Understanding Psychopathic Tendencies

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Many people equate the term ‘psychopath’ with violent individuals who cannot control their urges to commit terrible crimes. The image that might come to mind is that of Patrick Bateman, a character in the film American Psycho drenched in the blood of his victims, or Ted Bundy, an American serial killer who murdered and killed over 30 women and committed necrophilia with some of his victims’ corpses.

Today, some people use the term ‘psychopath’ to label and stigmatise people they do not like but this label is often used without a full understanding of the meaning of the term. Once a person is labelled a psychopath, they will almost invariably face many challenges in their social future because they will then be associated with serial killers or mass murderers, or someone who will commit harm for instant gratification or due to a lack of empathy.

In reality, psychopathy is a type of antisocial personality disorder, but not all of those who have antisocial personality disorders are psychopaths. In this article, we will discuss the symptoms of psychopathy, other antisocial disorders that are often mistaken for psychopathy, the causes of psychopathy, famous psychopaths, and available treatments for individuals who display psychopathic tendencies.

 

Symptoms of Psychopathic Tendencies

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How can you spot a psychopath or people with psychopathic tendencies? According to the Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy (Psychopathy Society), most individuals with psychopathic tendencies display the following symptoms:

  • An absence of a sense of guilt – Psychopaths do not feel remorse after causing harm, loss, or suffering to another person or creature
  • A lack of compassion and empathy – Psychopaths do not have the capability to identify and feel the pain of others, often viewed as being cold, inconsiderate, and tactless
  • An absence of attachment – Psychopaths typically maintain an emotional distance from others, and the depth of their feelings are shallow, which causes them to display a sense of interpersonal coldness
  • Narcissism – Psychopaths have narcissistic tendencies and an inflated sense of self-worth and ability, and are often opinionated and arrogant
  • Superficial charm – Psychopaths typically have charming personalities and know what to say in certain situations; however, their actions often do not match what they say, and many of them tend to be smooth, charming, engaging, and slick
  • Dishonesty – Psychopaths have a tendency to be dishonest, manipulative, and deceitful
  • Manipulative behaviour – Psychopaths try to manipulate and cheat others for personal gain through charm and charisma
  • Reckless risk-taking – Psychopaths have a tendency to take significant risks with no regard for the consequences
  • Need for stimulation and prone to boredom – Some psychopaths require activities that will give them exciting stimulation, as they are prone to boredom when faced with routine or dull assignments
  • Irresponsibility – Psychopaths tend not to fulfil or honour their commitments and obligations, and do not accept the responsibilities of their actions
Psychopaths try to manipulate and cheat others for personal gain through charm and charisma.

Psychopaths try to manipulate and cheat others for personal gain through charm and charisma.

Although psychopathic tendencies are more prevalent in males compared to females, history has recorded many instances of female psychopaths. One of the most famous female psychopaths in history is Countess Elizabeth Báthory, who was responsible for killing and torturing over 600 women, and then bathing in their blood, in a twisted and mistaken attempt to maintain her beauty and youth.

In general, psychopaths are in touch with reality and are fully aware of their conduct. Due to this characteristic, they may learn to fit in with other people and keep their psychopathic tendencies hidden. However, most psychopaths typically have a run-in with the law at some point in their lives.

 

Sociopath vs. Psychopath: What are the Differences?

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Some people often mistake a sociopath for a psychopath. While all psychopaths are sociopaths, not all sociopaths are psychopaths. The following are differences between the two:

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Psychopaths have a more severe lack of empathy and guilt Sociopaths lack empathy and guilt, but are known to form deep personal bonds with family members or loved ones
Psychopaths do not have a conscience Sociopaths still have a sense of conscience, although it is weaker than most people
Psychopaths display consistent antisocial behaviour throughout their lives Sociopaths tend to improve their antisocial behaviour over time
Psychopaths do not have a sense of guilt or remorse over hurting someone else (family members or not) Sociopaths may not feel guilt over hurting strangers, but may feel remorse over hurting someone they share a personal bond with

 

Narcissism vs. Psychopathy: What are the Differences?

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Narcissism is one of the attributes displayed by psychopaths. However, although all psychopaths are narcissistic, not all narcissists are psychopaths. For someone to be considered a narcissist, he or she must fulfil five or more of the following criteria:

  • An inflated sense of self
  • A preoccupation with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or love
  • A belief that he or she is special and unique, and can only be understood by, or should associate with people of high status or respectable institutions
  • A desire for excessive admiration
  • A sense of entitlement
  • An absence of empathy
  • A belief that other people are envious of him or her
  • Display arrogant or superior attitudes

 

Psychopath vs. Psychotic: What are the Differences?

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Psychopaths are very different from those who are psychotic. Psychotic behaviour involves losing touch with reality. Individuals who suffer from psychotic behaviour often hear voices, have strange beliefs, or are paranoid or delusional. Oftentimes, people who suffer from psychotic tendencies experience disorganised thinking, and they believe that a higher power gives them direct instructions.

