Would You Live Here for 30 Years?

Nov 25, 2015 | Views: 1,888

It’s amazing how many people in the world live in such conditions that many would deem intolerable. But due to circumstances they are in this situation. So many in Hong Kong live this way as depicted in the picture. You have the urban poor in every country of course.

Most of us would not imagine living in such a condition but for these people, they are glad to have a roof over their head. With another 210,000 people lining up for a space in one of these cage apartments, it is easy to assume that even having a space there which although is a far cry from being luxurious, is hugely appreciated by its residents. 

I thought I’d share this article for everyone to read and to widen your perspective on the though lives many have to face out there. Although they are one step ahead of those without a home, but live in these small metal cages for decades with little hope of getting out from such condition, must be difficult. 

Ultimately, we always want better but for many of us compared to these people what we have is very good already perhaps.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

23 Shocking Pictures of Apartments in Hong Kong

By coverage
Posted on November 23, 2015

  • Leung Cho-yin, 67, pays around RM 700 (£105 ) a month for a cage in dilapidated apartment
  • 210,000 people are on waiting list for public housing, double from 2006
  • Monthly rents for tiny spaces, charging up to RM 36 (HK$90) , or ($11.60 USD), per square foot

For some of the poorest, like Leung Cho-yin, home is a metal cage.

The 67-year-old former butcher pays 1,300 Hong Kong dollars or around RM700 (£105) a month for one of about a dozen wire mesh cages resembling rabbit hutches crammed into a dilapidated apartment in a gritty, working-class West Kowloon neighborhood.

Home to tens of thousands, such cages – stacked on top of each other – measure 6ft by 2.5ft. – Daily Mail

A family eats a meal together in their small apartment in Hong Kong. (Benny Lam/SoCO/Rex USA)

Children do homework while their parents go about their daily routine in their family apartment the urban slums of Hong Kong. (Benny Lam/SoCO/Rex USA)

An elderly person sits in her home in the urban slums of Hong Kong. (Benny Lam/SoCO/Rex USA)

An elderly person prepares a meal in her apartment in the urban slums of Hong Kong. (Benny Lam/SoCO/Rex USA)

A single man with a low income sleeps in his apartment in the urban slums of Hong Kong. (Benny Lam/SoCO/Rex USA)

An unemployed man eats his dinner. His apartment is 28 square feet. (Benny Lam/SoCO/Rex USA)

A man does chores in his apartment. (Benny Lam/SoCO/Rex USA)

An elderly man living in his home in the urban slums of Hong Kong. (Benny Lam/SoCO/Rex USA)

Daily Mail : Cheng Man Wai, 62, lies in the cage, measuring 16sq ft, which he calls home in Hong Kong

Daily Mail : Yeung Ying Biu, 77, sits next to his cage

Daily Mail : Cheng Man Wai, 62, climbs up to his accommodation

Daily Mail : Lee Tat-fong, 63, is hoping she and her two grandchildren (pictured) can get out of the cubicle apartment they share in their Wan Chai neighborhood, but she has no idea how long it will take

Rocketnews24 : Steamboat inside the Apartment

Rocknetnews24 : Toilet and shower located in the corner of the room

Rocknetnews24 : Notice the bathroom under the bed

Daily Mail : Yan Chi Leung is mentally ill and lives in the 6ft by 2.5ft wire cage at the bottom of this stack of three

Daily Mail : Kong Sui Kao, 64, sits in his home in a room with 19 other cages

Daily Mail : Tai Lun Po, 79, has lived in the cage he is sitting in for an extraordinary 30 years

Daily Mail : Eight-year-old Lee Ka Ying lives in a 6ft square ‘cubicle cage home’ with her mother

Daily Mail : Yan Chi Keung eats takeaway outside his wire cage home – there are no cooking facilities

Daily Mail : Tai Lun Po walks to the bathroom which he shares with the other residents

[Source: http://thecoverage.my/top/23-hong-kong-apartments-picture-that-will-shock-malaysian-to-insanity/]

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  1. Anne Ong on Jan 30, 2017 at 1:23 am

    Reading this article made me think how lucky and blessed I am and to be thankful for what I have. This definitely will become a good and fantastic educational material. Thank you for sharing this Rinpoche, and broadening our perspectives. _/\_

  2. Wan Wai Meng on May 10, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    In comparison to these Hong Kong people, wow the space we have is massive and vast. We have to count our blessings.

  3. KB Thapa on Jan 11, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    Reading this article made me think how lucky and blessed I am . I come from third world country and I experienced how difficult it is live in this types of place..Every moment in our lives brings the opportunity to love and appreciate this beautiful life..

  4. Lucas Roth on Dec 15, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    Things like this reminds me to be so thankful for what I have. Because what is so small or has little value to me could mean the world to another. So what I don’t need I donate (especially now as I am moving house). I must always appreciate and value everything I have and treat it with care and respect.

    On the other hand, that does not mean that you must be stingy and selfish. Be humble and help the less fortunate when you can. That is the balance that you must find. Do not be selfish, but also do not treat your things like trash. That is how I see the middle path in this situation.

    Kechara has KSK and there are so many other soup kitchens in the world, there is so much that you can do for the other people that are less fortunate than you. It is just a matter of effort. A little or a lot, it helps either way. So the point of my comment is to acknowledge and see how this is and how to react to it, react well.

  5. Carmen Koo on Dec 13, 2015 at 11:50 pm

    In all countries, I guess there is a fraction of the population that lives in situations and conditions like these. It is just that usually, it goes unnoticed to the public or perhaps, no one can really be bothered.

    This article reminded me very much of my first time volunteering with Kechara Soup Kitchen, where I never really appreciated what I had until I realised what so many didn’t have. I was fortunate to have most of what I wanted throughout my life, and it always never seemed like enough, until I went for a round to feed the homeless with Kechara Soup Kitchen back in 2007. Here I was, driven around in a car, having hot food served, and getting what I needed, and there were so many far from the plate of fortune I have been served. Yet I was not contented.

    Looking through these photos made me think of the daily discomfort they have to face in just living. How would they use their time to practise, or for spirituality, as they would be occupied with trying to figure out how to survive daily. I guess I am even more appreciative that I have the right conditions for me to be able to use this life to study, learn and practise the Dharma.

    Thank you for sharing this Rinpoche, and broadening our perspectives.

    Carmen

  6. Ng Jesvin on Dec 3, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this to us. This definitely will become a good and fantastic educational material. This article gave us a very clear realization on how fortunate we are and how our desires dictates our life. Many of us are already staying in a very comfortable place but we feel not enough that we desire bigger and bigger house. It is never enough. If we still think the same thing and does not change our perception, the desires will destroy our life. However, I do believe that karma determines our life so whatever suffering that those people are experiencing are due their previous karma. Dharma teaches me to be compassionate and to be kind to all sentient beings. What we can do is to try our best to help those who are in need and at the same time continue our practice in cutting down our anger, craving, desires and attachment. Thank you, Rinpoche, it is a blessing for me to meet Rinpoche and Dharma.

  7. Shelly tai on Dec 3, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this post with us, is very sad when look at all these picture that human need to suffer in this kind of living condition, how fortunate we are who can live in a proper house with our clean environment but I think a lot of us in also never thought that they are very fortunate because if they are happy with what they have then why some people are still complain their live not good enough , still full of desire to seek for the better never appreciate what they have I think we are the lucky one because we have Dharma and Rinpoche contanstly remind us about Dharma and be greatful with what we have, the most important is to help others who are less fortunate than us.

  8. Alice Tay. on Dec 3, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    虽然这个地方是非常的狭窄、不完善的设备与有限的卫生标准。但这里还是会有基本的水供、电供、还有屋顶遮太阳与下雨。如果这样的环境相比于一些更贫穷,更偏僻和更落后的国家,是有多一点的幸福。

    在这里生活的人,虽然不能像我们目前所拥有的舒适的环境。但是,他们也必须感到欣慰和感恩,因为他们还不至于生活在一个没有水供、电供或是需要在半夜提心吊胆因为连绵下大雨而造成屋顶漏水。

    敬爱的仁波切时常都提醒我们,要感恩我们所拥有的一切包括人与事物。不要去埋怨“我没有这个,我没有哪个...等等•”。而因为这样,也让我们升起本来就不必要的烦恼与执着心。

    如果你问我,我会在这样的一个环境里住上30年吗?我的答案是不会。我想,很多人也会和我的想法一样。因为,我们每个人都可以给自己做出选择。再加上,我们学习佛法,要相信因果。清楚的明白我们本身如果曾经造下不好的业,就要去承受不好的果。永远要记得没有人可以代替我们去承受自己所造下的业果。

    感谢尊贵的上师在此让我们打开视野看到不一样的香港。

  9. Uncle Eddie on Dec 2, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    Like what Pastor Elena Khong said, “After all, in this World alone, there is already an infinite combinations of living conditions(situations), that we can be reborn into, and an infinite number of ways we can suffer on this planet alone, as humans”. As shown in the Dharma practice, human contentment and well being in real term requires us to go beyond physical, mental and emotional dimension, in order that detachment could be a greater wealth and devotion, and a bigger asset in our lives. Thank you Rimpoche for showing us the Way! Om Mani Padme Hung.

