The Duality of Doppelgangers

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(by Tsem Rinpoche and Cindy Hew)

In general, people are either weirded out or fascinated by the possibility that we have at least one likeness out there amongst the over-seven billion people in the world. This is most probably fuelled by the belief that we are all unique individuals and therefore should be different from each other.

Although there is a growing trend of attempting to locate our likenesses via social media and other online platforms, people in the past were more apprehensive and less receptive of meeting their doppelgangers. In fact, some downright balked at the mere mention of the word ‘doppelganger’ due to superstitious beliefs which once heavily dogged doppelganger sightings.

 

What are Doppelgangers?

The word ‘doppelganger’ first debuted in Germany around 1796. Coined by German author Johann Paul Friedrich Richter (better known by his pen name Jean Paul) in his novel ‘Siebenkäs‘, the word originally described a meal in which two courses were simultaneously served.

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Portrait of Johann Paul Friedrich Richter by Heinrich Pfenninger in 1798

Jean Paul invented the word “doppeltganger” to describe instances of uncanny lookalikes, which is the current popular use for the term ‘doppelganger’. These lines of distinction slowly blurred over time and ‘doppelganger’ now serves as the default term for any type of double. The Dutch word “dubbelgänger” also came into being at around the same time and bore the same literal definition.

However, the concept of a doppelganger being a mysterious exact double of a living person predates its official terminology. This is evinced by its early appearances in folklore, myths, religious concepts and traditions of many cultures throughout human history.

 

Neutral Origins

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An Egyptian “Ka” statue

The earliest record of a doppelganger can be found in ancient Egyptian mythology relating to a “ka” which roughly translates to “tangible spirit double”.

This spirit double is said to have the same memories, emotions and feelings as the person who is its counterpart. It is also what drives Egyptians to mummify their bodies as they believe that the “ka” lives on after death provided it has a body in place. A decomposed body would mean the death of the “ka” and the deceased would then lose his chance for eternal life.

Based on Egyptian mythology, it appears that the nature of the “ka” is not fixed and can be manipulated by third parties who have developed the power to do so, even without the consent or knowledge of the originator of the “ka”. According to Egyptian belief, Paris of Troy was misled into stopping the Trojan War through the use of the “ka” of his lover, Helen.

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An ancient artistic depiction of Paris of Troy and his lover, Helen

Other tales that affirm the unfixed nature of the doppelganger phenomenon include:

“Vardoger” from Norse folklore, which are ghostly beings that precede their living counterparts. Norse folktales reveal that a Vardoger typically takes on the originator’s form, voice, scent and overall demeanour including footsteps, primarily to perform the originator’s intended actions in advance of the originator’s arrival at a particular location. It is also common for witnesses to come forth and swear that they had seen or heard the actual person before the individual physically arrives.

“Ori” from the African Yoruba tradition, which also bears features identical to the originator. The Yoruba tribe believes that each person has an Ori but opinions differ as to its role. Some believe it is the person’s spirit whilst others claim it is the guardian spirit of the person it resembles.

“Chi” from the indigenous Nigerian Igbo tribe. The Igbo tribe believes that doppelgangers are the fundamental force of creation and the manifestation of the individual’s consciousness, serving as a life compass or even as a guardian spirit for the person it resembles.

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Igbo art depicting the creation of man and co-relation with Chi

 

Malevolent Nature?

As time passed, much superstition arose around doppelgangers and by the mid-19th century, they had developed a reputation as harbingers of misfortune including being omens of impending death. As a result, doppelgangers took on a more sinister form in popular culture and were believed to cast no shadow and at times, no reflection. Amongst the common folk, they became associated with evil and the afterlife.

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Emilie Sagee and her doppelganger

During this period, it was believed that if a doppelganger was seen by a person’s relative or friend, it translated to some form of illness or danger befalling that individual. Such was the case of Emilie Sagee, a schoolteacher in mid-19th century France whose tale was chronicled by Robert Dale Owen, an American writer.

In 1845, the students in Sagee’s class could not believe their eyes when Sagee’s doppelganger suddenly appeared next to her in class and started mimicking her every move. The witnesses were understandably shocked but Sagee herself was completely oblivious to the apparition pantomiming her movements.

With each subsequent appearance, Sagee’s doppelganger appeared to be getting bolder and stronger, even appearing beyond Sagee’s immediate vicinity. On one such occasion, Sagee’s doppelganger sat on her chair in the bustling school hall whilst the real Sagee was outside attending to another matter. One can just imagine the fear and bewilderment of the students who could clearly see their teacher outside while her paranormal twin occupied her vacant seat in their midst. A few daring students approached the doppelganger but it did not disappear immediately unlike previously. A couple of daredevil students even walked through it, reporting that it felt like the texture of thick fabric.

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Artist’s impression of Sagee’s doppelganger appearing in class

It was apparent to all that whenever her spectral twin appeared, Sagee would turn pale and look drained. Different eye-witnesses also said that Sagee would complain about feeling groggy and powerless whenever her doppelganger manifested.

The repeated sightings of Sagee’s doppelganger not only took a toll on her health but also resulted in her eventually losing her job at Pensionat von Neuwelcke despite being a model employee. Based on Owen’s chronicles, Sagee’s doppelganger cost her dearly — 19 teaching jobs in 16 years, to be precise. Most of her employers had no choice but to let Sagee go as concerned parents were either pulling their children out of school or refusing to enrol them in a place with a resident doppelganger.

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Many were spooked by the frequent appearance of Sagee’s doppelganger

 

Omen of Death?

People also believed that sudden death would befall one who sees his own doppelganger. Many real-life cases have been reported including those involving significant historical figures. Some notable ones include;

 

1. Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States of America from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865

Abraham Lincoln’s encounters with his doppelganger were documented in 1895 by Noah Brooks in his book, ‘Washington in Lincoln’s Time‘.

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Artist’s impression of President Lincoln meeting his doppelganger

According to Brooks, the first encounter took place when Lincoln was resting on his couch on the night of his first election. He happened to glance in a mirror and saw his own visage — except that there were two of him. The second figure, identical in every way to Lincoln save for it being “five shades paler”, disappeared when he got up from the couch to investigate.

He sat back down only to see it again. At that juncture, it is said that Lincoln admitted to having felt a little pang as if something uncomfortable had happened but he put such negative thoughts on the backburner.

Lincoln reportedly tried to elicit the presence of his ghostly apparition again, either out of curiosity or to show it to his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln.

He was successful in encountering his doppelganger once again but was unable to show it to his terrified wife. The distraught Mary felt that the paleness of Lincoln’s bizarre twin was a bad omen, and believed it meant Lincoln would be elected for two terms but would not live to finish his second one. Eerily, Mary was proven right when Lincoln was assassinated partway through his second term.

 

2. Catherine the Great, the powerful 18th century Empress of Russia

On the fateful night when Catherine saw her doppelganger, she was in a foul mood as her slumber was disrupted by terrified servants who swore they had just seen her enter the throne room. Her strong and territorial disposition meant she did not take lightly to anyone, including her ghostly counterpart, making themselves at home on the royal throne.

Catherine immediately ordered her sentries to open fire at her spectral twin, causing it to vanish without a trace. Not long after, Catherine mysteriously suffered a fatal stroke.

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Catherine the Great

 

3. Queen Elizabeth I of England and Ireland, who reigned from 17 November 1558 until her death on 24 March 1603

One of the greatest and most influential monarchs in history, Queen Elizabeth I was known to be a level-headed and politically savvy monarch. Her 44 years on the throne provided her subjects with stability and consistency, and her sharp wit and clever mind guided the nation through religious and political turmoil.

