I joined a cult…

Jul 12, 2011 | Views: 1,792

When I first arrived in Gaden in 1987, I had very little money. I had no financial support. I needed only US$50 a month to buy basic needs, some foods and items. The monastery provides one bowl of rice and a large spoon of lentils once a day at the time and sometimes (1x or 2x a week) bread in the morning… Monastery was poor too many monks were poor… Many monks seeked sponsorship to supplement their studies.

I wrote to my step-parents in New Jersey to help. My father told me to give up the monk hood, return to USA, go to University, live a life he deemed would make me happy. My relatives didn’t reply much. Perhaps my parents asked them not to… If I did what my dad said, he would buy me a car and pay for University with my other needs. If I did not comply then do not write them nor my relatives begging for money or help again. He said I embarrass them in front of the relatives and community. He said I was fanatical. And earlier he said I joined a cult with cult leaders. He said he did not like what I was doing and I was going the wrong way. He wants me back. He and my mom loved me I know… but love is not doing what they want – no offense. I didn’t want to fight or argue, as how can being a monk or studying Dharma be wrong. I still wrote to him/mom on other things, but their letters became less. They disowned me… They said so. I was very hurt, but that was their choice… I struggled for years.

My weight dropped dramatically as I didn’t get much food anymore. Medical at times was a challenge also. I didn’t go for dentists or anything for nearly a decade. I am not complaining, but it was a huge struggle to pursue my Dharma goals… But I was determined to continue my Dharma no matter what. I didn’t want to ‘hurt’ my parents, but I understood, they didn’t understand what I was doing and I was not going to live their life as I know it would not be for me nor would I be happy. Finally one Buddhist nun in the US sent me US$50 a month a couple of years later… I bought rice, lentils, beans, oil, flour, vegetables, cooking pots, laundry soap, blankets, etc that I needed. My weight was better… She was a ray of hope and survival. I will never forget this nun’s kindness to me.

My parents have passed away now and my relatives in the States say they are proud of me. But I am glad I didn’t give up. I would do it again if necessary. Nothing in this world will turn me from Dharma ever.

Tsem Rinpoche
 

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  1. Valentina Suhendra on Dec 14, 2018 at 4:50 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. Valentina Suhendra on Jul 26, 2018 at 9:38 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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  3. Pastor Shin Tan on Jul 20, 2018 at 11:59 am

    Tsem Rinpoche at Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong, Malaysia

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  4. Pastor Niral Patel on Jun 17, 2018 at 9:07 am

    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.

    lama chopa w Tibetan caption

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  5. Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Jan 22, 2016 at 8:02 am

    I find this very interesting because the cultist behaviour that people accuse of those who are spiritual, is the same cultist behaviour the accusers themselves exhibit towards samsara and its trappings.

    Why is it we HAVE to go to university? Why is it, like in Rinpoche’s case, we HAVE to play football? Why is it we HAVE to get married? Why is it we HAVE to start a family? Why is it we HAVE to get a job and make money for someone else?

    The fact we HAVE to do all of these things, and risk scorn if we do not, is the actual cult-like behaviour. Why? Because when you do abide by the rules of the cult, you are seen as some kind of deviant and the conformists harass and hound you until you do conform.

    So in actual fact, people with guru devotion, people who are spiritual aren’t the cultists at all. They’re the ones who are saying no, these decisions aren’t for me and I’m going to break away and do something different.

    Personally, I find it a little insulting when people say spiritual practitioners are in a cult. It’s insulting to my intelligence, as though I lost my wits once I entered Dharma, and the hundreds of thousands of people who followed the same system for thousands of years are all undiscerning buffoons who are incapable of making good decisions! Yup, that’s right, great masters like His Holiness the Dalai Lama, His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche, His Holiness Lati Rinpoche, His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe, Venerable Lama Yeshe…all these people are undiscerning buffoons in cults, and only the accusers are correct! (in case it wasn’t made clear, I’m being totally sarcastic! 🙂 )

  6. cathy frenette on Jun 26, 2013 at 8:20 am

    i just discovered your its like falling in love my deepest respect and gratitude happy to meet you ive learned so much so quickly i feel like ive met you

  7. Joy on Feb 14, 2013 at 12:20 am

    This is a story I can very much relate too. Many of my friends also said that I have become some kind of freak, nun, joined a cult. Well one thing I can say is that I feel blessed in a weird way that my parents are gone and I do not have to also face or hear their insults too. So in this way I am glad they are not around to collect negative karma from me joining the Dharma. It is definitely not easy. It almost feel like it is “you against the world”.