  10. Li Kheng on Dec 2, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    What is most amazing is that Hong Kong is a developed country, an international financial hub, a tourist attraction and infamous for its summer sale that attracts luxury consumers from all over the world.

    Yet, tucked in corners are people living in such conditions and… they are considered lucky to even have a home over their heads.

    Really, the next time we complain, think twice. I believe if we actually think, we will only be grateful.

  11. Kb thapa on Dec 1, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    I have amazing people around me. I couldn’t be in a better place. I’m grateful for my life and where I’m at. I never thought I could be in the place that I’m in. Surrounded by all the members of my dear Kechara family, enjoying the affection of numerous friends, who have never abandoned me always giving their love and care specially from H.H. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche…

  12. Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Dec 1, 2015 at 2:35 am

    Who should read articles like these:

    1) children, to expose them to a variety of financial situations so they can develop empathy for the less fortunate. To develop a realistic view of the world, a good work ethic and to understand that life isn’t a bed of roses, and things don’t come easy for everyone

    2) adults, to remind them that as they go about their daily lives with their head down and their blinders up, there’s always someone less fortunate than them. That their problems are never as big as they make it out to be, and there’s usually a solution to be found

    3) you, me and everyone else to realise how fortunate we are and to stop taking things for granted 🙂 although these people have been reborn as humans just like us, they don’t have the necessary causes to enjoy their life, let alone learn Dharma. They aren’t living, they are surviving.

    In a teaching a few years ago, Rinpoche reminded us that a human rebirth does not necessarily mean that we will be reborn with the opportune conditions to practise the Dharma. Certainly, the people in this article demonstrate this teaching very well. After all, in this world alone, from what we can see – never mind the unseen beings, never mind the animals, never mind the other plants – there is already an infinite combination of living situations that we can be reborn into, and an infinite number of ways we can suffer on this planet alone, as humans.

    So when we read articles like this, we need to meditate on the preciousness of our human rebirth, to get the maximum benefit 🙂

  13. freon on Dec 1, 2015 at 1:00 am

    Looking into all this pictures. It is very fortunate for me to have place to stay right now. These peoples struggle to survive. Money is always their problems. I guess, learning on dharma would be something very strange to them.

  14. Joy on Nov 30, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    This is really crazy, I cannot imagine anyone living in such a tiny space. It so claustrophobic and it would most probably drive me nuts.

    This post really is an eye opening for me. I’ve heard of Hong Kong being a very expensive place to live in and hence people live in very small apartments, but never did I imagine the cages and how small is small when your shower is beneath your bed.

    It makes me realise how terribly fortunate we are to be living in Malaysia where most of us can live very comfortably. Space is not an issue here and for a space 4 times the size of what we see in those pictures we only pay 1/4 of what they would probably pay for a low cost apartment. Hence we should really stop complaining and appreciate all the things we have here, it’s considered luxury.

    I wonder why hasn’t the government done anything to improve the quality of life for their citizens, especially the elderly? How could such living spaces be even approved or built. If they say because they do not have enough land and due to over population, well I hope now that Hong Kong is part of China, there is no more such excuse? Even Melaka and Singapore added more sand to make new lands to accommodate the growing population. Why didn’t Hong Kong do it?

    Whatever it is, it is a clear sign of materialism at it’s worst. For a country that is supposed to be a developed nation, this is a horrible scene… seems like the richer the country is the lower the quality of life of the general population becomes and I am not surprised that depression is at it’s high.

    This made me realise why it is extremely important for spirituality and dharma to grow over there… it would be to help these people find some sanity in an insane world.

    This also goes to show that materialism, things, acquisitions does not make people happy and cannot bring happiness. It is empty and in the end all that we worked for, chased for, struggled for day in day out for what? For a piece of space in samsara and we need to work so hard to keep that little space and in the end we die. Reminds me of a quote advice from Rinpoche… “Although outwardly we have so much, we have so many conveniences, inwardly we have become more unhappy, so, acquisition is not the secret to happiness. The more we get, the more we have, the more unhappy we become.”
    ~ Tsem Rinpoche

    Imagine the old man who has lived in his cage for 30 years… at the time of his death, what has he got? A life full of struggles? He doesn’t even have any dharma to help him and take with him on his final journey. Hence Rinpoche’s advice to us to always do dharma because in the end that is the only thing that can really help us. Thank you Rinpoche for this eye opening post.

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  15. Guat Hee on Nov 30, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing. We are so lucky in Malaysia. We should appreciate and thankful what we have now.

  16. Valentina Suhendra on Nov 30, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    It really touches my heart to see how these people live. I am grateful for all the comfort that have been bestowed to me. The condition that some people live in Hong Kong is dreadful and yet these people were grateful for it. I hope the leader of Hong Kong will look into their welfare.

  17. Pastor Patsy on Nov 30, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    Hongkong is one of the wealthiest cities in the world and the rich live in big mansions with fantastic views and it is so sad to see the grim contrast of the poor living in metal caged homes. However, to some residents they considered themselves lucky to live in such cramped cages as compared to those living on the streets. They had no choice but to live in this condition due to the skyrocketing housing prices and inadequate low cost housing. I hope the government will take some actions to help them with proper public housing.

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for sharing this post. We are indeed very fortunate. We should be grateful and appreciate what we have instead of complaining and take this opportunity to do our best to help the less fortunate.

  18. So Kin Hoe (KISG) on Nov 30, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the teaching of being grateful of what we have in our country compared to those people who are living within small cubicle apartments in Hong Kong.

    What is being shown on the TV programs and Hong Kong drama only reflecting the good side of Hong Kong lifestyle and not the actual true happenings from their citizens, especially from those people who only can afford to pay the rental fee of cubicle apartment instead of having sufficient space for sleeping, eating, cooking, reading books, etc.

    These people living in small cubicle apartments in Hong Kong, could have mentally and physically trapped with pressure and they might even blame to their own fate for having poor living conditions. I pray that there will be Buddhist organization to offer them Dharma teachings and prayers in their community, at least for them to realize that their current living conditions are due to their past karma and hopefully they could be motivated to engage with Dharma activities and achieve attainment with wisdom to gain inner peace in their mind.

    Thank you Rinpoche for giving us many Dharma teachings in various methods.

  19. Pastor David Lai on Nov 30, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    This is featured in several HK dramas in the past and I have seen it and I was just shocked when I saw it. I cannot imagine that the rental of a small little double storey house in Bentong town, Malaysia is equivalent to a tiny coffin-like space in Hong Kong. I dare not wonder how much is a decent-sized apartment is like in Hong Kong. Anyway, I am just lucky to be in Malaysia where things are not perfect but in terms of space for living and standards of living are much better especially for the underprivileged.

  20. Frederick Law on Nov 30, 2015 at 1:32 am

    In such a prosperous metropolitan Hong Kong, there are people who are living in condition that is unimaginable, some live and stay in cages for 30 years without any room, and even proper facilities.

    So much we complain of our life being difficult, hard, not having enough and desiring for more, but these people had to live in such condition for more than 30 years, some even for the rest of their life because they could not afford to get a house.

    we should be grateful for what we have, imagine living in these condition and earning low income, it is very difficult to focus on our spirituality.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these shocking reality, it an eye opener to myself, seeing such condition I feel grateful for what I have now.

  21. Edward Ooi on Nov 29, 2015 at 8:31 am

    This article is really shocking to read. I always imagined Hong Kong as a beautiful and developed country filled with rich people, but I never thought of the poor people living there. It is crazy that 210,000 more people are waiting to rent or buy these places. It just shows us how many poor people are there in Hong Kong.

    Hong Kong is such a small island but it has over 7 million residents. No wonder there are so many people living in cages like this with many more people waiting. There are people in Hong Kong that would waste tons of money just to show off about how rich they are while these people are saving as much money as they can for rainy days.

    Well, what can I say and what can we do to make this situation better? Nothing much I guess, at the end of the day, it’s all about our karma. I don’t think that it really matters if we live through this life adventurous, crazy and rich or not . I think it is important that we make good changes to the world, also to other people’s lives and we do not harm others. Thank You Rinpoche for sharing this article.

  22. Beatrix Ooi on Nov 29, 2015 at 1:57 am

    It’s sad to know that even in country like Hong Kong where the economy and everything is so advanced, there are still people who ate left behind by the society. When a country is well-developed and advanced, yes it’s good image for the country and so on but I also think that there are people who can’t cope with such a high living standard therefore they are left behind by the society. In my opinion, a good leader should take care of the people whether if it’s a small population of people or not, everyone should be treated with equality. These people maybe poor but they are definitely not poor in spirit, although they do not have the best in life, but they are very appreciative of what they have. Most of us do not realise the importance of having gratitude and being appreciative, these are the qualities that will guide us through hardships and allow us to succeed in life.

  23. Pastor Tat Ming on Nov 29, 2015 at 1:01 am

    Karma has brought about the harsh and difficult living environment. But fortunately, things can change. Create the right cause to experience the desired effect. The inhabitants of the apartment concerned should strive for the betterment of their lives or to remain in this deplorable condition for the rest of their lives. Living for 30 years in this condition is beyond imagination. We cannot think how it would be like for one to continue living like that forever!

