Bangkok Monks and why make offerings

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Our large group in Bangkok woke up around 4 am to get ready. We left the hotel at around 5 am to drive to Banglampoo area of Bangkok. Without traffic, it took us around 20 mins to get there (Remember Bangkok is a huge metropolitan city with 10 million residents). The other day it took us 2 hours to arrive with the traffic jam to the same place… hehehe. When we arrived it was still not dawn yet and the monks had not come out, so I gave a short talk on why we make offerings and support the sangha. The purpose behind supporting the sangha was shared with our group. After the talk the monks started coming on their alms round as the morning sun started to rise…

There are stalls set up on the roadside daily all over Thailand that cook for people who wish to make offerings to monks just before they go to work or go to school. You see many people who quickly park their cars nearby, purchase the ready made simple foods, and offer to the monks and off to work they go. You see many young school kids who stop by to make offerings on the way to school in their school uniforms. What a beautiful way to start the day with generosity, making offerings to sangha and spirituality. This is such a blessed way to start the day and a wonderful part of Thai culture that I like so much.

In the villages or areas where people are homemakers, they actually cook a portion of their food in ready to offer monks on their alms rounds daily. It is a chance for the lay people to participate in the spiritual practice of the monks. You support the monks to do their studies, practice, meditations and teachings. You gain the merit for sponsoring their activities, in this case through food to put it simply. They do what you cannot and you do what they do not do… it is a perfect balance. Every activity a monk does for the community, you contributed to it… the merit comes from supporting the sangha and continuance of the Dharma. The sangha renounces samsara to focus on study, practice, teaching and serving others. They don’t waste time on wordly activities and do Dharma part time, they do it full time so they can put their full energies into their practice and in this way keep the Dharma alive due to their full attention given to it. Hence you are supporting their 100% commitment towards the Dharma. They do you a great service because without them putting their full energy into the Dharma, who will learn, practice, teach and keep the Dharma alive?

For the last 2500 years, it is mainly the sangha who has kept the Dharma alive and intact throughout all the monasteries in the world up till the present day. It has been the sangha who teach other sangha and lay people and kept the Dharma alive and well through teachings. Buddha set it up this way. Supporting the sangha is supporting the continuance of the holy Dharma. If all sangha disappeared due to no support, then you will see the Dharma decline in its complete form. If you have to work a secular job 10 hours a day, take care of kids, pay bills then it would leave you with very little time to study, practice, meditate and advance in the Dharma. If you cannot advance in knowledge and practice, then how to disseminate to others. When the dissemination of the holy Dharma stops/lessens, then the Dharma declines. Worshipping Buddha statues, visiting temples, offerings on the shrine is only a small part of Buddhist practice. 100% study, meditation, practice, commitment, work and teaching the dharma is necessary for it’s pure continuance. Only a Sangha may do this in general due to their full concentration and commitment towards this by renouncing seccular activities. There are always exceptions of course… but we are talking about what Buddha established when He started the Sangha. So supporting the sangha is crucial in all countries. Especially in countries where Buddhism is new.

We should all sponsor the sangha and make it our priority. Without this priority, then how can we expect Dharma to remain? Do not think supporting the sangha is a burden or only when you have extra resources because if you ponder the value of the sangha, you will realize it is not a burden or extra but a necessity. It is not enough you encountered the Dharma, but you must make sure it is safeguarded for future generations… how? Through the sangha naturally. Some people cannot find the time at the moment to study, practice and focus on the Dharma due to self made barriers or otherwise, but if you support the sangha, then you collect the merits to do dharma practice in the near future. Why? You are supporting others to do Dharma, and by the power of cause and effect, you should receive the same because you created  the causes by making offerings. Causes resemble results and results resemble causes. That’s karma. Not doing much practice yourself and not contributing to others’ practice will lead you where? No causes bear no results. It’s in your hands… contemplate please. I am not saying all this because I am a monk, but because it is the truth as set up by the infallible Lord Buddha. I didn’t create the tradition of sangha, Buddha did.

If we are lacking in resources to support the sangha we can donate our time, talents and skills to the sangha, centre or teacher. Same. The sincerity of your offering is the key. The consistency of your offerings is the key to uprooting negative habituations.  Remember, you are not doing the centre or sangha or Buddha a favour. But these institutions have been set up to benefit others and yourself. Your participation is for your spiritual growth as you contribute to the growth of others.

Our group purchased over 200 packets of food this day. The stall we went to didn’t have enough, so we had to run to other stalls… it was wonderful. We were very busy and surprised the locals because they hadn’t seen foreigners do this… There was a table set up  next to us with pre-booked packets (around 80 packets) and Wan said most likely it was someone’s birthday or a special day for that person, so they will come to make offerings to the sangha on their special day. Imagine making offerings to one’s guru, sangha, Temple on one’s Birthday to celebrate. Instead of expecting to get, one practices generosity on your significant day?? That is beautiful. Some school boys helped monks carry their offerings back to the Temple then proceeded to school… This is what a young child does at the beginning of the day!!! Wow!!  I was contemplating what a powerful impression it must leave the school kids while they are young to grow up making offerings to monks and practicing generosity. It will help children to form a less self-centric attitude and as adults perhaps focus on others more? Maybe. Impressions are powerful when we are kids. I love to bring groups to Thailand to visit Temples especially to offer food dhana to monks. It is such powerful and blessed practice. It is my favorite activity in Thailand.

Every morning, the monks walk from their temple early in the morning to beg for alms. You offer them food, place it in their bowls and make a prayer. It is so powerful to see so many saffron robed sangha walking in the morning for their alms. It is such a POWERFUL experience for me each time and very moving. Please see the video of our offering so you can experience this from wherever you are if you have not had the chance yet… remember… you can make offerings to sangha anywhere in any country you are in…and you should please… you should support the Dharma all the way… I will encourage and bring many more to make offerings to the monks… I have been donating to the monks of Gaden for over 15 years now. I often make food offerings to the thousands of monks in Gaden also… if you are in Thailand or anywhere there are monks, please engage in this activity. It will help the Dharma to grow. I hope so very much all of you can come to Thailand to do this also… I very much wish this for everyone. Serving and offerings to the sangha was started by Lord Buddha Himself. So it is a perfect practice instituted by an Awakened Being.

Much care in the Dharma,

Tsem Rinpoche

 

 

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Myself having having the honour to make merit by offering food dhana to the monks….

 

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TRAVEL FACTS:

Address:  Thanon Kraisi, Banglampoo, Bangkok  (Behind Khaosan Road)
By Car:  20 mins from Bangkok Central
Admission:  Outdoor
Hours: 6 am – 7.30 am (Offering time)

– There are food stalls along the street with pre-packed food and drinks to be offered to the monk.
– Just standby the road side and hold the offering respectfully and offer to the monk and place into the monk’s bowl.
– Ladies shall not touch the monks nor the bowl.
– Traditionally we should remove our shoes when make offerings, if possible bow lower or kneel on the floor to make offerings.
– Wear appropriate clothing.
– As monks are trained to be humble and not attached, therefore they might not look at you directly, instead walk up and offer the food and they will receive it.
– It is okay to make more than one offerings, the more the better!

