The Mind and Lama Tsongkhapa

Sep 29, 2015 | Views: 10,709

(By Tsem Rinpoche)

Dear all,

I gave a Dharma talk to a few of my students in my residence a while ago and I thought I’d share this on my blog for everyone to listen. In this video, I talked a little about the vastness of our mind, how our mind shapes our present condition and how it’s interlinked with our spiritual practice.

I hope that this short teaching will help you understand more about the true nature of our minds and how we can transform our minds to be more stable and understand the Dharma clearer through Lama Tsongkhapa’s practice. I received these teachings from my gurus, and I hope it will benefit you as it did me.

Do watch this short video and let me know your feelings. Thank you.

Tsem Rinpoche

 

 

Transcript

Transcribed by: Gift Team

Checked by: Pastor Khong Jean Ai

 

[OPENING]
So let’s get another girlfriend again, let’s get another boy, let’s move to another country. Let’s get a new car, and then we do the same thing over a third time, a fourth time, a fifth time until we say, “You know, I think I want to kill myself. I think I’ll just get a job that keeps me very busy so I don’t have to think about all this anymore.” Alright? That’s what happens, my dear.

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In Buddhism, we call the consciousness or mind, sempa. And what happens is this, is our mind is connected to our body, but it’s not a part of it. And it can separate, it is separate, but it temporarily abides in it. Now, our mind, there are two types. There is the gross mind and there is the subtle mind. G-R-O-S-S. The gross mind is an extension of the subtle mind. The subtle mind is the ultimate mind that is you. Now, this mind that is the subtle mind is what travels from one life to another. It is you but you are not defined by it. But it creates who you are. So the meaning of that is, that it, when clouded by ignorance, is where we are right now. When it is clouded by ignorance, creates actions that further the ignorance, creates the body, the speech, the functions, the environment, the friends, the people to increase the ignorance. So therefore this mind – that’s the subtle mind – appears three times. It appears to you when you are in the deepest part of sleep. It appears to you when you are having an orgasm, but it’s very quick at that time and usually when people are having orgasm, it is something that’s very quick and they don’t focus on that, they focus on the physical pleasure. The third time is at the time of death. This is when this mind appears.

Now, during orgasm this mind appears, is at the height of orgasm, you’ll see some darkness or some redness. You blank out, it’s… and people say, “Oh, because it blew my mind it’s so good,” actually it’s not that. It’s you actually. Your physical constituents are forcing you to go back to your real mind through orgasm. So that’s why ancient, ancient tantric practitioners of Hinduism, Tantrism, Tantra and Buddhism, they don’t use sex as a measure or a vehicle for pleasure. It’s a vehicle to get to the mind. Real Tantra. But corrupted tantra, there is always about beautiful women, it is about sex, it’s about having as much fun as you can, and “I am a monk but I can have that because I am doing Tantric practice”. No. No. There are many, many strict rules to follow before you can engage in that type of practice. But it’s available. So that is out of our hands.

When you are dreaming, you can see, you can hear, you can feel, you can taste, touch, and it’s so real. But what are you using? You are not using your eyes but you can still see, smell, and very real. Some people get premonitions in their dreams, dreams of the future. You can hear, what are you hearing? You can taste, what are you tasting? So this ability to taste, touch, see and feel without your physical aggregates, your body, proves to you your mind is separate from your body. Think about that for a moment, just for a second.

It proves to you and this was written by the great Indian pandits of the past in the Buddhist monasteries of India, this is not from Tibet. These are all spoken and taught by the Indian great masters. Because they don’t sit there and say, “Just pray!” They teach you. Now, what the great Indian pandits had told us, the great Indian masters, incredible, Dharmakirti, Nagarjuna, Chandrakirti, Shantideva, Aryadeva, Arya Asangha, these Indian masters, just fully enlightened. In any case, the Tibetan people went there to sit at their feet to learn and bring the Dharma back to Tibet from India.

Now, they said that this subtle mind works on a secondary basis, meaning very fast. If you have a moment, you have a prior moment and you have a following moment. You have a pre- and post-moment. Without the following moment, you can’t have the next moment. Without creating the post-[moment], you cannot have this one, so it’s continuous. So it’s like a film reel. Now, right now, let’s say you are 25 years old, and you are who you are. The fact that you are existing right now, 25 years old, means you existed at 24. Do you need to prove to me you existed at 24 by pictures and dates?

Audience: No.

I look at you and I know you existed. And if I say, “No, prove it to me”, forget it just go home. This guy is ridiculous right? So do you need to prove to me you existed at 12?

Audience: No.

Correct. But did you look, do you look like you at 12? No. You’re completely different.

Audience: Right.

Correct, but if I say to you, “Prove to me that’s you,” it’s silly. It’s you. Now, if you existed at 25, you existed at 12. If you existed at 12, you must exist at birth. If you existed at birth, you must have existed 9 months in your mother’s stomach.

If you existed the 9 months of your mother’s stomach, you must have existed at conception. If you existed at conception, you must have existed 1 minute prior to conception. If you existed 1 minute prior to conception, you must have existed 1 hour prior to conception, 1 month, 1 day, 1 year, 10 year, 100, 1000 years. Because if you didn’t exist 100 years prior to conception, you cannot exist at conception, you cannot exist now and you will not exist tomorrow. Therefore it’s a continuation. On that basis you can subjectively say reincarnation exists.

Well, you have done two things, okay now? One is you’ve identified the mind is separate from the body; second is you’ve identified that the mind exist before, after and current. So you’ve identified the mind existing in two ways, so you can indirectly perceive that reincarnation can exist because if your mind does not exist separate from your body and then where is your mind? Where is your mind? That’s what the great Indian masters told us and we meditate on. This comes from India, the birth place of two great religions in the world. This comes from the great Indian masters of Bodhgaya, Nalanda, Odivisha and uh… khasi warey… oh, those monasteries, where they studied Buddhist teachings for thousands of years. That’s why I say when I am sharing Buddhism with you, it’s not about “pray. You don’t accept, you go to hell”. No, I am explaining to you how it works and the way I explain to you, the way, is “if you don’t accept you are wrong”? No! This is the explanation, you take it. That’s why Buddhism never condemns. Never. So, either that or you believe in the God theory.

And the God theory is this – God created you in His image. Which race? God controls your life, in what way? But you have freedom of thought. God is merciful and therefore, everything comes from him, everything is pre-destined and everything is pre-packaged for you. So why is it that you have to suffer and the other doesn’t? And if you suffer, what does God get, what does anybody get? “Oh but that wasn’t God’s plan.” God’s plan was for you to suffer? “But he is compassionate.” So if you take the God theory, your spectrum of faith has to be very great without too much logic behind it. You can’t think too much, you can’t question, you just have to believe. So for a lot of people today – because Buddhism is the fastest-growing religion in America now – for a lot of people in America today where the education is very kinda high, we can’t accept that anymore. It’s it… they can’t accept.

So they say, “Look, if you believe in the God theory, there are all these loopholes that you’re going to have to just, say, take on faith. But the reincarnation there are too – loop holes – but it will be less.” Now, if your mind is separate than your body and your mind continues from life after life, if that is the case, what determines where you take rebirth? How you take rebirth? The circumstances and your experiences? Well, that comes completely from one’s own action, that’s how karma plays. Karma is not black or white, there are many types. There is throwing karma, environmental karma, group karma, individual karma, there is relational karma. There are many types that Buddha explained. Now, in a nutshell, actions that are created from contamination, meaning actions that the motivation is totally for the self, creates further samsara, creates the causes for you to take rebirth. If you think about it carefully, and you put away all this new age stuff… if you think about it carefully, from the time you are born to the time of your death, it’s pure suffering. For others, for yourself, no matter how beautiful you put it. “Oh my god I had the husband, I had the kids” – you know what? The husband is pure suffering and the kids are pure suffering. You love the kids, no disrespect, they are pure suffering. They were suffering for your body, they were suffering when you gave birth, they were suffering to raise them, they were suffering for you to teach them and when they grow up, will they be good people? And that’s another suffering.

Alright, so actually kids are pure suffering. Having kids, bearing kids is pure suffering. Having a husband is pure suffering. You lose your freedom, you lose your identity. You got to do it this way, you got to do what they want, what they don’t want; they might turn out to be a good person, a bad person. You know, they might become deluded, they might be compassionate, you don’t know. And… and if they turn out to be great and you stay with them, in the end you have to… you have to fear that they’re gonna die and you’re gonna be alone and still they are suffering, alright. And then you say, “Okay, if I get a job then I am happy. I don’t get married and I don’t have kids.” No, you look for wealth, you got to pay bills, you got to deal with the heat, you got to deal with the sickness, you got to get old. You know, you got to deal with nasty people, you got to deal with talk. From the beginning of your birth till the end it is nothing but suffering and that is not meant to be taught to you to make you depressed but to make you see the truth so that you can rise above it and say, “Okay, what is the solution?”

