Eight verses to happiness and acceptance

Apr 1, 2014 | Views: 11,684

 

(By Tsem Rinpoche)

The original teachings of the Eight Verses of Thought Transformation originated from Buddha Shakyamuni. Buddha Shakyamuni gave teachings on great compassion which were passed down to the great panditas Arya Asanga and Nagarjuna. From these masters, the teachings were passed down to Shantideva. Shantideva emphasized, expanded and reiterated on the thoughts on compassion by the Buddha and he put it into words that are easier for people to understand.

The teachings on the Eight Verses of Thought Transformation arose from the Bodhisattvacharyavatara, written by Shantideva, which talks about the development of Bodhicitta and compassion. From Shantideva it was passed down to Lama Serlingpa and Lama Atisha. Lama Atisha came to Tibet from India and spread the teachings all over Tibet to countless disciples. Out of his countless disciples he passed the teachings to his main disciple the great Dromtompa. Dromtopa then passed the teachings to his disciples, chief among those were Geshe Potowa, Geshe Chekawa and Geshe Langri Tangpa.

Geshe Langri Tangpa received the teachings directly from Dromtompa and he felt that the teachings were very profound. Until then the teachings were not practiced publicly but were only passed down to a few qualified disciples. He thought that it would be a tremendous loss if the teachings were not preserved.

So Geshe Langri Tangpa wrote the teachings down for the first time before he passed away. Prior to that, the teachings were only given orally and there was no text on it. Years later, one great master called Geshe Chekawa found one verse of the teachings – “May I accept the defeat and offer the victory to others”. Geshe Chekawa was extremely touched and moved by this verse as it represents the essence and the complete embodiment of the Buddha’s teachings.

Determined to look for the author of the text, he went in search of Geshe Langri Tangpa but when he met Geshe Langri Tangpa’s disciple, he found out that the great master had passed away. In a small town near Lhasa, he met another master Geshe Sarawa who was practising these teachings. He received more of these teachings from Geshe Sarawa.

From then on, Geshe Chekawa started to teach it openly to others. From Geshe Chekawa, the teachings were passed down through a long line of teachers until it reached the great King of Dharma Tsongkhapa, and from Tsongkhapa through a long line of teachers to Pabongka Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche and H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama. I received these teachings from H.H. in Washington, New Jersey in 1979. It was one of the most moving teachings I have ever heard and it was from His Holiness himself. I will never forget that day…..from then on Eight Verses has become one of my favorite practices for myself and I recommend to others highly. It is what I put as the core of my work for Kechara. If you wish to overcome disturbing emotions, unhappiness, self hatred, denial, insecurities and wrong views which is all the real enemy, then apply these teachings. They will change you thoroughly. If you combine this practice with a Yidam practice such as Tsongkapa, Avalokitesvara, Tara, etc, it will be even more beneficial. It is the practice that can heal our planet, restore the environments and bless all denizens of the earth. When people eradicate selfishness, their treatment of the earth will change and the earth will be restored and healed. When people accomplish the teachings here, their anger, expectations and wrong attitudes can transform incredibly into something totally embracing everyone around them with love and genuine kindness. I cannot praise these teachings enough. They are perfect for young and old, East and West, intelligent or dull and for people who really want their lives to be different. Practice these teachings and practice from your heart. And welcome the change you will see in you. When your inner world changes, everything on the outer world follows……Please listen to the teachings and practice.

Below are videos of teachings on the Eight Verses of Thought Transformation I have given in the past. I would like to share the teachings with you with the hope that you will learn, understand and practice these holy teachings. Please bring these to others as much as possible tirelessly. The world in its condition today needs it very badly.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

Eight Verses of Thought Transformation

With the thought of attaining Enlightenment
For the welfare of all beings,
Who are more precious than a wish–fulfilling jewel,
I will constantly practise holding them dear.

Whenever I am with others,
I will practise seeing myself as the lowest of all,
And from the very depths of my heart
I will respectfully hold others as supreme.

In all actions I will examine my mind
And the moment a disturbing attitude arises,
Endangering myself or others,
I will firmly confront and avert it.

Whenever I meet a person of bad nature,
Overwhelmed by negative energy and intense suffering,
I will hold such a rare one dear
As if I’ve found a precious treasure.

When others out of jealousy,
Mistreat me with abuse, slander and so on,
I will practise accepting defeat
And offering the victory to them.

When someone I have benefited and in whom
I have placed great trust hurts me very badly,
I will practise seeing that person
As my supreme teacher.

In short, I will offer directly and indirectly
Every benefit and happiness to all beings, my mothers.
I will practise in secret taking upon myself
All their harmful actions and sufferings.

Without these practices being defiled
By the stains of the eight worldly concerns,
By perceiving all phenomena as illusory,
I will practise without grasping to release all beings
From the bondage of the disturbing unsubdued mind and karma.

 


 

Eight Verses of Thought Transformation (Part 1)


At the beginning of any Dharma discourse the teacher and the students should set a superior motivation. The teacher should have the transmission of the lineage, the knowledge and have studied thoroughly what is to be taught and is practising the teachings. The motivation of the teacher should be to impart the knowledge and methods to become a fully enlightened Buddha.

