Questions on Ghosts

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I posted regarding ‘psychic kids’ and Patricia posed some interesting questions which I have answered. With respect to Patricia, I am posting it here as it will benefit others. The actual blog post is: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/2010/06/?p=4416

 

From Patricia:

Tashi delek dear Tsem Rinpoche!

Thank you very much for posting this!

I have a question to you: As it is said that the bardo takes in general around 49 days and after that comes the new rebirth. What is it than that is left of the person who have died? I mean for instance: a psychic women`s husband died 5 years ago, but still she can have contact to him; he is still around her.

I’ve heard once even some people perceive a ghost, let´s say their own relative who have died, it is actually not anymore their relative but just “la-energy” of the dead person which remained and in truth the relative actually already got a new rebirth. This la energy can stay for 7 generation. This is even more scary to me, because it is just energy, actually not the dead person`s mind anymore, but who can still communicate and help the living people. Sorry but I do not really understand that, how this can be possible. Can you please tell us something about this?

Or did I got a wrong information and it is more like this: that a person who died but can be perceived by humans as a ghost, actually had a rebirth in the realm of spirits?Or did there something go wrong, like their rebirth did not happen because they are trapped within the bardo /cannot go into “the light” because of a trauma or whatever?

How many types of spirits are existing according buddhism, do they all belong to the class of hungry ghosts?

Best wishes,
Patricia

 

My answer:

My Dear Patricia,

Your questions require complex answers, but I will be brief and sincerely hope it helps you.

  • Generally there are many types of hungry ghosts or just ghosts. They travel at the speed of thought and also can live hundreds of years almost like some sort of mini titan. So it is possible for people of many generations to see the same being after many generations. Even seven or eight generations and so on.
  • The amount of beings existing in the realm of spirits/ghost far far far exceeds that of humans. Their population is huge.
  • Spirits have various personalities just like animals and humans. You can generalize them. Like people from the North will be generally taller than of the South. That is very general with many exceptions of course.
  • You have the bitter, nasty, harmless, weak, powerful, quiet, noisy, dysfunctional, sneaky, kind, helpful ghosts and with many more personalities. Because ghosts have the ability to travel superfast they have a sort of clairvoyance. They can reak havoc with their clairvoyance because it is limited and hence can give advice that turns out wrong in the long run. But seemingly the advice is ok in the short run with or without knowing it from their side.
  • The ghosts can change shapes and forms to appear to you in the form you find comfortable to communicate with you or to frighten you. They wish to communicate for many reasons such as loneliness, anger, expressing their sorrows, or some wish to assist in their own way for something in return.
  • Some spirits can even appear to the untrained as Tara!!! Zong Rinpoche told us, some appear as Tara to people!!! So we have to be extremely careful when dealing with them. Better not to deal with them but be aware of their presence.
  • To elicit favours from them like asking for lottery number, eliminating an enemy, or getting information from them could be dangerous in the long run depending on their characters. Should be avoided. Being careful to not simply do binding rituals or order them here or there. They can get you back in a way you least suspect. Better to leave them alone.
  • Basically if they are in this form, it does not arise from positive karma. So the results cannot be generally positive.
  • If they are in the ghost realm, something definitely went wrong. To take rebirth in that realm generally requires one’s mind to have extreme great attachment to a place, person, thing, idea or the such. That attachment is what binds them to their situation until karma is ‘finished’. When they go into the light, it could be another realm, or rebirth. It is not going into a ‘heaven’ as we know it.
  • If there are psychics or people who can perceive these beings it is important to do protection and blessing prayers daily if we have to contact or see them. If seeing them is beyond our control, then daily protection would be good. It would bless the person seeing them and bless the ghosts also. Ghosts are moved by altruism or great compassion emanating from a being. Some Practices good to do daily are any of the below:
  1. Tsongkapa
  2. Singdongma
  3. Protectors such as Setrap, Four Faced Mahakala, Pelden Hlamo
  4. Ekazati
  5. Vajrapani
  6. Black Manjushri

These practices would bless the person, bless the environment and bless the spirits contacted/seen.

I hope the above helps you.

For further questions re the practices you may contact Beng Kooi.

I wish you well,
Tsem Rinpoche

 

 

From Fang:

Dear Rinpoche, a few questions if I may…

With the influences of media and upbringing, we are conditioned to fear what/who we do not understand. is there any reason we should fear these entities?

 

My answer:

Yes, there are cases that you will fear these beings such as:

  1. If you have offended them in any way, shape or form.
  2. Taken anything from them.
  3. Ask them for help and then later ignored them.
  4. They gave help and you are suppose to give them something in return and you didn’t.
  5. If someone has cursed you or send magic to you using them.
  6. Harming a person they are close to or ‘protecting’. These are just some examples people ‘might’ fear them or have experienced disturbances.
  7. But it would be good to put that fear into actual results for example by concentrating on intense Setrap practice which will bring intense benefits on so many levels not just pacifying the disturbances or the objects of your fear.

And if we do, should we learn to suppress the feeling of fear. by suppressing the fear, should we then substitute it with compassion and kindness?

  1. We should apologize to them from our hearts and not do it again.
  2. Do what we have promised once and for all unless totally impossible but don’t break the law doing so.
  3. If we have done none of the above 6 points except number 5, then we don’t need to fear or put that fear in remedial actions such as Tsongkapa or Setrap practice.
  4. Generate great pity for the state they are born in without being condescending but genuine pity and wish them well.
  5. Generating great compassion towards them will help a lot and do practices such as Tsongkapa and Setrap. Dedicate the merits of that practice to them and all beings who suffer, and be genuine in it. They will feel it.
  6. You can’t suppress fear or pretend you don’t feel it. But remember they are suffering much more than you from loneliness, cold, reliving tragedies/disappointments, hunger, thirst and great attachments. If you look at a dog who’s on the streets, starving, hurt and when you go near to feed, bite you, you don’t feel anger. But even more compassion for what has been done to the poor dog. Same example for spirits. Some are nasty and harmful because they have been given a lot of pain. They are in pain and deserve your pity not so much fear.

When harmed by what we believe to be a spirit/ghost… what should we do, where do we go? i have personally experienced a ‘confrontation’ of sort with an entity and after going to different practitioners who takes trance, i eventually found one who could help me. (this happened prior to my knowing of Kechara).

 

My answer:

  1. Kechara is not the only place that can help. Many places can help. But Kechara is qualified to help when necessary.
  2. As to what to do, this will take up much more space to explain. For now, I have a book, please refer to that and read it thoroughly. It will help a lot. The book is called ‘Protection from Black Magic and Spirits’. Please direct people to that book would help a lot.
  3. In general, practicing the 8 verses of Thought Transformation, Tsongkapa Guru Yoga then capped off with Setrap would be very very very good for general disturbances. More ferocious disturbances would require variations of the above or certain rituals. If you do the above three practices very well and daily, you will be ok. Really. Sometimes annoyingly these spirits can come get us later, years later, when we are at a low point. They watch. But doing these practices would be a great protection, blessing yourself and ‘them’. By Blessing them, they eventually go away.

 

Why do some advice from ‘deities’ work and some don’t. it doesn’t mean that they are fake, i am sure because; they have managed to help others in the past.

 

My answer:

  1. The level of the deities are important. The level of the deities that are being used to nullify whatever is disturbing you is very important.
  2. How long the disturbance has been with you. If it has been a very long time, then it will not have instant effect. It will take time. Like if you see the best doctor in the whole world, but your disease is very old, it will take time.
  3. Affinity.
  4. Karmic disposition of the person who needs help. Sometimes the karma is so heavy, the helping deity cannot help you.

These are some of the possible reasons.

 

In Mahayana, i was advised to learn and recite the Great Compassion Mantra (大悲咒) when i feel uneasy in certain situations. is there a mantra in Vajrayana practice that is similar? would reciting Lama Tsongkhapa’s Migtsema help? or would Setrap? Green Tara?

 

My answer:

  1. Definitely doing the Great Compassion Mantra, Tsongkapa’s migtseyma, Setrap and Green Tara would help. It depends on your affinity to which Deity and your karma.
  2. For some Green Tara would be and some not. It is not Green Tara’s fault, it is the affinity of the person.
  3. But for sure all these above practices are for much higher purposes, so protection for spirits is a minor side benefit.
  4. We should engage in these practices for development of wisdom, compassion, skilful means, letting go of attachments, anger and the like.

 

Thank you for your time and kind sharing, Rinpoche :)

Dear Fang,

I hope the above helps you.

Much care,
Tsem Rinpoche

June 12, 2010

 

   


  


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104 Responses to Questions on Ghosts

  1. fang on Jun 12, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, a few questions if i may…
    - with the influences of media and upbringing, we are conditioned to fear what/who we do not understand. is there any reason we should fear these entities? and if we do, should we learn to suppress the feeling of fear. by suppressing the fear, should we then substitute it with compassion and kindness?
    - when harmed by what we believe to be a spirit/ghost… what should we do, where do we go? i have personally experienced a ‘confrontation’ of sort with an entity and after going to different practitioners who takes trance, i eventually found one who could help me. (this happened prior to my knowing of Kechara). why do some advice from ‘dieties’ work and some don’t. it doesn’t mean that they are fake, i am sure because; they have managed to help others in the past.
    - in Mahayana, i was advised to learn and recite the Great Compassion Mantra (大悲咒) when i feel uneasy in certain situations. is there a mantra in Vajrayana practice that is similar? would reciting Lama Tsongkhapa’s Migtsema help? or would Setrap? Green Tara?
    thank you for your time and kind sharing, Rinpoche :)

