Making Offerings to Shar Gaden Monastery

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Around August 2013, the Board of Directors in Kechara presented me 800 White Tara statues to request for my long life. I was very touched by such a wonderful and sincere offering from my students, as I knew it must not be easy to arrange for 800 statues and on top of that, have it all painted by our own in-house artists! All statues were also made in-house within Kechara! So I accepted the offering and told Beng Kooi, one of my Changtsos… instead of keeping these statues in the ladrang or in Kechara Paradise, I would like to offer these statues to the monks in Shar Gaden Monastery as it would be more beneficial that way.

A few months back, Beng Kooi arranged for these statues to be safely shipped to India, and also arranged for 29 pilgrims to join the pilgrimage to Gaden Monastery so they may be part of the offering ceremony on my behalf. Beng Kooi is truly a wonderful and sincere person, she works so hard and expects nothing in return and very trustworthy with her work. I was wondering why Beng Kooi was rushing to offer the statues to the monastery early October 2014, and she told me it was because she wanted to make the offerings before my 49th Birthday which is my obstacle year… she hopes by making these offerings, it would clear some of the obstacles to my long life… I thought how thoughtful and auspicious.

So, in early October 2014, Beng Kooi and her team of 5 people, along with 29 pilgrims flew to India to make the statue offerings to the monks of Monastery. For many that went to India this time around, it was their first experience travelling to a monastic setting. I’m glad that they have the merits to make this pilgrimage as they met with many high lamas and many old, holy monks… holy because they held their vows perfectly for the past 60, 70 years or so. Our pilgrims did many other virtuous actions while they were in the monastery, such as making offerings and meeting with many high lamas, which I will blog about it another time. I have been making offerings and supporting this monastery for over 7 years now along with a few other monasteries and large lama ladrangs. Prior to Shar Gaden I have been supporting and donating to Gaden Monastery for nearly 27 years now. I know most of the senior monks as they are my friends as I’ve known them for over 27 years and you don’t just forget friends even if they number in the hundreds. Hundreds of them are my dharma brothers or monk brothers. I miss many of them very much. I attended many activities with them back in Gaden. We all were in Gaden today in our much younger days before I was sent to Malaysia. Many of the senior monks who are my friends sent warm greetings to me. I’ve had to make much and many donations over the past 7 years to Shar Gaden Monastery. For whatever thoughts may arise, they are monks and deserve to be supported.

Below is a short write up on the highlight of the pilgrimage, which is the offerings of the White Tara statues, robes, books, food, drinks and along with it, many wonderful and beautiful pictures of the pilgrims making offerings to the monks. Do take a look at the wonderful pictures and if you have never been to pilgrimages, or even if you have been for pilgrimages… rejoice and make a strong motivation that you too may have the merits to make pilgrimages in the near future.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

Making Offerings to Gaden Monastery

[Written by the blog team]

Making offerings to the monastery and Sangha is well practiced in all traditions of Buddhism as it is known to be a meritorious act. It is something that we should do either on a daily basis such as simple food offering to the Sangha, which is the common practice of Thai lay Theravada practitioners who offer danna (food) to the monks, or on a larger scale, to sponsor the construction of prayer halls, temple buildings, statues and robes to the monastery. Understanding this method of accumulating vast amounts of merits, the Board of Directors of Kechara would make major offerings to the monasteries, once in every few years; in dedication to the good health and long life of our Spiritual Director, His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche, and to offer support to the monks in the Monastery.

On 11th October 2014, a group of 35 pilgrims made a complete set of offerings to the Sangha members of Gaden Monastery during their 4 day pilgrimage to the Monastery. During the morning puja, which lasted from 6 am until 12 noon, the monks recited the Namgyal Tsechog Puja (Long Life Puja) in dedication to the long life and good health of His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche. A total of 800 sets of offerings were prepared for the 800 monks in the monastery. Each set of offering consisted of a photo of His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche, an 8″ White Tara statue with gold face painting, a dharma book, a set of robes, a red packet (a monetary gift) and also sewing fees for the monks to send their robes to the tailor. Additionally, the group also sponsored breakfast to the whole monastery that morning. We purchased the comics on line and had it shipped and offered. Luckily the comics were done in time as the organization in charge were friendly and helpful. The comics are a history of the holy protector that has been very well produced by another group online.

For many of the pilgrims, it was their first visit to a holy site like the Monastery. The journey was made  “extra special” because they could make such elaborate offerings to the monks, which is a rare and precious opportunity to amass vast amounts of merits. The act of giving also develops within us the virtue of generosity, which is the direct antidote to miserliness and counter to overcome attachments, which is a source of our suffering within samsara. We hope that through these virtuous activities, we create the cause for the works of the Monastery and their monks to prosper and for the great teachers to continue to turn the wheel of Dharma and benefit many. We also pray for His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche to have a long and stable life, and may all of Rinpoche’s Dharmic aspirations materialize.

Attached below are some pictures from the offering ceremony.

Items offered to the monks in the monastery:

No.   Item Cost
1. White Tara Statue RM 1,400,000
2. Comic Book RM 22,800
3. Kuyong (monetary gift) RM 2,400
4. Robes RM 230,400
5. Breakfast RM 560
6. Photo of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche RM 1,200
Total cost RM 1,657,360

(USD 462,850)  

 

The pilgrims entered the monastery’s gompa respectfully at 6 am before puja

 

Sponsoring Breakfast for All 800 Monks in the Monastery

The monks on duty served breakfast to the rest of the monks in the prayer hall. The ambiance was festive.

Tibetan bread served with butter: a simple but healthy breakfast for the monks

Serving Tibetan Tea: enjoying this traditional recipe of tea preparation is an acquired taste. However, it is wonderful to witness the Tibetan culture is still vibrant within the monastic community here.

The monastery’s Gekula (disciplinarian) announced the sponsor and dedication for the day

 

Offering 800 White Tara Statues

800 White Tara statues offered to the monks in the monastery. Offering statues is an extremely meritorious deed, especially when the receiver are pure and holy monks. With every day the receiver make their prayers, the giver gains much merits as their generosity gave someone else the ability to practice the Dharma.

