Question on Jealousy

Sep 4, 2014 | Views: 5,268

Jealousy makes you unsettled, have no peace, be unhappy and act in ways that make you deteriorate and be alone. How can you be jealous of other people who work hard and do well? They deserve their efforts and they ‘make’ you upset because they remind you of what you’re not willing to do. How can you purposely make it hard for other people to do their job because you don’t have their results? Wrong method. In the end no one likes you or your work. You will be alone, bitter and despised. Jealousy is a thief that robs you of peace, friendships, respect, and growth. Fight your jealousy, not the people who succeed. Fight your jealousy and not your friends. – Tsem Rinpoche

 

In answer to Plinio Tsai’s question from facebook:

Rinpoche, how should the person stop the mind that wishes to compare ones own qualities with others qualities and feel bad about it? How someone applies rejoice instead of comparision?

My video answer:


Transcript for the video ‘Jealousy’

Proofread by Sean

I’m recording a message from my post on Facebook – I just posted up on “Jealousy”, and it will be on my blog in a few minutes and you can see the answer there, but Plineo Tsai (sic) – and I hope I’m pronouncing your name correctly, and if I’m not I’m sorry – asked Rinpoche “How should the person stop the mind that wishes to compare one’s own qualities with other qualities and feel bad about it? How someone applies rejoice instead of comparison?”.

I’m not going to go into a long detail about it but I’m going to give a little bit of an answer and I’ll put it up directly. Jealousy is an emotion that when we see someone doing, acting, performing something and they get good results, perhaps it could be praise, perhaps it could be, you know, rewards, perhaps it could be recognition, deep down inside, we don’t feel happy. We don’t feel happy, and we feel unsettled and we start seeing that person for their achievements and perhaps what, how it affects us. And it’s not so much how that person affects us, it’s about what that person did that they got what we wanted, and we didn’t get, that affects us. So jealousy is really not about another person, it’s about what someone else does, and that resurrects, or brings alive, or brings to the surface, or brings to our attention what we didn’t do or wish to do, or couldn’t do, or couldn’t accomplish.

So what’s very important to remember in this case is the Eight Worldly Dharmas and also karma, that’s very, very important. And the reason for that is because when other people work for something, when other people put their effort in and they sacrifice something else and put an effort to get something, we have to realise that they put in the hard work, they put in the time, they put in the effort, they put in the sacrifice. They put in what we were not willing to put in or not enough, or maybe not able to. So they got the result, when they get the result, we must feel happy. We must rejoice for them. Why? It’s a democratic karmically driven world.

A karmically democratic – a democratically karmically driven world is – what, what, what do I mean by that? What I mean by a karmically democratic -driven world is that if you create the karmic causes, you can have the same results. So someone else creates the karmic causes, they can have those results. So if we truly believe in a universal philosophy thinking of karma, we have to rejoice. Why do we have to rejoice? Very simple. They create the karma; they got the results. How come if we do something good, and we get the good results – wouldn’t we want other people to be happy? Wouldn’t we want other people to rejoice? When we do good things, when we do positive things, and we get the good results, and other people are not happy, then we feel sad? Because we say, look, I sacrificed so much, I gave up so much, I really put so much effort and I’m still not recognized, I’m not appreciated. I’m not thanked and they say bad things, they feel jealous.

Well, look, same thing goes the other way around. If we truly take refuge in karma, then jealousy will become less. Why is that? ‘Cause karmically, that person created the causes to get what they are getting. And on a very universal level, universal level, you get what you work for. So if that person has worked three, four hours extra everyday for example in the office, to be recognized, to be accepted, to, to have their work become well known or to become a person that people respect, and you’re not willing to put in three, four hours because you’re, you want to do something else, you know, you want to have your own free time or ‘me time’ or whatever you want to label it, well, if you don’t get the recognition that they get, you shouldn’t be jealous, because they put in the three extra hours, and that could be 21 hours a week, and you didn’t. So if you put in the 21 hours extra per week and you get the recognition and appreciation, wouldn’t you want everyone else to be happy?

So therefore karmically speaking it’s like this: if they create the karma, if they create the karma, and they get the result, you have to accept it on a very deep level. The deep level is that karmically they have created the results. So if you’re jealous of that, if you’re unhappy about that, then you’re truly not accepting karma. You’re truly not accepting the way that things work. You see, because you can’t not put in the hours, put in the sweat, the tears, and pay your dues and still want the results. That’s not logically possible. So therefore when we see other people with good results, when we see other people, they get respect and they get praise, and they’re appreciated and people really like them for what they’re doing, we should in fact rejoice. When we rejoice, and we contemplate on karma and the karmic results, when we rejoice, what happens? We create the karma to start countering our jealousy.

It will not change overnight. It will not disappear overnight. It will not go away overnight.  But it will start going away because we start recognising where our mind is coming from. So therefore if we take refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha, out of the three refuge, the most important is the Dharma, because the Dharma is what really saves us from us. The Dharma is what really saves our loved ones from us. It is what saves the loved ones from us harming anyone around us; them or anyone else. So when we take refuge in the Dharma, one of it is to recognise karma.

When you recognise karma, you will accept the fact that other people can do better ‘cause they put in the effort. Look, if you’re psychologically always scared, you don’t want to offend people, and you don’t want to push yourself to do more because you don’t want to offend, your fear of not offending people offends people. Why? Eventually, you’re not doing what you’re supposed to do, you’re not speaking what’s on your mind, you’re not pushing yourself to the next level and instead of worrying about one or two people you might offend although you’re not wanting to, you’re not benefitting 10 or 20 people you could have, if you’d spoken up or said something. So therefore, when you are so worried about offending people, you’re so worried about other people in the wrong way, you don’t benefit many more people that you could have.

So similarly if someone who speaks up, they’re direct, they’re open and they’re very honest, and then because of that they get praise, because of that they get appreciation, because of that people listen to their opinions, because of that they make headways – you shouldn’t be jealous, because you’re attached to your face, you’re attached to your appearance as opposed to benefitting others. No one can speak one word and everybody agrees, but if the majority gets benefit, why not?

So similarly, another thing that we need to consider is that when we are jealous, we are not doing something to benefit others, we are not doing something that because we want to help others, we‘re not doing something because we’re having the other person’s benefit in mind. For example, if we are doing something to benefit others, then it must be free of the Eight Worldly Dharmas. One of them is to receive praise, or appreciation, or name, or fame, or ‘thank yous’ or, or a position.  Now if we’re doing things with the motivation of ourselves, pretending or feigning or thinking we want to benefit others, but that’s not really the motivation, then we will not feel happy if we don’t get appreciated. We will not feel happy if people don’t thank us. Why? Very great masters, very great practitioners, very great people, people that are not even, how to say, of a religious background, but when they do good things and when they do wonderful things, the person being benefitted, the person being happy, the person being relieved of their particular problem, that makes that other person happy, they don’t need recognition and all that.

So therefore, we can check our minds: what are we doing it for? If another person does something good and we feel jealous, definitely it is a clear indication that we are not doing our actions with the benefit of others in mind. That we are doing our actions for one of the Eight Worldly Dharmas, for example, praise and recognition, or material benefit. So if we always live our life according to the Eight Worldly Dharmas, we will always have jealousy, we will always have our, the lack of peace of mind, or sadness, or loneliness, or rejection, or moodiness. One of the direct results that one can have as a result of having the Eight Worldly Dharmas intact, which is very bad, is moodiness. Your mood will go up and down, because when someone else gets recognised and you don’t, you’ll feel down, you’ll feel unhappy.

And the bad thing is, if we let this jealous energy or jealous thought or mind or attitude remain, it’s very harmful. Why? Then pretty soon, whatever somebody does that’s good, we can’t take it. Whatever positive comes out for other people, we can’t take it. Pretty much we can’t hear any good news, we can’t hear any good things, we can’t even relay to anything vaguely related to us that happened to someone else that’s good. Why? Because it would resurrect what we did not do, or what we should have done. And then we become bitter. And then we become angry, then we become unhappy, and then we start rejecting people, we don’t want to hear news, or we might even start gossip or slander. Gossip, slander, schism, comes from jealousy. Why? They’re doing something you didn’t do, they’re doing something  or got the result of something you didn’t wish to do, you didn’t put in the effort, or you didn’t try; or you try, you didn’t succeed. So instead of rejoicing for them, we say negative things. We create slander, we create unhappiness. We create words that make other people feel not so good, or we attempt to make them not so-, feel not so good about something that happened good for others.

