For those who hold vows

Feb 23, 2016 | Views: 2,134

(By Tsem Rinpoche)

Dear Pastors Moh Mei, Jean Ai, Shin, Yek Yee,

As spiritual aspirants (monks/nuns to be, Pastors representing the dharma, lay students who have taken refuge vows for enlightenment) it is very important we distinguish ourselves from ordinary lay people. We have have heard the dharma, know the truth of existence and understand the methods. We have to be different BECAUSE we have heard, know the truth and understand the dharma. So when we aspire by taking vows and focusing our minds towards enlightenment it is the direct outcome of our sincere aspirations. Sincere commitments arise from sincere aspirations. When the aspiration is sincere, then our commitments for it is easier. When we have sincere aspirations, then anything that challenges us will be seen as a method to curb the mind and not as an impossible hurdle.

When we take vows of any type, especially when we aspire to be monks/nuns, we are distinguishing in our mind stream and the mind stream of others our wish to be spiritually advanced. We wish to conquer ourselves. We wish this advancement for the sake of ourselves and the many others. We start with ourselves. But time is of the essence as we don’t have much of it. To take vows is to consciously eliminate the stimuli that would further reinforce negative habits and also to cut them. Vows is the key. As negative stimuli are the true source of all of our unwanted sufferings and they delay if not stop our spiritual growth. Our vows are to cut specific and general stimuli such as procrastination, forgetfulness, laziness, miserliness, ego based decisions, self gratification and the related. When these are cut or under control, then our actions and behavior are different naturally. Our actions will lead to improvement both for self and inspire others around us. We are to develop compassion, tolerance patience, hard work, ethics, right view, promises, consistency, stability, keeping words of honor and the likes as the correct stimuli and the vows we have taken are the keys. Cutting out wrong stimuli will serve to not worsen our mental state but ‘dry up’ the lake of samsara as the river which feeds it is diverted. Wrong stimuli is like toxic water from a factory going into a lake killing all the inhabitants of the lake slowly. Whereas correct stimuli (vows, promises, work, compassion, etc) is like fresh melted glacial water flowing into the same pond refreshing and enriching the denizens of the lake. The lake is our mind. The denizens our spiritual growth. The water flowing in is the stimuli we feed are feeding this mind. 

For our spiritual growth and for us to increase the sangha, it all depends on feeding our minds with right stimuli by guarding our vows as we would our eyes. To keep our promises, do our work well and be consistent are the formulas for this to happen. (Some have requested to to take vows and that is wonderful. But hold the vows now, and ‘prove’ you really wish to do so to yourself and your teacher).

The whole reason to be a monk, nun, Pastor or sincere dharma student, is to cut the wrong stimuli immediately and that itself is not the goal but a correct path to reach our goals. Do not think transformation is the goal, but it is the tool in which we can use to reach our goal of mind awakening. So do not limit ourselves to say we are improving as that is not the goal but just a tool. Be vigilant of our minds.

Therefore holding the simplest of promises to the most ‘complex’ is possible when our determination arising from true aspiration is in place. As monks and nuns to be it is crucial that we are not reminded of our duties, our promises, our behavior and what work we are suppose to perform on a very fundamental level. As when we are reminded it sends the wrong habitual stimuli to our mind making our change of dress no different than before we changed our dress and shaved our heads.

As monks and nuns to be and Pastors, it is very important we keep our words of honor and our integrity especially with our dharma brothers and sisters and teacher. It is just as important for all spiritual aspirants in fact. Spiritual awakening is for all and not just sangha…it’s just sangha take the extra step and quicken the promise when keeping vows. Vows protect from wrong stimuli. As monks and nuns-to-be our wish to renounce negative stimuli is signified by our hair cutting, donning the robes and changing outer behavior. If our outer behavior is only subject to cutting our hair and wearing robes and nothing further, than we have used our greatest opportunity as perhaps another comfort zone for our ego to elicit respect, protection, support or the likes perhaps?

Therefore it is most important for sangha to be that we release our negative stimuli and immediately adopt positive stimuli as you have taken your vows already and also you are the leaders of the community or close to it. Leaders are not people who give orders, but people who show others that sangha (and dharma) is something worth to support because they focus all their time on development of the inner which reflected in their consistency, forthrightness, diligence, patience, compassion and tolerance. This is reflected in our work. Our work must reflect the correct stimuli. We want to cut from our mind all wrong stimuli and feed it correct stimuli so development occurs and each year we get closer to our spiritual goals as opposed to stagnancy or worse yet, degeneration.

As sangha to be we must make this preparation time or training time REALLY TRAINING TIME and not be lax. When we finally (due to tremendous merits) don the maroon robes, we have elicit admiration, respect and the folded hands of others because THEY KNOW WE HAVE WORKED TOWARD BEING WORTHY OF THIS. We plant the seeds of virtuous sangha in their minds. So there is no time to waste. Impermanence contemplations should kick in here. Our many years alive on this earth should not have served as time to cement our negative habits (stimuli) but age into wisdom and inspiration for others.

I am very happy and rejoice for those of you who keep even the simplest of my requests such as social media as among some of your assignments and duties. I see you five Pastors consistently on social media promoting events, activities, practice, our lineage, KFR, Kechara, and using different methods to do so. It warms my heart. Even when I am physically far away you make offerings of practice to me (labeled as your teacher) of doing something as simple as CONSISTENT SOCIAL MEDIA without reminders. Although outwardly making offerings to your teacher seems like it’s for the teacher, it’s really for yourself because the outer teacher leads to the inner teacher. Consistency is the offering in this case. You relieve the outer teacher to remind and therefore it is another plus point for your own inner teacher.  This shows me the time I have spent with you has taken some positive effect in your mind stream and this gives me the GREATEST JOY AND REJOICE. I thank you. This creates causes to be near the dharma, hear the dharma, be near the teacher and the causes for dharma for ourselves.  When we do the dharma we please the teacher. The outer teacher is the person who teaches us and the inner teacher is ourselves. When we please our inner teacher, then we gain courage, stamina, inspiration and blessings.

Keep up your social media and other works. I am very happy to see you on tweets (when I read them during my travels), fb and blog and see your participation. It really warms my heart in the cold climate of where I am currently.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

Although this message is for some specific people in Kechara, it applies to all persons who do their work with a compassionate heart diligently. We have many people in Kechara that work very hard and quietly behind the scenes and I appreciate them tremendously. I thank all of you so much. Some I may not always know how much you are doing, but I am sure it’s a lot. I thank you and offer my prayers. Kechara stands for benefit. We formed Kechara to bring benefit to others. We have to remember this always. To bring benefit to others. There are many obstacles and challenges, but all things that are good and benefit are like that. We cannot give up and we must let our better side win. Our better thoughts win. We must work towards that. Let the Dharma win. Let all those who need dharma win!