Unpacking the statues before the pilgrims offered them to the monks

 

Offering 800 Sets of Monk Robes

800 sets of complete monk robes were stacked up outside of the Gompa, waiting to be distributed

The sponsorship of the robes include sewing fees as well as the robes material

Monk robes for the younger children

 

Offering 800 Books to the Monks

800 comics were offered to each of the monks in the monastery. We had to contact another organization for these and they were very friendly and helpful. I wanted to thank them for getting these comics ready in time for the offerings.

The monks were looking forward to the protector comics: taking a sneak peak!

 

Making Offerings in the Gompa

Offering of body, speech and mind prepared by the monastery for the sponsors to present to the High Lamas

Datuk May Phng, whom is also President of Kechara represented H.E. Tsem Rinpoche in making the offerings

Datuk May made offering of body, speech and mind to Kyabje Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche’s throne in the Gompa on behalf of Tsem Rinpoche

Vinnie Tan representing Hatten Group, making offerings to Kyabje Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche’s throne

Datuk May making offerings of body, speech and mind to Khensur Rinpoche (the erudite Abbot emeritus)

Datuk May making offerings of body, speech and mind to His Eminence Domo Geshe Rinpoche

The pilgrims making offerings to the monks

Pictures of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche was also offered to the monks

Datuk May offering a White Tara statue to Kyabje Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche’s throne

Datuk May making offerings to the 101st Gaden Tripa’s Throne (now being retired is known as H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche’s) in Shar Gaden. His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche was the supreme head of all Gelugpa school of Buddhism until he retired. He is a highly respected scholar, master and teacher.

Mr KH Ng, whom is also Kechara’s Vice President offered a White Tara statue to Khensur Rinpoche on behalf of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche

His Eminence Domo Geshe Rinpoche placed His White Tara statue and a picture of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche neatly on his ritual table. This incarnation was found by the current Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and the oracle. Both Trijang Rinpoche and the oracle of the protector separately announced this to be the undisputed incarnation. The previous Domo Geshe was very close to the previous Trijang Rinpoche. He requested Trijang Rinpoche to find his incarnation before passing.

Vinnie Tan offered a set of monk robes to Kyabje Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche’s throne

Monks are the embodiment of renunciation. When we offer robes to the Sangha, it is symbolic that may we too achieve renunciation from the cyclic rebirth of samsara

Pilgrims received an appreciation gift and khata offering from the disciplinarian and administrators of the monastery

Many of these monks are materially poor, but spiritually rich. They own simple personal altars, sometimes only with pictures of Buddhas. We are glad that we have this opportunity to offer them a beautiful White Tara statue, as the image of the Buddha is the map to Enlightenment

The younger monks also received a complete set of offerings

This young monk, smiling brightly after receiving the offerings from the pilgrims. May these young monks succeed in their studies and graduate as learned Geshes to continue to turn the wheel of Dharma

 

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  1. MartinC on Feb 9, 2017 at 2:35 am

    Finally, logic prevails. People who can think beyond gross prejudice are beginning to see the goodness of Dorje Shugden. I came across this comment by Suzy on Rinpoche’s YouTube chanel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4&t=11s) and it is such a welcome change from the usual abuse hurled at Shugden people by those do not understand the issue.

    Suzy

  2. wan wai meng on Jan 17, 2017 at 2:52 am

    Rejoice for the the pilgrims and also all Kecharians who are involved in this action.
    It is supremely sublime type of offering to make offerings for the well being and welfare of the monks.

  3. TekLee on Dec 15, 2016 at 12:12 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the article and the lovely pictures. It is very meritorious to make offerings to the monks. And it is very inspiring that Rinpoche has been donating to Shar Gaden and many other monasteries. Just like Rinpoche set up Kechara Soup Kitchen, giving to the poor and unfortunate without asking anything in return. This inspire us to do more and to develop our compassion in our spiritual path. We should always make offering to the monks, and practice giving. By giving out, we will get something in return. It’s not materialistically return, but in return of happiness. It’s another happiness that grow from inside 🙂 Thank you again Rinpoche. With folded hands _/\_

  4. Jacinta Goh on Dec 7, 2016 at 7:27 am

    We all know that it is extremely meritorious to make offerings to Sangha. I am indeed happy to see this as well. I hope many will come forward to offer some to the monastery or whichever temple that they chanced upon.These Sangha communities need our support to keep the tradition alive. Most importantly to keep continuing practicing Buddha’s teaching.

  5. Carmen Koo on Dec 5, 2016 at 1:47 am

    I had the honour of being a part of this sacred pilgrimage trip, to make offerings to the holy sangha of Shar Gaden Monastery. Throughout my time in Kechara, I have witnessed Rinpoche sponsoring and supporting many monasteries, sangha and charitable organisations.

    Without the sangha, there will be no Dharma, therefore we have to continuously support the activities of the sangha. Since Buddha Shakyamuni taught the perfect Dharma 2500 years ago, we are fortunate to even be able to hear a drop of the Dharma to date, and it can only be due to the kindness of practitioners, lineage holders, monks, nuns, yogi, teachers, arhats, lamas, because they took the time to learn, practice, and teach it to others, and that has been continuous to date.

    Sangha members, especially the senior monks and nuns, dedicate and spend their lives holding their vows, so they are holy. They spend their lives engaged in virtuous activities, reciting mantras, doing pujas, retreats, spreading the Dharma to others and therefore when we make offerings to the sangha members, it is extremely meritorious.

  6. Jason on Dec 2, 2016 at 12:03 am

    Very happy and feel great when I know many Kecharian going pilgrimage and make white Tara statue offering to Shar Gaden monastery monk on behalf of my Guru, Tsem Tulku Rinpoche.

    Action is always louder than speak. Guru keep supporting Shar Gaden monastery is really show an good example to many Kecharian to do more meritorious deeds to collect merits which is very important in spiritual path.

