Reasons Why You Should Read This Book!

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Recently, Rinpoche has instructed me to read up this book and to write a blog post about it. At first I did not think much of this book and I was just judging the book by its cover, thinking that it wouldn’t be interesting. Not long after reading the book, I started realizing how much it relates to me and in this case, most of us. If you read this book, I am sure you will be surprised by its accuracy and on-point explanation, it basically describes about our lives and the problems that we constantly face. If you want to get this book, it is available here.

 

How I feel about this book:

I believe this book is very beneficial for all of us to read. This book has widen up my mind and taught me how to look at things from different perspectives. It also teaches me how to become a better and kinder person. What do I mean by being a better person? Being a better person does not mean you HAVE to be a Buddhist, you HAVE to pray to Lord Buddha, you HAVE to sit under a tree and meditate. No, being a better person has nothing to do with our religious choices, you can be a Christian, Hindu, Muslim, Jewish and so on, the point is not the religion. What I mean about being a better person is that we become more kind, more aware of our speech and action, learn how to solve the problems that we come across independently. Below are some of the points that stuck out to me, of course these are just a few of them. I highly recommend everyone to read this book, not only that it inspires me to become a better person, it also broadens up my mind.

 

Dharma

Dharma is about developing a beautiful and harmonious relationship with people around us. Although from the outside it may seem like there’s no difference between doing secular work and dharma work, but in actuality, Dharma brings all of us closer to one another, we learn to accept and forgive each other’s flaws.

 

Change

If we seek for a change in relationships with our partner, parents, siblings, friends and so on, we don’t find faults in others and we don’t blame others for who they really are. No one is perfect, therefore we have to abandon our expectations and just accept ‘samsara’. Yes it’s a big word I know, it takes a lot of determination and practice but if we are sincere about changing, it can definitely happen. Since we are in Dharma, we should learn to let go of the past and focus on the present and make the best out of it. We must always be nice to others irregardless of how they treat us.

 

Giving

Giving does not necessarily need to be done physically in the form of giving gifts and so on. Giving can also be expressed through actions, thoughts and words, but how? By stop talking back and being defensive to people when they confront us or when they are just generally questioning us. If you find it difficult, you can start with talking nicely and respectfully to your parents, partners, friends, colleagues and so on.

 

Letting Go and Moving On

We must learn to let go of our attachments, be it in the form of branded items like cars, bags, houses, antiques, jewelries, money, food, love, hate, likes, dislikes, friends, parents, relationships, siblings, everything that is existent in samsara because they are all unreliable and impermanent, nothing is permanent. When they are gone, we should just learn to let it go. It will definitely hurt a lot but there’s no point of holding on to it so tightly. I am not saying that we should just abandon all these and go to meditate in a cave, what I am saying is that we must not be overly-attached to all of these. It’s impossible to forget about our attachments in one night, but if we are determined to make the change, slowly we will realise that we become lighter and happier.

 

What Happens When We Don’t Let Go?

Being too attached to someone or something will not bring us anything but suffering and upon the time of death, there’s a higher chance of us taking rebirth in the three lower realms. The reason why spirits exist is because they are too attached to their attachments and therefore they have created the karma to come back as spirits to linger around their possessions. What kind of possessions? Anything, you name it, be it a person, a place, a branded bag, jewelries and mostly our own gross body. I have heard about a story of a person who was tremendously attached to his treasures and even at the time of death, he still could not let go. He eventually taken rebirth and returned as a snake that resides around his residence to ‘guard’ his treasures. But the thing is that, what can he do with all the treasures now? Whatever outer wealth we have in this life can never be brought to our next life, it has never happened before and it will not, it’s impossible.

 

Living Happily

One of the best ways to live happily is by reducing our anger. But how? By stop pointing fingers at others even if they are at fault, because with actions like this, we create more unhappiness. When a person is wrong, we correct him/ her in a friendly manner in order to avoid arguments. There are times where we just want to look good and win the argument, then we end up hurting these people and leaving them no choice but to stay away from us. We must  not expect others to change, we should be the one to transform for the better. We may be able to convince a few people to change and sometimes, they really do. But do bear in mind, the world does not revolve around us and therefore we can’t expect everyone around us to change and we just stay as where we are. To think like that, it shows how arrogant and selfish we are, how do we deserve happiness if we were to think and act this way?

