Thank you Robert Stone

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His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and myself in 1983 in Yucca Valley, California. His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was giving the full empowerment of Vajra Yogini, commentary to the practice and the Six Yogas of Naropa. I was 18 years old at the time

When I was 18 years old, a student of Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, a person by the name of Mr. Doren Harper had picked me up in his van from where I was staying in Los Angeles and took me over to Thubten Dhargye Ling Center. This was just before I had moved back into the center, and I was living on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood. He had picked me up so that we could join the Tsok puja in Thubten Dhargye Ling. Tsok is a bi-monthly ceremony we have to do after receiving Tantric initiation. On the dashboard in his car, he had an approximately 3 inch by 2 inch framed picture of His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. I sat in his car and we were driving to the center from where I was staying. It was a fifteen to twenty-minute drive without traffic. I got a bit curious and asked who the picture was of, and he said: “Oh that is His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche.” I asked: “Who is that?” He said: “Well, he is basically Geshe-la’s Guru and the Guru of many thousands of monks, also, he is an emanation of Heruka Chakrasamvara.”

The minute Doren told me that Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was Heruka Chakrasamvara, I developed very strong faith and an urge in me to devote myself to this lama. I have heard of other lamas being emanations of this deity or that deity, or that saint or that mahasiddha; I am impressed and I have faith. But when he told me that Zong Rinpoche was Heruka, something in me just clicked very deeply, which I cannot describe. This hasn’t happened for anyone or anything else. I instantly felt a connection, I felt tremendous faith, and has the urge that I wanted to devote myself to Zong Rinpoche. It was like when Naropa heard Tilopa’s name for the first time and instantly developed faith. He even went to search for his guru for 12 years traveling the length and breadth of ancient India. So I asked Doren if I could have the picture and he said: “Sure”. Doren gave me the picture and after Tsok finished, I brought it back to my house, I had it framed and kept it on my altar. Doren also told me that after seven to nine months, Zong Rinpoche will be visiting us and staying in our center. I thought, wow, how does a young, basically unknown person like me have an opportunity to get teachings from Zong Rinpoche and get so close to him? So I thought, since he is Heruka Chakrasamvara, I would have to make a lot of offerings, I would need to make a lot of supplications and prayers to make a karmic connection. So, that’s what I did. Doren was always very nice to me.

I placed Zong Rinpoche’s picture on my altar and from that day onwards, I engaged in 100 prostrations to Zong Rinpoche’s picture every single day. I visualized him as Heruka and the emanation of all the Buddhas. I developed tremendous faith and I did full length prostrations every day until the day I met Zong Rinpoche. I made offerings of incense and tea to him and prayed that I may get teachings from him, that i may have a strong connection to him and become his disciple.

Lo and behold, at the stipulated time, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche came to the center and I was elected to be one of his attendants and cooks. I was extremely honoured to be chosen to do so by Geshe-la. There was one or two people at the center who were not very happy with me having that position so they said some things, but Geshe-la kind of over-rode them. They said that I was not very clean and that I should not be serving Zong Rinpoche. Geshe-la said I am very clean and I would be the perfect person to serve, so what they said was overridden.

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The current Thubten Dhargye Ling in Los Angeles, California

 

This was the previous Thubten Dhargye Ling in 1983 where we all stayed at

This was the previous Thubten Dhargye Ling in 1983 where we all stayed

 

