Some Thoughts on Depression

Aug 25, 2014 | Views: 2,880

 

Neuro chemical imbalance arises from the body. The type of body arises from karma. What body and all the problems with it and inherited diseases and imbalances are all from karma not illusionary thinking. What body we are going to take birth in is 100% due to karmic imprints/instincts/residuals. How can some phenomena arise from karma and some don’t. The trigger factor is your mind entering that body in which your karma has led you to it. There is no spiritual indictment for listing the reason why depression arises on an ultimate level.

So if your depression comes from:

1. Neuro-chemical imbalance, get treatment
2. From childhood abuse, get counseling.
3. From anger and expectations- talk about it-stop your expectations of others-accept the situation and move on.
4. From being hurt/cheated/used-talk and counseling-letting go
5. And many combinations of the above and more.

Whether your depression arises from 1-5, is the temporary environmental point at this time, but if you do not have the karma to experience depression, then no matter what the environment is, you will not. Of course there is treatment for it, whether the treatment will be effective or not, will depend on how strong the karma is. Hence doing certain practices combined with treatment will be of tremendous help as I have seen in my students in the last 20 years.

Before doing practices, a teacher must mention the ultimate causes then offer the practices by tradition.  Mentioning the causes of depression IS NOT AN INDICTMENT so do not assume it to be due to your projections. But simply a open and kind illustration of the real cause to help people start to see it another way and to take responsibility for those who have not. To not be a victim. So when I take the time to explain, I give the cause and the result, not so much all the in betweens because the in betweens are different and have thousands of combinations.

Example, from deep ignorance arises attachments. From attachments arise the grasping. From grasping you crave objects. From objects, you acquire, you want and demand a sense of permanence. When not permanent, you wish to ‘force’ it to be permanent-then all the actions to force something to be permanent makes all the karmas arise. The arisal of the karmas are stored. From this storage, a trigger point is necessary from the environments we take birth in. When triggered, the latent karma opens. When opened we experience. The experience can lead to stronger reactions and even more and more accumulation of karma like a snowball effect down a snow mountain…by the time the snow ball reaches the bottom of the mountain, it can be an avalanche.

The dharma is not easy to listen to…because some people take it as criticism. But Dharma should not be just feel good only for the moment but for deeper contemplations. When we learn more and understand deeper, it is not always pleasant, but our ignorance, attachments are not one with us…it can be removed…before removal we must recognize it-pleasant or unpleasant-once we recognize it, we can learn the methods to remove it..once removed eventually, all afflictions of mind and body will be removed. This is no indictment or condemnation, just a Dharma talk. None of my Dharma talk whether pleasant to hear for the moment or not, should not be taken as offense, but for deeper contemplations and knowledge. It is meant to benefit and that is why I spend my time here hoping to benefit those I will never meet and far away.

Tsem Rinpoche

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  1. Andrea Lai on Nov 27, 2020 at 11:35 pm

    In all walks of life, advance technologies, high standard lifestyle and social, depression is a common mental sickness in this society. Unfortunately, I’m a victim of depression before and it nearly taken my life away. My depression falls into category 3 and 4, where during that time was consider in my lowest level of emotional intelligence. Everything falls apart I have problems with my memory, relationship, work and health. Recalling, I can’t imagine how much damage I have caused to myself. Fortunately, a good friend offering me counselling and I start picking up. Moreover, I’m now into dharma practice, life is so much meaningful for me to be too calculative. Thank you Rinpoche for everything. 🌻🙏

  2. Samfoonheei on Oct 23, 2020 at 11:49 am

    Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and lack of interest. Different causes can often combine to trigger depression. Whatever it is ….depression comes from our own karma for what we did in this life or the previous life. People who suffer from depression often report feelings of loneliness and isolation. If not treated it could lead to more serious matters related. It will interfere with our daily life for sure. Learning Dharma, practicing it will help us to transform our mind more positively. We will see the light even in the darkest of times in our life.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this teachings with folded hands.

  3. Lin Mun on Jul 12, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    The reason we are in depression is because of karma. We are the creator of the situation that we endure. While we may not be able to avoid experiencing the karma we should not dwell in unhappiness but accept the condition and find ways to move on. Dharma is the antidote of our unhappiness and cravings . It is only by understanding the origins of our negative mindset that we can free ourselves. The more we learn and practise dharma , the more we learn about ourselves. And from here we should learn to improve and be a better person. Therefore it is important to have an open mind to learn and practise dharma.

  4. yin ping on Sep 27, 2018 at 11:43 am

    Life is never been easy. Bad things happen. We feel stuck, sad and crying wishing things were different. We wanted a change for a better but in the same time we afraid of changes. The fear of uncertainty and failure stop us from moving forward.

    We should always remind ourselves that what and how we view ourselves and the environment merely projections of our mind. It is our ignorance that keeps us grasping on to something that make us suffer. Dharma is the antidote to help us.

    Listen to Dharma with open heart. Contemplate and apply it in daily life. Our life will change. No matter how hopeless and depressed we are, Buddha’s teachings promise we can change when we learn and apply the dharma consistently.

  5. Martin Yeoh on Jul 22, 2017 at 10:33 am

    Thank you Guru for sharing this article, now I understand a thing or two about depression. I’m running an old folks and some of the patients here do suffer from depression. At least now I can understand their real problems and maybe I can talk them out of it.

  6. freon on Jul 11, 2017 at 1:50 am

    Dear Rinpoche

    This is a very good dharma teachings. I must admit that the first time when I read this article, it is quite hard for me to agree and think thing through. But, when I read again, I must admit that my depression came from my own karma, and, the reason I have depression it is because I do not believe in karma.

