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Nostalgia: Reminiscing on those who have passed on

Apr 5, 2018
Nostalgia: Reminiscing on those who have passed on

As I prepared for the Lunar Chinese New Year celebrations, I found it interesting that, on numerous occasions, I reminisced of many family members from the generation before mine...

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A Blind Corner at Each Decade?

Oct 15, 2017
A Blind Corner at Each Decade?

Have you ever heard what older folk will tell you when you are aged ‘9’ in every decade? For instance, when you are 9, 19, 29, 39, 49, 59 or 69 years old. The warnings will be, “Be careful, don’t take financial risks,” “Don’t drive too fast,” “Don’t travel too much,” “Be safe.” Interesting,...

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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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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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It’s Worse to Say Nothing than to Say the Wrong Thing

Jan 31, 2017
It’s Worse to Say Nothing than to Say the Wrong Thing

There will be times when horrible things happen to our family and friends, or when we see someone we know in deep pain and grief. When this happens, most of us may not know what to do or what to say to make the other person feel better. Human nature makes us innately want...

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Reunion Dinner Dharma

Jan 27, 2017
Reunion Dinner Dharma

(By Tsem Rinpoche and Pastor Jean Ai) At the very beginning of 2017, I had the opportunity to give a talk in Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat. It covered the topic of practising Dharma at our upcoming reunion dinners. On the eve of Chinese New Year, it is a Chinese tradition for the extended family to...

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Kalmykia: Lore and Memory at the Far Side of the Buddhist World

Sep 12, 2016
Kalmykia: Lore and Memory at the Far Side of the Buddhist World

(By Tsem Rinpoche) The Kalmyks are known to be very spiritual because they abide in a community of people who are strong practitioners of Buddhism. I grew up with Kalmyks (A part of the Mongolian people) and during my childhood days back in Howell, New Jersey, I lived in the Kalmyk community and we...

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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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Growing Up With Rinpoche

May 7, 2016
Growing Up With Rinpoche

If I examine my life honestly, I can safely say that all of the good things that have happened to me have been the result of my teacher, as well as any good qualities that may have scratched their way just a little bit through the mud. I first met Rinpoche in 1997, when...

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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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My mom’s lifestyle was destructive to me

Nov 10, 2015
My mom’s lifestyle was destructive to me

  I grew up with two moms: here’s the uncomfortable truth that nobody wants to hear by Robert Oscar Lopez, Tue Aug 14, 2012 (thePublicDiscourse.com) – Between 1973 and 1990, when my beloved mother passed away, she and her female romantic partner raised me. They had separate houses but spent nearly all their weekends...

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5 Ways You Can Support Your Dying Parent

Jun 24, 2015
5 Ways You Can Support Your Dying Parent

  Dear friends, This article is very practical and helpful. I respectfully reproduced it here solely with the intent it will benefit others. I thank Ms. Patricia Seeley for her compassionate work and her writings. She makes the most important passage in our lives more easier to deal with for the ordinary lay person. Both...

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Why is this woman crying?

Dec 15, 2014
Why is this woman crying?

Regardless of whether a country is developed, developing or underdeveloped, there is always a demographic of people which falls below the poverty line. For example, in the United States, 1 in 5 children are at risk of hunger. Even in an economically-powerful country such as the US, there are over 15 million children who...

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Dewa Nimbo in the Herald

Nov 14, 2014
Dewa Nimbo in the Herald

In 1989, The Herald Times Online featured an article about a down-to-earth Mongolian princess from Xinjiang who was pursuing her doctorate at the Indiana University in Bloomington. She is H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche’s biological mother, Mongolian Princess Torghut Noyen, Dewa Nimbo. Xinjiang is an autonomous region in the northwest of China. In the...

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Touching

Oct 24, 2014
Touching

Dear friends, here is a touching short story of gratitude submitted by Caryl. It was touching to me and I wanted to share it.   Tsem Rinpoche ******   The picture above is of my adopted mother Taylong Ly and I back in 2010. This wonderful lady played a major role in raising me...

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Dear Rinpoche, I am sorry…

Aug 20, 2013
Dear Rinpoche, I am sorry…

(By Pastor Loh Seng Piow) Dear friends, Something interesting to share that happens to all spiritual teachers since the inception of Buddhism. My name is Pastor Loh Seng Piow and I am a close attendant of His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche. Throughout the years, Rinpoche has met hundreds and hundreds of students. There are some...

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Mooncake festival at KFR!

Sep 23, 2012
Mooncake festival at KFR!

Today, the Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR) team held an event at KFR to celebrate the mooncake festival. I received many wonderful updates from a few of my students who attended the event.

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Wei Theng joins full-time!

Jun 28, 2012
Wei Theng joins full-time!

Another wonderful and successful lady has decided to join Kechara full time. Wei Theng, a very devoted student of mine has given up her blossoming career to work alongside her husband, Lew in E-division...

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Sonia, Sara and me

May 19, 2012
Sonia, Sara and me

Left in red is my cousin Sonia, centre my cousin Sara and me in the white. This was in Los Angeles, California. The girls flew out to meet me. I was so happy to meet them. I was working and living on my own in Los Angeles. Behind me is the Dharma centre Thubten...

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VIDEO: “(Re)visiting an Extraordinary Life: The Tsem Rinpoche Biography Group in the USA”

May 18, 2012
VIDEO: “(Re)visiting an Extraordinary Life: The Tsem Rinpoche Biography Group in the USA”

November 19, 2010 With Chinese subtitles May 25, 2012 A team from Kechara went to the USA to interview my friends and family about myself. Asked them what they remembered about me growing up in New Jersey and Los Angeles. This is a condensed video of all the interviews they did with my: Sister...

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