When Zong Rinpoche was there for six months, he gave teachings nearly every day and I was the cook, I was the clean-up boy, I vacuumed his room, and I cleaned his room. I cooked breakfast and dinner for him, his entourage, guests and Geshe-la nearly every day. I was not a great cook but I managed. Lunch was cooked for him and the others by someone else because I had to go work part-time at Fotomat to support myself at the center. I cooked breakfast and dinner for Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, his attendant Wangchuk, Geshe Gyeltsen, Lodro Rinpoche the translator from Switzerland and his uncle, and two German lady students of Zong Rinpoche every day. It was a big job as I had to go to the supermarket nearly daily and clean up afterwards. By the time Zong Rinpoche had come to our center, I had moved back into the center from West Hollywood and I was living in Thubten Dhargye Ling. So, Zong Rinpoche would be upstairs, Geshe-la would also be living in the center on our property in a camper due to the lack of space and I would be in a small room in the garage. It was a great honour for me because I would help set up for pujas and teachings, I would clean up after teachings, I would help clean up Zong Rinpoche’s room, serve him breakfast and tea; I would do all of that. In the process, I became very close to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, very close and intimate with him where I could just walk into his room, sit on the floor and basically give him a foot massage; or have very light conversation (through translators of course) because I did not speak Tibetan. While he was there, after accomplishing my daily duties late at night around 1am, I would go upstairs quietly and prostrate in front of Zong Rinpoche’s room, directly to Zong Rinpoche, while he was sleeping. So every day I would do 100 prostrations to Zong Rinpoche right outside of his room. I prayed that I would become close to him, to live with him, to be with him and to never be separated from his attainments.

During the six months, I had told Zong Rinpoche that I wanted to be an actor and also a monk. The reason I wanted to be an actor is because in Los Angeles, if you get good jobs as an actor you can pretty much make a lot of money in a short time and I would be able to support Geshe-la’s center and his Dharma works. I was already doing extra work in some movies and voice over work for tv programs in Los Angeles. That was my motivation. Zong Rinpoche was very kind, he did a divination for me and the divination came out for me that if I do acting I would be very successful, he basically said that anything I do in front of camera would be very successful. If I wanted to pursue it, there would be good results. This was from his dice divination. However, if I became a monk it would be more beneficial than becoming an actor. When Kyabje Zong Rinpoche said that to me, I immediately folded my hands and told him that I would be a monk and that I was committed to it. Zong Rinpoche said, “OK”. So he blessed me and cut a part of my hair as per tradition while reciting some auspicious verses as a sign that I would become a monk. I remember after Zong Rinpoche cut off a lock of my hair himself, he didn’t throw it out but placed it on the lower part of the shrine. I don’t know what he did with it after that.

His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche cutting my hair

His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche cutting my hair

I folded my hands and I promised Zong Rinpoche that I would be a monk. A lot of things happened during those six months, but the day when Zong Rinpoche was leaving Los Angeles was the saddest day of my life. One of the saddest. But I thought that I’ll go to India and I will see him very soon, so I was kind of excited but also sad because I wanted to go with him. The last place I wanted to be was Los Angeles, in the city, or in America. After Zong Rinpoche left for India, I concentrated on getting rid of my loans. Then I got a better job working in a bank and I also got a job at a real-estate company. I had worked at Security Pacific National Bank as a Teller and then as a Bank Secretary after Fotomat. Later I worked at John Douglas Realtor as an Office Administrator and I also worked at Fred Sands Realtor’s in Beverly Hills as a Personal Assistant to two power brokers. I had committed to Zong Rinpoche that I would become a monk when i was aged eighteen. So I was working, saving money and trying to survive because it was expensive in Los Angeles.

The most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen-la and Tsem Rinpoche

The most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen-la and myself

After three to four years, we moved to a new place already, and I was at the center. I was in the kitchen, cleaning up after Tsok again. Funny how things always happened around Tsok… Geshe-la had a very close student and also a sponsor, his name was Mr. Robert Stone. Mr. Robert Stone had lived with Geshe-la for many years. When I was living there he was also living there. He was Geshe-la’s student and sponsor. He did quite a lot of work for Geshe-la including filming and audio recording. Generally he is a very kind and gentle person, he did not want to get married or have a relationship because he actually wanted to become a monk, but his mother did not agree to him becoming a monk, so he had kind of lived like a monk in the center serving and sponsoring Geshe-la because he was quite well off.

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His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and myself standing near Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen’s camper on the property of Thubten Dhargye Ling in Los Angeles back in 1983.

He stayed very low key as he was extremely humble. He had been a vegetarian his whole life and he used to tell me that Geshe-la was an emanation of Tsongkhapa, he would fervently and enthusiastically attend Geshe-la’s classes and listen to Geshe-la, and engage in a lot of meditations, retreats and practices. So he was basically like a monk except in lay person’s form because he did not want to disrespect his mother’s wishes at that time. He told me he would be a monk later for sure. He had a really good relationship with his mother, I remember her name was Sunny Stone and just like her name she was really sunny and happy, a very wonderful lady. I have met her once or twice. In any case that’s a little background info on Robert Stone.

