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30 Jun 20, 10:52 PM
Jacinta Goh: I would like to dedicate this little merit that I've gathered (Hopefully there is ) for the swift return of His Eminence Tsem Tulku Rinpoche.

Thank you Rinpoche and Good night.
P/S: Don't worry, I'll continue to share whenever possible. Rinpoche's blog is such a sacred space for me, hopefully for others too.
30 Jun 20, 10:48 PM
Jacinta Goh: I don't know why but I can definitely tell you that Rinpoche has a special place in my heart. Last but not least, I dedicate this small virtue that I've gathered hopefully there is
30 Jun 20, 10:42 PM
Jacinta Goh: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/S-dept-0.4-1024x680.jpg He is none other than H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, the founder and spiritual guide of Kechara.
30 Jun 20, 10:40 PM
Jacinta Goh: Rinpoche's in ceremonial robes https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/gallery/official-portraits/ming-41752.jpg
30 Jun 20, 10:38 PM
Jacinta Goh: Visiting Kelantan, 2011 https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/gallery/official-portraits/k1.jpg
30 Jun 20, 10:38 PM
Jacinta Goh: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/gallery/official-portraits/official_008.jpg A picture of Rinpoche after being recognised as a Tulku.
30 Jun 20, 10:36 PM
Jacinta Goh: This picture was taken in India when Rinpoche and a group of students went back to make 3000 offerings of Manjushri statues to the monks in Gaden Monastery. https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/gallery/official-portraits/tiger01-email.jpg
30 Jun 20, 10:34 PM
Jacinta Goh:
Today, I would like to share the one, and only one article : Rinpoche's photo album. I am thankful for this for it brings back good memories. https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/gallery/official-portraits/official_015.jpg

Being ordained as a monk was the happiest time in Rinpoche's life. Since young, Rinpoche had always wanted to become ordained and join the Sangha.
30 Jun 20, 10:29 PM
Jacinta Goh: Actually, I was inspired by a Kecharian, named Pee Bee. At that time, I was rather new but a regular in this blog. I saw her posting everyday and every time, she will abruptly ended her posting just before midnight. Later on, she told me that she needed to recite the King of Prayers just before midnight. Her sharing continued for 6 months (if i remembered correctly) and I was dumbfounded.

And now, I thought maybe this is a great way for me to do so too.

Hence, I would like to let her know that I am so thankful for what you did!'
30 Jun 20, 10:15 PM
Jacinta Goh: Good evening Rinpoche and others.

My sharing in this chat has finally come to an end. I've promised myself that within the month of June, I shall social media Rinpoche's blog and here I am, carrying out my duty for the last day. (Don't get me wrong, this blog continues anyway
30 Jun 20, 08:20 PM
Valentina: This Sunday’s blog chat topic is

How Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen changed my life


https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=188163



See you on Sunday
29 Jun 20, 09:51 PM
Jacinta Goh: I love the night and its quietness. Night is a wonderful opportunity for us to take rest, time for contemplation, time to relax and be true to our own feelings. That's why I love to read at night. I hope you all love these stories .... Till then, good night.
29 Jun 20, 09:38 PM
Jacinta Goh: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/NantuosLamp-01.jpg
Nantuo’s Lamp

Nantuo was an old woman who had nothing but the ragged clothes on her back. She had to beg for alms daily just to live from hand to mouth and sometimes Nantuo would go for days without food. On one especially harsh and cold day, Nantuo struggled to find anyone who would give her even some loose change.

Read more here : https://bit.ly/2CSUGvB
29 Jun 20, 09:34 PM
Jacinta Goh: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/KarmaCycleMartin001.jpg
Breaking Out of The Vicious Cycle of Karma

Chasing careers, paying bills and meeting family; responsibilities are all normal things that an upright and responsible person would do but such is the condition of our time that even behaving ‘normally’ takes us away from the Dharma. For most people, at best Dharma practice becomes a ‘part-time’ endeavour even though the desire to practise is sincere.

Read more here : https://bit.ly/2YJ53ui
29 Jun 20, 09:26 PM
Jacinta Goh:
Stories from a Chela – Spiritual Nourishment for All https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/SFACSpiritualNourishment-01.jpg

In my eyes, Tsem Rinpoche is truly unique. His drive to provide spiritual nourishment and encouragement to all transcends forms of cultural barriers and social norms. All Rinpoche wants is for people to benefit from continuing their spiritual journey, becoming kinder people, creating a better life for themselves and reaching higher states of consciousness. This may sound cliché as it is what any real Buddhist should be aiming for, but my experiences have shown me that Rinpoche is the real deal.

Read more here : https://bit.ly/388K6Mw
29 Jun 20, 09:23 PM
Jacinta Goh:
The beautiful town of Namche Bazaar, Nepal when the night falls

Namche Bazaar is a town that lies in the north-eastern part of Nepal. It is located in the Khumbu Pasanglhamu Rural Municipality in the Solukhumbu District of Province No. 1 in Nepal. The town sits perched 34,400 meters above sea level on the slope of an arch-shaped mountain.

Read more here : https://bit.ly/2BLusdY
https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/namchebazaar003.jpg
29 Jun 20, 09:20 PM
Jacinta Goh: Good evening Rinpoche and others..
Hi, everyone ! How was your day? I hope by now, many of you have started to wind down and have some 'personal' time on your own. Hence, let me introduce to you a few One-Minute articles that might interest you.
28 Jun 20, 10:31 PM
Jacinta Goh: H.E Kyabje Tsem Tulku Rinpoche has indeed helped many people. There are many more of such cases not being recorded down.

Thank you Rinpoche and others.
28 Jun 20, 10:27 PM
Jacinta Goh:
Miracles of Tsem Rinpoche:

The true story of Dato’ Eric Tan| 詹仁波切的奇迹:拿督陈的真实故事 https://bit.ly/2YCzBhk https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/20120815_190841.jpg
28 Jun 20, 10:18 PM
Jacinta Goh: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/20150222_224152.jpg https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/h8_thumb.jpg https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/h6_thumb.jpg https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/h2_thumb.jpg
Rinpoche saving lives in hospitals | 仁波切在医院济生
https://bit.ly/3eHWdm2
28 Jun 20, 10:15 PM
Jacinta Goh:
Miracles of Tsem Rinpoche:

The true story of Ah Hao | 詹仁波切的奇迹:阿豪的真实故事 https://bit.ly/31mwqfu https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/e01.jpg
28 Jun 20, 10:12 PM
Jacinta Goh: Miracle Story :

The true story of a Maoshan master | 詹仁波切的奇迹:茅山师父的真实故事 https://bit.ly/2B9TTpH https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/story-10-comic-1e.jpg
28 Jun 20, 09:21 PM
Joy_Moderator: Thank you Rinpoche for creating this blog chat for people to learn and share... 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼
28 Jun 20, 09:21 PM
Joy_Moderator: Have a good rest of the evening 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼
28 Jun 20, 09:20 PM
Joy_Moderator: Thank you Valentina.
28 Jun 20, 09:20 PM
Joy_Moderator: Thank you Sam! And good night :)
28 Jun 20, 09:20 PM
Fhsam: thank you Rinpoche , Moderator joy and everyone in chat room. Good night stay safe A 6 because our motivation was never based on them. Our motivation was based for them, not on them, for them. Thank again Joy
28 Jun 20, 09:18 PM
Valentina: Bye Jacinta, chat with you again next week
28 Jun 20, 09:17 PM
Valentina: ANS 6:

Dharma is not the offerings we make everyday, the sadhana we do, or the Dharma work we do. Dharma is the complete turnabout of our attitude and the way we see things and the way we perceive, and everything else is to facilitate that. Dharma is how much the other person does to you, within and without Dharma, you don’t become discouraged because your motivation was never based on them. Your motivation was based for them, not on them, for them.