    Thanks Guru and his assistant Beng Kooi to practice these virtuous actions to benefit more people.

    Jason

  7. Samfoonheei on Nov 30, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    Beautiful white Tara statues…..Rejoice to the 35 pilgrims who make offerings to the Sangha members of Gaden Monastery on behalf of our Guru Rinpoche Beautiful and precious pictures indeed..its a once life time occasion been able to be there offering many Holy items to those spiritual rich monks. Beautiful quote….which i always remember
    “Do all the good you can,
    By all the means you can,
    In all the ways you can,
    In all the places you can,
    At all the times you can,
    To all the people you can,
    As long as ever you can.”
    by— John Wesley,
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this beautiful post.

  8. Justin Cheah on Nov 29, 2016 at 12:21 am

    Wonderful to see these pictures and rejoicing news indeed. The practice of giving without expecting anything in return for me is the supreme practice. What more if one is making offerings to the Buddha and Sangha. Rinpoche has always been a giving person and generosity is one word I often hear from others who spoke highly of Rinpoche. Not only did Rinpoche supported Shar Garden but Rinpoche also supported many monasteries in the pass including Gaden Monastery and is very deeply remembered till today. Rejoicing to see these pictures.

  9. Joy Kam on Nov 28, 2016 at 11:49 pm

    How meritorious this is. Although I could not be there at the time, but I totally rejoice in this great deed because it such an honour to be able to make such extensive offerings to the whole sangha community of a monastery!

    All this is made possible and appreciated due to Rinpoche’s kindness in teaching us the value of making such great offerings. Being in a monastery alone is already a blessing, being able to make offerings to the three jewels there that is alive and living/learning/proliferating the Dharma is beyond a blessing. What a great meritorious act for the whole of Kechara to be able to do this and may we be able to continue doing so in order to gain the merits we need for our own Dharma centre and community to grow even further to benefit more.

    Thank you for this precious picture post and a great rejoicing event!

  10. Lum Kok Luen on Nov 28, 2016 at 11:23 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful and meritorious act. I have learned so much from these examples that being compassionate, generous, 100% Guru devotion, be loyal in your practice, and always, always think of others is the root of attainments.

    I am also truly humbled by these acts of kindness towards any monastery will generate so a vast amount of merits that is needed to sustain and spread the Dharma and be always connected to the Three Jewels.

    May your Eminence live long, have great health and continuously turn the Wheel of Dharma until the last sentient being is liberated.

    Humbly yours,
    Lum Kok Luen

  11. Li Kim on Nov 28, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    It was an exciting moment. I recall waiting anxiously for the statues to arrive. White Tara was most meaningful as I understand she represents long life and good health. And then knowing how awesome it was that Rinpoche would be offering them to the monks. Rinpoche is constantly caring and thinking of others. Seriously, I don’t know anyone else who would freely give to benefit others like Rinpoche. Therefore, it deeply infuriates me and totally irritates me when people go online defaming Rinpoche. And worse are those who leave and then slander the very person who gave them deeper spiritual values away from hedonistic desires. May Rinpoche live long and Kechara grow to great heights.

  12. Bradley Kassian on Nov 28, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    A very meritous act. Through the virtue of the monks upholding their vows and helping sentient beings, the ordained Sangha become a source of inspiration for others who are seeking spiritual solace.

    When we offer items such as robes to the Sangha, our support for them creates the causes for the Dharma to remain. In making sincere offerings, we also create the causes for an abundance of spiritual and material wealth for ourselves.

  13. Tsem Rinpoche on Sep 15, 2016 at 12:12 am

    Trode Khangsar Chapel in Lhasa, Tibet

    Over 400 years ago a great and learned lama Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was famed in Mongolia, Tibet, Nepal and China for being very saintly and compassionate. He resided in his residence (Zimkhang Gongma Ladrang) in Drepung Monastery. His root guru was H.H. the Omniscient 4th Panchen Lama and his close dharma brother was the 5th Dalai Lama.

    The 5th Dalai Lama and Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen had a very close and dharmic relationship and often went to receive teachings together from the 4th Panchen Lama. They were close in age. They both became very learned and well known. During this time, the Dalai Lama was enthroned as a Dharma King of Tibet. But more people went to see Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen for teachings, initiations and divinations. This made the attendants of the 5th Dalai Lama feel threatened that Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s fame might usurp the power of the 5th Dalai Lama. So they had a khata forced down his throat. At that moment, Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen dissolved his psychic winds and generated the wish to be a great guardian of Buddha and Tsongkapa’s teachings. As his consciousness dissolved, he entered ‘bardo’ as a dharma protector of the highest order (jikten depey sungma). Many signs were seen throughout Lhasa at this time and the earth was said to have shaken in Lhasa. This event was already predicted to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s previous incarnation when he was one of the 8 main disciples of Lord Tsongkapa the Supreme Master and he served Tsongkapa directly by building Gaden Monastery.

    When the 5th Dalai Lama heard what his scheming and power-hungry attendants had done, he was very distressed. He was very sorry Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was murdered and dishonored as he was a great dharma master. The 5th Dalai Lama composed an apology to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. In Lhasa, tens of thousands gathered for the cremation of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s holy body. During the cremation, the 5th Dalai Lama’s apology was read out at which flames spontaneously arose from the body of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen commencing the cremation. From the body, during cremation, a powerful whirlwind of smoke tunneled into the sky for all to see as this was an indication Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s consciousness has arisen as the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. The Dharma Protector Setrap immediately recognized this new protector Dorje Shugden and ‘enthroned’ him as a powerful Dharma Protector in the realm of the Buddhas. From this, Setrap and Dorje Shugden are closely connected and very close working hand in hand always. After the cremation, the great 5th Dalai Lama built a Dorje Shugden chapel on the spot the cremation took place and named it Trode Khangsar. The 5th Dalai Lama commissioned the statue of Dorje Shugden in this chapel and had monks installed in the chapel to do continuous propitiations to Dorje Shugden. Trode Khangsar Chapel was a commemoration to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen who was wronged and also a celebration of his consciousness arising as the World Peace Peace Protector Dorje Shugden.