 

What Contributes to Psychopathic Tendencies?

Psychopathy is not currently well-understood but there is a growing body of research focused on the disorder. Most of the research centres on identifying the causes of psychopathy, in the hopes that a therapeutic or pharmaceutical treatment can be found, if not to cure psychopathy then at least to manage psychopathic tendencies. There are at least two known factors that have been found to contribute to psychopathic tendencies: genetics and environmental factors.

 

Genetic Causes

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In 2012, Dr Kent Kiehl, a neuroscientist at the University of Mexico, discovered that the brains of people who displayed psychopathic tendencies were wired differently, with a decrease in activity in the paralimbic part of the brain compared to the average human brain. The paralimbic part of the brain deals with moral reasoning, and lower activity in the paralimbic system makes it difficult for a person to identify with other people’s feelings. In the following year, Dr Kiehl found that the abnormality in the paralimbic system was present from birth.

Studies have shown that in people with high psychopathic tendencies, their brain responds differently to those who have low psychopathic scores. One study found that the amygdala of people with antisocial personalities responds differently to that of people with less antisocial personalities. This difference is believed to be the contributing factor in the development of psychotic traits, since the amygdala is the part of the brain that regulates emotion. In the study, when people with low psychopathy scores were faced with violence, they would experience an increase in respiration and heart rate. However, the people with psychopathic characteristics would not experience fear and instead became calmer.

In 2017, a Harvard University-led team discovered that psychopathic individuals tended to show greater activity in areas of the brain associated with immediate rewards. They were also weaker in areas of the brain associated with projecting and thinking about the future consequences of their actions.

In other words, in the brain of a psychopath, they are more likely than others make decisions based on immediate gratification, and their decisions are less likely to be governed by a projection of what the future consequences may be.

 

Environmental Factors

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Environmental factors experienced during childhood, combined with genetic differences, may contribute to the development of psychopathic personalities. While the genetic differences as described above are significant factors, the following environmental factors also contribute to the development of psychopathic traits:

  • Inconsistent parenting, or parenting styles that focus on punishment and a lack of reward
  • The absence of or insufficient parental involvement
  • Physical abuse or neglect during childhood
  • Separation from a parent or parents

Examples of environmental factors can include a parent’s drug addiction, childhood bullying, or stresses occurring during pregnancy or within the first two years of a child’s life. However, not all the children who experience these circumstances grow up to be psychopaths. As such, it would suggest that environmental factors do not account for the whole cause of psychopathy, and a genetic component must also be present.

Children with psychopathic tendencies are emotionally distant from their surrounding environment.

Children with psychopathic tendencies are emotionally distant from their surrounding environment.

Psychopathy is a condition that is only diagnosed in adults above 18 years old. However, a study on psychopathic adults shows that young adults and children may also display psychopathic tendencies and personalities. If you know any children who display psychopathic tendencies, it is recommended that you encourage the child’s guardians to seek psychological help to determine the root of their behaviour and intervention if needed. If the development of psychopathy does indeed have some of its roots in environmental factors, it stands to reason that such learned behaviours are easier to treat and unlearn when a child is younger, than when they are older and have had much more time to reinforce those behaviours.

Examples of psychopathic tendencies in children include:

  • Emotional distance
  • A history of conning or using other people
  • Aggravated self-importance
  • Blaming other people for their mistakes
  • Acting impulsively without thinking of the consequences
  • Breaking promises
  • Disregarding schoolwork
  • Prone to boredom
  • Fake charm
  • Engaging in dangerous and risky behaviour
  • Lying often and skilfully, and believing in their lies
  • Engaging in illegal activities
  • Lack of empathy for other people

 

Are Psychopaths Always Violent?

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While many TV shows and movies often portray psychopaths as monstrous villains who torture and kill innocent victims, not all psychopaths are violent serial killers. Having said that, most psychopaths do engage in reckless behaviour or manipulation to achieve their objectives. For example, some of them are skilled in climbing corporate ladders although they have to hurt others on their way up. That would be an example of a socially functioning and socially engaged psychopath who does not exhibit violent tendencies, but perhaps scores low on the empathy scale.

There are many websites that list the various symptoms of psychopathy so it may seem a simple disorder to diagnose. In fact, we might even find that we ourselves match some of the listed symptoms of psychopathy. In reality, psychopathy is a very complex disorder and diagnosing psychopaths is best left to qualified professionals. Diagnosing someone as a psychopath on the basis of simplistic lists is irresponsible at best, and harmful at worst because it helps to perpetuate the stigma of seeking help for our mental health and we may be denying people the chance to receive treatment. So if you know someone who displays the above characteristics, it is best to refer to them to a qualified professional so that they can get the diagnosis and help they need.

