Coming into Kechara: A Journey to Find My Spiritual Self

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A Wasteland of Materialism

In the years before Kechara, my World was a Wasteland of Materialism and Spiritual Materialism.

“All the years before Dharma have been good and successful only in a mundane sense. Nevertheless, they are empty and meaningless.” ~ Tsem Rinpoche

Worldly success can take you to a peak, where, for a moment, you think you have conquered all and the world is at your feet. But those “peaks” are just moments where you delude yourself into thinking “I have achieved!” “I am great!”

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A picture of me with Dorje Shugden and my Guru, H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche

Afterwards you fall back again into a world of strife and competition, where all your negative traits of aversion, anger, hate, jealousy and insecurity rear their ugly heads and you are dragged down into a quagmire of unending hurt and suffering. In your hurt and pain, you will just lash out at others and blame them for your unhappiness, finding no ultimate solution or way out.

Nonetheless, I continued to be lured by the false promises of mundane success. I had reached yet another “peak”, when, in July 2002 (a year and a half after my retirement), I attended my graduation ceremony at Leicester University, UK, for my Masters of Arts Degree in Education. I had planned to continue with my studies to obtain a doctorate, as part of a long term program to continue my career in Education. However, the course of my life changed after a tragic event occurred. This led me to abandon all notions of continuing with my career. Instead, I began to search in earnest for a meaningful spiritual path. In mid- 2005, I found Kechara and my Spiritual Guide.

 

Spirituality and Spiritual Materialism

Before I came into Kechara, my idea of spirituality was rather vague and unclear. My engagement in spirituality had been typically that of a Malaysian Buddhist, bound by the dictates of tradition and upbringing. I visited a Buddhist temple of the Theravada lineage, once a week, with my family. I would go to a Guan Yin temple once in a while too. Then I found a Thai temple with a Guan Yin shrine. From then on, it was visiting this temple weekly to pray to Buddha Shakyamuni and Guan Yin with my family!

Besides our weekly visits to this Thai Buddhist temple, we also observed Wesak Day by joining others in the special Wesak Day prayers, receiving blessings from monks in the temple and lighting candles. I observed the three feast days of Guan Yin – her birth, enlightenment and renunciation – by visiting the Guan Yin temple, with the family, to pray and make light offerings.

My prayers to Buddha Shakyamuni and to Guan Yin (Avalokiteshvara in Sanskrit), my favourite Buddha deity from young, were very simple. They were prayers invoking their blessings and protection, as well as propitiating their help to solve my problems and overcome my obstacles.  When I was young the praying was done infrequently, and only when I visited the temple. Before being introduced to their mantras, I would just verbally make prayers of request to Buddha Shakyamuni and Guan Yin and propitiate them for their help, blessings and protection.

 

Spiritual Materialism

My mother had passed on to me the ‘traditional’ practice of requesting the nun in our hometown Guan Yin temple to light candles or to chant mantras for each member of our family, for a whole year, starting from the 1st day of the Lunar Year. We would also request the nun to pray for our children before they sat for a major examination or for any friend or loved one before undergoing an important surgery.

In return, we would make a regular donation or contribution to the temple. The rationale behind this practice is that the nun, a member of the sangha, spends her entire life in prayer and taking care of and maintaining the shrines in the temple; hence she would be filled with pure motivation when she performs the prayers or lights the candles for us. Hence the prayers and candle lighting would be more powerful and efficacious.

 

Guan Yin My Spiritual Mother

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Depiction of Guan Yin

From a young age, I had been “adopted” as a Spiritual Child of Guan Yin and given into her care. As a Spiritual Child, I was told by the nun who had performed the rites that I would receive her special protection until I reached adulthood.

Then a friend, a Guan Yin devotee, kindly introduced me to the mantra “OM MANI PADME HUM“. From the moment I received her mantra, I have chanted it, whenever I prayed to Guan Yin. Over the years, up to this very day, I have held Guan Yin close to my heart. Now when I chant her mantra daily, I chant it as a mantra of compassion visualising white lights from her going out in the ten directions to all beings of the six realms of samsara and blessing them; and I visualise her relieving them of suffering.

 

Coming to Kechara House

Changing Course: In Search of My Spiritual Path

In December 2000, I retired from a 30-year career with the Ministry of Education. For a couple of years after that, I was working on furthering my studies in order to prepare myself to continue my career in Education.

However, all that changed in September 2004: a friend’s 17-year-old daughter fell, hit her head, developed a blood clot and fell into a coma from which she never recovered. In late December 2004 she passed away. Her sudden fall, coma and death in rapid succession triggered questions in me about life and spirituality. It was then that I decided to abandon all thoughts of continuing my career. Instead, I began an earnest search for my spiritual path.

 

Reading Avidly on Buddhism

I had been reading books especially on Buddhism, as I had already been drawn to it in my adult years. I read books by a great Theravadan monk, the late Chief Reverend, K Sri Dhammananda, who had been the abbot of the Brickfield Buddhist Temple before he passed way. I also read books by great Buddhist teachers like the Venerable Ajahn Chah and the Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh. Then I began reading books by the Dalai Lama, and I was enthralled by his focus on Compassion and Kindness. Nevertheless, I was still responding to the teachings in these books on an intellectual level.

 

Attending a Teaching Retreat on Tibetan Buddhism

In December 2004, drawn by an advertisement in a local daily, I attended a one week teaching retreat by a visiting Tibetan Buddhist master, Gelek Rinpoche. The main course was a brief introduction to the Lamrim – entitled “Odyssey to Freedom”. Gelek Rinpoche also gave a short teaching of three days on White Tara. I learned much that was new and enthralling. I learned for the first time that suffering came from a negative mind of afflictive emotions. I learnt about the great compassion of Tara. According to Gelek Rinpoche, Tara and Guan Yin all had the same compassionate nature.

Towards the end of the teaching retreat by Gelek Rinpoche, my sister informed me that she was joining a group pilgrimage to Bodhgaya led by Tsem Rinpoche. A tsunami hit Sri Lanka on 26th December when my sister’s pilgrimage group had barely left the island en route to India and Bodhgaya. My sister was most deeply affected by Tsem Rinpoche’s compassion and how, through his powerful “clairvoyant” mind, Rinpoche was able to get the pilgrims to fly off from Sri Lanka, just minutes before the tsunami hit.

 

Stepping into Kechara

Then on Wesak Day 2005, she brought me to the Kechara House centre that was newly set up above a coffee shop in Sunway Mas – KH1 – to join in the prayers and offerings. A few weeks later in June she brought me for the first time to a Dharma sharing session conducted by a senior student of Tsem Rinpoche.

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The Prayer Hall at Kechara House 1

 

Meeting My Spiritual Guide

The profound significance of having a Spiritual Guide did not come to me immediately. I first met my Spiritual Guide H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, in Kechara House 1. It was after my second Sunday Dharma sharing session at Kechara House, that Rinpoche walked into the centre. Then, when he spoke to me, his first words were “So it took you 12 years …”. Thinking back, I then recalled that I had met him before, and that 12 years previously, I did have a short audience with him in the home of one of his Malaysian friends!

I think something must have been sparked off then. I felt that my spiritual journey was about to begin.

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Praying to Lama Tsongkhapa in Kechara House 1

 

Dharma Teachings and Dharma Classes

Upon coming into Kechara, I threw myself into all activities with great zest. I began attending all the Sunday Dharma classes, in Kechara House and wherever they were held (including in the lovely Vajrayogini Chapel of a student of Rinpoche). Later, two Sunday Dharma classes were started in Kechara House – the Dharma class for beginners and the Manjushri class for advanced students. It was in the advanced Manjushri class that we studied the “Fifty Stanzas of Guru Devotion” and the “Wheel of Sharp Weapons” Much later, the Lamrim class was started. I was thirsty for all that knowledge. I bought all the books and CDs on Tsem Rinpoche’s teachings that were available.

