Tales My Lama Told Me: A Review

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"Tales My Lama Told Me" by Pastor David Lai

Tales My Lama Told Me
by Pastor David Lai

Pastor David Lai’s book Tales My Lama Told Me contains very scintillating and riveting stories of Buddhist practitioners of the Mahayana tradition – both great masters and lay practitioners – who have achieved the state of true inner peace, love and happiness called Enlightenment within one lifetime! There is also a story about how a glimpse of Enlightenment on the face of a pure monk led to a ruler and his people being converted to Buddhism!

All the stories in Tales My Lama Told Me were recounted to Pastor David by our Guru or Lama, Tsem Rinpoche, and these stories, as they are told, reflect the extraordinary qualities of Tsem Rinpoche as a Spiritual Guide of our times. In essence, the stories of Buddhist practitioners in this book are stories of how practitioners, through a profound process of mind transformation, developed powerful qualities of compassion, love, moral discipline, generosity, patience, joyous perseverance and wisdom that led them to the attainment of Enlightenment.

The path of practice of the great Buddhist practitioners in Tales My Lama Told Me is a journey of profound mind transformation to attain the highest level a mind can reach. It is a journey of mind transformation that takes us from the egocentric mind clouded by gross delusions of anger, hatred, pride, jealousy, desirous attachments and cravings to a mind that is filled with clear-sighted wisdom and an altruistic heartfelt undiscriminating concern for all others, as though they were our only child.

When the mind achieves its highest level of transformation, it is filled with peace, altruistic limitless undiscriminating universal love and compassion and bliss. All the layers and clouds of obscurations, negativities and negative karmic imprints of past deeds of harming have been purified and completely wiped away. All the disturbing and illusory negative emotions like anger, hate, pride, jealousy, desires, attachments and cravings have all been vanquished.

Shantideva. Click on image to enlarge.

Shantideva. Click on image to enlarge.

The ego – root cause of all suffering, as all negativities and negative emotions and projections arise from it – has been destroyed! In place of our egocentric mind is a mind of clarity and peace, where all disturbing elements and their causes – that were the blocks to real inner peace – have been removed. Negative emotions have been replaced by the generation of powerful transcendental qualities of the mind like compassion, love, and the Six Perfections – patience, perseverance, generosity, moral discipline, concentration and wisdom – which culminate in the attainment of the highest bliss without a trace of sorrow.

This is the state of mind of real happiness of the highest level – inner peace and bliss – that is called Enlightenment.

The nature of the love and compassion of a Mahayana practitioner, as a Bodhisattva warrior, and the bliss that he/she attains as the goals of the spiritual journey are realised, are best reflected in the following verses of aspiration of every practitioner in the stories in Tales My Lama Told Me.

The Four Immeasurables:

May all sentient beings have happiness and its causes [immeasurable love],
May all sentient beings be free of suffering and its causes [immeasurable compassion],
May all sentient beings never be separated from sorrowless bliss [immeasurable joy],
May all sentient beings abide in equanimity, free from bias, attachment and anger [immeasurable equanimity].

From Shantideva’s Bodhicharyavatara Dedication Prayer:

For as long as space remains,
For as long as sentient beings remain,
Until then may I too remain
To dispel the miseries of the world.

 

Transforming the Mind Through the Practice of Patience

Verse Four of “Eight Verses of Thought Transformation”

As for sentient beings who are bad–natured,
When I see they are oppressed by negativity and pain,
May I cherish them just like I am encountering
A precious treasure that is difficult to find!

Atisha, the great Indian pandit and master, who had been invited to Tibet over nine hundred years ago to teach the Dharma there, had brought with him one of the most powerful practices for which he was a great adept, the treasured practice of mind transformation. This practice has developed into a systematised method for generating a mind of great compassion and is encapsulated in the Eight Verses of Mind Transformation.

Atisha. Click on image to enlarge.

Atisha. Click on image to enlarge.

As has been explained, the development of altruistic love and compassion is at the heart of practice of this Mahayana mind-transformation path that leads to the attainment of a mind of Enlightenment. The above verse shows that the best object on which to develop altruistic love, compassion and patience of a transcendental nature – patience as a perfection – is a person of “bad nature”. Hence, when we meet a person of “bad nature”, we should passionately practise these transcendental virtuous qualities on “these precious treasures that are difficult to find” that will lead us “fast-track” to enlightenment!

The two powerful and inspiring stories below illustrate vividly to us how Atisha and Tsem Rinpoche practised these mind-transforming qualities.

 

“Practice of Patience” – Developing patience with a person of bad nature

Atisha took a very difficult person with him, when he went to Tibet to bring the Dharma there. This was an elderly monk who actually hated him. He had done everything to hurt Atisha and make his life miserable, always criticising him and putting him down, and always influencing others to go against him. Atisha invited this monk to go to Tibet with him and sponsored his trip. Atisha the great master and Bodhisattva, who taught mind training, wanted to practise love and patience and felt that this monk who hated him was the best object of practice for him. Throughout the entire 13 years that this difficult monk was there and until his death, Atisha remained patient with him all the way and even served him! He never once retaliated to his criticisms. When this monk passed away, he even performed a wonderful funeral for him for his good rebirth!

 

“These Hard Times” – Practicing patience by not retaliating in the face of being hit and abused by a violent and angry parent

In this tale about Tsem Rinpoche’s childhood of pain and suffering, we read about how he was subject to violent abuse from his adoptive mother Dana, who had a lot of anger, bitterness and frustrations bottled up inside her and who chose the young Rinpoche as the object to vent them on. Her violent abuse of Rinpoche became very bad when her mental disease of paranoia and schizophrenia took over control of her.

Dana’s abuse of Rinpoche ranged from severe screaming and scolding to beating! She even had him locked up for weeks in their house. If she were in a foul mood, the punishment would be more severe. Then she started to threaten to kill him. She said she would go into his bedroom and kill him, but he was to keep his room open or it would be the worse for him. She did go into his bedroom at night and rant and rave at him and beat him up.

H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's foster parents, Boris and Dana Bugayeff.

H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s adoptive parents, Boris and Dana Bugayeff.

As her anger and temper grew, she would just hit him with a broom or stick his head under the bed and beat him senseless, and this could go on for hours. She even used her fists to punch him or slap him across the face.

However, despite this violent abuse, Rinpoche never even once retaliated or even pushed her or fought back. He thought she was his mother and he should not retaliate. There was an extraordinary Bodhisattva-like compassion in the young Rinpoche for Dana, in the face of such tremendous abuse, violence and display of anger. In his autobiography The Promise, Rinpoche did talk about his practice of compassion and forgiveness towards his mother Dana for her abuse of him.

