Assisting Khensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Phende

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Su Ming with Khensur Rinpoche and his attendants. Su Ming is one of the Changtso of Tsem Rinpoche

A few months ago, when a few of my students visited Shar Gaden Monastery in Mundgod, India; my students visited Khensur Ladrang (lama’s household) to bring some supplements and Dharma offerings for Khensur Rinpoche. We knew from a previous visit that Khensur Rinpoche was diabetic, so this time, my students came with some supplements that are good for people with diabetes and to find out about Khensur Rinpoche’s health. It was during this time that I found out that Khensur Rinpoche’s diabetes is not under control… It saddened me a lot, as Khensur Rinpoche is such a beautiful, wise, and great Dharma practitioner, whom has gone through so many tribulations throughout his life. He held his abbot position so superbly benefitting the monastery so much. Now that he is retired, we cannot just ‘forget’ about him. I’ve known Khensur Rinpoche for over 27 years now. Yes over 27 years now. We will be friends for the rest of my life.

I’ve sponsored the medical costs and procedures for hundreds of monks. I was also able to raise funds to build a hospital in Gaden monastery. Taking care of the monks medically has always been a priority for myself.

When I heard that Khensur Rinpoche was not well, I thought… I must do something. I cannot allow such a highly respected and precious Lama, whom have dedicated his whole life to take care hundreds of monks in the monastery during their most difficult time, to fall ill and have his physical body deteriorate pre-maturely. He held the abbot’s position for 7 years successfully and led the Shar Gaden Monastery during it’s most difficult period. He was the first abbot also chosen. So, I told Su Ming, whom is a wonderful and caring person, to bring Khensur Rinpoche and his attendants to Bombay, where proper medical care can be obtained. Khensur Rinpoche, due to his humility, he initially rejected the offer; but I begged Khensur Rinpoche through the phone to allow me to take care of him, so that he may live long and continue to turn the wheel of Dharma, and at the same time allow me, the sponsors and Kechara to collect such huge merits for healing such a great Lama as Khensur Rinpoche. Only after I insisted in this way did Khensur Rinpoche allowed us to take him for a medical checkup.

Many years ago, I used to take care my teacher, Khensur Jampa Yeshe in Gaden. Khensur Jampa Yeshe had diabetes too, and it was during that time I met with a very very compassionate doctor, Dr Nadeem Rais. I have kept contact with Dr Nadeem all these years, as I have never forgotten how kind and how well he took care of my teacher. He is a very famous doctor in Bombay, and usually his schedule is packed back to back… however when Su Ming called him, he knew that it was urgent and made some time for us to bring Khensur Rinpoche for a checkup. 

So, Su Ming and her wonderful team consisting of Carmen, Karen and Vinnie; took Khensur Rinpoche, Gen Wangyal (Khensur Rinpoche’s close attendant), Gen Nyima (Khensur Rinpoche’s young attendant) and Gen Kunga (English translator) to Bombay. I am very appreciative of Su Ming and her team for doing such a good job taking Khensur Rinpoche and making sure every detail was orderly. They updated me every step of the way. It was a great honor to be able to be part of healing Khensur Rinpoche… I am really glad I had this chance to serve this great Lama. With good health, Khensur Rinpoche will be able to confer precious initiations to the new generation of monks.

Tsem Rinpoche 

 


 

Escorting Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Phende for a Medical Checkup

[Written by the Gift Team]

A private audience with an eminent scholar Khensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Phende on the afternoon of 11th October 2014 unraveled into a holy mission to Bombay, where we sought treatment for Khensur Rinpoche’s diabetes and a full medical examination.

As Kechara House’s president, Datuk May Phng, Changtso of Tsem Rinpoche Su Ming Chuah, and students Abby Foo, Jace Chong, Vinnie Tan, Sarah Yap, Karen Chong and Carmen Koo along with Gen Wangyal (Khensur Rinpoche’s main attendant) and Gen Jangchup Kunga were in the presence of Khensur Rinpoche, Tsem Rinpoche made a phone call from USA to speak with Khensur Rinpoche. Two old friends spoke on the phone for at least 30 minutes, and at the end of the conversation, Tsem Rinpoche spoke to us to give some advice on creating the causes and generating the necessary merits for a pure, holy, senior monk to live long. Khensur Rinpoche is very learned, a supreme ritual master and scholar, who dedicated his entire life to propagating, learning, practising, and upholding the Dharma and has much knowledge to pass on to the younger Sangha members to preserve the lineage of Lama Tsongkhapa therefore his health and long life is of extreme importance.

From speaking with Khensur Rinpoche, Tsem Rinpoche learned that Khensur Rinpoche has serious diabetes which tires him very easily. On the spiritual level, we requested Khensur Rinpoche to accept a Tenshug for his long life. In addition, we requested Khensur Rinpoche to kindly allow us to escort him for a medical examination and to treat his diabetes which Khensur Rinpoche agreed to bestow us with such honor.

Rinpoche had told us about a lovely caring doctor in Bombay, whom Rinpoche had previously met whilst in charge of helping Khensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche with his fight against diabetes. His name is Dr Nadeem Rais, and he had controlled Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche’s diabetes so well that Khensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche had his life extended by 14 years.

Preparations and thorough arrangements then went underway for a group of 8 to travel to Bombay. Escorting Khensur Rinpoche to Bombay was his attendant Gen. Wangyal, Gen. Kunga, who helped tremendously in being our translator, Gen Nyima, a young monk working at the Menkhang (hospital) of the monastery, as well as Su Ming, Vinnie, Karen and Carmen.  

Khensur Rinpoche speaking with Tsem Rinpoche on the phone during our group’s private audience with Khensur Rinpoche. Khensur Rinpoche said that he felt very lucky to be able to speak with Tsem Rinpoche, on the other hand, Tsem Rinpoche told us he was so fortunate to be able to speak to Khensur Rinpoche. Both are great, humble Dharma masters

 

Datuk May Phng, President of Kechara House, respectfully requesting Khensur Rinpoche to allow us the opportunity to escort him for a medical checkup in Bombay

 

DAY 1: 14th OCTOBER 2014

We began our journey at 6 AM from the monastery to Goa so the 5 hour car ride brought us through many states and beautiful views along the way. Ample of rest stops were made so we could stretch and have refreshments as well. We arrived at Goa International Airport (commonly known as Dabolim Airport) around 12 PM, checked in, passed the immigration, had our lunch in the only restaurant at the airport, and boarded our flight which was scheduled to depart for Bombay at 2.50 PM.  