When you believe in reincarnation, the ball is in your court. You take control and you have no right to be depressed or hurt people or push responsibilities onto others. When you believe in a theory of a creator, you push all the responsibilities away. You expect that person or that being or that god to do it, you don’t have to do anything because you prayed what. So in fact you lose control. This is not about control, this is about taking responsibility.

Audience: Accountability.

Accountability, responsibility. You see, accountability is being tolerant of what you have gone through because you have created the causes to experience it and responsibility is not to further them. So that means if she slaps me, I’m accountable because I must have slapped her before. Alright, and so when I take responsibility, I don’t slap her back. Okay, that karma is finished. You got me, I got her; it’s done. So accountability and responsibility arises when you accept reincarnation. Does that make sense? Okay, now you relax and think for a moment. If reincarnation is the case, the immediate reaction anyone has is, you take responsibility and you stop blaming others.

So does it make sense to make wars on others? Does it make sense to blow them up if they don’t believe in your religion? Does it make sense to condemn others? Or does it make sense to be tolerant because you know that’s their karma? Hence when Buddhism believes in reincarnation, it creates a race of people, a group of people that are peaceful, that take responsibility, that don’t blame it on others. Okay, so that means our luck in life is no one’s fault, the world owes us nothing. What’s better? To think that the world owes you everything or to think that you create the causes?

Audience: Much better, or easier.

Well, I think I think it’s not easier or better but I think it makes less trouble for everybody who’s here. So then you say, “Well, it could be a formula for total depression because I created all this ugliness, I created all this karma.” The good thing about karma is it’s malleable. It’s changeable. It’s purify-able. It is not permanent and not stagnant and you are creating karma every minute you exist. So karma doesn’t make you stuck. Karma gives you hope. And to meditate and contemplate and reflect on your life in suffering, contrary to making you depressed, it gives you hope to say, “I want better.” Now, when we believe in karma, when we accept karma and reincarnation, first thing that comes to our mind again is you take responsibility, you don’t blame others. We stop blaming our mothers for being horrible to us, if they were. We stop blaming the world, we stop blaming everybody. You say, “But what could this innocent child have possibly done to deserve this? Ah, their previous life.” What could this innocent child have done? He’s only been alive for a few years and he’s just a… well, it must be there’s a cause. That’s why in Buddhism, it says the cause resembles the result. The result resembles the cause. Doesn’t that make a lot more sense for the moment? So when we accept that, that our life, we will reincarnate, we will come back…

Now, Buddha described six specific realms in which we can reincarnate and three planes of existence. The three planes of existence are form, formless and desire. Within the desire realm, we have six categories: human, gods, demi-gods and uh, animals and uh, spirit and hell realms. But the hell realm is not in the monotheistic sense that once you go there, it’s forever. It is a temporary place that once the karma has finished, you come out. Where does the hell come from? Our own karma. Where does everything around us come from? Karma. Perhaps the very reason we are meeting is a prayer you made in a previous life, that’s fruitioning now. Meaning what? Maybe in a previous life, you have meditated, you have prayed and said, “In the future, when the times are degenerate, may I come across a situation where I am trained to promote something that is beneficial, peaceful and helpful to bring some relief to others. And may that situation come.”

So meeting me is not your savior in disguise… savior in disguise. Meeting me is a fulfillment of your prayer perhaps. Not meeting me is your fulfillment but what we are going to do is a result of your prayer. Not me, I’m not the God here. You get what I mean?

Audience: Yes.

So, perhaps that’s why when you heard this job, you were instantly attracted. It’s not so much me, it’s perhaps your own wishes. What is prayer? Prayer is generally your wish and when you make a prayer, you plant the seeds for that wish and the seeds are planted and it will open in the future. It’s called a karmic seed. Seeds never go away till they open up. They are planted in a vault.

So when we practice Dharma… Dharma is the correct conduct, what Buddha taught. Correct conduct, ethical conduct. When we practice correct Dharma, the Dharma is meant to give you knowledge into what I explained to you, more in depth. It also teaches you how to re-habituate your habits because our mindset is what created us to be in our situation. So to have the same mindset to leave would be impossible. We have to have a different mindset to leave what we created. To have that different mindset, you need knowledge. You need understanding, you need contemplation, you need belief, you need trust. How will that come? That’s where you seek a Dharma teacher, a Dharma book, a Dharma community. A community that can give you this knowledge. So when you get this knowledge, you absorb it, you do the meditations, you think about… What’s meditation? To familiarize you with your self and to stop and to look at it from different angles, to find loopholes and to be confident about it. That’s what meditation is about.

Meditation is not about ‘you have to accept and if you don’t you are wrong’. No. Meditation is to be a proponent and an opponent. Either way. So therefore, what I… what I have shared with you just now, you go back with it. You don’t say, “Eh wow, that was great, I love it, it’s fantastic, I believe in it.” You can’t say that. You say, “No, I’m going to check it out more.” Why? The more you check it out, the stronger your faith. Faith in what? In something that is operating in the universe that you were not aware of. Reincarnation wasn’t created by the god heads of Hinduism or Buddha. Buddha recognized its operation and taught it to us and said, “It’s like that.” It’s like scientists who say, “Hey there are atoms and molecules.” They didn’t create it but we call them the father of blah blah blah blah blah… right, atom bomb or whatever. But they didn’t create the atom. They recognized it. So Buddha is incredible because Buddha doesn’t tell you, “I created the karma. I created the rules. I created the six realms. I created reincarnation and if you don’t follow, if you don’t go along, you’ll be punished.” Buddha says, “No, I didn’t create any of that. That was existent. But I am the Buddha who has seen that with my awakened mind to come back and let you know it is like that so you can transcend.”

So the difference between Buddha and a God, or a savior or prophet is this: it is that Buddhas don’t claim the creation of what is. Buddhas recognize and share. So why is it you need a Buddha to recognize? Obviously you need to be awakened to recognize something that is so universal, so powerful, so broad and so technical. A teacher. Now, the good thing about Buddha is he doesn’t sit on the throne and say, “Well, you sit on the floor, and you are to worship me for recognizing the truth and I tell you the truth and this is the way the universe operates so you are indebted to me.” Buddha says, “Yes, you should respect me. Yes, I am alright for you to worship. Yes, you may offer flowers and garlands and all that to me, and you will collect merit, you will collect good luck. Yes, but that’s only temporary because the goal is for you to be a Buddha. For you to become enlightened, for you to sit here, with me.” That is the goal of the Buddha. And Buddha recognized the gods; the gods are in another realm where beings exists for thousands of years. The Buddha recognized the hells. The Buddha recognized the ghosts, recognized the spirits. Definitely he recognizes there are different states of existence. He even recognizes other dimensions. He also recognizes, in the text, UFOs and all these beings because why? They’re just other beings. To us, it’s like, “Wah, UFO, little green men.” No. To the Buddha, it’s like, “Yeah, they’re little green men but they’re also places where we can reincarnate.” They’re considered humans, by the way. So therefore, the Buddha tells us these are the places where we can reincarnate, these are the places where we can experience what we have experienced and that all came from us.

So if you run around, stealing and stealing and stealing and stealing and stealing, and next life you come back very, very poverty stricken, and how hard you work, how much effort you put it, how much time you put in, you still can’t make the money… don’t start taking a machine gun and shooting people on campus. Okay? Don’t start blaming your parents – your father is a gambler – don’t start… well, you created the karma to be born in a gambler’s family, to have the environment to grow up to be a loser. You know that was created by you initially. So then you say, “Well, it’s created by me, I’m stuck.” No. You’re in this situation now but you can change it. Create different karma. So hence, we have different mantras. We have different meditations, we have different deities. We have different practices. We have different Buddhas. The Buddhas and the various forms of Buddhas are representations of the path to enlightenment. For example… Lama Tsongkhapa.