 

Nothing is Permanent

Everything is impermanent and because nothing is permanent, we have to make the best out of everything we can now before it is too late. For example, I am still living under my parents’ ‘big umbrella’, but how long more can I stay under their umbrella? 5 years? 10 years? 20 years? Eventually it will come a time where they have to pass on as well and the umbrella will be gone forever. Just like what Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche said: “That way of living- depending on the wealth of our parents, family or love ones- is a speedy way of burning up our merit and creating the causes for not having any later.” So what will happen to me when my merits are all used up? Isn’t it better to start being independent now so that we can survive in the outside world when out parents are gone? For me, I will continue to study harder, finish my homework without having being prompted to, use my free time to think of what I want to study and what to be in the future.

 

Projection

Projection is also another thing which we must let go of. We have been projecting our expectations lifetimes after lifetimes, therefore it has become a ‘natural state of mind’ for almost every single one of us and that makes it very difficult for us to overcome. But it is not impossible, projection is the main cause of arguments, disharmony, conflicts and disappointments. We cry, we fight and we do all sorts of things, be it to get someone back or just simply to release our emotions. All these arise from false projections/ expectations.

 

Cherish

We must always appreciate and cherish all the good things we possess now, for example the Dharma. Serve our guru with tremendous respect even if the guru manifests what may seem ‘negative’ in our silly mind. The guru is the most important portal for us to achieve enlightenment, without the guru, there will be no Dharma; without the Dharma, there will be no liberation from all sufferings. Therefore, it is very important to serve the guru with respect and love, treat him the way how we would treat the Buddha.

 

Attachment to Happiness and Attachment to Hatred

This is also one of the main things which we have to look after in our lives. Emotions are just temporary feelings, it changes according to the situation and environment, it does not stay stagnant. Take our mother for example, when she’s nice and buys us what we want, we can be very nice to her, treat her with a lot of care and love and give her the best we can (for that moment). But the moment she stops doing it, we can immediately become angry and yell at her. Our current state of mind is as unstable as an animal, for example a dog. When we are nice to our dog, feed it well and give it a lot of love, of course it will become attached to us automatically. But the moment we start abusing it, the feeling of loved and the sense of belonging can be immediately turned into fear. We cannot really blame the animals because they do not have high intelligence like how we do, so what excuse do we have now? There’s no point of being attached to temporary emotions because again, nothing is permanent.

 

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Edward Ooi is like any ordinary high school boy who enjoys his share of movies, comics, and video games. Through his parents, Edward crossed paths with H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche from the moment he was born, and grew up with the guidance of Dharma in every important juncture of his developing years. Brought up to view the world with infinite possibilities, at 17 years old Edward chooses to spend his weekends volunteering in Kechara Soup Kitchen and have developed a strong interest in the field of paranormal and mystical beings.
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  1. Wan Wai Meng on Sep 17, 2016 at 3:09 am

    Reading this nicely written article from Edward reminds me so much of the way Tsem Rinpoche’s gives dharma talk and teachings. Someone way back told me dharma of one aspect of buddhism can relate and interlink with other teachings of buddhism. How true it is when Rinpoche speaks the dharma, he can expound on one topic of the dharma and link to other aspects of the dharma, and Rinpoche can talk about so many more aspects of the dharma effortlessly.

    One of Rinpoche’s skillfulness and strength is that he is able to bring the dharma alive and in very layman terms across to wide eyed students like myself. His talks are always in modern day terms and has an evergreen appeal to it.

  2. samfoonheei on Jul 29, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    Thanks for sharing this book review…..interesting there s so much to know and learn from , even though it just a review all from Ronpoche teachings.I read it over and over again to understand better.Mr.Edward Ooi…did a good job putting all important points down for us to understand better.Thanks you Mr Edward Ooi I will recommend this book to my friends .May all of us be blessed and be more compassionate.
    With folded hands

  3. Carmen Koo on Jun 10, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    Dear Edward,

    Thank you for this book review on the book titled “Peace”, published by Kechara Media & Publications which is based on His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche’s teachings.

