Philip describes his recent trip to Nepal!!

Nov 29, 2011 | Views: 2,397

(By Tsem Rinpoche)

Last week, on the 21st to the 25th of November, a group of my students (Kecharians) went to Nepal on a pilgrimage trip. Hardworking and kind Su Ming lead them on this trip. Su Ming really was looking forward to taking people to holy places. She is great.

Those who went on the pilgrimage were:

  • Su Ming – Pilgrimage leader, Liaison of Kechara Care, Tsem Ladrang and Kechara Lounge
  • Pastor Yek Yee – KH Pastor, Liaison to H.E Tsem Rinpoche
  • Karen – Kechara Care staff
  • Sock Wan – Kechara Care staff
  • Cynthia Ng – Kechara Care staff (Administrator)
  • Lucy Yap – Kechara Care staff (in-charge of Kechara House souvenir store)
  • Clifford Khong – Kechara Member

Grace – Kechara Member
Fiona – Kechara Member
Samantha – Kechara Member

When they returned, I requested Philip Yong, a young 21 year old university student who regularly volunteers in Kechara, to write his account of the trip. Well Philip did a GREAT JOB WITH THIS WRITE UP. TAKE A LOOK. ENJOY HIS WONDERFUL PICTURES…and enjoy his experience through his writing. You will love it. Read and share it with others.

Do take a look at his daily travel journal, filled with beautiful photos!! Let me know, WHO WANTS TO GO TO NEPAL??? Leave me a comment below of why you wish to go to Nepal? Visit our Tsem Ladrang there? The holy places? Why?

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

Nepal, in my eyes…

by Philip Yong

There were mixed feelings prior this trip after hearing about how the roads are, how dirty the place is, how the water is not drinkable… I thought to myself, will I even survive there? But nevertheless I was extremely excited.

Nepal really was not as bad as it sounds. I had a great time there visiting all the holy sites, making offerings, shopping, and just enjoying the company of good friends.

At the end of the trip, I really did not feel like coming home. I liked Nepal very much and I’m sure there are many more holy sites to visit. The knowledge and experience I gained cannot be replaced with anything else. For this I sincerely thank Tsem Rinpoche, Su Ming, David and everyone else who made our pilgrimage a pleasant one.

This pilgrimage was the first of its kind for me. Never have I thought I would join a religious tour but you know what? I realised after this trip that even if we are not religious, we can go for such pilgrimages. The art, culture, and people itself are enough to mesmerize you as it did for me. But of course it was more than that for me.

Back home, I was thinking about our trip to Nepal and I feel very blessed that I was able to visit all the holy sites there. If given the chance, I would definitely want to go again to experience all of the holy sites one more time. Not many people of my age has gone on such a trip before. I feel very happy to have found the Dharma at a relatively young age.

I was also extremely surprise with the quality of the food in Nepal. It was gooood! I never really liked indian food but Nepal’s was different. I guess the authenticity of it made it even better!

 

Day 1

The day has come! I was so excited that I could barely sleep…and the moment I shut my eyes, my alarm rang! Time to leave my beloved country for a couple of days…

To cut the story short, a group of Kecharians went to Nepal on 21/11 – 25/11 for a Pilgrimage. There were in total 11 of us, mostly comprising of Kechara Care staff.

Group pic @ KLIA

Group pic @ KLIA

We arrived Kathmandu, Nepal approximately 11.30AM (local time). The moment I stepped off the plane, I felt a little disappointed. Not because the country did not look good, but because the weather was much warmer than expected. I was told prior to this trip that it will be very cold in Nepal which I was really excited about.

We were greeted by Raj Kumar, a good friend of Tsem Rinpoche and Kechara. He was very welcoming and helped us throughout our trip.

We were warmly greeted by Raj Kumar upon arrival

We were warmly greeted by Raj Kumar upon arrival

Our first destination was Tsem Ladrang which was our place of accommodation throughout our stay in Nepal. I felt very blessed because although we were at a third world country, our place of accommodation was of 5-star ranking. Everyone who joined this pilgrimage was feeling happy and perhaps relieved that we had a nice and comfortable place to live in. We were greeted by Doggie, the resident dog of the Ladrang when we arrived. She was obviously very happy we were there.

Living room @ Tsem Ladrang-Kathmandu

Living room @ Tsem Ladrang-Kathmandu

One of the dorms @ Tsem Ladrang-Kathmandu

One of the dorms @ Tsem Ladrang-Kathmandu

Dining room @ Tsem Ladrang-Kathmandu

Dining room @ Tsem Ladrang-Kathmandu

Audience room @ Tsem Ladrang-Kathmandu

Audience room @ Tsem Ladrang-Kathmandu

Rooftop Balcony @ Tsem Ladrang-Kathmandu

Rooftop Balcony @ Tsem Ladrang-Kathmandu

Butterlamp House Kitchen @ Tsem Ladrang-Kathmandu

Butterlamp House Kitchen @ Tsem Ladrang-Kathmandu

Garage @ Tsem Ladrang-Kathmandu

Garage @ Tsem Ladrang-Kathmandu

Garden @ Tsem Ladrang-Kathmandu

Garden @ Tsem Ladrang-Kathmandu

After dropping off our luggage, we hopped on to the van once more and headed to Kathmandu Guest House (KGH) to have lunch (Oh btw, a lot of skills and patience are needed to drive in Nepal, the roads are insanely small and bumpy and crowded!).

