun 28, 2015 at 12:42 am

    Dear rinpoche,
    thank you for your sharing. Sometimes it is hard to express my thoughts and interest, but I deeply appreciate your work as a guru. Dharma is and should be applied everywhere regardless the place we are at. And an organization cannot run away from a mixture of good and bad as both are just a horizon away.
    I had been bothering people before but actually I want to know what is in their minds and how they can solve them. And after reading this, I think good to keep quiet sometimes and solve own self. At least a self reliance habituation can be cultivated. Thanks

  5. Wan Wai Meng on Dec 29, 2014 at 2:34 am

    Success in Dharma can extend to success in all manner and activities in our lives. The principles for success in dharma is the same for all other work we choose to undertake. Attitude or our minds can really influence our results. We may not be familiar with certain work or tasks but our attitude to approach it determines thee sort of results we get in the end.

  6. Li Kim on Oct 2, 2014 at 12:16 am

    This post was originally posted in 2011. About 3 years later I am reading and reflecting on the last 3 years. Dharma “work” is indeed a virtuous career to have. I have been in Kechara since May 2009 and in these years, I have seen and experienced quite a bit. Some more challenging than others. Whatever Rinpoche has written I have experienced. Nothing is easy. Life is suffering. So I should not expect anything different, in accepting that and knowing that in my Dharma career I can do my part to contribute to the solutions of suffering and life’s difficulties, it is indeed an honour. I have on occasions had the humble privilege of sponsoring towards the works of Kechara and Rinpoche. It felt really good. I believe that money when put to a good cause like spreading the dharma through supporting the works behind Kechara is my good karma and I must cherish it like a precious jewel.

  7. Rena Wong on Sep 29, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for your kind sharing and explanation in setting our motivation and right attitude to do Dharma work.

    Volunteering in Dharma work has helped me to understand myself better and the many difficult situations i encounter daily be it in the centre or circular world.  We must look within ourselves for the root cause of the problem and not blame others for our unhappiness. By blaming others, we create more unhappiness to others and ourself.

    When we do Dharma work with the right attitude & motivation consistently, we will be able to purify our negative karma, collect merits and benefit others. We must always remember to have integrity, discipline, drive, commitment & honesty so that the work really becomes Dharma and something to help us to bring happiness to others & ourselves eventually.

    Once again, thank you Rinpoche and Kechara House for this beautiful centre and Rinpoche’s profound teachings to benefit all sentient beings.

    With folded hands,
    Rena

  8. Jacinta Goh on Sep 27, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    I am very thankful for having this teaching, especially now as I am involved in a Dharma Group. All these words ring true to me. If I may suggest, we should guard our mind instead! If we have virtuos mind, our body and speech will be the manifestation of it. If we continue to feed our mind positively, I believe everything should settle on its own. It’s hard now but doesn’t mean that we cannot. Previously, I have a negative habituation I must say where I expect people to do this, people to be like that and things should be done like this or like that but now, I expect less and hopefully none at all. Due to expectation, we may suffer if things didn’t manifest as we wanted. In fact, I expect more from myself. Just as Rinpoche has mentioned, I am not doing anyone a favour but because I need it. By taking care of myself and taking up my own responsibilities, I will create less trouble for others. If you have children, you will know that you will always worry for your children. Likewise, a Buddha, Bodhisattva and especially your Guru will always worry for you. If we really love them, we should have created ‘zero’ trouble to them.

    Lastly, this phrase continue to resonates strongly in my mind “Dharma work is NOT WHAT OTHERS CAN GIVE YOU OR WHAT YOU CAN DEMAND, but what you give others quietly and without complaints.”

    Thank you, Rinpoche.

  9. Pee Bee Chong on Sep 24, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing, we are grateful to have given the opportunities to do dharma work.

    Dharma work helps us to focus on benefiting others instead of ourselves. We feel happy and blessed if we can help others and seeing other happy. This happiness comes from our heart and it is so difficult to describe.

  10. Hee TS on Sep 24, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    再次感謝仁波切提供這樣寶貴的言教,讓我們自我时刻反省及时檢查我們学佛的動機本質。仁波切是坦誠,徹底,不給不切實際的期望,一如既往。我會一次又一次地閱讀這篇文章,直到我可以把它應用到我的行持中.

  11. K T GOH on Sep 24, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the valuable teachings on Dharma work, attitude & TDL.
    We should learn Dharma and be knowledgable in Dharma so that when we are faced with obstacles then we can apply dharma remedies and Dharma methods. Practice no blame, no complaining and let go of Ego and do Dharma without Hidden Agenda. Make Dharma grow from compassion and follow our Guru, the Lineage, focused on one Path and follow our Center loyally. Then our volunteering work really becomes Dharma ultimately bring happiness to others and ourself.
    Death could come in this Minute so Transform Life into DHARMA Now.

  12. Judy Chen on Sep 24, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    udy Chen
    (Tuesday, Sep 23. 2014 06:01 PM)
    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for the explanation on volunteering for Dharma work.

    As a volunteer, we should let go of our ego and serve Buddha and Kechara with no other agenda. We should serve true to our heart so that it will bring happiness and gain merits eventually.
    This will be my main motivation as a volunteer in Kechara. I hope as a volunteer I will be more patience and mindful of all my actions towards Dharma work.
    It feels good to be able to transform for Dharma.

    Thank you.
    Rinpoche

  13. SL Boon on Sep 24, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche, I have just enrolled in the Volunteer program and this sets a clear motivation for me. I think I am quite ‘lucky’ because I do not need to go through the hardship to start Dharma work. Thank you Rinpoche. Thank you Kechara.

  14. So Kin Hoe (Ipoh) on Sep 23, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you so much for bringing the Dharma to our country after went through a lot of difficulties when Rinpoche left New Jersey (your home town)to continuously seek and learn the Dharma in Los Angeles. Through this short video teaching of 20 minutes provided by Rinpoche, I have learnt and understand that joining the Dharma center, provide our service in the center, cleaning, washing and preparing the offering items for a puja are not doing a favor for the center but a precious opportunity to work ourselves towards Enlightenment and be free of samsara. We should treat our Dharma center as a place to practice Dharma and spread the happiness and compassion with other Dharma brothers and sisters to progress further in our spiritual path. Thank you Rinpoche for all the difficulties you have endured during your 17th age in Los Angeles because you wanted to bring Dharma to us in Malaysia. May Rinpoche gain long life and stay healthy always.

    With folded hands,
    kin hoe

  15. Lum Kok Luen on Sep 23, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    As I embark on the journey as being a volunteer in Kechara House, your message really sets the right mind frame and motivation in the journey.
    My main motivation in being a volunteer is repay your kindness, bring forth further growth in my spiritual journey, learn and adapt to manage myself and others in a Dharma Center and eventually to collect merits.
    I look forward to the successful completion of this journey over the next 5 weeks and thereafter to function as a volunteer in Kechara House.

    Thank you.

  16. Toh Cheng See on Sep 18, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Kechara for the opportunity to volunteer at Kechara’s Dharma Centre. It is a blessing indeed . After volunteering for a few weeks (KSA,Puja House) I felt that it has made me into a better person, to be someone that is more patient and not get angry so easily. I still have a long way to go but I could see the improvement in myself. Volunteering from within the heart and not expecting anything in return is a most beautiful feeling. There might be challenges ahead but together with the staffs and fellow volunteers of Kechara I am sure we can build the bridge to enlightenment .

  17. susan liew on Apr 16, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you very much for the advice, it’s so logical and revelent for Kechara which is expanding fast. With so many volunteers and staffs, we should have a set of rules to safeguard everyone as nobody want to be cheated, hurt or used. We should do our work conscientiously and responsibly to give the centre and our Guru a good name. There must be integrity, discipline, commitment and honesty all the more when we work in a dharma centre. It defeat the purpose if we work in a dharma centre but cause more problems for everyone.

    Thank you again for the detailed explainations, this teaching really make us reflect on ourselves when we work in a dharma centre.

    With folded hands,
    Susan Liew

  18. To the kindest, precious Tsem Rinpoche, dearest guru: Thank you so much for the guidance and teachings. I am so happy and rejoice for those who have chance to do dharma work in the dharma center. So much merits and purification to be accomplished!
    I owe you so much my dear guru because of your dharma teaching that reshape my life today. So contented, peace at heart, happy and most of all – healing and mind transformation through dharma. I wish to repay your kindest whenever I could either in or outside the dharma center by applying your teachings and checking back and forth of my mind. Like recently, a rinpoche who blessed my house and complimented my altar, there another guy said, “Kechara!”. My first thoughts is you…that compliment belongs to Kechara. Still, there are long way to go in the spiritual path which I couldn’t get everything at once like the supermarket. 😀
    Currently, my dharma practice mainly at home. Trying to be a good daughter, wife, mother, friends…bla bla bla. It is not easy though, when applying dharma, it is smoother. For example, if we realized the precious human life and the happiness is through serving others, and we take away the status of ‘husband’, ‘lover’, my ‘children’ by treating them as sentient being (they could have been our mother before, so kindness).
    Because they are sentient beings, I have received every happiness (could be present/ all futures) experienced during beginningless rebirth from them. In addition I could receive liberation samsara from them and the realization of the entire path up to enlightenment from them. Therefore, they are so precious and kindest that helps to change my attitude on taking care of them, create positive mind rather than my attachment on eight wordly concern. Regardless they have made me happy or contrary act against my wishes, I should persist to continue love and taking care of them.
    In certain circumstances, if the disappointed me or I am out of control from them, I would rejoice that “How wonderful my life is beneficial and able to use my limbs looking after and bringing happiness to the sentient being”. This healthy thought helps me to void the feelings of giving up.
    If we can treat everyone as sentient being, it allows us to practice the six perfections of giving, morality, patience, perseverance, concentration and wisdom. It is great to have the right motivations all the time at anywhere and to everyone. Since we are having the same precious human body we shall enlighten each another. Thank you rinpoche for allowing me to draft down my shallow dharma knowledge. 🙂

  19. Gary Foo on Apr 7, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you for the alternative views on doing dharma work. I especially liked the part “…Dharma work is something of a blessing, privilege and honour. We should never do Dharma work thinking we are doing the centre, our guru, others and Buddha a favour”
    because usually we are conditioned to think when we do any dharma work or any voluntary work for that matter we are doing the organisation a favor. A one way thingy where where only the organisation benefitted. In dharma actually we should be thankful for the opportunity to do dharma work and at same time obtain merits and go through a purification exercise..thus the person doing the dharma work should be equally appreciative as you would not find opportunities for such purification should a dharma centre not arise.

  20. Vivian Ong Chwee Kooi on Apr 7, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    With folded palms, I thank you very much for the detailed explanation on how we should behave and act when doing dharma work. I will of course check myself from time to time whether my actions are correct and not hurt others. I will be very happy if I’m able to help others and see them happy. That will be my greatest achievement. Thank you Rinpoche once again. 🙂

    With Regards,
    Vivian Ong

  21. wansan on Apr 7, 2014 at 1:47 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for the teaching in both video and writing form. It serves as a reminder for all of us, of the reason why we are doing Dharma work and what kind of attitude one should have. Like RInpoche said “Dharma work is something of a blessing, privilege and honour.” It is definitely a blessing for me, first of all to meet with the Dharma and now to volunteer and do Dharma work. This rare opportunity is indeed something that is so precious and something to treasure and appreciate every moment. Dharma is ultimately about giving. It’s never just about ourselves. As Rinpoche mentioned, no one forced a person to do Dharma work, we chose to do it and we should have the correct motivation and attitude when doing Dharma work. Be harmonious with everyone around as with the power and strength of everyone, more work can be done faster and easier.
    Thank you again Rinpoche for this profound teaching. I will always check on my motivation and attitude when volunteering or doing Dharma work.

  22. stella on Apr 6, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    We are very fortunate to have this as our guideline at the onset of my volunteer journey especially on how to deal with our mind when it comes to people issue. There is no where else I can learn, practice, purify, and progress under the same roof. It is only possible because of Rinpoche’s compassion & kindness. I wish that all my dharma friends will cherish this rare opportunity and we can encourage each other with an open heart. _/|\_

    Thank you, Rinpoche. Wish you long life and please come back one day.

  23. Tan Soon Hua on Apr 6, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    非常感谢克切拉佛教中心提供这样的机会让我与诸位能够为佛教奉献一分微不足道的绵力,同时也希望借此机缘能让自己在修学上能更加精进,服务更多的众生。才薄疏浅的我无法给予什么意见,只是想告诉大家能拥有这样的机会成为克切拉佛教中心的志工,感觉是如此美好,殊胜与期待。

  24. Michelle Chua on Apr 5, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you for sharing with us your experience and profound teaching on having the correct attitude when engaging ourselves in dharma work.
    This blog post makes us check ourselves, whether we have a good motivation behind when dharma work or volunteering, our attitude towards others and so forth. As Rinpoche said dharma work is about giving. We should never have any agenda when helping others or expecting others to give us something else in return. By helping others,we are also helping ourselves in reality. From this teaching, I have a more in depth understanding about doing dharma work and volunteering and will remember it all the time.

  25. PB on Apr 5, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you for the sharing. I feel privilege to have given a chance to work as a volunteer in the dharma center. As a beginner, I may not know how to transform due to limited dharma knowledge and heavy habituation. I hope staying committed and have good motivation to serve others will me give enough merit or good karma to continue doing the dharma work.