  24. May Ong on Nov 28, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    In countries like Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia where land is almost abundant and fewer population, we won’t come across such living quarters like these for the locals who can afford decent homes or residences. However in HK where its land of livable space are very limited and one of the costliest place to live on earth, it is rather inevitable for these poor residents to be able to afford any decent accommodation, let alone own a property. We do take for granted of the space, condition and environment we live in, either rented or owned, until we saw these living space of others like Hong Kong.

    Hong Kong, being a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, there are also daily influx of mainland Chinese who flocks down to HK to seek better lives and have their babies born there to attain better privileges. It is rather sad that both local born HK and mainland Chinese have to put up with these dilapidated living space and for some, all their lives even.

  25. Serena on Nov 28, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    About cage apartment in Hong Kong, we always saw it in TV drama series or movies. It may have being beautified and not as crammed as the photos shown in article here.

    It is not easy to live in such apartment as it is not much space for own storage and daily activities such as bathing, cooking, dining and etc. But the residents here appreciate what they have even though it’s tough staying. At least they have a HOME. They never losing hope in their life but continue work hard for 3 meals, staying and kids education.

    After reading this article and going through the photos, I feel so fortunate that I was born in a family who affords for good staying. I think others also feel the same. We should be grateful of what we have here and appreciate the people and things around. Doing our best to help people around who in need.

    We are unable to predict what will happen in future. We may lose what we have now or even become homeless. It may not as good as previous lifestyle and it is tough but we should not give up. Just do whatever we can as long as we are still alive in this world.

    With folded hand thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring article.

    • sweekeong on Nov 28, 2015 at 10:21 pm

      It reminds me of the animals confined in cages in animal factories such as pigs, cows and chicken before they are sent to be slaughter.

      I cannot imagine living in such crammed space but these city dwellers accepted their predicament. They did rather stay in these cages than staying on the street. In Malaysia some foreign workers are reported to be staying in very crammed quarters provided by their employers.

      Many Malaysians, me included, are really fortunate compare to Hong Kong folks. We complain a lot for silly, tiny things, even our house sizes. The fact very that we complain shows that we have lost touch with reality, other human beings who with very little on this planet.

      Although they may have accepted their state of living I think it is very unhealthy for the mind besides the high risk of disease spreading due to the difficulty of maintaining cleanliness.

  26. Pastor Yek Yee月谊讲法师 on Nov 28, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    好几年前,当我第一次看到香港笼民的报导时,挺震撼的。

    那一刻让我深感身为大马的人的幸福,是无法言喻的。我觉得生活上的贫穷是可以使用所学的技巧、知识和专业去改变它; 但是心灵上的贫穷,却视若无睹,是最可怕的。这比物质上的匮乏还要让人感到恐惧。

    成为笼民是一种宿命的呼唤,抑或是个人的惰性造成的?这个问题常常盘绕在我的脑海中。当然,我不能以图像的表层来评断每位笼民,这就显然很不公平。

    从笼民的生活写照似乎凸显,每个人似乎都有对自己的生活和社会产生出巨大的无奈和无力感!他们是香港草根一族,地位卑微,咬紧牙关与现实挣扎着,他们很难辛且踏实地度过日常的每一天,并没有对社会造成任何的破坏和伤害。

    轻轻地使用滑鼠将每张照片都细细的看了一看,我觉得笼民们对自己所过的生活,其实都挺自在和悠閒。

    生活的苦,不是以物质富足或贫匮为标准,而是以内在贫或富为定,对我而言,虽然在笼民的眼神裡,看到了对生活的无力,但却不代表他们是最贫乏的一群。

  27. Sharon Ong on Nov 28, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for this post highlighting the appalling living conditions of the urban poor in Hong Kong. Urban poverty is an issue even here in Malaysia. These group of people often go unnoticed as many have this perception that poverty only exists in rural or undeveloped areas. Sadly, those who leave the known poverty areas to seek better opportunities, only to find that poverty exists even in the cities.

    This post is a great way for me to reflect on my life and how blessed I am to be living where I am today. I pray for poverty to be eradicated everywhere – be it worldly and spiritually.

    With folded hands.

  28. Cynthia Ng on Nov 28, 2015 at 1:46 am

    看到香港人民的居住环境真的非常伤感,香港笼民大多数是年长一辈的老人家,看了很心酸。我在想难道他们这一群退休了的老人家是没有家人呢,还是说因为孩子们没有能力养活老人家了呢?!或是被嫌弃他们然后被抛弃的呢?

    在这繁华都市的香港里,也住上了很多这样的笼民,一家大小吃喝和所有的生活作息都在那么小的狭窄空间里生活,那真是不容易。环境是非常恶劣。这些成长中的小孩们,他们的意志力是很强的,因为他们生存的方式是多么的困苦,但是看得出他们都有一颗赤子之心,他们融入生活环境里而他们不被环境影响他们。我反而觉得他们比起我们不会有太大的执着心。

    我们现在所拥有的一切实在是太幸福了,我们衣食无忧,我们的环境优良,可以随时随地的跟随上师的脚步一起学习佛法,实践佛法。我们不应该认为我们拥有的一切都是理所当然的,更不应该利用我们所拥有的;比如上师加持与护法庇护所给予的一切。

    我们要更精进的把所学到的帮助他人让他人过的和我们一样好。

  29. Julia Tan on Nov 28, 2015 at 1:19 am

    Thank you for sharing, Rinpoche. I visited Hong Kong very often due to my work. That’s how Hong Kong people live their lives. Properties are too expensive for these people. They are kind of used to it because majority of the people stays in small apartment. This country is just too small to fit in so many people. Hence that limited space became expensive to live. According to the local people, The cage home is getting less and less nowadays. Due to bad safety facilities, the Hong Kong government had ban this way of living. I hope their next generation will get out of this porvety circle.

  30. Nicholas on Nov 28, 2015 at 1:10 am

    It’s sad to see these people living in the cage or in such a small area. The condition is really bad especially for those with childrens and old people.

    We should be greatful for what we have now and be more compasionate to the unfortunate one. Hope this people meet the dharma and with dharma it give them hope and the true meaning of life even though they have to go through this difficult time but at least their mind is at peace knowing whatever we going through is due to our karma but by practicing dharma they can change their future.

    Nothing is permanent, we can make a change with dharma.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this post.

  31. Han on Nov 27, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    I remembered I read about Cage Home’s article more than 15 years ago, it seems no sign of improvement, Just imagined new generation who had grown up in such conditions ? Staying in such condition, emotional and psychological will be affected long term…

    After seeing all these shocking heartfelt pics, we should not complain what we do not have anymore…. We should not take things for granted with no gratitude anymore, compare to these cage people, we are more than 100% lucky.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this post as a great reminder to us. We are lucky to be in Malaysia especially we have the fortune to meet precious dharma and be the students of Rinpoche.

  32. Jutika Lam on Nov 27, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    It’s kinda shocking how such a prosperous and developed nation such as Hong Kong still has over 200,000 people waiting just to have their own cage to live in.

    It’s sad to see the conditions these people are living in which are really bad and cramped especially for those who have families.

    I’m quite surprised that the government isn’t doing anything to help these people in terms of their welfare. No one would like to live in such conditions but yet they don’t have a choice.

    At the very least, they could build low cost flats like they do here in Malaysia and collect monthly repayments from the tenants instead of letting this “cage” concept continue.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

  33. Yoke Chim Yap on Nov 27, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    多谢上师的分享,看到这些笼民所住的地方,就誏我想到那些被关在笼里的动物,吃,喝,拉,撒,就在那方园之地,谈不上什么个人隐私,卫生,人權。谁叫你窮。难以想像一家几口要如何住?因此环境,很多问题就产生了。感恩父母把我生在这里,感恩有此机缘遇見上师,得聞佛法,去惡修善、永世不堕此境地。愿这些笼民也能得聞佛法,擺脱如此困境

  34. Kb thapa on Nov 27, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    we have been very blessed our my life and rewarded with good friends good health and good house.we must appreciate what we have..

  35. Sarah on Nov 27, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    The urban poor can be found in every city in the world. Unfortunately, the numbers are increasing. When I was in Paris many years ago, I happened to visit an apartment building in which some of the storerooms were converted into bedrooms for a low rental. No one wants to live in such terrible conditions. I feel very sad for the people in these pictures and pray for their situation to improve and their wishes fulfilled.

  36. Pastor Lim Han Nee on Nov 27, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    Seeing such living conditions of the urban poor in Hongkong, living in abject poverty in cages, where they sleep, eat, study, do their chores and even work inside the cage,one wonders why we complain so much living in Malaysia, where even a small flat has so much more room and space than any of these cages.

    It is heartbreaking to see the elderly, living out the rest of their lives in these cages of a home. At the same time , I think of the homeless, who do not even have a roof over their heads. On a Kechara Soup Kitchen round, whenever we spot an elderly person or a woman sleeping in five foot ways, we are filled with misgiving about their safety.

    Yes, we take for granted our lives of comparative luxury and comfort, not realizing that between us and the homeless or those living in cages for homes, is “just a breath”.

