100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People in 2012

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Early in March, the Watkins Mind Body Spirit magazine published their list for the 100 most spiritually influential people in the world in 2012. The Watkins Mind Body Spirit is a quarterly magazine published by London’s largest and oldest independent esoteric bookshop. This publication is their 29th issue since John Watkins published his first volume which featured book reviews, occults news and excerpts from recommended books.

The magazine gradually developed into a respectable publication that remained independent from the main stream market. Previously the magazines were given away for free, but due to the respect they gained from the public, the content within their publication has now become valuable… and only obtainable upon purchase. They are all sold at leading bookstores, such as Barnes and Noble, Whole Foods, and WHSmiths.

The top 100 names on the list are filtered from a database of approximately 500 candidates. The first list came out in 2011… and it turned out to be extremely popular as it served as a positive guide to some of the leading spiritual teachers. The list is based on the following 3 criteria’s:

1. The person has to be alive.

2. The person has to have made a unique and spiritual contribution on a global scale.

3. The person is frequently Googled, appears in Nielsen data, and is actively talked about throughout the internet.

Below is the second year Watkins publication has compiled their top 100 most spiritually influential people in the world. It has been released in the latest issue of Watkins Mind Body Spirit.

Do take a look at the list people… there is also a short summary of the top 10.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

The 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People

 

Watkins’ Mind Body Spirit Magazine, Issue 29, March 2012

1. Dalai Lama
2. Eckhart Tolle
3. Thich Nhat Hanh
4. Deepak Chopra
5. Paulo Coelho
6. Elizabeth Gilbert
7. Iyanla Vanzant
8. Ken Wilber
9. James Redfield
10. Rhonda Byrne
11. Alice Walker
12. Nelson Mandela
13. Dr Wayne W Dyer
14. Doreen Virtue
15. Michio Kaku
16. Oprah Winfrey
17. Alejandro Jodorowsky
18. Mantak Chia
19. Desmond Tutu
20. Alex Grey
21. Peter Russell
22. Byron Katie
23. Ram Dass
24. Esther Hicks
24. Bernie Siegel
26. Richard Bach
27. Brian Weiss
28. Andrew Cohen
29. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
30. Robin Sharma
31. Steve Taylor
32. Z’ev ben Shimon Halevi
33. Andrew Harvey
34. Marianne Williamson
35. Lisa Williams
36. Francis Chan
37. Don Miguel Ruiz
38. Masaru Emoto
39. Gregg Braden
40. Andrew Weil
41. Erich von Daniken
42. Adyashanti
43. Krishna Das
44. Sonia Choquette
45. Joseph Ratzinger
46. Louise Hay
47. Amma
48. Vladimir Megre
49. Ervin Laszlo
50. Elaine Pagels
51. Jeff Foster
52. Seyyed Hossein Nasr
53. Neale Donald Walsch
54. Drunvalo Melchizedek
55. Pema Chodron
56. Diana Cooper
57. Bruce Lipton
58. Dan Millman
59. Karen Armstrong
60. Graham Hancock
61. David R. Hawkins
62. Jack Canfield
63. Clarissa Pinkola Estes
64. Sogyal Rinpoche
65. Swami Ramdev
66. Philip Berg
67. Caroline Myss
68. Michael Newton
69. Daisaku Ikeda
70. Vadim Zeland
71. John Bradshaw
72. Richard Bandler
73. Jean Houston
74. Starhawk
75. Daniel J. Siegel
76. James Lovelock
77. Judy Hall
78. Gary Snyder
79. Patrick Holford
80. Oberto Airaudi
81. Dr Azmayesh
82. Mother Meera
83. Rabbi Michael Lerner
84. Lynne McTaggart
85. Michael Beckwith
86. Satya Narayan Goenka
87. Satish Kumar
88. Paramahamsa Nithyananda
89. Rowan Williams
90. Prem Rawat
91. Mooji
92. Stanislav Grof
93. Grant Morrison
94. Jon Kabat-Zinn
95. Dolores Cannon
96. Gangaji
97. Shakti Gawain
98. Claudio Naranjo
99. Mastin Kipp
100. Marion Woodman

100 Spiritual List Statistics:
Male: 72%,
Female: 28%
Oldest: Nelson Mandela at 93 years old
Youngest: Mastin Kipp at 30 years old

 


 

Summary of the Top 10

 

 

1 - Dalai Lama.

