When we live our lives in an unselfish manner, we have more happiness

Jul 14, 2016 | Views: 683

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By Wei Tan

What is happiness? Is it the feeling we get when we get to see or do something we like? Many of us would like to drive an expensive car, be with our friends and have fun, or be with the ones we love. Others would like to relax and go on holiday, read books, or play games all day everyday. With so many people in the world, we all have a variation of likes and dislikes, some of which are similar and dissimilar to each other. Two people might like another person but dislike each other… So when we finally get to experience our likes, does that bring us happiness? It might do, and if it does, it probably wouldn’t last as long as we wished it would. After it ends, what are we left with? The feeling of ‘it didn’t last long enough, I want more’ starts to rise. With habituation, this feeling gets stronger and stronger until it translates into an action which can be experienced on a physical level. The need or want to do something we like stems from our desires; otherwise we wouldn’t want to do those things in the first place. This can be seen around us all of the time. We don’t need special powers to be aware of this. All we need is to look carefully.

?thgir esnes sekam ti ,sdrawkcab ti daer uoy won tub ,emit tsrif eht esnes ekam t’ndid tI

It didn’t make sense the first time, but now you read it backwards, it makes sense right?

Does that last bit make sense to you? Maybe not the first time you read it… Does it have any meaning? Maybe… Although it’s not like I’m adding stuff here for fun… Something so small and insignificant, like this one line, can also be seen in different ways depending on who reads it. There are a few things in there that look reasonable, but in general, it looks like one big mess to us. Similarly, even when we experience something, whether it’s reading things or listening to people, observing people and their behaviours, it’s like that line. Weird and incomprehensible at first but after a closer look, it makes sense and it’s not so hard to read anymore. Our preferences towards everything are so small, insignificant and sometimes, when someone acts so strange and backwards to you, it doesn’t make sense. We can impute the preference of the person being okay in certain ways but overall we simply cannot understand them. If we do not initially understand them, we can be patient with them, get to know them and eventually come to understand them. On the other hand we can also write them off as weirdoes, be impatient and move on without trying to get to know them. So in that way, we can perceive people like that too. Just because they don’t make sense to you, doesn’t mean they don’t make sense to somebody else. We can be just as strange to other people as they are to us. Therefore we should practice equanimity since we are, well most of us, are all equal in that respect. See in some cases, it might be us who are not clever enough to understand the ‘weirdo’.

In this way we all perceive things differently, from a different angle and react to those things differently. This is brings life to our likes and dislikes. We try to repeat the things we like and try to put a stop to the things we dislike. Why? Well, on a very basic level, we all want the happiness we experience from the things we like and we don’t want to experience the unhappiness of something we dislike. However since our likes and dislikes are different, we also find happiness and unhappiness in different things. If I like the piano but somebody else dislikes the piano, is the piano a like or a dislike? Well it’s neither and both, simultaneously. It’s only a like or a dislike if there is something to impute that preference onto it. If there was nobody to like and dislike it, then it would be just be simply a piano. Then what if I like how the piano looks but not how it sounds? What if I don’t like the room it’s in? What if I don’t like the furniture around it? Then my opinion of the piano suddenly changes from a like to dislike because of these other cons that outweigh the pro. How can a simple piano sprout so many questions and preferences? Well, does it really? The piano didn’t tell me to like or dislike it. I projected my opinion onto an inanimate object that has no sentient life to it. Therefore aren’t I the source of the preference, not the piano?

What if we apply this to the people around us? Yeah we can say that ‘people are way more complicated than a musical instrument so our many preferences on people can be justified’. Or is that perhaps just an excuse to remain unchanged and be attached to our preferences which helps us feel comfortable and secure, that we have identify and can categorise people as well as objects? Fundamentally if I were the only sentient being ever to exist, would we be liked or disliked? Could I be liked or disliked? If I could, then I have no idea how… If not, then surely even we, as sentient beings, do not inherently exist as a source of a like or dislike? Doesn’t that make us just like an inanimate piano?

Well, not quite. Unlike the piano, sentient beings have the capacity to impute their preferences onto other things they have experienced but only at that. A man who is blind, deaf and dumb couldn’t tell you whether he liked or disliked the colour blue because he hasn’t experienced that. In the same way, I couldn’t truly tell you whether I liked or disliked going to a Michael Jackson concert because I’ve never been to one. I would just be giving an estimation based on my likes and dislikes of what I’ve seen and heard about him and I also couldn’t have named an artist I’ve never heard of before. Therefore if our perception allows us to like and dislike things and our likes and dislikes give rise to the feeling of ‘happiness’ and ‘unhappiness’, then how come when we experience the things we have been taught to like, such as money and relationships, we still suffer in the end?

For example, people in relationships with their boyfriend or girlfriend will often seem happy in front of us and depending on their relationship; they will ‘feel happy’ most of the time. They can go out together, spend time together, do things together, have fun together and that’s all good in the short term, but what happens long term? Behind the scenes, the thought of their relationship will plague their minds constantly. Without telling anyone, not even their partners, they may begin to question their situation, ‘Is my partner happy with me? Am I worthy of my partner? Am I doing enough? Could I do more?’… This may lead to even more insecurities, ‘What if they aren’t happy with me? Are they doing things behind my back? Do they really want to be with me? Is it all just an act?’… What if they are the ones who don’t want to be in the relationship? ‘How should I end it?’ ‘Will they hate me if I end it?’ ‘I wish something would just break us apart’. Even if they console themselves, are consoled by their friends or even their partner, the insecurities never stop. They end up stressing non-stop over the relationship. If the relationship does break apart, what next? Find another relationship and go through that process again? Keep going through it until they find ‘The One’ and live out the rest of their lives together?

However in the end, when they die, they don’t want to be apart from their lovers so they grasp onto their relationship so much, even until their last breath, they don’t want to leave or don’t want their partner to leave. If they are the ones being left behind, then what? Find another relationship? They might do if they were that desperate to be loved by somebody even after that… If not? What if they couldn’t recover from the trauma of losing somebody that close? If it happens when they are ‘young’? They might even think that if they had never been in that relationship in the first place, their partner would still be around. What if they had a child and their child was the one to pass away before them? That happens in real life too. Many loving parents can’t recover from that level of emotional trauma. Even if they somehow manage to reduce it, the wonderful and joyful memories of their child also trigger their loss as their child is no longer around. Those feelings of loss, sadness and melancholy will be relentlessly barraging their minds, even if they don’t want it to.

Is that the happiness we seek in relationships? Maybe… Maybe not… That’s what happens though. Things end. People pour everything they have into getting and maintaining relationships, something so impermanent even a child can comprehend. You don’t see 5 year olds looking for lovers. How about when we get older? Try blaming it on biology? Well you don’t see every human looking for lovers, so it can’t be something so unchangeable, that it’s etched into our genes. Besides, that would just imply that humans, as a species, lack the capacity for self-control. Although I guess it’s a necessary thing that people still make babies… otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this and we wouldn’t have any teachings. Having a baby and even the time leading up to having a baby just seems so physically and mentally taxing. Using time, money, energy, and in some cases, people betray themselves to please their partner. Is it really worth it? Everybody has their own opinions but I don’t think so. Yet, many people are so attached to the idea of getting into a relationship…

Similarly, a rich person can experience the joys of financial prosperity on a physical level. They can buy what they want without a care, they can buy people’s actions and they can invest in anything they want. They never need to worry whether they can eat hearty during their next meal. Looks like happiness has been found right? That is, until their ‘wants’ exceed their finances. At that point, they become ‘poor’. When they can no longer afford something they want, they become dissatisfied and irritated, in some cases, even depressed. Someone who has an appetite for everything in the world will be the one who is the hungriest. Why? They want so much yet can only get a fraction of what it is they want. Their stomachs are always empty. However someone content with what they have isn’t hungry as they don’t seek to gain more and more. Even when someone has a lot of money, they might not want to give it away, they want to keep it but yet the fear of being targeted for their money becomes a heavy burden. Whether it’s being robbed, cheated or used, when paranoia seeps in to these cracks of insecurity, it is not very pleasant. It is a very unsettling feeling to be unable to trust anybody because of our fears. In the same way, eating too much, being too full and being on the verge of throwing up is also not a very pleasant feeling. For me anyway, and I’ve never heard of any weirdoes who enjoy that sensation…