I also looked forward to Rinpoche’s talks and teachings. Rinpoche gave Dharma teachings in Kechara House especially on important occasions like Wesak Day and Tsongkhapa Day, as well as at the start of retreats or at the end of a big prayer project like the 10 million Migtsema-thon. Always, through his talks and teachings, Rinpoche would remind us about impermanence and death, about the workings of karma, about taking refuge in the Guru and the Three Jewels, about making meaningful use of our precious optimum human rebirths, about transforming the mind, and about the importance of engaging in Dharma practice and Dharma work to bring about the transformation of the mind.

Later Rinpoche invited me to join the monthly book-club sessions which he conducted in Dhamekhang. These were very powerful moments of learning from our Spiritual Guide. We studied about Guru Devotion and about Chogyam Trungpa in the bookclub sessions that I joined. The last session was a close teaching and discussion on Vajrayogini, by Rinpoche, to a very small group of us.

During the pilgrimages to Gaden Monastery in April 2006 and then to Nepal in October 2008 that were led by Tsem Rinpoche, I received much precious teachings from Rinpoche which he gave to all the pilgrims.

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Group picture of the 2006 pilgrimage to Gaden Monastery

Then, the Lamrim classes were started. They were conducted by a senior student of Rinpoche. A small group of around 15 of us went on to complete two courses of the Lamrim.

In looking back at this part of my spiritual journey in Kechara, through the blessings of our Spiritual Guide, many of us received a strong grounding in Dharma knowledge owing to the continuous Dharma sharing on Sundays in Kechara House. I am deeply indebted to the senior students who shared the Dharma with us Sunday after Sunday. We have continued this beautiful tradition of Sunday Dharma sharing in Kechara House to this day.

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Mrs Chuah, Su Ming and I with Rinpoche at Naropa Cave during the 2008 Nepal pilgrimage

 

Finding the Mahayana Path in Kechara

 

1. Why the Mahayana Path?

The Mahayana Path is the path to Full Enlightenment, or total freedom from suffering or ultimate peace and true permanent happiness.

 

2. The Mahayana Path as presented in the Lamrim

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“Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand” by Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche

The Lamrim that we study in Kechara House is “Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand” by Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche. The Lamrim comprises the 84,000 teachings of Lord Buddha arranged as “Stages of the Path to Enlightenment“. This Path is the Mahayana Path that I found when I came into Kechara. The Lamrim combines both the Wisdom Lineage from Manjushri and the Method Lineage from Maitreya. It is presented in Three Scopes. The Lamrim comes down to us through Atisha and Lama Tsongkhapa.

As is clearly explained in the Lamrim, as Mahayana Buddhists, we share the Path with the Hinayana practitioners in the Small Scope and in the Medium Scope, until the attainment of Renunciation. The Mahayana Buddhist continues on the Path into the Great Scope of the Lamrim. Following Lama Tsongkhapa’s Three Fundamental Principles of the Path, Mahayana Dharma focuses on the attainment of both Bodhicitta and the Correct View of Emptiness in the Great Scope, after the attainment of Renunciation in the Medium Scope. Mahayana Dharma in the Great Scope also focuses on the attainment of the Six Perfections – Giving, Moral Discipline, Patience, Joyous Effort, Concentration and Wisdom.

To meet the teachings of the Lamrim in the easily accessible form of “Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand”, which is Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche’s transcript of the 24-day teaching of the Lamrim by the great Lineage Master, Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche (who had mastered Lama Tsongkhapa’s Lamrim Chenmo in ten intensive years of study and retreat), is the rarest of the rare of fortunate circumstances! I must have accumulated tremendous merits to have met my Spiritual Guide, who had brought to Kechara the Lineage of Lama Tsongkhapa and the Lamrim!

 

3. Kechara House Pujas and Retreats

I was also introduced to the weekly pujas in Kechara House and attended them regularly too. They were the Protector Puja, the Medicine Buddha Puja, and the Dzambala Puja. Furthermore, there were big group retreats like the Setrap Retreat, the Medicine Buddha Retreat, the Black Manjushri Retreat, the Dzambala and the Tara Retreats. There was a Migstema-thon to collect 10 million Migstema mantras. All these retreats and the Migstema-thon were dedicated to Rinpoche’s long life, the growth of Kechara and the spreading of Dharma. There were also prostration retreats as well as water offerings and Lamrim recitation retreats. All in all, participation in all these retreats and pujas was a time for accumulating merits and purifying negative karma for us to remove obstacles to move on in our spiritual practice.

A group of us became members of the first puja team of Kechara House, when we received intensive training in many pujas so that we could serve and benefit people who regularly requested pujas to be performed for them or their loved ones.

I learned that pujas are ritual offerings and prayers to specific Buddha deities and Dharma Protectors to invoke their compassionate help, blessings and protection. It was from the pujas that I was performing on a daily basis then that I learned that there were two circles of compassion that intertwined – the compassion of the Buddhas for all and the compassion of those of us in prayer for others.

I learned that every time I pray, I should visualise my mother on my left, my father on my right, those I find difficult in front of me, all mother beings of the six realms surrounding me in human form, infinite in number, and my friends and loved ones including my pets, behind me. All are in prayer and practice, alongside me, receiving the same purifications and attainments, so that the whole world eventually becomes a Buddha Land. This is a powerful visualisation that I do whenever I am performing my daily sadhana.

 

Volunteering in Kechara

I also began volunteering at our Dharma store in 1Utama every Tuesday. It was on one of the afternoons when I was volunteering there that Rinpoche walked in and gave me a short Dharma talk on the pure motivation of serving others with love and compassion, like a mother’s equal love and care for her children, even if only one child turns out well and the others do not. Hence even if only one person turns up to buy an item from the store, I should accept this with patience, compassion and equanimity. It is from their side, not from the side of the ‘giver’ of the service: it is a lack of merits on their part to fail to visit the Dharma shop and to make purchases of spiritual items. Rinpoche was introducing me to the first steps of mind transformation – we should never serve others on the basis of how they behave, but instead, we should serve them and benefit them unconditionally.

After Taking Refuge with Tsem Rinpoche on Lama Tsongkhapa Day 15th December 2006, Rinpoche advised that my sister and I join the Kechara Soup Kitchen weekly rounds. For a couple of years, we steadfastly served and learned much about compassion in action and about the nature of homelessness and poverty in urban Kuala Lumpur. I remember on one occasion, a small group of us, mostly family members and relatives, went on our rounds of food distribution on Chinese New Year’s Eve because our clients were expecting us to be there as usual.

Every encounter with a homeless person gives us cause to contemplate on how that person has been our mother in a previous life; or, in a previous life, how he/she has been the ‘giver’ and we the ‘receiver’. Then an aspiration should arise that by giving them food now “may we create the causes to be more closely connected with them in a future life so that we can continue to serve and benefit them more“.

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A poem I wrote on Kechara Soup Kitchen entitled, ‘Experiencing Kechara Soup Kitchen’

 

The Significance of a Spiritual Guide

The special significance of having a Spiritual Guide manifested itself to me on the night Rinpoche invited me for dinner.

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Over a dinner to which he had invited me, Rinpoche said the following to me:

“You have the talent to write. Use it with Bodhicitta motivation to spread the Dharma. Write about the procedures of Dharma, write about yourself and how you came into Dharma. You can bring your experience and maturity into the writing.

All the years before Dharma have been good and successful only in a mundane sense. Nevertheless, they are empty and meaningless.

Now you must write for Dharma. In this way, you will gain tremendous merits. Rinpoche, you and others will die, but the written word will live on and on”

Back then, I did not realise the significance and import of Rinpoche’s words. They were words of advice to me to tap into my potential so that I could best serve the Dharma and benefit people.

Only our spiritual guide, who knows all our individual strengths and weaknesses, can design a Dharma ‘practice’ for us, that is tailored specifically to match our strengths and our needs. Rinpoche had found the means by which I could practise the Dharma to transform my mind.

Much to my regret now, I did not recognise the significance of this advice then, and did not pursue it. I worked, for a while, on presenting an article about how I came into Dharma. However, when my thoughts could not ‘gel’ together, I gave up trying.

