Kyabje Zong Rinpoche Cuts My Hair

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This photo was taken at Thubten Dhargye Ling centre in Los Angeles in 1984. I had promised to take ordination and go to Gaden Monastery. HH Zong Rinpoche told me to live in his house(Zong Ladrang) in Gaden. I agreed to everything. HH Zong Rinpoche cutting a strand of my hair and blessing me as indication of His acceptance.

I am still moved when I see this.

Since HH Zong Rinpoche’s passing, I have felt lonely and missed Him till today. Not a day goes by I do not chant His name mantra or wish to be in His presence again. I have not met such a lama.

When I first heard His name, immediately great faith, joy and excitement arose in my mind. I believed He is Heruka and that faith has never wavered. He is Heruka.

Meeting Zong Rinpoche was one of the top 5 events of my life which has been useless most of the time.

I love you Zong Rinpoche and I will always be devoted to you. You are my refuge. Whatever you have passed to me from your Enlightened mind, I will uphold till my death.

Tsem Rinpoche

 

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


 

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  1. Su Lin on Jun 30, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Im really happy that Rinpoche never gave up and + keeping his promise to his guru. As we too should. Going through life was hard for you, but you pushed through and its amazing! At the end of it all you gained strength and compassion. Thank you Rinpoche for everything.

  2. Pastor Han Nee on Feb 5, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    This touching moment will be indelibly etched in my memory. The promise Rinpoche made to his root Guru to become ordained as a monk was sealed by Kyabje Zong Rinpoche cutting his hair.

    This moment is truly precious: the promise was kept, despite Zong Rinpoche’s passing away. Rinpoche became a monk and gave all his focus to benefiting the world. We are the beneficiaries of this promise.Each of us, his students, have received so much from him.

  3. Wylfred Ng on Dec 16, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche for the sharing.

    Really touched to see this picture.

    It is not easy to meet with our Guru. In this life, it took me 28 years to step into Kechara and get to know my Guru, H.E Tsem Rinpoche.

    How i wish i can get closer to my Guru and serve him well.

    Thanks

  4. philyong on Jan 18, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Looking at this picture, I feel as though I have not accomplished anything in my life. At such a young age, Tsem Rinpoche chose the path less taken which is the path to liberation.

    This picture should be put up as a billboard to remind everyone of the qualities we should have and the path we should be heading to. Also to make everyone realise we do have a choice in life. So make the right choice..

  5. lewkwanleng on Nov 2, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    This pictures tells a lot of stories… It may not look like much, but there are a lot of teachings and walking and real example of how to practice Dharma.

    I asked myself, at the age of 18, if someone asked me to give up all the things I consider pleasurable and become a monk, I will definitely say no. Yet, Tsem Rinpoche without questions asked, renounce and promised Zong Rinpoche to become a monk.

    Yet, the hardship Tsem Rinpoche had to endure to become a monk (all the beatings, hiking across America, being homeless, etc), and all the hardship He had to endure after becoming a monk did not stop Tsem Rinpoche to give up Dharma.

    Sometimes I cannot stop to think that Tsem Rinpoche choose this difficult reincarnation to teach us lay people that not only the monks in monastery can practice Dharma. Lay people who faced the similar issues as Tsem Rinpoche as young (the abuse, etc), can also learn Dharma and become a compassionate person.

    May the difficult encounters of Tsem Rinpoche be an inspiration for all of us to have perseverance to practice Dharma to benefit all sentient beings!

  6. Julia Tan on Jul 13, 2012 at 11:44 am

    This is the real example of Guru and disciple relationship. Rinpoche promised His Guru Kyabje Zong Rinpoche that he will go to india to get ordained and pursued his spiritual practice which He did. Despite all the hardship that Rinpoche went through before he met Kyabje Zong, Rinpoche still faced a lot of difficulties in the later part when he arrived in the monastery. Rinpoche keep His promise and continue his journey to benefit all sentient beings. Also because of that, Rinpoche is here in Malaysia.

  7. Wan Wai Meng on Jul 11, 2012 at 4:02 am

    This is such a pivotal moment in Rinpoche’s life and in many cases for many sentient beings who have received love and care from Rinpoche. Without Rinpoche’s strict loyalty and devotion to Kyabjye Zong Rinpoche many people would have been left in the lurch, hence we must truly truly people who hold the monastic vows they are the people who pass on the lineages of our tradition and who can benefit so many due to their unselfish nature.

  8. lucy yap on Jun 30, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Please grant me blessings to be able to gain all the attainments and realizations.These follow from correctly depending on and devoting to you,who is the guru.Achieving all these realizations depends on correctly devoting to you,H.E.Tsem Tulku Rinpoche who has sacrifice so much to teach us Dharma due to his unwavering devotion towards his guru,by following his guru’s instructions.
    May we strive to benefit all sentient beings who are lost,who are wondering in samsara.Thank you Rinpoche,for your constant guidance.

  9. Milly on Jun 30, 2012 at 1:49 am

    Rinpoche has very strong guru devotion. By following HH Zong Rinpoche’s advice and became a monk, Rinpoche has benefited many people all over the world. Rinpoche was not selective from whatever his guru advises him. This makes a lama’s “work” easier and a student’s progress and attainment faster. This precious picture is very touching and blessed.

  10. So Kin Hoe on Jun 29, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Rinpoche has shown his strong Guru Devotion since at his young age. He has gone through all the hardship until today and Rinpoche continues to love and care for many by giving us the teaching from all he has received from his root guru. This photo will always remind us not to give up in any Dharma works as Rinpoche has put himself ahead of us since 28 years ago.