    • andrew hibberd on Oct 20, 2011 at 10:32 pm

      rest man do your best work after now

  2. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche on Jun 12, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    fang said…
    Dear Rinpoche, a few questions if i may…
    - with the influences of media and upbringing, we are conditioned to fear what/who we do not understand. is there any reason we should fear these entities?
    Yes, there are cases that you will fear these beings such as:
    1. If you have offended them in any way, shape or form.
    2. Taken anything from them.
    3. Ask them for help and then later ignored them.
    4. They gave help and you are suppose to give them something in return and you didn’t .
    5. If someone has cursed you or send magic to you using them.
    6. Harming a person they are close to or ‘protecting’.
    These are just some examples people ‘might’ fear them or have experienced disturbances.
    And if we do, should we learn to suppress the feeling of fear. by suppressing the fear, should we then substitute it with compassion and kindness?
    1. We should apologize to them from our hearts and not do it again.
    2. Do what we have promised once and for all unless totally impossible but don’t break the law doing so.
    3. If we have done none of the above 6 points except number 5, then we don’t need to fear or put that fear in remedial actions such as Tsongkapa or Setrap practice.
    4. Generate great pity for the state they are born in without being condescending but genuine pity and wish them well.
    5. Generating great compassion towards them will help a lot and do practices such as Tsongkapa and Setrap. Dedicate the merits of that practice to them and all beings who suffer, and be genuine in it. They will feel it.
    6. You can’t suppress fear or pretend you don’t feel it. But remember they are suffering much more than you from loneliness, cold, reliving tragedies/disappointments, hunger, thirst and great attachments. If you look at a dog who’s on the streets, starving, hurt and when you go near to feed, bite you, you don’t feel anger. But even more compassion for what has been done to the poor dog. Same example for spirits. Some are nasty and harmful because they have been given a lot of pain. They are in pain and deserve your pity not so much fear.
    - When harmed by what we believe to be a spirit/ghost… what should we do, where do we go? i have personally experienced a ‘confrontation’ of sort with an entity and after going to different practitioners who takes trance, i eventually found one who could help me. (this happened prior to my knowing of Kechara).
    1. Kechara is not the only place that can help. Many places can help. But Kechara is qualified to help when necessary.
    2. As to what to do, this will take up much more space to explain. For now, I have a book, please refer to that and read it thoroughly. It will help a lot. The book is called ‘Protection from Black Magic and Spirits’. Please direct people to that book would help a lot.
    3. In general, practicing the 8 verses of Thought Transformation, Tsongkapa Guru Yoga then capped off with Setrap would be very very very good for general disturbances. More ferocious disturbances would require variations of the above or certain rituals. If you do the above three practices very well and daily, you will be ok. Really. Sometimes annoyingly these spirits can come get us later, years later, when we are at a low point. They watch. But doing these practices would be a great protection, blessing yourself and ‘them’. By Blessing them, they eventually go away.
    Why do some advice from ‘deities’ work and some don’t. it doesn’t mean that they are fake, i am sure because; they have managed to help others in the past.
    1. The level of the deities are important. The level of the deities that are being used to nullify whatever is disturbing you is very important.
    2. How long the disturbance has been with you. If it has been a very long time, then it will not have instant effect. It will take time. Like if you see the best doctor in the whole world, but your disease is very old, it will take time.
    3. Affinity.
    4. Karmic disposition of the person who needs help. Sometimes the karma is so heavy, the helping deity cannot help you.
    These are some of the possible reasons.
    - In Mahayana, i was advised to learn and recite the Great Compassion Mantra (大悲咒) when i feel uneasy in certain situations. is there a mantra in Vajrayana practice that is similar? would reciting Lama Tsongkhapa’s Migtsema help? or would Setrap? Green Tara?
    1. Definitely doing the Great Compassion Mantra, Tsongkapa’s migtseyma, Setrap and Green Tara would help. It depends on your affinity to which Deity and your karma.
    2. For some Green Tara would be and some not. It is not Green Tara’s fault, it is the affinity of the person.
    3. But for sure all these above practices are for much higher purposes, so protection for spirits is a minor side benefit.
    4. We should engage in these practices for development of wisdom, compassion, skilful means, letting go of attachments, anger and the like.
    thank you for your time and kind sharing, Rinpoche :)
    Dear Fang,
    I hope the above helps you. Much care, Tsem Tulku

    • Paris on Jan 20, 2013 at 4:16 pm

      Hi Fang,
      Rinpoche has also advised us that when we are in places which we feel are scary or “unclean”, one of the best mantras we can recite is our Guru’s mantra. We think that our Guru embodies all the Buddhas, and that a thumb-sized version of him is sitting atop our head. Then we recite his mantra. For Tsem Rinpoche, it is “OM AH GURU KIRTI DAZA SHASEN DARA KYANDI SIDDHI HUNG HUNG”. Recite with faith and call for the protection and blessings of the Guru, and have faith in two things: that you will be protected, and that your Gurus (embodying all the Buddhas) will also send blessings and relief to the spirits, who are in great suffering.

      In this way, the Guru’s mantra encompasses all the mantras that you have named (Great compassionate mantra, Tsongkhapa, Setrap, Green Tara etc etc).

      Hope that helps!

  3. skywalker on Jun 13, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you for sharing with us these hard-to-find details.
    A question that i’ve been pondering since long time has just flashed back to my mind, although it’s not directly about ghost, but to certain extent is similar …
    - while Dharma is powerful enough in the universe (无量无边), why is that Evil can still exist in parallel with Buddha or Heaven realm, sometimes even much more powerful than Dharma ?
    i’m sorry if this question sounds noob.. But i wish Rinpoche could kindly shed some light.. Thx a lot.

  4. Fang on Jun 13, 2010 at 12:13 am

    Thank you very much, Rinpoche :) I will try get a copy of the book Rinpoche suggested and read more on the topic.

  5. Dechen Chötso on Jun 13, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Crystals and divination tools (pendulum, tarot cards, etc.) connect with spirits/ghosts or with a different entity?
    should we avoid using them for being dangerous, waste of time…?
    On the other hand, I have highly appreciated your teachings available on the web.
    THANK YOU.

  6. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche on Jun 13, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Dear Dechen Chotso,
    “Crystals and divination tools (pendulum, tarot cards, etc.) connect with spirits/ghosts or with a different entity? should we avoid using them for being dangerous, waste of time…?”"
    What you connect with is dependent on a few factors:
    1. The abilities/power/ or attainments if it applies to the person using these tools to call upon a ethereal being. If the person calling them through these tools are not prepared or know how to handle them, it could go out of hand. If you invite a spirit no matter how nice they seem at first, can harm you later on. Or they might want you to return their help in ways you can’t fulfill, then they can become angered. Crystals and other divination tools should be avoided as much as possible. They might bring ‘quick’ results in communication with something not physical, but there is a price to be payed usually. I would not advise.
    2. What beings are available when you are summoning them.
    3. The nature, level and character of the being being summoned. They could be powerful, weak, nasty, helpful, playful or even tricky. It is hard to tell their motives.
    You have to be careful, avoid and not contact them. It is not a game or for quick gains. There are no quick gains when it comes to these beings. Some like to contact them out of ego, to look powerful, to win respect from others, that is also very dangerous. Because if the spirit gets offended and gets you, you will look very silly and not impressive at all.
    Some wish quick answers for difficult problems, but asking these type of beings will not really solve the problem for long term.
    I offer you my good wishes,
    Tsem Tulku

  7. Dechen Chötso on Jun 14, 2010 at 12:31 am

    Thank you very much Rinpoche

  8. skywalker on Jun 14, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Would Rinpoche kindly shed some light on my previous question above ?
    Thank you very much ..

  9. Yoke Fui on Jun 17, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you for the teaching on ghosts. Many people fear ghosts and yet curious about them. Children are fascinated by ghost stories.
    Manjushri Kids Class will have a class on ghost. Teacher Gim Lee will explain the “unknown” to the children based on Rinpoche’s teaching and most importantly we will teach the children to have compassion instead of aversion and fear for these unfortunate beings.
    Love & prayers,yf

  10. Phng Keng Hwa on Jun 27, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    If hungry ghosts cannot eat food, why do we offer food to them during hungry ghost season?
    Keng Hwa

  11. Melissa Sin on Jun 27, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    If people from the same family dies, when they turn into ghosts, will they reunite as a family or be seperated for life?
    With folded hands,
    Melissa

  12. Sean Wang Xian-An on Jun 27, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Dear H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche,
    Why do people see ghosts? Do they have a specific reason in life to see them?
    When you say that they are not positive is that in general? Can Lamas reincarnate into spirits? If so, what is their purpose? Can they benefit us in that state?
    An ocean of prayers and folded hands,
    Sean Wang Xian-An

  13. AdrianC on Jun 27, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Thank you for your tip on ghost. XD
    AdrianC

  14. Phng Keng Boon on Jun 27, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Can ghosts kill us? If they can, how do they kill us?
    Do ghosts give birth to ghost’ babies? Can ghost babies grow up?
    Teacher Gimlee give me this idea.. :p
    Keng Boon

  15. Bradley on Jun 27, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

  16. Bradley on Jun 27, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    There are some humans whom experience the similiar sufferings to that of a hungry ghost. Are they considered to be in the hungry ghost realm?
    With folded hands and respect,
    Bradley

  17. Alex Yeoh on Jun 27, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Dear Venarable Rinpoche,
    In which state of karma we will be reborn as a ghost or a hungry ghost?
    With sincerity and folded hands,
    Alex Yeoh

  18. Gimlee on Jun 27, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    Dear Rinpoche
    Thanks for this post on ghosts. I definitely believe in their existence after my real encounter during my teen… due to curiousity a group of us in students house have foolishly meddled with them in a game called ‘Spirit of the coin’. After that night a few of us were disturbed by spirits especially while we’re sleeping..
    Anyway, in the class today I showed them this video to excite them..
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c54NXuyr2Ds
    The kids were encourage to ask questions… Oops… I hope Rinpoche will not be too tired to answer all their questions…
    Thank you Rinpoche for your patience and your kindness…
    With folded hands, Gimlee

  19. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche on Jun 27, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Two reasons:
    1. When they see the food, they feel you care. So it gives their minds temporary relief.
    2. They cannot eat but they can smell it and the smell temporarily ‘fills’ them up.
    Tsem Tulku

  20. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche on Jun 27, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    Dear Gimlee,
    The object of the classes is not to have more questions directed. You should read, encourage research, encourage answers among yourselves. If you just read and ask and read and ask, then you are promoting a class of kids who wish to be spoon fed. That is not learning.
    Encourage research, and finding answers on your own and posting questions with answers to share with the world. Help the kids to learn by research and effort.
    Tsem Tulku

