Is it the guru’s fault?

Aug 10, 2013 | Views: 1,255

(By Tsem Rinpoche)

Dear friends,

I tweet daily and about different subjects. I don’t particularly enjoy social media, but it is a necessity to bring about more teachings and knowledge to reach people.

This morning I got up and tweeted all these which I include below. It is a teaching on our views, our relationship with our teacher, practice and dharma learning. It is also on the relationship between what we tend to protect within ourselves because it’s too much to deal with. But we have to deal with it. It will not serve us to not deal with it.

Tsem Rinpoche 

 

 


 

Criticising my guru then teaching others dharma I learned from him does not make sense does it? – Tsem Rinpoche

Why would you insult and criticize our guru? It hurts the sentiments of other students. – Tsem Rinpoche

What practice of dharma are we doing when we always have doubts that our guru is wrong, method is wrong and we refuse to follow? – Tsem Rinpoche

If we always say our guru’s methods are good, but we cannot follow. It is tantamount to saying our guru is not skilful. – Tsem Rinpoche

Everything we see negative in our mind we attribute to our guru’s fault is clear we are in denial of ourselves. – Tsem Rinpoche

People come and go, but look at the ‘quality’ of the minds of those who left. Look carefully and think carefully about how they were. – Tsem Rinpoche

More negative thoughts we have of our guru, the more negative karma we collect to see only negativities. Cause resemble results. – Tsem Rinpoche

Criticising our guru in order to protect our attachments is like killing a skilled doctor when we are in the midst of a great illness. – Tsem Rinpoche

Once we criticise our guru, anger, doubt, hatred and uncontrolled mind will increase and we become uncontrollable (50 Verses). – Tsem Rinpoche

If our guru is wrong, his place of worship will not grow and increase. – Tsem Rinpoche

When we plant doubts about our guru in other’s minds, it shows we are out to not clear doubts but increase doubts. – Tsem Rinpoche

Trying to justify our negativities by blaming the guru is clearly an indication we are guilty and wish to conceal them. – Tsem Rinpoche

If we reject our guru’s care or love, don’t create doubts in others to block them receiving the guru’s love also. – Tsem Rinpoche

What is your goal in criticising your guru? You want to disperse his students and have his centre closed? What does that serve? – Tsem Rinpoche

Despising the guru for pointing out your faults is like killing the methods for one’s own true happiness. – Tsem Rinpoche

Your argument is not with your guru as a person but the dharma he teaches that you refuse to adopt and transform. What do you expect? – Tsem Rinpoche

Seeing only faults in your guru is YOUR fault. So remain silent, practice, purify and transform. Persevere. – Tsem Rinpoche

Do we really deserve a kind, compassionate and loving guru? Or do we deserve to perish with the weight of our deeds and negativities? – Tsem Rinpoche

If we want the love or teachings of a guru, then we just have to pay in letting go of our negative qualities which is why we joined Dharma. – Tsem Rinpoche

We joined Dharma so our guru can teach us the way to eliminate our negative habits and wrong projections. Why fight the reason we joined? – Tsem Rinpoche

We joined Dharma to transform and if we feel hurt regarding our negativities, then our guru did his job. Why reject it? – Tsem Rinpoche

The Dharma you know is solely from the kindness of your guru, not practicing is your fault and not your guru’s. Stop blaming. – Tsem Rinpoche

Your wrong views about your guru is correct and everyone else right views are wrong. You are the only one who is correct? – Tsem Rinpoche

Your Dharma wisdom is greater than your guru’s and it ‘allows’ you to criticise your guru. Is that what you think is correct? – Tsem Rinpoche

You profess don’t be judgemental, but you spend your days and nights judging your guru and criticising to those around you. – Tsem Rinpoche

Criticising your gurus is your way to cover your negativities that you wish to hide from others. – Tsem Rinpoche

You are without fault and all the fault is your guru’s? If you think like that, then you have learned no dharma for years. – Tsem Rinpoche

Dharma means to search into yourself and change. – Tsem Rinpoche

When you criticize your guru, you erode the respect of those who matter around you. Observe. – Tsem Rinpoche

Being a guru in this day and age is like asking for trouble, criticism and anger. People prefer to blame then to see the problems within. – Tsem Rinpoche

When you always think your guru is wrong, then what dharma are you teaching others? They will think you are wrong. – Tsem Rinpoche

If I always say Zong Rinpoche is wrong and makes many mistakes and handles things wrong, then why would you listen to teachings from me? – Tsem Rinpoche

If my guru is wrong, what he taught is wrong so why would you repeat the dharma to others you heard from a wrong person? – Tsem Rinpoche

Is it possible all other students that follow your guru is wrong and you are right? You are the smartest and you surpass all of them? – Tsem Rinpoche

When you criticize your guru but say you like the dharma, you learned the dharma from your guru? That gift is greatest of all. – Tsem Rinpoche

You should be respectful and loyal to your guru who taught you dharma over someone who increases your attachments. – Tsem Rinpoche

When you always speak ill of your guru, you hurt the feelings of those who follow your guru and indirectly you put them down. – Tsem Rinpoche

Even the abbots, master, geshes, teachers who chose your guru and say he should teach is belittled by u because u criticise your guru. – Tsem Rinpoche

You know more than the master, abbots and teachers who chose your guru to teach. Because they say he is good and you say the opposite. – Tsem Rinpoche

When you criticise your guru, what do you want from him? To close the centre and ask all students to leave? What is your goal? – Tsem Rinpoche

If your ego is bruised or u refuse to let go of your negative habituations, don’t target the guru for teaching you what is wrong and right. – Tsem Rinpoche

Are you happier if your teacher teaches you to further indulge in your attachments? What do you want to hear? – Tsem Rinpoche

If our guru’s methods are wrong, then his organisation will not grow. Observe if it does grow, because then you are wrong. – Tsem Rinpoche

Targeting your guru means you are in denial. Let go. Listen to the teachings and apologize to your guru. Not late. – Tsem Rinpoche

You check your guru before you accept them as your guru, not afterwards and then look for ‘faults’ to escape. – Tsem Rinpoche

Do you have more wrongs or your guru? You think. What have u accomplished compared to your guru? Will you grow? Or your guru’s work? Observe. – Tsem Rinpoche

Influencing other students against your gurus is a clear sign you don’t care about anyone but yourself. You want justification. – Tsem Rinpoche

Our egos are our biggest enemy that even pushes us to spoil our sacred bonds and words of honour with our guru. Is our egos worth so much damage? – Tsem Rinpoche

Our egos are our biggest enemy even pushes us to spoil our sacred bonds and words of honour with our guru. Change before it’s too late. – Tsem Rinpoche

