Tsem Rinpoche /advice on letting go…

 

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When on the hospital bed nearing our last breath, nothing matters except for the practice and transformation we have done in dharma in our lifetime. Our money, wishes, houses, clothes, jewelry, reputation, spouses, desires, dreams, greed, anger, possessions, explanations will be of no use at all. It will in fact even be a hindrance scratching at our mind’s energy to let go and we cannot. Since they are no use at that momentous event, we should continue that thought now and understand what we should truly cultivate now. This thought must translate into action not just scholastic thoughts and meanderings of the mind for self deception or imitation spiritual satisfaction. This is what I think daily and everyday as part of my meditations on death and impermanence according to first chapter of Lam Rim. Tsem Rinpoch

 

Tsem Rinpoche in answer to Martin Bosnev’s Question on Contentment

  • Tsem Tulku RinpocheDear Martin T. Bosnev, if contentment arises from a correct source, understanding the nature of samsara is fine. Because we will work with what we have. But being content and it leads to doing ‘nothing’ will hinder our progress.. If contentment arises from a sense of complacency disguised as contentment, then it hinders our spiritual progress. The truth be told, no one in samsara can be content with suffering even if their temporary situation in this life is ok, but what about the next life and the one after that and the lives of those suffering around us. Avalokitesvara is content with Himself, but not those around him so he works tirelessly for others as an example. Hope this helps. So to be content must be examined where it arises from. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Martin T. BosnevDear Rinpoche, sometimes when I chant mantras I feel bouts of contentment and feeling of abundance and I don’t know what to think. This is the source of my question. Thank you very much!
  • Tsem Tulku RinpocheMartin T. Bosnev, bouts of contentment is good for you and I rejoice, but not good enough for all sentient beings who still need us to become fully awakened to benefit them further. I hope this helps. Tsem Rinpoche

The Pastors of Tsem Rinpoche Foundation, Inc.

Pastor Khong Jean Ai (sangha to be)

Jean Ai wishes to become a vessel that holds the teachings of Lama Tsongkhapa to benefit future generations, inspiring others to live by the Buddha’s teachings.

Jean Ai met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche as a young child and through her parents’ involvement with Kechara over the years, she has never known a life without His Eminence. Jean Ai was a regular volunteer of Tsem Ladrang during her childhood and teenage years. After graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Warwick in the UK and working at the London Probation Service, she returned to Kuala Lumpur to join Tsem Ladrang’s e-division. There she managed kechara.com, responsible for the weekly Kechara e-newsletter, including content generation and editing. Since then she has joined His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche’s writing team, responsible for executing Rinpoche’s personal instructions and managing his correspondence.

Having visited a nunnery in India in 2004, Jean Ai remembers noticing how happy and purposeful everyone was. She had a feeling of familiarity and the sight of the robes comforted her. Immediately, Jean Ai messaged her mother who told her to ask Rinpoche’s advice. Rinpoche told her to complete her secular education so that when she taught the Dharma her words would carry the credibility and weight of a university degree, something she completed with the motivation that some day she wanted to become a nun.

Through her ordination as a nun, Jean Ai wishes to become a vessel that holds the teachings of Lama Tsongkhapa to benefit future generations, inspiring others to live by the Buddha’s teachings. Through this she hopes to repay the kindness of her parents and her Guru. Above all she wants to abide in a state free of suffering, and she wants this for others as well.

 

Pastor Loh Seng Piow (Pastor)

In taking the next step to further his Dharma career, Seng Piow wishes to become ordained as a pastor in order to be even more effective in sharing and disseminating the Dharma to benefit others.

Back in 2001, Loh Seng Piow had no inkling of just how involved in Dharma he would become. As a Masters degree-holder in Engineering, Seng Piow was working as a research engineer in Singapore when he met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche. Rinpoche’s talk left a strong impression on him and after a few encounters with Rinpoche, Seng Piow started developing websites for Rinpoche and Kechara.

Seng Piow was trained in science, but soon realised that there were many questions that science could not answer. At the same time, he also felt that science and technology are not the solution to human problems, as humans are much better off compared to thousands years ago, yet the problems in this world are still the same, if not more, and we do not seem to be happier than our ancestors.

Seng Piow soon realised that the Dharma is the ultimate solution to human problems, and that the methods used by His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche are very suitable for this modern era. Seng Piow developed a strong wish to help Rinpoche in spreading the Dharma to the world. With that determination, Seng Piow chose not to pursue his PhD degree in Cambridge University (for which he had been offered a place), resigned from his research job, and joined Tsem Rinpoche as full-time Dharma worker, and has never looked back since.

Meeting Rinpoche was a very refreshing experience for Seng Piow, as he never knew Dharma could be so unconventional yet maintain its essence. As Rinpoche’s personal attendant, Seng Piow has had many incredible moments with Rinpoche and considers himself extremely fortunate because he sees real Dharma in action, both on and off the throne. It challenges him to practice Dharma 24/7. In this way, Rinpoche has blown away his old and persistent way of thinking, which was very much focused on the outer rituals of Dharma.

Having seen that Tsem Rinpoche truly embodies what he teaches, Seng Piow is convinced beyond doubt that it is possible to develop our minds to a higher state, and ultimately achieving enlightenment. All these factors have propelled Seng Piow to take a step further in his Dharma career to become ordained as a pastor in order to be even more effective in sharing and disseminating the Dharma to benefit others.

 

Tsem Rinpoche Foundation, Inc

http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/foundation

Tsem Rinpoche Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit charitable institution dedicated to encouraging the growth, development and study of Buddhism, Buddhist philosophy and various spiritual paths. Also to provide the public with Buddhist-related and spiritual services and educational content.

Incorporated officially on 19th February 2014 in the USA, Tsem Rinpoche Foundation, Inc. operates a global group of Buddhist associations and social enterprises. This includes Kechara House, a non-profit Buddhist association in Malaysia, and Kechara Soup Kitchen, a charitable project whose primary goal is to feed and empower the homeless and underprivileged in Malaysia, Indonesia and Shanghai to become independent and self-sustaining.

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Blog Chat Quiz 1 August 2014

Edwin Tan: @Wei Theng all are taken from Rinpoche’s blog :D http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/dharma-pictures-for-download-3.html
2 hours ago

Josh Akers: Thank you Sharon :)

2 hours ago

sweekeong: Michael: My understanding is you can write in your own words on tobacco in relation to Dharma practice. Once you have done you can email it to the Pastor.

2 hours ago

Sharon Ong: Keep calm and chant some mantras, Josh. :) https://www.facebook.com/vajrasecrets/photos/a.638676876187370.1073741835.139469509441445/666633923391665/?type=3&theater

2 hours ago

Michael C.: @Pastor Jean Ai – Not sure. Some type of sentient being would be my guess. Not sure what realm or what they look like.

2 hours ago

Josh Akers: Its like my brain knows exactly what to do to break me down and get me to smoke.

2 hours ago

Josh Akers: Now I’m struggling with my urge to smoke a cigarette. I don’t want to. Especially after seeing Rinpoche scold Joy for it a little bit.

2 hours ago

Sharon Ong: That’s a nice one. Michael C.

2 hours ago

Josh Akers: I like that… The sword could be a word, a look, even advice…

2 hours ago

Michael C.:

“The nature that is Manjushri with the sword is the very nature that is our Root Guru, and that sword could be a word, a look, a piece of advice, some heart teaching—anything that cuts through the darkness of ignorance.”

From: http://www.tibetanbuddhistaltar.org/who-is-the-guru/

3 hours ago

Michael C.: oh… so by “all this on tobacco” i guess that means a lot more then just that teaching by H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche. So like research and medical facts and also Buddhist perspective and what scientific field has to say and my personal experience and maybe some other testimonials and boom that’s an article which answers my first question. And the second question i’m still assuming “our commetary” meaning between you & Joy? i suppose in an attempt to cut through her habit of smoking like a knife. Dharma is supposed to cut like a knife. It is supposed to change us utterly. Knifes hurt. Getting cut hurts. If there is a boil on my skin filled with pus the best course of action is to cut it open with a knife (which hurts) and squeeze all the white puss out (which hurts). Otherwise infection can enter bloodstream and kill the body. So 5 minutes of pain or death… Choose logically, not emotionally.

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Josselynn: Thank you Rinpiche, all pastors and everyone for your kind sharing. Such a wonderful previledge to observe in the dharma learning in this precious session. So blessed.

3 hours ago

Michael C.: @Tsem Rinpoche – Thank You for all the kind praise and compliments and words, they warm my heart!

“Tsem Rinpoche: Michael C, that was excellent what you posted by Lord Padmasambhava the thunderbolt holder. Very nice sharing….I wish you can write articles for Dharma and I can post on my blog to benefit others.

Michael C, it would be nice if you collect all this on tobacco and write it out well with our commentary and I will post on my blog for the benefit of all..no rush.

– Clarification of my confusion please –

What type of articles? i have insecurities but would be interested in pursuing further.”our commentary” – by this do you mean the dialogue tonight between You & joy?The full text i quoted is already written out on this website here: http://www.dudjom-on-smoking.org/index_eng.php & can be copy & pasted with source onto this blog, i’m not sure what or how i can add to it?

3 hours ago

Sharon Ong: Pastor D, LOL!

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Tsem Rinpoche: Pastor Moh Mei, maybe you should just worship male Buddhas and hang out with just men? It might quicken your severance of attachments?? LOL

3 hours ago

Pastor David Lai: @Sharon – sorry.. Rinpoche accepted it and so it should be alright. Put your hands in the a-yo! hehe

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Pastor Moh Mei: I like this painting of Vajrayogini. It makes me think of Vajrayogini looking down on Kechara Forest Retreat.

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Sharon Ong: Pastor D, Do correct me if am wrong……Based on what I have read, in a nutshell, both Dalai Lama and Lama Tsongkhapa were born when Buddhist teachings are on a decline. And with the Dalai Lama, he had to deal with all the political issues and his exile as well. Hence turbulent times.

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Pastor David Lai: Thank you rinpoche…

3 hours ago

Wei Theng: @Edwin, could you pls give the link for the articles with the various form? Not sure why can’t click on your image to see it… :(

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Pastor David Lai: @Edwin – Nice – What you posted of the colorful Vy are actually the entourage of Vajrayogini. Nice right…

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Sharon Ong: Thank you, Rinpoche for accepting my answer. Thank you for such a wonderful priviledge to participate and learn the Dharma from Rinpoche through this session. Hope that Rinpoche will have a good rest after this.

3 hours ago

Wei Theng: thank you so much PJA for arranging and posting into blog post. There is so much to learn from the previous quiz post : http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/exciting-information-on-tsongkapa.html

3 hours ago

Edwin Tan: Good night Rinpoche. Do rest well.

3 hours ago

Tat Ming: Thank You Rinpoche. Yes i have learned a lot today. There is more to learn. Thank You pastors and everyone else for your contribution here in this chat! I have enjoyed this chat very much! See everyone again the next time.

3 hours ago

Pastor David Lai: @Sharon – All are alright except 1… Why did you say Tsongkhapa and the Dalai Lama were born during turbulent times?

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Wei Theng: Thank you Rinpoche for your teachings. Good nite Rinpoche.

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Tsem Rinpoche: Sharon, your ten points are very good. I accept the similarities you listed between Dalai Lama and Tsongakapa….:)

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julia tan: Thank you Rinpoche.

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Wylfred Ng: Dear Rinpoche I will find out the different form of Lama Tsongkhapa later. Thank you Rinpoche for the teaching today.

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Tsem Rinpoche: Tat Ming,,,,nice to see you here with Jacinta, wansan and all….very nice…to see Sharon and choong and all..

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Pastor Jean Ai: @Michael C: what is “kLu”?

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Sharon Ong: Ok thank you, Pastor David. Am sorry for requesting such of Rinpoche. My sincere apologies, Rinpoche.

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Jacinta Goh: Good Night Rinpoche…. Thank you so much …Thanks others and have a good day!

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Tsem Rinpoche: Michael C, it would be nice if you collect all this on tobacco and write it out well with our commentary and I will post on my blog for the benefit of all..no rush.

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wansan: Thank You Rinpoche for being here in blog chat spreading much information on Tsongkhapa. Many to read and learn up. _/\_ Goodnight Rinpoche

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Tat Ming: Thank You very much Rinpoche for kindly sharing the teachings on the Incomparable Lama Tsongkhapa. Please rest well and take good care. Good Night Rinpoche!

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Pastor David Lai: @Sharon – I will check yours… Rinpoche needs to rest

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Edwin Tan: I will Rinpoche. If I may request… Please do on weekends though… weekdays are filled with work and meetings… hehehe…

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Tsem Rinpoche: Michael C, that was excellent what you posted by Lord Padmasambhava the thunderbolt holder. Very nice sharing….I wish you can write articles for Dharma and I can post on my blog to benefit others.

3 hours ago

sweekeong: Thank you Rinpoche for giving the quizzes and everyone who participated it.

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Michael C.: (pt 2) about Tobacco –

“… The smoke of this poison, penetrating the earth, will annihilate hundreds of thousands of cities of the kLu. Rain will not fall, harvest and livestock will not thrive, there will be civil unrest, plagues, and calamities. The poison’s smoke rising into the sky will destroy celestial dimensions; untimely eclipses and comets will appear. The essential fluids and veins of those who smoke will dehydrate. It causes the four hundred and four diseases to arise. Whoever smokes will be reborn in the lower realms. If one smokes and others inhale the odour, it will be as if one were ripping out the hearts of six million beings.”

from: Tobacco: ‘the guide that leads the blind on a false path which ends in a precipice’ by H.H. Düd’jom Rinpoche (click blue text to go to link)

3 hours ago

julia tan: 1.water to drink 2. water to wash 3. flower 4. incense 5. light 6. perfume 7. food 8. sound

3 hours ago

Sharon Ong: Rinpoche, would like to respectfully request for Rinpoche to check if my 10 similiarities between Dalai Lama and Lama Tsongkhapa are correct. Sharon Ong, name me 10 similarities between Dalai Lama and Tsongkhapa.=> 1. Both are Gelug lamas 2. Je Tsongkhapa and the Dalai Lama wear the yellow hat. 3. Dalai Lama based many of his teachings from Indian masters just like Tsongkhapa 4. Dalai Lama taught mind training teachings 5. Both Dalai Lama and Tsongkhapa are emanations of Chenrezig but Lama Tsongkhapa also has Manjushri and Vajrapani 6. Both display extraordinary humililty. They are no ordinary lamas but yet claim that they are just simple monks and do not show any of their powess or power 7. Dalai Lama and Lama Tsongkhapa were both born during turbulent times in Tibetan Buddhism. 8. Dalai Lama and Tsongkhapa were both revered as the top spiritual leaders during their life times. 9. Both are fully Enlightened Beings 10. Both Dalai Lama and Lama Tsongkhapa were born in Amdo.

3 hours ago

Choongs: Thank you Rinpoche and good night.

3 hours ago

Edwin Tan: I also found these other forms on Rinpoche’s website

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Pastor Moh Mei: Thank you Rinpoche

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Pastor Moh Mei: Ya, I know Rinpoche. (Pastor Moh Mei, what you wrote is excellent. You know a lot about the disbenefits…very good. you must apply and save yourself from so much sufferings… )

3 hours ago

Tsem Rinpoche: yes, I am here specifically to promote knowledge…it is a lot of work and tiring..my shoulders in lots of pain now, but it is worth it if your knowledge grows and your practice improves…Thanks everyone…nice to see you here and Nice thangka of Tsongkapa below….Good nite all…..

3 hours ago

Pastor Jean Ai: @Rinpoche: I will copy and paste the answers out of this chat for blogging…and this time, I won’t take four days to do it >.<

3 hours ago

Michael C.: (pt. 1) In the gTérma of Chögyal Ratna Lingpa it is stated:

‘Padmasambhava bound the Nine Demonic Brothers under oath, but they were breakers of samaya, and the youngest of them found a way to undermine their commitment to protect beings. He told his kindred: “Brothers, do not despair, listen to me. I shall manifest myself in the country of China as tobacco; the name of this toxin will be ‘the black poison’. It will grow in the border lands, from whence it will spread to Tibet. The people of Tibet will consume this enjoyable substance. By the strength of this, the five neurotic poisons will increase. Rejecting the ten positive actions, people will practise the ten negative ones. The lives of the lineage holders will become precarious, and they will depart for the Buddha Fields…”

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Wei Theng: Thanks Pastor SP. This is so blessed to see it : Huge Lama Tsongkhapa thangka in umbum Monastery, the monastery with the tree which arose from lama Tsongkhapa’s umbilical chord

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Pastor JayJae《♡上宗喀巴大师》: Thank you Rinpoche and all Pastors and team in USA. gotta leave now to prep for another meeting. Will come back and scroll down to read and learn what I’ve missed from today’s chat :)

3 hours ago

Tsem Rinpoche: Edwin, you’ve been saying you have to study more since I met you over ten years ago….But at least you are reading the blog and gaining some knowledge…you must join on blog chats..it’s a good challenge for you. Get your skinny sister to join too next time..she is just a big scholar like you…..LOL..hehahahahahahahahahahahah

3 hours ago

Josh Akers: Thank you for being online with us, Being in your presence is a reward in itself, Rinpoche.

3 hours ago

Wei Theng: @edwin, we learn together. I found it from VS.com http://vajrasecrets.com/vajrayogini-maitri-kacho-thangka.html :)

3 hours ago

Edwin Tan: Thank you, Wei Theng and Pastor Jean Ai. I need more study on Vajrayogini.

3 hours ago

Tsem Rinpoche: Correction: Michael C, that was a wonderful sharing about lying and very personal. I understand. We have some ppl who do this daily and create so much disharmony and disruptions and they still want to be accepted and not have repercussions and when others lie, they are indignant…LOL……Thanks for your sharing and no, you are not malicious. You are nice guy. Thanks.

3 hours ago

Joy: Joy, you should never smoke in your guru’s house and property… It is the same as peeing or pooing indiscriminately around the house..in fact smoke is very harmful. If you love smoke, then you should offer incense. Smoking in guru’s premises, house and temple is very disrespectful..you have been around for 12 years and more senior than most and you know this. How to be a nun???? —- Yes Rinpoche

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Sharon Ong:

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Sharon Ong: Flying Vajrayogini is this one. http://vajrasecrets.com/prints/canvas-prints/flying-vajrayogini-thangka.html

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Tsem Rinpoche: Joy, you should never smoke in your guru’s house and property… It is the same as peeing or pooing indiscriminately around the house..in fact smoke is very harmful. If you love smoke, then you should offer incense. Smoking in guru’s premises, house and temple is very disrespectful..you have been around for 12 years and more senior than most and you know this. How to be a nun????

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Pastor Jean Ai:

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Wei Theng: one leg up. Vajrayogini (Maitri Kacho)

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Josh Akers: It wont be that tough if I actually study. :)

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Edwin Tan: is this the 6th form? looking straight at you…

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Wei Theng: @edwin, flying VY is two legs up.

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Joy: 1. Not quitting smoking 2. not deceiving others 3. not doing my work well 4. not carrying out instructions fully 5. not listening to others views 6. creating disharmonious environment 7. disrespecting my lama, dharma brother and sisters by doing the above

3 hours ago

Tsem Rinpoche: Josh Akers, very good. Study and join here always even if it’s tough for you, but you gotta start somewhere..

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Pastor Jean Ai: @Joy: aiyer. Rinpoche takes the time to write such a long post to you, and your response is very short. Expand a little bit lah.

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Tsem Rinpoche: Pastor Moh Mei, what you wrote is excellent. You know a lot about the disbenefits…very good. you must apply and save yourself from so much sufferings…

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Josh Akers: I will study everything Tsongkhapa in the mean time, with my worst enemy… DILIGENCE

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Pastor David Lai: @Edwin – One leg is up in the air and another on the ground

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Pastor Jean Ai: @Edwin: nope. One leg standing, one leg up

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Edwin Tan: isn’t that the flying Vy, Pastor David?

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Tsem Rinpoche: Michael C, that was a wondering sharing about lying and very personal. I understand. We have some ppl who do this daily and create so much disharmony and disruptions….Thanks for your sharing and no, you are not malicious. You are nice guy. Thanks.

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Pastor David Lai: @Edwin – Got one one leg up vajrayogini

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Pastor Moh Mei: Dear Pastor Moh Mei, is there any benefit to chase and live only for sex? Why or why not and don’t answer in perfunctory manner, but think deeply … Sexual activities itself is not necessary the problem but the desire for sex. There is no benefits to chasing and living only for sex because 1. it will never satisfy 2. it will lead to suffering for oneself and the person we have sex with 3. it takes up our time and resources 4. it leads to offspring 5. every relationship will ultimately end with death But the worst thing about sex is that it keeps us in this cycle of samsara so to speak. We have sex, we breed offspring, our children have sex, they breed offspring and the cycle continues but to what end. Then we reincarnate and either in human or animal realm we do the same thing over and over again and it’s just endless suffering brought on by sex.

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Josh Akers: Thank you Rinpoche. This was very enlightening, hehe. In many ways.

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Joy: Yes Rinpoche

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Edwin Tan: Researching on the 6th form…

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Tsem Rinpoche: Joy, you should never smoke in your guru’s house and property… It is the same as peeing or pooing indiscriminately around the house..in fact smoke is very harmful. If you love smoke, then you should offer incense. Smoking in guru’s premises, house and temple is very disrespectful..you have been around for 12 years and more senior than most and you know this. How to be a nun????

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Pastor Jean Ai: We can read up and study the 50 stanzas of guru devotion here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/brief-commentary-on-50-verses-of-guru-devotion.html and here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/complete-commentary-on-50-verses-of-guru-devotion.html

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Michael C.: (sorry, hope this isn’t wrong speech… i don’t have malicious intent) My brother is a chronic liar. The conclusions i can come up with are it’s an ingrained habitual tendency, he isn’t aware of his emotions and is overcome by them. My dad has a habit towards anger & this causes fright in others so the immediate solution is to just lie to avoid my dad from getting angry. But what he doesn’t realize is my dad can see right through the lie or finds our eventually so the lie helped maybe for 5 minutes but then made it worse. What are some justifications for lying? – they won’t find out, i can’t bear their reaction, i will somehow benefit, i don’t understand karma. don’t rationalize yourself off a cliff – i like to fly and birds fly therefore i am a bird. no!

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Pastor Jean Ai: @Pastor Seng Piow, your pictures are turning up as squares with Chinese writing inside

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Pastor JayJae《♡上宗喀巴大师》: @Edwin: Nice and blessed pictures!

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Pastor Seng Piow: Prostrating to Lama Tsongkhapa in YongHeGong:

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Edwin Tan:

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Tsem Rinpoche: Joy, name 7 on one post and not one at a time..

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Tsem Rinpoche: Josh, glad to see you are still at it….very good. You did your best here with most everyone else. I am proud of you. I was glad to see Michael C, Amy and Bradley too. We will do this again. For now you and everyone should read up all that has been posted and learn up. Lots of knowledge here, we will conclude here for tonight……

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Joy: Not quitting smoking

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Pastor Jean Ai: “Who and when shall we study this text and why? answer this after you have posted all fifty please.” – everyone should study the 50 stanzas of guru devotion, and we should do this everyday. The reason why we should study this closely is because the lama is the source of all of our attainments. The teacher is the one who kindly elucidates the dharma to us, and gives us access to the teachings and encourages our understanding and practice, and training. Since we did not have the merits to learn directly from Shakyamuni, our teachers bring Shakyamuni’s teachings to us. To understand how to properly respect our teacher, is to understand how to properly respect the dharma that he gives.

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Sharon Ong: Sharon Ong, name me 10 similarities between Dalai Lama and Tsongkhapa.=> 1. Both are Gelug lamas 2. Je Tsongkhapa and the Dalai Lama wear the yellow hat. 3. Dalai Lama based many of his teachings from Indian masters just like Tsongkhapa 4. Dalai Lama taught mind training teachings 5. Both Dalai Lama and Tsongkhapa are emanations of Chenrezig but Lama Tsongkhapa also has Manjushri and Vajrapani 6. Both display extraordinary humililty. They are no ordinary lamas but yet claim that they are just simple monks and do not show any of their powess or power 7. Dalai Lama and Lama Tsongkhapa were both born during turbulent times in Tibetan Buddhism. 8. Dalai Lama and Tsongkhapa were both revered as the top spiritual leaders during their life times. 9. Both are fully Enlightened Beings 10. Both Dalai Lama and Lama Tsongkhapa were born in Amdo.

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Tsem Rinpoche: Very nice jj.

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Josh Akers: How many monks in each monastery? ((1.)) Sera is a monastery of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, and one of Lhasa’s largest. It was founded in 1419 and in the past housed as many as 5000 monks at a time. 2.Ganden traditionally had a smaller population with some 6,000 monks in the early 20th century (although Waddell reports an estimate of about 3,300 in the 1890s and there were, apparently only 2,000 in 1959.[3][4] At this time there are about 170 monks. ((3)). Drepung is the largest of all Tibetan monasteries and is located on the Gambo Utse mountain, five kilometers from the western suburb of Lhasa. ((3.))Freddie Spencer Chapman reported, after his 1936-37 trip to Tibet, that Drepung was at that time the largest monastery in the world, and housed 7,700 monks, “but sometimes as many as 10,000 monks.”

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Joy: Dear Rinpoche, it is a self deception of choosing to take the easy way out.

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Pastor JayJae《♡上宗喀巴大师》: Also to add onto what Wansan and P Jean Ai explained about filling statues, the Buddha gave a discourse to Venerable Ananda who was always gazing in the beautiful body of Buddha. The Buddha said ” Those who sees the Dharma sees me” Hence, by filling up the statues with mantras and scriptures, they are filled with he holy teachings of the Buddha which we wish to achieve realization to. When we make offerings to the Buddha statue, we make offerings to the Dharma too.

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Tsem Rinpoche: Joy, name all the times you lied in the last 7 days here ….

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Edwin Tan:

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Tsem Rinpoche: ok…Edwin, post 6 forms of Vajra Yogini which is one of Tsongkapa’s yidam…post pix

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Pastor Seng Piow: Lama Tsongkhapa statue in Beijing’s YongHeGong, even the emperors of China prayed to Lama Tsongkhapa

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Edwin Tan: I did Rinpoche. Will repost them again.http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/RinpocheCT/45300.jpg

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Cliff: @joy endless promises that carry no value

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Tsem Rinpoche: joy, you always say you will stop, but you don’t..why?

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Pastor Jean Ai: @Joy: please don’t make that sentence another lie through your actions…

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Joy: Dear Rinpoche, yes I know I have been lying but I will stop.

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Tsem Rinpoche: Joy, you say you don’t want to but you have been doing it for 12 years with me. In fact you lied today?

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Tsem Rinpoche: Joy, you say you don’t want to but you have been doing it for 12 years with me. In fact you lied today?