Just before boarding our flight from Goa to Bombay, the entire team with Khensur Rinpoche

 

Its a full flight to Bombay, and for Gen Nyima (far left), it was his first time on a plane and away from the monastery. Gen Kunga (centre) served as our English translator; and Khensur Rinpoche (right)

In no time, we had arrived in Bombay, and before we knew it, we were at the hotel checking in and preparing dinner for Khensur Rinpoche and the monks. After things were settled, the team went to a nearby grocery store to buy some groceries as well as a gift basket of organic and healthy consumables for Dr Nadeem Rais. We were lucky to find this store close by the hotel – we were told that most of the shops close at 8PM, and 24 hour convenient stores like 7-eleven are unheard of in Bombay.  

 

DAY 2: 15th OCTOBER 2014

We arrived at Chowpatty Medical Centre (CMC) for Khensur Rinpoche’s first consultation appointment at 2:00PM. Su Ming and Vinnie had gone earlier to the clinic to brief Dr Nadeem Rais on Khensur Rinpoche’s condition as well as update Dr Nadeem on Tsem Rinpoche and Kechara as Dr Nadeem and Rinpoche have known each other for a long time. On behalf of Rinpoche, Su Ming presented a bouquet of flowers and a basket of organic food products to Dr Nadeem which he appreciated very much. Dr Nadeem assured Su Ming that he will personally take very good care of Khensur Rinpoche and make sure that he is well. What a caring, kind, and compassionate doctor, who is generous with his time and care towards every patient’s well-being. 

The outside of Dr Nadeem Rais’s clinic, Chowpatty Medical Centre (CMC)

Su Ming giving Dr Nadeem Rais a run through of The Promise, Tsem Rinpoche’s biography. Dr Nadeem was very happy to hear about Rinpoche’s good works in Malaysia and USA

Before the consultation with Dr Nadeem, both Khensur Rinpoche and Gen Wangyal had an initial observation with another doctor at the clinic (we thought it would be good for Gen Wangyal to receive a full medical checkup and treatment as well). They were interviewed on their medical history, diet habits, had their blood and pressure tested, underwent a few other examinations, weight, height and BMI measured as well as an ECG done for them. The nurses, assistants and doctors at CMC were all very professional, helpful and generous with their advice. After listening to Khensur Rinpoche’s daily diet intake, they recommended an alternative diet consisting of skim milk, egg whites, less oil, butter and salt, brown rice, atta flour, fruits, and fresh green salad, whilst eliminating fruits like banana, grape, custard apples, jackfruit, dates, mango, figs, coconut juice, fruit juices as well as sugarcane juice as they are all high in sugar content and unsuitable for diabetic patients. Most importantly, exercising (a 15 minutes walk), is highly recommended after each meal as it metabolises the fat in the body.

At Dr Nadeem’s clinic, which is perpetually filled with patients

Khensur Rinpoche getting a sample of his blood for blood test by Dr Nadeem Rais’s assistant

Gen Wangyal, who has been best friends with Khensur Rinpoche since they were young, is getting his blood test done

The consultation with Dr Nadeem went well. Dr Nadeem was reassuring and made everyone feel comfortable. Initial reports obtained via the pre-examination showed positive results. Dr Nadeem advised that with diabetes, there are 5 things that we need to look out for and do. This includes:

  1. Food/Diet – consume foods that are low in sugar content and high GI
  2. Exercise – regular exercise should be done to keep one healthy and use excess fat storage
  3. Stress/Worry – it can play a role in affecting one’s diabetes as the body reacts to the stress and worries it undergoes
  4. Treatment – medication needed to control the diabetes level if needed
  5. Checking & Monitoring – of the blood sugar level on a daily basis to ensure that everthing is in check, and determine whether a change in treatment (medication) is needed.

More detailed tests were scheduled for us by Dr Nadeem at other medical facilities, so we set a date for another appointment with Dr Nadeem where we would then be able to go through the complete medical examination results of Khensur Rinpoche and Gen Wangyal.

Some preliminary observations from Dr Nadeem from the immediate results of some basic tests done:

  • ECG – both Khensur Rinpoche and Gen Wangyal had very good results for this, and Dr Nadeem said that both of them have a healthy heart, equivalent to that of a 17 year old teenager.
  • Creatinin Test – this was to test the function of the kidneys, and both of them came back with good clear results.
  • Urine Test – there was no infection that was found through the urine.
  • Blood Pressure – Both had normal readings.

In Dr Nadeem’s consultation room, while Dr Nadeem goes through the initial observation reports of Khensur Rinpoche and Gen Wangyal

Before parting from CMC, Rinpoche called to speak with Dr Nadeem and Khensur Rinpoche, to reassure Khensur Rinpoche that he is having the best treatment, and to thank Dr Nadeem for his unwavering care in treating and helping others. We bought a blood sugar reading machine which would be used everyday to test Khensur Rinpoche’s blood sugar level, as well as a supply of test strips. The lovely assistants taught Gen Nyima and Gen Kunga how to operate the simple machine so that they can keep up with the monitoring of Khensur Rinpoche’s blood sugar levels.

Tsem Rinpoche in the USA on the phone with Dr Nadeem Rais in India. Tsem Rinpoche’s care goes beyond boundaries. Dr Nadeem was very happy to speak with Rinpoche. Tsem Rinpoche wanted to let Dr Nadeem know Khensur Rinpoche is his good friend and please lend all possible assistance.

