THE COWSHED THAT WAS MY HOME IN GADEN

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Cowshed-my house

When I arrived in Gaden I went straight to Zong Ladrang (house). Ladrang is the Tibetan word for the Lama’s household.

I left USA for the last time in October 1987. Was ordained by HH Dalai Lama in December 1987. Then went to Nepal and arrived in Gaden, South India in January 1988.

Kyabje Zong Rinpoche instructed me to stay in his Ladrang on my last meeting with him before he passed away. So I followed his instructions. Zong Ladrang was run my Zong Rinpoche’s manager. Zong Rinpoche had passed away and we were eagerly awaiting his incarnation.

My-room

The manager had two small rooms that were connected to the cowshed in Zong Ladrang. A small room with leaky tiled roofs was going to be mine and no rent. I was excited. I loved being in Gaden. I love the monks. I LOVED BEING IN THE HOUSE OF MY ROOT GURU, HIS HOLINESS KYABJE ZONG RINPOCHE.

This picture is the room in the front of mine. And then behind this room is my room. Behind us in the nice building is another chapel not physically connected to us. We were separated by a small road. You can see the tops of the Chapel in maroon and white circles behind the cowshed in the picture.

On the right of these two rooms adjoined is where the buffaloes and cows stayed. My room had a huge crack in the wall and I can see the cows and they can see me daily. I slowly painted the room blue, cleaned it up, put a simple bed and table inside and it became mine. I put netting over the windows cos at night there is tons of mosquitoes and a ceiling fan kept the heat at bay. I loved my simple small room in my guru’s house in Gaden. The smell of the buffaloes were strong, but you get use to it. This is where I did my reading, retreats, tsok, pujas, prayers and had many great times for a few years.

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Across and separate from me was the communal toilet and shower. Left is toilet and right is shower. Found snakes in the toilet a few times too, but I didn’t get harmed

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My small room and the chapel behind me

When he passed away and I got the news in Los Angeles…my whole world fell apart. I couldn’t stop crying for months. Even now as I type this tears flow down my face. I can’t say I have missed anyone in my whole life as I miss Zong Rinpoche. To me, he was the most perfect High Tibetan Lama. The perfect Archetype of what I imagined them to be like. He was very knowledgeable in sutra. Perfect master in tantra. Had full clairvoyance. Very hard to surpass Rinpoche in the knowledge of rituals. And on occasion manifested his tantric powers. I have never recovered from his passing. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t miss him. Not a day goes by I haven’t recited his name mantra for the last 25 years.. I keep his photos and statues near me always. I believe and trust in Zong Rinpoche all the way. I have some of his hair he gave me and it has always been with me and I carry it wherever I am.

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This is the window to my room from behind my small room. The monks would walk up and down. My monk friends would tap on the window to say hello often–it was a good time for most of it

When I entered his Ladrang, his energy pervaded the whole place, BUT HE WAS NOT THERE. I had come after he passed. I had come after my guru had left his body. So much negative karma that I could not meet him again. I toured his rooms, his stupa, his bed, his prayer room, his yard, his students, his trees, his plants, his chairs, his carpets, his statues, his altars and i felt him everywhere. I felt the presence of this enlightened being everywhere and all the places I looked. He had over 30 students that lived in his ladrang. We were the Zong Ladrang students and I was very proud and honored to be one of them.. But Rinpoche has passed away. I felt alone. I felt vulnerable. I felt lost. I missed him so much. I realized that only in body was he gone, but being Heruka Cakrasamvara, his mind was every where and I must tap into his mind by developing compassion, benefitting others, letting go of pains, and working for others. That is the only way I can connect with him again….and I was determined to do that….

You see I have never loved anyone as much as I have loved HH Kyabje Zong Rinpoche…..

But I missed Zong Ladrang very much. Some of the students in Zong Ladrang were very kind to me and I remember them till this day and send them gifts. When I arrived in Zong Ladrang in 1988, I had very little money, didn’t speak a word of Tibetan and was bright eyed and bushy tailed. I was very poor but happy. Many times I didn’t have enough to eat and lost alot of weight and became very emanciated.. but I was happy. I never wanted to return to a lay life and go to USA again. I was where I was suppose to be, live and die there. I wanted to be in Gaden. And Gaden was in me.

 

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Hard to believe, but this is me in those days. I didn’t have much money. Not much food found my mouth. The monks with sponsors can buy extra, but I didn’t have a sponsor. Many monks were just like me. Some worse suffering from TB.

 

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I ate cooked corn flour (tsampa) mixed with sweet tea daily and most of the time.

 

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I was always hungry, but I am not complaining. I wanted to be there and happy to be endure poverty for the dharma.

 

Mundgod post office

This is the Post office 20 mins away walk from Gaden from whence later I would send and receive thousands of letters and correspondences. Most of the time, the letters didn’t get lost either! There was no Western Union during my time in Gaden, this is recent. But it is the same building with no difference at all.

 

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(I sure was super thin. I looked liked a waif..hehe)

 


Later in 2006 from Malaysia where I was living I visited my old room in Zong Ladrang. I shared alot of memories with the 62 people who followed me there. They were very happy to learn of my background and I humbly shared it with them. See below.

 


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Visiting my former room was really a blast from the past and i enjoyed being there again and sharing the place with my friends

 

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Visiting my old room in Zong Ladrang in 2006 coming from Malaysia.

Later I moved to my own house from Zong Ladrang. My father built me on my own house on land that was mine in Gaden after being recognized as a Rinpoche.

My house was called Tsem Ladrang-Gaden.

This sharing of pictures and thoughts overwhelms me with thoughts of my perfect teacher Kyabje Zong Rinpoche.

How he recognized me as a reincarnation and told me to stay in his own house (ladrang) when we met the first time.

Memories/thoughts/ love for Kyabje Zong Rinpoche is what has kept me going through the most difficult periods of my life and I had many obstacles. He has been my reason to keep going.

I love you Kyabje Zong Rinpoche forever. May I be connected with you in all my lives until liberation. From the point of my liberation in the distant future may I wear you on the crown of my head always.

Zong Rinpoche Kyenno!

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

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

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63 Responses to THE COWSHED THAT WAS MY HOME IN GADEN

  1. bybeat on Mar 19, 2010 at 5:34 am

    Love give us power for living. Thank you for this heartily report.

    • Low ksjc on Jun 9, 2012 at 10:36 pm

      Dear Rinpoche,in this blog you show us what is true Guru devotion,we take things very lightly and give up upon the slightest obstacle we come upon.When you come across hardship, you accept it with delight. As you know what you want and determine to achieve it . You treasure every bit of this memory as this is karma that we could not avoid.From this hands on lesson on hardship, you teaches us real life Dharma ,no one could ever doubt you ,as you have truly past through this phrase of samsara life.I will never forget what you have thought us.Thank you.

      • amy soko Zorigt on Jun 21, 2013 at 12:53 am

        i ALLWAYS BELIEVE GOD
        I THINKING ITS EVERYBODY LOVE TO LIFE
        BELIEVE AND EVERYTHINGS BE HAPPY COME TO SOON
        IF NEED SOMETHING I CAN DO FOR DIE EVERYTHINK
        BECOUSE I BELIEVE GOD GOD IS YOU
        GOD BLEES ALLWAYS

  2. keng tan on Mar 19, 2010 at 6:44 am

    This is an overwhelming story. And I so remember my trip to Gaden with Rinpoche. It was one of the best experiences I have. I will never forget it. I will treasure all the spiritual pilgrimages I go to and especially Gaden.

  3. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche on Mar 19, 2010 at 7:00 am

    Yes, you are right. It was a wonderful trip on all aspects.
    I am glad you could come along also.
    As the time flies by,
    We wonder what we have accomplished,
    if it is things for ourselves,
    then time has been wasted,
    But if it was for the benefit of others,
    then we in the end also become liberated.
    Our mind is deceptive,
    tricking us that self benefit is real benefit,
    when it is the cause to all that does not benefit,
    realizing this deception, in our mind we run
    from samsara and engage in practice that only benefits,
    never bringing harm to ourselves and others
    again……..that is a life that has worth…
    Tsem Tulku

  4. Paris on Mar 19, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    This is such a wonderful sharing – Rinpoche’s level of Guru devotion is exemplary, something every one of us on a spiritual journey should aspire towards. I remember visiting that little room – it sure was humble and stark but it was full of happiness. I don’t think I’ve seen Rinpoche look as happy as he did for those moments in his old room.

  5. Shirley Tan on Mar 19, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    These pictures bring back the beautiful memory of our Gaden trip in April 2006, together with Rinpoche. It was deeply moving to see how all the monks, even the HIGH Lamas, treated and welcomed Rinpoche first hand. It was also my first trip to India and to a monastery. Didn’t know quite what to expect. What’s really enduring was seeing how GURU DEVOTION pervades the entire landscape that makes Gaden so special – starting from Rinpoche’s very own devotion to his own Guru, Zong Rinpoche. None of us could believe that Rinpoche actually lived in that cowshed when we saw it but Rinpoche really did and was really happy there. Infact when that picture was taken in April 2006 where Rinpoche sat on his bed in that cowshed, Rinpoche said that he would return and live there in a heartbeat because he feels closest to the Three Jewels there. You see, Rinpoche is nothing like us. Rinpoche has never been impressed with materialism nor is Rinpoche attached to luxury. However Rinpoche is definitely very attached to the Three Jewels. In that sense, Gaden is always in Rinpoche’s heart and wherever Rinpoche goes, Gaden goes with him. Rinpoche carries His GURU AND GADEN in HIS HEART. That’s what I have learnt from our Gaden trip, after everything I witnessed with my own eyes since the day I met Rinpoche in October 2004.

  6. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche on Mar 19, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you for putting it up on your blog and sharing it with all. Although i know of this from a long time ago and have heard and read it many times, nevertheless, each time it still touches me and brings tears of inspiration, joy and sadness all at the same time; the years of hardship Rinpoche had to endure for others, the tenacity, the inspiring example that “if theres a will, theres a way” to achieve ones goal and dreams.
    Thank you Rinpoche for being the beacon of hope and light in my otherwise meaningless samsaric life.
    With love, always
    Ruby Khong

  7. Li Kim on Jul 4, 2010 at 2:58 am

    Reading this article humbles me, actually it’s more than that, I am embarrassed reflecting what I have and yet can still complain. Rinpoche not only did not complain, he loved his cowshed which he made his home.
    In this article I can deeply experience Rinpoche’s love for his root Guru, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Despite having passed so long ago, Rinpoche still remembers vividly everything about Zong Rinpoche, and holds the memories so dear in his heart. The closest I can come to this experience was when my grandmother passed away 23 years ago. And, I can imagine one day when my mom passes, I will cry for a long time and cherish her forever in my heart.
    This article also brings light to my understanding of how basic and minimalistically monks live and yet they do such great work to benefit many sentient beings. Truly defining the meaning of altruism. This makes me understand deeper now WHY we MUST respect the holy monks.