Bringing dharma to others really changes people’s lives. Also it is also this letter is good for people who are holding vows and the reasons behind it. Even if you are not involved in Kechara or working within Kechara, what I express here could apply to you also. I hope it helps.

I hope this short write up on vows benefits many others who are holding vows of any kind and or intend to. Vows are sacred, have karmic effects and help us in our integrity to others and ourselves. Integrity is the key to our future with others and ourselves.

Tsem Rinpoche

 

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  1. Jacinta Goh on Dec 16, 2016 at 12:49 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    After two years down the journey with Kechara, I have realized the importance of social media, for I have benefited a lot from it. I used to read and social media Dharma stuff very often. However, since I’ve started working online, I’ve not been doing it quite often. Thanks to most of the Kecharians (especially those who are not even Pastors or Sangha to be) who consistently social media their works, Rinpoche’s advice or quotes, practices or latest blogposts every now and then. Due to their kindness and consistency, I am able to catch up the latest news from Kechara.

    A big Thank You to all.

  2. Wan Wai Meng on Jul 28, 2016 at 3:38 am

    This brings to mind that people who have gotten the dharma, had studied and learnt the dharma from a qualified teacher their actions now must be different than before they met the teacher & dharma.

    Consistency is more important than ‘talent’ or ‘potential’ for the dharma in my humble opinion, many people have great potential to be a force of dharma, but due to inconsistency and laziness, they do not realize their true potential.

  3. Alice Tay on Mar 1, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this lovely message.

    Rejoice to Pastor Moh Mei, Pastor Jean Ai, Pastor Shin and Pastor Yek Yee. Also appreciate to other pastors who have dedicated their time fully with tireless for the purpose to serve others and share the Dharma, especially on social media. Although I do not know well each of the pastors but I have learnt a lot from them via their social media sharing.

    By holding vows and follow the 50 Verses of Guru devotion, the pastors and many students of Rinpoche also have kept their promise of commitments to share the dharma via social media consistently though Rinpoche is physically far away.

    In order to achieve the attainments, we should see our guru is the same as the Buddha, always keep our words of honor, put whole-hearted effort and never transgress our guru’s advice. These are clearly stated in the 50 Verses of Guru devotion and also Lamrin. As such, we should not give up easily for the dharma no matter how much obstacles and challenges got to overcome.

    Humbly,
    Alice Tay

  4. Uncle Eddie on Feb 28, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    As a spiritual trainee I must thank Rinoche deeply for his short and inspiring write-up on vows benefits for us and many others who are holding vows. Integrity is of course undoubtedly the key to our future success with others and ourselves. We must also be prepared to endure hardships involved in any spiritual pursuit and be determined to sustain our effort and will power. As Rinpoche has mentioned there may be many obstacles and challenges which must be anticipated, but the key to a successful practice or to any multiple obstacle is never to lose our determination! Om Mani Padme Hung.

  5. Sarah on Feb 27, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    I remember Rinpoche has said that taking vows is to cut off focus on the outside, and to develop true altruism, to create the causes to hold sila. The reason is to get out of prison, to cut the causes to remain in the prison. May I have the good fortune to be a candidate for more vows and achieve the perfection of ethics.

  6. JP on Feb 25, 2016 at 12:09 am

    “Although outwardly making offerings to your teacher seems like it’s for the teacher, it’s really for yourself because the outer teacher leads to the inner teacher. Consistency is the offering in this case. You relieve the outer teacher to remind and therefore it is another plus point for your own inner teacher.”

    This is the essence of having a guru. I remember Rinpoche told us many years ago that the day guru meets the disciple, is the day the guru trains the disciple to be independent from the guru. The guru’s function is to guide the disciples towards Enlightenment.

    Consistency is one of the key components to adopting positive stimuli and letting go of negative stimuli. As with any person of success, consistency is one of the key ingredients to their success. This is one of the qualities that Rinpoche always instill in us.

  7. So Kin Hoe (KISG) on Feb 24, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you Rinpoche for giving us the valuable and profound teaching of holding to our vows and bring benefits to others through Dharma works. Based on my level of understanding, our inner motivations and sincerity lead to our outer actions that resembles the cause and effect, whereby the stimuli coming from the outside of us will affect our inner mind, behavior and inner motivation whether it is good or bad. Hence, by taking and holding to vows in Dharma, it will act as a shield or armor to prevent and stop the wrong stimuli from entering into our mind stream which can lead us deeper into samsara and sufferings due to our own deluded mind and negativities.

    Thank you Rinpoche. May Rinpoche live long and stay in good health all the times.

    With folded hands,
    kin hoe

  8. Stella Cheang on Feb 24, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    It is an extremely heartwarming message from a high lama writing to his students. I can feel the loving kindness and care through the words. The guidance and advice, the encouragement and nurturing are so very touching. The only thought that come to my mind is “Rinpoche is like the father caring for His only child.”

    This message makes me realize the true meaning of holding vows and the effect on our outer behavior.

    I also understand more on why it is extremely important to be consistent on our spiritual path.

    And, it is hard work on being a worthy sangha / sangha to be.

    Thank You so much, Rinpoche, for sharing this message with us. Please take care in the cold weather.

    Humbly, bowing down,
    Stella Cheang

    • Stella Cheang on Apr 19, 2016 at 8:25 am

      Now, we have heard the dharma, being taught the truth of existence and shown the path to enlightenment, we have to be different because we now know the method to curb our mind and transform ourselves. Hence, we shall aspire by taking vows and focusing our minds towards enlightenment. Here, Rinpoche mentioned that “to take vows is to consciously eliminate the stimuli that would further reinforce negative habits and also to cut them.” Holding our vows well means cutting out negative stimuli (pollutant or toxic) from entering into the lake (our mind), thus, freeing our mind up to adopt positive stimuli e.g. focus our time and effort on developing the inner qualities – consistency, forthrightness, diligence, patience, compassion and tolerance.

      Thank you very much, Rinpoche, for this clear and concise Dharma teaching.

      Humbly, bowing down,
      Stella Cheang

  9. Chris Chong on Feb 23, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    This article is very informative and this is what i had learnt from it.