The Buddha Lama Tsongkhapa sits in this posture with his legs crossed, wearing monk robes and smiling, white in colour, pink body, holding two lotuses. The iconography is that of a gentle smiling Buddha with a yellow hat, blessing you with lights coming from heaven. But the meaning behind it is very profound. Why? When you meditate on the form of Lama Tsongkhapa, everything on his body – the symbology, the colour, the iconography – represents a facet of the enlightened mind which when you meditate on, opens up that potential within you. So what you’re doing is when you pray to a Buddha, you are opening up that facet within you, opening the Buddha in you. So it’s worship but not in the sense of ‘give me everything’ worship. It’s more of a worship, of a respect of an end product of which you are engaging to accomplish. You are worshipping an end product of what you will engage in accomplishing. So you are worshipping your result.

Why do we need to worship at all? Well, there are enlightened beings that, if we associate with, there are big blessings. So when we meditate on Lama Tsongkhapa and we focus on Lama Tsongkhapa and we recite his mantra and we do the meditation, the immediate benefit is the counter of depression. Now, when we do Lama Tsongkhapa’s practice, the immediate effect – meaning over a period of time, there are higher attainments and normal attainments – is we relieve our depressions, we relieve our mind of the feeling of senselessness, loneliness and the feeling of purposelessness. And when we meditate on Lama Tsongkhapa and recite the mantra further, we gain wisdom, seven types of memories. We gain clarity, we gain sharpness of the mind and as we age, we don’t become dumb, retarded and forgetful. You know why? Because when you recite Lama Tsongkhapa’s mantra, you move the energies in the body to increase the flow of wisdom, prana, chakras, chi – different languages for the same thing. So you move the chi of your body, so that you become alert. Haven’t you seen very old Chinese people, 90 or 100 years old, they are very alert? Haven’t you seen old Hindu people in India, 110 year old man doing yoga? They are very alert, very healthy because they are using their energies to keep up their mind. Definitely. These two ancient cultures are very powerful.

Now when you do Lama Tsongkhapa’s mantra, meditation and practice, you also purify the actions you’ve done in your previous lives that creates further sufferings in this life. Very powerful. Now, Lama Tsongkhapa’s hands is like this. Lama Tsongkhapa’s hands is like this; this represents turning the wheel of Dharma. The outer meaning is, “I will convey the Dharma to you so that you may gain wisdom”, that’s what I am doing with you right now. The inner meaning is to absorb the Dharma and to learn it, to apply it and get the result. Result is what? Happy mind, a mind of hope, a mind that has wisdom, a mind that can share wisdom with others. So this is the mudra. ‘Mudra’ is Sanskrit for ‘hand position’. Okay? Now Lama Tsongkhapa also holds a stem of a lotus that goes up here and another stem of lotus that goes up here. Two stems of lotuses opens up, on one side is a sword. A sword represents penetrative wisdom. Meaning? A sword is meant to what? Cut. This is meant to cut your selfishness. How do you cut it? By wisdom. What is wisdom? Knowledge. You get that from your teacher. The right side is a Dharma text. The Dharma text is actually knowledge. So the mediums and the methods that you actually learn. So what does that mean when Lama Tsongkhapa holds this? When he holds this and you worship him, you are getting the blessings of penetrative insight and knowledge.

Then he wears the three robes of a monk. He wears the robes of a monk representing what? It represents ethics, morality and holding onto commitments, integrity. So when we see the robes of Lama Tsongkhapa, when we meditate and think about it, it reminds us have integrity, hold your vows well, keep your promises, don’t disappoint people from laziness and selfishness, and simply being flippant. It reminds you. Then Lama Tsongkhapa’s legs is crossed. It is crossed because that is the leg posture of meditation. So what does it mean? To achieve what I have just described, one has to practice; there is no God who can hand you enlightenment on a plate. You have to achieve it on your own. So therefore, the legs in meditative posture means by your daily persistent, consistent, determined practice, you will gain the same qualities of Buddha Tsongkhapa, which is compassion, wisdom, skillfulness.

Now his flesh is white in colour with a tinge of red, representing what? White is the colour representing compassion, red is the colour representing wisdom. So by meditating on Lama Tsongkhapa’s Buddha body, you are going to gain wisdom and compassion. And white is the colour of the father’s creative juice, red is the colour of the mother’s creative juice. So, when the father and mother’s two juices combine, you have a child. Well, in this case, you are born into… in a Buddha, you are born as a Buddha. So when you meditate on Lama Tsongkhapa, he is your father and your mother and you will come back as a Buddha. You will not be that lost soul anymore. Alright. And he wears a yellow hat. The yellow hat originated in India which was red. Red represents subjugation because there were a lot of people that came to debate with the great Buddhist masters and Buddhism cannot use violence or pain to overcome. We can’t kill them and say, “Oh, if you don’t convert, we are going to kill you.” But they debate with them. And they teach them. And when they lose the debate, they become Buddhist. So last time, they wear red. The pandits of India, all the great Indian masters that were great masters, they wore red hats during special ceremonies, to represent the power to debate, the power of knowledge and the power of talk, speech. In Tibet, everybody was already into Dharma so there was no changing people into Dharma, it was more increasing Dharma. So the hat turned to yellow. The point on the hat represents the highest point that we can achieve which is Buddhahood. The two flaps that come on the side is like two wings of a bird, compassion and wisdom, will bring us to enlightenment.

So when Lama Tsongkhapa wears the hat, it represents He has all the qualities of the Buddha. If you worship, if you believe, if you trust, and if you pray to Lama Tsongkhapa, you will be just like Him. So you are not praying to Lama Tsongkhapa to take you to heaven. You are not praying to Lama Tsongkhapa to give you a son – not that we want one – and we are not praying to Lama Tsongkhapa for mercy, for purification, for Him to give you paradise. You are praying to Lama Tsongkhapa to purify your negative karma and to develop great compassion, so that you can be of the utmost benefit to others because by benefiting others you will be a Buddha. That’s what you’re worshipping Lama Tsongkhapa for.

So every day you can do a puja, you can do a short beautiful puja. Puja is what? ‘Puja’ literally means ‘clear obstacles’. We can do a short puja to Lama Tsongkhapa, do a short chanting, short prayer. That is wonderful, that can be 15 minutes a day, but what’s more important is not so much the puja, the mantras and the worship. It is the study of the mind. It is the learning of the Dharma. It is the comprehension of the Dharma; it is understanding, comprehending, applying and getting the results. Because when you get the results, the results arise in your mind, and it’s your mind that travels, not your body.

Hence, if we spend all our lives acquiring, accumulating for our body, we have wasted our time because we can’t take them. So therefore in Buddhism, they tell you to acquire by the mind. Work, pay your bills, take care of your responsibilities, yes don’t be a bum, but don’t put all your energies into that and say, “That will bring me happiness” because if you put all your energies into work, passion, money, fun, entertainment, love, partners, girlfriend, boyfriend, sex, clothes – if you put all your attention into that, you will become depressed. You will become lost, you will become disenchanted because you realised you’re unhappy. So you go get another girl, you get another boy and maybe another marriage, a new job, maybe you go back to school. So why would doing the same thing the second time around bring you the first time’s mischievous non-existent unhappiness? So let’s get another girlfriend again, let’s get another boy, let’s move to another country, let’s get a new car. And then we do the same thing over a third time, a fourth time, a fifth time, until we say, “You know, I think I want to kill myself. I think I’ll just get a job that keeps me very busy so I don’t have to think about all this anymore.”

Audience: Yeah.

Alright. That’s what happens, my dear.

So Buddhism is a way of life, but it’s not just “a way of life”. It is a way to revolutionize your thinking so you eliminate all the qualities of depression, unhappiness, lack of self-worth, emptiness, purposelessness permanently for your life. Because when you die, your eye consciousness, your ear consciousness, your nose consciousness, your taste consciousness – all your consciousness – touch consciousness will dissolve into your mind, and your mind will leave the body. And as you’re leaving your body, you will see the perennial light at the end of the tunnel. But that’s not the light at the end of the tunnel, that’s your consciousness leaving your body. Alright? Then once you leave your body, not karma takes over, karma continues to function.

So whatever was predominantly your last actions in life, will take you to the next birth. Let’s say your last actions in life was just totally bourgeois, women, wine, song and fun. You will probably take rebirth as an animal. Why? You have the karma to take rebirth as anything, but that karma predominantly opened up. But if you spend your life predominantly helping others, being of benefit to others, then you will probably take another human body near a spiritual master. And from a very young age, you hear this thought, you hear this teaching and so you don’t waste your whole life into that again, and you start spiritual practice younger now. Why? Because your previous life was predominantly doing that. So if your previous life was predominantly doing spiritual work for others, beneficial work for others, compassion, helping, animals, equal, vegetarianism, all of that, then you have developed these qualities as part of your mind. Along with the mind, by doing those activities, you created good karma. So the karma supports this mind to go further, as opposed to go backwards. So when you take rebirth as the next human being, instead of waiting 40 years to meet your guru, 40 years to meet the truth, the Dharma or to hear these words, you maybe hear it when you’re 10. What’s the benefit? You don’t waste 40 years. Does that make sense? That’s right, my dear.