We are all learning how to use the machine that reads blood sugar level from Dr Nadeem’s assistant. Gen Nyima (behind) checks Khensur Rinpoche’s blood sugar level everyday

Back Row, from left – Vinnie, Su Ming, Gen Kunga, Gen Nyima.
Front Row, from left – Dr Nadeem, Khensur Rinpoche and Gen Wangyal

We rushed to our next appointment at 5.30PM, which Dr Nadeem and his team kindly helped to arrange immediately for us on the very same day. It was with Dr. Rumi Jehangir, who is an Ophthalmic Surgeon2. Getting a good eye check-up for a diabetic is very important as diabetes degenerates the eyes and can cause bleeding when it is in its advanced stages. This was also necessary, so that we could make them new glasses which can help very much in the monastery. Khensur Rinpoche reads and studies a lot of sutra texts as he gives many teachings, therefore, a good pair of glasses will help him very much. At Dr Rumi’s, Khensur Rinpoche was shown to have a little cataract in his left eye, and will have to have continuous check up on a yearly basis. The doctor recommended that a surgery to remove it is not necessary at the moment, but we will have to monitor it well. Khensur Rinpoche has operated the cataract on his right eye previously. With the current pair of glasses that he had on, Khensur Rinpoche’s vision was near-perfect.

Gen Wangyal was diagnosed to have white spots on his cornea, which Gen-la claimed has been there for 6 years. He has had an operation done on his eyes 3 years ago. Results from examination showed that Gen Wangyal is both near and far sighted therefore we decided to get him a bi-focal spectacle which would be easy and convenient for him. Dr Rumi recommended to us an optometrist not far from the hotel to get their prescribed spectacles done.

Dr Rumi checking Khensur Rinpoche’s eyes. Khensur Rinpoche’s eyesight was really good as he could read the smallest font alphabets on the board in front of him.

Gen Wangyal gets his eyes checked by Dr Rumi, who prescibed Gen Wangyal bi-focal glasses as he is both near and far sighted

 

DAY 3: 16th OCTOBER 2014

Gen Nyima is always seen support and helping Khensur Rinpoche. Serving senior lamas creates tremendous merits for the individual

We had an 11AM appointment at NM Medical Centre for more medical tests. The monks had to fast two hours before the tests. The tests that were done included:

  1. Chest X-Ray
  2. Sonography, like ultrasound, to check the internal organs of the body. It will give a better understanding of the current health of the liver, pancreas, and kidney.
  3. 2D Echocardiogram and Stress Test – to see the condition and health of the heart

This was completed in less than 2 hours. Results from tests showed that both Khensur Rinpoche and Gen Wangyal are doing well for their ages. Their heart functions are healthy and good, comparable to many younger people. The effects of high blood pressure can be seen for Gen Wangyal, though it is not worrying as he continues to take his medication. It was recommended that salt intake is to be reduced. When we arrived at NM Medical Centre, Su Ming and Karen already had all the paperwork done so that waiting time for Khensur Rinpoche and Gen Wangyal would be less

Gen Wangyal waiting for his turn to take the 2D Echo-cardiogram and then the stress test. Another patient, who was in line, seeking blessings and paying her utmost respect to a pure and holy monk. Such deep seeded spirituality within the Indian culture

Khensur Rinpoche undergoing the 2D Echo-cardiogram. After Khensur Rinpoche had his Echo-cardiogram, Gen Wangyal did the same scan on his heart done. Gen Wangyal has high blood pressure but medication kept the condition under good control

Having lunch at a nearby vegetarian restaurant. There is no problems or difficulty at all in finding vegetarian cuisine in India, as a vegetarian diet is very common there

After lunch, we proceeded to the Dentist, which was also recommended by Dr. Nadeem, who had his clinic schedule in the appointment for us. We met Dr. Ravindra at his clinic, who did initial observations on Khensur Rinpoche and Gen Wangyal. Khensur Rinpoche had an x-ray on this teeth done at the clinic whilst Gen Wangyal had to do it at another location as he required a much more comprehensive scan as most of his teeth are broken. We had made another appointment to visit Dr. Ravi, as he would then have the x-ray films to determine what treatment they needed.

Towards the evening, we went to Baliwalla & Homi Optometrists to make prescriptive glasses; 2 pairs of bi-focal glasses with transition lens for Khensur Rinpoche and a pair for Gen Wangyal. We were happy to sponsor everything.

The front signboard to Dr Ravi’s dental clinic

Khensur Rinpoche getting a dental check up and x-ray scan. Gen Wangyal had the same tests after Khensur Rinpoche.

Trying on some frames in the optometrist…

Khensur Rinpoche looking on happily in approval of Gen Wangyal’s frames. They have been best of friends, and fled Tibet together by foot to India. Gen Wangyal loyally serves Khensur Rinpoche all these years

 

DAY 4: 17th OCTOBER 2014

By now, most of the preliminary tests were done so we were going around to collect the medical reports for our evening appointment with Dr Nadeem Rais. After breakfast, Khensur Rinpoche went for a morning stroll together with Karen and Vinnie along the marine drive. It was lovely, and very good exercise for Khensur Rinpoche as diabetes patients need to do at least 15minute walk after each of their meals to help metabolize the intake of food.

Consultation with Dr Nadeem went well, as both Khensur Rinpoche and Gen Wangyal were overall both deemed to be very healthy for their ages. After going through the results of all reports, Dr Nadeem confirmed that Khensur Rinpoche has class 2 diabetes. However, Khensur Rinpoche has been on medication, and that has controlled his condition fairly well. Some new medications were given to replace his existing one.  

Vinnie entertaining Khensur Rinpoche, Gen Nyima, Gen Wangyal and Gen Kunga with her stories during their morning exercise

This was how the monks stored their medication, in a simple white plastic bag. We helped them reorganize it and got them pill boxes

At Dr Nadeem Rais’s clinic for our 2nd consultation after we collected the full set of medical reports. Khensur Rinpoche had his medications changed to suit his condition of Class 2 Diabetes

When we discovered the gym…Khensur Rinpoche is very sporting

 

DAY 5: 18th OCTOBER 2014

The weekend allowed us to take the monks shopping to get the essentials we needed for Khensur Rinpoche’s change in diet. We had gone shopping for shoes and sandals, groceries including rock salt, multigrain atta flour, green tea, brown rice, diabetic honey, and oats to name a few, electronics such as a juicer and rice cooker. The monks do not really get a chance to leave the monastery grounds as they, especially Khensur Rinpoche, spend most of their time teaching the many scholars and monks and serving the monastery in whatever ways they are able to. It was a joy to be able to take them shopping.

