Great Articles in GOING PLACES on Kathmandu

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Liaison Jamie Khoo was approached by Malaysian Airlines to write two articles on the hidden treasures of Nepal. Jamie has been to Nepal a few times and knows the ins and outs of Kathmandu quite well. So it is only appropriate for her to write these articles which are superb. To top it off, Jamie has a very accurate memory so her writing will be excellent. 

Of course being the passionate writer that she is, Jamie came up with the two articles effortlessly, recalling all of the places that she had gone during her many pilgrimages and very quickly selected all of her good photos. Both of her 5-page articles were published in Malaysia Airline’s September in-house magazine called Going Places. 

Take a look at the spread below… or if you’re flying on Malaysian Airlines sometime this month, have a pleasant read on the plane! Read up, you can learn from these articles on a hot tourist spot called Kathmandu. Enjoy!

 

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 The September 2012 issue of Going Places, Malaysia Airline’s in-house magazine.

 

Tips

Be prepared

Nepal has many of its own quirks that you should get to know before arriving, so as to avoid any rude shocks! These are the top three things to take note of:

  1. Load shedding, which are power cuts that can run up to 16 hours a day. Make sure you pick a good hotel that will have a generator and don’t be surprised if you’re occasionally plunged into darkness.
  2. Nepal is a deeply religious place so be respectful and aware when you go into temples and places of worship.
  3. The cold of the winter months in Nepal can be brutal especially when there’s no central heating and sometimes, no electricity. Make sure you bring enough warm clothes and layer up well. 

 

Inner peace

Bask in the heavenly energies of the Boudhanath stupa in a quaint corner of the Kechara Lounge, a branch of the prominent Buddhist organization, Kechara, in Malaysia. Watch a DVD of a Buddhist teaching, read a spiritual book, or simply meditate against the stunning backdrop of blue skies and one of Kathmandu’s holiest Buddhist sites.

Opens 11am – 5 pm daily www.kechara.com/lounge

 

 

3 hidden treasures of Kathmandu

There’s a side to Kathmandu most tourists don’t usually see and this is where the real Nepal is to be found – its people, its milky cups of tea and the many uneven labyrinths that lead you to amazing discoveries.

Thahity Chowk

Located just off the busiest tourist hub of Thamel, Thahity Chowk is authentically local and real. The coloured shops of Thamel are offset by the area’s simpler stores that sell nothing in particular, rickety old houses and children running across dusty streets.

The best time to go is in the late afternoon – get a rickshaw to take you to the edge of the square, then take off on your own for a wander down the cobbled streets. Peek in between streets and find old Newari-style buildings nestled among lopsided, bare houses. Or be adventurous and walk into side lanes; you may just find a beautiful small stupa in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by family homes and children kicking oranges around.

‘Load shedding’, or power cuts, abound in the centre of town, especially in the colder dry periods of the year. But Thahity is one of those rare, busy, happy places where you see how the locals aren’t fazed by the fact that they have to sit in the dark. It’s always business as usual. Rickshaws jostle for space with cars and motorcycles, grubby-faced children and fruit sellers. All the people of Kathmandu seem to gather here, then disperse into their own corners of the city. Further along the lanes, people huddle in little tea shops for an early evening cuppa and the oily goodness of fired snacks.

Don’t miss the cramped but colorful fabric shops just at the edge of the Thahity Chowk square. Get them to make you a traditional Tibetan chuba out of brocade and silk, for less than RM150 and within three days. Pop into the spice shops around that same square for a dose of masala and fragrant teas.

 

 

Naranthan, Boudhanilkantha

Naranthan is most famous for its Hindu temple of Lord Vishnu and the little village that surrounds this central site. The village is small but is quaint and lovely, and is a wonderful place to start exploring at the crack of dawn.

It sits at the bottom of a hill, which leads up to one of the most prestigious residential areas of Kathmandu A scenic walk up to the top takes 30 – 45 minutes and leads to the Sivapuri National Park, which provides more beautiful nature and a stunning vista of Kathmandu’s madness. Right next to the forest reserve is also a famous Buddhist Vispassana meditation centre which is worth a visit.

Along the way, look out for little old shrines that dot the hillside and a Tibetan Buddhist monastery nestled against the hillside. See how giant houses sit next to very basic, small hovels. Stop for a cup of chai if you’re lucky enough to find the tea shop towards the top of the hill.

Don’t miss flower offerings on sale in Naranthan village each morning, in preparation for people going to prayer at the temple. Stop for a moment and talk to the people there –  they can’t speak much English but they smile an awful lot. If your stomach can take it, the fried pakoras are especially delicious. On the main road into or out of Naranthan, stop by the Kathmandu Animal Treatment Center (KAT Center) to see the tremendously good work started by a single British lady to better the lives of abused and sickly stray dogs in the valley.

 

 

Patan

Located about 40 minutes away from the centre of Kathmandu, Patan Is part of the older quarter, believed to have been built in the 3rd century. It was formerly known as Lalipur (The City of Beauty) and is one of three royal cities in the Kathmandu valley. Durbar Square is just walking distance away and full of ancient historical buildings, temples, tatues and the best of Newari architecture.

Today, Patan is known for being a flourishing centre of art and traditional, religious culture. You can’t help but notice the abundance of handicraft shops as you walk down the old streets, but the craft produced here isn’t created just for the sake of business. Patan is known to be an artisans’ colony and many of its craftsmen boast skills that have been passed down through the generations. Get talking with the shop owners and you may even be lucky enough to be offered a visit to their workshops.

Don’t miss the incredible shopping, from the most exquisite statues of exotic deities to figurines and fine hand-crafted jewelry fit for a queen. Stop by the Patan Museum for a trip back to Nepal’s glorious past. Located within one of the royal palaces of former kings, the museum brings you deep into the soul of this old country. Also, scout out the Mahabuddha Temple off the main roads of Patan. It’s an exact 16th-century replica of the stupa in Bodghaya, India – the site of Buddha’s enlightenment – built for the Nepalese to perform their pilgrimage.

 

 

Sacred sanctuaries

Places of worship abound in Nepal and many are icons that draw not just thousands of locals daily but also pilgrims and tourists from around the globe.

