Lama Ole Nydahl

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(By Tsem Rinpoche and Pastor David)

Dear friends around the world,

I first heard of Lama Ole Nydahl while browsing through a random Buddhist article online many years ago. He did not stand out at that time because he seemed to be just another self-proclaimed Western lama. Recently, I revisited his story when my teacher, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche told me that he would like his story featured on this blog.

While researching, I found that there are both positive and negative opinions about him online. When I searched for further information about his centre, I may have identified the reason. Through his hard work, he has developed a huge organisation consisting of over 600 centres, mainly throughout Europe. It is a massive organisation with thousands of members and naturally such a successful organisation will invite detractors as well.

Whatever criticism anyone may have for him, Lama Ole Nydahl certainly has a large appeal in Europe. The success of his organisation is commendable but even more remarkable for me is his devotion in spending all these years fulfilling the request of his teacher. For me, that incredible devotion says a lot about his character as a person and I am sure that will mean powerful blessings for him as a Dharma teacher. He is indeed a great inspiration due to his devotion to his teacher and steadfastness in keeping that devotion alive through the years, even after his lama has passed away.

PS: I would like to thank Valentina Suhendra, Pastor Niral and Pastor Jean Ai for helping to edit and proofread this article.

Pastor David Lai

 


 

Lama Ole Nydahl and his wife, Hannah Nydahl

Lama Ole Nydahl and his wife, Hannah Nydahl

Lama Ole Nydahl is one of the handful of Western teachers who is a fully qualified lama and meditation master. He is a lay lama of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Together with his wife Hannah Nydahl, they founded Diamond Way Buddhism, which is a worldwide Karma Kagyu Buddhist organisation for lay practitioners.

 

Young Lama Ole Nydahl

Young Lama Ole Nydahl

Growing Up

Ole Nydahl was born in North Copenhagen on March 19, 1941 where he also grew up. In the early 1960s, he served briefly in the Danish Army before returning to his studies at the University of Copenhagen. He majored in philosophy, English and German. He completed the examen philosophicum, a mandatory introductory course in philosophy with the highest grade. After that, he pursued a doctoral thesis on Aldous Huxley’s Doors of Perception but he did not manage to complete this endeavour. As a brash young man, Ole Nydahl was involved in boxing, race car driving and travelling vast distances from Denmark to Nepal on several occasions.

 

Journey Into Buddhism

In 1968, Ole Nydahl married a young and beautiful Hannah. They spent their honeymoon in Nepal where the young couple met Lopön Tsechu Rinpoche, an important Drukpa Kagyu master who changed their lives. They became his students and thus began their life-long journey into Buddhism.

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In the following year (1969), Hannah and Ole Nydahl met the 16th Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, the head of the Karma Kagyu School and soon became his first Western students. Subsequently, the young couple received the most important empowerments and teachings of the Karma Kagyu lineage from the 16th Karmapa himself.

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They would go on to meet with other important Kagyu masters such as Kalu Rinpoche, as well as high lamas from other Tibetan Buddhist schools such as the Dalai Lama, and receive empowerments and teachings from them as well. Later, the Nydahls also became students of the 14th Shamarpa Mipham Chokyi Lodro. From the Shamarpa, they received the Bodhisattva vows and teachings on Gampopa’s Jewel Ornament of Liberation.

The following is a list of empowerments and transmissions that they received:-

  • Mahamudra (‘The Great Seal’ or ‘Chag Chen’ in Tibetan – the highest Buddhist view of the nature of reality) from the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa
  • Kagyu Ngagdzo – the collection of the most important tantric transmissions of the Karma Kagyu Lineage from the 16th Karmapa (1976) and Kongtrul Rinpoche (1989)
  • The Bodhisattva Vow (the promise to become enlightened for the benefit of all sentient beings) from Shamar Rinpoche, the second highest lama of the Karma Kagyu lineage (1970)
  • The Four Foundational Practices (Ngondro) from Kalu Rinpoche (1970-1971)
  • Kalachakra (The Wheel of Time initiation) from Kalu Rinpoche, Tenga Rinpoche (1985), His Holiness the Dalai Lama (1985 and 2002), Lopon Tsechu Rinpoche (1994), Beru Khyentse Rinpoche (2009) and His Holiness Sakya Trinzin (2010)
  • The Six Yogas from Naropa (Advanced Tantric Meditations of the Kagyu lineage): Lama Ole and Hannah Nydahl received this transmission 1976 in Ladakh together with Tai Situ Rinpoche from his yogic teacher
  • Phowa (Transference of Consciousness practice) from Ayang Rinpoche (1972)
  • Chik Tsche Kun Drol (a collection of Kagyu initiations) from Tenga Rinpoche
  • Rinchen Terzo (Treasures of the Nyingma transmission) from Kalu Rinpoche (1983)

In addition to the above, the Nydahls received other initiations and teachings from the above teachers and other masters such as Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Gyaltsab Rinpoche, Ogyen Tulku Rinpoche, Bokar Rinpoche, Gyaltrul Rinpoche and others.

 

The Founding of Diamond Way Buddhism

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In 1972, the 16th Karmapa requested Ole and Hannah Nydahl to proliferate the teachings of the Karma Kagyu lineage in the West and to build Buddhist centres in his name. Then in 1983, the Shamarpa endorsed Ole Nydahl to be a Buddhist master. Then again in 1995, Khenpo Chodrak Thenpel Rinpoche named Ole Nydahl a lama, on behalf of the Buddhist Institutes of Gyalwa Karmapa.

In fulfillment of the wishes of their teacher, the 16th Karmapa, Lama Ole and Hannah Nydahl founded a number of Buddhist centres beginning in Austria, Norway, Sweden and Denmark. As of 2012, the Nydahls had established over 629 Buddhist centres on behalf of their teacher. Lama Nydahl maintained these centres by travelling twice a year in order to visit and teach his students.

For the last 40 years, he has constantly travelled to give teachings. It is said that he was in a different city almost every day. In 2012, his teachings were mentioned and lauded by the Shamarpa himself. Wherever he travelled to, Lama Ole would give teachings, meditation courses, confer Buddhist refuge – a formal rite to become a Buddhist – and the Bodhisattva Vows, which is a formal rite and teaching on dedicating one’s life towards benefiting others. This is the main goal of all those seeking enlightenment on the Mahayana path.

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Lama Ole Nydahl (right) with the Sharmapa

Furthermore, Lama Ole would also give advance teachings on Mahamudra and Phowa. In 1987, Lama Ole Nydahl began to give teachings on the practice of Phowa at the request of the Shamarpa. Since that time, Lama Ole Nydahl has given Phowa teachings or the “Meditation of Transference of Consciousness” to more than 75,000 students around the world and is recognised as a Phowa master himself.

Aside from giving teachings, Lama Ole Nydahl and his wife Hannah organised teaching tours for some of the highest Kagyu Buddhist teachers throughout various European countries and later in North and South America, Russia and Australia as well. Aside from the 16th Karmapa, they invited and translated for Shamar Rinpoche, Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche, Gyaltsab Rinpoche, Beru Khyentse Rinpoche, Kalu Rinpoche, Topga Rinpoche, Tenga Rinpoche, Bokar Rinpoche, Lopon Tsechu Rinpoche, Trungpa Rinpoche and Ayang Rinpoche.

While working with his students, Lama Ole Nydahl developed a way of transmitting the teachings without having to learn the Tibetan language or customs. The meditations and practices have already been translated into the major European languages. It is essential for people to understand and read the meditations in a language that they are familiar with in order for Buddhism to become established in the West.

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Lama Ole Nydahl created his enormous organisation so it is made up entirely of volunteers, with no paid staff. The organisational structure is designed to be democratic and friendly, which is ideal and appealing to the Western audience. Following tradition, Lama Ole Nydahl grounds his students with a set of Ngondro practices originally taught by the 9th Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje. This particular Ngondro lineage is a set of four foundational practices that are intended to prepare the student’s mind for enlightenment – a meditation on Chenrezig ‘Buddha Loving Eyes’, which is more popularly known as the Buddha of Compassion and several forms of Guru Yoga or meditations on uniting one’s mind with the lama (as taught by the 16th Karmapa).

Lama Ole Nydahl is hailed as “the most lasting influence on the Buddhist practice scene in Denmark” and “has in many ways been the icon of living Buddhism in Denmark” by Jørn Borup, a Professor of Religion at Aarhus University. The total number of Nydahl’s followers is unknown but a conservative estimate puts this number at approximately 15,000 devoted students and 70,000 casual followers all over the world. Just within Germany alone, the German Buddhist Union (Deutsche Buddhistische Union) estimates that about 20,000 people regularly visit Diamond Way Buddhism centres and groups.