Not long before her death, Queen Elizabeth was confronted by her ghostly doppelganger lying motionless like a corpse on her bed. It was considered an ominous portent as the Queen was already in frail condition. After the incident, it is said that she stayed up for hours and refused to rest, possibly lamenting her impending death.

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Tomb of Queen Elizabeth I at Westminster Abbey

 

4. John Dunne, the great English poet and founder of the Metaphysical Poets

Regarded as one of the most important names in English poetry, John Dunne saw the doppelganger of his wife during a business trip in Paris. He returned to England only to discover that she had delivered a stillborn baby at their London home.

His wife died five days after giving birth to their stillborn twelfth child. Donne mourned her deeply, and wrote of his love and loss in his 17th Holy Sonnet.

HOLY SONNETS XVII

Since she whom I loved hath paid her last debt
To Nature, and to hers, and my good is dead,
And her soul early into heaven ravishèd,
Wholly on heavenly things my mind is set.

Here the admiring her my mind did whet
To seek thee, God; so streams do show the head;
But though I have found thee, and thou my thirst hast fed,
A holy thirsty dropsy melts me yet.

But why should I beg more love, whenas thou
Dost woo my soul, for hers offering all thine:
And dost not only fear lest I allow
My love to saints and angels, things divine,
But in thy tender jealousy dost doubt
Lest the world, flesh, yea, devil put thee out.

 

5. Percy Bysshe Shelley, the English Romantic poet of the 19th century and husband of Mary Shelley, the author of ‘Frankenstein’

Percy Bysshe Shelley’s life was cut short when he drowned whilst sailing in 1812. Although his death was officially ruled an accident, many speculated that he might have been murdered by an enemy who detested his vocal political beliefs.

Shortly before he drowned, Shelley is said to have told his wife, Mary, that he had met his doppelganger repeatedly. A close family acquaintance, Jane Williams, also confessed to seeing Shelley’s doppelganger on a few occasions prior to his death. It would pass her window, a route frequented by the real Shelley, but never returned upon hitting the dead end at the end of the road.

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The literary power couple, Percy Bysshe Shelley (right) and his wife Mary Shelley (left)

 

6. Guy de Maupassant, the renowned French novelist

Considered one of the fathers of the modern short story, Guy de Maupassant had a rather long relationship with his doppelganger. There are two versions of the story.

The first tells of how his spectral counterpart would regularly appear to dictate stories to him. It is widely believed that “The Horla”, a spooky tale about a man who is driven to insanity after an evil spirit tries to use him as a host, was the story dictated to Maupassant.

The second rejects the idea of Maupassant’s doppelganger dictating stories to him and instead postulates that the apparition was haunting Maupassant with its frequent appearances and vanishing acts.

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Guy de Maupassant

Regardless, both versions agree that the doppelganger constantly appeared to Maupassant, depressed and in despair. In a classic case of life imitating art, Maupassant was so unnerved by his ghostly twin that he had a mental breakdown and died in an insane asylum a year after his first encounter with his doppelganger.

 

7. George Tryon, highly decorated British Admiral and Commander of the British Mediterranean Fleet

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Vice Admiral George Tryon

Vice Admiral George Tryon went down in naval history as having made a costly amateurish mistake which led to his flagship HMS Victoria colliding with HMS Camperdown during manoeuvres off Tripoli, Lebanon.

On 22nd June 1893, he perished along with 357 men in the Mediterranean Sea, unbeknownst to his wife who was then busy hosting a lavish party in their London home. Some party guests saw the Vice Admiral dressed in full uniform, as if he was commanding a drill, at the party that fateful day.

It is said that Tyron silently roamed around the house before solemnly heading to his drawing room, opening the door as if to leave before suddenly vanishing into thin air.

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The HMS Victoria sank after the collision. Photo taken from HMS Collingwood. On the left is HMS Nile.

 

Other Appearances

There are also many recorded instances of doppelgangers wreaking havoc on the lives of the people they resemble, without causing an early demise.

One classic example can be found in a Danish legend, where a blacksmith rescued a pregnant woman from being abducted by a troll. After he scared the troll away with a hot iron from his forge, the woman went into labour and gave birth to twins before the blacksmith could return her to her husband. The blacksmith then offered to bring the good news to her husband so that he could come get her and their newborn twins. There are two different versions as to what happened next.

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Artist’s impression of a medieval blacksmith

In the first version, the blacksmith entered her home and was stunned to find the woman’s husband in bed with her doppelganger. Fortunately for the woman, he recovered from the shock, dealt with the paranormal imposter and reunited the man with his true family.

The second version is almost the same, the difference being that the blacksmith was pre-warned about the possibility of meeting the woman’s doppelganger. It is also implied that the doppelganger masterminded the woman’s abduction by the troll so that it could take over her life.

There are also conspiracy theories, usually involving celebrities or public figures, where doppelgangers are said to have replaced their respective originators. A couple of prevailing examples include Sir James Paul McCartney from the iconic group, the Beatles, and American singer Avril Lavigne.

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Is this the real Sir Paul McCartney or his doppelganger?

Proponents of this theory claim that Sir Paul died in 1966 but his death was covered up for monetary reasons and his doppelganger was hired to keep up the pretext. They maintain that evidence of this cover-up is hidden in plain sight — in song lyrics.

Similarly, the real Avril Lavigne is said to have committed suicide back in 2003 and since then, her doppelganger, Melissa has been secretly standing in for her.

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The drastic departure from her previous appearance fans conspiracy theories that the current Avril Lavigne is a doppelganger.

 

A Benevolent Apparition?

There have been recorded instances of people meeting their doppelgangers and emerging unscathed. Such was the case of Sir Frederick Carne Rasch, a prominent member of the British Parliament in the 20th century.

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Sir Frederick Carne

It is said that Sir Frederick Carne’s dedication to politics prompted the appearance of his doppelganger in a British Parliamentary sitting back in 1906. Down with severe influenza, the real Sir Frederick was not in attendance but several Parliament members attested to seeing him at his seat during that fateful Parliamentary debate session. In particular, Sir Gilbert Parker is said to have greeted Sir Frederick but his greeting was met with a grim, stony expression from the doppelganger.

Although his family was concerned that the appearance of the doppelganger was an ominous sign, Sir Frederick recovered from his illness and lived a full life. That being said, he was plagued by finger pokes from his fellow Parliament members for the longest time, as they wanted to verify he was the real deal. This culminated with him publishing his infamous sarcastic letter in the local newspaper, apologising that “he did not have the good sense to die at the time of the doppelganger sighting and promising to behave better next time”.

There are also instances where people have benefited from their doppelgangers. One such example is that of Sister Mary of Jesus (Sister Maria de Jesus de Agreda) who took the doppelganger phenomenon to a whole new level.

At the turn of the 17th century, when exploration and discovery of new worlds had just become the in thing to do, many new explorers as well as missionaries were puzzled and perplexed to discover the presence and flourishing practice of Catholicism in the then-unchartered newly discovered land of New Mexico. The converted tribesmen of New Mexico claimed to have been given the practice and items of worship by a mysterious young lady in blue robes.

Thoroughly intrigued, a few priests searched high and low for the mysterious lady but failed to locate her. Their persistent efforts eventually led them to Sister Mary, dubbed ‘The Lady in Blue‘ after the colour of her order’s habit.

It was discovered that Sister Mary had never left the confines of her convent in rural Spain during the time she was supposedly spreading Catholicism in New Mexico, a location unknown to her and which she simply dubbed the “savage land”.

