A Poem to My Teacher…

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His Holiness Kyabje Zong Dorje Chang

Alone With Memories

(my actual poem)

Sadness and loneliness
are my forced friends,
Living in lands forever foreign
as I have no home…

Sounds of my guru’s damaru
evokes a time long gone,
As it plays in my head
all day long…

My guru’s memory I projected
onto my daily life,
Keeps me going in a place I am
forced to call home…

Tragic am I living in a
time that has passed,
A memory that I must wake from
although I resist…

My work and burdens hasn’t any end,
Yet have to trudge on, onto where?
Is there any respite from my hopes and optimism?
Or is it better to accept reality which is cynicism?

I long for my youth not for the
false hopes it promised,
But to hear the sound of my
Glorious Guru playing his divine music
on his damaru again…To be warmed by his wisdom,
blessed by his strength…

And to feel hope again…
A hope that hangs in there,
But often slips away…again…

Written by Tsem Rinpoche

Then one of my student’s son, Gavin, surprised me by arranging the music, playing the piano and making a beautiful song from the poem!

I was like, “Wow…the kid’s got talent…” Some of the words from the original poem he rearranged for the sake of the song. But it evokes my feeling for my Guru for sure. When I listen to this, I think of Zong Rinpoche…

Or view the video on the server at:
https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/APoemToMyTeacher.mp4

(The lyrics of the song made from the poem below by Gavin Gooi)

Sadness and loneliness
are my forced friends,
Living in lands forever foreign
as I have no home…

Sounds of my guru’s damaru
evokes a time long gone,
As it plays in my head
all day long…

My guru’s memory I projected
onto my daily life,
Keeps me going in a place I am
forced to call home…

Tragic am I living in a
time that has passed,
A memory that I must wake from
although I resist…

Alone with memories
My work and burdens hasn’t any end,
Yet have to trudge on, onto where?
Is there any respite from my hopes and optimism?
Or is it better to accept reality which is cynicism?

Alone with memories
Alone with memories

I long for my youth not for the
false hopes it promised,
But to hear the sound of my
Glorious Guru

Playing his divine music
on his damaru again…
To be warmed by his wisdom,
blessed by his strength…

Alone with memories
My work and burdens hasn’t any end,
Yet have to trudge on, onto where?
Is there any respite from my hopes and optimism?
Or is it better to accept reality which is cynicism?

Alone with memories
Alone with memories

And to feel hope again…
A hope that hangs in there,
But often slips away…again…

 

(Above) His Holiness Zong Rinpoche and myself in Yucca Valley, California. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was conferring Vajra Yogini empowerment with full commentary which I attended. I was also one of Rinpoche’s private assistants during his stay here.

His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was very affectionate to me all the time. His attendant told me that I was very lucky as he rarely touches people.

This photo is of Kyabje Rinpoche walking with me in Chinatown, Los Angeles. Rinpoche enjoyed shopping. On this trip Rinpoche bought a birthday gift for me which was a Chinese opera puppet. I was so honoured, surprised and treasured the blessed gift.

Tsem Rinpoche

 

Tibetan ‘Ah’ syllable found on the inside of the skull of the 2nd Zong Rinpoche, Zongtrul Tenpa Chopel (1836-1899 AD) after his cremation ceremony

 


 

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I was 18 years old when this was taken back in 1983 in Los Angeles, California. Here I am in this photo with my most precious root guru, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. He has profoundly changed my life for the better forever. Not a day goes by I don’t think about him, love him, miss him and yearn for his presence and teachings.

I meditate on him in my heart every single day. He was everything that a high Tibetan lama is said to be and more. From the moment I heard his name before meeting him from a friend who had met him already, faith instantly arose in me. Instantly faith arose in me. I did 100 prostrations to his picture everyday until I met him. I wanted to make a spiritual karmic connection with him so that when I met him, I can receive many teachings and that is why I made the prostrations.

No other spiritual teacher although all of them were great has this sort of meteoric impact on me. It’s unexplainable. 30 plus years down the line, my faith, respect and trust in Kyabje Zong Rinpoche is unshakable. I will always follow and practice what he has taught me and given me. I will never abandon my teacher or any practice he has given me no matter what obstacles come my way.

No matter if my life is threatened, or I am disliked or segregated for following his instructions, I will never abandon any of his teachings. No other teacher will ever have me change my practice I have received from Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. May I meet Kyabje Zong Rinpoche in all my future lives too and come under his care. I forever bow to him and place the crown of my unworthy head to his feet. I will follow, meditate, trust and believe in my guru always.

Humbly,
Tsem Rinpoche
 
这是我与我的至宝根本上师,至尊嘉杰宋仁波切于1983年在加利福尼亚洛杉矶拍下的合照。当年我18岁。他深刻地改变了我的生命,永恒地使我的生命变得更美好。没有那么一天,我不想起他,不珍爱他,不思念他,或是不切盼他的出现与教诲。

每一天,我都在心中忆念嘉杰宋仁波切。他拥有人们眼中一个西藏高僧该具备的一切条件,甚至拥有更多。我从一个曾拜见嘉杰宋仁波切的朋友口中听见宋仁波切的殊胜名字,自那一刻起,我虽未见过仁波切一面,但信心即刻油然而生。在见到仁波切之前的每一天,我都向着他的法照顶礼一百遍,我想跟他结下法缘,那么等到见到他的时候,我能接受到大量的教诲。这是我每日顶礼的原因。

其他所有上师固然殊胜,但没有一个像嘉杰宋仁波切那样对我造成犹如陨星撞击般的影响。这种感受无从解释。我对嘉杰宋仁波切的信心、敬重和信任,三十余载从未动摇。他教过我的,给过我的,我都会一直跟从并且实修。

我永远不会背弃我的上师,或是背弃他赐予我的任何修行,不管我眼前出现什么阻难。即使我因为遵从他的指示而面对生命威胁,或遭受厌弃或排挤,我仍然不会背弃他的任何一个教诲。没有任何一位上师能够动摇嘉杰宋仁波切赐予我的修行。祈愿我生生世世都能遇见嘉杰宋仁波切并得到他的引导。我永世顶礼于嘉杰宋仁波切足下。我将永远遵从上师的教诲,忆念他,信任他,相信他。

谦卑的詹杜固仁波切

སྤྱི་ལོ་༡༩༨༣ ལོར་ལོས་ཨེན་ཇེ་ལེ་ས་ཀལ་ལི་ཕོ་ནི་ཡ་(Los Angeles, California.) ནང་ང་ལོ་ ༡༨ ཡིན་པའི་སྐབས་ཀྱི་འདྲ་པར་རེད། འདྲ་པར་འདི་ནང་ང་དང་བདག་གི་རྩ་བའི་བླ་མ་༧སྐྱབས་རྗེ་ཟོང་རྡོ་རྗེ་འཆང་ལྷན་དུ་ཡོད། སྐུ་ཉིད་ཀྱི་གཏིང་ཚུགས་པའི་སྒོ་ནས་བདག་གི་མི་ཚེ་གཏན་དུ་བསྒྱུར་བར་འཕྲིན་ལས་བརྩོལ་ཡོད་པས། བདག་གིས་སོ་སོའི་རྩ་བའི་བླ་མར་དགའ་བ་མ་སྒོམ་པ་དང་། མི་དྲན་པ། ཁོང་གི་སྐོར་མ་བསམ་པ། ཁོང་གི་མདུན་ནས་སློབ་ཁྲིད་སོགས་ཞུ་འདོད་མེད་པ་ཉིན་གཅིག་ཀྱང་མེད།