    I do not know how I actually manage to pull through it, because yes there are times when you are really broke, and you know you cannot even ask your love ones or friends to help because they will not understand and will actually condemn the Dharma further. I cannot imagine the difficulty Rinpoche has to go through but in some small tiny way I do understand it also.

    One thing is for sure, you know you have found the truth when you have heard the truth. You know you have found compassion, when you feel compassion, you know deep down inside it is right thing to do so go for it. The worst thing is knowing something is good and you never went for it is far more terrible than all the insults and struggle and regrets later because really this is your life and at the end of the day you are living it, not your friends or your family. You are!

    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring story and reminding me that it is all worth it because if it wasn’t for Dharma I’d be no better than all those who condemned it.

  8. guat kooi on Jul 8, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Hi Ripoche, after watching the short video, tears well up in my eyes. It was really touching my heart. Your perseverance really is a good example for me and I really need to be more hard working in my dharma learning. Thanks Rinpoche for being a great teacher……

  9. su an on Jun 21, 2012 at 12:48 am

    If one truly realise the value of Dharma, one would “sacrifice” anything for it. Tsem Rinpoche was willing to starve, leave the comforts of a more affluent environment into a place of hunger and poverty, go through the heartache of “abandonment” by the very people he hoped for support from, beg and be rejected in order to pursue his Dharma goals. If we ever think we are sincere Dharma practitioners, we should refer back to this as a benchmark and gauge ourselves.

    According to Wikipedia: “The word cult in current popular usage usually refers to a new religious movement or other group whose beliefs or practices are considered abnormal or bizarre”.

    hmmm… working your ass off every day doing things you don’t like for a boss you don’t respect and going home every night feeling drained, exhausted, empty, and unhappy… and then trying to make it up at the end of the week by drinking yourself senseless, thinking that its a great reward you deserve… only to feel shitty the next day. i know friends who work in organisations that tend to lead to this kind of lifestyle and they think its normal and acceptable. some of them when they found out i joined Kechara, they can’t figure out why i’d give up the “life” i had in my “normal job” for this “cult”, which is totally opposite of their “normal” lifestyle. funny and sad at the same time.

  10. wahying on Jan 22, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    无日无夜地拼命赚钱,加入的是“拜金俱乐部”。无法自拔地购物发泄,加入的是“天生购物狂俱乐部”。无法自拔地爱一个人依赖一个人,加入的是“爱不回头俱乐部”。能把这样无法自拔的打不倒精神用在积极向上的目标上,其实投资回酬绝对高,还利生利。庆幸自己加入了的不是这几个俱乐部,找到了我的归宿……

  11. sock wan on Jan 22, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you for sharing your story with us. Most of us would have the same difficulty as Rinpoche when deciding to pursue in learning Dharma or working for Dharma.

    What Rinpoche has experienced and what Rinpoche has achieved today is a assurance to us that learning and working for Dharma can never be wrong. Do not be afraid of the difficulties and obstacles we face along the way. Be strong and firm, do not give up.

    I do not have full support from my family to work for Dharma, but i will do what Rinpoche has advised, to transform myself to convince my family Dharma is the right thing to do. I will dedicate the merits to my family, not only for their current lives but also future lives.

    Thank you Rinpoche and happy new year.

