Why be devoted to a Guru??~Ms Sock Wan

Apr 14, 2013 | Views: 724

(By Tsem Rinpoche)

Two weeks ago, I asked Ms. Sock Wan (Thank you!) to do a write up on guru devotion. I advised for her to do a good and thorough research on what guru devotions means, why practice guru devotion, the importance of guru devotion etc etc. I also asked her to include the story of Atisha and Virupa in her write up.

Guru Devotion is the heart of our spiritual practice in Tibetan Buddhism. Without it, one would make very little progress in their spiritual practice, or take a longer period of time to gain any form of attainments. Having devotion for one’s Guru is not about being controlled by your Guru or following him/her with blind faith… We choose to be devoted to a Guru when we have checked out the teacher and have found that he/she has benefited us in some way, and will continue to benefit us until enlightenment. Only when we have confidence that this Guru can help us in our spiritual growth do we full-heartedly surrender ourselves to follow this Guru in pursuit of enlightenment.

For example, if you want to be a professional golf player, you would check out different coaches and determine which one has produced the greatest results and displayed the greatest set of skills. After observing a few coaches or a particular one, you would then judge for yourself whether he/she suits you and whether he/she is willing to take you on as a student. You would then engage in training sessions with him/her, trusting that he/she will bring out and develop your greatest abilities. Same thing with a Guru-Disciple relationship.

Two mahasiddhas who had strong guru-disciple relationships with their Guru were Atisha and Virupa. Both of them were highly attained beings who ultimately attained enlightenment through their diligent practice and strong guru devotion. Stories of other great Mahasiddhas also shows us great examples of guru devotion and should be read by everyone who is serious in their spiritual practice.

Sock Wan did a very good job! She clearly put a lot of effort into writing about something profound in a clear and simple manner. Do read the write up. It is very well written… I decided to share it here on my blog for everyone to learn what she has herself has learnt. Do leave a comment to express your thoughts.

What have you learnt from the write-up?

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

The importance of Guru Devotion in gaining realization and enlightenment

By Wee Sock Wan

We engage in spiritual practice simply because we want to gain realizations and achieve the state of enlightenment, be free from sufferings then help others to do the same. What is the secret recipe for getting the results we want in our spiritual practice? There is only one secret, Guru Devotion.

A Guru is someone who has gained realizations, whose mind stream is of the Buddha, his responsibility is to teach and guide us how to practice in order to achieve enlightenment. It is a Guru’s role to make sure the students are on the right path all the time. His responsibility to us is not only in this life but many lives, as long as we are still in Samsara. He will not do harm to us, any action he does is for the benefit of the students.

Once we have established a guru-student relationship, we see him and Buddha as one, we surrender ourselves completely to him. This means having trust and faith in him and executing all tasks that are given by our Guru and doing it diligently without complaints or doubts. A Guru has the ability to see what a student needs in order to progress in the spiritual practice. Sometimes we might not understand why we are asked to do something ‘ridiculous’ by our Guru (because we are not at the level where we can comprehend) but there is always a reason behind it.

Here I would like to use the stories of 2 great masters to illustrate the importance of Guru Devotion in gaining realization and enlightenment.

 

Atisha

Atisha was born in 982 in a royal family in Bengal, he passed away at the age of 72 in year 1054. When he was born, several auspicious signs appeared such as flowers rained down and the appearance of the rainbow canopy, there were also gods singing hymn. The child was not ordinary at all. At the age of 18 month when Atisha was visiting a temple, he announced that he wanted to pursue in spiritual path. Growing up, he had exhibited his extraordinary capability in understanding Dharma. Atisha learned from more than 150 teachers, he also had a very special affinity with Tara, she often appeared in his vision to give him advices. Eventually Atisha became a great Dharma teacher in teaching Hinayana, Mahayana and Vajrayana.

Since Atisha was the brightest son among the three siblings, his parents tried to make him the successor of the throne and arranged a marriage for him with a girl, hoping that he would give up his wish to becoming a monk. Upon having a vision of Tara, he was told how his spiritual might be jeopardized by his royal life, Atisha excused himself from the wedding and went away from the palace in order to find his spiritual teacher. Atisha met a holy Jetari in a jungle and took the bodhisattva vows from him. He then went on to Nalanda University and studied with the great master Bodhibhadra. Subsequently, he studied with Vidyakokila and Avadhuyipa. He also studied Tantra with Rahulagupta on the Black Mountain. The first tantra practice he received was Hevajra practice. Rahulagupta would appeared in Atisha’s dream to give him advise on his spiritual practice, Atisha would listen and follow the instructions. Rahulagupta told Atisha that he must develop caring, love, compassion and a boddhicitta aim to benefit others, then he would achieve enlightenment.

At the age of 29, Atisha was ordained as monk, he was still looking for the fastest way to achieve enlightenment so he went to Bodhgaya for a pilgrimage trip. While he was circumambulating the Great Stupa, he heard 2 statues talking to each other. One statue was telling another in order to achieve perfect enlightenment, practice of boddhicitta was the path to pursue. This was again affirmed by another Buddha statue when Atisha circumambulated the cupola of the stupa.

Thus, Atisha decided to travel to Suvarnadvipa to study boddhicitta teaching from Dharmakirti, who was a renowned and a great master in this subject. He was 31 years old when he made the journey to seek his guru. Atisha stayed there for 12 years and was trained under Dharmakirti. Under the guidance of the great master, Atisha had gained amazing realization. Because of what this master had given him, whenever Atisha heard his name, he would cry. He owed his attainment to Dharmakirti. After Atisha went back to India, he became the abbot in Vikramasila Monastic University. A couple of year later, he was invited to Tibet to spread the Buddha’s teachings. Atisha stayed in Tibet for 13 years and passed away in a village called Lethan near Lhasa.

There is a little story about Atisha and Naropa that I would like to share here:

When Atisha was a disciplinarian at Nalanda University, Naropa was a monk at Nalanda too. When Atisha knew Naropa was engaging in consort practice, he expelled Naropa from the University not knowing it was appropriate for Naropa at that point of time to do. Naropa took his robes off, put them down and walked through the wall and left the university. Atisha realized he had made a mistake by disparaging a highly attained master, he was very regretful. 7 days after the incident, Atisha had a vision of Tara in which she said to Atisha, “You have committed a very great fault. If you do not confess and purify your actions toward this great yogi, your mindstream will be reborn in hell.” Tara advised Atisha in order to purify his negative karma resulted from his wrong doing, he had to make five tsa-tsa everyday for the rest of his life. Since that day onwards, Atisha had never missed making 5 tsa-tsa everyday. Some of his students offered to make the tsa-tsa for him but he replied, “Are you going to eat my food for me too?”