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  1. Choong on Apr 26, 2017 at 11:38 am

    This could just be the cornerstone to the Thai’s world renowned culture. Giving alms the first thing in the morning sets the tone for the day. It gets us in touch with our humble, giving, compassionate and appreciating self. Certainly a good daily practice for anyone intent on connecting with our all compassionate enlightened nature. Thank you Rinpoche for showing us the light.

  2. Alice Tay on Apr 20, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    In Buddhism, the monks go out to beg food is an opportunity for them to put their pride down to beg for sustenance. According to the local people, there are nothing in monastery and therefore, if it is raining, the monks will still come out for food. Therefore, this is a good opportunity for us to offer the foods to the monks.

    Besides, this is very inspiring to see many young school kids who stop by to make offerings on the way to school in their school uniforms. Practice generosity by making offerings to sangha and spirituality at their early young age is a meritorious action and a good cause for them always be blessed by the Three Jewels.

    We should show respect and make offerings to the sangha as the sangha gives us opportunity to collect merits for our body, speech and mind and discipline our body, speech and mind. Therefore, set good motivation to make offering as much as we can and support those who have 100% commitment towards the Dharma.

  3. Anne Ong on Jan 30, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for your teaching. It is very important to understand why we do offering to Sangha. I really feel blessed and happy to see this food offering to Thai monks. Rinpoche give a very well explanation on the benefit of doing this virtuous action.

  4. Lin Mun on Jan 30, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for your teaching. It is very important to understand why we do offering to Sangha. Many times, I would think that making offering is for the benefit of the Sangha member but instead it is for our benefit.

    Sangha members have let go of samsara to practise Dharma full time so they can benefit others. Without them we will have no Dharma to learn from.

    Hence, we should support Sangha in anyway we can be it financial, time, food, medicine and etc so they can fully concentrate in turning the dharma wheel and benefiting more people.

  5. Jason on Jul 27, 2016 at 2:04 am

    I really feel blessed and happy to see this food offering to Thai monks. Rinpoche give a very well explanation on the benefit of doing this virtuous action. I had been Bangkok so many times, but I know nothing about foods offering to monk along the street. This write up really open my eyes so I can do this in my future trip to Bangkok. From my understandings, support Sangha is indirectly turn the dharma wheel because we support daily needs to Sangha and they can fully concentrate on teachings dharma.
    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing.

    With folded hands,
    Jason

  6. Pastor Shin on Jan 11, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    The practice of giving is universally recognised as one of the most basic human virtues, a quality that testifies to the depth of one’s humanity and one’s capacity for self-transcendence. In Buddha’s teachings, among the Six Perfections (Six Paramitas)or virtues to be cultivated to strengthen practice and bring one to enlightenment is Dana Paramita or Perfection of Generosity. It is giving from sincere wish to benefit others, without expectation of reward or recognition.

    Sangha as a refuge is an important part of one’s spiritual path as we rely on and interact with the Sangha in order to progress in our spiritual path.

    They form or are part of the institutions that preserved and transmit the teachings and lineages. They are the ones who provide the knowledge and facilities for us to study, meditate, practice and retreat.

    Buddhadharma has survived since the parinirvana of Lord Shakyamuni without financial resources of its own, without armies or weapons, merely through the power of wisdom and virtue of the Sangha. There is no guarantee that it will continue to survive or that it will continue to make vital and important contributions to human life. Hence, it is very important to not take for granted, and to do our best to support the Sangha as best as we can.

    There are many ways we can make offerings to the Sangha. For example, we can offer robes, food, lodging/building, medicine, and so on. However, like what Rinpoche said, we can also donate our time, talents and skills to the Sangha, centre or teacher, not just material things.

  7. Phng Keng Hwa on Feb 4, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for posting this. A few years back (around 4 or 5 years ago), my Grandma, Datuk may Phng, took us to Bangkok on a family vacation and took us to this exact place to offer food to the Shanga. She even told us to take off our shoes and walk on the road barefoot as a sign of respect to the monks. 🙂

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for having taken her to offer food to the Shanga the first time, so she was able to take us to experience this as well. _/|\_

    Your humble student,
    Keng hwa.

  8. Pastor Han Nee on Jan 27, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    The Sangha is very important.
    “For the last 2500 years, it is mainly the sangha who has kept the Dharma alive and intact throughout all the monasteries in the world up till the present day. It has been the sangha who teach other sangha and lay people and kept the Dharma alive and well through teachings. Buddha set it up this way. Supporting the sangha is supporting the continuance of the holy Dharma. If all Sangha disappeared due to no support, then you will see the Dharma decline in its complete form”.

    Rinpoche tells us why doing dana for the Sangha is a highly meritorious act. It is also a powerful act of purification.Rinpoche himself led a group to offer food to the Sangha. Rinpoche always shows and inspires, by his own fine example, how to be compassionate and giving(in this case) to the Sangha.

  9. Pema Thinley on Jan 26, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    this is so touching and beautiful dharma in action. thank you _/\_

  10. Datuk May on Jan 26, 2015 at 12:33 am

    I was with Rinpoche and the team when we did offerings to the monks in Bangkok. It was a very good experience and the very next time when I was in Bangkok with my family in 2012, we did the same thing and the young members of the family thorough enjoyed the experience of giving.

    Besides creating generosity, it is imperative that we sponsor and support the sangha so that the Dharma can be preserved for many generations to come.

    Thank you Rinpoche for the teaching.

  11. Pee Bee Chong on Jan 25, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the teaching. The video reminds me the purpose of offering and supporting the sangka. We should be sincere and humble. We should not think of taking anything from the sangka. Offering and supporting the sangka ensures that the Dharma can continue to spread in many future generations to benefits others. By doing this, we also create the merits to be able to continue learning Dharma now and in our our future lives.

  12. Rena Wong on Jan 7, 2014 at 12:03 am

    We safeguard the Dharma for future generations, when we support and make offerings to the Sangha.  We also collect merits and create the cause to practice Dharma in the future.  It is a good way for lay people to support the sangha’s  contribution as the Sangha’s time, effort and activity is 100% for the community.

    During our visit to Bangkok during CNY and Christmas last year 2013, we made offerings to the monks in Banglampoo. After learning the teachings from Rinpoche, we felt it was a good way to start CNY 2013 by making offerings on the first day of CNY. Andy & Jen Ni learned how to make the offerings, too. We explained to them later that Rinpoche has given a teaching on the benefits of offering food to monks. Its a beautiful practice for our spiritual growth as we are able to benefit others. We must consistently learn and practice to make offerings to our Teacher, Sangha and Dharma Centre to receive blessings for our spiritual practice.

