Be Happy

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Each time I sit down to write and assemble my thoughts together, I will await the important moment when my precious Guru H.E. Tsem Rinpoche opens up my mind with a ray of blessings. Then my scattered thoughts and ideas which are all over the place will, like pieces of jigsaw puzzle, come together and fall into place. Then will come the exciting part, when I feverishly ‘pen’ my thoughts as they chase one another.

I thank my most compassionate Guru for your infinite kindness in giving me this very rare and treasured opportunity to write reviews on the Gems of Dharma, which are mainly the mind-shaping teachings of Tsem Rinpoche, transcribed into books. I thank kind Dharma friends, like Beatrix Ooi, for your invaluable help in getting my article uploaded as a blogpost, with pictures and all.

 

A Review of “Be Happy” by H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche

Being Happy is a win-win situation. We must strive to be happy.

In “Be Happy”, Tsem Rinpoche shows us that happiness is a state of mind and we can achieve it, but only after we have determined the causes of why we are unhappy in the first place. He takes us on a journey where he shows us where our mind is coming from when we encounter unhappiness , how we react negatively from our negatively habituated mind , and then he shows how we can retrain our mind to get out of this negative state into a state of peace and quiet, into a state of happiness. Throughout this book, we feel that he is at the heart of each situation and experience and not outside looking in. “Be Happy” carries a strong message from Tsem Rinpoche which will appeal to people everywhere who feel trapped by everyday problems, difficult situations and relationships. The message is “I have been down this road before; I know what it is like to suffer and to feel trapped in the suffering. But look at me: I was able to free my mind by understanding where my suffering really came from and by taking positive uplifting steps to remove it by eradicating its causes. In the end, by applying the Dharma, I won over suffering and not let it win over me and control me”.

 

The Part of “Be Happy” That Touched Me Deeply.

“I must have made prayers in my previous lives to be in that situation”

The part of “Be Happy” that touched me deeply is the part where Tsem Rinpoche says that he was born into such a difficult situation(to experience incredibly great suffering, particularly from his mother, Dana) because “I must have made prayers in my previous lives to be in that situation . I am not the best person but I did grow up wanting to benefit others”.

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“I believe I did prayers to be born into that situation. My whole life, people asked me, “You’re a Rinpoche, why did you have to suffer like that?” I was thinking, “Yeah, why?” I was thinking to myself. “Why?” I kept thinking for years, why? I realised why. I must have prayed to be in that situation”.

“I did grow up knowing about mental pain. I did grow up knowing the scars of war. I did grow up knowing about people who are hurt. I did grow up knowing that we should forgive people like that. I did grow up knowing they suffer more than I do, and that they deserve our compassion and love, not pity. That we should not add on to their pain anymore and by saying sorry, they have one less enemy from our side. By saying sorry to my mother, I was accepting my situation and when you accept a situation, and a very sad one, you transform.”

In Lord Buddha’s time, when he taught the Four Noble Truths about suffering –the truth of suffering, the truth of the causes or origins of suffering, the truth of the cessation of suffering and the truth of the way out of suffering– people’s minds instantly shifted, they attained realisations and even achieved liberation from suffering and samsara(our cyclic existence of suffering), there and then.

In this twenty-first century, where our minds are mired in strong delusions of attachment and craving, hatred and anger stemming from ego and self-cherishing, the consequence is a painful reality that we are confronted with every day – a reality of anxiety, loneliness, intolerance, depression, low self-esteem, mental anguish and holding on to hate and anger and a lot of hurting and retaliation. Out of the depths of our misery and caught in the “poor me” syndrome, will we listen to a spiritual teacher, who expounds to us the Four Noble Truth? No. Not really. We may even turn around and ask him: “What do you know of pain and suffering? How can you talk about letting go of what causes suffering so that I can be happy, when you don’t even know how much I am suffering, when you don’t understand the nature of my suffering?”

Thus in order to truly benefit the people of this age, in order to help free us from our suffering, a most compassionate being has sought to be reborn in a suffering situation, to be in an environment to experience, or have people close to him experience, the realities of the suffering of this age, so that he can truly identify and empathise with people and teach the dharma of how to eradicate the causes of suffering and how to be happy. People will listen because he has walked down their road of pain and suffering before, and emerged a winner by overcoming the causes of the suffering that they are currently experiencing.
He becomes our source of inspiration. He makes us want to walk the hard road of mind transformation, like him, and gain our mind of peace and quiet – a happy mind.

Later, in “Be Happy”, Tsem Rinpoche again says that for some people, they actually prayed to be born in difficult situations which will train their mind and accelerate their spiritual progress. Those who were born in very difficult situations and grow up to be great and highly respected people, despite a difficult childhood, become an inspiration to millions of people.

 

Training the Mind For Happiness.

The mind has habituated itself, unwittingly, over a long period of time, to be unhappy. So now, in order to achieve happiness, we need to take a hard look at why and how we have been making ourselves unhappy until this unhappiness has become so deeply habituated in us. After identifying and determining the reasons why we are unhappy, we can then apply Tsem Rinpoche’s methods of training the mind , in “Be Happy”, to dismantle and shed our unhappiness and replace it with happiness. These methods are described to us in this book, with the force of firm conviction, as Tsem Rinpoche has applied them on himself with great positive effect.

The following are the Five Points I learned from “Be Happy” about how I can make myself happy.

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1. Being Happy is About Seeing the Good in Every Person or Situation

Being able to see the good in every person or situation is the result of training the mind to remove a main cause of our unhappiness, and that is wrong perceptions or wrong projections.

We train the mind to focus on the good qualities and not on the faults of another person or situation. We train the mind to discard our deeply habituated way of looking at people and situations from a negative perspective or from negative projections.

The following is an example from Tsem Rinpoche’s own life and experience. In this situation, it was his Guru Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen who taught him to look at his mother from a positive perspective:

When Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen told Tsem Rinpoche to apologise to his mother for hurting her and for running away from home, Rinpoche was at first bewildered. He wondered why he should apologise to his mother. It was not his fault. Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen said he had to do it because he needed to advance in his practice. Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen then explained, “Because you don’t look at the negative things your mother did – you have to look at the positive. You’re here. Someone fed you. Someone gave you a house (to stay). You‘re here in our centre, that’s the result of your mother’s kindness. You call her and you say you’re sorry for the things you said to her and for the things you thought about her.”

Tsem Rinpoche told his teacher that her mother was not going to take his call. But Geshe-la just said, “Never mind, you call her and if she doesn’t pick up, you tried. So, at least when you pray, when you do your sadhana, it comes from your heart, then it’s real.”

Tsem Rinpoche apologised because his Guru had said he should do so. It was difficult for him. There was all the pain he had suffered from his mother’s abuse. There was all the pain he had suffered in running away, because she did not want him to practice the Dharma. Tsem Rinpoche had a lot of reasons to be angry with his mother. However, later he says,”I realised at that time, at seventeen years old, that if I did not apologise to my mother, I would hold on to it. If I held on to the anger, how could I do my sadhanas and retreats? How could I go to India to be a monk? A monk is supposed to be kind. So I did it and have no regrets”.

It is important to train the mind to focus especially on the good qualities of one’s Guru. Our Guru has sacrificed a great deal – giving up his family, his friends, his freedom, his pursuit of personal happiness – and sat through thousands of hours of Dharma teachings, and taken on the vows so that he could bring us the Dharma teachings and be our Spiritual Guide.

When we can train our mind to look at our Guru’s qualities, it becomes easier to also train it to focus on the good qualities of others. This is because our Guru is a beacon of kindness and compassion and only goodness and virtues flow from him.

 

2. Being Happy is About Changing Perceptions

Our unhappiness comes from our wrong perceptions of other people and other people’s wrong perception of us. so we need to change our perceptions from negative to positive.

  1. Our unhappiness comes from our wrong perceptions of other people and from other people’s wrong perception of us. As these wrong or negative perceptions of others have been deeply habituated in us, we have to train our minds to let go of them and replace them with correct or positive perceptions. Then our reactions to these difficult situations will be positive and this in turn will invite positive reactions from others, as their perceptions of us will also have changed from negative to positive.Here is an example of how we react negatively from a wrong perception:

    A wrong perception arises when someone, in your opinion, makes a negative remark about your dress. She meant it as a suggestion or advice. But you instantly see it as a negative remark, that is designed to put you down. You become very hurt and even angry, because your mind has been habituated to view this type of remark as negative. In the past, you had been made out to be a fashion disaster, as people had been repeatedly making remarks about your poor dress sense, which you saw as criticism. Therefore, in the past, you had always reacted with hurt and danger too. Your wrong perception of others will in turn trigger their wrong perception of you. When you react negatively toward them, they perceive you to be a hostile and aggressive person, especially if you retaliate in anger. Therefore, when you react negatively, as you have been habituated to do in the past, you will lose friends and opportunities and cause loved ones to become estranged from you.