  21. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche on Jun 27, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    Dear Venerable Rinpoche ,
    Wishing you a good day. An interesting story on The Star today. For your reading.
    Sunday June 27, 2010
    Close encounter with spirits and a headless woman
    THE older the structure, the more likely it is to be haunted. Given the chequered history of Pudu Prison – which dates back to 1895 – you can be sure it has more than its fair share of ghostly tales.
    Abu Bakar Juah says it was common to hear things at night – footsteps where no one was supposed to be, chains rattling, and even hearing someone or something taking a bath when everyone is locked in.
    “We normally shout out loud that we are merely trying to make a living and tell whatever that’s out there to leave us alone,” he says.
    Haji Aziz Haji Idris tells of an encounter while on duty at one of the guard towers when he was still a young officer.
    “It was shortly after midnight and I was on night duty with another person when I saw an officer approaching. As we had been trained, I banged my rifle on the floor and shouted out ‘Everything all right, sir!”
    Aziz says the figure said nothing but raised his hand, and then suddenly disappeared.
    He also remembers one particular bunk in the warder’s dormitory which everyone tried to avoid.
    “Anyone who slept there would be sure to feel an unseen force pressing down on his chest. They may try to shout or move but will be helpless to do anything,” he says, adding that some would rather sleep on the floor than use the bunk.
    Abu Bakar also recalls a weird phenomenon – a ball of fire the size of a football that suddenly appeared and rolled out of sight.
    “It happened every once in a while, and in cycles. Everyone would be talking about it for a while,” he says.
    But the scariest tale is that of a recurring apparition of a woman. Aziz believes it was the ghost of a woman who was hanged there.
    “She had tried to kill herself previously by slitting her throat. She survived but before she was fully recovered, the execution order came,” he says.
    “She was brought to the execution chamber and hanged – but because of the injury, her head was literally torn off. It was a gruesome death and that is the ghost that many people have seen.”
    He recalls an encounter with this apparition.
    “I was on duty at Block D, where death row is located, and directly above the execution chamber is a huge anchor stone.
    “Out of the corner of my eye I saw a figure sitting on this stone. Malays believe ghosts’ feet do not touch the ground, and when I bent over to look, the figure disappeared,” he says.
    But a fellow officer’s encounter was even more shocking.
    “Once, a police officer was interviewing prisoners and it was getting late. However, he said that he could interview one more, and I went down to bring another one.
    “As he was filling in some forms he saw a figure sitting down. Thinking it was another prisoner he looked up, only to see a headless woman with blood flowing down her chest. The officer ran down the stairs as fast as he could,” he says.
    Aziz believes Pudu Prison is a very “dirty” place and in some places is a giant graveyard.
    “During World War II, the British buried Japanese soldiers there, and when the Japanese took over, they buried the British there.
    “The ghosts here are real,” says Aziz.
    Yours Sincerely ,
    Liew Chee Khoi.
    (the above was emailed to me, I thought I’d share it)

    • YoshiruLiaw Yung Fang on Jun 6, 2012 at 7:05 pm

      that was interesting! :D D gonna share with my friends! thanks rimpoche! ^^

  22. Beatrix Ooi on Jun 27, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    Dearest Rinpoche
    The person that has a ‘third eye’,is that good or bad?
    Why do some people see ghosts but some can’t?
    Love
    Beatrix Ooi

  23. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche on Jun 27, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    If you use the 3rd eye for good things then it is good. If you use it to take advantage of people, then it is not good.
    If you have that ability, what your motivation behind it’s usage makes it good or negative.
    It’s always the motivation that is of utmost importance.
    Tsem Tulku

  24. Susan Lim on Jul 7, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    Dear Skywalker
    I will attempt to answer your question the best I can.
    Dharma, defined as “right conduct, right view” as taught by Buddha is powerful. It is powerful because it works. It worked to set Prince Siddharta free of samsara, resulting in him achieving total liberation, Buddhahood or Enlightenment. On this basis, Dharma is proven to be powerful because it is not a theory waiting to be tested to see if it works. To start out with, it worked then, it was written and presented to us as a guideline/path to follow.
    Dharma is powerful and works when we APPLY it in our lives, that’s how our negativity which manifests as “evil” can be rid off.
    Evil may be scary, hurtful, damaging, but it does not mean it’s more powerful than Dharma. Why? Any negativity or evilness can be changed due to the law of impermanence. Harmful ghosts, spirits and our own negativity can be changed when Dharma is applied.
    Example: MR EVIL can lose its powers to become MR GOOD. But MR BUDDHA is ULTIMATE GOOD and his qualities cannot degenerate into MR EVIL. On this logic, is MR BUDDHA more powerful of MR EVIL?

  25. Susan Lim on Jul 7, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    Dear Melissa
    I will attempt to answer your question:
    Who we are with is due to our uncontrolled karma..which is the result of what we have done in the past. What we do now will affect what comes next. In short, this is what Karma is like.. Most if not all of us live our lives based on what we like, prefers, what we find pleasant and pleasurable..that’s how we get happiness. Often times, what we do to make us happy will turn out to harm us in the long run. Why? because we don’t know better (ignorant)
    When I was young , ok..not that young (about 18 years old), i could just eat donuts for dinner! I know…ain’t i disgusting! :) And I did…I had many nights of dinner which comprised of DONUTS. It made me happy…but I’d be DEAD by now if I had continued eating donuts for dinner every night. If I had died, perhaps as a ghost I may be lingering over the donut shop because of my attachment to donuts! Maybe not,…as Rinpoche taught us, our next rebirth will depend on what our mental state is like at the point of death to determine where we go next. Anything could spring up in our minds at that point…
    So to answer your question there’s no guarantee that if a family member dies and turn into a ghost if he/she will reunite or be separated for life. It depends on what he has done, what he’s attached to… Even if he lingers around the family as a ghost, he will not be able to receive the love and care as how he used to when he was alive as a human. Memories will fade. We will not know ourselves as how we know now…
    So it is important to learn and apply dharma into our lives and to help everyone. We never know,…some stranger could have been our family member from a previous life. It’s stated in the teachings that everyone at some point had been our mother.
    You are a real sweet kid, always helping in the ladrang, cleaning the aviary…I know you will grow up to be a wonderful person, taking care of your mom, your family, friends and contributing in Kechara.
    best wishes
    susan

  26. Peter on Jul 7, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Terima Kasih Rinpoche!
    “Some spirits can even appear to the untrained as Tara!!! Zong Rinpoche told us, some appear as Tara to people!!! So we have to be extremely careful when dealing with them. Better not to deal with them but be aware of their presence.”
    This is a good and important point raised by Rinpoche and yet ignored by many as most are taken in by the emotional dazzle that these beings can perform as counterfeit.
    I recall reading in the Shurangama Sutra on the 50 Demon Skandha States Chapter, it has a similar warning ringtone to caution people to beware and avoid these common pitfalls.

  27. May Ong on Jul 8, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    Can ghost kill us? No – but they can harm us.
    Do ghosts give birth to ghost babies? They adopt ghost babies.
    Can ghost babies grow up? No they do not eat. That is why they are called hungry ghosts.
    There are some humans who experience the similar sufferings to that of a hungry ghost.
    Examples of these are: a rich person lying down on a bed with a tube stuck into his throat feeding him or people dying from hunger in certain parts of Africa. These are caused by previous lives karma.
    So how does a human become a hungry ghost in their next life?
    They are those who kept on taking and taking from other and never giving back. Or those that stole food from the sangha. It is miserliness.

  28. Likheng on Jul 8, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    It is pretty freaky to get a confirmation that ghosts are for real. Simultaneously, it is very mind changing to read Rinpoche’s way of viewing these beings.
    From the way Rinpoche explain about ghosts, my mind begins to look at them like a different “species” that exist along with us. Animals like dogs, cats, rabbits etc. look very different from us and behave very differently too. However, we can accept them because our eyes, or rather our MINDS, are used to their images. We have this fear for ghosts because our minds are not used to viewing them as beings that co-exist with us within the 6 realms. Instead, our minds are habituated to view them with fear. Therefore, the problem lies with us. The fear of ghosts etc. is due to my fixed belief and perception, which influences my reaction to them.
    With habituation, may we develop a different view about the ghosts and with a new view about them being a part of our universal system. May we develop compassion for them (which as Rinpoche advises, does NOT mean to interact with them) as the Dharma teaches us to be compassionate to all sentient beings.

  29. weeliang on Jul 9, 2010 at 3:50 am

    I was once told that if we stay positive and kind, spirits and ghosts will not be able to stick to us. This applies for the case of whether you have affinity to them or you have the affinity for people to send them to harm you. They are attracted to negativity like jealousy, anger and hate. I found that since I have been participating in more dharma activities, I have become less angry and have almost gotten rid of all the hate embedded in me. As a result of that, I do not fear darkness as much as I used to. I use to stare into darkness and feel fear. Does anyone know whether that has anything to do with ghosts or spirits?
    Wee Liang

  30. Elsie Toy on Jul 10, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Dearest Rinpoche
    Thank you for this informative blog. I certainly believe in Spirit and Ghost.I was very arrogant and full of ego that I believe that I done no harm to others I shouldnt be afraid. I was wrong wrong wrong. My ex evicted me from the apartment in Causewaybay and I moved to apartments opposite Tung Hwa hospitals next to the Mortury. I was disturbed by spirit or rather the spirit attached to me. I would dress with shirts and tie to work and constant headhead and would want to kill myself most of the time. However, I was lucky at that time I met a benefactor Michelle Yim who brought me mooncakes and invited me to have “yum cha” with Bryan. (Bryan is a taoist – he knew what it was) he has never been to my apartment but he told me in my room there were things that you must throw destroy (my tarot cards – which in my younger days used them for fortune telling) He also told me that there things in my apartment in Singapre to be destroyed too. Someone has been controlling me with the items in the house with black magic). My lesson is best not to accept food, gifts from people. I learned my lesson well. Although it was a lesson. I also understand now some spirits are weaker and some are stronger some full of vengence hatre and pain. I am also glad that I have friends who come by to help me. My gratitude to 米雪, Bryan Lai and my “Lou Tau”. Thank you for helping me through my difficult times in Hong Kong. I believe all these happened to me is because of my own Karma. I may have hurt these being in my past lives. Correct me if I am wrong thank you.
    With Much Love and Great Respect…

  31. pamela on Jul 10, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    My mum and family members told me that I used to scare them with ghosts when I was much younger. Especially my full time stay at home mum who mentioned that I used to tell her someone is standing behind her or someone is the house or someone is staring at me from the ceiling. Well, I dont recall those things, I would rather think that I made it up just to scare them. Even when my kids tell me they have nightmare or scared, I always tell them to chant Setrap’s mantra.
    Anyway, people always think that having the ’3rd eye’ is a good thing but it depends as mentioned by Rinpoche :
    If you use the 3rd eye for good things then it is good. If you use it to take advantage of people, then it is not good.
    If you have that ability, what your motivation behind it’s usage makes it good or negative.
    It’s always the motivation that is of utmost importance.
    Tsem Tulku

  32. Maggie Chang on Jul 11, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing beneficial info about ghost and how to protect ourselves.
    With Great Respect,
    Maggie Chang

  33. keng tan on Aug 13, 2010 at 8:44 am

    I used to see an old man all dressed in white in the little red huts by the trees, roadside when I was little but I have no re-collection of it. I think children do have the abilities to see such things but due to their innocence, they have no comprehension of what they are. I remembered once we were in a bed and breakfast in Scotland and were about to sleep and my young son who was 2 years old then, pointed to the curtain and said – man there. Yikes – scared the hell out of us. Thankfully, we only stayed one night.