You can’t help but fall in love with the deep spirituality that is so apparent in Nepal and the happiness that radiates from its people. There is something beautiful and elegant about the way in which religion is so intricately a part of the way of life in this Himalayan nation. Here, Buddhists go to Hindu temples to make offerings and Hindus join in Buddhist festivities. They have faith that a blessing is a blessing, no matter where it comes from.

Places of worship abound in Nepal, from the largest World Heritage sites to secret family chapels. The latter are mainly visited by locals while the former draw thousands of tourists from around the globe. Here, we visit some of the country’s must-see temples.

 

Boudhanath Stupa

If there’s only one spiritual site you visit in Kathmandu, make it the Boudhanath Supa, Nepal’s largest and most prominent Buddhist site. Believed to have been build in 600 A.D. and contain a precious bone relic of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni, it has become one of the most significant Buddhist pilgrimage sites in the world.

 

 

Surrounding the stupa is a flourishing Tibetan Buddhist community and a large number of monasteries and nunneries. At all times of the day, Tibetans circumambulate the stupa, prayer wheel in one hand, prayer beads in the other, while they recite mantras. Old people who can barely walk show their devotion with prostration; young people join in after work in the early evening. At night, makeshift tables spring up and the area resounds with the chink of butterlamps as they’re laid out for people to light as offerings to the Buddhas.

 

Parphing Vajrayogini Monastery

This ancient Newai town sits about 19 km south of Kathmandu, just above the Bagmati River, and features many of the city’s most famous religious sites. It is now a popular destination for both Hundus and Buddhists pilgrims from all over Nepal.

A short walk away from the most central hub of temples is a very special little chapel – so much so that they are strict about allowing photography within the space of the altar. This is because chapels like these often begin as personal family shrines, which then grow over generations to become full-fledged places of worship that are open to the public. The hundreds of layers of offerings draped over the central image of the female Buddha Vajrayogini (also known as Bajrayogini in Nepali) and the constant flicker of butterlamp candles lit around her is testament to how greatly she is revered by the locals.

 

Chenrezig Temple

You’ll need to find yourself a local guide to get to this temple as it’s tucked away very obscurely within a courtyard, behind the main streets of Kathmandu. But whatever effort to get here wil be totally worth it. Featuring the most intricate of traditional Newari architecture, this temple speaks of an old splendor and hundreds of years of worship and love.

The inner sanctum is dedicated to a central image of Chenrezig, the Buddha of Wisdom. Not just any Chenrezig statue but one that is a part of a special set of three known as “The Self-Arisen Three Brothers”. One of the other statues is currently with H.H. the Dalai Lama in India and another in the Potala Palace of Tibet. Here, in a much-loved Kathmandu courtyard, he isn’t just worshipped by Buddhists or Tibetans. People from al backgrounds come to pray and offer the most precious offerings.

You will see on this statue layers of jewelry, silk and a wealth of flower garlands. Many more old images of deities embellish the outer walls of the temples and the surrounding courtyard.

 

Swayambunath Stupa

This second largest stupa in Kathmandu is significant also because of the other holy sites around it. Like Boudhnath, Swayambu is also a protected World Heritage site and a frequent pilgrimage spot for Buddhists. It is situated on top of a hill, so visitors can choose to walk to the top or drive up. The walk is a pretty one, flanked all the way by street vendors selling prayer beads, jewelry and knick knacks.

Just next to Swayambunath is the famous Temple of Doors, known to house attained beings called Arhats who are awaiting the right time to emerge. People are known to have caught glimpses of these ethereal beings on the very rare occasion that the doors were opened to the public – once every seven years.

Across the other side of the hill is a plain open courtyard known to be a teaching site of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri. It is believed that once a year, the Buddha descends upon this place to give profound teachings to celestial beings. We might not be able to see him but the blessings are said to be very powerful all the same.

 

Sangkhu Vajrayogini Temple

A quiet sleepy town almost an hour away from central Kathmandu, Sangkhu used to be an important trading post during the Middle Ages. Now, it’s famous for its deep spiritual practice and this special temple.

 

 

The temple itself is built in the majestic Newari style. It is worth travelling here just to see the level of detail and artistry that went into creating this building. When you visit, challenge youself by walking up the 480 stairs, then stop at the top to marvel at the sheer splendor of the temple.

The Sangkhu temple is especially known for housing an unusual Vajrayogini stsatue, quite unlike any other. It is said that there lived a very holy female practitioner in the area who was engaged in deep spiritual practice. It is believed that she became fully enlightened and when she died, many miraculous signs appeared. The people of the area decided that they would create a statue in her likeness and that relics left behind from her cremation would be interred within. This particular statue became a central focus of worship for the area.

 

The Pashupatinath Temples

Famous among both Buddhists and Hindus, the Pashupatinath area resounds with spirituality. A river runs along the area, and Nepal’s largest and most famous Hindu temple sits on one side of the riverbank while old historical caves of Buddhist yogis sit on the other.

The ancient temple complex of Pashupatinath is regarded as one of the holiest sites in the Hindu world. Serious practitioners and Hindu pilgrims from the entire sub-continent are known to travel here just to pray.

Just a stone’s throw away are the caves of two of Buddhism’s most respected old masters – Naropa and his teacher Tilopa. To pay respect to them, devotees can still go down to the caves regularly to make offerings; over time, some have even created images of these masters within the caves.

 

Vijashwari Vajrayogini Temple

Walking distance from the Swayambunath Stupa is an old but very unusual chapel called the Vijashwari (or Bijashwari) Temple. The central images in the temple are those of the Tantric Buddha Vajrayogini who is highly worshipped by both Hindus and Buddhists in Nepal. This temple is unique for it features statues of all four forms of Vajrayogini, each said to have appeared at different periods, according to the needs of the people at each time and place. Like many places in Nepal, the caretakers watch visitors’ cameras like dragons, so images of these central deities are very hard to come by,

The chapel itself is a single-storeyed structure with an elaborate Newari-style, pagoda-like roof built over the small shrine room. Housed within the building is a small area where, presumably, people gather for puja (prayer sessions) or to make candle offerings. Outside is a large central courtyard which features an unusual collection of stupas and antique Buddha images lined against the walls.

