MY FIRST GURU IN NEW JERSEY

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Firstguru When I was 7 years old I was taken to New Jersey, USA. That was in 1972.

In 1971, the great Sera Mey Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Tharchin arrived and was residing 10 minutes away from me.

I started receiving teachings from him. I found out that he had met Pabongka Rinpoche in Tibet and received teachings. Kensur Rinpoche was a very devoted disciple of Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche. And also was a great Abbot of Sera Mey Monastery who uplifted the educational standard of the whole monastery and paid off all their huge loans during his tenure. Sera Mey respects him tremendously.

I took my refuge vows and first initiations from this great master while in New Jersey.

What are the chances that I end up in faraway distant America and ten mins away is one of the greatest living masters of this century. I believed I collected very good merits from my previous life to be able to live so near a great master like this.

In the 1970′s USA, the Dharma was not very mainstream and teachers were very rare. So how lucky was I?????? I always rejoice in this fact.
And amazed at my good fortune! Really I do.

When i received my initiations from Kensur Lobsang Tharchin, I determined to do the sadhanas and practices and up till now I have. I am forever grateful to him.

When I entered Gaden and was going to be a monk, Kensur Lobsang Tharchin was very pleased and gave me a big smile and said I was doing the right thing. Wow. He said I was doing the right thing. You wouldn’t know how much his words gave me great bliss. I trusted him fully.

When I met Zong Rinpoche later, I asked Kensur Lobsang Tharchin’s permission to study with him as Kensur Rinpoche was my first guru and I must have his permission. I had to move to California and hence couldn’t be with Kensur Lobsang Tharchin anymore. I left New Jersey at 16 and went to California because my step parents and I didn’t have karma to be together.
Kensur Lobsang Tharchin again was very pleased and granted his permission when I called him from California. If he didn’t, I would definitely not have gone.

When I arrived in Gaden and was very poor and had very little food to eat. I wrote relatives, parents and other ppl, but no one helped at all. I asked Kensur Lobsang Tharchin and he immediately arranged for one of his students to send me US$50 per month. Which at that time was more than enough for me to survive and be ok in Gaden.

I owe so much to this great master. As a child I would try to visit him as often as possible in New Jersey, but I was deathly afraid of him. I saw him as an enlightened being and I was just a cockroach or a nothing and felt so scared to disturb him.

I remember him fondly and miss him very much. I wish so much he was still here with us, as I would love to invite him to Kechara House to turn the wheel of dharma and bestow empowerments.

I trust him so much and tears stream down my face as I write this. I love Kensur Lobsang Tharchin so much and have tremendous faith in him. I always will. I hope one day I can benefit ppl like he did and gain the attainments that he definitely had.

He was a grand master of Sutra and Tantra. And he spoke wonderful English. But his specialty was the Lady Vajra Yogini. He is definitely one with Her. I am more fortunate to have met him than Lady Vajra Yogini Herself. I am sure She will understand why I say that.

I prostrate myself on the ground fully to you, Great Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Tharchin Pelsangpo and humbly ask you to bless my wild mindstream to think of others more than myself……

Tsem Rinpoche

 

 

 

The immaculate incarnation of Kensur Jetsun Lobsang Tharchin has been found and recognized by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. His name is Tenzin Namdrol and is four years old and found in Mundgod, South India. He will be escorted to Gyalrong Khangtsen in Sera Mey (Bylakuppe-12 hours by car from Mundgod in South India) to be enthroned. My precious first guru is back!! I have never doubted him in any way, but seeing his precious incarnation again shows his great compassion to continue his works. I pray for his long life, and excellent activities to continue. His previous incarnation was a great master, lineage holder and accomplished Vajra Yogini Mahasiddha who was a direct disciple of the Incomparable Kyabje Pabongka Dorje Chang. I bow my head to the feet of this illustrious Choktrul Tenzin Namdrol.

Tsem Rinpoche

 

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49 Responses to MY FIRST GURU IN NEW JERSEY

  1. Ana Aquino on Mar 12, 2010 at 3:50 am

    Rinpoche
    My tears stream down my face as I read this.
    My heart is hot.
    I prostrate myself to you

  2. Michele Marie on Mar 12, 2010 at 4:14 am

    Thank you so much. I am so grateful to Know you on line and to be able to get strong lessons each time after reading you. I am very touch by your generosity towards us and all beings. When I read you I feel so much, but what really count is to practice what you are teaching. I keep falling off the track and than come back on it.
    You guidance is so precious and I am forever grateful for being so lucky to have met you on line. With all my heart.

  3. Beng Kooi on Jul 4, 2010 at 12:45 am

    Thank you for sharing this very warm post. I already consider myself incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet Rinpoche when I was in my late 20′s, in a wild barbaric place (in the Dharma sense) such as Malaysia. I can imagine that New Jersey in the 1970′s would have been similar.
    So for Tsem Rinpoche to be so close to Kensur Rinpoche and to be able to receive the highest teachings from him at such a young age is clearly a result of his imprints and incredible good merit – merit that is accrued from lifetimes and lifetimes of dedication to the Dharma.

  4. Joy Kam on Jul 4, 2010 at 2:54 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this heart felt real life story of yours. It really shows that Rinpoche definitely have very very strong Dharma imprints from your previous life. Your determination and courage to hitch-hike, live on the streets and work many odd jobs to support yourself so that you can do Dharma is truly inspiring.
    It also makes me reflect on how lucky we are, I am, to have been able to meet Rinpoche in my 20’s and without having to go through so much obstacles like what Rinpoche did. In deed we/I am very LUCKY/Blessed. Rinpoche you are my first and always will be the Guru that change my life. For without Rinpoche, I will not be in Dharma now.

  5. Elena on Jul 4, 2010 at 6:16 am

    “And also was a great Abbot of Sera Mey Monastery who uplifted the educational standard of the whole monastery and paid off all their huge loans during his tenure. Sera Mey respects him tremendously.” – this sounds oddly familiar, with Rinpoche’s work to lift the education standards of Gaden, and also his fundraising work in 1992 to build living quarters for the monks of Phukhang Khangtsen.
    There are so many teachings in Rinpoche’s sharing…lessons in guru devotion, in humility, in care, in gratitude. I think stories of lamas always touch us because they reflect the attainments we want to achieve. And I’m not talking about the esoteric stuff like walking on water or the power of speed, but the qualities that everyone (whether Buddhist or not) will understand and appreciate. I think one of those qualities is that of thinking outwards. We live with such selfish minds that when we come across beings who operate from the basis of benefiting others, we’re affected by the compassionate minds that they generate. To come across such a being is a blessing, because they remind me that I can learn to think like that too.

  6. Shirleymayatan on Jul 5, 2010 at 6:04 am

    Rinpoche must have really been someone amazing to have such great fortune to meet all the great Masters of our time – from Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Tharchin, to Zong Rinpoche to Lati Rinpoche and all the way to HH Dalai Lama. They were all Rinpoche’s Gurus. What makes Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Tharchin so special is that he was the disciple of the Grand Master, Pabongka Rinpoche. Pabongka Rinpoche is the Guru of all the Gurus such as Trijang Rinpoche and Ling Rinpoche. Both are the Tutors of the HH Dalai Lama. You can read all about Pabongka Rinpoche in http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/2010/07/pabongka-rinpoche-18781941.html. How lucky are we all to have the precious opportunity to be Rinpoche’s students in this lifetime. Rinpoche is a most precious ‘vessel’ which holds all the most significant transmissions in the Gelugpa Lineage from all the greatest minds of this century!