I repeat, when we talk schism, when we talk down, when we put other people’s achievement down, and we’re not happy, it is not about the other person, it is about us and our jealousy going out of control. When our jealousy goes out of control, pretty much we become bitter, we become angry and we cannot recognise or we don’t wish to recognise and we don’t want other people to have happiness or rewards for what they have done. And that’s very dangerous. And jealousy will make us bitter, it will make us alone, it will make us segregated. And that’s not good, no one deserves that.

So to counter this we need to look deeper into karma and think “Look, the great leaders had the karma to be great leaders. They were humble, they served others, they helped others in their previous lives, therefore they get the result of being able to influence others in a massive way by becoming leaders”. So I rejoice in the leadership, in the leadership of good leaders, I rejoice, I don’t feel jealous. When other people have wealth, it’s because in their previous life they have given. I rejoice for their wealth. When other people have happiness or they have a good relationship, oh I’m so happy, because previously – previous life, this life, whenever – they always spoke words or they always had an attitude or they always did actions to bring people together. Because they did that, now they are together with someone and they don’t have loneliness. I rejoice. I feel very happy. So when we rejoice at the good results of other people, it is a direct counter to our jealousy. And our jealousy will not go away overnight, but it will start to dwindle. Why? ‘Cause we recognise that their success is not our problem. We recognise that good things that happen to others should not be a problem for us. And if it is a problem, the problem is not them, but the problem lies within us.  So very good to recognise karma, to see how karma upgrades in that way.

I wish you good luck, I hope this little explanation will help you. Thank you very much.

 


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  1. Andrea Lai on Feb 29, 2020 at 12:12 am

    Jealousy falls on one of the 3 poisons of root delusions. As we all leaving in this realm, full of desire, attachments and is not really surprising everyone had this feelings.
    Jealousy kills, if it out of control. I have seen this feelings control over a person until causes so much pain, anger, hatred towards others. In the end, this person became bitter, cunning and no friends.
    Rinpoche had always advice us to be more compassion by practising generosity. Being generous will keep us open our hearts and our mind.

  2. Samfoonheei on Feb 27, 2020 at 3:48 pm

    In general jealousy seems to be bad for any relationships. It’s a feeling of resentment against someone, feeling of insecurity and conflict. It’s human nature. It’s natural to feel jealous from time to time. Well it becomes problematic when we act out in jealousy. Everything happen for a reason, some people have been doing well , wealthy and some do not , all these are our past karma. We should not feel jealous but rejoice for them. We should try self-confidence letting go the situation. Jealousy can be harmful as it will hijack our mind, ruin our relationships, destroy our family, and some extreme cases such stealing or killing as well . At times jealousy becomes lethal, as do domestic fights, and ends up killing others or themselves.
    To avoid jealousy we should accept and begin to appreciate who and what we are. Always rejoice to others and take them as an inspiration example. We should think less about ourselves, and more about others. Learning Dharma , practicing Dharma and putting into action , our jealousy will disappear. It’s the best choice.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

  3. Julia Tan on Feb 27, 2020 at 2:46 pm

    JEALOUSY one of the three poisons. To me it is a tumour that grows inside us. Rinpoche explained it so well how this jealousy comes about, how to encounter it and how we can eventually get rid of it, not over night but by understanding the law of karma, practicing the eight worldly dharma, practicing rejoice for others and many more ways, at the same encouraged us of how we can also be successful. which I find it truly useful and worth contemplating it everyday. Whenever jealousy arises, stop and watch this video.

    we also need to understand that whatever we have in this life, good or bad, is totally due to our karma, due to the good needs we have done in our previous life hence we are now enjoying the result. In this life, if we continue to being lazy, not wanting to work hard, not wanting to create good causes, not wanting to help others, stingy, do not want to be kind, do not want to do the extra work, do not want to take responsibilities, not putting in extra time, we will end up living the rest of our life, with this tumour and it will take over. We will never be happy again. We will be lonely, depress, angry and sad. Hence REMOVE the tumour.

  4. GOBIN on Feb 27, 2020 at 8:29 am

    Jealousy is a complex emotion that encompasses feelings ranging from fear of abandonment to rageand humiliation. It strikes people of all ages, genders, and sexual orientations, and is most typically aroused when a person perceives a threat to a valued relationship from a third party. The threat may be real or imagined.
    Not limited to romantic relationships, jealousy can also arise among siblings competing for parental attention, among co-workers, or in friendships. Jealousy is distinguished from envy in that jealousy always involves a third party seen as a rival for affection or attention. Envy occurs between only two people and is best summed up as, “I want what you have.”
    Everything has the own solution and for overcome jealousy we need to practice it. Definitely can control this complex emotion.

  5. Tek Lee on Feb 27, 2020 at 1:02 am

    Everyone has jealousy. Only whether it is serious or not. Some can be so serious until they harm the person that they jealous. We need to contemplate and look into ourselves then only we will realise our mistakes, from there we can slowly improve and change. Only through learning Dharma then we can slowly improve on our jealousy. Although it takes time, so we better start now.

  6. June Kang on Feb 26, 2020 at 9:29 am

    We all have jealousy, some is very serious, Jealousy is a poison, it hurt ownself and others, therefore we need to aware of it. As per Rinpoche’s advise that we need to look deeper into Karma and rejoice for others when they are achieve something. Letting go the jealousy is to gain the happiness 「諸惡莫作,眾善奉行」是真正保證我們這一生幸福

  7. Mingwen on Feb 26, 2020 at 8:39 am

    Everything happen for a reason & karma explains it perfectly.

    Once we recognise this then only we could do good deeds to counter & break the negative cycle of karma.

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  8. Justin Cheah on Feb 26, 2020 at 2:24 am

    Jealousy for me is deadly and should be dealt with before it becomes something serious. Many a times from drama or real life we see some would act out of anger and jealousy to harm people whom one is angry and hating causing many unnecessary karma backlash in future. The counter or antidote for this would best be focusing out by doing charity.

  9. Katie Choong on Feb 26, 2020 at 1:08 am

    Jealousy strikes people regardless age group, gender, and sexual orientation. Knowing that jealousy also has the potential to fuel damaging behaviour, it is crucial to explore and deal with underlying issues by taking physical actions. For example, self-reflection and start focus beyond oneself.

  10. Pastor Henry Ooi on Feb 26, 2020 at 12:28 am

    If our jealousy reached the height when we are consumed by hatred wanting to hurt someone that we thought was the root of it, then I think that degree of jealousy becomes so bad that we may act out the thought. Like what Rinpoche advises, we should focus out by working to benefit others and rejoicing instead of not wanting to change our habits that continue to feed our jealous mind. 

  11. Vivian Ong on Feb 25, 2020 at 11:54 pm

    Jealousy is in everyone of us. Whether or not we realize it or not. We may find it hard to control jealousy and not easy to fight jealousy but one way we can do is to be contented and perhaps trully rejoice on other people’s success or achievements. We may not be able to change so quickly but we need to cultivate this habit of putting others first before ourselves. Over a period of time, eventually, our jealousy will turn into some more positive.

  12. pammie yap on Feb 25, 2020 at 10:21 pm

    I’ve seen how jealousy can make people do things that are cruel and damaging. Most people want the easy way out without doing anything but when someone else achieve it, they get offended, jealous, find excuses to blame,etc. Then they will find ways to create schism or worst, something to harm physically. So much harm to the mind as well because it’s hard to let go and cause so much anger, slowly destroying us. Carrying it from life after life until the day we learn Dharma and transform our mind. Let’s be appreciative and rejoice for others and at the same time motivate ourselves to be better. Spending our energy and thoughts towards something positive and uplifting.

  13. Ng Jesvin on Aug 7, 2016 at 11:39 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the jealousy topic.

    Yes, jealousy is not about our feeling of “unfairness”. It is about our own state of mind. If we are self-centered it will lead to great jealousy from us because we feel unhappy when other people did not do in accordance to our expectations.

    The first time I watched this video was during the adult dharma class, shared by Pastor Gim Lee in 2014. I had watched this video many times especially when I was filled with anger and jealousy. This video keeps reminding me on Eight Worldly Dharma and also Karma.

