Fasting Buddha

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Oct 15, 2011

(By Tsem Rinpoche)

 


The pictures above are the Fasting Buddhas in Tsem Ladrang……my home.

 

I invited a 3 ft Fasting Buddha home today and on this auspicious occasion, I would like to share some information with you.


Fasting

Fasting is the act of willingly abstaining from some or all food, drink, or both, for a period of time. It is known in almost all major religions. The Lenten fast observed in the Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church is a forty-day partial fast to commemorate the fast observed by Christ during his temptation in the desert.

Fasting is also an important part of Hinduism, where some Hindus fast on certain days of the month. Devotees fast on certain days of the week related to a deity, for example, devotees of Shiva tend to fast on Mondays.  Hindus also fast during religious festivals, such as the Maha Shivaratri dedicated to Lord Shiva,  and Navaratri festival or ‘Nine Nights festival’ when the various forms Goddess Durga are worshipped.

Muslims in Malaysia and all over the world had celebrated Eid or Eid-ul-Fitr next week, on the 30th August this year.  This festival marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. They do not eat or drink from sunrise to sunset during the month of Ramadan. Muslims fast to develop self-control and it is a sign of their faith and appreciation.

In Buddhism, fasting is considered a method of purification. Theravadin monks fast everyday after 12pm till the next sunrise. The Tibetan Buddhist practice of Nyungne, which includes holding strict vows and fasting, has been gaining increased attention in Buddhist centers across North America. Fasting in Buddhism is to develop control of one’s attachments so the mind can be freed to develop higher awarenesses. Also fasting can be done so that one restricts from a pleasure (food) and dedicate it to someone sick, in need or dying. Basically to restrict one’s body from the normal food intake is to develop discipline, awarness, self control and even appreciation for all one has.

 

Buddha’s Spiritual Awakening & Fasting

The Buddha’s spiritual awakening is related to fasting. The young prince Siddhartha left his palace in search of enlightenment and practised for six years under severe austerities and intense mental concentration that his beautiful body withered away to skin and bones. Towards the end of this period, he was surviving only on a single grain of rice a day. Buddha wanted to cut the attachment to the senses starting with excess indulgence in food and so on.  This stage of Buddha’s practice is known as Fasting Buddha and the depictions in images or statues are usually called Emaciated or Fasting Buddha.

This holy form or image of the Fasting Buddha reminds and inspires us how much difficulties Buddha went through to become fully enlightened.  His compassion to benefit others is so strong he put his body through so much to attain enlightenment. Although his body went through so much pain, difficulties and weakness due to fasting so intensely, he never gave up. He never quit. He never found the difficulties a reason not to pursue his spiritual practice. It inspires us to or do the same.

Difficulties build mental strength, purify negative karma, instills self respect, and helps us to appreciate everything much more. Nothing is to be taken for granted. Seeing this holy image blesses us to remember that difficulties on the road to enlightenment is not negative but part and parcel of our journey. To be experienced, to learned from it, to understand from it and to ultimately grow from the difficulties we experience. What success in life was not earned by difficulties. When we see this image and make affinity we create the karma to be able to have endurance, tolerance and develop a high degree of diligence. To have great fortitude. For anything to be successful we need fortitude and diligence.

As Siddharta realised that desire was the root of samsara, he thought that one of the methods he could end desire was by fasting.  At one point, he no longer had the strength to meditate and he realised he would die before he gains liberation due to the ‘abuse’ he put on his body.

It was then that a local Brahmin’s daughter, Sujata, approached and offered him a golden bowl filled with rice prepared in the essence of the milk of one thousand cows. He regained his strength, renewed his meditation, and realised Buddhahood. Siddharta reached enlightenment only after accepting nourishment from Sujata, hence preaching a “middle way”, a path of moderation away from the extremes of self-indulgence and self-mortification, the central tenet of Buddhist practice.

It is wonderful to understand and see this image of the Fasting Buddha as it has so much significance for all of us on the spiritual path. To have an image of this Fasting Buddha, make offerings and to pray to Buddha in this form blesses us with fortitude, diligence and mental strength to absorb difficulties and continue until success. It is one the most favorite images of Enlightened Beings for me.

Tsem Rinpoche

(In his autobiography, His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche says that Shakyamuni recieved wrong advice that by practicing  fasting He can gain wisdom. In spite of great suffering endured during the fast, he did not achieve the wisdom He sought. After six years, He realized that torturing the body was not the way to enlightnenment and abandonded His fast to set on the Middle path.)

 

Famous Fasting Buddha/ Emaciated Buddha

There are two famous artifacts that I know of related to the Emaciated Buddha or Fasting Buddha.

The first one is a stone sculpture of the Fasting Buddha from the 2nd or 3rd century AD that is now located in the Lahore Museum, Lahore, Pakistan. It is considered the greatest masterpiece of the Buddhist Gandharan civilisation that existed in northwest Pakistan. This sculpture was one of the first to blend Hellenistic and Indian styles with art that is Roman in form and Buddhist in motif.  Read more about this here: Fasting Siddharta

 

 

The famous Fasting Buddha statue

 


Fasting Buddha (Gandhara Civilisations) stamps produced by Pakistan Post in the year 1999

 


 

More images of Fasting Buddha from all over the world

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  1. Tsa Tsa Ong on Aug 6, 2018 at 10:52 pm

    Very interesting teaching and sharing the knowledge about fasting Buddha. It’s very inspiring to know that many faiths and religion practices fasting. Thank you Rinpoche and blog team for sharing this nice article 🙏😍

  2. Stella Cheang on Jan 8, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for this teaching of the Emaciated Buddha. It is a great teaching that inspires us not to take things for granted and difficulties are a given in order for us to grow spiritually and develop disciplines. At the same time, torturing the body is the way to be successful on the path of enlightenment, hence the Middle Way, moderation.

  3. Fong on Sep 24, 2017 at 11:22 am

    Seeing the image of the fasting Buddha also reminds me that, in this physical form, we are subject to the biological laws of this Earth and that however much we may wish to, we cannot deny the fact that we need to breath and drink and eat. Therefore there are also other physical laws that our biological body has to obey. Just as Buddha has to eat finally,lest he perish without having achieved his goal, we have to admit that we have to take care of our physical body too. If our body fails us, then we cannot achieve anything. Just like if we were paralyzed, we cannot physically do the full length prostration. We can only do alternatives.

    If we can accept our limitations and work with it rather than against it, we have a chance of achieving something. If the Buddha has decided to be stubborn and continued with his fasting, he would have been so weak that he would not have achieved the most important final stages to enlightenment. We can try just as the Buddha did, but we also have to know how to find our limits, push it a little at a time but not be foolhardy and bite off more than we can chew.

    That is how I feel every time I see this image.

  4. Leroy on Aug 16, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    I’ve been looking for a fasting Buddha image, where did you get yours from?

