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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  • Lakpa Dhondup
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 09:18 PM)
    I am lay tibetan and I do nt know much about Dharma but my concern is this How our beloved own brothers and sisters become like this..when we were children I used to feel proud on my community so much of concern to each other, love so much and share everything.. and now everything changes we look each other suspiciously….where our harmony among ourselves were gone…. my grand father was follower of Dhomo Geshey Rinpoche from the first incarnation and he met the second incarnation also….when we were samll kids he used to tell the story to us… even my late mother also tell the story to us….and now..DS followers are being ill treated by our own society, our very own brother and sister and community…why all this and for what…..The other people are laughing on us we have become a laughing stuffs and where is our UNITY….if the things goes like this than getting our COUNTRY back is IMPOSSIBLE which we have lost…our upcoming generation will be ashamed of our deeds.. so I humbly wish only on thing..among ourselves Tibetan there should not be any differences just because of Religion..we should be more responsible for our community, country and for our coming generation..I am sorry..I have expressed my views and I do not intend to hurt anyone…I am a foolish man…thats all for today…next time ….
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 03:07 PM)
    tsemtulku
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 06:18 AM)

    Dear everyone, His Holiness Dalai Lama says to kick out monks from the monasteries who do not listen. I was so surprised at this short speech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BS6hq5HJNik.
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 12:47 PM)
    对我而言,我并不会加以区分任何一位上师和他们的观点。每位上师自有一套引领弟子通往证悟之道的方法。正因如此,智者释迦牟尼佛才传授了8万4千种法门。我们不该卷入冲突之中,进而批评这位或那位上师。佛法教导我们即便是面对鬼魂、乞丐、小偷、蛇和一切有情众生都该心怀善心。

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/i-will-not-be-pulled-into-conflict.html
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 12:46 PM)
    仁波切突然对我们说 “你们在这儿坐着稍等一会儿,我去和我的朋友们谈一谈。” 说完便起身走向酒店门口望着乌云密布的天空开始喃喃自语,我们一行人你看我我看你,面面相觑,然后转身面对着远处的仁波切发愣。。。大概过了5分钟,仁波切便走回来对我们说 “行了,我刚和他们谈过,他们说没问题。我们就快可以走了。” 果真在5分钟以内,滂沱大雨就转为绵绵细雨……

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-rain-stopper-%E5%91%BC%E9%A3%8E%E5%94%A4%E9%9B%A8.html
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 12:45 PM)
    从俗世的角度而言,如果要告诉人们某位上师和某个团体对我们做了些什么不好的事……非常简单,如果你提出的控诉是确凿、让你深受困扰,那你该去寻找援助。老是讨论它,跟几个人在那说了又说,是完全无法帮到你的。有谁有兴趣听?为何要如此无法自拔?

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/are-you-secular-or-spiritual.html
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 12:44 PM)
    能从一位大师的智慧转世手中接过这样一份珍贵的礼物,确实是太令人感动的同时又深感谦卑。有人告诉我,我的前世跟赤江仁波切关系密切。赤江仁波切甚至吩咐他的弟子带我的弟子到泰国餐厅吃一顿好的,以示感激。太仁慈了,太殊胜了。

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/vising-his-holiness-trijang-chocktrul-rinpoche-in-vermont.html
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 12:44 PM)
    几年前我的中医师发现我的肝部出了问题,并且建议我到西医做体检。经过检查,医生发现我有肝硬化的问题,若不医治或置之不理,此问题将成不治之症。经诊断出此问题之后,我便开始进规定好的饮食、服特定的药物。就在那期间,我的弟子们与确吉拉的助理联络上,询问助理确吉拉下一次降神为何时,目的是请示护法能为我赞助哪些法会,或是可以向谁求助、能为我做些什么。

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/miraculous-healing.html
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 12:43 PM)
    我们很庆幸马来西亚政府允许我们享有宗教自由,我对此一直都心存感激。正因如此,多杰雄登课题不该被带到马来西亚来,而马来西亚的佛教徒也有权在不受到任何外界政治或宗教势力的干预下去探索这项修持。

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/dalai-lama-china-shugden.html
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 12:25 PM)
    Dear everyone,

    The next week’s blog chat discussion will be on “I can speak up now about Shugden” http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/i-can-speak-up-now.html.

