part3

Blog Chat Quiz / Debate – { PART THREE }

bengkooi: @Leslie, do you prefer to read in English or Chinese?
6 hours ago

Choongs: Tashilhunpo Monastery (Tibetan: བཀྲ་ཤིས་ལྷུན་པོ་), founded in 1447 by Gendun Drup, the First Dalai Lama,[1] is a historic and culturally important monastery next to Shigatse, the second-largest city in Tibet. The monastery is the traditional seat of successive Panchen Lamas, the second highest ranking tulku lineage in the Gelukpa tradition. The “Tashi” or Panchen Lama had temporal power over three small districts, though not over the town of Shigatse itself, which was administered by a dzongpön (prefect) appointed from Lhasa. Located on a hill in the center of the city, the full name in Tibetan of the monastery means: “all fortune and happiness gathered here” or “heap of glory”.
6 hours ago

Cliff: Next question: Why should someone keep Tsongkapa as their yidam above other yidams in this time and age?
In today’s day and modern time, with technology, many types of entertainment and places to go, easy travel, communication, Internet, conveniences, we find very little time for actual hard-core, sit-down-study-meditation spirituality. Sorry to say this generation there are less people becoming monks or nuns. A lot of the things that monks/nuns do every single day would not suit many people of this generation and the upcoming generation. Other yidams may require vows/commitments to take that can be difficult to uphold by a lay person who needs to support his/her family and themselves whilst pursuing spirituality. Lama Tsongkghapa is a practice, a meditation that is simple, that is short, yet extremely effective.
6 hours ago

Tsem Rinpoche: Dear Rena, copy all that we wrote on blog chat for the last one hour and copy and paste and please do read up so you can learn more. I am happy you are in Kechara also.
6 hours ago

Pastor Jean Ai: Pastor Jean Ai, name me ten qualities of Gelug monk from Gaden? (1) they are examined using the debate style because of the emphasis on logic and understanding to ground one’s practice. When we know what we are practicing and understand it from every angle, faith arises more easily and we can subdue our unstable minds. (2) they practice humility, and do not show they have any special attainments because the real attainments are mind transformation and the six paramitas, and not the ability to fly, walk fast, etc which are viewed as tools to aid our practice and learning (3) they focus on ethics and monastic discipline (vinaya) as the core of their spiritual practice. Thus Gelug monks are celibate and unless highly attained, do not engage in consort practice (4) reliance on method and wisdom, and sutric and tantric methods for attainments (5) their central teachings are based on the teachings of Atisha and follow the path of the Lamrim
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Pastor Jean Ai: (6) a commitment to removing distractions due to mental wandering (e.g. annoyance, jealousy, pride, doubt, boredom) (7) respect is based not only from rank, but also attainments. The system is meritocratic – a simple farmer boy who studies hard enough, can rise to the ranks of the Gaden Tripa (the holder of Lama Tsongkhapa’s throne and the head of the Gelug lineage) (8) for the scholar monks, compassion to study and hold their commitments so that they may be able to turn the wheel of Dharma, and preserve the teachings and traditions of Lama Tsongkhapa as lineageholders themselves
5 hours ago

Tsem Rinpoche: Dear Choong, excellent research. I like the way you research very much. Very quick and accurate…tell us more about His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche please.
5 hours ago

Pastor Jean Ai: (9) for worker and administrative monks, compassion to serve the sangha so that the scholar monks and lamas can be relieved of secular work to only study and teach (10) guru devotion. To hold one’s lama with the highest respect because without our gurus, we would not have access to the Dharma and gain any kind of realisations and insight into the higher teachings. We can study from books but that is not the same as a teacher who elucidates the Dharma clearly and skilfully, and creates the conditions for us to practice. Since we did not have the merits to learn from Shakyamuni, our teachers keep their commitments so that we might be able to connect with the Dharma.
5 hours ago

gopinath: Rinpoche Thank you again dear Guru Dev
5 hours ago

Tsem Rinpoche: Very good Pastor Jean Ai, powerful information. Eeerm, Pastor David, yooohoooooo, where are you hiding?
5 hours ago

gopinath: dearest rinpoche thank you again Guru Dev and I will be prepared in a months time .
5 hours ago