 

“Je Tsongkhapa” – How Je Tsongkhapa revealed the quick and complete path of Tibetan Buddhism

The most powerful story in this book is the story of “Je Tsongkhapa”. In “Je Tsongkhapa”, we see how this great Tibetan master and mahasiddha, also known as the “Second Buddha”, integrated the three aspects of Buddhism – the Theravada, the Mahayana and the Vajrayana – into one complete path under the lineage or school of Tibetan Buddhism called the Gelug school or lineage.

 

The Path of Practice as laid out very clearly by Je Tsongkhapa

Practising the path of the Gelug lineage of Tibetan Buddhism is practising all three schools or aspects of Buddha’s teachings in one path, the graduated path to Enlightenment. Tsongkhapa’s path of practice embodies the whole practice of mind transformation leading to the attainment of Enlightenment.

By integrating these three aspects into one path so seamlessly and giving equal focus to each of the three, Je Tsongkhapa revolutionised how Buddhist teachings should be practised from his time onwards. Je Tsongkhapa shows us that he was a perfect practitioner. He practised all three aspects of the path with equal perfection and this was shown in the way he held the three sets of vows – the Monastic or Vinaya Vows, the Bodhisattva Vows and the Tantric Vows. He held all three sets of vows purely in accordance to what the Buddha had taught in the respective sutras and teachings.

Lama Tsongkhapa

Lama Tsongkhapa

He taught his students to practise exactly as he did. Hence all the practitioners of the Gelug lineage that Je Tsongkhapa founded, who follow this complete path of practice, are able to attain Enlightenment within one lifetime, if they follow exactly his fine example.

From the point of spiritual practice, he was a pure monk holding the vows of monastic discipline steadfastly following the Theravadan tradition.

He was a perfect Bodhisattva in his pure practice of altruistic love and compassion. He practised vigorously transcendental actions of the Six Perfections. He infused all his actions of body, speech and mind with a Bodhisattva motivation. Indeed, his whole way of life was that of a Bodhisattva’s.

From the Vajrayana or the Tantric aspect, Je Tsongkhapa was an accomplished and highly attained tantric practitioner and yogi who engaged deeply in intense tantric practices including Yidam practices. His mind was truly pure, as it was free from all ordinary perception and conceptions.

Such was his level of tantric attainment that, during a Monlam Chenmo or Great Prayer Festival, when a fire had turned into an inferno and threatened to burn the temple to ashes, he walked towards the inferno, disappeared into the burning temple, sat down and went into deep meditation. Suddenly, all the flames extinguished as if they were blown by a strong gust of wind. Je Tsongkhapa had extinguished the fire using an inner fire meditation that only a highly attained practitioner could have accomplished. However, he was very humble, as all true and pure practitioners are, and he only used his clairvoyance and miraculous powers when it was necessary.

 

How Je Tsongkhapa traversed the swift and complete path to Enlightenment in one lifetime

A painting of Lama Tsongkhapa and his two heart sons. Click on image to enlarge.

A painting of Lama Tsongkhapa and his two heart sons. Click on image to enlarge.

Je Tsongkhapa showed by fine example, how to live one’s rare and precious human rebirth most meaningfully and to the optimum by traversing the quick Mahayana path of practice to attain the mind of Enlightenment in one lifetime. Beyond holding the three sets of vows firmly and perfectly, he engaged in many highly meritorious activities. He studied the Dharma earnestly under 50 spiritual masters and engaged in Dharma practice intensively and with single-minded focus, performing many spectacular deeds. He built and founded great monasteries like Gaden Monastery and restored old dilapidated monasteries and statues in ruins. He was a great scholar and prolific writer who wrote texts on prayers, practices and rituals and composed great Dharma works (both sutra and tantra), and he proliferated the Dharma.

He founded the annual Monlam Chenmo or great prayer festival to create greater spiritual awareness among lay people as well as to enable them to gather tremendous merits. He went into a seven-year retreat with eight close students and during that period of retreat he performed vast and extensive powerful purification practices to purify all his negative karma and made extensive offerings of the Mandala to accumulate powerful merits to ensure success in completing the whole path of practice. During this retreat, he performed 10 million offerings of the Mandala (a symbolic offering of the Universe to the Buddha), 3.5 million prostrations to the 35 Confessional Buddhas and 3.5 Recitations of the 35 Confessional Buddhas!

35 confessional Buddhas. Click on image to enlarge.

35 Confessional Buddhas. Click on image to enlarge.

So powerful were his practices of accumulation of merits and purifying of negative karma that, at the end of the retreat, his mind attained full clarity and wisdom, free of all traces and stains of obscuration. He gained a full vision of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri, who appeared to him many times after that to give him teachings, initiations and personal advice! On one occasion, Je Tsongkhapa received a stream of powerful blessings from Manjushri that eradicated the last traces of his self-grasping and ego-clinging mind, the root cause of all suffering.

Thus Je Tsongkhapa, this great and highly attained master, accomplished in one lifetime what Buddha Shakyamuni took three eons of lifetimes to accomplish in order to gain total freedom from suffering and full Enlightenment. Just as Buddha Shakyamuni showed us the path to full Enlightenment 2,500 years ago, Je Tsongkhapa came 600 years ago to show us the complete swift path to full Enlightenment.

 

“A Man From Chatreng” – Attaining Enlightenment in one lifetime via a long meditational retreat on Vajrayogini

This story is very inspiring as it shows us how an ordinary lay person in these modern times can attain total freedom from suffering and Enlightenment in one lifetime by following the swift and complete Mahayana path of practice of mind transformation.

In Vajrayana Buddhism, long meditational retreats are engaged in for the intense and solitary practice of one’s Yidam or tantric deity. In “A Man From Chatreng”, Gonche had been a wild and wayward man, a philanderer as well as a trigger-happy guy, who liked to fire at and kill his enemies, the Chinese Red Guards in Tibet. He was also a gambler and a drunkard, who had sadly neglected his family.

H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche. Click on image to enlarge.

H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche.
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Then, in exile in India, he met and received teachings from the great Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, tutor to the Dalai Lama. For the first time he was moved to develop deep regret for his wayward past. He cried. After the teachings, he received an initiation into the sacred practice of the tantric Buddha Vajrayogini from Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche. He then received the full commentary and explanation on this practice from a geshe in Nepal.

After that Gonche completely transformed and committed himself to a complete makeover of character. In an audience with his Lama, Trijang Rinpoche, he told him that he wished to spend the rest of his life in retreat. After receiving the blessings of his Lama, he said goodbye to his family, apologising to his wife and expressing deep regret for his dreadful neglect of her. To make amends, he would now go into retreat.

He entered into a solitary retreat and remained in retreat for more than 10 years, continually meditating on Vajrayogini and enduring patiently the many hardships he encountered. He engaged in this intensive Dharma practice of the swift path steadfastly and with strong resolve. He stayed in this retreat for so long that he passed away unknown to others, in the midst of his Vajrayogini retreat. During his funeral, rainbows appeared across the sky over his funeral pyre. Such an auspicious sign signifying that he had gained the highest attainments and had entered into Kechara Paradise, all in one life-time!