An example is perhaps before Dharma, a person will flip everytime s/he is blamed unjustly or after receiving rude treatment. But after studying the Dharma and changing his/her perspective, s/he is able to tahan this kind of treatment because their mood and mind stability is no longer based on other people's treatment towards them.
28 Jun 20, 09:16 PM
Joy_Moderator: Good night Jacinta and thanks for chatting with us :)
28 Jun 20, 09:16 PM
Joy_Moderator: Yes Sam... and you don't become discourage because?
28 Jun 20, 09:15 PM
Jacinta Goh: Good night and Thank you Rinpoche, Pastor Antoinette, Moderator Joy, Sam and Valentina.
28 Jun 20, 09:15 PM
Fhsam: . A6 It is the complete turnabout of our attitude and the way we see things and the way we perceive, and everything else is to facilitate that. Dharma is pervasive. Dharma is how much the other person does to you, within and without Dharma, you don’t become discouraged.
28 Jun 20, 09:14 PM
Joy_Moderator: We have come to an end for tonight's blog chat. Please do not forget to do your dedications 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼
28 Jun 20, 09:12 PM
Joy_Moderator: 6. Is Dharma the offerings we make everyday, the sadhana we do, our Dharma work? What exactly is really Dharma, what’s the secret as mentioned by Rinpoche? You can give an example describe your point.

- No those are not Dharma.
- Dharma is when we’ve entered Dharma and listen to the holy teachings of Lord Buddha up till now, and if we’ve seen our mind expand and we are able to bear things that we normally would not able to bear, that ability from Day One till now is Dharma.
- It is your ability to tahan (tolerate) people who are not practicing Dharma, who are not doing spiritual practice, who are not good people, your ability to put up with them, happily, continuously, is Dharma. So that’s the secret.
- Dharma is how much the other person does to you, you don’t become discouraged because your motivation was never based on them. Your motivation was based for them, not on them.
- For example many of us are here in the Dharma for someone, it is either for someone we love, for our Guru, for our parents, children, someone we love, so we continue to do Dharma work because we know its value and we wish to collect merits for them. It is not based on them because so many of us are in the Dharma today is not because our loved ones are in the Dharma with us. It does not matter whether they are doing Dharma or not, but we are the ones doing it and we happily do it FOR THEM. When we live for others, or we live on the basis of others, our attitude will be different. 
28 Jun 20, 09:11 PM
Joy_Moderator: - Dharma is how much the other person does to you, you don’t become discouraged because your motivation was never based on them. Your motivation was based for them, not on them.
28 Jun 20, 09:11 PM
Joy_Moderator: True Jacinta... not reacting negatively to others and their harm is Dharma
28 Jun 20, 09:08 PM
Jacinta Goh: A6: Dharma is not about sadhana, offerings or Dharma works that we have done. Dharma is transformation of mind. Dharma is the complete turnabout of our attitude and the way we see things and the way we perceive, and everything else is to facilitate that.We are able to take in everything. When we are being harmed, we don't react back negatively or bring harms to others.
28 Jun 20, 09:03 PM
Joy_Moderator: Last question for this evening 6. Is Dharma the offerings we make everyday, the sadhana we do, our Dharma work? What exactly is really Dharma, what’s the secret as mentioned by Rinpoche? You can give an example describe your point.
28 Jun 20, 09:02 PM
Joy_Moderator: 5. Explain how does spiritual practice change our mind? Give an example to elaborate your point.

- Spiritual practice changes our mind here is the change of attitude.
- It is a change or transformation of our perspective and how we look at things that creates this change in attitude in us.
- So how we look at things changes and at the same time the beauty of it is nothing changes. We remain as we are, our identity. Male, female, Malaysian, foreigner. Our preferences, we like to eat this food, we like to go to sleep at this time, we like to wear this kind of clothes, we like this kind of fashion. None of that changes but your whole perspective and approach to it completely changes.
- So for example, perhaps previously we used to love to hang out and yum cha, so now we hang out and yum cha to nurture people into listening to the Dharma, to do some Dharma work, to collect some merits and to help them find some release.
28 Jun 20, 09:02 PM
Joy_Moderator: Thank you Valentina and that's very good Sam... like you enjoy jungle trekking and you can still do that now, but perhaps now when you do that, as you walk through the jungles, you can also chant some mantras so the insects, animals and beings in the jungle can be blessed and yes you can skilfully share some Dharma with like minded friends :)
28 Jun 20, 08:59 PM
Joy_Moderator: That's a very good example Jacinta. Actually, a lot of things we do in life do not need to change, it more about the motivation behind it and how we think that changes. We all love food and love to eat, as we can see during MCO but perhaps now we eat to be healthy so we can prolong our life and do more Dharma work :)
28 Jun 20, 08:59 PM
Fhsam: A5 It is a change of attitude. . spiritual practice is the transformation of our perspective and how we look at things.everything round us, and at the same time the beauty of it is nothing changes. Yes.. true as said by Joy...now as i met my friends , i try to share dharma with them. tell them more dharma , from compassion , helping up in KSK encourage them not to harm animals etc. What i know i share with them....all dharma.
28 Jun 20, 08:59 PM
Valentina: ANS 5:

Spiritual practice change our mind by helping us to change our perspective and how we look at things. Example, before coming into Dharma, we may have a set of values and projections of how things should be. When things did not happen in accordance with our projection, we become unhappy. But after we study and contemplate on the impermanence and the law of karma, our perspective may change and we understand that holding on to our projection will not do us any good, and therefore our perspective change.
28 Jun 20, 08:56 PM
Jacinta Goh: 5. It changes our view, changes how we look at thing and how we react upon it. Last time I used to rejoice for those stole, who killed and smugglers to be punished. Especially if they are being sentenced to death.. Now after knowing karma and how it affects us, i have developed a sense of compassion for them and worry for their eventual result, especially in their next life. I will pray that they will not habituated themselves in killings or having shorter life. Outwardly, I'm still the same Jacinta but inwardly, I slowly generated compassion and have empathy.
28 Jun 20, 08:53 PM
Joy_Moderator: It is a change or transformation of our perspective and how we look at things that creates this change in attitude in us. So how we look at things changes and at the same time the beauty of it is nothing changes.