  26. Choo Weng Loong on Apr 4, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for your detailed explanation on dharma work & volunteering at a dharma center , I understand a lot more after reading this . To be able to serve without an agenda and at the same time collect merits, benefit others , self reflection , training , act of giving , wow , it’s endless

  27. Fong on Apr 4, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for making it very clear what volunteering is. And, to show us the many ways we can help others & ultimately ourselves.
    Thank you, Rinpoche for your compassion in setting up the various departments/areas where we can help & enable us to grow spiritually.

  28. cnyong on Apr 3, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    感恩任波切的开示。
    能够在佛法中心工作和服务是一件很殊荣的事,比较外面的地方,更需要学习忍辱心,慈悲心和智慧去面对各方面的挑战和难题,如工作上,人事上和日常家庭生活以及修正自己的负面习性。

  29. Pastor Han Nee on Nov 12, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this most wonderful teaching on Dharma work and our attitude towards Dharma work. Rinpoche bases this teaching on his own experience doing Dharma work in Thubten Dhargye ling in LA. Rinpoche held three jobs then , and was still able to serve the centre and his Lama, Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, so well.

    What I learn as I revisit this teaching is that doing Dharma work is a most powerful way of transforming one’s mind. As one is continually doing work where one focuses outside of us,one cannot be ego-centric. One’s work benefits others. Hence, one cannot be dwelling on one’s own mind with all its neurosis.

    Indeed, as we relinquish our self-cherishing and focus outwards on love, kindness, compassion and caring, we become more peaceful and feel lighter. That is the way to Liberation and Enlightenment , isn’t it? Hence Rinpoche is so right to say doing Dharma work is not just a way of repaying the kindness of one’s Lama,but it is the path to enlightenmentitself.

  30. pema thrinley on Nov 8, 2013 at 6:51 am

    thank you for your blessings through kind words …rinpoche…..i take refuge in you….may we get to listen these always….

  31. Connie Fong on Oct 6, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche for that teaching. Now I know exactly what dharma work should be and how our mind and attitude determines our effort to do dharma activities. Its always a blessing to learn through you because you speak very precisely to the point with such clarity that for novice like me, I get your point and also will know where my direction should be in future if I want to have more dharma realisations. Rejoice!

  32. jerry_sito on Oct 4, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    感恩仁波切的教诲与开示,在师父的这个开示里,学会了很多参与佛法工作需要的东西,我非常开心的想向

    新加入佛法工作的朋友分享这个开示,因为师父的这个开示能够解答了许多我们在参与佛法工作时面对的问题与内心的疑虑

    每每我在当志工时面对一些问题时,我都会到回来看师父的这个开示,而每一次,都能解答我内心的答案

    让我学习了更谦卑的,无私的,专注的,控制自我的。

    参与佛法工作,到依循师父的这个教诲,其实就等于是修行不可分离的一部分,感恩师父成立了克切拉佛法中心

    并大爱的引领与让我们透过这一切里修行与学习,并能迈向更好的修行道路 🙂

  33. WaiQueen on Aug 16, 2013 at 12:01 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    When I started volunteering, what always came to my mind is what can I contribute, how can I put my talents/knowledge to work, how can my actions benefit the dharma center, how unreasonable people can be even when you are making an effort to volunteer. Not realizing that it is through the dharma center that I am able to generate good karma/merits, purify my bad karma and being able to at least try and put dharma into practice.
    Through this teaching and the guidance of the my Kechara dharma brothers and sisters, I begin to understand why I have to set the right motivation before beginning any dharma work and why I should always do it with a smile on my face.

    Thank you Rinpoche for such a valuable teaching.

  34. Jennifer Yuen on Aug 14, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you for sharing your experience and teaching with us on having the right attitude behind Dharma work. I was astounded by your long journey away from home to practice Dharma. Your determination is most admirable. For us all who decide to take the path should learn to acquire the same quality, and not let our own worldly concerns get in the way. I would remind myself your instruction when doing dharma work, i.e. to do Dharma work with love and care, a light heart and motivation to benefit others.

    May the time we spend in doing Dharma work develops Dharma in us all!

  35. Nancy ng on Aug 14, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    This Teaching debunk the myth that when we do dharma work it is for the benefit of others

  36. chhewang.tamang on May 1, 2013 at 12:48 am

    budha.bon.is.nepala

  37. soeurt thet on Apr 26, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    I wish success

  38. [email protected] on Apr 21, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Doing Dharma work is a blessing, privilege and honour. There is no better way to collect merit than to do Dharma work. Ever since I learnt from the video about the merits of Dharma work enabling us to collect merit. I actively encourage my kids to volunteer to clean their gompa before class starts. To kick start them, I would do the cleaning duties together with them.

    Although the choice to do Dharma was not given to them, and it was a “forced” in the beggining, I do feel a little bad about this but I hope that through sharing with them the benefits and nudging them on, doing Dharma work would be second nature to them in the near future.

    Thank you Rinpoche for your precious teaching and giving clarity on this subject. This teaching will serve as a constant reminder for us to transform our mind and not to create the causes for our suffering.

    With folded hands,
    Alexis

  39. Lim Han Nee on Apr 19, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Building a bridge collectively to Enlightenment is no mean feat. Doing it together with our fellow Dharma brothers and sisters from our own departments require that we work in harmony, and with commitment, integrity and with a strong sense of responsibility.

    We bring to Kechara our many problems that came from a past and a life lived with much self-focus and self-absorption. We cannot see, through all the thick obscuration that cloud our minds – that the bridge we want to build collectively – can only be built with a mind that sees others’ happiness before our own, a mind that has been transformed from self-grasping to other-cherishing, a mind that has grown into a mind of care and compassion for others.

    People come to Kechara to find solace and peace and wisdom. We in Kechara are here to serve by sharing the Dharma and providing the peace and solace and wisdom they seek. But the Dharma we share can only benefit others if the same precious Dharma received from our Guru has already transformed us or has already begun to transform us.And only a mind that has transformed to give with care and compassion will effectively give the solace and peace and wisdom that others seek.

    Thus do I see inadequacies in myself to play the role i have to play in Kechara. But I must will it or nil it rise to the occasion.

  40. grace (KHJB) on Apr 19, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Thanks for Rinpoche’s sharing. We should always remind ourself what is the right purpose to join Dharma centre and help up in the centre. What is the right attitude that we should have, i agreed that we should not bring our emotional into Dharma work, we must do it happily, we should think that how much i can help up others, from helping other, we are actually helping ourself .

  41. Erickksiow on Apr 18, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Thank You Rinpoche for the teaching, this make me more clear, what should i do and i shouldn’t do, not just working at Dharma organization, we can bring along Rinpoche to work everywhere. Much appreciated Rinpoche teachings.

    Best Regards : Eric kksiow

  42. Darren Kechara on Apr 18, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    A great blog post, re read again to remind on myself. Rinpoche always has his unique way to bring Dharma to everyone! Thank you again Rinpoche!

  43. Elsie Toy on Apr 17, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, Thank you very much for the teachings I remember afew years back YOU shared similar teaching and each time I view and comptemplate on it I get to understand deeper and from different angles and serving the Guru. I am lucky to meet the Dharma and yet does not have enough merit to be near the Guru. I do as much as I can for in the center where I lived. I go to the centre everyday to do to change the offereings although there are times that my mind really plays games with me. When it happens I hate it. Lucky I have a dharma brother Hee Peng to hear my mind games. Thank you for the reminder about volunteering at the Dharma centre it is truly not work and but a place for us to clear our negative karmas. I am truly thankful to the sponsors who create this opportunity for us to be able for to practice at the centre. I will continue perserve what i am doing as it serve as a ground for my practice for me to get out of samsara. Thank you very much for profound teaching and I will revisit this video and see how far I improve in practises and mind transformation. I know I failed terrible when a Dharma Brother lighted a candle of mine because there was still an expectation. I would need to improve on my management of expectation. Thank you Rinpoche for the constant reminder.

  44. yenpin on Feb 18, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    佛法工作看像是一份工作,他是一份很好很有意义的工作,打从心底转化。还可以帮助自己以帮助其他人建立良好的品德。
    认我们成为更友善的人

  45. Alice Tay on Feb 3, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    感恩,因为这是我第一次在Blog留言,有一点兴奋与紧张。

    一直以来,我总是相信 “人之初,性本善”。但是,人们总是到了某个阶段忘了自己的源始。其实,善根已经建于每一个人的心中,只不过要怎样维持它是谈何容易。善知识,善心,善言,善工作等等,已经让人渐渐忘记它真正的意义了。

    我们都经常会听到身边的人提到什么义工,义卖会等等。我的想法是:“哗!他们是那么的无私贡献,为什么他们可以做到,而我不能呢?”终于看到这一篇Dharma work, attitude & TDL, 启发了我,我还执于我自己。我必须作出选择,必竟我们不能同一时间拥有一切。比方说,我今天选择早上床休息,那么明天就会体力充沛,精神奕奕,做事就不会犯错了。

    如果,今天我选择从事佛法工作,我就必须放弃某些东西。因为有了施予的心,这反而让我更深一层了解佛学。然后尝试运用佛法来面对问题: 接受它,解决它,最后就是放下它。

  46. Louise Lee on Jan 25, 2013 at 1:17 am

    看了这一个文章, 让我看清楚我们的自私! 太多东西都是以自己出发!很多时,听见朋友说到那里的佛寺,拜佛! 

    拜佛是好的开始, 可是又有几个真正的在修行呢? 看了这个文章, 让我可以非常清楚的了解, 我在做什么!我是站在那里, 我所做的佛法事业,到底是什么一回事!

    在这里,让我看清自己!每天都面对不同的人,都是非常珍贵的经验!看别人, 就是在看自己!努力的改掉, 就是报答上师的方式了!

  47. uncle eddie on Jan 24, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    As said, religion shouldn’t be used selfishly to further one’s career, profits, ego insecurity endeavours, and goals alone. The true goal of a religious practioner should practise to cultivate for good qualities such as compassion, tolerance, acceptance, and geniune concern for others. Every religion has a wonderful and powerful function to change our hearts and minds, if we choose to practise correctly,sincerely and honestly. It should be embraced for the spiritual quality to further enhance our minds to better serve others in our everday life. It should also be used to create peace and respect to all living beings irrespective, and to accept differences if any, leading to inner and outer peace. Dharma should be the source for all to have a better relationship with each other!

  48. Sheryl KH (JB) on Jan 23, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    Dharma is precious, although it is something that does not bring us instant results, like us working and getting paid on monthly basis. We do not see this. So in this world where instant gratification is so much sought after, Dharma can easily be left behind.

    Interestingly, however, this world works in a very special way. It is special because for instance what comes fast may not necessarily be something good. For instance, inheritance of a big sum of money from older generation may not necessarily be good, especially if one does not have the skills to take good care of this instant money.

    It takes time for Dharma to take root in people, but once it has taken root, the benefits are manifolds because we have transformed our attitudes. Attitudes give rise to altitudes. The best part is, if we truly apply Dharma, from one life to another we will be with Dharma to continually learn until we gain enlightenment.

    I look upon at people who sponsor financially towards Dharma centres. They are great people, because without money many things cannot move forward. And it will be a great loss if we are unable to support the sangha for their works because without sangha we lose Dharma. I love to be able to support sangha because they are the ones who are there to preserve and strenghten Dharma 24/7. They are doing what I cannot do (right now) and so I would like to do what I can. How meritorious is it to be able to support sangha for whatever they need, from books, foods to clothing, so that they have no worries about all these basis concerns and can fully dedicate their time and efforts in Dharma.

    Thank you Rinpoche for your teachings on Dharma and its centre. This surely is an article that we come back time and again when we feel lost.

  49. Felix Kong on Jan 23, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing . This inspiring me a lot , learning and doing Dharma work have so much benefit , not only good for myself but is good for everyone 🙂 i will keep remind myself about this profound teaching .

  50. Akarshan Pradhan on Jan 22, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    I liked this portion which is more useful in daily life/workplace:
    Dharma people are generally more tolerant, forgiving, patient, kind but we should not take advantage of this. The problems you have in your romance, family, kids, husbands, wives, partners, friends, etc. were not created by your Dharma friends, so do not blame them. Do not expect them to be the object of your unhappiness with the situations you created yourself. Do not ask Dharma, your teacher, your friends to solve your problems. You must apply the Dharma and solve your problems. If you are always throwing tantrums, blaming others, complaining and making others uncomfortable, then you will make yourself unwelcome wherever you go. No one deserves to be lonely and sad. So do not create the situations to become lonely. When you do Dharma work, then do your work with a smiling face, good attitude and a disposition that make others happy to have you. That is your training. Training your mind to become something that other people will want you is the challenge worth taking.

  51. Guat ho on Jan 17, 2013 at 12:14 am

    学习要定下承诺和学会施予。参与佛法工作受益者永远是自已。在施予同时可让自已找回为人的真相从中在学习。

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  53. Ong Moh Mei on Jan 15, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing this profound teaching that is applicable to everyday life.

    Working in a Dharma centre does not equate to doing Dharma work if our motivation and attitude is wrong. It is a dangerous delusion to be in because we think we are on the right path but yet we are so far from it. Dharma is never about the act itself but the motivation and attitude behind the act. This teaching is a wake up call that is much needed.

