YOU ALWAYS HAVE A CHOICE…make the right one.

May 31, 2015 | Views: 2,158

 

You may be bigger, stronger, and more faster now….but there’s this thing called karma and impermanence.

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All situations will end one day. Nothing is permanent. Hence you may be strong and powerful today, but at a later date it might be the reversed. Never take refuge in power or having the ability to take advantage, hurt or damage another. Situations may change, but karma is unfailing and constantly recording and waiting for the right chance to STRIKE back at you. Karma will always strike back at you. Karma explains so much for example the disparity in the world. Also the disparity in your own inner world…your mind.

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You always have a choice…you always can pick the right choice. As Dr Martin Luther King says, “The time is always right to do what is right.”

When you find your habits hard to change, then do extensive death meditation continuously on a long stable basis as it describes in the Lam Rim by Pabongka Rinpoche. Then you WILL see a change in your mind. It will come. Meanwhile take confidence, focus, concentrate, make offerings and pray deeply to Tsongkapa……to make the circumstances fruition.

Tsem Rinpoche

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  1. S.Prathap on Jul 17, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    Situation may change but Karma is constantly recording and waiting for the right chance to strike back.We should think about others when we make our decisions
    The decision we take should not inconvenient the people around us especially our family and friends.Thank you very much for this meaningful article and teaching.

  2. Samfoonheei on Apr 27, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    Life is short, and impermanent , it is up to us to make it meaningful, Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated at times. Each person has the right to make decisions and have choices about how they live their life. Always keep the right perspective. Once we make a decision, don’t look back, make it work. We are the creative force of our life, and through our own decisions rather than our conditions. The choices we make have a major impact on the life we live. Make the right choices. Learn from the past. The most important thing is to enjoy our life – to be happy , compassionate, kind, helpful- it’s all that matters. Fill our days with meaning—to live our life the way we choose. All life is an experiment. The more experiments we make the better it is. Our life changes the moment we make a decision. Learning Dharma , practice and make changes , do no harm and not creating karma.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this teachings.

  3. Pastor Chia on Apr 24, 2019 at 8:21 am

    Your motivation and action will retermine karma or merit. Is better we already aware off what we choose to do with good motivation. In that way, we are less change to collect karma effect our future life.
    Life is short and impermanance. Real challange is when dealth coming. We able to face it and less suffer of consequences. Change our negative habitual and stubborn mind when we know is wrong. Take the respondbility and not blame others and situation. We are the root cause for karma to remand.

  4. Mingwen on Apr 24, 2019 at 7:47 am

    It’s common to hear people saying, they are so & so & that are how they act once borned, they will hang a quote next to their lips & ready to use anytime when they face challenges from others toward their behaviour. They will say, “I’m borned like this, what are you expecting me to do? I can’t change it.”

    Many time, many stubborn people change when they are confronting death. For instance, people who are suffering from cancer with high risk of dying from it. He or she will do whatever to save his or her life. Etc., change diet, change ways of react, terminate many life threatening behaviour. Why? Why such people can change when they realize they have not much time left? It’s that they can’t change or they refuse to change?

    Changing is difficult especially we are so used to such a way of living but it’s not impossible.

  5. Justin on Apr 24, 2019 at 1:46 am

    I like the phrase never take refuge in power or having the ability to take advantage. In fact one should take refuge in Dharma so that the actions or choice being made are Dharma based and will then be of no repercussions if not lesser. Choices made without thinking of karma are the worse thing to do with our own lives. It opens more negative karma till we are no longer to even have the karma to make good choices anymore.

  6. Tek Lee on Apr 24, 2019 at 1:01 am

    From the moment we were born, we made choices, every single day. There’s no right or wrong choice, it is because every choices we made, we need to be prepared to face the consequences. Even one day everybody pointed that the choice we made are wrong, we ourselves must be able to face the consequences. The choices we made is very depending on our attachment and our karma. Thus, making so called “right” or “wrong” choice, we must be able to face it. There’s nobody help us to face the consequences we created, we create our own karma.

  7. Andrea Lai on Apr 24, 2019 at 12:47 am

    Life is about making choices, accept it, cherished it. Whether it is good or bad choices we make, we have to take it because we are the decision maker, not our parents, siblings or friends. When things fall back, we should blame ourselves at the first place of our mistakes, silliness not others. In my opinion, I think it was a good scenario for us to realized and understand our mistakes and make a change. Life is also about growing up. ?

  8. Pastor Henry Ooi on Apr 24, 2019 at 12:03 am

    We are guilty of always not wanting to make the right choice even knowing that it is the right one by justifying that we find it hard to choose. I think it is because most of the time we are too lazy and we procrastinate, and we do not want to get out of our comfort zone to put in the effort. Also it could be we are selfish and only care about our own fleeting happiness.

  9. June Kang on Apr 23, 2019 at 11:58 pm

    Everyday, we have make many choices. Along the way, our attachment and emotion will affected our choices, and therefore these always leads us to more suffering instead of happiness and freedom. Buddha taught us to cultivate our wisdom in order we can make a choice towards enlightenment. Find out more at https://www.tsemrinpoche.com.

  10. Vivian Ong on Apr 23, 2019 at 11:24 pm

    We make good and bad choices all the time throughout our lives. Since we have learn and have the Dharma knowledge, I think before we make certain choices, we can always contemplate and think it over before we finalized our decision. The outcome from our action of our choices are impermanent. Hence whether it is good or bad, we must try not too get too attached to it as the end of the day we will suffer in a way or another.

  11. Julia Tan on Apr 23, 2019 at 11:16 pm

    We are making choices every day every moment, from something very simple like what to eat and what to wear to something very important like who to married, sometimes even life and death. Rinpoche always teach us, whenever we make choices, always pick the one that benefiting others. If we can’t at least pick the choice that benefiting more people instead of less or at least do not harm anyone.

    Many years ago, Rinpoche asked me a question, if Kechara House is on fire, many people is trapped inside included my children, I need to make a choice, to save my children or other people in Kechara House. Without second thought, i said i will save my children. For whatever reason, I thought for myself first, because they are my children, as a mother I must protect my children first but then i let other die, how selfish.

    Choices we make everyday not only affect ourselves but also people around us. Similarly, choices that others made will affect us directly and indirectly too. For example, If Rinpoche didn’t made His choice to run away from home and joined Dharma, Rinpoche would not met his guru, hence he would not became a monk, If not because Rinpoche needed to raised funds to build monastery in India, He would not come to Malaysia to teach and ended up with us in Malaysia now. All these because, Rinpoche made his choice to benefit others instead of himself. That motivation of benefiting us, hence Kechara is formed, millions of people after reading Rinpoche’s blog and transformed themselves and their lives become better.

    In Kechara, many young and old people made their choice to serve the Dharma. They chose to follow Rinpoche’s foot step, to benefit others instead of proceeding their career to benefit just themselves. They inspired me want to be just like them. Death is near…. no time to think too much and plan.

  12. pammie yap on Apr 23, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    The scary thing about karma is how it hits us when we least expect it. Moreover, we keep creating more negative karma everyday through our body, speech and mind which multiply extensively. Therefore, we must constantly check change our negative habits and keep reminding ourselves the consequences in order to push our mind to transform. Our choices in life may not be perfect all the time but that doesn’t mean that we don’t mindfully try to make it perfect.
    Learn more about death meditation here https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/last-night-i-spoke-about-death-meditation-in-more-detail.html?nomobile

  13. Datuk May on Apr 23, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    We are constantly making choices and without being completely aware of doing so. Once we realise then we can be very alert and attentive to the moment of now. As choices made in the present moment of now affect our next moment.

    The interesting thing to note is when you are aware of your making choices every minute of the day, you also realise how often you can change your mind as you go along.

    Realising the changes in our choices will empower us to make changes to our stubbornness and live freely with the changes that are constantly prevailing around us due to the impermanence of things.