  8. Justin Ripley on Jul 4, 2010 at 3:51 am

    This really is a great existence, great place for practice, so simple and nice. Whenever Rinpoche talks about his Guru I can feel the sincerity, genuinity. The fact that Rinpoche continued his studies even after his Guru had passed away before he could meet him again is a testament to Guru devotion. Rinpoche kept his promise, is keeping his promise to all his Gurus.
    We can never experience true Guru devotion, only by seeing how our Guru’s act and treat their Guru’s is all we have. It must be difficult being here in Malaysia dealing with lay people and all the hang-ups of samsara.

  9. Shirley Tan on Jul 4, 2010 at 4:32 am

    This is my second time reading this article, and I was one of the 62 people who had the priviledge of visiting Gaden with Rinpoche in 2006. The same powerful emotions still stir within me, as I read the words and looked through the pictures. We look at monks and we just assume that they should live this way, austere and minimalistic. We look at the ones with robes, and we automatically assume that they should have very little, and be denied from everything that we cannot we live without. We think this is normal and acceptable because they are monks. In other words, we think that it is all right for monks to suffer or endure hardships because they have renounced from wordly life. That is how little compassion we hold for those in robes. This is how twisted our minds are. Instead of respecting them and honouring them like Li Kim wrote, we think they should remain in their hardship or suffering because they are monks/nuns. They can’t be seen to be having a good time at all, in any which way or form. If I continue to believe in that perception, then I would not fully appreciate the fact that Rinpoche has gone through so much just to learn what I could not learn, to live a life that I could not bear to live and to become so Instead, I have become the complete opposite of all that. So, the very least I can do is to always honour Rinpoche’s blood, sweat and tears by sbeing devoted and staying fully awake. I realised I was too conditioned by my own ideas/standards of respect, love and compassion. So, I behaved according to that level. It’s time for me to break out from all that, and become so much more because I should do just that much to express how much I appreciate Rinpoche’s passion in wanting to benefit us all. This is the very least I should do and can do. Thank you so much for teaching us, always, Rinpoche. THANK YOU.

  10. Joy Kam on Jul 4, 2010 at 6:06 am

    I agree with what you said that “We can never experience true Guru devotion, only by seeing how our Guru’s act and treat their Guru’s is all we have. It must be difficult being here in Malaysia dealing with lay people and all the hang-ups of samsara”.
    Imagine Rinpoche coming to Malaysia to spread/teach Dharma to a bunch of lay people, who does not even know the life story of the Buddha. It was definitely tough time for Rinpoche. But Rinpoche’s enthusiasm, determination, and pure Guru Devotion is the key and a great example to follow. Rinpoche’s whole being and life is a great teaching to us, thank you Rinpoche for your sharing.
    To me real Guru Devotion and what Rinpoche wishes for all his students which is to transform our minds and to change the habits that keeps pulling us down.

  11. Wendy on Jul 4, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    The picture of Rinpoche sitting on the bed in Rinpoche’s old room in Zong Ladrang Gaden brought back many memories from the Gaden trip in 2006. I remember Rinpoche saying to us that Rinpoche would never exchange anything for Rinpoche’s time in Gaden. Rinpoche was very happy there because Rinpoche was amidst High Lamas, Dharma and the monastery. I absolutely believe that as why would Rinpoche want to go thru hunger and living in such a Spartan environment and be happy there when Rinpoche could have all the material things and comfort in America . There is definitely no other reason except for Dharma. I can imagine this room meant a lot to Rinpoche. Going to Gaden and living in Zong Ladrang was a fulfillment of Rinpoche’s promise to Zong Rinpoche whom Rinpoche loved so much.

  12. Thierry on Jul 4, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    I find it truly inspiring that Rinpoche’s devotion to his guru and commitment to Dharma never swayed, even when the living conditions he experienced were looking rather hard from the outside.
    Through near starvation, living in a cowshed with little or no comfort, his devotion to his Guru Kyabje Zong Rinpoche gave him the strength and will to go on. It even looks as if Rinpoche turned the hard conditions he lived in into something joyous, something that would uphold him, rather than to bring him down.
    If I compare to my own experiences, I find it shameful that with conditions looking “condusive”, plenty of food, air-conditioned Dharma center with marble flooring, Dharma DVD’s playing on flat screens, etc… my faith and commitment is so poor.
    It shows that:
    a) Real condusive conditions come from within, not from outside
    b) What appears to be condusive from the outside, may actually become obstacles to our Dharma practice (like too much comfort nums us)

  13. susan on Jul 5, 2010 at 4:54 am

    Rinpoche talks about taking a group of 62 people to Gaden Monastery in 2006. Do watch this pilgrimage video http://www.kechara.com/publications/audio-visual/dvds/journey-to-gaden/
    What struck me most is how Rinpoche misses Zong Rinpoche. I’ve known of this for many years and was there during the trip. Nevertheless, reading this post strikes deep in my heart and mind as if i’m reading it for the first time.
    Instead of feeling sad, lonely, with not much to eat, Rinpoche made up his mind by developing compassion, benefitting others, letting go of pains, and working for others. As Rinpoche stated, that is the only way Rinpoche can connect with Zong Rinpoche again.
    Closeness with our Guru is not just about physical proximity, but closeness as in what we wish to develop for ourselves and others. IF our minds differs from our Guru’s then how can we have closeness with him. Rinpoche, thank you for blogging this article as I know it will make many people think about their samaya with their gurus as it has done to me.

  14. Jean Mei on Jul 5, 2010 at 7:14 am

    I’m sure that a lot of people express Thank You towards Rinpoche all the time, but I’d just like to say Thank You again for sharing this post which shows everyone the humble early days you had as a monk.
    I feel that perhaps some people may get the impression that with the amount of gifts that he gives away and the established departments (and ladrang) that anyone can see today that Tsem Rinpoche has always had it easy due to kind sponsors.
    By looking at the photos and reading the explanations and photo captions, it truly illustrates how genuine and real Rinpoche’s devotion and his lineage (due to the teachings) is.
    A lot of people (including me) sometimes wish that they had a massive, fluffy sofa to sit on after the 4th hour of listening to a teaching (I’d honestly still pick a cushion over a sofa) but looking at where Rinpoche has done prayers for most of his life makes me feel shameful that I can pray in an air-conditioned and mosquito-free environment.
    I’m sure that (just like Tsem Rinpoche) Zong Rinpoche didn’t mind and probably loved his Ladrang but some part of me wish that I was around and could do something to improve the place.
    I’m very happy to see the conditions of Tsem Ladrang and feel really comforted to know that his students will do their very best to give him the best that they can.

  15. Yokefui on Jul 5, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Yes Rinpoche, I was one of the fortunate ones to go on that trip with you to Gaden in 2006. I was there too in your old room. Until I saw with my own eyes the condition in which you lived in, I had no idea what hardships you endured to learn and practice the dharma.
    Few nights ago you scolded us for not treasuring the dharma, how right you are. We are truly the fools that hold a gold nugget and then just carelessly toss it aside.
    Reading this post again and again should be a daily practice for all your students. It is a living reminder to us of Rinpoche’s devotion to your Guru and dharma

  16. Likheng on Jul 5, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    What hits me hardest after reading Rinpoche’s post is the way in which Rinpoche remains so loving, caring, giving, hopeful and joyful despite the hard living of Rinpoche’s youth. I have never sensed a moment of anger, sadness, or bitterness from Rinpoche. Rinpoche does not use the sad and hard past as an excuse to be less than 100% compassionate and dedicated to being in to contribution to others through Kechara House. Rinpoche sets the pinnacle of example to which I should remind myself to make conscious effort to strive towards.
    From Rinpoche’s story, I also learn that if we find our cause in life like Rinpoche did, despite every difficulty, we will be happy. Additionally, from my understanding of Dharma teachings, the ONE purpose we all share commonly in our lifetime is to awaken the Buddha within us, i.e. achieve enlightenment to free ourselves and all sentient beings from samsara.

  17. Ashlee on Jul 5, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Rinpoche’s strong Guru devotion is truly admirable. Rinpoche respects his root Guru (Zong Rinpoche) very much and put Dharma practice as his priority to return the love to his Guru.
    Rinpoche lived in the cowshed and had very little to eat but he still love staying at Zong ladrang. Despite the living condition, he persisted in his dharma practice because of his love for Zong Rinpoche. It’s very touching how Rinpoche describe how he misses Zong Rinpoche and how he hope to be with his Guru again.
    Through reading this article, i reflected on how fortunate we are in Malaysia to have a beautiful Kechara centre with full facilities e.g. air-cond, clean toilets, nice prayer hall and still we are lagging in our dharma practice. We must start practicing dharma & each students must play their part in order to repay the kindness of our Guru. As Rinpoche always remind us to be truthful & sincere and not to play mind games, then Kechara will grow to benefit many.

  18. David Lai on Jul 5, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    It is very humbling to know about Rinpoche humble beginnings and where Rinpoche’s heart truly lie. The hunger and poverty that was experienced by Rinpoche showed how brave and steadfast he is for the Dharma. His bravery inspires us to do the same in our own capacity with our own spiritual practice.
    For new people, this story is a great story that will reveal the treasure trove of qualities that Rinpoche has. It shows what a humble and a living master of the Dharma who would do whatever it takes to benefit others. One thing about Rinpoche is that he doesn’t need to hold his sacred vows but he naturally act out of the vows themselves. It shows that Rinpoche had already achieved the vows and the vows are not to hold him down but to inspire others to practice.

  19. Uncle Eddie on Jul 6, 2010 at 6:03 am

    An opportunity was provided in a visit to Gaden Monastery in 2006 for 62 people, including myself, where we were able to see how our guru used to live when he first went to join Gaden Monastery. We were taken to two adjoining small leaky tiled roof rooms situated behind a chapel separated by a small road. From a description, it seems our guru had buffaloes and cows staying as neighbours in the other room and through a huge crack in the wall, he could see them daily, had to get used to the strong aroma of the buffaloes and this was where he did readings, retread, tsok, pujas, prayers for a few years. Snakes were sometimes found in the toilet, though no harm had happened to him all those years and Rinpoche said that he had many great times living in this simple small room of his guru’s house in Gaden.
    This article shows us that learning Dharma make us to transfer ourselves to become better and should not make our ego grow bigger and make us swell with pride with a wrong attitude.

  20. Anila on Jul 6, 2010 at 8:01 am

    When I first visited Tsem Rinpoche in Ganden Monastery I never expected him to stay in a cowshed when he became a monk in Gaden. He was still very thin and malnourished even though he was already staying in the house that his father had built for him now. This cowshed belonged to Zong Rinpoche. Through the kindness of Zong Rinpoche Tsem Rinpoche has a place to stay even though its a cowshed. He appreciates Zong Rinpoche very much thats the reason why he will shed tears when he thinks of Zong Rinpoche. And in 2006 he led a pilgrimage to Ganden Monastery and he proudly show the cowshed to the people where he stays through the kindness of his Guru. That is why he feels very much for people who are homeless and without food. And KSK was born.