    Yes, it is us who need Dharma. Dharma doesn’t need us. Dharma centers and Gurus exist to give us an opportunity to collect good karma and merits, to purify our negative karma. We can only do ourselves favor by being in Dharma work.

    In the secular world most of us accept that it’s a dog-eat-dog world. We accept people can be nasty, bitchy, back stabbers and it’s all about watching out for number 1. But when we in a Dharma center we expect people to be caring, forgiving and nice. We expect people to be selfless and meet our needs because it is what the Dharma teaching is all about. But why don’t we look at ourselves then. Aren’t we also one of the people in the Dharma center, if we expect others to be as such then why are we not? What is the difference then?

    In many ways I have been more tolerant working outside than in Dharma. I am among those guilty of having this preconception of what the people in the Dharma center should be. Along the way, I have doubts, I have wrong motivations and definitely wrong attitudes. But I know I’m in a Dharma center because I need to be here. I have not been grateful enough in given this opportunity and yet selfishly I want Rinpoche and the Dharma center to continue tolerating me and giving me this opportunity. If so then the least I can do is understand that many others are also my shoes and they need to be here as much as I do. Then showing compassion and having the right attitude in Dharma work is like doing it to myself.

  54. Lam on Jan 15, 2013 at 4:24 am

    Rinpoche has pointed out precisely the true meaning of doing Dharma work and the attitude behind Dharma work. Rinpoche’s teaching has made me understand the following:
    1) Our wrong perception of thinking that Dharma work is doing the center or someone a favor. But on the contrary, it is the other way round that the center is doing us a favor by allowing us to do Dharma work. In fact it is our blessing and honor to be able to do Dharma work at the center and to serve our Guru.
    2) We should do our Dharma work happily without complaint so as to bring happiness to others instead of causing burden to them.
    3) Work with integrity, discipline, honesty and with the sole purpose of giving and benefiting others.
    4) By doing Dharma work, it will help us to transform our mind to be more tolerant, forgiving, patient and kind with compassion. It will also help us to collect merit which will benefit us in future eventually.
    Rinpoche, I thank you very much for your precious teaching on Dharma work and attitude.

  55. Bryan on Jan 15, 2013 at 12:49 am

    I think Dharma is really fun, I will get different idea or new “realization” to watch of listen to the same Tsem Rinpoche’s teaching, even though i have listen to it before.

    We will received different type of message when our mind is at different stage.

    Sometimes our monkey mind will tell us not too do good thing but concentrate on our more “important” like work, family, relationship and etc, and we seems happy about it. But most of the time this stage of mind will bring us nothing beside sad, angry, disappointment, unhappiness and etc. Why ? It’s because no matter how we spent time managing our daily commitment we will still lost in the end of the day and anger, sadness and other negative emotion arise.

    Ex: If we engage into a real good relationship, when one party passed away, the one left behind will need to go thru tremendous pain or sadness. And i think need not to mentioned if we enter one very bad relationship, we watch enough drama series and we know where will it lead to (committed suicide, DRAMA).

    Above example is just one of the most easy reflection for us because no matter good or bad, the end result is still negative. This of course applied to other “important” things in life.

    I’m very lucky to be in Dharma and have a chance contributing my little work towards Dharma. Meet up with Tsem Rinpoche makes me realised we can still be ourselves but by changing a total new mindset which bring negative emotion down or lessen. In Dharma, I have learn how to face my own negative monkey mind, when something “bad” happened to me, i don’t feel much suffer anymore (compare to before), I’m becoming more acceptive and eventually it brought happiness because I accept what happened to me.

    The even more fun thing is when we know how our mind works and we can actually shared with others. Believe me, you can’t believe that kind of happiness or fulfillment when someone feeling better after talking you. It’s more exciting when someone else is doing the same thing after they feel better.

    I could say I love Dharma now, it’s not because it brought me super natural power or I can actually fly but it’s really makes me realised what is human life all about, and how can we “use” our human body to get more internal and external “profit” from our daily “investment”.

    I thanks Rinpoche to provide us a perfect place for us to change our mind and yet learning more and more dharma that not only benefit ourselves but others too.

  56. Andrew Boon on Jan 15, 2013 at 12:44 am

    What a beautiful teaching! What I was amazed with is the clarity and detail in which Rinpoche recounted Rinpoche’s experiences in TDL. I felt like I was there! The sound of the waves crashing on the beach was the perfect background touch to such an emotional and moving memory!

    With regards to our Dharma journey, it is so important that we view our Dharma “work” as NOT work because we are NOT doing Dharma a favour but just the opposite. This is so simple yet so profound!

    When we can “see” it as thus, everything becomes so much lighter and clearer because all the opportune conditions to harness our Dharma journey is there. This is so glaringly apparent in Kechara whereby the pillars of support are all there; infinite wisdom, compassion and bountiful teaching in the form of Rinpoche, the camaraderie and spiritual support of our Dharma family and the multitude of resources and facilities that is provided by the Center.

    If a lotus can flower in murky and muddy conditions, how fortunate we are to have fertile and conducive soil for our Dharma growth!

  57. Jean Mei on Jan 15, 2013 at 12:38 am

    What a powerful, practical, applicable and straight forward teaching.

    Three things stand out:

    1. Dharma is a blessing. We’re in the age where what we’re doing is just a semblance of Dharma. It’s not even really Dharma but when forms and rituals representing the Dharma are embraced more than learning and realising its essence, leading to less attaining Enlightenment.

    Yet most of us put ourselves on a high horse thinking that we’re doing good work and on a pure spiritual path just by working or volunteering in a Dharma center.

    Dharma is a blessing, it is pure, it is a path full of the same potential as when Buddha Shakyamuni was alive – if we choose it to be so.

    2. Don’t expect anything in return, whether it’d be recognition, some sort of return on sponsorship, other people’s time, sympathy, money etc. Unfortunately, it’s true and I have seen that before.

    Mother Theresa’s words are really apt in this part of Rinpoche’s deep teaching above, “For you see, in the end, it is between you and God.
    It was never between you and them anyway.”

    Just do it, don’t expect anything in return – after all, it’s between you, yourself and your karma.

    3. Doing Dharma work helps us to collect merits and the benefits are far reaching on many levels… Do not make it into a situation where you collect demerits, more negative karma and strengthen your negative habituations.

    I always reflect on whether what I do in Kechara brings more benefit than harm. From there, I work on reducing the harm and increasing the benefit. It’s the easiest way to keep myself from collecting less negative karma!

    I have a long way to go, the more I reflect, the more I realize that I’m taking a lot from the center and from my Guru knowingly and unknowingly. The only way to pay back is to do my work well. If not, what else is there to give. What else do we have to give?

  58. Lanse on Jan 15, 2013 at 12:29 am

    Thanks Rinpoche for the great sharing.

    “We are not doing anyone a favour if we think we are doing them a favour…in fact, it defeats the whole purpose because of wrong thinking. ”

    I think it applies to every Dharma worker and volunteer. By working and volunteering in Dharma, it sometimes gives us a false feeling that we are helping others, we are doing others a favour. And I believe that this feeling of “superiority” perhaps is one of the reasons that motivates certain people to choose a Dharma work.

    However if we keep holding on to this mindset, our Dharma work will never really bear fruits. Not only the “recipients” did not get real benefit from it, we ourselves will not collect merit from it either. On the contrary, by doing that day by day, this type of thinking will become stronger and stronger.

    Instead of collecting merit to support our Dharma practice, we are actually doing something to increase our greed that will further obscure our mind.

    This sentence didn’t mean much to me when I first read it many months ago, but it means a lot to me now. I think one of the greatnesses of Dharma is we will always learn something new even from just a sentence that we have read over many times. This is an article that I shall read over and over again.

  59. Jay Jae on Jan 15, 2013 at 12:05 am

    It is really fortunate that we exist in a time when Buddha Dharma is still very much alive in this era. In order to keep the Dharma going into the many years of the future, a lot of time, effort and dedication needs to be put into making this happen.

    Here Rinpoche is a living inspiration. Personally the one very amazing thing which I find in Rinpoche’s work for Dharma is Rinpoche’s consistency. This has enabled Rinpoche’s work t grow and benefit so many people(I think is safe to say through this blog we are reaching out to thousands?)

    Putting this in the forefront of our minds, all our excuses to not engage in Dharma simply melts away. I guess the thing which keeps me going is the fact that Rinpoche is able to bring comfort and inspiration to the many people he meets. In this way, we help one Rinpoche and Rinpoche is able to help many people out there.

  60. Khoo Hou Haw on Jan 14, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    I thank Rinpoche again for granting my to become a fulltime dharma worker. I must always remind myself that being paid as a dharma worker is the kindness from many people, my Guru, my sponsor, the members and the people who donates. Every single second of my dharma work is their kindness towards me. Without Rinpoche and them I will not be so content in living my life and enjoying my “work”. I had met people who are difficult in the center, but thinking that they too are doing their parts in contributing to the dharma will lower my dislikeness towards them.
    Some people who donated to the center maybe because of certain condition, they do not have the chance yet to work fulltime for dharma. We as the dharma workers should be their representative to spread dharma and though that generate the more merits for them.

    Thanks,
    Khoo

  61. philyong on Jan 14, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    This post reminds me very well of my purpose I came into Dharma. I must work towards that purpose which is to do work for the benefit of others and not focus on myself.

    I have been distracted by my own deluded mind and it is time to come back to enjoy the times where I was truly and happily doing Dharma work. That is to do pure Dharma work.

    Thank you Rinpoche for constantly reminding me of my purpose here. I will focus on my Dharma work and do well!

  62. David Lai on Jan 14, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    I cannot believe that I didn’t go through this teaching before. I think it is particularly relevant for a Dharma oldie like me as a reminder of having and maintaing the right motivation and attitude towards Dharma work. To me, the key word is of course motivation, the defining factor in whatever we do.

    For most people, it is easy to see where our motivation lies with the way we carry ourselves and how people perceive us to be. However, there are times when our motivation is tainted with self-interest and it’s quite disastrous because it opposes our spiritual practice. In Dharma work, we should look at it just as a job or work and think of it as a spiritual practice and humble ourselves to do whatever it takes to benefit others.

    • Jean Ai on Jan 15, 2013 at 12:24 am

      I do agree David that we need reminders to maintain the right motivation, considering how samsaric we are. I think especially for people who work closely with Rinpoche, sometimes we are in danger of forgetting how highly attained our lama is and relating to him as a friend. Our lama IS a friend but he is also so much more than just any other friend…who else will look after you with total care, from start to finish? I remember when I moved into my house, and how Rinpoche took care of me all the way, from helping me to decide on which Dharma house I’d like to stay in, all the way to helping me shop for my furniture and even telling me how to decorate my room! You know, so many people are dying to see Rinpoche and there was stupid me traipsing around IKEA with Rinpoche looking for furniture. I felt totally humbled by the experience, that my lama would help a clown set up her room just to make sure she is comfortable and without secular / mundane worries in her dharma practice.

  63. Grace Leu(KHJB) on Jan 14, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the profile sharing. It keep remind us what is the right attitude we should have towards our Guru, our friends, our family.

  64. Datuk May on Jan 14, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    DO DHARMA WORK TO DEVELOP DHARMA IN YOU. I love this statement from Rinpoche’s video teaching.

    All of us want to be happy and Rinpoche’s teaching is, in order to find such true genuine happiness is to focus out in making others happy.

    I admire how Rinpoche, in order to continue His Dharma work will work 2 to 3 secular jobs so that he can do Dharma work.

    This teaching made me realise that whatever we do either in a Dharma center or in the secular our true essence and motivation is for the Dharma. In this manner, I will transform and develop the Dharma in me. While I have been in Kechara, there had been moments of tremendous lightness and joy and those were the moments, I was totally focused out to others. May I have the merits to continue to practise this way.

    Thank you, all Kecharians for giving me the privilege to be with you to serve the Dharma.

  65. Sharon Saw on Jan 14, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Thank you for this post which encapsulates everything we need to know about working in the Dharma. Dharma work is actually very rare in modern times, especially in places like Malaysia and Singapore. Where can people actually have a Dharma career? Kechara is one such place, which is like a magical land, conjured up specially for our selective minds – for those of us who like prayers, they can join pujas, those who like arts, can join the arts studio, those who like film can join the production house, those who like books can join the publishing house etc.

    All the conducive conditions for Dharma work are there – the buildings are well-designed, with every comfort, just so we can do our ‘dharma work’. How fortunate we are that Rinpoche had conceptualised all this for little ignorant, attached and angry us to be our training ground to become better people.

    In this post, Rinpoche has covered all bases – from what attitude we should have when we are working in Dharma, whether with stipend or without, to how we even leave a Dharma centre. Whether we stay or go, it must be with the qualities of integrity, honesty and respect for our teacher and our Dharma colleagues.

    I think of Dharma work as the experiential Dharma. It is only in Dharma work that we get the opportunity to practice Dharma in a safe environment. We learn the theory and everyday we get to practice the 8 verses of Mind Transformation, how to not operate from the 8 worldly concerns etc. From a lifetime (lifetimes even) of habituation, it is often not fun to re-habituate ourselves for the better but it is necessary. Like bitter medicine is good for our well-being, we trust our teacher and the Dharma hence we continue. As Rinpoche has said, it is better to do Dharma unhappily than to do Samsara happily.