    This will be an exciting topic to be discussed on. Looking forward to seeing you there!

    Date:
    USA Friday 30th Jan @7pmPST
    M’sia Saturday 31st Jan @11amGMT+8
  • tsemtulku
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 06:18 AM)
    Dear everyone, His Holiness Dalai Lama says to kick out monks from the monasteries who do not listen. I was so surprised at this short speech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BS6hq5HJNik
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Friday, Jan 30. 2015 02:19 PM)
    Join us this week for the discussion on “Amongst White Clouds” here http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/amongst-white-clouds-amazing.html.

    Date and time:
    USA Friday 30th Jan @7pmPST
    Malaysia Saturday 31st Jan @11amGMT+8
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Friday, Jan 30. 2015 02:17 PM)
    Trakzey is a special practice to help us bless our environment, for protection for our family, dispel negative energy and negative entities. We’ve just published and it’s live for the first time!!! See: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=57357. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Friday, Jan 30. 2015 12:30 AM)
    Ms. Sarah Yap, Pastor David and Pastor JJ are working with me to come out with a powerful practice of Trakze. We should be finishing soon and will post on the blog. It is the first of it’s kind and I wish that it will bring benefits to many beings. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Friday, Jan 30. 2015 12:17 AM)
    Every single day now I look forward very much to the day coming soon where the disappointing ban against the World Peace Buddha Protector Dorje Shugden will be over. It will be soon. Everything the Tibetan leadership has said against the Dorje Shugden practice has not made any sense. At first it sounded good, but as time goes on, educated people are examining their claims and coming to the conclusion it does not make sense. More are speaking out. Any government or leader should never criticize or ‘advise’ against any religious faith, path or practice. It is politically wrong not to mention it infringes on our religious freedom. If you don’t like a certain religious path, you keep it to yourself and not announce it publicly disappointing many.Un-democratic. What is important is look at the person not their skin color, race, religion or economic background. Religious apartheid must be removed even in the ‘advices’ we give others. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Friday, Jan 30. 2015 12:15 AM)
    In Malaysia we are blessed with a government that allows us religious freedom and for that I am thankful. So the Dorje Shugden issue should not be brought to Malaysia and Malaysian Buddhists have the right to explore the practice of Dorje Shugden without interference from any outside governments or outside religious authorities.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/dalai-lama-china-shugden.html