  7. Likheng on Jul 5, 2010 at 11:26 am

    I prostrate to Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Tharchin because his kindness and wisdom is the ignition spark that caused Dharma to flourish in Malaysia.
    Meeting Tsem Rinpoche and pure Dharma is the most precious blessing I ever received. The Dharma Tsem Rinpoche so generously shared has given greater meaning and value to the goals I pursue.
    An example: Create self worth by giving worth to others. This breaks the perception that self worth is created by focusing on me, myself and I…by grasping onto to “having” so that these possessions add to how much we are worth. In the little instances I managed to be in contribution to others at work, I experienced a freeing and fulfilling happiness. A little “taste” of goodness from Dharma practice ☺
    With this, my deep admiration and appreciation to the dedicated Kecharians who have consistently lived by the principals of Dharma to benefit Malaysia through the 13 departments of Kechara House (www.kechara.com).
    To end, I pray that I will be able to honor the precious Dharma teachings of Kensur Rinpoche, Tsem Rinpoche and all the Lineage Guru (all the way to Pabongka Rinpoche and Trijang Rinpoche…WOW!!!) by making consistent effort to develop a habit of creating self worth by giving worth to others. I also pray for all Dharma practitioners to have a successful journey to liberation, which is the very reason our venerable Lineage Gurus imparted the Dharma upon us.

  8. susan on Jul 5, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    I can’t imagine how heavy Rinpoche’s heart must be, when he had to leave Kensur Lobsang Tharchin because of the circumstances with his step parents, his only family who never really accepted him. Rinpoche loves Kensur Lobsang Tharchin so much and at the same time, not knowing who he was.
    There’s an amazing teaching by example in this blogpost about guru-student relationship. It is important to take note how Rinpoche requested permission from his first guru before he studied with Zong Rinpoche, his root guru!
    Lama and centre hoping is such a common practice today resulting in no attainments and a is waste of time. Do read GURUS FOR HIRE, ENLIGHTENMENT FOR SALE http://www.kechara.com/publications/publications/tsem-tulku-series/gurus-for-hire-enlightenment-for-sale/ where Rinpoche provides an insider’s guide to the precarious, often tricky Guru-disciple relationship.

  9. Uncle Eddie on Jul 6, 2010 at 6:02 am

    This article brings back vividly the 1st glance I had of Tsem Tulku Rinpoche at KYCO in 1992. When he was giving a dharma talk at The Chinese Mahayana Centre. Tsem Rinpoche looked thin at that time as compared to how he looks today and seemed very underfed!! But his Dharma teachings was attractively wonderful and easy to understand, as evidence later by the long line of audience who were waiting to see him for consultation later. Though I had already met a few other lamas before meeting him at this centre, yet I felt somewhat “fatefully” attracted to him at my first glance of him. Instant thoughts straight away came to my mind that should I seriously want to venture into spiritual practice this would be my first and last guru. A few other later meetings of him later with anila, together a few other family members finally brought about my 1st refuge with Tsem Rinpoche at Brains Trust Centre at Malacca in 1992.

  10. Anila on Jul 6, 2010 at 7:59 am

    Now I understand why Tsem Rinpoche loves Zong Rinpoche and Tharchin Rinpoche so much from what I have read what Tsem Rinpoche has written. Tsem Rinpoche has followed both his beloved Guru’s same methods to teach his students. I also know the reason why Tsem Rinpoche was so grateful to Kensur Tharchin Rinpoche. When Tsem Rinpoche cannot find any financial help from his relatives and friends when he was in Gaden. Kensur Tharchin Rinpoche found him a sponsor who gave USD 50/- which was more than enough at that time. And is turn Tsem Rinpoche took very good care of his students. I can vouch for that. Tsem Rinpoche has taken care of me and my family spiritually, emotionally and financially not only to me but others too. He has taken the responsibility and commitment to take care of his students.

  11. Bonita Khoo on Jul 6, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    The determination of Rinpoche wanting to learn and practice dharma from young is really amazing! Despite the objections from Rinpoche’s stepparents, Rinpoche had never ever given up hope in pursuing to learn dharma at any cost!
    The amount of merits Rinpoche collected from life time after lime time had resulted Rinpoche being able to meet all the high lamas and to learn under their feet.
    Rinpoche’s trust and devotion towards all Rinpoche’s guru are good examples for all of us especially me to emulate. Rinpoche had always led by example just like how Rinpoche had been taken care by Rinpoche’s gurus. We, student in turn, should learn this from Rinpoche.
    Rinpoche is so compassionate that Rinpoche had chosen this ‘tough path’ in this incarnation in order to help us the ‘lucky ones’. It is a fact that highly reincarnated Lamas can choose their parents and environment to be reborn. Instead of being enthrone in at a young age like most of other high lamas, Rinpoche had chosen to be in an environment where family support in practicing dharma is none! And yet Rinpoche had persevere and hence the manifestation of Kechara organization.
    Rinpoche had mentioned many times that Rinpoche does not need to build another big temple or learning institution as Rinpoche had done that life time after life time, it is us who needs to collect tonnes of merits in order for us to improve our life and gain enlightenment in the future.
    Thank you Rinpoche for not giving up on anyone of us! Even for those who had left due to their lack merit or under other circumstances, Rinpoche always say prayers for them and hope that they will be taken care of later, an act of a Great Bodhisattva!

  12. May Ong on Jul 7, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    Tsem Rinpoche did not cultivate an attitude of “blaming” or “poor me” when he begged for sponsors when he went into Gaden monastery. It is very easy for us to give up on what we believe in but Tsem Rinpoche did not let his condition deter him from his pursuit. It took determination and great trust to be able to achieve what he wants to do in the monastery to serve the dharma.
    Tsem Rinpoche did not let external conditions defeat his purpose or allow them to be obstacles to continue his practice. Rinpoche understands when his students need his help and he sponsors generously with sincerity without expecting in return.

  13. Yokefui on Jul 8, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    When Rinpoche’s mother was approached by the sangha to send her son to the monastery as they recognized him to be someone special, Rinpoche’s mother rejected saying if he were truly what the monks claimed he was, he would find his own way to spirituality.
    This prophecy is uncannily fulfilled when Rinpoche met his first Guru, Kensur Rinpoche.
    I can understand the very special relationship between Rinpoche and his first Guru. It must had been somewhat like meeting one’s long lost relative after all the trials and tribulations.
    Another thing that strike me is the strong imprints of spiritual attainments these great masters have that no matter how difficult the circumstances are, they are attracted to spirituality like a magnet to magnet.

  14. Paris on Jul 8, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    I have always loved the stories that Rinpoche has shared with us about his time in Rashid Gempil Ling under Kensur Lobsang Tharchin. These stories are all the more poignant when you know what Rinpoche had to go through at home with all the abuse from his foster parents. RGL and Kensur Rinpoche were the only glimmers of respite and hope that he had in his difficult young life.
    These accounts of Rinpoche’s teachings are so especially dear to us, Rinpoche’s students, because it we realise that it is also by their kindness that we now have Tsem Rinpoche and are receiving this unbroken, sacred lineage of teachings and blessings. For example, Kensur Lobsang Tharchin was a direct disciple of Trijang Rinpoche, making us extremely close to the lineage of his great master, the spiritual “father” of almost all Gelug teachers in the world today.
    We are just so fortunate to be so close to the teachings, and to have them so easily handed to us on a silver, gem-studded platter.
    More than that, it is also because of Rinpoche’s impeccable Guru Devotion to every of his 14 gurus, starting with Kensur Lobsang Tharchin, that we are now able to receive these teachings. If Rinpoche (like many of us) had not followed his Guru’s advice, not been loyal to them, run away, given up or not completed any of what they had advised him to do, then we would not be here. We hold these old Lamas in very high esteem but more importantly, we must always remember Rinpoche’s incredible devotion to these Gurus, hard work over the years and commitment to Dharma that have preserved these teachings – and this is the amazing legacy that has been passed down to us.

