Superstar Linda Lin Dai

Jun 26, 2010 | Views: 8,004

Lindai

As a kid, I have always liked the old Chinese movies from Hong Kong especially from Run Run Shaw Studios. It is during the time when Hong Kong was still under the colonial Yoke. Where Chinese people were proud of their long lasting culture, their achievements, their history and their rich contributions to this world. They wanted to produce movies that highlighted the rich cultural history of  themselves as a people and not be inundated with Hollywood. Hollywood was closed doors to Asians or anyone of color for that matter. The universal success of Run Run studios and it’s stars sent a message to the world. You don’t have to be what Hollywood portrays to be worth something.

There’s thousands of spectacular pictures by Run Run Shaw. The actors and actresses very famous in the East lived glamorous lives with intrigue, love, pain, success, and early deaths like their Hollywood counterparts. One of my favorites is Lin Dai. I have posted some information on her for you to read. She was indeed a tragic personality whose beautiful films live in the hearts of millions. Her beauty as renowned as Liz Taylor or the Liz Taylor of the east and her acting superb. She made everything believable.

Here are some information about this screen goddess of Mandarin-language films.

Lindai 1

Linda Lin Dai was born as Cheng Yue-ru to a politician’s family in Guangxi, China in 1934. Lin migrated to Hong Kong with her family in 1948. She joined Yung Hwa Film Company in 1952 after leaving the Great Wall Studio, where she joined a year earlier, and made her big-screen debut in Singing Under The Moon. The film made her an instant success.

For the next decade, Lin won the hearts of audiences with more than 40 films. Off the screen, she married tycoon Long Sheng-xun in 1961 at the age of 26. Although she worked for several different studios, Linda Lin Dai is closely associated with the Shaw Brothers, where she became a contract player in 1961.

1959- kingdom & the beauty

The Kingdom And The Beauty (1959)

Lin perfectly matched the vision Shaw Brothers had of itself as a studio and its ideal audience- sophisticated, cosmopolitan, erudite, elegant, modern, and decidedly bourgeois, or aspiring to be all those things.

1965- Blue& Black

The Blue & The Black (1965/ 1966)

Educated in Mandarin and English, Linda Lin Dai could by-pass the local Cantonese-speaking world of Hong Kong to speak to a transnational Chinese audience in America, Europe, Taiwan, and the Nanyang. She could play the classical Chinese beauty or the modern career woman. On screen she often played the heroine who sacrificed herself for the greater good.

Lindai movie 3

Lin won over the critics by winning an unprecedented four best actress awards at the Asian Film Festival for The Golden Lotus, Diau Charn, Les Belles and Love Without End during her career.

Awards

Sadly, she committed suicide in 1964, leaving behind two unfinished films, The Lotus Lamp and The Blue And The Black (1 and 2). In 1995, she was the only Mandarin movie star featured in the Hong Kong Movie Stars stamp collection released by the Hong Kong Post Office. It is an evident that she is still living in the hearts of many Chinese audiences even though she has passed away for almost forty years.

Lindai funeral

This is a picture taken during her funeral procession

10 Top Movies By Linda Lin Dai Of Shaw Studios

    1. Diau Charn (1958)
    2. The Kingdom And The Beauty (1959)
    3. Les Belles (1961)
    4. Love Without End (1961)
    5. Madam White Snake (1962)
    6. Love Parade (1963)
    7. Beyond The Great Wall (1964)
    8. The Lotus Lamp (1965, Released Posthumously)
    9. The Blue & The Black Part 1 (1965)
    10. The Blue & The Black Part 2 (1966)

    Above info extracted from:

    • IVL Les Belles DVD
    • http://hkmdb.com/db/people/view.mhtml?id=2126&display_set=eng

    Movie clips:

    Madame White Snake – (wonderful tale based on rich Chinese Mythology):

    Or view the video on the server at:
    https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/v20495552BB6KzDNM.mp4

    Beyond The Great Wall – (Historical re Chinese Princess given to Mongols to save from invasion)

    Or view the video on the server at:
    https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/v2049553764P32JJY.mp4

    Love Parade – (modern film highlighting the versatility of her acting)

    Or view the video on the server at:
    https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/v204955483ppnFMx5.mp4

    The Battle of Love – (Lin Dai’s earlier movie)

    Or view the video on the server at:
    https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/v20495966fh34FTSK.mp4

    Lin Dai – (A short Tribute)

    or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUCgM0e0HPs&feature=related

    Or view the video on the server at:
    https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/v20495493mCCMFn2c.mp4

    Please search on youtube for many more wonderful films by Lin Dai and Shaw studios. Very well made. Many of the films are available on dvd also. I have most of Lin Dai’s films.

    The world is full of so many talented people. Growing up in US, I didn’t realize as I saw everything threw the eyes of Hollywood. The people there have very little idea of the richness lying untapped for films in the Far East. This is what I am trying to convey in this post. The dragon is waking now….

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    1. Samfoonheei on Jan 21, 2018 at 10:41 am

      Lin Dai was a well-known Mandarin star actress of the Shaw Brothers Studio who was one of my favourites many years ago .She has acted more than 40 movies. I do enjoyed watching her movies that was only black and white those days . Amazing she could play a heroine role in classical Chinese beauty and the modern career woman. The film Shaw Brothers world lost a talented actress when Lin Dai committed suicide in 1964. Lin Dai won a number of awards been the Best Actress at the Asia Pacific Film Festival.
      Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    2. Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Mar 21, 2016 at 3:19 am

      There is something about the stars of yesteryear that is unmatched by today’s celebrities. The class, elegance, beauty and grace with which they conducted themselves and their private lives…they relied more on their talent to make them superstars, than their sex appeal (although of course, that was never very far behind).