I tell this to all the people who I feel have potential within this lifespan. You created the karma. I’m not the God, I’m not the savior, and my words are truthful and hits you very hard, because you heard this before. So when I tell you, it rings through your mind but you need to go through what you went through in this life, so you don’t have to go through it for the rest of your life and your next life.

What else are you going to do? Everything ends up the same place. You’re smart enough to figure all that out. You know all this ends up in the same place; emptiness, loneliness, senselessness, what’s the purpose? Whatever job you did – and you told me earlier and I believe you – whatever job you would have done, you would have had paid your bills, owned a house, had a nice car, you would’ve travelled, eaten, met the best people, you would have done that anyway. Cause money is just money to you and you would have done any job to make that money, because you’re good at what you do, because you’re determined. That’s not the issue. The issue is that whatever you have done, whatever you could have done or will do or have done, will end up in the same state you are now, with respect, no use. Even in your apartment, you feel lonely. Emptiness. What have you achieved, you keep telling yourself. Yeah you can tell the Tom Dick and Harry, “Oh I did this, blah blah blah” and they go, “Wow!” You’re not impressed with them being impressed at you. And if they’re impressed, you are not impressed anymore. Am I not right? You like me because I’m not impressed. Mmmhmmm… I know. Because I’m not. Now, and I’m not impressed not because I’m arrogant, you know that. I’m not impressed because you know I know more and you know more. I know how you observe people up and down. I know how you size them up because if you didn’t, a lot of people would have been in trouble. Yeah, you have to size them up. You are not being a judge but you have to profile them so you know what to do. Otherwise your boss will be in trouble. That’s your job.

Now, since karma is behind everything, it behooves us to learn as much Dharma as we can so we know how to transform our body, our speech, our mind, our thinking, our motivation, our actions, so that all the karma that we create becomes a source of happiness, not a source of pain. That’s where you need Dharma. So, when we take refuge in the Buddha, it’s saying, “I am a Buddhist.” “I am a Buddhist” is not something to run around and proclaim to the world that you found the right way and did something with it. “I am a Buddhist” has nothing to do with that. When you take refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma and Sangha what you’re saying is, “I take refuge in the outer Buddha”, which means He has eliminated all sufferings from his mind and the causes that He can never suffer again. And “I also take refuge in the Buddha potential inside of me.” And that’s the important part, that you can become Buddha. See in Buddhism, is not about worshipping an all-knowing God for the rest of your life. It is about becoming an enlightened being. You never liked the guy in the sky controlling you, because you never thought he was really there. You just went along with it because why ruffle feathers? But deep down inside your incredibly quick mind, you said, “No. Cause if I believe that, a lot of things won’t make sense.” To you. But there are people it makes sense to and it’s fine. If that’s what makes you do good things, fine. In the end, you still create good karma. Let’s say this person says, “I do it because I am afraid of God, so I don’t kill people, I don’t hurt animals, I’m good to children, I take care of my parents, have respect, and I do charities, and I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, I don’t philander, I go home to my wife, and I take care of my kids, I did that because of fear of God.” That’s beautiful. Do you know why? Because the karma is the same, no matter what the motivation is. That’s why Buddhists don’t argue with them. So then, she does the same thing for fear of karma and then retribution of karma. In the end when you get these two people in the room, the Christian and the Buddhist who have the different fears but they end up to be beautiful, responsible citizens. So why argue? So this person wants to be a Catholic and say that is what makes them a good person, that’s beautiful. That’s why Buddhists don’t argue. You see the logic behind it? It isn’t just respect based on respect, it is respect based on some logic behind it.

Now, but that’s a little too simplistic for you. It is. It is a little too simplistic for you. You need something that answers more questions, not some questions. So therefore, why do we seek a teacher? A teacher is supposedly someone who has the seeds of enlightenment in her mind, in his mind. And therefore, from a very young age they have already dedicated their lives to pursue spirituality. So their determination is itself already a good, a good sign. Along with that they have studied, along with that they have practiced, they have held the vows, and they hold their morality, ethics, and they have become a person that is kind, that is generous, that does take care of others but based on this philosophy. It isn’t just kindness, it’s based on this philosophy and they practice it. So, when you come across that type of person and also has the knowledge to develop you to become that type of person, we consider that our Guru. Okay, Guru is just like the Malay word, ‘guru’ means teacher. Okay, a guru is not God, okay? A guru is someone that knows more about this than you so you respect because in life, knowledge is what frees us. So the person that gives us knowledge we show him respect. And the very simple reason we give him that is not because he is a god; it is because he gave us the knowledge to become a Buddha. Literally salvation. Then once we find such a person, then we show the proper devotions. We show the proper respect, and we show the proper loyalty, and we stick with the person, we’re very loyal. And if we follow the person’s instructions, that’s after we check the person out. And then when we follow instructions and we talk to this person, and this person has benefited us in this way, we wish to bring this person to others. And that’s when we do Dharma work. That’s what they think they’re doing. Dharma work. And that’s how it works in our organisation. That’s on a deeper level. Alright, but we don’t need to explain that to CNN.

Now, for someone like you, it is very wonderful. You have everything except happiness. You have everything that should make you happy. Everybody says you’re happy, you tell yourself you’re happy, and you think you’re happy, but somehow you are not, and it is not because you are a bad person, but there’s something itching, and dying, and gnawing inside of you, telling you that, “I’m not really happy and I have no reasons for it so I can’t tell you. Because they ask me why, I don’t want to say I don’t know, it sounds ridiculous. Just say I’m happy.” And that’s why you repeat it for the last four hours. “I have a car, I have this, I have that, and this, and I love my job…” but when I look at her, I say, “Oh, she is very unhappy.” Not in a discouraging or negative or put-down way. You have all the classic symptoms of everybody else that needs spirituality. And you have reached the point in your life, without spirituality you will start declining. How? Not your abilities, not your work. Inside, you will start dying. Do you know why? You’ve looked everywhere and it is all the same, and it’s all the same all the time. And for someone so intellectual and you don’t (unintelligible 43:48). You’re not the person that says “I have to be able to tell (unintelligible 43:51)” For someone as intellectual and quick as you, you will start dying inside. Why? When the answers are not there and it remains mindlessly, it is not you and that’s what you’ve been feeling. Not earlier in your life. Earlier, you were all, you know, bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, you know, you can be (unintelligible 44:15). As you became mature and you became older, it became more prominent. Whatever I am telling you, hits you very deeply, it goes deep. Do you know why? Because a lot of it has touched upon what you already thought about. You just didn’t have the answers yet. And I noticed how when you talk, you protect yourself all the time. Why do you protect yourself? It is not against me and I don’t take offense. Everything has been disappointing you. Everything.

So therefore, reincarnation does exist. It explains things much better. That’s why one parent, one set of parents can have four kids. This one can be a loser, a winner, mediocre, nothing. But it’s the same genes, same parents, same everything. How come they’re different? Their mind is different. Since their mind is different, they come from another life. So how did they come to this? They came to this, they created the karma to have this environment. It makes much more sense. And it helps you forgive people better too, or when you get hurt, cheated, lied to. “Why did God allow it?” God didn’t allow anything, it was your karma that created it. “When did I create this negative karma?” You’ve had thousands of lives, thousands and thousands of unlimited lives. Why? If you existed now, you must have existed a thousand years ago. Likewise, you will exist a thousand years later. Unless you are enlightened. And how you exist is up to your behavior now. And how you behave, to know it’s good or bad will be dependent on how much Dharma you know. So how much Dharma you know is how much you study. How much you study is how much you apply. How much you apply is how much you transform. How much you transform is how you will affect your karma, you’re the creator of it. So it behooves you not to say, “Oh yeah, that sounds great Rinpoche, and I’m… from now on, I’m just going to watch my karma.” No, you have to study Dharma. You have to get the books and study, you have to ask your teacher questions, you have to investigate, you have to learn more, more, more, more. So that this change in you is not philosophical, intellectual or just a fad. It becomes your fibre. When it becomes your fibre, you affect your karma. When you affect your karma, you affect your future. Because you see, no god can give you what you want. If a god could, it would’ve already. If it didn’t, what kind of God is that? It is a cruel God that teases us. So either he exists and he doesn’t, or he doesn’t exist, or he exists and he is cruel. All three is kind of difficult for me. Not wrong; difficult.