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Tsem Rinpoche: Edwin. all you have to do is post pics..what happened?

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Pastor Jean Ai: @Amy: I’ll buzz you next time we have a chat session so you can set time aside for it :) in the meantime, plenty to read on Rinpoche’s blog!

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Tsem Rinpoche: Choong, very good.

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Tsem Rinpoche: Joy, you say you don’t want to but you have been doing it for 12 years with me. In fact you lied today?

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Choongs: Gaden had 7,000 monks, Sera 5,000, Drepung 15,000 prior to 1959

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Tsem Rinpoche: Michael..glad you are reading..we are nearly finished..heeh

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Joy: Dear Rinpoche, No I do not want to and wish to give those feeling to people around me and I will work hard towards averting my bad habits.

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Tsem Rinpoche: Very good tat ming…

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Michael C.: oh my gosh finally caught up on reading everybody’s messages and back to the top. i’m a slow reader, lots of people typing fast, or both.

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Edwin Tan: Thank you Pastor David, noted on the 7 forms.

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Pastor Seng Piow: amy black, am glad you have learned a lot here, do come back again and join us, Rinpoche is very generous is giving a lot of precious Dharma knowledge here, good night

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Tsem Rinpoche: Joy, why do you want to give those feelings to people around you?

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Tat Ming: Drepung – Prior to the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1959 the monastery housed around 15000 monks, Sera Monastery – Prior to the Chinese invasion Sera housed 5,000 monks Ganden – prior to the Chinese invasion, Ganden housed around 6000 monks. Source: http://www.travelsinasia.com/Tibet/Drepungseraganden.html

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Tsem Rinpoche: Dear everyone, please finish up your questions..it’s 10:30Pm and I want to finish in ten minutes time..thanks…

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Joy: 8 feelings you give ppl around lying: 1. Aversion 2. Disrespect 3. Frustration 4. Suspicions 5. Reservations 6. Doubts 7. Wariness 8. Fears in working with the person

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amy black: thank you for this amazing educational and enlightening blessing! i am very sorry but it is 1:30am here and i must get enough sleep before a long day of work tomorrow. i would be very honored to attend another chat, this was super informative and intriguing, perhaps someday i will have answers like the rest of you :) THANK YOU RINPOCHE and special thank you PASTOR JEAN your subtle true compassion and unconditional love shines thru All :) _/|\_

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Pastor JayJae《♡上宗喀巴大师》: @P David & PSP: ah, I understand now the 7 forms

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julia tan: Pastor Jean Ai.. coming..

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Tsem Rinpoche: Dear Joshua, very good. But specifically how many in each please?

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Pastor David Lai: @PJJ – should it be 7 forms of Je Tsongkhapa – 5 visions of Kedrup Je, Je Tse Zinma Long life form and finally the Lama Tubwang Dorje Chang (Je Tsongkhapa with Shakyamuni and Vajradhara in the heart)

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sweekeong: Can one become enlightened without entering tantra? Why or why not? => Yes, one can become enlightened without tantra. The sutric path is the most common form of gaining enlightenment. The teachings of tantra is very rare and only taught by Buddha Shakyamuni and Vajrapani. The common way of enlightenment by sutric path is taking 3 countless great aeons as compare to the tantric path which takes only a few human life time.

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Edwin Tan: Sorry Rinpoche. Was called away for a while

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Josh Akers: prior to 1959..how many monks in Gaden, Sera and Drepung? After the Tibetan Uprising of March 10th, 1959, word reached Gaden that the Dalai Lama had left Tibet. Geshe-la and a group of six other monks left the monastery after evening prayers and made their way to india across the Himalayas; members of a mass exodus fleeing the oppression of the Chinese Communist occupation. Geshe-la was one of the few senior monks who managed to escape out of the twenty thousand monks that had lived at Gaden, Sera and Drepung, Tibet’s three largest monasteries.

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Pastor Seng Piow: here is another form of Tsongkhapa

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Tsem Rinpoche: Dear Pastor Moh Mei, is there any benefit to chase and live only for sex? Why or why not and don’t answer in perfunctory manner, but think deeply …

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Tsem Rinpoche: Joy, when you lie, what do you do to the people around you? Name 8 points.

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Pastor Moh Mei: Dear Pastor Moh Mei, what keeps us our strong desire for sex? What keeps the attachment alive and what feeds it? Our continual actions to feed that desire, meaning every act of sex feeds into that desire to have more but because human being will never be ultimately satisfied through sexual activities so we create this delusion and we keep chasing.

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Pastor Jean Ai: @Julia: it starts with water, etc…the mirror, musical instrument, etc are additional to the main eight. The main eight are on our altars :)

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Pastor JayJae《♡上宗喀巴大师》: @Julia: there are 8 sensory offerings to lama Tsongkhapa: Water for drinking, water for bathing the feet, flowers, incense, lights, perfume and music.

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Tsem Rinpoche: ok..Sharon, acceptable so far..heheeh

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Sharon Ong: Sharon Ong, name me 10 similarities between Dalai Lama and Tsongkapa.=> 1. Both are Gelug lamas 2. Je Tsongkhapa and the Dalai Lama wears the yellow hat. 3. Dalai Lama based many of his teachings from Indian masters just like Tsongkhapa 4. Dalai Lama taught mind training teachings 5. Both Dalai Lama and Tsongkhapa are emanations of Chenrezig but Lama Tsongkhapa also has Manjushri and Vajrapani ** Still researching for the remaining similiarities, Rinpoche.

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Pastor Seng Piow: PJJ, just now Rinpoche hinted there are less than 10 forms of Tsongkhapa

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Tsem Rinpoche: Edwin,……omg??? what happened ?? you ‘ve reduced me to asking you questions you can only answer by pictures???

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Pastor Jean Ai: @Julia, there are eight sensory offerings…you have posted five

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Pastor JayJae《♡上宗喀巴大师》: @Edwin: very beautiful statue of Lama Je Tse Zin ma

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Tsem Rinpoche: Julia, what you wrote is incomplete.

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Edwin Tan: long life Tsongkapa.

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Pastor JayJae《♡上宗喀巴大师》: Wylfred: there are about 108 different forms of Lama Tsongkhapa which exists within the Gaden system. Each form has its own special qualities, practice and meditations in order to achieve specific needs of sentient beings.

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Pastor Jean Ai: @Edwin: no problem. Now you gotta post the pic of Long Life Tsongkhapa, right?

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julia tan: what are sensory offerings to Tsongkapa and benefits? 1. a mirror (to see); 2. a musical instrument (to hear); 3. incense or perfume (to smell); 4. some fruit (to taste) and 5. a silken scarf (to touch). These are basically how we create the feelings that we experience from our body. That means these are the senses that human body have that could lead us to enlightenment in human realm which other realm enable to. We can offer these at the altar or via visualizing to the Buddha to generate merits at the same time create the courses for us to not to attach to all there senses. We very attach to our senses. every bad karma created through this senses. Hence when we enjoy something through our senses we offer up to the Buddha to wish that we can cut off our attachment.

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Tsem Rinpoche: Joshua Akers, glad you are still here, we will finish soon…..very soon. My fingers are gnarly from typing so much..lol….question: prior to 1959..how many monks in Gaden, Sera and Drepung?

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Pastor Seng Piow: Wylfred, those 9 Tsongkhapa pics are still the same Tsongkhapa form, just different hand gestures on some, so those are not considered different forms of Tsongkhapa

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Tsem Rinpoche: Dear Pastor Moh Mei, what keeps us our strong desire for sex? What keeps the attachment alive and what feeds it?

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Pastor Jean Ai: To add to Wan San’s answer about filling statues, we fill statues so that (1) when we make offerings and prostrations to the statues, we are also doing the same to all of the holy and sacred items contained within like relics, mantras, etc. Thus the merits are multiplied immensely (2) it makes them more than pieces of metal and wood, and they can become objects of veneration (3) when we don’t fill statues, other beings can come and reside in them. There are also pujas to bless and consecrate statues like soongdrup and rabney

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Choongs: @amy black, deja vu and memory explained here: www.psychologytoday.com/blog/ulterior-motives/201001/what-is-d-j-vu

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Joy: Definitely not Rinpoche. One cannot be a nun if one lies.

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Josh Akers: Good night Patricia. I could’ve easily gotten just as easy questions and failed. You are not alone.

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patriciasnodgrass1958: I will David. I will NOT be so easily defeated next time, hahaha

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Pastor JayJae《♡上宗喀巴大师》: Good night Pat, see u on our next blog chat :)

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Pastor David Lai: Good night Pat… happy you joined us. Come again

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Pastor JayJae《♡上宗喀巴大师》: @Patricia, the high lamas of Tibet had said that the highest purpose in a spiritual human life is to be able to teach the Dharma. This surpasses all others. If your Lama has asked u to do so, u should be delighted and go all the way.

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Tsem Rinpoche: Joy, how can you be a nun, if you lie?

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patriciasnodgrass1958: thank you again rinpoche for your kindness. It was a fun quiz. I will do better next time.

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Edwin Tan: Thank you Pastor JA and Pastor MM

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Joy: Dear Rinpoche, I lie to get away with something or sometimes it is to deceive by not being able to fulfil something or a promise. No nuns to be should not lie. Why because nuns are suppose to embody the Dharma and to benefit others. If nun lies, how can people trust to go to them for help? It defeats the purpose of becoming a nun.

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Tsem Rinpoche: Good nite patricia. check your mind and all you have said tomorrow. Do sleep. it is so important. we weill learn the dharma here and continue.

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Edwin Tan:

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patriciasnodgrass1958: Thank you rinpoche

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Pastor JayJae《♡上宗喀巴大师》: Dear Rinpoche, the 10 benefits of being a monk: 1) we secure a chance of liberation from Samsara 2) we become merit fields for men and god to accumulate merits. 3) He is free from the chains of worldly affairs 4) he is set onto the path of liberation praised by the Aryas 5) He develops the foundation of meditative concentration by due merits of holding the vows of a monk. 6) He is set on the ripening path of Arahatship, 7) he is bestowed with the freedom to engage in the Dharma practices to purify and transform greed, hatred and delusion the 3 poisons 8) he brings hope and life both spiritually by giving the Dharma to people 9)he brings hope and physical comfort for the sick and needy by serving the suffering. 10) He sets the path/foundation to attained Bodhisattvahood/Buddhahood.

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Pastor Jean Ai: @Patricia: if you have received an instruction from your lama to teach, then you should find a way to gain the knowledge to teach. Not push the responsibility of giving up onto someone else

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Pastor Niral: People should make pilgrimage to Tsongkhapa’s Stupa and Gaden monastery because going on pilgrimage with a good motivation plants powerful seeds in one’s mindstream that will ripen in the future and propel you towards enlightenment. Since Gaden was founded by Tsongkhapa, you recieve the blessings of Manjushri, Chenresig and Vajrapani while making a connection with Maitreya Buddha. If we haven’t achieved enlightenment by the time Maitreya descends on earth, we will have created the merits of receiving teachings from directly. Gaden is also the monastery where countless great masters have become attained, so the area is imbued with their enlightened energies.

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patriciasnodgrass1958: Yes David, I meant no disrespect. I wholeheartedly agree with Rinpoche. I am NOT able to teach just yet. And of course I will study. Hard.

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Tsem Rinpoche: Patricia, what is asked here is not specific to Gelug and don’t make excuses for yourself and don’t justify. Be humble and learn and that is why you all of us is here. I am expending tremendous energy to be here and patiently ask you and everyone questions.

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patriciasnodgrass1958: It’s 12:30 pm I absolutely must go to bed now as I get up at 5 am. Thanks for an enlightening chat.

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Pastor Moh Mei: Pastor Moh Mei, what is the repercussions of over focus on sex and copulation? ANSWER: Over focus on sex and copulation will bring about deception, anger and disappointment. It causes us to waste our precious human life away because everything we do it is to get sex and nothing beneficial to ourselves or others. In short it will only bring suffering. All of us have manifested as the result of sex and copulation. We spend our lives pursuing the desire to have sexual union with others. After death, while in bardo, we will still be attracted to the sexual union between a male and female. If we have been very sexually obsessed in our previous life, it means that we have been accumulating the causes for animalistic behaviour and it is highly likely that we are reborn as animals. From copulation comes a false sense of security. We think that this relationship will last forever. But it doesn’t. All relationships will end.

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Pastor David Lai: @Patricia – You should not say that! You should fold your hands and say thank you. And say you will learn up more.

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Pastor Jean Ai: @Edwin yes but without all the extra stuff you posted…just the http:// part, ending with .jpg is good enough

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Tsem Rinpoche: Dear Pastor Moh Mei, I am re-asking the questions again to you..sigh: What are the karmic repercussions of too much focus or engaging in copulation and why?

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Wylfred Ng: I have found 9 Lama Tsongkhapa form

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patriciasnodgrass1958: I am not familiar with gelug teachings. And you are right I must NOT teach for quite some time. Thank YOU for agreeing with me.

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Pastor Moh Mei: Right click on an image “Copy image URL” Copy and paste the URL eg “http://dharmacowgirl.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/jokhang-lhasa-buddha-by-jowo-sakyamuni.jpg”. To post multiple images just have a space between the image URL. The URL typically ends with .jpg

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Wei Theng: ic. thanks Pastor David

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Tsem Rinpoche: I have blog posts talking about most things I ask here. Patricia, I don’t think you can teach for another many years at this point..you must read up more as you are not stupid for sure.

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patriciasnodgrass1958: The duh is for me.

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patriciasnodgrass1958: Duh I knew that.

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Choongs: @amy black, imprints or tendencies remain with us, not memory. As for deja vu, I remember reading about that recently, I’ll try to find.

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patriciasnodgrass1958: thank you

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Tsem Rinpoche: Patricia, scroll down to Wansan’s post…very easy.

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Pastor Jean Ai: @Edwin: you can post images by right clicking on the image you want to post, clicking on ‘Copy Image Location’ then coming here to the blog and pasting what you just copied. The image should appear on the right side of your text

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patriciasnodgrass1958: I can’t find it. My best guess is that Tsongkhapa is filled with Migtsema mantras

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Tsem Rinpoche: Pastor Niral? Are you there or in the other room with Moh Mei reading delicious stories again? Question for you: Why should ppl make a pilgrimage to Tsongkapa’s stupa and Gaden?

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Pastor Jean Ai: “Why is it extremely beneficial to practice Tsongkapa’s mediation in today’s world?” Tsongkhapa’s meditation is beneficial in today’s world because Tsongkhapa’s practice helps to stablise the mind and calm depressions, stress, jealousy, low self-esteem. His practice is also all-encompassing, as Tsongkhapa is an emanation of Manjushri (wisdom), Chenrezig (compassion) and Vajrapani (action). For “busy” people, the practice is perfect because Tsongkhapa’s practice is also very short, and does not require any commitments or tantric initiations. For people who wish to receive higher attainments, Tsongkhapa as an emanation of the three Buddhas represents the qualities we need to develop in order to become enlightened.

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wansan: What do we put inside a Tsongkapa statue? Be specific and clear? One can fill our statues with blessed items, pieces of monk robes, mantras (representing Buddha’s enlightened speech), items from our spiritual guide, wealth vases, sacred relics, smaller images of Buddhas

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Pastor Moh Mei: @WT, This is the Jowo Sakyamuni statue in Jokhang (Pastor Seng Piow and Choongs posted eralier)

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sweekeong: What do we put inside a Tsongkapa statue? Be specific and clear? => Holy items such as relic, ashes from cremation of holy beings, holy pills, mantras roll, incense, prayer text, and Buddha images.

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Tsem Rinpoche: Edwin, post the forms of Tsongapa please..fast. Post all five please…

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Tsem Rinpoche: can someone help Edwin to explain how to post images so even the very minor questions I don’t have to answer please???????

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Pastor Seng Piow: Wei Then, that is a Lama Tsongkhapa statue, Tsongkhapa didnt and wouldn’t make offering to his own image lo

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Pastor David Lai: Manjunatha is Sanskrit for Jamgon (Tibetan) or ‘One with Manjushri’. It is never mentioned on its own.

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Tsem Rinpoche: Joy, tell me why you lie and should nuns to be lie and should nuns lie? Why or why not?

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Pastor Seng Piow: Wei Theng, I dont understand your question

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Pastor David Lai: Wei Theng – That is a statue of Je Tsongkhapa who was consecrated and said that he looks like me…

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Edwin Tan: Dear Rinpoche, the forms I know of are the 5 visions of Tsongkapa, and the Long Life Tsongkapa. How do I post images here?

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patriciasnodgrass1958: It would be filled with mantras, but I am unsure if it is the migtsema mantra or the short mantra. I can’t find a reference. I’ll keep looking.

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Joy: The bad consequences of lying to the one who performs the deed are being subject to abusive speech and vilification, untrustworthiness, and physical unpleasantness. Some of the disadvantages of bad kamma are birth in unfortunate circumstances, not having opportunity to live according to the Dhamma and unhappiness.

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amy black: if memory does not reincarnate, what explains feelings of “deja vu” or dealing with past life karmic issues?

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Edwin Tan: Tsongka in East Tibet, Pstor SP. hence his name

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Tsem Rinpoche: Dear Choong, very good.

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Wei Theng: May I know if this is the holy statue Manjunatha that Lama Tsongkhapa made offering to? http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/i-visited-the-holy-jokhang-temple-lhasa-2008.html

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Choongs: PJA, agreed, memory does not reincarnate, otherwise I would memorise my Facebook account access. lol

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Pastor David Lai: Bye bye Bradley… Come again soon…

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Wylfred Ng: Ic. I only answered 2 forms of Lama Tsongkhapa

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Bradley Kassian: you’re welcome pastor jean ^^

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Pastor Jean Ai: Bye Bradley…and by the way, you just donated again? Thank you!

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Tsem Rinpoche: Julia’s answer is very good..all should read it. Next question Julia, what are sensory offerings to Tsongkapa and benefits?

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Bradley Kassian: Alright love to stay and chat more but must bow out. Got work early morning and i must be up at 430am good night all

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Tsem Rinpoche: Edwin, next question: How many forms of Tsongakpa is there and post the pictures here..Hint: less than ten.

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julia tan: The 10 benefits of being a monk: 1. being able to focus and practice pure dharma in a proper community. 2. By holding vows it purify the karma and gain merits to gain attainment. 3. Cut away the 8 worldly concern. 4. By holding monks vows one being able to benefits others with His powerful blessings. 5. Protect himself from spirits. 6. Bring lots of blessings and protect the family especially the parents. 7. Being able to prevent or stop yourself from negative karma. 8. gaining respect from the people so that when you talk Dharma they will listen. 9. setting a good example to the public so that to inspire others to do the same. 10. Being able to indulge into teachings and practice fully that lead to enlightenment.

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Pastor Seng Piow: Edwin, Lama Tsongkhapa is born in which region? the specific area

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Edwin Tan: researching on if there are any standing images of Lord Tsongkapa… but I don’t think so la.. if have… Rinpoche would have it in our KP outlets :D

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Tsem Rinpoche: Edwin, you are not sure what nationality Tsongkapa is????

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Pastor Jean Ai: @Choong: yes but it doesn’t mean you will hold the vows in your next life, just because you’ve received them in this one. Surely you must retake them

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Sharon Ong: Who and when shall we study this text and why? answer this after you have posted all fifty please.=> Everyone should study these 50 verses. We should study this everyday this to understand and practice Guru Devotion well.

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Pastor Seng Piow: Typical Gelug altar: middle: Lama Tsongkhapa, left of Tsongkhapa is Tara, right of Tsongkhapa is Shakyamuni, this is the setup in Tsem Buddhist Society in Singapore, more than 10 years ago

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Edwin Tan: Lord Tsongkapa’s nationality Tibetan… no? hehe…

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Choongs: PJA: There’s a difference between receiving one’s vows and holding one’s vows. If you hold the vows, I don’t think you will be reborn a frog.

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Tsem Rinpoche: Hey everyone, there are a few questions below you still didn’t answer yet?

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Edwin Tan: hehe.. I am still dumb and learning… cos all my altars are so modern and different :P

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Tsem Rinpoche: Patricia, question…What do we put inside a Tsongkapa statue? Be specific and clear?

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Sharon Ong: 48. After a disciple has taken refuge in the Triple Gem and developed a pure (Enlightened) motive, he should be given this (text) to take to his heart (how to abandon his own arrogant self-will and) follow in his Guru’s footsteps (along the Graded Path to Enlightenment). 49. (By studying the prerequisite trainings of Guru-devotion and the Graded Path, common to both the Sutra and Tantra,) you will become a (suitable) vessel (to hold) the pure Dharma. You may then be given such teachings as Tantra. (After receiving the proper initiations,) recite out loud the fourteen root vows and take them sincerely to your heart. 50. As I have not made the mistake (of adding my personal interpretation) when writing this work, may this be of infinite benefit to all disciples who would follow their Guru. By the limitless merit I have gathered in this way, may all sentient beings quickly attain Buddhahood.

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patriciasnodgrass1958: What statues should be on a typical gelug altar and what positions? Left Lama Tsongkhapa Middle, Shakymuni Buddha Right, Tara

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Tsem Rinpoche: Sharon Ong. very good. Who and when shall we study this text and why? answer this after you have posted all fifty please.

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Sharon Ong: 44. Be diligent in all your actions, (alert and) mindful never to forget (your word of honour). If fellow disciples transgress (what is proper) in their behaviour, correct each other in a friendly manner. 45. If because of sickness you are physically (unable) to bow to your Guru and must do what normally would be prohibited, even without (his explicit) permission, there will be no unfortunate consequences if you have a virtuous mind. 46. What need is there to say much more. Do whatever pleases your Guru and avoid doing anything he would not like. Be diligent in both of these. 47. “Powerful attainments follow from (doing what) your Guru (likes).” This has been said by (the Buddha) Vajradhara himself. Knowing this, try to please your Guru fully with all the actions (of your body, speech and mind).

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Sharon Ong: 40. If you are (requested) to perform a consecration, (an initiation into) a mandala, a fire puja or to gather disciples and deliver a discourse, you may not do so if your Guru resides in that area, unless you receive his prior permission. 41. Whatever offerings you receive from performing such rites as (the consecration known as) “Opening the Eyes”, you should present all these to your Guru. Once he has taken a token portion, you may use the rest for whatever you like. 42. In the presence of his Guru, a disciple should not act (as a Guru) to his own disciples and they should not act towards him as their Guru. Therefore (before your own Guru), stop (your disciples) from showing you respect such as rising (when you come) and making prostrations. 43. Whenever you make an offering to your Guru, or whenever your Guru presents you with something, a disciple with sense will (present and) receive this, using both hands and with his head slightly bent.

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Tsem Rinpoche: Edwin, another question for you…are there any standing Tsongkapa statues? Why or why not??

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Sharon Ong: Yes, Rinpoche….working on the 50 and will go onto the next one.

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Tsem Rinpoche: Very good Sharon..excellent…don’t forget the next question I have posted for you.

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Sharon Ong: 36. After doing (what your Guru has told you), report (what has happened) in polite, gentle words. Should you yawn or cough, (clear your throat or laugh in his presence), cover your mouth with your hand. 37. If you wish to receive a certain teaching, request three times with your palms pressed together, while before him on your (right) knee. (Then at his discourse), sit humbly and with respect, wearing appropriate clothing that is neat (and clean, without ornaments, jewelry or cosmetics). 38. Whatever you do to serve (your Guru) or show him respect, should never be done with an arrogant mind. Instead you should be like a newlywed bride, timid, bashful and very subdued. 39. In the presence of (the Guru) who teaches you (the Path), stop acting in a conceited, coquettish manner. As for boasting to others what you have done (for your Guru), examine (your conscience) and discard all such acts.

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Pastor JayJae《♡上宗喀巴大师》: Dear Rinpoche, I agree with Pastor David on his point that the vows cannot be brought into future lives. Every life that we return into the mortal realm, we need to receive the vows again from a living lineage. Then we reconnect with the vows and practice

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Tsem Rinpoche: Next question for Edwin. What nationality was Tsongkapa lah..omg…is that easy enough for you?

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Sharon Ong: 32. In the direct sight of his Guru, (a disciple) with sense should not (sit) with his body twisted around, nor lean (casually) against pillars and such. Never crack your knuckles, (play with your fingers or clean your nails). 33. When washing (your Guru’s) feet or his body, drying, massaging (or shaving) him, precede such actions with (three) prostrations and at their conclusion do the same. Then attend (to yourself) as much as you like. 34. Should you need to address (your Guru) by his name, add the title “Your Presence” after it. To generate respect for him in others, further honorifics may also be used. 35. When asking for your Guru’s advice, first announce why you have come. With palms pressed together at your heart, listen to what he tells you, without (letting your mind) wander about. Then (when he has spoken), you should reply, “I shall do exactly as you have said.”

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Sharon Ong: 28. Never sit or recline while your Guru is standing (nor lie while he is sitting). Always be ready to stand up and serve him skillfully in an excellent manner. 29. In the presence of your Guru, never do such things as spit, (cough or sneeze without covering your mouth). Never stretch out your legs when at your seat, nor walk back and forth (without reason before him), and never argue. 30. Never massage or rub your limbs. Do not sing, dance or play musical instruments (for other than religious purposes). And never chatter idly or speak in excess (or too loudly) within the range of (your Guru’s) hearing. 31. (When your Guru enters the room) get up from your seat and bow your head slightly. Sit (in his presence) respectfully. At night, at rivers or on dangerous paths, with (your Guru’s) permission, you may walk before him.

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Tsem Rinpoche: Wylfred answered Edwin’s question..so easy and short and simple..Edwin…read it.

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Edwin Tan: Lol… okok… I research now… I have many meetings Rinpoche… I skipped one leaving Colin to it.

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Pastor Moh Mei: Pastor Moh Mei, what is the repercussions of over focus on sex and copulation? ANSWER: Over focus on sex and copulation will bring about deception, anger and disappointment. It causes us to waste our precious human life away because everything we do it is to get sex and nothing beneficial to ourselves or others. In short it will only bring suffering. All of us have manifested as the result of sex and copulation. We spend our lives pursuing the desire to have sexual union with others. After death, while in bardo, we will still be attracted to the sexual union between a male and female. If we have been very sexually obsessed in our previous life, it means that we have been accumulating the causes for animalistic behaviour and it is highly likely that we are reborn as animals. From copulation comes a false sense of security. We think that this relationship will last forever. But it doesn’t. All relationships will end.