ཉིན་ལྟར་བདག་གིས་ཁོང་ཡིད་ལ་སྒོམ་གྱི་ཡོད། ཁོང་ནི་བོད་པའི་བླ་མ་མཁས་པ་ཞིག་ལ་ཚང་དགོས་པའི་ཡོན་ཏན་བླ་ན་མེད་པ་དང་ལྡན། བདག་གིས་ཁོང་མ་མཇལ་གོང་དུ་བདག་གི་གྲོགས་པོས་ཁོང་མཇལ་ཡོད་པས་ངའི་གྲོགས་པོའི་རྒྱུད་ནས་ཁོང་གི་མཚན་ཐོས་པ་ད་སྐབས་བདག་གི་སེམས་ནང་ལམ་སང་དད་པ་སྐྱེས། ཁོང་མ་མཇལ་བར་བདག་གིས་ཁོང་གི་སྐུ་པར་ལ་ཉིན་ལྟར་ཕྱག་ཚར་༡༠༠ འཚལ་གྱི་ཡོད། གང་ཡིན་ཟེར་ན། ཁོང་དང་ཆོས་ཀྱི་འབྲེལ་བ་ཡོང་བ་དང་ཁོང་མཇལ་ནས་ཆོས་མང་པོ་ཞུས་ཐུབ་པའི་ཕྱིར་ངས་ཕྱག་འཚལ་དགོས་དོན་དེ་འདྲ་ཡིན།

བདག་གི་དགེ་བའི་བཤེས་གཉེན་རྣམས་ཁྱད་པར་དུ་འཕགས་པ་ཡིན་ཡང་བདག་ལ་༧སྐྱབས་རྗེ་ཟོང་རྡོ་རྗེ་འཆང་ནི་ཤིན་ཏུ་བཀའ་དྲིན་ཆེ། འདི་གསལ་བཤད་བྱེད་མི་ཐུབ། ལོ་ ༣༠ རྗེས་ལའང་༧སྐྱབས་རྗེ་ཟོང་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་མཆོག་ལ་ངས་དད་པ། རྩི་བཀུར། ཡིད་ཆེས་སོགས་གཡོ་བ་མེད་པ་རེད། ཁོང་གི་གནང་པའི་མཉམ་ལེན་དང་སྦྱོང་བརྡར་སོགས་བདག་གིས་དུས་རྟག་ཏུ་ཉམས་ལེན་བགྱིད། བདག་གི་ཆོས་ཉིད་ཀྱི་ལམ་དུ་བར་ཆད་ཆེ་ཆུང་གང་འདྲ་འཕྲད་ཀྱང་བདག་གི་དགེ་བའི་བཤེས་གཉེན་ཀྱིས་གནང་པའི་མཉམ་ལེན་དེ་དག་དུས་ནམ་ཡང་འདོར་གྱི་མིན།

བདག་གི་མི་ཚེར་ཉེན་ཚབས་བཟོ་ནའང་། བདག་ལ་མ་དགའ་བ་བྱེད་ནའང་། ཡང་ན་བདག་གི་བླ་མའི་བཀའ་སྒྲུབ་པའི་ཕྱིར་བདག་དང་འབྲེལ་ཐག་གཅོད་ནའང་ཁྱད་མེད་བཞིན་བདག་གིས་བླ་མའི་བཀའ་དུས་ནམ་ཡང་མི་འདོར། ༧སྐྱབས་རྗེ་ཟོང་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་སྐུ་མདུན་ནས་ཐོབ་པའི་མཉམ་ལེན་དང་བདག་གི་དད་པ་དམ་ཚིག་བླ་མ་གཞན་སུའང་ཞིག་གིས་འགྱུར་མི་ཐུབ། བདག་གི་ཚེ་ཕྱི་མར་ཡང་༧སྐྱབས་རྗེ་ཟོང་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་མཇལ་བ་དང་ཁོང་སྐུ་མདུན་ནས་བྱམས་སྙིང་རྗེ་ཐོབ་པའི་རེ་སྨོན་ཡོད། ཁོང་གི་ཞབས་ཀྱི་པད་མོར་ཐུག་ཏེ་དུས་རྟག་ཏུ་གུས་ཕྱག་འཚལ། བདག་གིས་སོ་སོའི་བླ་མ་རྗེས་སུ་བཟུང་ཞིང་། ཡིད་ལ་སྒོམ་ཞིང་། རྒྱུན་དུ་དད་པ་དང་ཡིད་ཆེས་བགྱིད།

གུས་པས་ཚེམས་སྤྲུལ་སྐུ་ནས།།

 


 

Precious Footage of His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche

A master of sutra and tantra, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche performed countless holy deeds and gave thousands of Dharma teachings during his lifetime, some of which were filmed for the benefit of sentient beings in the future. Thanks to those recordings, we are able to present you with some very precious footage of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s activities. Be blessed as you listen to the holy voice of the Buddha that is Zong Rinpoche.

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Venerable Lama Yeshe’s Cremation

This video shows the integral role that His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche played in the funeral of his close student, Venerable Lama Yeshe. A highly accomplished tantric master and lifelong Dorje Shugden practitioner, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche led and advised Lama Yeshe’s students on the proper funerary and cremation rites befitting a practitioner of Lama Yeshe’s qualities and attainments.

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https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/LamaYesheCremation.mp4

 

The Basis of the Spiritual Path

In this teaching translated by Venerable Geshe Namgyal Gangchen of Drepung Monastery, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche gives a teaching on the nature of cyclic existence, the first of the Four Noble Truths as taught by Buddha Shakyamuni, as well as the six realms of suffering.

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https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/BasisSpiritualPath.mp4

 

The Principles of the Spiritual Path (Part 1 of 2)

In this teaching translated by Venerable Geshe Namgyal Gangchen of Drepung Monastery, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche gives a clear explanation on the Three Principal Aspects of the Path: renunciation, bodhicitta and the right view of emptiness.

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https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/PrincipleSpiritualPath1.mp4

 

The Principles of the Spiritual Path (Part 2 of 2)

In this teaching translated by Venerable Geshe Namgyal Gangchen of Drepung Monastery, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche gives a clear explanation on the Three Principal Aspects of the Path: renunciation, bodhicitta and the right view of emptiness.

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https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/PrincipleSpiritualPath2.mp4

 

Melodies of the Ensa Ear-Whispered Chod Lineage

At the request of Venerable Geshe Tsultim Gyeltsen in 1983 at Thubten Dhargye Ling in Los Angeles, USA, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche recited and taught the Ensa Ear-Whispered Chod practice from memory. These melodies are chanted according to prayers known as: Cutting through Self-grasping; Dedicating the Illusory Body as Ganachakra; and the Ganachakra Offering according to Chod practice. Zong Rinpoche chose to present the melodies of certain verses of these prayers and remarked that there may come a time when Chod melodies are taught according to this recording.

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  1. Samfoonheei on Nov 15, 2020 at 6:59 pm

    The ever lasting relationship and closeness of our Lama Tsem Rinpoche with Kyabje Zong Rinpoche is simply unbreakable and inspirational. Meaningful poem and very touching poems wrote by Rinpoche tell us more ,how much Rinpoche had missed his Guru and expressing how he felt a day without thinking of his Guru. The lyrics of the song made from the poem below by Gavin Gooi……. touching poem. Rinpoche had so much respect, faith and trust in Kyabje Zong Rinpoche is unexplainable and unshakable.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing. Nor matter what happened we should never, never leave our Guru.