I’m not saying being ambitious is bad. It is only bad when we overestimate ourselves and refuse to acknowledge our limits. That kind of attitude leads to frustration and eventually anger. Until we decrease our desires or increase our limits, this anger of living an unfulfilled life will dig a deeper hole, making it much harder to get out of that mentality. On the other side of the coin, there are never a shortage charities and organisations that need donations in order to function and grow. Be generous, give not only in money, but also in time and effort, unconditionally. Why? We attract what we reflect. If we reflect the image of somebody unpleasant, then nobody will want to be around us for who we are since we are internally ugly, only what we have on the outside. Even through an ocean of money, if and when what we have runs out, those people will run off and hover around other people with that same image. Since money can buy people and their loyalty, it only lasts for as long as we have the money but since everything physical is impermanent… It won’t last. If that’s what you want, go ahead but you’ll just end up lonely and that will make you unhappy because it’s what you tried to avoid in the first place. To me, the only worthwhile wealth can only be achieved in a state of mind. All the physical riches in the universe will never be enough to satisfying someone who does not feel mentally wealthy.

Furthermore, it’s not the same type of people and loyalty we attract compared to when we reflect a pleasant image. When we are generous and we do virtuous actions, we make ourselves reflect a beautiful image that people around us wish they could become like. Sure there are some people who are really envious and work to ruin our image but they can only succeed if we let them affect our virtuous actions since it is our actions that reflect the image. In such a case there are no winners, only losers. The loyalty we gain from our virtuous actions is not from something physical, they don’t disappear in the absence of physical matter. Since the virtuous actions create the loyalty and we control our own actions, we are the source of the loyalty as long as we keep doing virtuous things, unlike when we have loyalty that sprouts from having lots of money. No matter what type of person we are, everybody wants to able to trust somebody. However, who we can trust is ultimately down to us. What image do you want to reflect to others? Would you rather be a vulture in a sea of bloody carcasses or a beautiful swan on a clear blue lake?

In conclusion, there is the type of ‘happiness’ that comes from feeding our own selfish wants and desires and there is the type of happiness that comes from being kind and compassionate to others. Selfish happiness is short term and always ends due to the impermanent nature of all physical things in the universe. Compassionate happiness is long term as we find happiness, not in physical gains but through spiritual gains. Spirituality and compassion can help us change our perspective. Then when our minds are so focused on helping others and we work for the sake of others everyday, nothing can stop us from doing our virtuous actions. It’ll be like bouncing on clouds with sunshine and rainbows. Otherwise life is like a never ending minefield that’s looking to blow you up every step of the way. Even if you survive one step, a few steps, time pushes you forward whether you like it or not. There’s no happiness in a minefield…

 

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  1. Tsa Tsa Ong on Nov 8, 2018 at 11:05 pm

    Very thought provoking article about ‘happiness’, what it means to various people and what it means if we hold on to one view against holding on to an equally opposite view. Different people feel happiness for different reasons. Doing good to benefit others and not harming the others is a beautiful feeling then. Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to be. Learning and practicing dharma is one beautiful choice. Thank you Rinpoche and Wei Tan for this wonderful explanation.👍😉🙏

  2. Samfoonheei on Nov 8, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Wei Tan for this wonderful explanation and some knowledge for us. Everyone chases after happiness, but few understand where it comes from. Happiness is a sense of well-being, joy, or contentment. When people are successful, or safe, or lucky, they feel happiness. Different people feel happiness for different reasons. Doing good to benefit others and not harming the others is a beautiful feeling then. Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to be. Learning and practicing dharma is one beautiful choice .

  3. Wan Wai Meng on Nov 21, 2016 at 4:04 am

    Thank you for this thought provoking article about ‘happiness’, what it means to various people and what it means if we hold on to one view against holding on to an equally opposite view.

    I suppose it is always that battle that human face in nourishing our material resources versus nourishing the spirit/spiritual development. The nature of material things, is it is impermanent and ever changing, can be stolen and taken away by force of others or karma. Then there is our spiritual development, something that once we have an insight/wisdom into something, quite difficult for you to lose it, cannot be stolen or taken away but can be enhanced and even improved on with time. Our mind that has been nourished by correct values and ideas, can be brought over to many other existences or future lives, whereas material resources you can’t do so under ordinary circumstances.

  4. Vivian Ong on Oct 23, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    Thank you Wei Tan for this write up. I guess all thoughts and perceptions that everyone in this world have is due to different conditions for example tradition, culture and also habituation. From these, it leads to attachment and attachment will give us a lot suffering if we cling on to something or someone too strongly. I guess we must all learn to practice non-attachment so that when something happen, we won’t be so despair and suffer.

    With folded palms,
    Vivian

  5. graceleong on Aug 2, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    All beings are constantly in search of that good warm fuzzy feeling we call “HAPPINESS”. Humans, animals in general, spirits too I am sure; all are in search of happiness. Achieving happiness can get very addictive !
    In our pursuit for happiness we make many decisions and take many actions. The outcome may or may not result in achieving happiness. Those actions/decisions that bring us happiness can be short lived or longer term but it is never permanent ? Never permanent in samsara for sure ! But the Buddha did say we can achieve eternal bliss when we are ENLIGHTENED !! That’s cool and surely many will want to be enlightened for the mere fact we can have an end to our sufferings and achieve eternal bliss !!
    Hence, the Buddha laid down the path to ENLIGHTMENT; all the different methods one can embark on to achieve an eternal bliss. In all these methods there is one common denominator, that is, we are more sure to achieve happiness if we focus out on others and not otherwise ! Something very hard to do all the time but definitely with more training and transformation the habit of focusing out can be achieved and will result in us being more calm , peaceful and neutral – a clear sign of happiness or another way to put it, no more sufferings !
    Thank you Wei Tan for sharing your thoughts on a topic that is the very essence of all lives.

  6. MartinC on Aug 2, 2016 at 3:38 am

    It may be difficult to understand it at first but happiness happens when we do something to benefit others. That is because we suddenly ‘feel’ our value to others and we see that our actions have positive impact and that we are relevant.

    On the other hand, doing things with the sole intention of pleasing ourselves is at best a short-term distraction. I guess that is why there is always the next thing we must have in order to be ‘happy’. We actually feel deep down that we have no significance and have no real importance to other. But instead of working on giving ourselves real value, we chose instead the easy and quick diversion.

    Personally I have observed that people who live for others are seldom, if at all, depressed. And those who subscribe to self-indulgent things such as ‘shopping therapy are quick to fall frequently into self absorption.

    I suppose real happiness cannot be a feeling. It must come from knowledge that we are happiness to other.

  7. William Chua on Jul 31, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    This article from Wei Tan is refreshing and coming from a young adult who is able to see things that are impermanent and explaining it to his viewers in simple understandable language. Yes it is true that people have their perceptions that are deep rooted in them because of upbringing or cultures and these may or may not be true. It is up to the individual to be able to see the difference and decide. It is our perception that forms our believe that a person should behave a certain manner or an object should be a certain form.

    Like the example given above about the piano. People either like the piano or not. But it is because of the sound it makes or the way it is formed? Does your like for the piano change because of the person playing it or the place the piano is situated. In the end, you confuse yourself with all the additional judgements.