    I love it that you have summarised your thoughts and opinions, and infused it with teachings from the book to give a snippet of the wisdom filled teachings of Rinpoche. It is nice that you have highlighted the most important points for you from the book, and given examples to support your believes.

    Thank you for sharing this with us. What hit me the most was the attachment we have, whether to happiness, to hatred, to our projections, our pride or materials, and that usually is what holds us back the most in life.

    It definitely is a book for all who just needs to find peace from within.

    Thank you
    Carmen

  4. Wylfred Ng on Jun 8, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    Thank you Edward for the nice review and write up on this book.

    I love the way you deliver the review by summarizing all the important point in different paragraph. It is very easy to understand and remember the point.

    I love to recommend this book to my friends that are new to Buddhism, or even non Buddhist. They always find that this book is very good that everyone also can be benefited from this book.

    Thank you

  5. Chin San on Jun 8, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    “When a person is wrong, we correct him/her in a friendly manner in order to avoid arguments. There are times where we just want to look good and win the arguments, then we end up hurting these people and leaving them no choice but to stay away from us.”

    這個現象如今充斥著整個網路世界,人們無禮地利用鍵盤毫無責任感的批評任何他們覺得看不過眼的事,尤其是『事實』,因為『事實』刺痛他們,他們就惱怒、咒罵、貶低,從而得到爽快與優越感。為了一時的情緒與面子,卻造成無辜者的傷害甚至陰影,這是非常自私的行為。

    EGO這個東西每個人都有,適當的表現是可諒解的,但不可以無理。無理的人只懂雄辯,而有智慧的人不會為了顧及面子去引發爭吵,而是要探究真理,這叫思辨。

    另外,關於attachment這件事也是越來越可以表現在現今的虛榮世界裡。人們追求名利、財富,拋棄正義與真理,追求表面虛無的花花世界,更可悲的是這被當成理所當然。執著於任何事,都不會對人生帶來好處,有的只是無止盡的痛苦,只是個人不自覺而已。自覺的人會懂得放下執念,往正面、理想的道路去前進。

  6. Sock Wan on Jun 8, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    Thank you Edward for sharing your thoughts with us. This is a very good book to read and change our life if we want to be happier. All the teachings in the book we can apply immediately in our lives, the easiest one to start with is to change the habit of finger pointing people as mentioned in the article under the heading “living happily”. This is easy because it does not depend on another person or factor. At the end of the day, it is our state of mind determines our sadness and happiness. Learn how to control our mind and we shall be the master to our happiness.

  7. William Chua on Jun 8, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    Edward, your book review is to the point and easy to understand. You have written very well and have matured so much. This book is very easy to read and can relate to our lives.

    A lot of people wants happiness in their lives but they also expect happiness comes in a certain way or look. If the person or situation does not match their expectation, then they become angry and that defeats the purpose of being happy. So, lose the expectation and take life as it is. Most of all, lose the anger to preserve the peace of the situation and maybe our perception will also change.

    Taking life as it is does not mean that we give up and just let time pass by. We must still continue to strive for the best to be kinder, more compassionate, to love more and to achieve peace. It may be time for me to read the book again.

  8. KarenC on Jun 8, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    Dear Edward,

    I like what you wrote: “Being a better person does not mean you HAVE to be a Buddhist, you HAVE to pray to Lord Buddha, you HAVE to sit under a tree and meditate. No, being a better person has nothing to do with our religious choices…” Sometimes people just tend to link kindness to religion and one of the common belief is that being a religious person or when u have belief, you must be kind and compassionate. To me, as long as you’re a human, you have to be kind,

    Having wrong perception will lead to more projections and expectations, and that they will lead to more negativities like what you’ve mentioned: disappointment, disharmony and conflicts.

    I also like how you mentioned our emotions are just temporary feelings and it changes according to the situation and environment. Most of the time we’re very caught up in our emotions that ruined so many things in life, be it relationship, career and even health. Thanks for pointing out how the negativities that has been deep rooted in our gross mind is affecting our everyday life. Dharma is the only way to confront our own negativities, deal with it, overcome it and transform.

    This book is highly recommended to all newbies to Buddhism.