Trying on new shoes. It is important to use proper footwear especially for those with diabetes. The shoes will help them as they walk around the large compound of the monastery, and will provide more grip and safety

Purchasing atta multigrain flour, rock salt, brown rice and other commodities suitable for diabetic patients

Purchasing a few months supply of medication for Khensur Rinpoche

Getting all the necessary supplies needed from the Pharmacy. They have many things, and is very convenient to purchase prescribed medication here

Choosing stationaries and toys for the young monks of Khensur Ladrang

Our purchase from Bombay as offerings to Khensur Rinpoche, Khensur Ladrang, and other monks of Shar Gaden monastery!

 

DAY 6: 19th OCTOBER 2014

 We made a trip to Kanheri Caves, a Buddhist Pilgrimage site. The many caves found in this site were once used for meditation by many Bodhisattvas, and it was also believed that Lord Buddha had delivered a discourse at one of the sites. With tremendous blessings and such holy energy pervading, Khensur Rinpoche led a Lama Chopa puja in one of the caves, dedicating it to the long life and excellent health of Tsem Rinpoche and Kecharians. It was strenuous as the paths were unsteady and some required a steep climb but it was a blessed day nonetheless which everyone enjoyed very much.

If you go to Bombay, do make a trip here

 Khensur Rinpoche, struggling up many flights of stairs. Although it must be very tiring, Khensur Rinpoche is still very happy as the destination was to a holy temple

Making a prayer

 

The start of the Lama Chopa puja which Khensur Rinpoche did in dedication of Tsem Rinpoche’s good health and long life

Other visitors joined in the prayer too

 

DAY 7 & 8: 20th & 21st OCTOBER 2014

In these two days before departing Bombay, we made our second trip to the dentist where Khensur Rinpoche got some cavities cleaned, and filling for a decay tooth. There are more extensive treatments needed for both Khensur Rinpoche and Gen Wangyal, which will continue in Hubli when time permits. Gen Wangyal has all but four of his teeth broken thus they need to be extracted and have dentures made, while Khensur Rinpoche requires root canal. We had also collected the prescriptive glasses which took a few days for the optometrist to make.  

Back at the dentist again for filling and removal of decay 

Group picture before leaving Bombay back to Goa 

What we consider as basic medical and dental care, is precious for sanghas like Khensur Rinpoche and Gen Wangyal who spend their entire lives in the monastic community teaching, preserving the lineage, holding their vows, and studying. It is evident that they do not focus on their own needs and wants, as they focus more on the needs of others, therefore it was an honor and privilege for us to be granted a precious opportunity to gain merits in serving pure and holy monks. Back in the monastery, we made sure that we had Khensur Rinpoche’s Ladrang in order and arranged to suit Khensur Rinpoche’s dietary needs.

Buying more groceries and essentials from Hubli for Khensur Rinpoche and the Ladrang 

Gen Kunga translating notes into Tibetan to put on the walls 

Organizing Khensur Rinpoche’s daily medication into a pill box with Tibetan translation 

Toys and Puzzles for Khensur Rinpoche’s students 

Giving out some much needed stationaries to his students 

We are truly grateful to be able to be part of this fortunate holy pilgrimage, not only were we able to visit holy places, but we were able to directly serve a holy lama like Khensur Rinpoche, whom have brought so much goodness to so many people’s lives and will continue to do so with a healthier body. We will continuously take care of Khensur Rinpoche from this point forward. Up to date, Tsem Rinpoche has sponsored for the medical fees and everything else. If there is anyone that wish to contribute to the medical fund for Khensur Rinpoche, please kindly contact Chuah Su Ming or Carmen Koo for more details.

With sincere thanks and gratitude,

Gift Team of Kechara House

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  1. MartinC on Feb 9, 2017 at 2:25 am

    I am glad to see this comment by ‘Suzy in Hawaii’ on Tsem Rinpoche’s YouTube Chanel. After all this time more and more people who bother to look beyond hearsay and prejudice are beginning to see the goodness of Dorje Shugdenand benefit from it. Go see what Suzy wrote – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4&t=11s

    Suzy

  2. wan wai meng on Jan 21, 2017 at 3:18 am

    It is heart warming and such a honour to serve and take care of monks who dedicate their entire lives for the benefit of others. A joy to read this article.

    The amount of effort, time and resource that Rinpoche spends to take care of senior dharma teachers and monks is a consistent feature of Rinpoche’s life and actions. This care and enthusiasm for the dharma pervades every other aspect of Rinpoche’s life too.

  3. shane Jayasuriya on Dec 12, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    May dharma bring more people together .. May Rinpoche kindness go to ten direction.. Sadu 3x

  4. Stella Cheang on Dec 8, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    Thank you so much, Rinpoche, for sharing this post that shows us great work by the team, who worked behind the scene tirelessly, representing the good name of His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche to help Khensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Phende get medical checkup. The thoughtfulness and level of details carried out by the team was exemplary. The team also demonstrated meticulous and excellence work not only in taking care of Khensur Rinpoche and his attendants for eight days, but also in sharing the good works by His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche in Malaysia and USA. This is a good example for us to learn up in serving others.

  5. Justin Cheah on Dec 7, 2016 at 1:01 am

    This is very heart warming. Rinpoche has always been very caring towards everyone that Rinpoche knows. Rinpoche’s genuine care towards someone who is in need surpasses even their own family member would do. Everyone of Rinpoche’s students will be able to attest to that. Really heart warming to know how Rinpoche helped Khensur Rinpoche and Rinpoche never forget the kindness of others. Something normal people like us will have a lot to learn from. Thank you Rinpoche for showing the way of kindness and of course to the Care team for doing such a great job in facilitating this!

  6. Lhanzin on Dec 6, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    Ji su yi rang! I rejoice in this great kindness and generosity of Kyapche Tsem Rinpoche
    and his wonderful disciple.May your blessings and presence be with us for a very long time!

  7. Sofi on Dec 5, 2016 at 11:46 pm

    What a beautiful story of Rinpoche’s care and respect for the monks in the monastries in India and carried through by Datuk May, his Changtso, Su Ming & her team. Rinpoche had always taught how precious and selfless the Sangha is in offering their whole lives dedicated to serving the Dharma and it is only right that we in turn serve and care for them well. From the daily accounts of activities, the details as Su Ming and her team arranged for Khensur Rinpoche and Gen. Wangyal’s medical and health check procedures are so wonderfully thoughtful. It really shows how well Rinpoche had taught them and for them to care deeply to represent Rinpoche well. It is as though Rinpoche was there taking care of Khensur Jampa Yeshe once again, I would imagine.

