Within 24 hours, Two Funerals

May 23, 2012 | Views: 2,012

Mama Mooi Lan

On the evening of May 19, I sadly went to perform funeral rites for Mama Mooi Lan… Mama Mooi Lan is my long-time Dharma friend who helped me a lot when I first came to Malaysia. She has been my friend and supporter for 20 years now. We have had a very good relationship. She was only 62 and she has been ill for years and finally her gentle heart gave out.

Mama Mooi Lan with her group of friends I fondly dubbed “Cheras group” were very helpful and kind and never asked for anything back. I fondly call them the “Cheras group” as Mama Mooi Lan and her beautiful Dharma brothers and sisters are all from Cheras. They have even visited me in Gaden Monastery

Mama Mooi Lan’s family were always very supportive of what she did… I previously blogged about her in 2010, everyone must read to see how much Mama Mooi Lan has done.

After performing the funeral rites, I sat down with her family and had a talk with them. I gave them some dharma instructions for them for the next 49 days. I explained that because Mama Mooi Lan had done a lot of Dharma work in her life, she will have great merits to take a very good rebirth. Although it is understandable that everyone will be sad because they miss her, the family need not worry for Mama Mooi Lan. She will be alright. I also told the family how much I appreciated Mama Mooi Lan’s kindness and help very much. Kechara is where it is today because of beautiful Mama Mooi Lan and the Cheras group. I have taken some of Mama Mooi Lan’s hair to be placed in our holy Vajra Yogini stupa in the future.

Apart from the prayers that I did for her, pujas were also arranged to be done at the monastery in India for her by myself, Kechara’s puja team went to perform pujas for Mama Mooi Lan, and on the following day, Kechara’s pastors were present during her cremation ceremony. I appreciate our Kechara Puja team conducting funeral services and also Kechara Oasis (our Vegetarian Restaurant) providing food and nourishment for the mourners.

Out of great appreciation for Mama Mooi Lan and her family’s kindness all these years, I gave a contribution for Mama Mooi Lan’s funeral. I wish her family well always. Kechara also sponsored vegetarian dinner at the wake for family and friends. Mama Mooi Lan, you are much appreciated and will not be forgotten.

Reciting prayers for Mama Mooi Lan at the funeral home… next to me is her daughter Jojo and granddaughter. I gave a nice Manjushri pendant to her granddaughter so that Manjushri can bless her. Mama Mooi Lan had wanted her grandaughter blessed.

Kechara’s puja team doing prayers for Mama Mooi Lan at the funeral home. They were ready to galvanize to be there at a minute’s notice. Trained for doing pujas for all occasions.

Beautiful offerings set out to collect merits for Mama Mooi Lan’s good and swift rebirth. The Buddha Dukkar and Dukkar puja was done for Mama Mooi Lan by our Kechara Team. Dukkar was the Buddha I assigned Mama Mooi Lan years ago. She had kept to her Dukkar practice.

 


 

Baby Tashi

La_013ater that night at around 4am, I had just finished my daily sadhana and was getting ready to rest. My assistant Pastor Loh Seng Piow received several emergency calls from one of my long-time student, A. According to Pastor Loh Seng Piow, A sounded distraught and a little lost… his wife had just gone through a miscarriage of a 3-month old baby. They were still at the hospital and A didn’t know what to do.

A few liaisons and assistants were still awake then, so I quickly gave instructions to prepare a few things and at around 5.30am we went to University Hospital. Together with me was Pastor Susan, Pastor Yek Yee, Lew, Jean Mei and Bryan.

When we arrived, A and his wife were fine but were understandably very upset as it was their first child. Everything happened much too quickly. A few hours earlier, A‘s wife had felt that something was wrong so they left for the clinic. At the clinic, she experienced the miscarriage when her 3-month-old child came out of her unexpectedly. The clinic directed them to the hospital.

I spoke to the couple for a while at the hospital’s A&E lobby… my assistants gave them warm food and drinks for the couple and A‘s mother. They were hungry and thirsty but had no time to eat the whole night because of what had happened.

Even before being born, this baby died at 3 months old… I wanted to do a prayer for the baby for him to take a good rebirth. Pastor Susan and A‘s mother went to settle the administrative procedure with the hospital for the baby to be discharged, then we made our way to the couple’s apartment.

At the apartment, we placed the baby in a cloth surrounded by rose petals and baby products we bought on the way from the hospital. I wanted the baby to have some baby products to let it know it was loved..We prepared their place for a puja, then I did a prayer and black tea to Protector Setrap asking the Protector to lead the baby’s mind to a good rebirth…while the parents and grandmother and Kechara friends gently prayed.

The couple did nothing wrong, they loved and cared for their baby for 3 months. I named this baby “Tashi” as the word means “Good Luck”. Although the baby did not live, it was a good thing that the baby came to them and was able to be sent away under the blessings of the Dharma. The baby had a Buddhist funeral I conducted to go to a better place so it was Good Luck for the baby. I reminded the mother that she was kind to take care of the baby for three months inside her womb. She gave the baby love, care, food, warmth and hope. The mother was so sad, but understood.

At around 8.30am, I left their apartment. Bryan and Jean Mei stayed on to help them with the cremation arrangements which happened a few hours later at 11am. A and his wife are good people, and I wanted to sponsor Tashi’s cremation service. I have arranged for part of Tashi’s ashes to be put into the Vajrayogini stupa at Kechara’s Forest Retreat, where he will continue to gain a lot of merits. The other part is now with the couple in a small glass stupa.. I am glad we were able to help Baby Tashi along the way and console the grief-stricken parents. It was their first child. I gave them hugs, prayers and reassurances…

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Bryan and Pastor Yek Yee holding onto cups of hot milo for the couple.

The couple should feel happy to have had Tashi for 3 months…

Placing blessed rose petals around baby Tashi. Preparing the baby for funeral rites…

Baby Tashi surrounded by rose petals and baby products…I purchased the baby items for Tashi to let him know he is loved…

Performing a puja for Tashi.

The couple and A‘s mother did prayers for baby Tashi too.

Black tea was done to invoke the Protector to take Tashi to a better place.

After the funeral prayers, baby Tashi was escorted to the funeral parlour. They checked the relevant papers from the hospital and was able to arrange the cremation on the same day…Bryan kindly made all the arrangements. The funeral people were efficient and nice.

Baby Tashi inside the casket with the rose petals and baby products. Ready for cremation…goodbye baby Tashi for now..

