Dharma is For Everyone

Sep 14, 2015 | Views: 9,421

(By Tsem Rinpoche)

Religion is just a label. It is the teachings of the religion that help nurture our innate goodness. Therefore I have always encouraged people of different backgrounds to practice their chosen religion with great faith and devotion.

I will never try to distract and convert people from their religious teachers to Buddhism because I believe all major religions in the world teach their followers love, peace and compassion. Kechara is the way it is today not because the beautiful people of Kechara are special, or have incredible abilities that others may not possess, but because they work very hard, long hours and respect others regardless of their social status and background. The results reflect that. There is no special secret, it is just hard work, dedication and everybody can do that. If the growth of Kechara both physically and spiritually amazes you, then I hope that you know of the hard work by dedicated people that goes on behind-the-scenes, and feel inspired to follow their footsteps by applying this good attitude in your own centres.

In Buddhism, all enlightened beings’ minds and consciousnesses are equal. The state of an enlightened mind is one that has achieved perfection of wisdom and compassion, which means there is no enlightened being greater than the other. Enlightened beings such as Shakyamuni and Cherezig appear different in our limited minds, but by nature, they are one and inseparable. However, although all enlightened beings are the same, out of their great compassion, they manifest to us in various different forms such as Medicine Buddha, Tara, Manjushri etc. And because samsaric beings like us are affected and influenced by karma, we develop a stronger form of  connection and affinity to one (or more) enlightened beings that manifest to aid us in dispelling whatever klesha we hold strongly in our mind.

In a similar way, one manifestation of Dharma is no greater than another because the essence of the teachings are the same. Whether we label ourselves as Buddhists, Christians or any other religion, the practice of Dharma transcends those labels. Practice of one’s religion does not come from the labels we give ourselves, but from actually carrying out compassionate acts as taught by our beliefs. There are many people who identify themselves as ‘Buddhist’, yet they do not truly understand or practice Dharma and there are many people who identify themselves as ‘Christians’, yet they repeatedly sin then beg for forgiveness. Is this the outcome we truly want just because we are so fixated about religious labels?

Dharma is a doctrine. To one who’s not Buddhist, it can simply be taken as advice to live a virtuous life; to a spiritually inclined person, Dharma is the essential teachings to transform the mind towards that of an enlightened being. Although it can be a part of it, Dharma is not just lighting some candles or incense every day, or going to the church or temple every week… at the end of the day, we must observe whether we remain mean, lazy, uncommitted and uncompassionate, or if we transformed to overcome our negative behaviours. 

In this respect, the deities of Buddhism can appear in different forms but their essence remains the same. Compassion and love are also taught in other religions such as Christianity, even if the method of delivery to the people is different. In Buddhism there is the Buddha and in Christianity there is Jesus Christ. I will not say that Buddhism is objectively better than Christianity, but Buddhism is just the best for me and that will not change. There are many Buddhists who find that Buddhism is not the best for them and that is okay. And there may be Christians that do not find Christianity is the best for them, and that is okay too… Ultimately, it is who we become at the end of the day that is more important than any label we can put on ourselves.

We should understand this. Dharma cannot be owned by anybody or anything so labelling that only Buddhists can practice Dharma would be very incorrect… and labelling that Christians or anyone of other faiths cannot practice Dharma is not correct either, because there is nothing religious about Dharma; it is about finding ways to become a better person and lead a virtuous life. Anybody can be on the Dharmic path, not just a Buddhist. Before Lord Buddha became enlightened and started to teach, there was no labelling of Buddhism but Dharma existed before and will exist after Buddhism is no longer heard of in this world. Also, Buddha has surely manifested in parts of the universe that we do not know of and at those places, the term Buddhism may not exist. Yet the Dharma remains the same.

This article below illustrates a half-dozen examples on how the Dharma helped some Christians to deepen their relationship with God, and how they strengthened their Christian beliefs and are now better Christians by applying some Buddhist teachings in their lives. I am sharing this not to show that Buddhism is superior to other religions, absolutely not. But as an example of how some people, by keeping an open mind and not trapping themselves within the boundaries of religious labelling, have managed to find more inner peace. I wish everyone to have a great spiritual journey and may you always find peace and happiness.

Sarva Mangalam.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

Why are Christians Turning to Buddhism?

Six Examples by Jay McDaniel

A small but growing number of Christians in the West are turning to Buddhism for spiritual guidance. Many are reading books about Buddhism, and some are also meditating, participating in Buddhist retreats, and studying under Buddhist teachers. They are drawn to Buddhism’s emphasis on “being present” in the present moment; to its recognition of the interconnectedness of all things; to its emphasis on non-violence; to its appreciation of a world beyond words, and to its provision of practical means — namely meditation — for growing in one’s capacities for wise and compassionate living in daily life. As they learn from Buddhism, they do not abandon Christianity. Their hope is that Buddhism can help them become better Christians. They are Christians influenced by Buddhism.

 

1. Julia is typical of one kind of Christian influenced by Buddhism. She is a hospice worker in New York who, as a Benedictine sister, turns to Buddhism “to become a better listener and to become more patient.” As a student of Zen she has been practicing zazen for twenty years under the inspiration of the Vietnamese Zen teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh, whose book Living Buddha/Living Christ gave her new eyes for Christ, proposing that Jesus himself was “mindful in the present moment.” She practices meditation in order to deepen her own capacities for mindfulness, particularly as it might help her be more effective in her life’s calling. As a hospice worker she feels called to listen to dying people, quietly and without judgment, as a way of extending the healing ministry of Christ. Like many people in consumer society, she sometimes finds herself too hurried and distracted, too caught up in her own concerns, to be present to others in patient and healing ways. She turns to Zen practice because it has helped her become more patient and attentive in her capacities to be available to people in a spirit of compassion.

From Julia’s perspective, “being present” to people in a compassionate way is a spiritual practice in its own right. She calls this attention “practicing the presence of God,” and she believes that this listening participates in a deeper Listening – an all-inclusive Love — whom she calls God, and whom she believes is everywhere at once. She turns to Zen meditation, then, not to escape the world, but to help her draw closer to the very God whose face she sees in people in need, and to help her become gentler and more attentive in her own capacities for listening. In her words: “I hope that my Zen practice has helped me become a better Christian.”

