Ms Elaine Gerbrick was my favourite teacher

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Wonderful Ms Elaine Gerbrick, my art teacher in Land O' Pines Elementary School in Howell, New Jersey. I would have loved to reconnect with her but sadly she passed away in 2004.

Wonderful Ms Elaine Gerbrick, my art teacher in Land O’ Pines Elementary School in Howell, New Jersey. I would have loved to reconnect with her but sadly she passed away in 2004. This is the only picture we can find of her and I am grateful for it. I have printed it out to keep in my house. I wished I had looked for her sooner.

Dear friends around the world,

In school, the teacher that touched me the most was my art teacher, Ms Gerbrick. I wish I could find her again. I would really like to send her a beautiful letter, to tell her how she has affected my life. She is very difficult to locate. I miss her very much. She knew exactly what was going on at home because I eventually told her. You know, what was incredible about her was her sensitivity and perception. I had this amazing experience with her in school.

One day during class, she wanted us to draw a picture-graph, which was to use pictures, without words, to tell a story. So I drew six pictures in six slots on an A4 sheet of paper. I drew a story about a person going for meditation. First, I drew the person walking towards the mountains and in the next slot, he finds a mountain and was in a cave. Within the next slot, I drew the seasons, four smaller slots within one slot that showed rain, snow and sunshine. After that, I showed him with longer hair and thinner. In the next slot after that, I drew some animals around him. Finally, in the last slot, I drew a neat picture of him in the cave meditating with long matted hair, with one ray of light going from his heart to a deity in the sky. This deity looked Indian-like and had six arms, I didn’t know who it was when I drew it. She was a six-armed deity sitting on a lotus and this ray of light from the meditator’s heart went to her heart and they connected. That was the end of my picture- graph. I drew that in my sixth grade. It was so cool, I wished I still had that picture with me. I imagined that the meditator communed and had a vision of the deity he was meditating on and he became enlightened. That picture-graph expressed my personal longing.

Throughout my life, I wanted to go to a cave and meditate. Even as a child, I believed that if I went to a cave, meditated and identified with the deity, I would become one with the deity. That was why I drew that picture-graph. That was what I knew as a kid so that was what I drew most of the time. My art teacher belonged to the 60s, so-called hippies, the flower-people generation. She always wore very darker muted colored clothes and didn’t care what people thought of her as she was very into the moment and into art. She was very individual and unique. She loved expressing things through art. She was such a great teacher and speaker.

I showed her my picture when I finished it. I must say, my artwork stood out from all the other kids as they were drawing very ordinary scenes like going shopping at the mall and stuff. 
When I showed her my picture of the meditator, I tried to explain what it was about, “Ms Gerbrick, let me explain this to you…”
 She stopped me from explaining and she just stared at the picture. She was a very tall lady with long fingers. She held the picture and just looked at it silently.

After a while I asked her again, “Can I explain it to you, Ms Gerbrick?”

Ms Gerbrick was in the local papers for being awarded a place in a coveted film workshop

Ms Gerbrick was in the local papers for being awarded a place in a coveted film workshop

She just nodded her head and said, “I perfectly understand.” Then she said, “This is just wonderful!”

I said, “Well, this person became one with the deity.“
 “I understand,” she said. 
I think she wasn’t silencing me up because she didn’t want to hear me. She totally understood and was enjoying it; I never forgot that. She understood my spiritual longing through my drawing. That was so rare to find. The kids in the class didn’t understand my spiritual drawing at all. I didn’t see this type of spirituality in books or tv much. That was really what I thought would happen if I went to a cave and meditated. That was why I always thought about meditating in a cave. That was why I have always had a big fascination with caves, mountains and lakes; I always imagined meditating amidst such landscape.

It seems like yesterday when I was sitting in my room quietly drawing. Can you imagine me as a kid drawing all this? I was just this little strange kid drawing little Buddhas and making Buddha pendants to give away to people. At that time, they just thought I was just a “weirdo” and they told me, “I am not going to wear no green god!” I drew Green Tara and colored her and covered her with saran plastic wrap to protect my little ‘masterpiece.’ I attached string for it to be worn. No one would wear my green god! I would draw do colored pictures of Tsongkapa, Buddha Shakyamuni, Manjushri, Vajrapani, Avalokitesvara, Green Tara, White Tara and so on.

The Tara (aka the 'Green God') that I drew as a child for my cousins to wear

The Tara (aka the ‘Green God’) that I drew colored in as a child for my cousins to wear

I would try to explain, “But it’s a goddess!…”
 They would scream back at me, “I don’t care!”
 It is really hilarious now when I think back to all of it and how my friends wouldn’t wear these Buddhas. Most of my American friends didn’t know really what I was drawing and I would make smaller paintings of these Buddhas and pretend they were protection amulets. I use to think I have to make this to pass to people so they would be protected. I use to do this always naturally.

