How Shall I Answer?

Jan 8, 2013 | Views: 6,280

What is your opinion:

I was wondering. I was born in Taiwan. I am half Tibetan and half Mongolian (My mother is Mongolian and father is Tibetan). I grew up in Howell, New Jersey, America. I don’t speak Tibetan very well. I don’t speak Mongolian (forgotten). I speak basically English. I live in Malaysia. So what am I? Am I Tibetan, Mongolian, American or what shall I say when people ask me?

It doesn’t matter to me, but it matters to many people who ask me. So it’s just polite to answer nicely and in a way that doesn’t confuse them which often they do get confused… LOL. I even get asked by storekeepers and taxi drivers all the time.  So what is the best answer?

 

Tsem Rinpoche

 

  

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  Myself in Bodhgaya, the holiest of holies.

 

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 Senior monks in Gaden presenting me with good wishes and body, speech and mind offerings..1996

 

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 Myself in front of my house with my teacher H.E. Kensur Rinpoche Jampa Yeshe. Rinpoche lived with me in my house in Gaden.

 

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 I often purchased books necessary for study by the monks in Gaden and gifted them with it as many could not afford it.

 

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 With His Eminence Kyabje Lati Rinpoche

 

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 Drepung Loseling Sharpa Choeje Lobsang Tenzin, His Eminence Kensur Rinpoche and myself in Gaden.

 

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 Representatives of the various depts in Gaden Monastery presenting me with offerings.

 

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In Penang, North Malaysia 

 

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 In Kechara House, Malaysia

 

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At the beach in Kelantan, Malaysia

 

 

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I posted the same question to people on facebook as I was interested in how people would answer. Within a short time people kindly responded. I found entertaining, interesting and some funny…I wanted to share…..

 

 

 

I know I am human and a citizen of the world. But for practicality sake when I travel or even in the city where I live, I get asked all the time what I am? What race? What country? What nationality? What shall I answer?

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  1. Joy Kam on Dec 15, 2018 at 11:26 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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  2. JOY KAM on Oct 31, 2018 at 1:48 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

  3. Valentina Suhendra on Jul 26, 2018 at 8:13 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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  4. Pastor Shin Tan on Jul 20, 2018 at 11:43 am

    Tsem Rinpoche at Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong, Malaysia

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  5. Samfoonheei on Jun 2, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    Interesting question…frequent asked by many who do not Rinpoche.Well…To me it does not matter where and what.???..As i was young, people always ask me too just because i am dark skined ,not for a chinese and i do not look any way . A lot of questions asked.What is important is how we make use our life meaningful to be someone compassionate, kind,caring through learning and practicing Dharma.
    So Rinpoche’s back ground is not important,but what is important is what Rinpoche do,help and teachings taught which is beneficial to all sentient beings.Through Rinpoche’s Dharma teachings on blogs has helped many people world wide to be a better person.
    Thank you Rinpoche for all you have done ,bringing Dharma teachings to us in Malaysia.May Rinpoche ‘s teachings shine brightly forever.

  6. Lin Mun on Jun 1, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    Everyone has a name, background and a story to tell. Hence, it is common for people to ask this question. Upon knowing then we will start to form a perception, an expectation or label of this person. This is normally how our brain are geared to. But is this correct? No matter what our background is importantly is how we live our life. Rinpoche has showed us that no matter what challenges he endures, he never give up dharma but continue to pursue learning and teaching dharma so more people can get the benefit.
    Thank you Rinpoche for all your guidance.

  7. Stella Cheang on Feb 2, 2017 at 10:42 am

    Thank you, Rinpoche for sharing this question here. This is an interesting question given Rinpoche’s multi-racial background. While Rinpoche can choose to answer ‘Tibetan’, ‘Mongolian’, ‘American’, ‘Malaysian’ or a myriad of any of the above, it is the question bearers’ mind who need to contemplate this question further. How would the answer affect our view of this wonderful, compassionate and erudite lama? What do we expect Him to say when we ask that question? If the answer does not meet our expected answer, will we discount our evaluation of Him? Will we then say “nay, He is not that great” or”wow, I think he is better than I thought?” Are our judgment and perception already pre-set regardless of the answer to this question? Or we will let the answer determine how we are going to judge this person?

  8. Marek on Aug 23, 2016 at 3:37 am

    We are all human I’m born & raised in UK to Polish parents, Dad was born in Italy to Polish parents who settled in UK after WW2, his stepfather was multilingual Belarusian Tatar, Mum’s family hid Jews in WW2, she came to UK in the 60’s, my Stepdad is German born Polish raised in Belgium, & I spent over a decade in China – we all have stories

  9. Marek on Aug 23, 2016 at 3:29 am

    You’re a man, a vigorous hybrid of a man, there is no king without a slave ancestor, no slave without a royal ancestor, & (to the transformers theme song) we’re all EMANATIONS! Buddhas in disguise . . .

  10. Landi on Jul 17, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    Can you please speak us more aboit Milarepa?I saw your vid on youtube and it fascinated me,tell us please about his powers how did he achive them where can we read more about his meditation technique?How did he meditate…
    thanks in advance

  11. Freon on Jul 15, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    This is a very interesting question looking at Rinpoche’s background. Rinpoche could be a Royal person, a poor kid, a lost child, a person being abused, homeless, a workers, an artist, a builder and even a model! Rinpoche could be anything in this earth. But, whatever position Rinpoche in, I noticed Rinpoche never leave Dharma. Dharma is in Rinpoche since baby until now. When Rinpoche was a baby, monks came and wanted to enthrone Rinpoche.

    Rinpoche could be famous in worldly. But, because of devotion to Rinpoche’s guru, Rinpoche be a Dharma teacher. To be a dharma teacher is not easy. It needs a lot of effort, courage, especially a Dharma teacher who openly supporting Dorje Shugden.

    Rinpoche is determined in dharma practices. Every stage of Rinpoche’s life the dharma is there. This is very rare for most people.

    Now Rinpoche have gave dharma free on cyber. Become a cyber Dharma teacher and gave people an authentic dharma knowledge to helps many people in this world.

    I thank you Rinpoche for showing us how to be a human. A beneficial, compassion and wisdom human being that could have a chance to liberate ourself.

    With folded hand,
    Freon

  12. ashwin on Jul 9, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    I need ur help am facing prkblems n difficulties for many years

    • Pastor Shin Tan on Jul 9, 2016 at 7:57 pm

      Dear Ashwin,
      How can I help you? Please let me know more details.