Don’t be angry and target your guru, target your bad habits that pushed you to have so much negativities against your guru. He will forgive. – Tsem Rinpoche

Don’t be angry and target your guru, target your bad habits that pushed you to have so much negativities against your guru which is the right source. – Tsem Rinpoche

You want your teacher to be happy and go along with your wrong actions? If he agrees it’s wrong, if he doesn’t you get angry. How? – Tsem Rinpoche

The person you are most unfair with is usually your guru because he is the easiest target to justify our lack of change. – Tsem Rinpoche

Your guru is always wrong and you are right. Happy now? Convince everyone? Does that change you? Make you satisfied? Ego happy? LOL – Tsem Rinpoche

Better to have friendship, good relations and repair samaya with our guru. When our mind is better, it will serve us more for later. – Tsem Rinpoche

If everyone viewed their guru wrongly, then it would be the end of Buddhism as we know it. So who wins then? – Tsem Rinpoche

The best way to destroy dharma is destroy the gurus. The best way to destroy our inner dharma is to disparage our guru. – Tsem Rinpoche

Better to hide our negativities and not deal with them by telling the whole world our guru is wrong, wrong, wrong! LOL. – Tsem Rinpoche

Not wanting to change and step back to samsara does not justify criticizing the guru to pave our road to cover our wrong direction. – Tsem Rinpoche

Guru is good. Dharma is good. Ego is not. Denial is not. – Tsem Rinpoche

If your mind degenerates, don’t blame your guru and justify by influencing others onto your negative thoughts. – Tsem Rinpoche

If your guru is a monk, then not only do you criticise your guru but a sangha also. If you don’t care about consequences, then care about others. – Tsem Rinpoche

If you don’t care about the consequences of your actions against your guru that is your choice. But leave others their choice. – Tsem Rinpoche

If you don’t care about the consequences of your actions against your guru that is your choice. But leave others their choice by not spewing your negative schismatic talk and spoil their relations with the guru, and to justify by more numbers of your views. Care about their mind. – Tsem Rinpoche

If you don’t care about the consequences being against your teacher, then care for the feelings of others and remain silent.  – Tsem Rinpoche

There are always consequences and we claim we are brave enough to take it, let’s see what happens when it ripens upon us. – Tsem Rinpoche

We claim our guru is right and correct, yet we show ‘evidence’ he is not. Contradictions is within our own mind. – Tsem Rinpoche

If students only find fault with the teacher, then the teacher just finds new students. – Tsem Rinpoche

Teachers have to face all types of students with hundreds of personalities, don’t let their criticisms bother you, just teach with compassion. – Tsem Rinpoche

A guru has to be dissected by thousands for years on end, just forgive them and teach with compassion. It is Kaliyuga. – Tsem Rinpoche

The worse type of student is the one who never mention or recognize the true kindness of the guru but only find fault. – Tsem Rinpoche

Finding fault with the guru is already bad, but voicing it to influence others is horrible because now you’re just being vicious. – Tsem Rinpoche

If you teach, give, help, support, love a student, and they still are critical of you, it’s time to move on. Forgive and find new students. – Tsem Rinpoche

A guru teaches for you to transform due to care, if you don’t transform don’t blame the methods. Be honest and blame the ego. – Tsem Rinpoche

If a teacher is kind and has good motivation, the growth of his dharma centre will be testimony to this for all to see. – Tsem Rinpoche

If a student is right over the teacher, then a student must be much more successful and have greater results than the teacher. – Tsem Rinpoche

If you choose your ego and your desires over the guru, then why join dharma in the first place. Dharma is not a social club. – Tsem Rinpoche

If you don’t want to transform then don’t follow a guru, just read dharma books, don’t change and feign ignorance. – Tsem Rinpoche

Why influence others against your guru unless you are vindictive? Just remain silent totally. – Tsem Rinpoche

You can take teachings, love, help, money, care from your guru, if you give back criticism, then you check who you are. – Tsem Rinpoche

If u want to hear what you want to hear, then don’t criticize your guru for teaching you unbiased dharma. U wouldn’t even accept Manjushri’s counsel! – Tsem Rinpoche

If your views differ than your guru, that is fine, just take time to meditate. Remember, is your dharma, skilful means and wisdom equal or surpasses the teacher? – Tsem Rinpoche

I have heard others mention the faults of my guru Zong Rinpoche many times. So what? Do I join the bandwagon, or change ‘friends’? – Tsem Rinpoche

If I only find fault with my guru Zong Rinpoche, why teach dharma to anyone? The dharma is faulty from him. So remain quiet. – Tsem Rinpoche

Why always find fault with the teacher year after year? Is the teacher is really that bad or you are just overboard with your views? – Tsem Rinpoche

Finding fault with your teacher is one thing, influencing others with your poisonous talk under any guise is unacceptable. – Tsem Rinpoche

Your guru will grow and expand no matter what you say, just keep quiet, as time goes on let see who expands and becomes huge. – Tsem Rinpoche

Don’t cover your desire for your destructive attachments by saying your guru is bad hence you’re confused. Just own up to your faults. – Tsem Rinpoche

Just because you refuse to transform and you wish to chase after your harmful desires, don’t use your guru’s ‘faults’ as an excuse to do so. – Tsem Rinpoche

I can use Zong Rinpoche’s ‘faults’ and talk about them incessantly (others have) to justify my confusion, disrobe and give up. But why? – Tsem Rinpoche

You can criticize your guru as much as you want, your voice will be drowned out after a short while by the compassion and growth of his work. – Tsem Rinpoche

All the supporters of your guru are deaf and dumb and only a handful of you see the guru’s true character and faults? – Tsem Rinpoche

Your guru will continue teaching long after your criticisms and benefit others because he is a Bodhisttva. While you find new people to fault. – Tsem Rinpoche

Don’t be ungrateful, appologize to your teacher, ask for time to change, but don’t blame him for your faults. He is compassionate. – Tsem Rinpoche

Your life experiences can never compare to a teacher who has the wisdom of dharma knowledge, means to help and endowed with compassion. – Tsem Rinpoche

In 25 years since meeting Kyabje Zong Rinpoche I’ve NEVER criticised Him because I discipline my mind or speech. Others have, I don’t. – Tsem Rinpoche

I’ve heard many criticisms against me, some I accept. What would you like me to do? Give up, quit, stop teaching and let your ego win? – Tsem Rinpoche

There will always be angry students who blame others and it’s never their fault. Even Lord Buddha experienced this. Just move on. – Tsem Rinpoche

All teachers have their Devadattas and Judas, forgive them, continue to grow and reach those who want to change. LOL – Tsem Rinpoche