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The doppelganger of Sister Maria de Jesus de Agreda preaching the gospel to tribesmen

In essence, Sister Mary was converting the tribesmen via her doppelganger by bilocating across the ocean. She was able to accurately describe the land and even details of the Jamano Indians, including their appearance, clothing, and customs despite knowledge of the tribe being unknown in Europe then. She also maintained that she was able to communicate with the tribesmen despite obvious language barriers because God enabled both sides to understand each other.

Sister Mary was nearly persecuted as a witch for adopting this unconventional paranormal way of preaching Christianity. However, she ended up being a significant religious figure and even became a leader of her convent when her unique ability was declared to be of divine origin. Less than 10 years after her death, Sister Mary was declared a “Venerable” by Pope Clement X, in honour of her “heroic life of virtue”.

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The incorruptible body of the Venerable María de Jesús de Ágreda in the Church of the Conceptionists Convent in Ágreda, Spain.

 

Modern Trends

In modern times, the ominous stigma of the doppelganger does not have as strong of a hold as before. In fact, social media today is full of people actively seeking out their lookalikes.

Take for example the success story of Niamh Geaney, said to be the epitome of this modern outlook. It all began with the 26-year-old Irish TV journalist, Niamh Geaney, posting an appeal on Twitter and Facebook for help in locating her lookalike. She found her first doppelganger, Karen Branigan who lived an hour away, within two weeks of her initial posting. Several weeks later, she found Luisa Guizzardi, her second doppelganger in Italy. Last but not least, she made contact with her third doppelganger, Irene Adams, back in Ireland. Niamh has since launched a website dedicated to facilitating the search for one’s doppelganger.

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

Another trending project involving doppelgangers is the art collaboration between Canadian museum Musée de la Civilisation, two other museums based in Switzerland — Musée d’art et d’histoire de Genève as well as the Fondation Gandur pour l’Art — and François Brunelle, a Montréal-based photographer.

In short, Musée de la Civilisation in Quebec City is inviting people from around the world to send in their photographs in an effort to find their ancient doppelgangers. Those deemed to be close matches will then have their pictures taken by Brunelle alongside his or her ancient doppelgänger, to showcase their symmetry. The final collection of photographs will be featured as part of the museum’s yearlong exhibition, which is slated for 24th October 2018 through October 2019.

Or view the video on the server at:
https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/Doppelganger_My 2000-Year-Old Double.mp4

Francois Brunelle, who is no stranger to the doppelganger phenomenon, has also initiated his own photography project shooting lookalikes of unrelated people who live in different parts of the world. His work is displayed online at francoisbrunelle.com/web/projet_en.html

 

A Risky Endeavour?

With the amount of hype surrounding the finding of one’s doppelganger, there are also claims of misfortune befalling those who have sought out their lookalikes more than three times. From financial loss to sudden illness, physical harm or even death, such unfortunate incidents have been liberally shared online as cautionary tales, albeit anonymously.

The most drastic of these comes from an anonymous surviving brother as a warning to those thinking of finding their spirit doubles. He shares that his sister thought it would be fun to locate her doppelganger though social media. Having found her doppelganger, both his sister and the doppelganger were so fascinated by their uncanny similarities that they agreed to meet up and keep in touch.

Unfortunately after their third meeting, both the sister and her doppelganger met their deaths in the same manner — a car accident. It is not clear if they perished in the same accident or in separate accidents on the same day around the same time.

Regardless of whether you are a believer in the doppelganger phenomenon or otherwise, the doppelganger or spirit double has instilled both fear and wonder in people since time immemorial. And judging from the looks of things, it is likely to continue doing so.

 

References

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doppelg%C3%A4nger
  • http://www.paranormal-encyclopedia.com/d/doppelganger/
  • http://www.theparanormalguide.com/blog/doppelganger
  • http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2279851/Seeing-double-They-look-like-twins-incredibly-doppelgangers-ARENT-related.html
  • http://www.ancient-origins.net/myths-legends/doppelgangers-and-mythology-spirit-doubles-001825?nopaging=1
  • http://ascensionlifestyle.org/chi-in-african-igbo-culture/
  • http://www.ancient-origins.net/myths-legends/doppelgangers-and-mythology-spirit-doubles-001825
  • https://www.britannica.com/art/doppelganger
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catherine_the_Great
  • https://books.google.fi/books?id=73wZxrd6LLoC&pg=PA141
  • https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/john-donne
  • http://mythologian.net/doppelganger/

 

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About Cindy Hew

Cindy finds Tibetan Buddhism compelling but the Tibetan language mind boggling given that she is somewhat linguistically challenged. Her belief that there has to be more to the purpose of life than to perpetuate DNA has culminated to her encountering H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s teachings around 2014. Cindy has since decided to reorganise her priorities in life to include Dharma and is constantly reminding herself of that goal as she navigates her way in samsara.
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  1. freon on Dec 31, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    I think people like to search for their doppelganger mainly because they feel lonely and does not want to be alone in this planet. Do I believe in doppelganger.? Well, in recent incident a friend told me he “saw” me in office, but , that time, I am so sure that I wasn’t in office but I am walking outside of the office. It is strange when people told me he “saw” me. To me, I would not like to look for anyone similar to me because I believe everyone is unique unless we reach Buddhahood than maybe we have the ability to emanate many ” “doppelganger.” to help and benefit sentient beings, other wise, why have so many of me, that might going through the same suffering like me? One is enough

  2. Joy Kam on Jul 26, 2018 at 5:51 am

    Listening to the chanting of sacred words, melodies, mantras, sutras and prayers has a very powerful healing effect on our outer and inner environments. It clears the chakras, spiritual toxins, the paths where our ‘chi’ travels within our bodies for health as well as for clearing the mind. It is soothing and relaxing but at the same time invigorates us with positive energy. The sacred sounds invite positive beings to inhabit our environment, expels negative beings and brings the sound of growth to the land, animals, water and plants. Sacred chants bless all living beings on our land as well as inanimate objects. Do download and play while in traffic to relax, when you are about to sleep, during meditation, during stress or just anytime. Great to play for animals and children. Share with friends the blessing of a full Dorje Shugden puja performed at Kechara Forest Retreat by our puja department for the benefit of others. Tsem Rinpoche

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  3. Anne Ong on May 21, 2018 at 9:50 pm

    A great and interesting write up about duality of doppelgangers. Very eyeopening which si something i never really heard of thought of. Thank you Rinpoche and Cindy for sharing this good story??

  4. Edwin Tan on May 19, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    Dear Cindy,

    Very nice article on doppelgängers.

    Modern era people really do not care much of potential dangers of meeting their doubles as they are more driven by curiosity. With digital technology and social media, it makes it even easier to locate our doubles, clearly with the case of Niamh.

    It is only the last few years I came across this term and it got me thinking whether there really is a parallel universe where we have another us living a similar, or different lives and what impact it would have cost if we actually ever met each other.

    Of course another thinking would be time travel, and as most theories suggested, if we were to meet each other, our very existence would have to be wiped out? Hmm…

    What was amazing was I never knew doppelgängers goes all the way back in the 16th century, and it was more apparitions than physical bodies that met. Makes you wonder if they were demons or ghosts taking on our looks to replace us in the living realm.

    Anyway, was mind boggling and blowing for me.

    Thank you.

  5. Wai Meng Wan on May 15, 2018 at 2:06 am

    Dopplegangers phenomenon are a question of probability, what is the probability that one will meet their twins look alike. If you ask any statisticians they would be able to calculate the probability of one having a twin on this planet.