 

 

 


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  1. Cliff on Apr 13, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Such a wonderful story told by Jamie, it was written extremely well as expected from her. Reading her perfectly written description of Nepal has brought back so many great memories. I was very lucky to receive the blessings from Rinpoche to go visit Nepal with a group of very nice people. It certainly gave me an unforgettable experience that I will forever take with me. I really enjoyed the level of spirituality and culture that resides in Nepal. People were so friendly and there was just so much to explore. I didnt get to visit some of the places Jamie had mentioned but I do wish one day i would be able to return and explore even more of Nepal. I really enourf reading your article Jamie, congratulations on getting the opportunity to write for Malaysian Airlines and being able to mention kechara lounge. It really was setup beautifully. I rejoice in your success and hope that it inspired many people who read it to go there one day.

  2. Joy on Mar 15, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Nepal, Nepal, Nepal…. perhaps one of the most beautiful sacred places I have been! I could probably live there. I love it because it feels like you have transported in to a different realm where spirituality is everywhere and the you can literally feel the vibes.

    There is so many sacred temples, chapels and caves… every single one is unique and sacred. Like what Jamie wrote here, Parphing Vajrayogini Monastery, Pashupatinath Temples and Vijashwari Vajrayogini Temple is my top favorites. Definitely a must visit sight… and when you go there with someone like Rinpoche… you really get to appreciate the place for its sacredness and the magic it gives you as if you have been zab in to a time zone where all the Buddhas, dakas and dakinis live as Rinpoche describe to us each and every place we visit. I am so fortunate to have that opportunity to be able to travel to this wonderful sacred places with Rinpoche. If you get a chance, you must go to these places mentioned in Jamie’s beautiful article.

  3. Jessica Yap on Dec 16, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Beautifully written article, Jamie! I love the lay out of the pictures and the placements of the words. Really attractive!

    The contents are so detailed and well thought out! I wish to visit Nepal in future.. and hopefully with Jamie and Rinpoche as our guides. hehe

    Thank you for sharing, Rinpoche!

  4. sweekeong on Nov 9, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    There are so many holy places to visit just from this article alone. It wouldn’t be enough just for a week’s worth of trip. I haven’t gone to any of these places before but I happy to hear others who have gone and talk about it. It become an important, and happy memory and happy thoughts for them. I pray that we who have gone will seek spiritual and live life spiritually. Thank you Jamie for writing and covering so much detail of these wonderful places. 🙂

  5. bengkooi on Nov 1, 2012 at 6:40 am

    I really enjoyed reading this, brings back memories of my pilgrimage to Nepal in 2008. I was fortunate enough that the pilgrimage I attended was led by Rinpoche, and we were given so many insights into the significance of the different holy places. What Jamie has written here very accurately, is only a smidgen of the teachings Rinpoche gave.

    My favourite place in Kathmandu is the Boudhanath Stupa. The first time I saw the stupa, I literally stopped moving and just stared at the stupa while goosebumps ran all over my body. My first circumambulation was in complete silence, and I could not stop feeling this prickling sensation for the longest time. It was absolutely magical. Rinpoche’s teachings about the stupa are recorded in short in this beautiful coffee table book too: http://vajrasecrets.com/books/english-books/vajrayogini-and-other-sacred-power-places-in-nepal.html

    And if you want to experience what it was like, this video really captures the sights and sounds of our pilgrimage in Nepal 🙂 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hoynvDjQeA

  6. Erickksiow on Oct 26, 2012 at 12:13 am

    Jamie do wrote a very good article for MAS ( Nepal ) magazine, has spent time to read about it. Very detail and clear.

    Thank You Jamie”

  7. patsy on Oct 25, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Jamie is a talented writer. This 5 page articles with beautiful photos are very informative for tourist visiting Nepal. It covers a wide range of places to explore from Animal Treatment Center to holy temples and of course our own Kechara Lounge. Great job, Jamie!

  8. Janice Kwok on Oct 23, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Jaime has a fun, lively way of writing. It invokes a desire to visit Nepal immediately. I mentioned it to my friend who is visiting Nepal at the end of the year and he said he read Jaime’s article and commented that she writes beautifully. May her writing continues to inspire many.

  9. Darren Kechara Paradise on Oct 20, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    I missed Nepal and wanted to go there again… The people are nice and friendly and also many holy places to visit.

  10. Sharon Saw on Sep 23, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Jamie Khoo is one of the best writers I know.. She also wrote about her experiences in Nepal in her autobiography, Call Me Paris (http://vajrasecrets.com/books/english-books/call-me-paris.html). It’s an excellent read – direct, often witty and always brutally honest. She shares her spiritual journey and how she met Rinpoche in this book – it is a MUST read, to get to know our dear Jamie Khoo aka Paris (and you can find out why she is called Paris in that book!)

  11. DR on Sep 22, 2012 at 11:43 am

    I was flipping through this magazine on my flight back to KL from Shanghai or Beijing, cant remember. I thought to myself, hmmm the article is very interesting and the writting style is so Jamie Khoo. Then I flipped the next page and yes indeed it was written by our Kechara Media & Publications own Jamie aka Paris Khoo! Well done Jamie!

  12. Li Kim on Sep 21, 2012 at 2:36 am

    I read this article on MAS when I was coming home from India… I loved it. As always, Jamie is a talented and beautiful writer… I even took 4 copies back! Great job Jamie!

  13. judy lam on Sep 21, 2012 at 1:03 am

    Jamie is so talented she can write almost anything! Check out her blog : http://www.jamiekhoo.com on The Effortless Beauty.
    Jamie has been to Nepal numerous time and she would be a good guide who can run through the interesting places with us, illustrated by some beautiful photographs !

  14. Sheryl KH (JB) on Sep 20, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Jamie is indeed a very good writer. Her articles are lively and attractive.

    I love seeing the scenery, the foods, the people, the animals and many artistic works they are shown here. They are really very colourful.