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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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With my long time friend Edwin. Tsem Rinpoche
6 hours ago
Lord Tsongkapa walking to His hermitage. Blessed be for those who are able to even hear the sacred name Tsongkapa.
2 days ago
Wonderful people of Kechara. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 days ago
When we meditate on Enlightened Beings, they will bless us. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 days ago
This is my special thangka I had commissioned. It is my guru H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche with Vajra Yogini and Dorje Shugden emanating  from His heart. He is the master of all mandalas and emanations. I will reproduce this thangka for the world to invite home. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 days ago
This is an interesting picture. Please guess who this is. Is it Edward Ooi or a chicken?  LOL
2 days ago
Trakzey is a special practice to help us bless our environment, for protection for our family, dispel negative energy and negative entities. We've just published and it's live for the first time!!! See: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=57357
3 days ago
This description sounds like me perfectly. Tsem Rinpoche
3 days ago
This is super good news. Let's hope this trend continues to grow massive until everything is vegan. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 days ago
In the monasteries we debate out issues for a logical conclusion. I have laid out three possible scenarios regarding: CAN TIBETAN LAMAS MAKE MISTAKES? Please take a look and let me know what you think: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=57528
4 days ago
Dorje Shugden followers in the millions will not abandon their practice. So it would be good if leaders of the Dorje Shugden practicing community met with the Tibetan leadership to work out something that will be a win-win situation for both sides. His Holiness Dalai Lama wants to meet the Chinese current leaders to resolve the Tibet issue. Why not meet the Shugden followers to resolve this issue too? Why forgive one 'enemy' and ignore another?~Tsem Rinpoche (Please read more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=57431)
4 days ago
Adorable little boy paying respects to Lord Shugden. 
4 days ago
I hadn't spoken up about the Dorje Shugden 'conflict' for 15 years. Let me explain why: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=57431
5 days ago
Scotch and Mykol who are Valentina's wonderful good friends came to our LA Tsem Ladrang to have dinner. I am so glad they can come as they are nice friends. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
January 15, 2015. On today's Vajra Yogini day, the ladrang arranged a Vajra Yogini mandala made of flowers as an offering. Beautiful. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
January 15, 2015. Today is Vajra Yogini day. So Pastor Jj and our wonderful team has arranged these beautiful offerings on my shrine. Nice.  Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
Uncle Lai for years now without a miss comes in once a week to clean the altar of the ladrang. To clean the sacred spots where holy images reside is considered good purification of karmas. He never misses this and then upon completion he makes nice fresh offerings. Uncle Lai is generally a very kind and reliable person. We all love him. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche said to me a few years back that in order to practice or teach dharma these days, it's like being a white crow among the black. That means we will stand out and look unusual. But no matter what we must persevere. I miss this great teacher so much since his passing. He was gentle, scholarly, erudite, accomplished in sutra and tantra and had a very loving demeanor. He treated everyone equally and his vows of a monk were spotless. He was like a bright sun in the night sky. Even the first time I met him, he impacted me very strongly. I have received many teachings from him. He was a student of H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and H. H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. I brought 60 students with me from various countries to have audience with Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche the last time I had a chance to gaze upon his golden face. His perfect incarnation has returned. May he manifest in this incarnation as the previous. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche with his close disciple Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche. Very beautiful and old vintage picture. TR
3 weeks ago
This was the first woman to request Buddha to become a nun. Because of her, the nun's tradition began. She is a Arhat in the Chinese Mahayana Buddhist Tradition. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
January 10, 2015. Nice to see Kecharians studying the dharma together today. I really enjoy seeing this and Pastor Shin was leading the class. Thank you.
3 weeks ago
How lucky I would be to live here...TR
3 weeks ago
Must share this wisdom always. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
This is wonderful to remember. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
Pastor Niral giving a talk in Kechara. Wonderful.
3 weeks ago
January 9, 2015. Pastor Seng Piow takes his little nephew out for some toy shopping. The little guy was waiting anxiously to go out. 
3 weeks ago
His Holiness 9th Panchen Lama in Calcutta in 1905.
4 weeks ago
How nice. What a great gift from Mavis Yeh.  Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
I was so lucky to get teachings by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche today on the SIX YOGAS OF NAROPA translated by Kyabje Zasep Rinpoche. And also Kyabje Zasep Rinpoche was the one who sent me these videos. How fortunate for me to get this. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
We have wonderful Kechara dharma seniors who are good and caring guides for our precious youths. I am happy to see this. Youths are so important. We must love them, respect them and share dharma with them to they mature into good people. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
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4 weeks ago
Beautiful Lady Buddha, not everyone has realized you are the alpha and omega of our inner liberation. Our mind constantly wanders in karmic creations weary yet still travelling of no choice. I seek the solace of your embrace to experience great bliss and home. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
Does this picture remind you where all of our lives are eventually heading to? It's just where in line are you right now? But you still are in line.  Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
We have to save this one and reflect upon it. TR
1 month ago
Very powerful. Never be stuck in our comfort zones. Think out of the box and do more to accomplish our goals. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
I love this type of environment so much. TR
1 month ago
Special gifts of toys and snacks for some special doggies...
1 month ago
This is very helpful. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
We have to be ready to change when we seek a teacher otherwise stay hidden.~Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
15 minutes to watch this will blow your mind: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=55883
2 months ago
H.H. the current Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche -December 2014
2 months ago
December 2014-His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche in front of the largest Tsongkapa statue in the world. This Tsongkapa is in Champa Ling Monastery, Chamdo, Tibet. 
2 months ago
This is the perfect setting of the environment of where I like to live. With trees, blue waters, mountains, green, speckled with flowers. TR
2 months ago
Nothing can be found without searching for it. Just because others say you can't do it or don't believe in you or you can't see it, doesn't mean it cannot exist. Never give up!~Tsem Rinpoche 
2 months ago
This Manjushri is in Kechara's publishing wing. Stunning. TR
2 months ago
This Tara is beautiful. Save the pictures. TR
2 months ago
Having dinner with special friends from around the world. We are honored to be with Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. 
2 months ago
This is very powerful. Share it. TR
2 months ago
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  • 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
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    Mumu always prepares his bed this way before sleeping. Cute.
    3 months ago
  • Watch what Jason Clare said in parliament
    Watch what Jason Clare said in parliament
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    3 months ago
  • Super cute attack. Have to watch!!
    Super cute attack. Have to watch!!
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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
    4 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.
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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
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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
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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
    4 months ago
  • Is this the Loch Ness monster?
    Is this the Loch Ness monster?
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    5 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
    5 months ago
  • Rescuing dog in LA river
    Rescuing dog in LA river
    5 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
    5 months ago
  • Dalai Lama watching TV
    Dalai Lama watching TV
    5 months ago
  • Dog with a heart of Gold
    Dog with a heart of Gold
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    6 months ago
  • 14th Dalai Lama with Mrs.Indira Gandhi , Delhi INDIA 1966
    14th Dalai Lama with Mrs.Indira Gandhi , Delhi INDIA 1966
    8 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.
    9 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
    9 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
    9 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
    11 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
    11 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.
    11 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
    1 years 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
    1 years ago
  • Mumus running at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Mumus running at Kechara Forest Retreat
    1 years ago
  • Kechara Forest Retreat panorama, September 2013
    Kechara Forest Retreat panorama, September 2013
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    Dechog our cockatoo at Kechara Forest Retreat grabbing long beans which he loves. Nice bird. We love him. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
  • The mumus having outdoor evening stroll!!!
    The mumus having outdoor evening stroll!!!
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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.
    2 yearss ago
  • Must see video from Rajendra on our disciplined dogs
    Must see video from Rajendra on our disciplined dogs
    2 yearss ago