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Sharon Ong: 24. (A disciple) having great sense should obey the words of his Guru joyfully and with enthusiasm. If you lack the knowledge or ability (to do what he says), explain in (polite) words why you cannot (comply). 25. It is from your Guru that powerful attainments, higher rebirth and happiness come. Therefore, make a wholehearted effort never to transgress your Guru’s advice. 26. (Guard) your Guru’s belongings as you would your own life. Treat even your Guru’s beloved (family) with the same (respect you show for him). (Have affectionate regard for) those closely around him as if they were your own dearest kin. Single-mindedly think (in this way) at all times. 27. Never sit on the (same) bed or seat (as your Guru), nor walk ahead of him. (At teachings do not) wear your hair in a top-knot, (a hat, shoes or any weapons). Never touch a seat (before he sits down), or if he happens to sits on the ground. Do not place your hands (proudly) on your hips or wring them (before him).

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Pastor David Lai: @Rinpoche – I totally agree with PJA. I have never heard that the vows carries into future lives.

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Tsem Rinpoche: Joy, name the disbenefits of lying and why??

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Sharon Ong: 19. Always keep your word of honour. Always make offerings to the Enlightened Ones. Always make offerings also to your Guru, for he is the same as all the Buddhas. 20. Those who wish (to attain) the inexhaustible (state of a Buddha’s Wisdom Body) should give to their Guru whatever they themselves find pleasing, from the most trifling objects to those of best quality. 21. Giving (to your Guru) is the same as making continual offerings to all the Buddhas. From such giving, much merit is gathered. From such collection comes the supreme powerful attainment (of Buddhahood). 22. Therefore, a disciple with the good qualities of compassion, generosity, moral self-control and patience should never regard his Guru and the Buddha Vajradhara as different. 23. If you should never tread even on (your Guru’s) shadow, because the fearsome consequences are the same as destroying a stupa, is there need to mention never stepping on or over his shoes or seat, (sitting in his place or riding) his mount?

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Sharon Ong: 15. Therefore, exert yourself wholeheartedly never to belittle your Tantric Master who makes no display of his great wisdom and virtues. 16. (If from a lack of awareness you have shown disrespect) to your Guru, reverently present an offering to him and seek his forgiveness. Then in the future such harms and plagues will not befall you. 17. It has been taught that for the Guru to whom you have pledged your word of honour (to visualize as one with your meditational deity), you should willingly sacrifice your wife, children and even your life, although these are not (easy) to give away. Is there need to mention your fleeting weath? 18. (Such practice of offering) can confer even Buddhahood on a zealous (disciple) in his very lifetime, which otherwise might be difficult to attain even in countless millions of eons.

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Wylfred Ng: What statues should be on a typical gelug altar and what positions? Middle: Lama Tsongkhapa On our left: Buddha Shakyamuni On Our Right: Tara

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Tsem Rinpoche: Edwin…wrong…research now fast or ask others…quick..no wonder you avoid this blog chat and say got meeting..naughty.

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Sharon Ong: 11. If you are so foolish as to despise your Guru, you will contract contagious diseases and those caused by harmful spirits. You will die (a horrible death) caused by demons, plagues or poison. 12. You will be killed by (wicked) kings or fire, by poisonous snakes, water, witches or bandits, by harmful spirits or savages, and then be reborn in a hell. 13. Never disturb you Guru’s mind. Should you be foolish and happen to do this, you will surely boil in hell. 14. Whatever fearful hells have been taught, such as Avici, the Hell of Uninterrupted pain, it is clearly explained that those who disparage their Gurus will have to remain there (a very long time).

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Pastor Seng Piow: 5 visions of Lama Tsongkhapa

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Choongs: Why did Tsongkapa stress Madhyamika? – Tsongkhapa went to study with a great Karma Kagyu master Lama Umapa. Umapa means Madhyamika; someone who follows Madhyamaka. Umapa had daily visions of Manjushri; Manjushri taught him one verse every day. And so Tsongkhapa and Lama Umapa became mutual teacher and disciple. Then Tsongkhapa also got visions of Manjushri. What’s very interesting is Lama Umapa started to check with Tsongkhapa to get confirmation that the teachings he received in his visions of Manjushri were correct or not.

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Sharon Ong: 8. (A Guru should be) stable (in his actions), cultivated (in his speech), wise, patient and honest. He should neither conceal his shortcomings, nor pretend to possess qualities he lacks. He should be an expert in the meanings (of tantra) and in its ritual procedures (of medicine and turning back obstacles). Also he should have loving compassion and a complete knowledge of the scriptures. 9. He should have full experience in all ten fields, skill in the drawing of mandalas, full knowledge of how to explain the tantras, supreme faith and his senses fully under control. 10. Having become the disciple of such a protecting (Guru), should you then despise him from your heart, you will reap continual suffering as if you had disparaged all the Buddhas.

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Tsem Rinpoche: Sharon Ong. very good. Who and when shall we study this text and why? answer this after you have posted all fifty please.

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Edwin Tan: But I saw on other higher lamas altar on left is Lord Vajrayogini? So i assume Left for tantric Buddhas, Centre Lord Tsongkapa and right for Protector?

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Sharon Ong: 5. As for serving (your Guru) and showing him respect, such as obeying what he says, standing up (when he comes) and showing him to his seat — these should be done even by those with ordination vows (whose Gurus are laymen or their juniors). But (in public), avoid prostrating and unorthodox actions (such as washing his feet). 6. In order for the words of honour of neither the Guru nor the disciple to degenerate, there must be a mutual examination beforehand (to determine if each can) brave a Guru-disciple relationship. 7. A disciple with sense should not accept as his Guru someone who lacks compassion or who is angersome, vicious or arrogant, possessive, undisciplined or boasts of his knowledge.

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Tsem Rinpoche: Pastor Jean Ai, you have a good and very valid point?? Choong and others, do you agree with what she just posted?

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Sharon Ong: 1. Bowing in the proper way to the lotus feet of my Guru, who is the cause for me to attain the state of a glorious Vajrasattva, I shall condense and explain in brief what has been said in many stainless tantric texts about Guru-devotion. (Therefore) listen with respect. 2. All the Buddhas of the past, present and future, residing in every land in the ten directions, have paid homage to the Tantric Masters from whom they have received the highest initiations. (Is there need to mention that you should too?) 3. Three times each day, with supreme faith, you must show your respect to your Guru who teaches you (the tantric path), by pressing your palms together, offering a mandala as well as flowers and prostrating (touching) your head to his feet. 4. Those who hold ordination vows, if (your Guru) is a layman or your junior, prostrate (in public) while facing such things as his scriptural texts in order to avoid worldly scorn. But in your mind (prostrate to your Guru).

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Edwin Tan: It is when facing the altar: left Lady Tara; centre Lord Tsongkapa; right Lord Setrap and a picture of HHDL and our guru

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Pastor David Lai: Dear Rinpoche, I don’t quite agree with some of the things Bradley mentioned regarding the pratimoksha vows. I think the pratimoksha vows should be translated as self-liberation. Vows taken cannot be carried over to the next life. It is meant create merit and be the basis for higher sets of vows like the Bodhisattva and Tantric vows.

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Tsem Rinpoche: Pastors David and JJ, do you agree with Bradley’s posts?? I want you to discuss out with Bradley as all you boys do really like to learn.

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Pastor Jean Ai: I’ve never heard of vows carrying over into next lives. Some people who have received the vows, but not developed the ability to control their rebirth, may not necessarily come back as a human in their next life. Thus if for example I came back as a frog, how do I hold my vows in my next life?

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Tsem Rinpoche: Sharon, you tell me?

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Bradley Kassian: BODHISATTVA VOWS There are fourteen major vows or downfalls within this category. A downfall means that if one were to do any of the following fourteen activities, one would fall from the Bodhisattva path. There are also other minor downfalls contained within the Bodhisattva’s training, but avoiding the fourteen major ones should be the primary concern of the practitioner. 1) To steal offerings to the Triple Gem (i.e., Buddha, Dharma and Sangha) through any means whatsoever. 2) To give up or abandon the Dharma. 3) To take away the robes, beat, imprison, force to leave the Sangha or to kill monks, including even those monks who have broken their vows. 4) To commit any of the five limitless (or heinous sins : killing one’s father, killing one’s mother, killing an Arhat, drawing the blood of a Buddha, or creating a schism in the Sangha. 5) To hold wrong views (such as those which are contrary to the teaching of the Buddha, for example, believing that the law of Karma has no effect). 6) To destroy villages, countries, etc., through any means whatsoever. 7) To teach the doctrine of emptiness (Shunyata) to those not previously trained (i.e., those who are not spiritually mature enough to understand it). 8) To turn followers of the Path of Full Enlightenment (i.e., the Bodhisattva’s Path which is for the sake of all living beings) away from this Path (and place them on the Path of individual liberation). 9) To place followers of the Hinaya on to the Path of Mahayana through criticising the Hinayana teaching. 10) To have desire or tell others who follow the Path that it is right to have desire. 11) To praise oneself and to criticise others for the purpose of obtaining wealth and respect (i.e., teaching the Dharma for financial gain while announcing that one is teaching for pure motives only). 12) To tell others that one has attained realisation (of emptiness, etc.) when one has not actually attained such realisation. 13) To punish monks and either take away a monk’s belongings or receive the belonging taken away from a monk. 14) To turn away from Dharma those practising Dharma; to destroy the meditation of those who practice meditation; and to give the belongings of a meditator-monk to a scholar-monk.

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Sharon Ong: Rinpoche, That would be in the 50 verses of Guru Devotion?

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Tsem Rinpoche: Edwin, another question: What statues should be on a typical gelug altar and what positions?

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amy black: Yes Yogi Tsongkapa reminded me of this which came from rinpoche’s site! :

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Edwin Tan: AHH… soon… when Rinpoche returns to KFR. it will be the top Gelug monastery :D

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Tsem Rinpoche: Pastors David and JJ, do you agree with Bradley’s post on the three vows and all?

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Bradley Kassian: One should never be angry or bear ill-will against one’s Vajra relatives (i.e., those with whom one has received an initiation, or any person who has taken initiation from one’s Guru). 4) To abandon loving-kindness for living beings. One must have a loving and compassionate heart towards all beings, including insects, etc. 5) To abandon the Bodhicitta (i.e., the wish to gain Enlightenment for the sake of others) which is the root of Dharma. One should not become discouraged and think one is incapable of saving living beings and in this way give up one’s Bodhisattva’s vows. 6) To dispraise the Dharma which is the objective of oneself and others. One should disparage neither the Mahayana nor the Hinayana saying that they are not the path of the Buddhas. 7) To reveal the secret teachings to those who are not fully mature to receive them. One should not disclose the secret initiations, nor reveal Mantras, nor show Tantric objects such as books, thankas, etc., to those who have not received these initiations. 8) To dispraise the five skandhas which themselves possess the five Buddhas. Because our body is of the five Buddhas, we should not despise it nor ever take our own life. 9) To doubt that all things possess a pure nature (i.e., that all things are pure by nature). 10) To constantly bestow kindness upon hateful enemies. One should not associate with those who seek to harm the Dharma, Bodhisattvas or other beings. Even though we have compassion for them, we must chide them in order to help them as a mother helps her child. 11) To falsely impute things which are devoid of name, etc. One must relinquish the view that all things (Dharmas) are emptiness (shunyata), but hold always to the Middle Way. 12) To discourage or dissuade living beings who have faith (in the Mahayana, Vajrayana, etc.). If one tries to discourage by thought, word or deed anyone on the Vajrayana Path or those just beginning or even aspiring, then one is breaking his samaya (pledge). 13). Not to maintain the required articles of one’s pledge, such as not eating the offerings at a consecrated food offering. 14) To dispraise woman who are of the nature of wisdom. In Tantra, men and women are equal. Men are said to represent upaya (skilful means, compassion), and women represent wisdom (Prajna). In this way, women are not to be thought of as inferior to men. In brief, these are the three sets of vows. If a vow is broken, confess it to one’s teacher and renew the vows by receiving them once again. If one wishes benefit in this and other lives, he should carefully remember and maintain these vows.

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Bradley Kassian: VAJRAYANA VOWS There are also fourteen major Vajrayana vows or pledges which one takes upon oneself during the Tantric initiation. It is said in scripture that by avoiding the following fourteen downfalls one will quickly receive both worldly and transcendental attainments. Further it is stated that even if one is not able to practice the meditation (which follows from a Tantric initiation) but simply keeps the pledges one will receive the Result after sixteen lifetimes. 1) To disrespect or disparage the Guru. Here the Guru is most important and all siddhis (attainments) gained in this life and the next are due to him. One therefore, should always respect him most highly and never disparage him. If one disparages the Guru ask his forgiveness, (mentally if he is not present). 2) To go beyond (to disobey the teaching of the Buddha. One should not disrespect or underestimate the Vinaya rules of the Buddha, thinking that they are not important. 3) To be angry with one’s Vajra relatives.

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Tsem Rinpoche: Edwin is good….just copy and paste…tooo bad you didn’t include KfR which was not auspicious…..

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Tsem Rinpoche: Pastor JJ and David and Choong, do you agree with Bradley’s answers on his two posts? Why or why not, please critique if necessary?

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Pastor Jean Ai: @Amy: no problem :) Rinpoche has a tonne of teachings on Tsongkhapa here which you may find useful :) http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/tsongkhapa

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Edwin Tan: 8 famous Gelug monasteries : 1. Gaden Monastery 2. Drepung Monastery 3. Sera Monastery 4. Kopan Monastery 5. Namgyal Monastery 6. Tashilhunpo Monastery 7. Sershul Monastery 8. Simbiling Monastery 9. Tharpa Choling Monastery 10. Drongtse Monastery taken from: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/exciting-information-on-tsongkapa.html

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Tsem Rinpoche: Sharon Ong, very good…name me the 50 types of behaviours one should conduct with one’s guru. You can just name the title without explanations.

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Pastor Seng Piow: dearm amy, click here to watch Tsem Rinpoche’s teaching on “How Lama Tsongkhapa transforms to Vajrayogini” : http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=18731

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Tsem Rinpoche: Pastor David, your answer on Madhyamika is very good…everyone should read..

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amy black: oh! sorry it looked like he was just holding his hand lower by his navel/chakra in the “receiving” gesture, thank you Pastor Jean!

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Sharon Ong: Rinpoche, I found these Gelug Nunneries but am not too sure if they are famous or not. 1) Geden Choeling Nunnery, of the Gelug tradition, is the oldest nunnery in Dharamsala. 2) Tungri Phuntsog Ling 3) Dorje Dzong – founded by Sherab Zangpo 4) Karsha Chuchikjall Kachod Grubling 5) Zangla Byangchub Choling

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Wylfred Ng: @Amy Black. Long Life Lama Tsongkhapa is holding a Long Life Vase which grant longevity

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Pastor Jean Ai: Je Tse Zin Ma, also the image outside our prayer hall in Kechara Forest Retreat

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Edwin Tan: Sorry Rinpoche. I had to make sure everything I write is correct. Hence some more background searching… Rinpoche knows that I respect and will follow Rinpoche despite any background as what Rinpoche taught me for the last 10 years, I witnessed and felt it strongly.

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Bradley Kassian: The Bodhisattva vow is the vow taken by Mahayana Buddhists to attain complete enlightenment for the sake of all sentient beings. One who has taken the vow is nominally known as a Bodhisattva. Whereas the Prātimokṣa vows cease at death, the Bodhisattva vow extends into future lives. There are two traditions of the Bodhisattva vow, one originating from Asanga and the other from Nagarjuna

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Bradley Kassian: The Prātimokṣa (Sanskrit: प्रातिमोक्ष Prātimokṣa; Pali: Pāṭimokkha) is a list of rules (contained within the vinaya) governing the behaviour of Buddhist monks (Bhikkhus) and nuns (Bhikkhunis). Prati means “towards”, and mokṣa means liberation from cyclic existence (saṃsāra). The Prātimokṣa belongs to the Vinaya of the Buddhist doctrine and is seen as the very basis of Buddhism. On the basis of the Prātimokṣa there exist in Mahayana Buddhism two additional set of vows: The Bodhisattva vows and the Vajrayana vows. If these two set of vows are not broken, they are regarded as carrying over to future lives. The laywoman and layman Prātimokṣa consists of 5 vows. They are also named as The Five Shilas (skt. moral discipline): To refrain from killing. To refrain from stealing. To refrain from false speech. To refrain from sexual misconduct. To refrain from using intoxicants.

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Pastor Jean Ai: It’s the central image on our altar at Kechara House

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Tsem Rinpoche: Dear Edwin, not bad, but it took so long? Another question? Name me 8 famous Gelug monasteries…..

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Pastor Jean Ai: @Amy: the Tsongkhapa in long life form (Je Tse Zin Ma) holds a long life vase :)

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Choongs: Yes I am Rinpoche

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Edwin Tan: Where is he born, age, place, lineage, gurus, parents, monastery and how he is connected to Tsongkapa? My dearest guru is born on 24th Oct 1965 in Taiwan, age 49 now. Rinpoche’s root guru can be found on the left side of the website, whom is HH Zong Rinpoche. Rinpoche’s first guru is HE Kensur Lobsang Tharchin Rinpoche of Rashi Gempil Ling. Rinpoche’s lineage is of Mongolian royalty descent, mother Princess Dewa Nimbo and father Lobsang Gyatso. Rinpoche studied in New Jersey under HE Kensur Rinpoche and then went to LA and studied under HH Zong Rinpoche at Thubten Dhargye Ling and thereafter went to Dharmasala, North India to be ordained by HH 14th Dalai Lama in 1987 in Ganden. Since Ganden is Tsongkapa’s monastery.. this is the connection Rinpoche has la :biggrin:

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amy black: tsongkapa long life vs turning the wheel of dharma: only major difference is the placement on the left hand?

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Pastor David Lai: What are three main points of Madhyamika and why did Je Tsongkapa stress this texts/knowledge? – 1. According to Madhyamaka all phenomena are empty of “substance” or “essence” (Sanskrit: svabhāva)2. That is because they are dependently co-arisen. 3. Likewise it is because they are dependently co-arisen that they have no intrinsic, independent reality of their own. —- Je Tsongkhapa stress this knowledge because it is the way to directly perceive emptiness which is the ultimate truth or attain transcendent wisdom. ;P

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Tsem Rinpoche: Eeeedwin. what is taking so long?

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Tsem Rinpoche: Choong, are you there and researching?

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Tsem Rinpoche: Michael C, a challenging question? Can one become enlightened without entering tantra? Why or why not?

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Wylfred Ng: Lama Tsongkhapa in Long Life form . This two are the most common form of Lama Tsongkhapa that can be seen at Kechara

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amy black: i mean the one of tsongkapa in yogi form!

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Tsem Rinpoche: Pastor Jj, name ten benefits of being a monk?

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amy black: that kind of reminds me of the same body pose i’ve seen vajrayogini in sometimes too! i didn’t know tsongkapa could take that same pose

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Wylfred Ng: Lama Tsongkhapa in “Turning the Dharma Wheel” mudra.

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Pastor David Lai: What are three main points of Madhyamika and why did Je Tsongkapa stress this texts/knowledge? – 1. According to Madhyamaka all phenomena are empty of “substance” or “essence” (Sanskrit: svabhāva)2. That is because they are dependently co-arisen. 3. Likewise it is because they are dependently co-arisen that they have no intrinsic, independent reality of their own.

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Tsem Rinpoche: Dear Pastor JJ, excellent answer on how to become a Gaden Tripa.

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Pastor Seng Piow: I have here a pic of Lama Tsongkhapa appearing in a yogi form

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Pastor JayJae《♡上宗喀巴大师》: Dear Rinpoche, in order for one to become Gaden Tripa, the throne holder, one has to be admitted into one of the Three Great Seats, Gaden, Drepung and Sera. A monk has to go through 12 years of education in the study and graduate as a Geshe Lharampa, the highest achievement of a Geshe. Then he would have to enter into one of the Tantric colleges, Gyuto or Gyumed. There the Geshe spends 1 or more years studying the Tantras. The scholar monk will become a Gekul or a disciplinarian monk for the Tantric colleges for 6 months and also Lama Umze, or the lead chant master for 3 years. The ex-Umze or Usurla will become the abbot of the Tantric college for three years. Then, the abbot emeritus will stand in line for the position of Sharpa Choeje or Jangtse Choeje Rinpoches. Both these Choejes or Dharmarajas stand in line for the position of the Gaden Tripa. There’s a video on this subject here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSw1WCGttYM

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Tsem Rinpoche: Very good Bradley, describe each of those three vows, their significance and why we take them?

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Bradley Kassian: Three robes : holding of vows (pratimoksha, bodhisattva and tantric)

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Tsem Rinpoche: I have posted other general questions below to answer. Scroll down and take a peek and answer please.

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Tsem Rinpoche: Edwin, what is taking so long? You don’t know your teacher’s background till now after ten years?

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Jacinta Goh: Sharon… perhaps this will help..Khachoe Ghakyil Ling Nunnery , Tsoknyi Gargon Ling nunnery, Tilokpur nunnery, Sherab Choling Nunnery, Shugsep nunnery and many more here http://tnp.org/nuns/

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Tsem Rinpoche: Bradley, What is the significance of the three monk robes on Tsongkapa’s holy body?

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Pastor Jean Ai: We are still looking for the remainder

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Pastor Jean Ai: 27 of Tsongkhapa’s 45 teachers… 1. Lama Dampa Sonam Gyeltsen 2. Kunga Gyaltsan 3. Drubchen Namkha Gyeltsen 4. The Fourth Karmapa, Rolpai Dorje 5. Chokyi Gyelpo 6. Chokle Namgyel 7. Rinchen Namygal 8. Zhonnu Jangchub Ozer 9. Dondrub Rinchen 10. Chokya Zangpo 11. Nyawon Kunga Pel 12. Zhonnu Sonam 13. Chokyi Palwa 14. Chopel Zangpo 15. Dondrub Zanpgo 16. Dabo Dorje 17. Rendawa Zhonnu Lodro 18. Chokyab Pal Zangpo 19. Tsultrim Rinchen 20. Tashi Sanggye 21. Lama Umapa 22. Densapa Gekong 23. Manjushri 24. Konchog Kyab 25. Yonten Gyatso 26. Kazhiwa Losal 27. Jagchen Jampa Pal

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sweekeong: Sharon: These are 2 gelugpa nunneries I found: Geden Choeling Nunnery, Jangchub Choeling Nunnery.

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Tsem Rinpoche: Choong, very very very good and nice pic of Jowo Ripoche. Next question. Why did Tsongkapa stress Madhyamika?

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julia tan: Sorry Rinpoche I am handly some matter here… will be back soon. sorry

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Bradley Kassian: the four root vows (defeat): (1) killing a human being, (2) stealing something of value, (3) sexual misconduct through one of the three doors, (4) a great lie (which is to lie about supernatural attainments—this can be done also non-verbally, like with a gesture or even silence).

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Michael C.: “Name me the benefits of reciting Tsongkapa’s migtseyma mantra and what meditation to do while reciting please…:)”
“So when you do the mantra of Lama Tsongkhapa you are doing the mantra of compassion OM MANI PADME HUM. So you will be able to develop boddhicitta – loving compassion, great compassion – and let go of anger and fears. When you recite DRI-MEY KHYEN-PI WANG-PO JAMPAL YANG, it’s equivalent to OM AH RA PATSA NA DHI so you are reciting the mantra of wisdom. So when you recite the mantra of Manjushri’s wisdom, you will gain great memory, the power of debate, the power of speech, the power of memory, the power of recollection, the power of correct perception, the power of seeing reality as it really is: empty of true existence which we are holding on to. So therefore when your recite this mantra it is very powerful for developing one’s mind and memory. ” – from here

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Tsem Rinpoche: Pastor Moh Mei, what is the repercussions of over focus on sex and copulation?

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Choongs: Jowo Sakyamuni statue in Jokhang

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Tsem Rinpoche: Julia, what happened??????

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Tsem Rinpoche: Wylfred, next question, How many main forms of Tsongkapa are there? And can you post pics here for all to see?

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Tsem Rinpoche: Wylfred, very good.

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Pastor Moh Mei: Rinpoche visited Jokang Temple in 2008 http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/i-visited-the-holy-jokhang-temple-lhasa-2008.html

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Tsem Rinpoche: Bradley, very good. What are the four root vows of a monk and how do they get broken?

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Wylfred Ng: Question: Why is it extremely beneficial to practice Tsongkapa’s mediation in today’s world? 1)Lama Tsongkhapa Practice consist of 7-limbs Prayer which includes 84000 teaching of Buddha Shakyamuni. 2. Prayer is short but yet very powerful 3. Protection from bad spirit 4. help to develop compassion and wisdom. 5. Include Powa ractice that would not shorten our life like other Powa practice

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Tsem Rinpoche: Dear Nicholas, excellent…

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Joy: Joy: 8 feelings I give ppl around from lying: 1. Aversion 2. Disrespect 3. Frustration 4. Suspicions 5. Reservations 6. Doubts 7. Wariness

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Pastor Seng Piow: It is good to practice Lama Tsongkhapa’s meditation in today’s world because the people nowadays are very busy and have little time for actual practice, Tsongkhapa’s practice combines a lot of benefits into one practice, yet it is short enough to fit into modern people’s busy everyday life schedule without losing any efficacy. And Lama Tsongkhapa’s practice is an excellent priliminary to tantric practice which will lead to swift liberation in one lifetime if done well

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nicholas: Nicholas, next question, what would you do in the tomb of Je Tsongkapa and why? Oh my….I’ll do the following: 1) I’ll offer khata 2) Put my forehead to the tomb for blessing 3) Prostration – to surrender myself and follow the teaching of the great lineage founder 4) Make offering ( if possible sensory offering) – may I detach from all the samsaric illusionary pleasure and follow the lineage teaching life after life 5) Prayers– Doing the prayer with the visualization of Lama Tsongkhapa the real object in front of me as one of my Guru as there are not separable. a. Guru Yoga b. Gangloma c. Protector 6) Make a great dedication – May Lama Tsongkhapa linage and teaching spread out wide benefiting all beings. More great teacher and center/monastery established to provide the knowledge for the people at this degenerate time.

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Tsem Rinpoche: Wansan, EXCELLENT EXCELLENT EXCELLENT RESEARCH..Josh, do read what Wansan wrote….TR

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amy black: they have a gorgeous crown type piece at the museum here, i’ll try to post: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10204118139691438&set=pcb.10204118151571735&type=1&theater

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Josh Akers: I didn’t look at any other answers.

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Tsem Rinpoche: Choong you got the right answer for Josh Akers..excellent..find a picture and post here for all to see: Q: What did Tsongkhapa do in Jokhang that can be still seen today? – He offered jeweled ornaments and a crown to the statue of the Jowo Śākyamuni, the most sacred statue in the Jokhang and the whole of Tibet. By offering these ornaments the statue was transformed from being a nirmanakāya representation of the Buddha Śākyamuni to one representing his sambhogakāya manifestation.