  9. jerry_sito on Jun 8, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    感谢Edward的分享

    尊贵的第廿五世詹杜固仁波切总是不失传统传承,但却能够把超过2500多年的佛陀教诲,与最贴近我们现代新新人的方式,给完美无瑕的诠释出来。

    追求一份内心的宁静,是现在每一位忙绿的都市人,所仰望的,宁静是一个简单的名词,但是要真正得到一份内心的宁静,的确是非常不容易的,当一个人内心能够开始宁静下来的那一刻,您也许将会发现,你当下,过去所有的种种点点滴滴的人,事与物都会产生了微妙的变化,而且是美好的变化。

    和谐,爱,关怀与原谅是我对宁静的诠释,而你对与宁静的诠释又会与尊贵的第廿五世詹杜固仁波切,或对我的诠释有着不一样的想法吗?

    《宁静》这本书乃由尊贵的第廿五世詹杜固仁波切的许多的短篇开示汇编而成。内容主要讨论创造内、外环境宁静的重要性。书中还以大量现代化、生动,且与我们的日常生活息息相关的例子提醒我们,宁静始于每个当下;我们所活着的的每一刻,所说的每一句话或所作出的每一个行动,都能用来创造内、外环境的宁静。

    谢谢
    Jerry Sito

  10. ...peace...ll on May 16, 2016 at 3:26 am
    • Joy Kam on May 22, 2016 at 3:12 pm

      Love this video we made for this book… very creatively shot and captures the essence of content.

  11. Pastor Antoinette Kass on May 8, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    Dear Edward,

    Thank you for this detailed review of this powerful book. Indeed the Peace book teaches us the truth that we need very badly. In our daily life, so many things draw us away from the truth, by entertainment, shopping, and so on…

    Yes, the most important thing is Dharma and to let go of our attachments and focus on what is important. Not thinking why is the other person like that, but why do I react like that.

    Harmony, love, care and forgiveness is what we need to practice day after day so that it becomes natural with time.

    Your review has inspired me to read the peace book again. Dharma is most important and we are blessed to have a precious Guru who showes us the way always.

    Thank you Edward and keep it up!

  12. Pasto Loh Seng Piow on May 7, 2016 at 11:54 am

    This is a “universal” Buddhist/Dharma book that every beginner should get. The topics covered are very relevant to our daily lives, and H.E. Tsem Rinpoche has the ability to give Dharma that always touches the heart and not dry, which means Rinpoche already actualized all the virtues that he taught. This book should be the “Buddhism 101” for all time.

  13. Li Kheng on May 6, 2016 at 11:18 am

    Thank you Edward for your book review.

    Hmm, i have got to say this: you are lucky you got to read these meaningful books at such a young age. It will be useful for you as you face more of samsara and its various delusions.

    Fact is, we can’t end the delusions, suffering and disappointments in samsara. However, we certainly can change our attitudes towards it.

    This book touches on aspects of Dharma and relate it clearly to our everyday life situations and experiences.

    One of the reasons I always enjoy Kechara Media a& Publication books is that they are most relatable. THey also make difficult and profound subjects less abstract and more applicable.

    Again, thank you Edward!

  14. Beatrix Ooi on May 6, 2016 at 7:45 am

    Based on what Edward has written here, it pretty much summarises how much he has understood the book. It’s very good to know that he has realised so much and that his dharma knowledge has grew, it’s easier to say than being done. I hope that Edward will apply what he has learnt into his daily lives so that he can transform for the better.

    One of the points that stuck out to me was the one that talks about “projections”. We have been living our life with a lot of projections, and it’s not just this life, it goes all the way back to so hundreds and thousands of lifetimes before this. Therefore, it has become a natural state of mind to have projections, it’s like an instinct now. Yes it’s not easy to break our projections but nothing is easy in life anyway. We often have wrong projections about life, about people, about things and how it should be. It has brought nothing but sufferings and pain. Therefore, it is very important to realise it now and break the habit to we do not suffer as much later on.

  15. kb thapa on May 6, 2016 at 6:19 am

    We cultivate an attitude that dharma practice is key to our Buddhist practice. Buddhist practice and the support of within the community is important. We let go our attachments and practice dharma with peace. In the book clearly Rinpoche has explained very ell. The peace book has widens mind and taught us how to look at things from different perspectives..