  66. Joy on Jan 14, 2013 at 4:28 am

    We are truly very fortunate to have such a precious opportunity to be doing Dharma work. Whether we are volunteering, working full time, or being a sponsor for the Lama and Dharma… one most important thought and attitude we must always have is… HUMILITY & GRATITUDE because our Lama has created a chance through the Dharma centre for us to collect enormous amount of merits in so many ways and aspect. Otherwise we would all probably be still wasting our time and life in samsara, using up all our good “karma” and who knows end up where in the next life.

    Everything stems from the Lama, hence how kind and selfless it is that the Lama provides us with a place like Kechara to give purpose in our life. We should never think we are helping the Lama or the Dharma centre because really it is us who need it. A Dharma centre is like a “home”… outside is like samsara rain storm… when you have a centre, or when you do Dharma work, it is like being able to seek shelter from the storm outside. So we should be grateful and thankful we are able to do Dharma work, we should rejoice and cherish it by improving, lessening out bad habits that cause us and others to suffer. Everything is impermanent, the only thing permanent is the Dharma, so why not grab on to what is permanent and is real lasting?

    There are people who say you can practice Dharma anywhere, you don’t need to work in Dharma centre… yes that is true as we should practice all day in a Dharma centre or not. But the thing is being in a Dharma centre actually propels us to improve and change for the better, FASTER! The spiritual support is there to boost our transformation so we are not “alone” as we practice and go through ups and downs.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this heart advice post, thank you for caring for us and making sure we have a “home”, in this sense the Dharma! How lucky we are we have a career that leads to “Enlightenment” 😉

  67. mima on Jan 14, 2013 at 4:06 am

    Thank you so much Rinpoche for this video and writing! It is so useful to have some way to look at ourselves honestly and also see others and still work together harmoniously as Dharma motivation should be be our common aim. Thank you again for this precious tesching and reminder!

  68. mima on Jan 14, 2013 at 3:41 am

    Thank you so much for this very precious teaching and all your generosity and work to help us working better together,caring for others,working in the Dharma happily with a good attitude.

  69. Jean Ai on Jan 14, 2013 at 3:12 am

    So Rinpoche left home, hitchhiked across the USA, sat in a bus for 2.5 hours just to commute to TDL when he first found the centre, worked three jobs AND served his lama all at the same time… What do we have to complain about? Like seriously, what DO we have to complain about? What obstacles do we have to receive Dharma teachings? Bad traffic? Hot day? Missed lunches or dinners with friends? Come on. As soon as you put that first bite of food into your mouth, you are already moving towards the end of your meal. But the benefit you receive from Dharma continues in this life and future lives. How lucky are we to do Dharma work with the eight leisures and ten endowments.

    So for people to say they do not have time to do Dharma work is a lie. It all boils down to attitude, like Rinpoche says. If you have money to eat meat, you have money to donate to an animal sanctuary; if you have time to have lunch with friends, you have time to go to a Dharma teaching once a week.

    And for those who DO have the opportunity to do Dharma work, I just want to share some things that Rinpoche has always consistently taught us in the Ladrang. They are also mentioned briefly in the video:

    (a) we need the Dharma, Dharma does not need us. So we should never work with the mindset that we are doing Dharma a favour. Likewise, we need Kechara, Kechara does not need us. So we should work hard and serve Kechara well, and keep it growing because WE need something for us to train ourselves in working for others

    (b) when we do Dharma work, of course we will have problems. But we should never bring those problems to our work. Why? We shouldn’t burden our Dharma brothers and sisters with the problems we created before we met Dharma. Why should they have to solve the mess that WE created? That is not to say they wouldn’t be interested to help us. What I mean by us not bringing our problems to work is this – those problems should not affect our work to the point our Dharma brothers and sisters have to chase and encourage us to get our work done. How are we practising compassion for others when we make our Dharma family to take time out to nag or cajole us because we are not doing our jobs?

    (c) when we have obstacles in our Dharma work and think about leaving, we should consider how we were before we met the Dharma, and how we are after we met the Dharma. Have we improved in that time? If we have, why ever think that leaving Dharma will bring you happiness? So better to change our attitude and view those obstacles as purification, than leave Dharma and continue to suffer those types of obstacles lifetime after lifetime because we never removed the cause for them

  70. Martin on Jan 14, 2013 at 3:09 am

    The Dharma is such a wonderful thing and yet we may not see it if we insist on seeing with the same pair of foolish eyes. We cannot see the Dharma unless we approach it with open hearts that are sincere in wanting it. Expect Dharma to change us and not us change the Dharma. But before the Dharma can affect the necessary transformation in us, first the Guru and the Dharma must reveal our real self to us. That to many is the tough part and yet it is only as tough as our willingness for Dharma to do its work in us.

    The idea behind doing Dharma work is to be able to gain the merits and have the wisdom of Dharma do its work to help us transform away from our samsaric self that keeps us within the grasp of suffering. However, if we approach Dharma with the same old attitude and expectations, then we resist the benefits of Dharma that could have been had. It is akin to going to the best hospital with top-notch specialists when we are seriously ill, and yet refusing to co-operate with the doctors, partake in the treatments and receive the medications. After making all the efforts we fail to collect the just benefits because we refuse to change our attitude.

    If we find Dharma work to be difficult, for me, it is a sure sign to indicate how self-grasping we are. Dharma work is not designed to reinforce our delusions but to show it up so that we can deal with it. The good news is that, now the real enemy has a form that we can see. Before that, they were just shadows. And from there, effort must be employed to battle the enemy which is really own own mind. Fortunately, we need not do the battle alone and the results are truly tangible.

    The true reward in Dharma work is the realization of our own change-the realization of our potential. We experience our own transformation in such a joyful way, we see a new self emerging and see our Dharma community celebrate that change in us, as we begin to see the good we can do for others. Dharma work is such an incredible and natural “high” because the simple truth is that we can only experience real joy when there is meaning to our lives, which is to bring benefits to others as we learn to see the good in ourselves. Virtually most people who enter Dharma work at Kechara do not look back. It is not a job that we change every 2 years but something we look forward to doing lifetime after lifetime. We actually look forward to it, and that itself says a lot about Dharma.

  71. James Long on Jan 14, 2013 at 2:51 am

    无可置疑,这真的是一个非常棒的开始,道出了很多我们内心里的疑问。我们毕竟不是圣人,但是也不能以此为理由而选择保留自己的旧习性,不努力改变自己。

  72. nicholas on Jan 14, 2013 at 2:38 am

    Doing Dharma work is a blessing, privilege and honor. I have never change this view from the time i realize it during my volunteering period until now as a fulltimer. It’s not a favor to the centre, the Guru or the Buddha but us. It helps us to collect merits and being in the dharma centre our attitude should be different as it shows how much we learn and it portray what we have learn from our action. As we learn more we should be able to apply the dharma teaching into our life and not to push or blame our problem to others.

    There are people in dharma centre that we met that are nice and so to people that are not so. Is our expectation to judge that in Dharma centre should have all angels. Thank you Rinpoche for highlighted this point that Dharma centre is a hospital when we face these people we should help them rather than judging them and just stop there. It’s a place for us to practice.

    May we transform faster to benefits more people in order to repay Rinpoche’s kindness, care and love.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this great sharing that make us understand the true meaning of doing and sponsoring dharma work.

  73. Joe Ang on Jan 14, 2013 at 12:06 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you very much for taking the time to make this video and have the teaching posted up on blog. I think it answers a lot of questions of many people regarding Dharma practice, Dharma work and how a Dharma centre should operate.

    Often times we would wonder, how come certain members from a Dharma centre is not nice, unkind or just plain mean. After watching this video and reading Rinpoche’s teaching, it reminded me that everyone have their own problems and nobody is perfect. We just gotta be a little more compassion, patient and learn to practice kindness towards those who may have hurt our feelings and are not acting nice. After all, we are all in a Dharma centre to improve and become better. If everyone is naturally nice and compassionate, then there won’t be need for Dharma centres. The world is perfect and everyone is at peace with each other and there will be no problems. That would be an ideal world to live in. Unfortunately, that is not the case.

    As for doing Dharma work, I am very fortunate to understand from Rinpoche’s teachings that we are actually doing nobody but ourselves a favour. The Dharma does not need us. We need the Dharma. We need it to improve many aspects of our lives. As we learn to apply true Dharma in our lives, we see many things change for the better. In my instance, I became much closer to my parents and family members. As we learn to be kind towards others, sincerely care about the well being of others, then we will see that things will start to change for the better. This is not magic or anything. It is because once we have decided to change and treat others how we would like to be treated, naturally others will respond to us the same way.

    Thank you Rinpoche for your unwavering care and love towards us.

    Love,
    Joe

  74. sarahyap on Jan 13, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    It’s really nice to read this post again, gives much meaning and makes me contemplate further on being in Dharma.

    I believe, it all boils down to caring for others. When we care for others, we will never burden them… we will always have integrity, honesty etc… because we will never want to hurt others. In that way, we develop ourselves spiritually, to be a person that focus out rather than on ourselves. We become more selfless, and in return for all the care we show, we can pull another person’s spiritual practice up and bring others into Dharma by inspiring them with kindness and care.

    Coming to a Dharma center, one does not have to be perfect. We all have our personal problems and neurotic mind… but what shows our sincerity is when we do not bring it with us to burden others. The Dharma center is there for us to help others, not have others help you! It is not a place where you expect to be served, because the whole reason for being in Dharma is to serve others.

    I’m glad to have met the Dharma. Life have more meaning when it’s not just about ourselves… helping and caring for other people that have no particular relation to you, truly is a joy to live for.

  75. KYC on Jan 13, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for explaining what a Dharma centre is like. It is like a hospital and many do benefit from learning dharma and doing Dharma work and become happier people. But there are also people who come to a centre with an agenda or they really have no where else to go. We do our best to help them out of concern for their well being. After all we are all stuck in samsara and we should be kind to each other and help each other to gain liberation.

  76. jennifer on Jan 13, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you so much for a very wise and profound teaching.

    I realize after reading the teaching, that i am guilty of so many of the horrible actions that Rinpoche has pointed out, and i feel totally embarrass and disgusted at myself . However, i also feel so blessed that we have the love, care , guidance and concern of Rinpoche, who truly wishes for us to transform and be better people and to incorporate the Teachings of Lord Buddha fully into our lives to benefit all sentient beings, including ourselves.

    We create our own delusions , our own sufferings and then go into denial mode and turn the anger outwards – blaming everyone and everything outside of ourselves – to relieve the pain (that we created ourselves) so we hope to ‘feel better’. We will never feel better in this manner, then we get more angry and that negative emotion turns into more anger and more blame and we go around ‘ convincing ‘ ourselves that the whole wide world OWES us big time. We just get so self absorbed that we don’t realize how much suffering we are causing to all the people around us , people who sincerely loves and cares for us.

    Eversince i met Rinpoche and followed the teachings of Buddha, i worked hard to be a better person and i know i still have a long long way to go. I am so very grateful to Rinpoche for Rinpoche’s patience, Compassion and Loving Kindness in teaching us and reminding us constantly how to be a good Buddhist and a better human being.

    Thank you , once again Rinpoche for being in our lives.

  77. hecelus tan on Jan 13, 2013 at 11:08 am

    dear His Eminence Tsem Tulku Rinpoche.
    I am not sure whether Rinpoche already received the letter from myself recently.That letter is about after I was graduated from high school.I will go for Buddhist philosophy in Dong Zeng Temple and become a monk at Fo Guang Shan monastery.I promised Rinpoche that I will back to Kechara House and be the servant of Rinpoche. I already swore to Buddhas & Bodhisattvas from the 10 directions that I will be and I want to be a qualified monk in future.I want to serve Rinpoche and also Buddha Shakyamuni by making opportunities for Dharma getting flourish. I also do the preliminary practices every day even though I was “busy”. Thank you Rinpoche for your Great Blessing by sending me a golden Manjushri Tsa-tsa.
    With folded hands,Hecelus.

  78. Han on Jan 13, 2013 at 6:55 am

    "从事佛法工作帮助我们累积功德,这份工作带来的益处可以散播到多个层面。不要让自己在从事佛法工作时累积负面的功德及更多的恶业,并强化你负面的习性。你必须打从心底转化自己来从事佛法工作,好让你的心血成为真的佛法,否则你的工作就会跟任何一个娑婆世界的工作一样。"

    经常思考以上这番话,从事佛法事业但在心识上没有转化而一味的为做而做,的确和娑婆世界的工作没有分别,甚至会影响他人对佛法事业的定义或怀疑,严重的话导致他人对佛法产生误解。

    佛法工作背后的态度是非常重要及不可漠视的,这也是我个人经常警惕的。
    谢谢仁波切这珍贵的开示教诲,获益良多。

  79. Albert Ratchaga on Jun 24, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    In fact, many people take contribution to a Dharma centre as doing the Dharma centre a favour, the perception of giving in Malaysia is very much like give then take, it must be something that can take back then only they can give. that’s why when go ask for donation and nothing to give back, it is not easy to get donation.

    When we enter into a Dharma Centre, we must be very clear of why are we here, what do we want from a spiritual practice, spiritual practice is suppose to generate generosity and learn to let go, so if our mind cannot let go the label ‘how to repay to us’, spiritual practice will be a very difficult path to walk.