So one day, I was in the kitchen cleaning up and washing the dishes and putting things away, which is what I usually do after Tsok. I would say about ninety-five percent of the students would take off after Tsok and a few of us would stay behind and clean up, usually bi-monthly. So we were in the kitchen together and Robert said to me,

“You know a few years ago you had promised Zong Rinpoche that you would go to India and you’d be a monk, and what happened?”

I was a little frustrated with Robert’s question because I felt like he did not believe that I would do that, like I had forgotten or kind of just gave-up on it. So I replied Robert in a nice way, although I was a little frustrated, I said:

“Robert, of course I know my promise to Zong Rinpoche. Of course I am gonna go be a monk and that has never, ever changed. But I have a lot of financial issues and problems, I have loans, you know I have credit-card loans. You know, I can barely make it and I barely saved any money. And so I need money to get to India. I need to pay off my bills.” And he said, “OK. If you needed the money to go, how much would you need?”

So I calculated how much my ticket would be to India. I calculated my loans and my credit card. And It came out to about five thousand U.S. dollars at that time. I think I had about two thousand dollars U.S. in credit card loans and I had some other bills outstanding and some loans to people, I mean I was a young kid and also I would need a ticket and some money in India to travel. So I calculated a roundabout figure of about five thousand U.S. and I said to Robert:

“I probably need about five thousand U.S.”

Then he said to me, “If you have that money would you give up everything and go?”

And I said, “Immediately”.

He says, “OK I’ll give you the money, start packing.” And I froze, because people don’t just give people money like that, and five thousand U.S. is a lot.

So I said to Robert, “Are you sure? You want to give me five thousand? To cover my loans, my ticket and go to India to be a monk?”

He said, “Yeah. I want to give it to you.”

And I said, “Why?”

And he said, “Because if you don’t do it now you’re never gonna do it, cause you’re getting older and time is elapsing, and if money is really the issue and nothing else, well, I have the money and I can give it to you. And you don’t owe me anything, just go.”

And I said, “Well I am going to have to get Geshe-la’s permission. I mean you’re Geshe-la’s student. You’re Geshe-la’s sponsor. I don’t think I can just take money from you. I will have to get Geshe-la’s permission. And if Geshe-la says OK, the deal’s on.”

And he said, “OK, go ask Geshe-la.” So I ran upstairs immediately and Geshe-la was around, I ran upstairs real quick and told Geshe-la everything.

Geshe-la thought about it and said, “Good. You can do it.” So I got Geshe-la’s permission to accept the money.

I ran downstairs to tell Robert and he said, “OK, just tell me when you want the check.” So I said, “Like now!”

In the next few days Robert wrote out a five-thousand dollar check for me. I have never seen that much money in my life. I took it to the bank, deposited it and I put in my resignation from work. I resigned from Jon Douglas company and my very kind boss Ms. Liz Bernard sponsored my first set of monk robes for me when she found out my plans. She was a very terrific boss and so pleasant. I often think of her. Then I started giving away a lot of my Dharma books and my statues and my personal items. I did not have a lot but there were some. I bought my ticket, went to the camping store on Santa Monica Blvd in Hollywood to buy purification pills and water filters for India, then I bought some raincoats; all the things I thought I needed for India. So the next thing you know, everything is packed. I paid off my bills. I said goodbye to my friends, I went out with a bunch of my friends. Some of my friends, well, one of my friends was really sad that I was leaving. Some of my friends thought I’d come back and that it was just a stint. But of course, it was not.

Geshe Tsultim Gyeltsen

Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen who has been kind to me in many ways beyond mention. I prostrate to him always.