  2. freon on Nov 14, 2019 at 11:46 pm

    Come across this poem when I was looking into something for reading. The wording is this poem have brought so much pain of losing of my own guru.

    Dated today 14 November, my guru, H.E Tsem Rinpoche have passed into nirvana and everyday seem I miss him more. Just by missing him is not enough and is just an emotion, If my guru will to advise me, he will just say- proof my love for Him by transformation.
    Yes, it is true that by continued what my guru was working on, what he wishes us as student to do have brought me a taste of still staying close to him, although he have gone.
    Transformed the emotion of missing into action to benefit others, which my guru always wanted us to do.

    Thank you Rinpoche for always guiding me

    Missing you a lot, with folded hand
    Freon

  3. Pastor Shin Tan on Feb 21, 2019 at 4:24 am

    Be loyal to your guru. Be close to your guru. Be honest with your guru. Never give your guru excuses but always accomplish your assignments that your guru has given you. Be loving, devoted and sincere with your guru. If you conduct yourself in this way, you will see positive transformations in your mind. ~ Tsem Rinpoche

  4. Pastor Shin Tan on Dec 14, 2018 at 4:07 am

    1984 Los Angeles-Left to right: Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, monk assistant to Zong Rinpoche and the 18-year-old Tsem Rinpoche prior to ordination. Read more- https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/me

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  5. Valentina Suhendra on Oct 31, 2018 at 2:36 pm

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    A poem inspired by seeing a picture of my teacher, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche…

    In the sport of correct views,
    all that is correct is just a view,
    without permanence or substance.
    As long as we hold onto views,
    our sufferings are gathered 
    to be experienced without end.

    Without the strong methods of emptiness
    and compassion, bereft of merit,
    we sink deeper without respite.
    To arise from this samsara is but
    a dreamscape on the deluded mind.
    Therefore seek the guru, who confers the yidam,
    hold your vows and fixate on liberation 
    free of new creations. Free of new experiences as 
    there are none. 

    ~ Tsem Rinpoche

    Composed in Tsem Ladrang, Kuala Lumpur on July 7, 2014

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  6. Valentina Suhendra on Sep 20, 2018 at 5:35 am

    Be blessed with these rare videos featuring explanation and advice about Dorje Shugden practice by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche in his own voice. The teaching was requested by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, one of the earliest masters who taught Tibetan Buddhism in the West.

    Video 1: H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche Explains Dorje Shugden Initiation and Benefits (With English Subtitles)

    Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was an erudite scholar, ritual master and practitioner of the highest degree from Tibet. At the request of Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, one of the pioneers who taught Tibetan Buddhism in America, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche gives clear explanation and advice about the life-entrustment initiation of Dorje Shugden and how to go about the practice and get the maximum benefits in this video.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzFMvlxAqtc&feature=youtu.be

    Video 2: H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche speaks on the History and Lineage of Dorje Shugden (With English Subtitles)

    In this video, an erudite scholar, ritual master and practitioner of the highest degree from Tibet, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche talks about the incarnation lineage of Dorje Shugden and how the practice arose, with examples of Dorje Shugden’s previous lives that reveal his powerful spiritual attainments and contributions. This very rare teaching was given at the request of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s student, Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen, one of the pioneers who taught Buddhism in the West to many disciples since the 1970s.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIzKSJgK618&feature=youtu.be

    For more information: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/kyabje-zong-rinpoches-advice-on-dorje-shugdens-practice.html

  7. Valentina Suhendra on Jul 26, 2018 at 6:41 am

    I was walking past a second hand shop on Western Ave selling old things. They had a Japanese-style clay Buddha which was beige in colour on the floor, holding the door open. I thought the shopkeeper would collect a lot of negative karma without knowing if he kept such a holy item on the floor as a doorstop. So I went in to talk to him, but he didn’t look like he wanted to talk or that he even cared. So I asked him the price and he said US$5. I purchased it so he did not collect more negative karma. I was 17 years old and that was in 1982.

    I escorted my new Buddha home and washed it lightly and wiped it. I placed it on my altar and was happy with the Buddha. I would do my meditations, prayers, sadhanas, mantras and prostrations in front of this shrine daily. When I left for India in 1987, I could not bring this Buddha along and gave it to a friend. It was a nice size and I made offerings to this Buddha for many years in Los Angeles. In front of the Buddha I placed His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s photo. I remember I was so relieved that the price was affordable. But US$5 that time was still expensive for me but worth it I thought. But I was happy to have brought the Buddha home. Tsem Rinpoche

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com

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  8. Pastor Shin Tan on Jul 19, 2018 at 8:44 pm

    Tsem Rinpoche at Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong, Malaysia

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  9. Pastor Shin Tan on Jul 10, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    Beautiful picture of His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. It is amazing I was able to meet him and learn from him. It was such an amazing opportunity. Tsem Rinpoche

  10. Pastor Niral Patel on Jun 17, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    The picture below was taken in Gaden Shartse Monastery’s main prayer hall during Lama Chopa puja. In the front row is His Holiness Gaden Trisur Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal when he was the abbot of Gaden Shartse Monastery. Next to him is His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and His Eminence the young Tsem Rinpoche. Sitting behind wearing the hat is Venerable Geshe Lobsang Phende as head chant master.

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  11. Valentina Suhendra on Oct 20, 2017 at 12:26 am

    H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche is very devoted to his root guru, H.H. Zong Rinpoche.

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  12. Pastor Shin on Oct 19, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    Do watch this short video of H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche ?

    https://video.tsemtulku.com/chat-videos/chat-1508414004.mp4


  13. Valentina Suhendra on Sep 19, 2017 at 12:42 am

    Lama Yeshe was a very devoted student of His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Lama Yeshe very much loved and respected Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and was the first lama to invite Kyabje Zong Rinpoche to the west. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche gave vast amount of empowerments, oral transmissions, teachings and sogtae of Dorje Shugden to many of Lama Yeshe’s senior students. Towards the end of Lama Yeshe’s fruitful life, he was in the hospital and physically shutting down. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was giving teachings in Switzerland and was requested to fly in which Kyabje Zong Rinpoche most graciously did. Here in this picture is Kyabje Zong Rinpoche doing special prayers for his student Lama Yeshe. Lama Yeshe was already partially paralyzed, but true to a meditation master, his mind was extremely clear and bright. You can see Lama Yeshe leaning towards Kyabje Zong Rinpoche in deep respect and devotion. Lama Yeshe practiced all the lineages, yidams, protectors such as Dorje Shugden given to him till the end of his life. He never gave up on any of his practices as he has great devotion to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and his other lamas. Lama Yeshe’s samaya with Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was so pure, intact and perfect till the end. A great inspiration.~Tsem Rinpoche

    耶喜喇嘛是至尊嘉杰宋仁波切的忠诚弟子。耶喜喇嘛十分敬爱嘉杰宋仁波切,他是第一位把宋仁波切邀请到西方弘法的上师。嘉杰宋仁波切曾为耶喜喇嘛的许多资深弟子传授灌顶、口传、教诲和多杰雄登托命灌顶。在耶喜喇嘛即将走完丰富人生旅程之际,他躺在医院病床上,身体已经逐渐衰败。当时正在瑞士弘法的嘉杰宋仁波切被邀请前去探望他,宋仁波切欣然答应了。这张照片显示嘉杰宋仁波切正为弟子耶喜喇嘛进行特殊的法会。耶喜喇嘛那时已经处于半瘫痪状态,但作为一位禅修大师,他的心识却极度清醒。在这张照片中,可见耶喜喇嘛以无限的敬意和依止心,把身体倾向宋仁波切。耶喜喇嘛终其一生都修持上师所传授的传承、本尊、护法修持如多杰雄登法门等。他从不放弃任何上师所传授的教法,因为他对嘉杰宋仁波切和其他上师均拥有极大的依止心。耶喜喇嘛由始至终都对嘉杰宋仁波切保持清净、完整和完美的三昧耶。这真是一个启发人心的典范。~詹杜固仁波切

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  14. Valentina Suhendra on Sep 18, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    I was 18 years old when this was taken back in 1983 in Los Angeles, California. Here I am in this photo with my most precious root guru, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. He has profoundly changed my life for the better forever. Not a day goes by I don’t think about him, love him, miss him and yearn for his presence and teachings. I meditate on him in my heart every single day.