  37. Choo Weng Loong on Nov 27, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    It is particularly disturbing to see these images of elderly people living in deplorable conditions. Indeed a reminder to us to appreciate our current good fortunes and never take anything for granted.

  38. Louise Lee on Nov 27, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    谢谢分享关于香港笼民的生活。

    其实在很久以前也有看过一套港产片 ” 笼民 “ 这一套片也活生生的把笼民的生活拍出来了。

    国家进步,社会发达,有时候我们也会忽略了另一边厢努力生存着的人。

    70‘ 80’ 年代有很多笼民, 他们很多都已经搬出来了, 一位他们明白坐在等不如,努力的脱离这个地方,为下一代创造更好的生活。

    现在还留在笼子里的一群都属于比较年长的。

    生活好坏,都选择与自己的一双手。 就好比快乐不快乐,都是自己的主人。

  39. Adeline Tan on Nov 27, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    It is very very sad and heartache to see these poor people living in cages that they called home especially in the advance and modern city like Hong Kong. Hope that the government of Hong Kong and its housing departments can look into their plight and provide them with at least some basic and decent homes.
    By looking at these heart breaking photos, we must be contented for what we have in our lives and be happy.

  40. Adrian Cho on Nov 27, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Thank you Tsem Rinpoche for sharing this post. We are so lucky and must grateful, that we are live in Malaysia. It was so sad when looking on those pictures. That why we must appreciate much what we have it now and don’t complaining so much.

  41. jp on Nov 27, 2015 at 2:43 am

    I believe the moral of this article is to always cherish what we have and be happy. Situations can be worse. Looking at how these less fortunate Hong Kong people live, really puts into perspective how abundant many of us are.

    I remember visiting my HK friend in her house once and she gave me a tour of her house. It was a spacious 3 storey house. When she showed me where her maid sleeps, I was shocked. The maid’s room was literally a cabinet. It was only big enough to sit and or lie down, just like the pics of cages in this article.

    My friend said that this was the norm in HK as real estate is very expensive. I will never forget that experience as I thought it wasn’t really nice to have anyone sleep in such tiny confined spaces. However, I realized that I’ve been spoiled by having large spaces all the time.

    Regardless, it is a good reminder of how fortunate we are compared to many others and not take it for granted. Our karma can be quite volatile. We may lose what we have overnight.

  42. Wong Suet Moi on Nov 27, 2015 at 1:08 am

    Dear Rinpoche

    We are extremely lucky to live at such conducive condition in Malaysia. We have almost everything. Majority of us have nice house, cars, good foods. We should always remind ourselves that be compassionate to help others whereby less lucky. If we believe in karma, the more we should be generous to give our helping hands to the less fortunate one.

    I have shown this post to my children. I hope they can realise how lucky they are and know to appreciate what they have. Thanks Rinpoche for the sharing.

  43. Paul Yap on Nov 27, 2015 at 12:54 am

    its sad to see people are living in small cages called “homes” for decades. We should be grateful for what we have, at least we still have a decent place to live in, it might be small and simple, but good enough compare to what urban poor in HK has to go thru.

    These unfortunate people most of them are very old, and yet there is no one taking care of them. Lives is very though in this highly materialistic world.

    Just hope that these unfortunate people can learn some dharma, at least they can lives happier, and collect enough merits and karma to have a better lives later on.

  44. Chris Chong on Nov 27, 2015 at 12:25 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    I knew that the housing condition at Hong Kong is bad for the not so well off people, but I don’t know that it is THIS bad. I feel that we as Malaysians are extremely lucky. We need to appreciate more of what we have instead of focusing on what we don’t have. Malaysia is a beautiful country and most of us can afford a small place that we can call home. But of course there are exceptions such as the homeless peoples.

    The people that are forced to live in such conditions have the karma to be reborn into it. We have to be mindful of not collecting negative karma that will eventually propelling us into such living condition in our next life.

    Chris

  45. Stella Cheang on Nov 26, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    I cannot help but feel pity and sorry for the people in the photos living in the caged condition deprived of space and likely basic amenities or hygiene. At the same time it sent a chill down my spine because we could be the people in the photos living in those conditions (or worse) in our next lives. I hope that the people in the photos will do something to elevate their living condition. It also serves to remind us that we should be thankful of what we have now. Let’s not stop doing good for others and be more generous to create a cause for a better reborn.

    Humbly, bowing down,
    Stella

  46. Julien Roth on Nov 26, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    This really served as an eye-opener for me. I knew i was very lucky to have the life i have, and this post reinforces that. So many people in this world live in conditions i would find impossible to cope with. When i compare my life to theirs, i really do feel grateful for what i have. And from this i learn a valuable lesson.

    I learn that i have the power to do things. Things that can help others. Because i am lucky enough to have been born in a wealthier part of society, i have the ability to make a difference in the world. I go to a good school, get good education, have a comfortable lifestyle, and have all the luxuries i want. Many people have this, buts its whether or not we choose to use this to our advantage. With the wealth that many people have over poorer people, we can help others. If others are in poverty, we can help. Because we can afford to help. The question is, will you help? That for me is the main thing i took away from this post.

    Its very hard for these people to escape this lifestyle. The poverty cycle is merciless and unforgiving. Once you are in poverty, your children are in poverty. And unless you break this chain of poverty somehow, you and your future children will remain in poverty. Its endless. But it is a lot easier for these people to break this cycle is we help them. All they need is that little push.

  47. yikming on Nov 26, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    This pictures reflect the point that this could be me in those living conditions. Looking at where we are , aren’t we lucky we gain some merits or “lucky” to have or be where we are. With this reflection raises 2 question. What are we doing in this precious life we have? and How can we help those that is in these condition within our capability ( not asking to go HK but i am sure around us we have these condition such as homeless etc in every city or country).
    Guru, Thanks for the sharing and reminder .
    _/\_ yikming

  48. yenpin on Nov 26, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    谢谢仁波切的方向
    每个国家都面对社会问题。
    看到以上的图片关于在香港居住在类似’笼子的家,真的难以想象,华丽背后的心酸了 !
    印象中的香港是一个富有的城市,香港人的收入普遍都很高。
    香港的笼屋, 所谓的家,香港也有不为人知的一面,我们是如此幸运,应该要惜福。
    不要抱怨我们的生活不好,与他们相比我们是多么幸运的,能住在一个环节舒服地方。
    当我们在抱怨家不够大的时,有人家都没有…..。

  49. Mingwen on Nov 26, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, 

    Thank you for sharing such beautiful blog post.

    To live a happy life is not about the place where one is staying..either he/she has a bungalow house or a small space with few square feet. Who we are staying with and the attitudes within ourselves are always the keys to unlock the door of happiness.

    An individual might owns and live in a bungalow house, however, if he feel stressful all the time and can only share his ups and downs with walls in the house, I would perceive it as a kind of torture. In converse, there are five individuals in a family who need to squeeze and fight for a space just to sleep every night in a room could be seen as pitiful and suffering, however, what’s really matter is they are all being together, whenever they face problems in life they have someone they love and care about to stay right beside, to talk or cry on.

    There are people looking down at individuals who are less fortunate etc., homeless, poor, and uneducated. What’s more important in life is not about how much one can earns in term of sen and dollar, it’s not about how high can one archived in life in term of materialism. What is ultimate at the end of life are what we learned, experinces, knowledges that are gained, who are still there for us when we are facing difficulties or death, what we have done to benefit other sentient beings.

    Living a life is not always about oneself. Being alive is to benefit all sentient beings, to help one another when they need it, to stop sufferings, and to build a better world.

    May all of us able to achieve the ultimate goal in life and stop sufferings from cycling.

    Thank you. _/|\_

  50. Datuk May on Nov 26, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    Hong Kong is the most affluent and extravagant eastern city with the most exclusive and indulgent ways of life. Yet to see what is posted here, shows not the affluence of the city nor people but rather the lack of care among the ones who have and the ones who have not.

    I presume such extremes were created when Hongkong was a British colony, where the government cared for nothing but to milk Hongkong dry. But that was almost 2 decades ago, I hope that now the current government will do something for these urban poor. Singapore is a good example, where the government cares and had provided the citizens with affordable homes.

    It is really sad and I hope that Hongkong will do something for these urban poor, even though it is a fact of life that poverty is everywhere. But let there be improvement.

  51. Elaine on Nov 26, 2015 at 10:07 am

    Whatever the circumstance, at least they are doing something about it according to their means. They take responsibility for themselves, are not complaining and do not depend on others for handouts. That’s an admirable trait to me.
    Everything is relative. If we think we’re in an unfortunate situation and complain incessantly for every little inconvenience, there is always someone else in a more dire situation and someone else who is “better off”. Same applies to them.
    Many of us are seem to be so entitled. We may be so much better off than some others but still are not satisfied materially. When we get to the next station, we still want more and are still not satisfied and want more. But I’m not saying we don’t strive to be better. But if we have contentment, we become so much happier.
    Material wealth is not the answer to lasting happiness, but a comfortable situation and enough resources will help in one’s spiritual practice. When one’s mind is constantly occupied with daily survival, it’s hard to focus on spiritual practice.

