Hunting for the Yeti!

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Bigfoot, Yeti, Sasquatch and Migo are some of the names of the creature that was once known as the ‘Abominable Snowman’. This hairy and bipedal creature is known to roam the Himalayas (and many other regions around the world) and evaded mankind for thousands of years.

The term ‘Abominable Snowman’ was coined in 1921 when Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Howard-Bury led the 1921 British Mount Everest reconnaissance expedition, which was chronicled in his book Mount Everest: The Reconnaissance, 1921. In the book, Howard-Bury wrote an account of crossing the Lhakpa La at 21,000 ft (6,400 m) where he found mysterious footprints that his Sherpa guides said belong to ‘The Wild Man of the Snows’ or ‘metoh-kangmi’. ‘Metoh’ translates as ‘man-bear’ and ‘kang-mi’ means ‘snowman’.

An extensive chart comparing the different types of Bigfoot species. This is comprehensive but by no means exhaustive. As you can see, some type of 'wild man' can be found on every continent on earth. Click on the image to enlarge.

An extensive chart comparing the different types of Bigfoot species. This is comprehensive but by no means exhaustive. As you can see, some type of ‘wild man’ can be found on every continent on earth. Click on the image to enlarge.

The use of ‘Abominable Snowman’ began when Henry Newman, a longtime contributor to The Statesman in Calcutta interviewed the Sherpa Guides of the British Mount Everest Expedition on their return to Darjeeling. Newman translated the word ‘metoh’ as ‘filthy’ and decided to replace it with ‘abominable’ instead. This was when the legend of the ‘Abominable Snowman’ was born and has since fired the Western imagination.

Sir Edmund Hillary, the first man to reach the summit of Mount Everest, holds an artist's impression of the Yeti. Sir Edmund Hillary famously believed in the existence of the Yeti, even launching expeditions solely dedicated to finding one.

Sir Edmund Hillary, the first man to reach the summit of Mount Everest, holds an artist’s impression of the Yeti. Sir Edmund Hillary famously believed in the existence of the Yeti, even launching expeditions solely dedicated to finding one.

To this day, the Bigfoot is still considered a myth due to a lack of conclusive evidence by the scientific community. However, for those who are native to the Himalayan region, the Yeti is not regarded as a mythical creature. It is considered as one of the many native creatures that inhabit the upper regions of the Himalayan Mountains. In other words, they have been accepted as real for thousands of years and even today, there are numerous eyewitness accounts from many Tibetan and Nepalese inhabitants from around the region.

One of the footprints that Sir Edmund Hillary discovered while hunting for the Yeti

One of the footprints that Sir Edmund Hillary discovered while hunting for the Yeti

According to native accounts, the Himalayan Bigfoot is an extremely tall ape-like creature that stands over 7 feet tall. These creatures are said to live in caves that are situated high up in the Himalayan range and move at an incredible speed. They are bipedal and covered in brown fur, which is a departure from the old Western depiction of the ‘white-furred’ Abominable Snowman. They live on fruits and berries, and they also prey on yaks, which means that they have an omnivorous diet. In the search for Bigfoot around the world, researchers have gathered mainly eyewitness accounts, a growing body of evidence like footprint casts, several undisputed video and audio footage of the Bigfoot, as well as with eyewitness accounts and reports of encountering these creatures.

Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay who together were the first to summit Mount Everest on May 29, 1953. Both were believers in the existence of the Yeti.

Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay who together were the first to summit Mount Everest on May 29, 1953. Both were believers in the existence of the Yeti.