Some gurus are insulted or criticised by those who never even met them. Amazing. LOL. – Tsem Rinpoche

Some criticise their guru after years of love, care, teachings following the negative examples of some other ‘students’. Wake up. – Tsem Rinpoche

Some treat their lovers who are full of wrong views, ego, laziness better than their gurus and take their side against their guru!! – Tsem Rinpoche

By choosing your lover over your teacher is a mistake, because eventually u will separate from your lover and you lost your teacher too. – Tsem Rinpoche

If you self loath so much, you will manifest that as your teachers’ fault. Don’t hate yourself and don’t criticise your teacher. – Tsem Rinpoche

When you criticise your teacher, you are criticising all those who follow him and all those who ‘enthroned’ him also. – Tsem Rinpoche

Why always challenge your guru? Turn the fight inwards and challenge the desires, attachments and ego. Your real enemies. – Tsem Rinpoche

You are hurt because your guru challenged your attachments and that is all. It’s the reason you are suppose to be in dharma!! – Tsem Rinpoche

Turn the fight inwards. Turn the criticism inwards. Your guru faces thousands. You just face yourself. Give your guru some slack! – Tsem Rinpoche

Imagine I run around criticising my Zong Rinpoche like some others and then self indulge and then blame Him for my anger and faults? – Tsem Rinpoche

Criticise your guru all you want, lets ‘compare’ where you are in a few years and where your guru is. Results count! The end. – Tsem Rinpoche

If you cannot align with your holy, compassionate and giving guru, then you can downgrade to aligning with your attachments? – Tsem Rinpoche

 

 

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  1. adelinewoon on Sep 15, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    Tsem Rinpoche has many Gurus and his root Guru is Khyabje Zong Rinpoche, whose root Guru is Khaybe Trijang Rinpoche, who is the main tutor of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama is the emanation of Avalokiteshvara. In order to be the tutor of such high emanation, H.H. Khyabje Trijang Rinpoche must be a highly attained being as well. Because a Guru has to be advance to teach and guide the students. Trijang Rinpoche is the emanation of Lord Atisha, who has also came back as Lama Tsongkhapa. Lama Tsongkhapa is the combination of Lord Manjushri, Avalokithesvara and Vajrapani. So, he is definitely a full qualified teacher of HH The 14th Dalai Lama.

    Zong Rinpoche, an emanation of Heruka himself, is the heart student of Trijang Rinpoche. So, following this logical thread, Tsem Rinpoche must be an emanation of a Budhha as well in order for him to be the heart student of Zong Rinpoche. Tsem Rinpoche is an emanation of one of the 8 main disciples of Lama Tsongkhapa and you can pretty much work the answer out that he is no ordinary being. Following this, we go back to the Take Refuge part in Tibetan Buddhism tradition that why we emphasize on Guru Devotion and why we take refuge in Guru who is one with the Buddha himself.

    On a mundane level, a refuge can be a shelter of protection from rain, also a place, a person, an action or a thing that offers one relief, help and protection. On a supramundane level, it is refers to a method that can offer ultimate relief and protection. To a Buddhist, it is the dharma that has been preached by Shakyamuni Buddha some 2500+ ago. The dharma that he expounded was already in existent prior. Therefore he is said to have realised the truth (dharma), but not created something new that was not in existence before. It is illogical to say that there were no Buddha (enlightened being) before him or after him, because according to buddhist cosmology, there is countless number of worlds and beings apart of planet earth. Even within planet earth itself, the amount of beings are already hard to be counted.

    So, it is obviously true that the lineage lama of the Gelug school, including Tsem Rinpoche are emanations of highly attained being. There is no question asked! So, knowing that the Gurus are enlightened, when we take refuge, we take refuge in them who is definitely one with Buddha Shakyamuni. No need to argue that. The issue most of us have is that we need to see the actual thing in order to believe it. The question now is that, what if our level is not there to perceive it. It is like the Gurus are University graduates and we are just entering kindergarten, when the Guru talks about an idea, concept, we will find it hard to understand, not to mention to see where he/she is coming from.

    So, from that point, it is obvious that when we do not have trust in the Guru, his teachings and methods, it is not the Guru’s fault, he is never at fault. Instead of saying bad things about the Guru, it is very important for us to understand that it is the same as putting a Buddha down. Let’s just not talk about big words likes merit, de-merit, karma etc, just on a logical level when we say negative things about the Guru and go to people and injected them with the ideas, we are pulling people away from their chance to be enlightened. We are pulling them away from a chance to think out of the box, to see a bigger picture. That in return make us forever stuck in the same spot with no chance to be out, just like the frog in the well.

    For us to not understand his/hers method, the things that he/she said, what they do with their time etc, it is time for us to read more and contemplate why we remain in the state of not understanding. You know we can never say we are hungry because we refuse to eat, can we? The biggest enemy that is blocking us from seeing what our Guru really is definitely is the enemies we have inside. The insider that has caused us to not move on, to not do anything to change the situation, to not want to change our view about our Guru really. If I’m asked what’s my biggest fear, I can tell know firmly me! Yes, I’m afraid of myself, afraid of all the dirty things that I have inside. Gosh, that is very very scary!

  2. Wan Wai Meng on Sep 7, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    A Guru has to take care of so many people, their mind and mind games. If you want to show how right you are, get more attainments and spread more dharma than the Guru prove it with actions of how right you are. Don’t destroy other people’s faith in the guru with your false words, if you do can you take care of these people all the way to enlightenment, can you give initiations, give them the practices to get them ready for the rest of their lives?

  3. Albert Ratchaga on Sep 7, 2013 at 4:42 am

    People come and go, but look at the ‘quality’ of the minds of those who left. Look carefully and think carefully about how they were. – Tsem Rinpoche

    When the people talk bad about certain Dharma center and claiming they are fake, cult, etc. Well, whether the Dharma center is real or not, but when i look at the people who spread negative news about a Buddhist organization, They do not just talk bad about the dharma center, they also like to gossip about other people.. so when I look at them, I would think twice whether to believe what they said or not..

    Whatever a spiritual teacher say or do, there will be comment or criticize. But what we should examine is instead of their word, we should see that person and what they do all the time. It really make no sense of using the spiritual teacher’s teaching while disparaging him.

    Rinpoche has been tirelessly teaching Dharma in his whole life, Rinpoche never like to do social media, having Dharma center and teaching, but because his passion of spreading Dharma, he did it, he sacrifices everything else he wanted to do and do what he never like to do, and this is what he get in return?

    all the quotes here is very meaningful and there is much to digest, if we fully understand all these quotes and practice it, our lives will never be the same like now.

