The harsh truth with love

Apr 5, 2014 | Views: 2,498

I can’t say I am an expert on depression clinically or otherwise because I’m not and I am not offering a medical solution. It is my advice based on meeting people and observing the same issues for the last 20 years countless times. This A.R. has written (I didn’t include the email) and I am writing back in the best capacity I can and with the best motivation. I post it here, because I hear the same things from so many people for so many decades now and the solution is the same. The human condition unfortunately does not offer to many choices or shortcuts.  Perhaps some of them can read this and for people who might have the same issues in the future, apply if it helps and find a way to betterment. This is my sincere and deepest hopes. I wish A.R and many people like A.R. well because time is not on our side. Just put in the hard work and effort as that is the key and be consistent please.

I hope nothing I’ve written will offend any of you with my directness and thoughts. If it does, my humble and deep apologies.

Tsem Rinpoche


 

 

 

Dearest A.R.,

I guess you can want this and want that but you will find it hard to get because you don’t put the effort, consistency and work. When we are lazy and shy away from hard work how can we wish for good and big results? Of course you will be depressed and people will give sympathy. But only the first few times. I guess not getting a partner because of your past and your habits is disheartening too. I guess if the only partner you can get is by doling out money as you complain, is not going to bring happiness either. I am sorry for that. But as you get older, you have to pay more. Fine if you have money I guess, but you will not be happy because they are not there for you but for your money irregardless of their sweet words. Sorry. And some partners just drag each other down anyways because it’s convenient to be with that person. It’s not love but just using each other. I’ve seen that clearly in a few cases. People can hide with their partners and avoid real efforts because they are in denial, but denial or not, it will catch up. I am deeply sorry to say things like that too. But it’s true.

Depression can either be clinically triggered (meaning in your genes/biological make-up), or you are depressed because you are so jealous other people are doing better than you and you are lazy to do anything.  Are you depressed because it’s a medical condition you cannot help or because you are jealous of othersand lazy? Some run, hide or avoid or be nasty. Those are not the solutions.

If it’s medical, people take  medication and still achieve big. There are many superstars, super moms, super good people and super business people who suffer from depression but THEY STILL WORK HARD AND ACHIEVE BIG or are just responsible people. Life is not perfect and we have to deal with it..  Then there’s the ‘other’ group of people who ‘suffer’ from depression are using that to hide behind their failure, laziness and deep jealousy. They can even say VERY NASTY THINGS to their friends who try to support them. You see, these people want their friends to support and pretend to be on their side so they can continue their ‘depressions’ to hide behind it. And when friends speak to them nicely, they can be rude and tell them off. Because they want the friends to be fake friends to cover them in their self-made depressions. They can even gang up with other people against someone, but once their common ‘enemy’ is not affected or moves on, their little gang breaks apart no matter what. Because it was not real in the first place. We cannot cover laziness, lack of effort, jealousy and fears. We have to face them, please.

There are 1 billion people in India and another billion in China. Don’t you think there are millions there who are depressed daily and severely from very poor circumstances? Well they don’t  have time to dwell. They have to work and survive. While some of us take advantage of fellow workers, our employer, friends, teachers and others to not do our part and hide and say we are depressed or give many excuses for why we cannot. Wrong drama. Drama is interesting but not negative drama that covers laziness and jealousy. These people will become more and more depressed because they use negative drama as a way to cover. But one day soon, no one will believe. So either they get medication if it’s real, or they shut up, do their job, work their way up and then gain respect back. They have to do that because no one is getting younger and everyone else is moving up, up, up!!

These people who abuse their friends ( I am not saying you abuse yours), do they deserve friends at all? Old friends from long time ago is the best, we have to be careful of new friends. Should never lose old friends because they know us inside out and accept us. That is half of the battle. We can always make new friends but they will be tired of us very soon too. When we have good friends that care about us, we better not hurt them further. We better apologize and be genuine with them. Because we can lose one friend and then another and another. In the dharma center you are at, it is easy to make friends because you all pray together and get together, but in the outside world you be careful with ‘new friends’. In the center there is a natural trust with each other and people tend to have their guards down more, but don’t take advantage of this either. This goes both ways of course. But think deeper.

The bottom line is this:
Don’t blame your dharma friends, work, teacher and your dharma center for your depression because you did it so stop not performing to gain sympathy. It is ourselves.

If your depression is medical, get medicine and work and succeed.

If your depression is drama and acting to cover laziness and deep jealousy, then you better face yourself and see what kind of person you are. How jealous you are and in your jealousy you can fail at work and still want respect, salary, friends and more chances. Where in the world people can be so kind like that? Anger and jealousy comes from you and no one gave it to you. Life can give you the difficulties, but you can fail, grow, succeed, learn or all. Up to you. Stop blaming others and telling others non-stop  it’s other people’s fault. Even if it is other people’s fault, you still have to grow because after a while people will see through you. Your success or lack of it speaks volumes unless you hang out with other people who don’t want to achieve either. Achievements are subjective I know. But at least achieve not being an angry, spiteful person that blames others for self-made fears/faults and then cuts them off on social media and vents anger on Facebook. LOL. That is silly. As if all the Facebook friends will really be friends or really know the whole situation. LOL.

 

 

I thank you for writing in and I am sorry if my email sounds harsh, but I think I have to tell you the truth. I am known for being straightforward and direct not because I want to hurt you but to not waste time. I don’t want you to waste your time further. Think of all the good things and stop focusing on the bad. Anger does not help. Hiding and running does not heal and avoiding and denying will not be the solution. Good ol’ fashioned hard work, ethics, overcoming fears, mending friendships are the best. Just achieve, achieve and achieve.

The only people who don’t have to achieve are toy boys (LOL), toy girls (LOL), rich kids, or people just doing nothing because they are waiting for the inheritance (just joking). But you know what? Toy boys/girls do age. Rich kids will run out of money and actually hate themselves for achieving nothing. They can afford to hide their self-hatred by covering with indulgences and distractions, but age catches up soon as well as deep boredom that leads to other activities that may be harmful. If you have achieved nothing, with or without money, you know it and you will be deeply dissatisfied. There are exceptions of course.