 

A Case Study: Dr James Fallon, a Psychopath Neurologist

Dr James Fallon

Dr James Fallon

From the outside, Dr James Fallon was a family man and a practising neuroscientist since the 1970s. One day however, he stumbled across the previously unthinkable. In 2005, Dr Fallon was researching Alzheimer’s disease and used the scans of his family members as a control for his research. At the same time, he had a side project reviewing the brain scans of murderous psychopaths.

As he was reviewing the brain scans of his family members, one of the scans indicated that someone in his family had a brain similar to a psychopath. Since the scans had been labelled anonymously, he instructed a technician to break the code to identify the person in his family with psychopathic brain characteristics.

To his surprise, the brain scan was his. After this shocking discovery, Dr Fallon started to research his ancestors, and interviewed friends, colleagues, and family members as to whether they thought any of his behaviours indicated that he was a psychopath. As it turned out, many of his colleagues and family members thought that he had psychopathic tendencies.

Although he had a genetic make-up consistent with that of a psychopath, Dr Fallon attributed his ‘normal life’ and non-violent character to his upper middle-class upbringing, education, and supportive family. Therefore, he is a living proof that environmental factors play significant roles in determining whether a psychopath will develop violent tendencies or not.

Dr James Fallon admitted that while he was not a violent mass murderer, he had a tendency to manipulate and use other people. Since discovering his psychopathic tendencies, Dr Fallon became determined to treat the people around him better, and to control his urges to manipulate others. Dr Fallon is an example of how awareness of psychopathic tendencies can be helpful in treating and self-regulating our behaviour to minimise harm to others.

 

Dr James Fallon: Psychopath Insight

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Available Treatments for Psychopaths

MJTC in Wisconsin has developed a programme named Decompression Treatment that has shown encouraging results in the reduction of violent and criminal tendencies in youths who display psychopathic traits and have participated in the program for one year or more.

Mendota Juvenile Treatment Center (MJTC) in Wisconsin, USA has developed a programme called Decompression Treatment that has shown encouraging results in the reduction of violent and criminal tendencies in youths who display psychopathic traits and have participated in the program for one year or more.

Until recently, many medical professionals believed that there were no available treatments for psychopaths. To make matters worse, a 1991 study showed that the violent tendencies of psychopaths who were treated in groups were even worse than those who were not treated. However, there are some medical professionals who believe that psychopathy is a condition that can be treated if the persons with psychopathic tendencies realise their condition and choose to seek help.

The Mendota Juvenile Treatment Centre (MJTC) in Wisconsin has developed a programme called Decompression Treatment that has shown encouraging results in the reduction of violent and criminal tendencies in youths who display psychopathic traits and have participated in the program for one year or more.

The MJTC staff who developed the Decompression Treatment acknowledge that individuals with psychopathic tendencies do not respond to punishment. Therefore they concentrate on positive reinforcement and rewards for pro-social behaviour and positive actions. The therapists increase the stakes and rewards as the program progresses, and the longer the participants persevere in their good behaviour, the greater the reward.

Dr Kent Kiehl, a neuroscientist at the University of Mexico, discovered that the brains of people who displayed psychopathic tendencies were wired differently

Dr Kent Kiehl, a neuroscientist at the University of Mexico, discovered that the brains of people who displayed psychopathic tendencies were wired differently

For example, the participants start by getting a pat on the shoulder and as the individuals advance in their pro-social behaviour, the stakes are increased to having the right to play video games. This treatment has been demonstrated to reduce the probability of people with psychopathic tendencies from committing violent crimes in the first place, although it does not eliminate all the symptoms.

According to Dr Kiehl, only 64% of the youths who participated in the Decompression Treatment programme had another run-in with the law within four years after participating in the treatment, as opposed to 98% of those who had not participated in the programme. Therefore, the MJTC treatment resulted in a 34% reduction in recidivism. In addition, further study revealed that the benefits of Decompression Treatment far outweighed the financial cost. For every USD10,000 that the State of Wisconsin spent on Decompression Treatment, the state government saved USD70,000 in incarceration, not to mention a reduction in the emotional toll on society due to lower crime rates.

 

Famous Psychopaths

 

Historical Psychopaths

1. Countess Elizabeth Báthory de Ecsed (1560 – 1614)

Left – A painting of Countess Elizabeth Báthory (1560 – 1614) Right – An illustration on how Countess Elizabeth Báthory bathed in the blood of her victims

Left – A painting of Countess Elizabeth Báthory (1560 – 1614)
Right – An illustration of how Countess Elizabeth Báthory bathed in the blood of her victims

Countess Elizabeth Báthory was a Hungarian aristocrat who was obsessed with maintaining her physical youth and beauty. She believed that the method for achieving eternal beauty was by bathing in the blood of young women. She started murdering peasant girls whom she lured with the promise of better pay, to get their blood to bathe in. Eventually, having run out of peasant girls, she began targeting young women from the aristocracy who were entrusted by their families to her. It was only then that her actions were viewed with disgust and something was done to stop her. Prior to the death of aristocratic women, the law turned a blind eye to the frequent disappearances of the peasant girls. As a result of her actions, Countess Báthory became known as ‘The Bloody Countess” and according to her servant girl, Susannah, she killed over 600 girls and young women in her 20-year quest for eternal youth and beauty.