  11. June Tang (KH-JB) on Jun 27, 2012 at 2:13 am

    TSEM RINPOCHE 对ZONG RINPOCHE 的爱是溢於言表的!!TSEM RINOPCHE 是非常希望留在甘丹寺修习佛法的,但是ZONG RINPOCHE 授於他的使命是要来 MALAYSIA 宣扬佛法的。虽然 TSEM RINPOCHE 有百般不愿意,但是因为对ZONG RINPOCHE 的信念与奉献,RINPOCHE 就飘扬过海来到这个陌生的城市!!TSEM RINPOCHE 对ZONG RINPOCHE 和他的徒弟的爱是无私的!!我们身为他的徒弟也因该基於对他的信念与奉献,好好的与TSEM RINPOCHE 並肩做战,实现TSEM RINPOCHE 的愿望—“ KWPC 和KFR” can success ASAP!!!

  12. Lim KH (JB) on Jun 26, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Rinpoche had done the 100% guru devotion to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche to show us. Being a monk is very hard, follow Guru instructions 100% is more difficult. But Rinpoche wish to benefits more then he accept this mission and turn it into reality. Thanks Rinpoche for staying with us with fold hands.

    Hopefully our ignorance and selective style will be cut off faster to follow your instructions.

  13. Lim Fang I KH (JB) on Jun 26, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    落发容易,留发更容易。学佛法容易,但留佛法在心中为世人付出一切代价而付出行动的没几个人。成功人仕,往往都持之以恒,有他特别的地方。

  14. Sheryl KH (JB) on Jun 26, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Rinpoche shows his great guru devotion with simply a short few paragraphs. Reading through them wet my eyes.

    At a relatively young age Rinpoche has already shown his great buddha potential and never one day he forgets the kindness that Kyabje Zong Rinpoche has given him.

    Rinpoche’s devotion in Kyabje Zong Rinpoche is shown in simple words, yet they are powerful enough to reminds me the importance of guru devotion and they touches my heart.

  15. HelenaC on Jun 26, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    I really agreed what Pastor Ngeow had said. We have to apply Guru Devotion everyday even our Guru is not around anymore. Rinpoche has shown us a very good example of Guru devotion. Thank you Rinpoche.

  16. grace (KSJC) on Jun 25, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Rinpoche have show us how Rinpoche treated his relationship with his Guru.A strong guru samaya is maintained regardless his guru is still with him or not.

  17. Wendy Loh on Jun 25, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    It is very easy to make a promise. It is even easier to forget about the promises we have made. Because we don’t care and we don’t take our words seriously. Looking at this picture shows that at least one man keeps his words and it is our good merits that he is our spiritual guide and Guru. _/\_

  18. Veron Tung on Jun 25, 2012 at 1:07 am

    The 1st time i saw this photos is when i visited to the Kechara gallery. I’ve been told that this is the moment where Rinpoche decided to take ordination. Rinpoche has kept his promise for all these while to his Guru. This connection has never faded away even after Zong Rinpoche’s left. Rinpoche has always been a very good example to use for your great devotion for your Guru. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the picture with us and for all the guidance you have given to us.

  19. Su Ming on Jun 25, 2012 at 12:49 am

    I always love this photo of Rinpoche. That was the promise Rinpoche made to Zong Rinpoche, precisely why we have Rinpoche here today.

    Rinpoche gave us a teaching on DEVOTION a few months back which changed my perspective and thinking quite a lot. He told us that THE REAL GURU DEVOTION starts when he passes on. Whether, we hold our promise and our practice to Rinpoche like how Rinpoche held his promise to Zong Rinpoche in America.

    Read more about what Rinpoche had to go through to bring Dharma to this level

    You Have Not Seen The Last Of Me
    http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/you-havent-seen-the-last-of-me.html

    • pastor ngeow on Jun 25, 2012 at 10:03 am

      Yes,real guru devotion is whether we continue to apply whatever we had learnt from our Guru even if he is not around. We should still practice real Guru devotion even when he is with us.The same attitudes of respect for others , virtuous qualities like lovingkindness , forgiveness, forbearance, etc taught to us by our Guru , should be applied to our family and friends and spiritual community to stabilise our practice and build up our store of merits.

  20. nicholas on Jun 25, 2012 at 12:35 am

    This is a one of the great moment when Rinpoche make the promise to become a monk.

    Rinpoche strong inclination towards Dharma, love and devotion for Kyabje Zong Rinpoche is immeasurable. Rinpoche persistent and consistency inspired many and the lineage continues under Rinpoche guidance and teaching. We are so fortunate and thankful for this great opportunity. We as student shall follow the Guru footstep to bring the doctrine of Lama Tsongkhapa flourish and benefit more people.

  21. Cynthia Ng on Jun 24, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    多么殊胜的一张照片,HH Zong Rinpoche为Tsem Rinpoche削减一绺头发。詹杜固仁波切无时无刻都惦记着宋仁波切,仁波切拥有强烈的依止上师心,对上师的信念完全没有削减丝毫。詹杜固仁波切和宋仁波切相处的时间只有短短的几个月,但那份信念延续到现在,这也教诲我一定要有仁波切的这份品质,这就是我们最基本的修行条件。

    我一定会坚守这份信念,对我而言上师是我的一盏明灯,这可以令我在修行上更上一城楼,

    我祈愿生生世世拥有仁波切的美好品质直到证悟。

  22. June Kang on Jun 24, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    Looking at this photo, its always remind me on guru devotion. It remind me Rinpoche mentioned in his blog, Rinpoche said “I didn’t think serving Zong Rinpoche was work at all but spiritual opportunity that comes once in ten aeons!!” it is so great.