    I have never been to Nepal but I can imagine myself planning my trip using Jamie’s write-up here. I believe I will not miss the major hot-spots if I follow these articles.

    Very nice too that Jamie has a section on Kechara in Nepal. I believe it does help to spread Rinpoche’s dharma work…

    Good job, Jamie!

    • Paris on Jan 19, 2013 at 10:59 pm

      Hey Sheryl and all,
      thanks for your lovely comments – it was a lot of fun to write!

      I just met up with a friend yesterday who happened to fly to Nepal the same month that the article was out and ended up using the articles as a guide to sightseeing while he was there for the few days. He didn’t know it was me who wrote it until much later!

      A tip though (based on my conversation with this friend): do try to hire a local taxi driver and make good friends with him so that he can help you find the more obscure places and talk on your behalf to the various temple caretakers. There are several temples in Nepal where they are quite wary of tourists and would normally only let locals in. Don’t be surprised if they outright deny you entry! So it does help to have a Nepalese with you to get you in!

      Go travel and have fun 🙂 Let us all know how your trip is and what you get to see!
      Love, J

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  • Jason
    Wednesday, Sep 27. 2017 01:19 AM
    This Fauvistic Dorje Shugden photo is very nice. It’s look very real. I like Rinpoche said that Dorje Shugden willing to assist anyone regardless race, gender and religion.
    The above is a very clear explanation on Dorje Shugden.
    I wish every sentient will get connected with Dorje Shugden and gain attainment soon.
    Thanks Rinpoche for this precious teachings.

    Jason
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  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Sep 26. 2017 07:24 AM
    Beautiful Tsa-Tsas of different forms of Dorje Shugden . Now i know how it was made , and the history after reading this post. So they made .based on the tradition in Tibet and
    everyone could invite home and for travelling as well as the beautiful Tsa-tsa is small and convenience. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us and thanks to the tireless team who made it possible .

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/tsa-tsas-are-nice.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Sep 26. 2017 07:07 AM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these touching story of such compassionate, kind, caring lady Ms Elaine Gerbrick .She was Rinpoche childhood teacher who has make a huge difference in Rinpoche’s life. It would be wonderful if teachers take the time to care, ,listen, talk and reaching out to their students as all these have a huge impact on them. Ms Elaine Gerbrick was truly one such teacher who cares and understands for her students like Rinpoche ,and she was an example to all teachers.
    Due to her kindness , sensitivity and perception Rinpoche had a amazing experience with her in school which Rinpoche treasured so much. She was sympathetic and gentle with her students and considerate of their feelings and courteous .

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/ms-elaine-gerbrick-was-my-favourite-teacher.html
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Sep 25. 2017 11:08 PM
    It is very sad watching this video and while watching I’m asking myself how can human be so cruel in handling other beings. We practically don’t care if the animals are in pain or not. No living beings deserved to be treated in such a way. We should not have the understanding that animals exist to serve human. We should respect all living beings and not have any discrimination. It is by having this right mindset that we will create a peaceful and harmonious world.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/earthlings.html
  • Alice Tay
    Monday, Sep 25. 2017 10:29 PM
    Watch this video again together with a few KSDS teachers and this time reminds me about our daily necessities, skincare products and cosmetics may involved in the animal tested which is also one of the causes of animal cruelty.
    Wish to share here some of the brands that we might need to take note and not to buy or support for the animal cruelty. Thank you.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/earthlings.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Monday, Sep 25. 2017 03:34 PM
    Thank you, Rinpoche, for this sharing. After participating in the Tsa Tsa making exercise in KFR, I realized that the process of hand-making Tsa Tsa is intricate, to say the least. Making a holy item like Tsa Tsa is a practice by its own as it involves patience and a single-minded effort which require us to tame our thoughts and be in the present, work on the material in hand and perfect each step. It is very amazing, in the sense that the outcome of the Tsa Tsa differs each time. It trains us to be more mindful in the details to maintain the consistency.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/tsa-tsas-are-nice.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Sep 25. 2017 01:48 PM
    Beautiful cartoon sketches by Rinpoche cute and inspiring cartoon .a creative way to spread Dharma..For someone who has not draw along time but still can draw such beautiful sketches cartoon show that person is special and talented. Nicely done in few minutes and using a combinations of crayons, color pencils and markers.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/tsem-rinpoche-draws-cartoons.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Sep 25. 2017 01:00 PM
    In this video, Tsem Rinpoche on Facebook shared a live video and explained many interesting facts and information. He shares where he received the Dorje Shugden practice, why he does not give up on it in the face of so much pressure, his thoughts on His Holiness the Dalai Lama, his feelings on the Tibetan exiled government, the effects of the ban on Shugden and his recommendation on how we can overcome this. Tsem Rinpoche speaks honestly and from his heart. It is very insightful. The talk has been transferred onto youtube and you can learn so much from his sharing here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6ri1HSbhOc&feature=youtu.be
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Sep 25. 2017 12:45 PM
    This is really a fantastic short video on Kechara Forest Retreat. It is a must see!! See here please: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GB5GmFfNSxg&feature=youtu.be
  • Pastor Adeline Woon
    Monday, Sep 25. 2017 09:24 AM
    Human were brought up to exercise speciesism rather naturally because their contact with animals are narrowed down to food, company, entertainment, clothing and cosmetic. Generally speaking, unless they are told otherwise, human beings continue to live their lives exploiting animals.

    In the Buddhist teachings, animals are seen as another form of existence which anyone can take rebirth in. They are not god’s given food but a living life we respect. To take advantage of their lower form of existence is not encouraged but to treat them equally without prejudice is. Just like what was explained in the video, animals are a different nation, they have every rights to live on earth without harm just like all living beings on earth.

    The mistreatment that the animals are receiving is a clear sign of human selfishness and their silly ideas of superiority that arise from insecurity and fear – to harm others in order to feel a sense of control and power. This insecurity and fear cannot be pacified through harming others but through benefiting others. A sense of fulfilment and joy will slowly fill our mind through good starting from focusing on others’ needs and suffering instead of our hungry stomach and taste buds.

