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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19 Responses to 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People in 2012

  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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  • Pastor Jay Jae
    (Monday, Sep 1. 2014 06:20 PM)
    Being passionate for the Dharma and also serving His Eminence Tsem Tulku Rinpoche full time, PastorLoh Seng Piow is one of the eyewitness to many of the incidences which we don’t see when we meet Rinpoche. Pastor Seng Piow on his personal accord has compiled all these stories and made it available in visual comic form for everyone to see. On one hand, this has increased the faith in many on Rinpoche and on the other, this shows how devoted Pastor Seng Piow is in serving H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche.

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  • bengkooi
    (Monday, Sep 1. 2014 05:19 PM)
    The next Saturday Blog Chat Topics have been announced! Study up and prepare yourself: (1) H.H. Trijang Rinpoche’s biography (http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/his-holiness-kyabje-trijang-dorje-chang.html) and tantra teachings (http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/various-aspects-of-tantra-by-his-holiness-kyabje-trijang-rinpoche.html) See you on Saturday!
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Saturday, Aug 30. 2014 02:05 PM)
    Next Saturday (6 Sept 2014) 11am Malaysia time, we’ll be learning about Trijang Rinpoche, our erudite lineage master! Here’s some read up to prepare yourself http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/his-holiness-kyabje-trijang-dorje-chang.html; http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/various-aspects-of-tantra-by-his-holiness-kyabje-trijang-rinpoche.html. Looking forward to seeing you there!
  • tsemtulku
    (Saturday, Aug 30. 2014 12:38 PM)
    Dear Everyone, I was very happy to observe blog chat. Excellent questions, excellent answers and excellent participation. Joy had good questions prepared. Joy will be in charge of the next ten BLOG CHAT SHARINGS. She will announce and inform people (reminders) on social media. Every week I will give Joy the subject she should research on and come up with the questions and be prepared for the answers too. Next week will be on His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche bio and you can all study up here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=4340 and also his teaching on: Various Aspects of Tantra- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=4621 So next week Blog Sharing will be on Trijang Rinpoche’s life and his teachings on tantra. This will everyone to learn and understand dharma more. Study up! Tsem Rinpoche
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    (Friday, Aug 29. 2014 02:26 PM)
    Incredible Tsongkapa Retreat In Kechara:

    There are 24 persons who have just started a holy Tsongakapa retreat in Kechara. More and more people are engaging in Tsongkapa retreats, meditations, mantras, prayers and practice as they can feel the practice. Pastor PastorYek Yee kindly updated me on the retreat and Pastor Lanse conducted a Drukchoma (Kalarupa puja) for the success of the retreatants. I sincerely rejoice.
    It is wonderful to find the dharma. Then investigate and learn the dharma. Then adopt the dharma. Then adapt the dharma into our body, speech and mind and that is called practice. With practice we become familiar and it definitely becomes easier. To support our transformation (practice), retreats are necessary to increase merits to back up the transformations. Buddha Tsongkapa retreat is one of the best ways to collect merit, purify karma and help us to connect to our divinity. Help us to expunge old negative thinking and let go of pain and adopt new and wisdom filled ways of observing the happenings around us. A new way to observe that does not cause pain. As Tsongkapa is a Buddha, His practice will confer great blessings.

    Reciting his potent mantra (migtseyma) daily and consistently, making offerings to Tsongkapa and doing His meditations over time is excellent. I am very happy to hear there are 24 persons engaged in a short and blessed Tsongkapa retreat now in Kechara. Excellent news. Thank you for sharing. Tsem Rinpoche…
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Friday, Aug 29. 2014 02:04 PM)
    I love this poem His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche wrote for his root guru, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. It never fail to bring tears to my eye. http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/a-poem-to-my-teacher.html
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    When we have one or two persons who brave releasing samsara and become ordained and become monks or nuns, then it will inspire others. When the sangha behave according to dharma, it will inspire many other people to take ordination also. Tsem Rinpoche

    Today another Kecharian has shaved the head and preparing for ordination as a full sangha.