Clifford and Doggie!

Clifford and Doggie!

KGH is one of the nicest hotels in Kathmandu where many travellers from around the world stay in. The owners of KGH are good friends of our tour leader, Su Ming. When we were there, they prepared a nice table setting in the gardens for us to have lunch. The atmosphere was bliss, to say the least. The food too was of top notch.

All the ladies @ Kathmandu Guest House for lunch

All the ladies @ Kathmandu Guest House for lunch

Our first day in Nepal was rather easy going. After lunch, with our cameras and a tourist look, we walked around Thamel area to have a feel of how Nepal is like…some of us did a little shopping while strolling the streets as well.

The main activity of the day was lighting butterlamps in Vajrayogini Butterlamp House located in Tsem   itself. After looking at pictures of how beautiful the butterlamp house is, I was really thrilled to be there physically in the presence of The Queen. The sight of Vajrayogini was amazing. Before we started to light the lamps, Su Ming gave us a little explanation of the significance and benefits of lighting butterlamps which can be found in this video.

With strong and sincere motivations, our group lit 1000 butterlamps every night we were there. After lighting the butterlamps, we gathered once again to recite Light offerings prayer. With all the lamps lighted up in the presence of VY, I felt very strong positive energy, every single night.

Clifford lighting butterlamps - Tsem Ladrang Kathmandu

Clifford lighting butterlamps – Tsem Ladrang Kathmandu

All of us reciting prayers in VY Butterlamp House - Tsem Ladrang Kathmandu

All of us reciting prayers in VY Butterlamp House – Tsem Ladrang Kathmandu

 

Day 2

After a good night’s sleep, everyone was energised and ready for more activities on our second day in Kathmandu! The day’s activities were lined up starting from Pharping to visit Self-arising Tara shrine, Guru Rinpoche’s Cave and a Vajrayogini Chapel. Then we headed over to Boudhanath to visit Kechara Lounge and of course not missing out the largest Boudhanath Stupa! Later at night, we lighted another 1000 butterlamps in Vajrayogini’s Chapel.

At the 21 Tara shrine, Su Ming explained to the group how the Taras came about. The shrine was constructed when an image of Tara started to appear on a huge rock by itself. It is said that all 21 Taras will be formed on the rock once the next Buddha arises.  For the time being, there are 2 ½ Taras shapes that has been formed. Many Tibetans were seen making prayers to Tara in the shrine as well. There were also two monks there reciting Tara prayers when we were there. One of them was a young boy who recited the prayers very clearly and confidently. I was in awe!

After that we walked up a flight of stairs to Guru Rinpoche’s Cave where he meditated on his way back to Tibet! Guru Rinpoche was the one who brought Buddhism from India to Tibet. Without him, we would not have all our precious Vajrayana teachings today. Outside the cave, Guru Rinpoche left his handprint in which still carries many blessings today.

Fiona lighting butterlamps @ Guru Rinpoche cave

Fiona lighting butterlamps @ Guru Rinpoche cave

Making butterlamp offerings in Guru Rinpoche’s cave

Making butterlamp offerings in Guru Rinpoche’s cave

Guru Rinpoche’s handprint

Guru Rinpoche’s handprint

A group picture outside Guru Rinpoche’s cave

A group picture outside Guru Rinpoche’s cave

Me putting my palm on Guru Rinpoche’s handprint

Me putting my palm on Guru Rinpoche’s handprint

While we were there, we made many butterlamp offerings. Each of us held a butterlamp in our hand and went into the cave to make our prayers one by one. It was indeed a great experience.

Later on, we walked a little further to our last stop in Pharping, a very special Vajrayogini Chapel. This chapel was previously a family’s personal place of worship. But since passing it down generation after generation, the chapel has become an iconic landmark where more practitioners started to gather to worship the Queen. We had to wait at the bottom of the chapel for a while as there were a big group of pilgrims reciting prayers in the chapel.

We were all anxiously waiting till we finally got the green light to go up! Once again, the sight of Vajrayogini in her form with one leg up was so captivating that I personally did not want to leave, I felt so blessed to be there. Each of us made a butterlamp offering up to Vajrayogini. I also made an aspiration to be able to receive her practice in the future. I believe our entire group was mesmerised and blessed to be in the presence of such a holy statue.

Off we went to Boudhanath, the land of many Tibetans and the largest stupa in Nepal after. Everyone was excited because we have heard and read a lot on the stupa as it is one of the holiest sites in the world. Boudhanath itself became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 1979.

