We Own Nothing…

Feb 18, 2014 | Views: 3,824

(By Tsem Rinpoche)

Nothing is owned by us. Everything will be given, taken, lost, abandoned or forgotten in the end. We came into our current lifetimes with nothing and no matter how much we accumulate, we leave with nothing. So wouldn’t it be wise that in between, we develop no real attachments or put so much emphasis on the material? 

We need material items, but not for the false security they give us but the tool they can be to further the goals of others and one’s own spiritual progress. If materialism is truly used in that fashion, then it should be ok…meaning it will not cause you sufferings.

Trust the Three Jewels, be firm with your commitments by contemplating death daily, hurt no one, be honest, be kind to those around you first, then extend out, respect your guru to the utmost and engage in your daily sadhanas with great conviction. Be aware that your time will be up soon. It’s important to do something useful for others in your life so that you will never end up bitter. Bitterness arises from knowing we have done nothing that has affected anyone in our lives. Start something now…better now than waste time feeling sorry for yourself or trying to elicit empty praises from others…

All is empty, arises from it and dissolves into. Therefore all imputed phenomena will decay, it is just a matter of time. Denial of it, causes great unnecessary sufferings. Don’t deny anymore….

Tsem Rinpoche
 
 

 During one of my  talks at Kechara House…2010

 

Nothing is accomplished in one day…the bigger the project, the more the obstacles…but the obstacles you suffer is for others…so suffer it without suffering…Tsem Rinpoche

 

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  1. Samfoonheei on Jan 13, 2021 at 5:18 pm

    When we die our money, fame, and honours will be meaningless. We own nothing in this world. Everything we think we own is in reality only being loaned to us until we die. Everything surrounding us is only temporary. And on our deathbed at the moment of death, no one can save us. Anything can happen in life, anytime of the day , we have to live meaningfully while we still can by learning and practicing dharma before its too late. Do something useful for others in our life .
    Nothing is accomplished in one day…the bigger the project, the more the obstacles…but the obstacles you suffer is for others…so suffer it without suffering…Tsem Rinpoche
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

  2. Samfoonheei on Mar 23, 2020 at 4:15 pm

    All conditioned things are impermanent simply because our life is too short to cry for anything. We are aware of the impermanence of all things around us. An awareness of death reminds us of the precious nature of life. All that exists is impermanent nothing lasts ever and nothing can be grasped or for us to hold onto .Impermanence is the number one inescapable, and essentially painful, fact of our life. There is nothing more important for us than continuing the path with diligence. Choosing to learn, practice Dharma is the best choice we could do bringing happiness and benefits others. We go forward, even though we are here only for a short time.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

  3. Stella Cheang on Feb 8, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    Material things are not just the things that we do not own in the end, but also our title, ranking, position, and the false sense of friendship or relationship. These are everything that we deem we own, often time proud of it. More so, many invest much time and energy to acquire it, and hurting others in the process. Buddha’s wisdom to renounce from attachment to both material stuff as well as intangible things is extremely important and we must truly practice! Thank you for this teaching, Rinpoche.

  4. Samfoonheei on Feb 7, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    Everything is so fleeting and impermanent. Nothing lasts forever,
    nothing stays the same, all what we owned is not ours , we owned nothing . It’s best to live as if today was last day of our life. Our time is limited, so don’t waste our time living someone else’s life. It’s important to do something useful and meaningful for others in our life. Learning and practicing Dharma to benefit others is the best choice.
    Thank you Rinpoche .

  5. CindyH on Jun 16, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Realistically nothing is owned by us but yet it is the norm to structure our lives to amass as much (wealth) as we can for a “better” future. This is but another testament of how we readily form our delusions and latch on to reinforce it by creating illusions of which we think are real. It is not the act of amassing material items per se that is the issue but rather our intention behind it. If such act serves to feed into our attachments, then it is a no brainer that it is to our detriment. However, if such act is meant done with to further the goals of others and one’s own spiritual progress then it becomes an opportunity to generate merits/good karma. Same act but with extreme opposite results.

    Reminding ourselves about the fragility and uncertainty of our lives would serve to provide a clear perspective on what really matters at the point of our death which in turn would reinforce our conviction to practice Dharma.

    We come to define things, including ourselves based on what we understand them and also based on our past experiences. However, that is really failing to see things as it is and on a neutral basis as we are already looking at it clouded by judgement or projected definition of it. Therein lies the problem which would be compounded if we stubbornly refuse to open our minds to other possible explanation/view. Similarly, if we do not let go of our pain, our fears and whatever emotions we allow to define us, we will not be able to avail ourselves to the healing properties of Dharma (which require understanding/realisation of concepts foreign to our habituated delusional thinking)

  6. Jason on Mar 4, 2016 at 3:29 am

    Thanks Rinpoche. Rinpoche did said that “Materialism bring Emptiness”.This is truth.We keep on earning and buying new or branded stuffs.But when time to go we can’t bring all these along. Only mind will follow us. We must always contemplate death so we won’t scare when the day come.Dont let the immediate gratification make us pay hefty price. Do more dharma works to bring us spiritual awaken and guide us to enlighten path.

  7. Sadi on Feb 20, 2015 at 3:12 am

    How fortunate i am to hear of Rinpoche how very lucky that this great master speaks the truth always for the sake of lowly beings like me so we may attain a moment’s salvation and this build up of moments may make bigger instances then finally a big powerful liberation. I need a lot of purification and merit gaining practices to actualize this and other teachings. May you live long Rinpoche.

  8. Denise Kuek on Jan 11, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing this. Chasing for material items and enjoyment for ourselves will never be happy, when the moment we chase for that, we thought that is what we want for, and when the time we get it it was not be like what we expected, it happened to me. The most miserable part is people could not find out the real reason why their life is bitter, and they keep numbing themselves and time passed..Dharma is precious, by learning Dharma I believe I can find the way to be happy and bring the happiness to others as well.

  9. Alice Tay on Dec 23, 2014 at 8:58 am

    看完这段短篇的开示,让我突然想起了徐志摩的一篇诗文:
    “悄悄的我走了,正如我悄悄的來;
    我揮一揮衣袖,不帶走一片雲彩。 ”
    从这一小段诗的显示,很肯定的是,我们是带不走任何有关自然现象的一切。

    现实告诉我们,无论你多么有钱,地位,权利,亮丽的外表等等。你还是逃不过佛学里常提起的生、老、病、死。

    努力与奋斗几十年,拥有了世俗里的所有一切,是否能肯定我们在最后一份钟的呼吸是带着平静的离开?!我不见得。。。

    感谢Rinpoche 这段短篇但有力的开示。

    • Alice Tay on Dec 23, 2014 at 9:46 am

      如果不想枉费此生,还是尽早做好准备,随从一位有资格的上师学习佛法,利益众生。帮助他人等于帮助自己。

  10. Hee TS on Nov 9, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    感谢仁波切張貼這頁提醒及教授我们应以何心境面对逆境,無常。

  11. Pee Bee Chong on Sep 13, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the teaching. We have been taught and learnt from society how to survive, take care and protect ourselves. Even to do any charity work or helping others, ourselves come first before others.

    Learning the Dharma let us realise that all these materials, money and fame will not go with us when we leave. We need to learn how to let go of our attachments and put others before us. This is never easy for us. However, as long as we have the right motivation and perseverance to go all the ways. Nothing is impossible.

    Nothing is accomplished in one day….the bigger the project, the more the obstacles …. but the obstacles you suffer is for others….so suffer it without suffering….Tsem Rinpoche

  12. Wan Wai Meng on May 4, 2014 at 3:21 am

    It is a fallacy to think that in our worldly existence we can bring over to our next life, such worldly and material possessions. Do we even own anything for that matter?

  13. beatrix ooi on Mar 9, 2014 at 12:20 am

    Yes, we were born with nothing, the clothes, food, shelter were given to us by our parents. And when we drowned old and die someday, all these will not go with us, not even money. We come alone, we die alone.
    All these outer enjoyments will not last long, we will never know what will happen next, that’s why we can’t just spend our whole life working for money, money can’t buy us everything.

    • beatrix ooi on Mar 9, 2014 at 12:23 am

      Sorry, correction. Drowned///- grow

  14. Grace Leong on Mar 6, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Got up this morning and received some very depressing news; recalled some unsettled challenges and battling some mind delusions.My next question was “what exactly is the purpose of life ?”
    After some contemplation, I concluded that Rinpoche has the greatest purpose / career in the whole wide world. Though your career is extremely challenging, the motivation is totally PURE. All your efforts and sleepless nites were used to alleviate suffering and pain of others.
    This teaching totally supports my conclusion. As we own nothing why sweat the small things. Work on focusing out and extending positive energy to others.That is more purposeful.

  15. Low KHJB on Mar 2, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Thank you for the kind reminder dear Rinpoche.It is true that we come into this samsaric world with nothing except for our precious human life.During the course of our existence,most of us are thought the importance of attachments in order to stay ahead and to attain status in society.For the very few that is fortunate,they will have a chance to meet up with the dharma.
    For those who truly practices dharma ,they would understand that attachment would only lead to suffering as we would only accumulate karma during our cause of our existence(in this and many life time in the past).
    We should come to term with ourself that we live our life for others as a mother would sacrifice for their offsprings.Practice Generosity in order to cultivate Compassion .This will only generate positive karma in order for us to move on in the right direction…

  16. Shelly tai on Feb 25, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for teaching us even the message is short but very true. We do not own anything the wealth that we have now later in our live will have to leave behind when death come we must well make used of the wealth to help others or advance in our spiritual advancement . By developing our mind we can have a more happy live in this and our future live .