A unique Byzantine style depiction of Lama Tsongkhapa with his two heart disciples, Khedrup Je and Gyaltsab Je. This depiction of the three great practitioners is known in Tibetan as Je Yab Se Sum.

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  1. Samfoonheei on Jun 20, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the profound teachings. I am glad I found and read this article of how our mind works and transformation of our mind to determine in our next reincarnation. At least from now I could understand a little bit more about the true nature of our minds. Rinpoche has given a very clear teachings, explanation yet powerful knowledge for us to ponder our mind and thoughts. Through the learning and practice of
    Lama Tsongkhapa we can gain many benefits. Rinpoche’s blog online have benefited me and many others tremendously . I have bookmarked this article so I could revisit it time to time.
    Thank you again Rinpoche with folded hands .

  2. Otgolt on Jan 10, 2018 at 4:22 am

    Very interesting. Thank you so much

  3. graceleong on Apr 3, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    This is a thought provoking teaching !! Different subject matters skilfully linked and mapped out to show the full puzzle. How the mind is NOT part of the body, but yet it has FULL CONTROL of the body. The mind then, is the core source of our Karma. So if we want to only create good karma and eliminate bad karma, we will have to ensure the MIND is working CORRECTLY. This is only possible if the Mind has the correct knowledge to control the body. This knowledge comes from the Buddha’s teachings because the Buddha himself has observed how the mind works and have found the methods to wire the mind correctly so that it will only create good karma.
    As Rinpoche very bluntly explained that there is no point to know this philosophically or intellectually, believe in it but not act on it. There are no short cuts. The only way to wire the Mind correctly is to follow the Buddha’s teachings to the core. Study the Dharma and put it into practice every second of our lives until it becomes “our fibre”. That is extremely difficult! The very thought of it has made me breathless ! But, thats the only way out of sufferings !
    Thank you Rinpoche for this straightforward and powerful teaching of the Mind. Thank you also for giving us powerful methods to re-wire our minds. We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to meet the teachings and blessings of Lama Tsongkhapa to help us overcome our obstacles and guide us on the path to Enlightment.
    With folded hands

  4. Tan Soon Huat on Apr 1, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Thank You Rinpoche for sharing this wonderful and powerful teaching. I really need to put nutrition (Dharma knowledge) to our mind for future lives. Human being is always short sighted and we only care of current situation and tend to ignore the future or past.

    I rememnbered when my very first time joining blog chat. Datuk May corrected me that the most poisonous out of 3 poisons is ignorance. I did not get it but I do now after years of learning from blog. We do need a lot of merit to learn and accept Dharma.

    I particularly like the meaning of “meditation = opponent/proponent for strengtening the faith”, “workship for Buddhahood as our goal”, “puja for purification”. We need all these for our good future lives to be near to Dharma and Guru in future.

    Thank You Rinpoche. The blog chat and blog articles do help me a lot in Dharma path

  5. So Kin Hoe (KISG) on Mar 31, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for giving us the profound teaching of how our mind works and determines our next reincarnation after our death in this current life. This is my first time to learn and understand that our mind is separated from our body at all times and this has proven that our body does not belong to us permanently. As such, we have to take responsible and accountability of our current living conditions, happenings and so on… as well as our next rebirth because what we are experiencing now is because of our past karma and what we will experience in our next rebirth will be determined based our current actions and karma or merits that will be tagged along in our mind at the point of death.

    By learning the powerful practice of Lama Tsongkhapa, we can gain many benefits which can help our mind to engage with Dharma practice and purify our past karma so that we can take better rebirth in our next lifetime. Buddhism is not only ways of life but more importantly provides us methods and practice which can alleviate our sufferings and lead us to ultimate happiness by gaining attainment and achieving enlightenment.

    May Lama Tsongkhapa practice reach to many people with Buddhadharma spread to the 10 directions for world peace and lasting happiness.

    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands,
    kin hoe

  6. Stella Cheang on Mar 21, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    This is a very profound teaching. Thank you, Rinpoche, for sharing it here with us. I learn a great deal from the youtube along with the transcript.

    In my limited ability in trying to make sense of this Dharma teaching, I understand how the mind works, in relation to our body. I also understand why incarnation makes sense and how it works. It makes sense because we do not just exist out of nowhere. By the logic of continuous existence; we exist now because we existed a moment ago, and as we exist now, we will exist later on. What determines our experience and condition are a result of the law of cause and effect, a.k.a. karma. If we believe in reincarnation and karma, we therefore should take responsibility of our destiny. The law of Karma empowers us to make the changes to achieve what we want for ourselves. Where we are today is a result of what we had done in the past. What we are doing today will result in where we are in the future. I also come to the understanding that all things in samsara exist to bring sufferings. For example, the desire and need to have a family and children, is the source of many sufferings. Yet because of our ignorance, we keep ourselves entrench in this perpetual cycle of bad existence. Hence, we must gain wisdom from the Buddha who had trialled and tested the path to liberation. When we pray to Buddha to purify our negative karma and to gain the qualities of the Buddha (to benefit others unconditionally) so that we can eventually be liberated from all the sufferings too.

  7. Jason on Jul 13, 2016 at 8:47 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for putting this beneficial lecture online. I learned a lot.

    One thing that I had a hard time understanding was the comment about the mind being separate from the body and how if we exist now, we must have existed at the time of conception and before. This was hard for me because everything I thought I understood is that consciousness ends at the time of death. However, if you apply the law of energy conservation to consciousness, reincarnation is the most logical thing in the world.

    The Law of Energy Conservation states that energy cannot be created nor destroyed it can only be transferred from one form to another. If you view consciousness as you in energy form, modern science fits perfectly with Buddhist teachings. This is absolutely amazing how Buddhist understood this long before science realized it.

    Also, I love what Rinpoche stated about the God theroy and how it doesnt make sense. If there were a creator God and we are created in his image, why are there so many different, beautiful races on Earth? If we were all created in the image of God, then we would all look the same. Furthermore, the notion that God controls your life, yet you have free will has always been contradictory to me. A being cannot control your life and give you free will at the same time, it just does not work that way, either you are controlled or you are free.

    I would love to comment on all the points made in this video, but this comment would be much longer and people that read it would get tired of reading it.

    I am so blessed to have found Rinpoches teachings online. His words have touched my heart like no other. I only wish that I had the karma to have found the teaching earlier instead of when I am in my 30’s. I will not let this opportunity to learn Dharma from such a compassionate being pass me by.

    Thank you so much again Rinpoche.

    I hope that my words benefit all that read them.

    • Pastor Shin Tan on Jul 14, 2016 at 3:26 am

      Dear Jason,
      Thank you for sharing what you have learnt. Don’t worry about the comment being long 🙂 Indeed there are many salient points so this is a video that you can always return to watch after a period of time.

      One of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s focus is always to widen the reach of Buddhadharma. Our online platform started with a simple website for the Dharma centre, and later on Youtube videos. You can find many of Rinpoche’s teachings videos from as long as 9 years ago. Many around the world have benefited from Rinpoche’s teachings online, and we are glad that hear that you too are blessed to have come across Rinpoche’s teachings.

      To help bring Rinpoche’s teachings to more people and to keep the blog going, you can support us through charitable giving at: http://www.vajrasecrets.com/tsem-rinpoche-blog

  8. Ros on Sep 29, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    Thank you Tsem Rinpoche.

  9. paolorossi4444@yahoo.com on Aug 11, 2015 at 1:06 am

    Great lecture very beneficial.Claudio Cipullo

  10. Jamiyandorj on Dec 16, 2014 at 10:22 am

    thank you
    This is very good teach us.

  11. ganga ram on Dec 3, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    Great,,,,

  12. Michael C. on May 6, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Sounds similar to a Dharma book i am (i attend a Nyingma School Dharma center locally) slowly reading by His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche entitled “A Torch Lighting the Way to Freedom: Complete Instructions on the Preliminary Practices” i like this title because somebody has to hold the Torch. This part at the end of Your video especially(paraphrased)- “How I behave to know if it is good or bad is dependent on How much Dharma I know. How much Dharma I know is dependent on how much I study. How much I study is how much I apply. how much I apply is how much I transform. How much I transform is how much I effect my karma for this life and future lives. Change not intellectual or a fad but deep in my bones.” thank You.