    The only way to end this brutal treatment to animals is to relook the way we consume our meals and the things we use. As a consumer, we have the power to change how animals are being treated and to stop the giant players from manipulating us. We are in control and we need to be in control in order to live a life that is filled with sense of achievement, love and care.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/earthlings.html
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Sep 24. 2017 09:47 PM
    I like seeing Dorje Shugden painting in fauvistic style. The colors are so strong and outstanding. Very nice. Appreacite Rinpoche for sharing Dorje Shugden paintings of various styles. No matter what the form is, it will bring lots of blessing to those who sees the painting.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/fauvistic-dorje-shugden.html
  • Alice Tay
    Sunday, Sep 24. 2017 06:34 PM
    Ms Gerbrick was very patient and compassionate by spending her time to listen to Rinpoche said to her. Ms Gerbrick never criticized about Rinpoche’s parents and avoid to give negative effect to Rinpoche. Instead, Ms Gerbrick advised Rinpoche that when people say negative things to him, it is not about him, but it’s about them. This message implied that Ms Gerbrick knew to be sympathic and considerate to others.

    I personally think that in order to be a responsible teacher, one must selflessly devote oneself and always think of how to benefit the students and constantly seek solutions to remove barriers that children face. Ms Gerbrick was one of them as mentioned.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this wonderful story of Ms Gerbrick. May she has a good rebirth and return in perfect human form to learn dharma at a young age. ��

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/ms-elaine-gerbrick-was-my-favourite-teacher.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Sep 24. 2017 12:50 PM
    Many human beings, including ourselves, are selfish and only care for ourselves. Especially when it comes to situations that are challenging or pose a threat to our comfort zone. In situations like this, something/someone will have to make way, the one with the least priority is in the inevitable receiving end, most of the time. In this case, the poor pets took the blunt. In some other cases, it could be the ailing parents/old folks/someone.

    It is our selfish mind that causes the selfish act and results in harm, pain and suffering on others. When we learn and practice Dharma, we can follow Guru’s teaching to help us tame this selfishness by always thinking for others, put ourselves in the shoes of others. In this way, no way will be left behind, ever.

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/dont-leave-them-behind.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Sep 24. 2017 08:01 AM
    Walter Evans-Wentz was an American anthropologist and writer who was a pioneer in the study of Tibetan Buddhism,He has since introduction and translated a number of Tibetan Buddhism to the Western world. Evans-Wentz is best known for four texts translated from the Tibetan, Amazingly he travelled across India and Sri Lanka covering important religious sites to study the history, customs and religious traditions of the country, and also collected a large number of important Pali manuscripts. It was then later donated to Stanford University. He has even worked as a translator with Alexandra David-Néel and so forth producing ,forewording a few interesting books before his passing.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David Lai for sharing these interesting article which i do enjoyed reading.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/walter-evans-wentz-american-pioneer-scholar-on-tibetan-buddhism.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Sep 24. 2017 08:00 AM
    Very interesting article……gave me a clear defination and understanding of God and religion.I agree with Bishop John Spong….if we all have qualities of love, compassion. caring ,tolerance, generosity, kindness and a sense of empathy to benefits others, God or Buddha will be within us. I can understand much better of the insight.
    I admired Bishop John Spong for his courage to speak up and explained to others about what he thought .Do hope more people will open their minds and judge for themselves the truth of it based on logic thinking and teachings. I am glad ,i am on the right path.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these interesting post.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/bishop-john-spong-on-religion-and-god-very-interesting.html#

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Ms Gerbrick was a very special person in my childhood. When I finally found her again, I had lost her - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144296
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Ms Gerbrick was a very special person in my childhood. When I finally found her again, I had lost her - http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144296
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I just did another one. See how it's done- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=144259
I like this sketch I just did. Tsem Rinpoche
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I like this sketch I just did. Tsem Rinpoche
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One of my sketches just finished. Tsem Rinpoche
More of my drawings.  Tsem Rinpoche
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More of my drawings. Tsem Rinpoche
See what Linus has to say to Charlie Brown: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/dorje-shugden
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Plse click on this and read and share. Important thoughts regarding our teacher. Tsem Rinpoche
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Plse click on this and read and share. Important thoughts regarding our teacher. Tsem Rinpoche
The stupa dedicated to the great Changkya Rolpai Dorje in 5 peaks of Manjushri - China. Changkya Rolpai Dorje was one of the previous life of His Holiness Pabongka Rinpoche. In that life, he was the imperial tutor to the Emperor of China.  Photo from Karen Chong
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The stupa dedicated to the great Changkya Rolpai Dorje in 5 peaks of Manjushri - China. Changkya Rolpai Dorje was one of the previous life of His Holiness Pabongka Rinpoche. In that life, he was the imperial tutor to the Emperor of China. Photo from Karen Chong
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Please click on this picture and see what the adorable boy is doing.
Learn a new word and see what Fauvism means here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=143633
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Learn a new word and see what Fauvism means here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=143633
Please click on this picture to enlarge and read. It is important and share with others. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
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Please click on this picture to enlarge and read. It is important and share with others. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
The handprint of His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche Jetsun Dechen Nyingpo
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The handprint of His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche Jetsun Dechen Nyingpo
Dear friends, For the first time in art history you will see a Tibetan divinity in Byzantine art form. Just published! Please be amazed and see the whole artwork here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=143348
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Dear friends, For the first time in art history you will see a Tibetan divinity in Byzantine art form. Just published! Please be amazed and see the whole artwork here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=143348
我这里有一副最庄严印度风格法力强大护法的画作。点击这里观赏与下载: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=142950
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我这里有一副最庄严印度风格法力强大护法的画作。点击这里观赏与下载: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=142950
A separate Tibetan state? 