    Our habituated wrong perception arose from narrow-mindedness, which Tsem Rinpoche says is due to lack of exposure, study and mostly due to lack of the application of Dharma. Correcting our perception will lead us to face ourselves and not run away or hide, and we will transform and move in the direction of happiness.

  2. Correcting wrong perceptions of one’s Guru who is our spiritual guide and who will lead us to ultimate Freedom and Happiness.

    When we project our habituated negative perceptions and expectations on to our Guru, they will become severe obstacles for us in our spiritual path, and will block our chances of gaining attainments and of progressing.Great Masters of this age will employ unconventional methods to teach us and train our minds to let go of wrong perceptions. For instance, teachers who are monks, know that their lay students usually have very fixed (wrong) perceptions and projections about how they should speak and what they should wear. If these teacher do not follow conventions, then their students will immediately criticise them and see them as misbehaving, because of their wrong perceptions. The teachers will still risk their censure because they want their students to let go of their wrong perceptions and move to a higher level.When Tsem Rinpoche did not shave off his hair, and when he wore lay clothes for a period of time in the past, he was severely criticised. They said he was sneaky because he had worn robes in the monastery and now outside the monastery, he was wearing lay clothes. There was even a rumour that he had disrobed! Yet, this was all done with the approval of his Gurus because of special circumstances then! By criticising him from their wrong perceptions, they were actually putting down Tsem Rinpoche’s Gurus, all of whom were highly realised masters!

 

3. Stop the Blame, Face Yourself, Be Happy!

Being Unhappy and Running Away

Every time we encounter a difficult situation and we cannot cope with it, it seems alright to run away from it. When we examine the reason behind our running away from the situation and our inability to cope with it, we will usually be able to trace it back to some ‘cause’ in our past.

In the past, we might have had a doting mother, who had rescued us from all the difficult situations. So now, even though the situation has changed, and there is no mother to rescue us, we still continue to expect people around us to ‘rescue’ us, by giving us the solution. We still remain, in our perception, the little boy or girl who had always been rescued. We remain helpless, and do nothing. We then become bewildered when the person with us in the situation doesn’t rescue us, because in our mind, we are still the same person, who used to be rescued. On the other hand, the person with us has the perception that we are lazy, selfish and unmotivated and a loser because of our negative reaction!

What is even worse is when we actually know that the situation is different and that we now cannot get what we want. However, we are so habituated in our “helpless, poor me” state of mind that we will not do anything about it.

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Stop the Blame!

At the ordinary psychological level, we will probably be able to trace the source of our unhappiness and our running away to our mother, who, in the past, had time and again rescued us. Then we will be directed to shift the blame to our mother. But this will not help us in the long run. We will not heal. So we should stop the blaming.

However, when we move to a higher level to determine the truth of the situation (that is, when we apply Buddhist psychology), we will see it as the truth of people having lived their lives, as they grew up, based on ‘wrong’ experiences and wrong perceptions . The ‘wrong’ experience is that they had always been rescued in the past by a doting mother. The wrong perception is that in every situation they encounter now there will always be a person like their mother to rescue them. The reality is that, now, the situation and the people they encounter in the situation are different. So, when they continue to have such wrong perceptions, not only do they suffer, they make other people around them suffer as well.

Therefore, when we apply the psychology of this higher level, we will let go of our wrong perceptions and expectations and correct our perceptions. When we correct our perceptions, our reactions will be positive and will lead to positive reactions from others.

If you train yourself not to blame , even if someone else is at fault, you do not blame, then when you come across someone who is right, you will train yourself not to blame. Sometimes, when someone is right and you are in the habit of blaming, you will end up hurting them.
Face yourself!

From a psychological perspective, as long as we keep silent about our faults and continue to hold them within us or hide them, and not acknowledge and confess them, the faults within us will fester inside us like a cancerous growth, while we continue to run away from difficult situations.

From a psychological perspective, we need to open up and face ourselves. When we open up and talk about what we did wrong, we are actually facing ourselves and thus coming to terms with ourselves. We will acknowledge and confess to someone – a teacher, a close friend, parents – that we are wrong, which itself is therapeutic, because we are not hiding anymore. As our habituated wrong perceptions and faults have been ‘exposed’, they will no longer fester within us as they would have been if we had still kept them hidden within us.

On a spiritual level, if we can face ourselves, we will not push the blame on others. We will not run away when we encounter a difficult situation. We will begin to take responsibility for ourselves. We will not end up losers.

Face Yourself and Stop Blaming Others

Being habituated in blaming others and not facing yourself can even be a reason for people turning into criminals. Even serial killers blame people in the past for their criminal behaviour! In hypnotherapy, they trace the source of their ‘psychological’ problem to an uncle or neighbour who had ‘touched’ them!

 

4. Being Happy is About Letting Go! We Let Go Because We Realise it’s Karma!

Letting Go of Anger

Tsem Rinpoche had learned to hold on to anger because he had grown up with a lot of anger in his life. When he was a child, he had watched his mother go coldly silent for days and weeks because she was angry with him. She just ignored him. It was very scary for Rinpoche to live in a house with someone, like her, with so much anger and so much silence. His mother lived for many years holding anger in her heart. So Tsem Rinpoche learned from his mother that when he was angry with someone, he should ignore that person, not talk to them, not look at them and wait for that person to go to him first and apologise. He was repeating exactly what his mother had done.

For years, he ignored and avoided people he was angry with, sometimes for as long as six months. He kept blaming his mother for this and would tell others it was her fault. He would tell them that she had trained him to hold on to anger. This showed that he was far from being healed.

Only after he learnt Dharma with his teacher, Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, did he move on to the next level, and that was to recognise that he himself had created the karma to be born in this kind of environment and to experience this kind of experience. Only then did he begin to heal.

He later came to understand why his Guru had made him apologise to his mother. ”I realised at that time, at seventeen years old, that if I did not apologise to my mother, I would hold on to it. If I held on to the anger, how could I do my sadhanas and retreats? How could I go to India to be a monk? A monk is supposed to be kind. So I did it and have no regrets”.

Only, when we let go of our anger with others, can our Dharma practice, retreats and Dharma work be meaningful and lead us to gain results. Only when we let go, by letting go of all wrong perceptions and projections and by recognising that we had created the cause for our difficulties and suffering, can we transform.

Unfortunately, for Tsem Rinpoche’s mother ( who had grown up with so much anger from a horrifying girlhood spent in a war zone and in a concentration camp) that anger stayed with her until her death. She went to her death holding all that anger in her. How sad.

When we still hold on to anger, and ignore those we are angry with, we will make many enemies. We will bring our spiritual energy down. We will become depressed, we will be left alone to ourselves and no one will respect us. No one will come near us.

The next time someone hurts you or disappoints you, let go. Letting go is recognising that we created the karma for it to happen. We let go as we have experienced the karma. By letting go, we will avoid creating more negative karma or causes for future suffering.

 

5. Being Happy is About Taking Responsibilities

Buddhist psychology – Knowing that we had created the karma to be born in a certain situation that has brought much unhappiness, we accept the situation and take responsibility. We let go of blaming others.

Buddhist psychology: If you are a failure and a loser, don’t blame your mother, brothers and sisters They were the environmental causes, which is the temporary cause. The real cause is your karma to be born into that situation.

Taking Responsibility and Healing Anger

After recognising the workings of karma that created the source of his suffering, Tsem Rinpoche took responsibility and said “sorry” to his mother. He realised that it was not her fault that he was born into a difficult situation. He was sorry for thinking that she was to blame for his unhappiness and suffering. In fact, he had created a lot of suffering for her shouting back at her when he ran away. His running away must have hurt her quite a lot. Being unwell, she was not responsible and not to be blamed for her actions. His saying sorry to her was a Buddhist way of healing. By taking responsibility he gave himself a chance to heal his anger.

Stop blaming others because they are environmental causes. The real cause is the karma that you created to be born into a difficult situation.