  14. Sharon Ong on Oct 18, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    A rather short post but has a whole lot of profound Dharma in it.

    1) Karma like a boomerang will come right back at us, be it good or bad.
    2) We ALWAYS have a choice. And we can always choose the right one.
    3) Death meditation is a great antidote for our stubborn habits.
    4) We should take refuge and have faith in Lama Tsongkhapa as his practice will help transform our minds and change for the better.

    Thank you for this beneficial post, Rinpoche.

  15. Jill Yam on Jul 23, 2016 at 12:04 am

    Nothing in this world is permanent. What you are today may not be what you are tomorrow. Therefore we must not cling on to anything as it will lead to disappointment when all is gone. Then we’ll be upset and be unhappy. This is what we put ourselves into.
    We always have a choice. It is up to us to choose whether we want to be happy or unhappy. And karma is unavoidable. But if we do more dharma we may be able to accumulate merits to purify our negative karma.

    This means we do have a choice in whatever we want to do. It’s up to us.

    Thank you Rinpoche for the above teaching.

    Jill Yam

  16. Jason on Jul 4, 2016 at 1:23 am

    Life can be very fragile .We don’t know what will happen to us tomorrow. Everything is impermanent and we shouldn’t self grasping on any things which can trigger our emotion.Beside that, karma theory must be apply to our daily life in order for us to do more good things with good motivation.Practice dharma and benefits others is the only way out .
    Thanks Rinpoche confer teachings to us and we can practice it in our daily life.

    With folded hands
    Jason

  17. samfoonheei on Jul 3, 2016 at 11:44 am

    Thanks for the meaningful teachings….i will always remember it.
    Yes we always have a choice.it is up to us to choose what we want and which where to go……what is right and what is wrong…NOTHING is permanent.
    Thanks Rinpoche

  18. chris chong on May 7, 2016 at 1:11 am

    Dear Rinpoche ,

    The message that I learnt from this short post is that nothing is permanent while karma is all pervasive and unavoidable. We always have a choice to make the right choice.

    I always heard from my friends, ” I dont have a choice but to … “. In my opinion, we always have a choice. It depends on how willing are we to left go of our ego, attachments, and comfort zone. We keep giving ourselves reasons and excuses to feed our ego and desire which will grow bigger and bigger. We will only suffer and become a bitter person.

    Humbly,
    Chris

  19. Beatrix Ooi on Apr 11, 2016 at 4:54 am

    Not having enough time is what I find most of us always complain about, and that applies to myself too of course. One of the things we can never fight against is time, it exists yet has no beginning nor end.

    As I’m growing older, I am starting to realise how impermanent and fragile life is but people do not seem to realise the fact until when it’s too late. Therefore having a Guru or dharma is very potent, the Guru teaches the dharma and helps us to get on track with our individual spiritual paths so that we can be liberated from samsara.

  20. Pastor Moh Mei on Nov 29, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    “The time is always right to do what is right.” ~ Martin Luther King.

    This is so true. When we can recognize that it is always the right time we will stop procrastinating and start to make immediate and instant decisions. Both good karma and bad karma will catch us. Both good times and bad times will end. It doesn’t mean we simply go with the flow of time because within the realm of samsara the law of impermanence does not allow for us to remain in the same state.

    Good karma will exhaust, so will bad karma. The present will become the past, the future will become the present. We will inevitably create more karma. So the choice is yours whether to create good karma or bad karma. It is always the right time to make the right choice.

  21. Li Kheng on Nov 28, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    I remember very clearly this statement from the Harry Potter movie that goes something like this: A man is not defined from what or where he comes from but by the choices he makes. There is so much wisdom around us, it is our choice as to whether we want to listen, reflect and apply.

  22. Wan Wai Meng on Nov 17, 2015 at 5:14 am

    We can ascend to the highest peaks of existence, and the next moment we could descend into the deepest darkest oceans of the world. Nothing remains constant, we could be strong one moment and weak the next due to ripening causes and conditions, when causes and conditions are no longer there, our strength can just fade just like that.

  23. Shelly Tai on Jun 11, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for teaching us again and again, that is very true karma will come back to us everything we have now is impermanent nothing is permanent down to our own life so do what is right now is important do not give up the practice continue to improve our mind because we will not know when death come to us.

  24. Li Kheng on Jun 11, 2015 at 12:13 am

    Humility is good guideline for us on the choices we make. When we treat everyone with respect and decency regardless of their status, background and nett worth, we are creating the cause for us to receive similar treatment in the future. That’s karma.

    I had acted arrogantly with a lady when I was doing business in Shanghai. Some time later, perhaps even a few years…this lady became successful and I needed a favor from her. It was not only embarrassing but I also lost a business opportunity. I learnt my lesson.

    I hope this post by Rinpoche will bring valuable lessons to the readers so that they do not have to personally be “bitten” by their karma from making the wrong choice.

  25. Vinnie Tan on Jun 10, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    It is true to what Rinpoche has written. We have a choice for everything. There are no situations that force us to behave in certain way. It is always a choice that we make. To be successful or not is a choice. Not something that is given to us.

    A circular example will be when we choose to be someone that is good or even successful, we work towards that goal with hard work. Only when we want and know that we want to do it, we will be able to do so. Even though we may need to make great efforts for it, we will still work towards that.

    Through that, it shows that we are able to do the same for spirituality as well. It is only a choice if we want or not. If we do so, we will be able to improve ourselves. Thus, there is no actual reason for us to not be able to change ourselves. The only reason that we are not able to do so will only be because we are unwilling to change and also step out of our comfort zones.

    We need to always make choices that will be able to improve ourselves, not choices that will cause us to degenerate. With will power and consistency, it is definite that we will be able to make that impact and change within ourselves that will shine.

  26. Edward Ooi on Jun 10, 2015 at 12:31 am

    I totally agree with what Rinpoche has written. What do you think will happen if we made the wrong move? For an example: You hurt a kid you dislike thinking that he is small, weak and he will never be able to beat you but one day, the kid you bullied will grow up to be strong while you grow older and weaker. And what happens then? The kid might hurt you back and you will get injured badly like bone fracture or maybe even death because your body cannot take the damages anymore. Do you think it is worth it? I don’t think so. Another example: What if you act the exact opposite of everything I wrote on the above? You treat and care for the kid nicely, the kid then grows up to be a wonderful person and he will also do the same to you. DO you think that is a lot worth it? So it is always better to make the choice where nobody will get hurt and everyone will be happy in the end of the day.

    The conclusion is: If you want people treat you nicely, you have to start treating other people nicely first. Most people will find it suspicious at first because of your sudden change thinking that you might want something from them but slowly other people will realize that you are actually being sincere then people start treating you back the same way.

  27. Alice Tay on Jun 6, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    Fully aware of “Nothing is permanent”. Whatever we are having now, it does not mean will be the same for tomorrow. We all have the choice to choose for everything.

    Many people would say it is good to be strong in terms of wealth, status and etc etc. But at the end of the day, we will face the same ~death. Nothing we can keep except our mind. Therefore, we should follow the advice from our guru and Tsongkhapa’s teaching as clearly described in Lam Rim by Pabongka Rinpoche. With that, we will see the change of our mind before it is too late.

    Thank you Rinpoche keep reminding us ~ NOTHING is permanent. We should CHOOSE the right way for ourselves not only this life but future life.

  28. Phng Keng Hwa on Jun 3, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you once again for another short and meaningful teaching. Karma is something that I always think of constantly. Unfortunately, I still make very bad mistakes. However, I can say with confidence that I am improving as a person. All because I was exposed and came in touch with teachings like these when I was younger.

    For that, I am extremely grateful towards you for making Kechara and the teachings exist, as well as my grandmother, Datuk May Phng, for introducing me to Kechara. 🙂

    Your humble student,
    Keng Hwa.

