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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  • Stella Cheang
    Monday, Jan 23. 2017 09:46 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this contest to create awareness on the plight of our dinner, before they ended up on our plate. The meat that ended up on our dinner plates are not some chemically produced lifeless “thing”. They are animals who have feelings, can feel pain and suffer a great deal under unhygienic environment, probably able to feel more than us for that matter. This is a fact. We should not ignore it and blindfold our conscious by pretending that the meat we are consuming led a happy life and died peacefully before they ended up on our plate. Do our part by contributing to less suffering for the animals. Go vegetarian.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/win-a-manjushri-statue.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Monday, Jan 23. 2017 09:23 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing.
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Jan 23. 2017 05:52 PM
    The Tibetan government in exile in North India (CTA) has in their laws and charters that if you practice Dorje Shugden as your spiritual path:

    1. You are not allowed in Tibetan hospitals.
    2. Your children are not allowed in Tibetan schools.
    3. You may not join in community events in the refugee communities throughout India.
    4. You may not work in any jobs provided by Tibetan govt even if you are qualified within India.
    5. You are not allowed to attend any public talks by the Dalai Lama even secular in nature. You are checked for ID at the door claiming it’s for security.
    6. They restrict your travel by taking extra lengths to complicate issuing you proper papers.
    7. During public speeches, they denigrade the deity Dorje Shugden in order to have public opinion turned against those who practice Dorje Shugden.
    8. They create videos, documentaries and books ‘advertising’ Dorje Shugden as a bad deity. But they call this ‘advice’ only. They allocate much needed funds towards materials with ‘evidence’ that Dorje Shugden is harmful. What kind of government fund campaigns against a particular religion?
    9. They bar/expel you from from entering monasteries based on the fact you practice Dorje Shugden.
    10. Because they have received international pressure and was embarassed, they do not directly restrict you from the practice of Dorje Shugden but produce materials to speak against this faith isolating individuals who continue from the community.
    11. They have smear campaigns funded by the CTA’s Dept of Information & International Relations on social media to destroy the reputation of certain Tibetan teachers who continue to practice Dorje Shugden.
    12. They villify Dorje Shugden practitoners as people who are against Tibetan freedom, Tibetan culture and conveniently called them China spies and violent. This is part of their campaign. Why would China pay anyone to pray to Dorje Shugden? I do not know about others, but I receive no payment for my spiritual practice of Dorje Shugden from any individual, organization or government. I am accused of this as a smear campaign to silence me. But prove clearly that I receive payment from any govt or organization for my practice of Dorje Shugden. If you cannot prove it but continue to say so, then it’s an organized smear campaign from the Dept of Information & International Relations of the CTA in Dharamsala for what they see as defiance when it’s really religious freedom.
    13. Tibetan government in exile has been known to encourage the crowd to harm Dorje Shugden practitioners by posting ‘wanted’ posters of well known and defiant Dorje Shugden practitoners in the 24 refugee communities throughout India.
    14. Whatever donations, gifts, items, help given to the Tibetan govt, their hospitals, Monasteries, schools, individuals by Dorje Shugden practitioners prior to the ban against Dorje Shugden in 1996 has not been refunded or returned. Many Dorje Shugden practitioners including myself have made substantial donations to many sectors of the Tibetan refugee communities and monasteries and all items and monies have not been returned. If Dorje Shugden practitioners are bad, why keep their donations and gifts but restrict their presence?

    I have nothing against Tibet, Tibetans or His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In fact I wish His Holiness long life and health always. I have never said in speech or print any negative word against His Holiness the Dalai Lama. But this ban against Dorje Shugden practitioners is unfair, undemocratic and against human rights. It must be addressed, revoked and removed. It is creating a huge rift within Tibetan communities where we need to be united to preserve our culture, religion and way of life around the world. Whether an individual wishes to practice Dorje Shugden or not is up to the individual, but there should be no restrictions or prejudice created by CTA for engaging in this practice. Now in the 21st century, only in the Tibetan communities lead by CTA, there is heavy religious discrimination. But some find it hard to believe because it does not match the reputation of the Dalai Lama in which the CTA is under. If there is no ban and systematic controlled and funded tyranny against Dorje Shugden practitioners like myself, why should I speak up or say these things? I have no gains to speak up if it was not true. There are thousands of other individuals who can attest to all I have said and much proof to find even on the internet. This systematic tyranny against the fundamental human right of religious choice to practice Dorje Shugden must stop before it creates more damage to individuals and groups and at the same time bringing down the reputation of the CTA or Tibetan govt in exile headquartered in Dharamsala, North India as backward and tyrannical.