  12. wanwaimeng on Oct 29, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Rinpoche’s determination is legendary and no matter what difficulties or obstacles he encounters he goes into the problem looking for solutions and he will keep on working at it to find a way through. The way that Rinpoche’s never giving up is a manifestation of his compassion as it is not compassionate to give up just like that when we face a problem or otherwise.

  13. Emilio Lopue, Jr. on Oct 28, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Hi, just saw this post now as I go through Rinpoche’s blog… I remember my parents also opposing of my Dharma practice. When I asked for their permission to go for refuge (for the nth time) they would always remind me not to give my 100% on this “cult”. I felt very sad that they had a very bad impression regarding Vajrayana Buddhism and Buddhism in general. (Not to mention my numerous requests to allow me be a monk!) I took refuge with an aunt beside me “checking” and making sure that the cult leaders (lama) do not brain wash me! hehe… I’m just happy that my parents have started to lessen their bad impression on Buddhism. They do not refer to it as “cult” now and say that as long as the Dharma doesn’t teach “bad” practices and as long as I don’t get ordained, then they are okay with my practice…

  14. Frederick Law on Jul 15, 2011 at 11:02 am

    If this is a “cult”, i would say i am proud to be part of this “Cult”, because of Kechara i learn alot about Dharma, Merit, Karma, Puja, all the departments and Rinpoche. Kechara had thought me to be compassionate, giving, letting go of attachment, and tremendously change my attitude and behavior to become a less angry person, less egoistic and become less self-centered and self-cherish;

    yet the result i have gained from this, I’ve become a more positive person, more open on accepting others criticism, and become more compassionate towards the suffering of others around me, though im still not perfect, but i know if i continue to contribute myself and volunteer in this “cult”, i will become better by the day, and able to serve others by helping others who is in suffering. My mother at first objected and want me to stay away from this “cult”, because she saw Setrap wrathful form, and also that i always go to Kechara, but ever since she saw my change, she now accepted, and even agreed to take vegetarian vow. i think this is the best gift i have ever given to her.

    Even i learn to accept whatever that happen to me for the past few month from the time i joined Kechara until now is my Karma and also my merits. from the painful fall i face in the past few month, till the days i started to get up and accepting the fact that is my karma from the past i had done, i coma to understand what ever happened, it happened for a reason, all the obstacle i face is an experience to prepare myself for something even bigger and better in coming days.

    Dear Rinpoche, your journey from the day you were born until now, has given me and many others a ray of hope to transform ourself and better in accepting what happen to us, and able to help others. and i am proud to be in this “cult”, where we all work together to benefit others and bring happiness to all which truly is invaluable.

  15. Karen Chong on Jul 15, 2011 at 12:39 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    People outside Kechara often see us as a cult: living and doing work our own way, we are sort of like outcast..Even in the beginning of joining Kechara, i do think the same way too. Like what Rinpoche have said earlier, if this so called “cult” doesn’t harm anybody or creating troubles to others, but doing something that is beneficial and spreading Dharma tirelessly instead, so why are we worrying about? In fact we should rejoice because we are doing something meaningful and sincerely from our heart.

    Now, I’m actually proud of being part of this “cult” as this is the place where you can get your happiness by doing work that can benefit others and myself. When you do not want to be looked down or lose face, by chanting Om Shut Up Hung Phet is not enough, transform yourself to be a better person is the key to shut them up.

  16. Roy Martinez on Jul 14, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    PS I love that mandala and it looks like it would hold well. I wish my mandala would hold the same way instead of falling to the side all the time hehe.

  17. Roy Martinez on Jul 14, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    I guess your parents didn’t realize it would have been cheaper to support your dharma work than to send it to University and buy you a car! Everything happens for a reason I guess and the hardship you had to endure just made you stronger. Peace be with you (heheheh I sound like a Catholic priest).

  18. Su Ming on Jul 14, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    To most Asian people, they do not understand and some refused to understand how joining a dharma center is a privilege. Some even criticize the lama and his methods even when there are results. I’ve heard from many friends and relative of mine when I first joined that I’ve joined a cult. When I think about it further, I can’t really blame them as they do not know otherwise. The only way to proved to them is by transforming.