      Based on Rinpoche’s write-up about Lin Dai, it seems like she wasn’t typecast as a seductress or temptress which is refreshing. It reflects the level of her talent and the respect people had for her such that they didn’t reduce her into a sex kitten.

      Stars like Lin Dai broke the barriers and paved the way for the Lucy Liu’s and Michelle Yeoh’s of today. But their problems and the problems of the stars of today are exactly the same – unhappiness is unhappiness and when you are surrounded by everything people say should make you happy, and you’re still not happy, I guess suicide seems like the only way out when you don’t know any better or any differently.

    3. Maylin on Mar 30, 2014 at 12:23 pm

      My mom was a fan of Lin Dai when my family moved to Hong Kong in the early 60’s. My mom told me that Lin Dai once held me (before I turned 1 year old) during her filming break in front of our house : )
      I also enjoy those movies from ’50s and 60’s very much!

    4. DR on Jun 13, 2012 at 10:22 pm

      It so so sad to hear of untimely death from such talented actors and singers from the East and West. Marilyn Monroe and Whitney Houston was another such example. Things may seem all well and rosy from the outside but suffering is in all beings in samsara as its the nature of samsara. I am sure if they had the merits to meet with the dharma,situation could have been different for them as they are able to deal with whatever that they were experiencing with better control of it.

    5. ericchoong on Jun 13, 2012 at 5:35 pm

      ( Linda Lin) Lin Dai is one of Tsem Tulku Rinpoche’s favorite actress。。。。She is also one of my favorite fashion icon, she beautiful and glamorous.I was greatly inspired by her style during her era…….But Sadly, she committed suicide in 1964.Even though she is gone,her legacy still lives on…. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing:-)

    6. abby foo on Jun 17, 2011 at 5:37 pm

      aww, my parents love her very much also 🙂

    7. Arlette Chiapetti on Dec 22, 2010 at 12:26 pm

      Hmm. I am not so sure about that…

    8. Janice Kwok on Nov 7, 2010 at 10:33 pm

      Astro did a run of Lin Dai’s movies and still continues to do so. I remember reading her in the magazines which my mum used to buy and admired her beauty, her smiling eyes. The story lines in all her movies are similiar: tragic, unrequieted love, the heroine who dies for all. She couldnt see beyond the illusions of her celluloid roles that she decided to end her life painfully. Its so sad to read that her family members are not able to forgive her even though so many years have passed.

    9. wong kok tong on Aug 25, 2010 at 10:43 am

      very inspiring recording. Remind me of the values of history and the Chinese people. A view that the younger Chinese and other nationalities can learn to appreciate culture and talents of the past.

    10. Hee Peng (Melaka Center) on Jul 11, 2010 at 10:12 pm

      My mum was so thrilled when I told her that Rinpoche had put up posting on Lin Dai on his blog. She was an icon back then that every girls would dress up and look like her in every way possible. Despite the fame and the money that she made as a superstar, she was not happy with her life. My mum told me that she had attempted to commit suicide twice before but was successully rescued by her husband and it was a trick used by her to make sure that her husband remained loyal to her. Nonetheless the third attempt was fatal as her husband wasn’t anywhere near her to rescue her.
      Grasping the ungraspable often leads us to do something that not only cause harm to us but also inflict sufferings to others. We always want things to remain the way it is, be it the relationship, careers, family, neighbourhood, etc and if something has changed and if the changes are to our disadvantage or we feel uncomfortable with the changes, we would try to contain the impact of those changes in our lives rather than embracing it, either by living in denial that everything remains the same even though it isn’t, or we resort to drastic masures to ensure that nothing changes by means of deception, lies, threats, and so forth. Often such actions bring pain and sufferings to our closed ones and ultimately drive them away from us.

    11. keng on Jul 10, 2010 at 11:36 pm

      I used to watch the black and white with Lin Dai and I do love the wonderful songs she ‘belt’ out. The other beautiful and talented actor that took her own life was Betty Loh Tih. It is a real shame that these celebrities and those of today cannot see the truth in ‘life’. It may seem bad to say but they are somewhat ‘self centred’ otherwise they would not take their own life for whatever ‘depressed’ state of affairs they undergone. This also proves that success and fame in this life is no guarantee of happiness. I dread the current generation of people who have no stability in thoughts and are constantly chasing for fame and fortune the ‘quick’ way. And how ironic that after attaining fame, they decide to keep their lives private.

    12. Lily on Jul 10, 2010 at 10:14 pm

      Many a Saturday nights were spent with my mom in the cinema watching movies of Lin Dai, Li Ching and Ling Po, to name but a few. All the ladies were the superstars and legends in their own time. Lin Dai committed suicide at the prime of her career. She had ‘everything’, fame and fortune but happiness..?? She must have been deeply depressed that she can’t think rationally but take that course of action. Like some of the celebrities of recent times, they are too consumed with their own emotions that they cannot see the reality of their sufferings. If they have the good fortune to have come into spirituality/dharma, perhaps some of them would still be alive. Om Mani Padma Hum

    13. May Ong on Jul 10, 2010 at 1:58 am

      Linda Lin Dai was beautiful, talented, charming and an angel. However she ended her life tragically with such sadness. Women can be beautiful during their prime but ageing is a fact of life. If only she had grown old gracefully with her family beside. She may have glamour, rich and wealthy but she was certainly not happy. If this state of unhappiness is left alone, depression sips in.
      I feel for what she went through in her last moments of life. She must have thought about her actions before making the decision to take her own life. She was not able to see light at the end of the tunnel. Nobody should take that road.