Geshe-la himself, Robert Stone and another student of Geshe-la, the three of them took me to LAX. I was at the airport, Geshe-la put a khata on me, gave me his last advice and told me the motivation of becoming a monk. He wrote letters to his contacts in India to assist me so that the minute I step foot in India, I would have people that were Geshe-la’s contacts that would escort me to wherever I need to go, whatever I needed to do. I said goodbye tearfully. I thanked Robert. I said goodbye to the other student, and I got on the plane. The next thing you know I am on the way to India. That’s how I went to India to be a monk. Since then I heard that Robert Stone, many years back, had a gentle heart attack in his sleep and had passed away. I was very sad because he was in his forties. But I heard the good news that he had reincarnated back as the child of one of Geshe-la’s students and that His Holiness the Dalai Lama confirmed that the child was Robert’s reincarnation. So Robert Stone actually passed away and came back into the family of Geshe-la’s students and he is Geshe-la’s student again as far as I know. Talk about good samaya.

I landed in India in around October 1987, Zong Rinpoche’s attendant and Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen’s student Mr. Chatreng Yeshe of Majnukatilla were there at the airport to receive me, and from there I was received in Delhi. Well the rest is history. After that I went to Dharamsala to become a monk and was ordained by H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama in December of 1987. Prior to going to India I directly requested His Holiness the Dalai Lama on his visit to the USA to ordain me and it was caught on film. I have fulfilled my promise to His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche to be ordained as a monk. I have kept my promises of practice, sadhanas, meditations and the Dharma protector he has assigned me back when I was 18 years old in 1983. I have never abandoned any practice given to me by my root guru Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Keeping my promises and commitments of practice to my guru is the highest importance to me. I will never break my promise of practice, meditations and lineage given by my guru no matter what. I make no excuses. A promise is samaya and keeping samaya to our guru is the crux of gaining higher insights according to Buddha Vajradhara. I want higher insights (attainments).

This blog post is something short and sweet although it is a deep tribute that has been long and overdue. Thanks to Robert Stone for his generosity, his sponsorship and him believing in me that he would donate such a large amount of money for me to become a monk. I don’t know when I would have made it to India if it was not for his generous sponsorship. The very reason I can become a monk and be ordained by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and also joining Gaden Monastery afterwards is all due to the sponsorship of Robert Stone at that time. I know Robert has passed away but my gratitude has never waned. This blog post and many of my works are dedicated to Mr. Robert Stone who was a friend, a kind person, an inspiration to me, dharma brother and a generous sponsor for Geshe-la. He made many things possible for Geshe-la’s works and activities to manifest and I am grateful for that. He was a very fervent disciple of Geshe-la and a very compassionate human being. He inspired me so much. He was a giant of a person back then when I needed good role models being so young and living away from my parents. I had met Robert when I was 16 when I joined Thubten Dhargye Ling Centre as he was living there with Geshe-la and he really gave me so much good advice. Remember, I left home at 16 from New Jersey and hitchhiked to Los Angeles, California. I had many conflicts with my parents as they didn’t allow me to practice or engage in dharma, so I left to seek dharma. I had hundreds of hours of conversations on life and dharma with Robert who really guided me. Thank you so much Robert. Robert’s devotion and faith to his guru Geshe-la really made an impact on me very deeply and I used to think that was how I should be. I will never forget you Mr. Robert Stone and I am forever thankful to you. Humbly,

Tsem Rinpoche

(I do not have a picture of Mr. Robert Stone, if any of the senior students reading this from TDL or related have one and can share, I will appreciate it. You can attach the photo below in the comments section.)

 

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  1. wan wai meng on Mar 11, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    I remember someone said to me that for one to be on the spiritual path, we need someone to kind of ‘sponsor’ us, not just in terms of finances. Kind sponsors can provide a spiritual emotional and physical help and assistance so that a spiritual beginner can kickstart their spiritual journey. When I say it is not purely finances, I mean that sometimes people need encouragement, kind words to steady them into the spiritual journey.

  2. Pastor Patsy on Mar 5, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for sharing this article with us. We are grateful to Robert Stone for his help to sponsor Rinpoche to India to be ordained as a monk. It is through him that we have Kechara Organisation and Rinpoche here with us. He gave without hesitation and without any expectations in return. He would be very happy to know that the young he supported is now benefitting so many people. His act of kindness is very inspiring and we should use this opportunity to learn and practice dharma.
    It is sad that Robert Stone passed away at a young age but on a happy note, he has taken rebirth as a child of one of Ven Geshe Tsultrim Gyelsten’s student and I hope that in the near future, Rinpoche can meet up with his incarnation.