    He was everything that a high Tibetan lama is said to be and more. From the moment I heard his name before meeting him from a friend who had met him already, faith instantly arose in me. Instantly faith arose in me. I did 100 prostrations to his picture everyday until I met him. I wanted to make a spiritual karmic connection with him so that when I met him, I can receive many teachings and that is why I made the prostrations. No other spiritual teacher although all of them were great has this sort of meteoric impact on me. It’s unexplainable.

    30 plus years down the line, my faith, respect and trust in Kyabje Zong Rinpoche is unshakable. I will always follow and practice what he has taught me and given me. I will never abandon my teacher or any practice he has given me no matter what obstacles come my way. No matter if my life is threatened, or I am disliked or segregated for following his instructions, I will never abandon any of his teachings. No other teacher will ever have me change my practice I have received from Kyabje Zong Rinpoche.

    May I meet Kyabje Zong Rinpoche in all my future lives too and come under his care. I forever bow to him and place the crown of my unworthy head to his feet. I will follow, meditate, trust and believe in my guru always.

    Humbly,
    Tsem Rinpoche

    这是我与我的至宝根本上师,至尊嘉杰宋仁波切于1983年在加利福尼亚洛杉矶拍下的合照。当年我18岁。他深刻地改变了我的生命,永恒地使我的生命变得更美好。没有那么一天,我不想起他,不珍爱他,不思念他,或是不切盼他的出现与教诲。每一天,我都在心中忆念嘉杰宋仁波切。他拥有人们眼中一个西藏高僧该具备的一切条件,甚至拥有更多。我从一个曾拜见嘉杰宋仁波切的朋友口中听见宋仁波切的殊胜名字,自那一刻起,我虽未见过仁波切一面,但信心即刻油然而生。在见到仁波切之前的每一天,我都向着他的法照顶礼一百遍,我想跟他结下法缘,那么等到见到他的时候,我能接受到大量的教诲。这是我每日顶礼的原因。其他所有上师固然殊胜,但没有一个像嘉杰宋仁波切那样对我造成犹如陨星撞击般的影响。这种感受无从解释。我对嘉杰宋仁波切的信心、敬重和信任,三十余载从未动摇。他教过我的,给过我的,我都会一直跟从并且实修。我永远不会背弃我的上师,或是背弃他赐予我的任何修行,不管我眼前出现什么阻难。即使我因为遵从他的指示而面对生命威胁,或遭受厌弃或排挤,我仍然不会背弃他的任何一个教诲。没有任何一位上师能够动摇嘉杰宋仁波切赐予我的修行。祈愿我生生世世都能遇见嘉杰宋仁波切并得到他的引导。我永世顶礼于嘉杰宋仁波切足下。我将永远遵从上师的教诲,忆念他,信任他,相信他。
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    སྤྱི་ལོ་༡༩༨༣ ལོར་ལོས་ཨེན་ཇེ་ལེ་ས་ཀལ་ལི་ཕོ་ནི་ཡ་(Los Angeles, California.) ནང་ང་ལོ་ ༡༨ ཡིན་པའི་སྐབས་ཀྱི་འདྲ་པར་རེད། འདྲ་པར་འདི་ནང་ང་དང་བདག་གི་རྩ་བའི་བླ་མ་༧སྐྱབས་རྗེ་ཟོང་རྡོ་རྗེ་འཆང་ལྷན་དུ་ཡོད། སྐུ་ཉིད་ཀྱི་གཏིང་ཚུགས་པའི་སྒོ་ནས་བདག་གི་མི་ཚེ་གཏན་དུ་བསྒྱུར་བར་འཕྲིན་ལས་བརྩོལ་ཡོད་པས། བདག་གིས་སོ་སོའི་རྩ་བའི་བླ་མར་དགའ་བ་མ་སྒོམ་པ་དང་། མི་དྲན་པ། ཁོང་གི་སྐོར་མ་བསམ་པ། ཁོང་གི་མདུན་ནས་སློབ་ཁྲིད་སོགས་ཞུ་འདོད་མེད་པ་ཉིན་གཅིག་ཀྱང་མེད།

    ཉིན་ལྟར་བདག་གིས་ཁོང་ཡིད་ལ་སྒོམ་གྱི་ཡོད། ཁོང་ནི་བོད་པའི་བླ་མ་མཁས་པ་ཞིག་ལ་ཚང་དགོས་པའི་ཡོན་ཏན་བླ་ན་མེད་པ་དང་ལྡན། བདག་གིས་ཁོང་མ་མཇལ་གོང་དུ་བདག་གི་གྲོགས་པོས་ཁོང་མཇལ་ཡོད་པས་ངའི་གྲོགས་པོའི་རྒྱུད་ནས་ཁོང་གི་མཚན་ཐོས་པ་ད་སྐབས་བདག་གི་སེམས་ནང་ལམ་སང་དད་པ་སྐྱེས། ཁོང་མ་མཇལ་བར་བདག་གིས་ཁོང་གི་སྐུ་པར་ལ་ཉིན་ལྟར་ཕྱག་ཚར་༡༠༠ འཚལ་གྱི་ཡོད། གང་ཡིན་ཟེར་ན། ཁོང་དང་ཆོས་ཀྱི་འབྲེལ་བ་ཡོང་བ་དང་ཁོང་མཇལ་ནས་ཆོས་མང་པོ་ཞུས་ཐུབ་པའི་ཕྱིར་ངས་ཕྱག་འཚལ་དགོས་དོན་དེ་འདྲ་ཡིན།

    བདག་གི་དགེ་བའི་བཤེས་གཉེན་རྣམས་ཁྱད་པར་དུ་འཕགས་པ་ཡིན་ཡང་བདག་ལ་༧སྐྱབས་རྗེ་ཟོང་རྡོ་རྗེ་འཆང་ནི་ཤིན་ཏུ་བཀའ་དྲིན་ཆེ། འདི་གསལ་བཤད་བྱེད་མི་ཐུབ། ལོ་ ༣༠ རྗེས་ལའང་༧སྐྱབས་རྗེ་ཟོང་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་མཆོག་ལ་ངས་དད་པ། རྩི་བཀུར། ཡིད་ཆེས་སོགས་གཡོ་བ་མེད་པ་རེད། ཁོང་གི་གནང་པའི་མཉམ་ལེན་དང་སྦྱོང་བརྡར་སོགས་བདག་གིས་དུས་རྟག་ཏུ་ཉམས་ལེན་བགྱིད། བདག་གི་ཆོས་ཉིད་ཀྱི་ལམ་དུ་བར་ཆད་ཆེ་ཆུང་གང་འདྲ་འཕྲད་ཀྱང་བདག་གི་དགེ་བའི་བཤེས་གཉེན་ཀྱིས་གནང་པའི་མཉམ་ལེན་དེ་དག་དུས་ནམ་ཡང་འདོར་གྱི་མིན།