Example, perhaps previously we used to love to hang out and yum cha, so now we hang out and yum cha to nurture people into listening to the Dharma, to do some Dharma work, to collect some merits and to help them find some release.
28 Jun 20, 08:48 PM
Joy_Moderator: 5. Explain how does spiritual practice actually change our mind? Give an example to elaborate your point.
28 Jun 20, 08:47 PM
Joy_Moderator: 4. Some people say they are happy with their life and they do not need to do Dharma and bear/tahan anything, what would you say to them? And what happens when reality falls apart?
- Well, we can ask them, are they sure that their life will always be life that? And even if physically they are comfortable, wealthy and they have everything, how about mentally? Because physically, things may not change but mentally, in relationships with people, in finances, in stability, in jobs, in friendships, does it remain stable? If they are, then they would be happy all the time.
- The minute someone leaves us, the whole world falls apart. Our whole world falls apart. Our whole reality falls apart. The minute we lose some money, our whole reality falls apart. The minute someone says something to us that we don’t like, our reality falls apart. The minute someone shows us a black face, or an unpleasant word, our reality falls apart. And when our reality falls apart, we affect everybody around us; the way we act, the way we talk, the way we react, we hurt everybody and we damage, and sometimes the damage we do to people around us takes a long time to recover or it never recovers.
 For me the biggest impact was losing my spouse and my whole world literally crumbled down. If it was not for Rinpoche and the Dharma, I doubt I would still be alive here today. Was quite happy to be dead at that time lol.
28 Jun 20, 08:47 PM
Jacinta Goh: 👏👏👏 to Sam.
28 Jun 20, 08:46 PM
Joy_Moderator: Thanks Valentina... and we Rinpoche always tries to break that view that things will always be the "same" and in a way, help us to not be so attached to certain things in our lives
28 Jun 20, 08:46 PM
Fhsam: Moderator Joy my pleasure....i am learning as well from reading those blogs .
28 Jun 20, 08:44 PM
Joy_Moderator: Thank you Sam for Ans 3 & 4 and yes thank you for posting a lot and sharing Rinpoche's teachings on social media 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼
28 Jun 20, 08:43 PM
Valentina: ANS 4:

For people who are happy and they do not need to bear and tahan anything, I would say that this kind of happiness is conditional and when the situation that makes them happy and comfortable changes, their comfort, sense of reality and happiness will be impacted.

When the reality of these persons falls apart, we will react/ act in a way that adversely affects everybody around us.
28 Jun 20, 08:43 PM
Joy_Moderator: Thank you Jacinta, very well said!
28 Jun 20, 08:41 PM
Fhsam: thxs will do..A3 The beauty of spiritual practice is nothing really changes on the outside, but yet your attitude which will impact how you react in a certain situation change. Example I am not good in computer but doing social media i do my best to learn from scratch so as my dharma practice , knowledge of Buddhism . learning a little by little. A4 when our reality falls apart, we affect everybody around us; the way we act, the way we talk, the way we react, we hurt everybody and we damage, and sometimes the damage we do to people around us takes a long time to recover or it never recovers.

So, when we do spiritual practice, it changes our mind, and it changes…
28 Jun 20, 08:41 PM
Jacinta Goh: Hello Pastor Niral
28 Jun 20, 08:40 PM
Pastor Antoinette: Hello Pastor Niral
28 Jun 20, 08:40 PM
Pastor Antoinette: A4. Things like our situation, relationships, and so on do not stay stable. We need an inward cushion otherwise our whole world falls apart. When our reality falls apart the way we act and talk can hurt others and damage people we know and it can take a long time to recover from it or it never recovers.
28 Jun 20, 08:40 PM
Jacinta Goh: 4. I will tell them that things will not stay the same forever. Are we mentally prepared when things going topsy turvy? Are we able to accept the fact that we might lose everything? If we can't even imagined that to happen, then maybe we should incorporate Dharma in out life. At least when reality falls apart, we will be cushioned
28 Jun 20, 08:40 PM
Joy_Moderator: We're at #4 now so just jump right in...
28 Jun 20, 08:39 PM
Joy_Moderator: Hello Pastor Niral... I see you've had your dinner. Hope it was a lovely dinner and not too rush :D Glad you could join us.
28 Jun 20, 08:38 PM
Niral Patel: Hello everyone!
28 Jun 20, 08:37 PM
Joy_Moderator: Hahaha... yup.... that's what Rinpoche does... the more you hate, the more he will make you do it.
28 Jun 20, 08:35 PM
Jacinta Goh: From the personal examples given by you all, looks like the things that we hated the most, can be turned into spiritual practice..
28 Jun 20, 08:34 PM
Joy_Moderator: 4. Some people say they are happy with their life and they do not need to do Dharma and bear/tahan anything, what would you say to them? And what happens when reality falls apart?
28 Jun 20, 08:34 PM
Joy_Moderator: That is a great example Valentina :)
28 Jun 20, 08:33 PM
Joy_Moderator: Another example I have is that, well, I would have never thought I could paint or write, put Rinpoche again pushed me to do these, and now I no longer fear it. Also, alot of times Rinpoche would pair or team us up with people we would never be friends with in real life... and he will make us work as a team to accomplish an assignment.
28 Jun 20, 08:32 PM
Valentina: ANS 3:

The beauty of spiritual practice is nothing really changes on the outside, but yet your attitude which will impact how you react in a certain situation change. For example, before coming to Malaysia, I hardly do any cooking and thought that cooking was not for me. And yet, Rinpoche trained me to cook many different dishes and to be creative to come up with various options. In this way, not only I acquire new skills, but the barrier that said "I am not supposed to be a cook" has also been torn down.
28 Jun 20, 08:30 PM
Joy_Moderator: Thank you Sam, just jump right in on Q3
28 Jun 20, 08:30 PM
Joy_Moderator: Yes Pastor Antoinette, any example? Give me your own example :) Am sure u have a lot.
28 Jun 20, 08:30 PM
Fhsam: 1. In one sentence, what is spiritual practice as mentioned by Rinpoche. A1:Spiritual practice is change of attitude.
28 Jun 20, 08:29 PM
Pastor Antoinette: A3. As you do more spiritual practice, real and transformative spiritual practice, you will see that your mind becomes light, and very happy, very bright and you will see that you accept things. You mind will expand so that you are able to forbear things you couldn't before. You can accept things that you could not before
28 Jun 20, 08:29 PM
Joy_Moderator: 3. What is the beauty of real spiritual practice that one can see/experience? Explain with an example.

