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I was on Facebook the other day and noticed a sharing by Susie Gugajew-Carton.  Thank you so much Susie! I didn’t pay much attention at first as the description of this video was very abbreviated so I didn’t understand at first. But there was nothing else on Facebook that caught my eye, so I thought just take a look at the video. To my surprise, the video clip had me meeting His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1987!!! I didn’t even know such a video existed, but I am glad it does. It brought back so many holy and beautiful memories. What a nice surprise!!

The video was in Washington, New Jersey. Washington is in the North of New Jersey and it’s the tail end of the Appalachian Mountains. Beautiful place. The Mongolian Geshe Wangyal established a wonderful dharma centre on one of the mountains there and invited His Holiness to visit, give dharma talk and blessings. All the Kalmuck Mongols (1,000 approximately) rented  buses from the tri-state area (New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia) to have audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. I was living in Los Angeles (Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen’s dharma centre) at the time. I flew from Los Angeles to New Jersey to attend the teachings. After the teachings, we had the great fortune to go up and get blessing from His Holiness!!! Even writing about this now gives me goose bumps. Well when my turn came up, I directly requested His Holiness to please ordain me as a monk and wish to go to India permanently. His Holiness replied NO PROBLEM, COME TO INDIA AND HE WILL DO IT!!!! I was so excited, I held my tears and was blissed out…My uncles, cousins, step parents, family and many friends were there also. My step parents were not happy at all, but I had to do what my calling was. And I was going to do it no matter what obstacles.

I left for India in October 1987 and stayed in Delhi. I went to Dharamsala around late November and stayed at the Gaden Shartse Puja House for one month. I loved it. I did pujas with the monks, did my sadhana and waited for my ordination. Dharamsala is 12 hours bus ride from Delhi and is where His Holiness resides.  In December 1987 I had the fortune with two other boys to spend three hours with His Holiness and senior sangha like His Eminence Denma Locho Rinpoche and received my ordination vows. His Holiness gave me my vows, cut my hair and touched my robes to bless it. Can you imagine. His Holiness did this for me!! I was so happy. I finally became a monk after years of wanting to be one since very young. I was 22 and just became ordained!!! It was a lifetime’s dream come true to be a monk and His Holiness, the highest of the high ordained me himself!!! I was given the ordination name Tenzin Zopa by His Holiness.

I offered my fruits and various other items to His Holiness then went outside after the ordination ceremony. None of my family, or friends or anyone from the USA was there to greet me. I had made one friend in Dharamsala. His name is Ven. Sharpa Tulku Rinpoche (translator). He alone stood outside the palace of the HH Dalai Lama with a khata to greet and congratulate me after the ceremony. He was the only person there for me. I realized my spiritual journey would not get support from anyone perhaps no one really understood it..I am sure my family had good reasons that they weren’t there..I do not mean to blame, it was just what happened…

I was so happy to be a monk, but realized I am alone. I appreciated Sharpa Rinpoche for being there so much. He was a good friend to me in those days. He explained to me so much of our Tibetan culture, the monasteries, people, etiquette and any questions I had so patiently. I had no one else in Dharamsala…I spent alot of time with him in Dharamsala before my ordination (Ven Sangtsang Rinpoche helped me to prepare my robes and offerings as Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen wrote him a letter to help me prior to ordination). Sharpa Rinpoche was very patient and spoke English so eloquently. Can you imagine travelling half way around the world to take the biggest step of your life and when you finish and come out, there was just one person there that you just became friends with? The other two monks who were ordained with me at the same time, had so many family and friends waiting for them with khatas, gifts and congratulations and were outside of the palace waiting…I saw them… It was lonely for me, but it’s ok…I accepted. I knew becoming a monk was the right thing. And I will never turn back.. I requested His Holiness and he ordained me and that is all that matters!! I was going to go all the way with my decision and I fought hard to get to Dharamsala. After Dharamsala I would have to go to Nepal then to Gaden!!!! Gaden!!! Gaden!!! Gaden!! Every bone in my body wanted to go to Gaden and live in the Monastery!!! Every fibre in me ached to go to Gaden!!!!

Tsem Rinpoche



Here’s a spectacular video taken by Ben Moschkin and posted on facebook of one of the MOST IMPORTANT MOMENTS IN MY LIFE…when I requested and was accepted to become a monk. I thank Ben so much for taking this video and posting it as it means a lot to me. It means a lot to many.


I am requesting His Holiness to ordain me here in Washington, New Jersey (1987)…My uncle Giga looks on from behind.

His Holiness accepts and says COME TO INDIA!!!!! I almost collapsed with happiness and fulfillment.


I am 22 years old here and meeting a living Buddha who holds my unworthy hands…..

(In the background is a large man in a grey jacket, white shirt and black pants looking at us-that’s my Uncle Giga) (Thank you whoever you are who took this video…it means so much to me and means so much to so many people in Kechara)


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  1. SG on Feb 5, 2015 at 9:36 am

    Beautiful meeting. This must be such a remarkable moment for Rinpoche. He could happily and openly state his wishes to be ordained as a monk to Chenrezig. I am pleased for Rinpoche. This moment was also a reunion/ reconnection from previous life between these awakened beings. I refer to when Rinpoche in his previous life offered great merits off of his long life retreat to The 13th Dalai Lama considering the turbulent time the great 13th had to face in Tibet as the political and spiritual head of the land. After this act, it is said Rinpoche quietly entered clear light. Here, they meet again. And Rinpoche did receive full ordination from the 14th Dalai Lama in Dharamsala amid bittersweet moments. Long live all great masters.

  2. Ong Moh Mei on Mar 19, 2014 at 4:54 am

    It is amazing that this important moment in Rinpoche’s life was captured on camera by a stranger and the video found its way to Rinpoche. I don’t believe in coincidence, I believe this moment was captured on camera and found its way to Rinpoche’s blog 20 over years later precisely because it bear witness to how a sincere 22 year old boy in USA had such display of reverence to sangha and integrity in dharma. This video will become an inspiration for many to pursue the path of sangha-hood.

    We often seek people to share and celebrate important moments of our lives. Spiritual practice is a path of renunciation and it can be a lonely path. Thank you Rinpoche for not being deterred by being alone but kept Rinpoche promise knowing this is the right thing to do.

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  6. Grace Leu on Nov 4, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    I was touched when reading thid blog. Eventhough Rinpoche was alone yet he determined to follow the decision in order to becone monk and benefits sentient being. Rinpoche give up everything in USA and never regreted, we are blessed to met him and receive valuable dharma from Rinpoche. We grateful for the things done by Rinpoche, Thank you, Rinpoche.

