7 Strange Questions That Help You Find Your Life Purpose

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Dear friends,

I found this article very applicable to questions we do really need to ask ourselves. Questions that perhaps only we can answer for ourselves. You should really read this article twice and be totally realistic in what it says. Does it apply to ourselves and if so how? When we face the truth, we should not avoid it, but meet it head on. Most importantly, do something about the truth and not just wave it away.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


7 Strange Questions That Help You Find Your Life Purpose

September 18, 2014 by Mark Manson

One day, when my brother was 18, he waltzed into the living room and proudly announced to my mother and me that one day he was going to be a senator. My mom probably gave him the “That’s nice, dear,” treatment while I’m sure I was distracted by a bowl of Cheerios or something.

But for fifteen years, this purpose informed all of my brother’s life decisions: what he studied in school, where he chose to live, who he connected with and even what he did with many of his vacations and weekends.

And now, after almost half a lifetime of work later, he’s the chairman of a major political party in his city and the youngest judge in the state. In the next few years, he hopes to run for office for the first time.

Don’t get me wrong. My brother is a freak. This basically never happens.

Most of us have no clue what we want to do with our lives. Even after we finish school. Even after we get a job. Even after we’re making money. Between ages 18 and 25, I changed career aspirations more often than I changed my underwear. And even after I had a business, it wasn’t until I was 28 that I clearly defined what I wanted for my life.

Chances are you’re more like me and have no clue what you want to do. It’s a struggle almost every adult goes through. “What do I want to do with my life?” “What am I passionate about?” “What do I not suck at?” I often receive emails from people in their 40s and 50s who still have no clue what they want to do with themselves.

Part of the problem is the concept of “life purpose” itself. The idea that we were each born for some higher purpose and it’s now our cosmic mission to find it. This is the same kind of shitty logic used to justify things like spirit crystals or that your lucky number is 34 (but only on Tuesdays or during full moons).

Here’s the truth. We exist on this earth for some undetermined period of time. During that time we do things. Some of these things are important. Some of them are unimportant. And those important things give our lives meaning and happiness. The unimportant ones basically just kill time.

So when people say, “What should I do with my life?” or “What is my life purpose?” what they’re actually asking is: “What can I do with my time that is important?”

This is an infinitely better question to ask. It’s far more manageable and it doesn’t have all of the ridiculous baggage that the “life purpose” question does. There’s no reason for you to be contemplating the cosmic significance of your life while sitting on your couch all day eating Doritos. Rather, you should be getting off your ass and discovering what feels important to you.

One of the most common email questions I get is people asking me what they should do with their lives, what their “life purpose” is. This is an impossible question for me to answer. After all, for all I know, this person is really into knitting sweaters for kittens or filming gay bondage porn in their basement. I have no clue. Who am I to say what’s right or what’s important to them?

But after some research, I have put together a series of questions to help you figure out for yourself what is important to you and what can add more meaning to your life.

These questions are by no means exhaustive or definitive. In fact, they’re a little bit ridiculous. But I made them that way because discovering purpose in our lives should be something that’s fun and interesting, not a chore.

 

1. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE FLAVOR OF SHIT SANDWICH AND DOES IT COME WITH AN OLIVE?

Ah, yes. The all-important question. What flavor of shit sandwich would you like to eat? Because here’s the sticky little truth about life that they don’t tell you at high school pep rallies:

Everything sucks, some of the time.

Now, that probably sounds incredibly pessimistic of me. And you may be thinking, “Hey Mr. Manson, turn that frown upside down.” But I actually think this is a liberating idea.

Everything involves sacrifice. Everything includes some sort of cost. Nothing is pleasurable or uplifting all of the time. So the question becomes: what struggle or sacrifice are you willing to tolerate? Ultimately, what determines our ability to stick with something we care about is our ability to handle the rough patches and ride out the inevitable rotten days.

If you want to be a brilliant tech entrepreneur, but you can’t handle failure, then you’re not going to make it far. If you want to be a professional artist, but you aren’t willing to see your work rejected hundreds, if not thousands of times, then you’re done before you start. If you want to be a hotshot court lawyer, but can’t stand the 80-hour workweeks, then I’ve got bad news for you.

turd-sandwich What unpleasant experiences are you able to handle? Are you able to stay up all night coding? Are you able to put off starting a family for 10 years? Are you able to have people laugh you off the stage over and over again until you get it right?

What shit sandwich do you want to eat? Because we all get served one eventually.

Might as well pick one with an olive.

 

2. WHAT IS TRUE ABOUT YOU TODAY THAT WOULD MAKE YOUR 8-YEAR-OLD SELF CRY?

When I was a child, I used to write stories. I used to sit in my room for hours by myself, writing away, about aliens, about superheroes, about great warriors, about my friends and family. Not because I wanted anyone to read it. Not because I wanted to impress my parents or teachers. But for the sheer joy of it.

And then, for some reason, I stopped. And I don’t remember why.

We all have a tendency to lose touch with what we loved as a child. Something about the social pressures of adolescence and professional pressures of young adulthood squeezes the passion out of us. We’re taught that the only reason to do something is if we’re somehow rewarded for it.

It wasn’t until I was in my mid-20s that I rediscovered how much I loved writing. And it wasn’t until I started my business that I remembered how much I enjoyed building websites — something I did in my early teens, just for fun.