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wansan: What Tsongakpa did in the Jokhang that can still be seen today? In 1409 Tsongkhapa instituted the Monlam Chenmo or Great Prayer Festival, in Lhasa, which is celebrated around the time of the Tibetan New Year, Losar. This celebration is traditionally centered on the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa and is counted as being Tsongkhapa’s third great deed. At this time Tsongkhapa also offered jeweled ornaments and a crown to the statue of the Jowo Śākyamuni, the most sacred statue in the Jokhang and the whole of Tibet. By offering these ornaments the statue was transformed from being a nirmanakāya representation of the Buddha Śākyamuni to one representing his sambhogakāya manifestation.

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Josh Akers: Tell me what Tsongakpa did in the Jokhang that can still be seen today? Tsongkhapa requested guidance from the statue of Jowo Rinpoche at Jokhang and from visions and dreams he had, Tsongkhapa decided to build Gaden Monastery in 1409 at the Drok Riwo mountains. The statue is still there today.

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Pastor Moh Mei: Tell me what Tsongakpa did in the Jokhang that can still be seen today? There is a Chapel of Tsongkhapa there, but is that what HE did, Im still not sure yet. In 1409, at the age of 52, Lama Tsongkhapa inaugurated the Monlam Great Prayer Festival (sMon-lam chen-mo) at the Lhasa Jokang (Jo-khang). He offered a gold crown to the Shakyamuni statue, signifying that it was now a Sambhogakaya statue, not just Nirmanakaya.

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Bradley Kassian: The 2 aniyatas Not to be found alone with a woman in a remote place that can arise suspicions about a sexual intercourse. Not to be found alone with a woman in an isolated place that can arise suspicions about conversations on lustful subjects.

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Michael C.: Why is it extremely beneficial to practice Tsongkapa’s mediation in today’s world? – “When depression, lack of self worth, fear, anxiety and little peace pervade our minds, environments and situations in this day and age, a meditation such as Tsongkapa is essential, not an extra. It is essential. Take refuge in Tsongkapa and this practice.” – from here

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Joy: Josh Akers: Tell me what Tsongakpa did in the Jokhang that can still be seen today? In 1409 Tsongkhapa instituted the Monlam Chenmo (smon lam chen mo), or Great Prayer Festival, in Lhasa, which is celebrated around the time of the Tibetan New Year, Losar (lo gsar). This celebration is traditionally centered on the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa and is counted as being Tsongkhapa’s third great deed. At this time he also offered jeweled ornaments and a crown to the statue of the Jowo Śākyamuni, the most sacred statue in the Jokhang and the whole of Tibet. By offering these ornaments the statue was transformed from being a nirmanakāya representation of the Buddha Śākyamuni to one representing his sambhogakāya manifestation. This festival is still celebrated today and all around the world!

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Bradley Kassian: The 92 pācittiyas Not to lie. Not to insult another bhikkhu. Not to create disagreement between bhikkhus. Not to recite together with laymen, texts of dhamma in Pali language. Not to spend the night under the same roof as the laity. Not to lie down in a building in which there is a woman. Not to teach to a woman more than six consecutive words of dhamma. Not to announce to a layman a realisation that has been achieved. Not to denounce a saṃghādisesa to a layman. Not to dig or cause someone else to dig the ground. Not to destroy plants. Not to change the conversation when the saṃgha asks a question. Not to blame or slander a bhikkhu. Not to leave a mattress or a chair outside without arranging it back suitably. Not to leave a couch that has been moved in the monastery. Not to set a bhikkhu apart in order to make him leave. Not to expel a bhikkhu from a lodging belonging to the saṃgha. Not to install oneself on a bed or a chair that is placed on a floor with broken planks. Not to build a roof having more than three layers. Not to pour on the ground some water containing insects. Not to teach bhikkhunīs without a permission taken from the saṃgha. Not to teach the dhamma to the bhikkhunīs after nightfall. Not to proceed to a monastery of bhikkhunīs in order to teach. Not to accuse a bhikkhu to have taught bhikkhunīs so as to receive offerings. Not to give a robe to a bhikkhunī. Not to sew a robe for a bhikkhunī. Not to plan a trip with a bhikkhunī. Not to take a boat with a bhikkhunī. Not to eat food prepared by a bhikkhunī. Not to sit with a bhikkhunī in a remote spot. Not to eat at the same spot twice consecutively food destined for travelling guests. Not to eat several times food being incorrectly asked for. Not to go to eat at another place after having already been invited somewhere. Not to accept more than the equivalent of three bowls of pastries if they were not originally make for the bhikkhu. To eat no longer once we have left our spot, after having made understood that we have finished our meal or refused to be served again. bhikkhu to eat elsewhere after having made him understood that he has finished his meal or refused to be served again. Not to consume solid foods between noon and the following dawn. Not to store food at afternoon time. Not to ask for food of superior quality for oneself. Not to eat food which has not been offered and given in hands. Not to give food to naked ascetics or other persons clinging to erroneous views. During the alms collection round, not to dismiss a bhikkhu with whom one is making this round. Not to remain near the place where a man and his companion lie when these are in the house. Not to remain alone with a woman in an isolated place. Not to sit next to a woman in a place remote from others’ ears. Not visit houses just before noon. Not to request medicinal products beyond the limits of the quantity or time fixed by the donor. Not to watch an army departing for combat. Not to sleep w

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Tsem Rinpoche: Julia, what is taking so long? Joy what is taking so long?

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Bradley Kassian: The 4 pāṭidesanīyas Not to accept food from a bhikkhunī. Order the bhikkhunīs who manage the service to the bhikkhus to go somewhere else during the meal. Not to accept food from poor people who show remarkable fervor towards the dhamma, without having been invited by them. Not to eat the food offered by donors whom one has not previously warned of an existing danger in the area.

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Choongs: Q: What did Tsongkhapa do in Jokhang that can be still seen today? – He offered jeweled ornaments and a crown to the statue of the Jowo Śākyamuni, the most sacred statue in the Jokhang and the whole of Tibet. By offering these ornaments the statue was transformed from being a nirmanakāya representation of the Buddha Śākyamuni to one representing his sambhogakāya manifestation.

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Bradley Kassian: The 75 sekhiyas To wear the lower robe correctly wrapped around oneself, so as to leave the edges level. To wear the upper robe correctly wrapped around oneself, so as to leave the edges level. To close the robe up to the neck and down to the wrists when sitting in inhabited areas. To close the robe up to the neck and down to the wrists when present in inhabited areas. To behave decorously when sitting in inhabited areas. To behave decorously when going to inhabited areas. To keep the eyes always lowered when sitting in inhabited areas. To keep the eyes always lowered when going to inhabited areas. Not to lift the robes when sitting in inhabited areas. Not to lift the robes when going to inhabited areas. Not to laugh loudly when sitting in inhabited areas. Not to laugh loudly when going to inhabited areas. To speak only in a low voice when sitting in inhabited areas. To speak only in a low voice when going to inhabited areas. Not to swing the body when sitting in inhabited areas. Not to swing the body when going to inhabited areas. Not to swing the arms when sitting in inhabited areas. Not to swing the arms when going to inhabited areas. Not to swing the head when sitting in inhabited areas. Not to swing the head when going to inhabited areas. Not to place the hands on the hips when sitting in inhabited areas. Not to place the hands on the hips when going to inhabited areas. Not to cover the head when sitting in inhabited areas. Not to cover the head when going to inhabited areas. Not to stand on tiptoes or on the heels within inhabited areas. Not to sit with the knees raised and the arms wrapped around the legs when in inhabited areas. To adopt a respectful attitude when going to collect food. Maintain the attention on the bowl when going to collect food. Not to accept more than one ration of curry for every three rations of rice when going to collect food. Accept food in proportion to the bowl, without exceeding its inner rim, when going to collect food. Take care to adopt a respectful attitude when eating. When eating, keep the attention on the bowl. Eat the food one after the other, without rejecting any. Eat a ratio of one part of curry to three parts of rice. Not to take and eat food placed at the top of a heap of food, or flatten down a heap of food. Not to hide the curry under the rice in order to obtain more. Not to request and eat food if one is not ill. Not to look at someone else’s bowl with jealousy. Not to eat by inserting large morsels in the mouth. To prepare mouthfuls of suitable proportions. Not to open the mouth before the food reaches its level. Not to put the hand in the mouth, not even a finger. Not to speak with a full mouth. Not to throw pieces of food into the mouth. Not to eat cutting pieces de food with the mouth. Not to fill the mouth with food so that the cheeks are inflated. Not to agitate the hands when eating. Not to scatter the rice when eating. Not to let the tongue out when eating. Not to make noise in opening

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amy black: thank you rinpoche i can tell by his eloquent expression :)

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patriciasnodgrass1958: It is extremely beneficial to practice Tsongkhapa in todays world because it relieves stress, depression and anxieties of modern life.

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Tsem Rinpoche: keep going Bradley, very good.

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Tsem Rinpoche: Amy, Cliff is very good to find accurate information..he is good dharma friend.

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Bradley Kassian: list of the 227 rules of pātimokkha Here you will the list of the 227 rules of conduct that all the bhikkhus are supposed to observe. On this page, each rule is described in a single sentence, in order to allow a short insight. Click on a rule to get access to its complete description. By means of this latter, you will know why Buddha did establish it, in which cases it is committed, and how to get purified from it. The 4 pārājikas Not to have sexual intercourse. Not to steal. Not to commit murder. Not to claim attainments of stages of pure mental concentration that have not been achieved. Haut de pageBas de page The 13 saṃghādisesas Not to deliberately emit sperm. Not to touch a woman. Not to have an ill-mannered conversation with a woman. Not to propose sexual intercourse to a woman. Not to unite couples. Not to build a housing exceeding 2.70 metres by 1.60 metres (2.95 yards by 1.74 yards), without the agreement of the saṃghaa, and doing harm to living beings, or not providing enough space to turn around it. Not to build a monastery without the approval of the saṃgha, harming living beings or not allowing to make a whole turn around it. Not to groundlessly accuse a bhikkhu of having committed a pārājika. Not to make believe that a first bhikkhu has committed a pārājika by deliberately accusing a second one who shows similarity with the first. Not to create a division within the saṃgha. Not to encourage a bhikkhu who works to divide the saṃgha. Not to reject admonishments made on his behaviour.. Not to spoil the confidence and the consideration that the people have for the dhamma. Haut de pageBas de page The 2 aniyatas Not to be found alone with a woman in a remote place that can arise suspicions about a sexual intercourse. Not to be found alone with a woman in an isolated place that can arise suspicions about conversations on lustful subjects. Haut de pageBas de page The 30 nissaggiyas Not to keep an extra robe more than ten days at a time. Not to spend the night far from one of his three robes. Not to keep the clothing material meant for the tailoring of a robe more than one month at a time. Not to have a robe washed or dyed by a bhikkhunī who is not a relative. Not to accept a robe from a bhikkhunī who is not a relative. Not to ask someone who is not a relative for a robe. Not to ask for more than one upper robe and one lower robe in case of loss of the three robes. Not to ask for a good quality robe from a dāyakā who is saving money to offer one. Not to ask for a good quality robe from two dāyakas who are saving money to offer one each. Not to appoint a kappiya on his own, nor to be too pushy with a kappiya who is supposed to provide something. Not to accept carpets containing silk. Not to accept the floor carpets only made of black sheep wool. Not to accept a floor carpet that is, for more than half of it, made with black sheep wool and a quarter in white wool. Not to purchase another floor carpet as long as the for

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Tsem Rinpoche: Question: Why is it extremely beneficial to practice Tsongkapa’s mediation in today’s world?

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amy black: Thank You CLIFF :) wonderful info!!!

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Cliff: [2/2] Khedrup Je became extremely devoted to Tsongkhapa and wrote Tsongkhapa’s biography after the great master passed into clear light. As the other heart son of Tsongkhapa, he became the third Abbot of Gaden and the second Gaden Tripa after Gyaltsab Je.

After Lama Tsongkhapa passed away, Khedrup Je always used to pray to him. He always thought about his Guru and was always sad. When Khedrup Je had some questions about Dharma, he could not ask any scholars because he was the best scholar in the land at the time. So, one day, he made a mandala offering to Lama Tsongkhapa and strongly request Tsongkhapa to come. The minute he made this offering, Lama Tsongkhapa appeared from the Gaden Heaven, from the heart of Maitreya and answered his questions. When Khedrup Je understood and all was clear, Lama Tsongkhapa dissolved back into Gaden Heaven. Lama Tsongkhapa appeared five times to Khedrup Je, which is now known as the five visions of Tsongkhapa.

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patriciasnodgrass1958: There are seven they are: 1quick wisdom, 2 wisdom of expounding dharma 3 profound wisdom, 4 wisdom of debate, 5 wisdom of composition 6 great wisdom and 7 clear wisdom

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Tsem Rinpoche: Question: What are three main points of Madhyamika and why did Je Tsongkapa stress this texts/knowledge?

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Cliff: Khedrup Je (1385-1438) also known as Gelek Pelsang, was extremely accomplished in his learning and well respected for his knowledge. At the age of 16, he went to the region of Tsang to participate in the dialectical debates. There, the master Tchok-le Namgyel was challenging all the monks to a debate but no one dared accept. Unafraid and confident despite his youth, Khedrup Je stepped up and successfully rebutted all of Tchok-le Namgyel’s positions. The points Khedrup Je brought up during his debate was noted by the scholars in attendance and later incorporated in his composition on The Seven Treatises on Valid Cognition. Khedrup Je was ordained in the Sakya tradition by the great Master Rendawa, who advised him to meet with Tsongkhapa. When Khedrup Je met with Tsongkhapa, Tsongkhapa predicted that Khedrup Je would have great tantric achievements and benefit many…[1/2]

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Tsem Rinpoche: Edwin, your skinny sister wouldn’t lie, that is why she is sooooo skinny lah

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Cliff: [2/2] However, as Gyaltsab Je listened to the incomparable Tsongkhapa, he was stunned by the profundity of the teachings. Immediately, he realized the error of his arrogance and removed his hat. He quickly climbed down from the throne, made three prostrations to Tsongkhapa and sat down on the floor with the other disciples. From then on, Gyaltsab Je was completely devoted to Tsongkhapa and became one of his main disciples who supervised the construction of Gaden Monastery.

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Tsem Rinpoche: Cliff, very good.

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Cliff: @Amy Black

Gyaltseb Je (1364-1432), also known as Dharma Rinchen, was an ordained monk of the Sakya lineage who was an accomplished and eloquent scholar, famed for his intellect and knowledge. He had heard of Lama Tsongkhapa’s renown but thought that his own knowledge was superior to Tsongkhapa. Supremely confident, he went to attend a teaching by Tsongkhapa at Ratrong Monastery. When he arrived, Tsongkhapa had already started teaching. Unabashed, Gyaltsab Je walked in proudly, not even removing his hat. which he should have done as a sign of respect. He even climbed up to sit on the same throne from which Tsongkhapa was giving his teaching. Tsongkhapa was not at all perturbed, and simply moved aside to give Gyaltsab Je some space on the throne…[1/2]

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Tsem Rinpoche: Bradley…do your best…hehe

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amy black: Ah, like his main disciples, i watched a wonderful documentary on a heart disciple who went on the look for his reincarnated guru after he died. it was a wonderful documentary.

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Tsem Rinpoche: Can anyone help Josh Akers with the question?

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Pastor Seng Piow: @Amy, the two figures on Lama Tsongkhapa’s left and right are His heart disciples whom He passed the lineage directly to, on Tsongkhapa’s right is Gyalsab-Je, on Tsongkhapa’s left is Kedrup-Je

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Bradley Kassian: Too many to copy Rinpoche but a list of 227 vows can be found here: http://en.dhammadana.org/sangha/vinaya/227.htm

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Tsem Rinpoche: Dear Pastor JJ, excellent answer..everyone should read it carefully.

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Josh Akers: Tell me what Tsongakpa did in the Jokhang that can still be seen today? There is a Chapel of Tsongkhapa there, but is that what HE did, Im still not sure yet.

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amy black: oh ok i will look up rinpoche’s post on gaden! thank you!

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Pastor Jean Ai: @Amy: they are Tsongkhapa’s heart sons, his chief disciples Khedrup Je and Gyaltsab Je

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Tsem Rinpoche: Edwin, hurry up and stop cheating you naughty boy…hehe

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Pastor JayJae《♡上宗喀巴大师》: Dear Rinpoche, The answer to Rinpoche’s first question: the important facets of Lama Tsongkhapa’s teachings are: 1) the unstained upholding of the Vinaya, the root of Buddha’s teachings. 2) The union of Sutra and Tantra, and 3)The emphasis on the step by step graduated way to enlightenment along the three principal aspects of the path (a genuine wish for liberation, called renunciation, generation of bodhicitta and insight into emptiness). Answer to the next question to follow…. :)

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Edwin Tan: Nooo…. she lied !! I googled… she just disturbing me.. so I am slow

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Wei Theng: Thanks Pastor SP. There is a blog post on Rinpoche visiting this stupa in Gaden – http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/i-visited-gaden-for-1st-time-with-an-oxygen-tank.html http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/archive/6a01310f7b9b6a970c01347fa2ba1a970c-320wi http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/archive/6a01310f7b9b6a970c01347fa2bab1970c-pi

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Tsem Rinpoche: Edwin is cheating because got his skinny sister Vinnie to help..no cheating bad boy Edwin…

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Edwin Tan: OMG… why can’t I just put source: www.tsemrinpoche.com hahaha

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amy black: WOW thank you for the photos @tsem rinpoche and Pastor Seng Piow, very honored and blessed for these pictures I am very very embedded in the artforms of everything! It is my teacher :) May I know if the 2 figures on either side of Tsongkapa are attendants of his or just other emanations of Tsongkapa? Are there also Dharma protectors there?

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Tsem Rinpoche: Sharon Ong, name me 10 similarities between Dalai Lama and Tsongkapa.

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Tsem Rinpoche: Hahahah…very good Edwin. Now give me the history of your guru? Where is he born, age, place, lineage, gurus, parents, monastery and how he is connected to Tsongkapa?

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Edwin Tan: Sorry… very slow… memories are weak…

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Tsem Rinpoche: Pastor David, you are right…

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Edwin Tan: 1. Lord Buddha Sakyamuni 2. Lord Tsongkapa 3. Setrap 4. Yellow Dzambala 5. Heruka 6. Guhyasamaja 7. Yamantaka 8. Manjushri 9. Medicine Buddha 10. Vajrapani 11. Kalachakra 12. Matreiya 13. Chenrizeg 14. Hevajra 15. Hayagriva

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Tsem Rinpoche: Dear Sharon, Name me 5 famous Gelug Nunneries in Tibet or India or both.

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Pastor David Lai: @Bradley – I think Rinpoche is talking about the Bhikshu vows of a fully ordained monk.

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Tsem Rinpoche: Michael, very good….that is Tu****a heaven btw, and in Tibetan it’s Gaden. Gaden and Tu****a mean the same thing.

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Sharon Ong: Pastor JJ, would you have more info on Sosordrolma? Would appreciate it very much. :)

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Pastor Seng Piow: dear amy black, you can click on the photo to enlarge it, once enlarged, right click on your mouse, then choose “save picture as…” to save it on your computer

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Tsem Rinpoche: Bradley..heheheh…I didn’t get you..let me rephrase..name all the vows of a monk..you can copy and paste..

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Michael C.: (pt 3) – From memory – and into his mouth and he swallows it and don’t finish until he is full and falls asleep – important that he falls asleep and then the black light stops and vajra seals off at your anus chakra so Lord of Death can’t come up and then the Bright orange light from Manjushri/Tsongkhapa purifies and replaces where all the black light was and doing this is actually a long life practice. And at the end dissolution very important, almost a Phowa (practice for time of death). Tsongkhapa & two disciples on left and right dissolve into light and enter crown of head, down our central column, into our lotus and moon seat at our heart and dissolves into us or we dissolve into them and the lotus closes and then the mantra around the lotus then shoot up into the cloud and Tsongkhapa’s heart visualized above your head all the way to Tu****a heaven. (& in the beginning Tsongkhapa descends from Maitreya’s heart ( a cord connects)). Then emptiness.

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Bradley Kassian: Afraid you got me Rinpoche. I’m unsure of the vows “monk Tsongkapa and disciples held here”

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Pastor Seng Piow: one more

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Tsem Rinpoche: Amy Black, Pastor Seng Piow posted a color pic of the holy stupa containing Tsongkapa’s remains in Gaden, Tibet. Click on the picture to see it larger

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amy black: great photos thank you for sharing!

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amy black: wow wow wow

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Pastor JayJae《♡上宗喀巴大师》: @Sharon: Yes, Sosoldrolma is a female Buddha, she is very efficacious for protecting women

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Tsem Rinpoche: Patricia, very good, Now name the types of wisdom acquired by doing migtseyma? How many types of Wisdom specifically?

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Pastor Seng Piow: Tsongkhapa’s stupa in Gaden Monastery Tibet

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Sharon Ong: What about Sosordrolma? Is she a female Buddha as well?

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Tsem Rinpoche: Ok Pastor JJ, what are the most important facets of Je Tsongkapa’s lineage and teachings? How does one become a Gaden Tripa representing Tsongkapa on earth?

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patriciasnodgrass1958: Protection from spiritual harm, the attainment of the seven wisdoms, compassion, spiritual power, it’s a calming mantra, it provides mental stability and can lead us to enlightenment

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Tsem Rinpoche: Very good Edwin. Now name 15 male Buddhas quickly…

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Tsem Rinpoche: David, you are good..very good.

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Tsem Rinpoche: Bradley, I accept your answer? Now name the vows of the monk Tsongkapa and disciples held here

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Pastor David Lai: I got one extra female Buddha, Yellow Tara or Norgyurma…. also known as Basundhara or Vasundhara. It is a popular wealth deity for Newari Buddhists (Nepalese)

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Edwin Tan: I hope I got them right… >.<

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Edwin Tan: 1. Green Tara 2. Dukkar 3. Vajrayogini 4. Palden Lhamo 5. Guan Yin 6. Nyamgyalma 7. Saraswati 8. Machig Labdron 9. Marici 10. White Tara 11. Sengdongma (10 Female Buddhas)

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Pastor JayJae《♡上宗喀巴大师》: Dear Rinpoche, Je Tsongkhapa contributed alot towards the revival of Tibetan Buddhism. During the times of the degeneration of the Vinaya, the root of Buddha’s teachings. During the time of Lama Tsongkhapa, many were using Tantra as an excuse for sexual intercourses. This has set a wrong precedence and bad name for Vajrayana. Lama Tsongkhapa stood strong in the practice and exposition of Tantra in accordance with the Vinaya. With Lama Tsongkhapa’s intervention, we have the essence of the Tantric teachings available today. Also Lama Tsongkhapa traveled many places throughout Tibet in order to receive many dying lineages of Sutra and Tantra, meditated on them and wrote them in a systematic way in order to preserve the essence of the teachings in order that it does not get lost.

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Tsem Rinpoche: Josh, good for you..keep looking..time to learn, study and research..the more knowledge you have the better for yourself.

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Josh Akers: and speed reading. Still looking.

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amy black: oh, well some of them are maybe private links on facebook so i dont know if theyll post…i’ll try. i visited the tibetan art wing in the museum of my city today to pay homage to the glorious art there and took many photos …. plus i was going to try to post a few of my friends pics from tibet. she also visited the former palace of his holiness dalai lama :)

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sweekeong: Reference on female Buddhas and Bodhisatttvas here: http://lhamo.tripod.com/9deity.htm

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Bradley Kassian: All the happiness and peace of sentient beings depends only on the teachings of the Buddha because the cause of their suffering is not outside, it is within. As Buddha advised King Sangyal regarding the benefits of building monasteries. “Any human being building Buddha’s temple, even while still in samsara, in future lives will always have incredible wealth, like radiating palaces, like the king of devas.” That includes power and so forth. “In all the lives you will have happiness, will get good rebirth, and will create good karma in the next lives. While experiencing the result for ten millions of eons, all the time you will enjoy your life, with joyful mind, with no sorrow, and in the end will achieve the state of peace, the cessation of suffering and its causes.” – Sorry Rinpoche not specifially Ganden but its to keep the teachings pure and last long time,

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Josh Akers: I have looked at a dozen websites looking for keywords.

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Tsem Rinpoche: Nicholas, next question, what would you do in the tomb of Je Tsongkapa and why?

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Michael C.: (pt. 2) “Name me the benefits of reciting Tsongkapa’s migtseyma mantra and what meditation to do while reciting please…:)” – From memory – There are lots of different meditations to do. There are 7 different visualizations each specifically will help attained the 7 types of wisdoms mentioned earlier. The one i like is the Dharma wheel with manjushri swords coming our and orange light bright entering my head and then all my pores for if remembering correctly the wisdom of being able to explain the Dharma in a way my friends will understand and not choke when they ask a question. Also important to visualize the cloud (Maitreya) and lotus (compassion) & moon (emptiness) seat & Tsongkhapa infront. Never visualize myself as Tsongkhapa unless i’ve had empowerment to do so, always infront of atop head or all around. And bright orange light enters me from the visualization while black light and snakes and spiders and poison leave my anus area chakra down 5feet to the Lord Of Death and in

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Pastor Seng Piow: Stupa of Lama Tsongkhapa in Gaden Monastery Tibet

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Tsem Rinpoche: Joshua, are you researching ?????

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Tsem Rinpoche: Choong, very good answer…Edwin is quiet still. sigh

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Tsem Rinpoche: yes, we can post pics here and he will post..just wait…hehe

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Pastor Jean Ai: Yes Amy, just post the URL of the picture and it’ll appear on the right of your text

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sweekeong: Weitheng: I think the 45 gurus is from this sentence From 1373-1393, Tsongkhapa would travel all over Tibet, studying under 45 of the greatest teachers from different Buddhist lineages. He mastered not just the Buddhist teachings of Sutra and Tantra and engaged in countless deep retreats, but also excelled in medicine, astrology and poetry.

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amy black: oh we can post pics on here?

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Tsem Rinpoche: Dear Nicholas, excellent answer…the tomb of Je Tsongakpa containing some of His holy remains is housed in Gaden, Tibet. Thousands of ppl every month still visit till today…it is the holy of holies. And Pastor Sp can you post a picture for Amy here please.

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amy black: wowwwww tsongkapa is there? my friend just visited and shared beautiful photos of it….what a blessing!!!! thank you Nicholas!