  3. Echeah on Mar 2, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    Robert did wish to become a monk so the money could have been kept for himself for that purpose one day. But since he could not fulfill that dream at that point and there was someone else who wanted badly to go, then why not give it to him instead. It’s like he was rallying Rinpoche along. That shows a great generosity not only of material but also of spirit.

    Oft times, people who don’t have generosity of spirit will think “since I can’t have it, then you can’t too”. Or they want to shine and would rather see you fail. But by his act, it was his way of rejoicing that someone else can now fulfill his spiritual aspirations and he gave his full support without expecting anything in return. He was practicing the perfection of giving. It says alot about his practice.

  4. Choong on Mar 2, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    I did a quick search and came across this gem of an interview with whom I believe is the Mr. Doren Harper who gave Rinpoche a ride in his van and also his picture of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche.

    In the interview, this is what Mr. Harper said: “When we met Lama Yeshe, I felt as if I had lost my father to death and found my father again. He was what I always wanted my father to be like. There was that kind of connection in the relationship right from the beginning.”

    More here:
    http://fpmt.org/mandala/archives/older/mandala-issues-for-1989/october/interview-doren-harper/

  5. Jacinta Goh on Mar 2, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    I remembered Rinpoche said will blog about him one day and voila, here it is. This is really a great blog post about giving and how should we sponsor in Dharma, just like what Pastor Jean Ai has mentioned the other day about ‘jindak’. Due to his huge generosity, we have Rinpoche in Malaysia. I wondered if he would be very glad to see that the ‘man’ he had sponsored decades ago, has now become a very well-known Lama. Besides that, his reincarnation into a boy after his passing has stirred up the importance of having good samaya.

    Thank you Rinpoche for highlighting his story here. His story reminds me of Dr.Drolma.

    -/\-

  6. So Kin Hoe (KISG) on Mar 2, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the inspiring story of Robert Stone. Robert Stone has set a good example for many of us to learn and follow as he was very generous in giving away his big sum of money for someone who wanted to pursue further in Dharma practice, which was becoming a monk back in eighties. The amount of money given to young Rinpoche by Robert Stone at that time has meant a lot to all of us today because that sum of money can enable young Rinpoche to fulfill his Dharma wishes quickly and benefit many people in Kechara from the very beginning until now. Robert Stone was supportive, understanding and even has a strong Guru samaya that enabled him to reconnect back with Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen after his death in his forties. This has shown that Guru samaya is important in our Dharma practice as it will guide us to the next destination after our death in current life.

    May the current reincarnation of Robert Stone continue on his way to fulfill his previous life’s wish and inspiration, which was becoming a monk and benefit many people around him in this life.

    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands,
    kin hoe

  7. Pastor Lim Han Nee on Mar 2, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    What I like about Robert Stone is his genuine concern and kindness towards Rinpoche. It was Robert Stone who reminded Rinpoche that he had made a promise to his root Guru, Zong Rinpoche, that he would be a monk. Of course, we know Rinpoche would not have changed his mind even if he had to wait a longer time to pay off his loans and get himself organised to fly off to India. Nonetheless, the swiftness of Robert Stone’s response in agreeing to give Rinpoche the money he needed, is most touching. It shows he was a caring person, who felt the need to help Rinpoche fulfil his promise to become a monk as quickly as possible.

    Robert Stone himself had wanted to be a monk but because he did not want to be disrespectful towards his mother who had not agreed to his being a monk, he had stayed a lay person. Yet, except for not taking his vows, he remained a renunciate in every other way.

    Yes we are much beholden to Mr Robert for giving Rinpoche the money he needed to pay off his loan and for making it possible for Rinpoche to fly off to India very shortly afterwards to become a monk. He probably started the chain of events, which eventually led to Rinpoche coming to Malaysia and setting up a Dharma center, Kechara House, for us in the Klang Valley.

    It is sad that he passed away quite young. However,it is happy and rejoicing news that he has been reborn as a child of one of Geshe Tsultrim Gyelsten’s students. May he have the same aspiration to be a monk in this lifetime and may he fulfil this aspiration.