Baby Tashi’s casket…

I had some assistants there also at the both funerals. They have caught some pictures and the funeral from their perspective..It would interest you to read. Click here.
 

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  1. nani ksa on Jun 22, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    om mani pedmi hom.

  2. Pastor Yek Yee on Jun 21, 2012 at 4:02 am

    One day two funerals!!!I don’t want to share how good I am can help to handle this. But I realized something when the person no longer belonging to you then must let it go!

    Die come very suddenly you don’t when. I told myself please appreciated all I have now and showed my respect, sincerity and appreciation to people who really love and care about me.

    That all I can do to my self and also others!

  3. Albert Ratchaga on Jun 21, 2012 at 2:49 am

    Death is so near to us, it can come anytime, regardless of you are old or young, male or female, rich or poor, when death come, everyone are the same, in fact, the more you have, the more suffer you will be at death…

    Dying is not scary, because it is only a process, but where we go after death is scary, because we might go to a very terrible place that make us create more negative karma.

    What most important now is to make preparation for death, being less attach, being less selfish, spending our life doing something beneficial for others is one way, learn up more Dharma is another way to realize the impermanence of life.

    Watch what Rinpoche taught in youtube, a dying process:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AonaB3o22lk

  4. Uncle Eddie on Jun 20, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    As from the above scenario, impermanence is of the utmost importance, which help to provide the causes and conditions for practising the Dharma and gaining the results. DEATH is certain, time of death is uncertain, and at the time of death, only dharma can help. Our friends cannot help us – our resources cannot help us – our body cannot help us. Our lifespan is not fixed. There are many causes of death and few for sustaining life, if any. Our body is very fragile. As we have been told and must be remembered, “even at death, you also be prepared and be ready at anytime, whether young or old, be prepared for it at anytime. There is no certainty and that is the key!”

  5. Mei Fong on Jun 19, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    My condolences to both of the families. May Mama Mooi Lan & Baby Tashi have a good rebirth. Thank you Rinpoche and Puja Team for being there.

  6. Doris Tan on Jun 17, 2012 at 1:38 am

    Our loved ones may have passed but their love stays. To be blessed by Rinpoche, that’s really hard to come by. Again, Rinpoche has showed his kindness and did his utmost ensuring the family members are well taken care of. The beautiful news is that we know the deceased will definitely take a good rebirth. Infinity is what Rinpoche holds inside of him when it comes to divinity.

  7. Bengkooi on Jun 13, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    I am reminded once again about the fragility of life, and how much we all take life for granted. Back when I met Rinpoche for the first time in 2007, one of the things he said that really struck me deeply was how we always plan for the future, whether we realise it or not. From saving up to get a big house/car, or delaying appointments with friends or family for another day.

    I have recently been talking to some old friends about death, and one of the classic questions is, what would you do if you knew you had only one more day/week/month to live? It’s surprising how much we would all change if we could see into the future.

  8. philyong on Jun 12, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Day after day, we hear news of death. I personally am very afraid when I hear of the news. I look up and ask, when will be my turn? But I don’t get an answer. Scary isn’t it?

    But that doesnt mean I can’t determine what happens after my death. Rinpoche has said many times, our karma is in our own hands. What we do with it determines where we go after our death. So yup, death isn’t really the scary part but what comes after is if we have not been doing work for others or practicing the Dharma.

    Mama Mooi Lan is really fortunate to have met Rinpoche and assisted Him in his works. For that she has gained tremendous merits and I am sure Rinpoche will ensure she has a good rebirth.

  9. Lucas Tan on Jun 5, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    It so sad to see Mama Mooi Lan and baby Tashi to pass away,but at least they’ve got Rinpoche’s guidance through the journey of the afterlife.I hope they will not be separated from dharma and have a good and swift rebirth.And even though I don’t really know Mama Mooi Lan ,but from the comments below I can feel that Mama Mooi Lan is a wonderful and a compassionate person.T hope that she will be reborn in a condition where she will not feel suffering and be reborn somewhere closer to dharma.And we will miss Mama Mooi Lan but she will always in our hearts.:)

  10. lucy yap on Jun 2, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    The most important time to be grateful are during the difficult time.
    Gratitude is a powerful emotion.Rinpoche has shown us there’s no love,thanks and kindness more genuine.
    Thank you Rinpoche for being there,when they needed you most.My condolences to both families.
    May Rinpoche be well and healthy always.

  11. David Loh on May 29, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Its’ so disheartening and depressing to hear of this person dying and that person did not make it etc etc. Well, it has been said many many times over that life is uncertain and death is!

    Sincere condolences to both families involved. Only assurance is your loved ones has moved on to a better place and better rebirth. What more if our Guru is the one who personally and so compassionately see to the pujas and the arrangements.

    It is said, an elephant never forgets! Our guru as I’ve always regarded as a white elephant (six tusks may be) in one of his previous lives, of course does not forget good and bad deeds accorded to him but still have compassion for those who have harmed or bad mouthed him. Rinpoche SIR, you are truly and inspiration!

  12. Eric Lee KSJC on May 28, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    以前的我总以为只精心策划所有的行动就可以得到自己想要的结果。可是,现在的我,在经历了许多的历练,才能了解人生充满了变数。所以,活在当下是很重要的,以前总以为,要帮助别人,是要等到自己有能力的时候,才来行动,可是看到仁波切可以在自己不舒服的情况下,还是不停的在帮助需要帮助的人,心里觉得很惭愧,所以我对自己承诺,要像仁波切一样,要及时行善,不要等到没有机会是才来后悔,那就太迟了。

  13. Victor Phang on May 28, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Dear Rinpoche:
    Thank you for helping many beings 24/7 regardless their background, some may not even know your name or see your face. You were showing us the truly “blindly” love and care. Buddha’s love is unconditional!

    Everyday we can hear who is passing away, who is giving birth, so as a reminder, we must ask ourselves seriously whether impermanence or tomorrow will arrive first? It is sad to see people pass away but sadder if the person didn’t learn and practice dharma before stop breathing. I really love this quote – if not now, when?

    Thank you very much and take very good rest always.
    With love,
    VP

  14. Ckh on May 27, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    May mama mooi LAN n tashi baby have good rebirth.thank you rinpoche n pastors n assistants who show that the world is worth saving

  15. edward on May 25, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Poor Tashi,she only live in her mother’s stomach for only.I wish that she get a better rebirth.