  17. Sean Wang on Feb 23, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    This is a wonderful message, Rinpoche. Nothing is owned by us, not even our body, he are merely minds inhabiting these husks. Why should we chase for needless materialism when true happiness can be found within.

  18. Sharon Ong on Feb 20, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Having lost a friend to a terminal illness earlier this week, this post is a stark reminder of my own mortality and how I will leave this world with nothing but the Dharma, my own merits and karma.

  19. Carmen Lin @ KMP on Dec 1, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Denial creates more suffering that we are trying hard to avoid. So we have to learn to accept and face it with Dharma knowledge that we’ve learnt. By being not attached and tricked by the false security that we gained, we must always remember and focus on the goals that we have aimed. Thank you Rinpoche for this short and profound post.

  20. Vinnie Tan on Aug 21, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    It is such a beautiful saying, and it is very true as well. We usually indulge ourselves in items that would give us that false sense of happiness. Many of us nowadays may own many things and make a lot of money, but never once, these people would feel the sense of happiness. This is simply because they are pursuing in things that do not exist at all. The sad thing is that many of us do not know this fact. Yet they think it is because they are not getting the correct things. But they have misinterpreted the true meaning of life.

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  22. Jeff on Mar 1, 2013 at 6:37 am

    While this post is good. I find that this is not entirely true about bitterness. Their is multiple reasons why one can be bitter. eg. sometimes bitterness can come up from not doing things for yourself and helping others too much or resentment towards others for doing things you are made to do or don’t want to do.

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  24. David Lai on Jan 30, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    This makes a lot of sense. We don’t actually own anything and whatever wealth we have accumulated in this life will eventually be lost, used up or given to someone. I think materialism is one of the biggest culprit of modern day ills. I like the fact that Buddhism doesn’t just disapprove of it but it offers various methods to make use of materialism to further our spiritual practice.

    There are actually wealth yidams, yidams that increases our spiritual and material wealth. This is attractive to some and repulsive to others. It doesn’t matter, these special practices are actually meant to address the dire need of spiritual poverty of our material age. Before I end, the special wealth yidam is Dzambala.

  25. Jessica Yap on Dec 18, 2012 at 12:38 am

    “All is empty, arises from it and dissolves into. Therefore all imputed phenomena will decay, it is just a matter of time. Denial of it, causes great unnecessary sufferings. Don’t deny anymore….”

    I love this line. Perfect words for us to contemplate on further.. ‘We Own Nothing’ is so true.. we should think about our attachments and detach ourselves slowly from it. Being attached to any thing/person causes us to be reborn in the lower three realms. I have much, much more to learn.

    Thank you for the profound teaching, Rinpoche..

  26. Jessica Yap on Nov 13, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    We came into this world empty handed, we will leave as such. The only that thing we take along with us after our passing is our karma and merits.

    Our karma follows us like a shadow. That is why it is important to do unto others what we would want others to do unto us.

    Thank you for sharing, Rinpoche!

  27. judy.lam@kechara.com on Sep 13, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    How true ‘we own nothing’. We will live in misery if we are always chase after money and material things, though I must admit it is important for us to survive in this modern world. How much is enough? If we have gone through life, we will realize that no matter how much we earned or what clothes we wear, it will give us pleasure and satisfaction, but if we put all our energy into looking good and living a good life, we will lose out a lot more on values-added things in ur lives.

  28. Wendy Loh on Aug 17, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche. Ownership stems from attachment and the wrong view that we need things to give us a sense of security.

  29. JP on Jul 12, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    This is a very powerful teaching. Rinpoche always tell me that all will be gone when we die. So what’s the attachment about? Why keep hanging on to my past and let it affect me? It’s so true.

    When I lie in bed and think that if I am dying now, would it all matter? It sounds morbid but I find that it helps me to let go a lot of my past.

    I also realise how empowering it is because I am not bound by my self limiting and self imposed beliefs.

  30. Julia Tan on Jul 4, 2012 at 12:23 am

    I am a jeweler. I sell materialistic. I sell insecurity. I sell attachment. I sell false happiness.

    I saw how people attached to this small tiny expensive blink blink items. I experienced how people manipulated story just to get their husbands to spend millions to buy them jewelry. I realized that relationship and love could be exchanged with just a piece of diamond.

    They believed that the bigger the diamond they OWN the higher their status in the HIGH society. That’s how they set themselves up and work hard and chase for the GOOD LIFE that they conceptualize of.

    One day when I die, what I OWN will be taken away by someone else.

  31. Milly on Jul 3, 2012 at 1:29 am

    At the time of death, we can only take our karma with us and nothing else. If we are blessed with material wealth and we imbue our life with Dharma teachings, this wealth will be an asset for us to be able to do more to help other sentient beings. There is only regret at our last breath if we had just drifted with our life and done nothing to improve oneself or done something useful to help others.

  32. June Tang (KH-JB) on Jun 27, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    I love this word” we own nothing” we wont’t know what will happen in next second? will we die? will we success? will we rich…..etc…?we won’t take anything when we die,only the karma will follow us,whatever we own and have now is only temporary,we should learn dharma and do more dharma works to benefit more others.Start now!!dun waste our this life time!!
    Thank you RINPOCHE for the wonderful teaching^_^

  33. Alex C.J.Tan on Jun 27, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Whatever material/external items we are attached to will be given, taken, lost, abandoned or forgotten after death, and only our mind will follow us to our next rebirth. It sounds logical to focus on nurturing and developing the mind as the time and effort spent will not be wasted.

    Thank you Rinpoche for the profound guide.

  34. Sheryl KH (JB) on Jun 27, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    It is really very easy to fall into the belief that we own this and that and admists this belief system, we try out best to accumulate what we believe to be important, but sadly, all these we cannot bring with us when we leave this world.

    There is such saying in Chinese that ‘We come with nothing and leave with nothing.’

    Truly something for us to contemplate on everyday.

  35. mitra on Jun 25, 2012 at 10:29 am

    thank you dear guru for wonderful teaching.

  36. nicholas on Jun 17, 2012 at 1:40 am

    Really true that we own nothing actually in this samsara world.
    Most of the people tend to believe whatever we achieved or wanting to achieve in term of materialistic in this samsara world is permanent and precious but they didn’t realize that those materialistic they can’t bring it over to their next life.

    By realizing impermanent and complete on death (http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/last-night-i-spoke-about-death-meditation-in-more-detail.html), it will change our view and action. Knowing that there is nothing that we should precious but only the Dharma because this great teaching and the only way to realize the truth of life and the eternal of happiness. By practicing Dharma the merits we generate will follow us from life after life.

  37. Cynthia Ng on Jun 16, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    感谢仁波切分享!

    生不带来,死不带去,事实却是如此。人生无常,试问有多少次是拥有后也会失去的,不论钱财,家人,名与利,都会随着时间而流失。与其盲目的追求所要的,倒不如冥想当死亡来临时我们会如何面对,从这冥想中会让我们更把握做出人生中正确的决定。

    学会放下,因为当走完人生的尽头时一切还是回归于零。

  38. Su Ming on Jun 16, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Earlier today, both Paris and myself sat down to talk to a close student of Rinpoche to help this person let go of his past which has affected him negatively till today. It is amazing that one’s childhood including mine has so much impact (both negatve & positive) in our lives and it has shaped us to who we are.

    Some of us actually let go of the not pleasant situation and move on, unfortunately most of us holds on to it and has affected our potential. Sometimes, we hold on and when we want to let go, it might be too late and we have lost someone or something.

    At death, we do not own anything, not even our feelings/experiences. Therefore, isn’t better to let go now and move forward.

  39. ECheah on Jun 15, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    This song suddenly came to my mind, “I, I who have nothing, I, I who have no one….” by Shirley Bassey, LOL.
    How true it is, we came alone and naked, we leave the same way too. It’s just that the temporary “pleasures” we experience in this lifetime make our existence feel so real. We’ve always been conditioned to “make the most of your life”, meaning get the most out of it for yourself, ie to be “successful” in relation to others. It’s always in relation to others. Haven’t we aspired or been proud to be “the riches kid on the block, the prettiest, the most powerful, most famous etc….” always at the expense of others. It’s so refreshing to learn that the Buddhist way of life is to make the most of our lives, but for others (which benefits us too). This is so alien to worldly philosophy. What? Benefit others? Why should I? It’s so strange and our self-centered habit is something we still need to unlearn as it rears its ugly head on a daily basis. But it is this illusion that keeps us tossing endlessly in various states of suffering we think is happiness.

  40. Phillis Chin on Jun 12, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    This is just a stop, on the way to where we’re going. We’re just at ” Temporary Home” .

    Thank You Rinpoche for the teachings.

  41. Choisheem on Jun 12, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    This teaching is short yet the lesson I learnt from it is so applicable. Yes it is not wrong to want more money and material items. But we should put them to good use and not be attached to it. I also realised that at death, we cannot bring anything with us except our spiritual attainments. These also reminded me of the saying “live as though there is no tomorrow.”

  42. Victor Phang on Jun 11, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Dear Rinpoche:
    Thanks for this short, simple but very meaningful teaching. Yes, we came to this world with nothing and very soon will leave with nothing as well. The worldly attraction is getting stronger and stronger, marketers use all kind of creative methods to “enhance” our worldly attachment and manufacturers produce all kind of advanced products to “satisfy” our senses which greatly “increase” our worldly desires. It is tough to ignore, reduce and minimize the impacts of these desires. Everyday when we drive to work or even going to Dharma center, we can see plenty of advertisements along the journey which may pull us further away from learning and practicing Dharma. Therefore the idea of having KFR and KWPC is absolutely vital to “protect” us from all these dangerous attractions. Let make it happen now!