    Rinpoche has always been kind and generous to care and help the Sangha in India and people in need. His Guru Devotion is known by all in the monasteries to be impeccable and he had always taught us to be respectful, not only to the Sangha but to our parents, our families, friends, all people we meet and even our enemies. So it is with great shock when I read those really ugly and vulgar accusations against Rinpoche just because he maintains his practise of Protector Dorje Shugden, as given by his Root Guru, H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. What amazed me was that most were coming from people who doesn’t even know him or have read much of his good deeds. Strangers who happen to like the image that H.H. 14th Dalai Lama presented, the face of love and compassion, the Nobel Peace Prize winner. Strangers who then decided to attack Shugden Lamas, even though they had no inkling of the whole issue. Strangers who does not know that one of the five Heinous crimes that brings one straight to the lower realms is “creating Schism amongst Sangha”. Attacks on Shugden Lamas is creating schism as it is distinguishing a false difference between the Lamas due to their practices. May the Dalai Lama swiftly manifest his true nature of compassion to stop all these negative karma being created daily. Please have the dialogue with Shugden practitioners and reunite all practitioners of the Lama Tsongkapa lineage, the Gelugpas.

    May Rinpoche and all the Lamas live long in good health to continue propitiating the precious lineage of Lama Tsongkapa with purity that brings blessings of all the Lineage Gurus. _()_

  8. Fong on Dec 5, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    Thank you for the detailed itinerary and sharing with us on how much care and attention that Rinpoche showers on his teachers. Many of us take for granted all the basic medicare care and amenities that we get everyday that we become insensitive to the needs of others.

    This serves as a reminder to us that we do need to be more mindful of others which is the Buddhist way.

    Thank you, again for showing us how to really treasure the dharma and dharma teachers.

  9. Choong on Dec 5, 2016 at 10:54 am

    If you treasure them, take good care of them. If you treasure the Dharma, take good care of the Dharma and share it.

  10. Tsem Rinpoche on Sep 15, 2016 at 12:14 am

    Trode Khangsar Chapel in Lhasa, Tibet

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Tsem Rinpoche


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

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

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    The 5th Dalai Lama’s Prayer to Dorje Shugden

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  11. Shane Jayasuriya on Jun 18, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing all this with us. Photos are so touching .. May all dharma teachers have long life and good health.

  12. Valentina Suhendra on Mar 8, 2016 at 9:35 pm

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

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  13. Loh Ann [email protected] on Mar 8, 2015 at 6:35 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the caring traits of Kecharians especially to Su Ming and her team. All this due to Rinpoche compassionate heart and openness of givings that inspired everyone, be its towards gurus, friends and every sentient beings.
    May the Kecharians be blessed by Three Jewels of the good deeds being done.

  14. tsemtulku on Feb 16, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    INTERESTING DEVELOPEMENT:

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

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

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

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

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

  15. tsemtulku on Feb 13, 2015 at 2:29 am

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

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

    NOTABLE COMMENT FROM TSEM RINPOCHE

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

  17. SG on Feb 5, 2015 at 9:13 am

    Such high beings, such high acts of generosity and love for one’s esteemed guru and sangha (our 3 jewels). Possessor of such high grace and such great qualities. Without you our worlds would be dark forever. May Rinpoche might and grace and power always increase.

  18. tsemtulku on Jan 28, 2015 at 4:25 pm

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

  19. Annette Chan on Jan 28, 2015 at 9:46 am

    I’m touched, as always. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing and all your teachings>

  20. Su Ming on Jan 22, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for giving us this opportunity to assist Kensur Rinpoche in whatever way we can so that this illustrious master is able to teach and produce many more learned scholars in the future to spread Buddhism in all 10 direction.

    This is not the first time Rinpoche has done this ever since I joined Kechara/Ladrang 6 years ago. Rinpoche has been consistently been finding ways to look after masters of Gaden/Drepung/Sera such as the late Lati Rinpoche/Kensur Jampa Yeshe, Kensur Kunchok Tserin, Geshe Wangchen of Drepung, Geshe Puntshok and etc. The list just goes on.

    I have heard so many stories not only from Rinpoche himself but from the monks in Gaden on how Rinpoche took such good care / control of Kensur Jampa Yeshe sugar level. Even monks in Pukhang and Dokhang Khamtsen used to tell me stories on how detail Rinpoche was with Kensur Jampa Yeshe’s health. Which myself and the team was fortunate to learn from so we can take over and do the same for all the older monks with health issues.

  21. Jill Yam on Jan 22, 2015 at 11:39 am

    A warm and touching sharing on the updates by the Gift Team. To be able to serve Khensur Rinpoche, Gen Wangyal and entourage is indeed a blessed privilege.
    Thanks to our guru Tsem Rinpoche who is always teaching us to be kind and generous through his actions and teachings.
    May Khensur Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche have good health and strong body to continue to turn the wheel of Dharma.

  22. Grace Leong on Jan 21, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    This is such a heart warming sharing. Tsem Rinpoche would always remind us how precious the Sangha is and that we have to always respect and look out for them. Needless to say, Khensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Phende is not any ordinary sangha but a highly revered Rinpoche who was instrumental in many major events of Ganden Monastery. During very challenging times in the history of this monastery he was there to champion many causes and helped looked after the welfare of the sangha members. All that he has done has helped to keep the purity of the Lama Tsongkhapa teachings which we here in Kechara has the greatest merits to practice! We have to be very grateful to them who have sacrificed and consistently held their vows to ensure the lineage and the teachings continue to spread.
    Su Ming, Karen, Carmen and Vinnie are great examples of students of Tsem Rinpoche who listens attentively to teachings and instructions and carries them out whole heartedly. They are such wonderful people; caring, kind, generous, smart, hardworking and fun too! They are very inspiring !

  23. Aw Wei Ling on Jan 21, 2015 at 8:09 am

    Thanks you Rinpoche for sharing this and all the photo. Feeling wonderful, Love, sincere care from Su Ming and the team to Khensur Rinpoche and Gen Wangyal. Thanks my Guru HE Tsem Rinpoche.

