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31 May 20, 09:36 PM
Pastor Shin: Thank you everyone. See you guys next week!
31 May 20, 09:31 PM
Jacinta: Thank YOU Pastor Shin for that story.
31 May 20, 09:29 PM
Pastor Niral: Thank you to our moderator Joy and everyone who joined tonight. It was interesting! Sarva Mangalam everyone! _/\_
31 May 20, 09:28 PM
Parth 3: Thanks a lot Rinpoche, thanks a lot pastors , thanks a lot Joy, I'll sure try to join more often
31 May 20, 09:27 PM
Valentina: Thank you Rinpoche, Joy, Pastors and other participants... chat with you again next week
31 May 20, 09:26 PM
Joy_Moderator: Thank you Jacinta, Sam, Jayce, Yee Mun and all who participated. If you guys have a specific blog topic you wish to discuss, you can always PM me and let me know ya. 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽
31 May 20, 09:26 PM
Yee Mun (KISG): Thank you Rinpoche, Moderator Joy, Pastors, and everyone. Good night.
31 May 20, 09:26 PM
Pastor Shin: A5. Yes, we can still change the karma. This is because as explained by Rinpoche, negative karma opening that day doesn’t necessarily mean that very day, something bad happens to you. It means that that day, you will continue doing negative karma until it builds up to something much, much bigger. Maybe that very day itself there is no obvious negative result, but it builds up so it can come to us in a big fat surprise (of negative consequences) in the future. So mid-way, we can change over to positive pathway, which are, for examples pujas, following advice, effort, practice, regret, purification, guru devotion, mending samaya – then instead of our negative karma following through.

Someone I know was lazy to attend puja, giving excuse of the travel distance. However, after reminding the person about Rinpoche's instruction of attending puja monthly, the person decided to overcome her laziness and attend puja. If the person gives in to laziness once to not attend puja, then it is easy to fall into negative pathways of missing puja the next month/time. Luckily, the person followed Rinpoche's advice and also had guru devotion to not miss the puja.
31 May 20, 09:25 PM
Jayce Goh: Thank you Pastors and Moderator Joy.
31 May 20, 09:25 PM
FHsam: Thank you Rinpoche , Moderator Joy, Pastors and everyone . Stay safe
31 May 20, 09:25 PM
Jacinta: Thank you Rinpoche, all the Pastors, Moderator and everyone here
31 May 20, 09:25 PM
Joy_Moderator: Okay people, thank you for participating in tonight's blog chat. Please do your dedications and thank you Pastor Niral for your surprise visit. Do pop in more often and share with us :) 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 Thank you Parth for joining in and I hope we will see you more regularly here!
31 May 20, 09:24 PM
Pastor Antoinette: Thank you Pastor Niral and Moderator Joy.
31 May 20, 09:23 PM
Joy_Moderator: Thank you @Parth, shunyata is a big word, we can read about it for sure, but to understand it correctly, I think we will need some guidance from someone who has some kind of experience like a Guru/an elder who has practised :)
31 May 20, 09:21 PM
Jacinta: Thank you Pastor Niral for that sharing
31 May 20, 09:20 PM
Parth 3: @Pastor Niral, that's very true!! Moderator@Joy, no , I don't think so that we can meditate on Shunyata correctly without the guidance of the spiritual guide.
31 May 20, 09:20 PM
Joy_Moderator: 5. Let’s say we had a bad thought and we triggered a negative result/karma that day, can we change the karma? If so, what can we do to change it? Share with us your own personal experience.

- Yes we can change the bad karma. We are not stuck there.
- Some of the things we can do are like pujas, apply guru devotion practices and mend our Samaya. We can also seek advice from our teacher, and if our teacher is not around, we can ask seniors/elders like a sagha or a Pastors or a senior student who has been giving good advice. We can also read dharma scriptures and apply purification practices.
- It is very important when we do purification practices such as Vajrasattva mantra or prostrations that we apply the the four opponent powers: 
1) regret on the negative action
2) refuge - re-establishing of the right attitude
3) resolution - decision not to repeat the negative action again
4) remedy - applying the antidotes, such as doing the opposite
31 May 20, 09:18 PM
Joy_Moderator: Thanks @Valentina for this clear example and becoming vegetarian, taking on vegetarian vows can be the antidote >>> Example, earlier in the day, I would like to eat pork. Then, in the afternoon I contemplate on the suffering of the pigs to satisfy my tastebud and I decided that I don't want to support the pig butchering and be a vegetarian instead.
31 May 20, 09:17 PM
Pastor Niral: @Parth, you are correct. In fact, it is the ultimate purification at the end of our spiritual journey, but in order to fully understand shunyata, even just intellectually, we need to purify the courser kaarmas we have. This is done through what we have already talked about, reliance on a deity for purification (Vajrasattva mantras, etc.) and also our own mind transformation through contemplation and meditation.
31 May 20, 09:17 PM
Joy_Moderator: That is very good @Parth can you explain what is shunyata? Can a person who has no clue of this, meditate on this? Can we meditate on this if we do not have a spiritual guide explaining to us?
31 May 20, 09:16 PM
Valentina: ANS 5:

Yes we can change the karma by deciding to change our motivation. Once the motivation become good, the positive dormant karma will open up.