  7. jerry_sito on Oct 30, 2013 at 12:26 pm





  8. Ben Moschkin on Oct 29, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    I am very blessed that you were so happy to see the video that I took back in 1987. I was standing to the right of His Holiness the Dalai Lama about five feet away. My intent was always to share the videos with the Kalmuck people and with Youtube this was made possible.

    Your servant,

    Ben Moschkin

    • tsemtulku on Nov 8, 2013 at 6:36 am

      Dear Ben,

      I was not aware such a video was ever taken. When I found it on facebook accidentally I was astonished to find myself on it with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In that same year after the video was taken I left the United States for good to be ordained as a monk by His Holiness. After which I joined the great Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India.

      From there, the Abbot and Abbot Emeritus of Gaden Shartse instructed me to go to Malaysia to teach and bring Buddhism to people. I had to agree although my first choice was not to teach or be a teacher. I wanted to be in private meditations for extended periods. It is disrespectful to not agree with one’s teacher of which both of them were my teacher.

      I thank you very much for posting the videos which was a very important part of my life. I have shared it with thousands of people as well as close students. I have always wondered who took the video and now I am glad to know it is you. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I appreciate it very much.

      I am also very happy you visit my blog. I personally blog and today in fact I posted 5 new posts. I have just completed them.

      Do visit the blog regularly and I hope it will benefit you. You are one of the few Kalmuks who do visit my blog. Emoji

      You have my gratitude and prayers.

      Most Humbly,

      Tsem Rinpoche

      • Ben Moschkin on Nov 16, 2013 at 9:59 am

        Dear Rimpoche,

        During one of my seldom meditations I focused on the smallest sub-atomic particle that I could when during the visualization I shifted focus to the empty area next to it, then a feeling of love came to my gut, the same feeling of love that I felt for my wife at the beginning of our relationship. I came to the conclusion that emptiness is love. I wish to ask if this is a correct conclusion as a Buddhist. I haven’t meditated since then, but am I on the right path when I do meditate?

        Your servant,

        Ben Moschkin

        • tsemtulku on Nov 18, 2013 at 8:28 am

          Dear Ben, Emptiness is not love per se. Love in Buddhism is not based on attachment. True love is something that has no barriers and labels for those close or far. Emptiness is the correct view of the existence of all phenomena. So correct view is extremely important to release ourselves from samsara’s predicaments.

          It would be good if you purchase the book: Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand by Pabongkha Rinpoche and read this well and meditate on the contents in the comforts of your home. It will benefit you very much.

          I wish you well. Tsem Rinpoche

          • Ben Moschkin on Nov 19, 2013 at 9:57 pm

            Dear Rinpoche,

            Your insight and guidance is deeply appreciated with many blessings.

            Your servant,

            Ben Moschkin

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  10. Boat on Nov 14, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    I am from Thailand. I have come across to your wonderful website while I was searching for some information. It is really my pleasure to have watch a very special moment of your life…..

  11. Json A on Oct 11, 2012 at 9:08 am

    seems like this was a big time in both our lives…

    i took birth the month you left for india,

    may the path you walked be illuminated for other…

    ❁ ❁ ❁

  12. Alex on Jul 23, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    i would like to be a Monk ,too.
    iam 26 Years old and want to be a Monk since 4 years now.
    im studying the Dharma every day in my life.on every action that happen to me iam practicing,every moment.
    i hope to be a Monk as soon as possible to study the Dharma full time and be with the Sangha.
    i have to ask the venerable Gonsar Rinpoche,its the Rabten Choeling Monastery in Switzerland,im from Germany,but its no problem.
    im happy to see You asking H.H.the Dalai Lama,Buddha Avalokiteshvara,and holding His hands.What a good Karma,what a bless,to be alive in a time where Buddha Avalokiteshvara is incarnated on earth at these times,and then have the luck to see and meet Him,and holding His hands.
    Its a great luck for me,too,to have met You dear Rinpoche,only on a screen but it doesnt matter.i have the same opinion like You,and every time i hear You teach the Dharma,i hear You saying “my” words that im thinkin.
    You are my authentication for that im on the right way :-)
    of course You have opened my eyes a lot.THANK YOU FOR THIS.
    i wish You dear Tsem Tulku Rinpoche a very long,healthy and happy life without any obstacles.

    greetings from Germany

    sincerelly Yours


  13. ugyen wangmo on Jun 27, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Eventhough i maynot be the one who practice with my head shaved….I am learning abt the buddhism and trying my level best to do it properly….At times i face many difficulties and its hard to handle it. By going through Your story i got encouraged knowing that nothing is easy and if we try and take our decision carfully..its best…thank u beyound the earth and sky….

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  15. alex or dawa as my buddhist name goes on Jun 19, 2012 at 2:24 am

    i do not know wether you are a reincarnation of any lama… but as a buddhist believer, any person who chose the path of Dharma or any other for the good of themselves and other people have my upmost respect…
    i only heard of you from the internet and i don’t believe it to be necessary of lamas or formalities or anything of the sort as you often speak of…
    i rather seat in a place where only the wind and the sun can hear and see me… and maybe become a walking path for ants and other insects and becoming one with them all… it’s poetic but it is my belief that maybe this is the path to illumination if such thing is possible… What is your opinion?
    sorry for no “his holliness” but i believe honesty is much better than formality or education and manners…
    i also have another question that you might debate…
    lately i have come to believe that having nothing except the ground under ones feet and the sun above one’s head and nothing else (no money, house, nothing to call our own) must be a really great sense of freedom… what do you think of that?

  16. Linda Sperling on Jun 10, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Thank you so much, Rinpoche, for this post. Geshe Wangyal was my first Buddhist teacher and I revere his memory and example.

  17. Li Kheng on May 29, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Combining this post with the interview with Anila (Ani Thubten), the point that stood out most is Rinpoche’s conviction to be ordained no matter what. Rinpoche was very clear in Rinpoche’s heart how Rinpoche wanted to use this precious human life and this clarify is reflected in Rinpoche’s actions as confirmed by Anila when she said in her interview that “he (Rinpoche) could not be stopped”.

    When Rinpoche chose the Dharma, Rinpoche REALLY CHOSE THE DHARMA. For all the ups and downs, bliss and pains etc. I think it is good to check in on our own level of motivation and conviction when we say we choose the Dharma: how much conditions do we have? Do we choose to stick by through the thick and thin?

    I think it is good to reflect this way because the attitude in which we choose the Dharma is the same attitude we apply in every other choice we make. So, if we can become fully committed to our choice to practice Dharma, we will expand this and develop a good habit in our other secular decisions. This in turn will develop us into better people spiritually and secularly.