    With folded hands
    Rena

  13. jerry_sito on Dec 26, 2013 at 12:28 am

    感恩仁波切总是不断的给予我们很美的教诲,并身体力行的给予我们开示,让我们能够留下更深刻的印象,与强大的佛法种子

    透过供养僧侣,我们除了能从中学习到,布施,让我变得更加的无私,与学习到培养一刻能帮助别人的心,与尊重三宝与上师的心以外

    仁波切也让我们有了一个因供养僧侣与延续佛法的机会,让我们有了累积了大量的福德资粮的机会,让我们有更足够的善因来学习更多的佛法与修行

    感恩仁波切,祈愿仁波切长驻在世,常转法轮

  14. KYC on Jul 12, 2013 at 12:40 am

    Dana is a volitional act and therefore we must have good motivation when making offerings. The local people are used to serving the monks and they are very respectful. Some of them would even kneel down on the road before making the offerings. For the monks it is an opportunity to allow the lay people to collect merits.

  15. ERIC LEE KHJB on Dec 25, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    供养僧侣团,是一件非常殊胜的事,它不但能让我们累积功德,更能让僧侣们没有三餐的烦恼,能让他们把2600多年了的佛陀教育得以继续弘扬下去,那是多么有意义的一件事情。如果没有办法到泰国去做,也可以在本地那么做,我就有在本地请僧侣们吃过饭,心里面的那份满足是无法形容的,有机会的话,你们也可以试看看。。。。

  16. Darren Kechara Paradise on Dec 21, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    What a beautiful country and i love the culture of offering to sangha in Thailand. Would love to visit one day to make offerings to the monks. I did have the opportunity to does some offering for the monks in Nepal.

  17. Joy on Dec 17, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    This custom and tradition of giving Dhana to the sangha started in Lord Buddha Shakyamuni’s time and it is so beautiful to see this still happening today in our beautiful neighbouring country – Thailand.

    This act of giving alms to the monks is such a sacred act because the whole action, motivation is totally Dharmic and meritorious. So fortunate we are that we still see this tradition being practised, and for us lay people to have the opportunity to actually engage in this act as if it was like 2500 years ago.

    Rejoice we can still do this today and now for us, Thailand will not just be another tourist destination, shopping and parties but of one that is spiritual as well.

    Thank you Rinpoche for reminding us and sharing with us, giving many of us this opportunity to experience this sacred act of giving!

  18. Venix on Dec 17, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Dear Tsem Rinpoche,

    Thanks for sharing. I will do the offerings to the monks for my next trip to Bangkok.

    Regards,
    Venix

  19. wei theng on Dec 17, 2012 at 4:00 am

    First time I listen to the video, I learned that doing Dana is good for us, it is us who need to do Dana rather monks need our Dana. It is also good to teach children about doing offering. It will teach them about generosity, and not to grow up to be so materialistic.

    Reading this article for the 2nd time and following strike me.
    “…. Do not think supporting the sangha is a burden or only when you have extra resources because if you ponder the value of the sangha, you will realize it is not a burden or extra but a necessity. It is not enough you encountered the Dharma, but you must make sure it is safeguarded for future generations… ”
    Offerings to monks os a necessity. It is not a burden or when we have extra resources. Christian used to contribute partial of their salary for Church and Buddhist should have this good habits of offer partial of our salary for temple too.

  20. Davin on Dec 15, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Thank you for this inspiring video. I am really amazed by the spirituality and religion of the people in Thailand. For people who wish to make offerings to monks just before they go to work or go to school they can go to the stall set up on the roadside daily. Making offerings like food to the monks is a beautiful way for us to collect merits.

  21. Clifford on Dec 15, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Dear Rinpoche

    I had always thought offering to monks was just simply an act of kindness, but when Rinpoche said that “You support the monks to do their studies, practice, meditations and teachings. You gain the merit for sponsoring their activities, in this case through food to put it simply. They do what you cannot and you do what they do not do… it is a perfect balance.” That completely blew my mind and made me some what guilty of being so ignorant for not putting more thought into it. I am very happy to see kechara and Rinpoche sponsoring these monks with food.

    Hope Rinpoche is well.

  22. mitra on Dec 11, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    very touching . Rinpoche shows us how to make offerings to the Noble Sangha.Thank you Rinpoche for the teachings.

  23. Uncle Eddie on Dec 11, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Don’t you think it’s a perfect practice instituted by an awakened being 2,500 years ago? The monks do what we cannot do – and we do what they do not do – so its a perfect balance. The Sangha renounces samsara to focus on study, practice, teaching and serving others with full energies towards Dharma, thus to keep Dharma alive through our supporting their activities fully. They dont have to waste time on wordly activities, so they can put their whole-hearted energy into Dharma, thus keeping the Dharma alive. At the same time, we can create merits through the law of cause and effect in our participation, as causes resemble results,and vice-versa, said by Rinpoche, as “that’s karma”. It is also better to support with more than one food offering to the monks, the more the merrier! So happy offerings, everyone.

  24. Wah Ying on Dec 10, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the teachings, I will always remember to give always and think of others more and more.

  25. Albert Ratchaga on Dec 10, 2012 at 11:31 am

    I was very fortunate to have the chance to go make offering to the monks with my mum, Thanks to Henry and Kechara, that Im able to go there to offer dana to the monks in Thailand.

    We woke up morning 5am, get ready and walk there, it took us about 30 minutes walking and it feel so good walking in the morning.

    If it is not because of Kechara, I would not have the chance to do so, because we won’t understand the meaning behind and we won’t do it. we also visit a few temples in Thailand during our stay.

  26. AdelineTan on Dec 10, 2012 at 11:03 am

    By offering foods, robes and sponsoring the the sangha members whatever they need can collect tremendous amount of merits, so we must support the sanghas in order for them to spread the dharma. Rinpoche has told me and my friends to sponsor the monks in Gaden monastery for many years.Thank you Rinpoche for giving us this opportunity to do so.

  27. Low ksjc on Dec 9, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing.It is great to know that in Thailand most of the people still have a chance to practice Buddhism in the public area.It is a great way to instill the practice of generosity to the younger generation at a early age through such practice every morning at Thanom Kraisi. Rinpoche was very kind to lead the way to show us how it should be done properly and to highlight to us the importance of the Shanga.

    Thank you Rinpoche.

  28. Girlie Ooi on Dec 9, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    It is such a common sight in Thailand in the mornings to see people lining up the roads to make offerings to the Sangha. People from all ages and from all walks of life mingle in the early morning hours for the chance to offer dana to the monks.

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  30. Martin on Dec 8, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Just looking at the pictures alone gives me a such a sense of reverence towards the monks and knowing that they have given up all to study, practice, teach and preserve the Dharma deepends the feeling. If it were not for the Sangha, the Buddha’s teachings might have been lost a long time ago. Before we came to know the Dharma, we may have admired successful people in their suits and nice offices but once we know even a bit of Dharma we begin to see the Sangha as truly people we should admire, honour and emulate. They are the keepers of something more precious than anything the world can afford.

