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A Generation Gone

Jul 30, 2017
A Generation Gone

Every Chinese Lunar New Year, it is customary for the younger members of the family clan to visit and wish their elders “Gong Xi Fa Cai”. In my case, as my mother lived in Perth, the first thing to do on New Year’s morning was to call and wish her a Happy New Year, and...

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An Exhumation of Ancestral Graves

Jun 30, 2017
An Exhumation of Ancestral Graves

(By Tsem Rinpoche and Datuk May) Being of Chinese descent, the very thought of exhuming an ancestral grave causes great concern and superstitious fear of impending misfortune and inauspiciousness. The inevitability of having to exhume ancestral graves occurred twice before for me but somehow I was not that affected as someone else was going...

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Faithful Dog Chases Deceased Owner

Apr 25, 2017
Faithful Dog Chases Deceased Owner

Dear friends, As my readers will know, I have a soft spot for animals, especially dogs. I have previously written about how dogs have human-like traits and they have feelings too, like loss, happiness and depression. If you watch the touching video below, you will probably agree that this dog definitely possesses the traits...

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Why Losing a Dog Can Be Harder than Losing a Relative or Friend

Apr 13, 2017
Why Losing a Dog Can Be Harder than Losing a Relative or Friend

Dear friends around the world, The popular saying goes, “Dogs are a man’s best friend”. Most of us may not realise the deeper meaning behind this common adage but it definitely holds great weight in the hearts of dog lovers. To some, dogs or other pets are seen as just “animals”. These people may...

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What Will Be Your Legacy?

Apr 7, 2017
What Will Be Your Legacy?

It was nice that my sister, her husband and daughter came to Kuala Lumpur from Perth, Australia to usher in 2017 with my family and I. As we lost our Mother in September 2016, we spoke a lot about Mother as we travelled through memory lane. As we were remembering Mother, her virtues and...

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Meeting Rinpoche 20 Years Ago

Apr 3, 2017
Meeting Rinpoche 20 Years Ago

Early Life  My name is Chia Song Peng. I was born to a large family of 10 siblings in a small village in Johor called Muar. My family were very simple people. My mother worked hard to keep the family fed, tending to the farm that belonged to my father’s family while my father...

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The Truth About Justin

Mar 15, 2017
The Truth About Justin

It has been six years now since my best friend and beloved husband, Justin Ripley passed away. It has taken me this length of time to finally come to terms with it; to reconcile with my loss; to forgive and let go; and to embrace truth and reality. It has not been an easy...

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Techno-Buddhism in Japan!

Mar 8, 2017
Techno-Buddhism in Japan!

(By Tsem Rinpoche) I love it when people try new and creative ways to bring Buddhism to a new crowd. The world today is full of distractions caused by technological advancements, so it is apt that this Japanese Buddhist priest has adopted a techno-music approach, drawing from his DJ background, to attract a younger...

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Advice at a Funeral

Jun 22, 2016
Advice at a Funeral

(By Tsem Rinpoche and Pastor Jean Ai) One of my earliest experiences with death was with Rinpoche, during the passing of my beloved maternal grandmother. In the Chinese (specifically Hokkien) tradition, this person is known as ‘Ah Ma’. Our Ah Ma was a wonderful lady. Kind, gentle and soft-hearted, she was extremely forgiving and...

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David Bowie’s ashes in Buddhist ritual

Feb 1, 2016
David Bowie’s ashes in Buddhist ritual

Just a few weeks ago David Bowie, the famous English singer who made a huge impact in the rock music industry, passed away. David Bowie was once a Tibetan Buddhist practitioner. Although he did not openly practice, his deep interest in Buddhism resulted in a clause in his will for his ashes to be...

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What’s Your Retirement Plan?

Dec 20, 2015
What’s Your Retirement Plan?

Apart from raising family, retirement is one of the most important things that most people plan for. However, can we really be sure that the retirement we plan for will turn out as we expect it to? Can we be sure that the children and family we depend on will be alive and available...

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The Importance of Death in Life |《不知死,焉知生?》

Nov 23, 2015
The Importance of Death in Life |《不知死,焉知生?》

(By Tsem Rinpoche and Abby) 克切拉禅修林首个中文佛法讲座——《不知死,焉知生?》终于在2015年11月14日的下午五时圆满结束!

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Something simple for the deceased

Sep 30, 2014
Something simple for the deceased

  (By Tsem Rinpoche) Dear friends, When a loved one or pet passes, it is a distressing time. We want to do the best for them and their onward journey after they have left their corporeal form. Yet sometimes we don’t know what to do, how to do and maybe cannot afford it. But...

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Within 24 hours, Two Funerals

May 23, 2012
Within 24 hours, Two Funerals

Mama Mooi Lan On the evening of May 19, I sadly went to perform funeral rites for Mama Mooi Lan… Mama Mooi Lan is my long-time Dharma friend who helped me a lot when I first came to Malaysia. She has been my friend and supporter for 20 years now. We have had a...

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Is it a mother’s love?

May 21, 2012
Is it a mother’s love?

Dear friends, This is a well made Paranormal real life story. Nothing scary in this episode, but very powerful show of love and willpower. I want you to please watch this carefully and see how a mother reaches out to save her child. Her will was so strong she left her body. The child...

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Manjushri for Justin

May 8, 2012
Manjushri for Justin

(By Tsem Rinpoche) Dear friends, This is wonderful and auspicious news for our beloved Justin Ripley. 1. As you know I have requested a beautiful Manjushri statue to be ordered, painted and filled with mantras and Justin's ashes and bones. This statue will be placed in the Monastic School where hundreds of young monks...

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Why do I have this fortune?

Apr 19, 2012
Why do I have this fortune?

When we have been so fortunate to meet Buddha's teachings we should think what did I do to deserve this?...

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A Relieving Experience

Jan 17, 2012
A Relieving Experience

Some people encounter with spirits directly and have disturbing experiences with the unseen whilst there are others who experience it very differently, where they feel that the incident has helped them overcome their current situation or obstacle...

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My Medical Status

Nov 14, 2011
My Medical Status

It's liberating to know my time is short. But then I've always known. Suddenly my life according to the Doctor's prognosis has gotten much shorter. I don’t need the good Doctor to tell me, but you do. That says a lot doesn't it?

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