    This Trode Khangsar Chapel still exists now in Lhasa where many make pilgrimages there. It is in good condition and was recently renovated. It is over 400 years old and a testimony to the respect the Great 5th Dalai Lama had to Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen who arose as Dorje Shugden.

    I have visited this holy chapel in Lhasa years back. I’ve never heard of it till I was in Lhasa and by chance, I was told about it which I was happy to visit. I could not find the place but strangely a bunch of pilgrims from Amdo told me they would show me how to get there in Lhasa.

    This short video is a short clip of this holy Trode Khangsar Chapel in Lhasa today commemorating Dorje Shugden, built by the great 5th Dalai Lama. The great 5th Dalai Lama even composed a prayer to Dorje Shugden which is still available today and we can recite to invoke the blessings, protection, and assistance of World Peace Protector Dorje Shugden.

    Tsem Rinpoche


    Read more: Trode Khangsar – A 400-year-old Dorje Shugden Chapel in Lhasa
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/trode-khangsar-%E2%80%93-a-400-year-old-dorje-shugden-chapel-in-lhasa.html

    Short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTybDwTeLAM

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    The 5th Dalai Lama’s Prayer to Dorje Shugden

    HUM
    Though unmoving from the sphere of primordial spontaneity,
    With wrathful turbulent power, swifter than lightning,
    Endowed with heroic courage to judge good and bad,
    I invite you with faith, please come to this place!

    Robes of a monk, crown adorned with rhinoceros leather hat,
    Right hand holds ornate club, left holds a human heart,
    Riding various mounts such as nagas and garudas,
    Who subdues the mamos of the charnel grounds, praise to you!

    Samaya substances, offerings and torma, outer, inner and secret,
    Favourite visual offerings and various objects are arranged.
    Although, previously, my wishes were a bit dense,
    Do not stop your powerful apparitions, I reveal and confess!

    Now respectfully praising with body, speech, and mind,
    For us, the masters, disciples, benefactors and entourages,
    Provide the good and avert the bad!
    Bring increase like the waxing moon in spiritual and temporal realms!

    Moreover, swiftly accomplishing all wishes,
    According to our prayers, bestow the supreme effortlessly!
    And like the jewel that bestows all wishes,
    Always protect us with the Three Jewels!

    From: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/the-5th-dalai-lamas-prayer-to-dorje-shugden

    Tibetan prayer from: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/the-14th-dalai-lamas-prayer-to-dorje-shugden.html

  14. Shane Jayasuriya on Jun 18, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    Rejoice to see kechara making offering to Buddha dharma. Sadu 3x

  15. Valentina Suhendra on Mar 8, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    I hope Tibetan leadership will stop contradicting itself and discriminating based on faith, for the benefit of Tibetan people.

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  16. Wei on Jul 2, 2015 at 12:12 am

    Wow it is incredible to see that Kechara has the means to sponsor so greatly. Not too long ago this would not have been possible but Tsem Rinpoche’s teachings to the students and the persistent work for spreading Dharma has allowed this to happen. The sponsorship money is very important for Kechara to grow as it funds everything which is required to maintain Kechara so that everyone can work to spread the Dharma.

    The Dharma is the most precious thing as it is a pathway to enlightenment and therefore the key to release us from all suffering. Therefore humble amounts of sponsorship that accumulates into a large offering like this, should be gladly and generously. From a personal perspective it is like trading in fake made up currency that is impermanent for non material currency that is very much real as it is the fuel to our Dharma practice, that is merits.

  17. Wan Wai Meng on May 25, 2015 at 12:54 am

    Feels really good to see Kechara making such vast offerings for the growth of the dharma and for the monks who are the lineage holders for Buddhism to have White Tara whose practice promises long life ad removal of obstacles with them.

    May Kechara and Kecharians always be able to generate such wonderful deeds for the preservation and growth of the Buddha Dharma in our region.

  18. Vinnie Tan on Feb 16, 2015 at 11:45 pm

    The experience to the monastery was great. I was so happy and lucky to be part of this group to go for this pilgrimage trip and also offer these holy offerings to the Sangha members of the monastery.

    I really thank Beng Kooi and her team for organising this trip making it possible for the group to go over. I would like to thank Rinpoche for allowing me to join this trip as well. It is just so nice to be doing such meritorious things. To be back in Rinpoche’s home, to be seeing for myself how the Dharma is truly being practiced by these holy monks.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this chance.

  19. tsemtulku on Feb 16, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    INTERESTING DEVELOPEMENT:

    We have been informed by our friends in Dharamsala that the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA; the de facto head of Tibetans in Exile in India) that they have seen the vulgarities said in the name of being on the Dalai Lama’s defense. Many who can read English in Dharamsala have been horrified that their campaign against Shugden is leading to such vulgarities and attacks on Shugden followers personal lives. CTA had hoped to intimidate Shugden people to give up through fear and violence in the past, but it has worked against them as they represent Dalai Lama a Nobel peace prize winner. People are asking why Dalai Lama does not speak up against the hatred towards Shugden people? CTA in the past have kept quiet about the attacks on Shugden people both physical and verbal but now IT’S DIRECTLY BEING CONNECTED TO THEM which is bad PR. The more Dalai Lama supporters hurl abuses on line and it’s recorded, the more it will work against CTA.

    The CTA visit this blog often to keep a watch. They are embarrassed by people who write such negatives and vulgarities now and engage in name-calling in the name of Buddhism and the Dalai Lama. It reflects terribly on them. They have been getting more negative response from people around the world and more queries. The press has been picking up on these types of verbal abuses hurled at Shugden people and find it justified and alerted to the fact something is seriously wrong. They are starting to question the CTA more which is embarrassing.