 

“Spiritual Revolution” – An amazing story

“Spiritual Revolution” is a story of how Altan Khan, ruler of Mongolia, and all of Mongolia was brought into Buddhism, after Altan Khan had caught a powerful glimpse of Enlightenment in the face and demeanour of a pure Tibetan monk.

A statue of Altan Khan in Mongolia.

A statue of Altan Khan in Mongolia.

The great Altan Khan, the warlord of a warlike race of Mongolians, was travelling towards Tibet, with the intention to plunder it, when he met a monk whose face was exceptionally peaceful and compassionate. He was immediately impressed as he thought about how extraordinary this monk was whose face and demeanour reflected the attainment of real peace and happiness, the result of true practice; and he wondered who his teacher could be. When he found out that his teacher was Gyalwa Sonam Gyatso (whom he later appointed as the Third Dalai Lama), Altan Khan sent an emissary and forcefully demanded that Gyalwa Sonam Gyatso go to Mongolia and teach the Dharma to his people.

Gyalwa Sonam Gyatso decided to go to Mongolia as he had the clairvoyance and great compassion to know that the time was ripe to convert and transform the Mongolians from their hardened ways. Using skilful means, Gyalwa Sonam Gyatso was able to convert Altan Khan and his country into Buddhism. He performed a miracle which impressed Altan Khan and caused him to fall to his knees and take refuge under the Dalai Lama, and from that day onward he became a faithful disciple of the Dalai Lama.

A Mongolian statue of Mahakala. Click on image to enlarge.

A Mongolian statue of Mahakala.
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As the Mongolians were a war-like race and had been following a shamanistic blood-thirsty culture for centuries, and had been making human and animal sacrifices to their gods, he slowly and skilfully converted them to the peaceful practices of Tibetan Buddhism, by employing the tantric deities of Vajrayana Buddhism. He introduced them to the practice of propitiating wrathful tantric deities such as Mahakala, a wrathful emanation of the Buddha of Compassion, Avalokiteshvara. Mahakala’s compassion is like that of a mother fiercely protecting her child. Mahakala’s fierce and demonic appearance, the flames surrounding him and his ornaments and implements are symbols and displays of compassion and compassionate wrath and power that are used to clear the inner and outer obstacles of the practitioner so that he can advance in his/her practice and progress smoothly towards achieving Enlightenment.

The Buddha deity Mahakala, a wrathful emanation of compassion, was thus most suitable for the Mongolians in subjugating and controlling their negative warlike tendencies. Furthermore, their practice of animal and human sacrificial offering to the shamanistic gods was now replaced by the offering of tormas –‘peaceful’ offerings of red coloured Tibetan ritual cakes – to the Buddhas.

In this way, the whole of Mongolia was converted to Buddhism and became a race of peaceful people by the skilful methods of the Dalai Lama in teaching them the Dharma and in guiding them in its practice. He continued to guide them by returning as the grandson of Altan Khan who became the Fourth Dalai Lama.

This was how the whole of Mongolia was converted to Buddhism because of one man – a pure monk with a peaceful and compassionate face and demeanour!

 

“Guru Devotion” – The pith of the swift Mahayana path

Through properly relying on one’s Guru, listening to him and following his every instruction thoroughly, and serving him well, a practitioner is able to accumulate vast and extensive merits, purify all the negative seeds or karmic imprints in their mindstream and transform their mind from an ego-centric and self-cherishing one to an altruistic, undiscriminating mind of wisdom, love and compassion, a mind that is liberated from all mental delusions of anger, hatred, jealousy, desirous attachment and cravings. Indeed, by achieving this transformation, one completes the Mahayana path of Tibetan Buddhism in one lifetime, like what Je Tsongkhapa did. Thus does the practice of Guru Devotion lead one to attain Enlightenment in one lifetime, as many stories in Tales My Lama Told Me show.

"Gurus For Hire, Enlightenment For Sale"

“Gurus For Hire, Enlightenment For Sale”. Click here to purchase this book.

It is the Guru’s methods of training the student’s mind that will effectively bring about the necessary mind transformation.

As Tsem Rinpoche says in Gurus For Hire, Enlightenment For Sale, when we practise devotion and submission to a Guru, he will push us to destroy all those negative qualities in our mind that block us from Enlightenment. The biggest block or obstacle is our ego or our self-cherishing mind. The Guru will assign us work and give us instructions designed to help us achieve the Six Perfections, Bodhicitta (altruistic love and compassion), that are necessary for us to develop, for us to be ready for higher practices leading to total Liberation and Enlightenment.

The following powerfully inspiring stories show how great mahasiddhas practice Guru Devotion.

 

“The Snobbish Saint” – Destroying the ego

The Mahasiddha Bhadrapa, in the tale of “The Snobbish Saint”, was a Brahmin priest whose mind was steeped in the conventions and rituals of his priesthood and the society he grew up in. For him, everything that went against the norms and dictates of his society, was wrong. Dirty and defiling acts were eating pork, drinking wine, associating or coming into physical contact with the lower class – a beggar, a sweeper, meat or wine sellers and the like, which were all taboo for his circle of friends and his society. If he were caught violating any of these, he would be immediately ostracised by his society and become a social outcast! He was determined to be pure and untarnished in reputation, to always look good and to fulfil the expectations of his society.

His Guru, a dirty-looking yogin clad in rags, burst into his life early one morning, and promptly proceeded to transform him. The very appearance of this Guru was the antithesis of what he had habituated his mind to accept as correct or acceptable. There and then, his Guru gave him a Dharma teaching on what “dirt” really was – the defilement of the mind from acts of aggression. From that point onwards, the unconventional Guru-Yogin proceeded to dismantle all his habituated notions of what was right and proper and what was taboo, through his teachings and through the practices he gave Bhadrapa.

As Bhadrapa respected this Guru and wanted to listen to his Dharma, he proceeded to listen to and carry out his every instruction. From that very night when he went to the Guru’s hovel in the cemetery in the cloak of darkness and in disguise, with the pork and wine he had asked him to bring, sat and ate with his Guru in his hovel, and afterwards, cleaned his latrine and plastered the walls of his shack with mud, excrement and lime, his mind underwent a powerful transformation. His pride or ego was broken. His Guru gave him a Dharma talk and explained to him that all the tasks he had just completed to his Guru’s satisfaction were symbolic acts necessary for him to perform to achieve the goal of his practice – Enlightenment.

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Upon hearing this, Bhadrapa’s mind suddenly attained clarity – a clear understanding of the Dharma arose in his mind. He realised an awakened state of mind and a correct view of reality where the self and phenomena are perceived to be devoid of true or inherent existence. There and then, he decided to renounce the luxuries and ease of his privileged life as a Brahmin and join his master and become a wandering yogin like him.