      Thank you.
      Pastor Shin

  13. Jason on Mar 22, 2016 at 1:34 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Is nice to read about your past background history.Does it important about your background to qualify as Rinpoche? The most important things is effort you turn the dharma wheel ans benefits sentient being. Tsem Rinpoche blog really help me in mind transform to be a better person. Dharma work is always emphasized by Rinpoche.By doing dharma work without wordly motivation is always promote by Rinpoche.
    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing.

  14. Josh Akers on Feb 25, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    I think your just going to have to keep confusing people sometimes, dearest Rinpoche. To me, You are Tibetan, then American, then Mongolian, Malaysian ect…

    That’s how I relate to you. I think your answer should probably depend on who is asking. If a Malaysian asks you, Maybe say Malaysian, or say Malaysian first, then…

  15. Datuk May on Dec 18, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Those who ask are curious and any answers will create further questions. I think the answer that might help those curious folks would be A UNIVERSAL CITIZEN wishing to create a compassionate world.

    Not only sound like a question stopping answer but also to my mind a true description of Rinpoche. On further questions, then Dharma can be imparted.

  16. Miriam Pia on Nov 14, 2014 at 5:08 am

    I would say you are an ethnically mixed American (mixed Asian American), who spent 20 years in Malaysia. I feel your citizenship influences your answer. Being ethnically mixed and having been raised there with immigrant parents is really, deeply typical American. Now you know how it is to be perceived as a racial minority and majority, but you unique ‘just like everyone else’ (lol, but true.)

  17. 0lyvia on Jan 14, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    Sir, I can see aura or energy on the statue which I pray, and even have the burning incense move to the centre point(nose) of the statue. Can you please predict who am I? Thank you.

  18. jerry_sito on Nov 3, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    对我来说并不重要,仁波切是什么国籍,仁波切是谁。仁波切就是我的上师,这才是最重要的

    感恩仁波切您给予我们很多很多的开示与教诲,其实我们许多的问题,只要我们在仁波切的博客里细细的浏览着,我们会发现,许多我们心中的问题,在仁波切的博客里,早已经给了我们答案,带着佛法带着爱的答案

    感恩仁波切 祈愿您长驻在世,常转法轮

  19. Oya on Aug 21, 2013 at 8:27 am

    I was searching for a photo of Venerable Lati Rinpoche, one of my refuge gurus, and am in tears of joy to find this one here which includes Your Holiness as well May i download it and print it for my shrine.
    May All Beings Feel Thee Boundless Love Of The Buddhas,
    Oya

    • tsemtulku on Aug 21, 2013 at 9:56 am

      Dear Oya,

      Of course you can download. You can download any photo you like. Anyone can. I put it here to share. Tsem Rinpoche

  20. Sean Wang on Apr 2, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, I think that being American, Malaysian or Tibetan are just mere labels in life and lack meaning. Everyone is part of one major race, the human race. I think Rinpoche is part of the human race but more specifically of the Enlightened variant. So, it does not matter to me what race Rinpoche is, Rinpoche is my guru no matter what. Nationality does not matter in the case of spirituality.

  21. Julia Tan on Mar 10, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Rinpoche is a Tulku. So I think it does not matter if Rinpoche is a Tibetan, Mongolian or America. Rinpoche has an identity of a Buddha hence even Rinpoche were born in India or China, It does not make any different to Rinpoche. Rinpoche will still fullfil His mission of this life to teach and spread the Dharma and safe countless people’s mind. I met Rinpoche in this life in Kechara and my life had changed for better after I took refuge in Rinpoche. One thing does matter to me is, I can continue to be Rinpoche’s students in my next life.
    Love, Julia

  22. Ong Moh Mei on Feb 26, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    American Tibetan. People usually refers where they from/who they are by nationality and if prompt further their race. It is typical in Asian culture to follow the man’s side, hence American (nationality) Tibetan (father’s race).

    There are so many mixed and crossed culture marriages nowadays since technology has brought about easy travel and migrations. In future decades, there could be whole generation whose heritage is from more than one country and race. What then should we call these people?

    Imagine if at some point every Chinese marry a different race, would the Chinese race become extinct and entire new races come to be……

  23. Jessica on Feb 14, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    U can ask them that they want a long answer or short answer?
    If long answer: i was born in few places, such as Taiwan in this life , Nepal in my previous and ………on and on and on…………and on…….
    Short answer: I am holding America passport, born in Taiwan , don’t speak mandarin …………and on………(this is consider short)
    Hahaha, I think u need and looking for a short answer in order to answer it all…..hahaha
    Only u know how:)

  24. David Lai on Jan 31, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    This is indeed quite funny! I find it funny and I think that the various answers to the question does bring all sort of reaction from various people. My initial impression of this is that this was some sort of existential question about reality. I guess it is in some ways. Who we are, are just mere labels we impute upon ourselves based loosely on our identity that has arisen from various factors.

    I remember reading a story about an ancient Indian king who offered a robe to Manjushri, the Bodhisattva student of Buddha Shakymuni. Just when he offered the robes on the shoulders of Manjushri and the bodhisattva disappeared. This caused the king to look all over for Manjushri. Midway through the search, the king suddenly gained realization into the nature of reality – emptiness of inherent existence. Just when the realized this, Manjushri re-appeared and gave him one of the most profound teachings. This is as far as I could remember of this story and I tried looking around for the exact story but have not found it so far. This story somehow reminds me of what Rinpoche is doing here by asking who do we think he is.

    • David Lai on Jan 31, 2013 at 4:51 pm

      Ohh I found the actual story. Here it is:-

      Bodhisattva Manjushri appeared as the disciple of Buddha. However, he had great power to help sentient beings. Sometimes people would come to Buddha for help and advice but Buddha would refer them to Manjushri because they had a stronger karmic link with him. Some had such a strong connection with Manjushri that through his blessings and skill they were able to develop very powerful realizations with almost no effort on their part.

      One such person was King Ajatashatru, who had committed two particularly negative actions, killing his father and raping a fully-ordained nun who was also a Superior being. The consequences of such actions are horrendous. King Ajatashatru developed strong remorse for his negative actions and requested Buddha to give him a special method for purifying them. Buddha taught the Sutra for Eliminating Ajatashatru’s Regret and then suggested that the king seek the help of Bodhisattva Manjushri.

