The Buddha to Come, The Future Buddha

Jul 1, 2017 | Views: 1,792

(By Tsem Rinpoche)

Dear friends,

If you enjoy travelling, these are some of the places I recommend you to visit. It is extremely important to take time out from our busy schedules to go on pilgrimage to visit holy places and see sacred images of the Buddhas.

Everything we see leaves an imprint in our mind stream, therefore it is the same with seeing Buddha images. Some of us may not have the karmic affinity to practice Dharma in this life, but that imprint that was imbedded into our mind stream will be carried on to all our future lives. Then, when the right time comes, it will create a cause for us to meet and practice Dharma again.

This website contains some very important and special Buddha statues. I hope people who come across this will have the affinity to see these statues for themselves and eventually meet and learn from the future Buddha, Maitreya, when the time comes.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

The Buddha to Come (Sutra)

The Future-Buddha Maitreya, Diskit monastery, Himalayas (MickeySuman/flickr)

Dhr. Seven, CC Liu, Amber Larson (eds.) Wisdom Quarterly; “The Wheel-turning Emperor” (Cakkavatti Sutra, DN 26) Ven. Thanissaro (Geoffrey DeGraff, trans.); G.P. Malalasekera; Wiki

This sutra consists of a narrative illustrating the power of skillful karma. In the past, unskillful behavior was unknown among humans.

As a result, people lived for an immensely long time — as long as 80,000 years [which is likely a stereotype rather than literal number signifying an extraordinarily long time, an ayu-kalpa, an average lifespan within a larger cycle, an incalculable or innumerable] — endowed with great beauty, wealth, pleasure, and strength.

The Giant Buddha of Leshan, China (Qasimism/flickr.com).

Over the course of time, however, they began behaving in various unskillful ways. This caused the gradual shortening of the human life span, to the point where it now stands at 100 years, with human beauty, wealth, pleasure, and strength decreasing proportionately.

In the future, as morality continues to degenerate, human life will continue to shorten to the point were the normal life span will be just 10 years, with people reaching sexual maturity at five.

Leshan head and tourists (Joegwolf/flickr).

“Among those human beings, the Ten Courses of Action (AN 10.176) will have entirely disappeared… The word “skillful” will not exist, so from where will there be anyone who does what is skillful?

Those who lack the honorable qualities of motherhood, fatherhood, shraman (wandering ascetic)-hood, and Brahmin-hood will be the ones who receive homage… Fierce hatred will arise, fierce malevolence, fierce rage, and murderous thoughts: mother for child, child for mother, father for child, child for father, brother for sister, sister for brother.”

Maitreya (Dboo/flickr.com)

Ultimately, conditions will deteriorate to the point of a “sword-interval,” in which swords appear in the hands of all human beings, and they will hunt one another like game. A few people, however, will take shelter in the wilderness to escape the carnage. And when the slaughter is over, they will come out of hiding and resolve to take up a life of skillful and virtuous action again.

With the recovery of virtue, the human life span will gradually increase again until it reaches a very long time (listed as 80,000 years), with people attaining sexual maturity at 500 [another number that literally means “a large number” instead of 500].

 

The Friend

Maitreya (Kushan)

The Sanskrit name Maitreya (Metteyya in Pali) is derived from the Sanskrit word Maitri (Pali metta) which means “loving-kindness.” This term is in turn derived from the noun mitra (Pali mitta) in the sense of “friend.”

Maitreya is typically pictured seated, with either both feet on the ground or crossed at the ankles, on a throne, waiting for his time. He is dressed in the clothes of either a bhikshu or Indian royalty. As a bodhisattva, he would usually be standing and dressed in jewels. Usually he wears a small stupa in his headdress that represents the stupa of the Buddha Shakyamuni’s relics to help him identify it when his turn comes to lay claim to his succession, and can be holding a Dharmachakra (wheel of life) resting on a lotus. A khata (ceremonial scarf) is always tied around his waist as a girdle.

The Stupa on his head was actually seen by disciples when Maitreya received teachings from his master Buddha Shakyamuni as a sign of his outstanding devotion. That is the reason why he is pictured with a Stupa either on his head or in his hands. Also the original Stupa was a crystal one, which stands for the purity of his devotion.

In the Greco-Buddhist art of Gandhara, in the first centuries CE in northwestern India, Maitreya is represented as a Central Asian or northern Indian noble (kshatriya caste, warrior, ruler, royalty), holding a “water phial” (kumbha) in his left hand. Sometimes this is a “wisdom urn.”

 

The Future Buddha

One of the most beautiful representations of the Future Buddha, the second most important figure in populist Mahayana Buddhism. Kwan Yin, like the Virgin Mary in Catholicism, is the most important. Thikse monastery, Ladakh, Buddhist India, Himalayas (WQ).