In the following documentary, we follow travel-adventurer Josh Gates on The Travel Channel’s Expedition Unknown: Hunt for the Yeti through the Himalayan kingdom of Nepal and Bhutan on a mountainous trail through the Himalayas, investigating various clues and eyewitness accounts. The host of this program is witty and the pace of the documentary is fast and exciting, which is coupled with spectacular footage of the Himalayas alongside genuine and intriguing discoveries. This is one of the more exciting Bigfoot programs in recent times that will turn even the most skeptical viewer into a die-hard fan. I’ve watched many other Bigfoot/Yeti documentaries and invited friends to watch them with me, but they showed no interest. This four part documentary was quite well done and exciting. Previously uninterested friends in the Bigfoot/Yeti phenomena pulled up their chairs and came watched the four parts with me! At the conclusion, they remarked it was very good! One even said he is interested in Bigfoots/Yetis now! So hands up for Mr. Josh Gates! You did a good job with your team and I noticed you were very respectful of the native traditions, people and religion. I hope you will visit Nepal again and do further and more extensive research and I know the challenges are great with altitude and climbing. But I hope you do. I really enjoyed seeing Nepal as do many. It is a exotic place and I hope many will visit. I will look forward to you doing more Bigfoot documentaries also in North America and Australia (Yowie). It will be great if we can hear more about Mr. Kuniaki Yagihara a dedicated Yeti researcher from Japan with his own association. Maybe you can team up with him! I liked what little you showed of him when you met up with him. I will be re-watching the four episodes and share with more friends as they were exciting, educational as well as entertaining. But the Nepal locations are my favorite!

I have provided the videos here for strictly educational purposes and I hope many more will take interest in the Bigfoot/Yeti phenomena.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

Episode 1: Hunt for the Yeti

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Beginning in Kathmandu, Josh Gates heads high into the Himalayas of Nepal to obtain scientific evidence of the legendary Yeti. This time his mission is personal, and his search for the elusive creature will take him into uncharted territory.

 

Episode 2: The Monster and the Mountain

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In part two of his hunt for the elusive Yeti, Josh Gates ascends higher into the Himalayas to explore caves, examine ancient artifacts and investigate the mystical ties the legendary creature holds with the Nepalese people.

 

Episode 3: Out of Thin Air

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The hunt for the Yeti continues as Josh Gates’ quest takes him from the frozen slopes of Mount Everest to the isolated forests of Bhutan, where Josh uses bait to force a more personal encounter with the creature.

 

Episode 4: Unmasking the Myth

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In the finale of Josh Gates’ hunt for the Yeti, he rafts into the remotest corners of Bhutan to capture some of his best evidence yet of the reclusive creature. Then, Josh returns to the USA, where all of his samples are analyzed to answer the question…is the Yeti real?

Synopsis source: http://www.travelchannel.com/shows/expedition-unknown-hunt-for-the-yeti/episodes

 

People and Places Featured in the Documentary

Kuniaki Yagihara

Kuniaki Yagihara is a seasoned Japanese mountaineer who reached the summit of Mount Everest in 1985. He is also the Chairman of Mountaineering Japan and Yeti Project Japan. He photographed footprints of an alleged Yeti near Mount Dhaulagiri, Nepal in October 2008.

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The Japanese mountaineering group he belonged to said that they spotted several footprints in the snow at an altitude of 14,500 feet (4,400 meters). In the documentary Expedition Unknown: Hunt for the Yeti, Yagihara presented footage of an alleged Yeti that was filmed during one of his mountaineering expeditions.

 

Rum Doodle Café

One of the places that Josh Gates visits during his search for the reclusive Yeti is Rum Doodle Café in Kathmandu, Nepal, established in 1980. The café derives its name from the satirical series of mountaineering books called The Ascent of Rum Doodle by William Ernest Bowman. Rum Doodle is the name given to the highest peak in the world in his fictional work. The café itself is plastered with pictures from the book, and has become a venue for planning expeditions to the highest peak in the real world, Mount Everest.

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Food served there is also named after events or characters in the fictional series, such as a bacon cheeseburger with egg named ‘Pong’s Revenge’. In the fictional series, Pong was an anti-hero who did tried his best to stop a handful of eccentric English mountaineers from reaching Run Doodle’s elusive summit. Though the story is well-known as a spoof, it has come to embody the determination and strength that mountaineers who climb Mount Everest need.