Born Lhamo Dondrub, Tenzin Gyatso is the 14th Dalai Lama. Tibetan Buddhists believe him to be a reincarnation of his predecessors and the Buddha of compassion. He is a vocal activist for Tibetan independence and has made an incredible contribution to global spirituality. His visit to Mongolia in November 2011 was criticized by China, but his popularity shows no sign of waning. Time Magazine call him “The most influential person in the world”, while The Times commented “He draws crowds that no other spiritual leader or politician could hope to match…he seems to look at life in a different way to everyone else”. His latest book Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World was published in January.

www.dalailama.com ::  Born in Taktser, Tibet :: 06/07/1935 :: Spiritual Leader

 

  

2 - Eckhart Tolle.

Eckhart’s profound yet simple teachings have helped countless people throughout the world find inner peace and greater fulfillment in their lives. At the core of the teachings lies the transformation of consciousness, a spiritual awakening that he sees as the next step in human evolution. His books, The Power of Now and the highly acclaimed follow-up A New Earth are two of the best-selling Mind, Body, Spirit books in the world. Eckhart Tolle TV is a subscription service offering monthly live streamed guided meditations and new teachings with Eckhart, an on-line community, and more.

www.eckharttolle.com :: Born in Lünen, Germany :: 16/02/1948 :: Spiritual Teacher and Writer

 

3 – Thich Nhat Hanh.

Buddhist monk, teacher, author and peace activist. He founded the Order of Interbeing and the Unified Buddhist Church, along with monasteries and spiritual centres in Vietnam, the USA and France, where he now lives. His latest book The Novice, a retelling of an ancient Vietnamese folk tale, proposes a real way of being in the world relevant to the twenty-first century.

www.plumvillage.org :: Born in Thua Thien, Vietnam :: 11/10/1926 :: Spiritual Leader

 

4 – Deepak Chopra.

As a writer on Ayurveda, mind-body medicine and spirituality, Chopra has had huge success with titles such as Ageless Body, Timeless Mind and The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success. In 2011 he published The Seven Spiritual Laws of Superheroes: Harnessing Our Power to Change the World with his son Gotham and apologised for his “unfair criticism” of Richard Dawkins, after a long-running feud. His latest book, War of the Worldviews: Science vs Spirituality, pits his views against leading physicist Leonard Mlodinow.

www.deepakchopra.com :: Born in New Delhi, India :: 22/10/1946 :: Physician, writer and public speaker

 

5 - Paulo Coelho.

The Alchemist is one of the top selling books in history, with over 65 million copies sold in 150 countries. Warner Bros bought the film rights in 2003, but the project stalled. In 2008, Harvey Weinstein bought the rights to the film. Laurence Fishburne is set to direct and play the lead role. Coelho has sold more than 100 million books worldwide and his work has been translated into 67 languages. His latest book Aleph was published in September.

paulocoelho.com :: Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil :: 24/08/1947 :: Novelist

 

6 – Elizabeth Gilbert.

Gilbert is best known for her 2006 memoirs, Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything across Italy, India and Indonesia. Oprah Winfrey so enjoyed the book she devoted two episodes of her show. The film appeared in 2010 starring Julia Roberts. Gilbert followed this up with a sequel, Committed: A Skeptic makes Peace with Marriage, covering her life after Eat, Pray, Love.

elizabethgilbert.com :: Born in Waterbury, Connecticut, USA :: 18/07/1969 :: Novelist and memoir writer

 

7 – Iyanla Vanzant.

An inspirational speaker, spiritual teacher, author, and television personality, Vanzant was named one of the 100 Most Influential Black Americans by Ebony magazine, which said that “Her books, lectures and television appearances have made her a multimedia high priestess of healthy relationships”. Her latest book is Peace from Broken Pieces: How to Get Through What You’re Going Through.

innervisionsworldwide.com :: Born in Brooklyn, New York, USA :: 13/09/1953 :: Lawyer, minister, talk show host and author

 

8 – Ken Wilber.