Example, earlier in the day, I would like to eat pork. Then, in the afternoon I contemplate on the suffering of the pigs to satisfy my tastebud and I decided that I don't want to support the pig butchering and be a vegetarian instead.
31 May 20, 09:14 PM
Parth3: I think meditating on and contemplating shunyata is also a method of purification
31 May 20, 09:14 PM
Joy_Moderator: Thank you for that explanation Pastor Niral >>> That is why is it recommended to do at least 21 Vajrasattva mantras at the end of the day, complete with the Four Opponent Powers. But for the Four Opponent Powers to be really complete, you would need to have contemplated on things like karma, impermanence, etc. So you see, it's all linked.
31 May 20, 09:12 PM
Jayce Goh: Thank you Moderator @Joy. :biggrin:
31 May 20, 09:12 PM
Pastor Niral: All the things that have been talked about, from Vajrasattva, Prostrations, contemplating impermanence, reading lama's biographies.... they are need to be practiced together in some form or another, because they help each other. You cannot practice the one "formal" practice without the "informal" practice, otherwise there will be no real lasting change in our mindstreams. That is why is it recommended to do at least 21 Vajrasattva mantras at the end of the day, complete with the Four Opponent Powers. But for the Four Opponent Powers to be really complete, you would need to have contemplated on things like karma, impermanence, etc. So you see, it's all linked.
31 May 20, 09:12 PM
Joy_Moderator: Pastor Niral... we can roll mantras and chant purification mantras, clean temples or the Lama's place and chant purification mantras. For me on a daily basis I do Dorje Shugden kawang as Rinpoche prescribed it to help stabilise our mind and clear our thoughts. Pastor Niral: @Joy, any other antidote that we can apply in daily life, outside of formal practice like Vajrasattva or prostrations?
31 May 20, 09:11 PM
Yee Mun (KISG): A5 : Yes, we can change it. Everyday i will do my purification such as prostration and vajrasattva.
31 May 20, 09:11 PM
Jacinta: Ya, ya. Noted on that Moderator Joy. Thank you
31 May 20, 09:10 PM
Valentina: ANS 4:

Examples:

> By understanding that killing will result in physical suffering and shorten our lives, we will motivate ourselves not to kill
> By understanding that lying will result in the loss of our speech power, we will resolve not to lie
> By understanding that sexual misconduct will lead to the loss of our loved ones and cause us to be reborn in the lower realm, we will be resolved not to hurt our partners.
31 May 20, 09:09 PM
Pastor Niral: @parth, your answer is good. You can also contemplate on death and impermanence, when you do this any anger/laziness/resentment disappears because you understand that one day you will no longer be with a person, whoever it may be, this takes your relationship with that person to a whole new level, whether that is our parents, partner, friend, etc. I've experienced this personally, it works.
31 May 20, 09:09 PM
Joy_Moderator: That is all good @Jacinta but the karma is still there so we need to engage in some form of purification practices otherwise, it may be dormant, like in the beginning of the teaching what Rinpoche explained, and anytime it can blow up in our face and this is why we end up getting big problems
31 May 20, 09:09 PM
Pastor Antoinette: @Joy all attainments we receive come from our Guru. To have Guru Devotion is the most powerful practice.
31 May 20, 09:08 PM
Parth3: If one feels lazy, one can apply the antidote of thinking about the precious human life , how difficult it is to come across the virtuous teachings of the Buddha and how extremely beneficial they are in improving us in a both secular and spiritual sense
31 May 20, 09:07 PM
Jacinta: Practice patience (when we are angry). Try to look into solution rather than creating more problem. When we are lazy, put in more effort. But I personally prefer to read biographies of lamas. That will inspire me to keep up the practice, or at least not giving up.
31 May 20, 09:06 PM
Parth3: A5) contd. For an example, I feel irritated at times with my parents. But I recall whatever they so or do is for my own betterment, I do not reply back or say anything rude.
31 May 20, 09:06 PM
Pastor Adeline: A3.
1) Knowledge in understanding why we need to practice and the benefits of practicing will translate into practice. Practice will translate into habituation. Habituation is translating into wisdom, because when we do something enough times, it becomes automatic no matter how hard it is in the beginning.
2) Anything that we have done in this life, that is easy for us now, it’s due to habituation.
3) Wisdom is doing the right thing spontaneously. That can only arise from habituation, which can only arise from practising.
31 May 20, 09:06 PM
Joy_Moderator: Yes @Pastor Antoinette, why do you think Rinpoche mentioned Guru Devotion as most important?
31 May 20, 09:05 PM
Joy_Moderator: Thank you @Jayce, that is why it is good for us to do the Vajrasattva mantra at least 21 times on a daily basis to purify the karma, definitely need to purify if not it can accumulate to something big.
31 May 20, 09:04 PM
Pastor Niral: @Joy, any other antidote that we can apply in daily life, outside of formal practice like Vajrasattva or prostrations?
31 May 20, 09:03 PM
Jacinta: 5. Before the negative karma ripened in full force, during mid way, we can order or do pujas on our own to mitigate the problem. We can also follow advice by seniors or our Lama. We also can put in effort like doing purification practices before hand, have strong guru devotion. We should also understand the cause and effect.

For me, everytime when there's a problem arises, I try to practice patience through remembering cause and effect. I must have planted the cause for it to happen. I think this helps a lot rather than lashing out. Sometimes when problem is too huge to handle, I'll order puja, which is of course very effective.
31 May 20, 09:03 PM
Pastor Niral: @Parth, that's a good answer. But what sort of antitode can we apply? For example, if we are become lazy in our practice, or we become angry. Can you or anyone else given an example?
31 May 20, 09:03 PM
Joy_Moderator: Yes that is true Parth, one of these antidotes are applying purification practices such as Vajrasattva and prostrations. Yes it is good especially if you are new to Dharma to seek advise from the elders = Sangha/Pastors/senior students if you do not have a Guru seek advise from :)
31 May 20, 09:03 PM
Pastor Antoinette: 5. Let’s say we had a bad thought and we triggered a negative result/karma that day, can we change the karma? If so, what can we do to change it? Share with us your own personal experience.