It’s wonderful junior students in the center are talking to you and counselling you, but it is embarrassing because you should know more. You talked big to them in the past and now you have to avoid them because of embarrassment. Well, avoiding them will not help. Might as well own up to them. And you cannot cover it by saying well you know better or they don’t understand or buzz off. And getting an inheritance may not be the answer, because if you are not ready then you will use the money to destroy yourself further. Money is not the holy grail that solves all problems inside of us. We have to realize that. A good friend of mine has a saying, don’t throw pearls to pigs. Sounds harsh but it means if you’ve done nothing and you get money, the money will help you to do further nothing in your life. Sorry. It perpetuates unfortunately.

It’s time to perform, do your job, work, gain results. Because if the people whom you are jealous of are moving ahead and you are left behind, this situation will get worse because they are still working  hard and you are still ‘depressed’ and left behind. Medical or drama, you have to perform, and that is the cold hard facts of life. If you are medically depressed, then fine, get medical help and move on, but if you are only drama depressed, then so much time has been wasted that could have been used for you to be successful and gain respect and love. 

I will pray for you and do wish you well. But if you don’t start loving your guru the right way and yourself, it will be a great loss. How to love your guru and good friends and yourself the right way? By apologizing openly or sometimes publicly whatever the case may be, or at least directly and sincerely in your center and then perform. If you apologize you cannot use this drama-depression-method again. It’s over. If you don’t apologize you still can’t ..but one gives hope to friends and the other nothing. Overcome the points in you that make you fail and you know what they are. Sure there are people who harm us, but why harm ourselves ?? Why add to it. The real harm is ourselves. When it rains, we can open an umbrella or just get wet and complain. Up to us. We can spend our time getting other people back and putting them down and blaming them or we can just achieve. We will never run out of people to blame for sure because there is an endless supply because our attitudes sets us up this way for now.

Stop disappointing others. Stop hurting others. The wheel of sharp weapons say if we always deceive and trick others then we will suffer from mental breakdowns. Karma is real.

Work hard, do your practice and feel lucky you have so much that you have scorned and took for granted till you are at the point of losing it. Overcome your jealousy, anger and deep resentment that others are better in their results than you. Don’t be complacent either. Complacency is to say OH WELL THEY GET BETTER AND I DON’T, SO WHO CARES. That is the opposite and still very negative and have negative karma. You will be unhappy too. Basically no way to escape our minds and ourselves.

Throwing yourself into drinking, fun, hobbies, travelling, *boobali, going out, dressing out and the whole nine yards is not the solution because you’ve done all that back in your college days and it got you nowhere as you can see now. So doing it again at the cost of dharma is not the solution either. You are older (not very old -LOL) now and why do you want to do that again. If you didn’t feel fulfilled the first time round, it certainly will be worse now…LOL.

I send you my good wishes and please read carefully what I said. It is from my heart and not meant to hurt you but I have written several times and now it’s up to you.

I will share this with others as it will help them and that is my purpose. Why exist otherwise?  They won’t know who you are so don’t worry. I know you are a good person deep inside. But resolve your issues now and let that good person come out please.  Perform, be kind to others, stop blaming and cut out the jealousy. They got what they worked for. And you got what you didn’t work for. Sorry again. I am here for you and waiting for you to do your part.

Much hope, Tsem Rinpoche

 

(*boobali – my polite way of saying intercourse)

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  1. S.Prathap on Jun 14, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    Such a straight to the point and direct advice. Even though it may sound harsh but its really out of compassion and love.This teaching may sound harsh, but it is very true. We have to be responsible to our life and accept the consequences caused by our own action
    I think depression comes from the fact that we do not want to own our problems and be responsible for that. Thank for the article and keep on advice us.

  2. S.Prathap on Jun 13, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    Thanks for the lovely and deep meaningful article. Even though it sounds harsh, but it throws people back into reality. Time does not wait for us and there will be no miracle happens unless we heal ourselves with our hard work and effort.
    This article really helps us to move forward.What Gurusaid is true if we want succeed we need to work hard and we need to be responsible with ourselves.

  3. Pastor Moh Mei on Mar 9, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    Love is one of the most used, misused, manipulated, misunderstood word in human relationships be it with family, spouses, friends, environment or even with ourselves.

    The harsh truth is love doesn’t matter in the end. Love is a constant projection and perception of our mind. So it is impermanent like every else in samsara.

    This is an excerpt from another article on this blog and what this nun Karma Wangmo said about relationship has been stuck in my mind ever since I first read the article.

    “…….I consider attachment to people worse than attachment to vices because with the former you are hindering others, dragging them down. It becomes difficult for them to do Dharma practice if they are tied by relationships.”

    We need to stop looking for love and acceptance from people because it will not happen. No matter how people treat us, we will still only interpret base on our awareness or perception. It’s too subjective. It is unnecessary to try and define or classify what is love. It is what you want it to be. No matter, that state of mind, that moment of emotion will still pass. Our current mind simply cannot and do not have the ability to hold on the passing time, making everything impermanent.

    The best way is to let go. Don’t live in the past, don’t dwell of what could have been. Don’t dream of the future, don’t dwell of what should be. Live in the present because that minuscule instant that is too brief to even measure is all we really have.

  4. Hee TS on Dec 20, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    感謝仁波切這個重要的信息分享。事實是嚴酷的,我們大都傾向於避免這個道理,有必要了解和思考它,將之去除。勇敢面对它,從長遠來看,我們將得到結果。下定决心面對根深蒂固旳我執習气,再而設定的目標和動力,使我們不斷積極意向,勇往直前。

  5. Wan Wai Meng on Jun 25, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    I recall one teacher was talking about relationships and he was saying if u have the karma for a relationship it will come, if you do not have the karma no matter what you do nothing happens.

    But karma stored which is beneficial or the type we wish for arises from past actions of ours. Karma is a kind of result that was planted in previous lives or earlier in this life. Without karma to support our wishes, wishes remain a wish.

    What that teacher spoke about resonates with what Rinpoche says, if we have not performed or gotten the results it is very hard to get exactly what we wished for. And Rinpoche was saying in all we do, we need to work and put effort into it.