The funny thing though, is that if my 8-year-old self had asked my 20-year-old self, “Why don’t you write anymore?” and I replied, “Because I’m not good at it,” or “Because nobody would read what I write,” or “Because you can’t make money doing that,” not only would I have been completely wrong, but that 8-year-old boy version of myself would have probably started crying.

 

3. WHAT MAKES YOU FORGET TO EAT AND POOP?

We’ve all had that experience where we get so wrapped up in something that minutes turn into hours and hours turn into “Holy crap, I forgot to have dinner.”

Supposedly, in his prime, Isaac Newton’s mother had to regularly come in and remind him to eat because he would go entire days so absorbed in his work that he would forget.

I used to be like that with video games. This probably wasn’t a good thing. In fact, for many years it was kind of a problem. I would sit and play video games instead of doing more important things like studying for an exam, or showering regularly, or speaking to other humans face-to-face.

It wasn’t until I gave up the games that I realized my passion wasn’t for the games themselves (although I do love them). My passion is for improvement, being good at something and then trying to get better. The games themselves — the graphics, the stories — they were cool, but I can easily live without them. It’s the competition — with others, but especially with myself — that I thrive on.

And when I applied that obsessiveness for improvement and self-competition to an internet business and to my writing, well, things took off in a big way.

Maybe for you, it’s something else. Maybe it’s organizing things efficiently, or getting lost in a fantasy world, or teaching somebody something, or solving technical problems. Whatever it is, don’t just look at the activities that keep you up all night, but look at the cognitive principles behind those activities that enthrall you. Because they can easily be applied elsewhere.

 

4. HOW CAN YOU BETTER EMBARRASS YOURSELF?

Before you are able to be good at something and do something important, you must first suck at something and have no clue what you’re doing. That’s pretty obvious. And in order to suck at something and have no clue what you’re doing, you must embarrass yourself in some shape or form, often repeatedly. And most people try to avoid embarrassing themselves, namely because it sucks.

Ergo, due to the transitive property of awesomeness, if you avoid anything that could potentially embarrass you, then you will never end up doing something that feels important.

Yes, it seems that once again, it all comes back to vulnerability.

Right now, there’s something you want to do, something you think about doing, something you fantasize about doing, yet you don’t do it. You have your reasons, no doubt. And you repeat these reasons to yourself ad infinitum.

But what are those reasons? Because I can tell you right now that if those reasons are based on what others would think, then you’re screwing yourself over big time.

If your reasons are something like, “I can’t start a business because spending time with my kids is more important to me,” or “Playing Starcraft all day would probably interfere with my music, and music is more important to me,” then OK. Sounds good.

But if your reasons are, “My parents would hate it,” or “My friends would make fun of me,” or “If I failed, I’d look like an idiot,” then chances are, you’re actually avoiding something you truly care about because caring about that thing is what scares the shit out of you, not what mom thinks or what Timmy next door says.

 

Living a life avoiding embarrassment is akin to living a life with your head in the sand.

 

Great things are, by their very nature, unique and unconventional. Therefore, to achieve them, we must go against the herd mentality. And to do that is scary.

Embrace embarrassment. Feeling foolish is part of the path to achieving something important, something meaningful. The more a major life decision scares you, chances are the more you need to be doing it.

 

5. HOW ARE YOU GOING TO SAVE THE WORLD?

In case you haven’t seen the news lately, the world has a few problems. And by “a few problems,” what I really mean is, “everything is fucked and we’re all going to die.”

I’ve harped on this before, and the research also bears it out, but to live a happy and healthy life, we must hold on to values that are greater than our own pleasure or satisfaction.1

So pick a problem and start saving the world. There are plenty to choose from. Our screwed up education systems, economic development, domestic violence, mental health care, governmental corruption. Hell, I just saw an article this morning on sex trafficking in the US and it got me all riled up and wishing I could do something. It also ruined my breakfast.

Find a problem you care about and start solving it. Obviously, you’re not going to fix the world’s problems by yourself. But you can contribute and make a difference. And that feeling of making a difference is ultimately what’s most important for your own happiness and fulfillment.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. “Gee Mark, I read all of this horrible stuff and I get all pissed off too, but that doesn’t translate to action, much less a new career path.”

Glad you asked…

 

6. GUN TO YOUR HEAD, IF YOU HAD TO LEAVE THE HOUSE ALL DAY, EVERY DAY, WHERE WOULD YOU GO AND WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

For many of us, the enemy is just old-fashioned complacency. We get into our routines. We distract ourselves. The couch is comfortable. The Doritos are cheesy. And nothing new happens.

This is a problem.

What most people don’t understand is that passion is the result of action, not the cause of it.2, 3

Discovering what you’re passionate about in life and what matters to you is a full-contact sport, a trial-and-error process. None of us know exactly how we feel about an activity until we actually do the activity.

So ask yourself, if someone put a gun to your head and forced you to leave your house every day for everything except for sleep, how would you choose to occupy yourself? And no, you can’t just go sit in a coffee shop and browse Facebook. You probably already do that. Let’s pretend there are no useless websites, no video games, no TV. You have to be outside of the house all day every day until it’s time to go to bed — where would you go and what would you do?

Sign up for a dance class? Join a book club? Go get another degree? Invent a new form of irrigation system that can save the thousands of children’s lives in rural Africa? Learn to hang glide?

What would you do with all of that time?

If it strikes your fancy, write down a few answers and then, you know, go out and actually do them. Bonus points if it involves embarrassing yourself.