  52. Shin on Nov 26, 2015 at 8:31 am

    It is reported that there are about 200,000 people living in Hong Kong in what the government calls “inadequate housing,” including cubicle apartments and cage homes. It is sad that such a large number of people are living in such poor accommodations in a so-called wealthy city.

    These cage homes are usually located inside old buildings in urban areas, and we can see from the pictures how poor safety, hygiene and privacy are for these residents. Living in these harsh conditions, their psychological well-being is definitely affected.

    Urban poor is everywhere, hence every government must show that they are making every possible effort, within available resources to have adequate housing, especially for those from the lower income groups.

    In Mahatma Gandhi’s words, “Recall the face of the poorest and weakest man whom you may have seen, and ask yourself if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him.” As we go about in our daily lives, it is good to not just think about ourselves all the time but spend some time to think about and care for the poor who are suffering.

    If you are interested to help, Kechara Soup Kitchen distributes food to homeless and urban poor on weekdays & weekends. You can get more details here: https://www.facebook.com/notes/820518077997735/

  53. Yeo Kwai Gin (Kuantan) on Nov 26, 2015 at 2:14 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing !

    看到以上的图片关于一班在香港居住在类似’笼子”所谓的家, 看到心都酸了 !

    由其是现在年轻的一群, 一出世就被保护和宠坏的环境下成长, 完全不懂何为吃苦 ! 我们在电视银幕和杂志里很难看得到在背后的这一群人, 他们的辛酸, 无奈 , 无助, 应该得到某方面或机构当局关注 !

    这编文章, 应该让年轻的一群看看, 让他们明白”见苦惜福”这道理 !

    大家一起共用浴室和厕所都需要拥有合群和忍让精神, 才可以相处! 不简单 !

    愿所有苦难的众生离苦得乐 !

    感恩合十
    Yeo Kwai Gin

  54. Vinnie Tan on Nov 26, 2015 at 12:48 am

    It is just saddening to see the rich constantly getting richer and the poor getting poorer, widening the gap between the two “societies” that we deem. What is shameful is that some people that are around us will also make use of these people that are already suffering and cheat their money for their own gains. To show their “wealth” which they fed off from these people that are living in such poor conditions.

    Seeing this, it also made me reflect that many times in our lives we have things that some may consider as luxurious, yet we do not see that. Living in samsara we constantly crave for the things that we do not have, thinking that those things will make us happier. But how many times that is the case when we achieve it? I will say close to zero. When we just seek these pleasures in life, we achieve nothing. It is nice that people around us admire what we “have”. However, how many times these items are “real”?

    Life is constantly being impermanent just like what Lord Buddha taught us. Thus, we are holding and aiming towards something that is empty and has no value thinking that it will help us reach something. But with emptiness, it will only bring more emptiness to us. With that emptiness, it will consume us and make us feel angry.

    Through this post it makes me appreciate the things that I have around me more as well as through this it shows that with the same amount of “money” we can be living like the kings and queens at a corner of the world, but we can be living like someone worthless in another corner of the country. It just reminds us how important it is to be doing good deeds to accumulate merits in our lifetime and not let it go to waste. When we exhuast these merits that we had accumulated, what will happen to us in the future? We may just end up in their shoes.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this timely reminder that life is impermanent and we should never take anything that we have for granted. It just really makes a person’s heart cringe when we see things like that. But with us seeing and doing nothing, it is as good as not doing anything. I truly feel that only when we start doing something productive with these information, then it will benefit us and satisfy that craving hole that we have in us.

  55. KarenC on Nov 26, 2015 at 12:39 am

    I feel heartache to see such living conditions. In such advanced country like HongKong, the richest will only get richer yet the poorest will not get any better, it seems. To be honest, flipping through magazines like Prestige or Tatler looking at those people holding champagne posing for pictures in parties did irk me a lot because there are millions of poor people couldn’t even afford a proper meal. Yet some are so addicted to flaunt their wealth to the public. Imagine the price paid for a sought after designer bag could feed a person for almost 3-4 years? Yes i know life is unfair. However, the conscience in every human beings should not be buried by ignorance. Let’s reach out to those less fortunate and bring happiness to everyone, not just for ourselves.

  56. Jill Yam on Nov 26, 2015 at 12:08 am

    Every society has its issues and it is sad to know that there are people living in such conditions. Therefore, those of us who are fortunate should be thankful.
    But it is not enough. We must also take actions to help people in need. I think Kechara Soup Kitchen is a very good charity work. Although a person on his own cannot directly help everyone in need, it is good to start from somewhere. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this.

  57. Lew on Nov 25, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    It is pains my heart viewing these photos. Urban poor is in every city, no matter how beautiful a city may look. Some may say they are even worse scenarios where people have to live on the streets, and they still have a shelter over their head. In both cases, their living condition is far from comfortable, and we should ask ourselves, would I stay in these places if given a choice?

    Seeing these photos remind me of the homeless in Malaysia. Their situation is not any better either. I think that’s why Rinpoche started Soup Kitchen in Malaysia years ago. It is not only to lend an helping hand to the urban poor, but it is a also a way for us to develop compassion, and provide a chance to practice kindness.

    I pray the urban poor issues can be eliminated, or reduced at least. Nobody needs to suffer like this.

  58. June Kang on Nov 25, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    If you have ever complained that your apartment is small, please read this article. Sad to see all this, home is not just about a place to sleep. Home like this definitely affected the emotional and psychological of the person stay there. I think Kids who grown up in such conditions may has lots of problems.

    Compare with them, lots of us is so lucky. Even we are renting a room here is also 100% much more better. I hope seeing these images makes you think of yourself in them and makes you feel an appreciation for your own good fortune. We should appreciate what we have and don’t complain.

  59. Wah Ying on Nov 25, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    It’s still shocking and sad to see the pictures of people’s life in metal cage in Hong Kong. What I see the title, in my mind I say “No way. It’s no way for me to live in this cage for 30 years…”

    Hey, wait, would it be I am actually staying in another larger cage as well? People who live in wide grassland would think people who stay in city/apartment – even it’s a thousand square feet apartment with swimming pool, lift and tennis court facilities is out of their mind – “Why caught oneself in small space in a place with traffic jam day in day out??”

  60. peebeechong on Nov 25, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing,

    We Malaysian are so lucky as compared to others. However, many of us are not appreciative enough, including myself, we always want more to feed our desire and ego. Thank you for the sharing. This reminded myself to work not only for me, but always think about others in need. When we are not happy and want more, think about others who are poorer and live in worse condition.

    Thank you

    Pee Bee Chong

  61. Martin Hopkirk on Nov 25, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    Really sad for these folks.

    As even in London there are places where they rent out bed spaces and some rooms are shared by 8 or more people.

    Most of these are single people doing odd jobs and finance is an issue hence they put up with these accommodation.

    Really sad indeed.

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    A legendary figure of Buddhism in Buryatia was Lubsan Samdan Tsydenov, charismatic Buddhist master and visionary and national hero, who had spread the Tantric Buddhist tradition. Interesting read of this forgotten story of Lubsan Samdan Tsydenov, a monk who briefly ruled as a dharma king. He amazingly created a nonviolence Buddhist kingdom who protected thousands of women, children, and men at that time. In 1920’s Soviet government considered Lubsan Samdan Tsydenov to be rebels and Traditional Buryat culture was erased since then. Buddhist monasteries in Buryatia were destroyed and many followers were murdered. He was well remembered as a true Dharma King and a national hero. Interesting read of a Great Lama.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/lubsan-samdan-tsydenov-the-dharma-king-of-buryatia.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 10. 2021 03:57 PM
    We came to this world with nothing and leaving with nothing. There nothings that belongs to us. Whatever we own is temporary on loan only, so we should be glad in this life we are in human form. We should appreciate what we have at this moment, , doing , learning Dharma and practicing Dharma for a good and meaningful cause. Transforming our mind and benefiting others instead of ourselves.
    What Rinpoche had said and explained , very true indeed … we don’t own our body. Well use our body for the greater good of others. Reading the transcript by Tsem Rinpoche tells us more understanding .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/transcript-you-dont-own-your-body.html
  • sarassitham
    Friday, Apr 9. 2021 11:20 PM
    Thank you for the wonderful sharing, it’s truly amazing. Each one of these statues is special and drool-worthy, and they have rightly signified the place where they stand today.