    • Pastor Adeline Woon on Aug 18, 2017 at 3:30 am

      Hi Leroy! His Eminence bought this in Thailand many years ago. I saw a 13″ one that is similar to what we had here https://www.lotussculpture.com/small-starving-buddha-statue.html. The picture attached here is my personal one that was pre-loved by His Eminence few years ago. We have a Naropa’s Cave in Kechara Forest Retreat (Bentong, Malaysia) that sells His Eminence’s pre-loved items where all proceeds go to support His Eminence’s online work including the maintenance of this blog.

      I wish you all the best in inviting your Fasting Buddha and thank you for visiting His Eminence’s blog.

      Fasting Buddha

  5. Stella Cheang on Feb 27, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    The importance of Fasting Buddha is to remind us that there will be much difficulties in the process to enlightenment and we must overcome them before we can finally achieve success. Fortitude and diligence are the accessories to overcoming the difficulties. It took Buddha six years of hardship and extreme fasting to gain realization on the “Middle Way”, what more for clowns like us? Thank you, Rinpoche for this teaching.

  6. CindyH on Jun 19, 2016 at 2:38 am

    It is interesting to note that when Lord Buddha started to fast excessively, He did so after determining that desire was the root of mortality and had thought that by ceasing to eat, He could end desire and be liberated. However, as His body wasted away from starvation, He came to realise that fasting per se did not extinguish desire, it only subdued it. And that desire could not be ended by force but by transforming the mind since desire is rooted in the mind. Thus, Buddha discovered that fasting serve to facilitate the process of transforming desire to wisdom by subduing the body’s coarse desires but the focus would be the ‘middle path’ i.e. avoiding excesses of fasting and feasting.

    Another point which stood out for me “Difficulties build mental strength, purify negative karma, instills self respect, and helps us to appreciate everything much more. Nothing is to be taken for granted. Seeing this holy image blesses us to remember that difficulties on the road to enlightenment is not negative but part and parcel of our journey. To be experienced, to learned from it, to understand from it and to ultimately grow from the difficulties we experience”.

  7. Antique Buddhas on Jun 3, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    Thank You Rinpoche for such great knowledge and insight on the fasting technique.
    I agree that not much can be gained by fasting only.

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  8. Pee Bee Chong on Nov 19, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing. The images remind us to be persistence, fortitude and diligence. For anything to be successful we need fortitude and diligence. We should practise “middle way”, a path of moderation away from the extremes of self-indulgence and self-mortification, the central tenet of Buddhist practice.

  9. Uncle Eddie on Dec 12, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    This teaching truly teaches and illustrates to us to realise that even Lord Buddha himself, requires sacrifices, much suffering, pain and wisdom of not wanting things only to go exactly a certain way. When we solidify an idea we cling to, and believe in it, wanting it to go that way,we’ll be making trouble for ourselves. Lord Bhuddha’s physchology teaches us to free ourselves from such kind of grasping, but not to give it up in an emotional way, but rather to take the middle way, rejecting the extreme! By putting our mind wisely into this middle space, we find happiness, dwelling in peace and joy!

  10. Beatrix Ooi on Dec 11, 2013 at 2:30 am

    Dear Rinpoche, thank You for sharing the information about Fasting Buddha, I never knew that other countries have the statues of the Buddha as well. Buddha really took in everything just to benefit others, it is very inspiring! If just we have people like this(not literally starve like Buddha did), but have some kindness towards other like feeding the poor or animals, the world would be a much more better place to live in.

  11. Wan Wai Meng on Dec 10, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    I was not entirely a fan of the fasting buddha when I first gazed upon this form of the buddha. But now that I understood more about what Shakyamuni endured to find enlightenment I am now a big fan of this form of Shakyamuni.

    He looks as if all the suffering of all sentient beings was on Buddha’s body.

  12. Shelly tai on Dec 10, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Dear Rinpoche thank you for sharing these beautiful Buddha images with us. Indeed during our spiritual journey we really encounter a lot do obstacles that sometime we do feel frustrated but when we contemplate about it all these problems that we are facing is to strengthen our mind and to train us to be strong so that we will not give up and endure all these difficulty with posstive and calm mind so that we can continue our spiritual practices .

  13. AdelineTan on Dec 9, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Now i know behind this powerful image of fasting buddha there is a profound dharma teaching in it. Thank you for sharing.

  14. Alex C.J. Tan on Dec 7, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    In our spiritual journey, we will without doubt face with a lot of difficulties and obstacles.

    This explanation of the Fasting Buddha serve as a reminder to all spiritual seekers to remain steadfast, endure the difficulties and also be diligent in seeking the guidance of a qualified spiritual guide. Otherwise one might end up of the wrong path.

  15. Julien Roth on Dec 7, 2013 at 1:00 am

    I have always see this Buddha at places, and i have always wondered what kind of Buddha it was. Well now i know. It is truly very interesting. I like the background about this Buddha and now i can really understand it. Thank you for sharing this with us Rinpoche, and the pictures were very nice and well taken as well.

  16. Ck siah on Dec 6, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    谢谢仁波切的分享和开示,让我深入的了解空腹佛的由来和意义。在小时候,有看过这佛像,但不了解空腹佛的由来。但最近在克切拉佛教里才真正的认识空腹佛。感恩仁波切的教诲,祈愿仁波切长驻在世,常转法轮。

  17. Pastor Han Nee on Dec 5, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this beautiful teaching on the fasting Buddha. First of all, we learn awareness of not looking at the outward appearance of a Buddha statue and reacting to it as we would otherwise do,from a mind of gross negative habituation and obscurations.

    The image of the fasting Buddha teaches us and inspires us to recognize that difficulties are part and parcel of our journey to Enlightenment. There can be no Enlightenment, without the enduring of difficulties . However, the enduring of these difficulties must be accompanied by the motivation of benefiting others. only with this motivation would whatever we suffer become meaningful.

    Though Lord Buddha came to realize that fasting and abusing the body was not the correct method to gain enlightenment, the six years of fasting did have very powerful results. When Buddha’s mind was not distracted by desire or attachment of any form, it was able to attain single-minded focus and the state of calm abiding,and with this,Buddha was able to develop all the insights of wisdom and also non-dualism and gain enlightenment.

    Whenever we see this image, we are inspired to realize that developing fortitude in the face of suffering, and gaining wisdom are very important.Also we make a connection/ an affinity to the fasting Buddha and create the cause/karma to be able to have endurance, tolerance and to develop a high degree of diligence to have great fortitude.

  18. Casteven Lim (KH JB) on Dec 5, 2013 at 3:49 am

    The Fasting Buddha pictures above really make our eyes open. Thanks for Rinpoche sharing and the story of Fasting Buddha.

