The Buddha – The Story of Siddhartha

Jun 28, 2012 | Views: 14,464

(By Tsem Rinpoche)

THIS IS A INTERESTING SHOW ON BUDDHA’S LIFE STORY. Adults would find it refreshing, and children would find it a nice way to learn. Please take do enjoy the learning.

I have provided on my blog a wide variety of subjects to explore, read, learn, and think about. You literally have to just carry your laptop and I have so much to share with everyone. You don’t have to keep so many files in your computer that takes up space, just access this blog. I will add more to it in time for your benefit. It’s like entering another world. My world which I open to you.

Learn and enjoy,
Tsem Rinpoche

 

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  1. m.priya on Aug 29, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    thanks for the wonderful video..i really loved it…The teachings of the enlightened-one (The great Buddha) is for all human beings. His teachings are universal and help all human beings to free from sufferings and misery.

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  3. Hamid on May 11, 2013 at 4:17 am

    I would like to here the buddhist hymn that the buddhist monk singing in kushinagar. The prayer was accompanied with Violin. It is 1 hour & 38 minutes in to the movie. Please help me find it.

  4. nari on Mar 4, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Buddha was born in Lumbini, Kapilvastu, Nepal.
    Shakyamuni is the origin of Nepal. Shakya cast still following buddha Dharma in Nepal.

  5. abby F on Jul 6, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    还没正式上学校时,我的二哥就跟我说过佛陀释迦牟尼的故事。印象最深刻的便是佛陀一出世,就说了“天上天下,唯我独尊”,而且行走的7步都生出莲花。那时我也记得佛陀是个王子,但最后选择出家了。

    小时候不明白为什么佛陀要这么做,也没去想过宗教或佛教是怎么一回事。然而家人常说的无常和生老病死,原来就是佛陀的教诲!虽然我21岁时才正式成为一名佛教徒,但原来我自小都深受佛陀教诲的影响。

    佛陀的生平故事不只是故事,其中都是佛理的体现。我非常喜爱佛陀的生平故事。更棒的是,佛陀的生平故事在佛经中都能读到。由此,我就得知原来那不是故事那么简单。我对苦集灭道的理解,也是从佛陀的生平故事中了解。因此,无论佛陀的生平故事以哪种形式来呈现,那都是非常好的!谢谢仁波切的分享!我会继续再阅读佛陀的故事,以求不同的顿悟。

  6. Jeffrey Yee on Jul 5, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    How amazing it is that we can relate so well to Buddha’s teaching that was spoken during ancient times. Moreover, some of the teachings are actually more applicable in the modern times. It is abit scary to know the potential of an enlightened mind.

    I first came to know about the Buddha in my secondary school’s moral studies, which only expressed the history of Prince Gautama generally and not much on his teachings. In fact, it is actually the short stories of Buddha’s experience and lifetimes that got me interested.

    To me, Rinpoche’s blog is like Buddha’s teachings and short stories in cyber format. Thank you for posting Rinpoche.

  7. ericchoong on Jul 3, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    在我成长的过程,都有看过许多叙述佛陀的电影或漫画。小时只是晓得佛陀是王子,然后离家出走去出家。。。等等。
    当然真正故事里面所要表达的义意完全不憧,到现在遇到真正的上师然后才开始学佛修行才了解佛法真正的义意。
    “这个世界充满了痛苦和悲伤”,佛陀会这样教导我们,他告诉跟随他的人说他找到了安宁。你们也可以找到。佛陀教导我们,给于我们方法去如何接受这一切,佛陀的责任就是给我们指引。。。
    不过,这是很久很久以前佛陀在世时他当然可以面对面的教导学生。但是在现今社会我们只能够读他的开示或看电影而己。
    然而,幸运的是我们现在有一位上师,他的佛学知识全都是源自于佛陀的传承,他就是现成的活菩萨。我们应该要珍惜了。因为他可以面对面的教导我们。。。
    这些佛陀的电影故事,一直都百看不厌。不过,这一套我还没看过,谢谢仁波切的分享。

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  9. HelenaC on Jul 2, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    I love to watch The Buddha video, when i was younger i will have many question mark in my head but i don’t really bother to find out. Thank you Rinpoche for the past, i have more understanding now. 🙂

  10. Julia Tan on Jul 2, 2012 at 1:33 am

    It is a very nice video. I watched it twice. When Buddha started to teach at the Deer Forest, He just talked about his life experience. He’s advice for us is always find the middle path, which not too harsh nor slacking too. The 4 noble truth was Lord Buddha’s first teaching. The sufferings is something to cause us to have dissatisfactions, which is all arise from our mind. Because of desire lead to Dissatisfaction. Desire is always there in our mind but we need to be smart with our desire. We can have strong desire to achieve Buddhahood but not harmful. In order to do that we practice moral discipline, mindfulness and at the end we gain wisdom.
    Buddha started the Sangha community for people to live together and help one another, so that they can live together and enjoy the teaching. Because everyone is interconnecting to each other, we cannot be happy being alone in an island all by yourself. By going out to beg, Sangha will bring Buddha teachings to the world. It is a sign of spirituality. If they are not serving the community no one will put anything in their bowl too. Before Buddha went into clear light, He told his disciples that It’s time for them to be their own light.