    14. Irene Lim on Jul 9, 2010 at 11:33 pm

      I was a movie queen when I was young. My uncle owns a cinema in town and my family and I did not have to pay to see any movies. Almost every evening I would go movies with my grandmother, mother and siblings. Of course, Lin Dai was one of my favorite actress. Whatever movie comes to town I would surely be in the cinema. It is so nostalgic when I watch Lin Dai’s movie now. She was the best actress; everything about her acting and expression was really dramatic and real. She was renowned and extremely popular in the Chinese speaking countries. It was a blow when she committed suicide. What a waste….
      I was a movie queen when I was young. My uncle owns a cinema in town and my family and I did not have to pay to see any movies. Almost every evening I would go movies with my grandmother, mother and siblings. Of course, Lin Dai was one of my favourite actress. Whatever movie comes to town I would surely be in the cinema. It is so nostalgic when I watched Lin Dai’s movie now. She was the best actress; everything about her acting and expression was really dramatic and real. She was renowned and extremely popular in the Chinese speaking countries. It was a blow when she committed suicide. What a waste….
      Why crave for fame, when it is only a passing phase? There is a greater purpose in life than chasing fame. If only Lin Dai knew…..

    15. Joy Kam on Jul 9, 2010 at 4:53 pm

      Lin Dai’s story is classic case of Samsara’s Entrapments. No matter how beautiful, talented and famous you are, if your mind is not happy, in this case Lin Dai was always in depression, you will still go downhill especially if you don’t have merits to support your fame and stardom. Just like Elvis and James Dean and Merilyn, all these classic legends who became so famous so fast and died young. What I understand and from many of Rinpoche’s teachings is these famous people suddenly die is cos their good karma has been exhausted, that is why they go down very fast. But if you have Merits (which cannot be exhausted) from doing good/virtuous deeds, it helps to support you to continue doing your good works (if you are doing good works to begin with, like Dharma, charity, helping others etc.) Many do not understand Karma and Merits and if we really understand and apply it, we can grow positively very fast. Karma and Merits is not about a religion, it exists whether we like it or not, this explains why certain things happen, the cause and effect of everything that exist. So no point basking in our fame and glory for it may just disappear at a blink of an eye without you even realizing it.

    16. Joy Kam on Jul 9, 2010 at 4:46 pm

      This brings back so much memories when mum use to drag us to the old smelly cinemas to watch Lin Dai in Madam White Snake – and I loved it! Even as a little kid around 5 or 6 years old, I totally loved her because of her charisma, beauty and good acting. It’s a classic and I am quite surprised that Rinpoche like Lin Dai too! Rinpoche is really so versatile, you can relate to just about anyone from any age group and background. I guess this is what make Rinpoche so different and Rinpoche’s style more approachable to the masses.

    17. Beng Kooi on Jul 9, 2010 at 5:16 am

      This is my first time coming across Lin Dai, and when I saw the first black and white picture of her, I actually thought she was Liz Taylor!
      Later, as I read more and saw her colour photos, I realised my perception of her changed a little, just by virtue of her being an Asian actress. Its not that I thought she was any less beautiful or elegant, but there was a definite shift in my perception of what she would be like and who she was.
      My reaction came as a surprise to me, and I just wanted to share it with all, that sometimes, what we perceive through our senses, even with something as simple as this, does colour our perceptions of how things are or how things should be. And if we are unaware (or even if we are aware), we act from our expectations and that is what creates much unhappiness from all of us. Thank you for this post, i got something unexpected from it.

    18. Allan Lee 李栢荣 on Jul 9, 2010 at 1:50 am

      Lin Dai, watched her movies when I was young. Use to shrug when my mom makes us sit together and watch the show with her. Those singing sounded to horrible to me during that time. But as I grew up, I realised I started to appreciate those “dreadful” movies. We can really see how people from the era putting so much effort in the acting. Lin Dai is really a lady with pure talent and she can really act well. I love The Kingdom and The Beauty & Madam White Snake. My two all time favourites. It is a sad thing for her to die at young age by taking her own life. She is a lost to the entertainment industry and also a lost of talent. It will be great if we can relive such talents and remake the movies just like it is from that era. It will sure entertain us and will bring back the sweet memories 🙂

    19. Elaine Cheah on Jul 8, 2010 at 10:46 pm

      In the black and white photo, Lin Dai reminds me of Audrey Hepburn, an epitome of grace and classic elegance. These film clips, pictures and songs of old Shanghai evoke a sense of nostalgia of an era long gone. I’m not quite a movie buff, and I have no recollection of Lin Dai, but it is nice that we are able to let time stand still and capture forever moments that become lost as soon as they occur and we can relive them again and again and be transported back to that era in reminiscence.
      The old Chinese movies have very tragic story lines that often tell of love and loss. My earliest memories of Chinese movies was when I was very small, living in the hospital where my mum worked as the matron. The nurses always had the TV and Redifusion on at the canteen in the nurses’ quarters. The medium of conversation around the hospital was mainly Cantonese. The black and while movies were always being played and they were all tear-jerkers. I had a nanny from Canton, an “Ah Ma Chair” who was celibate, sworn to service as a housekeeper, wore one long pigtail and whose dress code was always crisp white and black “sam foo”. That hospital where I lived, the Chinese Maternity Hospital in Pudu (which still exists today), was founded by the Run Run Shaw Foundation of Hong Kong, what a small world. Ah, this brings back a lot of my childhood memories forever etched in my mind.