  23. soon huat on Jun 24, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche by leading with example to teach us that we should follow our Guru’s teaching and thinking of Him even He is no longer with us. Thanks Rinpoche.

  24. KYC on Jun 24, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Rinpoche has shown by example what guru devotion is like and how one should practice it. Guru devotion doesn’t stop when the guru has passed away. Since the guru is a Buddha, he will continue to bless us although he may not be physically with us. Guru devotion is a practice that can bring a lot of benefits.

  25. Andrew James Boon on Jun 24, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    The way in which Rinpoche shares the memories and accounts of time spent with HH Zong Rinpoche with such clarity, fondness and reverence is indeed a clear sign of complete and utter sincere Guru devotion. Admirable and certainly an inspiration.

    This photo is such a poignant point for us the students, as this is the very moment etched in time, when Rinpoche made that step whereby Rinpoche would eventually enter our lives.

    This is when Rinpoche “gave up” everything, stepped out of Rinpoche’s comfort zone to benefit all, and as a result we are blessed with the rippling effects!

  26. henry ooi on Jun 24, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Such is Rinpoche’s steadfast devotion to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche that tears well up each time Rinpoche mentions Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s name. And Rinpoche is keeping The Promise made to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. All these are in the book titled “The Promise” made available in Kechara Paradise retail outlets and MPH bookstores by Kechara Media & Publications.

    • DR on Jun 25, 2012 at 12:28 am

      The second edition of The Promise is out!Read the sypnosis below:

      In Buddha’s Space
      http://www.buddhas-space.com
      It’s here! The beautiful, full technicolor pictorial biography of Tsem Rinoche has just arrived at our doorsteps in both English and Chinese. This latest version also includes a new chapter about Rinpoche’s previous life and an interview with one of his closest cousins, H.E. Telo Rinpoche of Kalmykia. This isn’t just any biography. It’s the incredible story of the strength of the human spirit, the trials and tribulations of one man and how he overcame all the odds to fight the obstacles, pursue the dream and bring light to the hearts of thousands all over the world. If we could live only a small percentage of what Tsem Rinpoche has, we would be much happier people. The Promise features rare photos that have never been published, stories that are being revealed for the first time ever and insights from people who have known Rinpoche across the many chapters of his life – from his childhood, to the heydays of Los Angeles, to the monastery, to the early days of Malaysia, to what Kechara is today. It’s all here, the story of someone who doesn’t just teach the Lamrim but who has lived it every moment of every day of his life. Get your own copy, be inspired and start making your own sacred promises here: http://www.kechara.com/publications/news/keeping-the-promise/

  27. Irene Lim on Jun 24, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for your firm resolve and passion to give it your all to mankind. You are a torch to this degenerating age. We love you Rinpoche. Please remain and live long with us. We need you.

  28. Lai on Jun 24, 2012 at 2:44 am

    With hand folded Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the great moment with us.

  29. Doreen Teoh on Jun 24, 2012 at 12:33 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    It is exactly a year today, June 23 since last year 2011, on Yik Ming’s birthday that we invited sacred Tsongkapa with his two disciplines to our home. I can always remember that day last year, because it was such a happiness for us as we are able to invite Tsongkapa home with the blessings of Rinpoche. Yik Ming’s dad also receive Rinpoche’s blessings, and before he passed away on March 2012 and it was Rimpoche who came to gave our dad your blessings again. My family is so blessed to have met Rinpoche and I would not want to imagine that day wiithout Rinpoche.

    Meeting Rinpoche is one of my first biggest event after havings my two boys. My faith isin Rinpoche, my guru, and always my Guru for life after life. I will create the merits to meet and serve you life after life.

    With folded palms, your Ignorance student.

  30. Doreen Teoh on Jun 24, 2012 at 12:30 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    It is exactly a year today, June 23 since last year 2011, on Yik Ming’s birthday that we invited sacred Tsongkapa with his two disciplines to our home. I can always remember that day last year, because it was such a happiness for us as we are able to invite Tsongkapa home with the blessings of Rinpoche. Yik Ming’s dad also receive Rinpoche’s blessings, and before he passed away on March 2012 and it was Rimpoche who came to gave our dad your blessings again. My family is so blessed to have met Rinpoche and I would not want to imagine that day wiithout Rinpoche.

    Meeting Rinpoche is one of my first biggest event after havings my two boys. My faith isin Rinpoche, my guru, and always my Guru for life after life. I will create the merits to meet and serve you life after life.

  31. Julia Tan on Jun 24, 2012 at 12:03 am

    How Rinpoche run away from home and met H.H.Kyabje Zong Rinpoche again I believe it was all planned from their previous lives, just like noted inside their dairy. Time, place and condition simply so right. The previous life’s promise. It’s because of this promise, Rinpoche is here with us. I trust that it is also because of our promise to Rinpoche that why we met Rinpoche again in this life and became Rinpoche’s student again.

  32. Leann Lim on Jun 23, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    This photo is so precious, is a great moment for Rinpoche and meaningful for us. Because is our guru by take ordination- the 1st step, so until today only we can meet our great teacher here.

    Rinpoche have a great faith in Zong Rinpoche, even we have no chance to meet with this great master, but through sharing, teaching and praise by Rinpoche about Zong Rinpoche, we know and we learn. Rinpoche have set us a very good example, what is all about Guru Devotion. And how important to follow our guru step to the greatest path.

    I feel quite shame after reading this post and we are not doing enough and do more, even selective to doing Dharma work. With my hand fold together to you, wish we can reach the stage of emulate your good qualities and strong Guru devotion to our Guru. Your inspiration always bring a great thinking.