Wilber has advocated Integral Thought and influenced figures as varied as Bill Clinton, Deepak Chopra, and Billy Corgan. He founded the Integral Institute and has written about adult development, developmental psychology, philosophy, worldcentrism, ecology, and stages of faith.

www.kenwilber.com :: Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA :: 31/01/1949 :: Author and Integral Theorist

 

9 – James Redfield.

Best known for The Celestine Prophecy, which he self-published in 1992. Redfield produced and co-wrote the screenplay of the movie, which came out in 2006. Redfield’s latest book, The Twelfth Insight, is now available in paperback.

www.celestinevision.com :: Born in Birmingham, Alabama, USA :: 19/03/1950 :: Writer

 

 

10 - Rhonda Byrne.

Well known for The Secret book and DVD, Byrne advocates the belief that we can all transcend our suffering by not falling prey to negative thoughts. She has been listed among Time Magazine’s list of 100 people who shape the world, and has also produced television shows. Her new book The Magic is published in March.

www.thesecret.tv :: Born in Australia :: 12/03/1951 :: Writer and TV/Film producer

 

[Extracted from: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-100-most-spiritually-influential-living-people-2012-03-15]

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  1. M.B. on Apr 2, 2012 at 3:35 am

    The Amazing thing is that I can’t see Dr.Yang Jwing-Ming among them – how strange…

  2. M.B. on Apr 2, 2012 at 3:40 am
  3. Jon Antony Esposito on Apr 2, 2012 at 4:39 am

    Interestin’! Maybe next year I make this list. It’s a list 1 can aspire to. I’d be in very good company!!!

  4. Siong Woan on Apr 2, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Interesting list… That’s all I can say.

    Many who are listed are expected, several I can’t understand why they were included, e.g. Judy Hall.. I guess the definition of Spirituality was loosely used?!

  5. Margaretlee on Apr 2, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this list with us.

    It is not surprising that Dalai Lama is still on the top of the list. He has brought Tibetan buddhism to a great height and with his fame and popularity, I pray for his long life to continue to spread buddhism around the globe.

    Among the 100 names, few that struck my eyes are :

    1) Thich Nhat Hanh

    A Vietnamese Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist who now lives in France where he was in exile for many years. He joined a Zen monastery at the age of 16, and studied Buddhism as a novitiate. Upon his ordination as a monk in 1949, he assumed the Dharma name Thích Nhất Hạnh. He is often considered the most influential living figure in the lineage of Lâm Tế (Vietnamese Rinzai) Thiền, and perhaps also in Zen Buddhism as a whole.

    Nhất Hạnh has published more than 100 books, including more than 40 in English. Nhat Hanh continues to be active in the peace movement, promoting non-violent solutions to conflict. He has also been featured in many films, including The Power of Forgiveness showcased at the Dawn Breakers International Film Festival.

    2)Pema Chodron

    Pema Chödrön is a notable American figure in Tibetan Buddhism. A disciple of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, she is an ordained nun, author, and teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage which Trungpa founded.

    A prolific author, she has conducted workshops, seminars, and meditation retreats in Europe, Australia, and throughout North America. She is resident and teacher of Gampo Abbey, a monastery in rural Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada.

    3) Soygal Rinpoche

    Sogyal Rinpoche, born 1947 is a Tibetan Dzogchen Lama of the Nyingma tradition. He has been teaching for over 30 years and continues to travel widely in Europe, America, Australia and Asia. He is also the founder and spiritual director of Rigpa—an international network of over 100 Buddhist centres and groups in 23 countries around the world—and the author of the best-selling book The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, which has been printed in 30 languages and 56 countries

  6. Khoo Hou Haw on Apr 2, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing this information. But my list, Tsem Tulku Rinpoche will be listed TOP! :)

  7. ECheah on Apr 2, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    I wonder what they consider as “spiritual”. I suppose it is as important to be seen as spiritual as being spiritual itself. I’m happy that Buddhists appear within the top 3. I’m also very surprised to not find the Pope anywhere on the list, or is he known by another name, or perhaps he is considered beyond “people” therefore should not be measured among the rest of the people as he is beyond “spiritual” by default?