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  • sonnytan
    Monday, Jan 23. 2017 01:37 PM
    sonny tan on Jan 23, 2017 at 1:33 pm
    Hello jeff Weegee, you came here to insult our guru and claimed that he gets monetary support from China without any documentary,evidential, bullet proof and solid evidence. In the eyes of the learned criminal court judges this statement itself is very defamatory and you can be sued for character assasination and defamation. However, you are not very smart enough thinking that by coming here and abusing our kind guru’s nature and forgiving heart with such nonsensical unproven lies he will not institute further action. It only means that you wantonly and deliberately wants to hurt my guru’s good name thinking that by saying the above he will not retaliate but I beg to differ as you will never know what his students have in store for people of loose characters. We may not be as forgiving as our guru because you intentionally wants to ruin my guru’s reputation and that itself is an urgent call for us to defend him when viciously attacked. We will vehemently pursue such unproven accusations without repose and put to rest all these once and for all and eventually let justice prevails
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 22. 2017 06:05 PM
    Yes it is time to worry for sure if we are not doing anything to protect our earth , environment and animals .There’s the threat that climate change will do more harm.One recent study found that as temperatures rise over the next century.Marine life of dolphins , leatherback sea turtles and so forth are affected .Sooner or later they will be extnct due to global warming. .Scientists discovered environmental pollution can cause human fertility.
    Human activity, including over fishing, unsustainable agriculture, a dramatic loss in natural habitats, and—of course—climate change are to be blamed. Hence it is indeed a time to worry and put in more effort to protect our environment and earth.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this informative article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/is-it-time-to-worry.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 22. 2017 03:27 PM
    The global warming has become alarming and at risks. Arctic drilling could speed up global warming and harm endangered wildlife in the Arctic. Its good that former US President Obama ban offshore drilling untill 2022. Even though this ban only last for five years it is at least protected. With the new President Trump ,i do hope he won’t withdrew global effort to reduce fossil fuel emission and hoping that more people are aware of what happening to the arctic .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article and videos too.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/offshore-drilling-in-arctic-banned.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Jan 21. 2017 08:47 PM
    It is very sad that the effect of pollution and rubbish is getting worse. All of us are living in this world and have the responsibilities to take care of our environment. We can stop all this by starting from our self. Always be mindful, throw rubbish in the right place and use more recycle items.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/plastic-pollution-in-deep-sea-is-alarming.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Jan 21. 2017 08:33 PM
    Kaizen practise is a good method to start training our mind to push ourselves and do something new everyday for 1 minute. Because it start with 1 minute, we would not have reason to not do it. Once we started to learn something new and continuously doing it, we will get use to and improve it further.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-one-minute-method-for-overcoming-laziness.html
  • Alice Tay
    Friday, Jan 20. 2017 10:38 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for your kindness and compassion and also the support team to have this short prayer translated into Tibetan language. This is great to let more people from different countries and races to read this wonderful prayer to Dorje Shugden.

    May everyone be blessed by Dorje Shugden and able to meet a qualified guru to learn and practice dharma for the benefit of others.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/a-short-prayer-to-dorje-shugden-tibetan.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jan 20. 2017 08:33 PM
    Beautiful, inspiring and so touching story…. of Alvaro Munera a former bullfighter. He is a real hero who learned his lesson through reason and thinking.That is really great of him and even campaigning against bullfighting.He accepted his faith and realized that animals do have feelings too.Not to harm them but to protect them.