    I’m consider very lucky to join dharma without much obstacles. My immediate family and my really good friends (2 of them) supported me even they could not really understand but now they do. Sometimes, when obstacles do hit, I always remember what Rinpoche had to go through and that helps a lot.

  19. terri on Jul 14, 2011 at 2:15 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sacrificing so much for the Dharma, it is so hard, when I was in the monastery I didn’t have money for feminine products even. It was really hard. My mother finally sent me some and I shared them with people. I am not as strong as you are, you are my hero.

  20. tenzin llhamo on Jul 13, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    I am happy that Rinpoche is in a better ‘living’ conditions now as these conditions ‘helped’ Rinpoche in spreading the Dharma. All the obstacles that Rinpoche went through manifested in a complete positive way for Kechara Organisation.
    I have obstacles from home but in time, it got better! I am glad and thankful to be apart of Kechara’s family now and always…
    Thank you Rinpoche for all the obstacles that Rinpoche endured for the benefit of ‘monsters’ (haha) and perservered…

  21. Ethan Chu on Jul 13, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Dearest Rinpoche:

    Rinpoche since very young has already knew what you would like to accomplish. Unlike most of us, through all the findings and falls only we begin to know what life is all about, and just barely making it…

    It has been a rough journey for most of us BUT nothing compares to you Rinpoche. Because Rinpoche is determined to live for others, and the others are infinite in numbers. The hardships and the pressure than the “norms” give are enormous I would assume. Not getting support from the closest can be rather disappointing too. But Rinpoche never give up.

    Fast forward, look at what Rinpoche has accomplished and how many people have been touched by Rinpoche’s kind advice and teachings. If this “cult” do good for people then this cult should stay on.

    Thankyou Rinpoche.

  22. abby foo on Jul 13, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    My parents have the same worry too.
    However when i read this “as how can being a monk or studying Dharma be wrong”, i have the confidence to explain and convince them on what im doing now. There’s a long long way to go, hmm.

    This post is going to be a very good reminder for those who do dharma work, to be persist.

  23. Elaine Cheah on Jul 13, 2011 at 10:42 am

    I recall that Buddha himself also left his family to seek the truth, and ultimately, enlightenment. Not that he did not love his family and abandoned them as it may seem, but in doing so, he benefitted so many other countless beings (including his family). In the same way, Rinpoche took the step, gave up everything, left his family to become ordained and went through so much hardship in the process. Imagine if Rinpoche had not done so, I would not even be here nor would even have heard the dharma nor would there be Kechara, Kecharians, the blog and everything else. Thank you Rinpoche for all that you went through, for you saw past what most of us cannot, family, career, attachments in this immediate life.

  24. Valentina Suhendra on Jul 13, 2011 at 7:51 am

    My dear Lama

    I always admire you for doing what you want to do and not what other expected you to do. I learned from my own experiences that doing what you perceive others expect you to do only make you a mediocare individuals and wasting your time.

    I definitely learn a lot from your experience. Thank you so much for sharing.

    Much love and care

    Valentina

  25. ysng on Jul 12, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    Rinpoche,

    Just as our parents are so kind. Rinpoche I feel you are much kinder. You have endured so much for the sake of others. Really “others” ! Would Rinpoche have thought during that time that thousands of strangers in the distant future would reap the benefits from Rinpoche’s hardship. We rejoice in the dharma that we have received from Rinpoche. We must repay the kindness of our parents with transformation. We doubly need to repay the kindness of someone who teaches us the dharma with the results of our practice.