  21. pamela on Jul 6, 2010 at 11:39 am

    Dear Rinpoche, thank you for sharing the stories of your life with us. Although I haven’t have the chance to visit Gaden Monastery, Zong Ladrang and Tsem Ladrang-Gaden, I wish I can in the future. The pictures posted here makes me feel like I was there in person. I could still remember in 1 of Rinpoche’s teachings, Rinpoche actually commented how precious it was to have a mosquito net to keep them out. It was funny at first but then I realized how hard it would be if I was staying there. So used to the so called ‘luxuries’ we have now and taking them for granted. I am so glad that Rinpoche now have a comfortable place, very hardworking Liaisons and members in order for Rinpoche to guide and advise for the precious Dharma to grow bigger and bring more benefits to all. May KWPC manifest ASAP and Lord Setrap help us all the way in realising Rinpoche’s hard work and dreams.

  22. Sandy Clarke on Jul 6, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    With greatest respect, I read this article and thought: “What hardships!” But it seems I prove my own ignorance, because I get the feeling that actually, these weren’t hardships to be endured, but rather your earlier joyful times in the Dharma and not being concerned with material comfort, which in comparison is temporary and meaningless.
    It’s very strange, because I’m at present drawn back to a time in my early days at school, where a minister spoke to our class. Our teacher asked him about the sacrifices he made in joining the Church and he said: “I didn’t sacrifice anything to join the Church; it was always my calling, my greatest joy.” I’ll never forget that, even though it was over 20 years ago.
    Thank you for sharing such joyful times. I’m sure thoughts of these times bring you fond memories, and although you no doubt still feel the loss of your great guru, HH Zong Rinpoche, you’ll also feel the many benefits and gains he provided you with, which no doubt remain with you till this day.
    Kindest regards,
    Sandy

  23. Su Ming on Jul 6, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    What touches the most about this posting about Rinpoche’s Guru Devotion towards Zong Rinpoche is that Rinpoche DID NOT TURN BACK HIS WORDS/PROMISES when Rinpoche heard the news that Zong Rinpoche has passed away. Rinpoche proceeded with what Rinpoche has promised Zong Rinpoche and Rinpoche made his way to India to become a monk. I’ve heard how Rinpoche has “suffered” in India and Nepal due to poverty BUT that WAS NO EXCUSE TO BREAK THAT PROMISE. And believe me, if Rinpoche had stayed back in America, Rinpoche would be very successful.
    It is very inspirational as in this age and era whereby promises are just merely words without action. Let us just reflect upon ourselves on all our broken promises not just to our guru but the people around us. Once our attachment knocks on our door, our integrity just flies out the window.

  24. Paris on Jul 7, 2010 at 4:25 am

    I agree with you Su Ming that the most striking thing about this post is the overwhelming devotion and love that Rinpoche has for his Guru, and the lifelong commitment he has to the promises he made to Zong Rinpoche.
    The difficulties already started in America. Rinpoche told us that he heard about Zong Rinpoche passing away when he was still in Los Angeles. His whole world fell apart then and he contemplated for some time over whether he should continue to go to Gaden or stay in America. He felt that there was no point in going all the way there now that his Guru was dead. Then one day, he just asked himself, “Do I believe Zong Rinpoche is Heruka, or don’t I?” He knew the answer right then, that Zong Rinpoche may not be physically there but if he believed that Zong Rinpoche was Heruka, then he would be everywhere and he must still honour his promise.
    He left everything in America and went to India, knowing that his Guru wouldn’t be there.
    This is stunning, for how many of us could say the same of ourselves? Many of us can’t even keep a lunch appointment! As it is, many of us struggle to keep our promises even when our teachers are alive, least of all when they have passed away. Rinpoche exemplifies to us the meaning of a lifelong commitment, true devotion and how it is entirely possible – nay, necessary – to keep our promises, no matter how hard it gets. He has shown us by his own example that the integrity and honour of honoring our word brings us so much further than hiding, denial and giving up.

  25. Sean on Jul 7, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    : I think that Rinpoche has such good karma to be able to live in a Ladrang of his root guru. I hope I can do that one day. Rinpoche shows such great guru devotion towards Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. I want to be like that. I would want to be like a ferry to go forth and back for the guru, like the earth carrying and handling all the work for the guru. People want to be enlightened, that is why there is a guru. I believe that I am lucky to have a glorious center like Kechara House that has lovely people working in it, air conditioning etc. I am glad the snakes did not harm Rinpoche. When Rinpoche passes on, I will feel very sad. I know I will cry for months on end, because I love him as a guru! He taught me the great and holy Dharma, the only true way to true happiness! I really wish I could visit Gaden Monastery one day and see Zong Ladrang on a next pilgrimage!

  26. han on Jul 7, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    By Reading this article , i experienced the very strong guru devotion tsem Tulku Rinpoche towards his root guru Kyabje Zong Rinpoche
    Rinpoche listened to what his root guru adviced him since he met Zong Rinpoche in USA, even Zong Rinpoche passed away and the reincarnation came back, he never ever will break the samaya with Zong Rinpoche.
    Reflection on this, as a student to Rinpoche, do we sincerely enough to develop the guru student relationship with our guru? Do we transform enough to pay back the kindness Rinpoche had consistently working on us? Do we show our gratitude always to our guru? These are the pointers to comtemplate…..

  27. May Ong on Jul 7, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    External conditions like living in a cow shed and pangs of hunger did not dissuade Tsem Rinpoche to turn the other way to give up Dharma or guru devotion to his guru, HH Zong Rinpoche. Tsem Rinpoche kept his promise to HH Zong Rinpoche even after his passing on to clear light. These monks in the monasteries lived with bare minimum necessity and yet they are happy and joyous to be able to live close to their gurus and serve them.
    Tsem Rinpoche was not attracted to the lights in the city nor to the pleasures it offered. Instead he is most happy to be with the only person he owes his life and devotion to. So do we really need a lot in life to be truly happy?

  28. Tyler Mihalson on Jul 7, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Your amazing devotion to your holy guru is so inspiring to me! I remember once you said to develop strong guru devotion to the point where tears spontaneously run down your face. I think now I understand a little of how beautiful and life changing it must be to be so near to one’s perfect guru. I am so inspired to read this! I have wanted to become a monk for such a long time, but have always been afraid that I will not be able to because I do not know Tibetan, etc. But I think that, if my gurus give me their blessings to go and become ordained, then I will surely be able to do it. You are my role model for how to be devoted to my gurus. I see how transformative guru devotion is, and I think it is time for me to commit the 50 Verses of Guru Devotion to memory.
    Thank you, Rinpoche,
    Tyler.

  29. martin on Jul 8, 2010 at 1:59 am

    Even as i read in awe of Tsem Tulku’s Guru devotion, i can’t help but think…Wow!…1988 in a cowshed…22 years of obstacles later, Kechara with 13 divisions and an army of full-timers with total devotion to Rinpoche’s vision. Not to mention the thousands of lives “straightened out”. For most of us, we spent the same 22 years sinking deeper into the quagmire of ignorance and attachment.
    To quote Su Ming: “Rinpoche DID NOT TURN BACK HIS WORDS/PROMISES…”
    Tsem Tulku Rinpoche has said KWPC will materilaize and therefore it will happen.
    KWPC for me offers an opportunity to practice (hopefully) the similar Guru devotion as Tsem Tulku has shown, and make Rinpoche’s vision my mission. For now, that is the only way i know to practice devotion to Tselm Tulku….to do what i can for KWPC to happen.
    And i thank Rinpoche and all in Kechara for “counting me in”.
    Much love

  30. Adeline Tan on Jul 8, 2010 at 5:39 am

    When I first met Tsem Tulku Rinpoche in August 1992 in Melaka in one of my dharma friend’s house, we just clicked straight away because Rinpoche could speak English very well and no Rinpoche could speak fluent English at that time, Rinpoche looked very thin and frail and pale at that time but very energenic his charismatic character attracts a lot of people, he is humourous and teaches dharma in a lively way.
    In the following yaer Rinpoche has invited a few of us ( 5 people ) to his house tsem ladrang in Gaden for 2 weeks. We really enjoyed our stay there. Tsem Ladrang was small and simple then but very warmth and calm inside and the surrounding areas. The air is fresh in the countryside and very relaxing that I wished I didn’t have to come back to work. During the day we helped the monks to cook our foods in the house and by night Rinpoche took us round the monastery, circumambulating the stepas and afterthat back to his room to listen to dharma talk till wee hours in the morning, it’s so enjoyable that we never felt tired or sleepy at all. It was indeed my first memorable pilgrimage tour in 1993 to Gaden Monestery.

  31. henry ooi on Jul 8, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    Journey to Gaden 2006 not only opened our (62 of us) eyes the simple monastic life Rinpoche led in Gaden but also that of all sangha members there. Rinpoche’s guru devotion to his root guru H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche is very intense and we could see the tears and laughter of joy that Rinpoche manifested during the trip while recalling fond memories.
    Rinpoche made many offerings to all his other gurus in Gaden including their attendants, other old lamas and geshes and the grand offerings to the entire sangha in Gaden (about 3000 monks). In return, Gaden Shartse and Pukhang Kamtsen accorded a very warm and grand welcome to Rinpoche befitting a high incarnate.
    Many new members are asking when the next trip will be. Over to Kechara Discovery……

  32. KOK YEK YEE on Jul 9, 2010 at 12:01 am

    When Rinpoche in Gaden, South India, he stayed in a cowshed. Rinpoche has not complaint at all even though need to stay in a small cowshed. Two years ago, I felt quite luckily I can visit Gaden. I still remember when stand outside look at Rinpoche’s cowshed, I cannot believe it.
    You cannot imagine Rinpoche how much suffering Rinpoche has went through. That is no reason why Rinpoche want to stay in this small, old and narrow cowshed, the reason only for Dharma. Rinpoche has immigrated from US to India, all because only for Dharma and also want to fulfill his commitment to his Guru.

  33. ckliew-kc on Jul 9, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    This blog is very touching and heart felt. For Rinpoche to be here all these years , in a place thats so foreign to Rinpoche that might have slows down Rinpoche practice to sacrifice His own time for the benefits of all other people is truly respectable. As Rinpoche said and mention many times in this post you could have simply live in a shed high up in the mountain doing your retreat , your puja but instead you are here everyday in and out listening to people with many problems , attending to them and serving them is really sad to me. I feel sad not because of being pity of Rinpoche situation is entirely a great man like Rinpoche doing so much for us yet sometimes do not deservedly get any returns.
    I am sure we all feel Rinpoche reflect the best of the best Guru Devotion to your guru , i bow to your devotions , it is so strong by simply reading it it humbles every great person alive in this world. I wish one day Rinpoche can be back in Gaden ,back in a place where you truly feel one with. I wish Rinpoche enters full enlightenment as soon as it is.
    Lastly thank you so much for sharing your life with us.

  34. David Lai on Jul 9, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    This is where Rinpoche’s heart truly lies, a grotty little cowshed on the outside but what it symbolise for us is Rinpoche’s perseverance, true joy and love for the Dharma. No matter how big Rinpoche becomes and how many students and sponsors he has, Rinpoche will always be the simple young monk who reside in this cowshed. Bad and good situations come and go along with numerous sincere and insincere people that surround Rinpoche, seeking his assitance, Rinpoche would never move from his Dharma roots and his link to his Guru, in the form of his Sadhana and vows.
    There are many times when students repeatedly disappoint Rinpoche and cause him many sleepless nights, innumerable migraines and back aches from lack of sleep, Rinpoche told me that he would longed to be back at the monastery. I realise that is really where his heart truly lies and where he will always be. We are fortunate to see pictures of this cowshed because we are looking at where his heart truly lives. As students and friends of Rinpoche, we should know and understand this.