 

7. IF YOU KNEW YOU WERE GOING TO DIE ONE YEAR FROM TODAY, WHAT WOULD YOU DO AND HOW WOULD YOU WANT TO BE REMEMBERED?

Most of us don’t like thinking about death. It freaks us out. But thinking about our own death surprisingly has a lot of practical advantages. One of those advantages is that it forces us to zero in on what’s actually important in our lives and what’s just frivolous and distracting.

When I was in college, I used to walk around and ask people, “If you had a year to live, what would you do?” As you can imagine, I was a huge hit at parties. A lot of people gave vague and boring answers. A few drinks were nearly spit on me. But it did cause people to really think about their lives in a different way and re-evaluate what their priorities were.

 

This man’s headstone will read: “Here lies Greg. He watched every episode of ’24’… twice.”

 

What is your legacy going to be? What are the stories people are going to tell when you’re gone? What is your obituary going to say? Is there anything to say at all? If not, what would you like it to say? How can you start working towards that today?

And again, if you fantasize about your obituary saying a bunch of badass shit that impresses a bunch of random other people, then again, you’re failing here.

When people feel like they have no sense of direction, no purpose in their life, it’s because they don’t know what’s important to them, they don’t know what their values are.

And when you don’t know what your values are, then you’re essentially taking on other people’s values and living other people’s priorities instead of your own. This is a one-way ticket to unhealthy relationships and eventual misery.

Discovering one’s “purpose” in life essentially boils down to finding those one or two things that are bigger than yourself, and bigger than those around you. And to find them you must get off your couch and act, and take the time to think beyond yourself, to think greater than yourself, and paradoxically, to imagine a world without yourself.

 

Footnotes
1.Sagiv, L., & Schwartz, S. H. (2000). Value priorities and subjective well-being: direct relations and congruity effects. European Journal of Social Psychology, 30(2), 177–198.↵
2.Wrzesniewski, A., McCauley, C., Rozin, P., & Schwartz, B. (1997). Jobs, careers, and callings: People’s relations to their work. Journal of Research in Personality, 31(1), 21–33.↵
3.Newport, C. (2012). So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love. Business Plus.↵
 

[Source: http://markmanson.net/life-purpose/]

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  1. Yee Yin on Nov 3, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    It is true that many of us, even when we are in our 40’s or 50’s we still don’t know what we want in our lives and we are lost. What the author said is quite right, the reason why we have no purpose in life is because we don’t know what is important to us and we don’t see our values. When this happens, we don’t live for our purpose but we live for other people’s expectation or values. This is not healthy because it may lead to depression.

    We must have purpose in our life or what we want to achieve. When we have the goal, we will have the direction and things to do in order to achieve our goal, this motivates us to move forward and further every day.

  2. Loh Yun Seen on Jan 8, 2019 at 9:05 am

    These questions hit just right on the bull’s eye. For majority of us, we are just living our lives what other people think we should. We are too afraid to be different from others and as a result we have to force ourselves to live our lives in a way that can meet others’ expectations so that we can blend into the so called ‘society’. This thinking has made us a habit whereby we use to take others’ views on us fare more serious than our own feelings and aims.

    Furthermore, to get out from our comfort zones is also something killing for most of us. When we talk about achieving success, most of us are only talking about an easy success that we can easily achieve by staying within our own comfort zone. When we are required to get out from there so that we can achieve something different and bigger, we can always provide ourselves with hundreds if not thousands of reasons why the idea is not working.

    As such, when these seven questions may be useful in assisting us to seek for our life purposes, we must also add in an extra question which is:-

    ARE YOU BRAVE ENOUGH TO GO FOR IT IF YOU EVER FIND YOUR LIFE PURPOSE?

    Sometimes, we may not be lost in our life but we are just not brave enough to act.

  3. james on Jan 3, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    For some, these questions are ‘hit right on the head’. Most doesn’t truly know their true purpose in life, they have a rough idea what they want to do when they grow up or what they want to do when they are at certain age, but they do now know how to achieve it. Generally speaking is, work hard at it.
    For some that have high status or already have what they dream of, have they really ‘achieved’ their purpose in life? They are still struggling either at work, family or even personal life.
    Bottom line is, we need to spread the dharma & to help others to practice.

  4. Julia Tan on Dec 28, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    Purpose in life.. I had one when I was little but when I grow older and older, I found that purpose that I had has gone very far away from me and it’s like so hard to achieve and it wasn’t that important to me anymore. I was distracted with too many things that I want instead of I need. i was too busy and too tired chasing what I thought was important and I forgot about my purpose i used to have and the value I used to see in myself.

    Today I found my purpose of life back. This purpose changed my life to the way I’ve never thought it would be but I’m sure about it bacause, it’s not about what I want but it’s about what others need.

    Meditating on death is the best way of motivating ourselves to be determine with what we want to achieve in our lives. There are many little little things that we can contribute and do everyday that will make the world a better place and change others life or to make others happy. Many things can be done without money, without being rich, without a degree or without a creative mind etc. You don’t have to be somebody. Just believe in yourself. There’s a value inside waiting to be open up. what u need to do it to nurture it. Just like a seed will only sprout when there’s soil and water. That tiny little leaf will change your life and the world.

    My gratitude to my Guru who showed me his compassion and showed me hope toward the real purpose in my life and opened up my heart to see the value of myself.