  6. wansan on Jun 8, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    The truth is indeed harsh and no one likes listening to it (most people).The reality is harsh anyway. We have to face it sooner or later. We can’t be hiding ourselves from all these for the rest of our lives and in the end we are the ones who will suffer. I like how direct and straightforward Rinpoche is, in giving advice. Sometimes we just need someone to tell us the truth right in our face. So we will stop hiding, stop avoiding and face it. Rinpoche’s advice may sound really harsh but definitely full with love and care. Just mere nice words from friends will not help us at all but for us to be more convinced in becoming more depressed. Someone who really wants us to be a better person, for us to change and transform will never beat around the bush but tell us the truth, like our guru.
    “Don’t blame your Dharma friends, work, teacher and your Dharma center for your depression because you did it so stop not performing to gain sympathy. It is ourselves.” We have to be responsible with our lives and the things we had done in order to succeed. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

  7. Alysa on Apr 30, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    As a person currently dealing with depression (I am on medication which has helped a lot with my situation), I feel that if I had read this post during my darker days, it wouldn’t have helped. I don’t understand why you need to be so harsh – your post may actually do more harm in the sense that you will probably mislead people who actually need help into thinking they don’t have “medical” depression, which means they will continue to live longer in denial, meaning their situation and mental state will get worse.

    I was in denial for a long time and didn’t even believe that depression was a proper illness. I honestly wish I went to see my doctor earlier to get help. It took a lot of courage to accept the fact that I was/am suffering, and took even more courage to tell my family and friends. I was really ashamed. To be honest, in a sense, I still am – and reading your post hasn’t exactly helped.

    Many great people who are “successful” (in quote marks as success is subjective..) can also suffer from depression. Abraham Lincoln, Mozart, Issac Newton, are major examples (I am not suggesting I am great by the way, not even close). I just think your post is going to mislead a lot of people who have never suffered depression before into thinking that most people who are depressed are all lazy, jealous, drama queens. Instead of promoting a better understanding of depression I feel you are doing the opposite.

    I understand the point of this “drama” depression you speak of, which was the case with A.R., but I feel that your use of the word depression in this sense is quite wrong and again, misleading. From what you’ve written, a person with “drama depression” is basically an ungrateful, jealous, materialistic, nasty person who wants ‘success’ and money without wanting to put in the effort. A person with “medical” depression simply wouldn’t even have the energy to be jealous, angry, or to live.. They don’t even have the energy to get out of bed and will have trouble with the simplest tasks. People with “medical depression” also blame themselves (not others), feel hopeless and helpless.

    I agree with some things you’ve said, but I’m really not a big fan of the tone of your post. It’s really obvious that you don’t have a real understanding of depression, because you’ve probably never suffered from it, lucky for some. I hope that next time you touch on this topic that you are less harsh – because not everyone responds well to such directness.

    Hope I haven’t offended you with my thoughts.

    • Lars on Jun 26, 2014 at 2:45 am

      I think it would help you to understand where Rinpoche comes from to understand his methods: http://www.tsemtulku.com/biography/america/growing-up-in-howell.html
      That is just a part, I highly recommend you to read up o the whole story, since you have found Rinpoches blog and therefore at least found something of what Rinpoche are saying to make sense.;) I wish you the best /from a guy having had seasonal and “handmade” depressions for 19 out of his 32 year long life and counting

  8. Antoinette on Apr 28, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    The truth is harsh but very necessary to know and reflect on it. We can avoid but in the long run we will get the results.
    Time is short and we tend to avoid this truth.
    Best way is to stop our harmful habituations and set the goal and motivation again and again so that we continuously have positive intentions and get positive habituations.
    Thank You for this important message.

  9. Edwin Tan on Apr 19, 2014 at 9:12 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Rinpoche’s messages and advices are always direct and very deep. Even though it sounds harsh, but it throws people back into reality. Rinpoche really do not let us waste time dwelling in ourselves and covering up and hiding from truth and reality. Always wakes us up with truth.

    There are many people, in fact, with similar cases and this article really helps them move forward.

    Thank you.

    • CDB on Apr 21, 2014 at 4:06 am

      You need to be very careful about trying psychiatric medicine. Many, many people who have taken them have experienced side effects, including sexual dysfunction which does not recover even months or years afterwards. Forums related to psychiatric medicine users who experienced these side effects are full of stories such as these.

      Add on top of that the fact that psychiatric medicine is not very effective in the treatment of psychiatric illnesses, or ceases to be effective after a short period of time, in a statistically significant percentage of cases, and the wisdom of taking psychiatric medicine becomes highly suspect.

      In advising or thinking about whether people should or should not take psychiatric medicine, it isn’t enough to have a generic idea about the reality of psychiatric medicine, you need to read or hear the testimonies of actual people who have taken these medicines. This will reveal the full extent of the suffering and despair that side effects from these medications can induce. Such online forums exist and you can read about people’s experiences with psychiatric medications there.

      So, if you want to practise Dharma and your mental health is hindering you, what should you do?

      There are many things you should do, such as develop a healthy diet, exercise, socialise, benefit others, engage in creative activities such as art and music if that helps you, etc. but as we’re discussing physiology, on the medication side of things I’m having better results, (and clinical trials agree), with taking non-prescription medications – I experienced significantly improved results in a faster time, and without the vast majority of the extremely distressing side effects which are so common in psychiatric medicine.

      My experiences have taught me that chemistry plays a huge role in how we think and feel.

      I just don’t think that psychiatric medicine is necessarily the best approach to correct defective chemistry in all cases.

      So I would advise caution when considering whether or not to take psychiatric medication – some of the side effects, including impotence, inability to orgasm, etc. do not disappear for months or years for some people, and these additional problems can lead to even greater depression and despair in the long-run.

      None of these side effects will enhance your ability to practise Dharma.

      Avoiding them is important.

      Fair enough, if a certain psychiatric medication is the best available solution for your psychiatric condition, then you should take it. But if a more effective, non-prescription solution with fewer side effects exists, then shouldn’t you take that, instead? It makes no sense to go for a worse solution, if a better solution exists.

      Best wishes and best of luck to everyone suffering from mental ill health, and those who care for them,
      CDB

  10. sockwan on Apr 15, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    This teaching may sound harsh, but it is very true. We have to be responsible to our life and accept the consequences caused by our own actions. We can put the blames on people one time, two time, three time but not all the time. Truth is truth and people will know one day. I think depression comes from the fact that we do not want to own our problems and be responsible for that. Admitting our weakness and work hard to overcome it is the solution. We cannot change in a day or two, but if we are consistent, we will see the results. We can fail, but the important thing is we keep trying and not giving up! I used to give up on things easily, I am unlearning that, and relearning to be consistent and persistent.

    Rinpoche as our guru only wants the best for us, he never does things with the intention to put people down. Thank you Rinpoche for the teaching.