 

2. John, too, is a Christian who practices meditation, but for different reasons. He suffers from chronic back pain from a car accident several years ago. He has turned to meditation as a way of coping more creatively with his pain. “The pain doesn’t go away,” he says, “but it’s so much worse when I fight it. Meditation has helped me live with the pain, instead of fighting it all the time.” When people see John, they note that he seems a little more at peace, and a little more joyful, than he used to seem. Not that everything is perfect. He has his bad days and his good days. Still, he finds solace in the fact that, even on the bad days, he can “take a deep breath” and feel a little more control in his life.

When John is asked to reflect on the relation between his meditation practice and Christianity, he reminds his questioner that the very word Spirit is connected to the Hebrew word ruach, which means breathing. John sees physical breathing – the kind that we do each moment of our lives – as a portable icon for a deeper Breathing, divine in nature, which supports us in all circumstances, painful and pleasant, and which allows us to face suffering, our own and that of others, with courage. “Buddhism has helped me find strength in times of pain; it has helped me find God’s Breathing.”

 

3. Sheila is an advertising agent in Detroit who turns to Buddhism for a different reason. She does not practice meditation and is temperamentally very active and busy. But over the years her busyness has become a compulsion and she now risks losing her husband and children, because she never has time for her family. As she explains: “Almost all of my daily life has been absorbed with selling products, making money, and manipulating other people’s desires. Somewhere in the process I have forgotten what was most important to me: helping others, being with friends and family, and appreciating the simple beauties of life. Buddhism speaks to my deeper side.”

When Sheila reflects on the relationship between Buddhism and Christianity, she thinks about the lifestyle and values of Jesus. She recognizes that Jesus himself had little interest in appearance, affluence, and marketable achievement, and that he was deeply critical of the very idea that “amassing wealth” should be a central organizing principle of life. She doubts that Jesus would approve of the business culture in which she is immersed, in which the accumulation of wealth seems to be the inordinate concern. For her, then, Buddhism invites her to rethink the values by which she lives and to turn to values that are closer to the true teachings of Christ. “I find this simpler way challenging,” she says, “but also hopeful. I hope that Buddhism can help me have the courage to follow Christ more truly.”

 

4. Robert is an unemployed social worker in Texas, who feels unworthy of respect because he does not have a salaried job like so many of his friends. He, too, has been reading books on Buddhism, “Most people identify with their jobs,” he says, “but I don’t have one. Sometimes I feel like a nothing, a nobody. Sometimes I feel like it is only at church, and sometimes not even there, that I count for anything.”

Robert turns to Buddhism as a complement to the kind of support he seeks to find, but sometimes doesn’t find, in Christianity. Buddhism tells him that his real identity – his true self, as Buddhists put it – lies more in the kindness he extends to others, and to himself, than in making money and amassing wealth. Like Sheila, he sees this as connected with the teachings of Jesus. “Jesus tells me that I am made in the image of God; Buddhism tells me that I possess the Buddha-Nature. I don’t care what name you use, but somehow you need to know that you are more than money and wealth.”

 

5. Jane is a practicing physicist who works at a laboratory in Maryland who goes to a local Methodist church regularly. For her, a religious orientation must “make sense” intellectually, even as it also appeals to a more affective side of life, as discovered in personal relations, music, and the natural world. But she also finds God in science and in scientific ways of understanding the world. She is troubled that, too often, the atmosphere of church seems to discourage, rather than encourage, the spirit of enquiry and questioning that is so important in the scientific life. Jane appreciates the fact that, in Buddhism as she understands it, this spirit is encouraged.

This non-dogmatic approach, in which even religious convictions can be subject to revision, inspires her. In her words: “I plan to remain a Christian and stay with my Methodist church, but I want to learn more about Buddhism. I sense that its approach to life can help me see the spiritual dimensions of doubt and inquiry and help me integrate religion and science.”

 

6. Sandra is a Roman Catholic nun in Missouri who leads a retreat center. Twelve months a year she leads retreats for Christians, Catholic and non-Catholic, who wish to recover the more contemplative traditions of their prayer life and enter more deeply into their interior journey with God. At her workshops she offers spiritual guidance and introduces participants to many of the mystics of the Christian tradition: John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, Meister Eckhart, Hildegard of Bingen. Even as she does this, she herself is on the very journey to God, and she makes this clear to people who come her way.

Sandra turns to Buddhism because she believes that its teaching of no-ego or no-self, when understood experientially and not just intellectually, is itself an essential dimension of the journey to God. She sees this teaching as complementary to, and yet enriching, the teaching of “death and resurrection” that is at the heart of Christian faith. In her words: “Christianity and Buddhism agree that the spiritual pilgrimage involves an absolute letting go, or dropping away, of all that a person knows of self and God. Indeed, this is what happened in Jesus as he lay dying on the cross, and perhaps at many moments leading up to the cross. Only after the dying can new life emerge, in which there is in some sense ‘only God’ and no more ‘me.’ I see the cross as symbolizing this dying of self and resurrecting of new life that must occur within each of us. Buddhism helps me enter into that dying of self.”

 

As you listen to their stories, perhaps you hear your own desires in some of them? If so, you have undertaken an empathy experiment. You need not be “Christian” or “Buddhist” to do this. There is something to learn from them even if you are not religious at all. Don’t we all need to live by dying? Don’t we all need to listen better? Don’t we all need to inquire and seek truth? There is something deeply human in their searching, and deeply human in our willingness to learn from them, even if we don’t share their faith. And even if we do.

[Source: http://www.bbncommunity.com/why-are-christians-turning-to-buddhism/]

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  1. Samfoonheei on Sep 20, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    Dharma is a key concept with multiple meanings. To practice Dharma means to apply Buddha’s teachings in our daily life. It will lead us to attain permanent liberation from lower rebirth if we practice sincerely. Dharma was a kind of education or knowledge imparted to a person to lead a life in a certain way. Dharma is for everyone and through learning Dharma, practicing and applying what we learn to transform our mind. All religions nor matter what religion you are, it teaches one to be loving, peaceful, compassion and to live harmoniously
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

  2. Freon on Aug 3, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    From this article, I have learned that when we truly understand the essence of dharma, we know that Buddha Shakyamuni have taught us how to live mundane lifestyle into more meaningful life. On spiritual level, Buddha Shakyamuni have gave ur a gift that free ourself from various problem that we do on ourself either intentionally or unintentionally.
    Dharma is a gift from Buddha for us to know ourself better and to be free of the chain of karma. Also to help to benefit peoples around us.