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

  43. Pastor Yek Yee on Jun 9, 2012 at 11:51 am

    This post is very short but very meaningful. It heat me!!!Yes, from I am born until today, what can I really posses??Money? Relationship? Friendship? or or or….I am contemplate now, actually I own nothing…but why I still so attach? I am so ignorance…

  44. Irene Lim on Jun 4, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    How true! We are just transient. With this knowledge we are at peace.

  45. Eric Lee KSJC on Jun 2, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    如果我们相信无常,我们就会发现其实在这个世界上,没有什么东西是永恒的。不管你是谁,你有多大的本事,都逃不过生老病死,所以只有佛法修行才能跟着我们一辈子,只有活在当下才能快乐,所以只有把佛法融入生活,才能感觉到真正的拥有。

  46. So Kin Hoe on Jun 2, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Thank you Rinpoche. This is the fact I will remind myself always. Nothing in this world is permanent.

  47. Andrew Chiam on May 31, 2012 at 11:00 am

    The whole point here is to cut attachments to material wealth. In the end, all are emptiness. But it really need some practice and strong will to cut the attachment thta had become so conditionally rooted in our live, and pls bless me to do so with correct method. Thanks Rinpoche.

  48. Mc on May 31, 2012 at 3:34 am

    I like this very much. I can see that if I were to read the words Rinpoche has written in this post every day, and when death finally comes to me, I would not panic or have much regret. I see that very much.

    How easily distracted we are and we lose our way with useless thoughts and pursuits. How sad and frightening it would be to realize when it is all too late that we are so unprepared for what is to come next.

    Nice reminder that everything that comes into our possession and each blessing that we have is to be used as tools to help others. In that way, we can enjoy having those things and yet not deny ourselves of the true happiness we gain in doing good for others.

  49. Uncle Eddie on May 30, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Attachment is the origin root of suffering. We go through life grabbing one thing after another to ease our stress. Culture tells us that it is good to acquire things like material possession of wealth and fame, and we are being jerked around by attraction and aversion. But, when we acquire those things, we don’t stay happy for long, before we start chasing something else. What we feel make us happy can also make us miserable. Realising non-attachment is not easy, it needs a life long practice. It’s a practice that requires giving up ideas about goals and rewards, or escaping to a better place. in buddhism, it teaches that the better place is right here. One should cultivate detachment, so as to view the world as less enticing and less permanent to be detached from its pains, as much as deluded pleasures. The nature of the world cannot be changed, but the nature of ourselves can and because things are impermanent, we therefore own nothing at the end!

  50. Datuk May on May 28, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Nothing is accomplished in one day…the bigger the project, the more the obstacles…but the obstacles you suffer is for others…so suffer it without suffering…

    Thank you Rinpoche for repeating this kind teachings. At the moment, I am suffering truly with pain over obstacles that are in my way to accomplish what needs to done. I still feel the pain of suffering but I will persevere and not go numb and cannot think out of the box.

    Life is a paradox, being responsible may be a virtue but this very same virtue is torturous when there are no humanly foreseeable solutions to overcome obstacles and problems.

    Until I die, I will with suffering or otherwise do what I can to benefit others, which I believe is the true essence of this life.

    I can take nothing with me on death but may I create something that will always be of use for generations after generations.

    May I be blessed to accomplish my wish.

  51. wahying on May 28, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    这再次提醒我们并没有想象中有那么多时间,死亡也不是我们能逃避得了的。不要等待,现在就开始。

    经常会有人以为佛教徒想法消极,因为我们“放弃一切”,“不执着一切”……其实,仁波切在过去的开示和这篇短短的开示里,强调了灵修并不是教你放弃一切,躲进山洞里,而是对外在的物质不执着和不贪着的心态,如此一来我们才不会拥有了反而比没有更痛苦,反而更备受折磨。更重要的是,带着怎样的发心去追求物质,有没有把它们用在利益自己和别人之上。

  52. guat hee on May 28, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for the message.

    It’s important to do something useful for others in your life so that you will never end up bitter. Bitterness arises from knowing we have done nothing that has affected anyone in our lives. Start something now…

  53. June Kang on May 28, 2012 at 12:44 am

    First I read this is last year July, I feel this is very meaningful to my life and I wanted a change. However when I look back I actually has not much changes of myself
    Anyway, thank you for bring this article out again; This is good to remind me again of what I have said and what I have done so far.

  54. Lim Han Nee on May 27, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Thank you,Rinpoche, for teaching us about the profound topic of emptiness in the context of death and dying.

    In the recent film that I watched – The Tibetan Book of the Dead – the Dalai Lama had said that we should actually rehearse our death and our dying. It will be most beneficial,(as Rinpoche has advised)if we were to spend a little time each day thinking of our imminent death and thinking that each day may be our last. Then all this attachment and grasping at the things of this life will loosen its hold on us. We will turn our thoughts more to Dharma and to benefiting others with our wealth and what we own.

  55. bengkooi on May 27, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    This was one of the things Rinpoche said when I first met him during a book club in 2007. The idea that nothing belonged to me, especially none of the things that I had worked for all my life, was life changing.

    Its quite a subtle thing, to realise that my life, my home, my family, my loved ones, my friends, even such mundane things like my treasured game collection and my career, can be anytime taken away by death, accident, circumstance. And that none of that will be taken with me on my next journey. I mean, how many of us really think about death? We are more interested in thinking about life, planning our next dinner date and so forth

    When I started to engage in buddhist practice, one of the difficult things was to do the mandala offering. I had studied the theory and visualisation behind it, but when I started actually visualising the things I would give up, it wasnt that easy. Things like cars, money, tangible material things were easy enough. But it was the more subtle things that were quite a struggle.

    I imagined myself not having friends, not having skills, being a total loser that no one liked, and so on. It wasnt easy, and I wouldnt say its easy still, but the letting go that comes with such visualisation is liberating.

    Another teaching that Rinpoche recently gave was to let go of ourselves. Basically, even ourselves, what we think of ourselves, how we react, our history, where we come from, what we are worth, also doesnt belong to us. And if we are able to let go of how we should be, what we should say, what we are able or unable to do, our self imposed limitations are gone, and we can emerge as a new person.

    powerful stuff.

  56. Helena on May 27, 2012 at 2:16 am

    This is a wonderful post Rinpoche. Thank you for the reminder and teaching.
    Much care,
    Helena

  57. David loh on May 26, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the reminder. Yes naked we come and naked we go.

  58. AdelineTan on May 26, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    It is very true that we came to this world with nothing and will leave this lifetime without anything. I must always contemplate that today is my last day in order to let go all the attachments and to embrace dharma, do dharma work so that i’ll be able to bring something along with me to my future lives.

  59. lewkwanleng on May 26, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Before I learn about Buddhism, I know that I come into this world, I have nothing, and when I die, I can’t take anything away. So I asked, what should we do then? Since we are going to die one day, and can’t take anything away, does it matter what I do now? Should I just make a lot of money and enjoy? Why should I help others (even though somehow I know it is good to treat others good) if I can’t take away anything?

    Taking refuge in Three Jewels and studying up (a little bit, I confess), I now know that my mind will exist after I die and will go to the next life, next body. As such, it is more important to train the mind. Be kind to others, have integrity, collect a lot of merits, benefit others are the most important, because it is all about training the mind towards the path of enlightenment. To me, this is a life that is worth living, and indeed, it is not “empty” at the time of death. Every action to benefit others with the motivation to gain enlightenment (so that I can benefit even more people) will not be “wasted”, and will be “carried over” to our next life.

    There are many tools that can help us in training the mind. Contemplation of death is one of the powerful one, because it reminds us that whatever wealth and fame we acquire will be gone at the time of death. It will help us in letting go of attachments. (It is not about we don’t make money, instead, while acquiring the wealth, we should not forget about the ultimate gold)

    Yes, when we “suffer” for others, it is suffer it without suffering.

  60. henry ooi on May 26, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Rinpoche tirelessly teaches that Death is Imminent. But most of us avoid the subject and always think that it will not happen to us so soon but to others.

    The older generation avoids this taboo subject because it’s inauspicious to talk of it. But when we don’t prepare beforehand and when the time comes suddenly, catching us unprepared, then at our deathbed we may start to regret and worry of the many matters that should have been done but were not. I think this would not be a good way to end this life and may affect the next rebirth, maybe as a spirit.

    I have heard of some people’s attitude changed after near death experience. I have also heard some changed for the worse when they were diagnosed with terminal illnesses like filled with anger, became depressed, have a poor me thinking because no one wants me now and no one will take care of me. I do not want to fall into such situations.

    I am learning to let go of what people say of me and think of me. It wouldn’t matter to me when I am dead anyway. What little possessions I have, I have willed it to my my family. I can’t take them with me when I go. I want to go with a peaceful mind.

  61. Grace( KSJC ) on May 26, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    The truth is in front of us but most of time we choose to ignore it or “forgotten”.We need to keep remind ourself life is short, we should do more for other instead ourself.just happen i saw myself in the picture attached above for joining the 2010 Dharma talk, it shame that two years pass by i still keeping myself busy with worldly things.must change now…

  62. patsy on May 26, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    We own nothing….. This is so true!

    Thank you, Rinpoche for this profound teachings. All the desires and attachments we chased for all our lives will be left behind at the time of death. Nothing follow us to our next rebirth except our karma. May I have the strength to overcome my attachments and the wisdom to understand the realization of emptiness!