In 2007, Hannah Nydahl passed away from cancer and one of the last deeds that she performed in this life was to sign the contract to purchase the massive Europe Centre. This is now the main international meeting place or headquarters for Diamond Way Buddhism and sits on a beautiful site in the Bavarian Alps.

 

Embroiled in the Karmapa Controversy

When the 16th Karmapa passed away in 1981, controversy erupted when two potential successors were discovered – Trinley Thaye Dorje and Ogyen Trinley Dorje. The 14th Shamarpa, who is one of the four main Kagyu lineage holders traditionally appointed to recognise the incarnation of the Karmapa discovered and recognised Trinley Thaye Dorje. As Hannah and Ole Nydahl regarded Shamar Rinpoche as one of their teachers, they supported his recognition of Trinley Thaye Dorje as the 17th Karmapa. Hence through them, over 600 Diamond Way Buddhism centres came to support Trinley Thaye Dorje as the 17th Karmapa.

It was Tai Situ Rinpoche, another Karma Kagyu lama, who recognised the other candidate, Ogyen Trinley Dorje. The Dalai Lama confirmed Ogyen Trinley Dorje as the Karmapa after he had been requested to do so by two of the Karma Kagyu lineage holders, Tai Situ Rinpoche and Gyaltsap Rinpoche. However, supporters of Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje openly questioned the Dalai Lama’s confirmation, asserting that the Dalai Lama is traditionally not entitled to do so as this is strictly a Karma Kagyu affair, and the Dalai Lama is a Gelugpa lama.

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On top of that, Ogyen Trinley Dorje’s claim to the Karmapa’s seat is based on a letter presented by Pema Tonyo Nyinje, 12th Tai Situpa. The supporters of Karmapa Ogyen Trinley claim that it was written by the 16th Karmapa in order to predict the identity of his future rebirth. In order to challenge this, Lama Ole Nydahl, the Shamarpa and Topga Rinpoche (the general secretary of the Karmapa’s administration) requested that the letter be tested and its authenticity be verified as they believed that Tai Situ Rinpoche himself forged the letter. They requested independent experts, including forensic document examiners, to verify the authenticity of the letter. However, Tai Situ refused to allow this to take place on the grounds that it would be a violation of a sacred object.

Due to his role in the Karmapa controversy, Ole Nydahl drew severe criticism by the supporters of Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, including the authors Mick Brown and Lea Terhune, both students of Tai Situ Rinpoche. Furthermore, some Karma Kagyu practitioners have even gone so far as to place the blame squarely on Lama Ole Nydahl for causing the 1992 split within the Karma Kagyu School, despite lacking any evidence to support this accusation. They also claimed that he had broken his samaya with his teachers – a severe breach one’s spiritual commitment and bond with one’s lama in Vajrayana Buddhism.

 

Conclusion

Since his emergence as a prominent teacher and Karma Kagyu master, Lama Ole Nydahl has always faced criticism. Burkhard Scherer, a Professor of Comparative Religion at Canterbury Christ Church University, England argued that Nydahl has never gone on a three-year retreat, which he calls “the traditional qualification as a lama.” In his defence however, the 16th Karmapa stated that “if someone has a greater wisdom and capacity for penetrating the teaching, then even without doing a three-year retreat, it is possible for one to experience definite understanding and realisation.”

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In 2009, the 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje travelled to the Europe Centre to give teachings during the Second Summer Course. It was here that Lama Ole Nydahl ceremonially presented his 600 over Buddhist centres under Diamond Way Buddhism to the Karmapa. In doing so, he fulfilled the request given to him by his teacher, the previous 16th Karmapa. This shows how devoted Lama Ole Nydahl is to his teacher, his lack of attachment to the power and influence that comes with being head of 600 centres, and how Lama Ole fulfilled his commitment to his teacher, continuing in to his teacher’s next incarnation.

His activities to spread the Dharma have not gone unrecognised. In 2013, the 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje presented him with a set of brocade robes while celebrating the Kagyu Monlam in Bodhgaya, India. This offering was to thank him for his 40 years contribution of spreading Buddhism in the West. It can only be his guru devotion and the blessings of his lamas that despite criticism, Lama Ole Nydahl’s organisation continues to grow.

 

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  1. Samfoonheei on Jul 17, 2020 at 2:16 pm

    Revisited this article again, inspiring Lama Ole Nydahl,a Buddhist teacher in the tradition of the Karma Kagyu lineage. He is the first Western students of the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, bringing Buddhist teachings to the West as asked by his lama. One of the few fully qualified Western Buddhist lamas in the Karma Kagyu lineage. Amazing over the years he founded of over 600 Buddhist centres worldwide. Even after his lama has passed away, he kept the devotion to his lama alive through the years . He has toured the world giving lectures, Buddhist refuge and meditation courses thousands of westerners and others. Inspiring read of a GREAT Lama.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this wonderful writeup.

  2. Samfoonheei on Dec 26, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    Lama Ole Nydahl ……is a Buddhist teacher in the tradition of the Karma Kagyu lineage and one of the few Westerners fully qualified as a Lama and meditation teacher . He has been a major driving force in bringing Buddhism to the West. He founded of over 650 Buddhist centres worldwide under difficult circumstances. His depth of knowledge and dynamic teachings inspire thousands of people at his lectures and meditation retreats.
    He even wrote several books in English, German and Danish and translated into several other European languages.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David Lai for this wonderful sharing.

  3. Sarah on Apr 13, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    During the 40 years that Lama Ole Nydhal was spreading Buddhism in the West, he has made some outstanding contributions. What stands out is the 600 over Buddhist centres he set up in the West. An interesting aspect worth mentioning is Lama Ole’s method of transmitting the teachings without having to learn the Tibetan language or customs, as the meditations and practices have been translated into the major languages spoken by practitioners. In my opinion, this is the fastest and easiest way to spread a religion. But personally, I’d like to learn Tibetan in order to be able to understand the meaning of the teachings better. What impresses me the most is that, in Lama Ole’s centres, there are no paid staff. Everyone is a volunteer and the system is “democratic and friendly.” It’d be good to find out how this system works.

  4. Chris Chong on Apr 13, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this detail article about Lama Ole Nydahl who are very inspirational.

    One thing stood out the most from this Lama is his guru devotion. His Guru, the 16th Karmapa had requested Lama Ole Nydahl and his wife to proliferate teachings in the west using in his name. Since then, they had worked tirelessly and created around 629 buddhist centres in 40 years. During the controversy of the 17th Karmapa, they also stood by their Guru’s decision by accepting Trinley Thaye Dorje as the 17th Karmapa.

    The other candidate for the 17th Karmapa was endorsed by H.H the 14th Dalai Lama. His Holiness is very well known and the candidate that His Holiness endorsed will naturally be favoured more by the public due to His Holiness’s fame and reputation. Hence, more sponsorship and support will come if one accepts His Holiness’s candidate of Karmapa. However, being a true and devoted student he is, Lama Ole Nydahl chose to trust his Guru, Shamarpa and accepted the candidate that his Guru chose. If he is someone that wanted money or fame, he would had sided with His Holiness’s candidate to have more sponsorship and fame because anyone who is around His Holiness and his circle will definitely receive more sponsorship and media coverage.

    In 2009, he offered up his empire of 600 Buddhist centres to the reincarnation of his Guru, the 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje to fulfil his guru’s instruction. Hence, we can see that he is a genuine Lama who has strong guru devotion and teaches pure dharma.

  5. Alice Tay on Apr 13, 2018 at 5:24 am

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David’s sharing this inspiring story of Lama Ole Nydahl that he made a courageous commitment by promising to work for the benefit of all beings. Besides, there are few points strike me about the qualities of Lama Ole Nydahl as the following:
    I personally believed that Lama Ole Nydahl and his wife have strong imprints in doing dharma in their previous life. When they went to Nepal and met Lopön Tsechu Rinpoche, the blessings is conferred on them and therefore their minds open up and transform. Later, they made the choice for their spiritual path to receive the most important empowerments and teachings from 16th Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje and also other great masters as well as spread the dharma instead of wasting time in boxing, race car driving and travelling and etc.

    Through his hard work, great aspiration and determination in spreading the dharma due to his strong devotion in guru, he successfully developed an organisation for over
    600 centres for the benefit of others. Lama Ole Nydahl worked selflessly and travelling almost everyday to give teachings.

    Besides, when 16th Karmapa enter clear light, despite the criticism by the supporters of Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, Lama Ole Nydahl was stayed firm and follow his another guru, Shamar Rinpoche, and Shamarpa to support the recognition of Trinley Thaye Dorje as the 17th Karmapa. Due to Lama Ole Nydahl’s determination and commitments in spreading dharma to the West, 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje presented him with a set of brocade robes as an appreciation for all his contributions for dharma.