Only three diseases will be known at that time: desire, lack of food, and old age. Another buddha — Metteyya (Sanskrit, “Maitreya”) — will gain enlightenment and have a Sangha [a monastic community of monks, nuns, and novices] numbering in the thousands.

Future largest Buddha statue, India.

Maitreya is regarded as the future buddha of this world in Buddhist eschatology. In some Mahayana Buddhist literature, such as the Amitabha Sutra and the Lotus Sutra, he is referred to as Ajita Bodhisattva. He is the bodhisattva, or buddha-to-be, who in Buddhist tradition will be reborn on Earth, achieve complete enlightenment, and again make known the liberating Dharma unique to buddhas.

According to sutras he is the immediate successor of the historic Shakyamuni Buddha. The prophecy of his arrival refers to a time when the Dharma will have been forgotten by most on Jambudvipa [more likely a reference to this planet or region in space than to the subcontinent of India]. It is found in the canonical literature of all major Buddhist schools (Theravada, Mahayana, Vajrayana), and is accepted by most Buddhists as a statement about an event that will take place when the Dharma will have been mostly forgotten on Earth.

The greatest ruler of the time, King Sankha, will go forth into homelessness and attain arhatship under Metteyya’s guidance.

The story, after chronicling the ups and downs of human wealth, life span, and so on, concludes with the following lesson on karma and skillful action.

…”Meditators, live with yourself as your island, yourself as your guide (not refuge), with nothing else as your guide. Live with the Dharma as your island, the Dharma as your guide, with nothing else as your guide. [To this might well be added the noble-Sangha, those who have successfully followed the Buddha’s ennobling Dharma and gained one or more of the stages of enlightenment. These three — Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha — are regarded as the Three Precious Jewels of tradition].

This may also be translated as: “Live with dharma [rather than the Dharma, the Teaching, the Doctrine] as your island, mental phenomena as your guide, with nothing else as your guide.” Dhamma has many meanings, one in particular is phenomena. Another more common definition in India is “social obligations” or “duties” (as opposed to karma, which are one’s personal choices for action). The Buddha, a karmavadin, or teacher-of-karma, was not recommending one simply do whatever one feels like, but to live in accordance with Truth, with justice, in harmony with others.

Mountain-size “Giant Buddha” of Leshan’s foot photographed from stairway that leads toward base of the statue that stands 253 feet (77 meters), making it the largest stone Buddha in the world — even larger than the known monoliths in Afghanistan, where the Buddha was likely born and where a larger reclining Buddha remains be discovered). It is carved into the Chinese cliff face facing Mt. Emei in the distance (Andrew MacDonald).

“And how does one with oneself as island, oneself as guide, with nothing else as guide; with the Dharma as island, the Dharma as guide, with nothing else as guide?

“There is the case where a meditator remains focused on the body in and of itself — ardent, alert, and mindful — putting aside greed and grief with regard to the world. One remains focused on feelings (sensations) in and of themselves… mind (process of consciousness) in and of itself… mental qualities in and of themselves — ardent, alert, and mindful — putting aside greed and grief with regard to the world. [We stop here because Maitreya is not mentioned again, and why is that? The suggestion is that it is because this sutra was never really about Maitreya. See commentary below.]

 

Commentary

R. Gombrich (ahandfulofleaves.org)

Doubt about this discourse: Metteyya (Sanskrit Maitreya) is mentioned in the Cakavatti (Sihanada) Sutta (DN 26) of the Pali Canon. He appears in no other sutra in the Pali Canon, and this has cast doubt as to the sutra’s authenticity.

Most of the Buddha’s discourses are presented as having been presented in answer to a question, or in some other appropriate context. But this sutra has a beginning and ending in which the Buddha is talking to monastics about something totally different. This leads Gombrich to conclude that either the whole sutra is apocryphal (of unknown origin), or that it has at least been tampered with (Richard Gombrich, Theravada Buddhism: A Social History from Ancient Benares to Modern Colombo, Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1988, pp. 83-85).

Source: http://wisdomquarterly.blogspot.my/2014/08/the-buddha-to-come-sutra.html

 
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  1. Samfoonheei on Nov 20, 2020 at 2:19 pm

    Merely seeing Buddha images will definitely leave us an imprint in our mind stream. As advice by our Lama Tsem Rinpoche it is extremely important to go on pilgrimage to visit holy places and see sacred images of the Buddhas. I am fortunate to visit pilgrimage sites with friends , seeing is believing looking at some of the beautiful scared images of Buddha. To meet Rinpoche and practice Dharma on line in this life time, is a fortune for me. Well we have to learn and practice Buddha Dharma now, before its too late, create the causes for this life and future life to come and able to meet Maitreya the next Buddha to come. Interesting read about the next Buddha Maitreya.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this important sharing.