    • Adrian Cho on May 26, 2012 at 5:02 pm

      Totally agree what you said Patsy..
      Thank you for sharing 🙂

  63. Adrian Cho on May 26, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this post and teaching us..
    Really meaningful and I appreciate it..
    Thank you Rinpoche always remind us and always care all of us.

  64. Sam on May 26, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    I truly agree that we own nothing. When we come to thiw world, we come with nothing. When we leave, we bring nothing as well. Whatever that we own and hold on to is all impermanent. Many of us are not able to let go of all these attachments and we indulge into it be it materials…or relationship. But we always forget that we are in one of the six realms and all these are going again and again until we truly reach enlightenment at one of our lifetime. But by just understand we own nothing isnt enough. I think we need to do more by benefiting others and at the same time cherish what other have done to benefit us. I like Rinpoche’s quote: “Nothing is accomplished in one day…the bigger the project, the more the obstacles…but the obstacles you suffer is for others…so suffer it without suffering”. Suffer it without suffering..

    Thank you Rinpoche for your teaching. Rejoice to have you as my guru.
    Take care

  65. James Long on May 26, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    生不知来,死不知去。我们每日执着的到底能为我们带来快乐吗?拥有越多反而失去更多。不要选择在死后才被迫将身外之物送走,不如现在就学习"拥有"但不执着的心态?

  66. Calvin Kam on May 26, 2012 at 11:22 am

    萬般帶不走,唯有業隨身!

  67. Lim KSJC on May 26, 2012 at 10:42 am

    We come to this world with nothing then we also with this world with nothing. After know a little bit of Dharma,we notice that we may bring Dharma and also karma will follow us always. But when we will step out the first step and keep going to do so?? Hopefully we all may use more time in Dharma to know more, serve more, benefit more…

    • Adrian Cho on May 26, 2012 at 4:06 pm

      I rejoice for you Lim, that always share Dharma to benefit other peoples 🙂

      • Lim KSJC on May 30, 2012 at 3:26 am

        Thanks Adrian…

  68. Shane Renaud on May 26, 2012 at 6:46 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for following Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s advice.
    Love Shane

  69. Ksjc Leu Chong Hin on May 26, 2012 at 4:11 am

    “We own nothing” that right, nowadays I will spent a few minutes thinking of my death especially when our age getting old and older as time pass. I will treat people surrounding me nicer and better. Especial they need my helps. Thanks.

  70. wei theng on May 26, 2012 at 1:29 am

    We owned nothing, we cannot be sure the material things that we owned can last for how long. However, when we used the material things or anything we have to help others, it becomes more meaningful.
    I love this “Nothing is accomplished in one day…the bigger the project, the more the obstacles…but the obstacles you suffer is for others…so suffer it without suffering…”
    when we work for others, all the obstacles are no longer be viewed as sufferings…

  71. Han on May 26, 2012 at 1:05 am

    非常喜欢仁波切这精湛的教诲
    我们不拥有任何东西,我們不執著任何世上的財產、名譽、虛名,那麼任何東西都會到我們這裡來。
    即放下一切时,也是拥有最多。。。。
    一旦我們被這世上的東西所奴役,我們就會永遠追在它後面跑,疲於奔命、耗盡心力,各種問題都找上門來了,還不一定得到任何東西。

  72. Grace on Sep 18, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    Never forget death is coming. Thank you Rinpoche for your wonderful teaching, when realised can save infinite beings from this meaningless cyclic existence.

  73. Uncle Eddie on Sep 5, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Yes at the end of the day, nothing is own by us! “We need material items, but not for the false security they give us but the tool they can be to further the goals of others and one’s own spiritual progress. If materialism is truly used in that fashion, then it should be ok…meaning it will not cause you sufferings.” According to the “Path to enlightenment” we could eliminate sufferings by just leaving that material world. It is the ordinary beings who suffer in cyclic existence, due to the experience of the ordinary beings who are bounded by delusions and karma. We have to create a state of renunciation from which we are to be freed from such boundage – i.e in accordance with our guru’s directives.

  74. Joy Kam on Jul 10, 2010 at 1:22 am

    Rinpoche has always taught us that having wealth is not the issue here but what you do with your wealth is the key to you being happy or unhappy. Hence we have wealth Buddha – Dzambala who provides Dharma practitioners what they require to do their practice. One practice we ought to consistently do is giving and it does not necessary have to be something tangible. Even being a good listener to a friend is a form of giving, giving emotionally. Or giving in the form of serving others, providing your talents and skills to be of benefit others, letting someone win an argument is also giving. Ahhh and this is something we can all do immediately, something so simple I know but a tough one to achieve, but not impossible. It’s like catching yourself or stopping yourself from saying something back to justify or explain, and just let the other person win, this is hard, but when you do realize it and do it, you actually become a much calmer person. Besides what is there to win anyways when nothing can be taken with us at the point of death, except the results of our actions.

  75. Joy Kam on Jul 10, 2010 at 1:21 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you Rinpoche for posting up this precious teaching. But like what Wan said, if we don’t practice it, it just becomes nothing anyway. This teaching has made me realize that throughout my life, I have been very selfish; always thinking how to get the things that I want in life thinking it will give me happiness and security. This teaching has made me realize that the more I do that the more I end up becoming disappointed, frustrated and angry when I did not at the end of the day get what I wanted. But honestly it caused me more suffering then happiness, and because, yes it is true, you cannot even take a penny with you when you die, so what are we really wanting and protecting since we own nothing? Our ego and insecurities? This was basically it for me. I am not perfect and 100% free of this suffering, but I find that the more I let go, the more lighter I feel and things become easier.

  76. ckliew-kc on Jul 9, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    This message by Rinpoche is really how we should live and lead our life daily. We should never be too attached to some form of materialistic items. Craving and indulgence will eventually brings destructions upon ourselves. Being too uptight about what we own and do not own created more negativity in our mind by doing so we become angry very fast , very selfish and miserly.
    It doesnt brings happiness to ourselves nor any happiness towards peopl we love. Our friends and people that come in contact with us will avoid us and in the end me might eventually leave this world without any peace. Our sufferings continues in to our next life.
    Whatever we own and have now is only temporary. We should always learn to let go by learning the ways to do so & comtemplating it through the buddhadharma of 4 Noble truth.

  77. June Kang on Jul 9, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    “It’s important to do something useful for others in your life so that you will never end up bitter. Bitterness arises from knowing we have done nothing that has affected anyone in our lives “. This is very powerful teaching. My experiences tell me that peace arises within us when we can benefit others.
    However, most of us including me that our awareness is not there. Everyday we wake up, we would still do things for ourselves, and create more attachment, hurt people, angry, unhappy and so…………
    Therefore is good we can visit this blog everyday to learn, to practice and to grow. Whatever teaching in this blog is helping us to look for happiness and peace and is free. Lots of people out there are paying money to attend courses to solve their problem and yet this blog is free. We should encourage more people to visit it.
    Thank you Rinpoche.

  78. weeliang on Jul 9, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    I love this teaching very much. I think back in my past and realize that this teaching is very true. Previously, I indulge in lots of expensive things, these things made me very happy but only for a while. I have come to realize that was happening because I was buying these expensive things for very personal and selfish reasons. They were basically used to fuel my ego and I was very attached to them. Sometimes, instead of making me happy, they even caused me suffering. The funniest bit is now I understand that all those expensive things that I own are basically flashing moments going by. The latest model in the Ferrari line up becomes second best after two years and an antic after four. It’s a neverending chase. These are things that we will not be taking with us when its time to go.
    After going through some of Rinpoche’s books and teachings, I have to come to realize that it is not the things I own or owned that made me suffer or happy. It was my perception of them and the motivation I had to own them that gave me a particular result. It is now apparent to me that everything we own can generate happiness or suffering for us. If we get our motivations right, our belongings can generate goodness and happiness to others and in return, we will also have goodness and happiness. To me, it is because I have learned that everything thing we are means nothing if its not to benefit others.
    Having realized the goodness of dharma, I will use my resources to practice and spread dharma. Maybe expensive things will have a better meaning to me in the future.
    Wee Liang

  79. Ooi Pe on Jul 9, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    I came into this world with nothing, all full of gooey stuff. The nurse checked me and wrapped me up into a little bundle (not so little mind you as I came weighing in the largest of 3 siblings); my parents cared for me and brought me up. Where would I be without them and my family members? What I have today is all because of them. Yet when I leave this world, I take nothing with me. Everything will be “returned” to whence they came from. I have to learn to detach myself from all material things as I will not be able to bring them with me.

  80. Jay Jae Chong on Jul 9, 2010 at 2:58 am

    I like Rinpoche’s short and sweet talk highlighting all our downfalls and the needs to address them in order to avoid further sufferings for ourselves and others.
    Although simple it may seem to be, it is in actual fact a corpus of teachings which includes a lot of logical debate for one to be able to realize the meaning of emptiness. But on a practical level, this is possible because if we’re to understand the meaning behind the nature of reality, we’re really going round and round with our discontentment and is leading us no where.
    the only solution is for us to snap out of ourselves and be able to face what is really before us and acknowledge what needs to be fixed in order to move on. Life’s short, let’s not play the game of chasing the wild, it’s not worth it.

  81. Wasukamol on Jul 8, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the profound teaching of ‘sunyata or emptiness’. Even tho if we understand it but it will bring us no where if we not practicing, knowing and pracitcing bring us to enlightenment.
    Our mind is like a monkey mind, without training we just like an untame horse whom not run follow the direction. In order to not become unhappy and bitter when we getting older, we have to start from small thing like how to make people surround us happy then indirectly we become happy, the basic to make people happy is from our love and caring, think about other and do thing for other, stop thinking about me me and me.. i’m doing thes also as i would like to become selfless.
    To take and hold vows help to stop our negative habitiual. And from that we will collect merit and might b able to have wisdom to under emptiness in one day.