Ms Gerbrick’s class was once a week in Land O’ Pines School and it was a class that I really, really looked forward to. Ms Gerbrick was, to me, a very tall and lanky lady. She wore a lot of jumpsuits with turtlenecks and she didn’t wear much make-up and she had short, greying hair and to me, she had a wonderful face that was very pock-marked, but to me she was beautiful. She was direct, she was extremely warm, she was no-nonsense and at the same time, extremely caring. I enjoyed the classes because I enjoyed listening to her, I enjoyed listening to what she had to say, I absorbed her thinking and her way of teaching. There was so much about her that just I really, really liked. So a few years back, I went looking for her through the Internet and I had a few friends help me look for her, and I found out that she had perhaps passed away. I was really looking for her picture. Even contacted Land O’ Pines school but it was long ago. Not many remembered her or had her picture until we found it from a newspaper clipping and I was grateful to find her picture. I have it framed up in my room now.

Recently, just a few days ago, I decided to confirm that she has passed away because you know, sometimes information can be wrong. We found that there was an obituary on her and she really did pass away. Learning this brought a lot of sadness to me. Her classes were innovative and challenging, and we would do all kinds of works of art, whether it was on copper sheets – we would draw images on copper sheets – or making clay items which I liked the most. There was painting, crayons, sketching, many, many things. The incredible thing is that she would look at every person’s sketch, every student’s sketch and think about it and comment on it, and she really cared. She really cared what you were trying to express in art.

Art class for us in Land O’ Pines was not a selective course, but a mandatory course which I was very happy about. At times, Ms Gerbrick would really, really shout at the top of her lungs and bang the table because some of the students were quite rowdy or wasteful with the materials. She scolded us there was not a big budget for the arts department, so we had to take care of the equipment and materials and not waste it. Some of the students weren’t respectful and they didn’t listen but the minute everybody calmed down, she would immediately calm down and talk in an even tone. She would never hold grudges. She never treated any of us any differently, or better or worse; she was equal with everyone, she was warm. For the kids who were receptive to Ms Gerbrick, she was extremely, extremely caring and helpful, and this touched everyone. I found out later that she had moved a lot of people. She really cared. That was the impact she had on me.

I was having a particularly difficult time at home, being that my parents were not getting along very well but they would not, of course, divorce while I was there. Still, they were not getting along very well. There was a lot of fighting at home. There was a lot of shouting, screaming and there was a lot of disharmony at home. A lot of the disharmony between my parents overflowed on to me so I got punished a lot. I was hit and I was shouted at a lot, and many of the things that were said to me were very, very hurtful for a child. Things like…my mother would say things to me like, “You’re never going to be anything or amount to anything when you grow up. No one’s going to like you. You’re just like your father. You have a big mouth. You’re selfish.” I mean, she would say things like that over and over to me, daily. That went on for, you know, years. I believed it for a while.

A Shakyamuni that I painted as a child. I was always drawing and painting Buddha images, wrapping them with clingfilm to waterproof them, and then passing them out to family and friends. Instinctively I knew wearing Buddhas would bless and protect them.

A Shakyamuni that I sketched and crayon colored in as a child. I was always drawing and painting Buddha images, wrapping them with clingfilm to waterproof them, and then passing them out to family and friends. Instinctively I knew wearing Buddhas would bless and protect them.

What I realised later on is that she was suffering a lot because she had some marital problems with my dad. They loved each other but as the old saying goes, you can’t live with them, you can’t live without them. She had a lot of issues with my dad, and so I was the one that she’d take it out on. I understand now that she just didn’t have anyone to take it out on. She wasn’t a cruel or evil woman at all. My mother was, in fact, a very nice person but she just didn’t have anyone to take it out on. And so I would get the brunt of her anger as a result of their marital discord. Many times I would have to keep it inside of me, the pain, the beatings and the sadness and all of that. And I remember one day after class, we had finished and all the kids had left, and I stayed behind to show Ms Gerbrick something that I had sketched and drawn. Somehow we started talking about my family.

Ms Gerbrick is not the type to pry at all, but somehow we talked about my family and what happened. I told her what I was going through at home and just how much pain I had. I knew she couldn’t do anything for me because back then, you know, teachers couldn’t do much about what was going on at home. She lent a sympathetic ear, and I realised she couldn’t say anything negative because it would be interfering in people’s family. But at the same time, she wasn’t the type to keep quiet and watch a child suffer either. After I complained and I told her what was going on at home, especially all of the things my mother was saying to me. All of the things my mother was saying to me hurt very badly, and it was very demeaning, demoralising and damaging to a young mind, especially when it comes from your own mother.

I think I broke down a little bit and I cried in front of her. She waited a few minutes and she thought about it and she said to me, and it just stuck with me all these years until now…she never criticised my parents although she understood what was going on, and she just said to me, “Do you know sometimes what people say to you that hurts, is really what they’re saying about themselves?” That blew me away. I said to her, “You mean I’m not all of these things I’m told I am? Selfish and all that?”