    Previously, I watched this video very frequently because I got jealous and angry too easily. Since I continue my dharma practise, attending dharma classes and perform sadhanas, these negativities become lesser and lesser. It was a coincidence that I encountered this I video on youtube a few days ago and after re-watching it, I feel a sense of relief that I am a better person now. I am confident that I can continue improving myself with a constant Dharma practise.

    Humbly with folded palm,
    Ng Jesvin

  14. Stella Cheang on Mar 6, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    Jealousy is a common human emotion that most of us exhibit. Usually displayed when we see others doing better than us or having the results that we desire. Through Dharma, we learn that we should not develop any prejudgment against others, but we should always rejoice when others achieve something rather than feeling jealous. The achievement of others is due to the hard work they put in which we did not in the first place. If we believe in Karma, we will apprehend that it is due to the cause that a person created therefore he/she enjoys (suffers) the effect of it. Hence, instead of feeling jealous towards others, we should recognize that we must had created the cause for the state we are in right now and we should create the cause to get what we want in the future.

    Thank you very much Rinpoche for this sharing. I shall thrive to reinforce this learning in my daily live more.

    Humbly, bowing down,
    Stella Cheang

  15. Wan Wai Meng on Nov 13, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    Jealousy leads no where and just makes us more upset and unhappy whats the point. We might as well rejoice and create from rejoicing in other people’s good works and deeds. As Rinpoche said when we rejoice for others we create causes to overcome our suffering and jealousy.

    If we don’t want others to be jealous of us habving good things, we have to start with ourselves.

  16. Stella on Sep 23, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for this profound explanation of Jealousy. I realize that on a deeper level, the true suffering rubs in when we began to talk down the person we are jealous about and the subsequent bitterness that went out of control. It is akin to a drunken man who started getting angry at others and ended up hurting (physically) the other person or even killing another person. The point is, jealousy is the beginning of bitterness that will eventually snowball.

    Rinpoche’s teaching here gives a really good mind transformation method to counter this. It is a matter for us to apply it.

    Thank You, Rinpoche.

  17. Grace Leu (KHJB) on Sep 15, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche’s sharing. it let us closely to look into our mind the reaction of jealousy.Only by contemplating Rinpoche’s teaching only can help us instead felt jealous, how to change it to better motivation and sincere rejoice from bottom of our heart, not a surface feeling.It not only benefit ourself, this valuable value can share to our next generation,

  18. Uncle Eddie on Sep 12, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    If one has obtained the precious fully endowed human body, one has the opportunity to attain liberation and the cessation of sufferings as said in the Buddhist practice. With due respect, as a practicioner, one has no need to be jealous or be envious of anyone. Under the blessed care of a compassionate Dharma teacher, one would be capable of shaping one’s own future by earnestly following the path leading to higher states of birth and ultimately to full enlightenment. The fully endowed “body-mind” should be considered even more valuable than a wish-fulfilling gem; for each moment may be used to work “hard” for the purpose of approaching enlightenment. The possibilities are boundless if one can endlessly work hard to show one’s intense feeling for gaining higher attainment to benefit all beings. In accordance with the teachings,all must recognize this form, realize its great value and rarity, then use its blessed method accordingly to reach its destination! Om mani padme hung.

  19. Pastor Han Nee on Sep 11, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this very clear teaching on how jealous arises,
    and with that, how we can learn to effortlessly rejoice.

    When we are caught up in jealousy, our minds are so mired in self-centered thoughts that in our distorted minds, we see that it is all “very unfair” to us. In reality , it’s all “very fair”. Karma works in very democratic ways. People who enjoy happiness or success are enjoying the fruit of their efforts. They have created the causes in positive actions, perhaps, in a previous life.

  20. JP on Sep 11, 2014 at 11:51 am

    This article helps us think on deeper levels of where jealousy arises and why it’s important to curb it. It makes so much sense. We are often so distracted with our “busy-ness” that we don’t really understand the nature of our jealousy and how it will ultimately not serve us.

    On the receiving side of people’s jealousy, it also helped me forgive them for all the difficulties and nastiness they hurled on me especially from people whom I was closed to and only had good thoughts of. They suffer from their attachments to the 8 Worldly Dharmas which are:

    1. Attachment to getting and keeping material things.
    2. Aversion to not getting material things or being separated from them.
    3. Attachment to praise, hearing nice words, and feeling encouraged.
    4. Aversion to getting blamed, ridiculed, and criticized.
    5. Attachment to having a good reputation.
    6. Aversion to having a bad reputation.
    7. Attachment to sense pleasures in general.
    8. Aversion to unpleasant experiences.

    The key to forgiving and letting go is through acquiring knowledge and contemplation. Otherwise, it’s just suppressing our feelings and pretending which becomes a scary time bomb. And this I have also seen many times.

    Thank you my dear guru for expounding the wisdom teachings on jealousy.

  21. Sangreal Arnica on Sep 7, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    Such blessed and practical lessons, Rinpoche. I am grateful for this light on this subject. It speaks to my own experiences of both jealousy and envy as more rooted in my own attachments and self-cherishing than in comparing myself to others. I do think jealousy is more harmful than envy. Envy is an observation that what someone else has is desirable and we would like to have it too, now, perhaps without effort. Jealousy on the other hand is an observation that what someone else has is undeserved, and should be taken from them and given to us now, definitely without effort. Both are terrible obstacles to cherishing others and equanimity, but of the two, jealousy seems so much more pernicious and likely to cause serious setbacks on my path. I find meditation on refuge clears both very effectively.Blessings and respectful affection for your gifts of insight and wisdom. Grail.

  22. Ching Siau Lin on Sep 6, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche. Thank you, for clear my doubts and save me from who am not supposed to be.Thank you _/\_

  23. Loh Ann Leong (Penang) on Sep 5, 2014 at 9:09 am

    As such negative thought arises such as jealousy, we shall re-check our minds and thoughts. This is so wonderful, from we have negative channeling to positive when rejoicing for people giving their efforts as in the law of cause and effect.
    Dear Rinpoche, your teachings are so much profounds, and this had pinpoint directs to our weaknesses, thank you so much for that.

  24. Edwin Tan on Sep 5, 2014 at 3:20 am

    It is always the comparison that gives rise to jealousy. I have been training my mind to always appreciate and be happy with what I have, rather than to focus on what others have.

    This way, I can subdue my mind and convince myself that comparing will nevr see to the end. However, it does not mean that I do not work hard to get what I want. If I want to achieve what others have, then I need to realise that I need to work EXTRA harder [if I am not already working hard] to get where others are.

    Allowing jealousy to swallow me is not the way Rinpoche clearly explains in the video 🙂

  25. Pee Bee Chong on Sep 4, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing. I have been trying to control my jealousy and I think I am a better person now and will not get jealous of others as easy as before. Thank you Rinpoche for the teaching.

  26. Jyee on Sep 4, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the explanation. I really enjoyed listening to the talk.

  27. Paris on Feb 23, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Also, Rinpoche has previously also given another teaching on jealousy which is a good complement to this teaching here. It’s a more informal one when we were hanging out in MacDonalds one night! Here you go: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byPq0vOFJw8

  28. Paris on Feb 23, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    I remember someone telling me once how wasteful an energy like jealousy is because we gain absolutely nothing out of it – we just sit there and stew and feel bad about something that we don’t actually do anything about. At a deeper level, it makes us reinforce negative patterns of thinking where we reaffirm our own attachments (to how things should or shouldn’t be) and to what we don’t do or what we tell ourselves we cannot do.

    However, I remember also having a conversation with Rinpoche once about jealousy and envy, and he had explained that in the case of the later, envy, it could actually be turned into something more positive. The slight difference, Rinpoche explained, is that when we feel jealous, we not only feel bad about not having something but we also don’t want that person to have that thing. Envy is a little different in that we covet and want that same thing but we don’t wish anything bad for the other person; we might even be happy for them, but we also want it badly for ourselves. In this case, we can potentially turn it around to something like a good competitive energy, where we push ourselves to achieve the same (without sabotaging any of what the other person already has), if not more.

    If we think in this way, it can be much more empowering, instead of just sitting there and stewing, wishing we had something we didn’t!