Rinpoche recommends to do pujas, follow the advice of our teacher, elders or an advice from a friend or a book. We can practice regret and purification practices such as prostration or Kanshag or Vajrasattva mantra.
And most important to repair our samaya and practice Guru Devotion and follow the instructions we have received.
31 May 20, 09:02 PM
Jayce Goh: 5. Let’s say we had a bad thought and we triggered a negative result/karma that day, can we change the karma? If so, what can we do to change it? Share with us your own personal experience. ( I will confess to the person and change the situation to the right position ,do prostration with confession prayer and dedicate no matter the person is good or bad. atleast we do out part; but i not know if the karma still there or not, atleast i sleep better after that)
31 May 20, 08:59 PM
Parth3: A5) if we trigger some negative karma by having a bad motivation. We can check our minds and apply an antidote. An antidote is the advice of one's Lama, elders , a scripture or something a friend who has been advising one in a helpful manner has told. If one stops mid way of committing a negative action, one triggers the positive karmic seeds which lead to positive results like fulfilment of temporary goals.
31 May 20, 08:56 PM
Pastor Antoinette: Yes Pastor Niral. Thank you.
31 May 20, 08:55 PM
Joy_Moderator: 👍🏼🙏🏽👍🏼🙏🏽
31 May 20, 08:54 PM
Pastor Niral: Hehe. Not just join the Livestream, but also think about how you can apply things in daily life, and ask questions also. Then you will be able to learn even more! >>> EXCELLENT Pastor Antoinette! Yes we can join in the livestream sessions by Pastor Niral and Pastor David
31 May 20, 08:53 PM
Joy_Moderator: This will be the last question for this evening's blog chat...
31 May 20, 08:53 PM
Joy_Moderator: 5. Let’s say we had a bad thought and we triggered a negative result/karma that day, can we change the karma? If so, what can we do to change it? Share with us your own personal experience.
31 May 20, 08:52 PM
Joy_Moderator: 4. Give three or more examples how we can set our motivation right by increasing our knowledge?

1. Listening to Dharma teachings, like Rinpoche’s Dharma teachings which we can find plenty on YouTube
2. Reading the blog and commenting
3. Coming on to the weekly blog chat to share, learn and ask questions
31 May 20, 08:52 PM
Joy_Moderator: Yes Pastor Antoinette... this is the new way of spreading the Dharma... and our beloved Guru has pioneered this method of learning and teaching. Can you believe how great Rinpoche's foresight is?
31 May 20, 08:50 PM
Joy_Moderator: Also we should read Rinpoche's blog and keep commenting. Rinpoche always encourage us to comment because that exercise encourage us to think about the topic, which is contemplative and share our thoughts.
31 May 20, 08:50 PM
Pastor Antoinette: @Joy and we can listen to them anytime as they are on Facebook for everyone's convenience
31 May 20, 08:49 PM
Joy_Moderator: EXCELLENT Pastor Antoinette! Yes we can join in the livestream sessions by Pastor Niral and Pastor David
31 May 20, 08:49 PM
Jacinta: 4. To increase wisdom, we should study more on Buddhist way of life. We can also search Youtube. We can learn from seniors as they have more experiences than us.
31 May 20, 08:48 PM
Yee Mun (KISG): A4 : Listening to a Dharma teacher, reading books or meditating, contemplating or watching seniors who are practiced.
31 May 20, 08:48 PM
Joy_Moderator: Parth's answer is good because he really thinks about it and put in his own words and thoughts, this is good because everyone's ideas and opinions are important
31 May 20, 08:48 PM
Pastor Antoinette: 4. Give three or more examples (from your own understanding) how we can set our motivation right by increasing our knowledge?

- reading dharma books such as the lamrim
- listening to dharma teachings by Rinpoche or for example the new normal by Pastor Niral and Pastor David on Tuesdays and Wednesdays on FB
- sharing what we have learned with others
- meditating
31 May 20, 08:47 PM
Joy_Moderator: VERY GOOD ANSWER Parth >>> Parth3: A4) a few ways to set our motivations right could be 1- studying about cause and effect and understanding how results always resembe the cause. 2 thinking and contemplating the benefits of having a virtuous motivation ( which include a happier state of mind, better relationships at home and work and general well being). 3 listening and contemplating Dharma teachings
31 May 20, 08:47 PM
Fhsam: 4. Give three or more examples (from your own understanding) how we can set our motivation right by increasing our knowledge? Reading blogs , dharma books and listening to our lama videos to increase our knowledge, Formost apply whatever we learn.
31 May 20, 08:46 PM
Joy_Moderator: It is a very simple question based on the order of the Dharma talk Rinpoche gave...
31 May 20, 08:46 PM
Parth3: A4) a few ways to set our motivations right could be 1- studying about cause and effect and understanding how results always resembe the cause. 2 thinking and contemplating the benefits of having a virtuous motivation ( which include a happier state of mind, better relationships at home and work and general well being). 3 listening and contemplating Dharma teachings
31 May 20, 08:45 PM
Joy_Moderator: Thank you Pastor Shin... Pastor Niral you can see Pastor Shin's answer :D
31 May 20, 08:45 PM
Pastor Shin: A4. Listening to Rinpoche's teachings, reading books, joining blog chat/discussion with other Dharma brothers or sisters.
31 May 20, 08:44 PM
Joy_Moderator: Hello Jayce... nice of you to join us here :)
31 May 20, 08:44 PM
Jayce Goh: :)
31 May 20, 08:42 PM
Pastor Shin: A3. Our motivation arises from study, as in acquiring knowledge and understanding or wisdom. So it is important to do so.