    བདག་གི་མི་ཚེར་ཉེན་ཚབས་བཟོ་ནའང་། བདག་ལ་མ་དགའ་བ་བྱེད་ནའང་། ཡང་ན་བདག་གི་བླ་མའི་བཀའ་སྒྲུབ་པའི་ཕྱིར་བདག་དང་འབྲེལ་ཐག་གཅོད་ནའང་ཁྱད་མེད་བཞིན་བདག་གིས་བླ་མའི་བཀའ་དུས་ནམ་ཡང་མི་འདོར། ༧སྐྱབས་རྗེ་ཟོང་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་སྐུ་མདུན་ནས་ཐོབ་པའི་མཉམ་ལེན་དང་བདག་གི་དད་པ་དམ་ཚིག་བླ་མ་གཞན་སུའང་ཞིག་གིས་འགྱུར་མི་ཐུབ། བདག་གི་ཚེ་ཕྱི་མར་ཡང་༧སྐྱབས་རྗེ་ཟོང་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་མཇལ་བ་དང་ཁོང་སྐུ་མདུན་ནས་བྱམས་སྙིང་རྗེ་ཐོབ་པའི་རེ་སྨོན་ཡོད། ཁོང་གི་ཞབས་ཀྱི་པད་མོར་ཐུག་ཏེ་དུས་རྟག་ཏུ་གུས་ཕྱག་འཚལ། བདག་གིས་སོ་སོའི་བླ་མ་རྗེས་སུ་བཟུང་ཞིང་། ཡིད་ལ་སྒོམ་ཞིང་། རྒྱུན་དུ་དད་པ་དང་ཡིད་ཆེས་བགྱིད།

    གུས་པས་ཚེམས་སྤྲུལ་སྐུ་ནས།།

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  15. Samfoonheei on Aug 22, 2017 at 10:59 am

    Wow beautiful and meaningful this precious poem wrote by Rinpoche.And the lyrics of the song made from the poem below by Gavin Gooi is fabulous. Could not beliveve it from a poem to a lovely songs. Nice to hear and i love listerning each and every words said….very touching poem from sadness to happiness expressed .Rinpoche’s Guru Devotion and the love for His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing .

  16. Datuk May on Aug 16, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche’s guru devotion is legendary. As His students, it is almost embarassing for us to realise that what we consider as Guru devotion. By Rinpoche’s standard of Guru Devotion, we do not even qualify to be His students. Due to Rinpochine’s bodhichitta, we have the privilege to call ourselves His students.

    I have always loved this poem Rinpoche wrote on His Root Guru, HH Zong Rinpoche, and I take this opportunity to post it again for all to experience the beauty of this poem.

  17. Pema Thinley on Jan 26, 2015 at 5:12 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    This is very touching poem Rinpoche _/\_, Thank you for sharing Lah. I am so fortunate to have got to read and meet your wisdom that transforms my mind every day.

  18. Ong Moh Mei on Jul 7, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    The photo of His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche holding your hand along Chinatown has a profound impact on me. Every time I look at that image it brings me close to tears. Okay, I admit not just close to tears, it has made me cried. Your Guru devotion has touched me deeply.

    I humbly ask His Eminence for compassion that I may have the blessing to become your student one day and to have the liberated mind to practice Guru devotion in the manner which you have towards all your Gurus.

  19. Tshewang on Mar 9, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    wonderful……expressions put into lines…..lovely..la your holiness

  20. Cara Alexy on Dec 18, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    You made various nice points there. I did a search on the matter and found a good number of folks will go along with with your blog.

  21. mima on Nov 1, 2010 at 11:22 am

    This is such a beautiful creation, it goes so deep with sadness and joy together! Much gratitude always!

  22. mima on Oct 19, 2010 at 11:58 am

    I am deeply move by those photos, this poem and this music! My heart is full of gratitude and joy to have meet you on line and thank you so much for your kindness, caring and generosity! Thank you for your continual work no matter how you feel.

  23. M&M on Oct 3, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Im fortunate enough to have a copy of His Holiness Zong Rinpoche’ s extensive commentary on Vajrayogini’s practice. By far its 1 the most detailed and accurate commentary that i hold dearly by heart.

    Totally can understand your longing towards ya GURU, Tsem. I think of what you’ve done for Kechara and the world, His Holiness Zong Rinpoche would be very delighted !

    You go Gal ! No more tears .. HUGS:P

  24. Elena Luna on Sep 24, 2010 at 12:26 am

    Me parece conmovedor el poema que rinpoche le dedica a Zong rinpoche,pero creo que es un sentimiento de lo mas natural ya que es su guru raiz y un maestro perteneciente a una familia de ngakpa,ademas tiene el linaje cho de la tradicion de Ganden,abad de GANDEN … Yo no he conocido a Zong rinpoche pero es mi INSPIRACION, muchos dias pienso si fuese chico y monje me gustaria ser como el y si lo hubiese conocido creo que me sentiria muy triste .No he conocido a Zong rinpoche pero gracias a que buscaba informacion sobre el llegue a una foto en la que estaba cogido de la mano de TSEM TULKU y me dije que esa persona debia ser un ser especial,tenia curiosidad por saber quien era, busque informacion sobre TSEM TULKU y asi llegue a este blog y a esta maravillosa organizacion que es Kechara.Gracias a Rinpoche y a todos los miembros de Kechara por hacer posible que la distancia no sea un obstaculo para tener informacion sobre Dharma.

  25. andrew paisley on Aug 22, 2010 at 7:34 am

    Tho our circumstances are different..i can relate to this poem..when my teacher Rinchen is with us in practice with his Damaru and bell..it feels like such a blessing…when he’s away and i look at his cushion and little table (we put a cup of tea on it when hes gone)..i can feel a deep sadness within that i will be parted from my precious teacher when death claims one of us..so i try to remember this and i know the best way to love him is to love all others the same way…if i could do that i would truly percieve a pure world..i will try..because thats how best to please him,by truly loving and cherishing all others and viewing them all as supreme..my love and respect for him urges me on to try to do this..thankyou for these beautiful words Rinpoche,they resonate deep within and i will try to transform my broken heart into a jewel..you always inspire me thankyou.andrew

  26. Anila on Aug 21, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    I love the poem that you composed to your Guru the most. I am sure you missed your Guru very much. The lonliness and sadness you feel are real and is expressed in your poem. From what I have gathered in the biography of yourself. Your parents stopped you from practicing Dharma. But was compromised by teachings from your beloved Guru, When you arrived at Gaden Monastery it was Zong Rinpoche who had shared his home with you even though it was a cowshed. And had also nutured you as a mother who would nuture her own child. Definitely anyone would feel very scared and insecure finding themselves in a foreign country. Your Guru gives you that confidence and security to carry on with your life. When your Guru passed away you wrote this poem. I love the poem and lyrics that was composed very much.

  27. Datuk May Phng on Jul 10, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    When I first read Rinpoche’s poem to Rinpoche’s Guru, I cried, because it is so real. From that moment, I made a promise to learn as much as I can of the Dharma from Rinpoche to repay to a small degree what Rinpoche has to endure in order to benefit us.
    In many instances, we, the students have disappointed Rinpoche in our slow inert and selfish ways and I truly regret our conduct.
    I thank Rinpoche for all that Rinpoche has done for us and there is no way I can repay but to give it all for the manifestation of KWPC in order that more will benefit from Rinpoche’s teachings and resulting in a better world of love, care and great compassion.