  16. Yoke Fui on May 25, 2012 at 7:06 am

    We often take loved ones,friends, health, life for granted until we lose them. Then we will scurry around for higher guidance, for answer.

    Rinpoche always teaches us how to treasure each moment by taking the full essence of our present life. Giving love, kindness and care to people we come across while they are around us is more meaningful than regreting or missing them when they are gone.

    Both Mama Mooi Lan and the parents of baby Tashi have been very kind and virtuous people. May the departed loved ones have good rebirths and meet the dharma in their next lives.

  17. JImmy Tan on May 25, 2012 at 12:04 am

    人生无常,当下最重要。很多事是在没准备好的时候来临的。因为我们永远都觉得准备不好。唯有佛法时时刻刻受用

  18. Seng Aun on May 24, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    My heart goes out to the family members of Mama Mooi Lan and Baby Tashi.

    May the blessings of Rinpoche and the Buddhas help you all during this difficult time.

    Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow…….

  19. So Kin Hoe on May 24, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Rinpoche’s great care and kindness to Mama Mooi Lan and Baby Tashi has shown us the real compassion that no one can deny. My deepest condolences to Mama Mooi Lan’s and Baby Tashi’s families. May both of them have good rebirth and continue to meet with Dharma in future lives.

  20. Cynthia Ng on May 24, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    My deepest condolences to the family of Mama Mooi Lan and Tashi’s parents. May you have a good and swift rebirth! May you be able to meet Dharma, Guru and practice Dharma again and again!

    Rinpoche always be so caring and kindness to everyone! Rinpoche showed express sympathy and solicitude for the 2 family members. Rinpoceh up all night to do prayer for Mama Mooi Lan and Tashi, Rinpoche do rituals for them because Rinpoche concern and want to ensure Mama Mooi Lan and Tashi have a quick rebirth.

    Thank you Rinpoche tirelessly to benefit others.

  21. Lim KSJC on May 23, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    Om Mani Peme Hum and deeply condolence to Mama Mooi Lam and Baby Tashi. With Rinpoche blessing may u can take a good rebirth to meet Dharma again especially can re-meet Kechara soon…

    Thanks Rinpoche for caring all Kecharians, and also Jean Mei, Bryan, Pastor Yek Yee, Pastor Susan and also Pastor Ngeow and puja team. U all are so awesome…

  22. Koh Hee Peng on May 23, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    Death is certain. Only the timing is uncertain. Life depends on the continuity of our breath, and death deprived it only by a single breath. That is how fragile our life is. That is how impermanent our life is. Everyday when we close our eyes and fall asleep, there is a 50%-50% chance that we might not wake up the next day with our physical body intact.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Kecharians for being compassionate to assist those who are in need of help round the clock.

    Thank you.

  23. Yee Mun on May 23, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    My deepest condolences to both family. May Mama Mooi Lan & baby Tashi have good rebirth, and to meet with dharma at young age in their future.

  24. Low ksjc on May 23, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    My deepest condolences to both families of Mama Mooi Lan and baby Tashi.Through their merits and love for others, may they have a good rebirth and meet up with good conducive condition to practice Dharma in their future lives.

  25. Su Ming on May 23, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    2 funeral rites within 24 hours. Mama Mooi Lan was 62 years old and Tashi was 3 months old. Nobody can escape from karma. We are our own VICTIM of our own KARMA no matter how you look at it.

    I was with Mama Mooi Lan’s family when Rinpoche did the funeral rites. I spent quite some time with them after Rinpoche left. Her daughters and other relatives took turned to let me know how kind Rinpoche has been to them.

    Mama Yong (another Rinpoche’s old friend) mentioned that what they have done for Rinpoche was so small in 1992 but Rinpoche remembered them till today. She remembered that when Mama Mooi Lan was hospitalised 10 years ago and was critical, Rinpoche flew from Penang specially to see her. Mama Mooi Lan was bedridden for a long time by then but when Rinpoche saw her, Rinpoche hugged her and teased her. Mama Yong said, she never saw Mama Mooi Lan that happy. At that time, Rinpoche also prescribed Dukkar for Mama Mooi Lan to do. Mama Yong said that it saved Mama Mooi Lan life at that time.

    I know this for the fact cause every year, Rinpoche will send many gifts to the Cheras gang and often ask me to keep close in contact with them. Rinpoche always taught us how to always be grateful to people in the past who have helped us. I know Mama Mooi Lan will go to a good rebirth as she in a life has sponsored our Rinpoche, and from there she has collected trememdous merits…just look at Kechara today.

    I am also very grateful that the office of Rinpoche is trained to be on standby at any hours for Rinpoche and especially for these purpose.

  26. David Lai on May 23, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche for the anecdotes of that faithful night. We are indeed very fortunate to be students of such a compassionate teacher. We have seen from time to time that Rinpoche has put in your all, in your teachings, your blog, your care, your love, your money and everything you give, you give the best.

    Its very hard to find another teacher or person that is so kind, so generous and so skillful. It is so neat that Rinpoche is tech-savvy and have poured your heart and soul into this blog so people from all over the world would peer into Rinpoche’s world and leave feeling blessed with knowledge and inspiration. I do hope the dearly departed takes a good rebirth and I do hope Rinpoche’s kindness would leave an indelible mark on this who would read and see this article.

  27. patsy on May 23, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    My deepest condolence to the families of Mama Mooi Lan and baby Tashi’s parents. Ii is so comforting to know that Rinpoche is there for them and that Mama Mooi Lan and baby Tashi will have a good and and conducive rebirth to meet the dharma again.

    Thank you Rinpoche, not only for helping others tirelessly, but for showing us what unconditional love and compassion means.

  28. tsemtulku on May 23, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Dearest Rinpoche, I can’t thank you enough for what you’ve done for my mum and the family. Your kindness and appearance at the funeral certainly has fulfilled my mum last wish in this life. There are lots of pain and sadness but we are sure that she’s now in a better place with no more pain and illness. I wish you well and may you be healthy and have a long life so more people can learn and benefit from your dharma teaching.(Jojo Wong)

  29. yikming on May 23, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Rinpoche,
    Reading this articles reminds me of my dad’s passing recently, a little difficult subject to talk about. I like to thank you for your kindness and support given during my dad passing. He was very fortunate to be able to meet you in person. He was also very fortunate to have your blessings and guidance at the wake. Also thanks to Pastor Cheah who was with me from the time of the passing in the hospital till the completion of the wake, where he performs the last rites, not to mention the support by the Kechara brothers and sisters,the Puja team, Kechara House, Kechara Bloom and Kechara Care. I like to humbly thank the support received. I feel that with the Dharma teaching , it was much easier to understand death and also how best to provide benefit/merits for my dad or those that have pass on. We often shy away and a taboo topic about death as we do not understand death. Having walk through my dad departure and with Pastor Cheah hands-on guidance further reinforce what we learn helped me a lot in understanding about death.

