Gawai Dayak – The Celebration of Bountiful Harvest

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Dear friends around the world,

I have lived in Malaysia for over 20 years, and I have since developed a great appreciation for Malaysia’s various culture and customs. During this time, I have developed a great appreciation for the cultures and customs that exist in Malaysia, which has inspired me to share more about the aspects of Malaysia that enrich its culture.

One such tradition is the Gawai Dayak, a harvest festival widely celebrated by the Dayak people in Sarawak and Kalimantan, respectively the Malaysian and Indonesian parts of the isle of Borneo. This article will focus on the Gawai Dayak celebration in Sarawak, and we will take you through its origins, the activities that take place during the festival, and how visitors can participate in this celebration.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

The Dayak People of Sarawak

Iban people in traditional attire

Iban people in traditional attire

The Dayak community in Sarawak consists of two major ethnic groups, the Iban and the Bidayuh, as well as several smaller tribes such as the Murut, the Kelabit, the Kenyah, and the Kayan. Sarawak has the highest Iban population in Borneo, where about 745,400 people, or 28% of the state population (based on the 2016 survey) are Ibans. The Bidayuh ethnic group, sometimes called the Land Dayak because they traditionally live near limestone mountains, mainly live in the Southern Sarawak region. Although the Dayaks’ faith was originally mostly Paganism, the majority of Iban and Bidayuh people have since converted to Christianity.

A traditional Bidayuh longhouse

A traditional Bidayuh longhouse

Traditionally, a Dayak family lives in a Rumah Panjang, or Longhouse, alongside several other families. Each longhouse has a Tuai Rumah, or a longhouse chief, a designated leader of the house. A relatively small longhouse has approximately 10 to 30 family rooms. A medium longhouse can house 31 to 50 family rooms, while a big longhouse can have up to 100 family rooms.

 

The history of Gawai Dayak

Dayak community during Gawai Dayak celebration in Sarawak, Malaysia

Dayak community during Gawai Dayak celebration in Sarawak, Malaysia

Gawai Dayak is a festival that marks the end of the rice-planting cycle, and is celebrated by the Dayak ethnic group to show gratitude for the bountiful harvest and pray for a better result in the coming year. According to the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia, the festival “has become a symbol of unity, aspiration, and hope for the Dayak community.” The adoption of Gawai Dayak into the Malaysian culture shows how the authority acknowledges the multi-ethnic nature of the Malaysian population, and embraces the various customs to enrich Malaysia’s culture and identity.

Gawai is a term in the Iban language that means “festival” and Dayak is the name of a collective indigenous ethnic group in Sarawak. Gawai Dayak is formally celebrated on 31 May and 1 June of each year. However, the festival traditionally lasts until the end of June. The idea of celebrating Gawai Dayak was first proposed in 1957 by two local radio hosts, Tan Kingsley and Owen Liang, and their suggestion received a warm reception from the Dayak community. However, Sarawak was still occupied by Britain at the time, and the British Colonial Administration were concerned that if they allowed a festival specifically for the Dayak community, other ethnic groups would request the same recognition. Therefore, Gawai Dayak was initially known as Sarawak Day in order to include all ethnic groups in Sarawak.

Malaysia’s Independence Ceremony at Merdeka Stadium on 31 August 1957

Malaysia’s Independence Ceremony at Merdeka Stadium on 31 August 1957

On 31 August 1957, Malaysia gained its independence from Britain, and in 1962, Gawai Dayak was recognised as a Dayak celebration. On 25 September 1964, upon the establishment of the Malaysian Federation, the 1st of June was recognised as the Gawai Dayak public holiday, and the first celebration of this holiday was in 1965.

 

What happens during the Gawai Dayak celebration?

Penganan Iri

Penganan Iri

Preparation: Food and drinks

When a longhouse is to host the Gawai Dayak, its residents have to prepare the food and drinks beforehand. They ensure that an adequate amount of paddy is available to prepare tuak, the traditional Dayak liquor. Tuak is a type of rice wine, made by distilling glutinous rice and yeast one month ahead of the celebrations.

Ant Nest cake or also known as Sarang Semut

Ant nest cake or also known as Sarang Semut

The hosts must prepare traditional snacks and cakes such as Kuih Sepit (folded wafers), Sarang Semut (Ant Nest cake), Cuwan (molded cake) and Penganan Iri (a discus-shaped cake). Most of these snacks, except Penganan Iri, can be prepared several days in advance and kept inside sealed jars. Often times, the longhouse chief organises fishing and hunting trips to obtain meats to be preserved for the festival.

