Manjushri for Justin

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Dear friends,
 
This is wonderful and auspicious news for our beloved Justin Ripley.
  
1. As you know I have requested a beautiful Manjushri statue to be ordered, painted and filled with mantras and Justin’s ashes and bones. This statue will be placed in the Monastic School where hundreds of young monks chant Manjushri prayers daily and receive their dharma lessons. They will worship this Manjushri and Justin will be with them. They will be with our Justin. Justin’s remains will be inside Manjushri worshiped by the monks daily, monthly, yearly and so on. Manjushri will bless the young monks in their hall.
 
2. Ruchok is the ritual you bless the ashes, hair and nails of a deceased person or animal. Once ruchok is done it is permissible to put an ‘ordinary’ persons and animal remains inside a holy statue or stupa together with other holy items. I taught about this on Wesak day this year. This will be done for Justin’s remains.
 
3. The great Geshe Ngawang who is a student of my previous life has passed away this year and they have his ashes/bones as he was cremated. Justin is a student of mine in this life. So my student of a previous life and a student of this life will be blessed by ruchok at the same time. Very auspicious. A spiritual coincidence of the highest auspiciousness. Karma and samaya has a way of connecting the sincere together in life and death and then life again. Those who are my loyal friends, I will do my best for you in life and death.
 
4. The gold they are waiting for will be offered onto Manjushri’s face to collect merits for Justin. Offering gold onto sacred objects is a Buddhist way of gaining great merits to overcome hardships. I will request the monastery to put alot of jewellery onto the statues to gain more merits for Justin’s future lives. 
 
I wanted to share this news with you. I am so glad I can do this for our Justin. He passed away in the best possible way anyone can which is doing dharma work. I will do all this for him to insure his good rebirth and his next rebirth to practice dharma. Being his remains are going to be enshrined inside Manjushri, this will bless Justin’s next rebirth to have sharp, clear, penetrative intelligence to grasp the dharma. To be intelligent is not enough. True intelligence differentiates between subtle/gross actions that bring harm and benefit long term… To have that kind of intelligence is rare. The practice of Manjushri can help in that type of rare and supreme intelligence. I wish that for Justin and everyone, hence I requested a Manjushri statue to be offered to the sangha for Justin.
 
Justin, you are temporarily gone, BUT NOT FORGOTTEN. I will do my best to help your next rebirth and dharma practice.
 
TR
 


 

Dear Rinpoche,

Just received this update from Monastery, the Manjushri statue dedicate for Justin Ripley have arrived. They are now waiting for the gold to arrive in 2 weeks time from Nepal, so they can start painting Manjushri’s face. They are now still checking the costing for the gold.

Monastery also have scheduled *Vajrayogini Daju and Ruchok to be done for Justin’s ashes on Coming Sunday (May 13th, today is May 7th). They will be doing Vajrayogini Daju and Ruchok for Geshe Ngawang in the same day too.

I will also finding out the costing for the Puja, painting and etc.

Thanks
 

Regards,
Bryan

*self-initiation of Sacred Vajra Yogini

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. philyong on Jun 12, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Isn’t this just beautiful? I am so glad to know Justin will do just fine and will be back!

    Manjushri for Justin is very fitting as He represents wisdom. I hope when Justin comes back he will be a teacher to teach us the Dharma assisting Rinpoche.

  2. Bryan on May 26, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Our dear Justin Ripley will never be forgotten. I don’t want him to go, but no one can stop one’s karma to ripen. I still remember how he passed on that evening, and I still feel a kind of “lost” feeling when I think of him even now.

    Rinpoche have told us with the merits and good karma that Justin collected by serving the Dharma and others this life time already ensure he will goes to a nice place in his next life, and he will get near to Dharma since very young age.

    We must thanks to Justin even this blog that we reading everyday was design and set up by Justin Ripley, Joy, Seng Piow and Tsem Rinpoche, can you imagine how many of us have benefited from this blog and the merits that Justin and the team collected by setting this up ?

    Tsem Rinpoche mentioned Justin will not need a long puja on his wake because the merits that Justin collected is good enough to bring him to better place. Tsem Rinpoche later mentioned he would like to sponsor a 3 feet Manjushri statue to be place in the prayer hall where hundred of young monks will have their practice everyday there. Justin really spent his whole life or even after to contribute to others.

    This is also one of the way we can do for our love ones, we can sponsor Buddha statues, Dharma texts or renovation funds towards a temple, monastery or the sanghas on behalf of the deceased. By doing this will helps the person to collect a big amount of merits that we are able to bring with us wherever we go.

    We also received the news from the monastery , the holy sanghas have performed very holy and sacred Vajrayogini pujas to blessed Justin’s ashes and they have used the blessed ashes to made some different tsa tsa which will be placed inside this Manjushri statue and big stupa in KFR. http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/gallery/photos-on-the-go.html?nggpu=http://blog.tsemtulku.com/wp-content/gallery/photos-on-the-go/moby-to-a5qlqj.jpg

    I must said we are lucky to meet a guru like Tsem Rinpoche, this is only a part of things that Tsem Rinpoche have done for the students. Tsem Rinpoche have make sure all the students are well take care alive or passed.

  3. Junior on May 20, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    So beautiful Manjushri statue.I believe Justin definitely have good rebirth and close to Rinpoche again.

  4. mitra on May 19, 2012 at 11:06 am

    i m happy for him .may hi have good rebirth.

  5. Lim Han Nee on May 18, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    I rejoice that Justin’s bones and ashes are in the statue of Lord Manjushri which is being placed in the monastic school for young monks. Every morning, the young monks will be praying to Lord Manjushri , the Buddha of Wisdom, before their classes start. Justin will receive tremendous merits to bless his mindstream so that, in his new rebirth, he will be able to attain clear, sharp, penetrative insight to differentiate between “subtle and gross actions that bring harm and benefit in the long run”. This intelligence is very important for us have in order to understand Dharma in all its subtleties.

    Rinpoche, in his great love and compassion, looks after his students(like very diligent and committed Justin, without whom this blog might not have been set up so speedily)even after they have departed this life. He cares very much for his students'(in fact everybody’s) future lives.

  6. Darren on May 18, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Nice Manjushri statue! Thank you Rinpoche for this info, it was great to know that Justin will always be remembered for his work. May he will had a good rebirth surrounded with Dharma.

  7. tenzin llhamo on May 18, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    How auspicious to have a Manjushri statue dedicated to them.
    Justin is so blessed to be able to serve Rinpoche and His Ladrang during his last few years. Even after Justin’s passing, Rinpoche still miss and care for Justin so much. This shows how loving and caring Rinpoche is always!
    May the merits accumulated from this bring you back to us soon so that you may continue to benefit many like you did in this life.

  8. Davin on May 17, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    It is a beautiful Manjushri statue and I am glad to hear that about this news. Thank you Rinpoche for such kindness and always taking care of us in life and death.

  9. Erickksiow on May 17, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Thank You Rinpoche for the sharing of Ruchok, and now i only know the benefit of Ruchok.

    Rinpoche is always taking care of everyone, not just people that who alive, even the people who pass away and their next life. ( Deeply respect and Deeply touch in my heart ) Much Appreciate that Rinpoche taking care of everyone of us.

    Best Regards : Erickksiow

  10. Albert on May 17, 2012 at 1:31 am

    Rinpoche’s care for a person is far beyond just this life, Justin has been working very hard for Dharma, it is beneficial to him, it is also beneficial to many thousands of people in the future from this ground work Justin has worked on.

    It is very blessed for our remaining after we died to be able to insert inside Manjushri Statue, the blessing anyone can have will last lifetime after lifetime, for them to be able to walk into footsteps of Dharma again and again.

    Some little information to share about Manjushri

    Mañjuśrī is depicted as a male bodhisattva wielding a flaming sword in his right hand, representing the realization of transcendent wisdom which cuts down ignorance and duality. The scripture supported by the lotus held in his left hand is a Prajñāpāramitā sūtra, representing his attainment of ultimate realization from the blossoming of wisdom. Mañjuśrī is often depicted as riding on a blue lion, or sitting on the skin of a lion. This represents the use of wisdom to tame the mind, which is compared to riding or subduing a ferocious lion.

    Source from
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manjusri

  11. Wan on May 17, 2012 at 12:27 am

    I’m very rejoice and happy for Justin and his family for what Rinpoche has been doing for him. Justin deserve it and i very proud of him.

    Rinpoche’s care and loves towards everyone is unlimited and even when we departed, where on earth we will find this precious guru who ensure that our spiritual path is progress and have result.