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As one of the world’s favourite meeting places for mountaineering expeditions, it has seen the likes of Sir Edmund Hillary (the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest together with Tenzin Norgay), Reinhold Messner (who made the first ascent without the use of supplemental oxygen) and Ang Rita Sherpa (who climbed Mount Everest 10 times without the use of supplemental oxygen). In fact their signatures can still be seen behind the bar.

Modern mountaineers, trekking groups and backpackers still use Rum Doodle Café as a meeting place, to plan their expeditions or share stories of their modern adventures, including tales of the their Yeti encounters. The walls and ceilings are covered with Yeti foot prints, on which visitors have left messages or thoughts for others.

 

Flag of Nepal

Flag of Nepal

Nepal

The Republic of Nepal is a landlocked country in South Asia wedged between China in the north and India in the south. It has a multi-ethnic population of 26.4 million with Nepali as its official language. The city of Kathmandu is the nation’s capital and the largest city. Major ethnic groups in Nepal are the Newar, Sherpa, Gurung, Thakali, Tamang, Rai, Limbu, Tharu, Dolpo-pa, Brahman / Chhetri, Chepang, Sunuwar and MagarManagi.

Sherpas are renowned mountaineers, often hired as guides and porters for those wishing to ascend Mount Everest. And while there is no ethnic restriction, those from the Gurung, Magar, Rai, Limbu, Sunuwar and Chhetri ethnic groups often join the British Army as the world famous Gurkha soldiers who are known for their fearless military prowess.

Nepal on the world map (highlighted in red)

Nepal on the world map (highlighted in red)

Nepal is renowned for many things including its breathtaking scenery and its reputation as an extreme sport mecca. The country is also famous as a spiritual hotspot, and people travel from all over the world to Nepal seeking spiritual enlightenment. As for the Nepalese themselves, the overwhelming majority are Hindus while some of the ethnic groups consider themselves Buddhists, Jains, Muslims and animist. Due to the country’s position as a spiritual hotspot, ancient religious and cultural sites can be found throughout the country, many of which are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Lumbini is one such example; as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lumbini is famous for being the birthplace of the Buddha and hence one of the great pilgrimage sites for Buddhists from around the world.

 

How to Get There

By Air
Nepal’s only international airport is in the city of Kathmandu. Named Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), it is served by many international airlines including Emirates, Qatar, Jet Airways, Air India, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Thai Airways. The autumn (Sep-Nov) and spring (Feb-Mar) months are popular tourist seasons so airline tickets usually fill up months in advance for these dates. Airfares depend on both seasons and individual airlines. Most countries around the world do not have direct flights to Kathmandu, so they usually involve at least one stopover in neighbouring Asian countries. The majority of visitors travel to Nepal in conjunction with a trip to India, as there are many international airports with flights to Nepal.

By Land
It is possible to enter Nepal from both India and Bhutan via land. From India these crossings include the Sonauli-Belahiya route that is reachable via Delhi and most of North India, the Raxaul-Birgunj route that is reachable via Patna and Bodhgaya, and the Kakarbhitta route reachable from Darjeeling and Siliguri. Entry to Nepal from Tibet is also possible, if you have the correct permit.

Tourist Visas
It is very easy to obtain a tourist visa when visiting Nepal. On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport or at all land border crosses that are open to foreigners, you are able to obtain a tourist visa. As long as you can pay the visa fee (the immigration offices take payment in USD, and sometime even insist on this), have passport photos on hand for the paperwork, have a whole page in your passport free for the visa and have a passport that is valid for six months or longer, you should have no problem with your tourist visa.