  28. Joy Kam on Jul 10, 2010 at 5:46 am

    To read this Poem and hear Gavin sing it is a mix feeling of sadness and joy. Rinpoche has always mentioned to us how much he felt so alone being here in Malaysia, away from the many other monks, Gaden, the monasteries and of course all the great masters and HH Zong Rinpoche. Through Rinpoche’s personal intimate sharing on how much Rinpoche misses Zong Rinpoche, I can clearly see how deep is Rinpoche’s Guru Devotion and love. Without the Guru there is no Dharma. Even though Rinpoche is sad, Rinpoche still teach us that no matter what to always keep your commitments to your Guru and samaya clean by not breaking your commitments and words of honor. I feel sad for Rinpoche and at the same time very blessed and lucky to have Rinpoche still with us. And may we be able to have the great honor and merits to invite the present Zong Rinpoche to grace and bless our lovely KWPC in the near future.

  29. Kwok Wai on Jul 10, 2010 at 4:19 am

    This poem really made me realise how much our Guru, Tsem Tulku Rinpoche is like any one of us. In a way, it reminded me of the once popular song, “One of us” by Joan Osborne with the line… “What if God was one of us.”
    It really makes me realise that what we all go through in life is very much the same… A lot of pain and suffering and that the only way out is to actually suck it all up and face the music.
    Rinpoche has shown us the courage and resolve through discipline. This is indeed very inspiring; he really stands out like a beacon of hope for all of us in Samsara. Having Rinpoche as a Guru and role model, has totally eliminated the chance for me to make any excuse for not pursuing my spiritual journey with 110% resolve.
    To sum it all up, we are not alone.

  30. Jennifer Khoo on Jul 10, 2010 at 3:59 am

    The poem brings to my heart a deep sense of longing and yearning for a beloved Guru, for days spent with him, for the Guru’s love, guidance, wisdom and strength that was shown to Rinpoche. I felt that the poem also invokes the momory and nostalgia of another time – a time that Rinpoche was a student seated at the feet this very Enlightened Master in preparation for the time that Rinpoche becomes a teacher.
    Perhaps Rinpoche knows that he should be in the present but having experienced such intense love from his Master, it is very difficult for Rinpoche not to remember and not to yearn with deep affection for his ‘Glorious Guru’. This is such a wonderful poem on Guru Devotion – an aspiration that I would truly like to strive towards.
    Jennifer Khoo
    (Jamie’s mum)

  31. Mrs Chuah on Jul 10, 2010 at 3:08 am

    The memory of the Guru especially the sound of the Guru playing his divine music on his Damaru again and again has given the Poet inspiration to keep on living healthily in a world, foreign and beset with obstacles.
    The Poet’s Guru has given Him the spiritual strength to face reality in Samsara. The Poet has met a lot of bitterness in His life but it is the divine thought of His Guru that has always given him hope to hang on to life.
    The poem relates to the lives of many people including me. Living in Samsara will never make life a bed of roses. It always has its ups and downs. Most of the time, we encounter more bitter experiences than sweet ones. Our Guru, with His divine inspiration will help us to make life a better place to live for us. In times of obstacles, He is the one who will always be there.
    Even our parents we love dearly will die but they will not leave behind for us the heritage of the Guru with His valuable lessons. He imparts to us. The lessons are precious and they help us to explain why we are here in Samsara with all the problems and how to solve these problems.
    Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, our Guru’s root Guru had inspired Him to do the divine things that His Eminence Kyabje Zong Rinpoche did before. His affection for our Guru is always in our Guru’s mind. His gratitude to Him is never forgotten. Our Guru’s strong devotion to him should inspire us to emulate him more and more.
    Mrs Chuah

  32. SK Yap on Jul 9, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    The poem is very beautiful, it reflects H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche’s love and devotion to H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, and his longing to meet Zong Rinpoche again and again in all his future lifes.
    Thanks to the talented Gavin Gooi, you have made a wonderful music arrangement and sang it out too with your beautiful voice; it really touches anyone who hear your song!
    H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche has set a wonderful example of guru devotion. Guru devotion is the root of all attainment. As Buddha Shakyamui has passes to paranirwana, all of the Buddha’s future incarnation will manifest as our Guru and continue teach us dharma. H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche definitely see all his Guru same nature with the Buddha, we need to follow his teaching and act the same too!
    PAUL

  33. KYC on Jul 9, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    Rinpoche teaches guru devotion through his own devotion to his guru. I witnessed this for the first time at the official opening of KSA in December 2007. Rinpoche cried becaused he missed his guru so much. I think people who have lost their gurus understand exactly how Rinpoche feels. They share that deep longing for someone who had meant so much to them, who had given them strength to be what they are today. Although Rinpoche is a tulku, he is very human at the same time. He has his ups and downs, just like all of us. That’s what makes him endearing. But even when he’s down, he never loses sight of his purpose on earth. Rinpoche often tells us that he has all that he has now because of his devotion to his gurus.

  34. Margaretlee on Jul 9, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    I sensed Rinpoche’s deep lonliness being in a foreign land, even though he called Malaysia his home; his home is where his heart eblongs to, mother Gaden Monastery. I sensed Rinpoche’s deep sadness, his connection with his root guru, Zong Rinpoche, is beyond time and distance. I sensed Rinpoche’s deep frustrations, as if he was wading through thick mud .
    No one can deny the strong and pure guru devotion that Rinpoche has for Zong Rinpoche. Those pictures we saw on the blog were kept by Rinpoche for years, they hold fond and dear memories for Rinpoche.
    I also kept a little box that I put all the letters, cards, and photos that I have taken with Rinpoche since I met him. I like to take them out and read out every single card or little note that Rinpoche wrote for me at a particular time, look through the many photos that brought back great memories and laughter. Rinpoche put in so much care and love for each student and all he wishes is happiness for us and we will transform and be a better person. How can we not then?

  35. David Lai on Jul 9, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Rinpoche’s little poem and song reflects the intense love for Kyabje Zong Rinpoche as his Lama and for the Dharma. There is nothing more poignant than to reflect the passing of someone that one loves so much. Hence, the only way Rinpoche can reconnect with Kyabje Zong Rinpoche is with the Sadhanas and mantras that was bestowed upon him many years ago.
    Rinpoche’s love for Kyabje Zong Rinpoche reflects Rinpoche love for the Dharma that seemed to be an innate quality within Rinpoche since his earliest years. Hence, although he was raised in an environment that had very little to very little Dharma, he would eagerly seek it out and practice. Faith in the Lamas and the Dharma just happened sponstenously for Rinpoche. What’s even more amazing is that he consistent about this. Everything he does now, like the departments of Kechara House have its roots in his earlier childhood.

  36. KOK YEK YEE on Jul 8, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    Normally, when we read poem mostly related with relationship. When a high Lama wrote a poem must be more than circular love. Rinpoche is scholar; his poem is simple, direct and nice. When I read I can feel how Rinpoche miss his Guru Zong Rinpoche. If you read it from your heart this poem can make you cry. Even though Rinpoche wrote inner expression such as his lonely and emotional after his lovely Guru pass away. He feels sad because he lost a very great teacher in his life. He says met Zong Rinpoche is 5 top important events his life. From here, you know how much he love his Guru.