- The beauty of spiritual practice is, as you do more and more spiritual practice, real spiritual practice, transformative spiritual practice, you will see your mind become light. You will see your mind become very happy, very bright and you will see that you accept things easier.
- Even in the few months that you’re in the Dharma, you can see your mind expanding.
- For Example, things that you normally would not have been able to tahan, to take, to forebear, you are able to forbear now. Things that you thought, “Oh my god, I will never be able to do that, I will never wanna do that, I’ll never want to be that, this, this,” – whatever it is you have a projection of, even after one week in the Dharma, after listening to the Dharma with your heart, with your intelligence, you will say, “I can bear it.”
- That is an indication that when we open our hearts to the Dharma and we apply it, things that we are not able to do before, we are able to do. Things that we found unbearable, we are able to bear. 
28 Jun 20, 08:28 PM
Jacinta Goh: 🙌
28 Jun 20, 08:28 PM
Joy_Moderator: Yes good example @Jacinta... think the things we usually cannot tahan or we think we cannot do but now we tahan and we can do. Like I really dislike computers and social media, Rinpoche made me learn and overcome my phobia and also made me learn basic graphic designing. Now I don't fear the computer so much and am more open to learning new things :)
28 Jun 20, 08:28 PM
Fhsam: I am fine Moderator joy ..Did ask him this morning...Hello Jacinta
28 Jun 20, 08:27 PM
Jacinta Goh: I wonder FH Sam means Sam Foon Hei?
28 Jun 20, 08:26 PM
Jacinta Goh: Hello Sam
28 Jun 20, 08:26 PM
Joy_Moderator: @Sam, should encourge Jason to join too next time :)
28 Jun 20, 08:26 PM
Jacinta Goh: A3: The beauty of it is, nothing changes. Why? In spiritual practice, as we do more and more spiritual practice, real spiritual practice, transformative spiritual practice, we will see our mind become light, very happy, very bright and our acceptance of things or situation grow. Our mind expands. .

Example, things that we will find it difficult, we can forbear. We can even find solution to our problem rather than avoiding it.
28 Jun 20, 08:25 PM
Joy_Moderator: Good evening Sam! How are you... no worries, glad you still made it :)
28 Jun 20, 08:25 PM
Fhsam: Good evening Rinpoche , Moderator Joy and everyone in chat room. i am late some problem with my laptop.
28 Jun 20, 08:25 PM
Joy_Moderator: True but not quite the answer I was looking for... I gave you a clue just now... transformative spiritual practice and think one example to share that describes it :)
28 Jun 20, 08:23 PM
Pastor Antoinette: A3. Real spiritual practice changes our mind. It is a change of attitude, a change of perspective. How we look at things changes everything around us and at the same time, nothing changes. Because we remain as we are but our approach and whole perspective changes completely.
28 Jun 20, 08:21 PM
Joy_Moderator: real spiritual practice = transformative spiritual practice
28 Jun 20, 08:20 PM
Joy_Moderator: 3. What is the beauty of real spiritual practice that one can see/experience? Explain with an example.
28 Jun 20, 08:20 PM
Joy_Moderator: Very true... that is why whenever we are asked to do something with Rinpoche, it is always "today", no "tomorrows" as much as we can > Jacinta Goh: Yes. Especially time. We always think that we have time, hence the word 'tomorrow'.
28 Jun 20, 08:19 PM
Joy_Moderator: Thank you @Valentina
28 Jun 20, 08:19 PM
Jacinta Goh: Yes. Especially time. We always think that we have time, hence the word 'tomorrow'.
28 Jun 20, 08:18 PM
Joy_Moderator: 2. What is so wrong about chasing our goals?

- There is nothing wrong in chasing our goals but if your whole life is just going after and then once achieved that goal, we want another goal and another. We change goals, or we want a higher goal. We want a better goal. We want a different goal. And our whole life is chasing after some goal.
- And in the process of chasing goals, we lose our time, we lose our youth, we lose our friends. Sometimes we lose our partners. Sometimes we lose our people who cares for us, that are close to us. Sometimes we lose things that really matter in our lives.
- So when we chase after these goals, we have to understand and realise that all these goals only bring up temporary happiness. That is why once we get it, we want something else, something more. We are never satisfied. We need to ask are these goals that we chase after legitimate? Do they really bring about some kind of stable, unchanging happiness? The key word is unchanging happiness or permanent happiness. So if they don’t give us permanent happiness, then that is why we end up being trap in a vicious cycle of suffering, where we are never truly satisfied, contented, at peace or happy with our life.
28 Jun 20, 08:18 PM
Valentina: ANS 2:

In the process of chasing our secular goals, we lose our time, youth and sometimes people that we love. The goals will never end because once we achieve one goal, we will want another goal.
28 Jun 20, 08:18 PM
Joy_Moderator: This is the sad part about chasing samsaric goals as mentioned by Rinpoche... "in the process of chasing goals, we lose our time, we lose our youth, we lose our friends. Sometimes we lose our partners. Sometimes we lose our people who cares for us, that are close to us. Sometimes we lose things that really matter in our lives."
28 Jun 20, 08:16 PM
Joy_Moderator: You are most welcome Jacinta
28 Jun 20, 08:16 PM
Joy_Moderator: This is true Jacinta because we've seen how so many "successful" people who have everything but they are still very unhappy. Some of them suffer from deep depression > More unhappiness ensued and we don't have real purpose or meaning of living.
28 Jun 20, 08:15 PM
Jacinta Goh: Oh, thank you for that answer Moderator.
28 Jun 20, 08:14 PM
Joy_Moderator: When I ask 2. What is so wrong about chasing our goals? it is not that having goals is wrong but it is the attitude and actions behind it. Yes as what you mentioned Pastor Antoinette that it is a false sense of happiness.
28 Jun 20, 08:13 PM
Jacinta Goh: A2: In the process of chasing goal, we lose a lot of our time, our youth, our friends. Sometimes we even lose our partners or people that are close to us. Sometimes we lose things that really, really matter in our lives. We thought by chasing that, we achieved happiness but it's often not the case. More unhappiness ensued and we don't have real purpose or meaning of living.
28 Jun 20, 08:12 PM
Pastor Antoinette: A2. When we chase goals, we get happier but it doesn't last. We always change goals, we want higher goals and lose our time, our youth and friends. We have to make sure our goals are legitimate and they bring stable and unchanging happiness
28 Jun 20, 08:11 PM
Joy_Moderator: Thanks Valentina
28 Jun 20, 08:09 PM
Valentina: 1. In one sentence, what is spiritual practice as mentioned by Rinpoche.