Taking Responsibility Whether You are Born Into a Wealthy or Poor Family.

People who are born into a wealthy family, and do not take responsibility, will live frivolously and waste the wealth by having a good time. They will not make an effort or push themselves to realise their full potential. They will end up being losers, and waste their lives away.

People, who are born into an environment of poverty or adversity, but who take responsibility by taking charge of their lives, have often transcended their adversity to become great successful people.

So, for some, the positive experience of being born into a wealthy family can turn into negative karma, when they do not take responsibility and become losers. For others who are born into a situation of poverty and suffering, it becomes good karma, when they take responsibility and turn their lives around and become great or successful people.

Taking Responsibility and Transforming Ourselves.

When we take responsibility, we will transform ourselves by letting go of grudges, anger, expectations, projections, ignorance. Don’t expect others to transform. We transform because we have the Dharma and our Spiritual Guide.

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The Benefits of Reading “Be Happy”

For me, reading “Be Happy” took me on a personal journey into myself and my past. I found a parallel situation to Tsem Rinpoche’s experience with his mother. Only mine took on a different form. My childhood was traumatic because of an identity crises. “Be Happy” showed me that I cannot blame my parent who precipitated the crisis. I take responsibility because I had created the cause to experience this situation of great pain. It was coming into Kechara and meeting my Guru, Tsem Rinpoche, and listening to his teachings that caused me to start seeing this traumatic past as what it is. My healing began there and then. Reading “Be Happy” is a happy reminder that I was saved by the Dharma and my Guru from spiralling into depression and living a lonely and unhappy life.

“Be Happy” is a must read book for every one of us, as we all wish to live our daily lives peacefully, being able to cope well with whatever difficult situations that arise. This book will benefit everyone if we realise that to be happy and to be able to cope with difficult situations with a calm and peaceful mind, we need to train our minds to develop certain qualities. The benefits will come if we put our mind to it and develop these qualities and propensities for happiness in our minds.

  1. Train our minds to be happy by focusing only on the good qualities. If we apply this principle of focusing on only the good qualities to every person or situation we encounter daily, we will definitely reap the benefit of getting along very well with everyone, and being calm and peaceful, no matter what situation arises.
  2. Train our minds to let go of wrong perceptions about people and situations in our daily life. The benefit is we will react positively from a correct perception, and we will thus have the benefit of people around us being friendly and respectful towards us. We will not suffer disappointments or become hurt from wrong perceptions and wrong expectations.
  3. Let go of anger by correcting wrong perceptions, and by seeing that our anger creates hostility towards us and causes others to stay away from us, no matter how good-looking or pleasant we are in other ways. Ultimately, we let go because we recognise that we had created the cause for the situation that is the source of our anger, to arise. The benefit is that we will not push people away, and those people we had pushed away in the past, will return to us.
  4. Stop complaining and blaming others – face ourselves and acknowledge our faults and how we had acted wrongly. The benefit is we will not run away from every difficult situation and we will not hide our faults, which otherwise will fester inside us and create psychosomatic problems for us. We will transform and become nicer people and people will be more friendly and helpful towards us.
  5. The Law of Cause and Effect is not a law created by Lord Buddha. It is a natural law that governs every sentient being. Lord Buddha discovered this Law on the night of His Enlightenment, together with discovering that reincarnation exists, and that each of us has had countless past lives. Buddhist Psychology revolves around accepting this Law as an ineluctable Truth. Hence, the most liberating step to take, for the mind that has been habituated in unhappiness, is to accept the Law of Cause and Effect and to accept that we are born into an unhappy situation because we had created the cause for it. With this acceptance, we let go of all the hurts and the pain seemingly inflicted on us by others, and we move on with our lives, taking responsibility. We will transform ourselves for happiness and reap all the benefits of a positive and peaceful mind.

We all want to be happy. There is no short cut to developing a happy state of mind. As Tsem Rinpoche shows us here so clearly and convincingly, by using his own life and experiences, we have to train our mind in the way he has prescribed for us here. That happy mind that we achieve will be a wish-fulfilling jewel, yielding optimum benefit to others and ourselves.

When we have the Dharma and our Spiritual Guide to help train our minds toward happiness, what are we waiting for? Life is short. Karma does not wait for any man or woman.

READ “BE HAPPY”, TRAIN OUR MINDS FOR HAPPINESS AND BE HAPPY!

 

About the Book

Author: H.E Tsem Rinpoche
Publisher: Kechara Media and Publications
Paperback: 160 pages
ISBN: 978 967 5365 75 1
Product dimensions: 12.5cm (H) x 10.7cm (W) x 0.8cm (D)
Weight: 82g

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A teacher for 30 years, it is no surprise that Pastor Lim Han Nee's life long passion was reading philosophical books to quench her thirst for knowledge. Upon meeting her Spiritual Guide H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, she was amazed by the brilliance of the Dharma, and began to immerse herself in Buddhist Philosophy through countless of hours listening and studying the Dharma.
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  1. Tsa Tsa Ong on Sep 30, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    A very enlightening and entertaining book to get! And also cute as a gift to benefit and share with others too. Thank you very much Rinpoche and Pastor Han Nee for sharing these wonderful tips on the blog on how to be happy! ??????

  2. Stella Cheang on Jan 9, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    Thank you, Pastor Han Nee for this review. Be happy is truly a state of mind. And the most importantly, as rightly pointed out in the book, is not to blame others. Therefore, our own happiness is in our hand, we must make the change we want to see and be happy ourselves. Do not depend on others to change to suit us.

  3. Lin Mun on Apr 25, 2017 at 11:49 am

    Thank you Pastor Han Nee for your sharing your thoughts and review about the book “Be Happy” written by Rinpoche. It is indeed not easy to be happy as we all have various expectation in every situation and people.

    We may think having a big house, lots of cash and good career is happiness but this is the wrong perception. Being happy is not about material and everything about ourselves. It is only when we can do more for others and focus out that we gain happiness. I never realised this until I joined Kechara. I think we have such a fixed mindset of what happiness is and when our expectation is not met, we are unhappy.

    Rinpoche has pointed out many ways for us to rectify our thoughts and methods to be happy. Now it is for us to take initiative to change and transform our mind if we want to be happy.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Han Nee for this article.

  4. Lum Kok Luen on Apr 7, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    Dear Pastor Han Nee,

    Thank you for this wonderful article and also for organizing the blog discussion.

    To be happy has everything to do with our state of mind. If we cling onto our attachments, our delusions, our wrong view of people and to keep feeding our ego, we will remain unhappy up to the moment of our death.

    Letting go of anger, hatred, and attachments will be the first steps on our path to happiness.

    I guess why people are so ignorantly unhappy is due to the fact that in today’s community, we are educated to always guard our ourselves and the very natural reaction is to perhaps have less trust on people around us, in case we are cheated. But them again, if our karma requires us to be cheated (financially or otherwise), we have to accept it.

    The points you have highlighted and summarized are so useful for us to constantly come back an make a checklist on how we have progressed in our pursuit of to Be Happy.

    Let’s not make this article a one time read but constantly come back and check our minds, our progress in Dharma and our progress in following our Guru’s teachings.

    Thank you.
    Lum Kok Luen

  5. Echeah on Apr 2, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    Be Happy? When I see this title, what comes to mind is, really? Not possible. You’re asking me to be happy when the whole nature of samsara is suffering? There is no happiness in samsara. If we think we’re happy, perhaps we are just kidding ourselves. With a samsaric mindset, what we get is only snippets of fleeting happiness or pleasures that do not last or which are a prelude to more suffering. The whole impetus of dharma practice is to get out of this samsaric situation so that we can achieve lasting happiness.

    Positive thinking, shifting our perceptions, letting go, ceasing to blame and taking responsibility are mind training steps that we must undertake before we can achieve that state of equilibrium. But as long as our existence is dictated by karma and our delusions, there can be no happiness.