  26. tsemtulku on Jul 12, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Dear Karma, It was lonely at times. India and the monastery was so different than USA and what I was use to. I had to learn so much and adapt to so much. Many things I encountered that was ‘strange’ to me, I rejected, had a hard time with or complained about it…after a while you just accept because I was not there for anything but my spiritual practice. I studied, read the lives of holy masters (very helpful), contemplated on impermanence and after a while it becomes ok. It does really become ok after a while. I had the conviction to go all the way for my monkhood and that was/is very strong in me. I also promised Kyabje Zong Rinpoche I would go to Gaden and keeping that promise was/is very important to me. There’s no magic wand to wave away lonliness or sadness…it’s a human condition. It never really fully goes away till we leave samsara anyway…Thanks. TR

  27. ST on Jul 12, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    The word cult pejoratively refers to a group whose beliefs or practices are considered abnormal or bizarre. Is Buddhism a cult? If not, the caption of this article is deliberately meant to be procative and prompt us to think about the virtuous path that Rinpoche is taking…label it whatever one would like

  28. Springflower on Jul 12, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    It is really very brave and determined of you – Rinpoche – to pursue your life goals/dream so courageously. Not many people can do that. And you need to suffer so much financially, emotionally and physically.

    Normal people would have given up, because we live in a world where following the mass is seemed as correct and how we should be. Doing something different calls for a lot of courage, determination and perseverance.

    You have passed the time, now you are reaping the rewards, at the very least based on my very limited knowledge, you have a big team that follows you, you have followers come from many countries in this world, you have Kechara, a beautiful prayer halls and 14 departments.

    It has not been easy, i know. Because our world praises the norm. As long as we follow the path, we will be alright.

    The cruel thing is we dont have the supports of those who loved us in the past, who are supposed to be there for us. I read your pains when i saw you writting that you didnt have your family members who came visited you at the temple. Loneliness is a terrible feeling.

    I am happy for what you have achieved today. What has happened to you in the past has become good lessons for you to teach others, very valuable. It is just like the story of J.K. Rowling.

    I wish you long life, Rinpochee and hope that i can have this honour to meet you soon in person.

    Thank you.

  29. tsemtulku on Jul 12, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Dear Matthew, I never thought of myself as an inspiration. But thank you all the same. I make prayers always that in my future lives, I will be stronger dharma practitioner from an early age and never get caught up in the ‘pleasures’ of this short life. My biggest fear is in my future lives I don’t meet dharma or much later in life. Really that is a big fear I have. So I try my best to create the causes for future lives to start dharma early always. Dharma is very strong in me since very young…like in Star Wars…the force is strong..heheheTR

  30. tsemtulku on Jul 12, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    Our parents are not perfect. They are just like you and me. They make mistakes and have their problems too. If our parents have ‘harmed’ us, we have to check carefully our mind to know it is usually not inentional. They love us. We must respect them no matter how they are. We may not agree with them, but they did give birth to us, clean, wash, feed, support and nurture us thousands of times. We have to remember that always. We have to do what we wish to do in life not to rebel against our parents, but to be who we are. In our minds, love, prayers, candles, offerings should always be done for our parents throughout our lives. For any reason they oppose our dharma practice, that is all the more reason we need to dedicate a part of our merits for them. Remember, we have the karma to take rebirth with our parents as well as they with us. Accept and make harmony and respect as much as possible. Do not confront them. But convince them with our transformations…results are best.. There always are exceptions of course. My thoughts in general. Tsem Rinpoche

  31. tsemtulku on Jul 12, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    I didn’t renounce those who loved me…I just wanted to live in the Monastery and study Dharma/practice Dharma. My parents kinda of renounced me. I don’t blame them. I love them. I saw many parents even very poor would come to the monastery to visit their sons who were monks. During New Year’s and holidays, they would always visit their sons in Gaden. No one visited me. Heheh. Poor me. Tsem Rinpoche

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    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
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    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
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    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.

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    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.

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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:

    http://bit.ly/DharmaKing
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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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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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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
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March 18, 2019-Oser is very photogenic as usual.
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    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.
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    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
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    My sweet little Oser girl is so photogenic and adorable. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Heart Sutra sang by a monk for the modern crowd. Very interesting and beautiful. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Submerging powerful mantra stones in water at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
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    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
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    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
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    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
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    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
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    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
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    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
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    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    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
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    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
4 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
23 hours ago
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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