  11. Ryan Lim on Apr 14, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Achieve,achieve,achieve is the central moral about this blog post.Don’t settle for less when there is more on the way.Money won’t bring you peace,won’t bring you satisfaction,only desire.How one handle fear is another thing,how one conquer fear is also another thing.In the end,age will overcome things like money,love,belongings and friends.The only thing that will stay with you until your next life is dharma.That,too maybe you need to take awhile to find it, then it will just come to you.This message is filled with so many interesting moral that some i can’t even point out.Not all things will be perfect,but it is something everyone has to go through themselves.(for now,BYE)

    Ryan Lim

  12. Pastor Han Nee on Apr 13, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche. The truth is harsh for those who will not accept it.If we are honest with ourselves, if we face ourselves and recognize the faults that lie deep inside us, then, however hard the going is for us,we can forge ahead and achieve success, even in the midst of difficult situations and difficult people.

    However bitter the medicine, if we know it is the only thing that will heal us, we will take it. Similarly, the course of action to bring us out of depression and mental pain, is difficult . Yet, with hard work,and by overcoming our fears and having full faith in and devotion to our Spiritual Guide, we will be able to get out into the light.Running away or hiding will not help in anyway. In the end, we still come full circle back to where we began and that is nowhere.

  13. Sean Wang on Apr 11, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    Every single problem one could have arises from the self. If you realise that, you will not blame others and would be happier generally. Even if it was not an event directly influenced by you, it is still by your karma to experience whatever event that happens. It all leads back to you.

  14. Shelly tai on Apr 9, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this very valuable advice. I do come across people like this who use depression as an excuse for their failure, they will ask for help and sympathy but eventually all these friend who help will also leave her because they think she is not sincere. I think what Rinpoche said is true if we want succeed we need to work hard we need to be responsible with our self.

  15. So Kin Hoe (Ipoh) on Apr 7, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing out the true facts about how to overcome our jealousy, laziness, hatred and depression. Time does not wait for us and there will be no miracle happens unless we heal ourselves with our hard work, effort and most importantly is to admit our problems and weaknesses in order to get the right remedy for ourselves. Most of the successful people have failed tremendously in their early ages and the only made them successful is to be honest with themselves and get it right the next time without repeating their past mistakes again whether in secular or spiritual life. If someone falls down onto the floor, what would be that person do next? He or she will stand up right after that without a second thought. This is how we should be all the times.

  16. stella on Apr 6, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    After reading this, I contemplated on how ” Covering up and deceiving others can only work a few times but soon people will see through the person eventually”. And being honest is the best remedy. I believe we all experienced this 1 way or another whether its first hand or through another. I am glad through Rinpoche’s blog we are reinforced with this teaching and not get carried away by our mundane and wrongful behavior.

    Thank you very much.

    • Pastor Jean Ai on Apr 7, 2014 at 2:06 pm

      Hi Stella,

      It’s not just that honesty is the best remedy, but the best policy. Being honest with yourself and others means you don’t have to remember what lies you told before, so you don’t have to put in the effort to keep on covering 😉

      Some people will say that being honest makes you vulnerable. But even when you lie, you are vulnerable anyway because you always live in fear of being exposed. So better to be honest and be hurt, and gain respect for your honesty, than to lie and gain some respect now, but risk losing it for good in the future.

      • stella on Apr 8, 2014 at 12:20 pm

        Dear Pastor Jean Ai,

        Yes, you are right. I am now making a vow to be a honest person in all aspects and consistently. I noticed that by being honest (but not hurtful) in my speech, it also cut down on idle talking & divisive speech.

        regards,
        Stella

  17. Jill Yam on Apr 6, 2014 at 1:08 am

    Rinpoche teachings is always very straight to the point and direct. Even though it may sound harsh but its really out of compassion and love.
    The points is ‘you sow what your reap’ and ‘what goes around comes around’ Do not blame others but contemplate on their good qualities. Time is of essence. Take the advise to heart as any advice given by Rinpoche is always from the heart.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us on this.

  18. Gim Lee on Apr 6, 2014 at 12:26 am

    Telling the truth can be harsh but it is due to Rinpoche’s compassion and love, hence it is direct, not beat around the bush.
    Whatever it is, and no matter how hard it could be, we have to own it up… apologize sincerely then move on. Otherwise we will continue to be depressed.
    “Life can give you the difficulties, but you can fail, grow, succeed, learn or all. Up to you. Stop blaming others and telling others non-stop it’s other people’s fault. “

  19. Nathan Foster on Apr 5, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    I find this very disheartening. Not because the main message is harsh, or anything like that. When Rinpoche talks of depression this way it’s always a blessing. But rather, because he keeps referring to “medical depression.”

    There is no such thing as medical depression. The science is false. It’s a hoax. Do research, and you’ll come to the same conclusion. Taking medications will probably make things worse. You’ll probably get Bi-Polar if you take medications for depression. And seeking medical help is always the WRONG answer. “Medical help” is a cloak for Nazism.

    I’m sorry, but I find it terribly disheartening that Buddhas have no power against Mara in this world. Psychiatry is a mara. The fact that it has infiltrated this page gives me little hope for the world. It makes me want to become a very wrathful deity and slaughter all the psychiatrists and everyone who supports them. I’m very disillusioned at the power of these wrathful deities, though, because they have done nothing to stop psychiatry, when psychiatrists regularly force people out of spirituality and destroy the world.

    The only purpose for psychiatrists is to force you into slavery, take your money, monitor you day and night, make medical decisions for you, make financial decisions for you, torture you physically with electroconvulsive therapy and medication therapy, and so forth. I’m not sure how I can have enough hope to work and strive diligently, as is suggested in this article, if even the people who have worked for many lifetimes are completely powerless to tell the truth about psychiatry being a Nazi police state which destroys humanity. Why gain results if in the end you’ll be completely powerless?

    • David Lai on Apr 6, 2014 at 4:49 am

      Dear Nathan Foster,

      This sounds like you have an issue about psychiatry. I do not know if you have a valid reason for that because I cannot gauge from what you wrote. However, I wouldn’t say the Buddha is powerless against Mara. You are equating Mara and psychiatry as an external enemy. All mental problems is an internal issue, not an external one. Hence, the power is really in our hands and it depends on whether we want to do something about it or not. The Dharma taught by the Buddha/Rinpoche shows us the way, we have to actually take the instructions to heart and apply it. On the other hand, there are some people who are so wrapped up in their psychosis that may not respect nor take the advice of a Dharma master. Hence, Rinpoche would have to refer them to psychiatrist, whom they may respect better and gain results that way.