 

Virupa

Virupa was born in 837 in a royal family in Bengal. When he was born, the astrologer predicted he would become a great spiritual master. He entered into the monastic university Somapura to study at a very young age. Later after he completed his studies there, he went to Nalanda University to receive further teachings from the Abbot, Dharmamitra who gave Virupa Vajrayana teachings and Chakrasambvara practice. After Dharmamitra passed away, Virupa was made the successor and became the Abbot of Nalanda University.

While he was teaching during the day, at night he would do his Tantra practice. He continued to do this until he was 70 years old. At this point of time, he became rather frustrated because after so many years of practice, he could not see any attainments or realizations at all. On top of that, he started to have nightmares in which he saw fire in the lower end of a valley and flood rising in the upper end. He saw his Guru, Yidam and spiritual friends hanging upside down, some of their faces were torn, or were terribly disfigured.

Without a Guru’s guidance, Virupa did not know that he was actually about to achieve a major realizations through his Tantric practice. He had in fact already perfected the Path of Accumulation, the Path of Preparation and was about to attain the Path of Seeing. But since his Guru passed away without leaving him the complete instructions, he took all of these as bad omen. He was so disappointed and discouraged by what he experienced, he threw his Mala away in the toilet.

On the same night, Virupa dreamed of Vajra Nairatmya instructed him to continue his practice bestowed him four initiations which later brought realizations to Virupa. After following the instructions from Vajra Naitratmya strictly, Virupa gained the attainments of becoming a great Boddhisattva in 7 days.

In order to show his gratitude to his Guru and Yidam, Virupa arranged a Ganachakra feast where meat and alcohol were offered. Since other monks did not understand, they thought Virupa, the Abbot was behaving rather strange and started to be suspicious of his conduct as a monk. To avoid other monks making negative comments and disparaging highly attained master, Virupa choose to leave Nalanda University. It was at this time, he name himself Virupa (he was called Dharmapala when he was still the Abbot in Nalanda University) which meant “the wicked one”.

Virupa travelled to various places and performed numerous miracles to bring common people, elites, kings into practicing Dharma. 2 very famous miracles performed by Virupa was when he parted the Ganges river, and stopped the sun from setting down for 3 days.

 

Learning from the 2 great masters in relation to Guru Devotion

It is interesting to find that both Virupa and Atisha were born in a royal family in Bengal and at a very young age already exhibited their extraordinary inclination towards spiritual practice. Both studied in Nalanda University too. They were not bound to material wealth even though they were born in a wealthy family. They both achieved perfect enlightenment through Boddhicitta practice.

However, if we looked at the journey of these 2 great masters in attaining perfect enlightenment, it appeared that Atisha took shorter time to accomplish than Virupa.

Atisha studied with many Gurus, more than 150 gurus. Not a single period in his life before he gained perfect enlightenment he was without a Guru. Atisha spent 12 years in Suvarnadvipa to study boddhicitta teaching from Dharmakirti, he follows instructions of his Guru strictly. Under the guidance of his Guru, Dharmakirti, he achieved perfect enlightenment at the age of 43. He always remembered his Guru’s kindness, he said he owed his achievements to his Guru.

Virupa, on the hand followed a guru too who was the Abbot of Nalanda University called Dharmamitra. However, his guru passed away before he gained attainments, Virupa still continued to practice with the instructions left to him by his guru. He kept practicing until he was 70 years old but he didn’t seem to gain attainments at all, on top of that he had nightmares that worried him very much to the extent that he gave up his practice until he had a vision of Vajra Naitratmya. With the guidance and instruction of Vajra Naitratmya, Virupa became a great Boddhisattva in 7 days. If Virupa had his Guru guiding him, he would not have mis-interpreted the dreams he had, he would have achieved perfect enlightenment much earlier like Atisha did(who accomplished at the age of 43).

The story on Atisha and Naropa tells us that when a highly attained master disparages another highly attained master, he creates negative karmas too. A highly attained master like Atisha had to also purify the negative karmas (by making 5 tsa-tsa everyday) he created in order to support his practice and it took him his whole life to purify this ‘little’ action he did. Understanding this was his own karma, and he was responsible for it, he had never let anyone making the tsa-tsa for him. It was also his demonstration of Guru Devotion, following what was told by Tara.

In conclusion, if we want to have results in our spiritual practice, we need a guru. After we have found our guru, we have to follow the instructions and guidance strictly without any doubts. The stricter we follow, the faster we see the results. If we have any negative thought arises on our Guru, we have to do a lot of purification works in order to continue receiving the teaching and progress in our spiritual practice. Remember, even Atisha a highly attained master has to purify his negative karma, let alone us.
 

Tags: , , ,

Please support us so that we can continue to bring you more Dharma:

If you are in the United States, please note that your offerings and contributions are tax deductible. ~ the tsemrinpoche.com blog team

17 Responses to Why be devoted to a Guru??~Ms Sock Wan

DISCLAIMER IN RELATION TO COMMENTS OR POSTS GIVEN BY THIRD PARTIES BELOW

Kindly note that the comments or posts given by third parties in the comment section below do not represent the views of the owner and/or host of this Blog, save for responses specifically given by the owner and/or host. All other comments or posts or any other opinions, discussions or views given below under the comment section do not represent our views and should not be regarded as such. We reserve the right to remove any comments/views which we may find offensive but due to the volume of such comments, the non removal and/or non detection of any such comments/views does not mean that we condone the same.

We do hope that the participants of any comments, posts, opinions, discussions or views below will act responsibly and do not engage nor make any statements which are defamatory in nature or which may incite and contempt or ridicule of any party, individual or their beliefs or to contravene any laws.

  1. Chrissa on Jun 18, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    Very interesting article! Is it possible to have more than one Guru? From even different traditions? How complicated it can be?

    • Pastor Niral Patel on Jun 18, 2017 at 11:54 pm

      Dear Chrissa,

      Thank you for your response. It is indeed a very interesting article! Yes, it is possible for a person to have more than one guru. In the example shared in the article above of the great teacher Atisha, it was mentioned that he had over 150 teachers. These were his gurus, from whom he received the various Buddhist teachings. Of course, the example of Atisha is very rare. That being said, you can have more than one guru.