 

Some Famous Sights

The world-famous UNESCO Heritage Site Boudhanath Stupa

The world-famous UNESCO Heritage Site Boudhanath Stupa

Another world-famous UNESCO Heritage Site, Durbar Square

Another world-famous UNESCO Heritage Site, Durbar Square

Nepal is full of incredible, breathtaking sites like this lake at Pokhara

Nepal is full of incredible, breathtaking sites like this lake at Pokhara

The tiny village of Baglung Pani, high in the Himalayas near Besisahar, Nepal

The tiny village of Baglung Pani, high in the Himalayas near Besisahar, Nepal

Swayambhunath Temple, famous for its monkey residents

Swayambhunath Temple, famous for its monkey residents

 

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Flag of Bhutan

Bhutan

The Kingdom of Bhutan is a landlocked country in the Eastern Himalayas of South Asia. Bhutan is sandwiched between China to the north and India to the south. The capital of Bhutan is Thimpu, which is also the largest city, while Phuntsholing is Bhutan’s financial heart. Bhutan has a population of around 770,000 people that consists of mainly Ngalops and Sharchops, who are of Tibetan heritage and the minority Lhotshampa, who are of Nepalese heritage.

The national language is Bhutanese or Dzongkha, one of 53 languages in the Tibetan language family. The official script for the language is called Chokey or ‘Dharma language’, which is basically classical Tibetan. It is estimated that between 66% to 75% of the Bhutanese people are followers of Vajrayana Buddhism, which is also the state religion. The King of Bhutan is known as the Druk Gyalpo, meaning the ‘Thunder Dragon King’. The present King is His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, the fifth King of Bhutan who ascended the throne after his father abdicated in his favour.

Bhutan on the world map (highlighted in red)

Bhutan on the world map (highlighted in red)

Bhutan is famous for their adherence to a “Gross National Happiness” policy, a term coined by His Majesty the Fourth King of Bhutan, Jigme Singye Wangchuck in the 1970s. The concept implies that sustainable development should take a holistic approach towards notions of progress and give equal importance to non-economic aspects of wellbeing. For this reason, Bhutan is a forerunner in environmental protection and conservation initiatives in the region.

About 25% to 33% of Bhutanese are followers of Hinduism, while the remaining identify as Buddhist. The highest mountain in Bhutan is the Gangkhar Puensum with an elevation of 7,570 metres (24,836 ft). Due to its location, Bhutan has also been a hotbed of Yeti sightings for hundreds of years, especially in the higher mountainous regions and thick forests.

 

How to Get There

By Air
Bhutan has only one international airport known as Paro Airport. It is served by Bhutan Airlines, Druk Air and the Nepalese Buddha Air (by charter only). Considered one of the world’s most challenging airports to land on and take off from, only a certain number of highly trained pilots are certified to land there. Due to Bhutan’s small size, high altitude and relatively small scale of tourism, there are not many flights. Bhutan can be reached by air from neighbouring countries and a handful of other Asian countries. There are no long-haul flights available from countries outside of Asia. Therefore you will need to make a stopover at one of these Asian airports on your way there, if travelling from outside of Asia. The most popular of these airports are Kathmandu (Nepal), Singapore, Bangkok (Thailand), Dhaka (Bangladesh), and Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Guwahati and Gaya in India. Due to the small fleet of airplanes and erratic weather patterns, delays can occur in flight times, so it is advisable to allow at least four to five hours transit time before connecting to or from a Bhutan Airlines or Druk Air flight.

By Land
There are only two official land border crossings into and out of Bhutan. These are Phuntsholing which is reachable from the town of Jaigaon, West Bengal in Northern India. The other is Samdrup Jongkar which is reachable from Assam State in India. Roads to and inside of Bhutan are usually quite narrow and the usual speed of driving is between 35-40 kilometres per hour due to the number of bends in the roads amongst the mountainous terrain.