  33. Jace Chong on Jun 23, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    This is the “very” moment, which Rinpoche made a promise to His Holiness Zong Rinpoche to live your life for others.

    Every time I bring tour to gallery, when talk about the story of this picture, of how Rinpoche chose his future according to what HH Zong Rinpoche say, everybody will listen with respect. If these choices gave to us, we might make choose the other way round.

    This picture also reminds me the highest level of guru devotion of a guru-disciple relationship. We have much much to learn from Rinpoche. Thank you Rinpoche _/\_

  34. Sam on Jun 23, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    I love this picture a lot. I felt the strong energy from the picture and this is very memorable. I will always remind myself on Guru devotion and my promise to Guru. Just like how Rinpoche uphold whatever HH Zong Rinpoche has passed to him.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the picture with us.
    Take good care please 🙂

  35. JP on Jun 23, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    This was the promise that Tsem Rinpoche gave to his root guru, HH Zong Rinpoche. It was a promise of renunciation to ultimately benefit others. Although the journey thereafter continued to be tough and most challenging, Tsem Rinpoche never gave up on his word to his guru. Rinpoche’s resilience and tenacity is awe-inspiring. These are some of the key qualities of Rinpoche’s success in building Kechara to alleviate the sufferings of others.

    We’re in the midst of producing a movie of Tsem Rinpoche’s biography. In the movie we hope to inspire others that when we apply qualities such as compassion, kindness and determination, we can heal ourselves and succeed in all endeavours.

    Please check on this link to know more about Tsem Rinpoche’s movie project. http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/my-reasons-for-doing-a-movie.html

  36. David Lai on Jun 23, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Wow! It’s always nice to look at this picture again and again. I think we are very lucky to be able to see Rinpoche as a young man, making this promise that eventually made him a monk. It’s a very important picture for us because it marks the turning point in Rinpoche’s life that made him who he is today. His promise to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was forever upheld!

    It is an inspiration for our own practice that when things go bad, this picture reminds us to keep going and never give up. If he can do that for his Lama, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, why can’t we keep going and do our best? Rinpoche endured so much more suffering when compared to the rest of us. Since he suffered much more than many of us and continue, what we are enduring is actually not that bad. It’s all in the mind. Well, at least that’s what I tell myself.

  37. Uncle Eddie on Jun 23, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Tsem Rinpoche to us, is also like his Guru, Zong Rinpoche to him. He is our only devine Inspiration and spiritual guide, exception is that we failed miserably and ignorantly to exhibit his kind of deep guru devotion with such distinct wisdom and devine awareness shown, which put us all to shame and lifelong of regrets. He has awakened us through this memorious blog, that “A picture speaks louder than a thousand words”, to bring constant mindfulness in our thoughts and actions of such important practice. As our Lord Buddha has said, “Mindfulness is thus the very basis, the cure for all samsaric afflictions.”

  38. Yoke Fui on Jun 23, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Last year, a student of Rinpoche found out from the monks of Gaden that in their previous lives Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche were very close dharma brothers under Trijang Rinpoche. This explained why the strong affinity between Rinpoche when he first met Zong Rinpoche in LA.

    This is a very moving and powerful picture indeed. Rinpoche’s body language exemplified the essence of Guru Devotion – complete surrendering. Just trust the Guru and do whatever he asks of you. I have failed and I regret this from the bottom of my heart. I don’t want to disappoint my Guru , myself and people that have helped and supported me on my path. I pick up from here and now.

  39. freon on Jun 23, 2012 at 4:16 am

    Rinpoche have very strong Guru Devotion. H.E strong devotion to Guru make me think about my Guru Devotion, how strong it is? What have i gave to Rinpoche? Thus, I always remind myself to develop strong Guru Devotion. Thank you Guru by teaching me. Thank you

  40. Sock Wan on May 9, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Rinpoche’s result and achievement show us how important Guru devotion is if we want to gain result in our spiritual practice. A Guru does not wish us to be rich and famous but he wants us to transform our mind and to achieve eternal happiness. He takes care of us not only this lifetime, but many lifetimes to come as long as we are still in Samsara.

  41. Anila on Oct 17, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    The picture of H.H. Zong Rinpoche cutting Tem Rinpoche’s hair has brought my mind back to the day when Tsem Rinpoche cut my hair to tell me I have been accepted to become a Sangha. It is no coincidence, but the Karma that I am linked with Zong Rinpooche through Tsem Rinpoche and the Gelupa Lineage. When our Rinpoche cut my hair I never had regret that I said yes. I am very prepared and not had the slightest doubt in entering Sanghahood. I am very satisfied I had already experienced mundane life. As I age I want to have a more peaceful and calm life and collect more merits for next life like Rinpoche has said. I hope what Rinpoche has done by becoming a monk will inspire more people to join as Sangha.

  42. ngeowchin on Aug 10, 2010 at 11:45 am

    A picture paints a thousand words. A sacred one like this can touch a million hearts.
    Guru Devotion is not only about close bonding or its external manifestation.It is really about being determined to become the best one can be to benefit others, to help them overcome suffering – which is what our Guru had accomplished.Being close to a Guru in body, speech and mind closes the gap between us and enlightened beings.