  4. Uncle Eddie on Aug 31, 2013 at 11:09 am

    It is said that Lama Tsongkhapa has explained two techniques for using the ‘faults’ we see in the Guru to develop our devotion – one, is to think that the faults we see in the Guru are simply the view of our own impure mind – secondly, is to think that this aspect has been purposely manifested for our benefit to guide us to enlightenment. It has been mentioned in “The essence of Nectar”, that at our present mundane level until our mind is seperated from impure Karma and obscurations, even if every Buddha without exception, appears directly in front of us, we would’nt see them as Buddhas. We would still only have our present ordinary view of our impure mind! There are so many things that our mind cannot see or apprehend in a way that is opposite to reality. It is further said that the only way the Buddhas can guide us to enlightenment is by manifesting in ordinary forms, which means, “ones” that have faults, experience the sufferings of birth, old age, sickness and death, and “make mistakes” in their actions. Our mind is said to be so deluded or obscured, that we don’t have the Karma to see an aspect without faults. They have to manifest as something that we can see that accords precisely with our level of mind. Our Guru, therefore is unbelievably kind and precious to manifest in the abovementioned ordinary forms, having ‘faults’ which accord exactly with the level of our impure mind. BUT, we must keep on developing the devotion that sees the Guru as a Buddha, by looking at Him as a Buddha, with the due respect that comes through from the heart, remembering all the kindnesses which he has accorded to us! We must have the appreciation that even when we think of our Guru’s human aspect, though with faults, He is the only one who can liberate us from every single defilement, gross and subtle, and then lead us to full enlightenment to benefit countless other sentient beings. Om mani Padme Hum!

  5. Cliff on Aug 19, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    I could never really have comprehend how some one could possibly disparage, criticise or target a Guru. A Guru’s intent was to never have hurt you but to help you, point your faults and help you transform into a better person. Failing to agree with what was pointed out wrong with you by your Guru only strengthens your ego. But even to the extent of not agreeing with the teachings of one Guru and leaving to look for another and gossip bad things of your previous Guru is truly Shameful and unnecessary. It is just a vicious attempt to put a Guru down because they have failed to realise a mistake or a fault that they have and cover it up with their ego to find justification for their reasons, why study the dharma if you would still behave like this.

    The quote that really struck out the most to me was, “If your guru is a monk, then not only do you criticise your guru but a sangha also. If you don’t care about consequences, then care about others.” It is really true even if one does not agree with a Guru and leaves, criticising your previous Guru only puts down the Sangha and Dharma. If things don’t work out the way you want it, you can’t blame a Guru. “More negative thoughts we have of our guru, the more negative karma we collect to see only negativities. Cause resemble results.”

    Thank you for sharing your quotes all onto one page Rinpoche.

  6. Low KHJB on Aug 17, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing.Some of us do not have the merit to meet a true Guru who preach and practice the essence of the Dharma. Most of our mind is clouded by wrong view due to ignorance,ego and selfishness .
    To blame someone is always the easiest way out of a situation.Most of the time the problem arise within one self .But we are always too proud to admit fault ,just to save face.
    Guru devotion is very important in dharma practice.If you have doubts ,you must seriously look back in to one self with regards to one’s true motivation and actions.
    The Guru is very generous and compassionate .As a result,he is willing to share with us his precious dharma knowledge and wisdom.
    But due to his effective means to transform our mind through a swift path.For those with less merits could not benefit from this and in turn try to prevent others from attaining it.That would be the worst act of selfishness.

  7. Beatrix Ooi on Aug 15, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    I think that criticizing the teacher is a very wrong thing to do. We can’t just blame everything we couldn’t do on our Guru, the Guru is here to teach us the Dharma, not to be blamed. Also, we can’t blame our Guru when things don’t work out the way it should be. If it wasn’t our Guru, we won’t be here today. Think before act.
    Thank You for sharing Rinpoche.

  8. Sean Wang on Aug 15, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Thank you for sharing all these wonderful quotes. I think that criticizing the guru is horrible. Just because a student fails, it does not mean the teacher has failed too. It means the student, themselves, have not been placing the proper amount of effort.

    The guru has nothing to gain from being our spiritual guide, we only benefit from his compassion, so why should we feel anything against him.

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  10. MartinC on Aug 14, 2013 at 6:34 am

    Isn’t it quite something, that the Guru has to go out of his way to provide suitable conditions, materials, infrastructure and then very delicately and skillfully impart knowledge, kindness, wisdom, insights and teachings, all the time knowing how lost we are and how fragile our egos are…just so that we have a chance of ending our seemingly endless cycles of suffering? I think when someone criticizes the Guru, not only are they in the deepest state of denial but they are also showing the worst ingratitude.

    It has occurred to me that those who criticize the Guru either do so while they are still enjoying some benefits from the Guru directly or indirectly, or left the Guru after some years of studying and gaining knowledge from the Guru. It is strange that the same Guru that a person praised for so many years suddenly became a target of condemnation and this usually happens after the student hits a wall with the Dharma for refusing to fight a deep seated issue. So instead of fighting the issue (their own poison), they unleash venom on the Guru.

    That a person can criticize his/her own teacher is really a good indication how unhealthy the person’s state of mind is. Why criticize what you failed to understand?

  11. David Lai on Aug 14, 2013 at 1:16 am

    People today are naturally sceptical of Gurus especially since people are brought up to worship materialism. When we pursue spirituality with a Guru, we have to be prepared to do more and improve over time as we learn more Dharma otherwise why have a Guru. How the Guru manifests depends on how much we are prepared to change and do more for our own spiritual practice.

    However, Dharma is not just an intellectual pursuit. It is meant to be applied to our character and lives. If we can see its benefits, we can do more with it. Our embrace of the Dharma should be characterise by how well we accept negativity, criticism and obstacles. Dharma encourages us to have grace under pressure and to do what’s right so we have no regrets. In other words, we have to transcend our petty excuses and not place the blame on others when we refuse to apply the Dharma.

    When our Dharma practice fails and we refuse to accept the blame, the easiest scapegoat is the one who points out our faults, the only one who cares enough to do that. That’s our spiritual guide, our teacher.

  12. So Kin Hoe on Aug 13, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    When a Guru gives everything he or she has for the students without receiving any equivalent return or no return at all, yet the students criticize their own Guru because of their ego, self denial and never want to lose their face, is the biggest failure of their entire life. There is no reason for the students to pint point or criticize on their Guru’s teaching method as the students do not know the reason behind of every teaching given by the Guru. We should seek to understand and then to be understood.