Once we have knowledge, then it will then translate into practice. Practice will translate into habituation. Habituation is translating into wisdom. So when we do something enough times, it becomes automatic no matter how hard it is in the beginning.
31 May 20, 08:41 PM
Joy_Moderator: 4. Give three or more examples (from your own understanding) how we can set our motivation right by increasing our knowledge?
31 May 20, 08:41 PM
Parth3: Namste pastor Niral. Hope you're well
31 May 20, 08:41 PM
Pastor Niral: Namaskar Parth, nice to see you here.
31 May 20, 08:41 PM
Joy_Moderator: Basically after we do all that studying, we need to apply and keep practising until it becomes second nature and automatic, then it is WISDOM
31 May 20, 08:39 PM
Joy_Moderator: 3. How can we ensure that our motivation is the right kind of motivation? What must we do to help us set the right motivation as explained by Rinpoche?

- How we can ensure the right kind of motivation is through study and increasing of knowledge and understanding or wisdom.
- Knowledge will translate into practice. Practice will translate into habituation. Habituation is translating into wisdom, because when we do something enough times, it becomes automatic no matter how hard it is in the beginning.
- Anything that we have done in this life, that is easy for us now, it’s due to habituation. So hence it equals to wisdom.
- Wisdom is knowing what to do or automatically doing the right thing. That can only arise from habituation, which can only arise from practising.
- Practice can only arise if you know how to practice which means having knowledge which comes from study.
31 May 20, 08:39 PM
Parth3: Hello pastor shin, hello Jacinta and Joy!!
31 May 20, 08:39 PM
Joy_Moderator: Thank you Yee Mun and HELLO Pastor Niral 🙏🏽
31 May 20, 08:38 PM
Pastor Niral: Hi Jacinta!
31 May 20, 08:38 PM
Joy_Moderator: Hello Parth... thank you for joining in on our blog chat today, welcome :)
31 May 20, 08:38 PM
Parth3: A3) to ensure that one's motivation is correct one should undertake studying, either from a teacher, books or observing one's Dharma elders
31 May 20, 08:38 PM
Pastor Shin: Hello Parth!
31 May 20, 08:38 PM
Jacinta: Hi Parth 🙌 and good evening Pastor Niral.
31 May 20, 08:36 PM
Parth3: A2 it's our motivation that determines the seeds we open or path we take on a particular day.
31 May 20, 08:36 PM
Pastor Niral: It's also that we understand WHY we need to practice and also the BENEFITS of practicing. This is the "knowledge" that comes through studying. But studying is not just about reading books, its also about seeing what the teachings show us in daily life. The teachings talk about life situations, and we must see why these teachings are applicable in daily life to us now. >>>>> Yes this is very good explanation >>>Jacinta: 3. Through studying. And then we will have knowledge on how to practice, reinforced our positive habituation and then wisdom will arise.
31 May 20, 08:35 PM
Parth3: A1) pathways are dormant karmas, like seeds which stay under he ground without sprouting. They're of three types 1 positive, 2 negative 3 neutral
31 May 20, 08:35 PM
Yee Mun (KISG): A3 : Our motivation arises from study. Study as in knowledge and understanding or wisdom. Knowledge will translate into practice. Practice will translate into habituation. Habituation is translating into wisdom.
31 May 20, 08:35 PM
Joy_Moderator: Pastor Antoinette as Rinpoche explained it and Jacinta said it in a nutshell. Knowledge will translate into practice. Practice will translate into habituation. Habituation is translating into wisdom, because when we do something enough times, it becomes automatic no matter how hard it is in the beginning
31 May 20, 08:35 PM
Valentina: ANS3

We can ensure that our motivation is the right one by studying. Because study helps us to acquire knowledge. Knowledge helps us to practice. And practice leads to habituation which will eventually lead to wisdom.
31 May 20, 08:34 PM
Joy_Moderator: Yes this is very good explanation >>>Jacinta: 3. Through studying. And then we will have knowledge on how to practice, reinforced our positive habituation and then wisdom will arise.
31 May 20, 08:33 PM
Pastor Antoinette: Joy_Moderator: Pastor Antoinette do you mind describing more how does gaining knowledge, for example coming here on blog chat help us gain wisdom? What you say is correct but abstract, need to explain more details how it works?

reading dharma books, articles on Rinpoche's blog, listening to dharma teachings, and of course also participating in the blog chat discussion and apply what we learn in daily life.
31 May 20, 08:32 PM
Fhsam: 3. How can we ensure that our motivation is the right kind of motivation? What must we do to help us set the right motivation as explained by Rinpoche?apply effort. follow the advice of our elders, our teacher, or a scripture or a friend whose been giving us good advice. we apply practice daily.
31 May 20, 08:31 PM
Jacinta: 3. Through studying. And then we will have knowledge on how to practice, reinforced our positive habituation and then wisdom will arise.
31 May 20, 08:30 PM
Joy_Moderator: Pastor Antoinette do you mind describing more how does gaining knowledge, for example coming here on blog chat help us gain wisdom? What you say is correct but abstract, need to explain more details how it works?
31 May 20, 08:28 PM
Joy_Moderator: Thank you Sam and Val, it is crucial we set the right motivation, so that would help us decide on what is the right path to take on a daily basis
31 May 20, 08:28 PM
Pastor Antoinette: Q3. How can we ensure that our motivation is the right kind of motivation? What must we do to help us set the right motivation as explained by Rinpoche?