  35. Nicholas Yu on Jul 9, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    I can feel that Rinpoche was very happy arriving Zong Ladrang and staying there must be the most wonderful thing that Rinpoche would ever want.
    Rinpoche’s Guru Devotion really inspires me. Besides living in a rundown place Rinpoche also didn’t have enough to eat but Rinpoche was happy. Happy to fulfill the promise & happy for the dharma. Never once Rinpoche thought of giving up even after Zong Rinpoche enter the clear light. Rinpoche passion on dharma is indestructible.
    No matter how sad Rinpoche felt from the loss of Zong Rinpoche, the memories and loves for Zong Rinpoche that kept Rinpoche keep going.
    I really feel ashamed to compare with the condition Rinpoche gone through to learn dharma and me here with everything so well provided and comfortable.
    Can’t find any reason to stop doing Dharma.

  36. SK Yap on Jul 9, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    I was one of the pilgrims following H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche to visit Gaden Monastery in 2006. It was my first trip ever visiting any Tibetan monastery in my whole life.
    Listening to H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche’s history and biography and witnessing personally the place he stay, study, doing prayers and retreat have makes the learning so real and effective.
    All of us are so lucky, have plenty of food in Malaysia, stay in clean environment, have the freedom to do any thing and includes religious, we have jobs, and our family and friends are available anytime we call them. So why aren’t we doing dharma and practicing generosity and compassion for others? We have so much to complain about and have never ending shopping list to fulfill our attachment.
    Perhaps we should take time out away from our attachment, and for once do something good for others without thinking for ourself?
    PAUL

  37. Margaretlee on Jul 10, 2010 at 1:12 am

    From listening to Zong Rinpoche to go to India to become a monk and then staying at Zong Ladrang at the cowshed to later on moving to Malaysia to teach , Tsem Rinpoche has humbly and repeatedly followed all his guru instructions to the T’s.
    This remind myself that I should not be selective when taking instructions from my Guru.
    Though near starvation and with basically minimum necessities, Rinpoche was really happy to stay in Zong ladrang under these conditions. It shows how close Dharma is to his heart. I was exceptionally touched when Rinpoche said that after Zong Rinpoche passed away, he felt intense lonliness, but in order to connect to Zong Rinpoche’s mind, which in fact is Heruka Cakrasamvara, he realised he must develop compassion, letting go of pains and always act in the benefits of others in order to be close to his Guru. May I always remind myself the same

  38. Lim Tat Ming on Jul 10, 2010 at 1:55 am

    Rinpoche’s strong devotion to Dharma is so inspiring. For the sake of Dharma nothing can stand in Rinpoche’s way.
    Loss of beloved root guru, hunger, poverty, loneliness, vulnerability, imperfect living conditions, mosquitoes, snakes, buffaloes and cows as house mates, heat – these obstacles are insignificant. Rinpoche had shown us the life of the renunciates. Spiritual practitioners are adaptable, can lead a simple life and have very few needs!
    What is most empowering is Rinpoche’s guru devotion to His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and perseverance in His Holiness’ absence. Rinpoche had shown the true practice of Guru Devotion. No matter where the Guru is, the Guru is always with us, guiding us along the path to Enlightenment.

  39. Jan Yong on Jul 10, 2010 at 2:07 am

    Tsem Tulku Rinpoche was very devoted to his teacher Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and followed all his instructions to go to Gaden, South India & stay in his Guru’s Ladrang. Despite how the environment that he stayed in didn’t have enough food to eat and he lost a lot of weight but he was very happy to be in Gaden and never wanted to leave.
    Although Zong Rinpoche was not there and could not meet him again even at his Ladrang but he always felt his mind was everywhere. The only way to tap his Guru’s mind by developing compassion, benefitting others, letting go of pains & working for others. This part touches me because we should do that too in order to connect to one Guru although we are not with him but if we felt strongly to benefit others always that will connect our mind to him.
    The way he endured poverty for Dharma without complaints has set a good example for us to follow. This picture (visiting my old room in Zong Ladrang in 2006 coming from Malaysia) is one picture that I put on my altar at home that I see/prostrate to everyday.
    The most important is the qualities to learn from my teacher every time I look at his picture or talk to him as he is there. This is the way to keep me going and most important never give up for Dharma. Also I will listen / watch his Dharma talk very often even when I am driving.
    May I be always connected to you in all my lives.
    With fold hands,
    Jan

  40. Beng Kooi on Jul 10, 2010 at 2:17 am

    Dear Thierry,
    I agree wholeheartedly especially with your last two points. Many times Rinpoche has said that he wishes he was back in Gaden again, doing pujas and retreats with the rest of the Sangha. It does not matter what facilities or luxuries were available to him in Gaden. More important was the environment to pursue a real spiritual path.
    Shame therefore on those of us who complain at long teachers, if the room is too hot or too cold, at the hard cushion, at the uncomfortable chair, at hunger pangs or just not being in the mood.
    How spoilt we all have become from the conducive outer conditions that did become obstacles to our Dharma practice. How shallow we are not to appreciate what our Guru has endured to be able to give us even the simplest teaching. And how selfish we are to want Dharma at our convenience and at our level – surely the path of Dharma is meant to benefit others?
    I read this post and am ashamed at my shortcomings.

  41. Cynthia Lee on Jul 10, 2010 at 3:13 am

    Rinpoche’s guru devotion makes us Malaysian devotees look like a bunch of spoil brats who are believed to be living on trees in the minds of foreigners but in reality is really gracing the fields of luxury. This just shows how unappreciative we are even when we have everything so easily provided to do the Dharma well. Even then Rinpoche have to beg us to do it.
    Really reminds me of those sports movie about a bunch of a really lousy team made out of different sizes, personalities, skills and race. The one thing they have in common is a good coach. The goal to win seems almost impossible at times, but with much patience and motivation, there is a chance for a happy ending still. Don’t give up just yet ☺

  42. Karen Leu on Jul 10, 2010 at 4:10 am

    I can’t imagine if I would have to stay in the cowshed. All this physical environment constraints doesn’t stop Rinpoche from practicing the Dharma. “Not a day goes by, I haven’t recited his name mantra for the last 25 years.”
    This is the sentence that touches me the most! Lay people like us, who have so much excuses not to do Sadhana/chanting daily, should feel ashamed to be called Rinpoche’s student.
    Rinpoche has taken his Guru’s teachings and advice so seriously. I felt that the respect that Rinpoche has towards Zong Rinpoche is just indescribable. Reading this really make me feel so small when compared with what I’ve done for my Guru…

  43. James Long on Jul 10, 2010 at 6:02 am

    I’m very lucky to have the chance to visit to Gaden in year 2006 together with Rinpoche and other Kechara members and friends. It was a wonderful journey.
    Rinpoche kept his promise to Zong Rinpoche even though Zong Rinpoche has passed away before he went to Gaden. It shows how strong his guru devotion is and his wish to continue his spiritual journey.
    How many of us are able to let go of our own pleasure and “so called-future” like Rinpoche to go to India, a foreign place, staying in a cowshed, suffer from hunger, to pursue his dream-be a monk and most important, to fulfil his promise to his Root Guru- Zong Rinpoche? Besides, when we have the chance to volunteer or part time or full time work in Dharma, how many of us answered: “I’m not ready?” We are really spoilt.

  44. Joy Kam on Jul 10, 2010 at 6:17 am

    Seeing Rinpoche home in Gaden really humbles me. It shows Rinpoche’s amazing tenacity, devotion, humility, love and attainment in the Dharma. If any of us were given this type of condition to live in, I am certain we would run, yet Rinpoche put up with leaks, the freezing tempritures during winter and heat during the Indian summer, insects and snakes. Only a person who is truly sincere about Dharma can do this.
    We Malaysians are really so spoil and it puts us to shame. Even now Rinpoche have to beg and cajoled us to even do Dharma. On top of that we get pressure and sarcastic remarks from family and friends saying that we’ve gone insane. A clear sign of the degenerate time and world. As for Rinpoche, nothing can and will stop him from the Dharma. We certainly have a long long way to go. We are so so lucky and bless we have the merits to meet the Dharma and Guru in such good conditions. This signals me to never complain but always to do more.
    Humbly yours, Joy

  45. weeliang on Jul 10, 2010 at 7:20 am

    This story is very touching. I cannot imagine how Rinpoche must have felt when he returned to his old home. Even when I visit the house I grew up in, It brings back a lot of memories. All I did in my parent’s old house was basically eat, sleep and play. Rinpoche having done so much more in Zong Ladrang and Rinpoche’s devotion to Zong Rinpoche, it must have been really emotional.
    I am very happy that Rinpoche’s motivation and commitment to the dharma did not sway at the times of hardship. But I admire Rinpoche even more now. As to me, it is even more admirable of Rinpoche to have his motivation and commitment to the dharma not sway when he now has a big Ladrang and much much more compared to before. In fact, Rinpoche motivation has increased and his commitment to the dharma has become indestructible. I hope Rinpoche can be an example to all of us that success should lead us to do more good things and not become deluded by it.
    Wee Liang

  46. Grace Cheah on Jul 10, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    I think it’s normal for lay people like us to feel sorry for Rinpoche (after reading this post) and would consider the difficult situations and harsh conditions Rinpoche faced during his younger days in Gaden as a form of “suffering” and a “big sacrifice”.
    The reason being we are so pampered with all the convenience around us, where everything we want and need are easily accessible, which we have been taking for granted for, without realizing how fortunate we are. Further, in these degenerate times, we are being brought up with the mentality/perception that money is everything, with minimal focus on compassion, selflessness and self-improvement, where spirituality is concerned. As such, we are constantly striving for material wealth and indulge oneself in luxury & samsaric pleasure, and engaged in activities that have no meaning, which bring us nowhere…but frustration, anger/hatred, egotism, selfishness, greediness, competition, conflict, etc. In a nutshell, we embody the “3 poisons” (ignorance, hatred/anger, and greediness) defined in Buddhism in samsara.
    Conversely, our Rinpoche’s passion and love for the Holy Dharma and his Guru Devotion is so unbelievably strong and “rock-solid” that he didn’t mind living in poverty and endure any hardship for the sake of others. In fact, he did not consider what he had pain-stakingly gone through those days as a “sacrifice” at all, despite living in a cowshed and had been starving with not enough food to eat for years. Instead, he was happy and loves his simple life as a monk/Rinpoche in Gaden, rather than being a lay person in USA. Rinpoche did this with a pure motivation of learning the holy Dharma, inspired by his root guru, Zong Rinpoche, whom he revered and trusted deeply, for the sole purpose of benefiting many people in the future.
    This clearly proves that our Rinpoche, a recognized re-incarnated “Highly Attained Lama”, has achieved a level beyond our imagination…a level where we, at samsara, cannot possibly comprehend. However, Rinpoche is so compassionate that he actually brings himself down to our level, so that he is in the same wave-length as us to teach and guide us.
    We are extremely fortunate indeed to have Rinpoche as our Guru, who is the perfect role-model for anyone to emulate. In fact, I am proud to tell the world that our Guru, H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, is the walking “Living Buddha”.
    Thank you Rinpoche from the bottom of my heart for Everything you have done for all of us (and countless others) Unconditionally and Selflessly! (^.^)