    20. Sean on Jul 8, 2010 at 5:30 pm

      I have never heard of this Linda Lin Dai. I also never watched any of her movies but if Rinpoche likes it, if I find one of these movies, I will like it for sure. All the pictures look extremely nice, they make Linda Lin Dai look extremely gorgeous. She gained many awards! It is sad that she committed suicide. Suicide is the worst option in life. That stupid option will send you directly to hell! I will search for the movies that are more recent like: The Blue & The Black Part 1 (1965) and The Blue & The Black Part 2 (1966).

    21. ngeowchin on Jul 8, 2010 at 4:10 pm

      I was so excited when I saw Lin Dai’s pics and story captured Rinpoche’s interest out of zillions of stars out there.Of course Lin Dai was no ordinary star – she was undisputed Queen of Chinese celluloid and probably won more awards for her beauty cum talent than any other HK stars then and now.
      I also happen to be her no 1 fan and had seen all her movies many times. The record must be ‘Beauty and the Kingdom’ which I must have watched more than a dozen times and had memorised many of the songs there. She was also my mother’s no 1 fan and many people said my mom look like her – hence my bias !
      Beauty, fame, fortune and intelligence cannot protect our mind.Lin Dai had all those things but could not find peace and contentment – the things that matter.
      She left this world sad and regretful.
      If we don’t learn from this lesson and take the dharma path, we will also suffer same fate for chasing after transience and things that don’t matter when death comes.

    22. Ooi Pe on Jul 8, 2010 at 9:07 am

      I remember being dragged to the movies to watch Lin Dai on the silver screen. I did not undertsand a word of what was goig on then but I found it interesting as she was very pretty and the idol of many people. She became the darling of the Eastern silver screen. She was very successful in the short span of her life. Sadly she left this world aged 30 while at the pinnacle of her acting career – she had fame, power, career – material fortune. A stark reminder of how life is so fragile. Nothing is certain; death is certain. Her legend lives on.

    23. Joey on Jul 7, 2010 at 12:21 pm

      Lin Dai’s life story was an extremely weird one in my opinion because although she was a superstar, almost ALL of the characters she plays on screen commits suicide for the good of the many. In the end, due to gossips from the media that she was a loose woman, she committed suicide to protect her honor. My grandmother was one of her biggest fans and she told me how Lin Dai died. Even she noticed that Lin Dai died the way her screen characters did: suicide and disappointment after being forced into a corner or when being accused.
      Perhaps, she acted those roles too many times until she internalized the mentality of her characters, and acted out based on them.This seems to be one of the examples of familiarization but unfortunately in the wrong direction. And how gossip can ruin another life and person.

    24. Yokefui on Jul 7, 2010 at 8:14 am

      Lin Dai is one of those famous celebrities that seem to have everything we can only dream of but are so hopelessly unhappy with their lives that they resort to taking their own lives.
      People chase after fame, power, wealth etc, when they get to the top they worry about how long they will stay up on top and depress over the fear of losing them.
      Rinpoche always teaches on how to have real inner peace – to focus on others, once we do that we destroy the cause for unhappiness, SELFISHNESS. If you want a powerful teaching on this , go to “We own nothing”: http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/2010/04/we-own-nothing.html

    25. Shirley Tan on Jul 7, 2010 at 7:23 am

      Hi Elsie, thank you so much for taking the time to write and share more stories about Lin Dai. I also was not aware that she drank Detol. The thought is painful enough. However, I would not go to as far as to say that I admire people who take their own life. Ending one’s life does not stem from courage, it comes from fear and abject depression. When we feel trapped in some situation and we cannot see the light at the end of that long dark tunnel, we will withdraw deeper within ourselves. We will fall deeper into an abyss of negative emotions. In fact, I dare say that taking one’s life is the ultimate act of selfishnes. Because we have turned our backs to life, and we rather give up and not try anymore. So, in actual fact, we have totally stopped caring and are willing to abandon even ourselves. What you said about having someone around to help or to console is very valid. When our mind is so unstable, our emotions can derail us completely. This is one of the reasons why Rinpoche blogs, why Kechara puts on Rinpoche’s teachings into youtube and put out everything online. Someone who is down or depressed might come across these videos or teachings, or even this blog post and find it helpful. It might even save a life. Rinpoche often says that everything our mind projects, no matter how real it may seem is just an illusion. If a thought can be created from the mind, it can also be taken away from the mind, and even be replaced by a better thought. I know at this point it may sound easier said than done. Everything takes time and practice. But when we don’t give up and keep working at our own issues, things will eventually get better. We will become much stronger and nothing will throw us off ever again. It takes time to build strength and courage. No different than it takes time to build bigger/stronger muscles in our bodies. We have to keep working at it, and never give up. With every bad and self-defeating thought, we will replace it with ten good, uplifting thoughts and focus outwards. Rinpoche has said many times that the fastest cure to depression is to stop thinking about ourselves so much, and do more social or community work. Helping others is an instant reliever of misery, because we become someone useful and beneficial to others. Then we will begin to value the real purpose of life.