Su Ming: Dear Rinpoche, I am going off now to meet a few people b4 the Raya breaks starts tomorrow. William Chua will be on the blog chat if Rinpoche would like anything to be done by the gift team or myself.
5 hours ago

Kevin Lam: This is the first time I’m joining the chat. Dear Rinpoche, so many things I can learn here. Thank you for the teachings and sharing.
5 hours ago

Leslie Leong: Thank you Pastor. I know there is this section and I am reading it slowly. Our lineage is rich with history, to fully understand it takes time:-) but I love it! In case I have many questions can I just direct it to any pastors?
5 hours ago

graceleong: Sorry trying to answer the question. Tsongkapa practice helps us to leave the body at death; when we do dissolution of the Tsongkapa practice ; we visualise the light in the 8 petal lotus in our heart; petal closed but connected by curd like string to Maitreya for an opportunity to be reborn in the pure land.
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Pastor David Lai: Yes, I am here Rinpoche…. Hehe. :)
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sarahyap: When we invite home a Lama Tsongkhapa statue, we should light incense and also bring flowers in as we enter our home, we should also have a special table/altar that is higher than the level of our waist. We can place it anywhere in the house as long as it is in a respectful place. So we should avoid placing the altar near the toilet, or if we place it in our bedroom, our feet should not face the altar when we lay down. The size of our statue, it can be any size, 8″ or 3 feet, depending on our budget. But of course having a large Lama Tsongkhapa statue is the best!
5 hours ago

Tsem Rinpoche: Grace Leong and Kevin, nice to see you here. Save all that we have chatted here and must read through so the knowledge does not disappear..
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GimLee@KFR: Does Tsongkapa’s practice help us leave our bodies at the time of death and take a ‘safer’ rebirth? Where and how is that done please? Yes Lama Tshongkhapa practice will help us during the time death to take good & safer rebirth when we practice the visualisation part of Gaden Lhagyama (Guru Yoga) during “Invocation” and “Dissolution”.
5 hours ago

bengkooi: @Leslie, yes you can direct your questions to the pastors here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/ask-the-pastors
5 hours ago

Tsem Rinpoche: Grace Leong, your answer is very very very very good. Give me more details please….you have studied up..
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Pastor David Lai: I am still trying to find the first question from Rinpoche – Who gave Vajrayogini to Lama Tsongkhapa…
5 hours ago

Tsem Rinpoche: Dear David, it’s been so long, I’ve reincarnated already…
5 hours ago

Wei Theng1: On the road to KFR with Lew. Super jam. Think lots of people going back hometown for Raya festival.
5 hours ago

Tsem Rinpoche: Gim Lee, please explain much more clearer please…
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graceleong: Yes Rinpoche. Will definitely do that . Thank you
5 hours ago

Leslie Leong: Thank you bengkooi:-)
5 hours ago

William: hello Rinpoche and everyone.
5 hours ago

Sharon Ong: Drive safe, Wei Theng and Lew. The balik kampung exodus has probably started
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Choongs: The successive Panchen Lamas form a tulku reincarnation lineage which are said to be the incarnations of Amitabha Buddha. The title, meaning “Great Scholar”, is a Tibetan contraction of the Sanskrit paṇḍita (scholar) and the Tibetan chenpo (great). The Panchen Lama traditionally lived in Tashilhunpo Monastery (Teshu-lumbo) in Shigatse. From the name of this monastery, the Europeans referred to the Panchen Lama as the Tashi-Lama (or spelled Tesho-Lama or Teshu-Lama).
5 hours ago

Tsem Rinpoche: Who can answer this one: What is are the ten benefits of studying Tsongkapa’s teachings???
5 hours ago

Tsem Rinpoche: Very good Choong……
5 hours ago

Kevin Lam: Noted Rinpoche. Will save all the chats. This is priceless knowledge.
5 hours ago

Choongs: The Panchen Lama bears part of the responsibility or the monk-regent for finding the incarnation of the Dalai Lama and vice versa.
5 hours ago