She said,

“Well, you know, sometimes when people have a lot of pain and they know some things about themselves, they kind of project it onto others or they say to others what they subconsciously know about themselves. So when people say negative things to you, whoever they might be, it’s not about you. It’s not even really for you; it’s not about you, it’s about them. So we need to just not let it sit in our minds. We let it go in our ear and out the other one; in one ear and out of the other one, and just forget about it. And don’t think.”

And I said, “But it’s my mother!” and she said, “Yes, even if your mother says that, don’t hold on to it because maybe she’s in a lot of pain and she’s just saying that because she has nowhere else to express what she feels about herself and her situation where she’s kind of stuck.”

It just blew my mind. I never, ever thought that people would say so many hurtful things to other people but it actually meant something subconscious about themselves. Later on, when I studied a little bit of sociology and psychology, that really is the case. So what Ms Gerbrick said turned me around a lot, you know, and I started looking at myself a little bit better. I started thinking about myself a little bit better and I started having a slightly better opinion about myself. I wouldn’t say I had a good opinion about myself but it became better because when I started meditating and thinking about the things that my mother had said when she was very down, it was really about herself and or her husband, my dad. It wasn’t really about me because I wasn’t those things that she was saying, I realised. I do love my mom though. I know now as an adult she went through so much.

RIP Ms Gerbrick (1934 - 2004). How sad that the first time I see my teacher's face in over 30 years is in her obituary.

RIP Ms Gerbrick (1934 – 2004). How sad that the first time I see my teacher’s face in over 30 years is in her obituary.

Ms Gerbrick’s talk with me really just hit me so deep. The care, the kindness, the compassion, the time and the genuine wisdom that she conveyed to me was really amazing. I mean that she’s one of the most impactful people that I have ever met in my life, that has affected me deeply and still affects me to this day. I found out later that she’s affected a lot of people and students like that, that she was just a really warm, wonderful person and she didn’t take her teaching position as a job but as something she cared about, kids she cared about.

Sadly for me, I left New Jersey when I was 15 / 16 in 1981. I never was able to communicate with Ms Gerbrick again. I was not able to locate her and tell her how much her advice had helped a child which was me, and then help me as an adult as I still reflect back on what she told me. I still tell other people the same thing when I come across the same situation because it really just makes sense. I wanted to write her a long letter, I wanted to send her some gifts, I wanted to send her some pictures, I wanted to send her flowers, maybe chocolates to tell her that I’m alright now and that I’m grown up – hopefully mentally I’m grown up also – and that I’m fine and that she made such an impact on me, her student. I didn’t have that chance so what I’m going to do is, I’m going to print out her picture and I’m going to put it near my Buddha statue and I’m going to do prayers and make offerings for her, that she will be okay and really find a good rebirth, be at peace and continue her spiritual journey, because she was a very spiritual person to me. She had to be a spiritual person to have been able to interpret the art – the spiritual art – that I had presented to her, that she could interpret to me.

I guess teachers all around the world who take the time to care about their pupils, to talk and to listen and to have the reaching out to their students, it does make a huge difference in their little minds. Maybe as kids they can’t express what I am expressing now but surely as they grow up, they become adults, teachers like Ms Elaine Gerbrick helped to form young people’s minds to be a better person, to like themselves better and, in the process, to like other people better.

Ms Gerbrick’s influence on me as a child was really huge and this blog post is a dedication to her and about her, to thank her and at the same time to let teachers around the world know, please reach out to your students. It makes a difference. Young people need someone to care, to listen to them and give them good advice that will affect them forever like what Ms Gerbrick did for me.

I thank you so much Ms Gerbrick. I miss you very much. I wish I had found you again in all these decades. You will be remembered forever Ms Gerbrick,

Tsem Rinpoche

 

Howell, New Jersey in the United States, and the town where I grew up. It is the red dot on the right.

Howell, New Jersey in the United States, and the town where I grew up. It is the red dot on the right.

The red area is Howell. In this map you can see Howell's position in relations to New York City to the north and Philadelphia to the south, which is another big city with a lot of Kalymks living there. New York, Philadelphia and New Jersey where I lived is known as the Tri-State area and there are a lot of Kalmyks living here.

The red area is Howell. In this map you can see Howell’s position in relations to New York City to the north and Philadelphia to the south, which is another big city with a lot of Kalymks living there. New York, Philadelphia and New Jersey where I lived is known as the Tri-State area and there are a lot of Kalmyks living here.

My childhood home in Howell, New Jersey. I went back there to visit in 2013 and it looked almost exactly the same. There's now a very nice family living there.

My childhood home in Howell, New Jersey. I went back there to visit in 2013 and it looked almost exactly the same. There’s now a very nice family living there. Would be neat I can stay in this house again. I liked our back yard very much.

The huge backyard behind my home, which I was responsible for maintaining and upkeeping. I would have to mow the grass, tend to the vegetable patch, rake up the leaves, etc.