    The more we know and practice, the more we appreciate this knowledge. Especially to my Guru H.E Tsem Rinpoche, he have taught us this precious knowledge.

  3. S.Prathap on Jun 12, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    Thank you for sharing this meaningful article. Dharma it is something we need to apply in daily life and benefits others. Dharma always brings peace and love
    The real practice of the Dharma is about transforming ourselves to bring us closer and closer towards our ultimate goal of Enlightenment.
    Thanks once again for sharing this…

  4. Yee Yin on Aug 30, 2018 at 2:41 am

    Religion is a system where we are taught the virtuous way to live our lives. We are taught how to be responsible, how to accept the differences, how to live in harmony, etc. Through religious practice, we hope we can be a better person and make our community a better place to live in.

    Different religions simply mean different ways of practicing the good virtues. It may be learned through some religious rituals or through study and take action of what we have learned. If the religion is not manipulated for personal gains, the teachings will not deviate from what is mentioned above.

    For Buddhism, what we are learning is called Dharma. Dharma means the good morality. We learn how to live our lives with the correct principles so we don’t create sufferings to others and make constructive contributions towards the community we are living in and eventually we can live our lives happily. Therefore, if we really practice a religion, we should be happy and contented at the end of the day.

  5. so kin hoe (KISG) on Jul 1, 2018 at 11:35 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for guiding us to understand the real meaning of Dharma in the practical ways by learning and practicing Buddha’s teachings consistently through persistent hard work and dedications for the benefits of others selflessly and compassionately rather than merely by knowing about Buddhism on the intellectual surface. The context of Dharma should not only be bounded within Buddhism but to all other religions as well that teach respective practitioners or followers to become better persons with humanity, good moral values, positive attitudes and behavior, kindness, compassion, selflessness and many more of good qualities. After reading the good examples of how Buddhism has helped Christians to progress positively in their faith as written by Jay McDaniel in his article, I fully understand that Buddhists and Christians are having the same goals in spiritual practice, which consists the positive values such as selflessness, compassion, loving kindness, right focus, right effort and many more. May all the practitioners from different religions and faith able to live together happily and peacefully.

    Thank you with folded hands,
    kin hoe

  6. James on Aug 4, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this. Dharma it is something we need to apply in our daily life and benefits others. Dharma always brings peace, love, compassion and inner peace.

    With folded hands
    James

  7. Samfoonheei on Jul 18, 2017 at 7:13 am

    Dharma is for everyone cannot be owned by anybody..when we pratice it we apply Buddha’s teachings in your daily life. Buddha will show us the way,we need to walk the path, understand the teachings and sincerely apply the Dharma to our lives.We must help ourselves by transforming our mind with compassion,kindness,caring and wisdom to be enlightened beings.Dharma is doctrine as said by Rinpoche.
    Religion is the set of beliefs, feelings and practices that define the relations between human being and divinity. Hence there is nothing religious about Dharma , all religions in the world teaches love, peace, compassion and to live happily.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

  8. Datuk May on Jul 13, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    Very interesting, to Buddhists, Buddhism is a religion and to non Buddhists, Buddhism is a philosophy, a way of life.

    As explained clearly by H E the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, the essence of Buddhism is the teaching of Dharma and it is for everyone to bring out the innate goodness within mankind. Beautifully taught. Thank you, Rinpoche.

  9. Fong on Jul 1, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    “I hope that my Zen practice has helped me become a better Christian.” Quote from Julia.

    Through the eyes of the many who shared their experience and contact with Buddhism, it shows that Buddhism can be a tool to help them with their faith and everyday life. Buddhism does not require one to believe in the Buddha per se. It is as Rinpoche said, just a label.

    Dharma is dharma and is meant to help alleviate the suffering of beings. and it has helped these individuals in their own ways. It is not to brand anybody.

    Thank you for this sharing. It is very empowering in its way.

  10. Pastor Han Nee on Jun 21, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for making us look at the essence of the practice of the Buddha Dharma, in fact the essence of true practice of any religion. The real practice of any religion must go beyond the label to the practice of what that religion’s doctrine teaches us about how to be a better person, by practicing love, peace and compassion.

    The real practice of the Dharma is about transforming ourselves to bring us closer and closer towards our ultimate goal of Enlightenment ( a state of mind of total peace and liberation from all suffering and disturbance). Ultimately at the end of each day and over a period of time, we should be checking ourselves to see if we have become kinder, more patient, more tolerant, and more committed people and if we have worked successfully to remove our negativities -self-grasping,attachment, aversion , anger, hatred, and the like , even if it’s a little at a time.

    At the heart of Buddhist practice to become better people is practicing mindfulness or awareness of our interconnectedness to others and our interdependence, and of developing inner peace and tranquillity of mind. That is why, Christians are turning to Buddhist practices, like meditation and retreat, to help them become better Christian practitioners.

  11. Jason on Dec 16, 2015 at 4:05 am

    Dharma is doctrine. It leads to mind transform to become a enlighten beings with compassion and wisdom as well .Dharma can’t be label as Buddhism or Christian. It is a spiritual path which can be adopted by any religion.
    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing

  12. Alice Tay. on Dec 13, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    感谢仁波切这篇博文,让我们可以更进一步了解有关宗教的课题。

    以下是个人从以上的博文所得到的一些理解:

    1. 宗教其实只是一个标签。可以说是现代人方便的将宗教信仰归类。

    2. 一般宗教的教诲都是帮助我们怎样成为一个好人。而要成为一个好人是要打从内心所呈现的仁爱、平静、同情与慈悲对待身边的人。因此,我们都必须接受与尊重每个人的宗教选择。

    3. 仁波切一再提醒我们,所有证悟者/诸佛菩萨都是有相同的心识和拥有圆满的慈悲心与智慧。佛菩萨会呈现不同的形象来普渡众生比如药师佛,文殊菩萨,度母等等。而他们为何会有如此的形象出现在我们面前,其实这都是和我们的业力有关。

    4. 佛法其实在很早以前就已经存在了。在佛陀还没有达到证悟和传授佛法时,当时根本就没有像现时代被称为佛教徒。所以,佛法其实是不管在几千或是几万年前,或是以后当没有人再听到‘佛法’或是‘佛教徒’,佛法依然是存在的。

