What can a high school dropout do?
(Posted by Pastor Seng Piow)
This is H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s certificate of education, this is his HIGHEST education – Certificate of Proficiency conferred by the California State Department of Education when he was 18. He has no more formal education after that.
After quitting school with this certificate in Los Angeles, he went on to work in Macdonald’s cooking fries, in a laundromat as a laundry boy, and in a photo booth collecting film negatives and returning developed pho…tos to drive-through customers. Then he went to India at age 22 to become a monk.
To those who are not familiar with the American education system, he did not even finish high school. He dropped out from high school. In the UK/Singapore education system, he didn’t even have an ‘O’-Level certificate. In the Malaysian education system, he did not even have a SPM certificate.
Then, following his guru’s instruction, Tsem Rinpoche went to Malaysia, a place which he has not heard of until his 20s. He went to Malaysia with only two suitcases – one with his clothes, another with Dharma items to give away to people. That’s all he had, he was a poor monk.
Today, Tsem Rinpoche is the spiritual advisor of Kechara Organisation, he conceptualizes and runs its 13 departments, from Dharma center to publication/media divisions, soup kitchen, arts department, IT department, vegetarian restaurant…as well as a world class meditation center Kechara Forest Retreat.
Everyone who “work” for Rinpoche has higher education than him, they include engineers, doctors, accountants, senior sales & marketing executives, IT experts, designers etc.
Besides, Tsem Rinpoche’s blog has more than 6 million views, and his Youtube videos has over 3 million views. He has hundreds of thousands of online followers around the world.
Yet, he did not even finish high school.
Tsem Rinpoche could have more excuses not to succeed if he chose to, yet he chose determination, perseverance, hardwork, devotion, passion over any “poor-me” excuse.
That is why we put him on the throne, pay him the utmost respect and learn from him.
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