  8. Michelle on Apr 2, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Wow. This list is a definite way of making you feel proud of humanity. :)

  9. Ana on Apr 3, 2012 at 1:27 am

    Where is our own Tsem Tulku Rinpoche? I certainly hope that one day his reputation and incredible love and Boddhicitta is seen and felt loud and clear beyond the confines of Malasia/Tibet and a scattering of students across the earth.

  10. Gim Lee on Apr 3, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Amazing… the Top 3 – 1st spot & 3rd spot are Buddhist leaders and at the 2nd spot, Eckhart Tolle’s works showed very strong Buddhist influence. I rejoice :)

    Yep our Rinpoche should be in the list.

  11. David Loh on Apr 3, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Don’t really understand what constitutes spirituality but, YES without a doubt The Dalai Lama should be on top of the list! Buddhist leaders taking the top and third spot is great news and an eye opener for all.

  12. Uncle Eddie on Apr 3, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Topping the top of the list, HH The Dalai Lama obviously makes the rightful choice for the selection as expected. Not only does he fits in to the required 3 criterias like a fiddle, he is also obviously “The most influential person in the World,” as described in the Time Magazine. The Nobel Peace Price winner’s influence has escalated so much and so rapidly in China, that they have to create an enactment order of China to curb and control the rapid growth of the Dalai Lama’s popularity. In spirituality, the Dalai Lama is a renown fiqure of compassion, wisdom and patience. He is his own beleaquered country’s spokesman, fighting tirelessy for Tibet’s autonomy from China. The Dalai Lama possesses an unusual brand of Celebrity, though he still calls himself a “simple Buddhist monk”.

  13. terri on Apr 3, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Male: 72%,
    Female: 28%
    There should be more girls/women. Does EVERYTHING have to be male dominated? Great article though! thank you Rinpoche!

  14. tenzin llhamo on Apr 4, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Looked thru the list twice hoping to find Rinpoche’s name there but it’s not. Soon it will be!

  15. Garrick Zircon on May 31, 2012 at 4:54 am

    Richard Bandler, co developer on NLP is on the list! :)

  16. patsy on May 31, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    HH Dalai Lama is still the top of the list as the most influential person in the world and the amazing thing is that the top 3 are Buddhist. In the near future, Tsem Tulku Rinpoche’s name will in this list!

  17. Wan Wai Meng on Jun 5, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    I have the good fortune to have read Dalai Lama and Eckhardt Tolle’s books, I have heard that Paulo Coelho writings has spiritual leanings to them, I think many people would be rolling their eyes now. Well better late than never right? Hope I have some time to look at his books his writings is well sought out through out the world!

  18. julia Tan on Jul 17, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    I feel so great and proud to know that H.H. Dalai Lama is on the top of the list. More so, the next 2 in the top list, Eckhart Tolle and Thich Nhat Hanh. It shows that Buddhism is definitely the most recognized spirituality that doing by the world. H.H. Dalai Lama is representing peace, compassion, and wisdom for real.

  19. sarah on Jan 18, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Wow, very interesting. Didn’t know there are so many famous spiritual celebrities out there.

    I’m really interested to know how each and everyone of these spiritual figures has brought meaning to other’s. There are many on the list that I do not know and have not heard of, and even the ones I’ve heard like Deepak Chopra I am not sure what type of spirituality he preaches or how his followers have benefitted from him.

    Interesting… looks like it’s time for me to do some googling… hehe

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    For james –

    Dear James,

    May I ask you to provide the link you found this information on Samayavajra please?

    Thank you,
    Pastor Adeline
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Monday, May 4. 2015 03:57 PM)
    For krynauw –

    Dear krynauw,

    May I ask which video are you referring to and the link you found it?