Should this group of Tibetans have their own autonomous state?
In a world full of trials and tribulations, this group of Tibetans continues to defy all odds against a difficult leadership. Should they have their own state, their own country to live free and in harmony? Read and decide-Part 1: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=142741 and Part 2: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=142868
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A separate Tibetan state? Should this group of Tibetans have their own autonomous state? In a world full of trials and tribulations, this group of Tibetans continues to defy all odds against a difficult leadership. Should they have their own state, their own country to live free and in harmony? Read and decide-Part 1: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=142741 and Part 2: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=142868
When I first arrived in Gaden Monastery in January 1988, I lived in this small room: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=100092
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When I first arrived in Gaden Monastery in January 1988, I lived in this small room: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=100092
This is Mahakala of the Tent (Gonpo Kur) and this particular sacred and very alive image is in Sakya temple in Tibet. It is so beautiful, ferocious and at the same time frightening. He frightens our self absorbed ego into submission to dharma.-Tsem Rinpoche
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This is Mahakala of the Tent (Gonpo Kur) and this particular sacred and very alive image is in Sakya temple in Tibet. It is so beautiful, ferocious and at the same time frightening. He frightens our self absorbed ego into submission to dharma.-Tsem Rinpoche
Please find out more who is Shamgo Dorje Putri and her two sisters. They wear a particularly distinctive single large flower in their hair and very powerful. This promises to be a very interesting read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=94304
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Please find out more who is Shamgo Dorje Putri and her two sisters. They wear a particularly distinctive single large flower in their hair and very powerful. This promises to be a very interesting read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=94304
He was known by one of his names which was Guru Deva Rinpoche and I had the blessings to meet him quite a few times. He was guru of both my mother and father. Guru Deva Rinpoche was a high Mongolian lama and lived over 100 years old. He was one of the kindest persons I have ever met and he was very well known to be an emanation of Gyenze. He joked alot and was extremely devoted to his teacher. We had many private conversations with him and he made an indelible mark in my mind and in my heart. I think of him often. Tsem Rinpoche
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He was known by one of his names which was Guru Deva Rinpoche and I had the blessings to meet him quite a few times. He was guru of both my mother and father. Guru Deva Rinpoche was a high Mongolian lama and lived over 100 years old. He was one of the kindest persons I have ever met and he was very well known to be an emanation of Gyenze. He joked alot and was extremely devoted to his teacher. We had many private conversations with him and he made an indelible mark in my mind and in my heart. I think of him often. Tsem Rinpoche
I pity men who occupy themselves exclusively with the transitory in things and lose themselves in the study of what is perishable, since we are here for this very end- that we may make the perishable imperishable, which we can do only after we have learned how to approach both.~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

