Beautiful Girl on a Basketball

Jun 26, 2012 | Views: 10,035

Beautiful – How could she ever hide her tears – Extraordinary

If this doesn’t touch you and move you, I don’t know what will.

The power of the human spirit is shown at its mightiest by this one little girl. I salute her.

Qian HongYan lost her legs in an accident. Her family in China are poor and couldn’t afford prosthetic legs, so she used a basketball to help her move.

 

这是个很美丽的女孩, 她如何能掩饰她的泪水呢? 真的是超凡的人生
如果这还不能感动你, 我不知道还有什么能感动你…
这一位小小的女孩展示了人类精神毅力的顶点, 我向她致敬.
钱红艳在车祸中失去了双腿, 她在中国的家庭太过贫穷, 没有能力为她装义肢, 因此她以篮球代步.

 

 

 

Qian HongYan uses two wooden props to drag herself, and never complains, even though she has worn out six basketballs
钱红艳以两块木手板协助行走, 即使用破了六个篮球, 也从不埋怨

 

 

She attends her class
她照常上学

 

 She always smiles
她经常欢笑

 

Always cheerful
她总是开朗

 

With the public’s help she is now able to afford a pair of prosthetic legs
有了公众的协助, 钱红艳终于装上了义肢

 

 

 

 

 

Dear everyone,

We love to make excuses about why we failed. Why we forgot. Why we did it again. Why we slipped again… Why we can’t remember. Or how hard something is… We love to eloquently explain why our bodies have limits and can’t tolerate this or that. It all might or might not be true. Yes, we need to take care of our bodies and minds. But not to the point that we JUST end up taking care of our bodies and not doing much else. The purpose of the body is to be beneficial to others. To maintain our bodies is to keep it healthy for others… to serve others. Otherwise just keeping our bodies healthy for the sake of it, doesn’t serve much purpose perhaps.  

One thing is for sure, if you really wanted to do something, you will find a way. What you don’t know you will ask and learn. What you have no ideas about, you will be passionate to try and push to succeed. Never sit and say “I don’t know how”. There are so many ways to get information in our 21st century. Information is literally at our fingertips. If you want your project or your life to grow, INFORMATION IS THE KEY. Getting information is the way to go for success. Never say I didn’t know.

I personally have made excuses myself and listened to thousands of excuses, mostly very see through excuses from people over the decades. My point, JUST GET IT DONE. No mistakes, don’t be late, do it well, with a smile and be proud of it when you completed it. The end.

Tsem Rinpoche

 

亲爱的各位,

我们总是喜欢为失败、健忘、重复犯错、一再疏忽、太过困难而寻找借口, 我们总是喜欢振振有词的解释为何我们的身体有极限而不能承受这个那个。。。这些也许是真的,也许不是。是的,我们应该照顾我们的身心,但不应该只管照顾身体而把其他任何事情都尽量回避了。我们的身体的用处是在利益他人。保持身体健康是为了他人,是为了服务他人。不然只为身体健康而保持健康,也许就没多大意义了。

 有一点可以肯定的是,如果你真的想完成某件事,你就会去寻找办法。你不知道的你会去询问和学习。你不了解的,你会充满激情地努力尝试希望能成功。千万不要只呆坐着说你不知道,在这21世纪有很多获得资讯的管道,资讯就在你指尖,如果你要你的计划或人生成长,资讯是关键。获得资讯就是成功的途径,千万不要说你不知道。

 我自己也曾经找借口,也在这几十年里听过了上千个别人的借口,但很多都是一眼就能看穿的。我想说的是,去做就对了。不要犯错,不要迟到,做好它,完成了就微笑,为自己感到自豪,就是这样。

 詹仁波切

 


 

Some things to share for you to read. Share with others please:

This was posted by Lian on my blog chat and I found it very useful – MUST READ ONCE A DAY AND SHARE WITH FRIENDS:

The comfort zone is a behavioural state within which a person operates in an anxiety-neutral condition, using a limited set of behaviours to deliver a steady level of performance, usually without a sense of risk (White 2009). [1] A person’s personality can be described by his or her comfort zones. Highly successful persons may routinely step outside their comfort zones, to accomplish what they wish. A comfort zone is a type of mental conditioning that causes a person to create and operate mental boundaries. Such boundaries create an unfounded sense of security. Like inertia, a person who has established a comfort zone in a particular axis of his or her life, will tend to stay within that zone without stepping outside of it. To step outside a comfort zone, a person must experiment with new and different behaviours, and then experience the new and different responses that then occur within their environment.

这是一位名叫Lian的网友在博客聊天室所分享的绝妙留言。每天必读,也请与友人分享。

舒适地带指的是一个人所处于的一种行为状态。人会在这种状态之中感到舒适并且没有焦
虑感,更运用极至有限的行为模式以求平稳的表现,一般上他/她不会有丝毫的危机感。(White, 2009年)。 一个人的人格,可以依据他/她的舒适地带来判断。有着极高成就的人 日复一日地跨出他们的舒适地带,去完成他们的心愿。舒适地带是一种精神上的习惯,它导致 人们为自己的思想设限,而这种有所局限的思想,却给人们带来空洞的安全感。好比惰性,一 个在舒适地带已有一段时间的人,在他/她生活的一定程度上,会更倾向于继续待在舒适地带 中,不愿走出来。若要走出舒适地带,一个人就必须尝试以全新及不同的行为处事,然后在身 处的新环境中体验全新及不同的反响。

 

 

My thoughts:

How wonderful it is to have a various depts. Each dept works hard towards a goal. Everyone is committed and dedicated because they have absorbed the dharma into their heart. NO ONE NEEDS TO BE PUSHED/REMINDED! That is very important. When we have absorbed the dharma into our hearts then working for Dharma which is working for others become a joy. The dharma counters our COMFORT ZONES. Comfort zones gives us a false security that we are safe because we don’t experience difficulties. We only experience what we are used to and ready for. Unfortunately if we stay in comfort zones, yes we don’t experience any new difficult situations, but we also don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we cannot benefit others much. If Buddha didn’t want us to overcome comfort zones, there would be no Dharma. The whole point of dharma is to overcome all comfort zones daily, weekly and completely. Never treasure comfort zones as they arise from pure selfish self-deceptive mind.  ~Tsem Rinpoche

 

拥有多个部门是多么的美好。每一个部门的人都辛勤耕耘,迈向同一个目标。每一个人都非常忠诚,肯献身于工作,因为每一个人都将佛法牢牢记在心中了。没有人需要被催促/提醒。这非常重要。当我们将佛法放入心中,做佛法事业——即为他人服务,便会成为一种乐趣。佛法对抗我们的舒适地带。舒适地带带给我们虚无的安全感,我们感觉安全是因为我们没有去面对难题。我们只是去面对经已习惯及准备好的事情。很不幸地,如果我们待在舒适地带中,是的,我们不会面对新的挑战,但我们也不能成长。如果我们不能成长,我们没办法给他人带来太多的利益。如果佛陀不要我们走出舒适地带,那么就不会有佛法的存在。佛法的意义,就是要每一天、每一个星期,甚至是彻底地克服所有的舒适地带。不要将舒适地带视成宝物,因为那是源自纯然的自私、自我欺瞒的心。詹仁波切

Buddha’s full and complete enlightenment is a solid testament to the destruction of all comfort zones within Himself and it is the goal of all who follow Buddha and wish to have permanent happiness.~Tsem Rinpoche

佛陀圆满的证悟就是祂本身舒适地带毁灭的实证。对于那些跟从佛陀,且想获得永恒快乐的人,这就是他们的目标。詹仁波切

All failures, disappointments, anger, loss of respect, inconsistencies, fear, loss, and pain arise from protecting our deceptive comfort zones. Failure of marriage and instilling good qualities in our children. Failure to do well in business. Failure in school. Failure with friends. Failure with our goals and even failure in our dharma centre’s growth all arise from comfort zones. When we don’t do our work well and we leave it to others, then we degenerate. It infects others and makes them disheartened. Then less & less people do their responsibilities. Family, children, city, country, dharma centres all fall apart. Comfort zones all arise from the purely deceptive selfish mind. To protect our comfort zones is to say you want failure and you don’t care about others and yourself. Overcoming comfort zones is the key to all success in secular and dharma goals. It is the goal of any human to become better and overcoming comfort zones w/o delay is the key.~Tsem Rinpoche

所有的失败、失望、愤怒、不被尊重、不持之以恒、害怕、失去和痛苦,都源自于企图保护我们所假想出来的舒适地带。婚姻的失败和无法灌输孩子良善的价值观,生意失败,学业失败,友情破裂,无法达致目标甚至是无法协助佛法中心的成长全都源自舒适地带。当我们没有将工作做好,将责任推向他人,意味着我们的堕落。这会影响他人,让他们感到灰心,导致越来越少人履行自己的责任。家庭、孩子、城市、国家及佛法中心全都支离破碎。舒适地带全都源自纯然的自我欺瞒和自私的心。保护我们的舒适地带意味着你想要失败,你不在乎他人和自己。走出舒适地带是达致一切世俗和佛法目标的关键。每一个人都想提升自己,毫不拖延地走出舒适地带就是关键。詹仁波切

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  1. Tsa Tsa Ong on Oct 3, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    It is just touching to see people so inspired to live their lives to the fullest despite the type of difficulties that they face. She has a strong,determination and will power to do what she wanted to be. Nothing is impossible ,she went on to be a successful swimmer,joined Rio Paralympic Games too. despite her physical challenges. Thank you very much Rinpoche and blog team for sharing another inspiring and motivating story. 👍😍

  2. Samfoonheei on Dec 26, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    Wow ….an amazing girl..Qian Hong Yan .She is always cheerful,smiling and even attended class as any normal young girl will do.She has a strong,determination and will power to do what she wanted to be. Nothing is impossible ,she went on to be a successful swimmer,joined Rio Paralympic Games too. despite her physical challenges.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing such an inspiring article and teachings as well…..Never treasure comfort zones as they arise from pure selfish self-deceptive mind.

  3. Lew on Sep 25, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    I just read the news of this basketball girl: She had swim her way into Rio Paralympics! Though she didn’t win any medal, she is already a champion in many people’s eyes. Enclosed are 2 of her recent photos. We all wish her all the best.

    in92421

    in92425

  4. Wah Ying on Sep 5, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Today I come across updates on Qian Hong Yan: she is not only overcome barriers in her life but excels as swimming champion!

    You can click on here to read more on her inspirational story: http://www.kirnak.com/basketball-girl/

    or

    here: https://www.facebook.com/OrientalDailyNewsMalaysia/photos/a.170621889665373.43467.108713149189581/773979219329634/?type=1&fref=nf

  5. Carmen Lin @ KMP on Dec 30, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    To be in the state of Qian Hongyan, most probably I’ll just give up right away. Yet this girl, might be weak and vulnerable but she has a strong and big heart and live her day as usual.

    To be challenged and get back on our feet is what we have to learn all along. There’s no failure but we fail ourselves. To go beyond our own comfort zone, we are bound to get hit back and fail and fall, but if we are able to go through all that, looking back at those times we would just be like “Since I have gone through all those, what could be even worst?”

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this post for all of us.

    With folded hands,

    Carmen Lin

  6. beatrix ooi on Oct 31, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Qian Hong Yan is absolutely a very loving and determined little girl. She didn’t give up on herself even though she knew that she will not be able to walk and run like the other kids anymore. I’m very glad that with the public’s help, she was able to afford a pair of prosthetic legs. She has taught us the lessons in life, the world doesn’t end just because you do not have a pair of hands or legs, as long as you’re alive, as long as your heart is still beating, there’s nothing impossible. Thank You for sharing Rinpoche.

  7. Sharon Saw on Sep 7, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    I just came across an update to this story. What an amazing girl she has turned out to be, despite her physical challenges. How inspirational:

    In 2005, after attention in the Chinese press, Qian traveled to Beijing to receive free artificial limbs at the China Rehabilitation Research Center, a center that has been providing help to the disabled in China for over 20 years.

    Xinhua reports that Qian was born to an impoverished family, and that she had to accept that when her medical treatment ended in 2007, she would not be able to continue her education with her peers. She was 11-years-old.

    However, Qian found other opportunities. She joined a local swimming club for the disabled, the first of its kind in the country, sponsored by the Yunnan Provincial Federation of the Disabled.

    At first, she found it difficult.

    “I had to give much more than other kids when I learned to swim,” Qian told China Daily in 2011. “It seemed there was no way I could float in the water. I was choked.”

    However, she went on to become a successful athlete, training for four hours every day. She hopes to one day win medals for her country in the Paralympic Games.

    This week, she returned to the China Rehabilitation Research Center in Beijing. Now 18 years old, she is ready for her adult prosthetics.

    Qian Hongyan, the so-called “basketball girl,” has become something of a celebrity in China. Reports on the progress of her artificial limbs make national news. Her fame has even spread abroad, with photographs of her becoming viral sensations on Facebook.

    Her success may mark the changing fortunes of China’s disabled. “In the past,” Her coach, Li Ke-qiang, told the BBC in 2008, “people despised the disabled. They thought they were all beggars, just asking for money.”

    “But now, when they see disabled swimmers like these, they can see how hard they’re driving themselves. And that’s a start.”

    See the article and photos here:
    http://www.businessinsider.com/qian-hongyan-the-inspiring-story-of-chinas-basketball-girl-2013-9

  8. Vinnie Tan on Aug 23, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    It is just touching to see people so inspired to live their lives to the fullest despite the type of difficulties that they face. Many of us give up because of the little set back that we face, but just look at her, she has not given up despite what has happened to her. And it is because of her positive attitude, other people support her, and look at her as a source of inspiration.

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  10. roy lam on Jul 14, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Strong Will………….

  11. Amos on Jul 11, 2012 at 2:17 am

    I had a “fall” and was on wheelchair and clutches for months, the feeling was horrible to be dependent on someone for my daily little movements,this story and pictures really put me to shame!!touching and nearly in tears..

  12. Angie on Jul 4, 2012 at 12:29 am

    Reading her story, here I am thinking how strong and honest she is. The feeling of heavy weight from the bottom of my heart – regard of what I am thinking it just a part that come from her story and this won’t help her. What was her thought, what was her feeling, what give her the strength and what was her motivation, all went through my head. What she is going through is beyond my own imagination, how difficult it is for her then, how tough will it be for her in the future but she is living it.

  13. James@kO on Jul 3, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    This Beautiful unfortunate little girl still has very high spirits in her self. May god bless her..

  14. Sofi on Jul 2, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    I’ve read the article twice and both times, I came up with ‘Triumph’. From Hong Yan’s smile, one could feel genuine triumph over adversities faced by her. She is very natural with her movements and smiles, which shows that she is comfortable and confident with her situation. Even having to learn to walk with new legs, I see only willingness to learn something new. Truly beautiful in and out. A winner who overcomes whatever boundaries with a smile from the heart.
    What more, she is also benefitting all who reads her story. What have we with complete bodies have to complain about stepping beyond our comfort zones. Life is but transient, so wherever, whenever and however we can, we should be using our bodies for beneficial deeds. May I overcome my comfort zones swiftly and completely in this lifetime.