  6. Sofi on Apr 15, 2018 at 12:00 am

    This is an interesting article especially with it has proven real with the story of Niamh Geaney. I guess everyone would be guessing where their own doppelganger would be as I do. I had the experience of seeing a doppelganger of my aunty’s sister-in-law. A student in our school in UK looked exactly like her, in every mannerism down to the mole. The only difference was that one was black haired and the other was blond although they had the same hair cut. Fascinated, I would stare at my school mate whenever I saw her.

    This article brings to mind that if humans could have doppelganger that looks like them yet are not related, then the idea of holy beings emanating shouldn’t be far fetched to those who are doubtful. Isn’t it amazing? Thanks Rinpoche and Cindy for this article that provokes further thoughts that challenges our norm or reality.

  7. Pastor Han Nee on Apr 12, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    Thank you Cindy for this very interesting article about doppelgangers or spirit doubles . In most cases they appear to be ‘evil’ or sinister beings and were harbingers of misfortune or even death of their living double. Yet in the case of Sister Mary of Spain who had never left the shores of Spain, and whose double appeared in New Mexico across the seas on the other shore to teach and spread the word of God,at the same time, it does not seem right to dismiss her double as a spirit. The appearance of her doppelganger to spread the word of God was confirmed by her church as being of divine origin.

    So this still begs the question -are all doppelgangers spirits or are some of them spirits and some of divine origin?

  8. Julia Tan on Apr 12, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    I was most amazed when I watched the video on how people found their doppelgängers. And they are at the almost same age! That’s truly amazing. Countless sentient beings crossing each other, taking rebirth at every moment, so I think it’s really possible that’s this happen. . I’m interested to find my doppelgänger too heheh..

    Where by the doppelgänger that encountered like a spirit that look like the physical person, I think because spirit has no form hence when they attracted to this person, it turned itself to look the same to the person it attracted to. The intention of this spirit attracted to can be good or bad depends on the karma we had with the spirit .
    Another thought of mine is, there are sentient being all over the universe. May be there were another me staying at the other uniserve doing the same thing as me. Sometimes we bump into each other when both space cross.

  9. Pastor Chia on Apr 11, 2018 at 8:38 am

    I find interesting reading this article about doppelganger. In Chinese, we beliave human have 3 soul and 7 spirit. It is not ready as ghost. Some people have experince when they sleep , soul will treval out from the body. Apart from near death, people also experince treval out when they having addcident, get shock and attachment with thing and places. Subconsciousness, their soul with that consciousness will traveling to other places apart from the body. This is something interesting to know about doppelganger.

  10. Pastor Albert on Apr 11, 2018 at 8:15 am

    Reading this article remind me of something i heard since child, there is a saying in taoism that every human being has 3 souls and 7 spirits (3 hun 7 po), when we saw our spirits somewhere out there, means we are almost dying and the 3 souls and 7 spirits are leaving our body..

    This is very interesting article to read, everyday there are so many things happened in the world, and many things we never know, thanks to Rinpoche blog that we can learn so much knowledge of Dharma and what’s happening in the world.

  11. Pastor Antoinette Kass on Apr 11, 2018 at 5:15 am

    It is kind of interesting as nowadays people start to use the internet to find their Doppelgänger and even compare themselves with historic people. But I think those Doppelgànger which were described such as Catherine the Great, or Emilie Sagee for example are not human in nature and we cannot trust them. They may take the form of the person to make them less scared and easier connect with them. In the end, we have no idea with who we are dealing with and we better ask for protection for example from Dorje Shugden.

    We need to remember always that we can only trust a Buddha as he will never harm us.
    Here is the link to the Trakze, the wrathful form of Dorje Shugden who is very effective with black magic or spirit disturbances: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/trakze-to-dispel-black-magic-spirits.html

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  12. Tek Lee on Apr 11, 2018 at 1:43 am

    I think doppelgangers are spirits or ghost that take in our form. Like mentioned in the article, when the person see their doppelganger, they would be getting weaker and their life was getting shorter. Actually, of all the topics, I find this quite scary. I wouldn’t know how would I react if I see one, be it my doppelganger or my friends’ or family members’ doppelganger.
    But on the other hand, reading this article makes me think that actually we are not alone in this universe. Doppelgangers could be from other dimension. Since Scientists haven’t given up the search for 3rd dimension, like Bermuda triangle, the ship disappear when it passed by there. It doesn’t have a firm answer what could be in the 3rd dimension. What if there are actually people there look exactly like us, living like us, but maybe in different lifestyle? We don’t know. This makes me think that we are actually not alone in the universe.

  13. Andrea Lai on Apr 11, 2018 at 1:05 am

    When I’m reading on last column of article, I found it quite scary and it is look like a taboo of searching your own doppelganger. In my opinion, assisting of doppelganger might be due to karma related such as previous life these people are multiple birth group of people.

  14. Pastor Henry Ooi on Apr 11, 2018 at 12:58 am

    I think doppelgangers could be ghosts, spirits or entities. Whether they are evil, positive, mischievous or neutral would maybe depend on the karma of the living person they are attracted to. Perhaps a person who is, say, angersome, the doppelganger could appear for that person and to others to see. Maybe it is there to feed on the anger. Perhaps it appears to look like the person so that person would not be afraid of it. If the doppelganger is evil, maybe it would eventually ‘consume’ or take over the person, making that person appear as like in a constant trance state of mind.

    I opine that people who look alike with each other but who live very far apart could probably share some common ancient ancestry where their ancestors moved away from each other. The ancestors married and settled down far away. And their descendants could have offsprings who may look like each other even after centuries. With modern technology people now can trace friends, relatives, lost family members across the globe as shown here in the video.

  15. Mingwen on Apr 11, 2018 at 12:27 am

    Most of the stories about Doppelgangers from the past are with bad endings. However, I’m looking if one day I can actually meet a Doppelganger of myself, which we share every thought and Everything, we could actually be partner up and get things done faster and efficiently just like Buddhas having emanations??

  16. Eric kksiow on Apr 10, 2018 at 11:48 pm

    In the article ,it seems that the doppelganger happens only in the western. It might have existed because the community believes in it and with the believe, it feeds the existence of it. In my opinion, seeing a doppelganger is a normal thing and nothing to be fear of. Does that mean twins are doppelganger of themselves? At times I have people who mistaken another person for me just because we look the same from behind. So is it a spirit or just merely an angel who takes in our own form to send us a message?

  17. nicholas on Apr 10, 2018 at 11:42 pm

    The mythology of Doppelgangers can be traced back thousands of years and was present in many cultures of the past, holding a prominent place in ancient legends, stories, artworks, and in books by various authors.

    Doppelgangers generally considered as omens of bad luck or even signs of impending death but on some account I have heard that they provide helps. The spirit that shadow the subject must have attracted to the energy. From there whether the double is harmful or helpful would be depend on the type of energy they attracted. I believe on Doppelgangers and what important is we have a right conduct for not attracting negative energy. It is best we engage in protector practice for protection and learn up the Dharma to transform our mind as we don’t know what we had done wrongly before that causes such situation.

  18. Vivian Ong on Apr 10, 2018 at 11:35 pm

    The earlier part of this article is a bit spooky and scary. It is like a spirit trying to take over your body. The later part which is the modern day life talks about the look alikes which we often see in our daily lives. Frankly speaking, I do not know this word “doppelganger” until I came across this article.