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Choongs: Prajnaparamita (Yum Chenmo) – guru and yidam – Mother of all the Buddhas Samantabhadri (Kuntuzangmo) – guru and yidam – Primordial Mother of all the Buddhas Sarasvati – yidam – goddess of learning and the arts Simhamukha (Sengdongma) – yidam – lion-headed Dakini Sukkhasiddhi – guru and historical figure – lineage Dakini Tara, Green (Drolma) – yidam – beloved Saviouress Tara, Red – yidam of bountifulness Tara, White (Drolkar) – yidam – she who grants long life and wisdom Troma Nagmo (Rudrani) – yidam – see Machig Labdrön Tseringma – Dharma protector – goddess of the mountain Ushnisha-sitatapatra – yidam – goddess of the glorious white umbrella Ushnisha-vijaya – yidam – the long-life deity Vajrayogini / Vajravarahi (Dorje Naljorma / Dorje Phagmo) – yidam – the queen of Dakinis Yeshe Tsogyal (Dechen Gyalmo) – yidam, guru and historical figure – mother of Tibetan Buddhism

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Tsem Rinpoche: Dear Bradley, very very very good answer..everyone should read his answer carefully and it will benefit you. Bradley, next question? What is the benefits of building Gaden and why?

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nicholas: Question: What is the the exact location of Gaden Monastery and if open for tourists? What is the most important place or object to visit in Gaden in Tibet? Ganden Monastery is located on Wangbur Mountain, on the southern bank of Lhasa River in Tagtse County, 47 kilometers (29 miles) from Lhasa City. It stands at an altitude of 3,800 meters (12,467 feet) above sea level! Gaden Monastery open for tourist. Important place or object to visit in Gaden in Tibet? It’s a red wall building which houses Mauseleum of Lama Tsongkhapa

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amy black: well, i knew the answer to one of your questions and didn’t want to ruin it for nick, so i was waiting:)

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Choongs: Female Buddhas and Bodhisattvas – Achi Chökyi Drolma – Dharma protector of the Drikung Kagyu tradition Dechen Gyalmo – yidam, guru and historical figure – see Yeshe Tsogyal Dorje Yudronma – Dharma protector Ekajati (Ralchigma) – Dharma protector – protectress of mantras Ekajati – yidam – wrathful Black Tara Kakasya – yidam Kuan Yin – Chinese bodhisattva of compassion Kurukulla – yidam – deity of power Lamanteri – wrathful yidam Machig Labdrön – historical figure and yidam – the founder of Chöd Magzor Gyalmo – Dharma protector – see Palden Lhamo Mahamaya – historical figure Mandarava – yidam and historical figure – long-life deity Marici – yidam – goddess of the sun Mayadevi – historical figure – mother of Sakyamuni Buddha Nairatmya – yidam Niguma – lineage guru and historical figure – lineage dakini Palden Lhamo (Sri Devi) – Dharma protector – wrathful protectress of Tibet Prajnaparamita (Yum Chenmo) – guru and yidam – Mother of all

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Tsem Rinpoche: Amy Black, I agree with you…hehehe..I am waiting for Nicholas’ answer too..heheheheheheheheehehehehh..You must visit Gaden in Tibet.

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Bradley Kassian: Ākāśadhātvīśvarī Locanā Māmakī Paṇḍāravāsinī Tārā Vajrayogini are all female buddhas.

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Cliff: Out of the three, which one do you like and why perhaps?

Yamantaka, he is a wrathful manifestation of Manjushri, the bodhisattva of wisdom. I have always liked the paranormal and how high tibetan lamas would be able help people who are possessed or areas that had high activity of it. I like anything to do with Manjushri and being the wrathful form of Manjushri, Yamantaka has been prescribed as a powerful practice to dispel black magic. As a fully enlightened Buddha, he works to destroy our ignorance and dualistic conventions, the cause of all our suffering. Contrary to initial impression, he is not out to harm anybody in any way but direct this energy at our negative emotions and ego-grasping ways. He is blue black in colour representing his true nature of emptiness and he wields it like a weapon towards the destruction of the self-cherishing ego.

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Tsem Rinpoche: Edwin. just answer the questions or I make it 20!!! *gulp*

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Tsem Rinpoche: Pastor JJ, finally Welcome…we are so lucky to have you……question: Name the most important contributions Je Tsongkapa gave to Tibetan Buddhism please?

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Edwin Tan: Rinpoche, if the are of the same deities but different forms, considered part of the 10? Can I name Protectors?

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Michael C.: Name me the benefits of reciting Tsongkapa’s migtseyma mantra and what meditation to do while reciting please…:) – (pt 1, not done) Oh so many benefits! From memory – To name a few – Benefits of relief from anxiety, depression, lack of self-worth, low self esteem – all these are cured (over time, with consistency, when the practice is done correctly). Phiscia (probably spelled that wrong – the class of demon) demons (so i guess still vulnerable to other classes of demon?) will not be able to harm anyone reciting Migtseyma mantra. All the usual – recitation of this mantra alone will lead to enlightenment, outer inner and secret obstacles (especially of ignorance {of our true nature}). a 4 in 1 Buddha. Connection and all the benefits that Manjushri (Display of Wisdom), Chenrezig (Display of Compassion), Vajrapani (Display of Power), & Maitreya (Love, the next Buddha to descend to this realm). So creating Karmic connection to be one of Maitreya’s students hopefully…

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amy black: Did Nicholas answer what is most important object or place to visit in gaden is yet? I am just curious

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Tsem Rinpoche: Edwin, name all on one post and not waste the post lah

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Pastor JayJae《♡上宗喀巴大师》: Dear Rinpoche and all, greetings from Kechara Forest Retreat!

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Edwin Tan: oops…

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Edwin Tan: 1. Vajrayogini

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Edwin Tan: Lol… can I name just Vajrayogini? :P

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Tsem Rinpoche: Dear God (Edwin) you are sooooooo good..hehehehe

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Wei Theng: 45 gurus of Lord Tsongkapa and who was he particularly close to ? Particular close to: Lama Umapa – This great master had studied Madhyamaka with the Sakya tradition and, since childhood, had daily visions of Manjushri, who taught him one verse each day. Tsongkhapa and he became mutual teacher and disciple. Lama Umapa checked with Tsongkhapa to get confirmation that the teachings he received in his visions of Manjushri were correct.

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Edwin Tan: I have to listen to my guru. Will postpone meetings for now

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Tsem Rinpoche: Dear Edwin, now don’t embarrass your guru after being with him for more than three years. Name 10 Female Buddhas? Female…your favorite.ehhehe

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Edwin Tan: :confused:

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Tsem Rinpoche: Wow…God is here!!! Aka Edwin Tan who is famous for avoiding chat to not exercise his knowledge..wow….Edwin is here or God…heheheheheheheheheheheh

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Tsem Rinpoche: Patricia, next question: google and find 8 benefits of reciting Migtseyma mantra and why please? Take your time…I ‘ll wait.

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Edwin Tan: Hello all, Hello Rinpoche :heart:

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Tsem Rinpoche: Patricia, you said you are suppose to teach right? well what a wonderful chance to learn here and now if you want to teach …why throw it away. You are not stupid, you are very very very lazy and selective my dear..shame shame….LOL

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patriciasnodgrass1958: No SIR!!

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Tsem Rinpoche: Patricia, you want dharma, you have to push yourself. Get off that couch and push and be diligent. You didn’t ‘join’ our online community and give up the opportunity to learn did ya?

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patriciasnodgrass1958: whats the next question?

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patriciasnodgrass1958: I’m still stupid tired but I’ll do my best.

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julia tan: The yellow hat originally is the red pandit hat which represent scholar. Yellow is always represent growth. Hence Yellow hat means growth of pure Dharma knowledge.

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Tsem Rinpoche: bye Patricia, I thought you’d scurry away…LOL

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patriciasnodgrass1958: lol, okay you’ve convinced me I’ll stay.

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Pastor David Lai: Name me 8 places that Tsongkapa had travelled and disseminated the dharma strongly? 1. Amdo 2. Central Tibet U-Tsang 3. Olka Cholung 4. Drikung Kagyu 5. Reteng Monastery 6. Dzingji 7. Namtsedeng 8. Lhasa

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patriciasnodgrass1958: Rinpoche, Guys I’ve got to go to bed. Im exhausted. Thank you for letting me participate. And Rinpoche I WILL study harder. Next time I won’t be so easily defeated, lol.

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Tsem Rinpoche: Gary Foo, yes

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Tsem Rinpoche: Dear Pastor Jean Ai, Pastor Niral and Pastor Moh Mei, you have to work on that other questions simultaneously..this is like debate in Gaden. You don’t tell ppl to wait and have a tea and take a nap while you take your sweet time..it has to be fast….ehehheheheehheheheeh

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Fong: Yellow signify increase of dharma after all tritika has been conquered. pointed tip means learn to point of no more learning.

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gary foo: Dear Rinpoche would one of the yidams that Tsongkapa recomended be Vajrayogini?

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Joy: 8 feelings I give ppl around from lying: 1. Aversion 2. Disrespect 3. Frustration 4. Suspicions 5. Reservations 6. Doubts 7. Wariness

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Tsem Rinpoche: Michael, you can get the information from anywhere and your memory..LOL

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Pastor Jean Ai: LOL pigeon poop. @Rinpoche, Pastor Niral, Pastor Moh Mei and I are working on the 45 names of Lama Tsongkhapa’s gurus

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Tsem Rinpoche: dear Julia, very very good….nice to see this. Now next question for my lovely garden girl Julia, What is the purpose of the yellow hat on Tsongkapa? Meaning of it? To keep the pigeon poop away??

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Tsem Rinpoche: Cliff, very very very good and you found the resource to prove your answer too. Out of the three, which one do you like and why perhaps?

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Tsem Rinpoche: Michael C, of course you can…

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Cliff: Question: What Yidams did Tsongkapa highly recommend? proof?
Chakrasamvara
*Yamantaka (Manjushri)
Guhyasamaja

At Ganden, Tsongkhapa continued to teach, write (especially on Chakrasamvara), and do retreats. He commissioned the building of the great Ganden hall with a huge Buddha statue and copper three-dimensional mandalas of Guhyasamaja, Chakrasamvara, and Yamantaka. This is considered his fourth great deed. He continued his writing and in the end, his collected works totaled eighteen volumes, with the largest amount being on Guhyasamaja.

http://www.berzinarchives.com/web/en/archives/approaching_buddhism/teachers/lineage_masters/short_biography_lama_tsongkhapa.html?query=lama+tsongkhapa

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Tsem Rinpoche: [color=red]dear Julia, very very good….nice to see this. Now next question for my lovely garden girl Julia, What is the purpose of the yellow hat on Tsongkapa? Meaning of it? To keep the pigeon poop away??[color]

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Josselynn: MIG-MEY TZE-WEY TER-CHEN CHENREZIG DRI-MEY KHYEN-PEY WANG-PO JAMPALYANG DU-PUNG MA-LU JOM-DZEY SANG-WEY DAG GANG-CHEN KE-PEY TSUG-GYEN TSONGKAPA LO-SANG TRAG-PEY SHAB-LA SOL-WA DEB

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Pastor Moh Mei: Question: What is the the exact location of Gaden Monastery and if open for tourists? What is the most important place or object to visit in Gaden in Tibet? Gaden Monastery is located at the top of Wangbur Mountain, Tagtse County, 36 kilometers ENE from the Potala Palace in Lhasa, at an altitude of 4,300m. It is open to tourist. The most important place to visit is the 95 Holy Stupas. Serdhung is the Holy Stupa Hall that was used by Tsong Khapa and other tripas’. In 1419, Tsong Khapa passed away in Tri Thok Khang and in the following year his disciples established the hall for him, as well as a silver pagoda inside with more than 900 taels of silver to surround the master’s body. Afterwards, the thirteenth Dalai Lama covered it with pure gold. From then on, each time a tripa died, a silver pagoda would be built in their honor. In the time leading up to the liberation of Tibet, 95 pagodas were built.

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Michael C.: @Tsem Rinpoche – can i refer to an online article or my email or from my memory only?

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Tsem Rinpoche: Michael C, that is the spirit. Good for you! Name me the benefits of reciting Tsongkapa’s migtseyma mantra and what meditation to do while reciting please…:)

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patriciasnodgrass1958: I know it’s still not right.

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patriciasnodgrass1958: I had to write it out by hand that’s what took so long

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julia tan: MEG MEY ZHE WEI TER CHEN CHENREZIG DRI MEI KHYEN PEI WANG PO JAM BEI YANG DU PONG MALU JOM ZHE SANG WEI DAG GANG CHEN KE PEY TSUG KYEN SONG KHA PA LO SANG DRAP PEI SHAB LA SOL WA DEB

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patriciasnodgrass1958: mig me tse wey terchen chenrezig. Dri me ken pi jompal yang dru pu malu jomtsey dag gang chen khey pey tsongkhapa losang trey pey shambla sol wa deb

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Tsem Rinpoche: Josh Akers, so much time has passed since you entered dharma, time to study my dear good boy…LOL..Question for you: Tell me what Tsongakpa did in the Jokhang that can still be seen today?

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Michael C.: @Tsem Rinpoche – i am ready to see if i am ready! Ask me a question please!!!

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patriciasnodgrass1958: grrr I do this every day!!! I can say it but can’t spell it!!!

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Tsem Rinpoche: Joy, when you lie always, what are the 8 feelings you give ppl around you and be clear.

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Josh Akers: Im ready. Feeling very humbled.

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patriciasnodgrass1958: dru pu malu

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Michael C.: … i didn’t ever really understand the importance of vows until the cigarette experience. Such a strong addiction! anybody looking into quitting cigarettes please please read this text on the negative effects of tobacco and background by His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche titled: Tobacco: ‘the guide that leads the blind on a false path which ends in a precipice’

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Cliff: Question: What Yidams did Tsongkapa highly recommend? proof?
Chakrasamvara
*Yamantaka (Manjushri)
Guhyasamaja

Still looking for proof

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patriciasnodgrass1958: I’m typing. Trying to figure out the spelling without cheating

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Joy: 10 results of lying: 1. receiving abusive speech and vilification, 2. untrustworthiness, 3. physical unpleasantness. The bad effect of slandering is 4. losing one’s friends without any sufficient cause. 5. being detested by others and 6. having a harsh voice 7. defective bodily organs 8. speech which no one believes 9. creating disharmony in people and environment because of negative divisive speech 10. always having doubts in others and oneself having self doubt

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patriciasnodgrass1958: Migme tse way terchen Chenrezig. Dri me Khenpo drompal yang Dru pu malu jampal yang Dru pu malu jom zey dang

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Tsem Rinpoche: MIchael C, ready to answer a question? Josh are you ready and there? Patricia, what happened? Why so quiet?

5 hours ago

Tsem Rinpoche: Julia, do the whole thing on one post and not separately or you push the post down.

5 hours ago

Tsem Rinpoche: Dear Cliff, one of your answer is wrong..but I like you trying..lol

5 hours ago

julia tan: Meg Mey Zhe Wei Ter Chen Chenrezig

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Tsem Rinpoche: Dear Michael, Poor joy has two huge problems for years..one is pathologically lying and another is verbally fighting. I have been trying to help her for years as she has alienated so many. She told me she wants to be a nun. So I said, let see, but first quit smoking. And she promised last Friday but she lied again as usual…LOL…sigh.

5 hours ago

Cliff: Question: What Yidams did Tsongkapa highly recommend? proof?
Chakrasamvara
Madhyamaka
Guhyasamaja

still looking for proof

5 hours ago

Tsem Rinpoche: Patricia, I gave you the EASIEST QUESTION and I am still waiting for the right answer. You always say you are to be a teacher, well knowledge is very important.

5 hours ago

Michael C.: i wasn’t able to quit smoking cigarettes until i took on vows not to. i would quit smoking for like a month then start back up again previously. But its worse to break a vow. Don’t just casually vow, seriously and deeply examine cause and effect relationships, pros and cons, etc. beforehand!

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nicholas: Will look for the answer Rinpoche..

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Tsem Rinpoche: Dear Julia, please write out Migtseyma here perfectly from memory without looking and cheating.

sem Rinpoche: Nicholas, you have been very quiet and hiding again with Moh Mei? Reading her juicy stories again? Nicholas? Question: What is the the exact location of Gaden Monastery and if open for tourists? What is the most important place or object to visit in Gaden in Tibet?
1 Aug 14, 12:04 PM

julia tan: Dear Rinpoche, How many shilokas is Gaden Hlagyema prayers : 13

1 Aug 14, 12:03 PM

Michael C.: i was playing cards and drew the King of Diamonds

1 Aug 14, 12:03 PM

patriciasnodgrass1958: I am doing it. I’m not used to writing it out. May I try again?

1 Aug 14, 12:02 PM

Tsem Rinpoche: Joy, what is taking so long? Looks like you want to challenge us?

1 Aug 14, 12:02 PM

Pastor David Lai: Pastor David, very good regarding debates. Do the Sakyas today still have debate in their curriculum? – Yes, the Sakya School is the only other Tibetan School that place emphasis on dialectical debates. Hence, some Gelugs even go to receive teachings from the Sakyas because of this…

1 Aug 14, 12:02 PM

Tsem Rinpoche: Patricia, what you wrote is deeply incomplete. If you are doing the retreat and update daily, surely you can remember the mantra without looking. That does not take intellectual knowledge just focus?

1 Aug 14, 12:01 PM

patriciasnodgrass1958: dru pung malu jomsey sol wey dag

1 Aug 14, 12:01 PM

patriciasnodgrass1958: eck I forgot some of it. Dru pung malu jomsey dag.

1 Aug 14, 12:00 PM

patriciasnodgrass1958: Much easier to chant than to write out!!

1 Aug 14, 12:00 PM

patriciasnodgrass1958: mig me tse we terchen Chenrezig Dri me keny pi wang po jampal yang du pung malu jomstey dang gang chen say pay Tsongkpapa losang trey pay jampal yang. Briefly it means Jey Tsongkahapa holy protector of the land of snows you are avoloketeshvara great gold mine of compassion, you are Manjushri buddha of unstained wisdom, you are vajrapani who subdues demons At your feet is lobsang Drakpa, please guide me to enlightenment.

1 Aug 14, 12:00 PM

Tsem Rinpoche: Dear Pastor Niral and USA team, name the 45 gurus of Lord Tsongkapa and who was he particularly close to ?

1 Aug 14, 12:00 PM

Tsem Rinpoche: Pastor David, very good regarding debates. Do the Sakyas today still have debate in their curriculum?

1 Aug 14, 11:59 AM

Pastor David Lai: Tsongkapa adopted debate within his system of practice from where and what tradition? What is the purpose of debates? Proof? – He adopted debate from the Sakya school which derived from the Indian Pandits. The purpose of debate is to sharpen one’s understanding of the teachings to a point that it cannot be refuted by doubts or by thirtikas (heretics or naysayers). With that sort of understanding, we can convince ourselves and eliminate doubts and even gain realisations. Plus, we can also use that to convince others to the Dharma. erm… looking for proof now…

1 Aug 14, 11:59 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Pastor Seng Piow, that is not bad, but you must read my question carefully again. You missed the point please.

1 Aug 14, 11:58 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Pastor JJ, hurry…

1 Aug 14, 11:58 AM

Pastor Seng Piow: Since Vaishravana is the protector of wealth, and He is also protector of Lam Rim and Lama Tsongkhapa’s lineage, thus practising Lama Tsongkhapa’s lineage will also call upon the blessing and protection of Vaishravana to bestow us wealth needed to continue on our spiritual path

1 Aug 14, 11:58 AM

Pastor Jay Jae: Hello Rinpoche and all, the pastors are doing our monthly confessions now in Wisdom Hall. Will be up on chat in a bit. Tq

1 Aug 14, 11:58 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Julia, must be faster lah…then the more you know, the more you can share with your friends and bring them to KFR.

1 Aug 14, 11:57 AM

julia tan: Dear Rinpoche, I am looking for the answer now..

1 Aug 14, 11:56 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Joy, give 10 results clearly that comes about when you lie over and over again to everyone around you and to your teacher?

1 Aug 14, 11:56 AM

Pastor Jean Ai: @Rinpoche, the pastors in Malaysia just told us that they are about to start their monthly vows recitation so they will be away from action for a while

1 Aug 14, 11:56 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Pastor Shin, how come Pastor JJ never join us here ah? Can you ask him??

1 Aug 14, 11:55 AM

Joy: 1. Divisive speech – Not being able to maintain good relationships 2. Harsh Words – Receiving harsh speech in return which will then create aversion and anger, no peace of mind 3. Idle Chatter – Ignorance 4. Lying – Mistrust

1 Aug 14, 11:55 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Julia Tan, where are you hiding? Got question for you? How many shilokas is Gaden Hlagyema prayers?

1 Aug 14, 11:54 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Patricia, type out the full five line migtseyma prayer here without looking anywhere and from memory and describe the meaning in short.

1 Aug 14, 11:53 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Very good Pastor Niral re Kalacakra and did Kalacakra say anything to Tsongakpa?

1 Aug 14, 11:53 AM

Pastor Niral: Kalachakra placed his principle hands on Lama Tsongkhapa’s head and blessed him to carry on the lineage of his practice.

1 Aug 14, 11:53 AM

patriciasnodgrass1958: From what I have read Tsongkhapa was poor at one time himself, and because of this he understands the need for certain kinds of wealth, especially wealth that helps the person propigate the dharma.

1 Aug 14, 11:52 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Clff, question: What Yidams did Tsongkapa highly recommend? proof?

1 Aug 14, 11:52 AM

Sharon Ong: IMHO, Tsongkhapa’s practice can confer inner wealth such as wisdom, compassion, peace and harmony. When one practices the Guru Yoga diligently, it also purifies one’s negativities. With inner wealth and less negativities, the outer wealth will come to help sustain one’s Dharma practice.

1 Aug 14, 11:52 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Bradley, very good. But what did Kalacakra do to Tsongkapa and say toTsongkapa specificially?

1 Aug 14, 11:51 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Dear David, that answer was alittle weak about Tsongkapa and wealth..good try…but acceptable..lol

1 Aug 14, 11:51 AM

Cliff: Can Tsongkapa’s practice confer wealth? Why or why not?
Yes, Lama Tsongkhapa will ensure that you have the necessary physical conditions to engage peacefully and successfully in spiritual practice such as time, money, food, a conducive and comfortable place to stay, finances, etc.

1 Aug 14, 11:51 AM

Bradley Kassian: Tsongkhapa then did an extensive retreat on the Kalachakra complete stage, and after that, a one-year retreat on Madhyamaka. Although Tsongkhapa had learned much about Madhyamaka and voidness from his teachers, he had never felt satisfied with the level of explanation. Before entering this one-year retreat, Manjushri advised him to rely on the Madhyamaka commentary by Buddhapalita (Sangs-rgyas bskyangs). Tsongkhapa did so and, consequently during the retreat, gained full nonconceptual cognition of voidness.

1 Aug 14, 11:51 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Tsongkapa adopted debate within his system of practice from where and what tradition? What is the purpose of debates? Proof?

1 Aug 14, 11:50 AM

Pastor David Lai: Can Tsongkapa’s practice confer wealth? Why or why not? – Yes Je Tsongkhapa can confer wealth because he appears as Je Tse Zin Ma or Lord of Life Force. In that form, he holds a long life vase of Amitayus that overflows nectar or amrita which symbolises all that we need to practice the Dharma and that includes wealth.

1 Aug 14, 11:50 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: After Tsongkapa stayed in an extensive retreat on Lord Kalacakra, Kalacakra appeared to Tsongkapa and did what and said what to Tsongkapa?

1 Aug 14, 11:49 AM

amy black: greetings Rinpoche, Pastors and everyone :) I am brand brand new here so I may be just observing! Thank you Pastor Jean for the invitation I am very honored and will try to keep up :)

1 Aug 14, 11:49 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Pastor David, your answers were good.

1 Aug 14, 11:48 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: What are the consequences of each?

1 Aug 14, 11:48 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Joy, question, what are the negative actions of the speech? What are the consequences of each?

1 Aug 14, 11:48 AM

Joy: 1. Divisive Speech 2. Harsh Words 3. Idle Chatter 4. Lying

1 Aug 14, 11:48 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Joy, question, what are the negative actions of the speech? What are the consequences of each?

1 Aug 14, 11:48 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Joy, question, what are the negative actions of the speech? What are the consequences of each?

1 Aug 14, 11:48 AM

Pastor David Lai: Question: Name me 6 connections that are strong between His Holiness the current Dalai Lama and Lord Tsongkapa please. – 1. Dalai Lama is a Gelug monk 2. Dalai Lama’s first incarnation was a student of Tsongkhapa, Gendun Drup 3. That incarnation of the Dalai Lama was Tsongkhapa’s nephew. 4. Dalai Lama teaches the lamrim based on Je Tsongkhapa’s tradition 5. The Dalai Lama teaches the Kalachakra based on Kedrup Je’s Commentary (Tsongkhapa’s main disciple) 6. Teaches and practices Mind training in the tradition of the kadampas and Je Tsongkhapa

1 Aug 14, 11:48 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Joy, question, what are the negative actions of the speech? What are the consequences of each?

1 Aug 14, 11:47 AM

Wei Theng: Do you know anyone famous who went into retreat studying this Lam Rim in a cave and gaining high realizations? The great Pabongka Rinpoche. In the chapter “Pabongka Rinpoche”, A Memoir by Rilbur Rinpoche, it is mentioned that “When Pabongka Rinpoche had finished his studies, he visited Dagpo Lama Rinpoche in his cave and was sent into a lamrim retreat nearby. Dagpo Lama Rinpoche would teach him a lamrim topic and then Pabongka Rinpoche would go away and meditate on it. Later he would return to explain what he’d understood: if he had gained some realization, Dagpo Lama Rinpoche would teach him some more, and Pabongka Rinpoche would go back and meditate on that. It went on like this for ten years (and if that’s not amazing, what is!).”

1 Aug 14, 11:47 AM

Bradley Kassian: Je Tsongkhapas Lamrim was ment to be a commentary to Atishas Lamp of the Path, One would follow his Lamrim as it leads you from one stage to the next. Tsong-kha-pa took great pains to base his incisive insights on the classical Indian Buddhist literature, illustrating his points with classical citations as well as with sayings of the masters of the earlier Kadampa tradition. In this way, the text demonstrates clearly how Tibetan Buddhism carefully preserved and developed the Indian Buddhist traditions. The lamrim was a scholoarly work but also based on his his personal experiances the last part of the lamrim chenmo was thought to of been dicated to tsongkhapa from manjushri

1 Aug 14, 11:47 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Name me 8 places that Tsongkapa had travelled and disseminated the dharma strongly?

1 Aug 14, 11:47 AM

Pastor Jean Ai: What Wan San shows that through study and practice, we can go from becoming ‘ordinary’ to becoming attained. Pabongka Rinpoche’s story, and the position of the Gaden Tripa, both reflect the meritocratic nature of the Gelug tradition

1 Aug 14, 11:47 AM

Jacinta Goh: Pastor Jean Ai, your answer is excellent..yes it was Pabongka Rinpoche. Can anyone give more details please??? This is very important to know and how it affected the current Lam Rim of Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand.Tsongkhapa work has moire scholarly emphasis while Khabje Pabongka focuses on the needs of practitioners. It has great details on subjects such as how to prepare for meditation, Guru Yoga and the development on Bodhicitta.