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Warmth and laughter in the early days

 

Rinpoche’s Compassionate Practice of Lojong and Tonglen

What moves me most deeply about my Spiritual Guide, Tsem Rinpoche, more powerful than any teaching I could possibly receive, is the compassion he manifests in absorbing the sufferings of others including those of his students. I have personally witnessed how Rinpoche manifested this mind of compassion towards others, including those who had betrayed and disappointed him deeply.

On one such occasion, after patiently talking to a senior student who had been with him and worked with him closely for a long time, and seeing that student stubbornly refuse to give in and accept his advice so logically and painstakingly put across to him, Rinpoche finally saw that he had to admit “defeat”. Deeply moved and hurt as he was, Rinpoche quietly, and in a voice that shook with great emotion, recited the following verse from the Eight Verses of Mind Transformation:

“When someone I have benefitted
And in whom I have placed great trust
Hurts me very badly,
I will practice seeing that person as my supreme teacher.”

At that moment, I felt the blessings of a powerful lesson on compassion being transmitted to me.

On another occasion, on 27th December 2007, Rinpoche had become very ill halfway through a day-long pilgrimage of the city’s Kechara departments and outlets. However, he kept his cool and composure and even joked and teased various people. Only when we arrived at our second last stop, Kechara Saraswati Arts, did he finally pause to inform us that he had been very unwell for some time already. Nevertheless, he readily prayed there and then to take on all the sufferings of those in pain.

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A one-day pilgrimage of Kuala Lumpur’s Kechara departments

 

Meeting the Tibetan Guan Yin

Avalokiteshvara (who is actually Guan Yin in Sanskrit), the Buddha who is the embodiment of the compassion of all Buddhas, will appear in any guise and gender and in any realm to benefit all beings.

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4 -Armed Chenrezig/Avalokiteshvara

Coming into Kechara, I was introduced to the 4-armed Guan Yin or Avalokiteshvara – two hands folded in prayer and enfolding a wish-fufilling jewel at his heart (symbolising Bodhicitta), a third hand holding a set of crystal prayer beads and a fourth hand holding a lotus, symbols of altruistic love for all beings and his readiness to help in a multitude of ways to benefit us all. His four arms also represent the Four Immeasurables – loving kindness, joy, equanimity and compassion. As with all Buddhas, who are filled with compassion for all beings, he wears ornaments representing the Six Perfections of generosity, morality, patience, joyful effort, meditation and wisdom, thus inspiring us to practise them.

Praying to the image of Avalokiteshvara, as an image of Enlightenment, is praying to attain the qualities that he embodies. The iconography of such images represents the road-map to Enlightenment. This is the road map of the Mahayana or Bodhisattva path. When we have achieved his qualities, following this “road-map”, then we will become enlightened. Hence praying to 4-armed Guan Yin is to actually draw inspiration from her to walk the path to Full Enlightenment (complete freedom from suffering and ultimate peace) that she has achieved. Reciting her mantra of great compassion, we invoke her blessings of healing and protection for all beings. Praying to Guan Yin or Avalokiteshvara is praying to achieve Him/Her. Buddhas are free of concepts like gender, race, colour or creed.

 

Finding Lama Tsongkhapa

When I first walked into Kechara House, the statues of the Buddha deities that were there were those of Buddha Shakyamuni and Mother Tara. Four months later, a 6-foot Lama Tsongkhapa statue was installed in a strategic corner of Kechara House 1, resplendent in beautiful brocade and adornments. There was a most memorable ceremony to welcome Lama Tsongkhapa to his new home. We lined the road leading to the temple and sang the Migtsema mantra.

Lama Tsongkhapa, in long life form with his hand holding a long-life vase, became my Buddha deity, the focus of my daily sadhana. Lama Tsongkhapa is the founder and patron saint of the Gelug lineage, the lineage of Tibetan Buddhism brought by my Spiritual Guide from his monastery, Gaden Shartse Monastery in Southern India. As Tsem Rinpoche says in his book ‘Faces of Enlightenment’,

“…the Buddhas of wisdom, compassion and power (Manjushri, Avalokiteshvara, Vajrapani) incarnated in Lama Tsongkhapa.”

He is the embodiment of three Buddhas. Through his penetrating intelligence and tireless scholastic pursuits and endeavours, as well as his utter humility and boundless energy, he was able to restore the holy Buddhadharma to its original purity. Indeed Lama Tsongkhapa brought about a renaissance of Tibetan Buddhism.

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With the Lama Tsongkhapa statue that was originally invited to Kechara House 1 (1st Lama Tsongkhapa in Kechara House)

Lama Tsongkhapa’s Guru Yoga and his mantra – the Migtsema – became the mainstay of my daily sadhana. I was to discover the power of his prayers in bringing me out of anger into peace, and to pacify my outer and inner obstacles and negativities. Performing the Guru Yoga of Je Tsongkhapa, with its seven-limb prayer, is a daily exercise of purification and accumulation of merits.

The Migtsema is a mantra that embodies the three Buddhas and their qualities. Reciting the Migtsema and performing the Guru Yoga daily, with great compassion and altruistic motivation, will lead us to achieve a mind of peace, wisdom and great compassion.

Thus, pondering over this, I think I must be wonderfully blessed to meet Lama Tsongkhapa in this lifetime and receive His rare and precious practices, Mantra and the Guru Yoga, as well as the Lamrim and his lineage teachings. In fact, all this has only been possible because of the kindness and compassion of my Spiritual Guide, Tsem Rinpoche.

 

Finding My Dharma Protector

It was also through the kindness and compassion of my Spiritual Guide that I found my precious Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. From the moment I found him, he has unfailingly come to my aid and the aid of my loved ones in all moments of dire need. He was there to help my mother in the last moments of her life. He was there when a loved one went into a state of manic depression. This Wisdom Protector has helped me in my Dharma practice and all Dharma engagements, creating the necessary conducive conditions and removing the obstacles that stood in my way .

 

How Kechara Transformed My View of Buddhism

The Eight Verses of Mind Transformation – Kechara House’s main practice

The Eight Verses of Mind Transformation – Kechara House’s main practice

 

True Spirituality is about Mind Transformation

Meeting my Spiritual Guide and coming into Kechara has been a journey of profound discovery of true spirituality. True spirituality in Dharma is about transforming the mind from an ego-centric mind – a mind that is totally absorbed in ‘self’  – to a mind that is filled with compassion and universal love, a mind that altruistically cherishes others and would see that others are free of suffering. This is the mind of ultimate bodhicitta, which is an enlightened mind or a mind that is completely free of suffering and disturbances of any kind.

 

Mind Transformation: The Process

This process of mind transformation is encapsulated in one of the main practices of Kechara House – “The Eight Verses of Mind Transformation”. It takes you on an eight-step course in mind training and transformation – from the powerful motivation of wishing to attain enlightenment for the sake of each and every sentient being, whom you hold most precious and dear to your heart (more precious than a wish-fulfilling jewel), to offering every happiness and benefit to all beings, your mothers,  and taking upon yourself all their harmful actions and suffering, without these practices being stained by the eight worldly concerns. By such practices will you release all beings from suffering and its causes – the disturbing unsubdued mind and karma.

It is essential, as Verse Two says, that we begin by viewing all beings as Buddha and respectfully hold them as supreme. Only when we lose our ego can we find true spirituality and peace in the Dharma.

An initial step of Mind Transformation is described in Verse Three. This is to always examine our mind and the moment a disturbing attitude or negative emotion arises, we should firmly confront it. As these negative attitudes and emotions are transient in nature and essence, we should check and control them before they seduce us into negative actions that harm others and ourselves, and bring suffering.

Verses Three and Six are also about guarding our mind against negative projections, perceptions and expectations. As Tsem Rinpoche has taught us, mind transformation is training our mind to accept every problematic or challenging situation, recognising them as being karmic in nature. These difficult situations are also a means by which we can develop compassion and the Six Perfections to bring us forward in our spiritual practice. We have to let go of all negative perceptions, projections and expectations from the mind, as they are the real causes of suffering.

With a mind that is open to love and compassion for all, we forgive, let go of negative projections of people and situations and take responsibility, and in this way we will find peace. Transformation of our mind begins with taking responsibility and not blaming others. Thus Verse Three and Verse Six train our mind to develop a positive disposition towards others and towards all situations we encounter. Only then will we start to experience true peace.