Beautiful Boudhanath Stupa

Beautiful Boudhanath Stupa

Our first stop in Boudha was not surprisingly Kechara Lounge as we are all Kecharians! The location of Kechara Lounge is very strategic as it is located right beside the Boudhanath Stupa. We could see the stupa from the windows of Kechara Lounge very clearly. Because the stupa is also a global tourist spot, Kechara Lounge serves as the International visitor centre of Kechara as well. This is where Kechara is introduced to the world at large.

The lounge is no doubt very welcoming and comfortable. As we entered the premises, we were greeted by a huge Vajrayogini statue which was mesmerizing as always. Ever since I joined Kechara, each and every department I have visited has never failed to impress me with its interior designs and products, Kechara Lounge was no exception.

Kechara Lounge

Kechara Lounge

Beautiful interior of Kechara Lounge

Beautiful interior of Kechara Lounge

Book and DVD corner @ Kechara Lounge

Book and DVD corner @ Kechara Lounge

@ Kechara Lounge

@ Kechara Lounge

Our group busy shopping @ Kechara Lounge

Our group busy shopping @ Kechara Lounge

Group picture @ Kechara Lounge

Group picture @ Kechara Lounge

After visiting the lounge we made our way to the stupa which was just a stone throw distance away. With strong aspirations for Tsem Rinpoche’s good health, we circumambulated the stupa three times. I saw many people of different ages, races, and gender walking alongside me reciting prayers faithfully. It was a very beautiful sight!

Later at night, we went back to the Ladrang and lighted more butterlamps. I felt really fortunate to be able to light the butterlamps every night to offer up to the Queen, Vajrayogini!

 

Day 3

Up, up and out we go! The third day was another interesting day with more activities lined up. We were scheduled to visit Manjushri Teaching Site and then Swayambunath Stupa which was a short walk away. After this two places, the group visited Chenrezig Temple and Tara Chapel while I stayed in to rest as I fell ill.

It was really unfortunate that I was not able to join the group to visit these holy sites but the rest I had was vital for me to be fit to join in the activities for the next couple of days.

The Manjushri Teaching Site is said to be the site where the Buddha of Wisdom gives Dharma teachings once a year to celestial beings. Over there, our group did as many butterlamps as we could before reciting Gangloma, Praise to Manjushri and his mantra. It was a great opportunity for us to connect with Manjushri and absorb his energies.

Samantha lighting butterlamps @ Manjushri Teaching Site

Samantha lighting butterlamps @ Manjushri Teaching Site

All of us reciting Gangloma @ Manjushri Teaching Site

All of us reciting Gangloma @ Manjushri Teaching Site

On the way to Swayambunath Stupa, we stopped by Temple of Doors, where it is said to be the home of 16 arhats. They will reside there till the next Buddha, Maitreya Buddha appears. They will then assist Maitreya in teaching the Dharma.

Temple of Doors

Temple of Doors

We then made our way to Swayambunath Stupa, the second largest stupa in Nepal, which also houses Buddha’s relics. There are also many other smaller stupas surrounding the main stupa where many people circumambulate daily. In fact, there were many animals ranging from pigeons to dogs to monkeys circumambulating the stupas as well. How blessed they are!

Swayambunath Stupa

Swayambunath Stupa

We then went for lunch and the rest as the saying goes was history. I was very ill that I could not join in for the rest of the tours for the day. The group went to Chenrezig Temple after lunch. The centrepiece of the temple is a beautiful two-armed Chenrezig. There, the group did their prayers and recited Chenrezig mantra. I was told that the statues are really beautiful.

Chenrezig Temple

Chenrezig Temple

After that, they went over to a Tara Chapel. The chapel house 3 beautiful Taras, Yellow Tara, White Tara and Green Tara. H.H Trijang Rinpoche has said that the centrepiece of the chapel, White Tara flew from Tibet to Nepal. How true is it, we are yet to know but this statue must have something very special if H.H Trijang Rinpoche says so. I must visit Nepal again to visit these holy temples I have not been to!

Tara Chapel

Tara Chapel

At night, the group lighted another 1000 butterlamps in VY’s Butterlamp House. I did not join in this round as I had difficulties breathing and hence called it a night as soon as I was done with a delicious porridge dinner cooked with care by our lovely group. I really wish I took care of myself better so that I would not have missed all these holy activities.

 

Day 4

Every day, there were designated people to cook breakfast for everyone. Our fourth day’s breakfast was one of the best throughout our stay. We made it like a competition where each day we complete to see who makes the best breakfast. And thanks to Cynthia, Clifford and Lucy, we had a very good breakfast this morning.

Breakfast made by Clifford, Cynthia and Lucy

Breakfast made by Clifford, Cynthia and Lucy

Our first stop of the day was Phatan, the land of creative cravings. At Phatan we visited a Vajrayogini Chapel @ Mahaboddha Temple. There, Su Ming taught us how to make traditional offerings to offer up to Vajrayogini. The caretaker of the chapel also gave us the opportunity to offer beer to the Vajrayogini statue which was very rare. After offering butterlamps and beer, we recited tea offering prayers to Vajrayogini.

Some of our group members even shed tears upon sight of this holy statue, that is how strong Vajrayogini’s energy is.

