Tsem Tulku Tweets

9 March 2010 - 5:12pm Comments Off

Pass the hat, take a dip and get a magical quote from His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche’s Twitter!

In this week’s Manjushri class, our Dharma knowledge was publicly put to the test. We were all requested to pick a random quote, after which we were to express our opinion, experience, thoughts and questions. It was a very interactive session where everyone was eager to reveal how Dharma has helped them, and how meeting Rinpoche and Kechara members had a great impact in their lives, for the better.

Held every three months, this interactive session on Rinpoche’s Twitter quotes helps class attendees to dive deep into their minds and hopefully, bring realisations on their level of knowledge and practice. Discussions are mainly related to the quotes picked, but spontaneous topics are also welcome. With so many questions posed – many of which went unanswered due to time constraints – class coordinators are then able to further plan upcoming topics that interest the crowd.

The following sharings are highlighted because the discussions closely relate to the reason and purpose of attending Dharma classes.

Never sit under the tree waiting for the apple to fall. Climb the tree, grab that apple, when it comes to Dharma, never be inert and take your time. Time to move” – Rinpoche’s tweet

Sharing by Ng Yew Seng: On the preciousness of time, Yew Seng recalled a teaching from Lamrim class that says we are nearing death with each passing second. That ‘time is gold’ is an understatement, for the preciousness of time can never be measured. Although many of us understand that  ‘time waits for no man’, subconsciously, we believe that time will not end for us, at least not today or tomorrow. Yew Seng’s sharing led us to talk about a meditation on death, which is emphasised in Tibetan Buddhism. Through this meditation, if done correctly, we will realise that we do not always have tomorrow to look forward to. This gives us the feeling of urgency to prioritise, rather than make up more mundane excuses that we give ourselves to prevent us from doing these important things. Too often we say we do not have time for Dharma because we do not realise the preciousness of our life, time and most importantly the benefits of Dharma.

The most important time in my life is meeting H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, and receiving my practises and teachings from him” – Rinpoche’s tweet

Sharing by Ron: Everyone has their most important time in life and this quote goes to show what the priority is in Rinpoche’s life. Ron shared with us that before he knew Dharma, he never thought there was much to life other than going to work, having a family and having some fun. However, he did sense something was amiss and like any other successful person who has reached the peak of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, the ultimate question came in mind: What is the meaning of life? Learning Dharma has become an important point for Ron and his family, in hope of finding the true meaning of life and happiness.

Once a Guru gives you Dharma knowledge, your perspective on life, goals and current situations dramatically change for the better” – Rinpoche’s tweet

Sharing by Lorraine: Her first Dharma book was given to her by a friend and titled Why I Make Myself Unhappy. At that time, she felt that the book was not relevant to her as she was not unhappy, but later she found that the teachings and her encounter with Rinpoche helped her tremendously during a difficult period in her life. Lorraine shared that she continues to read a lot of Dharma books because the teachings help her to deal better with her life. She feels very blessed to have known Dharma, to learn how to balance her life with letting go, thus becoming happier and finding peace within. She shared that all of this would probably never have come to pass without a Guru’s guidance, blessings and the conducive environment he creates for us to keep practising the Dharma.

This week’s Manjushri class discussions all point to the importance of having a Guru as a guide – a Guru who, if we take to heart, will stay with us not only in this very lifetime but in many lifetimes to come.

Want to know more about how Dharma has changed people’s lives? Don’t miss out on the new biographies There’s No Way But Up and Call Me Paris, published by Kechara Media & Publications…and join in our weekly Manjushri classes to find out more!

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