    Often with news of funerals and people departing reminds us of the impermanence, we come naked and we go naked, we cannot take along any physical things and wealth but we take a long a karma bank account and also our merits that we create here in this lifetime, we should make hay while the sun still shine, so we hope to generate merits by helping and serving others so to continue our journey closer the Guru and Dharma in the next life too and next and next….

    With Folded Hands , thank you Guru.

  30. Girlie on May 23, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    May our Protector always watch over Mama Mooi Lan and keep her safe. Thank you Mama Mooi Lan for all you have done for Rinpoche.

    Baby Tashi: It may have been just a short while that you were with your Mummy but I am sure that she loved you unconditionally. May you take a swift and good rebirth.

    Both Mama Mooi Lan and baby Tashi were so blessed to have Rinpoche conduct prayers for them on their last journey in this world.

  31. Jay Jae on May 23, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    It is so heart warming to see Rinpoche in action attending to the need of Mama Mooi Lan’s wake and family. Rinpoche really takes care of the people around him regardless. I remembered how Rinpoche once met Mama Mooi Lan in the Ladrang and Rinpoche would keep asking if Mama Mooi Lan and family was alright due to the deep gratitude Rinpoche has for her.

    It is through Rinpoche’s love and prayers I believe both Baby Tashi and parents are able to close an emotional chapter in their life and what more be able to start a spiritual journey for all of them too!

    Thank you Bryan and Jean Mei for seeing this through with Rinpoche. It is so different here in Singapore whereby all baby foetuses who couldn’t make it to live are all stored in a fridge until they meet a quota and will be sent for cremation when they meet the number. We need to educate more people about the awareness of death and care for the departed here very badly.

    Many prayers to Mama Mooi Lan and Baby Tashi from Singapore!

  32. Tenzin Kyabsum on May 23, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Om mani padme hum. Deepest condolences to both Baby Tashi and Mama Mooi Lan’s families. May Baby Tashi and Mama Mooi Lan have a swift rebirth. May they always be connected to the Dharma and Rinpoche.

    Thank you Rinpoche, not only for helping others tirelessly, but for showing us and inspiring us to go all the way with Dharma. Rinpoche is always thinking of ways to keep us connected to Dharma not only in this live, but also in our future lives. How blessed we are to be near our center and our Lama.

    In all lives may I NEVER be parted from my perfect Guru.
    Thank you, Rinpoche.

  33. Ethan Chu on May 23, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Without Mama Mooi Lan, we wouldn’t have met Rinpoche. Thankyou Mama Mooi Lan for supporting Rinpoche. I heard personally from Rinpoche, mama Mooi Lan was always supportive of Rinpoche’s work, never gossip, talk and just serve the Sangha and dharma throughout her life. With her dharma work, she doesn’t need long puja… because her work will help her to take a good rebirth.

    After mama Mooi Lan’s funeral service, late at night another student of Rinpoche called and within minutes Rinpoche and Kechara’s Pastors and some assistants rushed over to bless the soul of the unborn baby Tashi. It was very late at night til early morning, the pastors and assistants were on standby to assist Rinpoche and the family to prepare items for pujas. This is what being a Kecharian is all about, anytime anywhere, we come togethere because our member needs help. Thankyou all for being there.

    Later we also received another member’s uncle passed away. It was a sad gloomy day, but it reaffirmed that besides dharma work; there is nothing we can depend on by the time of death.

  34. william on May 23, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Rinpoche’s compassion is immeasurable as seen here. This is the 2 occasions of the many other occasions Rinpoche has gone all the way for his students and friends.

    I was at the wake of Mama Mooi Lan when Rinpoche was there. Rinpoche did all the rituals and making sure that the mind stream of Mama Mooi Lan is taken cared of. I experienced genuine care from Rinpoche when Rinpoche sat down with the family members and console them. Rinpoche ensured that Mama Mooi Lan is going to a good place because she has done so much good things in her life. One of them is taking care of Rinpoche when Rinpoche first came to Malaysia. I could see relief in the family members after the talk by RInpoche.

    After Rinpoche left, we were talking with Mama Yong and Mama Yong said that the family was really touched and appreciative for Rinpoche coming to the wake. She told us that even though the Cheras Group did so little for Rinpoche during that time, Rinpoche still remembers them and still care for them till today. She also told us that Rinpoche would visit Mama Mooi Lan when she was sick and would hug her while she was on the hospital bed and have not showered. THis is the extent of Rinpoche’s love to his friends and students.

    Thank you RInpoche for being there whenever there is sadness and sufferings.

  35. sweekeong on May 23, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Thank you Mama Mooi Lan for supporting Rinpoche which now I have fortunate enough to meet with Rinpoche and to learn and practice Dharma. Rinpoche, and all Kecharian work tireless to bring hope to people who are still living, how precious is our human lives and no matter how bad from our own perspective we must continue living to the fullest.

  36. Sam on May 23, 2012 at 11:28 am

    My deepest condolences to both Mama Mooi Lan and Baby Tashi family. I am touched by Rinpoche’s unconditioned love for his students. Rinpoche is always there for his students regardless how tired and unwell his condition is. Its comforting to know both of them will take good rebith. I am grateful and lucky to have Rinpoche as my guru and im sure all his students felt the same way too. With folded hand, thank you Rinpoche for everything. I hope Rinpoche live long and stay healthy.

  37. Irene Lim on May 23, 2012 at 11:19 am

    My deepest condolences for both families. I am so glad they have Rinpoche. I am sure both deceased will go for good rebirth and meet with conducive conditions to hear and practise Dharma in their next live and future lives. OM MANI PADME HUM.

  38. su an on May 23, 2012 at 11:06 am

    My deepest condolences to both families, may Mama Mooi Lan and Tashi take a fortunate rebirth and meet with the Dharma and good people. Rinpoche and team works tirelessly to help others’ minds be calm and at ease in times of confusion and sadness. During these times, material things can’t help ease the pain as much as genuine care and concern.