Students should be free from the faults of not retaining, contemplating and practising the teachings. They should receive the teaching with a positive motivation. This motivation, at the lowest scope is to be free from rebirth in the three lower realms; at the medium scope, to liberated from samsaric rebirth; at the highest scope, to become a fully enlightened Buddha for the sake of others. Students must also be free from the fault of not being receptive to Dharma teachings. All Dharma actions must be free of the eight worldly concerns. Otherwise our practice will not bring results and may lead to more uncontrolled attachment and rebirth in the three lower realms. The motive of our practice is critical.

All phenomena are impermanent. They are empty of inherent existence and depend on other causes for its existence. Our two main problems are wrong projections on impermanent phenomena and grasping at our wrong projections and acting on it. As a result we, create negative karma that is the cause of all our sufferings. Therefore, it is our wrong projection of an object that makes us suffer, not the object itself.

However, our wrong projections are impermanent and can be removed. They depend on other causes to survive and logically there is an end to suffering. Wrong projection arises from wrong conditioning, stubbornness, laziness and selfish attitude.

If we train ourselves to stop the causes of wrong projection, our suffering will become less and eventually stop. When we suffer less, we will have the clarity of mind and ability to solve our problems. In this regard, collection of merits and purification of negative karma is crucial to support that growth of understanding and realization…

 


 

Eight Verses of Thought Transformation (Part 2)

Our minds are not transforming because our motivation is incorrect. We have wrong projections and we lack merits. However, incorrect motivation is impermanent. It arises from a cause. The cause of it is ignorance. Once we acquire wisdom and knowledge, ignorance can be cut and positive motivation will arise. The guideline to develop correct motivation is to be free from the eight worldly concerns. The motivation we should develop is to achieve enlightenment for the freedom from suffering for ourselves and others.

The kindness of the Buddhas and the kindness of sentient beings towards us are equal in terms of causes for our enlightenment. We need the Buddhas because they are the source of all our teachings and methods to attain enlightenment. We need sentient beings because it is in dependence on them that we can practice and develop the qualities needed to be a Buddha. Therefore, since sentient beings are so important to us, we should develop love and compassion towards them…

 


 

Eight Verses of Thought Transformation (Part 3)

When we hold dear people who abuse us or people who are plagued by intense suffering, the enemy from our point of view disappears. This verse refers to people who are ill tempered and bad mannered and people with contagious or fatal diseases. We usually ignore or avoid such people and advise others to stay away from them. We do that because we are influenced by selfish thoughts and think that we are too precious to mingle with them and fear that our “precious” self may get contaminated.

A wish granting jewel can confer on us material wealth. However, people who hurt us and people who are oppressed by violent suffering can confer on us enlightenment because they provide us with the greatest opportunity to practice patience, compassion and love. They are the greatest test to see if we have those qualities. If our practice has any result, it will be shown in how we can respond to these people positively…

 


 

Eight Verses of Thought Transformation (Part 4)

Dharma actions done with the eight worldly concerns will still accumulate merits that will fruition in happiness in samsara. However, once we have received the benefits, the merit is used up. For actions done free of the eight worldly concerns and with a Bodhicitta motivation, the merit will lead to enlightenment and will not be used up until enlightenment is achieved.

In order to achieve enlightenment, we will need a good body, long life, wealth, freedom, our five senses intact etc. If our actions are free from the eight worldly concerns, we will get the necessary conditions to achieve enlightenment. Therefore, without having to directly dedicate our virtuous actions towards samsaric pleasure, we will get samsaric pleasure as we are approaching enlightenment. Thus, the merits from actions free of the eight worldly concerns are used to its full potential.

If we have eight worldly concerns while practising the Dharma, it will only serve to reinforce our eight worldly concerns causing a huge obstruction to our liberation and we will gain no insights or attainments…

 


 

Eight Verses of Thought Transformation (Part 5)

When people whom we place great hopes in hurt us, it is not they who are hurting us. Rather it is them not fulfilling our expectation of how they should treat us that is hurting us. Therefore, it is our wrong projection that is hurting us.

If any person is inherently bad, everybody will see that person as bad but we can see that this is never the case. We must understand that their reaction towards us is a result of our negative karma. Therefore, if we react back, it shows our deep ignorance, lack of patience, compassion and practice and lack of realisation of the kindness of the people who abuse us.

Instead, we should regard people who hurt us as our teacher because they give us an opportunity to see our state of mind in that situation.  We should stop projecting how we want others to be and accept them as who they are. In that way a lot of our problems can be solved and our suffering can cease…

Eight Verses of Thought Transformation (Part 6)

 

Eight Verses of Thought Transformation (Part 7)

 

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Eight Verses of Thought Transformation (Part 9)

 

Eight Verses of Thought Transformation (Part 10)

 

Eight Verses of Thought Transformation (Part 11)

 

Eight Verses of Thought Transformation (Part 12)

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  1. Sofi on Dec 8, 2018 at 1:18 am

    Eight verses to happiness and acceptance is a very powerful practice to recite daily. It addresses the condition of our daily living and how we should practice to gain that happiness. It is the lowering of our self (ego) to take on the sufferings of another (who are other sentient beings). It is knowing that they are already in the state of suffering and our not adding more to their sufferings. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this beautiful verses with us.

  2. Tsa Tsa Ong on Oct 27, 2018 at 10:34 pm

    Very profound and precious teachings for us to practice for mind transformation . I will do my best to practice this way in my lie for less sufferings and increase happiness. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this beautiful and brilliant teaching of the Eight verses of Thought Transformation .🙏😘👍💛

  3. Samfoonheei on Apr 1, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    Very profound and precious teachings for us to practice for mind tranformation.I will read over and listerning to those videos again to get a much understanding of it.Rinpoche always remind us to practice this consistently to happiness and acceptance.
    Thank you Rinpoche for these teachings to benefit all of us .