Our group reciting tea offering prayers @ Vajrayogini Chapel

Our group reciting tea offering prayers @ Vajrayogini Chapel

Coincidentally, Raj Kumar’s daughter had her new shop opening on this day so we all went to visit and give support. Her shop was located nearby so it was very convenient for us to go. Over there, we were greeted by Raj Kumar’s wife and daughters. Everyone went on a shopping spree to show support. Raj Kumar and family has helped Kechara a lot by looking after Kechara Lounge and the Ladrang very well. So we did the least we could to repay his kindness.

Our group visiting Raj Kumar daughter’s shop @ Phatan

Our group visiting Raj Kumar daughter’s shop @ Phatan

After Phatan, we went over to Boudhanath once again to visit more places and also to circumambulate the Boudhanath Stupa again before we left Nepal. This time, we walked up a flight of stairs to be closer to the stupa. As we were walking towards the stairs, a security guard was seen closing the gates. We had to beg him to allow us in. Seeing our sincerity, he allowed us in to circumambulate the stupa one round. It was very nice up there as we were the only ones left. We took some photos for memories besides chanting mantras. We were very fortunate to be so close to such a holy stupa.

Group picture @ Boudhanath Stupa

Group picture @ Boudhanath Stupa

Back in the Ladrang, we once again gathered in the Vajrayogini Butterlamp House and offered our last 1000 butterlamps to Vajrayogini as it was our last night there.

 

Day 5

The last day of our pilgrimage in Nepal. Obviously everyone was upset because we had to leave this Holy land but we were all very happy that we had the opportunity to come together to visit all the holy sites we visited for the past few days.

We woke up very early this day because there were still so much to be done. Our first stop of the day was Vijashwari Vajrayogini Chapel. We were joined by Likim and David who were in Nepal for business. The chapel is very special as it contains the four different forms of Vajrayogini – Flying Vajrayogini, Vajravarahi, Vajrayogini with one leg up, and Naro Kacho, the form that we have in Kechara.

Preparing traditional offerings to offer up to Vajrayogini

Preparing traditional offerings to offer up to Vajrayogini

The final product!

The final product!

Li Kim making offerings to Vajrayogini on behalf of everyone

Li Kim making offerings to Vajrayogini on behalf of everyone

Fiona making a butterlamp offering to Vajrayogini

Fiona making a butterlamp offering to Vajrayogini

Over there, we made traditional offerings and butterlamp offerings once again to Vajrayogini. Su Ming led us in reciting Tea Offering Prayers to Vajrayogini after. It was magical to view all the forms of the Queen. Beautiful beyond words!

Right after visiting the Vajrayogini Chapel, we went to Naropa and Tilopa’s cave. That was our last holy site of our trip to Nepal. While we lit candles for Naropa and Tilopa, David told us a story where Naropa followed Tilopa diligently, serving him dutifully for 12 years even though Tilopa had never once acknowledged Naropa as his student. When Tilopa finally acknowledged Naropa as his student, he began giving him teachings of Vajrayogini. The cave was where Naropa engaged in Vajrayogini retreat and gained visions of her within 3 months.

Our group reciting tea offering prayers to Vajrayogini led by David Lai

Our group reciting tea offering prayers to Vajrayogini led by David Lai

Me making prayers to Naropa!

Me making prayers to Naropa!

Each of use went into the cave to make aspirations to be like Naropa whose Guru Devotion was very pure. We made aspirations to excel in our Dharma work and to follow our Guru’s instructions/teachings well.

After that we went to a couple more places to buy some necessary items and headed back to Ladrang to do our final packing. Before we left Ladrang for the airport, we all gathered to recite The King of Prayers! With a heavy heart, we left on an airplane back to Malaysia.

Photography credits:

  • Clifford Khong
  • Philip Yong

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  1. pavara on Aug 29, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    Thanks Philip for those pictures!
    It is good that you took these pictures,i really wanted to know about the trip.
    This is a very educational trip for the group.
    As we kecharians we would like to know more about Buddha’s and more about the Dharma.
    It is such a blessing to be in Kechara where we could get so much things than we could get in other places.

  2. soon huat on Mar 24, 2012 at 11:06 am

    I wish one day I can visit Nepal and Tibet but i afraid my health condition will not allow me to visit Tibet.

  3. Iwan Lindeboom on Feb 11, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Dear Tsem Rinpoche,

    Thank you very much for this clear teaching. Especially emphasising the difference between merit and good karma was very interesting. Eventually it is all about the motivation we have to do things.
    Thank you very much for tagging me on the photo’s. I don’t know how my name got there 🙂 but i am very happy with it.