    At the end of the day, everyone wants to be happy and what better way to be happy than to give to others. Focusing out on others and put others’ need above ours is a way to be happy. Learning the Dharma and applying it will also make us happy because it is based on universal truth. The Buddha thought us to be charitable and to be giving. By giving unconditionally, we will not have attachments, after all, all things are impermanent. So, make someone happy today.

  8. Sofi on Jul 31, 2016 at 5:31 am

    Thank you Wei Tan for this article on happiness through unselfish living. Happiness had always been an elusive thing that the moment you think you achieve it, it kinda disappear on you. Not knowing and wanting it to remain permanently, we often cause more suffering to ourselves and others. The only solution and true attainment of happiness is to learn the precious Dharma and to practise it in our daily lives. When we understand the cause of our sufferings, then we will be able to better grasp the happiness that had so eluded us for so long.

    With the Dharma, we are able to understand how our perception of likes and dislikes are actually the causes of our being unhappy. When we understand that the matter is neutral without our imputation then it will not affect us emotionally. In generating Bodhicitta to care for others and their happiness, we will gain more happiness as we share in their happiness. In helping others, we also spend less time on needing to satisfy our egoistic wants.

  9. Pastor KH Ng on Jul 30, 2016 at 12:07 am

    We reap what we sow…..!! This is the more powerful law of nature!!

    Being selfish reaps being alone and unhappiness. Since the world we live in is full of other people, we are a drop in a vast ocean; how can a drop feel itself the centre of every other drops in the ocean; and have all these other drops think the same?

    The way to happiness is to acknowledge the this “drop” is the same as all other drops; acknowledge that it is part of the ocean; be one with the ocean and that this “drop” we call the “self” is ever changing and mixing with all other drops of the ocean. Nothing is fixed; all things are ever changing and take care unconditionally all of the ocean.

    In that way the drop will experience the happiness that comes with being one with the ocean i.e. all other people and beings……!

  10. Lum Kok Luen on Jul 28, 2016 at 12:16 am

    Thank you Rinpoche and Wei Tan for this wonderful and “wake up” call for us.

    Happiness, unfortunately to so many people is as per what the article mentioned. Such is the nature of samsara (as mentioned in the Lamrim). We have to be wary and always check our minds such that we do not fall further into the abyss of “happiness” in samsara.

    Great article to remind us again to check and control our mind.

    Thank you.
    Lum Kok Luen

  11. Elisha Lynn Tang Sue Ming on Jul 26, 2016 at 12:48 am

    Happiness will only come to us if we do something which does not bring any harm to us or the others. This type of happiness will last an eternity whereas happiness which is obtained in a selfish manner will not last because our true color will somehow prevail and that will hurt the people around us. Just my two cents worth.

  12. Vinnie Tan on Jul 23, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    Thank you Wei for this great article. What you have written is indeed true and very applicable to all of us. We are constantly chasing for something that is not there and it is false.

    The projection of what we think is true happiness is false as we have been thought since young that we are suppose to be pursing for relationships, wealth, and pleasure. Yet, what we fail to see is that these things that w seek pleasure from all all just things that will serve us happiness for the short period of time. We fail to see beyond what is said because everyone around us are doing the same, they tell us that it is the only way that leads us to happiness.

    True happiness is when we start focusing out and not make everything about ourselves. When we stop putting ourselves as priority and put others that cross paths with us in that position, we will then find happiness. It is the smiles that we will bring to others that is able to bring us that joy to our lives that we are trying to chase constantly.

    Wei, it is very amazing that you have understood such deep knowledge at such a young age. Thank you once again for this article that is very easy for all to comprehend about this simple point that many people do not see.

  13. sonny tan on Jul 22, 2016 at 11:08 am

    Thank you Wei Tan for this invaluable insight on happiness, it is rather very subjective because happiness can be experienced and felt at different levels. For instance happiness when seeing your child becomes a champion in a race may differ from jumping with joy when one strikes a lottery. The intensity, reason and degree are however difficult to equate perhaps it is the depth and how long it last and the exhilarating factors following this eruption of happiness.
    Happiness is an intangible commodity when heightened by jubilation would linger on in a different manner and the underlying factors surrounding it and the continuity of it may perhaps differs on the time, place, temperament, environment and the people one is sharing the happiness with. Therefore, happiness is hard to define in terms of language but can only be felt momentarily.
    What is happiness then? It is just a fleeting pleasure of the mind; one cannot grasp it in the hand and hold it for long, it would ultimately dissipates and the after effect depends on one’s mental frame of mind. However, on another note it would generate positivity which would bring about a healthier mind and body.

  14. Jill Yam on Jul 19, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    What is happiness?
    Happiness can be defined in so many ways and different people experience happiness in their own way.

    Real happiness comes from being compassionate and selfless in helping the less fortunate without bias. Some derived their happiness from seeing people suffering. But this is just our perception of things or happiness that’s supposed to be.

    If we live our life in an unselfish manner we have more happiness. This is very true. Life is short and no one knows when we leave this world.

    Selfish happiness is short term as we are the only one that is happy by taking advantage of others.
    We should therefore strive for compassion happiness by helping those in need.

    We always seems to be seeking happiness everywhere when happiness is within our grasp.

    Thank you Wei for the wonderful sharing on happiness.

    Jill Yam

  15. Uncle Eddie on Jul 19, 2016 at 11:40 am

    Thank you Wei Tan for sharing with us your views on this valuable and meaningful article. As a matter of fact, all human beings, or all beings to be exact, constantly seek to find happiness, and find all ways to overcome problems to avoid suffering. Irrespective of whatever the problems, whether individuals, or groups of people may face, whether rich or poor, educated or uneducated, what is most common to all is the wish to have lasting happiness. Of course, as human beings, all of us have a physical body, which gives rise to sickness and other problems. At the same time, we also have emotions, such as anger, greed and jealousy too, as our negative feelings to be eliminated. Nevertheless, on the positive side, we have love, kindness, tolerance and compassion to be further develop. All these we believe, are part of our human nature, likewise, everyone wants happiness and does not want sufferings. It is said that the greatest degree of inner tranquility comes from the development of love and compassion, i.e. the more we are for the welfare and happiness of others, the greater our own sense of well-being becomes. Cultivating a warmhearted feeling for others always puts our mind at ease. As long as we live in this World we are bound to encounter problems. At such time, if we lose hope and get discouraged, we lose our ability to face difficulties. We must always not forget to remember that it is not just ourselves, but everyone who has to undergo sufferings. This is a realistic perspective, and not just you and I, but everyone has to undergo suffering. We must increase our determination and capacity to overcome them. With such an encouraging attitude in our mind, each new obstacle would be seen as yet another opportunity to improve our mind. As a result our own serenity and inner strength will increase. Om Mani Padme Hung.

  16. Pastor Yek Yee(月谊讲法师) on Jul 19, 2016 at 12:54 am

    我相信很多人都沒有辦法享受到真正的快樂,因為實際上他們並不懂得所謂的快樂。我非常記得尊貴的第廿五世詹杜固仁波切在近期的開示裡說過,但我以自己能夠理解的範圍與大家分享,由於教育的普及化,每個人都有極高的智能聰慧,對生活的技巧和謀生的知識了解深透,不少人成了他人眼中的快樂人,但是這樣往往成了死板的謀生人。

    我們要活得快樂,擁有卓越的智能,是不足夠,它需要的是將身語意融合為一体的智慧,惟有智慧才可以讓我們內在生起快樂的本質。智慧讓我們對永恆不變的概念打破,使我們有更充裕的時間去思考、 冥想找回最原始的本質。

    快樂是甚麼?當你發問這個問題時,意味著你已經邁向快樂的第一步。所以說, 快樂可以很簡單!