Wei Theng1: Thanks Sharon. Yes. I will save the chat history to read and study too
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Tsem Rinpoche: Everyone is slowing down now? What happened? heeheheheheh. I am waiting. How can one person ( me) ask so many of you so many questions simultaneously and also ask further and question you and correct mistakes? BECAUSE I CARE AND LOVE YOU TO BE SPIRITUALLLY ADVANCED…C’mon faster everyone. I want razor sharp minds here …
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Choongs: In the lineage of the Tibetan Panchen Lamas there were considered to be four Indian and three Tibetan incarnations of Amitabha Buddha before Khedrup Gelek Pelzang, who is recognised as the 1st Panchen Lama. The lineage starts with Subhuti, one of the original disciples of Gautama Buddha. Gö Lotsawa is considered to be the first Tibetan incarnation of Amitabha Buddha in this line.
5 hours ago

Joy: Dear Rinpoche, Yes I have been consistently guilty of these speech infractions. Karmic results would being alone, lost of trust, friendship, receiving harsh speech back, being born mute.
5 hours ago

Cliff: These are the many types of benefits that arise from Lama Tsongkhapa’s practice.
1 Protection from spirit harm
2 Wisdom
3 Compassion
4 Spiritual power
5 Stability
6 Great blessings
7 Powa practice
8 Protection from outer, inner and secret obstacles
9 Avoid harm from weapons
10 Crops, food and livelihood
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Tsem Rinpoche: Very good cliff..more
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Tsem Rinpoche: Joy, explain each one in full detail and make it quick.
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Cliff: 11 Travel
12 Blessing animals
13 Blessing vitamins
14 For our parents
15 Enlightenment
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Tsem Rinpoche: Gim Lee, please explain much more clearer please
5 hours ago

Kevin Lam: May I know which mantra shall I chant when I see homeless, old folks, orphanage and patient in hospital? Thank you.
5 hours ago

Tsem Rinpoche: Gim Lee, please explain much more clearer please
5 hours ago

gopinath: @kevin lam u can chant migstema or manjusri
5 hours ago

sweekeong: Sorry, just to clarify. Benefit of Lama Tsongkhapa’s ‘teachings’ and ‘practices’ are the same?
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Pastor David Lai: What is are the ten benefits of studying Tsongkapa’s teachings??? 1. Is based on the Great Indian masters/ authentic lineage 2. Comes from the Buddha’s teachings 3. Based on Sutra and Tantra 4. Blessed by Manjushri 5. One would gain quicker attainments. 6.Combines the lineages of Nyingma, Sakya and Kagyu 7. Emphasizes lamrim – a complete graded path of the buddha’s teachings. 8. protects one from taking rebirth in the 3 lower realms when practice. 9. Logical 10 Accurate
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Leslie Leong: Kevin, I think Medicine Buddha
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Kevin Lam: Thank you for sharing Gopinath.
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gopinath: @kevin lam to me i chant Migstema at times when i feed animals and see homeless ppl
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Tsem Rinpoche: Dear everyone, the most best and superior mantra to chant for yourself, the deceased, the animals, friends, spirits, the environment is Tsongkapa’s migtseyma mantra. Easy, complete and not commitments required. It is the essence of all the Buddha’s mantra of the ten directions.
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Kevin Lam: I chanted Medicine buddha
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Choongs: The fourth Panchen Lama Lobsang Chökyi Gyalsten composed the Lama Chopa (Guru Puja).
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Eric KP: Does Tsongkapa’s practice help us leave our bodies at the time of death and take a ‘safer’ rebirth? Where and how is that done please? Answer : Yes, By Lama Tsongkhapa practice, we gain this ability to engage in Powa practice, which will allow us to choose where we go and / or how we can come back to continue our spiritual practice to benefit others. This practice gives us a very strong connection to Maitreya Buddha.
5 hours ago