    We will keep posting these vulgarities hurled at Shugden people online. This is what Shugden people have to tolerate daily. But you will see NO SUCH COMMENTS from Shugden people. I have friends who informed me they will also send this article’s link to press around the world and proper authorities to keep them alert. As violent vulgarities can escalate into violence against innocent Shugden practitioners.

    You see the bottom line is all this name hurling and violent words can stop overnight if His Holiness Dalai Lama speaks up to stop it. Dalai Lama should send people to engage in dialogue to settle this matter once and for all. It would benefit everyone all around. This ban and advice against peaceful Shugden practitioners was started by Tibetan leadership. They should do something to stop it as they are responsible for every person they affect with this ban. The Tibetan leadership is responsible for every harm perpetrated or planned against Shugden practitioners both verbal, psychological and physical.

    Do see the pictures here of the abuse but be ready for how unpleasant it could be: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=58841

  20. tsemtulku on Feb 13, 2015 at 2:30 am

    It’s amazing, sometimes when you make a spiritual choice, some people can criticize and segregate you for it. As if your choice must be approved by them. If they don’t approve they have some mandate to tell you that you are wrong and also can be rude for your choice of faith. If you don’t pray to what they pray to, then your ‘god’ is a demon or something. How archaic. LOL. I find that amazing. LOL again. How can you come to my space, face and life and tell me my religion is wrong? I didn’t hurt anyone with my faith and I don’t intend to. Whatever others of my same faith are or are not doing is not me. So don’t bundle me up into the same package. I am me and they are them. Besides, I am more than my religion. There are many aspects of who I am. So don’t just look at my spiritual choice and summarize me. You don’t know me. And you don’t have to know me. Also I owe nothing to you. I don’t need your approval for my spirituality. I would love to be your friend but let’s not let our spiritual choice ever get in the way. Be modern, be today and accept who I am as I don’t hurt anyone. 🙂 So look at all parts of who I am but the bottom line is my spirituality is my choice, do not ever presume to comment, disparage, judge or even think anything about it. I eat what I want. I dress as I like. Live where I want. Befriend who I wish. Write what I like on my social media space and pray to whatever I feel is working for me. Full stop! 🙂 Thanks for letting me live my life as your opinion of it is not needed, requested or solicited and I say this with deepest respects to you.. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche

  21. Beng on Feb 7, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    NOTABLE COMMENT FROM TSEM RINPOCHE

    For me, I have received teachings from H.H. the Dalai Lama and I still have to respect him as one of my lamas. It might be different for some of you who have not. But my approach must be respectful. Even if I didn’t have teachings from H.H. the Dalai Lama, would still approach him in a respectful manner. The advice against Dorje Shugden practice by His Holiness is hurting many people in fact millions. It’s creating discord, segregation and pain. Everything the Dalai Lama teaches is about compassion, tolerance and reconciliation and the Shugden practitioners deserve that too. I therefore, respectfully prostrating to the ground would ask H.H. the Dalai Lama to please send his ministers to talk to the leaders of the Shugden group and resolve this issue. I say all this with deepest respects. As a part Tibetan, I also wish His Holiness the best. Long live the Dalai lama. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche

  22. SG on Feb 5, 2015 at 9:18 am

    Good teachers deserve good disciples and vice versa. Rinpoche is a testimony of this auspiciousness. May buddha’s sangha always thrive in the holy dharma and achieve those great levels of attainments. May suffering be a distant and unrecognisable word for all beings.

  23. tsemtulku on Jan 28, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    Dorje Shugden followers in the millions will not abandon their practice. So it would be good if leaders of the Dorje Shugden practicing community met with the Tibetan leadership to work out something that will be a win-win situation for both sides. His Holiness Dalai Lama wants to meet the Chinese current leaders to resolve the Tibet issue. Why not meet the Shugden followers to resolve this issue too? Why forgive one ‘enemy’ and ignore another?~Tsem Rinpoche (Please read more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=57431)

  24. Pastor Chia on Jan 25, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    Supporting monastery is always one of the event Kecharian main concern. Since Kechara organization started, through H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche advice,Kechara main concern is always to promote Buddha Dharma growing. Without Monastery and sangha community, Buddha Dharma can’t growth fast.
    over 20 year, H.E. work very hard and raise fund to supporting older sangha who are ill and for their medical check up.Offering robes,sponsor printing Dharma scripture,fund raise for hospital at monastery, so sangha community able to get treatment when they are sick. We wish Kechara always can supporting Buddha Dharma and Sangha.

  25. Denise Kuek on Jan 24, 2015 at 2:18 am

    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing this wonderful thing done by Kecharians. Because of Rinpoche’s compassion, the monks in Shar Ganden could receive a wonderful painted White Tara statue and for them is not easy to own one. All these photos are very heartwarming, I am so happy to see people especially Kecharians have the chance to offer to monks. The White Tara statues definitely would create merits for the monks and Kecharians. Rinpoche’s kindness will always remind me to be a better person for people around me. I wish for Rinpoche’s long life and Rinpoceh’s Dharma works continue to grow vastly.

  26. Kwan Leng Lew on Jan 24, 2015 at 1:52 am

    It is always god to make offerings to monks as it allow us to collect a lot of merits. what is merits? merits is the fuel for us to advance in our spiritual path, not so much about just getting secular happiness such as big house, big car, etc.

    I rejoice for all the pilgrims who managed to go to the monastery and make the offerings 🙂

  27. Judy Chen on Jan 23, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    It’s so wonderful to know of the generosity of Kecharians and it’s also meritorious.
    It’s a great opportunity to know and learn dharma via your posts.

    With folded hands
    Thank you Rinpoche

  28. Jill Yam on Jan 22, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.
    Can see all the monks are so happy and excited to receive the comic books and other offerings from this group of Rinpoche’s student who has the opportunity to go on this auspicious pilgrimage.
    Rejoice for all of them.