The huge backyard behind my home, which I was responsible for maintaining and upkeeping. I would have to mow the grass, tend to the vegetable patch, rake up the leaves, etc.

The street outside my childhood home in Howell, New Jersey. It was a really wonderful town to grow up in.

The street outside my childhood home in Howell, New Jersey. It was a really wonderful town to grow up in.

Outside Land O' Pines Elementary School, where I studied and Ms Gerbrick was one of my teachers.

Outside Land O’ Pines Elementary School, where I studied and Ms Gerbrick was one of my teachers. I went to this school for 8 years.

The school gym in Land O' Pines school. When the bio team went to New Jersey in 2010, they were given permission to tour the school.

The school gym in Land O’ Pines school. When the Kechara bio team went to New Jersey in 2010, they were given permission to tour the school. They were gathering information for a bio book on myself.

Walls with colourful artwork. During the holidays, the kids would enter an art contest and the winners would be allowed to paint the corridor with their different designs. I loved this and often won the competition to have the chance to paint on the walls.

Walls with colourful artwork. During the holidays, the kids would enter an art contest and the winners would be allowed to paint on paper and attach their artworks along the corridor with their different designs. I loved this and often won the competition to have the chance to paint on the walls.

A typical classroom in school

A typical classroom in school

A plaque inside the school commemorating the library. This was one of my favourite places in school.

A plaque inside the school commemorating the library. This was one of my favourite places in school.

Inside Land O' Pines Elementary School. Overall, I did not like going to school and found it to be a waste of time because I wanted to be a monk when I grew up, and I didn't see how studying would help me. But there were a few teachers there who really made a difference. Ms Gerbrick was one of them.

Inside Land O’ Pines Elementary School. Overall, I did not like going to school and found it to be unnecessary for me because I wanted to be a monk when I grew up, and I didn’t see how studying would help me. But there were a few teachers there who really made a difference in school. I liked our principal Mr Thompson who was a nice man and always friendly. Very reasonable too. Ms Schaffren was another teacher who was kind and always bought donuts for all her classes and the kids liked her. I got along with her very well. I liked her very much. She was tough but kind. Ms Ruben the lady in the school cafeteria was very good person, with a big heart and also joked a lot with the kids. I loved seeing her daily during lunch. I liked the librarian Mrs Weidenbacher and I volunteered in the library to put books away for her on my free time always weekly. Ms Gerbrick was one of those caring teachers that reached out. Thank you to all wonderful teachers in Land O’ Pines and to Ms Gerbrick.

I won a lot of awards in school, including a pumpkin-decorating contest when I was in Grade 1. I remember they showed us how to carve and decorate the pumpkins and I won. I also won many Science Fair awards. Of course my parents were never really interested. One of the kids in this picture, Steven Cranmer, is now an actual rocket scientist.

I won a lot of awards in school, including a pumpkin-decorating contest when I was in Grade 1. I remember they showed us how to carve and decorate the pumpkins and I won. I really liked Halloween and everything that comes with it.  I also won many Science Fair awards and projects. My parents were never really interested in attending my awards ceremonies. You can see me in the right picture with big hair!

The school's best students would be on their honor roll

The school’s best students would be on their honor roll as I did score good grades many times

An announcement in the school paper announcing our graduation from elementary school as the class of 1981. I was 15 at the time.

An announcement in the school paper announcing our graduation from elementary school as the class of 1981. I was 15 at the time.

 

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  1. Joy Kam on Dec 14, 2018 at 4:19 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 10:10 am

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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. Pastor Adeline Woon on Jul 29, 2018 at 1:03 am

    A poem by Tsem Rinpoche

  4. Valentina Suhendra on Jul 26, 2018 at 5:18 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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  5. Pastor Shin Tan on Jul 17, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    Tsem Rinpoche at Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong, Malaysia

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  6. Valentina Suhendra on Oct 20, 2017 at 12:52 am

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

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  7. Valentina Suhendra on Oct 19, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    Dear friends,

    This meme is powerful. Who you hang around with and the types of attitude they have is who you will be influenced by many times and who you will become in the future. Look at your friends and the people that always surround you to know who you will become.

    Tsem Rinpoche

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  8. yin ping on Oct 11, 2017 at 5:14 am

    Too often we are focusing on ourselves rather than others’ feelings. We forgot that a simple smile, a kind word, lending an ear, an honest compliment, a helping hand or any small act of kindness gives impact on someone’ life. Therefore, always be kind to others. We are not doing a favor for anyone, it is simply because everyone deserved love and care. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this with us.

  9. Anne Ong on Oct 9, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this lovely and touching story of Ms Gerbrick. Ms Gerbrick sounds like a very wise and spiritual person who can see beyond the superficial facade people put up. Ms Gerbrick inspired me on how to inspire more people with positive speech and action. Thank you to bio-team who went to USA to take pictures on Rinpoche’s school.