  2. S.Prathap on Jun 7, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    Pictures of the holy places and sacred images of the Buddhas are awesome. I am always fascinated with such places . It is always nice to visit pilgrimage sites from different parts of the world to see the different types of Buddha images.
    Looking towards the coming of Buddha Maitreya in the future, we should now create the causes to be reborn near to Buddha Maitreya to have the merits to serve the Dharma to benefit many beings.
    Thanks for the beautiful article .

  3. Samfoonheei on Nov 1, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    Seeing Buddha images will leaves us an imprint in our mind stream. Well since young I always loves to see images of Buddha and true enough it it happened. It have created a cause for me to meet and practice Dharma in this life time. I am fortunate to learn and practice dharma from blogs. I have Rinpoche to thank having this dharma teaching on line which I truly appreciate with folded hands. Glad to have come across this old post about the future Buddha to come …..Maitreya. According to Buddhist scripture, Maitreya will be a successor of Gautama who will appear on Earth, achieve complete enlightenment, and teach the pure Dharma. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

  4. Freon on Dec 21, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    From this article I have learned how the future of human life would be. Seem it become worst as the dharma degenerate. Come to think about that, it is quite true, look at today’s modern world, more things appear to lure us from practice dharma and advancing in our spiritual path. Without dharma knowledge, people will move towards their desire. Thus, age to survive becoming short and peoples seem to kill without worry on the returning of karma.

    Looking at myself, it is high possibility I will met that kind of scary future and be in the stage where people degenerate without dharma, killing each other. It is very scary to think about that. ?? Thus, how much merits have I collected this life, it is sufficient for me to met with dharma in my next future life? It is so true which stated in Lamrim, to know our future life, look at how we live pass this life.

    Thus, it is precious to be able to learn and practice dharma this life. How fortunate I am . Rinpoche have gave us a precious treasure.

    I pray that , May I always be in Dharma, may more peoples learn and practice dharma well. May all sentient being become Buddha fast.

    Thank you Rinpoche

    With folded hand, Love
    Freon?

  5. Caryn Wong on Aug 31, 2017 at 11:04 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.

    It helps me understand the Future Buddha Maitreya better. It also gives us a good insight of what and how the future will be when there is no more Dharma. Most people choose to be ignorant, big ego, desire for comfort and pleasure and attachments not easily let go. Without Dharma, the human species will suffer. Feeling blessed that there is still hope for the future with the emergence of Maitreya Buddha when the right time comes.

    Pictures of the holy places and sacred images of the Buddhas are awesome. I am always fascinated with such places and images. Before I came to understand Dharma, I believed having the opportunity to visit holy places and seeing Buddha images is not by chance. With Dharma knowledge, I now know it is not by chance. We planted seeds in our past lives to be connected again in this lifetime and hopefully we all have enough merits to be reconnected in our future lives.

    Thank you Rinpoche for your continuous teaching _/\_

  6. Lum Kok Luen on Aug 30, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for researching, teaching and sharing of what will become of humans in the generations to come. With this foretelling our future, we have to start our Dharma without delay and do the preliminaries quickly. There is no time left. If we were to die today, I can imagine our mind (which is not strong Dharma-wise), we may not meet Guru or Dharma again in our next life, which will lead us deeper into samsara, and eventually into the state of affairs as described – we will continue to suffer until Maitreya comes and slowly the humans will wake up to take the righteous path.

    Imagine the sufferings life after life, after life…….. it is very, very tormenting.

    Thank you Your Eminence.
    Lum Kok Luen

  7. Lim Han Nee on Aug 25, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    This article paints a scary picture of what will become of humans in the future owing to the continued degeneration of humans and our decline in morality. There will come a time when the human lifespan will be reduced to a mere ten years. Dharma will have been all but forgotten then.Then Maitreya Buddha will come to teach the Dharma again to release beings from suffering.

    Now why should we wait passively for this to happen to suffer the dreadful consequences? Why don’t we practice the Dharma NOW. We have the best of conditions to do so, when we have the Guru , our Spiritual Guide, to teach us the Dharma directly and to guide us? Let our Guru be our guide and follow his instructions. He will tailor these instructions to align them with our needs. His main aim is to free us from suffering and the causes of our suffering. We have to trust him. Practice the Dharma now. Practice strong Guru Devotion and we will create the causes to be close to our Guru and the Dharma in this and our future lives.