    We are so fortunate because Rinpoche teach Dharma to us with many skillful ways. So we can practice Dharma even through social media, volunteer works, puja, sadhana ect. Thanks Rinpoche kindness once again from the bottom of my heart with folded hands…

  19. Edward Ooi on Dec 5, 2013 at 1:35 am

    Dear Rinpoche, I wonder how Siddhartha managed to meditate and fasted for six years without stopping, it’s not that I don’t believe the story but even a Buddha can’t starve for six years straight. By the way, I really love the statue design of the fasting Buddha that Rinpoche have.

  20. Sean Wang on Dec 5, 2013 at 12:12 am

    This is a spectacular image of Buddha Shakyamuni because he is showing that is willing to place himself under such torment in his ordeals to help other sentient beings. This is truly admirable and should be done by other people too.

  21. henry ooi on Dec 4, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    These images are beautifully crafted as a symbol of what Prince Siddharta endured in his practice before he gained enlightenment. Likewise, images of other beings who have gained enlightenment are also made to provide practitioners as an aid in their meditation to achieve what that being had attained in his/her lifetime. Hence images in the form of painting or statue is not for ‘praying’ to (idolatry)as most non Buddhists think.

  22. jerry_sito on Dec 4, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    感恩仁波切的开示与教诲

    佛教中,禁食被认为是净化的方法。过午不食的僧侣。,其中包括持严格的誓言和禁食的藏传佛教的做法,已获得越来越多的关注在北美各地的佛教中心。空腹的意义是培养一个人的欲望控制,使心灵可以被释放,以开发更高awarenesses。空腹也可以这样做,一个限制从一种乐趣(食品)和它献给某人生病了,需要的或濒临死亡。基本上,从正常的食物摄入量限制一个人的身体是发展学科,防治教育,自我控制,甚至感谢所有的人。

    佛陀的精神觉醒与禁食。年轻的王子悉达多离开了他的宫殿在寻找启蒙,并根据严重苦行和强烈的精神集中,他的美丽的身体枯干了对皮肤和骨骼练了六年。对这一时期结束时,他在一个米粒每天只幸存。佛陀要切断附着在感官开始在食品过多放纵等等。佛陀的实践这一阶段​​被称为空腹佛在图像或雕像的描写通常被称为瘦弱或空腹佛。

    这个神圣的形式空腹佛或图像提醒和激励着我们佛有多少困难,经历了成为完全开悟。他的同情心,为了造福他人的心是如此强烈,他把自己的身体经历了那么多的证悟。虽然他的身体经历了那么多的痛苦,困难,无力去因空腹如此强烈,他从不放弃。他从不放弃。他从来没有发现的困难理由不追求他的修行。它激励了我们

    这是美妙的了解,看到了空腹佛的这个形象,因为他有我们所有人的精神路径上这么多的意义。有这样的禁食尊佛像,供养和烧香拜佛这种形式祝福我们与毅力,勤奋和精神力量,吸收困难,继续下去,直到成功。

    无论修行的路上我们面对多少困难,我们都应该如佛陀一样,只要我们是抱住良好的发心,并修行得到证悟,然后就拥用了能力与强烈的菩提心来帮助一切有情众生

    感恩仁波切您的开示与教诲,祈愿您长驻在世,常转法轮

  23. Fong on Dec 4, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for showing that althought we need to be committed, we should also remember to be balanced and follow the middle path.

  24. Luis Pereira Pinto on Jun 8, 2013 at 10:29 am

    how can i make fasting without having headache?do you sell books that explain how to make an efficient fasting?Do you have groups or a temple in Brazil?

  25. Sean Wang on Feb 28, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    This is really an amazing statue of the fasting Buddha. I really love the images and thank you Rinpoche for sharing them. I want to purchase one and place it in my room somewhere. Hehe!

    The Fasting Buddha shows how much the Buddha had sacrificed so that he can become Enlightened. It is also to show that if Buddha can fast for the benefit of other sentient beings. We can do the same too!

  26. Felix Kong on Nov 28, 2012 at 12:47 am

    This picture is so meaningful. It just reminder that there is no “short cut” to be successful, no matter how many obstacles or suffering , one day sure can achieved if never give up.

  27. Carmen on Sep 15, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    At the slightest suffering, people’s first thought is to quit, to give up. Why? Becuase we are not use to “sacrificing” ourselves to gain more for others.

    This form of Buddha reminds us that nothing in life comes easy, and definitely not spiritual attainments. If Buddha endured what He did for enlightenment, imagine what we have to work towards to even get anywhere close to that.

    I actually saw this statue for the first time in Bangkok when I was there last year. It was in the Wat Muang temple and Rinpoche saw this statue. He immediately told us the story of what Buddha did and put his body through to gain attainments. Quite amazing.

    I love this form of Buddha for it teaches us discipline and perseverance.

    http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/largest-buddha-in-thailand.html

  28. Julia Tan on Jul 5, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Buddha joined the other 5 yogi to go into deep fasting meditation. He was told that the body was the reason or cause of the sufferings. Buddha almost die after torturing himself with very little food, exposing his body to the hot and cold weather for very long time. Then Buddha suddenly remembered of how His step mother fed him when He was still very young. He realized that we do not have to tortured ourselves in our spiritual path. We must always find the middle path.

  29. Joy on Jun 22, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    The way of the Buddha – the middle path. This image reminds me of this great Philosophy of Buddhism and that is why we find it so logical. This image of Buddha also tells me that even though Buddha went through so much pain and suffering to seek his goal, he never gave up, and he diligently went through it and learnt from it. He did not know that what he was doing by starving himself was wrong but the fact that He was determined to seek Enlightenment shows great strength and discipline in seeking the truth which is an example we can follow in our own spiritual quest for every mistake comes a lesson. Hence no matter how difficult the task, we should never lose hope and never give up. We need to also be diligent and never give up just as Buddha has till we gain that ultimate awakening. This is definitely a powerful image of the holy one. Thank you Rinpoche.

  30. andrew hibberd on Oct 20, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    when one has come from this eminence and radiated to such gigantuas proportions one is left with which way to turn be the best man you can be and stop taking every thing so seriously and

  31. andrew hibberd on Oct 20, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    tetsumonkai living buddha in north japan , and eminence i suggest it is not wise to coppy this style of offering it is unecessary and foolish even my wife stole the book from me and all records of his effort

  32. freon on Oct 20, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Very “powerful” statue. It show the determination, the persistence, the focus! So powerful as a reminder: to achieve and to gain Dharma (Enlightenment) , no matter what happen; what kind of obstacles, the hallucination, the pain, the desire, the attachment; is reminding me, to learn to overcome, to push away the negativity and AIM to be success! No matter what happen- Dharma come first!

  33. So Kin Hoe on Oct 18, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche. The Fasting Buddha makes me to think of whatever difficulty i am facing in current life will never be equivalent to Buddha’s sacrifices in order to achieve enlightenment and passed the teaching to us. This is very inspirational to me!