  39. DR on May 23, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Gratitude is one of Rinpoche’s many many virtues. Rinpoche never forgets anyone who helps the flourishing of dharma. Neither does he not help those who have harmed him and HE is a shining example of the practice of Equanamity. LOve all, Serve all.

    My condolences to the family of Mama Mooi Lan and baby Tashi’s parents. May you all be at peace now that your beloved family member will take on a good rebirth. My prayers and thoughts with you all.

  40. Siong Woan on May 23, 2012 at 9:48 am

    2 funerals – one for a kind hearted old lady at 62 and one for tiny little boy who was 6 months away from being born… whilst I feel the lost for their respective families, but more importantly, rejoice for they had the merits of receiving Rinpoche’s love and care during their last moments in this lifetime.

    While we pray for these two souls to take a good rebirth and be able to receive dharma in all their future lives, let us be reminded that our lives are fragile, hence not to waste it.

  41. sarahyap on May 23, 2012 at 8:33 am

    My condolences to both families for the lost of a loved one… but it is comforting to know that they will go to a good place, and take another fortunate rebirth to meet the Dharma once more.

  42. MayOng on May 23, 2012 at 8:10 am

    Rinpoche does not forget anyone who had been kind to him as well as being compassionate to others in time of grief. Although Rinpoche had only half an hour of sleep that evening, Rinpoche still think of others and sacrificed his sleep and health to comfort others for they matter more than his own needs.

    It is comforting to know Rinpoche will be with us always whenever we need him, but we need to be around also to help him out with these work to practice compassion for others and lighten his work.

    Thank you Rinpoche, Jean Mei, Bryan, Pastor Yek Yee and Pastor Susan for being there for Mama Mooi Lan and baby Tashi at moments when they need you most.

  43. Lim Han Nee on May 23, 2012 at 8:05 am

    On both occasions, Rinpoche showed much care and concern for the departure of the dead from this life and their rebirth, performing prayers and pujas and making serkym offerings to Protector Setrap for their good and safe rebirths.

    Mama Mooi Lan was a gentle lady who showed care and kindness to Rinpoche in his earlier years in Malaysia when Rinpoche really needed help. She and her Cheras group were there to give their help quietly and sincerely.Rinpoche has been in contact with her and her family and was able to repay her kindness to him. In this her final depature from this life to take rebirth in another,Rinpoche was there for her to pray for her safe passage to the next life. With much blessinga and prayers,Mama Mooi Lan will surely take rebirth where she will meet with the Dharma and practice it.

    Thank you, Mama Mooi Lan.May you be blessed with Dharma in your new rebirth.

    (Unborn) baby Tashi was only three months in his mother’s womb, when she miscarried him. I am deeply touched by the equally great care and concern that Rinpoche showed to this helpless mother being, who did not have the chance of life. Rinpoche performed puja and prayers for him as well as giving him baby items he would have enjoyed if alive and well.Like gentle kind Mama Mooi Lan, this precious mother being has the blessings and prayers to ensure his good safe rebirth.May he too be reborn into a Dharma-practicing family.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 12. 2021 04:12 PM
    Looking at those very unique house been built simply stunning. Creatively with nature indeed , salute to those architecture who has such a wild ideas and innovations building such an incredibly unique houses in nature. No easy though but everything is possible.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/into-the-wild.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 12. 2021 04:11 PM
    Truly stunning Kuanyin Statue also know as”Goddess of Mercy” Statue designed by Portuguese architect . Very serene with the huge golden statue seemingly floating over the sea at high tide. One of the underrated landmarks in Macau. It is believed that when this statue is built, Macau has become more prosperous, peaceful and economically better. Many locals and tourist visited this beautiful Statue and it’s a popular spot where they will walk along the sea watching sunset. Merely by looking at this Statue is a blessing. Those beautiful pictures tells us all.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/kuan-yin-of-macau-city.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 12. 2021 04:07 PM
    Beautiful Yonghe Temple in Beijing, China known to some locals as the‘Palace of Peace and Harmony Lama Temple’ has three world-record masterpieces. This temple is a temple and monastery of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism built during the reign of Emperor Kang Xi (1694). Very impressive buildings and a great insight into Chinese Buddhist temples with 300 years of history . The building and artwork of the temple is a combination of Han Chinese and Tibetan styles.
    Looking at the restoration and conservation work of the Lama Tsongkhapa Statue in Yong He Gong is not easy after all. Thanks to Liu Yuming,77, restoration masters of China’s Cultural Relics. He had done a good job helping to preserve those rare cultural relics left in China. It is indeed a uphill task that needs a lot of patience , skill, delicate , and love . Interesting read even though it an old post. Would love to see this master piece of Lama Tsongkhapa Statue one day .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/an-age-of-restoration.html
  • sarassitham
    Monday, Apr 12. 2021 01:47 PM
    Sometimes a single image can speak much louder than words. It’s very painful to see the abused and made to suffer of a Monkey and Child.

    It is really sad to discover how many animals sacrificed for fulfilling our taste buds. and not only sacrificing their life.

    Why don’t we try to eat more vegetables instead of eating more animals. Vegetables are healthy too, you know! And do you also know that being vegetarian or vegan will not only make you become healthier, it will also make you feel more energetic.
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 10. 2021 03:59 PM
    A legendary figure of Buddhism in Buryatia was Lubsan Samdan Tsydenov, charismatic Buddhist master and visionary and national hero, who had spread the Tantric Buddhist tradition. Interesting read of this forgotten story of Lubsan Samdan Tsydenov, a monk who briefly ruled as a dharma king. He amazingly created a nonviolence Buddhist kingdom who protected thousands of women, children, and men at that time. In 1920’s Soviet government considered Lubsan Samdan Tsydenov to be rebels and Traditional Buryat culture was erased since then. Buddhist monasteries in Buryatia were destroyed and many followers were murdered. He was well remembered as a true Dharma King and a national hero. Interesting read of a Great Lama.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/lubsan-samdan-tsydenov-the-dharma-king-of-buryatia.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 10. 2021 03:57 PM
    We came to this world with nothing and leaving with nothing. There nothings that belongs to us. Whatever we own is temporary on loan only, so we should be glad in this life we are in human form. We should appreciate what we have at this moment, , doing , learning Dharma and practicing Dharma for a good and meaningful cause. Transforming our mind and benefiting others instead of ourselves.
    What Rinpoche had said and explained , very true indeed … we don’t own our body. Well use our body for the greater good of others. Reading the transcript by Tsem Rinpoche tells us more understanding .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/transcript-you-dont-own-your-body.html
  • sarassitham
    Friday, Apr 9. 2021 11:20 PM
    Thank you for the wonderful sharing, it’s truly amazing. Each one of these statues is special and drool-worthy, and they have rightly signified the place where they stand today.