  13. Sharon Ong on Aug 13, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Dearest Rinpoche,

    I truly cannot understand how or why would any student criticise their Guru. We are nowhere close to our Guru’s level and we certainly have NO right to criticise our Guru. I always believe that in order to criticise someone, you need to be so much better than the person you are criticising. For a student to criticise a Guru does not make any sense for if you criticise the Guru, you think you are much better than the Guru. If you think you are so much better than the Guru, how come you are still a student and not a Guru sitting on the throne giving teachings?

    Instead of criticising, I think we should internalise and ask ourselves, why our Guru does this or says as such. If we are unable to understand or even accept our Guru’s actions or advice, perhaps we do not have the merits or our Dharma knowledge is insufficient. This should lead us to strive harder to boost our Dharma knowledge and practice. Criticising should not be an option as it is an easier option as many have this mindset of blaming others for their sufferings.

    My latest motto in life paraphrasing 2 wonderful taglines “In Guru we trust – Just Do It!”.

    With much love and respect,
    Sharon

  14. Ashlee on Aug 13, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    For those who left and criticize the Guru, you previously shared with others how kind the Guru, how you respect him, how compassionate he is, that everyone should have 1 Guru and 1 Centre. Now you are telling others that the Guru is no good? What credibility do you have? What message are you sending to others?

  15. Ashlee on Aug 13, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    I feel extremely sad for those who have left and is criticizing the Guru. Reflect back and realize that we were the ones seeking Dharma and the Guru has been so kind to point our faults and prescribe changes to us. Contemplate on the Guru’s love, kindness and compassions over the years in nurturing us to transform. Those who are criticizing the Guru should stop immediately and not create further negativity for yourself. It’s always a choice to acknowledge our faults, then change and not blame others. Apologize if you are wrong and transform. We should inspire others by realizing our mistakes and changing for the better. Do not try to justify and hide our faults by blaming the Guru or others. Nothing is worst than disparaging one’s Guru.

  16. Cynthia L on Aug 13, 2013 at 4:11 am

    There are always consequences and we claim we are brave enough to take it, let’s see what happens when it ripens upon us. – Tsem Rinpoche

    This is so true. We should not be afraid of the truth. The worst fears someone should have is their own KARMA. If one truly believes in karma, they will stop blaming, criticising, creating schism and doubts in people’s minds. Instead, they will gratefully accept any faults that the guru points out because no one else will and in the long run, we our lives can change for the better if we put the teachings that was freely given to us into practice. The reason why we have a guru in the first place is because we want to end our suffering. I guess some people have not suffered enough before. Life seems better on the other side.

  17. Eric Lee KHJB on Aug 12, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    上师,是我们在修行道路上的GPS, 他透过许多的修行验而到达证悟的境界。所以,他是最有资格给予他的学生有关修行的方法,他所做的一切都只会是为了让我们能更快速的达到觉悟,除此之外,别无其他。当然,不同的时代,有不同的教育方式,佛陀当时为了让更多的人能共沾法喜,也得运用了八万四千不同的法门来普度众生,更何况在这末法时代,仁波切更应该运用现代人能接受的方式,来传法,我个人认为合情又合理,何错只有,只要出发点是正确的,那结果就一定是正面的。。

  18. June Tang(khjb) on Aug 12, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Criticizing the Guru is the WORST attitude ! We learn all the dharma practices from our Guru, without him, we learn nothing at all ! Our Guru shows us his care, love and kindness, no matter how many mistakes we made !! We should be thankful to all his efforts !! We should love him as he love ours!!

  19. Sofi on Aug 12, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    I am always amazed at my good fortune/merits to have Rinpoche as my Guru. Another is that my strength of my faith/trust in my Guru that helps me see through my negativities. It is this faith that makes me view my Guru as perfect with good reasons behind his every actions to help us and thus what ever problems arising would have to be coming from our own wrong thoughts/perceptions. From this, then am I able to check and correct myself. I know that the Guru is a doctor but faith/trust plays very important role in Guru/student relationship. As we are still in samsara, some would continue seeking other doctors eventhough they had been seeing the best. Its the very fact that we r in samsara that our deluded minds tell us that there maybe some better solution out there. Like those alternating between western medicine n tcm treatment. We r constantly influenced by other patients/people’s recommendation. That is why when we develope strong faith/trust, then we will not be in the position to be easily swayed n will examine the “facts” correctly. In our heart, we do know what is good for us n its only our deluded mind blinding us to this. With folded hands, may I never let my deluded mind take me away from my precious Guru n his priceless teachings.

  20. Casteven Lim (KH JB) on Aug 12, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Ego always make us point others when we do wrong or cant fulfill our task…

    Thanks Rinpoche being so compassion to always keep remind us our weak points…

    May we gain more Merits through practice, lesser our ignorance through practice and lesser our obstacle through practice hence to serve Dharma continuously…

  21. Grace Leu(KHJB) on Aug 12, 2013 at 11:52 am

    We should always remember ” you are the creator, you experience what you create”.nobody is responsible for our mistakes, angry, unhappiness , sadness…all this is create by ourself. We shoud be grateful to our Guru who willing accepts our refuge and guide us all the way towards enlightement , no salary, no holiday,no complaints, always ready for help…how can we criticise our Guru ? Who are we? How can we let ego to become the obstacle to stop us to learn from Guru? Seek Guru forgiveness…face our ego bravely and stop it.
    Rinpoche, you are my BEST Guru…

  22. lucy yap on Aug 12, 2013 at 12:20 am

    Instead of finding fault with the Guru,who is ever compassionate recall the qualities of our Guru and pray for our own body,speech and mind to become one with the Guru’s holy body,holy speech and holy mind to receive blessings to receive all the qualities the Guru has.The Guru that teaches us the holy Dharma which is precious above all.
    “Even if you can recite the whole Tripitaka by heart,even if you know the entire Dharma,if you don’t have the Guru’s advice,there will be a gap between you and the Dharma when you practice.”
    Such are the words by Atisha from collection of advice from Here and There.Never doubt the Guru as he accept us for who we are,feel fortunate to have a Guru like this.Do not criticise the Guru for our own shortcomings.

  23. N Joy on Aug 11, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    I once got into a situation where the decision whether or not to criticize the guru was not an easy one:
    That guru called himself a Buddhist teacher, yet he was never part of the sangha, he was not recognized by any of the other Buddhist traditions, all books and other material in the group were only from him. Also, in their concept the only way to enlightenment is relying on the guru to transmit purifying energy which will basically eradicate one’s negative karma gradually. According to them, it only really works properly in their centres and if you paid for the according courses.
    It might be due to my ignorance, but to me he seemed to be one of the many fake, self-exclaimed gurus that apparently are around in this day and age.
    I reminded myself of Rinpoche’s advice better not to criticize other centres or gurus in front of their followers, but the urge is still great to question them, just because I think they have good intention but are most likely on the wrong way and would most likely waste a great part of their lives waiting for their “master” transmitting enough energy to them, instead relying on themselves and their practice under the gurus guidance.