  5. Samfoonheei on Dec 27, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    Everybody has wondered at one time or another why they exist. What is the purpose in life? Many people spending time searching for their purpose in life and come to many different conclusions. Is there even a purpose in life. Every of us have a different view and purpose . Some of us find that the meaning of life is to have a career, get married, and raise a family. To me it’s not about some great achievement, but merely finding a way to spend our limited amount of time well. Life is short we must spent our time wisely and do something with purpose and do it with determination then it is fruitful. To me every problem we have is an opportunity to discover more about our purpose, providing us with a joy and happiness. Reading the strange questions it could helps us to gain insight to know more and will trigger our minds to contemplate deeper.
    Thank you so much Rinpoche for sharing this article .

  6. Pastor Chia on Dec 26, 2018 at 9:12 am

    When i was young, i use to ask myself what is the purpose of ĺife and i want to use it more meaning not just waste it and do nothing to benifit other. I start serching the answer until i met buddhism which give more strange to improve my knowledge through practing the dharma. No matter what you do, never give up and precue
    your dream, have scence of humanity around you, respect other living being, religion and their race. Get in touch with others. You will feel them, in cluding yourself the meaning of life. We all independer each other living in this life.

  7. Mingwen on Dec 26, 2018 at 8:47 am

    “You only live once, YOLO” indeed, we only live once with the present body & environment but I believe we will definetely come back as another living form or in other realm after we passed on.

    Hence, we should not think that what we do that are causing harms to others will not come back to in later in this life or future lives. We should appreciate every moment of living & do our best to live without regret.

  8. June Kang on Dec 26, 2018 at 8:12 am

    When we were young, we always plan what we want to be, along the way we may face difficulties and we may start to think what is the purpose of life. Most of us ended with not sure what we are doing. I have at one stage find life had no meaning to me. To me, the best question to ask is what can I do for the rest of my life to benefit ownself and others, at least you will start doing something and then move on instead of keep thinking what is the purpose of life. And reading this article will help to refresh yourself and make your plan move smoothly.

  9. Tek Lee on Dec 26, 2018 at 2:36 am

    These indeed are the questions that strike our mind like lightning. But as everyone of us always busy with our daily routine and our daily activities, we tend to forget what are we looking for in life? We even tend to forget what we like in our childhood. As long as we can spend time, sit down, meditate, and contemplate, all these questions will slowly strike our mind. Meditation is one of the good methods that helps us to contemplate our life.

  10. Justin Cheah on Dec 26, 2018 at 1:20 am

    Sometimes people don’t really remember why is the purpose of life or rather their real purpose in life. As time goes by, one can potentially sway away from their original “purpose” too. These 7 questions are thought provoking and it does help me to think deeper into what is my real purpose in life.

  11. Andrea Lai on Dec 26, 2018 at 1:20 am

    To me, the purpose of life should be meaningful. Whether what we had done wrong or right in our pass, we realized and change to be better. Forgive those who had given us bitter life and care for them because these people needed our love most. In hope they will perceived, changed and transform to be better. I believe help improving one person thoughts, abilities and as well as ourselves are the most valuable thing. 💪

  12. Pastor Henry Ooi on Dec 26, 2018 at 12:21 am

    These seven questions may seem strange but thought provoking because they made me think deeper about my life. What my life had been as a child, a teenager, a young adult, a middle aged and aging person. What have I done, what I am doing, what will I be doing.

  13. Vivian Ong on Dec 26, 2018 at 12:17 am

    Sometimes we really to ask ourselves some questions like what we want to do in our life or what do we want to achieve in life. These kind of questions will trigger our minds to contemplate deeper so that we can make the decisions for our live.

  14. nicholas on Dec 25, 2018 at 11:32 pm

    Discovering the purpose of life make us live our life meaningfully and more focus. In deed it’s not a simple question for some, but it’s a good question for us to understand ourselves better and to think further what we want to do for our remaining life. As a Buddhist to be in service to benefit others is my purpose of life. Focus out and give a hand for those needed is fulfilling. Knowing the life span of our existent is undetermined so we need must be firm with what we want and learn up how to spend our time for it. We can’t determine when our time will arrive but we can determine what and how to prepare ourselves before it come.

  15. Datuk May on Dec 25, 2018 at 11:26 pm

    Reading this article made me reflect on how I had led my life without much consideration of any thing else except my own satisfaction of achievements, until I realised that I did have a vision of how I want to have something that last for the sake of others living to the best of who they can be.

    I discovered my vision when I was around 53 years old, having attended an intensive adult experiential training which also highlighted to me my impatience with people and how I would escape such experiences by the method of avoidance by mere deletion. That had been my way of coping with not realising my vision and also my indifference to find some level of wisdom to achieve the premise of creating the ability to cope with and guide with my personal experience.

    In answering the above 7 questions points to my inept methods of taking responsibility to achieve my goal in life. That is to do my best without expectations so that someone can strive to be the best of who they are without a standard set in my mind.

    To achieve the goal of being in support for others to excel, I have learnt that it is to be without my preset standards and expectations but rather just to create the space whereby excelling is in others own journey and joy of learning.

    It is never easy to find acceptance of all things until we are passionate about what is our goal and purpose in life. I may not have developed to perfection of myself in achieving my purpose in life but I am more at peace in my own journey of discovery.

    What will be my legacy when I die, only answers from those who had been in my space will the answers be known.

  16. pammie yap on Dec 25, 2018 at 11:08 pm

    My definition of life purpose is doing the things that matter now and in the future. Well, some of us have more purposes. Spiritually, secularly or both. I believe that both are equally important as it balances my thoughts and purposes. On the spiritual side, I get to think ‘rationally’ on things that I do. Weighing how spiritual it would be before making decisions yet at the same time how it would benefit me secularly. Nevertheless, most important is the motivation that the spiritual side serve. Something we will look back as we get older and be proud of what we did.