    I refuse to admit it is my own doing, so that I can actually blame all my depression to others and I can avoid from taking responsibility. Some how, by reading again this article, whenever a depression mood came to attacked me, it is like an antidote to my depression, I could actually “see” how this mood arise and apply the advise that Rinpoche gave in this article. When I begin to let go and take responsibility, my mind begin to ease and I have more peace within myself.

    Dharma is truly an antidote for daily life.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this precious teachings.

    With folded hand,
    Freon

  7. Jacinta Goh on May 11, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    Self-examination of one’s depression is very necessary. It’s like a mirror looking back at oneself, be it positive or negative. When we have examined deeply, then only we can be true to ourselves. No more hiding but rather an acceptance.

    Like Rinpoche has mentioned, then we can apply some Dharma. There are a combination of few methods such as focusing out by helping others and mantra recitation. When we help others out of their situations,we are actually helping ourselves too. We will not be so tied up with one’s own problem. Next, recitation of Lama Tsongkhapa mantra is also good. Rinpoche has mentioned many times that recitation of Migsetma can counter depression or lack of self worth. https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/tsongkapas-daily-practice-video-commentary.html . I learnt that Dorje Shugden mantra is is good too.

    Just a sharing from what I know. Hope this helps as this has helped me in the past too.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this.

  8. Datuk May on Oct 27, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    With our ego and self centred nature, we blame others and be victims of all that happen to us and our environment, as such we famously say WE ARE STRESSED and thereafter WE ARE DEPRESSED.

    HE the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, kindly gives us a short Dharma talk on the reason why we are so afflicted by depression.

    A great lesson to take hold of our lives to be happy and free of depression and unhappiness. A great lesson to be learnt.

  9. Jayce Goh on Jun 30, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    This article is very important to assist people around us, most of us only take care of our body, we never take care of our mind, and the result of this imbalance is depression. We get depressed for not being the person we want to be. We get depressed when we unable to get what we want . For all, we depress is because of “Me”. Example , MY problems, MY sadness, MY past, MY MY MY …” That is why we suffer, because of we only concentrate on ourself, it kept us trapped in that depression.This is the reason our minds get disturbed.

    In dharma learning , self grasping or egotism is often the basic cause of feeling depressed. SO we need to understand dharma and believe that by learning dharma we can change our own mind.

  10. Dense Kuek on Jan 15, 2015 at 1:05 am

    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing this, it is really helpful for the people who get depression. Yes, the depression actually come from Karma, our mind led by our karma so what we feel/think is because of our karma. Sometimes we feel unhappy but could not find out the reason I think it is because of our karma as it controls our mind. BUT it can be changed by knowing and applying Dharma, when we practise Dharma our mind transform, once it transform, we would not be suffer by depression as the feeling come from our mind.

  11. Wan Wai Meng on Oct 21, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    This is such an important teaching, that can help our fellow man about how we can approach the subject of depression. For some who may have had depression for a long time and even view depression as a constant companion. Still for many people who do not subscribe to previous lives, the only outlet I can think of is for them to blame outer conditions and factors, how we were raised up, this can work for a while but somehow the mind knows. The mind knows if we blame it on external conditions and factors the mind knows we are deceiving ourselves. Eventually when the mind strips away that delusion, we are back to square one again.

  12. Vinnie Tan on Oct 7, 2014 at 12:35 am

    Dear RInpoche,

    Thank you for blogging about depression. I believe many of us do have depression attacks as we are not able to see pass some of the things that are happening around us. When this happens, it makes us feel lost and just resentful of everything that is going on. Harping on something that has already pass, just because we are not able to let it go.

    Thank you for reminding us that why sometimes people shy away from Dharma as they felt that it is personal attacks, but instead it is not. It is just ways that we are understanding ourselves better now and we felt that things that are being taught in Dharma are talking about us.

    Through Dharma, we are able to pick up knowledge that would help improve ourselves. Although difficult, but it is able to do so with constant reminders within ourselves. Only ourselves would be able to change who we are, no one or no other factor around us would be able to do so.

    Once again, thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us this article to let us know the importance of our own imprints. Thank you.

  13. Stella on Sep 24, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Depression is the darkness that envelope the mind and what the mind touches.

    Having suffered depression for a while and having found no answers nor relieves from counseling, that I realized there can only be 1 answer. It is 100% due to karmic imprints. With this awareness, it is paramount to work on mind transformation to eliminate causes to such Karma.

    Thank You Rinpoche for this post.

  14. Pee Bee Chong on Sep 1, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing. I never thought the Dharma talk is a criticism or offense. It is so profound and gives us chances and opportunities to contemplate and check our inner minds.

    This article reminded me not to hold on to the attachment. Let go the attachment and I will be happy. Don’t plan and expect too much because they are all my own projections. I should only try my best on everything I do. Let go of the results, praises and own expectation so that I will not increase my bad karma.

  15. sarahyap on Sep 1, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Rinpochela, thank you so much for this teaching. There are so many people these days that suffer from depression… I personally know a few people suffering from depression and some of them started having these symptoms since they are as young as 11 years old!

    Depression is truly a terrible condition, and those having depression, they really should get help (unfortunately most of the time, real depression patients would never admit they have depression and try their best to hide it). It’s terrible because it pulls down a person’s quality of life… their functionality decreases and they fail to live life to their fullest potential. On top of that, the people around them would suffer very much too…

    Yes, the people around them suffer very much… Imagine, the person we love… say our mother, father, siblings or even our best friend, have depression. And everyday it is like a ticking time bomb, we dont know when they will blow up and take a knife and slit their wrists… and at that moment, the sense of hopelessness we feel for not being able to help them, sometimes is really overwhelming.

    If there is anything that I would wish for at this moment, it would be for everyone having depression to be free of this suffering.