  34. Wan Wai Meng on Oct 18, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    I have seen the picture of the BUddha many many years back I was filled with some revulsion and did not take of it as a particularly nice image to have around or to look at.
    Now I like it a lot It says so many things to us like we should not take extreme positions in life, we should never give up if we believe in something. determination , strength, indomitable spirit etc etc

  35. William on Oct 17, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Buddha’s strength is enormous as he cuts of his attachment to indulging into food. It takes a lot of courage and determination to reach the practice, I could have imagines. As I am writing now, i am thinking about food! Nevertheless, the images are beautiful and are great reminders that Buddha has gone through a lot of hardship to gain enlightenment. As we are not buddha, we would need more determination and strength to go on with our journey to enlightenment.

  36. Valentina Suhendra on Oct 17, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    My dear Lama

    These images of fasting Buddha are very beautiful. This is the first time I had a glance on it. Usually, we are faced with Buddhas images in its grandeur. But we hardly have a glance on the process on how they achieved those grandeur. Maybe because we don’t see the hard process, we tend to undermine the process.

    Thank you Rinpoche, I love these images and wish to have the opportunities to invite this particular image in the future.

    Much love and care

    Valentina

  37. tenzin llhamo on Oct 17, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the above post. It is truly remarkable knowing that Buddha took so much sufferings just for the sake of realizing everything. To be able to suffer so that we can gain from his sufferings. I pray that we will be able to achieve what Buddha believe that all of us can do. Achieving Enlightenment….

  38. Dee Dee Quah on Oct 17, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us the Fasting Buddha. It is a beautiful sight, historically significant & spiritually important.

  39. Bryan ho on Oct 16, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    This Buddha image is totally different from the normal Buddha Shakhamuni that always be seen in the major Buddhist temple. Just like what Rinpoche shared in the article, it has a very deep teaching behind it, which is let go on our outer attachment and develope inner awareness.
    Rinpoche always mention we as a Buddhist will never worship any statue but the meaning behind the statue, every different Buddha images represent different teaching and method. By praying, praise or make offering to these quality of the Buddha, we creating the course to have a body, speech and mind just like Buddha. The altruism mind of a Buddha is the most powerful practice, because when we let go of our ego, nothing can harm us.
    Rinpoche have kindly placed this fasting Buddha statue outside in the garden, because Rinpoche hope all being that see this Buddha image will leave a altruism seed in their mind, and one day all of us will be release from suffering that cause by our own ego, desire and etc.

    Thanks Rinpoche again for sharing this.

  40. James Long on Oct 16, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    When we were in Bangkok, Rinpoche told Bryan and Ethan to look for Fasting Buddha statue in Bangkok. Rinpoche mentioned that Rinpoche would like it so much in our ladrang.

    It was amazing that when Ethan and Bryan came down from the taxi, imediately they saw the Big Fasting Buddha sitting in front of them.

    Buddha himself has to put in so much effort for enlightenment, how about us? We want leisure and not able to put up with difficult situation these days.

    Luckily we have facebook, blog, twitter etc, so that we can still spread Dharma, learn Dharma through Internet. We cannot stay in long Meditation like Buddha, Milarepa as we have too much distraction these days, hence Dharma work like maintaining a Dharma website, blog, sharing are wonderful way for us to practice.

  41. Ethan Chu on Oct 16, 2011 at 6:04 am

    When I first came across the fasting Buddha was in Thailand. I liked the image so much and the meaning behind it. It was a beautiful story but not just a story, it was a teaching itself. Buddha endured so much pain and experience so much to become enlighten just to benefit us. And some of us even skipping a meal would be like the end of the world… It really reflects how narrow and petty we can be.

    Without Buddha going through such pain, we can never be helped. I suppose we are still indulging ourself with more attachments. This image is an inspiration and a reminder for us about difficulties, pain and suffering. And Buddha also prove to us that enlightenment is possible if we want to.

    I love the images, it is so beautiful and meaningful. So alive, and to this day, I really like to have all fasting buddhas on altar.

  42. Tony Allen on Oct 15, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    Thanks for sharing Rinpoche. I remember reading in a book that the fasting statues of Shakyamuni Buddha were HIs Holiness the Dalai Lamas favorite because they helped to illustrate the point that reaching enlightenment required great effort and great sacrifice. Thanks again!

  43. Lawrence on Oct 15, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    For me this is the most impressive image of a Buddha.
    I am amazed by the spiritual force that it radiates!

    Thank You so much Rinpoche!

    • tsemtulku on Oct 15, 2011 at 10:52 pm

      My Dear Lawrence, I agree with you that it radiates such powerful spiritual energy. I very much love this image. I am so fortunate to have it in my room to worship daily. Tsem Rinpoche

      • Lawrence on Oct 16, 2011 at 12:50 am

        Looks a weak and frail body, but this image gives me a very strong impression as He could to overthrow the entire universe with just a simple thought. Also, watching Him, I feel infinite peace and security on The Path!

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  • Sofi
    Wednesday, Dec 19. 2018 01:30 AM
    Mongols believed 5th Dalai Lama was someone else!

    Interesting! Who and why would the Mongolians believe that the 5th Dalai Lama should be someone else? An insight into the politics of Tibetan Religious Hierarchy and treachery that exists even in Buddhist communities.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/mongols-believed-5th-dalai-lama-was-someone-else.html
  • Sofi
    Wednesday, Dec 19. 2018 01:25 AM
    Powerhouse Pujas in December 2018. Don’t Miss Out!

    Reminder! Pujas by Kechara with monks for powerful blessings. Make your date available to attend with your family. Good welcome for the New Year.

    Powerhouse Pujas in December 2018. Don’t Miss Out!
  • Sofi
    Wednesday, Dec 19. 2018 01:22 AM
    Vows: The Roots of All Attainments

    Have you ever thought of this? Why do Buddhists take Vows? What are the benefits and what vows to take? Are vows binding and restricting us from freedom? Find out more from this comprehensive post.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/vows-the-roots-of-all-attainments.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Dec 18. 2018 10:10 PM
    There are just so many points to prove that the allegation towards Dorje Shugden is a spirit is wrong. Tibetan Buddhism stress on lineage, origins and transmission teaching from the lineage master. How can the lineage master such as Pabongka Rinpoche and Trijang Rinpoche be wrong in giving Dorje Shugden practise. If it is so, then HH Dalai Lama would be wrong too since he follow the teaching from his Guru, HH Trijang Rinpoche.

    If Dorje Shugden is indeed a spirit, then all the high lamas would have broken their vow and reborn in the lower realms. But many highly attained lamas reincarnate and continue to spread the dharma for example, HH Trijang Rinpoche, HH Zong Rinpoche and many more.