  37. Nicholas Yu on Jul 8, 2010 at 12:42 am

    Reading through the poem and listening to the song triggered my emotional feeling. (reminded me to my late father), this poem shows how much Rinpoche miss his root guru Zong Rinpoche. Zong Rinpoche has been like a father and friend to Rinpoche and have changed Rinpoche life. Rinpoche’s has gone through a great experience serving Zong Rinpoche and developed a pure and strong guru devotion. Looking at the picture where Zong Rinpoche holding Rinpoche’s hand….this really shows how close they are………so sweet. Rinpoche always practice kindness and gratitude. We should learn & practice our gratitude to our Guru while we still can…our Guru is just like our mother. Never give up on us!

  38. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche on Jul 8, 2010 at 12:36 am

    Dear Martin,
    There’s not much I want to do in life other than what I am doing. I could have done other things and perhaps been successful at it I dare think so..but I didn’t. I chose to do what I am doing over 30 years ago and will stick to it.
    Anything I acquire, get or even become well known will be used to bringing benefit to others. If I wanted benefit and fame for me for me, I should not be a monk or fat (hehe). I am committed to what I am doing because of what I experienced early on in life and other reasons also.
    I want to make it here. Make it ‘big’ and use that ‘bigness’ to do alot. Watch my dear friend. I am going to use all of me for others. I don’t mind doing it. What else am I going to do with me??
    Anyone who works with me, joins me or is involved with me, we are going down that same road together. The road of bringing whatever benefit we can to others. Join me…..let’s use the rest of our lives for something meaningful….I know you can relate….
    In time, through your observation and intelligence you will see I mean everything I say and I will not ever be thwarted from that goal….
    Much peace, happiness and good results for you,
    Tsem Tulku

  39. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche on Jul 8, 2010 at 12:29 am

    Dear Martin,
    Forget about the protocals and rules my dear Martin. You just be yourself and speak your mind and be who you are.
    I accept you as you wish to be.
    I like you and that is all that matters.
    Much care and good wishes to you. I want you to have a great reason to live, to exist and to be just who you are. You deserve it after so many years. Hang in there, it will get better and better. Seeing life, it’s happenings and what has happened through a wider and more open lens will bring the peace we all want.
    You are going to be ok…watch and see. Watch and look forward to it. Stick nearby and I pray that all your pain comes to me..I mean it.
    Your friend,
    Tsem Tulku

    • Martin on Feb 11, 2013 at 12:08 am

      I was looking through Rinpoche’s older posts and serendipitously stumbled across this precious gem. It’s been over two years since this post and each day I, like many others experience a bit more how one can develop such great devotion to one’s Guru. If we were to recall how we were, how we struggled with ourselves meaningless and how the Guru has created meaning out of all our lives and how he has cared for us and given us each a role to play in something that contains real value, it is overwhelming.

      Never in my life have I come across anyone who prays that all my pain will go to him and over time, yes, the pain has become significantly less but only due to the kindness of my Guru. And to think that mine is not the only he has had to absorb. And so we have to ask ourselves if our devotion to our Guru is of a measure that can justify all that he has done for us. Again the best way to show our devotion is though a Dharma practice that is true and that which bear results.

  40. martin on Jul 8, 2010 at 12:18 am

    “My guru’s memory I projected
    onto my daily life, But to hear the sound of my
    Glorious Guru
    To be warmed by his wisdom,
    blessed by his strength,
    And to feel hope again…
    A hope that hangs in there….”
    I am newbie to Kechara to please forgive me if i speak out of turn.
    I have yet to understand the “rules” and “protocols”…and yet the the aforementioned words touched me ever so deeply not because i have known Zong Rinpoche, but because i have had the great fortune to meet Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, and in the short period of time, Tsem Tulku is ever present in my daily life, i long to listen to his voice and words of wisdom, i am empowered to do better by His strength, and i am alive with Hope again.
    As much as Zong Rinpoche, meant the world to Tsem Tulku, H.E Tsem Tulku Rinpoche and his love and teachings mean the world to me and He has changed my entire life.
    It has only been weeks…but i guess you don’t need to eat a while bottle of jam to know its marmalade.
    Thank you, Rinpoche…to be warmed by your wisdom and blessed by your strength…and whats is more, to be given life again by your love and compassion.

  41. henry ooi on Jul 7, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    Tsem Rinpoche’s deep love and intense guru devotion to H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche is magnified through his love and care to his students by teaching dharma to all, be they near or far, in Kechara House or away. That is guru devotion.
    Giving gifts, joking, hinting, poking fun at and praising students; being stern, at times scolding with ‘anger’, dispatching Tsem Ladrang’s staff to send students who are down with illness to the clinic and later making soup to be sent over, raising fund to cover students’ medical cost, and their family welfare…these are only some of the many skilful methods Rinpoche uses.
    Rinpoche frequently speaks high regards and sings praises of Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and tears will well up in his eyes, a touching display of intense guru devotion.

  42. May Ong on Jul 7, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    HH Kyabje Zong Dorje Chang had been a father, friend, advisor, spiritual guide and guru to HE Tsem Rinpoche. It is due to Tsem Rinpoche’s relationship with his guru that he feels such strong bond even after the passing of HH Zong Rinpoche. In this, HE Tsem Rinpoche echoes his inner feelings of loneliness of living in a foreign land that is not his home and he has a long task ahead of him to accomplish for Kechara World Peace Centre.
    Our hearts goes to HE Tsem Rinpoche for the loss but we can use this motivation to help Tsem Rinpoche to continue to spread the teachings of dharma to benefit the world.

  43. Peter on Jul 7, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Terima Kasih Rinpoche!
    How lovely is it to have Rinpoche bare it all to us and the world and demonstrate what Guru Devotion is in its pristine form and indeed one can see Zong Rinpoche manifesting through Him.
    I rejoice that Rinpoche had such a great teacher like Zong Rinpoche who had such a deep impression on Rinpoche where many others out there are without a guide or have been searching for such a one for decades or undecided…like myself.
    If it’s any consolation, Zong Rinpoche lives on in Rinpoche’s teachings, thoughts and in the growth of Kechara as a whole.
    “Living in lands forever foreign
    as I have no home…..”
    On one level…I recall the Buddha’s utterance in the Pali Canon:
    ‘O Housebuilder, you are found out,
    no longer will you build this house again…”
    On another level…Rinpoche, are we not Your home, Your family now?
    To Rinpoche, with my hands clasped in anjali…

  44. Likheng on Jul 6, 2010 at 2:39 am

    The image of Zong Rinpoche holding Rinpoche’s hands is so moving. This photo personifies the love Rinpoche so often shares in Rinpoche’s teachings, blog and website. In seeing this image, I reflect on the similar affection, kindness and generosity Rinpoche gives all of Rinpoche’s students in Kechara House. Rinpoche would always give out gifts to students after each Dharma talk. Rinpoche would send gifts “out of the blue”. The list goes on and on. Similarly, Rinpoche would make fun of students in an unmistakable affectionate manner.
    For all the blessings, I express deep gratitude to Zong Rinpoche for Tsem Rinpoche and I sincerely thank Tsem Rinpoche for Rinpoche’s generosity with the Dharma.