  17. Katie Choong on Dec 23, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    Thank you for sharing! 👍 It helps to gain insight to know which values and goals activate one’s willpower. While living, our minds and bodies are constantly being bombarded with external inputs via our 5 senses. It is good to consciously take control and add some high quality inputs to life.

  18. Stella Cheang on Feb 7, 2018 at 11:23 am

    As random as these seven questions may seem, they somewhat make us think about the priorities we are giving to several aspect in life. The questions also helps to stimulate some thoughts on what motivate us or what trigger us to get out of our routine to try something different. Would it the ambition to try save the world, or the knowledge of impending death, or perhaps a forgotten passion, or even the embarrassment of achieving nothing? Some good questions to ponder. Thank you for this sharing.

  19. Lim Han Nee on Sep 7, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this very interesting and profound article.

    As we grow up, sooner or later , we will be confronted by someone, a relative or friend, who will ask us about what we want to do with our lives. If we have an answer already, it is usually an answer that conforms with the norms society has set for us.More often than not, one’s life’s purpose as dictated by society,does not ultimately bring us happiness. Instead more frustrations and disillusionment, if we are to be honest about it.

    Hence these 7 questions are great because they make us probe our minds and find out, in truth, what should be our life’s purpose. Ultimately, we will find out that we have to have a vision that is bigger than ourselves and to go beyond ourselves. We have to see that what society says should be the goal of our lives is essentially about the pursuit of SELF happiness and about realising the conventional dream of our making good in life -BECOMING RICH AND FAMOUS. It is better that we realise the falsity and hopelessness of this dream now than to go all the way in life to pursue it and crash and then it may b too late.

    It is best that we look at this link https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/this-will-change-your-life.html
    and face the reality now; so we can set ourselves to embark on a meaningful purpose of life.

  20. Joey Tan on Aug 17, 2017 at 11:37 pm

    1.WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE FLAVOR OF SHIT SANDWICH AND DOES IT COME WITH AN OLIVE?
    2. WHAT IS TRUE ABOUT YOU TODAY THAT WOULD MAKE YOUR 8-YEAR-OLD SELF CRY?
    3. WHAT MAKES YOU FORGET TO EAT AND POOP?
    4. HOW CAN YOU BETTER EMBARRASS YOURSELF?
    5. HOW ARE YOU GOING TO SAVE THE WORLD?
    6. GUN TO YOUR HEAD, IF YOU HAD TO LEAVE THE HOUSE ALL DAY, EVERY DAY, WHERE WOULD YOU GO AND WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
    7. IF YOU KNEW YOU WERE GOING TO DIE ONE YEAR FROM TODAY, WHAT WOULD YOU DO AND HOW WOULD YOU WANT TO BE REMEMBERED?

    7 interesting questions that I never ask myself before. The last question is a good question because everyone will surely gone from the earth, thus how would you want to be remember? This let me think for a while… thanks for sharing this article.

    • Pastor Adeline Woon on Aug 18, 2017 at 6:25 am

      I remember vaguely that I have read this post three years ago. The picture of Greg refreshed my memories :p Thanks to your comment that I am reading this again and I must say it is more apt than ever!

      I have asked my 8 year old, actually it felt like 5, what matters most and what have I long forgotten because of peer pressures, low self-esteem and wrong values. There were things I wanted to do that I fear doing after 30 over years of me telling myself that I will never be good at, the fear of failing and looking completely stupid. Opsh, did I not just disclosed my age? LOL

      The main issue here is me creating all obstacles within myself, convincing myself to stay comfortably within my fear and live life taking on other people’s values and priorities which obviously strongly objected by my 5 year old. The powerful thing is, somehow or another, the 5 year old has managed to get me to where I meant to be and it is now up to the 30 year old to openly face it and do something about it. If the 30 year old chooses to ignore it, she can be on the right path but will end up doing all the wrong thing. This is a result of avoiding doing what is necessary or to fulfil the life purpose.

      My point is we all know what we are meant to be doing – the opposite of what we are unhappy about our current situation. If we claimed we don’t, changes are we are avoiding the fact that we have allowed ourselves hiding in our fear behind the smallest and insignificant things like a TV programme, video games, Lays crisps, cleaning in my case, than to deal with the real deal.

      These questions are another skilful ways to help us see where we are and if we are honest about changing for the better, we know what to do.

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  21. Wan Wai Meng on Jan 5, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    7 amazing questions to check where you are right now and also trigger you to think where you like to be.

  22. Hee TS on Oct 23, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    感謝仁波切您的分享,在這篇文章引发自我思考。生存的意义是什么?
    感謝您將這發人深省的文章。

  23. Choo Weng Loong on Oct 21, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Thank you so much Rinpoche for sharing this article . I’ve never thought about my purpose of life only until recently , only when i’ve joined Kechara . All these years blindly following the herd , chasing after life’s luxuries never endingly . I now know what to do , slowly but surely I’ll do more for others’ because that’s where true happiness lies

  24. Joy on Oct 8, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Wow what a powerful read this was. “passion is the result of action, not the cause of it.” I love this saying and quote! And liked how Manson actually used the big taboo question on “death” which in Buddhism is part of our daily meditation to remind us to move ourselves in to being in action. It reminds me of many of RInpoche’s advice and teachings on death and what we want to leave behind when we’re gone. A legacy, a nice memory or bitter end no one cares about. Must remember this.