    Therefore it is important for us to understand the ban and the real reason it is initiated by CTA , of which is driven by personal agenda.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/our-lama-vs-the-dalai-lama-the-underlying-reasons-for-the-ban.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Dec 18. 2018 09:49 PM
    Wonderful news and great way to end the 2018. Everyone will have the opportunities to engage in all the powerful pujas in the holy land and with monks from monastery. An opportunity not to be missed. Thank you Rinpoche for organising these pujas.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/powerhouse-pujas-in-december-2018-dont-miss-out.html
  • Yee Yin
    Tuesday, Dec 18. 2018 05:35 PM
    Do you do meditation? Meditation is a very good way to calm ourselves and our mind down and observe our own thinking. In the UK, some of the schools have introduced meditation session to the school children. In some of the prisons in the US, meditation is also introduced to the prisoners to help them calm their mind. Meditation is not a religious practice but a practice that can be carried out by anyone for their wellbeings. Read here to see how people around the world are meditating for a better wellbeing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/etc/6-incredible-global-mass-meditation.html
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  • Chris
    Tuesday, Dec 18. 2018 05:35 PM
    Thank you, Rinpoche and the blog team for this amazing article. Panchen Sonam Drakpa, in my opinion, is the most erudite and powerful lama among all other Dorje Shugden’s incarnations. He is the only who served as the Gaden Tripa as well as the Abbot of all three major monasteries of the Gelug traditions

    There are no other lamas in the history that manage to do that. This is how good he is. So, how can a high lama with such calibre or attainments become an evil spirit when he dies? Lamas that have such attainments or accomplishment will be regarded as enlightened due to the nature of their work. Minds that have such level of attainments will not degenerate, unlike normal minds.

    Hence, it is not logical to say that the reincarnation of this very same mind which is Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen will become an evil spirit that will harm Tibet and also His Holiness the Dalai Lama. It is just not possible. Anyone that actually knows a little bit about Tibetan Buddhism will be able to know that it is a lie. That is why it is safe for us to conclude that Dorje Shugden is an enlightened protector because before he arose as a Dharma Protector, his mind had already reached enlightenment.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-most-illustrious-panchen-sonam-drakpa.html
  • Yee Yin
    Tuesday, Dec 18. 2018 05:25 PM
    A reincarnated lama will often do things that are similar to what he was doing in his previous lives. For Tsem Rinpoche, his immediate previous life was Kentrul Rinpoche Thubten Lamsang. Kentrul Rinpoche was sent to a remote area in Tibet by his teacher, Trijang Rinpoche to spread Dharma. The place he went to was considered a ‘barbaric’ place because people there did not know Dharma. Similarly, in this life, Tsem Rinpoche was sent by his teacher to Malaysia to spread Dharma. Even though there are many Buddhists in Malaysia but many of us do not really know Dharma, so this is also considered to be a barbaric place. Read the article below and you will find more similarities between these 2 life times.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/autobiography/kentrul-thubten-lamsang.html
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  • Yee Yin
    Tuesday, Dec 18. 2018 05:06 PM
    Is being born in a wealthy and comfortable environment a good fortune? Is it a bad fortune if we are born in an environment where there is a lot of hardships? It is not necessarily true. Many people who are born in a wealthy family end up being a spoilt brat who doesn’t achieve much in their lives. People who have gone through much hardship often train themselves to become a better and successful person. In this article, Mr. Sung-Bong Choi has gone through a lot of hardship in his life but he did not become bitter. He works hard for what he wants and he does his best. Do read about his story here:

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/hardship-pushes-us-to-the-top-korea.html
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  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Dec 18. 2018 02:27 PM
    Ann Dustin Wilson is an American musician, best known as the lead singer and songwriter of the hard rock band Heart. She was listed as one of the “Top Heavy Metal Vocalists of All Time” by Hit Parader magazine. Amazing she has such a powerful soprano vocal range voice for her age. She sang in tribute to Led Zeppelin where every one in the audience were stunned and moved by her songs. She was one of the most legendary and respected female voices in modern rock music.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing of a super talented singer.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/legendary-heart
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Dec 18. 2018 02:26 PM
    Tsawa Pulthok Rinpoche a student of His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche. He has gone through much hardship, torture and beatings while in detention during the Chinese invasion for 19 long years. Yet he was one nice and respected Lama who kept his monk vows. He has accepted it with no hard feelings against the soldiers who has tortured him. Spending most of his remaining time in meditation, retreats and pujas for the public.
    In life all of us have the right to make decisions and have choices about how we live our life. Making our own choices about the things we do is very important because it gives us the meaning of life to be happy and those around us.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/tsawa-pulthok-rinpoche
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Dec 18. 2018 02:25 PM
    The practice of Dorje Shugden has been passed down within the Sakya lineage for several generations. Dorje Shugden was first practised by the Sakyas in the early 17th century. There were many other great Sakya throneholders who practised and proliferated Dorje Shugden Tanag within the Sakya tradition. This unique form of Dorje Shugden riding on a black horse can found on numerous older Sakya thangkas. We are fortunate able to see now with this new printing as shown in this post.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/sakya-dorje-shugden-tanag
  • Chris
    Tuesday, Dec 18. 2018 12:22 AM
    It is quite shocking to hear His Holiness the Dalai Lama to talk about refugee should go back to their own country and Europe belongs to Europeans. This is because the Tibetans have been refugees for over six decades now and they are still staying in India. If His Holiness meant what he says, then all Tibetans should move back to Tibet and develop Tibet instead of hanging around in India because India belongs to Indians.

    Why is it okay for Tibetans to stay in India for over six decades while other refugees need to return to their own country? Why is His Holiness being two-faced when it comes to this issue? Why is it okay for Tibetans to stay in India and be a freeloader for so long while other refugees from another nation need to return to their own country.

    Tibetans have been freeloading in India for over six decades now and India still continues to host them. India’s kindness should not be taken granted for and Tibetans should at least contribute back to Indian’s society. I don’t think they will be going back to Tibet looking at the current government and how they are sabotaging their chance to return to Tibet by irritating China with their actions here and there.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/dalai-lama-says-too-many-refugees-in-europe.html
  • Sofi
    Monday, Dec 17. 2018 11:58 PM
    How to Purify Your Karma in Kechara Forest Retreat?

    Kechara Forest Retreat is so highly blessed that many miracles had been shared by the visitors. Read more here for how you can purify your karma and gain merits too.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/how-to-purify-your-karma-in-kechara-forest-retreat.html
  • Sofi
    Monday, Dec 17. 2018 11:39 PM
    17 Best U.S. Cities for Hippies

    An interesting read of Hippies in America. I think that hippies are unique to America as I had not read of any in other countries

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/17-best-u-s-cities-for-hippies.html

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The forward on the book authored by the erudite Panchen Sonam Drakpa is highly unusual but good. The background on this great master is even more interesting. Read here- https://bit.ly/2EzT5Kx
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The forward on the book authored by the erudite Panchen Sonam Drakpa is highly unusual but good. The background on this great master is even more interesting. Read here- https://bit.ly/2EzT5Kx
Kechara Saraswati Arts (KSA) offers a comprehensive statue and tsa tsa painting service. We are able to paint both the face and body, using traditional Tibetan techniques and materials.