  13. graceleong on Jul 2, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Love all of Rinpoche’s teachings relating to the MIND . The mind needs so much transformation in order for us to be really happy. The ignorance of what really makes us happy or unhappy. The attachments we have to all the things which actually don’t make us happy.All the wrong views we have relating to theories like reincarnation and karma which result in us not having the right goals in life. All the delusions created in our minds becomes obstacles to us for achieving real happiness.
    Prayers and meditation on Lama Tsongkhapa can help us so much to transform our minds. It is simple and all encompassing. The perfect practice for the modern world !
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful teaching !

  14. Joy on Jul 1, 2013 at 2:27 am

    I love this teaching on Lama Tsongkhapa… I never get tired of listening to Rinpoche’s clear, detailed, precise explanation on Lama Tsongkhapa. What I love most is the visualisation part that we can meditate on daily and the white cord that connects you to Maitreya/Tushita Heaven!

    It is comforting to know that if you do Tsongkhapa dissolution well and become an expert with it that at the time of death… you do this visualisation, it can pull you up to Maitreya’s pure land. That to me is amazing!

    Another thing which I love about Tsongkhapa is how He is a Buddha of the Mind, for all different mind boggling problems we may have, He is the perfect Buddha to have as a Yidam and his mantra is so soothing. Having 3 Buddhas as one:

    1. Chenrezig = all of the Buddhas Compassionate nature
    2. Manjushri = all of the Buddhas’ Wisdom mind
    3. vajrapani = powerful and skillful means to protect and ward away negative energies

    What more can you ask for? It is said if one is to hage a Lama Tsongkhapa in one’s house… one’s family will never be hungry/experience poverty. One’s family/environment and surroundings will be calm and they will be harmony in the family. How rare, special and precious to have great blessings!

  15. Lim Han Nee on Jun 24, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teaching on Lama Tsongkhapa and the mind.

    The cultivation of the mind is so important.The mind carries the store of positive and negative imprints from all our previous lives ,since beginningless time. To train, cultivate and transform the mind, we need to study and know the Dharma and apply it.

    Contemplating on the iconography of Je Tsongkhapa, and realizing that everything of Je Tsongkhapa represents every facet of the Enlightened Mind , will help us to understand that when we pray to Je Tsongkhapa,we are making aspirations and prayers for the end-product of what we are engaged in accomplishing – Enlightenment.

    Praying to Je Tsongkhapa will eventually help us to gain the 7 types of wisdom that he embodies, as well as the mind of bodhicitta that he has realized.Furthermore,just reciting the Migstema will purify our past negative karma of previous lives.

    Belief in karma and reincarnation is what fuels our practice of Dharma to gain Enlightenment and full freedom from suffering for all beings.When we take Refuge, we take outer refuge to eliminate all suffering and its causes, and inner Refuge to realize the inner Buddha within us.

  16. Jane on Jun 24, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Thank you, I know even more now than I had imagined, that I am on the right path. I have wondered for many years why my artwork has reflected an asian theme. These works have never been of my choosing but they chose me to be the vessel in which they came through. I am creating lighted miniature scenes, like bonsai tree gardens. No matter how much I try to deviate from this theme I always come back to the same things. Please do me justice by visiting my site and looking at the miniatures section of my site. Please enlighten me as to the meaning this has for me, the world, my spirituality. I want to share and bring these works of art to beings that will understand and appreciate them.
    Thank you
    Jane

  17. shelly tai on Jun 23, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Shelly tai on 23 June at 415pm
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this teaching with us. After listening to this teaching it make me understand reincanation and karma more in depth therefore we should not blame others for whatever nagative thing happen to us, we should accept it and resolve this problem. In this way we will feel more in peace rather then feeling unfair.

  18. Choongs on Jun 21, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    OK finished. One last question came to me while digesting, how do the souls occupying say an animal, a lizard for example, find their Guru? Do they? How do these souls then move towards the path of enligtenment?

    Does chance or luck have a place in Buddhist philosophy?

    Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart to Rinpoche for the lesson and for his wisdom in making sure that it was recorded and now available to many.

    Technology is an equaliser and there is no doubt in my mind that this will allow all of us to move faster towards enlightenment.

    P.S. will someone please try to attempt to answer some of the questions that I have? Please? Need to learn, fast!

  19. Choongs on Jun 21, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    24:00 minutes – I want, I do, so I become?

  20. Choongs on Jun 21, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    I’m about halfway thru the video now and I have a sudden and strong need to ask a question / get someone else’s insight. Seems to me that perhaps the whole Buddhist philosophy is a great exercise in logic. But even logic can go wrong. Reminds me of another joke: statistics tell us that 80% of people die in bed, so if you don’t want to die, try to stay out of bed. 🙂 Please help.

  21. Choongs on Jun 21, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Back again. At 19:17 minutes, touching on scientists who study the physical world. I can’t agree that scientists are said to have created atoms, rather they have been given recognition for discovering atoms. More interesting, as we live now in the 21st century, you would (or wouldn’t) be amazed at how Buddhist understanding and scientific understanding are coming together. Google “biocentric universe” to find out more about Robert Lanza, an expert at cloning, who has suggested this concept.

  22. Choongs on Jun 21, 2013 at 11:11 am

    At 11:17 minutes (slow progress listening as I’m supposed to be working, need a pair of stealth earphones 🙂 I must say that starting a family i.e. get a spouse, extended family, then kids is not all suffering. I learn from them everyday and hopefully they learn from me too. To me, family is about the sharing of spirits.

  23. Choongs on Jun 21, 2013 at 10:44 am

    At 10:53 minutes now and need to add a joke often heard at weddings. When a guy gets married, he will have to get 3 rings. Yes 3 rings. First is the engagement ring. Next is the wedding ring. Then he will get suffeRING!

  24. Choongs on Jun 21, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Just finished the first 7:14 minutes and just wanted to say that human cloning proves that the mind and body exists seperately. If Einstein were cloned, there will be a very small chance that he would become a scientist again though his body would be made up of the same DNA.

  25. justin cheah on Jun 20, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche this teaching and for sharing this.

    This is a very good teaching for people who are new to Dharma. I will share this with my friends who is interested and have questions in their lives. This video will be able to clear doubts of many because Dharma gives logic and not just blind faith. The explanation on reincarnation and karma is very clear and it teaches one to take responsibility of our current and future lives.

    The purpose of listening and learning Dharma is to be able to change our own condition/destiny (karma) that we have created ourselves in for the better. By learning Dharma and applying what we have learnt, we will be able to avoid creating further unnecessary sufferings for ourselves and the most important point is that we are in control of our own destiny by start cultivating ourselves from our bad habits.

    Hence it is vital for one person to have Dharma in them and live it as a way of life to create a better world that we are living in.

  26. katerina on Jun 20, 2013 at 8:09 pm

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  • sarassitham
    Thursday, Jul 18. 2019 10:18 PM
    Thank you for sharing this article. Many people are more concerned about their health and are switching their life style to live longer and healthier by begin Vegetarian. I too beliefs, the culture practices of some religious also plays an important roles of some to be vegetarian. This is because of the willingness of them and also avoid killing animal for food.

    As we know studies has proven that vegetarian diets can provide much more nutrients, and at the same time reduce more chronic disease, compared with meat eaters. Hope this article will help more people aware of their food intake and to choose to have a healthy lifestyle.
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Jul 18. 2019 06:00 PM
    It is a great news to know that vegan diet helping human to have better health .Being a vegetarian has many benefits .Hopefully this article will help more people to go on vegetarian .Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful and informative article.