    Lastly, Rinpoche went through so much just to bring the Dharma to us. As intelligent adults who made the choice to be Rinpoche’s students, we should cherish this gift of Dharma and realize the difficult background from which this gift was made possible and available to us by practicing and creating visible results in our lives and those we can impact.

  18. timothy miller on May 24, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    brought tears to my eyes to see this as it is one of the greatest moments in a persons life to recieve ordination and for one person to be there to greet you when you came out must have been dissapointing but since then you a have made a lot of changes in peoples lives just like his holiness your life is one to hold up as an example to others. om mani padme hum homage to jewel in the lotus

    • tsemtulku on May 25, 2012 at 9:09 am

      Dear Timothy, No one from the centre I was at in L.A., or family members or ‘friends’ came to join me. Sharpa Rinpoche who I befriended while I was in Dharamsala was standing outside His Holiness’ residence when I came out. The other two monks who were ordained with me had their family members with khatas and smiles greeting them. This was the same thing to follow later when I joined Gaden, no family helped or assisted me in anyway. I had so little to survive on in Gaden for a few years….I am not writing this because I am bitter or angry or trying to blame them or anyone, it is what happened….No one shared or supported my dream or was too caught up in themselves… But honestly speaking, I was not important enough for any of them to be there I would guess. That is ok…I understand. I understood at that time I will be alone on this journey and expected no support or sharing from most people I have known. Many times during those days I shed tears, but I have been alone most of my life being adopted and abandoned a few times. Now Timothy, I accept…it’s ok. TR

      • timothy miller on May 25, 2012 at 4:50 pm

        you are not alone if you can accept a nyingma ngapka like myself I hope to help realise you wishes for all sentient beings

  19. adrian cho on May 24, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this short video..
    It is wonderful video that how Rinpoche meet H.H Dalai Lama.

  20. wei theng on May 16, 2012 at 3:04 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this video. This is a precious video for all of us too as we can see with our own eyes, the process of Rinpoche requesting for ordination! With this ordination, today I can have you as our Guru and you give us so many teachings.
    May you work spread far and more people can benefit from you.
    With fold hands…

  21. kwok wai on May 15, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    A truly life changing moment caught on camera , for ALL of us! If rinpoche chose to be an actor we would probably see him acting and making us laugh next to the likes of Eddie Murphy ! And we would never have met the guru in him , in this life time at least. Thank you, rinpoche for following your guru’s instructions.

  22. Lim Han Nee on May 15, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    At 22, Rinpoche has this precious experience of meeting with HH Dalai Lama and requesting ordination from him.

    At such a young age when almost everyone else would probably be planning and taking steps to fulfill one’s dream of a career, Rinpoche had already made up his mind that he would be a monk and dedicate his life to Dharma and to benefiting others.Since that moment, there has been no wavering in his decision, no turning back. Every day of his entire life has been spent in benefiting others through teaching the Dharma, the best form of giving to others.

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for bringing up this post again and reminding us about how life is made meaningful only when we use it to benefit others. Best of all is when we can work towards becoming teachers of Dharma.

  23. Thierry Janssens on May 15, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Knowing Rinpoche, it is clear to me that Rinpoche would have been very successful in any worldly career, Zong Rinpoche himself predicted that Rinpoche would have been a very successful actor had it chosen that path. But, then where would we be if He had done so?
    Rinpoche did put aside whatever other aspiration he had in this life because only the Dharma, and taking the vows to live the Dharma, was the path that would benefit others. And others were and are always more important than our personal worldly and unreliable pursuits.
    Gratitude to Rinpoche!

  24. Paris on May 14, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche, for bringing this post to the top again. My heart leaps a little each time I see this video – the tremendous respect that Rinpoche has for the Lamas at such a young age and the huge amount of focus and determination in Rinpoche’s eyes, for this is all you ever wanted since your youngest childhood.

    How pivotal this very moment for everything that has happened since – Rinpoche going to India, taking the vows, entering Gaden, meeting more of the teachers and then finally coming to Malaysia. For every moment and teaching that we now have with Rinpoche, we have this moment to be grateful for.

    In asking the Dalai Lama for ordination, this was like sets another chain of Promises into action. Subsequently, Rinpoche taking the ordination vows, remaining with his teachers and his lifelong commitments to them and to his practice has led to everything now: His Promise, Our Happiness.

    • andrew on Mar 19, 2013 at 6:14 pm

      paris your book is incredible

  25. Irene Lim on May 14, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    The passion and motivation of a high Lama never fade no matter what circumstance they have to go through. They are just like beautiful lotus growing out of a pool of muddy water untainted. Rinpoche’s love and compassion for all beings never fade despite what he has to undergo from the beginning to end – so worthy of respect and veneration. Such a GEM is rare to find. We love you Rinpoche.

  26. Han on May 14, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Indeed, this is an historical event, a very precious video to share.
    The biggest step in Rinpoche’s life result in benefited thousands of people around the world through dharma, I am fortunate to be one of the student who benefited from Rinpoche teachings.
    I pray that many, many, many more will have the karma and the good fortune to receive teachings with Rinpoche and uphold the authentic Buddha-Dharma for generations to come.

  27. henry ooi on May 14, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    If Rinpoche had not pursued his dream all the way, fighting, sacrificing and suffering in the early years, we fortunate ones in Kechara would not have met the dharma. Yes, we may read dharma books and attend dharma talks by visiting lamas from abroad. But nothing beats that when we have Rinpoche in our own backyard, in Kechara. Rinpoche NEVER gives up and pushes himself to the max to benefit everyone he comes into contact with, near or far.

    This shows reincarnation exists. If not, how to explain Rinpoche’s deep desire to become a monk? And against all odds.

  28. Yoke Fui on May 14, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    From this rare and precious footage, we get to witness how much did ordination mean to Rinpoche. His facial expression, his body language showed the reverence he held for HH Dalai Lama and the burning desire to be ordained.

    In Rinpoche’s biography book , “The Promise”, we know the strong wish he had to be in dharma even at a very young age – which boy of 8 or 9 would think that he’d rather die if he could not get dharma teachings except someone with powerful imprints fom previous lives?

    People who criticise Rinpoche are people who do not know the history of Rinpoche. In Kechara, new people are always taken for a guided tour at Kechara Care Gallery where a pictorial history of Rinpoche is displayed systematically. Please contact Kechara Care @ 03-7880 8031 or Kechara House @ 03- 7803 3908 for tour arrangement.