  80. skyong on Sep 22, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    I am happy to have the opportunity to able to help this Dharma center. 🙂 This article reminded me of my initial motivation. 🙂 😀

  81. monlam on Sep 11, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,thank you so much for this post.
    This is especially relevant in Kechara. This is very nice to so many people can listen to the teaching and learn more Dharma.

  82. yek yee on Aug 29, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    When you feel lost in your dharma work, please listen to this video again. This video will give you another new and fresh energy to motive you going forward. I will always remind myself while I feel lost or degenerate I will read the article and listen to the video, is is help, I knew it.

    Thank you Rinpoche, burning in the hot sun and sand give us such great teaching!!

  83. Jayce on Aug 18, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Frankly i love this teaching, Rinpoche…=)
    Thankyou Rinpoche to shows us a clear way to go and always shows us the right path to follow. Thankyou Rinpoche for your kindness to all of us as a student.

    I feel that doing Dharma work is actually lots harder than I thought it was. I do get affected…frustrated…depress…give up. But, everyday i can see there is people who step in the big door of kechara, they are even more and more depress, and they need us to lend a hand while we are at the front line. And they need Rinpoche teachings…

    Eventually,I hold with a principle from Rinpoche’s talk, Do not expect others to change , WE CHANGE…

    Do not focus on Memories, pain, discomfort, hatred, unkindness, bias..etc. But, fill it with compassions and improve to be a better person. Because, nothing is permanent.

    Start planting the Dharma seeds….

    Memmories, lonelyness, pain, distraction, discomfort, stress, noise and damage, hatred, unkindness, wrong perceptions..

  84. Nicholas on Aug 18, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    This is one of a great teaching on the attitude doing dharma.
    It’s so clear & easy to understand.

    I agree with this “Dharma work is something of a blessing, privilege and honour”. It has been one of the reason why I join full time.

    I have a wrong view initially when I did voluntary work in KSK (way back in 2008/9). I used to think that I’m helping someone or doing some one a favor. As I volunteer more and more and I learn the essence of the work and my view changes when I start to change and feel grateful for giving this opportunity.

    Problem encountered are always from ourselves…no one to blame. We need to use the knowledge we learn in dharma to overcome the problem. I think is how we can check ourselves whether we have improve and learned.

    I’m so grateful to be able to do dharma work. Thanks for Rinpoche’s blessing, my wife who supported me so much & all the dharma family that help me so much.

    Thank you

  85. Cynthia Ng on Aug 18, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Dearest Rinpoche,

    This is a valuable teaching for me. This remind me all the time for my own behavior.
    I should transform, apply Dharma to solve my problems and not to burden everyone around us.
    I have a great opportunity to be a part of Kecharians to work in Dharma, purify negative karma and collecting merits for it. So that i will accept, transform and benefit others.

    Thanks a lot to Blog team for all your hard work.

  86. Cynthia Lee on Aug 16, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    My understanding of Rinpoche’s teaching with dharma work is that the real difference is what we are working towards achieving. My personal struggle is that it’s easy for me to forget my goals and motivation especially if our skills were applied before during the times when our goals were non-spiritual. My thoughts on this is that we should apply our skills and experiences in helping the organization in areas required from the skills we’ve acquired previously, understanding and knowledge in structure, workflow, etc so that the organization can run smoothly and more effectively hence able to grow and reach out to more people. I agree with Rinpoche that there will always be problematic people or people we just can’t get along with well. I do get affected, angry, frustrated and many other points Rinpoche has pointed out. In the secular world, I would have done what most people will do by quitting and giving up. In a dharma organization, we should resolve our differences by giving in and not giving up.

    I shall remember the most important mantra Rinpoche taught which is let go, let go, let go and be ready for change.

  87. lewkwanleng on Aug 16, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    What hit me the most are “Dharma work is NOT WHAT OTHERS CAN GIVE YOU OR WHAT YOU CAN DEMAND, but what you give others quietly and without complaints……dharma work is about giving” and “Doing something about what we don’t like in ourselves is Dharma”

    Doing Dharma work is actually a lot harder than I thought it was. At times I asked myself should I give up and just go back to my “normal” life. But on the other hand, I have a tiny inner voice that tell me I should benefit others than just fulfilling my own cravings.

    Thus far, Dharma is the best tool I can use to benefit others, and I don’t want to give it up, and I pray I have the aspiration to do this until the end of my life…

    I am going to put, “Don’t ask what Dharma can do for me, but what can I do for Dharma” on my wall.. 🙂

  88. Elena on Aug 16, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    “You must apply the Dharma and solve your problems. If you are always throwing tantrums, blaming others, complaining and making others uncomfortable, then you will make yourself unwelcome wherever you go. No one deserves to be lonely and sad. So do not create the situations to become lonely. When you do Dharma work, then do your work with a smiling face, good attitude and a disposition that make others happy to have you. That is your training. Training your mind to become something that other people will want you is the challenge worth taking.”

    I like the phrase above because I think it is all of Rinpoche’s teachings summarised into a few short words – that we need to take responsibility for our behaviour and our actions, and for our mind transformation. We also need to take responsibility for the growth and success of Rinpoche’s teachings, our departments and Kechara.

    In Rinpoche’s words there, there is also the teaching of karma, and cause and effect – that if we keep blaming others (the cause), then we will become lonely (the effect). I remember Rinpoche teaching before that if we really believed in karma, then we will become responsible and our actions will automatically become Dharmic…

    …which means that we should make our lives examples of Dharma, because that is the only way we will attract support.. People do not like to see us tired, hear us complaining, or get an unpleasant feeling when they think about us. We need to make sure that our body, speech and mind is practising the Dharma so that we get what we want – support, help and not to die a lonely death.

    The phrase above I found particularly relevant to me in these last few weeks because I could see it happening to myself. It’s a sad, lonely and horrible place to be – it is not the physical loneliness that is the worst bit, but the mental loneliness that is the most demotivating. It led me to realise that no matter how much time people waste talking to me, counselling me or cajoling me, if *I* do not want to get out of my situation, then no one can help me. And it is no one’s fault but my own that I continue to feel as bad as I do.

    This was an extremely uncomfortable teaching to hear and read because it addressed all of the internal justifications I was making up to try and excuse my horrible behaviour, which was leading me to nowhere fast. Thank you for the teaching Rinpoche, because it came at an especially apt time for me.

    With folded hands,
    Jean Ai

  89. Carmen Koo on Aug 16, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Sorry, this part just popped into my head..

    And I think the best choice I have made in my life is actually to do Dharma work, because I now assess my own reactions/actions and attitudes to how I would react before and now, and I see the true sense in what Rinpoche teaches and how Dharma benefits us, even when the work we do is to benefit others. We ourselves are the ones who ultimately benefit the most from what we do.

    Thank you
    Carmen

  90. Carmen Koo on Aug 16, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    The amount of perseverence from Rinpoche’s side just wanting to do Dharma work is incredible. There was no centre for Rinpoche, there was no support for Rinpoche, there was nothing but Rinpoche’s sincere motivation to do, to serve the Dharma, for the sake of others, the motivation, and attitude is what we should take as our guiding.

    We are so lucky to have the Dharma brought to us, to have Rinpoche as our guru, to have a centre, but yet we don’t cherish it, we instead focus on all the negatives but not look at the bigger picture. We talk but we don’t do. We procrastinate and stay complacent and nothing progresses, as if we have all the time in the world when, we don’t know what will happen tomorrow. When we loose things, that is the only time we learn to cherish.

    Anyways, I agree that with Rinpoche’s teaching above, but what struck the most is that we should not think that wroking in the Dharma, means that someone owes something back to us. No one owes us anything, but ourselves. We should take pride, feel honoured in being able to serve and help others, and we should never seek anything in return. When we acutally have that motivation, then we can really go all the way with what we do.

    The Dharma teaches us so much, but do we really apply the Dharma in our surroundings. How is it that when we learn the Dharma, we act the opposite. how is it that we are in a Dharmic environment, but don’t have the correct attitude, transformation that is due to the conditions and surroundings we are in.

    Thank you for the powerful teaching Rinpoche. I will keep coming abck to this post, when my mind sways,and will keep Rinpoche’s teaching at heart. I will use this teaching as my fundamental root, to contribute and make our department grow.

    With humblest gratitude,
    Carmen K

  91. Wan Wai Meng on Aug 16, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Among the three jewels the dharma is that which helps us to transform the most. When I first encountered the 8 worldly concerns i thought anything not dharma is contained there. However looking through what rinpoche shared there is so much more understanding and depth to what it means to do dharma. Hence big difference between intellectualising and realisation in this case.

    Doing dharma work does kept me very busy for the past year or so, though in quieter times when I reflect one does become stronger when one applies the dharma in their lives, thats how I feel so far. So Dharma work is good work , wholesome work, besides getting to support oneself and family we get to do many diverse, good , exciting things on the spiritual journey.

  92. Sock Wan on Aug 14, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Dearest Rinpoche,
    What you have written in your blog, makes me feel so lucky that I am given the opportunity to work in a Dharma center. In the past, I always thought I am doing people a favour for working for them, it didn’t really occur to me that others are actually giving me the opportunities to do so. After working in a Dharma center for almost 6 months, I am now more appreciative of the things people are giving me.

    I have also learnt to accept criticism. Criticism is not nice to hear, but it is for us to improve ourselves to be a better person. People give us criticism because they care for us, I will always be thankful to them.

    I have received kindness from the people in the center, I will repay them by transforming myself and helping others to be a better person.

    I wish Rinpoche well.

    With love,
    Sock Wan

  93. Chin Fei on Aug 14, 2011 at 12:25 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you Rinpoche for imparting such valuable teaching to us. This post is indeed an “awakening” post that in fact working for dharma is no different with working in samsara. The only difference is we are PAID to work for dharma and collect merits to purify negative karma.. How fortunate we are and we really shouldn’t treat dharma work as work.

    Therefore, what we can repay to the kindness of our guru is transform ourselves to be a better person. Be committed, push our limits, come out from the comfort zone and do more. Work harmoniously with our co workers, put in effort and make things happen! To be a better person is not hard, by willing to transform our mind and attitudes and get rid of bad habituations is already a big leap.

    Blog team- I know it’s been tiring, lack of sleep etc, but without you guys, we are not able to read all these precious posts and get benefited. You are the hero! Great job and keep it up 🙂

    much love,
    Chong Chin Fei

  94. Hisse Galama on Aug 11, 2011 at 4:38 am

    Salutations to everyone. Dear Tsem Gaden MountainTree Rinpoche, Thank you for helping me overcome being shy

    did you also see the movie “Stranded” ? From Gonzalo Aryon (2007, documentary- saw on a dvd- it’s about planecrash in Andes in 1972).
    Very interesting karma – that people have to share. And when they do. Extreme neccesity and succesfully, together bringing it to turning point; Just like your personal experiance. (That braught you to Maleisia).
    That creates so strong brotherhood.. and still, all and everything, we have to let go and relativise in this world. It helpes me a lot realizing always that I’m not the only one. I don’t know, perhaps you come accros that movie also one day. Or you have seen it and remember, O yep.

    Graceful on the beach and alive heee. Please loose a litle bit weight. I don’t want to worry about you. You started to remind me of my dead father lately. You know, a man healthy goodbalanced body, starting to eat more then necessary. As a Teacher you don’t have to eat everything also, litteral.

    After the funaral. From here on a personal experiance that I like to share with all of you:

    Memmories, lonelyness, pain, distraction, discomfort, stress, noise and damage, hatred, unkindness, wrong perceptions..you name it, it was all bothering, and lack of focus the fight against a body that wants to live like a machine, but does not know it has to serve the mind, which is also a machine, took over, and I began to carry weight on my body, as never exposed earlyer in my life. What kind of lazyness had I been eating?, What kind of people had I met? Finally I began to focus again, and in a few days , perhaps a few weeks, the surplus of weight was gone, the body back to natural. Balanced. Much more comfortable. Much more easy to breathe.

    Dear Tsem Tulku Rinpoche from Tibet unto Taiwan unto North America unto India Nepal and Maleisia.. a litle poem

    O, India
    Land of Poetry Wisdom and Truth
    Enlighten my soul
    Heart for Eternity
    That warmth will always glow

    Thank you. May You be happy (Tasi Delek)

    • Hisse Galama on Aug 11, 2011 at 11:01 pm

      How can I help you with rescueing the bears, please?

  95. lucy yap on Aug 10, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Through Rinpoche’s precious teachings and compassion,it open our minds to realised our mistakes and improve ourselves.Kechara through Rinpoche gives us the opportunity to do dharma work and make life more meaningful!Ww are so fortunate.We have to realise that dharma work is unlike any oyher work in Samsara and if we do not put our heart and soul to our work,practise,we will not be able to see positive transformation.Thank you,Rinpoche for being with us and from the bottom of my heart I am truly grateful to all who continuously and sincerely stay by Rinpoche’s side to bring dharma to others.Thank you to the blog team for assisting Rinpoche and the lovely pictures.