A3. We must study. From there we gain the knowledge and wisdom to do the right thing.
31 May 20, 08:27 PM
Valentina: ANS2 The triggers of the path we take on a daily basis is motivation
31 May 20, 08:26 PM
Joy_Moderator: 3. How can we ensure that our motivation is the right kind of motivation? What must we do to help us set the right motivation as explained by Rinpoche?
31 May 20, 08:26 PM
Fhsam: 2. motivation in life actually determines the path we take on a daily basis and the choices we make .
31 May 20, 08:26 PM
Joy_Moderator: 2. So what actually determines the path we take on a daily basis and the choices we make that would trigger one of the karmas?
- The defining factor that determines the choice we make on the path we take daily is our motivation. This is how we trigger negative, positive or neutral karma on a daily basis. 
31 May 20, 08:26 PM
Joy_Moderator: Thank you Pastor Shin... let's move to the next question
31 May 20, 08:26 PM
Joy_Moderator: Pastor Antoinette yup... this is why Rinpoche says to set our motivation right on a daily basis so we realign ourselves to do the right thing :)
31 May 20, 08:25 PM
Pastor Shin: A2. Our motivation.
31 May 20, 08:24 PM
Pastor Antoinette: Q2. So what actually determines the path we take on a daily basis and the choices we make that would trigger one of the karmas? 


A2. The path we take is based on our motivation.
31 May 20, 08:24 PM
Jacinta: Yes, Pastor Adeline. I hope you too.
31 May 20, 08:23 PM
Pastor Adeline: Hi Jacinta. Hope you are keeping well.

A2. Our motivation...
31 May 20, 08:22 PM
Jacinta: 😅
31 May 20, 08:22 PM
Joy_Moderator: Thank you Pastor Shin.
31 May 20, 08:22 PM
Joy_Moderator: Yee Mun bingo... Jacinta kinda answered this in Q1 :)
31 May 20, 08:21 PM
Pastor Shin: A1. Pathways are dormant karma, which is like a seed that’s in the ground that doesn’t sprout until it rains. There are three pathways:
- Negative pathway
- Positive pathway
- Neutral and/or negative pathway
31 May 20, 08:21 PM
Joy_Moderator: Hi Pastor Adeline... great to see you here... thank you for your correct nicely formatted answer :)
31 May 20, 08:21 PM
Yee Mun (KISG): A2 : Our motivation.
31 May 20, 08:20 PM
Jacinta: Hello Pastor Adeline
31 May 20, 08:18 PM
Pastor Adeline: A1. Pathways are like dormant karma. A dormant karma is like a seed that’s in the ground that doesn’t sprout until it rains. So it can remain dormant for 10 years; some seeds can remain dormant for 100 years. Some remain dormant for one year, two years but dormancy means it stays and doesn’t open until something triggers it to open up. 


We have three path ways:

1) Negative pathway


2) Positive pathway


3) Neutral and/or negative pathway
31 May 20, 08:18 PM
Jacinta: 2. It's our motivation. Like if we are lazy and unwilling to change, we will go down the negative pathway whereby our laziness will be reinforced and we will experience negative karma.
31 May 20, 08:16 PM
Pastor Antoinette: Hello Jacinta
31 May 20, 08:16 PM
Joy_Moderator: 2. So what actually determines the path we take on a daily basis and the choices we make that would trigger one of the karmas?
31 May 20, 08:15 PM
Joy_Moderator: 1. Rinpoche spoke about pathways, explain what are pathways? How many pathways do we have and what are they?

- Pathways are like dormant karma. A dormant karma is like a seed that’s in the ground that doesn’t sprout until it rains. So it can remain dormant for 10 years; some seeds can remain dormant for 100 years. Some remain dormant for one year, two years but dormancy means it stays and doesn’t open until something triggers it to open up. 

- We have three path ways:
1) Negative pathway
2) Positive pathway
3) Neutral and/or negative pathway
31 May 20, 08:15 PM
Joy_Moderator: Yes Jacinta and Yee Mun. Yes some karmas are dormant for many years, but all it takes is something negative to trigger it and we are doomed
31 May 20, 08:14 PM
Jacinta: Hello Pastor Antoinette, Valentina, Fhsam and Yee Mun.
31 May 20, 08:13 PM
Yee Mun (KISG): A1 : Pathways are are dormant karma. A dormant karma is like a seed that’s in the ground that doesn’t sprout until it rains. There are three pathways: 1. Negative pathway, 2. positive pathway & 3. neutral and/or negative pathway.
31 May 20, 08:12 PM
Jacinta: A1. Rinpoche explained three pathways we can go, i. e ripening of our karma . One is a negative pathway. One is a positive pathway. One is a neutral which can be neutral or turned into negative pathway. The determinant for these pathways is our motivation
31 May 20, 08:12 PM
Joy_Moderator: Yes that is correct Valentina :)
31 May 20, 08:11 PM
Fhsam: 1. Rinpoche spoke about pathways, explain what are pathways? How many pathways do we have and what are they? A1 three pathways . One is a negative pathway. One is a positive pathway. One is a neutral and/or negative pathway.These are dormant karma.
31 May 20, 08:11 PM
Pastor Antoinette: . Rinpoche spoke about pathways, explain what are pathways? How many pathways do we have and what are they?