    • Joy on Feb 24, 2013 at 4:41 am

      Yes it is really such a waste of our precious time and energy isn’t Paris? At some point in our life before we met Rinpoche and knew about Dharma… we’ve all been that green eyed jealous monsters. But what you said what Rinpoche said about the difference between jealousy and envy is something cool…

      I like knowing that being envious is actually something better cos we can turn it around to push ourselves to achieve something that we really want. Well, it is definitely much better than getting bitter, showing a black face, pouting, throwing tantrums or creating escapism activities to stay stagnant and anti-the world… No one else is suffering except you really and because your energy is so negative… you automatically create a shield that pushes people away. This then can become a collection of bad karma. What is even worse is some people out of extreme jealousy they actually find ways to get you back! Rinpoche have told us many times over that when someone is experiencing something good, we should be quick to rejoice and feel happy for them… especially in Dharma activities, if we rejoice we also collect the merits. So why not play it smart 🙂

  29. Carmen Lin K.M on Sep 15, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    First of all thank you for this explanation on jealousy. What if, jealousy within siblings due to parents’ favoritism to one of the child, even the child does not even contribute and causes many troubles to the family, yet the child was still very much loved and cared by the parents. However, the other child which has pretty much gives everything he can to the family and did not create much troubles to the family was not getting much loved or cared compared to the former, sometimes even the parents will scream and scold the latter over small matters. How can the latter that was neglected overcome the feeling of hurt and being jealous of the former? Does this related to recognition of karma as well?

    Your reply is highly appreciated, thank you.

    • tsemtulku on Sep 16, 2012 at 4:50 am

      Dear Carmen,
      It is for sure the workings of karma. To be born of the same flesh and blood and yet treated differently is the group karma and individual karma at work.

      Group karma is when we are born together in the same situation with others. Individual karma is when we experience things differently although we are in the same environment together with others…that is group and individual karma at work. Since we believe in karma, then it is important for us to accept karma and let go. karma helps us to let go and move on.

      After all since we are adults, we learn to move on and let go. Perhaps growing up was hard in the environment you mentioned, but now we are adults, it’s good we take responsibility for ourselves and move on and not reflect on what happened in the past. We make a new life, new direction and new experiences for ourselves. We become stronger for the better due to our experiences.

      Good luck to you. TR

      • Carmen Lin on Sep 16, 2012 at 5:25 pm

        Dear Rinpoche,

        Appreciated on your explanation with folded hands _/|\_

        With much love & respect
        Carmen L

  30. DR on Mar 6, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Rejoicing for others good work and success is the cheapest form of collecting merits; a lama once taught me. Sounds funny but true. Does not cost one anything!

  31. Astrix on Mar 6, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Tsem Rinpoche, I do realise and aware of my jelously and I compare. When I aware I forcus on my heart do a chanting and bless to those who I jelous with and to those who I make compare. I had been doing this since I aware and realize my weakness. I am very afraid to hurt people where in the same time am hurting myself because am allowing these emotion to harm me and as to others. I stongly felt that am a very danger person. I am doing it cleasing it away honestly its not eassy but I am prepare and I shall continue to purify myself. Listening to your teaching I stongly felt that what am doing is correct but not enough. Thank you for the teaching.

  32. choong li li on Feb 28, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Nice to know of your presence, Rinpoche. I’ve been suffering from some problems almost more than 15 years. I tried to move to a better state of life but I remain stagnant and for some other things especially financially, I got worse. I wish you can help me. I’m a Buddhist. Many people told me that I was being shelled and shelved by someone who doesn’t like us to succeed. I did a lot of prayers. It help but temporary. Then a recur re. I would like to ask help from you Rinpoche. And if I have the chance, I would like to be your disciple. Please help us. thanks

  33. weeliang on May 10, 2011 at 4:19 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for the short teaching.
    I have realized that when I rejoice in other people’s success, it pushes me to beat myself. But when I am jealous with other people’s success, I naturally only want to beat the other person. Therefore, all my energy and thoughts are focused on the other person rather than on improving myself to succeed.

    with folded hands,
    Wee Liang

  34. Doreen Teoh on May 6, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for explanation on Jealousy. What about if we feel that there is unfairness or prejudiced situation that is been practise? Is it a similar application or feelings?

  35. anila on Apr 28, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for answering Plinio Tsai question. I am sure it will benefit a lot more people out there and not only we students. I feel that what causes people to have jealousy starts from the mind and also from their Karma. You create the results of unhappiness through your own doing by being jealous. And you cause it. You also can choose to be happy and have a lot of friends by rejoicing for what they have achieved through their hard work. If you don’t have jealousy you won’t feel anger and unhappiness. Your friends will not shy away from you. And you will gain more friends. For jealousy is an enemy and the downfall of people. In the end it does not bring benefit but causes lots of sufferings to the mind which may affect your health also.

  36. patsy on Apr 28, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this clear and easy to understand explanations.

  37. Valentina Suhendra on Apr 28, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche. The teaching is very enlightening.

    Valentina

  38. Alejandra Arroyo Valerio on Apr 28, 2011 at 6:30 am

    Thank you Rimpoche, this is so heplful to hear, please keep answering questions, we do need this remind over and over again.

  39. rr on Apr 27, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    ‘Their success is not your problem’– thanks that is beautifully said. It made me read AL question in a very different way than I would have before I heard it.

  40. Margaretlee on Apr 27, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Thank you Plinio for posting this question and Rinpoche for giving a short and profound teaching.

    In short, I think we must all comtemplate from time to time the law of karma. Personally I believe jealousy is the worst enemy of all, because from there arises anger and negative speech and actions that would create more negative results for us in the future.

    Learning to rejoice may not seem to be at hand in the beginning but like what Rinpoche has said, if a person’s success has brought much benefit to the majority, then we should all the more rejoice for those who have received the benefits and the hard work the person who has put into it.

    If you cannot put in the effort like the others, the least one can do is to rejoice, rejoice is the best antidode for jealousy.

  41. Den on Apr 27, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    I felt I could really understand that Samsara is a meritocracy from this clear talk. Whoever achieved anything in any way, has done so because they have PAID for the result by their own efforts. Totally fair. If I make the same effort, I can achieve the same result.

    Thinking about practical example, maybe it’s a bit like two people wearing t-shirts. One of them made the effort to wash their shirt in washing powder, rinse it and dry it nicely in the spin dryer, making it lovely and fragrant. The other person wore the same t-shirt for 50 days and it’s pretty bad; he also didn’t take a bath.

    They stand next to each other and the second guy feels jealous because of the nice smell from guy number one.

    But if he makes the same effort, he, too, will smell nice.

    Very natural cause and effect reasons.

    It would be helpful for me to check out the law of karma more to understand better the specific causes of results.

    Thank you to Rinpoche for his extreme dedication to helping others understand and heal their own problems from that understanding.

  42. Adelyn Lim on Apr 27, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you for this enlightening talk on jealousy. I do understand the karma of it and I was wondering what about feelings of anger towards people who you discover constantly lies or covers up their true actions? Does it mean that it is my bad karma that instills people to lie or are they creating bad karma for themselves in the future?

    • Tsem Tulku Rinpoche on Apr 27, 2011 at 4:57 pm

      Dear AL,

      Well it always takes two hands to clap as the saying goes……you have every right to feel angry and hurt for people who lie and cover up their actions, it has occured in my life to me from people and I was hurt too. So I can relate to what you are saying…I realize that I must have done that to others in the past and the karmas comes around full swing like a wheel of sharp weapons back to me and hence I should be patient. . The only thing we can do is be patient and not retaliate back in a negative way to collect more negative karma. It should inspire you to practice dharma and realize everything in samsara’s nature is ultimately going to lead us nowhere. It should inspire to become deep in your dharma work. I wish you the best. TR

  43. Terri on Apr 27, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    thank u Rinpoche.

  44. Steve Tobias on Apr 27, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche very much for the explanation.

    There are many cases of jealousy where the person one is jealous of holds something as simple as wealth, power, etc., and of course that is subject to change and isn’t an attribute one should be jealous of really. However it’s all covered under Rinpoche’s explanation of karma. It’s the person’s karma, whether it brings a good result or not, or regardless of how the person reacts to it in a good or bad way — best to relate it to one’s own practice; feelings that are triggered to come up automatically can’t be blamed on the outside triggers. Very good, thanks.