    5. 博文里面所提到的6个不同背景的基督教徒都赞同佛法一些方面的解释是可以帮助到他们在灵修方面更上一层楼。这包括了我们要活在当下、要有正念与警觉心、接受与忍耐的去面对一切苦、帮助他人与时时刻刻怀有感恩之心、面对原来的我与不虚伪、放下自我与以不同角度来了解心灵上的修持。

  13. Lin Mun on Dec 13, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thanks for sharing this article.

    Some of the points I learned from this article:
    1. Everyone should practice dharma. Dharma is not only practice by Buddhist but for everyone. Dharma is about finding a way to be better person and leading a virtuous way.
    2. It is our action and how we transform our mind that is important. Religion is only a label.
    3. Be contented and have compassion to everyone and our environment. Willing to change and improve the situation and be persistent.
    4. Meditation provide us an option to free our self from pain and have more focus. We should learn to accept the situation and not to fight it.
    5. I am happy to know that there is a group of people who have great openness to embrace Buddhism into their Christianity practice. I hope more people are more open in accepting as it is a method which will benefit one. Everyone has a freedom to adopt the best best for their practice.

  14. Pastor Shin on Dec 13, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    In my opinion, religion is a collection of beliefs, cultural systems, and world views that relate humanity to an order of existence. What is important is the teachings of these religion that teach their followers love, peace and compassion. 

    Dharma is the essential teachings to transform the mind towards that of an enlightened being or ways to lead us to become a better person and lead a virtuous life. Dharma is not owned by anybody or anything and there is Dharma in every religion because the essence of the teachings are the same. Whether we label ourselves as Buddhists, Christians or any other religion, the practice of Dharma transcends those labels..

    Are we Buddhists just because we call ourselves Buddhist? What makes us a good Buddhist, Hindu, Christian, etc.? Practice of one’s religion does not come from the labels we give ourselves, but from actually carrying out compassionate acts as taught by our beliefs. 

    Buddhism, Christianity and all of the other major world religions share rules of behavior which governs how they are to treat others. Two quotations from Buddhist texts which reflect this ethic are:

    “…a state that is not pleasing or delightful to me, how could I inflict that upon another?” Samyutta Nikaya v. 353

    “Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.” Udana-Varga 5:18.

    We can see the similarity in Christianity’s Golden Rule:

    Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them.”Matthew 7:12.

    “…and don’t do what you hate…” Gospel of Thomas 6.

    This Gospel was said to have been widely used in early Christianity but never made it into the official canon because of its Gnostic content.

    Of all the stories shared in the blog post, I like the story of Sandra, a Roman Catholic nun in Missouri who leads a retreat center. What I like is that she saw no conflict in the two religions and that both traditions agree that the spiritual pilgrimage involves an absolute letting go, or dropping away, of all that a person knows of self or God. This shows that religion is not about praying to God or Buddha, but of mental transformation to become a better person.

  15. Asyley Chia on Dec 13, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you for sharing this articles,
    From 6 example stories show six different background with same religiou and the beautiful things are they practice Dharma to benefits them without shifting their own religion. All the religions are same and religious is just a label, As Rinpoche said “There is nothing religious about Dharma, is it about finding way to become a better person and lead a virtuous life.” Anybody can be on the Dharmic path. The important is to practice dharma with a open mind then have our mind changed and transform to be a better person.

    With folded hand
    Asyley Chia

  16. Pastor Moh Mei on Dec 12, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    We have a habit of labeling everything in order to condense and confine the universe down to the scale we can understand and accept. But doing so does not bring any joy or peace. In fact because we are restricting our true nature, we bring ourselves sufferings. And we get stuck in that cycle.

    Remove the label, keep an open mind. Do not be so obsessed with who we think we are. No matter our DNA, background, culture, religion, experiences we all ultimately want the same thing – to not suffer, to have happiness, to have peace. That is universal and dharma is the essential teachings that to transform our mind towards achieving that. It’s applicable to everyone.

  17. Paul Yap on Dec 12, 2015 at 11:59 am

    Dharma is about finding ways to become a better person and lead a virtuous life. Anybody can be on the Dharmic path, not just a Buddhist.

    Buddhism can appear in different forms but their essence remains the same. Compassion and love are also taught in other religions such as Hindu and Christianity. Ultimately, it is who we become at the end of the day that is more important than any label we can put on ourselves. We can call ourself Buddhist or anything, at the end of the day, be kind and compassion

    This articles has given importance insight of how some people by keeping an open mind and not trapping themselves within the boundaries of religious labelling, they have managed to find more inner peace. The most interesting is Dharma has help them to gain more faith in their own religion.

  18. keng tan on Dec 12, 2015 at 10:33 am

    …indeed in the realms of spiritualism, there is no ‘ spiritual plagiarism’ per se. It is really not so important in modern society to care where where and when spirituality originates but the message is clear – delve within and let the beauty of spirituality arise unhindered…thank you for sharing this article because it helps us see a seamless society reaching towards the divine.

    I have a friend who chose to practice as Christians rather than as a Buddhist. She likes both Christianity and Buddhism but was put off by the latter in terms of daily rituals, making offerings etc…that is fine…untimately spirituality is about mind transformation and everything else we do is just a platform for help us get there – hence there are choices and we chose and live by our choices…

  19. Beatrix Ooi on Dec 12, 2015 at 3:15 am

    It’s good to read about what people of other faith think about Buddhism, it doesn’t mean that Buddhism rules the world or Buddhism is the best, no of course, we all have different views and we definitely have the freedom to adopt any religion we want.

    I’m glad that people are open minded enough to share their experiences with the others, personally I find meditation very helpful. Meditation helps us to relax our mind and the body. If we’re doing breathing meditation, we focus only on the breathing and nothing else, the results you get from doing it is amazing. If it’s done consistently, you will definitely see the difference in your mind, most of the people find themselves more calm after the meditation. It’s going to be hard at first, but if we are persistent, there’s nothing that we can’t conquer, literally.

  20. yenpin on Dec 11, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    感谢仁波切分享这篇文章给我们。

    在这篇文章中分享的故事,人们明白要学习成为一个更好的人是没有国界或是宗教之分。
    学习善待他人,尊重一切众生,要有慈悲心,成为一个更好的人。

    佛法是真理, 适用于每一个人, 不管你是不是佛教徒,你都可以学习佛法的真理,当我们
    遇到问题,能够更容易,更有效地处理情况。

    也让我们看到了生命的意义,从中学习我们如何过着有意义的生活。

  21. Pastor Adeline on Dec 11, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    Dharma is the truth, the law of which how phenomena function in the universe. Within dharma, there are Buddha dharma, Jesus dharma, Prophet Muhammad dharma, Krishna dharma etc. and they suits different mind that prefer different ways of presentation. Dharma is dharma, there shouldn’t be any restriction in application regardless of external factors and labels. Dharma is for the mind which is formless and its essence is emptiness, therefore any label we placed on the outside will not stop dharma from functioning.