KSA can transform a ‘bare’ or ‘raw’ object of art into a living masterpiece through a variety of painting techniques. There are several ‘finishes’ to choose from. Be it an ‘antique’ look, a fully-painted colourful finish or a simple ‘gold dusted look’, your imagination and heart’s wishes are fulfilled through KSA’s mastery and artistry in action.

Our team have learnt the techniques of traditional statue painting from the finest artists of India, Tibet and Nepal. Through months of intense training and practice, our talented artists have mastered the art of painting both peaceful and wrathful features.
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Kechara Saraswati Arts (KSA) offers a comprehensive statue and tsa tsa painting service. We are able to paint both the face and body, using traditional Tibetan techniques and materials. KSA can transform a ‘bare’ or ‘raw’ object of art into a living masterpiece through a variety of painting techniques. There are several ‘finishes’ to choose from. Be it an ‘antique’ look, a fully-painted colourful finish or a simple ‘gold dusted look’, your imagination and heart’s wishes are fulfilled through KSA’s mastery and artistry in action. Our team have learnt the techniques of traditional statue painting from the finest artists of India, Tibet and Nepal. Through months of intense training and practice, our talented artists have mastered the art of painting both peaceful and wrathful features.
Unusual depiction of Lord Manjushri. I like it.
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Unusual depiction of Lord Manjushri. I like it.
Stunning!!!
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Stunning!!!
If we have eye problems, this is a good practice and it\'s simple- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=180488
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If we have eye problems, this is a good practice and it's simple- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=180488
Many times in the morning my Oser girl will go sunbathe. She really enjoys it. Tsem Rinpoche
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Many times in the morning my Oser girl will go sunbathe. She really enjoys it. Tsem Rinpoche
My Oser girl is very photogenic. Tsem Rinpoche
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My Oser girl is very photogenic. Tsem Rinpoche
Vintage stunning thangka of Lord Tsongkapa with many other enlightened beings.
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Vintage stunning thangka of Lord Tsongkapa with many other enlightened beings.
Beautiful antique thangka of Sakya Pandita
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Beautiful antique thangka of Sakya Pandita
The last Lama-Ruler of Mongolia was 8th Jebtsundamba Khutughtu. He did not have a good ending as Mongolia \'fell\'. Read about him- https://bit.ly/2UD83oa
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The last Lama-Ruler of Mongolia was 8th Jebtsundamba Khutughtu. He did not have a good ending as Mongolia 'fell'. Read about him- https://bit.ly/2UD83oa
Last Queen of Mongolia-Very interesting what happened to her and tragic too- https://bit.ly/2GcfhfF
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Last Queen of Mongolia-Very interesting what happened to her and tragic too- https://bit.ly/2GcfhfF
The famous and powerful state oracle of Mongolia- Interesting and must read- 
 https://bit.ly/2Py3QhI
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The famous and powerful state oracle of Mongolia- Interesting and must read- https://bit.ly/2Py3QhI
1984 Los Angeles-Left to right: Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, monk assistant to Zong Rinpoche and the 18 year old Tsem Rinpoche prior to ordination. Read more-  https://bit.ly/2C5OM7l
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1984 Los Angeles-Left to right: Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, monk assistant to Zong Rinpoche and the 18 year old Tsem Rinpoche prior to ordination. Read more- https://bit.ly/2C5OM7l
Nice to see Blog Chat going on
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Nice to see Blog Chat going on
In the middle of the metropolitan city of Bangkok near the upmarket shopping district is a chapel dedicated to Tara right in the centre of town. Lovely. Tsem Rinpoche
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In the middle of the metropolitan city of Bangkok near the upmarket shopping district is a chapel dedicated to Tara right in the centre of town. Lovely. Tsem Rinpoche
Cheeky and cute little He Wei is telling you to get a Dorje Shugden pamphlet now!!!
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Cheeky and cute little He Wei is telling you to get a Dorje Shugden pamphlet now!!!
My little cute Oser girl doggie is always nearby. Tsem Rinpoche
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My little cute Oser girl doggie is always nearby. Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s father with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The little girl is his brother\'s daughter. Her name is Tara.
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Tsem Rinpoche's father with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The little girl is his brother's daughter. Her name is Tara.
Our Gyenze Chapel in Kechara Forest Retreat is visited by people from all over Malaysia now. Many have had their wishes fulfilled.
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Our Gyenze Chapel in Kechara Forest Retreat is visited by people from all over Malaysia now. Many have had their wishes fulfilled.
Very nice class going on in Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia. Learning Dharma is the key to overcoming our mind that is unsettled. Tsem Rinpoche
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Very nice class going on in Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia. Learning Dharma is the key to overcoming our mind that is unsettled. Tsem Rinpoche
Left to right: 103rd Gaden Tripa Lobsang Tenzin, Gaden Shartse Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche.
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Left to right: 103rd Gaden Tripa Lobsang Tenzin, Gaden Shartse Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche.
Tsem Rinpoche holding the young incarnation of Zong Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastery.
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Tsem Rinpoche holding the young incarnation of Zong Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastery.
In Gaden Monastery.