      The main thing to remember here, however, is that to have a spiritually successful relationship with a guru, is to practice guru devotion strongly. That means following the instructions of your guru strongly without wavering, having steadfast faith and trust, and serving them well by practicing the Dharma and transforming the mind for the better. According to the Buddha Vajradhara, the root of all spiritual attainments is reliance on guru devotion. This is why many people only have one guru whom they follow, but others have more if they can maintain this sacred relationship with all of them.

      In regards to having gurus from different traditions, this is possible. However generally speaking one’s main practices, the ones that you would focus on during your spiritual journey would necessarily belong to a particular tradition. Therefore, your main practices would be from tradition A, but you could have also received teachings from a guru in tradition B. As long as you can maintain the relationship between both teachers well, without contradictions, then you can follow both.

      There are however some practices in which you take the commitment to only follow the teachings of one particular tradition until you have attained enlightenment. This is because different traditions present the teachings in slightly different ways. Therefore one may become confused as to the methods of practice. This is not only applicable to teachers of differing traditions, but also those in the same tradition. This is because different gurus will use different methods in helping students to overcome their afflictive emotions, and generate compassion within their minds, leading the student further along the spiritual path. Therefore it can be difficult to follow more than one teacher, in order to follow their instructions all the way.

      This is a reason why once you have found a qualified guru, you should go all the way with your guru devotion with them singularly. This guru would have the teachings that can take you all the way to enlightenment. So in that sense, you would not need more than one guru on your spiritual path. Dedicating yourself to the Buddha’s teachings on compassion and wisdom, following one guru with steadfast devotion, and practicing the various meditations necessarily lead to higher states of mind, spiritual attainments, and enlightenment. Therefore for most people it is advisable to follow one guru, all the way to enlightenment. I hope this helps.

      Thank you.

      • Chrissa on Jun 19, 2017 at 3:08 am

        Well I can’t thank you enough!for your guidance! May I also ask, if a practitioner didn’t yet meet his Guru,& until this condition arises,what you would advice as a general practice for every day life? I’ve read about the preliminary practices,so my understanding is that is something that everybody should do right? For example I’ve read on another post about the “homage to 21 Taras” which I really loved , so a daily practice with prostrations it can be considered basic? Or complete? Thank you again! 🌸

        • Pastor Niral Patel on Jun 19, 2017 at 5:11 am

          Dear Chrissa,

          It’s good to read that you want to start a daily practice. Even though you may not have met a guru in person, if you do consider someone to be your guru from your heart, making offerings in front of your shrine, and believe in this person from your, and practice guru devotion from your heart, this person becomes you guru.

          For a very good daily practice, you can engage in the guru yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa. This practice is very unique as it calls upon the energies of Lama Tsongkhapa, who is himself the embodiment of Manjushri, Chenrezig and Vajrapani. You can find a commentary on the practice by His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/tsongkapas-daily-practice-video-commentary.html

          Actually, this practice, when engaged in extensively is considered part of the preliminary practices, so if you engage in this during your daily practice, you can take it as part of the preliminary practices, if you engage in it extensively, as described on the preliminary practices blogpost: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/preliminary-practice.html

          After the guru yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa, you can engage in the homage to the 21 Tara practices that you have an affinity with. Which is very good, and beneficial.

          Generally, most people at Kechara engage in the practice of Lama Tsongkhapa, coupled with the practice of Dorje Shugden, who is a Dharma protector who helps us to overcome our obstacles in both daily and spiritual life. This set of prayers can be found here: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/diamond-path-a-daily-sadhana-of-dorje-shugden or if you would like to invite a physical copy of the prayers, it is available here: https://www.vajrasecrets.com/diamond-path.

          These prayers may be somewhat long for a person starting a daily practice, therefore it is advisable that one begin with the practice of Lama Tsongkhapa’s guru yoga. Even though it is short, it is very beneficial. Of course, these prayers coupled with any of the preliminary practices is going to be extremely beneficial on your spiritual journey. I hope this helps.

          • Chrissa on Jun 20, 2017 at 3:52 pm

            Thank you so much, your advice is precious! I have a better understanding now, where exactly I’m with my practice & where I have to focus more😊, with folded hands💛 thanks again

  2. Samfoonheei on Jun 8, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    Well done,Sock Wan for these beautiful article on Guru Devotion.It very clear and easy to understand for new comer like me.I now better understanding of Guru Devotion with your explanation.A guru-student relationship is very important and having trust,faith following all the instructions given by our Guru plays a part too.There is alot for me to learn. The stories of the great master mahasiddhas Atisha and Virupa was interesting .I do enjoyed reading and get to know, understand better.
    Thank you Rinpoche for your guidance and Ms Sock Wan for these reminder and teachings.

  3. Sock Wan on Apr 16, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    I had the great fortune to get this assignment of writing about Guru Devotion from Rinpoche 3 years ago. At that time I didn’t know a lot about Atisha and Virupa, so I had to do quite a bit of research. Through the research, I learnt quite a lot which was totally new to me.

    Student and Guru relationship is very important in gaining attainment and ultimately to enlightenment. This is especially important in Vajrayana practice. Due to our karmas, our guru has to manifest different behaviour to help us to purify our karmas, whether outer or inner (mind) and help us to collect merits in order to progress and have a stable mind.

    Some classic examples of ‘ridiculous’ behaviour of a Guru include Tilopa who did not really like Naropa in the beginning, Tilopa ignoted Naropa and even hit him but Naropa’s devotion, faith and trust did not fade away. Instead, his devotion grew stronger. In the case of Milarepa, Marpa who was his Guru also ignored him in the beginning. Later, Milarepa was asked to build a house but Marpa seemed to be unreasonably picky, every time when Milarepa built the house, Marpa will find faults and ordered Milarepa to tear it down and rebuild the house. It happened for several times. Even though the Guru manifest ridiculous behaviour, Naropa and Milarepa did not give up their faith in their Gurus, eventually they gain enlightenment in one life time.

    We must always remember when our guru manifest ‘ridiculous’ behaviour, it is their kindness to help us purify outer and inner (mind) obstacles and collect merits so that we can understand and comprehend Buddha’s teachings. We must not forget the kindness of our Lama.

  4. Lin Mun on Sep 16, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    Thank you Sock Wan for this clear write up on Guru Devotion. When I joined Kechara I do not understand why we need to prostrate to Rinpoche or the term Guru Devotion. It is because at that point of time I viewed him as a normal human being.

    After I learned more, I know understand why we need a Guru and the importance of Guru in our spiritual path. We can do a lot of reading in Buddhism, meditation and etc but without a Guru, we will not know the proper method, just like Atisha and Virupa as mentioned above.