  29. Stella Cheang on Jun 3, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    It is clear that we all have a choice. It is what we choose. When dealing with people, between “right” and “wrong”, choose kindness. When undecided in decisions, choose the one that benefits everyone.

    It sounds simpler in words than by action. But I’ll do my best.

    Thank You Rinpoche for this timely reminder.

    Humbly with folded palms,
    Stella

  30. So Kin Hoe (KISG) on Jun 2, 2015 at 10:29 am

    Impermanence has always pushed me harder to stay on course in Dharma practice and do what is supposed to do before I miss out the opportunity. From my understanding, we do have choice not to pick up any negativity in our mind that derails us from our spiritual path that can lead us to higher attainments and self liberation from outer and inner suffering. Remembering death is the start of every Dharma practice to ensure our motivation is pure and able to benefit others. Thank you Rinpoche for giving us advice continuously and motivate us to do better in Dharma.

  31. Lum Kok Luen on Jun 1, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    Knowing that nothing is permanent, we grow old day by day, month by month and year by year.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this short and concise reminder. It really reminds us to be very mindful and always strive to create causes of happiness, lessen suffering for all sentient beings.

    This is certainly the right path to action upon.

    Humbly yours,
    Lum Kok Luen

  32. Pastor Han Nee on May 31, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    Knowing that nothing is permanent, knowing that our bodies grow old and our faculties grow weaker, with each passing day, month and year, we should always act mindfully.Knowing karma,we should choose to create causes for happiness and avoid creating causes for misery and suffering.
    The dharma teaches us how to do this.

    Yet from the Lamrim, we are told how we often let our lives go by swiftly in a whirl of distractions:
    “Perhaps twenty years of being unaware of practice,
    Perhaps twenty years of “Going to , going to” practice;
    Perhaps another ten years of “Never did, never did” practice;
    That’s the story of an empty and wasted human life”.

  33. Carmen Lin @ KMP on Oct 23, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    Choice in hand
    Privilege we thinks
    Getting back at other is in mind
    forgetting that the law of cause and effect
    Silly us still grasping onto the privilege we presumed
    Not realizing it’s never a privilege but suffering.
    We acted out of our perspective
    Never justifying what this “privilege” truly is
    Suffering arises when “privilege” seemed gone
    Grumpy and angry why is it turned out the opposite way.
    Silly us has forgotten and never realized that
    It’s never a privilege at first place but is just an impermanent
    Karmic wind blows.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing what is hiding behind these choices we have. Namtse!

  34. Vinnie Tan on Jul 28, 2013 at 2:19 am

    This is very true. We all have choices that we have to make daily, no matter big or small. It is something that we will not be able to escape from. Do we want to make that choice that would benefit us and not the rest of the community or if we want to choose something that will be good for the rest of the community it is all our choice and ours only.

    There is no one in the world that can make the choice for us. It is true that they can advice us, but the ultimate decision lies with us.

    Hence, we should make decisions thinking about what would the decision affect in the long run instead of what is going to happen now.

  35. beatrix ooi on May 27, 2013 at 12:27 am

    I totally agree with this, we always have to make choices, but what matters is, is it a good choice or a bad one? We always choose the choice we think is ‘good’ to us, but deep down inside we know that it’s not right, ours minds are just not that strong or in another word: selfish, to not to think about the consequences. We should think about the others when we make our decisions, think twice, make sure the choices we make will not inconvenient the people around us, especially our parents and friends..
    Thank You for sharing Rinpoche.

  36. abby f on Dec 30, 2012 at 12:13 am

    Impermanence teaches me my happy will gone at the next moment, all the pleasures I have at this moment will gone tomorrow and the good things I own now will fade away one day. All these remind me all the time. And I always forget about all the sadness I have at this moment will gone too at the next day or moment, all the bad things I’m encounter will just fade away very soon.

    Soon after I realize this, I think that life is FUN and we should always remember how impermanence works. The FUN part about life is we are actually in control. We can determine our mood and mind. And we are actually the creator for the things that we encounter. By being kind to others, our life would be easier because we have an opened heart. By being generous, our life would be much simple and we don’t create unwanted sufferings for ourselves. Even when I’m no longer stronger or faster, I’m still the person I feel comfortable with. 🙂

  37. edward ooi on Dec 22, 2012 at 4:57 am

    I agree with Tsem Rinpoche. We do have the choice to make our own decision. Karma will always follow you like your shadow and you can never escape it unless you reach enlightenment. So please always choose the right path never choose the wrong ones or karma will hit back to you. Thank you for reading

  38. Wan Wai Meng on Nov 13, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Yes there is such a thing called ‘impermanence’ we may not always be strong and they will always not be so weak. Do unto others as how you want it done for you.

  39. mima on Jan 22, 2011 at 12:35 am

    Thank you always Rinpoche for your guidance on the path of right action!

  40. Uncle Eddie on Dec 9, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    It is said that a choice is the root of a goal. It must be made with understanding, knowledge, awareness and wisdom. Instead of just believing in something, people should use their mind to try to discover their own true nature. Belief based on understanding is fine, once you realised or are clear about something, belief follows through automatically. Faith alone never stops problems, especially, if your faith is based on a misconception. It can easily be destroyed by what others say. It is therefore to be conscious in your everyday life. As long as you follow the path of right understanding and right action to the best of your ability, the result will be immediate, and simultaneous with actions. The human brain must be balanced with a good heart, so said the Dalai Lama. As long as we act in the right presence of mind with as much of understanding as we possibly can, we certainly can achieve everlasting peace in no time at all and thus making the right choice.

  41. Sharon Saw on Oct 5, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    I love this post. We always have a choice, but more often than not, we choose badly – based on the three poisons of Anger, Attachment and Ignorance and the 8 worldly concerns – to want praise and avoid criticism, to want material things and avoid material loss, to want a good reputation and avoid a bad reputation and to want pleasure and avoid pain. I know that every suffering I have comes from these.

    I remember Rinpoche saying that if we truly realised karma and what it means, we would not live the lives we are living today. We would live very differently – based on the true teachings of Dharma. Thank you Rinpoche for consistently and compassionately guiding your errant flock and never giving up on helping us make the right choices.

  42. martin on Oct 5, 2010 at 1:08 am

    Often we do not see that we indeed have choices. And when we do, often, we do not have the wisdom to make the “right” choices. The samsaric world is such that we make serious and terrible choices daily without even knowing it, and we carry on as if we are all going to be ok. Karma which grabs everyone is so difficult to grasp in return. It is therefore crucial to always be mindful of a passage in the above post:

    ” The root of practice is to rely
    Correctly upon a spiritual master,
    And to guard one’s teachings
    As carefully as one does one’s eyes…”

    What an absoulte waste if we do not. In the end when death comes knocking, can we say, we never met the Dharma, or we never had the opportunity to gain wisdom of the Lamrin. Can we say we didn’t have the good fortune to meet a compassionate Guru to learn from and rely on?

    Thank you Rinpoche, not only for the post, but for always being here to teach us and care for us.

  43. ngeowchin on Oct 4, 2010 at 9:46 am

    We always have a choice but the problem is we want both choices ! In the Lamrim there is the story of the learned monk who wishes to attain nirvana and also keep his mistress !
    The Chinese have a similar saying for such a situation-wishing to step on two boats at one time. I see it more like having one leg on one boat and the other leg on another. The sum effect is that we have to struggle with the push and pull of indecision and going no where.

  44. Anila on Aug 19, 2010 at 12:52 am

    Rinpoche has a choice when he was young. Both choices are also good. One to stay in LA and be a model or an actor work and make money to help the Monastery. The other choice to be a monk in Gaden India and teach to benefit sentient beings. By being a model or actor his career will end one day with aging. As a Sangha you will benefit more people by teaching Dharma and fund raising through the students and also help them through Dharma to transform and purify their bad karma instead of increasing them. Most importantly a good Sangha like Tsem Rinpoche will be very beneficial to people like what he is doing today aspiring to reach his goal to build KWPC to benefit a lot of people.