  8. Fong on Feb 28, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    Sounded like Robert Stones just sponsored without agenda and without doubt, trusting that the receiver would honor his word and promise to his root Guru as well as the power of the dharma. If he had been cheated, he had been cheated, end of story. Nothing more, nothing less. Not many have that kind of trust in karma. Many of us tend to overthink and have doubts and end up not doing anything. So, through one person’s generosity without agenda and doubt, it has brought benefit to thousands.

    Thank you, Robert Stone, wherever you are.

  9. Lew on Feb 27, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this touching story. I would say everyone who benefit from Rinpoche and Kechara owe to Mr. Robert Stone in some big way. I think Mr. Robert Stone has never thought that a young boy he helped at that time would benefit so many people: The people who received so much teachings from Rinpoche, the homeless people who receive food everyday, etc.

    I hope one day Mr. Robert Stone’s reincarnation can meet with Rinpoche again. That would be a good reunion 🙂

  10. Choong on Feb 27, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    Oh yes, USD5,000 was a lot of money back in the eighties I remember. One would have to work something like 1,000 hours or about 6 months full time at minimum wage to earn that kind of money.

    This narrative makes me conclude that Mr Robert Stone would have had renunciation, among other things, deeply embedded in his psyche due to their realizations of the truths hence it was natural for him to sponsor Rinpoche to go to India to become a monk.

  11. Sock Wan on Feb 27, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    Mr Robert Stone was indeed very kind to helped Rinpoche to settle his debt knowing how important it was for Rinpoche to go to the monastery quickly. Without Mr Robert’s generosity, Kechara won’t have manifested. Mr Robert had indirectly benefitted so many people. If we have the mean and can afford, we should help our Dharma center, support the Sanghas. We may not have the ability to teach Dharma so we support the Sangha members to uphold and continue giving Buddha’s teachings.

  12. Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Feb 23, 2017 at 6:17 am

    One thing that has always stood out for me about Rinpoche’s life story is that the majority of the people who have shown the most generosity towards Rinpoche, with incredible acts of giving without agenda, are not related to Rinpoche at all. Robert Stone, Liz Bernard, Jo Love, Mamie McGee, Carmen Kichikov – they were giving, supportive and encouraging at times when Rinpoche needed it the most. Even people with so little for themselves, like James the rickshaw driver in Hubli, or Vijaya the rickshaw driver in Bodhgaya helped with whatever little they had.

    So for me, people like Robert Stone are inspiring because of the ease with which they give, with only your spiritual progress in mind. As someone who is not related to Rinpoche, Mr Stone had no reason to help other than his wish to encourage this young boy on his spiritual path. He gave not knowing if he would ever get the money back and there was nothing a young boy of Rinpoche’s age could do for him that was equivalent to that astronomical sum.

    I know Mr Stone has sadly passed away but it feels odd not to thank him anyway. So thank you Mr Stone for your generosity that made it possible for a young boy to fulfil his promise to his lama, and to ultimately lead him here to Malaysia where he has done so much to benefit others. When you gave the gift, you did not know where it would lead to but I guess you had trust and faith in Rinpoche’s conviction having seen him around the centre, and you had trust and faith in Zong Rinpoche and Geshe Tsultrim Gyaltsen’s acceptance of him to become a monk.

    On a final note, it also makes me think about who else we could be assisting at this time who will later grow up to do great things with their lives. Being generous with others can open up so many doors into the future that we do not see.

  13. Sofi on Feb 22, 2017 at 3:16 am

    Thank you very much for sharing this story of Robert Stone’s generosity which enabled Rinpoche’s travel to India and fulfilling the promises made. Although we would never have been aware but from Rinpoche’s sharing, I catch a glimpse of understanding the intricate chains that link everything together in us having Rinpoche with us in Malaysia, how we have Kechara as our spiritual home and most of all how we have our precious Lama Tsongkapa practice with powerful enlightened protector Dorje Shugden. Just as Rinpoche’s Gurus played the very important part of Rinpoche’s life, Robert Stone too played a crucial part in sponsoring Rinpoche’s journey to India. Without his generosity, Rinpoche may have to delay the journey and different set of outcome would have happened. So in a way Robert Stone is also our benefactor and the tremendous merits he gained from his generous sponsorship which had benefitted the many blessed by Rinpoche and Rinpoche’s activities. Just like a ripple, Robert’s act of kindness spread far and wide to benefit.