  24. Ming hui Ying on Aug 11, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    I am still amazed how some students who have benefitted so much the Guru, can turn around and criticise the Guru. Even with learning the Dharma and having been taught about Guru devotion, they can still do and feel they can get away with it. These persons must be very “ill” in the Dharmic sense. Yes, a doctors’ advice maybe difficult to follow, but the patient should not blame the doctor for that.

  25. MayOng on Aug 11, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    If the Guru has given us teachings, shown us the way to do it, love us like his children, be kind to us like a parent who will scold us to point us to the true way, support our practice, give us money, being patient with our “monkey” behaviors and give us time to change waiting patiently – then we, like naughty children, turned our back against him, hurts him with malicious actions, words and blames him for doing his best for us for our OWN GOOD begging us to change for the better for ourself so we don’t need to suffer later.

    Is that the repayment we give to anyone at all? Think again.

  26. Shelly tai on Aug 11, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Shelly tai on 11 Aug 2013 at 630pm
    I fully agree with all these quote , because of our negative karma we always see fault on our guru I think the best way to over come this negative karma is by learning the dharma and put that into practice . When we practice more our deluded mind will be more clear and it cut away the ignorant. Thank you Rinpche for sharing this teaching with us.

  27. Datuk May on Aug 11, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Reflect, I bet my last dollar that those who criticise their Guru are the same people who cannot get along with their Parents, siblings and have true friends.

    They will float through this precious human life with the desires, anger and ignorance like any other animals.

    The thought that now comes to my mind is this, if one can criticise a Guru must have been a Dharma student and when that happens, check in and with any little knowledge you may have of the Dharma, you will realise that it is your negative karma ripening, do something about purifying that negative Karma and trust and believe in the Guru for redemption. If nothing else then you may lived a ”smart life” instead of destroying your spiritually by talking badly of the Teacher of the Dharma.

  28. Ck Liew on Aug 11, 2013 at 6:47 am

    Criticising our Guru that we once praise abundantly & reverently makes us a total hypocrite. If you felt your Guru is wrong for whatever reason you cooked up in ones own mind , we should instead question ourself and investigate why such negative mindset arises. Opening salvo at our Guru that had been kind to us before is a total act of failure and it shows our own character. It’s only ones own fault for not able to learn & benefits from all the teaching our Guru imparted to us.

    For a true students to be able to benefits from having a Guru or claiming he/she had a Guru the only way to show that is to practice everything the Gury has taught us. As for myself my Guru is INCOMPARABLE.

  29. KH Ng on Aug 11, 2013 at 1:29 am

    Criticizing the Guru is the greatest of downfalls. It is beyond any justifications. Criticizing the sangha, ordained or lay among to criticizing the Guru as well and it is very dangerous as many cannot see this connection. Better keep silent, contemplate and transform one-selves. Turn adversity to advantage.

  30. henry ooi on Aug 11, 2013 at 12:44 am

    When a school teacher teaches some 35 students and all but one passed the exams would that be the teacher’s fault? That student who failed might go around blaming the teacher but as time passed people stop believing when they spoke to the other 34 students.

  31. Soon Huat on Aug 10, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    Thank You Rinpoche for the marvelous and extensive teachings. I always treat you as my model and guideline of my life. You always sacrify yourself to lighten us up but sadly say that there are a lot of us still do not appreciate it due to our ignorance.
    I listened to your youtube in last Intesive Dharma class about Power of Vows you have given when you visited Bangkok. It touched me, I felt that it is powerful talk. Vows is the Promise we have given to our teacher/Guru. No matter what we should keep it and try our very best to achieve it. It will push us to another level such as feeling like our past has died and new us have reborn.
    I will keep my vows to grow the Dharma group in Penang despite of all difficulties. Hope the path will be smoother in future.
    I will change all my major bad habits: I would like to appologize to my Guru and ask for more time for the change.
    I hope I will take refuge vows under Rinpoche by this year to be Rinpoche’s student.

  32. Sean Pang on Aug 10, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    We were what we were – qualities and faults, the full package – with or without a guru, whom we have identified as THE guru and accepted as OUR guru. So, if we have accepted someone as our spiritual guide, why blame the guide for pointing out our faults?

    The guru has nothing to gain by doing so, all benefits from facing the truth are ours and ours alone. Why can’t we accept the fact that we have made mistakes and our guru can help us find a better way towards a more fulfilling life and, ultimately, Enlightenment?

    Because we are afraid of the truth and what it tells us about ourselves. Because it’s easier and more comfortable to hide behind lies. Is that the guru’s fault? No, that’s entirely our responsibility.

    Bear this in mind: just as we can choose and accept a guru, a guru has the choice to accept us as students. But the difference is a guru will never walk away from his student.

    If you have the good fortune to find a guru and be accepted as a student, don’t waste it by going back to who you’ve always been. Seize the opportunity to be something better and bigger than yourself.

    Trust your guru.

    Sean Pang

    • Joy on Aug 11, 2013 at 4:34 pm

      You are right Sean… when you blame the Guru is like I’m sick, I got cancer, I go see a doctor but when the doctor advice to do chemo, I do not want then I get more sick and then it’s all the good doctor’s fault! Which is obviously ridiculous!!!

      Don’t be ungrateful, appologize to your teacher, ask for time to change, but don’t blame him for your faults. He is compassionate. ~ Tsem Rinpoche

      If we read carefully, this entire quote post from Rinpoche is literally showing us the path to practising with the right attitude and mind. On top of that… Rinpoche even presents the way to redeem oneself and the how kind and forgiving Rinpoche is… as the quote above said, just ask for forgiveness and the Guru who is compassionate will forgive. It is not at all lost yet, but it is on the part of the student if he/she does not see this and reciprocate the love and care from their Guru.

      Can you believe it, up until now… Rinpoche is still ever forgiving!!! What’s most scary is the consequences those who disparage the Guru and 3 jewels (yes this include people who are in the Dharma community – though lay, they serve Rinpoche and the centre, so they are considered lay sangha… still sangha)… what they will face and all for what??? To cover and protect their attachments, justifying that they are good and to think everything is “permanent”. Foolish indeed… sad indeed… for they will not know peace or happiness… because it’s everyone’s fault!

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  • Sofi
    Sunday, Aug 18. 2019 11:04 PM
    Venerable Geshe Rabten Rinpoche known as Milarepa

    As is clearly seen in Helmut Gassner’s account, two of the most influential and trailblazing Tibetan lamas who taught in the West both practised Dorje Shugden and held him in high regard. His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, was not only once the Abbot of Gaden Shartse Monastery but was a well-known meditator, debator, tantric adept and teacher of thousands of monks and laypeople all over the world.