1 Aug 14, 11:47 AM

Pastor Adeline: Good morning Rinpoche and all!

1 Aug 14, 11:46 AM

Pastor Shin:  According to Ribur Rinpoche: “Dagpo Lama Rinpoche would teach him a Lamrim topic and then Pabongka Rinpoche would go away and meditate on it. Later he would return to explain what he’d understood: if he had gained some realization, Dagpo Rinpoche would teach him some more and Pabongka Rinpoche would go back and meditate on that.” From:http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/h-h-kyabje-pabongka-rinpoche-1878%E2%80%931941.html

1 Aug 14, 11:46 AM

Cliff: Clifford, give me three pertinent reasons to practice Tsongkapa as a Yidam.
3. Protection from Outer, Inner and Secret Obstacles
Lama Tsongkhapa’s practice will protect the practitioner from three types of obstacles – outer, inner and secret. The outer harm that Lama Tsongkhapa protects us from is harm from humans, non-humans, elemental forces such as floods and fire, bad weather and accidents. Lama Tsongkhapa will also ensure that you have the necessary physical conditions to engage peacefully and successfully in spiritual practice such as time, money, food, a conducive and comfortable place to stay, finances, etc.

1 Aug 14, 11:46 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Can Tsongkapa’s practice confer wealth? Why or why not?

1 Aug 14, 11:45 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Clifford, your answer for why Tsongkapa should be our yidam is excellent. Everyone should read it plse. Wansan, I really like what you found on Pabongka and Lam Rim. Everyone should take a moment to read it now please.

1 Aug 14, 11:45 AM

Cliff: Clifford, give me three pertinent reasons to practice Tsongkapa as a Yidam.
2. Spiritual Power This practice can also help us to gain power. Invoking the blessings of Vajrapani is supreme for people who are scared, who do not have a lot of courage or power. Also, if we find that when we teach the Dharma, people find it difficult to understand or perceive the Dharma, Vajrapani can make our speech powerful. Vajrapani is the supreme Buddha for controlling people’s delusions and illusions by wrathful means. As Tsongkhapa is also one with the Vajrapani, doing this practice will help us create a very powerful connection to Vajrapani, the 1000th and the last Buddha to appear in this fortunate eon.

1 Aug 14, 11:45 AM

Pastor Jean Ai: Also, because of Pabongka Rinpoche’s skill as a Buddhist master, the 13th Dalai Lama requested him to give the yearly Lamrim teachings in 1925, instead of asking the Ganden throneholder (Ganden Tripa) as was customary. Usually these teachings lasted seven days, but these lasted for eleven days.

1 Aug 14, 11:45 AM

Pastor Seng Piow: Pabongkhapa Rinpoche went into retreat with his guru Dapu Dorje Chang and gained high relizations, after that in Tibet in 1921, Pabongkhapa Rinpoche gave a 24-day discourse of Lam Rim to many many people, compiled by HH Trijang Rinpoche and became today’s “Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand”

1 Aug 14, 11:44 AM

wansan: After HH Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche passed his Geshe exams, He began to receive teachings from a very important Master, Dagpo Jampel Lundrup. Dagpo Rinpoche was just a normal monk, and not even an incarnate Lama. However, under this Master, Pabongka started to develop by leaps and bounds. He studied the Lamrim, and everything began to flourish within him from then on. Dagpo Lama Rinpoche became his Root Guru. Dagpo Lama Rinpoche would teach him a Lamrim topic and then Pabongka Rinpoche would go away and meditate on it. Later he would return to explain what he’d understood: if he had gained some realization, Dagpo Rinpoche would teach him some more and Pabongka Rinpoche would go back and meditate on that.”

1 Aug 14, 11:44 AM

Pastor Shin: Good evening Rinpoche, Pastors, Kecharians.

1 Aug 14, 11:44 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Question: Name me 6 connections that are strong between His Holiness the current Dalai Lama and Lord Tsongkapa please.

1 Aug 14, 11:44 AM

Cliff: Clifford, give me three pertinent reasons to practice Tsongkapa as a Yidam.

Lama Tsongkhapa is an emanation of the Bodhisattva of wisdom, Manjushri. Therefore, his practice will instill deep wisdom for the sincere practitioner. As such, Lama Tsongkhapa’s practice is especially suitable for children or students of any age, or for people in professions such as teaching, counseling, communications, media or the arts.
The Seven Wisdoms
One of the main benefits of his practice is the attainment of the Seven Wisdom:
Great Wisdom – The Wisdom of Teaching the Dharma
Clear Wisdom – The Wisdom of Spiritual Debate
Quick Wisdom – The Wisdom of Writing Dharma Texts Profound Wisdom
The Wisdom of Teaching the Dharma
The Wisdom of Spiritual Debate
The Wisdom of Writing Dharma Texts.

1 Aug 14, 11:43 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Bradley, what are the reasons why someone would fully devote themselves to Je Tsongkapa’s Lam Rim. Was it just a scholarly work or written from Tsongkapa’s attainments? Proof please. [/color]

1 Aug 14, 11:43 AM

sweekeong: Who are the three special protectors associated with Lam Rim? 1. Kalarupa, Lamrim protector of small scope, is an emanation of Manjushri. 2. Vaishravana, a Lamrim protector of medium scope, is also known as Dzambala and is associated with ethics. 3. 6-armed Mahakala, Lamrim protector of great scope, is an emanation of Chenrezig, and is associated with great compassion and bodhichitta. Is Kalarupa associated with taking refuge of Buddha teachings as in the small scope of Lamrim?

1 Aug 14, 11:42 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Pastor Jean Ai, your answer is excellent..yes it was Pabongka Rinpoche. Can anyone give more details please??? This is very important to know and how it affected the current Lam Rim of Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand.

1 Aug 14, 11:42 AM

patriciasnodgrass1958: Since the Lam Rim contains everything the Buddha taught, it seems logical that it could enlighten the person who diligently practices.

1 Aug 14, 11:42 AM

Pastor Jean Ai: Rinpoche previously blogged about Pabongkha Rinpoche here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/pabongka-rinpoche-wikipedia.html

1 Aug 14, 11:42 AM

Bradley Kassian: there are 63 chapters in the english version of lamrim by tsongkhapa. there are three volumes in total in english. i know i have it on my shelf ^^

1 Aug 14, 11:41 AM

Pastor Niral: Not at all Rinpoche. One need to practice the Lam Rim/Sutric teachings as they are the foundation for all higher practices such as tantra. Without a firm ground, anything built on top of it is useless.

1 Aug 14, 11:41 AM

Pastor Seng Piow: Josh, Milarepa’s time is before Tsongkhapa, impossible Milarepa read Lam Rim

1 Aug 14, 11:41 AM

Sharon Ong: Can you become fully enlightened by Lam Rim alone??? Who can answer and why? Yes, one can become fully enlightened if one practiced well according to what is set out in the Lamrim. The Lamrim systematically shows us the methods towards our ultimate goal.

1 Aug 14, 11:41 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Josh Akers, not Milarepa, sorry. Keep trying please…Milarepa went into retreat of Heruka and became enlightened.

1 Aug 14, 11:41 AM

Pastor Jean Ai: Do you know anyone famous who went into retreat studying this Lam Rim in a cave and gaining high realizations? ANSWER: Pabongkha Rinpoche went into retreat on the Lamrim, and gained high realisations. He went from being known as a ‘dullard’ into being known as a renowned scholar and teacher. His commentary and exposition on Tsongkhapa’s lamrim has become the seminal and core text for Gelug centres all over the world today.

1 Aug 14, 11:41 AM

Bradley Kassian: Lamrim is a combination of sutra teachings, and tantric practices such as purification practices and ones done to increase merit and knowledge.

1 Aug 14, 11:40 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Joy, why so quiet and so long to answer?

1 Aug 14, 11:40 AM

Josh Akers: Milarepa

1 Aug 14, 11:40 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Tat Ming, very good. more details please.

1 Aug 14, 11:40 AM

Josh Akers: Do you know anyone famous who went into retreat studying this Lam Rim in a cave and gaining high realizations?

1 Aug 14, 11:40 AM

Choongs: Dharmaraja Yama represents the impermanence of all rebirths; he also classifies people according to the laws of cause and effect and according to what sins or virtues people have done. If one relies on this Dharma protector, one will easily develop realization into the small scope – that is, into impermanence, cause and effect, and so on.

1 Aug 14, 11:40 AM

Casteven Lim (KH JB): Question: Can you become fully enlightened by Lam Rim alone??? Who can answer and why? From my view my answer is cannot.. Lam Rim is just a guide line, we need a Guru or spiritual guide and protector practice to make sure we have a swift Dharma path…

1 Aug 14, 11:40 AM

Tat Ming: Yes. we can become fully enlightened by Lamrim alone because it is the complete path to enlightenment. Lamrim is the essence of the 84000 teachings complied by Lord Atisha and fully endorsed by all the Nalanda University scholars!

1 Aug 14, 11:40 AM

Pastor Jean Ai: Pabongkha Rinpoche went into retreat on the Lamrim, and gained high realisations. He went from being known as a ‘dullard’ into being known as a renowned scholar and teacher. His commentary and exposition on Tsongkhapa’s lamrim has become the seminal and core text for Gelug centres all over the world today.

1 Aug 14, 11:40 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: So Pastor Niral, are you saying Lam Rim is toooooo slow and therefore chuck it out? And go straight to tantra? You naughty ex-Hindu…ehe

1 Aug 14, 11:40 AM

Choongs: In the medium scope, one must practice mainly the three high trainings – with the greatest emphasis on the training of ethics. The maharaja Vaishravana promised before Buddha to principally guard the vinaya part of the three baskets, as well as the high training of ethics from among the three trainings. If one relies on this particular Dharma protector, one will develop these parts of the path in one’s mental stream.

1 Aug 14, 11:39 AM

Choongs: The Kurukullejnana form of Mahakala is really Avalokiteshvara, the embodiment of the compassion of all the victorious ones arising in the form of a protector deity. The point being made here is that one will sooner develop love and compassion while following the great scope if one relies on this protector.

1 Aug 14, 11:39 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Dear Bradley, excellent. Is Lam Rim sutra or tantra and why?

1 Aug 14, 11:39 AM

Pastor Niral: Yes, enlightenment can be achieved following the Lam Rim as it encompasses the entire sutric path to enlightenment. However following this method will take 3 countless eons, compared to the tantric path through which we can gain enlightenment in 1 lifetime.

1 Aug 14, 11:38 AM

Bradley Kassian: You can become enlightened by Lamrim. As long as you put it into practice. The lam rim is divided into stages, that work you up from one stage to the next. Within the Lamrim tradition, there are three scopes of practice. The initial scope practitioner is someone who practices for a better future life. A middle scope practitioner practices for individual liberation. A great scope practitioner practices to attain enlightenment in order to lead other beings to liberation and happiness. The great scope is not independent of the small and medium scope, the small scope sets the foundation for the medium scope, and the small and medium scope set the foundation for the great scope. So everything is interconnected and interdependent, a great scope practitioner must practice everything and not skip the previous scopes.

1 Aug 14, 11:38 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: How many chapters in this Lam Rim by Tsongkapa? Do you know anyone famous who went into retreat studying this Lam Rim in a cave and gaining high realizations?

1 Aug 14, 11:38 AM

Cliff: [2/2] The point being made here is that one will sooner develop love and compassion while following the great scope if one relies on this protector. In the medium scope, one must practice mainly the three high trainings – with the greatest emphasis on the training of ethics. The maharaja Vaishravana promised before Buddha to principally guard the vinaya part of the three baskets, as well as the high training of ethics from among the three trainings. If one relies on this particular Dharma protector, one will develop these parts of the path in one’s mental stream. Dharmaraja Yama represents the impermanence of all rebirths; he also classifies people according to the laws of cause and effect and according to what sins or virtues people have done. If one relies on this Dharma protector, one will easily develop realization into the small scope – that is, into impermanence, cause and effect, and so on.

1 Aug 14, 11:38 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Choong, give me more details please…simply naming them is not enough…LOL

1 Aug 14, 11:38 AM

MITRA KPSS2: can if we fallow all lamrim.

1 Aug 14, 11:37 AM

Jacinta Goh: Can you become fully enlightened by Lam Rim alone??? Who can answer and why?. Yes if practiced correctly because it encompasses 84ooo teachings of Buddha.

1 Aug 14, 11:37 AM

Cliff: Name me the exact name of Lam Rim by Lord Tsongkapa please. Can you achieve enlightenment by practicing just Lam Rim and only Lam Rim? Who are the three special protectors associated with Lam Rim?

Below your own gurus are three multicolored lotus flowers. On the central flower stands [Six-armed] Mahakala upon a sun disc. He is in his right Kurukullejnana form. He is lord of the Dharma of the great scope. To his right stands Vaishravana, on the lotus flower and moon disc. He is lord of the Dharma of the medium scope. To Mahakala’s left stands Kamayama (Kalarupa) on a sun-disc and lotus flower. He is lord of the Dharma of the small scope. The reasons for taking them as the lords of the Dharma of the three scopes are these. The Kurukullejnana form of Mahakala is really Avalokiteshvara, the embodiment of the compassion of all the victorious ones arising in the form of a protector deity….[1/2]

1 Aug 14, 11:37 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Clifford, give me three pertinent reasons to practice Tsongkapa as a Yidam.

1 Aug 14, 11:37 AM

Choongs: The three Lamrim protectors are : [Six-armed] Mahakala; Vaishravana; and Kamayama (Kalarupa)

1 Aug 14, 11:37 AM

Pastor Seng Piow: yes we can achieve Enlightenment with Lam Rim, but Lam Rim is the sutra path, it will take us 3 aeons to achieve full enlightenment, to achieve Enlightenment in a much faster path, we need tantra, which enables enlightenment in 1 lifetime.

1 Aug 14, 11:37 AM

patriciasnodgrass1958: Because the lam rim contains all the stages of the path to enlightenment. It is a condensed version of every thing Buddha taught.

1 Aug 14, 11:37 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Joy, question, what are the negative actions of the speech? What are the consequences of each?

1 Aug 14, 11:37 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Question: Can you become fully enlightened by Lam Rim alone??? Who can answer and why?

1 Aug 14, 11:36 AM

nicholas: What is Tsongkapa most famous for teaching? What teaching today is most Tsongkapa known for among the many He mastered? Name me the exact name of Lam Rim by Lord Tsongkapa please. Can you achieve enlightenment by practicing just Lam Rim and only Lam Rim? Who are the three special protectors associated with Lam Rim? Lamrim Chenmo. We can achieve enlightenment by practicing just Lam Rim. Three special protectors associated with Lam Rim : Kalarupa, Vaishravana, Mahakala.

1 Aug 14, 11:36 AM

Pastor Seng Piow: Lam Rim Chenmo – Stages to the Path of Enlightenment, yes we can achieve Enlightenment with Lam Rim, but Lam Rim is the sutra path, it will take us 3 aeons to achieve full enlightenment, to achieve Enlightenment in a much faster path, we need tantra, which canenlightenment in 1 lifetime. Lam Rim protectors are Kalarupa, Vaishravana and Mahakala

1 Aug 14, 11:36 AM

patriciasnodgrass1958: I need to study more!!!!

1 Aug 14, 11:36 AM

Pastor Niral: Sorry, Lam Rim Chenmo, The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment. Yes you can achieve enlightenment by practicing the Lam Rim as it encompasses the entire path. Lam Rim Protectors: Lower Scope – Kalarupa, Medium Scope – Vaishravana, Great Scope – Six-armed Mahakala.

1 Aug 14, 11:36 AM

Pastor Jean Ai: Yes Rinpoche, text is available in English. The commentary of this text that Pabongka Rinpoche gave is available here: http://vajrasecrets.com/lamrim-liberation-in-the-palm-of-your-hand.html

1 Aug 14, 11:36 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Swee Keong, not bad, give me more details.

1 Aug 14, 11:36 AM

patriciasnodgrass1958: oops.

1 Aug 14, 11:36 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Patricia, Yamantaka is not a protector per se.

1 Aug 14, 11:36 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Dear Gary, excellent. Why three protectors and tell me alittle of each please.

1 Aug 14, 11:36 AM

patriciasnodgrass1958: I was thinking Mahakala Kalarupa and Yamataka.

1 Aug 14, 11:35 AM

sweekeong: Kalarupa – Lamrim small scope protector, Vaishravana – Lamrim medium scope protector, 6-armed Mahakala – Lamrim great scope protector

1 Aug 14, 11:35 AM

Jacinta Goh: Lamrim Chenmo is The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment.

1 Aug 14, 11:35 AM

gary foo: Mahakala Vaishravana Kalarupa th eprotectors of Lamrim

1 Aug 14, 11:35 AM

Bradley Kassian: The Great Treaties on the Stages of the Path – Lamrim Chenmo – Three special protectors are kalarupa, mahakala, and Yamantaka?

1 Aug 14, 11:35 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Pastor Jean Ai, excellent. Is this text in English?

1 Aug 14, 11:34 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Naughty, naughty, naughty Joy Kam lying again and not quitting cigarettes and smoking them in the Lama’s ladrang area and land. And also you didn’t water the plants well today reported Cliff. Shame shame not doing your work well again. sigh……..Joy, you really have to stop lying after 12 years with me already…

1 Aug 14, 11:34 AM

Pastor David Lai: “During the rainy season after this, Je Tsongkapa taught vinaya (‘dul-ba, monastic rules of discipline) so clearly, it is regarded as his second great deed.” Traditionally, this teaching on the Vinaya is counted amongst his greatest deeds but not the composition of the lamrim. However, lamrim is what everybody knows of today…

1 Aug 14, 11:34 AM

Pastor Jean Ai: The exact teaching is known as The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (lam rim chen mo),

1 Aug 14, 11:34 AM

Pastor Niral: Lam Rim Protectors: Lower Scope – Kalarupa, Medium Scope – Vaishravana, Great Scope – Six-armed Mahakala.

1 Aug 14, 11:33 AM

patriciasnodgrass1958: Can you achieve Enlightenment by practicing Lam Rim only, Yes. Lam Rim or stages of the path. I don’t know who the three protectors are, but I’m about to find out.

1 Aug 14, 11:33 AM

Sharon Ong: Name me the exact name of Lam Rim by Lord Tsongkapa please. Can you achieve enlightenment by practicing just Lam Rim and only Lam Rim? In his two main treatises (lam rim chen mo and sngags rim chen mo), Tsongkhapa meticulously sets forth this graduated way and how one establishes oneself in the sutric and tantric paths. http://guhyasamaja.org/index.php/teachers/lama-tsongkhapa-lineage-founder

1 Aug 14, 11:33 AM

Jacinta Goh: Lamrim Chenmo and Ngarim Chenmo, are the famous teaching

1 Aug 14, 11:32 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Name me the exact name of Lam Rim by Lord Tsongkapa please. Can you achieve enlightenment by practicing just Lam Rim and only Lam Rim? Who are the three special protectors associated with Lam Rim?

1 Aug 14, 11:32 AM

Casteven Lim (KH JB): Good morning Rinpoche and room…

1 Aug 14, 11:32 AM

Joy: No Rinpoche. Will throw them out today.

1 Aug 14, 11:31 AM

Pastor Moh Mei: What is Tsongkapa most famous for teaching? What teaching today is most Tsongkapa known for among the many He mastered? ANSWER: Tsongkhapa’s teachings drew upon the teachings of Atisha, emphasizing the study of Vinaya, the Tripiṭaka, and the Shastras.[1] Atisha’s Lamrim inspired Tsongkhapa’s Lamrim Chenmo, which became a main text among his followers.

1 Aug 14, 11:31 AM

patriciasnodgrass1958: Lolol…. Thank you Pastor Jean Ai, you are right of course.

1 Aug 14, 11:31 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Very good Mitra and Bradley.

1 Aug 14, 11:31 AM

MITRA KPSS2: lamrim

1 Aug 14, 11:31 AM

Pastor Jean Ai: @Patricia: how do you invent something you don’t teach hahaha that’s like saying Edison invented the light bulb but he never used it haha

1 Aug 14, 11:31 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Joy, are you bargaining with me AGAIN like you have been doing for over a decade? You promised to quit by last Friday, now it’s a new story. Shame shame shame for lying again. How will Mavis and Jim believe you and help on the projects if they find out you lie?

1 Aug 14, 11:30 AM

nicholas: Who built Gaden Monastery exactly? Did it complete during Tsongkapa’s lifetime and fully functional? Did Tsongkapa live in Gaden and how was the location found? Give proof please. Lama Tsongkhapa built Gaden. Gyaltsab Je and Bhikkshu Gyeltsen were in charge of the construction of Gaden monastery. Temples for these constructions were completed in 1415 and the maṇḍalas and deities were installed in 1417. It completed during Tsongkhapa lifetime. In 1409, when Lama Tsongkhapa started building Gaden Monastery, this very same conch shell was unearthed which fulfilled Lord Buddha Shakyamuni’s prophecy

1 Aug 14, 11:30 AM

patriciasnodgrass1958: I know he invented it I wasn’t sure if he taught it

1 Aug 14, 11:30 AM

Bradley Kassian: Lamrim Chenmo

1 Aug 14, 11:30 AM

Josh Akers: Lam Rim is his most famous teaching?

1 Aug 14, 11:30 AM

Pastor Niral: Tsongkhapa is most famous for his teaching of the Lamrim in his Lamrim Chenmo.

1 Aug 14, 11:30 AM

Joy: Lam Rim Chen Mo

1 Aug 14, 11:30 AM

patriciasnodgrass1958: Lam Rim?

1 Aug 14, 11:30 AM

Pastor Seng Piow: Tsongkhapa is most famous for “Stages to the Path of Enlightenment – Lam Rim”

1 Aug 14, 11:29 AM

Pastor Jean Ai: @Joy: I recall your words being “I will work towards cutting down by the end of the week”

1 Aug 14, 11:29 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: What is Tsongkapa most famous for teaching? What teaching today is most Tsongkapa known for among the many He mastered?

1 Aug 14, 11:29 AM

patriciasnodgrass1958: I agree with Wan San

1 Aug 14, 11:29 AM

Joy: Dear Rinpoche I am ciggy habit down. I am reducing it from 10 to 5 sticks and eventually none.

1 Aug 14, 11:29 AM

MITRA KPSS2: good morning Rinpoche and all.

1 Aug 14, 11:29 AM

Pastor Jean Ai: I would add to Wan San’s answer that the location was determined by the unearthing of a conch shell buried by one of Shakyamuni’s disciples. The conch shell had been offered to Shakyamuni directly by a young boy who was Lama Tsongkhapa’s previous incarnation

1 Aug 14, 11:28 AM

Pastor Moh Mei: Question: Who built Gaden Monastery exactly? Did it complete during Tsongkapa’s lifetime and fully functional? Did Tsongkapa live in Gaden and how was the location found? Give proof please. Part 3: Tsongkhapa stayed frequently at Ganden until the end of his life. He passed away at this monastery and his remains were kept there. His construction of Ganden’s main temple, with its large statues and three-dimensional mandalas, is counted as the fourth great deed of Tsongkhapa’s life.

1 Aug 14, 11:28 AM

Pastor David Lai: What was Tsongkapa’s father’s name and is there an incarnation of Tsongkapa’s father alive today? If so, name? – Tsongkhapa’s father’s name is Lubum Ge… I found on google that his reincarnation is called Arjia Rinpoche http://tmbcc.org/SITE/2_ABOUT_1a_arjia_rinpoche_interview_mikel_dunham.html

1 Aug 14, 11:28 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Wansan, not bad. Does everyone agree with what Wansan stated?

1 Aug 14, 11:28 AM

gary foo: kedrub is the regent of tantra and Gyaltsab is the regent of sutra…could it be because Tsongkapa was master of both and his disciples show you can get enlightment via eith paths?

1 Aug 14, 11:28 AM

Pastor Moh Mei: Question: Who built Gaden Monastery exactly? Did it complete during Tsongkapa’s lifetime and fully functional? Did Tsongkapa live in Gaden and how was the location found? Give proof please. Part 2: The main temple and over seventy buildings were completed that year, 1409, in strict adherence with the Indian monastic rules. The next year, on a hill behind Ganden, Tsongkhapa unearthed the treasure conch shell that Maudgalyayana had buried there. All the prophesies about Ganden Monastery were thus fulfilled. In 1416, Tsongkhapa gave the Ganden conch to his disciple, Jamyang Chojey (‘Jam-dbyangs Chos-rje bKra-shis dpal-ldan) (1379-1449), who founded Drepung Monastery (‘Bras-spungs dGon-pa) later that year. The conch has been kept at Drepung ever since. Another close disciple, Jamchen Chojey (Byams-chen Chos-rje Shakya ye-shes) (1354-1435), founded Sera Monastery (Se-ra dGon-pa) in 1419, the year Tsongkhapa passed away.

1 Aug 14, 11:27 AM

Pastor Moh Mei: Question: Who built Gaden Monastery exactly? Did it complete during Tsongkapa’s lifetime and fully functional? Did Tsongkapa live in Gaden and how was the location found? Give proof please. Part 1: In 1409, Tsongkhapa instituted the Great Prayer Festival (sMon-lam chen-mo) at the Lhasa Jokang Temple (Lha-sa Jo-khang, Jokhang). Afterwards, his disciples, concerned about the effect of constant travel on their teacher’s health, offered to build him a monastery at any site of his choice. Tsongkhapa accepted and chose Drogri Mountain (‘Brog ri-bo-che), approximately 50 kilometers east of Lhasa. He personally consecrated the land and named the monastery Ganden, Tu****a in Sanskrit, after the pure land realm of the future Buddha, Maitreya.

1 Aug 14, 11:27 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Sharon Ong, excellent, excellent answer. Correct, Gyaltsab Je was the first ever Gaden Tripa representing Tsongkapa on earth.

1 Aug 14, 11:27 AM

wansan: Tsongkhapa’s disciples, concerned about the effect of constant travel on their teacher’s health, offered to build him a monastery at any site of his choice. Tsongkhapa accepted and chose Drogri Mountain approximately 50 kilometers east of Lhasa. He personally consecrated the land and named the monastery Ganden, Tu****a in Sanskrit, after the pure land realm of the future Buddha, Maitreya. Tsongkhapa stayed frequently at Ganden until the end of his life. He passed away at this monastery and his remains were kept there. His construction of Ganden’s main temple, with its large statues and three-dimensional mandalas, is counted as the fourth great deed of Tsongkhapa’s life. http://www.berzinarchives.com/web/en/archives/study/history_buddhism/buddhism_tibet/gelug/brief_history_ganden_monastery.html

1 Aug 14, 11:26 AM

Sharon Ong: And who was the first Gaden Tripa to represent Tsongkapa and who chose them? Gyaltsab Je (Tibetan: རྒྱལ་ཚབ་རྗེ་, Wylie: Rgyal tshab rje) (1364–1432) or more elaborately, Gyaltsab Dharma Rinchen was born in the Tsang province of central Tibet. He was a famous student of Je Tsongkhapa, and actually became the first Ganden Tripa (throne holder) of the Gelug tradition after Je Tsongkhapa’s death.