Another picture of Dayak people on hunting trip

A picture of Dayak people on hunting trip

 

Preparation: Longhouse decoration

Prior to the Gawai Dayak celebration, the longhouse residents work together to clean, repaint and repair the house. The walls inside the longhouse are decorated with mural carvings, and traditional, hand-woven rattan mats are also laid out for guests to sit on.

A traditional Dayak carving

A traditional Dayak carving

A traditional hand-woven rattan mat

A traditional hand-woven rattan mat

 

What happens on the eve of Gawai Dayak?

 

The cooking continues

On the eve of Gawai Dayak, those who are participating in the festival gather early in the morning to collect the necessary food and ingredients, such as palm oil, aping, sago, coconut palm shoots, bamboo shoots, tapioca leaves, brinjals, fiddle head ferns, and so on. These ingredients will be used to make soup and other dishes. The Dayak cook glutinous rice in bamboo logs that will result in a unique aroma. The rice can also be cooked using a gas stove or rice cooker. Upon gathering the necessary ingredients, the participants cook the preserved and fresh meat with various herbs such as lemon grass, ginger, bungkang leaves and salt. Tuak is often served with roasted animal meat.

Cooking rice inside bamboo logs

Cooking rice inside bamboo logs

Glutinous rice cooked inside bamboo logs

Glutinous rice cooked inside bamboo logs

Traditional Dayak dishes

Traditional Dayak dishes

 

Getting Rid of Greed

On 31st May, one day before Gawai Dayak, two men or two children will go around the longhouse with a basket each to gather unwanted items from the other families. These unwanted items are then thrown out the back end of the longhouse to get rid of the spirit of greed.

 

Offerings to the deities

Traditional Dayak offerings to the deities

Traditional Dayak offerings to the deities

When dusk comes, a ritual offering is performed in each family room, where ceramic plates, tabak (brass trophy), and split bamboo skin containers are offered to the deities. According to Sadin B. in his literary work, Raja Durong, the Dayak people believe in seven main deities:

  • Sengalang Burong – the god of war
  • Biku Bunsu Petara – the great priest’s second in command
  • Menjaya Manang – the first shaman and god of medicine
  • Sempulang Gana with Semerugah – the god of agriculture and land
  • Selampadai – the god of creation and procreation
  • Ini Inee/Andan – the god of justice
  • Anda Mara – the god of wealth

In addition to invoking the gods’ blessings, the Dayak people invoke spirits that have been helpful to them in the past. Offerings to the deities are put at the four corners of each family room, in the kitchen, inside the rice jar, in the gallery, the tanju (verandah wall), and in the farm. Other precious possession can also be offered to the deities and spirits.

The seven traditional offerings are tobacco nipah leaves, betel nut, betel leaves, glutinous rice, rice cakes, sungki (glutinous rice cooked with buwan leaves), glutinous rice cooked in bamboo logs, Ant Nest cakes, moulded cakes and Penganan Iri (glutinous rice flour with nipah and sugar), pop rice (glutinous paddy grains heated in a wok or pot), hard boiled eggs, and rice wine in a small bamboo container. After the offerings have been laid out, the longhouse chief presides over the festival to show gratitude to the deities for the bountiful harvest, and requests the deities’ blessings, guidance and longevity. The chief then offers a dead rooster to the deities by including the roosters’ blood-soaked wing feathers in each offering set.

An old picture of a longhouse chief wearing a traditional attire and holding a rooster

An old picture of a longhouse chief wearing a traditional attire and holding a rooster

After the offering ritual is completed, all the longhouse families gather and eat their dinner in the gallery. This activity is called makai rami or festival meal. Each family who lives in the longhouse has contributed to this festival meal. Before midnight, a procession to welcome the deities and spirits is performed in the gallery. Sometimes the longhouse residents also organise a pageant to choose the Gawai’s king and queen, also known as Keling and Kumang Gawai. The elders and the chief of the longhouse then give advice about the importance of peace, harmony and order. Fines are imposed to those who break the customary tradition and ground rules by fighting, quarrelling, behaving drunkenly or vandalism.

Gawai’s king and queen or Keling and Kumang Gawai

Gawai’s king and queen or Keling and Kumang Gawai

For the Dayak community members that have converted to Christianity, instead of participating in the deity offering ritual, they go to the church to show their gratitude to God for the harvest before going back to the longhouses and participating in the dinner celebration.