  11. sockwan on Jul 1, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Buddha Shakyamuni’s story is very inspring. He had a beautiful wife and a lovely baby boy. It hurt him to leave his family behind and he knew people would not understand why he was doing this. However, for the sake of all sentient beings, of course for his family, he decided to leave them. Ultimately, he gained enlightenment and became a Buddha. He later helped his wife and son in their spiritual practice and they too gained attainment and were out of sufferings for good.

    Since Dharma really is the remedy to our sufferings, if given the chance, Dharma should be above all. Start the practice now and do not be stopped by excuses we created for ourselves.

    For me, I am working and practising Dharma in my everyday life. I hope to be able to repay the kindness of my family with Dharma.

  12. Irene Lim on Jun 30, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    In order to gain something great, we need to scarifice in the beginning, especially in quest of liberating ourself from samsara the cycle of dead and rebirth. Lord Buddha compassionately show us the path to transcend this vicious cycle. We all have the Buddha nature and are capable to reach this full potential.

  13. Uncle Eddie on Jun 30, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Siddharta Gautama, on whose teachings Buddhism was founded, is regarded as the supreme Buddha in most Buddhist traditions. Gautama Buddha may also be referred to as Sakyamuni Buddha, or “The awakened one of the Shakya clan”. Buddhahood is said to be free from all mental obstruction, a state of continous bliss mixed with a simultaneous cognition of emptiness – The true nature of reality. “Every sentient being, even insects have buddha’s nature, the seed of Buddha, that’s the seed of enlightenment. So therefore, there’s no reason to believe some sentient being cannot become Buddha. So like that”, said H.H. The Dalai Lama. Buddhas spontaneously, naturally and continuously perform activities to benefit all sentient beings. However,it is due to sentient beings’ karmas which limit the ability of the Buddhas to help them. Therefore, we sentient beings continue to experience sufferings as a result of such limitation due to our own former negative actions. Thank you Rinpoche, for sharing this ever inspiring teachings with us.

  14. Paul Yap on Jun 29, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    Buddha life story is all time favorite, i have been watching this story many times, and im still watching it many more, the story itself is very inspiring, there is a way to become enlighten, we just need to follow the path!

  15. JP Lim on Jun 29, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Thanks for sharing this.

  16. Yoke Fui on Jun 29, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Reading or watching the story of Buddha is the means to an end – ultimate goal of enlightenment.

    The story of Buddha has been recounted millions of time through the ages to inspire and encourage others along the path.

    This video put up by Rinpoche is one of the most well made versions.It gives simple and clear explanation from the time of the miraculous conception to the various teachings given by the Buddha with good graphics and narrators of authoritative standing.

    Thank you Rinpoche and sponsors of this video.

  17. Sarah on Mar 25, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Rinpoche is one of the kindest people in my life. His dedication and compassion are amazing and inspiring. I hope one day I can become great also.

  18. sillyheart3 on May 4, 2011 at 2:13 am

    this is an amazing video it showed me and my friends there is another way to live a peacefil way

  19. Anila on Nov 10, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    During my era all schools subjects were taught in the English Language. And history was one of the subjects which we have to take in the Examinations. When I learn the history of Siddhartha I did not understand that Siddhartha was a Buddha. It was not suppose to be a religion but as way of life and a contemplation and meditation when applied to our life can bring satisfaction and a peaceful well being. The story of Siddhartha which the Sage has predicted that Siddhartha either can be a very great king or become a very holy being who will benefit many people. This is so similar to Rinpoche’s life story when Rinpoche’s mother dreamt of a white elephant before Rinpoche was born. Rinpoche will also have an option to live in the Samsara world or become Spiritual by becoming a monk to benefit a lot of people.

  20. Koh Hee Peng on Nov 3, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Sorry, is not the 4th paragraph that I was referring to in e) and f) above. It was the 5th paragraph.

  21. koh hee peng on Oct 25, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    There is a song that I like very much back in my years in secondary school, “One of us” by Joan Osborne. The original lyrics are as follows:-

    If God had a name what would it be?
    And would you call it to his face?
    If you were faced with Him in all His glory
    What would you ask if you had just one question?

    1-And yeah, yeah, God is great
    Yeah, yeah, God is good
    yeah, yeah, yeah-yeah-yeah

    What if God was one of us?
    Just a slob like one of us
    Just a stranger on the bus
    Tryin’ to make his way home?

    If God had a face what would it look like?
    And would you want to see if, seeing meant
    That you would have to believe in things like heaven
    And in Jesus and the saints, and all the prophets?
    (repeat 1, 1)

    Back up to heaven all alone
    No, nobody calling on the phone
    No, just tryin’ to make his way home
    Nobody calling on the phone
    ‘Cept for the Pope maybe in Rome

    If we were to associate some of the words in the lyrics e.g.
    a) God with Buddha/enlighten being embedded in us – our Bodicitta mind;
    b) Heaven with Nirvana/Tushita’s heaven/Kechara heaven;
    c) Jesus with Rinpoches, high lamas, Tulku, Geshe-la, the enlighten ones;
    d) prophets with dharma/vows; and

    e) the first 3 sentences of the forth paragraph can be associated with us, beings with conscious mind, who at all times seeking for happiness that at times we are lost along the way and have fallen back from our spiritual path numerous times due to unsatisfying happiness gained through non-virtuos acts, who despite all the setbacks, continue the journey to seek for “pure” happiness throughout countless rebirths within the 6 realms, who eventually come to realise that the boundless happiness the limitless that we yearn for, the happiness that is pure and joyful, is from none other than within our heart. What we have been doing over our countless rebirths, is just trying to make our way home – to reach our very own budhicitta mind inside us.

    f) the last 2 sentences of the forth paragraph can be associated with the current degeneration time that most humans on earth are so distracted by delusions and attachments around us that we have ignored and neglected our very own budhicitta mind, that would only be called upon by our Gurus when we make the effort in meeting them, following their advises dearly, and transforming ourselves into better person.