  16. Martin on May 6, 2016 at 4:00 am

    Thank you for this book review Edward. You did a good job summarising the salient points.

    Everybody talks about world peace and yet it would be very difficult to achieve that when we don’t even have peace within ourselves. Our environment is a reflection of what is going on in our lives.

    All the points Edward summarised are valid but for me ‘Projections’ is the most common trigger for discord. Projections refers to our expectations of how everything and everyone should be and when things don’t happen the way we project and expect, it is often taken as a personal attack that justifies retaliation.

  17. Pastor Niral Patel on May 6, 2016 at 3:59 am

    I like what Edward has written very much, he brings across the meaning of the book very well, I like his line “Dharma is about developing a beautiful and harmonious relationship with people around us.” This is a very beautiful and an apt explanation. Everything else here, including Living Happily, Giving and Letting Go and Moving On, can all be encompassed as part of the above phrase.

    Edward has really absorbed the essence of this very good book, in fact. It is a very good summary of what he has learnt. I am very happy to see Edward has written this post and that he has benefited even from something that he thought would not have thought interesting or worthwhile.

  18. Pastor Shin on May 6, 2016 at 3:34 am

    Thank you Edward for sharing what you feel about the “PEACE” book and what you have learnt. I’m glad to know the book has widen up your mind and taught you how to look at things from different perspectives.

    I like the themes/categories you listed, these are very important topics. Also, your points are good and not too long, which makes them easy to read.

    I especially like your last explanation on “Attachment to Happiness and Attachment to Hatred” where you point out that our current state of mind is as unstable as an animal and we should not be attached to temporary emotions because nothing is permanent. This is a good concluding theme that relates to other themes of projections, nothing is permanent, change and letting go, which you have listed in the earlier part of your sharing.

    I will share this review with others, your review and sharing is a wonderful read. Do write more!

  19. Vinnie Tan on May 6, 2016 at 3:04 am

    Dear Edward,

    I am so happy for you to have these realisations from reading the book. I like the way how you have separated each part with a sub-heading that people know what they can expect before reading what is written.

    Through each of the sub headers that you have broken down for us, it clearly shows a step by step menu that we can all follow after we read the book. By applying what is needed mentioned in the book, we will see ourselves transform. By being more calm, we will be happier as there are lesser things that will be able to irritate ourselves.

    Personally, the most important points that are being highlighted her in the article will be the importance of knowing that nothing is impermanent, our projections, and the attachment to happiness and hatred. Knowing things are impermanent is good because we will stop taking things that are around us for granted, starting to appreciate more so that we will know that things can change anytime and we should never be over comfy with what we have now as any thing can happen to us or the people around us.

    I enjoy the part about projections very much because it acts as a mirror for all of us to take a step back and look at our own projections. How sometimes we set impossible limits for others. Yet when others do the same to us, we will not accept what is happening. It is just sad to see that sometimes we are not able to do things or we stay unhappy due to all these projections that we have. They are like boulders that constantly weigh us down.

    What you have mentioned above about the attachment to happiness and sadness is also a projection that we have. It is through the actions of what others do that we expect or want that affects our moods. With this said, it will only make s people that are difficult people to work with as our emotions are constantly on a roller coasts that makes others worry when they hang out with us.

  20. Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on May 6, 2016 at 2:58 am

    Edward,

    Judging from your book review, it sounds like you have understood the book well. I hope now you have the knowledge, that you can start putting it into practise. Why? To bring peace in your home, in your mind, in your family 🙂

    Of everything you wrote, the advice that I found immediately relevant to me *when I was your age* was when you wrote “For example, I am still living under my parents’ ‘big umbrella’, but how long more can I stay under their umbrella? 5 years? 10 years? 20 years?” At your age, that thought struck a very deep chord in me because it always made me think, how much longer WILL they be around? Since I am only going to be with them for another x-number of years, what can I learn and what SHOULD I learn to make sure I’ll be okay when I am on my own?

    So you’re in a similar situation. You have the benefit of loving parents who are supportive of everything you do, so never be afraid to try new things. Try and keep trying, and if you fail it’s okay because your parents are still there to catch you. You will fail once, twice, three times, four times but one day, you won’t fail and you will succeed instead. Having your parents there to catch you is MUCH better than always trying, and not having anyone there for support.