 

Dinner

At midnight, a gong is rung to summon the guests and residents of the long-house. The chief then offers a toast of longevity (Ai Pengayu), recites a prayer of good wishes, and the attendees reply with the festival greetings, “Gayu Guru, Gerai Nyamai, Senang Lantang Nguan Menua.” If a poet is amongst the attendees, he can be asked to recite “timang ai pengayu” to bless the longevity water. All past conflicts and faults are forgiven during this time.

Ngajat Dance performance

Ngajat Dance performance

Ngajat Dance performance

Ngajat Dance performance

After the dinner, there are less formal performances such as the traditional Ngajat (welcome) dance, the sword dance, and self-defence martial arts performances. For the Bidayuh Dayak, they may dance the Tolak Bala (Danger Repealing Dance), the Before Harvest Dance to request protection for the community, Totokng dance to invoke paddy soul and guests, and the Langi Julang Dance performed at the end of Harvest festival to show gratitude to the deities for the bountiful harvest and good health.

Tolak Bala Dance

Tolak Bala Dance

After dinner, the guests are lined up based on their social rank. The women offer the men a bowl of tuak accompanied by a woman singing. This is followed by traditional poem recitations including pelandai, ramban, pantun, jawang, and sanggai.

 

Gawai Dayak in Sarawak, Malaysia

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Ngabang

On 1 June, the longhouses are opened to ngabang (guests). Open house events can also be organised by the longhouse residents, non-governmental organisations, or Dayak community associations. Visitors and tourists are often invited to join Gawai Dayak on this day. When the guests arrive, the women of the house stand by to water the guests in the tradition of Nyibur Temuai where several rounds of tuak are served, such as the Nyambut Pengabang (welcoming drinks), Ai Aus (thirst quenching drinks), Ai Basu (washing drinks), Ai Untong (profit drinks), and the Ai Basa (respect drinks).

Delicious snacks served during Gawai Dayak celebration

Delicious snacks served during Gawai Dayak celebration

The tradition of drinking tuak is still retained today within the Dayak culture

The tradition of drinking tuak is still retained today within the Dayak culture

During the open house, the chief or chosen elder makes a jaku ansah or sharpening speech to introduce the guest of honour. After the guest of honour arrives, he is expected to perform Muka Kuta (opening a fort) by slashing a bamboo fence with a sword and reciting a poem. Then, at the foot of a ladder, an animal is speared (mankan). During the event, the Ngajat dancers and the band lead the guests to their respective seats. After everyone is seated, either the chief or the poet recites prayers for the guests while swaying a chicken over their heads. Before the food is offered to the guests, a special speech called Muka Kujuk is delivered to open the traditionally woven cloth that covers the food. During the Bantil or persuaded drink activity, women give tuak drinks to men while singing traditional pantun (poem) to overcome the opposite sex’s shyness. It is customary for the men to reject the first drink as a sign of respect for the host.

Gawai Dayak also includes a fortune-telling element. In the activity called uti, a special guest is asked to open a coconut placed on a ceramic plate, using a blunt knife, and without holding the coconut or breaking the plate. If the coconut shows white flesh, it means good fortune, while black flesh spells bad fortune. Although Gawai Dayak is celebrated on the 1st of June, the festival can last for several days to a month. During that month, many Dayak weddings often take place. To mark the end of the celebrations, the tradition of Ngiling Bidai or rolling the hand-woven mats that are laid out at the beginning of Gawai Dayak is performed.

Many Dayak weddings often take place during the Gawai Dayak month

Many Dayak weddings often take place during the Gawai Dayak month

 

Clothing requirements

A traditional Dayak costume, Ngepan

A traditional Dayak costume, Ngepan

When attending the Gawai Dayak celebrations, visitors can either wear Dayak traditional attire, ngepan (a traditional costume), or ordinary modern clothing. Usually, the chief wears a traditional outfit made out of a loincloth, an animal skin coat, and peacock feathers on his head. Oftentimes, the men are decorated in traditional tattoos that signify their experience. For example, a frog design on the front neck, or a tegulun design on the back of the hands signifies that the person has killed another person in war. The tattoos can also be in the form of marine life designs that signify protection from water elements.

