Quotes by His Eminence Tsem Tulku Rinpoche

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Tsem Rinpoche: Praise to Avalokitesvara, the supreme Lord of Compassion. A true teacher will be kind to all levels of people and will not see the differences between them except how to be kind and benefit them. He looks upon them to relieve their sufferings to some degree. A true follower of this teacher will do the same in order to follow the teacher’s footsteps. Therefore a disciple who wishes to please a TRUE teacher will be humble, take care of the teacher’s circle of students and people and treat everyone well. When we treat the teacher’s people well, we treat the teacher well. When we are kind to everyone, WE PLEASE THE TRUE TEACHER TREMENDOUSLY because a true teacher only wants the best for us and the best is to have a kind and generous and unbiased mind. When we are kind, we benefit ourselves and others so much. To be humble is to gain and earn everyone’s respect and open the Vajra Yogini (Buddhahood) nature within us. To be biased is to keep the Vajra Yogini nature locked away. Our goal as a spiritualist is to open the Vajra Yogini nature inherit in all of us. Sarva Mangalam. Tsem Rinpoche

Tsem Rinpoche: The amount of suffering, fear and pain they have to experience should be experienced by no one whether animal or human. It is heartbreaking to continuously see the sufferings animals endure for our ‘pleasures’. I do feel helpless, but helpless or not, we must create more awareness tirelessly. With awareness, their suffering can eventually be reduced. The ones who are slaughtered, it’s too late. We can only shed tears but we have to still be concerned about future slaughter of animals and try to prevent. Helping and being kind to animals is not spiritual, strange or unnatural, but pure empathy of understanding their pain in that no sentient beings would want to suffer. Tsem Rinpoche

Tsem Rinpoche: I rarely feel lonely. I am quite fine being alone. I sometimes feel more lonely with many people than I do by myself. Tsem Rinpoche

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Venerable Hai Tao Dharma Advice from Myanmar Monks

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-Offering of popcorn n honey to Buddha & dedicate to aborted babies/miscarriage babies for quick swift rebirth.