  16. Sean Wang on Aug 31, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    i have always had bouts of depression where I would feel unhappy for days and sometimes even weeks and I just conceal it. I think the reasons for my sadnesses is that I always think too highly of the world and have high expectations, just like I have high expectations upon myself. The higher the expectations that harder I fall when I fail. Thus, I have slowly learned to expect less from others and myself. Yet, I feel like I am not doing enough because of my lowered expectations.

    The Dharma may not be easy to listen to but it is pretty much without fault. The only way that one can deviate from the Dharma is internal issues or a teacher who is not suited to teach that person due to broken samaya or previous karmic connections. The Dharma is in a way critical advice as it digs deep and solves problems at their roots.

  17. Edwin Tan on Aug 31, 2014 at 2:04 am

    Thank you for this great article, Rinpoche.

    I feel depression being a state of mind is how we perceive things. Is as what was written in the article, forcing things to be permanent then karma arises… from there if we cannot have what we want, depression forms…if it was a serious case.

    Dharma keeps us in check and how we control our minds…

  18. Low KHJB on Aug 30, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing on the topic of depression.From my personal experience,we would encounter this sought of ill feeling of depression at some point in time in our lives.It is how we deal with it in order to pull yourself out of this state of mind.
    As mention,learning to let go is a good start.To forgive and to forget will be a turning point to recovery.
    If the karma imprint is very strong.Then we will encounter a relentless crave to replay that negative thought that traeger that sad emotion over and over again.It is an action that is beyond our logical thinking.
    We certainly hope that those victims of depression could come to understand the nature or course of their illness and learn to let go and go on with their lives.
    Having a kind and compassionate Guru to guide them will certainly help out tremendously on the road of recovery for them.

  19. Uncle Eddie on Aug 30, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    As said, having been blessed with a fully endowed body, one has the opportunity to attain full enlightenment, or failing which, nirvana or at least a higher state of existence. Of course, the level of one’s attainment depends largely upon one’s mental scope and motivation. Being in samsara, it has been singled out in all dharma practices, that in the root of all our sufferings herin lies in existent, the detested enemy of Dharma practice, “the mental affliction” – which is so ignorantly cherished and adored, laying so close to our heart. This enemy has led us by the nose to all kinds of pains and sufferings for a long, long time. We mus discard this detested enemy of “depression” of bad thoughts once and for all, otherwise it will force us to collect accumulation of bad karmas anew, again and again in our dharma practice. Virtuous karma must be developed by totally abandoning all unvirtuous actions, which is the most practical of all Lord Buddha’s teachings. It is this practice which determines one’s future, giving us the ultimate joy! Om mani padme hung.

  20. Marten on Aug 28, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    Dear Tsem Rinpoche,
    depression is often like a black dog. 🙂 Sometimes so little and sweet that you laugh at him and live with him. But sometimes he’s so big, that you aren’t able to take the bus with him 🙂
    To know this is a bodything and also karma helps to laugh. Do you know Robin Williams? The sad clown.
    But i think too, that there are big chances in it to get it over …love and light Tsem ^^

  21. Pastor Han Nee on Aug 27, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    The form or body we bring into this world, as well as the nature of its suffering is the result of Karma- a result of causes we created before. Hence,too, with the problem of depression. We had created a cause, and this cause we had created determines the nature of our depression and how or whether it is to be cured.

    The true causes of our suffering of depression would be the negative delusions arising from ignorance, such as grasping, as well as karma. When triggered, the karma for depression opens. From then ,it is how we handle and react to the situation. If we react strongly in a negative fashion, we will create more and more negative karma, and more suffering.

    We need to understand the dharma in the situation and contemplate on it deeply. We learn to accept and let go.

  22. Ee Mun on Aug 27, 2014 at 12:50 am

    Thank you Tsem Rinpoche. This teaching could not be more apt as I had just slipped into a minor depression state upon receiving another unexpected news. Depression is indeed my ‘thing’, my old time friend. Many thanks to those who commented and shared their personal experience too, these really ring a bell to me, a very loud one. Thank you.

  23. Su Ming on Aug 26, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    This article is extremely timely. With the recent and very sudden death of the famous actor Robin Williams, depression is so common amongst us.

    I will be forwarding this article to a few people in the media as they are now covering more extensively on this topic across all major newspaper.

  24. HelenaC on Aug 26, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing.

  25. JP on Aug 26, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    I used to suffer from depression for many years until I met Rinpoche. Rinpoche told me many times to reduce my projections on others and situations as this was causing my depression. Removing all projections would not be realistic for me at the moment. But reducing them would be more workable.

    It took me many years to be able to reduce my projections. Faking it didn’t help because my depressions didn’t decrease. But when I went mentally flat out, it was a period of painful awakening of how hypocritical I was and how arrogant my views and thoughts were. My projections on others were unrealistic and biased. I always lamented why others didn’t understand me. But now I know.

    Just like how others have projections on me, I also had projections on them. These projections are our perceptions of people, objects and situations that are clouded by our deluded mind. Since my perceptions were not 100% accurate, then my judgments must be inaccurate as well. If my judgments are inaccurate, what basis do I have to react negatively when people and situations turn out not favorable?

    Hence, why get so attached to my projections? I felt silly but relieved at the same time once I understood that my depressions all came from my strong attachments to wrong view!!!

    It’s been a good 3 years since I have had any depression. I actually forgot about it until I read this article. I thank my guru, Tsem Rinpoche for his care, guidance and creative ways always in helping me come to some realisations which in this case helped me with depression.

  26. Ong Moh Mei on Aug 26, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Most of us have our moods, our ups and downs. It is said women has it at least once a month during menstruation (lol). However there are those who seems to be trapped in a prolonged state of despair that threaten to completely take control of their lives. Often people in depression would blame others and their environment for putting them in their state of despair. Some do blame themselves and in the hopelessness of thinking one cannot do anything about it, many also become suicidal.