  8. Uncle Lai on Jul 20, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    At this present age where Dharma is degenerating and people are getting less and less of Buddha’s teachings and are more attached to this samsaric world. People are more attached to their present life and do not care or think of their future life. It is feared that the life span of human may reduce to only 10 years and sexuality maturity at 5 years.

    Look at the newspaper everyday people are killing each other rape, robbery, kidnapping crime etc..There is no respect of humanity, care, love of mankind.

    This is where Dharma have to comes in to change the mindset of human kind. We are very lucky that Rinpoche has come here to build KFR so that we can come to learn and practice the Buddha Dharma. This is also for us to accumulate merits so that we can meet Maitreya the next Buddha to come.

  9. Anne Ong on Jul 16, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article about Maitreya. It is always nice to visit pilgrimage sites from different parts of the world to see the different types of Buddha images. The current era that we are living are already degenerating. People’s minds are full of ego, desire and attachments. When I read about this post, I feel there’s still hope to turn the situation around with the help of the Future Buddha and fellow Sangha. The circle of suffering needs an exit, and Buddha will show us the way. Thank you Rinpoche and writers for sharing this beautiful write up _/\_

  10. Wai Meng Wan on Jul 14, 2017 at 1:59 am

    I do remember a teaching from Rinpoche, he mentioned if we happen to have missed the boat in gaining enlightenment during Buddha Shakyamuni’s time, if we practice the Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa we can be connected with Maitreya too in the future.

    Still, it is wonderful if we can be enlightened sooner than later of course. The time between Buddha Shakyamuni and the emergence of Maitreya has not be fully determined yet. And those in between times seem to be quite a dark age, so best to practice as much as we can now to the best of our ability.

  11. Mingwen on Jul 13, 2017 at 6:08 am

    Before the the future Buddha comes, we should strive to practice Dharma as much as possible, don’t let any of them slip away. Have some Dharma seeds in our minds, and they will sprout whenever it’s mature, but we should do our parts not just wait them to come automatically.

    The worst part of life comes in when we think that we have time. – Buddha

    Don’t wait for the light, be the light. – Tsem Rinpoche

  12. Pastor Antoinette on Jul 13, 2017 at 5:32 am

    The Buddha to Come, The Future Buddha is Maitreya. Maitreya is now in Tushita Heaven and he is teaching the Dharma until it is time for him to come to earth. There have been Buddhas before Buddha Shakyamuni but they did not teach.

    We are extremely fortunate to meet the Dharma and hear Dharma teachings as it is very rare and it is very rare to take a human rebirth. Practicing Dharma, reading and studying it and visiting holy sites will help us to be close to the Dharma in our future lives.

    Samsara is degenerating more and more and it is very scary as mentioned in the article. Therefore we need to create the causes to be close to the Dharma in our future lifes and practice to the best of our abilities
    .

  13. Pastor Chia on Jul 13, 2017 at 4:00 am

    Is important we need to collect enough merit so in future time, we are able born to meet the future buddha Meitreya and receive his teaching directly.
    Is horrible when dharma degenarate, people are losing their morality, full with agreed ,desire and harming each other. As lord Shakyamuni Buddha has prophecy.Meitraya Buddha will return to this earth again , acheive enlightenment. Liberating dharma like Buddha Shakyamuni to help sentient being. We must start now generate merit to meet Meitraya at the future.

  14. Pastor Albert on Jul 13, 2017 at 2:47 am

    Honestly speaking, this post is what beyond us can imagine or even to understand fully. Lifespan from 80,000 years and it drop till now average of 100 years, how many lifetimes we has been taking rebirth and how many more lifetimes we have to take rebirth until we reach the average age of 10 and then until Maitreya come?

    How scary when we enter the dark age, Dharma will be forgotten, Buddha’s teaching will disappear, and people will pray for each other and kill each other for own benefit. Killing our family members without hesitation? I can never imagine that. No more taking refuge to the 3 Jewels (Buddha, Dharma and Sangha) but taking refuge with the 3 Poisons (Greed, Hatred and Ignorant). How far are we till this time? Just compare with the people’s mind 20 years ago and now, how much different people’s mind has degenerated? How much people focus on themselves so much so that until they become so cold and don’t care to the things or people around them? How many times we saw on internet or news saying how people got robbed, people got into accident, kids to beaten up on the street, etc and the passer-by took the phone out to take pic / video instead of helping?

    Hence, practice Dharma is so important, Dharma is like a boat in the deep blue sea, in the sea of suffering, whether we can reach the shore will depends on the durability of the boat, so we have to keep maintaining the boat’s condition until we reach the shore, it is the same as Dharma, so now we are in Dharma, so what keep us in Dharma is our merits, we have to keep generate infinite amount of merits until we reach the shore (enlightenment).