  45. David Lai on Jul 5, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    What beautiful and sad words! The longing and special relationship Tsem Rinpoche had with Kyabje Zong Rinpoche is simply amazing and inspirational. It inspires us as students to devote to Rinpoche in a similar manner.
    Besides that I do think that Rinpoche’s exemplary devotion to his Lama reflects his own inner qualities of steadfastness, loyalty and wisdom. He must have received many crucial transmissions and teachings from Kyabje Zong Rinpoche that have changed the course of his life. In fact, I believe that it was Kyabje Zong Rinpoche that adviced a young Tsem Rinpoche many years ago that if he wanted to be an actor, he could and he would be very successful and if he became a monk, he would be exceptionally beneficial.
    Thus, thanks to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, Tsem Rinpoche was ordained and eventually became our spiritual guide. By remembering the qualities of my Lama, may I be able to have his level of devotion to his teacher too.

  46. Yokefui on Jul 5, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Reading the poem brings tears to my eyes.
    I witnessed Rinpoche’s deep longing for his Guru, Zong Rinpoche during the 3-day teaching on “Guru Devotion ” at Damekhang in 2007.
    It was the first time I saw a grown man showing his inner feelings so unabashedly. I didn’t feel embarrassment at all. Rinpoche’s openness touched my heart and I said to myself ” This is someone you can trust 100%, he’s got nothing to hide !”
    May I have the devotion like my Guru does,
    May I never let my Guru down,
    May KWPC manifest to bring meaning to all our lives.

  47. Shirleymayatan on Jul 5, 2010 at 3:54 am

    This is probably the most heart wrenching and emotional post in Rinpoche’s Blog. No matter how many times I read this poem, it brings tears to my eyes. I feel certain that it delivers this effect on all the readers, because it was written with so much love and sincerity. It was written by Rinpoche, and it feels as if the poem has been infused with all of Rinpoche’s deepest emotions. At the start of my spiritual journey, I found it so hard to understand what Guru Devotion was all about and why all the students would revere their Gurus so much. The Guru and student disciple relationship presents the ONLY ticket to our path of transformation. Without the Guru, there would be no one to guide, teach, advise and nurture us. There would be very little progress or no progress at all. There would be no one to help us cut through every of our negative habituations. And without severing our bad habituations, we will never be able to achieve any form of improvement at all. This is why our Guru will always be our Living Buddha. He is the one standing before us, giving us REAL knowledge and creating the path to our complete Enlightenment. The Guru IS our true salvation in each lifetime.

  48. susan on Jul 4, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    Rinpoche’s devotion to Song Rinpoche is so similar to other high lamas devotion to their gurus. Reading this poem brings new meaning, new experience and a glimpse of what guru devotion entails…So much love, gratitude, gratefulness, respect and it’s so heart wrenching to know Rinpoche never saw Zong Rinpoche again. Rinpoche started his journey as an ordained monk in Gaden without his beloved Guru around! Rinpoche worked so hard and kept his promise to his Guru. Rinpoche, thank you for sharing such an intimate poem, a great lesson in guru-student relationship. Really, who is the most important person I can ever have in my life…one that shows me the way to lasting happiness, one who can help me to bring such happiness to others as a way to repay the kindness.

  49. Girlie on Jul 4, 2010 at 11:10 am

    The poem written by young Gavin so clearly reflects Rinpoche’s feelings – how He misses His Guru so much. He tells us how much he longs to be in the company of his guru again but physically he is no longer around, but he keeps HH Kyabje Zong Rinpoche close to his heart, never for a moment forgetting him. Memories of a dear person long gone … but not forgotten. I am reminded of my grandmother, someone strict yet fun to be around with. She was someone from the “old era” yet she saw the need to change – she even went to the extent to learn a few simple English words, just so that she could bring herself up-to-date. I miss her but I know that she has not completely left me.

  50. Wendy on Jul 4, 2010 at 5:19 am

    Reading this poem is really heart breaking. I can feel Rinpoche’s sadness and loneliness. I can feel that Rinpoche feels very alone in a foreign land having the responsibilities that not an ordinary person can imagine. It’s heart breaking to know all that Rinpoche go thru. I am very grateful that Rinpoche is still here caring, teaching and guiding us despite deep down sadness, loneliness and missing Zong Rinpoche every single day. I thank Rinpoche for putting aside all personal comfort to be here with us. The sacrifice of a guru for his student is just like a mother for her child, in this case a mother for so many “children”.

  51. Bonita Khoo on Jul 4, 2010 at 2:15 am

    Reading Rinpoche’s poem, I felt Rinpoche’s loneliness and sadness and how much Rinpoche misses Zong Rinpoche everyday.
    Listening to Gavin’s composed ‘poem song’ is really heart wrenching! Rinpoche’s devotion to Zong Rinpoche is so strong and firm and it is a good example of guru devotion. This is such a wonderful song though it stirs up sadness in me and also a sense of admiration towards Rinpoche’s devotion towards Zong Rinpoche.
    The pictures posted give a sense of closeness between Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche and this cannot be cut despite time and distance. Looking at the picture of Rinpoche standing next to Zong Rinpoche, the radiant smile on Rinpoche’s face shows clearly how much love Rinpoche has for Zong Rinpoche.
    May we have the merits for Zong Rinpoche’s current incarnation to grace and bless the opening of Menara Kechara & KWPC.

  52. Gavingswei on Jun 15, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche, i’m really glad that you liked the song and I hope I managed to convey the message from the poem correctly into the song.
    Gavin

  53. Friendofthetruth on Jun 15, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Rinpochela,
    unfortunately I know exactly what you are feeling. There is no way to stop missing your Lama, even though he is with you all the time.
    When your Lamas go to the Pure Lands the world seems to end.
    I love your poem. I hope to get to meet you.

  54. Mary Tonningsen on Jun 15, 2010 at 6:16 am

    Ok, I’m crying like a baby – this is so beautiful and so sad. I’m glad you have such wonderful memories of him and the love you had for each other, despite your feelings of loss. Thank you for sharing this with us, Rinpoche. Namaste!

  55. Duke Okkelberg on Apr 21, 2010 at 9:16 am

    Here is a link to some wonderful audio teaching about the basics of Buddhism by H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche.
    http://www.talkingbuddhism.com/info.php?title=23

  56. mima on Apr 9, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    softness kindness caring deep deep deep from the heart
    deep longing
    hidden heart and tears
    infinite compassion
    eternity
    sing along very softly
    again and again
    melting and letting go
    beyond
    and between realities
    Thank you Rinpoche for being who you are. Thank you for your presence with us

  57. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche on Apr 8, 2010 at 12:45 am

    Dear shirley,
    It is the same for me. Listening to the song makes me miss HH Zong Rinpoche so much that it is painful.
    I have never stopped missing Him and I never will.
    Tsem Tulku

  58. Shirley Tan on Apr 8, 2010 at 12:17 am

    This is too heart-wrenching to read, and just to hear it all in a song – it is like hearing the sounds of the heart crackling to pieces. I am very sorry but I could not listen it through. It just just too painful. May be at another day and time, I will make myself sit and listen it through and through. Thank you for sharing something to emotionally intense, Rinpoche. I am sure it was not easy to write the verses in the first place. The pictures are especially haunting, and yet truly beautiful.

  59. Liz coleman on Apr 7, 2010 at 11:49 am

    You can see he loved you very much…beautiful…

  60. Duke Okkelberg on Apr 7, 2010 at 9:34 am

    The last picture you posted seems to capture the very essence of your beautiful relationship with Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. I love it.

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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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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.

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    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.

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  • 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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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
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Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
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See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat\'s land here in Malaysia
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Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat's land here in Malaysia
Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
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Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
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Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
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Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
This is pretty amazing!

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

Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
2 yearss ago
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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  • 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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The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
12 months ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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