  45. Plinio Tsai on Apr 27, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Tsem Rinpoche, I humbly thank you for the amazing and pratical explanation! I have no words to express my gratitude and happiness towards your beautifull explanation…most of all very sharp and efficiently you have point out the self-cherishing mind without saying the terms, you have pointed out Pabongkha Rinpoche words with the eight wordly Dharmas, Patrul Rinpoche and Lama Tsongkhapa about karma and acceptance of law of causality, the text Wheel of Sharp Weapons was beautifully putted in pratical words… in a simple and direct way I saw the fluency of the Dharma and I rejoice in this amazing way to explain the Dharma. May you always turn the Wheel of Dharma for the benefit of all sentient beings. And precious teacher, vajra holder of Ganden Shartse, I humbly prostrate at your Dharma wisdom. May I alwas take refuge in the Arya Ratna Dharma in order to protect others from my own deluded thoughts and actions and may I always hold your precious advice at the crown of my head and center of my heart. My you my teacher remember me in all my future lives, and like today, bring me to the clarity and lucidity of Dharma with the hook of your compassion… I have no words to express my gratitute for this precious advice. I will watch many times and meditate in all your instructions. Thank you very much!

    • Den on Apr 27, 2011 at 5:13 pm

      Wow, there is so much Dharma teaching in this one single response. I know virtually nothing about Dharma and there are so many good ideas in here that I had never heard before, “May I always take refuge in the Arya Ratna Dharma in order to protect others from my own deluded thoughts”, “May you my teacher remember me in all my future lives, and like today, bring me to the clarity and lucidity of Dharma with the hook of your compassion”, etc. Very useful to think on, thank you.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, May 18. 2021 01:19 PM
    Great blessing able to see holy and infused great items from Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche even though its just pictures. Wow …all these holy items are place in various parts of Kechara House for people to venerate and generate merits. We have Rinpoche and Beng Kooi to thanks not easy after all to have holy items from someone like Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. How blessed Kechara and honoured to have received sacred and holy items from Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands for this sharing, as anyone merely looking at the beautiful holy blessed Maitreya statue and Medicine Buddha statue is a blessing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/letters-cards-gifts/blessed-items-from-geshe-kelsang-gyatso.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, May 18. 2021 01:17 PM
    Thonmi Sambhota is traditionally regarded the inventor of the Tibetan script and author in the 7th century AD. His life is largely shrouded in legend and he is the 3rd incarnation of our Guru H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche. Tonmi Sambhota’s intelligence was such that he was noticed early by the Emperor , was sent to India to study, gather information on Buddhism and research scripts in order to create a script for the Tibetan language. During his years in India he was devoted to study India’s culture and Buddhism. According to legend, he is considered as one of the most renowned translators in the Tibetan history. He was highly felicitated and heavily rewarded for his creation whom no one has done before. Thonmi Sambhota is indeed a great man, and had contributed in development of Tibet ‘s Buddhism even up to this day .Well respected and loved by many.
    Thank you, Rinpoche and Pastor David for this sharing of a great creator.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/thonmi-sambhota-inventor-of-the-tibetan-script.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, May 18. 2021 01:14 PM
    Reading this inspiring post again , with much respect and getting to understand more. Guru devotion is indeed very important and plays an important in our spiritual journey. To advance further in learning and practicing Buddhism we must hold on guru devotion to our Gurus nor matter what happen. Rinpoche’s gurus are all highly erudite masters and Lamas, interesting to read each and every one of them even though its just a short read. Merely by reading it is a blessing. Rinpoche had received all the qualities and trainings , teachings from them. We are then to receive those precious Dharma teachings from Rinpoche. All due to Rinpoche ‘s the kindness and compassion we are able to receive it. A great teachings on 50 Verses Of Guru Devotion.
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands for sharing this teachings

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/my-precious-teachers.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, May 16. 2021 02:02 PM
    Mindfulness is a type of meditation in which we focus on being intensely aware of what we’re sensing and feeling in the moment. Practicing mindfulness involves breathing methods, guided imagery, and other practices to relax the body and mind and help reduce stress. Very beneficial practice indeed . Through mindful living practices, we can find happiness, joy, and meaning in our lives. Our true self. Mindful living can help us to find more happiness, joy and meaning in our life.
    Yes the coronavirus pandemic is a reminder of how fragile our lives is. Having these mindful meditation on a daily basis via live stream helps many of us coping with the lockdown.
    Thank you JP Thong for sharing whatever we need to know all about meditation exercise in mindfulness. A thumb up …….simply amazing understanding the basic and what to do when we are distracted by our thoughts, emotions, sensations, and so forth. Thanks again.


    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/live-your-best-life-100-days-of-mindful-meditation.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, May 16. 2021 02:00 PM
    Millions years ago earth is being visited by alien intelligence, evidence did proved it. Any way such reports were also being covered up for the fear might cause panic , and so forth. Do aliens exist? Many scientists believe that humans need to work harder to determine whether aliens have visited Earth. There are many discoveries seemed to increase the prospect of extra-terrestrial entities existing been millions years ago. Maybe in years to come scientist or researchers will reveal who else might be out there . Whether extra-terrestrial life has actually touched the soil of Earth, watching us all. Many people has claimed of alien sightings around the whole and yet no hard evidence to support it. A highly unusual object was spotted travelling through the solar system. But not everyone agrees with what they saw, it is indeed an alien spaceship but scientist disagree with the claim. Well all depend of how we see and judge. But how feasible is this?? Interesting discoveries which one day, where the question will be answer .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/ancient-aliens-the-return.html
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    Sunday, May 16. 2021 01:59 PM
    Given a chance to look at H. E. Tsem Rinpoche’s personal Heruka Cakrasamvara statue paints a thousand words. We are so fortunate been able to have a glance at this beautiful and powerful divine statue of Heruka Cakrasamvara. Its so real and merely looking at it is a blessing.
    Thank you Pastor David for sharing this post with the stories behind it.


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    Gyenze is a fully enlightened Buddha been practiced by many as he will help anyone who sincerely requests his assistance without any conditions. Gyenze is regarded by many for his ability to increase material resources, life, merit and realisations. Gyenze is Dorje Shugden in a wealth form specifically to help us gain resources through correct means. Its a very wonderful and beneficial practice indeed , all thanks to our Lama Tsem Rinpoche for bringing us this practice to Malaysia. Well , Gyenze had since help many people during their difficult times and bring more people to dharma and Kechara Forest Retreat at Bentong Pahang.
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    According to Buddhism, everything in human life, all objects will one day disappeared, we cannot change that for sure. Everything changes and nothing will last forever. From our emotions to our thoughts and feelings, from the cells in our bodies to the plants around us, will somehow change and decay soon or later.
    Our Guru Tsem Rinpoche had prepares all of us to meet with the inevitable, which is our own death. Rinpoche had been teaching us all these while. No matter whom we meet in life, all situations eventually lead to separation and all relationships will end via death. In-fact our guru’s parinirvana is actually a final experiential teaching on death and impermanence for all of us. Hence it is important for us to immerse ourselves fully into each and every moment of life in learning and practicing Dharma. And following all advices and instructions of our Guru and fulfil what not completed. Instead of feeling lost we should somehow to devoting oneself entirely especially in fulfilling all of our guru’s wishes and continue his work nor matter what comes along. Reading this post had me realised there ‘s indeed quite a long way to go , thanks to all those involved especially senior student and so forth. May all of us play a part to be involved as a team then. We should help when necessary and encourage people coming into Dharma joining the centre and its activities. This post tells us all , a good and detailed read.
    Thank you Pastor David for this sharing, had me having a good thoughts.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/devoting-yourself-to-a-guru-who-has-passed-on.html
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    Saturday, May 15. 2021 12:21 PM
    Millions of years ago extra-terrestrials have in fact visited Earth claimed by researchers and scientists . The controversial theory have been going for years from the age of the dinosaurs to ancient Egypt, from early cave drawings to continued mass sightings in the US. Did these intelligent beings from outer space visit Earth thousands of years ago? With all the unexplained activity we are bound to see something strange in the sky sooner or later. Reading this post and watching the video tells us all….. very interesting. We are not alone after all. Yes… aliens do exist I strongly believe having read articles more of those unexplained surroundings in the outer space.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/ancient-aliens-season-1-episode-4-the-mission.html
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    It’s shock to discover people in Bali are eating dog meat. Aside from the cruelty, the greatest shock was to discover that tourists are unwittingly eating dog meat and fueling the mobile dog meat vendors are trawling popular beaches in Bali selling satays from buckets, deliberately not telling people the origin of the meat.

    This is causing shocking animal cruelty over the popular holiday destination and
    definitely putting the local Balinese and foreign tourists’ health at risk .Thanks for the thoughtful sharing and bringing awareness to many.