      • Nathan Foster on Apr 11, 2014 at 5:03 pm

        Referring someone to a psychiatrist is like killing the dharma seeds in them. Sending someone to a psychiatrist is giving up on them. It is telling them that they are bad and will never be enlightened, because that’s what psychiatrists believe from their heart. Psychiatry is a mara. Here is why.

        Psychiatry, as a fundamental founding principle, takes the position that all true reality is based on external sources, and that you, the patient, have a faulty internal reality that is faulty to the very core. YOUR MIND is a PROBLEM in psychiatry.

        Buddhism says that the way to enlightenment is to contemplate emptiness. Psychiatry has no reference to enlightenment, but directly negates that, by saying that the self, i.e. form, is faulty, and cannot be trusted. Better not examine the truth of form, because you will go crazy. It is impossible to meditate on form because the only form you have access to, your own, is judged to be faulty, and you’re supposed to ignore it, while instead, focus on what the psychiatrist says is truth. The main “truth” espoused by the psychiatrist is to continue taking poisons (“medications”) that make it impossible to examine reality.

        The fact that psychiatry is anti-spiritual is evidenced by their war on spirituality. In the mental hospital, I was put into seclusion for reading the Qur’an. I made an altar to the Buddhas, and they forced me to destroy it, calling it “trash.” My friend tried to do bible studies with the other patients, and they forced him to stop. Psychiatry is a mara.

        Mara is not internal. Maras are also external. The ultimate manifestation of mara is a bad being who wants to kill buddhas. Psychiatry qualifies.

        • Nathan Foster on Apr 12, 2014 at 10:23 am

          It is also possible that referring someone to a psychiatrist is very wrathful, because of the pain it puts people through. But I don’t think it’s good to refer people to psychiatrists if it will ruin their faith.

    • diana pereyda on Apr 7, 2014 at 7:42 am

      O MY G. lighten up, if U can not help, please do no harm. Sounds like u have seen doctors before, sorry bad experience. Have empathy for you, understand. hope things get better.

    • Steve Tobias on Apr 19, 2014 at 3:56 am

      I can see where you’re coming from Nathan, where someone involved with dharma can use dharma methods to antidote problems and change behaviors. If someone isn’t Buddhist or doesn’t practice then these methods aren’t available, and it’s impossible to “convert” everyone. And even if it was, people have different aptitudes, weaknesses, or mental dispositions — so they may not be able to apply and understand. For non-Buddhists there are methods such as cognitive behavior therapy which may have similar results without medication, but other than that what are they supposed to do?

      What you are writing seems to me to be idealist, not practical, and even scathing. Psychiatrists do not intend to harm people, it is the opposite. Medication can literally save lives, or in lesser cases like mine I can’t get more than 5 hours of sleep without light medications before bed.

      I have concluded that you don’t have experience with the “Mara” of mental illness.

      For example, try explaining your theory to a type 1 bipolar patient who goes through a manic episode, writes all over their walls for days, becomes a raging alcoholic, alienates all of their family members and friends, then is sent for a forced evaluation (lockup) in a mental hospital for cutting themselves for the 20th time. Then consider that taking medication would at the very least replace alcohol and drug abuse, therefore LESS chemicals which are less harmful are ingested — which refutes your logic. And bipolar can be effectively medicated.

      My ex-girlfriend had borderline personality disorder, which cannot be medicated as easily. I gave her dharma books, linked her dharma talks, taught her to meditate; the naive things which you seem to suggest. She still screamed at everyone, cut herself, punched herself in the face, which resulted in my visiting her at mental hospitals multiple times. Now she has been homeless for around 3 years. I would have given my left arm for her to stop refusing medication.

      Just because one method is more effective than another method in a specific situation doesn’t mean the lesser method doesn’t benefit at all, nor does it mean that it doesn’t have the most benefit in other specific situations, nor does it mean that they can’t be COMBINED. How would a bipolar patient even learn and practice dharma, or even sit in a dharma center, if they are going through destructive episodes? I am sure many people combine psychiatry with their dharma practice.

      I think your points certainly have merit and I agree (as I assume most Buddhists would) that medication is overly used. I have Asperger’s Syndrome and my psychiatrist tries to write me depression meds all the time which I have to turn down, and I’m not depressed ever. But it doesn’t mean that psychiatry epitomizes evil and ignorance.

  20. wahying on Apr 5, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    I always like Rinpoche’s advice like this one. It’s direct, straightforward and not with the purpose to make you feel good and continue wasting your time.

    When we ask for advice or help, and people reply sincerely, however we feel it’s “harsh”. Why? Then we should examine inside, are we asking for advice; or we are just wanted to get another opportunity to complain and get sympathy or attention? Therefore a “sincere advice” is not something/response we are expecting.

    A sincere Guru or friend will properly not beating around the bush. They will be direct, because they care, they do not want you to suffer anymore even for a minute, wasting your time anymore. Time is not with us, we always forget we can’t buy time, can’t make time to U-turn…

    In this era, even you pay few thousand dollars and spend much time, and the so called professional & famous counsellor will not guarantee given you the professional, sincere or advice that will solve your problems.

    Advice given by Rinpoche not only direct and sincere, but with love and compassion for his students/whoever to move forward, to have a better tomorrow. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

  21. Lawrence on Apr 5, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    I think it is very hard to change yourself just by a simple effort of will. Most often backlash is directly proportional to your effort and you go back down very easily.
    The method is very important. Contemplation and meditation are indispensable. The method has to be corect and to come from a genuine spiritual line. The mere attempt to be a better human being, without a sustained meditative practice can easily lead to failure.
    You can really understand what is kindness and what is compassion, only after you experience these in a deep and genuine meditation practice.

    There is no ego, “I” or “me” that must become better, or to succeed. No matter how much effort you put to become a better man or woman, it is in vain without a correct meditation practice and a deep understanding of Dependent Origination doctrine.