The are 3 pathways: positive, negative and neutral. They are our dormant karma. The karma we create is determined by our motivation.
31 May 20, 08:11 PM
Valentina: ANS1:

Pathways are dormant karma - karma that does not open until something triggers it to open.

We have three pathways:
> One is a negative pathway.
> One is a positive pathway.
> One is a neutral and/or negative pathway.
31 May 20, 08:10 PM
Joy_Moderator: Good evening Sam and Pastor Antoinette, great to see you guys here
31 May 20, 08:08 PM
Pastor Antoinette: Good evenng Rinpoche, good evening Joy and everyone
31 May 20, 08:08 PM
Fhsam: Good evening Rinpoche , Moderator Joy and everyone
31 May 20, 08:06 PM
Joy_Moderator: Hello Valentina, nice to see you and Yee Mun too :)
31 May 20, 08:05 PM
Yee Mun (KISG): Good evening Rinpoche, Joy, Jacinta and everyone.
31 May 20, 08:05 PM
Joy_Moderator: 1. Rinpoche spoke about pathways, explain what are pathways? How many pathways do we have and what are they?
31 May 20, 08:05 PM
Valentina: Hi chatroom...
31 May 20, 08:05 PM
Jacinta: Alright..
31 May 20, 08:04 PM
Joy_Moderator: Hello Jacinta, thank you for joining in, will wait for a few more minutes until more comes
31 May 20, 08:03 PM
Joy_Moderator: Today's blog chat topic is >>> Discovering Yourself: A Teaching on Karma & Mindstream
https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/discovering-yourself-a-teaching-on-karma-mindstream.html
31 May 20, 08:02 PM
Jacinta: Good evening Rinpoche, Pastors, Moderator and others.
31 May 20, 08:01 PM
Joy_Moderator: Hello good evening everyone...
31 May 20, 02:43 AM
Fletcher: Thank you Choong! Burned Sage worked!
30 May 20, 07:32 PM
Joy_Moderator: This Sunday’s blog chat is on karma and its effects on our midstream. For those who have heard it, it is a refresher course. For those who have not heard it, please listen carefully to Rinpoche’s teaching on karma and how you can change it in an instant.

Topic to read up for Sunday's Blog chat: Discovering Yourself: A Teaching on Karma & Mindstream
https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/discovering-yourself-a-teaching-on-karma-mindstream.html
https://i.ibb.co/h7TgnCc/Blogchat-Karma-Mindstream.jpg
30 May 20, 02:37 PM
Choong: Dear Fletcher, perhaps this article may enlighten you a little : https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/paranormal-protection.html
27 May 20, 05:30 PM
Fletcher: If this helps, the spirit only does this when I am upstairs in my bed, but the activity ceases when I go downstairs to clean up the pans.
27 May 20, 05:28 PM
Fletcher: More specifically, I evoked a demon, by following the rituals in the book titled "the Lesser Key of Solomon". I asked for a certain amount of money, and I got twice the amount I asked for. But now there is no peace at night, because I know the spirit will throw pots and pans around my house.
27 May 20, 05:24 PM
Fletcher: How do you stop poltergeist activity? I dabbled in a western occult ritual and now every night pots are thrown around in my kitchen. How can I make this spirit stop?
27 May 20, 05:21 PM
Fletcher: Hello Pastors,
26 May 20, 10:52 PM
Pastor Shin: Hi Nanchy and Vikrant,
Welcome to the blog chat. You can share your thoughts here or any questions if you have :)
25 May 20, 03:05 PM
Vikrant: Hi
25 May 20, 01:37 AM
nanchy: i love bhutan
24 May 20, 09:41 PM
Valentina_moderator: Yes Jacinta. I agree with you... Hope to chat with you again next week and have a good night
24 May 20, 09:15 PM
Jacinta: Thank you Rinpoche, Pastor Shin, Moderator Valentina and Joy too. Thanks for the link Moderator.
24 May 20, 09:13 PM
Jacinta: Yes, we hope Rinpoche can return soon.. However, we must prepare and transformed ourselves too so that Rinpoche can execute His Dharma works better.
24 May 20, 09:12 PM
Cc: Good evening Rinpoche and everyone.
24 May 20, 09:12 PM
Joy: Thank you Rinpoche for having this blog chat, thank you moderator Valentin and Jacinta for your wonderful participation!
24 May 20, 09:11 PM
Valentina_moderator: We have come to the end of our blog chat session. I hope everyone learned from this experience. Please do your dedication and chat with you again next week. Thank you Rinpoche for this opportunity to learn
24 May 20, 09:10 PM
Valentina_moderator: 6. "Uncontrollable wandering through rounds of existence is caused by our grasping at egos as real"


What is the meaning of uncontrollable existence or uncontrollable wandering?