  34. Ash Ng on Sep 29, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    I have always been fearful of ghosts for many years which I can’t explain why. Perhaps because of their horrible facial expression they have or maybe thinking that they would harm human beings for whatever reasons I guess. Little did I know that I was followed by a spirit for many years until when I met Tsem Rinpoche three years ago. Fortunately, with the kindness of my Lama – Tsem Rinpoche who compassionately introduce a powerful Dharma protector – Lord Setarp to engage in protector practice for self protection. It would scares the hell out of me even if I meet one today, guess it’s human nature :)

  35. Marianne on Oct 3, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Thank you for sharing this understanding of ghost and black magic
    Can you help me find the ‘link’:-)for the book
    Protection from Black Magic and Spirits, so I can buy it!
    Thank you Marianne

  36. Elizabeth Ann on Oct 19, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    It is my understanding that once a person is fully possessed and has no free will it is a lifelong suffering and there is no hope for them to be free again. Part of the reason is that they are tied down by black magic and their mantras or prayers don’t work. They are unable to free themselves. Is this true? E

  37. nbl on Dec 23, 2010 at 11:52 am

    http://malaysia.news.yahoo.com/ann/20101221/tmy-5-m-sian-cops-suffer-stomach-ache-af-d2ec26b.html

    Sad to see that there are still many people practise black magic in this part of Asia.

  38. Elizabeth Ann on Jan 26, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    I wonder if people that are attacked by black magic have been caused the harm due to their negative past lives? If so does it follow that the Tibetans in chinese prisons also have (all of them) the bad karma to be imprisoned and tortured? I think there are accidents. I don’t think it is always karma. Blaming an attack by black magic on the being attacked or Tibetans torture in prison on negative karma is like saying the rapist had no choice and the rape victim is a partially responsible party to the act. Is it sometimes just too late to purify? Maybe. I have issues about people having been good, even quite spiritual during their lives and then they are imprisoned/tortured or attacked by evil spirits and it is all over for them. Their life is excruciating suffering. If they go to the hell realms they will get enlightened faster. Manjushri It is almost impossible to become enlightened and the path is dangerous, you dare the obstacles but if you don’t you suffer. There is no escape.

  39. lanse on Jun 14, 2012 at 10:00 am

    I have heard a lot about ghost since I was a child. I always wonder whether ghost actually exist, or it is just a man created story. But since so many people have been talking about ghost, and these stories existed all over the world for thousands of years, there must be “something” real, perhaps they are other forms of energy. I would rather take it as an alien beings than relate them with people who are dead. Perhaps I refused to accept that there is life after death in any way or form.

    Life is so full of suffering, if ghost really exists, it only means that we have to go through everything again, may be worst. This is very scary. So basically I did not really afraid of ghost, what I afraid of is that if I really see them, what can I give them in order to comfort them? They must be sad and lonely, wandering around, looking for something and couldn’t get. They do not want us to see them too. So if I happen to see them, what can I give them? I used to think like that before I learn any Dharma. So since I never met one, I chose not to believe in their existence.

    However, since I came to know Kechara, since I started to learn about prayers, rituals and Lam Rim, I found out that I started to not so refuse to think about ghost. When I do my prayer or Lam Rim recitation at home, I would sometimes talk to the “air” and asked “them” to listen carefully. I do not know how this would help them, but since this is the only thing I can give them, it makes me feel better when I think about them.

    Everyone needs love and care, so do ghost. I hate to feel helpless when I can’t do anything to help. Thanks to Rinpoche’s teachings and explanation. Now I know what I can do to help. Compassion is the key.

  40. Lai on Jun 18, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    about the “La energy”, is it mean if “A” was pass away and already take a re-birth, but we still can feel “A” beside us?? how can we know whether “A” is already “re-birth”? the energy of “A” mantain as a ghost after re-birth, so this energy still exit as “A”?
    Sorry for many question, because i am having this problem with my friend, my friend did abortion 7~8 years ago, she always feels sorry to the child and she also did paid a taoism master for sending the child to rebirth, but problem is after so many years, she still feel that the child is around her. What can i advise her?

  41. Pastor Yek Yee on Jun 18, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    The biggest snake in the world was found in Malaysia. But it had dead! The amazing thing is the snake already 140 years old. OMB!!!

    If I live around 140 years old what can I do in my 140 years old? Wah…something I want to think about it…140 years, what I want to do in this planet?

  42. Choi Kim Yok on Jun 19, 2012 at 12:30 am

    It’s true we must develop compassion for ghosts. Normally we are afraid of them thinking that they can harm us. I read somewhere that it is possible to teach dharma to some ghosts because unlike animals, they have the intelligence to understand.

  43. su an on Jun 19, 2012 at 1:02 am

    From what I gather from this post, ghosts/ spirits are really the same as humans in terms of having feelings of sadness, loneliness, anger, and have different personalities just like us. it is rather scary to know that their population size is much larger than humans… it means to me that there are more sentient beings reborn in that realm compared to humans or the likelihood of us going down to the ghost realm is so high. It is rather fascinating to know that they can travel at the speed of thought.. that is super fast! but they live really long lives… i heard from someone that in the animal kingdom, big animals tend to move slower but they live longer, while small animals move fast (and their world moves fast) but have shorter lives (time also moves fast). Can you imagine being able to move at the speed of thought (i believe that is faster than the speed of light) and yet live for super long? it means they stay as ghosts for really really really long time… i don’t want to be reborn as a ghost! Although i can’t perceive ghosts, i am glad that i can do something to help them a little by doing prayers daily and dedicating it to them. and i am glad i have met the dharma in this life so i can reduce a very very little amount of the probability to be reborn as a ghost (better than nothing!)

  44. Bengkooi on Jun 19, 2012 at 4:16 am

    I enjoyed reading this post 2 years ago when it was first published, and this second time round, I appreciate it even more, having met many people over the past 2 years who have suffered from such disturbances.

    As one of Rinpoche’s assistants, I hear many such stories, and I can definitely feel the fear from those affected. Sometimes, when the problem is particularly bad, I too feel my hairs standing on end. So when Fang asks about fear, I can totally relate. Rinpoche’s advice about having compassion and pity for them is not easy to follow, especially if we are in the grip of fear, but the analogy to the abused dog really makes sense for me.

    What strikes me very strongly most of all, is how fortunate we are, to have even come across this post, let alone a guru like Rinpoche. So many people who are having spirit disturbances or black magic could perhaps have avoided their problems altogether, or reduced the intensity of their problems, if they were armed with this knowledge.

  45. Yoke Fui on Jun 19, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you for the clear explanations.

    At KH, we are often asked questions like these. Without the complete knowledge, we usually blame the practice/puja for not being effective in solving the problem and stop the practice. This may further agitate the beings and become more ferocious.

    Therefore it is very important to follow through with the instructions on how to clear the problem. Just like seeing a doctor when we are sick, we must take the medicine in the correct dosage.

  46. KH Ng on Jun 19, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Thank You Rinpoche for this post. It is really interesting. In this post Rinpoche mentioned that ghost are moved by great compassion and altruism. I also remember that Guru Rinpoche subdued the spirit Pehar with the power of compassion and make him promised to protect the Dharma. How does this work? When we say subdue, we usually think of using force or wrath. It seems contrary to me. I request Rinpoche to teach us.

  47. Pastor Yek Yee on Jun 19, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Malaysian famous with 撞鬼,this post from Tsem Rinpoche is tremendously understand more. It is so powerful. In the post, Rinpoche mentioned how we can deal with ghost/spirit, what practice we should do, what is the reason we 撞鬼?Karma, affinity and may be people put it to you…one thing heated me very badly is while we deal with them must show respect, sincerity and compassion to them. Make them pleased and calm. Some of them had lived in the spirit realm over eight generation…some of them may be we meet them in previous life too…can you image…over hundred years…

    I would to share to everyone, the spirit/ghost generally is existed in this planet and surprisingly their popular is more than human..OMB. Now, I knowing they are anywhere so I will use the proper way to work them instead of harm or chasing them.

  48. cindy on Jun 19, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Thank you for this informative blog. I certainly believe in Spirit/Ghosts. I also believe that if we done no harm to others we shouldn’t be afraid.
    I do experienced before when I worked with my previous company, usually in the morning I’ll be alone in the office, than i’ll start to hear the door handle noise like someone is trying to open the door but i just ignore it. So, when my boss came in i’ll tell her about it then only she tell me the story, she said that before she rent this office she already know that there is her pregnant lady that hang herself beacuse her boyfriend do not want to married her.
    Till then she is staying there, so my boss told me to offer foods to her every morning, so i did that every morning & fr that day onwards i don’t hear sound any more.Even every Qing Ming we’ll burn things & pray for both of them. And actually alot of people rent theis place but no one last long. We stay at the office for almost 7 years.