  29. Shelly Tai on Jan 22, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    Rejoice for all the Kecharian who make offering the the sangha community. As lay person we need to make a lot of offering to the three jewels in order for us to collect merits and we can continue to stay in the path.

  30. Cynthia Ng on Jan 21, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    随喜34位克切拉朝圣团员在Beng Kooi的带领下到印度的Shar Gaden Monastery去供养800尊的白度母佛像给予寺院的高僧喇嘛们。此生有如此的机会到寺院朝圣做供养,亲近高成就转世喇嘛是非常难得的机会,也是各位累积的功德福报。

    非常感谢Beng Kooi有细心的过人之处,为上师詹杜固仁波切的长寿安排了殊胜的朝圣团代表上师到寺院做供养祈求上师长寿,常转法轮利益更多的众生。

    看到800位喇嘛们聚集在寺院做法会是如此的壮观与庄严,能够参与法会是一大福分,能够得到高僧喇嘛们的加持也是殊胜无比。看到每一位僧侣们面前都摆放着詹杜固仁波切的法照更是意义非凡,在每一为僧侣的心中詹杜固仁波切是一位得高望众的转世活佛,仁波切也非常的照顾寺院里的僧人,每一年都会把款项寄发回去做供养以及改善寺院里需要改善的地方,确保每一位僧侣和上师得到完善的照顾。詹杜固仁波切从来没有忘记过寺院里的上师和僧人,这也是仁波切远道马来西亚来弘扬佛法的原因,为了要改善寺院的环境,这样就会有更多的人受益和修持佛法。

    我在此发愿可以再此的参加朝圣团和到寺院去。 🙂

  31. William on Jan 21, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    This is such a nice article to read. I can feel the happiness and the delight the monks are feeling by just going throughout the photos. Pictures does really paint a thousand words. Thank you Rinpoche for the generosity and also other sponsors for making this offering a success. I rejoice for the pilgrims who has had the opportunity to represent Rinpoche in the offering and also visit the monastery.

  32. Grace Leong on Jan 21, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    In order to show our gratitude to the Monastery and the Sangha for their crucial role in maintaining the precious teachings and lineage of Je Tsongkhapa, it is essential that we make offerings and consistently support them in whatever way possible. The teachings and the practice provides tremendous benefits to all sentient beings. Thank you Rinpoche for consistently guiding and showing us the important values and virtues that we should inculcate in our lives !

  33. Pastor Han Nee on Jan 21, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    The 34 pilgrims from Kechara, who went on this sacred trip to the holy monastery of Shar Gaden, must have collected tremendous merits to have been able to go on this pilgrimage. The 800 White Tara statues, offerings by the Kechara Board of Directors for Rinpoche’s long life, show the love and devotion they and Kecharians have for our precious Guru , Tsem Rinpoche. The offerings of the statues and books and robes , in turn, to the holy monks of Shar Gaden reflect a wealth of giving and kindness. Giving to the sangha collects tremendous merits.

    The Pilgrims had the rare and treasured honour of having audience with great Masters, like Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Phende. It was truly a blessed pilgrimage.

    I have been with Tsem Rinpoche on pilgrimage before to other holy places and temples. The generosity, love and care Rinpoche has unfailingly showered on all, including the monastics, young and old,wherever he goes, are always received with immense gratitude and deep appreciation by all the recipients.

    The Namgyal Tsechog puja for Rinpoche’s life was performed very beautifully by the monks. It is truly blessed to be in the presence of monka, including the more senior ones, who have held their vows purely and practiced Guru Devotion purely for so many years. It is in the hands of the Sangha, who study the Dharma earnestly and then teach them with great skill and compassion, that the Dharma will be preserved and will endure.

    May Tsem Rinpoche have long life and continue to tun the wheel of Dharma to benefit countless beings. May all the sangha continue to uphold their vows and Guru Devotion purely . May the Lineage Teachings of Tsongkhapa continue to be upheld and to grow and spread and be preserved.

  34. KH Ng on Jan 21, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    Thank You Rinpoche for making this pilgrimage possible for all the pilgrims and for all Kecharians and supporters to make offerings for the long life of Rinpoche. By this meritorious act, we generate vast amount of merits towards our supreme goal and strengthen the samaya between us and Rinpoche.

    All Kecharians and supporters directly and indirectly related to this pilgrimage and all the work put into the preparations before, during and after the pilgrimage benefit from this.

    May Rinpoche life long and continue to turn the Dharma Wheel and the 3 Jewels continue to bless all sentient beings of this age. May Shar Gaden continue to grow to benefit vast many beings.

  35. Bradley Kassian on Jan 21, 2015 at 9:39 am

    I rejoice in all of this gift giving to the Sangha! May the Wheel of Dharma continue to turn! 🙂

  36. aw we ling on Jan 21, 2015 at 7:23 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing. Feel happy and blessing when I see many wonderful picture here. So happy to see my dharma friends having this great opportunity to this pilgrimage and do make the offering and meeting with many high lamas. Rejoice to them and make a strong motivation that I and my dharma friends may have the merits to make pilgrimages in the near future.

    Thank you Rinpoche and thank you Datuk May, Beng Kooi and her team for organise this trip.

    Love
    Wei ling

  37. Frederick Law on Jan 20, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    Rejoice to the group who went to this pilgrimage,such a meritorious deed to be able to make offerings to the Shar Ganden Monk, and also to Khensur Rinpoche and Domo Geshe Rinpoche.

    From the photo can feel the joy and happiness of the monks at receiving the offering, especially when they read the Protector Comic book with focus 🙂 seeing Domo Geshe Rinpoche displaying Tsem Rinpoche show the respect of Domo Geshe Rinpoche had towards Tsem Rinpoche.

    Thank You Beng Kooi for organizing the pilgrimage and offers the 800 White Tara statue to the Sangha at Shar Gaden to create the merits for Rinpoche long life.

  38. Pee Bee Chong on Jan 20, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing. It will be so wonderful if one day I have the opportunity to on the pilgrimage trip like this as well. May I have the merit go on the pilgrimage and able to offer the khata and statue to the lamas.