A longhouse chief with traditional tattoos

A longhouse chief with traditional tattoos

Traditional Dayak clothing for women are kain betating, a sort of hand-woven cloth, worn on the waist, and a rattan corset on the upper part of the body. Women can also wear a selampai or scarf over the shoulders, or a woven bead chain over the neck. Their hair are typically tied up and secured with a high comb, and they also wear a lampit (silver belt), armlets, anklets, and a purse. If you wish to visit, remember that Malaysia is a tropical country, so most its people wear clothing made from light and breathable fabrics. It is recommended to bring several lightweight tops, shorts and skirts that are about knee-length, dresses, slacks, sunglasses, hat, sweaters and at least one scarf or shawl. You can also consider bringing flats or comfortable shoes.

 

Visiting Malaysia and Sarawak

 

Travel document requirements to enter Malaysia

Visitors who wish to visit Malaysia should have passports with at least a six-month validity. Citizens of ASEAN countries (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam) can stay in Malaysia up to 30 days without a Malaysian visa. Visitors from other nations can either apply for the visa in advance or apply for Visa on Arrival (VOA) for RM 330 (USD75). Recently, citizens of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), India, Bangladesh, and Nepal have been made eligible to apply for e-Visas.

 

Where to stay

If you wish stay with the Dayak throughout their celebrations and get a full cultural experience, there are several longhouses that provide homestay services for visitors such as:

Anna Rais Bidayuh Longhouse

Anna Rais Bidayuh longhouse

Anna Rais Bidayuh longhouse

Anna Rais Bidayuh longhouse

Anna Rais Bidayuh longhouse

According to their website, the Anna Rais Bidayuh Longhouse has 175 years of written history and over 500 years of unwritten history. One of the key attractions at the Anna Rais Bidayuh Longhouse a natural hot spring located nearby.

Address:
Kampung Annah Rais
Padawan, 94700 Kuching
Sarawak, Malaysia

Phone: +65 9004 9762

How to get there:

Anna Rais longhouse is located at the Padawan District, about 60 kilometres away from Kuching, the capital city of Sarawak. Since the Anna Rais Bidayuh Longhouse is located in a remote location, visitors will need to arrange for a taxi service, which can be done through the longhouse coordinator.

Rumah Nyuka Longhouse

Rumah Nyuka Longhouse

Rumah Nyuka Longhouse

The Rumah Nyuka Longhouse is the first longhouse in Sarikei Division that was approved by the Malaysian Ministry of Tourism’s National Homestay Programme. This longhouse was built using Belian wood in 1955, and still stands strong today. Visitors can join the longhouse residents’ daily activities, such as tapping rubber or go Dabai – collecting local olive fruits. Visitors can also go swimming in the nearby waterfalls.

Address:
C/O Rh. Nyuka Ak. Itam, Lubuk Lemba
Ulu Sarikei
96100 Sarikei
Sarawak

Phone: +6019-4687518

How to get there:

The Rumah Nyuka Longhouse is located approximately 17 kilometres from the Bayong Junction at the Sarikei highway. It can be reach by taxi, which you can arrange with the longhouse coordinator.

Other Longhouses

The Sarawak Tourism Board also recommends visitors to check out the Bawang Assan Iban Longhouses in Sibu, and various other longhouses in Kapit Town. Visitors can also find recommendations from local travel agents, or arrange for special tours to visit one of these longhouses.

 

What to do when staying in longhouses

 

Outdoor activities

Jungle trekking

Jungle trekking

Bamboo rafting

Bamboo rafting

Visitors can enjoy various activities such as jungle trekking, hunting with blowguns, bamboo rafting, barbecuing by the riverside, harvesting rice between the months of February and April, rubber tapping, and Dabai during the fruit-bearing seasons from November to December.

Rubber tapping

Rubber tapping

Indoor activities

Traditional Dayak dance performed at Anna Rais Bidayuh Longhouse

A traditional Dayak dance performed at Anna Rais Bidayuh Longhouse

Visitors can learn how to cook traditional dishes such as bamboo rice, play traditional musical instruments, weave baskets from natural materials, or taste local foods and drinks such as Cempedak or tuak. Longhouses residents will also organise indoor sporting activities for visitors, such as blowgun competitions, or Dayak traditional dance lessons.

Basket weaving

Basket weaving

Sources:

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gawai_Dayak
  • http://publicholidays.com.my/hari-gawai/
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  • http://blog.sarawakborneotour.com/P/105/What-Is-Gawai-Festival-All-ABout
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  1. wan wai meng on Jan 19, 2017 at 3:47 am

    Diversity is strength, we must have never forget that. Different ideas and different views, can only enrich our experiences. Then our experience of our world is no longer 1 dimensional. I really enjoyed reading this article and helped me to understand much more about Dayak and their culture.