  29. [...] Would you get ordained? What were most of us doing when we were 22 years old? Or if we are younger than that now, what are we doing now? When he was 22 years old, H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche was not yet officially recognised as a Rinpoche, yet his powerful, unstoppable Dharma imprints from previous lives have already been evident throughout his youth and culminated in this request for ordination. A year later, Rinpoche's dream came true when he was ordained by H.H. the Dalai Lama himself in India… Read about it in his own words and see the rare footage… I’M REQUESTING ORDINATION 1987 | Tsem Tulku Rinpoche [...]

  30. MayOng on May 14, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Dear Rinpoche

    If you had chosen to become an actor in the USA, we Malaysians would have been very disappointed and Kechara would not manifested. Thank goodness you chose to be a monk and benefited many of us now and in future lives.

    I also thank the person who took this rare video footage to share with us here online.

  31. Lafayette on Mar 2, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    As time goes by, in one word, outstanding.

  32. lucy yap on Feb 20, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Thank you so much to the person who took this video and post it on facebook.THANK YOU AGAIN! It is so rare and precious moment captured on video.
    With this ordination,we have Rinpoche here with us in Malaysia.We are so fortunate.May Rinpoche be in excellent health always and be with us for a long,long time.

  33. Miguel Rico on Feb 20, 2012 at 10:13 am


    I want to become a monk just like H.H Dalai Lama, Lama Zopa Rinpoche and you!!!


  34. Valentina Suhendra on Jan 15, 2012 at 8:53 am

    My dearest Lama

    Your decision to take ordination changes the course of my life and thousands perhaps millions of others.

    Much love and care


  35. Sock Wan on Jan 13, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for being so selfless, regardless of the objection from the family, Rinpoche has never given up the wish wanting to be a monk to benefit people. If Rinpoche did not become a monk, we will not be able to receive so much precious teachings from Rinpoche and be benefited.

  36. Asr Cordes on Sep 17, 2011 at 5:39 am

    WOW!!! Reading about and seeing your experience, I’m completely over joyed and happy for you and all of your fortunate students. As one who that same desire burns deeply in I can really really truly appreciate the greatness of this ,most beautiful and monumental event. Thank you so kindly for sharing it and for the great positive force that you and generating in our existence.

  37. Thierry Janssens on Jul 5, 2011 at 1:43 am

    This video is a true unearthed gem.
    Rinpoche’s drive and determination was already as strong as we can see today. Nothing could be more important than getting ordination, nothing.

    All of us that wish to reflect on the hardship of our own lives, on our obstacles, on our depressions, on our family problems, on our financial problems, etc… should learn more about Rinpoche’s biography to find the inspiration and to understand that the way forward is not to focus on our problems but to focus on other people’s potential to solve their problems TOTALLY.
    By becoming part of the solution for others, our problems dissipate, or at least the way we see them changes and we do not suffer from them anymore, we are emancipated from them.

    There is a good old saying that goes:
    By requesting for ordination, Rinpoche wanted to be part of the solution, it was so clear in his mind at a young age already.
    Why does it take most of us 20, 40 or 60 years (or more) to realize that?

    We should all pray that if we have not managed to free ourselves from suffering this lifetime, we get the courage and the determination in our next life time and seek for ordination sincerely and with resilience, at a YOUNG AGE, so we do not waste any more time…

  38. Li Kheng on Jun 6, 2011 at 2:29 am

    It is a great privilege to witness the seed marking the beginning of Rinpoche’s journey into monk-hood which empowered Rinpoche to benefit so many through the Dharma.

    Looking back after 24 years of Dharma work Rinpoche has achieved for the benefit of millions of sentient beings, i am saddened but “understand” the difficulty and alone-ness Rinpoche had to endure. Throughout history, exceptional individuals who had big dreams and the destiny to make a significant difference were always alone because others did not see what these individuals saw.

    I thank Rinpoche deeply for Rinpoche’s compassion to go through so much suffering for the benefit of others. I thank Rinpoche for all the sacrifices Rinpoche had to make to benefit others. I pray that Rinpoche’s students will have the merit to learn from our Guru and make choices to challenge ourselves so benefits others.

  39. Frederick Law on May 9, 2011 at 9:56 am

    We are indeed fortunate to have H.E Tsem Tulku Rinpoche with us right here in Malaysia. although im am only 3 month old in Kechara, but am fortunate to have met Rinpoche, and the encounter with Rinpoche was definitely a true eye opener to me, as Rinpoche teaching is very close to our daily life and the way Rinpoche teach although is unconventional, but because of H.E compassion, we able to absorb and practice what Rinpoche share with us.

    The video here very clearly show to all of us the strong determination of Rinpoche wanting to be ordained as a Monk, to help other sentient and benefit others. Like what Margaret said, what would most youngster at the age of 22 will do, beside staying at home, it will be going out for clubbing, partying and indulge in the samsaric life, which has no benefit but more harm.

    Although Rinpoche maybe an “Unconventional” Lama to some, but i find the unconventional-nes of Rinpoche has benefited so many lives, human and other sentient beings, what inspired me the most is Rinpoche vision for the manifestation of Kechara World Peace Centre which is truly a magnificent project which would benefit many people, beside KWPC, there is also animal sanctuary and Menara Kechara, which all of this together with the current 13 department of Kechara is a prove of Rinpoche great compassion to bring Dharma in different “unconventional” way to suit different “unconventional” people, so many could benefit from the practice of Dharma.

    We are truly grateful for having Rinpoche with us to guide us in the practice of Dharma to benefit many more sentient beings.

  40. KYC on May 5, 2011 at 8:07 am

    There are three people who have replied saying they wish to be ordained. I’m sure there are others although they have not mentioned it. This video of Rinpoche requesting for ordination from His Holiness has inspired others to follow in his footsteps.

  41. Lim Han Nee on May 3, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Like Lim YL above, I find that the most poignant moment in your sharing of the above post re your ordination by HH the Dalai Lama, was that moment when you came out to find that there was no family member or old friend waiting to share that great moment with you. Only a new,but warm and caring, friend.

    But then, despite this moment of ‘aloneness’, you held on to your determination to stay the course so as to benefit others and to fulfill your promise to your Root Guru, Zong Rinpoche.

    Teaching the Dharma and benefiting others – that’s what Rinpoche has never stopped doing since then.

    I find this post very inspirational.As I look around me and find that my close ones and my close friends (from my world before Dharma) seem to find me different and even weird ( in my all-consuming endeavor to drink as deeply as I can from Dharma and from keeping close to my Lama and his precious teachings), I actually do not find this ‘aloneness’ frightening or daunting.