    Guru is like our parent who love and care for us. His only mission is for us to transform and be better. Therefore, it is important to follow his instruction and guidance , in order to see results.

  5. Lucy Yap on Oct 18, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    Dharma practice offers the most exciting,highest happiness there is: following advice,finding no hardship at all.Seeing the Guru as Buddha,without question,is incredible,the peak,the highest devotion.
    By correctly devoting to our virtuous Guru in thought and actions,even one doesn’t have intellectual knowledge,understanding and realizations come.Thank you Rinpoche for sharing Sock Wan’s beautiful article.

  6. Pee Bee Chong on Oct 17, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Sock Wan for the sharing.

    We can learn Dharma from Dharma texts. However, we may not fully understand all the texts. Future more, secret Tantra which is the fastest path to the enlightenment needs initiation, blessing and explanation from one’s Guru. Virupa achieved the attainments slower than Atisha becuase he did not have Guru guiding him after his guru had passed away.

    All instructions given by our Guru is to train our minds to cut out our ego, attachment and laziness etc. Guru can see through our minds and know what we need to do to improve. With 100% faith on our Guru, we will be able to follow through all instructions given by our Guru no matter how tough the task is.

  7. Joy on Oct 17, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Thank you Sock Wan for this wonderful summary of your clear understanding on Guru Devotion in a nut shell. I appreciated the 2 stories of the great master mahasiddhas Atisha and Virupa. Yes even an great master like Atisha also had to purify His negative karma from a mistake shows no one is excused or exempted from karma. Karma is the law of our universe and our existence and that is why purification practices are so important. That is why Rinpoche gives many of us assignments that help us purify our karmas.

    For me it is to paint many Buddha statues, wash them, insert mantras in them, printing a lot of Buddha images, designing them or creating them and a lot cleaning to purify my body and minds heavy karma and obscuration. If I do not purify them I can never progress to the next level and by me resisting I keep falling back and destroying all the positive karma and nullified the purification practices I’ve done. So that is why I don’t progress. How ignorant to follow the evil ego who fools us and drags us down. I must be more mindful now not to allow the ego to take over and do my best to work hard to purify as much as I can. Thank you Rinpoche for this blog post, for creating this blog, and in thinking of so many ways skilfully, and compassionately in trying to help us realise, wake up and transform of ways so that we suffer less. Being ignorant is suffering.

  8. Vivian Ong Chwee Kooi on Apr 25, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    I thank Rinpoche and Sock Wan for the great explanations about what Guru Devotion is about. We, as normal human beings must be always alert in our mind of our every speech and actions towards anyone as it will determine where we go in our next life.

  9. Choo Weng Loong on Apr 24, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article by Sock Wan, indeed it explains clearly what guru devotion is all about & why it is so important for spiritual growth ; it has helped me clear some of my doubts as well

  10. Lester on May 3, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Thank you for the sanitized version of the Mahasiddhas’ tales!

  11. Lim (KH JB) on Apr 16, 2013 at 2:01 am

    Guru is the one who able to teach us and give the specified instruction that make us learn and practice Dharma with less obstacles and gain enlightenment faster.

    Guru is an enlightenment person as Buddha, so when we totally surrender we will gain the 100% blessing from him.

    We definitely need Guru to led us to enlightenment…

  12. hecelus tan on Apr 15, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    thank you rinpoche and sock wan sharing us what is Guru devotion and the importance of applying it in our daily life. What I realize is that a pure guru devotion is doing all types of tasks that is given by your guru without asking why because a qualified teacher will only benefit us without any harmful action or intention.When we are able to fulfill the guru’s wishes we must immediately fulfill it without a second delay or excuse.I will make such a conclusion is because I find that all our guru’s wishes will only benefit all sentient beings in long terms or short terms.Dear Rinpoche,personally saying,I really learn a lot from this great article on guru devotion.I will bear it in my mind and applying it in my daily life if I have the opportunity to put it into practice.I promised rinpoche and I want to make request that is I want to back to Kechara house and be the servant of rinpoche after I taking monk’s precepts and finish my 3 years Buddhist philosophy at FO GUANG SHAN when I have the opportunity.I believed that become a qualified monk can only be able to make Dharma flourish.I have already put it into action without just always make promise.I have start to hold five basic refuge precepts carefully without broken it.I have stop joining such meaningless activities and push myself to studying more Dharma.Thank you!
    With folded hands,Hecelus

  13. Lim Han Nee on Apr 15, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    In this spiritual journey, we have embarked on – for the purpose of freeing ourselves from suffering and attaining enlightenment and then helping others towards the same liberation and enlightenment – we definitely need a Guru.

    We need a Guru, to whom we give our total trust and to whom we totally surrender, because only he can help hasten us on this path of attainments and ultimate liberation and Enlightenment. Virupa was slower than Atisha to gain realizations and full enlightenment because he lost his first teacher and, for quite a long while after that, he was without a teacher.

    So long as we see our Guru as a Buddha,and never have the slightest doubt about him and carry out all his instructions, we will move more swiftly on the Path. He is there for us all the way to Enlightenment.

Leave a Reply

Maximum file size: 15MB each
Allowed file types: jpg, jpeg, gif, png

 

Maximum file size: 50MB
Allowed file type: mp4
Maximum file size: 15MB each
Allowed file types: pdf, docx

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Blog Chat

BLOG CHAT

Dear blog friends,

I’ve created this section for all of you to share your opinions, thoughts and feelings about whatever interests you.

Everyone has a different perspective, so this section is for you.

Tsem Rinpoche


SCHEDULED CHAT SESSIONS / 中文聊天室时间表

THURSDAY
10 - 11PM (GMT +8)
5 - 6AM (PST)
(除了每个月的第一个星期五)
SATURDAY
11AM - 12PM (GMT +8)
FRIDAY 7 - 8PM (PST)

UPCOMING TOPICS FOR SEPTEMBER / 九月份讨论主题

Please come and join in the chat for a fun time and support. See you all there.


Blog Chat Etiquette

These are some simple guidelines to make the blog chat room a positive, enjoyable and enlightening experience for everyone. Please note that as this is a chat room, we chat! Do not flood the chat room, or post without interacting with others.

EXPAND
Be friendly

Remember that these are real people you are chatting with. They may have different opinions to you and come from different cultures. Treat them as you would face to face, and respect their opinions, and they will treat you the same.