  82. pamela on Jul 8, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    Many of my friends say they understand Buddhism but they dont nor try. They say they are Buddhists but they refuse to see nor hear. I am not perfect but I try to learn and understand. People say religions are just something to scare us or change us into something we are not! How can that be?? We have a brain to think, ears to listen, Buddha Shakyamuni’s teachings survived for 2,500 years and people around the world are practicing it, easterners and westerners.
    “All is empty, arises from it and dissolves into. Therefore all imputed phenomena will decay, it is just a matter of time. Denial of it, causes great unnecessary sufferings. Don’t deny anymore….”
    Scary but it is the truth. When we were born, we had only our birthday suit and when we die, it’s uncontrollable and nothing material that can be brought along!

  83. Sean on Jul 8, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Just these three words are so amazing…. WE OWN NOTHING. Everything we have now will be given, taken, lost, abandoned or forgotten in the end. I will trust the three jewels. I only can take them with me after I die. I cannot take anything when I die. All the money that I can grasp in my hands will dissolve, my loved ones will dissolve, everything will dissolve into emptiness. We only take our mind. We cna keep the three jewels in our minds. So we end up getting to keep them. YAY! I like thes two paragraphs as they pose a deep meaning towards me :
    “All is empty, arises from it and dissolves into. Therefore all imputed phenomena will decay, it is just a matter of time. Denial of it, causes great unnecessary sufferings. Don’t deny anymore….
    And
    Nothing is accomplished in one day…the bigger the project, the more the obstacles…but the obstacles you suffer is for others…so suffer it without suffering…”
    These words are so beautiful. They make me want to shed a tear….

  84. Joey on Jul 8, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    This post is a very important reminder for so many people, me included that there is nothing really here for me to hang on to and to focus on something that would be more lasting like mind transformation. Because of that there is not much of a reason to keep pursuing temporary pleasures that bring me to nowhere at the end of the day.
    However the key point here is that material items are to support spiritual practice as its the point that most people miss and subsequently develop the wrong perception that having material wealth is wrong and kinda avoid it. Now i shall think twice about buying those stuffs, and make sure that it benefits me spiritually as well….

  85. Peter on Jul 8, 2010 at 10:44 am

    Terima Kasih Rinpoche!
    ‘Nothing is owned by us. Everything will be given, taken, lost, abandoned or forgotten in the end. We came into our current lifetimes with nothing and no matter how much we accumulate, we leave with nothing. So wouldn’t it be wise that in between, we develop no real attachments or put so much emphasis on the material?’
    This is a hard fact for most of us to face and it is from experience that I have to say that this is tough to accept after spending a lifetime thus far being ingrained that this material world is all there is to it…
    So I recall the Dhammapada…aptly reflecting Rinpoche’s teaching
    ‘The fool worries, thinking, “I have sons, I have wealth.” Indeed, when he himself is not his own, whence are sons, whence is wealth?’
    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/kn/dhp/dhp.05.budd.html
    But Rinpoche gives us the hope and reminder here:
    “Trust the Three Jewels, be firm with your commitments by contemplating death daily, hurt no one, be honest, be kind to those around you first, then extend out, respect your guru to the utmost and engage in your daily sadhanas with great conviction. Be aware that your time will be up soon.
    It’s important to do something useful for others in your life so that you will never end up bitter. Bitterness arises from knowing we have done nothing that has affected anyone in our lives. Start something now…better now than waste time feeling sorry for yourself or trying to elicit empty praises from others…”
    Sadhu!

  86. John Colquhoun on Jul 7, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    I’m sat here now with tears in my eyes, that all is impermanent was again brought home to me yesterday when Raymond had to make a one way trip to the vets. Little Gina and Zoe have been wandering around looking for him, How do you tell a dog their friends gone?
    Everything gets left behind or leaves us, all passes in the end.
    I ‘know’ all this and yet all the teachings are to me is a bucket to catch the drips from a leaky roof, when will i use them to fix the tiles proper…
    Go be nice to someone while you still can.

  87. Albert on Jul 7, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    We won’t know what will happen in the next second, it can be good or bad, it’s all depends on our karma. Many people fall into the trap and blind folded with the material attraction, having comfortable life, enjoying high technology entertainment, etc. Without realizing it, the moment when they die, they cannot take what they have with them, hence; they become nothing but carry with all the negative karma they created in this life.
    With all these material attraction, people tend to get strong attachment to it and created a state of mind for them to be selfish or lazy. We generally don’t have the care quality. So what we have left? NOTHING!!!!!
    What most important for us now is to generate care and showing kindness to our close one, initially might be difficult or fake, but after sometime of doing it, it become a habitual and eventually it will be within us.

  88. Susan Lim on Jul 7, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Conveyed in simple language even a 10 year old can read…but if practiced, we will have total liberation! Rinpoche, I am in awe of this teaching. Short, straight to the point, no big jargons, only deep meaning that is impossible to deny. I recall in one of Rinpoche’s teachings before…Rinpoche asked if we would spend so much to redo a hotel room if we were to stay there for just a short while? What we should be focusing on is to work on our minds as that’s what we will be taking from one life time to the next, irregardless of what outer form/body it takes on.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this teaching. I will contemplate on this until there is a change in my mind.

  89. ngeowchin on Jul 7, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    What an incredible teaching to bring the most profound aspect of Buddhism ( emptiness) within the grasps of ordinary deluded students like me.
    For those who have studied the Lamrim, Rinpoche’s ahort treatise here basically covers all the essential points of the Lamrim – the 3 principal aspects of the path.
    We own nothing -is about renunciation of one’s attachments to worldly pleasures and things.
    Taking refuge, contemplating death, being kind to others, not hurting others,reaching out and doing something useful for others in this life – is about cultivating compassion and bodhicitta.
    Ultimately all imputed phenomena will decay as their nature is empty of inherent existence – is about the correct view of emptiness.
    Wow Wow Wow.I am going to print this out and frame it and put it on my shrine and have another copy laminated to put in front of my pc to reflect daily.

  90. Sharon Saw on Jul 6, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    I love this post – these three words mean so much – “we own nothing”. From our childhood, we are taught the difference between mine and yours. This is mine, therefore it is not yours. We are taught to accumulate things, material rewards for good behaviour. Material things become evidence of our ‘good’ behaviour, therefore we are lulled into the delusion that the more material things we have, the better people will think of us.
    35+ years later, i find that it’s all false! Rinpoche’s post explains so clearly that everything we perceive that we own, we actually do not. I know extremely rich people who hoard and keep their money so tight that they don’t even spend it on themselves! Rinpoche has explained that in reality, they are suffering from poverty because even when they do have the resources, they do not spend it and live like paupers so they might as well not have any money.
    The old adage “Money is the root of all evil” is inaccurate. The real quote is “The love of money is the root of all evil” because money itself is neutral. It is neither good nor bad, but it is what we do with the money and what we would do in order to get money that is the evil or good.
    Rinpoche says, “Bitterness arises from knowing we have done nothing that has affected anyone in our lives. Start something now…better now than waste time feeling sorry for yourself or trying to elicit empty praises from others…” I love Rinpoche’s teachings because not only do they give me insight into the right way of thinking but also the method to counter previous wrong views.

  91. Sandy Clarke on Jul 6, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    We own nothing. Excellent. It’s such a shame that we need time to fully realise this, since the realisation would rid of of our fears and insecurities. Most of our fears are rooted in the idea that we might lose something (status, face, money, assets, people, our current life…), but if we can let go and realise that nothing is ours to lose, ironically, we seem to gain so much more than what we think we already have.
    Even Bill Gates, or Steve Jobs – very rich men with “secure” lives – can’t take what they’ve accumulated with them after they’re gone. Nor can they carry their reputation even from this life to the next, so really, why are we so attached?
    For me, real wealth, real value lies in using what you have to benefit others. As Morrie Schwartz once said: “Giving makes me feel like I’m living.” We know it’s true anytime we give a gift to someone – their pleasure and joy brings us more pleasure by our giving than what we get by receiving.
    We own nothing, but we can give everything.
    Kind regards,
    Sandy

  92. Yokefui on Jul 6, 2010 at 11:19 am

    This is a powerful teaching for me. At the present , most of us do not have the merits to grasp the meaning of Wisdom teaching.
    Rinpoche is always so skillful in giving the dharma in the manner we can relate and understand.
    How true is it that at death we leave everything behind and therefore nothing truly belongs to us. If we know how to use our knowledge, position and wealth to bring meaning and happiness to others, then we have acquired the real wealth.
    You don’t have to be a Buddhist to understand Rinpoche’s teaching because what he teaches is universal. If we put his teaching in the conduct of our daily life, I think we shall be happier and more free.

  93. Wendyyyho on Jul 5, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    “Bitterness arises from knowing we have done nothing that has affected anyone in our lives”. This sentence brings back some of my memories from the past. In the past I have always wondered why some people feel bitter and unhappy all the time. I myself had such experiences from time to time but could never put my finger on the real cause. There are people who go through their whole life without finding out why. Recently, Rinpoche told us a story about a dying man who was angry and bitter about his life from one of the books he read. All he could do was to be angry but he didn’t have a clue why he was angry or how to get out of his angersome state. As a result he was in complete misery. A psychiatrist who counseled him soon saw where his problem lies and suggested that maybe he should do something for others. He remembered there was a church nearby that need air-conditioning to be fixed and being an electrician by profession, it was something he could do. The church was simply too happy to accept his service and in the process of doing that his anger subsided. He finally found peace because he felt a sense of worth doing something for others. A few months later, at his death bed he said to the psychiatrist, “thank you for saving my life”. This is a lesson to us that life is simply not how long we live but rather it is the meaning we put into our lives in service of others. Otherwise, bitterness will be the inevitable result if our lives

    • Vivek Karmaa on Jun 8, 2012 at 10:50 am

      Nice one. Thanks.