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for not being disheartened by your aloneness, in that defining moment of your life. Because of your determination to benefit all and your unexcelled Guru Devotion, we, in Malaysia, have benefited by your coming here to give us the precious teachings and practices of the Gelugpa and Ganden lineage.We are deeply grateful to you our most precious Spiritual Guide.

  42. Margaretlee on Apr 27, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    This is such a rare and precious footage of Tsem Rinpoche embarking onto fullfilling his promise to his root Guru, Kaybje Zong Rinpoche to become ordained as a monk when he was in Los Angeles.

    In the Monastery, the late Lati Rinpoche has requested Rinpoche to come to Malaysia to teach the Dharma, though it was not Rinpoche’s wishes as Rinpoche would really loved to do retreats in the Monastery, but due to the unwavering Guru devotion Rinpoche has for the late Lati Rinpoche, he came to a foreign land where basically he had to endure much hardship and start from zero.

    Here in Malaysia, we are indeed so fortunate to have H.E. Tsem Rinpoche with us, working with Rinpoche to spread Dharma to all corners of the world is a journey not to be missed.

    I agree with what Lim said above, I don’t care what others may say to criticise Rinpoche, just take a look at this footage and see the determination the young Rinpoche has at such young tender age of 22. What were we doing at this age??? Most of us would probably be partying, clubbing, shopping or engaging in some sorts of silly samsara activities.

    Indeed Rinpoche is an “Unconventional” lama, who has brought an unconventional student like me to Dharma. Without Rinpoche’s brilliant, witty and unconventional methods, I wouldn’t be anywhere near the Dharma and have since received so many great teachings that have changed my life.

    With much gratitude and respect always,

  43. Lim Yew Leong on Apr 27, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Dear rinpoche,

    “Can you imagine travelling half way around the world to take the biggest step of your life and when you finish and come out, there was just one person there that you just became friends with? The other two monks who were ordained with me at the same time, had so many family and friends waiting for them with khatas, gifts and congratulations and were outside of the palace waiting…I saw them… It was lonely for me, but it’s ok…I accepted. I knew becoming a monk was the right thing. And I will never turn back.”
    After reading the paragraph above, it really touched my heart. If not because of your determination and wish to benefit others, it is not easy for a lay person to make such a decision. Somemore you are just 22 yrs old at that time. Therefore, no matter how others criticise you or label you as “unconventional” guru, i still respect you from the dept of my heart. You went through so much hardship just to become a monk with the aim to benefit sentient beings. We are very fortunate to be part of your mandala to spread your teachings.

    • ngeowchin on May 8, 2011 at 9:41 pm

      Hi Dr Lim,
      Yes,I remembered Rinpoche once saying the measure of how worthy of respect a person is by how much the person was willing to ‘ sacrifice’ worldly pleasures and endure hardships for others. If we reflect sincerely, we will have to come to the conclusion that such a person is not ordinary and there is a huge gap between us and them when it comes to going all the way to benefit others.
      This video just proves that Rinpoche practices what he preaches and a perfectly suitable object of our Refuge.

  44. Dee Dee Quah on Apr 27, 2011 at 8:49 am

    This is such a Precious video clip. Thank you for sharing it Rinpoche.

  45. anila on Apr 26, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Seeing events in real life will be more exciting then only reading or talking. You can see Rinpoche’s Ordination in real life on videos. We are very lucky that someone had video taped Rinpoche’s Ordination event and put on facebook. Rinpoche was only 22 years old when he went for Dalal Lama’s teachings in New Jersey. At that time he was living in a centre in Los Angeles. He had flown all the way from L.A to New Jersey to attend Dalai Lama’s teachings. After Dalai Lama’s teaching everyone was allowed to get blessings from Dalai Lama. During the blessing Rinpoche took the opportunity to request Ordination from His Holiness to which Dalai Lama agreed and ask Rinpoche to go to India. Rinpoche went to stay in Ganden Monastery for a month while waiting for his Ordination. He went to Dharamsala to get Ordination with two other monks. After the Ordination Rinpoche had no one to rejoice and congratulate him besides his new found friend Sharpa Rinpoche. While the two other new ordained monks had relatives and friends to share their joy.Even though he has no one to share his joy he was still very happy that his wish to become a monk had been fulfilled. After Dharamsala he went to Nepal then to Ganden Monastery where he stayed on permanently.

  46. Shirley Maya Tan on Apr 26, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    It’s so wonderful to have one’s very special moments in life captured and yet we didn’t even know about it until much later. Now, to see this for ourselves, it is so surreal.

    H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche has always displayed such great reverence towards all Rinpoche’s Gurus. Every time Rinpoche speaks of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Rinpoche would fold his hands and place them at his forehead. Rinpoche does the same whenever we make our dedication prayers to His Holiness’s Long Life.

    This is really such a gem of a find. Thank you for sharing this, Rinpoche. Now, we can all witness the great moment and celebrate with Rinpoche. Although Rinpoche had no one then, by Rinpoche’s side, Rinpoche has many friends and students now who are so touched by Rinpoche’s teachings. Many friends and students around the world celebrate this beautiful moment with Rinpoche over and over again because Rinpoche has benefited so many of us.

    Thank you deeply.

  47. Elsie Toy on Apr 26, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Dearest Rinpoche thank you very much for sharing this precious moments with us. It must be a great moment. It refreshes my memory when you cut Anila’s hair. I wish I can be ordained one day too. In order for me to get to that stage I must now be commited to my preliminaries. Thank you for the great reminder. Thank you Rinpoche.

  48. Jamyang on Apr 26, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    How amazing it is to be able to see such a defining moment.
    It is my wish also to be ordained, how amazing it would be if I too could ask His Holiness to ordain me.
    Thank you so much for sharing this.

  49. A.E.S. on Apr 26, 2011 at 9:21 am

    Beautiful. I’ve been gibing it a lot of thought about getting ordained. =)
    But first I must finish university. I have promised my parents I’ll give them that. And they deserve much more.

    • David Lai on Mar 15, 2013 at 7:22 pm

      Hello A.E.S.,
      I hope Tsem Rinpoche’s video inspired you to pursue this path of becoming ordained. I am not ordained myself but would very much support those who do because I do believe that is an extra blessing for anyone to be ordained. On top of that, monks and nuns are the only ones who would create the powerful blessings for the Dharma to grow in a particular area. I believe that monks and nuns are great motivated people whose sole purpose is the practice and propagation of the Dharma. Therefore, if you are reading this, please share with us who you are and tell us more of your story and why you want to be a monk. That would be interesting and inspirational.