    26. Peter on Jul 6, 2010 at 10:27 pm

      Terima Kasih Rinpoche!
      And yes, my paternal grandparents and parents were some of her fans and the surprising news of her unfortunate demise was a tough one.
      Her case, like many others, has served to give me a stark reminder of how fragile do some hold on to the thin thread of the precious human existence…
      More importantly, it has taught me how to be more compassionate and understanding of these people and be of the best assistance that I can be in their ‘dark night of the soul’ moments when the only light they see is none…
      Every such case that I read serves as a wake up call to certain realities of life, oft ignored or shelved away.

    27. Elsie Toy on Jul 5, 2010 at 8:29 pm

      She shocked the entire Asia with the news of her suicide drinking Detol. (I was 6 yrs old then when she died.) Imagine how painful is that to drink detol, the pain and agony she goes through. She gave so much of joy and entertainment to other but inside her she suffers in silence. She was mocked by the Roman Catholics for committing suicide. (Her Catechism teacher was also my teacher in St Margaret church in Hong Kong) Her grave is still in Happy Valley Hong Kong. I visited the cementery on ‘All Souls’ Day for catholic Mass. The grave is not even taken care of by her family members it is really sad. Something must have pushed her to the brim to take such a drastice action. If only someone is there for her to help her to see her through and understand her needs to console her. Why still mocked her after her death isnt there forgivenss. I dont understand. Maybe she is suffering me because of her self centredness. She need more attention from her family but not receiving it. Is that what she is suffering. Self-centredness cause suffering as well. That is the danger of “I”. Therefore wer must learn to put others before us.

    28. David Lai on Jul 5, 2010 at 7:52 am

      I am amazed by Rinpoche’s broad range of movies that he watches as they span east to west. I guess it must be Rinpoche’s ways to understand his Chinese students here in Malaysia. In order to be effective, Rinpoche had immersed himself in Chinese culture in order to understand his students better.
      Rinpoche has been in Malaysia since 1992 and he has done a lot to understand the local Malaysian mentality and disposition. Therefore, his activities have increased tremendously with the culmination in Kechara House and its various departments. The departments are ingenious ways in which Rinpoche spreads the Dharma. They have recently come up with interested and informative website on these departments. Do check it out – http://www.kechara.com

    29. Paris on Jul 3, 2010 at 7:35 pm

      Wow I didn’t know that she committed suicide – it’s such a shocker when you hear of talented, amazing, beautiful people killing themselves and you think, “what do they have to be sad about to kill themselves? they have everything in the world and the world loves them.” It’s such a sad thing to see that you could be at the top of the world and still feel like the loneliest person.
      It’s really true too – when I was studying in this rich-bitch international school, the kids were more screwed up than you could ever know. They were drinking themselves to the hospital, doing pregnancy tests at 15, suffering eating disorders, depressed, going for counselling. You look at these kids with their amazing glamourous, rich, safe lives and you think, “what have you got to be unhappy about?”
      Then you go to Nepal, where they have nothing and they have to paint walls for a living and they’re happier than anyone I’d ever met (I wrote these experiences in my book). Rinpoche himself shows us what it means to have that lasting happiness – from the time he lived in a cow shed, to now, living in a beautiful, comfortable Ladrang in KL, he has never changed, never been more happy or sad in either condition, his happiness completely unaffected by a material surrounding. This is something really worth aspiring to.
      I think Rinpoche is far more glamorous than Liz Taylor or Lin Dai could ever have been and this stems from the fact that he is so REAL, unchanging, consistent and kind. There is so much glamour in finding happiness no matter what the conditions around you are, and further, giving that happiness to others also.

    30. Yee Ling on Jul 2, 2010 at 6:00 am

      Dear Rinpoche
      Your blog on Lin Dai brought back many childhood memories of going to her movies with my mother when I was very young. I remember very clearly the story of Madame White Snake. When her songs played on Redifusion, my mother used to love singing along with her! Yes, she left quite an impact on many people, myself included

    31. mima on Jun 30, 2010 at 8:56 am

      Thank you for sharing about this very special being!

    32. Elsie Toy on Jun 29, 2010 at 1:24 am

      Thank you Rinpoche for sharing about Lin Dai. It is such a tragedy that such a jewel is so vulnerable. “Here today gone tomorrow ” sad that all fame, glamour and riches didn’t give her happiness but bitterness,agony and pain that gave her the courage to take her own life. Somehow I always respect those people who have the courage to take their own life. I respect their courage cos I don’t have.

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    • sarassitham
      Thursday, Apr 22. 2021 12:38 AM
      Animals are sentient beings who like us have feelings, if we hurt them they feel pain and if we treat them with love and care, they would feel loved. The more we human know about the animals the more we feel how amazing they are.