  12. Tenzin Kyabsum on May 16, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful news, Rinpoche. I don’t know Justin personally, but I have concluded that he is a very hardworking and wonerful Dharma brother from all the comments about him. May he find himself back to Dharma soon!

    Rinpoche is always caring about his students and making sure that they are okay. True compassion and love being shown. Thank you Rinpoche for showing us the meaning of compassion.
    This only pushes me work harder to do Dharma!

    Thank you Rinpoche!

  13. grace (KSJC) on May 14, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    So beautiful of the Manjushri Statue and great that Justin was part of it and receiving the blessing. It was very touch Rinpoche’s care and kindness to take care the loyal friend’s life and death.it really our fortunate can be able meet up Rinpoche and recevied His Holy’s teaching & blessing.

  14. Adrian Cho on May 14, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this wonderful and auspicious news, that Justin will get a good blessing and good rebirth.
    Rinpoche has a great compassion and always care about all of us.

  15. Jay Jae on May 14, 2012 at 9:52 am

    There are many things which we can only find in Kechara and not anywhere else on this earth. Two of the things which I find irreplacable is Rinpoche and Justin.

    We all know how Rinpoche cares for his students, his people, his family. Rinpoche does not only care for the person based on what that person wants but bases it for the benefit of that person. And on that point, Rinpoche expresses his care not only on the basis of this life time alone but on a long term basis which transcends time and more often than not, this lifetime itself. Where can we find this care/love in other places?

    Justin has been a brother and friend for a long time now. His silence is deeply felt now within the organization but at the same time the part of our lives which he’s touched in us definitely have brought many onto the path of finding their spiritual path. Looking forward to seeing you soon bro!

  16. Pastor Chia on May 13, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Rinpoche care for Justin never ended just at this life time. By arranging Manjushiri statue to put Justin Asher inside Manjushiri statue at put at monastery. Justin continue his merit carry to next life will be able to meet qualify lama to receive teaching.All Justin hard work in this life will not wasted. Rejoice for our beloved dharma brother Justin R.

  17. Jean Mei on May 13, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    This post is pretty cool, coz it’s a great example to the closeness of the Guru-Disciple relationship.

    When we take refuge it is said we take refuge in our guru till we reach enlightenment. To be guided life after life until enlightenment by our guru depends on us student’s creating the cause for it to happen. In Justin’s previous life, he took refuge in, was a devoted student of and served Rinpoche till his last breath.

    He created the causes for Rinpoche to continue to guide him even after he passes away. This statue will generate an immense amounts of merits for Justin’s spiritual practice. May he quickly get connected with Manjushri from a young age.

    I like how Rinpoche says, “Karma and samaya has a way of connecting the sincere together in life and death and then life again. Those who are my loyal friends, I will do my best for you in life and death.”

    Being around Rinpoche, we continue to create karmic relations with those around Rinpoche. It’s almost like in life after life our paths continue to cross each others’ in some way – till (hopefully) we reach the end of the line.

  18. Ksjc Leu Chong Hin on May 12, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    閱讀了這篇文章,為Justin感到高興。因為他對上師忠誠還有信任,為佛法奉獻了自己,上師因為他的努力和付出給於肯定,盡最大能力和願力幫助他的來生。無可否認,上師可以為學生們付出更多,再次感受到上師對學生的大愛和慈慈悲心。讓我內心深處再次升對上師敬仰。

  19. Jace Chong on May 12, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    I rejoice for both Rinpoche’s students who are taken care by Rinpoche in the best way!

    May they meet Dharma as earliest as possible next life, and swift spiritual growth in them to enlightenment.

    I miss Justin so much, I will work harder to see him again.

  20. Betty Yang on May 12, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    if we still look for the exact meaning of compassion, I believe, that is!

  21. Adeline on May 12, 2012 at 1:31 am

    Justin is so lucky to have Rinpoche taking care of his past, present (i’m sure Justin will meet Rinpoche again from where he drop off) and future lives until he gain full enlightenment,i rejoice.

  22. june ksjc on May 12, 2012 at 12:32 am

    我为Justin 感到高兴与骄傲!他能得到上师的加持与家人朋友的爱戴并不是偶然和必然的,他爱他的上师和家人,他的默默耕耘,他所做的一切佛法事业 都不会白费。我相信你一定很快的再回来,,,在KWPC 再聚了。。。一言为定!!顶礼 Tsem Tulku Rinpoch为所有众生的附出和大爱!

  23. jason on May 11, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you so much (in Mum’s words) Four simple words I think carries a world of meaning from somewhere deep within all our hearts.

    How do we feel when we hear these words or say these words from the heart. Even writing this now close to tears it feels like just yesterday. Mum’s response and Justin’s quiet actions certainly inspire and move hearts and minds.

    We wish that the real result will be one of transforming your minds and hearts – because at the end of the day what is the point of remembering someone without some sort of result – that would bring peace of mind.

    Justin lived a meaningful life in dharma, supported by his loving wife Joy and supported by his family – Rinpoche and Kechara Friends.

    The real lesson being that with the support of family and loved ones any-thing is possible(Justin certainly proved this by his actions).

    A life lived well is the sum of many relationships and many life lessons along the way. Thank you Rinpoche & Kechara Family for looking after our Dear Justin with much care and love.

    Thank you so much

    Ripley Family

  24. Ferry Djap on May 11, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    I am deeply touched by your way of respecting Justin. He was very lucky indeed to have met you Tsem Rinpoche.

  25. kenny wong on May 10, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, your care for your students goes beyond their life time. I rejoice for Justin and all your other students. You are truly a compassionate and caring teacher. I hope and wish that many many more people will get the opportunity to become your student. It is truly a rare blessing.

  26. Li Kheng on May 10, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    May Justin always meet the Dharma lifetime after lifetime.

    As Rinpoche always say: Rinpoche is not so worried about what happens to us this lifetime. The great concern is our future lifetimes. One can truly rest in peace if we believe strongly that we will take a good rebirth in conditions that will enable us to meet the Dharma.

    With the arrangement for Justin above, it can be sure that Justin will certainly find his way back to the 3 Jewels. I am very happy for him and his family for this blessing.

    May more people gather the merits needed this lifetime to have the same good fortune as Justin. From Juntin’s story (setting a clear precedence), we would know that the blessings of the 3 Jewels is within our own control through the actions of our body, speech and mind. This is such an empowering piece of knowledge that we must not waste it by solely engaging in worldly matters.

  27. Li Kim on May 9, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    This is wonderful news. Justin is truly blessed, even when he has left us, by Rinpoche’s kindness and compassion. All this is amazing to learn about taking a loved one’s remains to be placed in a statue so that he/she can still collect merits in death. Yes I believe Justin is only gone for now… As Rinpoche did say last year when he passed, we will see him again. Now that his remains are in Manjushri and monks will be chanting Manjushri prayers… I look forward to meeting him in his coming life!

    We are all blessed in doing Dharma…Let’s go all the way and live a good life now and in the future lives.

  28. lim tin nee on May 9, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Reading Justin’s article brought tears to my eyes because of your immense love for him. I too remember him as much as I remember my mother because though he was quiet,he was a very good n sincere man . Everyday I would try to chant mantras for him ,the way i do for my dear mother.I feel that both of them had contributed tremendously in their own way.Thank you Rinpoche for your unlimited love.

  29. Siong Woan on May 9, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    I rejoice for Justin R who spent the last few years of this short but meaningful life doing dharma work!! What more could anyone ask for then to be taken care by a kind and loving Guru?

    We know we will definitely meet Justin again, soon.

  30. Datuk May on May 9, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Reading this article brings tears to my eyes from thinking of and missing Justin. Also from the emotion I experience from the great love and compassion from Rinpoche to his students. I consider myself very lucky to be one.

    We Kecharians are very very fortunate to have Rinpoche as our Guru who as Beng Kooi says will look after us in our future lives.

    In this life, we have the chance to learn from Rinpoche both in Rinpoche’s teachings and Rinpoche’s actions. In following Rinpoche’s instructions, we have the opportunity to purify our negative Karma and prepare for a good rebirth.

    Lucky Justin and Geshe Ngawang.

  31. lucy yap on May 9, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Rinpoche’s loving heart full of compassion towards his students and others goes beyond death.Justin is one fortunate student in life and in death!Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

  32. Girlie on May 9, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    How time flies. It’s been almost 5 months now since Justin left us. How wonderful that some of his ashes and bones will be be flled inside a Manjushri statue.