  6. Tek Lee on Mar 30, 2017 at 2:55 am

    Thank you Pastor Han nee for sharing this article. Yes, we must accept karma and accept what happened to us with open heart, face it, and not dwell in the past and sadness and grudge. Me too there was a series of drama happened on me which left a big impact in my life three years ago. Ever since I became Buddhist and joint Kechara, I learnt how to face the situation, and handle it a Buddhist way. That is the only way to let me stand up again, and face the situation with an open heart. It is not easy to gain ultimate happiness, but by reading this book, it shows us the steps in handling unhappy situation, slowly, we will gain ultimate happiness. Thank you Rinpoche for the teaching through this book. As we can see, people living in the world nowadays, holding too much on anger, grudge, sadness, and people tend to blame others for things that happened. I hope this book can reach more people, so that more people will be benefited. _/\_

  7. Stella Cheang on Mar 7, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    Thank you, Pastor Han Nee for sharing with us your review of the book Happy by His Eminence. The book is the solution to all our sorrows and woes in this modern world. We are no longer suffering because of there is not enough food, but we suffer when our friends or rival bought a bigger car or had a better job. This suffering stems from our untamed mind, feeling jealous and angry and unsatisfied no matter what we have. Therefore the antidotes are about fixing the root cause, which is the mind. The solution outlined by Rinpoche and shared by Pastor here is a step-by-step guide to get us out of the conundrum of unhappiness.

  8. Wan Wai Meng on Oct 11, 2016 at 1:43 am

    Many teachers and masters can help us awaken to the fact that, most of the time we are chasing our tails. We are chasing for this or that, which is supposedly going to make us happy. trying to satisfy a ‘inner hunger’ with material things or worldly achievements will not keep us satiated.

    We obviously need to learn from a someone who is more enlightened and mature on the spiritual than ourselves. From past experiences and looking at how people live, it should be very obvious that by focusing on our own happiness, gets us no where. But applying Buddha’s doctrine that talks about interdependence, and that the happiness of one, or the alleviation of suffering from one person, can affect everyone else’s happiness is key to becoming happier and points to happiness that is less fleeting and more stable in its nature.

  9. sonny tan on Aug 25, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    Thank you Pastor Han Nee and Rinpoche on the importance of being happy, it never occurred to me that Rinpoche would ask to be reborn in a situation whereby he would experience pain, disharmony, anger, disillusion particularly in his early childhood.
    It must be very devastating for him to pass through life with an entire emotional discontentment about who he was hanging over his shoulders. Rinpoche must be pretty bewildered to have found out that he was actually adopted by the American family. With all these happening to him yet he has never lost faith in Buddhism speak volumes of his inner strength, faith and strong devotion particularly after having met his root guru.
    Rinpoche has gone through pretty much all the agonies of family life that many of us may not have been privilege to experience and had sail through those tormenting stormy years. We are very privileged to be recipients and most importantly he has accepted many as students under his wings to further propagate authentic Tibetan Buddhism here.
    Whatever we have learned from Rinpoche is not out of a fantasy story book but a true to life experiences of his journey. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us your life’s journey and most importantly impart to us your profound knowledge on Tibetan tantric Buddhism. Your presence here in Malaysia would definitely leave a legacy behind and your imprints would encourage many Malaysian to embrace Tibetan Buddhism.

  10. Colin Tan on Aug 5, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    Whenever we are in difficult situations, what we tend to do are either get angry & blame others, or we runaway from it, hide it if we are at fault. As it’s much easier to blame & complain than to face our own vulnerability & fear. Tsem Rinpoche says we created the cause of situations. If we hold the right perception, we no longer see ourselves as the victim in miserable situations. It’s so true that we are blindfolded by our own perceptions which caused lots of misunderstanding & conflicts in relationships. When we stop having the “poor me” victim mentality and realize we created the cause of all situations, we have no reason to get angry at others or hold grudge against them. We can then accept the reality no matter how difficult it is and be at peace with it. We will feel happy.

    Sometimes we run away from difficult situations or hide our mistakes because it’s painful for us to face the dark side of our personality, our feeling of not good enough. We fear that others might look down on us, dislike us or even attack our weaknesses when we admit we are at fault. That’s the reason we would rather hide our mistakes & weaknesses than to expose or confess to others. It’s one of our self-defense mechanisms. If we understand that we are imperfect & there are imperfections in life, and we’re able to accept life as it is and see its beauty, we will stop running away and live a happier life. We eventually realize that no one is actually at fault and each of us just lives out our karma in this life. If everyone takes full responsibilities of our lives & embrace who we are wholeheartedly, we will transform & be truly free and happy.

  11. Sock Wan on Jul 21, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    Thank you Pastor Han Nee for writing this book review, even without reading the book, I am able to benefit from the review.

    Whatever we feel is a state of mind, how we perceive and how we react. To take the responsibility of whatever is happening to us without putting the blame on the environmental factor enable us to take control of our emotions.

    We feel unhappy because someone disappoints us, does not meet our expectation. In this case, we let environmental factor controls how we feel. However, if we take away the expectation, we take the responsibility that things are going the ‘wrong way’ because we have created the Karma for it to happen, we will be able to accept the consequence happily even though it is not what we expected. This way, we are taking control of our emotion, our state of mind. Our emotion will be more stable because regardless of what is happening out of our control will not affect us at all.

    I guess to start to become happy, we have to learn to take the responsibility, stop blaming others for our failure or unhappiness. Taking responsibility is to take control of our happiness.

  12. Carmen Koo on Jul 16, 2016 at 3:49 am

    A small, compact book that is greatly profound and illuminated by precious sharing of Rinpoche’s personal experiences, and commentary on teachings of mind transformation.

    Our greatest displeasure and suffering comes from our own mind. Being happy or unhappy is a choice, we have to make, and if we make a choice to want to be happy, we have to switch our minds from the current state of unhappiness, (or temporal happiness and unhappiness, that switches back and forth), to a state of happiness

    The 5 steps to happiness elucidated above is very clear, and all involves re-tuning our state of mind.

    1. Being Happy is About Seeing the Good in Every Person or Situation
    – No one is perfect, and neither are we. The fact that we can recognise a flaw in someone somehow shows that we have that flaw too. So, look on the bright side, and appreciate the situation or person for the many other good that they are, not the few flaws that originated in your mind due to your perception.

    2. Being Happy is About Changing Perceptions
    – Our perceptions becomes assumptions, which leads to our minds getting wired up. We have perceptions because of expectations. When we kill that, our perceptions change, because, there is nothing to feed the perception or projection that originated in our mind.

    3. Stop the Blame, Face Yourself, Be Happy!
    – We can’t keep blaming others, because one day, someone will sniff us out for being the downer. Having to hide causes more unhappiness, because we spend so much time hiding and justifying for our unhappiness or failure or whatever it is, that we don’t spent time re-tuning and working on our minds. We are in constant fear because we hide from reality. When we let go of self-centricity, peace and calm takes over our minds.

    4. Being Happy is About Letting Go! We Let Go Because We Realise it’s Karma!
    – It takes 2 hands to clap in every situation. If we keep holding on to unhappy memories, grudges, negative events and feelings, of course our minds will be clouded by the same negative feelings. Letting go is key to embracing situations that were against us, and turning it around, because everything that we face and experience originated from a source, that was done by ourselves!

    5. Being Happy is About Taking Responsibilities
    – Success brings a feeling of happiness. And taking responsibility leads to success.

    Thank you for this detailed, mind opening review, that helped me to understand so much more. It was very well written.

    Carmen

  13. Wylfred Ng on Jul 13, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    谢谢仁波切的书以及林汉妮讲法师的读后感。

    林汉妮讲法师以非常易明的方式写出读后感, 让我可以很简单明白这本书。

    第一就是要专注在他人的优点, 而不是放大其他人的缺点, 那么我们会比较开心。 当然每个人也有优缺点, 我们自己也会希望别人会注意我们的优点多过缺点。

    第二个我明白的就是如果我们要快乐, 我们就需要破除我们对于事情的既定印象。 我自己的经验就是比如我是开灯可以睡得着, 那么我也必须接受其他人开灯睡不着觉, 因为任何事情都可以有不同的方式进行, 不只是可以通过我们的既定印象进行。

    第三就是要面对自己的过错。 仁波切以自己的例子来让大家了解这个点。 仁波切虽然不愿, 不过他还是像他的母亲道歉, 让他把这件事情放下。 放下了, 执着就没有了。

    这就是我对于这篇文章的了解。

    谢谢

  14. William Chua on Jul 13, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    We should always look at the positive side of the situation or people because just like a coin, there are two sides. It is because we do not look hard enough and take the easy way out of our habit of looking at the negative. We take the easy way out is because we are conditioned this way throughout our life. Therefore, it became our habit. We are being automatic to react negatively first in any situation like blaming other people of our failures.