  10. wan wai meng on Oct 9, 2017 at 2:22 am

    We should appreciate all teachers, especially those teachers who show so much care, attention and time to us. The time when rinpoche told us that his teacher taught him that people say hurtful things because they might be feeling like that inside. Very insightful and very spiritual advice given.

  11. Fong on Oct 6, 2017 at 10:54 am

    Ms Gerbrick sounds like a very wise and spiritual person who can see beyond the superficial facade people put up. And, very caring too. Her students are so very blessed to be taught by her or even to connect with her.

    It’s amazing how she could totally understand Rinpoche’s drawing about meditation in caves. And, have wise words of comfort and understanding with regards to the situation at Rinpoche’s home back then.

    Just wish there were more teachers like her around.

  12. Hayden Chan on Oct 2, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for writing this post on your art teacher, Ms Elaine Gerbrick. This teacher sounds amazing I also have a favorite teacher too, Cikgu Shahzalina. She thought us History in Form 1 last year and she was also my class teacher. Usually History can get very boring but she made History very interesting. At times, she will make the class laugh.

    Teachers also can be your friend, not just student that you know at school. RInpoche is so lucky to have found a teacher like this and I hope she takes a good rebirth near the Dharma.

  13. Freon on Sep 30, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    Dear Rinpoche

    By Reading what Rinpoche’s draw during Rinpoche’s Elementary School is truly amazing to me. A kid could draw such complicated scene on a meditator and the meditator could connect with a deity, to me, there is no kid will draw this kind of art during elementary time. Rinpoche is not ordinary beings. Normal kids would just draw cartoon la, house la etc, definitely not Buddha images or meditator images.

    More amazing, Rinpoche have already thought to benefit people during kid time by drawing pictures of Buddha and give to people for protection. How can ordinary kids think to benefit people by using Buddha images?

    Ms Gerbrick was a very good teacher. Imagine if other teachers saw this kind of pictures, they probably would think the kid is crazy. But, Ms Gerbrick looks and admire the pictures, she even understand what Rinpoche trying to say through the pictures. Through this, I can say she was a very opened minded person and quite spiritual. Ya, I do agreed with Rinpoche that she care. Her genuine care has brought her to be a skillful person to educate the kids.

    I like what she said “Do you know sometimes what people say to you that hurts, is really what they’re saying about themselves?” It blew me too. She is such a wise teacher.

    Rinpoche never forget people’s kindness. Many people that come across Rinpoche’s life, Rinpoche would appreciate them and think to benefit them not only this life but to their future life.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this story. Ms Gerbrick inspired me on how to inspire more people with positive speech and action. Thank you to bio-team who went to USA to take pictures on Rinpoche’s school.

    Love,
    Freon
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  14. Wong Suet Moi on Sep 29, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing. Is true that sometines people said something bad hurt us is not about us but about themselves. We need to learn forgiving and be kind to those harsh to us. Most of the time we can not help those people or do anything in such situation but at least we do not create hatred further.

  15. Pastor David Lai on Sep 29, 2017 at 4:28 am

    I heard of this story many years ago while Rinpoche took a number of his students including myself for a stroll in the park. I absolutely loved the story and fortunately, it was in one of the transcripts and I plucked out the story and combined it in a chapter of my book called Tales My Lama Told Me on Rinpoche’s childhood called Childhood Buddhas. (book available here – Tales My Lama Told Me )

    I was just amazed at how sensitive, intelligent and intuitive she was as a teacher. She gave great and insightful advice in dealing with Rinpoche’s mother. Its rare to have such a teacher and one for whom understands the students very well and has since nurturing energy and intuition towards the students.

    Tales My Lama Told Me

  16. Datuk May on Sep 27, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    As I read this article, I imagined being in the presence of a kind warm teacher, when your family “scene” was almost unbearable and what a relief it was to have some one who understood and gave comfort in a profound way.

    Miss Elaine Gerbrick must have found Rinpoche to be a very special child with the expression of Rinpoche’s thoughts in art. And she was able to understand how Rinpoche illustrated his imprinted desire to meditate in a cave. Her kindness in explaining to Rinpoche about Rinpoche’s mother’s accusation of Rinpoche was very impactful and definitely erased any thoughts of self unworthiness in Rinpoche’s young mind. This was very kind and thoughtful of Miss Gerbrick.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing Rinpoche’s experience and much to be learnt in the art of compassion and kindness to others in whatever the circumstances. Something that Rinpoche has always taught the world at large.

  17. Samfoonheei on Sep 26, 2017 at 7:06 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these touching story of such compassionate, kind, caring lady Ms Elaine Gerbrick .She was Rinpoche childhood teacher who has make a huge difference in Rinpoche’s life. It would be wonderful if teachers take the time to care, ,listen, talk and reaching out to their students as all these have a huge impact on them. Ms Elaine Gerbrick was truly one such teacher who cares and understands for her students like Rinpoche ,and she was an example to all teachers.
    Due to her kindness , sensitivity and perception Rinpoche had a amazing experience with her in school which Rinpoche treasured so much. She was sympathetic and gentle with her students and considerate of their feelings and courteous .