    Thank you Rinpoche foe sharing such a touching story
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/do-not-miss-this-so-touching.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jan 20. 2017 07:50 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing Its alarming that plastic pollution has already reached deep oceans which has negatively affecting deep sea animals.The researchers found inside the deep sea animals were polyester, nylon and acrylic.That is bad enough causing ingestion in deep sea animals, such as sea cucumbers, hermit crabs and squat lobsters .Sooner or later they are becoming extinct due to all these plastic pollution. Deep sea animals have the freedom to live too. Do hope all of us take responsibility to care for the environment. Attitude and educating ourselves and sharing with others on the best and safest ways of disposal of rubbish will be wonderful.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/plastic-pollution-in-deep-sea-is-alarming.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Friday, Jan 20. 2017 04:33 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing. It is so sad to learn about the negative impact of our human lifestyle and usage on the animals living in deep sea. Nothing on this Earth can escape our influence because we are a member and a crucial one for all intent and purposes, of this big ecosystem call Earth. I hope through these discoveries and learning, it will awaken our conscious to do something to preserve Earth.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/plastic-pollution-in-deep-sea-is-alarming.html#comments
  • Stella Cheang
    Friday, Jan 20. 2017 04:21 PM
    It is wonderful to learn about the Yayasan Kechara Indonesia team’s effort in fundraising by conquering Mt Rinjani. It is also very meaningful to find out the members of this hike overcome personal and physical limitation to reach the peak. “…thinking Instead of just letting life throw random challenges at me, I should go ahead and provide myself with truly meaningful challenges.” Rejoice and well done! Thank you for this sharing, Valentina.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/guess-what-we-did-on-mt-rijani.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Friday, Jan 20. 2017 12:28 AM
    Taking baby steps to train up our consistency and persistency is really a cool innovation from the traditional “cold turkey” approach. Since this is a trust and proven method, we should give it a try and conquer one of our limitation. Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-one-minute-method-for-overcoming-laziness.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Friday, Jan 20. 2017 12:22 AM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing. Great to be informed of this alternative that deters insects and rodents from getting too intimate with us. The smell of mint is really nice and it has many benefits to our human body too. Hence, it will be a good idea to add mint leaves into our grocery shopping list.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/try-this-to-repel-insects-in-your-house.html

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I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. 
I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. 
Feast your eyes! 

Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. Feast your eyes! Tsem Rinpoche
                        Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini\'s path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html  Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini's path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
Message to Tibetans in English
3 weeks ago
Message to Tibetans in English
Message to the Tibetans
3 weeks ago
Message to the Tibetans
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
4 weeks ago
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
4 weeks ago
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
1 month ago
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
1 month ago
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
2 months ago
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
2 months ago
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
2 months ago
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
2 months ago
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
2 months ago
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
2 months ago
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
3 months ago
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
3 months ago
Sir Edmund Hillary
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha\'s teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha's teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I\'ve seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I've seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
4 months ago
It's nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
                         Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
4 months ago
Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
4 months ago
Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
High lamas in France September 2016
4 months ago
High lamas in France September 2016
༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden:   http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
4 months ago
༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
4 months ago
Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass,
 Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, 
 By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements,
 By seeing the good results, one\'s path becomes more clear, 
 The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, 
 This would eliminate the samsara within our minds.
 ~Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass, Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements, By seeing the good results, one's path becomes more clear, The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, This would eliminate the samsara within our minds. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
4 months ago
Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
4 months ago
Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
4 months ago
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
4 months ago
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
                         This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
4 months ago
This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
4 months ago
Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
4 months ago
Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
4 months ago
His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
4 months ago
Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
Left to right:

His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
4 months ago
Left to right: His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
 It\'s nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
4 months ago
It's nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
Jog Falls a power place of Vajra Yogini and Heruka: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=108652
4 months ago
Jog Falls a power place of Vajra Yogini and Heruka: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=108652
Don\'t wait for the perfect group. Don\'t wait for the perfect person. Don\'t wait for the perfect situation. Don\'t expect yourself to be perfect. Don\'t even look for perfection at least in our realm as it does not exist or time will run out. Just get going and keep doing good. It\'s between you and yourself. Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
Don't wait for the perfect group. Don't wait for the perfect person. Don't wait for the perfect situation. Don't expect yourself to be perfect. Don't even look for perfection at least in our realm as it does not exist or time will run out. Just get going and keep doing good. It's between you and yourself. Tsem Rinpoche
Kind people are to be treasured. They make life worth living. ~Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
Kind people are to be treasured. They make life worth living. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Don\'t you love her bag? She\'s stylish and at one with the universe. OM Shanti. ~Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
Don't you love her bag? She's stylish and at one with the universe. OM Shanti. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful Manjushri carved in China
5 months ago
Beautiful Manjushri carved in China
Sent from Samsung tablet.