  4. Yuriwa YM on Mar 31, 2015 at 11:42 pm

    Thank you Tsem Tulku Rinpoche for composing such detailed elaborations on these verses, and on top of that, I really appreciate your valiant efforts in compiling your sharp and profound insights on the Eight Verses of Thought Transformation into a book entitled “Compassion: Eight Verses of Thought Transformation.” The reason I had to repeatedly express my gratitude to you for doing so is because I finally gained another fruitful opportunity to transform my inherent negativity and delusions in my mind. I was actually browsing through the contents of the book after finishing the Protector Prayers at Kechara Paradise Viva Home (KPVH) today and managed to finish the chapter on Verse Five of the eight verses which read as:

    May I accept the unjust loss of others,
    Such as others abusing me,
    Or slandering me out of jealousy,
    And may I offer the victory to others.

    Reading that particular chapter explaining on the concept of “Accepting defeat and You win” motivated me to continue my pursuits on Dharma practice. I could now relate this concept of compassion to the core content of one of your books entitled “Peace” which also prompts us humans to always look within and check our mind-streams despite encountering any setbacks physically, emotionally, spiritually. There is still so much to learn from you, Guru so please do continue writing and publishing more enlightening books on Dharma philosophy as I am eager to understand and apply them in my life.

    Thank you

  5. graceleong on Aug 4, 2014 at 7:40 am

    This is my all time favourite teaching ! Thank you Rinpoche for giving such a profound explanation to all the verses. I hope to be able to practice them well for the benefit of those around me !

  6. Gopinath Ulaganathan on Jun 23, 2014 at 4:11 am

    I try my best to read and contemplate on the 8 verses of mind trasformation as part of my sadhana daily as much as possible. To me Next to my Guru,s name and mantra this is the very verse which is important to me , WHY ? In my 25 years of life I have undergone virtual HELL . Mentally .Emotionaly and physically, tremendous amount of abuses and everything I did as a child growing up was wrong , wrong and self hatred was what I was mentally programm to do. My father, family, teachers, friends and majority of people whom I knew since young could only say negative stuffs about me and I was ABUSED really bad which caused me to suffer it out in silence till It broke out in the form of Histeria and Mental disorder YEARS YEARS LATER, THis caused my education , my Life, My dream and everything which I beleived GOOD IN to shatter into PEICES. I HATED EVERYONE INCLUDING MYSELF, I Wanted to KILL myself for being very unworthy of living. I HATED all those who bellitled me , teachers who insulted me and abused their powers on me , Family members who always abuse words on me Making me feel like I WAS A WASTED SOUL and MY FATHER FOR USING BLACK MAGIC ON ME and attacking my psycicly . I went for soul searching as I lost trust in PEOPLE around me and me, I felt Helpless and I shut off from everyone , I became a social recluse and a confused soul.EVERYONE thought I was weird. I underwent soul searching , Born as a Hindu I went searching for “GOD” in all IT’s Splendor for I felt IT was the only Thing which I could rely on. I wanted to Kill myself as young as 13 but I lived for my mother. Now I searched and searched getting obssesed from One religion to another , from ONE form/idea of GOD to another. From a HINDU I studies the Bible as I was in a catholic school. I found Understanding and forgiveness from CHrist, I ventured in THE BAHAI Faith , I found COurgage in GOD . I went into and studies many more other beleives, faiths and religion , I understood many more on the idea of “GOD” and Love but I could not apply it in my thoughts and life. I still kept HATING MYSELF and ALL AROUND ME , I KEPT CURSING and ILL WISHING all those WHO HURT me. I prayed and Prayed but nothing helped. I went under various Gurus (Many who were Hoax) to understand my sufferings but NONE could help me as many were there to scrape my money off with an empty promises of success in LIFE. I even tried many NEW AGE PHILOSOPHIES , LAW OF ATTRACTION and all sort of stuffs , from HYPNOSIS to Crytal meditation to NLP and many more. NONE of this HELPED me in any way to do help me cope up with my greif and self AGONY .
    I met KECHARIANS and the teachings of HIS EMINENCE one good day. I had all the doubt under the sun asking my self repeatedly “I have been to soo many centres and practises , buying one amulet to another , paying soo much for puja in hindu temples and going from one Medium to another psycic, NON OF THIS HELPED, How could this place KECHARA help me , HOW could this MONK help me , is this another place for me to waste my time nd money? ” but never the less I forced myself , something in me and mother told to keep hold of this MONK called Rinpoche and the practise KECHARIANS prescribe to us, I was guided by some good hearted senior KECHARIANS all the way thru to complete a certain prayers of 100000 counts. I was hesitant but I did together with my mom with guidance from the senior in KECHARA We completed the 100000.There was tons of problems and obstacles which arised during the period of prayers till we completed it , it was virtual HELL But We KEPT on till we finished it. after that my mother and me started Guru Yoga and setrap practise It was during this Sadhana that I bumped into the 8 Verses of mind transformation , By contemplationg on this very Verse made me Understand and respect the people who abused me , that all are my Gurus regardless who they are , the abuses given to me, I take it as a lesson to learn in life to change my mind and I began Loving all including myself eventhough there is still pain in me , I am slowly recoving , this is my remedy to understand that I AM THE CAUSE OF MY SUFFERINGS and I FORGIVE THE ABUSE THAT PEOPLE GAVE ME AND I DO NOT WANT THEM TO SUFFER AS WHAT I DID , I PRAY THAT ALL OF THESE PEOPLE BE FREE OF SUFFING AND RECEIVE THE DHARMA TO ACHEIVE BUDDHAHOOD, and this changed my thought on KEchara and that MONK called RInpoche ,It indeed changed me and it is slowly changing me to a better me. THanks to the senior who guided me and still guiding me if it was not for His SKillfull means I would have gone astray away from DHARMA.
    I go On my kness and bow down to the Living BODHISATTVA , WHOSE teaching,s has ILLUMINATED ME AND MY MOTHERS LIFE, I WAS LOST IN THE DARK AS THE CHILD SOPAKA WHO WAS LOST IN THE CARNEL GROUND AND HIS EMINENCE MY LORD CAME AS MY BUDDHA WHO RESCUED ME FROM DARKNESS AS HOW SAKYAMUNI BUDDHA RESCUED SOPAKA , WE(my mother and me)HAVE NOT SEEN HIM IN PERSON BUT HE IS IN THE LOTUS SEAT WITHIN OUR HEARTS, TILL DEATH I BOW BEFORE HIM MY GURU DEVA WHO IS SUPREME BEYOND MY LIFE, HIS EMINENCE TSEM RINPOCHE . DEAREST RINPOCHE I WOULD HAVE LOST MYSELF AND DROWN MYSELF IN HATRED AND ANGER BUT YOU SAVED ME ! I DO NOT KNOW HOW AM I GOING TO THANK YOU MY DEAR LORD ! MY GURU ! I BOW DOWN TO YOU MENTALLY AND PHYSICALL ! MY HEART IS FILLED WITH INFINITE GRATITUDE . THANK YOU A TRILLION TIMES , THANK YOU FOR TEACHING US THE BUDDHA DHARMA and SHOWING US THE PATH . We are proud Buddhist (me and my mom) and we aspire to be babtised as Buddhists with the grace of our dearest GURU His EMinence. A TRILLION PRANAMS AND NAMASKARAS to You dearest Rinpoche………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. P.S : Dearest RInpoche I do not meant to be Rude in the comment above to use the term ‘THIS MONK” . MY LORD I am very sorry as I was using it as a figure of speech to denote what was going in my head during that particular time . Please Please forgive me I do not mean to be rude , I bow down with humility before you Dear rinpoche .