    With love
    Wei ling

  24. Louise on Jan 21, 2015 at 12:44 am

    谢谢仁波切的分享。

    在 Kechara Paradise 当班, 常常都会遇见新的客户。他们都会问道。。。。。。为什么我们每天都在筹款? 我们都会告诉他们,我们文冬在建 Kechara Forest Retreat。 而且我们的上师处理马来西亚的工作,还有许多东西要做。 我们会照顾印度寺庙里的每一位喇嘛,健康的修行。

    所以大家一起来帮助我们。

  25. Frederick Law on Jan 21, 2015 at 12:42 am

    So wonderful to have Su Ming and the Gift team together to escort and assist Khensur Rinpoche and Gen Wangyal for medical checkup and seek treatment for Khensur Rinpoche diabetes under Dr. Nadeem. From this post i see that even Dr. Nadeem is of another religions, yet he show respects to holy monk like Khensur Rinpoche and Gen Wangyal, he is a humble and wonderful Doctor who really wish to treat his patient to be better, such a caring, ethical and respectful Doctor Dr. Nadeem is.

    May Khensur Rinpoche have good health and long life to continue to turn the Dharma Wheel to benefit more sentient being.

  26. Grace Leu ( KHJB) on Jan 20, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    Tq and rejoice for Gift teams making such wonderful arrangements for Khensur Rinpoche and Gen Wangyal.We must treasure the every moments to serve holy beings . From the article , the journey is full of challenges yet the Gift Teams completed it sincerely , tq for the hardwork. May all holy beings have good health and long life .

  27. Datuk May on Jan 20, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    Being with an erudite monk like Khensur Rinpoche is an experience I will cherish for the rest of my life. He is so gentle, warm, sincere, caring with great skill and wisdom.

    As taught by my Guru, HE Tsem Rinpoche, monks like Khensur Rinpoche holds their vows without fault and as such gain so much attainments to be great masters of our time.

    Thank you, Khensur Rinpoche for granting all of us the audience and agreeing to go for the medical check up.

    My greatest admiration for Tsem Rinpoche for his great care and love and looking after the well being of such great masters like Khensur Rinpoche so that Dharma can be imparted all the time.

    Thank you Su Ming and gift team for taking care of Khensur Rinpoche and entourage.

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  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Apr 29. 2017 03:09 PM
    Interesting info and article about werewolves. I never knew about its origins and the various wolves existence until I read this. I have thus far know about werewolves only from the movies and the famous twilight show. But one thing I noticed from the articles is the gruesome manner in killing the person (or suspected werewolves). Some were cursed to be a werewolves. There just so much anger, violence and killing in the whole process, which probably the reason why werewolves are known to kill and hurt human and other animals.

    Anyway, whether we believe the existence of werewolf is true or not, I believe that there are other forms of beings in world. And we should not handle or deal with other beings with violence and anger.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html#comment-744320
  • Lin Mun
    Friday, Apr 28. 2017 04:00 PM
    Everything we offer to Buddha is a form of mind transformation and practise our mind to be focus even when doing water offering. When pouring the water into the bowl we have to recite Om Ah Hum (3 times), think positively and pouring it slowly so it does not spill and leaving the space of a grain of rice before reaching the top. After offering we also have to clean the bowls properly without leaving stain. All this is to train our mind.

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

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

    Jason

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

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

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

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

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this heartwarming article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 02:21 PM
    Its a heartfelt touching article of this faithful dog.Cannot imagine this ,such a wonderful relationship between that dog and the deceased owner.The greatest fear dogs know is the fear that we will not come back for them That i noticed from observing from my pet poodle.In this case this faithful dog knew his owner won’t be back.
    Dogs are loyal, patient, fearless, forgiving, capable of pure love and have feelings too.He must have missed the owner badly that he wanted to accompany the owner all the way to the resting place.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing. May that faithful dog ,continue to serve and well taken, love by the other family members.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 01:46 PM
    Werewolves are known to be mythical creatures found in fiction instead of lurking in the dark woods,In various parts of the world there were few cases who have gone down in history as real life werewolves Interesting to read it from these post..How far it was true or just legends.,no one really know . Many myths and legends surrounding werewolves .To become a werewolf, it is necessary to be bitten by a werewolf in their form at the time of the full moon. Thats what all of us knew from the movies and from fiction told. Reports of werewolf sightings continued even till this century but mostly in between 1428 and 1447 .The most recent sighting of werewolf sightings in 1972. was in Ohio .but eventually subsided .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these interesting article which i do enjoyed reading it,
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html
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    Twenty-Four Holy Places & Eight Great Charnel Grounds part 2 – (focus topic: Eight Great Charnel Grounds)

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

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/twenty-four-holy-places-eight-great-charnel-grounds.html
  • Jason
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 03:07 AM
    This year Wesak Day fall on 10 of May. This day is very special and meaningful to me because I will visit Kechara Forest Retreat(KFR) to join some meritorious event there.
    For me, Wesak is a day to commemorate Buddha Sakyamuni in three aspect( Birth , Enlightened, Nirwana).
    While we celebrate Wesak, we must remind ourselves to learn from Buddha teachings and practice it in order to gain attainment.
    Thanks Rinpoche and Pastor Seng Piow for sharing in order to create more understanding on Wesak Day.