  15. KOK YEK YEE on Jul 8, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    While I read Kensur Lobsang Tharchin post, can feel the love Rinpoche toward his Guru. Rinpoche guru devotion is amazing. Rinpoche respect Kensur Lobsang Tharchin very much. In this post Rinpoche has shared with us the kindness, compassion, care and love his guru has given him. Guru’s love and compassion seems like a very strong support for him to continue his spiritual journey.
    The article really makes me think about the real guru devotion? What is the real guru devotion? After you read this article you will understand more and even can feel the real love between a guru and student. Even though, I not enough merit meet with this such as high lama, but I still can remember all the good quality of the great lama.
    Very nice article, MUST READ!!!

  16. henry ooi on Jul 8, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    This is one of the earliest life histories of Rinpoche and the first connection to dharma.
    How incredibly slim the chances are to be brought to USA at a time when Tibetan Buddhism was not so popular compared to now. How remote to stay so near to an elite master of the Gelug sect, Sera Mey Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Tharchin, who was the disciple of H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and who have met H.H. Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche!
    It is not good fortune but enlightened attainments that Tsem Rinpoche chose so.
    How very fortunate we, at Kechara House, are to have H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche as our guru who patiently and tirelessly teaches us the holy and profound dharma. Thank you, Rinpoche.

  17. Su Ming on Jul 8, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    “At 7 months old, monks came and recognised Tsem Rinpoche as an incarnated Lama. They requested his mother to take the child to the monastery for his spiritual education but she refused. In return, she said that if Rinpoche was what they said he is, he would eventually find his own way to the monastery”
    And INDEED Rinpoche did! By being 10 mins away from Rinpoche’s FIRST GURU when Rinpoche was 7 yrs old was the first step to finding his OWN way to the monastery. Can you imagine the probability of having a dharma center with such a great guru from the same lineage 10 mins away from you in the 70′s in AMERICA!
    There is NO such thing as a coincidence.

  18. han on Jul 8, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    This article strike me most was Tsem Rinpoche GURU DEVOTION is 100%.
    Tsem Rinpoche trusted his first Guru, Kensur Rinpoche fully and listened to his every advise even when he met Zong Rinpoche, his root guru, Rinpoche also seek Kensur Rinpoche permission if he allow to follow Zong Rinpoche teachings
    Unlike nowadays in Malaysia , we have the scenario that, even a great high lama is close to us, care for us, and yet we still choose to run away or create causes to be away from our lama. Some students even like to be center hoping.
    I am grateful that have the great fortune and merits to meet Tsem Rinpoche in this degenerate age, I must consider very lucky and I have no excuse not to practice and not to transform….

  19. David Lai on Jul 9, 2010 at 1:20 am

    This story brings tears to my eyes because Rinpoche’s love and devotion to his Guru is so real and so sincere. I heard or another story not recounted here of how much Kensur Lobsang Tharchin had impacted the mind of young Rinpoche. This was especially when Rinpoche’s parents were oppressive and wouldn’t allow Rinpoche to go for teachings and initiations, Rinpoche would still make it for teachings.
    When this went on and on, Rinpoche’s mother, out of spite, spread false rumours of Kensur Lobsang Tharchin’s clandestine affairs with numerous women in the center. Rinpoche was heartbroken and very upset with his mother for creating such falsehood. So he sought audience, explained to his Guru and sought forgiveness. His Guru surprised him and told him to forgive his mother and it was Dharma practice for young Rinpoche to not come for teachings for his mother’s sake. He was not upset for himself at all and for the first time, Rinpoche felt real compassion and it went down very deep in Rinpoche’s heart. That was the quality of Rinpoche’s Gurus and that was what Rinpoche lived by all these years.

  20. SK Yap on Jul 9, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    No matter where you go and what you do, if you have strong karma from previous life to be near the three jewels to continue on the path to benefit others, you will always meet your Guru. H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche explained this to us before, and H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche himself is a living example of that.
    Both parents are Tibetan and Mongolian descent and he was born in Taiwan, and raised in the US. H.E. Tsem Rinpoche has strong karma to meet the Dharma since he was very young. Getting near and studying under great masters is just another natural progression for Rinpoche.
    Normal kids probably waste their time playing football, running around making noise and fighting for toys. However, Rinpoche’s spending his childhood learning the Dharma, reciting mantras and studying under a great Guru.
    This evidence suggests that he is an unusual child with an enlightened mind. I wish everyone would meet the three jewels and their own Guru in every single lifetime!
    PAUL

  21. joey on Jul 9, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    Rinpoche’s sincere and personal account of Guru Devotion is extremely touching. My heart moved greatly when i read this post. There is so little sincere things in this world these days, and even ‘sincere’ articles dont turn out to be completely sincere, but Rinpoche’s post has an unusual amount of sincerity and clarity, one of the few on the vast internet. It is exceptionally rare and refreshing.
    At this moment, i am very ashamed and humble to admit that i do not have that level of Guru devotion yet but hopefully one day i will attain Guru devotion of that level so that i can achieve so much more than i can now. I’m not gonna give up and im gonna keep trying until i can! :P

  22. Nicholas Yu on Jul 9, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    It’s definitely Rinpoche’s great merits and imprints from previous lives that bring Rinpoche to meet Kensur Rinpoche (1st Guru) and get initiation from young age. This is also the beginning of Rinpoche spiritual journey. Rinpoche incredible guru devotion is what everyone should learn and practice as this quality is a foundation for anyone to be success in their spiritual practice. I hope I can meet the Rinpoche at the young age too but it’s all tie back to my merits & karma. But I think I wouldn’t complain much as at the age of 30 I met the dharma. Is my positive karma ripening I believe. Better than later.

  23. KH Ng on Jul 9, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    The circumstances of HE Tsem Tulku Rinpoche meeting his first Guru; Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Tharchin shows that Rinpoche not only has a lot of merits but also has a lot affinity with Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Tharchin. All of us who gets to meet great Masters definitely have a lot of affinity with the Masters. I for one lives a few minutes away from Kechara House and we have the great Master HE Tsem Tulku Rinpoche as the Guru. How fortunate!! Except I do not have the merits to become a monk. At least I can’t imagine it now. I certainly hope to be able to in future lives if I practice well from now to benefit all sentient beings.

  24. Sharon Saw on Jul 9, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    This post is a lovely sharing from Rinpoche’s heart about his first Guru. Can you imagine how Rinpoche felt as a seven year old boy, fresh from Taiwan and a stranger to his new foster family in United States? Everything was strange to him – even the language as he did not speak English then but only Mandarin.
    Then he found Rashi Gempil Ling with this amazing Seramey Abbot Emeritus Kensur Lobsang Tharchin, literally only ten minutes away from his home and it is there that he finds happiness but yet his parents often did not allow him to go there. Rinpoche always said that his happiest memories of his childhood were times he spent at Rashi Gempil Ling, and that it was worth the punishments his mother put him through if he was found there without permission.
    Rinpoche’s Dharma imprints are really unmistakable – when his parents asked him what he wanted for his birthday, while other children would name a toy or game, Rinpoche would say that he wanted to attend an initiation at RGL. His exasperated parents might say yes but then later retract their approval. Such was the anguish that the young Rinpoche would go through.
    Rinpoche’s love for Buddha images also began at RGL. Rinpoche said he loved to go to RGL and look at the thangkas there, and meditate in front of them. He was especially drawn to the fierce deities and Rinpoche recounted once about how he first saw Vajrayogini’s image at RGL and how he immediately had faith in her because his Guru had faith in her. This reflected Rinpoche’s natural Guru devotion – to his first and every subsequent Guru whom Rinpoche has received teachings from.
    For example, when Rinpoche went to L.A. and met Geshe Tsultim Gyeltsen at Thubten Dhargye Ling, he called back to New Jersey to ask Kensur Lobsang Tharchin for permission to take Geshe Tsultim Gyeltsen as his Guru. This and many, many examples of Guru devotion was natural to Rinpoche, which again shows the deep Dharma imprints of his past lives.
    Rinpoche is a perfect example of Guru devotion for us. Even though Rinpoche is so attained, Rinpoche always is so humble and respectful to his Gurus, how much more humble and respectful should we be and appreciative of our own Guru.