ANS 1:

Spiritual practice is change of attitude.
28 Jun 20, 08:09 PM
Jacinta Goh: It's my honour to be able to share this in the chat 🙏@Joy_Moderator : You have been doing a lot of blog chat postings @Jacinta... thank you for the innitiative :)
28 Jun 20, 08:09 PM
Joy_Moderator: 2. What is so wrong about chasing our goals?
28 Jun 20, 08:09 PM
Joy_Moderator: 1. In one sentence, what is spiritual practice as mentioned by Rinpoche.
- Spiritual practice is basically a change in attitude. Key word is "Attitude"
28 Jun 20, 08:08 PM
Joy_Moderator: Yes Pastor Antoinette
28 Jun 20, 08:08 PM
Joy_Moderator: Yes you are correct @Jacinta
28 Jun 20, 08:08 PM
Pastor Antoinette: A1. Spiritual practice is change of attitude
28 Jun 20, 08:08 PM
Joy_Moderator: You have been doing a lot of blog chat postings @Jacinta... thank you for the innitiative :)
28 Jun 20, 08:08 PM
Jacinta Goh: *is
28 Jun 20, 08:07 PM
Jacinta Goh: A1. Spiritual practice ia a change of attitude.
28 Jun 20, 08:07 PM
Jacinta Goh: Ya, glad to be here. Hello Pastor Antoinette and Valentina
28 Jun 20, 08:06 PM
Joy_Moderator: 1. In one sentence, what is spiritual practice as mentioned by Rinpoche.
28 Jun 20, 08:05 PM
Joy_Moderator: Hi Pastor Antoinette :)
28 Jun 20, 08:05 PM
Joy_Moderator: We'll just start... suspect everyone will be late from dinner
28 Jun 20, 08:05 PM
Valentina: Hi Pastor Antoinette :)
28 Jun 20, 08:05 PM
Pastor Antoinette: God evening Rinpoche, good evening Joy, Jacinta and Valentina and everyone
28 Jun 20, 08:05 PM
Joy_Moderator: Hi Valentina :)
28 Jun 20, 08:04 PM
Valentina: Hi Joy and Jacinta
28 Jun 20, 08:04 PM
Joy_Moderator: Hello good evening Jacinta... glad you could make it tonight?
28 Jun 20, 08:04 PM
Jacinta Goh: Hello Moderator
28 Jun 20, 08:04 PM
Jacinta Goh: Good evening Rinpoche and others.
28 Jun 20, 07:59 PM
Joy_Moderator: What is spiritual practice and how can we achieve permanent happiness? Join on our blog chat here as we discuss how nothing changes, yet everything changes at 8pm

Nothing Changes Everything Changes
https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=29062 https://i.ibb.co/VN57Z0s/Nothing-Changes.jpg
27 Jun 20, 11:36 PM
Jacinta Goh: There's many more FREE things in Rinpoche's blog..... And you get to browse for Free 😉.

You can even ask question from Pastor for Free. Search 🔎 at the right hand section of this blog...

Till then, good night.
27 Jun 20, 11:35 PM
Jacinta Goh:
Free Sadhana and Prayer texts https://bit.ly/2YEEnLq
27 Jun 20, 11:28 PM
Jacinta Goh:
Free Downloads:

Be it Texts, PDFs and More! https://bit.ly/2YG2lWC https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Born_Free_(book).jpg
27 Jun 20, 11:19 PM
Jacinta Goh:
There's a free Rime Thangka section for download here https://bit.ly/2YCLBPH https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/BuddhaShakyamuni2a-IO.jpg
27 Jun 20, 11:17 PM
Jacinta Goh: What's free in Rinpoche's blog?

Plenty.

There's a free audio here https://bit.ly/2Aa6SHl https://images.pexels.com/photos/1591/technology-music-sound-things.jpg?cs=srgb&dl=audio-headphone-hearing-mp3-1591.jpg&fm=jpg
26 Jun 20, 09:47 PM
Jacinta Goh: Go Beyond and THINK...

Good night and thank you Rinpoche and others...
26 Jun 20, 09:45 PM
Jacinta Goh:
Space and Time

Can you imagine?

Time travel.............

Into The Universe With Stephen Hawking – Aliens (1 of 5) https://bit.ly/31l46u4 https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/4083184-lg-264x300.jpg
26 Jun 20, 09:41 PM
Jacinta Goh:
Maybe

Maybe

...........A Beginning-less Universe

.....................Is our answer? https://bit.ly/2Vp400G

https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/bigbang002.jpg
26 Jun 20, 09:37 PM
Jacinta Goh: Have you...

Have you......

Have you.........

Have you thought about our existences?

Where Do We Really Come From? https://bit.ly/3dBSB3V https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/bigbang001.jpg
25 Jun 20, 09:14 PM
Jacinta Goh: That's all for today. Good night Rinpoche and others.
25 Jun 20, 09:13 PM
Jacinta Goh: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Dufu004.jpg 登高
风急天高猿啸哀 渚清沙白鸟飞回
无边落木萧萧下 不尽长江滚滚来
万里悲秋常作客 百年多病独登台
艰难苦恨繁霜鬓 潦倒新停浊酒杯
https://bit.ly/2NuPL6c
25 Jun 20, 09:10 PM
Jacinta Goh: Du Fu – a Poet Savant https://bit.ly/2NuPL6c https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Dufu001.jpg Du Fu (Wade Giles: Tu Fu, Simplified Chinese: 杜甫, 712-770 CE) who was known as Poet Savant. Along with Li Bai (Simplified Chinese: 李白, 701-762 CE), Du Fu was regarded as one of Tang Dynasty’s greatest poets. Du Fu was uncompromising and meticulous in his works and was known to be strict in his use of metrical verses.
25 Jun 20, 09:08 PM
Jacinta Goh: “When we are dead, seek not our tomb in the earth,
but find it in the hearts of men.”
Source: famousauthors.org https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Rumi020.jpg https://bit.ly/31eC1Er
25 Jun 20, 09:05 PM
Jacinta Goh: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Rumi018.jpg "In the house of LOVERS
the music never stops.
The walls are made of songs,
and the floor dances."
~Rumi
25 Jun 20, 09:02 PM
Jacinta Goh: Rumi: The Legendary Sufi Poet https://bit.ly/31eC1Er .

Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi, or Rumi for short, was a 13th century Sufi mystic, Islamic scholar, and poet. Considered one of the greatest poetic geniuses and spiritual masters of all time, Rumi was an independent spirit with a unique personality whose influence transcends time, race, background, social class and religion. https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Rumi001.jpg
25 Jun 20, 09:00 PM
Jacinta Goh: On one occasion, their youngest son made Su Shi angry as he did not understand his father’s unhappiness during his political exile. Wang Runzhi scolded Su Shi for his silliness, which prompted him to write the poem “Young Son” (小兒).

《小兒》
小兒不識愁 起坐牽我衣
我欲嗔小兒 老妻勸兒癡
兒癡君更甚 不樂復何為
還坐愧此言 洗盞當我前
大勝劉伶婦 區區為酒錢

English Translation

My Young Son
My young son knows no grief:
he tugged at my garment upon sitting upright.