    We should not run away from our problem but to face up with it so that we can deal with it. After we deal with the problem, the problem will go away. Do not always expect people to come rescue s. That is the easy way out and we will never learn. We will only learn the lesson when we go through it. Coming to terms with ourselves and accepting ourselves for who we are will then change out perception on things. It could be the same thing or situation, but because we have gone through it, we will react in a positive manner instead of negative.

    Take responsibility and turn the situation around so that we will not suffer as much. It is all within our control and this book does open up the mind to accept ourselves in any situation and turn it around so that we can be happy. It takes practice, but the time to start is now.

  15. Karen on Jul 13, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    Personally i like this book very much, it’s handy yet compact, full with wisdom in such a tiny book! The essence of the teaching here is to let go of anything that hold us back from being happy. It’s always easier said than done. Sometimes when we encounter something over and over again that provoke our anger and hatred and caused much sufferings, as a Dharma practitioner, have we ever dare to ask ourselves, did we apply Dharma in our daily lives? Why would our live full of misery/unhappiness/anger or whatsoever that always makes us unsatisfied with our life?

    Sometimes I don’t even know some of my qualities that are so deep-rooted that caused myself and others suffer. Through Rinpoche’s kindness and of course the fellow Dharma brothers and sisters, I realised my weaknesses. First it was hard to take in, second i have to force myself to face myself, third i accept, change and move on. Never hold any grasps on others who kindly pointed out your weaknesses out of care. I always believe they did that because they care about you.

    I find that when we open up ourselves and face ourselves, acknowledge and confess to our mistakes, it’s a kind of therapy. We all know running away from a problem is coward, but often we can persuade ourselves it’s fine to be coward once in a while or we tend to turn things around to suit ourselves. The more we hide, the more we have to cover, it’s tiring and a lot of effort has to be put into it. It would be easier when we just be genuine, real and honest, even though when we fail, we do not run or hide but have guts to own up our failure and stand up again. I guess this is one of the ingredients of being happy.

  16. Carsden on Jul 13, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    越多的執念與執著,造就越多的不快樂。人們都在追求實質物體所給予的短暫“快樂”,恍恍惚惚盲目的過了一生,赫然回首的那一天才發現浪費了多少的時間在虛無的事物上,然後就這樣終其一生。看淡一切不過於追求什麼,那快樂卻是永久常在的。

    另外文中提到關於我們總是習慣投射我們個人的想法與觀念於別人身上,以至於當別人無法達到我們所“預期”或“期望”的,那不良情緒的產生也是必然的。這種惡性循環,如果一直不去糾正,只一味的活在自己的世界,我們的社會將不存在和平與良善。改變對別人所產生的錯誤投射,把它變成正面的投射,從而散發正能量,這世界絕對會更美好。

  17. jerry_sito on Jul 13, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    感谢HanNee 讲法师的分享,

    在这个E时代里,我们时常会莫名地感到失落与突然间会不开心,突然就会感到郁郁闷闷,即使人们是生存在这个繁华的都市,或是宁静的乡村里,都避免不了思绪的涟漪,起起落落,从出生到一生的尽头,没有止境。

    人们总是尝试透过不同的方式,寻找“快乐”,然而大部分的人选择在灯红酒绿花花世界中不断地里穿梭着,在情感中游离希望能够赶走寂寞的痛苦而得到“快乐”,只是谁能在这娑婆世界得到永恒的快乐呢?

    在尊贵的第廿五世詹杜固仁波切的这一本书里《要快乐》,HanNee 讲法是在上面详细解释了其中部分,与重要的五个点

    1. 看见别人的好 2. 思维的改变 3. 停止埋怨与认清自己 4. 拿起责任 5. 方下

    如果你在这繁华都市中,想要寻找一份内心的平静,倘若你已经用过各种不同的方式寻找快乐,你可以尝试阅读仁波切在这本书的教诲,为什么那五个点可以给予我们快乐。

    谢谢
    Jerry Sito

  18. Yeo Kwai Gin on Jun 21, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    Anger are one of the poison for our emotion. When we always thinking about”me, me , me”, the arrow are always pointed to others and blamed for the mistake. If someone did not fulfill their needs, so anger arise. Also, stop blaming to others, and try to stand in other side to think yhe problem their facing, find the win win solution to solved it . The important are just like Rinpoche mention, the solution are simple and direct, ” Adjust Their Selfishness” . ???

  19. shelly tai on Jun 10, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Han Nee for book review. I think everyone in this world wants to be happy no one wants to be depress, but the problems is most of us do not understand the true happiness is not come from outside not external like if a wealthy person they will more happy than the poor man in actual fact the happiness is come from inside what we call it a inner peace like want Rinpoche said our perception towards anything that happen to us so is about ourselves nothing to do with the external factors, thats why when difficult situation arises we like to blame others, therefore the only way to uproot this problem is the holy dharma and of cause we our guru to deliver the Dharma to us.

  20. Fong on Jun 2, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    Thank you, Pastor Han Nee, for sharing this very interesting book and your journey in and outside the book. The title’ “Be Happy” seems very simple but it is indeed very profound.

    It needs us to first look inside ourselves, find our boundaries or limits as they call it. Only when we recognize the walls, that we can start to chip away at it. Most of us can’t even see the wall. All we know is that there is something there. Being blind, we can try to work at it but will be doing all the wrong things or actions and in the process gets frustrated and make the situation worse.

    Thank you for breaking down the teachings to share with us the details and steps to take for us to help ourselves as Rinpoche intended.

    I look at the situation as if my daughter would like to go out but don’t know how to take the public transport. She knows she needs to get from point A to point B and that transport is required. But if she takes the wrong bus, she’ll end up far from her intended destination. So she must first find out what bus goes where and what are the times they pass a certain bus stop. Similarly, I may want to be happy, but I first have to know the causes and from there the steps to remedy my situation.

    Again, here the Guru is very important. Without the Guru, we may still be able to find our way, but it will take a lot more very hard work in a roundabout way. and, for some, wallowing in Samsara is more comfortable. For that I am grateful to Rinpoche for being compassionate enough o help lost, ignorant people like me.

  21. Boon on May 30, 2016 at 11:53 pm

    Thank you Pastor Han Nee.

    To achieve happiness is to me to live a simple, non-seeking, non-dwelling life. Cut down the layers of wants and needs, the anger, the hatred, then the bag we carry will naturally becomes lighter.

  22. Stella Cheang on May 26, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    Everyone wants to be happy. I have never come across anyone who does not want to be happy. Being happy is a state of mind free of negative emotions. Hence it is very disturbing to read the bitter, vengeful and malicious comments by haters who come to His Eminence’s blog, Fanpage or Facebook. They hurl merciless insult to a high lama; i.e. His Eminence as well as Shugden practitioners just to be seen as pro-HHDL. Seriously, how could being the follower of a world renowned lama be so provocative and barbaric? And how these negative poisons e.g. ignorance, anger and hatred would help them on their spiritual path?

    I am very grateful and extremely lucky to have met with His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, who tirelessly instill in us impeccable good Dharma practice. He taught us to return hatred and anger with love and kindness. He taught us how to be happy. He taught us Buddha Dharma from pure lineage in a simplistic and humorous manner. He showed us how to cultivate compassion and focus out. Most importantly, He walked the talk.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Han Nee for this sharing.

    Humbly, bowing down,
    Stella Cheang

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    Thank You Rinpoche and Pastor Antoinette Kass for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-great-council-of-lhasa.html
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    a very good concept indeed. This is a tradition that comes from Naples, Italy, dated in the 20th century. Buying a cup of coffee for a stranger , who needed it especially during cold nights. A simple act of kindness can change someone’s life. To date, many countries in US and Europe have started these compassion concept and had in fact inspired more. Hopefully one day this will happen in Malaysia .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/a-real-compassionate-idea.html
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    Sadly, during the cultural revolution the Gebchak Gonpa was destroyed and the remaining nuns were dispersed. Yet many of them continue preserving their unique female yogic tradition who had survived the Cultural Revolution. Today, new generations of nuns and lamas are preserving Gebchak’s practice lineage rebuilt and re-established Gebchak Gonpa, despite extreme physical hardships.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/gebchak-gonpa.html
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    All I could say is that Rinpoche had showed us the light of life. With folded hands , may we able to meet Rinpoche again in this life and so forth.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/great-masters-speak-about-tsem-rinpoche.html
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    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/zanabazar-the-first-high-saint-of-mongolia.html
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    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing .

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    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/kuan-yin-of-macau-city.html
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    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing

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    A legendary figure of Buddhism in Buryatia was Lubsan Samdan Tsydenov, charismatic Buddhist master and visionary and national hero, who had spread the Tantric Buddhist tradition. Interesting read of this forgotten story of Lubsan Samdan Tsydenov, a monk who briefly ruled as a dharma king. He amazingly created a nonviolence Buddhist kingdom who protected thousands of women, children, and men at that time. In 1920’s Soviet government considered Lubsan Samdan Tsydenov to be rebels and Traditional Buryat culture was erased since then. Buddhist monasteries in Buryatia were destroyed and many followers were murdered. He was well remembered as a true Dharma King and a national hero. Interesting read of a Great Lama.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/lubsan-samdan-tsydenov-the-dharma-king-of-buryatia.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 10. 2021 03:57 PM
    We came to this world with nothing and leaving with nothing. There nothings that belongs to us. Whatever we own is temporary on loan only, so we should be glad in this life we are in human form. We should appreciate what we have at this moment, , doing , learning Dharma and practicing Dharma for a good and meaningful cause. Transforming our mind and benefiting others instead of ourselves.
    What Rinpoche had said and explained , very true indeed … we don’t own our body. Well use our body for the greater good of others. Reading the transcript by Tsem Rinpoche tells us more understanding .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/transcript-you-dont-own-your-body.html
  • sarassitham
    Friday, Apr 9. 2021 11:20 PM
    Thank you for the wonderful sharing, it’s truly amazing. Each one of these statues is special and drool-worthy, and they have rightly signified the place where they stand today.

    Even when we don’t have the opportunity too witness those beautiful Buddha Statues, yet we are blessed merely by looking at it.
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 9. 2021 01:19 PM
    Reading this article again, truly feeling sorry those refugees in Netherlands. Staying in another country far away from homeland is already sad. They need to start from scratch, could imagine their situation living in a foreign facing a lot of hinders such languages, cultures and so forth. The sad state of refugees living in Netherlands is really bad. The Netherlands has had a reputation as a humanitarian haven, with refugees and immigrants as the situation in their country isn’t safe enough. But entering as refugees they ended up living in empty offices, as room . The government authorities failed to provide basic amenities for those rejected ones who have not or cannot leave the country. The refugees are stuck in a system, were call as an illegal immigrant. They wandered in the streets of Amsterdam, moving from one place to another left in the cold winter. Lucky enough they have volunteers helping them supplying blankets , foods for them. Hopefully the authorities could do more to help those refugees out there and the situation right now has improved.
    Thank you Melissa for sharing this .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-building-wanderers-of-amsterdam.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 9. 2021 01:17 PM
    Being generous also makes us feel better about ourselves. Generosity is both a natural confidence builder and a natural repellent of self-hatred. By focusing on what we are giving rather than on what we are receiving. Acts of generosity, such as giving our time, talent or resources, and expecting nothing in return, have been proven to be good for our health. Generous individuals are personally more fulfilled, happier and more peaceful within themselves. Enrich our life and that of others by practicing generosity. That’s what I consider true generosity without anything in return.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Datuk May for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/generosity-giving-gifts.html