      Thank you for sharing, I got attacked from the cuteness and I admired the warm hug of the puppy with teddy bear.

      https://bit.ly/3eoJxl4
    • Samfoonheei
      Wednesday, Apr 21. 2021 03:12 PM
      In Buddhism, offerings are made to the Triple Gem, giving rise to contemplative gratitude and inspiration. One such offerings such as foods. flowers, and so forth. Reading this post gives us a more understanding of some do’s and don’ts regarding food offerings. Offering food is a meritorious act that also reminds us not to be greedy or selfish.
      GREAT guidance , precious teachings and listening from those videos tell us more. All about making offerings, the importance of our motivation and the results of making offerings to the Three Jewels
      Thank you Rinpoche and writers for this sharing.

      https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/a-quick-note-on-food-offerings.html
    • Samfoonheei
      Wednesday, Apr 21. 2021 03:09 PM
      nteresting story of Namkar Barzin who is a worldly Dharma Protector in their own right after being subdued by Domo Geshe Rinpoche. And is part of Dorje Shugden’s entourage whose history goes back to about 90 years ago. Namkar Barzin is the second minister to Dorje Shugden after Kache Marpo. Well known for having the power to protect buildings, institutions, monasteries, and so forth . And also promotes peace, harmony, prosperity and growth as such as powerful in protecting Dharma.
      Interesting read story of how Namkar Barzin became a Minister in the entourage of Lord Dorje Shugden. Rinpoche did composed a prayers to Namkar Barzin feeling strongly connected to him and this will benefit people spiritually.
      Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

      https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/invocation-to-namkar-barzin.html
    • sarassitham
      Tuesday, Apr 20. 2021 10:09 PM
      Astrology is a big influence on our life as it determine certain traits of character that influence our actions. Astrology does have some things in common with religions, such as seeking to understand the greater nature of the universe.

      Well! Tibetan Buddhism astrology goes much further, seeing deep into our soul and the karma you are working through in this life time, and far into the future even to the end of your life’s path.

      Thank you for the interesting sharing and happy to discover the Magical Square system of Tibetan astrology .

      https://bit.ly/3dyPGMz
    • Samfoonheei
      Monday, Apr 19. 2021 05:14 PM
      The Chinese concept of yin and yang describes nature in daulities with two opposite, complementary, and interdependent forces. In simple words, two halves balancing together that make a whole. Yin and yang always flows and changes with time. Examining and understanding these patterns in ourselves and around us brings more balance in life. Examining and understanding these patterns in ourselves and around us brings more balance in life. All things carry the yin while embrace the yang. Neutralising energy brings them into harmony. Accepting true constants in life, change and death facts can release us from as much suffering and bring freedom in life. We must remember to let go of the past, and allow life to take its course. To me simplicity, patience, compassion are our greatest treasures. Great quotes.
      Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

      https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/taoist-wisdom-2.html
    • Samfoonheei
      Monday, Apr 19. 2021 05:10 PM
      Benza Guru Drubtop’ accomplished practitioner from Bhutan who has achieved spiritual realizations due to the recitation of the Padmasambhava Mantra. Previously he was a blind beggar living in the outlying suburbs of Bhutan. To regain his vision, the farmer following the advice of spiritual teachers and decided to recite the Vajra Guru Mantra with which he could improve his eye sight. His faith in Padmasambhava began to emerge and increase. As day and night didn’t make much difference to him and he began to recite the mantra diligently day and night, praying to Guru Rinpoche with great devotion. He eventually achieved an incredible level of realization. After having the vision of Padmasambhava ,he passed away thus fulfilling the prophecy. Inspiring read.
      Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

      https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/a-true-account-of-an-accomplished-practitioner-of-the-vajra-guru-mantra-in-recent-times.html
    • Samfoonheei
      Monday, Apr 19. 2021 05:09 PM
      We build up understanding through our experience in the world. The process of reflection helps us to develop our understanding more deeply . We then could share our intuitive knowledge with others. It provides the opportunity to step back and take a look at what our work means to us. Self-reflection focus our mind and energy makes us a better decision maker.
      Thank you Rinpoche for this meaningful thought

      https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/around-us.html
    • 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.