  25. lthium2 on Jul 10, 2010 at 12:22 am

    Such is one fine example of guru devotion set by both master and disciple. The Guru doesn’t hesitate a single moment to help his student in his need, even looking for sponsors to solve his financial difficulties. And later send his own student to study under his own guru (HH. Zong Rinpoche). Tsem Rinpoche repay to his guru (Kensur Lobsang Tharchin) by hold to his commitments to his guru that he will do sadhanas and practices even until today that he has many students of his own. He even compared him self as only a cockroach as compare to all his gurus.
    His practice of humility, example for all!

  26. Wasukamol on Jul 10, 2010 at 1:50 am

    Dear Rinpoche, thank you for sharing about your childhood , my heart felt warm after read about how strong your guru devotion towards your first teacher, Kensur Lobsang Tharchin. It must be from Rinpoche aspiration from many life times to meet the high lama, taken refuge vows and practice Dharma in such a young age.
    Even the enviroment and condition that Rinpoche facing is very difficult for rinpoche to attend the class but rinpoche never use it as the excuse to stop practice Dharma. Rinpoche chose to leave from house to continue your spiritual journey show the very strong imprint from many life time. Rinpoche treasure Dharma and fully respect your teacher unlike people now a day that run over the centres to follow the lama with big name and big title.
    Thank you Rinpoche for your compassion to chose to stay and spread Lama Tsonkghapa teaching in Malaysia, the country that need Dharma.

  27. Choi Sheem on Jul 10, 2010 at 2:15 am

    I truly believe it is a collection of very good merits from previous lives to live so near a great master and also for a seven-year-old boy living in New Jersey, USA to appreciate that fact. Most seven-year-old boys would have a host of other things they would rather do than to think of taking refuge vows and initiations.
    It is also amazing for a child to even recognize and see someone as an enlightened Being. Is it also an imprint from previous lives? And yes, there is nothing better in the whole wide world than to have our Guru’s blessings and approval for the things we pursue.

  28. Kenny Wong on Jul 10, 2010 at 2:34 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Just by reading this few paragraphs on your relationship with your Guru brings out a mix feeling of awe and shame in me at the same time.
    I am awed with your example of ultimate Guru devotion, your unwavering conviction and faith in your Guru. How after many years on since his passing, you still hold him so, so dear to your heart. How his imprints in you have made you who you are today. Just by looking at your conduct/ motivations. I can vaguely imagine what a great master he is, as the student is a manifestation of his Guru. (In a certain degree) You are truly blessed to have found such a master and we are lucky to have found you.
    The shame in me arises from my conduct & though I ‘truthfully’ do not have anything to show in my Guru devotion to you. So shameful… As much as I hold you in high regards, it is nothing compared to your level of devotion to your Guru… You have really set the bar very high…
    I’ve only met you in person a few times, I hope I will have the time and opportunity to work on my Guru devotion. As who else would offer me salvation without any conditions.
    Kenny Wong
    (Kwok Wai’s bro)

  29. JP on Jul 10, 2010 at 3:22 am

    Rinpoche’s love for his gurus is very admirable. Even by reading Rinpoche’s accounts of his guru moves my heart to the brink of tears.
    It is because of Rinpoche’s previous lives’ dharma work and of course, attainments that created the karma for him to be near elite dharma teachers.
    What stuck out in my mind after reading this post is that Rinpoche still has a strong bond and love for his first guru even after so many years have past. It is very rare nowadays to encounter anyone who’s faith and love for another person to remain so strong irregardless of time.
    Rinpoche always say that we should never forget other’s kindness to us and that we should always repay their kindness. With the study and practice of the dharma as shown by Rinpoche’s actions and results, I am certain that we can all acquire this wonderful trait. Then, there would be less suffering around us.

  30. TJ on Jul 10, 2010 at 5:34 am

    It is a harsh and hard life that His Eminence Tsem Tulku Rinpoche has experienced. But what is even harder and rare is the precious opportunity he had to be with such
    great teachers.
    And now, it is my great fortune as well as others to have received teachings from him without the harshness of life that our Guru has experienced. I am really happy as I get to be a part of Kechara House and to have Tsem Tulku Rinpoche as my guru. I understand that in order for us to have a better life, all of us need as much merits as we can accumulate to gain enlightenment in future.
    Thank you, Tsem Tulku Rinpoche for everything!

  31. julia on Jul 10, 2010 at 8:57 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us about Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Tarchin, who was Rinpoche’s first guru. Kensur Rinpoche was the student of Kybje Trijang Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche who are both students of Kybje Pabongka Rinpoche. I am so glad that Rinpoche somehow or rather connected back to Rinpoche’s lineage again although Rinpoche was forced to be sent away. The merits was so strong and i believed Rinpoche is the lineage holder. At the end, the great master was so near to Rinpoche once again. There is Rinpoche’s guru devotion is so strong that no one can compete which we all must learn. i will push myself and have good guru devotion with Rinpoche. Commitment is the key..

  32. Sandy Clarke on Jul 10, 2010 at 9:38 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    With great respect, I would like to humbly offer my opinion and say that you have done the great masters, under whom you studied, a great service by being such an excellent reflection of their compassion, wisdom and virtue.
    As a result of Kensur Rinpoche’s great kindness to instruct you in the Dharma, we your students have come to be greatly blessed to be instructed in the Dharma by you. Your infinite patience and tireless dedication to teaching the Dharma to us is certainly something I can never put into words in terms of how much gratitude I feel towards your selfless commitment to benefit others.
    In my continuous struggle to push myself free from my ignorant mind, I humbly fold my hands to you and pray that I continue to receive your wisdom and complete guidance until liberation.
    Kindest regards,
    Sandy

  33. Datuk May Phng on Jul 10, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    It really takes a tremendous amount of merits in the 1970s in New Jersey, USA, for Tsem Rinpoche to have the opportunity to have met Kensur Lobsang Tharchin and gained so much teaching from a great master. This is evidence of the amount of good Karma which Rinpoche has accumulated lives after lives.
    How very fortunate that I now have the chance to be Tsem Rinpoche’s student. Having the opportunity to be Tsem Rinpoche’s student is just the beginning for me to be very aware to emanate my Guru’s virtues and of this, I will do my level best. Rinpoche teaches that the best way to live life is to be in contribution to benefit others. This seems like a simple teaching but practice can be daunting. In practising this one single teaching of Rinpoche, has given me great purpose in my life.
    Reading Rinpoche’s article on his first Guru, shows how much respect, Rinpoche has for his teachers that Rinpoche would seek Kensur Lobsang Tharchin’s permission to study with Zong Rinpoche. True Guru Devotion stamps from great gratitude for what our Guru has taught us whereby we have a better life.
    Thank you, Kensur Lobsang Tharchin and Tsem Rinpoche.