  45. Shirley Tan on Jul 6, 2010 at 4:36 am

    Choices we make
    Day to day
    Without much care or realization
    Of what it leaves behind
    A trail of destruction
    Of the Body, Mind and Spirit
    Of the Self
    And onto others
    Choices we make
    To serve a mind
    That cherishes self
    Above all else
    Sparing nothing
    In its path
    Regrets will greet us
    When death comes to meet us
    All will be too late and lost
    Due to the choices we make
    Without care
    Without thought
    Without love
    Only pain remains
    Horrors will grip
    Our next birth
    For we will land
    In realms beyond our control
    From beginning to end
    Everything stems
    From the choices we make
    Choose to be your own saviour or your failure.

  46. Yee Ling on Apr 6, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Dear Rinpoche Thank you for your message. It is truly a wake up call. Life really is fleeting. May I always be mindful of the laws of karma and live according to the Dharma. May I learn to be of benefit to all sentient beings. You are my inspiration

  47. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche on Apr 5, 2010 at 7:35 am

    Dear Keng Tan,
    What a great post!! Thank you so much for sharing.
    Tsem Tulku

  48. keng tan on Apr 5, 2010 at 6:47 am

    I remembered this story I read a few year’s ago:
    Once upon a time a haggard old man lay
    Exhausted by the road in a wilderness.
    A haughty youth appeared
    And this is the conversation that followed.
    ‘Old Man, sitting, walking or working
    You are unlike anyone I have seen.
    What is it that so afflicts you?’
    To this the old man replied,
    ‘O youth, who flies in the pride
    Of having strong flesh and blood,
    Listen to me, for many years ago
    I was even stronger than you.
    ‘In running I could outrun a horse,
    And when I wanted to trap
    I caught even the wild yak of the north.
    I was as light on my feet
    As the birds of the air,
    And my face as handsome as that of a god.
    ‘I wore magnificent clothing,
    Adorned myself with jewels,
    Ate the finest delicacies
    And rode the most swift of horses.
    ‘There was no sport I did not play
    No pleasure I did not know.
    I gave not a single thought to death
    Or the advent of old age.
    The noise of the friends
    And relatives who surround me
    Constantly held my attention
    And turned my face from everything else.
    ‘But the stealthy suffering of age
    Slowly pressed in upon me.
    At first I did not notice it,
    And when I did it was too late.
    Now when I look in the mirror
    I am repelled by what I see.
    ‘When one receives tantric initiation
    The initiation waters first touch one’s head
    And then descend through the body.
    Death comes in a similar fashion:
    The crown of ones head turn white
    And then the symptoms descend.
    ‘My hair is white as a seashell.
    I did not wash out the color.
    The Lord of Death has spat on me
    And the frost of his spittle covers my head.
    ‘The many lines and wrinkles on my face
    Are not folds in the baby fat of youth.
    They are time measurements sketched
    By the hand of the Keeper of Time.
    ‘This constant squinting of my eyes
    Is not caused by smoke.
    My powers of vision have diminished
    And I must squint in order to see.
    ‘When I lean forward like this
    And cup my ear in order to listen,
    It is not that I expect you to
    Whisper me a secret message.
    But to all sounds seem remote
    And I must strain in order to hear.
    ‘Droplets fall unexpectedly from my nose.
    This is the ice of my youth
    Being melted by the sun of old age,
    Not pearls falling from a necklace.
    ‘My teeth have fallen out.
    This is not part of a cycle
    Heralding the growth of new teeth;
    The meals of this life have been eaten,
    And the cutlery therefore put away.
    ‘I do not continually drool because
    I want o anoint the earth with water.
    Rather, all that I once enjoyed
    Now only disgusts me,
    And my spittle drops of its own accord.
    ‘My unclear conversation
    Is not a dialect learned
    In some cold, foreign land.
    Once I indulged in meaningless talk without end,
    And my tongue is now worn out.
    ‘This ugly face that you see
    Is not a monkey’s mask that I wear.
    It is just that my mask of youth-
    Mine only on loan for a short while-
    Has now been taken back, and
    Only the ugly bones of death remain.
    ‘This constant wobbling of my head
    Is not a sign of my disapproval.
    The lord of Death has struck me with his club
    And ever since then my brain is unsteady.
    ‘This manner of walking that you see,
    My eyes cast down at the road,
    Is not in order to find
    A needle that has been lost.
    The jewels of my youth have fallen to earth,
    And I walk in a daze,
    Barely able to remember my own name.
    ‘The way I rise on all four limbs
    Is not a playful imitation of an animal’s ways.
    My legs will no longer support me,
    So I must use both arms and legs to move.
    ‘The way I drop down when I sit is not
    Intended as a display of bad manners.
    The threads of my happiness have been broken
    And the cords of my youth have been cut.
    Hence I can no longer move with grace.
    ‘When I walk I stagger,
    Not as a way to show off
    And pretend I am a big man,
    But because the burden of age
    Rides heavily upon me
    And I cannot walk properly.
    ‘This constant shaking of my hands
    Is not because I itch for jewels.
    The eye of death is upon me, waiting
    To steal life’s gem from my hands
    And I tremble in apprehension.
    ‘The restricted diet that I follow
    Is not so fixed because I am a miser.
    My digestive powers have diminished and I fear to die of overeating.
    ‘The light clothing that I wear
    Is not planned for a fancy dress party.
    My physical strength has so diminished
    That even clothing is a burden to me.
    ‘The way I breath so heavily
    Is not because I am reciting prayers
    For the benefit of other.
    It is a sign that soon the breath
    Of my life will melt into the sky.
    ‘My extraordinary manner of behavior
    Is not an inspired artistic expression;
    I am held by the demon Death
    And I have no power to move as I wish.
    ‘I continually forget what I am doing
    Not in order to demonstrate
    That I have no respect for endeavor,
    But because my brain is worn out, and
    My memory and intelligence have grown dim.
    ‘There is no need to laugh at me,
    For all receive their share of old age.
    Within the span of a few years, the first
    Messengers of death will come to you too.
    ‘My words have not yet impressed you,
    But soon this same condition will befall you.
    These days’ people do not live for long,
    And you have no guarantee
    To see as many years as have I.
    Even if you reach me in years,
    There is no assurance that you will have
    Even the powers of body speech and mind
    Demonstrated by this feeble man before you.’
    The youth was repelled
    And Cried out in disgust:
    ‘O miserable creature
    Despised by men and harassed by dogs
    Your body is ugly and spent
    I would rather choose to die now than
    To remain alive in your condition.’
    The old man smiled.
    ‘You want to be young forever
    And you do not wish to become old.
    You say you prefer death to old age,
    But when the time of your death draws near
    You will discover that it is not so easy
    To face death willingly and with confidence.
    ‘If one never harms the gentle,
    Always guards one’s precepts
    And follows the threefold application
    Of study, concentration and meditation,
    Perhaps it would be easy to die happily.
    ‘But my mind did not for a moment
    Give thought to spiritual values.
    Even though my body is grown old,
    I now cherish every day as an opportunity
    To train in the principles of Dharma,
    And I do not wish to die so soon.’
    When the old man had spoken thus
    The attitude of the youth was transformed.
    ‘Yes, aged one, it is true.
    What I have seen with my eyes
    And what I have heard with my ears
    Indeed confirm what you have said.
    Your words have moved me deeply.
    The sufferings of age are indeed great.
    You are old and have gained much experience,
    So tell me truly, is there no method
    By which one can overcome this terror?’
    The old man smiled once more.
    ‘Yes, there are such methods,
    And these are not particularly difficult.
    Everything that is born must die
    And not many live even to old age.
    To live and not to die would require
    The fabulous elixir of immortality,
    And that seems rather difficult to acquire.
    ‘All great beings of the past have died:
    Buddha’s, bodhisattvas, saints and kings alike.
    The righteous as well as the evil,
    All must one-day face death.
    How can you be any different?
    ‘However, if one practices the spiritual path
    The mind abides in joy, regardless of ones age.
    Then when death falls one is like a child
    Gleefully returning to his home.
    Even Buddha did not speak of
    A more profound method than this.
    ‘This is my innermost advice to you;
    It is from my heart, not just my mouth:
    Your fate is in your own hands
    And you must follow your deeper instincts.’
    To this the youth replied,
    ‘Indeed, you are correct. But before
    Devoting myself to the intensive practice,
    There are matters I should clear up,
    Such as the needs of my family,
    As well as my house and property.
    When these have been accomplished
    I shall return and speak with you again.’
    The old man grunted,
    ‘Your attitude is empty of reason.
    Previously I also lived with the thought
    To engage in practice soon.
    Work is like a man’s beard:
    No matter how much you cut it,
    The cutting never ends;
    The beard just grows out stronger.
    For me, years passed like this
    But the work never reached an end.
    Procrastination is merely self-deception.
    ‘If your idea is to procrastinate forever
    You will have no hope of spiritual accomplishment
    And our conversation has been in vain.
    You should just return to your home
    And leave this old man to meditate in peace.’
    The youth cried out in shock,
    ‘Old man, do not be so harsh with me.
    It would be insane of me to simply
    Abandon everything I have undertaken!’
    To this the old man replied,
    ‘Yes, you can say this to me.
    But the Lord of Death who dwells in the south
    Does not consider the state of ones plans.
    You should speak with him.
    When he comes to call on you,
    He will not ask if you are young or old,
    High or low, rich or poor, ready or not.
    ‘All are forced to go alone,
    Leaving behind their unfinished works.
    The thread of life suddenly is broken
    Like a rope snapping under a heavy load.
    ‘There is no time for plan making.
    To die without spiritual knowledge
    Is to die in pathetic helplessness.
    At that time one’s attitude will change
    Toward the importance of ephemeral works.
    ‘Would it not be more useful
    To change the mind now
    While time for training remains?
    But useful advice is rare in this world
    And those who follow it even rarer.’
    At this the youth was overcome with emotion
    And prostrated to the old man, saying,
    ‘Not the highest guru on the most ornate throne
    Nor any of the greatest scholars or yogis
    Has ever been given me a more profound teaching.
    Old man, you are a true spiritual friend
    And I will follow your advice.
    Please speak to me further on this matter.’
    The old man answered,
    ‘I have lived on this earth for many years
    And thus have seen much of life.
    Nothing is more difficult to understand
    Than the principles of the spiritual path,
    The way producing higher being, liberation
    And omniscient enlightenment.
    ‘It is not easy to cultivate an experience
    Of the truth taught by the enlightened ones
    And even more difficult to do so in old age.
    Youth is the time to learn and
    To become familiar with the teachings.
    Then as one grows old with the passing years,
    It is easy to dwell within practice.
    ‘If one really understands
    Even a single point of the teachings,
    All activities are accordingly benefited.
    There is no need to intellectualize;
    When spiritual experience has been generated,
    All actions of body, speech and mind
    Take on a spiritual perspective.
    ‘The root of practice is to rely
    Correctly upon a spiritual master,
    And to guard one’s teachings
    As carefully as one does one’s eye’s.
    ‘Turn your back on worldly works
    And engage in study, contemplation and meditation
    Upon all the beneficial essence teachings
    Of Buddha, and of Lama Tsongkhapa, his regent in Tibet.
    ‘By applying oneself in this way
    While establishing as a background
    The methods for collecting merit
    And purifying the mind of negative traits,
    Illumination falls into one’s very hand.
    Then, my son, you will know joy
    And all your aspirations will be fulfilled.’
    The conversation proceeded in this way
    And the two became spiritual friends.
    They dwell together in the forest
    Free from the eight worldly concerns,
    Fully absorbed in the practice of meditation.
    Thus is complete my story of the old man
    And the youth, who met in the forest one day,
    And the record of the conversation that ensued.
    I have written it out to inspire
    Myself and others in the practice of Dharma.
    I, the author Konchok Tenpai Dronme,
    Am not particularly experienced in life
    But I thought that if for posterity’s sake
    This conversation were to be written down,
    Some benefits may arise in the hearts of mankind.