    It is refreshing to learn the Buddhism viewpoint on depression, that it arises rom our karma. The karma we experience is from the results of our own actions. We are ultimately responsible. But having said that we are also in control. If our actions can lead to negative results, so can our actions lead to positive results. Depression can be overcome no matter what the “worldly” causes.

  27. Grace Leong on Aug 25, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    Although this teaching was given by Rinpoche in year 2011, it is very timely to bring this up again to help us deal with this silent killer. Very fresh on our minds would be the sudden death of our favourite all time funny guy Robin Williams who brought so much tears of joy to us via his movies.So rich in material and fame but still find life not worth living ! OM MANI PADME HUNG. Pray for his swift and good rebirth !
    I know many people around me who are plagued by such illness. People of different age and background.They have one common issue, ie they are not happy with themselves.Both physical self or the environment they live in, the people around them etc. They feel trapped !
    The study and practice on the Buddha Wheel of Life with its 12 dependent links, as described by Rinpoche above, would be one solution to depression. How we create all our own sufferings and we bring it with us life after life; unless we apply the Buddha’s teachings and antidotes to get out of samsara !
    Thank you Rinpoche. Lots more contemplation on these subjects will make us realise that we need to work hard and fast and effectively to get out of samsara. To start with, have pure Guru Devotion for the blessings !

  28. patriciasnodgrass on Aug 25, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche. I understand now.

  29. Joy on Dec 1, 2013 at 2:18 am

    I just discovered this great reminder teaching from Rinpoche as I googled something on “depression” + “Tsem Rinpoche” to see what comes up! Because I’m hearing some friends stressing out and going into their comfort zones, zoning out, and basically being in depression. It’s sad how we make ourselves “the victim” and feel powerless. All due to ignorance which leads to strong attachments. How Rinpoche has illustrated here clearly how we create our own avalanche, triggering our karma that’s stored is logical. It is like because of wanting something so badly, something to be ever permanent that we do all we can to prevent change, not knowing that this is exactly what will cause us to lose the very thing we cherished that is not permanent. Only permanent is Dharma, it is hard for many to understand this. But if only we just try to apply it, one quickly gets to snap out of the poor self-pity mode and wake up to a powerful new you. I wish many of friends know the Dharma and practice a little, at least it would save them the trouble from feeling useless.

  30. adelinewoon on Jan 7, 2013 at 2:31 am

    Dharma is not easy to listen to for people like me who has lots of wrong perceptions on how things are. It is not easy for someone who has lots of pride to hear, let alone to listen or to contemplate. But the point here is that dharma is what we must practice so to be able to apply antidote for problems we have. Dharma is not an alternative or choice, it is the way. That is to say whether we “believe” in it or not, it still works because it is the truth of how things are.

  31. Tam Yan Tat on Jun 11, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Thanks Tulku Rinpoche…..i learn something from here in regards to depression….

    thanks…

  32. shelly tai on May 23, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Shelly Tai on 23may2011
    Firstly I have to said thanks to Rinpoche for giving us so much dharma teaching, because of the teaching it has help me to overcome m problems. Now I be able to deal with any problems more easily and contemplate it and come out with the solution by using dharma.At last I wish I will have the merit to continue m dharma journey by benefiting myself and others. Once again I would like to said thank you Rinpoche.

  33. Sem Chen on May 18, 2011 at 1:50 am

    Depression… It’s been something ongoing here in my life for many years.

    Some days it feels like I am living in an insane asylum, all the crazy, nutty “people” (just thoughts, really) living in my head. I guess it might just be echoes. From where? Must be cause and effect. Cause and effect means emptiness. Sometimes it helps me, to examine the depression voices/thoughts/feelings like that. Also to question, do they have a shape? A colour? Where do they go to? It is just a series of mind moments with no owner. Etc.

    It’s very interesting and helpful, Buddhist Logic and Psychology.

    I wish I knew more of this kind of practical information in order to practise better. Buddhism provides many practical tools for working with our states of mind, from focus and insight meditation techniques to logical refutation of the lies our minds tell us to beautiful practices that put us in touch with Enlightened Beings who can help and inspire us with their amazing wisdom qualities and immense compassionate will and power to help us develop the same qualities.

    These are a few of the things I have discovered and have appreciated in the last few months since I became interested once more in Dharma after a break of quite some years. It’s been tremendously practical in dealing with all the craziness, the self blame, the depression, the self hate, the fear, the anger … etc., etc. It’s ongoing. I’m a work in progress, as they say.

    It’s very hard living with depression and other afflictions. Realistically speaking, I can’t expect massive changes in a matter of months after roughly 18 years or so of living with depression and other afflictions in this lifetime, but I can do my best according to my capacity every day or as much as I am able, to make a new, better future by creating the causes for happiness, by planting the seeds that will ripen as happiness in future. Depression is not intrinsic to our minds and it IS possible to become a happy, realised, loving, useful person who can help others. Being a beginner, I don’t know much yet but am trying to learn all the basics and gradually learning how to practise.

    Depression is tricky because one can take failures on the Path as a stick to beat oneself and make one feel bad and even more depressed if one is not careful. “I’m Bad” is one of the worst enemies on my Path, in my opinion, because he is a big fat liar and thief of time to develop my virtues and decrease my afflictions! lol In fact, he is utterly useless! There’s absolutely nothing he can do to improve a situation, that I am aware of. And he hampers things as soon as he arises and I react. So, best to keep moving forward and not cling or react to him at all; it’s a two way street in the sense it also takes me to hang on to him when he calls whereas if he just passes through it’s like a whispy cloud in the sky blowing past overhead and no rain. That seems to be the best way I know how to manage him and his companions for the time being. I hope to learn more.