  19. June Kang on Apr 10, 2018 at 11:19 pm

    如果我没错Jean Paul(Richter)里的Doppelgangers这个词是指的是看到自己的人。而后它更倾向于邪恶和恶魔,我的看法是我们都有善与恶的俩面,每一面都是另一面存在的必要条件,这就是在生活里有时候是好人,有时候是坏人,可惜的是很多人都不知如何处理。恶魔般的一面被压抑并服从于一个完美无缺的绝对好人,一旦爆发就会伤害他人,所以我们需要修行,修行的最基本是让自己看清楚自己,改善自己。

    其实看看现代的Twitter 和 Facebook, 很多人都在扮演自己不可能在现实生活中出现的自己,所以没用真名。

  20. pammie yap on Apr 10, 2018 at 11:17 pm

    It would be very scary to be like Emilie Sagee. She was haunted all the time and can’t do anything about it for such a long time.

    I have two separate thoughts on this post.
    For the ‘older’ news of doppelgänger it could be an entity that is feeding on negative emotions and it manifested as a doppelgänger and that is why it is known to mostly do harm than good.
    The living doppelgänger that we see today could be because of our DNA. As many of us can’t trace our origins and there are billions of others in the world, it could be that we were somehow related to some other person that we do not know. I watched a documentary on how DNA testing were able to look at specific locations of a person’s genome in order to determine ancestral ethnicity and genealogical relationships. Which means that we have relatives who might look like us just like a doppelgänger would somewhere out there.

  21. Datuk May on Apr 10, 2018 at 11:07 pm

    The question that came to my mind reading this article was “Are Doppelgangers spirits, entities of another realm or real life physical beings?”.

    During historical times when minds are not so crowded with materialistic thoughts and cravings, sensitivities to phenomena like Doppelgangers were more real and people were more sensitive to the supernatural and occurrences of Doppelgangers are better recorded.

    For current times, the sighting or perception of Doppelgangers could be publicity play for attention and fame.

    Personally having learnt the Dharma and more sensitivity to the existence of various forms of life, I believe that Doppelgangers exist and can be for purposes of both good and bad.

    In most of the stories related, Doppelgangers were the fore bearers of something bad, yet in the case of Sister Maria de Jesus de Agreda, whose doppelganger was used to teach and preached Christianity in a newly discovered land of New Mexico was definitely something good.

    At the end of it all, it is the motivation for the existence of Doppelgangers that make their existence good or bad.

  22. Cc on Apr 8, 2018 at 11:17 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Cindy for sharing.

    Sometimes we couldn’t identify whether is spirits or Doppelganger.

    If is spirits, could it be seeking attention?

    Heard of it from my past company experience where some could see the same person wearing different outfit on the same day but infact is only one outfit and appearing in different department at the same time.

    There are alot of unexplained stuff in this world.

  23. Sharon Ong on Apr 8, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    Thank you for this interesting read. Before reading this post, I thought that doppelgangers are people who look like another person but after reading this post, some questions popped into my mind. Is our doppelganger actually who we really are? Or perhaps our twin from a different realm who happens to visit our current realm? Or a reflection of ourselves from another lifetime? Or are doppelgangers a form of spirits who manifest our likeness to create mischief?

    As a fan of Beatles, I am curious about the song you are referring to. Please share if you can.

    Thank you, Rinpoche and Cindy. Indeed interesting to explore the mysterious world of doppelgangers.

    • CindyH on Apr 11, 2018 at 3:28 pm

      Thanks for encouraging words and basically in the course of earlier research, the following songs which were heavily touted as having clues from the guilt-ridden surviving band members’ that hinted at McCartney’s untimely death.

      “The cover for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, released in 1967, is supposedly a big clue, with theorists asserting that the image of a whole cadre of the band’s heroes is not just a gathering, but a funeral. They point to the freshly dug earth in the foreground, the younger Beatles all dressed in black, and a patch of yellow flowers prominently displayed in the front — could it be a nod to the left-handed bassist?

      Fans who believed in the theory started looking for hints in the band’s songs as well, and found quite a few eerie coincidences.

      Perhaps one of the best-known is their 1968 track “Revolution #9,” which, if played backward, has one part that sounds a lot like a violent car crash and a voice that can be made out to be saying, “He hit a pole! Better get him to see a surgeon.”

      The supposed audio clues didn’t stop there. Play “I’m So Tired” backwards, and you get a recorded phrase that sounds kind of like, “Paul is dead, miss him, miss him.” Slow down “Strawberry Fields Forever” and you can hear John saying, “I buried Paul.” (In interviews, however, Lennon has explained that the phrase was actually “cranberry sauce.”)

      Then there’s the famous cover for Abbey Road, in which all four bandmates are crossing the street toward their studio. At first glance, the image looks harmless. Conspiracy theorists, however, are convinced that the album is a huge confirmation that McCartney is, in fact, dead.

      In the picture, John is wearing all white, just like a priest; Ringo’s all dressed in black like a pallbearer; and George is bringing up the rear in a blue-jean getup, the gravedigger of the group.

      And Paul? The supposedly deceased Beatle walks shoeless across the road, theorists say, because he’s dead.

      Yet another example that theorists point to is the significance of the black walrus that appears on the cover of their 1967 album Magical Mystery Tour. According to these theorists, the black walrus symbolizes death in certain Scandinavian cultures, and McCartney was undoubtedly in that animal costume.

      And in a truly bizarre coincidence – or was it? – on a later Beatles release, the White Album, Lennon sings on one track, “Glass Onion”: “Well here’s another clue for you all – the walrus was Paul!”

      • Sharon Ong on Apr 11, 2018 at 11:34 pm

        Thank you for sharing that, Cindy. When I was younger, I thought that their album covers were rather odd and put it down to my lack of imagination but now it is making more sense.

  24. Wai Meng Wan on Apr 7, 2018 at 3:48 am

    Doppelganger is a Germanic word, and usually is associated to bad luck or impending death if one saw one’s doppelganger.

    The example of sister Maria converting Mexican tribes people, is according to the Christians a great example of the divine at work. Still it could be freaky to meet one’s doppelganger.

  25. Pastor Shin Tan on Apr 4, 2018 at 7:47 am

    Last Saturday, at an event marking 60 years of Tibetans being recipients of Indian kindness, Lobsang Sangay mentioned that the exiled Tibetans should strengthen their efforts to make the Dalai Lama’s return to his Potala Palace a reality.

    Representing the Indian government, Ram Madhav, a leader in the governing Bharatiya Janata party, echoed Sangay’s statement with hope that the Dalai Lama will be able to “return to your homeland” through peaceful and democratic means.

    This event was originally planned to be held in Delhi but it was cancelled and relocated to Dharamsala. At the same time, Indian officials were directed by their Foreign Secretary to avoid events hosted by the Tibetan leadership, since they coincided with a “sensitive time” for Delhi’s relations with Beijing. India’s volte-face approach in shunning the Tibetans, with the unprecedented cancellation of many key Tibetan events, is now being viewed as a clear sign that India is no longer willing to be collateral damage in the Tibetan quest to agitate China over the so-called Tibetan cause.