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  • Balachandran
    Monday, Aug 26. 2019 12:09 PM
    வாழ்க்கையில் பொதுவாக ஏற்படும் குழப்பங்களை நன்கு விளங்கிக்கொள்ள வேண்டுமென்றால் திசெம் ரின்போச்சேயின் “The Living Buddha Within” என்ற புத்தகத்தைப் படிக்கவேண்டும். இந்த புத்தகத்தைப் படிப்பதனால் வாழ்க்கையில் நடக்கும் காரணகாரியங்கள் வழி நமது கர்மாமை நன்கு விளங்கிக்கொள்ள முடியும்.
  • Balachandran
    Monday, Aug 26. 2019 12:03 PM
    நமது வாழ்க்கையில் கனவுகளையும், இலக்குகளையும் அடைந்திருந்தாலும் நமக்குள் ஒரு வெற்றிடம் இருப்பதை உணர்வோம். நம்மைச் சுற்றி உற்றார் உறவினர்கள், நண்பர்கள் இருந்தாலும் கூட நாம் தனித்திருப்பதாக எண்ணுவோம். புதிய மின் பொருள்கள் வாங்குவது, விடுமுறைக்குச் சுற்றிப் பார்க்கச் செல்வது, கட்டணங்களைக் கட்டுவது போன்ற தேவைகளைப் பூர்த்தி செய்தாலும் நாம் ஏன் நிறைவாக இல்லை என்ற கேள்வி நமக்குள் எழும். நமக்குள் இருக்கும் நமது அறிவுக்கு அப்பால் உள்ள ஒன்றைத் தேடி அதனுடன் தொடர்பு ஏற்படுத்திக் கொள்ள வேண்டும். சிலர் இதை ஆன்மீகத்தை வளர்ப்பது என்று நினைத்து விடலாம். ஆகவே நாம் வாழும் காலத்தில் நமது தேடல் எப்படியெல்லாம் இருக்கலாம் என்று எண்ணுகிறீர்கள்?
  • Balachandran
    Monday, Aug 26. 2019 11:55 AM
    மாநகரங்களில் வாழும் மக்கள் அவர்கள் விரும்பினாலும் விரும்பாவிட்டாலும் அங்குள்ள பரபரப்பான வாழ்க்கைக்குப் பழக்கப்பட்டவர்களாகிறார்கள். ஆணோ பெண்ணோ எந்த வயதாக இருந்தாலும், எந்த இனமாக இருந்தாலும், நகரங்களில் வாழ்பவர்கள் அறிவாற்றலையும், உடல் உழைப்பையும் பயன்படுத்தி வாழ்கிறார்கள். சிலர் தங்கள் வேலை அட்டவணையை நிமிடக் கணக்கில் கூட த் திட்டமிடுகிறார்கள்! நீண்ட நேர வேலையின் காரணமாக நகரத்தில் வசிப்பவர்கள் எப்பொழுதும் ஆரோக்கியமன முறையில் அண்மைய மின்னியல் சாதனங்களைப் பயன்படுத்தி வலைதலத்தின் வழி தூரத்தில் உள்ளவர்களை அடிக்கடி தொடர்பு கொள்கிறார்கள்.
    நகர வாழ்க்கையில் பலதரபட்ட மக்களைச் சந்திப்பதன் வழி பல கலாச்சாரங்கள், புதிய பொழுதுபோக்கு அம்சங்கள் ஆகியவற்றை எதிர்கொள்ளும் வாய்ப்புகள் நிறைய கிட்டும். ஆகவே வாழ்க்கையின் உண்மையான அர்த்தத்தை அறியாமல் வழிதவறிச் செல்லும் வாய்ப்புகள் அதிகம் உண்டு. அவர்கள் வேலையின் எதிபார்ப்பினால் ஏற்படும் அழுத்தத்தின் காரணமாக ஓய்வெடுத்து கொள்ள முடியாததால் வாழ்க்கையின் ஆழமான அர்த்தத்தைப் பற்றி சிந்திக்கத் தவறுகிறார்கள். அன்றாடும் வாழ்க்கையில் எதிர்நோக்கும் பிரச்சனைகளாலும், சவால்களாலும் அமைதியான சூழலை ஏற்படுத்திக் கொண்டு இந்த மனித வாழ்க்கையில் நமக்குக் கிடைக்கும் நன்மைகள் என்ன என்பதை ஆழ்ந்து சிந்திக்க வேண்டும்.
  • Balachandran
    Monday, Aug 26. 2019 11:50 AM

    முப்பது வருட காலமாக 7 தர்மா காவலர்களும் வாக்குக் கொடுத்தல், கணித்துச் சொல்லுதல், மற்றும் குணப்படுத்துதல் போன்ற செயலுக்குச் சோஜெ லாவை அதிகாரப்பூர்வ தொடர்பாளராக 30 வருட காலமாகப் பயன்படுத்தி வருகின்றனர். சோஜெ லா சாமானியரோ அல்லது சாதாரண துறவியோ அல்ல. இவர் க்யாப்ஜே த்ரிஜாங் ரின்போச்சே, க்யாப்ஜெ டோமோ கேஷே ரின்போச்சே ஆகிய இருவராலும் தனிப்பட்ட முறையில் சிறப்பாக பயிற்சியளிக்கப்பட்டவர். க்யாப்ஜெ ரின்போச்சே அவர்களால் 40 வருடங்களுக்கு முன்னாலேயே அதிகாரப்பூர்வ கணிப்பாளராக நியமிக்கப்பட்டவர். சிறப்பான வணக்கத்திற்குரிய லாமாவால் சிறந்த பயிற்சியளிக்கப்பட்டு, தடைகள் நீக்கப்பட்டு 7 தர்மா காவலர்களை அருள் வழி தொடர்பு கொள்ளுமாறு உருவாக்கினர். சோஜெ லா செர மே மடத்தில் உருவாக்கப்பட்டவர். இப்பொழுது செர்பொம் மடத்தைச் சார்ந்திருக்கிறார். மூன்று வருடத்திற்கு முன் அக்டோபர் 2011 இறுதி வரை சோஜெ லாவுடன் எனக்கு நல்ல அறிமுகமோ அல்லது நெருங்கிய நட்போ கிடையாது. திசெம் ரின்போச்சே
  • Sofi
    Sunday, Aug 25. 2019 11:47 PM
    REAL Ghosts Stories

    I thought this episode would be tacky. You know, as the stars are famous, people would like to see them again, maybe even as ghosts, so the ‘natural’ progression is that they are ghosts now..and they have been seen…how tabloid. Very fifteen minutes in the limelight for seeing a FAMOUS GHOST.

