“You yourself must strive.
The Buddhas only point the way.
Those meditative ones who tread the path
are released from the bonds of Mara.”
“You yourself must strive.
The Buddhas only point the way.
Those meditative ones who tread the path
are released from the bonds of Mara.”
‘You offer water, flowers,incense to the Buddha. By offering these beautiful things. Several things happen.
One, you start to create a detachment from these things. Does that mean you become a cold uncaring nobody that hangs out on the streets, just a beggar, a homeless person? No. A detachment from things is to have things and it doesn’t create suffering or not having it doesn’t create suffering.
Objects don’t become causes for you to suffer anymore. So you start creating a positive detachment to things. That’s one.
Two: You create a positive purification to miserliness, selfishness, greed and we can let go of things easier. When we are less greedy, less miserly, what’s the results? We have a little less money but we have more happiness. Have you heard the saying?
(The best wealth that we can have is the one we have given away)
Not the wealth we kept.
That doesn’t bring any happiness. Isn’t that wise? Let’s think about that again.
So by offering these things, They are not gold bars, they are not businesses. They are water offerings, beautiful offering items, everyday you practice. Giving. And it leads to something deeper.
It leads to emotional giving. Some of us can give money away. Easily. But we can never be wrong. I know people like that. They can give money away very easily, buy anything for you. They love you, they tell you they love you. They can give anything away but emotionally they can’t give away. They never can be wrong. They will never confess they are wrong, they rather hide their wrong, and lose everything. Than to confess they are wrong.
And that is the highest sort of miserliness you can experience. Why? Cause that type of miserliness makes that person not respected, not loved, dejected and it makes them know they are not doing the right thing. So it leads to that. It leads to what? It leads to emotional giving in a good way.
Highly realized practitioners can give up their wife, or not have one for you. Meaning they can spend their whole life as dharma practitioners. Monks or nuns. And not be attached to partners. For you. It’s a giving.
People who have to have a wife, have to have a husband, have to have a partner, and that overrides Dharma. They are actually not giving.
So they are very far away from Buddhahood. There’s no Buddha that needs a consort. There’s no Buddha that needs a partner. There’s no Buddha that needs a wife or a husband. If they needed one, it would be a Buddha.
So therefore, the highest practitioners, they can come back life after life happy and single.
Really happy and single. Not frustrated. You know how some people say “Oh I’m happy to be single” but you know they are not. It’s just that they can’t get anybody. So they pretend that they are happy but they are not.
But they won’t be happy being non single either.
Because their happiness doesn’t come from being single or non single. So what happens?
The highest form of giving is emotional giving.
To be able to easily let go of one’s attachments.
Imagine telling a person: “Oh, can you be a nun?” They will say no. Why? “Oh I can’t, I need a boyfriend.” Or “can you be a monk?” “Oh I can’t, I need a wife. Or I need romance. But I want to practice giving.” I’m like okay.
It doesn’t match. Those people they in fact hamper their spiritual growth. Is it possible to have a spiritual relationship with a partner and they can help each other grow? Yes definitely possible. There are people who can be with their partners, and they can grow together and help each other grow. It’s definitely possible. But that one we have to check out ourselves. When we are with our partners, so we want to do more? Do we become better? Is our minds more focused? Are we accomplishing more? That’s what we need to check with ourselves.
So to be Buddhist practitioners do we need to be always single? Not necessary. For some yes, it is necessary.
Just like for some, they need to take the vow of not taking alcohol. Because by drinking alcohol they create violence, unhappiness in people’s lives. So for some people, they need to take the vow.
But for some, they no need to take the vow, cause for them taking alcohol is to relax, just make others happy, it’s a social thing, doesn’t create anything. So it’s ok.
It’s not the alcohol that’s the bad karma, it’s what you do with it.
So it’s not your partner, your wife, your boyfriend or your alcohol or your fun, or your branded stuff that makes you a better person or that’s bad. It’s what you do with it afterwards.
So if you take branded things, and you become arrogant, you want to go around showing off to other people and put other people down or you want to show you’re somebody. Then that branded item creates negative karma for you. So it’s not the branded item, it’s your mind. So what should you do?
Don’t have branded items for the moment.
Because you’re suffering when you don’t have it. It means you definitely do not need it. That’s how we check ourselves. But be honest with Buddha.
If you can’t be honest with Buddha, then you will never be Buddha and progress on your spiritual practice. ‘
– His Eminence Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
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
“After a Teacher who has real compassion reveals our mistakes, helping us to realize and eradicate these sufferings, then peace and harmony will return to our body.”
“It is not that Bodhisattvas are not blessing you, neither is it that Protectors are not protecting you, it is your incorrect words and behavior that has led to a lack of merit. If you can refrain from bad habits and do good deeds, naturally you will receive blessing and support.”
“From the time we begin studying Buddhism our state of mind should start to show corresponding changes. If we stop pointing the finger at others we will be surrounded by many kind and harmonious people. When we are walking on the path of Bodhichitta we will be more and more similar to Bodhisattvas, thus becoming more and more popular amongst people.”
“Don’t use Buddhist Dharma as a magnifying glass, always picking on the shortcomings of others. Just focus on your own shortcomings and problems, correcting them one by one. Truly reduce your pride and learn to be modest.”
“Don’t talk about the business of others and don’t look at the mistakes of others. Most important is to constantly observe your own mind daily.”