    With mounting pressure from India to not hurt their relations with China, the tone of the message this time around seems to be that of a plea with only one goal in mind: for the Dalai Lama to return to Tibet and reunite with Tibetans inside Tibet. Could it be that after 60 years, the Tibetan leadership has finally realised their fight against China is a futile one, and they should start looking at more achievable goals? May the aspirations of millions of Tibetans to see the Dalai Lama’s return to Tibet be fulfilled and in the words of Madhav, that ” it will not take that long for you (Tibetans) to be back home.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/01/pm-in-exile-urges-tibetans-to-make-dalai-lamas-return-a-reality

  26. Samfoonheei on Apr 2, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    Wow first time coming across this word which I have not heard of. A new word for me………so a doppelgänger is a look-alike or double of a living person. The myth of spirit doubles—doppelgängers—has existed since ancient Egypt. Those days people believe that meeting someone who looks alike is an omen of bad luck . Its interesting to me to bring together people who share an uncanny resemblance . It seem that double spirits sightings but no family ties have been reported throughout in the 19th century of historical figures .Through reading this interesting article there were indeed a number of cases of doppelgänger and it exist definitely.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Cindy Hew for this sharing.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 5. 2021 04:19 PM
    In Mahayana Buddhism, a bodhisattva refers to anyone who has generated bodhicitta, a spontaneous wish and compassionate mind to attain Buddhahood for the benefit of all sentient beings. Bodhisattvas are common figures in Buddhist literature and art. They exist as guides and providers to help us following the teachings about generosity, patience, meditative balance, and insight into what is essential, so we can come to live in a way that benefits others. At the same time, we learn compassion for ourselves and see that we are not separate from the people we have imagined are estranged from us. Self and other heal together.
    Thank you for this sharing.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/kunkhyen-choku-ozer-master-of-the-kalachakra-guhyasamaja-tantras.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 22. 2021 03:25 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for the teachings on Dorje Shugden and explanation on retreat. Learning and practicing this Dorje Shugden’s practice have indeed benefited many people. And more so when to do a retreat. . We are all very fortunate to be given an opportunity to meet Tsem Rinpoche and learning, practicing all these precious teachings coming from a pure lineage that can be traced back to the time of the great Lama Tsongkhapa. A very detailed explanation on why we need the retreat and the way to do the retreat.
    Thanks again Rinpoche with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-retreat-a-powerful-practice-to-fulfill-wishes.html

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One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
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But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
So go pursue all the way with the unknown,
because all unknown with familiarity becomes the known.
~Tsem Rinpoche