    Thailand has this beautiful culture that recognizes the importance of the Sangha and venerates them. And looking at the young monks I feel so much joy for them that from an early age, they already have the tremendous merits not to be trapped by futile worldly pursuits.

    I am also very touched and inspired by Rinpoche’s clear humility to serve and bow to the monks, even the younger ones. It would have been a great experience to be there personally.

  31. Milly on Dec 6, 2012 at 10:42 am

    The video teaches us so much Dharma knowledge and Rinpoche always ensure that we understand the benefits of each practice. Likewise, the demerits if we have the mindset to perceive and react negatively. The majority of Thais have a deep culture of supporting the Sangha. Its great to see school children inculcating such virtues from a young age.

  32. Pastor Yek Yee on Dec 6, 2012 at 3:53 am

    I am learn dharma in Kechara few years past, I find out as a dharma practitioner the most difficult or the big challenge for me is how to become a humble person in front of everyone. Second, how to beg!!!It is not easy to us to beg for others, especially beg for others to spread dharma or benefit many…do not agree???In Rinpoche teaching in this video is good lesson for us, Rinpoche reminded us begging for dharma is precious opportunity in our life which we create a good merit then we can beg for dharma or beg for others!!!

  33. Jace Chong on Dec 5, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the teaching.

    It’s wonderful to see in Buddhist countries that still keep the tradition. Keeping the tradition didn’t make Bangkok become backward, but a developing city with more humility.

    I totally agree with what Rinpoche says, if our kids grow up in this situation, they will become happier and less anger. I think because in their mind, there’s some idea of serving others.

    When I was transiting from Bangkok to Bodh Gaya, the plane was leaving Bangkok airport, I saw 3 airport crew came to the front of the plane, folded their hands and bow to the plane. I do not know what is the real meaning, but for me the action is wishing us a safe journey. I feel very warm even by this little action that I didn’t see it in any trip that I went.

    May Dharma always be supported and flourish!

  34. Janice Kwok on Dec 5, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    In my recent trips to Chiangmai and Bangkok, i did it. In Bangkok, i went to exactly the same place as shown in the pictures and the lady that prepared the food offering was the same! In Chiangmai, a lady took her toddler to do an offering. In Bangkok, a father took his primary school daughter to do offerings before school. V moving and practical Dharma lesson for the young. After the food offerings in Banglampu, we walked to the temple Wat Chan Songkram and did some prayers. In the prayer hall, a monk bowl and plate was placed in front of the altar and people could put the food offerings and flowers in the hall. i am being reminded in this post to continue to do this offering everytime i have the opportunity. Thank you Rinpoche. _/|\_

  35. Erickksiow on Dec 5, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the Dharma talk on making offering to the Sangha, and for Rinpoche leading by example of making offering to the Sangha.

    Regards : Erickksiow

  36. judy lam on Aug 22, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Thank yuu Rinpooche. Now I understood that by making offerings to the Sangha, it is to enable them to focus on doing more Dharma work and we gain great spiritual merit by being involved.

  37. verontung on Jul 31, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    I have been once to do this offering in bangkok due to a travelogue shooting. That time im the director for this programme and i have not involve with any dharma yet. But somehow i insist to get this beautiful action to be shot with my host doing the offering to the monks (although it’s quite hard to persuade my crew to have to wake up so early to prepare for shooting this) . I really and truly fascinated with the locals when seeing on what they have did. This is a mind blower, to witness how deep is the local’s belief. Me and my host were excited and kinda worried that we did not perform this in a right way. We’ve got advised from our tour guide, and he advised that female shall not touch the bowl when offering the food, and we should remove our shoes when doing this. Now after reading this post, i have much more understanding about the reason and why ppl in Thailand always make offers to the monk! Thanks rinpoche~!

  38. Sheryl KH (JB) on Jul 10, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche very much for introducing this place – Banglampo – to us.

    It will certainly take some effort to make it to this place – need to wake up real early to avoid the 2-hour jam. But I believe, if I were there, or to be with a group of friends who understand the underlying reasons for making food dharna to the sangha, this will all be worth it.

    I believe that it will be a very heart-warming experience.

  39. Julia Tan on Jul 7, 2012 at 1:30 am

    Very warm hearted to see all these pictures. I wished I was there to make the offerings too. Making offerings like food to the monks is a beautiful way for us to collect merits. Monks has nothing but dharma. Hence their mind is pure. They do not allow to receive offerings for tomorrow but must be just enough of today. By offering monk robe will generate tremendous merits. But all these are incomparable to the merits that we collect by serving our own Lama.

  40. JP on Jun 22, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    It was an amazing experience to give food to the monks. Many Thais were there as well giving food to the monks before they start work. There were students who would assist some monks by carrying their bags. I think they do this before school.

    What a great way to teach children about compassion and altruism. It’s unfortunate that we don’t have something like this in KL. It’d be a good exposure for the children and adults on practising humility, compassion and generosity.

  41. Jay Jae on Jan 5, 2012 at 6:05 am

    Rinpoche being a High Lama he is really teaches the Dharma from the heart! Rinpoche shows us how to make offerings to the Noble Sangha.

    Pindapata, a Pali term used to describe monks going out for alms started by the Sagely Buddha himself. Rinpoche is so kind to bring these Kecharians to experience how it was like 2500years ago and Rinpoche made offerings to the monks too!

    I know by tradition some Thais would wake up in the wee hours of the day to prepare for this daily before attending to their daily needs.

    Rejoice in this awesome deed!

  42. skyong on Sep 30, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    I am glad to see everyone here has the chance to support the Sangha. 🙂 The trip showed us examples what you actually do when you support the Sangha. Taking times off helping the Sangha, reading, and applying it to life, is what we should do now while working for a livelihood.

    “..if you support the sangha, then you collect the merits to do dharma practice in the near future. Why? You are supporting others to do Dharma, and by the power of cause and effect, you should receive the same because you created the causes by making offerings.”