    1.Sincere commitments arise from sincere aspirations. When the aspiration is sincere, then our commitments for it is easier. When our motivation is sincere when doing dharma work, we will be able to overcome obstacles especially inner obstacles.

    2. To take vows is to consciously eliminate the stimuli that would further reinforce negative habits and also to cut them.Taking vows are not done to restrict our freedom and punish ourselves with rules. On the contrary, taking vows will set our mind free and protect ourselves from doing negative action that will harm us.

    3.The whole reason to be a monk, nun, Pastor or sincere dharma student, is to cut the wrong stimuli immediately and that itself is not the goal but a correct path to reach our goals. Spiritual practice is about changing ourselves to be better people by removing bad habis and traits in us. Mind trasnformation is very core of spiritual practice which can lead us to enlightenment.

    Humbly,
    Chris

  10. michele marie on Oct 26, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    Your words of advise are going deep in me and bring me back to who I am. Endless gratitude and deepest respect to Rinpoche always.

  11. Pema Thinley on Oct 26, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    thank you for your precious words, they really hit my heart core. long live Rinpoche._/\_

  12. Wan Wai Meng on Dec 4, 2013 at 4:33 am

    I recall something Rinpoche mentioned perhaps not directly to me to someone who told it to me and that is if we don’t want to hold vows, then we want to harm others. Can’t argue with that actually. If we keep to any vows, then the chances to break everyone vow is very high. If we harm others there is no way anything can protect us.

  13. Jennifer on Dec 2, 2013 at 1:17 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for this important teaching. We must be sincere in our aspiration as sincerity enforces our determination to commit. When we are aspired to take vows, it is a step to conquer and advanced ourselves to consciously eliminate stimuli that reinforce negative habits in us. To hold the promises, we must be diligent in doing our work and consistent in our actions, would in return help us in our integrity and be able to benefit not just ourselves but many others.

  14. Grace Leu on Dec 1, 2013 at 12:50 am

    Thanks for Rinpoche’s sharing. Holding vows stop us from thinking of harming others. This is not a restrictions on our actions, yet it form a protection for us not generating any more negative karma. The Pastors are working very hard and show as a good example to promote Kechara, Rinpoche and Gelup lineage, i salute to them . It touch my heart when Rinpoche mention” we form Kechara to bring benefits to others”, this will in my heart and put into actions to benefit others.

    • Casteven Lim (KH JB) on Dec 2, 2013 at 9:15 pm

      Yup Grace, agree with u…

      “Holding vows stop us from thinking of harming others. This is not a restrictions on our actions, yet it form a protection for us not generating any more negative karma.”

      We should follow to at least prevent for new Negative Karma hence use our limited times in this life time to gain more Merits to purified our countless previous life Negative Karma.

      Salute to Rinpoche, Pastors, all monks and nuns ect that holding so much vows everyday.

  15. Alex C.J. Tan on Nov 30, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    It is so important for us to examine our aspirations and motivation from the beginning and continuously to ensure that they are sincere and genuine. Until we finally develop proper motivation and true aspirations, our efforts will be inconsistent and perhaps erratic too

    I was very afraid of taking the refuge vows years back just like a lot of new friends now. But now I totally agree that the vows are not meant to restrict us but a way to consciously eliminate the stimuli that reinforce our negative habits that create further sufferings to us.

    Human rebirth is precious and rare and time is short too. It would be foolish not to use this human body to waste this precious opportunity to develop our mind and benefit others now that we have met the Holy Dharma. Worst still if we use it to further cement our negative habits and convince others to do so.

    Rinpoche, thank you very much for the precious reminders and guidance. They are making my head spin (but in a very good way!) I promise to follow these advice to heart.

  16. Datuk May on Nov 30, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Holding vows seems so restrictive and controls what we want to do. This is the mind set of most people and as such many promises are broken and consequences of such broken promises are devastating at the very least. But with selfishness in our mind stream, all is alright as long as we are alright, without due consideration to how we have others in their state of mind.

    From my personal experience, my practice of holding to my vows had made live easier for me to deal with what I like and dislike as I look less into what I experience but the consequences of my actions as to whether I will be able to leave someone in a better place.

    There are moments, I do not practise and hold my vows strong enough and regret the consequences of my reactions to people, events etc. This create regrets and sadness in me.

    In conclusions, holding onto vows will be very liberating to our mind to have peace and comfort with ourselves.

    Thank you, Rinpoche for this teaching as to the importance of vows both for our Wonderful group of Monks/Nuns to be and our Pastors and most of all to all Kecharians. Holding onto our vows will make Kechara a place to benefit.

  17. Sharon Ong on Nov 30, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    I really love your closing when you said “The outer teacher is the person who teaches us and the inner teacher is ourselves. When we please our inner teacher, then we gain courage, stamina, inspiration and blessings.” Here’s to pleasing both our inner and outer teachers.

    With folded hands.

  18. Wendy Loh on Nov 29, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    The taking of vows is to tame the mind. To set a path that one could follow to cultivate enlightenment. For those who are purely on this religious path, then, it would make complete sense. Vows are needed to train the mind to accept the journey on this pathless path.

    On the other hand, for those who are not serious about spiritual transformation and cultivation but look at a religious practice as merely a means to escape his hardships and failures, then, vows, rules and regulations are a threat to the ego and thus rejected.

    Ultimately, the internal changes in a person are crucial to the acceptance of vows.

    Thank you for this profound essay and email.

    With folded hands,
    Wendy

  19. Julien Roth on Nov 28, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this and for reminding us about how important vows are. I truly think that vows in general can make us better people. They help us be kind to others and be compassionate and thoughtful in every way. I look at vows like instructions and how to be happy.

  20. Ron Wong on Nov 25, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    I used to think that vows are like a prison that keep us within the 4 walls & block all our freedom in life. After taking my refuge vow years ago & trying my very best to hold the vows, sometimes ok but sometimes not….As years passed my feeling was quite the opposite, especially when I am stuck with difficult situation trying to make the right decision, I reflect on the vows to guide me along. It is not about right or wrong but it helps to make the situation easier & more pleasant for everyone.

    When we practice holding the vows we will experience the benefits & then holding the vows is no longer a challenge. I rejoice for the Pastors, monk & nun to be & those who are holding theirs vows because vows are the methods to make us a better person & free us from the misery that we experience in life & bring us with joy,unregretful feeling & peace.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this valuable teaching & I shall continue to hold the vows with my very best effort so that to inspire others to do the same.

    With folded hands!