    Even when we don’t have the opportunity too witness those beautiful Buddha Statues, yet we are blessed merely by looking at it.
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 9. 2021 01:19 PM
    Reading this article again, truly feeling sorry those refugees in Netherlands. Staying in another country far away from homeland is already sad. They need to start from scratch, could imagine their situation living in a foreign facing a lot of hinders such languages, cultures and so forth. The sad state of refugees living in Netherlands is really bad. The Netherlands has had a reputation as a humanitarian haven, with refugees and immigrants as the situation in their country isn’t safe enough. But entering as refugees they ended up living in empty offices, as room . The government authorities failed to provide basic amenities for those rejected ones who have not or cannot leave the country. The refugees are stuck in a system, were call as an illegal immigrant. They wandered in the streets of Amsterdam, moving from one place to another left in the cold winter. Lucky enough they have volunteers helping them supplying blankets , foods for them. Hopefully the authorities could do more to help those refugees out there and the situation right now has improved.
    Thank you Melissa for sharing this .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-building-wanderers-of-amsterdam.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 9. 2021 01:17 PM
    Being generous also makes us feel better about ourselves. Generosity is both a natural confidence builder and a natural repellent of self-hatred. By focusing on what we are giving rather than on what we are receiving. Acts of generosity, such as giving our time, talent or resources, and expecting nothing in return, have been proven to be good for our health. Generous individuals are personally more fulfilled, happier and more peaceful within themselves. Enrich our life and that of others by practicing generosity. That’s what I consider true generosity without anything in return.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Datuk May for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/generosity-giving-gifts.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Apr 9. 2021 01:15 PM
    A Stunning Chenrezig Thangka with an interesting story behind it.Detailed explanations of the iconography of this Buddha. Having understand about it ,will help us to practice better . Chenrezig is the bodhisattva that symbolizes the compassion of all Buddhas.The qualities of Chenrezig is indeed amazing in such away benefited many of us. According to legend, Chenrezig made an vow that he would not rest until he had liberated all the beings in all the realms of suffering. Reciting the Chenrezig mani mantra and practising profound meditation on the nature of sound is believed to be powerful.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Beatrix for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/a-chenrezig-thangka.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 6. 2021 04:52 PM
    Meaningful poems tells us a thousand words. Value and appreciate every moment of our life with those around us. Rinpoche had a very strong connection with Manjushri since childhood and its not surprised the way Rinpoche describe the divine. Lovely poems for us to ponder deeply.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this with us.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/purpose.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 6. 2021 04:52 PM
    It is important to use these difficult times as life lessons, growing and shaping us to blossom into a stronger and wiser person every day. Stay strong and be tough, working as a team, sharing out as a team. Whatever happen then through thick and thin, individual commitment to work as a team is what makes a team work successful toward a common vision. It is true that we can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed as a team. Never give up even its hard with nothing much. Alone, we can do so little compare to working together, we can do so much.
    Reading this quote will inspire us to improve ourselves and our life so that we may be successful someday as a team.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/dont-see-the-porridge-and-run.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 5. 2021 03:04 PM
    The incredible story of the Chinese paper cut artist Ku Shulan. She is one such inspiring lady in the Chinese world of paper cutting. Been born in poor peasant family, doesn’t deter her from doing what she loves most. She had come along way of struggles and hardship to be where she was. She only showed her talent in later life following awakening from a coma after a head injury, discovered by Shanxi Province Cultural Center. Ku Shulan was designated “Master of China Folk Art and Crafts” by UNESCO and was bestowed many domestic awards for her beautiful paper cuttings. Sadly Ku Shulan passed away in 2004 at age 84, but her popularity, and reputation continue to grow . Her unique coloured paper cuttings are the jewel of Chinese folk art and will remain forever so.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring post of a talented lady.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/ku-shulan-goddess-of-paper-cut.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 5. 2021 03:03 PM
    Do Dharma work. Do Dharma practice. Chase after Dharma…..well said by Rinpoche. Life is meaningless when we only chase for money, fame only at the of life nothing is left for us. What remains is just memories when we are gone. As we grew older , it’s time to chase after something that can last long till our last breathe. Learning, practicing Dharma is the best choice. Since learning and practicing dharma have my life change, benefiting other makes my wonderful.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing with folded hands. Rinpoche had showed me the way and so as many more others.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/chasing.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 5. 2021 03:00 PM
    Inspiring comment by Claire Briard who only met Rinpoche on facebook gave up eating meat. It has since changed his life and she have so much more respect for the all animals. She did wonderfully by encouraging her friends and anyone she met to go meatless. Beautiful message . Do not harm animals , give them a chance to live.
    Thank you Rinpoche this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/claire-briard.html