  43. James Long on Sep 23, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    那天早上起身的特别早,记得前一晚只睡了那么一小时,睡前换好衣服,起身洗脸就起程。

    太阳未升起时,路旁的小贩已准备好所有的食物,让人们购买来供养僧人。除了早起去市场的人,可以看到在上学途中的学生也停下来做供养。一些学生也帮忙这些僧人提拿供品。这些孩子都是未来的社会群。在泰国,孩子从小就有这样的成长环境,从小就学习布施、供养三宝。我相信这些孩子也都被灌输慈悲善心的思想。

    在泰国,每一个人都非常友善,不论你是谁。我们买食物给流浪汉吃,在泰国,路人会向前来微笑。

    但在马来西亚,我们会接受到一种异样的眼光,觉得为什么我们照顾社会的“寄生虫”。其实他们不是寄生虫,有哪一个人愿意一生没有任何目标?一生靠乞食,让人看低?相信他们有他们的苦衷,只是我们没有去了解他们。

    至于那些给与异样眼光的人,他们没有错,只是从小的教育和社会环境要我们自力更生,向上,可是我们却多少忽略了其他需要帮忙的人。

    虽然很累,那是一个很满足的早上。我们供养的不单是僧人,我们同时也供养所有僧人所持的戒律,希望未来我们可以很容易的生起出离心,来世从小就能解除佛法,修行。

  44. abby on Sep 21, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    I don’t understand why ladies shall not touch the monk’s offering bowl? If it’s not to touch the monk, to me it makes sense. But not to touch the bowl, it is something weird to me. Is there any specific reason?
    Thank you.

    Abby.

  45. Alex Hay on Sep 11, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    This also happen in Hatyai. I was on a trip to Hatyai last week, I could see people over there also do the same. Basically they will kneel down infront of the monk while making offering and the monk will offer some prayers. Is great to see such a wonderful interaction between the monk and society over there.

    Regards
    Alex

  46. Lim Han Nee on Aug 30, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for creating in us a greater awareness of the far-reaching benefit of making offerings to the Sangha.

    Years ago, I was told to offer robes to the Sangha annually, which I did for a while. But all that i was told then was that this act would bring much merit to me and to the people to whom i dedicated this merit.

    NOw, through this teaching, I understand that giving to the Sangha and supporting the Sangha is to protect the Dharma from disappearing and to ensure the Dharma grows.So it is vital to give to the Sangha, who are doing what we ourselves cannot do – that is to fully renounce the worldly life and to be 100 % in Dharma- so as to ‘keep the fire of Dharma burning’ for the benefit of all.(I am sure Rinpoche has given us this teaching before, but ,on this particular occasion, this teaching hits me with great impact because of it being on-the-spot where Rinpoche and our Dharma brothers and sisters are there making food offerings to the Sangha).

    Yes, I am deeply touched by how the THais, of all ages and from all walks of life, show their deep respect for the Sangha and pay homage to them as part of their daily lives.

  47. Mercedes on Aug 25, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche,this is very uplifting!!

  48. yf wong on Aug 25, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    Guru, so good to practise this act & frankly it has never cross my mind that i can & should plan part of our holiday trip event by making offering to the Sangha when visiting Thailand or Bangkok. I wish to do this offering when i visit Bangkok in the future. Thank you Guru.

  49. Alizson Ng on Aug 24, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    Rejoice for all Dharma brothers and sisters who have a lucky day to give.
    May the Dharma stay with all of us forever.

    Metta 

  50. Yee Ling on Aug 24, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Dear Rinpoche
    Thank you for this blog on offerings. I love your teaching on the spirituality of making offerings to the Sangha. We make these offerings for the benefit of all sentient beings and for the growth of Dharma. We learn humility and generosity without agenda.

    What a beautiful setting too to see true spirituality in practice in modern day life.

  51. henry ooi on Aug 23, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Yes, just like Jamie, I too had the fortune to make offerings to the monks in Thailand on two occasions when I took my wife and two children to Bangkok.

    We got up early in the morning and walked to the marketplace nearby the hotel we were staying. We bought food from the vendors and approached monks who went on their rounds. The first time, a local taught us to remove our shoes before we offered the food, a gesture of practicing humility and respect.

    My two children loved making the offerings and didn’t complain having to wake up early on their holidays.

  52. Frederick Law on Aug 21, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    it is so touching to see the school going children assisting the monk, i am really amazed at the spirituality and religion of the people in Thailand, be it young or old, they respect the Buddhism and the Sangha very much, something for me to learn.

    Thank you Rinpoche for the Dharma talk on making offering to the Sangha, and for Rinpoche leading by example of making offering to the Sangha is something i will surely learn and practice from. With folded hands.

  53. Dana Lloyd Thomas on Aug 21, 2011 at 3:09 am

    Thank you for this inspiring video!

  54. Paris on Aug 21, 2011 at 12:40 am

    I had the really, really great fortune to make these same offerings in the same place with Rinpoche a few years ago. It is such a beautiful and inspiring way to start the day – by making an offering to the Sangha and making prayers for something extraordinary and beyond ourselves.

    It’s quite cute to be there and watch what goes on. The local thai people literally just double park their cars, jump out in their work clothes, run across the road to buy food, make offerings and prayers, and pay their respects to the monks, then jump back into the cars and rush off to work. What incredible devotion that they make it a part of their day to make offerings like this.

    When I was there with Rinpoche the last time, what was most inspiring was seeing Rinpoche make the offerings himself. Dressed in lay clothes, none of the monks or locals would have known that he was a monk himself, and when he made the offerings, he would make sure he folded his hands and bowed down so his head was lower than each of the monks – being so much taller than the average Thai meant that Rinpoche would be bent double. If even someone who is such a high Lama and a monk for so many years, like Rinpoche, can pay this much respect to the Sangha, there’s really no excuses for us.

    I think it’s important to realise that when we make an offering to Sangha, it is not us doing them a favour, but the Sangha doing us a favour, and giving us an opportunity to do something really good for ourselves.

  55. Benji on Aug 20, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    i find it very touching – Rinpochela leading the group members in performing Dana to the Sangha members (be it in Ganden Monastery or on the streets of Bangkok)…. so touched, and inspired! Thank you, Rinpochela!

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  • Jason
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 03:07 AM
    This year Wesak Day fall on 10 of May. This day is very special and meaningful to me because I will visit Kechara Forest Retreat(KFR) to join some meritorious event there.
    For me, Wesak is a day to commemorate Buddha Sakyamuni in three aspect( Birth , Enlightened, Nirwana).
    While we celebrate Wesak, we must remind ourselves to learn from Buddha teachings and practice it in order to gain attainment.
    Thanks Rinpoche and Pastor Seng Piow for sharing in order to create more understanding on Wesak Day.

    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/wesak-day-special-on-rtm-2.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 06:10 PM
    OMG! This is very touching. To see a doggie who never left go of his owner in spite of death. Way more powerful than many who proclaimed “till death do us part.” Just like the human, not all doggies are as loyal as this tear-jerking pet, but I truly believe almost all doggies offer unconditional love to the person who feeds and cares for them. Even when they are stray animals. There was a stray dog who will run two streets from the entrance of the “Taman” until the car stops in front of the house, just to greet me. You can imagine the warm and conviction in my heart that these beings are more than capable of loving than many of us, human! Thank you for this lovely sharing. I miss my doggie, Sherab.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 06:00 PM
    Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow, for this amazing sharing. There is no doubt about the ability of our Guru, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche. His incarnations have been compassionate and taken rebirth to return and spread the dharma so that sentient beings can benefit and learn some dharma in our short life.