    Even when we don’t have the opportunity too witness those beautiful Buddha Statues, yet we are blessed merely by looking at it.
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 9. 2021 01:19 PM
    Reading this article again, truly feeling sorry those refugees in Netherlands. Staying in another country far away from homeland is already sad. They need to start from scratch, could imagine their situation living in a foreign facing a lot of hinders such languages, cultures and so forth. The sad state of refugees living in Netherlands is really bad. The Netherlands has had a reputation as a humanitarian haven, with refugees and immigrants as the situation in their country isn’t safe enough. But entering as refugees they ended up living in empty offices, as room . The government authorities failed to provide basic amenities for those rejected ones who have not or cannot leave the country. The refugees are stuck in a system, were call as an illegal immigrant. They wandered in the streets of Amsterdam, moving from one place to another left in the cold winter. Lucky enough they have volunteers helping them supplying blankets , foods for them. Hopefully the authorities could do more to help those refugees out there and the situation right now has improved.
    Thank you Melissa for sharing this .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-building-wanderers-of-amsterdam.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 9. 2021 01:17 PM
    Being generous also makes us feel better about ourselves. Generosity is both a natural confidence builder and a natural repellent of self-hatred. By focusing on what we are giving rather than on what we are receiving. Acts of generosity, such as giving our time, talent or resources, and expecting nothing in return, have been proven to be good for our health. Generous individuals are personally more fulfilled, happier and more peaceful within themselves. Enrich our life and that of others by practicing generosity. That’s what I consider true generosity without anything in return.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Datuk May for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/generosity-giving-gifts.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 9. 2021 01:15 PM
    A Stunning Chenrezig Thangka with an interesting story behind it.Detailed explanations of the iconography of this Buddha. Having understand about it ,will help us to practice better . Chenrezig is the bodhisattva that symbolizes the compassion of all Buddhas.The qualities of Chenrezig is indeed amazing in such away benefited many of us. According to legend, Chenrezig made an vow that he would not rest until he had liberated all the beings in all the realms of suffering. Reciting the Chenrezig mani mantra and practising profound meditation on the nature of sound is believed to be powerful.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Beatrix for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/a-chenrezig-thangka.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 6. 2021 04:52 PM
    Meaningful poems tells us a thousand words. Value and appreciate every moment of our life with those around us. Rinpoche had a very strong connection with Manjushri since childhood and its not surprised the way Rinpoche describe the divine. Lovely poems for us to ponder deeply.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this with us.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/purpose.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 6. 2021 04:52 PM
    It is important to use these difficult times as life lessons, growing and shaping us to blossom into a stronger and wiser person every day. Stay strong and be tough, working as a team, sharing out as a team. Whatever happen then through thick and thin, individual commitment to work as a team is what makes a team work successful toward a common vision. It is true that we can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed as a team. Never give up even its hard with nothing much. Alone, we can do so little compare to working together, we can do so much.
    Reading this quote will inspire us to improve ourselves and our life so that we may be successful someday as a team.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/dont-see-the-porridge-and-run.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 5. 2021 03:04 PM
    The incredible story of the Chinese paper cut artist Ku Shulan. She is one such inspiring lady in the Chinese world of paper cutting. Been born in poor peasant family, doesn’t deter her from doing what she loves most. She had come along way of struggles and hardship to be where she was. She only showed her talent in later life following awakening from a coma after a head injury, discovered by Shanxi Province Cultural Center. Ku Shulan was designated “Master of China Folk Art and Crafts” by UNESCO and was bestowed many domestic awards for her beautiful paper cuttings. Sadly Ku Shulan passed away in 2004 at age 84, but her popularity, and reputation continue to grow . Her unique coloured paper cuttings are the jewel of Chinese folk art and will remain forever so.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring post of a talented lady.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/ku-shulan-goddess-of-paper-cut.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 5. 2021 03:03 PM
    Do Dharma work. Do Dharma practice. Chase after Dharma…..well said by Rinpoche. Life is meaningless when we only chase for money, fame only at the of life nothing is left for us. What remains is just memories when we are gone. As we grew older , it’s time to chase after something that can last long till our last breathe. Learning, practicing Dharma is the best choice. Since learning and practicing dharma have my life change, benefiting other makes my wonderful.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing with folded hands. Rinpoche had showed me the way and so as many more others.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/chasing.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 5. 2021 03:00 PM
    Inspiring comment by Claire Briard who only met Rinpoche on facebook gave up eating meat. It has since changed his life and she have so much more respect for the all animals. She did wonderfully by encouraging her friends and anyone she met to go meatless. Beautiful message . Do not harm animals , give them a chance to live.
    Thank you Rinpoche this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/claire-briard.html