  6. Wah Ying on Apr 13, 2018 at 3:50 am

    From Lama Ole Nydahl’s success of opening over 600 dharma centre in 40 years’ time, we know it would be his strong devotion to his guru and blessings of his guru to gain this success; and it has benefited so many in the West. However it’s sad that there are people choose to attack him, and not to see the fact that it takes someone with very strong determination and devotion to have this level of success. The criticism or attacks on Lama Ole Nydahl could be to a great extent due to the conflict of Karmapa issue, where he chooses to stand firm and trust his guru.

    One example with people tend to find fault and seeing things superficially is when Burkhard Scherer, a Professor of Comparative Religion at Canterbury Christ Church University, England argued that Nydahl has never gone on a three-year retreat. This shows people tend to look at things selectively to suit their needs, their delusions and etc – Lama Ole Nydahl who has opened so many centres in various Western countries definitely has many positive “characters” or traits as a teacher, but when people wants to find fault on you, there will definitely find one or two, and amplify them.

    Some of the qualities of Lama Ole Nydahl has are strong guru devotion to make it a strong force to spread Karma Kagyu pure lineage in the West, and renounce of fame by offering the 600 centres to his lama. These are two important qualities of a qualified and attained master, and a devoted student. Nevertheless, people who choose to attack Lama Ole Nydahl choose not to see this, or they are attacking him merely because of Karmapa conflict. It’s so unfortunate to see someone so committed and devoted in spreading dharma being attacked because of an issue of Karmapa conflict, and turns many away from dharma or committed some wrong views.

  7. Chon Kong on Apr 13, 2018 at 3:12 am

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for sharing on interesting article Lama Ole Nydhal.
    Lama Ole Nydhal is lay lama of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.
    He did not practice dharma at the monastery. Although Lama Ole Nydahl was not a long-time with his guru Karmapa, with the support of his wife Hannah Nydahl,any instruction giving by guru,his never slack.
    Because of his strong guru devotion and faith , he established 600 centres in Western countries and promoted Buddhism in ways suitable for Western countries.
    Lama Ole Nydhal is a good example for our modern people to practice dharma.

  8. sweekeong on Apr 13, 2018 at 1:29 am

    For a Westerner Lama Ole Nydahl has accomplished a lot to spread the Dharma in the west. The article presented a genuine example of how one can achieve so much by being devoted to one’s guru. This is not for the sake of fame and monetary gain but spreading the Dharma teachings to relieve people’s sufferings. I find that he is dedicated as he travels around his Dharma centers to give teachings and meditations. It is mentioned that he is in different city almost every day.

    To develop and maintain a Dharma center it takes both dedication and hardwork. To do it well for more than 600 centers under his organisation one cannot imagine such huge responsibilties. Therefore the results speak for themselves, and it is due to him practicing his guru instructions well. As people benefitted from the teachings, the people appreciated his efforts and more new centers are created in support. If one doesn’t get the benefits why support him? Therefore the fact that his organisation grows mean he gets the necessary support. And this can only come from him having integrity and sincerity which can only comes from devotion to his guru.

  9. CindyH on Apr 12, 2018 at 8:36 pm

    Apart from being a source of inspiration, I personally find that it interesting that Lama Ole Nydahl’s journey effectively collaborates and demonstrates the ‘workings’ of Buddhist concepts, notably (for me) on;

    (i) Blessings – In a nutshell, the Buddhist version of blessing is when one encounters holy or sacred objects which opens up one’s mind causing one to change for the better. The life-changing meeting of Lama Ole Nydahl and his wife with Lopön Tsechu Rinpoche during their honeymoon clearly demonstrate the ‘mechanics’ of Buddhist blessing, which triggered their life-long journey into Buddhism.

    (ii) Imprints – Every action one performs leaves an imprint on the mental consciousness, and these imprints are karmic potentialities to experience certain effects in the future. This is reflected in the rapidity in which Lama Ole Nydahl and his wife are able to ‘pick up’ the teachings, understand and apply them to the extent that their Guru entrusted them as lineage holders within a relatively short span of time.

    (iii) Guru devotion – It is without a doubt that Lama Ole Nydahl and his wife had to face a lot of difficulties to carry out their Guru’s request to proliferate the teachings of the Karma Kagyu lineage in the West and to build Buddhist centres. Yet they clearly remain committed and unwaveringly went all the way to fulfill their Guru’s instructions (which ultimately benefitted themselves and so many others). Their remarkable success in speedily establishing over 600 Dharma centres in such a timeframe and the extensive spread of the Dharma in the West when Buddhism was hardly known can only be attributed to their clean samaya with their Guru. After all, the growth of the student’s activities for the lineage is a hallmark of such student having good samaya with his/her teacher.

    In addition, it is also interesting that the situation with unsubstantiated condemnations by ‘dissenters’ of Lama Ole Nydahl reflects the understanding that anything that serves to spread the Dharma for the benefit of many, tends to attract a lot of negativities and obstacles so to speak. Thus, it karmically speaks volumes of the nature of Lama Ole Nydahl’s work.

    Thank you, Rinpoche and Pastor David, for this sharing about Lama Ole Nydahl.

  10. Wei Theng on Apr 12, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    Thank you Pastor David for sharing on Lama Ole Nydhal.

    Lama Ole Nyadhal is so inspiring to follow his Guru, the 16th Karmapa’s instruction to be a Dharma teacher in spreading the Karma Kagyu lineage and built 629 centres within 40 years. 629 centres – if we average it, it is 15 centres in a year for 40 years even when his Guru has passed on! What a great achievement and examples of strong Guru devotion! Besides, he does not attached to the centres that he has built but instead he has offered up the centres back to his Guru’s reincarnation ie the 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje. As a lay lama, despite all the criticism, he still able to spread Dharma to many and get the teaching to be translated to many languages.

    When involved in the Karmapa controversy, he still stands firm and works all the way to support 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje who is recognised by Shamar Rinpoche (one of his teachers) despite severe criticism by the supporters of Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje.

    Reading the inspiring story of Lama Ole Nydahl, i found the similarity of him with H.E Tsem Rinpoche who goes all the way to spread the teaching of Dorje Shugden despite all the criticism and discrimination.

    May I have the strong Guru devotion, the strength and wisdom to go all the way like Lama Ole Nydahl to support my Guru to spread Dharma, the Dorje Shugden and Vajrayogini and build Kechara and benefit others.

  11. Phoebe Yong on Apr 12, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    Thank you to Rinpoche and Pastor David for this inspiring and beautiful life story about Lama Ole Nydahl. ???

    Lama Ole Nydahl and his wife – Hannah had full faith with their teacher 16th Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje right after their first meet at year of 1969. When they are requested by 16th Karmapa proliferate the teachings of the Karma Kagyu lineage in the West and to build Buddhist centres in his name, both of them started fullfill their teacher wishes. With their incredible guru devotion, they had established over 629 centres around Europe. For sure they have put all of their efforts and time to make it happened!

    When the 16th Karmapa passed away in 1981, there is controversy erupted when two potential successors were discovered. Lama Ole Nydahl and Hannah just supported their teacher – Shamar Rinpoche and his recognition of Trinley Thaye Dorje as the 17th Karmapa. In 2009, Lama Ole Nydahl presented his 600 over Buddhist centres under Diamond Way Buddhism to the Karmapa. This is really inspiring me that they are keeping their promise to their guru even after their teacher has passed away and continuing hold his commitment to his teacher’s next incarnation.

    Lama Ole Nydahl has shown us doing the dharma works has no boundaries. He has set a very good example that the lay lama can achieve a great results by follow and keep the commitments with his teacher. This is the role model we should learn from.

  12. Wai Meng Wan on Apr 12, 2018 at 6:18 pm

    What comes to mind reading this article is that, if one is Samsaric in nature, what is food for one can poison to another. Lama Ole Nydahl has his own critics, and if he has stepped out of line, and done actions that is karmically damaging, karma is always watching.

    Some have mentioned that Lama Ole Nydahl has not done the the great retreat and perhaps even lacking in certain pre requisites as well to be a teacher within the Kagyu tradition. Before I joined Kechara, I was an SAP consultant, by right one needs certification to be an SAP professional, butI still handled the parts of the software development wortk without certification, relying on experience so none of my clients servers suffered a meltdown due to coding.

    629 centers and perhaps over 70,000 students who are interested in the buddha dharma. Thats really no small feat. I rejoice the dharma that Lama Ole Nydahl has brought to all his students.

  13. Lew on Apr 12, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    Thank you Pastor David for such an inspirational story about strong Guru devotion of Lama Ole Nydahl. I really love the first picture of this blog article, where Lama Ole is seen so happy with the reincarnation of His Guru, 16th Karmapa.