    Thank you,
    P. Adeline
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Monday, May 4. 2015 03:43 PM)
    For tk –

    Dear tk,

    Thank you for your question. It is true that there is divine protection and there is no doubt about it. The question here though is not to doubt the divine protection, but to understand how all beings are governed by our individual and collective karma. No divine can stop our negative karma from ripening including the Buddha Himself.

    When Shakyamuni Buddha was alive, He has clairvoyance and knew that Prince Virudhaka was going to massacre the Shakya clan. He went to the Prince three times to talk him out of his cruel intention, but the Prince’s intention was always rekindled. On the fourth time, the Buddha knew that the Shakya clan cannot get away from this fate, but His disciple Maudgalyayana who had great spiritual powers insisted on using his powers and hid the Shakya clan into his alms bowl. Maudgalyayana was shocked to find that all in his bowl still died later. It was only then that he realised that we cannot avoid from the ripening of our bad karma.

    So when unfortunate things happened, even in holy place, it is not due to the ineffectiveness of the divine protection, but the ripening of the people’s bad karma in that place. His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche gave a wonderful teaching on karma which I feel will benefit you. Please watch/read it here http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/discovering-yourself-a-teaching-on-karma-mindstream.html.

    With best wishes,
    Pastor Adeline
  • Alice Tay
    (Monday, May 4. 2015 02:56 PM)
    Dear Rinpoche,

    Recently,I found the young generation and also most of the parents only concern and enjoy what they are having now. They do not believe in reincarnation and karma. They just believe the things in front of them and nothing will happened afterwards. Sometimes, they will advise me not to think too much and just enjoy the moment. I feel sad when listen it.

    Anyway, I’m glad to see more pastors have been ordained in Kechara. Congratulations to all the Kechara Pastors. I humbly hope that they will become a good example and guidance for us to learn the dharma and involve in dharma work. The most important is continue to spread the dharma which will benefit to more people everywhere.

    Thank you.

    Your humbly,
    Alice Tay
  • tsemtulku
    (Monday, May 4. 2015 10:43 AM)
    I am happy that three more pastors have been ordained in Kechara yesterday on holy Wesak Day. The more pastors we have, the more we can share the dharma with those karmically ready. I offer my good wishes, prayers and thoughts to the new pastors from yesterday as well as our senior pastors. Thank you for your kindness in bringing benefit to others. Tsem Rinpoche