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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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    These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
    2 yearss ago
    Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
  • Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
    2 yearss ago
    Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
  • Beautiful
    2 yearss ago
    Beautiful
    Beautiful sacred Severed Head Vajra Yogini from Tsem Rinpoche's personal shrine.
  • My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
  • Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
  • SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    2 yearss ago
    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
  • Cute!
    2 yearss ago
    Cute!
    Oser girl loves the balcony so much. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTcoWpKJm2c
  • Uncle Wong
    2 yearss ago
    Uncle Wong
    We were told by Uncle Wong he is very faithful toward Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden has extended help to him on several occasions and now Uncle Wong comes daily to make incense offerings to Dorje Shugden. He is grateful towards the help he was given.
  • Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
    2 yearss ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
  • Cute baby owl found and rescued
    2 yearss ago
    Cute baby owl found and rescued
    We rescued a lost baby owl in Kechara Forest Retreat.
  • Nice cups from Kechara!!
    2 yearss ago
    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    2 yearss ago
    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Chirping birds and other forest animals create a joyful melody at the Vajrayogini stupa in Kechara Forest Retreat (Bentong, Malaysia).
  • This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    3 yearss ago
    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    This video is thought-provoking and very interesting. Watch! Thanks so much to our friends at LIVEKINDLY.
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    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
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    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
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    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
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    3 yearss ago
    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
  • Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 yearss ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    3 yearss ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
  • Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
    3 yearss ago
    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
  • Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
    3 yearss ago
    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    4 yearss ago
    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 yearss ago
    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    4 yearss ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    4 yearss ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    4 yearss ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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  • April 13, 2021 21:55
    ray asked: Dear Pastors, Thank you for clearing my doubts previously about purification practices. Today i have a question about reciting praises to buddhas, why do we recite praises and how does reciting praises to buddhas like Tara, Dorje shugden etc. help and benefit us? Because ive seen certain prayer texts to mother tara which i think is referring to the 21 tara praises stating that : ~If this prayer is recited two, three, or seven times, It will pacify all the sufferings of torments Caused by spirits, fevers, and poisons, And by other beings as well. If you wish for a child, you will get a child; If you wish for wealth, you will receive wealth. All your wishes will be fulfilled And all obstacles pacified.~ Will reciting praises to buddhas also be able to fulfill our wishes as stated? Thank you very much.
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  • April 12, 2021 03:20
    Eden asked: Dear Pastors, How are all of you doing? I have a few questions here. I will be very grateful if you can answer them. Thank you. 1) If we are here because of our previous life karma, previous previous karma and so on. May i know when does all of this started? How does this chain of karma started? Im sure we all had our 1st life and everything had a beginning to it. 2) I am currently facing some problem over my career pathway, are there any practices and mantras that I can do to request for guidance?
    pastor answered: Dear Eden, Thank you for your questions. 1. Buddhism does not believe in a 1st life, and the reason being is the Buddhist view of time. Most people think of time and existence as linear. It has a definitive starting point and a certain end point. But Buddhism views time as a cyclic. Hence, our universe as we understand it, will at one point cease to exist, and then a new universe will come into existence. However, even though our current universe will end, due to the force of karma and reincarnation, we will take rebirth into the new universe and have many rebirths there. So in Buddhism we say that we have had "countless" rebirths, as you would never be able to count how many lifetimes you have had. This cycle is vicious and leads us to take rebirth endlessly. The only way to stop this cycle is to transcend it altogether, which is the state of Buddhahood, in which you are completely liberated from the cycle, known as "samsara". Also the way in which we think about karma is not linear either. It is not one for one. By this I mean, if you do one negative action, it is not that you will experience only one negative result. You will actually experience many negative results, with differing levels of severity until the karma is exhausted. How you respond to the negative results can lead to either more negative karma, or positive karma. Hence, the law of karma according to the Buddhist view point is much more nuanced then the general understanding of karma that people have these days. The Buddha explained this process in a teaching known as the 12 Links of Dependent Origination, which is quite complex. If you want to learn more about this teaching, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche gave a very profound teaching on it here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/teaching-on-the-twelve-links-of-dependent-origination.html Hence, according to Buddhism, the understand of time is a never-ending cycle in which universes are created, destroyed and created again due to the power of karma. Since it is a cycle, there is no "beginning" or "1st life" for sentient beings. 2. In regards to your career pathway, I would suggest you engage in the combined practice of Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden. We have heard of many people who are either stuck in their career or who need to find good jobs, succeed in the their goals after engaging in this practice with a sincere motivation. There is a book available regarding the practice here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/the-dorje-shugden-handbook. We also have an entire section of this website dedicated to various aspects of the practice, including history, other prayers, etc. (https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/dorje-shugden). I hope this helps. Let us know if we can help in any other way.
  • April 11, 2021 00:23
    Lara asked: Hello pastors, I have a family member suffering from depression right now. May I know how I can help him to overcome this? Thank you.
    pastor answered: Dear Lara, I'm sorry to hear that your family member is going through this. When someone is going through such a difficult time, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche has advised that the person themselves seek qualified medical help as well as engage in the practice of Lama Tsongkhapa, which is well-known to help overcome things like depression. From your side you should be as supportive as possible. Take the time to understand what your family member is going through, and in which ways you can support them to overcome their depression and heal. You can watch a fantastic teaching about the practice of Lama Tsongkha here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sayonara-to-depression.html. The prayer text for the practice can be found here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/sadhana-prayers.html#19 However, sometimes family members may not be open to the engaging in the practice themselves. In that case, you can engage in the practice yourself and dedicate the merits for the family member to heal, but this will not be as effective as the family member doing the practice themselves. Another thing that you can do, it to make abundant offerings or engage in virtuous activities like as helping the less fortunate, and dedicating the merits from those activities to your family member. You can also have pujas sponsored for your family member. The following two pujas would be excellent: Medicine Buddha Puja - which is good for healing, both physical and mental (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/medicine-buddha-puja-fund) Dorje Shugden Puja - to remove obstacles for a swift recovery (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/dorje-shugden-wishfulfilling-puja-fund) These are the various methods in which you can help. You can do just one or a combination of the methods mentioned to generate as much positive energy and merit as possible for your family member. I hope this helps.
  • April 10, 2021 07:50
    ray asked: hi pastor i have a question regarding purification practices because ive been having some doubts now, is it true that some people say engaging in purification practices bad things would then happen to the practitioner after that? be it being sick or facing obstacles coming after that.
    pastor answered: Dear Ray, Thank you for your question. When we engage in purification practices, what we are purifying is our negative karma. If you know about karma, you know that eventually you will need to experience your karma, be this negative or positive. When you experience your negative karma, then you experience negative situations. This could be something major, like having an accident, to something very minor such as feeling bad if say a loved one says something in a way that you perceive as being negative. Any experience you have that you perceive as negative, is a manifestation of your negative karma. During purification practices, through your own effort of invoking upon the enlightened beings and practice of the Four Opponent Powers, you are able to purify this negative karma. However, for a negative karma to be fully exhausted, you need to experience it. Say you have a karma to get into an accident, if you don't purify and exhaust it, then you will need to suffer from it 100%. This could mean getting into a car accident which is very severe and you are hurt badly. If you engage in purification practices then you can purify, let's say 99% of the karma. But for it to be exhausted fully, you still need to experience it. In this case, maybe you do get into an accident. Since you have purified most of the karma, your car only bumps into another car very softly. You don't even feel it, the person in the other car doesn't feel it and you car is not damaged at all. This is the reason why some people say if you engage in purification practices, bad things will happen. And because of that people are put off doing purification practices. This is wrong thinking because if you do experience negative situations when engaged in purification practices, this could be because: a) What you experienced is actually the purified karma, rather than the full force of the karma. In this case you should rejoice that through your effort of engaging in the practice, you didn't experience something much worse. b) It could just simply be the manifestation of a karma that wasn't purified. This means, you would have had to go through this experience anyway. c) Because you are engaged in purification practices, you are thinking of karma a lot. Therefore, when such experiences occur then you attribute it to karma, and then think it is linked to your purification practice. Then you believe that doing purification practices is bad because you have to suffer from such experiences. This is wrong thinking. Perhaps even if you were not doing purification practices, then you would still experience the situation, but you wouldn't actually think anything of it. You would just go about the rest of your day as usual. That being said, when you are doing purification practices, there comes a point were certain negative karma is so weak that you need to experience it for it to be exhausted completely. This can and does manifest as negative situations, such as minor illnesses, or even accidents, etc. However, the point to remember is the karma causing these situations have been purified so they are very mild compared to their full form. These negative situations can also be purified/exhausted in dreams, etc. Another way they can be purified is having mental disturbances or emotional ups and downs when actually doing the purification practices. In essence, you will need to feel the effects of your negative karma in some form or another, so better that you experience it in a very mild form right? This is what purification practices helps you to do. Purification practices are not something to be scared of. In fact, you should rejoice when engaged in purification practices. On a more deeper level, without some form of purification practice it is hard to understand higher aspects of the Dharma. Your negative karma will block you from being able to understand the Dharma and then internalise it. That is why purification practices are emphasised within each and every tradition and are a prerequisite for higher teaching such as tantra. The benefits of purification practices (such as enabling you to exhaust your negative karma in a very mild form, and preparing your mind for higher teachings) outweighs having to experience a very small negative situation. Therefore think about the benefits of purification practice and contemplate on it. This will help you to develop faith in them and get rid of any doubts or fears that you may have. I hope this helps.
  • April 1, 2021 04:54
    You are awesome! asked: Hello, you are awesome! keep going!
    pastor answered: Thank you for your kind message. It is very encouraging for us to read. May you always be blessed by the Three Jewels.
  • March 28, 2021 15:08
    vikas baluni asked: abut growth of my business
    pastor answered: Dear Vikas Baluni, I am unclear as to the actually meaning of your question but I believe you are asking how to increase and grow your business. According to Buddhism, everything that we go through in life is due to karma, this includes both the good things and the bad things. Therefore, for your business to grow and do well depends on your good karma. Only one type of energy can overcome karma and is always good for your, and that is what we call merit or punya (in sanskrit). So in order to have merit for your business to do well, you have to take actions that generate merit. The main of these is to transform your mind to become a more compassionate and wiser person, to help others less fortunate, to engage in pujas and other such virtuous activities. There are certain deity practices that are well-known in Buddhism to help increase the energies of wealth and success in our lives. These can help your business to grow. Once such practice is that of Bhagawan Gyenze, you can click here to find out more: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/dorje-shugden-gyenze-to-increase-life-merits-and-wealth.html Bhagawan Gyenze will definitely help you to grow your business, if you have a good motivation. If you motivation is only about yourself, then your business will not grow that much. But if you have the motivation help others, then Bhagawan Gyenze will help you even more. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 25, 2021 01:11
    Jason asked: I have been practicing white dzambala and the bathing / water tormas for quite some time now. Recently I have been getting regular dreams where white dzambala appears and just smiles at me, or I dream that I am doing white dzambala chutor practice. I understand that when lama tsongkhapa got dreams of deities he thought that this was Mara acting up and paid no attention to it until his lama said something. My lama is currently on retreat and it is difficult to contact him. Please give me some advice on what is happening. I'm just some normal beginners smuck and I'm getting worried that this is a bad sign. When I wake up I feel at peace... But according to commentaries this could be Mara.