(This quote is very powerful from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. He seems to be a powerful thinker and can think beyond daily and ordinary thoughts. Like I shared, only the study of dharma is going to lead to the imperishable. Any other studies of this world only are temporarily beneficial which is perishable. Of course he is not referring to dharma, but he realized ordinary pursuits leads to perishability. If he knew dharma, he would see the vastness of Buddha\'s omniscience.  Tsem Rinpoche)
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I pity men who occupy themselves exclusively with the transitory in things and lose themselves in the study of what is perishable, since we are here for this very end- that we may make the perishable imperishable, which we can do only after we have learned how to approach both.~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (This quote is very powerful from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. He seems to be a powerful thinker and can think beyond daily and ordinary thoughts. Like I shared, only the study of dharma is going to lead to the imperishable. Any other studies of this world only are temporarily beneficial which is perishable. Of course he is not referring to dharma, but he realized ordinary pursuits leads to perishability. If he knew dharma, he would see the vastness of Buddha's omniscience. Tsem Rinpoche)
One of the nicest Taras I\'ve seen. I like her shade of green and the lotus on the left which is lower as her hand is lower so it\'s very balanced looking. Her face looks young, motherly, kind and yet regal.
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One of the nicest Taras I've seen. I like her shade of green and the lotus on the left which is lower as her hand is lower so it's very balanced looking. Her face looks young, motherly, kind and yet regal.
(1st photo) Kyabje Lati Rinpoche in the centre and Ven Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende on the extreme right. After the unfair ban against Dorje Shugden practitioners was forcibly instituted by Tibetan leadership onto the people and monasteries, the monasteries split. Over 600 monks from Gaden Shartse Monastery left and set up Shar Gaden Monastery. The Tibetan leadership did their best to get the authorities to close Shar Gaden Monastery but Shar Gaden had registered so there was nothing Tibetan leadership can do. It was very sad. Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende left Gaden Shartse Monastery to be the abbot of the newly formed Shar Gaden Monastery in South India where they can continue Dorje Shugden practice. Prior to the ban Lati Rinpoche and Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende can meet up, share and be close as they all had been very close. After the ban this was not allowed anymore. Dorje Shugden and non-Dorje Shugden people had to be segregated. They cannot mix. The previous prime minister of the Tibetan exiled government said that Dorje Shugden people and non Dorje Shugden people are like the mustache and the mouth and it has to be separated. Tsem Rinpoche
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(1st photo) Kyabje Lati Rinpoche in the centre and Ven Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende on the extreme right. After the unfair ban against Dorje Shugden practitioners was forcibly instituted by Tibetan leadership onto the people and monasteries, the monasteries split. Over 600 monks from Gaden Shartse Monastery left and set up Shar Gaden Monastery. The Tibetan leadership did their best to get the authorities to close Shar Gaden Monastery but Shar Gaden had registered so there was nothing Tibetan leadership can do. It was very sad. Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende left Gaden Shartse Monastery to be the abbot of the newly formed Shar Gaden Monastery in South India where they can continue Dorje Shugden practice. Prior to the ban Lati Rinpoche and Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende can meet up, share and be close as they all had been very close. After the ban this was not allowed anymore. Dorje Shugden and non-Dorje Shugden people had to be segregated. They cannot mix. The previous prime minister of the Tibetan exiled government said that Dorje Shugden people and non Dorje Shugden people are like the mustache and the mouth and it has to be separated. Tsem Rinpoche
You can see in this 2nd photo, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche blessing a child and Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende standing next to the child. The monasteries were happy, united and had good samaya with each other prior to the ban. The ban destroyed everything and unity and harmony. It is very sad to see this. These pictures are from Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende\'s collection. Tsem Rinpoche
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You can see in this 2nd photo, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche blessing a child and Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende standing next to the child. The monasteries were happy, united and had good samaya with each other prior to the ban. The ban destroyed everything and unity and harmony. It is very sad to see this. These pictures are from Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende's collection. Tsem Rinpoche
His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche on the throne, His Eminence Lati Rinpoche (next to Zong Rinpoche) and below Lati Rinpoche is Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche (sitting below Lati Rinpoche). This is a puja in Gaden Shartse Monastery. A rare and blessed photo and nice to save. Tsem Rinpoche
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His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche on the throne, His Eminence Lati Rinpoche (next to Zong Rinpoche) and below Lati Rinpoche is Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche (sitting below Lati Rinpoche). This is a puja in Gaden Shartse Monastery. A rare and blessed photo and nice to save. Tsem Rinpoche
ou can save this rare thangka of 1,000 armed Heruka. I\'ve never seen this thangka or any of this form before and it\'s the first time. You can print out or keep or use. I found this online and it\'s beautiful. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche mentioned this Heruka 30 years ago to us and since then I have never seen this in painting or statue at all till now. He has many legs and many faces too. Very special and unique. Seeing Heruka or thinking of Heruka plants the seeds of enlightenment in our mindstream. Tsem Rinpoche
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ou can save this rare thangka of 1,000 armed Heruka. I've never seen this thangka or any of this form before and it's the first time. You can print out or keep or use. I found this online and it's beautiful. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche mentioned this Heruka 30 years ago to us and since then I have never seen this in painting or statue at all till now. He has many legs and many faces too. Very special and unique. Seeing Heruka or thinking of Heruka plants the seeds of enlightenment in our mindstream. Tsem Rinpoche
This is Venerable Lhakpa Tsering from Tibet. He has passed away a few years back of natural causes and as he was older. He was one of the high ranking and official oracle of Dorje Shugden, Namka Barzin, Kache Marpo and several other high protectors. He was famous in Tibet for his correct trance of Dorje Shugden and extremely powerful clairvoyance advice of Dorje Shguden. He has been taking trance since Tibet. In 1959 he left Tibet for India and settled in Kalimpong. He continued to take trance in Kalimpong of Dorje Shugden for government officials, local persons, high lamas, monasteries, nuns, monks and even foreigners. For over 40 years his wonderful oracular ability to take trance and give advice and prophecies has benefited so many people. He was trained and blessed as an oracle by the previous Dromo Geshe Rinpoche of Sera Jey Monastery. I\'ve had a chance to stay at his house, meet him and see him in trance. It was a great blessing and amazing experience. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is Venerable Lhakpa Tsering from Tibet. He has passed away a few years back of natural causes and as he was older. He was one of the high ranking and official oracle of Dorje Shugden, Namka Barzin, Kache Marpo and several other high protectors. He was famous in Tibet for his correct trance of Dorje Shugden and extremely powerful clairvoyance advice of Dorje Shguden. He has been taking trance since Tibet. In 1959 he left Tibet for India and settled in Kalimpong. He continued to take trance in Kalimpong of Dorje Shugden for government officials, local persons, high lamas, monasteries, nuns, monks and even foreigners. For over 40 years his wonderful oracular ability to take trance and give advice and prophecies has benefited so many people. He was trained and blessed as an oracle by the previous Dromo Geshe Rinpoche of Sera Jey Monastery. I've had a chance to stay at his house, meet him and see him in trance. It was a great blessing and amazing experience. Tsem Rinpoche
Why seek anything else when you have the illustrious practice of Vajra Yogini from the lineage of the Crazy Wisdom Mahasiddha Naropa? Nothing in samsara created by ordinary men can surpass the practice of Vajra Yogini elucidated to us by the Buddha. Nothing in samsara’s knowledge no matter how incredible can surpass the knowledge embodied in the dharma by the Buddha. Samsara knowledge is limited. When we study Buddha’s knowledge (Dharma) it guarantees our future with no limitations. Spend more time studying dharma than samsaric knowledge. Why even compare? Surrender samsara as death and loss are it’s only results and engage in Dharma practice all the way. Vajra Yogini is dharma and dharma is Vajra Yogini. Give everything for Vajra Yogini’s practice. Start now as a preliminary practice even without initiation (blog article: Starting on Vajra Yogini Now- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=4395). Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Why seek anything else when you have the illustrious practice of Vajra Yogini from the lineage of the Crazy Wisdom Mahasiddha Naropa? Nothing in samsara created by ordinary men can surpass the practice of Vajra Yogini elucidated to us by the Buddha. Nothing in samsara’s knowledge no matter how incredible can surpass the knowledge embodied in the dharma by the Buddha. Samsara knowledge is limited. When we study Buddha’s knowledge (Dharma) it guarantees our future with no limitations. Spend more time studying dharma than samsaric knowledge. Why even compare? Surrender samsara as death and loss are it’s only results and engage in Dharma practice all the way. Vajra Yogini is dharma and dharma is Vajra Yogini. Give everything for Vajra Yogini’s practice. Start now as a preliminary practice even without initiation (blog article: Starting on Vajra Yogini Now- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=4395). Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche
The young Tsem Rinpoche with his cousin Sada Andreyev. She visited him in Los Angeles. Taken in Tsem Rinpoche\'s room in Thubten Dhargye Ling Dharma centre.
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The young Tsem Rinpoche with his cousin Sada Andreyev. She visited him in Los Angeles. Taken in Tsem Rinpoche's room in Thubten Dhargye Ling Dharma centre.
Young Tsem Rinpoche with his cousin Sonia Waskin. She visited him in Los Angeles, California.
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Young Tsem Rinpoche with his cousin Sonia Waskin. She visited him in Los Angeles, California.
Pictures of the teenage Tsem Rinpoche with his two cousins Sonia and Sada. Taken outside of Thubten Dhargye Ling Buddhist Centre where Tsem Rinpoche was living. Los Angeles, California, USA
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Pictures of the teenage Tsem Rinpoche with his two cousins Sonia and Sada. Taken outside of Thubten Dhargye Ling Buddhist Centre where Tsem Rinpoche was living. Los Angeles, California, USA
Pictures of the teenage Tsem Rinpoche with his two cousins Sonia and Sada. Los Angeles, California, USA
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Pictures of the teenage Tsem Rinpoche with his two cousins Sonia and Sada. Los Angeles, California, USA
The young Tsem Rinpoche with his parents Boris and Dana Bugayeff. And on the extreme right is Tsem Rinpoche\'s cousin Toktun Gugajew. This was in Howell, New Jersey, USA
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The young Tsem Rinpoche with his parents Boris and Dana Bugayeff. And on the extreme right is Tsem Rinpoche's cousin Toktun Gugajew. This was in Howell, New Jersey, USA
Tsem Rinpoche attending the wedding of Carmen Kichikov\'s brother. Tsem Rinpoche is 2nd from the right and in his adolescence. Howell, New Jersey, USA
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Tsem Rinpoche attending the wedding of Carmen Kichikov's brother. Tsem Rinpoche is 2nd from the right and in his adolescence. Howell, New Jersey, USA
When my adorable Dharma boy came home to me. I love you Dharma boy. Tsem Rinpoche
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When my adorable Dharma boy came home to me. I love you Dharma boy. Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche in Taiwan as a baby where he was born
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Tsem Rinpoche in Taiwan as a baby where he was born
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Tsem Rinpoche as a baby holding an umbrella
Think about this...
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Our frustrations have meaning when it\'s for others and a greater cause.
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Our frustrations have meaning when it's for others and a greater cause.
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It is much better to be doing good things for others than just for ourselves.
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Contemplate this please...
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Is there life beyond the grave? If the soul exists, does it survive death? If so, when did the belief first arise that the soul may reincarnate, to be born anew in another physical body? Before we unlock the future we must find the keys to the past. I’m Leonard Nimoy. Join me and open the door to ancient mysteries beginning now, here on A&E. Continue reading here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=37831
It was a great honour for myself and Kechara to have His Eminence Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Phende visiting us. He is a courageous and extremely brave abbot emeritus of the monastery during it\'s most difficult time.~Tsem Rinpoche - Please read more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=132602
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It was a great honour for myself and Kechara to have His Eminence Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Phende visiting us. He is a courageous and extremely brave abbot emeritus of the monastery during it's most difficult time.~Tsem Rinpoche - Please read more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=132602
This is a powerful picture of Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, Kensur Kyabje Lati Rinpoche and the current incarnation of Trijang Rinpoche meeting together in the year 2000 when Trijang Rinpoche was 18. All three lamas are Dorje Shugden practitioners. In fact Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen was the one that first encouraged my practice of Dorje Shugden when I was 16 years old when I joined his beautiful Thubten Dhargye Ling centre in Los Angeles. I lived with Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen for 8 years before proceeding to Gaden Monastery in South India. Later Kyabje Zong Rinpoche came to our Los Angeles centre and granted sogtae (permission ceremony) to practice Dorje Shugden for life as requested by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen. Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen had tremendous faith in Trijang Rinpoche. 