  96. Uncle Eddie on Aug 10, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Whatever collects the most extensive merits, whatever becomes the most powerful purification is what brings higher realisations to transform the mind. Whatever brings the greatest benefits to sentient beings, is the most powerful practice. Of course, it being understood, nothing is easy. From the many stories written in books, it is said that realisation, the benefits to the mind, dont just come from retreats, sitting in meditation, from study or prayers. Of course nothing also comes the easy way – like study, working for the centre, retreats and especially dealing with people from within and without!! What ever the success factor is, of course, there is no easy going way, as what was always been mentioned and reiterated in the teachings. As said in the Lamrin, the two most essential things to have is of course – a good heart and an unquestionable good Guru Devotion attitude. Of course devotion to one virtuous-friend is the key thing and takes top prority over the two. When the guru is pleased with you, you’re doing whatever the guru wishes or asks you to do -retreats, helping out other sentient beings, anything that pleases the guru; thats a good sign of good stringent purification. that’s why the mind becomes soft and if such practices continue and can be followed up, one can actually and easily achieve realisation of transforming the MIND. It is thus said that those are the signs of receiving the good blessings of the Guru. Thank you, Rinpoche once again for your invaluable teachings.

  97. terri on Aug 10, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    You make me cry. I have suffered so much abuse from people who aren’t benefiting from the medicine.-at another place in north california. But still, in my place of worship there are 1 or 2 people I want to be there for, and the pujas I really love them. And I tried, I went back to pray. But I was uncomfortable. My friend asked me to help her with a transcript. And usually I can do them so quickly. But as I was transcribing I had all of these memories and emotions. And I just started to have a block in the work. And I would push myself and then stop. And then on television there has been a very big story in the USA about Warren Jeffs. And a lot of things talked about on the news-it happened to me and others at this place. So then I feel I can’t continue. If I assist them, am I helping the Dharma or helping to destroy the Dharma. Because it has all the pretty accouterments of a Dharma Wayplace, but people’s hearts are not transformed. And I fear if I help them with their marketing efforts then I am pretending to protect and uphold the Dharma, when in reality I am helping them destroy it. It’s so sad. I don’t know what to do. I was so happy, and now I realize it’s all not real. Your students are so lucky to have you. You are so kind and so wise and so real. There are so many who aren’t real. I am going to try to push myself to keep the commitment to my friend, and yet keep a safe distance. And then once my commitment is done just let go. It’s hard. I love walking into that hall and doing the prayers. I love the sounds, and the words to the prayers. But I almost lost my life, and as another Rinpoche told me, “you can’t practice if you’re dead.” I dunno. Sorry I talk too much; I was just worrying so much about this and saw your post on my feed reader. Maybe I am just a stupid whiny good for nothing drama queen. I don’t know.

    • Ann on Aug 12, 2011 at 3:42 am

      Dear, dear one, you must take care of yourself. That ‘other Rinpoche’ was right. You cant practice if you are dead or even if just so upset/confused.
      i dont know what happened to you. And I dont want to sound patronizing. but please please pray to the fully enlightened BUDDHAS. They hear you. they will without a doubt help you get clear. or steer clear. whichever is needed.
      Do you have a friend to talk to? I want to help. I hope Tsem rinpoche responds to you –

  98. may ong on Aug 10, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Dear Rinpoche

    I am happy you shared with us your thoughts on dharma work, it consequence if we do not do it well and otherwise. Your teaching on how not to cut off our ties to practice dharma if we decide not to continue to be involved in dharma work helped.

    You revealed the methods, results and solution to counter negative actions we create ourselves in any holy working environment to save ourselves from ending up being lonely and depressed later.

    Our own happiness lies in our own actions and that is taking responsibility for ourselves to be happy. This is a good reminder of what we need to reflect on and take action to change.

    Thank you again.

  99. judy lam on Aug 10, 2011 at 12:45 am

    Dear Rinpoche:
    This video and teaching on our attitudes in doing Dharma work is very clear and useful for us to do a reality check on ourselves. Rinpoche says that “if you have the merits to do Dharma work, then your attitude must adjust with it.” How profound! If we realize how fortunate we are to have the opportunity to serve Dharma, we should be very grateful and do it happily in a responsible manner. It is very easy to want to do things our way, and give not much thought about how we treat people in our busy daily lives. We must be mindful of what we do or say so that we will not bring harm to others or to hurt them by the words we use. It is not easy to admit our flaws and to make that change in us. The only way is to be honest about it and remind ourselves from time to time that we need to make that change in us. Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful teaching.

  100. patsy on Aug 9, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, Thank you for sharing this precious teachings with us no matter where you are.

    What Rinpoche mentioned is so true. We should never do Dharma work thinking we are doing the centre, our guru, others and Buddha a favour. In fact we should think how fortunate we are to have the merits to do dharma work. This teaching is so honest, open and frank and I think it will not be offensive to others.

    May Rinpoche and team have a great and fruitful trip up North.

  101. Valentina Suhendra on Aug 9, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    Dear Rinpoche

    Thank you for this valuable advice. I will try my best to apply them. Some of these lessons above particularly about working with others and personal expectations, I had to learn them painfully through past experiences. However, these experiences make me appreciate your teaching even more knowing how true they were.

    Much care

    Valentina

  102. ST on Aug 9, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Perhaps one way to address the major issues you have identified is to reinforce the need for HODs to manage by example, showing others what is the acceptable work conduct and work values as espoused by yourself in creating the work culture for the Kechara community for others to follow. At the same time, develop an internal IT system whereby each personnel in Kechara can periodicaly receive anonymous feedback from colleagues on areas for improvement. This HR system had worked effectively in my experience in bringing about the desired work culture which is so important in getting the job done.

    • Ann on Aug 12, 2011 at 3:22 am

      ooh ST i am an outsider, so apologize if i dont know you-all & the situation – but i dont think this Dharma work is a business like a worldly business. we need to try to see the differences and act accordingly. I think Rinpoches analogy to a hospital might be more apt! Maybe the office is the Intensive Care Unit!

  103. Adelyn Lim on Aug 9, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche,this teaching gives me a lot of food for thought and I shall re examine myself, my faults and try to better myself.

  104. henry ooi on Aug 9, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    This picture is well shot, so are those taken as well.

    The explanation and teaching here are so clear and meaningful and help me to think and do more.

    I wish you and the team a good and resourceful trip at your next destination.

  105. Han Siew Fong on Aug 9, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for the precious teachings!
    I will always remind myself how fortunate to be in dharma.

    Blog team – Great work and keep it up!

    Regards,
    Han

  106. benji on Aug 9, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    i believe every ‘Dharma-worker’, regardless of whichever institution he/she is serving now or any aspiring ‘Dharma-worker must take this teaching from Rinpochela to heart. In fact, it would be great if Rinpochela’s teaching on this subject could be published or made a DVD. Thank you, “kam-sia che-che” Rinpochela!

  107. Paris on Aug 9, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    I love this teaching Rinpoche, thank you. Every line applies to me, every moment of the day. It is a big contemplation and practice just to think for example, how we are not doing anyone a favour, but how everyone in the Dharma centre and the centre itself does us a favour. It is the 8 verses at work, seeing ourselves as lowest of all.

    This teachings also reminds me very much of the teachings Rinpoche gave for Gurus for Hire (http://www.kechara.com/publications/publications/tsem-tulku-series/gurus-for-hire-enlightenment-for-sale/)
    Always relevant, always important, always applicable.

    Thank you for elaborating on such an important, central part of our daily practice, work, speak and thoughts.

    Have wonderful travels up north Rinpoche and the whole team.
    Love love love xxx

    • Paris on Jan 14, 2013 at 5:32 am

      Am reading this again about a year after it was first posted. As always, Rinpoche’s teachings bounce back at me in a different way, each time I read it.

      This time, I am most struck by how different our approach is when we are in Dharma. While outside in secular jobs we are there really only to take or get something from our work, the predominant attitude within the Dharma is to give. Our ‘work’, and everything we do within a spiritual center, is focused on giving – of our time, effort, love, practice, dedication to others.

      I think very few of us realise how much we actually take, albeit perhaps unknowingly and unintentionally. Perhaps we equate ‘taking’ with only material things, but it could also mean taking others’ time, energy, emotions – we may not be materialistic and come in wanting wealth and things, but we can end up being demanding of people’s time, attention, emotions. That’s perhaps a less overt form of taking and we don’t think we’re really affecting anyone negatively, but it does mean that the time that someone spends talking to us could very well have been spent on an activity that would bring far more benefit to many more people. In this way, our taking becomes harmful and we impose our problems in a place where we should actually be striving to relieve problems.

      I think perhaps, more than ever in a spiritual center, an important question to ask ourselves is “what feeling do I leave people with?” After spending time with us, do we leave people feeling more fulfilled, more peaceful, happier, lighter, more inspired? Or they just feel more drained, anxious, angry, frustrated? This is something Rinpoche has also taught us and while the exercise is a simple one, it’s a very big and significant gauge of how we are really working, practice and living within a spiritual environment – and whether we view it as a truly spiritual place for growing, or as just another job.

      • Li Kim on Jan 15, 2013 at 5:27 pm

        Jamie,
        I really appreciate what you have shared here about “taking” and what we perceive as not taking is actually taking but in a different form and context. When you say that taking need not be materialistic but more taking up or taking for granted people’s time, effort, care and love, it makes a lot of sense. Each and everyone of us is guilty of that. I can say for myself that I am an attention seeker and this is taking.

        In my journey with Kechara since May 2009, I have been put through many challenges which I would have never imagine I could be put through. And I do not mean this negatively although during the process of growing in the challenges I really doubted I could ever pass. But I did and I am still here and guess what? I am more resilient, kinder, more patient, caring and giving. Do I still have flaws like laziness??? Of course I do. But I know I do and I know it does not serve me so I move on and not indulge in the me I do not like.

        Dharma work is gratifying and I sleep well after a day of dharma in my life. This is reward for me and I like it.

  108. Josh Akers on Aug 9, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Thank you for taking the time to speak on this, and everything else… Message recieved. –Josh Akers

  109. mayy on Aug 9, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Thank you so much, Rinpoche..for your kind and continuous invaluable teachings no matter where you are.

    We are very fortunate to have Rinpoche always caring for everyone no matter who we are and one should not even take our Guru, friends and members, colleagues, love ones or even dharma centre (in this case, Kechara) for granted. Will always mindful and practise. Likewise to share with others.

    Thank you once again.

    With love…mayy

  110. ST on Aug 9, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    What you have just written could well be adopted as (1) one of many training modules in Kechara’s orientation class curriculum for helping to transform people’s attitudes into actual virtuous habit and behavior at work (2) used as a ‘standard’ measure of Kecharian’s periodic work performance review(3) ‘Our Values as Kecharians’ if someone can summarise it into point form and posted on all vantage points in the workplace.
    I mean why let your thoughts phase into oblivion as a blog when it should be used as an axiom in the daily waking hours of all Kecharians?

    • Ann on Aug 12, 2011 at 3:14 am

      oohh please be careful not to bureaucratize dharma. please dont make a fascist regime. learning and dharma have to come from within – not imposed by outer rules.

  111. Lim KSJC on Aug 9, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Thanks Rinpoche for the inspiring teaching, we are rejoyce to have a checklist to let us can keep on to check where or the status we r now… And what we must do for the next… Thanks our derest Guru…

  112. su_zan on Aug 9, 2011 at 10:36 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you so much for this post. Clearing my mind of things and also showing the way of a true practice and this post have also answer a few of my question that i have and worried for years. I have printed this post to be re read again and again.

  113. joey wong on Aug 9, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Dear Rinpoche, thank you again for providing such valuable tools for us to check our minds when we are in Dharma. Rinpoche is frank, thorough and does not give unrealistic expectations as always. I will read this post again and again until i remember its essence and until i can apply it to my views.

  114. yoke fui on Aug 9, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you so much for the valuable teachings.

    This is especially relevant in Kechara when so many of us have the good fortune to engage in dharma work with and without stipends.

    How true – we are not doing Kechara a favour, it’s Kechara(Rinpoche) that’s doing us the favour !

    Thank you , Blog Team for your hard work and all the rare shots of our Guru
    out on the beach. I like all of them.

    Take care guys on your new adventure !

    With love & prayers,
    Yoke Fui

  115. Mercedes on Aug 9, 2011 at 9:10 am

    thank you very meaningful teaching!!

  116. Joyce Hobby on Aug 9, 2011 at 6:20 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for this wonderful gift of sharing your wisdom via writing and video. It truly is of benefit.

    – Joyce

  117. abby on Aug 9, 2011 at 4:31 am

    ok…this is really inspiring,thank you Rinpoche. I thank Rinpoche for showing anyone of us a clear way to go. We ourselves are always the one to fool ourselves.things bcome harder and more confusing. i would say this is a very profound teaching. I will remember it from time to time.

    • tsemtulku on Aug 9, 2011 at 4:33 am

      Dear Abby, do read again, I have added some more thoughts just a few minutes ago…rest well. TR

      • abby F on Jan 14, 2013 at 12:39 pm

        Dear Rinpoche, after 1 year plus being in Kechara, and I read back thia article again, I understand more why all the qualities that Rinpoche mentioned we should have as a Dharma ‘worker’ are so important.