  94. Tsetchi on Apr 20, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    Your blog is so precious for whom have not the possibility to come hear your teachings. Thank you very much Rinpoche, you are so kind to share your wisdom with all of us.
    “Nothing is accomplished in one day…the bigger the project, the more the obstacles…but the obstacles you suffer is for others…so suffer it without suffering…Tsem Tulku”
    This is really true, thank you to remind us that !
    Much love
    Tsetchi

  95. mima on Apr 20, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    Rinpoche’s writings always come at the time when I needed the most!

  96. Elsie Toy on Apr 20, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Thank YOU Rinpoche.. that was exactly i felt weeks back.. I felt that I was wasting my time. Lost and wanted to do something meaningful in life and had wonder what was my mission on earth. Even sitting at my workstation was a waste of time earning a salary keeping myself alive without meaning to it. I really felt that this message is special to me. Thank you.

  97. mima on Apr 20, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Thank you always!

  98. AngelSHOoi on Apr 20, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    Thank You Rinpoche for Your wonderful reminding message again!Thanks

  99. Duke Okkelberg on Apr 20, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    Great teaching Rinpoche

  100. Wan Wai Meng on Apr 20, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche so beautiful !

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  • astrogurutips
    Friday, Mar 5. 2021 08:11 PM
    Great article! Thank you so much for this decent article. I love the way you present your article. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.astrogurutips&hl=en
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 5. 2021 04:19 PM
    In Mahayana Buddhism, a bodhisattva refers to anyone who has generated bodhicitta, a spontaneous wish and compassionate mind to attain Buddhahood for the benefit of all sentient beings. Bodhisattvas are common figures in Buddhist literature and art. They exist as guides and providers to help us following the teachings about generosity, patience, meditative balance, and insight into what is essential, so we can come to live in a way that benefits others. At the same time, we learn compassion for ourselves and see that we are not separate from the people we have imagined are estranged from us. Self and other heal together.
    Thank you for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/external-article/a-bodhisatta-is-a-being-devoted-to-enlightenment
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 5. 2021 04:17 PM
    Thanks to Dr. Matthew William King who did a detail well research article regarding Dorje Shugden in Mongolia. Through his research he has confirmed that even long before H H Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche’s time, at least a century before, Dorje Shugden practice was already popularized in Lhasa. The practice of Dorje Shugden by the great lamas and many others had widely invoked the dharma Protector in Mongolia. Dr King’s research clearly demonstrates that Mongolia’s lamas had been promoting and encouraging the practice. Dorje Shugden was an established practice in the Sakya School for hundreds of years before Pabongka Rinpoche’s time. Hence Dorje Shugden definitely not a evil or spirits as claimed by the Tibetan leadership. Reading through this interesting article we could understand better how Mongolian lamas have been all along protecting and preserving not only the practice of Dorje Shugden, but also of Buddhism’s revival as a whole in modern-day Mongolia.
    THANK YOU for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/how-mongolia-saved-dorje-shugden.html
  • sarassitham
    Friday, Mar 5. 2021 01:55 AM
    Very informative and interesting article, Sri Lanka offers everything that makes one escape a memorable one!. Being awarded a best tourist destinations with various fascinating attraction, ancient historic site from soulful Buddhist monasteries, temples to exotic and impeccable spots rarely explored. Thanks for the beautiful scenery photos sharing and hope to visit this beautiful Island and enjoy my stay.

    https://bit.ly/38aT3WI
  • sarassitham
    Wednesday, Mar 3. 2021 03:22 PM
    In the present-day many people suffers from eye problems .These disorders are usually overcome using powerful glasses and lenses, However using powerful glasses can worsen eye problems.

    This is really a great article for all of us. I am blessed to come across of these practice and teaching, hope to start soon and overcome my eye problem. Thank you so much for the sharing.

    https://bit.ly/3kMZiFu
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 1. 2021 04:01 PM
    Interesting read with the discovery of various legends, texts by archaeologists thousands years ago. Historians and experts had investigated and found evidence of contact between humans and extra-terrestrial life very much earlier. Their findings theory seem that extra-terrestrials have visited Earth for millions of years. Since the age of the dinosaurs to ancient Egypt, from early cave drawings to continued mass sightings in the US. Historians had revealed that aliens have been with us all along. Encounters with strange beings and sightings of mysterious objects in the sky have been recorded. Such as Christopher Columbus’ first voyage to America witnessed strange lights in the sky and sightings of flying cigar-shaped crafts were reported during the Black Plague that struck Europe and Asia in the mid-1300s. There were many others historical evidence of early civilization that had close encounters with Aliens. Interesting read and to watch the video.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/ancient-aliens-closer-encounters.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 27. 2021 05:33 PM
    Watching the videos and looking at those pictures in this post tell us more. Sad to see the working conditions really bad especially in the brick kilns of Andhra Pradesh,India. We could see those working men, women and younf children are working round the clock 12 just to earn a living.
    We are considered more fortunate enough than them and we should not complain of what we have, live and so on. We should appreciate every moment , what we have now to do good and beneficial for others, no matter how hard and difficult at times as others might be worse than us.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/you-have-to-see-this.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 27. 2021 05:32 PM
    Wow…..wonderful dog lovers should read to help them to be more caring, loving having a pet. Once we have them as our pet we have the responsibility to give care and love to them. Dogs have feelings like us and is men best friend.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this essential facts for dog lovers.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/20-essential-facts-dog-lovers-must-always-remember.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 27. 2021 05:31 PM
    Scientists had looking at long term, discovered that estimated about 100 to 10,000 species will be extinct soon if nothing is done. Could imagine from microscopic organisms to large plants and animals will go extinct each year. Animal such as sharks, lions, Pit bulls dogs and so forth as mentioned in this blog can become extinct when humans over hunt and over fish, pollute the environment, destroy habitats , and many others. Reading this post tells us more those world’s most dangerous animals are in fact in danger themselves. But the actions of humans toward those dangerous animal has proven more dangerous than that of the animal. Interesting read .
    Thank you Shakila Rajendra for this sharing…..good knowledge . May more people are aware of the harm they are doing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-worlds-most-dangerous-animals-in-danger-themselves.html
  • sarassitham
    Thursday, Feb 25. 2021 01:04 AM
    This is kind of hard to believe and shocking to imagine the weirdest addiction of people in this planet, they are extremely strange. People can become addicted to actions, feelings, or behaviors, not just substances. There must be something behind of every addiction, I don’t think they are crazy or mentally ill, it’s their weird enjoyment for a short time.

    I had a friend in my primary school who eats mud during rainy days, she told me, it smells good and she enjoys doing it during her play time. I found it strange but has she grow up in different environment she forget about her addiction. So, I strongly believe, all behaviors can be changed when the person gains self-awareness and actually wants to change. Thanks for the interesting sharing and recall of my childhood friend.
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Feb 24. 2021 01:33 PM
    nteresting read of this history of how Dorje Shugden practice came into light . Since Dorje Shugden was introduced into the Sakya tradition, there have been many Sakya throne holders that practiced Dorje Shugden. Out of the 42 supreme throne holders throughout the history of the Sakya tradition, six of the thrones holders are confirmed to have practiced Dorje Shugden. They have built chapels to him, composed prayers and pujas (kangsols) to him and even propagated his practice amongst their disciples. They cannot be wrong and in fact as confirmed by the 39th Sakya Trizin Dragshul Trinley Rinchen Dorje Shugden is an enlightened being. Dorje Shugden kangsol (prayer) to invoke the blessings of Dorje Shugden composed by him is still widely used today. Dorje Shugden must be a powerful Dharma protector that Sakya tradition have been long relying. It has proven that Dorje Shugden is not a minor practice. Interesting read , may more people read this post to understand better.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this post .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sakya-trizins-dorje-shugden-prayer.html
  • sarassitham
    Tuesday, Feb 23. 2021 11:23 PM
    Thank you for sharing this yummy recipe. It looks very delicious, healthy and nutritious. I can’t wait to try making it has the ingredients are easy to purchase and methods are simple. I wonder what it taste like.

    https://bit.ly/37DAV7y
  • sarassitham
    Monday, Feb 22. 2021 11:55 PM
    There are lots of people have more than one reason for choosing vegetarianism. Many people choose a vegetarian diet out of concern over animal rights or the environment and others may be based on religious beliefs or even for healthier lifestyle.

    Regardless of whether you choose a vegetarian way of life, it’s always a healthy idea to eat a wide variety of foods and try out new foods when you can.