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  • April 15, 2021 04:30
    You have no rights to use my images for www.tsemrinpoche.com without my approval! It's illegitimate! You're committing a legal offense! You must replace my images NOW!!!!! asked: Hi, This is Melisha and I am a professional photographer. I was baffled, to put it nicely, when I recognised my images at your website. If you use a copyrighted image without an owner's permission, you must be aware that you could be sued by the creator. It's illegal to use stolen images and it's so wicked! Here is this document with the links to my images you used at www.tsemrinpoche.com and my earlier publications to get the evidence of my copyrights. Download it now and check this out for yourself: https://sites.google.com/view/09934894585022/home/drive/storage/files/download?ID=286984715713039318 If you don't delete the images mentioned in the document above within the next few days, I'll file a complaint against you to your hosting provider stating that my copyrights have been severely infringed and I am trying to protect my intellectual property. And if it doesn't work, trust me I am going to report and sue you! And I won't give you a prior notice again.
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  • April 13, 2021 21:55
    ray asked: Dear Pastors, Thank you for clearing my doubts previously about purification practices. Today i have a question about reciting praises to buddhas, why do we recite praises and how does reciting praises to buddhas like Tara, Dorje shugden etc. help and benefit us? Because ive seen certain prayer texts to mother tara which i think is referring to the 21 tara praises stating that : ~If this prayer is recited two, three, or seven times, It will pacify all the sufferings of torments Caused by spirits, fevers, and poisons, And by other beings as well. If you wish for a child, you will get a child; If you wish for wealth, you will receive wealth. All your wishes will be fulfilled And all obstacles pacified.~ Will reciting praises to buddhas also be able to fulfill our wishes as stated? Thank you very much.
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  • April 12, 2021 03:20
    Eden asked: Dear Pastors, How are all of you doing? I have a few questions here. I will be very grateful if you can answer them. Thank you. 1) If we are here because of our previous life karma, previous previous karma and so on. May i know when does all of this started? How does this chain of karma started? Im sure we all had our 1st life and everything had a beginning to it. 2) I am currently facing some problem over my career pathway, are there any practices and mantras that I can do to request for guidance?
    pastor answered: Dear Eden, Thank you for your questions. 1. Buddhism does not believe in a 1st life, and the reason being is the Buddhist view of time. Most people think of time and existence as linear. It has a definitive starting point and a certain end point. But Buddhism views time as a cyclic. Hence, our universe as we understand it, will at one point cease to exist, and then a new universe will come into existence. However, even though our current universe will end, due to the force of karma and reincarnation, we will take rebirth into the new universe and have many rebirths there. So in Buddhism we say that we have had "countless" rebirths, as you would never be able to count how many lifetimes you have had. This cycle is vicious and leads us to take rebirth endlessly. The only way to stop this cycle is to transcend it altogether, which is the state of Buddhahood, in which you are completely liberated from the cycle, known as "samsara". Also the way in which we think about karma is not linear either. It is not one for one. By this I mean, if you do one negative action, it is not that you will experience only one negative result. You will actually experience many negative results, with differing levels of severity until the karma is exhausted. How you respond to the negative results can lead to either more negative karma, or positive karma. Hence, the law of karma according to the Buddhist view point is much more nuanced then the general understanding of karma that people have these days. The Buddha explained this process in a teaching known as the 12 Links of Dependent Origination, which is quite complex. If you want to learn more about this teaching, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche gave a very profound teaching on it here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/teaching-on-the-twelve-links-of-dependent-origination.html Hence, according to Buddhism, the understand of time is a never-ending cycle in which universes are created, destroyed and created again due to the power of karma. Since it is a cycle, there is no "beginning" or "1st life" for sentient beings. 2. In regards to your career pathway, I would suggest you engage in the combined practice of Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden. We have heard of many people who are either stuck in their career or who need to find good jobs, succeed in the their goals after engaging in this practice with a sincere motivation. There is a book available regarding the practice here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/the-dorje-shugden-handbook. We also have an entire section of this website dedicated to various aspects of the practice, including history, other prayers, etc. (https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/dorje-shugden). I hope this helps. Let us know if we can help in any other way.
  • April 11, 2021 00:23
    Lara asked: Hello pastors, I have a family member suffering from depression right now. May I know how I can help him to overcome this? Thank you.
    pastor answered: Dear Lara, I'm sorry to hear that your family member is going through this. When someone is going through such a difficult time, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche has advised that the person themselves seek qualified medical help as well as engage in the practice of Lama Tsongkhapa, which is well-known to help overcome things like depression. From your side you should be as supportive as possible. Take the time to understand what your family member is going through, and in which ways you can support them to overcome their depression and heal. You can watch a fantastic teaching about the practice of Lama Tsongkha here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sayonara-to-depression.html. The prayer text for the practice can be found here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/sadhana-prayers.html#19 However, sometimes family members may not be open to the engaging in the practice themselves. In that case, you can engage in the practice yourself and dedicate the merits for the family member to heal, but this will not be as effective as the family member doing the practice themselves. Another thing that you can do, it to make abundant offerings or engage in virtuous activities like as helping the less fortunate, and dedicating the merits from those activities to your family member. You can also have pujas sponsored for your family member. The following two pujas would be excellent: Medicine Buddha Puja - which is good for healing, both physical and mental (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/medicine-buddha-puja-fund) Dorje Shugden Puja - to remove obstacles for a swift recovery (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/dorje-shugden-wishfulfilling-puja-fund) These are the various methods in which you can help. You can do just one or a combination of the methods mentioned to generate as much positive energy and merit as possible for your family member. I hope this helps.
  • April 10, 2021 07:50
    ray asked: hi pastor i have a question regarding purification practices because ive been having some doubts now, is it true that some people say engaging in purification practices bad things would then happen to the practitioner after that? be it being sick or facing obstacles coming after that.
    pastor answered: Dear Ray, Thank you for your question. When we engage in purification practices, what we are purifying is our negative karma. If you know about karma, you know that eventually you will need to experience your karma, be this negative or positive. When you experience your negative karma, then you experience negative situations. This could be something major, like having an accident, to something very minor such as feeling bad if say a loved one says something in a way that you perceive as being negative. Any experience you have that you perceive as negative, is a manifestation of your negative karma. During purification practices, through your own effort of invoking upon the enlightened beings and practice of the Four Opponent Powers, you are able to purify this negative karma. However, for a negative karma to be fully exhausted, you need to experience it. Say you have a karma to get into an accident, if you don't purify and exhaust it, then you will need to suffer from it 100%. This could mean getting into a car accident which is very severe and you are hurt badly. If you engage in purification practices then you can purify, let's say 99% of the karma. But for it to be exhausted fully, you still need to experience it. In this case, maybe you do get into an accident. Since you have purified most of the karma, your car only bumps into another car very softly. You don't even feel it, the person in the other car doesn't feel it and you car is not damaged at all. This is the reason why some people say if you engage in purification practices, bad things will happen. And because of that people are put off doing purification practices. This is wrong thinking because if you do experience negative situations when engaged in purification practices, this could be because: a) What you experienced is actually the purified karma, rather than the full force of the karma. In this case you should rejoice that through your effort of engaging in the practice, you didn't experience something much worse. b) It could just simply be the manifestation of a karma that wasn't purified. This means, you would have had to go through this experience anyway. c) Because you are engaged in purification practices, you are thinking of karma a lot. Therefore, when such experiences occur then you attribute it to karma, and then think it is linked to your purification practice. Then you believe that doing purification practices is bad because you have to suffer from such experiences. This is wrong thinking. Perhaps even if you were not doing purification practices, then you would still experience the situation, but you wouldn't actually think anything of it. You would just go about the rest of your day as usual. That being said, when you are doing purification practices, there comes a point were certain negative karma is so weak that you need to experience it for it to be exhausted completely. This can and does manifest as negative situations, such as minor illnesses, or even accidents, etc. However, the point to remember is the karma causing these situations have been purified so they are very mild compared to their full form. These negative situations can also be purified/exhausted in dreams, etc. Another way they can be purified is having mental disturbances or emotional ups and downs when actually doing the purification practices. In essence, you will need to feel the effects of your negative karma in some form or another, so better that you experience it in a very mild form right? This is what purification practices helps you to do. Purification practices are not something to be scared of. In fact, you should rejoice when engaged in purification practices. On a more deeper level, without some form of purification practice it is hard to understand higher aspects of the Dharma. Your negative karma will block you from being able to understand the Dharma and then internalise it. That is why purification practices are emphasised within each and every tradition and are a prerequisite for higher teaching such as tantra. The benefits of purification practices (such as enabling you to exhaust your negative karma in a very mild form, and preparing your mind for higher teachings) outweighs having to experience a very small negative situation. Therefore think about the benefits of purification practice and contemplate on it. This will help you to develop faith in them and get rid of any doubts or fears that you may have. I hope this helps.
  • April 1, 2021 04:54
    You are awesome! asked: Hello, you are awesome! keep going!
    pastor answered: Thank you for your kind message. It is very encouraging for us to read. May you always be blessed by the Three Jewels.
  • March 28, 2021 15:08
    vikas baluni asked: abut growth of my business
    pastor answered: Dear Vikas Baluni, I am unclear as to the actually meaning of your question but I believe you are asking how to increase and grow your business. According to Buddhism, everything that we go through in life is due to karma, this includes both the good things and the bad things. Therefore, for your business to grow and do well depends on your good karma. Only one type of energy can overcome karma and is always good for your, and that is what we call merit or punya (in sanskrit). So in order to have merit for your business to do well, you have to take actions that generate merit. The main of these is to transform your mind to become a more compassionate and wiser person, to help others less fortunate, to engage in pujas and other such virtuous activities. There are certain deity practices that are well-known in Buddhism to help increase the energies of wealth and success in our lives. These can help your business to grow. Once such practice is that of Bhagawan Gyenze, you can click here to find out more: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/dorje-shugden-gyenze-to-increase-life-merits-and-wealth.html Bhagawan Gyenze will definitely help you to grow your business, if you have a good motivation. If you motivation is only about yourself, then your business will not grow that much. But if you have the motivation help others, then Bhagawan Gyenze will help you even more. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 25, 2021 01:11
    Jason asked: I have been practicing white dzambala and the bathing / water tormas for quite some time now. Recently I have been getting regular dreams where white dzambala appears and just smiles at me, or I dream that I am doing white dzambala chutor practice. I understand that when lama tsongkhapa got dreams of deities he thought that this was Mara acting up and paid no attention to it until his lama said something. My lama is currently on retreat and it is difficult to contact him. Please give me some advice on what is happening. I'm just some normal beginners smuck and I'm getting worried that this is a bad sign. When I wake up I feel at peace... But according to commentaries this could be Mara.