  2. Larry Anak Asap on Dec 24, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche for this beautiful article about Dayak. I am Iban (One of Dayak Ethnic) from Sarawak. Deeply exlained. All correct.

    If my memory serve me right, i started to research about Buddhism in 2009-2010. My cousin (Chinese Mix Iban) came to Kuching and stayed with me during my study. He wanted to find a job. Then after dinner he played a Buddhist song. Avalokistevara Mantra song. I asked him what kind of song is that. He told me that is Buddha Mantra. That song captured my heart and feeling. I felt deep inner peace. i started to find another Buddha song. I found Medicine Buddha Mantra song. Again it make me feel peace.

    Then i started to do my research regarding on Buddhism. My understand was so limited. I really do not know where to start. Which temple to go. Who to ask. i keep on reading and reading. Thinking and thinking. Then i decided to enter this religion. Again i do not know how to become a Buddhist. The internet told me if you can not find temple you can take refuge infron of Buddha images and say the refuge prayer. I opened my lap top, find the Buddha images, and say the refuge prayer.

    I search the Buddha master through facebook and i found Tsem Tulku Rinpoche fanpage. I read your post but again i can not understand the subject matter that you posted. I almost give during my spiritual journey.

    In 2015, i found Guan Yin Citta Dharma door through facebook. I joined this dharma door around 6 months. Then i quit from this Dharma door and join the local Buddhist Community at Kapit, Sarawak. They are very supportive.

    There are a lot of Rinpoche and Lama come to Kapit and give teaching at here. As for now, i am learning Tibetan Buddhism.

    Anyway, i still have a lot of questions about Tibetan Buddhism. I would like to share my deepest gratitude to you Tsem Tulku Rinpoche. Your teaching in this blog and in youtube have guided me a lot.

    I wanted to become a monk. Hopefully i can make it as soon as possible.

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    • Valentina Suhendra on Dec 26, 2016 at 2:16 pm

      Dear Larry Anak Asap

      Thank you for you kind comment on Tsem Rinpoche’s blog. I am a student of H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, and am happy that you found this post beautiful. Tsem Rinpoche appreciate the rich and diverse Malaysian culture, and therefore he posted this article on the beautiful Dayak tradition. Since you have found this blog, I hope it will serve to enrich your knowledge on Buddhist teachings.

      I am also happy to hear that you have found a supportive Dharma centre in Kapit, Sarawak. Do persevere in your study, and I pray that you will gain realisation. Should you have any queries, do not hesitate to contact us, by leaving a comment in this blog post, the chatroom below or ask the pastor section.

      Sincerely yours
      Valentina

  3. Lew on Dec 19, 2016 at 1:45 am

    Thank you for the detail information about Gawai. I know Sarawak has very diverse culture and I have always looked at it from a cultural point of view. However, I have not looked at it from a spiritual point of view. I am really fascinated by the spiritual aspect of what is shared in this article.

    I have been to a Bidayuh homestay and my family & kids totally love it. There are so many to see in Sarawak and of course Gawai is the ultimate experience. If you only have 1 chance to visit Sarawak, then you must come around June to join Gawai.

    Also, if you do visit Sarawak, make sure you visit the Sarawak Cultural Village in Santubong. More information here: http://www.scv.com.my/

  4. Samfoonheei on Dec 11, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    Very informative ,beautiful and interesting traditional festival.The history of Gawai Dayak will be very helpful for those visiting there for a very first time like me.The Gawai Dayak, a harvest festival celebrated by the Dayak people in Sarawak and Kalimantan. Its good to know more of the Gawai Dayak celebrations..I have not been to there and witness the celebrations yet hope maybe in the near future.I love to see the beautiful traditional costume of the Dayak.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing those beautiful pictures as well as the interesting article.

  5. Lin Mun on Dec 4, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the article on Dayak Festival and its community and cultures. It is very interesting to learn about the other races cultures. We in Malaysia are so fortunate that we are expose to so many differences and yet live harmoniously.

  6. Pastor Han Nee on Dec 3, 2016 at 11:47 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing about this beautiful traditional festival.

    The Gawai Dayak Festival is testimony to the rich cultural diversity of Malaysia’s multi-ethnic and multicultural background. Gawai Dayak is a festival that marks the end of the rice-planting cycle, and is celebrated by the Dayak ethnic group to show gratitude for the bountiful harvest and pray for a better result in the coming year.