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    Hi,

    Am really cannot imagine this is still happening in Australia, “Cage Egg System” has already been banned in many countries. I will share this in FB, share it to my friends.I am sure there must be a more systematic way than this “Cage Egg System”.
  • tsemtulku
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    I get thanks and appreciations very often from people all around the world for our blog here. Majority of the people I do not have the pleasure to know who they are. Yet they write in always. They read and leave comments. We get now between 100,000 to 120,000 views per month now on the blog I am told and it is consistent ever month. I am AMAZED, HUMBLED AND HAPPY. I am glad so many around the world learn and benefit from this blog. I got two messages today. One from Penang and one from Italy thanking me for the blog and how much they learn from this blog and how much they appreciate it. It makes all the hard work worth it. Wonderful. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Pastor Jay Jae
    (Wednesday, Aug 27. 2014 04:38 PM)
    RARE and precious pictures of His Holiness Kyabje Zong Dorje Chang. Without Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, we won’t be blessed with such a mighty Guru such as HE Tsem Rinpoche today. Brace yourselves and be showered with the rain of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=52782
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Tuesday, Aug 26. 2014 06:21 PM)
    Dear friends, I just posted this on our LINEAGE lamas and how we should cultivate our attitude toward our lamas for successful practice: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=52656 Tsem Rinpoche
    yesterday. http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?nggpu=http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/gallery/photos-on-the-go/photo_140825140522_0.jpg (copied from Photo on the Go at http://www.tsemrinpoche.com)
  • tsemtulku
    (Tuesday, Aug 26. 2014 07:54 AM)
    His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s biography has been posted here finally. Pastors David, Niral, Jean Ai and Seng Piow worked for long hours into the wee hours of the morning to get it done. I have been wanting to compile one from various sources for the longest time and add the beautiful pictures, but I hadn’t gotten around to it. I asked the four Pastors to do so last night and they were here till 6AM completing it. Then I added the finishing touches and finally finished around 8AM. It’s important to read the biography to understand this great master and why he has affected me and thousands so deeply and the lineage I belong to. To understand a teacher is to understand their guru. To understand a lineage is through the biographies of the great masters of the lineage. It is a blessing to read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=52782 Tsem Rinpoche
  • Pastor Niral Patel
    (Tuesday, Aug 26. 2014 07:25 AM)
    Easy and Effective – The practice of Tsongkhapa. Go to the link to read a beautiful prayer invoking the blessings of Lama Tsongkhapa, one of my favorite prayers!
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tsongkhapa/easy-and-effective.html
  • tsemtulku
    (Monday, Aug 25. 2014 11:36 PM)
    We spent around 5 hours blogging about H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s biography. Take a look: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=52782)—- For further interesting posts and pictures on Zong Rinpoche, click here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/…/cate…/kyabje-zong-rinpoche

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I must thank my dharma blog team who are great assets to me, Kechara and growth of dharma in this wonderful region. I am honoured and thrilled to work with them. I really am. Maybe I don't say it enough to them, but I am saying it now. I APPRECIATE THESE GUYS VERY MUCH!