1 Aug 14, 11:26 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Julia, Choong, and all of you, where are you??

1 Aug 14, 11:26 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: [/color] Pastor Niral, excellent answer regarding Tsongakpa’s enlightenment.[/color]

1 Aug 14, 11:25 AM

Pastor Seng Piow: Dear everyone, please think and answer carefully, what does it mean when they say kedrub is the regent of tantra and Gyaltsab is the regent of sutra? Is that all they knew? And who was the first Gaden Tripa to represent Tsongkapa and who chose them? Since Lama Tsongkhapa’s lineage can bring us to enlightenment, and the path to enlightenment is the combination of both sutra and tantra practice, therefore the two heart sons of Lama Tsongkhapa – Kedrup and Gyalsab, each was the regent of tantra and sutra, to represent that the lineage of enlightenment via sutra and tantra practice continues on after Lama Tsongkhapa, and that the lineage can truly bring its practitioners towards enlightenment. Gyalsab was the first Gaden Tripa, and Lama Tsongkhapa chose him, subsequent Gaden Tripa follows a systematic path in the monastic hierarchy to be elected.

1 Aug 14, 11:25 AM

Pastor Niral: Lama Tsongkhapa manifested clear light in Gaden Monastery in 1419. The physical signs of his having attained clear light, included his body having regained its youthfulness. Also, after his passing, his body did not rot, but was interred in a stupa in Gaden. When the Chinese Army invaded Tibet, they broke open the stupa thinking there was gold inside. They found that Lama Tsongkhapa’s hair and nails were still growing after so many years.

1 Aug 14, 11:24 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Josh, Sorry not correct…..hehe Try again.

1 Aug 14, 11:24 AM

patriciasnodgrass1958: Lama Tsongkhapa oversaw the construction, his diciples Gyltsab Je and Bikkshu Gyeltsen were in charge of the construction. The buildings were designed according to Vinaya rules. Source, Tsongkahapa A guide to a simple Practice.

1 Aug 14, 11:24 AM

Bradley Kassian: Gyaltstab Je was regent of sutra because he was a renowned scholar and intellect. He once walked into a teaching tsongkhapa was giving and sat down at the same level as him. When he heard tsongkhapas teaching he was moved by it , got up and sat down lower. Kehdrup je is regent of tantra because of his learning and accomplishments. Hes the one that prayed all the time to Tsongkhapa after his passing and recieved visions. Tsongkhapa predicted he would have great tantric achievments

1 Aug 14, 11:23 AM

Josh Akers: Tsongkhapa was the first Gaden Tripa followed by Dhama Rinchen. Gaden Tripa is an appointed office chosen by hierarchichal progression.

1 Aug 14, 11:23 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Joy, how come you didn’t honor your words and quit the ciggy buds as you had promised me your lama? Why is that again?

1 Aug 14, 11:23 AM

Pastor David Lai: What was Tsongkapa’s father’s name and is there an incarnation of Tsongkapa’s father alive today? If so, name? – Tsongkhapa’s father’s name is Lubum Ge… Will be looking to see if got incarnation or not.

1 Aug 14, 11:22 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Question: Who built Gaden Monastery exactly? Did it complete during Tsongkapa’s lifetime and fully functional? Did Tsongkapa live in Gaden and how was the location found? Give proof please.

1 Aug 14, 11:22 AM

patriciasnodgrass1958: Bravo Joy, I looked all over and couldn’t find that. Thank you!

1 Aug 14, 11:22 AM

Cliff: Dear Rinpoche, she has not. The night itself after blog quiz she had gone home and took her nightly cigarette.

1 Aug 14, 11:22 AM

Joy: What was Tsongkapa’s father’s name and is there an incarnation of Tsongkapa’s father alive today? If so, name? – Lubum Ge. Today he is Arjia Rinpoche was born in 1950. His nomadic family herded their yaks across the high plains of the Tibetan-Mongolian border. At the age of two, the boy was recognized, (by the 10th Panchen Lama), as the reincarnation of Tsongkhapa’s father.

1 Aug 14, 11:21 AM

patriciasnodgrass1958: ehhh… I need to study harder.

1 Aug 14, 11:21 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Joy, why so quiet? Why you hiding again? Having a cigarette again. You said you want to be a nun and by last Friday you would quit? Have you quit and honored your promise or still puffing away on the cancer sticks?

1 Aug 14, 11:20 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Very good Pastor David.

1 Aug 14, 11:20 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Pastor Niral, question for you: Where did Tsongkapa pass away or manifest clear light and proof?

1 Aug 14, 11:20 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Pastor Niral, question for you: Where did Tsongkapa pass away or manifest clear light and proof?

1 Aug 14, 11:19 AM

Pastor David Lai: Proof of Tsongkhapa achieving enlightenment in bardo and reason – “Tsongkhapa died at Ganden in 1419, at the age of 62. He attained enlightenment after his death by achieving an illusory body (sgyu-lus) instead of bardo. This was to emphasize the need for monks to follow strict celibacy, since enlightenment in this lifetime requires practice with a consort at least once.” http://www.berzinarchives.com/web/en/archives/approaching_buddhism/teachers/lineage_masters/short_biography_lama_tsongkhapa.html?query=tsongkhapa+biography

1 Aug 14, 11:19 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: dear everyone, you don’t have to say hello everyone or hello to this or that person or you push the questions down further till no one can see. JUST JOIN RIGHT IN AND START ANSWERING THE QUESTIONS PLEASE!!!

1 Aug 14, 11:18 AM

Pastor Niral: Hello Rinpoche and everyone here!

1 Aug 14, 11:18 AM

Cliff: Dara Katche Lubum-gue, – Tsongkhapa’s father, was from the tribe of Mel. He is described as a good man, brave and intrepid. He had great faith in the Three Jewels and his veneration for the Dharma Masters was deep. Dara Katche was also known for his regularly recitation of the prayer of the Praises of the Names of Manjushri (Manjushri nama samgiti).

1 Aug 14, 11:18 AM

Pastor Seng Piow: Tsongkhapa’s father name is Lubum Ge, his present incarnation…let me check

1 Aug 14, 11:17 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Dear everyone, please think and answer carefully, what does it mean when they say kedrub is the regent of tantra and Gyaltsab is the regent of sutra? Is that all they knew? And who was the first Gaden Tripa to represent Tsongkapa and who chose them?

1 Aug 14, 11:17 AM

Pastor David Lai: Yes rinpoche… i am looking for proof and coming up with it

1 Aug 14, 11:17 AM

julia tan: Good morning Rinpoche and everyone here..

1 Aug 14, 11:16 AM

patriciasnodgrass1958: lol, thank you Rinpoche

1 Aug 14, 11:16 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Pastor David, proof?

1 Aug 14, 11:16 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Patricia, glad to see you here finally to challenge what you know. Glad to see you not scurry away. :)

1 Aug 14, 11:15 AM

Pastor David Lai: Question: Name me five practices that were very close to Tsongkapa’s heart? – Yamantaka, Cakrasamvara, Guhyasamaja, Kalachakra and Vajrayogini

1 Aug 14, 11:15 AM

Jacinta Goh: Good Morning Rinpoche and others!

1 Aug 14, 11:15 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: What was Tsongkapa’s father’s name and is there an incarnation of Tsongkapa’s father alive today? If so, name?

1 Aug 14, 11:15 AM

patriciasnodgrass1958: I think he was very close because he entered death voluntarily, his body changed to a sixteen year old boy and rays of light came from him.

1 Aug 14, 11:15 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: What was Tsongkapa’s father’s name and is there an incarnation of Tsongkapa’s father alive today? If so, name?

1 Aug 14, 11:14 AM

Josselynn: Good morning Rinpoche and everyone in the chat room

1 Aug 14, 11:14 AM

Sharon Ong: Good morning, Rinpoche, Pastors and everyone!

1 Aug 14, 11:14 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: But even if he achieved in Bardo, he was very near enlightenment prior to bardo correct?

1 Aug 14, 11:14 AM

Pastor David Lai: He achieved in bardo because in tantra before Je Tsongkhapa, achieving enlightenment requires a consort while in the bardo is a result of visualisations and meditations that Je Tsongkhapa did while preserving his monastic vows. He did that to show an example of the Gelug way of achieving enlightenment.

1 Aug 14, 11:14 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Bradley, very good…..excellent and correct.

1 Aug 14, 11:14 AM

Pastor Seng Piow: Tsongkhapa died at Ganden in 1419, at the age of 62. He attained enlightenment after his death by achieving an illusory body (sgyu-lus) instead of bardo. This was to emphasize the need for monks to follow strict celibacy, since enlightenment in this lifetime requires practice with a consort at least once.

1 Aug 14, 11:13 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Question: Name me five practices that were very close to Tsongkapa’s heart?

1 Aug 14, 11:13 AM

Choongs: It is said that he was teaching us all that with practice, we could achieve it too.

1 Aug 14, 11:13 AM

sweekeong: Lama Tsongkhapa physical body return to a youthful 16-year old boy when he past away.

1 Aug 14, 11:13 AM

Bradley Kassian: This was to emphasize the need for monks to follow strict celibacy, since enlightenment in this lifetime requires practice with a consort at least once.

1 Aug 14, 11:12 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Very good Bradley. Very good Choong. Why in the bardo?

1 Aug 14, 11:12 AM

Choongs: It is during bardot Rincpoche. I’ll look for the rederence

1 Aug 14, 11:12 AM

Pastor Moh Mei: Hi Rinpoche….lol…on my “reading”

1 Aug 14, 11:12 AM

Bradley Kassian: Tsongkhapa died at Ganden in 1419, at the age of 62. He attained enlightenment after his death by achieving an illusory body (sgyu-lus) instead of bardo. – Life & Teachings of Tsongkhapa

1 Aug 14, 11:12 AM

Tat Ming: tsongkhapa’s parents had many auspicious dreams that their child would be an emanation of Avalokiteshvara, Manjushri, and Vajrapani. His future teacher, Chojey Dondrub-rinchen (Chos-rje Don-grub rin-chen), was told by Yamantaka in a vision that he (Yamantaka) would come to Amdo (A-mdo, northeastern Tibet) in a certain year and become his disciple.

1 Aug 14, 11:12 AM

Pastor Seng Piow: Tsongkhapa’s mother dreamt of a boy in white clothes and a girl in red clothes, going around choosing among many ladies which one is the most suitable [for a holy person to take rebirth], and finally the boy and the girl chose Tsongkhapa’s mother

1 Aug 14, 11:12 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Pastor Moh Mei, that was ok, but you have to do MUCH BETTER THAN THAT because you read ‘alot’. I always catch you reading about ‘tantra’ ….

1 Aug 14, 11:11 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Pastor David or anyone, question: Did Tsongkapa achieve full liberation during his life or in the bardo? Support your answer with ‘proof’ or a reference to a text please. Is there a difference whether he achieved in life or bardo? If it was in life, is it possible to be in bardo? Why in bardo and not in life?????

1 Aug 14, 11:11 AM

Pastor Moh Mei: Lama Tsongkhapa’s mother has many auspicious dreams that their child would be an emanation of Avalokiteshvara, Manjushri, and Vajrapani.

1 Aug 14, 11:11 AM

Choongs: His mother dreamt that Lord Vajrapani threw vajras from the heavens, which landed softly and gently on her womb. She had frequent dreams of Lord Manjushri appearing and casting his sword towards the direction of her womb and stomach. who was princely and wore six ornaments; he came forth in her dream, washed her body with pure crystal water, dressed and adorned her up and told her, “Someone special is coming to you.” Just before she gave birth, she dreamt that many monks came to make offerings and were looking for the Buddha. They asked where the Buddha’s shrine was. A young boy appeared and pointed to Tsongkhapa’s mother’s womb. The young boy had a key which opened up a box in her womb and within was Chenrezig. From lama-tsongkhapa.com

1 Aug 14, 11:10 AM

sweekeong: Je Tsongkhapa’s mother dream of many monks to do prayer in her house and blesses her?

1 Aug 14, 11:09 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: It’s so rare to see PMM on blog chat or any social media. She don’t trust me enough to be on regularly so it’s amazing to see her here today!!! eheh

1 Aug 14, 11:08 AM

Tat Ming: Good morning Rinpoche, Pastors and everyone !

1 Aug 14, 11:08 AM

Pastor Jean Ai: LOL @Rinpoche’s comment on PMM

1 Aug 14, 11:08 AM

Pastor David Lai: First question… Je Tsongkhapa’s mother had auspicious dreams when she was pregnant with him in the womb. What are those dreams and does anybody know the significance of those dreams?

1 Aug 14, 11:08 AM

Pastor Jean Ai: Hi all!

1 Aug 14, 11:08 AM

nicholas: Hello everyone

1 Aug 14, 11:07 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Pastor Moh Mei in the house..there is a Buddha!!!!!!!!

1 Aug 14, 11:07 AM

Pastor David Lai: ok… First question… [color=blue] Je Tsongkhapa’s mother had auspicious dreams when she was pregnant with him in the womb. What are those dreams and does anybody know the significance of those dreams?

1 Aug 14, 11:07 AM

Pastor Moh Mei: Hello chatroom

1 Aug 14, 11:07 AM

Choongs: Good morning Rinpoche, room.

1 Aug 14, 11:07 AM

sweekeong: Good morning Rinpoche, Pastor David, Pastor Seng Piow, Bradley, Wylfred, Josh, patricia :)

1 Aug 14, 11:06 AM

Pastor Seng Piow: at the bottom right of this dialog box, there is a “help”, click on that and u will see

1 Aug 14, 11:05 AM

Bradley Kassian: this, but no spaces

1 Aug 14, 11:05 AM

Bradley Kassian: [color = red] like tb

1 Aug 14, 11:04 AM

Bradley Kassian: patricia: boxCode The following tags are supported: bold italics underline Other simple tags following the above format are: [sup], [sub], [s], [center], [big], [small], [scroll] Use
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1 Aug 14, 11:04 AM

Pastor David Lai: We will be commencing [color=green] our Je Tsongkhapa blogchat [color=yellow] quiz in a short while.

1 Aug 14, 11:03 AM

Wylfred Ng: Thanks Rinpoche for the great sharing about H.E Zong Rinpoche. Its kind of shock to know that so many people tried to harm this great master. :(

1 Aug 14, 11:03 AM

patriciasnodgrass1958: How did you do that?

1 Aug 14, 11:03 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: P. David..nice bold blue letters, how about another interesting color to match who you is inside?

1 Aug 14, 11:01 AM

Pastor David Lai: We will be commencing our Je Tsongkhapa blogchat quiz in a short while.

1 Aug 14, 10:56 AM

patriciasnodgrass1958: Yes, and the tragedy is that most of them will never know the reason why, but will continue to do the same deluded things over and over and over again.

1 Aug 14, 10:56 AM

Josh Akers: The thing is, I look at myself at my worst, and it is horrible. Then I look at society in general and shudder at the thought that I’m not nearly the worst. My suffering is like losing a fingernail compared to some!

1 Aug 14, 10:55 AM

patriciasnodgrass1958: Sounds like something you can work on in this life.

1 Aug 14, 10:55 AM

Josh Akers: I must have created the causes for quite a bit of mental turmoil in a past life.

1 Aug 14, 10:54 AM

patriciasnodgrass1958: but yes, samsara is like the toybox isn’t it? its got everything one could want, but in reality its just…acquired stuff that has no real meaning…

1 Aug 14, 10:53 AM

patriciasnodgrass1958: When I was nine or ten or so, I remember sitting in the middle of my room playing with my dolls. I remember my Barbies getting all the fame, all the Kens all the money, everything she wanted she accomplished. When she had acquired everything in her toybox as well as my brothers, I sat and looked at it all and thought, is that all there is? I felt so sad about that. After that I was labeled a ‘moody’ child.

1 Aug 14, 10:53 AM

Josh Akers: I don’t really know why I have been so rebellious against change before. I want to understand myself better to be able to help someone else in a similar situation in the future.

1 Aug 14, 10:51 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Josh, no matter how many more years you live, you will never find anything new that you have not experienced in this life or a former life. Nothing is new in samsara. Whatever ‘problems’ we have in this life will resemble the causes created for us to experience this.

1 Aug 14, 10:51 AM

patriciasnodgrass1958: I’m for it, and for enlightening everyone else :D

1 Aug 14, 10:50 AM

patriciasnodgrass1958: Yeah samsara does get old, doesn’t it?

1 Aug 14, 10:50 AM

Josh Akers: Why not wake up for enlightenment?

1 Aug 14, 10:49 AM

Josh Akers: Waking up for samsara doesn’t appeal to me anymore.

1 Aug 14, 10:49 AM

Josh Akers: Yes it would.

1 Aug 14, 10:44 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Josh, devote yourself to Tsongkapa’s history, works, writings, practice and lineage. You should promote it in the future. Would be a good reason to wake up daily.

1 Aug 14, 10:44 AM

patriciasnodgrass1958: You would be correct ,sir.

1 Aug 14, 10:43 AM

Josh Akers: oh ok. got it. Tsongkhapa’s left isn’t my left. Right :)

1 Aug 14, 10:42 AM

Pastor David Lai: From Rinpoche – His Holiness Kyabje Ling Rinpoche (senior tutor to HH Dalai Lama) came to New Jersey invited by Kensur Lobsang Tharchin Rinpoche and I received Tsongkapa’s lung and mantra transmission from Him. Then later I received Tsongkapa initiation from His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche in Los Angeles. With commentary. I was so lucky. Ling Rinpoche was the 98th Gaden Tripa representing Tsongkapa on earth. So I got Tsongkapa from Tsongkapa literally.

1 Aug 14, 10:41 AM

Pastor Seng Piow: Kedrupje is usually depicted on the left of Tsongkhapa, on the right of us the viewer

1 Aug 14, 10:41 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: How you look at it. But when we look at Tsongkapa then Kedrup Je is on the right. When from the other way it’s left. Either way is ok..hehe

1 Aug 14, 10:40 AM

Josh Akers: Pastor, why is Khedrupje facing left? I thought Rinpoche said he was the one “on the left”, meaning, he is actually facing right when viewed as part of a Thangka…

1 Aug 14, 10:37 AM

Pastor David Lai: Kedrup Je also became the Gaden Tripa after Gyaltsab Je. He also represents Tantric teachings of Lama Tsongkhapa and Gyaltsab represents the Sutra teachings.

1 Aug 14, 10:37 AM

Josh Akers: cur-droop-jay. Kedrupje. One of Tsongkhapa’s heart sons. Previous incarnation of HH Zong Rinpoche. Thank you for the pronunciation Pastor Seng Piow.

1 Aug 14, 10:35 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: The oracle of Gaden was famous and worked for the Tibetan Govt under His Holiness Dalai Lama for many years. He received accolades and awards for his services. But his home was in Gaden right next to my room separated by a small road. Let me make something clear: Zong Rinpoche’s students invited the oracle to Zong Ladrang. There they had a throne prepared and did puja and invoked the grand Setrap. Setrap took trance and immediately made offerings to Zong Rinpoche. He offered mandala and Body/Speech/mind offerings. Setrap was very respectful of Zong Rinpoche as Zong Rinpoche is not ordinary but fully attained.

1 Aug 14, 10:35 AM

patriciasnodgrass1958: Is that pic a part of a larger tapestry?

1 Aug 14, 10:34 AM

Pastor Seng Piow: Kedrupje http://a1.att.hudong.com/02/98/01200000194452134400989681505_s.jpg

1 Aug 14, 10:33 AM

patriciasnodgrass1958: My accent is really thick. I’ll learn how to day Kedrupje so I don’t mangle it.

1 Aug 14, 10:32 AM

patriciasnodgrass1958: Thank you!

1 Aug 14, 10:31 AM

Josh Akers: That is so epic. Setrap takes trance and comes directly to Zong Rinpoche’s house, offers a Mandala for his long life and it is refused until a ‘sufficient’ cause is presented.

1 Aug 14, 10:31 AM

Pastor Seng Piow: Kedrupje is pronounced as cur-droop-jay

1 Aug 14, 10:30 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche whose memory and name immediately evokes tears in my eyes was a tantric mahasiddha of the highest caliber. He ‘proved’ to the world the efficacy of Lord Tsongkapa’s tradition is perfect. He proved by his results if we take refuge in Tsongkapa’s tradition we can gain the same results as this great master. I will now and for the rest of my life hold Zong Rinpoche to the top of my head. I will hold his teachings and lineage sacred and never mix it with others. I will never abandon his teachings and what lineages I was fortunate to receive from him. Whatever he believed in and practiced I will also. I will never give up my loyalty and devotion to Zong Rinpoche irregardless of all the negative talk about Zong Rinpoche by living maras as a result of degenerate karma. Zong Rinpoche is my perfect refuge and teacher and I will devote myself always to this precious master and Buddha. Tsem Rinpoche

1 Aug 14, 10:30 AM

patriciasnodgrass1958: Pastor Seng Piow, how do you pronounce Kedrupje?

1 Aug 14, 10:30 AM

adam: I can see so many dissentions throughout the day and projections coming from competition between people, people loving themselves(or their will) more then another, and fears.

1 Aug 14, 10:29 AM

patriciasnodgrass1958: Pastor David. I thought it was a head piece, I was about to ask about that.

1 Aug 14, 10:28 AM

Pastor David Lai: interesting piece. The hat is missing the flaps

1 Aug 14, 10:28 AM

patriciasnodgrass1958: Hi pastor Seng Piiow

1 Aug 14, 10:28 AM

Bradley Kassian: Rinpoche would it be right to assume the manifestation of illness in a highly realized lama is the result of the collective karma of sentient beings. As the karma to keep an enlightened being here to teach comes from our side? The illness is not the result of any karma from the lamas side.

1 Aug 14, 10:28 AM

Pastor Seng Piow: sorry, that was Khedrupje http://www.fjfoxiang.com/images/foxiang/foxiangA/Zhon%20(1).jpg

1 Aug 14, 10:27 AM

Cliff: Hello Pastor Seng Piow, very nice, very oriental and unique.

1 Aug 14, 10:27 AM

patriciasnodgrass1958: oh wow I like that

1 Aug 14, 10:27 AM

Pastor Seng Piow: nice lively image of Tsongkhapa http://www.fjfoxiang.com/images/foxiang/foxiangA/Zhon%20(1).jpg

1 Aug 14, 10:25 AM

patriciasnodgrass1958: What wonderful Karma you have RInpoche to have been his student.

1 Aug 14, 10:25 AM

Cliff: Thank you Rinpoche for telling us all these stories about your Root Guru H.H. Zong Rinpoche. It gives me goose bumps just imagining all of it from words to images.

1 Aug 14, 10:23 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: You are right Bradley. Zong Rinpoche was very ill with walking stick and cannot barely move. Setrap took trance in the Gaden oracle and went to Zong Rinpoche’s house and personally offered mandala to Zong Rinpoche to extend his life. Zong Rinpoche refused. So Setrap relented and said, stay and oversee the unmistaken incarnation of Trijang Rinpoche is discovered and enthroned. Stay until Trijang Rinpoche’s incarnation is found and enthroned. To this Zong Rinpoche agreed. Zong Rinpoche’s diseases disappeared, he didn’t need a walking stick and became robust again. Zong Rinpoche oversaw the complete procedure of Trijang Rinpoche’s discovery and incarnation. Afterwards, Zong Rinpoche thanked his assistants after breakfast, entered clear light for three days and passed. He had full control over his winds, channels and drops and showed clearly his mastery of tantra. We do reincarnate, it’s just Zong Rinpoche controls his and where he goes and when he goes. We can achieve that thru tantra.

1 Aug 14, 10:22 AM

Pastor Seng Piow: Nice traditional altar of Tsongkhapa and sons http://www.lama-tsongkhapa.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/ltorigin1.jpg

1 Aug 14, 10:21 AM

patriciasnodgrass1958: Yes, Rinpoche, I read about that in the book Sharon Ong gave me.

1 Aug 14, 10:19 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: These two were very close to Manjunatha Tsongkapa and went everywhere with Him. It is said they both had the same knowledge and attainments as Tsongkapa Himself, but out of humility they showed great deference to their teacher Tsongkapa. But they were great and eminent teachers themselves. When Kedrub Je first met Tsongkapa, he arrogantly sat on a nearby throne same height as Tsongkapa and was very fierce. As he listened to Tsongkapa’s teachings, his head bowed and stooped and slowly crawled off the throne and sat on the floor and became Tsongkapa’s heart disciple. He was a great Sakya scholar. Kedrub Je was a great master of Saky tradition till he met Tsongkapa and continued to lean.

1 Aug 14, 10:18 AM

Bradley Kassian: I heard H.H Zong Rinpoche recovered from a severe illness in order to stay around and determine the new incarnation of Trijang Rinpoche.

1 Aug 14, 10:17 AM

Josh Akers: Thank you for turning the wheel of dharma, Rinpoche. I fold my hands to you.

1 Aug 14, 10:16 AM

patriciasnodgrass1958: Thank you Rinpoche

1 Aug 14, 10:15 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/gallery/photos-on-the-go/thumbs/thumbs_photo_140801101236_0.jpg This is the King of Dharma and Master of all Three Realms Manjunatha Tsongkapa. To His left is Gyaltsab Je or Gyaltsab Rinpoche who is Chenresig incarnate. To the right is Kedrub Je or Kedrub Rinpoche who is considered Vajrapani incarnate. These three are in millions of homes, temples and shrines in Tibet, Mongolia, India, Nepal, and the world. His Holiness Zong Rinpoche is the direct incarnation of Kedrup Rinpoche. I thought I would share that with you all.

1 Aug 14, 10:15 AM

Josh Akers: That is interesting, and strangely relevant right now, Rinpoche. I was looking at my Thangka of Tsongkhapa that you had gifted me, a couple days ago, maybe even last night… I looked at Tsongkhapa’s disciples. One on the left, the other on the right. I asked myself to ‘pick’ one. I tried to make my mind choose the one I felt more attachment toward. I felt a stronger attachment toward Khedrub Rinpoche, on the lower left.

1 Aug 14, 10:11 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was considered a direct incarnation of Kedrub Rinpoche the wrathful student of Je Tsongkapa. Whenever you see Tsongkapa, along his left and right have two erudite students. The one on the left is Kedrub Rinpoche. It is said Zong Rinpoche achieved one-ness with Heruka Buddha (Chakrasamvara) lifetimes ago. Setrap took trance of the Gaden oracle (who has passed away now) and Setrap said clearly Zong Rinpoche is Kedrub Rinpoche the close disciple of Tsongkapa. This oracle was famous in Gaden Tibet. When we do our practice sincerely and surrender our attachments, we can gain much attainments and ‘powers’. But the ultimate is to achieve Bodhi mind and emptiness.