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The Unknown

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

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Super sacred Manjushri image
6 hours ago
Very special 8-armed, 4-legged and 3-faced Kalarupa. Stunning.
6 hours ago
This is a collage of the teachers I've taken teachings from or I respect very much. I have had this on my shrine for years. Tsem Rinpoche 
yesterday
Our wonderful Kecharians with the oracle of Dorje Shugden, the great Panglung Kuten oracle monk of Sera Monastery. He takes full trance of Setrap, Dorje Shugden, Kache Marpo, etc. He was fully authorized by His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche. Tsem Rinpoche 
yesterday
A woman comforts her dying cow who is trapped under the cow shed. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 days ago
Dear friends, Here is something I just wrote that is very personal I wanted to share with you. I am sure it will benefit you-see here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=65842
4 days ago
This is something I found on the net.
5 days ago
Live life among the ruins of samsara, Rebuilding what is empty and impermanent. By the grace of Manjushri, From nothing, something solid can arise. ~Tsem Rinpoche
6 days ago
Dear kind friends around the world, I beg you to please help here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=65570
1 week ago
This is very heartwarming.
1 week ago
This is the truth!
1 week ago
This is so sad
1 week ago
I have just finished my post with my team on Wealth Gyenze- a method to increase wealth both inner and outer- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=59965
2 weeks ago
This is so important to remember. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
When you have loved, given care, resources, material needs, support, emotional bonding and your sincerity to someone, but they don't have the merits to see it, let them be. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
My beautiful Kache Marpo statue
2 weeks ago
My small room in Gaden
2 weeks ago
These are my thoughts here....
2 weeks ago
Be balanced.
2 weeks ago
Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche visited me in my house in Gaden Monastery in this picture. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Gaden Shartse Monastery 1975.
2 weeks ago
Graceful & elegant White Manjushri.
2 weeks ago
Very unusual form of Lord Manjushri. Fascinating and holy.
2 weeks ago
Beautiful statue of Yamantaka who is a practice highly recommended by Je Tsongkapa.
2 weeks ago
My grandmother Dechen Minh, she is from the ruling family of Xianjiang
2 weeks ago
left to right: My cousin Judy, My mother (red), my cousin Toktun
2 weeks ago
Left to right: My mother, family friend and my grandmother
2 weeks ago
My mother Dewa Nimbo.
2 weeks ago
My grandmother Dechen Minh with my mother Dewa Nimbo.
2 weeks ago
Beautiful  5 meter rock carving in Dzongsar Monastery in China. 
2 weeks ago
Such a beautiful picture of a fully enlightened teacher. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
When statues are consecrated, the actual Buddhas are invited to reside within these holy objects. This sacred statue of Vajra Yogini in Tibet has spoken to sincere practitioners on several occasions. Tsem Rinpoche (More to read on Vajra Yogini here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/vajra-yogini)
2 weeks ago
This person in the picture with me is a very humble, kind and knowledgable senior monk. I have the great merits to be considered his friend. He has been very kind to me on many occasions. I have the deepest respects for him and he has been serving others for nearly 40 years as the personal authorized oracle of Dorje Shugden, Kache Marpo, Setrap, Shidak Gyenze. He was trained up as a monk oracle by His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Kyabje Domo Geshe Rinpoche. He is fully qualified and benefits many with his oracular abilities. You can see him here in full trance in the monastery with hundreds of monks and people: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Xbghs-mdNc I thank Dorje Shugden for appearing in oracles to speak to us and I thank this oracle monk for his services. The authentic and beneficial oracle tradition of Tibet is 1,000 year old. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Wonderful people with me. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
I will never give up Dorje Shugden just because you taunt and ban me. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
This really happened.
3 weeks ago
Hate is not good.
3 weeks ago
This is good!!! Share it please!
3 weeks ago
I've always not felt comfortable reading on computer screen for over a decade now. When I do, I feel I am slower. I thought it's just me, studies show it's most people. I am always faster and more efficient and catch more things when items are printed out for me. I enjoy books much more than reading online. I dread reading on the phone. I am super slow.Nice little trivia that affirms my habit.
3 weeks ago
Take a look at the face carefully. Always be kind to animals. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
So many beautiful items to support our spiritual practice. Go to http://www.vajrasecrets.com immediately.
3 weeks ago
Dear friends, I have just completed the following blog posts: 1. Who is Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=60008 2. Dorje Shugden Retreat: A powerful practice to fulfill wishes: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=62422 3. Ganden Sumtseling Monastery the beautiful: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=61321 4. Why Hide and Attack A Monk? http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=63287 5. YAKs at the Taman Megah Orphanage! http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=62929 6. They Want to Kill Me : http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=63769 Do enjoy most of the articles, information and beautiful pictures. Some are surprising to say the least. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
Dear friends, I have just completed the following blog posts: 1. Who is Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=60008 2. Dorje Shugden Retreat: A powerful practice to fulfill wishes: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=62422 3. Ganden Sumtseling Monastery the beautiful: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=61321 4. Why Hide and Attack A Monk? http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=63287 5. YAKs at the Taman Megah Orphanage! http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=62929 Do enjoy most of the articles, information and beautiful pictures. Some are surprising to say the least. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
How fortunate to meet these holy and erudite beings. To be in the presence of His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche is result of merits. To be student of erudite Geshe Kelsang is fortunate. Respects to them. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