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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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I would like to thank Queck Soon Lee, Elsie Toy, Soh Lee Loon and Lim Kam Koi for the beautiful and blessed images of Tara. It's really wonderful and made from porcelain. I like Tara very much. All of you are wonderful students of Modern Buddhist Fellowship. Please make Modern Buddhist Fellowship a place of practice, learning and benefitting society even more. Put all your efforts to make this place fully blossom more. You have my prayers. Tsem Rinpoche
6 hours ago
This is so perfect! Really direct wisdom and to the point. Tsem Rinpoche
3 days ago
Interesting deduction. TR
3 days ago
When we need to support, we should not remain quiet or indifferent. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 days ago
This is so true. It's hard but it applies. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 days ago
I get thanks and appreciations very often from people all around the world for my blog (www.tsemrinpoche.com). Majority of the people I do not have the pleasure to know who they are. Yet they write in always. They read and leave comments on the blog also. We get now between 100,000 to 120,000 views per month now on my blog I am told and it is consistent ever month. I am AMAZED, HUMBLED AND HAPPY. I am glad so many around the world learn and benefit from my humble blog. I received two messages today. One from Penang (North Malaysia) and one from Italy thanking me for the blog and how much they learn from my blog and how much they appreciate it. It makes all the hard work worth it. Wonderful. Thank you everyone for the learning and feedback. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche
6 days ago
We spent around 5 hours blogging about H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche's biography. Take a look: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=52782)---- For further interesting posts and pictures on Zong Rinpoche, click here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/.../cate.../kyabje-zong-rinpoche
1 week ago
His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche with his two disciples H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Perfect triad of blessings. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 week ago
Dear friends, I just posted this on our LINEAGE lamas and how we should cultivate our attitude toward our lamas for successful practice: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=52656 Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
Tsem Rinpoche: The most BEAUTIFUL Dharma wallpaper downloads in both English and Chinese language here for FREE: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=7052 and many free high resolution Buddha picture downloads here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=52713
1 week ago
Wonderful! Today I went out briefly from my retreat and I found a BEAUTIFUL holy Dalai Lama pendant in a store. Am not going out much these days at all. It's nice to have His Holiness close to my heart. I wore the pendant immediately. When I was a child, people had similar ones and I always wanted one. Many of the Kalmyk people would wear it. Now I have one of my own. I really like it. Tsem Rinpoche.. Myself requesting H.H. Dalai Lama to bestow on me ordination: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=19322
1 week ago
This is important to read, see and contemplate. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 week ago
What is on your altar? Take a look: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=52604
2 weeks ago
My little 4 inch Bigfoot figurine arrived today also. I sure like seeing this fellow around. Makes me feel like he belongs around my environment.
2 weeks ago
A beautiful Lord Manjushri arrived and He is in standing form. Absolutely beautiful. only around 8 inches in height and very graceful. I really treasure all forms of Manjushri and He is gracing my working table where I can see him very clearly. I offer incense to Him throughout the day as I do my work. I like to have incense and offerings throughout the day as much as possible. In fact 24 hours a day.
2 weeks ago
Read this book by John Blofeld over 30 years ago. Now getting another copy of it to re-read. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
An EXCITING contest going on now! It starts today August 21, 2014-September 4, 2014. Anyone from anywhere around the world may join in!!! You have a chance to win a fabulous Manjushri statue and some wonderful great books. Take a look: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=52496
2 weeks ago
The Shwedagon Great stupa in Myanmar, it holds the hairs of Buddha Shakyamuni. Very holy and worthy of a visit. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Great words of wisdom from Bruce Lee. Must read. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
This is corn that is grown on our Kechara Forest Retreat land in Malaysia,. Fantastic!!!!! Julia said it's very juicy and sweet! Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
Locked up her whole life. Never sees sunshine, grass, dirt, or the sky. She is forced to lay eggs constantly and daily. She does so until she's dead, then they send her to be eaten. She has no feathers and can barely stand due to no space and sunlight. She is locked in this tiny space always.
2 weeks ago
Wonderful plants to have in the room. 
2 weeks ago
Amazing Rescue: Last week in Goalpara, India, train passengers spotted this baby elephant struggling in a muddy ditch and had the conductor stop the train, so they could keep the elephant company and feed it local vegetation until a rescue team arrived!-from FB
2 weeks ago
Beautiful outdoor large Lord Buddha in Bhutan.
3 weeks ago
The discovery of this giant Sonoran Desert Toad yesterday outside the Chiricahua Desert Museum the locals are sure this toad is responsible for the loss of their pets This toad weighed in at 57 pounds, that was after it dispensed about 2 gallons of urine during its capture. the largest native toad in North American does not typically get any larger than about 1.5 pounds length of 7.5 inches this is a new world record. -from FB
3 weeks ago
Kalarupa thangka sent to me by Pastor JJ. Thank you so much.
3 weeks ago
This is wonderful. Full of thought and deep. Please read and share. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
This is one of my MOST favorite science fiction movies of all time. It's a little B-rated, but I find it super cool still. LOL. Do watch and leave a comment and let me know what you think: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=34750
4 weeks ago
His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche was said to be a fully attained great lama. He was one of the greatest teachers of his time. He has achieved one-ness with his Yidam Heruka Chakrasamvara. There was many indications of this. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
My bigfoot area in my room with books and statues..
1 month ago
Great Buddha Tsongkapa.
1 month ago
There are more Buddhist Priests, Ministers and Pastors now. This is a wonderful trend. Do see what a great job Rev Christina Yanko is doing in Canada: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=52129
1 month ago
If everyone can realize this would eliminate so many problems.
1 month ago
This is one of the best Avalokitesvara thangkas I have ever seen. I rarely see an Avalokitesvara that draws me or I really like. I am very particular about thangka paintings. But this one is really done by a super skilled artist. The eyes are perfect and the gaze is the correct angle of calm/contemplativeness. The lips, nose and proportions are stunning. The coloring and feel is regality and serenity with great compassion. He feels alive. I would love to get a copy of this very much. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Look at this massive thangka of the Lord of Wisdom Manjushri in Tibet. The bigger the thangka it is believed, the more blessed the area will be. See all the people congregated around it to pay homage and make offerings. Amazing. May you all be blessed by this too and be connected to Manjushri. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
There is a devil there is no doubt, but is he trying to get into us or trying to get out? ~Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
These fresh tomatoes just plucked from our garden here in our USA Ladrang. Tomatoes are some of my favorite foods. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
We had some very special guests come to volunteer at Kechara? Guess who they were? And they turned out to be very humble in their works that night. Please see the love and care: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=51852
2 months ago
This is so true. When teach dharma to some and ask them to change or explain why, they reject and become unhappy and speak ill. 
2 months ago
If my endurance of so much suffering these past years have benefitted you and took some away from you, then it was not in vain and I am content and I would take more.~Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
A sketch by a eye witness in California-1987
2 months ago
Existing is not true existence but mere labelling because the causes removed, we are empty.~Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
People from different parts of the world who have no prior obvious connections can connect to do dharma together. This is wonderful because what we did in the past together can manifest in the present again to continue where we left off. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 months ago
ELEPHANT WEEPS AFTER RESCUE: A 50-year-old elephant that had spent much of his life shackled in chains, wept when he was finally freed from captivity. "Raju" had tears streaming down his face, as wildlife rescuers released him. SHARE this amazing story. -Details of Raju's rescue: http://kiro.tv/AmazingElephantStory
2 months ago
This is profound and the secrets to our success or failure. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Are you the sign of the pig? Do you want to know more about yourself? It would be interesting: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=23608
2 months ago
Vegetables harvested from our garden in our USA residence today...nice. TR
2 months ago
See who are in these nice pictures and how they are connected to me please....I just posted the Gratitude series #2...do take a look: See: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=51490
2 months ago
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Videos On The Go