    Manson wrote this article very truthfully blunt, very true, which is exactly how life presents itself, but how much we are will to embrace it all and rise above it all shows us how bad we want it. Must read this article again and contemplate… it provokes a lot of good questions to one’s being and purpose. Thank you Rinpoche for posting this up!

  25. Jesseca on Oct 7, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    I know I may be too young to read something like this, but this really helped me to sort out my thoughts about what I want to be in the future. I’m in Singapore currently after receiving ASEAN scholarship, thinking that this scholarship can help me realize what I want to do with my life, but apparently, I don’t see the “light”. I don’t know what I should do with the chances given to me and although I’m more of an “arts” person, I had no choice but to take up “sciences”. I had a passion for arts and dance but I was too chicken to try, even in singapore as I was scared of being judged by my peers. I feel that living has no purpose if I were to just study and graduate and get a good job and… well you know the drill. Then out of nowhere one of the pastor’s frequent words came to me: “READ RINPOCHE’S BLOG”, and I did. And I came across this post. And question number 4 made everything in my mind click. And I’m going to take up dance and poetry writing as my co-curricular activities.

    • Khong Jean Mei on Dec 10, 2014 at 2:38 pm

      Dear Jesseca,

      Thank you for sharing how this blog post has changed you, your views on life and even your personal goals 🙂

      You may feel that you may be too young to read something like this, but it’s a good thing that you did! Life’s too short, it’s better to pursue a path of passion than one due to peer pressure and fear of judgment. People will criticise anyways, if you’re doing nothing that harms others like dancing and poetry – go for it!

      I’m happy to see that you’ve chosen a path that you feel will make you happy. If you have any questions whilst pursuing your studies, I’m sure that the Kechara Pastors will be more than willing to answer any of your questions! https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/ask-the-pastors

      All the best in your studies!

      With folded hands,
      Jean Mei

  26. Pee Bee Chong on Oct 5, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing.

    What can I do with my time that is important? My “important thing” always changes. I used to think that have quality life and travel around the world is the most important thing for me.

    However, if I were going to die in a year, what are the things that are important to me? Travel around the world and enjoy my life? Or helping others who in needs? I think I will go for the later because it is much more meaningful. The second thing that is important for me is to fulfill all my promises so that I will leave with no regret.

    If I have found the important things for me, why do I wait until a year before I die to do it? Why not now? This may sound “funny” or stupid to others. But what matter to us is our own happiness and fulfillment.

  27. Grace Leu ( KHJB) on Sep 28, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Thanks for Rinpoche’s sharing. It was truth that we always ask ourself ” what’s the meaning in living in this world” , how I going to spend my life”..and shame to say that I still did not have clear direction about this and keeping carry on every day just like other..study, working, take care children …maybe I still don’t know what is important of my life or I know it but choose to ignore it. …really need to contemplate and found out the “truth” meaning of the “Life”.

  28. Jimmy on Sep 27, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Apparently, this is a very accurate description of what i always ask myself… so i’m not the only one who thinks the same way…

  29. Cathy on Sep 25, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    This was wonderful! Great questions! I always draw a blank when I try to think what is my life’s purpose. So much here to think about. I really love the point blank way it is written also. It like a slap in the face, “Wake the hell up!”. I have always wanted to learn to weave or hook a rug. I am going to go give it a try just becaue of reading this. Hugs.

  30. Eli Levine on Sep 25, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Wow…….

    To be honest, I’m still a little doubtful about this whole thing we call life. In the strictest of senses, it is just suffering (or perhaps it’s my depression that’s leaking out again?)

    Either way, thank you for the food for thought, Rinpoche. Thank you for sharing.

    • Eli Levine on Sep 25, 2014 at 12:39 pm

      1. My favorite flavor of sh*t sandwich is the potential for death. Yes, it comes with an olive. 🙂

      2. Love doesn’t always work out well.

      3. Working on politics and policy.

      4. I can make more of an a* out of myself through my writing and fighting for human well being.

      5. Writing and teaching, ultimately.

      6. I’d go onto the next life. There’s nothing really here that’s new or intriguing. Maybe space?

      7. I want to be known for my laugh, cause that’s what I’ll be doing (if I were to die in a year)!

      Would love to hear what people think about this.

      Thank you!

      🙂

  31. Edwin Tan on Sep 25, 2014 at 3:53 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing this article. Really gets me thinking. I have a rough idea what I would do if I have 1 year to live.

    Thank you for such a thought-provoking article.

  32. stella on Sep 24, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    I have been asking myself what’s the purpose of my life for the longest time ever. Whereas I should be asking “what can I do with my time that is important?”. Yes, I can continue to work and earn money and be merry and indulge in all the worldly entertainment. But are these activities important to me when I am dying, entering the white light, and in my next life or next next life. Once realizing that all worldly concerns are fleetingly impermanence, it is logical for us to spend our time on activities that is important and have lasting benefits.