A holy statue of Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen lak. I miss him so much. I lived with him and served him for 8 years. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
Very nice message. Thanks. 
4 weeks ago
These 8 monks are very special. There is a lot more than meets the eye. You will be able to learn some interesting knowledge. Have free download too! See what I mean: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=63299
4 weeks ago
There is a very interesting story behind this card. You have to find out here!! :) Enjoy: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=57485
4 weeks ago
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  • Another Dharma Talk by Tenzin Palmo
    Another Dharma Talk by Tenzin Palmo
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  • A Dharma Talk by Tenzin Palmo
    A Dharma Talk by Tenzin Palmo
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  • Tenzin Palmo talk - Part 2
    Tenzin Palmo talk - Part 2
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  • Tenzin Palmo talk - Part 1
    Tenzin Palmo talk - Part 1
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    Tenzin Palmo talk - Part 3
    2 months ago
  • Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche & Kyabje Ling Rinpoche doing Lama Chöpa in Bodhgaya in the 60s
    Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche & Kyabje Ling Rinpoche doing Lama Chöpa in Bodhgaya in the 60s
    In the 1960s, H.H. Yongzin Kyabje Ling Rinpoche would always organize Lama Chöpa (Guru puja-composed by Panchen Rinpoche) with 1000 offerings in Bodhgaya and would often be joined in by H.H. Yongzin Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, and sometimes the 16th Karmapa would even join in. Wonderful. Watch this blessed and old footage of the two Yongzins doing Lama Chöpa in Bodhgaya. Yongzin is the special title to those who were the root and close teachers of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. There were two official Yongzins. Trijang Rinpoche and Ling Rinpoche were the Yongzins of the current Dalai Lama for over 40 years living nearby to Dalai Lama and passing him all the teachings necessary. They were extremely kind and giving all necessary teachings, empowerments and oral transmissions that Dalai Lama is disseminating to the world today to millions. Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
    3 months ago
  • Socialite becomes a volunteer in Malaysian soup kitchen
    Socialite becomes a volunteer in Malaysian soup kitchen
    In the Malaysian capital, Ruby Khong devotes her lunch hours delivering food to the needy, even when the tropical heat and humidity make it hard to breathe. "It was always about myself, what I wanted and that continued on for a while until 1994," she says. That year, she was on a quest for spiritual guidance in India and met a Buddhist monk named Tsem Rinpoche. Read more here: http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29986205
    6 months ago
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    Mumu always prepares his bed this way before sleeping. Cute.
    6 months ago
  • Watch what Jason Clare said in parliament
    Watch what Jason Clare said in parliament
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    6 months ago
  • Super cute attack. Have to watch!!
    Super cute attack. Have to watch!!
    7 months ago
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    They pump 'things' into poultry to make it look plump and bigger to attract you to buy. Then you eat whatever they've pumped and think how it builds up in your body? Is your taste buds worth it to risk your health? Tsem Rinpoche
    7 months ago
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    Look at this 2 minute video, while Hong Kong is having massive protests,right over the skyline of a city a UFO is spotted observing.. Incredible footage. UFO's are historically said to always gather where there is massive conflicts or congregations of people for hundreds of years.
    7 months ago
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    See this video and do share with friends. See what happens at 1:10........Om Mani Peme Hung Watch it for the sake of the beings within in enduring what they have to endure. Don't think about how you feel because you are not there, but how they feel. Tsem Rinpoche
    7 months ago
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    I just purchased an empty locket from an art store for around $10 and had a nice picture of His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche inserted in the front and His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche inserted on the others side at home. Attached a str...ing and it's good to wear for blessings. Look how beautiful. I am the type, I devote myself to my practice but I remember it is the sole kindness of the guru's teachings. Without the guru there is no dharma at all as I cannot speak to Buddha directly. Tsem Rinpoche
    7 months ago
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    I was gifted this wonderful blingy shiny new pen by a spiritual friend. I didn't know Swarovski pens write so smoothly. I am going to enjoy writing with this. Thank you Jessica Pimentel. Tsem Rinpoche
    7 months ago
  • Is this the Loch Ness monster?
    Is this the Loch Ness monster?
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    8 months ago
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    In Kechara Forest Retreat we have a large aviary with many rescued birds and tortoises. We just built a nice pool for them to cool down in. Tsem Rinpoche
    8 months ago
  • Rescuing dog in LA river
    Rescuing dog in LA river
    8 months ago
  • This is a very inspiring video by Jim Carrey you must see
    This is a very inspiring video by Jim Carrey you must see
    8 months ago
  • Dalai Lama watching TV
    Dalai Lama watching TV
    9 months ago
  • Dog with a heart of Gold
    Dog with a heart of Gold
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    9 months ago
  • 14th Dalai Lama with Mrs.Indira Gandhi , Delhi INDIA 1966
    14th Dalai Lama with Mrs.Indira Gandhi , Delhi INDIA 1966
    11 months ago
  • The Girl Who Couldn't Cry - Water is Life
    The Girl Who Couldn't Cry - Water is Life
    It's really hard to educate a generation of people born in conditions where they take things for granted. A simple slogan campaign that says, "Save water, It's precious" isn't sticky enough to make inroads. That's exactly where this video steps in: to make people realize how precious water actually is. A brilliant video that follows the heartbreaking story of a young girl that cannot cry. Sounds like fiction? Sadly, it is not.
    12 months 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
    1 years 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
    1 years 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
    1 years 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
    1 years 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.
    1 years ago
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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
    2 yearss ago