    It is known that having to start a Buddhists organisation is not easy. Not only Lama Ole managed to start his organisation, He managed to grow the number of centres into hundreds. This is definitely an inspirational story to remind us when we are building our centres. It is said that if we have strong Guru devotion, and listen to Guru’s instruction to build a centre, we will definitely achieve if we go all the way. I pray that I have the perseverance to devote to building Kechara for the rest of my live.

    On the other hand, it is sad to see people criticise Lama Ole for taking him taking up position to follow Thaye Dorje as the 17th Karmapa. It is sad because people chose not to look at the hard work he put in to build the Dharma institution. I pray that the 17th Karmapa issue can be resolved very soon, and all the Karma Kagyu can be reunited and spread the Dharma even further. I wish CTA can stop interfering with other sect in their recognistion of their respective leaders.

  14. Jace Chong on Apr 12, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this beautiful article of a wonderful disciple of the Buddha.

    I enjoy reading stories of how a student devoted their life to Guru and Dharma, and this is one of the many stories we can find here in this blog. Lama Ole Nydahl fulfilled his assignments given by his Guru, this is the holiest thing in our spiritual path. Lama Ole Nydahl’s efforts of establishing 600 Dharma centers and pass them to Karmapa are like someone who make the roads for Dharma and blessings to travel to practitioners directly when the time comes.

    With his efforts, he had a total of around 15000 students and 75000 followers throughout the world! This is the result of one fulfilling a Guru’s instructions that Dharma can flourish in so many people.

    Thanks for sharing this inspiring true story and may many like the devotion of Lama Ole Nydahl and do it for others.

  15. Kenneth Chan on Apr 12, 2018 at 5:37 am

    The story of Lama Ole is an amazing one from many sides, the speed/short amount of time (about 3-4 years only!) it took for both Hannah and him to develop from first meeting their first guru to becoming realised teachers themselves; the immense merit they must have to be able to encounter so many realised masters and high lamas; their dedication to their guru and focus (drive) for spreading the Dharma, I.e. “While working with his students, Lama Ole Nydahl developed a way of transmitting the teachings without having to learn the Tibetan language or customs” but what is really encouraging (for me) in this story is knowing that “if someone has a greater wisdom and capacity for penetrating the teaching, then even without doing a three-year retreat, it is possible for one to experience definite understanding and realisation,” although a three-year retreat sounds is an attractive proposition….

    It’s also nice to know that despite the nasty criticisms for his involvement with the Karmapa controversy, he stood firmly by his position with his guru with no effect on either his belief or his growth – I did a quick search on his present activities, and his drive for spreading the Dharma is still phenomenal!

    Thank you for sharing this story!

  16. Echeah on Mar 31, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    I read this in the papers today. According to the report, Thaye Dorje has “has abandoned the monkhood altogether after marrying a childhood friend in India”.

    Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/news/regional/2017/03/31/thaye-dorje-abandons-monkhood-top-tibetan-lama-marries-childhood-friend-in-india/#C4ZGH8SLiObFOQug.99

    Indeed it is none of anyone’s business to draw conclusions or pass judgement.

  17. graceleong on Mar 11, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    Thank you Pastor David for this sharing. It got me reading deeper into Lama Ole and Hannah’s work and inevitably into all the controversy surrounding them too. I guess no matter how much good one does today there is always someone out there who don’t agree with you, or will find fault. Even a Saint like Mother Theresa is not spared of controversy too !
    I prefer to focus on the good aspects. It is without doubt that
    1) In a span of 40 years they set up over 600 Dharma centres worldwide. Some of these centres are in regions that have very little exposure to Dharma. The lineage of the Karma Kagyu has spread vastly through their work and devotion.
    2) They have inspired over 15,000 people to be devoted practitioners of this lineage and has touched the hearts of another 70,000 casual followers. For some its hard enough to even try to benefit one single sentient being , not to mention bring almost 85,000 to the Buddhadharma. So much good seeds would have been planted in these people’s lives , inspiring them to Enlightment ! What better achievement should one have in one lifetime !!
    3) Teaching and spreading the Dharma is the core activity in this couple’s life. There are many great persons, monks, High Lamas and other teachers that are exemplary in this area too. But rarely a married couple. Most couples will go on a general path of getting married, have children, spend most of their time earning money to bring up their families and pay the bills etc etc. It is so rare firstly to have a couple that is equally interested and have such strong faith and Guru Devotion. They work together and support each other on the same pursuit. A pursuit that is mostly selfless and benefits so many beings. I am totally inspired by a marriage of this nature !
    When Hannah was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in 2006, she only had less then 6 months to live. But she had no fear, she realised it was just time for her to leave. They returned to the Copenhagen centre which they first founded together in 1974 and lived her last days there. They had a relationship which close friends commented “how deep a relationship can go when there is a beyond personal task that unites you.” Hannah had all the empowerments and teachings to help her prepare for the final moment and she died in meditation with her husband and a few friends around her. Hannah’s work and legacy lives on.
    Lama Ole remarried in 2014 to Alexandra Munoz Barboza from Venezuela.

    As non-Tibetan layman practitioners, this couple has certainly achieved tremendous success in spreading and growing the Dharma, especially in the West. They cannot be ordinary. They have very rare levels of Guru Devotion and tremendous amount of merits to receive initiations, empowerments and teachings from so many High Lamas. They must have practiced at very high levels in their past lives too, to be back in this life to continue their journey to benefit others.

  18. Pastor Lim Han Nee on Mar 10, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    The most inspiring of Lama Ole Nydahl’s acts of Guru devotion was his spreading the Dharma tirelessly all over Europe through the 600 over Dharma centers that he created together with his wife, Hannah. This was done in fulfillment of his Guru, the 16th Karmapa’s wish that he proliferate the Dharma of their lineage in the West. It was through the large organisation they founded, the Diamond Way Buddhism, that they were able to spread the Dharma in this extensive way. He maintained all these centers by visiting and teaching – he was in a different city everyday.He became a Buddhist Master and then a lay Lama in rapid succession.

    When the incarnation of the 16th Karmapa – Trinley Thaye Dorje – visited the Nyadhals’ European Center, Lama Ole Nydhal,in a ceremony, presented his 600 plus Dharma centers under the Diamond Way Buddhism organisation, to him. In this way, he showed the lack of ego, that is at the heart of Guru Devotion. He had a total of around 15000 students and 75000 followers throughout the world!

    • Head Strong on Apr 1, 2019 at 10:20 pm

      I like how you have no idea of what you’re talking about.
      Genius.

  19. Sharon Ong on Mar 9, 2017 at 11:37 pm

    One of the things I like about Rinpoche’s blog is the diverse types of post it offers. This is a really interesting piece and I thank Pastor David and all involved for this good read.

    It is inspiring to read how this power Dharma couple’s strong Guru devotion had led them to successfully fulfill their Guru’s wishes to spread their lineage. To be able to open 629 centres between 1972 and 2012 is a remarkable feat to me. That’s like 15 centres a year, about 1 centre every month! This proves that having a solid Guru devotion can make one achieve extraordinary things.

  20. Echeah on Mar 9, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    Whenever there is any success and achievement, there are bound to be detractors. Jealousy and envy, the craving for recognition and the desire to strike people down who are successful while one is not, is so secular and not something that you expect to see in a spiritual institution. But yet it is strangely commonplace. This is antithesis to spiritual attainment.

    There is no need to seek titles and crowns to brandish one’s spiritual attainments. Just look at the results of the practice and all is clear to see.

    Lama Ole Nydahl devoted his entire life to Buddhism and was fully committed to follow his teacher’s instructions. He did as he promised and delivered. He was a lineage holder of all the important teachings and practices and took full accountability to preserve and spread them. The gurus must first see that a student is a worthy vessel to receive the teachings and transmissions before conferring them to the student, otherwise the teachings are at risk of degeneration. Looking at the list, it is truly impressive and speaks of the trust and confidence his gurus had on him. He did not disappoint.

    His success in spreading the dharma, and that was not at the internet era, is remarkable and is cause for rejoicing, not jealousy.

    We even learn in Day 6 of the Lamrim that rejoicing is the 4th of the 7 Limbs, a powerful daily practice we should be doing for purification and collection of merit. Do we know that we can even collect merit while sitting on the couch doing nothing? Yes by rejoicing over the virtue of others! As Gungtang Rinpoche says, meditate on that!

    • Head Strong on Apr 1, 2019 at 10:19 pm

      I like how you have no idea of what you’re talking about.
      Genius.

  21. Head Strong on Mar 6, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    I like how you have no idea what you are talking abour.

    • Body Strong on Mar 8, 2017 at 1:16 pm

      @Head Strong: Why are you jealous of Ole Nydahl?