  34. martin on Aug 6, 2010 at 1:23 am

    Reading Rinpoche’s post of meeting Kensur Rinpoche, His first Guru, got me thinking and recalling my life BR and AR (Before Rinpoche and After Rinpoche). I cannot express myself with the same spiritual eloquence as most of Tsem Tulku Rinpoche’s students…my experience with Dharma is less than 3 months old. Until recently i was a strong believer and practitioner of another religion but it was only after meeting Rinpoche that i realised the true meaning of spirituality.

    To what do i owe this privilege of meeting Tsem Tulku Rinpoche in my mid 40′s after having spent at least more than half of my life in wordly pursuits and travelling down the wrong path. Reading through the other comments herein, i can only guess that i had gathered sufficient merits previously to meet Rinpoche in this lifetime – i certainly did not earn it myself this time.

    Friends ask me how i could so easily change and convert.I can only tell them that the truth in the words that come out of Rinpoche’s mouth, the strong and undeniable compassion and care that one feels when in His presence and the sudden uplifting of the heavy load of grief in that moment of epiphany and understanding, and the serendipity of it all…made it very easy.

    In a similar way to Tsem Tulku Rinpoche owing much to Kensur Rinpoche, i owe all to Tsem Tulku Rinpoche for reaching so deeply into the abyss to pull my head out of the water. My life has changed forever and i am all the better for it. For a start i am happy…and happier when doing something good for others, and happiest when Rinpoche suddenly drops in.

    Every day Rinpoche teaches me, and even though i have yet to take my refuge vows, in my heart Tsem Tulku is my Guru. And I agree fully with Datuk May that, in gratitude, i must live a better and meaningful life.

    I rejoice for i have met my Guru. Thank you Rinpoche.

  35. Sharon Saw on Aug 25, 2010 at 1:20 am

    Thank you for sharing this photo of Kensur Rinpoche’s new incarnation. I love seeing the incarnations coming back. It is 100% proof that reincarnation exists. There is no other explanation. The only difference between us and these precious incarnations is that they choose to come back to benefit others. Right now, most of us have no choice where we will end up when we die, and yet so many people do not even worry about this. I pray that I will have the merits to receive Vajrayogini’s practice in the future and to do so, Rinpoche has been so kind to give us the steps to get started: http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/2010/06/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html.

    Like all the great Masters, Tsem Rinpoche’s sole purpose to be here is to benefit others and I know Rinpoche has been continuously returning life after life for this reason. May I create the causes to always be near Rinpoche until i am enlightened. Thank you Rinpoche for being here with your unworthy student and blessing my family and i with the Dharma.

  36. Paris on Aug 25, 2010 at 2:20 am

    I am most touched by what Rinpoche says here:

    “When I entered Gaden and was going to be a monk, Kensur Lobsang Tharchin was very pleased and gave me a big smile and said I was doing the right thing. Wow. He said I was doing the right thing. You wouldn’t know how much his words gave me great bliss. I trusted him fully.”

    Rinpoche shows us really, what Guru devotion is about – having such utmost respect for what the Guru represents and his teachings to us. It takes so little from Rinpoche’s Gurus to inspire him to practice because he holds every word dear and true and powerful.

    There is much for us to contemplate on ourselves – are we taking our teachers’ words seriously and with the respect he deserves? Or do we take him and all his teachings for granted? Rinpoche does SO MUCH for us – so much praise, compliments, jokes, cajoling, love, counselling, advice… what are we doing to repay all his teachings and reflect them well?

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing your experiences; it is by these deeply personal insights that we too are inspired towards a much more meaningful and beneficial practice following Rinpoche’s own example.

    with folded hands, Paris

  37. Wan Wai Meng on Aug 25, 2010 at 3:02 am

    May many more great masters return to turn the wheel of dharma for unfortunate migrators all over. So nice to know another eminent master has returned once again to bring happiness to others.

  38. Anila on Sep 1, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    Tsem Rinpoche started getting teachings from Kensur Rinpoche Jetson Lobsang Tharchin Palsangpo when he was 7 years old. Rinpoche took his first refuge vows from Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Tharchin in New Jersey. When Rinpoche came to Ganden Monastery to become a monk he was very poor. Hed contacted his Guru Kensur Guru Lobsang Tharchin and told him of his plight. Kensur Rinpoche then sent our Rinpoche money to help him survive in the Monastery. Tsem Rinpoche is doing the same thing his Guru has done for him to some of his students. Giving them financial aid when needed. Even buying necessities for everyone. When I read this blog I think about my own situation. How much Rinpoche loved me and that stupid mule in me never realised it. I can never ever be able to repay Rinpoche’s kindness and love in this life.

  39. Knut Eggers on Sep 20, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    When I was in the agr of five to six, me and my parents and my grandmother lived for a period of one year in Westfield, New Jersey, USA. This must have been in 1967/1968. My father, a mathematician had been invited to the USA to work on an institute for shipbuilding.
    This was probably the beginning of the most beautiful time of my childhood, and I had the great advantage to have many friends and to learn the english language in an early age… not knowing that this would change my life forever. :)

  40. Terri on Sep 28, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    the baby is very cute but he seems to be giving someone the look… it’s like a teaching not to make a fuss over things while everyone is making a big fuss

  41. Anila on Sep 29, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    I am very happy that I can be connected to Sera Mey Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Tharchin. He was Tsem Rinpoche’s first guru. It is through Tsem Rinpoche being my Guru that I am able to connect with these great masters. As my Karma is to be connected with the Gelupa Lineage. I feel I have the affinity to be connected to most Gelupa Lamas and gurus that happen to be Tsem Rinpoche’s Guru also. Great Masters and Gurus like Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Lama Zopa, Lati Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche,Trijang Rinpoche and Dalal Lama eventually leading to Lama Tsongkapa. I also have to thank my first Mahayana guru who has been the link for me to be in Vajrayana Buddhism.

  42. patsy on Mar 27, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    The amount of merits collected by Rinpoche through many life times had created the cause for Rinpoche to meet Kensur Rinpoche at such a young age and to live so near his Guru. Even after so many years had past yet Rinpoche’s still showed the great affection and Guru Devotion to Kensur Lobsang Tharchin. It is very rare nowadays for students to show so much guru devotion. Even though the Guru is near us and care for us, we take things for granted and find every excuse not to listen to what the Guru tell us and create the cause to be away from the Guru.

    How fortunate we are to have Rinpoche here with us in Malaysia to guide us in our spiritual path. Rinpoche is a perfect example of Guru Devotion for us to emulate. May we never be separated from our Guru who has given us so much love and care. Thank you, Rinpoche.

  43. Lim Han Nee on Apr 1, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Words are a pale reflection of what I feel in terms of realizing the preciousness of Rinpoche to us, his students.Reading about the return of your precious first guru as a four year old, makes me feel so scared and frightened at the thought that I’m letting every day slip by without creating great causes for you to remain, and for you to have no obstacles to continue to rain down on us in Kechara, all your students and all mother beings, your immeasurable acts of equal and great compassion.

    If anything were to happen and we lose you,we will lose all our hopes and dreams of realizing the benefits of this precious optimum human rebirth used meaningfully for the benefit of all.

    May I in every moment of my life, remember your great kindness and love,may I always hold dear to my heart Guru Devotion, may I always work hard at mind transformation and to realize the Dharma in me, may you live in my heart and mind always.