    Thank You Rinpoche for this post.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Feb 26. 2020 03:48 PM
    Many countries around the world have looking and working with China. They realised being friendly with China is a wise choice for the benefits for the growth of their country. China has become world largest economy country. For Tibet befriending China in long term will benefits both countries. Time had changed with Tibet having workshops with the Chinese is a good sign improving their relationship after all these years . People have their right and freedom to choose what they practice. Practicing Dorje Shugden is nothing to do with China. Every one of us have the right and freedom to choose what we want to practice. HH Dalai Lama is looking forward to return to Tibet one day. It only can be happen if the Tibetan leadership, letting go of the past and have more dialogues and meetings with the Chinese government in future. And solving all the political problems and lifting Dorje Shugden’s ban once for all.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this great news.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/the-importance-of-tibet-befriending-china-nepali.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Feb 26. 2020 03:45 PM
    It is heart breaking, reading this article again, what Pastor Jean Ai had gone through and experience. Yet with strong determination all those abuses and attack by people whom she do not know, she did continue with her practice. Could not imagine how ungrateful the Tibetan Leadership treated the sponsor. Without the funds, sponsorship, monasteries and Dharma institutions would not able to survive for sure. Kechara organisation, and many others kind sponsors had sponsored millions to the Tibetan Buddhist monasteries of India. Not only that sponsoring of monk robes, books , statues , painting and jewelleries to name a few. Even changing the flooring of the monastery as well. Can imagine those sponsors go all the way to send them all those stuffs. And have raised so much sponsorship for them and had donated yearly in fact or when they asked for. And now none of them are allowed to go to the monasteries any more . All because they had practised Dorje Shugden’s practice. Countless other lamas and Shugden practitioners had raised funds for the monasteries too and they too were not allowed to have connection with. Sad ….there is no religious freedom at all. By now after decades , I do hope the Tibetan Leadership will lift the ban on Dorje Shugden for a better peaceful communities. May more read this post for a better understanding of what happening in the Tibetan Leadership and those in exile living in India.
    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai for speaking up for the Tibetan people and for those Dorje Shugden practitioners .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/how-tibetan-leadership-treats-a-sponsor-jindak.html
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Feb 26. 2020 03:21 PM
    Different people have different reasons for wanting to become ordained. Sometimes I do wonder if unless the reasons are right, one should not get ordained but on the other hand I think maybe one should take the leap of faith even if the reasons are not entire “correct”.

    Modern people becoming ordained is tougher than in Buddha’s time, there are much inner and outer battle they need to overcome. May those who have the thought arise to be ordained, have more determination to make it happen. Thank you very much,for sharing this mind-changing article with all of us.

    https://bit.ly/2TeCHnH
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Feb 25. 2020 04:55 PM
    With their expertise a radiant energy scientist, a sound healer, an energy healer and a music composer, coming together to explore knowledge of cold energy . Li Kim and team going to haunted houses to experiment the energy. The haunted house they went looks scary. Joining them is also a Taoist master, finally concluded the presence of supernatural beings, as their findings found that the energy are dark and cold. As the unseen beings do no harm, they decided to do Taoist prayers and combined healing of sound, energy before leaving the area. I do believe those unseen beings do exist. Glad to learn that sound can heal the environment and souls. . Sound wonderful .
    Thank you, Li Kim and team for this sharing.this knowledge.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/ghosts-and-hauntings/the-sound-of-light.html
  • S.Prathap
    Tuesday, Feb 25. 2020 04:32 PM
    It is not surprised that many huge Buddha statues were built in many parts of the world both of a religious and secular nature.The bigger the Buddha statues will definitely beneficial to the surrounding area with positive energies, calming the area of wars and natural disasters .

    In Malaysia we have huge statue of Lord Murugan of Batu Caves and Kuan Yin Statue at Kek Lok Si in Penang.Thank you very much for the wonderful sharing with beautiful pictures of World Largest Statues.

    https://bit.ly/2uxPmtO
  • S.Prathap
    Monday, Feb 24. 2020 04:36 PM
    In Dharma, we learned that everything is impermanent, good thing will never last forever, that’s why we should not be attached to it as when it was gone, we will suffer tremendously, and a good news is, bad things never lasts.
    Life is a journey filled with opportunities, hardships, heartaches and its test for our courage. There is always a reason of our existence in this life.Thank you very much for this good article.