      • HeadStrong on Apr 1, 2019 at 10:16 pm

        Fucking retard.

        • Head Strong on Apr 1, 2019 at 10:24 pm

          And by “Body Strong” you mean you are a useless wimp.

  22. Wan Wai Meng on Dec 1, 2016 at 1:04 am

    The story of Ole Nydahl reminds me of What Ngawang Drakpa did, Ngawang Drakpa was one of the key students of Lama Tsongkhapa, and to show his gratitude and appreciation of Je Tsongkhapa he promised to build 108 monasteries, place of learning and study. Je Tsongkhapa prophecized that Ngawang Drakpa will succeed in his spiritual endeavour to bring dharma to Eastern Tibet.

    Anyone who is successful in dharma or worldly have their own detractors, one need not worry about their reputation or their conduct. We should worry and care about our own practice. Ultimately we own our karma, if there is any infractions or misdemeanor that will come back to us.

  23. Candice Loke on Nov 7, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    Thank you Pastor David Lai for producing such beautiful article.
    This is my second time reading and still I find this article fascinating. Lama Ole Nydahl displays the type quality I think we all should emulate – the unwavering faith in one’s Guru, the will to carry out Guru’s instructions regardless whether current situations may be favourable to one or not.

    I could only imagine the hardships Lama Ole Nydahl had to endure – being a westerner carrying his Guru’s instructions to introduce Tibetan Buddhism and to build Buddhist Institution in the western society where I believe in the 1970s Tibetan Buddhism to westerners’ eyes is deemed as unorthodox and mystical religion. However, his hardships topped with unwavering faith in his Guru definitely paid off well – today there are more than 650 Diamond Way Buddhist centers worldwide – an astonishing accomplishment.

    Yet again, Lama Ole Nydahl being the head of this established Buddhist Institution with hundreds and thousands of followers worldwide, he offered it all up to his reincarnated Guru the 17th Karma Trinley Thaye Dorje – another great quality for lay practitioners like myself to contemplate on and to put into practice/ action – letting go of one’s ego and attachment – this fine qualities is hard to come by especially in a materialistic world we live in now.

    Lama Ole Nydahl is a fine example for us who would like to tread on our spiritual path with our Guru to contemplate on – a clean and strong Samaya with our Guru is all that we need in the path towards ultimate happiness – this I will take to heart. _/\_

  24. Carmen Koo on Sep 15, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    When there is good samaya with one’s teacher, the activities of the student for the lineage will continue to grow, no matter what other people may say or think otherwise. This is especially so for Lama Ole Nydahl and Hannah Nydahl, who have successfully spread the Karma Kagyu lineage in the west through their feat of over 600 Dharma centres. Because of them, many people in the west have access to the Karma Kagyu lineage, and many of them are able to connect with the BuddhaDharma, to practice, to change their lives, to find meaning and hope. Such amazing, unselfish, kind works that Lama Ole Nydahl dedicated his life to together with his wife. Such tenacity, determination, strength, faith, devotion to and trust in their teacher, that they just went all the way to benefit others.

    Reading Lama Ole Nydahl’s story here is inspirational, especially when the 17th Karmapa came and in a ceremony, offered all the centres to his teacher’s incarnation. It didnt matter that the guru had passed on, Lama Ole Nydahl continue and stood by his promise to the end.

    I remember Rinpoche giving a teaching, and sharing that the highest form of guru devotion is that no matter whether your guru is alive or passed, near or far, you continue to carry out the promises you make, continue to practice the Dharma, and bring it to others, continue to practice the 7 paramitas, hold your vows, etc. Therefore Lama Ole Nydahl and Hannah Nydahl’s guru devotion is exemplary. It also reminds me of Rinpoche’s devotion, and it is solely because of Rinpoche’s guru devotion that Rinpoche is in Malaysia today, building a legacy for the future, and continually helping the society, and beyond.

  25. Stella Cheang on Sep 10, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    It is very inspirational to read about Lama Ole Nydahl. His achievement is extraordinary and all due to his strong devotion towards his guru. Lama Ole Nydahl established over 629 Diamond Way Buddhist centers that operated with no paid staff in the span 40 years; from the year 1972, when the 16th Karmapa requested Lama Ole and his wife to proliferate the teachings of the Karma Kagyu lineage in the West, until the year 2012. The work of Lama Ole Nydahl is impressive not only because of the sheer numbers of Buddhist centers founded by him but also because the wide spreading of lineage teachings. He would travel to each center twice a year to give teachings, meditation courses, confer Buddhist refuge, Bodhisattva Vows as well as advance teachings on Mahamudra and Phowa to his students and followers. Lama Ole Nydahl himself had received a list of significant and prominent teachings and tantric transmissions from his gurus.

    Despite his enormous guru devotion, achievement, attainment and contribution towards the lineage, one would had thought he is well respected and loved by all. Unfortunately this is not the case. Lama Ole Nydahl faced constant criticism, challenge and blame on his qualification as a Lama, for supporting his guru’s choice of successor to the 16th Karmapa as well as his role in the Karmapa controversy. He was being accused of severing samaya with his guru and the cause of the Karmapa controversy even though there was no evidence to prove. Yet, against the backdrop of adversities, Lama Ole Nydahl ensued to fulfil the request by his guru, the 16th Kamarpa, by offering the 600 over Diamond way centers to the 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje in 2009. This goes to show the impeccable guru devotion of Lama Ole Nydahl and his lack of attachment to power and influence for being the founder of the Diamond Way centers.

    This story reminds me our Rinpoche’s unwavered guru devotion and determination to fulfil the promise to his guru. Thank you Pastor David for this article.

  26. Wylfred Ng on Sep 10, 2016 at 10:42 am

    谢谢黎国圆讲法师的分享。

    Lama Ole Nydahl 真的是西方国家的一位具格上师。 他原本是一位普通的男人, 不过就在他去尼泊尔度蜜月的时候遇到了Lopön Tsechu Rinpoche, 更在年后见了第十六世噶玛巴。

    虽然Lama Ole Nydahl 不是长期都在上师身边, 不过他对噶玛巴的吩咐是从来都不会懈怠。 也因为他对上师的依止心, 他在西方国家成立了600家中心, 也用适合西方国家的人的方式弘扬佛法。

    过后Lama Ole Nydahl 也把他所有的中心供给了第十七世噶玛巴, 我认为这就是他完成使命的象征, 在上师不在的时候继续完成上师的吩咐。

    他的故事非常有启发性, 也在一次证实拥有上师依止心, 再难的任务都办得到。

    谢谢

  27. Pema Thinley on Sep 8, 2016 at 1:42 am

    Inspiration and devotion are the driving force in anything we want to pursue. How devoted lama is. So inspiring to read such story lah. Thank you Pastor David _()_

  28. Sock Wan on Sep 7, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    Thank you Pastor David for the extensive research on Lama Ole Nydahl. He must be a very special person spiritually, without going to a monastery to study or doing retreats, he is already able to give profound teachings to people and it is fully endorsed by Karmapa himself. This is not ordinary. Looking at the number of Dharma centres he has established, we can see that apart from his teachings, his determination must also be very strong.

    It is not easy to run a Dharma center in Europe where people are not very familiar with Buddhism, especially when it comes to raising fund but Lama Ole Nydahl made it. His guru devotion is very strong, he followed his late guru’s instruction and finally offered the 600 over Dharma centres to his guru.

    Whatever negative things people say about someone the truth will reveal one day. Lama Ole Nydahl’s result has proven those against him wrong.

  29. KarenC on Sep 7, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    Such an inspiring life Lama Ole Nydahl leads. His life story reminds me of some similarities with Rinpoche:

    1. that both have strong guru devotion, carries out Guru’s instructions with full faith and made sure they succeed. Following Lati Rinpoche’s advice, Tsem Rinpoche founded and established Kechara in Malaysia despite the difficulties and obstacles Rinpoche had to face in the beginning and even until now.

    2. Despite the criticism and oppositions, Lama Ole Nydahl did not allow himself to give up on pursuing his Dharma path and expanding his Dharma centres. Similarly, despite of all the negative voices and attacks, Tsem Rinpoche has never given up Dorje Shugden practice that was given by his root Guru Zong Rinpoche. In fact, Dorje Shugden practice is growing rapidly worldwide and it’s proven this practice has been beneficial on many aspects.

    These Buddhist masters taught us that their fruitful Dharma career came from strong guru devotion and full faith.

  30. William Chua on Sep 7, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    Lama Ole Nydahl deserves a standing ovation for his effort and his hardwork in spreading Buddhism in the West. His determination and guru devotion has led him to present to the 17th Karmapa all his 600+ centres as fulfilling his promise to his teacher the 16th Karmapa. This journey took him 40 years.