    The Festival’s celebration is steeped in tradition. I like especially how the residents of the host longhouse get together to work as a team to prepare their family rooms for the festival -cleaning, repairing and decorating, as well as to prepare the food, cakes, snacks and drinks for the festival . There are many uniquely traditional items in the food ,like the traditional rice wine drink called the tuak, and the glutinous rice cooked inside bamboo logs.

    I like the significance of some of the rituals. Take for example the ritual to get rid of greed, which involves the gathering of unwanted items from the families and throwing this out at the back end of the longhouse to get rid of the “spirit of greed”. There is the ritual of making offerings to the deities to show gratitude and thank them for a good harvest , and to request the deities’ blessings, guidance and longevity.

    Furthermore, on this occasion, the elders take the opportunity to give advice about the importance of peace, harmony and order.Discipline is strictly enforced -fines are imposed on those who break the customary tradition and ground rules by fighting, quarrelling, behaving drunkenly or vandalism.

    All in all, i feel that the beautiful meaningful aspects of this festival should be preserved.

  7. Fong on Nov 30, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    The Dayaks still hold on to their traditions which is a good sign as many traditions are disappearing and people are getting lost in the modern world. They are still very close to nature.

    I used to hear and see my friends celebrating the Gawai festival even though they were not Dayaks. It’s the spirit of solidarity and togetherness that is so very much a part of life on Sarawak. It was an event which they looked forward to with great anticipation.

    That is the beauty of Malaysia, that we all celebrate our differences and similarities. That is what enriches the diversity of Malaysia.

  8. Justin Cheah on Nov 29, 2016 at 11:23 pm

    I am always proud to be living in Malaysia and being a Malaysian because we are all derived from so many different races and ethnic but are able to stay peaceful in one place. Malaysia is truly Asia and there are a lot of people out there who are surprise and at the same time envy of us being able to live together harmoniously.

  9. Choong on Nov 29, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    The Dayak communities still maintain their strong links with the environment and this is to be much appreciated given the destruction we have seen on a global scale. It is now even more important for their closeness and respect for nature to be preserved. One way is via festivals such as the Gawai.

    One of my favorite artists is a Bidayuh (Raphael Scott Ahbeng) whose works span decades and has a strong environmental element to it. You can enjoy some of his creations on his Facebook page here:

    https://www.facebook.com/pg/rsamuseum/photos/?ref=page_internal

  10. Yvonne on Nov 29, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    Malaysia is rich in cultural diversity. It’s always a challenge to unify these diversity. The leaders need to reconcile all the different races. We need to have the 1 Malaysia spirit

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The Kechara Forest Retreat is a unique holistic retreat centre focused on the total wellness of body, mind and spirit. This is a place where families and individuals will find peace, nourishment and inspiration in a natural forest environment. At Kechara Forest Retreat, we are committed to give back to society through instilling the next generation with universal positive values such as kindness and compassion.