  49. Thomas Canada on Apr 4, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Thank you for the Inspiration
    Self Motivating and Self Generating
    Alone most of the time
    Sometimes lacks the lustre of your Altars
    The Altar of Inspiring and Motivational Words!
    Across Time and Space
    The Dharma like Tara
    Is Lightening Fast
    For Those of Us
    Lost In Samsara
    Showing The Light
    Guiding Us Safely to Blissful Shores!
    I’ll keep in Mind
    What you’ve said.

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    Water is the best liquid to keep the body well hydrated and healthy, contributing to the well-being of the blood vessels. However, drinking plenty of water is a great and cheap way to improve blood circulation naturally. I found this is a surprising health benefits that water could prevent, relieve and cure many painful, degenerative diseases.

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    Monday, Mar 8. 2021 03:30 PM
    Amazing India’s western state of Gujarat had planned to build a 354-foot seated statue of the Buddha. It seem to be the second-tallest Buddha statue in the world after China’s Spring Temple Buddha and the world’s tallest seated Buddha . The gujarat government is all set to build a 108metre statue of sitting Buddha but somehow as to these days no further progress has been made .
    Interesting discovery by the state archaeologist near Shamlaji, a remains of a Buddhist monastery dated 3rd-4th century AD were discovered. Shamlaji was once an important Hindu pilgrimage destination, during 1960-1963. Wow……a casket was found, which as per its inscription, contained relics of Gautam Budhha. The 1700-year-old casket is currently kept at the MS University of Baroda in Vadodara.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/good-news-2.html
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    Standing on a hilltop at Air Itam, near Penang Hill, Kek Lok Si is the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia. There is stunning bronze statue of the Goddess of Mercy, Kuan Yin . I did visited years back just completed then. Merely looking at it is a blessing . So So… Rinpoche did visited before. Now Kok Lok Si Temple, has become one of a tourist hot spot. Many people visited this beautiful temple and especially the Kuan Yin Statue.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/visiting-the-huge-kuan-yin-in-penang.html
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    Friday, Mar 5. 2021 04:19 PM
    In Mahayana Buddhism, a bodhisattva refers to anyone who has generated bodhicitta, a spontaneous wish and compassionate mind to attain Buddhahood for the benefit of all sentient beings. Bodhisattvas are common figures in Buddhist literature and art. They exist as guides and providers to help us following the teachings about generosity, patience, meditative balance, and insight into what is essential, so we can come to live in a way that benefits others. At the same time, we learn compassion for ourselves and see that we are not separate from the people we have imagined are estranged from us. Self and other heal together.
    Thank you for this sharing.

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    Thanks to Dr. Matthew William King who did a detail well research article regarding Dorje Shugden in Mongolia. Through his research he has confirmed that even long before H H Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche’s time, at least a century before, Dorje Shugden practice was already popularized in Lhasa. The practice of Dorje Shugden by the great lamas and many others had widely invoked the dharma Protector in Mongolia. Dr King’s research clearly demonstrates that Mongolia’s lamas had been promoting and encouraging the practice. Dorje Shugden was an established practice in the Sakya School for hundreds of years before Pabongka Rinpoche’s time. Hence Dorje Shugden definitely not a evil or spirits as claimed by the Tibetan leadership. Reading through this interesting article we could understand better how Mongolian lamas have been all along protecting and preserving not only the practice of Dorje Shugden, but also of Buddhism’s revival as a whole in modern-day Mongolia.
    THANK YOU for this interesting sharing.