Every one of our actions should be motivated by a wish to benefit and serve others – which will lead to peace – and never by a wish to benefit ourselves, which will only bring suffering. We learn to view ourselves as the lowest of all and respectfully hold others as supreme. We learn in mind-training to offer the victory to others and accept the defeat. We also learn to view someone, whom we have benefited and in whom we have placed great trust, and who disappoints us, as our supreme teacher. If we follow the eight steps here carefully in our mind training, we should see our mind shifting towards viewing others with greater empathy and compassion. Ultimately, we will develop a mind of altruism, great love and supreme compassion. This is the mind of Bodhicitta, the mind of Enlightenment, that will bring the ultimate peace and permanent happiness that we seek.

Tsem Rinpoche, my Spiritual Guide, is the embodiment of all the Eight Verses of Mind Transformation. Every day of his life, he faces a never-ending onslaught of difficulties and attacks, especially cyber-attacks, with a mind of great compassion, always showing only respect for his attackers. Thus does he show us the way to develop a mind of Bodhicitta, which is our ultimate protection.

A journey of a thousand steps begins with the first. Today, I feel most thankful that I made the decision to come into Kechara and begin my spiritual journey here, with the kindest of teachers, H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, my most reliable spiritual guide for all times. My heart is filled with deep love and appreciation for how my spiritual guide has patiently pressed my buttons and pushed me to become more and more the real ‘me’ – that being of kindness, clarity and commitment – that resides deep inside me.

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Assisting to spread the Dharma with the blessings of my Guru

 

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About Pastor Lim Han Nee

A teacher for 30 years, it is no surprise that Pastor Lim Han Nee's life long passion was reading philosophical books to quench her thirst for knowledge. Upon meeting her Spiritual Guide H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, she was amazed by the brilliance of the Dharma, and began to immerse herself in Buddhist Philosophy through countless of hours listening and studying the Dharma.
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  1. Datuk May on Sep 1, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    There is a well known quote that says “OLD DOGS CANNOT LEARN NEW TRICKS”, obviously does not apply with Pastor Han Nee who was willing to forego the comfortable and well practised path of Buddhism to learning and studying in detail the Dharma.

    Proudly to say, with Pastor Han Nee’s studious attitude and comprehension of the Vajrayana Doctrine of Buddhism, she has become a gem in Kechara, helping many others to learn and practise Buddhism.

    It is inspiring to read how a retired high qualified teacher is empowered by the wisdom of Buddha’s teachings to learn and to share the Dharma to others.

    However, a precaution to many others, do not think that Buddhism is for the old and wise but to take the very opportunity now to do so as the benefits are awesome.

  2. Gobin on Aug 30, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    Thanks alot for sharing your spiritual journey Paster Han Nee. It’s really nice to know how she get into spiritual. This article is very interesting and inspiring and Very sure many people will find the information useful and inspiring to begin their spiritual journey of their life.

  3. Justin on Aug 28, 2019 at 11:55 pm

    I have known Pastor Han Nee for the last probably 11 years now. She has been very committed and devoted to Rinpoche all these years. No two ways about it. As a matter of fact, it was the then “Han Nee” who welcomed me at the old centre in KH1 back then. I still remember the moment vividly till this day. 11 years on, she is now one of the many pastors we have in Kechara continuing to spread the teachings of Lord Buddha and the lineage of Lord Dorje Shugden.

  4. Pastor Chia on Aug 28, 2019 at 10:39 am

    Thank you Pastor Han Nee sharing your spiritual journey story. Look back before joining in spiritual journey. Most of us just like everyone working in this materialism world without meaningful purpose and wasting time with our life. Meeting spiritual guru and study dharma understood how treasure our human life. We should not focus just for one self benefit. What I learn about dharma, is to share this knowleadge to others and help others get out their suffering. Thanks again to sharing youq precious experience in your spiritual journey at Kechara.

  5. June Kang on Aug 28, 2019 at 6:52 am

    Thank you Pastor Han Nee to inspire others by her story. She learn the Dharma, she share and she relearn. She has given a example that at her age she still can do lots of things to benefit others. She shown to many of us that life can be so meaningful even after retired.

  6. Tek Lee on Aug 28, 2019 at 2:04 am

    Pastor Han Nee’s tirelessly contributing and working in Dharma is really very inspiring. Even until now. At her age, many people will just enjoy life or go travelling after retiring. But for Pastor Han Nee, and many Pastors in Kechara, they tirelessly working in Dharma, spreading Dharma so that more and more people will have the opportunity to learn and benefitted from Dharma. After reading her article, take a check on ourselves, how much have we done in Dharma and in this life? Did we do enough? It is really to have tremendous merit in this life to meet Rinpoche and to be in Kechara. Where we can have conducive condition to practice Dharma. Not only learning from text, but put into practical also.

  7. Pastor Henry Ooi on Aug 28, 2019 at 1:28 am

    This article inspired participants at our weekly blog discussions to share their personal accounts how they came to Kechara. It started with tonight’s moderator, Tek Lee, followed by Loh, Katie, Mingwen, Vivian, Wendy, James, Kenny, Siow Lee, Justin, Bernard. Each person talked of how they were before and how they now are (what their loved ones and friends had observed their change for the better) after learning and practicing dharma. 

  8. Vivian Ong on Aug 28, 2019 at 1:15 am

    Thank you Pastor Han Nee for sharing your spiritual journey. For me, personally I feel much easier to accept what has happen to us in life after learning the Dharma. Everything happens for a reason and it is due to our Karma. I am grateful to have come to Kechara and met my beloved Guru. Although I have notmastered and learned everything in Dharma but it has change and helped me.

  9. Andrea Lai on Aug 27, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    I believe everybody had their own life story of journey into spirituality. As for me, I was brought up from preserved family where my mom was a Theravada Buddhist practitioner. Since young I was forbidden to out of house unless giving rightful reasons. This triggered me with questions of my future life ever since until I found a place that give me peace of mind.
    I’m very grateful I have found Kechara and have a kind, good and very compassionate spiritual Guru who tirelessly teaches us. I hope in my next rebirth, will connect with Dharma in early age (lol). Thank you PHN for your inspiring story. ?

  10. pammie yap on Aug 27, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    Thank you Pastor for sharing your inspirational spiritual journey post. You tirelessly teach, guide and share Dharma to many who approach you. You are always eager to learn more to improve your knowledge. How blessed are we to be able to connect to Rinpoche and the 3 jewels. Without Rinpoche’s guidance, patience and care, we would not be able to learn and transform ourself to be better. May we continue to learn and serve tirelessly to benefit others.

  11. Anne Ong on May 15, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    Thank you Pastor Han Nee for sharing your wonderful write up about your Spiritual Journey. 12 years later and here you are as Pastor of Kechara. It’s really amazing that Rinpoche can remember you 12 years later at Kechara House. Hope your Spiritual Journey will be smooth and steady,and remain with our wonderful Guru for many more years to come.

  12. Uncle Eddie on Apr 3, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    Our World is a world of desire. Every living being comes forth from desire, and endures as a combination of desires. When we emerge into this World, we become infuated with many things – and became a well spring of desires! Through desires we gave rise to attachments. We relished physical comforts and the enjoyment of the senses, and were thus strongly attached not only to our body, but also to possessions of beautiful clothes, cars, properties and wealth. We not only loathe to part with all these possessions but always looking for ways to accumulate more of them! Then habitually, we became attached to these physical attainments. This is another form of attachment. As taught in our Dharma practice,”All sufferings arise from desire.” If we cling to the desire of things, then strong attachments will develop and because of attachment we will suffer. As our Rinpoche has taught us in many ways that non-attachment is one of the keys to a happy life and relationship, and that is exactly, why we had made this journey to learn to do, and to find our spiritual-self at Kechara. Life is, as everyone has experienced, a mixture of youth, pleasures, comfort and happiness, coupled with sicknessess, pains, fear, old age and the ever-present threat of Death! Anxiety always overwhelmed us which we frequently seek to ellude by evading the thought of it! We often feel miserable when our world seems to go upside-down, because we always expect things that are changeable by nature not to change, and that “impermanent” things to last forever! Then if they do not, we get upset. That is why, “accepting the impermanence of life means reshaping all of our assumptions about existence, without conditions and fear.” Therefore, learning to practice non-attachment is to develop unconditional love and a non-clinging attitude towards both things and people, including life, and to enjoy the presence of a serene life with brightness in Kechara – our “Temple of peace and happiness of spirituality”. Thank you so much, Pastor Han Nee for your tireless support, guidance and compassion. Om Mani Padme Hung.