Kevin Lam: Thank you Rinpoche for your teachings.
5 hours ago

Tsem Rinpoche: Dear everyone, the most best and superior mantra to chant for yourself, the deceased, the animals, friends, spirits, the environment is Tsongkapa’s migtseyma mantra. Easy, complete and no commitments required. It has no danger as some mantras need guidance. It is blessed and highly effective for many positive actions. If we devote ourselves to this mantra, we will experience true happiness. It is the essence of all the Buddha’s mantra of the ten directions
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Pastor David Lai: @Leslie & Kevin Lam – Rinpoche advocates Migtsema for the homeless, old folks orphanage etc.
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graceleong: During the resolution stage of the Tsongkapa practice, we are in meditation, our body filled with Manjushris, Om Ah Ra Ba Za Na Dhis, Dhi images, implements of sword and Dharma texts. Our body is cleansed. Yama has taken on all our negativity. We are in bliss when Lama Tsongkapa ascends our heads on the lotus . Then we request for Tsongkapa to ascend via a channel of red inside and blue outside, to the luminous 8 petal lotus in our heart. The light, bean like ,sits in our heart and the lotus closes. The lotus is surrounded by a red and white mala. In between there are 3 rounds of Om Ah Ra Ba Za Na Dhi rings turning clockwise too. This luminous lotus is connected to Tushita heaven of Maitreya via a curd like string. We ascend to this pure heaven when we take a good rebirth in our next life !
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Tsem Rinpoche: Eric KP, very good……very very good. Grace Leong…wow!!! I am very proud of you and your explanation on how Tsongkapa’s practice can help us at death.
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Kevin Lam: Thank you Pastor David.
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Sharon Ong: Graceleong, would that be the visualisations for the 7 Wisdoms>
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graceleong: Thank you dear Rinpoche for your kind encouragement ! Sorry hate to but need to leave this chat for a little while . Will be back !!
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Pastor Seng Piow: Does Tsongkapa’s practice help us leave our bodies at the time of death and take a ‘safer’ rebirth? Where and how is that done please? Answer: Ganden Lhagyama or the Guru Yoga of Tsongkhapa consists of a Powa practice or the actual transference of consciousness. If we wish to be reborn in the Tushita Pure Land easily, it is important always to remember the thread of clouds that directly links Guru Tsongkhapa at our heart with Buddha Maitreya’s heart. Even if we experience sudden death, providing we remember this thread of clouds, we will definitely be reborn in Tushita Pure Land. This is because our consciousness will follow the pathway of this thread directly to Maitreya’s heart. Hence, Ganden Lhagyama is a very powerful practice that includes Phowa or the transference of consciousness
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Tsem Rinpoche: Grace Leong, what you described here, if you do daily and do it well, then at the time of death it will be easy to do. At the time of death, nothing, no friends, position or wealth will benefit us. Whether we have family around us or not does not matter. They cannot help us and maybe even disturb us with their crying. But if we do the meditation as you described, we have great hope to take a good rebirth. His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche taught me that. That is my source. We should do the Gaden Hlagyema daily and the mantra of Tsongkapa and the last part which is the dissolution meditation. Very very very effective and helpful.
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Tsem Rinpoche: Very good Pastor Seng Piow.
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sarahyap: What is the difference between having a poster, painting of Tsongkapa or statue? All images of Buddhas are good, but the difference that come from the type of item plays a role. While a poster is good, and also can be blessed by great Lamas, when we use the poster on our altar, it can serve only as a meditational tool for us when we do our sadhana. A painting is much better than a mass produced poster, because more effort it put into getting or commissioning for a painting. We can also offer gold on our painting which is a wonderful offering to our Lama Tsongkhapa image. Also, if we have a good artist that is Buddhist, with great meditation and sincerity, he/she can paint a Lama Tsongkhapa image that has a lot of blessings in it. A statue is one of the best options we can get. We can fill it with mantras, holy items from the monasteries and from our guru. We also have many chances to offer nice offering on Lama Tsongkhapa.
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Leslie Leong: Pastor, thank you. Am I correct to say when we do mitgsema, we visualise our yidam dissolving into us with bright light dispelling all darkness and dirt out of us? Sorry my questions not so technical as I am still learning it step by step.