    Find out more of this great monk: http://bit.ly/2SRJrHB
  • Sofi
    Sunday, Aug 18. 2019 10:52 PM
    Growing up with Rinpoche: You’ve got mail

    Rinpoche, if people take the time to write and express their thoughts and feelings, that is something that should be appreciated and respected. And if people confide in Rinpoche, that information is always treated as sacred because it is not always easy for people to trust someone else enough to open up to them.

    Read more of Rinpoche’s kindness and care: http://bit.ly/2SNcf3O
  • Chris
    Sunday, Aug 18. 2019 05:21 PM
    China is one of the most powerful countries in the world nowadays and many countries had chosen to be in China’s good books. It is only a matter of time where all the Tibetan government’s supporter will stop supporting them and be on China’s side.

    Let’s face it. The struggle for Tibet’s independence has been on-going for 60 years but there is no progress at all. Now, even His Holiness the Dalai Lama is telling the Tibetans to go for Umaylam instead of Rangzen. However, Umaylam requires their cooperation with the Chinese government.

    It is good for Tibetans or Tibetan government to befriend China because they will need their mercy to get back to Tibet because China has all the reasons for not letting the Tibetans go back to Tibet. They certainly do not need Tibetans.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/the-importance-of-tibet-befriending-china.html
  • Yee Yin
    Sunday, Aug 18. 2019 05:15 PM
    This is something I don’t understand. In the beginning, the 14th Dalai Lama was practising Dorje Shugden and he did not say anything about Dorje Shugden. Suddenly in 1996, he banned everyone from practising Dorje Shugden saying Dorje Shugden is an evil spirit.

    Dorje Shugden is a practice given to the Dalai Lama by his teacher, Trijang Rinpoche. Trijang Rinpoche would never harm the Dalai Lama by giving the Dalai Lama the practice of an evil spirit. This does not make sense at all. Is the Dalai Lama implying his teacher was not good and wanted to harm him when he said Dorje Shugden is an evil spirit?

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/the-14th-dalai-lamas-prayer-to-dorje-shugden.html
  • Sofi
    Sunday, Aug 18. 2019 01:49 PM
    Voyage to the Colossus of Rhodes

    In school, I remember we had a competition to make anything we wanted with the sole condition that it had to use LED lights. It was around the time that out of all the various figures of ancient Greek mythology, my fascination with Medusa was at its highest. Her story is an interesting one. She was once a beautiful maiden who, cursed by the goddess Athena, was made to look so terrible that the mere sight of her would turn anyone to stone. Over time her anger overtook her and she became a scourge, plaguing mankind. The demi-god Perseus slayed her and used her dreadful head to turn to stone monsters, beasts and other men alike in his self-serving yet glorified journey which ended with the founding of the ancient city-state Mycenae.

    Journey with Pastor Niral as he travel the the country rich in mythology: http://bit.ly/2LMkhJA
  • Sofi
    Sunday, Aug 18. 2019 01:42 PM
    Growing up with Rinpoche: Putting down roots

    Rinpoche is never interested in secular activities just for the sake of it, but always uses his knowledge, interest and experience to see how he can improve the lives of those around him and how he can bring Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR) to the next level in terms of serving others. So for Rinpoche, a vegetable farm is not just a vegetable farm, but an activity that can bring Dharma to others.

    Find out what exciting plans that Rinpoche has: http://bit.ly/32NjBsV
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Aug 18. 2019 01:29 PM
    Over the years reading Rinpoche blog’s post , I have come across many true stories of how Rinpoche has helped countless of students and people in their career, sickness, business and so forth. Reading this post story is really amazing how relying on Setrap Protector and having trust and faith in our Guru has help Dato Eric Tan in his business . Dato’ Eric Tan’s achievements today is truly amazing all due his trust and never give up what ever happened.
    Thank you Pastor Loh Seng Piow for this sharing. May more people read this post and be inspired.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/behind-the-scenes/miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-6.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Aug 18. 2019 01:28 PM
    Heartfelt watching the beginning of the video. Could imagine the fear the furry Edie encountered, so much so hiding at the corner. Edie was so scared and just needed is a hug and pad from some kind soul . Bronwyne Mirkovich is so compassionate , kind for saving Edie’s life. Thank you too Edie Gobbie from the American Maltese Association for helping with this wonderful project to rescue animals. Life is so precious nor matter what it is , it is still a life……human or doggie. Dogs are our best friends, never harm, abuse or hurt them.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/all-she-needed-was-a-hug.html
  • Chris
    Saturday, Aug 17. 2019 07:47 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche and blog team for sharing this auspicious post with us. It is amazing that Kechara has the chance to make such offerings to the high lamas and monks in the monastery. This is a clear example of the generosity of Rinpoche that wishes each and every one of us to adopt.

    Making offerings to the sangha is very meritorious and we can collect a lot of merit with such actions because we are directly supporting the growth of Dharma and those high lamas are Buddhas. Seeing such pictures warms my heart and I rejoice to see those happy faces of those monks who received those very much needed offerings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/making-offerings-to-the-monastery.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Aug 17. 2019 07:29 PM
    Wow ….. there have been so many UFO sightings in so many different countries. There are altogether eight UFO sightings within 10 days witnessed by people across the globe. They saw shiny unidentified flying objects flying past in the sky as reported. Very interesting….. strange object sparked theories of possible extra terrestrial sightings and they do definitely exist after all. Many UFO sightings have been reported in the last decades yet scientist or researchers yet to confirm the details or evidence to proof it. But the strange sightings in different countries at the same month could not be wrong as we know “they’ have been watching at the earth from some where up there.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing …..simple amazing caught on camera by those eye witness.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/ufo-ufo-everywhere.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Aug 17. 2019 07:27 PM
    There may have been a chance for a civilization to start billions of years before life began on Earth as discovered by scientists. Several discoveries and theories from some of the greatest minds in science point to the likelihood that there is something beyond out there in the universe. I do believe that we are not alone in the universe. Well, there many on going research that has taken place to look for signs of extra terrestrial life such as aliens. Scientist have been using telescope and specimen data to radios to detect and send communication signals. Currently, scientist do not have any evidence to support that aliens exist but the research work still going on with the discovery of a varieties of beings in the universal . Stories of the sighting of aliens and other species by eye witnesses yet to proof their existence. Researcher and scientists have not given up hope to research for evidence. Interesting read .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/mysteries-surrounding-ancient-aliens.html
  • Yee Yin
    Saturday, Aug 17. 2019 04:32 PM
    Buddha Manjushri is very compassionate. He will manifest in the forms that can benefit us. In this case, he manifested as an enlightened Dharma protector to help us remove our obstacles so we can practise and have realiation on Buddha’s teachings.