I was just about to lose my temper
when my old wife chided the boy for being silly.

“But my husband’s sillier than the son,” she said.
“Why not just be happy?”

I sat upright, embarrassed by her words;
she placed a washed wine cup before me.

She’s far better than Liu Ling’s wife
who got mad with her husband for spending on wine! ~Su Shi
https://bit.ly/2NG9LTv
https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/SDP044%E3%80%8A%E6%9D%B1%E5%9D%A1%E5%AF%92%E5%A4%9C%E8%B3%A6%E8%A9%A9%E5%9C%96%E3%80%8B%E5%B1%80%E9%83%A8.jpg
25 Jun 20, 08:57 PM
Jacinta Goh: “I pay homage to the supreme ones in the sky, whose brilliant rays radiate in the billion-fold universe; not being blown by the winds of the eight worldly concerns, I sit steadily on the golden lotus.”
~Su Shi

稽首天中天
毫光照大千
八风吹不动
端坐紫金莲
https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/SDP045.jpg
25 Jun 20, 08:55 PM
Jacinta Goh: Good evening Rinpoche and others. Let's look into poetry today.

Su Shi: The Song Dynasty Poet and Chan Buddhism Enthusiast. https://bit.ly/2NG9LTv
24 Jun 20, 11:42 PM
Jacinta Goh: Time to explore more in this blog... Till then, see you all again tomorrow. Thank you Rinpoche and others.
24 Jun 20, 11:40 PM
Jacinta Goh: Have you ever come across this : Animal-headed Divinities in Christianity ? https://bit.ly/2VekybI https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/animalheadedsaints03.jpg
24 Jun 20, 11:39 PM
Jacinta Goh: Here's another one about Popes - Interesting Popes https://bit.ly/3fWEVlg https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Pope_Clement_VII_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Pope-Joan-with-papal-crown.jpg https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/st_peters_square_vatican_city.jpg
24 Jun 20, 11:36 PM
Jacinta Goh: If you think that this blog only features story of those related to Buddhism, think again! Here is an article about Hinduism -Beautiful Hindu Temples https://bit.ly/2YvrqmS https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/02-Srirangam.jpg https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/10-akshardham.jpg https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/hinduism.jpg
24 Jun 20, 11:24 PM
Jacinta Goh: Good evening Rinpoche and others.
24 Jun 20, 07:32 PM
Rinzin lhendup: Sir please can you tell me the mewa for the following person born in the year 1992 and 1996
23 Jun 20, 07:11 PM
Jacinta Goh: Got to go.. Will come back again tomorrow for other interesting topics. Thank you Rinpoche and everyone here. Have a nice day...
23 Jun 20, 07:09 PM
Jacinta Goh: Lastly, read this too https://bit.ly/2YoUxYY . Bigfoot is said to exists in many countries, across the world. https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Edward-Bigfoot-033.jpg
23 Jun 20, 07:06 PM
Jacinta Goh: Good evening Rinpoche and others.

Do you believe in Bigfoot? It is also known as Yeti, Sasquatch or Orang Mawas in Malaysia. Rinpoche was a big fan of Big Foot and its existence is recognised in 1974. Check this out https://bit.ly/2zWp3jD https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/10977e11ccd004b5aa528d490115cf6a.jpg
23 Jun 20, 07:01 PM
Jacinta Goh: Bigfoot spotted in Puchong, Malaysia !!! https://bit.ly/37SlUxP https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/puchongbigfoot002.jpg
22 Jun 20, 07:36 PM
Jacinta Goh: Do read more here : [br
http://bit.ly/childhoodintaiwan https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Taiwan-7.jpg
22 Jun 20, 07:34 PM
Jacinta Goh: Besides Ms. Kuan, Rinpoche also recounted the days when He was happy for His grandma's visit, Queen Dechen Minh.

https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Taiwan-5.jpg 'This horse was given to me by my grandmother Queen Dechen Minh. I loved the horse but Shi Mama only let me play with it when grandma came to visit. Otherwise I never saw the horse. But I remember it very well.' ~H. E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
22 Jun 20, 07:28 PM
Jacinta Goh: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Taiwan-26.jpg
22 Jun 20, 07:27 PM
Jacinta Goh: 'Nearly every day after school I would sneak upstairs to the second floor, and leave my school bag and cap on the stairs to the apartment and go off. Daily, I would wander the streets until late at night and only when I was very tired, I would sneak into the apartment to sleep. Sometimes one or two of the three boys would wake up and make me kneel on rice on the floor to punish me'.~H.E.Kyabje Tsem Tulku Rinpoche https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Taiwan-5.jpg

Rinpoche lived at the second floor of this building. https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Taiwan-5.jpg
22 Jun 20, 07:22 PM
Jacinta Goh: This is Rinpoche reuniting with Ms Kuan 36 years later! https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Taiwan-12.jpg
22 Jun 20, 07:20 PM
Jacinta Goh: This is Ms. Kuan and Rinpoche. https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Taiwan-11.jpg
22 Jun 20, 07:14 PM
Jacinta Goh: Rinpoche had a very abusive childhood life when He was cared by Shi Mama. Rinpoche was neglected of motherly love since small. The adoptive mother's sons were very abusive towards Rinpoche and they would punished Rinpoche of the slightest mistakes that he made. https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Taiwan-33.jpg The only time Rinpoche felt happy was the occasional visits by Ms. Kuan and her brother. https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Taiwan-5.jpg
22 Jun 20, 07:03 PM
Jacinta Goh: Good evening Rinpoche.

It's good to remember the kindness of our Lama always. Without Lama, we will not be able to hear Dharma. No one will be able to elucidate Dharma according to our needs. Without Lama, we will not even pursue Dharma, let alone persevere in our practice
One of the ways to develop gratitude is through revisiting our Lama's life. Today, let us revisit Rinpoche's childhood in Taiwan. http://bit.ly/childhoodintaiwan
21 Jun 20, 09:23 PM
Pastor Shin: Thank you Rinpoche. Thank you Valentina for moderating and everyone for joining. See you guys next week! :)
21 Jun 20, 09:21 PM
Joy: Thank you Rinpoche and thank you Valentina for tonight's blog chat session. See you guys next week...
21 Jun 20, 09:19 PM
Pastor Antoinette: Thank you Rinpoche. Thank you Valentina and everyone
21 Jun 20, 09:16 PM
Joy: Yes @Valentina, I am sure many of us here, including myself have had this experience. Usually only later on we will see the results and when we realise it, we feel deep gratitude how skilful and foresighted Rinpoche is and why Rinpoche did what he did or asked us to do something which initially we find it hard or sometimes illogical due to our own limited, deluded projections.
21 Jun 20, 09:14 PM
Yee Mun (KISG): Thank you Rinpoche, Valentina, and everyone. Good night.
21 Jun 20, 09:14 PM
Valentina_moderator: Thank you Yee Mun :)
21 Jun 20, 09:14 PM
Yee Mun (KISG): A6 : Obeying your guru’s orders and following his advice are more important than making countless offerings. Entrusting yourself fully to him, he will guide you along the path to enlightenment. If with haughty pride and stubborn closed-mindedness you think you know what is best for your own spiritual progress, how will you be able to learn anything from him?