    To me, if I were to interpret the song in the manner prescribed above, the song pretty much sum up the ending of the videos attached above 😀 (Just my immagination though)

    The video of the song “One of us” can be found in http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4CRkpBGQzU

    Thank you again Rinpoche, for posting such a wonderful video on story of Siddharta. Thank you.

  22. koh hee peng on Oct 25, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    I really love this post very much that I keep coming back here to leave comments.. hehe … I love the music in the video so much!!

    Towards the end of the video, the people being interviewed, including H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama, implores us to look into ourselves in search of our Buddhahood, the nature of Buddha mind, that we have the very fundamentals, capabiliies and possibilities to become an enlighten being too.

    Below are some of the words from the interviewers towards the end of the video:

    “.. but the real Buddha’s holy places is within one’s self, that is important. So the real Buddha’s sacred place we must build is within ourself. We must build within our heart.” – H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

    “.. This world does not have to be a painful place. The world can be a world inhabited by Buddhas. It is up to each one of us to turn ourselves into Buddha. That’s the work.”

    “If the Buddha is not you, finally the Buddha is of no interest to you. The Buddha is of interest to you because you are a Buddha.”

    “Every sentient beings, even insects, have Buddha nature, the seed of Buddha. That’s the seed of enlightenment. So therefore, there’s no reason to believe some sentient beings cannot become Buddha. So like that,” – H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama.

    “..Ah.. ten toes, me too!! 😀

    Dear Rinpoche, thank you for posting such a wonderful video. Thank you very much.

  23. Koh Hee Peng on Aug 30, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    The story of the raging elephant charging towards lord buddha reminds me of my very own elephant in my mind, recklessly stumbling upon all directions in a rough manner, screaming “My Interests!, My Feelings!, My happiness, Me!, Me!, Me!”, charging towards all the altruistic impulses that arise from my mind, forbidding them to grow and destroy any seeds of virtuous acts implanted inside my mind through transgressions of refuge vows and committing various non-virtuous acts.

    In the story, the wild elephant is tamed by Lord Buddha’s compassion. Likewise, in order to tame the elephant mind of mine, development of compassionate heart and mind is a must, placing others’ well beings before me, cutting off all the root causes that negate the preciousness of others that direct all the care and concern towards others to my ownself.

    Adhering and complying to the 8 verses of Thought Transformation by Kadampa Langri Tangpa (1054-1123)is a good start to train our mind, of which the verses can be found in http://tsemtulku.com/resources/prayers/prayers-preliminaries/eight-verses-of-mind-transformation/ The teachings by H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche himself can be found in the youtube. To ease the streamlining of the video over the Internet, his teachings have been split into 12 parts.

    Another useful tools of taming the elephant mind can also be found in this blog itself, namely Twenty-Seven Verses On Mind Training Je Tsongkapa (1357-1419)(http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/2010/07/27-rules-to-real-happiness.html)

    The above 2 teachings serve as guidelines and rules of conducts in our daily interactions with other beings, conditioning our mind into selflessness, and depreciate selfishness. These teachings are not magic spells that would wipe off the wild elephant from our mind by merely reciting them, but daily recitations of these verses do help to reinforce the thoughts of selflessness inside our mind. As Buddha spoke, “The thought manifests as the word. The word manifests as the deed. The deed develops into habit. And the habit hardens into character. So watch the thought and its ways with care. And let it spring from love, born out of concern for all beings.” (http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/2010/03/and-buddha-spoke-you-should-listen.html)

  24. koh hee peng on Aug 27, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    When the people being interviewed talk about the life of Siddharta, especially on the turning point when Siddharta accepted the milk offered and realised another path to enlightenment, abandoning his 6 years of practice as ascetic, all I can see from their facial expression are joy, happiness, admiration. They are rejoicing at the realisation attained by Siddharta that led him to become a Buddha. How wonderful is that! Rejoicing is the simplest method to collect merit, yet it is not easy as we are rejoicing at the happiness and success accomplished by others, not ours. Under normal circumstances, our self-cherishing mind would become jealous at others’ accomplishment. The more selfish we are, the more difficult for us to rejoice at others’ fruitful results, the further we distanced ourselves from the path to enlighten mind.

  25. koh hee peng on Aug 18, 2010 at 12:30 am

    The first part reminds me of the movie “Little Buddha” which I watched during my early teens, finding it very fascinating to learn the path that Siddharta took to attain enlightenment. The first sight of an old man, followed by people who fall sick, and then a corpse made Siddharta realise the truth of impermanence, sufferings and death. The encounter of spiritual seeker who lives the complete opposite of his life propels Siddharta to undertake the journey to find means to end the sufferings in life.

    I love the narration and discussion of Siddharta’s life before and after becoming buddha in the videos, and also the animation in between the clips, enriching the story about the life of buddha.

    Dear Rinpoche, thank you for sharing such a wonderful video with us. Thank you.