  49. Andrew Chiam on Jun 19, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    So much to learn about ghost. Very informative. But come to think of it, now human are even more scarier than ghost. Thanks for the sharing Rinpoche.

  50. Uncle Eddie on Jun 19, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Ghosts may be exorcised and can be also rid-off by ritual daggers, as shown in some ritual books. It is said that some were caught in “spirit-trap” and were burnt, thus releasing them to be reborn, as said in other buddhist script. All ghosts have their own realm, and sights of certain ghosts can be scary as shown in pictures. Some are said to have mouths the size of an needle eye and a stomach the size of a big baloon, while others have necks too thin for food to go through, yet with bloated stomachs. It seems they are always hungry and can never get enough food. For people to prevent or counter-act spirits’phenomenum must have accurate knowledge – in other words, they must know the truth of the facts of the case, in order to tackle them. Otherwise, one will be asking for trouble, which be years later when we are at a low point, as mentioned by Rinpoche.

  51. David Lai on Jun 19, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    I have actually been afflicted by spirits before. I was pressed down by a certain kind of spirit. It came to a point where I was getting a few of these ‘attacks’ a night. I consulted Rinpoche at that time and he told me to recite Dukkar mantra.

    He said that Dukkar or White Umbrella is very effective to fend off these kind of attacks. However, the effect wouldn’t come immediately as one must build up the shield against these spirits. At that time, I recited, it initially became worse. I was worried but I continued my practice and later, the attacks became lesser and lesser. I hardly get these attacks these days.

    So, when people talk of spirits pressing them down, I always recommend them to recite Dukkar’s mantra. Here on Rinpoche’s blog, there’s the Dukkar Sadhana that one can perform daily to build a shield against these spirits :- http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/sadhana-prayers.html#dukkar

  52. Lim Han Nee on Jun 19, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for answering questions on ghosts posed by Patricia and Fang in this post, questions which we ourselves would have asked. Thank you for giving us the prayers and mantras that we can recite when we are troubled by these spirits.

    Ghosts belong to the samsaric realm of The Hungry Ghosts. If they can live so long as to appear to 7 generations of people, we can imagine their tremendous suffering over such a long period; their suffering comes in the form of their not being to get any food or water at all or not being able to eat or drink because of their tiny mouths, or their seeing even water in front of them as blood or urine or some undrinkable stuff, as the Lamrim says. They also have to wander everywhere and for long distances in a vain search for food.

    Thus, when we have the karma to encounter them, we must learn to react with compassion(as Rinpoche says) and not with fear, though they will appear to us in a horrifying form.

  53. JP on Jun 19, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    When we all start talking about spirits, I realise many people have actually experienced an encounter or two or even more. But nobody talks about it. I used to have spirit encounters 5 times a year for 4 to 5 years. Then when I started energy healing, the encounters became daily. It was as though the gates to the ethereal realm were wide open. Felt literally like an open house!

    The spirit encounters became more intrusive. Some of them were attacking me and won’t let me sleep. Thank goodness, at that time I have already met Tsem Rinpoche. Rinpoche explained to me that I should stop my energy healing and just focus on reciting the Heart Sutra and Rinpoche’s long life mantra. Rinpoche performed a “Gako”, Vajrayogini’s purification and protection ritual, on me and all spirit disturbances stopped immediately!

    I was so relieved because I hadn’t been sleeping for 2 weeks due to the spirit disturbances. In a nutshell, I’ve learnt never to meddle with new age healing as it opens up the portal to the ethereal realm which is potentially very dangerous. It’s better to stick with helping humans and animals if we really want practise compassion.

  54. pastor ngeow on Jun 19, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    A common ‘ mistake’ we make when chanting mantras or performing pujas of Buddhist deities is that we limit its function to only clearing obstacles. As Rinpoche said, we can also achieve good qualities like love , compassion, and wisdom which can help us gain realizations to help others.
    I don’t hv personal encounters with spirits and ghosts except for a few hair raising experiences which I cannot ascertain they are the influences of spirits or just plain fear of the dark or self induced fear of being alone.I really like the explanation on how respect and compassion can protect us from harm of these unfortunate beings and it is not easy to generate such qualities due to the often unsightly forms they take on and also our own wrong views about them by labelling them as naturally evil or threats to our safety.

  55. Mei Fong on Jun 19, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the teaching on ghosts. Many of us are curious about the existence of ghosts, some even fear on them and thinking that they can harm us. Ghosts can only harm us if we have the karma to be harmed.

  56. nani on Jun 19, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    long time ago i have real storry .i was 12 year old i can see ghost yong girl .what i thinking she is real.every time she come to play after 12am when my mother not around.my father already passway when i m 12 year.every time she point to follow with her .but i scare my mom come to scold me.never go with her.1 day i request mom that i want to follow her.she also think i wanted to go with nest house people s children.then she say ok but come fast.nest day same thing she come to vijit me and she point to follow her .this time i go with her from my house almost 1 hours . there have big river.sudanly she jump in the river .i ready scare qukly come home and i told mom.many people go to sherch in the river but they only found boon.my uncle that boon make fire.after that i never see that girl agen.this is my true storry.

  57. nicholas on Jun 19, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this great sharing.

    The advice is really useful. A lot of people out there really don’t know why and what to do when they faces such disturbance and unable to understand dharmicly.

    With Rinpoche great explanation,actually we should be compassion towards the spirit because of taking rebirth in such a realm nothing much they can do until their karma exhausted in this realm.
    Glad that we are able to help them with the prayer to bless them beside protection.

  58. verontung on Jun 19, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, thanks for opened up my mind about ghost and spirit. Since young, i will always be fear with all these ghost stories. If happen to be gathering or partying with friend and they ends up sharing horror stories, I’ll will have to force myself to sit together, pretend to listen but all the words they are sharing i will just have them bypassing my ear. I’m really glad that I have the chance to read all about ghost & spirits. And i know i do not have to fear them if i would always know what i did and make sure myself do not disturb or offend them. I have better understanding on what is spirits. I sure be able to advise my friends who has problems with having “friends” around them.

  59. patsy on Jun 19, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    Cakras are blessed talismans containing the Buddha’s essence, power and protection. The powerful energies within provide very effective protection against negative energies such as harmful supernatural forces, accidents, spells and black magic. Cakras also bless us with the energies of wisdom, healing, longevity and wealth.

    For more info: http://www.kechara.com/shopping/products/protection/chakras/

  60. Jace Chong on Jun 20, 2012 at 12:56 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for answering all these questions in details, I think most us have similar questions in our mind.

    I met a lot of people who can “feel” and “see” spirits. Sometimes, I am not sure it’s a privilege or a disadvantage. From what Rinpoche has answered, it really depends on your motivation and what you gonna do about it.

    Like everything else in life, something that drive you to do good thing and be a better person, that’s something good and the other way round. I mean no offense, it’s really not a big deal for a person who has supernatural ability, what’s the big deal is, how do you help others and yourselves with the ability.

  61. Albert Ratchaga on Jun 20, 2012 at 2:52 am

    Yes, it is very important to not mess with things to do with spirits / ghosts, because their energy and power are beyond us, they are already died with so much attachment, but due to the greediness of human, we use them as a portal to help us get what we want. sad to say that, many of us didn’t realize or I should say material attachment has blind folded us to see the consequences after used them to get what we want. By doing so, it is so bad for us and for them.

  62. Lim KH (JB) on Jun 20, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thanks for sharing this article to let, is very useful and complete if someone ask about the unnatural problems with us. Sometime we really dunno when, where, why we are connected to others beings but we can try to practice Setrap or Guru Yoga so we can prevent this happen on us.

    ” Prevent is better than cure”, so practice now to gain the protection and sharing this out to help others also.

  63. Cynthia Ng on Jun 20, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    感谢仁波切的答案与教诲!

    我是100%相信有鬼魂与邪灵的存在的,只是没有亲眼目睹过。当一个人的果报成熟时,确实会和它们扯上联系。我丈夫就是因为业报成熟而被干扰,这些幽灵确实拥有相当大的能力,它们几乎达到无所不能的地步。如果没有仁波切的帮助,我丈夫是难逃一命的。

    仁波切给我丈夫的指示当中是有做到Ekazati的持修法,做了之后严重度慢慢减轻。仁波切都教我们要很慈悲的对待众生,幽灵也是需要被善待的,它们才是最孤独以及无助的。当我们通过做持修法或持咒语后回向给它们,这是安抚它们心灵的一个方法,它们非常需要被佛法加持的。

    佛法才是真正的解决方案!

  64. Sofi on Jun 20, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Everyone is interested in or have met with the supernatural one time or another, so Rinpoche’s post is very helpful in clearing up the doubts and providing information on this. Having met with the dharma, I now have more understanding towards “ghosts” and with sincerity, include them in my dedications. Yesterday while doing my saddhana, suddenly wondered why do we segregate sentient beings during our visualization. It is at that moment that I realised that all had been my mother and father, so now jus visualize in human forms (no assigning parents, family, relatives, friends, etc.) Thank you Rinpoche for your sharing.

  65. Leann Lim on Jun 20, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this topic with details, is lead me to know more about how to deal with spirits, why we attract with the spirits, and the protection practice. How fortune we have this teaching and concept about ‘Ghost’.

    From very young ages, I had listen many ghost story, and I do very fear about this ‘unknown being”. And even is happen on myself..But Thanks Buddha, i have meet Rinpoche, by following the instruction (this is very important), I know by practicing it’s help to removed disturbing problem and it’s really work. At the same time, i understand it a good way for practice our compassion and kindness to others being, to understand their suffering, is beautiful if we can help them but not only fear them.

    Through this sharing , i understand more about other ‘divination tools like : crystal, tarot card and more..Yes, i been tarot card player before, and i really get into “trouble” at that time… By linked with my experience and the teaching here, i understand why we are discourage to ‘touch’ this tools, is really for our own good. And i understand more when we are using this ‘tools’ what actually the spirits or others ‘being’ coming and work on.

    Thank you again for Rinpoche. This is a very interesting topic, i learn a lot.