    Many humble thanks to all my Teachers for helping to deal with this crazy mind. I wish You all Long, Long, Long Life, GREAT HEALTH, and Perfect and Quick manifestation of all your wishes, Forever. May we never be separate in all my lives and may I, too, accomplish the Path and remain until Samsara is totally free of suffering and its causes, and all beings established in the state of Unexcelled Perfect Enlightenment.

    ~Some thoughts from a beginner who experiences depression, offered in the hope that they might be helpful to others who also suffer. Please forgive any mistakes due to my own ignorance/lack of knowledge and experience.

    “Depression is impermanent and not my true self.” : )

  34. SJ on May 15, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Thank you for this beautiful teaching.

  35. Joyce Hobby on May 15, 2011 at 6:05 am

    Rinpoche,

    Thank you for your time talking about Dharma and depression. I have also written about depression from the perspective of a student who has suffered with depression and also watched others suffer from it:

    http://walkingthepath.info/?p=834

    If writing it benefits only one other than myself then I am happy.

  36. Rafael on May 15, 2011 at 12:38 am

    I use to hate the idea of thinking that my depression or my problems were due to karma. I found so much comfort in playing other, since it takes the responsibility away from me. Now, I’ve realized that when I accept my depression or any state as due to my karma I can face it better since it is in my power to better myself. No one can fix my problems but me. Thank you for your guidance Rinpoche.

  37. joey wong on May 15, 2011 at 12:13 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you so much for providing a beautiful teaching on depression and how it is not permanent in it is nature as well as providing the antidote and getting it solved. It is very clear…I will share this to as much people as possible as i know there are many people out there who suffer from depression.

    Once again, Thank you so much as this is a really powerful and useful antidote for my own depression as well as many others…

  38. mima on May 14, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    Thank you so much for this blog. When I read your blog , it is giving me so much about how to contemplate deeper my difficulties and let go of it.
    I am forever grateful for your precious guidance on depression.

  39. Valentina Suhendra on May 14, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Thank you so much for this blog writing. Very useful for me as I have experienced several episodes of depressions. I think the causes are my own unreasonable projections and expectations. In addition to the habbit of reliving unpleasant experiences over and over again.

    I found that purging my projections, expectations, and the habbit of reliving projection over and over again is so painful like purging bad blood. But once removed, I think the effort is really worth it :-).

    Much love

    Valentina

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  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 2. 2024 02:06 PM
    Very interesting and informative article. In most cultures, women is consider as lower in status compared with men. Ancient times in India, man took the lead while women is seconded. But times has changed for the better where women are not degraded in society. They receive equal recognition, appreciation, and stature, yet in countries and places around the world, women are still viewed as inferior and treated accordingly. But in Buddhism women have been increasing in number and has proven that many of them have gained full enlightenment in a female body. In Buddhism is concerned there’s no discrimination toward women ,both men and women are equal. There‘s many female Mahasiddhas and Yoginis as in this blog. May it inspired many more to come. Interesting article and its great sharing knowledge.
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands,