  7. Wan Wai Meng on Jun 23, 2014 at 12:46 am

    8 verses of training the mind contains the essence of Buddha’s teachings, and its practices that help practitioners to transform their minds and not suffer so much.

  8. June Tang(Khjb) on May 12, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the Eight verses of Thought Transformation . I will doing my best to practice this way in my live for less sufferings and increase happiness.

  9. Uncle Eddie on Apr 7, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    This text is said to reveal a profound, yet totally practical method for the opening of the heart – the source of all true happiness! For endless eons, these liberating methods have created lasting peace, inspirations and serenity to countless peoples! This best of all Buddhism teaching serves as an essential advice on how to awaken our potential spiritual insight into limitless love and compassion with wisdom. Accordingly, in these pearls of good wisdom, it is said that every human being has the potential to become a buddha, if he/she has completely purified their mind of all faults and has brought forth all good qualities to perfection – except that “our mind is like a cloudy sky, in essence clear and pure, but overcast by clouds of delusions.” If such delusions could be removed, just as the thickest clouds can eventually be dispersed, then only can we experience the suppreme happiness of full enlightenment!

  10. Mel on Apr 3, 2014 at 2:50 am

    Thank you for sharing these precious teachings again Rinpoche. I hope and request that you once again teach directly, public and in person to impart the blessings of the lineage and transmission to those who are fortunate enough to recieve these type of teachings. Blogging and online recordings are wonderful, but like you said in this teaching, it can only impart intellectual knowledge. It is only by receiving the teachings directly does it impart the blessings of the lineage and transmission. These teachings are so profound and amazing.

  11. lucy yap on Apr 2, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    Eight verses encourages us on a path to overcome suffering,through self understanding and reflection.This is about learning to cultivate wisdom and compassion in every part of our daily lives.
    Thank you for this beautiful and brilliant teaching,Rinpoche.

  12. Sean Wang on Apr 2, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Thank you for this important teaching, Rinpoche. It is amazing how Rinpoche spent so much time for this teaching. These verses are the basis of all teachings and basically, if practiced, a ticket to Enlightenment.

  13. mima on Apr 2, 2014 at 2:50 am

    Much much gratitude for offering this teaching that is so precious and his changing my way of seeing.

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  15. mitra on Jun 11, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    thank you very much on the sharing for the Eight verses of Thought Transformation.

  16. Lim (KH JB) on May 14, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche for this precious teaching. I will share it out with others to let them more understand the Eight verses.

  17. Joy on May 14, 2013 at 2:06 am

    Wow this is amazing… this teaching seems so long ago… and it is still amazingly applicable! I remembered when we first got Kechara House Gompa in Sunwaymas, these 8 verses graced the gompa wall.

    Rinpoche told us, if we only practised these 8 verses ardently and we lived our life by it, we would definitely find true peace and happiness. These prayer act as a reminder to me whenever I get upset with something. It helps me to stay calm and focus as truly nothing really matters as the moment passes, we realise our anger gets less and less. So what was the huge hang up in the first place you wonder. How did it made us so upset during that moment and a few hours or days later, we don’t even remember it.