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    Monday, May 3. 2021 11:36 PM
    Each of us is born with a particular set of colors and numbers that are very unique. These numbers reveal our character, purpose, motivation, talents and abilities in this life.

    I had a positive feeling and good action to know the interesting fact of Mewa 6. Thank you for the thoughtful sharing, I am blessed to know my birth Mewa and had the opportunity to encounter the challenges to face and to overcome.

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    Friday, Apr 30. 2021 11:09 PM
    Thank you for the informative and historical sharing of The Guangxi Community in Bentong. It’s interesting to know the large Chinese population in the Perting Chinese New Village are Guangxi Chinese.

    A small town famous for its locally produced ginger, durians, tofu puff, bean curd, bean curd puff, fresh vegetables, it has so much more to offer for wandering foodies.

    Success requires hard work, however hard work rewards with much more than success alone. Guangxi people of today are one of the most successful communities in Bentong, producing successful people in every strata of society.

    https://bit.ly/3gQ2JLu
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 30. 2021 03:47 PM
    Great Buton Rinchen Drub’s lifestorys truly inspiring, interesting which I simply love reading over and over again. The Great Buton Rinchen Drub was one of the most erudite of scholars of Tibet. To this day he is well remembered as a prodigious scholar and writer and is Tibet’s most celebrated historian. He catalogued thousands of the Buddhist scriptures and wrote the famous book, the History of Buddhism in India and Tibet. Many Tibetan scholars utilize in their study even as today.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/tibets-great-scholar-buton-rinchen-drub.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 30. 2021 03:46 PM
    Great memories of Rinpoche meeting with Guru Deva Rinpoche a very learned and qualified Lama,that has changed Rinpoche life. He is considered to be the reincarnation of one of the 84 great Mahasiddhas of ancient India. He studied under many great masters as such like Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche, Kyabje Yongzin Trijang Dorje Chang, and so forth. We have Tsem Rinpoche today all because of Guru Deva Rinpoche who had contributed towards Rinpoche’s spiritual journey. The journey was tough for Rinpoche , having gone through and had travelled from America to India. Having remained and continued to languish under the terrible conditions in India till he travelled to Nepal and meeting Guru Deva Rinpoche. Everything changed from then on. Interesting read .
    Thank you Rinpoche and Martin Chow for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/my-recollection-of-h-e-guru-deva-rinpoche.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 28. 2021 04:19 PM
    Buton Rinchen Drub is widely considered to be one of Tibet’s greatest scholars, historians, translators,writers and proponent of the Kalachakra Tantra. Even as a very young child, Rinpoche exhibited extraordinary abilities. He studied and received many tantric transmissions and empowerments from many other teachers. Well respected by many and was one of the brightest lights of Tibetan Buddhism. Over the period of his life he composed at least twenty-six prolific volumes of commentaries. His legacy included the compilation of 500 years’ worth of translated teachings into the encyclopedic Kangyur and Tangyur collections. This monumental effort helped to preserve and propagate the teachings throughout Tibet. These collections have become well known by all of the schools of Buddhism in Tibet, and continue to this day. He travelled tremendously throughout Tibet and many places giving teachings, empowerments, transmissions, and ordinations at monasteries along the way. Interesting read of a great Lama.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/buton-rinchen-drub.html

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One of our adorable Kechara Forest Retreat\'s doggies, Tara, happy and safe, and enjoying herself in front of Wisdom Hall which has been decorated for Chinese New Year
1 year ago
One of our adorable Kechara Forest Retreat's doggies, Tara, happy and safe, and enjoying herself in front of Wisdom Hall which has been decorated for Chinese New Year
Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
1 year ago
Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
1 year ago
On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
By the time I heard about Luang Phor Thong, he was already very old, in his late 80s. When I heard about him, I immediately wanted to go and pay my respects to him. - http://bit.ly/LuangPhorThong
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By the time I heard about Luang Phor Thong, he was already very old, in his late 80s. When I heard about him, I immediately wanted to go and pay my respects to him. - http://bit.ly/LuangPhorThong
It\'s very nice to see volunteers helping maintain holy sites in Kechara Forest Retreat, it\'s very good for them. Cleaning Buddha statues is a very powerful and effective way of purifying body karma.
1 year ago
It's very nice to see volunteers helping maintain holy sites in Kechara Forest Retreat, it's very good for them. Cleaning Buddha statues is a very powerful and effective way of purifying body karma.
Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
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Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
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One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
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Height: 33ft (10m)
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
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Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
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See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat\'s land here in Malaysia
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Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat's land here in Malaysia
Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
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Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
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Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
2 yearss ago
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
This is pretty amazing!