 

2. Vlad The Impaler (1428 – 1476)

Vlad the Impaler (1428 – 1476)

Vlad the Impaler (1428 – 1476)

Vlad III, better known as Vlad the Impaler, was a three-time ruler of Wallachia (modern day Romania). Vlad III was famous for his cruelty and his favourite method of torture was impalement, a method of execution in which an object (e.g., pole or hook) was penetrated through the victim’s torso. The legend of his cruelty inspired the creation of a famous fictional psychopathic character, Count Dracula.

Vlad III’s favourite method of torture was impalement.

Vlad III’s favourite method of torture and execution was impalement.

 

3. Ivan the Terrible (1530 – 1584)

Ivan the Terrible (1530 – 1584)

Ivan the Terrible (1530 – 1584)

Ivan the Terrible was a Russian tsar. He was famous for his cruelty and paranoia. During his lifetime, Ivan the Terrible was prone to uncontrollable rage. The danger and the court intrigue that Ivan was exposed to contributed to his suspicious and ruthless personality. Ivan the Terrible was known for displacing many aristocratic families in Russia, beat his pregnant daughter in law which resulted in a miscarriage, and killed his son and heir, Ivan Ivanovich. During his reign, Ivan the Terrible caused the death of thousands of people to fulfill his ambition to expand his territory.

 

Modern Day Psychopaths

1. Ted Bundy (1946 – 1989)

Ted Bundy (1946 – 1989)

Ted Bundy (1946 – 1989)

Ted Bundy was a psychopathic serial killer from Washington, USA. During his lifetime, not only did he kidnap, rape, and kill over 30 women across seven states in the United States, he was also involved in the act of necrophilia with his victims’ corpses. His victims regarded him as handsome and charismatic, and it was these traits that Bundy manipulated to win their trust. His biographer Ann Rule described him as “a sadistic sociopath who took pleasure from another human’s pain and the control he had over his victims, to the point of death, and even after”. Attorney Polly Nelson, a member of his last defense team, agreed, saying that “Ted the very definition of heartless evil.” To this day, Ted Bundy’s name is still synonymous with the term ‘psychopath’. The man who famously called himself “the most cold-hearted son of a bitch you’ll ever meet” never expressed remorse for his crimes, saying:

“I don’t feel guilty for anything. I feel sorry for people who feel guilt.”

Ted Bundy

 

2. Richard Ramirez (1960 – 2013)

Richard Ramirez (1960 – 2013)

Richard Ramirez (1960 – 2013)

Richard Ramirez, also known as the ‘Night Stalker’, was a serial killer, burglar, rapist, and Satanist from California, USA. He used several types of weapons on his victims, such as knives, handguns, a tire iron, and a hammer. His first known victim was a nine-year old girl, who was found murdered in a hotel basement. She had been beaten, raped, and stabbed to death, and her body was left hanging from a pipe. By the time he was caught, he was known to have carried out 13 murders, 11 sexual assaults, five attempted murders, and 14 burglaries. Sentenced to 13 death sentences, Richard Ramirez was put on a death row. However, due to the lengthy California appeal process, his execution was never carried out. He died of complications from B-Cell Lymphoma in 2013. During his trial and up until he died, he never once expressed remorse for any of his crimes. In fact, after his sentencing, when addressing reporters, Ramirez said, “Big deal. Death always went with the territory. See you in Disneyland.” Ramirez in fact almost seemed proud of his crimes, saying:

“We’ve all got the power in our hands to kill, but most people are afraid to use it. The ones who aren’t afraid control life itself.”

Richard Ramirez

 

3. John Wayne Gacy (1942 – 1994)

John Wayne Gacy (1942 – 1994)

John Wayne Gacy (1942 – 1994)

John Wayne Gacy, also known as ‘The Killer Clown’, was a serial killer from Illinois, USA. He was a well-liked figure in his neighbourhood, and often entertained children in clown costumes. Using his standing in the community allowed him to gain the trust of his eventual victims. However, his reputation was ruined when he was convicted for sexually assaulting two teenage boys, and released on parole several years later. When he was finally caught in the late 1970s, the bodies of 33 young males were found buried under his house. He was given multiple death penalties and life sentences for his crime, and was executed by lethal injection on May 10, 1994. When Gacy was first arrested and the bodies of his victims were discovered, he was known to have said:

“I should never have been convicted of anything more serious than running a cemetery without a license.”