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  • April 13, 2021 21:55
    ray asked: Dear Pastors, Thank you for clearing my doubts previously about purification practices. Today i have a question about reciting praises to buddhas, why do we recite praises and how does reciting praises to buddhas like Tara, Dorje shugden etc. help and benefit us? Because ive seen certain prayer texts to mother tara which i think is referring to the 21 tara praises stating that : ~If this prayer is recited two, three, or seven times, It will pacify all the sufferings of torments Caused by spirits, fevers, and poisons, And by other beings as well. If you wish for a child, you will get a child; If you wish for wealth, you will receive wealth. All your wishes will be fulfilled And all obstacles pacified.~ Will reciting praises to buddhas also be able to fulfill our wishes as stated? Thank you very much.
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  • April 12, 2021 03:20
    Eden asked: Dear Pastors, How are all of you doing? I have a few questions here. I will be very grateful if you can answer them. Thank you. 1) If we are here because of our previous life karma, previous previous karma and so on. May i know when does all of this started? How does this chain of karma started? Im sure we all had our 1st life and everything had a beginning to it. 2) I am currently facing some problem over my career pathway, are there any practices and mantras that I can do to request for guidance?
    pastor answered: Dear Eden, Thank you for your questions. 1. Buddhism does not believe in a 1st life, and the reason being is the Buddhist view of time. Most people think of time and existence as linear. It has a definitive starting point and a certain end point. But Buddhism views time as a cyclic. Hence, our universe as we understand it, will at one point cease to exist, and then a new universe will come into existence. However, even though our current universe will end, due to the force of karma and reincarnation, we will take rebirth into the new universe and have many rebirths there. So in Buddhism we say that we have had "countless" rebirths, as you would never be able to count how many lifetimes you have had. This cycle is vicious and leads us to take rebirth endlessly. The only way to stop this cycle is to transcend it altogether, which is the state of Buddhahood, in which you are completely liberated from the cycle, known as "samsara". Also the way in which we think about karma is not linear either. It is not one for one. By this I mean, if you do one negative action, it is not that you will experience only one negative result. You will actually experience many negative results, with differing levels of severity until the karma is exhausted. How you respond to the negative results can lead to either more negative karma, or positive karma. Hence, the law of karma according to the Buddhist view point is much more nuanced then the general understanding of karma that people have these days. The Buddha explained this process in a teaching known as the 12 Links of Dependent Origination, which is quite complex. If you want to learn more about this teaching, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche gave a very profound teaching on it here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/teaching-on-the-twelve-links-of-dependent-origination.html Hence, according to Buddhism, the understand of time is a never-ending cycle in which universes are created, destroyed and created again due to the power of karma. Since it is a cycle, there is no "beginning" or "1st life" for sentient beings. 2. In regards to your career pathway, I would suggest you engage in the combined practice of Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden. We have heard of many people who are either stuck in their career or who need to find good jobs, succeed in the their goals after engaging in this practice with a sincere motivation. There is a book available regarding the practice here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/the-dorje-shugden-handbook. We also have an entire section of this website dedicated to various aspects of the practice, including history, other prayers, etc. (https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/dorje-shugden). I hope this helps. Let us know if we can help in any other way.
  • April 11, 2021 00:23
    Lara asked: Hello pastors, I have a family member suffering from depression right now. May I know how I can help him to overcome this? Thank you.
    pastor answered: Dear Lara, I'm sorry to hear that your family member is going through this. When someone is going through such a difficult time, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche has advised that the person themselves seek qualified medical help as well as engage in the practice of Lama Tsongkhapa, which is well-known to help overcome things like depression. From your side you should be as supportive as possible. Take the time to understand what your family member is going through, and in which ways you can support them to overcome their depression and heal. You can watch a fantastic teaching about the practice of Lama Tsongkha here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sayonara-to-depression.html. The prayer text for the practice can be found here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/sadhana-prayers.html#19 However, sometimes family members may not be open to the engaging in the practice themselves. In that case, you can engage in the practice yourself and dedicate the merits for the family member to heal, but this will not be as effective as the family member doing the practice themselves. Another thing that you can do, it to make abundant offerings or engage in virtuous activities like as helping the less fortunate, and dedicating the merits from those activities to your family member. You can also have pujas sponsored for your family member. The following two pujas would be excellent: Medicine Buddha Puja - which is good for healing, both physical and mental (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/medicine-buddha-puja-fund) Dorje Shugden Puja - to remove obstacles for a swift recovery (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/dorje-shugden-wishfulfilling-puja-fund) These are the various methods in which you can help. You can do just one or a combination of the methods mentioned to generate as much positive energy and merit as possible for your family member. I hope this helps.
  • April 10, 2021 07:50
    ray asked: hi pastor i have a question regarding purification practices because ive been having some doubts now, is it true that some people say engaging in purification practices bad things would then happen to the practitioner after that? be it being sick or facing obstacles coming after that.
    pastor answered: Dear Ray, Thank you for your question. When we engage in purification practices, what we are purifying is our negative karma. If you know about karma, you know that eventually you will need to experience your karma, be this negative or positive. When you experience your negative karma, then you experience negative situations. This could be something major, like having an accident, to something very minor such as feeling bad if say a loved one says something in a way that you perceive as being negative. Any experience you have that you perceive as negative, is a manifestation of your negative karma. During purification practices, through your own effort of invoking upon the enlightened beings and practice of the Four Opponent Powers, you are able to purify this negative karma. However, for a negative karma to be fully exhausted, you need to experience it. Say you have a karma to get into an accident, if you don't purify and exhaust it, then you will need to suffer from it 100%. This could mean getting into a car accident which is very severe and you are hurt badly. If you engage in purification practices then you can purify, let's say 99% of the karma. But for it to be exhausted fully, you still need to experience it. In this case, maybe you do get into an accident. Since you have purified most of the karma, your car only bumps into another car very softly. You don't even feel it, the person in the other car doesn't feel it and you car is not damaged at all. This is the reason why some people say if you engage in purification practices, bad things will happen. And because of that people are put off doing purification practices. This is wrong thinking because if you do experience negative situations when engaged in purification practices, this could be because: a) What you experienced is actually the purified karma, rather than the full force of the karma. In this case you should rejoice that through your effort of engaging in the practice, you didn't experience something much worse. b) It could just simply be the manifestation of a karma that wasn't purified. This means, you would have had to go through this experience anyway. c) Because you are engaged in purification practices, you are thinking of karma a lot. Therefore, when such experiences occur then you attribute it to karma, and then think it is linked to your purification practice. Then you believe that doing purification practices is bad because you have to suffer from such experiences. This is wrong thinking. Perhaps even if you were not doing purification practices, then you would still experience the situation, but you wouldn't actually think anything of it. You would just go about the rest of your day as usual. That being said, when you are doing purification practices, there comes a point were certain negative karma is so weak that you need to experience it for it to be exhausted completely. This can and does manifest as negative situations, such as minor illnesses, or even accidents, etc. However, the point to remember is the karma causing these situations have been purified so they are very mild compared to their full form. These negative situations can also be purified/exhausted in dreams, etc. Another way they can be purified is having mental disturbances or emotional ups and downs when actually doing the purification practices. In essence, you will need to feel the effects of your negative karma in some form or another, so better that you experience it in a very mild form right? This is what purification practices helps you to do. Purification practices are not something to be scared of. In fact, you should rejoice when engaged in purification practices. On a more deeper level, without some form of purification practice it is hard to understand higher aspects of the Dharma. Your negative karma will block you from being able to understand the Dharma and then internalise it. That is why purification practices are emphasised within each and every tradition and are a prerequisite for higher teaching such as tantra. The benefits of purification practices (such as enabling you to exhaust your negative karma in a very mild form, and preparing your mind for higher teachings) outweighs having to experience a very small negative situation. Therefore think about the benefits of purification practice and contemplate on it. This will help you to develop faith in them and get rid of any doubts or fears that you may have. I hope this helps.