  21. Uncle Eddie on Nov 24, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Why take vows? As said, it is to distinquish ourselves from others, to eliminate our negative habits and to cut them off so as to become spiritually advanced. We are to develop compassion, tolerance, patience, ethics, right-view, consistency and keeping our words of honour. Negative habits, such as laziness, procastination, miserliness, ego-based delusions and self-gratification should be eliminated. We are to treat our mind as a lake, the denizens our growth, the water flowing in is the stimulus we feed to our mind. We must be vigilant of our mind constantly! Enlightenment is said to be no longer a myth. It does exist and workable. By our taking of the vows, we have somewhat made a commitment that we are going to develop this ambitious project by working very hard towards enlightenment in order to make it come true, through our Guru devotion! Om mani padme hung!

    • David Lai on Nov 24, 2013 at 10:57 pm

      Oh wow… Nice to see Uncle Eddie posting on Rinpoche’s blog. I hope you are reading this. Good that you are constantly on Rinpoche’s blog. I hope everything is great in your life and that you are doing your mantras and sadhanas daily along with your wife. It is great that we do Dharma work to curb our negativities and the best is to do it to our old age and where we can grow old gracefully in the Dharma thus inspiring many people.

  22. LT Loo on Nov 24, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    The vows that we hold initially may seem to bring inconveniences in life as it directly counter our’s old habituation of being lax, unethical, being a miser… when we had heard the holy Dharma, understand it, agreed upon it and had the wish to be free from our’s self created problems that bring suffering and also effected others that are dear to us. we go for refuge to the Three precious jewels with aspired mind to stop performing these unbeneficial actions and to bring benefit to others.
    The vows we received from our preceptor/guru who is the embodiment of Three jewels is the beginning of an unlearning process while we learn to practice the new beneficial one.
    Hence it leads to more freedom rather than what that bond us in cyclic suffering.
    The pastors and others that hold to their commitment serve as role model to show for how the Dharma could be practice in contemporary era.

  23. Nancy Loo on Nov 24, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Regardless whether we are a teenagers our adults, we tend to misinterpret /misused our roles as a human beings. Are we here to eat, sleep, drink ,be jolly and chasing after all materialistic objects and eventually as we get old and sick…..waiting for death to come? Often we tend to behave or hold to our vows when we are within the Dharma Centre premise and eventually, the moment we out in the samsaric world, automatically we will withhold or hesitate to adhere to the vows!! Therefore, I can regard that Kecharians are very fortunate to have a Guru to remind us from time to time and of course we cannot rely on the Guru constantly. Nevertheless, I am still trying hard to hold to the vows and apply the Dharma practice in my daily activities.

    Thank you Rinpoche for your kindness. Please rest well and hope to see Rinpoche again.

    With Folded Hands

  24. Pastor Shin on Nov 23, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you very much for taking the time to share this advice. I am glad that my work gives a little comfort to Rinpoche.

    I recently read what Dromtonpa said about the demarcation between Dharma and non-Dharma:
    “If it is a remedy against affliction, it is Dharma; if not, it is not Dharma. If it is at variance with all worldly people, it is Dharma; if it is in accord with the worldly, it is not Dharma. If its trace is positive, it is Dharma; if not, it is not Dharma.”

    As always, my Lama, you have given explanations and commentary for the most profound texts in the form of simple & practical advice that is well suited for all of us at our level, to remind us that taking vows seriously means consciously eliminate the stimuli that would further reinforce negative habits.

    I will remember this always and as Rinpoche said, and not be contented with the wrong view that this is a goal, but merely a tool.

    Please take care Rinpoche.

  25. Sofi on Nov 23, 2013 at 1:34 am

    Thanks very much, Rinpoche, for this timely teaching n reminder. Wt folded hands n deepest gratitude, Sofi

  26. David Lai on Nov 22, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for a great teaching on the spiritual significance of holding our vows and commitments and thank you to the Pastors for showing exemplary behaviour for all Kecharians. Rinpoche has a wonderful way of bringing technical Dharma to the understanding of everybody.

    Rinpoche’s emphasis on commitments is somewhat lacking in most teachings because it was a given in the Tibetan environment. However, in today’s world of exposure to various different teachers and their lineages, it has become of paramount importance. This is also due to the fact that distractions these days are many and focussing and keeping our commitments has become a rarity.

  27. Joy on Nov 22, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for this insightful explanation on how vows help us to dry up the samsaric lake. Much too often we do not realise this because we are drowning in it and yet we think it is ok. We cannot even see the difference and do not realise we are actually drowning/suffering.

    Last time when people hear this word “vows” it is something that scares people off but now with the Pastors taking on more vows than the norm refuge vows, it inspires people to want to take on more and do more and truly understand the meaning of vows.

    It is a misconception of our ignorant mind to think that vows are suffocating and causes us to be in “prison”. For us who have such thoughts, we are deeply truly suffering, it is almost like someone saying, continue torturing me, slicing me, it is okay because I do not want to get better. It’s like a mental patient trying hard consistently to commit suicide. So really there is no point and no help can be really given to someone like that. It is very sad and we can only hope one day this person will have some merits to see the light of true freedom and happiness.

  28. Choongs on Nov 22, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for the reminder that Kechara is for the benefit of all the sentient beings out there from time to eternity.

  29. Tuya on Nov 21, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Thank you so much your courage.

  30. Edwin Tan on Nov 21, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    I will remember my vows and commitments to Rinpoche.
    Thank you for the write up about holding vows.

    It will further strengthen my resolve to keep them.

    Thank you Rinpoche.

  31. Shelly tai on Nov 21, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for reminding us about holding our vows no doubt about it is very difficult for some of us because our habituation but I must said I will try hard because this is the only way to release our own suffering.
    I rejoice for all the Kecharians who work very hard and all the pastors who serve others tirelessly .
    With folded hands
    Shelly tai

  32. KH Ng on Nov 21, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    I will take this as personal advise. You have on many occasions repeated this advise and I would like to think that I have taken this advise to heart but I know that my practice have been at best mediocre. What I can say is that I am try very hard. I hope that, this advise need not be repeated for me and I will keep my vows sincerely and walk the paths for myself with others’ welfare as the motivation that is above myself. This, I must say is really difficult but I will apply the Dharma diligently.

    From what I observe, I am quite amaze that all the Monks and Nuns to be and the Pastors seems to be transformed and on a mission these days (compared to before they took their vows). This shows that they have taken Rinpoche’s advise to heart. I rejoice.

    Rinpoche, please rest well. Good Night! With folded hands!