The services to his Guru and practices given to him by his Guru had broken his pride and ego – his strongest delusion. His Guru’s instructions to him were methods to cut his pride and ego. Without his ego, he was free from all grasping and free from all attachments.

After six years of intense retreat and meditation, he achieved Enlightenment. He travelled far and wide to teach and benefit many. When the time came for him to do so, he ascended to Kechara Paradise, Buddha Vajrayogini’s pure land, together with 500 disciples.

It was his Guru who had skilfully led him to realise the correct view and to destroy his ego and to transform, thus bringing him to the ultimate freedom and bliss of Enlightenment.

 

“The Dauntless One” – Serving the Guru with joy

The moment Naropa heard Tilopa’s name, his faith in him was born. There and then he made up his mind that Tilopa was going to be his Guru and he was determined to find him. He immediately renounced his life as a highly respected scholar of Nalanda Monastic University and went in search of Tilopa.

A beautiful thangka of Naropa. Click on image to enlarge.

A beautiful thangka of Naropa.
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His search for Tilopa took many years but he was undaunted. He walked the length and breadth of India, and many a time he would miss him. When he finally found Tilopa, Naropa was highly excited. He prostrated on the ground and spoke to Tilopa about how he had searched for him and, at last, having found him, he would serve him and beg food for him. Tilopa responded by hitting him with his walking stick, saying he was not his disciple and he did not wish to see him ever again, and that he, Naropa, was to stay away from him. Naropa just folded his hands and said his Guru was blessing him! How kind his Guru was to purify his negative karma. He could not get over his excitement and joy of having met his Guru.

Naropa followed his Guru everywhere he went for the next twelve years and served him selflessly and with devotion and joy. Every day, he went to beg for food for Tilopa, brought it back, put it near him and took the leftovers as his meals. He would also wash his Guru’s plates and clothes. Through it all, his Guru never smiled at him or talked to him. He never received a word of Dharma from him.

It was only at the end of his twelve years, when Naropa had brought back for Tilopa some rare delicacy from a wedding feast that Tilopa finally spoke for the first time and exclaimed that the curry was delicious. He addressed Naropa as “My son!” Naropa could not believe his ears! He was elated! He went back to beg for more, but his Guru’s appetite for the curry was insatiable. In the end, he overcame his qualms and stole the whole pot of curry for his Guru, so that he would not be disappointed at not having more of the curry. Disappointing his Guru was worse than having his reputation sullied by the theft of the curry.

A depiction of Tilopa. Click on image to enlarge.

A depiction of Tilopa. Click on image to enlarge.

Naropa’s devotion to his Guru was beyond question now. After eating the stolen curry, Tilopa spoke to Naropa, praising him for following him well and serving him tirelessly for 12 years, without showing any anger. He had been very diligent and never discouraged. Now Tilopa was going to reward him by initiating him into the sacred Vajravarahi practice. After the initiation, Tilopa sent Naropa off to practise, saying that he did not need his Guru anymore!

Thus, by serving his Guru with devotion and without giving up despite his Guru ignoring him, by serving his Guru with pure joy, Naropa actually walked the whole path of practice, destroyed every trace of his ego, purified all his negativities and transformed his mind, as well as developed Bodhicitta and the Six Perfections. Naropa was sent on an intensive six-year meditation retreat on his Yidam, Vajravarahi. He gained direct visions of Vajravarahi in the form of the Tantric Buddha Vajrayogini with whom Naropa could communicate directly! With this, Naropa quickly gained Enlightenment. Naropa went on to proliferate Vajrayogini’s lineage throughout India and Nepal. Her lineage lives on till today.

 

“At the Feet of My Lama” – Practising guru devotion with joyful effort

Just as with Naropa, so too with Tsem Rinpoche as we see it in the story of “At the Feet of My Lama”. For Tsem Rinpoche, serving his root guru Zong Rinpoche in Los Angeles and later serving his Guru, Kensur Rinpoche Jampa Yeshe in Gaden Shartse Monastery gave him great joy. It never occurred to him to complain, even though there was very little sleep or rest for him. Tsem Rinpoche served his root guru Zong Rinpoche selflessly and with pure devotion every single day during the six months when he was staying in Thubten Dhargye Ling Dharma centre in Los Angeles. He cooked and served every breakfast and dinner without fail, and cleaned up afterwards. He attended every teaching of Zong Rinpoche, and was never late for anything. His daily life was a delicate and skilful balance between going to work and serving his Guru, towards which he gave his full focus. Yet, there was no reluctance or holding back. It was all pure giving with joyous effort!

(Left to right) H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and H.E. Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche.

(Left to right) H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and H.E. Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche.

Likewise, when he was in Gaden Shartse Monastery, India, Tsem Rinpoche also served Kensur Rinpoche Jampa Yeshe with full devotion as his attendant, seeing to his every need. He would often accompany his elderly Guru to Dharamsala, a three-day ride, to receive teachings from the Dalai Lama. He served and protected Kensur Rinpoche by making sure he had a safe and secure seat on the train and shielding him from the unruly behaviour of the screaming crowd that surged into the train. Afterwards he made sure that his Guru and his belongings were safe and that he was safely and comfortably settled for rest and sleep in the hotel they were staying in, and that his Guru’s bags were carried safely to the hotel. At all times it was important for him to make sure of his Guru’s meals and clean drinking water.

As an attendant, he would absorb all the problems and difficulties, enemies, hatred and negative talk and never fought back. Tsem Rinpoche rose to the occasion at every turn and handled every situation adroitly and with care. He protected his teacher in every way, including seeing that he did not ‘suffer’ from his being compassionate to every being, even to the point of giving up his seat on the train to a younger lady!

 

“The Miraculous Yogi” – A powerful story of ‘miraculous’ mind transformation

In the “Tale of the Miraculous Yogi”, Milarepa did all that his Guru Marpa instructed him to do but always at the back of his mind was his doubt of Marpa as the Guru that he should be. He had expected his Guru to give him Dharma teachings and not the tasks that he had assigned him to do, tasks like ploughing the field, harvesting the grain, collecting firewood, fetching water for the house, collecting dung, cleaning up the house and watching the baby.

A painting of Milarepa and his teacher, Marpa. Click on image to enlarge.

A painting of Marpa and Milarepa.
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In reality, it was his Guru Marpa, who saw that Milarepa’s biggest block to his achieving progress on his path to total peace, liberation and enlightenment was his ego, which manifested in his wrong projection of how his guru should act towards him. Hence, Marpa would not give him teachings until he overcame this wrong projection or perception. Milarepa had a brilliant but arrogant and fixated mind that had to be turned around for him to display his brilliance in compassion.

Marpa told Milarepa that if he really wanted the Dharma he had to build Marpa a house seven-storeys high. Then began many back-breaking years of toil, frustration and disappointment when Milarepa had to build, tear down and rebuild the house. Each time, when Milarepa had completed the building of the house, Marpa would find some fault with its construction. Milarepa continued to have the wrong perception of his Guru, who in actual fact was most compassionate and who realised that Milarepa was still being dragged down by his ego.