ANS 6:

Uncontrollable existence means:

> We have no control where we will take rebirth
> We have no control when we are going to die
> We have no control over our next state of existence
24 May 20, 09:09 PM
Valentina_moderator: @Jacinta - hopefully Rinpoche will return soon among us to turn the wheel of Dharma :)
24 May 20, 09:09 PM
Valentina_moderator: Thank you Jacinta - Jacinta: This is because we do not have control over the place that we will go to in our next life. Due to our self-cherishing mind, we will wander in these six realms uncontrollably Valentina_moderator: Dear Jacinta, although there are 6 realms of existence, but why it is said as uncontrollable?
Jacinta: A6: It refers to 6 realms of existences, spoken by the Buddha. I. e. The hell, spirit, animal, human, God and demigod realm.
24 May 20, 09:08 PM
Valentina_moderator: Thank you Joy. Dear Jacinta, in the video, Rinpoche do mention that since the teaching is quite long, he could only cover the beginning. But then, Rinpoche wrote a more extensive article based on the Wheel of Sharp Weapons https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/do-you-want-to-hear-the-truth.html
24 May 20, 09:06 PM
Jacinta: This is because we do not have control over the place that we will go to in our next life. Due to our self-cherishing mind, we will wander in these six realms uncontrollably Valentina_moderator: Dear Jacinta, although there are 6 realms of existence, but why it is said as uncontrollable?
Jacinta: A6: It refers to 6 realms of existences, spoken by the Buddha. I. e. The hell, spirit, animal, human, God and demigod realm.
24 May 20, 09:04 PM
Joy: A6: Uncontrollable existence is like us, not being able to control our death and rebirth. We could easily end up in any of the 6 realms and even if we are being born as a human, we will still not be able to control how we are going to be. Born deformed, born poor, born not being able to be close to the Dharma? So many things we cannot control.
24 May 20, 09:04 PM
Jacinta: Moderator, is there a significance on why Rinpoche didn't finish the teaching? It is something Auspicious so that Rinpoche can come back and turn the Dharma Wheel again? Just like one of Rinpoche’s boot was left under the Lama Tsongkhapa statue at Wisdom Hall?
24 May 20, 09:04 PM
Valentina_moderator: Thank you Pastor Shin for your answer to question no. 6
24 May 20, 09:03 PM
Valentina_moderator: Dear Jacinta, although there are 6 realms of existence, but why it is said as uncontrollable?
Jacinta: A6: It refers to 6 realms of existences, spoken by the Buddha. I. e. The hell, spirit, animal, human, God and demigod realm.
24 May 20, 09:03 PM
Pastor Shin: A6. It means that we continuously take uncontrolled cycle of death and rebirth in the rounds of existence with no freedom, swayed by the wind of our karma.
24 May 20, 09:01 PM
Valentina_moderator: 5. ”In the jungles of poisonous plants, strut the peacocks,
Though medicine gardens of beauty lie near,

The masses of peacocks do not find gardens pleasant,
But thrive on the essence of poisonous plants"


Who are the peacocks and why?[/color]

ANS 5:

Peacocks are the Bodhisattva and people who are training in the Bodhisattva path. Just like the peacocks who eats the poisonous/hazardous substance from the ground, the Bodhisattvas are like peacocks because they don't look for good things for themselves. They can sacrifice pleasure and live among barbaric, wild, difficult, and hard people. The Bodhisattva thrives and be inspired by selfishness, anger, suffering and greed because the whole purpose for them to exist is to benefit others.
24 May 20, 09:00 PM
Valentina_moderator: Thank you Joy
24 May 20, 09:00 PM
Joy: 5. The peacocks are Bodhisattvas. Why it is because like Bodhisattvas courageously and compassionately take on the difficult roads and surround themselves with difficulties, situations or students to help them, to tame them as they are practising Bodhichitta which the path to Enlightenment. So unlike normal people like you and me, who are still full of self-cherishing mind, the Bodhisattvas are like peacocks, who thrives on poisonous plants which is samsara and then will not degenerate.
24 May 20, 08:59 PM
Jacinta: A6: It refers to 6 realms of existences, spoken by the Buddha. I. e. The hell, spirit, animal, human, God and demigod realm.
24 May 20, 08:59 PM
Valentina_moderator: Thank you Pastor Shin :)
24 May 20, 08:58 PM
Pastor Shin: A5. The peacocks are the Bodhisattvas. This is because the Bodhisattvas who are unconcerned with selfish pursuits but are preoccupied with the concerns of others can wander in the forests of worldly existence as they are not attracted by the many alluring things, and can use the “poisonous plants” of hindrances in the environment for normal people as something conducive to the development of Bodhicitta.
24 May 20, 08:56 PM
Valentina_moderator: Jacinta, you can proceed to our question no. 6 which is the final question :)
24 May 20, 08:55 PM
Valentina_moderator: 6. "Uncontrollable wandering through rounds of existence is caused by our grasping at egos as real"

What is the meaning of uncontrollable existence?
24 May 20, 08:54 PM
Valentina_moderator: Thank you Pastor Shin...
24 May 20, 08:54 PM
Valentina_moderator: Yes Jacinta - peacocks thrive on poisonous plants. Just like them, Bodhisattva who surrounds himself with difficult people become inspired to benefit these people.
24 May 20, 08:54 PM
Pastor Shin: A4. The foe refers to our grasping of self and self-cherishing that make us behave and react in selfish manner.
24 May 20, 08:51 PM
Jacinta: 5. Peacocks are likened to Bodhisattva that thrive in poisonous plants. They surrounds themselves with those difficult to tame in order to gain ultimate Bodhicitta. A training in the path to Enlightenment.
24 May 20, 08:51 PM
Valentina_moderator: 5. ”In the jungles of poisonous plants, strut the peacocks,
Though medicine gardens of beauty lie near,

The masses of peacocks do not find gardens pleasant,
But thrive on the essence of poisonous plants"


Who are the peacocks and why?[/color]
24 May 20, 08:50 PM
Valentina_moderator: Yes Jacinta... our real enemies are anger and ignorance...
24 May 20, 08:49 PM
Valentina_moderator: Thank you Pastor Shin ...
24 May 20, 08:49 PM
Pastor Shin: A3. Mind training teachings are teachings that focus on training or transformation of the mind. "Lo" is the mind and "Jong" is to change. These teachings trains us to cultivate the attitude of putting the benefits of others above our feelings/views and also trains us in gaining great compassion and altruism.