5 months ago
Sent from Samsung tablet.
We must loyal to our guru. How to be loyal? To always do the teachings and practice he gave us and to conquer our laziness. We must make our gurus more important than our ego. So it is important to always let our guru win and not our ego. If our ego wins, many will suffer and we will suffer. If our guru wins, temporarily we suffer, but long term we will be happy and many around us will be happy. You see, the guru is always on the look out to give us methods and teachings that we can engage in to bring us happiness. The biggest happiness is overcoming our ego and it\'s traces and the guru always directly and indirectly focuses on that. Our guru will always love and help us, but we must meet our guru half way too. Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
We must loyal to our guru. How to be loyal? To always do the teachings and practice he gave us and to conquer our laziness. We must make our gurus more important than our ego. So it is important to always let our guru win and not our ego. If our ego wins, many will suffer and we will suffer. If our guru wins, temporarily we suffer, but long term we will be happy and many around us will be happy. You see, the guru is always on the look out to give us methods and teachings that we can engage in to bring us happiness. The biggest happiness is overcoming our ego and it's traces and the guru always directly and indirectly focuses on that. Our guru will always love and help us, but we must meet our guru half way too. Tsem Rinpoche
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    You will Never be Ready
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    Stop asking for Easy
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    Kyabje Denma Gonsa Rinpoche on Samaya
    ཁྱེད་ཀྱི་བཀའ་སློབ་དོན་སྙིང་དེ།།གང་གི་རྣ་བར་བདུད་རྩི་མོད།།འོན་ཀྱང་འགའ་ཡི་རྣ་ལམ་དུ།། བྲག་ཆ་བཞིན་དུ་འགྱུར་སྲིད་མོད།། ཚང་མས་ཚར་རེ་གཟིགས་རོགས།། Kyabje Denma Gonsa Rinpoche telling people that it is important to have guru samaya. It use to be that way in the great monasteries. We should not create problems and schisms. If we want to practice a protector, then do so, if not it's okay, but don't make trouble. One should just practice the Buddha Dharma well. To do good practice. If you have faith in Dorje Shugden and trust all the way, he will definitely help you. But most important is to practice the dharma. This is his advice in short here. It's good to let more Tibetans hear this holy speech and appeal by this very senior Rinpoche. TR
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    3 months ago
    His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Propitiating Protectors & Oracles
    This was on FB and I came across it. His Holiness said in Tibetan institutions there is a lot of propitiating protector/oracles and this is not what Buddhism is about. So they are putting Nechung/Tema oracles within the video to say what is he talking about when he does it himself. This is confusing is the message to his people. TR
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    Look how this crab eats a cherry.. Incredible and cute... Never seen this before. They have feelings too. Tsem Rinpoche
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    This is Sarah. Do you have 30 seconds for her? Her life in just 30 seconds!
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    See what is your fortune today!