  17. Pee Bee Chong on Jul 18, 2016 at 11:48 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Wei Tan

    We all perceived thing differently, therefore we have likes and dislikes, and when we experiencing the person or things that we like, we feel happy.
 However, this happiness is only short term happiness. This selfish happiness comes from feeding our own-self what we wants and desire. It is short term and always ends due to the impermanent nature of all physical things in the universe.



    Compassion happiness comes from being kind and compassionate to others.
    It is long term as we find happiness, not in physical gains but through spiritual gains. Spirituality and compassion can help us change our perspective 


    Thank you
    Pee Bee Chong

  18. victoria lam on Jul 18, 2016 at 12:09 am

    Thank you Rinpoche and Wei Tan for sharing the meaningful article.

    We always want to live in beautiful part and dislike to hear or accept the comments. How to lives in happiness its depends how we think on every scenario. We may think positive or negative.

    Everything is impermanence. Every situations of likes or dislikes also will change.I’m glad that I can learn Dharma to realized how to apply it when sometimes we struggle with some scenarios.If without Dharma, I wouldn’t have wiser think to learn and see things out of the box.

    Thank you Wei Tan, I enjoyed reading the interesting article.

  19. Jace Chong on Jul 17, 2016 at 11:22 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche and Wei for the wonderful article.

    I enjoy reading it very much, almost every line makes me nod my head as I totally agree.

    As long as we cling on something external for our happiness, it will never last as it never come from the outside. However it doesn’t mean that we cut off everything that we have now to achieve a happier life, but to understand the outer sources such as relationship, wealth are not the ways. I remember Rinpoche explained that wealth is like a toilet, we need a toilet to live our life, if not we will get sick or we can’t live well with it. But we don’t see the toilet as the goal of our life, we need it but it’s not what we should spend our life for it.

    I also like the way you explained about our preferences on an object, that it’s our projections play mind games with us. Seeing things as they are, is a daily practice that I be able to analyze when my emotions pop up.

    Thank you so much Wei! Looking forward to read more of your writings here 🙂

  20. Lew on Jul 16, 2016 at 4:05 am

    Dear Wei,

    I was told you are someone who thinks deep, and ask very intelligent questions. After reading your article, I would agree.

    I love what you wrote about if we don’t understand a situation or person, then we will feel the situation/person to be weird, but if we are patient, and to understand, then our perspective will change.

    I have heard Tsem Rinpoche said before, if we base our happiness on impermanent things, then we cannot expect the happiness to be permanent. And unfortunately, most of the things which we perceive as “good” are not permanent. Most if not all people in this world are looking for ways to be happy, and yet, our perspective of happiness all differ, but according to Buddha, the true happiness is based on unselfish mind to benefit others.

    Wei, keep up the good work and continue writing. I enjoy your writing very much!

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Tsem Rinpoche


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  • Sofi
    Wednesday, Dec 19. 2018 01:30 AM
    Mongols believed 5th Dalai Lama was someone else!

    Interesting! Who and why would the Mongolians believe that the 5th Dalai Lama should be someone else? An insight into the politics of Tibetan Religious Hierarchy and treachery that exists even in Buddhist communities.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/mongols-believed-5th-dalai-lama-was-someone-else.html
  • Sofi
    Wednesday, Dec 19. 2018 01:25 AM
    Powerhouse Pujas in December 2018. Don’t Miss Out!

    Reminder! Pujas by Kechara with monks for powerful blessings. Make your date available to attend with your family. Good welcome for the New Year.

    Powerhouse Pujas in December 2018. Don’t Miss Out!
  • Sofi
    Wednesday, Dec 19. 2018 01:22 AM
    Vows: The Roots of All Attainments

    Have you ever thought of this? Why do Buddhists take Vows? What are the benefits and what vows to take? Are vows binding and restricting us from freedom? Find out more from this comprehensive post.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/vows-the-roots-of-all-attainments.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Dec 18. 2018 10:10 PM
    There are just so many points to prove that the allegation towards Dorje Shugden is a spirit is wrong. Tibetan Buddhism stress on lineage, origins and transmission teaching from the lineage master. How can the lineage master such as Pabongka Rinpoche and Trijang Rinpoche be wrong in giving Dorje Shugden practise. If it is so, then HH Dalai Lama would be wrong too since he follow the teaching from his Guru, HH Trijang Rinpoche.

    If Dorje Shugden is indeed a spirit, then all the high lamas would have broken their vow and reborn in the lower realms. But many highly attained lamas reincarnate and continue to spread the dharma for example, HH Trijang Rinpoche, HH Zong Rinpoche and many more.

    Therefore it is important for us to understand the ban and the real reason it is initiated by CTA , of which is driven by personal agenda.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/our-lama-vs-the-dalai-lama-the-underlying-reasons-for-the-ban.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Dec 18. 2018 09:49 PM
    Wonderful news and great way to end the 2018. Everyone will have the opportunities to engage in all the powerful pujas in the holy land and with monks from monastery. An opportunity not to be missed. Thank you Rinpoche for organising these pujas.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/powerhouse-pujas-in-december-2018-dont-miss-out.html
  • Yee Yin
    Tuesday, Dec 18. 2018 05:35 PM
    Do you do meditation? Meditation is a very good way to calm ourselves and our mind down and observe our own thinking. In the UK, some of the schools have introduced meditation session to the school children. In some of the prisons in the US, meditation is also introduced to the prisoners to help them calm their mind. Meditation is not a religious practice but a practice that can be carried out by anyone for their wellbeings. Read here to see how people around the world are meditating for a better wellbeing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/etc/6-incredible-global-mass-meditation.html
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  • Chris
    Tuesday, Dec 18. 2018 05:35 PM
    Thank you, Rinpoche and the blog team for this amazing article. Panchen Sonam Drakpa, in my opinion, is the most erudite and powerful lama among all other Dorje Shugden’s incarnations. He is the only who served as the Gaden Tripa as well as the Abbot of all three major monasteries of the Gelug traditions

    There are no other lamas in the history that manage to do that. This is how good he is. So, how can a high lama with such calibre or attainments become an evil spirit when he dies? Lamas that have such attainments or accomplishment will be regarded as enlightened due to the nature of their work. Minds that have such level of attainments will not degenerate, unlike normal minds.

    Hence, it is not logical to say that the reincarnation of this very same mind which is Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen will become an evil spirit that will harm Tibet and also His Holiness the Dalai Lama. It is just not possible. Anyone that actually knows a little bit about Tibetan Buddhism will be able to know that it is a lie. That is why it is safe for us to conclude that Dorje Shugden is an enlightened protector because before he arose as a Dharma Protector, his mind had already reached enlightenment.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-most-illustrious-panchen-sonam-drakpa.html
  • Yee Yin
    Tuesday, Dec 18. 2018 05:25 PM
    A reincarnated lama will often do things that are similar to what he was doing in his previous lives. For Tsem Rinpoche, his immediate previous life was Kentrul Rinpoche Thubten Lamsang. Kentrul Rinpoche was sent to a remote area in Tibet by his teacher, Trijang Rinpoche to spread Dharma. The place he went to was considered a ‘barbaric’ place because people there did not know Dharma. Similarly, in this life, Tsem Rinpoche was sent by his teacher to Malaysia to spread Dharma. Even though there are many Buddhists in Malaysia but many of us do not really know Dharma, so this is also considered to be a barbaric place. Read the article below and you will find more similarities between these 2 life times.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/autobiography/kentrul-thubten-lamsang.html
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  • Yee Yin
    Tuesday, Dec 18. 2018 05:06 PM
    Is being born in a wealthy and comfortable environment a good fortune? Is it a bad fortune if we are born in an environment where there is a lot of hardships? It is not necessarily true. Many people who are born in a wealthy family end up being a spoilt brat who doesn’t achieve much in their lives. People who have gone through much hardship often train themselves to become a better and successful person. In this article, Mr. Sung-Bong Choi has gone through a lot of hardship in his life but he did not become bitter. He works hard for what he wants and he does his best. Do read about his story here:

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/hardship-pushes-us-to-the-top-korea.html
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  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Dec 18. 2018 02:27 PM
    Ann Dustin Wilson is an American musician, best known as the lead singer and songwriter of the hard rock band Heart. She was listed as one of the “Top Heavy Metal Vocalists of All Time” by Hit Parader magazine. Amazing she has such a powerful soprano vocal range voice for her age. She sang in tribute to Led Zeppelin where every one in the audience were stunned and moved by her songs. She was one of the most legendary and respected female voices in modern rock music.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing of a super talented singer.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/legendary-heart
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Dec 18. 2018 02:26 PM
    Tsawa Pulthok Rinpoche a student of His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche. He has gone through much hardship, torture and beatings while in detention during the Chinese invasion for 19 long years. Yet he was one nice and respected Lama who kept his monk vows. He has accepted it with no hard feelings against the soldiers who has tortured him. Spending most of his remaining time in meditation, retreats and pujas for the public.
    In life all of us have the right to make decisions and have choices about how we live our life. Making our own choices about the things we do is very important because it gives us the meaning of life to be happy and those around us.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/tsawa-pulthok-rinpoche
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Dec 18. 2018 02:25 PM
    The practice of Dorje Shugden has been passed down within the Sakya lineage for several generations. Dorje Shugden was first practised by the Sakyas in the early 17th century. There were many other great Sakya throneholders who practised and proliferated Dorje Shugden Tanag within the Sakya tradition. This unique form of Dorje Shugden riding on a black horse can found on numerous older Sakya thangkas. We are fortunate able to see now with this new printing as shown in this post.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/sakya-dorje-shugden-tanag
  • Chris
    Tuesday, Dec 18. 2018 12:22 AM
    It is quite shocking to hear His Holiness the Dalai Lama to talk about refugee should go back to their own country and Europe belongs to Europeans. This is because the Tibetans have been refugees for over six decades now and they are still staying in India. If His Holiness meant what he says, then all Tibetans should move back to Tibet and develop Tibet instead of hanging around in India because India belongs to Indians.

    Why is it okay for Tibetans to stay in India for over six decades while other refugees need to return to their own country? Why is His Holiness being two-faced when it comes to this issue? Why is it okay for Tibetans to stay in India and be a freeloader for so long while other refugees from another nation need to return to their own country.

    Tibetans have been freeloading in India for over six decades now and India still continues to host them. India’s kindness should not be taken granted for and Tibetans should at least contribute back to Indian’s society. I don’t think they will be going back to Tibet looking at the current government and how they are sabotaging their chance to return to Tibet by irritating China with their actions here and there.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/dalai-lama-says-too-many-refugees-in-europe.html
  • Sofi
    Monday, Dec 17. 2018 11:58 PM
    How to Purify Your Karma in Kechara Forest Retreat?

    Kechara Forest Retreat is so highly blessed that many miracles had been shared by the visitors. Read more here for how you can purify your karma and gain merits too.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/how-to-purify-your-karma-in-kechara-forest-retreat.html
  • Sofi
    Monday, Dec 17. 2018 11:39 PM
    17 Best U.S. Cities for Hippies

    An interesting read of Hippies in America. I think that hippies are unique to America as I had not read of any in other countries

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/17-best-u-s-cities-for-hippies.html

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The forward on the book authored by the erudite Panchen Sonam Drakpa is highly unusual but good. The background on this great master is even more interesting. Read here- https://bit.ly/2EzT5Kx
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The forward on the book authored by the erudite Panchen Sonam Drakpa is highly unusual but good. The background on this great master is even more interesting. Read here- https://bit.ly/2EzT5Kx
Kechara Saraswati Arts (KSA) offers a comprehensive statue and tsa tsa painting service. We are able to paint both the face and body, using traditional Tibetan techniques and materials.

KSA can transform a ‘bare’ or ‘raw’ object of art into a living masterpiece through a variety of painting techniques. There are several ‘finishes’ to choose from. Be it an ‘antique’ look, a fully-painted colourful finish or a simple ‘gold dusted look’, your imagination and heart’s wishes are fulfilled through KSA’s mastery and artistry in action.

Our team have learnt the techniques of traditional statue painting from the finest artists of India, Tibet and Nepal. Through months of intense training and practice, our talented artists have mastered the art of painting both peaceful and wrathful features.
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Kechara Saraswati Arts (KSA) offers a comprehensive statue and tsa tsa painting service. We are able to paint both the face and body, using traditional Tibetan techniques and materials. KSA can transform a ‘bare’ or ‘raw’ object of art into a living masterpiece through a variety of painting techniques. There are several ‘finishes’ to choose from. Be it an ‘antique’ look, a fully-painted colourful finish or a simple ‘gold dusted look’, your imagination and heart’s wishes are fulfilled through KSA’s mastery and artistry in action. Our team have learnt the techniques of traditional statue painting from the finest artists of India, Tibet and Nepal. Through months of intense training and practice, our talented artists have mastered the art of painting both peaceful and wrathful features.
Unusual depiction of Lord Manjushri. I like it.
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Unusual depiction of Lord Manjushri. I like it.
Stunning!!!
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Stunning!!!
If we have eye problems, this is a good practice and it\'s simple- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=180488
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If we have eye problems, this is a good practice and it's simple- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=180488
Many times in the morning my Oser girl will go sunbathe. She really enjoys it. Tsem Rinpoche
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Many times in the morning my Oser girl will go sunbathe. She really enjoys it. Tsem Rinpoche
My Oser girl is very photogenic. Tsem Rinpoche
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My Oser girl is very photogenic. Tsem Rinpoche
Vintage stunning thangka of Lord Tsongkapa with many other enlightened beings.
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Vintage stunning thangka of Lord Tsongkapa with many other enlightened beings.
Beautiful antique thangka of Sakya Pandita
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Beautiful antique thangka of Sakya Pandita
The last Lama-Ruler of Mongolia was 8th Jebtsundamba Khutughtu. He did not have a good ending as Mongolia \'fell\'. Read about him- https://bit.ly/2UD83oa
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The last Lama-Ruler of Mongolia was 8th Jebtsundamba Khutughtu. He did not have a good ending as Mongolia 'fell'. Read about him- https://bit.ly/2UD83oa
Last Queen of Mongolia-Very interesting what happened to her and tragic too- https://bit.ly/2GcfhfF
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Last Queen of Mongolia-Very interesting what happened to her and tragic too- https://bit.ly/2GcfhfF
The famous and powerful state oracle of Mongolia- Interesting and must read- 
 https://bit.ly/2Py3QhI
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The famous and powerful state oracle of Mongolia- Interesting and must read- https://bit.ly/2Py3QhI
1984 Los Angeles-Left to right: Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, monk assistant to Zong Rinpoche and the 18 year old Tsem Rinpoche prior to ordination. Read more-  https://bit.ly/2C5OM7l
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1984 Los Angeles-Left to right: Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, monk assistant to Zong Rinpoche and the 18 year old Tsem Rinpoche prior to ordination. Read more- https://bit.ly/2C5OM7l
Nice to see Blog Chat going on
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Nice to see Blog Chat going on
In the middle of the metropolitan city of Bangkok near the upmarket shopping district is a chapel dedicated to Tara right in the centre of town. Lovely. Tsem Rinpoche
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In the middle of the metropolitan city of Bangkok near the upmarket shopping district is a chapel dedicated to Tara right in the centre of town. Lovely. Tsem Rinpoche
Cheeky and cute little He Wei is telling you to get a Dorje Shugden pamphlet now!!!
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Cheeky and cute little He Wei is telling you to get a Dorje Shugden pamphlet now!!!
My little cute Oser girl doggie is always nearby. Tsem Rinpoche
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My little cute Oser girl doggie is always nearby. Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s father with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The little girl is his brother\'s daughter. Her name is Tara.
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Tsem Rinpoche's father with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The little girl is his brother's daughter. Her name is Tara.
Our Gyenze Chapel in Kechara Forest Retreat is visited by people from all over Malaysia now. Many have had their wishes fulfilled.
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Our Gyenze Chapel in Kechara Forest Retreat is visited by people from all over Malaysia now. Many have had their wishes fulfilled.
Very nice class going on in Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia. Learning Dharma is the key to overcoming our mind that is unsettled. Tsem Rinpoche
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Very nice class going on in Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia. Learning Dharma is the key to overcoming our mind that is unsettled. Tsem Rinpoche
Left to right: 103rd Gaden Tripa Lobsang Tenzin, Gaden Shartse Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche.
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Left to right: 103rd Gaden Tripa Lobsang Tenzin, Gaden Shartse Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche.
Tsem Rinpoche holding the young incarnation of Zong Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastery.
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Tsem Rinpoche holding the young incarnation of Zong Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastery.
In Gaden Monastery.