    Fold Hand_/|\_,
    Leann

  66. Helena Chin on Jun 20, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Wow.. I have more understanding about ghost now. Thank you Rinpoche for explaining.

  67. MayOng on Jun 22, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    The cause to take rebirth in the Spirit realm generally requires one’s mind to have extreme great attachment to a place, person, thing, idea or the such. That attachment is what binds them to their situation until karma is ‘finished’. Quoted by Tsem Rinpoche.

    Attachment is emotional bond, affection or loyalty or an object to be attached. I remembered asking why in areas around hospitals, police stations and T-junctions – people sees these ‘spirits’ lurking around for years and never seem to get out of this realm. It is so sad but Rinpoche have a solution for us, is to generate compassion towards them, as they were ‘humans’ in previous lives. So if we do come across these beings, we would know what to do for them.

  68. Paul Yap on Jun 23, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    I always thought having the ability to see ghost and communicate with them is NOT a good thing…cos it takes one to know one, those people is opening a portal for “THEM” to penetrate into their lives and eventually harm them…

  69. ECheah on Jun 23, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    I think the fear of ghosts are compounded by watching scary ghost movies because they make them so dramatic and frightful. Therefore our imagination starts to play out and we’re always fearful of ghosts maybe quite unnecessarily. They exist and we exist but there are people who choose to meddle in their realm for whatever reason. Isn’t there anything better to do? Don’t we have enough problems ourselves? Once one chooses to open the floodgates and invite them, then be prepared for the consequences especially when one is not at a level to be able to control or handle it. It’s true, they are in a less fortunate realm and are suffering a lot. But we can at least be mindful of their existence, be respectful and through dharma practice, dedicate merits that they have a good rebirth in a human realm next time. We should develop our communication channels with the Buddhas instead rather than the netherbeings, wouldn’t that make better sense and be more beneficial?

  70. henry ooi on Jun 24, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    These questions and answers are a great help for me to understand more of the spirit realm, what to do and what not to do. They are a great source as reference for friends and acquaintances who have similar questions and encounters. I have come across many people who have many questions pertaining to this topic and they and others would benefit from this post.

    I will keep by the general guideline given by Rinpoche and prevent untoward events. Thank you, Rinpoche.

  71. June Kang on Jun 25, 2012 at 1:46 am

    reading this, feel that ghost is human who live in a different world. However they are more suffering than us. We should do more recitation of mantra and dedicating to them. Of course the highest is we ourselves get enlightenment and help to liberate them.

  72. abby F on Jun 25, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for telling/explaining us this. By knowing that those who takes rebirth in the ghost realm means something goes wrong and they have great attachment to something thus they suffered a lot. I believe that not all ghost are evil, as there are good people and bad people too.

    I also believe that近朱者赤,近墨者黑。If we behave well, kind to others, then we don’t have the bad energy to attract ghosts. If we act cruelly and badly, we will definitely have the bad energy to attract all the evil ghosts as you are ‘close’to him/her.

    In short, spirits/ghosts are not object to take refuge, but we can be kind to them when we really encounter some particular situation. They are just like is, who needs love and care. And I am sure, Dharma is the best gift to us and them.

  73. pat on Jun 26, 2012 at 1:22 am

    I personally have not encounter with a ghost before but i definitely believed they do exist…..At one night I was with a friend ,both of us were playing with the swing at a playground.Then suddenly my friend suggested that we leave quickly…so we left, then out of curiousity i asked her why.She told me she saw a mother and a child waiting for their turn to play with the swing, but i told her i didn’t see anybody…she explained that she got the third eye…… and i got the goosebumps….i think we must also respect them,give them their space… not all ghost are harmful.

  74. Han on Jun 26, 2012 at 3:34 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for all the ghosts answers and very informative facts with regards spirits.
    I not really scare of spirits since young. I always think that as long as I do not disturb the spirits, spirits will not come to disturb me or harm me either!
    Until I involved in producing Tsem Paranormal Zone and filming some interviews and stories. Through Rinpoche teachings, I learn how to respect spirits, what are the dos and donts when we encounter paranormal experiences. The key is our motivation is not to harm but respect them like what we respect another human being. The experiences I gain in producing paranormal program is an eye opening to me and I will continue working hard on it with the team , to bring benefits to others.

  75. Sheryl KH (JB) on Jun 26, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    This blog post answers many questions that common people usually have towards ghosts.

    This is really a very informative place and I am glad to know from Rinpoche that ghosts are moved by altruism and compassion and so I will try to practice this if I really run into this situation, although I can imagine that the very first reaction I have when I am in that scenario is nothing but scares.

    Reading this post also makes me glad as it seems to me that there are specific buddhas who will be there if we need their help. How compassionate they are, and how fortunate I am to come to know tibetan buddhism.

    Personally I have been doing Setrap practice for coming to a year. Whenever I feel that I am in potentially dangerous situation I will chant Setrap mantra. I feel more at ease when I do that and I how this feeling that Lord Setrap will protect me, although I cant see him. :)

  76. Julia Tan on Jul 6, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    I think those ghosts that stayed in the house are very pitiful. I think most of them do not want to be there. Imagine they are stuck at that small corner, sometimes at that particular corridor for ages. Some might be waiting for someone. Some don’t to even know they are dead. Some wanted to be with their family. When we found out that they are in our house, we find some master to chase them away. Then where do they go after being chased out? Will they be waiting for us outside the house?

  77. Grace (KSLC) on Jul 8, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    Thanks for the Information , Rinpoche. This is a interesting and scaring topic as well-did ghost exist ?? i do believe when i have an encounter in Genting highland, which i still the sound come from the toilet, so scary, your instant feeling will tell you something is wrong. but wihtout dharma, we may think of how to “get rid” the ghost, but from dharma , we know that we need dedicate the prayer to them, not only blessing us and also can blessed them. this is true compassion that we need to practice.

  78. Wan Wai Meng on Jul 9, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    Ghosts are definitely real and can harm us but at the same time we should be very aware that these beings are not in a good state and they arrived there through negative actions or thoughts and can you imagine live for hundreds of years or even thousands and you cannot feel, touch etc etc. So these beings will crave a body wont they?

  79. Leann Lim on Jul 12, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    I have see this post twice d, because of found that a lot of people very curious about the ghost or interesting about black magic topic, always can found answers here. Thank you Rinpoche again for sharing this precious teaching.
    And i found that even the post/teaching we view 2nd or 3rd times, you always will get a new point catchy and into your mind, that’s so true…have a same feel when reading Lamrin.

  80. Choi Kim Yok on Aug 24, 2012 at 12:12 am

    Some people, for example, meditators can hear the ghosts. Master Hsin Tao from Taiwan used to meditate in cemeteries. These beings could be quite noisy and behave as if they are having a party. In a book by a Christian belonging to a local Sarawakian tribe, the author describes a similar experience. Just before a death in the village, one would hear beings making a lot of noice in the local cemetery.

  81. Edgar on Aug 29, 2012 at 4:24 am

    Dear Venerable Rinpoche,

    I read the questions posted by Patricia and was very much interested in these questions myself. Unfortunately I very personally do not feel that you have answered them. Do all ghosts perceived by clearvoyant human beings belong to the realm of hungry ghosts or are some in the state of bardo? If they have been transformed into another realm, how is it possible that they feel, behave and are perceived as the persons they have been before. Are some trapped in the bardo state, so? Or are they / some just la energy? And in respect to the 7 generations: in many, many old traditions it is not said that one being can be seen for many generations, but exactly (!) for 7 generations – and than reincarnates. In short: the stories about ghosts we now know seem not to fit very well into any Buddhist concept, because they include the suggestion of a persistent soul. Could you, please, explain this?

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  83. Joy on Jan 20, 2013 at 12:50 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this information and knowledge with us all. I remembered I used to dabble in playing “spirit of the coin”, I guess my mind, just like many, was curious about the other side. Curious to know if it existed and the mysteries behind it all. But after meeting Rinpoche, I now understand why we should not dabble in to such things as we may encouraged the unknown to come and not go. Many of my friends keep asking me about this topic and it still is a very hot topic from time to time… how lucky we are to be able to share what we’ve learnt from Rinpoche with them and how wonderful it is that it is just at the click of our fingers here. I have just shared this post with someone on blogchat!

  84. Sahr on Jul 22, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    A little 12 year old girl was attacked, in Pretoria South Africa, The thing that did so, was invisible and another Child witnessed as this thing pulled the Child towards the the end of the corridor of the house they were in. The Child’s leg was as if held by an invisible hand as She was dragged across the floor. This has resulted in a broken and splintered Tibia bone. She might lose her foot because of this and Adults and Doctors are baffled by this event. I turn to You, because I believe that none know better than Buddhists about these sort of issues… The Girl gets operated upon tomorrow and any advice would be greatly appreciated. Namaste.

  85. Vinnie Tan on Aug 22, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for giving us such detailed explanation on this sensitive issue that most of us are curious about but do not dare to ask. In the end, we might have invited some beings that we do not wish to mess with them. Thank you for explaining this to us here.

  86. Audrey Lee on Dec 31, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Hi Rinpoche,

    I was possessed by a fierce spirit before and then during that period I were to become a buddhist through a ceremony and holding 5 percepts. Then the monk asked me to recite om mani pad me hung on a daily basis for 108 times. He also asked me to invite the spirit to recite with me. In a day later than that, it became very fierce and I have no energy to fight against her and i was possessed by her. Then I went to a taoist temple, there is a person who was said to be possessed by god to help me but with condition that i must be one of them to be possessed by god and help people.

    Then, after the spirit was gone. I attended their ceremony to be possessed by the temple’s god. It was okay for the first 2 days but when the third day I am unable to be possessed by god. My mother said that I am already a buddhist. it is impossible for the god to possess me as taoist and buddhism isnt the same. I was confused and then I become a normal person and not possessed by spirit or god but the person who was possessed by god told me i will be possessed one day.

    I have been worrying that i will be possessed as i feel i will be doing something against what i learnt from dharma. For example, people come and ask for help to improve their business or ask for prediction. It is actually increasing their self centred mind.