    We shall never doubt our Guru; but must see that He is one with our Yidam and Protector, an attained being. Even if our Guru does not demonstrate clairvoyance abilities, we must never contest our Guru, for he holds the key (dharma) that can liberate us from eternal suffering in samsara.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-1-2.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 05:50 PM
    Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow, for the illustrated miracle story on how Rinpoche guided Cynthia and Marici away from danger through protector’s practice. The unseen exist, whether we like it or not. Some of them are malicious and have the affinity or karma with some of us. Hence they can cause harm and disturbance. By engaging in Protectors’ practice like Dorje Shugden and Setrap that have been practiced by the high lamas of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, we are protected and guarded against harm.

    Rinpoche is compassionate and only want the best for us. His teachings are not meant to show off the power of the divines but offer us a way out from our desperate samsara conundrum that binds us from engaging in deeper spiritual practice. Rinpoche always teaches us to focus on mind transformation and Tsongkhapa practice. How fortunate we are to have met Rinpoche in this lifetime. We must not let this rare and precious opportunity go to waste.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-12.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 04:30 PM
    Miracles do happen,when we have faith and trust in our Guru.What is important is to follow Rinpoche’s advice and do as instructed by our Guru to clear the osbtacles all the way.Angie and Herry were so fortunate to have meet Rinpoche.Its because of Rinpoche ‘s compassion and caring for his student Angie’s life was saved.Infact Rinpoche has helped many people through his intervention, advice and instructions.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing miracles stories which i enjoyed reading.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-2.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 02:45 PM
    WOW….interesting a miracles true story. Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing.Reciting mantras by family members and doing 20 pujas done at the monastery to help the baby. These proved that pujas, which have been done for hundreds of years in the monasteries are very powerful methods for us to overcome difficulties, create huge amounts of merit and for protection, good health and long life.This show us how powerful pujas can help us when we have trust and faith in our Guru.And with Rinpoche divination,the baby was born and now a healthy boy.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-1-2.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 12:47 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these powerful teachings.Its a privilege
    to do Dharma work to benefits other,do it with motivation and a good attitude when engaging ourselves It will be guide line for me.When we serve others to do Dharma work together at Kechara Forest Retreat ,we will improve ourself , purify our negative karma and to benefit others too.I will be sponsoring to the healings bricks soon and i will cherish every moment in supporting KFR.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/dharma-work-attitude-tdl.html
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 11:06 AM
    Bigfoot is just another beings living in this world although not commonly seen and live in the deep jungle in high mountains. There were many evidences that people from many parts of the world sighted this beings. Whatever shape they are I think importantly we are all sharing this world and therefore need to have mutual respect and not intervene each others.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/its-in-the-scriptures-they-exist.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 04:26 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline sharing this interesting post about Bodhidharma, a great master favoured meditation and introduced the Lankavatara Sutra to Chinese Buddhism.

    Here are a few points I have learned from this post:
    1. Bodhidharma had strong imprints of Dharma from the past and therefore he is interested in Buddha’s teachings and show his great wisdom. at a very young age.
    2. His strong guru devotion and determination in learning and spreading the dharma based on meditation though he confronted with difficulties such as Emperor Wu Di was not impressed by his teachings, being ostracized and rejected and lived as a beggar for many months. Notwithstanding, he continued and never give up to practice meditation in complete silence for nine years in cave wall when he was not accepted by Shaolin Monastery at the beginning .
    3. When Bodhidharma was allowed enter to the monastery, he had put a lot of efforts to help the monks in improving their physical body as well as their mind through the meditation. Then, Bodhidharma continued to develop a system of 18 dynamic tension exercises which were printed as Yi Gin Ching (Changing Muscle/Tendon Classic) in 550 CE. It is known as the Luohan (arhat) 18 Hand Movements today which serves as the basis of both Chinese Temple Boxing and the Shaolin Martial Arts.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/bodhidharma-the-founder-of-gongfu.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 04:10 PM
    Thank you, Grace, for sharing with us the many tips on how to care for and maintain our hair. Personal grooming is important because when we care for our appearance, we are respecting the people who have to deal with us. Caring for our hair, making sure that it is neat and clean should be something we need to take care of since young as it is part of personal grooming. The key is not to be attached to our body and outer-images, that results in spending much time and resources just to make ourselves look good.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/how-much-do-you-know-about-hair.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 03:00 PM
    Thank you for sharing these wonderful and significant photos showed that Kechara Pastors’ tireless efforts to bring dharma to many others and do the blessings whenever is necessary.

    Basically, the pastorship role was conceptualized by our precious guru, H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, to preserve the Dharma and to give laypeople an opportunity to commit to benefiting others. Kechara Pastors are fully dedicated and selflessly serving others especially in spiritual growth and therefore this is good for us to support the Pastors so that they can focus and spend more of their time and effort to serve others and most importantly Buddhist teachings can be spread and shared to many others. The supports to Pastors including food, lodging, transportation, items necessary for their work, such as ritual items or spiritual gifts for those in need and many others. (If you are interested to know more about Kechara Pastors, please have a good read at http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/support-the-kechara-pastors.html)

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/10-amazing-house-blessings-by-kechara-pastors.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 02:13 PM
    Its such a great blessing for all of us to hear the holy voice recordings of H.H Kyabje Zong Rinpoche a great master..His profound teachings ,got to take seroiusly,more as an important advice on Dorje Shugden’s practice.H.H Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s explaination was very clear before any of the practitioner’s commitment and receive sogtae.They must keep the lineage practice and teachings no matter what ever happen.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us on the important advice by a great master.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/kyabje-zong-rinpoches-advice-on-dorje-shugdens-practice.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 11:50 AM
    Thank you Pastor Han Nee for your sharing your thoughts and review about the book “Be Happy” written by Rinpoche. It is indeed not easy to be happy as we all have various expectation in every situation and people.

    We may think having a big house, lots of cash and good career is happiness but this is the wrong perception. Being happy is not about material and everything about ourselves. It is only when we can do more for others and focus out that we gain happiness. I never realised this until I joined Kechara. I think we have such a fixed mindset of what happiness is and when our expectation is not met, we are unhappy.