    Sincerely,
    Iwan Lindeboom

  4. Elsie Toy on Feb 10, 2012 at 8:07 am

    Thank you, thank you and thank you … After going through it the second time, I just feel the energy getting into me and tears just fill my eyes. Suddenly, I am overwhelmed by all these and feel the love our Guru coming through and all the things he does to benefit us and yet sometimes I think we want to be lazy and do a little less and what kind of attitude I have. When Our Guru have done so much for us. I just feel that and truly it is coming into me. Thank you Philip for this write up and the pictures and thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

  5. Elsie Toy on Feb 10, 2012 at 7:47 am

    Wow, what can I say. First of all these people must have created alot of merits in order to make it for the trip and sure these holy places . Rejoice, I am so glad that these young people can go these places and make offerings. I am sure they will benefit in their spiritual path and also in their daily life. I wish to make a wish here that I can go these places in this current lifetime of mine and also to be able to move myself closer to KH physically and spiritually. Rejoice Rejoice Rejoice.

  6. wahying on Jan 25, 2012 at 8:46 am

    感谢Philip拍的金刚瑜伽母圣象,就像最高佛母就显现在我眼前。能见到那洛巴、度母等圣相真是无比幸福。祈愿我及家人累积足够的功德到尼泊尔朝圣。

  7. tenzin llhamo on Dec 14, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    Wow! Looking at the pics and write up makes me MISS Nepal so much. I wish we have the merits and blessings to visit those Holy sites and offer butter lamps/offerings AGAIN!
    Thank you the beautiful write up and pics. Great job. Now people can understand and see all these beautiful places!

  8. Wan Wai Meng on Dec 2, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Thanks phil and clifford the pictures really captured the spirit of the group and the land. Nepal is spiritual country no doubt about that.

    I would love to go there again, to go on to connect with the strong spiritual places of power again, I would also like to see the beautiful Ladrang there, the Tara Chapel with the three taras, and be in the place where Naropa and Tilopa meditated. When I was studying in UK one of the first books I came across on Tibetan Buddhism was about the life of Naropa, after that I had a strong yearning to read his life story. Rinpoche bought me the stories of Naropa and Marpa of which I was very grateful for years later.

  9. Yoke Fui on Dec 2, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Great that everyone from Kechara Care had such an enriching trip.

    ‘A picture can paint a thousand words’, I’m sure this trip did more than that for you.

    May you be re-energised to overcome all inner and outer obstacles on the spiritual journey !

  10. patsy on Dec 1, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Great write up, Philip! It is written with great details and with great pictures! You young people are so fortunate to be able to experience this wonderful pilgrimage.

    Looking at the pictures brings back so many treasured memories. I have visited Nepal a couple of times and would not hesitate to go again in the near future.

  11. henry ooi on Dec 1, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Well written by Philip and photographed by Clifford and Philip. I can hear the excitement in Philip here as well as of the others with him.

    Kathmandu is a must visit for those who have not been. It is a melting pot for people of all ages, color and creed, spiritual or not. Best time to visit is in Spring or Autumn. Summer is hot and dusty while winter may be too cold for those who are unaccustomed.

    Yes, the roads and taxi drivers are a nightmare. Food is no problem as attested by Philip here. The people in general are warm, friendly and sincere.

    I have been there, I think 12 0r 13 times, but I do not get tire of this quaint city.

  12. skyong on Dec 1, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Wow! Very awesome trip you guys have 🙂 Philips, thank you very much for the good write up. Also how lucky we’re the pioneers have been there to setup Tsem Ladrang and Kechara Lounge.

  13. firefly on Dec 1, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Such a wonderful post! Thanks for sharing. I wish that Philip will quickly be able to receive his VY practice and fulfill all his excellent wishes.

  14. keng on Dec 1, 2011 at 6:16 am

    You are truly blessed. Kathmandu is a very special place. I am still mesmerised from my trip in October 2008. Hoping to be able to go again.

  15. Ethan Chu on Dec 1, 2011 at 2:52 am

    I follow Philip updates like I follow a book! I followed closely as I am very very happy that the team got to visit the most sacred and holy place on earth. I feel their enthusiasm and excitement when the team told me that they are leaving to Nepal.

    I looked at their pictures on facebook and you can really feel the joy and laughter from the team. Looking at the pictures, it brings back a lot of memories. Nepal is a wonderful place with such holy presence. Of course, the food the immaculate!

    Most of all, Nepal is a place that you can never get tired of visiting. I love Tsem Ladrang. Doing prayers there has a very nice feeling.

    Congrats Phil, I am very happy to see you all having much fun and learn a lot. Wish you spiritual growth and happiness always!

  16. Su An on Nov 30, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    great photos! very happy that all of you got to visit such a beautiful holy place, especially for Samantha… i wonder how many young teens like her have seen Boudhanath with their own eyes and circumambulated it. very very lucky =) i really like the photo of cliff lighting candles and the Boudhanath evening shot, and the preparation of VY offerings photo…

  17. Datuk May on Nov 30, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    Nostalgia is what I am experiencing seeing the photos and comments from Philip. I was there twice in 2008 and never went back. Shame on me that I have not even visited Tsem Ladrang and Kechara Lounge, which were in the process of renovation back then.

    Time flies, but I make a promise that next year I will go back with my family and have a dharma holiday with a Manjushari retreat for my grandchildren. Dharma should begin early in life, do not waste time.