  13. wan wai meng on Mar 23, 2017 at 2:02 am

    Thank you Pastor Han Nee for sharing your spiritual journey. She has experienced so much since she joined Kechara. Pastor Han Nee serves so many on so many levels, she visits and provides consolation to those who are ill and not able to help themselves too.. Some of the cases I know she deals it the chances of them becoming better is almost non existent yet she unwavering serves, that to me is a great quality of Pastor Han Nee.

  14. William Chua on Mar 14, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    Thank you Pastor Han Nee for sharing your journey in Dharma and Kechara House. You are one of the most respected Pastors in Kechara who tirelessly work for the growth of Dharma and the organisation. Despite your age, your hunger to learn and participate in events is overwhelming. Your devotion towards Rinpoche is shown through your actions and through that, our members are also inspired by your actions. You are an example of using your precious life to the max. Your journey is inspiring and gives insight to people who may think that the time is over for them. It is never too late to pursue your passion. Love your sharing.

  15. Soon Huat on Mar 12, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Thank You Rinpoche for always be patient with us and guide us. Thank You Pastor Han Nee for sharing your spiritual journey to motivate us in our Dharma Path. I get to know Pastor Han Nee from the Intensive Dharma class.She is the one who taught me to have equinity to all sentient beings and develope Pure View to our Guru. Guru is above all in Tibetan Buddhism, if we can not have pure view to Guru, we will not be able to full tapping the advantage of Tibetan Buddhism (known as swift path). Pastor Han Nee always emphasize the Boddhicita in the class, I think it is very important to us. To be honest, I have very and obvious selfish mind previously. Slowly I realized I nowadays always think of others more (even it is little but it is big step for me). This shows how powerful of Guru, Dharma center and blog. Trust our Guru. Stick to One Guru One Center concept. We are not qualified for center hoping yet.

    Thank You Rinpoche and Pastor Han Nee to be with us always.

  16. Lew on Mar 11, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    Pastor Han Nee is one of the very respected figure in Kechara. She is always very respectful towards her Guru Tsem Rinpoche and the 3 jewels. This is the first time I know about her spiritual journey, and after reading her journey, now I know why she is very committed and do so much for others despite her age.

    I wish one day when I grow old, I have the courage & perseverance like Pastor Han Nee to give up the worldly aspirations to benefit others.

  17. Sarah on Mar 6, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    Dear Pastor Han Nee,
    Thank you for sharing your spiritual journey. I find it very interesting and inspiring and I’m sure many new practitioners in Kechara House will find the information useful and inspiring too.

  18. Jacinta Goh on Mar 6, 2017 at 8:31 am

    Dear Rinpoche and Pastor Han Nee,

    Overall, although I was very touch with Pastor’s write up but I wish it could be more. I am not such an intellectual person and hence, most of the time I prefer seeking to read the actions of Bodhisattva, the deeds that They have done, the words spoken by Them rather than the plain, unmeaningful words found in any Buddhist texts. I prefer stories generally. However, I do read the technical terms from time to time and somehow, when I saw/read/heard/experienced myself on the actions of the Bodhisattva or other being’s life experiences, the words from the text will literally comes back to me. I am unable to explain the reason and how it did, but as if I suddenly memorised it. Hence, I love to hear and read Kecharians about encounters of them with Rinpoche as I have never met Rinpoche in person even once. (Talking about great merits, *sobs sobs).

    When Pastor started talking about her previous life as an ordinary Buddhist person who goes to temple regularly and etc, I think Pastor must have gained tremendous merits to be where you are now. Besides, the search for seeking the way of Life (the Truth) seems to be quite a life-long journey too. This is when the role of Spiritual Guide comes in. When we have a teacher, the journey is easier, less bumpy and not much crossroads. I believe there are still doubts and crossroads along somewhere but it will be lesser as compared to those who seek to have their own way of practice. When Pastor talked about the TSUNAMI, I wish Pastor could provide more details on it and how did Rinpoche come to know about it and what they did? It must be very exciting !!! Just like the show , the Second from Disasters. And then, when Pastor described about how Rinpoche has recited one of the 8 Verses of Thought Transformation when confronting a stubborn student, it moved me, as if I felt it too. Feel like just giving in to the student as we cannot stop negative karma arising but never reduced our compassion to them.

    “When someone I have benefitted
    And in whom I have placed great trust
    Hurts me very badly,
    I will practice seeing that person as my supreme teacher.”

    All in all, it actually strengthened my faith to stay on in Kechara amidst the problems that Kechara is facing now, which will definitely affect me some way or another. I am thankful for Rinpoche having this blog. It actually connects me to Rinpoche, Pastors and Kecharians. Without which, I will be left out no where.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Han Nee.
    P/s: Pastor can write very well and the poem is great.

  19. Echeah on Mar 6, 2017 at 2:03 am

    Pastor Han Nee, this is a very well written account of your dharma journey. There is so much detail in it of events that happened in the past that I am amazed at your powers of recollection! I am sure that must have been memory that had been honed through years of dharma practice, especially Lama Tsongkhapa’s.

    The article sparks up fond memories of the early days at Kechara 1 & 2 and one thing is certain, that impermanence is a fact. Things have changed with the ebb of time. People have come and gone. Those days are but a distant memory and it feels like a bygone era!

    I do agree that dharma knowledge is very important as it is better if we understand the basis of what we are doing. The challenge is to then translate the knowledge into practice with the right motivation. A challenge because it is a daily re-habituation back towards our true nature. Since this dharma journey is often fraught with challenges (mostly inner), we need like-minded friends who would lend support and cheer us along. I find that Pastor has been tirelessly and compassionately guiding and teaching many fellow students and I have also personally benefitted. For this I thank you.

  20. Sharon Ong on Mar 5, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    Thank you for sharing with us your spiritual journey, Pastor Han Nee. I have always enjoyed your writing and I do hope to read more in the near future. It is not every day that I get to read in such beautiful English literature quality piece of writing.

    Finding one’s self is tough but I would say that finding our spiritual self is even tougher as this self is covered by many layers of attachment, ignorance, aversion. But we are fortunate to have a spiritual home in Kechara to help us find our spiritual self and to hone that diamond in the rough in all of us till our true nature shines forth.

    I have had the good fortune to be in your Dharma classes until Year 3 and while am not the most brilliant of students, I must sincerely thank Pastor for trying to drum some Dharma into my numbskull. Your passion, dedication and commitment to our class are most commendable. One of the things I admire about Pastor is your willingness to learn to be abreast with modern technology as not many people your age would even bother as they will cite,”You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.”

    With folded hands, THANK YOU, Pastor Han Nee. May Pastor be blessed with a long, healthy life and many, many more years in Dharma.

  21. Lum Kok Luen on Mar 5, 2017 at 11:50 am

    Dear Pastor Han Nee,

    Thank you very much for sharing your journey into Dharma. Certainly, our journey does not end here but will and must continue until we achieve Enlightenment.

    Without HE Tsem Rinpoche, all of us would still be fully “enjoying” our samaric life without the inkling that we are actually dooming ourselves to eternal suffering.

    Reflecting over the last three years that I have come to know you and receiving your sharing and spiritual advise, I have grown and appreciate even more of Rinpoche’s teachings and his unending compassion in bringing ALL to achieve liberation.

    We are extremely fortunate to have met and stayed with Rinpoche to practice the Gelug lineage in the Mahayana path.

    The only way to repay Rinpoche’s kindness is to truly transform our minds and living 24/7 according to the prescribed method in the 8 Verses of Mind Transformation.