    • Ruby Khong on Nov 25, 2013 at 3:17 am

      Dear KH Ng, I am glad that you also noticed that all the Monks and Nuns to be and the Pastors seems to be transformed and on a mission these days (compared to before they took their vows). I did too. Their transformation must be apparent. Good for them. I rejoice.

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  • astrogurutips
    Friday, Mar 5. 2021 08:11 PM
    Great article! Thank you so much for this decent article. I love the way you present your article. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.astrogurutips&hl=en
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 5. 2021 04:19 PM
    In Mahayana Buddhism, a bodhisattva refers to anyone who has generated bodhicitta, a spontaneous wish and compassionate mind to attain Buddhahood for the benefit of all sentient beings. Bodhisattvas are common figures in Buddhist literature and art. They exist as guides and providers to help us following the teachings about generosity, patience, meditative balance, and insight into what is essential, so we can come to live in a way that benefits others. At the same time, we learn compassion for ourselves and see that we are not separate from the people we have imagined are estranged from us. Self and other heal together.
    Thank you for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/external-article/a-bodhisatta-is-a-being-devoted-to-enlightenment
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 5. 2021 04:17 PM
    Thanks to Dr. Matthew William King who did a detail well research article regarding Dorje Shugden in Mongolia. Through his research he has confirmed that even long before H H Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche’s time, at least a century before, Dorje Shugden practice was already popularized in Lhasa. The practice of Dorje Shugden by the great lamas and many others had widely invoked the dharma Protector in Mongolia. Dr King’s research clearly demonstrates that Mongolia’s lamas had been promoting and encouraging the practice. Dorje Shugden was an established practice in the Sakya School for hundreds of years before Pabongka Rinpoche’s time. Hence Dorje Shugden definitely not a evil or spirits as claimed by the Tibetan leadership. Reading through this interesting article we could understand better how Mongolian lamas have been all along protecting and preserving not only the practice of Dorje Shugden, but also of Buddhism’s revival as a whole in modern-day Mongolia.
    THANK YOU for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/how-mongolia-saved-dorje-shugden.html
  • sarassitham
    Friday, Mar 5. 2021 01:55 AM
    Very informative and interesting article, Sri Lanka offers everything that makes one escape a memorable one!. Being awarded a best tourist destinations with various fascinating attraction, ancient historic site from soulful Buddhist monasteries, temples to exotic and impeccable spots rarely explored. Thanks for the beautiful scenery photos sharing and hope to visit this beautiful Island and enjoy my stay.

    https://bit.ly/38aT3WI
  • sarassitham
    Wednesday, Mar 3. 2021 03:22 PM
    In the present-day many people suffers from eye problems .These disorders are usually overcome using powerful glasses and lenses, However using powerful glasses can worsen eye problems.

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

    https://bit.ly/3kMZiFu
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 1. 2021 04:01 PM
    Interesting read with the discovery of various legends, texts by archaeologists thousands years ago. Historians and experts had investigated and found evidence of contact between humans and extra-terrestrial life very much earlier. Their findings theory seem that extra-terrestrials have visited Earth for millions of years. Since the age of the dinosaurs to ancient Egypt, from early cave drawings to continued mass sightings in the US. Historians had revealed that aliens have been with us all along. Encounters with strange beings and sightings of mysterious objects in the sky have been recorded. Such as Christopher Columbus’ first voyage to America witnessed strange lights in the sky and sightings of flying cigar-shaped crafts were reported during the Black Plague that struck Europe and Asia in the mid-1300s. There were many others historical evidence of early civilization that had close encounters with Aliens. Interesting read and to watch the video.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/ancient-aliens-closer-encounters.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 27. 2021 05:33 PM
    Watching the videos and looking at those pictures in this post tell us more. Sad to see the working conditions really bad especially in the brick kilns of Andhra Pradesh,India. We could see those working men, women and younf children are working round the clock 12 just to earn a living.
    We are considered more fortunate enough than them and we should not complain of what we have, live and so on. We should appreciate every moment , what we have now to do good and beneficial for others, no matter how hard and difficult at times as others might be worse than us.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/you-have-to-see-this.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 27. 2021 05:32 PM
    Wow…..wonderful dog lovers should read to help them to be more caring, loving having a pet. Once we have them as our pet we have the responsibility to give care and love to them. Dogs have feelings like us and is men best friend.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this essential facts for dog lovers.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/20-essential-facts-dog-lovers-must-always-remember.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 27. 2021 05:31 PM
    Scientists had looking at long term, discovered that estimated about 100 to 10,000 species will be extinct soon if nothing is done. Could imagine from microscopic organisms to large plants and animals will go extinct each year. Animal such as sharks, lions, Pit bulls dogs and so forth as mentioned in this blog can become extinct when humans over hunt and over fish, pollute the environment, destroy habitats , and many others. Reading this post tells us more those world’s most dangerous animals are in fact in danger themselves. But the actions of humans toward those dangerous animal has proven more dangerous than that of the animal. Interesting read .
    Thank you Shakila Rajendra for this sharing…..good knowledge . May more people are aware of the harm they are doing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-worlds-most-dangerous-animals-in-danger-themselves.html
  • sarassitham
    Thursday, Feb 25. 2021 01:04 AM
    This is kind of hard to believe and shocking to imagine the weirdest addiction of people in this planet, they are extremely strange. People can become addicted to actions, feelings, or behaviors, not just substances. There must be something behind of every addiction, I don’t think they are crazy or mentally ill, it’s their weird enjoyment for a short time.

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

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sakya-trizins-dorje-shugden-prayer.html
  • sarassitham
    Tuesday, Feb 23. 2021 11:23 PM
    Thank you for sharing this yummy recipe. It looks very delicious, healthy and nutritious. I can’t wait to try making it has the ingredients are easy to purchase and methods are simple. I wonder what it taste like.

    https://bit.ly/37DAV7y
  • sarassitham
    Monday, Feb 22. 2021 11:55 PM
    There are lots of people have more than one reason for choosing vegetarianism. Many people choose a vegetarian diet out of concern over animal rights or the environment and others may be based on religious beliefs or even for healthier lifestyle.

    Regardless of whether you choose a vegetarian way of life, it’s always a healthy idea to eat a wide variety of foods and try out new foods when you can.