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Choongs: Choekyi Gyaltsen, the 10th Panchen Lama, became the most important political and religious figure in Tibet following the 14th Dalai Lama’s escape to India in 1959.
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Tsem Rinpoche: Joy, when you make others and your teacher wait, it is very undharmic.
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GimLee@KFR: In the visualisation part of Gaden Lhagyama (Guru Yoga) during “Invocation”, we visualised the abundance offering and the Gaden Lord Maitreya Buddha’s heart emerging a curd-like cloud where Je Tsongkhapa appeared on lion throne & moon disc with his 2 heart sons. Here we must always visualised our Guru as one with Je Tsongkhapa. And from Je Tsongkhapa’s heart there is Shakyamuni Buddha & in his heart the Vajradhara Buddha, from there another curd-like cloud emerges to connect with the crown of our head. These are all should be visualised in ‘light’ not solid form. From this tube-like cloud connecting to our crown, we visualised the mantra Om Ah Ra Pa Tsa Dhi in orange color, the Manjushri sword & tiny Manjushri images filling our body… thus pushing all negativities out, in formsof snakes, scorpions, etc from lower part to the hell where a sleeping Yama will wake up & swallow them. This is the 1st connection we have. Then the “Dissolution” part – to be continue…
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Joy: Dear Rinpoche… typing out…
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Leslie Leong: Thank u GimLee
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Tsem Rinpoche: Sarah Yap, your answer in what is the difference with poster, painting and statue is very very very good. I accept your answer. Another question. If we take drinks, smoke, drugs, damaging foods will it affect our meditations? If so how?
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Pastor Shin: Who has the ‘oldest’ statue of Tsongkapa in Kechara? Meaing which student obtained their Tsongkapa statue first and years ago? guess? Hehehe Dear Rinpoche, I have asked around and it is Dato Ruby who first obtained a set of Lama Tsongkhapa and sons statues, a gift from Rinpoche when she visited Gaden Monastery. Below link is the section in the video where Dato Ruby tells the story. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kg4WZzRIsf8&feature=player_detailpage#t=577
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Joy: 1. being alone – from negative speech such as harsh speech, one chase others away hence one will reap the results of being alone, 2. lost of trust – due to lying or deception one creates mistrust, 3. lost of friendship – due to negative speech it can create arguments, mistrust and break friendships, 4. receiving harsh speech back – this is the karmic results one has to endure from the actions of negative speech 5. being born mute – because of the action related to speech it is a possible result which relates back to the organ that produces the action
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Tsem Rinpoche: Gim Lee, very good. Dear Gim Lee, what are the benefits of becoming a nun for this life and future lives?
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Tsem Rinpoche: more Joy.
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Rena Wong: Dear Rinpoche, I will do exactly as you have said. I have learn new things from this chat. A process that we will have to learn, unlearn & relearn. Thank you Rinpoche for the teachings and everyone’s sharing. I have to go now _/\_
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Tsem Rinpoche: Dear Pastor Shin, It’s not Dato Ruby, have someone who is in Kechara and got a statue of Tsongkapa even earlier..ehhehehehehehe
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Pastor Shin: Dear Rinpoche, I will check again. 😀
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Tsem Rinpoche: Dear Everyone, I rarely go on chat, and when I do my aim is to teach. Those of you who are here have affinity to learn because you make the effort.
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sweekeong: Pastor David: The site shows the lineage between Sakya and Gelug. Maybe can find some lead of who gave Vajrayogini to Lama Tsongkhapa?
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gopinath: yes smoking , drugs and damaging food will affect our meditation as these substance intoxicate the mind and sways them from its tranquility and hence it affects meditation and also damages ones health and also it causes the mind to loode focus. Please correct me if i am wrong
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Pastor Moh Mei: This stone Lama Tsongkhapa statue is outside Wisdom Hall in. Kechara Forest Retreat. Offering candles here is very popular among visitors to Kechara Forest Retreat http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/butterlamps.html
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gopinath: for meditation focus is importaint these substances makes the mind unfocused.