  18. Lim Han Nee on Sep 25, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    I also find in this blogpost, a clear illustration of Rinpoche’s consistent emphasis on remembering the kindness of others and repaying that kindness. Rinpoche wanted to repay the kindness of Ms Gerbrick, and he left no stone unturned in his efforts to locate where she was.It was only when it was confirmed that she had passed away, did he finally accept that and let it go.

  19. Lim Han Nee on Sep 25, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche. I find this blogpost very beautiful.What I find most striking about Ms Gerbrick is her ability to empathise with her young students and relate and respond to their needs. Ms Gerbrick was a very warm and sincere person.She thought deeply and spoke from her heart. She expressed herself through art. That was why she could understand all of Rinpoche’s deepest emotions and longings and yearnings through his art. Rinpoche was speaking to her through his art.

    When Rinpoche poured his heart out to her, she had such a remarkable way of responding to this outpouring from the heart, which to me was like the best food for the ‘soul’ and ‘pcyche’ of the young boy that Rinpoche was then. Instead of commiserating with Rinpoche in his misery (pouring oil on water), she uplifted Rinpoche’s spirits and helped restore his self-esteem which Dana had battered down

    She pointed out to Rinpoche the fact that his mother was, in reality, in a lot of pain. So Rinpoche shouldn’t be holding on to the perception of the pain that his mother had made him suffer.

    “Well, you know, sometimes when people have a lot of pain and they know some things about themselves, they kind of project it onto others or they say to others what they subconsciously know about themselves. So when people say negative things to you, whoever they might be, it’s not about you. It’s not even really for you; it’s not about you, it’s about them. So we need to just not let it sit in our minds. We let it go in our ear and out the other one..and just forget about it. And don’t think.”

    When Rinpoche started thinking and reflecting on these words, it made him feel better and have a better opinion of himself.There and then, Rinpoche understood that the negative things his mother had said was about herself and his father. and NOT ABOUT HIM. Rinpoche began to understand his mother better.It was Ms Gerbrick’s care and compassion that made her speak with such insight and wisdom about Rinpoche’s mother.

  20. Su Ming on Sep 25, 2017 at 11:19 am

    Gratitude is one of the main key attributes which Rinpoche has always taught his students to cultivate. Kindness from others is a value which we should always appreciate and remember especially more during times of need.

    I have heard this story about Ms Gerbick directly from Rinpoche before during the first few years I was in Ladrang. It is rare to find a teacher who cares and most importantly who advices so appropriately during those times when Rinpoche needed someone. It was not easy for a child to go through such turmoil. No child should be subjected to this type of treatment. Ms Gerbick put whatever Rinpoche was going through in such simplistic words which was so right and still so right for most of us.

    I know if Ms Gerbick was still alive today, Rinpoche would have spoil her silly by imparting dharma in how she understands and also lots and lots of gifts from Rinpoche. In this world and age, it is hard to find true kindness/ kindness without any agenda. I know I am one of the few which has found kindness from Rinpoche and my dharma family. I am indeed fortunate.

  21. Wah Ying on Sep 24, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    I like to read when I was young but never like to go to school and do not like teachers. As a person we always giving impact to anyone we come across, but as a teacher especially teaching younger kids, he/she gives very strong impact to a kid. We have always heard stories of how a teacher giving huge impact to a kid like the story Rinpoche on Miss Elaine Gerbrick. Teaching is more than a job to pass on knowledge or teaching a skill, it’s a soul meeting another soul, and influencing another’s life.

    I agreed that Miss Elaine is a spiritual person, a person who cares sincerely, who has a warm and kind heart. Most importantly she respect another person even he/she is a kid, she never thinks kid will know less that adult. Not only she respect but more than that is she understands. I wish we would have teachers like Miss Elaine, with teaches with passion, care and love.

    I thank Miss Elaine for being such an understanding and lovely teacher, I will pray for you. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

  22. Cc on Sep 24, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.
    One’s kindness and compassion does changed people’s life. Belated Ms Gerbrick listened with her heart and gave advise in a very rational way, that’s where it really makes a big difference. Kids, adults and elderly are all the same, they need to be engaged and felt that there are someone out there who really listen to them and care for them. They need someone who they can relay with and be more open than keeping everything to themselves which may lead to depression. We should learn from her to be considerate.

    Pray that she had good rebirth.

  23. Alice Tay on Sep 24, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    Ms Gerbrick was very patient and compassionate by spending her time to listen to Rinpoche said to her. Ms Gerbrick never criticized about Rinpoche’s parents and avoid to give negative effect to Rinpoche. Instead, Ms Gerbrick advised Rinpoche that when people say negative things to him, it is not about him, but it’s about them. This message implied that Ms Gerbrick knew to be sympathic and considerate to others.