Kyabje Lati Rinpoche was innovative, dedicated and very much focused on bringing dharma to many. He had tremendous faith in Dorje Shugden as I had the honour to meet him many times. He would seek advice from Dorje Shugden many times via the oracle of Gaden Monastery. Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen and Kensur Kyabje Lati Rinpoche have since passed away while the current Trijang Rinpoche is a perfect lineage holder and practitioner of Dharma while he keeps Dorje Shugden as his personal protector as he has done so for many lifetimes. 

This is a powerful and beautiful picture of three great lamas of Buddha’s lineage and also of Gaden Monastery. ~Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
This is a powerful picture of Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, Kensur Kyabje Lati Rinpoche and the current incarnation of Trijang Rinpoche meeting together in the year 2000 when Trijang Rinpoche was 18. All three lamas are Dorje Shugden practitioners. In fact Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen was the one that first encouraged my practice of Dorje Shugden when I was 16 years old when I joined his beautiful Thubten Dhargye Ling centre in Los Angeles. I lived with Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen for 8 years before proceeding to Gaden Monastery in South India. Later Kyabje Zong Rinpoche came to our Los Angeles centre and granted sogtae (permission ceremony) to practice Dorje Shugden for life as requested by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen. Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen had tremendous faith in Trijang Rinpoche. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche was innovative, dedicated and very much focused on bringing dharma to many. He had tremendous faith in Dorje Shugden as I had the honour to meet him many times. He would seek advice from Dorje Shugden many times via the oracle of Gaden Monastery. Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen and Kensur Kyabje Lati Rinpoche have since passed away while the current Trijang Rinpoche is a perfect lineage holder and practitioner of Dharma while he keeps Dorje Shugden as his personal protector as he has done so for many lifetimes. This is a powerful and beautiful picture of three great lamas of Buddha’s lineage and also of Gaden Monastery. ~Tsem Rinpoche
A beautiful photograph of a path walking down from Manjushri Hill in Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
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A beautiful photograph of a path walking down from Manjushri Hill in Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
This picture is of KB lovingly holding Mumu while he tries to stand up. I was in the room with them and someone else took this picture. It is a very sad and poignant picture because just a short while after this picture was taken, Mumu passed away with all of us present. This was the last picture of my little Mumu alive. We immediately did puja for Mumu and he is sorely missed by many as he touched our lives deeply. Tsem Rinpoche
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This picture is of KB lovingly holding Mumu while he tries to stand up. I was in the room with them and someone else took this picture. It is a very sad and poignant picture because just a short while after this picture was taken, Mumu passed away with all of us present. This was the last picture of my little Mumu alive. We immediately did puja for Mumu and he is sorely missed by many as he touched our lives deeply. Tsem Rinpoche
For years I have been doing this everywhere I go, no matter where or what country I am in. Always be kind to animals.
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For years I have been doing this everywhere I go, no matter where or what country I am in. Always be kind to animals.
Practising makes you better at something. If you keep practising in laziness, that is what you will become good in. If you keep practising generosity, that is what you will develop. Keep practising in what you want to become good at.
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Practising makes you better at something. If you keep practising in laziness, that is what you will become good in. If you keep practising generosity, that is what you will develop. Keep practising in what you want to become good at.
Real spirituality is kindness.
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Real spirituality is kindness.
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