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Chefs and staff of Renaisance Hotel Johor Bahru prepared 102 packs of delicious vegetarian fried rice and sponsored CNY goodie bags to our friends on the street last night. We also welcome 11 volunteers from Saibaba Johor Bahru whom also sponsored mosquito coils as well as Mr Eugene led @[178313609879:What's going on in Johor Bahru?] team joining hands to go down onto the streets. Overall it was a windy and an incident free night. We also took up a few cases along the way and see how to help them. Justin
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Through the kindness and compassion of Rinpoche, Kechara Ipoh Study Group has completed our monthly animals liberation activities at Gunung Lang, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia at 9.00 am today. We have dedicated our animals liberation activities for Rinpoche's long life and may all His wishes come true. May all the fishes released receive the blessings from the 3 Jewels through the Medicine Buddha mantras recited. Kin Hoe
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The moment when birds finally gained freedom (Animal Liberation Day)~ Kechara Penang Study Group
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Blowing mantras onto the birds before releasing ~ Kechara Penang Study Group
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Members are praying before birds releasing during the Animal Liberation Day this morning~Kechara Penang Study Group
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Pastor Han Nee conducted a car blessing in Kechara House this morning assisted by Yvonne. 1Feb15 may ong
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Lamrim in Chinese of Year 1 taught by Ms Han. 1Feb15 may ong
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Lamrim class in English, Level 2 taught by Tat Ming on Day 3 - The Greatness of the Dharma. 1Feb15 may ong
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Ashley is happy inviting a Dorje Shugden statue home today. 1Feb15 may ong
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Nancy Loo invited a Dorje Shugden statue home from Kechara Souvenir shop today. 1Feb15 may ong
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Anila Choi teaching the Lamrim Day 15 on the Understanding the Causes of Samsara Level 3 in English today. 1Feb15 may ong
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When we focus on enlightened beings daily, they will bless us.~ H. E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche.
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In Kechara, one of our Pastor services is to perform bereavement puja for the sponsor's loved ones. Bereavement puja is important not only to prepare the deceased for their next rebirth, but; will also bring peace of mind for their loved ones. 31 Jan 2015, Freon
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A very clean and minimalist Japanese Buddhist altar -sweekeong
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My Guru H.E.Tsem Rinpoche teaches me the Dharma that has all the Lineage Masters blessings. tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/i-pray-to-what-i-want-to.html Lucy Yap
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The minute you think of giving up, think of the reason why you held on for so long. DR
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