    Lama Ole is a lay Buddhist master recognised by the Sharmapa and in the degenerating times, may be the best way to spread Buddhism in Europe. He devoted his life to teach his students and allocated his time to all the centres he has established. Even with the split in the Karma Kagyu school, his mind is still focused and stable.

    His story is one which inspires many.

  31. Kb Thapa on Sep 5, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    Devotion and commitment to his Guru’s instructions, to carry on after his Guru has GONE. example of what being practiced means and the real meaning of learning the Dharma. With that as the foundation he learned and practice the Dharma, founded over 600 centers, This shows his hard work and commitments and determination to spread the dharma..

  32. Deny Hermawan on Sep 5, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    Lama Ole is an authentic teacher, who dared to express facts, and dare to spread the Dharma in such an unique way. He rarely brings Tibetan culture in the Diamond Way, the organization he founded, so the development is vastly fast. He is Mahakala Bernagchen in person, protector of Karmapa. Thanks for sharing, pastor David Lai.

  33. Samfoonheei on Sep 3, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    Thank You Pastor David.,for such an inspiring post regarding this western lay lama of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Lama Ole Nydahl gave teachings on the practice of Phowa.and has always faced criticism due to his role in the Karmapa controversy.Somehow he could overcome all these criticism having 600 over Buddhist centres . Despite criticism, his guru devotion and the blessings of his lamas, his’s organisation continues to grow in Europe.He is an example to all of us to be devoted to our Guru.
    After reading this article, i do sincerely hope the ban of Dorje Shugden be lifted soon.
    Thanks again Pastor David for sharing.

  34. Sarah Yap on Sep 3, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    Such a fruitful life. A life lived with so much purpose and meaning, bringing the Dharma to thousands of people across the globe. I wish that I too, if not in this life then the next, be able to spread Lama Tsongkhapa’s lineage in this manner. The Nydahls are like the hands of the Buddha, doing the works and reaching out to others.

    They are not only spiritual but incredibly capable and focused on what they want to achieve. I don’t think they could have managed opening and maintaining 600+ centres without the help of others. They must be incredibly capable in nurturing others into Dharma, and turning them into Buddhist leaders within their own community.

    Being just leaders themselves is not enough, those that have a sincere wish to grow the lineage will realize failure to nurture new people into leaders will just limit the growth of the lineage, simply because one person or a handful of people can never achieve much (due to physical limitations). And the fact that they can do this themselves without relying on the Karmapa or Sharmapa is indicative of their success. This is an essential and important skill or capability to spread the reach of Dharma. The bigger the centre grows, the more the ones at the top such as Lama Ole Nydahl, have lesser and lesser ego, so I am hardly surprised that he feel no attachment what so ever upon presenting all these centres to the current incarnation of Karmapa.

    I am hardly surprised that Lama Ole Nydahl gets various negative comments thrown at him. I am sure even with the absence of the Karmapa issue, he will not be free of negative talk. Others’ success invites gossip and negative talk, this is the nature of samsaric beings, no one in this world can be free of the scrutiny of the eye, where all discretion and thought formation take place for the regular people.

  35. Pastor KH Ng on Aug 31, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    Thank You Pastor David.

    Lama Ole Nydahl is an inspiration to us all. The main thing that stands out for me is his Guru Devotion. With that as the foundation he learned and practice the Dharma, founded over 600 centres, gone through the Karmapa controversy remaining true to his teachers and propagated the Dharma to many especially in Northern Europe and the West.

    This is a very good example of what students can achieve when one is really devoted to the Guru!

  36. Lum Kok Luen on Aug 29, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    Dear Pastor David,

    Thank you so much for the painstaking research and sharing without agenda on this wonderful story on Guru devotion. This clearly demonstrates that one of the critical criteria to progress spiritually, and then onto Enlightenment, one must go all the way and to have complete Guru devotion.

    This story and research further reinforces H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche’s teaching that the way out of samsara is to have solid and unwavering Guru devotion.

    Thank you.

    Humbly yours,
    Lum Kok Luen

  37. yikming on Aug 29, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    Great Guru Devotion shown, he not only set up one, not 2 but 629 centers growing them over 40yrs. A great inspiration. Thanks Guru and David for the sharing. One cannot satisfy all when chasing the greater good at this scale, bound to be criticism.

    I do hope Dalai Lama brings down the Dorje Shugden Ban as the practitioner does not only suffer criticism but suffer abuse and isolation. Lets acknowledge & embrace the difference but not a Ban.

  38. Sofi on Aug 28, 2016 at 6:41 am

    What an amazing life the Nydahl couple lead along the dharmic path. They had such tremendous merits to receive all the high teachings and tantras from his various Gurus. Their Guru devotion towards 16th Karmapa, which lead them to open over 600 branches of Diamond Way Buddhism centres, is something we should emulate. What an inspirational article to show us how far our faith in our Guru could bring us. Thank you Pastor David for this beautiful article on Lama Ole Nydahl’s dharma actcivitys.

  39. Fong on Aug 28, 2016 at 1:35 am

    Wow, what devotion and commitment to his Guru’s instructions. And, to carry on after his Guru has left, waiting patiently for the Guru’s return. To stand firm in the face of adversity carrying on his Guru’s work. My respects to such a fine example of what being practiced means and the true meaning of learning the Dharma.

    Thank you, Pastor David for this very inspiring article.

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    nteresting read of this history of how Dorje Shugden practice came into light . Since Dorje Shugden was introduced into the Sakya tradition, there have been many Sakya throne holders that practiced Dorje Shugden. Out of the 42 supreme throne holders throughout the history of the Sakya tradition, six of the thrones holders are confirmed to have practiced Dorje Shugden. They have built chapels to him, composed prayers and pujas (kangsols) to him and even propagated his practice amongst their disciples. They cannot be wrong and in fact as confirmed by the 39th Sakya Trizin Dragshul Trinley Rinchen Dorje Shugden is an enlightened being. Dorje Shugden kangsol (prayer) to invoke the blessings of Dorje Shugden composed by him is still widely used today. Dorje Shugden must be a powerful Dharma protector that Sakya tradition have been long relying. It has proven that Dorje Shugden is not a minor practice. Interesting read , may more people read this post to understand better.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this post .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sakya-trizins-dorje-shugden-prayer.html
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    Monday, Feb 22. 2021 03:30 PM
    Begtse Chen, a deity of alien origin, was incorporated into the pantheon of Tibetan Buddhism as a protector of the Dharma. This Proyector is one of the eight famous Dharmapala in Tantric Buddhism. Also known as red Mahakala and is especially revered in Mongolia where the origin of Begtse Chen can be traced to a pre-Buddhist deity in 16th century. It has become the mainstay of Protector practice in Mongolia. Interesting read.
    Thank you for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-dharma-protector-begtse-chen.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 22. 2021 03:27 PM
    Interesting read of Kunkhyen Choku Ozer was a lineage master of the Manjushri Namasamgiti Tantra. He became known as Kunkhyen Choku Ozer due to his ability to penetrate the meaning of the great Buddhist treatises merely just by glancing at it. He could memolised texts just by reading it once. Reading this post and information at least I can know he is also a part of Dorje Shugden’s incarnation lineage. He is also famed for establishing the ancient monastery of Dakpo Tsele.
    Thank you Pastor David for this sharing as many of us would not have known this GREAT Lama was part of Dorje Shugden’s incarnation lineage.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/kunkhyen-choku-ozer-master-of-the-kalachakra-guhyasamaja-tantras.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 22. 2021 03:25 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for the teachings on Dorje Shugden and explanation on retreat. Learning and practicing this Dorje Shugden’s practice have indeed benefited many people. And more so when to do a retreat. . We are all very fortunate to be given an opportunity to meet Tsem Rinpoche and learning, practicing all these precious teachings coming from a pure lineage that can be traced back to the time of the great Lama Tsongkhapa. A very detailed explanation on why we need the retreat and the way to do the retreat.
    Thanks again Rinpoche with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-retreat-a-powerful-practice-to-fulfill-wishes.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Feb 21. 2021 01:54 PM
    Tsem Rinpoche had been working tirelessly teaching Dharma in his whole life, giving many opportunities for us to learn , practice Dharma teachings. Whatever goes wrong we should admit it as our own fault and not our guru. Rinpoche ‘s love to spread Dharma teachings and nothing else. He had followed his advice of his guru to come all the way from India to teach in Malaysia. Reading all those meaningful quotes and sayings in this article tells us a thousand words of truth which we should not take it lightly. We could in fact learn from it and stop blaming others.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/is-it-the-gurus-fault.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Feb 21. 2021 01:51 PM
    HH the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso , the highest spiritual leader of Tibet, who is a living Bodhisattva, an emanation of Avalokiteśvara. Blessing to have a change looking at this rare picture taken years ago of Dalai lama on the throne . Dalai Lama is well known as a Buddhist Advocate for Peace and Freedom.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/his-holiness-the-supreme-holder-of-the-white-lotus.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Feb 21. 2021 01:48 PM
    Tibetans all over the world celebrates Losar, or Tibetan New Year with the beginning of Lunar year. This year it falls on the 12 February, every one will be looking forward to this day. A new year a new beginning , where the Panglung Oracle will take trance of the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. As usual every year the Panglung Oracle will give advices, offering guidance, for the year ahead to everyone of what to do and so forth. Whatever advices given should not taken lightly. The Panglung Oracle as Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden will also give teachings and blessing . For this year Dorje Shugden gave a very powerful teachings and messages.
    Thank you for sharing this precious message.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugdens-2021-losar-advice.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 20. 2021 02:06 PM
    Interesting read , even though short but at least knowing the home Monastery of H E Tsem Rinpoche’s previous incarnation, Gedun Nyedrak. The monastery was called ‘Tsem’,where a custodian of a tooth relic of the great Lama Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.
    Thank you Pastor David for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/gedun-nyedrak-an-abbot-of-gaden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 20. 2021 01:59 PM
    News of UFO always fascinating to me . There are many UFO sighting hotspots exist across the globe, it has long since scientist have a keen interest to investigate further. UFOs has become a modern sensation for hunters , scientist and so forth. There was only the ambiguous testament of witnesses so far all happen and appeared mysteries without any substantial evidence. But the Japanese government has admitted and believes definitely they the UFO exist. Well the Japanese government has even made a statement about alien spacecraft appearing on Earth. Many people have denied the existence of UFOs, but with so many UFO sightings they cannot denied it after all. Sound interesting.
    The Buddha has once said that we are not the only beings in existence and we are not alone on earth. Interesting videos to watch.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/japanese-admits-ufo-exists.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 20. 2021 01:58 PM
    Khuton Choje and Pandita Akaramati were both great disciples of Atisha. Pandita Akaramati was a great Buddhist master, scholar and also the abbot of Solnak Thangpoche Monastery in the Yarlung Valley of central Tibet. He did played a significant role in the fusion of the old Buddhist curriculum existing in Tibet. While Khuton Choje who is well known for the special teachings he requested of Atisha. He is known to have composed a commentary to Atisha’s Satyadvayavatara.
    Thank you Pastor David for this sharing of GREAT Lamas.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/great-disciples-of-atisha-khuton-choje-and-pandita-akaramati.html
  • sarassitham
    Saturday, Feb 20. 2021 12:25 AM
    Thank you for the sharing, fishing is an extremely cruel hobby that causes immense suffering and damage to fish, even when they are released back into the water. However human does not realize what karma befalls but they have great time, fun going fishing.