    These 3 verses are my favourite!

    “Whenever I meet a person of bad nature,
    Overwhelmed by negative energy and intense suffering,
    I will hold such a rare one dear
    As if I’ve found a precious treasure.

    When others out of jealousy,
    Mistreat me with abuse, slander and so on,
    I will practise accepting defeat
    And offering the victory to them.

    When someone I have benefited and in whom
    I have placed great trust hurts me very badly,
    I will practise seeing that person
    As my supreme teacher.”

    If we practice and live by these 8 verses, I am sure there would be no such thing as war, disharmony, discriminations and no suffering. Just eight verses encompasses so much of an “enlightened” mind. These verses are the true attainments we should seek to master!

  18. David Lai on May 13, 2013 at 3:53 am

    This teaching is just wonderful and pivotal for all of us as it encompasses the entire breadth of Buddha’s teachings on compassion and in particularly on the aspect of training the mind. I believe the mind training aspect of Buddha’s teachings is particularly powerful because it teaches a wonderful way of developing compassion. What’s wonderful and amazing is that mind training does not depend on Buddhist dogma but upon pure logic and powerful set of teachings that helps us to develop unaffected compassion for all beings. On top of that, it actually has a progressive step-by-step me

  19. Low KHJB on May 12, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    Thank you very much on the sharing for the Eight verses of Thought Transformation dear Rinpoche. The teaching from these verses is indeed profound and is the essential platform for our mind to transform to a higher level of understanding dharma.
    We are indeed plague by the norm of Samara where by ego and power are the bases for success and victory. Victims and casualties are inevitable in the path of progress to gain fame and glory.
    I would read through this verses over and over again until I could developed the proper motivation in my thoughts and action.
    Thank you Rinpoche.

  20. wanwaimeng on Oct 12, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    “When people whom we place great hopes in hurt us, it is not they who are hurting us. Rather it is them not fulfilling our expectation of how they should treat us that is hurting us. Therefore, it is our wrong projection that is hurting us.”

    The verses above are really true, our projections and expectations really fool us!

    Just re-read the 8 verses again, and its such an amazing teaching, now I feel it really grounds one in the spiritual path, to check how far you have progressed check out the 8 verses and see what you can or cannot do still.

  21. Datuk May on Oct 12, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    I have found the 8 verses of Mind Transformation to be the most powerful “lessons” to be learnt and although written so clearly and without ambiguity, it is not easy to practise. I have been doing my best to practise as I know making such practice a way of life, I will find true peace and harmony. I will continue to practise with rigor and perseverance as I believe in this teaching.

  22. Cheryl Craig on Oct 12, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Thank You So Much for posting all of this great teaching.
    I have been having a difficult couple months from intense hours with assisting others in psychotherapy and healing work. Just very intense work lately. I have been feeling tired yet not giving up. When I read all of this I felt anew and inspired again. Especially; ” The kindness of the Buddhas and the kindness of sentient beings towards us are equal in terms of causes for our enlightenment. We need the Buddhas because they are the source of all our teachings and methods to attain enlightenment. We need sentient beings because it is in dependence on them that we can practice and develop the qualities needed to be a Buddha. Therefore, since sentient beings are so important to us, we should develop love and compassion towards them…”
    I am copying this down so I remember when the road gets a little tougher.
    I appreciate your posts!
    Respectfully~ Cheryl

  23. andrew on Oct 11, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Thanks for sharing these treasures Rinpoche.Will try to remember the essence of these when things “go wrong” and people give me the opportunity to grow spiritually. 🙂

  24. Sam on Oct 10, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    I really like Rinpoche’s advice in Vid 9 to offer everything to Je Rinpoche, including the food we eat, the beautiful sky we gaze at etc, so “everything becomes an offering and nothing becomes an attachment”. That way, we become “a walking altar” making offerings to Je Rinp[oche all day long. Brilliant, and what an easy way to keep ourselves away from our mind.

  25. Sam on Oct 10, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Thank you for this very important teaching Rinpoche. I appreciate how almost 10 hours went into this few videos. It is incredible that such treasure which is direct from Buddha Shakyamuni, comes to us in such an easy format, and in a language that we understand, accompanied by guiding commentaries from Rinpoche. The Eight Verses is so clear and tangible that it leaves no room for anyone to misinterpret it’s meaning, not its intended objective. If ever one is confused as to how to train and what to focus on, here are 8 instructions, all of which require only ourselves to execute. Indeed it draws a clear line in the sand where we should make a stand (if indeed we are true to our practice) and declare war on our own self-cherishing self. Before I can hope to transform my mind, it is clear that at the very least I must never let the 8 thoughts escape my own detection at any time.

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  • Yee Yin
    Monday, Sep 16. 2019 04:30 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring and motivating article. People can say many things about us but we will know very well how we are and how we are. We should not react to the comments people make on us.

    However, I do agree that we have to contemplate on what people say about us. If what they say about us is true, especially our bad qualities, we have to change. If it is not true, we just have to move on and ignore the comments.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/7-ways-to-ignore-insults.html
  • nicholas
    Monday, Sep 16. 2019 02:49 PM
    In “Compassion Conquers All”, Tsem Rinpoche shows how through the practice of “The Eight Verses of Mind Transformation”, this wish for others to be happy can engender a state of mind of supreme love, compassion and altruism. This is the mind of Bodhicitta that wishes every sentient being to be free from every suffering and to enjoy real lasting happiness, and is determined to realise this wish by achieving the state of mind of real ultimate happiness and peace (that is free from every suffering) first, and then helping all beings attain it. This state of mind of ultimate peace and real lasting happiness is called Enlightenment or Full Awakening, where one achieves the qualities of omniscience, love and ability so as to have the power and ability to help others reach this same state.