    Rinpoche has pointed out many ways for us to rectify our thoughts and methods to be happy. Now it is for us to take initiative to change and transform our mind if we want to be happy.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Han Nee for this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/be-happy.html
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Apr 24. 2017 12:30 PM
    Many people do not believe in reincarnation and only relates it to certain religion such as Hinduism and Buddhism. However, there were many instances and signs that proven reincarnation exist. As Buddhist we will believe in reincarnation and karma. It is by understanding that everything has its cause and effect that we should learn to live life in the correct attitude and mindset. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting articles to remind us of karma and the importance of doing dharma practise.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/interesting-signs-of-reincarnation.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Apr 23. 2017 08:29 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for your teachings.
    Always be generous and kind in what ever we could do even its little help.It’s the little things in life that bring the greatest happiness. Its between us and our Buddha ,so we would not bother what the receipient thinks and say of us. What ever was said ,should not deter our motivation to do Dharma work.
    (It will change people’s lives in one way or another. It will change your life for the better.)….well said by Rinpoche.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/its-not-between-you-and-the-recipient.html

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Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
 Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
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2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
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One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
 Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
3 weeks ago
Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
Tsem Rinpoche\'s Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
3 weeks ago
Tsem Rinpoche's Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
 It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and \'defeat\' the ones that hurt us because we don\'t become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and 'defeat' the ones that hurt us because we don't become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
3 weeks ago
Tsem Rinpoche's heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin  Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
3 weeks ago
Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
 (left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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(left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s good to be with kind and sincere people.
4 weeks ago
It's good to be with kind and sincere people.
If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
My Mumu boy didn\'t want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
My Mumu boy didn't want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
4 weeks ago
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
1 month ago
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn\'t move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
1 month ago
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
1 month ago
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
1 month ago
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
1 month ago
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
1 month ago
Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
2 months ago
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
2 months ago
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
2 months ago
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
2 months ago
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
3 months ago
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
3 months ago
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
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  • April 20, 2017 10:45
    Ronnie asked: Dear Rinpoche and Pastors, I'm studying abroad and very far away from home, seeking guidance and advice as I have no one else I can talk to about this. Please read with an open mind, I don't know where else to go for help. I'm pregnant and it's an unplanned pregnancy. I'm stuck between keeping it or letting it go. I'm young and having a child at my age in the society we live in now would be considered taboo. The father of the child thinks I should let it go because it may cause a setback to both our careers and cause major family issues. He thinks we aren't ready to raise a child especially since we're both still in university and his parents think badly of me even though they've never met me or tried to get to know me. I'm sure no one would ever have the heart to take away a heartbeat but it seems like it isn't the right time to have a child now and if we did go through with it, the child probably won't be able to have the best things life can offer looking at where we are now in terms of finance and maturity. I'm lost, confused and unsure what the right thing to do is now. Any advice at all would be helpful right now. Thank you so very much for taking time to read my story.
    pastor answered: Dear Ronnie, I’m sorry to read that you are going through this situation. I can understand that this situation is tough to go through. You are always more than welcome to come here to ask questions. May I suggest that you talk to either someone in your family or your friends to help you come to an appropriate solution? This is because, what you feel, what you are going through, will change from time to time and you would need someone to talk to, someone that you can lean on through this situation you are facing. Depending on where you are in the world, professional help can also be sought to help you make a decision, which will be the best option for you seeking help. From a Buddhist perspective, the taking of a life is not considered a positive act, therefore those on the Buddhist path, would normally abstain taking a life if possible. However, that being said, one must always weigh the decision oneself. Everything we do in life, necessarily involves karma both positive and negative. That is why Buddhists try to overcome samsara in general. Your situation is complicated because you are abroad, but if possible you should really open up to someone you are close to in order to help you through making this decision on a personal basis. When you talk to someone, whom you are able to express yourself more, you may able to come to better decision that is right for you. There may be other options open to you if you seek help. I personally know women who have been in similar situations. One of these women, let the child go and the other went through the pregnancy and then gave the child up for adoption. You may or may not have thought of this option, but it is one that could be open to you, depending on where in the world you are. Any decision we make in life, however big or small it may seem, has far reaching consequences whether in this life, or in future lives. This is just a part and parcel of life within samsara. However, we should weigh the decisions we make clearly given the situation we are in. We cannot always do this weighing ourselves, but need to talk about our options with others we can rely on such a friends, family or professionals. You should consider doing this, which will help you greatly emotionally, and may give you the grounding you need to make the correct decision for you. I hope this helps.
  • April 19, 2017 04:57
    Dongho asked: What is a nyung ne practice? According to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, it's a purification sadhana. However, what are the instructions for this? I'm guessing it's to Chenrezig, but how does it work? Also, from what I have read, Vajrasattva practice is only for broken vows while Akshobhya is for regular misdeeds. Does that mean one has to take the Akshobhya practice to purify bad karma from this life and previous instead of Vajrasattva? As for the purification practices, are some like Vajrasattva and Chenrezig only to purify the bad karma and let it come quickly or is it to prevent it from coming? I am confused in it. As for signs, I recited a mantra of White Yangchenma that a Sakya lama, Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche, gave me with the Sakya visualizations I read on, and after one mala, I heard some lady call my Korean name even though no one in my neighborhood knows of my name and my family members weren't in the area. What does this mean?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your questions, it’s nice to see you back here again. Nyung Ne practice is a purification practice that centres around Chenrezig. It is a very beneficial practice that stems from a holy nun named Gelong-ma Palmo. It is a two and a half day practice that can be repeated many times over and over again to intensify the purification and build a closer relationship with Chenrezig. As well as its purification aspect, the practice is known to generate vast amount of merit, and also compassion, as the practice centres around Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion. The practice involves taking the eight Mahayana precepts for the duration, fasting, meditating, prostrating and praying. The practice usually entails empowerment into the practice of Chenrezig, therefore the exact meditations, prayers can only be explained to those who have the empowerment. Vajrasattva practice is not necessarily only for repairing broken vows, etc. That’s why it is advised that you engage in the practice at the end of the day, to repair any vows that you may have broken during that day, as well as stopping any negative karma you created that day from multiplying. This would entail reciting the mantra 21 times, together with the four opponent powers. However, if you engage in this practice more intensely, it definitely has the capability to purify all sorts of karma. That is the reason why in Ngondro, or preliminary practices one engages in before tantra, the practice of 100,000 Vajrasattva mantra recitation is an integral part. You can read more about Vajrasattva and his practice here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/an-important-purification-practice.html. Within purification practices, some of the karma will be purified completely, so you do not feel its effects at all, but when purifying other karma you will need to feel its effects somehow. For example if you have the karma to be in a car accident and get seriously injured, and you are engaging in any practice, but especially the purification practice, since you have purified most of the karma, you will only experience being in a very minor car accident, with only very superficial injuries. Therefore, in this case, the karma has been purified to the extent that it does not affect you as much, but you still need to feel part of its effect. In regards to any signs that you receive which engaging in the practices given to you by one of your specific gurus, you should report the happenings to that particular guru. He will be able to give you more of an accurate answer, as it may be related to the particular practice that he gave to you. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • April 17, 2017 07:06