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  • Rescuing dog in LA river
    Rescuing dog in LA river
    5 days 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
    2 weeks ago
  • Dalai Lama watching TV
    Dalai Lama watching TV
    2 weeks ago
  • Dog with a heart of Gold
    Dog with a heart of Gold
    Description
    3 weeks ago
  • 14th Dalai Lama with Mrs.Indira Gandhi , Delhi INDIA 1966
    14th Dalai Lama with Mrs.Indira Gandhi , Delhi INDIA 1966
    3 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.
    4 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
    4 months 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
    4 months 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
    6 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
    6 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.
    6 months ago
  • Incredible footage you must see!
    Incredible footage you must see!
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    7 months 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
    10 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
    10 months ago
  • Mumus running at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Mumus running at Kechara Forest Retreat
    11 months ago
  • Kechara Forest Retreat panorama, September 2013
    Kechara Forest Retreat panorama, September 2013
    12 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
    1 years ago
  • The mumus having outdoor evening stroll!!!
    The mumus having outdoor evening stroll!!!
    1 years 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.
    1 years 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!
    2 yearss 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
    2 yearss ago
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    Answer to Jo
    2 yearss ago
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    The 2 tortoises in Tsem Ladrang, Kadro and Menlha are enjoying their fresh veggie meal.
    2 yearss ago
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    Organic vegetables at Kechara Forest Retreat
    2 yearss 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
    2 yearss ago
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    Mumus go bye bye!!!
    2 yearss 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.
    2 yearss 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
    2 yearss 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
    2 yearss ago