  47. Grace Cheah on Jul 10, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    Frankly speaking, I have not come across anyone as compassionate as our Guru, H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, who has a BIG heart, 100% selfless and with many Great Qualities:
    * He helps others unconditionally without bias/exceptions and urge us to do the same;
    * He implants “Dharma seeds” into our mind and teaches us the precious Holy Dharma patiently and tirelessly;
    * He nurtures & forgives us like our parents no matter what happens;
    * He never give-up on us and would continuously adopt different ways & methods through “his compassion, wisdom & skillful means” to make us realize our faults/shortcomings, wake us up from our senses, and make us change for the better;
    * He constantly pushes us to practice Dharma diligently so that we would transform ourselves (our minds) to become a better and happier person.
    * He encourages us to do more Dharma work (by helping others) and engage in virtuous deeds in order to accumulate more merits for ourselves to have a better & happier life in this lifetime as well as future lives, until we achieve the great goal of Enlightenment;
    * and many many more…!
    Meeting Rinpoche & the holy Dharma definitely bring countless benefits to many, not only we can fulfill our worldly wishes, but would also lead us to a much happier life by transforming ourselves (our minds) to be a better person through practice with perseverance.
    “May Rinpoche have a good health & long life to continue to turn the wheel of Dharma and may all his virtuous dreams & wishes be fulfilled. May the holy Dharma flourished and increase forever more in this region and around the world.”

  48. thierryfornow on Jul 10, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    As I read this, I realize that I am installed comfortably on a nice chair in a very hotel room overlooking the sea, the lighting is nice and subdued, I have air-conditionning and even room service… Yet, I am let to think, what karma is most supportoive to Dharma practice? This luxury hotel I am in or a cowshed in Zong Rinpoche’s ladrang? Without a doubt I would say the second option.
    As Rinpoche explained before, having money and be constantly pampered is not necessarily good karma; good karma, to be good in its full sense, should be karma that propels one to engage in Dharma, not one that propels one to engage in holidays and parties.

  49. Andrew James Boon on Jul 10, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    Such and incredibly moving story! And what eye-opening pictures. Thank you for sharing Rinpoche. I have never doubted your sincerity or motivation but through this post I get to get a glimpse of your life and how through your many experiences you went through (good or bad), you use them to your full advantage and transforms it into something that benefits others.
    1.You felt real hunger yet you never once complained. And now you created Kechara Soup Kitchen to make sure no one has to go thtough that: http://www.kechara.com/soup-kitchen
    2.You were intructed by Zong Rinpoche to go stay in Zong Ladrang, thousands of miles away from where you grew and yet obeyed with humility and never once complained. You do this without question as you wanted to be connected with your guru even though he was not physically there. And now knowing this, in your compassion you make yourself accessible to us all knowing full well this is an important aspect that helps us in our Dharmic journey. You know we would be incredibly lazy withouth your presence and will not be as dedicated (at least for now)and hence you sacrifice your own happiness to be in the mountains for us. How incredibly fortunate we all are and I am humbled beyond words once again!
    3.Whilst you were in Zong Ladrang you lived a very basic life (compared to most if not all of us here), yet you never once complained. And now you created comfortable accommodations for your students with all the Dharma houses where they can live and support each other in comfort with modern amenities: http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/2010/06/dharma-houses.html
    Your incredible ad admirable guru devotion is remarkable! I will always be humbled by this and remain head bowed and with folded hands with you my guru, Tsem Rinpoche! Thank you for showing us always by example, over and over and over again.

  50. Koh Hee Peng on Aug 5, 2010 at 10:45 am

    “I was always hungry, but I am not complaining. I wanted to be there and happy to be endure poverty for the dharma.” – Tsem Tulku Rinpoche.

    A wake up call to all of us who are so accustomed to our way of life, that is no more than habituation based on our cultural upbringing that emphasizes materialism, which only increases our selfish mind due to our grasping to the ungraspable attachments (e.g. money, reputation, big cars, big house, etc).

    Suffering for others is not suffering, but liberating ourselves to the full potential of Buddha hood in us. When we suffer for others, it is not us who experience the pain. But it is our ego, our own self-cherishing mind that is experiencing the pain. In the process of helping others, we are eradicating our ego and selfishness that has deeply rooted inside us. Hence, when we experience pain or misery for the sake of others, we should rejoice. We should be happy as we are on the right track to attainment of enlighten mind.

    Be vegetarian, be happy.
    Be forgiving, be happy.
    Be compassionate, be happy.
    Be kind, be happy.
    Be selfless, be happy.
    Be happy.

  51. Anila on Aug 11, 2010 at 12:14 am

    On my first visit to Gaden Monastery with Bibi, Adeline Tan, Nancy, and Ms Too. Rinpoche showed us where he lived on his arrrival at Gaden as a monk. It was a cowshed. He literally lived and sleep with the cows. It was such a shock. Rinpoche was given two options. To stay in America become a model and enjoy life in B ig America in Los Angeles. But he chose to become a monk and endure all sufferings for the sake of sentient beings. And because of his faith in the Protector and Guru Devotion knowing that this can lead him to do much more greater things to help sentient being than by becoming a model. He has listened to his Guru and today thru all the rough roads, conditions as circunstances he has to endure to achieve 13 Departments and more in the near future which will eventually be in KWPC the biggest Retreat centre in this Region for benefit of a lot of people.

  52. Mic on Aug 18, 2010 at 12:27 am

    When I saw Rinpoche and others lived in the above cowshed, my heart felt for those who lived here without proper food and shelter. This relate to the same feeling that I have for those beggars, disable people, less fortunate people and children, abandoned children and old folks, homeless, and etc who asked for money at the street, the restaurants either by themselves or by charity organization. I felt sorry because they have to worry for their basic needs and poor living condition. This reminded me that there was a lady who carried her baby in her arm in Guangzhou who kneel and bow with the head knocking the ground non stop at the side of pedestrian walkway in Guangzhou a few years ago. Why was she so desperate? I could only offered her with a little money. She was helpless and enduring the pain that she had for her baby. I was not sure whether she had any shelter. I could relate her feeling as a mother who endure the pain of seeing our children suffering, mother would usually do anything to safe her children. It was really hard to be alone with minimum affection from family or maybe no family at all. I remebered my biggest worry for my children when they were still baby; I was very worry that I wouldn’t be able to take care of my children if unpredicted bad things happen to me and that a bad step mother who took care of my children would ill treat my children and caused unhealthy grow either mentally or physically to my children. This unhealthy grow would lead to children growing up with hatred and this would require a long and bumpy journey for them to find their deep hiden good nature and calming themselve. This was my biggest fear. I still pray for able to see through my children to grow up healthily (mental anfd physical). Now I pray for to be able to have deeper understanding in Dharma so that I will be able to imprint the dharma onto my children.
    Thank you Guru Rinpoche for being here.

  53. Uncle Eddie on Aug 19, 2010 at 12:26 am

    An opportunity was provided for me by Tsem Rinpoche in a return visit to Gaden Monastry in 2006 for 62 people, where we were able to see where and how our Guru used to live when he first went to join Gaden Monastry.
    We were taken to 2 small rooms that were connected to a cowshed.
    Rinpoche lived in the smaller room with leaky tiled roof, behind a chapel separated by a small road.
    From a description given by Rinpoche, it seems that he had buffaloes and cows as neighbours, and through a huge crack in the wall he could see them daily, had to get used to the strong smell of buffaloes, and swarm of mosquitoes flying around. That was where he did his reading, retreats, tsog, pujas & prayers for many years. Snakes were sometimes found in the toilet, though no harm had happened to him.
    He had, nevertheless, never complained about these inadequacies, even went on to acclaim that all those years, he had many great times living in the simple small room of his Root Guru’s house in Gaden, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche whom he so dearly loved and felt so proudly of!
    Such is our Guru who said that learning and practicing Dharma make us to transform ourselves to become better and not make our egos bigger and make us swell up with pride with wrong attitudes.

  54. Knut Eggers on Sep 26, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    What an amazing story of true humbleness. What a selfish attitude I have and how great my own fear of poverty. Sorry about being disrespectful to you lately, I probably am a bit out of balance with my new feeling of upcoming self-worth. Hoping to serve you better – and those other very persons I love.
    Warm and humble regards, Knut

  55. tsemtulku on Mar 14, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Some thoughts from the side of the teacher and karma:

    Why teach the dharma when no one wishes to transform or sincerely tries. You only offend them, make them angry, and because they can’t face themselves, become hateful of you. They even run away.. These days, one of the best ways to make enemies, is to teach others dharma or tell them what needs to change… So teaching less dharma is better during these times…transformation creates the causes for more dharma. Every time you break your promise, or give up or just run from what you are suppose to do adds to the drop teachings becoming less….Making excuses creates the causes for dharma teachings to lessen and then to stop….

    The most disheartening sight for any teacher is to see a student not change after years of teachings, hundreds of repititions of the same advice although the teacher cares so much..teachers must be compassionate towards students but not to the extent of allowing them to harm others/themselves….students must be kind to teachers too..it goes both ways… Excuses and justifications for the same mistakes arising from pure laziness and selfishness. Not caring about burdening others. This all creates such powerful karma for the teacher to go away, pass way or just remain silent. It creates karma for yourself to become harder, lazier and even more closed up…remember results resemble causes…. For projects not to take off or filled with zillions of obstacles arise from this type of karma also… If the karma is so strong, then even if the teacher wants to help, your karma or collective karma will somehow stop it. The degeneration of Buddhism will arise from ‘practitioners who don’t practice…this will create the main causes for the demise of Shakyamuni’s teachings…You may think you are happy and free because your teacher stopped pointing things out to you, but the so called happiness and freedom is temporary…karma catches up and the teacher with tears in their eyes watch you experience the effects of your karma…the teacher stopped speaking to you or stopped teaching because your karma to recieve it is not supportive…dangerous…never let it go that far…never…but if it has…then it has….

    Not wanting to listen to one’s teacher you say you are committed to is a sign that you have broken many promises, samayas, practices and trust. The karma that arises is any good advice given to you cannot be heard, understood or followed. Good advice might even make you angry. The sight of your teacher might make you unhappy. The sight of something that creates happiness or dharma might make you uncomfortable or run. Why? The karma to recieve good, is not enough. For example, when someone due to drinking has lied so much, cheated or hurt so many family members over and over, there is this very strong karma collected and bursting to open. The karma returns and makes him not hear advice nor want to follow giving up drinking. He/She may know the harm and understand, but cannot stop. Or run away from loved ones who truly care…the loved ones watch with tears and apprehension as they drink themselves to oblivion or worse… The karma to harm is too strong. The karma controls the person already….A tiger needs to kill due to it being born in that state as it’s karma has opened…opened to make more negative karma in that state..