      https://bit.ly/3mNdeQP
    • 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
    • Samfoonheei
      Wednesday, Apr 14. 2021 03:40 PM
      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
    • Samfoonheei
      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
    • Samfoonheei
      Monday, Apr 12. 2021 04:11 PM
      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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    • April 22, 2021 01:41
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    • April 21, 2021 03:13
      Sandra asked: Respected pastors, When one experiences the outcome of negative karmas, how does one have compassion for oneself and overcome tough times? Relying on buddhas is definitely top of the list but I find my fear and self doubt and bad temper sabotages all the outer dharma practice I do. I am weak in the practical side of applying dharma!
      pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question. What you have expressed is something that a lot of people go through, because of the accumulation of negative karma from previous lifetimes. What you must remember is that our negative habitual patterns from previous lives are very strong, hence effort is needed in the spiritual path. That is why Joyous Effort is one of the Six Perfections. Karma, our habitual patterns, fear and self-doubt will try to knock us of the path of self-transformation at every turn until we are strong enough to withstand them. One way to overcome this is to develop strong faith in the Three Jewels, and the way to do this is to engage in the practice of Taking Refuge. I'm not just talking about Talking Refuge at the beginning of formal Dharma practice such as your sadhana or pujas. But actually Taking Refuge remembering the qualities of the Three Jewels. When I first came to Kechara, I had a lot of physical obstacles manifest, a lot of fear and doubt. H.E. Tsem Rinpoche suggested that I read the section of the Lamrim that talks about Taking Refuge, and explains how to do it properly, remembering the qualities of the Three Jewels and the benefits they grant on the spiritual path. When you practice Taking Refuge, you remember these and you contemplate them. Then your faith in the application of the Dharma increases, and your fear, self-doubt, etc, disappear. When that happens, even if your negative karma and habits try to knock you off the path, you find yourself back on the path. Another thing you must remember is that when we are practicing the Dharma, due to our habits, we will not be perfect at something directly after learning about it. It takes time to train ourselves. That is why the central teaching in the Gelug tradition we practice is called the Lamrim, or the Graded Stages on the Path to Enlightenment. It is step-by-step. It is a process. It is not instant. So you shouldn't let fear, self-doubt, etc get in the way. Instead calmly apply the antidote to these, which is strong refuge. When you develop strong refuge, you will have faith and confidence in the teachings. When you have these, you will practice the teachings, no matter what happens. The compassion for yourself and overcoming tough times comes through faith in the Three Jewels and the teachings of self-transformation. I met someone the other day who said self-transformation was not possible for him, but then why did Buddha Shakyamuni and the enlightened beings teach the Dharma? Of course, it is possible, and in order to progress on the spiritual path, you must have faith and conviction. This comes from the simple, yet foundational practice of Taking Refuge. I hope this helps. Thank you.
    • April 19, 2021 02:53
      Sandra asked: Hello respected pastors, I heard once from here that too much mantra recitations produce wind in the body? Did I hear right? What are the repercussions of that? I do find I cough during mantra recitations these days...I only do about 6 malas though!
      pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question. Mantras are the form of the enlightened beings in sound. Hence, when you recite mantras they are very powerful. All mantras move the psychic winds in the body. They don't actually produce physical wind in the body. The psychic winds move naturally due to the power of the mantras, and only have a beneficial effect on the body. If you are not initiated into the Higher Yoga Tantra practices, any of the common mantras are fine to recite. These include Lama Tsongkhapa's Migtsema, your Guru's mantra, Chenrezig, Tara, Manjushri, etc. These will move the winds in your body naturally, so there will be no untoward side effect. However, mantras of Higher Yoga Tantra deities, such as Yamantaka, Vajra Yogini, Heruka, etc, should only be known and recited by those who have received initiation into the practice and received the commentary to the practice from a qualified guru. These mantras move the psychic winds in the body more forcefully hence can have negative side effects if not done properly. If you are having any negative effects when reciting mantras, such as coughing, that could be due to a number of other more ordinary reasons, such as reciting too loudly or being out of breath when reciting. When you are reciting mantras during your sadhana, you should only recite loud enough for yourself to hear, and not disturb others if they are around. If you are in a puja, you follow the puja lead to either recite out aloud or quietly. If you are getting out of breath, slow down your mantra recitation, or reduce the amount of mantras you are doing until you are used to it. Then you can slowly increase to however many you want to recite. The main issue is consistency, you should recite mantras as part of your sadhana every day. You can also recite extra mantras throughout the day, but the key is to make sure that you finish your daily sadhana. And you should not rush through your mantra recitation, but recite the mantra clearly. I hope this helps.
    • 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.
      pastor answered: Dear Ray, Thank you for your question. As I am sure you are aware, there are many different types of prayers. Praises are one type of prayer, or commonly included in longer prayers. When we praise the enlightened beings, we generate merit. This is due to the power of the enlightened beings. Generally speaking these prayers are praises of the qualities of either the enlightened being's body, speech, mind or benefits derived from their practices. Or the praise can be a combination of these. The merit generated from praising an enlightened being is immense. Some prayers even have the power to grant certain specific benefits due to the merits generated from the praise. Hence, some prayers even have the benefits listed in them. So yes, if you recite the praise with strong faith and refuge in the particular enlightened being, you will generate merit which will help to achieve the benefits stated. On a normal level, you will receive the benefits. On a higher level, you create the merit to achieve the same body, speech, mind and qualities of the enlightened being, meaning you create the causes to be enlightened yourself. I hope this helps.
    • April 12, 2021 03:20
      Eden asked: Dear Pastors, How are all of you doing? I have a few questions here. I will be very grateful if you can answer them. Thank you. 1) If we are here because of our previous life karma, previous previous karma and so on. May i know when does all of this started? How does this chain of karma started? Im sure we all had our 1st life and everything had a beginning to it. 2) I am currently facing some problem over my career pathway, are there any practices and mantras that I can do to request for guidance?