  43. Datuk May Phng on Jul 10, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Rinpoche’s Guru Devotion to Zong Rinpoche and his steadfastness in keeping his promise to be ordained as a monk is a wondrous thing to me.
    So often, we break our promises and then pretend nothing is happening, Rinpoche could have done that as Zong Rinpoche passed away before Tsem Rinpoche found his way to ordination.
    To even imagine, Rinpoche met his Root Guru, Zong Rinpoche in USA and was with him for only a short time and the impact of that relationship would last Tsem Rinpoche till today, when Tsem Rinpoche will spend his life teaching the Dharma.
    This event also brings to my mind, the promise Tsem Rinpoche made to Lati Rinpoche, who sent him here to Malaysia to spread the Doctrine of Lama Tsongkapa. Lati Rinpoche has just passed away, and Tsem Rinpoche is still here with us in Malaysia, a place of Budhism “wilderness” teaching Dharma.
    Such example of integrity and honour is very difficult to find and I am so glad I can have such a living example as my Guru.

  44. julia on Jul 10, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Looking at the picture, I visualize such a ceremony will be held when KWPC is ready, Rinpoche will be conducting the ceremony like what Kyabje Zong Rinpoche did to Rinpoche by cutting a strand of hair and blessing as indicate of the student’s acceptance to be ordained.
    Everytime when Rinpoche shared with us about how Rinpoche came all the way acrossed the mainland of USA to meet Rinpoche’s root guru Kyabje Zong Rinpoche in L.A. also all the precious moment Rinpoche spent with his guru, Rinpoche’s eyes always filled with tears. The tremendous love and gratitude that over flow in Rinpoche’s heart towards Kyabje Zong Rinpoche will be what we all must follow and up hold to our own guru.

  45. Lin Kechara on Jul 10, 2010 at 4:43 am

    Chinese babies in Malaysia (maybe elsewhere in other Chinese communities) have their hair shaved when they are 1 month old. (On the day of their “first” full moon.)
    When I saw the picture of Rinpoche having his hair cut by Kyabje Zong Rinpoche reminds me of my sons when they had their heads shaven at 1 month of age. This ‘act’ for Chinese babies is very meaningful, signifying a new beginning and a blessing.
    When Rinpoche had his hair cut, it was greatly meaningful for him BUT in my mind, it is equally meaningful for us in Samsara, because this simple act, when Rinpoche agreed to be a monk, is the day, we who are students at least may have a chance of… dare I say it… ”Enlightenment?” or “Liberation?” Maybe Rinpoche can correct my ignorance on this matter.

  46. KH Ng on Jul 10, 2010 at 2:15 am

    Why would a nineteen years boy promised to take ordination and go to Gaden Monastery to an old monk he hardly know? Either he was crazy or he must have tremendous faith in the old Monk. H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche’s faith in Kyabje Zong Rinpoche proves that karmic relationships exist. His strong guru devotion can be seen even to this day by his blog of his root guru and by the many times and the way he refers to Zong Rinpoche. I remember a few years back H.E. Tsem Rinpoche told us that he used to wake up very early in the morning to prepare breakfast for Zong Rinpoche then goes to work and comes back after work and serve his guru till very late at night; attending to his needs and also attending his guru’s Dharma teachings. He even cut his toe nails. I thought it was strange at that time….urgh!! But now I think this is the best example of guru devotion.
    I pray every day that I may have pure and strong guru devotion to His Eminence, so that I can practice the Dharma well to benefit all sentient beings.

  47. Uncle Lai on Jul 10, 2010 at 1:38 am

    Even at his young age, Tsem Tulku Rinpoche met H. H. Zong Rinpoche, he could immediately recognize him to be his root Guru. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche would listen and follow every instruction His Holiness told him to do, which meant that he had very strong Guru devotion.
    His Holiness saw in Tsem Tulku Rinpoche sincerity and devotion to him when he accepted to take ordination and decided to enter Gaden Monastery. That is why His Holiness offered his own house in Gaden Monastery for him to stay. As Tsem Tulku Rinpoche agreed to everything His Holiness told him to do, he performed the hair cutting ceremony to show his acceptance and blessings
    Even after His Holiness’ passing , Tsem Tulku would never forget what His Holiness has done for him each time he recited his Guru’s mantra and he did that everyday without fail. From then on, Tsem Tulku carried out all the works his Gurus passed down for him to do and nothing can make his mind change.

  48. SK Yap on Jul 9, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche has demonstrated perfect guru devotion to H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche since the first day he met him in Los Angeles, TDL center. Even though H.H. Zong Rinpoche has passed away in 1984, H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche has never forgetting him for even one second.
    Tsem Rinpoche frequently talks about Zong Rinpoche’s good qualities, his kindness and compassion towards the student, and praise him openly in front of his own students. Tsem Rinpoche will print a lot of Zong Rinpoche’s pictures, put inside very nice photo frame and give it away to all of us, Tsem Rinpoche is like the most loyalty fans of H.H. Zong Rinpoche, except H.H.Zong Rinpoche is not a pop star.
    H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche has show a good demonstration of how a student should devoted to their guru, listen to instructions and always remembering the guru kindness. Watching H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche’s devotion to his guru is like life copy of “the 50 stanza of Guru Devotions”!
    PAUL

  49. Leonglili on Jul 9, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    Kyabje Zong Rinpoche must be a very remarkable guru for Tsem Rinpoche to have so much faith in him. The unshakable trust and promise of Tsem Rinpoche has for his guru despite his passing, even forgoing fame to be famous and rich Hollywood star is really commendable.
    I can feel rinpoche’s love for his guru is reflected in his actions for it move and effected him to do so much in this life. I’ve not met Zong Rinpoche before so I could not not have a personal comment. But the ripple effect of the love rinpoche has for his guru has definitely rub on as my love for Tsem Rinpoche. I can commend that I’ve not come across anyone that has so much wisdom and compassion for others as in rinpoche. That altruistic actions of rinpoche has affected so many people in that he comes into contact with. I’ve heard and seen so much transformation of people that has been in contact with rinpoche. Thank you very much Rinpoche and Rinpoche’s past guru I’m forever grateful for all the teachings in transforming my mind.