  26. KYC on Jul 10, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    I was delighted to find this video on Buddha’s life story with a short introduction from Rinpoche. I never tire of reading about or listening to someone relating the story of Lord Buddha’s life and his journey to enlightenment. In his introduction, Rinpoche tells us that it is enough to just access his blog. We don’t have to carry a lot of files around. How true. Rinpoche will add to the blog in time for our benefit. I know this for a fact. He tells us that it’s like entering another world. Yes, it’s Rinpoche’s world that we are entering. I find Rinpoche world very educational and every article, every bit of news is a learning experience.

  27. SK Yap on Jul 9, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    YES, all Buddhist must watch the life story of Buddha Shakyamuni and remember it by hard, because through this story and history, we have direct evidence that the Buddhha has follow and practise the path, and eventually gain attainment and become enlighten. This means we can follow Buddha’s footstep and practise dharma too.
    By understanding the history, we can clear our own doubt, explain Buddhism to our family and friends, and make Buddha teaching grow. This story also make perfect bedtime story for our kids, instill positive imprint to them while they are young. When the kids grow up, they will have the right thinking and attitudes too.
    I hope there is more of this kind video available. The life story of Bodhisattva Manjushri, Lama Tsongkhapa, Tara and Dharmapala Setrap will be amongst the popular!
    PAUL

  28. fang on Jul 9, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    It is amazing how the story of Siddhartha has been adapted over and over, told and retold through so many different mediums through the years – movies, documentaries, musicals, etc. His story is magical, his life is inspiring, his teachings profound.
    I really like the response in the video when it was brought up that the very first biography of Buddha was only written 500 years after he has passed on, how accurate could the account be? – “We don’t know how much of it is pure fairytale, and how much of it is historic fact but it does not matter. It touches something that we all basically know. The relevance of it is in the message of the story, the promise of the story. Like any good story, it has a lot to teach. The story of his life then is a beautiful way of telling the teaching.”
    Aging, sickness, death – a recognition of impermanency. Through the idea of reincarnation, we are constantly reminded that suffering did not begin with birth and will not end in death – suffering was endless. Unless it was possible to find a way out – (by) becoming enlightened, becoming a Buddha. Dear Rinpoche, thank you very much for sharing these videos with us; the story of Siddhartha has always been high on my list of interest. To find such a rare, well narrated piece of footage on the topic is like caramel topping on French vanilla ice cream for me!

  29. Joy Kam on Jul 9, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    Ever since I was a child I just love stories, movies of Saints and Gods. One of my all time favorites is the story of Buddha! Thank you Rinpoche for putting up this beautiful true story of Lord Buddha on your blog. No matter how many times I watch it, I am always awed by His story because it proves to us all that becoming enlightened is not just a dream, myth and legend. It is a story that inspires people because it lets us know we can become Buddha if we practice.
    To many Buddhism is a way of life, because there is no ONE GOD ALMIGHTY that punishes you when you don’t do what they tell you to do http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/2010/06/the-one-god-theory-comes-from-greek-mythology.html Buddhism gives you the power of controlling your own destiny and how you react to situations determines the results you shall reap tomorrow and the future. Becoming a Buddha is probably a long long way for me but at least I know it is not impossible and it can be achieved. Imagine if you can control your own rebirth, stop experiencing suffering and help those you love to also achieve it – impossible? Possible.

  30. Joe Ang on Jul 9, 2010 at 2:03 am

    Dearest Rinpoche,
    thank you for sharing this wonderful story with us. I love this video very much and find it very beautiful. It tells the story of how Buddhism came about and the life story of Siddhartha from when he was born, until he achieved enlightenment, became Buddha and entered the clear light. This video shows art work of Buddhism from many countries such as Tibet, India, Japan, China and Thailand. And the example of impermanance is shown in a way, which is subtle, but we do get the point.(eg. When the guy told of, how at one moment a beautiful glass that hold water and makes a nice sound when it’s tapped, is broken in the next moment.) I feel this video should be watched by people who wants to understand and know more about Buddhism. As for people who are, Buddhist should watch it because this video reminds us that Siddharta did not achieve enlightenment easily. It is with great compassion, much experiment, perserverance and hardship that he realized the middle way. That he lived his life for the benefit of others, to find a way to lead us out of suffering. Therefore, we should be very grateful that we have a way to follow because Lord Buddha has been through all that for us and left behind a set of practice which is taught by our holy Guru to us that guarantee enlightenment if we practice diligently and correctly.
    With much love and respect,
    Joe Ang

  31. May Ong on Jul 8, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    It is rare to find footage or even videos depicting the Life of Buddha anywhere in video shops or on television. The lives of Jesus or Buddha or Mohammed are rarely shown on media except in religious centre or on these holy beings birthdays.
    My point is the degeneration of religion globally. Human in this era pursue happiness in shopping, eating, sleeping, money, branded goods, fashion, looks, Botox etc. while the Buddha gave up everything including his own family to pursue the answer to “suffering” and its causes. How many branded bags can he have to show off? How many cars and houses do we need? Can we take these “valuable” things with us when we pass on?