    Below points are elaboration of the examples given in the article:
    1) Mindfulness is applicable to everyone who would like to be focus, to absorb new information quickly and accurately, to become more patience and heal others by listening attentively.
    2) Meditation allow us to accept all situations without fighting them. Acceptance makes us calm and are able to deal with situations more easily and effectively.
    3) Appreciation is the very basis of the bodhi mind, which is one that wishes to attain enlightenment for the benefits of all sentient beings. Being gratitude allow us to experience life to the finest details and to connect truly.
    4) Recognising our innate nature free us from perceptions, while allowing us to live our lives to the fullest shining with our true beautiful nature of kindness, compassion and care.
    5) Making enquiries and asking questions help us to understand and strengthen our faith towards the dharma of our choice. It also allow us to learn and understand quickly.
    6) Letting go of attachment, the self and most importantly dharma eventually is necessary for us to achieve oneness with our innate nature, the quality of being fully awaken, to recognise the truth and to be liberated from our wrong views.

  22. Chris Chong on Dec 11, 2015 at 3:03 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing this article. What I had learnt from this post is that religion is a label and very superficial if we are not truly incorporating it into our daily lives. A lot of people like to label themselves as Buddhist but do not practice dharma at all. This does not only happens in Buddhism. Example of what mentioned in the post, a lot of ” Christians” keep repeating the same sin and den confess about it without making an effort to actually change that.

    In Buddhism, we study and practice dharma. Dharma is the teaching of Lord Shyakyamuni 2500 years ago which is also known as the truth. Why is it known as truth, because it is explains how the universe works and it applies to everyone without exception. It will still applies to you weather you believe it or not, because it is the TRUTH. The truth does not change according to your liking or faith in it. This is why, some of the poeple of other religion find dharma to be useful and it compliments their faith in their own religion because Dharma does not only applies to Buddhist.

    I also learn that all religion teaches the same thing when we distil the essence of their teachings to the core, which is being kind to others and be a better man. Although it might seems like there is a huge difference between the religions, it is the same goal after all. So, there is no need to slender another religion because deep down, we are trying to pursue the same goal, just different method and ideology.

    Chris

  23. Pee Bee Chong on Dec 10, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing,

    The minds and consciousness of all the enlightened beings in Buddhism are the equal. Although they are the same, out of their great compassion, they manifest to us in various different forms because samsaric beings like us are affected and influenced by karma.

    Dharma is doctrine, It is about finding ways to become a better person and lead a virtuous life. Transformed to overcome our negative behaviours. Therefore, Dharma can be practised by all religious and should be not labelled only can be practiced by Buddhist. There are successful examples that Christians practising dharma to improve their life and practices.

    Thank you
    with folded hands
    Pee Bee Chong

  24. freon on Dec 10, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    Dharma or Buddhism is just a words for label. The core practices is about peace of mind. Once a monk told me that, real buddhism will make the person feel light. Since learning dharma, I felt i am lighter and can see problems in a way more to reality. Even when there is mara arise, i can still overcome the situation in more patient way.

    • freon on Dec 10, 2015 at 5:23 pm

      Thus, real religion teach people on harmony, peace and intergrity. Either Christian or Buddhist. The real practitioner is always live with faith in them, thus, their mind are more stabil

  25. Ng Jesvin on Dec 10, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing this article for us. Religion is just a label, in our samsaric life there are many religion that come across us like Buddhism, Christianity, Islamic and also Hinduism. All religion teach people to be a better person, to be compasionate, be kind to other people and respect all living beings. The stories shared in this article once again give us a great example that learning to be a better person has no boundaries and that the label one put on oneself at the end of the day is just a label. What is important is have our mind changed? Have we transformed into a better person and lead a virtous life, have we eased our mind and have we really achieve joyfulness? Lastly, i still remember what Rinpoche shared before ” if you believe in god, there’s fabulous, if you believe in Buddha, there’s fabulous; if you don’t believe in anything, there’s fabulous. But please believe in yourself and please believe in the happiness you can bring to people around you.”

    With hand folded,

    NgJesvin

  26. Stella Cheang on Dec 9, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    It is important for us to know that the fundamental of religion promotes love, peace and kindness; regardless if you are a Christian, Muslim, Buddhism or Hindu. Religion is label for us to get associated with the method of practice that most suited to us at our level of understanding, which varies due to our affinity, upbringing, culture, etc. If we truly practice the core values of the religion the we subscribed to, with great faith and devotion, then we should be able to nurture our innate good qualities and reduce our bad habituation.

    Therefore it is heartwarming to see fellow Christian practitioners embrace the Buddhism values without being swayed away from their own practice. It is a monumental display of true openness and advance spiritual practice.

    At the same time, it is also important for us to realize that in Buddhism, all enlightened beings’ minds and consciousnesses are equal. There is no enlightened being greater than the other. But us as samsaric beings are affected and influenced by karma, hence, we develop a stronger form of connection and affinity to one (or more) enlightened beings than another.

    Therefore we should not have any pre-conception that one enlightened being is better than another. Let alone making degrading statements. It is in our best interest to respect all enlightened beings and practice dharma with an open mind.

    Humbly, bowing down,
    Stella

  27. Joy on Dec 9, 2015 at 1:24 am

    I really enjoyed reading the stories of how Christian faith practitioners who were open minded enough to read and then discovered certain methods in Buddhism that helped them. By applying these methods or Buddhist philosophies, it helped enriched and strengthen their own faith in “God”. They found creative ways to also helped others. How beautiful is that and that is truly how spirituality is supposed to be, to help enriched the spiritual side in all of us. Just because our ways of worship or the image of our God is different, doesn’t mean it is wrong because the essence are the same; love/compassion, kindness, wisdom. Hence no one religion is better than the other or more superior and no person should condemn let alone encourage others to condemn others. No good religion ever had any teacher, saint, or prophet who taught condemning and criticising another’s religion is good. It is us humans who loves to label, divide and conquer from the 3 poisonous mind of ignorant, greedy, and jealousy.