      Immediately upon hearing this advice, Ajatashatru developed strong faith in Manjushri. He invited Manjushri to his house for a banquet and after the meal he rose to offer Manjushri a very expensive cloak, but just as he was presenting the garment Manjushri disappeared. The king was left wondering, ..Who is Manjushri? Where is Manjushri?’ By thinking in this way he realized that he could not find a real, truly existent Manjushri, and he came very close to understanding emptiness. Since Manjushri had disappeared, the king decided to try the cloak on himself, but as he put it round his shoulders he started asking the same questions about himself, ..Who am I? Where am I? Who is the king? Where is the king?’ Being completely unable to find a real, truly existent self or truly existent king, he achieved an understanding of emptiness. He then entered into meditation and quickly attained a direct realization of emptiness, becoming a Superior being on the path of seeing.

      According to the Hinayana teachings, a person who has committed one of the five actions of immediate retribution cannot become a Superior being in that same life, but the Mahayana viewpoint is different. As a result of Manjushri’s blessings, King Ajatashatru was able to purify his heavy negative karma and achieve the path of seeing. Manjushri performed many other special actions such as this.

  25. irene low on Jan 17, 2013 at 12:28 am

    after cleveland amory,founder of black beauty ranch,an animal sanctuary,had rescued a number of wild burros about to be culled he appealed for people to adopt these burros claiming that they make the best pets in the world. sometime later he rescued a number of goats and then he appealed for people to adopt them claiming that goats make the best pets in the world. when an interviewer then asked him ” you said burros were the best pets in the world but now you say goats make the best pets in the world . just which is it ?” without hesitation cleveland’s reply was ” whichever animal we happen to have more of for adoption … ” so i think the answer is whichever answer serves a purpose … if i were the one asking , to receive a long autobiographical answer would have been an honor and whether i am confused or enlightened would not have mattered at all !! i will just ask again …

  26. Jutika on Jan 16, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    To me it does not really matter because as long as Rinpoche is someone that know his Dharma Knowledge, to me whether Rinpoche is a I was born in Taiwan. I am half Tibetan, half Mongolian or Malaysian.
    As long as a Lama like Rinpoche knows what is right what is wrong, what to do, what not to do, knows the right and wrong answers and excels in his Debates i would gladly accept Rinpoche as my Guru.
    Nationality and all that does not actually matter at all.

    Love
    Jutika

  27. ERIC LEE KHJB on Jan 15, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    我个人觉得上师的国籍为何并不重要,重要的是我们在今世有缘接触到仁波切,接受仁波切的教导,才是真正重要的。而且,从仁波切的传承就可以知道他的成就非凡,而且他的上师都是很有名声的得道高僧,有此可证他所传授的佛法都是正确的,所以仁波切的身世并不重要,而重要的是他所有的品格都是至高无上的,所以我个人会以仁波切的教导为我的修行目标,也希望透过学习仁波切的佛法,可以去帮助更多需要帮助得人。

  28. Jean Ai on Jan 15, 2013 at 1:02 am

    I really do wish “I am human” didn’t sound so imperious, or “I am a citizen of the world” didn’t sound so cheesy! But as someone who is fortunate enough to go out with Rinpoche from time to time, I can understand where Rinpoche is coming from. I think Rinpoche should say “Malaysian”. I have a few reasons but mostly it comes down to this two, that Rinpoche has been here for so long already and Rinpoche is planning for a future here. Also, the majority of the people whom Rinpoche meets already know Rinpoche is American, Tibetan, Mongolian, etc. To say that Rinpoche is Malaysian will make them happy to hear, kind of like, “Oh, he’s here to stay, he is one of us now.”

  29. tenzin llhamo on Jan 13, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    To keep it short and simple, Rinpoche can say that Rinpoche is a Malaysian coz Rinpoche have been living here for quite some time and now a PR.
    But to me, Rinpoche will always be the kindest, most loving, most compassionate and most important! My Guru!

  30. Henry Ooi on Jan 13, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    I would describe Rinpoche as a highly reincarnated lama of mixed parentage, born in Taiwan, raised in USA, continued dharma practice in Gaden Shartse monastery and now a permanent resident of Malaysia. But because Rinpoche has been staying in Malaysia for most of your life I think it would be apt to call you a Malaysian Lama.

  31. Felix Kong on Jan 12, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    My Answer is same with Han . Rinpoche is a highly reincarnated Lama, was born in Taiwan, raised up in USA, became monk in India Gaden monastry after met his root guru Zong Rinpoche, he was assigned by his guru came to Malaysia to spread Dharma teaching and help people free from suffering .

    For the best way to know more details of Rinpoche , I will giving this blog address to them http://blog.tsemtulku.com ,let them read and understand clearly.

  32. MayOng on Jan 11, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    People can label us for whatever reason they wish to, according to their view. Taxi drivers wants to know where we are from to identify us with a country if they wish to scam on us.

    Where we are from or what our origins are does not matter the least. What is important, is the Mind that is behind all the labels.

    If that person possess a beautiful, helpful, kind, generous, caring, loving, attentive and listens well kind of MIND – then it would not matter to me who or where that person comes from. It is the quality of mind, that matters most. Not which country we are from, color or race.

  33. Grace Leu (KH JB) on Jan 11, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Rinpoche, you are my Guru, the clear light in my life..

  34. Andrew Boon on Jan 11, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    In this day an age there really should not be any distinction as most lines are blurred anyway as from the advent of transoceanic travels the migratory aspect has really shifted the borders.

    But purely for those who have to know with some certainty to satisfy their curiosity, I would humbly say:

    If the person was asking merely to strike a polite greeting (e.g. taxi drivers, etc):
    “I am American” – as it would infer to the cosmopolitan aspect of America and thus would not even prompt further prying.

    If the person was asking to start a genuine conversation and find out more:
    “I am American of Mongolian and Tibetan descent living in Malaysia” – this would then open the ‘flood gates’ for further interesting conversation I am sure!

  35. Martin on Jan 10, 2013 at 4:25 am

    This is an interesting post. I guess people ask because we are all fixated with labels and in our mind we have already imputed certain opinion and perceptions onto those labels. When we ask about a person’s identity, I guess it is because we feel a need to be able to place them in one of the many boxes we have created and tagged in our thought matrix. To us, everyone and everything must be able to fit into one of those boxes, otherwise we may not feel comfortable. Our mind is such that every phenomena has to match our projections and expectations. Under normal circumstances, rarely do we expand our mind to accomodate things that are unknown and instead we try and squeeze and contort all we come across into a base singularity of our own limited experience.