  32. pamela on Jul 8, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Ooooo…. Adrian and I watched bought this video from KH1 on Setrap’s retreat night and watched it last night.
    This short documentary is so well done with animation, music and subtitles. It was so easy to understand. I encouraged my kids to watch it this weekend as it will be easy for them understand too. The last movie I saw, The Little Buddha was a disappointment for me because I didnt get to finish it. The DVD was spoilt and the player couldnt access it. Sigh! But I was glad we got to watch The Story of Siddharta instead.
    Buddha Shakyamuni had to go through so much in order to understand ‘What causes SUFFERING?’ of which he gained enlightenment after understanding it and the teachings are practiced till today after 2,500 years into his Parinirvana.

  33. Shirley Tan on Jul 8, 2010 at 6:28 am

    So many people do not understand why Rinpoche spends so much time blogging and a few readers have even accused Rinpoche of changing and becoming non-spiritual. Some people assume that Rinpoche is more interested in becoming a celebrity and is adding ‘personality and lifestyle’ to his Blog. I have read a comment from a reader who professes that he shall no longer follow Rinpoche because he has not seen anything worthwhile from Rinpoche. I was taken back when I read it. Here, I’d like to share something real.
    It takes Rinpoche a lot of time to research some subject matters that Rinpoche shares in his blog. They are not added in here by accident, on at Rinpoche’s whim and fancy. These do not become Rinpoche’s style or nature. That would be ours.
    Everything in our life can be a spiritual teaching, simply because to live well and right one must integrate spirituality into every aspect of life. If we watch this movie of Buddha’s story, then we can see how Buddha achieved his Enlightenment. He pondered on everything around him and used them to propel him into the path, and finally realized the ultimate truth. We cannot separate our everyday life from Dharma because Dharma is life.
    Every post Rinpoche shares in his blog, is crafted with love, care and a lot of time. Rinpoche has taken the things that make up our lives to teach us about spirituality. He has done so in order to make it easier for us to relate and to make spirituality relevant to our modern way of life. And it is because Rinpoche realizes that in our very busy and hectic lives, we may not even have the time or luxury to come across anything spiritual to feed our souls or minds, hence Rinpoche opens up his world to us.
    Please read Rinpoche’s comments again below and see true compassion in action. This Lama cares so much that he finds creative ways to bring the spiritual messages to us all. This is why many people refer to Rinpoche as the LIVING BUDDHA.
    “You don’t have to keep so many files in your computer that takes up space, just access this blog. I will add more to it in time for your benefit. It’s like entering another world. My world which I open to you.”

    • DR on Jun 29, 2012 at 2:09 pm

      ‘So many people do not understand why Rinpoche spends so much time blogging and a few readers have even accused Rinpoche of changing and becoming non-spiritual’. It is sad to know that there are critics out there that no matter what you do even with the best intentions, they find a reason to accuse you of it.

      I recall reading somewhere that even Buddha was accused of being an irresponsible husband and father because he walked out on them. I am sure, as anyone with a conscience, it was not an easy decision for him. He must have been worried and hesitated before he made the move. But he had a choice, to dedicate himself to his family or dedicate himself to the whole world. His compassion led him to make that wise decision and till today, centuries later, we are recipients of his sacrifice. I do not see him walking out on his family as being irresponsibile but perhaps the most signifcant sacrifice ever made out of great compassion for all.

      • Pastor Ngeow on Jul 2, 2012 at 7:57 pm

        No, I don’t see it as irresponsible. It would be if it was due to self interest. The ‘ pain’ Siddharta’s family had to go through was their own creation due to their attachment to their son and their own self centred agenda.In actuality their son left so that he could find a way to over come death and help his parents and loved ones and all other living beings achieve the same. Buddha is Buddha because he is the most responsible.He went through intensive practice at the cost of his life to go where no one has gone before to liberate all.

  34. margaretlee on Jul 7, 2010 at 8:48 am

    As buddhists, we should all know by heart the life story of buddha Shakyumuni, or prince Siddhartha before he gained enlightenment.This video is very well made, the best I have even seen. The use of different people as narrators, the beautiful visual display of old buddhist painting relating to buddha’s life story, beautiful live scenes and the use of comic interpretation all offer a very refreshing angle to learn buddha’s life story.
    Kechara House also launched our frist ever Tsongkhapa stage play in Decemebr last year. It was one of its kind, never in history has a stage play been produced to share the life biography of this holy scholar Tsongkhapa, who is the founder of the Gelupa tradition in Tibetan buddhism. Tsongkhapa is often known as the second buddha. The project was headed by Liaison Kok Yek Yee , liaison Ngeow Voon Chin and Liaison Yap Yuk Fui. Many kechara house members have participated and volunteered their time in the making and production of this show. To top up the good news, We even won 5 awards in the Camerson Arts festival.

  35. Peter on Jul 6, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    Terima Kasih Rinpoche!
    I am glad that Rinpoche has brought this up and important that as Buddhists, it is so important to know and understand our Founder, Sakyamuni (Gautama) Buddha’s life story and realise how He came to realize the Path and compassionately set forth the Dharma.
    Equally fortunate is this generation that we do not have to totally resort to dusty and dry books/texts but now available in multimedia forms suited for the mass audiences.
    I can only imagine how many would have the patience to sieve thru the many and scattered accounts of His Life be they in the Pali Canon/Agamas/Mahayana Canon or Asvaghosha’s ‘Buddhacaritam’ or ‘A Life of The Buddha’ or even the Jataka Tales…