    Rinpoche never stops caring for his students, wherever they may be.

  33. su an on May 9, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for showing us what it really means to care for someone, which is to care for them even when they are no longer physically with us, to care for them beyond this life. May we learn this well from Rinpoche and do it well.

    Justin, can’t wait to see you again.

  34. steve holley on May 9, 2012 at 7:04 am

    dear Rinpoche, pure embodiment of the bodhisattva how fortunate we are to know you. Thousands of miles may separate us but your blog has brought so many close. Just read about Justin,a life cut short, so sad. But how fortunate to have found his way to his Dharma home. The love and compassion you inspire give us all hope and encourage us to follow in the footsteps of the Enlightened Ones.
    I thank you from the depths of my heart.

  35. Phillis Chin on May 9, 2012 at 1:09 am

    Rinpoche care’s and love everyone, no matter what happens!

    You’re always with us Justin Ripley, ALWAYS!

    And thank you Bryan!

  36. JP on May 9, 2012 at 12:56 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing such wonderful news. Justin is beyond lucky to have Rinpoche in his life. I look forward to seeing Justin again in KWPC 15 years from now.

  37. Cynthia L on May 9, 2012 at 12:53 am

    Rinpoche’s care for Justin can only mean one thing. The result of Justin’s own karma. The choice that Justin made before he passed away. We all have that choice to make as well. Seeing how fortunate Justin is makes me want to do dharma all the way till the end. The result of Justin’s commitment is Rinpoche’s care from before till many lives, a good rebirth and continuous blessings by the three jewels to come back to the path of Enlightenment and benefit more people in future. Justin is a true inspiration and I miss him dearly.

  38. Wendy Loh on May 8, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    Thank you, dear Rinpoche for your unconditional love and care for your students. I may not have had the privilege to know Justin in person, but from the postings I read and stories I have heard, I am 100% sure he was a great man with a big heart and an amazing personality. When we sincerely love and care for another person, we will always do what is best for him / her and not think much about ourselves, naturally. It is effortless effort and totally inspiring. This is what I learned from this sharing and I hope that I have the wisdom to apply it in my life to benefit others.

    With folded hands,
    Wendy

  39. bengkooi on May 8, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    “A real guru is not concerned about your current life. A real guru is concerned about your next life.”

    How true these verses are, and what a perfect example Rinpoche is of what a guru should be like. During Justin’s last few months, Rinpoche kept Justin constantly by his side in preparation for his passing, and after he had passed, Rinpoche did constant prayers daily for his good rebirth.

    Those who knew Justin while he was alive would know his propensity to absorb the Dharma, to quietly digest it before spouting out amazing summaries of the teaching that Rinpoche just gave. Justin easily transformed Rinpoche’s teachings into real-life application of the Dharma, and it would come as no surprise to me if Justin was closely connected to Manjushri in his previous life too, such was his amazing ability to absorb dharma.

    We all know that Justin has already taken a good rebirth, and it is only a matter of time before he returns to Kechara and to Rinpoche’s side. Justin we all miss you and can’t wait for you to be back.

  40. Pastor Susan on May 8, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    A few days ago, someone relatively new to Kechara asked me about our dear justin, that he died so young despite the Dharma. I was glad this person asked me as it’s our opportunity to explain and clear any wrong views. We all will face death one day..no one can escape it. But for Justin, he died doing what he loved most. He died in the presence of many friends and most of all, his guru, Tsem Tulku Rinpoche who is able to help him take a good rebirth. I’m happy to see this beautiful statue of Manjushri..gosh…Justin really has such good merits that every day from now on, he will still benefit from the prayers of many monks…all because of the kindness and blessings of Rinpoche.

    I miss you very much Justin but I am at peace knowing you are well and fueled with merits for this new rebirth.

    • DR on May 9, 2012 at 9:38 pm

      Pastor Susan, next time you can also share the story of the Tibetan thangkha painter who met with an accident the very day he finished painting his Lama’s thangkha.

  41. Irene Lim on May 8, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    It is wonderful to know that Rinpoche is doing his utmost best to ensure Justin gains a good rebirth in his next life and meet with precious Dharma as well as the brilliance to understand, assimilate and practise Dharma. Certainly Justin had created virtuous deeds in his previous lives to have a virtuous guru to take good care of him until the end of Samsara.

  42. Helena on May 8, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Wonderful person has the most wonderful blessing by our spiritual guide although he is no longer with us. Justin maybe away but he is always loved and remembered.
    Rinpoche is always compassionate and caring towards his students. Thank you Rinpoche for such a wonderful post.

  43. philyong on May 8, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche care for his students goes beyond just this life. Justin was a dear Dharma friend who passed away not long ago and Rinpoche mentioned that Justin will be okay. I believe Rinpoche because through his actions, Rinpoche has proven over and over again the words he said. He literally walks the talk.

    Justin, myself and the many people in Kechara are very fortunate to have met Rinpoche. Only he can make sure we are well, that’s of course we have to behave ourselves either. Rinpoche elps us by guilding us to the right path. Those who do not choose that path will lose out eventually. I have seen it with my own eyes.

  44. patsy on May 8, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    I am so touched by what Rinpoche is doing for Justin Ripley.Justin deserved all these as he had strong guru devotion with Rinpoche and he had collected the merits for Rinpoche to guide and help him in his next rebirth.

    Doing dharma work and having strong samaya with one’s Guru reap tremendous benefits and Justin set that example. Justin will definitely take a good rebirth and come back to be near Rinpoche and Kechara. We are all waiting for that day.

    Thank you, Rinpoche.

  45. KYC on May 8, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    I’m very happy for Justin because I know he is well-taken care of. Rinpoche’s love for his students, past and present, is immeasurable.

  46. Kechara Forest Retreat on May 8, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Justin is still being missed even though time has passed by so quickly. I still remember that day where you left us and we were all in shock. But now, we know that you are in a better place and well taken cared of. Even now, Rinpoche is still taking care of you by having your remains enshrined in this Manjushri at the monastery, in honour of you. Come back soon.

    Rinpoche is always very compassionate. He even takes care of students of his previous life and making sure that they are always ok. Rinpoche has not even met Geshe Ngawang yet Rinpoche is doing Ruchok for him.

  47. Pastor Yek Yee on May 8, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    It is not easy for us who knew Justice that accepted he had left. However, the fact is he had left us. But I am rejoice that his ashes and bones can insert into a very holy Manjushri’s statue.

    The care and love’s Rinpoche giving always make us feel touched and moved. Cannot be forget. Thank you for Rinpoche’s kindness.

  48. James Long on May 8, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Life will be totally different without meeting Rinpoche and the Dharma. We have our own karma to go through which is better? To go through without Dharma or without Dharma. Justin deserved for the blessing for all the hard work he did.

    He and joy was the first few person to set up this Blog and now benefiting so many people even after he left. If we die tonight, what have we achieve in life? House? Car? Business? More girl or more boyfriend? Nothing will last. Justin’s work will be remembered. Thank you Rinpoche for taking care of every student via different method.

  49. Sock Wan on May 8, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    The Manjushri statue has arrived and ready. I feel so happy for our Dharma brother. Even though he had passed on but he had left something beneficial behind. He had spent so much effort and time in building this website for Rinpoche to spread Dharma and so many has benefited. Thank you Justin, we are waiting for you.

  50. Ethan Chu on May 8, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Justin is remarkable person, very easy going, kind, quiet and doesn’t make trouble. He is that kind when he sees you need help, he’ll jump in and whatever he can. When we lost Justin, it was difficult. Til this very day, i still miss him deeply. This Manjushri statue is going to mean so much to the Kecharians and myself. Not only Justin is blessed by this holy image, the ritual and it is place in a very holy place where the world can pay visit and respect and get blessing. It will bless many and not to mention a monk whom i met in India Geshe Ngwang was a very pure and holy monk. Upon seeing or even hearing him, you’ll cry because you’ll feel his compassion.

    It is wonderful to see that when you practice and understand the dharma, whether it is current or future life, you can do something beneficial for yourself and others.

  51. MayOng on May 8, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    The kindness of our lama is unlimitless. Tsem Rinpoche planned, arranged, compiled and sent Justin’s ashes all the way to the monastery to be housed together with another Geshe who was his previous life’s student into Manjushri to collect merits and continue to create the connection to dharma in future lives.

    May we also create the cause for this to happen to us, after our lifetime is over. Thank you Rinpoche for doing this for Justin. May Justin come back to us soon.