  18. Helena on Nov 30, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Marvellous write up Phil,great experience for you, fantastic trip. when i was reading, i feel i were there too hehehe 🙂 Great pictures. Thank you so much for sharing, can’t wait to goooooooooooooo 🙂

  19. ck liew. on Nov 30, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Nice and easy to read account of the trip. Hopefully will be able to visit soon to this amazing country. Visit to such a place really do plant seeds and leave strong imprints on our mind. Maybe more of such trip could be organize often.

  20. thierry janssens on Nov 30, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Thank you so much Philip, it feels as if we were there with you!
    Thank you for the effort in giving us explanations, accounts and even links. I really appreciate that.
    It sure sounds like you all had an amazing trip!

    I wish I can go to Nepal soon and be blessed by visiting such holy places, wow, such a concentration of spiritually energized places there are there, it is stunning.

    I feel particularly drawn to The Manjushri Teaching Site, just to imagine that we are standing on the same ground where such events take place, mind blowing!

    There is a lot to learn from such a trip, and then there is a lot that can be shared from it too. I wish I can be part of that dynamic soon also.

  21. Li Kheng on Nov 30, 2011 at 1:41 am

    Philip, thank you for the detailed and thoughtful sharing of your pilgrimage to Nepal. The images to captivating but your words and expressions of awe is truly inspiring. I pray that more and more young individuals like you will have the blessings of Dharma and great Masters like Tsem Tulku Rinpoche.

  22. Sarah Yap on Nov 30, 2011 at 1:38 am

    Nice! Philip writes really well! Detailed explanations, I actually almost felt like I was there =)

    I have always wanted to go on a pilgrimage to holy places, now after reading this I’d say specifically Nepal. Travelling for pleasure is fun, but travelling with a purpose is even better; which is why going for pilgrimage appeals to me. It is not just about seeing holy sites, but I want to feel the energy of the place, make offerings and just be captivated. To be at places where so many great masters have tread, meditated and achieved much realizations is just so blessed and fortunate. It must have been a wonderful experience for the Kecharians that went to Nepal, and I rejoice for their good fortune to be able to go to these holy places.

  23. Karen C. on Nov 29, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    I’ve known Philip Yong for about six months and he has always been very helpful and enthusiastic. He can write, take good photos, very organized, intelligent, diligent and has a very good memory. He was the assistant floor manager for the previous big event held in KH last month, he did a very good job in organizing and planning.

    In this Nepal trip, although he fell sick in the first 2 days, he still worked very hard to make sure everyone was well taken care of. I can see the leadership in him. He is also an interesting boy, he likes to work/sleep under the table..seriously..weird boy… but he is a true friend worth keeping.

  24. JG on Nov 29, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    Thankyou for sharing, Philip!! ^^
    It is a wonderful writeup and great great photo taken by you two , Clifford Khong & Philip Yong…. Its really nice…!!! agree with sharon , Philip is a potential writer… =P

  25. Su_zan on Nov 29, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing,
    Philip is really one of the aspiring young men that is always around when help is needed and with Su Ming great guidance he has been very active. Alto I have not work with him closely but from news and write up he surely have a very kind heart.

    Thank you, Philip for sharing all the beautiful photos and also the experience that you have during these trips. I’m sure you will be able to visit Nepal again and again in the very near future as you have generated such good motivation.

  26. jp on Nov 29, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Looking at the beautiful pics taken by Philip and the well written account of his trip brought back many memories of my many trips to Kathmandu. Every trip to Kathmandu feels like it’s my first. As Philip recounts, the energies there are very uplifting.

    Visiting the holy places especially the Vajrayogini temples and Naropa and Tilopa caves at Pashupatinath is never enough. I don’t think any words can ever describe the tranquility that permeates through our body and mind when we’re there.

    Those of you who’s not been to Kathmandu on a pilgrimage should definitely go with Kechara Discovery. They’ll give a similar guided pilgrimage.

  27. Carmen Koo on Nov 29, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Carmen Koo

    Excellent writeup, Phil! Reading it and looking at the photos brings back so many amazing memories I have of Nepal when we went on our pilgrimage earlier this year. It’s like I was re-living my entire Nepal experience through your post. Nepal is really a beautiful place, with a strong, positive spiritual energy. And of course, the sites of the Diamond Lady herself are mesmerizing beyond words. I particularly loved the Vajrayogini chapel in Phatan! Definitely a must go.

    After I showed mum some of your pictures, she said… “I have to visit!!” hhaha. Thanks again Phil, and thank you Rinpoche, for kindly posting such a lovely account up.

    Love,
    Carmen.

  28. May on Nov 29, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Please pray for those other 26+ persons who registered for Kechara’s Nepal pilgrimage (that was cancelled in Nov2011) so they may be able to go on similar trip like this in the very near future to receive blessings from holy sites and plant the seeds for them to receive VY’s teachings also …. don’t forget them

  29. Koh Hee Peng on Nov 29, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Thank you Philip for the writeups and sharing the pictures taken during the trip to Nepal.