    May Robert Stone’s current incarnation be blessed with his previous aspiration to be a member of Sangha.

  14. Lin Mun on Feb 20, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    Appreciate Robert for his generousity and kindness in giving the USD 5K to Rinpoche so he can settled all his loan and buy ticket to India to pursue his promise to be a monk. And he gave Rinpoche money without any condition but with sincere hope that Rinpoche can achieve his promise to be a monk.

    Rinpoche also showed to us that if we have good intention and determination in dharma we can achieve our goal. For example, Rinpoche do 100 prostration daily to Zong Rinpoche’s photo in order to create a cause for him to learn from Zong Rinpoche.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the inspiring story so we do not give up and continue learning and practising dharma .

  15. Samfoonheei on Feb 20, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    Its Robert Stone generosity, sponsorship, trust and believing in Rinpoche,he donated a large amount of money for Rinpoche to become a monk. Thats what Rinpoche is today if not due to his sponsorship .
    Its was he that paid the air ticket and so forth for Rinpoche to travel to India as promise to His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche as a monk
    Due to Mr. Robert Stone generous sponsor for Geshe-la many things was made possible for Geshe-la’s works and activities to manifest .
    Its so kind and generous of him which will be an inspiring to all of us.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this wonderful and inspiring story of Robert Stone.

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

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

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

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

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

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-12.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 04:30 PM
    Miracles do happen,when we have faith and trust in our Guru.What is important is to follow Rinpoche’s advice and do as instructed by our Guru to clear the osbtacles all the way.Angie and Herry were so fortunate to have meet Rinpoche.Its because of Rinpoche ‘s compassion and caring for his student Angie’s life was saved.Infact Rinpoche has helped many people through his intervention, advice and instructions.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing miracles stories which i enjoyed reading.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-2.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 02:45 PM
    WOW….interesting a miracles true story. Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing.Reciting mantras by family members and doing 20 pujas done at the monastery to help the baby. These proved that pujas, which have been done for hundreds of years in the monasteries are very powerful methods for us to overcome difficulties, create huge amounts of merit and for protection, good health and long life.This show us how powerful pujas can help us when we have trust and faith in our Guru.And with Rinpoche divination,the baby was born and now a healthy boy.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-1-2.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 12:47 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these powerful teachings.Its a privilege
    to do Dharma work to benefits other,do it with motivation and a good attitude when engaging ourselves It will be guide line for me.When we serve others to do Dharma work together at Kechara Forest Retreat ,we will improve ourself , purify our negative karma and to benefit others too.I will be sponsoring to the healings bricks soon and i will cherish every moment in supporting KFR.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/dharma-work-attitude-tdl.html
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 11:06 AM
    Bigfoot is just another beings living in this world although not commonly seen and live in the deep jungle in high mountains. There were many evidences that people from many parts of the world sighted this beings. Whatever shape they are I think importantly we are all sharing this world and therefore need to have mutual respect and not intervene each others.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/its-in-the-scriptures-they-exist.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 04:26 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline sharing this interesting post about Bodhidharma, a great master favoured meditation and introduced the Lankavatara Sutra to Chinese Buddhism.