    We must repair…must repair the karma. No matter how bad, samsara has so many worse states you cannot even imagine. Negative karma leads to more negative karma, it does not stand still…Do not be limited..do not let laziness and selfishness rule anymore. Remember commitment, stability and consistency are the keys to anything…repair as no one can hurt you or punish you, only your deeds returning…for some it is truly too late..for some it only seems that way…whatever the cases, try……

    It’s different for everyone and every teacher though…Tsem Rinpoche

    • Kasia on Jul 21, 2011 at 1:18 am

      I sincerely hope that seeds which are sown will some day grow and bear fruit, although maybe the soil/soul is not ready to nourish them yet… and that your fire will always burn bright for us all… you made me cry, think, love… and I am just one of thousands. So thanks and thanks for sharing and thanks to no end. really. Kasia

  56. andrew hibberd on Oct 25, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    if my sons can just be the best they can be and continue in happiness all my wishes will be fulfilled , i live here and i know i have or someone who is mine transferred the genetical memory to me and through this i know mine will live well beyond me and genetically or supernaturally everything i think , everything i do, everything i say will be with them for a long time , im happy in this knowledge

  57. Valentina Suhendra on Jan 15, 2012 at 8:56 am

    My dear Lama

    I have known about your story of hardship to pursue what you want many years ago. When things got difficult on me, the story of your suffering plays in my mind and inspire me to move on.

    Much love and care

    Valentina

  58. abby f on Jan 17, 2013 at 2:36 am

    Dear Rinpoche, thank you for your sharing. I realize that Rinpoche never afraid of the so called bad life, Rinpoche just accept it without complaint. I think this is because everything Rinpoche never think just about me me me, and whenever/wherever Rinpoche can benefit others, no matter how, Rinpoche will endure it.

    I sincerely wish myself can be like Rinpoche one day. I’m quite tired for being selfish and always take things from others. I wish I can have the even slightest of Rinpoche’s qualities, enduring the hardships for others and be selfless. I want to put this as my direction for my Dharma practice.

    Thank you for this sharing Rinpoche. Rinpoche inspired me a lot with this post. It makes me think more and wider. :)

  59. philyong on Feb 13, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Everyone has to read this blog post and remember the contents of it. It is because of the pure love given to Tsem Rinpoche by Zong Rinpoche that we are all here today. Rinpoche always mentioned about how much Zong Rinpoche has done for him. It is because of Zong Rinpoche that he is a monk today (part of the reason) but definitely something for all of us to remember.

    One cycle around and today Rinpoche received an amazing news that HH Zong Rinpoche has invited him to stay in Zong Ladrang when he visits Gaden!!! As the post above mentioned, the previous Zong Rinpoche instructed Rinpoche to stay in his Ladrang when gets to Gaden. This shows very well the pure samaya of Rinpoche. Everyone is very happy with the news and we cant wait for both the Rinpoches to meet up again!!!

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  • the pacifier
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 08:38 PM)
    Indeed another round of deleting my points and my message and left the ones that are just nice for everyone to see and watch. Im not here to cause any troubles nor create any conflicts but somehow rather the admin of teh blog indeed seems to be unfair and treated the ones who wanted to post the blog with their truthful comments for which for which i myself personally saw and witness. How about ask rinpoche to post blogs about Jesus as a vegetarian and a so called monk in a christian website hence perhaps a blog..see what is their reaction? Again rinpoche do not and did not encounter Jesus personally or having an intimate relationship as the christian are and yet he can posted Bible verses which rinpoche felt those verses relate to11 buddhism? since when the bible relate to buddhism?
  • Pastor David Lai
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 02:17 AM)
    Dear Dwayne Johnson, the pacifier and Vincent Tan,
    With all due respect to you guys, please respect Rinpoche’s blog and do not have unnecessary misunderstandings here. This comment section was setup to “share your opinions, thoughts and feelings about whatever interests you”. Please use it wisely to share your thoughts and opinions constructively and I would advice you guys to share your opinions about the posts that Rinpoche posted if you truly respect Rinpoche. If you obsessively post things on a particular religion or master, you are proselytising. If you post once in awhile to share something universal and moving, that’s alright. But to proselytize here, that’s not particularly respectful especially if its from a different faith from Rinpoche’s. Yes, Rinpoche do regular posts things on masters and practitioners from various faiths because he is broadminded and wishes to share the universality of spirituality. This should not be used as an excuse to proselytize on his blog. This is not hard and fast rules but mere etiquette of someone who respects one another’s faith and beliefs. Don’t you think? This is not meant to offend anyone but meant to clarify things.
  • Dwayne Johnson
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 01:09 AM)
    to both Vincent and the pacifier, even you yourself are confuse of what you are posting. “if this blog side just share only buddhism..whats the point that guru shared about Jesus Christ, Mother Theresa, posted pictured of Dalai Lama with Blessed Pope John Paul II and so on and so forth..the 84000 of syakmuni’s teaching do not include points that rinpoche shared on other religious figures and yet he shared from his perspective point of views which he believes would drawn many people to visit his blog and to create interest so as to benefits others..besides..he shared too other teachings on nick vujicic, the no arms and no legs charismatic evangelical pastor, and other dharma center master cheng yen.”- by Vincent. yes, you wrote that correctly, Rinpoche shares about the all this and also the other religion in a manner that allow everyone here to understand about other religions, but Rinpoche articles is all about facts and informative articles that allow all of us understand more about the others, but did you ever see Rinpoche posted any prayers or even praises to other religious community blog? you can say i am biased, but ask yourself the real reason you keep on posting praises in a Buddhist blog, and yet what is the point what you want to convey?
    What ever point i am referring here is that is you as a guest visiting the house of a person, shouldn’t you be respecting owner of the house, lets say if the owner is a Buddhist, shouldn’t you in a respective manner as acknowledge the customs of the owner? We do not mind if you share about facts on the similarity that Christian and Catholic has with Buddhism, but really from you sharing it leans towards one side. This blog is not meant a platform to convert people to either side of the religion, but more of knowledge and understanding. I can say if you have been following Rinpoche blog and read all the articles here, you should have understand what Rinpoche is conveying.
    [no sender]
  • the pacifier
    (Wednesday, Apr 23. 2014 11:27 AM)
    people are sharing useful wisdom to each and everyone of you and hence I did saw Vincent posted a Tibetan chant translated in English in taking the calls of becoming protectors of other sentient beings. are all of you [...] doing that? instead of throwing tantrums, all of you trying to escape the truth and make ways for wrath and anger and mishandle the comments in an unfair manner. guru himself, as all of you said is generous and giving and that’s why he allows other articles to come and drop by to make his blog interesting as once Paul said, Buddhist is the only religion that embrace other religious beliefs?
  • Anonymous
    (Tuesday, Apr 22. 2014 08:55 PM)
    Vincent, Rinpoche shares about other religions and other religious figures to create religious harmony. He is open, generous and giving. You are ‘sharing’ to create religious disparity and trying to convert. There is a huge difference. Go share on a Muslim site and see the reaction.
  • Tim
    (Tuesday, Apr 22. 2014 08:52 PM)
    Dear Vincent, please respect all the Buddhists here. Your religion is not superior to any other religion. Create your own blog and preach there please. Thanks.
  • vincent tan
    (Tuesday, Apr 22. 2014 02:41 PM)
    Wisdom that Works
    by Berni Dymet
    Prov. 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.
    I don’t think there’s one person on this planet that doesn’t want to have some more wisdom. I mean wisdom’s a good thing – right? So why aren’t we all a whole bunch wiser than we actually are?
    Answer: because wisdom involves sacrifice. The dictionary definition of wisdom is this: having experience, knowledge, and good judgment; and the soundness of an action or decision by applying this experience and knowledge, and good judgment.
    Boil that down and there are two parts to Wisdom. Knowing what to do – and then actually getting on and doing it.
    And therein lies the problem. We’re all happy to have a bit of a theory lesson – but when it gets to putting that wisdom into action – we discover that wisdom has a cost.
    According to King Solomon – the beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord. But then, many people don’t want to hear that. So here’s what happens – they keep on making the same mistakes, over and over and over again.
  • vincent tan
    (Tuesday, Apr 22. 2014 10:56 AM)
    Hi dwayne..is that your real name..i should say..well..its doesnt matter..sorrry to assume that you are a Christian..good to know that you are raised a buddhist and grown up as a buddhist.it must be worthwhile spiritual journey for you to go through.the theme called 1 sect 1 dharma center that emphasize on buddhist teachings ONLY i should say would defeat the purpose what rinpoche wanted to emphasize on his blog..this blog has been visited more than a million visitors and its open..its never restricted or block anyone to go in to share their views which includes the chatroom..all views and opinions are most welcome which the administration allows that and i believe rinpoche would love more opionionated views and other articles to be post here which everyone is free to share.if this blog side just share only buddhism..whats the point that guru shared about Jesus Christ, Mother Theresa, posted pictured of Dalai Lama with Blessed Pope John Paul II and so on and so forth..the 84000 of syakmuni’s teaching do not include points that rinpoche shared on other religious figures and yet he shared from his perspective point of views which he believes would drawn many people to visit his blog and to create interest so as to benefits others..besides..he shared too other teachings on nick vujicic, the no arms and no legs charismatic evangelical pastor, and other dharma center master cheng yen.eventhough he shared ghostly figures on ghouls and spirits-big foot and fairies etc.are these teachings based on ONLY buddhist teaching or just merely [...]?.so having said…did rinpoche of the blog basically shared only ONE and his OWN views and just purely based on the 84000 texts or just the lam rim texts? NO..he shared other world views to make his blog visitable and interesting..what do you think now..
  • Dwayne Johnson
    (Tuesday, Apr 22. 2014 12:27 AM)
    Dear Vincent, thank you for your lengthy explanation on your journey from Buddhist and becoming a Catholic, with all due respect we are all happy that you found a religion that you find comfort in and suitable to you. And for your information, i was never an Atheist or even or Christian, i was brought up as a Buddhist from young, well assuming the person of such and such without proper investigation and even understanding of the background is very much not necessary. For your info, i respect all religions, and even the person from other faith, because all religion main purpose is to bring about change and teaches about right moral conduct and bring about peace to all. But from the point of view of what this blog was created in the first place, it is to bring Dharma to all people, and even utmost importance is for those who are seeking spirituality in Buddhism, is to be FOCUS to one, and not be distracted from the others. It is due to this reason, many of those who Centre hopping, from one centre to another, does not find the answer they are looking for, why? it is Because they receive too many different advice and information which shrouded their mind, it cause more confusion, and that is why they could not even progressed in their practice, and then blame and getting angry at.
    Tsem Rinpoche always promote 1 Lama, 1 Centre, and encourage those seeking spirituality in Buddhism to focus on one and go all the way, yet not losing the value of respecting other religion, which is what we see in Tsem Rinpoche. So my point is, it is not being selfish to just learn ONLY one religion, because when one FCOUS ONLY on one religion and study all the way, it provide faster and more concrete results then being half heartedly learning Buddhism, and then confusing their mind with another. if you Look even in all the Great Attain Master, i believe that you do since you went to many centre before, all of this Great Master focus on their own Sect and their Yidam.
    Not everyone mind is the same that is why Buddha Shakyamuni has 84,000 teaching that is the remedies to all 84,000 mind. As a religious practitioner, i think we should respect other religion, understanding the vision and goal of the centre, before posting things which can create confusion. what if there are people posting prayers in tibetan or in Pali in a Christian blog, what would the visitor think? do you think they will be confused, and the community in that blog will feel that their space is being disrespected. The praises that you posted are beautiful, i believe you can benefit more people if you post in forum Lowyat and other religious community blog.
    [no sender]
  • vincent tan
    (Monday, Apr 21. 2014 09:57 PM)
    Continue from below, some even close themselves and left their previous paths because they are upset and no answer on their prayers..and they go on searching and searching until they found their own path of their choice in the name of protest..no one can control them as they cant accept the fact that they themselves protesting or angry on certain issues which made them close their heart, mind, soul and spirit to accept the fact all paths are meant to be peaceful, loving and caring..but some perceive in a wrong way and some even said that the scriptures or holy books regress instead of progressing without they themselves knowing or studying the books by their own..the translations went ugly more than benefit others..but who translated it? Humans? Or gurus? Or yourself? People tend to look at the ugly side of everything instead the positive and beautiful angles as we tend to be in this manner.we opt and tend to look at the dark side instead on the bright side..i dont mean to offend anyone but be more open instead of being selfish to ONLY learn one’s religion..
  • vincent tan
    (Monday, Apr 21. 2014 09:40 PM)
    Hi dwayne..hope you are doing fine and well.dont be disheartened.Your devotion to the triple jewel especially to guru amazed me..this blog absolutely its free for everyone to go in and to post their opinion and articles which definitely will benefit many so as to deepened understanding of one’s another religion.i believe that this very main aim of the blog is to create understanding of each other beliefs and religion and paths so as to reach harmony..all teachings and religion as well as paths coexist together and leads to the One True God. Besides, guru himself wrote articles about Jesus and embedded Mother Theresa’s pictures onto his blog..He has his motivation to do..no religion nor any paths own by a single organisation or a community as we have our own free will to embrace and practice them..same to you..i believe before you are buddhist.you might be an antheist or Christian but you chose to believe in buddhism. Me too..am a buddhist but chose to embrace catholicsm on my own free will and beliefs as well as encounters..all articles posted is to benefits all and no danger of that so as long as you are open..i am catholic by faith but i did join several at gompas as well as temples and moreover joined in in the spirit of goodwill to attend dharma classes, and quranic studies to deepened my understanding on each paths so as to enlightened myself to be more adaptable and respect others as human being and beings on the earth..to love each other as Christ commanded and taught.
  • vincent tan
    (Monday, Apr 21. 2014 03:24 PM)
    The Great Confirmer
    Revelation 3:14
    The word Amen solemnly confirms what went before, and Jesus is the great Confirmer; immutable forever is “the Amen” in all His promises . Sinner , I would comfort you with this reflection. Jesus Christ said, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” 1 If you come to Him, He will say “Amen” in your soul; His promise shall be true to you . He said in the days of His flesh, “A bruised reed he will not break.” 2 Poor, broken, bruised heart, if you come to Him, He will say “Amen” to you, and it will be true in your soul as in hundreds of cases in years gone by.
    Christian , isn’t this very comforting to you also, that there is not a word that has come from the Savior’s lips that He has ever retracted? The words of Jesus will stand when heaven and earth pass away. If you get ahold of but half a promise, you will find it true. Watch out for those who ignore the promises and so miss much of the comfort of God’s Word.
    Jesus is Yes and Amen in all His offices . He was a Priest to pardon and cleanse once; He is Amen as Priest still. He was a King to rule and reign for His people and to defend them with His mighty arm; He is an Amen King, the same still. He was a Prophet of old, to foretell good things to come; His words remain trustworthy and true—He is an Amen Prophet. He is Amen as to the merit of His blood; He is Amen as to His righteousness. That sacred robe will remain most fair and glorious when nature shall decay. He is Amen in every single title that He bears; your Husband, never seeking a divorce; your Friend, sticking closer than a brother; your Shepherd, with you in death’s dark vale; your Help and your Deliverer; your Refuge and your Strong Tower; the Vessel of your strength, your confidence, your joy, your all in all, and your Yes and Amen in everything.
    1 Matthew 11:28 2 Matthew 12:20
    Family Bible reading plan
    verse 1 Ecclesiastes 6
    verse 2 2 Timothy 2
  • Oya
    (Monday, Apr 21. 2014 12:04 PM)
    For tsemtulku – i Offer my deepest regard and respect. i offer prostrations of body , speech and mind to my Gurus, Buddha , Dharma, and Sangha. In a world that changes on a dime, i offer up my preconceived ideas of what unconditional love really is and pray for insight into the four giving, that i will one day become enlightened and for the benefit of all my mothers throughout space and time. Thank you Rinpoche for what must be endless hours of caring for us all.
    Om Ah Hung, Om Ah Hung, Om Ah Hung
  • Dwayne Johnson
    (Monday, Apr 21. 2014 12:42 AM)
    why is the Admin of the blog not doing their job filtering the post in Rinpoche Blog??? are you all sleeping on your job, shouldn’t you be protecting the asset of the Guru?
    [no sender]
  • Dwayne Johnson
    (Monday, Apr 21. 2014 12:39 AM)
    For vincent tan – please respect this page, this page belongs to H.E Tsem Rinpoche, although we welcome and respect all religion, but please do not come here and post something that keep on emphasizing your religion, you are disrespecting the Owner of this page, and you are disrespecting other people in this blog as well. they are many other channels that you can share you post to, but here is mainly for all those who want to learn about Dharma. what if others go and post about their religion in your own community blog and keep sharing and annoys others??? Please RESPECT others if you want people to respect you as well, same goes to religion! thank you!
    [no sender]