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/courtesans-of-ancient-india.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 2. 2024 02:05 PM
    Sleep paralysis is a feeling of being conscious but unable to move. It occurs when a person passes between stages of wakefulness and sleep. During these transitions, one may be unable to move or speak for a few seconds up to a few minutes. Some people may also feel pressure or a sense of choking. Sleep paralysis is a temporary inability to move or speak. It’s not harmful and should pass quickly, but at times can be frightening. It can affect anyone but is most common in young adults and they might have hallucination. The scary facts about sleep paralysis is those who suffer from it have said it felt like someone was choking them on their chest so they could not breathe.
    As for me I have not experience as such before as least i know now what i can to do.
    Thank you Vinnie Tan for sharing. Interesting read of these stories related to sleep paralysis.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/sleep-paralysis-medical-or-paranormal.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 2. 2024 02:03 PM
    nteresting as this texts been composed after being inspired to do so . That’s interesting as this nature are traditionally considered exceptionally potent in their blessings if the claim of divine inspiration is authentic. According to the account in the introduction, the author composed this text after being divinely inspired to do so. It’s a very rare kind and its acceptance been recognised and received praise by very high lamas of our tradition. Reading this article tell us all of how powerful Dorje Shugden when we invoke in our prayers.
    Interesting read of the short biography of Ven. Geshe Kunchok Gyaltsen, the author of Mass of Vajra Fire.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/mass-of-vajra-fire-invocation-of-the-mighty-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 2. 2024 02:01 PM
    That’s wonderful Rinpoche has composed prayers in English so as everyone could recite and practice. For beginners is such a meaningful insights and perspectives without commitments and initiation. Moreover each prayers is for a specific blessing that helps practitioners to gain attainments and overcome obstacles. Easy and simple for everyone to start off.
    We are fortunate that everything Rinpoche did brought tremendous benefit to all sentient beings. Whatever prayers Rinpoche has composed are especially potent with blessings.
    Thank you Rinpoche and writers for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/holy-prayers-to-invoke-the-divine.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 2. 2024 01:59 PM
    A great article , revisit this again of Tibetan Lamas and their dogs. As now I have a pet doggie with me, I came to understand more of them . Dogs are the most amazing creatures, they give us unconditional love. For me, they are the role model for being alive. Buddhists believe dogs also have the potential to become enlightened and can teach us about responsibility, love, and other Buddhist principles. The Q & A by Sandra Klein’s interview with the Venerable Gonsar Rinpoche gave us a better understanding and very informative of Tibetan dogs under Lamas care. ccording to the Buddha Dharma, all sentient beings have Buddha nature — from ants to humans. Though we often look at dogs as wonderful companions an teach us to embrace Buddhist principles. They, themselves, embody many of these principles.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this great sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/dogs-in-tibetan-monasteries.html
  • Brent
    Tuesday, Mar 26. 2024 04:47 PM
    Living with my wife, whose world is meticulously painted with the hues of OCD, is a journey that intertwines the essence of love with the complexities of the human mind. Her relentless pursuit of cleanliness and order, transforming even the most negligible corner into a testament of organization, often dances on the fine line between admiration and frustration. The sight of her steering clear from trash bins as if they were labyrinths of chaos, serves as a poignant reminder of the battles she fights within. Yet, it’s through these very battles that I’ve learned the profound language of patience and the unspoken strength of support. Therapy, in its gentle embrace, has been a beacon of light for her, guiding her through the stormy seas of OCD. It has not only offered her solace but has also unveiled the strength of her spirit, teaching us both the beauty of resilience. As she journeys through the pathways of healing, I stand by her, a testament to the power of love and the enduring promise of hope. Together, we navigate the complexities of her world, discovering that within the challenges lie opportunities for growth, understanding, and an unbreakable bond. https://www.mindfullyaliveonline.com/obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd/
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 15. 2024 07:31 PM
    Venerable Ajahn Chah was a Thai Buddhist teacher of the Buddhadhamma and a founder of two major monasteries in the Thai Forest Tradition. Well respected and loved as a man of great wisdom, he was also instrumental in establishing Theravada Buddhism in the West. Interesting life story, how he chose to leave the settled monastic life and became a wandering ascetic. Walking across Thailand, lived in forests, caves and cremation grounds while learning from the meditation monks of the Forest of various monasteries. He wandered through the countryside in quest of quiet and secluded places for developing meditation. He even lived in tiger and cobra infested jungles, using reflections on death to penetrate to the true meaning of life. After years of wandering, Venerable Ajahn Chah established a monastery where he taught simple, practice-based form of meditation, and attracted a numerous of students including western foreigners. He was one of the greatest Dhamma teachers of the modern era. His wise teachings have continued to guide thousands of people along the path of Dharma. Venerable Ajahn Chah’s teachings of the Thai Forest Tradition gradually spread across all over the world. Several of Ajahn Chah’s Western students have since established monasteries throughout the world. Just in Thailand itself, there are more than 300 branch monasteries in Ajahn Chah’s tradition. Ven erable Ajahn Chah used his ill health as a teaching point, emphasizing that it was a living example of the impermanence of all things and reminded people to endeavour to find a true refuge within themselves. The legacy of Venerable Ajahn Chah’s teachings and legacy continues into the modern age.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this great sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/venerable-ajahn-chah-the-forest-monk.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 15. 2024 07:30 PM
    Wonderful blog written on the practice of Kalarupa for us to understand better. As an emanation of Manjushri, Kalarupa’s practice helps us to destroy ignorance and to develop wisdom overcoming our anger and suffering . Awesome Kalarupa manifested in multiple forms to help sentient beings who personifies enlightenment by the conquest of anger. Kalarupa also regard as one of the three main Dharma protectors of the Gelugpa is extremely fierce and ugly, and tames all kinds of spiritual ugliness. The fierceness of his iconography teaches us to remind ourselves that all the causes and effects of anger arising from ignorance are dreadful and distorted.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Antionette for this detailed sharing,

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/kalarupa.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 15. 2024 07:27 PM
    Nepal is a very spiritual country, having a huge Dorje Shugden mural in Kathmandu, is indeed a big achievement for Kechara. Located on Charkhal Road in Dilli Bazaar, the mural can be found midway between our two Dorje Shugden chapels which are in Putalisadak and Chabahil. It is also very close to one of Kathmandu’s largest shopping malls. Many locals , tourist will be able to connect them to a powerful deity that is so closely associated with their culture. Well the mural not only beautiful but also full of symbolism and everyone merely by seeing it is blessed. Thanks to those talented artists and generous sponsors making it a success.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/spectacular-dorje-shugden-mural-in-kathmandu-nepal.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 15. 2024 07:24 PM
    All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on. Letting go helps us to live in a more peaceful state of mind and helps restore our balance. A reminder for us all to go of attachment and meditating on impermanence and emptiness. We are to relinquish the domination of our ego and its habits to transform ourselves. A great reminder not to waste our previous life.
    Quoted Ceasing to do evil, Cultivating the good, Purifying the heart .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing such a meaningful teachings with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/pointing-the-staff-at-the-old-man.html
  • james belich
    Friday, Mar 8. 2024 09:43 PM
    Winning the lottery was part of my dreams, I tried so hard to win big but all to no avail, until I came across Dr Lucas online who made my dreams come through and made me win 10 million dollars. I was a logistics manager who lives in Lancaster, S.C. and works about an hour’s drive away, in Charlotte, N.C., I stopped at a store to buy a scratch-off lottery ticket during my lunch break, because Dr Lucas gave me all the assurance that the numbers are not going to fail after I did all he asked me to do. Dr lucas is a powerful Dr that is on a mission to eradicate poverty from people’s lives and i have confirmed that by winning $10 million with the numbers he provided for me, it is my promise to tell the world about my experience with Dr Lucas and that’s what I’m doing now, you can win the lottery fast with the help of Dr Lucas he is tested and trusted Email: Drlucasspelltemple@gmail. com or WhatsApp +234 904 794 3567 he will help you.
  • james belich
    Friday, Mar 8. 2024 09:42 PM
    Winning the lottery was part of my dreams, I tried so hard to win big but all to no avail, until I came across Dr Lucas online who made my dreams come through and made me win 10 million dollars. I was a logistics manager who lives in Lancaster, S.C. and works about an hour’s drive away, in Charlotte, N.C., I stopped at a store to buy a scratch-off lottery ticket during my lunch break, because Dr Lucas gave me all the assurance that the numbers are not going to fail after I did all he asked me to do. Dr lucas is a powerful Dr that is on a mission to eradicate poverty from people’s lives and i have confirmed that by winning $10 million with the numbers he provided for me, it is my promise to tell the world about my experience with Dr Lucas and that’s what I’m doing now, you can win the lottery fast with the help of Dr Lucas he is tested and trusted Email: Drlucasspelltemple@gmail.com or WhatsApp +234 904 794 3567 he will help you.
  • lee
    Thursday, Mar 7. 2024 07:06 PM
    We are members of the Buddhist Temple in Taman Desa Jaya, Kepong, Kuala Lumpur and we have been issued membership by the president (DATUK YIP KUM FOOK), we are very sad because we are the foundation of this Temple