Tourist Visas
Indian, Bangladeshi and Maldivian nationals can obtain their tourist visa at Paro airport or the two land border crossings. They simply need a passport that is valid for six months or longer from the date of entry. All other nationals must obtain their tourist visa before travelling to Bhutan. These cannot be obtained in person but must be acquired through a licensed Bhutanese tour operator or foreign travel agent. As part of the visa application process, foreign nationals are required to submit the photo-page of their passport to the Tourism Council of Bhutan, via their tour operator. Once the full payment of your holiday, inclusive of the USD40 visa fee, has been transferred to the Tourism Council of Bhutan, a visa clearance letter will be processed within 72 hours. Visitors will need to provide a copy of this visa clearance letter upon entry to Bhutan, where the tourist visa will be stamped into the passport.

 

Some Famous Sights

Taktsang Lhakang (Tiger's Nest Temple) in Paro, Bhutan

Taktsang Lhakang (Tiger’s Nest Temple) in Paro, Bhutan

A view of Taktsang Lhakang from afar

A view of Taktsang Lhakang from afar

Whitewater rafting is a popular activity in Bhutan. This image, taken at Tachog Lhakhang, also features one of Bhutan's famous iron chain bridges, made in the 1300s by Thangtong Gyalpo who is said to have made 108 such bridges throughout Tibet and Bhutan.

Whitewater rafting is a popular activity in Bhutan. This image, taken at Tachog Lhakhang, also features one of Bhutan’s famous iron chain bridges, made in the 1300s by Thangtong Gyalpo who is said to have made 108 such bridges throughout Tibet and Bhutan.

Punakha Dzong, just three hours' drive from the capital city Thimphu

Punakha Dzong, just three hours’ drive from the capital city Thimphu

Tigers at Royal Manas National Park, Bhutan's oldest national park stretching over 1000 square kilometres

Tigers at Royal Manas National Park, Bhutan’s oldest national park stretching over 1000 square kilometres

Thimphu Handicrafts Market

Thimphu Handicrafts Market

 

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  1. wan wai meng on Dec 28, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    I do think the Yeti exist. If we relied on solely on empirical proof and a body, then all the people who have seen or encountered the Yeti are delusional.

    The hunt for the Yeti, may not be feasible as this creature the Yeti, why does it remain so elusive, could it be has above average intelligence compared to other animals and it is in its element in nature he can disappear at will, who knows perhaps it can even read minds of the people who are trying to catch it.

    I like one of the scientist who appeared in the initial part of the documentary, he said that new species are still being discovered as we speak, so why not the Yeti.

  2. Kb Thapa on Nov 22, 2016 at 12:47 am

    This is the of the best documentary ever seen. This team to Find Bigfoot traveling around the world including Nepal in search of the infamous Yeti. They visit monasteries with Yeti relics, talk to witnesses and travel into the dense forests of the Himalayas. Nepal is famous and soo many eye witnesses can not which can not ignored. I would say Big Foot diffidently exist we very near to find him. Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting article…

  3. Uncle Eddie on Nov 17, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    It is said “Tibetan high Lamas of great standing have reported seeing Yetis or Bigfoots……..There has never been doubts amongst Tibetans, Nepalese, North Indians, Monguls of Siberia that these extraordinary creatures exist. It is also said in the scriptures, that bigfoot/Yetis exist……….!” It was also once reported that, “Domo Rinpoche who used to meditate in scheduled caves and when he gained attainments, Yetis who were Himalayan Bigfoots visited him, giving him special milk, with which he made into powerful healings, which even the 13th Dalai Lama and Panchen Lama also wanted these pills. Scholars, doctors, Lamas and even “conquerors” to the summit of mount Everest, Sir Edmund Hillary and Terzing Norgay, were both belivers of the existence of Bigfoot/Yeti! As for scientific analysists, Researchers led by prominent Dr. Melba S.Ketchum of DNA Diagnostic authority, were said to have analyzed 111 specimens that were purported to be sasquatch hair, blood, skin and other tissues types. Individuals at other 34 different Hominin Research sites in 14 U.S.States and two canadian Provinces has submitted samples for study. As a result, Dr. Melba S. Ketchum told RedOrbit that “The findings definitively prove the existence of a surviving Hominin in North America!” Therefore, whatever depicted hereto, were true evidences and existences, and there should’nt be any doubts, unless otherwise proven!!! Yes, Yeti is truly in existence! Om Mani Padme Hung.