Left to right: Tenzin Trinley Rinpoche, Kari Kentrul Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche, Tsem Rinpoche, Gyalkhangtse Rinpoche, Kating Rinpoche and Genpa Rinpoche. Extreme right is the senior Dorje Shugden oracle of Gaden Monastery, Choyang Dulzin Kuten.
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In Gaden Monastery. Left to right: Tenzin Trinley Rinpoche, Kari Kentrul Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche, Tsem Rinpoche, Gyalkhangtse Rinpoche, Kating Rinpoche and Genpa Rinpoche. Extreme right is the senior Dorje Shugden oracle of Gaden Monastery, Choyang Dulzin Kuten.
Tsem Rinpoche with the Abbots of Gaden Jangtse Monastery and Gaden Shartse Monastery escorting a photo of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. This is in the main prayer hall of Gaden Monastery.
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Tsem Rinpoche with the Abbots of Gaden Jangtse Monastery and Gaden Shartse Monastery escorting a photo of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. This is in the main prayer hall of Gaden Monastery.
Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Monastery
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Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Monastery
My father Mr. Lobsang Gyatso and myself. He came to Gaden Monastery to visit me. While he was alive he lived in Taiwan. Tsem Rinpoche
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My father Mr. Lobsang Gyatso and myself. He came to Gaden Monastery to visit me. While he was alive he lived in Taiwan. Tsem Rinpoche
The most precious Buddha Shakyamuni of Tibet. He is called Jowo Rinpoche and He is in the central Cathedral of Lhasa, Tibet. All the crowns, earrings, necklaces and jewels were constructed and offered by Je Tsongkapa onto this Buddha 600 years ago. Tsem Rinpoche
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The most precious Buddha Shakyamuni of Tibet. He is called Jowo Rinpoche and He is in the central Cathedral of Lhasa, Tibet. All the crowns, earrings, necklaces and jewels were constructed and offered by Je Tsongkapa onto this Buddha 600 years ago. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge, I have something to share.
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Click on picture to enlarge, I have something to share.
This is how you can practice Tantric Buddhas without initiation or commitment- https://bit.ly/2PstN28
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This is how you can practice Tantric Buddhas without initiation or commitment- https://bit.ly/2PstN28
Many great lamas are pictured here together. I have met many of them and they are very learned and holy. Tsem Rinpoche
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Many great lamas are pictured here together. I have met many of them and they are very learned and holy. Tsem Rinpoche
Do share this picture message with friends.
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Do share this picture message with friends.
Faster, Faster!!! Can\'t you go any faster! We are late for our puja! Read on- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=179695
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Faster, Faster!!! Can't you go any faster! We are late for our puja! Read on- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=179695
Has Pastor David achieved enlightenment under the bodhi tree?
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Has Pastor David achieved enlightenment under the bodhi tree?
Very nice. Pastor Seng Piow\'s beautiful Kalarupa statue has finally arrived.
1 week ago
Very nice. Pastor Seng Piow's beautiful Kalarupa statue has finally arrived.
Animals are made to suffer so much. We should never add to their sufferings. We should never beat, abuse, use, kill or eat them. We should be loving with them or just leave them to live their lives.~Tsem Rinpoche
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Animals are made to suffer so much. We should never add to their sufferings. We should never beat, abuse, use, kill or eat them. We should be loving with them or just leave them to live their lives.~Tsem Rinpoche
It will break your heart, but you need to see this- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=179733



Thank you, Tsem Rinpoche
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It will break your heart, but you need to see this- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=179733 Thank you, Tsem Rinpoche
Find out what happened to this baby- https://bit.ly/2RdxM4o
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Find out what happened to this baby- https://bit.ly/2RdxM4o
A very sad true story

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A very sad true story Please sign to help end animal experimentation: https://www.change.org/p/tell-neutrogena-to-stop-all-animal-testing
My grandaunt Nirgidma whom I have never met but learning more about her now. She lived and died in France. Tsem Rinpoche
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My grandaunt Nirgidma whom I have never met but learning more about her now. She lived and died in France. Tsem Rinpoche
Did you know we can grow vegetables under water contrary to need the bright sun, earth and on the surface? Very interesting- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=179595
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Did you know we can grow vegetables under water contrary to need the bright sun, earth and on the surface? Very interesting- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=179595
A very rare Buddha hardly seen. He is said to help us overcome laziness. Understand more- https://bit.ly/2EaEtk3
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A very rare Buddha hardly seen. He is said to help us overcome laziness. Understand more- https://bit.ly/2EaEtk3
 