    I remembered this theory about religion from a kind lady who so happened to be in the same room as us when we received the sad news that my father did not make it. Her theory was that all religions stems from the same tree, (showing us her arm and hand) and that it just branches out (her 5 fingers) into different branches but it is all from one same source/trunk (the arm) and I suppose now that I think of it, it also reaches out to achieve the same goal, get to the sun! This simple theory was told to me and my sister by a kind lady who did not know us at all in Mount Elizabeth hospital Singapore, where we were waiting. I guess seeing two young girls, who were quite distraught from a tragic news while the adults were discussing about “religion”, she wanted to help comfort and calm us down with something more “universal” and she did with her simple one tree theory. Somehow at just 12 I got it and I could accept her logic cos it sounded like the most logically and fair reason for having so many different religions that could make life very confusing. Why would “god” want to make us so confused for? I used to think that when I was a kid and almost disliked all religion, especially when my father was a “free thinker”. Hence religion should make life better not confuse it further, so when adults argue about who’s religion is right or better, it can really impact a child’s mind to dislike religion.

    So yes it is definitely true what Rinpoche said religion is just a label. It is the teachings of the religion that when we apply that helps to nurture us or transform us to being better humans, and to bring out the innate goodness in us. Everything else is really just a “label” that we humans created to identify something, to make communication easier.

  28. nicholas on Dec 9, 2015 at 12:53 am

    It’s really beautiful to read this articles to see how people are encourage and become a better Christians due to the help from Buddhist teaching. The wonderfuly thing to see here is that people does not sway from their religion because of Buddhism and this perfectly reflect the Dharma that is to benefit people regardles of what background you are.

    I like what it mentioned in this article that all religions is just a label and we should not be fixated by it. What important is how it transform our mind to be a better person and able to help others.

    From the Buddhist teaching people realise the common value that make sense to them and instead to biase with their choice they apply Buddhist teaching to improve their Christianity believes. Buddhism give them hope to understand more of what life is all about and instead of blindly agree they evaluate and come to a common conclusion for both teaching to improve their life by transforming their mind.

    This is definitely one of the great articles that shows how true teaching does not separate anyone believe but help us to develop wisdom to see the true meaning of life and how we can live our life meaningfully

  29. LOW KHJB on Oct 17, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing that Dharma is in fact for everyone.Dharma knowledge, transcend all religion and it is the universal language that guide us all towards the correct path.
    Its application will assist us to rediscover the true nature we are born with and to live life to the fullest in the present and after lives.
    We are very fortunate to be acquainted with a guru that is generous to share this precious gift of Dharma knowledge and at the sametime patiently guide us to the correct path without any agenda.

    Thank you Tsem Rinpoche,with hands folded.

  30. Li Kheng on Oct 6, 2015 at 9:55 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you so much for this very kind post. In the global community of the 21st century, we need more wisdom to guide us to see similarity in the diversity every individual possess. When we overcome our fear to the unknown, we will discover that diversity creates the various personalities and characteristics that empower us to compliment each other and there is somewhat a natural harmony in that.

    Like the environment that strives because of its biodiversity, we too can and will flourish when we find ways to optimize ourselves by embracing each others diverse backgrounds, beliefs, skills, knowledge and abilities.

    This is a short and very powerful post to show that however different the path and method, the destination is the same: to be better men and women who benefit others

  31. Matthieu on Sep 20, 2015 at 3:06 am

    Ultimately there can only be one truth, otherwise it wouldn’t be the truth.

    It is very easy to caught up in labels, but we must realise that what we are is without and label, and is impossible to label. The teachings of dharma are based on the truth of our reality, and thus they will apply to all beings wether we believe in one god or another; or even if we don’t believe in gods at all. We can all benefit from dharma teachings as they are logic, and realisation. Even if one person is labelled christian and one is labelled buddhist they can both be good people, and vice versa.

  32. Shelly tai on Sep 17, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    Buddhism is a very logical religion it can be apply to our daily life perfectly in fact the teaching itself is can be use for everyone of us because it make sense, so I am not surprised that Dharma can be apply to others religion as additional matter to improve their life. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

  33. Uncle Eddie on Sep 17, 2015 at 11:29 am

    What is Dharma? As in essence it means improving our mind by reducing our faults and improving our good qualities. It is our attitudes, motivation and our way of thinking that we need to change, not our external appearances. At a strict minimum, practising the Dharma means giving up our attachment to this lifetime and our sole preoccupation with its concern. If we work to provide ourselves with what need to pursue our practice and see higher goal, our work is said to be perfectly in harmony with Dharma practice. On the other hand, if we work to earn a living just because we want to live well in this lifetime and we never think about future lives, then our work has nothing to do with the Dharma. As our Guru has said, “Dharma is a doctrine to transfer the mind towards that of an enlightened being – not just lighting candles, incense or going to temples or churches everyday. End of the day, we must observe whether we remain mean, lazy, uncommitted, uncompassionable or whether already transformed all negative behaviours.” Om Mani Padme Hung.

  34. Phng Keng Hwa on Sep 16, 2015 at 5:10 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for this post. 🙂 It really was uplifting to know that there are people with open minds. And the stories of these six people are inspiring and can be seen as a key to opening the doors of our closed minds as well. 🙂 I am extremely happy to see that these to religions both compliment each other, and can both help us spiritually if we understand them correctly. I am sure that out there, Christianity has helped other people to become better Buddhists as well. 🙂

    Thank you for this post, and may you continue spreading beneficial teachings. _/|\_

    Your humble student,
    Keng Hwa.

  35. Sharyn Lim (KPSG) on Sep 14, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article. I have read these testimonials through online before when I tried to search the topic of Christians converting to Buddhists stories online. Indeed, more and more Christian Westerners and Asians alike are applying Buddhist philosophies in order for them to become a better Christian. They did not abandon Christianity though some did, as they are using dharma or Buddhist logic teachings to relate deeper to become a better person overall.

    This shows that Buddhism goes beyond the religion label, it can be applied by any religions and races as Dharma is all about applying virtuous actions that leads to virtuous life.
    I am indeed grateful to learn Dharma and precious Buddhist teachings through H.E Tsem Rinpoche and Kechara. Without Kechara, I would be just a lay person labeling myself as a Buddhist without any dharma knowledge. Kechara is giving us rich Dharma teachings which we can apply daily in our lives for us to become a better person.