  15. Sean Wang on Jun 30, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful and inspiring story Rinpoche. This poor young girl lost her legs at such a young age. That is so sad. Even so, she continued to live life as a normal girl and she can always smile. That is something that the modern society lacks, the ability to give a smile even when in times of suffering. People in this day and age would become sad over such small and trivial things. If they lose their cheap nokia phone, they would cry for days. If they lost a job, they would feel as if they had lost their lives. While we are healthy, we should do more to benefit others.

    Actually, my school actually used this girl as an inspiration for the students. Most of the students thought it was completely rubbish, but some contemplated and said either, “Wow, I am really lucky.” or “I should really do more in life.”

    This is indeed one beautiful girl. One of the most beautiful. I wish more of humanity will be more like her.

  16. So Kin Hoe on Jun 30, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the inspiring story of Qian HongYan. She has set a good example to many of us that being incomplete should not stop us to smile and stay in joyous mind.

    We should use our body, energy, effort and time to benefits others instead of always satisfying our needs or desire.

  17. Lyn Phng on Jun 30, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    I have children and one of them is about the same age as little Qian. I look at her and I think that as a parent do I have what it takes to bring up and nurture such an imperfect being. Then I catch myself and think how selfish I am for thinking that way. This beautiful girl’s spirit cannot be destroyed and all children have that same spirit inherently and as parents it is up to us to nurture that spirit. So who am I to judge and feel pity for a child with such a disability, which in fact I should rejoice how the child can overcome her challenges and rise beyond her situation.

  18. Charmalou K.O on Jun 29, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing this very encouraging story of Qian Hongyan. She is the mirror to all of us, to be hopeful always. Regardless of her physical incompleteness she continue to live her life and study.
    It is very touching….
    When I first saw the picture, it’s ache my heart. Thinking my older brother back home. He lost his right hand in an accident when he was 14 years old. At first he was so shy, his wearing jacket always for 2 years. After he learned to play guitar ( using the plastic as finger to touch the string) all the shyness gone and he became more creative in many ways.
    Qian Hongyan situation is more hard than my brother, I salute you girl…..

    God bless you….

  19. yannaingtun.K.O on Jun 29, 2012 at 2:31 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    သူမအေၾကာင္းၾကားရတာ စိတ္မေကာင္းစရာပဲဗ်ာ…ဒါေပမဲ့သူမရဲ႕ဘ၀ကိုအရွံုးမေပးတဲ့စိတ္ရယ္…ဇြဲရွိတဲ့စိတ္ကို က်ြန္ေတာ္သေဘာၾကပါတယ္…သူမက်န္းမာျပီးေတာ႕…ဘ၀မွာေအာင္ျမင္ပါေစလို႕…က်ြန္ေတာ္ဆုေတာင္းေပးလိုက္ပါတယ္…ဖုန္းဖုန္းလည္း…က်န္းမာေရးေတြေကာင္းျပီး..လူသားေတြအတြက္အလုပ္ေတြမ်ားမ်ားလုပ္သြားနိုင္ပါေစလို႕…က်ြန္ေတာ္ဆုေတာင္းရင္း နိဂုံးခ်ပ္လိုက္ပါတယ္ခင္ဗ်ာ…အားလံုးကိုစိတ္နွစ္ဖ်ာက်န္းမာ ခ်မ္းသာၾကပါေစ….

  20. Li Kheng on Jun 29, 2012 at 1:47 am

    Qian Hongyan teaches us about the power of choice. The events of life happens around us. Sometimes it is “good” and sometimes,it is “bad”. From the example of Hongyan, I learn that the importance is in the choice we make when responding to any situation. That will determine the action of body, speech and mind that follow the occurrence of the event. This will in turn influence that karma that we create and accumulate. The choice to take a positive and constructive stand in the face of any situation will develop a habit and attitude that is beneficial like in the case of Hongyan. The benefit Hongyan created not only made her life easier and more joyful, her choice to live on with a smile on her face is a reflection of love towards the people around her: making it easier for everyone else to cope with her disaster. Lastly, Hongyan’s choice also benefited many strangers like us who has the opportunity to know about and be inspired by her story.

    May the sacrifice that Hongyan made and the lesson she generously show us cause us to live with gratitude and conscious appreciation for the blessing we have received. May we all also learn to make something good arise from undesirable conditions.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing another impactful teaching. Thank you Hongyan for being our teacher with your life example.

  21. Leu Chong Hin (KH) JB on Jun 29, 2012 at 12:06 am

    錢紅艷是位很勇敢

  22. shelly tai on Jun 28, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Shelly on28june at717pm
    I fully agree with Rinpoche in order for us to sucess in life we cannot stay in the comfort zone.We must face challanges and obstacles then only we will grow and be able to benefit others.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us on this precioud teaching.

  23. Mary ann@KO on Jun 28, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Salamat rinponche sa kwento ng batang ito,,nakakaawa sia..pero masayahin pa rin tong batang na to,,kahit may kapansanan.hindi parin sia sumusuko..may kasabihan nga na habang may buhay may pag asa.sana sa kwento ng batang ito ang ay nag biagay ng aral sa atin,,salodo ako sayu,,Qian Hongyan

  24. celyn on Jun 28, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    钱红艳你很勇敢,坚强,这样的逆境,还可以微笑的面对,我以你为榜样。在这里(钱红艳)想告诉大家,即时他失去了双腿,也从不埋怨,失望,也一样过着平凡的日子,开朗,欢笑,加油钱红艳,全世界都在为你加油。加油吧。

  25. Jutika Lam on Jun 28, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    So sad to learn that such a young girl has to suffer such pain and yet she still smiles and just gets on with life without complaints or whatsoever. It is also amazing how she just smiles and smiles and smiles and never shed tears. What i have learnt from this post is that we should not complain on such little things and just get on with life and just aim for the bigger things in life.

  26. Jutika Lam on Jun 28, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    So sad to learn that such a young girl has to suffer such pain and yet she still smiles and just gets on with life without complaints or whatsoever. It is also amazing how she just smiles and smiles and smiles and never shed tears. What i have learnt from this post is that we should not complain on such little things and just get on with life and just aim for the bigger things in life

  27. Paris on Jun 28, 2012 at 2:39 am

    A couple of years ago, I would wake up in the morning, look at myself in the mirror and see a body I hated. If I was feeling particularly loathsome that day, seeing my reflection would be enough to send me into a tailspin. It would be a whole day of depression because I had looked in the mirror and seen that I would never be a Victoria’s Secret model.

    Petty? Of course. But it was my whole world in those days. It consumed me. And I’m willing to bet there are millions more girls like me out there – beautiful girls who feel they need to starve themselves into a thinness or perform drastic surgeries on themselves to achieve some kind of perfect beauty.

    Then there is this little girl, a totally imperfect physical body but a perfect face full of smiles. And you think, what does she have that I don’t? Some of the happiest people I know or have come across are the people who have the least. A friend, for example, used to be a horse jockey. One day, in a terrible freak accident, he got knocked off his horse and fell so badly that he would be forever paralysed from the waist down. He cannot even sit up unassisted now. And yet, he has never uttered a single complaint – even his family have been amazed at just how little he has ever shown of sadness. His face is bright and his smile lights up a room. Recently he got sponsorship for a motorised wheelchair and he gets himself around wherever he needs to. He adjusted and found peace again where he is. How many of us can really say that, wherever we are and whatever we’re like?

    A few months ago, I also saw THIS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AW579icDRSA&feature=related
    About an incredibly inspirational, motivational speaker Nick Vujicic, who not only ha no legs, but also has no arms. But look at how much strength and hope he brings to people – just by being who he is. He’s a bigger, more capable person than many of us could ever be because he’s making the best of everything he has, while the rest of us sit and moan about everything we don’t have.

  28. Sharon Saw on Jun 28, 2012 at 2:36 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing this inspiring post. Anyone who has their full faculties and yet feel sorry for themselves should look at this girl. There are so many amazing people out there who overcome their physical shortcomings, like Nick Vujicic (http://youtu.be/KxjiEi2Eywk).

    When i see these people who are bursting with positive energy, i am inspired to do more. It is really evidence of how practising patience and enthusiastic perseverance, two of the 6 perfections, that we can move to a different level and inspire others.

    What i find interesting about comfort zones is that thanks to Rinpoche’s guidance, we often break out of our comfort zones and go into uncomfortable territory, but eventually that becomes a new comfort zone. As soon as we realise that we have moved into this new comfort zone, we should be working to break out of that one too.. without always waiting to be pushed… and we should self-propel ourselves and progress on the path until all our barriers are removed.

  29. Carmen on Jun 28, 2012 at 1:30 am

    What is so evident from the pictures is that you will not see an “I give up” attitude or look from Qian Hong Yan. In fact, from getting “out of the basketball” to trying, practising and exercising with her new pair of prosthetic legs is a form of getting out of her comfort zone. I think if it was for some others and they were used to the basketball, they wouldn’t want to endure and go through all the intense training to practise walking in prosthetics. They’d rather say in their comfort and continue living their life just the way it is.

    At her age, Qian Hong Yan shows much more courage, strength, resilience and determination than many adults that I know. It may be that in her tender age, it is easier to let go and re-habituate as opposed to someone who would have to undergo this in a much later part of their life and have had much more habituations and a image to uphold. However, whatever the situation is, Qian Hong remains optimistic and in a cheerful spirit, there is no sulking, no complaining, but she just does what she has to do to get on with life.

    Some of us are in perfect physical condition, blessed with everything that we could have in life, and yet still don’t make the most of it, and live life as if the world owes them.
    Reading this should be your inspiration in telling all of us to shut up, stop complaining, and do what you have to do to make a success out of our lives.

    Nothing is impossible, unless we make it impossible for ourselves.

    Thank you for such a beautiful sharing, Rinpoche.

    Love,
    Carmen.

  30. Aunty lilian on Jun 28, 2012 at 12:10 am

    This little girl really touches my heart. She is beautiful as she appreciates life more than anyone does despite her mishaps. I feel ‘little’ and ashamed of living in a comfort zone yet complain always. I truly salute to her

  31. karen leu on Jun 27, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    I can’t imagine how the little girl could walk with the basketball supporting her only ‘half body’ before getting her prosthetic leg fixed. Life was tough for her, she chose to face it & still live a normal life!

    Her spirit is truly inspiring. People who have complete limbs, body, should not have complaint about things we have or don’t have. We have everything in comfort zone, and let’s get up & achieve more in life!

  32. Lim Han Nee on Jun 27, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Beautiful little girl on a basketball,
    Swinging along on your wooden props,
    A brave and carefree smile on your face.

    Your grit and indomitable will
    Overwhelms me, moves me,
    Your ‘never say die’ look,
    Challenges me, inspires me.

    May I learn to fly fearlessly,
    Like you, out of my comfort zone.

  33. jhane@KO on Jun 27, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Sa kagalanggalang na Rinpoche maraming salamat sa bagbabahagi mo sa kwento ng buhay ni Qian HongYan. May kasabihan na habang may buhay may pag asa, ang batang ito ay isang inspirasyon sa mga taong may karamdaman. Sumasalamin sa buhay ng tao na dapat tularan ng may lakas ng loob at walang pag aalinlangan, huwaran sa mga batang kgaya nya ng may ngiti sa labi at pananalig, bagamat silay mahirap ay hindi naging hadlang sa kanya upang gawin ang ginagawa ng iba, isa kang huwarang bata na dapat tularan, Saludo ako sa iyo Qian Hong YAn…Mabuhay ka..

  34. Rayer on Jun 27, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    By putting my self in this little girl situation i can barely understand how difficult it is to live the life like that,even for a day,and im thank god for everything i have in my life,it was very-very lucky for many of us,that we were born healthy,yet still we complaint,when thing not going as what we plan,or when we compare ourself to other around us,that are better luck then us,often i heard people say ” this is not fair” ! What happen to this girl was not fair at all,but i do believe in karma,what ever the reason is,i really hope that this girl will continue to live her life with determination,may no words can put her down,and that people around her always support her.

  35. mai on Jun 27, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Salamat Rinpoche sa ibinahagi mong kwento samin… Para sakin itong bata na ito’y huwaran, alagad siya ng diyos.. kung ating pag-aaralan at iisipin ang kanyang kalagayan ay sobrang napakahirap sapagkat bola lamang ang kanyang ginagamit para makaalis sa lugar na kanyang kinalalagyan… ngunit hindi ito naging balakid upang magawa niya ang mga bagay na kayang gawin ng isang normal na bata gaya niya.. matagtag, mabait, kaaya-aya, malakas, at hindi siya sumusuko sa anu mang pagsubok na dumating sa kanyang buhay. saludo ako sa kanya.. Sana lahat ng may ganitong uri ng kalagayan ay magiging salamin at inspirasyon siya at tularan…

  36. swe latt on Jun 27, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    I salute this pity little girl, shes so strong, small but terrible.. she have a good heart as well..

  37. maricar on Jun 27, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    this girl is so pity… but i didn’t see anything wrong with her even though she cannot walk, but shes trying her best to leave in this world, without complaining to her situation…

  38. Jeffrey Gan on Jun 27, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    We all have the ability to endure and achieve anything in our life. How we think or react on a particular situation will have different results, it really depends on how we think. If we react with self pity and blame then we will be a person full of anger, sadness, bitterness and etc. Accept the circumstances that we face and move on with life no matter how hard it is.

    Qian Hongyan’s life reminds us of how lucky we are to have not just having our full faculties but also have a very comfortable life. We tend to complain of the slightest things that discomfort us in life because we are so comfortable at we are and we thought that we can have all the comforts in the world for the rest of our life and totally ignoring the fact that nothing is permanent. Qian Hongyan is poor and don’t have a choice physically but she chose to move on with her life in her condition and she is a good example of someone who has nothing yet she lived life as if she has everything.

    Thank You Rinpoche.

  39. Ethan Chu on Jun 27, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Most of the time we think that we can only work with what we have. We set a limit on ourselves… hence, we build this beautiful comfort zone for our resting arms… We still have dreams but when things get too hard, we look for other ways.. but little do we know the ways that we usually “accustomed to” is our old methods that set us up to fail again and again. It is easy to have new ideas but if we are still using the old method, most likely we’ll achieve the same result.

    Just like Qian Hongyan, perhaps all she ever wanted is just a pair of legs to walk like anyone else. Maybe thats a dream, but by focusing on what she has and make it work, she finally achieve that dream. Just imagine if she gave up on her body? Not only she wouldn’t even want to walk for the rest of her lives, probably she hated life already.