    Read more at http://bit.ly/2kCTofx
  • nicholas
    Monday, Sep 16. 2019 02:48 PM
    John Eaton Calthorpe Blofeld (John Blofeld) (1913 – 1987) was a renowned writer of Chinese culture, Taoism, Zen Buddhism, and Mahayana Buddhist tradition. His literary endeavours had helped in introducing Buddhism to the Western world and inspired many to follow his path on the journey of spiritual discoveries.

    During his lifetime, John Blofeld had travelled widely around China and other countries, visited sacred mountains and monasteries, and met with hermits, sages and great Buddhist masters of various traditions. As his popularity grew, he used his fame to inspire younger writers to follow his path and helped to launch their career by writing forewords or providing constructive feedback to their maiden literary effort. Those who had the privilege to be acquainted with this extraordinary man, remembered his generosity, warmth, and sincerity. Even today, his writing and unique experiences continue to inspire others to the path of spirituality and give insight to the world of China when the refined Chinese civilisation was omnipresent

    Read more about Blofeld at http://bit.ly/2kLSRry
  • nicholas
    Monday, Sep 16. 2019 02:40 PM
    Following our habituated way of thinking, the source of whatever happiness we seek from marriage appears to be the picture of an ideal partner. In fact, even as we embark on a long-term relationship with our partners, we already have expectations and projections on our partner. We expect to be happy when our partner conforms to our own set of norms, way of thinking, and expectations. In order to correct this mistaken view, we need to look deeply into ourselves and see that happiness does not come from holding mistaken projections and expectations. In fact, when these expectations and projections are unfulfilled, they are likely to cause us disappointment, pain, and anguish instead.

    Read more about our actions and pursuits at finding happiness at http://bit.ly/2mgjgOx
  • nicholas
    Monday, Sep 16. 2019 02:27 PM
    Tsarchen Losal Gyatso (1502 – 1566 CE) was a famous master and the founder of the Tsarpa lineage of the Sakya tradition centred at Dar Drangmoche Monastery in the central Tsang province of Tibet.

    The great Tsarchen Losal Gyatso is the 21st lineage holder of the Vajrayogini tantric tradition stemming from the Mahasiddha Naropa himself. In fact, by engaging in Vajrayogini as his main practice, Tsarchen Losal Gyatso gained high realisations and went on to have several important visionary experiences associated with her. Due to his high realisations, Tsarchen also beheld pure visions of Padmasambhava, Vajrayogini, Chakrasamvara, Kalachakra, Yamantaka, other tantric deities and masters.

    Read more about Tsarchen Losal Gyatso at http://bit.ly/2kj8bM9
  • nicholas
    Monday, Sep 16. 2019 02:23 PM
    Rabindranath Tagore (1861 – 1941) was an illustrious man of many talents. A prolific writer, poet, songwriter, playwright, actor, and painter, he revolutionised Indian art and literature, and was also a pioneer of the Bengal Renaissance Movement. Rabindranath’s works have influenced numerous writers, artists, painters, activists, humanitarian workers, social workers, the poor and the rich across the globe, and his works have been translated into Dutch, English, Spanish, German, and many other languages.

    Read more about Rabindranath at http://bit.ly/2kBH2nW
  • Yee Yin
    Sunday, Sep 15. 2019 03:52 PM
    This is a very interesting article to know that Mongolian astrology is closely related to Buddhism. Some of us might think astrology is a very superstitious practice but it is practised in Buddhism.

    From the scripture, our body body parts are related to different planets. In a way, it means our body and the universe are in fact one. Therefore, we should respect our environment because if our mother nature has lost its balance, our health will be affected as well.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/a-mongolian-manual-of-astrology-and-divination.html
  • nicholas
    Sunday, Sep 15. 2019 03:24 PM
    The most recent celebrity that was reported to have shown some interest in Buddhism is Katy Perry. People often think being a celebrity is wonderful, but behind all the smiles and the beauty, there is much suffering and pain… We have seen it many times, and celebrities who fail to cope with the stress and public pressure often take up dangerous habits or suicidal. I’m not claiming that I know of Katy Perry’s life and difficulties, but as long as we are all in samsara, we are all subjected to suffering.

    Read more http://bit.ly/2kAM442
  • nicholas
    Sunday, Sep 15. 2019 03:17 PM
    The International Mountain Museum (IMM) in Pokhara, Nepal isq all about the 14 highest mountains in the world…all of them are at least 8,000 meters in height! Those interested in mountaineering would come to Pokhara as most of the trekking routes start from there.

    Out of the top 14 mountains, 8 are within Nepal! Since 1920 (when mountaineering was still new to the world) many researchers would come to this beautiful country to do research on things like how the mountains were formed…what the exact height of the mountain is…what minerals can be found there etc.

    Read more at http://bit.ly/2mckDh7
  • nicholas
    Sunday, Sep 15. 2019 03:13 PM
    Malaysia adopts a constitutional monarchy system that is a mixture of hereditary and elected monarchs. Malaysia consists of several administrative regions across thirteen states and three federal territories. Nine states are ruled by monarchs, four states are supervised by a Yang di-Pertua Negeri or Governor, and the Federal Government controls the remaining three federal territories.