John Wayne Gacy

 

4. Dennis Nilsen (1945)

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Dennis Nilsen (1945 – …)

Dennis Nilsen was a Scottish homosexual serial killer. After breaking up with his boyfriend in the mid-1970s, his life went into a downward spiral. In December 1978, he executed his first killing after meeting a man in a pub and had a sexual encounter with him. To prevent the man from leaving, Nilsen strangled him with a tie and drowned him in a bucket of water. He kept the corpse for seven months under his floorboards before burning the decaying remains in his back garden. By 1981, Dennis Nilsen was known to have killed 12 men. He lured each one to his home with promises of food, alcohol and shelter. By the time of his arrest in the mid-1980s, he admitted to killing 15 young men. When asked if he felt remorse for his actions, Nilsen famously said:

“I wished I could stop but I could not. I had no other thrill or happiness… I don’t lose sleep over what I have done or have nightmares about it.”

Dennis Nilsen

 

Famous Psychopaths in Movies and TV Series

One of the ways we can learn about how psychopathic individuals live is through their portrayals in movies and on TV. Although the majority of these are dramatised for the audience, more often than not their portrayals are based on real-life examples or scientific theories. The following are some well-known films and TV series that revolve around psychopathic characters:

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Patrick Bateman, a Wall Street investment banker is obsessed with himself, his success, social standing, and style. His narcissism is consistent with his psychopathic tendencies, as he is pictured to have murdered a string of people, including colleagues, prostitutes, a security guard, and several more to satisfy his psychopathic tendencies. However, in the end, it is not clear whether the murder spree actually happened, or the entire event was only the product of Bateman’s violent imagination. The movie proved to be so popular that it has been announced a TV series is in development, reconnecting with Patrick Bateman in his 50s training up an apprentice.

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Dexter was a popular TV series about Dexter Morgan, a good-looking serial killer who conducted his murders based on a code of honour taught by his foster father. He only murdered other killers or criminals. Dexter learned to adapt to regular social life and had a job as a forensic expert in the Miami Police Department, which he used to his advantage to cover up his crimes. At one point he also had a wife and a baby but his life took a drastic turn when another serial killer murdered his wife. It was only then people around him started to suspect his double lifestyle.

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Silence of the Lambs was an Oscar-winning film about an FBI agent Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) and her quest to stop a psychopathic serial killer, Buffalo Bill, with the help of psychiatrist Dr Hannibal Lecter, who was also a violent psychopath. The movie had several real-life inspirations. The charismatic and smooth-talking Dr Hannibal Lecter was based on the serial killer Ted Bundy who, like Lecter, evaded capture by charming those who worked with him.

The psychopathic serial killer Buffalo Bill was based on the crimes of several real-life serial killers, including Ed Gein, Jerry Brudos (a.k.a. the Lust Killer), Ted Bundy, Gary Ridgway (a.k.a. the Green River Killer), Edmund Kemper and Gary M. Heidnik. The movie proved to be so popular that a sequel titled Hannibal was subsequently released, followed by two prequels titled Red Dragon and Hannibal Rising.

These are just some of the more prominent and well-known examples of films based on psychopathic individuals. There are countless more movies, TV series and documentaries focused on the actions of these individuals, and every year new material emerges. The undying popularity of this genre is a clear reflection that humans continue to be fascinated by the exploits of individuals who engage in antisocial behaviours so far removed from what is deemed acceptable in society. Yet as media coverage of this disorder increases, so too does research into the causes of psychopathy, thus increasing the hopes that a cure, treatment or effective method of managing the symptoms will one day soon be found.

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Documentaries on Psychopaths

These are just some of the many documentaries that exist on psychopathic behaviour. While some may say there is a tendency to dramatise, nevertheless documentaries provide the general public with some insight into a condition and disorder that not many understand.

 

Psychopaths (Crime Psychology Documentary) – Real Stories

Professor Robert Hare reveals stunning new evidence
behind psychopathic behaviour

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The Psychopath Next Door

Not all psychopaths are violent serial killers.
In fact, they may be our next door neighbours.

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  1. Stella Cheang on Oct 13, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    I find the word psychopath is over-used often without proper medical reference. While we can be callous when referring someone as a psychopath, but if the someone indeed suffers from some form of this mental illness, we are actually causing harm and do no good by letting our tongue runs loose. Therefore it is better not to pass judgment at all.

    However, in a more generic point of view, all of us possess symptoms of psychopathic tendencies. Almost all of the symptoms point to a single cause, which is an extreme level of selfishness. When one operates on the level of selfishness that totally disregard the feelings of others, naturally, there will be no feeling of guilt, nor compassion, nor empathy. Leave alone the ability to be close to someone or be responsible for someone else.