  15. June Kang on Jul 13, 2017 at 2:32 am

    I came to know the name of Maitreya Buddha was when I read the book “What Buddhists Believe” written by Venerable K. Sri Dhammananda Maha Thera. It mentioned as follow:

    “When the Buddha was about to pass away, The Buddha said:’ I am not the first Buddha to come upon earth; nor shall I be the last. In due time, another Buddha will arise in this world, a Holy One, a Supremely Enlightened One, endowed with wisdom, in conduct auspicious, knowing the universe, an incomparable leader of men, a master of devas and men. He will reveal to you the same Eternal Truths which I have taught you. He will proclaim a religious life, wholly perfect and pure; such as I now proclaim.’ ‘How shall we know him?’ asked Ananda. The Buddha replied, ‘He will be known as Maitreya which means kindness or friendliness.’

    However the most important is we know that Maitreya Buddha will appear as the next Buddha. Therefore is important to lean and practice Dharma in order for us to reborn as human beings in the time of Maitreya Buddha.

  16. Andrea Lai on Jul 13, 2017 at 1:22 am

    I was truly agreed coming generations of mankind will be degrading especially in spiritual path. High technological development may cause increased of the 3 poisons which are the main elimination of human life. It’s pretty sad these people will forever trap in samsara if there isn’t any realization and spiritual attainment in them. In hope, that more people will predispose in Dharma path, get connected with Buddha Maitreya and achieve enlightenment.

    It’s a deep thought for me. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.

  17. Justin Cheah on Jul 13, 2017 at 12:30 am

    As time goes by, we we have been seeing degeneration. Compare things of 20 to 40 years ago, people used to be simpler and less likely to harm others. These days we don’t really trust strangers and some even people around us. As more people indulged in desire, hatred and anger, instead of cultivating these unwanted qualities, over time it is only natural and logical that people will become more scarier. I am still sceptical of people living past 80,000 years old but at the same time I am seeing generally people passing away at a much younger age. May i myself be able to be connected with Buddha Maitreya and be connected with His teachings when His time comes.

  18. Eric kksiow on Jul 13, 2017 at 12:05 am

    I think that was many years ago, i contacted an travel agent ( they call me and email me back ASAP ) from India, and asked me when i want to go Diskit monastery, Himalayas. I was so surprise at tB$hat time, because i don’t have enough money to go for the tour, it’s cost around RM 7 – 8k.

    Well.. Till today i still don’t have enough money to go. But in future, i’ll save money to go for this holy place ( B4 i died lah.. LOL ).

    My point : The Future-Buddha Maitreya, Diskit monastery, Himalayas. All of us must pay a visit and make a connections with Maitrya Buddha. _/\_

    OM MAITREYA MAM SOHA

  19. nicholas on Jul 12, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    As mentioned in the article that the arrival of Maitreya will be the time when Dharma will have been forgotten by most of the people. Maitreya will appear as the fifth universal Buddha of this world age and turn the wheel of Dharma for the benefit of all.

    Therefore, those of us fortunate enough to have met Rinpoche and learn the teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha and maintained some level of pure discipline hopefully we able to meet Maitreya in future, learn from him and quickly achieve enlightenment.

  20. Pastor Henry Ooi on Jul 12, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    I reckon as technology advances, greed increases for mankind. To feed desires, humans most probably would do anything to get what they wanted. Wars may escalate, fueled by the desire to control and the greed to own more. And with the advent of more sophisticated weapons of destruction, the human race may be almost wiped out. Those that managed to survive the holocaust would then emerge to rebuild what would have been destroyed. Perhaps at that time Buddha Maitreya would manifest and humans would then appreciate what Buddha Maitreya would teach.

  21. pammie yap on Jul 12, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    When I first got to know Maitreya, it was a very interesting ‘story’, of how He will be the Buddha in future and that He will only teach Sutra unlike Buddha Shakyamuni who taught both Sutra and Tantra. What I find amazing is that all these information about Maitreya and the not so distant future, are brought forward till today.
    IMO, whatever the future will be, it is foretold, hence instead of thinking of what to do or worry about it, we should focus on now, while we are still in this precious human body, to practice Dharma to the very best that we can until the day we die. Since we cannot yet control where we go after we die, then the more we should focus and practice what we can now so that we are able to bring forward that little merits we accumulated, to sustain our practices in future lives.

    As Rinpoche advised Pastor Henry, in our daily dedications, we should always set the following motivation:
    May our life be firm and stable to be able to practice Dharma for we may not know when we will have the opportunity again.