    I recite “om mani pad me hung” and the big compassionate mantra on a daily basis to pray that i wouldnt be possessed by the said god and stay in a temple to grant’s ppl wish in a way they think this is helping people. Yes, it is helping people like me who was life treathening but i find it is totally against my value that i hv learnt from the dharma.

    what can I do more to not being possessed by the said god? can you advise me?

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  88. Jacinta Goh on Mar 7, 2014 at 11:59 am

    I personally do not encounter any of those… And I pray that I won’t encounter it, to say the least. Anyway, to a certain degree I do have the kind of fear that most of us do. Compassion, I mean altruistic compassion is what I have learnt. Thank you Rinpoche for guiding us on how we should deal with them.

  89. Edward Ooi on Apr 27, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, although I know that some spirits are not trying harm me but I just can’t stop being afraid of them. They said that the bigger my ego is the more I’m afraid of spirits and my ego is growing bigger and bigger. And when my ego is big, many people will hate me and when I want to promote something they would not help me with their heart. My question to Rinpoche is that, how can I lower down my ego? Thank You Rinpoche

  90. Sean Wang on Oct 12, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    Thank you for resharing this interesting article on ghosts. It is extremely important to know not to use spirits to attain personal gains as spirits have been created due to negative karma, they cannot generate truly positive results. Their results are similar to when someone prays to a land god to achieve things like lotto numbers however Land Gods have, in a way, better luck but with equal amount of wrath.

    Thank you for sharing alternative practises as I am sure that many people are misguided by other spirit manipulators into thinking that it is a good idea to invoke the “blessings” of spirits. I would personally recommend Tsongkhapa as he is a 3-in-1 Buddha, Vajrapani will protect you, Manjushri will make you wise to not do anything rash while Avalokiteshvara will allow you to emanate compassion to move spirits in a positive light and help them incarnate to a better life.

    When Rinpoche was mentioning the fear of spirits having 7 causes, I do not fall under any of those categories yet I immensely fear spirits because to me they are of the unknown and temporarily unfathomable. How do I deal with this? Do I just do Setrap? Or maybe I should just follow as you say and replace said fear with compassion.

    I have another question. How does one determine the level of a deity and what levels are there for deities?

    Thank you for the lovely article, Rinpoche.

  91. Beatrix Ooi on Oct 13, 2014 at 1:11 am

    I’ve always find myself being drawn to ghost related matters/ facts/ stories. I can’t see them, but sometimes I think that I can feel them( maybe its just my imaginations running wild ). I must also admit that I’ve had always wished to see them, and of course normal people don’t wish for things like that( I’m just retarded ).

    I had always thought that spirits look like the ones we see in the movies, but the fact is, most of them don’t. I was also told that hungry ghosts have very tiny mouths that do not allow them to eat, and everything they happen to consume will taste really really bad that they won’t even eat.

    I believe that there are many types of spirits vary in personalities. Some are just so lonely that they just want some responds or interactions from us, sometimes we really can’t blame them. What I don’t understand is that, what do they eat, like on daily basis. Or they just don’t eat?

    Lately, I realised that I have a huge issue with child spirits. Anything that’s related to them, will keep me thinking, imagining. The moment I close my eyes, they just keep popping out and that leave me thinking if I were a child killer in my past life( LOL ). I even have goosebumps while typing these down, it must be again my imagination and ego that led me to this state.

    Thank You Rinpoche for sharing the information, I’ve learnt a lot.

    Love, beatrix.

  92. nirmal on Oct 13, 2014 at 2:12 am

    Dear Rinpoche, The souls of the dead passengers on board MH370 came to see me in my dream two days after the sad incident.They showed me the map of Australia and the rough location of the plane that is to the south west of Perth.They said that they were hungry. I offered them 8 different type of food which I left at a quiet roadside.I multiplied the offerings so that all could have a share.Was what I did right or wrong? Thank you.

  93. henry ooi on Oct 13, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    I find this article very interesting. Interesting in that there are so many people, young and old, who are able to connect with spirits/ghosts. Like the three young girls in the video being afraid of their ‘gift.’ My son, Edward, too was able to ‘see’ until after Rinpoche sealed his “seeing cakra”. But Rinpoche said to Edward that he will again start ‘seeing’ his “friends” when he misbehaves :)

  94. nicholas on Oct 13, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    Seeing those kids having psychic power at such a young age really worrying as they can’t control them or even understand what their ability will lead them to. The interaction with the spirits may haunt them or confused them. But if they were being nurtured and guided it will bring good benefits to them and the beings just like what we watch in the video.

    I often thinking of seeing spirit is always a negative thing. Reason is that I don’t know what to do or what I can do if I really see them. But after reading the post it’s really answer a lot of my question and teaches me what the dos and don’ts.

    The practices recommended are not just for protection but it’s best for gaining wisdom and compassion which we can help those spirits being in more permanent ways.

    Being in the spirit realm it is really in one of the suffering realm but if we can’t help them at least by reading this blog and the answers we can at least not to engage any of those action that will cause us and people around us in danger.

  95. Joy on Oct 13, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    Reading this old post again the 2nd time, made me appreciate the article even more and helped refreshed my memory on how to advice if someone came up to me with this problem. In the end Ghost are just like us humans or any sentient beings, everyone wants happiness and no one wants suffering but due to their actions, they reap the unfortunate sad result of being reborn in the lower realms as ghost and reliving their traumas and experiences of disappointment, loneliness and unhappiness, with that understanding we can generate true pity and compassion on them and chant mantras to dedicate to them.

    I also like Buddhism’s approach on protecting ourselves from ghost. The concept of doing certain practices to protect ourselves, blesses us as well as the “spirit” so that through blessing them, they will eventually stay away is a good and positive effect which is very different from other faiths that usually wants to catch them or harm them etc. These action are more negative, hostile ways of dealing with these entities which I think would lead to more problems, perhaps that is why some ghost keep coming back or some follows quietly the person who harmed them life and life, waiting for an opportunity to get them back. So I thought this key point on “blessing” them as a way to protect ourselves and also benefits them in a way is a positive one.

    Also a good reminders for us to not hang on and be so attached to things, problems, negative mind set, projections, possession, people, friends, etc. anything of this life because strong attachments of not being able to “let go” is what propels us to be reborn in such a state of suffering. Definitely none of us want that, hence we breath, meditate, and stop living in the pain body.

    • Michael C. on Oct 14, 2014 at 2:04 am

      “Also a good reminders for us to not hang on and be so attached to things, problems, negative mind set, projections, possession, people, friends, etc. anything of this life because strong attachments of not being able to “let go” is what propels us to be reborn in such a state of suffering. Definitely none of us want that, hence we breath, meditate, and stop living in the pain body.”

      so i need to focus on my out breath – Breathing out my negative habits & attachments to friends & thoughts. There is not enough space in my mind for Dharma to grow and stabilize because there are so many weeds in the way!

  96. Hee TS on Oct 13, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    謝謝仁波切分享這關於鬼界衆生的信息,以及如何应对及保護自己,也讓我们了解只祈求佛菩萨,而敬鬼神而遠之,不然將後患無窮.

  97. Pee Bee Chong on Oct 13, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing. Some people born with the 3rd eye and can see the ghosts or spirits. Is this because of their karma? Could I what type of causes from previous lives bring such results?

  98. Lum Kok Luen on Oct 15, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you very much for the answers to questions and also your teachings on spirits.
    I believe one of the toughest challenge that we have when one encounters such spirits is to generate the compassion towards them. The normal response would be fear and how best to get rid of them.
    Your teaching has certainly opened my mind on the right response and right approach in these engagements.

    Thank you again Rinpoche

  99. Edwin Tan on Oct 16, 2014 at 4:11 am

    Great article and very helpful too!

    I believe it will tremendously help those who can see the spirits / ghost / energy.

    Thank you Rinpoche.

  100. Low KHJB on Oct 19, 2014 at 12:15 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for the precious sharing . As advised,sincere practice ,empathy and respect the other form of beings would refrain us from antagonizing the spirits or ghost.
    In understanding their existence ,we seek the dharma to gain mind transformation to prevent our self and others to fall into their plight .
    Creating negative karma in our action and holding on to attachment will trap us into this realm …..

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    Scroll up to keep yourself updated for our beautiful retreat land in Bentong under the KECHARA FOREST RETREAT PROGRESS UPDATES section. There are the latest news and pictorial updates for all to keep you updated as they happen of our upcoming forest retreat project.

    The Kechara Forest Retreat is a unique holistic retreat centre focused on the total wellness of body, mind and spirit. This is a place where families and individuals will find peace, nourishment and inspiration in a natural forest environment. At Kechara Forest Retreat, we are committed to give back to society through instilling the next generation with universal positive values such as kindness and compassion.

    For more information, please read got to the Kechara Forest Retreat official site: retreat.kechara.com.
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Friday, Oct 17. 2014 03:31 PM)
    15 Oct 14, 09:54 PM
    Tsem Rinpoche: I hope everyone has seen the new short videos posted on VIDEOS ON THE GO. I hope you all enjoyed them.