  • April 1, 2021 04:54
    You are awesome! asked: Hello, you are awesome! keep going!
    pastor answered: Thank you for your kind message. It is very encouraging for us to read. May you always be blessed by the Three Jewels.
  • March 28, 2021 15:08
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    pastor answered: Dear Vikas Baluni, I am unclear as to the actually meaning of your question but I believe you are asking how to increase and grow your business. According to Buddhism, everything that we go through in life is due to karma, this includes both the good things and the bad things. Therefore, for your business to grow and do well depends on your good karma. Only one type of energy can overcome karma and is always good for your, and that is what we call merit or punya (in sanskrit). So in order to have merit for your business to do well, you have to take actions that generate merit. The main of these is to transform your mind to become a more compassionate and wiser person, to help others less fortunate, to engage in pujas and other such virtuous activities. There are certain deity practices that are well-known in Buddhism to help increase the energies of wealth and success in our lives. These can help your business to grow. Once such practice is that of Bhagawan Gyenze, you can click here to find out more: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/dorje-shugden-gyenze-to-increase-life-merits-and-wealth.html Bhagawan Gyenze will definitely help you to grow your business, if you have a good motivation. If you motivation is only about yourself, then your business will not grow that much. But if you have the motivation help others, then Bhagawan Gyenze will help you even more. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 25, 2021 01:11
    Jason asked: I have been practicing white dzambala and the bathing / water tormas for quite some time now. Recently I have been getting regular dreams where white dzambala appears and just smiles at me, or I dream that I am doing white dzambala chutor practice. I understand that when lama tsongkhapa got dreams of deities he thought that this was Mara acting up and paid no attention to it until his lama said something. My lama is currently on retreat and it is difficult to contact him. Please give me some advice on what is happening. I'm just some normal beginners smuck and I'm getting worried that this is a bad sign. When I wake up I feel at peace... But according to commentaries this could be Mara.
    pastor answered: Dear Jason, Thank you for your question. I am really happy to hear that you are engaging in Dzambhala's practice. It's extremely beneficial. You are right that Lama Tsongkhapa ignored his dreams of deities, and viewed them as bad signs. But before jumping to conclusions, we must analyse the reasons why Lama Tsongkhapa ignored not only his dreams, also the visions of the deities he received. The reason that Lama Tsongkhapa did not consider it a positive sign is because as practitioners on the spiritual path, it is all too easy to get carried away with 'signs' or advice, visions, dreams from supposed deities. Sometimes if we 'analyse' them it can lead us in the wrong direction because of our mistaken understanding. Sometimes, other entities can also enter our dreams and tell us things that we believe, hence we start practising things that are not Dharmic in nature. Lama Tsongkhapa warned against such things, rather Lama Tsongkhapa said that we should rely on the Dharma teachings that are genuine and transmitted to us through an unbroken line through our lineage. Generally speaking however, these dreams you are having are literally just dreams, so there is nothing to worry about. One category of dreams we have are known as 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 make 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. When we have dreams such as of our teacher, our practice, the Buddhas, etc., it is still more than likely to be just a samsaric dream. Because we have been engaging in sustained practice, or have imprints from previous lives, these can surface in our dreams hence we have dreams of Buddhas, our teachers, etc. There is nothing to worry about or to consider overly auspicious or a 'sign'. Just realise that you have had the dream, do not allow your thoughts to dwell on it, accept it and move on. However, do take note that you had these dreams and once your Guru is out of retreat, please consult your Guru and inform him/her of these occurances and seek your Guru's advice if any. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 23, 2021 02:01
    Jason asked: I white dzambhala is a wealth deity but can he also act as a dharma protector?
    pastor answered: Dear Jason, Thank you for your question. The practice of Dzambhala is actually a Yidam practice, this means that Dzambhala is a meditational deity. When you engage in his practice, as well as bestowing wealth, through his practice you also develop qualities that help you progress towards enlightenment. In the case of Dzambhala, the primary quality he helps you develop is actually generosity, which is one of the Six Perfections. Therefore, although he is known as a wealth deity, he is much, much more than that. When you engage in his practice, you are actually developing virtuous qualities in your mindstream. The function of Dharma Protectors however is to remove obstacles and to create conducive conditions so that you can transform your mind. Hence, the function of a meditational deity and a Dharma Protector is different. That being said, when you engage in Dzambhala's practice properly, you do gain wealth. Generally, we only consider this wealth to be external wealth, but Dzambhala's practice is more than that, because through his practice you gain internal wealth which are virtuous qualities. Due to the fact his practice also brings material wealth, he is known as a wealth deity. When you practice any meditational deity, you will gain some physical benefit as well, which can seem to mirror the effect of Dharma Protectors, but their function is very different. Dzambhala for example grants material wealth, but his actually function is to increase inner wealth. Another example would be Medicine Buddha, outward he heals our physical body, but inwardly he also helps to heal our minds and develop qualities such as compassion. Dharma Protectors can also help to heal our body, but for real internal change, we need to rely on a meditational deity. I hope this answer helps.
  • March 16, 2021 21:23
    ray asked: Dear pastors, i have a question regarding vajra and bells. can one use them if they do not have any sort of initiation or whatsoever?
    pastor answered: Dear Ray, Thank you for your question. You are right that traditionally vajras and bells are only used after receiving initiation. However, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche recommended learning how to use the vajra and bell, as a means of creating the causes to receive initiation in the future. That said, there are many dos and don'ts related to using the vajra and bell. You can learn not only how to use them, but also vajra and bell etiquette from one of Kechara's Pastors. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 7, 2021 17:30
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Do you recommend doing Tsem Rinpoche’s guru yoga as part of daily Sadhana? I am sure I read on the article for the name retreat that it could be done as daily prayers but now I can’t see that sentence? Thank you.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Yes of course, you may include Tsem Rinpoche's Guru Yoga as part of your daily sadhana if you wish. This creates a very strong bond with Tsem Rinpoche. If you are following the Diamond Path sadhana (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/diamond-path), you insert the Guru Yoga after you have completed the Gaden Lhagyama (Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa). Alternative, if you are using a different prayer text, you insert the Guru Yoga after Gaden Lhagyama, or before any deity prayers that you do such as Manjushri, Tara, etc. After you complete the deity practice section of your sadhana, you continue on to your Dharma protector practice, and finish with your completion dedication. I hope this helps. Do let us know if this is not clear. Thanks.
  • 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.
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Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
1 years 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
1 years 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
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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