    Read more about Malaysia monarcy at http://bit.ly/2lWGlpd
  • nicholas
    Sunday, Sep 15. 2019 03:01 PM
    Meditation puts children in touch with their most natural condition, which is free, expressive, cooperative, loving and peaceful. This is a direct counter for everything else in society that encourages them to think of only “me, me, me” from a young age, and to engage in competition which encourages division. Hence meditation is something our world desperately needs because the competition we teach children will become greed when they are adults competing to win. It’s this greed and need to win that is slowly killing our planet and destroying all of our natural resources. Hence meditation is one of the most valuable habits a child can be encouraged to learn and integrate as part of their daily life.

    Read more about Buddhist meditation in schools at http://bit.ly/2kkWlBd
  • nicholas
    Sunday, Sep 15. 2019 02:55 PM
    Contrary to popular belief, not all meditation techniques produce similar effects of body and mind. Indeed, a recent study by researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has demonstrated for the first time that different types of Buddhist meditation – namely the Vajrayana and Theravada styles of meditation – elicit qualitatively different influences on human physiology and behaviour, producing arousal and relaxation responses respectively.

    In particular, the NUS research team found that Vajrayana meditation, which is associated with Tibetan Buddhism, can lead to enhancements in cognitive performance.

    Read more about the research http://bit.ly/2lOZA4g
  • nicholas
    Saturday, Sep 14. 2019 05:11 PM
    Prevent Snakes in Your Backyard

    Artemisia Vulgaris (mugwort or common wormwood) is one of several species in the genus Artemisia which have common names that include the word mugwort. This species is also occasionally known as Felon Herb, Chrysanthemum Weed, Wild Wormwood, Old uncle Henry, Sailor’s Tobacco, Naughty Man, Old Man or St. John’s Plant (not St John’s wort).

    In some places, wormwood is considered as an invasive weed. It is a very common plant growing on nitrogenous soils such as waste places and roadsides. It is a tall herbaceous perennial plant with a woody root.

    The downside of this plant is that it is an aggressive and invasive plant that takes over wherever it is planted which leads to another issue of management control.

    http://bit.ly/2lQlrs5

  • nicholas
    Saturday, Sep 14. 2019 05:06 PM
    Not using some muscles for quite a time it’s known that they will weaken.

    A perfect example is a leg injury like a broken bone (fibula) and you’re supposed to relax and use the wheelchair for some time in order to let the bone heal. In the meantime, your muscles won’t be active and thus become weaker. This is the same with the muscles surrounding your eye lens.

    If it happens that you are wearing glasses as many do and you don’t practice exercises for your eyes, your vision will slowly weaken. Your eye muscles need practice just like every other muscle in your body.

    Read more at http://bit.ly/2mihFYH
  • nicholas
    Saturday, Sep 14. 2019 04:57 PM
    A US court has upheld a law forcing Phoenix pet stores to only sell rescue animals, giving homeless cats and dogs a better chance at a second life.

    Stores in Phoenix now cannot source animals to sell from commercial breeders.

    The decision, which was passed by Phoenix City Council in December 2013 to tackle the rising amount of homeless animals in the area, has since been upheld in the courts to the delight of animal welfare activists.

    The Humane Society of the United States senior vice president Jonathan Lovvorn has welcomed the decision by Arizona’s largest city and state capital.

    Read more at http://bit.ly/2lQkOid

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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
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Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
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See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat\'s land here in Malaysia
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Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat's land here in Malaysia
Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
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Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
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The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
Sacred Vajra Yogini
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Sacred Vajra Yogini
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Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
This is pretty amazing!

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

Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
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In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
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There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
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Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
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Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden\'s grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden's grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
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A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
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Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
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Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche 