    Thank you for the sharing and compiling the list of vegetarian restaurants and organic shops in Klang Valley. I am glad to know whereabout and hoping to try them.

    https://bit.ly/3siC4tf
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 22. 2021 03:30 PM
    Begtse Chen, a deity of alien origin, was incorporated into the pantheon of Tibetan Buddhism as a protector of the Dharma. This Proyector is one of the eight famous Dharmapala in Tantric Buddhism. Also known as red Mahakala and is especially revered in Mongolia where the origin of Begtse Chen can be traced to a pre-Buddhist deity in 16th century. It has become the mainstay of Protector practice in Mongolia. Interesting read.
    Thank you for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-dharma-protector-begtse-chen.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 22. 2021 03:27 PM
    Interesting read of Kunkhyen Choku Ozer was a lineage master of the Manjushri Namasamgiti Tantra. He became known as Kunkhyen Choku Ozer due to his ability to penetrate the meaning of the great Buddhist treatises merely just by glancing at it. He could memolised texts just by reading it once. Reading this post and information at least I can know he is also a part of Dorje Shugden’s incarnation lineage. He is also famed for establishing the ancient monastery of Dakpo Tsele.
    Thank you Pastor David for this sharing as many of us would not have known this GREAT Lama was part of Dorje Shugden’s incarnation lineage.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/kunkhyen-choku-ozer-master-of-the-kalachakra-guhyasamaja-tantras.html