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Tsem Rinpoche: I will finish very soon and it is very good you remain till I finish. The teacher will leave and then the students leave..eheheh.. Just like in the monastery.
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Pastor Seng Piow: @ Leslie: The first meditation you do is inside the white light. Inside the white light millions and millions and millions and millions and millions of small Manjushri, holding a sword, every single atom, billions, infinite Manjushris coming down and hitting your head and dissolve into your body. So millions and millions of Manjushri come and fill your body with Manjushris. And then push the negative karma of your body out in the form of black light, snakes, mucus, pus, black blood, vomit, urine, scorpions, snakes, leech, through your anal hole, through your anus. They go seven levels under the ground. And then Yama or Yamaraja, the king of death, is sitting under there. Sitting under there, he wakes up from the sleep, he looks up, ah! he’s very happy, he wants it. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche explains this to me. So he wake up, he open his mouth, the great king of death. And then all your obstacles for life, all your negative karma of your body, all unhappiness and sickness, all the negativ
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Sharon Ong: Thank you with folded hands for this precious opportunity, Rinpoche.
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gopinath: yes smoking , drugs and damaging food will affect our meditation as these substance intoxicate the mind and sways them from its tranquility and hence it affects meditation and also damages ones health and also it causes the mind to loode focus. Please correct me if i am wrong… for meditation focus is importaint these substances makes the mind unfocused…
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Tsem Rinpoche: Dear Pastor Moh Mei, what are the biggest obstacles to becoming and remaining a nun and how to overcome?
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nicholas: Why and how does a high level Rinpoche, incarnate and take rebirth and why? A high level Rinpoche incarnate due to their compassion mind wanting to continue benefit sentient being in and chosen to take rebirth again in their next life to this samsara world. Due to their good Samaya with their Guru, commitment, integrity and discipline in the practices, they achieved the attainment to control their rebirth and able to choose where the want to come back. For a high level Rinpoche they will enter Tuktam (death meditation) to prepare themselves for rebirth. Once the consciousness left the body we will see a drop of blood from the nose with the head slightly tilt.
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Choongs: Dear all, and please don’t do any prostrations when Rinpoche leaves the room. Thank you.
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Tsem Rinpoche: Dear Sharon, you are very very welcome. I enjoy teaching you dharma as you are very intelligent and receptive always.
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Kevin Lam: How about sex, will that affect meditation as well? hehehe
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Pastor Seng Piow: @Leslie, pls watch this video/read the transcript a few times to understand fully the visualization during tsongkhapa guru yoga/migtsema pratice: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/transcript-guru-yoga-teaching.html
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Antoinette@KFR: Dear Rinpoche, has Pastor Chia received the first Tsongkhapa statue?
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Tsem Rinpoche: If we do the mantra of Tsongkapa daily then we smoke, then we chant mantra, then smoke, we are using our mouth for both. Will one override the other’s benefit or disbenefits?
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Pastor David Lai: @Swee Keong – The Vajrayogini lineage holder that is contemporary with Je Tsongkhapa is Jamyang Namkha Gyaltsen (Sakya Dagchen) 1398 – 1472. I think Je Tsongkhapa must have received Vajrayogini from him.
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gopinath: with folded palms , thank you dearest rinpoche for the wonderful dharma . My Humblest Obesances . Pranams
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Leslie Leong: Thank you Rinpoche :-) your teaching remains deeply implant in us especially in our daily life
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Tsem Rinpoche: Antoinette, good try, but not Pastor Chia..heehe
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Cliff: “I have taught the extended Guru Yoga of Tsongkapa several times before and it took several days. Today I decided to give an explanation of the Yoga in very abbreviated form. I made it very abbreviated today for everyone’s benefit and finished the explanation in just an hour… that is really brief for such a profound practice. I recieved this practice from H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche.”