Be Patient

Give the room a chance to answer you. Patience is a virtue. And if after awhile, people don't respond, perhaps they don't know the answer or they did not see your question. Do ask again or address someone directly. Do not be offended if people do not or are unable to respond to you.

Be Relevant

This is the blog of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche. Please respect this space. We request that all participants here are respectful of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche and his organisation, Kechara.

Be polite

Avoid the use of language or attitudes which may be offensive to others. If someone is disrespectful to you, ignore them instead of arguing with them.

Please be advised that anyone who contravenes these guidelines may be banned from the chatroom. Banning is at the complete discretion of the administrator of this blog. Should anyone wish to make an appeal or complaint about the behaviour of someone in the chatroom, please copy paste the relevant chat in an email to us at care@kechara.com and state the date and time of the respective conversation.

Please let this be a conducive space for discussions, both light and profound.

KECHARA FOREST RETREAT PROGRESS UPDATES

Here is the latest news and pictorial updates, as it happens, of our upcoming forest retreat project.

The Kechara Forest Retreat is a unique holistic retreat centre focused on the total wellness of body, mind and spirit. This is a place where families and individuals will find peace, nourishment and inspiration in a natural forest environment. At Kechara Forest Retreat, we are committed to give back to society through instilling the next generation with universal positive values such as kindness and compassion.

For more information, please read here (english), here (chinese), or the official site: retreat.kechara.com.

Noticeboard

Name: Email:
For:  
Mail will not be published
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Sep 18. 2019 12:28 PM
    The Great Buddha of Kamakura is one of the most iconic landmarks in Japan. The Great Buddha of Kamakura is a monumental outdoor bronze statue , that’s attracted many thousands of tourists and locals yearly. Been the second largest bronze Buddha statue in Japan. Wow it seem that the Great Buddha of Kamakura has a long and illustrious history, reflected in its architectural legacy, especially its numerous shrines and temples. Truly amazing having gone through many disaster yet it still remind to this day with many renovation done to restore the beauty. Have not been to Japan before but have heard many stories regarding the beauty of this amazing statue.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/i-love-kamakura-buddha-in-japan.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Sep 18. 2019 12:27 PM
    In Buddhism, symbolic offerings are made to the Triple Gem, giving rise to contemplative gratitude and inspiration. Offerings such as objects such as a lit candle or butter lamp, burning incense, flowers, food, fruit, water or drinks. Each material offerings is imbued representing each different symbolic meanings . Example the lighting of a candle or an butter lamp represents the light of wisdom illuminating the darkness of ignorance while the burning of incense represents the fragrant scent of morality and so on.
    Great knowledge and teachings from this post , explaining with details the importance of offerings.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/a-note-on-offerings-by-panchen-otrul-rinpoche.html?
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Sep 18. 2019 12:26 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for having made a Wealth Box in the beautiful Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). It will attracts powerful energies of abundance and to attract the resources as well for the growth and expansion of Kechara Forest Retreat . We are fortunate and have the rare opportunity able to take part in this an extremely meritorious Dharma activity. Many thousands have seen benefited from this.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/get-involved-in-the-wealth-box-project-in-kfr.html?
  • S.Prathap
    Tuesday, Sep 17. 2019 04:39 PM
    Truly an amazing and informative article that every parent should read.This school does not focus just the academic results but it also emphasises on living in harmony with our environment.

    The design concept for Green School is simply superb having constructed with bamboo,local grass and renewable resources.Thank you very much for sharing such a good article.

    Read more : https://bit.ly/2kF3oF5
  • Yee Yin
    Tuesday, Sep 17. 2019 04:34 PM
    I am not surprised to know that trees are good to the human’s body. I remember my grandparents used to live in a village where there was a lot of green, not so much concrete and traffic, they were healthy and seldom sick. I like to live there too because the air was very fresh.

    In the cities where there are fewer trees, people tend to get sick easily due to pollutant caused by vehicles, industrial waste, etc. It is proven that trees are a good provider of oxygen and they can absorb and filter pollutants. Many metropolitan cities in Europe have started to plant more trees and they have a plan to grow more trees in the city for the wellbeings of the residents.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/scientists-have-discovered-that-living-near-trees-is-good-for-your-health.html
  • nicholas
    Tuesday, Sep 17. 2019 03:07 PM
    Malaysia has visitors from all over the world as our country here is beautiful, peaceful and diverse. I am fortunate to be in Malaysia with wonderful friends here too. So many people from all over the world visit our Kechara stalls, outlets and Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia. They really are happy to invite Dorje Shugden home with them along with his prayers, photo, poster, mantra and information booklet. Many of them return and or contact to tell us their wishes has been fulfilled when they sincerely pray to World Peace Buddha protector Dorje Shugden. It makes me so happy to benefit others.

    Tsem Rinpoche

    Read more at http://bit.ly/2lU7XLM
  • nicholas
    Tuesday, Sep 17. 2019 03:02 PM
    Arya Nagarjuna was a famous Mahasiddha, Buddhist philosopher, and alchemist who was born 400 years after Buddha Shakyamuni’s parinirvana.

    He is known for establishing the Middle Path (Madhyamaka) Buddhist tradition, making gold to fulfil the needs of the Sangha, and retrieving the Prajnaparamita Sutra from the Naga realm.

    Read more about him here http://bit.ly/2kkUDQa
  • nicholas
    Tuesday, Sep 17. 2019 02:51 PM
    Today, the practical applications of Einstein’s theories include the development of the television, remote control devices, automatic door openers, lasers, and DVD-players. Recognized as TIME magazine’s “Person of the Century” in 1999, Einstein’s intellect, coupled his strong passion for social justice and dedication to pacifism, left the world with infinite knowledge and pioneering moral leadership. So was his passion for Buddhism and its teachings. Today we present you Einstein’s world famous quotes on Buddhism that will be of a great value to understand how much the Buddhism was close to Einstein’s heart.

    Read his quote at http://bit.ly/2lRoRea
  • nicholas
    Tuesday, Sep 17. 2019 02:36 PM
    An Introduction To The Buddha Form And Iconography

    In this book, Tsem Rinpoche introduces us to a rich range of Buddha forms, providing basic information to kindle our interest in the iconography of statues –their postures, gestures and mudras, the ornaments and the implements they hold. Each one of these is a symbolic teaching in itself. Indeed the entire iconography, colour and pose of each Buddha statue combined presents a path to ultimate enlightenment.