    I have read many stories about how Dorje Shugden has helped people including Tsem Rinpoche. Kechara is growing and flourishing because of the assistance from Dorje Shugden. As long as our motivation is right, Dorje Shugden will provide a conducive environment to fulfil our wishes.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden.html
  • Sofi
    Friday, Aug 16. 2019 10:47 PM
    A Personal Account of Events with My Teacher – Honouring the Potential in All Sentient Beings

    Rinpoche’s bond with animals is even more palpable. Abandoned dogs find not only shelter but a loving home wherever Rinpoche is. Injured and unwanted birds find healing and a safe haven created to resemble their natural habitat. Fish are given clean, pure water and plenty of food. Even insects are not forgotten. Most important of all, their surroundings are designed to leave positive Dharma imprints in their mind streams and help them gain good rebirths.

    Read more here: http://bit.ly/2y5PyP1
  • Sofi
    Friday, Aug 16. 2019 10:41 PM
    My mother’s White Tara

    The previous Telo Rinpoche had lived in Mongolia and during the Communist upheaval in his country, he was imprisoned along with many other monks and religious figures. Telo Rinpoche prayed to this image of White Tara, which he had with him and in the middle of the night, his cell doors miraculously swung open and he was able to just walk out. Later, with the help of some American scientists, he escaped and travelled to the United States where he connected with the Mongolian-Kalmyk community there, which included my parents.

    Read here: http://bit.ly/2Me6Sd3
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    Friday, Aug 16. 2019 10:35 PM
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    “Rinpoche’s drive to create a lasting mental change in a person’s life is nothing but pure compassion. Rinpoche certainly doesn’t get anything out of the person changing to become a better person, in fact, it often takes an emotional and physical toll on Rinpoche himself. Yet, Rinpoche goes out of his way to help his students and others to the best of his ability. Rinpoche does this in a number of ways, I’ll only touch on a few” ~ Pastor Niral Patel

    Learn more from Pastor Niral why he said that: http://bit.ly/2K3DmUj

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Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
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Third 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)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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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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Throwback- close bonding during WOAH camp. Lin Mun KSDS
Teenage dharma class in Kechara House . Lin Mun KSDS
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Teenage dharma class in Kechara House . Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback- Chinese New Year activity, calligraphy with best wishes words. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback- Chinese New Year activity, calligraphy with best wishes words. Lin Mun KSDS
KISG has been performing White Tara and Dorje Shugden puja for 4 consecutive nights. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG has been performing White Tara and Dorje Shugden puja for 4 consecutive nights. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
KISG members travelled to KFR for Ullambana today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
1 week ago
KISG members travelled to KFR for Ullambana today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
After the Bird Liberation, we proceeded with Dorje Shugden puja. Just before we started our puja, Pastor Patsy gave us a short Dharma Sharing. Pastor spoke about Dharma practice in these days and reminded us to always keep our samaya with Guru intact. To honour our promises, reduce our worldly activities and practice Dharma strongly. Thank you Pastor for the valuable advice~Jacinta, KPSG
1 week ago
After the Bird Liberation, we proceeded with Dorje Shugden puja. Just before we started our puja, Pastor Patsy gave us a short Dharma Sharing. Pastor spoke about Dharma practice in these days and reminded us to always keep our samaya with Guru intact. To honour our promises, reduce our worldly activities and practice Dharma strongly. Thank you Pastor for the valuable advice~Jacinta, KPSG
We chanted Medicine Buddha's mantra before we blessed them. May they be connected with Buddha always. ~Jacinta , monthly Bird Liberation Kechara Penang Study Group
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We chanted Medicine Buddha's mantra before we blessed them. May they be connected with Buddha always. ~Jacinta , monthly Bird Liberation Kechara Penang Study Group
Special thanks to Linny Neoh and her friend for joining our Kechara Penang Study Group Bird Liberation. ~Jacinta, KPSG
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Special thanks to Linny Neoh and her friend for joining our Kechara Penang Study Group Bird Liberation. ~Jacinta, KPSG
Birds were blessed before their departure to freedom. They deserved love & freedom too ~Jacinta,KPSG
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Birds were blessed before their departure to freedom. They deserved love & freedom too ~Jacinta,KPSG
Pastor Patsy giving explanation during Bird Liberation event. Kechara Penang Study Group's monthly bird liberation - Jacinta
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Pastor Patsy giving explanation during Bird Liberation event. Kechara Penang Study Group's monthly bird liberation - Jacinta
Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma Class every Sunday morning, Teachers and students start dharma learning at this blissful morning ~By KSDS Jayce Goh
2 weeks ago
Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma Class every Sunday morning, Teachers and students start dharma learning at this blissful morning ~By KSDS Jayce Goh
Kechara Sunday Dharma Class every Sunday morning, Teacher Lin Mun start class with Manjusri prayers after prostration ~By KSDS Jayce Goh
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Kechara Sunday Dharma Class every Sunday morning, Teacher Lin Mun start class with Manjusri prayers after prostration ~By KSDS Jayce Goh
Mdm Glian Sim offered Serkym on behalf of KISG today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
2 weeks ago
Mdm Glian Sim offered Serkym on behalf of KISG today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Janice So offered water to Lama Tsongkhapa, Mother Tara, Dorje Shugden and all Buddhas. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
2 weeks ago
Janice So offered water to Lama Tsongkhapa, Mother Tara, Dorje Shugden and all Buddhas. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Ms. Leow offered lights and incense prior to the prayer session in Ipoh today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
2 weeks ago
Ms. Leow offered lights and incense prior to the prayer session in Ipoh today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
KISG has carried out a session of 21 Praises to Taras prayer recitations today in Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
2 weeks ago
KISG has carried out a session of 21 Praises to Taras prayer recitations today in Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Children were very excited to participate in the quiz. Lin Mun KSDS
2 weeks ago
Children were very excited to participate in the quiz. Lin Mun KSDS
We will do dedication before we end the dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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We will do dedication before we end the dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
It’s wonderful for parents and children to attend animal liberation together and recite mantra before releasing the birds. Lin Mun KSDS
2 weeks ago
It’s wonderful for parents and children to attend animal liberation together and recite mantra before releasing the birds. Lin Mun KSDS
Bigfoot cafe in Bentong. Lin Mun KSDS
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Bigfoot cafe in Bentong. Lin Mun KSDS
Rejoice ! Children getting blessing from pastor on Wesak Day. Lin Mun KSDS
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Rejoice ! Children getting blessing from pastor on Wesak Day. Lin Mun KSDS
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