http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/tsongkapas-daily-practice-video-commentary.html
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Tsem Rinpoche: If we do the mantra of Tsongkapa daily then we smoke, then we chant mantra, then smoke, we are using our mouth for both. Will one override the other’s benefit or dis-benefits?
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Leslie Leong: Thank you Pastor. Will do as advised.
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JP: I think Irene was the first to invite a Lama Tsongkhapa statue. Who has the ‘oldest’ statue of Tsongkapa in Kechara? Meaning which student obtained their Tsongkapa statue first and years ago?

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Pastor Jean Ai: I think it was Dato’ Eric…
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Wan Wai Meng: Dear Rinpoche, Mama How received the first Je Tsongkhapa.
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Tsem Rinpoche: What is the single most powerful back up we can do to make sure our Tsongkapa practice stays firm and consistent?
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Tsem Rinpoche: Wai Meng, I mentioned those who are in Kechara.
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Tsem Rinpoche: jp,,,very good. you got the right answer…hehe
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JP: YAY! At last. hehe
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Wylfred Ng: What is the single most powerful back up we can do to make sure our Tsongkapa practice stays firm and consistent? Practive Dharma Protector practice
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Sharon Ong: Rinpoche, wouldnt it be disrespectful or impure to chant and smoke? Mantras or any rituals should be treated with utmost respect.
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Tsem Rinpoche: Joy, why so long to type out your answer? When you whatsapp your retorts and replies and answers to ppl on whatsapp you are VERY VERY VERY FAST.
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Rena Wong: Dear Rinpoche, i am still with Rinpoche and the teachings _/\_
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gopinath: @sharon but arent we doing more stuffs other than smoking which may override the benefit of the mantras such as eating meat and gossiping
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Tsem Rinpoche: Sharon, it is not a matter of disrespect. It is a matter of conflict, but in what way?
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gopinath: ??
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Pastor JayJae庆《7月15日佛欢喜日》: Dear Rinpoche, sorry for the late reply. Had some problems logging in earlier. Now ok 😀 Interesting chat and teachings on Lama Tsongkhapa
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Pastor Shin: Thank you JP ! – re First person who invited Tsongkhapa. Called Irene earlier but couldn’t get through.
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Joy: We create future karma by actions of body, speech and mind. Negative Speech is also one of demeritorious actions. This creates the results of contradiction in our actions and speech and thus creates all the negative results of speech one experiences. Our mind also becomes flippant or unstable due to the negative speech of like example; schism. Because we create division, hence we ourselves create disharmony in ourselves, our surrounding and out mind. Because everything stems from the mind, the is actually the primary determinant of karma. Why? Because whatever negative actions we perform with body or speech first appear in the mind in the form of negative emotions and thoughts. It is not possible to engage in negative actions of body and speech if we have not first entertained negative thoughts and emotions. This means that, as far as karma is concerned, whatever we are doing matters, whether we are acting, speaking, or just thinking.
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sarahyap: If we take drinks, smoke, drugs, damaging foods will it affect our meditations? If so how? Yes taking these intoxicants will affect our meditation practice. All these intoxicants will block, pollute and affect our inner channels which will cause our meditation practice to be ineffective.
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JP: Guru devotion is a very good back up. What is the single most powerful back up we can do to make sure our Tsongkapa practice stays firm and consistent?
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gopinath: @sharon but arent we doing more stuffs other than smoking which may override the benefit of the mantras such as eating meat and gossiping and so many other negative deeds with out mouths at the same time we chant Migstema.
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Pastor David Lai: What is the single most powerful back up we can do to make sure our Tsongkapa practice stays firm and consistent? – Maintaining our samaya with our spiritual guide along with keeping our vows and commitments.
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Pastor Jean Ai: @Gopinath, instead of giving up Migtsema, we should give up the other things. How can a mouth that recites mantras of compassion for example, be used to consume dead flesh? It is contradictory. Like pouring clean water into a dirty cup, expecting the water to stay pure and expecting to gain the full benefits of drinking clean water.
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Pastor JayJae庆《7月15日佛欢喜日》: @Sarah: Yes u are right, intoxicants are prohibited in the Vinaya as spoken by the Buddha because it affects our thinking. Of the 5 precepts of a Buddhist Layperson, if you break the 5th vow of taking intoxicants, u are most likely to break the other 4 which are killing, stealing, sopulatory misconduct and lying. Why? When the alcohol takes over, u have no control over yourself
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Sharon Ong: Rinpoche, chanting is a very pure, holy and “healthy” activity. Smoking is a very unhealthy habit. Hence, the conflict arises when these 2 activities are done at the same time.
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gopinath: @pastor jean ai why should one give up o Migstema ? but doesnt by more practise and mind transformation occuring these impure deeds stops ?
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sarahyap: What is the single most powerful back up we can do to make sure our Tsongkapa practice stays firm and consistent? I think we should do Setrap practice to complement our Gaden Lhagyama. Especially Kawang, it will help us stay firm with our practice, and not let our mind wonder about aimlessly. We should also ensure that we keep our samaya with our teacher, that way we will see the results of our practice and also stay firm because we see the benefit
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Pastor Seng Piow: @Sharon, how is smoking unhealthy to dharma practice? thanks
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Pastor Jean Ai: I didn’t say that. I said one should give up the other stuff 😉 I said that because some people might think, “Well since I can’t give up meat, might as well give up Migtsema because I don’t want to be hypocritical”. It’s a weird kind of thinking because eating meat doesn’t benefit you, but Migtsema does. So why give up the beneficial action, and hang on to the harmful one?
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Kevin Lam: Thanks Pastor Jean Ai for your sharing.
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Pastor Jean Ai: Halfway through tonight’s blog chat quiz on Lama Tsongkhapa, Rinpoche came out and proceeded to debate Pastor David on whether Avalokiteshvara is more beneficial than Lama Tsongkhapa hehehe