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

Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
2 yearss ago
My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
2 yearss ago
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
2 yearss ago
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
2 yearss ago
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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  • May 14, 2021 01:09
    Anonymous asked: I heard that Lama Tsongkhapa and Tara closer to us? Is it true and how so - because I have experienced instant help from them. Once I was due to go for a college interview and I started getting stomach pains that made me weak and almost unconscious. My mum offered incense to Green Tara and almost immediately the pain went away. Grateful to her and love her to this day.
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  • May 13, 2021 01:48
    Eden asked: Dear pastors 1) I am interested to do some small retreats. Can you guide and teach me? 2) Recently I had adopted a pet. Can you guide me on how to not be to attach to my pet? As i do not want to be too sad when my pet pass away. 3) Recently i find myself wanting to buy new phone, laptops and clothes eventho i do not need them. Can you guide me on how to reduce this urge to buy new things?
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    Anonymous asked: When we see similar characteristics in family members and similar life circumstances, is that a result of karma too?
    pastor answered: Hello, When we see similar characteristics between yourself and your family members, yes, ultimately that is due to karma. From the viewpoint of society, it is because we grew up with our family, shared experiences, pick up each others' habits, etc, that is the reason for similar characteristics. We learn things such as behaviours, likes and dislikes from our family and they also learn such things from us. But from the Buddhist viewpoint, what is the reason that we ended up being family anyway? The answer as you already guessed it is karma. Karma is what caused us to take to rebirth into a particular family, hence it is the reason why characteristics are similar between family members. This applies to life circumstances as well, we had the karma to be born into a family in a specific location, at a specific time, environment, etc. Which means that we would necessarily undergo similar circumstances as well. Within samsara, or cyclic existence, everything is due to karma. Everything that happens to us, what we say, what we think. Not only is it due to karma, but it also creates more karma. That is why Buddhists always talk about the faults of samsara. The only way to be free of this cycle and karma completely is to become a fully enlightened Buddha. That is why Buddhists aim to become a Buddha themselves. I hope this helps.
  • May 9, 2021 02:51
    Josh asked: Hello Pastor, when Buddha gave me a gift of able to see spirits, communicate with spirits and able to sense death onto someone, what is the purpose of this gift? How to use it? I believe I had this when I was around 12 years old. 70% of my dreams are mostly took me to hell for a walk, I even talk to Yama, Yama allow me to peek on the Book of the living and the dead.. I had only dream once of Buddha and the Titan God once, but everything in Sanskrit. I understand them only in dreams, and when communicating with spirits. So what is the purpose of this gift? How to use them to help?
    pastor answered: Dear Josh, Thank you for your question. Supernatural abilities such as those you have mentioned definitely do exist. They can come about from a couple of reasons: as gifted by a supernatural being, god, etc, or even simply because we have the karma to have such abilities that have manifested in this life. The other way they can come about is through our own transformation of the mind, where they occur naturally as side effects. In all of these cases, they are known as 'common attainments'. The reason why they are known as common attainments, because they can be attained by anyone. Buddhism however, stresses the importance of the 'supreme attainment', which is achieving the enlightened mind. Hence, in the Buddhist scriptures it is said that the supreme attainment is what we should strive for. Now, we cannot advise you in which ways to use the abilities you have mentioned to help beings, because we are not attained enough to guide you in such a manner. You would need the guidance of a highly attained master to be able to guide you in a safe manner. However, from what you have written, you can use your experiences to further your own spiritual transformation first. H.E. Tsem Rinpoche has advised on many occasions that we should not focus too much on abilities we develop, but concentrate on real transformation first. When you have reached a higher state of consciousness, then you will be able to use such abilities properly. The way to achieve this is to follow the path of the Lamrim or the Graduated Stages on the Path to Enlightenment. The text we use in Kechara is known as Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand. You can get a copy of it here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/lamrim-liberation-in-the-palm-of-your-hand There are sections of the Lamrim that deal with the suffering of those in the hell realms, the god realms and all other realms. There are also sections that deal with karma. You can use your experience to help you develop insight into these sections and propel you further along the path of transformation. So, instead of trying to use your abilities now, use the experiences that you have already had to the greatest potential. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • May 8, 2021 02:04
    Anonymous asked: Hello pastors. When one visualises in prayers should one shut eyes completely or keep half open looking at side of noses? Thank you for answering.
    pastor answered: Hello, When engaging in visualisation or any type of meditation, the best is to keep your eyes half open. You are actually looking at the floor, but the line of your sight follows the sides of your nose, you don't actually focus on the sides of your nose. If you focus on the sides of your nose, it will exert too much effort and you will feel like you are going crosseyed. So you actually look at the floor, but follow the angle of the sides of your nose. Following this eye positioning is the best because your mind is not too excited or overly stimulated as it would be if you had your eyes fully open, nor is it prone to laziness or falling asleep if you have your eyes closed. This would be the best. However, some people find it difficult to visualise with their eyes half open. In this case, it is permissible to close your eyes when visualising, as long as you can keep your concentration. Then slowly, over time, once you are familiar with the particular visualisation you are engaged in, you can do it with your eyes half open instead. I hope this helps.
  • May 3, 2021 10:15
    Carolyn asked: what is "Teh"
    pastor answered: Dear Carolyn, My apologies, but I do not fully understand your question. Is this in regards to any prayers or texts? In which case, please indicate which prayer or text so we can answer properly. Thank you
  • May 1, 2021 19:38
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, What does attachment actually mean in buddhism? Is it opposite of hostility? How do both these emotions harm us? How can we get rid of them?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, You have asked a very good question, but it's outside of the scope of this short reply to answer completely. Attachment is when you want something and either your thoughts, speech or actions reflect this want. For example, we can be attached to an object, a type of food, a person, a situation, etc.,. There are varying degrees of the type of attachment you experience towards differing objects or things. When we have an attachment, we expend energy either mentally, emotionally, through our speech or our actions to get the particular object, keep it and protect it. When we are parted from the object, it creates a lot of emotional suffering. When we are attached, our actions and thoughts keep us bound to cyclic existence, because we simply just create more karma. Attachment is known as one of the Three Poisons. You can read a short article and watch a teaching by Pastor David Lai about attachment here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-exaggeration-of-attachment.html In addition, here is an article that deals with the benefits of non-attachment in terms of relationships with others: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/why-non-attachment-is-one-of-the-keys-to-a-happy-life-relationship.html The opposite of attachment is aversion, the want to stay away from an object of thing, or not experience a particular situation. Another of the Three Poisons, is actually anger or hostility. This can be the extension of aversion. For example, in past someone said something to you which you didn't like. So you don't want to be around this person again. If a situation occurs when you are around this person, you become angry and hostile. You can even play the scenario over and over again in your head and become angry, even when not near the person. Anger is one of the most destructive of emotions because when you are worked up, it is very hard to remain logical, you simply and quickly act out of emotion, in the heat of the moment. This leads to the creation of negative karma, which you will need experience in the future. In short, all our negative emotions or behaviours can be subsumed under the Three Poisons - Attachment, Anger and Ignorance. There are many methods in Buddhism to overcome these. One of the most basic, yet extremely powerful is to meditate on impermanence, especially death. While this may seem very morbid, it is actually very liberating and helps us to let go of negative emotions which serve no purpose but to keep us stuck in suffering. You can read a short article about meditation on impermanence here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/supreme-contemplation.html For a more in-depth explanation of negative emotions and how to overcome them, you can read the Lamrim texts. These give us a step-by-step guide to self-transformation all the way to enlightenment itself. The text we use in Kechara is called Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand. You can order a copy online from Vajrasecrets (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/lamrim-liberation-in-the-palm-of-your-hand). Alternatively, you can visit your local bookstore and they should be able to order it in for you. I hope this helps. Thank you. PS. You may also find the following links useful:
  • April 28, 2021 19:10
    Eden asked: Dear pastors, recently I saw a video about preserving a dead body only to be revive later when science is more advance. Did Buddha said anything regarding this? I am looking forward for your reply.
    pastor answered: Dear Eden, Thank you for your question. Buddha Shakyamuni did not explicitly talk about this subject, simply because the technology to preserve a body for future re-animation did not exist. In fact, even today, we can physically preserve a body using things like cryogenic freezing, however the technology to be able to revive the person is currently only speculative hope. There is no biological evidence that this would even be possible. That being said, even though the Buddha did not talk about it specifically, the Dharma that the Buddha taught can be applied to any and all situations. So, we can analyze it from multiple angles. I'll try to do so from two angles due to the scope of this answer. The first is that death as part of the law of impermanence is a major part of Buddhism. We have had countless lifetimes and at the end of each of those, we have died and then taken rebirth into a new body. That is why cyclic existence is considered to be suffering, because we consistently take a new life, only to die at the end of it, and then take rebirth in a new life once again. The only way to get out of this cycle is to achieve the state of enlightenment. Some people could argue that if you don't die because you are re-animated in the future, then this cycle doesn't really exist. However, from a Buddhist viewpoint everything is still impermanent. Even if you were re-animated and lived for many thousands, millions, or billions of years, eventually the whole universe as we know it will be destroyed. At that point of time, no matter how many times your physical body was revived, you would cease to exist, because everything will be destroyed. Even from a scientific standpoint, it is said that the universe was created with the Big Bang, and due to that the universe is still expanding at an accelerating rate. Scientists have hypothesized that this will lead to either the Big Rip or the Big Freezer, in which life will no longer be able to exist in the universe in any form. So even from a scientific point of view, the Buddhist law of impermanence still applies. This brings me to the second angle, the question why we would want to preserve our bodies for future re-animation. The answer to that is simple, it is due to attachment. As you may be aware, within Buddhism, attachment is one of the things that leads us to stay stuck within cyclic existence. Attachment leads to the creation of karma which only lengths our suffering in existence. When we focus on our attachments, we do not live in the moment, we do not truly transform into a better person, we help no one and ultimately we do not help ourselves to become enlightened. I hope this helps. If you have any further questions, please do ask. This is an interesting subject.
  • April 24, 2021 03:40
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Thank you all for following Rinpoche’s advice and contributing your energy here and at Kechara. Rinpoche is the most precious jewel for sure. We appreciate Rinpoche, Kechara and kecharians. May we all achieve our spiritual goals under the guru’s guidance.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your lovely message, it's nice to know that this blog is appreciated. Tsem Rinpoche worked tirelessly to get this resource up and available for everyone. Following Rinpoche's Dharma teachings on this blog, we can definitely progress on our spiritual journeys. The key is to put what Rinpoche taught into practice. I wish your success in your journey, and if you need help, you are more than welcome to ask further questions here. Thank you.