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Nik was rushed to the hospital after he suffered breathing difficulties just now. Justin@KSK
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Aloft Kuala Lumpur Hotel served delicious hotel food in our soup kitchen today! Justin@KSK
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Aloft Kuala Lumpur Hotel served delicious hotel food in our soup kitchen today! Justin@KSK
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White Tara puja led by Tat Ming and assisted by Pee Bee at Kechara House gompa dedicated to our beloved Guru,H.E Tsem Rinpoche long life and for all beings to continue to enlighten through His teachings and may the Dharma flourished throughout the world. Lucy Yap
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I should eliminate the suffering of others because it is suffering, just like my own suffering. I should take care of others, just because I am also a sentient being. (Dalai Lama)_PB
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Letting other people win doesn't mean you lose, it just means you are spiritually matured. ~~ Tsem Rinpoche ~~_PB
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Kechara Penang Study Group completed White Tara Puja on 2nd Sept'14 for dedication of Tsem Tulku Rinpoche's long life - Soon Huat
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Kechara Penang Study Group completed White Tara Puja on 2nd
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We can make the MEDICINE BUDDHA HILL a reality and a place for healing externally as well as internally_PB
7 hours ago
Whatever you do that's not dharma is disloyal, it always abandons you.~ Tsem Rinpoche From: June Tang (Khjb)
9 hours ago
Radiating energy from within illuminates everything around u. ~Tsem Rinpoche From: June Tang (Khjb)
9 hours ago
~Twenty-Seven Verses On Mind Training~ (Composed by Lama Je Tsongkhapa ~1357-1419 ) http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/tsongkhapa-prayers.html #27 Having become, through the medium of this poem, the powerful and eloquent speech of Divine Manjushri, speaking directly with the harmonious and melodious voice of the transcendent Wisdom Deity, may I and all my relations and companions, from small insects to tenth-level bodhisattvas, attain the blessings of primordial Buddha nature: infinite bliss, infinite fulfillment, infinite perfection, and universal conscious enlightenment. From: June Tang (Khjb)
9 hours ago
~Twenty-Seven Verses On Mind Training~ (Composed by Lama Je Tsongkhapa ~1357-1419 ) http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/tsongkhapa-prayers.html #26 May the bliss of the mystical fusion of transcendent wisdom with tender compassion fall like sweet summer rain from dark blue clouds, the motivation of goodness, skillfully and gracefully opened by lightening flashes of selfless awareness. May conscious beings in every realm and condition enjoy their glorious existence as the dynamic play of Lord Buddha’s four modes of manifestation: transparent, universal, heavenly, and earthly. From: June Tang (Khjb)
9 hours ago
~Twenty-Seven Verses On Mind Training~ (Composed by Lama Je Tsongkhapa ~1357-1419 ) http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/tsongkhapa-prayers.html #25 Some authors tie complex knots of philosophical terms, while others rave incoherently like mad persons. In the most beautiful hermitage, the snow mountains of Tibet, this poet, known as Ever-Expanding Mind of Goodness, has attempted to write with richness and lucidity. From: June Tang (Khjb)
9 hours ago
And you must understand that the key to a successful practice is to never lose your determination.~H.H.Dalai Lama_Hee TS
12 hours ago

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