  22. Vivian Ong on Jul 9, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article about Maitreya. It is always nice to visit pilgrimage sites from different parts of the world to see the different types of Buddha images. The current era that we are living are already degenerating. People’s minds are full of ego, desire and attachments. They do not see the need to practice Dharma and do not see the importance of getting out of samsara. It is not surprise to see people killing one another before Maitreya arrives because the minds of the people are already degenerating. May all sentient beings eventually be liberated from samsara and gain enlightenment _/\_

    With folded palms,
    Vivian

  23. Jace Chong on Jul 6, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche and the blog team for sharing this informative article about Maitreya.

    It’s the first time I read about human would degenerate until the lifespan is not more than 10 years old and they are “sword-interval”, which there is sword appear in their hand and slash each other like games. It reminds me of a violence Japanese movie, Battle Royale where there’s no hope in the world but kill.

    I believe the degeneration of the human kind is true–look at the rise of materialism now compare to the past.

    When I read about this post, I feel there’s still hope to turn the situation around with the help of the Future Buddha and fellow Sangha. The circle of suffering needs an exit, and Buddha will show us the way.

    May all sentient beings and I always take rebirth to meet Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.

    Thank you.

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  24. Fong on Jul 4, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    It’s wonderful to be able to read about the giant Maitreya Buddhas. The pictures were gorgeous. But, the most important part is that it is prophesied that before Maitreya Buddha comes, there will be a time of chaos, a time of degeneration where humans will live in violence.

    It is a bit disconcerting to read that. So, it is important that we do make an effort to learn up the dharma that it not be lost but rather preserved for a time when Maitreya Buddha comes to turn the wheel of dharma again.

  25. Lim Han Nee on Jul 2, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    As is said in the Sutra of the Buddha to come , human beings will degenerate to such a level that their age span will concordantly decrease to only ten years.This will be the age of darkness , according to the Lamrim,when Lord Buddha’s teachings will die out. After this age of darkness, 4.9 billion human years will elapse before Maitreya Buddha comes.

    However, in this fortunate human rebirth we have found the Dharma. We have found our Spiritual Guide and our Dharma centre. We have taken refuge in the Three Jewels. Therefore, it stands to reason that we should not waste this rarest of rare opportunities of meeting with such fortunate circumstances in this optimum human rebirth. It follows that we should seize this opportunity to practice the Dharma and follow the graduated path to freedom and enlightenment, with our Guru as our infallible guide, as we rely on him with full trust and devotion. In this way, we create the cause to meet and study with Maitreya when he appears on earth.Failing to do this, throws us into the path that leads to darkness, chaos and pain, and uncertainty of meeting him when he comes.

    We should start creating the connection with Maitreya Buddha, by sowing imprints of his image in our mindstream.We should start creating the causes to meet him, through these imprints in our mindstream. It will be lovely to start going on pilgrimages to view his image as well as those of other Buddhas. How wonderful to behold Maitreya Buddha in such resplendent glory in this huge outdoor image of him. Better still, with the immediacy of web images, visit Maitreya and other buddhas, on this blog!

    Thank you Rinpoche, for sharing this article, and for providing all the lovely images of Maitreya Buddha and other Buddhas on this blog.

  26. Datuk May on Jul 1, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    Degeneration of the Human race is like a downward spiral that does not seem stoppable or are we progressing higher and higher in our way of life and the mental capacities. Even now we do see the differences from one generation to the next. There is definitely scientific and technological progress but are we getting to be more virtuous or not? Depending of the level of our ignorance, what is happening now may be considered good progress or degeneration.

    It is only with great wisdom that the ongoing progress can be judged. As we know Buddha Shakyamuni attained enlightenment as a human being and prophesied the coming of the Future Buddha, even without wisdom I trust that we are living into further and deeper degeneration. And we will continue to create negative Karma until we hit bottom, then the Buddhas, ever so compassionate will come to our rescue. It is always said that the Buddhas will never leave until all sentient beings are lifted out of samsara.

    Beautiful statues of the Future Buddha to view and be blessed.

  27. graceleong on Jul 1, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    Other religions too have very similar prophecies on the future of this world as that spoken by the Buddha. We basically have to hit rock bottom before it can recover and flourish ! This pattern is pretty apparent today; doubt anyone can debate otherwise. The million dollar question is – how do we brace for the worse to come ?

    The Buddha, a karmavadin, or teacher-of-karma, was not recommending one simply do whatever one feels like, but to live in accordance with Truth, with justice, in harmony with others.
    Looking towards the coming of Buddha Maitreya in the future, we should now create the causes to be reborn near to Buddha Maitreya to have the merits to serve the Dharma to benefit many beings.