  50. ck liew on Apr 26, 2011 at 2:17 am

    Finally we get to see THE MOMENT….. I am so happy to be able to watch this. Really really super happy !

  51. Jnaseh on Apr 25, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    I wanted to share my Happiness with you! I am going to see His Holiness next weekend, here in Southern California at a public talk he is giving sponsored by Thubten Dhargye Ling, the dharma center in Long Beach where you practiced!

    Coincidentally, it will also be my birthday — and what a wonderful, blessed way to celebrate in the presence of His Holiness! I am writing this because it was through your dharma teachings — whatever ounce this restless mind of mine might’ve understood and can hear clearly to practice — that I can deeply and fully appreciate the opportunity to see His Holiness next week. Thank you for all the ways you show, express and embody your gratitude to your Teachers. This is something of the Practice I know I have learned directly from you. So, next Sunday, in the crowd of thousands at the Long Beach Convention Center, wherever I may be, I’ll be sure to offer a smiling moment of thanks to you dear Rinpoche, for helping to me understand, appreciate and cherish this chance to see His Holiness!

    As I read your post here about the initial difficulties of taking the step to ordain, I want to let you know in my small way, I have definitely benefited from the fruits of your practice.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you…for other things I do not yet have the language to write about clearly, but am grateful for because of your teachings.



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  • Pastor Adeline
    Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 07:00 PM
    Tsem Rinpoche: If we keep Kampung chickens and have them run free, then the eggs will be natural and without male chickens around, the eggs will not be fertilized. This might be good for our eco community.
  • Pastor Adeline
    Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 07:00 PM
    Theories 2, 4 and 7 really attract me. What is amazing is these three theories are explained clearly in the Vajra Yogini tantras that can only be explained more in-depth after initiation. Vajra Yogini’s tantra goes into much more in-depth on these three theories. There are specific meditations in Vajra Yogini’s tantra that complement, accentuate and help you to realize solipsism, logos and ‘brain the jar’ theories. I really am stunned how these three theories match nearly perfectly to what is explained in the holy tantras of Vajra Yogini. Vajra Yogini tantra is ‘designed’ to change our reality by using our mind to focus on the truth of existence. How we exist is not at all how we thought.

  • tsemtulku
    Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 02:41 PM
    : I was thrilled to find this as it says the same thing according to tantra- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=78160
  • Pastor Adeline
    Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 01:27 PM
    Sometimes it really is not what people give, but the thought and care that is so deep behind it. You are a simple person but deeply caring. I am moved by your gesture. I have started taking the oils. It taste pleasant. I thank you from the bottom of heart for your generosity on so many levels.

  • Pastor Adeline
    Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 01:25 PM
    Within the complex, food, water, and clothing are in short supply, and electric power is only available from 7pm to 10pm every day. In such tight quarters, communicable illnesses are a problem and medical facilities meager, so the nuns depend on each other to survive. Winters can be very snowy and temps fall to minus 20-30 degrees C at night. There is no sanitation system, so the nuns have to resort to toilets in the open air beside the river.

    So, the next time you catch yourself feeling stressed about your practice, think about one of those Juemu sitting alone in the snow at 13,000 feet. She won’t be watching the New England Patriots this weekend. She’s up there examining the innate nature of her own mind. She’s up there with her sisters on the roof of the world, praying day and night for all sentient beings to see through the illusion of samsara. That’s practice!

  • Pastor Adeline
    Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 01:24 PM
    In this video, I talked a little about the vastness of our mind, how our mind shapes our present condition and how it’s interlinked with our spiritual practice.

    I hope that this short teaching will help you understand more about the true nature of our minds and how we can transform our minds to be more stable and understand the Dharma clearer through Lama Tsongkhapa’s practice. I received these teachings from my gurus, and I hope it will benefit you as it did me.

  • Pastor Adeline
    Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 01:23 PM
    In the tantras such as Tara, White Tara, Vajrapani, Manjushri, Saraswati, Tsongkapa, Dukkar, Avalokitesvara, Oserchenma, Maitreya, etc, it is highly recommended you do not eat meat/eggs when you engage in their sadhanas, practice, retreats. When you do Tara Pujas (Drolchok), you are suppose to avoid meat or you shouldn’t engage in the pujas. In the Monastery, countless times we have to do Tara puja or engage monks to do for us, they have to avoid meat before coming..it was strict. If you are doing Naga pujas, you have to avoid meat and it is a must. There are many types of beneficial naga pujas such as Lutor, Lusang, etc that you avoid meat totally. There’s a very powerful Naga vase (Lubum), which my guru made and I have one for years now, and it is specifically for generating wealth for dharma activities. If you keep this vase, make proper offerings, then with the motivation of dharma, your financial resources will increase to fund the dharma works. 10 years ago, when I was literally down to a few dollars and struggled financially very badly, I called my Guru for divination, he said to get a Naga vase and then with some time it will be ok. He taught me how to make offerings and what to offer and not offer and one big no-no is meat. He said avoid meat…or in my thinking no wealth…LOL. Well I didn’t offer meat, after that yearly I can see growth in Kechara.So no meat in this case was worth it for growth to benefit others.

  • Pastor Adeline
    Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 01:22 PM
    When we are highly, extremely attained, eating meat, ‘breaking’ vows, taking up consorts, etc etc would not incur negative karma since our mind has attained emptiness and not returning to samsara,and hence our actions have no contaminated motivation both subtle and gross and until then, we have to be careful of any actions we do. This is my thoughts. I do not mean to offend or hurt, but I sincerely feel it is more compassionate to not eat meat in the 21st century and for 21st Century Buddhism/Buddhists. What good karma do we gain from eating meat? How does it benefit animals if we murder them and then eat them. Go on the youtube and see how they are butchered. There are hundreds of videos. It is a real lesson and a real dharma practice to wish to not be a part of it. I wish my prayers that all animals will not be hurt and tortured as well as all six realms beings always. Om Mani Peme Hung…

  • Pastor Adeline
    Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 01:21 PM
    Tsem Rinpoche’s New Idea – (Offering Gold to Vajra Yogini in KFR)
    Making offerings to the Buddhas are acts of generosity and therefore highly meritorious. Tsem Rinpoche is perpetually looking for new, innovative and creative ways for Kecharians, visitors and guests to Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR) to collect merits. And earlier today (Thursday, 1 October 2015), Rinpoche conceptualized another exciting and powerful way for people to make offerings and accrue merits that is: Offering gold on to the body of a Vajra Yogini statue (the gold refers to real gold in tablet form that will be melted and applied on the statue).