    Through learning Buddha Dharma, I believe the psychopathic tendencies in all of us can be cured. As long as we focus out and do more Dharma work which is to bring valuable Dharma to others, we can slowly turn our selfish mind around.

    Thank you for this sharing.

  2. Jennifer Yuen on Oct 9, 2017 at 1:11 am

    This is a really interesting article to read. It gives me answer to why some people behave the way they do and we can never use common sense to understand them. Having the knowledge, it allows us to be able to accept the way they are and use the correct methods to deal with them.

  3. Pastor Antoinette on Aug 28, 2017 at 10:35 am

    I think that it is important to know what are the symptoms of people with psychopathic tendencies and how it can cause harm to others. We need to know about this so that we can help them and not allow them to create (more) damage.

    The quotes from modern day psychopaths are gruesome and show that they have no feelings for others in any way. In fact, they find ways to build connections to their victims such as being a clown and being close to kids. It is sad to know that these people will never change. Yet people who are sociopaths still can change and improve over time. From a Buddhist perspective it is all related to our karma. With good deeds we receive good karma and with the right motivation we can collect merits. Merits is our fuel to enlightenment.

    Thank you for this elucidating article.

  4. Cynthia Lee on Aug 26, 2017 at 4:06 am

    I used to ponder how the minds of psychopath worked and had some reading on it to determine if psychopathic tendencies are within one’s control or are it scientific/medical reason such as deformities in the brains, etc?

    Now, the more I learn about dharma, the more I understand that whether psychosis is due to genetics, brain abnormalities or it’s within one’s control, it all comes down to ONE thing – psychosis is due to the SELFISH MIND.

    In that case, everyone has psychopathic tendencies because every one of us is selfish. Definitely. The only difference is the level of selfishness defines the level of psychopaths we are. Perhaps, the more selfish we are, the more criteria and traits we have. We are then defined and labeled according to groups of people with similar traits.

    The lack of empathy of psychopaths came from habituation / programming in doing something negative for a very long time. Example eating and killing animals strips one’s compassion slowly but surely. Imagine lifetimes after lifetimes of doing this same action. One is left with no empathy for other beings.

    A good point on how environment factors, living a good balanced life with love, kindness and care which Dr Fallon lived by example is key to humanity. Aside that, I feel that realisation and doing selfless work is key to becoming less psychotic.

  5. wan wai meng on Aug 22, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    An interesting take on psychopaths, and Dr Fallon is evidence that not all psychopaths are killers or serial killers. It is good to have more information about the behaviour of psychopaths. Still Dr Fallon said that although physiologically he has a brain of a psychopaths, however because he grew up in a great environment, he learnt how to fit into society and community.

  6. Suzy on Aug 20, 2017 at 6:10 am

    Thanks for this helpful and informative article. Navigating in this human world is not always an easy task, especially when the predators are so hard to detect. Unlike in the ocean where you see a shark, a dolphin and an angelfish and clearly know their psychological status. There may be a rogue angelfish somewhere but it would be so extremely rare I assume.
    I think the more we educate ourselves in these matters the better off we all are. I’ve recently come to the realization that compassion and kindness is not an automatic part of everyone’s neural networking. Having expected for so many years that everyone has that conscience and goodness somewhere in their psych has become quite the learning experience on occasion. Perhaps we all have the potential of goodness or it is buried too deep for some to develop kindness in one lifetime?
    Perhaps the compassion and kindness is literally developed and then eventually enters the neural network. Not only is this a good for psychopaths but for all of us to know we can rid ourselves of all unkind behaviors, no matter how small or dominating they are by practicing the dharma.
    Of course I’m still learning and am so grateful for the current research being done.
    Once I had the absolute pleasure of sitting next to a research psychologist/geneticist and an expert in brain mapping on a plane for several hours. He told me he had been hired to help revamp university psychology depts in the USA, it’s a new game now. There is definitive information in understanding psychology like we have never seen until the present.
    He also told me of the development of facial recognition software that can map the face of a sociopath 100% accuracy, but is not being released due humans being overwhelmed by the ethics of the matter, but someday he expects it will be employed.
    Love this stuff, thanks again!

  7. Vivian Ong on Aug 20, 2017 at 1:08 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article about psychopaths. Thank you also to Rinpoche for the explaining the symptoms portrayed by the psychopaths and it’s differences with others like sociopaths, narcissism, psychotic, etc. I really felt sorry for the psychopaths people. To me, I think this is all in the mind. How they behave and react is based on their previous lives habituation although I know the article did mentioned that it is also affected by environmental factors. I also noticed from this article that most psychopaths are from the Western countries. Maybe Buddhism and meditation is able to help them recover.

    With folded palms,
    Vivian

  8. Lum Kok Luen on Aug 19, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    This is a very interesting read and I’ve now known what is a psychopath. I’ve always had the impression that psychopaths are synonymous with violent individuals. But this article helped me look at it differently and from a wider perspective.