    And I dont think she’ll just stop there. With determination, I am sure she will achieve more with her physical body regardless what her condition is. So she mastered the old method and now the new. That is how she improves herself and become a living example for us all.

  40. Milly on Jun 27, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    When I see Qian Hong Yan with the basketball, my first thought was such a brave young girl. Despite her physical handicap, she doesn’t deprive herself of all the activities a young person would enjoy. I am happy that she has the prosthetic legs to help her move around now. This teaches us that despite adversities, we must be mentally strong and accept our condition just like this gutsy young girl.

  41. James Long on Jun 27, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    我们为自己设定了局限。窗外的风景虽美,但是如果我们没有踏出那一步,我们永远都不会真正的感受到窗外的意境和美。现代人都非常幸福,一遇见一点困难就觉得世界末日。困境最能凸显我们人类的斗志和无限的潜能。裹足不前,只是一种恶性的循环,如果哥伦布不决定出海,今时今日我们还会认为世界是平面的。

  42. venassa linda on Jun 27, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    even she young , but inside her heart have kind of strongest patient, cheerful and never give up.. thnks God she can walk like other people even use a prosthetic leg. thats can make her happy and more smile. good luck and be a successful person. i hope 🙂

  43. Ng Chien Shiong` on Jun 27, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    钱红艳是一位让人感动的一位小妹妹,她有一颗堅定的心活下去。她不怨自己失去了双脚,还勇气的面对一切。当无常来到面前的时候,我们要以平常心,忍辱心,坚定心,正念心来面对。我们要有一股的毅力,和宗教信仰。(毅力创造奇迹,信仰产生勇气) 感恩上师分享这一段故事。。^_^

  44. paccan chu jia hui on Jun 27, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    We don’t need a perfect body,perfect figure and look,but we just need a perfect mind to overcome all kind of circumstances no matter how difficult is it…the story of hongyan really inspire everyone here and not to give up in life and yet her determination and your cheerful has touch our heart…

  45. kwok wai on Jun 27, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Thank you rinpoche for posting this inspirational little girl. She is truly an amazing and feisty soul. I would be printing out her picture to serve as a constant reminder to myself to not be complacent and to inspire myself to further put to good use the blessings that i have received in this life. It is amazing what the human soul can overcome when pushed.

  46. deborah on Jun 27, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    I still can’t bring myself to look at her. I feel so bad seeing her with the ball. Never would I imagine living like this so can only read in amazement and awe at her great will power and learn from her to have that kind of determination.

  47. nani ksa on Jun 27, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    thank you runpoche for share this story.

  48. lanse on Jun 27, 2012 at 11:33 am

    根据网上消息,这位勇敢的篮球女孩今年已经16岁了。她的人生故事不但没有被肢体的“残缺”所摧毁,还有了更精彩的后续。

    今天的她,已经是个游泳运动员,还立志参加2012年的残奥会。

    以下是从网上抄来的一段文:

    “钱红艳心里有个奥运梦想:‘我很希望能参加明年(2012)残奥会,站在冠军领奖台上。’钱红艳在上一届云南省运动会上夺得3枚金牌,在2009年全国残疾人(18岁以下)游泳锦标赛中夺得1金2银,2010年在浙江绍兴举办的全国残疾人游泳锦标赛中夺得3枚银牌。”

    “负责带她的教练说:‘红艳这孩子很能吃苦,训练的时候从不撒娇,闹脾气。’”

    此外,由于家境较贫困,她还一心一意想找份工作,好协助减轻家里的负担。

    一个“残缺”(没有贬义)如她的人,竟然能勇敢地在人群中站起来,活下去,还活得越来越精彩。反观我们,四肢健全,生活无缺,却一事无成,还一直怨天尤人。看到钱红艳,只会令我感到惭愧。

    这是个活生生的例子,让我们看到,只要勇敢地挑战自己的舒适地带,没有什么是不可能的。佛教说,果相似因,跨出第一个舒适地带,将会让我们更有信心去面对和克服第二个舒适地带。以此类推,若我们不自我设限,一个人所能达致的成就将是不可限量的。

    钱红艳就是个鼓舞人心的例子。且让我们翘首以盼,祝愿她在今年的残奥会上有出色的表现。

  49. Davin on Jun 27, 2012 at 11:17 am

    This is a truly inspirational story. I see her overcome with smile and cheerful way. She continue her life with such determination. She did’t give up by giving excuse of her lost leg. This remind me that how many difficulty and failure I encounter and just give up by giving stupid excuses. I feel so ashamed.
    Comfort zones all arise from the purely deceptive selfish mind. Overcoming comfort zones is the key to all success in secular and dharma goals. I will always put this in mind. Thank you Rinpoche

  50. huay ling on Jun 27, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Thank you rinpoche for sharing this inspirational post. I admit that we haveto overcome our comfort zones in order to progressin both secularand spiritual aspects. We all prefer to stay at “present ” condition, thinking that it is “permanent”, thus, refuse to change. I must remind myself regarding this post whenever I encounter difficulties in daily life and to reduce my self- cherishing mind when challenging circumstances arise.

  51. Victor Phang on Jun 27, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Dear Rinpoche:
    Thanks for sharing. A small little girl like Qian had successfully show us physical disability is not a barrier at all to do or achieve anything. Her strong mind is the key element to keep her living as a normal person. Her action is a very obvious and significant proof that physical disability is NOT the “criterion” to be labelled as “disable people” but weak mind does.

    People who lives in comfort zone is not physically disability but mentally deficiency – shortage of discipline, determination, braveness and wisdom. Some times I thought perhaps people without Dharma knowledge should be very difficult or impossible to step out from comfort zone as the way they value and view of life is still very worldly but unfortunately I was wrong. Even though we have the opportunity to learn, listen and get connected to Dharma but do not act, practice and implement the Dharma knowledge into our daily activities then that is no different between people who has chance to meet Dharma and who don’t know Dharma at all.

    Since we fully aware that our body is the closest impermanent thing we have in life then just follow what Rinpoche said use it completely to benefit others. Doesn’t matter how is our body structure as long as our mind remain stable, strong and positive really the impossibility is nothing. Last night when I was reading a Dharma book in my hotel room (currently I’m on biz trip), I realized the real and only obstacle in learning Dharma is our MIND not the biz meetings, dinner appointments, travel and etc… etc… so from now onward we should pray to protector for removing “mind” obstacles and not anything else.

    Thank you again for sharing.
    Take good care.
    With love,
    VP

  52. DR on Jun 27, 2012 at 5:27 am

    Reading HongYan’s story reminds me of a Malaysian lady whom I had the good fortune to talk to afew months ago. I was on the panel of judges for a women’s award and she was one of the finalist. Born to a very poor family and doesn’t have legs at birth. What is inspiring is that she begged her mother to send her to a normal school (as she wanted to be with the other ‘normal’ kids)instead of school for the handicap, went on to university (only then her case was highlighted and the university raised funds for her prosthetic legs), worked extremely hard and later became a successful entrepreneur and even got married!

    There was no bitterness or self pity when she talked about herself, she wasn’t even using her handicap as a means to attract attention. She just talked as a matter of factly. So awe inspiring. She was unanimously voted in as the Most Inspiring Women.

    She is another classic example of ‘mind over body’ ie our mind and body are not one. The mind has no limitation unlike that of a body. Strong determination based on hard work is able to conquer any challenges and break all the limitations.

  53. ericchoong on Jun 27, 2012 at 4:32 am

    人活在这个世上,一定要有感激之心,这样才会每天有着美好的心情。
    虽然有些人生活可能不富裕,或者身体可能还受着病痛之苦,但是和那些连饭都吃不饱,
    甚至饿死都没人知道,而且读过钱红绝小妹妹的真人真事后,我们幸苦和困难真的己经不是一回事了。
    想想我们生活己经是如此安逸,己经是上天莫大的恩赐给于我们,怎么还不怀有一颗感恩的心呢?
    ” 逆境顺境看襟度,临喜临怒看涵养 ” 遭遇逆境时,我们的心也正面临考验。
    安逸的现状不见得稳固,如果不善加维护,随时保有一种岌岌可危的状态,
    那安逸的环境便容易变成因境,感谢仁波切用心良苦的教导,这遍开示给了我们反省自身的警示。
    我们真的要探寻生活的意义,要勇于面对,走出自己制造的舒适地带,然后才能去开拓一个新天地。

  54. william on Jun 27, 2012 at 3:38 am

    This little girl is an inspiration to all because even though she is disabled through an accident, she does not give up life and continued on with joy and happiness. She made use of what she had until she has assistance of a set of donated prosthetic legs. This story is truly in line with the saying “If life gives you lemons, make lemonade!”

    If I put myself in her situation, I am not sure I could be as strong as her. Maybe through time I would be able to accept reality. Since we have all we have in a perfect human body, it would be a shame if we do not use it to its full potential. If this girl can do it, why can’t I do more in my life? Something to ponder.

    We are comfortable at where we are because we do not want to change. Change comes with risks. So, the question is whether we are willing to risk our life to for a change. When we make a choice to change, then there will be different results. You are taking charge of your life and making it interesting.

  55. justin cheah on Jun 27, 2012 at 2:34 am

    i admire her spirit and determination to live on a lot. Losing both of her limbs did not made her give up on herself while instead of that, she braved herself with her new situation and adjusted very well to her new self as shown in the pictures. This teaches me not to just give up on anything because all my problems are far more smaller than what she has to endure! Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this!

  56. Elena on Jun 27, 2012 at 1:50 am

    Rinpoche,

    What struck me about this article was:

    1) the mind is separate from the body. The body might be ‘faulty’ but the mind is very resilient, and it is up to us what we make of our situations. If we fail, if we are depressed, it is because we choose to fail and be depressed

    2) “Otherwise just keeping our bodies healthy for the sake of it, doesn’t serve much purpose perhaps” – that moved me. Animals can take care of their bodies; in fact, they spend their whole lifetime taking care of their bodies and the desires of their body. Then a human comes along, and sends them to the slaughterhouse and that’s it, their life is over.

    What is the point of taking care of our bodies for the sake of taking care of it, when we can’t take it with us to our next life? So much time and effort is wasted in that way…and sometimes, after all of that effort, we can still get into accidents which are beyond our control! At the time, will we mourn lost opportunities? Was it worth it to stay in our comfort zones?

    3) how lucky I am to have a perfect human body with all of my mental faculties intact. I might have health problems but actually, I still consider my body perfect because all of my limbs are intact and I am mobile. I told Rinpoche once before that I view my illnesses as blessings in disguise and I really did mean it. Unlike others, I get reminders from time to time about my own mortality, and the importance of doing Dharma now

    Thank you,
    Jean Ai

  57. Pastor Susan on Jun 27, 2012 at 1:08 am

    I would absolutely loved to look into the mind of this beautiful girl, to know her realities, her experience, the way she views life, her physical condition…there’s so much to learn from this young lady. I truly belief whatever we choose to focus on is what we will experience and will be our reality. If we choose to focus on what we dont have, don’t get, and all the other negative thoughts, that’s exactly how our experience of our life will be.

    In this physical condition, this young lady could still smile, be so cheerful which goes to show that it’s not about the body which we derive happiness from but it’s in our mind. This young lady has an absolutely beautiful mind!

  58. Karen Chong on Jun 27, 2012 at 12:49 am

    这篇开示真的让我们这些常人感到惭愧。与这位身残志不残的小妹妹比起来,我自问我到了这个年级我的人生取得了什么成绩? 看见这位小孩拖着残瘴的身躯去学校求学,而我们这些吹着空调上名校的无知小孩,竟然还逃学,不认真学习。我们的惰性与无知是我们失败的主因。

  59. judy lam on Jun 27, 2012 at 12:42 am

    Qian HongYan is unlucky due to the accident that lead to the loss of her legs. Hong Yan is lucky in that she has found a way to move around as normal as she could with just a ball! Amazing! I am moved by the kind samaritans who donated a pair of prosthetic legs to enable Hong Yan to move around more ‘normally’ than before.
    I am ashamed that I look at things worse off than little Hong Yan sometimes. I am sure we can all learn a thing or two from little Hong Yan.

  60. Jasline Tay (MBF) on Jun 27, 2012 at 12:37 am

    Incredible!
    We are very fortunate. Hence it is a good reminder to everyone that before we give up, we should think of the difficulties/obstacles that Qian Hong Yan has to go through.
    It’s easy to fail but it takes a great deal of effort to try to overcome all obstacles.

  61. Doreen Teoh on Jun 27, 2012 at 12:35 am

    I see that Hong Yan does suffer, even she smiles, but she never make her situation to be soar and pitiful, She does takes her condition as it, and make no excuses not to do things. Thankful to the public’s donation and help she is now able to afford a pair of prosthetic legs. It is all in the mind. We can change it.

  62. Lim Tat Ming on Jun 27, 2012 at 12:32 am

    Qian HongYan’s strong, cheerful and positive character really put me to shame. At such young age, without a pair of legs and yet she could do things normal children and even adult like us would take it for granted. She commands my deepest respect for her fearlessness and perseverance.

    We are living in comfort zone without realising it. Our habituation had made it very difficult for us to even want to change for the better. Qian HongYan had proven us wrong! We just got to do it if we are serious about improving ourselves. We really got to push ourselves if we want to see improvement in our spiritual practice.

    Thank You Rinpoche for this post. Qian HongYan is an inspiration to many of us.

  63. Wendy Loh on Jun 27, 2012 at 12:31 am

    When we are passionate about what we are doing, about benefiting others, about Dharma; we will never allow ourselves to slip into comfort zones. We will keep on pushing and moving forward, just like this brave and intelligent little girl. She loves life too much to even consider giving up. 🙂

  64. Wan Wai Meng on Jun 27, 2012 at 12:22 am

    Precious human rebirth with all the 8 freedoms and 10 endowments are so so very rare. Best we do dharma before we lose this opportune condition. We are on breath away from losing our lives. I truly admire her spirit to make do with what has happened and carry on. The human determination and spirit is an amazing thing, it can create the causes to be the pinnacle of what a human can be a Buddha and also create the causes to further our samsara. The choice is really in our hands.

  65. Gim Lee on Jun 27, 2012 at 12:13 am

    Looking at this brave girl Qian Hongyan, it reminds me of the sayings “I complained I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet.”

    We mostly focus on our own discomforts, problems and didn’t notice that everyone else also has discomforts and problems. Everyone is the same, we all want happiness. Selfishly we’ll think that our problems are the most important thing that existed in this world… and our own happiness matters most to the world…

    Now is the time we LOOK OUT and pay attention to others’ needs; now is the time we MOVE OUT of our comfort zones and take charge.