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Kechara's Pastor Chia conducted the marriage ceremony for happy couple, Mr. Chang Hing Wai and his lovely bride Miss Tan Jui Ann at Kechara House gompa this morning. Congratulations and best wishes for your future together. http:www.kechara.com/.../kecharas-marriage-registration-se.../ Lucy Yap
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Kechara 6th Pastor Ordination Ceremony on Wesak Day 2015. From: June Tang (Khjb)
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Lama Chopa prayers at Kechara House on Wesak Day. From: June Tang (Khjb)
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48 children baptised during the Children Baptismal Ceremony at Kechara House. From: June Tang (Khjb)
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Happy Wesak Day! May the Triple Gem bless everyone!! From: June Tang (Khjb)
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Pastor Chia brought his family to visit Kechara Forest Retreat this morning. From: June Tang (Khjb)
17 hours ago
一个充满爱的人间天堂~~克切拉禅修林. From: June Tang (Khjb)
17 hours ago
要获解脱不易,但它是一种必要,也应该从现在启步。~ 詹杜固活佛 http://m.weibo.cn/1837031263/CeuA45Vgt From: June Tang (Khjb)
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詹杜固活佛指示弟子在克切拉禅修林为尼泊尔及其他地区受地震影响的人们点百盏灯祈福。我们将功德回向予遇难者,也回向予失去亲人的家属、伤者,以及所有人,祈愿众生离苦得乐,永驻安宁。 http://m.weibo.cn/1837031263/CeXGl7nRM From: June Tang (Khjb)
17 hours ago
Watch Tsem Rinpoche present to millions of TV viewers a concise yet very clear and insightful explanation on Buddha’s life story and what Buddhism is all about. http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/wesak-day-special-on-rtm-2.html From: June Tang (Khjb)
17 hours ago
#PrayforNepal Keep on praying for NEPAL. From: June Tang (Khjb)
17 hours ago
#PrayforNepal Offer Dorje Shugden prayers for the Nepal earthquake victims . May the death find peace and may the living live in peace..! From: June Tang (Khjb)
17 hours ago
Live life among the ruins of samsara, Rebuilding what is empty and impermanent. By the grace of Manjushri, From nothing, something solid can arise.~Tsem Rinpoche From: June Tang (Khjb)
17 hours ago
Can you please help? http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/can-you-please-help.html Stop Koreans/Chinese from BOILING DOGS AND CATS ALIVE – Fulfill the UN Millennium promise! ⭐SIGN THE PETITION HERE⭐: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/862/504/041/your-millenium-declaration-for-a-better-world-your-a-korean-sowhat-about-korean-dog-torture/?taf_id=9342680&cid=fb_na Please kindly sign this petition and take some time to read the articles, this is very useful to stop this kind of animal cruelty !~Tsem Rinpoche From: June Tang (Khjb)
17 hours ago
How many more moons will we see before it's total darkness? Try to complete millions of Ds mantras/offerings/prostrations before that happens.~ Tsem Rinpoche From: June Tang (Khjb)
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