For more information, please read here (english), here (chinese), or the official site: retreat.kechara.com.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jan 18. 2017 03:34 PM
    Wonderful….can try this method to repel insects in our house using peppermint plants. I did not know much benefits of peppermint till i read this article.Its really good way to repel insects other then using the ingredient in our kitchen.Keeping the garden and surroundings clean to reduce opportunity for insects too.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this easy and harmless ways to keep insects away.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/try-this-to-repel-insects-in-your-house.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Jan 17. 2017 08:31 PM
    If it is not Guru’s compassion and kindness we would not have the chance to learn and practise dharma in Kechara. Guru is very important because he is a person who will guide and lead us to enlightenment. He choose to be with us so we can transform our mind. Hence we must always appreciate our Guru and change our mind to be better.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/choose-your-guru-always.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Jan 17. 2017 01:07 PM
    We are the only family to the senior pets, how cruel it is to abandon them when they are old and helpless. It is a time our pet needs us most because they are in pain or suffering from discomfort, and we should be more sensitive to their needs. Very heartwarming to read a list of ideas to shower the raging pets with some tender loving care. Thank you Rinpoche.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/dont-abandon-senior-pets.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Jan 17. 2017 01:02 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing. Every time I read story of incredible loyalty shown by animals, I’d be marvelled at how more faithful, loyal, humane and selfless they are compared to us. Captain put us to shame. Many of us cannot even be faithful and loyal to the person sharing the same bed, let alone a dead someone… for six years! May we be inspired to be loyal and faithful to people who matter to us and who had benefitted, like our guru and our parents.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/loyal-dog-guards-his-owners-grave-for-6-years.html
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Jan 16. 2017 09:49 PM
    Wow the 3 places are so beautiful. Very nice scenic, clean and so natural. Really wish I can visit Japan and any one of the places above. So calm to be able to live there.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/3-amazingly-attractive-villages-in-japan.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jan 16. 2017 04:57 PM
    Beautiful and powerful short prayer to Dorje Shugden composed by Rinpoche. This prayer is short yet very powerful and easy to understand, visualize suitable for all us and for those who are new to Tibetan Buddhism.Thank you Rinpoche for this beautiful and powerful prayer.May Rinpoche always healthy to continue teachings and guiding us all.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/a-short-prayer-to-dorje-shugden.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Monday, Jan 16. 2017 01:56 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us this very beautifully composed prayer to Dorje Shugden. The prayer abridge the complete path to enlightenment complete with the powerful holy mantra Om Benza Wiki Bitana Soha. May Datin MJ and everyone who recites this daily be blessed on their spiritual journey and their faith in Dorje Shugden grow forever more.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/a-short-prayer-to-dorje-shugden.html#comments
  • Stella Cheang
    Monday, Jan 16. 2017 01:32 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this very important teaching. It is simple logic; working on our mind will last us in our future life (long term investment) while focusing on our body only last us as far as this lifetime (short term investment and often time without return), if the body does not already give way part by part, prematurely. Therefore, utilise our precious time on earth to invest in our mind. Every pleasure that derives through this body is short-lived anyway.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/stop-dancing-with-the-corpse.html
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Jan 15. 2017 09:33 PM
    This is very sad. In the new modern business environment I am shock that this is happening in India. This brick kiln management has clearly abuse the labour and has no qualm in admitting that they are treating the labour as slave.

    How can the worker work for 12 to 18 hours in this harsh place. Furthermore, they were not provided any safety gear and have to endure the heat in the kiln. The more scary thing is that they allow children in this dangerous work place.

    Thankfully, the United Nations and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has taken steps in providing new guidelines. I hope the multinational companies there will adhere to the regulations and guidelines to stop this abuse.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article and a reminder that how fortunate are we living in much better condition.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/you-have-to-see-this.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 15. 2017 01:53 PM
    Dementia is a general term for loss of memory and other mental abilities severe enough to interfere with our daily life. It is caused by physical changes in the brain.So scientists did discovered that people living near busy roads have a higher chance of developing dementia.Its the air-pollutants can get into the brain via the blood and which lead to neurological problems.
    Elderly monks live a very quiet life in the monastery, far away from the city do not develop dementia as Rinpoche noticed.The air is clean and healthy that leads them to live longer.
    Rinpoche have made a good choice to have KFR at Bentong in a natural forest environment. Whereby all of us can have a healthy.quiet and peaceful mind to do meditation,learn and practice Dharma.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/does-living-near-busy-roads-develop-dementia.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jan 14. 2017 08:23 PM
    Learn and practice Dharma,work for Dharma before its too late.Try not waste our precious time ,as we won’t know what will happens next. So wasting time on samsaric activities that bring comfort and pleasure to the body is of no use .what will benefit us now and at the time of death is to cultivate our mind with dharma and dharma activities. Stay healthy have a healthy body , mind and have Dharma close to us .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this powerful teachings
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/stop-dancing-with-the-corpse.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Jan 14. 2017 05:24 PM
    This is a good article on Serkym offering and Kawang. Earlier when I just joined Kechara I do not understand why we have this rituals and why some of the offering materials are so expensive. Now I understand that we are making offering to the enlightened beings so we should offer the best.

    Thank you Bradley for your sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/bradley-kassian-share-on-kawang-and-serkym.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jan 14. 2017 03:06 PM
    Malaysia is a beautiful multi-racial country with beautiful traditional clothes each different race and culture.That i am proud of it as i love our traditional chinese cheongsum and nyonya kebaya.There are many different cultures in Sarawak too with many variations of tribal dress in different styles. Many of these groups have their own style and colour which caught my eyes by looking at those beautiful pictures shared. Here we can live happily with many different groups and can have religious freedom.But not so lucky for others whereby they attacked .injured each other like the Dorje Shugden issue in Tibet.I do hope the ban on Dorje Shugden will be lifted soon.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/traditional-clothes-of-malaysia.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Jan 14. 2017 01:35 PM
    Without a doubt, it is the miraculous power of the enlightened Dharmapala, Dorje Shugden, who worked this magic and saved life. The deep faith in Dorje Shugden let the young Chin Wei suffered only minor injuries despite the collisions resulting in severe damage to the car. May Chin Wei recover swiftly and may his faith in Dorje Shugden be forever strong. Thank you Pastor Seng Piow for sharing this with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/saved-by-dorje-shugden-多杰雄登保佑!.html
  • Victor.Choi
    Saturday, Jan 14. 2017 11:07 AM
    Good Morning Rinpoche, Moderator,Pastors and everyone in the chatroom. 🙂

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
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One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
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because all unknown with familiarity becomes the known.
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I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. 
I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. 
Feast your eyes! 