  4. Kb Thapa on Nov 16, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    Bigfoot known for centuries to the Indigenous Peoples of the Pacific Northwest of America and Canada. The Yeti has been known to the Tibet and Nepal people as well for centuries…

  5. Choong on Nov 13, 2016 at 2:15 am

    After Rinpoche piqued my interest in Bigfoot, a long time after I read about them when I was a child, I decided to do some research.

    To me, the strongest evidence that Bigfoot exists and has in fact been captured on film such as the famous Paterson, lies in body ratios.

    Here is a short video on Youtube that explains the body ratios.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qk6dPSiIG54

  6. Fong on Nov 12, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    There seems to be a lot evidences of Big Foot in landlocked countries or region across the world and especially so in forested areas in high altitude.

    So, even though we have found remains of Big Foot, it does not mean that they don’t exist. If there is the 6-realms of Samsara, then they may exist within Samsara and yet we are unable to perceive them.

    Love reading about the various Himalayan countries and what they have to offer in terms of Big Foot.

  7. Pastor Han Nee on Nov 12, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the story of Josh Gates’ search for the Bigfoot/Yeti. Josh Gates is very passionate and sincere about getting conclusive evidence on the Yeti. He will leave no stone unturned in his search. Yes, there are many names for the BigFoot and so many reports of sightings. However, the trail is getting hotter! Conclusive hard evidence will definitely be found. Already, Josh has taken us on a rather convincing trail in search of the mystic being, that featured significantly in the annals of Tibetan Buddhist Lamas. It gets more exciting now.

    The Yeti is huge in size and has been evasive so far because, I believe, he is very intelligent. The earthquake described in Josh Gates’ first video apparently did not destroy the Yeti in the area where Josh Gates is looking for him.

  8. Stella Cheang on Nov 12, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    Wow, there are many names for “Big Foot”, which goes to show that this being had been in existence in many places and for a long time. They have been elusive which is why human developed interest on them and wanted to “hunt” for it. It can be a good way to bring awareness to places where the “Big Foot” exist(ed). Personally, I believe there is many amazing beings around us either living in the urban with us or in the less explored places. As urbanization take place, it is not surprising that many “Big Foot” exist today nearer to us than before. Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing.

  9. Bradley Kassian on Nov 11, 2016 at 2:50 am

    So many names for the same being all around the world. Prehaps different subspecies but it’s amazing how there are so many accounts of these creatures. I remember fondly my grandfather who had an encounter along the Thompson River in the Okanagan, BC Canada. He saw one well he was out on a trip. He stated it was picking berries, and had an awful smell. Thank you Rinpoche and blog team. This is a great article. Bigfoot has always been facinating too me from a young age. I just didn’t realize how many names there are of these creatures.

  10. Hayden Chan on Nov 10, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    Wow! I didn’t know that there are so many names for Bigfoot. I actually found a comic book that contains some information about Bigfoot. It is by Gempak Stars,a Malaysian comic company. I forgot the name of the comic. But it has useful information about Bigfoot. Thank you Valentina for writing this post.

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    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.

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    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html#comment-744320
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    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.

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

    Jason

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

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

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

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

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this heartwarming article.

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

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

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

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

    Jason

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

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

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

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

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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?
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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My Mumu boy didn't want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
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This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
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
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Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn\'t move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
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I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
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March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
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Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
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!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
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The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
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Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
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Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
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
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Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
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The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
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
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February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
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Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
This is a good one to read
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This is a good one to read
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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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