Left to right: Tenzin Trinley Rinpoche, Kari Kentrul Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche, Tsem Rinpoche, Gyalkhangtse Rinpoche, Kating Rinpoche and Genpa Rinpoche. Extreme right is the senior Dorje Shugden oracle of Gaden Monastery, Choyang Dulzin Kuten.
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In Gaden Monastery. Left to right: Tenzin Trinley Rinpoche, Kari Kentrul Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche, Tsem Rinpoche, Gyalkhangtse Rinpoche, Kating Rinpoche and Genpa Rinpoche. Extreme right is the senior Dorje Shugden oracle of Gaden Monastery, Choyang Dulzin Kuten.
Tsem Rinpoche with the Abbots of Gaden Jangtse Monastery and Gaden Shartse Monastery escorting a photo of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. This is in the main prayer hall of Gaden Monastery.
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Tsem Rinpoche with the Abbots of Gaden Jangtse Monastery and Gaden Shartse Monastery escorting a photo of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. This is in the main prayer hall of Gaden Monastery.
Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Monastery
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Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Monastery
My father Mr. Lobsang Gyatso and myself. He came to Gaden Monastery to visit me. While he was alive he lived in Taiwan. Tsem Rinpoche
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My father Mr. Lobsang Gyatso and myself. He came to Gaden Monastery to visit me. While he was alive he lived in Taiwan. Tsem Rinpoche
The most precious Buddha Shakyamuni of Tibet. He is called Jowo Rinpoche and He is in the central Cathedral of Lhasa, Tibet. All the crowns, earrings, necklaces and jewels were constructed and offered by Je Tsongkapa onto this Buddha 600 years ago. Tsem Rinpoche
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The most precious Buddha Shakyamuni of Tibet. He is called Jowo Rinpoche and He is in the central Cathedral of Lhasa, Tibet. All the crowns, earrings, necklaces and jewels were constructed and offered by Je Tsongkapa onto this Buddha 600 years ago. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge, I have something to share.
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Click on picture to enlarge, I have something to share.
This is how you can practice Tantric Buddhas without initiation or commitment- https://bit.ly/2PstN28
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This is how you can practice Tantric Buddhas without initiation or commitment- https://bit.ly/2PstN28
Many great lamas are pictured here together. I have met many of them and they are very learned and holy. Tsem Rinpoche
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Many great lamas are pictured here together. I have met many of them and they are very learned and holy. Tsem Rinpoche
Do share this picture message with friends.
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Do share this picture message with friends.
Faster, Faster!!! Can\'t you go any faster! We are late for our puja! Read on- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=179695
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Faster, Faster!!! Can't you go any faster! We are late for our puja! Read on- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=179695
Has Pastor David achieved enlightenment under the bodhi tree?
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Has Pastor David achieved enlightenment under the bodhi tree?
Very nice. Pastor Seng Piow\'s beautiful Kalarupa statue has finally arrived.
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Very nice. Pastor Seng Piow's beautiful Kalarupa statue has finally arrived.
Animals are made to suffer so much. We should never add to their sufferings. We should never beat, abuse, use, kill or eat them. We should be loving with them or just leave them to live their lives.~Tsem Rinpoche
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Animals are made to suffer so much. We should never add to their sufferings. We should never beat, abuse, use, kill or eat them. We should be loving with them or just leave them to live their lives.~Tsem Rinpoche
It will break your heart, but you need to see this- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=179733



Thank you, Tsem Rinpoche
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It will break your heart, but you need to see this- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=179733 Thank you, Tsem Rinpoche
Find out what happened to this baby- https://bit.ly/2RdxM4o
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Find out what happened to this baby- https://bit.ly/2RdxM4o
A very sad true story

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A very sad true story Please sign to help end animal experimentation: https://www.change.org/p/tell-neutrogena-to-stop-all-animal-testing
My grandaunt Nirgidma whom I have never met but learning more about her now. She lived and died in France. Tsem Rinpoche
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My grandaunt Nirgidma whom I have never met but learning more about her now. She lived and died in France. Tsem Rinpoche
Did you know we can grow vegetables under water contrary to need the bright sun, earth and on the surface? Very interesting- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=179595
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Did you know we can grow vegetables under water contrary to need the bright sun, earth and on the surface? Very interesting- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=179595
A very rare Buddha hardly seen. He is said to help us overcome laziness. Understand more- https://bit.ly/2EaEtk3
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A very rare Buddha hardly seen. He is said to help us overcome laziness. Understand more- https://bit.ly/2EaEtk3
 