  66. June Kang on Jun 27, 2012 at 12:07 am

    这提醒我们许多人自我负责,不要抱怨,克服所有的舒适地带,不放棄就有希望。

    无论我们的身体是完整的或不,最重要的是心,因自私。我们做的事情仅仅是舒适,使自己快乐。让我们今天走出舒适地带,不要让懒惰迷惑自己。

  67. Sam on Jun 27, 2012 at 12:06 am

    Realizing the true fact that a lot of us always find excuses to cover ourselves on our laziness, failures, not able to accomplish certain tasks and etc. We all realize it but still keep doing it and chose to ignore it. Reading the article make me feel shameful. Beautiful little HongYan faced reality positively and moving forward bravely. A very good role model and she is willingly moving all the way out from her comfort zone. But for many of us, we are being selective and we chose to move based on our on comfort level (not all the way out). I remember guru always mention to us don’t just talk but act. Only by stepping outside our comfort zone, taking up the risk and dare to challenge can bring us further and benefit more people. I like this “JUST GET IT DONE. No mistakes, don’t be late, do it well, with a smile and be proud for it when you completed it.”

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this powerful article.
    Take good care 🙂

  68. Cynthia Ng on Jun 27, 2012 at 12:05 am

    真的佩服钱红艳小妹妹,从她面上看不到丝毫的不快乐,她的那份开朗显现在她的笑容中,她还是勇敢的面对朋友,上学,游玩。从她的举动没有半分的埋怨与放弃,她的那股毅力是值得敬仰的,没有任何的难题比起钱红艳小妹妹失去双脚来的痛苦。

    失去双腿虽然对她造成很多不便,她反而开始努力学习在没有双脚的状况从新过活以及克服所要面对的困难,她没有怨己怨天,而且完全没有阻扰她往上爬。

    这是她走出舒适地带所带给她积极的行为,在这里我了解到只要我们勇敢的“走出舒适地带”,当遇到任何的难题,障碍都不再是难题了!

  69. sockwan on Jun 27, 2012 at 12:05 am

    We always give excuses to ourselves to fail. We always say we cannot, we cannot, we cannot. Look at this little girl, she has lost her legs due to poverty, she could not afford the prosthetic leg, so she uses what she could to walk. She does not use her disability as an excuse to seek for sympathy or allow herself to fail.

    It is so true that if we want something, we will work our ways to get it done. We have to have passion and believe strongly in the things we pursue. Develop this passion and belief, then go all the way.

    Don’t sit around, just wishing and hoping. Go and do it, good things will happen.

  70. Datuk May on Jun 27, 2012 at 12:04 am

    It is heart breaking to see this beautiful girl suffering so much inconvenience and at the same time very inspiring how nothing stops her from living as normally as she can. I truly thank all the generous people who gifted her with prosthetic legs. Now she learns again.

    The teachings from Rinpoches reinforces how we should lead our lives, not to complain and find laziness in not making our lives useful especially when we are endowed with a body with full operating faculties.

    The power of will to push further and further into the unknown to test ourselves and get out of our comfort zones is what I learnt from this young girl and how we will get help to achieve our goals.

    Dharma teaches this and we must live in Dharma to achieve great purpose with our lives.

  71. su an on Jun 27, 2012 at 12:04 am

    Qian Hong Yan and many others like her show us point blank that whether life is cruel or not, it really depends on ourselves. She has every reason to be bitter, to give up, to stagnate, to not try harder… but she didn’t, and with a genuinely happy smile. Whereas i had a friend who seemed to have it all, definitely more than what Hong Yan has, but she committed suicide when she was 24.

    I attended a workshop recently and was told that generally when we reach a certain age, we tend to either regenerate or stagnate i.e. push through our comfort zones to have another burst of growth like how young people do, or stay in the comfort zone and not grow anymore. but i think this kind of mentality can set in at any age. I think in some instances, we are too afraid to make mistakes and fail and rather stay in our familiar cave where we know we are safe. But a safer way of thinking would be to prepare for the day our cave gets flooded!

    Thank you Tsem Rinpoche for this moving post. I will remember the “basketball girl” whenever i feel like giving up or not trying, and push myself to continuously break out or broaden my comfort zone.

  72. su an on Jun 27, 2012 at 12:04 am

    Qian Hong Yan and many others like her show us point blank that whether life is cruel or not, it really depends on ourselves. She has every reason to be bitter, to give up, to stagnate, to not try harder… but she didn’t, and with a genuinely happy smile. Whereas i had a friend who seemed to have it all, definitely more than what Hong Yan has, but she committed suicide when she was 24.

    I attended a workshop recently and was told that generally when we reach a certain age, we tend to either regenerate or stagnate i.e. push through our comfort zones to have another burst of growth like how young people do, or stay in the comfort zone and not grow anymore. but i think this kind of mentality can set in at any age. I think in some instances, we are too afraid to make mistakes and fail and rather stay in our familiar cave where we know we are safe. But a safer way of thinking would be to prepare for the day our cave gets flooded!

    Thank you Tsem Rinpoche for this moving post. I will remember the “basketball girl” whenever i feel like giving up or not trying, and push myself to broaden my comfort zone.

  73. Yee Mun on Jun 27, 2012 at 12:03 am

    This little girl’s story is really touching. Her disability did not hinder her from moving around, going to school or live her day happily. She is so creative that she used a basketball to move around.

    The only disability in life is a bad attitudes. – Scott Hamilton. Our laziness, ignorance, not willing to change, easily give up, don’t want to put in extra efforts and many many others bad attitudes that cos us failed in our life, job, family matters and relationship.

    Physical disability is not an obstacles, sometimes it is a strength that give the power and determination to a person to achieve higher. There are many famous disable people in the world such as Albert Eistein (Till the age of three he could not speak and was severely dyslexic and autistic), Thomas Edison (was partially deaf and had a learning disability as a child), Nick Vujicic, born with no limbs and others,

    http://hcdg.org/famous.htm

    We always take for granted that we will have a perfect human body forever. And give excuse that will only do dharma work when retired, now is the time to make lots of money. Impermanence is happening everyday. We don’t even know whether we still have tomorrow. Therefore, whatever we want to do, we must do now and do not wait for tomorrow.

  74. Li Kim on Jun 27, 2012 at 12:00 am

    This is truly an inspirational story. And she is so young. Her face is full of life and tenacity. What she has endured is much more than many who complain about their lives who indeed have so much more and complete bodies. We who have a complete physical form should feel ashamed for ever complaining for the minute things we have suffered. It is so true that our body should be used to benefit others and not just for self-ingulging pleasures.

    I rejoice now that she has a pair of prosthetic legs and will be able to achieve more in her life. I love the pictures for all the happiness and life on her beautiful face.

  75. Siong Woan on Jun 26, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    A little girl with a mind like steel! Hong Yan is an outstanding example of ‘making the best of what we have’. Instead of feeling pity about her misfortune, she had chosen to face her disability and get on with life.

    What stood out for me is the smile on her face when she was clearly struggling without legs and she didn’t compare her fate with the rest of her friends who is enjoying perfect health.

    In a not-so-distant future, I am sure we will hear more of Hong Yan as she continues her life journey with such determination that shame most of us.

  76. June Kang on Jun 26, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    这提醒我们许多人自我负责,不要抱怨,不放棄就有希望.

  77. Mc on Jun 26, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    It can and should be as simple as that i,e, Jut Get It Done. No ifs and buts, no excuses and self doubts and so on. Thus little girl did not focus on her limitations and in fact with the correct attitude she ended up having less limitations than those of us with no excuse and barriers other than the limitations we impose on ourselves.

    Whether our mind is an ally or the enemy lies in our attitude.

    “JUST GET IT DONE. No mistakes, don’t be late, do it well, with a smile and be proud for it when you completed it. The end”

  78. David Loh on Jun 26, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for posting such an inspiring story. Here we are with all faculties intact yet complaining about every little thing that does not go our way. What about little HongYan?

    She seems very happy and determined not too let her handicap in any way deter her from going about with her routine. If anything like this happened to any one of us, we will definitely want to end our lives or hide like hermit crabs.

    HongYan is such an inspiration for all. Talk about comfort zones. We are not even able to accept what little change in life’s situation not alone to mention any changes in our physical appearances for the worse. One little pimple appearing on the face and we hide inside our room until the pimple disappears!

    Its ok for little Hong Yan to complain and even feel angry at times but for people like us we just keep coming up with all sorts of excuses.

    We should be very thankful for what we still have and stop complaining and coming up with loads of excuses after reading this.

    David Loh

  79. bengkooi on Jun 26, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    I scrolled thru the comments and what Andrew struck a chord in me. I too am ashamed to say that many times, when I pass by the physically challenged, I dont look twice. Especially when i see the beggars on the street. When I was younger, my elders always told me that these people were from a “scam” and best not to give them any money. I suppose they could be right some of the time, but looking back on those days, I know that some of them were probably physically handicapped, and needed the help.

    Likewise Qian Hongyan. Yes she is physically challenged like many others, but what I find inspiring is that she doesnt let any of that stop her. She still smiles. She still plays on the swing like other kids. She gets around. She goes to school. She behaves like a normal person who doesnt have her disadvantages.

    How many adults do you know who have had a life-changing accident and they are never the same again? They look at the world from their sorry and depressive state, not realising that it doesnt have to be that way? Even worse, how many adults do you know who have everything in the world yet they moan and complain away? They should all read this story.

    Qian Hongyan’s story is inspiring and I am glad to see she has a sponsor for a set of prosthetic legs. With her spirit, attitude and determination, she deserves it. Reading her story, it made me happy. I hope she has a long, happy and successful life.

  80. Paul Yap on Jun 26, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    Qian has a very strong determination to live and not grumble how unfair live is to her. Her story reminds me of another man, whose name is Nick Vujicic, has lost both hands and legs, but becoming a popular motivational speaker who moves the world. These Heroes remind us continuously, with a health body and mind, we can do whatever we want, and set no boundaries and limit to our sky.

    Our small little failure and self created delusion mind has continuously failed us and crippled us from within, the pain ran deep inside our soul forever, which is far more destructive than a handicapped person like Qian and Nick Vujicic.

    Their stories remind us to be contented with what we have and not complaining what we don’t have. Determination in Qian has made her a swimmer and took Nick Vujicic all over the world giving motivational speech, which is far more popular and useful than any other healthy person.

    Lets stand straight today and clear our mind, don’t let the deluded lazy mind failed us physically, cos our mind is much more than just physical!

  81. lucy yap on Jun 26, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    A truly shining example to others even though only eight year old. Her strong will to overcome her obstacles after losing her legs in a accident is inspiring and amazing!Now I realized how pampered and lucky I am!A very valuable lesson learnt not to complain and get out of my comfort zone.Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this with us.

  82. Cynthia Lee on Jun 26, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    I like her spirit and determination. She does not let her disability stop her from living and doing things. It does not bring her down and be unhappy. This is truly inspiring as some of us allow small matters upset us.

    We all have disabilities in one way or another. It can be some disabilities which is associated with bad health, lack of skills or simply the resistant to do something beyond our usual abilities.

    Our body is just a vessel. Our minds is what fuels our body. Our body in turn should be used to benefit us and others just like how a car is used to take us from A-Z, in this case it would be to a better place.

    I remember a teaching from Rinpoche is that we should not let our bodies control our minds but we should use our bodies to TRAIN our minds.

  83. Mei Fong on Jun 26, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this inspiring story. Qian is a courage’s girl. She never gives up hope regardless the difficulties she have to face in her daily lives. I respect this girl.

  84. Henry ooi on Jun 26, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    With one hand I covered the lower half of HongYan’s body and look at her upper half and her beautiful smile. She looked like any normal happy child with my hand still covered. Then I removed my hand and look at her in full and I still see a cheerful young girl who shows no pain but full of zest and determination. I asked myself if I were her would I still have her cheerful disposition? Probably not. This would serve as a reminder for me to stop complaining each time when I face mental and physical challenges.

    This is a truly inspirational example for our children. I have shown these pictures to my children and asked them to read what Rinpoche writes here.

  85. Lili ng on Jun 26, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Yes,nothing is impossible if we really want to do something,if we put in all our effort,with all the resourses available,at least we can still say I have tried rather than stop at saying I can’t ,but most times we are just too comfortable to push ourselves out frm the zone we are comfortable in,we can be our own worst enemie at most times,not willing to do or even try anything different,compare to those who are less fortunate,we are able to do and contribute so much more,it may not be easy but can be done gradually,pushing myself to my limit.

  86. nicholas on Jun 26, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Qian Hong Yan is truly inspired. You still able to see her beautiful smile even though she’s in such condition. Her beauty is her determination, not giving up, persistent. At such a young age she has a strong driven soul that not give her any excuses to stay back but continue her life and I’m very sure she will make a success for her future.

    Feel shame for whatever reason I gave to myself not to push myself and easily gave up when difficulty arises. This young lady shown and proven by making the choice to change the negative thought for positive action.

    What else to complaint, whatever I face can never be compared with HongYan situation and I just need to push myself to “JUST DO IT” and “DO IT RIGHT”!

  87. Albert Ratchaga on Jun 26, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Many of us had been caught in our comfort zone and we keep on blaming the outsiders when things went wrong that affected our comfort zone, many things in our life that we consider big deal is actually nothing when compare to what this little girl is going through, yes, she is a little girl, but her mindset is even much tougher than lots more people in today’s world.

    We are so fortunate as compare to her, we are physically healthy and can do whatever things that we like which Hong Yan doesn’t has the chance to do so, kids are normally being very demanding especially when they saw what other kids have and they don’t have, but look at Hong Yan, she is a kid too, she cannot run around like others, many things she misses out due to her lost of legs, but she didn’t complain or just sit down, stay sad and do nothing, she still live a normal life, play with friends, go to school, she doesn’t has the kind of comfort zone like we do, but she keep challenging her situation, and she made it.

    Everyday are the same, everyone face difficulties, but it’s all depends on how we work on it, whether with a positive thinking or negative thinking, it is all up to how our own mind working. When we have a low endurance of things, which shows how high our comfort zone is. Qian Hong Yan has totally put me in shame, she has clearly shows me that how much smaller her body is, and how great her mind is as compare to me.

  88. June Tang (KH-JB) on Jun 26, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    钱红艳小妹妹用她残而不废的精神突破生理与心理的障碍去面对他的生活,快乐与勇敢的渡过每一天.她是我们的借镜,在遇到困难的时候,我们必需衝出我们的舒适地带,一步一脚印的朝我们的目标前进!!感谢仁波切的教导,我会铭记于心!!

  89. Tan Hook Peng - KH(JB) on Jun 26, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Just realized that all this while I have live in the “comfort zone”.
    Her strong determination to live, happily; despite the hardship and pain she had gone through and finally she succeed in life to be able to walk again.