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
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This is the opposite of self discovery or spiritual practice expected. What do you think this means? Very profound. Tsem Rinpoche 
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This is excellent. The needs of the many are greater than the needs of the one is a good philosophy to live by. After a while our petty desires do go away when we apply the remedies. Tsem Rinpoche 
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Excellent  statue of Lord Manjushri. TR
2 days ago
Interesting.
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"Some people spend all their energy, and even risk their lives to achieve fame. Fame and notoriety are both no more than an empty echo. Your reputation is an alluring mirage that can easily lead you astray. Discard it without a second thought, like the snort you blow from your nose."~Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
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Over 22,000 views here on engaging in this practice that will purify and protect your environment from powerful spiritual disturbances: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=31904
5 days ago
Dakinis are Buddhas' wisdom in feminine form. Without respect of the feminine, there can be no enlightenment. Tsem Rinpoche 
5 days ago
Unusual & nice depiction of Manjushri. Tsem Rinpoche
5 days ago
“If you utilize obstacles properly, then it strengthens your courage, and it also gives you more intelligence, more wisdom. Because there is obstacle, you make attempt; so have to think, have to try something. Have to try certain way; so this gives strength and also wisdom and intelligence. If you use them in wrong way, then discourage, failure, depression.”~His Holiness The Dalai Lama
5 days ago
Very nice painting. Tsem Rinpoche 
5 days ago
We should treat animals very well. They have feelings just like us and do not deserve any sufferings just like us. They can be our best friends. Tsem Rinpoche
6 days ago
I wish more Buddhas are painted more realistically like this. Who did this? Tsem Rinpoche
6 days ago
There is a lama under the canopy at the temple entrance giving teachings and look at all the monks in the snow receiving teachings. When you want dharma bad enough, nothing can stop you. Tsem Rinpoche
6 days ago
I like this inviting scenery at the Nunnery of Tsogyal Latso area in Tibet. Beautiful small temple, holy stupa, trees, green, bright and look at the mountains surrounding. Not barren or dry. Perfect place to live, practice, age, retreat, meditation and pass away. Tsem Rinpoche
6 days ago
We have 13 Buddhist Pastors in Kechara. Four were newly ordained last night. After the ordination it rained for 15 minutes I am told while the sun continued to shine brightly in the area. One Pastor is in the USA right now so not pictured. Tsem Rinpoche
7 days ago
My Mumu boy is so alert, cute and intelligent. I can never get tired of loving him. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 week ago
I had commissioned this Thirteen Deity Yamantaka thangka. With Lord Tsongkapa above centre representing all lineage masters. Manjushri to the left and H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche to the right. Sacred, beautiful and pure wisdom embodied in this thangka. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
This tastes really good!!! Easy to make. Some frozen items you have to heat up, take out of microwave, stir and put back in to continue cooking for a few mins more. This one you just put on for 5 mins and eat. But it tastes REALLY good and tastes home cooked too. Nice surprise. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
When can I find a location, house and environment like this? This is the kind of place I would like to spend the rest of my life in. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
Jill Yam and also Mr. Hee always conducts wonderful pujas for those who come to Kechara House and request. I am very happy about that. The pujas offer tremendous results and therefore benefits for many. Our puja requests are growing very much. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Even animals can show great compassion and sense when another needs it. Be kind to animals and be vegetarian. Collect less negative karma by not eating meat. Be kind always. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Portraits of People Living on a Dollar a Day- You absolutely must see the stunning photos and background. See here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=48180
2 weeks ago
This mechanism was recovered from the Antikythera shipwreck in 1901. Its complexity and purpose was not understood for another hundred years. Dated to around 200 BC, it is identified to be an analog computer used to calculate the astronomical position of the stars and planets. Its juxtaposition among other ancient artifacts is akin to finding a jet airplane inside King Tutankhamun’s tomb. The device, whose inner workings are far more complex than a Swiss watch, is capable of accurately measuring the movement of the sun, the moon (and all its phases), eclipse cycles and the position of the planets. Who could have built this?~https://www.facebook.com/cosmic.intelligenceagency
2 weeks ago
Prince Palta is my maternal grandfather. Princess Nirjidma is my aunt. She has two sons. The sons are my cousins. Wonder if they are alive or not? Where are they? Any offsprings? Interesting to find out. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
Never be angry at your guru, Hold a grudge against your guru. Never seek revenge against your guru. Never talk badly about your guru to cover your mistakes. Don't abandon your guru or ignore  your guru because he loved you for you as no one else  did and dared to love your potential too. Never hold your anger for long against your guru. Your guru was only doing his 'job' by teaching you, showing you better, explaining the dharma to you and was very brave to do so for you as no one else would dare do so. No one would dare take that job. No one else dared to love you and give you more. ~Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Nothing would make me MORE HAPPIER than to retire in this environment. I hope this manifest soon. By the karma of myself and the people I have hopes in will help it to manifest. I love this so much. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
A very important poem to understand: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=47846
3 weeks ago
Billy Meier took the best pics of UFOs. I watched a documentary about him with Seng Piow and we were both stunned how good the documentary is. It's alittle older but relevant. When you watch, you must please pay full attention as they have accents, but understandable. Listen closely to the technical information when his material goes through tests for authenticity: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0q7ye0dic0U
3 weeks ago
Nobody should put beautiful grandma to sleep ever and nobody should put that lovely dog or any animals to sleep. No animals should be harmed, butchered or caged. We are humans and supposedly more intelligent. So let's act like it by being kind to those animals that are 'lesser' than us and our intelligence. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
This is exactly what Buddha taught. What Tsongkapa explained. What H.H. Trijang Rinpoche embodied and what H.H. Zong Rinpoche shared with me.~Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
NEW POST-And some partners just drag each other down anyways because it’s convenient to be with that person. It’s not love but just using each other. I’ve seen that clearly in a few cases. People can hide with their partners and avoid real efforts because they are in denial, but denial or not, it will catch up. I am deeply sorry to say things like that too. But it’s true..please read on: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=47760
3 weeks ago
Do you know about Raimundo Arruda Sobrinho? If you don't you should find out now!! It is totally necessary to find out and share with others: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=47397
3 weeks ago
It's fortunate for the student to meet a caring and real teacher in this day and age. It is also very fortunate for the teacher to meet a caring and genuine student. It benefits the dharma and many beings when a genuine teacher and genuine student meet and work together to benefit others. Very powerful and good combination.-See what I mean please: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=47425
3 weeks ago
The evil ways of some completely amaze me every single day.. They better take a deep breath when they close their eyes for the last time, because it's not going to be pretty. This is how this little sweetheart was dumped on the street.-From Harbored Souls Rescue (FB)
3 weeks ago
Dear friends, a special letter for Frederick but it might benefit everyone out there who are really seeking inner change and spirituality. I invite you to read as I just posted now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=47445
3 weeks ago
Click on photo to enlarge and see what this six year old has to share with the world. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
My dad rescued her from an abandoned store front two years ago. They watch TV like this together! -Via Reddit (facebook)
3 weeks ago
My shrine here in the USA. Do you like it? Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
Dear friends, as you know part of my ancestry is Mongolian (Kalmyk). The Kalmyk Republic is one of the republics in Russia. And Kalmyk Republic is the only European republic that is Buddhist and they are Mongols in ancestry. They are proud people. I found a video that is very good. It showcases all the dances of the various Russian Republics. Very beautiful and rich Russian heritage. At 27:59 of the video you will see the Kalymk performers doing the Mongol-Kalmyk dance. I use to dance in a Kalymk dance troupe as a kid, but I couldn't dance like this! I was amazed how beautiful it was done and talented the Kalmyk dancer are as well as the other republics. I want to share with you. Please see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhnbLoFbpsU -Thank you- Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
The Medicine Buddha is the composition of the buddhas. This means that when we practice the seven-limb prayer and make offerings with the seven limbs, we receive the same merit as we would if we had made offerings to all the Buddhas. Similarly, when we recite the mantra of Medicine Buddha, we collect unbelievable merit just as when we offer the seven-limb practice to Medicine Buddha. Be the cause for many to come to receive the healing of the Medicine Buddha and seal tremendous merits for yourself and your family in this life and the other lives to come.~Martin Get involved: http://www.medicinebuddhahill.com
3 weeks ago
Dear friends, Came across this which is short and gives hope. Do see: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=47218 Always trying my best to expose you to all types of knowledge, information and inspirations, Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
I love country roads. I wish this one lead to a secluded wooden retreat house where I lived away and far from the trappings of samsara and it's endless deceptions. Those who agree or participate in the deceptions will not only invite depression and disillusionment, but perhaps eventually be 'crippled' by it and trapped for long spells of 'time'. TR
3 weeks ago
What a nice comment by Antonio Rocco Romeo left on my facebook comments. I like people who have gratitude and show it. Not just say it but show it because they are the people who will get far and be less self-introverted creating less unhappiness in their minds. Happiness comes from having gratitude. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
March 29, 2014-Went to a Native American Indian store yesterday to find stones to make offerings to the Buddhas. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
In horror of death, I took to the mountains— Again and again I meditated on the uncertainty of the hour of death, Capturing the fortress of the deathless unending nature of mind. Now all fear of death is over and done. ~ MILAREPA
1 month ago
This is what my 1972 blue Volkswagon beetle looked like when I had it in the 80's.  This is the exact color too. I drove it all over Los Angeles. It didn't have alot of power but it got me around. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo: "However dark our minds may be, however hard our hearts may be, this is not our true nature... enlightenment is when we finally come into our true humanity." ... pic Korea Nov 2013 ( We must keep practicing and applying the dharma strongly to bring our real nature out. Don't let temporary emotions and dark feelings let us give up our dharma practice or works. Don't listen to people who have done very little for us or what they did for us heralds only more sufferings. Listen to the dharma. Tsem Rinpoche )
1 month ago
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    Dear everyone, All sentient beings deserve to live, be happy and not hurt, including animals. We should never hurt them or eat them. Look how much this chicken welcomes a hug and love. Observe carefully. Don't eat beings who can feel pain because the karma comes back. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 days ago
  • The appreciation shown here is so deep and touching.
    The appreciation shown here is so deep and touching.
    Dear friends, See this incredible video. This chimp was found in captivity for many years. Dr Jane Goodall released him into the wild. Look how he comes back to thank her with deep apprecition. It's amazing. Animals have such strong feelings of pain and happiness just like us. We should never hurt them and share with others to not hurt them. Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
    6 days ago
  • Aki drinking some water in the aviary
    Aki drinking some water in the aviary
    Aki is a rescued bird, he now lives in Kechara Forest Retreat Aviary
    2 months ago
  • Jamyang enjoying some fresh corn
    Jamyang enjoying some fresh corn
    Jamyang is one of our rescue birds that live in Kechara Forest Retreat Aviary
    2 months ago
  • The Cute Mumus Practising Dog Orchestra at Kechara Forest Retreat
    The Cute Mumus Practising Dog Orchestra at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Today the Mumus (dogs) decided to do a dog orchestra rehearsal together with the Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR) dogs.
    2 months ago
  • Incredible footage you must see!
    Incredible footage you must see!
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    Gongkar is our new bird for Kechara Forest Retreat's aviary. Gongkar never had friends and the original owner could not bring him to his destination. Now he is with us and assimilating in his cage within the aviary for a few weeks then released into aviary. Look at how much he wants attention from the other birds. Cute. Tsem Rinpoche
    6 months ago
  • Mumu, Oser and Dharma running and having a good time. I love seeing them playing. Tsem Rinpoche
    Mumu, Oser and Dharma running and having a good time. I love seeing them playing. Tsem Rinpoche
    6 months ago
  • Mumus running at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Mumus running at Kechara Forest Retreat
    7 months ago
  • Kechara Forest Retreat panorama, September 2013
    Kechara Forest Retreat panorama, September 2013
    7 months ago
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    Dechog our cockatoo at Kechara Forest Retreat grabbing long beans which he loves. Nice bird. We love him. Tsem Rinpoche
    10 months ago
  • The mumus having outdoor evening stroll!!!
    The mumus having outdoor evening stroll!!!
    11 months ago
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    17 May 2013, heavy rain at Kechara Forest Retreat from 7am-8am (1 hour). Water overflowed the existing drain and also opened up a much wider new "route" for itself.
    11 months ago
  • Must see video from Rajendra on our disciplined dogs
    Must see video from Rajendra on our disciplined dogs
    1 years ago
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    Dato' Ruby won the Bella Awards!
    1 years ago
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    This is a wonderful video for Moh Mei because she is sleeping in the KECHARA FOREST RETREAT CONTAINERS all alone...ehehehhehe...this is a new friend to keep her company....tsem rinpoche
    1 years ago
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    Answer to Jo
    1 years ago
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    The 2 tortoises in Tsem Ladrang, Kadro and Menlha are enjoying their fresh veggie meal.
    1 years ago
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    Organic vegetables at Kechara Forest Retreat
    1 years ago
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    This is Dorje our friendly fish that lives with us. He captured my attention the first time because he was exceptionally friendly. TR
    1 years ago
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    Mumus go bye bye!!!
    1 years ago
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    SP's mom said that she is from Penang. This is her first trip to bodhgaya, and she truly finds bodhgaya is very holy and spiritual.
    1 years ago
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    Very touching video...Buddha said it was very important to visit the four holy places associated with Him before our deaths. Remembering this, I had instructed Paul to take this senior group to Bodhgaya and make sure they are able to plant imprints. When this life of 'fun', money, parties and socials are over, we cannot leave empty handed. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
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    Our two rescued tortoises who live at Tsem Ladrang happily and will be transferred to Kechara Forest Retreat where they will have much more space to roam and run. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
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    Aki is the old African Grey that was abandoned by his owner. Because he is old, no one wanted him. Well we wanted him and we took him and in and love him. He is in a big aviary and he likes his cage. We leave his cage open at all times so he can go in and out as he likes. His cage is his security blanket. Cute. He gets nice food and sunshine daily and also we play monks chanting for him to be blessed. We love you Aki. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
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    Meal time for all the cute mumus!
    1 years ago
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    Dear james, very nice video of Kechara outlet and the activity led by Kien. You must always make more videos. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
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    This little birdie was at a pet shop. He has maimed leg, permanent damage to his wing and cannot fly and also one eye blind. I don't think anyone would want the poor thing, so I adopted him and keep him safe, fed and with lots of fresh air. He's also in a large aviary so he can be with other birds and not be alone. He is alert, active, and has a good appetite. I like him very much and will make sure he is safe, happy and has a good life. I name him Lucky. Lucky will always be safe now. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
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    Setrap's mantra
    2 yearss ago
  • Rinpoche does Baby Jane!
    Rinpoche does Baby Jane!
    2 yearss ago

