Whoever thought that all the wise words of Atisha, Tsongkhapa and Pabongkha Rinpoche could be so cleverly condensed into the contemporary, lively format of a blog (web log / online journal)!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche shows us how it’s done in his blog that includes personal insights, Dharma teachings and special behind-the-scenes news about the Kechara organisation.
At our last Manjushri Class, Liaison Jamie Khoo gave a sharing about how central Rinpoche’s blog can be for our spiritual practice, contemplation and learning. Going through several different genres and categories of blog entries, she showed the diversity of Rinpoche’s writings and how every single blog – no matter how trivial it might seem – leads back to a lesson from the Lamrim.
For example, the class went through one of the blog’s most popular posts, The cowshed that was my home in Gaden, a key entry about Rinpoche’s life in Gaden and what he went through for the Dharma. We also looked at blog entries about people within the organisation, such as Talented artist Lili Ng joins KSA, and Pavara wants to be a liaison. These form clear examples of how much Rinpoche cherishes every single person who sets foot into Kechara.
There are also the more “serious” entries which focus very strongly on Dharma teachings or the great contributions of lineage lamas. By Madam Lim Han Nee’s recommendation, we looked briefly at Heartspoon, a prayer written by Pabongkha Rinpoche that Rinpoche shared with all on his blog. We also had an animated discussion about the 27 rules to real happiness, a beautiful mind-transformation prayer – this even led to a very interesting and dynamic discussion about the concept of selflessness and how to make that integral switch from selfishness to selflessness.
Then, to lighten things up a little, Rinpoche also includes very fun entries on his blog – little video snippets from comedy shows like Little Britain and I Love Lucy teach us not to take life too seriously and always to have a little sense of humour in what we’re doing. Lighten up, laugh! Which is what the class also did as we watched the cute three-minute clip of Lucy in a chocolate factory.
There really is much to be learnt from just a few short posts within Rinpoche’s blog. Jamie showed us just a tiny glimpse into this huge online Dharma world where contemplating the Lamrim, mind-transformation practices and teachings of the greatest masters comes as easy as a click of the mouse.
We hope to do more of these blog sharing sessions in the future; perhaps also to encourage people to spend time within the class to contemplate some of the posts and write their own comments. But you don’t have to wait until the next Manjushri class to do that. With the 24-hour interaction of the Internet, Rinpoche’s blog is available for you to learn, read, discuss and meditate anytime, anywhere!
Rinpoche’s blog is on blog.tsemtulku.com. Click on, be inspired and get enlightened!