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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
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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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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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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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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
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  • March 4, 2021 22:52
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Can a lay person work towards the preliminary practices by accumulating daily ? Many thanks.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Yes, of course. Anyone can engage in the preliminary practices, you don't have to be ordained in order to do so. However for one's practice to be considered a full preliminary practice, you need to do 100,000 repetitions of whichever practice you are engaged in without break. That means you must engage in at least one session a day, until the count is completed. 10% of the count is also added on top, to make up for any unintentional mistakes. So the figure would actually be 110,000. If you skip a day, that means you have broken your preliminary retreat. If this occurs you can still dedicate the practice you have done so far, and you will still benefit from the merit generated and the purification of negative karma from the practice, but it is not counted as a full preliminary practice. Also you must adhere to the retreat procedures for the duration of the time it takes you to complete the particular preliminary practice. For example, an altar with daily offerings, retreat seat with swastika, refraining from eating black foods, etc. This may not be convenient for most people in our day and age. So what you can do is to spend a certain amount of time accumulating a specific figure, for example 10,000 repetitions of a particular practice. Seal the practice at the end with a strong dedication, like the King of Prayers. Later on, you can repeat the procedure more times until you complete 100,000. This method was given by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche for modern-day practitioners who do not have the time to complete 100,000 in one go. While it technically does not constitute a full preliminary retreat, you still gain immense merits and purification from engaging in the practice, even if spaced out. As Rinpoche said, it's better for you to do mini preliminary retreats than not doing any of the preliminary practices whatsoever. That being said, if you do have the ability to do a full preliminary retreat and it will not negatively impact you, such as create financial difficulties or strain familial relationships, then of course go ahead! To have the sincere wish to engage in any Dharma practice is wonderful. You can read more about the individual preliminary practices here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/preliminary-practice.html You can watch a short teaching on the preliminary practices by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/cosmic-tantra.html
  • March 3, 2021 04:13
    Sandra asked: Dear respected pastors, what are dreams? Do dreams have significance? Are they simply images the mind views at night - do they resemble the dreamer's state of mind? Thank you for all your replies :) :)
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Hello. Nice to see you back here. On the normal level, both waking and dream states are both marred by our delusions. The teachings tell us that this deluded state continues through all our experiences, whether during the dreaming or waking states. The way to overcome this is to "wake up" from our delusions, or reach enlightenment. Normally when people think of dreams, they do so in psychological terms and so focus on the content of the dream. When we investigate the nature of the dream itself, we begin to investigate something deeper, the processes that underlies the whole of our existence. Understand this propels you further along the spiritual journey towards enlightenment. We have many dreams during one night of sleep, and may or may not consciously remember then when we wake up. In terms of content, dreams can be used to work through psychological issues or can indicate certain issues and overcoming them (as is common within Western psychological practices). In Tibetan Buddhism, dreams can be used for much more. In the advanced practices, one can transform ordinary dreams to further one's spiritual journey. This is not only in terms of working through psychological issues, but in terms of meditation and practice as well. Generally, there are three types of dreams as described below. Most of us only experience the first type, unless we progress on the spiritual path. 1. Samsaric dreams: these arise from karma and karmic traces in the mind. This can also include emotions, memories, etc. The meaning we find in these dreams are imputed by the dreamer, and not inherent in the dream. This also applies to waking life. We impute meaning onto situations and circumstances, rather than the meaning being inherent to the circumstance. It is like reading a book. Words in the book are just marks on paper, however, because we use our sense of meaning, we take a meaning out of it. However, this is always open to interpretation. For example, if you tell your dream to two people, they can interpret the meaning very differently, even though you told them the exact same details. 2. Clarity dreams: These dreams occur when you are fairly progressed in meditational practices and can carry this into the dream state. These dreams arise not from the emotions, or memories, etc., but from more subtler forms of karma and delusions. However, just like in waking mediational practice, you are not affected by the images or thoughts that appear to you. 3. Clear Light dreams: In the advanced tantric practices, there are teachings called dream yoga. The object of these is to achieve the clear light dreams, which are very difficult to achieve and take years and years of intense practice. The most important clear light mind that arises is actually at the time of our death, if we are trained enough in this very subtle state, we can actually control where we take rebirth. If we are more experienced in this state, then we can actually use it to meditate on the teachings and achieve enlightenment. Clear light dreams are a "lesser" type of clear light mind, that helps practitioners prepare for the time of death. When we have an auspicious dream such as of our teacher, our practice, the Buddhas, etc., even though this is auspicious, it is still more than likely to be just a samsaric dream. There are instances however, when the enlightened beings and Dharma protectors will send practitioners dreams to help with their practice or as methods of divination. Tsem Rinpoche once told us of a very powerful Nyingma lama known for his divination abilities. Students would ask him a question, then he would take a nap, and receive divination advice in this dreams, which he would then relay to his students. This lama was well-known for this ability because his dream divinations were extremely accurate. As I am sure you can tell, the scope of dreams with the Buddhist context is very vast and I will not be able to cover everything here. However, I hope that what I have written helps your understanding. Thank you.
  • March 1, 2021 23:37
    Sandra asked: Hello dear pastors, wish we could have an article like the one below to highlight the auspicious days of 2021. https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/auspicious-days.html
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your suggestion. At the moment, there are no plans to publish another article with 2021 dates. But I have listed out some of the auspicious days and their dates for this year for you. I have only included future dates, not those that have already passed. Saga Dawa Duchen - 26th May 2021 Chokhor Duchen - 14th July 2021 Dorje Shugden Day - 24th August 2021 Lhabab Duchen - 27th October 2021 Gaden Ngamchoe or Tsongkhapa Day - 29th December 2021 I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 27, 2021 03:31
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Is it ok to pray from different areas in the house (even where there is no altar)? I was told you can't create 2 altars in 1 house.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question and its nice to see you here again. The reason why we pray in front of our altars is because it becomes a focal point of the enlightened energies we are invoking. Therefore it becomes a kind of portal for the energies of transformation, peace, healing, prosperity and protection. It is also the place where we make offerings to the Buddhas. As such, most people usually only have 1 altar in their home. However, you can have more than 1 altar in your home. As it is an altar, it should be complete with representations of the body, speech and mind of the Buddhas. This would be an image (either a statue, thangka, tsa tsa, poster, framed picture, etc), a Dharma text and a stupa. In front of these, you should have at least 1 type of offering or more. This can be a fixed offering or maybe even a set of water offerings, which you make every day. Since practitioners make offerings on a daily basis, most opt to have only 1 altar, but there is no rule in Buddhism to say you can only have 1 altar. The altar however, should be placed in a respectful place. So, not in the bathroom. Or if in the bedroom, you should put a screen up to block it when you are changing, sleeping, etc. Alternatively, you can keep it in a cupboard, and close the doors during such activities. But altars should be dedicated places to the Buddhas, so don't put secular items in the same place, such as on the same shelf, etc. When it comes to praying, it is usually done in front of the altar, as you are invoking the enlightened beings. When you do your prayers there it becomes a powerful place in your home, and provides you with a sacred space to pray and meditate. However, if circumstances are difficult, then of course you can pray elsewhere. For example, when I first set up an altar, I was living in a single room with not much space. I set up an altar on a shelf but was not able to pray in front of it. Once I had made offerings, I would simply sit in another part of the room and do the prayers there. If it is really not convenient, then of course it is permissible to do the prayers elsewhere. It is better to do the prayers, than not do them at all if you can't be in front of your altar. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 25, 2021 01:33
    Kuenzang wangdi asked: What would be my most suitable colour ?
    pastor answered: Dear Kuenzang Wangdi, Thank you for your question. The following calculators may be of interest to you: Chinese Zodiac: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/horoscopes/the-chinese-zodiac.html Tibetan Astrology: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html In relation to which colour if most favourable for you, unfortunately our calculators do not give this information. However, from a Buddhist practice viewpoint, what is more important is the transformation of the mind. Once we transform our minds according to teachings, we are able to overcome any obstacle and create good conditions for our lives. You can learn a very short mind transformation teaching here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/eight-verses-of-thought-transformation.html You can couple this with formal practice. If you are interested, a very good practice to bring energies of increase and generate a long life, merits, wealth and prosperity in your life, is the the practice of Gyenze. You can find information about the practice here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/dorje-shugden-gyenze-to-increase-life-merits-and-wealth.html. I hope this helps. Thanks.
  • February 22, 2021 22:14
    Naseer asked: Hi My name is Naseer Ahmed 8th dec 1979. Life path 1 Im looking to add to my name slightly... change it too... Naseer Al Ahmed... Would this be more complimentary as far as for the business front... or would it not make any difference
    pastor answered: Hello Naseer, As per your question, your Life Path Number is 1. The Life Path Number according to the system of numerology used on our website is calculated using your date of birth. Therefore, a change in name will not affect your Life Path Number. Some of the other calculators on the same page do however use your name. One of the smaller calculators you may be interested in is the Achievement Number, but again, this only uses your date of birth for the calculation. You can find it here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/numerology/numerology-calculator.html You may also be interested in two of our other pages: Chinese Zodiac - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/horoscopes/the-chinese-zodiac.html Tibetan Astrology - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html Thank you for your question. I hope this helps.
  • February 20, 2021 18:36