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The 11th Tsongkhapa Retreat at Kechara House (JB).Dedicate to passengers and crew of flight MH370.May they be blessed by the three Jewels. From: June Tang (Khjb)
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The usual Green Tara is called the Drolma of Sandalwood Forest (Tibetan: tsenden ngachi drolma), who holds a lotus flower, sometimes with a wheel on it, usually blue lotus or utpala flower that is bluish. Her activity is to summon (call) and to give fearlessness. When Tara became enlightened she dedicated all her positive actions saying "Whoever is connected to me in any way, may they be able to have very swift progress, may they have swift benefit, may my swift actions effect them." 18" Partly gold copper Green Tara on throne. Indian style. Available at Kechara outlet Viva Home Mall. Pastor Adeline
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A Dzambala puja conducted in Puja House for our regular sponsor today morning. Pastor Yek Yee
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All the participants who are joining ritual class by invited. Most of them are devoted puja teams. Thank you for their hard works. Pastor Yek Yee
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First ritual class specially for who interest in puja and ritual training. The topic of first day is "What is pujas about?" and also watched Tsem Rinpoche's video teaching "Discover Yourself". Pastor Yek Yee
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Mr Paan Yee Long who admitted in hospital last year December, doctor prescribed he has only 20% percent recover. However after few pujas done in Puja House and care by Kechara pastor, Mr Paan was recovered and even volunteering in Kechara now. Rejoice for him. Pastor Yek Yee
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After conducted baby blessing prayer for Jamyang Tan baby, took a group picture with his mother Jaonna Tan, father Mr Tan and grandma Mrs Tan.Pastor Yek Yee
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Leonard Chia from Kuantan Study Group come down from Kuantan volunteer in Puja House. He with his first torma! Pastor Yek Yee
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