      pastor answered: Dear Eden, Thank you for your questions. 1. Buddhism does not believe in a 1st life, and the reason being is the Buddhist view of time. Most people think of time and existence as linear. It has a definitive starting point and a certain end point. But Buddhism views time as a cyclic. Hence, our universe as we understand it, will at one point cease to exist, and then a new universe will come into existence. However, even though our current universe will end, due to the force of karma and reincarnation, we will take rebirth into the new universe and have many rebirths there. So in Buddhism we say that we have had "countless" rebirths, as you would never be able to count how many lifetimes you have had. This cycle is vicious and leads us to take rebirth endlessly. The only way to stop this cycle is to transcend it altogether, which is the state of Buddhahood, in which you are completely liberated from the cycle, known as "samsara". Also the way in which we think about karma is not linear either. It is not one for one. By this I mean, if you do one negative action, it is not that you will experience only one negative result. You will actually experience many negative results, with differing levels of severity until the karma is exhausted. How you respond to the negative results can lead to either more negative karma, or positive karma. Hence, the law of karma according to the Buddhist view point is much more nuanced then the general understanding of karma that people have these days. The Buddha explained this process in a teaching known as the 12 Links of Dependent Origination, which is quite complex. If you want to learn more about this teaching, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche gave a very profound teaching on it here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/teaching-on-the-twelve-links-of-dependent-origination.html Hence, according to Buddhism, the understand of time is a never-ending cycle in which universes are created, destroyed and created again due to the power of karma. Since it is a cycle, there is no "beginning" or "1st life" for sentient beings. 2. In regards to your career pathway, I would suggest you engage in the combined practice of Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden. We have heard of many people who are either stuck in their career or who need to find good jobs, succeed in the their goals after engaging in this practice with a sincere motivation. There is a book available regarding the practice here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/the-dorje-shugden-handbook. We also have an entire section of this website dedicated to various aspects of the practice, including history, other prayers, etc. (https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/dorje-shugden). I hope this helps. Let us know if we can help in any other way.
    • April 11, 2021 00:23
      Lara asked: Hello pastors, I have a family member suffering from depression right now. May I know how I can help him to overcome this? Thank you.
      pastor answered: Dear Lara, I'm sorry to hear that your family member is going through this. When someone is going through such a difficult time, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche has advised that the person themselves seek qualified medical help as well as engage in the practice of Lama Tsongkhapa, which is well-known to help overcome things like depression. From your side you should be as supportive as possible. Take the time to understand what your family member is going through, and in which ways you can support them to overcome their depression and heal. You can watch a fantastic teaching about the practice of Lama Tsongkha here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sayonara-to-depression.html. The prayer text for the practice can be found here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/sadhana-prayers.html#19 However, sometimes family members may not be open to the engaging in the practice themselves. In that case, you can engage in the practice yourself and dedicate the merits for the family member to heal, but this will not be as effective as the family member doing the practice themselves. Another thing that you can do, it to make abundant offerings or engage in virtuous activities like as helping the less fortunate, and dedicating the merits from those activities to your family member. You can also have pujas sponsored for your family member. The following two pujas would be excellent: Medicine Buddha Puja - which is good for healing, both physical and mental (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/medicine-buddha-puja-fund) Dorje Shugden Puja - to remove obstacles for a swift recovery (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/dorje-shugden-wishfulfilling-puja-fund) These are the various methods in which you can help. You can do just one or a combination of the methods mentioned to generate as much positive energy and merit as possible for your family member. I hope this helps.
    • April 10, 2021 07:50
      ray asked: hi pastor i have a question regarding purification practices because ive been having some doubts now, is it true that some people say engaging in purification practices bad things would then happen to the practitioner after that? be it being sick or facing obstacles coming after that.
      pastor answered: Dear Ray, Thank you for your question. When we engage in purification practices, what we are purifying is our negative karma. If you know about karma, you know that eventually you will need to experience your karma, be this negative or positive. When you experience your negative karma, then you experience negative situations. This could be something major, like having an accident, to something very minor such as feeling bad if say a loved one says something in a way that you perceive as being negative. Any experience you have that you perceive as negative, is a manifestation of your negative karma. During purification practices, through your own effort of invoking upon the enlightened beings and practice of the Four Opponent Powers, you are able to purify this negative karma. However, for a negative karma to be fully exhausted, you need to experience it. Say you have a karma to get into an accident, if you don't purify and exhaust it, then you will need to suffer from it 100%. This could mean getting into a car accident which is very severe and you are hurt badly. If you engage in purification practices then you can purify, let's say 99% of the karma. But for it to be exhausted fully, you still need to experience it. In this case, maybe you do get into an accident. Since you have purified most of the karma, your car only bumps into another car very softly. You don't even feel it, the person in the other car doesn't feel it and you car is not damaged at all. This is the reason why some people say if you engage in purification practices, bad things will happen. And because of that people are put off doing purification practices. This is wrong thinking because if you do experience negative situations when engaged in purification practices, this could be because: a) What you experienced is actually the purified karma, rather than the full force of the karma. In this case you should rejoice that through your effort of engaging in the practice, you didn't experience something much worse. b) It could just simply be the manifestation of a karma that wasn't purified. This means, you would have had to go through this experience anyway. c) Because you are engaged in purification practices, you are thinking of karma a lot. Therefore, when such experiences occur then you attribute it to karma, and then think it is linked to your purification practice. Then you believe that doing purification practices is bad because you have to suffer from such experiences. This is wrong thinking. Perhaps even if you were not doing purification practices, then you would still experience the situation, but you wouldn't actually think anything of it. You would just go about the rest of your day as usual. That being said, when you are doing purification practices, there comes a point were certain negative karma is so weak that you need to experience it for it to be exhausted completely. This can and does manifest as negative situations, such as minor illnesses, or even accidents, etc. However, the point to remember is the karma causing these situations have been purified so they are very mild compared to their full form. These negative situations can also be purified/exhausted in dreams, etc. Another way they can be purified is having mental disturbances or emotional ups and downs when actually doing the purification practices. In essence, you will need to feel the effects of your negative karma in some form or another, so better that you experience it in a very mild form right? This is what purification practices helps you to do. Purification practices are not something to be scared of. In fact, you should rejoice when engaged in purification practices. On a more deeper level, without some form of purification practice it is hard to understand higher aspects of the Dharma. Your negative karma will block you from being able to understand the Dharma and then internalise it. That is why purification practices are emphasised within each and every tradition and are a prerequisite for higher teaching such as tantra. The benefits of purification practices (such as enabling you to exhaust your negative karma in a very mild form, and preparing your mind for higher teachings) outweighs having to experience a very small negative situation. Therefore think about the benefits of purification practice and contemplate on it. This will help you to develop faith in them and get rid of any doubts or fears that you may have. I hope this helps.
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      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
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