-Offer ginkgo/Sugar Apple 释迦果to Triple Gems to eliminate strokes
-Unripened Pineapples & honey, refrigerate 2-3 days, eat once a day, to reduce stomach cancer pain.
-For relieve vegetative state patients from that state of suffering, offer coconut rice & smoke offerings to Buddha on Fridays
– Poor eyesight, depression, use olives橄榄 to offer to Triple gems. After which to consume 3 a day
-Use tamarind to offer to Triple Gems, can eliminate heart problems
-For heart problem & high blood pressure patients, offer water to Buddha & offer water for others to consume
– To eliminate depression & sadness, offer up light offerings before Buddha & look at them for 5 minutes.
-For leg pains, before sleeping, immerse legs for 10minutes in warm water with coarse salt. Dry legs with dry cloth. Do not have fan or a/c turned on.
-Sponsoring old folks home with medications, dedicating the merits to drug users to eradicate karma
-Offering coconut water with Mani pills to Buddha, & give drug users to drink, will assist them in eliminating the bad habit
-For headaches, use a piece of brass to touch the painful area. & place it there for 5 minutes to remove pain
-To relieve bodily aches, eat more red dates
-To relieve backaches, before sleep, apply ointment驱风油 & sesame oil麻油 on back areas.
-To relieve coughs, boil ginger & honey to drink. Add 3 pieces of plywood below pillow
-To relieve sore throats, can eat raw aloe vera 蘆薈. For women with menstrual cramps, can eat them too. 1-2inches of aloe vera for 3 weeks
– Use our bodies to help our parents to prostrate/pray to Buddha & dedicate the merits for their good health
– Living in a single parent family since young, can animal liberate a pair of female & male birds, hoping for next rebirth to have a complete parental family
– Parents should offer the kind of flowers they love to Buddha & dedicate for their children to have a blissful life and be filial towards them
– For parents & children who are not harmonious, take your child’s photo, use a red pen to draw a circle. Place it under your child’s pillow for sleep, for effective communication between parents and children
– Offering prayer banners at a Buddha Pagoda佛塔, will make children more studious and better at studying & at work
– Offering walking sticks拐杖to monastics sangha, will in turn let children be more obedient. The virtuous actions will lead the children in the right directions
-For children with a bad temper, can gift the child a fan小扇子accessory in gold or silver & adorn on body. Can eradicate the bad temper.
-When a child doesn’t listen to parents, parents can offer a cup of water to Buddha, & recite this while offering the water :”May my child be obedient & listen to our words.” & then give the water to the child to drink.
– Liberating small fishes can result in a more blissful marriage & successful events
– To minimize quarrels between couples, offer sweets to Buddha
– Falling in love with a person whom you shouldn’t be with, offer vegetarian buns to Buddha. To eliminate the wrongful love/cravings
– For married couples to have a blissful happy relationship, offer 3 vegetarian buns to Buddha on Fridays
– If a married couple’s marriage is on the rocks, use a red photo frame to place the couple’s photo within
– If a married woman is infertile, try liberating small fishes to improve fertility rates. Works best when done personally
– Donating chairs to children’s home or old folks home can improve & eliminate the strained relationships between siblings/relatives/friends
– Offering glutinous rice to Buddha will improve brotherly/sisterly/friends relationships
– Offer 3 lotus candles to Buddha will benefit our existing fathers
– Every Wednesday, Thursday, offer a ceramic bowl with rice to Buddha to eradicate squabbles & bad karmic affiliation between 2 persons. The rice must after which be given to other beings to eat.
– Having daughters at home, offer beautiful clothing to Avalokiteshvara / GuanYin 观世音菩萨 to ensure that daughter will not have sexual misconduct and to eradicate lustful advances. & to have Buddha’s blessings being bestowed. (Offered clothing are not to be taken back but to be handled by temple)
– When family doesn’t like practicing Buddhism, sponsor Sutra/Dharma books to monasteries. Offer 3 cups of tea to Buddha & dedicate to family
– When children are disobedient, offer tea on Tuesdays to Buddha. With a lotus in tea cup.
– Offering bananas to Buddha will ensure financials will not be drained
– For business to be prosperous, offer 3 artificial white flowers to Buddha
– For business to be prosperous, fill a glass bottle with rice husks & place in company. (Alternatively, you can also use white sugar to offer to Buddha)
– When someone wants to inflict harm intentionally unto you, use vegetarian soaps and offer to 5寶(Buddha, Dharma, Sangha, Parents and Dharma Seniors). After 5 days, you can use offered soaps for personal showers
-For individuals who crave masturbating, use a glass cup filled with water, place stones in it. Cover a leaf over the top of cup. Offer to Buddha for 7 days, after which pour it away. Do it consistently and frequently to break away the habitual tendency of masturbation. Can dedicate this to children too, to break away their habitual tendency that increases one’s lust and desire.
– Do this for meat lovers, offer fruits in a covered offering bowl. Upon offering to Buddha, open the cover. Dedicating for the person that his or her cravings for consuming meat will be lessened significantly
– For smokers to eradicate their cravings for smoking. Use a red heart image and draw a white 十(symbols of 2 cigarettes) . & place it under his or her pillow. Change it every 3 days with a new piece.
– Hoping that others don’t smoke or drink alcohol, do virtuous deeds and dedicate merits to smokers and drinkers that they will eliminate this unvirtuous action
– To help the person eliminate boastfulness and lying tendencies, offer peanuts to Buddha on his or her behalf
– To pray for world peace, conduct a 9 days prayer sessions. On the last day, dedicate the merits to all sentient beings for peacefulness. & lastly all to consume sweet desserts.
– If seeking monastic paths as monks or nuns and obstacles arises, use Refuge Name daily instead of birth name. & to make aspiration wishes in front of Buddha for ordination to happen soon.
– Offer popcorn米花 and milk牛奶 to Buddha, especially to Padmasambhava(莲花生大士)

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大千世界
无罣无礙
自去自来
自由自在
要生便生
莫找替代

帮自杀往者念或打印放在自杀地方。帮他生起空性。

念完以后再念个心经,南无阿弥陀佛或六字大明咒。

Contemplation Quotes of the day

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懺悔文 Repentance Verse

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懺悔文 Repentance Verse
All the evil karma I have created in the past,
from beginningless greed, hatred and delusion,
that arose from my body, speech and mind,
for all these I now seek repentance and reformation.

我昔所造诸恶业
皆由无始贪嗔痴
从身语意之所生
一切我今皆忏悔

– Samantabhadra Bodhisattva (Avatamsaka Sutra)
– 普贤菩萨 (华严经) Notes: by Philip Chuah
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Why Repentance ?

Repentance is a very important thing in learning Buddhism. We create bad karma every day from thought, speech and action. We may not be able to recognize that we have done them, but since we came to this world, we have already brought the karma of our past lives. And that’s why repentance is so important in Buddhist daily practice.

Usually Buddhists do repentance by reciting repentance verse and bow to the Buddha and Bodhisattva. Actually, in Buddhism don’t seek for forgiveness from Buddha or Bodhisattva only, they do seek repentance and vow to repent, and thus asking the Buddhas or Bodhisattvas to become witness of repentance. And since it’s so important, this repentance practice in Buddhism should be done daily and continuously up till the moment of our death. Bad karma arises from our greed, hatred and ignorance. So, we vow not to repeat again and again.

為什麼要懺悔?