Marpa was working as skilfully as possible to bring Milarepa’s ego down by correcting his wrong projections of how things should be. Milarepa was deeply habituated with negative views about others which had caused him to commit so many harmful actions in the past, including murder. Marpa wanted him to transform his mind and purify his many negative past actions which would lead to tremendous suffering if left unpurified. Marpa knew that if he could break Milarepa’s pride and ego and wrong perceptions, he would become a most compassionate being, who would benefit countless others.

Milarepa’s mind remained negative until his 13th attempt to rebuild the house. This time, while he waited for Marpa to come to inspect it, his mind accepted in advance whatever his Guru would decide about the house. If Marpa were to criticise it again and ask him to pull it down once more and rebuild it, he would accept that and follow his instructions.

The moment Marpa saw that Milarepa’s mind had shifted from doubting to trusting and accepting his instructions as a devoted student should, he welcomed him into his home, gave him a special seat and called him “son”! Marpa explained to Milarepa that the years of hardship had been both teachings from him and purification for him to break his ego. He immediately gave him the initiation to higher practice. Milarepa did not need any preliminary practices, because he had already accomplished the preliminaries. The years he had spent in building and rebuilding Marpa’s house meant that he had already completed them, and his ego had been destroyed!

Heruka Chakrasamvara. Click on image to enlarge.

Heruka Chakrasamvara.
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Marpa proceeded to give Milarepa the initiation and commentary to the higher tantric practice of Heruka Chakrasamvara as well as the complete teachings of the Six Yogas of Naropa. Milarepa was astounded by his Guru’s great love and kindness in giving them to him. He was filled with great joy! Then he broke down in tears as he realised that he had been wrong about Marpa. All the years of “torture” melted away because he now saw clearly what his Guru was doing.

After receiving the teachings, Milarepa went into a cave and joyfully engaged in meditational retreat, coming out to report to Marpa each time he received auspicious signs that his retreat was successful, and going back into the cave afterwards to continue his retreat, upon receiving further instructions for his next level of practice. Thus was he able to achieve very quickly the state of full Enlightenment. He survived only on eating nettles growing nearby for food.

After attaining full Enlightenment, he was seen flying in the sky, an attainment that had developed from the sacred practice of the Six Yogas of Naropa. Milarepa is especially well known for conveying the Dharma through many poems and songs sung in his beautiful voice. So powerful were his songs, owing to his many realisations and his Guru Devotion, that even shepherds and hearers hearing him would be instantly transformed!

 

Conclusion

Tales My Lama Told Me is a must read for everyone who wishes to reach the highest level of human endeavour with the mind – attaining inner peace and real sorrowless bliss and happiness by achieving full Enlightenment. We have only this rare and precious human life, with all the conducive freedoms and endowments that we should make optimal use of, as every one of the practitioners in the stories here have done. As I read every one of these stories on Dharma practice and Dharma practitioners, I discovered that here, in the pages of this book, is where I am inspired to train and transform my mind to realise the highest levels of bliss and peace a mind can ever reach! Here is where I learned why Guru Devotion and following every one of the instructions of one’s Guru are the only ways to tread this path successfully to reach these highest levels! I learned all this through the uplifting life-stories of Tsem Rinpoche and the spiritual warriors and heroes in this book.

Pastor David Lai and H.E. Tsem Rinpoche

Pastor David Lai and H.E. Tsem Rinpoche

All the pain and the suffering, as Milarepa says, melts away when one realises that they were necessary to develop in us the qualities that would yield us the state of highest bliss of the mind. Milarepa, with his doubting mind is someone we can identify with easily. Milarepa had the seeming disadvantage of being very poor. He had thought that this had prevented him from making offerings to his Guru and hence he was not receiving any teachings from him. He thought wrongly. Owing to his Guru’s compassion and skilful means, he also attained Enlightenment in one lifetime. The overwhelming and immeasurable compassion of the Guru is the most powerful teaching of all in Pastor David’s Tales My Lama Told Me!

 

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Author: Pastor David Lai
Publisher: Kechara Media & Publications Sdn Bhd; 1st edition edition (June 30, 2012)
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  1. Samfoonheei on Dec 10, 2021 at 1:06 pm

    Reading those powerful and inspiring stories of Atisha and our Guru Tsem Rinpoche in this post , truly inspired how they practised mind-transforming qualities. When we practice this tradition, we see the guru as the Buddha. It is very important to create the cause to be able to see them as a perfect guru and regard the guru as more exalted than the Buddha.
    In this life we have great choice in regard to what we can achieve. Being learned in both the transmission and realization of the teachings comes from wisdom and the wish to benefit others arises from pure thought. Guru yoga, in the Buddhist philosophy of yoga, is the practice of devotion to a guru . When we practise devotion and submission to a Guru, our Guru will push us to destroy all those negative qualities in our mind. The result of this practice we receive the blessing and inspiration of spiritual wisdom. The obstacle is our ego or our self-cherishing mind. For most practicing patience, with love and patience, nothing is impossible as it have a magical effect. No matter what happens, be patience turning negative action to positive action or growth opportunities. Always have faith to believe that it will all work out in the end of the day. Interesting book to have and read.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this beautiful book where there’s so much to learn. Thanks Pastor Han Nee as well.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 16. 2024 11:02 AM
    That’s wonderful now we have H E Tsem Rinpoche’s short biography in Mongolian. More and more readers got to know of our Guru and Dorje Shugden. May Rinpoche’s teaching spread and reach out to those Monglians.
    Thank you Rinpoche and writers team for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/tsem-rinpoches-short-biography-mongolian.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 16. 2024 10:55 AM
    H E Zava Damdin Rinpoche, is an erudite Mongolian Buddhist master within the Gelug tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Zava Damdin Rinpoche was recognised as the reincarnation of one of the greatest Buddhist masters, yogis, healers, scholars and mahasiddhas in Mongolia. Zava Damdin Rinpoche is famed for his absolute guru devotion. In spite of the unlawful ban on the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden Zava Damdin Rinpoche remain devoted to the practice and has continued to see enormous growth around the world. Especially in Mongolia which has long held a strong historical and religious connection with Tibetan Buddhism. Back in 2016 H E Zava Damdin Rinpoche conferred Yamantaka initiation and Dorje Shugden sogtae . More than 10,000 ordained monks and lay people attended the initiation in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Looking at those pictures in this blog says all, all monks and lay people were so blessed indeed. It has proven that the practice of Dorje Shugden is very popular . They were more blessed and fortunate as after the initiation, they were given a ‘heart’ crystal and a chakra which were consecrated during the sogtae ceremony. They are given as a blessing and reminder of the initiate’s commitments to Dorje Shugden, and also as a symbol of Dorje Shugden’s promise to protect them.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/10000-mongolians-receive-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 16. 2024 10:51 AM
    .Great research by Dr Matthew William King on Dorje Shugden . It paints a thousand words of truth where more and more people understand better of Dorje Shugden. The practice of Dorje Shugden is often associated with Lamas in the Himalayan region in Tibet.
    No doubt due the efforts of Lamas in Tibet and Lamas in Bhutan the practice was promoted. Together, these enlightened masters proliferated the practice, authoring and composing texts and prayers to invoke the blessings and protection of the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. In Mongolia, the practice’s popularity was due to Mongolia’s own lamas independently promoting and encouraging it. Mongolian lamas preserve the tradition of Dorje Shugden through active propitiation since then. The powerful Mongolian nation has indeed a long history and connection with Dorje Shugden the Powerful Protector. As expressed in the life of Venerable Choijin Lama, a State Oracle of Mongolia who took trance of Dorje Shugden among other Dharma Protectors. Interesting read of how Mongolia saved Dorje Shugden .
    Thank you Rinpoche .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/how-mongolia-saved-dorje-shugden.html