“If one attempts to possess all that one fancies, reject all that one hates, and fret over gains or losses, this not only causes vexations, but also creates karmic causes for descending into the cycle of reincarnation.”
“Visualize yourself reciting the Buddha’s name in a place where there is the most suffering. A lotus flower blooms with each recitation of Amitabha Buddha, and living beings are able to gain deliverance. Recite the Buddha’s name without separation from Bodhichitta, so the recitations do not become apathetic numbers.”
“Buddhist practice starts with having faith in the cause and effect as depicted by the law of Dependent Origination! Whereas ‘effect’ could be seen by others, it’s ’cause’ might only be known mostly by oneself.”
“Many people are unaware that their current blessings are rewards from meritorious virtues accrued during previous lives, and that the supply is limited. If one takes these blessings for granted without realizing and cherishing them, they will be quickly depleted.”
“Greed invariably causes one to have insatiable desires, attempting endlessly to force changes in phenomena for one’s satisfaction. Then when matters turn out contrary to one’s wishes, deep disappointments, various worries and frustrations are brought about. This is what makes Greed fearsome.”
“We should try to make those who like meat abandon their attachment to the taste of meat and wish for the flavor and nourishment of Dharma, treating all sentient beings with the same love they would show their only child, thus encouraging one another and developing great compassion.”
“Although the length of time to eat a meal is brief, but as we make a choice of vegetarian versus meat, the seed of fortune or misfortune will have already been planted in our minds.”
“When we read Buddhist scriptures we are not simply reading the words inside! We read Buddhist scriptures out of consideration for the world around us, and to care for all living beings.”
“Cultivation begins first with building a solid foundation, by living as a righteous and honest person. Secondly, by having remorse for vile deeds. Thirdly, by remaining humble and being content with less desires.”
“True cultivation is when you cultivate regardless of happiness or sadness; you cultivate regardless of ease or difficulty; you cultivate regardless of whether it’s hot or cold.”
“In the eyes of a Bodhisattva, there are no people to despise upon, nor are there any matters to frown upon. For all of us, in order to reach Buddhahood, the beginning lesson is in the path of becoming a Bodhisattva.”
“Please pray sincerely that fish are not tempted to take the bait; animals aren’t caught in a trap and human beings will not kill anymore.”
“By going vegetarian, we are not only savings the animals, but also saving our souls.”
“Break a bad habit and replace it with a good one which is good for you and for all living beings. To cultivate, you need to change yourself first!”
“Those without enough merit often hear rights and wrongs while those with enough merit hear none.”
“Every place of this world could be our Pure Land where we should study and practice benefiting others and spreading compassion.”
“Anger ruins all people with no exception, including yourself. If ever mind gets overpowered by the feeling of anger, peace and happiness would fade away into obscurity.”
“Not pardoning or forgiving others is to give yourself suffering.”
“Those who are always searching for others’ faults to attack will not only lose their temper easily, becoming more and more miserable, but will even adversely affect their own health.”
“In modern society there is a tendency to maintain health by detoxification. This is perhaps just as if not more necessary for our heart, as it is the toxic within, which impacts our life the longest and deepest.”
“There is no need to say anything when angry. Besides telling oneself to calm down, remaining smiling is also a must. Usually this avoids unnecessary trouble and harm to both parties.”
“Swallow your pride and you can learn more, clean out your negative thinking and bad habits to free up space for greater wisdom.”
“A narrow minded person is always stubborn, plagued by pain and hatred. Have ease of mind and allow yourself happiness!”
“If one wants to gain wealth, the most basic discipline one needs to obey is not to steal, not only in this life, but also vow to obey this discipline in afterlives!”
“One who is truly practicing will be grateful and remorseful when in suffering, rather than making complaints.”
“Exchange unwholesome thoughts for faith and love. Substitute beneficial speech for idle chitchat. Replace meaningless activities with bowing and circumambulation of Stupas.”
“The best stratagem for good health and longevity is vegetarianism, by not causing enmity towards all living beings.”
“Assisting those orphaned or impoverished is charitable; persuading people to seek the Dharma is even more so.”
“Worldly people seeking happiness are only increasing their desires, the cravings of which are ceaseless.”
“People in this world like to indulge their desires and never feel contented. This is like drinking water from the sea, which will only make them feel more thirsty.”
“Not only do people need love, but animals also need careful attention and protection.”
“All the suffering you have brought to other living beings will come back to you. No matter what you encounter, don’t blame others, it’s all caused by yourself.”
“Although this world will always make us suffer, never give up your kind heart.”
“Such is a hallmark of pride if one is unable to perceive one’s own faults and shortcomings, while only seeing those of others. It is the root of all suffering.”
“Transformation of destiny begins now – Think good thoughts, speak good words and do good deeds.”
Selected quotes from<<Eyes of Compassion 2>> <<慈悲的眼睛2》》 by Venerable Master HaiTao.
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A short excerpt from His Eminence teachings in Video 1:
“When we want to go for Dharma, a lot of obstacles happen. Do you know why? It’s the best thing we can ever do for ourselves. When we want to do really good things a lot of obstacles arise. When we want to do not so good things, no obstacle will arise. It is very easy. Good things always have obstacles arise because good things get us good things. So it’s very difficult. In this day & age, Dharma Protector practice is very very important. For those who have correct Samaya, who know how to practice it correctly, it’s very very important. Why?