    In principle it is similar to how the Thais offer gold leaf on their Buddha statues, except in this case it is 100% gold applied to the face and body of a new Vajra Yogini statue in liquid form.

    The following are salient points that Rinpoche thought of and articulated. These are not yet final or comprehensive, and Rinpoche may add to the points or amend them.

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  • xuliang
    Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 07:58 AM
    Let’s all be who we really are.
    Why the heck are we so afraid?
    All this silliness we are taking so seriously is
    what we should be afraid of.
    It is alien to us.
    Why do you think we feel so uncomfortable
    when we are not aware?
    The suit does not fit.
    Dress tomorrow in your Original Birthday Suit – unconditioned, pure awareness.
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I was thrilled to find this as it says the same thing according to tantra- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=78160
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Thank you for this picture
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This is a beautiful and unusual thangka.
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The Goddess Kandarohi of the Vajra Yogini tantra. She is invoked to expel negative interferences. Tsem Rinpoche
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His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal Pelsango. This picture of this very holy lama taken yesterday September 27, 2015. His Holiness is very well. I thank our good karma for this and grateful to see His picture. May we all become like His Holiness Gaden Trisur who is accomplished in his mind. My prostrations to this great lineage master who has commitment, samaya to His guru and who is Lord Tsongkapa's representative on earth, Tsem Rinpoche
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Making long life offerings to His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche who is one with Heruka Chakrasamvara.~Tsem Rinpoche
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Such wonderful and hardworking people of Kechara! I respect them alot. Tsem Rinpoche
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His Excellency the YDP of Bentong gracing Kechara Forest Retreat today! He is taking a picture with our hardworking Kechara Forest Retreat team. They are the team that build, maintain and expand our plans in Kechara Forest Retreat. All future buildings and many exciting new plans will be made manifested by this group of beautiful people of Kechara Forest Retreat. (From Left to right: Ms Phng Li kheng, Pastor Chia Song Peng, Pastor Henry, His Excellency the YDP, Mr Nicholas Yu, Ms. Pammie Yap, Ms. Julia Tan and Mr Khoo. I am so proud of our team and I humbly thank the YDP for visiting us from his very busy schedule. Tsem Rinpoche
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Parnashavari-Special healing goddess for contagious diseases. I want a 9ft statue of Her on Kechara Forest Retreat's land...very beneficial.
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Sacred Vajra Yogini with the root and lineage guru on top and Her entourage surrounding Her.
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Mongolian rare statue of White Heruka
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11th Century Nepalese Manjushri
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Beautiful ancient carving of Manjushri.
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A sacred Manjushri made during the Kangxi period of China.
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This is so beautiful. Our Kecharians do deserve to read this and feel good. They are hard working. Thank you so much.
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You'll have to watch Kechara's version. Camp, funny and really 'good' acting---Some things are just TOO FUNNY to see once! See this- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=53930
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Beautiful 18 inches Trakzey Dorje Shugden available now for your invite and blessings from http://www.vajrasecrets.com! So beautifully crafted! So very rare riding on a Garuda. This form of Dorje Shugden is powerful to protect from negative energy and powerful energies that disrupt our minds, work and spiritual progress.
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This stunning Hayagriva thangka is in my aunt's shrine
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Stunning Protector Brahmarupa
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Protector Brahmarupa
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Interesting background on Protector Brahmarupa
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The Goddess Trokner Jenma or Bhrikuti...Very nice
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Japanese small towns are quaint, neat, clean and very organized and it has very rustic feeling and they connect with nature. They are timeless with modern conveniences but old world feel. I love small Japanese towns.
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This Vajra Yogini is in Rashi Gempil Temple in Howell, New Jersey. My guru Kensur Rinpoche invited this from India and enshrined Her in his house next to the temple. His house was right next to the temple. I use to go and look at Her always extremely fascinated. The statue is there now and here it is. Beautiful. Tsem Rinpoche
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H.H.Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche drew this Buddha.
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Four wonderful people at a very holy and sacred location making pilgrimage. Many dakinis were sighted in this area.
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Dorje Shugden statues to be given away
2 months ago
Some Dharma protectors have the special karmic link to take trance in people to speak. Gaden had a such a great oracle called Choyang Dulzin Kuten who took trance of Dorje Shugden, Setrap and Kache Marpo. This is a picture of the oracle of Gaden in full trance.
2 months ago
Two of the best people anyone can have as friends in their life. Left is Beng Kooi and right is Su Ming.
2 months ago
His Eminence Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche visited me in my house in Gaden Monastery back in 1994. What an honour. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
My personal thangka. Centre is H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Left is emanating from his heart is Vajra Yogini. Right is Dorje Shugden. I am at the bottom eternally prostrating to them. Tsem Rinpoche
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    2 weeks ago
    HH the Dalai Lama prays with HH Trijang Rinpoche and HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Such a beautiful video of His Holiness Dalai Lama, His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and His Holiness Dilgo Kyentse Rinpoche (Very exalted high Nyingma lama) are all praying together. In the background you see a young Kyabje Lati Rinpoche too. So beautiful. This is how it was before the ban. All the sects and high lamas were superbly harmonious. After the Dorje Shugden ban things changed for the worse. May the ban be released soon. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Nice Dorje Shugden rock painting
    4 weeks ago
    Nice Dorje Shugden rock painting
  • His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche teaches the truth of life and our impeding death.
    1 month ago
    His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche teaches the truth of life and our impeding death.
  • A kind message from Mr. Tsering Wangchuk to me. Thank you so much. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 months ago
    A kind message from Mr. Tsering Wangchuk to me. Thank you so much. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 1)
    2 months ago
    Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 1)
  • Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 2)
    2 months ago
    Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 2)
  • His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche accepts Long Life puja
    3 months ago
    His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche accepts Long Life puja
  • Dorje Shugden/Kache Marpo makes offerings to Tsem Rinpoche
    3 months ago
    Dorje Shugden/Kache Marpo makes offerings to Tsem Rinpoche
  • My good friend Justin Ripley
    3 months ago
    My good friend Justin Ripley
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    4 months ago
    I requested Choji Lah to do a trusol, rabney and soongdroop for our large DS and Buddha. In this video, he is performing trusol which is ritually 'bathing' the environment and blessing all those who come to visit our Wisdom Hall and Dorje Shugden. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Bigfoot arrives!!!
    4 months ago
    Bigfoot arrives!!!
    Tsem Rinpoche is an avid follower of the paranormal such as bigfoots. For more interesting writings and posts on the subject, please go to http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/yeti-bigfoot-sasquatch
  • Mumu Loves Snack!
    4 months ago
    Mumu Loves Snack!
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    4 months ago
    For H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, a blog post is not just a blog post but Dharma work that generates merits which should be dedicated. Click here to find out what blog post Rinpoche was dedicating the merits for when he recited this prayer: http://bit.ly/1KiXWf9 ~Ani Lobsang Pema
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    4 months ago
    Panchen Lama in Beijing on CCTV - China's official news. The respect and position they give His Holiness Panchen Lama is great.
  • Magical fish tank with Buddha statue
    5 months ago
    Magical fish tank with Buddha statue