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We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
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    They do this every day!
    This is how they are being treated every day of their lives. Please do something to stop the brutality. Listen to their cries for help!
  • What happened at Fair Oaks Farm?
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    What happened at Fair Oaks Farm?
    The largest undercover dairy investigation of all time. See what they found out at Fair Oaks Farm.
  • She’s going to spend her whole life here without being able to move correctly. Like a machine. They are the slaves of the people and are viewed as a product. It’s immoral. Billions of terrestrial animals die annually. Billions. You can’t even imagine it. And all that because people don’t want to give up meat, even though there are so many alternatives. ~ Gabriel Azimov
    3 months ago
    She’s going to spend her whole life here without being able to move correctly. Like a machine. They are the slaves of the people and are viewed as a product. It’s immoral. Billions of terrestrial animals die annually. Billions. You can’t even imagine it. And all that because people don’t want to give up meat, even though there are so many alternatives. ~ Gabriel Azimov
  • Our Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir speaks so well, logically and regarding our country’s collaboration with China for growth. It is refreshing to listen to Dr. Mahathir’s thoughts. He said our country can look to China for many more things such as technology and so on. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    Our Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir speaks so well, logically and regarding our country’s collaboration with China for growth. It is refreshing to listen to Dr. Mahathir’s thoughts. He said our country can look to China for many more things such as technology and so on. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This is the first time His Holiness Dalai Lama mentions he had some very serious illness. Very worrying. This video is captured April 2019.
    5 months ago
    This is the first time His Holiness Dalai Lama mentions he had some very serious illness. Very worrying. This video is captured April 2019.
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    Beautiful Monastery in Hong Kong
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    5 months ago
    This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
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    Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
  • These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
    5 months ago
    Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
  • Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
    6 months ago
    Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
  • Beautiful
    6 months ago
    Beautiful
    Beautiful sacred Severed Head Vajra Yogini from Tsem Rinpoche's personal shrine.
  • My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
    6 months ago
    My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
  • Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
    6 months ago
    Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
    7 months ago
    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
  • SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    8 months ago
    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
  • Cute!
    8 months ago
    Cute!
    Oser girl loves the balcony so much. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTcoWpKJm2c
  • Uncle Wong
    8 months ago
    Uncle Wong
    We were told by Uncle Wong he is very faithful toward Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden has extended help to him on several occasions and now Uncle Wong comes daily to make incense offerings to Dorje Shugden. He is grateful towards the help he was given.
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    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
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    8 months ago
    Cute baby owl found and rescued
    We rescued a lost baby owl in Kechara Forest Retreat.
  • Nice cups from Kechara!!
    9 months ago
    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    9 months ago
    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Chirping birds and other forest animals create a joyful melody at the Vajrayogini stupa in Kechara Forest Retreat (Bentong, Malaysia).
  • His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche makes offering of khata to Dorje Shugden.
    9 months ago
    His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche makes offering of khata to Dorje Shugden.
    Trijang Rinpoche never gave up his devotion to Dorje Shugden no matter how much Tibetan government in exile pressured him to give up. He stayed loyal inspiring so many of us.
  • This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
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    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    This video is thought-provoking and very interesting. Watch! Thanks so much to our friends at LIVEKINDLY.
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    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
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    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
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    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
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    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
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    2 yearss ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    2 yearss ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
  • Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
    2 yearss ago
    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
  • Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
    2 yearss ago
    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
  • Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
    2 yearss ago
    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    2 yearss ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    2 yearss ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    2 yearss ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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Currently the youngest student in dharma class :) Lin Mun KSDS
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Currently the youngest student in dharma class :) Lin Mun KSDS
Nice lotus sit done by the youngest class students. Lin Mun KSDS
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Nice lotus sit done by the youngest class students. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Jayce is teaching dharma to student of age 11-12 years old . Lin Mun MSDS
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Teacher Jayce is teaching dharma to student of age 11-12 years old . Lin Mun MSDS
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Students enjoyed the light exercise session. Lin Mun KSDS
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Some simple exercise before we finish our dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Grace giving some ideas on activities to Wen Yue. Lin Mun KSDS
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The children were so excited to wait for the next quiz question. Lin Mun KSDS
Children will do prostration and recite Manjushri mantra before start of dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children will do prostration and recite Manjushri mantra before start of dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback - Participants were so attentive when colouring tsa tsa. Lin Mun KSDS
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Maya painting Vajrayogini tsa tsa at the kid’s corner during Wesak day. Lin Mun KSDS
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Join us on Saturday, 24th August 2019 in celebrating International Dorje Shugden Day with an evening of auspicious and powerful pujas for abundance, prosperity, longevity and wish-fulfilment! PROGRAMME 4:00pm – Prayer Flag Puja & Lhasang Smoke Offering Ritual 5:30pm – Free vegetarian dinner 6:30pm – Gyenze Increasing Fire Puja 9:00pm – End Collectively, these pujas are a celebration of Dorje Shugden’s blessings and are highly beneficial for all sponsors and attendees. There’s really no better place to celebrate Dorje Shugden Day than in Kechara Forest Retreat, which is home to the world’s largest Dorje Shugden statue. MORE INFO: kecharaforestretreat.com/dorjeshugdenday
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Join us on Saturday, 24th August 2019 in celebrating International Dorje Shugden Day with an evening of auspicious and powerful pujas for abundance, prosperity, longevity and wish-fulfilment! PROGRAMME 4:00pm – Prayer Flag Puja & Lhasang Smoke Offering Ritual 5:30pm – Free vegetarian dinner 6:30pm – Gyenze Increasing Fire Puja 9:00pm – End Collectively, these pujas are a celebration of Dorje Shugden’s blessings and are highly beneficial for all sponsors and attendees. There’s really no better place to celebrate Dorje Shugden Day than in Kechara Forest Retreat, which is home to the world’s largest Dorje Shugden statue. MORE INFO: kecharaforestretreat.com/dorjeshugdenday
Teacher Jayce explained the good value from Rinpoche’s teachings. Alice, KSDS
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Teacher Jayce explained the good value from Rinpoche’s teachings. Alice, KSDS
“Be kind to animals.” Let your kids join the monthly Animal Liberation at Kechara House, Sunwaymas.
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“Be kind to animals.” Let your kids join the monthly Animal Liberation at Kechara House, Sunwaymas.
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Chern Chern learnt dharma and show the good attitudes to others. Alice, KSDS
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Encourage the kids to express their feelings and at the same instill the dharma to them. Alice, KSDS
Teacher Grace taught the participants for the DIY candles. Alice , KSDS
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Teacher Grace taught the participants for the DIY candles. Alice , KSDS
Children recite Migtsema and Manjushri mantra before the start of dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children recite Migtsema and Manjushri mantra before the start of dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Student do full prostration before the start of dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Wen Yue led students to do key chain as part of art and craft activity. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Kien shared some photos of sangha members. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback- close bonding during WOAH camp. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback- Chinese New Year activity, calligraphy with best wishes words. Lin Mun KSDS
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