        All our works, no matter big or small, are meant to relief other’s pain and bitterness, or maybe just to let others feel comfortable and happy. Therefore it is important to adjust our attitute. People may come to a Dharma centre to seek hope and care, if we’re not able to give hope and care, then we are failed. People may come to us to get teachings, if we as a member of the Dharma centre unable to share with them, then we are failed. The sponsors may come and sponsor and expect us to ‘repay’ their kindness, if we unable to take care of this or nurture them with Dharma teachings, then we are failed too.

        The Dharma centre is not owned by the Guru only. We have to bear the responsibility too. Because here is the place where we get teachings and benefits. Here’s the place that we grow and become a better person. Here’s the place where we learn and get attainments. So do other people. We must create such environment.

        To sustain the centre, our attitude is the key. Thank you Rinpoche for your kind sharing.

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  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Mar 30. 2017 12:34 AM
    Wonderful good news to learn about this first of its kind progressive campaign to help the stray animals in Malaysia by the Sultan and Permaisuri of Selangor. While stray animals can be a nuisance to the public at large but bear in mind, the strays do not have a choice, and we have a role to play. Neutering strays is a humane and compassionate ways of resolving the program of stray animals in the long run because it largely reduces the numbers of strays on the streets. Neutering and proving proper shelters to strays can prevent thousands of animals from being born, only to suffer and struggle to survive on the streets, be abused by cruel or neglectful people, or be euthanized inhumanely. I have read somewhere that says spaying and neutering makes a big difference: Just one unaltered female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in only six years. In seven years, one female cat and her offspring can produce an incredible 370,000 kittens!

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/stray-free-selangor.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Mar 30. 2017 12:15 AM
    Humans and animals, as well as other sentient beings within the six realms of samsara, are subjected to the law of cyclic of existence. Karma or generally known as the law of cause and effect will determine where we take our next rebirth. It is extremely rare for sentient beings to take the form of a human body and in perfect condition. Hence we must not let this precious lifetime go to waste by indulging in silly actions and harmful ways. If we are born in the animals realms or lower, there is close to zero way for us to collect merits and get out of that realm.

    From the stories above, I find the story about Dalawong most unusual because he seemed to be able to determine the destination of his next rebirth after he was being killed as a snake. After he had taken rebirth in human form, he continued to remember the incident in his past life. Amazing!

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for sharing these researches with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/do-animals-reincarnate-back-as-humans.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Wednesday, Mar 29. 2017 09:42 PM
    If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Mar 29. 2017 03:50 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article about tsa tsa. Didn’t know there are many steps and holy materials used in making a tsa tsa. In addition, the maker of tsa tsa would need to do prayer in the morning depending of what tsa tsa they are making on the day, for example, the maker will do Dorje Shugden practise before making Dorje Shugden tsa tsa.

    Only by knowing the process, we will appreciate the items more. Tsa tsa is a precious item.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/tsa-tsas-are-nice.html
  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Wednesday, Mar 29. 2017 09:28 AM
    Dalawong: A Child Recalls a Past Life as a Cobra in Thailand

    This case was actually researched by the late Francis Story, a British citizen who was fascinated with Buddhism and spent many years in Asia. He was also very interested in the topic of reincarnation and assisted Dr. Stevenson in investigating a number of very important reincarnation cases in Burma and Sri Lanka. Francis interviewed the subject of this case, a Thai boy named Dalowong, along with his father, mother and sister. He also had access to a pamphlet that was previously published regarding the case, which was also summarized in an article in the Bangkok Times.

    Dalawong actually claimed two past animal incarnations. He recalled a past lifetime as a deer, which he said was killed by a hunter. Subsequently, he stated he was reincarnated as a snake, more specifically, as a cobra.

    As the snake, Dalawong remembered that he was in a cave when two dogs entered and attacked him. A ferocious struggle ensued between the cobra and the dogs. The owner of the dogs then entered the cave and killed the snake. Apparently, the snake was able to bite the human invader on the shoulder, prior to succumbing to death.

    The human took the cobra’s body back home, where the snake was cooked for a meal. This man shared the snake meat with an acquaintance, who would become Dalawong’s father in the near future. The man who killed the cobra had the name Mr. Hiew.

    Read more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/do-animals-reincarnate-back-as-humans.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Mar 28. 2017 08:40 PM
    谢谢Paul Yap 为我们介绍马来西亚彭亨州文东必定参观的地方之一~克切拉禅修林。就如照片显示,克切拉禅修林的确是一个环境清幽、山明水秀以及令人有宁静舒适的感觉。

    如果有机会到马来西亚游玩,千万不要错过由Paul Yap介绍克切拉禅修林里的几个优美与神圣的地方,包括:
    1. 金泽”财王”
    2. 金刚瑜伽母佛塔
    3. 绿度母石雕像
    4. 药师佛山
    5. 梦幻文殊菩萨
    6. 詹仁波切的货柜屋
    7. 文殊山
    8. 智慧堂(释迦摩尼佛像和多杰雄登像)

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/go-bentong.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Mar 28. 2017 08:09 PM
    The sculpture of Kuan Yin in Macau is simple but elegant. Most importantly, this big Kuan Yin in Macau is built to bring peace, harmony and prosperity to the people.

    I remember Rinpoche mentioned before a big Buddha statue will have positive impact on the environment and plant the Buddha’s seeds in all sentient beings that not only humans but also including animals and many others. Therefore, the bigger Buddha statue the more beneficial to all sentient beings where they can see and be blessed by this big Buddha statue from far.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/kuan-yin-of-macau-city.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Mar 28. 2017 03:29 PM
    Krishnan’s effort and hard work in contributing to the society is very inspiring. He is willing to let go of his high paying job to Switzerland and staying back in India to operate a soup kitchen for homeless. On top of that he is willing to accept the hardship of financial restraint every month in maintaining his service for the people living in the street. I hope his good work will bring more awareness and sponsors for him especially when CNN showed the video of his work and awarded him with top 10 CNN heroes.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/chef-turned-hero.html
  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 06:42 PM
    According to the Buddhist teachings, we all have a unique blend of karma that determines where we are born, the circumstances of our birth and the quality of our life. Naturally, this is due to the actions that we performed in previous lives. Karma also dictates our characteristics and traits that determine how we act throughout our lives, which in turn leads to certain outcomes in this life and a determination of where we will take rebirth in the future.

    Karma, however, is not set in stone. We can change our circumstances through our own efforts – purification of karma and accumulation of merit. Tibetan astrology, based on these Buddhist principles, provides us the methods to ensure success in this life and a good rebirth in the future. Tibetan astrology can also predict what will happen to us in this life and our next rebirth based on the time of our birth.

    Discover your traits according to the Mewa, or Magical Square system of Tibetan astrology below, and find out how to purify your negative karma to improve your life!

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 05:24 PM
    Very interesting:


    Radin explained in his book: “For a Western-trained academic, the mere existence of, say, telepathy would be considered supernormal and thus wildly extraordinary. But for an experienced yogi, it’s just a boringly normal minor siddhi [a Sanskrit term for a meditation attainment, or power]. A skeptical scientist, not having the benefit of thousands of hours of practice in yoga and meditation, would require repeatable, rigorously obtained experimental data showing odds against chance of a gazillion to one. The yogi merely requires his own experience.”


    Very interesting read: http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2157904-supernormal-abilities-developed-through-meditation-dr-dean-radin-discusses/?sidebar=morein
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 01:45 PM
    Its indeed a beautiful place …..away from the city hectic life to visit and could stay over night too.Just to get away from work to relax ,get some fresh air ,do meditation and so forth .At Kechara Forest RetreatI,Bentong is where the largest Dorje Shugden statue in the world situated and we can receive blessing,make offering to the Buddhas as well as enjoy the tranquility of the beautiful gardens.I have recomended my friends and relatives to visit such a beautiful place at Bentong.
    Thank you Paul Yap for sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/go-bentong.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 01:15 PM
    Well…all pendants are beautifully designed,hand crafted to match each and every sacred images on it to suit all occasion for the wearer.I can see a lot of hard work for those involed in desgning and making of it.
    All pendants are very unique, modern, timeless and also sacred ,thats all i could describe it.Hope more people will be wearing these beautiful pendants to get connected with the Buddhas.Thank you Rinpoche for sharing and Kechara’s Louise Lee for creating Dharma art in in the form of jewelry
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/timeless-and-sacred.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 12:41 PM
    This Mahasiddha is Kukkuripa (the dog lover). He loved dogs so much. When he meditated in the cave he had his doggie with him. She had kept him company for years in his cave. They shared bedding, food, water and company. When he gained high attainments, the Dakinis came to take him to Kechara Paradise. He was hesitant to go but the Dakinis insisted and he went with them.

    He arrived at Kechara (Paradise/Buddha abode of Heruka and Vajra Yogini) and enjoyed teachings and feasts up there and they asked him to stay longer if not forever…. But he kept thinking about his doggie left alone in the cave. He felt guilty and missed her. Kukkuripa would use his psychic powers to see his poor doggie alone and hungry waiting for him at the cave while enjoying the attention of the Dakinis and feasts. The cave was dark and had no food. The doggie had to go out and find small tiny scraps of food and was getting skinny. Kukkuripa saw this and it pained him. Worried she was not getting enough food. He use to share the offerings of food he would get from people with her. Doggie and him would delightfully eat the food together. Kukkuripa had no attachments to ‘clean’ or ‘dirty’ in regards to sharing food with his dog. He had overcome this in his meditations. In ancient India, people would not co-habitate with a dog. It was considered unclean and filthy, but Kukkuripa had cast away those notions and loved his dog as she loved him. But he felt guilty to leave her alone while he was ‘enjoying’ himself in Kechara and could not stop thinking about his beloved dirty smelly dog in his cave alone…so he left Kechara Paradise and all it’s ‘delights’ for his doggie. He couldn’t abandon her. The Dakinis implored him to stay, but he was firm to return. The Dakinis said you will give up this paradise here for a mere dog???!! You can advance further in your meditations if you stay in Kechara and then help the dog later they attempted to persuade him. But Kukkuripa would not stay, he was loyal to his little dog as she had kept him company for many years in the lonely dark cave. She was loyal to him and how can he abandon her now. He couldn’t and he wouldn’t listen to the Dakinis. He left to join doggie. He never forget her companionship and loyalty. All the wonderful things in Kechara could not tempt him against his loyal friend the little doggie. He left everything for her.

    So he finally left Kechara to the Dakinis dismay and went back to his cave to be with his dog so she won’t be alone. Doggie was delighted to see her master and wagged her tail so much!! She licked him and he hugged her! She was skinnier for not eating well these few days he noticed. He fed her and hugged her and loved his doggie…He went back to his routine of meditation, receiving food offerings and sharing his food with doggie. They were happy together. One day, when he was scratching her in her favorite place and she licked him so his eyes were closed, when he opened his eyes she had suddenly turned into a Dakini shimmering with lights! The brilliance of the lights lit up the whole cave in front of Kukkuripa!! Kukkuripa was astonished to behold the splendourous lady in front of him! Of course this Dakini must be the Queen Herself he realized, as Vajra Yogini which was Kukkuripa’s main Yidam he had meditated on her for years in the cave. And She said to Kukkuripa, “Well done, you gave up paradise to be with just a dog..it shows you have given up attachements and projections of pleasant and unpleasant, now your Dakini will give you the final paradise (enlightenment)!”

    Kukkuripa attained full enlightenment blessed by Vajra Yogini by releasing the final subtle attachment to the non-existent self! After enlightenment his fame and name grew and many came to see him and he gave teachings to countless and benefitted many before he finally ascended to Kechara the second and final time. He was forever known as Kukkuripa the dog lover.

    I love him so much!!! This is one of my favorite Mahasiddhas along with Badrapa, Shantideva, Ghantapa and a few others. I wanted to share this story with you. I wanted you to know that there are many great true stories like this one about Kukkuripa that are true and can be applied to our lives. To inspire us.

    Tsem Rinpoche
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 12:29 PM
    The great and illustrious master Sonam Tsemo at the end of his life was described by an old woman who witnessed Sonam Tsemo depart. Standing on a rock at the holy spring near Sakya area known as Chumik Dzingka, his body ascended gracefully into the sky, still holding his dog. He loved his dog very much. Even today the footprints of Loppon Sonam Tsemo and the dog can be clearly seen in the rock, left for the benefit of living beings as a field from which to accumulate merit. It is a sign of a holy being when they can leave their footprints in stone for future generations to witness and make offerings on that spot to collect merits. This holy site was decorated by the great master Mantradhara Ngawang Kunga Rinchen later on. Other accounts say that he ascended from Gorum Library near Chumik Dzingka spring. A stupa containing his holy relics was erected there. Sonam Tsemo was a powerful practitioner of the Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini and at the end of his short life he ascended with his very body to Kechara paradise. He was 40 years old. Kechara is the sanksrit name of the special abode of Vajra Yogini. Those who practice Vajra Yogini to the highest level can ascend her paradise with their very bodies. Sonam Tsemo the great master of sutra and tantra was seen by an old woman flying off holding his beloved dog to ascend Kechara paradise. No one every found his body and his room was empty.
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 12:27 PM
    Congratulations to Mitra for his first dharma teaching in Nepali to the expats. So glad that Dorje Shugden practise can reach out to many in various languages and to different people. Mitra has done a good job in introducing Lama Tsongkhapa lineage and guided them on the benefit and iconography of Dorje Shugden.