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    Very informative and interesting article, Sri Lanka offers everything that makes one escape a memorable one!. Being awarded a best tourist destinations with various fascinating attraction, ancient historic site from soulful Buddhist monasteries, temples to exotic and impeccable spots rarely explored. Thanks for the beautiful scenery photos sharing and hope to visit this beautiful Island and enjoy my stay.

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    Wednesday, Mar 3. 2021 03:22 PM
    In the present-day many people suffers from eye problems .These disorders are usually overcome using powerful glasses and lenses, However using powerful glasses can worsen eye problems.

    This is really a great article for all of us. I am blessed to come across of these practice and teaching, hope to start soon and overcome my eye problem. Thank you so much for the sharing.

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    Monday, Mar 1. 2021 04:01 PM
    Interesting read with the discovery of various legends, texts by archaeologists thousands years ago. Historians and experts had investigated and found evidence of contact between humans and extra-terrestrial life very much earlier. Their findings theory seem that extra-terrestrials have visited Earth for millions of years. Since the age of the dinosaurs to ancient Egypt, from early cave drawings to continued mass sightings in the US. Historians had revealed that aliens have been with us all along. Encounters with strange beings and sightings of mysterious objects in the sky have been recorded. Such as Christopher Columbus’ first voyage to America witnessed strange lights in the sky and sightings of flying cigar-shaped crafts were reported during the Black Plague that struck Europe and Asia in the mid-1300s. There were many others historical evidence of early civilization that had close encounters with Aliens. Interesting read and to watch the video.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/ancient-aliens-closer-encounters.html
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    We are considered more fortunate enough than them and we should not complain of what we have, live and so on. We should appreciate every moment , what we have now to do good and beneficial for others, no matter how hard and difficult at times as others might be worse than us.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us .

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    Thank you Shakila Rajendra for this sharing…..good knowledge . May more people are aware of the harm they are doing.

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    Thursday, Feb 25. 2021 01:04 AM
    This is kind of hard to believe and shocking to imagine the weirdest addiction of people in this planet, they are extremely strange. People can become addicted to actions, feelings, or behaviors, not just substances. There must be something behind of every addiction, I don’t think they are crazy or mentally ill, it’s their weird enjoyment for a short time.

    I had a friend in my primary school who eats mud during rainy days, she told me, it smells good and she enjoys doing it during her play time. I found it strange but has she grow up in different environment she forget about her addiction. So, I strongly believe, all behaviors can be changed when the person gains self-awareness and actually wants to change. Thanks for the interesting sharing and recall of my childhood friend.
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    Wednesday, Feb 24. 2021 01:33 PM
    nteresting read of this history of how Dorje Shugden practice came into light . Since Dorje Shugden was introduced into the Sakya tradition, there have been many Sakya throne holders that practiced Dorje Shugden. Out of the 42 supreme throne holders throughout the history of the Sakya tradition, six of the thrones holders are confirmed to have practiced Dorje Shugden. They have built chapels to him, composed prayers and pujas (kangsols) to him and even propagated his practice amongst their disciples. They cannot be wrong and in fact as confirmed by the 39th Sakya Trizin Dragshul Trinley Rinchen Dorje Shugden is an enlightened being. Dorje Shugden kangsol (prayer) to invoke the blessings of Dorje Shugden composed by him is still widely used today. Dorje Shugden must be a powerful Dharma protector that Sakya tradition have been long relying. It has proven that Dorje Shugden is not a minor practice. Interesting read , may more people read this post to understand better.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this post .

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One of our adorable Kechara Forest Retreat's doggies, Tara, happy and safe, and enjoying herself in front of Wisdom Hall which has been decorated for Chinese New Year
Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
1 year ago
Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
1 year ago
On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
By the time I heard about Luang Phor Thong, he was already very old, in his late 80s. When I heard about him, I immediately wanted to go and pay my respects to him. - http://bit.ly/LuangPhorThong
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By the time I heard about Luang Phor Thong, he was already very old, in his late 80s. When I heard about him, I immediately wanted to go and pay my respects to him. - http://bit.ly/LuangPhorThong
It\'s very nice to see volunteers helping maintain holy sites in Kechara Forest Retreat, it\'s very good for them. Cleaning Buddha statues is a very powerful and effective way of purifying body karma.
1 year ago
It's very nice to see volunteers helping maintain holy sites in Kechara Forest Retreat, it's very good for them. Cleaning Buddha statues is a very powerful and effective way of purifying body karma.
Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
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Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
1 year ago
One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
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Height: 33ft (10m)
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
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Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
2 yearss ago
At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
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See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat\'s land here in Malaysia
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Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat's land here in Malaysia
Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
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Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
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Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
2 yearss ago
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
This is pretty amazing!

First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
2 yearss ago
This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche

Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
2 yearss ago
My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
2 yearss ago
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
2 yearss ago
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
2 yearss ago
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
2 yearss ago
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
2 yearss ago
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
2 yearss ago
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
2 yearss ago
DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
2 yearss ago
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
2 yearss ago
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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  • March 9, 2021 01:08
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    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Do you recommend doing Tsem Rinpoche’s guru yoga as part of daily Sadhana? I am sure I read on the article for the name retreat that it could be done as daily prayers but now I can’t see that sentence? Thank you.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Yes of course, you may include Tsem Rinpoche's Guru Yoga as part of your daily sadhana if you wish. This creates a very strong bond with Tsem Rinpoche. If you are following the Diamond Path sadhana (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/diamond-path), you insert the Guru Yoga after you have completed the Gaden Lhagyama (Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa). Alternative, if you are using a different prayer text, you insert the Guru Yoga after Gaden Lhagyama, or before any deity prayers that you do such as Manjushri, Tara, etc. After you complete the deity practice section of your sadhana, you continue on to your Dharma protector practice, and finish with your completion dedication. I hope this helps. Do let us know if this is not clear. Thanks.
  • March 4, 2021 22:52
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Can a lay person work towards the preliminary practices by accumulating daily ? Many thanks.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Yes, of course. Anyone can engage in the preliminary practices, you don't have to be ordained in order to do so. However for one's practice to be considered a full preliminary practice, you need to do 100,000 repetitions of whichever practice you are engaged in without break. That means you must engage in at least one session a day, until the count is completed. 10% of the count is also added on top, to make up for any unintentional mistakes. So the figure would actually be 110,000. If you skip a day, that means you have broken your preliminary retreat. If this occurs you can still dedicate the practice you have done so far, and you will still benefit from the merit generated and the purification of negative karma from the practice, but it is not counted as a full preliminary practice. Also you must adhere to the retreat procedures for the duration of the time it takes you to complete the particular preliminary practice. For example, an altar with daily offerings, retreat seat with swastika, refraining from eating black foods, etc. This may not be convenient for most people in our day and age. So what you can do is to spend a certain amount of time accumulating a specific figure, for example 10,000 repetitions of a particular practice. Seal the practice at the end with a strong dedication, like the King of Prayers. Later on, you can repeat the procedure more times until you complete 100,000. This method was given by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche for modern-day practitioners who do not have the time to complete 100,000 in one go. While it technically does not constitute a full preliminary retreat, you still gain immense merits and purification from engaging in the practice, even if spaced out. As Rinpoche said, it's better for you to do mini preliminary retreats than not doing any of the preliminary practices whatsoever. That being said, if you do have the ability to do a full preliminary retreat and it will not negatively impact you, such as create financial difficulties or strain familial relationships, then of course go ahead! To have the sincere wish to engage in any Dharma practice is wonderful. You can read more about the individual preliminary practices here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/preliminary-practice.html You can watch a short teaching on the preliminary practices by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/cosmic-tantra.html
  • March 3, 2021 04:13
    Sandra asked: Dear respected pastors, what are dreams? Do dreams have significance? Are they simply images the mind views at night - do they resemble the dreamer's state of mind? Thank you for all your replies :) :)
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Hello. Nice to see you back here. On the normal level, both waking and dream states are both marred by our delusions. The teachings tell us that this deluded state continues through all our experiences, whether during the dreaming or waking states. The way to overcome this is to "wake up" from our delusions, or reach enlightenment. Normally when people think of dreams, they do so in psychological terms and so focus on the content of the dream. When we investigate the nature of the dream itself, we begin to investigate something deeper, the processes that underlies the whole of our existence. Understand this propels you further along the spiritual journey towards enlightenment. We have many dreams during one night of sleep, and may or may not consciously remember then when we wake up. In terms of content, dreams can be used to work through psychological issues or can indicate certain issues and overcoming them (as is common within Western psychological practices). In Tibetan Buddhism, dreams can be used for much more. In the advanced practices, one can transform ordinary dreams to further one's spiritual journey. This is not only in terms of working through psychological issues, but in terms of meditation and practice as well. Generally, there are three types of dreams as described below. Most of us only experience the first type, unless we progress on the spiritual path. 1. Samsaric dreams: these arise from karma and karmic traces in the mind. This can also include emotions, memories, etc. The meaning we find in these dreams are imputed by the dreamer, and not inherent in the dream. This also applies to waking life. We impute meaning onto situations and circumstances, rather than the meaning being inherent to the circumstance. It is like reading a book. Words in the book are just marks on paper, however, because we use our sense of meaning, we take a meaning out of it. However, this is always open to interpretation. For example, if you tell your dream to two people, they can interpret the meaning very differently, even though you told them the exact same details. 2. Clarity dreams: These dreams occur when you are fairly progressed in meditational practices and can carry this into the dream state. These dreams arise not from the emotions, or memories, etc., but from more subtler forms of karma and delusions. However, just like in waking mediational practice, you are not affected by the images or thoughts that appear to you. 3. Clear Light dreams: In the advanced tantric practices, there are teachings called dream yoga. The object of these is to achieve the clear light dreams, which are very difficult to achieve and take years and years of intense practice. The most important clear light mind that arises is actually at the time of our death, if we are trained enough in this very subtle state, we can actually control where we take rebirth. If we are more experienced in this state, then we can actually use it to meditate on the teachings and achieve enlightenment. Clear light dreams are a "lesser" type of clear light mind, that helps practitioners prepare for the time of death. When we have an auspicious dream such as of our teacher, our practice, the Buddhas, etc., even though this is auspicious, it is still more than likely to be just a samsaric dream. There are instances however, when the enlightened beings and Dharma protectors will send practitioners dreams to help with their practice or as methods of divination. Tsem Rinpoche once told us of a very powerful Nyingma lama known for his divination abilities. Students would ask him a question, then he would take a nap, and receive divination advice in this dreams, which he would then relay to his students. This lama was well-known for this ability because his dream divinations were extremely accurate. As I am sure you can tell, the scope of dreams with the Buddhist context is very vast and I will not be able to cover everything here. However, I hope that what I have written helps your understanding. Thank you.
  • March 1, 2021 23:37
    Sandra asked: Hello dear pastors, wish we could have an article like the one below to highlight the auspicious days of 2021. https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/auspicious-days.html
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your suggestion. At the moment, there are no plans to publish another article with 2021 dates. But I have listed out some of the auspicious days and their dates for this year for you. I have only included future dates, not those that have already passed. Saga Dawa Duchen - 26th May 2021 Chokhor Duchen - 14th July 2021 Dorje Shugden Day - 24th August 2021 Lhabab Duchen - 27th October 2021 Gaden Ngamchoe or Tsongkhapa Day - 29th December 2021 I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 27, 2021 03:31
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Is it ok to pray from different areas in the house (even where there is no altar)? I was told you can't create 2 altars in 1 house.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question and its nice to see you here again. The reason why we pray in front of our altars is because it becomes a focal point of the enlightened energies we are invoking. Therefore it becomes a kind of portal for the energies of transformation, peace, healing, prosperity and protection. It is also the place where we make offerings to the Buddhas. As such, most people usually only have 1 altar in their home. However, you can have more than 1 altar in your home. As it is an altar, it should be complete with representations of the body, speech and mind of the Buddhas. This would be an image (either a statue, thangka, tsa tsa, poster, framed picture, etc), a Dharma text and a stupa. In front of these, you should have at least 1 type of offering or more. This can be a fixed offering or maybe even a set of water offerings, which you make every day. Since practitioners make offerings on a daily basis, most opt to have only 1 altar, but there is no rule in Buddhism to say you can only have 1 altar. The altar however, should be placed in a respectful place. So, not in the bathroom. Or if in the bedroom, you should put a screen up to block it when you are changing, sleeping, etc. Alternatively, you can keep it in a cupboard, and close the doors during such activities. But altars should be dedicated places to the Buddhas, so don't put secular items in the same place, such as on the same shelf, etc. When it comes to praying, it is usually done in front of the altar, as you are invoking the enlightened beings. When you do your prayers there it becomes a powerful place in your home, and provides you with a sacred space to pray and meditate. However, if circumstances are difficult, then of course you can pray elsewhere. For example, when I first set up an altar, I was living in a single room with not much space. I set up an altar on a shelf but was not able to pray in front of it. Once I had made offerings, I would simply sit in another part of the room and do the prayers there. If it is really not convenient, then of course it is permissible to do the prayers elsewhere. It is better to do the prayers, than not do them at all if you can't be in front of your altar. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 25, 2021 01:33
    Kuenzang wangdi asked: What would be my most suitable colour ?
    pastor answered: Dear Kuenzang Wangdi, Thank you for your question. The following calculators may be of interest to you: Chinese Zodiac: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/horoscopes/the-chinese-zodiac.html Tibetan Astrology: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html In relation to which colour if most favourable for you, unfortunately our calculators do not give this information. However, from a Buddhist practice viewpoint, what is more important is the transformation of the mind. Once we transform our minds according to teachings, we are able to overcome any obstacle and create good conditions for our lives. You can learn a very short mind transformation teaching here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/eight-verses-of-thought-transformation.html You can couple this with formal practice. If you are interested, a very good practice to bring energies of increase and generate a long life, merits, wealth and prosperity in your life, is the the practice of Gyenze. You can find information about the practice here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/dorje-shugden-gyenze-to-increase-life-merits-and-wealth.html. I hope this helps. Thanks.
  • February 22, 2021 22:14
    Naseer asked: Hi My name is Naseer Ahmed 8th dec 1979. Life path 1 Im looking to add to my name slightly... change it too... Naseer Al Ahmed... Would this be more complimentary as far as for the business front... or would it not make any difference