1 Aug 14, 10:11 AM

Josh Akers: Oh boy… I really like that one. That’s my favorite story so far.

1 Aug 14, 10:10 AM

patriciasnodgrass1958: He was a very powerful monk. Just seeing his pictures seems to radiate great power.

1 Aug 14, 10:08 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Another time while Zong Rinpoche was doing pujas in his home (ladrang), suddenly a group of people with a screaming frantic woman came in through the gate.The group holding the ‘crazy’ woman’ was begging for Zong Rinpoche’s help. Zong Rinpoche came out and calmly asked for a chair. He sat on the chair recited some mantras for a few moments and then very loudly and fiercely asked the woman “WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT DO YOU WANT???!!” When he said this to her, she immediately fainted. When she came to, she didn’t know what was happening. She asked people where she was and what happened. They informed Zong Rinpoche this happens often to her. She was taken possession of an evil entity and Zong Rinpoche expelled it immediately just by his fierce wrathful compassionate voice.. After this incident, she never took ‘trance’ of this entity again and lived a normal life. Zong Rinpoche’s occult powers were famous among the monks of Gaden, Sera & Drepung and the Tibetan communities.

1 Aug 14, 10:07 AM

Josh Akers: The motivation for truly evil actions has always interested me as a subject of study.

1 Aug 14, 10:07 AM

Josh Akers: whoa… That’s… Scary… That there are people who would do that… I think they are terrified of his purity. Terrified to the point of lashing out. Maybe.

1 Aug 14, 10:04 AM

patriciasnodgrass1958: Wow, Zong Rinpoche was an amazing teacher.

1 Aug 14, 10:03 AM

Josh Akers: Trying to fool enlightened beings is just… How dumb are people? I don’t know how else to word it.

1 Aug 14, 10:02 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Much black magic was sent to H.H. Zong Rinpoche also. There was one time a group of students were sitting in the room with Zong Rinpoche in his private chambers in Gaden. People witnessed balls and streaks of light hitting and entering the roof of Zong Rinpoche’s house. One person in the audience saw the light penetrate the roof and through the ceiling and ‘hit’ Zong Rinpoche’s arm. Zong Rinpoche’s arm appeared immobilized for a moment. Zong Rinpoche signaled Gen Tsoncha to keep silent and Zong Rinpoche recited some mantras and blew on his own arm. Then his arm can move immediately again. This was witnessed by close students such as Gen Tsoncha who told many in Gaden.

1 Aug 14, 10:01 AM

Josh Akers: I know I wouldn’t mess with someone like him in any way, shape, or form. Zong Rinpoche looks like he could snatch a fly out of the air…

1 Aug 14, 10:00 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Josh, Another time a group of people got someone who sounded like Zong Rinpoche’s voice on tape. They mixed some of Zong Rinpoche’s teachings and then inserted this person’s voice into the cassette tape, back then it was cassettes and no cds.. Then they brought the cassette with Zong Rinpoche’s ‘voice’ to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. It was criticism against Dalai Lama supposedly from Zong Rinpoche. Dalai Lama listened to the cassette tape carefully and said clearly THIS IS NOT ZONG RINPOCHE AS HE WOULD NOT SAY SUCH THINGS. Their plans were foiled because they wanted to defame Zong Rinpoche. HH Dalai Lama never said anything further about it according to Zong Rinpoche’s close assistants. They tried many times to harm Zong Rinpoche.

1 Aug 14, 09:56 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Josh, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was a spiritual Ninja of the highest order. Next day at teachings, Zong Rinpoche told the whole audience that someone try to stab him through the window. Just before the hand with knife came in through the window, he had a very vivid dream of Four Faced Mahakala’s face ‘charge’ at him suddenly and the suddenness of it woke Zong Rinpoche and when Rinpoche woke he saw the knife in a hand. Zong Rinpoche grabbed at the hand, but the guy got startled and ran.

1 Aug 14, 09:53 AM

Josh Akers: I cannot believe someone tried to stab HH Zong Rinpoche… If you ever find yourself jealous of another’s teacher, you need to admit your jealousy to yourself quietly and meditate on that a bit. If you are in it for actual Dharma that feeling should dissipate. It shows you what they were in it for… Also, HH Zong Rinpoche reminds me of the stereotype of an old accomplished ninja with that beard. You don’t try to stab ninjas, they will get you…

1 Aug 14, 09:45 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Really Chen? Where did you read that? Anyone else read that? I had two ‘students’ in the past when they left, they wanted their offerings back.

1 Aug 14, 09:44 AM

Chen: interesting, I read before online (couldn’t find the news now), that there was an ex-Buddhist nun from a famous abbey, who joined the abbey then later disrobed and demanded to get her offerings back from the abbey, when the abbey declined to give her back her offerings, the ex-nun sued the abbey.,,amazing things people in the “spiritual” world can do when they are not happy…I wish I can find that news again

1 Aug 14, 09:43 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: All the great Mahasiddha stories are great but much watered down. Because many of the politics that these great beings had to endure are not relevant to record. Nevertheless, it is still excellent to read. I watched all the problems, politics, accusations and games my teachers had to tolerate. HH. Zong Rinpoche told us when he went to ByLakuppe to give teachings to a large crowd, there were students from another teacher who was jealous of Zong Rinpoche’s fame. In the afternoon, when Zong Rinpoche was napping they stuck their hand in his window next to his bed and tried to stab him. Imagine? He caught their hand, they dropped the knife and ran. Just before that Zong Rinpoche had a vision of 4 Faced- Mahakala rushing at him and suddenly woke because of that and saw the hand/knife..I hear even today and now, His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche (Vermont) gets many death threats and harm of his person. Amazing anger and hatred even against great masters.

1 Aug 14, 09:38 AM

Pastor David Lai: Well, from many years of experience being a student of rinpoche’s, he has employed many many many ways to benefit students and friends. Rinpoche is a tireless innovator and visionary. He sees everything through Dharma and through a broad lens of wisdom and experience. He is also very direct and often times this is refreshing because we want Dharma in our face so we know what to do to be better and not Dharma that cushions our ego and makes us feel nice just for the moment. Rinpoche is someone who no matter how he delivers the Dharma, never stray away from the true meaning of the Buddha’s intent.

1 Aug 14, 09:33 AM

Bradley Kassian: Pastor Jean, it boils down to people being lazy, wanting a quick fix a magic cure. a lot of people dont want to look in the mirror and deal with their insecurities their faults directly. they lash out at others when it’s them that should be looking inward. to change and grow and confront what they’ve done all their lives. habits are hard to change but not impossible.

1 Aug 14, 09:28 AM

Pastor Jean Ai: Then there are people who say Rinpoche is difficult to work with, but actually people are difficult to work with. Rinpoche is very, very, VERY simple – be honest, direct, no mind games, do your work well, take care in what you do, update, be kind. For the people who complain about that, what they don’t realise is they are complaining about having to be honest, having to be direct, not playing mind games, complaining about doing their work well, updating and being kind. What kind of person complains about that kind of stuff? And if you’re going to complain about all that, why join Dharma (or any spiritual path for that matter) to begin with? Weird.

1 Aug 14, 09:28 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: I am imperfect, ordinary with no attainments and no high rank. I believe in dharma all the way. I’ve dedicated my life for the last 35 years fully for the dharma. Many other ‘enjoyments’ people pursued I have not engaged but put myself into the dharma. I have given up everything for the dharma. I never made excuses.I am honest, generous and I truly wish to bring dharma to others. I have worked very hard and brought much donations and help to Gaden and the surrounding areas. I have created volumes of teachings and kept my samaya wth my teacher pure. I don’t get involved with politics and I speak my mind because what you see is what you get with me. Am I a nice guy? I think I am, not perfect but I have genuine good motivation. Those who like honesty, let’s be ‘friends’. Those who have ulterior motives, sooner or later I will know. I have a pure lineage and a monk of 25 years. I will spend the rest of my life in dharma always. Om Mani Peme Hung, the imperfect Tsem Rinpoche

1 Aug 14, 09:22 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: When the teacher speaks directly and openly it breaks the projected views of how a teacher should be. Teachers have real problems and real issues too created by students and others. And the ‘audience’ is stunned and shocked and feathers ruffled when the teacher is direct. Well I hear so many times that old methods of student and disciples don’t apply anymore. Last time the student should never criticize the teacher and just trust. Now one wrong move and people say many things to criticize the teacher. They whisper this and that and lose faith so fast. As if the teacher has to be perfect, but the students do not have to do their part too? Well let’s follow the trend. I am one of the teachers that speak up and tell it like it is. HH. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche was very direct and open. I was afraid but liked it. If you do dharma I am humbled, if there is funny things happening, I speak up.

1 Aug 14, 09:15 AM

Pastor David Lai: Some things are memorised but not in use for awhile now so its a lil rusty

1 Aug 14, 09:14 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Pastor David, you don’t need to memorize, you have a great memory. I am sure you have it all in your head right?

1 Aug 14, 09:14 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Erm? What’s that? Misspelling?

1 Aug 14, 09:13 AM

Pastor David Lai: Erm… Yes, I am preparing some along right now.

1 Aug 14, 09:13 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Pastor David, Do you have your questions ready for Tsongkapa quiz tonight?

1 Aug 14, 09:12 AM

Pastor David Lai: 49) Mahasiddha Sarwabaksa… Sarvabhaksa (thams cad za ba): “He Who Eats Everything”/”The Empty Bellied Siddha” Sarvabhaksa was a man with an enormous appetite. One day, his appetite overreached his ability to fill it. In despair, he retreated to a cave to bemoan his obsession with food. The guru Saraha found him and asked what caused his distress. He then told his tale to Saraha of which the guru asked what will happen if he reborn as a hungry ghost, and gave further explanation about beings of that realm.The glutton was shaken, so he prostrated himself before Saraha and begged the guru to teach him a way to release. So the guru initiated his disciple into the path of Bhusuku and gave him instructions. The glutton practiced with great devotion, and through the advice of his guru to visualize everything he eat as absolute nothingness, he understood the indentical nature of appearances and emptiness, and thus attained his goal.After 15 years of practice, he attained mahamudra-siddhi.

1 Aug 14, 09:09 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: And there are people who not only post things on my wall and here , but write personally emails to my students asking for money and assistance. That is on purpose and not an accident. I don’t appreciate that at all because these are ppl who look at Kechara as rich and just give them money. They do nothing and promote none of Kechara’s projects to others. I don’t mind poor or rich, but to be poor of spirit and try to use people is not good. DO NOT ASK FOR MONEY, GIFTS OR HINT AT IT. I am not being cruel but we get SO MANY PEOPLE CONSTANTLY asking for this or that and when they get something they are quiet…I am very generous, but I am wary of letting people take advantage to collect more karma to have poverty. I don’t want them to have poverty and that is the truth. Results resembles cause and cause resembles results.

1 Aug 14, 09:06 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Josh, I love Kukkuripa. I love genuine practitioners. I love seeing practitioners improve and become better. It bothers me when practitioners make all types of excuses to fail because it is a choice. I had it super super super hard my whole life, but I was not allowed to fail. Many would suffer if I did. I suffered so much starvation (literaly), abandonment, being cheated, lied to, humiliated, property taken and so much deception. I keep my head on and my practice up because my teacher told me, be not surprised in samsara when things go wrong because that is the nature of samsara, but be surprised when it goes right. That blew me away. This has nothing to do with you Josh, I am just expressing my thoughts and what has been happening on FB and here for quite a while. I do enjoy seeing you, Bradley and many others who participate here very much. :)

1 Aug 14, 09:05 AM

Bradley Kassian: Your welcome pastor David, Rinpoche and patricia? I try to learn and study and practice dharma as much as I can. had a strong feeling to do it since young age. non of my family are buddhist just me.

1 Aug 14, 09:03 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Kechara has a huge overhead and can go under too. Kechara has to work VERY HARD to find donations to support it’s over 150 full time staff and many more overheads. I appreciate people who help Kechara to upkeep what we are doing. Because Kechara is doing very good works and I am proud of many people in Kechara. Because in the long run, if Kechara does not survive, then much dharma will be lost. I personally get nothing from Kechara and no money and no salary/stipend at all. I have very little money myself and never asked for it. But Kechara is started by me and I don’t see Kechara as a cash cow, but a spiritual temple that if I contribute/donate or help I will collect merits too. I try my best to start a online community to share dharma and give dharma and learn too. I like that very much.

1 Aug 14, 09:03 AM

Josh Akers: Thanks very much.

1 Aug 14, 09:02 AM

Pastor David Lai: Yeah good luck with your interview Josh.

1 Aug 14, 09:02 AM

Josh Akers: I must admit the Kukkuripa story made me weep too, Rinpoche. It instantly breaks something negative away from me to hear about a practitioner leaving heaven because his d8ggy friend was still suffering on Earth. :)

1 Aug 14, 09:01 AM

Pastor David Lai: By the way, the Lama Tsongkhapa Blogchat quiz will commence in exactly 2 hours time. Get ready for a fun time learning…

1 Aug 14, 09:00 AM

Pastor Jean Ai: Hey Josh! Been a while :) good luck with your interview

1 Aug 14, 09:00 AM

Pastor David Lai: Thank you Bradley!

1 Aug 14, 09:00 AM

Pastor David Lai: Hello Josh!

1 Aug 14, 08:59 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: And there are people who not only post things on my wall and here , but write personally emails to my students asking for money and assistance. That is on purpose and not an accident. I don’t appreciate that at all because these are ppl who look at Kechara as rich and just give them money. They do nothing and promote none of Kechara’s projects to others. I don’t mind poor or rich, but to be poor of spirit and try to use people is not good.

1 Aug 14, 08:59 AM

Pastor Jean Ai: In fact, the latest contribution was received two days ago…thank you Bradley <3

1 Aug 14, 08:59 AM

patriciasnodgrass1958: Congrats, Josh

1 Aug 14, 08:59 AM

patriciasnodgrass1958: Bradley is awesome

1 Aug 14, 08:59 AM

Josh Akers: Hello Rinpoche, room. I got an interview today, yayy.

1 Aug 14, 08:59 AM

Pastor Jean Ai: @Rinpoche, I just wanted to share that Bradley is one of the people who regularly makes donations into the Tsem Rinpoche Foundation PayPal account :)

1 Aug 14, 08:58 AM

patriciasnodgrass1958: That is so wonderful.

1 Aug 14, 08:57 AM

patriciasnodgrass1958: And I’m still very sorry.

1 Aug 14, 08:57 AM

patriciasnodgrass1958: Im still totally embarrassed that I posted my gofund me thing on the chat room last week. I was just…stupid…I meant no ill intent…and whoever banned me was totally right to do so…I learned my lesson, I will NEVER do that again….

1 Aug 14, 08:57 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: I was so touched by a lady from Melaka. She is single, alone and has a very simple job and older. She really has nothing to offer her own centre and lama. But she has received many teachings from me and she wanted to show gratitude. She took one of my teachings which was over 6 hours long, transcribed it by hand! Yes, she wrote everything by hand daily after work as she does not have a computer and not good on computer. She transcribed it all and offered it to me and said it will be a good book for people in the future. I was SO TOUCHED. It brings tears to me. She made an offering without having anything but pure sincere effort and she wanted my teachings to reach more so that is what she did. She wrapped the handwritten thick notebook in a khata and gifted me. Wow.

1 Aug 14, 08:56 AM

Pastor Jean Ai: @Rinpoche Sorry but I don’t add those people to my Facebook anymore. I don’t appreciate it when people hijack my wall to promote their own things, but don’t participate in anything else otherwise. Especially when it’s stuff that has absolutely nothing to do with me, or I have no interest in. Anyway, they don’t need to be friends on my account in order to interact with me soooo…yeah

1 Aug 14, 08:54 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Bradley you are genuine and I like you as part of our spiritual online community. I am an open and direct person. Better that way for all I have to deal with.

1 Aug 14, 08:53 AM

Pastor David Lai: Yes Rinpoche. There are many people who come to Kechara to raise funds for their personal gain. There are opportunities to do Dharma work to get paid with a stipend but they rather seek funds privately amongst students. They don’t realize that they would stand to gain more if they were only wiling to do some work or project.

1 Aug 14, 08:53 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: I have other people who donate nothing, give nothing, share nothing and always tell me how bad they are doing. I feel bad for them. But we don’t have to tell people we are poor, poor, poor and poor over and over. What is the message we are sending? Give me something for free of course. Boy I have come across that so many times. When we offer them a ‘job’ to do online, they say they are super super super busy and cannot do. Even paid work they don’t want to do. I have had a few of that in the last few months in fact from all over the USA. I am a monk and a 3rd rate teacher, but nevertheless I am a monk, so people should not think how to get things from monks but actually make offerings. Offerings do not have to be monetary, nor am I looking for offerings. Just stating the facts.

1 Aug 14, 08:53 AM

Bradley Kassian: Although you have given me gifts in the past year Rinpoche. The greatest gift from you is your advice I recieved. That is what I appreciate most.

1 Aug 14, 08:51 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: I have many friends request on my normal FB account. Some make multiple accounts ask to join. Once they join, they feign interest in what I am doing or post or repost some of my things, but give them a few weeks and they start emailing my students privately, or send private messages. All my students tell me who emailed what and said what and it’s very disappointing because their real intentions was money, business or to get some gifts. They wanted to use my ‘friends’ online to use them…Om Mani Peme Hung. They can even show receipts of the ‘donations’ they’ve made so to show generosity they have done. To disarm people. They may get something in the short term, but in the long term, they lose much friendship and a genuine spiritual community. I have a person currently who opened over 5 FB accounts and asking to join me and then advertise their business with my group. They email my students to buy, buy, buy or give, give, give and give. Poor thing.

1 Aug 14, 08:50 AM

patriciasnodgrass1958: The greatest gift I have received from you is this Tsongkhapa retreat. It has been SO powerful. I am so glad I am doing it. And I’ll be a little sad when it’s over.

1 Aug 14, 08:48 AM

patriciasnodgrass1958: And to talk about the paranormal.

1 Aug 14, 08:48 AM

patriciasnodgrass1958: Dearest Rinpoche, Karma brought me to your doorstep…many times…in fact…I am here for Dharma and for friendship and sense of community I get from being with fellow Kecharans. No agendas from me. That’s it.

1 Aug 14, 08:45 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: I have all types of ‘students’. Some are with me for dharma. And genuinely for dharma. I like that so much. Some are with me to acquire things or hoping to get something for free. Some even join so they can meet attractive people. They told me. When I was living with my guru in Los Angeles, I observed the same thing and I use to think, thank goodness I won’t ‘grow’ up to have a dharma centre and have to deal with all that. I use to watch some students use my teacher and hint for free gifts and when they got gifts make a big deal about to hint to get more. Some wanted money. But there were the few that REALLY PRACTICED and transformed. Being in this line for over 30 years, I can pretty much sense what ppl want when they join me in person or online. I don’t always say it, but I know.

1 Aug 14, 08:45 AM

patriciasnodgrass1958: Hey Pastor David!!

1 Aug 14, 08:45 AM

Pastor David Lai: Hello Patricia

1 Aug 14, 08:45 AM

patriciasnodgrass1958: Milarepa is my favorite thus far. I haven’t studied many. I want to change that.

1 Aug 14, 08:43 AM

Bradley Kassian: Hello Rinpohe :) I like mahasiddha Virupas 1st , Milerepa 2nd and if we can count him Gampopa 3rd.

1 Aug 14, 08:43 AM

Pastor David Lai: My fav mahasiddha are quite a few… I love Naropa, Milarepa, Shantideva (he is counted amongst the Mahasiddhas) and a Mahasiddha whose sadhana was to eat. Researching his name now… Hehe

1 Aug 14, 08:42 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: When I am having a conversation or something private, I many times see Joy hanging outside my window crouched. Hmmmmmmmmmmmm….strange.

1 Aug 14, 08:40 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Mine is Kukkuripa 1st, Naropa 2nd and Milarepa 3rd. Kukkuripa’s story made me weep as I am moved by people who are loyal and do not look at who or what you are to love you and be loyal to you. Loyalty is so hard to find.

1 Aug 14, 08:39 AM

Tsem Rinpoche: Pastor David, who is your all time most favorite Mahasiddha story?

1 Aug 14, 08:38 AM

patriciasnodgrass1958: Oops is the chat on now?

1 Aug 14, 08:38 AM

patriciasnodgrass1958: Tsongkhapa retreat day 71 session 2, 3 malas.

1 Aug 14, 08:32 AM

Bradley Kassian: I agree with you there. It’s on my reading list. :)

1 Aug 14, 08:30 AM

Pastor David Lai: Well, Tsongkhapa’s and Aryashura is immaculate and all their works are perfect . However, nothing beatst he relevance of a commentary that was written for our time in the same way as Tsem Rinpoche’s book – http://vajrasecrets.com/books/gurus-for-hire-enlightenment-for-sale.html http://vajrasecrets.com/media/catalog/product/cache/2/image/5e06319eda06f020e43594a9c230972d/v/s/vs_bsm-bc3028_3.jpg

1 Aug 14, 08:15 AM

Bradley Kassian: That is why we need to examine the teacher and lineage first. Simply following without examing the results of teacher’s teachings etc may bring irreproable harm. The more you know, and the more results you see from people’s minds changing for the better should show you how good a teacher is or the very least how well he himself keeps his practice. Otherwise it’s like blind leading the blind. … A very good book to read is the The Fullfillment of all Hopes by Tsongkhapa and Fifty Stanzas on The Spiritual teacher by Aryashura

1 Aug 14, 08:09 AM

Pastor David Lai: Its like a spiritual supermarket out there and people pick and choose teachers and lineage like they picking out groceries. Not good as we don’t learn and gain attainments that way. Tsem Rinpoche spoke a lot about this in his book Gurus For Hire Enlightenment For Sale. It’s the ideal guidebook for the spiritual seeker today.

1 Aug 14, 08:05 AM

Bradley Kassian: Hmm, I never saw it from that angle Pastor David. You are correct. Situation is different these days, but that doesn’t mean one can not look for a spiritual guide and follow him. We are living in a world of 24hr communication, and ability to travel. I suppose it comes down to what you want to do and what you need to do. Sacrafice the samsara that is weighing you down and go all the way. What is short term pain from the loss of attachment , when compared to the long term gain of enlightenment?

1 Aug 14, 07:58 AM

Pastor David Lai: @Bradley… Yes thats true but the situation is quite different these days. Lineages and Gurus are plenty online and offline. Dharma centers play a huge role in the dissemination of Dharma these days in the West and some places on the east. This is as oppose to monasteries of the past. Hence, finding a spiritual guide and being loyal and going all the way is something that is rare like Naropa’s devotion. Hence, I think that being loyal to guru, lineage and center is actually translating naropa’s devotion to a modern setting.

1 Aug 14, 07:53 AM

Bradley Kassian: You can make your guru happy and give thanks to your guru by consistant practice.

1 Aug 14, 07:52 AM

Bradley Kassian: I don’t believe it’s any different from Naropas time and our time. If you follow your guru’s instructions then you are bound to succeed. He wouldn’t be giving you the methods if he wasn’t sure you can handle them.

1 Aug 14, 07:49 AM

Pastor David Lai: @Bradley – Knowing that, so how does one translate that sort of devotion into modern practice? Do you know?

1 Aug 14, 07:43 AM

Bradley Kassian: Yes I love that part of Naropa’s life too. His guru devotion was very deep. No matter what he went through he still persavered. Those scoldings helped break Naropa’s sense of a self. So Tilopa was truly compassionate even if he had to use wrathful means

1 Aug 14, 07:39 AM

Pastor David Lai: My fav part of the Naropa’s life is the fact that Tilopa never even acknowledge Naropa’s presence and would give him no teachings during the earlier days and instead, he got scoldings. Even then, Naropa never lost faith in his Guru. His devotion is legendary and allowed him to become fully awakened with little effort.

1 Aug 14, 07:35 AM

Bradley Kassian: Dharmakaya by itself as creativity abides. The finger points for that is its nature. As the snake uncoils, Samsara frees itself. Muteness is the ineffability of experience, Fruit symbolizes the maturing of one’s own and others Truth. Having solved these thirteen symbols You know them all. With this onfirmation Which matures the immature, in the Wish-fulfilling Gem of the Guhyamantra, the Dakini’s hidden hime, Watch the mirror of mind and become mature.

1 Aug 14, 07:35 AM

Bradley Kassian: I’m only at the part in Naropa’s life where he did great acts of Self Denial. Towards the end Tilopa gave him this instruction. When these thirteen symbols had been pointed out to him, he asked for confirmation of his understanding, and Tilopa sang this great song about the intuitive illumining understanding, containing the solution of the symbols as the path towards spiritual maturation. I, Tilopa, smile and say: Listen You worthy vessel, immaculate, resplendent, The instruction burns like blazing coal Emotional instability, the cotton cloth. One’s true spirituality is as a crystal pure. Untie the eightfold knot of vice, Look with unswerving faith and love At the Jewel of a Guru: drink The pure water of instruction, For water in all vessels is the same. Origination is unoriginatedness,

1 Aug 14, 07:33 AM

Cliff: +++-

1 Aug 14, 07:32 AM

Cliff: yes some where around end of 2011.

1 Aug 14, 07:32 AM

Pastor David Lai: ahhh I see…that was a few years back

1 Aug 14, 07:30 AM

Pastor David Lai: ohhh ok… i recall now

1 Aug 14, 07:30 AM

Cliff: Haha, you gave a detailed story of how Naropa went in search of a Guru and found Tilopa. Pastor Yek Yee, Fiona and her daughter, Grace Leong, Sock wan, Philip Yong, Li Kim, Cynthia Ng, Su Ming and Karen Chong. You came a bit later with Li Kim for some reason I forgot. But the initial group was the above. I think I may have missed a few people out.

1 Aug 14, 07:29 AM

Bradley Kassian: So many things from his Life, hard to pinpoint down what to share. I really should take point form notes, and do a write up. Still his renuciation from worldly life is inspiring. Similar story to how Shakyamuni left his family and friends to seek enlightenment. In Naropas case he and his wife split up mutually as she was very understanding of his wish to seek out a guru and practice the dharma.

1 Aug 14, 07:27 AM

Pastor David Lai: @Cliff – You did? I don’t recall going to Nepal with you. Anybody else in the trip?

1 Aug 14, 07:26 AM

Cliff: Certainly a pure inspiration to Guru devotion.

1 Aug 14, 07:25 AM

Cliff: Where I first heard and learnt about Naropa and Tilopa’s relationship and story was from Pastor David when I first went to Nepal to visit the cave. He told the story really well and we did a dedication at the end of the story telling before leaving the cave. It’s wonderful to know how much you read and what you take from it Bradley. It’s certainly good a way to gain me