  52. Han on May 8, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    I like what KHOO said in his comment,
    “Before meeting Kechara, I was always troubled by the thought of death. But after learnt that how our mind still exist after death and how we can train our mind to overcome the fear that comes with death, and most importantly, how we as a lay person can also do something for our next life. Now, death is no longer a big concern but how to live my current life.”

    Rinpoche unconditionally taking care of all of us, including our rebirth and Justin Ripley is one of the very good example. I believe I trust Rinpoche and go all the way with dharma, at the moment of death (do not know when ?) If we are sincerely practicing dharma, there is no fear at the time of death.

  53. pat on May 8, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Justin used to call up KSA to restart the CCTV whenever there is an internet problem…..in my heart he is still watching over us on the other side…..Now seeing a Manjushri statue will always remind me of Justin..Never to be forgotten.May you take a swift and good rebirth and be with us again.

  54. pat on May 8, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    … Justin always call up KSA to restart the cctv when the internet got problem………in my heart you are still here watching us on the other side….now seeing a Manjushri statue will always remind me of you.Never to be forgotten.May you get a quick good rebirth and be with us again.

  55. KH Ng on May 8, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    It is indeed very wonderful and auspicious news and I rejoice for Justin. Rinpoche has always be kind to us and we know that also in passing. We have already been invited to pass our nails and hair to be inserted in the Vajrayogini Stupa at Chamang.
    I thank Rinpoche from the bottom of my heart for your care and your compassion.

  56. Victor Phang on May 8, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Dear Rinpoche:
    Your compassion is incontestable!!! Another eye opening arrangement and really beyond what I can think of to remember a person. Very touching way to remember our dharma brother. Your update always make me speechless because that is no word which able to describe your heavenly love – so broad, so thoughtful, so touching.

    I rejoice for Justin Ripley. Now I understood, with crystal clear and sincere compassion, actually we can do many many meaningful things to love a person.

    Thank you very much for showing us the power of your heavenly compassion.
    Take very good care.
    With love,
    VP

    • Su Ming on May 8, 2012 at 4:46 pm

      Dear Victor,

      Rinpoche mind has NEVER stop thinking of how to benefit his students even after they are no longer around. It is still hard for Rinpoche to talk about Justin as Rinpoche was extremely close to him. On one hand, Justin was Rinpoche student and yet at the same time, Justin was also a close friend to Rinpoche.

      Even after Justin passed away, when everyone was “mourning” Rinpoche immediately started to plan how to benefit Justin in his next life. This Manjushri statue is just one the action Rinpoche has done for Justin, there are more. Even the location of where this statue will be placed is personally approved by Rinpoche. The location which was chosen is very good and it is one of the prime spot.

      Rinpoche’s love and compassion has no boundaries unlike all of us. Rinpoche has only one agenda which is to make sure we will be ok in our next rebirth. 2 days ago, Rinpoche spoke to a small group of his close student about him never giving up on his students and he will continue to take care of them spiritually and materially. There are some of Rinpoche student who has done many things wrong but Rinpoche is still able to forgive them and constantly finding methods to benefit them.

      We are INDEED VERY LUCKY.

  57. David Lai on May 8, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    I rejoice for Justin and I am glad that he had certain gone to a better place and with the blessings of Vajrayogini and Manjushri, may he meet the Dharma early, practice the Dharma and gain the highest initiation of Varjayogini.

    He is very fortunate to have passed away in such a manner that ensured that he passed away while in the service of the Dharma. It was too young an age for anyone to pass on but Karma has no conscience. May his next life be longer and filled with Dharma. If I had to die, I would like to die in a similar manner and my remains scattered in a similar fashion.

  58. mayy on May 8, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    My eyes teared with joy for Justin for he is so fortunate to be remembered in this way! Am so happy for you Justin…wherever you are. You are always loved and remembered.

    Rinpoche always cares for others even one has passed away! It is important that one must always listen to your Guru’s advice and guidance and put them into practise.

  59. lewkwanleng on May 8, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Time flies.. It has already been more than 4 months since our brother Justin passed away. I still miss him dearly because he has shown me good qualities of a good Dharma brother.

    My parents are very kind to me, because they have provided what I needed for this life: good education, good environment, etc. They are very kind, and I really appreciate them. On the other hand, our Guru is even more kind, because He takes care of our future lives too: to make sure we have a good rebirth and can connect to Dharma again and again in all future life times.

    I am very glad for bro Justin because he is not forgotten, and what Guru is doing for him will benefit his future lives again and again.

    Bro, I can’t wait for you to come back!

  60. jennifer on May 8, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    I’m very very moved and touched by what Rinpoche is doing for Justin. How very blessed Justin is.
    Justin please come back quickly , that i can meet you again in my this lifetime.

  61. Joy on May 8, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    How fortunate Justin is to have met a precious Guru like Rinpoche and Dharma. Although he was with us for a very short period of time, he gave his all and did his best whole heartedly and he did it for his mother, his brothers and the people he loved. It was the best gift he could offer to them and so he did it.

    His life, has touched so many and has been a tremendous teaching to so many. Although he is dearly missed but he will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. He is irreplaceable.

    May Jus come back soon to continue his practice and to reconnect with his Guru and the Dharma swiftly.

    Thank you Rinpoche for the type of love and care that is beyond ordinary.

  62. Carmen Koo on May 8, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful news about the Manjushri statue that is being done for Justin, as well as the Ruchok for both Justin and Geshe Ngawang, both who held great devotion and faith in Rinpoche.

    In this way, Justin will be forever connected to Dharma and the 3 Jewels. How fortunate we are to have Rinpoche guide and lead us all the way till enlightenment. As the receiver, it is all just on our part..whether we have enough merits to receive this from Rinpoche or not. And if we don’t, are we using our time wisely to create the tremendous amount of merits we are in dire need of?

    Justin is a shining example, of Rinpoche’s endless care towards the students. Not only for this life, but for our future lives as well. How extremely lucky we are to have met Rinpoche, of all places, in Malaysia, who shows us the path towards the ultimate truth.

    Love,
    Carmen.

  63. choi sheem on May 8, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    This is the most precious event to happen in one’s life. To have our guru take care of us even when we are dead and not just in this life but also in all lifes. How kind is our guru. I know I will never ever be able to repay my guru for all his care and kindness.The only way I can think of now is to follow his instructions all the way. Thank you so much, Rinpoche.

  64. Thierry Janssens on May 8, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    As students of Rinpoche, we are NEVER FORGOTTEN.
    And we should in turn, also NEVER FORGET ANYONE.
    Thank you Rinpoche for leading by example, for inspiring, for guiding, for teaching us with persistence, with compassion, with love and with great patience.

  65. Paris on May 8, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    As much as every one of us misses Justin deeply, I do think that if he had to go at this time, he did go in the best possible place, surrounded by his closest friends, Dharma family and most importantly his Guru. It is said that the Guru looks after his students not just in this one lifetime, but across every single lifetime until that student is enlightened – the Guru has a far greater responsibility than the student does (and very few of us realise that).

    We see this in action now. Rinpoche didn’t just do some prayers for Justin when he passed and left it at that. This statue was Rinpoche’s personal idea, to create something holy for him that would endure well into many of his future lives. This applies too for Geshe Ngawang – a clear example as ever of how a Lama continues to look after his student across lifetimes. Rinpoche also has plans to put Justin’s ashes in stupas at our new retreat center, again to generate tremendous merit for him in his future lives, to always be connected to the blessings of the Three Jewels.

    It should be our greatest hope to be this near to our Lamas when we pass away. But then again, if we have the right faith, he WILL BE THERE, right next to us, no matter where we are or when we pass away. It’s whether we will have enough tremendous merit to see him and receive his help at that time. I am so happy that Justin did. That he devoted his whole life to the service of others. And in that, he served himself in the best possible way, right up until his last breath.

    We all love and miss you Justin – come back soon and let the adventures begin again xxxxxx

  66. abby F on May 8, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Thank you to Rinpoche and Justin for showing me death is nothing to be scared of, if we use our life fully to do Dharma! If we are loyal and dedicate, our Guru and the Three Jewel will never let us down. And I am very happy for Justin, because what Rinpoche has promised to do, Rinpoche will do it flawlessly.

    There is nothing more meaningful than practice Dharma and get a good rebirth or even get enlightened.

  67. Sean Pang on May 8, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing this news with us. It’s yet another revelation for me. You told us on Wesak Day that you’re a logical Guru and that’s something I really appreciate in you but I’m beginning to realise that the realm of your logic is much much bigger than what I thought I understood. It transcends time. I am humbled and awed. I pray for the intelligence to receive your teachings.