    Thank you PHN.

    Lum Kok Luen

  22. Samfoonheei on Mar 4, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    A beautiful story of Pastor Han Nee how she was connected to Kechara and meeting our Precious Guru.Her beautiful spiritual journey to find what she is looking for after all these years,following Kechara through thick and thin. Rejoice,her interest in Dharma and learning more in Buddhism is one inspiring example shown to us.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Han Nee sharing us these article.

  23. Stella Cheang on Mar 4, 2017 at 10:54 am

    Thank you, Pastor Han Nee for this candid and detailed recount of how you engaged and journeyed with Kechara. Your enthusiastic and keenest in learning Dharma is an inspiration. It is especially meaningful to learn from examples of Rinpoche shared by Pastor Han Nee that Dharma is about practicing the ancient verses by putting them into action with the pure motivation to benefit others. I hope many people who are going to read this beautiful article will realize spiritual transformation starts from having the patience, motivation and finding our Spiritual Guide.

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

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

    https://bit.ly/3mNdeQP
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 15. 2021 04:32 PM
    King Trisong Detsen (740-798) was the second of the Three Dharma Kings of Tibet He played a pivotal role in the introduction of Buddhism to Tibet and the establishment of the Nyingma. He believed to be an emanation of the bodhisattva Manjushri, that built Samye Monastery the first monastery . King Trisong Detsen aimed to revitalize Tibetan Buddhism so much so arranged a debate known as the Council of Lhasa. The Council of Lhasa, at Samye, was a famous debate, between the Chinese Buddhist monk Moheyan and the Indian Buddhist master Kamalashila. It is also known as the Great Debate, this debate lasted for 2 years. An interesting story behind this long and rancorous debate. The Council of Lhasa is an important event in Tibetan history and shaped the practice of Buddhism in Tibet up until today.
    Thank You Rinpoche and Pastor Antoinette Kass for this sharing.

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

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

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

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/great-masters-speak-about-tsem-rinpoche.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 14. 2021 03:40 PM
    Interesting biography of a great Lama Zanabazar was a renowned painter, sculptor, architect and costume designer. He was known as“Michelangelo of Asia”, for his artistic skills which were matched by his literary prowess as a Buddhist scholar, linguist and poet. Zanabazar as a historical figure played an important role in propagating Buddhism in Mongolia. He had established Mongolian unique cultural identity. Zanabazar was the first Bogd Gegeen or high-saint-of-mongolia or supreme spiritual authority, the Gelugpa lineage of Tibetan Buddhism in Outer Mongolia. He is believed to be a Geluk protagonist whose alliance with the Dalai and Panchen Lamas was crucial to the dissemination of Buddhism in Khalkha Mongolia. Interesting read with all the rare pictures shared.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

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

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/into-the-wild.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 12. 2021 04:11 PM
    Truly stunning Kuanyin Statue also know as”Goddess of Mercy” Statue designed by Portuguese architect . Very serene with the huge golden statue seemingly floating over the sea at high tide. One of the underrated landmarks in Macau. It is believed that when this statue is built, Macau has become more prosperous, peaceful and economically better. Many locals and tourist visited this beautiful Statue and it’s a popular spot where they will walk along the sea watching sunset. Merely by looking at this Statue is a blessing. Those beautiful pictures tells us all.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/generosity-giving-gifts.html