    Thomas asked: Dear Pastors, When a serkyem set has been used so much and one is ready to get rid of it and replace it with a new one. What is a respecful mode of disposal?
    pastor answered: Dear Thomas, Thank you for your question. Your question shows that you have a lot of respect for offering items, which is very good. If possible, you should try to repair the item if within your means, and doing so make embellishments to make it a better offering item, which can still be used. If this is not possible, then you should dispose of the item with a good motivation. You should think that this item has been used to make offerings to the enlightened beings, but now that it is broken or unusable, you are going to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. Since it itself is not a receptacle of energies of the enlightened beings, such as a statue, tsa tsa or thangka, it does not require a special dissolution before being disposed of. However since it was used to make offerings, it still requires some form of respect when disposing, and this comes from one’s motivation and the way in which you dispose of it. Usually, when disposing of items in this way, make the motivation that you have used it and that it is now time to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. When you do this you can dispose of it in a respectful manner. For example, if you are going to throw it away, you do not simply open the trash can and throw it in. You wrap it up in something, like a bag or newspaper and dispose of it respectfully. Another method you can dispose of it is to recycle the object, if the material it is made from can be recycled. That way you are more conscious of the environment as well. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 16, 2017 22:38
    Curious asked: Dear pastors In a recent youtube video something like paying respect to deceased ones, pastor Nirel Patel explained that merits are like the interest and good karma is like the principal sum. So merits always regenerate themselves and hence do not get used up but good karma is like the principal sum so it gets used up. So my question is what are practices that generate merit? And can we turn a mundane daily activity into a meritorious one? Maybe can you provide an example?
    pastor answered: Dear Curious, Thank you for your question. First, to clarify a point, in regards to good karma, you are right, it is like a principal sum in a bank account, but you take away from it when you experience something good in your life, and you add to it when you do good deeds. Merit on the other hand, once accrued never diminishes, therefore when something is based on merit, it is based on the energies of this never diminishing sum, which you could say is like interest. In short, the principal sum when talking about karma is always added to and subtracted from. However, when talking about merit, once you have it, there is no way to destroy it, you will always benefit from it. There are various ways to explain how to generate merit. I will explain a way that I find easiest to understand. In normal life, when we go about performing any sort of activity, be it ‘good’ or ‘bad’ we do so out of ignorance of the true nature of existence, and it is usually self-motivated. For example, we work our entire lives to generate monetary income, so that we have enough money, resources, and materials goods to be comfortable. This is self-motivated, but it is the accepted way the world works these days, and is part and parcel of being bound to samsaric life. On the other hand, the act of merit making can be categorised into three parts: i) motivation, ii) the act itself, and iii) dedication. Let’s start with motivation, when engaging in various virtuous acts, we should have the motivation that by engaging in the act, we have the motivation to alleviate the suffering of someone else, and that may we gain enlightenment so that we can benefit them in the future. The second is the act itself. The third is to dedicate the energy of the virtuous act to gaining enlightenment. These three are what make merit. This may be a little confusing, so let me give an example: giving help to a homeless person. Whereas in ordinary life, this is something praised as a very good deed, it does not create merit without motivation and dedication. In order for this to become merit, one must set the motivation that one is giving help to the homeless free of the eight worldly concerns, to alleviate their suffering and also making the motivation that you will achieve enlightenment for the sake of the person or people you are helping. Then after you have helped them, you dedicate the energy created to the spiritual journey towards full enlightenment to help all sentient beings, while at the same time benefiting as many sentient beings as possible on the way there. This transforms the act into not only a virtuous action but also one that generates merit. On the other hand, if you were to help the homeless without these, you are creating good karma, which although beneficial, keeps you bound to existence within samsara. As it is the goal of Buddhist practice to overcome the cycle of samsara, a Buddhist would want to generate merit instead of good karma. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 13, 2017 11:38
    D.A. asked: If Begtse Chan is not from Mongolia, what are his real origins or story exactly? And which lamas offer his empowerment? As for Manjushri Nagarakshasa, which lamas specifically offer his empowerment and practice?
    pastor answered: Dear D.A. Thank you for your question. Begtse, is also known as Chamsing, or Jamsaran in Mongolian. As mentioned in an earlier sharing with someone who also asked a question about Begtse, the practiced was introduced to Tibet from India by the translator Nyen Lotsawa, and is considered one of the main protectors of the Hayagriva cycle of tantras. According to the scriptures that derive from the Sakya tradition, who incorporated the practice from the translators, and in which tradition Begtse became a very important protector, Begtse in a previous life was born many eons ago. In that particular life, he was born as the younger prince in a royal family. His name was Drag Gye, and his older brother’s name was Drag Den. Over time both princes developed differing religious beliefs, to the point where they could not get along with each as they both held their own religious views strongly. As was the custom during that time, they decided to settle their differences through logical debate, with the loser having to convert to the winner’s religion. This custom was also prevalent in ancient India, and there are many stories of such debates occurring between the great masters of the past and those of other faiths. Drag Gye lost the various debates, but ran away instead of converting to his older brother’s religion. Drag Den caught him, and tried to punish him for breaking the rules of debate and going back on his promise. Drag Gye told his brother that even if he was killed he would not give up his religion, however if Drag Den let him go, that in the future when Drag Den became enlightened, he would protect his teachings. With that Drag Den let him go, and gave him a set of copper armour, a stick, and a bow and arrow. Drag Den also gave Drag Gye a new name: Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po. After this incident the two brothers never saw each other again in that lifetime. Many lives after that Drag Den was reborn as Prince Siddharta, who eventually became enlightened and is now known as Buddha Shakyamuni. Drag Gye, or Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po, was reborn in a cemetery in the North West direction. His parents gave birth to two eggs, one was a coral-like colour and the other was an agate-like colour. These two eggs flew high into the sky and reached the heavenly realms, there they subdued the gods. Then flying back down to earth, they subdued many nagas. Eventually they even came to threaten their own parents. The parents petitioned the Dharma protector Ekajati for her help, who threw her own staff (khatvanga) at the eggs, and broke them apart. From the coral-like coloured egg came a ferocious man with yellow hair, he proclaimed that his name was ‘Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po’. When he emerged he was wearing a set of copper armour, wielding a stick, copper sword, and a bow and arrow. From the agate-like coloured egg came a female who was blue in colour, her teeth were like shells, she had turquoise eyebrows, and her hair was made of fire. She emerged wielding a copper knife, ritual dagger (phurba), rode a terrifying bear and wore an intricate necklace made of agate and lapis lazuli. It was then that Ekajati once again took action, and subdued them, after which they became Dharma protectors. The male figure became known as Begtse, and the female as his sister. When you propitiate Begtse, his sister is automatically included and aids practitioners as well. As for which lama offer his practice and empowerment, most lamas do not advertise which teachings or practice they hold. Therefore you should respectfully approach lamas and ask them if they have the practice and can bestow it, or if they know of any lamas that have the practice, depending on how much you want to practice Begtse. Similarly, this applies to those lamas who have the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. However, this practice is included in the Rinjung Gyatsa series of empowerments. This unique cycle of teachings, includes all 4 classes of tantric practices, and includes the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. Therefore those lamas who have received the complete transmission, and have kept their commitments for this practice, are qualified to pass this on to others. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
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