 
When you are sleeping, do you get disturbed by supernatural entities or re-occurring dreams that are frightening? Do you sometimes feel a presence in the room with you when sleeping? I have something here that might help you as I have been asked many times about these occurrences. - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=179116
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When you are sleeping, do you get disturbed by supernatural entities or re-occurring dreams that are frightening? Do you sometimes feel a presence in the room with you when sleeping? I have something here that might help you as I have been asked many times about these occurrences. - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=179116
Foretelling the future in the Tibetan tradition- https://bit.ly/2AKzSl8
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Foretelling the future in the Tibetan tradition- https://bit.ly/2AKzSl8
Malaysian Brickfields Chief Monk Sri Dhammaratana Fosters Harmony with Tibetan Buddhism- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=178837
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Malaysian Brickfields Chief Monk Sri Dhammaratana Fosters Harmony with Tibetan Buddhism- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=178837
马来西亚十五碑锡兰佛寺达摩拉达纳长老与藏传佛教界建交- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=179077
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马来西亚十五碑锡兰佛寺达摩拉达纳长老与藏传佛教界建交- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=179077
For high resolution download of this beautiful artwork of Dorje Shugden, please click here: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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For high resolution download of this beautiful artwork of Dorje Shugden, please click here: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
A stupa built dedicated to Dorje Shugden in Tibet.
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A stupa built dedicated to Dorje Shugden in Tibet.
Repetitive Bad Dreams Disturbing Your Sleep?This might help you- https://bit.ly/2TTp8tw
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Repetitive Bad Dreams Disturbing Your Sleep?This might help you- https://bit.ly/2TTp8tw
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  • Nice cups from Kechara!!
    yesterday
    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    4 days ago
    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Chirping birds and other forest animals create a joyful melody at the Vajrayogini stupa in Kechara Forest Retreat (Bentong, Malaysia).
  • His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche makes offering of khata to Dorje Shugden.
    6 days ago
    His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche makes offering of khata to Dorje Shugden.
    Trijang Rinpoche never gave up his devotion to Dorje Shugden no matter how much Tibetan government in exile pressured him to give up. He stayed loyal inspiring so many of us.
  • Very rare video of His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche the 10th, the all knowing and compassionate one. I pay deep respects to this attained being who has taken many rebirths since the time of Lord Buddha to be of benefit to sentient beings tirelessly. Tsem Rinpoche
    7 days ago
    Very rare video of His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche the 10th, the all knowing and compassionate one. I pay deep respects to this attained being who has taken many rebirths since the time of Lord Buddha to be of benefit to sentient beings tirelessly. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This bigfoot researcher gives good reasonings on bigfoot. Interesting short video.
    7 days ago
    This bigfoot researcher gives good reasonings on bigfoot. Interesting short video.
  • His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Shartse Monastery was one of the teachers of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Here in this beautiful video is Geshe Kelsang Gyatso showing his centre to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, then proceeding to sit down to receive teachings. For more information- https://bit.ly/2QNac1u
    1 week ago
    His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Shartse Monastery was one of the teachers of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Here in this beautiful video is Geshe Kelsang Gyatso showing his centre to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, then proceeding to sit down to receive teachings. For more information- https://bit.ly/2QNac1u
  • Tsem Rinpoche’s dog, Oser girl always sits on Rinpoche’s chair. When Rinpoche’s other dog, Dharma tries to get into the chair, he is chased away. Oser is the boss. She is possessive. Cute.
    2 weeks ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s dog, Oser girl always sits on Rinpoche’s chair. When Rinpoche’s other dog, Dharma tries to get into the chair, he is chased away. Oser is the boss. She is possessive. Cute.
  • Lama Yeshe talks about how to practice at the beginning and at the end of each day during teachings given in London during the Lamas’ first European teaching tour in 1975. Lama Yeshe was a brilliant teacher and I wanted to share this with everyone so his teachings can reach more people. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 weeks ago
    Lama Yeshe talks about how to practice at the beginning and at the end of each day during teachings given in London during the Lamas’ first European teaching tour in 1975. Lama Yeshe was a brilliant teacher and I wanted to share this with everyone so his teachings can reach more people. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Our beautiful Dorje Shugden shop in the busiest part of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Many tourists visit our store and this area.
    3 weeks ago
    Our beautiful Dorje Shugden shop in the busiest part of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Many tourists visit our store and this area.
  • Living off the grid in Australia
    3 weeks ago
    Living off the grid in Australia
    A Jill Redwood is a jack of all trades, Jill built her own house on her property and lives entirely off the grid with no mains power or town water, mobile reception or television. Living on around $80 a week, Jill has over sixty animals to keep her company and an abundant garden that out serves as an organic supermarket right at her doorstep. Her main expenses are animal feed and the rates on her property. Watch this incredible three minute video and be inspired to live differently.
  • Kyabje Dagom Choktrul Rinpoche offering gold on a 350 year-old Dorje Shugden statue in his chapel in Lhasa. This is how Tibetans show homage and pay respect to a holy image. This chapel and statue of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa dedicated to Dorje Shugden was built by the Great 5th Dalai Lama. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 weeks ago
    Kyabje Dagom Choktrul Rinpoche offering gold on a 350 year-old Dorje Shugden statue in his chapel in Lhasa. This is how Tibetans show homage and pay respect to a holy image. This chapel and statue of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa dedicated to Dorje Shugden was built by the Great 5th Dalai Lama. Tsem Rinpoche
  • My sweet little Oser girl is so photogenic and adorable. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 weeks ago
    My sweet little Oser girl is so photogenic and adorable. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Heart Sutra sang by a monk for the modern crowd. Very interesting and beautiful. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 weeks ago
    Heart Sutra sang by a monk for the modern crowd. Very interesting and beautiful. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Submerging powerful mantra stones in water at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
    4 weeks ago
    Submerging powerful mantra stones in water at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
  • Wylfred explains in Chinese the benefits of mantra stones at Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia   |  黄明川以华语解释在马来西亚克切拉禅修林的玛尼堆(刻有心咒的石头)的利益
    4 weeks ago
    Wylfred explains in Chinese the benefits of mantra stones at Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia | 黄明川以华语解释在马来西亚克切拉禅修林的玛尼堆(刻有心咒的石头)的利益
  • My Oser girl and Dharma boy love the verandah where they can see the greens. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 weeks ago
    My Oser girl and Dharma boy love the verandah where they can see the greens. Tsem Rinpoche
  • If there were more schools like this, then our kids would grow up with more caring awareness and kind emotions towards our environment and the people around them. They would grow up knowing that chasing materialism is not going to bring any happiness. I hope very much more schools like this would materialise. I hope in my future life I can attend a school like this. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 month ago
    If there were more schools like this, then our kids would grow up with more caring awareness and kind emotions towards our environment and the people around them. They would grow up knowing that chasing materialism is not going to bring any happiness. I hope very much more schools like this would materialise. I hope in my future life I can attend a school like this. Tsem Rinpoche
  • My Oser girl and Dharma boy in their cosy little bedroom next to me sleeping away. Cute.
    1 month ago
    My Oser girl and Dharma boy in their cosy little bedroom next to me sleeping away. Cute.
  • It is incredible how smart Oser girl is. She can steal the treat away from Dharma boy and so casually. Wow. She is so smart. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 months ago
    It is incredible how smart Oser girl is. She can steal the treat away from Dharma boy and so casually. Wow. She is so smart. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Kechara Forest Retreat Dogs. Dharma boy is tiny and trying to scare off big boy Johnny. Johnny is so patient and just ignores Dharma. They are both cute and both live in Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 months ago
    Kechara Forest Retreat Dogs. Dharma boy is tiny and trying to scare off big boy Johnny. Johnny is so patient and just ignores Dharma. They are both cute and both live in Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia. Tsem Rinpoche
  • BREAKING EYEWITNESS FOOTAGE: Workers violently punched, kicked, cussed out, & left sheep to die on dozens of Scottish farms 💔 Sheep bled after rough shearing & were stitched up without painkillers.–From Peta2
    2 months ago
    BREAKING EYEWITNESS FOOTAGE: Workers violently punched, kicked, cussed out, & left sheep to die on dozens of Scottish farms 💔 Sheep bled after rough shearing & were stitched up without painkillers.–From Peta2
  • Super cute seal and so gentle. Must watch this video and realize we are all one. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 months ago
    Super cute seal and so gentle. Must watch this video and realize we are all one. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Legendary Heart sings “Stairway to Heaven” in tribute to Led Zeppelin. Incredible tribute and rendition. Everyone is blown away. TR
    2 months ago
    Legendary Heart sings “Stairway to Heaven” in tribute to Led Zeppelin. Incredible tribute and rendition. Everyone is blown away. TR
  • In a low-income neighbourhood, this man is growing his own organic produce, and giving extras away for free to neighbours who can’t afford fresh ingredients from the store. Must watch!
    2 months ago