    Hmmm, find out if this is so here: http://bit.ly/GhostStoriesReal
  • Sofi
    Sunday, Aug 25. 2019 11:43 PM
    Making Offerings to Shar Gaden Monastery

    A few months back, Beng Kooi arranged for these statues to be safely shipped to India, and also arranged for 29 pilgrims to join the pilgrimage to Gaden Monastery so they may be part of the offering ceremony on my behalf. Beng Kooi is truly a wonderful and sincere person, she works so hard and expects nothing in return and very trustworthy with her work. I was wondering why Beng Kooi was rushing to offer the statues to the monastery early October 2014, and she told me it was because she wanted to make the offerings before my 49th Birthday which is my obstacle year… she hopes by making these offerings, it would clear some of the obstacles to my long life… I thought how thoughtful and auspicious.

    Read more of this: http://bit.ly/MakingOfferings
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Aug 25. 2019 08:13 PM
    Look at beautiful pictures of mountains and lakes are Rinpoche past times since young. Ever since then Rinpoche dream to stay near a lake or river with mountains and forests…..a home call home do intense practice. As Rinpoche ‘s promise to his Gurus , Rinpoche will carry on whatever happened. Reading this post of Rinpoche’s thought , longing and loneliness , I have a sense of loneliness as well but it different from Rinpoche. I do feel peaceful and the quiet environment, breathing fresh air up in the mountains. Spending some time alone with nature and broaden my views. The beauty of nature can have a long effect on how we look at things. Rinpoche journey is truly inspiring and I wish Rinpoche ‘s dream will materialise soon. I will do my best to learn as much as I could, and practice dharma, which I have learned from scratch, nothing to something , I do truly appreciate so much with folded hands.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing your thoughts with us.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/my-loneliness-and-longings.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Aug 25. 2019 08:12 PM
    Due to the unethical ban on Dorje Shugden practice, Dorje Shugden practitioners, non practitioners and many more had suffered mentally , abuses , discriminations , violence, public services denied and so forth. Sadly all because of the Tibetan leadership , families were torn apart, monasteries divided . The Tibetan Leadership has mixed politics with religion . Should not have happened.
    With all these simple memes , hopeful more people will get a better understand and truth of this Dorje Shugden controversy.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing. May the Dorje Shugden ‘s ban will be lifted soon.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/how-shall-i-hate-you-today.html
  • Yee Yin
    Sunday, Aug 25. 2019 04:27 PM
    It is amazing that a cat can understand the rules that were told and abided by it. Even though the cat cannot chant but it just stays quietly, listening to the chanting and staring at the Buddha statue with full respect. The cat follows the vegetarian diet and refuses to eat meat.

    This cat must have a very strong imprint that it follows the monastic rule and so insistent on paying the homage to the Buddha. It must have been a Dharma practitioner before but due to its karma, it took rebirth in the three lower realm. Hopefully, after the cat dies, it will take rebirth as a human and continue to practice.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/vegetarian-cat-in-south-korea.html
  • Yee Yin
    Sunday, Aug 25. 2019 12:22 AM
    When I was young, my parents used to bring me to the circus. I liked to go because there were animals that can do various tricks and I was totally amazed by what they can do. At that time, I found it to be very entertaining.

    Now that I know how the animals are trained to do the tricks, it bothers me a lot. It was out of ignorance that I found the circus to be entertaining. I will never go to the circus again.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/if-you-enjoy-circuses-must-see-this.html
  • Sofi
    Saturday, Aug 24. 2019 05:16 PM
    The 4th Zhabdrung Rinpoche of Bhutan and Dorje Shugden

    Wow, this article has over 500K readers! Find out what are they reading about. Who is this The 4th Zhabdrung Rinpoche of Bhutan and how is he connected to Dorje Shugden.

    http://bit.ly/ZhabdrungRinpoche4th
  • Yee Yin
    Saturday, Aug 24. 2019 04:08 PM
    Many people like animals and love them unconditionally. Instead of buying animals, we should adopt one from the shelter. Each year, millions and millions of stray or abandoned dogs and cats are put to sleep because no one wants to adopt them.

    One reason not to buy dogs from a pet shop is because very often these puppies are bred from the puppy mill. Most puppy mills keep the mother dogs in the cage all year round, they are filthy and some exhibit strange behaviour due to stress. If people stop buying puppies from the puppy mills, fewer animals will suffer.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/give-them-a-home.html
  • Pastor Lanse
    Saturday, Aug 24. 2019 01:21 PM
    明辨是非——13段影片厘清针对多杰雄登护法的偏见和误解

    这系列视频的方便之处在于它们明确地针对有关多杰雄登禁令的相关疑问提供了答案。有兴趣对禁令做进一步了解的人能直接很省时省力地根据自己的疑问得到答案。记得最初研究禁令问题时,我翻遍互联网都看不到合理的解释,虽然网路上有一些零星的评论,但若不是亲达赖尊者反雄登的,就是亲雄登反达赖尊者的,两者的说法都太过牵强,缺乏客观论证,让人难以认同。现在有了这些客观论证的视频,我们要跟任何人解释多杰雄登问题就容易多了。

    https://bit.ly/2K8bb8D

  • Yee Yin
    Saturday, Aug 24. 2019 11:51 AM
    I have learned so much about the iconography of Buddhas from Rinpoche’s blog and I can understand now why we have to learn about the iconography. If we don’t know about the iconography, making offering to a Buddha becomes worshipping an idol. If we don’t learn about the iconography of Buddhas, we may reject the practice due to our ignorance. For example, if we learn the iconography of Vajrayogini, we will have doubt why a Buddha is naked and looks wrathful.

    Once we learn about the iconography of Buddhas, we will appreciate the manifestation of Buddhas in a certain form. When we share the knowledge we have learned, we can help others to clear their doubts and give them confidence in Buddhism too. When we learn more, we can benefit ourselves and others.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/facebook-question-why-is-lama-tsongkhapas-hat-yellow.html
  • Yee Yin
    Saturday, Aug 24. 2019 11:49 AM
    It is very nice to know the army is open for religion practice and Buddhism is benefitting them. Life as an army is not easy and it is stressful. One of the ways to reduce stress is to meditate. Meditation is one of the practices in Buddhism and it is proven to be effective in calming people’s mind.