  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 16. 2024 10:49 AM
    Precious thangkas of Lama Tsongkhapa’s Life Story one must not missed. As its very rare old thangkas tells us the life story of Lama Tsongkhapa. Lama Tsongkhapa was an influential Tibetan Buddhist monk, philosopher and tantric yogi. Lama Tsongkhapa was hailed as the second Buddha by contemporary Buddhist masters of his time. Famous for reviving Buddhism in Tibet and revered for elevating the Dharma to all its present glory. . Through deep study, profound practice and high attainments, Lama Tsongkhapa led a revival of pure Buddhist teachings and distilling the best teachings. His teachings became the basis for the establishment of the Gelug monastery, a monastic institution which survives to this day.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing such insightful life stories of a great Master with beautiful thangkas pictures .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/15-thangkas-of-lama-tsongkhapas-life-story.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 16. 2024 10:46 AM
    The Iceman mummy, Otzi, was discovered amidst sheets of melting ice on the border between Italy and Austria, at an altitude of 3,200 m above sea level. The 5300-year-old world’s oldest wet mummy Iceman so special as is invaluable for archaeology and as well as for medical science, genetics, biology, anthropology, and many other disciplines. The nature of his life and the circumstances of his death are the subject of much investigation. That’s interesting discovery, the clothes he wore and equipment he carried are unique.The alleged curse revolved around the deaths of several people involved with the discovery, recovery and subsequent analysis of Otzi’s body. The legend continues and these days, Otzi the Iceman rests in a refrigerated room at the South Tyrol Archaeological Museum in Bolzano, Italy. Each year thousands of visitors visited his mummified remains contained in a special cold cell at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano, Italy.
    Interesting read
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/creatures-and-monsters/the-curse-of-otzi-the-iceman.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jul 12. 2024 01:10 PM
    A sacred pilgrimage site for 22 centuries, this Dambulla cave is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. Also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla is a World Heritage Site in 1991. King Valagamba of Anuradhapura in the first century built a temple in thankful worship. Located in central Sri Lanka, the Dambulla Cave Temple is a living Buddhist site that is focused on a series of five cave shrines.The place is worth a visit though, just for the stunning sculptures and paintings in this historical paradise. The site is remarkable in the Buddhist world with the continuous tradition of living Buddhist ritual practices and pilgrimage for more than two millennia. That’s interesting.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/external-article/dambulla-cave-temple
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jul 12. 2024 01:09 PM
    Zasep Tulku Rinpoche is the 13th incarnation of the famous Kagyupa teacher, Lama Konchog Tenzin of Zuru Monastery. His teachings, delivered in excellent English are easily understood and fully engaging. Zasep Tulku Rinpoche is a highly realized internationally respected teacher of Gelugpa Buddhism, been exile from Tibet and had travels as teacher to many countries around the world. Zasep Rinpoche received extensive teachings and initiations from many erudite great masters. Today, Zasep Rinpoche is the spiritual leader of Gaden for the West, an international organisation of Dharma centres in Australia, Canada and the United States, successfully spreading the Gelug teachings of Lama Tsongkhapa to many, many people who are karmically connected to him. A Tulku’s Journey From Tibet To Canada a book published Rinpoche autobiography, beautifully reflects his devotion to his teachers and the practices. Zasep Rinpoche points out, the practice of Dorje Shugden officially started in the Sakya school before it was embraced by the Gelugpas. Interestingly, this book also mentioned the great deeds of Dorje Shugden and how much this Dharma Protector has helped the Tibetan people as well and Tibetan Buddhism too.Zasep Rinpoche have touched the hearts of everyone he has encountered. Interesting read one must not missed as it is a true story of an incredible Tibetan Buddhist scholar and lama’s journey.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing of a great Master

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/zasep-rinpoche-speaks-plainly-about-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jul 12. 2024 01:07 PM
    As prophesies by Shakyamuni Buddha, Lama Tsongkhapa is an emanation of the Bodhisattva of wisdom, Manjushri. Lama Tsongkhapa was an influential Tibetan Buddhist monk, philosopher and tantric yogi, and saint who lived in Tibet. His practice will instill deep wisdom and confers great blessing upon us. His pure teachings and activities led to the formation of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism. With the establishment of the Gelug monastery which survives to this day. Lama Tsongkhapa, considered one of the greatest Buddhist masters and philosophers of all time. There many benefits that arise from Lama Tsongkhapa’s practice. Merely by reciting Lama Tsongkhapa’s mantra known as Migtsema mantra. is indeed very beneficial for everyone of us. We are so fortunate to learn and practices from our Guru.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing of a great Master.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/lord-tsongkapa-king-of-the-dharma.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jul 12. 2024 01:06 PM
    Dorje Shugden was enthroned as a protector of the Sakya tradition centuries ago and only later widely practised in Gelugpa tradition. All these was stated by H.H Trijang Rinpoche in his work “Music Delighting the Ocean of Protectors. The throne holder of Sakya school of Buddhism, Sonam Rinchen enthroned Dorje Shugden as one of the protectors of Sakya. The practice of this Dharma Protector was later passed to his son the 31st Sakya Trizin Kunga Lodro who was believed to be the emanation of Dorje Shugden himself. Interesting facts. He even composed a Dorje Shugden prayer or Kangsol to invoke the blessings of Dorje Shugden. The prayer has since been well known and it is used to this day. The 39th Sakya throneholder Sakya Trizin Dragshul Trinley Rinchen who also practised Dorje Shugden and praised Dorje Shugden as an emanation of Avalokiteshvara. Not only one but three Sakya Trizins who relied on Dorje Shugden and they referred to him as an enlightened being.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing so as more and more practitioners know the truth and only truth that Dorje Shugden is an enlightened being