    pastor answered: Dear Jason, Thank you for your question. I am really happy to hear that you are engaging in Dzambhala's practice. It's extremely beneficial. You are right that Lama Tsongkhapa ignored his dreams of deities, and viewed them as bad signs. But before jumping to conclusions, we must analyse the reasons why Lama Tsongkhapa ignored not only his dreams, also the visions of the deities he received. The reason that Lama Tsongkhapa did not consider it a positive sign is because as practitioners on the spiritual path, it is all too easy to get carried away with 'signs' or advice, visions, dreams from supposed deities. Sometimes if we 'analyse' them it can lead us in the wrong direction because of our mistaken understanding. Sometimes, other entities can also enter our dreams and tell us things that we believe, hence we start practising things that are not Dharmic in nature. Lama Tsongkhapa warned against such things, rather Lama Tsongkhapa said that we should rely on the Dharma teachings that are genuine and transmitted to us through an unbroken line through our lineage. Generally speaking however, these dreams you are having are literally just dreams, so there is nothing to worry about. One category of dreams we have are known as samsaric dreams. These arise from karma and karmic traces in the mind. This can also include emotions, memories, etc. The meaning we find in these dreams are imputed by the dreamer, and not inherent in the dream. This also applies to waking life. We impute meaning onto situations and circumstances, rather than the meaning being inherent to the circumstance. It is like reading a book. Words in the book are just marks on paper, however, because we use our sense of meaning, we make a meaning out of it. However, this is always open to interpretation. For example, if you tell your dream to two people, they can interpret the meaning very differently, even though you told them the exact same details. When we have dreams such as of our teacher, our practice, the Buddhas, etc., it is still more than likely to be just a samsaric dream. Because we have been engaging in sustained practice, or have imprints from previous lives, these can surface in our dreams hence we have dreams of Buddhas, our teachers, etc. There is nothing to worry about or to consider overly auspicious or a 'sign'. Just realise that you have had the dream, do not allow your thoughts to dwell on it, accept it and move on. However, do take note that you had these dreams and once your Guru is out of retreat, please consult your Guru and inform him/her of these occurances and seek your Guru's advice if any. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 23, 2021 02:01
    Jason asked: I white dzambhala is a wealth deity but can he also act as a dharma protector?
    pastor answered: Dear Jason, Thank you for your question. The practice of Dzambhala is actually a Yidam practice, this means that Dzambhala is a meditational deity. When you engage in his practice, as well as bestowing wealth, through his practice you also develop qualities that help you progress towards enlightenment. In the case of Dzambhala, the primary quality he helps you develop is actually generosity, which is one of the Six Perfections. Therefore, although he is known as a wealth deity, he is much, much more than that. When you engage in his practice, you are actually developing virtuous qualities in your mindstream. The function of Dharma Protectors however is to remove obstacles and to create conducive conditions so that you can transform your mind. Hence, the function of a meditational deity and a Dharma Protector is different. That being said, when you engage in Dzambhala's practice properly, you do gain wealth. Generally, we only consider this wealth to be external wealth, but Dzambhala's practice is more than that, because through his practice you gain internal wealth which are virtuous qualities. Due to the fact his practice also brings material wealth, he is known as a wealth deity. When you practice any meditational deity, you will gain some physical benefit as well, which can seem to mirror the effect of Dharma Protectors, but their function is very different. Dzambhala for example grants material wealth, but his actually function is to increase inner wealth. Another example would be Medicine Buddha, outward he heals our physical body, but inwardly he also helps to heal our minds and develop qualities such as compassion. Dharma Protectors can also help to heal our body, but for real internal change, we need to rely on a meditational deity. I hope this answer helps.
  • March 16, 2021 21:23
    ray asked: Dear pastors, i have a question regarding vajra and bells. can one use them if they do not have any sort of initiation or whatsoever?
    pastor answered: Dear Ray, Thank you for your question. You are right that traditionally vajras and bells are only used after receiving initiation. However, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche recommended learning how to use the vajra and bell, as a means of creating the causes to receive initiation in the future. That said, there are many dos and don'ts related to using the vajra and bell. You can learn not only how to use them, but also vajra and bell etiquette from one of Kechara's Pastors. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 7, 2021 17:30
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Do you recommend doing Tsem Rinpoche’s guru yoga as part of daily Sadhana? I am sure I read on the article for the name retreat that it could be done as daily prayers but now I can’t see that sentence? Thank you.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Yes of course, you may include Tsem Rinpoche's Guru Yoga as part of your daily sadhana if you wish. This creates a very strong bond with Tsem Rinpoche. If you are following the Diamond Path sadhana (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/diamond-path), you insert the Guru Yoga after you have completed the Gaden Lhagyama (Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa). Alternative, if you are using a different prayer text, you insert the Guru Yoga after Gaden Lhagyama, or before any deity prayers that you do such as Manjushri, Tara, etc. After you complete the deity practice section of your sadhana, you continue on to your Dharma protector practice, and finish with your completion dedication. I hope this helps. Do let us know if this is not clear. Thanks.
  • March 4, 2021 22:52
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Can a lay person work towards the preliminary practices by accumulating daily ? Many thanks.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Yes, of course. Anyone can engage in the preliminary practices, you don't have to be ordained in order to do so. However for one's practice to be considered a full preliminary practice, you need to do 100,000 repetitions of whichever practice you are engaged in without break. That means you must engage in at least one session a day, until the count is completed. 10% of the count is also added on top, to make up for any unintentional mistakes. So the figure would actually be 110,000. If you skip a day, that means you have broken your preliminary retreat. If this occurs you can still dedicate the practice you have done so far, and you will still benefit from the merit generated and the purification of negative karma from the practice, but it is not counted as a full preliminary practice. Also you must adhere to the retreat procedures for the duration of the time it takes you to complete the particular preliminary practice. For example, an altar with daily offerings, retreat seat with swastika, refraining from eating black foods, etc. This may not be convenient for most people in our day and age. So what you can do is to spend a certain amount of time accumulating a specific figure, for example 10,000 repetitions of a particular practice. Seal the practice at the end with a strong dedication, like the King of Prayers. Later on, you can repeat the procedure more times until you complete 100,000. This method was given by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche for modern-day practitioners who do not have the time to complete 100,000 in one go. While it technically does not constitute a full preliminary retreat, you still gain immense merits and purification from engaging in the practice, even if spaced out. As Rinpoche said, it's better for you to do mini preliminary retreats than not doing any of the preliminary practices whatsoever. That being said, if you do have the ability to do a full preliminary retreat and it will not negatively impact you, such as create financial difficulties or strain familial relationships, then of course go ahead! To have the sincere wish to engage in any Dharma practice is wonderful. You can read more about the individual preliminary practices here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/preliminary-practice.html You can watch a short teaching on the preliminary practices by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/cosmic-tantra.html
  • March 3, 2021 04:13
    Sandra asked: Dear respected pastors, what are dreams? Do dreams have significance? Are they simply images the mind views at night - do they resemble the dreamer's state of mind? Thank you for all your replies :) :)
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Hello. Nice to see you back here. On the normal level, both waking and dream states are both marred by our delusions. The teachings tell us that this deluded state continues through all our experiences, whether during the dreaming or waking states. The way to overcome this is to "wake up" from our delusions, or reach enlightenment. Normally when people think of dreams, they do so in psychological terms and so focus on the content of the dream. When we investigate the nature of the dream itself, we begin to investigate something deeper, the processes that underlies the whole of our existence. Understand this propels you further along the spiritual journey towards enlightenment. We have many dreams during one night of sleep, and may or may not consciously remember then when we wake up. In terms of content, dreams can be used to work through psychological issues or can indicate certain issues and overcoming them (as is common within Western psychological practices). In Tibetan Buddhism, dreams can be used for much more. In the advanced practices, one can transform ordinary dreams to further one's spiritual journey. This is not only in terms of working through psychological issues, but in terms of meditation and practice as well. Generally, there are three types of dreams as described below. Most of us only experience the first type, unless we progress on the spiritual path. 1. Samsaric dreams: these arise from karma and karmic traces in the mind. This can also include emotions, memories, etc. The meaning we find in these dreams are imputed by the dreamer, and not inherent in the dream. This also applies to waking life. We impute meaning onto situations and circumstances, rather than the meaning being inherent to the circumstance. It is like reading a book. Words in the book are just marks on paper, however, because we use our sense of meaning, we take a meaning out of it. However, this is always open to interpretation. For example, if you tell your dream to two people, they can interpret the meaning very differently, even though you told them the exact same details. 2. Clarity dreams: These dreams occur when you are fairly progressed in meditational practices and can carry this into the dream state. These dreams arise not from the emotions, or memories, etc., but from more subtler forms of karma and delusions. However, just like in waking mediational practice, you are not affected by the images or thoughts that appear to you. 3. Clear Light dreams: In the advanced tantric practices, there are teachings called dream yoga. The object of these is to achieve the clear light dreams, which are very difficult to achieve and take years and years of intense practice. The most important clear light mind that arises is actually at the time of our death, if we are trained enough in this very subtle state, we can actually control where we take rebirth. If we are more experienced in this state, then we can actually use it to meditate on the teachings and achieve enlightenment. Clear light dreams are a "lesser" type of clear light mind, that helps practitioners prepare for the time of death. When we have an auspicious dream such as of our teacher, our practice, the Buddhas, etc., even though this is auspicious, it is still more than likely to be just a samsaric dream. There are instances however, when the enlightened beings and Dharma protectors will send practitioners dreams to help with their practice or as methods of divination. Tsem Rinpoche once told us of a very powerful Nyingma lama known for his divination abilities. Students would ask him a question, then he would take a nap, and receive divination advice in this dreams, which he would then relay to his students. This lama was well-known for this ability because his dream divinations were extremely accurate. As I am sure you can tell, the scope of dreams with the Buddhist context is very vast and I will not be able to cover everything here. However, I hope that what I have written helps your understanding. Thank you.
  • March 1, 2021 23:37
    Sandra asked: Hello dear pastors, wish we could have an article like the one below to highlight the auspicious days of 2021. https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/auspicious-days.html
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your suggestion. At the moment, there are no plans to publish another article with 2021 dates. But I have listed out some of the auspicious days and their dates for this year for you. I have only included future dates, not those that have already passed. Saga Dawa Duchen - 26th May 2021 Chokhor Duchen - 14th July 2021 Dorje Shugden Day - 24th August 2021 Lhabab Duchen - 27th October 2021 Gaden Ngamchoe or Tsongkhapa Day - 29th December 2021 I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 27, 2021 03:31
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Is it ok to pray from different areas in the house (even where there is no altar)? I was told you can't create 2 altars in 1 house.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question and its nice to see you here again. The reason why we pray in front of our altars is because it becomes a focal point of the enlightened energies we are invoking. Therefore it becomes a kind of portal for the energies of transformation, peace, healing, prosperity and protection. It is also the place where we make offerings to the Buddhas. As such, most people usually only have 1 altar in their home. However, you can have more than 1 altar in your home. As it is an altar, it should be complete with representations of the body, speech and mind of the Buddhas. This would be an image (either a statue, thangka, tsa tsa, poster, framed picture, etc), a Dharma text and a stupa. In front of these, you should have at least 1 type of offering or more. This can be a fixed offering or maybe even a set of water offerings, which you make every day. Since practitioners make offerings on a daily basis, most opt to have only 1 altar, but there is no rule in Buddhism to say you can only have 1 altar. The altar however, should be placed in a respectful place. So, not in the bathroom. Or if in the bedroom, you should put a screen up to block it when you are changing, sleeping, etc. Alternatively, you can keep it in a cupboard, and close the doors during such activities. But altars should be dedicated places to the Buddhas, so don't put secular items in the same place, such as on the same shelf, etc. When it comes to praying, it is usually done in front of the altar, as you are invoking the enlightened beings. When you do your prayers there it becomes a powerful place in your home, and provides you with a sacred space to pray and meditate. However, if circumstances are difficult, then of course you can pray elsewhere. For example, when I first set up an altar, I was living in a single room with not much space. I set up an altar on a shelf but was not able to pray in front of it. Once I had made offerings, I would simply sit in another part of the room and do the prayers there. If it is really not convenient, then of course it is permissible to do the prayers elsewhere. It is better to do the prayers, than not do them at all if you can't be in front of your altar. I hope this helps. Thank you.
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
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Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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