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  • April 15, 2021 04:30
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  • April 13, 2021 21:55
    ray asked: Dear Pastors, Thank you for clearing my doubts previously about purification practices. Today i have a question about reciting praises to buddhas, why do we recite praises and how does reciting praises to buddhas like Tara, Dorje shugden etc. help and benefit us? Because ive seen certain prayer texts to mother tara which i think is referring to the 21 tara praises stating that : ~If this prayer is recited two, three, or seven times, It will pacify all the sufferings of torments Caused by spirits, fevers, and poisons, And by other beings as well. If you wish for a child, you will get a child; If you wish for wealth, you will receive wealth. All your wishes will be fulfilled And all obstacles pacified.~ Will reciting praises to buddhas also be able to fulfill our wishes as stated? Thank you very much.
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  • April 12, 2021 03:20
    Eden asked: Dear Pastors, How are all of you doing? I have a few questions here. I will be very grateful if you can answer them. Thank you. 1) If we are here because of our previous life karma, previous previous karma and so on. May i know when does all of this started? How does this chain of karma started? Im sure we all had our 1st life and everything had a beginning to it. 2) I am currently facing some problem over my career pathway, are there any practices and mantras that I can do to request for guidance?
    pastor answered: Dear Eden, Thank you for your questions. 1. Buddhism does not believe in a 1st life, and the reason being is the Buddhist view of time. Most people think of time and existence as linear. It has a definitive starting point and a certain end point. But Buddhism views time as a cyclic. Hence, our universe as we understand it, will at one point cease to exist, and then a new universe will come into existence. However, even though our current universe will end, due to the force of karma and reincarnation, we will take rebirth into the new universe and have many rebirths there. So in Buddhism we say that we have had "countless" rebirths, as you would never be able to count how many lifetimes you have had. This cycle is vicious and leads us to take rebirth endlessly. The only way to stop this cycle is to transcend it altogether, which is the state of Buddhahood, in which you are completely liberated from the cycle, known as "samsara". Also the way in which we think about karma is not linear either. It is not one for one. By this I mean, if you do one negative action, it is not that you will experience only one negative result. You will actually experience many negative results, with differing levels of severity until the karma is exhausted. How you respond to the negative results can lead to either more negative karma, or positive karma. Hence, the law of karma according to the Buddhist view point is much more nuanced then the general understanding of karma that people have these days. The Buddha explained this process in a teaching known as the 12 Links of Dependent Origination, which is quite complex. If you want to learn more about this teaching, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche gave a very profound teaching on it here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/teaching-on-the-twelve-links-of-dependent-origination.html Hence, according to Buddhism, the understand of time is a never-ending cycle in which universes are created, destroyed and created again due to the power of karma. Since it is a cycle, there is no "beginning" or "1st life" for sentient beings. 2. In regards to your career pathway, I would suggest you engage in the combined practice of Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden. We have heard of many people who are either stuck in their career or who need to find good jobs, succeed in the their goals after engaging in this practice with a sincere motivation. There is a book available regarding the practice here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/the-dorje-shugden-handbook. We also have an entire section of this website dedicated to various aspects of the practice, including history, other prayers, etc. (https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/dorje-shugden). I hope this helps. Let us know if we can help in any other way.
  • April 11, 2021 00:23
    Lara asked: Hello pastors, I have a family member suffering from depression right now. May I know how I can help him to overcome this? Thank you.
    pastor answered: Dear Lara, I'm sorry to hear that your family member is going through this. When someone is going through such a difficult time, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche has advised that the person themselves seek qualified medical help as well as engage in the practice of Lama Tsongkhapa, which is well-known to help overcome things like depression. From your side you should be as supportive as possible. Take the time to understand what your family member is going through, and in which ways you can support them to overcome their depression and heal. You can watch a fantastic teaching about the practice of Lama Tsongkha here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sayonara-to-depression.html. The prayer text for the practice can be found here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/sadhana-prayers.html#19 However, sometimes family members may not be open to the engaging in the practice themselves. In that case, you can engage in the practice yourself and dedicate the merits for the family member to heal, but this will not be as effective as the family member doing the practice themselves. Another thing that you can do, it to make abundant offerings or engage in virtuous activities like as helping the less fortunate, and dedicating the merits from those activities to your family member. You can also have pujas sponsored for your family member. The following two pujas would be excellent: Medicine Buddha Puja - which is good for healing, both physical and mental (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/medicine-buddha-puja-fund) Dorje Shugden Puja - to remove obstacles for a swift recovery (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/dorje-shugden-wishfulfilling-puja-fund) These are the various methods in which you can help. You can do just one or a combination of the methods mentioned to generate as much positive energy and merit as possible for your family member. I hope this helps.
  • April 10, 2021 07:50
    ray asked: hi pastor i have a question regarding purification practices because ive been having some doubts now, is it true that some people say engaging in purification practices bad things would then happen to the practitioner after that? be it being sick or facing obstacles coming after that.
    pastor answered: Dear Ray, Thank you for your question. When we engage in purification practices, what we are purifying is our negative karma. If you know about karma, you know that eventually you will need to experience your karma, be this negative or positive. When you experience your negative karma, then you experience negative situations. This could be something major, like having an accident, to something very minor such as feeling bad if say a loved one says something in a way that you perceive as being negative. Any experience you have that you perceive as negative, is a manifestation of your negative karma. During purification practices, through your own effort of invoking upon the enlightened beings and practice of the Four Opponent Powers, you are able to purify this negative karma. However, for a negative karma to be fully exhausted, you need to experience it. Say you have a karma to get into an accident, if you don't purify and exhaust it, then you will need to suffer from it 100%. This could mean getting into a car accident which is very severe and you are hurt badly. If you engage in purification practices then you can purify, let's say 99% of the karma. But for it to be exhausted fully, you still need to experience it. In this case, maybe you do get into an accident. Since you have purified most of the karma, your car only bumps into another car very softly. You don't even feel it, the person in the other car doesn't feel it and you car is not damaged at all. This is the reason why some people say if you engage in purification practices, bad things will happen. And because of that people are put off doing purification practices. This is wrong thinking because if you do experience negative situations when engaged in purification practices, this could be because: a) What you experienced is actually the purified karma, rather than the full force of the karma. In this case you should rejoice that through your effort of engaging in the practice, you didn't experience something much worse. b) It could just simply be the manifestation of a karma that wasn't purified. This means, you would have had to go through this experience anyway. c) Because you are engaged in purification practices, you are thinking of karma a lot. Therefore, when such experiences occur then you attribute it to karma, and then think it is linked to your purification practice. Then you believe that doing purification practices is bad because you have to suffer from such experiences. This is wrong thinking. Perhaps even if you were not doing purification practices, then you would still experience the situation, but you wouldn't actually think anything of it. You would just go about the rest of your day as usual. That being said, when you are doing purification practices, there comes a point were certain negative karma is so weak that you need to experience it for it to be exhausted completely. This can and does manifest as negative situations, such as minor illnesses, or even accidents, etc. However, the point to remember is the karma causing these situations have been purified so they are very mild compared to their full form. These negative situations can also be purified/exhausted in dreams, etc. Another way they can be purified is having mental disturbances or emotional ups and downs when actually doing the purification practices. In essence, you will need to feel the effects of your negative karma in some form or another, so better that you experience it in a very mild form right? This is what purification practices helps you to do. Purification practices are not something to be scared of. In fact, you should rejoice when engaged in purification practices. On a more deeper level, without some form of purification practice it is hard to understand higher aspects of the Dharma. Your negative karma will block you from being able to understand the Dharma and then internalise it. That is why purification practices are emphasised within each and every tradition and are a prerequisite for higher teaching such as tantra. The benefits of purification practices (such as enabling you to exhaust your negative karma in a very mild form, and preparing your mind for higher teachings) outweighs having to experience a very small negative situation. Therefore think about the benefits of purification practice and contemplate on it. This will help you to develop faith in them and get rid of any doubts or fears that you may have. I hope this helps.
  • April 1, 2021 04:54
    You are awesome! asked: Hello, you are awesome! keep going!
    pastor answered: Thank you for your kind message. It is very encouraging for us to read. May you always be blessed by the Three Jewels.
  • March 28, 2021 15:08
    vikas baluni asked: abut growth of my business
    pastor answered: Dear Vikas Baluni, I am unclear as to the actually meaning of your question but I believe you are asking how to increase and grow your business. According to Buddhism, everything that we go through in life is due to karma, this includes both the good things and the bad things. Therefore, for your business to grow and do well depends on your good karma. Only one type of energy can overcome karma and is always good for your, and that is what we call merit or punya (in sanskrit). So in order to have merit for your business to do well, you have to take actions that generate merit. The main of these is to transform your mind to become a more compassionate and wiser person, to help others less fortunate, to engage in pujas and other such virtuous activities. There are certain deity practices that are well-known in Buddhism to help increase the energies of wealth and success in our lives. These can help your business to grow. Once such practice is that of Bhagawan Gyenze, you can click here to find out more: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/dorje-shugden-gyenze-to-increase-life-merits-and-wealth.html Bhagawan Gyenze will definitely help you to grow your business, if you have a good motivation. If you motivation is only about yourself, then your business will not grow that much. But if you have the motivation help others, then Bhagawan Gyenze will help you even more. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 25, 2021 01:11
    Jason asked: I have been practicing white dzambala and the bathing / water tormas for quite some time now. Recently I have been getting regular dreams where white dzambala appears and just smiles at me, or I dream that I am doing white dzambala chutor practice. I understand that when lama tsongkhapa got dreams of deities he thought that this was Mara acting up and paid no attention to it until his lama said something. My lama is currently on retreat and it is difficult to contact him. Please give me some advice on what is happening. I'm just some normal beginners smuck and I'm getting worried that this is a bad sign. When I wake up I feel at peace... But according to commentaries this could be Mara.