    May Lama Tsongkhapa lineage and Dorje Shugden practise continue to grow and benefit more people.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/mitra-teaches-bhagwan-dorje-shugden-in-nepali.html

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
So go pursue all the way with the unknown,
because all unknown with familiarity becomes the known.
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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.
3 days ago
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
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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
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
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March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
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Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
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March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
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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!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
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The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
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Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
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Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
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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
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
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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
2 months ago
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
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Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
This is a good one to read
2 months ago
This is a good one to read
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
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Mumu is silly and cute and funny
Mumu\'s hair is messy and he looks funny
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Mumu's hair is messy and he looks funny
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. 
I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. 
Feast your eyes! 

Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. Feast your eyes! Tsem Rinpoche
                        Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini\'s path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html  Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini's path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
Message to Tibetans in English
3 months ago
Message to Tibetans in English
Message to the Tibetans
3 months ago
Message to the Tibetans
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
3 months ago
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
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  • March 28, 2017 09:11
    Lia asked: If the ushnisha is actually supposed to be a bump, then do we change the visualization of the top knot and replace it with a bump covered in hair or do we keep the ushnisha as the thangkas show?
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  • March 27, 2017 04:19
    Dongho asked: I have been reading on the tunes of certain sects and would like to ask on this. From what I've read, there are certain tunes to each sect and school of certain chants. Exactly where can I find the sheet music for these percussion and horns with the chants, such as to the one for invoking Kache Marpo or Dorje Shugden? Would it be possible to use school instruments for this?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your question, it is good to see you back and asking more questions. Yes you are right, there are differences in the tunes and chants between the lineages. The differences can vary significantly between the traditions, for example the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism is known for its extremely deep throat singing which is very powerful and is characterised by a low, booming voice, in contrast to the other traditions. Even within a particular tradition, there can be slight variations as to the manner in which the chants and tunes are performed. For example those monasteries are which are affiliated with Gyume will have one way of throat singing, where those affiliated with Gyuto will have another. As far as I am aware there is no professional sheet music for the rituals, most probably because the music is actually an integral part of the ritual itself. Therefore the music, tunes, and chants are all taught at the same time the ritual and prayers are. The tunes, and use of the instruments all have specific meanings, because they are considered to be offerings to the deities in the form of sound. The monasteries would not have copies of sheet music either, because sheet music is western practice. The use of ritual music within Tibetan Buddhism is more of one based on memory. In the Kechara organisation, the puja team was trained in such ritual instruments at the same time they learnt the particular ritual from monks from the monastery, such as the puja of Dorje Shugden. From what I saw of the training, the musical tunes, and use of instruments was not written down but taught experientially at the same time as the chanting. I have not come across any other instruments being used in pujas apart from the traditional ritual instruments, because even the instruments themselves have a specific meaning. That is not say that school instruments cannot be used. This is because, as long as the offering is sincere, the Buddhas and enlightened deities will accept it, and in turn you will generate great amounts of merit. Offerings should be made to the best of our ability, therefore if you do not have access to the ritual instruments, or do not know how to play them, but you know how to play other instruments, and use these instruments as offerings to the Buddhas during pujas, the amount of merit you generate will be the same. This is because you are sincere with your offering. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 26, 2017 02:14
    Kunga asked: Does the Gelug have Begtse a protector? If so, could you please provide a sadhana for him here?
    pastor answered: Dear Kunga, Yes the Dharma protector Begtse exists within the Gelug tradition. He is also known as Chamsing. Begtse’s practice stems from India and was introduced to Tibet and therefore Tibetan Buddhism by the translator Nyen Lotsawa. Marpa Lotsawa also practiced Begtse, and so the practice exists in the Kagyu traditions. This practice was eventually transmitted to Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, the first of the five patriarchs of the Sakya tradition, who were the founding fathers of that tradition. Over time the practice of Begtse was incorporated into the Gelug tradition, founded by Lama Tsongkhapa, and was notably practiced by the 1st and 2nd Dalai Lamas. Over time the practice gained popularity within the lineage, especially when it spread to Mongolia. There the practice became an important one within the lineage as upheld there. Begtse is also affectionately known as the Dharma protector of Mongolia, because his practice is so popular there. If I am not mistaken, there is an oracle of Begtse in Mongolia as well. There is a mistaken account that the practice originated around the time of the 3rd Dalai Lama, with the subjugation of a Mongolian war god, but Begtse was definitely practiced before that time in the Gelug, Kagyu and Sakya traditions. While the practice of Begtse is very effective, I have not come across the practice of Begtse in my personal practice, therefore I do not have access to the Begtse sadhana to provide to you. Instead Begtse is propitiated in prayers that incorporate many other Dharma protectors, and Begtse is also considered one of the nine protectors of the Hayagriva (Tamdrin) cycle of tantric teachings. Therefore Begtse is included in the Dharma protector sections of the Hayagriva tantras. Surrounding Begtse are his sister, Sing Ma, and his main minister, Le Khan Mar Po. His inner retinue comprises of eight butchers who wield copper swords in their right hands and skull-cups full of blood in their left hands. They are portrayed as naked and are very ugly. His outer retinue comprises a further twenty-one butchers, who hold copper swords in their right hands, and this time, the entrails of butchered enemies. They wear the skins humans and oxen as clothes, with ornaments made from human bone. While this may seem violent, Begtse is actually a very powerful and beneficial protector, who helps practitioners clear their obstacles and create conducive conditions for their spiritual evolution. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 24, 2017 20:12
    Azair asked: Venerable Rinpoche, I am doing a study in Kalachakra Tantra and I've heard from most of the lama's too that if you practice the Kalachakra Tantra, you'll be able to take control of your next rebirth. Ofcourse, it has been said that we will get our rebirth according to our Karma and desires but whether those dreams will get fulfilled will depend upon the actions that we take in this life. Thus, practicing the Kalachakra(till the end) after initiation will give you the opportunity to take rebirth anywhere you desire regardless of your Karma. My question is that, is there some truth in this statement.? Does this statement hold true for other tantra practices, such as Vajrayogini Tantra, Ghuyasamaja Tantra, Heruka Tantra, etc. I would really really like to know. Thankyou in anticipation, regards, Azair
    pastor answered: Dear Azair, Thank you for your question. Yes there is truth to this statement, both from a scriptural perspective and also by example, as the great masters have shown us. This is a unique feature of all Anuttarayoga Tantras or Highest Yoga Tantras, which Kalachakra, Vajrayogini, Guhyasama and Heruka are all examples of. This category of tantric practice can actually lead a practitioner to full enlightenment in this very lifetime. Even if enlightenment is not reached, very high levels of attainment can be reached nonetheless. This includes the ability to take control over your next rebirth. This is primarily engaged in so that the practitioner is born in an environment where they can eventually pick up their practice and further their spiritual path to enlightenment, or in order to be born in a place where they can benefit sentient beings the most, as part of the spiritual journey over many lifetimes. One of the reasons such an ability is very necessary on the spiritual path, is that usual death and rebirth occurs at the mercy of ones karma, specifically what is known as the ‘throwing karma’ or the karma that dictates what sort of rebirth a person is going to take. This opens up at the time of ordinary death, which most people have no control over. During the death process, many of our disturbing emotions will arise. Whichever of these is the strongest at the point of death triggers open a latent karmic potential, which becomes the ‘throwing karma’ and dictates where we are going to take rebirth and if that life will generally be full of suffering or not. Within Anuttarayoga Tantra, one of the key points of practice is to prepare for one’s death. This is done by simulating the dying process during one’s meditations, so that one becomes familiar with it. At the most pivotal part of this process, one practices achieving either the rainbow body or great bliss (in the case of the father tantras); or clear light (in the case of mother tantras). The tantras themselves are not defined in terms of the gender of the central deity, but by the method used to gain enlightenment. This is either the rainbow body/great bliss (classified as male, therefore labelled ‘father’) or clear light (classified as female, therefore labelled ‘mother’). Non-dual tantras such as the Kalachakra tantra can employ either of the two methods, a mixture of both, or alternate methods. In the case of superior practitioners, due to the power of their practice, they can achieve either of these two methods in their current body. Since they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, and a particular method of practice, they can also achieve enlightenment during their physical death. The great Lama Tsongkhapa is said to have achieved enlightenment at the moment of physical death, using the second of these. For other practitioners, they may not be able to achieve this either in their meditations while they are alive, or during the death process. However because they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, they remain in complete concentration at the time of death, not allowing any disturbing emotions to arise. Due to this level of concentration, meditation and awareness during the dying process, they are able to control where they next take rebirth. This is evident in the tantric scriptures themselves, and the life stories of many masters, who can state exactly where, when and to whom they will take their next rebirth, as they are in full control of the dying and rebirth process. There is a type of meditation called ‘thukdam’ which has been translated into ‘death meditation’. This is a final meditation some masters choose to engage in. During this meditation, the master themselves consciously begin the physical dying process themselves, engage in the meditation of dissolving the winds into the heart centre and remain in the most pivotal part of the death process, the mind of clear light of death. During this point they engage in meditations, either the methods of the father or mother tantras as mentioned previously, and or consciously choose where they are to next take rebirth. They can remain in this death meditation for long periods of time, days at an end, in which their consciousness has not yet left their body, although for all intents and purposes they are dead according to medical science, e.g. they have no heartbeat. At the end of their meditation, a drop of blood will be emitted from their nostril, and their head will slump over a little. Masters who engage in this meditation usually sit in full meditation posture, and their body remain supple and soft even though they have passed away from a medical point of view. I hope this brief explanation helps. Thank you.
  • March 23, 2017 23:01
    Brad asked: What is the significance of offering the Seven precious emblems of royalty to the Buddhas and enlightened Dharma Protectors? What are we symbolically offering up?
    pastor answered: Dear Brad, Thank you for your question. The ‘saptaratna’ or seven precious emblems represent on the one hand the ultimate state of temporal power, and on the other hand the ultimate spiritual attainments that we can achieve. By offering these to the Buddhas, we are actually creating the causes to achieve what they represent. Therefore it is good to know the meaning of each, so we can understand what we are creating the causes for by offering them up: Please see below for an explanation of the seven royal emblems: 1. The Precious Wheel: a thousand spoked wheel, representing the universal power of the Buddhas, as well as the teachings of the thousand Buddhas of our aeon. It is represented by the Dharmachakra, symbolising the ‘turning of the wheel’ or teaching of the Noble Eightfold Path. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, especially that of our own mind, thoughts, delusions and afflictions. 2. The Precious Jewel: an eight sided wish-granting gem, which fulfils all the needs of a universal emperor. This jewel has eight special qualities: it illuminates the night sky for hundreds of leagues; it is cooling when the temperature is hot and warming when the temperature is cold; it makes manifest whatever the holder wants; when thirsty it causes a fresh-water spring to appear; it has the ability to control the nagas, and other supernatural beings, as well as preventing natural disasters such as storms, floods, etc.; it gives off multi-coloured lighted which heals the various mental and emotional afflictions; it cures all illnesses; and it ensures that one dies a natural death, not an untimely one. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, or perfect discrimination, so one knows what to abandon and what to keep in the mindstream during the spiritual journey to enlightenment. 3. The Precious Queen: the most beautiful and virtuous of all women. She is described as a goddess who is the epitome of someone: with devotion; without jealousy; who is the embodiment of fertility; who works for the welfare of all beings; who possess feminine wisdom; speaks the truth; not attract to sensual pleasures or material possessions; and does not have false views. She is adored by all. She also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect effort. This is necessary to keep meditating until one gains spiritual attainments. 4. The Precious Minister: who has sharp intelligence, patience, and the ability to give wise counsel to the emperor. He is so attuned to the emperor that even before the emperor has spoken, the minister is already carrying out his command. He only wishes to support the Dharma, help sentient beings, and is an excellent strategist. He also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect joy. This is also akin to the attainment of the first bodhisattva level, because you have come to an understanding of your own mind, which is like pouring ice-cold water into boiling water. The water stops boiling, as does the thoughts, projections, and delusions in the mind. He represents the path of the bodhisattva. 5. The Precious Elephant: who has the strength of a thousand normal elephants. He is white, with the perfect features that an elephant could have. He is majestic, graceful, and gentle, but in battle is fearsome, fearless and unyielding. He communicates with the emperor through a telepathic link. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect adaptability. This is important, as one needs to be able to adapt to the various mental afflictions as they arise, and suitably counter them. 6. The Precious Horse: who has all the marks of a celestial horse. Known as wind-horse, he is able to travel extremely fast, and can circumambulate the entire universe three time in just a single day. He is never fearful or startled, never makes a sound when galloping, and has extremely soft hairs on his body. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is single-pointed concentration. This is important because without this form of concentration, once cannot engage in the analytical meditations that lead to an understanding of emptiness, and therefore enlightenment. 7. The Precious General: who has mastered the arts of war and always wins in battle. He wears battle armour and holds many different weapons. He tries to avoid battle, but when necessary fights, and never gives up until he has won. He is fearless, and courageous in carrying out the emperors commands and ensures the emperors army carries out their duties. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect equanimity. This is because he overcomes all warfare, which is akin to the battle between things were are attached to and things we have an aversion for in our minds. In short, what you are offering up is the highest of all temporal treasures and abilities, as well as the entire path of the Dharma. Doing so creates the causes for you to receive all of this on your spiritual journey towards enlightenment. I hope this helps. Thank you.
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