    Read more to understand the Buddha’s icongraphy at http://bit.ly/2kEQxCP
  • nicholas
    Tuesday, Sep 17. 2019 02:22 PM
    Everyone wants to be happy in life. Everyone wants to achieve happiness. For an athlete, for instance, his idea of ultimate happiness is to win a gold medal in the Olympics.

    For the glory of a gold medal and a few minutes on the podium with your national flag going up while they play your national anthem, you deprive yourself of the pleasure of nightlife, relationships, fun, going out with friends or even your partner. You will subject yourself to a special and stringent diet, train eight hours a day, sleep early and not stay up. You will stay away from friends and curtail many activities because you have to train and work hard. You have to push and discipline yourself.

    You really have to transform yourself and change your schedule in order to get your body ready in the next four to eight years in the hope that when the day of the Olympics arrives you will be selected to participate.

    Read more how we can make changes in our motivation to gain real happiness at http://bit.ly/2kl55Hv
  • Yee Yin
    Monday, Sep 16. 2019 04:30 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring and motivating article. People can say many things about us but we will know very well how we are and how we are. We should not react to the comments people make on us.

    However, I do agree that we have to contemplate on what people say about us. If what they say about us is true, especially our bad qualities, we have to change. If it is not true, we just have to move on and ignore the comments.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/7-ways-to-ignore-insults.html
  • nicholas
    Monday, Sep 16. 2019 02:49 PM
    In “Compassion Conquers All”, Tsem Rinpoche shows how through the practice of “The Eight Verses of Mind Transformation”, this wish for others to be happy can engender a state of mind of supreme love, compassion and altruism. This is the mind of Bodhicitta that wishes every sentient being to be free from every suffering and to enjoy real lasting happiness, and is determined to realise this wish by achieving the state of mind of real ultimate happiness and peace (that is free from every suffering) first, and then helping all beings attain it. This state of mind of ultimate peace and real lasting happiness is called Enlightenment or Full Awakening, where one achieves the qualities of omniscience, love and ability so as to have the power and ability to help others reach this same state.

    Read more at http://bit.ly/2kCTofx
  • nicholas
    Monday, Sep 16. 2019 02:48 PM
    John Eaton Calthorpe Blofeld (John Blofeld) (1913 – 1987) was a renowned writer of Chinese culture, Taoism, Zen Buddhism, and Mahayana Buddhist tradition. His literary endeavours had helped in introducing Buddhism to the Western world and inspired many to follow his path on the journey of spiritual discoveries.

    During his lifetime, John Blofeld had travelled widely around China and other countries, visited sacred mountains and monasteries, and met with hermits, sages and great Buddhist masters of various traditions. As his popularity grew, he used his fame to inspire younger writers to follow his path and helped to launch their career by writing forewords or providing constructive feedback to their maiden literary effort. Those who had the privilege to be acquainted with this extraordinary man, remembered his generosity, warmth, and sincerity. Even today, his writing and unique experiences continue to inspire others to the path of spirituality and give insight to the world of China when the refined Chinese civilisation was omnipresent

    Read more about Blofeld at http://bit.ly/2kLSRry
  • nicholas
    Monday, Sep 16. 2019 02:40 PM
    Following our habituated way of thinking, the source of whatever happiness we seek from marriage appears to be the picture of an ideal partner. In fact, even as we embark on a long-term relationship with our partners, we already have expectations and projections on our partner. We expect to be happy when our partner conforms to our own set of norms, way of thinking, and expectations. In order to correct this mistaken view, we need to look deeply into ourselves and see that happiness does not come from holding mistaken projections and expectations. In fact, when these expectations and projections are unfulfilled, they are likely to cause us disappointment, pain, and anguish instead.

    Read more about our actions and pursuits at finding happiness at http://bit.ly/2mgjgOx
  • nicholas
    Monday, Sep 16. 2019 02:27 PM
    Tsarchen Losal Gyatso (1502 – 1566 CE) was a famous master and the founder of the Tsarpa lineage of the Sakya tradition centred at Dar Drangmoche Monastery in the central Tsang province of Tibet.

    The great Tsarchen Losal Gyatso is the 21st lineage holder of the Vajrayogini tantric tradition stemming from the Mahasiddha Naropa himself. In fact, by engaging in Vajrayogini as his main practice, Tsarchen Losal Gyatso gained high realisations and went on to have several important visionary experiences associated with her. Due to his high realisations, Tsarchen also beheld pure visions of Padmasambhava, Vajrayogini, Chakrasamvara, Kalachakra, Yamantaka, other tantric deities and masters.

    Read more about Tsarchen Losal Gyatso at http://bit.ly/2kj8bM9

1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · »

Messages from Rinpoche

Scroll down within the box to view more messages from Rinpoche. Click on the images to enlarge. Click on 'older messages' to view archived messages. Use 'prev' and 'next' links to navigate between pages

Use this URL to link to this section directly: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/#messages-from-rinpoche

Previous Live Videos

MORE VIDEOS

Shugdenpas Speaking Up Across The Globe

From Europe Shugden Association:


MORE VIDEOS

From Tibetan Public Talk:


MORE VIDEOS

CREDITS

Concept: Tsem Rinpoche
Technical: Lew Kwan Leng, Justin Ripley, Yong Swee Keong
Design: Justin Ripley, Cynthia Lee
Content: Tsem Rinpoche, Justin Ripley, Pastor Shin Tan, Sarah Yap
Admin: Pastor Loh Seng Piow, Beng Kooi

I must thank my dharma blog team who are great assets to me, Kechara and growth of dharma in this wonderful region. I am honoured and thrilled to work with them. I really am. Maybe I don't say it enough to them, but I am saying it now. I APPRECIATE THESE GUYS VERY MUCH!

Tsem Rinpoche

Total views today
6,469
Total views up to date
18,726,522

Stay Updated

What Am I Writing Now

@tsemrinpoche on Instagram

Facebook Fans Youtube Views Blog Views
Animal Care Fund
  Bigfoot, Yeti, Sasquatch

The Unknown

The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
So go pursue all the way with the unknown,
because all unknown with familiarity becomes the known.
~Tsem Rinpoche

Photos On The Go

Click on the images to view the bigger version. And scroll down and click on "View All Photos" to view more images.
Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
2 months ago
Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
2 months ago
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
2 months ago
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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
2 months ago
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
2 months ago
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!
2 months ago
At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
3 months ago
See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
3 months ago
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
3 months ago
Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat's land here in Malaysia
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
3 months ago
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
Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
3 months ago
Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
3 months ago
Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
3 months ago
The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
Sacred Vajra Yogini
4 months ago
Sacred Vajra Yogini
Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
4 months ago
Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
4 months ago
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.
4 months ago
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.
4 months ago
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
4 months ago
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
4 months ago
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
This is pretty amazing!