    Thank you for the sharing and compiling the list of vegetarian restaurants and organic shops in Klang Valley. I am glad to know whereabout and hoping to try them.

    https://bit.ly/3siC4tf
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 22. 2021 03:30 PM
    Begtse Chen, a deity of alien origin, was incorporated into the pantheon of Tibetan Buddhism as a protector of the Dharma. This Proyector is one of the eight famous Dharmapala in Tantric Buddhism. Also known as red Mahakala and is especially revered in Mongolia where the origin of Begtse Chen can be traced to a pre-Buddhist deity in 16th century. It has become the mainstay of Protector practice in Mongolia. Interesting read.
    Thank you for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-dharma-protector-begtse-chen.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 22. 2021 03:27 PM
    Interesting read of Kunkhyen Choku Ozer was a lineage master of the Manjushri Namasamgiti Tantra. He became known as Kunkhyen Choku Ozer due to his ability to penetrate the meaning of the great Buddhist treatises merely just by glancing at it. He could memolised texts just by reading it once. Reading this post and information at least I can know he is also a part of Dorje Shugden’s incarnation lineage. He is also famed for establishing the ancient monastery of Dakpo Tsele.
    Thank you Pastor David for this sharing as many of us would not have known this GREAT Lama was part of Dorje Shugden’s incarnation lineage.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/kunkhyen-choku-ozer-master-of-the-kalachakra-guhyasamaja-tantras.html