  44. abby f on Jan 29, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Tsem Rinpoche is so lucky and definitely Rinpoche has numerous merits and strong imprints in Dharma to meet Kensur Lobsang Tharchin Rinpoche at the age of 7 and Kensur Lobsang Tharchin Rinpoche was residing just 10 minutes away from Tsem Rinpoche. And Rinpoche got the first initiation, the Vajrayogini initiation from Kensur Lobsang Tharchin Rinpoche. Vajrayogini practice is an important practice to Tsem Rinpoche, that is also why the Dharma center that Tsem Rinpoche founded a few years back is named as Kechara (Vajrayogini’s heaven). Moreover, Kensur Lobsang Tharchin Rinpoche was a strong practitioner of Vajrayogini. There are many things that matched in these 2 Rinpoche.

    I met my first Guru at the age of 20. May I have the same qualities as my Guru and never be parted from my Guru life after life.

  45. sweekeong on Apr 13, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    It is a very fortunate event and blessing to be able to meet one’s guru at such a young age and living next door. Definitely it is not a coincident. What happens meeting our guru? To receive the teachings and putting it to use in our lives. This applies to all of us who have met our guru one way or another because we have receiving the good opportunity to grow spiritually from our past deeds. Therefore it is never too late to practice. Give ourselves a chance :)

  46. So Kin Hoe (Ipoh) on Dec 11, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing on this important life events back in New Jersey. Tsem Rinpoche has gone through all the extreme challenges and many obstacles since at His age of 7 before Rinpoche brought the Dharma to our country in Malaysia. Meeting Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Tharchin and Zong Rinpoche were truly important for Tsem Rinpoche to start the Dharma at His young age. Despite having many obstacles and hardship starting from New Jersey, California and Gaden in India, Tsem Rinpoche has never given up the Dharma and even looking for every possible way to get the funding so that Rinpoche can pursue His learning and practice in Gaden, India. Rinpoche has shown to us with his practice of solid guru devotion to both Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Tharchin and Zong Rinpoche. May all living beings be inspired by Rinpoche’s hard work and strong determination to bring the Dharma to anyone who have yet to hear or receive the Dharma. May Rinpoche gain good health, long life and continue to turn the wheel of Dharma. I pray for my both parents and all the people i have met, to have good rebirth in their future lifetimes and achieve Buddhahood, be freed from all sufferings and gain the ultimate happiness.

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  • tsemtulku
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 04:54 PM)
    Dear fellow Bigfoot friends, This is wonderful to listen to while working, relaxing, driving or reading through a bigfoot book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNK9YPFW4SU Have a good day! Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
  • tsemtulku
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 04:47 PM)
    Here are a collections of my favorite paintings by my favorite artist who was also a traveler, mystic, writer and philosopher: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=21665
  • tsemtulku
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 04:31 PM)
    I have just finished doing 50+ tweets on mind, Buddhism, spirituality, acceptance, love, entanglements, thoughts and inner battles. Do enjoy reading them and sharing them. It might help someone I humbly hope. I do so every few days to share about wisdom, kechara and our spiritual journey. If it can reach people and benefit them, why not. Our lives and being alive is totally about benefitting others. That is the purpose of breathing and being human… Tsem Rinpoche Do follow me on tweets: http://www.twitter.com/tsemtulku
  • Calvin Thum
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 01:22 PM)
    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for creating this blogchat, which is great platform for sharing, learning and discussing. I was asking my self, why do we need a blogchat, out of the blue, Patsy answered my question without the need for me to ask.

    From this platform, I can notice you are planting a habit for everyone to get something to read, discuss and share the information. This is beneficial to everyone for the long run.

    Thank you.
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Saturday, Sep 20. 2014 12:06 PM)
    6 secs ago
    Tsem Rinpoche: If we don’t learn dharma, then when obstacles arise in our mind which is often, we cannot apply dharma remedies and dharma methods. When we just work and eat and live and not learn dharma, then we can only apply secular methods which will only yield temporary results. Hence samsara continues on and on. It is important to read/listen to the many articles here on dharma and refresh ourselves and discuss here together without winning or losing, so that our knowledge can grow. With knowledge, when obstacles arise, then easier for us to apply dharma methods and remedies and solve our problems to continue. If we continue this way, we will advance. Tsem Rinpoche
  • tsemtulku
    (Saturday, Sep 20. 2014 12:06 PM)
    If we don’t learn dharma, then when obstacles arise in our mind which is often, we cannot apply dharma remedies and dharma methods. When we just work and eat and live and not learn dharma, then we can only apply secular methods which will only yield temporary results. Hence samsara continues on and on. It is important to read/listen to the many articles here on dharma and refresh ourselves and discuss here together without winning or losing, so that our knowledge can grow. With knowledge, when obstacles arise, then easier for us to apply dharma methods and remedies and solve our problems to continue. If we continue this way, we will advance. Tsem Rinpoche
  • tsemtulku
    (Saturday, Sep 20. 2014 11:01 AM)
    Dear friends around the world,



    This is so wonderful that all of you are discussing dharma here on my blog chat (www.tsemrinpoche.com). I am so glad to see this every Friday on US Pacific Coast time 8PM. For next Friday (September 26, 2014) sharing on blog chat, please study up on LOVE WITHOUT AGENDA: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/love-without-agenda.html . We will discuss about these two reads. You will learn more and more as you read and discuss here. I rejoice when you learn more. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Thursday, Sep 18. 2014 11:39 PM)
    For Od Howell – Thank you so much for sharing and your interest in His Eminence’s aunt Princess Nirgidma. Princess Nirgidma is indeed a remarkable and very intelligent lady who could hold her own with the men.

    Pastor Jean Ai shared that “she had a traditional Torghut upbringing but thanks to her father who believed his children should have a Western education, she was also visionary for her time. I mean, an Asian woman married to a French diplomat? And fluent in French, and as well as English, Chinese and Russian? And holding conversations and intellectual discourses with men in a time when women were to be seen and not heard? Talk about forging a path for Mongolian women.” http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/my-great-aunt-the-princess.html

    There’s another article you might like also http://www.dayarmongol.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6535:2011-12-09-16-03-45&catid=24&Itemid=300061

    I’m sorry to inform you also that His Eminence has never met her and is not in contact with any of them in the family so we can not help with your request any further.

    I wish you all the best with your research on Princess Nirgidma and looking forward to your fruitful results in the near future.