  39. Joy on Jan 20, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    Rejoice in such wonderful meritorious deed! Wow what beautiful pictures and precious offerings we did to the sangha jewels of our pure lineage. Just looking at the pictures made me feel like as though I was also there making the offerings too. Can sense the atmosphere is filled with incense billowing and bleesing abound as everyone is feeling happy as well as gratification for being there to make such precious offerings. And to be able to give them each a Tara statue and protector comic book… wow!

    Can see all the monks are so excited and can’t wait to read the comic book of our beloved protector. How fortunate we are to have this great opportunity, a privilege indeed to be able to give to the sangha like this and all thanks to our kind generous Guru for making this possible! Really really pray I will never be parted from the Buddha Dharma ever.

  40. Ronald on Jan 20, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    Sorry if it’s offensive, but really out of curiosity. May I ask why the books about the protector to be printed out, seems to be Dorje Shugden instead of the Dharmapala Setrap? Is this OKAY?

    • Pastor David Lai on Jan 20, 2015 at 4:18 pm

      Dear Ronald,
      Dorje Shugden and Dharmapala Setrap actually resides within the same mandala and are part of the 2 ‘blazing brothers’. Therefore, they are very close and connected to each other. Not being able to offer to the protector of our lineage is infringing on our religious freedom. Don’t you think? 🙂 🙂 🙂
      P.S. The monks loved the comic books very much.

      • Ronald on Jan 20, 2015 at 7:22 pm

        Dear Pastor David,

        Thank you for the reply. I am just very very curious. Does that mean Kechara and Tsem Rinpoche offer and regard Dorje Shugden as the Dharma Protector equally? Sorry if it sounds rude but I’m just curious to know. If Tsem Rinpoche regard the Dalai Lama is a great master and according to one of Rinpoche’s video saying HH Dalai Lama is accurate and right, and he follows his guidance. Then would it be offering and printing about the another protector D.S. is incorrect? As I know the Dalai Lama has stressed us not to offer this deity. Pastor David, hope you wont be offended by this question.

        Looking forward to your reply.

        Many thanks!

        • Pastor David Lai on Jan 20, 2015 at 10:37 pm

          Dear Ronald,

          This link will answer your questions:
          http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/i-pray-to-what-i-want-to.html

          And since you live nearby and you are Malaysian, come to Kechara and talk to one of our friendly and knowledgeable Pastors.

          Good Luck
          Pastor David Lai

          • Ronald on Jan 21, 2015 at 10:06 am

            Dear Pastor,

            I guess I am kinda confused with the post. And I do recall this written by Tsem Rinpoche, when someone asked Him regarding the practice of D.S.

            I do want to practice Shugden also. Thanks. But I don’t have the courage to practice because of the ban, I might be threatened and hurt. Dalai Lama says there is no ban, but his advice will hurt many people as there are so many fanatical followers who will threaten and hurt those who oppose Dalai Lama. Dalai Lama can stop all this by saying to everyone, don’t hurt Shugden practitioners as they are humans too and they deserve equal rights. But he doesn’t. See what I am saying: https://www.youtube.com/watch?x-yt-ts=1421782837&v=5ZuNNNHC2E0&x-yt-cl=84359240

          • Ronald on Jan 21, 2015 at 10:14 am

            Dear Pastor,

            I guess I’ll stop asking these questions as I do not want to offend anyone. But I thought I bring some thoughts to everyone and how contradictory this might seem. If I write this here, you can think for yourself. I like to stir controversy. I am from Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. Many thanks!

          • Tenzin on Jan 22, 2015 at 9:10 am

            When is khecharian traveling to dharma salary to offer a prayer to his holiness the Dalai lama

    • Sarah Yap on Jan 25, 2015 at 8:55 pm

      Dear Ronald,

      Thank you for asking these questions. When we ask questions, that is where we can learn more.

      The issue surrounding Dorje Shugden is actually a rather political one. As a Buddhist practitioner, politics is not my focus. On top of that, since I am a foreigner (which is, I’m not Tibetan), then these Tibetan politics should not be an issue to me. Anyway, I don’t want to talk about politics here since it is not very respectful on Rinpoche’s blog.

      But on a spiritual level, I follow what my teacher teaches. And if my teacher teach us to be harmonious, not to criticize and discriminate people’s belief, then that is my practice. Please understand, that the majority of people in Kechara have NEVER gotten teachings from the Dalai Lama. We respect Him as a great holy master in Buddhism, but we have no spiritual relationship with him. Our spiritual lineage masters are H.H. Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang and H.H. Kyabje Zong Dorje Chang… and of course Rinpoche.

      Also I never understood why people make this such a huge issue in the first place. Dharmapalas are here to assist us in our practice… it is a minor practice and on top of that it should be a private practice, as traditionally done. But if there are people that wish to cause problems for us just because of our loyalty to H.H. Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang’s spiritual lineage, then all I can say is that… I will never give up this lineage and will continue practicing no matter what. I will continue to practice the Dharma, and if by a rare case harm would befall me (which I highly doubt since I’m not Tibetan)… then that is their negative karma.

      Hope this answers your question.

    • Choong on Oct 28, 2016 at 11:18 am

      Dear Ronald,

      In case you missed this, HH Dalai Lama has now said that you may practise. May you have success!

      http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/dalai-lama-says-we-can-practise-dorje-shugden-finally.html

  41. Datuk May on Jan 20, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    It is always such a honour and privilege to be able to make offerings to the Sangha, a virtuous group of people who give their lives to preserve and study the 2,600 year old teachings of Shakymuni Buddha in order that in this distracting and degenerating era, we sentient being may still have the opportunity to know and be introduced to the Holy Dharma and Buddhism.

    The trip to Shar Ganden was very joyful for me to know how much dedications been made to have our Lineage preserved to serve us in our life.

    I thank Beng Kooi and her team for organising this trip and Rinpoche for giving us this opportunity for such a meritorious act.