  90. Lim Fang I KH (JB) on Jun 26, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    钱红艳小妹妹的毅力和不放弃的精神是很多四肢健全的我们学习和深思的对象。他告诉我们一步一步努力的走,虽然慢虽然辛苦但是最后一定会成功。

  91. Tenzin Kyabsum on Jun 26, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, I just showed my sis’ lil monsters this inspirational blog post. They were stunned beyond words. I explained to them how fortunate they are to be fully limbed and yet they are complaining so much. After explaining to them that they can do much more and hopefully they would be to serve the Dharma and Rinpoche in future.

    I have nothing to complain about my life. I’m fully bodied. I have a family whom loves me unconditionally. Yet I still find excuses not to do more for Dharma. I’m too comfortable in my comfort zone. It is time to change. And it all begins with me. It is time to challenge myself and get out of my comfort zone. Thank you Rinpoche for the words of wisdom. It really made me look at life from another perspective.

    In all lives may I never be parted from my Perfect Guru.

  92. winnie on Jun 26, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    小妹妹的经历真令人悲痛,感激仁波切苦口婆心的教导我们。看了小妹妹的笑容,敬佩她努力为自己开心活下去,向他致敬。说到这里我也非常认同仁波切所说所教的,人总是为自己找很多很多的借口。最后我希望我不会被舒适生活所蒙蔽,要努力反省自己,不会就要问和学,所谓活到老学到老。

  93. Alan Chan ( KSJC ) on Jun 26, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche to sharing with us the inspiring story , I am really respect the little girl courage , brave to facing her life , i am believe not everyone can make it included me. we are really in the comfort zone, we need to do something to beneficial other with our healthy body , just like rinpoche mention that the purpose of the body is to be beneficial to others , I will always remember this sentence ” do it well, with a smile and be proud for it when you completed it. The end.” Thank you Rinpoche advice !

  94. grace (KSJC) on Jun 26, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    Qian Yan Hong’s story remind me we can do better if we have determination regardless what kind of difficulty, just like a statement: there is will, that is way. yet we spend most of time to make ourself relax in our comfort zone,we did not fully utilisd our healthy phyisical body to beneficial other, most of time only think ourself.we must change our attitiude now!

  95. Phillis Chin on Jun 26, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    I have read her news and find out that little Qian HongYan loves swimming! This is the story:
    “The seventh national special sports-meeting was held in Kunming in May 2007 . Qian HongYan went to watch the games every day and seeing the handicapped players struggle in the matches deeply moved her. After the sports meeting, Qian HongYan was determined to join in the special swimming club. She and her parents went to consult the opportunity with Zhang Honghu, a well-known coach who has trained many handicapped swimming champions. Then, Qian HongYan began her life in the swimming club and did professional swimming training.”

    And now, Qian HongYan has an ambition, which is to compete as a swimmer and become a world champion in the 2012 Paralympics in London. She works very hard to achieve her dream.

    Qian HongYan can shut all of our mouth. Look at all the picture of this little one and things that she do, makes me feel ashamed… Look at her…. She’s only 3/4 years old while she lost her legs. Can’t imagine the pain, suffer that she has…. But she still smiles, genuinely. Gosh….. A 4 years old girl can be so positive, cheerful with no complain even she have this bad situation at all! She is truly inspiring.

    I am sure Qian HongYan CAN achieves her dreams and life happily.

    Thank You Rinpoche for this amazing, inspiring article.

  96. verontung on Jun 26, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    看着那张张的照片,都让我联想起在gallery里仁波切小时候每一张都是笑脸的照片。就和仁波切一样,每一张的笑脸完全都看不出这小女孩有任何的不愉快经验。心想:这真的是哪来的勇气与信念才能活得如此坚强。

    谢谢仁波切。谢谢你终是用尽所有的方法来让我们了解人生及佛法!从钱红艳身上我就看到佛法不是只是一味的纸上谈兵,而是真的需要身体力行去做、去实践的!我们活在这世上有太多的世俗责任,如何用这身的臭皮囊去利益更多人,帮助人。

    钱红艳:我向你致敬。你让我们一众人都觉得羞愧。我们虽然拥有得比你多,但你拥有的是我们所无任能比的毅力!

    “去做就对了。不要犯错,不要迟到,做好它,完成了就微笑,为自己感到自豪,就是这样。” 谢谢!

  97. patsy on Jun 26, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Looking at the photos, we do not see a sad, depressed, poor me face but a smiling, cheery and determined face from such a young girl who only have half a body. Qian Hongyan is an inspiration! How many of us will be able to face this reality of living with half a body? Yet when we are blessed with a perfect body, we do not push ourselves out from out comfort zone and we keep complaining about our lives. Put us to shame, may we be inspired by her determination and push ourselves out from our comfort zone.

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for this thought provoking article.

  98. Leeann Lim on Jun 26, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    这女孩到底用了怎样的毅力活着的??真的很佩服她。每天从报纸中看到超速车祸,自杀,离家出走的新闻,不爱惜生命的大有人在,但这女孩却努力的带着微笑活下去。很惭愧的是,我们常常为了些小事,而埋怨,互相伤害,不快乐,而这并不带来任何改变,反而让事情更糟糕…但我们并不在意,也不觉得需要改变…

这几天在医院时,一路走着,一路看着那些病人,让我感觉很感恩,感恩我可以走着,站着,说话和身边的人一起,真切的感受到活着真好…通过仁波切的指导也明白了我们的身体应该拿来利益他人,除了照顾好健康,我们必须跳出自己的'舒适地带',不要一味只做着自己喜欢的事物,从而修身修心的达到利益他人的利益…

很认同仁波切所说的:去做就对了……完成了就微笑…这句话一直在脑海打转…

    很谢谢仁波切的用心良苦,用不同善巧的方式来让我们更明白,思考人生的课题。祈愿师父长寿,长住世;所有的病人身体健康,快乐的活着;也祈愿钱红艳小妹妹更坚强,更快乐的活下去,因为她让我们明白生存的美好,仿佛告诉我们没什么难关过不了,加油,谢谢您…


  99. Shin Tan on Jun 26, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    What was said about comfort zone is a good checkpoint for me. I guess trying to avoid all hardship and staying in comfort zone, it has caused me to stay in ‘no growth zone’ as well. Trying to minimize the possibilities of encountering adversity, I have been a coward and chose the easier way instead of the harder, but perhaps better way.

    There is a Chinese saying, ‘吃得苦中苦,方为人上人’ , loosely translated as “Only if you can stand the hardest hardships can you rise in society”. I never forget this saying but never really applied it. Enduring through a short period of hard times seems like a small price to pay in order to get to where one wants to be- this is part and parcel of many success stories. I reminded myself that is time to change my wrong view about hardship & difficulties – while the hardship itself can be seen as negative, the experiences and skills associated with overcoming them are very positive.

    Qian HongYan is inspiring not because of what she doesn’t have, but what she has – despite being a small little girl, her strength is tremendous, to go through suffering daily, enduring it with a bright smile on her face.

  100. pat on Jun 26, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    This is something that will make me think deeper again….We are so lucky to be normal but yet we always complain about everything. Even very small matters we complained and magnify it to make it look hard or difficult for us to do…this little girl really do inspire me and it’s time to reflect on myself and do something about it……just no more excuses for failing….have to ban my comfort zone…..

  101. Louise Lee on Jun 26, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    不放弃, 面对现实,就是成功之道!

    我们, 不会,不明白, 不知道,是因为我们懒惰, 自私的表现!长久下去,我们会失去家人,朋友。。。。等等

    日以具夜 的重复做同样的东西, 我不觉得很好。 我觉得,如果不说佛法的话,我们就像机器!没有犯任何的错,只不过想机器, 一层不变,一天过一天的,直到死去!

    我要的人生,是一天比一天好!不放弃! 向前进!一山还有一山高,与别人比,比死人!不如就跟自己比赛吧!

    佛法是无私的,每个人都可以学。但是有几个听到懂? 懂得有不做, 就有很多!

    既然我们有机会, 为什么不抱紧, 这个机会。做个好学生?

    难道,真的要等到受到灾难才学改变吗? 如果有一天我们想着小女孩,失去了双脚, 才哭的死去活来吗?

    现实是很残酷的,学佛是为未来做好准备!!

  102. yenpin on Jun 26, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    我非常敬佩钱红艳小妹妹. 她失去的是双脚, 也从不埋怨,很开朗的面对自己的人生。他身体有缺陷,可是对钱红艳小妹妹从来没有怨天尤人。
    当我们遇见困难时,就愁眉不展,怨天尤人。
    看钱红艳小妹妹,失去了双脚。还是快快乐乐面对人生,去上学、玩乐和交朋友。
    我们身体没有缺陷,没有理由我们现在不去努力.我们要走出舒适地带。

  103. Sheryl KH (JB) on Jun 26, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Many times we take things for granted, and so we dont cherish things that we already have, we misuse them and work a lot lesser than those who have a lot less than us.

    This beautiful girl shows us that many things are possible, if we want it. And we have to want things very hard so that we will work hard for it/them.

    The harder we work hard for something the higher chances we have to succeed. Perseverance and believes are the keys.

  104. Yvonne Yap on Jun 26, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    真佩服小女孩,她的乐观和耐力,真的比我们好几百倍!我们身体健全,生活也比这小女孩好的多。但我们就为了很小的破折,要生!要死的,想要放弃,连试也不试的,就说不行!
    在我们遇到困难的时候,想一想红艳这小女孩,因为她没放弃,多么的幸苦,她还是想办法的活下去,终于有公众人士关注及帮忙下,她站起来了!
    至于我们,想要成功,就不可以放弃,成功这道路是不容易走的,只要有心人,世上无难事。

  105. Uncle Eddie on Jun 26, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Homage should be paid to those Hheroes” who have managed to overcome great adversity in their lives. These unfortunate people, through various misfortunes or Karmic consequences have suffered incredible physical adversities. We salute them for their gusto, ingenuity and general badassness, in overcoming all these terrible adversities. As in the beautiful words of Steve Gutten Berg, they are truly our great heroes and inspiration – “If you are an underdog, mentally disabled, physically disabled, if you dont fit in, if you are not as pretty as others, you still can be a Hero.” Its really a great lesson to be learnt from such power of human spirit as shown by this mightest deformed little girl, Qian Hung Yan!!! Om mani Padme Hum.

  106. HelenaC on Jun 26, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    After reading this story of Qian Hongyan is enough for me to complain what is cruel in life. Looking at her story make me appreciate what I have. The little girl have strong will to live at such a young age. Life is hard but even harder that she had lost her legs. She has every reason to give up but she din’t. What are we still complaining here?? Sigh…She is an inspiration to all of us. Her smiles really touches my heart. May she always blessed by the 3 jewels.
    Thank yo Rinpoche for the post.

    Love,
    Helena

  107. Cindy on Jun 26, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    She is a very strong girl. This is a very good example for the kids that like to complain when they are very lucky compare to this girl.
    Not only kids but this is a good example for everybody.
    Thank you for sharing

  108. ron wong on Jun 26, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    My first sight of HongYan breaks my heart. I cannot imagine how much suffring she is going through. But when scrolling down the page, I see a brave girl who has such determination to live a normal life like everyone else,attending class, playing the swing & doing thing all by herself.Her disability has not a moment makes her any different from anyone.But her shear mental strength & determination are what we really have to copy & reflect on. Having such able physical conditions, we should not limit ourselves to what we like to do and avoid what we don’t like. Instead we should be like Hongyan, brave & strong to face the challenges in her life with much joy & cheers. Only then, our mind will be strong & be able to due with all the challenges in life yet to come. Nothing stay the same, everything changes so is our lives.

  109. Frederick Law on Jun 26, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Amazing determination and the will power of little Qian proves to us that human physic and also the mind is not weak, but is a strong force that can adapt in the most grueling condition, if onlu we allow it and not resist it. Even with just moving around with such condition, she never cry nor complain about her situation , instead she is happy .with what she have, and never in the slightest difficulty she ever cry, but cherish her every moment. Little Qian never sits in her comfort zone and cry, but she move out and live the life just like any other child. She is amazing.

  110. wah ying on Jun 26, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    看见钱红艳开朗的笑容,每天真的没有太多理由不展开笑脸,太多理由遇见困难时愁眉不展。看见她突破身体上心理上的障碍去上学、玩乐和交朋友,每天真的没有什么理由不去努力。

    除了惭愧还是惭愧。惭愧了就要去克服,去面对自己。认真面对自己后,总会发现自己内在的不满和愤怒其实都源自自己不够努力而来。

    不要被抛在后头就只能努力向前跑。要每天夜里很满意自豪地躺下睡觉,就要往前跑。成功不成功没有人能保障,我们自己可能也无法知道结果,但是尝试了,努力了,至少知道这些尝试过的法子行不通;然后再去尝试另一些法子。

    也不需要跟其他人比较,只要活得比昨天的自己更棒,付出了更多的努力。人,总得活得比昨天更跩。

  111. Choi Sheem on Jun 26, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Little QianHongYan is certainly a brave and determined girl. Even though she lost both her legs(something that we all take for granted), she did not allow this disablility to stop her from leading a normal life. All this shows in her cheerful, bright face that is without a tinge of sorrow or bitterness towards the unfortunate event of losing her legs. I learnt so much from this in that I must make full use of whatever ability I have and to stop complaining on small,petty matters. Thank you Rinpoche for this valuable lesson.

  112. Pastor Yek Yee on Jun 26, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    The post make me speechless, what can I said again when I see a smile face from a little girl. She do not have legs, this life will never have again. However she choose to smile in front of people. All those suffering she had experienced I believed is a lot.

    In her age, she need to response so much pressure from different part. She make a choice! She make a choice to stand up again and go all the way her journey with her smiling face!

    I think when I faced problems I will asked myself think about think =
    about another people like Qian Hong Yan. She is a real example.

  113. yurie on Jun 26, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    read the story about this girl many times already as its always sharing around in FB.
    yup..the girl is beautiful in the inside & outside! =)

  114. Wan on Jun 26, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    We are very fortunate to born in such a good condition of physically and mentally and yet we are complain about almost everything surround us and only focus on me me and me. And we are unhappy with everything that not go the way we expect..

    How about Quin HongYan? Despite how the difficulties she has to go through in her life she still in good spirit, cherish and happy. This is shut me up from the complaining and excuses i gave to myself

  115. tenzin llhamo on Jun 26, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Things that all of us take for granted everyday and we are still complaining. We have our health, our body and senses fully intact. Everyday we must remind ourselves of all the people who are suffering out there and their voices not heard. Who would’ve thought to look for these heart breaking stories and contemplate? We choose our comfort zone and try as much not to care so much. Like what Rinpoche said, we should use our body and knowledge to help and benefit others instead of doing what I think I can. What if that 1 day we want to do more but our body breaks down or we die before we could? No more procrastination from now on. Only forward and more more more… No more excuses of not enough sleep or time. Sorry I was so selfish, Rinpoche.

  116. Su Ming on Jun 26, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    I am not going to complain about how I look and what I have. Reading this story of Qian Hongyan is enough for me to appreciate what I have. And that is my choice.