    With best wishes,
    Pastor Adeline
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Thursday, Sep 18. 2014 10:34 PM)
    The Bionic Woman never remained quiet and hide or avoid – I LIKE PEOPLE WHO TAKE ACTION and not watch and remain silent when something can and should be done. I guess taking action to me is an expression of compassion in action and that is why we are Buddhists/spiritual. We have to be Buddhists in action, not in name only. Whatever religion we believe in or are theists, we are still human who can take good positive action to make a difference and we should make a difference. We should always try to make a difference. Life is not about only good things for ourselves, but the difference we can make in others’ lives. This is so important. ~ His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/film-tv-music/good-influences.html
  • Toh Cheng See
    (Thursday, Sep 18. 2014 12:32 AM)
    Thank you Rinpoche . The narration of the relationship between Milarepa and Marpa was so entertaining that one will remember it always.
    The training that Milarepa has to undergo reminds me of the Shaolin Temple shows where the student is made to carry water or rocks from distance river or quarry and how the master made the student work tirelessly to train their mind, to clear away the preconception mind one has.
    It is so like us to have this attitude. I have seen this happening to people where for example they did something good or credible they have this projection that others should “look up at them” or “treat them like a VIP” and when all this does not happen they get angry and their ego comes in and they create so much trouble for others .
    It is true that upbringing plays a big role . For example if a little toddler happens to walk and trip and if adults rush quickly to pick them up and start saying “oh you poor thing ” and then tells the child “let us beat the floor cause the floor made you fall” and the adult then goes to use hand to “beat the floor” what the child learns is “it’s never my fault, it’s always the fault of others”. This is crazy but I think most of you have seen adults doing this when a child falls.
    I notice also in family with a few kids , the oldest are usually more stable and matured while the younger ones tends to be more “baby” even though they have grown up to be adults. This happens cause the oldest child are more independent when they are young, having to do most things themselves . Then comes little brother or sister and the older sibling loves playing the role of the older brother and sister. The older sibling will always run to the younger ones to help in just almost everything . Maybe younger one drops a toy and instead of picking it up himself and older sibling quickly dash over to pick up for the younger one. Thus the younger child will grow up with the preconception that others will be always at their feet doing everything for them and how they should be treated and when things don’t go their way their mind becomes neurotic.
    Thus like Milarepa , one needs to change one’s attitude and preconception mind.
    I will use the story of Milarepa to remind myself not to have a preconception of how things should be .
    Thank you once again Rinpoche for this entertaining but educational video.
  • tsemtulku
    (Wednesday, Sep 17. 2014 10:38 PM)
    It is amazing what happened to a neighborhood in Oakland. You have to see this: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=53083
  • Od Howell
    (Wednesday, Sep 17. 2014 06:39 PM)
    dear his eminence tsem rinpoche,
    although i should work on my disertation about the genocide in mongolia in 1937 as an effect from russian communist policy i can not resist continue to do research about your aunt nirgidma, since i found her story in internet by accident. is it that i am myself half mongolian half german, growing up in both cultures or does she appear to me as a spiritual sister to my beloved grandfather, son of a mongolian nobleman, who studied in 1926 in germany as one of the first mongolian students, i am so much fascinated about her. in opposite to my grandfather who was persecuted by the communists and even arrested twice for political reasons nirgimda seamed to had a happy end. i bought her publication she made 1937 in paris with old mongolian folk songs and gave it this summer when i was in mongolia to my relative, a famous composer, who said he never heard these songs before. i cant let go the idea of writing a book about her and record the songs again for the mongolians of nowerdays. it is very hard to find information in internet. today i even read the whole correspondence between teilhard de chardin and lucile swan to find fragments about nirgidma and it was a kind of revelation. your excellency, can you help me to find her children or any other descendants to find out, if a publication is wished by the family? we mongolians had a very difficult history within the past hundred years and this princess makes us so proud to know that she existed. when the russians banned buddhist religion in mongolia and even changed the alphabet from old mongolian into russian cyrillic letters it was a cut off from the mongolian culture and their traditions.
    i would also like to know if tsedn dorzhi, nirgidmas half brother who stayed in china is still alive? he must be very old now. i hope very much to hear from you, may all the love and peace be with you, yours sincerely, od
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 08:53 PM)
    Question asked by Maria
    Your Excellency,
    Greetings of love and peace. I am embarassed with my question but I am taking the courage to do so – why is it that during my recitation and meditation practice I am greatly disturbed by a sudden noise as if someone intentionally kicks the furnitures or noise from the incense and candle burning? I can feel shadows also in the room where I do my practice. I would like to know if there is a remedy on this because I get really startled each time thus preventing me from learning full concentration. The noises start to happen when my body begins to heat up. Is this a sign of obstacle Thank you Your Eminence.


    Response by tsemtulku
    Dear Maria, many experience what you experience. It’s sometimes ‘common’. Do Sindongma’s prayer and mantra for one round before starting your practice daily and the ‘shadows’ will dispel with time. I wish you luck. Tsem Rinpoche

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/protection-from-black-magic-and-spirits.html
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 08:49 PM)
    From His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche

    Today was not a very good day for me. I was washing in the shower and the shower is very small and always had a problem due to lack of air. So I had hyperventilated and starting blacking out and hard to breathe. I had this problems for months now, but only today I almost blacked out. Lucky Pastor Seng Piow was around to help me and wipe me down and get me to a chair. Also when showering due to my weight, my back hurts and hard to wash the legs, so when I bend to wash, it is very difficult. Need a chair in the shower, but cannot fit one. Thank you Pastor Seng Piow for your help and wiping me down. Now I am better with the fan on me.

    (wwww.tsemrinpoche.com/chat)
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 08:48 PM)
    This is a special statue of Je Tsongkapa. It was made during Tsongkapa’s time by a student and offered to Him. It is said to resemble Tsongkapa very much. And this holy statue is now housed in Tashi Lunpo Monastery, Shigatse Tibet. To see, hear and contemplate Je Tsongkapa is so meaningful and collect one aeons of merits. ~ His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche

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The Unknown

The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
So go pursue all the way with the unknown,
because all unknown with familiarity becomes the known.
~Tsem Rinpoche