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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
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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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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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  • March 7, 2021 17:30
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Do you recommend doing Tsem Rinpoche’s guru yoga as part of daily Sadhana? I am sure I read on the article for the name retreat that it could be done as daily prayers but now I can’t see that sentence? Thank you.
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  • March 4, 2021 22:52
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Can a lay person work towards the preliminary practices by accumulating daily ? Many thanks.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Yes, of course. Anyone can engage in the preliminary practices, you don't have to be ordained in order to do so. However for one's practice to be considered a full preliminary practice, you need to do 100,000 repetitions of whichever practice you are engaged in without break. That means you must engage in at least one session a day, until the count is completed. 10% of the count is also added on top, to make up for any unintentional mistakes. So the figure would actually be 110,000. If you skip a day, that means you have broken your preliminary retreat. If this occurs you can still dedicate the practice you have done so far, and you will still benefit from the merit generated and the purification of negative karma from the practice, but it is not counted as a full preliminary practice. Also you must adhere to the retreat procedures for the duration of the time it takes you to complete the particular preliminary practice. For example, an altar with daily offerings, retreat seat with swastika, refraining from eating black foods, etc. This may not be convenient for most people in our day and age. So what you can do is to spend a certain amount of time accumulating a specific figure, for example 10,000 repetitions of a particular practice. Seal the practice at the end with a strong dedication, like the King of Prayers. Later on, you can repeat the procedure more times until you complete 100,000. This method was given by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche for modern-day practitioners who do not have the time to complete 100,000 in one go. While it technically does not constitute a full preliminary retreat, you still gain immense merits and purification from engaging in the practice, even if spaced out. As Rinpoche said, it's better for you to do mini preliminary retreats than not doing any of the preliminary practices whatsoever. That being said, if you do have the ability to do a full preliminary retreat and it will not negatively impact you, such as create financial difficulties or strain familial relationships, then of course go ahead! To have the sincere wish to engage in any Dharma practice is wonderful. You can read more about the individual preliminary practices here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/preliminary-practice.html You can watch a short teaching on the preliminary practices by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/cosmic-tantra.html
  • March 3, 2021 04:13
    Sandra asked: Dear respected pastors, what are dreams? Do dreams have significance? Are they simply images the mind views at night - do they resemble the dreamer's state of mind? Thank you for all your replies :) :)
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Hello. Nice to see you back here. On the normal level, both waking and dream states are both marred by our delusions. The teachings tell us that this deluded state continues through all our experiences, whether during the dreaming or waking states. The way to overcome this is to "wake up" from our delusions, or reach enlightenment. Normally when people think of dreams, they do so in psychological terms and so focus on the content of the dream. When we investigate the nature of the dream itself, we begin to investigate something deeper, the processes that underlies the whole of our existence. Understand this propels you further along the spiritual journey towards enlightenment. We have many dreams during one night of sleep, and may or may not consciously remember then when we wake up. In terms of content, dreams can be used to work through psychological issues or can indicate certain issues and overcoming them (as is common within Western psychological practices). In Tibetan Buddhism, dreams can be used for much more. In the advanced practices, one can transform ordinary dreams to further one's spiritual journey. This is not only in terms of working through psychological issues, but in terms of meditation and practice as well. Generally, there are three types of dreams as described below. Most of us only experience the first type, unless we progress on the spiritual path. 1. Samsaric dreams: these arise from karma and karmic traces in the mind. This can also include emotions, memories, etc. The meaning we find in these dreams are imputed by the dreamer, and not inherent in the dream. This also applies to waking life. We impute meaning onto situations and circumstances, rather than the meaning being inherent to the circumstance. It is like reading a book. Words in the book are just marks on paper, however, because we use our sense of meaning, we take a meaning out of it. However, this is always open to interpretation. For example, if you tell your dream to two people, they can interpret the meaning very differently, even though you told them the exact same details. 2. Clarity dreams: These dreams occur when you are fairly progressed in meditational practices and can carry this into the dream state. These dreams arise not from the emotions, or memories, etc., but from more subtler forms of karma and delusions. However, just like in waking mediational practice, you are not affected by the images or thoughts that appear to you. 3. Clear Light dreams: In the advanced tantric practices, there are teachings called dream yoga. The object of these is to achieve the clear light dreams, which are very difficult to achieve and take years and years of intense practice. The most important clear light mind that arises is actually at the time of our death, if we are trained enough in this very subtle state, we can actually control where we take rebirth. If we are more experienced in this state, then we can actually use it to meditate on the teachings and achieve enlightenment. Clear light dreams are a "lesser" type of clear light mind, that helps practitioners prepare for the time of death. When we have an auspicious dream such as of our teacher, our practice, the Buddhas, etc., even though this is auspicious, it is still more than likely to be just a samsaric dream. There are instances however, when the enlightened beings and Dharma protectors will send practitioners dreams to help with their practice or as methods of divination. Tsem Rinpoche once told us of a very powerful Nyingma lama known for his divination abilities. Students would ask him a question, then he would take a nap, and receive divination advice in this dreams, which he would then relay to his students. This lama was well-known for this ability because his dream divinations were extremely accurate. As I am sure you can tell, the scope of dreams with the Buddhist context is very vast and I will not be able to cover everything here. However, I hope that what I have written helps your understanding. Thank you.
  • March 1, 2021 23:37
    Sandra asked: Hello dear pastors, wish we could have an article like the one below to highlight the auspicious days of 2021. https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/auspicious-days.html
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your suggestion. At the moment, there are no plans to publish another article with 2021 dates. But I have listed out some of the auspicious days and their dates for this year for you. I have only included future dates, not those that have already passed. Saga Dawa Duchen - 26th May 2021 Chokhor Duchen - 14th July 2021 Dorje Shugden Day - 24th August 2021 Lhabab Duchen - 27th October 2021 Gaden Ngamchoe or Tsongkhapa Day - 29th December 2021 I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 27, 2021 03:31
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Is it ok to pray from different areas in the house (even where there is no altar)? I was told you can't create 2 altars in 1 house.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question and its nice to see you here again. The reason why we pray in front of our altars is because it becomes a focal point of the enlightened energies we are invoking. Therefore it becomes a kind of portal for the energies of transformation, peace, healing, prosperity and protection. It is also the place where we make offerings to the Buddhas. As such, most people usually only have 1 altar in their home. However, you can have more than 1 altar in your home. As it is an altar, it should be complete with representations of the body, speech and mind of the Buddhas. This would be an image (either a statue, thangka, tsa tsa, poster, framed picture, etc), a Dharma text and a stupa. In front of these, you should have at least 1 type of offering or more. This can be a fixed offering or maybe even a set of water offerings, which you make every day. Since practitioners make offerings on a daily basis, most opt to have only 1 altar, but there is no rule in Buddhism to say you can only have 1 altar. The altar however, should be placed in a respectful place. So, not in the bathroom. Or if in the bedroom, you should put a screen up to block it when you are changing, sleeping, etc. Alternatively, you can keep it in a cupboard, and close the doors during such activities. But altars should be dedicated places to the Buddhas, so don't put secular items in the same place, such as on the same shelf, etc. When it comes to praying, it is usually done in front of the altar, as you are invoking the enlightened beings. When you do your prayers there it becomes a powerful place in your home, and provides you with a sacred space to pray and meditate. However, if circumstances are difficult, then of course you can pray elsewhere. For example, when I first set up an altar, I was living in a single room with not much space. I set up an altar on a shelf but was not able to pray in front of it. Once I had made offerings, I would simply sit in another part of the room and do the prayers there. If it is really not convenient, then of course it is permissible to do the prayers elsewhere. It is better to do the prayers, than not do them at all if you can't be in front of your altar. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 25, 2021 01:33
    Kuenzang wangdi asked: What would be my most suitable colour ?
    pastor answered: Dear Kuenzang Wangdi, Thank you for your question. The following calculators may be of interest to you: Chinese Zodiac: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/horoscopes/the-chinese-zodiac.html Tibetan Astrology: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html In relation to which colour if most favourable for you, unfortunately our calculators do not give this information. However, from a Buddhist practice viewpoint, what is more important is the transformation of the mind. Once we transform our minds according to teachings, we are able to overcome any obstacle and create good conditions for our lives. You can learn a very short mind transformation teaching here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/eight-verses-of-thought-transformation.html You can couple this with formal practice. If you are interested, a very good practice to bring energies of increase and generate a long life, merits, wealth and prosperity in your life, is the the practice of Gyenze. You can find information about the practice here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/dorje-shugden-gyenze-to-increase-life-merits-and-wealth.html. I hope this helps. Thanks.
  • February 22, 2021 22:14
    Naseer asked: Hi My name is Naseer Ahmed 8th dec 1979. Life path 1 Im looking to add to my name slightly... change it too... Naseer Al Ahmed... Would this be more complimentary as far as for the business front... or would it not make any difference
    pastor answered: Hello Naseer, As per your question, your Life Path Number is 1. The Life Path Number according to the system of numerology used on our website is calculated using your date of birth. Therefore, a change in name will not affect your Life Path Number. Some of the other calculators on the same page do however use your name. One of the smaller calculators you may be interested in is the Achievement Number, but again, this only uses your date of birth for the calculation. You can find it here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/numerology/numerology-calculator.html You may also be interested in two of our other pages: Chinese Zodiac - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/horoscopes/the-chinese-zodiac.html Tibetan Astrology - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html Thank you for your question. I hope this helps.
  • February 20, 2021 18:36
    Sandra asked: After making a food offering to the three jewels (which we will eat for lunch etc), should we think of it as a blessing and partake?
    pastor answered: Hello Sandra, When making food offerings to the Three Jewels, which you eat yourself, when you recite the prayer and make the offering, you should visualise that the Buddhas receive your food offering and because you have made an offering, they are very pleased. It also fulfills one of the Refuge commitments, which is to offer the first portion of whatever we eat and drink to the Three Jewels, while remembering their kindness. You can then partake of the meal and consider it a blessing from the Three Jewels. Alternatively, you can set out a plate (which you reserve for this purpose) of food, which you can offer on your altar. Similarly, once the food has been left on your altar for a while, you can later remove it and consume it as a blessing. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 19, 2021 04:33
    Sandra asked: Is intovertedness a bad quality? Since Buddha is so altruistic and this is the opposite trait, it must be bad. How do you think one should lessen introverted tendencies?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Introvertedness is not a bad quality. Altruism and compassion are different from being an introvert or extrovert. Introverts are generally quieter people, less expressive of their emotions, while extroverts are the opposite. Buddhist practice is not about expression of emotion. Rather the altruistic and compassionate teachings are more about how you help other people and sentient beings, physically or emotionally. If the qualities of introverted-ness are stopping you from developing these, then they need to change. But this may not be necessary, depending on the qualities that you are talking about. You can do simple meditations to building up the energy of compassion in your mindstream and you will see that you actions will automatically start to be more compassionate and altruistic. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 18, 2021 03:28
    Sandra asked: How should one behave when negative karma is being purified? How can we know if bad karma is being purified? Do we accumulate positive karma simultaneously when doing purification practices? Many thanks for your response.
    pastor answered: Hello again Sandra, There are two ways in which karma can be purified, the first is through our own efforts alone and the second is through our own effort, combined with a purification practice. Through our own efforts: this means that you transform your mind enough to not react negatively in any situation and only react in a positive manner. For example, you may have the karma to get angry. So you get into situations which makes you angry. If you react normally, then you will get angry again, this will only lead you to create more karma of being angry. But if you make the effort not to get angry in those situations then you do not create or multiply that karma. The original karma you have may lead you to be in those types of situations again, but if you do not get angry then after a while you start to purify that karma. Through your own efforts, combined with a purification practice: as you are working on transforming your mind, you can rely on the practices that help you to purify your karma, such as the practice of Vajrasattva or the 35 Confessional Buddhas. This boosts your ability to purify negative karma, based on the enlightened energies of the Buddhas. This however is only truly effective when combined with the Four Opponent Powers. You can read more about that here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-35-confessional-buddhas.html In general, when karma is being purified then you should remain level-headed and not act out of emotion or habit, but from your understanding of the workings of karma and the Dharma. But actually, this should not only be when karma is being purified. You should act and behave in this way all the time according to the Dharma, then you are, up to a point, always purifying karma. It is one of the reasons that so much emphasis is placed on refraining from negative actions and engaging in positive actions using your body, speech and mind, because these are the three means or 'doors' with which you interact with the world. At our level, we cannot tell if karma is being purified or not, only those who are more highly attained can tell. However, that is one of the reasons the Buddhist texts advise study of and belief in karma. If there is karma, then it can be purified, and the way to do so is transform your mind and invoke upon the enlightened beings. So if you are doing both, you can rest assured that you are in fact purifying your karma. When you purify negative karma, whether just through your own efforts or combined with a purification practice you collect merit, not positive karma. If you simply do a good action, you collect good karma. But if you are practicing the Dharma with the intention of achieving enlightenment, you take refuge, engage in the practice, and dedicate at the end, then you develop merit, not positive karma. If you want to read more about how karma works and how to purify it in more detail, I suggest you read a Lamrim text such as Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand, which you can order from your local bookstore or get online here (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/lamrim-liberation-in-the-palm-of-your-hand).
  • February 17, 2021 23:06
    Sandra asked: Hello pastors, thank you for your response to my earlier question. Do divination predictions change frequently? Why does that happen?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question. Divinations, compared to astrological predictions, are much more accurate. There are many types of divination, but those based on the practice of enlightened beings are very accurate. Three of the most well-known in Tibetan Buddhism are the divination practices of Manjushri, Palden Lhamo and Dorje Shugden. You can read more about Dorje Shugden's dice divination here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugdens-dice-divination.html Questions that are asked during divinations are much more specific than the types of topics that astrological predictions can help with, therefore are based on very specific types of karma. This means that if you asked a divination question twice, without taking remedial actions in between, then the answer would most likely be the same, given that all the prerequisites have been held by the diviner and the divinations are genuine. However, if a divination is done and then remedial actions recommended, such as various practices or pujas, and these are done to the letter, then if the question is asked again, then the results would differ. This is because when engaging in these practices or pujas, either you generate the merit necessary to overpower the negative effects of the karma, or you purify the negative effects of the karma creating the situation. This however, is generally not done. You wouldn't ask the same question twice or over and over again. The reason for this is because one of the factors that comes into play when seeking divination is faith. This is faith in the fact that the remedial actions recommended will help whatever situation you are facing. Having seen H.E. Tsem Rinpoche do countless divinations for people, I can attest to this. Those who have faith and follow through with the advice, see a great improvement in the situation that led them to ask the divination question in the first place. Those that did not follow the advice either at all or not fully, did not see any improvement. And this makes sense, because they did not purify the effects of the karma enough, or generate enough merit. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 15, 2021 04:09
    sandra asked: How much importance should we give to astrological predictions or chart readings? Are these readings susceptible to change all the time,i.e, in the context of planetary movements? Can our own effort/actions supercede what is predicted in our birth chart?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your interesting question. You are absolutely correct about the universal principle of change. According to Buddhist practice, astrological predictions are based upon a fixed point in time. Take for example, your moment of birth, which most astrological readings take as the main point of reference. At that specific moment, there would have been various energies or planetary alignments, etc. Combined together, they are said to give an accurate prediction of what will occur to a person throughout their life. This however, is based on one's birth karma, to be born at that specific point in time and location. This birth karma also provides the driving force behind what will occur in a person's life, if that karma is not changed somehow. Hence, that is why astrological predictions can give very accurate readings on someone's personality, as well as life events. Birth karma provides the main force behind all other karma to come into play. That is why it is given importance in astrology. There are also more advanced methods to take into account planetary and energetical movements to give even more detailed and precise predictions that can even be made down to the month, day or hour of a person's life. In Buddhism, however, we believe that karma can be changed. It can multiply, be purified or exhausted, or the effects of that karma can be overpowered by another karma or spiritual merit. In these cases, the outcome will change. The way in which this happens is varied. It can be as simple as doing some prayers (to generate spiritual merit) or changing your behaviour, environment or location, the way you think, and the ways in which you react in various situations. That is why in Buddhist astrological systems, emphasis is placed on remedial measures to counteract negative outcomes. For example, someone may be born with an angry disposition from an astrological point of view. If this person goes through life acting from this anger, then the predictions based on the time of birth will occur. However, a remedial action can be undertaken, such as the person pracitising Chenrezig, who is the Buddha of compassion, or the person doing some form of charity work. These remedial actions generate compassion in the mind of the person, which counteracts the anger. As this happens and the karma is changed, then the person no longer needs to feels the negative effects of any bad astrological (or more correctly - karmic) situations. There are even some practices that specifically help to counteract negative astrological influences and help you to change things. Such an example is Black Manjushri. Within Tibetan Buddhism, according to your time and date of birth, you also have what is known as a 'Birth Buddha'. This is basically an enlightened being that you have an affinity with in this life. General remedial actions include making images of this particular Buddha or engaging in this Buddha's practice. This combined with a change in how we live - otherwise known as Mind Transformation in the Buddhist context - changes astrological outcomes. However, if we continue living without controlling our actions, words and thoughts, the predictions made using astrological readings will most likely still occur. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • February 7, 2021 00:16
    Purna Tamang asked: What is my lucky number and color ?
    pastor answered: Dear Purna Tamang, Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, none our horoscope apps on this page gives this information at this moment. However, you may find some of the other information provided useful. Below are the links: For Chinese Zodiac: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/horoscopes/the-chinese-zodiac.html For Tibetan astrology: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html For Numerology: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/numerology/numerology-calculator.html For Fortune cookies: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/fortune-cookie Thank you and I hope you find something interesting in one of the apps.
  • January 20, 2021 03:32
    Sangita. asked: i want to buy my own house.which mantra i should chant to have my own house.kindly reply.
    pastor answered: Dear Sangita, Thank you for your question. Everything in our lives, whether good or bad is due to our karma. This is karma we have accumulated either in previous lives or earlier on in this life. You can learn more about this here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/discovering-yourself-a-teaching-on-karma-mindstream.html Sometimes, we go through obstacles or need some form of spiritual help to assist us in improving our situations. In these circumstances we can rely on the practice of certain deities. One of these deities is the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. You can read more about this deity and his practice here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/beginners-introduction-to-dorje-shugden.html You can learn more about Dorje Shugden's practice here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-teaching-videos.html. I hope this helps. Thank you.
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