Tsem Rinpoche
6 days ago
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. Feast your eyes! Tsem Rinpoche
                        Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini\'s path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html  Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini's path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
Message to Tibetans in English
3 weeks ago
Message to Tibetans in English
Message to the Tibetans
3 weeks ago
Message to the Tibetans
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
3 weeks ago
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
3 weeks ago
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
1 month ago
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
1 month ago
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
2 months ago
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
2 months ago
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
2 months ago
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
2 months ago
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
2 months ago
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
2 months ago
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
3 months ago
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
3 months ago
Sir Edmund Hillary
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha\'s teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha's teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I\'ve seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I've seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
3 months ago
It's nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
                         Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
3 months ago
Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
4 months ago
Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
High lamas in France September 2016
4 months ago
High lamas in France September 2016
༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden:   http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
4 months ago
༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
4 months ago
Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass,
 Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, 
 By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements,
 By seeing the good results, one\'s path becomes more clear, 
 The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, 
 This would eliminate the samsara within our minds.
 ~Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass, Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements, By seeing the good results, one's path becomes more clear, The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, This would eliminate the samsara within our minds. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
4 months ago
Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
4 months ago
Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
4 months ago
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
4 months ago
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
                         This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
4 months ago
This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
4 months ago
Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
4 months ago
Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
4 months ago
His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
4 months ago
Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
Left to right:

His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
4 months ago
Left to right: His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
 It\'s nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
4 months ago
It's nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
Jog Falls a power place of Vajra Yogini and Heruka: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=108652
4 months ago
Jog Falls a power place of Vajra Yogini and Heruka: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=108652
Don\'t wait for the perfect group. Don\'t wait for the perfect person. Don\'t wait for the perfect situation. Don\'t expect yourself to be perfect. Don\'t even look for perfection at least in our realm as it does not exist or time will run out. Just get going and keep doing good. It\'s between you and yourself. Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Don't wait for the perfect group. Don't wait for the perfect person. Don't wait for the perfect situation. Don't expect yourself to be perfect. Don't even look for perfection at least in our realm as it does not exist or time will run out. Just get going and keep doing good. It's between you and yourself. Tsem Rinpoche
Kind people are to be treasured. They make life worth living. ~Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Kind people are to be treasured. They make life worth living. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Don\'t you love her bag? She\'s stylish and at one with the universe. OM Shanti. ~Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Don't you love her bag? She's stylish and at one with the universe. OM Shanti. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful Manjushri carved in China
4 months ago
Beautiful Manjushri carved in China
Sent from Samsung tablet.
5 months ago
Sent from Samsung tablet.
We must loyal to our guru. How to be loyal? To always do the teachings and practice he gave us and to conquer our laziness. We must make our gurus more important than our ego. So it is important to always let our guru win and not our ego. If our ego wins, many will suffer and we will suffer. If our guru wins, temporarily we suffer, but long term we will be happy and many around us will be happy. You see, the guru is always on the look out to give us methods and teachings that we can engage in to bring us happiness. The biggest happiness is overcoming our ego and it\'s traces and the guru always directly and indirectly focuses on that. Our guru will always love and help us, but we must meet our guru half way too. Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
We must loyal to our guru. How to be loyal? To always do the teachings and practice he gave us and to conquer our laziness. We must make our gurus more important than our ego. So it is important to always let our guru win and not our ego. If our ego wins, many will suffer and we will suffer. If our guru wins, temporarily we suffer, but long term we will be happy and many around us will be happy. You see, the guru is always on the look out to give us methods and teachings that we can engage in to bring us happiness. The biggest happiness is overcoming our ego and it's traces and the guru always directly and indirectly focuses on that. Our guru will always love and help us, but we must meet our guru half way too. Tsem Rinpoche
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    4 weeks ago
    You will Never be Ready
    Dear friends, watch this video and ready, if we keep waiting till we are ready, that day will never come. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Stop asking for Easy
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