    Just as you are an inspiration to all of us, Rinpoche, we should rejoice to have a fellow student who serves as an example to us. Even when he is no longer with us, Justin is still supporting Rinpoche in delivering a teaching.

    The way I see it, what you are doing for Geshe Ngawang and Justin Ripley is Student Devotion, which is a direct result of their Guru Devotion towards you. They are great role models and I thank them for that.

    With love and respect from your new student,

    Sean in Shanghai

  68. Lim KSJC on May 8, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Thanks Rinpoche for so kind caring for students not only this life but even future life, and Justin will remeet kecharian again soon. All refugees should remember that our Guru will guide us UNTILL Enlighten, so we must put in our sincere effort to help Guru… Thanks Rinpoche with fold hands, this really really really touch our heart…

  69. fang on May 8, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Justin deserves all the wonderful things that are being done for him for he is an equally wonderful person. I am very happy for Justin and that he has all the merits to have a good start in his next life 🙂 I would like to see him again one day, I need to work my way there~ very, very happy for Justin 😀

  70. tfreon on May 8, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Rinpoche always care for the students. whether the students is in Malaysia or not, whether it is close to H.E or not. From sending some gifts, to building stupas and to have a statues for the students, H.E care for the students not only this life, but life after life. TO me, it is very rare to be able to meet up or even able to hear the teachings from such a compassion and wisdom Teacher.
    I believe Justin will definitely have good rebirth and close to Rinpoche again.

  71. Jack Ng on May 8, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Dear Tsem Tulku Rinpoche,

    When I woke up this morning, and the very first thing I read/see is a post on Manjushri and the beautifull samaya it has with those fortunate enough to be able to create this bond is truly inspirational in its own natural essence.

    No words could ever express this feeling, it has somehow manage to motivate me into creating more affinity with people to those who has yet come to know of this great being.

    With the Guru’s blessing I would like to share an extraction of verses in the King of Prayers, that I find very meaningful :

    ” I shall enter the very presence of all my guides,
    Those lights of this world who are yet to appear,
    Those sequentially turning the wheels of complete awakening,
    Those who reveal nirvana – final, perfect peace.

    May I achieve the power of swift, magical emanation,
    The power to lead to the great vehicle through every approach,
    The power of always beneficial activity,
    The power of love pervading all realms,
    The power of all surpassing positive potential,
    The power of supreme knowledge unobstructed by discrimination,
    And through the power of wisdom, skillful means, and samadhi,
    May I achieve the perfect power of awakening.

    Purifying the power of all contaminated actions,
    Crushing the power of disturbing emotions at thier root,
    Defusing the power of interfering forces,
    I shall perfect the power of the bodhisattva practice.

    May I purify an ocean of worlds,
    May I free an ocean of beings,
    May I clearly see an ocean of Dharma,
    May I realize an ocean of pristine Wisdom.

    May I purify an ocean of activities,
    May I fulfill an ocean of aspirations,
    May I make offerings to an ocean of Buddhas,
    May I practice without discouragement for an ocean of eons.

    To awaken fully through this bodhisattva way,
    I shall fulfill without exception
    All the diverse aspirations of the awakening practice
    Of all Buddhas gone to freedom in the three times everywhere. ”

    Thank you so much Justin Ripley, you will always be remembered.
    Sadhu…Sadhu… *palms at heart*

  72. Frederick Law on May 8, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Rinpoche kindness to his students could not be describes, and this is shown here where Justin Ripley and Geshe Ngawang hairs and remains is being blessed through Ruchok and then their remains inserted into the beautiful Manjushri statue.

    Rinpoche cares for his students really touches many, and it touches me to see that 2 of Rinpoche students being taken care even after their passing, in ensuring they will have a good rebirth and will be born in a better condition and environment to continue to practice Dharma and do Dharma to benefit others.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us this post.

  73. Doreen Teoh on May 8, 2012 at 10:36 am

    This is the benefits of doing dharma work in your precious lifetime, and doing it with the right motivation and good samaya with our Guru. It is priceless, and it can be brought with us, when we leave this this samsaric world. Thank you, Justin for this wonderful teachings.

  74. JImmy Tan on May 8, 2012 at 9:51 am

    感到内心非常的欣慰。也为justin感到无限的法喜和欢乐。这将为justin累积无限的福德质粮。这也是一种福报因为还有自己的上师在为你祈祷。赞叹非常赞叹!

  75. skyong on May 8, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for such kindness you have given to Justin. May he have a good rebirth. Also the monastery has been very kind to grant Rinpoche’s request to have a Manjushri statue dedicated for Justin. 🙂

  76. Sam on May 8, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Good morning, Rinpoche and everyone. The Manjuhsuri statue is very beautiful. Rinpoche is always very thoughtful for his students. Rejoice for the great Geshe Ngawang and Justin Ripley_/\_
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this wonderful article.
    Take care

  77. Yoke Fui on May 8, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Dear Justin,
    You are continuously cared for loved by Rinpoche .

    We miss you very very much. Whenever I go on the blog, I can’t help but think of all the mid night oils you and SP burned in building up the online sites for Kechara.

    May you be in a conducive condition now to pursue the spiritual path.

    With prayers & love,
    YF

  78. Khoo Hou Haw on May 8, 2012 at 9:30 am

    It is almost half a year passed and I can still remember my last conversation with Justin. I’m an IT guy and Justin was very interested in IT, so we have quite a lot to talk about during that time. I was quite sad that time but after he was dying with Rinpoche’s presence, it somehow made me felt very relieve. I know all the things that Rinpoche have done to Justin, he will comes back with the chance to continue learning and practise Dharma, with the intelligence to understand Dharma. Before meeting Kechara, I was always troubled by the thought of death. But after learnt that how our mind still exist after death and how we can train our mind to overcome the fear that comes with death, and most importantly, how we as a lay person can also do something for our next life. Now, death is no longer a big concern but how to live my current life.

  79. Ethan Hoo on May 8, 2012 at 9:27 am

    This is so wonderful. Rinpoche shows his great compassion always and want to make sure his students will take good rebirths in the future. This a true sign of a genuine, real teacher – he worries about your next lives and want to make sure you’ll be alright. From the moment of becoming his student, Rinpoche guides you to transform and even after your passing, he wants to make sure you’ll always be connected to the holy Dharma. Thank you, Rinpoche.

  80. wt on May 8, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Beautiful Manjustri, it is just so serene and peaceful to look at her face.
    Rejoice for Justin to be in the Manjushri and worship by the young monks in the monastery.
    May i also work harder and create the Karmic link to be with Justin and the great Geshe Ngawang and other students to study, practise and serve Rinpoche life after life. May we gain the true intelligence to differentiates between between subtle/gross actions that bring harm and benefit long term and able to share it with others for them to have the true intelligence too.

  81. David Loh on May 8, 2012 at 9:21 am

    What an honour to have one’s bones and ashes fill the sacred Manjushri statue. Where ever Justin is now, I am sure he will be elated! It is really touching that a guru can care and do so much for a student! Shouldn’t students do more for their guru?

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing. You are truly a role model and inspiration for all!

  82. Edward Ooi on May 8, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Many Kecharians, their families and friends have collected their cleaned hair and fingernails to be handed to Rinpoche via the Ladrang staff more than two years ago. Justin Ripley and Kecharians are so fortunate. Many new people to Kechara will also be accorded the same fortune. As Rinpoche taught, This fortune will be to insure good future rebirths.

  83. Don Buchwalter on May 8, 2012 at 8:55 am

    How wonderful that Justin will be a part of the Lord Manjushri statue, and that it will always be honoured by the many monks that pass through the school!

    Rinpoche, your concern for others is truly an inspiration. The “Song of Longing for Tara the Infallible” reminds me of you in many ways. I know I can trust in you to be true, and to guide us in the correct manner because of your great compassion – even in these degenerate times.

    Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, Rinpoche!

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    Thursday, Mar 30. 2017 12:34 AM
    Wonderful good news to learn about this first of its kind progressive campaign to help the stray animals in Malaysia by the Sultan and Permaisuri of Selangor. While stray animals can be a nuisance to the public at large but bear in mind, the strays do not have a choice, and we have a role to play. Neutering strays is a humane and compassionate ways of resolving the program of stray animals in the long run because it largely reduces the numbers of strays on the streets. Neutering and proving proper shelters to strays can prevent thousands of animals from being born, only to suffer and struggle to survive on the streets, be abused by cruel or neglectful people, or be euthanized inhumanely. I have read somewhere that says spaying and neutering makes a big difference: Just one unaltered female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in only six years. In seven years, one female cat and her offspring can produce an incredible 370,000 kittens!