    Now we can know who is always messing with people, and he always cheats money and women, he even uses Buddhism to find money.

    Also, need to be careful with his brother-in-law (Simon Low Kok Meng) because he is a spy (CID) for DATUK YIP KUM FOOK and we will write some letters to AGONG SULTAN IBRAHIM IBN ALMARHUM SULTAN ISKANDAR as soon as possible.

    From Jesmond Yap, Kepong Baru…Kuala Lumpur
  • Phoenix the Shaman Elder
    Thursday, Mar 7. 2024 01:40 AM
    The matriarchal cultures of the grandmothers have specific symbolism of animism shamanism, such as the horse, especially the blue horse, and the deer. These are two main symbols of a shaman woman and you can find them in many cultural folk lore, especially the Russian, Slavic, Siberian, Nordic, Finland, and Norway. It’s nice to see the Matriarchal Shaman Animism diety represented in Chinese.
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 4. 2024 06:59 PM
    An inspiring act of a selfless Lama feeding strays whether its night or day. Truly an example for us all to feed those lonely strays . Yes I do agree compassion starts with feeding strays. Reading this blog again to refresh myself to do more. Strays animals generally lead a life of poor welfare on the street. Feeding strays is a compassionate act.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Anila for this sharing.


    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/rinpoche-through-my-eyes-compassion-starts-with-feeding-strays

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Dharmapalas are not exclusive to Tibetan culture and their practice is widespread throughout the Buddhist world - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=193645
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One of our adorable Kechara Forest Retreat's doggies, Tara, happy and safe, and enjoying herself in front of Wisdom Hall which has been decorated for Chinese New Year
Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
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Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
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On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
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Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
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One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche

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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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
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Powerful Dorje Shugden puja @ Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. Every Saturday, 3 pm. Remove obstacles and grant blessings to fulfil wishes. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta. 6th April 2024
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Powerful Dorje Shugden puja @ Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. Every Saturday, 3 pm. Remove obstacles and grant blessings to fulfil wishes. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta. 6th April 2024
Rejoice to the volunteers (also kind sponsors) who cleaned the Gyenze Chapel and made abundant offerings to Gyenze. ~ Alice
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Rejoice to the volunteers (also kind sponsors) who cleaned the Gyenze Chapel and made abundant offerings to Gyenze. ~ Alice
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Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
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Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
Our weekly Dorje Shugden Puja @ 23/3/2024 . William, as the umze is seen here burning incense powder as we are about to recite the Sangsol Prayer to Dorje Shugden composed by Ganden Serkong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Our weekly Dorje Shugden Puja @ 23/3/2024 . William, as the umze is seen here burning incense powder as we are about to recite the Sangsol Prayer to Dorje Shugden composed by Ganden Serkong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
And here's Mr Wong of KSK Ipoh who dropped by to pray and offered some donation to the Chapel. Kechara Penang Study Group. Pic by Siew Hong & uploaded by Jacinta.
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And here's Mr Wong of KSK Ipoh who dropped by to pray and offered some donation to the Chapel. Kechara Penang Study Group. Pic by Siew Hong & uploaded by Jacinta.
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Group photo taken after the last session, sealed with King of Prayers. Come and join us next time! Sayonara - 9-10th March 2024 - Kechara Penang DS Retreat by Jacinta.
Abundance altar! Fruits, flowers, Mee Koo (traditional Penang buns), Bee Hoon, sourdoughs and snacks are some of the offerings to Rinpoche, Buddhas & Bodhisattvas. Kechara Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat 9-10th March, 2024 by Jacinta.
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Abundance altar! Fruits, flowers, Mee Koo (traditional Penang buns), Bee Hoon, sourdoughs and snacks are some of the offerings to Rinpoche, Buddhas & Bodhisattvas. Kechara Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat 9-10th March, 2024 by Jacinta.
Siew Hong, one of retreatants and an active member of Kechara Penang group proudly presented her torma to be used during the Kalarupa puja. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Siew Hong, one of retreatants and an active member of Kechara Penang group proudly presented her torma to be used during the Kalarupa puja. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat cum Puja, 9-10th March 2024 led by Pastor Seng Piow with 12 retreatants. Uploaded by Jacinta
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Seen here, Pastor Seng Piow set off firecrackers - welcoming of the upcoming year with enthusiasm and positive energy. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Mr. Dared Lim was offering water bowls on behalf of Kechara Ipoh Study Group. (Kin Hoe)
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Mr. Dared Lim was offering water bowls on behalf of Kechara Ipoh Study Group. (Kin Hoe)
Jun from Ipoh was offering mandarin oranges to Mother Tara and The Three Jewels. (Kin Hoe)
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Jun from Ipoh was offering mandarin oranges to Mother Tara and The Three Jewels. (Kin Hoe)
Prior to our puja in Ipoh, Mr. & Mrs. Cheah Fook Wan were preparing for the offerings to the Buddhas. (Kin Hoe)
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Prior to our puja in Ipoh, Mr. & Mrs. Cheah Fook Wan were preparing for the offerings to the Buddhas. (Kin Hoe)
On Sunday afternoon, Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations in Ipoh. (Kin Hoe)
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On Sunday afternoon, Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations in Ipoh. (Kin Hoe)
Some of the best shots taken during Thaipusam in Penang. Swee Bee, Huey, Tang KS, Nathan, Choong SH and Jacinta volunteered. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Some of the best shots taken during Thaipusam in Penang. Swee Bee, Huey, Tang KS, Nathan, Choong SH and Jacinta volunteered. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Simple yet powerful ally ~ Bhagawan Dorje Shuden. Kechara Penang Study Group consists of Chien Seong, Hue, Choong SH, Tang KS, Swee Bee and Jacinta. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Uploaded by Jacinta.
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Simple yet powerful ally ~ Bhagawan Dorje Shuden. Kechara Penang Study Group consists of Chien Seong, Hue, Choong SH, Tang KS, Swee Bee and Jacinta. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Uploaded by Jacinta.
Thaipusam in Penang. Some of the best shots. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Thaipusam in Penang. Some of the best shots. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Nothing beats having a sacred audience with our lineage lamas. It's not selfie or wefie, but we have the best 'groufie'!!! 20th Jan 2024, Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Welcoming our lineage Gurus to our Penang Chapel today! Pastor Seng Piow explained the significance of having Guru Tree and introduced to us our lineage lamas, Buddhas, deities, protectors and etc.
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Welcoming our lineage Gurus to our Penang Chapel today! Pastor Seng Piow explained the significance of having Guru Tree and introduced to us our lineage lamas, Buddhas, deities, protectors and etc.
Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Tara Recitation is on now at KISG - Wai Meng
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Tara Recitation is on now at KISG - Wai Meng
Photo from Wan Wai Meng
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Photo from Wan Wai Meng
A sea of yellow ~usually in Tibetan Buddhism yellow represents growth. We prayed that our Penang group will grow in terms of people, wealth and attainments too. _/\_ Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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A sea of yellow ~usually in Tibetan Buddhism yellow represents growth. We prayed that our Penang group will grow in terms of people, wealth and attainments too. _/_ Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
After Dorje Shugden puja @3pm, we had Rinpoche's Swift Return puja too. We laughed as Sis Swee Bee was commenting that Tang should smile ~ here's the reason why we laughed.  Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta Goh
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After Dorje Shugden puja @3pm, we had Rinpoche's Swift Return puja too. We laughed as Sis Swee Bee was commenting that Tang should smile ~ here's the reason why we laughed. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta Goh
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Today's (9/12/2023)Dorje Shugden puja led by Gordon. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Today's (9/12/2023)Dorje Shugden puja led by Gordon. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Dharma sharing by Hue before we proceeded with DS puja & Rinpoche Swift Return puja. Hue is one of the long time Kechara Penang members and he comes to puja regularly. He shared that he truly believes that Dorje Shugden and Rinpoche always there guiding him. He shared how sometimes DS will give him hints to avert troubles ahead or to alert him when he 'misbehaved'. Hope many will come to know more about this powerful Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden aka DS. Having Dorje Shugden is like having a powerful ally that will protect us day and night. Just trust Him and have faith. Kechara Penang Study Group, 25/11/2023 by Jacinta.
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Dharma sharing by Hue before we proceeded with DS puja & Rinpoche Swift Return puja. Hue is one of the long time Kechara Penang members and he comes to puja regularly. He shared that he truly believes that Dorje Shugden and Rinpoche always there guiding him. He shared how sometimes DS will give him hints to avert troubles ahead or to alert him when he 'misbehaved'. Hope many will come to know more about this powerful Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden aka DS. Having Dorje Shugden is like having a powerful ally that will protect us day and night. Just trust Him and have faith. Kechara Penang Study Group, 25/11/2023 by Jacinta.
Kechara Penang Study Group had our weekly DS puja , led by our beloved sis Swee Bee and serkym by Mr. Lee. After that, we completed Swift Return puja also. 18th Nov 2023. By Jacinta
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Kechara Penang Study Group had our weekly DS puja , led by our beloved sis Swee Bee and serkym by Mr. Lee. After that, we completed Swift Return puja also. 18th Nov 2023. By Jacinta
#Back2back 11th Nov 2023 Dorje Shugden puja & Rinpoche's Swift Return puja @Penang Chapel, 49 Jalan Seang Tek, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang. Every Saturday @3pm/5pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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#Back2back 11th Nov 2023 Dorje Shugden puja & Rinpoche's Swift Return puja @Penang Chapel, 49 Jalan Seang Tek, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang. Every Saturday @3pm/5pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Pic: Rinpoche Swift Return puja ~ 21/10/23 Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Pic: Rinpoche Swift Return puja ~ 21/10/23 Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Philippines 555,278
Indonesia 451,828
Germany 370,298
France 312,722
Brazil 251,023
Vietnam 226,545
Thailand 217,772
Taiwan 206,933
Italy 175,641
Spain 160,953
Netherlands 156,804
Mongolia 147,273
Portugal 138,190
South Africa 138,017
Türkiye 132,302
Sri Lanka 128,762
United Arab Emirates 121,726
Japan 119,012
Russia 114,691
Hong Kong 114,218
China 107,718
Romania 104,740
Mexico 97,736
New Zealand 93,880
Switzerland 88,746
Myanmar (Burma) 88,535
Pakistan 82,184
Sweden 78,121
South Korea 75,124
Cambodia 70,770
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