    Read more : https://bit.ly/2XWwxsI
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 18. 2019 04:17 PM
    Over the past 40 years, China have gone from traditional dynastic structure by passing a number of countries to become world powerful nation . China, under the powerful leadership , China may overtake the United States soon or later in trade , economy , technology and so forth. China is seen as harbouring the ambition to play a bigger and more important role on the world stage . China’s economic expansion and diplomatic have influence countries to befriend China and looking forward to China for help in the economic growth. Time has changed and finally the Tibetans leadership has made the right choice to befriend China. Tibet and China’s friendship in long term will surely benefits both sides. Having a dialogue ,mutual understanding and respect will be good for them for the growth of their country and benefit of their people. The Department of Information and International Relations (DIIR) holds the first workshop to enhance Chinese Outreach Campaign is a good beginning for both countries. HH Dalai Lama and many more Tibetans are looking forward to return to Tibet one day. It only can be materialised with the Tibetan leadership having more dialogues and meetings with the Chinese government to solve all the political problems and Dorje Shugden controversy.
    May the Dorje Shugden issue soon be dissolved for the sake of peace and harmony.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this great news.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/the-importance-of-tibet-befriending-china.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 18. 2019 04:14 PM
    Comics storytelling is the only art form in which words and pictures are blended together in an integral way to tell a story. Rejoice Kechara has taken the platform of comic storytelling to the next level with its launching of Kechara Comics. From traditional folk tales to biographies of past Buddhist masters and real-life stories of people , all in comics. That’s wonderful bringing more and more people closer to understand better of Dorje Shugden and dharma.
    Congrats to the writers team for coming out with the first publication of Kechara Comics title “Karuna Find A Way”. I did enjoyed reading this comic . Its fantastic I could only say.
    Thank you Rinpoche and writers for this wonderful sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/karuna-finds-a-way.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 18. 2019 04:13 PM
    The true guru helps us open the channel to our own wisdom and discover our guru within. Guru is the one who teaches us and shows us the path to liberation. It’s very important for us to hold on the commitment to our root teacher, who taught us the practices nor matter what happens. Rinpoche has since holding on to it showing a deep guru devotion to his root teacher……HH Kyabje Zong Rinpoche who gave Rinpoche the practice of Dorje Shugden.
    Many highly attained Lamas such as HH Kyabje Pabongka Dorje Chang, HH Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang, HH Kyabje Zong Dorje Chang teaches has since practiced, received the practice and taught thousands of Lamas the lineage and the meditation of Dorje Shugden . They cannot be wrong . Dorje Shugden is not an evil spirit but a Protector.
    Due to the ban, families , monasteries and many more has suffered, denied services to hospital, schools , attending events talks and so forth. It’s sad many families and monasteries are torn apart by this. There is more than enough evidence that there is no religious freedom or true democracy within Tibetan society which the Tibetan Learership has denied it.
    Interesting read of all the examples of what the Tibetan leadership had said , Dorje Shugden harms the Dalai Lama, and the people, all these is definitely not true. HH Dalai Lama the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people is in fact Avalokiteshvara (Chenrezig). It is impossible that HH Dalai Lama and anyone could be harmed by Dorje Shugden. Every one should be respected one and other even though they are from different religions and faith. Everyone should be given religious freedom to choose what they believe and pray . Showing compassion, love, tolerance and understanding among all people is a good choice , to live in a peaceful and harmony environment. The Tibetan Leardership (CTA) should not discriminate anyone and not be bias against someone due to their religion.
    The truth is the truth and must be reveal to all. May the ban on Dorje Shugden soon be lifted. A clear explanation tells all by Rinpoche.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this details write up.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/are-the-high-lamas-of-tibet-impotent-in-the-face-of-dorje-shugden

  • Ummamageswari
    Thursday, Jul 18. 2019 03:21 PM
    Thank you so much for this article. This article is mainly about the life path number 5 compatibility which is related to numerology-based relationship compatibility where it is believed by some of us.

    This article show the compatibility for this life path number 5 with number 1 to 33 and at the same time this article reveals the number 5’s strength and weakness and also for the opposite number. Thank you.

    Read more: https://bit.ly/2Y9qwgq
  • Ummamageswari
    Thursday, Jul 18. 2019 03:17 PM
    Thank you so much for this article. This article is mainly about the life path number 4 compatibility which is related to numerology-based relationship compatibility where it is believed by some of us.

    This article show the compatibility for this life path number 4 with number 1 to 33 and at the same time this article reveals the number 4’s strength and weakness and also for the another number which is for the opposite gender. Thank you.

    Read more: https://bit.ly/2JF7kiF
  • Ummamageswari
    Thursday, Jul 18. 2019 03:13 PM
    Thank you so much for this article. This article is mainly about the life path number 3 compatibility which is related to numerology-based relationship compatibility where it is believed by some.

    This article show the compatibility for this life path number 3 with number 1 to 33 and at the same time this article reveals the number 3’s strength and weakness and also for the another number which is their partner. Thank you.

    Read more: https://bit.ly/2JMLF77
  • nicholas
    Thursday, Jul 18. 2019 01:11 PM
    Supriyono lived in a village in Indonesia’s East Java Province. In early October 2011, he dreamt of a bluish-red dragon surrounding his village before it finally dived into an old well. Supriyono took the dream as a sign and located the old well in the Brahu Temple complex in the Trowulan sub-district of East Java Province.

    On 11th October 2011, Supriyono climbed down the well and found a beautiful White Tara statue, coins, and golden stones from the Majapahit Empire (1293-1500 CE). He contacted the collector Johan Yan through his friend to see if he was interested in any of the items found. On 26th March 2012, Johan Yan became the owner of the White Tara statue.

    Read more about this story at https://bit.ly/2puWEZe
  • nicholas
    Thursday, Jul 18. 2019 01:08 PM
    In order for KFR to truly become a place of healing, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche has conceived a number of ideas including the newly-opened Medicine Buddha Healing Fountain. Embedded within the fountain are semi-precious stones that were especially consecrated by Dorje Shugden while in trance of the Panglung Oracle; His Holiness Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche, widely accepted to be a living emanation of Vajrayogini; our own Tsem Rinpoche and His Eminence Gangchen Rinpoche, an emanation of Medicine Buddha himself. When the water runs over these stones, it becomes charged with the healing properties of the stones and imbued with its blessings.

    Check out more about this Healing Fountain at Kechara Forest Retreat at https://bit.ly/2CtVQNk
  • nicholas
    Thursday, Jul 18. 2019 01:02 PM
    The Cittamani Tara cycle of teachings in the Gelug tradition is a unique lineage of Tara’s practice that is based on the pure vision of the great Tara-siddha Takpu Gargyi Chokyi Wangchuk. This great master had pure visions of Tara and received the initiation and commentary of the practice directly from her.

    Learn more about Cittamani Tara here: https://bit.ly/2Mq3kpa
  • Sofi
    Thursday, Jul 18. 2019 11:07 AM
    The 4th Zhabdrung Rinpoche of Bhutan and Dorje Shugden

    Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the 17th Century master who rose to become the supreme authority throughout Bhutan, both in the secular and spiritual domains, and unified the country as a single nation-state.

    Read more of interesting Bhutan history: http://bit.ly/32zy6Az
  • sarassitham
    Wednesday, Jul 17. 2019 05:41 PM
    It is true that comics are not heavy thick books but they are a wonderful educational medium to bring people deep into teaching of Dharma . Thank you for sharing the first publication of Kechara Comics title “Karuna Find A Way”. Wonderful and a great idea to deliver a beautiful message which is easy to understand and enjoy reading by many level of people.
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 17. 2019 05:07 PM
    The Dorje Shugden controversy has been going for over two decades. Our Guru H.E. Tsem Rinpoche is one of the many who specks out openly about this issue publicly. Having the courage, brave and honest to explain the truth to those who did not understand the whole situation.
    The Dorje Shugden’s practice have been given to Rinpoche by his root teacher Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, for spiritual purposes. Dorje Shugden is an enlightened Dharma Protector who manifested about 400 years ago from a lineage of erudite masters. Over these years many erudite masters, monks, lamas have been practicing over decades before the ban. Rinpoche has been patiently over the years to provide accurate knowledge about Dorje Shugden across the globe. These truths must be reveal to all. The truth is the truth. It has proven that the practise Dorje Shugden, we do not go to the lower realms. Many highly attained lamas practised Dorje Shugden till the end of his life and has since reincarnated back . They have even composed prayers to Dorje Shugden, give Dorje Shugden initiation, give teachings and promote Dorje Shugden as well. They believe that they will not go to the three lower realms, and will definitely reincarnate into another human form to be recognized, enthroned and continue turning the wheel of Dharma. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting and details write up for us to understand better.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-reasons-why-people-who-practice-dorje-shugden-do-not-go-to-the-three-lower-realms
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 17. 2019 05:05 PM
    Reincarnation is religious concept that the non-physical essence of a living being starts a new life in a different physical body after biological death. Reincarnation do definitely exist and I do believe . There are scientific proof that shows reincarnation is real and there a number of proven case. Reincarnation facts has proven by science and historically and is regarded by many religions. It is believed that the biological death does not destroy the soul, the soul comes back to earth in a different form, in a different body. In Tibetan Buddhism it is considered common, where there is many highly attained lamas has reincarnated back over and over again. One such example was His Holiness Zong Rinpoche. Interesting watch and I do pick new knowledge from there.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/interesting-reincarnation-video

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One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
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Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat\'s land here in Malaysia
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Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
This is pretty amazing!