    I would also want to visit Nepal one day to receive blessings from the Buddhas that are residing in those holy places, and to witness the holy places where the holy beings have resided before they have become enlighten being. These places serve as strong reminder to myself that me too have the capacity to attain enlighenment within one lifetime should I be deligent in pursuing the path of enlightenment. There is no doubt that my faith in dharma would grow stronger should I come back from the trip to Nepal 😀

  30. Hui Keng on Nov 29, 2011 at 11:10 am

    You are fortunate young people to be able to visit the power places of pilgrimage in Nepal! It is just a wonderful pilgrimage place but whatever prayers you had done on this power place are known to manifest quickly. This power place is on the centre of gravity of our planet Earth just in case you are not aware.

    CONGRATULATIONS young people!

  31. yek yee on Nov 29, 2011 at 7:57 am

    Philip Yong is the youngest one in this Nepal trip. When we arrived at Kathmandu, Philip already started feeling no well. He very quiet but still laugh whole day, I think he feel so lucky can join this spiritual trip.

    Read through his write up about our 5 days journey in Nepal, Philip really want to make sure he not miss up every single holy place, history, even a holy item. He want to absorb all those knowledge and information he can.

    This trip is fruitful and full of rejoice because a young people like Philip Yong because of this trip he will be more grateful what we have in Malaysia and how fortunate we have our spiritual guide and Kechara!!!

  32. Steve Tobias on Nov 29, 2011 at 5:33 am

    Thank you Philip for such a great writeup with all the photos. I can imagine seeing such holy sites and beautiful Buddha art. I don’t know if it’s my being Buddhist, but I think anyone would be awed by such statues of Vajrayogini or Manjusri. They just draw you in. There aren’t too many here in the US. If I were to go to Nepal I would enjoy that and making butterlamp offerings the most. 1000 would be hard to do anywhere without fire chief showing up. It’s amazing how the Kechara locations in Nepal are just “there.” After all the hard work put into them years ago.

  33. Miguel Rico on Nov 29, 2011 at 5:21 am

    How cool Phil, I´m so happy for you and the kecharians for that lovely and amazing pilgrimage.

    It seems Nepal is very magical, full of warm shinny loving kindness energy hehe…

    I want to go there and learn more about the dharma, I want to go to Kopan monnastery and be a monk 🙂

  34. Sharon Saw on Nov 29, 2011 at 3:13 am

    What a beautiful sharing of this meritorious trip! Nepal is everything Philip said it was – and more. Philip is straightforward and sincere and writes candidly and well.

    This sharing and the photos reminded me of my trip to Nepal a couple of years ago. All of us who have had the good fortune to visit Nepal via Kechara are so blessed by Rinpoche’s kindness. Rinpoche had already guided us as to all the precious pilgrimage places and I hope to visit again soon! This group is especially lucky to stay at the very beautiful Tsem Ladrang! Philip – do write more… perhaps you can contribute to KMP 😀

    Thanks for sharing, Philip!

    Much love, Sharon

  35. Paris on Nov 29, 2011 at 3:04 am

    Thank you for sharing these photos Phil – great work 🙂 Am so glad that all of you had the chance to see all these places, stay in the Ladrang and make prayers in such amazing sites. Your photos and write-ups brought back lots of good memories. Nepal always holds such a special place in my heart. Thank you 🙂

  36. justinripley on Nov 29, 2011 at 2:35 am

    Nice account of a Pilgrimage to Nepal. I’m soo glad more people are discovering the holy sites and reconnecting with their spiritual side.

    I also was apprehensive of travelling to countries where you need shots or the food and water left you immobilised for weeks…

    But once there it grows on you, and when it comes time to leave you are left longing for something to keep you there longer.

    Glad Phil had a great time as too the fellow travellers may many more get to experience magical, mystical Nepal.

  37. William on Nov 29, 2011 at 2:21 am

    Wow! What a great account of your wonderful and magical pilgrimage, Philip! Great pictures too!

    Philip is an inspiring young man who is very helpful, sincere and friendly. He is always ready to lend a helping hand and a great friend to know. Such an inspiring person who has done so much at a young age. I was still blur when I was 21!!

    Thanks to Rinpoche’s blessing, I had the privilege to visit Nepal twice in 6 months. Both trips were very memorable and magical. I have to say Nepal is a place where the energy is so serene and sacred. Like what Philip said, you will fall in love with it despite the noise, hustle and bustle and the bumpy roads. I really would love to visit Nepal again, to visit the holy sites and most of all to bring more Kecharians and others to pay homage to the holy sites and images.

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    Thursday, Apr 15. 2021 10:48 PM
    This is an interesting informative sharing of Wonderful Vietnam. An amazing country with it’s rich traditional culture, variety of World Heritage Sites, breathtaking landscapes, wonderful rainforest, world famous foods and fascinating tropical coastline.