  50. Wong Yuen Foo on Jul 9, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    ya, i kind of able to relate to your experience & feeling the first time Tsem Tulku Rinpoche heard your Guru’s name whereby immediately great faith, joy & excitement arose in your mind.
    I feel the same way when the 1st time i saw my Guru, Tsem Tulku Rinpoche in Kechara’s Dvd : Re-visited” wherby our Guru made a statement at the end of the Dvd, whereby my Guru said ” Actually he is having high fever & feeling very cold but he did not shown it to all his students because he does not want them to feel worry for him & concerned for his health. He also said The Best time to practise dharma is when one’s is very sick and not feeling well but you do not tell the whole world about it & cause your loved one worry for you ” Anyone whom had watched this Dvd before knows that our Guru had visited many Kechara paradise sites / shops & etc since the early morning of that day till mid-night but he did not shown to anyone that he is actually sick because he does not want his student worry for him. He is so caring & love his student . You know what, after seeing this DVd , i decided to make a trip to Kechara House to check it out & find out more because i wish to know this Guru more…..
    Today, I am so fortunate cause i manage to meet my Guru several times in person & has the opportunity to learn Dharma from this great teacher…. thank you, my Guru

  51. Sean on Jul 9, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    His Eminence Tsem Tulku Rinpoche shows great love for his root guru and perfect guru devotion. We should all be like that, that way we could become a very nice person and a better student. Zong Rinpoche shows his acceptance by cutting Rinpoche’s hair. I do not really know what kind of ceremony this is. When Rinpoche first heard his name, he could already trust Zong Rinpoche, the Heruka on earth. I bet they have a Karmic bond between each other that is especially different compared to that of regular student and teacher! We should all treat our guru like that as our guru always provides us with care, he provides us with one of the greatest gifts of all, the glorious Dharma!

  52. David Lai on Jul 9, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    This photo alone is very moving because it reveals so much about Rinpoche and about how fortunate we are to have met Rinpoche. The very fact that have the Dharma right now is because of the kindness and blessings of Rinpoche’s Guru devotion to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. The very fact now, many of us are doing Lama Tsongkhapa’s Guru Yoga is because of this joyous occasion so many years ago. One thing about Rinpoche, despite all trials and tribulations, his faith in his Gurus never wavers.
    Indeed we are fortunate to have met Rinpoche and receive from him so much Dharma teachings. We are also very fortunate to have encountered this unbroken lineage in which perfect Guru-disciple relationship had formed a bond from which the blessings of Lama Tsongkhapa, Vajrayogini and Buddha Shakyamuni can flow forth. H. E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche is the last generation from which Vajrayogini initiation he bestows will promise 7 lifetimes of meeting Vajrayogini until achieving Kechara Paradise. This is promised by Vajrayogini herself to Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche, our lineage Guru or spiritual forefather. How sacred and fortunate that we are!

  53. Irene Lim on Jul 9, 2010 at 10:57 am

    It is indeed a profoundly moving picture of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche cutting Rinpoche’s hair. It signified the beginning of a spiritual journey that Rinpoche has promised to undertake and to this date Rinpoche has not turned back but has gone all the way in this endeavour to make it a success out of love and welfare for sentient beings. Despite having to go through all odds and suffering, Rinpoche emerged a winner . He turned his table around and and is not afraid to utilise his life experience to skillfully benefit others. He truly has compassion, wisdom and skillfulness.
    To learn more about Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, visit http://www.tsemtulku.com

  54. Su Ming on Jul 9, 2010 at 3:29 am

    I love this picture VERY MUCH! It touches me each time when I see this picture.
    This was taken when Rinpoche asked Zong Rinpoche whether should he be an actor or a monk. Zong Rinpoche did divination and told Rinpoche that :-
    1. If Rinpoche becomes an actor, he will successful
    2. But if Rinpoche becomes a monk, HE WILL BENEFIT MORE PEOPLE
    Based on these words from Zong Rinpoche, Rinpoche made his promise to go to Gaden Monastery in India to become a monk. And Rinpoche DID NOT BREAK HIS PROMISE TO HIS GURU even after Zong Rinpoche has entered clear light shortly after.

  55. han on Jul 9, 2010 at 1:47 am

    Every article about Tsem Rinpoche’s gurus has the strong message of GURU DEVOTION. Whatever it takes, Tsem Rinpoche always uphold dhama and his gurus and all the great masters.
    Rinpoche said “meeting Zong Rinpoche was one of the top 5 events of his life which has been useless most of the time” Rinpoche not always meet Zong Rinpoche, but the guru-student bond was so strong like Paris said, Rinpoche proves to us what’s real guru devotion is, not about physical closeness but about mental and spiritual closeness.
    Despite Zong Rinpoche had already entered clear light, everytime when Tsem Rinpoche mentioned abt Zong Rinpoche, he cried with tears. To many of us, I should said that meeting Tsem Rinpoche was the top event of our life….before meeting Rinpoche, has been useless most of the time….

  56. KOK YEK YEE on Jul 8, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    Zong Rinpoche is Rinpoche’s root guru. Zong Rinpoche is emanation of Heruka, he showed his wrateful form, normally. But Zong Rinpoche like Tsem Rinpoche very much, the relationship between guru and student is very close. So when Rinpoche heard that Zong Rinpoche was pass away, he feels lonely. Until now when Rinpoche mentioned Zong Rinpoche, he also feels sad and lonely.
    Rinpoche also always mention how great Zong Rinpoche was!! Even though I don’t have chance meets with Zong Rinpoche but I am thinking quite fortunate because Rinpoche always shared and praise the good quality regarding Zong Rinpoche. I feel very luckly we have Rinpoche to explain us all those great story regardings Zong Rinpoche.