    From Blog Chat
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Friday, Oct 17. 2014 03:02 PM)
    I like when people listen to the dharma, apply and transform their minds. My methods are for you to transform your mind. If you have a better method, then by all means apply it. The issue is whether your mind is transforming or not. Don’t abandon the teachings on mind transformation blaming methods. 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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Mark Twain once said, “Of all the creatures ever made Man is the most detestable. He’s the only creature that inflicts pain for sport, knowing it to be pain.” ~ From Earthlings, http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/earthlings.html
14 hours ago
The highest achievements are usually done alone.~Tsem Rinpoche (Sometimes the further you move up and achieve, the less people will be around or unable to keep up. Some cannot understand, accept or wish to do more and they can drop off. Some may wish you well but cannot keep up anyways. The higher your goals, the less most are able to understand or envision. Some may be even against you. But what is important is you stay focused and consistent. After all big achievements are done by only a few and not the majority. Highest achievements are usually done alone or with a very few. Stamina, vision, consistency, focus, care, responsibility and sometimes even a sense of compassion is necessary to achieve anything big. Giving up gets us nowhere, so continuing is a good option. When you make it, some will come back, many will join and the naysayers regret and wished they had stayed. Tsem Rinpoche)
yesterday
Since I was a young boy I wished to live in this type of environment. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 days ago
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Everything about it brings good memories. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 days ago
This is my dream home, dream location and a place where I would spiritually grow. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 days ago
"I like doing things that are going to last longer than a minute in the world."~ Christy Turlington
2 days ago
Click on this picture to enlarge and tell me what they are doing? Tsem Rinpoche 
1 week ago
"One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous or honest." ~ Maya Angelou
3 weeks ago
Mother gorilla's heart- A child fell into the gorilla cage. She broke her arms and legs and she was unconcious. A male gorilla came and tried to hurt her. Luckily, a female gorilla rescued her by chasing other gorillas away not to hurt her. This is an instinct of mother animals that take care of their babies. The mother gorilla climbed the 57 ft wall and took the girl to the zoo officer. The girl was sent to hospital and the doctor cured her. Thanks to mother gorilla's kind heart. -From FB (Please always be kind to animal. Never hurt them, kill them or eat them. Tsem Rinpoche)
3 weeks ago
October 3, 2014-Karen said there were even people in the Gifts Department of Kechara participating in Blog Chat today. Wonderful to learn. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
October 3, 2014-William, Pastor David, Pastor Jean Ai and Jean Mei preparing for blog chat. Nice people here!
3 weeks ago
October 3, 2014-In Kechara Forest Retreat, the room is filled with Kecharians on the blog chat right now. According to Pastor Adeline who sent the photo, the whole room is buzzing with blurping sounds from blog chat!! LOL. I like this when people learn the dharma. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
I've been friends with Dato' Ruby for nearly 20 years. When I asked her to head the Kechara Soup Kitchen she immediately agreed and put all her energy into making it successful. Many are benefitted by this. Kechara is committed to continuing to benefit others. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Our likes and dislikes are impermanent, so don't be stuck.~Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
LOL. This guy is cute!
3 weeks ago
Please sign this petition. It will take five minutes to make a difference. Tsem Rinpoche https://action.hsi.org/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=104&ea.campaign.id=31967&ea.tracking.id=facebook
3 weeks ago
When this female named Dorothy died of heart failure, all the chimpanzee family came out of the forest to say good bye..... the most stunning reaction was a recurring, almost tangible silence, reported staff at Cameroon’s Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Centre. If you know chimpanzees, then you know that they are not usually silent beings. I think it’s beautiful how many of the chimps are touching each others’ shoulders.~from Butterbin
3 weeks ago
Praise to the Lady Buddha who eliminates all source of suffering. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
This is a cool snapshot! I love the paranormal mysteries. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
Our Kechara's Dato' Ruby is on this month's cover of prestige magazine for her work in our Soup Kitchen. Congratulations to a kind lady and my good friend. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Is it time to worry? You tell me. See what I'm talking about please: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=53452
3 weeks ago
How nice that Caryl Dumaine Lamont Munson reminds us that although the contest is over, the goal of the contest is still to be achieved. See what he is talking about: Win A Manjushri: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=52496 Thank you so much. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Once in a while we step through something magical that gives us hope and we continue on. ~Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
New species of herbivores discovered in USA...LOL...Tsem R
4 weeks ago
Must read this chart and share. TR
4 weeks ago
This is excellent! Save photo!
4 weeks ago
These two bright young people arrived in Los Angeles today to visit and help. They are very sincere and caring people. Glad to see them. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
If you want to read about compassion, strength, wisdom and fortitude, get this special edition of Essence. I did. Wonderful and a lot to learn from this lady of wisdom Ms. Maya Angelou. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
The holy Tsongkapa image when He first arrived to Kechara.  Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
The other day I mentioned to my US team that it would be nice to have a oversized Monoply set to play with everyone for good clean relaxation sometimes. Guess what? Pastor Moh Mei secretly got us a set!! How thoughtful and sweet. Thank you very much. I appreciate it very much. Especially the thought. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
His Holiness Kyabje Zong Dorje Chang
4 weeks ago
His Holiness the current Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche. Who is very learned and spends much time in deep meditational retreats. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche said that Pabongka Rinpoche has merged and became one with Heruka-Chakrasamvara already and those who see fault in Pabongka Rinpoche do not have merits. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
I gave a special talk on equanimity, I am sure it will help you to understand this subject better: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=42419
4 weeks ago
Every week we have blog chat, this is Kecharians in E-division preparing for the blog chats. Nice to see this. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
When I see this, I primarily think of my guru and dharma friends immediately. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
Beautiful people bring happiness to others. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
Don't break another person's heart, it's hard to mend. ~Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
I have just finished doing 50+ tweets on mind, Buddhism, spirituality, acceptance, love, entanglements, thoughts and inner battles. Do enjoy reading them and sharing them. It might help someone I humbly hope. I do so every few days to share about wisdom, kechara and our spiritual journey. If it can reach people and benefit them, why not. Our lives and being alive is totally about benefitting others. That is the purpose of breathing and being human... Tsem Rinpoche Do follow me on tweets: http://www.twitter.com/tsemtulku
1 month ago
I would love to live in the Mt. Shasta area of Northern California. It has been recognized by the Native American Indian people to be a spiritually charged area. It has a power vortex under the ground in that area that energizes the place to be very blessed for spiritual practice, meditation and contemplations. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
Dear Andree Duckworth, Thank you very much for your feedback on our Kechara Pastors. They work very hard, they have great knowledge and very patient. I started the program so people who wish to bring dharma to others can have a lay life as well as a spiritual life recognized by others. Halfway to monk/nun-hood without being ordained. So naming them Pastors and having basic lay vows is good and it helps the public in Malaysia to identify with them easily. It worked out very much. I hope you will let them know you are benefitted by their hardwork. They will appreciate it very much as I do. Tsem R
1 month ago
When all will end and karma catches up, why live as it will be forever? ~Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
VERY INTERESTING: Does anyone know what this is? Please investigate here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=16347
1 month ago
What a nice message. All my work/posts on tweet does make a difference in people's lives. Nice to know that. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
When we work with integrity and harmoniously with eachother, we can accomplish much. Harmony and integrity are the keys. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
I've asked the same question too. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
To take Manjushri as one's special practice has innumerable benefits. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
This is a special statue of Je Tsongkapa. It was made during Tsongkapa's time by a student and offered to Him. It is said to resemble Tsongkapa very much. And this holy statue is now housed in Tashi Lunpo Monastery, Shigatse Tibet. To see, hear and contemplate Je Tsongkapa is so meaningful and collect one aeons of merits.
1 month ago
His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche with his two disciples Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen and Geshe Lhundrup Sopa.
1 month ago
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Videos On The Go

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  • Watch what Jason Clare said in parliament
    Watch what Jason Clare said in parliament
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  • Super cute attack. Have to watch!!
    Super cute attack. Have to watch!!
    3 weeks 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
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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.
    3 weeks 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
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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 weeks ago
  • Is this the Loch Ness monster?
    Is this the Loch Ness monster?
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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
    2 months ago
  • Rescuing dog in LA river
    Rescuing dog in LA river
    2 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
    2 months ago
  • Dalai Lama watching TV
    Dalai Lama watching TV
    2 months ago
  • Dog with a heart of Gold
    Dog with a heart of Gold
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    2 months ago
  • 14th Dalai Lama with Mrs.Indira Gandhi , Delhi INDIA 1966
    14th Dalai Lama with Mrs.Indira Gandhi , Delhi INDIA 1966
    4 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.
    5 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
    6 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
    6 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
    8 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
    8 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.
    8 months ago
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    12 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
    12 months 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
    1 years ago
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    1 years 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.
    1 years 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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    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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Happy Birthday to my dearest Lama, His Eminence Tsem Tulku Rinpoche. May all obstacles be pacified, and may Rinpoche remain with us for a very long time and may all your wishes be fulfilled swiftly! Love always, Joy
54 minutes ago
Granted, these animals do not have all the desires we humans have; granted, they do not comprehend everything we humans comprehend; nevertheless, we and they do have some of the same desires and do comprehend some of the same things. Like us, these animals embody the mystery and wonder of #consciousness. Like us, they are not only in the world, they are aware of it. Like us they are the psychological centres of a life that is uniquely their own. ~ #Earthlings http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=17514 Next ‪#‎blog‬ chat discussion: Date: Friday 24th 8PM USA (PST) / Saturday 25th 11AM M'sia (GMT+8) Joy
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23rd Oct, Puja House did Medicine Buddha Puja for sponsors. May the sponsor's beloved illness get the right treatment. This puja Lead by Susan Lieu together with Uncle Eddie, Adeline and Yoke Chim Yap .- By Puja House
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The highest achievements are usually done alone. ~ H.E.Tsem Tulku Rinpoche_Hee TS
7 hours ago
“I do not see any reason why animals should be slaughtered to serve as human diet, when there are so many substitutes. After all, man can live without meat." ~H.H.DalaiLama_ Hee TS
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Let your speech be the nectar that flows into peoples’ minds which gives them solace, knowledge and hope.~ H.E.Tsem Tulku Rinpoche_Hee TS
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Kechara House gompa beautifully set up to welcome guests tomorrow for our beloved Guru's 49th Birthday celebration. Lucy Yap. Lucy Yap.
7 hours ago
We can always avoid responsibilities, but they return to haunt us.~#tsemtulku_PB
8 hours ago
Why send out negative energy daily, just be sincere.~#tsemtulku_PB
10 hours ago
The highest achievements are usually done alone~#tsemtulku_PB
10 hours ago
Losers explain reasons for failure, while winners find reasons to succeed.~#tsemtulku_PB
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Wishing H.E Mr. Ong Keng Yong, High Commissioner Of Spore To Malaysia and his wife Irene all the best in his next position. They will be leaving Malaysia at the end of October after 3.5years in Malaysia. DR.
13 hours ago
Rohingya refugee children school. Bright group of children. DR.
13 hours ago
Kechara donated 200 pairs of school socks to Pusat Ilmu Muslim Aid in conjunction with Deepavali yesterday. DR.
13 hours ago
Get your offerings done by Yen Pin and team at Kechara Bloom.Look at these beautiful arrangements prepared by them for our precious Guru's Birthday tomorrow 24th October 2014. Lucy Yap
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