First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
4 months ago
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
4 months ago
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
4 months ago
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
4 months ago
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
4 months ago
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
4 months ago
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
4 months ago
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
4 months ago
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
4 months ago
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
4 months ago
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
4 months ago
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
4 months ago
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
4 months ago
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
4 months ago
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
4 months ago
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
4 months ago
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
4 months ago
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
4 months ago
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
4 months ago
Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
5 months ago
In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
5 months ago
There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
5 months ago
Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
5 months ago
Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden\'s grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
5 months ago
May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden's grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
5 months ago
Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche 

www.tsemrinpoche.com
5 months ago
We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
Click on "View All Photos" above to view more images

Videos On The Go

Please click on the images to watch video
  • Always be kind to animals-They deserve to live just like us.
    2 months ago
    Always be kind to animals-They deserve to live just like us.
    Whales and dolphins playing with each other in the Pacific sea. Nature is truly incredible!
  • Bodha stupa July 2019-
    2 months ago
    Bodha stupa July 2019-
    Rainy period
  • Cute Tara girl having a snack. She is one of Kechara Forest Retreat’s resident doggies.
    3 months ago
    Cute Tara girl having a snack. She is one of Kechara Forest Retreat’s resident doggies.
  • Your Next Meal!
    3 months ago
    Your Next Meal!
    Yummy? Tasty? Behind the scenes of the meat on your plates. Meat is a killing industry.
  • This is Daw
    3 months ago
    This is Daw
    This is what they do to get meat on tables, and to produce belts and jackets. Think twice before your next purchase.
  • Don’t Take My Mummy Away!
    3 months ago
    Don’t Take My Mummy Away!
    Look at the poor baby chasing after the mother. Why do we do that to them? It's time to seriously think about our choices in life and how they affect others. Be kind. Don't break up families.
  • They do this every day!
    3 months ago
    They do this every day!
    This is how they are being treated every day of their lives. Please do something to stop the brutality. Listen to their cries for help!
  • What happened at Fair Oaks Farm?
    3 months ago
    What happened at Fair Oaks Farm?
    The largest undercover dairy investigation of all time. See what they found out at Fair Oaks Farm.
  • She’s going to spend her whole life here without being able to move correctly. Like a machine. They are the slaves of the people and are viewed as a product. It’s immoral. Billions of terrestrial animals die annually. Billions. You can’t even imagine it. And all that because people don’t want to give up meat, even though there are so many alternatives. ~ Gabriel Azimov
    3 months ago
    She’s going to spend her whole life here without being able to move correctly. Like a machine. They are the slaves of the people and are viewed as a product. It’s immoral. Billions of terrestrial animals die annually. Billions. You can’t even imagine it. And all that because people don’t want to give up meat, even though there are so many alternatives. ~ Gabriel Azimov
  • Our Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir speaks so well, logically and regarding our country’s collaboration with China for growth. It is refreshing to listen to Dr. Mahathir’s thoughts. He said our country can look to China for many more things such as technology and so on. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    Our Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir speaks so well, logically and regarding our country’s collaboration with China for growth. It is refreshing to listen to Dr. Mahathir’s thoughts. He said our country can look to China for many more things such as technology and so on. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This is the first time His Holiness Dalai Lama mentions he had some very serious illness. Very worrying. This video is captured April 2019.
    5 months ago
    This is the first time His Holiness Dalai Lama mentions he had some very serious illness. Very worrying. This video is captured April 2019.
  • Beautiful Monastery in Hong Kong
    5 months ago
    Beautiful Monastery in Hong Kong
  • This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
    5 months ago
    Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
  • These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
    6 months ago
    Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
    6 months ago
    Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
  • Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
    6 months ago
    Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
  • Beautiful
    6 months ago
    Beautiful
    Beautiful sacred Severed Head Vajra Yogini from Tsem Rinpoche's personal shrine.
  • My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
    6 months ago
    My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
  • Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
    6 months ago
    Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
    7 months ago
    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
  • SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    8 months ago
    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
  • Cute!
    8 months ago
    Cute!
    Oser girl loves the balcony so much. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTcoWpKJm2c
  • Uncle Wong
    8 months ago
    Uncle Wong
    We were told by Uncle Wong he is very faithful toward Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden has extended help to him on several occasions and now Uncle Wong comes daily to make incense offerings to Dorje Shugden. He is grateful towards the help he was given.
  • Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
    8 months ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
  • Cute baby owl found and rescued
    9 months ago
    Cute baby owl found and rescued
    We rescued a lost baby owl in Kechara Forest Retreat.
  • Nice cups from Kechara!!
    9 months ago
    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    9 months ago
    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Chirping birds and other forest animals create a joyful melody at the Vajrayogini stupa in Kechara Forest Retreat (Bentong, Malaysia).
  • His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche makes offering of khata to Dorje Shugden.
    9 months ago
    His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche makes offering of khata to Dorje Shugden.
    Trijang Rinpoche never gave up his devotion to Dorje Shugden no matter how much Tibetan government in exile pressured him to give up. He stayed loyal inspiring so many of us.
  • This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    2 yearss ago
    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    This video is thought-provoking and very interesting. Watch! Thanks so much to our friends at LIVEKINDLY.
  • Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
    2 yearss ago
    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
  • BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
    2 yearss ago
    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
    2 yearss ago
    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
  • Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
    2 yearss ago
    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
  • Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    2 yearss ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
  • Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
    2 yearss ago
    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
  • Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
    2 yearss ago
    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
    2 yearss ago
    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
  • Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
    2 yearss ago
    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    2 yearss ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    2 yearss ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    2 yearss ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

ASK A PASTOR


Ask the Pastors

A section for you to clarify your Dharma questions with Kechara’s esteemed pastors.

Just post your name and your question below and one of our pastors will provide you with an answer.

Scroll down and click on "View All Questions" to view archived questions.