  57. Paris on Jul 8, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    It has always amazed me how Rinpoche has remained so steadfast and unwavering in his Guru devotion, commitment and promises made so many years ago. And that even after his Guru has passed on, he never gave up on his promises; nor were their importance ever diluted in Rinpoche’s mind. The promises he made are as fresh in his mind now as they were when he was only 17, kneeling in front of Zong Rinpoche in Los Angeles (as in this photo). Many of us can’t even remember what we had promised our teachers last week and it is shaming for me to realise how lightly I have held my own commitments. How will we ever hold the higher tantric commitments and vows when we can’t even follow our teacher’s advice through to the end.
    It is remarkable too that Tsem Rinpoche only really got to spend about 6 months with Zong Rinpoche. After he left the LA centre, Rinpoche never saw him again. But these 6 months were enough to seal his faith and devotion forever – which is a lot more than can be said for many of us who have physically been by our teacher’s side for YEARS and still cannot reach this same level of devotion.
    Rinpoche proves to us, as ever, that real devotion and being close to the guru is not about a physical closeness. The teachers will always hold us close to them but it is up to us to keep that sacred relationship close or break it. It’s about the spiritual and mental closeness we maintain from OUR side where we hold our promises and commitments close to our hearts, near and always precious.

  58. Albert on Jul 8, 2010 at 8:32 am

    Everyone have an inner and outer guru, so don’t need to go around to search for your inner guru, because when the time comes, your inner guru will come to you, so mean while, start your dharma practice under your outer guru, create the cause until the time comes.
    Rinpoche met Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Tharchin the first time; he started to receive teaching from him until later when he meets Zong Rinpoche, with the strong faith Tsem Rinpoche has to Zong Rinpoche, he decided to follow Zong Rinpoche as his root guru to further his Dharma Practice.
    With a moment of decision, the moment of hair cutting and blessing by Zong Rinpoche, and from then on, Rinpoche has hold his vows and his guru devotion to Zong Rinpoche for the rest of his life. Rinpoche always a very strong devotion to his guru, regardless of either Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Tharchin or Zong Rinpoche, Tsem Rinpoche has always serve them very well, Rinpoche has shown the perfect example of guru devotion to anyone else that he met in the rest of his life.
    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing.
    With hand folded
    Albert

  59. Jean Mei on Jul 8, 2010 at 3:43 am

    Beautiful photo, thank you so much for sharing such an emotional photo with us 🙂

  60. Jean Mei on Jul 8, 2010 at 3:40 am

    I agree with what Elena says, especially pointing out how terrible it will be when *touch wood* Rinpoche passes on. Although we are all enlightened with the knowledge that when Rinpoche enters into clear light that he will be in control of his rebirth, I dread the day. I can’t imagine how it would feel to have such a strong connection with someone, for a short period of time, and then they’re no longer physically there anymore. I’ve known Rinpoche since I was 6 – losing him would be akin to losing a family member.
    *shudders at the thought*
    The other thing that I agree with Elena, is when she pointed out the fact that Tsem Rinpoche carried out his duties without his lama being there to scold, continuously encourage and check up. The lama said and the student followed with pure devotion. Such is the power of words and of promises.

  61. May Ong on Jul 7, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    Tsem Rinpoche – may you continue to be our inspiration and spiritual guide of our time and our children, be our Heruka and Vajra Yogini. Your example of guru devotion is faultless and we must strive to emulate your good qualities of care, compassion, wisdom and skillful means.
    Every time I attend a live dharma talk given by you, you continue to instill hope and love and care to help us gain realization of our “samsaric” thoughts, body and speech. I become more aware because of these oral transmissions and teachings to improve myself to benefit others.

  62. Bonita Khoo on Jul 6, 2010 at 3:57 am

    A picture says a thousand words! In this picture it clearly showed the trust and devotion Rinpoche had towards Zong Rinpoche.
    Rinpoche’s love, trust and devotion towards Zong Rinpoche is really inspiring. No matter how many times Rinpoche share the precious moments Rinpoche had with Zong Rinpoche, it had always tugged at my and many other hearts.
    Despite the hard times and obstacles that Rinpoche had endured so far, Rinpoche had never given up on us, all these is due to Rinpoche’s promise to Zong Rinpoche in benefitting others! A very good example of Guru Devotion!
    The special bond between Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche is really admirable. It put me to shame whenever I thought of giving up.
    May I be able to emulate Rinpoche’s good qualities to benefit others!

  63. thierry on Jul 5, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    When I hear the many accounts of how Tsem Tulku Rinpoche always thought of his guru Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, how he treated him and served him when he was still with us, and how much he has missed him ever since he passed away, I am moved by the sincere devotion.
    And I mean “moved” like one is moved by witnessing great acts of kindness that are motivated purely from wanting to be kind to others with no hidden agenda, with awaiting nothing in return: pure, honest, spontaneous, effortless, joyous and sincere devotion.
    For guru devotion to arise so strongly and purely, Rinpoche must have strong imprint from previous lives, and strong affinities with his guru.
    Rinpoche, I fold my hands to you, and I pray that I may show such devotion to my own guru too.