    I personally think that in order to be a responsible teacher, one must selflessly devote oneself and always think of how to benefit the students and constantly seek solutions to remove barriers that children face. Ms Gerbrick was one of them as mentioned.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this wonderful story of Ms Gerbrick. May she has a good rebirth and return in perfect human form to learn dharma at a young age. ?

  24. Sock Wan on Sep 24, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this lovely and touching story of Ms Gerbrick. She really was special, she had the ability to see things from different perspective to turn hatred and negativity into love and compassion. If we told someone about the negative things our parents had said to us, most people would become judgemental and criticise our parents. But Ms Gerbrick saw it differently, she saw how miserable and how much sufferings Rinpoche’s mother must have gone through. She taught Rinpoche what empthy is about. Instead of making the relationship of Rinpoche and parents worse, Ms Gerbrick helped Rinpoche overcome the ill-treatments from the parents and develop compassion for them.

    A teacher’s job is not merely teaching students the knowledge from the text books, it is also about caring the student’s mental development. Ms Gerbrick had shown a very good example of a wonderful, caring and loving teacher.

  25. Chris Chong on Sep 23, 2017 at 11:45 am

    Dear RInpoche,

    Thank you for sharing with us the story and kind words of this kind teacher. It really touched my heart of how this teacher would be so caring and kind to give such loving advice to a kid so many years ago. I too have a similar kind teacher when i was in my elementary school. She was very kind to me even though i had caused her so much of problems. After graduated from school, a few of us from the same class would visit her periodically to update her on our life and she would enjoy listening to it and sometimes she will gives us her advice on life too. Kindness and compassion is an attribute that can change or touch people’s life deeply. People with kindness should have more respect than those who are rich or famous because they are the one out there making differences in the world.

    Humbly,
    Chris

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  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Oct 24. 2020 12:08 PM
    Inspiring post where Rinpoche had showed us the way to be compassionate, kind and observant while going round driving, walking or in restaurant. Any place or so nor matter where showing the light to those who needed help, foods and so forth. Rinpoche is truly a Bodhisattva.
    Thank you Rinpoche been so kind, helpful and compassion helping everyone regardless of race and religion . A good example for us.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/etc/driving-in-west-hollywood-today.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Oct 24. 2020 12:06 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this powerful White Manjushri sadhana practice. This practice is beneficial to help us to clear delusions and ignorance. Manjushri practice especially helps us develop our wisdom. It is a great blessing for Moh Mei to have received the White Manjushri practice.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/white-manjushri-sadhana.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Oct 24. 2020 12:05 PM
    A beautiful story of how Pastor Antoinette Kass came all the way to be in Malaysia. She is from Luxembourg meeting H E Tsem Rinpoche in 2011, learning Dharma online from Youtube, blog, Facebook in search of spirituality. Later in 2015 finally she left her comfort zone to be ordained as a Buddhist pastor . Pastor Antoinette’s spiritual journey is an inspiration to many of us. With her determination and courage she found her way here . Wish her the best .
    Thank you Pastor Seng Piow for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/a-long-way-from-home.html
  • sarassitham
    Friday, Oct 23. 2020 04:19 PM
    I am blessed to see the amazing and best 10 meditation retreats in the world. I believe it is such because of its rich and long history with pure spiritual practice and way of life, culture and religion.

    Traditionally all retreats has a beautiful landscape and quiet environment for anyone to have more freedom, peace and happiness in our daily life. It is also a chance to nurture our inner growth as it’s take time to look deeply in order to transform both our individual difficulties and the difficulties in our society.

    We are so fortunate with Rinpoche kindness to have a similar retreat for us to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Such a great place to practice dharma in nature with walks, breath meditations and fresh air.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article and giving an opportunity to explore the beautiful retreats in the world.

    https://bit.ly/34jcxqK

  • S.Prathap
    Friday, Oct 23. 2020 12:27 PM
    This is definitely one of the best way for us to collect merits and plant seed for us to be able to do her practice in future. From this article I know and learn about the very sacred female Buddha. It gives us great opportunity to collect merits and make offering by having Vajrayogini stupa and statue in Kechara Forest Retreat.Thank you very much for the guidance and sharing such a good article.