    Everything in life is about choices and the best part is you make the decision. In the end if you really look into it, there is nobody to blame but you. This little girl made a decision to continue living and be as “normal” as possible. She chose not to allow her disability to dampen her spirits or limit what she can do. And this is the perfect lesson for all of us to learn.

    Below is another inspirational story about a generous old man Bai Fangli.
    http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/heroes-are-people-that-stop-being-selfish.html

    Here is the question, do u let these story just inspire you or will you do something about it and inspire others.

  117. Pastor Chia on Jun 26, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Oian Hongyan determination facing her life send us strong message no matter how hard in the situation, we never giving up thing easily. If we have deceptive mind, stay at the comfort zone, never try and facing difficulty, we like handicapped person can’t do much.

    Why we should not stayed on in our comfort zone, because is from our deceptive selfish mind.Thank rinpoche sharing this powerful message to all of us and uplifting our spirituality strange overcome our comfort zone.

  118. Wan on Jun 26, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Qian Hong Yan is truly inspired to many.

    We are very fortunate to born in such a good condition of physically and mentally and yet we are complain about almost everything surround us and only focus on me me and me. And we are unhappy with everything that not go the way we expect.

    How baout Qian Hong Yan? Despite how the difficuties she has to go through in her life she still in good spirit cherish and happy. this is shut me up from the ocmplaining and excuses i gave to myself

  119. Adrian Cho on Jun 26, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    This little girl really so pity and it is so sad, when I saw al this picture.
    However she don’t have 2 legs, but she no give up herself and she keep stay stonger to go through her life and without any complain.
    She really inspiring me so much…
    Thank You Rinpoche for sharing this post…

  120. i am may on Jun 26, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    She is indeed; the living, breathing BRAVE. I feel humbled by her, admiration and deep respect for this strong lil Hong Yan. This comes to show that we should not complain about our so-called “complicated” life, this lil BRAVE has way much more to deal with,and she is doing it with full determination.KAMPATEH!
    Thanks for sharing , Rinpoche.

    cheers
    may.

  121. wan on Jun 26, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Qian HongYan is truly inspired to many.

    We are very fortunate to born in such a good condition of physically and mentally and yet we are complain about almost everything surround us and only focus on me me and me. And we are unhappy with everything that not go the way we expect..

    How about Quin HongYan? Despite how the difficulties she has to go through in her life she still in good spirit, cherish and happy. This is shut me up from the complaining and excuses i gave to myself

  122. Darren on Jun 26, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    What Qian HongYan does is really extraordinaire, having lost her legs when she was 3 years old. Yet she has the will to does things without having others to help her much. I don’t think not everyone could emulate what she is does. She is having extensive training for swimming to hope that she can compete in 2012 London Paralympics. Her coach said that she is gifted in swimming, perhaps with an able body could had been a world class swimmer now.

  123. Theresa Tang on Jun 26, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    It really touches my heart to see this beautiful girl on a basketball. she is so brave and never give up herself, never find excuses not to do things other normal people can do. We all should not take things for granted, and should walk out from the comfort zone to experience life at different stages. When we are so lucky that we born a healthy person, just think of the many unfortunate people that need our help, no matter big or small.

  124. pastor ngeow on Jun 26, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Ordinary pictures can say a thousand words, but if the pictures depict an extraordinary subject, the power of the human spirit – it can move people. This beautiful girl’s grit and positive attitude is awesome and certainly has power to move many. Even this few pictures here have made me resolve to kick my own comfort zones away for good right here and now. I can imagine her effect on those who actually are close with her or have met her. What is there left to hold us back when we are well endowed to do much more? Let us just do as Rinpoche said. I do now and I leave my results to talk. The end.

  125. Erickksiow on Jun 26, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Qian Hong Yan has shown us, she’s strong ( mentally & physically ). Qian really inspired me very much. Thank You Rinpoche for sharing this to all of us.

    Always remember this from Rinpoche :
    Unfortunately if we stay in comfort zones, yes we don’t experience any new difficult situations, but we also don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we cannot benefit others much. If Buddha didn’t want us to overcome comfort zones, there would be no Dharma. The whole point of dharma is to overcome all comfort zones daily, weekly and completely. Never treasure comfort zones as they arise from pure selfish self-deceptive mind.

    Best Regards : Erickksiow

  126. lewkwanleng on Jun 26, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    When I look at the photos, I felt very ashamed, because I gave up so easily. I sit in the comfort of air-condition room with coffee and yet I complaint about this and complaint about that. I have not done much and have not had any results. This girl has inspired the world, but what have I done?

    And all this is due to my laziness and strong attachment to comfort zone.

    It is time for me to reflect and contemplate, and declare to do more. I will step up to do more to serve others. It is action time. Like what is said in the article,

    ” JUST GET IT DONE. No mistakes, don’t be late, do it well, with a smile and be proud for it when you completed it. The end.”

  127. tfreon on Jun 26, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing and reminding me the causes of my downfall. Nothing much to say, actions NOW! JUST DO IT and remind myself that , if i choose to be in Dharma, “so call” i wanted to “help” people around me, then no excuses to walk in to comfort zone. I pray always that i able to fulfill my tasks. Thank you my compassionate and wisdom Guru. With Holded Hand -/\-

  128. David Lai on Jun 26, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    This is an incredible tale of a girl with indomitable spirit and I am quite amazed at her parent’s ingenuity of using a basketball as a substitute for expensive prosthetic legs. Rinpoche is excellent for these kind of stories/ teachings because it gives us a comparison for the the type of life we enjoy and yet, we take it for granted.

    When we have everything, we tend to be spoilt and I do admit that I have a fantastic life and I am pretty much spoilt rotten. Just being in Kechara had been an eye-opener for me as to the limitations I have consciously and subconsciously set upon myself. If it wasn’t for Kechara, I wouldn’t know what it would be like to work round the clock, work in a construction site, wash dishes after a wedding dinner and learn so much Dharma along the way. I really can’t imagine what kind of person I would be if I weren’t in Kechara.

  129. jennifer on Jun 26, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    What a brave and courageous little girl ! And totally beautiful at all levels.
    Seeing the photos of Qian Hongyan and reading her story makes me realise that all of us are so blessed and yet we do not appreciate what we have and are ungrateful. We do not value and cherish what we already have but still want more, more, more.Not more for others but more for ourselves.
    Thank you Rinpoche for the story, photos and teachings.

  130. Kevin Tan on Jun 26, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    We ourselves self-limit ourselves with excuses and laziness. We set limits that retard our growth, capability and ability to achieve higher than you could imagine. Why, Buddha did say we all has the nature to go all the way to enlightenment. We all are the cause of our slow process because we refuse change, refuge to move out of our comfort zone.

  131. Alex C.J.Tan on Jun 26, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Qian HongYan disability is not stopping her to live a meaningful life. Although she has all the valid reasons to feel depressed, angry and sorry for herself, she chose to not stay in the past but to move forward positively. As a result of her choice and actions, she inspired many people who read about her story.

    Unlike HongYan, we are fortunate to have a whole and healthy body. We must use it productively and push ourselves constantly out of our comfort zones. Just like any habits, we can actually over time develop a brand new habit, that’s a habit of not wanting to stay in comfort zones.

    Comfort zones = predictable, dull, no growth, lifeless, boring.

    Stepping out of our comfort zones is not difficult once we identify something that we are passionate about….in our case, spreading the Holy Dharma. One can take baby steps or take giant leaps, the choice is yours! But remember time is not on our side.

    So, let’s live a full and meaningful life and say Good Bye to our comfort zones.

    Rinpoche, thank you for reminding me to use this precious human life and body for greater purpose.

    P/s If we ask HongYan, she will probably go for giant leaps!

  132. sweekeong on Jun 26, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    After reading this, I am ashamed as an adult that whatever I do cannot even be compared to this child. She showed us and inspired everyone of us what truly can a human being be, and what we truly value. Is it laziness we value, or is it perseverance we value. In whatever we do in life it depends on how strong you want to become successful or just being mediocre, even a thief must has perseverance to ‘succeed’.

  133. mitra on Jun 26, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    dear rinpoche when i see photo my also come out tears from my eye.how difficult her day but also she very smart and happy face. she used basketball to move araund.our condition not like her but also difficult for thing to have done.my self i didnt do much thing .i did nothing for other so what i can get?and what i waiting for it? alot question for my self.i well do more rinpoche no mater how hard need to do . thank you rinpochefor this post.

  134. michele theseira on Jun 26, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    A great reminder for us to be thankful for what we’ve got and considerate to those who don’t. If a child can carry on life without her 2 legs, who are we to complain about petty stuff. Thank you for the post Rinpoche!

  135. Jayce Goh on Jun 26, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    面对种种挫折,舒服地带就是如何去自我辩护? 形形式式的人们,如何看,如何去辨,如何去胜利,看清了,也只是每个人有不同的方针; 与其学会如何辨,不如坚持对的信念,慈悲行善,回头一刻,也无愧天地,又何必因他人而放弃, 换个方式去做,世界更美好。

  136. Mic on Jun 26, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    I have received this in email in 2009 and I have forwarded this to many of my friends in my email list.
    Be grateful with what you have and make good use of what you have. There is another thing that we should learn from this girl, she didn’t give up herself by giving excuse of her lost legs.
    Look at her eyes and her smile, she is so determined and positive and no sign of self-pity. This is the attitude that is lack in most of us because we are too comfortable with what we have especially in this generation.
    Many of us today have no hunger to learning more because we are too busy to indulge in getting more money. shopping, having nice house, having nice car. enjoying nice food, having nice party, having nice systems, playing electronic gadgets, enjoying life, etc. and pay very little attention to and lose touch with our ultimate human needs, i.e. need for spiritual growth.

  137. JP on Jun 26, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    The girl is very inspirational. She looks so happy regardless of her lost limbs. I guess the key here is the mind. We cherish what we have and overcome our shortfalls to get what we want. NO point lamenting and staying stagnant with life. It doesn’t bring us any results. Determination and resilience are essential to succeed. These have been the common qualities of highly successful people around the world.

    Of course there are times of difficulties, but our goals are more important. Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi is another great example of overcoming her personal needs for the sake of Burma. Incredible!

  138. Junior on Jun 26, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Thank you for sharing Qian HongYan.I am very touched by her determination,and she still does not complain or give any excuses.May my prayers goes to her.

  139. abby F on Jun 26, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    我没有经历过像钱红艳小妹妹这样惨痛的经历,也不曾失去那么宝贵的东西——双脚。我身上唯一的缺陷,就是少了一颗门牙。我也曾此懊恼不已,当时也是一场意外导致的。妈妈总是以为我会当电视主播,因此她总说,你的门牙少了一颗,会不会影响你的前途啊?虽然我没真的立志要当主播,但我跟自己说,我不会允许身上的这个缺陷阻止我做我想做的。当然现在的我,已经没有当主播的志愿了。

    我非常非常欣赏和敬佩钱红艳小妹妹。她失去的是双脚,她的人生必定会有很大的影响。可是她的笑容,却比任何人都来得灿烂,仿佛是个小天使。她没让她的缺陷成为心中的缺陷,进而变得消极和逃避。身体可以有缺陷,但内心不可有缺陷,否则我们只会变得愤怒、自怜自艾。我们得为自己的人生负责,不管你有否缺陷。自己肯担起来,别人才会帮到你啊!因为没有人会喜欢自怜自艾,怨天尤人的人。

    衷心希望钱红艳小妹妹在未来的日子里继续坚强,继续开朗的过日子。我依然相信世界有爱。 =)

  140. EricLee KHJB on Jun 26, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    其实,在这个世界上有许多不幸的事情在发生,有很多的都人采取怨天尤人的态度去面对,有的却是用积极面的态度去面对,开始检讨自己,找出问题的所在,然后自我调适,问题才能得到一个解决。要知道,只要我们还在轮回的世界里打转,问题就会不断的来考验我们,只有通过自我改变,接受所有的人,事,物,我们才得到解脱。然而,也只有透过学习佛法,了解佛法,我们才能真正的做到从痛苦中解脱。

  141. KH Ng on Jun 26, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Actually all of us have lost something not physically like little Qian Hongyan but definitely we have many afflictions. Because of our deceptive mind which thinks that we are physically complete we are ok and we do things just to make of body feel better for ourselves only.
    Whether our bodies are complete or not, it is the mind that is the most important. The self cherishing mind play tricks on us thinking it is ok to just “be ourselves” ie the selfish one. We do things just to be comfortable, make ourselves happy with food, travel, entertainment etc.
    Little Qian Hongyan reminds me that ultimately we are the same. What makes us different to others are the results and benefits our actions brings to others and ourselves. It makes me think that perhaps we need to lose part of our body just get rid of our attachment to it.

  142. Girlie Ooi on Jun 26, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Being born with a human body and all our limbs intact, we will never know how it is to be in her place. We look at her and say “Oh, poor thing; she does not have the lower half of her body.” But does she look like someone who has given up hope? She has been rather resourceful, using the basketball to move around. She is such an inspiration.

  143. Darren on Jun 26, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    What Qian HongYan is really an inspirational for everyone to emulate. Lost her legs when she was 3 years old and there is not maany people has strong will like her. She is training hard now to compete in the 2012 Paralympics in London. Her coach even said she was a gifted swimmer, perhaps if she still has her legs. She could have be a world class swimmer now.
    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing.

  144. mayy on Jun 26, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    The little girl Qian HongYan has shown how one can overcome all the great odds and didn’t let her physical handicap stop her from living the life she wanted.

    Many would have gave in and lie in bed waiting for others to help and serve them just because they are incapable and handicapped. Let alone complaining incessantly. Not wanting and staying lazy to find ways to overcome the adversities of life irrespective of the limitations.

    The girl has shown and inspires in many levels that anyone could actually overcome all these limitations set by our mind. We can even recondition and improvise the way we use to think, have been doing or the way we think is the only way. Why? Plain laziness and not wanting to move out of the limitation zones to do more.

    The following are few of the inspirational video links one can see how their physical impairment did not stop them to live the normal life and inspiration source to family and friends.

    1) 敬佩的無臂女人—-任吉美 (Ren Jinmei)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asFaNE9jlrg&feature=player_embedded

    2)Pilot flys without arms, Inspirational young Lady! (Jessica Cox)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuMHSFPOzpc&feature=player_embedded

  145. Khoo Hou Haw on Jun 26, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    This is so amazing that even from the photos I can feel the positive energy of her. She seems to be so cheerful with who she is, I don’t see any self-pity kind of emotion from her, just positively living her life as though she is just a normal child. But in fact, she is not normal, she is much stronger than most of us!