View All Questions
Today's quota for questions has been filled. Please come back tomorrow to re-submit your question

CHAT PICTURES

Currently the youngest student in dharma class :) Lin Mun KSDS
3 weeks ago
Currently the youngest student in dharma class :) Lin Mun KSDS
Nice lotus sit done by the youngest class students. Lin Mun KSDS
3 weeks ago
Nice lotus sit done by the youngest class students. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Jayce is teaching dharma to student of age 11-12 years old . Lin Mun MSDS
3 weeks ago
Teacher Jayce is teaching dharma to student of age 11-12 years old . Lin Mun MSDS
Students enjoyed the light exercise session. Lin Mun KSDS
3 weeks ago
Students enjoyed the light exercise session. Lin Mun KSDS
Some simple exercise before we finish our dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
3 weeks ago
Some simple exercise before we finish our dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Grace giving some ideas on activities to Wen Yue. Lin Mun KSDS
3 weeks ago
Teacher Grace giving some ideas on activities to Wen Yue. Lin Mun KSDS
The children were so excited to wait for the next quiz question. Lin Mun KSDS
3 weeks ago
The children were so excited to wait for the next quiz question. Lin Mun KSDS
Children will do prostration and recite Manjushri mantra before start of dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
3 weeks ago
Children will do prostration and recite Manjushri mantra before start of dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback - Participants were so attentive when colouring tsa tsa. Lin Mun KSDS
3 weeks ago
Throwback - Participants were so attentive when colouring tsa tsa. Lin Mun KSDS
Maya painting Vajrayogini tsa tsa at the kid’s corner during Wesak day. Lin Mun KSDS
3 weeks ago
Maya painting Vajrayogini tsa tsa at the kid’s corner during Wesak day. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback- Family visiting KFR on the auspicious Wesak Day. Lin Mun KSDS
3 weeks ago
Throwback- Family visiting KFR on the auspicious Wesak Day. Lin Mun KSDS
Join us on Saturday, 24th August 2019 in celebrating International Dorje Shugden Day with an evening of auspicious and powerful pujas for abundance, prosperity, longevity and wish-fulfilment! PROGRAMME 4:00pm – Prayer Flag Puja & Lhasang Smoke Offering Ritual 5:30pm – Free vegetarian dinner 6:30pm – Gyenze Increasing Fire Puja 9:00pm – End Collectively, these pujas are a celebration of Dorje Shugden’s blessings and are highly beneficial for all sponsors and attendees. There’s really no better place to celebrate Dorje Shugden Day than in Kechara Forest Retreat, which is home to the world’s largest Dorje Shugden statue. MORE INFO: kecharaforestretreat.com/dorjeshugdenday
4 weeks ago
Join us on Saturday, 24th August 2019 in celebrating International Dorje Shugden Day with an evening of auspicious and powerful pujas for abundance, prosperity, longevity and wish-fulfilment! PROGRAMME 4:00pm – Prayer Flag Puja & Lhasang Smoke Offering Ritual 5:30pm – Free vegetarian dinner 6:30pm – Gyenze Increasing Fire Puja 9:00pm – End Collectively, these pujas are a celebration of Dorje Shugden’s blessings and are highly beneficial for all sponsors and attendees. There’s really no better place to celebrate Dorje Shugden Day than in Kechara Forest Retreat, which is home to the world’s largest Dorje Shugden statue. MORE INFO: kecharaforestretreat.com/dorjeshugdenday
Teacher Jayce explained the good value from Rinpoche’s teachings. Alice, KSDS
4 weeks ago
Teacher Jayce explained the good value from Rinpoche’s teachings. Alice, KSDS
“Be kind to animals.” Let your kids join the monthly Animal Liberation at Kechara House, Sunwaymas.
4 weeks ago
“Be kind to animals.” Let your kids join the monthly Animal Liberation at Kechara House, Sunwaymas.
Chern Chern learnt dharma and show the good attitudes to others. Alice, KSDS
4 weeks ago
Chern Chern learnt dharma and show the good attitudes to others. Alice, KSDS
Encourage the kids to express their feelings and at the same instill the dharma to them. Alice, KSDS
4 weeks ago
Encourage the kids to express their feelings and at the same instill the dharma to them. Alice, KSDS
Teacher Grace taught the participants for the DIY candles. Alice , KSDS
4 weeks ago
Teacher Grace taught the participants for the DIY candles. Alice , KSDS
Children recite Migtsema and Manjushri mantra before the start of dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
1 month ago
Children recite Migtsema and Manjushri mantra before the start of dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Student do full prostration before the start of dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
1 month ago
Student do full prostration before the start of dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wen Yue led students to do key chain as part of art and craft activity. Lin Mun KSDS
1 month ago
Wen Yue led students to do key chain as part of art and craft activity. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Kien shared some photos of sangha members. Lin Mun KSDS
1 month ago
Teacher Kien shared some photos of sangha members. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback- close bonding during WOAH camp. Lin Mun KSDS
1 month ago
Throwback- close bonding during WOAH camp. Lin Mun KSDS
Teenage dharma class in Kechara House . Lin Mun KSDS
1 month ago
Teenage dharma class in Kechara House . Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback- Chinese New Year activity, calligraphy with best wishes words. Lin Mun KSDS
1 month ago
Throwback- Chinese New Year activity, calligraphy with best wishes words. Lin Mun KSDS
KISG has been performing White Tara and Dorje Shugden puja for 4 consecutive nights. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
1 month ago
KISG has been performing White Tara and Dorje Shugden puja for 4 consecutive nights. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
The Promise
  These books will change your life
  Tsem Rinpoche's Long Life Prayer by H.H. Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche
  Support Blog Team
Lamps For Life
  Robe Offerings
  Vajrayogini Stupa Fund
  White Tara Mantra Bank Project
  Rinpoche's Medical Fund
  Dana Offerings
  Soup Kitchen Project
 
Zong Rinpoche

Archives

YOUR FEEDBACK

Live Visitors Counter
Page Views By Country
United States 4,122,547
Malaysia 4,044,870
India 1,639,064
Nepal 782,815
Singapore 744,333
United Kingdom 651,047
Canada 568,138
Bhutan 548,676
Australia 441,604
Philippines 335,210
Indonesia 329,958
Germany 261,120
France 255,364
Brazil 182,063
Taiwan 173,210
Vietnam 172,941
Thailand 168,783
Italy 131,599
Mongolia 130,384
Portugal 126,256
Spain 125,303
Turkey 113,219
Netherlands 112,102
United Arab Emirates 93,221
Russia 91,585
Romania 86,254
Hong Kong 83,973
Sri Lanka 82,217
South Africa 75,464
Mexico 74,440
Myanmar (Burma) 69,445
New Zealand 68,764
Switzerland 64,876
Japan 62,435
Cambodia 58,621
South Korea 58,038
Bangladesh 52,600
Pakistan 51,972
Egypt 45,453
Total Pageviews: 18,726,522

Login

Dorje Shugden
Click to watch my talk about Dorje Shugden....