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/stray-free-selangor.html
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    Thursday, Mar 30. 2017 12:15 AM
    Humans and animals, as well as other sentient beings within the six realms of samsara, are subjected to the law of cyclic of existence. Karma or generally known as the law of cause and effect will determine where we take our next rebirth. It is extremely rare for sentient beings to take the form of a human body and in perfect condition. Hence we must not let this precious lifetime go to waste by indulging in silly actions and harmful ways. If we are born in the animals realms or lower, there is close to zero way for us to collect merits and get out of that realm.

    From the stories above, I find the story about Dalawong most unusual because he seemed to be able to determine the destination of his next rebirth after he was being killed as a snake. After he had taken rebirth in human form, he continued to remember the incident in his past life. Amazing!

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for sharing these researches with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/do-animals-reincarnate-back-as-humans.html
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    Wednesday, Mar 29. 2017 09:42 PM
    If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
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    Wednesday, Mar 29. 2017 03:50 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article about tsa tsa. Didn’t know there are many steps and holy materials used in making a tsa tsa. In addition, the maker of tsa tsa would need to do prayer in the morning depending of what tsa tsa they are making on the day, for example, the maker will do Dorje Shugden practise before making Dorje Shugden tsa tsa.

    Only by knowing the process, we will appreciate the items more. Tsa tsa is a precious item.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/tsa-tsas-are-nice.html
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    Wednesday, Mar 29. 2017 09:28 AM
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    This case was actually researched by the late Francis Story, a British citizen who was fascinated with Buddhism and spent many years in Asia. He was also very interested in the topic of reincarnation and assisted Dr. Stevenson in investigating a number of very important reincarnation cases in Burma and Sri Lanka. Francis interviewed the subject of this case, a Thai boy named Dalowong, along with his father, mother and sister. He also had access to a pamphlet that was previously published regarding the case, which was also summarized in an article in the Bangkok Times.

    Dalawong actually claimed two past animal incarnations. He recalled a past lifetime as a deer, which he said was killed by a hunter. Subsequently, he stated he was reincarnated as a snake, more specifically, as a cobra.

    As the snake, Dalawong remembered that he was in a cave when two dogs entered and attacked him. A ferocious struggle ensued between the cobra and the dogs. The owner of the dogs then entered the cave and killed the snake. Apparently, the snake was able to bite the human invader on the shoulder, prior to succumbing to death.

    The human took the cobra’s body back home, where the snake was cooked for a meal. This man shared the snake meat with an acquaintance, who would become Dalawong’s father in the near future. The man who killed the cobra had the name Mr. Hiew.

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    如果有机会到马来西亚游玩,千万不要错过由Paul Yap介绍克切拉禅修林里的几个优美与神圣的地方,包括:
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    4. 药师佛山
    5. 梦幻文殊菩萨
    6. 詹仁波切的货柜屋
    7. 文殊山
    8. 智慧堂(释迦摩尼佛像和多杰雄登像)

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  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Mar 28. 2017 08:09 PM
    The sculpture of Kuan Yin in Macau is simple but elegant. Most importantly, this big Kuan Yin in Macau is built to bring peace, harmony and prosperity to the people.

    I remember Rinpoche mentioned before a big Buddha statue will have positive impact on the environment and plant the Buddha’s seeds in all sentient beings that not only humans but also including animals and many others. Therefore, the bigger Buddha statue the more beneficial to all sentient beings where they can see and be blessed by this big Buddha statue from far.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/kuan-yin-of-macau-city.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Mar 28. 2017 03:29 PM
    Krishnan’s effort and hard work in contributing to the society is very inspiring. He is willing to let go of his high paying job to Switzerland and staying back in India to operate a soup kitchen for homeless. On top of that he is willing to accept the hardship of financial restraint every month in maintaining his service for the people living in the street. I hope his good work will bring more awareness and sponsors for him especially when CNN showed the video of his work and awarded him with top 10 CNN heroes.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/chef-turned-hero.html
  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 06:42 PM
    According to the Buddhist teachings, we all have a unique blend of karma that determines where we are born, the circumstances of our birth and the quality of our life. Naturally, this is due to the actions that we performed in previous lives. Karma also dictates our characteristics and traits that determine how we act throughout our lives, which in turn leads to certain outcomes in this life and a determination of where we will take rebirth in the future.

    Karma, however, is not set in stone. We can change our circumstances through our own efforts – purification of karma and accumulation of merit. Tibetan astrology, based on these Buddhist principles, provides us the methods to ensure success in this life and a good rebirth in the future. Tibetan astrology can also predict what will happen to us in this life and our next rebirth based on the time of our birth.

    Discover your traits according to the Mewa, or Magical Square system of Tibetan astrology below, and find out how to purify your negative karma to improve your life!

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 05:24 PM
    Very interesting:


    Radin explained in his book: “For a Western-trained academic, the mere existence of, say, telepathy would be considered supernormal and thus wildly extraordinary. But for an experienced yogi, it’s just a boringly normal minor siddhi [a Sanskrit term for a meditation attainment, or power]. A skeptical scientist, not having the benefit of thousands of hours of practice in yoga and meditation, would require repeatable, rigorously obtained experimental data showing odds against chance of a gazillion to one. The yogi merely requires his own experience.”


    Very interesting read: http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2157904-supernormal-abilities-developed-through-meditation-dr-dean-radin-discusses/?sidebar=morein
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 01:45 PM
    Its indeed a beautiful place …..away from the city hectic life to visit and could stay over night too.Just to get away from work to relax ,get some fresh air ,do meditation and so forth .At Kechara Forest RetreatI,Bentong is where the largest Dorje Shugden statue in the world situated and we can receive blessing,make offering to the Buddhas as well as enjoy the tranquility of the beautiful gardens.I have recomended my friends and relatives to visit such a beautiful place at Bentong.
    Thank you Paul Yap for sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/go-bentong.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 01:15 PM
    Well…all pendants are beautifully designed,hand crafted to match each and every sacred images on it to suit all occasion for the wearer.I can see a lot of hard work for those involed in desgning and making of it.
    All pendants are very unique, modern, timeless and also sacred ,thats all i could describe it.Hope more people will be wearing these beautiful pendants to get connected with the Buddhas.Thank you Rinpoche for sharing and Kechara’s Louise Lee for creating Dharma art in in the form of jewelry
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/timeless-and-sacred.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 12:41 PM
    This Mahasiddha is Kukkuripa (the dog lover). He loved dogs so much. When he meditated in the cave he had his doggie with him. She had kept him company for years in his cave. They shared bedding, food, water and company. When he gained high attainments, the Dakinis came to take him to Kechara Paradise. He was hesitant to go but the Dakinis insisted and he went with them.

    He arrived at Kechara (Paradise/Buddha abode of Heruka and Vajra Yogini) and enjoyed teachings and feasts up there and they asked him to stay longer if not forever…. But he kept thinking about his doggie left alone in the cave. He felt guilty and missed her. Kukkuripa would use his psychic powers to see his poor doggie alone and hungry waiting for him at the cave while enjoying the attention of the Dakinis and feasts. The cave was dark and had no food. The doggie had to go out and find small tiny scraps of food and was getting skinny. Kukkuripa saw this and it pained him. Worried she was not getting enough food. He use to share the offerings of food he would get from people with her. Doggie and him would delightfully eat the food together. Kukkuripa had no attachments to ‘clean’ or ‘dirty’ in regards to sharing food with his dog. He had overcome this in his meditations. In ancient India, people would not co-habitate with a dog. It was considered unclean and filthy, but Kukkuripa had cast away those notions and loved his dog as she loved him. But he felt guilty to leave her alone while he was ‘enjoying’ himself in Kechara and could not stop thinking about his beloved dirty smelly dog in his cave alone…so he left Kechara Paradise and all it’s ‘delights’ for his doggie. He couldn’t abandon her. The Dakinis implored him to stay, but he was firm to return. The Dakinis said you will give up this paradise here for a mere dog???!! You can advance further in your meditations if you stay in Kechara and then help the dog later they attempted to persuade him. But Kukkuripa would not stay, he was loyal to his little dog as she had kept him company for many years in the lonely dark cave. She was loyal to him and how can he abandon her now. He couldn’t and he wouldn’t listen to the Dakinis. He left to join doggie. He never forget her companionship and loyalty. All the wonderful things in Kechara could not tempt him against his loyal friend the little doggie. He left everything for her.