    pastor answered: Dear Jason, Thank you for your question. I am really happy to hear that you are engaging in Dzambhala's practice. It's extremely beneficial. You are right that Lama Tsongkhapa ignored his dreams of deities, and viewed them as bad signs. But before jumping to conclusions, we must analyse the reasons why Lama Tsongkhapa ignored not only his dreams, also the visions of the deities he received. The reason that Lama Tsongkhapa did not consider it a positive sign is because as practitioners on the spiritual path, it is all too easy to get carried away with 'signs' or advice, visions, dreams from supposed deities. Sometimes if we 'analyse' them it can lead us in the wrong direction because of our mistaken understanding. Sometimes, other entities can also enter our dreams and tell us things that we believe, hence we start practising things that are not Dharmic in nature. Lama Tsongkhapa warned against such things, rather Lama Tsongkhapa said that we should rely on the Dharma teachings that are genuine and transmitted to us through an unbroken line through our lineage. Generally speaking however, these dreams you are having are literally just dreams, so there is nothing to worry about. One category of dreams we have are known as samsaric dreams. These arise from karma and karmic traces in the mind. This can also include emotions, memories, etc. The meaning we find in these dreams are imputed by the dreamer, and not inherent in the dream. This also applies to waking life. We impute meaning onto situations and circumstances, rather than the meaning being inherent to the circumstance. It is like reading a book. Words in the book are just marks on paper, however, because we use our sense of meaning, we make a meaning out of it. However, this is always open to interpretation. For example, if you tell your dream to two people, they can interpret the meaning very differently, even though you told them the exact same details. When we have dreams such as of our teacher, our practice, the Buddhas, etc., it is still more than likely to be just a samsaric dream. Because we have been engaging in sustained practice, or have imprints from previous lives, these can surface in our dreams hence we have dreams of Buddhas, our teachers, etc. There is nothing to worry about or to consider overly auspicious or a 'sign'. Just realise that you have had the dream, do not allow your thoughts to dwell on it, accept it and move on. However, do take note that you had these dreams and once your Guru is out of retreat, please consult your Guru and inform him/her of these occurances and seek your Guru's advice if any. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 23, 2021 02:01
    Jason asked: I white dzambhala is a wealth deity but can he also act as a dharma protector?
    pastor answered: Dear Jason, Thank you for your question. The practice of Dzambhala is actually a Yidam practice, this means that Dzambhala is a meditational deity. When you engage in his practice, as well as bestowing wealth, through his practice you also develop qualities that help you progress towards enlightenment. In the case of Dzambhala, the primary quality he helps you develop is actually generosity, which is one of the Six Perfections. Therefore, although he is known as a wealth deity, he is much, much more than that. When you engage in his practice, you are actually developing virtuous qualities in your mindstream. The function of Dharma Protectors however is to remove obstacles and to create conducive conditions so that you can transform your mind. Hence, the function of a meditational deity and a Dharma Protector is different. That being said, when you engage in Dzambhala's practice properly, you do gain wealth. Generally, we only consider this wealth to be external wealth, but Dzambhala's practice is more than that, because through his practice you gain internal wealth which are virtuous qualities. Due to the fact his practice also brings material wealth, he is known as a wealth deity. When you practice any meditational deity, you will gain some physical benefit as well, which can seem to mirror the effect of Dharma Protectors, but their function is very different. Dzambhala for example grants material wealth, but his actually function is to increase inner wealth. Another example would be Medicine Buddha, outward he heals our physical body, but inwardly he also helps to heal our minds and develop qualities such as compassion. Dharma Protectors can also help to heal our body, but for real internal change, we need to rely on a meditational deity. I hope this answer helps.
  • March 16, 2021 21:23
    ray asked: Dear pastors, i have a question regarding vajra and bells. can one use them if they do not have any sort of initiation or whatsoever?
    pastor answered: Dear Ray, Thank you for your question. You are right that traditionally vajras and bells are only used after receiving initiation. However, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche recommended learning how to use the vajra and bell, as a means of creating the causes to receive initiation in the future. That said, there are many dos and don'ts related to using the vajra and bell. You can learn not only how to use them, but also vajra and bell etiquette from one of Kechara's Pastors. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 7, 2021 17:30
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Do you recommend doing Tsem Rinpoche’s guru yoga as part of daily Sadhana? I am sure I read on the article for the name retreat that it could be done as daily prayers but now I can’t see that sentence? Thank you.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Yes of course, you may include Tsem Rinpoche's Guru Yoga as part of your daily sadhana if you wish. This creates a very strong bond with Tsem Rinpoche. If you are following the Diamond Path sadhana (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/diamond-path), you insert the Guru Yoga after you have completed the Gaden Lhagyama (Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa). Alternative, if you are using a different prayer text, you insert the Guru Yoga after Gaden Lhagyama, or before any deity prayers that you do such as Manjushri, Tara, etc. After you complete the deity practice section of your sadhana, you continue on to your Dharma protector practice, and finish with your completion dedication. I hope this helps. Do let us know if this is not clear. Thanks.
  • March 4, 2021 22:52
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Can a lay person work towards the preliminary practices by accumulating daily ? Many thanks.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Yes, of course. Anyone can engage in the preliminary practices, you don't have to be ordained in order to do so. However for one's practice to be considered a full preliminary practice, you need to do 100,000 repetitions of whichever practice you are engaged in without break. That means you must engage in at least one session a day, until the count is completed. 10% of the count is also added on top, to make up for any unintentional mistakes. So the figure would actually be 110,000. If you skip a day, that means you have broken your preliminary retreat. If this occurs you can still dedicate the practice you have done so far, and you will still benefit from the merit generated and the purification of negative karma from the practice, but it is not counted as a full preliminary practice. Also you must adhere to the retreat procedures for the duration of the time it takes you to complete the particular preliminary practice. For example, an altar with daily offerings, retreat seat with swastika, refraining from eating black foods, etc. This may not be convenient for most people in our day and age. So what you can do is to spend a certain amount of time accumulating a specific figure, for example 10,000 repetitions of a particular practice. Seal the practice at the end with a strong dedication, like the King of Prayers. Later on, you can repeat the procedure more times until you complete 100,000. This method was given by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche for modern-day practitioners who do not have the time to complete 100,000 in one go. While it technically does not constitute a full preliminary retreat, you still gain immense merits and purification from engaging in the practice, even if spaced out. As Rinpoche said, it's better for you to do mini preliminary retreats than not doing any of the preliminary practices whatsoever. That being said, if you do have the ability to do a full preliminary retreat and it will not negatively impact you, such as create financial difficulties or strain familial relationships, then of course go ahead! To have the sincere wish to engage in any Dharma practice is wonderful. You can read more about the individual preliminary practices here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/preliminary-practice.html You can watch a short teaching on the preliminary practices by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/cosmic-tantra.html
  • March 3, 2021 04:13
    Sandra asked: Dear respected pastors, what are dreams? Do dreams have significance? Are they simply images the mind views at night - do they resemble the dreamer's state of mind? Thank you for all your replies :) :)
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Hello. Nice to see you back here. On the normal level, both waking and dream states are both marred by our delusions. The teachings tell us that this deluded state continues through all our experiences, whether during the dreaming or waking states. The way to overcome this is to "wake up" from our delusions, or reach enlightenment. Normally when people think of dreams, they do so in psychological terms and so focus on the content of the dream. When we investigate the nature of the dream itself, we begin to investigate something deeper, the processes that underlies the whole of our existence. Understand this propels you further along the spiritual journey towards enlightenment. We have many dreams during one night of sleep, and may or may not consciously remember then when we wake up. In terms of content, dreams can be used to work through psychological issues or can indicate certain issues and overcoming them (as is common within Western psychological practices). In Tibetan Buddhism, dreams can be used for much more. In the advanced practices, one can transform ordinary dreams to further one's spiritual journey. This is not only in terms of working through psychological issues, but in terms of meditation and practice as well. Generally, there are three types of dreams as described below. Most of us only experience the first type, unless we progress on the spiritual path. 1. Samsaric dreams: these arise from karma and karmic traces in the mind. This can also include emotions, memories, etc. The meaning we find in these dreams are imputed by the dreamer, and not inherent in the dream. This also applies to waking life. We impute meaning onto situations and circumstances, rather than the meaning being inherent to the circumstance. It is like reading a book. Words in the book are just marks on paper, however, because we use our sense of meaning, we take a meaning out of it. However, this is always open to interpretation. For example, if you tell your dream to two people, they can interpret the meaning very differently, even though you told them the exact same details. 2. Clarity dreams: These dreams occur when you are fairly progressed in meditational practices and can carry this into the dream state. These dreams arise not from the emotions, or memories, etc., but from more subtler forms of karma and delusions. However, just like in waking mediational practice, you are not affected by the images or thoughts that appear to you. 3. Clear Light dreams: In the advanced tantric practices, there are teachings called dream yoga. The object of these is to achieve the clear light dreams, which are very difficult to achieve and take years and years of intense practice. The most important clear light mind that arises is actually at the time of our death, if we are trained enough in this very subtle state, we can actually control where we take rebirth. If we are more experienced in this state, then we can actually use it to meditate on the teachings and achieve enlightenment. Clear light dreams are a "lesser" type of clear light mind, that helps practitioners prepare for the time of death. When we have an auspicious dream such as of our teacher, our practice, the Buddhas, etc., even though this is auspicious, it is still more than likely to be just a samsaric dream. There are instances however, when the enlightened beings and Dharma protectors will send practitioners dreams to help with their practice or as methods of divination. Tsem Rinpoche once told us of a very powerful Nyingma lama known for his divination abilities. Students would ask him a question, then he would take a nap, and receive divination advice in this dreams, which he would then relay to his students. This lama was well-known for this ability because his dream divinations were extremely accurate. As I am sure you can tell, the scope of dreams with the Buddhist context is very vast and I will not be able to cover everything here. However, I hope that what I have written helps your understanding. Thank you.
  • March 1, 2021 23:37
    Sandra asked: Hello dear pastors, wish we could have an article like the one below to highlight the auspicious days of 2021. https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/auspicious-days.html
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your suggestion. At the moment, there are no plans to publish another article with 2021 dates. But I have listed out some of the auspicious days and their dates for this year for you. I have only included future dates, not those that have already passed. Saga Dawa Duchen - 26th May 2021 Chokhor Duchen - 14th July 2021 Dorje Shugden Day - 24th August 2021 Lhabab Duchen - 27th October 2021 Gaden Ngamchoe or Tsongkhapa Day - 29th December 2021 I hope this helps. Thank you.
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Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
4 months ago
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
4 months ago
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 months ago
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 months ago
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 months ago
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
5 months ago
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
6 months ago
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Fwd: Dear Sotha
7 months ago
Fwd: Dear Sotha
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
7 months ago
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
7 months ago
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families  ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
8 months ago
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
8 months ago
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
9 months ago
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
10 months ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
10 months ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
11 months ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
11 months ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
11 months ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
11 months ago
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
11 months ago
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
11 months ago
Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
1 years ago
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
1 years ago
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
1 years ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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