    In some countries, meditation is taught to the children at school to help them calm their mind and control their behaviour. It is said that children who meditate are calmer and are able to manage their emotion better. Some prisoners are also learning how to meditate to help them control themselves.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/buddhist-chaplains-in-the-us-army.html

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Third 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)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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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.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche

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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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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
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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
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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
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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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
Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
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In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
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There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
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Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
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Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden\'s grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden's grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
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A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
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Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
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Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche 

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We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
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The children were so excited to wait for the next quiz question. Lin Mun KSDS
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The children were so excited to wait for the next quiz question. Lin Mun KSDS
Children will do prostration and recite Manjushri mantra before start of dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children will do prostration and recite Manjushri mantra before start of dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback - Participants were so attentive when colouring tsa tsa. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback - Participants were so attentive when colouring tsa tsa. Lin Mun KSDS
Maya painting Vajrayogini tsa tsa at the kid’s corner during Wesak day. Lin Mun KSDS
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Maya painting Vajrayogini tsa tsa at the kid’s corner during Wesak day. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback- Family visiting KFR on the auspicious Wesak Day. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback- Family visiting KFR on the auspicious Wesak Day. Lin Mun KSDS
Join us on Saturday, 24th August 2019 in celebrating International Dorje Shugden Day with an evening of auspicious and powerful pujas for abundance, prosperity, longevity and wish-fulfilment! PROGRAMME 4:00pm – Prayer Flag Puja & Lhasang Smoke Offering Ritual 5:30pm – Free vegetarian dinner 6:30pm – Gyenze Increasing Fire Puja 9:00pm – End Collectively, these pujas are a celebration of Dorje Shugden’s blessings and are highly beneficial for all sponsors and attendees. There’s really no better place to celebrate Dorje Shugden Day than in Kechara Forest Retreat, which is home to the world’s largest Dorje Shugden statue. MORE INFO: kecharaforestretreat.com/dorjeshugdenday
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Join us on Saturday, 24th August 2019 in celebrating International Dorje Shugden Day with an evening of auspicious and powerful pujas for abundance, prosperity, longevity and wish-fulfilment! PROGRAMME 4:00pm – Prayer Flag Puja & Lhasang Smoke Offering Ritual 5:30pm – Free vegetarian dinner 6:30pm – Gyenze Increasing Fire Puja 9:00pm – End Collectively, these pujas are a celebration of Dorje Shugden’s blessings and are highly beneficial for all sponsors and attendees. There’s really no better place to celebrate Dorje Shugden Day than in Kechara Forest Retreat, which is home to the world’s largest Dorje Shugden statue. MORE INFO: kecharaforestretreat.com/dorjeshugdenday
Teacher Jayce explained the good value from Rinpoche’s teachings. Alice, KSDS
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Teacher Jayce explained the good value from Rinpoche’s teachings. Alice, KSDS
“Be kind to animals.” Let your kids join the monthly Animal Liberation at Kechara House, Sunwaymas.
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“Be kind to animals.” Let your kids join the monthly Animal Liberation at Kechara House, Sunwaymas.
Chern Chern learnt dharma and show the good attitudes to others. Alice, KSDS
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Chern Chern learnt dharma and show the good attitudes to others. Alice, KSDS
Encourage the kids to express their feelings and at the same instill the dharma to them. Alice, KSDS
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Encourage the kids to express their feelings and at the same instill the dharma to them. Alice, KSDS
Teacher Grace taught the participants for the DIY candles. Alice , KSDS
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Teacher Grace taught the participants for the DIY candles. Alice , KSDS
Children recite Migtsema and Manjushri mantra before the start of dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children recite Migtsema and Manjushri mantra before the start of dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Student do full prostration before the start of dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Student do full prostration before the start of dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wen Yue led students to do key chain as part of art and craft activity. Lin Mun KSDS
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Wen Yue led students to do key chain as part of art and craft activity. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Kien shared some photos of sangha members. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Kien shared some photos of sangha members. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback- close bonding during WOAH camp. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback- close bonding during WOAH camp. Lin Mun KSDS
Teenage dharma class in Kechara House . Lin Mun KSDS
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Teenage dharma class in Kechara House . Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback- Chinese New Year activity, calligraphy with best wishes words. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback- Chinese New Year activity, calligraphy with best wishes words. Lin Mun KSDS
KISG has been performing White Tara and Dorje Shugden puja for 4 consecutive nights. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG has been performing White Tara and Dorje Shugden puja for 4 consecutive nights. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
KISG members travelled to KFR for Ullambana today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
2 weeks ago
KISG members travelled to KFR for Ullambana today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
After the Bird Liberation, we proceeded with Dorje Shugden puja. Just before we started our puja, Pastor Patsy gave us a short Dharma Sharing. Pastor spoke about Dharma practice in these days and reminded us to always keep our samaya with Guru intact. To honour our promises, reduce our worldly activities and practice Dharma strongly. Thank you Pastor for the valuable advice~Jacinta, KPSG
2 weeks ago
After the Bird Liberation, we proceeded with Dorje Shugden puja. Just before we started our puja, Pastor Patsy gave us a short Dharma Sharing. Pastor spoke about Dharma practice in these days and reminded us to always keep our samaya with Guru intact. To honour our promises, reduce our worldly activities and practice Dharma strongly. Thank you Pastor for the valuable advice~Jacinta, KPSG
We chanted Medicine Buddha's mantra before we blessed them. May they be connected with Buddha always. ~Jacinta , monthly Bird Liberation Kechara Penang Study Group
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We chanted Medicine Buddha's mantra before we blessed them. May they be connected with Buddha always. ~Jacinta , monthly Bird Liberation Kechara Penang Study Group
Special thanks to Linny Neoh and her friend for joining our Kechara Penang Study Group Bird Liberation. ~Jacinta, KPSG
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Special thanks to Linny Neoh and her friend for joining our Kechara Penang Study Group Bird Liberation. ~Jacinta, KPSG
Birds were blessed before their departure to freedom. They deserved love & freedom too ~Jacinta,KPSG
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Birds were blessed before their departure to freedom. They deserved love & freedom too ~Jacinta,KPSG
Pastor Patsy giving explanation during Bird Liberation event. Kechara Penang Study Group's monthly bird liberation - Jacinta
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Pastor Patsy giving explanation during Bird Liberation event. Kechara Penang Study Group's monthly bird liberation - Jacinta
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