    May the Dharma always touch our lives.

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  • Lin Mun
    Friday, Apr 28. 2017 04:00 PM
    Everything we offer to Buddha is a form of mind transformation and practise our mind to be focus even when doing water offering. When pouring the water into the bowl we have to recite Om Ah Hum (3 times), think positively and pouring it slowly so it does not spill and leaving the space of a grain of rice before reaching the top. After offering we also have to clean the bowls properly without leaving stain. All this is to train our mind.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the many benefits and water offering in a simple to understand article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/making-water-offerings-to-the-buddhas.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 28. 2017 03:38 PM
    Trolls are assiociates as beings of Scandinavian folklore.A large number of different mythological creatures continue to live on in Scandinavian folklore.They have different shapes,habitat and filthy features . There are also numerous tales of trolls told and retold.Trolls are also believed to have the magigal powers, which were folktales ,posses capabilities that are beyond human .What ever it was a remnant of a long-lost reality for sure. I do believe that there’s a very high chance trolls had existed in the past.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing ,i do enjoyed all the stories in these article even though it just folk tales.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/the-hidden-nature-of-trolls.html
  • Jason
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 11:54 PM
    People always expect return on some contribution being done especially in charity events. When the return was under their expectations then they will feel sad or unhappy.
    As Rinpoche said, Dharma is a teachings to transform our mind to become bodicitta or selfless to benefit others without condition. Once we practiced selfless mind, our mind will not be affected by others people reaction.
    What will be my legacy? I think this is not really important to me anymore once I know Dharma teachings from Rinpoche.
    Thanks Datuk May for sharing to benefit more people.

    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/what-will-be-your-legacy.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 08:56 PM
    Amazing miracles true story …of how Rinpoche helped. With Rinpoche blessing during the children baptismal ceremony,this little boy who had not spoken since 9 years old was able to speake again.Incredible….
    Chef Au truly believes been a vegetarian has help him to collects merits for his son.Rinpoche’s care and compassion has benefited many more people.Through these stories hope more people will be inspired to achieve the state of compassion and attainments.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for this sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-4.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 07:51 PM
    Having fully trust and faith in Rinpoche ,Fat monk’s mother was well again, after been diagnosed with cancerious tumour at the liver.
    Following instructions given by Rinpoche, his mother recited mantras and Fat monk did a series of pujas as told,his mother recovered then.
    Amazing……Miracles do happen.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-3.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 05:27 PM
    We are no strangers to the creatures called Werewolves. They are often depicted as the Jekyll-and-Hyde-like monsters in movies who are unable to control their animal instincts when they shift from human form to a wolf-like creature, usually during the full moon. Together with the Vampires who can transform into bats, are my childhood imagery villains, who triggered my curiosity on mythical creatures during younger days. They still do, lol.

    It is gruesome to learn that real life werewolves are actually brutal even when they are in human forms. It is a far depict from the movies and fictions, where they are civil and level headed when in human form. I hope one day science or technology can provide more proves the existence of werewolves, and debunk the reason of this mystical shapeshifter.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 05:07 PM
    The miraculous power of Protectors’ practice can heal and shield us from negative karma from ripening. Through the blessings of our Guru, coupled with strong faith and trust, the practices will take effect swiftly and effectively. Rejoice to Steven Lee. May he be guided by the Three Jewels always. Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow for sharing the true story with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-10.html
  • Lin Mun
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 03:57 PM
    This is a very touching article. I totally agree that dog is a man’s best friend. They are always so loyal to the owner. However it is sad that not all pet owners are such. Some will only treat them literally as an animal and therefore do not take good care of them. Dogs or any other animals are beings that have feeling. There should not be neglected and be abused by us. This article reminds us to always care for all beings and respect them.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this heartwarming article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 02:21 PM
    Its a heartfelt touching article of this faithful dog.Cannot imagine this ,such a wonderful relationship between that dog and the deceased owner.The greatest fear dogs know is the fear that we will not come back for them That i noticed from observing from my pet poodle.In this case this faithful dog knew his owner won’t be back.
    Dogs are loyal, patient, fearless, forgiving, capable of pure love and have feelings too.He must have missed the owner badly that he wanted to accompany the owner all the way to the resting place.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing. May that faithful dog ,continue to serve and well taken, love by the other family members.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 01:46 PM
    Werewolves are known to be mythical creatures found in fiction instead of lurking in the dark woods,In various parts of the world there were few cases who have gone down in history as real life werewolves Interesting to read it from these post..How far it was true or just legends.,no one really know . Many myths and legends surrounding werewolves .To become a werewolf, it is necessary to be bitten by a werewolf in their form at the time of the full moon. Thats what all of us knew from the movies and from fiction told. Reports of werewolf sightings continued even till this century but mostly in between 1428 and 1447 .The most recent sighting of werewolf sightings in 1972. was in Ohio .but eventually subsided .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these interesting article which i do enjoyed reading it,
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html
  • Valentina
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 01:11 PM
    Join our blog chat session this Saturday 11AM – 12PM (GMT +8) on the topic of:

    Twenty-Four Holy Places & Eight Great Charnel Grounds part 2 – (focus topic: Eight Great Charnel Grounds)

    At one time there was a god by the name of Rudra who was originally part of Mahadeva’s retinue. He was a very fierce being who also had many of his own consorts. Together with his consorts he began to oppress sentient beings, and promoted violence and unethical behaviour. At that time, Heruka once again arose, and in a dance of great compassionate wrath, liberated Rudra and his consorts from their physical bodies, sending their minds to pure lands. The places where Rudra’s body parts fell became charnel grounds. …read more by clicking the following link:

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/twenty-four-holy-places-eight-great-charnel-grounds.html
  • 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

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini\'s blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves.
~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini's blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves. ~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
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His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
: This picture says it all. Click on it to enlarge and read and please share.
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one\'s death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one's death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin\'s dog Snowy!
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I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin's dog Snowy!
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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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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