    In a low-income neighbourhood, this man is growing his own organic produce, and giving extras away for free to neighbours who can’t afford fresh ingredients from the store. Must watch!
  • Neat little video
    2 months ago
    Neat little video
  • It is nice to see sangha release animals into the wild. Gen Kunchok Palden and Chodrak contributed to releasing of frogs back into the wild. This is wonderful. Compassion is the mainstay of all spirituality. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 months ago
    It is nice to see sangha release animals into the wild. Gen Kunchok Palden and Chodrak contributed to releasing of frogs back into the wild. This is wonderful. Compassion is the mainstay of all spirituality. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This is a special ‘carpet’ for dogs that you hide their snacks and they have to go digging for it. It is challenging and fun where they use their nose, paws and all to dig and find the snacks in between. This dog play carpet is ordered online. You can see little Zopa baby who is a Kechara resident doggie looking for the snacks in this cute video. She is kept busy and entertained! Tsem Rinpoche
    2 months ago
    This is a special ‘carpet’ for dogs that you hide their snacks and they have to go digging for it. It is challenging and fun where they use their nose, paws and all to dig and find the snacks in between. This dog play carpet is ordered online. You can see little Zopa baby who is a Kechara resident doggie looking for the snacks in this cute video. She is kept busy and entertained! Tsem Rinpoche
  • Kechara Forest Retreat in Bentong, Malaysia’s dog Pema is super adorable and cute. Everyone loves her. She is wearing a Manjushri blessing pendant.
    3 months ago
    Kechara Forest Retreat in Bentong, Malaysia’s dog Pema is super adorable and cute. Everyone loves her. She is wearing a Manjushri blessing pendant.
  • Spontaneous trance in Tibet by powerful healing Protector Dorje Shugden of a monk who usually takes trance.
    3 months ago
    Spontaneous trance in Tibet by powerful healing Protector Dorje Shugden of a monk who usually takes trance.
  • 喀切玛波向詹杜固仁波切献供养
    3 months ago
    喀切玛波向詹杜固仁波切献供养
    喀切玛波护法降神,向詹杜固仁波切献供曼扎及身语意之供养,同时也加持马来西亚克切拉禅修林道场。喀切玛波护法乃古时候的紫玛护法,他是藏地首座佛教寺院桑耶寺的护法神
  • This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    1 years ago
    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    This video is thought-provoking and very interesting. Watch! Thanks so much to our friends at LIVEKINDLY.
  • Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
    1 years ago
    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
  • BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
    1 years ago
    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
    1 years ago
    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
  • Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
    1 years ago
    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
  • Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    1 years ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
  • Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
    1 years ago
    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
  • Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
    1 years ago
    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
    1 years ago
    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
  • Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
    1 years ago
    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    1 years ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    1 years ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    1 years ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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Thanks, Astro team for volunteering with us. They delivered monthly provisions to urban poor families. Join us if you’re interested by dropping us a WhatsApp message at 010-3333260. ❤️ #Kechara #foodbank #urbanpoor - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thanks, Astro team for volunteering with us. They delivered monthly provisions to urban poor families. Join us if you’re interested by dropping us a WhatsApp message at 010-3333260. ❤️ #Kechara #foodbank #urbanpoor - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
This is the first time Mr Raymond Chew attend our Chinese DS puja in Ipoh. Yee Mun (KISG)
yesterday
This is the first time Mr Raymond Chew attend our Chinese DS puja in Ipoh. Yee Mun (KISG)
Nice to see people committed to attend our monthly Chinese Dorje Shugden puja. Yee Mun (KISG)
yesterday
Nice to see people committed to attend our monthly Chinese Dorje Shugden puja. Yee Mun (KISG)
Throwback KSDS Graduation 2018 - Registration counter getting ready to register for parents attending the event. Lin Mun KSDS
2 days ago
Throwback KSDS Graduation 2018 - Registration counter getting ready to register for parents attending the event. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback KSDS Graduation 2018 - Nice arrangement from Louise. Glad that we collaborate with gift team for KSDS event. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback KSDS Graduation 2018 - Nice arrangement from Louise. Glad that we collaborate with gift team for KSDS event. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback KSDS Graduation 2018 - Long time no see and it’s great time to catch up. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback KSDS Graduation 2018 - Long time no see and it’s great time to catch up. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback KSDS Graduation 2018 - Great technical team who gave us nice music and slide show. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback KSDS Graduation 2018 - Great technical team who gave us nice music and slide show. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback KSDS Graduation 2018 - Teacher Asyley having a light moment with children before performance. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback KSDS Graduation 2018 - Teacher Asyley having a light moment with children before performance. Lin Mun KSDS
So glad to see family members involve in dharma work together. Lin Mun KSDS
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So glad to see family members involve in dharma work together. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback KSDS Graduation 2018 - Let’s go team, together we will do a great show :) , Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback KSDS Graduation 2018 - Let’s go team, together we will do a great show :) , Lin Mun KSDS
Mr. Cheah Fook Wan offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa & all Buddhas before the prayer session started. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
2 days ago
Mr. Cheah Fook Wan offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa & all Buddhas before the prayer session started. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Glian Sim has offered a cup of tea to Rinpoche’s shrine on behalf of KISG. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
2 days ago
Glian Sim has offered a cup of tea to Rinpoche’s shrine on behalf of KISG. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
KISG has completed a session of prayer recitations to Mother Tara in Ipoh today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
2 days ago
KISG has completed a session of prayer recitations to Mother Tara in Ipoh today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Wow! JB Kechara office is receiving 5 desktop computers from our sponsors. Now the urban poor children can learn to use computers. Now the passionate volunteers can burn the mid night oil in the office planning, coordinating and review events. Thanks to our sponsors, Style Vision, Meadow IT, KS IT, Grex Multimedia, New Century, Ascentouch, Softcom, E cube, Via Global, Edmond, Nelly, Jasmine, Bill Kee, DML Beauty, Goh and Team for providing us with such an awesome convenience and cool facilities. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
3 days ago
Wow! JB Kechara office is receiving 5 desktop computers from our sponsors. Now the urban poor children can learn to use computers. Now the passionate volunteers can burn the mid night oil in the office planning, coordinating and review events. Thanks to our sponsors, Style Vision, Meadow IT, KS IT, Grex Multimedia, New Century, Ascentouch, Softcom, E cube, Via Global, Edmond, Nelly, Jasmine, Bill Kee, DML Beauty, Goh and Team for providing us with such an awesome convenience and cool facilities. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
4 days ago
1984 Los Angeles- Left to right: Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, monk assistant to Zong Rinpoche and the 18 year old Tsem Rinpoche prior to ordination.
7 days ago
1984 Los Angeles- Left to right: Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, monk assistant to Zong Rinpoche and the 18 year old Tsem Rinpoche prior to ordination.
Very nice class going on in Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia. Learning Dharma is the key to overcoming our mind that is unsettled. Tsem Rinpoche
7 days ago
Very nice class going on in Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia. Learning Dharma is the key to overcoming our mind that is unsettled. Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche holding the young incarnation of Zong Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastery.
7 days ago
Tsem Rinpoche holding the young incarnation of Zong Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Monastery.
Left to right: 103rd Gaden Tripa Lobsang Tenzin, Gaden Shartse Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche.
7 days ago
Left to right: 103rd Gaden Tripa Lobsang Tenzin, Gaden Shartse Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche.
In Gaden Monastery. Left to right: Tenzin Trinley Rinpoche, Kari Kentrul Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche, Tsem Rinpoche, Gyalkhangtse Rinpoche, Kating Rinpoche and Genpa Rinpoche. Extreme right is the senior Dorje Shugden oracle of Gaden Monastery, Choyang Dulzin Kuten.
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In Gaden Monastery. Left to right: Tenzin Trinley Rinpoche, Kari Kentrul Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche, Tsem Rinpoche, Gyalkhangtse Rinpoche, Kating Rinpoche and Genpa Rinpoche. Extreme right is the senior Dorje Shugden oracle of Gaden Monastery, Choyang Dulzin Kuten.
Tsem Rinpoche with the Abbots of Gaden Jangtse Monastery and Gaden Shartse Monastery escorting a photo of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. This is in the main prayer hall of Gaden Monastery.
7 days ago
Tsem Rinpoche with the Abbots of Gaden Jangtse Monastery and Gaden Shartse Monastery escorting a photo of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. This is in the main prayer hall of Gaden Monastery.
Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Monastery.
7 days ago
Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Monastery.
Tsem Rinpoche's father Mr. Lobsang Gyatso and Rinpoche. He came to Gaden Monastery to visit Rinpoche. While he was alive he lived in Taiwan.
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Tsem Rinpoche's father Mr. Lobsang Gyatso and Rinpoche. He came to Gaden Monastery to visit Rinpoche. While he was alive he lived in Taiwan.
Tsem Rinpoche's father with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The little girl is Rinpoche's brother's daughter. Her name is Tara.
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Tsem Rinpoche's father with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The little girl is Rinpoche's brother's daughter. Her name is Tara.
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