  28. Paul Yap on Jul 1, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    The Future Buddha Maitreya is definitely one of the most popular figure seen in most of the Buddhist Monasteries and temples. I had the great fortune to make pilgrimage to The LeShan Giant Buddha in China few years back. The statue was magnificent, I was excited most of time, my eyes were captivated and couldn’t move away from the Buddha statue most of time.

    From this article, I have learned that human being will deteriorated over times and dharma is almost completely lost in our world system. Human beings lifespan will be shorten to only 10 years, people generally reached maturity at age of 5. Buddha Maitreya at this time will take rebirth on earth and lead human being to live a virtuous life again, then thru many eons later, human beings lifespan will be extended to 80,000 years, living in good wealth and health. I guest when Buddha Maitreya took rebirth on earth, with the teachings of dharma and practising virtuous life, our planet will be transformed into heaven like places.

  29. Jacinta Goh on Jul 1, 2017 at 7:03 am

    These super size statues denote how much faith and closeness of the devotees towards Buddha Maitreya. A lot of time, money and effort taken to produce these masterpieces.

    Towards the end of the article, it says that Buddha only mentioned the name of Buddha Maitreya once in a Pali Canon sutra. Wonder why is that so although we often heard people saying future Buddha is the laughing Buddha and this is norm in our culture here?

    Thank you Rinpoche

    • Bradley Kassian on Jul 1, 2017 at 9:36 am

      The laughing Buddha is Budai, He is usually identified with or seen as an incarnation of Maitreya, the future Buddha, so much so that the Budai image is one of the main forms in which Maitreya is depicted in China.(…he is also very popular as a garden ornament here in the West). It would be very auspicious for us to see and recieve teachings from Maitreya the future Buddha when he is here teaching if we don’t end up gaining enlightenment before then. I am suprised that Maitreya was mentioned in the Pali Cannon. I haven’t read all the sutras in it yet but doesn’t that confirm that Maitreya is indeed real, and that he will come one day? That’s two sutras referencing him. 🙂

      Similar to how Shakyamuni mentioned or made reference to Amitabha and his Pureland in multiple sutras. In the Taisho Tripitaka, which currently contains 2,184 texts, Amitabha Buddha and his Pure Land are mentioned in approximetly 283 Sutras! The 3 Pure Land Sutras only happen to be the ones that focus entirely on Amitabha Buddha and his Pure Land.

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  • 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
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 22. 2021 03:25 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for the teachings on Dorje Shugden and explanation on retreat. Learning and practicing this Dorje Shugden’s practice have indeed benefited many people. And more so when to do a retreat. . We are all very fortunate to be given an opportunity to meet Tsem Rinpoche and learning, practicing all these precious teachings coming from a pure lineage that can be traced back to the time of the great Lama Tsongkhapa. A very detailed explanation on why we need the retreat and the way to do the retreat.
    Thanks again Rinpoche with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-retreat-a-powerful-practice-to-fulfill-wishes.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Feb 21. 2021 01:54 PM
    Tsem Rinpoche had been working tirelessly teaching Dharma in his whole life, giving many opportunities for us to learn , practice Dharma teachings. Whatever goes wrong we should admit it as our own fault and not our guru. Rinpoche ‘s love to spread Dharma teachings and nothing else. He had followed his advice of his guru to come all the way from India to teach in Malaysia. Reading all those meaningful quotes and sayings in this article tells us a thousand words of truth which we should not take it lightly. We could in fact learn from it and stop blaming others.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/is-it-the-gurus-fault.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Feb 21. 2021 01:51 PM
    HH the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso , the highest spiritual leader of Tibet, who is a living Bodhisattva, an emanation of Avalokiteśvara. Blessing to have a change looking at this rare picture taken years ago of Dalai lama on the throne . Dalai Lama is well known as a Buddhist Advocate for Peace and Freedom.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/his-holiness-the-supreme-holder-of-the-white-lotus.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Feb 21. 2021 01:48 PM
    Tibetans all over the world celebrates Losar, or Tibetan New Year with the beginning of Lunar year. This year it falls on the 12 February, every one will be looking forward to this day. A new year a new beginning , where the Panglung Oracle will take trance of the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. As usual every year the Panglung Oracle will give advices, offering guidance, for the year ahead to everyone of what to do and so forth. Whatever advices given should not taken lightly. The Panglung Oracle as Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden will also give teachings and blessing . For this year Dorje Shugden gave a very powerful teachings and messages.
    Thank you for sharing this precious message.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugdens-2021-losar-advice.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 20. 2021 02:06 PM
    Interesting read , even though short but at least knowing the home Monastery of H E Tsem Rinpoche’s previous incarnation, Gedun Nyedrak. The monastery was called ‘Tsem’,where a custodian of a tooth relic of the great Lama Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.
    Thank you Pastor David for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/gedun-nyedrak-an-abbot-of-gaden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 20. 2021 01:59 PM
    News of UFO always fascinating to me . There are many UFO sighting hotspots exist across the globe, it has long since scientist have a keen interest to investigate further. UFOs has become a modern sensation for hunters , scientist and so forth. There was only the ambiguous testament of witnesses so far all happen and appeared mysteries without any substantial evidence. But the Japanese government has admitted and believes definitely they the UFO exist. Well the Japanese government has even made a statement about alien spacecraft appearing on Earth. Many people have denied the existence of UFOs, but with so many UFO sightings they cannot denied it after all. Sound interesting.
    The Buddha has once said that we are not the only beings in existence and we are not alone on earth. Interesting videos to watch.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/japanese-admits-ufo-exists.html