    Thanks to Kechara E division team’s hard work and commitment for providing Guru’s teachings online by ways of social media, blogs and Youtube which make it easily accessible by anyone in every corner of the world. Only the power of Internet, it can reach mass people.

    • Dolma Liliane on Sep 17, 2015 at 4:00 pm

      This is an answer for John. I had olso a car accident in Belgium. The same pain. You can mail me!!! I found after years a clinic in brussels area, and the doctor is a nice lady and her collegues too. And they put me a few needles with product in the back where it hurts, because it is the nerf that hs a problem. I don’t have on my nerfs. The nerf has a dommage. Yes i feel better. And i continue with them stopping the terrible pain. This is a gift to you. You may mail me. om mani padme hung I heard you!

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  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, May 31. 2020 11:45 AM
    H. E.the 12th Dagom Rinpoche was recognized as reincarnate lama, the by His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche. He was known for teaching the Buddha Dharma and providing spiritual advice to thousands around the world. He was one of the lamas who openly fought the ban on Dorje Shugden’s practice by the Tibetan leadership. He paid a heavy price for his devotion to his gurus and commitment on the practice of Dorje Shugden. He was well known as a loving prolific teacher, scholar, writer, yogi and a great tantric master. That was before the ban , sadly all his student turned against him as such he moved to Nepal . He worked tirelessly to spread Dharma till he entered parinirvana.
    H E the 13th Dagom Rinpoche is back, with at least 20,000 people in attendance of Tibetans watched as the young reincarnation was enthroned as per tradition. The over respond attendance of the enthronement is an auspicious omen for things to come having a lama taking rebirth inside Tibet. A reincarnation of a great lama is back as proof that those who rely on Dorje Shugden as a Dharma protector do not take rebirth in the three lower realms as claims by the Tibetan leadership. Looking at those rare, precious pictures of the grand enthronement paints a thousand words. Thousands came in droves to welcome the young incarnation.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/enthroning-a-dharma-king-the-13th-dagom-rinpoche.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, May 31. 2020 11:42 AM
    Zaya Pandita Luvsanperenlei a prolific writer was a reincarnation of one of Buddha Shakyamuni’s disciples and also a key disciple of Drepung Monastery’s Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen. He had composed books, wrote numerous texts and prayers. Even translated other works, Buddhist texts from Tibetan language to Oirat language while still serving the religious needs of the Oirat tribes in Dzungaria, Mongolia . Zaya Pandita spread Tibetan Buddhism to the Oirats, the Khalkha and even the Kalmyk people as far as in Russia. Zaya Pandita developed the Clear Script. He also wrote a biography of the First Khalkha Jetsundampa Zanabazar. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Seow Choong Liang for this sharing.\\

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/zaya-pandita-luvsanperenlei-1642-1708.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, May 30. 2020 02:54 PM
    Stunning Lady Vajrayogini looks so beautiful with all these ornament offerings. Fortunate able to see such a beautiful Lady Vajrayogini. Its take a lot of time and hard work for the team . Rejoice to all. It is indeed very meritorious offering beautiful things to the Buddhas.
    A good teachings from Rinpoche explaining of why its important for us to offer beautiful ornaments to the Buddhas.
    Thank you Rinpoche .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dont-miss-this-offering-onto-vajra-yogini.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, May 30. 2020 02:52 PM
    The Mahabodhi temple is a UNESCO World heritage site, and been one of the 7 wonders of the Buddhist world has attracted hundred thousands of pilgrims yearly. It is the place where Gautama Buddha attained Enlightenment and under the Bodhi Tree. Its sad as it was targeted by terrorist, a series of ten bombs exploded in and around the Mahabodhi Temple complex. That was in 2013, early morning serial explosions rocked the Mahabodhi Temple injuring 2 monks and
    destroying certain parts in the pond of the Mahabodhi Temple. Windows were shattered at one of the buildings, while a wooden door at a small temple was destroyed. Luckily the temple inside was intact. The security of the temple was then tightened after this incident ever since . Some metal detectors and more cops and checkpoints were put in place. Attacks on Buddhists are rare in India, but these unfortunate incident somehow did happen.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/mahabodhi-temple-attacked.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, May 30. 2020 02:50 PM
    Tajikistan is a country in Central Asia surrounded by Afghanistan, China, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. It’s known for rugged mountains, popular for hiking and climbing. Sunni Islam is, by far, the most widely practiced religion in Tajikistan. Religious liberty might be supposed to mean that everybody is free to discuss religion. Beliefs are a choice. We have the power to choose our beliefs. Our beliefs become our reality Everyone shall have the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. The status of respect for religious freedom eroded during recent years. Government policies reflected a concern about Islamic extremism .Tajikistan is unique in the world because it is illegal for people under age 18 to practice religion publicly, which includes attending mosques. Women are not allowed by the government to enter certain mosques and wearing black hijabs. Shops are not allowed to sell too and women are to wear traditional Tajik colours. Not only that additionally to it, the government places strictly limits on pilgrimage visits. As reportedly they harassed devotees by forcibly shaving their beards which are not allowed. Hundreds of thousands of men even children as young as seven years old in Tajikistan arrested in recent years for wearing a beard. Banning beards and dresses is really odd. It’s the government campaign against the adoption of Islamic cultural practices. Sad human rights within Tajikistan were been violated and basic human rights remains limited . Tajikistan continues to struggle with human rights till today.Interesting read of government’s fear leading to problems further.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/tajikistans-battle-against-beards-to-fight-radicalisation.html
  • sarassitham
    Friday, May 29. 2020 11:30 PM
    Thanks for the interesting topic sharing where most people have great interest and
    curiosity about. Whether we choose to believe in the paranormal or not, we all have to realize that there are many strange things that has happened to all of us that are unexplainable.