    Perhaps there are some psychopathic traits in most of us although some are not manifested outwardly and perhaps just our thoughts. However it is important that we always check our minds and be very mindful. If one day we find ourselves displaying the very behaviours of a psychopath we better week immediate help.

    Thank you so much for this well researched article.

    Humbly yours
    Lum Kok Luen

  9. Pastor David Lai on Aug 18, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    This has been indeed an interesting read and I particularly enjoyed the comparison between psychopathy and sociopathy, narcissism and psychotic disorder. I really enjoyed and I guess this is because I see some psychopathic traits in me and also in some people I had some interaction with before and can relate to many of the defining traits under psychopathy.

    It’s interesting to explore this spectrum of the human psyche and despite the fact that not much is known about it. However, from the little I understand of it, I can see that it is probably far more common, which is contrary to what we may think. I guess when it has become common knowledge that people are aware and therefore, know how to deal with the issues that will crop due to their psychopathic traits.

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  • sarassitham
    Thursday, Apr 15. 2021 10:48 PM
    This is an interesting informative sharing of Wonderful Vietnam. An amazing country with it’s rich traditional culture, variety of World Heritage Sites, breathtaking landscapes, wonderful rainforest, world famous foods and fascinating tropical coastline.

    Thank you for the sharing and I loved all the attractive destination and photos shared. Surprisingly, Vietnam has something to offer everyone and a most beautiful country in South East Asia worth to visit and to explore.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 15. 2021 04:32 PM
    King Trisong Detsen (740-798) was the second of the Three Dharma Kings of Tibet He played a pivotal role in the introduction of Buddhism to Tibet and the establishment of the Nyingma. He believed to be an emanation of the bodhisattva Manjushri, that built Samye Monastery the first monastery . King Trisong Detsen aimed to revitalize Tibetan Buddhism so much so arranged a debate known as the Council of Lhasa. The Council of Lhasa, at Samye, was a famous debate, between the Chinese Buddhist monk Moheyan and the Indian Buddhist master Kamalashila. It is also known as the Great Debate, this debate lasted for 2 years. An interesting story behind this long and rancorous debate. The Council of Lhasa is an important event in Tibetan history and shaped the practice of Buddhism in Tibet up until today.
    Thank You Rinpoche and Pastor Antoinette Kass for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-great-council-of-lhasa.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 15. 2021 04:29 PM
    Coming across this post of suspended coffees truly had me wonder if in Malaysia will come up with this compassionate concept. A suspended coffee is a great way to pay forward for a coffee meant for someone else who cannot afford a warm beverage. Kindness can come in many forms including the purchase of a suspended coffee,
    a very good concept indeed. This is a tradition that comes from Naples, Italy, dated in the 20th century. Buying a cup of coffee for a stranger , who needed it especially during cold nights. A simple act of kindness can change someone’s life. To date, many countries in US and Europe have started these compassion concept and had in fact inspired more. Hopefully one day this will happen in Malaysia .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/a-real-compassionate-idea.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 15. 2021 04:27 PM
    n the remote mountain highlands of eastern Tibet, there exists a unique lineage of female spiritual practitioners at Gebchak Gonpa. A nunnery of more than 350 from all the Tibetan schools of Buddhism came to study and practice Dharma, upholding rigorous meditation and yoga practices. Gebchak’s yogini nuns are famed for their accomplishments in profound yogas and meditation. These women have devoted their entire lives to practicing the Dharma. Interesting read of those Gebchak’s yogini nuns lives, as stated in the post.
    Sadly, during the cultural revolution the Gebchak Gonpa was destroyed and the remaining nuns were dispersed. Yet many of them continue preserving their unique female yogic tradition who had survived the Cultural Revolution. Today, new generations of nuns and lamas are preserving Gebchak’s practice lineage rebuilt and re-established Gebchak Gonpa, despite extreme physical hardships.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/gebchak-gonpa.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 14. 2021 03:42 PM
    Thank you, Mr. Martin, well write-up this article of great-lamas-masters great-masters speak truly all about Tsem Rinpoche. We as students have seen and heard of all Rinpoche wonderful and extraordinary qualities. Rinpoche not only cares and loves all his students and even to strangers as well. Nor matter who you are regardless of race and faith Rinpoche will be too willingly to help. That’s Rinpoche’s nature a Bodhisatva . Rinpoche had made a way from Us to India and then Malaysia just to spread Dharma teachings and nothing else. Rinpoche as advice by his teacher to be in Malaysia and that’s where he established many departments to benefits all sentient beings. Reading through this post tells us all Great Masters, Lamas, Geshes and many highly attained Lamas and Masters specking what is true the same qualities of Rinpoche. Rinpoche was very kind, generous, giving, compassionate, always doing charity, giving to the poor, raising funds, sponsoring. Described Rinpoche as someone highly intelligent and extraordinary person. Interesting read , may more people reading this article to have a clearer view of Rinpoche.
    All I could say is that Rinpoche had showed us the light of life. With folded hands , may we able to meet Rinpoche again in this life and so forth.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/great-masters-speak-about-tsem-rinpoche.html
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    Interesting biography of a great Lama Zanabazar was a renowned painter, sculptor, architect and costume designer. He was known as“Michelangelo of Asia”, for his artistic skills which were matched by his literary prowess as a Buddhist scholar, linguist and poet. Zanabazar as a historical figure played an important role in propagating Buddhism in Mongolia. He had established Mongolian unique cultural identity. Zanabazar was the first Bogd Gegeen or high-saint-of-mongolia or supreme spiritual authority, the Gelugpa lineage of Tibetan Buddhism in Outer Mongolia. He is believed to be a Geluk protagonist whose alliance with the Dalai and Panchen Lamas was crucial to the dissemination of Buddhism in Khalkha Mongolia. Interesting read with all the rare pictures shared.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/zanabazar-the-first-high-saint-of-mongolia.html
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    Monday, Apr 12. 2021 04:12 PM
    Looking at those very unique house been built simply stunning. Creatively with nature indeed , salute to those architecture who has such a wild ideas and innovations building such an incredibly unique houses in nature. No easy though but everything is possible.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/into-the-wild.html
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    Truly stunning Kuanyin Statue also know as”Goddess of Mercy” Statue designed by Portuguese architect . Very serene with the huge golden statue seemingly floating over the sea at high tide. One of the underrated landmarks in Macau. It is believed that when this statue is built, Macau has become more prosperous, peaceful and economically better. Many locals and tourist visited this beautiful Statue and it’s a popular spot where they will walk along the sea watching sunset. Merely by looking at this Statue is a blessing. Those beautiful pictures tells us all.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/kuan-yin-of-macau-city.html
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    Monday, Apr 12. 2021 04:07 PM
    Beautiful Yonghe Temple in Beijing, China known to some locals as the‘Palace of Peace and Harmony Lama Temple’ has three world-record masterpieces. This temple is a temple and monastery of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism built during the reign of Emperor Kang Xi (1694). Very impressive buildings and a great insight into Chinese Buddhist temples with 300 years of history . The building and artwork of the temple is a combination of Han Chinese and Tibetan styles.
    Looking at the restoration and conservation work of the Lama Tsongkhapa Statue in Yong He Gong is not easy after all. Thanks to Liu Yuming,77, restoration masters of China’s Cultural Relics. He had done a good job helping to preserve those rare cultural relics left in China. It is indeed a uphill task that needs a lot of patience , skill, delicate , and love . Interesting read even though it an old post. Would love to see this master piece of Lama Tsongkhapa Statue one day .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/an-age-of-restoration.html
  • sarassitham
    Monday, Apr 12. 2021 01:47 PM
    Sometimes a single image can speak much louder than words. It’s very painful to see the abused and made to suffer of a Monkey and Child.