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  • 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.
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    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.
  • January 12, 2021 00:32
    Laurence Brahm asked: Hello la. I would like to get in touch with Rinpoche. My name is Laurence Brahm and I've directed the two films including Searching for The Lotus Born Master. I would like to get in touch with Rinpoche in hopes he would kindly agree to an interview with our third production on Guru Rinpoche and also I would like to ask some questions concerning Shambala. I would be most grateful if Rinpoche would email me at himalayanconsensus2@gmail.com Thank you. With respects
    pastor answered: Dear Laurence Brahm, Thank you for your questions. This section is actually answered by Kechara's Pastors who were trained by His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche. Unfortunately, Tsem Rinpoche is no longer with us physically. He passed into Parinirvana in 2019. You can read more about this here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/the-parinirvana-of-kyabje-tsem-rinpoche.html If you would like to ask questions to any of the pastors regarding this, please email care@kechara.com with more information and mention that you would like to talk to one of the pastors. Thank you
  • December 31, 2020 14:46
    Jose Ajuria asked: What are the qualities of the Buddha Dharma and Sangha
    pastor answered: Dear Jose Ajuria, Here is a short article that discusses the qualities of the Three Jewels: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/taking-refuge-by-pabongka-rinpoche.html For a more in-depth text regarding this, please read Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/lamrim-liberation-in-the-palm-of-your-hand). The text describes the qualities and benefits of taking refuge in each, in much more detail. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • December 30, 2020 09:55
    Dan asked: Dear pastors, some vegetarians said egg can eat. While some say no. What is your opinion on this. Thank you
    pastor answered: Dear Dan, Thank you for your question. There are differing views on eggs as part of the vegetarian diet. Some people would say that since eggs we get these days are not fertilized, then they are vegetarian since there is no life involved at that point. His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche was vegetarian but consumed eggs, as long as they were free-range and organic, because Rinpoche was against the battery farming system which produces the majority of eggs these days. There is a lot of animal cruelty involved with battery farming. Most people who do not include egg in their vegetarian diets do this because of the harm is causes the hens during the farming process, and also because they can view eating eggs as taking a life. That being said, within Buddhism, there are certain practices that strictly prohibit the consumption of eggs, as with other types of food. This can be for a number of reasons, which are too long to be discussed here. I would say that most people in the Kechara organisation eat eggs although vegetarian, but that may also be a cultural thing. Some people however, have taken the extra step and live a vegan lifestyle, which definitely does not include egg, as an extension of their practice of compassion for other sentient beings. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • December 5, 2020 00:25
    Bradley asked: Would offerings or prayers like Sangsol offering be more potent if we had the prayers translated to the language of a given geographical area? Example in England where Celtic was once spoken? Would the local deities or spirits be pleased we took the time to do so? They are far older than us.
    pastor answered: Dear Bradley, Thank you for your interesting question. Actually the sangsol prayers will be effective when done in any language. There are two main reasons for this. The first is that when you recite the sangsol prayer, you are actually invoking upon an enlightened being first, in this case, it is Dorje Shugden. Therefore, when you make the requests of the local deities to accept the offering, be calm and improve local circumstances etc, it is not coming from you. You are actually beseeching Dorje Shugden to help you in this matter. Hence, it is Dorje Shugden who is communicating with the local deities, not us. Secondly, deities and gods, as they do not have physical bodies, do not require ordinary language. Language as we know it is actually linked to our physical bodies. Local deities and gods, etc, because they don't have the same type of physical form as us, actually recognise our prayers through intention and effort rather than language. Therefore, prayers such as the sangsol prayers are effective no matter which language they are physical recited in. I hope this makes sense, if it does not, please let us know and we will clarify further. Thank you.
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