    https://bit.ly/37PSlv3
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 24. 2020 04:05 PM
    Life is too short to wake up with regrets. I believe that everything happens for a reason ,and there is a reason behind everything. That’s why Rinpoche asked to think carefully and consider certain things. Due to Rinpoche’s clairvoyance, Rinpoche knew the consequent. Rinpoche wanted us to learn to be responsible for our decisions that is beneficial to all and not jumping into anything blindly. And that is how I pray to what I want to come to be published.
    Glad to know some knowledge of Mount Shasta which I have not heard before being one of the world’s preeminent sacred mountains.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Jean Ai for this wonderful sharing with important explanations, some knowledge to learn and guidelines for us.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/behind-the-scenes/growing-up-with-rinpoche-mount-shasta-and-our-first-dorje-shugden-post.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 24. 2020 04:05 PM
    It won’t be supress Rinpoche felt more Indian as Rinpoche have been staying in India long enough. His early life spent in the monastery in India, serving his teachers and the monastic community, has taught Rinpoche cooking more Indian foods than western foods. Even all these years in Malaysia, Rinpoche preferred Indian cuisine which is rich in spices and masala such as dhal, paneer tikka, aloo mattar and paneer butter masala. Rinpoche will go all the way his students to serve Indian food to visiting Sangha so they would get a taste of home. Glad to know more of Rinpoche through this article. With Rinpoche explanation of how he felt and inherent in the Indian tradition culture, traditional spiritual practice and devotion to a spiritual teacher. All these points that Rinpoche was more Indian as what Rinpoche felt and having a strong connection with it.
    Thank you Pastor David for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/tales-with-my-lama-rinpoche-felt-he-was-more-indian
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Feb 23. 2020 09:17 PM
    So brave of Raden to risk his life to save the dog. How many of us would dare to take this step? It is an inspiring story that we all should care and love all living beings. They deserve to live freely too. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this heart warming story.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/aussie-model-saves-dog-read.html
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Feb 23. 2020 09:00 PM
    It is ridiculous to think that a rabbinical court would sentence a dog just because they believe he was the reincarnation of a lawyer who offended the judge before. How would the judge know and can confirm that the dog is the reincarnation of the lawyer? Isn’t it abusing of power to make baseless allegation? This is us human trying to be more superior than animals and make decision based on own interest. Horrible act.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/a-lawyer-dog.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 22. 2020 07:42 PM
    Beautiful artwork done on these two Vajra Yogini statues by KSA team . Just from a simple statues to a colorful blinking beautiful realistic images of Vajra Yogini. Well done to KSA. Merely looking at it is a blessing.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these stunning pictures of Vajra Yogini.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/thupten-la-and-vajra-yogini.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 22. 2020 07:38 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful post explaining each and every steps the importance of starting our Dharma practice on Tsongkhapa and Vajrayogini being one. Besides our daily sadhana we should engage in Vajrayogini’s practice without delay. Life is short, not to waste our time . Start now learning from stretch, as Rinpoche has create the beautiful pure land for us to practice Dharma. For me,I still have plenty to learn and improve myself . I am one of those lucky one to have meet Rinpoche in this life and to become part of Kechara. Reading this post gave us a better understanding of how to prepare ourselves before receiving the practice of Vajrayogini . We are indeed fortunate to have Rinpoche sharing this post , once again thank you Rinpoche with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 22. 2020 07:35 PM
    nformative article on Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen which more and more people should read and understand better . The truth is the truth and how Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen rose as a Dharma Protector as promise. The closeness of 5th Dalai Lama and Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen, has cause jealousy among the officials that led to the murdered of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen more than 400 years ago by the government of the 5th Dalai Lama. The 5th Dalai Lama realised the mistakes of his officers , then built a Dorje Shugden chapel and composed a prayer texts . The Chapel still exists at Lhasa known as Trode Khangsar.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting write up

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/who-is-tulku-drakpa-gyeltsen.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Feb 21. 2020 06:33 PM
    Well good and very informative article reflexology. After reading it , I learn some knowledge from there. Reflexology may be beneficial in restoring balance and harmony in the body and releasing tension. Practitioners believe that it helps facilitate a deep state of relaxation, calm the emotions, and produce a peaceful mind. Researchers have been doing a research on it , found that there’s many benefits to support it. When an application of pressure to our feet, hands, or ears , it sends a calming message to the central nervous system, which in turn signals the body to adjust the tension level. That’s fantastic.
    Interesting read of how the spread of reflexology was introduced to Europe can be traced to the 14th Century. And then to USA , by William H. Fitzgerald, an American doctor known as the father of reflexology. And how he developed the Zone Theory.
    Thank you Pastor Antoinette Kass for sharing this post.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-healing-power-of-reflexology.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Feb 21. 2020 06:32 PM
    Dorje Shugden’s practice was first established within the Sakya school of Tibetan Buddhism. They regarded Dorje Shugen as an enlightened being, as such together with Setrab and Tsiu Marpo formed the triune of Sakya Protectors known as Gyalpo Sum. It was practiced first by the Sakyas and was later transmitted to the Gelug school where it was practiced by the majority of the Gelugpas. Many high Lamas has since been relying on Dorje Shugden as their dharma protector as they its a beneficial practice and has continued to thrive due to the courage and commitment of high lamas.
    The 39th Sakya Trizin Dragshul Trinley Rinchen being as a reincarnation of his own grandfather, the 35th Sakya Trizin Tashi Rinchen. Interesting stories told as how he was born and the special link with the Sakya Trizins. Dragshul Trinley Rinchen was more of a hermit lama, and incredibly having visions of both Tara and Vajrayogini.
    Recording to the Sakya throne holders the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden indeed definitively is Avalokiteshvara. Six of them are confirmed to have practiced Dorje Shugden. And even composed prayers, pujas , propagated and promoted Dorje Shugden within the sacred Sakya lineage. Chapels been built too as such they cannot be wrong in their practice and a very research evidence had also confirmed it too. Interesting read …biography of a Great Lama.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/39th-sakya-trizin-dragshul-trinley-rinchen.html

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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
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Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
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Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
This is pretty amazing!

First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche

Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
9 months ago
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
10 months ago
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
10 months ago
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Nepal 794,463
Singapore 772,964
United Kingdom 694,003
Canada 598,796
Bhutan 576,618
Australia 460,519
Philippines 368,802
Indonesia 347,658
Germany 280,630
France 268,622
Brazil 194,260
Vietnam 178,072
Taiwan 177,902
Thailand 174,854
Italy 137,403
Mongolia 132,103
Spain 130,110
Portugal 127,706
Netherlands 117,474
Turkey 116,407
United Arab Emirates 107,682
Russia 94,867
Romania 88,522
Sri Lanka 86,977
Hong Kong 86,837
South Africa 80,294
Mexico 77,942
Myanmar (Burma) 73,824
New Zealand 71,365
Switzerland 67,412
Japan 66,403
Cambodia 60,339
South Korea 60,178
China 55,443
Pakistan 55,014
Bangladesh 54,783
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