    It is really sad to discover how many animals sacrificed for fulfilling our taste buds. and not only sacrificing their life.

    Why don’t we try to eat more vegetables instead of eating more animals. Vegetables are healthy too, you know! And do you also know that being vegetarian or vegan will not only make you become healthier, it will also make you feel more energetic.
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 10. 2021 03:59 PM
    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

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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat\'s land here in Malaysia
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Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat's land here in Malaysia
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Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche

Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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  • April 15, 2021 04:30
    You have no rights to use my images for www.tsemrinpoche.com without my approval! It's illegitimate! You're committing a legal offense! You must replace my images NOW!!!!! asked: Hi, This is Melisha and I am a professional photographer. I was baffled, to put it nicely, when I recognised my images at your website. If you use a copyrighted image without an owner's permission, you must be aware that you could be sued by the creator. It's illegal to use stolen images and it's so wicked! Here is this document with the links to my images you used at www.tsemrinpoche.com and my earlier publications to get the evidence of my copyrights. Download it now and check this out for yourself: https://sites.google.com/view/09934894585022/home/drive/storage/files/download?ID=286984715713039318 If you don't delete the images mentioned in the document above within the next few days, I'll file a complaint against you to your hosting provider stating that my copyrights have been severely infringed and I am trying to protect my intellectual property. And if it doesn't work, trust me I am going to report and sue you! And I won't give you a prior notice again.
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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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    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.
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From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
11 months ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
11 months ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
11 months ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
11 months ago
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
11 months ago
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
11 months ago
Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
1 years ago
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
1 years ago
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
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
1 years ago
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
1 years ago
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
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
1 years ago
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
1 years ago
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
1 years ago
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.
1 years ago
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
1 years ago
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
1 years ago
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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