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According to legend, Shambhala is a place where wisdom and love reign, and there is no crime. Doesn\'t this sound like the kind of place all of us would love to live in? https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=204874
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According to legend, Shambhala is a place where wisdom and love reign, and there is no crime. Doesn't this sound like the kind of place all of us would love to live in? https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=204874
108 candles and sang (incense) offered at our Wish-Fulfilling Grotto, invoking Dorje Shugden\'s blessings for friends, sponsors and supporters, wonderful!
1 year ago
108 candles and sang (incense) offered at our Wish-Fulfilling Grotto, invoking Dorje Shugden's blessings for friends, sponsors and supporters, wonderful!
Dharmapalas are not exclusive to Tibetan culture and their practice is widespread throughout the Buddhist world - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=193645
1 year ago
Dharmapalas are not exclusive to Tibetan culture and their practice is widespread throughout the Buddhist world - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=193645
One of our adorable Kechara Forest Retreat\'s doggies, Tara, happy and safe, and enjoying herself in front of Wisdom Hall which has been decorated for Chinese New Year
1 year ago
One of our adorable Kechara Forest Retreat's doggies, Tara, happy and safe, and enjoying herself in front of Wisdom Hall which has been decorated for Chinese New Year
Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
1 year ago
Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
1 year ago
On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
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It's very nice to see volunteers helping maintain holy sites in Kechara Forest Retreat, it's very good for them. Cleaning Buddha statues is a very powerful and effective way of purifying body karma.
Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
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Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
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One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
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Height: 33ft (10m)
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat\'s land here in Malaysia
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Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat's land here in Malaysia
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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
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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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  • March 4, 2021 22:52
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Can a lay person work towards the preliminary practices by accumulating daily ? Many thanks.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Yes, of course. Anyone can engage in the preliminary practices, you don't have to be ordained in order to do so. However for one's practice to be considered a full preliminary practice, you need to do 100,000 repetitions of whichever practice you are engaged in without break. That means you must engage in at least one session a day, until the count is completed. 10% of the count is also added on top, to make up for any unintentional mistakes. So the figure would actually be 110,000. If you skip a day, that means you have broken your preliminary retreat. If this occurs you can still dedicate the practice you have done so far, and you will still benefit from the merit generated and the purification of negative karma from the practice, but it is not counted as a full preliminary practice. Also you must adhere to the retreat procedures for the duration of the time it takes you to complete the particular preliminary practice. For example, an altar with daily offerings, retreat seat with swastika, refraining from eating black foods, etc. This may not be convenient for most people in our day and age. So what you can do is to spend a certain amount of time accumulating a specific figure, for example 10,000 repetitions of a particular practice. Seal the practice at the end with a strong dedication, like the King of Prayers. Later on, you can repeat the procedure more times until you complete 100,000. This method was given by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche for modern-day practitioners who do not have the time to complete 100,000 in one go. While it technically does not constitute a full preliminary retreat, you still gain immense merits and purification from engaging in the practice, even if spaced out. As Rinpoche said, it's better for you to do mini preliminary retreats than not doing any of the preliminary practices whatsoever. That being said, if you do have the ability to do a full preliminary retreat and it will not negatively impact you, such as create financial difficulties or strain familial relationships, then of course go ahead! To have the sincere wish to engage in any Dharma practice is wonderful. You can read more about the individual preliminary practices here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/preliminary-practice.html You can watch a short teaching on the preliminary practices by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/cosmic-tantra.html
  • March 3, 2021 04:13
    Sandra asked: Dear respected pastors, what are dreams? Do dreams have significance? Are they simply images the mind views at night - do they resemble the dreamer's state of mind? Thank you for all your replies :) :)
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Hello. Nice to see you back here. On the normal level, both waking and dream states are both marred by our delusions. The teachings tell us that this deluded state continues through all our experiences, whether during the dreaming or waking states. The way to overcome this is to "wake up" from our delusions, or reach enlightenment. Normally when people think of dreams, they do so in psychological terms and so focus on the content of the dream. When we investigate the nature of the dream itself, we begin to investigate something deeper, the processes that underlies the whole of our existence. Understand this propels you further along the spiritual journey towards enlightenment. We have many dreams during one night of sleep, and may or may not consciously remember then when we wake up. In terms of content, dreams can be used to work through psychological issues or can indicate certain issues and overcoming them (as is common within Western psychological practices). In Tibetan Buddhism, dreams can be used for much more. In the advanced practices, one can transform ordinary dreams to further one's spiritual journey. This is not only in terms of working through psychological issues, but in terms of meditation and practice as well. Generally, there are three types of dreams as described below. Most of us only experience the first type, unless we progress on the spiritual path. 1. Samsaric dreams: these arise from karma and karmic traces in the mind. This can also include emotions, memories, etc. The meaning we find in these dreams are imputed by the dreamer, and not inherent in the dream. This also applies to waking life. We impute meaning onto situations and circumstances, rather than the meaning being inherent to the circumstance. It is like reading a book. Words in the book are just marks on paper, however, because we use our sense of meaning, we take a meaning out of it. However, this is always open to interpretation. For example, if you tell your dream to two people, they can interpret the meaning very differently, even though you told them the exact same details. 2. Clarity dreams: These dreams occur when you are fairly progressed in meditational practices and can carry this into the dream state. These dreams arise not from the emotions, or memories, etc., but from more subtler forms of karma and delusions. However, just like in waking mediational practice, you are not affected by the images or thoughts that appear to you. 3. Clear Light dreams: In the advanced tantric practices, there are teachings called dream yoga. The object of these is to achieve the clear light dreams, which are very difficult to achieve and take years and years of intense practice. The most important clear light mind that arises is actually at the time of our death, if we are trained enough in this very subtle state, we can actually control where we take rebirth. If we are more experienced in this state, then we can actually use it to meditate on the teachings and achieve enlightenment. Clear light dreams are a "lesser" type of clear light mind, that helps practitioners prepare for the time of death. When we have an auspicious dream such as of our teacher, our practice, the Buddhas, etc., even though this is auspicious, it is still more than likely to be just a samsaric dream. There are instances however, when the enlightened beings and Dharma protectors will send practitioners dreams to help with their practice or as methods of divination. Tsem Rinpoche once told us of a very powerful Nyingma lama known for his divination abilities. Students would ask him a question, then he would take a nap, and receive divination advice in this dreams, which he would then relay to his students. This lama was well-known for this ability because his dream divinations were extremely accurate. As I am sure you can tell, the scope of dreams with the Buddhist context is very vast and I will not be able to cover everything here. However, I hope that what I have written helps your understanding. Thank you.
  • March 1, 2021 23:37
    Sandra asked: Hello dear pastors, wish we could have an article like the one below to highlight the auspicious days of 2021. https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/auspicious-days.html
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your suggestion. At the moment, there are no plans to publish another article with 2021 dates. But I have listed out some of the auspicious days and their dates for this year for you. I have only included future dates, not those that have already passed. Saga Dawa Duchen - 26th May 2021 Chokhor Duchen - 14th July 2021 Dorje Shugden Day - 24th August 2021 Lhabab Duchen - 27th October 2021 Gaden Ngamchoe or Tsongkhapa Day - 29th December 2021 I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 27, 2021 03:31
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Is it ok to pray from different areas in the house (even where there is no altar)? I was told you can't create 2 altars in 1 house.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question and its nice to see you here again. The reason why we pray in front of our altars is because it becomes a focal point of the enlightened energies we are invoking. Therefore it becomes a kind of portal for the energies of transformation, peace, healing, prosperity and protection. It is also the place where we make offerings to the Buddhas. As such, most people usually only have 1 altar in their home. However, you can have more than 1 altar in your home. As it is an altar, it should be complete with representations of the body, speech and mind of the Buddhas. This would be an image (either a statue, thangka, tsa tsa, poster, framed picture, etc), a Dharma text and a stupa. In front of these, you should have at least 1 type of offering or more. This can be a fixed offering or maybe even a set of water offerings, which you make every day. Since practitioners make offerings on a daily basis, most opt to have only 1 altar, but there is no rule in Buddhism to say you can only have 1 altar. The altar however, should be placed in a respectful place. So, not in the bathroom. Or if in the bedroom, you should put a screen up to block it when you are changing, sleeping, etc. Alternatively, you can keep it in a cupboard, and close the doors during such activities. But altars should be dedicated places to the Buddhas, so don't put secular items in the same place, such as on the same shelf, etc. When it comes to praying, it is usually done in front of the altar, as you are invoking the enlightened beings. When you do your prayers there it becomes a powerful place in your home, and provides you with a sacred space to pray and meditate. However, if circumstances are difficult, then of course you can pray elsewhere. For example, when I first set up an altar, I was living in a single room with not much space. I set up an altar on a shelf but was not able to pray in front of it. Once I had made offerings, I would simply sit in another part of the room and do the prayers there. If it is really not convenient, then of course it is permissible to do the prayers elsewhere. It is better to do the prayers, than not do them at all if you can't be in front of your altar. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 25, 2021 01:33
    Kuenzang wangdi asked: What would be my most suitable colour ?
    pastor answered: Dear Kuenzang Wangdi, Thank you for your question. The following calculators may be of interest to you: Chinese Zodiac: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/horoscopes/the-chinese-zodiac.html Tibetan Astrology: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html In relation to which colour if most favourable for you, unfortunately our calculators do not give this information. However, from a Buddhist practice viewpoint, what is more important is the transformation of the mind. Once we transform our minds according to teachings, we are able to overcome any obstacle and create good conditions for our lives. You can learn a very short mind transformation teaching here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/eight-verses-of-thought-transformation.html You can couple this with formal practice. If you are interested, a very good practice to bring energies of increase and generate a long life, merits, wealth and prosperity in your life, is the the practice of Gyenze. You can find information about the practice here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/dorje-shugden-gyenze-to-increase-life-merits-and-wealth.html. I hope this helps. Thanks.
  • February 22, 2021 22:14
    Naseer asked: Hi My name is Naseer Ahmed 8th dec 1979. Life path 1 Im looking to add to my name slightly... change it too... Naseer Al Ahmed... Would this be more complimentary as far as for the business front... or would it not make any difference
    pastor answered: Hello Naseer, As per your question, your Life Path Number is 1. The Life Path Number according to the system of numerology used on our website is calculated using your date of birth. Therefore, a change in name will not affect your Life Path Number. Some of the other calculators on the same page do however use your name. One of the smaller calculators you may be interested in is the Achievement Number, but again, this only uses your date of birth for the calculation. You can find it here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/numerology/numerology-calculator.html You may also be interested in two of our other pages: Chinese Zodiac - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/horoscopes/the-chinese-zodiac.html Tibetan Astrology - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html Thank you for your question. I hope this helps.
  • February 20, 2021 18:36
    Sandra asked: After making a food offering to the three jewels (which we will eat for lunch etc), should we think of it as a blessing and partake?