懺悔是學佛非常重要的事情。我們從思想,言論和行動創造惡業的每一天。我們未必能認識­到,我們已經做了他們,但由於我們來到這個世界上,我們已經把我們的前世的業力。這就­是為什麼懺悔是如此的重要佛教日常實踐。

通常佛教徒做懺悔通過背誦經文的懺悔和弓佛和菩薩。事實上,佛教不尋求從佛菩薩原諒而­已,他們並尋求悔改,發誓懺悔,並因此要求諸佛菩薩成為悔改的見證。而且,由於它是如­此重要,在這個佛教懺悔的做法應該每天不斷,到我們死的那一刻進行。惡業來自我們的貪­婪,仇恨和無知。因此,我們發誓不要一再重複。

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Contemplation Quotes Of The Day

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Develop the mind of equilibrium.
You will always be getting praise and blame,
but do not let either affect the poise of the mind:
follow the calmness, the absence of pride. -Sutta Nipata

Conquer the angry man by love.
Conquer the ill-natured man by goodness.
Conquer the miser with generosity.
Conquer the liar with truth. -The Dhammapada

If beings knew, as I know, the results of sharing gifts, they would not enjoy their gifts without sharing them with others, nor would the taint of stinginess obsess the heart and stay there. even if it were their last and final bit of food, they would not enjoy its use without sharing it, if there were anyone to receive it -Itivuttaka 18

Do not pursue the past.
Do not lose yourself in the future.
The past no longer is.
The future has not yet come.
Looking deeply at life as it is.
In the very here and now, the practitioner dwells in stability and freedom.
We must be diligent today.
To wait until tomorrow is too late.
Death comes unexpectedly.
How can we bargain with it?
The sage calls a person who knows how to dwell in mindfulness night and day,
‘one who knows the better way to live alone.’ -Bhaddekaratta Sutta

Remember always that you are just a visitor here, a traveler passing through. your stay is but short and the moment of your departure unknown.
None can live without toil and a craft that provides your needs is a blessing indeed. But if you toil without rest, fatigue and wearness will overtake you, and you will denied the joy that comes from labour’s end.
Speak quietly and kindly and be not forward with either opinions or advice. If you talk much, this will make you deaf to what others say, and you should know that there are few so wise that they cannot learn from others.
Be near when help is needed, but far when praise and thanks are being offered.
Take small account of might, wealth and fame, for they soon pass and are forgotten. Instead, nurture love within you and and strive to be a friend to all. Truly, compassion is a balm for many wounds.
Treasure silence when you find it, and while being mindful of your duties, set time aside, to be alone with yourself.
Cast off pretense and self-deception and see yourself as you really are.
Despite all appearances, no one is really evil. They are led astray by ignorance. If you ponder this truth always you will offer more light, rather then blame and condemnation.
You, no less than all beings have Buddha Nature within. Your essential Mind is pure. Therefore, when defilements cause you to stumble and fall, let not remose nor dark foreboding cast you down. Be of good cheer and with this understanding, summon strength and walk on.
Faith is like a lamp and wisdom makes the flame burn bright. Carry this lamp always and in good time the darkness will yield and you will abide in the Light. -Dhammavadaka

Our inability to stand someone results from our lack of cultivation.

Having a wider heart and mind is more important than having a larger house.

Happiness does not come from having much, but from being attached to little. -Venerable Cheng Yen

According to Buddhist practice, there are three stages or steps:

The initial stage is to reduce attachment towards life.

The second stage is the elimination of desire and attachment to this samsara.

Then in the third stage, self-cherishing is eliminated

In Buddhism, both learning and practice are extremely important, and they must go hand in hand. Without knowledge, just to rely on faith, faith, and more faith is good but not sufficient. So the intellectual part must definitely be present. At the same time, strictly intellectual development without faith and practice, is also of no use. It is necessary to combine knowledge born from study with sincere practice in our daily lives. These two must go together.

To develop genuine devotion, you must know the meaning of teachings. The main emphasis in Buddhism is to transform the mind, and this transformation depends upon meditation. in order to meditate correctly, you must have knowledge.

We humans have existed in our present form for about a hundred thousand years. I believe that if during this time the human mind had been primarily controlled by anger and hatred, our overall population would have decreased. But today, despite all our wars, we find that the human population is greater than ever. This clearly indicates to me that love and compassion predominate in the world. And this is why unpleasant events are “news”; compassionate activities are so much a part of daily life that they are taken for granted and , therefore, largely ignored. -H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

Humans prepare for the future all their lives, yet meet the next life totally unprepared. -Drakpa Gyaltsen

Anything that is created must sooner or later die.
Enlightenment is permanent because we have not produced it; we have merely discovered it. -Chogyam Trungpa

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Metta Gatha – The Chant of Metta

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METTA GATHA
THE CHANT OF METTA