  146. Janice on Jun 26, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Challenges to our comfort zones happen daily be it in our work, family or just being served when we buy something. The difference between the achiever and the average is because the achiever challenges his mindset and boundaries and go for it. It is ironical that these words are created by human beings, we use it to label someone else when they dont deliver what we expect but not to ourselves. Excuses for not being an achiever is plenty, becos so and so have this or in this position, therefore he can excel. Taking a small step and recognizing that a small effort is all it takes to increase and reap many fruits, is all it takes. We are fortunate to be practicing Dharma becos with this practice we are already able to understand how our minds work. No aim, no gain. And when we do, it is so much easier for us to put it into practice and go further.

    • Julia Tan on Jul 6, 2012 at 5:41 pm

      Jace, I agreed with what you said. It is also made me realized that we are fortunate enough living in a comfortable life with a perfect body yet we sit back and doing nothing about it. More over we have dharma. We are all so spoiled and happily letting everyday wasted just like that. In fact we can think big and see far and do so much more if we start focusing for others.

  147. Joy on Jun 26, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    After reading this story of Qian Hong Yan I feel grateful for the what I have in my life and at the same time feel shameful for all those times when I complained, get upset or feel down. It made me realise my problems are so small and nothing compared to Hong Yan.

    Hong Yan lost both her legs, for a lot of girls this would be a huge tragedy… but Hong Yan chose a different perspective and her mind remains a happy and peaceful one… a strength is immeasurable. I am sure she does get frustrated at times and am sure she do cry at times, but most importantly I see a girl that never gave up and instead made her days count, her cheerful smile says it all – that is inspiring.

    If anyone is to feel sorry or sad about their situation, they should read this story. It is a reminder to count our blessings, to appreciate what we have. And to know that even if you’re going through a difficult time in your life, there is always someone out there experiencing a harder more difficult life.

    Whatever challenges that life brings us it is a lesson to find our human spirit and bring out the positive potentials in us… that is why they are called life’s lessons…and sometimes we forget…then a story likes this comes a long to remind us just that. Everyone has that potential, it is whether we want to evoke it or remain in our comfort zones. Hong Yan definitely is showing us that nothing is impossible if you have the right attitude in life…

    Thank you for this beautiful post Rinpoche, an apt reminder!

  148. Jace Chong on Jun 26, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    感激仁波切给我们那么有力量的故事,还有语重心长的教导。

    真的,如果释迦摩尼佛不从那舒适的皇宫走出来,我们今天完全没有机会接触佛法; 如果我们不从自己设下的极限中走出来,更加多的人没有机会接触佛法。

    不熟悉,不会做,不代表不能做; 如果因为这些理由而什么都不做,我们就只能原地踏步,遥望别人的成长与成功。虽然踏出去,不一定会成功,不一定会有预期的效果,但是原地不动,肯定是失败。

    我不是不想过安逸的生活,我只是不想过失败的生活。所以,我们一起勇敢的踏出我们的舒适区吧!英文说 There’s nothing to lose!

  149. Chris Tan on Jun 26, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    非常认同詹仁波切说的, “如果你真的想完成某件事,你就会去寻找办法。你不知道的你会去询问和学习….”… 世上无难事,只怕有心人!生命中的每一个步骤都由我们自己来决定,如我想有成功的那么的一天,那我得付出别人的双倍的努力来达成我的心愿。这世上没有不劳而获东西,有付出才有回报。舒适地带只有让我们在原地踏步而已。

  150. Joe Ang on Jun 26, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    This little girl Qian Hongyan, has a smile that will melt any heart. It must have been a great ordeal to have lost both her legs and coming to terms with it. Her determination is admiring, going through her everyday life in a basketball and two stilt props.
    I feel very sad to see the condition of Qian Hongyan. An innocent young girl, dealt with such terrible fate. Learning to walk again, is a challenge for her.

    It makes me think, how fortunate are we. But do we appreciate what we have and in our blessed conditions push to make ourselves better? Many, including myself complain at the slightest discomfort and will use all sorts of way to avoid doing things that we don’t like. But I realize, very often, it is by doing things that we don’t like, we get to learn new things. Our false sense of security so automatically kicks in and prompt us to avoid doing things we are not familiar with because of the fear of failing, hence we choose to stay comfortable by doing what we know and achieve the same expected result each time. How funny….

    Learning to walk all over again will cause Qian Hongyan much discomfort and fear because she may be so used to the stilt props and basketball. But she pushed herself to learn and practice to be able to walk again, one step at a time. I realize, if we push and stretch ourselves by doing more than we can. We actually become better and a little stronger each time.

    May Qian Hongyan live a happy and wonderful life and her story inspires many others. __/\__

    Dharma is doing things we don’t like, Until we like doing it.
    Thank you Rinpoche.

    Joe

  151. Lim KH (JB) on Jun 26, 2012 at 11:24 am

    I m very respect to this beautiful girl Qian Hongyan, she is brave and not look sad with her condition but she keeping doing what she must do especially schooling. Sometime when we are bad luck we will always say WHY ME WHY ME WHY ME, but how do we feel after see this girl’s article???

    I always remembered that Pastor Ngeow said people will not feel pain if they are not hurt before. So if we already know a little bit Dharma should we still wait for the hurt coming to feel the pain later???

    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing this inspiring article. I feel that everything happen or every problem arise must have the solution, i will keep going to learn more, do more to overcome all the problems..

  152. Lai on Jun 26, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing the story, Qian Hong yan showing us a strong living attitude, face it with a smile.
    i love her smile, cheerful. she is beautiful.

  153. joey wong on Jun 26, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    The story of the resilience of this little girl to continue living even when she lost her legs is very inspiring on so many levels. It makes me rethink every time i want to complain or give up on something whenever things get too difficult. She did not give up her life or just lie in bed doing nothing, she continued her life as per normal and tried to live life as ordinary as possible. she did not demand a wheelchair or give up or complain despite her condition. She could not afford prosthetic legs but she did not make a big deal out of it and just lie in bed at home and expect her parents to feed her just because she did not have legs…she actually found a way to still move around despite the lack of legs and improvised.

    It really made me rethink and reevaluate myself on how many times i gave up on something in life because it got too hard or got too difficult and then let it slip by my fingers.

    How many great friends I have lost because i refuse to put up with them anymore and they eventually become better people…friends that are worth it and that could have been very close to me and back me up whenever i need someone.

    How many opportunities that I have lost just because I gave in to difficulties and decided not to go through with them because its too hard

    How many personal dreams that I have crushed personally because i find it too difficult to pursue and if i had pursue them, i could have been a happier and more successful person

    And the list just goes on.

    But unlike me, the girl did not give up even if she lost her legs. If i was in her shoes, i would probably just lie in bed, waiting for my day to die. But she persisted.

    therefore, i must persist in everything else because if she can do it, so can I. I do not want to lose anything else due to my fear in bearing through the difficulties and uncertainties anymore.

    Thank you Rinpoche for such a thought provoking story.

  154. MayOng on Jun 26, 2012 at 10:05 am

    We are selective in what we like or can do but Qian HongYan did not have that choice. She live her life with a smile just like anyone else would normally despite her loss of her lower body.

    Who are we to complain about small minor things but we give up and stay in our comfort zone for that fell of protection. Yes, Rinpoche, we can do more if we decide to put our minds into it. We need to stop making excuses for ourselves. Thank you.

  155. Yoke Fui on Jun 26, 2012 at 6:44 am

    This little is truly an inspirational example to all of us. We complain when we have a flu, headache or even not enough sleep !

    Looking at her happy, cheery face and bouncing away on the football put me to shame. There is nothing in whatever I done can be compared to the obstacle she has overcome.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this uplifting post.

  156. julia on Jun 26, 2012 at 6:01 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing Qian’s story with us. She’s amazing. If she didn’t touch my heart, who else will? My heart broke when I saw her pictures. I will print out her pictures and put in a nice frame and put it in front of my desk to remind myself that’s a lot more I can do.

    Little Qian has no legs. She is using the basketball and her two little strong hands to move around. She never complain but smile and cheerful always. Little Qian proved to everyone that she could make it no matter what. She indure and overcome all the difficulties which pour on her over night. She’s small but extremly strong. Because she knew no one can help but herself. Where by people like us always not working hard for what we want! We have all the conditions that little Qian doesn’t. life has been good and merry hence we don’t have to push ourselves anymore. We started to degenerate and assume everything will be just fine. So much wasted doing nothing but thinking that everything will be ok. May be yes may be not.

    I am very happy for little Qian that she finally received her prosthetic legs. Now she can move faster and I believe little Qian has many big dreams to chase and her achievements to be accomplished. May my prayers always goes to her.

  157. Wei Theng on Jun 26, 2012 at 4:24 am

    What more can i complain when I see this little girl? Despite the lost of her legs and have to use a basket ball to move about, Hong Yan still does not complain or give any excuses, she just faces it and lives her life with a smile and full colour!
    “The purpose of the body is to be beneficial to others. To maintain our bodies is to keep it healthy for others… to serve others.” Now, our body is not ours, it belongs to others, it is a tool for us to serve others and not for us to use as an excuse for not doing things!
    I will always put this in my mind – “JUST GET IT DONE. No mistakes, don’t be late, do it well, with a smile and be proud for it when you completed it.”

  158. Jeffrey Yee on Jun 26, 2012 at 4:16 am

    I cannot imagine things to go any worse for little Qian Hongyan. Even at her present condition she has the courage and hope to push further in life without crying nor complaining. I am very touched by her determination.

    I feel shame for having to complain about pushing myself out of my comfort zone when other unfortunate ones such as Hongyan is living cheerfully in such a sad state. There is a need for me to contemplate on this case to realize and fix this ungrateful and self-cherishing mind.

    Thank you for posting Rinpoche.

  159. Irene Lim on Jun 26, 2012 at 4:00 am

    Qian HongYan is truly inspiring. With a perfect body and conditions I do not see why we should remain in comfort zone but to strive to make our dreams a reality and make our perfect body and conditions beneficial to ourself and others rather than rotting away and achieving little or no purpose and meaning in life.

  160. Klára Moráková on Jun 26, 2012 at 4:00 am

    Thank you Rinpoche, this is a good shower ,when I feel bad…. because small things…!She is beautiful little Sun.

  161. Andrew James Boon on Jun 26, 2012 at 3:57 am

    At first glance, to be completely honest, I caught myself saying “big deal! Yet another poor child who lost limbs and learns to live with her incapacitated manner”

    As soon as I said that, it dawned upon me… What an insensitive and selfish a thought. Complete disregard for a person’s drive and tenacity in the most harrowing situations. Yes, it is all sinking in now as I dwell on how desensitized we all are to a certain extent.

    It is scary to think this way even for a split second. What is more, it is the very foundation for us to “look the other way” in times of adversity. And we wonder why no one helps us when we are down? Karma coming full circle…

    Having shared the above, I know I am not an evil person but the very fact that I actually thought those thoughts and I am not so called evil is even worse because, imagine if there was intent behind the thought. How much worse it could be… perhaps the mind of a serial killer comes to mind? And all that from a mere thought! Hence we need to be mindful of our thoughts which in turn control our actions and our speech.

    The post on this incredible little child who at her age should have the freedom to be able to run around and play like other children do and enjoy the same carefree life every child should be privileged to experience but she does not… not in the conventional way that is.

    But look at the pictures above. Pictures do not lie… she is genuinely smiling in each and every picture (apart from the ones where she is trying to walk with her new prosthetic legs). She exudes a total acceptance of the situation she is in and is making the best out of it. It really hits home because, I reflect on the times where I have made excuses for not doing mundane things in my life which could have been done easily in retrospect but was not done because it did not suit me at the time or I was just too tired (always a good one… NOT!).

    I look further into my past and the more I look, the more the little girl’s smile haunts me… my life of selfishness and arrogance in the most subtle ways. Incredible how I have deluded myself for so long. And all it takes is a smile from a beautiful girl to remind me of how lucky… how truly lucky I am to have my sufferings and to be able to do something about it!

  162. Han on Jun 26, 2012 at 3:56 am

    钱红艳的经历说明了凡事有决心,没什么事是不可能的。在这样的处境还是那么乐观及开朗,换成许多人早已放弃,她绝对是所有人的学习对象,积极乐观进取。。。。她的启发,更是让我紧急的要跳出舒适地带, 接受更大的挑战!

  163. Sean Pang on Jun 26, 2012 at 3:53 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    many thanks for sharing the story of Qian Hongyan. Life can be cruel for taking away the legs of someone so young and yet, this brave little girl is using her sad story to teach us all a valuable lesson.

    When we are healthy, when things are going our way, when our lives seem to be perfectly in order, we tend to think that nothing will ever change. This delusion – our comfort zone – is nothing more than a trap that WE create for ourselves. How many of us are able to pick ourselves up and use a basketball as legs, if we ever have the misfortune of losing them? If we are so attached to what makes us comfortable every day, we will never be able to do what Hongyan did.

    At the end of the day, it’s about choice. Do we choose to cocoon inside our comfort zones and wait for failure – for one day something will come and rock the boat – or do we step outside of our comfort zones now to confront the unknown, prepared for the worst but giving our best?

    Easier said than done but it’s worth a try, everyday.