  36. David Lai on Jul 5, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    I love this amazing video because it offers such a refreshing story of Lord Buddha’s life and the ancient society in which he was brought up in. The different angles of each scene is coupled with wonderful narration. The different voices and ideas adds to the richness of the story. I had always loved the Buddha’s story even when I was younger.
    Probably the first time, I had ever heard of the Buddha’s life was in the early 90s when i was in my teenage years. At that time, I encountered Lord Buddha as played by Keenu Reeves and I must admit that he wasn’t much of an actor but it awoken a deep curiosity within me regarding the Buddha and his teachings. This was not to fruition until years later when I met Rinpoche.
    Lord Buddha was like what Rinpoche calls him, a true renaissance man. He realised so much about the human condition and the workings of the mind that he was able to liberate himself and so many others throughout history. His teachings were refreshingly different and brought about social change in India. It was the first time, royalty and serfs mingled together in devotion to understanding their mind.
    What is amazing about the teachings of Buddha was that it transcends time and culture. Even images of the Buddha has assumed the physical identity of each culture that it has penetrated. I love the Buddha and his amazing teachings!

  37. Grace on Jul 1, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    Rinpoche,
    I feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to read ur blog and have more insight into the story of Siddharta. Thank you for sharing.
    Grace

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

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

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

    Why don’t we try to eat more vegetables instead of eating more animals. Vegetables are healthy too, you know! And do you also know that being vegetarian or vegan will not only make you become healthier, it will also make you feel more energetic.
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 10. 2021 03:59 PM
    A legendary figure of Buddhism in Buryatia was Lubsan Samdan Tsydenov, charismatic Buddhist master and visionary and national hero, who had spread the Tantric Buddhist tradition. Interesting read of this forgotten story of Lubsan Samdan Tsydenov, a monk who briefly ruled as a dharma king. He amazingly created a nonviolence Buddhist kingdom who protected thousands of women, children, and men at that time. In 1920’s Soviet government considered Lubsan Samdan Tsydenov to be rebels and Traditional Buryat culture was erased since then. Buddhist monasteries in Buryatia were destroyed and many followers were murdered. He was well remembered as a true Dharma King and a national hero. Interesting read of a Great Lama.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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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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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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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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  • April 13, 2021 21:55
    ray asked: Dear Pastors, Thank you for clearing my doubts previously about purification practices. Today i have a question about reciting praises to buddhas, why do we recite praises and how does reciting praises to buddhas like Tara, Dorje shugden etc. help and benefit us? Because ive seen certain prayer texts to mother tara which i think is referring to the 21 tara praises stating that : ~If this prayer is recited two, three, or seven times, It will pacify all the sufferings of torments Caused by spirits, fevers, and poisons, And by other beings as well. If you wish for a child, you will get a child; If you wish for wealth, you will receive wealth. All your wishes will be fulfilled And all obstacles pacified.~ Will reciting praises to buddhas also be able to fulfill our wishes as stated? Thank you very much.
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  • April 12, 2021 03:20
    Eden asked: Dear Pastors, How are all of you doing? I have a few questions here. I will be very grateful if you can answer them. Thank you. 1) If we are here because of our previous life karma, previous previous karma and so on. May i know when does all of this started? How does this chain of karma started? Im sure we all had our 1st life and everything had a beginning to it. 2) I am currently facing some problem over my career pathway, are there any practices and mantras that I can do to request for guidance?
    pastor answered: Dear Eden, Thank you for your questions. 1. Buddhism does not believe in a 1st life, and the reason being is the Buddhist view of time. Most people think of time and existence as linear. It has a definitive starting point and a certain end point. But Buddhism views time as a cyclic. Hence, our universe as we understand it, will at one point cease to exist, and then a new universe will come into existence. However, even though our current universe will end, due to the force of karma and reincarnation, we will take rebirth into the new universe and have many rebirths there. So in Buddhism we say that we have had "countless" rebirths, as you would never be able to count how many lifetimes you have had. This cycle is vicious and leads us to take rebirth endlessly. The only way to stop this cycle is to transcend it altogether, which is the state of Buddhahood, in which you are completely liberated from the cycle, known as "samsara". Also the way in which we think about karma is not linear either. It is not one for one. By this I mean, if you do one negative action, it is not that you will experience only one negative result. You will actually experience many negative results, with differing levels of severity until the karma is exhausted. How you respond to the negative results can lead to either more negative karma, or positive karma. Hence, the law of karma according to the Buddhist view point is much more nuanced then the general understanding of karma that people have these days. The Buddha explained this process in a teaching known as the 12 Links of Dependent Origination, which is quite complex. If you want to learn more about this teaching, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche gave a very profound teaching on it here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/teaching-on-the-twelve-links-of-dependent-origination.html Hence, according to Buddhism, the understand of time is a never-ending cycle in which universes are created, destroyed and created again due to the power of karma. Since it is a cycle, there is no "beginning" or "1st life" for sentient beings. 2. In regards to your career pathway, I would suggest you engage in the combined practice of Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden. We have heard of many people who are either stuck in their career or who need to find good jobs, succeed in the their goals after engaging in this practice with a sincere motivation. There is a book available regarding the practice here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/the-dorje-shugden-handbook. We also have an entire section of this website dedicated to various aspects of the practice, including history, other prayers, etc. (https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/dorje-shugden). I hope this helps. Let us know if we can help in any other way.