    Jason

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

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

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

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-1-2.html

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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?
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini\'s blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves.
~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini's blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves. ~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
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His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
: This picture says it all. Click on it to enlarge and read and please share.
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one\'s death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one's death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin\'s dog Snowy!
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I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin's dog Snowy!
Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
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Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
 Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
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2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
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One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
 Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
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Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
Tsem Rinpoche\'s Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
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Tsem Rinpoche's Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
 It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and \'defeat\' the ones that hurt us because we don\'t become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and 'defeat' the ones that hurt us because we don't become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
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Tsem Rinpoche's heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin  Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
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Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
 (left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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(left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s good to be with kind and sincere people.
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It's good to be with kind and sincere people.
If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
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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
1 month ago
My Mumu boy didn't want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
1 month ago
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
1 month ago
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn\'t move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
1 month ago
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
1 month ago
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
1 month ago
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
1 month ago
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
1 month ago
Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
2 months ago
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
2 months ago
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
2 months ago
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
2 months ago
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
3 months ago
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
3 months ago
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
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  • April 20, 2017 10:45
    Ronnie asked: Dear Rinpoche and Pastors, I'm studying abroad and very far away from home, seeking guidance and advice as I have no one else I can talk to about this. Please read with an open mind, I don't know where else to go for help. I'm pregnant and it's an unplanned pregnancy. I'm stuck between keeping it or letting it go. I'm young and having a child at my age in the society we live in now would be considered taboo. The father of the child thinks I should let it go because it may cause a setback to both our careers and cause major family issues. He thinks we aren't ready to raise a child especially since we're both still in university and his parents think badly of me even though they've never met me or tried to get to know me. I'm sure no one would ever have the heart to take away a heartbeat but it seems like it isn't the right time to have a child now and if we did go through with it, the child probably won't be able to have the best things life can offer looking at where we are now in terms of finance and maturity. I'm lost, confused and unsure what the right thing to do is now. Any advice at all would be helpful right now. Thank you so very much for taking time to read my story.
    pastor answered: Dear Ronnie, I’m sorry to read that you are going through this situation. I can understand that this situation is tough to go through. You are always more than welcome to come here to ask questions. May I suggest that you talk to either someone in your family or your friends to help you come to an appropriate solution? This is because, what you feel, what you are going through, will change from time to time and you would need someone to talk to, someone that you can lean on through this situation you are facing. Depending on where you are in the world, professional help can also be sought to help you make a decision, which will be the best option for you seeking help. From a Buddhist perspective, the taking of a life is not considered a positive act, therefore those on the Buddhist path, would normally abstain taking a life if possible. However, that being said, one must always weigh the decision oneself. Everything we do in life, necessarily involves karma both positive and negative. That is why Buddhists try to overcome samsara in general. Your situation is complicated because you are abroad, but if possible you should really open up to someone you are close to in order to help you through making this decision on a personal basis. When you talk to someone, whom you are able to express yourself more, you may able to come to better decision that is right for you. There may be other options open to you if you seek help. I personally know women who have been in similar situations. One of these women, let the child go and the other went through the pregnancy and then gave the child up for adoption. You may or may not have thought of this option, but it is one that could be open to you, depending on where in the world you are. Any decision we make in life, however big or small it may seem, has far reaching consequences whether in this life, or in future lives. This is just a part and parcel of life within samsara. However, we should weigh the decisions we make clearly given the situation we are in. We cannot always do this weighing ourselves, but need to talk about our options with others we can rely on such a friends, family or professionals. You should consider doing this, which will help you greatly emotionally, and may give you the grounding you need to make the correct decision for you. I hope this helps.
  • April 19, 2017 04:57
    Dongho asked: What is a nyung ne practice? According to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, it's a purification sadhana. However, what are the instructions for this? I'm guessing it's to Chenrezig, but how does it work? Also, from what I have read, Vajrasattva practice is only for broken vows while Akshobhya is for regular misdeeds. Does that mean one has to take the Akshobhya practice to purify bad karma from this life and previous instead of Vajrasattva? As for the purification practices, are some like Vajrasattva and Chenrezig only to purify the bad karma and let it come quickly or is it to prevent it from coming? I am confused in it. As for signs, I recited a mantra of White Yangchenma that a Sakya lama, Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche, gave me with the Sakya visualizations I read on, and after one mala, I heard some lady call my Korean name even though no one in my neighborhood knows of my name and my family members weren't in the area. What does this mean?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your questions, it’s nice to see you back here again. Nyung Ne practice is a purification practice that centres around Chenrezig. It is a very beneficial practice that stems from a holy nun named Gelong-ma Palmo. It is a two and a half day practice that can be repeated many times over and over again to intensify the purification and build a closer relationship with Chenrezig. As well as its purification aspect, the practice is known to generate vast amount of merit, and also compassion, as the practice centres around Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion. The practice involves taking the eight Mahayana precepts for the duration, fasting, meditating, prostrating and praying. The practice usually entails empowerment into the practice of Chenrezig, therefore the exact meditations, prayers can only be explained to those who have the empowerment. Vajrasattva practice is not necessarily only for repairing broken vows, etc. That’s why it is advised that you engage in the practice at the end of the day, to repair any vows that you may have broken during that day, as well as stopping any negative karma you created that day from multiplying. This would entail reciting the mantra 21 times, together with the four opponent powers. However, if you engage in this practice more intensely, it definitely has the capability to purify all sorts of karma. That is the reason why in Ngondro, or preliminary practices one engages in before tantra, the practice of 100,000 Vajrasattva mantra recitation is an integral part. You can read more about Vajrasattva and his practice here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/an-important-purification-practice.html. Within purification practices, some of the karma will be purified completely, so you do not feel its effects at all, but when purifying other karma you will need to feel its effects somehow. For example if you have the karma to be in a car accident and get seriously injured, and you are engaging in any practice, but especially the purification practice, since you have purified most of the karma, you will only experience being in a very minor car accident, with only very superficial injuries. Therefore, in this case, the karma has been purified to the extent that it does not affect you as much, but you still need to feel part of its effect. In regards to any signs that you receive which engaging in the practices given to you by one of your specific gurus, you should report the happenings to that particular guru. He will be able to give you more of an accurate answer, as it may be related to the particular practice that he gave to you. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • April 17, 2017 07:06