    So he finally left Kechara to the Dakinis dismay and went back to his cave to be with his dog so she won’t be alone. Doggie was delighted to see her master and wagged her tail so much!! She licked him and he hugged her! She was skinnier for not eating well these few days he noticed. He fed her and hugged her and loved his doggie…He went back to his routine of meditation, receiving food offerings and sharing his food with doggie. They were happy together. One day, when he was scratching her in her favorite place and she licked him so his eyes were closed, when he opened his eyes she had suddenly turned into a Dakini shimmering with lights! The brilliance of the lights lit up the whole cave in front of Kukkuripa!! Kukkuripa was astonished to behold the splendourous lady in front of him! Of course this Dakini must be the Queen Herself he realized, as Vajra Yogini which was Kukkuripa’s main Yidam he had meditated on her for years in the cave. And She said to Kukkuripa, “Well done, you gave up paradise to be with just a dog..it shows you have given up attachements and projections of pleasant and unpleasant, now your Dakini will give you the final paradise (enlightenment)!”

    Kukkuripa attained full enlightenment blessed by Vajra Yogini by releasing the final subtle attachment to the non-existent self! After enlightenment his fame and name grew and many came to see him and he gave teachings to countless and benefitted many before he finally ascended to Kechara the second and final time. He was forever known as Kukkuripa the dog lover.

    I love him so much!!! This is one of my favorite Mahasiddhas along with Badrapa, Shantideva, Ghantapa and a few others. I wanted to share this story with you. I wanted you to know that there are many great true stories like this one about Kukkuripa that are true and can be applied to our lives. To inspire us.

    Tsem Rinpoche
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 12:29 PM
    The great and illustrious master Sonam Tsemo at the end of his life was described by an old woman who witnessed Sonam Tsemo depart. Standing on a rock at the holy spring near Sakya area known as Chumik Dzingka, his body ascended gracefully into the sky, still holding his dog. He loved his dog very much. Even today the footprints of Loppon Sonam Tsemo and the dog can be clearly seen in the rock, left for the benefit of living beings as a field from which to accumulate merit. It is a sign of a holy being when they can leave their footprints in stone for future generations to witness and make offerings on that spot to collect merits. This holy site was decorated by the great master Mantradhara Ngawang Kunga Rinchen later on. Other accounts say that he ascended from Gorum Library near Chumik Dzingka spring. A stupa containing his holy relics was erected there. Sonam Tsemo was a powerful practitioner of the Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini and at the end of his short life he ascended with his very body to Kechara paradise. He was 40 years old. Kechara is the sanksrit name of the special abode of Vajra Yogini. Those who practice Vajra Yogini to the highest level can ascend her paradise with their very bodies. Sonam Tsemo the great master of sutra and tantra was seen by an old woman flying off holding his beloved dog to ascend Kechara paradise. No one every found his body and his room was empty.
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 12:27 PM
    Congratulations to Mitra for his first dharma teaching in Nepali to the expats. So glad that Dorje Shugden practise can reach out to many in various languages and to different people. Mitra has done a good job in introducing Lama Tsongkhapa lineage and guided them on the benefit and iconography of Dorje Shugden.

    May Lama Tsongkhapa lineage and Dorje Shugden practise continue to grow and benefit more people.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/mitra-teaches-bhagwan-dorje-shugden-in-nepali.html

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
So go pursue all the way with the unknown,
because all unknown with familiarity becomes the known.
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If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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.
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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
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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!
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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!
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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
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The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
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Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
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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
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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
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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
2 weeks 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
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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
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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
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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!
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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
2 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
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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
This is a good one to read
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This is a good one to read
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
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Mumu is silly and cute and funny
Mumu\'s hair is messy and he looks funny
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Mumu's hair is messy and he looks funny
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. 
I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. 
Feast your eyes! 

Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. Feast your eyes! Tsem Rinpoche
                        Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini\'s path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html  Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
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Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini's path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
Message to Tibetans in English
3 months ago
Message to Tibetans in English
Message to the Tibetans
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Message to the Tibetans
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
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Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
3 months ago
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
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Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
4 months ago
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
4 months ago
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
4 months ago
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
4 months ago
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
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One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
4 months ago
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
4 months ago
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
5 months ago
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
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Sir Edmund Hillary
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha\'s teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha's teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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  • March 28, 2017 09:11
    Lia asked: If the ushnisha is actually supposed to be a bump, then do we change the visualization of the top knot and replace it with a bump covered in hair or do we keep the ushnisha as the thangkas show?
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  • March 27, 2017 04:19
    Dongho asked: I have been reading on the tunes of certain sects and would like to ask on this. From what I've read, there are certain tunes to each sect and school of certain chants. Exactly where can I find the sheet music for these percussion and horns with the chants, such as to the one for invoking Kache Marpo or Dorje Shugden? Would it be possible to use school instruments for this?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your question, it is good to see you back and asking more questions. Yes you are right, there are differences in the tunes and chants between the lineages. The differences can vary significantly between the traditions, for example the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism is known for its extremely deep throat singing which is very powerful and is characterised by a low, booming voice, in contrast to the other traditions. Even within a particular tradition, there can be slight variations as to the manner in which the chants and tunes are performed. For example those monasteries are which are affiliated with Gyume will have one way of throat singing, where those affiliated with Gyuto will have another. As far as I am aware there is no professional sheet music for the rituals, most probably because the music is actually an integral part of the ritual itself. Therefore the music, tunes, and chants are all taught at the same time the ritual and prayers are. The tunes, and use of the instruments all have specific meanings, because they are considered to be offerings to the deities in the form of sound. The monasteries would not have copies of sheet music either, because sheet music is western practice. The use of ritual music within Tibetan Buddhism is more of one based on memory. In the Kechara organisation, the puja team was trained in such ritual instruments at the same time they learnt the particular ritual from monks from the monastery, such as the puja of Dorje Shugden. From what I saw of the training, the musical tunes, and use of instruments was not written down but taught experientially at the same time as the chanting. I have not come across any other instruments being used in pujas apart from the traditional ritual instruments, because even the instruments themselves have a specific meaning. That is not say that school instruments cannot be used. This is because, as long as the offering is sincere, the Buddhas and enlightened deities will accept it, and in turn you will generate great amounts of merit. Offerings should be made to the best of our ability, therefore if you do not have access to the ritual instruments, or do not know how to play them, but you know how to play other instruments, and use these instruments as offerings to the Buddhas during pujas, the amount of merit you generate will be the same. This is because you are sincere with your offering. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 26, 2017 02:14
    Kunga asked: Does the Gelug have Begtse a protector? If so, could you please provide a sadhana for him here?
    pastor answered: Dear Kunga, Yes the Dharma protector Begtse exists within the Gelug tradition. He is also known as Chamsing. Begtse’s practice stems from India and was introduced to Tibet and therefore Tibetan Buddhism by the translator Nyen Lotsawa. Marpa Lotsawa also practiced Begtse, and so the practice exists in the Kagyu traditions. This practice was eventually transmitted to Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, the first of the five patriarchs of the Sakya tradition, who were the founding fathers of that tradition. Over time the practice of Begtse was incorporated into the Gelug tradition, founded by Lama Tsongkhapa, and was notably practiced by the 1st and 2nd Dalai Lamas. Over time the practice gained popularity within the lineage, especially when it spread to Mongolia. There the practice became an important one within the lineage as upheld there. Begtse is also affectionately known as the Dharma protector of Mongolia, because his practice is so popular there. If I am not mistaken, there is an oracle of Begtse in Mongolia as well. There is a mistaken account that the practice originated around the time of the 3rd Dalai Lama, with the subjugation of a Mongolian war god, but Begtse was definitely practiced before that time in the Gelug, Kagyu and Sakya traditions. While the practice of Begtse is very effective, I have not come across the practice of Begtse in my personal practice, therefore I do not have access to the Begtse sadhana to provide to you. Instead Begtse is propitiated in prayers that incorporate many other Dharma protectors, and Begtse is also considered one of the nine protectors of the Hayagriva (Tamdrin) cycle of tantric teachings. Therefore Begtse is included in the Dharma protector sections of the Hayagriva tantras. Surrounding Begtse are his sister, Sing Ma, and his main minister, Le Khan Mar Po. His inner retinue comprises of eight butchers who wield copper swords in their right hands and skull-cups full of blood in their left hands. They are portrayed as naked and are very ugly. His outer retinue comprises a further twenty-one butchers, who hold copper swords in their right hands, and this time, the entrails of butchered enemies. They wear the skins humans and oxen as clothes, with ornaments made from human bone. While this may seem violent, Begtse is actually a very powerful and beneficial protector, who helps practitioners clear their obstacles and create conducive conditions for their spiritual evolution. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 24, 2017 20:12
    Azair asked: Venerable Rinpoche, I am doing a study in Kalachakra Tantra and I've heard from most of the lama's too that if you practice the Kalachakra Tantra, you'll be able to take control of your next rebirth. Ofcourse, it has been said that we will get our rebirth according to our Karma and desires but whether those dreams will get fulfilled will depend upon the actions that we take in this life. Thus, practicing the Kalachakra(till the end) after initiation will give you the opportunity to take rebirth anywhere you desire regardless of your Karma. My question is that, is there some truth in this statement.? Does this statement hold true for other tantra practices, such as Vajrayogini Tantra, Ghuyasamaja Tantra, Heruka Tantra, etc. I would really really like to know. Thankyou in anticipation, regards, Azair
    pastor answered: Dear Azair, Thank you for your question. Yes there is truth to this statement, both from a scriptural perspective and also by example, as the great masters have shown us. This is a unique feature of all Anuttarayoga Tantras or Highest Yoga Tantras, which Kalachakra, Vajrayogini, Guhyasama and Heruka are all examples of. This category of tantric practice can actually lead a practitioner to full enlightenment in this very lifetime. Even if enlightenment is not reached, very high levels of attainment can be reached nonetheless. This includes the ability to take control over your next rebirth. This is primarily engaged in so that the practitioner is born in an environment where they can eventually pick up their practice and further their spiritual path to enlightenment, or in order to be born in a place where they can benefit sentient beings the most, as part of the spiritual journey over many lifetimes. One of the reasons such an ability is very necessary on the spiritual path, is that usual death and rebirth occurs at the mercy of ones karma, specifically what is known as the ‘throwing karma’ or the karma that dictates what sort of rebirth a person is going to take. This opens up at the time of ordinary death, which most people have no control over. During the death process, many of our disturbing emotions will arise. Whichever of these is the strongest at the point of death triggers open a latent karmic potential, which becomes the ‘throwing karma’ and dictates where we are going to take rebirth and if that life will generally be full of suffering or not. Within Anuttarayoga Tantra, one of the key points of practice is to prepare for one’s death. This is done by simulating the dying process during one’s meditations, so that one becomes familiar with it. At the most pivotal part of this process, one practices achieving either the rainbow body or great bliss (in the case of the father tantras); or clear light (in the case of mother tantras). The tantras themselves are not defined in terms of the gender of the central deity, but by the method used to gain enlightenment. This is either the rainbow body/great bliss (classified as male, therefore labelled ‘father’) or clear light (classified as female, therefore labelled ‘mother’). Non-dual tantras such as the Kalachakra tantra can employ either of the two methods, a mixture of both, or alternate methods. In the case of superior practitioners, due to the power of their practice, they can achieve either of these two methods in their current body. Since they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, and a particular method of practice, they can also achieve enlightenment during their physical death. The great Lama Tsongkhapa is said to have achieved enlightenment at the moment of physical death, using the second of these. For other practitioners, they may not be able to achieve this either in their meditations while they are alive, or during the death process. However because they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, they remain in complete concentration at the time of death, not allowing any disturbing emotions to arise. Due to this level of concentration, meditation and awareness during the dying process, they are able to control where they next take rebirth. This is evident in the tantric scriptures themselves, and the life stories of many masters, who can state exactly where, when and to whom they will take their next rebirth, as they are in full control of the dying and rebirth process. There is a type of meditation called ‘thukdam’ which has been translated into ‘death meditation’. This is a final meditation some masters choose to engage in. During this meditation, the master themselves consciously begin the physical dying process themselves, engage in the meditation of dissolving the winds into the heart centre and remain in the most pivotal part of the death process, the mind of clear light of death. During this point they engage in meditations, either the methods of the father or mother tantras as mentioned previously, and or consciously choose where they are to next take rebirth. They can remain in this death meditation for long periods of time, days at an end, in which their consciousness has not yet left their body, although for all intents and purposes they are dead according to medical science, e.g. they have no heartbeat. At the end of their meditation, a drop of blood will be emitted from their nostril, and their head will slump over a little. Masters who engage in this meditation usually sit in full meditation posture, and their body remain supple and soft even though they have passed away from a medical point of view. I hope this brief explanation helps. Thank you.
  • March 23, 2017 23:01
    Brad asked: What is the significance of offering the Seven precious emblems of royalty to the Buddhas and enlightened Dharma Protectors? What are we symbolically offering up?
    pastor answered: Dear Brad, Thank you for your question. The ‘saptaratna’ or seven precious emblems represent on the one hand the ultimate state of temporal power, and on the other hand the ultimate spiritual attainments that we can achieve. By offering these to the Buddhas, we are actually creating the causes to achieve what they represent. Therefore it is good to know the meaning of each, so we can understand what we are creating the causes for by offering them up: Please see below for an explanation of the seven royal emblems: 1. The Precious Wheel: a thousand spoked wheel, representing the universal power of the Buddhas, as well as the teachings of the thousand Buddhas of our aeon. It is represented by the Dharmachakra, symbolising the ‘turning of the wheel’ or teaching of the Noble Eightfold Path. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, especially that of our own mind, thoughts, delusions and afflictions. 2. The Precious Jewel: an eight sided wish-granting gem, which fulfils all the needs of a universal emperor. This jewel has eight special qualities: it illuminates the night sky for hundreds of leagues; it is cooling when the temperature is hot and warming when the temperature is cold; it makes manifest whatever the holder wants; when thirsty it causes a fresh-water spring to appear; it has the ability to control the nagas, and other supernatural beings, as well as preventing natural disasters such as storms, floods, etc.; it gives off multi-coloured lighted which heals the various mental and emotional afflictions; it cures all illnesses; and it ensures that one dies a natural death, not an untimely one. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, or perfect discrimination, so one knows what to abandon and what to keep in the mindstream during the spiritual journey to enlightenment. 3. The Precious Queen: the most beautiful and virtuous of all women. She is described as a goddess who is the epitome of someone: with devotion; without jealousy; who is the embodiment of fertility; who works for the welfare of all beings; who possess feminine wisdom; speaks the truth; not attract to sensual pleasures or material possessions; and does not have false views. She is adored by all. She also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect effort. This is necessary to keep meditating until one gains spiritual attainments. 4. The Precious Minister: who has sharp intelligence, patience, and the ability to give wise counsel to the emperor. He is so attuned to the emperor that even before the emperor has spoken, the minister is already carrying out his command. He only wishes to support the Dharma, help sentient beings, and is an excellent strategist. He also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect joy. This is also akin to the attainment of the first bodhisattva level, because you have come to an understanding of your own mind, which is like pouring ice-cold water into boiling water. The water stops boiling, as does the thoughts, projections, and delusions in the mind. He represents the path of the bodhisattva. 5. The Precious Elephant: who has the strength of a thousand normal elephants. He is white, with the perfect features that an elephant could have. He is majestic, graceful, and gentle, but in battle is fearsome, fearless and unyielding. He communicates with the emperor through a telepathic link. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect adaptability. This is important, as one needs to be able to adapt to the various mental afflictions as they arise, and suitably counter them. 6. The Precious Horse: who has all the marks of a celestial horse. Known as wind-horse, he is able to travel extremely fast, and can circumambulate the entire universe three time in just a single day. He is never fearful or startled, never makes a sound when galloping, and has extremely soft hairs on his body. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is single-pointed concentration. This is important because without this form of concentration, once cannot engage in the analytical meditations that lead to an understanding of emptiness, and therefore enlightenment. 7. The Precious General: who has mastered the arts of war and always wins in battle. He wears battle armour and holds many different weapons. He tries to avoid battle, but when necessary fights, and never gives up until he has won. He is fearless, and courageous in carrying out the emperors commands and ensures the emperors army carries out their duties. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect equanimity. This is because he overcomes all warfare, which is akin to the battle between things were are attached to and things we have an aversion for in our minds. In short, what you are offering up is the highest of all temporal treasures and abilities, as well as the entire path of the Dharma. Doing so creates the causes for you to receive all of this on your spiritual journey towards enlightenment. I hope this helps. Thank you.
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