  • April 21, 2021 03:13
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, When one experiences the outcome of negative karmas, how does one have compassion for oneself and overcome tough times? Relying on buddhas is definitely top of the list but I find my fear and self doubt and bad temper sabotages all the outer dharma practice I do. I am weak in the practical side of applying dharma!
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question. What you have expressed is something that a lot of people go through, because of the accumulation of negative karma from previous lifetimes. What you must remember is that our negative habitual patterns from previous lives are very strong, hence effort is needed in the spiritual path. That is why Joyous Effort is one of the Six Perfections. Karma, our habitual patterns, fear and self-doubt will try to knock us of the path of self-transformation at every turn until we are strong enough to withstand them. One way to overcome this is to develop strong faith in the Three Jewels, and the way to do this is to engage in the practice of Taking Refuge. I'm not just talking about Talking Refuge at the beginning of formal Dharma practice such as your sadhana or pujas. But actually Taking Refuge remembering the qualities of the Three Jewels. When I first came to Kechara, I had a lot of physical obstacles manifest, a lot of fear and doubt. H.E. Tsem Rinpoche suggested that I read the section of the Lamrim that talks about Taking Refuge, and explains how to do it properly, remembering the qualities of the Three Jewels and the benefits they grant on the spiritual path. When you practice Taking Refuge, you remember these and you contemplate them. Then your faith in the application of the Dharma increases, and your fear, self-doubt, etc, disappear. When that happens, even if your negative karma and habits try to knock you off the path, you find yourself back on the path. Another thing you must remember is that when we are practicing the Dharma, due to our habits, we will not be perfect at something directly after learning about it. It takes time to train ourselves. That is why the central teaching in the Gelug tradition we practice is called the Lamrim, or the Graded Stages on the Path to Enlightenment. It is step-by-step. It is a process. It is not instant. So you shouldn't let fear, self-doubt, etc get in the way. Instead calmly apply the antidote to these, which is strong refuge. When you develop strong refuge, you will have faith and confidence in the teachings. When you have these, you will practice the teachings, no matter what happens. The compassion for yourself and overcoming tough times comes through faith in the Three Jewels and the teachings of self-transformation. I met someone the other day who said self-transformation was not possible for him, but then why did Buddha Shakyamuni and the enlightened beings teach the Dharma? Of course, it is possible, and in order to progress on the spiritual path, you must have faith and conviction. This comes from the simple, yet foundational practice of Taking Refuge. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • April 19, 2021 02:53
    Sandra asked: Hello respected pastors, I heard once from here that too much mantra recitations produce wind in the body? Did I hear right? What are the repercussions of that? I do find I cough during mantra recitations these days...I only do about 6 malas though!
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question. Mantras are the form of the enlightened beings in sound. Hence, when you recite mantras they are very powerful. All mantras move the psychic winds in the body. They don't actually produce physical wind in the body. The psychic winds move naturally due to the power of the mantras, and only have a beneficial effect on the body. If you are not initiated into the Higher Yoga Tantra practices, any of the common mantras are fine to recite. These include Lama Tsongkhapa's Migtsema, your Guru's mantra, Chenrezig, Tara, Manjushri, etc. These will move the winds in your body naturally, so there will be no untoward side effect. However, mantras of Higher Yoga Tantra deities, such as Yamantaka, Vajra Yogini, Heruka, etc, should only be known and recited by those who have received initiation into the practice and received the commentary to the practice from a qualified guru. These mantras move the psychic winds in the body more forcefully hence can have negative side effects if not done properly. If you are having any negative effects when reciting mantras, such as coughing, that could be due to a number of other more ordinary reasons, such as reciting too loudly or being out of breath when reciting. When you are reciting mantras during your sadhana, you should only recite loud enough for yourself to hear, and not disturb others if they are around. If you are in a puja, you follow the puja lead to either recite out aloud or quietly. If you are getting out of breath, slow down your mantra recitation, or reduce the amount of mantras you are doing until you are used to it. Then you can slowly increase to however many you want to recite. The main issue is consistency, you should recite mantras as part of your sadhana every day. You can also recite extra mantras throughout the day, but the key is to make sure that you finish your daily sadhana. And you should not rush through your mantra recitation, but recite the mantra clearly. I hope this helps.
  • April 13, 2021 21:55
    ray asked: Dear Pastors, Thank you for clearing my doubts previously about purification practices. Today i have a question about reciting praises to buddhas, why do we recite praises and how does reciting praises to buddhas like Tara, Dorje shugden etc. help and benefit us? Because ive seen certain prayer texts to mother tara which i think is referring to the 21 tara praises stating that : ~If this prayer is recited two, three, or seven times, It will pacify all the sufferings of torments Caused by spirits, fevers, and poisons, And by other beings as well. If you wish for a child, you will get a child; If you wish for wealth, you will receive wealth. All your wishes will be fulfilled And all obstacles pacified.~ Will reciting praises to buddhas also be able to fulfill our wishes as stated? Thank you very much.
    pastor answered: Dear Ray, Thank you for your question. As I am sure you are aware, there are many different types of prayers. Praises are one type of prayer, or commonly included in longer prayers. When we praise the enlightened beings, we generate merit. This is due to the power of the enlightened beings. Generally speaking these prayers are praises of the qualities of either the enlightened being's body, speech, mind or benefits derived from their practices. Or the praise can be a combination of these. The merit generated from praising an enlightened being is immense. Some prayers even have the power to grant certain specific benefits due to the merits generated from the praise. Hence, some prayers even have the benefits listed in them. So yes, if you recite the praise with strong faith and refuge in the particular enlightened being, you will generate merit which will help to achieve the benefits stated. On a normal level, you will receive the benefits. On a higher level, you create the merit to achieve the same body, speech, mind and qualities of the enlightened being, meaning you create the causes to be enlightened yourself. I hope this helps.
  • April 12, 2021 03:20
    Eden asked: Dear Pastors, How are all of you doing? I have a few questions here. I will be very grateful if you can answer them. Thank you. 1) If we are here because of our previous life karma, previous previous karma and so on. May i know when does all of this started? How does this chain of karma started? Im sure we all had our 1st life and everything had a beginning to it. 2) I am currently facing some problem over my career pathway, are there any practices and mantras that I can do to request for guidance?
    pastor answered: Dear Eden, Thank you for your questions. 1. Buddhism does not believe in a 1st life, and the reason being is the Buddhist view of time. Most people think of time and existence as linear. It has a definitive starting point and a certain end point. But Buddhism views time as a cyclic. Hence, our universe as we understand it, will at one point cease to exist, and then a new universe will come into existence. However, even though our current universe will end, due to the force of karma and reincarnation, we will take rebirth into the new universe and have many rebirths there. So in Buddhism we say that we have had "countless" rebirths, as you would never be able to count how many lifetimes you have had. This cycle is vicious and leads us to take rebirth endlessly. The only way to stop this cycle is to transcend it altogether, which is the state of Buddhahood, in which you are completely liberated from the cycle, known as "samsara". Also the way in which we think about karma is not linear either. It is not one for one. By this I mean, if you do one negative action, it is not that you will experience only one negative result. You will actually experience many negative results, with differing levels of severity until the karma is exhausted. How you respond to the negative results can lead to either more negative karma, or positive karma. Hence, the law of karma according to the Buddhist view point is much more nuanced then the general understanding of karma that people have these days. The Buddha explained this process in a teaching known as the 12 Links of Dependent Origination, which is quite complex. If you want to learn more about this teaching, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche gave a very profound teaching on it here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/teaching-on-the-twelve-links-of-dependent-origination.html Hence, according to Buddhism, the understand of time is a never-ending cycle in which universes are created, destroyed and created again due to the power of karma. Since it is a cycle, there is no "beginning" or "1st life" for sentient beings. 2. In regards to your career pathway, I would suggest you engage in the combined practice of Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden. We have heard of many people who are either stuck in their career or who need to find good jobs, succeed in the their goals after engaging in this practice with a sincere motivation. There is a book available regarding the practice here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/the-dorje-shugden-handbook. We also have an entire section of this website dedicated to various aspects of the practice, including history, other prayers, etc. (https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/dorje-shugden). I hope this helps. Let us know if we can help in any other way.
  • April 11, 2021 00:23
    Lara asked: Hello pastors, I have a family member suffering from depression right now. May I know how I can help him to overcome this? Thank you.
    pastor answered: Dear Lara, I'm sorry to hear that your family member is going through this. When someone is going through such a difficult time, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche has advised that the person themselves seek qualified medical help as well as engage in the practice of Lama Tsongkhapa, which is well-known to help overcome things like depression. From your side you should be as supportive as possible. Take the time to understand what your family member is going through, and in which ways you can support them to overcome their depression and heal. You can watch a fantastic teaching about the practice of Lama Tsongkha here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sayonara-to-depression.html. The prayer text for the practice can be found here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/sadhana-prayers.html#19 However, sometimes family members may not be open to the engaging in the practice themselves. In that case, you can engage in the practice yourself and dedicate the merits for the family member to heal, but this will not be as effective as the family member doing the practice themselves. Another thing that you can do, it to make abundant offerings or engage in virtuous activities like as helping the less fortunate, and dedicating the merits from those activities to your family member. You can also have pujas sponsored for your family member. The following two pujas would be excellent: Medicine Buddha Puja - which is good for healing, both physical and mental (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/medicine-buddha-puja-fund) Dorje Shugden Puja - to remove obstacles for a swift recovery (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/dorje-shugden-wishfulfilling-puja-fund) These are the various methods in which you can help. You can do just one or a combination of the methods mentioned to generate as much positive energy and merit as possible for your family member. I hope this helps.
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Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
8 months ago
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families  ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
9 months ago
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
9 months ago
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
10 months ago
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
11 months ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
11 months ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
12 months ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
12 months ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
12 months ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
1 years ago
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
1 years ago
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
1 years ago
Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
1 years ago
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
1 years ago
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
1 years ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
1 years ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
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