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1 hour ago
Don't make laziness your comfort zone because it is really your enemy.~Tsem Rinpoche From: June Tang (Khjb)
1 hour ago
~5 Unexpected Women Who Became Buddhist Nuns~ Hollywood socialite. Miss India finalist. Bollywood actress. Not the typical titles associated to women who would aspire to become Buddhist nuns. But then again, how set in stone are labels? The first Buddhist nun in history was named "Pajapati" at birth, meaning "leader of a great assembly". She became the ...~Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/etc/5-unexpected-women-who-became-buddhist-nuns.html From: June Tang (Khjb)
1 hour ago
~10,000 Nuns here!~ E = MC2 Enlightenment equals Motivation times the presence of Consciousness squared. Whenever my motivation starts to flag, I remember the nuns of Yarchen Monastery. Their compound (in the shape of a giant bodhi leaf) sits on a peninsula in the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of ...~Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/10ooo-nuns-here.html From: June Tang (Khjb)
1 hour ago
~The Mind and Lama Tsongkhapa~ I gave a Dharma talk to a few of my students in my residence a while ago and thought I'll share this on my blog for everyone to listen. In this Dharma talk, I shared a little about the vastness of our mind, how our mind shapes our present condition and how it’s interlinked with our spiritual practice. ..~Tsem Rinpoche From: June Tang (Khjb)
1 hour ago
Gyenze Retreat in progress at Kechara (JB). Gyenze helps us overcome our karma of miserliness and bless us to gain spiritual prosperity. From: June Tang (Khjb)
1 hour ago
I sincerely thank the Pastors of Kechara and attendees for doing this special blessing ceremony at our newly installed Manjushri in Kechara Forest Retreat. I know the Pastors have trained well and the pujas they perform are from the pure Gaden tradition. I rejoice from the depths of my heart to see this and many pictures of their actitivities.. I am proud of my Pastors. I send them my prayers for the Buddhas to always bless them as they do pujas to bless many others daily. Dear Pastors, go all the way and benefit people with love in your hearts, no judgement and complete fearlessness continuously. A life of service to others is a life of the best service to ourselves. Thank you for carrying on the lineage. ~Tsem Rinpoche From: June Tang (Khjb)
2 hours ago
Lama Tsongkhapa retreats every three months consistently will heal the mind of pains and emotional scars. One should engage in retreats always.~ Tsem Rinpoche From: June Tang (Khjb)
2 hours ago
We are truly lucky Dorje Shugden gave us Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). We must honor his giving by developing KFR & simultaneously practice mind training to be better & better person. It's not hard to build KFR if we focus and commit. While building KFR we also develop the inner tools to tame our minds and we achieve both. A beautiful centre to benefit the masses and a beautiful mind within us to bring us happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche From: June Tang (Khjb)
2 hours ago
“ 有所為,無所畏 “ 每個人終究只能為自己的人生負責,現在就走出別人的嘴,活出自己的人生! http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/dear-dalai-lama-with-folded-hands.html From: June Tang (Khjb)
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“OM BENZA WIKI BITANA SOHA“ 祈愿多杰雄登的禁令能够即刻解除 ,让更多的众生能够修持祂的法门和得到祂的加持和庇佑。 http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/dear-dalai-lama-with-folded-hands.html From: June Tang (Khjb)
2 hours ago
~如何设立藏式佛坛~ https://youtu.be/WQNnPjBY6Sw 佛坛对佛教修持者而言具有好几重意义。首先,它是能辅助观想,启发修持者记得诸佛的特质,并逐渐放下世俗的执着。佛坛也是一个资粮田,让修持者能透过清洁和供养佛坛而累积大量功德。这个视频乃根据西藏佛教传统,向大家介绍设置各种简单至复杂佛坛的方法。 ~ 詹杜固仁波切 From: June Tang (Khjb)
2 hours ago
~如何开始多杰雄登修持~ https://youtu.be/sOlEM_mYfNM 这个简短的日常课诵,能让您获得多杰雄登法门带来的好处。此视频以尊贵的詹杜固仁波切根据传统资料所编撰的短轨为蓝本,为您介绍如何展开宗喀巴大师和多杰雄登综合法门的修持法,适合未接受灌顶者修持。这个法门能带给大家智慧、丰裕、庇佑、和平和满愿的神圣加持。~詹杜固仁波切 From: June Tang (Khjb)
2 hours ago
黑白颠倒,恶言恶语是不会改变真理。 http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/dear-dalai-lama-with-folded-hands.html From: June Tang (Khjb)
2 hours ago
每一个人都应该享有自由选择宗教信仰的权力,多杰雄登修持者也不例外!!! http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/dear-dalai-lama-with-folded-hands.html From: June Tang (Khjb)
2 hours ago
是谁错了? 怎麽可能突然惊天反转? http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/dear-dalai-lama-with-folded-hands.html From: June Tang (Khjb)
2 hours ago
~我选择多杰雄登! ~我以我的选择为荣! ~请尊重我的选择! http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/dear-dalai-lama-with-folded-hands.html From: June Tang (Khjb)
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4 hours ago
Helping Pakcik Zul and Makcik Zah to apply financial welfare aid from Baitumal MAIWP so that there is enough for them to pay for their room rental and basic daily expenses. Justin@KSK
7 hours ago
Sponsor to this fund. Adopt a bird at Kechara Forest Retreat. http://bit.ly/1EMVJ79 Lucy Yap
9 hours ago
Lunch distribution just now. Volunteers busy packing food for our waiting clients. A total of 200 over sets were distributed to the homeless and poor today during lunch time. Justin@KSK
23 hours ago
Mr Chee is one of the dharma teachers for Kechara Sunday Dharma Class-Chinese Group (level 2). He has shared the video~Wesak Day 2012 which is related to the Day 12 Taking Refuge in the Three Jewels. Alice Tay
Puja team preparing and do altar set up for bereavement puja. By Puja House 5 October '15
Early morning puja team members make tormas for Gyenze puja. By Puja House 5 October'15
More orders for Gyenze puja, especially for investors who wish to have smooth cash flow. By Puja House 5 October'15





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