    Please keep reading and writing, I enjoy seeing what you have to say!

  21. Pastor Adeline on May 6, 2016 at 1:17 am

    Dear Edward,

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this book. I like how you organised the content into different subjects and share your understanding of them. This book covered many useful subjects, it is definitely worth reading.

    Each subject helps us to understand the important aspects of our lives, guiding us towards ultimate happiness. If we realised each of them, we will be freed from many negativity and get to experience true freedom for sure. Among them, I personally feel the understanding and realisation of the impermanence nature of everything will speed up our pace in letting go of perceptions, at the same time increase our faith in dharma. With this realisation, we will then be able to change for the better, live happily and appreciate all the we have.

  22. Valentina Suhendra on May 6, 2016 at 12:38 am

    Dear Edward

    Thank you for your commentary of the PEACE book. The book is not at all boring and it touches the root cause of our problems – which is anger, projection, expectation and attachment. I have read this book before but even until today, I am still working to eliminate the root causes within myself.

    Thank you for reminding us again that nothing is impermanent and the root causes of our problems

    Valentina

  23. Pastor David Lai on May 6, 2016 at 12:22 am

    That’s a nice relateable like review from Edward. Thank you. Peace is something that we always think in terms of world peace but very few think in terms of inner peace. Even then, very few understand what that entails. I certainly wouldn’t claim to be an expert on this subject matter. But I have several ideas considering all these years of listening to Rinpoche’s teachings and trying to absorb and retain what Rinpoche had said before.

    For me, I think inner peace is when I know I have done the right thing, from completing my sadhana daily to being conscientious and completing all of what I need to do in a timely manner. Inner peace for me is when I feel I have accomplished something beneficial for the day. All of these leads to a sense of well being, which is just another fancy phrase to mean inner peace.

    Inner peace to me is also when I have shared the Dharma or I have acted in a way that benefitted someone or even when I have restrained myself from acting habitually in a negative manner.

  24. Joy Kam on May 5, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    Wow thank you Edward for your very insightful review of this Peace book. Yes it is also one of my favourite books as it transcends all boundaries. You don’t have to be a Buddhist to be better, kinder person, that is true. If anything by being spiritual we should automatically be better because we should be embodying what of faith teaches. But truth be told this is not often the case because knowing is one thing, applying it is another and we all need to start applying it.

    For example we can take our anger as one habituation to cut down by applying the teachings, and in my case it would be Dharma and Buddha’s teachings seems to show us a very clear antidote to help us cut away from this afflictive emotion. It can take many years and even then this life may not help you eliminate it entirely, but we need to start somewhere because who wishes to live in misery for the rest of their this life?

    And I like your thoughts on attachments and the examples you gave that showcases our attached mind that is very unstable and flippant. It shows the nature of our monkey mind. Hence there’s no point of being attached to temporary emotions because it deceives us and increases our pain and suffering again, and reinforces our attachments further. But one thing good is that nothing is permanent, not even our deluded mind and we all have a choice we can make each and every day when we wake up. We can choose to be positive and negative and the path we take for that day creates positive or negative circumstances in the future.

  25. Pastor Henry on May 1, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    I’m glad you read Peace and wrote this article, Edward. Well done, kiddo

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  • Stella Cheang
    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
  • Stella Cheang
    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
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Wednesday, Mar 29. 2017 09:42 PM
    If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
  • Lin Mun
    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
  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Wednesday, Mar 29. 2017 09:28 AM
    Dalawong: A Child Recalls a Past Life as a Cobra in Thailand

    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.

    Read more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/do-animals-reincarnate-back-as-humans.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Mar 28. 2017 08:40 PM
    谢谢Paul Yap 为我们介绍马来西亚彭亨州文东必定参观的地方之一~克切拉禅修林。就如照片显示,克切拉禅修林的确是一个环境清幽、山明水秀以及令人有宁静舒适的感觉。

    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:
    1. 金泽”财王”
    2. 金刚瑜伽母佛塔
    3. 绿度母石雕像
    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)

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/go-bentong.html
  • 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.
3 days ago
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
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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
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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
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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
2 months ago
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
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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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