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When I see this, I primarily think of my guru and dharma friends immediately. Tsem Rinpoche 
5 hours ago
Beautiful people bring happiness to others. Tsem Rinpoche 
18 hours ago
Don't break another person's heart, it's hard to mend. ~Tsem Rinpoche 
18 hours ago
I have just finished doing 50+ tweets on mind, Buddhism, spirituality, acceptance, love, entanglements, thoughts and inner battles. Do enjoy reading them and sharing them. It might help someone I humbly hope. I do so every few days to share about wisdom, kechara and our spiritual journey. If it can reach people and benefit them, why not. Our lives and being alive is totally about benefitting others. That is the purpose of breathing and being human... Tsem Rinpoche Do follow me on tweets: http://www.twitter.com/tsemtulku
20 hours ago
I would love to live in the Mt. Shasta area of Northern California. It has been recognized by the Native American Indian people to be a spiritually charged area. It has a power vortex under the ground in that area that energizes the place to be very blessed for spiritual practice, meditation and contemplations. Tsem Rinpoche 
21 hours ago
Dear Andree Duckworth, Thank you very much for your feedback on our Kechara Pastors. They work very hard, they have great knowledge and very patient. I started the program so people who wish to bring dharma to others can have a lay life as well as a spiritual life recognized by others. Halfway to monk/nun-hood without being ordained. So naming them Pastors and having basic lay vows is good and it helps the public in Malaysia to identify with them easily. It worked out very much. I hope you will let them know you are benefitted by their hardwork. They will appreciate it very much as I do. Tsem R
22 hours ago
When all will end and karma catches up, why live as it will be forever? ~Tsem Rinpoche
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VERY INTERESTING: Does anyone know what this is? Please investigate here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=16347
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What a nice message. All my work/posts on tweet does make a difference in people's lives. Nice to know that. Tsem Rinpoche
6 days ago
When we work with integrity and harmoniously with eachother, we can accomplish much. Harmony and integrity are the keys. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 week ago
I've asked the same question too. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 week ago
To take Manjushri as one's special practice has innumerable benefits. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 week ago
This is a special statue of Je Tsongkapa. It was made during Tsongkapa's time by a student and offered to Him. It is said to resemble Tsongkapa very much. And this holy statue is now housed in Tashi Lunpo Monastery, Shigatse Tibet. To see, hear and contemplate Je Tsongkapa is so meaningful and collect one aeons of merits.
1 week ago
His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche with his two disciples Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen and Geshe Lhundrup Sopa.
1 week ago
When you accuse others of this and that, time will tell who is successful in the end. Because accomplishments speak the loudest. ~Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
Don't lounge around and do nothing, accomplish nothing and be nothing. Benefit others and make your life the cause for many lives to find relief, comfort and hope. ~Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
Friends and people will come and go, but your determination and goal must be firm. Let nothing deter you to succeed in your goal and later in life, look back and rejoice in all you've done. ~Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
Don't listen to rumours and negative talk about someone who has benefitted you. Be loyal and reciprocate the kindness you have received. ~Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
When you feel hurt, realize and understand the pain, get up and keep trying until you succeed.~Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
Many will accuse us, threaten us and even make up tales about us, but we must be truthful in all our actions always and forgive them. ~Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Respect everyone, trust few and follow one. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
Back in 1983 this house was Thubten Dhargye Ling Dharma centre in Los Angeles. I lived here for a few years before going to India. This is the house I met H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, received many teachings and served Rinpoche for 6 months. This is a special place for me. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
What a nice message. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
I would like to thank Queck Soon Lee, Elsie Toy, Soh Lee Loon and Lim Kam Koi for the beautiful and blessed images of Tara. It's really wonderful and made from porcelain. I like Tara very much. All of you are wonderful students of Modern Buddhist Fellowship. Please make Modern Buddhist Fellowship a place of practice, learning and benefitting society even more. Put all your efforts to make this place fully blossom more. You have my prayers. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
This is so perfect! Really direct wisdom and to the point. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Interesting deduction. TR
3 weeks ago
When we need to support, we should not remain quiet or indifferent. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
This is so true. It's hard but it applies. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
I get thanks and appreciations very often from people all around the world for my blog (www.tsemrinpoche.com). Majority of the people I do not have the pleasure to know who they are. Yet they write in always. They read and leave comments on the blog also. We get now between 100,000 to 120,000 views per month now on my blog I am told and it is consistent ever month. I am AMAZED, HUMBLED AND HAPPY. I am glad so many around the world learn and benefit from my humble blog. I received two messages today. One from Penang (North Malaysia) and one from Italy thanking me for the blog and how much they learn from my blog and how much they appreciate it. It makes all the hard work worth it. Wonderful. Thank you everyone for the learning and feedback. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
We spent around 5 hours blogging about H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche's biography. Take a look: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=52782)---- For further interesting posts and pictures on Zong Rinpoche, click here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/.../cate.../kyabje-zong-rinpoche
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His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche with his two disciples H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Perfect triad of blessings. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
Dear friends, I just posted this on our LINEAGE lamas and how we should cultivate our attitude toward our lamas for successful practice: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=52656 Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
Tsem Rinpoche: The most BEAUTIFUL Dharma wallpaper downloads in both English and Chinese language here for FREE: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=7052 and many free high resolution Buddha picture downloads here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=52713
4 weeks ago
Wonderful! Today I went out briefly from my retreat and I found a BEAUTIFUL holy Dalai Lama pendant in a store. Am not going out much these days at all. It's nice to have His Holiness close to my heart. I wore the pendant immediately. When I was a child, people had similar ones and I always wanted one. Many of the Kalmyk people would wear it. Now I have one of my own. I really like it. Tsem Rinpoche.. Myself requesting H.H. Dalai Lama to bestow on me ordination: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=19322
4 weeks ago
This is important to read, see and contemplate. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
What is on your altar? Take a look: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=52604
1 month ago
My little 4 inch Bigfoot figurine arrived today also. I sure like seeing this fellow around. Makes me feel like he belongs around my environment.
1 month ago
A beautiful Lord Manjushri arrived and He is in standing form. Absolutely beautiful. only around 8 inches in height and very graceful. I really treasure all forms of Manjushri and He is gracing my working table where I can see him very clearly. I offer incense to Him throughout the day as I do my work. I like to have incense and offerings throughout the day as much as possible. In fact 24 hours a day.
1 month ago
Read this book by John Blofeld over 30 years ago. Now getting another copy of it to re-read. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
An EXCITING contest going on now! It starts today August 21, 2014-September 4, 2014. Anyone from anywhere around the world may join in!!! You have a chance to win a fabulous Manjushri statue and some wonderful great books. Take a look: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=52496
1 month ago
The Shwedagon Great stupa in Myanmar, it holds the hairs of Buddha Shakyamuni. Very holy and worthy of a visit. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Great words of wisdom from Bruce Lee. Must read. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
This is corn that is grown on our Kechara Forest Retreat land in Malaysia,. Fantastic!!!!! Julia said it's very juicy and sweet! Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
Locked up her whole life. Never sees sunshine, grass, dirt, or the sky. She is forced to lay eggs constantly and daily. She does so until she's dead, then they send her to be eaten. She has no feathers and can barely stand due to no space and sunlight. She is locked in this tiny space always.
1 month ago
Wonderful plants to have in the room. 
1 month ago
Amazing Rescue: Last week in Goalpara, India, train passengers spotted this baby elephant struggling in a muddy ditch and had the conductor stop the train, so they could keep the elephant company and feed it local vegetation until a rescue team arrived!-from FB
1 month ago
Beautiful outdoor large Lord Buddha in Bhutan.
1 month ago
The discovery of this giant Sonoran Desert Toad yesterday outside the Chiricahua Desert Museum the locals are sure this toad is responsible for the loss of their pets This toad weighed in at 57 pounds, that was after it dispensed about 2 gallons of urine during its capture. the largest native toad in North American does not typically get any larger than about 1.5 pounds length of 7.5 inches this is a new world record. -from FB
1 month ago
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    Dear everyone, All sentient beings deserve to live, be happy and not hurt, including animals. We should never hurt them or eat them. Look how much this chicken welcomes a hug and love. Observe carefully. Don't eat beings who can feel pain because the karma comes back. Tsem Rinpoche
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  • The appreciation shown here is so deep and touching.
    The appreciation shown here is so deep and touching.
    Dear friends, See this incredible video. This chimp was found in captivity for many years. Dr Jane Goodall released him into the wild. Look how he comes back to thank her with deep apprecition. It's amazing. Animals have such strong feelings of pain and happiness just like us. We should never hurt them and share with others to not hurt them. Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
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    Aki drinking some water in the aviary
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    Jamyang enjoying some fresh corn
    Jamyang is one of our rescue birds that live in Kechara Forest Retreat Aviary
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  • The Cute Mumus Practising Dog Orchestra at Kechara Forest Retreat
    The Cute Mumus Practising Dog Orchestra at Kechara Forest Retreat
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    Incredible footage you must see!
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    Gongkar is our new bird for Kechara Forest Retreat's aviary. Gongkar never had friends and the original owner could not bring him to his destination. Now he is with us and assimilating in his cage within the aviary for a few weeks then released into aviary. Look at how much he wants attention from the other birds. Cute. Tsem Rinpoche
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  • Mumu, Oser and Dharma running and having a good time. I love seeing them playing. Tsem Rinpoche
    Mumu, Oser and Dharma running and having a good time. I love seeing them playing. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Mumus running at Kechara Forest Retreat
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    Kechara Forest Retreat panorama, September 2013
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    Dechog our cockatoo at Kechara Forest Retreat grabbing long beans which he loves. Nice bird. We love him. Tsem Rinpoche
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  • The mumus having outdoor evening stroll!!!
    The mumus having outdoor evening stroll!!!
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    17 May 2013, heavy rain at Kechara Forest Retreat from 7am-8am (1 hour). Water overflowed the existing drain and also opened up a much wider new "route" for itself.
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    Must see video from Rajendra on our disciplined dogs
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    This is a wonderful video for Moh Mei because she is sleeping in the KECHARA FOREST RETREAT CONTAINERS all alone...ehehehhehe...this is a new friend to keep her company....tsem rinpoche
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