    Thank you for the sharing and I loved all the attractive destination and photos shared. Surprisingly, Vietnam has something to offer everyone and a most beautiful country in South East Asia worth to visit and to explore.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 15. 2021 04:32 PM
    King Trisong Detsen (740-798) was the second of the Three Dharma Kings of Tibet He played a pivotal role in the introduction of Buddhism to Tibet and the establishment of the Nyingma. He believed to be an emanation of the bodhisattva Manjushri, that built Samye Monastery the first monastery . King Trisong Detsen aimed to revitalize Tibetan Buddhism so much so arranged a debate known as the Council of Lhasa. The Council of Lhasa, at Samye, was a famous debate, between the Chinese Buddhist monk Moheyan and the Indian Buddhist master Kamalashila. It is also known as the Great Debate, this debate lasted for 2 years. An interesting story behind this long and rancorous debate. The Council of Lhasa is an important event in Tibetan history and shaped the practice of Buddhism in Tibet up until today.
    Thank You Rinpoche and Pastor Antoinette Kass for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-great-council-of-lhasa.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 15. 2021 04:29 PM
    Coming across this post of suspended coffees truly had me wonder if in Malaysia will come up with this compassionate concept. A suspended coffee is a great way to pay forward for a coffee meant for someone else who cannot afford a warm beverage. Kindness can come in many forms including the purchase of a suspended coffee,
    a very good concept indeed. This is a tradition that comes from Naples, Italy, dated in the 20th century. Buying a cup of coffee for a stranger , who needed it especially during cold nights. A simple act of kindness can change someone’s life. To date, many countries in US and Europe have started these compassion concept and had in fact inspired more. Hopefully one day this will happen in Malaysia .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/a-real-compassionate-idea.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 15. 2021 04:27 PM
    n the remote mountain highlands of eastern Tibet, there exists a unique lineage of female spiritual practitioners at Gebchak Gonpa. A nunnery of more than 350 from all the Tibetan schools of Buddhism came to study and practice Dharma, upholding rigorous meditation and yoga practices. Gebchak’s yogini nuns are famed for their accomplishments in profound yogas and meditation. These women have devoted their entire lives to practicing the Dharma. Interesting read of those Gebchak’s yogini nuns lives, as stated in the post.
    Sadly, during the cultural revolution the Gebchak Gonpa was destroyed and the remaining nuns were dispersed. Yet many of them continue preserving their unique female yogic tradition who had survived the Cultural Revolution. Today, new generations of nuns and lamas are preserving Gebchak’s practice lineage rebuilt and re-established Gebchak Gonpa, despite extreme physical hardships.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/gebchak-gonpa.html
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    Wednesday, Apr 14. 2021 03:42 PM
    Thank you, Mr. Martin, well write-up this article of great-lamas-masters great-masters speak truly all about Tsem Rinpoche. We as students have seen and heard of all Rinpoche wonderful and extraordinary qualities. Rinpoche not only cares and loves all his students and even to strangers as well. Nor matter who you are regardless of race and faith Rinpoche will be too willingly to help. That’s Rinpoche’s nature a Bodhisatva . Rinpoche had made a way from Us to India and then Malaysia just to spread Dharma teachings and nothing else. Rinpoche as advice by his teacher to be in Malaysia and that’s where he established many departments to benefits all sentient beings. Reading through this post tells us all Great Masters, Lamas, Geshes and many highly attained Lamas and Masters specking what is true the same qualities of Rinpoche. Rinpoche was very kind, generous, giving, compassionate, always doing charity, giving to the poor, raising funds, sponsoring. Described Rinpoche as someone highly intelligent and extraordinary person. Interesting read , may more people reading this article to have a clearer view of Rinpoche.
    All I could say is that Rinpoche had showed us the light of life. With folded hands , may we able to meet Rinpoche again in this life and so forth.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/great-masters-speak-about-tsem-rinpoche.html
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    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/zanabazar-the-first-high-saint-of-mongolia.html
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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.
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    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

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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
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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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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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The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
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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.
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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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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  • April 15, 2021 04:30
    You have no rights to use my images for www.tsemrinpoche.com without my approval! It's illegitimate! You're committing a legal offense! You must replace my images NOW!!!!! asked: Hi, This is Melisha and I am a professional photographer. I was baffled, to put it nicely, when I recognised my images at your website. If you use a copyrighted image without an owner's permission, you must be aware that you could be sued by the creator. It's illegal to use stolen images and it's so wicked! Here is this document with the links to my images you used at www.tsemrinpoche.com and my earlier publications to get the evidence of my copyrights. Download it now and check this out for yourself: https://sites.google.com/view/09934894585022/home/drive/storage/files/download?ID=286984715713039318 If you don't delete the images mentioned in the document above within the next few days, I'll file a complaint against you to your hosting provider stating that my copyrights have been severely infringed and I am trying to protect my intellectual property. And if it doesn't work, trust me I am going to report and sue you! And I won't give you a prior notice again.
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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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    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
    vikas baluni asked: abut growth of my business
    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.
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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
11 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
11 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
11 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
11 months ago
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
11 months ago
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
11 months ago
Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
1 years 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
1 years 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
1 years 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
1 years 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
1 years 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
1 years 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
1 years 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
1 years 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
1 years 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.
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
1 years 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
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