This does not mean that you should become a mindless slave or that your guru can take undue advantage of you. Since you are aiming for the complete freedom of enlightenment, there must also be freedom in the means of attaining it. You should never follow your guru’s wishes simply because you feel obligated or forced to obey. Rather, try to understand his intentions and aim. Your guru will only tell you to do what is beneficial for yourself and others. What he asks may be difficult and its immediate purpose may not be obvious, but you should receive his advice joyfully and with deep gratitude for his concern for your welfare.

Examine yourself honestly to see if you can follow wishes. If there is no way in which you can comply, do not be rude or arrogant. Explain politely and with extreme humility what the difficulty is. Your guru will not be unreasonable; as a buddha , he is filled with great compassion.

If, however, you can avoid transgressing his advice, this is best. Following the spiritual path as he directs, you can attain not only the ordinary powerful attainments of extra-physical and mental powers common to non-Buddhists, but also, depending on your motivation, higher rebirth, liberation or the supreme powerful attainment of enlightenment.
21 Jun 20, 09:14 PM
Valentina_moderator: Good night Fhsam - chat with you again next week :)
21 Jun 20, 09:13 PM
Fhsam: Good night Rinpoche , Moderator Valentina,,Pastors and everyone at chatroom. Stays safe all
21 Jun 20, 09:13 PM
Valentina_moderator: We have come to the end of our blog chat session. Thank you Rinpoche for this opportunity to learn. Thank you everyone for participating and looking forward to chatting with you again next week.... Don't forget to do your dedication :)
21 Jun 20, 09:12 PM
Valentina_moderator: Thank you Joy - Rinpoche has also mentioned this to me --> Rinpoche has often instructed or asked us to do somethings that we do not understand right at that moment why, but in the long run later, we realise it is for our own good,
21 Jun 20, 09:11 PM
Joy: Ans6: Obeying your guru’s orders and following his advice are more important than making countless offerings. Entrusting yourself fully to him, he will guide you along the path to enlightenment.

If with haughty pride and stubborn closed-mindedness you think you know what is best for your own spiritual progress, how will you be able to learn anything from him? Hence, we should never show pride but humble ourselves when we are receiving advice or instructions from our Guru.

This does not mean that you should become a mindless slave or that your guru can take undue advantage of you. Since you are aiming for the complete freedom of enlightenment, there must also be freedom in the means of attaining it.

You should never follow your guru’s wishes simply because you feel obligated or forced to obey. Rather, try to understand his intentions and aim. Your guru will only tell you to do what is beneficial for yourself and others. What he asks may be difficult and its immediate purpose may not be obvious, but you should receive his advice joyfully and with deep gratitude for his concern for your welfare.

Rinpoche has often instructed or asked us to do somethings that we do not understand right at that moment why, but in the long run later, we realise it is for our own good, perhaps to change a certain karma for us. We have to trust in our Guru, if we don't then that means the mutual examination was not done well in the beginning on our part as Rinpoche would never do anything that would harm or make us fail but very much the opposite.
21 Jun 20, 09:10 PM
Valentina_moderator: 6. What our attitude should be when receiving advice from our guru?


ANS 6:

We should never follow our guru’s wishes simply because we feel obligated or forced to obey. Rather, try to understand his intentions and aim. Our guru will only tell us to do what is beneficial for ourselves and others. What he asks may be difficult and its immediate purpose may not be obvious, but we should receive his advice joyfully and with deep gratitude for his concern for our welfare.
21 Jun 20, 09:09 PM
Valentina_moderator: Thank you Pastor Shin :)
21 Jun 20, 09:08 PM
Pastor Shin: A6. We must entrust ourself fully to our teacher, he/she will guide us along the path to enlightenment. We must not act with haughty pride and stubborn closed-mindedness as our teacher knows what is best for our spiritual progress.

Our teacher will only tell us to do what is beneficial for ourselves and others. What he/she asks may be difficult and its immediate purpose may not be obvious, but we should receive his/her advice joyfully and with deep gratitude for his/her concern for our welfare.
21 Jun 20, 09:07 PM
Valentina_moderator: Thank you Fhsam and Yee Mun
21 Jun 20, 09:06 PM
Yee Mun (KISG): A5 : Through devotion to your guru, showing him respect and making offerings, you accumulate the merit necessary to attain liberation from all suffering. The best offering to our teacher is our practice and our transformation.
21 Jun 20, 09:06 PM
Fhsam: 6. What our attitude should be when receiving advice from our guru?
A6Obeying your guru’s orders and following his advice are more important than making countless offerings. Entrusting yourself fully to him, he will guide you along the path to enlightenment.
If, however, you can avoid transgressing his advice, this is best. Following the spiritual path as he directs, you can attain not only the ordinary powerful attainments of extra-physical and mental powers common to non-Buddhists, but also, depending on your motivation, higher rebirth, liberation or the supreme powerful attainment of enlightenment
21 Jun 20, 09:05 PM
Valentina_moderator: Thank you Nicholas, Pastor Niral and Pastor Adeline
21 Jun 20, 09:04 PM
Pastor Adeline: A5. The two reasons as to why we should make offerings to our Guru are:

1. Through devotion to our Guru, showing Him respect and making offerings, we accumulate the merit necessary to attain liberation from all suffering.
2. Making offerings to our Guru without any sense of miserliness or selfishness is symbolic of our total dedication to achieving Buddhahood.