    Rinpoche is an American, a Mongolian, a Taiwanese, a Tibetan and a Malaysian all together and yet none of them because Rinpoche is anything but atypical. I doubt if Rinpoche allows himself to be defined by any of those labels and neither is he not any of them.

    Neither do any of us have to limited by, and behave in a manner for which we have been tagged.

  36. Milly on Jan 10, 2013 at 1:32 am

    Rinpoche has great aura and speaks with an accent. Hence many people will be curious to know of Rinpoche’s nationality. If Rinpoche is not in a hurry, Rinpoche can say you are a Tibetan American now residing in Malaysia. This will lead to more curiosity and they will ask further questions. It opens the door for Rinpoche to exchange conversation with them and indirectly, be able to share the Dharma or help them in what they need.
    If Rinpoche is in a hurry, then Rinpoche can just say you are an American. Most people will not ask further once they hear this as there are so many foreigners living in America so it is nothing strange.

  37. sockwan on Jan 10, 2013 at 12:38 am

    Rinpoche is what people think you are. It is not the nationality that matters. It is the role Rinpoche has played in a person’ life. You are a Buddha, a guide, a father, a mother, a friend, a teacher, a philosopher, a psychiatrist. Ultimately, you are here to make a positive impact on our lives.

  38. KYC on Jan 9, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    The suggestions from Facebook are very interesting. I think that if Rinpoche has the time and is in the mood to do so, Rinpoche can give a more lengthy reply like: I’m American of Tibetan and Mongolian descent and am now residing in Malaysia.” But if Rinpoche is in a hurry, Rinpoche can say, “I’m a Tibetan living in Malaysia.”

  39. lewkwanleng on Jan 9, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    When I first read about this question posted by Rinpoche Facebook and this blog, it seems like a “joke” or fun thing to me, about how diverse is Rinpoche’s identity. But after question has sinked in, I realised it not just a random question, and it is a teaching on “self”.

    There are so many times I am so attached to labels. I’m a Chinese, I am a Buddhist, you are atheist, etc. These are mere labels which we put onto ourselves, and it actually is not important.

    IMHO, if we start letting go small things such as labels, we still start to have a change to become less grasping of self and become enlightenment.

  40. Paris on Jan 9, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    hehe how plain it would be to say that you were “just” American, or “just” Chinese or whatever. Far more interesting to be exactly as Rinpoche described above – a truly global citizen of the world! I have thought it’s quite interesting how much important we attribute to “what” a person is though – as if it would have a significant bearing on our friendship or relationship with them. And how easy it is for us to label people and subconsciously stereotype them by these labels, even without consciously wanting to do so.

    I remember reading some writing on sexuality / gender once that explained that our identities are so firmly determined from the moment we are born – as we come crying into the world, they announce immediately, “It’s a girl!” or “It’s a boy!” and that shapes entirely how we are expected to be for the rest of our lives. That goes with everything else too – whether we are Chinese or Indian, or perhaps both, a Chindian, whether our mothers are single, or even what our parents work as!

    Something Rinpoche has reminded us constantly is that it’s not about what we are but what we do – for that is probably what will have the most lasting and meaningful impression and impact on the world around us. And THAT would be something worth talking about!

  41. HelenaC on Jan 9, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Dear Rinpoche I think should call Taiwan borned Mongo-tibetanYank hehehe. Actually it doesn’t really matter what races we are as we have the same karma to born in this world and to be human, all we need to do is to be harmony, compassionate, loving to all, as we are all brothers and sisters that born in different colours and different countries and cultures. Afterall we are A FAMILY!!
    No matter what we are the needs are all the same..! which is LOVE AND CARE!

  42. Han on Jan 9, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Rinpoche is a highly reincarnated Lama, was born in Taiwan, raised up in USA, became monk in India Gaden manastry after met his root guru Zong Rinpoche, he was assigned by his guru to come to Malaysia to spread dharma , and now he is a Malaysian PR.

    I do agreed with Sharon that race and nationality is not so important in the scenario of Rinpoche.
    To me, Rinpoche is global international high lama. and I am so fortunate to be one of his student,

  43. Zla'od on Jan 9, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Perhaps you could simply say that you are a Mongolian-American. That would be 3/4 true, and you wouldn’t have to constantly explain the difference between an Old Torghut and a Kamuck.

    Another, slightly more complicated possibility would be to say that you have Mongolian and Tibetan ancestors, but grew up in the USA.

  44. Joy on Jan 9, 2013 at 2:29 am

    Dearest Rinpoche,

    I think everyone’s answers is neither right nor wrong. Of course to us, Rinpoche will always be our larger than life Rinpoche. But I can understand how Rinpoche feels when posed this question by taxi drivers and people who have no idea who Rinpoche is. I guess if Rinpoche wanted a no hassle answer… it is easiest to say American or Tibetan American.

    For those who knows Rinpoche well enough to know Rinpoche is a “Lama”, then best answer would be Tibetan Mongol American who is now residing in Malaysia 🙂 Pretty mouthful I am sure but it is the truth in a worldly sense. And if they still don’t get it, then just say I’m a Buddhist monk that grew up in America hence the American accent!

  45. Sheryl KH (JB) on Jan 8, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    I do not feel that it really matters as to ‘how I shd answer people when asked this question’.

    Our world today now is so different from few decades ago, where races and country of origin are more fixed. People now move around a lot, their footsteps are everywhere and so the next generations get more and more ‘mixed up’.

    I feel that having a multiple identities can be a good thing too, as one is exposed more to whatever our world has to offer.

    At the end of the day, if one is interested in knowing more about us, they will, if not, too much of the explaination is unnecessary for all parties.

    This is what makes you special, Rinpoche, and even if you were strictly a tibetan and speak only tibetan and have only lived in tibet in all your lives, you will still be seen as special (and not confusing at all) in eyes of those who appreciate you.