    To me paranormal activities are considered as something close to religion too because in every single religion they always talk about spirits and etc. It’s whether you believe in the spiritual world or not sometimes it’s eerie and fascinating to read about all the things that go bump in the night.
  • S.Prathap
    Friday, May 29. 2020 03:38 PM
    I like herbal remedies as they work gently and is not as harmful to the body as the pharmaceutical medication. However, I would say that they are more effective as preventive due to their slow nature.
    I used to hear people say food is the best remedy for sickness prevention, when we have proper intake of food, we can stay healthy for long term.Really a informative article.Thank you very much .
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, May 29. 2020 03:35 PM
    A Mongolian highly respected lama Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Ngawang Nyima of Drepung Gomang Monastic Institution in South India was truly a great teacher of our time. He was a great teacher of the Buddhist doctrine, preserving all the teachings of Tsongkapa’s golden lineage. He was such a kind and warm lama who had invited our lama to stay in Drepung Gomang Monastery. But Rinpoche turned down as Rinpoche had promised to be at Gaden. Rinpoche was touched by his affection, and has invited Rinpoche at any time come to Drepung and update him always. Before going back to Gaden , he even blessed Rinpoche. Amazingly and beautifully of such a meeting of a highly known lama, teacher and well respected by everyone , Rinpoche met. Merely by listening to the teachings of a GREAT lama from the video is a blessing.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/drepung-gomang-monasterys-kensur-rinpoche-jetsun-ngawang-nyima.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, May 29. 2020 03:33 PM
    The White Temple of Thailand also known as Wat Rong Khun, which is outside Chiang Rai city. It is one of the most recognizable temple, attracting thousands of locals and tourist yearly. It is beautiful temple where everything in white colour, even the fishes reared in the ponds also white in colour. Well this temple is very unique as it stands out through the white colour. With the use of pieces of glass in the plaster, looks sparkling in the sun. The white colour signifies the purity of the Buddha, while the glass symbolizes the Buddha’s wisdom and the Dhamma, the Buddhist teachings.
    I have visited this amazing White Temple a few years back. Simply amazing. This bizarre-looking white temple located is the brainchild of Chiang Rai-born visual artist and painter Chalermchai Kositpipat. The temple is filled with Buddhist symbolisms, beautiful layout, architecture, all the way to the ornate reliefs and mirror decorations. Worthy visiting.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-white-temple-in-thailand.html
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, May 28. 2020 04:47 PM
    Kyabje Yongyal Rinpoche is a very learned scholar, master of tantra whom were respected by many.Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us,the wonderful meeting with Kyabje Yonyal Rinpoche in New York.
    It is wonderful and inspiring to see the demonstration of great respect among two great Masters.Thank you very much for the good article.
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, May 28. 2020 01:41 PM
    Wow what a great day …..the historic first Kalachakra initiation been held publicly in Tibet, China in the last 50 years. For most by H H the 11th Panchen Lama Bainqen Erdini Qoigyijabu. Many highly attained masters and incarnated lamas and teachers and more than hundred thousand over monks and nuns attended this auspicious event. Looking at those beautiful pictures tells us all. So many of them it’s a blessing for them. With so many attending this event has proves that he is indeed the unmistaken incarnation as he is claimed by some as false and a fake Panchen Lama.
    With Panchen Lama as a spiritual leader, his influence made a huge impact on the Tibetans which is on the rise, this would be wonderful. In no time they might accept Dorje Shugden’s practice. Interesting read and blessing been able to see those beautiful pictures.
    Thank You Pastor David Lai for sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/historic-first-kalachakra-initiation-by-the-11th-panchen-lama.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, May 28. 2020 01:38 PM
    Arjia Rinpoche, one of the most important religious leaders to escape Tibet since the Dalai Lama fled into exile. A close friend of HH Dalai Lama and 10th Panchen Lama . At the age of two, he was recognized by the 10th Panchen Lama as the reincarnation of the father of Tsongkhapa who is the founder of the Gelug sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Rinpoche has spoken openly about unity and harmony in the community during the 30th Anniversary Commemoration of HH the 10th Panchen Lama’s Maha-Parinirvana. He has advised the Tibetans to stop discriminating against Dorje Shugden practitioners. No one should be discriminated just because of differences basis of their religious and spiritual faiths. Dorje Shugden as made a scapegoat by the Tibetan leadership for too long . Its time someone like Arjia Rinpoche or more people to speck up for the sake of world peace and harmony. Wonderful and simple speech yet clearly he spoke bravely on fulfilling the Panchen Lama’s wishes.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing of Arjia Rinpoche.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/arjia-rinpoche-says-dont-discriminate-against-dorje-shugden-people.html
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, May 27. 2020 03:27 PM
    To be living in such a beautiful house and nice surrounding would be really really nice! Looking at the pictures above, it makes me think of Enchanted Forest in KFR. Nature gives us all. This harmonious balance makes our souls happy.
    Houses like this are not only good for living in but working in as well. I would love to work in a environment like this. I’m sure I will be able to think better and work better.Thank you for the good article.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/natural-instinct.html?fbclid=IwAR3z999kypzMkJHpfG0UW6A8Wet-CXYsA3NbP8Dn-kVwoh7rbc1ToEF2Cm4
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, May 27. 2020 01:30 PM
    American basketball legend Stephon Marbury has played 13 years in the NBA . Been professional basketball the former NBA superstar , looked to the world of Chinese basketball. Having migrated there he brought the Chinese team to national victory, winning three Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) championships. Marbury applied for and received a Chinese “green card”, as he been popular inspiring players ,bringing the whole team a positive and fighting spirit to victory. He is the fifth American basketball player to receive a green card in China. After all not easy to apply one as a foreigner . He also earned the nickname Commissar Ma for his role as a mentor to the teammates and younger players while playing in China. Wow…China immortalised Marbury with an arena statue, and got him a postage stamp of him. That’s wonderful, as they appreciate of what he has done for China.
    Thank you for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/stephon-marbury-embraces-china.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, May 27. 2020 01:29 PM
    All religions share a similar message of peace and tolerance despite their differences. In the history of faith, there are so many beautiful and inspiring thoughts about creating peace and harmony among communities. We should help out to the poor or homeless regardless of race and of religion. Those Buddhist monks at Dhammarajika Monastery in Dhaka did a good job, in accord to Buddhist teachings. They gave out foods to the poor Muslims during Ramadan the Muslim fasting months. Looking at the pictures tells all. A wonderful way helping the hundreds poor people in the streets . That’s should be the way , well a rare example of religious harmony . Helping and giving are human strengths and weapons against the many arbitrary and malevolent dark forces that plague human existence.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/bangladeshi-buddhist-monks-feed-hundreds-of-poor-muslims-during-ramadan.html

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More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
2 days ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
4 days ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 days ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
2 weeks ago
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
2 weeks ago
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
3 weeks ago
Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
3 months ago
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
3 months ago
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
3 months ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
3 months ago
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
3 months ago
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
3 months ago
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
3 months ago
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
3 months ago
Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 months ago
Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
4 months ago
Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
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