H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche's Personal Blog
Wednesday, 22/5/2013 - 8:29pm
I am just an ordinary practitioner ~ Chatral Rinpoche: “Some of the Lamas, teachers and practitioners are ignorant. Because they want to eat meat and drink alcohol, they say that it is necessary since they are followers of Guru Rinpoche, who ate meat and drank alcohol. But Guru Rinpoche was born miraculously, not like those Lamas who were born from human parents…. With supernatural powers gained through certain meditations, it is true that there are some realized beings who can revive animals from the dead and help them reach a higher rebirth or Enlightenment by consuming small amounts of their flesh. But this is not done for sustenance, only for the purpose of helping that animal. I personally do not have that power and because of that I never eat meat. Eating meat in one’s diet is much different than eating flesh to liberate a being through supernatural powers. I am just an ordinary practitioner who really doesn’t have these qualities. So, if I ate meat it would be the same if you or any other lay person ate meat. I would be committing sin and I would be getting negative karma. I don’t pretend as if I have [...]
Friday, 17/5/2013 - 4:02am
Dear Everyone, You absolutely MUST READ this short article. It says so much about Lama Yeshe. I loved him since I was young. I would read about him and just cry. I connected with him and his style so much. I wanted to be him when I grew up. I still do. I know I can never be as great as him, but I still want to be him. He is a rare attained being who is ahead of his time for sure. He did what other monks/Tibetans said he couldn’t or shouldn’t do. He did it and was successful in changing lives for the better. Thank you Lama Yeshe. This short article is so touching. He pushes people’s buttons as he is legendary for doing. I’ve heard some people would leave when he did that and some would come back later. Some wouldn’t. Lama Yeshe will even sell his mala to make enough to support his people. He would plant lots of green and also be ‘demanding’ in his skillful ways to train people….He would be a master mimic and mimic his students and their mannerisms to get them to laugh at themselves and each other. To help them [...]
Friday, 17/5/2013 - 2:18am
Some things you just have to see no matter how you feel. It lets you know what happens behind the scenes. Things manufacturers do not want you to see, but you are stronger than that for you must see...
Thursday, 16/5/2013 - 3:42pm
There’s a new section on my blog!! I welcome your writings, articles and contributions very much! Positive writings on all subjects are welcomed. Recently, I decided to have a new function on the blog which features articles written by others. A platform for others to share their writings which can reach thousands around the world from here. I got this idea while I was reading TheBuddhism.net, and found such wonderful articles I wanted to share with all of my blog readers. So I called up Philip, Jean Mei and Lew and we decided to create this new column on my blog. I would like to thank those behind TheBuddhism.net. They are extremely kind, and do not mind for others’ to share their articles. It shows that their main motivation is to spread the Dharma. There are now 87 new posts on the External Articles section, all posted up for your reading pleasure. We will post more and it will continue If you have something interesting to share, anyone from any spiritual, racial and national background can now submit their articles to be published on the External Articles section on my blog. The articles can be about Dharma, inspirational stories, scholastic writings, etc etc… Do [...]
Thursday, 16/5/2013 - 3:35pm
Pemako is located in southeast Tibet. In Tibetan, the word "Pemako" means "Lotus Array" or "Lotus of Great Bliss". It is a land that intrigues many Western explorers as it is thought to be the sacred land of nectar and bliss as described in Buddhist scriptures...
Thursday, 16/5/2013 - 3:30pm
This picture and short write up was sent to me by Kenny Wong recently. The story of Munera has been circulating on the net for a while now. Although the write up is inaccurate and the picture is not Munera, which sparked an online controversy, Munera's true story is just as touching...
Thursday, 16/5/2013 - 3:22pm
Dear blog readers, students and friends, As many of you know, Kechara is currently building a retreat center about 60 mins away from the city. As it is located within the Malaysian forest, Kechara decided to aptly call the place, Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). We have started building since the end of last year, and are still continuing to build. On the land, we will be building the following: A Shakyamuni World Peace Hall which can seat up to 3000 people A Vajrayogini Stupa where practitioners can circumambulate Butterlamp houses where the public can make light offerings to the Buddhas Forest walks where people can have exercise and enjoy nature An aviary for rescued birds An organic vegetable garden where the public can learn how to grow vegetables in their own homes A candle-making workshop where we will produce our own candles for our butterlamp house and people can also learn how to make their own candles Circumambulation paths where practitioners can circumambulate and do walking meditations Kechara Village – cabins for students/practitioners, offices, a meditational hall and classrooms Dormitories and retreat houses Buddha statues strategically placed around the land to bless the surroundings and animals. A vegetarian restaurant to provide healthy [...]
Thursday, 16/5/2013 - 3:16pm
Caught on Tape: Watch how the waterfall feature collapsed (posted by Seng Piow) This was the waterfall feature of the fish pond in Kechara Forest Retreat, it was being built to keep fishes, especially fishes that His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche always rescues from pet shops which kept the fishes in poor condition, and also for animal liberation （放生池）. The fish pond consisted of three-part ponds and a waterfall feature. It was supposed to be completed within a short period of time as there was no heavy consturction involved, however the contractors that were in-charged of building the fish pond were not up to standard – not only did they not keep to the promised timeline, the quality of the work was poor. When the work dragged on for weeks, Rinpoche became concerned, not only that the ongoing work affected the daily operation of the people near the fish pond, Rinpoche was also worried that the shoddy work would harm the fishes later, for example the fish pond may crack later, or the drainange around the fish pond was not properly done and mud and debris would be washed into the fish pond and polluted the [...]
Thursday, 16/5/2013 - 3:15pm
I have some great news to share with everyone today!
Thursday, 16/5/2013 - 3:09pm
Such a sad news to hear of so many whales dying off around Argentina's Patagonian Coast.