  46. Jessica Yap on Jan 8, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    The next time someone asks Rinpoche, Rinpoche should say that Rinpoche is a Malaysian. If they probe further then story them of Rinpoche’s colorful background! Hehe Rinpoche should say that because Rinpoche has been in Malaysia the longest time compared to the other countries.. Hehe

    Thank you, Rinpoche! 🙂

  47. Sharon Saw on Jan 8, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    I also think that all these nationality/race/cultural epithets are merely labels.. but i know what Rinpoche means when people will always ask Rinpoche what Rinpoche is.

    I think that if Rinpoche wanted to discourage curiosity, Rinpoche can just reply that Rinpoche is American. People are used to Americans of different backgrounds. If people know what Rinpoche looks like, it is not necessary to say Asian because they would know.

    However, if Rinpoche would like to encourage talking further, then Rinpoche could say Rinpoche was American Tibetan, which would almost automatically lead people to ask so how does that work?

  48. Darren Kechara Paradise on Jan 8, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Rinpoche was born in Taiwan as Prince Iska Minh, raised up as a teenager as Burcha Bugayeff in America Howell New Jersey. Ordained and recognize as a Tsem Tulku Rinpoche.
    H.H. 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso named as Lhamo Thonddup before being recognize as the reincarnation of H.H. 13th Dalai Lama.
    I has stay and work different place and has many nick names, even some foreigner asked about my nationality. I would just reply i am Malaysian Chinese.
    Point is what your name is and where you stayed or live is not important as our purpose is to apply the dharma and benefit who ever we meet. That is spiritual practice.

  49. patsy on Jan 8, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    To me it does not matter what nationality Rinpoche is but who you are. You are my Guru and that’s what matters most:)

  50. Cath on Jan 8, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Nothing is by coincidence. How you have normally answered so far, is the best answer. It’s absolute feelings from spirit. Putting thoughts into how to answer deprives one’s essence of the soul.

  51. Valentina Suhendra on Jan 8, 2013 at 10:31 am

    It does not matter to me Rinpoche. You are my Lama and I took my refuge with you – that is what matter.

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  • Sofi
    Thursday, Apr 25. 2019 11:11 PM
    A More Buddhist Facebook?

    Interesting how Facebook adopted some Buddhism into their corporate world. Read what did they use to inspire or activate their staff to better performance.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/a-more-buddhis-facebook.html
  • Lin Mun
    Thursday, Apr 25. 2019 09:45 PM
    I like this painting. Very nice colour combination, simple yet look so stunning. Even Lama Tsongkhapa emanation are depicted here separately. They are the great Buddha of Chenrezig, Vajrapani and Manjushri. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this nice painting and the description.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-one-who-saves-four-armed-chenrezig#comment-841101
  • Lin Mun
    Thursday, Apr 25. 2019 09:22 PM
    Beautifully drawn thangka and thank you Rinpoche for providing the description of each Buddha. All 3 great Buddha of past, present and future are put here, including White Mahakala and Dorje Shugden. Very blessed to have this thangka to be in the house. To remind us to practise dharma as time is precious.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-future-buddha-to-come-buddha-maitreya
  • Sofi
    Thursday, Apr 25. 2019 05:39 PM
    He Rejected A $37 Million Contract To Do What?

    Wow, imagine someone rejecting USD37 millions! Don’t you just wonder why did he and for what? Must by such a strong conviction about something. Did he regret his decision?

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/he-rejected-the-37-million-contract-to-do-what.html
  • Yee Yin
    Thursday, Apr 25. 2019 12:40 PM
    Mr. Randy Pauch was very ill when he gave his last speech to the audience. In his speech, he had shared with us a few important points on how to be successful and happy.
    1. Always be appreciative and grateful to the people and things we have. In return, good things will happen to us.
    2. Don’t complain, because complaining does not solve the problems.
    3. When we are sorry for the mistakes we have made, we must do something to make it up. By just saying sorry is not enough.
    4. Be humble and not to react to the negative actions of others towards us.
    5. Be persistent and don’t give up easily. It took Mr. Randy 15 years to make his dream of working at Disney come true.
    6. Death is uncertain and it is beyond our control. We can choose to face death with a positive attitude so when we die, there will be no regret.
    7. Be honest and have integrity, it is hard to do but if we can do that, we will be truly happy and live our lives without regret.

    Mr. Randy had shown us that death is uncertain and we don’t have control over it. However, we have a choice on how we want to live our lives. We are in control of our own happiness. If we have positive thinking, we will be able to turn a negative situation into something positive and then learn and become a better person.

    http://bit.ly/TR-LiveHappy
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  • Yee Yin
    Thursday, Apr 25. 2019 11:57 AM
    There are four holy mountains in China, Mount Jiu Hua, Mount Wutai, Mount Emei and Mount Putuo. Mount Wutai is believed to be the abode of Buddha Manjushri, Mount Emei is believed to be the abode of Samantabhadra, Mount Putuo is believed to be the abode of Guan Yin (Avalokiteshvara) and Mount Jiu Hua is believed to be the abode of Ksitigarbha.

    Mount Jiu Hua is located in Qingyang County, Anhui Province in China, the highest peak being the Shiwang Peak (Peak of Ten Kings), at 1,342 metres above sea level. There are many temples on Mount Jiu Hua, the oldest and holiest one is called Huangcheng temple. A Korean prince called Jin Qiaojue engaged in a 75-year-long solitary practice and achieved enlightenment at the age of 99 when he passed away.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 25. 2019 11:42 AM
    Wow ……..outstanding colour art painting of Four-Armed Chenrezig and Dorje Shugden. Beautiful thangka to have it on altar or in our home. Merely looking at it tells a thousand words. Its truly a blessing.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-one-who-saves-four-armed-chenrezig
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 25. 2019 11:41 AM
    Beautiful art paintings of Buddha of Power: Vajrapani and Dorje Shugden who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri. Vajrapani is a Bodhisattva who represents the energy of the enlightened mind and energy that breaks through delusion. He dances wildly within a halo of flames, which represent the transformative power of Awakening.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing with a simple explanations for us to understand.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-buddha-of-power-vajrapani
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 25. 2019 11:40 AM
    Hayagriva Is an extremely wrathful emanation of Amitabha and Chenrezig and Vajravarahi. Making prayers to Hayagriva is a swift and powerful means to overcome negative forces and obstacles including those caused by spirit harms. Its also beneficial to those who suffered from illnesses. A very powerful practice in the tradition of Kyerkangpa who received the practice from Guru Rinpoche in a dream. Beautiful thangka.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/tamer-of-nagas-hayagriva-sangdrup
  • Yee Yin
    Thursday, Apr 25. 2019 11:25 AM
    There are 3 Dharma Kings in Tibet. First Dharma King was Songtsen Gampo. His 2 wives from Nepal and China are said to be the emanations of Tara. Due to their influence, King Songtsen Gampo became an enthusiastic promoter of the Dharma in Tibet. The second Dharma King was King Trisong Detsen, he invited great Indian masters Padmasambhava and Shantarakshita to Tibet to spread the Dharma. He also constructed the first Buddhist monastery, Samye Monastery in Tibet and orchestrated the ordination of the first 7 Tibetan Sangha members. There are many good deeds King Trisong Detsen had performed in spreading the Dharma in Tibet, click here to read more:

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  • Sofi
    Wednesday, Apr 24. 2019 11:21 PM
    Neerja Bhanot – A Selfless Heroine

    She may be gone but she should not be forgotten for her brave deeds. Due her selflessness, she had saved many from the terrorists. Imagine under such conditions of fear and terror, she is still able to give up her safety for others. Do read of how Neerja Bhanot is a true heroine.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/neerja-bhanot-a-selfless-heroine.html
  • Sofi
    Wednesday, Apr 24. 2019 11:02 PM
    Rexie: the Australian Heroine

    Read about this loving dog that is protective of his family but also had save many lives. She had a special gift of saving people from suicide. We should never look down on animals just because they speak a different language and different set of living standard than us.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/rexie-the-australian-heroine.html
  • Sofi
    Wednesday, Apr 24. 2019 10:17 PM
    My Strange Addictions

    Many people develop some form of addition as an escape or temporary respite from the stress of life. But addictions are usually something that could affect our lives adversely, like drugs, sex, alcohol, smoking, food, etc. Do read more to find out stranger addictions that people have.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/my-strange-addictions.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 24. 2019 12:44 PM
    Beautiful art painting Of Vajrapani and Dorje Shugden paints a thousands words. As a protector and guide of Gautama Buddha and rose to symbolize the Buddha’s power and Dorje Shugden a Dharma Protector in order to safeguard the Buddha’s teachings form a powerful combination in this beautiful thangka. It will be wonderful to have it printed in our house or on our altar.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-lord-of-secrets-vajrapani
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 24. 2019 12:42 PM
    Beautiful art paintings of White Tara , Ushnishavijaya (Namgyalma), Amitayus, Dorje Shugden. In Tibetan Buddhism, White Tara is also known as Jetsun Dölma as a Buddhist saviour-goddess with numerous forms, widely popular in Nepal, Tibet, and Mongolia. She is the protective, helpful and comforting mother who shows limitless kindness, generosity and protection to all who rely on her.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-supreme-saviouress-white-tara

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Beautiful painting of Nechung Pehar Gyalpo & Dorje Shugden together. Masterpiece. More free downloads: https://bit.ly/2oxb4qU
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Beautiful painting of Nechung Pehar Gyalpo & Dorje Shugden together. Masterpiece. More free downloads: https://bit.ly/2oxb4qU
Beautiful painting of Nechung Dorje Drakden & Dorje Shugden together. Masterpiece. More free downloads: https://bit.ly/2oxb4qU
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Beautiful painting of Nechung Dorje Drakden & Dorje Shugden together. Masterpiece. More free downloads: https://bit.ly/2oxb4qU
Tsem Rinpoche’s moving experience with Lama Zopa in Kopan (1987)- https://bit.ly/2YyE42m
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Tsem Rinpoche’s moving experience with Lama Zopa in Kopan (1987)- https://bit.ly/2YyE42m
Massive 2,600 year old Buddhist Monastery-Afghanistan- read more- https://bit.ly/2HTM48q
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Massive 2,600 year old Buddhist Monastery-Afghanistan- read more- https://bit.ly/2HTM48q
A good person is made by the intensity of his adversity~Tsem Rinpoche
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A good person is made by the intensity of his adversity~Tsem Rinpoche
BREAKING NEWS- Dharamsala MP Tenpa Yarphel says to make peace with Dorje Shugden people now!~ 
 https://bit.ly/2CESoxf
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BREAKING NEWS- Dharamsala MP Tenpa Yarphel says to make peace with Dorje Shugden people now!~ https://bit.ly/2CESoxf
How the incomparable yet down to earth Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen changed my life forever- https://bit.ly/2VJjCtk