The best offering is our practice, our mind transformation.
21 Jun 20, 09:04 PM
Valentina_moderator: Thank you Pastor Antoinette - just to add to this point - Rinpoche's guru devotion is examplary. Whatever promise that Rinpoche made to his teachers, he kept it well to the end although sometimes it was challenging. Rinpoche's commitment to his protector, Dorje Shugden practice is the example of this.
21 Jun 20, 09:04 PM
Niral Patel: 6. What our attitude should be when receiving advice from our guru? ANS: We should entrust ourselves to the Guru and his/her advice fully. This is because a real Guru's advice will only benefit ourselves and others on the journey to enlightenment. If we have the capacity, we should try to understand to the best of our ability, why the Guru is asking to do certain things. Then we will have deeper faith and conviction in the Guru's future advice too. This does not mean we literally become a slave to the Guru and follow him/her blindly. That is why it is important to have a mutual examination before committing to the relationship, as mentioned earlier.
21 Jun 20, 09:04 PM
nicholas: Q6: What our attitude should be when receiving advice from our guru? A6: If our guru gives us, we should receive his advice joyfully and with deep gratitude for his concern for our welfare. Examine ourself honestly to see if we can follow wishes. If there is no way in which we can comply, do not be rude or arrogant. Explain politely and with extreme humility what the difficulty is.
21 Jun 20, 09:01 PM
Pastor Antoinette: A6. Obeying your guru’s orders and following his advice are more important than making countless offerings. Entrusting yourself fully to him, he will guide you along the path to enlightenment. You should never follow your guru’s wishes simply because you feel obligated or forced to obey. Rather, try to understand his intentions and aim. Your guru will only tell you to do what is beneficial for yourself and others. What he asks may be difficult and its immediate purpose may not be obvious, but you should receive his advice joyfully and with deep gratitude for his concern for your welfare.
21 Jun 20, 09:01 PM
Valentina_moderator: Thank you Joy - Yes Rinpoche has mentioned this many times --> The best of offering we can give to our Guru is our practice as stated above which leads to mind transformation as Rinpoche has always said this.
21 Jun 20, 09:00 PM
Joy: Ans5: Making offerings to your guru as the representative of all the buddhas is extremely important. Such generosity is symbolic of your total dedication to achieving buddhahood. 

If you are poor, like Jetsun Milarepa was, it doesn’t matter that you don’t have any riches to offer. What is important is your state of mind and willingness to sacrifice everything for the sake of your guru, enlightenment and all sentient beings. The best offering, then, is of your practice. But if you do have wealth, you must never hesitate to use it for gaining merit.

Therefore, making offerings is not so that your guru can become rich. The point is to benefit yourself and ultimately everybody else by your total dedication. Through practicing like this you accumulate great merit that eventually will result in your attaining the form body of a buddha, and if you can see the empty nature—the lack of true, independent existence—of yourself, your guru and what you offer, you simultaneously accumulate the insight that eventually will result in your attaining the wisdom body of a buddha. Thus the supreme powerful attainment of buddhahood comes from making offerings to your guru.

The best of offering we can give to our Guru is our practice as stated above which leads to mind transformation as Rinpoche has always said this.
21 Jun 20, 09:00 PM
Valentina_moderator: Thank you Pastor Niral :)
21 Jun 20, 08:58 PM
Niral Patel: 5. Please state two reasons as to why we should make offerings to our teacher. What is the best offering to our teacher? ANS: The Guru as regarded as the Fourth Jewel, is the embodiment of the Three Jewels, especially the Buddha Jewel. When we make offerings to the Guru, it is akin to making offerings to all the Buddhas and our dedication to achieving that same state. The best offering to the Guru is transformation of our own mind to achieve enlightenment, so that we can be of ultimate benefit to others.
21 Jun 20, 08:58 PM
Valentina_moderator: Thank you Pastor Shin :)
21 Jun 20, 08:58 PM
Valentina_moderator: 6. What our attitude should be when receiving advice from our guru?

21 Jun 20, 08:58 PM
Pastor Shin: A5.
First reason, making offerings to our teacher as the representative of all the buddhas is important because such generosity is symbolic of our total dedication to achieving buddhahood in line with our promise to give ourselves totally to the work of benefiting all sentient beings. Without any attachment we must be willing to sacrifice everything for our attainment of enlightenment through our guru. Offering a mandala symbolizes the dedication of our body, speech and mind—even the entire universe—to this goal.

Second reason, through making offering and practicing with dedication as mentioned above, we accumulate great merit that eventually will result in our attaining the form body of a buddha, and if we can see the empty nature—the lack of true, independent existence—of ourselves, our guru and what we offer, we simultaneously accumulate the insight that eventually will result in our attaining the wisdom body of a buddha. Thus the supreme powerful attainment of buddhahood comes from making offerings to our guru.

The best offering, then, is of our practice, the state of mind and willingness to sacrifice everything for the sake of our guru, enlightenment and all sentient beings. But if we do have wealth, we must never hesitate to use it for gaining merit.
21 Jun 20, 08:57 PM
Valentina_moderator: Last question of the day...
21 Jun 20, 08:57 PM
Valentina_moderator: 5. Please state two reasons as to why we should make offerings to our teacher. What is the best offering to our teacher?

ANS 5:

Two reasons why we should make offerings to our teacher:
> Through devotion to our guru, showing him respect and making offerings, we accumulate the merit necessary to attain liberation from all suffering.
> Making offerings to our guru without any sense of miserliness or selfishness is symbolic of your total dedication to achieving Buddhahood.

The best offering, then, is of your practice.
21 Jun 20, 08:57 PM
Valentina_moderator: Thank you Nicholas :)
21 Jun 20, 08:56 PM
nicholas: Q5: Please state two reasons as to why we should make offerings to our teacher. What is the best offering to our teacher?
A5: Making offerings to your guru as the representative of all the buddhas is extremely important. Such generosity is symbolic of your total dedication to achieving Buddhahood and we also accumulate the merit necessary to attain liberation from all suffering.
The best offering, then, is of your practice. 
21 Jun 20, 08:56 PM
Valentina_moderator: Thank you Pastor Adeline and Pastor Antoinette
21 Jun 20, 08:56 PM
Valentina_moderator: For those of you who have not answered question no. 5 - please do so ya :)
21 Jun 20, 08:55 PM
Pastor Antoinette: A5. Making offerings to your guru as the representative of all the buddhas is extremely important. Such generosity is symbolic of your total dedication to achieving buddhahood. If through miserliness or selfishness you hold back from giving what you find the most pleasing and offer only what you do not want for yourself, how can your promise to give yourself totally to the work of benefiting all sentient beings be anything but a farce? Without any attachment you must be willing to sacrifice everything for your attainment of enlightenment through your guru. Offering a mandala symbolizes the dedication of your body, speech and mind—even the entire universe—to this goal. The best offering is of your practice. But if you do have wealth, you must never hesitate to use it for gaining merit.
21 Jun 20, 08:55 PM
Pastor Adeline: A4: Our mind s deluded, therefore our own opinions are unreliable and the apparent faults we see. So it is unavoidable that we may perceive our Guru as acting in an unenlightened manner.

When this happens, we should remember that if our Guru acted in a completely perfect manner, He would not be accessible and we would be unable to relate to Him.

So, our Guru may shows apparent flaws out of his or hers great compassion. This is part of His skilful means in order for Him to be able to teach us through mirroring our own faults.

Therefore, we should always check our mind and learn from our Guru on how to remove our shortcomings.
21 Jun 20, 08:55 PM
Valentina_moderator: @Fhsam - you can see the meaning of the lyric in this post - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=161053
21 Jun 20, 08:53 PM
Fhsam: Thank you for sharing beautiful song on guru devotion by Mary Fewel Tulin
21 Jun 20, 08:52 PM
Valentina_moderator: Thank you Pastor Antoinette
21 Jun 20, 08:52 PM
Fhsam: Thank you Moderator Valentina
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