  • April 11, 2021 00:23
    Lara asked: Hello pastors, I have a family member suffering from depression right now. May I know how I can help him to overcome this? Thank you.
    pastor answered: Dear Lara, I'm sorry to hear that your family member is going through this. When someone is going through such a difficult time, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche has advised that the person themselves seek qualified medical help as well as engage in the practice of Lama Tsongkhapa, which is well-known to help overcome things like depression. From your side you should be as supportive as possible. Take the time to understand what your family member is going through, and in which ways you can support them to overcome their depression and heal. You can watch a fantastic teaching about the practice of Lama Tsongkha here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sayonara-to-depression.html. The prayer text for the practice can be found here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/sadhana-prayers.html#19 However, sometimes family members may not be open to the engaging in the practice themselves. In that case, you can engage in the practice yourself and dedicate the merits for the family member to heal, but this will not be as effective as the family member doing the practice themselves. Another thing that you can do, it to make abundant offerings or engage in virtuous activities like as helping the less fortunate, and dedicating the merits from those activities to your family member. You can also have pujas sponsored for your family member. The following two pujas would be excellent: Medicine Buddha Puja - which is good for healing, both physical and mental (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/medicine-buddha-puja-fund) Dorje Shugden Puja - to remove obstacles for a swift recovery (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/dorje-shugden-wishfulfilling-puja-fund) These are the various methods in which you can help. You can do just one or a combination of the methods mentioned to generate as much positive energy and merit as possible for your family member. I hope this helps.
  • April 10, 2021 07:50
    ray asked: hi pastor i have a question regarding purification practices because ive been having some doubts now, is it true that some people say engaging in purification practices bad things would then happen to the practitioner after that? be it being sick or facing obstacles coming after that.
    pastor answered: Dear Ray, Thank you for your question. When we engage in purification practices, what we are purifying is our negative karma. If you know about karma, you know that eventually you will need to experience your karma, be this negative or positive. When you experience your negative karma, then you experience negative situations. This could be something major, like having an accident, to something very minor such as feeling bad if say a loved one says something in a way that you perceive as being negative. Any experience you have that you perceive as negative, is a manifestation of your negative karma. During purification practices, through your own effort of invoking upon the enlightened beings and practice of the Four Opponent Powers, you are able to purify this negative karma. However, for a negative karma to be fully exhausted, you need to experience it. Say you have a karma to get into an accident, if you don't purify and exhaust it, then you will need to suffer from it 100%. This could mean getting into a car accident which is very severe and you are hurt badly. If you engage in purification practices then you can purify, let's say 99% of the karma. But for it to be exhausted fully, you still need to experience it. In this case, maybe you do get into an accident. Since you have purified most of the karma, your car only bumps into another car very softly. You don't even feel it, the person in the other car doesn't feel it and you car is not damaged at all. This is the reason why some people say if you engage in purification practices, bad things will happen. And because of that people are put off doing purification practices. This is wrong thinking because if you do experience negative situations when engaged in purification practices, this could be because: a) What you experienced is actually the purified karma, rather than the full force of the karma. In this case you should rejoice that through your effort of engaging in the practice, you didn't experience something much worse. b) It could just simply be the manifestation of a karma that wasn't purified. This means, you would have had to go through this experience anyway. c) Because you are engaged in purification practices, you are thinking of karma a lot. Therefore, when such experiences occur then you attribute it to karma, and then think it is linked to your purification practice. Then you believe that doing purification practices is bad because you have to suffer from such experiences. This is wrong thinking. Perhaps even if you were not doing purification practices, then you would still experience the situation, but you wouldn't actually think anything of it. You would just go about the rest of your day as usual. That being said, when you are doing purification practices, there comes a point were certain negative karma is so weak that you need to experience it for it to be exhausted completely. This can and does manifest as negative situations, such as minor illnesses, or even accidents, etc. However, the point to remember is the karma causing these situations have been purified so they are very mild compared to their full form. These negative situations can also be purified/exhausted in dreams, etc. Another way they can be purified is having mental disturbances or emotional ups and downs when actually doing the purification practices. In essence, you will need to feel the effects of your negative karma in some form or another, so better that you experience it in a very mild form right? This is what purification practices helps you to do. Purification practices are not something to be scared of. In fact, you should rejoice when engaged in purification practices. On a more deeper level, without some form of purification practice it is hard to understand higher aspects of the Dharma. Your negative karma will block you from being able to understand the Dharma and then internalise it. That is why purification practices are emphasised within each and every tradition and are a prerequisite for higher teaching such as tantra. The benefits of purification practices (such as enabling you to exhaust your negative karma in a very mild form, and preparing your mind for higher teachings) outweighs having to experience a very small negative situation. Therefore think about the benefits of purification practice and contemplate on it. This will help you to develop faith in them and get rid of any doubts or fears that you may have. I hope this helps.
  • April 1, 2021 04:54
    You are awesome! asked: Hello, you are awesome! keep going!
    pastor answered: Thank you for your kind message. It is very encouraging for us to read. May you always be blessed by the Three Jewels.
  • March 28, 2021 15:08
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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
  • March 3, 2021 04:13
    Sandra asked: Dear respected pastors, what are dreams? Do dreams have significance? Are they simply images the mind views at night - do they resemble the dreamer's state of mind? Thank you for all your replies :) :)