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sakya-trizins-dorje-shugden-prayer.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jul 12. 2024 01:04 PM
    A good reminder for all students reading what Venerable Acharya Kyabje Zasep Tulku Rinpoche wrote in his guidelines for students. We as students can make progress on our spiritual path and gain Dharma realizations all depends ourselves where else A dharma teacher who is our spiritual guide can show us how to meditate correctly and make progress on our spiritual path.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this great sharing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/guidelines-for-students.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jul 1. 2024 03:28 PM
    Buddhism one of the oldest religions in the world has been around for over 2,600 years. Many people all over the world from all walks of life have embraced Buddhism. Buddhism is one of the fastest growing religions in the west and have spreading further , all thanks to those highly lamas such as Gaden Tripas, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, Lama Yeshe, Geshe Wangyal, Kensur Lobsang Tharchin, Geshe Rabten, and so forth. Many people more people are becoming more aware of Buddhism and finding it a suitable way of life and religion. With the great spread of Buddhism, many people had benefitted with the practice as it emphasized individuals’ path to enlightenment and salvation, which could be attained in this life.
    As in this blog, we see many famous Buddhist celebrities from the west such as Keanu Reeves, former American president Bill Clinton , Richard Gere, Steve Jobs and many more celebrities had been connected to Buddhism.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing, how Buddhism had changed their life

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/celebrity-buddhists.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jul 1. 2024 03:26 PM
    The Legend of the Mermaid is well known and told with different forms and endings in all the oral tradition of peoples linked to the sea. It was rumored that the mermaid has a magical treasure. In folklore, a mermaid is an aquatic creature with the head and upper body of a female human and the tail of a fish. Mermaids appear in the folklore of many cultures worldwide. Interesting read mermaids were natural beings who, like fairies, who had magical and prophetic powers. We usually see it as in movie whether it do really exists no one have really seen it nowadays. While there is no evidence that mermaids exist outside folklore, reports of mermaid sightings continue to the present day. Mermaids have been a popular subject of art and literature in recent centuries. They depicted in operas, paintings, books and live-action films.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/creatures-and-monsters/the-legend-of-the-mermaids.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jul 1. 2024 03:23 PM
    Wow that’s wonderful a very special gift for our Guru Tsem Rinpoche. A Dorje Shugden shop full of beautiful items which were connected to Dorje Shugden as such as posters, statues, pendants, tsa tsas, books, key chains, thangkas and so forth. Located in the most famous night market in the heart city of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. There’s where tourists and local will go over there. Many of them will be blessed merely b looking at it or passing by the shop. Posters will be given to anyone who stop by , its such a wonderful way to share and get people to know of this great Dharma Protector.
    Thank you Rinpoche and those who made it possible benefiting many more people to come.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/exciting-dorje-shugden-store-in-petaling-street-malaysia.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jul 1. 2024 03:22 PM
    Trance is a state of semi-consciousness in which a person is not self-aware. The person is in a deep state of distraction by some inner turmoil or some outer mental influence. Taking trance is nothing new and not just in the east. Listening the video tells us more about trance. Interesting to know, but we should not get involve in trances as advice. Its better get involve in Dharma practice and have our mind transform.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/taking-trances.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jun 28. 2024 03:33 PM