    pastor answered: Dear Jason, Thank you for your question. I am really happy to hear that you are engaging in Dzambhala's practice. It's extremely beneficial. You are right that Lama Tsongkhapa ignored his dreams of deities, and viewed them as bad signs. But before jumping to conclusions, we must analyse the reasons why Lama Tsongkhapa ignored not only his dreams, also the visions of the deities he received. The reason that Lama Tsongkhapa did not consider it a positive sign is because as practitioners on the spiritual path, it is all too easy to get carried away with 'signs' or advice, visions, dreams from supposed deities. Sometimes if we 'analyse' them it can lead us in the wrong direction because of our mistaken understanding. Sometimes, other entities can also enter our dreams and tell us things that we believe, hence we start practising things that are not Dharmic in nature. Lama Tsongkhapa warned against such things, rather Lama Tsongkhapa said that we should rely on the Dharma teachings that are genuine and transmitted to us through an unbroken line through our lineage. Generally speaking however, these dreams you are having are literally just dreams, so there is nothing to worry about. One category of dreams we have are known as samsaric dreams. These arise from karma and karmic traces in the mind. This can also include emotions, memories, etc. The meaning we find in these dreams are imputed by the dreamer, and not inherent in the dream. This also applies to waking life. We impute meaning onto situations and circumstances, rather than the meaning being inherent to the circumstance. It is like reading a book. Words in the book are just marks on paper, however, because we use our sense of meaning, we make a meaning out of it. However, this is always open to interpretation. For example, if you tell your dream to two people, they can interpret the meaning very differently, even though you told them the exact same details. When we have dreams such as of our teacher, our practice, the Buddhas, etc., it is still more than likely to be just a samsaric dream. Because we have been engaging in sustained practice, or have imprints from previous lives, these can surface in our dreams hence we have dreams of Buddhas, our teachers, etc. There is nothing to worry about or to consider overly auspicious or a 'sign'. Just realise that you have had the dream, do not allow your thoughts to dwell on it, accept it and move on. However, do take note that you had these dreams and once your Guru is out of retreat, please consult your Guru and inform him/her of these occurances and seek your Guru's advice if any. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 23, 2021 02:01
    Jason asked: I white dzambhala is a wealth deity but can he also act as a dharma protector?
    pastor answered: Dear Jason, Thank you for your question. The practice of Dzambhala is actually a Yidam practice, this means that Dzambhala is a meditational deity. When you engage in his practice, as well as bestowing wealth, through his practice you also develop qualities that help you progress towards enlightenment. In the case of Dzambhala, the primary quality he helps you develop is actually generosity, which is one of the Six Perfections. Therefore, although he is known as a wealth deity, he is much, much more than that. When you engage in his practice, you are actually developing virtuous qualities in your mindstream. The function of Dharma Protectors however is to remove obstacles and to create conducive conditions so that you can transform your mind. Hence, the function of a meditational deity and a Dharma Protector is different. That being said, when you engage in Dzambhala's practice properly, you do gain wealth. Generally, we only consider this wealth to be external wealth, but Dzambhala's practice is more than that, because through his practice you gain internal wealth which are virtuous qualities. Due to the fact his practice also brings material wealth, he is known as a wealth deity. When you practice any meditational deity, you will gain some physical benefit as well, which can seem to mirror the effect of Dharma Protectors, but their function is very different. Dzambhala for example grants material wealth, but his actually function is to increase inner wealth. Another example would be Medicine Buddha, outward he heals our physical body, but inwardly he also helps to heal our minds and develop qualities such as compassion. Dharma Protectors can also help to heal our body, but for real internal change, we need to rely on a meditational deity. I hope this answer helps.
  • March 16, 2021 21:23
    ray asked: Dear pastors, i have a question regarding vajra and bells. can one use them if they do not have any sort of initiation or whatsoever?
    pastor answered: Dear Ray, Thank you for your question. You are right that traditionally vajras and bells are only used after receiving initiation. However, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche recommended learning how to use the vajra and bell, as a means of creating the causes to receive initiation in the future. That said, there are many dos and don'ts related to using the vajra and bell. You can learn not only how to use them, but also vajra and bell etiquette from one of Kechara's Pastors. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 7, 2021 17:30
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Do you recommend doing Tsem Rinpoche’s guru yoga as part of daily Sadhana? I am sure I read on the article for the name retreat that it could be done as daily prayers but now I can’t see that sentence? Thank you.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Yes of course, you may include Tsem Rinpoche's Guru Yoga as part of your daily sadhana if you wish. This creates a very strong bond with Tsem Rinpoche. If you are following the Diamond Path sadhana (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/diamond-path), you insert the Guru Yoga after you have completed the Gaden Lhagyama (Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa). Alternative, if you are using a different prayer text, you insert the Guru Yoga after Gaden Lhagyama, or before any deity prayers that you do such as Manjushri, Tara, etc. After you complete the deity practice section of your sadhana, you continue on to your Dharma protector practice, and finish with your completion dedication. I hope this helps. Do let us know if this is not clear. Thanks.
  • March 4, 2021 22:52
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Can a lay person work towards the preliminary practices by accumulating daily ? Many thanks.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Yes, of course. Anyone can engage in the preliminary practices, you don't have to be ordained in order to do so. However for one's practice to be considered a full preliminary practice, you need to do 100,000 repetitions of whichever practice you are engaged in without break. That means you must engage in at least one session a day, until the count is completed. 10% of the count is also added on top, to make up for any unintentional mistakes. So the figure would actually be 110,000. If you skip a day, that means you have broken your preliminary retreat. If this occurs you can still dedicate the practice you have done so far, and you will still benefit from the merit generated and the purification of negative karma from the practice, but it is not counted as a full preliminary practice. Also you must adhere to the retreat procedures for the duration of the time it takes you to complete the particular preliminary practice. For example, an altar with daily offerings, retreat seat with swastika, refraining from eating black foods, etc. This may not be convenient for most people in our day and age. So what you can do is to spend a certain amount of time accumulating a specific figure, for example 10,000 repetitions of a particular practice. Seal the practice at the end with a strong dedication, like the King of Prayers. Later on, you can repeat the procedure more times until you complete 100,000. This method was given by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche for modern-day practitioners who do not have the time to complete 100,000 in one go. While it technically does not constitute a full preliminary retreat, you still gain immense merits and purification from engaging in the practice, even if spaced out. As Rinpoche said, it's better for you to do mini preliminary retreats than not doing any of the preliminary practices whatsoever. That being said, if you do have the ability to do a full preliminary retreat and it will not negatively impact you, such as create financial difficulties or strain familial relationships, then of course go ahead! To have the sincere wish to engage in any Dharma practice is wonderful. You can read more about the individual preliminary practices here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/preliminary-practice.html You can watch a short teaching on the preliminary practices by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/cosmic-tantra.html
  • March 3, 2021 04:13
    Sandra asked: Dear respected pastors, what are dreams? Do dreams have significance? Are they simply images the mind views at night - do they resemble the dreamer's state of mind? Thank you for all your replies :) :)
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Hello. Nice to see you back here. On the normal level, both waking and dream states are both marred by our delusions. The teachings tell us that this deluded state continues through all our experiences, whether during the dreaming or waking states. The way to overcome this is to "wake up" from our delusions, or reach enlightenment. Normally when people think of dreams, they do so in psychological terms and so focus on the content of the dream. When we investigate the nature of the dream itself, we begin to investigate something deeper, the processes that underlies the whole of our existence. Understand this propels you further along the spiritual journey towards enlightenment. We have many dreams during one night of sleep, and may or may not consciously remember then when we wake up. In terms of content, dreams can be used to work through psychological issues or can indicate certain issues and overcoming them (as is common within Western psychological practices). In Tibetan Buddhism, dreams can be used for much more. In the advanced practices, one can transform ordinary dreams to further one's spiritual journey. This is not only in terms of working through psychological issues, but in terms of meditation and practice as well. Generally, there are three types of dreams as described below. Most of us only experience the first type, unless we progress on the spiritual path. 1. Samsaric dreams: these arise from karma and karmic traces in the mind. This can also include emotions, memories, etc. The meaning we find in these dreams are imputed by the dreamer, and not inherent in the dream. This also applies to waking life. We impute meaning onto situations and circumstances, rather than the meaning being inherent to the circumstance. It is like reading a book. Words in the book are just marks on paper, however, because we use our sense of meaning, we take a meaning out of it. However, this is always open to interpretation. For example, if you tell your dream to two people, they can interpret the meaning very differently, even though you told them the exact same details. 2. Clarity dreams: These dreams occur when you are fairly progressed in meditational practices and can carry this into the dream state. These dreams arise not from the emotions, or memories, etc., but from more subtler forms of karma and delusions. However, just like in waking mediational practice, you are not affected by the images or thoughts that appear to you. 3. Clear Light dreams: In the advanced tantric practices, there are teachings called dream yoga. The object of these is to achieve the clear light dreams, which are very difficult to achieve and take years and years of intense practice. The most important clear light mind that arises is actually at the time of our death, if we are trained enough in this very subtle state, we can actually control where we take rebirth. If we are more experienced in this state, then we can actually use it to meditate on the teachings and achieve enlightenment. Clear light dreams are a "lesser" type of clear light mind, that helps practitioners prepare for the time of death. When we have an auspicious dream such as of our teacher, our practice, the Buddhas, etc., even though this is auspicious, it is still more than likely to be just a samsaric dream. There are instances however, when the enlightened beings and Dharma protectors will send practitioners dreams to help with their practice or as methods of divination. Tsem Rinpoche once told us of a very powerful Nyingma lama known for his divination abilities. Students would ask him a question, then he would take a nap, and receive divination advice in this dreams, which he would then relay to his students. This lama was well-known for this ability because his dream divinations were extremely accurate. As I am sure you can tell, the scope of dreams with the Buddhist context is very vast and I will not be able to cover everything here. However, I hope that what I have written helps your understanding. Thank you.
  • March 1, 2021 23:37
    Sandra asked: Hello dear pastors, wish we could have an article like the one below to highlight the auspicious days of 2021. https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/auspicious-days.html
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your suggestion. At the moment, there are no plans to publish another article with 2021 dates. But I have listed out some of the auspicious days and their dates for this year for you. I have only included future dates, not those that have already passed. Saga Dawa Duchen - 26th May 2021 Chokhor Duchen - 14th July 2021 Dorje Shugden Day - 24th August 2021 Lhabab Duchen - 27th October 2021 Gaden Ngamchoe or Tsongkhapa Day - 29th December 2021 I hope this helps. Thank you.
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Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 months ago
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 months ago
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
5 months ago
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
6 months ago
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Fwd: Dear Sotha
7 months ago
Fwd: Dear Sotha
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
7 months ago
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
7 months ago
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families  ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
8 months ago
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
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
8 months ago
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
9 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
10 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
10 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
11 months ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
11 months ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
11 months ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
11 months ago
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
11 months ago
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
11 months ago
Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
1 years ago
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
1 years ago
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
1 years ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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