 
When you are sleeping, do you get disturbed by supernatural entities or re-occurring dreams that are frightening? Do you sometimes feel a presence in the room with you when sleeping? I have something here that might help you as I have been asked many times about these occurrences. - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=179116
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When you are sleeping, do you get disturbed by supernatural entities or re-occurring dreams that are frightening? Do you sometimes feel a presence in the room with you when sleeping? I have something here that might help you as I have been asked many times about these occurrences. - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=179116
Foretelling the future in the Tibetan tradition- https://bit.ly/2AKzSl8
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Foretelling the future in the Tibetan tradition- https://bit.ly/2AKzSl8
Malaysian Brickfields Chief Monk Sri Dhammaratana Fosters Harmony with Tibetan Buddhism- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=178837
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Malaysian Brickfields Chief Monk Sri Dhammaratana Fosters Harmony with Tibetan Buddhism- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=178837
马来西亚十五碑锡兰佛寺达摩拉达纳长老与藏传佛教界建交- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=179077
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    His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Shartse Monastery was one of the teachers of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Here in this beautiful video is Geshe Kelsang Gyatso showing his centre to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, then proceeding to sit down to receive teachings. For more information- https://bit.ly/2QNac1u
  • Tsem Rinpoche’s dog, Oser girl always sits on Rinpoche’s chair. When Rinpoche’s other dog, Dharma tries to get into the chair, he is chased away. Oser is the boss. She is possessive. Cute.
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    Tsem Rinpoche’s dog, Oser girl always sits on Rinpoche’s chair. When Rinpoche’s other dog, Dharma tries to get into the chair, he is chased away. Oser is the boss. She is possessive. Cute.
  • Lama Yeshe talks about how to practice at the beginning and at the end of each day during teachings given in London during the Lamas’ first European teaching tour in 1975. Lama Yeshe was a brilliant teacher and I wanted to share this with everyone so his teachings can reach more people. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Lama Yeshe talks about how to practice at the beginning and at the end of each day during teachings given in London during the Lamas’ first European teaching tour in 1975. Lama Yeshe was a brilliant teacher and I wanted to share this with everyone so his teachings can reach more people. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Our beautiful Dorje Shugden shop in the busiest part of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Many tourists visit our store and this area.
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    Our beautiful Dorje Shugden shop in the busiest part of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Many tourists visit our store and this area.
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    Living off the grid in Australia
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  • Kyabje Dagom Choktrul Rinpoche offering gold on a 350 year-old Dorje Shugden statue in his chapel in Lhasa. This is how Tibetans show homage and pay respect to a holy image. This chapel and statue of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa dedicated to Dorje Shugden was built by the Great 5th Dalai Lama. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Kyabje Dagom Choktrul Rinpoche offering gold on a 350 year-old Dorje Shugden statue in his chapel in Lhasa. This is how Tibetans show homage and pay respect to a holy image. This chapel and statue of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa dedicated to Dorje Shugden was built by the Great 5th Dalai Lama. Tsem Rinpoche
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    My sweet little Oser girl is so photogenic and adorable. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Heart Sutra sang by a monk for the modern crowd. Very interesting and beautiful. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Submerging powerful mantra stones in water at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
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    My Oser girl and Dharma boy love the verandah where they can see the greens. Tsem Rinpoche
  • If there were more schools like this, then our kids would grow up with more caring awareness and kind emotions towards our environment and the people around them. They would grow up knowing that chasing materialism is not going to bring any happiness. I hope very much more schools like this would materialise. I hope in my future life I can attend a school like this. Tsem Rinpoche
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    If there were more schools like this, then our kids would grow up with more caring awareness and kind emotions towards our environment and the people around them. They would grow up knowing that chasing materialism is not going to bring any happiness. I hope very much more schools like this would materialise. I hope in my future life I can attend a school like this. Tsem Rinpoche
  • My Oser girl and Dharma boy in their cosy little bedroom next to me sleeping away. Cute.
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    My Oser girl and Dharma boy in their cosy little bedroom next to me sleeping away. Cute.
  • It is incredible how smart Oser girl is. She can steal the treat away from Dharma boy and so casually. Wow. She is so smart. Tsem Rinpoche
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    It is incredible how smart Oser girl is. She can steal the treat away from Dharma boy and so casually. Wow. She is so smart. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Kechara Forest Retreat Dogs. Dharma boy is tiny and trying to scare off big boy Johnny. Johnny is so patient and just ignores Dharma. They are both cute and both live in Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Kechara Forest Retreat Dogs. Dharma boy is tiny and trying to scare off big boy Johnny. Johnny is so patient and just ignores Dharma. They are both cute and both live in Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia. Tsem Rinpoche
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    BREAKING EYEWITNESS FOOTAGE: Workers violently punched, kicked, cussed out, & left sheep to die on dozens of Scottish farms 💔 Sheep bled after rough shearing & were stitched up without painkillers.–From Peta2
  • Super cute seal and so gentle. Must watch this video and realize we are all one. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Super cute seal and so gentle. Must watch this video and realize we are all one. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Legendary Heart sings “Stairway to Heaven” in tribute to Led Zeppelin. Incredible tribute and rendition. Everyone is blown away. TR
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    In a low-income neighbourhood, this man is growing his own organic produce, and giving extras away for free to neighbours who can’t afford fresh ingredients from the store. Must watch!
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    Neat little video
  • It is nice to see sangha release animals into the wild. Gen Kunchok Palden and Chodrak contributed to releasing of frogs back into the wild. This is wonderful. Compassion is the mainstay of all spirituality. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 months ago
    It is nice to see sangha release animals into the wild. Gen Kunchok Palden and Chodrak contributed to releasing of frogs back into the wild. This is wonderful. Compassion is the mainstay of all spirituality. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This is a special ‘carpet’ for dogs that you hide their snacks and they have to go digging for it. It is challenging and fun where they use their nose, paws and all to dig and find the snacks in between. This dog play carpet is ordered online. You can see little Zopa baby who is a Kechara resident doggie looking for the snacks in this cute video. She is kept busy and entertained! Tsem Rinpoche
    2 months ago
    This is a special ‘carpet’ for dogs that you hide their snacks and they have to go digging for it. It is challenging and fun where they use their nose, paws and all to dig and find the snacks in between. This dog play carpet is ordered online. You can see little Zopa baby who is a Kechara resident doggie looking for the snacks in this cute video. She is kept busy and entertained! Tsem Rinpoche
  • Kechara Forest Retreat in Bentong, Malaysia’s dog Pema is super adorable and cute. Everyone loves her. She is wearing a Manjushri blessing pendant.
    3 months ago
    Kechara Forest Retreat in Bentong, Malaysia’s dog Pema is super adorable and cute. Everyone loves her. She is wearing a Manjushri blessing pendant.
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    Spontaneous trance in Tibet by powerful healing Protector Dorje Shugden of a monk who usually takes trance.
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    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
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    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
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    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
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    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
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    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
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    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
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    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
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    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
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Thanks, Astro team for volunteering with us. They delivered monthly provisions to urban poor families. Join us if you’re interested by dropping us a WhatsApp message at 010-3333260. ❤️ #Kechara #foodbank #urbanpoor - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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This is the first time Mr Raymond Chew attend our Chinese DS puja in Ipoh. Yee Mun (KISG)
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Nice to see people committed to attend our monthly Chinese Dorje Shugden puja. Yee Mun (KISG)
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Throwback KSDS Graduation 2018 - Nice arrangement from Louise. Glad that we collaborate with gift team for KSDS event. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback KSDS Graduation 2018 - Long time no see and it’s great time to catch up. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback KSDS Graduation 2018 - Long time no see and it’s great time to catch up. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback KSDS Graduation 2018 - Great technical team who gave us nice music and slide show. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback KSDS Graduation 2018 - Teacher Asyley having a light moment with children before performance. Lin Mun KSDS
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So glad to see family members involve in dharma work together. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback KSDS Graduation 2018 - Let’s go team, together we will do a great show :) , Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback KSDS Graduation 2018 - Let’s go team, together we will do a great show :) , Lin Mun KSDS
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Mr. Cheah Fook Wan offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa & all Buddhas before the prayer session started. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Glian Sim has offered a cup of tea to Rinpoche’s shrine on behalf of KISG. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
KISG has completed a session of prayer recitations to Mother Tara in Ipoh today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG has completed a session of prayer recitations to Mother Tara in Ipoh today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Wow! JB Kechara office is receiving 5 desktop computers from our sponsors. Now the urban poor children can learn to use computers. Now the passionate volunteers can burn the mid night oil in the office planning, coordinating and review events. Thanks to our sponsors, Style Vision, Meadow IT, KS IT, Grex Multimedia, New Century, Ascentouch, Softcom, E cube, Via Global, Edmond, Nelly, Jasmine, Bill Kee, DML Beauty, Goh and Team for providing us with such an awesome convenience and cool facilities. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Wow! JB Kechara office is receiving 5 desktop computers from our sponsors. Now the urban poor children can learn to use computers. Now the passionate volunteers can burn the mid night oil in the office planning, coordinating and review events. Thanks to our sponsors, Style Vision, Meadow IT, KS IT, Grex Multimedia, New Century, Ascentouch, Softcom, E cube, Via Global, Edmond, Nelly, Jasmine, Bill Kee, DML Beauty, Goh and Team for providing us with such an awesome convenience and cool facilities. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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1984 Los Angeles- Left to right: Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, monk assistant to Zong Rinpoche and the 18 year old Tsem Rinpoche prior to ordination.
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1984 Los Angeles- Left to right: Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, monk assistant to Zong Rinpoche and the 18 year old Tsem Rinpoche prior to ordination.
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Very nice class going on in Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia. Learning Dharma is the key to overcoming our mind that is unsettled. Tsem Rinpoche
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Tsem Rinpoche holding the young incarnation of Zong Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastery.
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Left to right: 103rd Gaden Tripa Lobsang Tenzin, Gaden Shartse Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche.
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In Gaden Monastery. Left to right: Tenzin Trinley Rinpoche, Kari Kentrul Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche, Tsem Rinpoche, Gyalkhangtse Rinpoche, Kating Rinpoche and Genpa Rinpoche. Extreme right is the senior Dorje Shugden oracle of Gaden Monastery, Choyang Dulzin Kuten.
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Tsem Rinpoche with the Abbots of Gaden Jangtse Monastery and Gaden Shartse Monastery escorting a photo of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. This is in the main prayer hall of Gaden Monastery.
Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Monastery.
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Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Monastery.
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Tsem Rinpoche's father Mr. Lobsang Gyatso and Rinpoche. He came to Gaden Monastery to visit Rinpoche. While he was alive he lived in Taiwan.
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