Aham avero homi
abyapajjho homi
anigho homi
sukhi-attanam pariharami

Mama matapitu
acariya ca natimitta ca
sabrahma-carino ca
avera hontu
abyapajjha hontu
anigha hontu
sukhi-attanam pariharantu

Imasmim arame sabbe yogina
avera hontu
abyapajjha hontu
anigha hontu
sukhi-attanam pariharantu

Imasmim arame sabbe bhikkhu
samanera ca
upasaka-upasikayo ca
avera hontu
abyapajjha hontu
anigha hontu
sukhi-attanam pariharantu

Amhakam catupaccaya-dayaka
avera hontu
abyapajjha hontu
anigha hontu
sukhi-attanam pariharantu

Amhakam arakkha devata
imasmim vihare
imasmim avase
imasmim arame
arakkha devata
avera hontu
abyapajjha hontu
anigha hontu
sukhi-attanam pariharantu

Sabbe satta
sabbe pana
sabbe bhuta
sabbe puggala
sabbe attabhava-pariyapanna
sabba itthiyo
sabbe purisa
sabbe ariya
sabbe anariya
sabbe deva
sabbe manussa
sabbe vinipatika
avera hontu
abyapajjha hontu
anigha hontu
sukhi-attanam pariharantu

Dukkha mucantu
Yatha-laddha-sampattito mavigacchantu
Kammassaka

Puratthimaya disaya
pacchimaya disaya
uttaraya disaya
dakkhinaya disaya
puratthimaya anudisaya
pacchimaya anudisaya
uttaraya anudisaya
dakkhinaya anudisaya
hetthimaya disaya
uparimaya disaya
sabbe satta
sabbe pana
sabbe bhuta
sabbe puggala
sabbe attabhava-pariyapanna
sabba itthiyo
sabbe purisa
sabbe ariya
sabbe anariya
sabbe deva
sabbe manussa
sabbe vinipatika
avera hontu
abyapajjha hontu
anigha hontu
sukhi-attanam pariharantu

Dukkha muccantu
Yatha-laddha-sampattito mavigacchantu
Kammassaka

Uddham yava bhavagga ca
adho yava aviccito
samanta cakkavalesu
ye satta pathavicara
abyapajjha nivera ca
nidukha ca nupaddava

Uddham yava bhavagga ca
adho yava aviccito
samanta cakkavalesu
ye satta udakecara
abyapajjha nivera ca
nidukha ca nupaddava

Uddham yava bhavagga ca
adho yava aviccito
samanta cakkavalesu
ye satta akasecara
abyapajjha nivera ca
nidukha ca nupaddava

May I be free from enmity and danger
May I be free from mental suffering
May I be free from physical suffering
May I take care of myself happily

May my parents
teachers, relatives and friends
fellow Dhammafarers
be free from enimity and danger
be free from mental suffering
be free from physical suffering
May they take care of themselves happily

May all yogis in this compound
be free from enmity and danger
be free from mental suffering
be free from physical suffering
May they take care of themselves happily

May all monks in this compound
novice monks
laymen and laywomen disciples
be free from enmity and danger
be free from mental suffering
be free from physical suffering
May they take care of themselves happily

May our donors of the four supports
be free from enmity and danger
be free from mental suffering
be free from physical suffering
May they take care of themselves happily

May our guardian devas
in this monastery
in this dwelling
in this compound
may the guardian devas
be free from enmity and danger
be free from mental suffering
be free from physical suffering
May they take care of themselves happily

May all beings
all breathing things
all creatures
all individuals
all personalities
may all females
all males
all noble one
all worldlings
all deities
all humans
all those in the four woeful planes
be free from enmity and danger
be free from mental suffering
be free from physical suffering
may they take care of themselves happily

May all beings be free from suffering
May whatever they have gained not be lost
All beings are owners of their kamma

In the eastern direction
in the western direction
in the northern direction
in the southern direction
in the southeast direction
in the northwest direction
in the northeast direction
in the southwest direction
in the direction below
in the direction above
may all beings
all breathing things
all creatures
all individuals
all personalities
may all females
all males
all noble one
all worldlings
all deities
all humans
all those in the four woeful planes
be free from enmity and danger
be free from mental suffering
be free from physical suffering
may they take care of themselves happily

May all beings be free from suffering
May whatever they have gained not be lost
All beings are owners of their kamma

As far as the highest plane of existence
to as far down as the lowest plane
in the entire universe
whatever beings that move on earth
may they be free from mental suffering & enmity
and from physical suffering and danger

As far as the highest plane of existence
to as far down as the lowest plane
in the entire universe
whatever beings that move on water
may they be free from mental suffering & enmity
and from physical suffering and danger

As far as the highest plane of existence
to as far down as the lowest plane
in the entire universe
whatever beings that move in air
may they be free from mental suffering & enmity
and from physical suffering and danger

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