    pastor answered: Hello Naseer, As per your question, your Life Path Number is 1. The Life Path Number according to the system of numerology used on our website is calculated using your date of birth. Therefore, a change in name will not affect your Life Path Number. Some of the other calculators on the same page do however use your name. One of the smaller calculators you may be interested in is the Achievement Number, but again, this only uses your date of birth for the calculation. You can find it here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/numerology/numerology-calculator.html You may also be interested in two of our other pages: Chinese Zodiac - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/horoscopes/the-chinese-zodiac.html Tibetan Astrology - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html Thank you for your question. I hope this helps.
  • February 20, 2021 18:36
    Sandra asked: After making a food offering to the three jewels (which we will eat for lunch etc), should we think of it as a blessing and partake?
    pastor answered: Hello Sandra, When making food offerings to the Three Jewels, which you eat yourself, when you recite the prayer and make the offering, you should visualise that the Buddhas receive your food offering and because you have made an offering, they are very pleased. It also fulfills one of the Refuge commitments, which is to offer the first portion of whatever we eat and drink to the Three Jewels, while remembering their kindness. You can then partake of the meal and consider it a blessing from the Three Jewels. Alternatively, you can set out a plate (which you reserve for this purpose) of food, which you can offer on your altar. Similarly, once the food has been left on your altar for a while, you can later remove it and consume it as a blessing. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 19, 2021 04:33
    Sandra asked: Is intovertedness a bad quality? Since Buddha is so altruistic and this is the opposite trait, it must be bad. How do you think one should lessen introverted tendencies?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Introvertedness is not a bad quality. Altruism and compassion are different from being an introvert or extrovert. Introverts are generally quieter people, less expressive of their emotions, while extroverts are the opposite. Buddhist practice is not about expression of emotion. Rather the altruistic and compassionate teachings are more about how you help other people and sentient beings, physically or emotionally. If the qualities of introverted-ness are stopping you from developing these, then they need to change. But this may not be necessary, depending on the qualities that you are talking about. You can do simple meditations to building up the energy of compassion in your mindstream and you will see that you actions will automatically start to be more compassionate and altruistic. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 18, 2021 03:28
    Sandra asked: How should one behave when negative karma is being purified? How can we know if bad karma is being purified? Do we accumulate positive karma simultaneously when doing purification practices? Many thanks for your response.
    pastor answered: Hello again Sandra, There are two ways in which karma can be purified, the first is through our own efforts alone and the second is through our own effort, combined with a purification practice. Through our own efforts: this means that you transform your mind enough to not react negatively in any situation and only react in a positive manner. For example, you may have the karma to get angry. So you get into situations which makes you angry. If you react normally, then you will get angry again, this will only lead you to create more karma of being angry. But if you make the effort not to get angry in those situations then you do not create or multiply that karma. The original karma you have may lead you to be in those types of situations again, but if you do not get angry then after a while you start to purify that karma. Through your own efforts, combined with a purification practice: as you are working on transforming your mind, you can rely on the practices that help you to purify your karma, such as the practice of Vajrasattva or the 35 Confessional Buddhas. This boosts your ability to purify negative karma, based on the enlightened energies of the Buddhas. This however is only truly effective when combined with the Four Opponent Powers. You can read more about that here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-35-confessional-buddhas.html In general, when karma is being purified then you should remain level-headed and not act out of emotion or habit, but from your understanding of the workings of karma and the Dharma. But actually, this should not only be when karma is being purified. You should act and behave in this way all the time according to the Dharma, then you are, up to a point, always purifying karma. It is one of the reasons that so much emphasis is placed on refraining from negative actions and engaging in positive actions using your body, speech and mind, because these are the three means or 'doors' with which you interact with the world. At our level, we cannot tell if karma is being purified or not, only those who are more highly attained can tell. However, that is one of the reasons the Buddhist texts advise study of and belief in karma. If there is karma, then it can be purified, and the way to do so is transform your mind and invoke upon the enlightened beings. So if you are doing both, you can rest assured that you are in fact purifying your karma. When you purify negative karma, whether just through your own efforts or combined with a purification practice you collect merit, not positive karma. If you simply do a good action, you collect good karma. But if you are practicing the Dharma with the intention of achieving enlightenment, you take refuge, engage in the practice, and dedicate at the end, then you develop merit, not positive karma. If you want to read more about how karma works and how to purify it in more detail, I suggest you read a Lamrim text such as Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand, which you can order from your local bookstore or get online here (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/lamrim-liberation-in-the-palm-of-your-hand).
  • February 17, 2021 23:06
    Sandra asked: Hello pastors, thank you for your response to my earlier question. Do divination predictions change frequently? Why does that happen?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question. Divinations, compared to astrological predictions, are much more accurate. There are many types of divination, but those based on the practice of enlightened beings are very accurate. Three of the most well-known in Tibetan Buddhism are the divination practices of Manjushri, Palden Lhamo and Dorje Shugden. You can read more about Dorje Shugden's dice divination here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugdens-dice-divination.html Questions that are asked during divinations are much more specific than the types of topics that astrological predictions can help with, therefore are based on very specific types of karma. This means that if you asked a divination question twice, without taking remedial actions in between, then the answer would most likely be the same, given that all the prerequisites have been held by the diviner and the divinations are genuine. However, if a divination is done and then remedial actions recommended, such as various practices or pujas, and these are done to the letter, then if the question is asked again, then the results would differ. This is because when engaging in these practices or pujas, either you generate the merit necessary to overpower the negative effects of the karma, or you purify the negative effects of the karma creating the situation. This however, is generally not done. You wouldn't ask the same question twice or over and over again. The reason for this is because one of the factors that comes into play when seeking divination is faith. This is faith in the fact that the remedial actions recommended will help whatever situation you are facing. Having seen H.E. Tsem Rinpoche do countless divinations for people, I can attest to this. Those who have faith and follow through with the advice, see a great improvement in the situation that led them to ask the divination question in the first place. Those that did not follow the advice either at all or not fully, did not see any improvement. And this makes sense, because they did not purify the effects of the karma enough, or generate enough merit. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 15, 2021 04:09
    sandra asked: How much importance should we give to astrological predictions or chart readings? Are these readings susceptible to change all the time,i.e, in the context of planetary movements? Can our own effort/actions supercede what is predicted in our birth chart?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your interesting question. You are absolutely correct about the universal principle of change. According to Buddhist practice, astrological predictions are based upon a fixed point in time. Take for example, your moment of birth, which most astrological readings take as the main point of reference. At that specific moment, there would have been various energies or planetary alignments, etc. Combined together, they are said to give an accurate prediction of what will occur to a person throughout their life. This however, is based on one's birth karma, to be born at that specific point in time and location. This birth karma also provides the driving force behind what will occur in a person's life, if that karma is not changed somehow. Hence, that is why astrological predictions can give very accurate readings on someone's personality, as well as life events. Birth karma provides the main force behind all other karma to come into play. That is why it is given importance in astrology. There are also more advanced methods to take into account planetary and energetical movements to give even more detailed and precise predictions that can even be made down to the month, day or hour of a person's life. In Buddhism, however, we believe that karma can be changed. It can multiply, be purified or exhausted, or the effects of that karma can be overpowered by another karma or spiritual merit. In these cases, the outcome will change. The way in which this happens is varied. It can be as simple as doing some prayers (to generate spiritual merit) or changing your behaviour, environment or location, the way you think, and the ways in which you react in various situations. That is why in Buddhist astrological systems, emphasis is placed on remedial measures to counteract negative outcomes. For example, someone may be born with an angry disposition from an astrological point of view. If this person goes through life acting from this anger, then the predictions based on the time of birth will occur. However, a remedial action can be undertaken, such as the person pracitising Chenrezig, who is the Buddha of compassion, or the person doing some form of charity work. These remedial actions generate compassion in the mind of the person, which counteracts the anger. As this happens and the karma is changed, then the person no longer needs to feels the negative effects of any bad astrological (or more correctly - karmic) situations. There are even some practices that specifically help to counteract negative astrological influences and help you to change things. Such an example is Black Manjushri. Within Tibetan Buddhism, according to your time and date of birth, you also have what is known as a 'Birth Buddha'. This is basically an enlightened being that you have an affinity with in this life. General remedial actions include making images of this particular Buddha or engaging in this Buddha's practice. This combined with a change in how we live - otherwise known as Mind Transformation in the Buddhist context - changes astrological outcomes. However, if we continue living without controlling our actions, words and thoughts, the predictions made using astrological readings will most likely still occur. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • February 7, 2021 00:16
    Purna Tamang asked: What is my lucky number and color ?
    pastor answered: Dear Purna Tamang, Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, none our horoscope apps on this page gives this information at this moment. However, you may find some of the other information provided useful. Below are the links: For Chinese Zodiac: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/horoscopes/the-chinese-zodiac.html For Tibetan astrology: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html For Numerology: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/numerology/numerology-calculator.html For Fortune cookies: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/fortune-cookie Thank you and I hope you find something interesting in one of the apps.
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We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
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We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
8 months ago
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
9 months ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
9 months ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
9 months ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
9 months ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
9 months ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
10 months ago
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
10 months ago
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
10 months ago
Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
12 months ago
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
12 months ago
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
12 months ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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