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Hello. Nice to see you back here. On the normal level, both waking and dream states are both marred by our delusions. The teachings tell us that this deluded state continues through all our experiences, whether during the dreaming or waking states. The way to overcome this is to "wake up" from our delusions, or reach enlightenment. Normally when people think of dreams, they do so in psychological terms and so focus on the content of the dream. When we investigate the nature of the dream itself, we begin to investigate something deeper, the processes that underlies the whole of our existence. Understand this propels you further along the spiritual journey towards enlightenment. We have many dreams during one night of sleep, and may or may not consciously remember then when we wake up. In terms of content, dreams can be used to work through psychological issues or can indicate certain issues and overcoming them (as is common within Western psychological practices). In Tibetan Buddhism, dreams can be used for much more. In the advanced practices, one can transform ordinary dreams to further one's spiritual journey. This is not only in terms of working through psychological issues, but in terms of meditation and practice as well. Generally, there are three types of dreams as described below. Most of us only experience the first type, unless we progress on the spiritual path. 1. Samsaric dreams: these arise from karma and karmic traces in the mind. This can also include emotions, memories, etc. The meaning we find in these dreams are imputed by the dreamer, and not inherent in the dream. This also applies to waking life. We impute meaning onto situations and circumstances, rather than the meaning being inherent to the circumstance. It is like reading a book. Words in the book are just marks on paper, however, because we use our sense of meaning, we take a meaning out of it. However, this is always open to interpretation. For example, if you tell your dream to two people, they can interpret the meaning very differently, even though you told them the exact same details. 2. Clarity dreams: These dreams occur when you are fairly progressed in meditational practices and can carry this into the dream state. These dreams arise not from the emotions, or memories, etc., but from more subtler forms of karma and delusions. However, just like in waking mediational practice, you are not affected by the images or thoughts that appear to you. 3. Clear Light dreams: In the advanced tantric practices, there are teachings called dream yoga. The object of these is to achieve the clear light dreams, which are very difficult to achieve and take years and years of intense practice. The most important clear light mind that arises is actually at the time of our death, if we are trained enough in this very subtle state, we can actually control where we take rebirth. If we are more experienced in this state, then we can actually use it to meditate on the teachings and achieve enlightenment. Clear light dreams are a "lesser" type of clear light mind, that helps practitioners prepare for the time of death. When we have an auspicious dream such as of our teacher, our practice, the Buddhas, etc., even though this is auspicious, it is still more than likely to be just a samsaric dream. There are instances however, when the enlightened beings and Dharma protectors will send practitioners dreams to help with their practice or as methods of divination. Tsem Rinpoche once told us of a very powerful Nyingma lama known for his divination abilities. Students would ask him a question, then he would take a nap, and receive divination advice in this dreams, which he would then relay to his students. This lama was well-known for this ability because his dream divinations were extremely accurate. As I am sure you can tell, the scope of dreams with the Buddhist context is very vast and I will not be able to cover everything here. However, I hope that what I have written helps your understanding. Thank you.
  • March 1, 2021 23:37
    Sandra asked: Hello dear pastors, wish we could have an article like the one below to highlight the auspicious days of 2021. https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/auspicious-days.html
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your suggestion. At the moment, there are no plans to publish another article with 2021 dates. But I have listed out some of the auspicious days and their dates for this year for you. I have only included future dates, not those that have already passed. Saga Dawa Duchen - 26th May 2021 Chokhor Duchen - 14th July 2021 Dorje Shugden Day - 24th August 2021 Lhabab Duchen - 27th October 2021 Gaden Ngamchoe or Tsongkhapa Day - 29th December 2021 I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 27, 2021 03:31
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Is it ok to pray from different areas in the house (even where there is no altar)? I was told you can't create 2 altars in 1 house.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question and its nice to see you here again. The reason why we pray in front of our altars is because it becomes a focal point of the enlightened energies we are invoking. Therefore it becomes a kind of portal for the energies of transformation, peace, healing, prosperity and protection. It is also the place where we make offerings to the Buddhas. As such, most people usually only have 1 altar in their home. However, you can have more than 1 altar in your home. As it is an altar, it should be complete with representations of the body, speech and mind of the Buddhas. This would be an image (either a statue, thangka, tsa tsa, poster, framed picture, etc), a Dharma text and a stupa. In front of these, you should have at least 1 type of offering or more. This can be a fixed offering or maybe even a set of water offerings, which you make every day. Since practitioners make offerings on a daily basis, most opt to have only 1 altar, but there is no rule in Buddhism to say you can only have 1 altar. The altar however, should be placed in a respectful place. So, not in the bathroom. Or if in the bedroom, you should put a screen up to block it when you are changing, sleeping, etc. Alternatively, you can keep it in a cupboard, and close the doors during such activities. But altars should be dedicated places to the Buddhas, so don't put secular items in the same place, such as on the same shelf, etc. When it comes to praying, it is usually done in front of the altar, as you are invoking the enlightened beings. When you do your prayers there it becomes a powerful place in your home, and provides you with a sacred space to pray and meditate. However, if circumstances are difficult, then of course you can pray elsewhere. For example, when I first set up an altar, I was living in a single room with not much space. I set up an altar on a shelf but was not able to pray in front of it. Once I had made offerings, I would simply sit in another part of the room and do the prayers there. If it is really not convenient, then of course it is permissible to do the prayers elsewhere. It is better to do the prayers, than not do them at all if you can't be in front of your altar. I hope this helps. Thank you.
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Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
1 years ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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