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

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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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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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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
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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
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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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Thanks to Uncle Edward, Karen, Ashley Tan, Ashley Eng, Neil, Usha and Sudharshan for helping out for our lunch distribution today. We would also like to thank our sponsors Sogo and Munchy's for their continuous support. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thanks to Uncle Edward, Karen, Ashley Tan, Ashley Eng, Neil, Usha and Sudharshan for helping out for our lunch distribution today. We would also like to thank our sponsors Sogo and Munchy's for their continuous support. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
These are some of the food distribution photos taken from our kitchen last Saturday. We thanked all volunteers who have come to help for the preparation since 3pm. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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These are some of the food distribution photos taken from our kitchen last Saturday. We thanked all volunteers who have come to help for the preparation since 3pm. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Teacher Julie taught children Nagomi Art and they love it. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Julie taught children Nagomi Art and they love it. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback - Children volunteered in Kechara Soup Kitchen. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback - Children volunteered in Kechara Soup Kitchen. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback- Fun activity in camp. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback- Fun activity in camp. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback - DIY soap making activity. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback - DIY soap making activity. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback- KSDS camp in Kechara Forest Retreat. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback- KSDS camp in Kechara Forest Retreat. Lin Mun KSDS
A simple but meaningful way to spend the weekend liberating birds. Animals deserve lots of love, care and freedom too. Through them, we learn to be more compassionate! ~Kechara Penang Study Group Jacinta
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A simple but meaningful way to spend the weekend liberating birds. Animals deserve lots of love, care and freedom too. Through them, we learn to be more compassionate! ~Kechara Penang Study Group Jacinta
Some members from Kechara Penang Study Group get together to do a Dorje Shugden puja this afternoon. Join us if you're in Penang next time. ~KPSG Jacinta
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Some members from Kechara Penang Study Group get together to do a Dorje Shugden puja this afternoon. Join us if you're in Penang next time. ~KPSG Jacinta
Today we received a lot recycling items from the public. Thanks for supporting us always. KEP-Serena
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Today we received a lot recycling items from the public. Thanks for supporting us always. KEP-Serena
Today we are doing recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. KEP-Serena
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Today we are doing recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. KEP-Serena
Winners for Blog Chat Quiz in June 2019: 1st Prize Winner is Stella Cheang. Congratulations! Stella wins a Dorje Shugden Puja worth RM400 + Dorje Shugden pendant on black onyx. (Joy - Blog chat moderator)
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Winners for Blog Chat Quiz in June 2019: 1st Prize Winner is Stella Cheang. Congratulations! Stella wins a Dorje Shugden Puja worth RM400 + Dorje Shugden pendant on black onyx. (Joy - Blog chat moderator)
Winners for Blog Chat Quiz in June 2019: 2nd Prize Winner is Wylfred Ng. Congratulations! Wylfred wins a Gyenze pendant + Original Red Crystal incense. (Joy - Blog chat moderator)
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Winners for Blog Chat Quiz in June 2019: 2nd Prize Winner is Wylfred Ng. Congratulations! Wylfred wins a Gyenze pendant + Original Red Crystal incense. (Joy - Blog chat moderator)
How to Clear Spirit Disturbances by Pastor Chia Today at 9:30 PM – 11 PM in Kechara House, PJ
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How to Clear Spirit Disturbances by Pastor Chia Today at 9:30 PM – 11 PM in Kechara House, PJ
Join us for the annual Ullambana Festival on Saturday August 10th at Kechara Forest Retreat and make the most of the auspicious Ullambana month. PROGRAMME: 9:00am – Opening speech & Dharma sharing 9:30am – Grand Ullambana Gyenze Puja for good fortune, long life & merits 12:15pm – Free vegetarian lunch 2:00pm – Grand Ullambana Trakze Puja for protection & blessings 5:00pm – End The highlight of the Ullambana Festival is two powerful & extensive pujas that will be performed according to the tradition of Gaden Monastery. We've also prepared a wide selection of traditional offerings to send bountiful merits to the people who matter in your life. Don't miss this opportunity to bring tremendous benefits to your dearly departed as well as those who are still with you. For more information on the Ullambana Festival and Ullambana offerings, please get in touch with us at +609 221 5600, +603 7803 3908, +6012 987 3908 (WhatsApp only), care@kechara.com or visit our online partner
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Join us for the annual Ullambana Festival on Saturday August 10th at Kechara Forest Retreat and make the most of the auspicious Ullambana month. PROGRAMME: 9:00am – Opening speech & Dharma sharing 9:30am – Grand Ullambana Gyenze Puja for good fortune, long life & merits 12:15pm – Free vegetarian lunch 2:00pm – Grand Ullambana Trakze Puja for protection & blessings 5:00pm – End The highlight of the Ullambana Festival is two powerful & extensive pujas that will be performed according to the tradition of Gaden Monastery. We've also prepared a wide selection of traditional offerings to send bountiful merits to the people who matter in your life. Don't miss this opportunity to bring tremendous benefits to your dearly departed as well as those who are still with you. For more information on the Ullambana Festival and Ullambana offerings, please get in touch with us at +609 221 5600, +603 7803 3908, +6012 987 3908 (WhatsApp only), care@kechara.com or visit our online partner
Join us this weekend for SPIRITUAL SATURDAY in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 13 JULY 9.00 am: Cook for the community - salted eggs & pineapple jam 11.00 am: Book Club - Compassion Conquers All (Eng) / Time To Wake Up (Chi) 12.30 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? To RSVP your place (and your meal!), contact us: +6017 965 9484 (WhatsApp) retreat@kechara.com See all July activities: bit.ly/2FCrJm6
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Join us this weekend for SPIRITUAL SATURDAY in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 13 JULY 9.00 am: Cook for the community - salted eggs & pineapple jam 11.00 am: Book Club - Compassion Conquers All (Eng) / Time To Wake Up (Chi) 12.30 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? To RSVP your place (and your meal!), contact us: +6017 965 9484 (WhatsApp) retreat@kechara.com See all July activities: bit.ly/2FCrJm6
In our Johor Bahru office, our single mother trainees get busy to do up the products taught to them by our #volunteers while their children were given additional tuition classes in another room. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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In our Johor Bahru office, our single mother trainees get busy to do up the products taught to them by our #volunteers while their children were given additional tuition classes in another room. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
How To Clear Disturbances by Pastor Niral - Monday 8. July 2019 at 9:30pm in Kechara House, Jalan PJU 1/3G, SunwayMas Commercial Centre 47301 Petaling Jaya
2 weeks ago
How To Clear Disturbances by Pastor Niral - Monday 8. July 2019 at 9:30pm in Kechara House, Jalan PJU 1/3G, SunwayMas Commercial Centre 47301 Petaling Jaya
Kechara Pastor Tat Ming is conducting a blessing prayer for a traveling tour bus at our holy place, Kechara Forest Retreat. By Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 weeks ago
Kechara Pastor Tat Ming is conducting a blessing prayer for a traveling tour bus at our holy place, Kechara Forest Retreat. By Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Pastor Tat Ming is conducting a blessing prayer for a traveling tour bus at our holy place, Kechara Forest Retreat. By Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 weeks ago
Kechara Pastor Tat Ming is conducting a blessing prayer for a traveling tour bus at our holy place, Kechara Forest Retreat. By Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Pastor Tat Ming is conducting a blessing prayer for a traveling tour bus at our holy place, Kechara Forest Retreat. By Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Kechara Pastor Tat Ming is conducting a blessing prayer for a traveling tour bus at our holy place, Kechara Forest Retreat. By Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Pastor Tat Ming is conducting a blessing prayer for a traveling tour bus at our holy place, Kechara Forest Retreat. By Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 weeks ago
Kechara Pastor Tat Ming is conducting a blessing prayer for a traveling tour bus at our holy place, Kechara Forest Retreat. By Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Pastor Tat Ming is conducting a blessing prayer for a traveling tour bus at our holy place, Kechara Forest Retreat. By Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Kechara Pastor Tat Ming is conducting a blessing prayer for a traveling tour bus at our holy place, Kechara Forest Retreat. By Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Pastor Tat Ming is conducting a blessing prayer for a traveling tour bus at our holy place, Kechara Forest Retreat. By Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Kechara Pastor Tat Ming is conducting a blessing prayer for a traveling tour bus at our holy place, Kechara Forest Retreat. By Pastor Yek Yee, shared by Pastor Antoinette
Teachers went to recce the Farm in the City before the outing with students. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teachers went to recce the Farm in the City before the outing with students. Lin Mun KSDS
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