    Here are a few points I have learned from this post:
    1. Bodhidharma had strong imprints of Dharma from the past and therefore he is interested in Buddha’s teachings and show his great wisdom. at a very young age.
    2. His strong guru devotion and determination in learning and spreading the dharma based on meditation though he confronted with difficulties such as Emperor Wu Di was not impressed by his teachings, being ostracized and rejected and lived as a beggar for many months. Notwithstanding, he continued and never give up to practice meditation in complete silence for nine years in cave wall when he was not accepted by Shaolin Monastery at the beginning .
    3. When Bodhidharma was allowed enter to the monastery, he had put a lot of efforts to help the monks in improving their physical body as well as their mind through the meditation. Then, Bodhidharma continued to develop a system of 18 dynamic tension exercises which were printed as Yi Gin Ching (Changing Muscle/Tendon Classic) in 550 CE. It is known as the Luohan (arhat) 18 Hand Movements today which serves as the basis of both Chinese Temple Boxing and the Shaolin Martial Arts.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/bodhidharma-the-founder-of-gongfu.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 04:10 PM
    Thank you, Grace, for sharing with us the many tips on how to care for and maintain our hair. Personal grooming is important because when we care for our appearance, we are respecting the people who have to deal with us. Caring for our hair, making sure that it is neat and clean should be something we need to take care of since young as it is part of personal grooming. The key is not to be attached to our body and outer-images, that results in spending much time and resources just to make ourselves look good.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/how-much-do-you-know-about-hair.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 03:00 PM
    Thank you for sharing these wonderful and significant photos showed that Kechara Pastors’ tireless efforts to bring dharma to many others and do the blessings whenever is necessary.

    Basically, the pastorship role was conceptualized by our precious guru, H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, to preserve the Dharma and to give laypeople an opportunity to commit to benefiting others. Kechara Pastors are fully dedicated and selflessly serving others especially in spiritual growth and therefore this is good for us to support the Pastors so that they can focus and spend more of their time and effort to serve others and most importantly Buddhist teachings can be spread and shared to many others. The supports to Pastors including food, lodging, transportation, items necessary for their work, such as ritual items or spiritual gifts for those in need and many others. (If you are interested to know more about Kechara Pastors, please have a good read at http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/support-the-kechara-pastors.html)

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/10-amazing-house-blessings-by-kechara-pastors.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 02:13 PM
    Its such a great blessing for all of us to hear the holy voice recordings of H.H Kyabje Zong Rinpoche a great master..His profound teachings ,got to take seroiusly,more as an important advice on Dorje Shugden’s practice.H.H Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s explaination was very clear before any of the practitioner’s commitment and receive sogtae.They must keep the lineage practice and teachings no matter what ever happen.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us on the important advice by a great master.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/kyabje-zong-rinpoches-advice-on-dorje-shugdens-practice.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 11:50 AM
    Thank you Pastor Han Nee for your sharing your thoughts and review about the book “Be Happy” written by Rinpoche. It is indeed not easy to be happy as we all have various expectation in every situation and people.

    We may think having a big house, lots of cash and good career is happiness but this is the wrong perception. Being happy is not about material and everything about ourselves. It is only when we can do more for others and focus out that we gain happiness. I never realised this until I joined Kechara. I think we have such a fixed mindset of what happiness is and when our expectation is not met, we are unhappy.

    Rinpoche has pointed out many ways for us to rectify our thoughts and methods to be happy. Now it is for us to take initiative to change and transform our mind if we want to be happy.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Han Nee for this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/be-happy.html
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Apr 24. 2017 12:30 PM
    Many people do not believe in reincarnation and only relates it to certain religion such as Hinduism and Buddhism. However, there were many instances and signs that proven reincarnation exist. As Buddhist we will believe in reincarnation and karma. It is by understanding that everything has its cause and effect that we should learn to live life in the correct attitude and mindset. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting articles to remind us of karma and the importance of doing dharma practise.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/interesting-signs-of-reincarnation.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Apr 23. 2017 08:29 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for your teachings.
    Always be generous and kind in what ever we could do even its little help.It’s the little things in life that bring the greatest happiness. Its between us and our Buddha ,so we would not bother what the receipient thinks and say of us. What ever was said ,should not deter our motivation to do Dharma work.
    (It will change people’s lives in one way or another. It will change your life for the better.)….well said by Rinpoche.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/its-not-between-you-and-the-recipient.html
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Apr 23. 2017 07:16 PM
    Thank you Grace for this interesting articles about hair. There are just so much info which we do not know previously. Most of the time we may neglect the details, thinking as long as we clean our hair everyday it is sufficient. But there are so many things we need to know for example types of hair, scalp condition, our environment and our physical condition which may affect our hair. Great tips.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/how-much-do-you-know-about-hair.html

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