Photo: His Eminence Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen and Tsem Rinpoche
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How the incomparable yet down to earth Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen changed my life forever- https://bit.ly/2VJjCtk Photo: His Eminence Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen and Tsem Rinpoche
Joanne Kam and Justin Ripley in Kechara doing some cooking..
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Joanne Kam and Justin Ripley in Kechara doing some cooking..
You have to see this spectacular outdoor Amitabah statue in Vietnam. So sacred and majestic.~ https://bit.ly/2Ed0s9n
4 weeks ago
You have to see this spectacular outdoor Amitabah statue in Vietnam. So sacred and majestic.~ https://bit.ly/2Ed0s9n
Everyday offerings of fresh cooked food and drinks are offered to awakened world peace protector Dorje Shugden on my shrine. It is my way to thank Him for all the help He has given to so many people throughout the decades I\'ve introduced Him to. It is my way to include Him as my family and a feeling of closeness and gratitude I have for Him. He\'s a revered family member who happens to be enlightened and also my close friend. Tsem Rinpoche (Food offering prayer~ https://bit.ly/1VkYXJa)
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Everyday offerings of fresh cooked food and drinks are offered to awakened world peace protector Dorje Shugden on my shrine. It is my way to thank Him for all the help He has given to so many people throughout the decades I've introduced Him to. It is my way to include Him as my family and a feeling of closeness and gratitude I have for Him. He's a revered family member who happens to be enlightened and also my close friend. Tsem Rinpoche (Food offering prayer~ https://bit.ly/1VkYXJa)
Read about this special Goddess Lok Yeay Mao of Cambodia. I came across her picture and found her very unique and blogged about it. Do enjoy the reading- https://bit.ly/2HR3vqi
1 month ago
Read about this special Goddess Lok Yeay Mao of Cambodia. I came across her picture and found her very unique and blogged about it. Do enjoy the reading- https://bit.ly/2HR3vqi
March 18, 2019-Oser is very photogenic as usual.
1 month ago
March 18, 2019-Oser is very photogenic as usual.
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    Beautiful Monastery in Hong Kong
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    This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
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    Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
  • These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
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    These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 weeks ago
    Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
    3 weeks ago
    Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
  • Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
    4 weeks ago
    Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
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    1 month ago
    Beautiful
    Beautiful sacred Severed Head Vajra Yogini from Tsem Rinpoche's personal shrine.
  • My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
    1 month ago
    My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
  • Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 month ago
    Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 months ago
    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
  • SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    3 months ago
    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
  • Cute!
    4 months ago
    Cute!
    Oser girl loves the balcony so much. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTcoWpKJm2c
  • Uncle Wong
    4 months ago
    Uncle Wong
    We were told by Uncle Wong he is very faithful toward Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden has extended help to him on several occasions and now Uncle Wong comes daily to make incense offerings to Dorje Shugden. He is grateful towards the help he was given.
  • Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
    4 months ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
  • Cute baby owl found and rescued
    4 months ago
    Cute baby owl found and rescued
    We rescued a lost baby owl in Kechara Forest Retreat.
  • Nice cups from Kechara!!
    4 months ago
    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    4 months ago
    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Chirping birds and other forest animals create a joyful melody at the Vajrayogini stupa in Kechara Forest Retreat (Bentong, Malaysia).
  • His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche makes offering of khata to Dorje Shugden.
    4 months ago
    His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche makes offering of khata to Dorje Shugden.
    Trijang Rinpoche never gave up his devotion to Dorje Shugden no matter how much Tibetan government in exile pressured him to give up. He stayed loyal inspiring so many of us.
  • Very rare video of His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche the 10th, the all knowing and compassionate one. I pay deep respects to this attained being who has taken many rebirths since the time of Lord Buddha to be of benefit to sentient beings tirelessly. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 months ago
    Very rare video of His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche the 10th, the all knowing and compassionate one. I pay deep respects to this attained being who has taken many rebirths since the time of Lord Buddha to be of benefit to sentient beings tirelessly. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This bigfoot researcher gives good reasonings on bigfoot. Interesting short video.
    4 months ago
    This bigfoot researcher gives good reasonings on bigfoot. Interesting short video.
  • His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Shartse Monastery was one of the teachers of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Here in this beautiful video is Geshe Kelsang Gyatso showing his centre to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, then proceeding to sit down to receive teachings. For more information- https://bit.ly/2QNac1u
    4 months ago
    His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Shartse Monastery was one of the teachers of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Here in this beautiful video is Geshe Kelsang Gyatso showing his centre to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, then proceeding to sit down to receive teachings. For more information- https://bit.ly/2QNac1u
  • Tsem Rinpoche’s dog, Oser girl always sits on Rinpoche’s chair. When Rinpoche’s other dog, Dharma tries to get into the chair, he is chased away. Oser is the boss. She is possessive. Cute.
    5 months ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s dog, Oser girl always sits on Rinpoche’s chair. When Rinpoche’s other dog, Dharma tries to get into the chair, he is chased away. Oser is the boss. She is possessive. Cute.
  • Lama Yeshe talks about how to practice at the beginning and at the end of each day during teachings given in London during the Lamas’ first European teaching tour in 1975. Lama Yeshe was a brilliant teacher and I wanted to share this with everyone so his teachings can reach more people. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    Lama Yeshe talks about how to practice at the beginning and at the end of each day during teachings given in London during the Lamas’ first European teaching tour in 1975. Lama Yeshe was a brilliant teacher and I wanted to share this with everyone so his teachings can reach more people. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Our beautiful Dorje Shugden shop in the busiest part of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Many tourists visit our store and this area.
    5 months ago
    Our beautiful Dorje Shugden shop in the busiest part of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Many tourists visit our store and this area.
  • Living off the grid in Australia
    5 months ago
    Living off the grid in Australia
    A Jill Redwood is a jack of all trades, Jill built her own house on her property and lives entirely off the grid with no mains power or town water, mobile reception or television. Living on around $80 a week, Jill has over sixty animals to keep her company and an abundant garden that out serves as an organic supermarket right at her doorstep. Her main expenses are animal feed and the rates on her property. Watch this incredible three minute video and be inspired to live differently.
  • Kyabje Dagom Choktrul Rinpoche offering gold on a 350 year-old Dorje Shugden statue in his chapel in Lhasa. This is how Tibetans show homage and pay respect to a holy image. This chapel and statue of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa dedicated to Dorje Shugden was built by the Great 5th Dalai Lama. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    Kyabje Dagom Choktrul Rinpoche offering gold on a 350 year-old Dorje Shugden statue in his chapel in Lhasa. This is how Tibetans show homage and pay respect to a holy image. This chapel and statue of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa dedicated to Dorje Shugden was built by the Great 5th Dalai Lama. Tsem Rinpoche
  • My sweet little Oser girl is so photogenic and adorable. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    My sweet little Oser girl is so photogenic and adorable. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Heart Sutra sang by a monk for the modern crowd. Very interesting and beautiful. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    Heart Sutra sang by a monk for the modern crowd. Very interesting and beautiful. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Submerging powerful mantra stones in water at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
    5 months ago
    Submerging powerful mantra stones in water at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
  • This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    1 years ago
    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    This video is thought-provoking and very interesting. Watch! Thanks so much to our friends at LIVEKINDLY.
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    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
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    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