    I believe children are always eager to learn fast as they grow but parents has to monitor their child’s activity and behavior is especially important when they begin to demand for their choice.

    https://bit.ly/3k6pYAM
  • sarassitham
    Thursday, Feb 18. 2021 11:42 PM
    Thank you for the inspiring posting, of the little Christian and his amazing determination to help children with cancer. This kind hearted boy has to go through a lot of hassle to fulfill his mission. I felt so proud for Christian and also to his great parents to guide the little boy towards the development of kindness and a good attitude from an early age.

    https://bit.ly/2NHE0fJ

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One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
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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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  • 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.
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  • February 25, 2021 01:33
    Kuenzang wangdi asked: What would be my most suitable colour ?
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  • February 22, 2021 22:14
    Naseer asked: Hi My name is Naseer Ahmed 8th dec 1979. Life path 1 Im looking to add to my name slightly... change it too... Naseer Al Ahmed... Would this be more complimentary as far as for the business front... or would it not make any difference
    pastor answered: Hello Naseer, As per your question, your Life Path Number is 1. The Life Path Number according to the system of numerology used on our website is calculated using your date of birth. Therefore, a change in name will not affect your Life Path Number. Some of the other calculators on the same page do however use your name. One of the smaller calculators you may be interested in is the Achievement Number, but again, this only uses your date of birth for the calculation. You can find it here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/numerology/numerology-calculator.html You may also be interested in two of our other pages: Chinese Zodiac - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/horoscopes/the-chinese-zodiac.html Tibetan Astrology - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html Thank you for your question. I hope this helps.
  • February 20, 2021 18:36
    Sandra asked: After making a food offering to the three jewels (which we will eat for lunch etc), should we think of it as a blessing and partake?
    pastor answered: Hello Sandra, When making food offerings to the Three Jewels, which you eat yourself, when you recite the prayer and make the offering, you should visualise that the Buddhas receive your food offering and because you have made an offering, they are very pleased. It also fulfills one of the Refuge commitments, which is to offer the first portion of whatever we eat and drink to the Three Jewels, while remembering their kindness. You can then partake of the meal and consider it a blessing from the Three Jewels. Alternatively, you can set out a plate (which you reserve for this purpose) of food, which you can offer on your altar. Similarly, once the food has been left on your altar for a while, you can later remove it and consume it as a blessing. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 19, 2021 04:33
    Sandra asked: Is intovertedness a bad quality? Since Buddha is so altruistic and this is the opposite trait, it must be bad. How do you think one should lessen introverted tendencies?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Introvertedness is not a bad quality. Altruism and compassion are different from being an introvert or extrovert. Introverts are generally quieter people, less expressive of their emotions, while extroverts are the opposite. Buddhist practice is not about expression of emotion. Rather the altruistic and compassionate teachings are more about how you help other people and sentient beings, physically or emotionally. If the qualities of introverted-ness are stopping you from developing these, then they need to change. But this may not be necessary, depending on the qualities that you are talking about. You can do simple meditations to building up the energy of compassion in your mindstream and you will see that you actions will automatically start to be more compassionate and altruistic. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 18, 2021 03:28
    Sandra asked: How should one behave when negative karma is being purified? How can we know if bad karma is being purified? Do we accumulate positive karma simultaneously when doing purification practices? Many thanks for your response.
    pastor answered: Hello again Sandra, There are two ways in which karma can be purified, the first is through our own efforts alone and the second is through our own effort, combined with a purification practice. Through our own efforts: this means that you transform your mind enough to not react negatively in any situation and only react in a positive manner. For example, you may have the karma to get angry. So you get into situations which makes you angry. If you react normally, then you will get angry again, this will only lead you to create more karma of being angry. But if you make the effort not to get angry in those situations then you do not create or multiply that karma. The original karma you have may lead you to be in those types of situations again, but if you do not get angry then after a while you start to purify that karma. Through your own efforts, combined with a purification practice: as you are working on transforming your mind, you can rely on the practices that help you to purify your karma, such as the practice of Vajrasattva or the 35 Confessional Buddhas. This boosts your ability to purify negative karma, based on the enlightened energies of the Buddhas. This however is only truly effective when combined with the Four Opponent Powers. You can read more about that here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-35-confessional-buddhas.html In general, when karma is being purified then you should remain level-headed and not act out of emotion or habit, but from your understanding of the workings of karma and the Dharma. But actually, this should not only be when karma is being purified. You should act and behave in this way all the time according to the Dharma, then you are, up to a point, always purifying karma. It is one of the reasons that so much emphasis is placed on refraining from negative actions and engaging in positive actions using your body, speech and mind, because these are the three means or 'doors' with which you interact with the world. At our level, we cannot tell if karma is being purified or not, only those who are more highly attained can tell. However, that is one of the reasons the Buddhist texts advise study of and belief in karma. If there is karma, then it can be purified, and the way to do so is transform your mind and invoke upon the enlightened beings. So if you are doing both, you can rest assured that you are in fact purifying your karma. When you purify negative karma, whether just through your own efforts or combined with a purification practice you collect merit, not positive karma. If you simply do a good action, you collect good karma. But if you are practicing the Dharma with the intention of achieving enlightenment, you take refuge, engage in the practice, and dedicate at the end, then you develop merit, not positive karma. If you want to read more about how karma works and how to purify it in more detail, I suggest you read a Lamrim text such as Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand, which you can order from your local bookstore or get online here (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/lamrim-liberation-in-the-palm-of-your-hand).
  • February 17, 2021 23:06
    Sandra asked: Hello pastors, thank you for your response to my earlier question. Do divination predictions change frequently? Why does that happen?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question. Divinations, compared to astrological predictions, are much more accurate. There are many types of divination, but those based on the practice of enlightened beings are very accurate. Three of the most well-known in Tibetan Buddhism are the divination practices of Manjushri, Palden Lhamo and Dorje Shugden. You can read more about Dorje Shugden's dice divination here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugdens-dice-divination.html Questions that are asked during divinations are much more specific than the types of topics that astrological predictions can help with, therefore are based on very specific types of karma. This means that if you asked a divination question twice, without taking remedial actions in between, then the answer would most likely be the same, given that all the prerequisites have been held by the diviner and the divinations are genuine. However, if a divination is done and then remedial actions recommended, such as various practices or pujas, and these are done to the letter, then if the question is asked again, then the results would differ. This is because when engaging in these practices or pujas, either you generate the merit necessary to overpower the negative effects of the karma, or you purify the negative effects of the karma creating the situation. This however, is generally not done. You wouldn't ask the same question twice or over and over again. The reason for this is because one of the factors that comes into play when seeking divination is faith. This is faith in the fact that the remedial actions recommended will help whatever situation you are facing. Having seen H.E. Tsem Rinpoche do countless divinations for people, I can attest to this. Those who have faith and follow through with the advice, see a great improvement in the situation that led them to ask the divination question in the first place. Those that did not follow the advice either at all or not fully, did not see any improvement. And this makes sense, because they did not purify the effects of the karma enough, or generate enough merit. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 15, 2021 04:09