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    Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche recites offering stanza to Dorje Shugden Septemeber 2016
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    Flying the flag proudly
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    What you need to wake you up on your morning commute
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Students are drawn to Teacher Irene because of her kind and loving demeanour. Stella, KSDS
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Students are drawn to Teacher Irene because of her kind and loving demeanour. Stella, KSDS
Teacher Zhen Yue is really good with kids. Stella, KSDS
9 hours ago
Teacher Zhen Yue is really good with kids. Stella, KSDS
Kechara Sunday Dharma School opens for students from as young as 2 years old up until 18 years old. Classes are conducted in both english and mandarin. Stella, KSDS
9 hours ago
Kechara Sunday Dharma School opens for students from as young as 2 years old up until 18 years old. Classes are conducted in both english and mandarin. Stella, KSDS
Jarrett Yu is 5 years old and he can do prostration and recite Migtsema mantra on his own. Stella, KSDS
9 hours ago
Jarrett Yu is 5 years old and he can do prostration and recite Migtsema mantra on his own. Stella, KSDS
Lovely sister and brother attending KSDS classes. KSDS welcome enrolments from students as young as 2 years old. Stella, KSDS
9 hours ago
Lovely sister and brother attending KSDS classes. KSDS welcome enrolments from students as young as 2 years old. Stella, KSDS
Learn for meditation for calm and peaceful mind. Alice Tay, KSDS
yesterday
Learn for meditation for calm and peaceful mind. Alice Tay, KSDS
KSDS students followed Teacher Kien to do prostrations before the class start. Alice Tay, KSDS
yesterday
KSDS students followed Teacher Kien to do prostrations before the class start. Alice Tay, KSDS
Beautiful artworks done by Kechara Sunday Dharma School from age 2-17 years old. Alice Tay, KSDS
yesterday
Beautiful artworks done by Kechara Sunday Dharma School from age 2-17 years old. Alice Tay, KSDS
Participants take turn to do the soap. Alice Tay, KSDS
yesterday
Participants take turn to do the soap. Alice Tay, KSDS
Woah Camp 2016 participants were happy with their own make soap. Alice Tay, KSDS
yesterday
Woah Camp 2016 participants were happy with their own make soap. Alice Tay, KSDS
Yesterdays Visitors in Kechara Forest Retreat at the Vajrayogini Stupa
2 days ago
Yesterdays Visitors in Kechara Forest Retreat at the Vajrayogini Stupa
17 fortunate visitors had the opportunity to make offering and circumambulate at World Largest Dorje Shugden statue at Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat. Lucy Yap
2 days ago
17 fortunate visitors had the opportunity to make offering and circumambulate at World Largest Dorje Shugden statue at Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat. Lucy Yap
Circumambulating at Lama Tsongkapa Shrine. Lucy Yap
2 days ago
Circumambulating at Lama Tsongkapa Shrine. Lucy Yap
Today's visitors to Kechara Forest Retreat. They were taken on a tour by Puja Team members. Lucy Yap
2 days ago
Today's visitors to Kechara Forest Retreat. They were taken on a tour by Puja Team members. Lucy Yap
Learn about birds & how to take care of them. Lin Mun KSDS
3 days ago
Learn about birds & how to take care of them. Lin Mun KSDS
Look at my new skirts. I'm ready for graduation rehearsal. Lin Mun KSDS
3 days ago
Look at my new skirts. I'm ready for graduation rehearsal. Lin Mun KSDS
The dharma sisters :) Lin Mun ksds
3 days ago
The dharma sisters :) Lin Mun ksds
Great sharing from the teenage class on Rinpoche's bio. Lin Mun KSDS
3 days ago
Great sharing from the teenage class on Rinpoche's bio. Lin Mun KSDS
Nurture the children with good values from young. The aim of Kechara Sunday Dharma School. Lin Mun KSDS
3 days ago
Nurture the children with good values from young. The aim of Kechara Sunday Dharma School. Lin Mun KSDS
Pastor Gim Lee perform prayers for a sponsor during her beloved pet dog's funeral. Lucy Yap
5 days ago
Pastor Gim Lee perform prayers for a sponsor during her beloved pet dog's funeral. Lucy Yap
Make lots of merits for the Year ahead! Join our Grand Dorje Shugden Pujas next 3. & 4. February 2017 with many Highlights!
5 days ago
Make lots of merits for the Year ahead! Join our Grand Dorje Shugden Pujas next 3. & 4. February 2017 with many Highlights!
Pet Funeral services provided by Heavenly Gate Memorial Service Sdn Bhd, Bentong , Malaysia.  YEO KWAI GIN ( KKSG )
5 days ago
Pet Funeral services provided by Heavenly Gate Memorial Service Sdn Bhd, Bentong , Malaysia. YEO KWAI GIN ( KKSG )
Visitors visited Mother Tara and pay respects. YEO KWAI GIN ( KKSG )
5 days ago
Visitors visited Mother Tara and pay respects. YEO KWAI GIN ( KKSG )
Another New Dorje Shugden Chapel at Bentong. YEO KWAI GIN ( KKSG )
5 days ago
Another New Dorje Shugden Chapel at Bentong. YEO KWAI GIN ( KKSG )
Treat others like the way you wish to be treated.  YEO KWAI GIN ( KKSG )
5 days ago
Treat others like the way you wish to be treated. YEO KWAI GIN ( KKSG )
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