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    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
  • Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
    1 years ago
    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
  • Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    2 yearss ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
  • Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
    2 yearss ago
    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
  • Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
    2 yearss ago
    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
    2 yearss ago
    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
  • Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
    2 yearss ago
    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    2 yearss ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    2 yearss ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    2 yearss ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for other?’ Mr. Lim is definitely one of our dedicated volunteers for the past 10 years. He dedicates his time to fully support our Kechara Food Bank programme, not only to raise #zerofoodwastage awareness amongst the public but also to help the less fortunate. Thank you for taking part in making the world better. Your great work is much appreciated, Mr. Lim. #Kechara #foodbank #volunteer - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 hours ago
Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for other?’ Mr. Lim is definitely one of our dedicated volunteers for the past 10 years. He dedicates his time to fully support our Kechara Food Bank programme, not only to raise #zerofoodwastage awareness amongst the public but also to help the less fortunate. Thank you for taking part in making the world better. Your great work is much appreciated, Mr. Lim. #Kechara #foodbank #volunteer - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSK Penang Team visited a dialysis patient to deliver dry food provisions for his family. He has a kidney transplant when he was 12 years old and for the past years is undergoing dialysis three times a week and this has put a financial strain to him. We will try to assist him in anyway we can. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
yesterday
KSK Penang Team visited a dialysis patient to deliver dry food provisions for his family. He has a kidney transplant when he was 12 years old and for the past years is undergoing dialysis three times a week and this has put a financial strain to him. We will try to assist him in anyway we can. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
One day, we received a humble wish list from this poor family, an elderly mother who takes care of her grown up son with special needs. ‘It’s quite uneasy to use toilet without a proper door but I do not have enough money to fix it,’ said the mother. Without a second thought, our kindest sponsor, La Hong Eu has decided to make meaningful sponsorship to this case. Big thanks to Bernard Ting and Vickneshwaran for helping this family to replace the broken one with a brand new folding door. Together we are the reason that someone has a sweet smile on her face. #Kechara #foodbank #care - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 days ago
One day, we received a humble wish list from this poor family, an elderly mother who takes care of her grown up son with special needs. ‘It’s quite uneasy to use toilet without a proper door but I do not have enough money to fix it,’ said the mother. Without a second thought, our kindest sponsor, La Hong Eu has decided to make meaningful sponsorship to this case. Big thanks to Bernard Ting and Vickneshwaran for helping this family to replace the broken one with a brand new folding door. Together we are the reason that someone has a sweet smile on her face. #Kechara #foodbank #care - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Laying the rescued food down on the table would mean we will minimise chance of wastage from another level when our recipients will have the privilege to choose what they really need and want. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
3 days ago
Laying the rescued food down on the table would mean we will minimise chance of wastage from another level when our recipients will have the privilege to choose what they really need and want. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Have you ever done beading? Join us for a blessed Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! http://bit.ly/2IMh5eN - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 days ago
Have you ever done beading? Join us for a blessed Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! http://bit.ly/2IMh5eN - shared by Pastor Antoinette
What do you do on Saturday mornings? Join us for a meaningful time and be blessed by the Buddhas during the Spiritual Saturday at Kechara Forest Retreat! - shared by Pastor Antoinette
3 days ago
What do you do on Saturday mornings? Join us for a meaningful time and be blessed by the Buddhas during the Spiritual Saturday at Kechara Forest Retreat! - shared by Pastor Antoinette
With Dorje Shugden in your car, bus, bike, boat or lorry, you will be protected and blessed. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 days ago
With Dorje Shugden in your car, bus, bike, boat or lorry, you will be protected and blessed. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Recently in Kechara Forest Retreat, this bus was blessed and is now protected by the Three Jewels. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 days ago
Recently in Kechara Forest Retreat, this bus was blessed and is now protected by the Three Jewels. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Volunteers do not necessarily have the time, they just have the heart. In order to send the foodpack to our client in johor bahru area, we need a team that are always ready . Luckily, we have a group of wonderful volunteers that are commited to serve our community. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
4 days ago
Volunteers do not necessarily have the time, they just have the heart. In order to send the foodpack to our client in johor bahru area, we need a team that are always ready . Luckily, we have a group of wonderful volunteers that are commited to serve our community. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Children paint their own mask for Halloween day. Lin Mun KSDS
5 days ago
Children paint their own mask for Halloween day. Lin Mun KSDS
Parents and students did a group discussion together on the Bully topic  Lin Mun KSDS
5 days ago
Parents and students did a group discussion together on the Bully topic Lin Mun KSDS
A talk on Bully by Peggy. A very informative sharing for students and parents. Lin Mun KSDS
5 days ago
A talk on Bully by Peggy. A very informative sharing for students and parents. Lin Mun KSDS
Great to start kids with dharma knowledge from young. Lin Mun KSDS
5 days ago
Great to start kids with dharma knowledge from young. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Victoria guided the students to do prayer in the dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
5 days ago
Teacher Victoria guided the students to do prayer in the dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Creative horror drawing created by Teacher Kien. Alice, KSDS
5 days ago
Creative horror drawing created by Teacher Kien. Alice, KSDS
Teacher Asyley led the kids to participate animal liberation. Alice, KSDS
5 days ago
Teacher Asyley led the kids to participate animal liberation. Alice, KSDS
Healthy Meals for lunch sponsored by Mr Ravi & friends! We thank you for your unending support to #kecharasoupkitchen in our plight in serving the #homeless. Would you like to sponsor lunch for our street friends? To find out more, checkout our website for more details :) Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
6 days ago
Healthy Meals for lunch sponsored by Mr Ravi & friends! We thank you for your unending support to #kecharasoupkitchen in our plight in serving the #homeless. Would you like to sponsor lunch for our street friends? To find out more, checkout our website for more details :) Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 week ago
1 week ago
Bernard was briefing the volunteers on the details before they headed out last Saturday to PPR Kota Damansara. #kechara #foodbank #urbanpoor - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 week ago
Bernard was briefing the volunteers on the details before they headed out last Saturday to PPR Kota Damansara. #kechara #foodbank #urbanpoor - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Seen here are team leaders giving their final briefing to the respective volunteers before they head out last night. Thank you very much to all the volunteers who turned up. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 weeks ago
Seen here are team leaders giving their final briefing to the respective volunteers before they head out last night. Thank you very much to all the volunteers who turned up. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you very much to James and Shereen for sponsoring oranges for tonight's distribution. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 weeks ago
Thank you very much to James and Shereen for sponsoring oranges for tonight's distribution. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
We received a lot wine bottles for recycling. It was packed nicely by the person. KEP-Serena
2 weeks ago
We received a lot wine bottles for recycling. It was packed nicely by the person. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling activity at Kechara Soup Kitchen. You can drop the recycled items here if you are nearby. KEP-Serena
2 weeks ago
Today we are having recycling activity at Kechara Soup Kitchen. You can drop the recycled items here if you are nearby. KEP-Serena
The generous support from Tesco Malaysia and AEON Retail Malaysia have made it possible for us to continue with this contribution to those less fortunate. Thank you very much! Here are photos taken during the distribution at government low cost flat. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 weeks ago
The generous support from Tesco Malaysia and AEON Retail Malaysia have made it possible for us to continue with this contribution to those less fortunate. Thank you very much! Here are photos taken during the distribution at government low cost flat. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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