    Thomas asked: Dear Pastors, When a serkyem set has been used so much and one is ready to get rid of it and replace it with a new one. What is a respecful mode of disposal?
    pastor answered: Dear Thomas, Thank you for your question. Your question shows that you have a lot of respect for offering items, which is very good. If possible, you should try to repair the item if within your means, and doing so make embellishments to make it a better offering item, which can still be used. If this is not possible, then you should dispose of the item with a good motivation. You should think that this item has been used to make offerings to the enlightened beings, but now that it is broken or unusable, you are going to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. Since it itself is not a receptacle of energies of the enlightened beings, such as a statue, tsa tsa or thangka, it does not require a special dissolution before being disposed of. However since it was used to make offerings, it still requires some form of respect when disposing, and this comes from one’s motivation and the way in which you dispose of it. Usually, when disposing of items in this way, make the motivation that you have used it and that it is now time to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. When you do this you can dispose of it in a respectful manner. For example, if you are going to throw it away, you do not simply open the trash can and throw it in. You wrap it up in something, like a bag or newspaper and dispose of it respectfully. Another method you can dispose of it is to recycle the object, if the material it is made from can be recycled. That way you are more conscious of the environment as well. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 16, 2017 22:38
    Curious asked: Dear pastors In a recent youtube video something like paying respect to deceased ones, pastor Nirel Patel explained that merits are like the interest and good karma is like the principal sum. So merits always regenerate themselves and hence do not get used up but good karma is like the principal sum so it gets used up. So my question is what are practices that generate merit? And can we turn a mundane daily activity into a meritorious one? Maybe can you provide an example?
    pastor answered: Dear Curious, Thank you for your question. First, to clarify a point, in regards to good karma, you are right, it is like a principal sum in a bank account, but you take away from it when you experience something good in your life, and you add to it when you do good deeds. Merit on the other hand, once accrued never diminishes, therefore when something is based on merit, it is based on the energies of this never diminishing sum, which you could say is like interest. In short, the principal sum when talking about karma is always added to and subtracted from. However, when talking about merit, once you have it, there is no way to destroy it, you will always benefit from it. There are various ways to explain how to generate merit. I will explain a way that I find easiest to understand. In normal life, when we go about performing any sort of activity, be it ‘good’ or ‘bad’ we do so out of ignorance of the true nature of existence, and it is usually self-motivated. For example, we work our entire lives to generate monetary income, so that we have enough money, resources, and materials goods to be comfortable. This is self-motivated, but it is the accepted way the world works these days, and is part and parcel of being bound to samsaric life. On the other hand, the act of merit making can be categorised into three parts: i) motivation, ii) the act itself, and iii) dedication. Let’s start with motivation, when engaging in various virtuous acts, we should have the motivation that by engaging in the act, we have the motivation to alleviate the suffering of someone else, and that may we gain enlightenment so that we can benefit them in the future. The second is the act itself. The third is to dedicate the energy of the virtuous act to gaining enlightenment. These three are what make merit. This may be a little confusing, so let me give an example: giving help to a homeless person. Whereas in ordinary life, this is something praised as a very good deed, it does not create merit without motivation and dedication. In order for this to become merit, one must set the motivation that one is giving help to the homeless free of the eight worldly concerns, to alleviate their suffering and also making the motivation that you will achieve enlightenment for the sake of the person or people you are helping. Then after you have helped them, you dedicate the energy created to the spiritual journey towards full enlightenment to help all sentient beings, while at the same time benefiting as many sentient beings as possible on the way there. This transforms the act into not only a virtuous action but also one that generates merit. On the other hand, if you were to help the homeless without these, you are creating good karma, which although beneficial, keeps you bound to existence within samsara. As it is the goal of Buddhist practice to overcome the cycle of samsara, a Buddhist would want to generate merit instead of good karma. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 13, 2017 11:38
    D.A. asked: If Begtse Chan is not from Mongolia, what are his real origins or story exactly? And which lamas offer his empowerment? As for Manjushri Nagarakshasa, which lamas specifically offer his empowerment and practice?
    pastor answered: Dear D.A. Thank you for your question. Begtse, is also known as Chamsing, or Jamsaran in Mongolian. As mentioned in an earlier sharing with someone who also asked a question about Begtse, the practiced was introduced to Tibet from India by the translator Nyen Lotsawa, and is considered one of the main protectors of the Hayagriva cycle of tantras. According to the scriptures that derive from the Sakya tradition, who incorporated the practice from the translators, and in which tradition Begtse became a very important protector, Begtse in a previous life was born many eons ago. In that particular life, he was born as the younger prince in a royal family. His name was Drag Gye, and his older brother’s name was Drag Den. Over time both princes developed differing religious beliefs, to the point where they could not get along with each as they both held their own religious views strongly. As was the custom during that time, they decided to settle their differences through logical debate, with the loser having to convert to the winner’s religion. This custom was also prevalent in ancient India, and there are many stories of such debates occurring between the great masters of the past and those of other faiths. Drag Gye lost the various debates, but ran away instead of converting to his older brother’s religion. Drag Den caught him, and tried to punish him for breaking the rules of debate and going back on his promise. Drag Gye told his brother that even if he was killed he would not give up his religion, however if Drag Den let him go, that in the future when Drag Den became enlightened, he would protect his teachings. With that Drag Den let him go, and gave him a set of copper armour, a stick, and a bow and arrow. Drag Den also gave Drag Gye a new name: Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po. After this incident the two brothers never saw each other again in that lifetime. Many lives after that Drag Den was reborn as Prince Siddharta, who eventually became enlightened and is now known as Buddha Shakyamuni. Drag Gye, or Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po, was reborn in a cemetery in the North West direction. His parents gave birth to two eggs, one was a coral-like colour and the other was an agate-like colour. These two eggs flew high into the sky and reached the heavenly realms, there they subdued the gods. Then flying back down to earth, they subdued many nagas. Eventually they even came to threaten their own parents. The parents petitioned the Dharma protector Ekajati for her help, who threw her own staff (khatvanga) at the eggs, and broke them apart. From the coral-like coloured egg came a ferocious man with yellow hair, he proclaimed that his name was ‘Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po’. When he emerged he was wearing a set of copper armour, wielding a stick, copper sword, and a bow and arrow. From the agate-like coloured egg came a female who was blue in colour, her teeth were like shells, she had turquoise eyebrows, and her hair was made of fire. She emerged wielding a copper knife, ritual dagger (phurba), rode a terrifying bear and wore an intricate necklace made of agate and lapis lazuli. It was then that Ekajati once again took action, and subdued them, after which they became Dharma protectors. The male figure became known as Begtse, and the female as his sister. When you propitiate Begtse, his sister is automatically included and aids practitioners as well. As for which lama offer his practice and empowerment, most lamas do not advertise which teachings or practice they hold. Therefore you should respectfully approach lamas and ask them if they have the practice and can bestow it, or if they know of any lamas that have the practice, depending on how much you want to practice Begtse. Similarly, this applies to those lamas who have the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. However, this practice is included in the Rinjung Gyatsa series of empowerments. This unique cycle of teachings, includes all 4 classes of tantric practices, and includes the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. Therefore those lamas who have received the complete transmission, and have kept their commitments for this practice, are qualified to pass this on to others. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
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