    Sean

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18th Century Mongolian made Namgyalma statue. Very artistic. Very beautiful. Usually her arms are 'all over the place' but this one is so artistically placed and poised. Tsem Rinpoche
My mother Ms. Dewa Nimbo came out with a new book. I am happy for her. Tsem Rinpoche
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My mother Ms. Dewa Nimbo came out with a new book. I am happy for her. Tsem Rinpoche
Challenges makes you more responsible. Always remember that life without struggle is a life without success. Don\'t give up and learn not to quit.~-Rumi
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Challenges makes you more responsible. Always remember that life without struggle is a life without success. Don't give up and learn not to quit.~-Rumi
May His Holiness Dalai Lama completely recover soon- https://bit.ly/2GgMO6c
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May His Holiness Dalai Lama completely recover soon- https://bit.ly/2GgMO6c
How I made my beautiful Kyabje Zong Rinpoche statue in Nepal in 1987. I have many more photos for you to see here- 
 https://bit.ly/2Z2r0T5
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How I made my beautiful Kyabje Zong Rinpoche statue in Nepal in 1987. I have many more photos for you to see here- https://bit.ly/2Z2r0T5
As of April 9, 2019 there are over 240k views on this blog post regarding the relationship between Bhutan\'s Highest lama Zhabdrung Rinpoche & Dorje Shugden.- https://bit.ly/2PrE6Ui
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As of April 9, 2019 there are over 240k views on this blog post regarding the relationship between Bhutan's Highest lama Zhabdrung Rinpoche & Dorje Shugden.- https://bit.ly/2PrE6Ui
The handprint of His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Dorje Chang Jetsun Dechen Nyingpo
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The handprint of His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Dorje Chang Jetsun Dechen Nyingpo
488 articles on animals, vegetarianism and environment and still growing. :) Enjoy the readings- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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488 articles on animals, vegetarianism and environment and still growing. :) Enjoy the readings- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
Beautiful Angel Dorje Shugden chapels in Kathmandu- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCaWhDHKyBA&feature=youtu.be

People love to visit & pray.
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Beautiful Angel Dorje Shugden chapels in Kathmandu- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCaWhDHKyBA&feature=youtu.be People love to visit & pray.
Stunning pieces-Tibetan spiritual art-Free download- https://bit.ly/2oxb4qU
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Stunning pieces-Tibetan spiritual art-Free download- https://bit.ly/2oxb4qU
Kechara visits Shar Gaden Monastery in South India-  https://bit.ly/2VozDp4
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Kechara visits Shar Gaden Monastery in South India- https://bit.ly/2VozDp4
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Obeisance to Yamantaka the powerful practice that destroys our bind to samsara.
I love this picture of their Holinesses. Trijang Rinpoche was known to be very humorous and always joked and made Ling Rinpoche laugh very hard. The two tutors got along very well and very harmonious always. This made their job together of educating H.H. Dalai Lama very smooth and successful. Tsem Rinpoche
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I love this picture of their Holinesses. Trijang Rinpoche was known to be very humorous and always joked and made Ling Rinpoche laugh very hard. The two tutors got along very well and very harmonious always. This made their job together of educating H.H. Dalai Lama very smooth and successful. Tsem Rinpoche
(left to right)Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. Super cute doggies of Tsem Rinpoche
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(left to right)Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. Super cute doggies of Tsem Rinpoche
You know you just want to kiss me reeeeeeeeal bad!!! ~Oser girl
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You know you just want to kiss me reeeeeeeeal bad!!! ~Oser girl
Over 106k views! People really interested in this post: https://bit.ly/2Sczh6v
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Over 106k views! People really interested in this post: https://bit.ly/2Sczh6v
This picture I found by accident on the internet recently. This exact photo was poster size and framed and was on Thubten Dhargye Ling\'s main altar in Los Angeles back in the 80\'s when I was there. It is beautiful picture of H.H. Dalai Lama in his youth with a light glow around his body as he meditates. I love this picture of His Holiness. Tsem Rinpoche Read more-  https://bit.ly/2FECC5S
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This picture I found by accident on the internet recently. This exact photo was poster size and framed and was on Thubten Dhargye Ling's main altar in Los Angeles back in the 80's when I was there. It is beautiful picture of H.H. Dalai Lama in his youth with a light glow around his body as he meditates. I love this picture of His Holiness. Tsem Rinpoche Read more- https://bit.ly/2FECC5S
Starting on Vajra Yogini now. Practicing Vajra Yogini without initiation. Find out more- https://bit.ly/2JjTTXp
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Starting on Vajra Yogini now. Practicing Vajra Yogini without initiation. Find out more- https://bit.ly/2JjTTXp
Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
Thai tradition of Buddhism also reveres/respects/remembers their gurus and high monks just like in the Tibetan tradition. You can see here a high guru\'s statue housed beautifully with a canopy and enshrined in a altar inside a temple for people to pay homage to him. Also an act of collecting merits for the disciples. Tsem Rinpoche
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Thai tradition of Buddhism also reveres/respects/remembers their gurus and high monks just like in the Tibetan tradition. You can see here a high guru's statue housed beautifully with a canopy and enshrined in a altar inside a temple for people to pay homage to him. Also an act of collecting merits for the disciples. Tsem Rinpoche
Offering sustenance on our shrine is a sign of appreciation spiritually
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Offering sustenance on our shrine is a sign of appreciation spiritually
Beautiful piece of African Dogan style art you can print out large & frame for your home- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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Beautiful piece of African Dogan style art you can print out large & frame for your home- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
I hope you\'ll be blessed by this practice of Lady Ucchusma- 
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I hope you'll be blessed by this practice of Lady Ucchusma- https://bit.ly/2U5Arm9
Beautiful painting of Nechung Pehar Gyalpo & Dorje Shugden together. Masterpiece. More free downloads: https://bit.ly/2oxb4qU
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Beautiful painting of Nechung Pehar Gyalpo & Dorje Shugden together. Masterpiece. More free downloads: https://bit.ly/2oxb4qU
Beautiful painting of Nechung Dorje Drakden & Dorje Shugden together. Masterpiece. More free downloads: https://bit.ly/2oxb4qU
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Beautiful painting of Nechung Dorje Drakden & Dorje Shugden together. Masterpiece. More free downloads: https://bit.ly/2oxb4qU
Tsem Rinpoche’s moving experience with Lama Zopa in Kopan (1987)- https://bit.ly/2YyE42m
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Tsem Rinpoche’s moving experience with Lama Zopa in Kopan (1987)- https://bit.ly/2YyE42m
Massive 2,600 year old Buddhist Monastery-Afghanistan- read more- https://bit.ly/2HTM48q
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Massive 2,600 year old Buddhist Monastery-Afghanistan- read more- https://bit.ly/2HTM48q
A good person is made by the intensity of his adversity~Tsem Rinpoche
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A good person is made by the intensity of his adversity~Tsem Rinpoche
BREAKING NEWS- Dharamsala MP Tenpa Yarphel says to make peace with Dorje Shugden people now!~ 
 https://bit.ly/2CESoxf
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BREAKING NEWS- Dharamsala MP Tenpa Yarphel says to make peace with Dorje Shugden people now!~ https://bit.ly/2CESoxf
How the incomparable yet down to earth Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen changed my life forever- https://bit.ly/2VJjCtk

Photo: His Eminence Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen and Tsem Rinpoche
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How the incomparable yet down to earth Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen changed my life forever- https://bit.ly/2VJjCtk Photo: His Eminence Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen and Tsem Rinpoche
Joanne Kam and Justin Ripley in Kechara doing some cooking..
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Joanne Kam and Justin Ripley in Kechara doing some cooking..
You have to see this spectacular outdoor Amitabah statue in Vietnam. So sacred and majestic.~ https://bit.ly/2Ed0s9n
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You have to see this spectacular outdoor Amitabah statue in Vietnam. So sacred and majestic.~ https://bit.ly/2Ed0s9n
Everyday offerings of fresh cooked food and drinks are offered to awakened world peace protector Dorje Shugden on my shrine. It is my way to thank Him for all the help He has given to so many people throughout the decades I\'ve introduced Him to. It is my way to include Him as my family and a feeling of closeness and gratitude I have for Him. He\'s a revered family member who happens to be enlightened and also my close friend. Tsem Rinpoche (Food offering prayer~ https://bit.ly/1VkYXJa)
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Everyday offerings of fresh cooked food and drinks are offered to awakened world peace protector Dorje Shugden on my shrine. It is my way to thank Him for all the help He has given to so many people throughout the decades I've introduced Him to. It is my way to include Him as my family and a feeling of closeness and gratitude I have for Him. He's a revered family member who happens to be enlightened and also my close friend. Tsem Rinpoche (Food offering prayer~ https://bit.ly/1VkYXJa)
Read about this special Goddess Lok Yeay Mao of Cambodia. I came across her picture and found her very unique and blogged about it. Do enjoy the reading- https://bit.ly/2HR3vqi
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Read about this special Goddess Lok Yeay Mao of Cambodia. I came across her picture and found her very unique and blogged about it. Do enjoy the reading- https://bit.ly/2HR3vqi
March 18, 2019-Oser is very photogenic as usual.
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March 18, 2019-Oser is very photogenic as usual.
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    Beautiful Monastery in Hong Kong
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    This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
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    These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
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    Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
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    Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
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    Beautiful
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    My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
  • Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
  • SUPER ADORABLE and must see
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    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
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    Cute!
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  • Uncle Wong
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    Uncle Wong
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    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
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    Cute baby owl found and rescued
    We rescued a lost baby owl in Kechara Forest Retreat.
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    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
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    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
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  • His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche makes offering of khata to Dorje Shugden.
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    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
    4 months 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
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    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
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    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.
    5 months 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
    5 months 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.
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    Our beautiful Dorje Shugden shop in the busiest part of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Many tourists visit our store and this area.
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    Living off the grid in Australia
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  • 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
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    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
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    My sweet little Oser girl is so photogenic and adorable. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Heart Sutra sang by a monk for the modern crowd. Very interesting and beautiful. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Submerging powerful mantra stones in water at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
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    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
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    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
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    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
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    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
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    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
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One day, we received a humble wish list from this poor family, an elderly mother who takes care of her grown up son with special needs. ‘It’s quite uneasy to use toilet without a proper door but I do not have enough money to fix it,’ said the mother. Without a second thought, our kindest sponsor, La Hong Eu has decided to make meaningful sponsorship to this case. Big thanks to Bernard Ting and Vickneshwaran for helping this family to replace the broken one with a brand new folding door. Together we are the reason that someone has a sweet smile on her face. #Kechara #foodbank #care - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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One day, we received a humble wish list from this poor family, an elderly mother who takes care of her grown up son with special needs. ‘It’s quite uneasy to use toilet without a proper door but I do not have enough money to fix it,’ said the mother. Without a second thought, our kindest sponsor, La Hong Eu has decided to make meaningful sponsorship to this case. Big thanks to Bernard Ting and Vickneshwaran for helping this family to replace the broken one with a brand new folding door. Together we are the reason that someone has a sweet smile on her face. #Kechara #foodbank #care - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Laying the rescued food down on the table would mean we will minimise chance of wastage from another level when our recipients will have the privilege to choose what they really need and want. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Laying the rescued food down on the table would mean we will minimise chance of wastage from another level when our recipients will have the privilege to choose what they really need and want. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Have you ever done beading? Join us for a blessed Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! http://bit.ly/2IMh5eN - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Have you ever done beading? Join us for a blessed Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! http://bit.ly/2IMh5eN - shared by Pastor Antoinette
What do you do on Saturday mornings? Join us for a meaningful time and be blessed by the Buddhas during the Spiritual Saturday at Kechara Forest Retreat! - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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What do you do on Saturday mornings? Join us for a meaningful time and be blessed by the Buddhas during the Spiritual Saturday at Kechara Forest Retreat! - shared by Pastor Antoinette
With Dorje Shugden in your car, bus, bike, boat or lorry, you will be protected and blessed. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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With Dorje Shugden in your car, bus, bike, boat or lorry, you will be protected and blessed. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Recently in Kechara Forest Retreat, this bus was blessed and is now protected by the Three Jewels. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Recently in Kechara Forest Retreat, this bus was blessed and is now protected by the Three Jewels. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Volunteers do not necessarily have the time, they just have the heart. In order to send the foodpack to our client in johor bahru area, we need a team that are always ready . Luckily, we have a group of wonderful volunteers that are commited to serve our community. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Volunteers do not necessarily have the time, they just have the heart. In order to send the foodpack to our client in johor bahru area, we need a team that are always ready . Luckily, we have a group of wonderful volunteers that are commited to serve our community. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Children paint their own mask for Halloween day. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children paint their own mask for Halloween day. Lin Mun KSDS
Parents and students did a group discussion together on the Bully topic  Lin Mun KSDS
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Parents and students did a group discussion together on the Bully topic Lin Mun KSDS
A talk on Bully by Peggy. A very informative sharing for students and parents. Lin Mun KSDS
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A talk on Bully by Peggy. A very informative sharing for students and parents. Lin Mun KSDS
Great to start kids with dharma knowledge from young. Lin Mun KSDS
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Great to start kids with dharma knowledge from young. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Victoria guided the students to do prayer in the dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Victoria guided the students to do prayer in the dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Creative horror drawing created by Teacher Kien. Alice, KSDS
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Creative horror drawing created by Teacher Kien. Alice, KSDS
Teacher Asyley led the kids to participate animal liberation. Alice, KSDS
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Teacher Asyley led the kids to participate animal liberation. Alice, KSDS
Healthy Meals for lunch sponsored by Mr Ravi & friends! We thank you for your unending support to #kecharasoupkitchen in our plight in serving the #homeless. Would you like to sponsor lunch for our street friends? To find out more, checkout our website for more details :) Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Healthy Meals for lunch sponsored by Mr Ravi & friends! We thank you for your unending support to #kecharasoupkitchen in our plight in serving the #homeless. Would you like to sponsor lunch for our street friends? To find out more, checkout our website for more details :) Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Bernard was briefing the volunteers on the details before they headed out last Saturday to PPR Kota Damansara. #kechara #foodbank #urbanpoor - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Bernard was briefing the volunteers on the details before they headed out last Saturday to PPR Kota Damansara. #kechara #foodbank #urbanpoor - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Seen here are team leaders giving their final briefing to the respective volunteers before they head out last night. Thank you very much to all the volunteers who turned up. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Seen here are team leaders giving their final briefing to the respective volunteers before they head out last night. Thank you very much to all the volunteers who turned up. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you very much to James and Shereen for sponsoring oranges for tonight's distribution. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thank you very much to James and Shereen for sponsoring oranges for tonight's distribution. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
We received a lot wine bottles for recycling. It was packed nicely by the person. KEP-Serena
2 weeks ago
We received a lot wine bottles for recycling. It was packed nicely by the person. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling activity at Kechara Soup Kitchen. You can drop the recycled items here if you are nearby. KEP-Serena
2 weeks ago
Today we are having recycling activity at Kechara Soup Kitchen. You can drop the recycled items here if you are nearby. KEP-Serena
The generous support from Tesco Malaysia and AEON Retail Malaysia have made it possible for us to continue with this contribution to those less fortunate. Thank you very much! Here are photos taken during the distribution at government low cost flat. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 weeks ago
The generous support from Tesco Malaysia and AEON Retail Malaysia have made it possible for us to continue with this contribution to those less fortunate. Thank you very much! Here are photos taken during the distribution at government low cost flat. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you committed university students of University of Malaya for helping in our #foodrescue activities. These still good to eat and in date edible bread will be very useful for the needy students in universities! Thank you Komugi Malaysia for contributing and help reduce food wastage! #zerofoodwastage #kecharafoodbank #kecharasoupkitchen #endhunger - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 weeks ago
Thank you committed university students of University of Malaya for helping in our #foodrescue activities. These still good to eat and in date edible bread will be very useful for the needy students in universities! Thank you Komugi Malaysia for contributing and help reduce food wastage! #zerofoodwastage #kecharafoodbank #kecharasoupkitchen #endhunger - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Throw back, Kechara Sunday Dharma School. Chen Chen run thru me when he saw I'm carry a table and Voluntary help me carry the table.. He really warm my heart and remind me must be kindness to others anytime everyway. Just happened that day's topic is "KINDNESS" Thank You Chen Chen, Lovely Boy right?
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Throw back, Kechara Sunday Dharma School. Chen Chen run thru me when he saw I'm carry a table and Voluntary help me carry the table.. He really warm my heart and remind me must be kindness to others anytime everyway. Just happened that day's topic is "KINDNESS" Thank You Chen Chen, Lovely Boy right?
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