  64. susan on Jul 5, 2010 at 3:43 am

    I particularly like what Elena said.. “I hope everyone realises that with Rinpoche, not only do his words reflect guru devotion but his actions and deeds too.” This is what makes us different from Rinpoche’s devotion to Zong Rinpoche. But why must we make that different. Rinpoche give us the exact precious Dharma just like Zong Rinpoche did for him. Rinpoche memorised everything he learnt. It puts me to shame how much..rather how little i have memorised. Rinpoche has gone through so much as Beng Kooi has clearly written. What I find hope in is that Rinpoche believes I can. The assignments he gives is because he knows I can…thus, I will trust in him more than myself.

  65. Elena on Jul 3, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    This photo is but one moment of the many decades of guru devotion that Rinpoche has unwaveringly held for Zong Rinpoche. I cried the last time Rinpoche spoke extensively of Zong Rinpoche, saying that he would give up everything to have one more moment with him. It made me realise that I didn’t want to find myself one day in that situation where I wanted Rinpoche, and he was gone for good. It’s not like you can bring someone back from the dead, no matter how much you want them.
    I hope everyone realises that with Rinpoche, not only do his words reflect guru devotion but his actions and deeds too. I wonder how many people would have the devotion to follow the instructions of a lama who has just passed into clear light meditation with the same determination that Rinpoche had. I mean, Rinpoche didn’t have anyone to check up on him and make sure he was following instructions for something as difficult as moving to a totally foreign land with a totally foreign culture and language, and ‘giving up’ everything to take ordination vows…and it still didn’t deter Rinpoche. It shows Rinpoche’s great trust in his root guru that this was the right decision to make, everything would be okay…and Rinpoche’s great trust for the Buddhadharma to be the right decision to make.

  66. Sandy Clarke on Jul 3, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    This looks like wonderful and intimate moment that no doubt you will forever cherish. Having known great loss myself, I can empathise with the feeling of loneliness that comes with it, but no doubt HH Zong Rinpoche is always with you in all that you are and in all the great benefit you continue to provide to many, and although I personally never knew HH Zong Rinpoche, I have the deepest respect for him, because it is thanks to his great kindness, compassion and wisdom that we have all had the immense fortune to come to know you as our teacher.
    I’m sure we all join you in our eternal gratitude to HH Zong Rinpoche, and give our eternal and sincere thanks to you for guiding us.
    Kindest regards.

  67. Beng Kooi on Jul 3, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Rinpoche, despite everything you went through, you never gave up or broke your word to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche even till today.
    You had braved scoldings and beatings from your parents, risked robbery and worse by hitchhiking across America to LA, and suffered through homelessness, hunger and basically having to stand up for yourself and survive when you were still a teenager. And you had to find a way to get yourself to India to be ordained as a monk, despite that fact that your root Guru to whom you made your promise to had already entered clear light.
    Reading your post puts me to shame. And from now onwards I will not allow small insignificant problems to discourage me or get me down.
    May all Dharma students be inspired and uphold your example.

  68. Duke Okkelberg on Apr 8, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    Kyabje Zong Rinpoche Dorje Chang la chag tsel lo!

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  • Lin Mun
    Friday, Apr 28. 2017 04:00 PM
    Everything we offer to Buddha is a form of mind transformation and practise our mind to be focus even when doing water offering. When pouring the water into the bowl we have to recite Om Ah Hum (3 times), think positively and pouring it slowly so it does not spill and leaving the space of a grain of rice before reaching the top. After offering we also have to clean the bowls properly without leaving stain. All this is to train our mind.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the many benefits and water offering in a simple to understand article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/making-water-offerings-to-the-buddhas.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 28. 2017 03:38 PM
    Trolls are assiociates as beings of Scandinavian folklore.A large number of different mythological creatures continue to live on in Scandinavian folklore.They have different shapes,habitat and filthy features . There are also numerous tales of trolls told and retold.Trolls are also believed to have the magigal powers, which were folktales ,posses capabilities that are beyond human .What ever it was a remnant of a long-lost reality for sure. I do believe that there’s a very high chance trolls had existed in the past.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing ,i do enjoyed all the stories in these article even though it just folk tales.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/the-hidden-nature-of-trolls.html
  • Jason
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 11:54 PM
    People always expect return on some contribution being done especially in charity events. When the return was under their expectations then they will feel sad or unhappy.
    As Rinpoche said, Dharma is a teachings to transform our mind to become bodicitta or selfless to benefit others without condition. Once we practiced selfless mind, our mind will not be affected by others people reaction.
    What will be my legacy? I think this is not really important to me anymore once I know Dharma teachings from Rinpoche.
    Thanks Datuk May for sharing to benefit more people.

    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/what-will-be-your-legacy.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 08:56 PM
    Amazing miracles true story …of how Rinpoche helped. With Rinpoche blessing during the children baptismal ceremony,this little boy who had not spoken since 9 years old was able to speake again.Incredible….
    Chef Au truly believes been a vegetarian has help him to collects merits for his son.Rinpoche’s care and compassion has benefited many more people.Through these stories hope more people will be inspired to achieve the state of compassion and attainments.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for this sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-4.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 07:51 PM
    Having fully trust and faith in Rinpoche ,Fat monk’s mother was well again, after been diagnosed with cancerious tumour at the liver.
    Following instructions given by Rinpoche, his mother recited mantras and Fat monk did a series of pujas as told,his mother recovered then.
    Amazing……Miracles do happen.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-3.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 05:27 PM
    We are no strangers to the creatures called Werewolves. They are often depicted as the Jekyll-and-Hyde-like monsters in movies who are unable to control their animal instincts when they shift from human form to a wolf-like creature, usually during the full moon. Together with the Vampires who can transform into bats, are my childhood imagery villains, who triggered my curiosity on mythical creatures during younger days. They still do, lol.

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

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

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

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this heartwarming article.

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

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

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

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

    Jason

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

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

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

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

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

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

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