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Wei Theng1: Chant mantra & smoking using the same mouth is conflicting as one is holy actions while the other is not. But it’s using the same mouth. Just like chanting mantra and eating meat using the same mouth is conflicting.
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Pastor JayJae庆《7月15日佛欢喜日》: @PJA : What u say makes sense, the whole point of doing our Sadhanas, Mantras and practices is so that we can gain realizations and attainments. If our actions contradict the Buddha’s teachings and we recite these prayers, it will not bear fruit. the same goes for eating meat and part taking intoxicants
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Tsem Rinpoche: Smoking is a pollutant. It blocks our channels, winds and chakras. Just like in acupuncture, it is mean to unblock. So if we go for acupuncture to unblock the channels so the winds can flow and we be healthy in mind and body, why block it with alcohol again…we waste our efforts. Why block it with dirty smoke (smoking). So when we smoke and drink, we keep re-blocking what we unblocked by reciting mantras. So why block, unblock, block again and unblock. It’s like a dog chasing it’s own tail. So when we keep blocking, we become unclear in thinking, attracted to vice, become angrier and our negative emotions become stronger. One negative emotions leads to another and then we abandon the dharma. Drinkers find it hard to practice meditation for example. So abandoning smoking and drinking is very important if we are serious.TR
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sweekeong: What is the single most powerful back up we can do to make sure our Tsongkapa practice stays firm and consistent? Remembering our guru kindness, gratitude, and paying back his kindness by doing our commitments, and repairing our broken commitments, practicing with the view for benefiting all sentient beings, and with the goal of achieving enlightenment.
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gopinath: @pastor please correct me if i am wrong . doesnt migstema aids in the mind transformation and when mind transformation occurs these impure deeds will stop and the impulses will stop ?
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GimLee@KFR: The visualisation of “Dissolution” part of Guru Yoga of Je Tsongkhapa is that during the 1st verse, Je Tsongkhapa image in front of us will come to sit atop our head in a size of a thumb and facing out same direction like us. Here we visualised Je Tsongkhapa will grant us the attainments of our actions i.e. of body, speech & mind; next we visualise Je Tsongkhapa come down to our heart on 8 petals lotus through a tube-like center channel. We visualised Je Tsongkhapa blesses us with attainments in this temporary world & for our supreme goal of enlightenment. Lastly we visualised the lotus at our heart closes and on the tip of Je Tsongkhapa’s yellow pandit there is a cloud that goes up from the same channel all the way back to the heart of Maitreya Buddha in Gaden heaven. This is the most important part visualisation as this is the connection we will have with the future Buddha thus will help us during our time of death. Hence we must always maintain this visualisation and practice it daily as our preparation to face death. I will answer Rinpoche’s question next… my apology, very slow in typing …
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Sharon Ong: Pastor Seng Piow, I am not a smoker and as such, I can only guess what a smoker goes through. The habit forming part of smoking may distract one from their practice as the urge to smoke can override any other activities, even Dharma ones.
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Pastor David Lai: @Pastor Seng Piow – Good point. Smoking harms our body and is associated with vice or negative actions. In other words, smoking encourages negative behaviour and that makes it harmful to our Dharma practice I think…
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Pastor JayJae庆《7月15日佛欢喜日》: Je Tsongkhapa said in Yonten Shigyurma, the Foundation of Good Qualities, all attainments comes from the Guru. From the Guru, attainments comes, from the Guru, u have the opportunity to hear the Dharma and likewise, from the practice of Guru Devotion, u safeguard your practice of Lama Tsongkhapa’s Guru Yoga.
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Pastor Shin: @gopinath – Why wait till mind transformation occurs to stop these impure deeds when we can stop it earlier?
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Pastor David Lai: Whoops Rinpoche gave a much better answer to smoking… 😉
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Tsem Rinpoche: Smoking and drinking is connected to increase of negative emotions. Also it is related to discipline. If we cannot discipline ourselves to stop poisoning our bodies with smoke and drink, how do we expect ourselves to control our speech, anger, hatred, etc etc….think…we have one human precious body and we should not waste it on pleasureless pleasures.
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gopinath: dear pastor since we are in samsara and at times it can be diffcult as the mind is attached to these things till we make the push to change.
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CONTINUE TO PART FOUR

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