We can never be too old to learn because our mind is timeless as our mind does not slow down.
24 May 20, 08:48 PM
Jacinta: And anger too. I listened to that recording again at 53:00.
24 May 20, 08:48 PM
Valentina_moderator: ”In the jungles of poisonous plants, strut the peacocks,
Though medicine gardens of beauty lie near,

The masses of peacocks do not find gardens pleasant,
But thrive on the essence of poisonous plants"


Who are the peacocks and why?[/color]
24 May 20, 08:48 PM
Valentina_moderator: 4. In the opening phrase of the Wheel of Sharp Weapons, it is stated that "The Wheel of Sharp Weapons effectively striking the heart of foe." Who is the "foe" this text is referring to?

ANS 4:

The foe is not the enemy on the outside. But it is the enemy inside of us, our anger and ignorance. Because these enemies on the inside are what make us behave, think, and act unpleasantly.
24 May 20, 08:48 PM
Valentina_moderator: Thank you Joy... :)
24 May 20, 08:47 PM
Valentina_moderator: You got it... the foe in here is not the enemy on the outside, but the enemy on the inside - ignorance is one of them
24 May 20, 08:47 PM
Joy: 4. In the opening phrase of the Wheel of Sharp Weapons, it is stated that "The Wheel of Sharp Weapons effectively striking the heart of foe." Who is the "foe" this text is referring to?

The foe is our bad habituations that create so much suffering for us. Our anger, hatred, ignorance, jealousy… basically all the three poisons.
24 May 20, 08:46 PM
Jacinta: 4. Referring us all? The ignorance mind?
24 May 20, 08:43 PM
Valentina_moderator: Yes Jacinta... I can see that you are good at learning and remembering :)
24 May 20, 08:41 PM
Jacinta: Thank you Moderator for the answer.. Answering today's chat is a bit challenging but I like the way it presented so that we can use our own words and I can gauge how far I remember Rinpoche's teaching 😂
24 May 20, 08:39 PM
Valentina_moderator: 4. In the opening phrase of the Wheel of Sharp Weapons, it is stated that "The Wheel of Sharp Weapons effectively striking the heart of foe." Who is the "foe" this text is referring to?
24 May 20, 08:39 PM
Valentina_moderator: Next question...
24 May 20, 08:39 PM
Valentina_moderator: 3. What is a mind training teaching? Can we ever be too old to learn?

ANS 3:

Mind training teaching is the teaching to help us transform our mind and change our perspective. It is also known as Lojong. "Lo" is the mind and "Jong" is to change. When we change our perspective, our whole world change. Our anger decreases, we are more accepting, our goals change. A bigger, better and more illuminated world opens up. It is illuminated because we have less anger, and therefore, it is a better place to live.

We can never be too old to learn because our mind is timeless. Our faculties may slow down, but our minds do not slow down. Mind and body are connected, but they are not one. Therefore, saying that we are too old to learn is the wrong views and attitude.
24 May 20, 08:39 PM
Valentina_moderator: Thank you Joy...
24 May 20, 08:38 PM
Joy: A3 - A mind training teaching are teachings specifically eliminates the self cherishing mind which is the cause of all our unwanted sufferings such Lojong.
- Lojong, or mind training, is a core practice in all the lineages of the Tibetan tradition. They can perhaps best be characterized as a method for transforming our mind by turning away from self-centeredness and cultivating instead the mental habits that generate bodhicitta, the awakened mind that puts the benefit of others above all else.
- No we can never be too old to learn because if we stop learning, then we limit ourselves. We should never stop learning unless we’ve achieved enlightenment and know everything. If not, we should continue to learn and improve ourselves.
24 May 20, 08:38 PM
Valentina_moderator: Thank you Pastor Shin for the answer to question no. 2 :)
24 May 20, 08:37 PM
Pastor Shin: A2. Dharmarakshita was a great yogi abiding in the jungles to do practice. As he had so much compassion, he did not close himself off from meeting people while in the jungle but he surrounded himself with the most difficult, harsh and materialistic people, received the visits of many people seeking blessings, advice and teachings.


Dharmarakshita, treated the people he met with patience and taught them the Dharma. His main practice was to specifically help to tame the most difficult people who cannot be tamed by others as taming their minds can help them to avoid suffering and also reach liberation.
24 May 20, 08:37 PM
Valentina_moderator: Yes Jacinta... Mind training teaching is the teaching that help us to transform our mind to be more compassionate
24 May 20, 08:36 PM
Jacinta: 3. Mind training is one of the practices associated with our mind in gaining great compassion and altruism in our journey of spirituality. Since mind is continuum and continue from one birth to another and hence, there should be no differences such as aging.
24 May 20, 08:35 PM
Valentina_moderator: Hint - Another name of mind training teaching is Lojong
24 May 20, 08:33 PM
Valentina_moderator: You can read more about Atisha in this article

https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/dipamkara-shrijnana-atisha-the-master-who-revived-buddhism-in-india-and-tibet.html
24 May 20, 08:31 PM
Valentina_moderator: No problem Jacinta. We are all here to learn :)
24 May 20, 08:30 PM
Jacinta: Ohh, Suvarnadvipa was Lama Atisha's teacher. I have it missed up with the place Yogi Dharmarakshita was residing. Thank you for that
24 May 20, 08:30 PM
Valentina_moderator: You can answer this in your own words :)
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