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Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat's land here in Malaysia
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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
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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
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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!!!
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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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
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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
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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
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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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Beautiful offerings arranged by Choong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Beautiful offerings arranged by Choong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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7/7/2024 Kechara Penang weekly puja completed. Kechara Penang Study Girup by Jacinta.
This week's puja offerings sponsored by a few people and we hope their wishes be fulfilled. Pic taken by Choong and uploaded by Jacinta.
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This week's puja offerings sponsored by a few people and we hope their wishes be fulfilled. Pic taken by Choong and uploaded by Jacinta.
29th June 2024. Kechara Penang Study Group completed weekly Dorje Shugden cum Manjushri Namasangiti. Pic taken by Choong and uploaded by Jacinta
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29th June 2024. Kechara Penang Study Group completed weekly Dorje Shugden cum Manjushri Namasangiti. Pic taken by Choong and uploaded by Jacinta
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Need a dose of spiritual nourishment or perhaps any spiritual protection? Do take up our Kechara Penang food/candles offering packages. Do not hesitate to contact our member Choong for more info. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Different food offerings offered on Penang Kechara Chapel's altar behalf of the sponsors. May sponsors' wishes be fulfilled. Great effort from Choong Soon Heng, one of our Kechara Penang dedicated members who thought of this way for people to generate merits while clearing obstacles. Uploaded by Jacinta.
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Different food offerings offered on Penang Kechara Chapel's altar behalf of the sponsors. May sponsors' wishes be fulfilled. Great effort from Choong Soon Heng, one of our Kechara Penang dedicated members who thought of this way for people to generate merits while clearing obstacles. Uploaded by Jacinta.
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These are some of the offerings offered on behalf of our sponsors. We have different offerings packages which one can choose from or just simply sponsor our weekly puja in dedication to our loved ones. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Puja offering packages. Thanks to those who sponsored the puja. May all your wishes be fulfilled. KPSG by Jacinta
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Colourful altar with plenty of offerings. We had DS puja with Praise to Buddha Shakyamuni as we celebrate this special day of Buddha's Birth, Enlightenment and Parinirvana. KPSG by Jacinta
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Some of the activities done during the Wesak Day Celebration in Penang. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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11/5/2024 Saturday @3pm. After puja, all members helped out clearing the offerings and we shared out the blessed food offerings with our families, friends and even animals. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
11/5/2024 Saturday @3pm. Activities during puja. Members chanting Dorje Shugden mantras. We've completed Dorje Shugden puja cum Namasangiti. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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11/5/2024 Saturday @3pm. Activities during puja. Members chanting Dorje Shugden mantras. We've completed Dorje Shugden puja cum Namasangiti. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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11/5/2024, Saturday @3pm. Activities : Offerings of khata to Rinpoche, garland of flowers to Dorje Shugden and a new Tibetan butterlamp being offered on the altar. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Today we have an inaugural cancer free diet talk and info sharing by Mr. Ooi. Mr. Ooi is a Penangite and like any other man, he has a family to provide for. From colon cancer stage 4,he is now known as a cancer-free man. Learn more about his story and his acquaintance with Dorje Shugden here https://youtu.be/x7i-yXJBUwM?si=A-5O0udxjg52iS58
Kind-hearted sponsors sponsored these kuih-muih & flowers for today's puja @ 4th May, 2024. Should you wish to contribute these or sponsor our weekly puja, do contact us for more details. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Kind-hearted sponsors sponsored these kuih-muih & flowers for today's puja @ 4th May, 2024. Should you wish to contribute these or sponsor our weekly puja, do contact us for more details. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Pastor Seng Piow guides us on the flow of Dorje Shugden puja, its benefits, significant of Chanting the names of Manjushri and also explaining the dedication for the sponsors and to those in need before we start the puja as we have 2 newcomers today.
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Pastor Seng Piow guides us on the flow of Dorje Shugden puja, its benefits, significant of Chanting the names of Manjushri and also explaining the dedication for the sponsors and to those in need before we start the puja as we have 2 newcomers today.
Two Pastors in da house! Double the merits, double the happiness. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Two Pastors in da house! Double the merits, double the happiness. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Mr. Cheah Fook Wan offered lights and incense to The Three Jewels prior to the puja in Ipoh. (KISG - Kin Hoe)
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Mr. Cheah Fook Wan offered lights and incense to The Three Jewels prior to the puja in Ipoh. (KISG - Kin Hoe)
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations on Sunday afternoon in Ipoh. (KISG- Kin Hoe)
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Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations on Sunday afternoon in Ipoh. (KISG- Kin Hoe)
Powerful Dorje Shugden puja @ Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. Every Saturday, 3 pm. Remove obstacles and grant blessings to fulfil wishes. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta. 6th April 2024
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Powerful Dorje Shugden puja @ Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. Every Saturday, 3 pm. Remove obstacles and grant blessings to fulfil wishes. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta. 6th April 2024
Rejoice to the volunteers (also kind sponsors) who cleaned the Gyenze Chapel and made abundant offerings to Gyenze. ~ Alice
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Rejoice to the volunteers (also kind sponsors) who cleaned the Gyenze Chapel and made abundant offerings to Gyenze. ~ Alice
Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
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Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
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Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
Our weekly Dorje Shugden Puja @ 23/3/2024 . William, as the umze is seen here burning incense powder as we are about to recite the Sangsol Prayer to Dorje Shugden composed by Ganden Serkong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Our weekly Dorje Shugden Puja @ 23/3/2024 . William, as the umze is seen here burning incense powder as we are about to recite the Sangsol Prayer to Dorje Shugden composed by Ganden Serkong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
And here's Mr Wong of KSK Ipoh who dropped by to pray and offered some donation to the Chapel. Kechara Penang Study Group. Pic by Siew Hong & uploaded by Jacinta.
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And here's Mr Wong of KSK Ipoh who dropped by to pray and offered some donation to the Chapel. Kechara Penang Study Group. Pic by Siew Hong & uploaded by Jacinta.
Today's puja (16/3/2024) ended around 420pm, Jacinta was the umze of the day. Pic by Siew Hong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Today's puja (16/3/2024) ended around 420pm, Jacinta was the umze of the day. Pic by Siew Hong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Group photo taken after the last session, sealed with King of Prayers. Come and join us next time! Sayonara - 9-10th March 2024 - Kechara Penang DS Retreat by Jacinta.
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Group photo taken after the last session, sealed with King of Prayers. Come and join us next time! Sayonara - 9-10th March 2024 - Kechara Penang DS Retreat by Jacinta.
Abundance altar! Fruits, flowers, Mee Koo (traditional Penang buns), Bee Hoon, sourdoughs and snacks are some of the offerings to Rinpoche, Buddhas & Bodhisattvas. Kechara Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat 9-10th March, 2024 by Jacinta.
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Abundance altar! Fruits, flowers, Mee Koo (traditional Penang buns), Bee Hoon, sourdoughs and snacks are some of the offerings to Rinpoche, Buddhas & Bodhisattvas. Kechara Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat 9-10th March, 2024 by Jacinta.
Siew Hong, one of retreatants and an active member of Kechara Penang group proudly presented her torma to be used during the Kalarupa puja. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Siew Hong, one of retreatants and an active member of Kechara Penang group proudly presented her torma to be used during the Kalarupa puja. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Torma making was taught by Pastor Seng Piow and held one day before the retreat. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Torma making was taught by Pastor Seng Piow and held one day before the retreat. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat cum Puja, 9-10th March 2024 led by Pastor Seng Piow with 12 retreatants. Uploaded by Jacinta
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Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat cum Puja, 9-10th March 2024 led by Pastor Seng Piow with 12 retreatants. Uploaded by Jacinta
The celebration ended with a Dorje Shugden puja, dedicated to all the sponsors, our loved ones and as well as for the happiness & good health for all sentient beings. May Rinpoche return swiftly too and taking this opportunity wishing all Happy Chinese New Year and Gong Xi Fa Cai from all of us, Kechara Penang Study Group. Uploaded by Jacinta.
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The celebration ended with a Dorje Shugden puja, dedicated to all the sponsors, our loved ones and as well as for the happiness & good health for all sentient beings. May Rinpoche return swiftly too and taking this opportunity wishing all Happy Chinese New Year and Gong Xi Fa Cai from all of us, Kechara Penang Study Group. Uploaded by Jacinta.
Seen here, Pastor Seng Piow set off firecrackers - welcoming of the upcoming year with enthusiasm and positive energy. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Seen here, Pastor Seng Piow set off firecrackers - welcoming of the upcoming year with enthusiasm and positive energy. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
In this pic, Pastor Seng Piow is sharing Dharma with newbies ~ Sharyn's friends. It's always good to make light offerings at the beginning of new year. By making light offerings, you are able to dispel the darkness of ignorance and achieve wisdom. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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In this pic, Pastor Seng Piow is sharing Dharma with newbies ~ Sharyn's friends. It's always good to make light offerings at the beginning of new year. By making light offerings, you are able to dispel the darkness of ignorance and achieve wisdom. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
One the day of Losar (new lunar year), it is always beneficial for Buddhist practitioners to get together in making abundant offerings to Buddhas on the altar to usher in goodness, prosperity and well-being of our loved ones. It's more auspicious this year as Losar and the Chinese New Year begin on the same date, 10th Feb, 2024. Back in Penang, our Kechara members came together to decorate the altar with abundance offerings for Dorje Shugden puja @3pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
5 months ago
One the day of Losar (new lunar year), it is always beneficial for Buddhist practitioners to get together in making abundant offerings to Buddhas on the altar to usher in goodness, prosperity and well-being of our loved ones. It's more auspicious this year as Losar and the Chinese New Year begin on the same date, 10th Feb, 2024. Back in Penang, our Kechara members came together to decorate the altar with abundance offerings for Dorje Shugden puja @3pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Mr. Dared Lim was offering water bowls on behalf of Kechara Ipoh Study Group. (Kin Hoe)
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Mr. Dared Lim was offering water bowls on behalf of Kechara Ipoh Study Group. (Kin Hoe)
Jun from Ipoh was offering mandarin oranges to Mother Tara and The Three Jewels. (Kin Hoe)
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Jun from Ipoh was offering mandarin oranges to Mother Tara and The Three Jewels. (Kin Hoe)
Prior to our puja in Ipoh, Mr. & Mrs. Cheah Fook Wan were preparing for the offerings to the Buddhas. (Kin Hoe)
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Prior to our puja in Ipoh, Mr. & Mrs. Cheah Fook Wan were preparing for the offerings to the Buddhas. (Kin Hoe)
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