    sandra asked: How much importance should we give to astrological predictions or chart readings? Are these readings susceptible to change all the time,i.e, in the context of planetary movements? Can our own effort/actions supercede what is predicted in our birth chart?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your interesting question. You are absolutely correct about the universal principle of change. According to Buddhist practice, astrological predictions are based upon a fixed point in time. Take for example, your moment of birth, which most astrological readings take as the main point of reference. At that specific moment, there would have been various energies or planetary alignments, etc. Combined together, they are said to give an accurate prediction of what will occur to a person throughout their life. This however, is based on one's birth karma, to be born at that specific point in time and location. This birth karma also provides the driving force behind what will occur in a person's life, if that karma is not changed somehow. Hence, that is why astrological predictions can give very accurate readings on someone's personality, as well as life events. Birth karma provides the main force behind all other karma to come into play. That is why it is given importance in astrology. There are also more advanced methods to take into account planetary and energetical movements to give even more detailed and precise predictions that can even be made down to the month, day or hour of a person's life. In Buddhism, however, we believe that karma can be changed. It can multiply, be purified or exhausted, or the effects of that karma can be overpowered by another karma or spiritual merit. In these cases, the outcome will change. The way in which this happens is varied. It can be as simple as doing some prayers (to generate spiritual merit) or changing your behaviour, environment or location, the way you think, and the ways in which you react in various situations. That is why in Buddhist astrological systems, emphasis is placed on remedial measures to counteract negative outcomes. For example, someone may be born with an angry disposition from an astrological point of view. If this person goes through life acting from this anger, then the predictions based on the time of birth will occur. However, a remedial action can be undertaken, such as the person pracitising Chenrezig, who is the Buddha of compassion, or the person doing some form of charity work. These remedial actions generate compassion in the mind of the person, which counteracts the anger. As this happens and the karma is changed, then the person no longer needs to feels the negative effects of any bad astrological (or more correctly - karmic) situations. There are even some practices that specifically help to counteract negative astrological influences and help you to change things. Such an example is Black Manjushri. Within Tibetan Buddhism, according to your time and date of birth, you also have what is known as a 'Birth Buddha'. This is basically an enlightened being that you have an affinity with in this life. General remedial actions include making images of this particular Buddha or engaging in this Buddha's practice. This combined with a change in how we live - otherwise known as Mind Transformation in the Buddhist context - changes astrological outcomes. However, if we continue living without controlling our actions, words and thoughts, the predictions made using astrological readings will most likely still occur. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • February 7, 2021 00:16
    Purna Tamang asked: What is my lucky number and color ?
    pastor answered: Dear Purna Tamang, Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, none our horoscope apps on this page gives this information at this moment. However, you may find some of the other information provided useful. Below are the links: For Chinese Zodiac: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/horoscopes/the-chinese-zodiac.html For Tibetan astrology: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html For Numerology: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/numerology/numerology-calculator.html For Fortune cookies: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/fortune-cookie Thank you and I hope you find something interesting in one of the apps.
  • January 20, 2021 03:32
    Sangita. asked: i want to buy my own house.which mantra i should chant to have my own house.kindly reply.
    pastor answered: Dear Sangita, Thank you for your question. Everything in our lives, whether good or bad is due to our karma. This is karma we have accumulated either in previous lives or earlier on in this life. You can learn more about this here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/discovering-yourself-a-teaching-on-karma-mindstream.html Sometimes, we go through obstacles or need some form of spiritual help to assist us in improving our situations. In these circumstances we can rely on the practice of certain deities. One of these deities is the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. You can read more about this deity and his practice here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/beginners-introduction-to-dorje-shugden.html You can learn more about Dorje Shugden's practice here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-teaching-videos.html. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • January 12, 2021 00:32
    Laurence Brahm asked: Hello la. I would like to get in touch with Rinpoche. My name is Laurence Brahm and I've directed the two films including Searching for The Lotus Born Master. I would like to get in touch with Rinpoche in hopes he would kindly agree to an interview with our third production on Guru Rinpoche and also I would like to ask some questions concerning Shambala. I would be most grateful if Rinpoche would email me at himalayanconsensus2@gmail.com Thank you. With respects
    pastor answered: Dear Laurence Brahm, Thank you for your questions. This section is actually answered by Kechara's Pastors who were trained by His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche. Unfortunately, Tsem Rinpoche is no longer with us physically. He passed into Parinirvana in 2019. You can read more about this here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/the-parinirvana-of-kyabje-tsem-rinpoche.html If you would like to ask questions to any of the pastors regarding this, please email care@kechara.com with more information and mention that you would like to talk to one of the pastors. Thank you
  • December 31, 2020 14:46
    Jose Ajuria asked: What are the qualities of the Buddha Dharma and Sangha
    pastor answered: Dear Jose Ajuria, Here is a short article that discusses the qualities of the Three Jewels: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/taking-refuge-by-pabongka-rinpoche.html For a more in-depth text regarding this, please read Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/lamrim-liberation-in-the-palm-of-your-hand). The text describes the qualities and benefits of taking refuge in each, in much more detail. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • December 30, 2020 09:55
    Dan asked: Dear pastors, some vegetarians said egg can eat. While some say no. What is your opinion on this. Thank you
    pastor answered: Dear Dan, Thank you for your question. There are differing views on eggs as part of the vegetarian diet. Some people would say that since eggs we get these days are not fertilized, then they are vegetarian since there is no life involved at that point. His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche was vegetarian but consumed eggs, as long as they were free-range and organic, because Rinpoche was against the battery farming system which produces the majority of eggs these days. There is a lot of animal cruelty involved with battery farming. Most people who do not include egg in their vegetarian diets do this because of the harm is causes the hens during the farming process, and also because they can view eating eggs as taking a life. That being said, within Buddhism, there are certain practices that strictly prohibit the consumption of eggs, as with other types of food. This can be for a number of reasons, which are too long to be discussed here. I would say that most people in the Kechara organisation eat eggs although vegetarian, but that may also be a cultural thing. Some people however, have taken the extra step and live a vegan lifestyle, which definitely does not include egg, as an extension of their practice of compassion for other sentient beings. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • December 5, 2020 00:25
    Bradley asked: Would offerings or prayers like Sangsol offering be more potent if we had the prayers translated to the language of a given geographical area? Example in England where Celtic was once spoken? Would the local deities or spirits be pleased we took the time to do so? They are far older than us.
    pastor answered: Dear Bradley, Thank you for your interesting question. Actually the sangsol prayers will be effective when done in any language. There are two main reasons for this. The first is that when you recite the sangsol prayer, you are actually invoking upon an enlightened being first, in this case, it is Dorje Shugden. Therefore, when you make the requests of the local deities to accept the offering, be calm and improve local circumstances etc, it is not coming from you. You are actually beseeching Dorje Shugden to help you in this matter. Hence, it is Dorje Shugden who is communicating with the local deities, not us. Secondly, deities and gods, as they do not have physical bodies, do not require ordinary language. Language as we know it is actually linked to our physical bodies. Local deities and gods, etc, because they don't have the same type of physical form as us, actually recognise our prayers through intention and effort rather than language. Therefore, prayers such as the sangsol prayers are effective no matter which language they are physical recited in. I hope this makes sense, if it does not, please let us know and we will clarify further. Thank you.
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We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
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We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
8 months ago
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
8 months ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
9 months ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
9 months ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
9 months ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
9 months ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
9 months ago
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
9 months ago
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
10 months ago
Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
11 months ago
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
11 months ago
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
12 months 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
12 months 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
12 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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