    Sandra asked: After making a food offering to the three jewels (which we will eat for lunch etc), should we think of it as a blessing and partake?
    pastor answered: Hello Sandra, When making food offerings to the Three Jewels, which you eat yourself, when you recite the prayer and make the offering, you should visualise that the Buddhas receive your food offering and because you have made an offering, they are very pleased. It also fulfills one of the Refuge commitments, which is to offer the first portion of whatever we eat and drink to the Three Jewels, while remembering their kindness. You can then partake of the meal and consider it a blessing from the Three Jewels. Alternatively, you can set out a plate (which you reserve for this purpose) of food, which you can offer on your altar. Similarly, once the food has been left on your altar for a while, you can later remove it and consume it as a blessing. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 19, 2021 04:33
    Sandra asked: Is intovertedness a bad quality? Since Buddha is so altruistic and this is the opposite trait, it must be bad. How do you think one should lessen introverted tendencies?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Introvertedness is not a bad quality. Altruism and compassion are different from being an introvert or extrovert. Introverts are generally quieter people, less expressive of their emotions, while extroverts are the opposite. Buddhist practice is not about expression of emotion. Rather the altruistic and compassionate teachings are more about how you help other people and sentient beings, physically or emotionally. If the qualities of introverted-ness are stopping you from developing these, then they need to change. But this may not be necessary, depending on the qualities that you are talking about. You can do simple meditations to building up the energy of compassion in your mindstream and you will see that you actions will automatically start to be more compassionate and altruistic. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 18, 2021 03:28
    Sandra asked: How should one behave when negative karma is being purified? How can we know if bad karma is being purified? Do we accumulate positive karma simultaneously when doing purification practices? Many thanks for your response.
    pastor answered: Hello again Sandra, There are two ways in which karma can be purified, the first is through our own efforts alone and the second is through our own effort, combined with a purification practice. Through our own efforts: this means that you transform your mind enough to not react negatively in any situation and only react in a positive manner. For example, you may have the karma to get angry. So you get into situations which makes you angry. If you react normally, then you will get angry again, this will only lead you to create more karma of being angry. But if you make the effort not to get angry in those situations then you do not create or multiply that karma. The original karma you have may lead you to be in those types of situations again, but if you do not get angry then after a while you start to purify that karma. Through your own efforts, combined with a purification practice: as you are working on transforming your mind, you can rely on the practices that help you to purify your karma, such as the practice of Vajrasattva or the 35 Confessional Buddhas. This boosts your ability to purify negative karma, based on the enlightened energies of the Buddhas. This however is only truly effective when combined with the Four Opponent Powers. You can read more about that here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-35-confessional-buddhas.html In general, when karma is being purified then you should remain level-headed and not act out of emotion or habit, but from your understanding of the workings of karma and the Dharma. But actually, this should not only be when karma is being purified. You should act and behave in this way all the time according to the Dharma, then you are, up to a point, always purifying karma. It is one of the reasons that so much emphasis is placed on refraining from negative actions and engaging in positive actions using your body, speech and mind, because these are the three means or 'doors' with which you interact with the world. At our level, we cannot tell if karma is being purified or not, only those who are more highly attained can tell. However, that is one of the reasons the Buddhist texts advise study of and belief in karma. If there is karma, then it can be purified, and the way to do so is transform your mind and invoke upon the enlightened beings. So if you are doing both, you can rest assured that you are in fact purifying your karma. When you purify negative karma, whether just through your own efforts or combined with a purification practice you collect merit, not positive karma. If you simply do a good action, you collect good karma. But if you are practicing the Dharma with the intention of achieving enlightenment, you take refuge, engage in the practice, and dedicate at the end, then you develop merit, not positive karma. If you want to read more about how karma works and how to purify it in more detail, I suggest you read a Lamrim text such as Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand, which you can order from your local bookstore or get online here (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/lamrim-liberation-in-the-palm-of-your-hand).
  • February 17, 2021 23:06
    Sandra asked: Hello pastors, thank you for your response to my earlier question. Do divination predictions change frequently? Why does that happen?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question. Divinations, compared to astrological predictions, are much more accurate. There are many types of divination, but those based on the practice of enlightened beings are very accurate. Three of the most well-known in Tibetan Buddhism are the divination practices of Manjushri, Palden Lhamo and Dorje Shugden. You can read more about Dorje Shugden's dice divination here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugdens-dice-divination.html Questions that are asked during divinations are much more specific than the types of topics that astrological predictions can help with, therefore are based on very specific types of karma. This means that if you asked a divination question twice, without taking remedial actions in between, then the answer would most likely be the same, given that all the prerequisites have been held by the diviner and the divinations are genuine. However, if a divination is done and then remedial actions recommended, such as various practices or pujas, and these are done to the letter, then if the question is asked again, then the results would differ. This is because when engaging in these practices or pujas, either you generate the merit necessary to overpower the negative effects of the karma, or you purify the negative effects of the karma creating the situation. This however, is generally not done. You wouldn't ask the same question twice or over and over again. The reason for this is because one of the factors that comes into play when seeking divination is faith. This is faith in the fact that the remedial actions recommended will help whatever situation you are facing. Having seen H.E. Tsem Rinpoche do countless divinations for people, I can attest to this. Those who have faith and follow through with the advice, see a great improvement in the situation that led them to ask the divination question in the first place. Those that did not follow the advice either at all or not fully, did not see any improvement. And this makes sense, because they did not purify the effects of the karma enough, or generate enough merit. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 15, 2021 04:09
    sandra asked: How much importance should we give to astrological predictions or chart readings? Are these readings susceptible to change all the time,i.e, in the context of planetary movements? Can our own effort/actions supercede what is predicted in our birth chart?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your interesting question. You are absolutely correct about the universal principle of change. According to Buddhist practice, astrological predictions are based upon a fixed point in time. Take for example, your moment of birth, which most astrological readings take as the main point of reference. At that specific moment, there would have been various energies or planetary alignments, etc. Combined together, they are said to give an accurate prediction of what will occur to a person throughout their life. This however, is based on one's birth karma, to be born at that specific point in time and location. This birth karma also provides the driving force behind what will occur in a person's life, if that karma is not changed somehow. Hence, that is why astrological predictions can give very accurate readings on someone's personality, as well as life events. Birth karma provides the main force behind all other karma to come into play. That is why it is given importance in astrology. There are also more advanced methods to take into account planetary and energetical movements to give even more detailed and precise predictions that can even be made down to the month, day or hour of a person's life. In Buddhism, however, we believe that karma can be changed. It can multiply, be purified or exhausted, or the effects of that karma can be overpowered by another karma or spiritual merit. In these cases, the outcome will change. The way in which this happens is varied. It can be as simple as doing some prayers (to generate spiritual merit) or changing your behaviour, environment or location, the way you think, and the ways in which you react in various situations. That is why in Buddhist astrological systems, emphasis is placed on remedial measures to counteract negative outcomes. For example, someone may be born with an angry disposition from an astrological point of view. If this person goes through life acting from this anger, then the predictions based on the time of birth will occur. However, a remedial action can be undertaken, such as the person pracitising Chenrezig, who is the Buddha of compassion, or the person doing some form of charity work. These remedial actions generate compassion in the mind of the person, which counteracts the anger. As this happens and the karma is changed, then the person no longer needs to feels the negative effects of any bad astrological (or more correctly - karmic) situations. There are even some practices that specifically help to counteract negative astrological influences and help you to change things. Such an example is Black Manjushri. Within Tibetan Buddhism, according to your time and date of birth, you also have what is known as a 'Birth Buddha'. This is basically an enlightened being that you have an affinity with in this life. General remedial actions include making images of this particular Buddha or engaging in this Buddha's practice. This combined with a change in how we live - otherwise known as Mind Transformation in the Buddhist context - changes astrological outcomes. However, if we continue living without controlling our actions, words and thoughts, the predictions made using astrological readings will most likely still occur. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • February 7, 2021 00:16
    Purna Tamang asked: What is my lucky number and color ?
    pastor answered: Dear Purna Tamang, Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, none our horoscope apps on this page gives this information at this moment. However, you may find some of the other information provided useful. Below are the links: For Chinese Zodiac: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/horoscopes/the-chinese-zodiac.html For Tibetan astrology: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html For Numerology: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/numerology/numerology-calculator.html For Fortune cookies: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/fortune-cookie Thank you and I hope you find something interesting in one of the apps.
  • January 20, 2021 03:32
    Sangita. asked: i want to buy my own house.which mantra i should chant to have my own house.kindly reply.
    pastor answered: Dear Sangita, Thank you for your question. Everything in our lives, whether good or bad is due to our karma. This is karma we have accumulated either in previous lives or earlier on in this life. You can learn more about this here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/discovering-yourself-a-teaching-on-karma-mindstream.html Sometimes, we go through obstacles or need some form of spiritual help to assist us in improving our situations. In these circumstances we can rely on the practice of certain deities. One of these deities is the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. You can read more about this deity and his practice here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/beginners-introduction-to-dorje-shugden.html You can learn more about Dorje Shugden's practice here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-teaching-videos.html. I hope this helps. Thank you.
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