    pastor answered: Hello Sandra, When making food offerings to the Three Jewels, which you eat yourself, when you recite the prayer and make the offering, you should visualise that the Buddhas receive your food offering and because you have made an offering, they are very pleased. It also fulfills one of the Refuge commitments, which is to offer the first portion of whatever we eat and drink to the Three Jewels, while remembering their kindness. You can then partake of the meal and consider it a blessing from the Three Jewels. Alternatively, you can set out a plate (which you reserve for this purpose) of food, which you can offer on your altar. Similarly, once the food has been left on your altar for a while, you can later remove it and consume it as a blessing. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 19, 2021 04:33
    Sandra asked: Is intovertedness a bad quality? Since Buddha is so altruistic and this is the opposite trait, it must be bad. How do you think one should lessen introverted tendencies?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Introvertedness is not a bad quality. Altruism and compassion are different from being an introvert or extrovert. Introverts are generally quieter people, less expressive of their emotions, while extroverts are the opposite. Buddhist practice is not about expression of emotion. Rather the altruistic and compassionate teachings are more about how you help other people and sentient beings, physically or emotionally. If the qualities of introverted-ness are stopping you from developing these, then they need to change. But this may not be necessary, depending on the qualities that you are talking about. You can do simple meditations to building up the energy of compassion in your mindstream and you will see that you actions will automatically start to be more compassionate and altruistic. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 18, 2021 03:28
    Sandra asked: How should one behave when negative karma is being purified? How can we know if bad karma is being purified? Do we accumulate positive karma simultaneously when doing purification practices? Many thanks for your response.
    pastor answered: Hello again Sandra, There are two ways in which karma can be purified, the first is through our own efforts alone and the second is through our own effort, combined with a purification practice. Through our own efforts: this means that you transform your mind enough to not react negatively in any situation and only react in a positive manner. For example, you may have the karma to get angry. So you get into situations which makes you angry. If you react normally, then you will get angry again, this will only lead you to create more karma of being angry. But if you make the effort not to get angry in those situations then you do not create or multiply that karma. The original karma you have may lead you to be in those types of situations again, but if you do not get angry then after a while you start to purify that karma. Through your own efforts, combined with a purification practice: as you are working on transforming your mind, you can rely on the practices that help you to purify your karma, such as the practice of Vajrasattva or the 35 Confessional Buddhas. This boosts your ability to purify negative karma, based on the enlightened energies of the Buddhas. This however is only truly effective when combined with the Four Opponent Powers. You can read more about that here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-35-confessional-buddhas.html In general, when karma is being purified then you should remain level-headed and not act out of emotion or habit, but from your understanding of the workings of karma and the Dharma. But actually, this should not only be when karma is being purified. You should act and behave in this way all the time according to the Dharma, then you are, up to a point, always purifying karma. It is one of the reasons that so much emphasis is placed on refraining from negative actions and engaging in positive actions using your body, speech and mind, because these are the three means or 'doors' with which you interact with the world. At our level, we cannot tell if karma is being purified or not, only those who are more highly attained can tell. However, that is one of the reasons the Buddhist texts advise study of and belief in karma. If there is karma, then it can be purified, and the way to do so is transform your mind and invoke upon the enlightened beings. So if you are doing both, you can rest assured that you are in fact purifying your karma. When you purify negative karma, whether just through your own efforts or combined with a purification practice you collect merit, not positive karma. If you simply do a good action, you collect good karma. But if you are practicing the Dharma with the intention of achieving enlightenment, you take refuge, engage in the practice, and dedicate at the end, then you develop merit, not positive karma. If you want to read more about how karma works and how to purify it in more detail, I suggest you read a Lamrim text such as Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand, which you can order from your local bookstore or get online here (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/lamrim-liberation-in-the-palm-of-your-hand).
  • February 17, 2021 23:06
    Sandra asked: Hello pastors, thank you for your response to my earlier question. Do divination predictions change frequently? Why does that happen?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question. Divinations, compared to astrological predictions, are much more accurate. There are many types of divination, but those based on the practice of enlightened beings are very accurate. Three of the most well-known in Tibetan Buddhism are the divination practices of Manjushri, Palden Lhamo and Dorje Shugden. You can read more about Dorje Shugden's dice divination here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugdens-dice-divination.html Questions that are asked during divinations are much more specific than the types of topics that astrological predictions can help with, therefore are based on very specific types of karma. This means that if you asked a divination question twice, without taking remedial actions in between, then the answer would most likely be the same, given that all the prerequisites have been held by the diviner and the divinations are genuine. However, if a divination is done and then remedial actions recommended, such as various practices or pujas, and these are done to the letter, then if the question is asked again, then the results would differ. This is because when engaging in these practices or pujas, either you generate the merit necessary to overpower the negative effects of the karma, or you purify the negative effects of the karma creating the situation. This however, is generally not done. You wouldn't ask the same question twice or over and over again. The reason for this is because one of the factors that comes into play when seeking divination is faith. This is faith in the fact that the remedial actions recommended will help whatever situation you are facing. Having seen H.E. Tsem Rinpoche do countless divinations for people, I can attest to this. Those who have faith and follow through with the advice, see a great improvement in the situation that led them to ask the divination question in the first place. Those that did not follow the advice either at all or not fully, did not see any improvement. And this makes sense, because they did not purify the effects of the karma enough, or generate enough merit. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 15, 2021 04:09
    sandra asked: How much importance should we give to astrological predictions or chart readings? Are these readings susceptible to change all the time,i.e, in the context of planetary movements? Can our own effort/actions supercede what is predicted in our birth chart?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your interesting question. You are absolutely correct about the universal principle of change. According to Buddhist practice, astrological predictions are based upon a fixed point in time. Take for example, your moment of birth, which most astrological readings take as the main point of reference. At that specific moment, there would have been various energies or planetary alignments, etc. Combined together, they are said to give an accurate prediction of what will occur to a person throughout their life. This however, is based on one's birth karma, to be born at that specific point in time and location. This birth karma also provides the driving force behind what will occur in a person's life, if that karma is not changed somehow. Hence, that is why astrological predictions can give very accurate readings on someone's personality, as well as life events. Birth karma provides the main force behind all other karma to come into play. That is why it is given importance in astrology. There are also more advanced methods to take into account planetary and energetical movements to give even more detailed and precise predictions that can even be made down to the month, day or hour of a person's life. In Buddhism, however, we believe that karma can be changed. It can multiply, be purified or exhausted, or the effects of that karma can be overpowered by another karma or spiritual merit. In these cases, the outcome will change. The way in which this happens is varied. It can be as simple as doing some prayers (to generate spiritual merit) or changing your behaviour, environment or location, the way you think, and the ways in which you react in various situations. That is why in Buddhist astrological systems, emphasis is placed on remedial measures to counteract negative outcomes. For example, someone may be born with an angry disposition from an astrological point of view. If this person goes through life acting from this anger, then the predictions based on the time of birth will occur. However, a remedial action can be undertaken, such as the person pracitising Chenrezig, who is the Buddha of compassion, or the person doing some form of charity work. These remedial actions generate compassion in the mind of the person, which counteracts the anger. As this happens and the karma is changed, then the person no longer needs to feels the negative effects of any bad astrological (or more correctly - karmic) situations. There are even some practices that specifically help to counteract negative astrological influences and help you to change things. Such an example is Black Manjushri. Within Tibetan Buddhism, according to your time and date of birth, you also have what is known as a 'Birth Buddha'. This is basically an enlightened being that you have an affinity with in this life. General remedial actions include making images of this particular Buddha or engaging in this Buddha's practice. This combined with a change in how we live - otherwise known as Mind Transformation in the Buddhist context - changes astrological outcomes. However, if we continue living without controlling our actions, words and thoughts, the predictions made using astrological readings will most likely still occur. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • February 7, 2021 00:16
    Purna Tamang asked: What is my lucky number and color ?
    pastor answered: Dear Purna Tamang, Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, none our horoscope apps on this page gives this information at this moment. However, you may find some of the other information provided useful. Below are the links: For Chinese Zodiac: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/horoscopes/the-chinese-zodiac.html For Tibetan astrology: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html For Numerology: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/numerology/numerology-calculator.html For Fortune cookies: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/fortune-cookie Thank you and I hope you find something interesting in one of the apps.
  • January 20, 2021 03:32
    Sangita. asked: i want to buy my own house.which mantra i should chant to have my own house.kindly reply.
    pastor answered: Dear Sangita, Thank you for your question. Everything in our lives, whether good or bad is due to our karma. This is karma we have accumulated either in previous lives or earlier on in this life. You can learn more about this here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/discovering-yourself-a-teaching-on-karma-mindstream.html Sometimes, we go through obstacles or need some form of spiritual help to assist us in improving our situations. In these circumstances we can rely on the practice of certain deities. One of these deities is the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. You can read more about this deity and his practice here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/beginners-introduction-to-dorje-shugden.html You can learn more about Dorje Shugden's practice here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-teaching-videos.html. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • January 12, 2021 00:32
    Laurence Brahm asked: Hello la. I would like to get in touch with Rinpoche. My name is Laurence Brahm and I've directed the two films including Searching for The Lotus Born Master. I would like to get in touch with Rinpoche in hopes he would kindly agree to an interview with our third production on Guru Rinpoche and also I would like to ask some questions concerning Shambala. I would be most grateful if Rinpoche would email me at himalayanconsensus2@gmail.com Thank you. With respects
    pastor answered: Dear Laurence Brahm, Thank you for your questions. This section is actually answered by Kechara's Pastors who were trained by His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche. Unfortunately, Tsem Rinpoche is no longer with us physically. He passed into Parinirvana in 2019. You can read more about this here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/the-parinirvana-of-kyabje-tsem-rinpoche.html If you would like to ask questions to any of the pastors regarding this, please email care@kechara.com with more information and mention that you would like to talk to one of the pastors. Thank you
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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
9 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
9 months ago
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
9 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
9 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
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
10 months ago
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
10 months ago
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
10 months ago
Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
12 months ago
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
12 months ago
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
12 months ago
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
12 months ago
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
12 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
12 months ago
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
12 months ago
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
12 months ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
12 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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