    https://bit.ly/3kpdPpB
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Oct 23. 2020 11:55 AM
    China to Open its Own Nalanda University in Hainan Province . The campus of Nanhai Buddhism Academy was designed by internationally acclaimed architect which is located in the scenic Nanshan Cultural Tourism Zone. That’s wonderful. It’s the only institute of higher education in the world offering instruction. Offering various programs on Buddhist Studies in Han-Chinese Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism and Southern Buddhism . The Chinese government are willing to invest billions in having such a university to benefits the people and for most spreading Buddhism .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/new-nalanda-university-in-china.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Oct 23. 2020 11:53 AM
    Came across this old post . Well for someone to admit one mistakes , realised the true , having the courage to swallow one’s pride and apologise, I rejoice for them. Some might not have the courage to admit it. Admitting a mistake is not a weakness after all on the contrary, it shows an openness of our heart. Every one of us might have made mistakes along our life path. We learn from our mistakes, admit our own before we point out someone else’s and grow from there.
    Lobsang Monlam ‘s message is very touching , its better for him to say sorry now than never. Or else he will regret forever. A good teacher like our Lama is hard to find. We are very fortunate to have met Rinpoche in this life , Rinpoche had changed the lives of many.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Seng Piow for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/dear-rinpoche-i-am-sorry.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Oct 23. 2020 11:51 AM
    Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and lack of interest. Different causes can often combine to trigger depression. Whatever it is ….depression comes from our own karma for what we did in this life or the previous life. People who suffer from depression often report feelings of loneliness and isolation. If not treated it could lead to more serious matters related. It will interfere with our daily life for sure. Learning Dharma, practicing it will help us to transform our mind more positively. We will see the light even in the darkest of times in our life.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this teachings with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/etc/some-thoughts-on-depression.html
  • sarassitham
    Thursday, Oct 22. 2020 11:51 PM
    This is an amazing news for vegetarian and vegan eaters in California. I strongly believe it a great move to encourage more people to be vegan. Choosing a vegan lifestyle can contribute many beneficial factors to one’s life.

    A vegan diet is the most beneficial to mankind as it is one of the healthiest diets in the world, it is the world’s most environmentally friendly diet. Many vegans have found themselves starving while they are traveling and not being able to find any foods free of animal products on the road and this will be very convenient.

    Thank you for the interesting sharing, Hope to hear and see more countries could have Vegan Grocery. It will be extremely beneficial to the planet and will encourage a healthier lifestyle.

    https://bit.ly/3ji9V0F
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Oct 22. 2020 12:48 PM
    We have to do our homework……yes I agree with what Rinpoche had said. We can’t go back and change the beginning but we can start where we are and change the present. We have to work it out somehow even there is a hurdle or obstacles to go. In life we bond to have obstacles to clear along the path of life. Accepting those obstacles as they come , learn from there and let it be. Choosing to learn, practice Dharma and putting it into action is the best choice. Doing Dharma I have chosen have make my life filled with happiness.
    Thank you Rinpoche for these teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/20668.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Oct 22. 2020 12:45 PM
    The Heart Sutra is the most widely known sutra of the Mahayana tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. We may try changing who we are in an attempt to fit in and even if we achieve a new feeling of belonging, the emptiness remains. Emptiness is an important door to liberation in life. The Heart Sutra is a very condensed contemplation manual. Will read it over and again to understand better . I still have a long way to go trying to absorb what ever I could. We have to develop a soft heart and compassion, firstly before we read the sutras. At the heart of emptiness is compassion….quoted.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this great teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/emptiness-with-a-heart-of-compassion.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Oct 22. 2020 12:44 PM
    Unbelievable what they did…. Mumu and Oser. They saved an injured tiny bird, bringing to Rinpoche. They are like one of us , can feel and knew that the bird needed help. Mumu and Oser knew who to bring to. Great Job, they did their best, sadly the injured bird passed away. But fortunate to have Rinpoche blessing. Mumu and Oser are amazing dogs had showed us an example to give care, love and be kind even they were of different species.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/a-tale-of-a-bird.html
  • sarassitham
    Wednesday, Oct 21. 2020 05:11 PM
    Really love this mysterious and yet beautiful, sacred and holy place. The temple is beautiful preserved with remarkable facts of tantric legacy. This sixty four yogini temple is very unique in many ways and all the yoginis represents the sixty four arts which very fascinating. I believe there are a lot more to discover from this temple.

    Thank you for the article sharing, I’m blessed to see the holy place and hope to visit them.

    https://bit.ly/3jha0Si
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Oct 21. 2020 01:33 PM
    Dorje Shugden, the special protector emanation of Manjushri is a fully enlightened being which will help us at all times when we truly trusted and have faith in him and our Guru.

    There is nothing that is too small or too big or daunting for him, when it comes to helping us.I fold my hands in great faith and devotion to Dorje Shugden.Thank you for sharing this wonderful story and experience with us.


    https://bit.ly/3kl6M1s
  • sarassitham
    Tuesday, Oct 20. 2020 11:52 PM
    I believe that in life, we come across so many different experiences and opportunities to learn and grow, and in turn, every choice we make and everything that we go through shapes us into who we are. Challenging situations take us beyond our comfort zone and trigger fears and anxieties but also have the power to become moments of truth.

    It takes a lot of time to reached a level of acceptance and by doing dharma work we are trying to inculcate compassion into our lives . This powerful teaching helps to purify our karma and transform our thoughts.

    Thank you for the sharing, It serves as a reminder for all of us, of the reason why we are doing Dharma work and what kind of attitude one should have.

    https://bit.ly/3jg6K9E

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Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
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Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
This is pretty amazing!

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

Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
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Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
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Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families  ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
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Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
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We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 months ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
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More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 months ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 months ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
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KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
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Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
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Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
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Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
7 months ago
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
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Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
7 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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