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Thankyou Rinpoche, very good post for me at this time, has given me much to think on and work at putting into practice.
What a heartwarming story! I hope Jit adjusts to living with a family again easily and that they can overcome the disagreement that saw her leading a life on the streets. I hope this sets a precedence for further homeless people. Well done all who were involved!
Nice pictures! I hope you get your home in the mountains, maybe as part of KWPC. It would make me happy too :-D
Toggle Commented Jul 21, 2010 on I Like These Types of Rooms at Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
It seems to me that if Rinpoche is to get his home in the hills that he so richly deserves, we as his students must put into practice what he teaches us with the minimum of fuss and without excuses. Not to use Rinpoche like a mother cleaning up after her grown children, never learning to pick up after ourselves. I can't begin to imagine the frustration that comes about from seeing people not follow your advice and then knowing what the aftermath will be, (I get a little of this with my work when i advise customers on their air con or fridge systems, I tell them filters need cleaning and things servicing, all they see is the cost, and then later on because they have neglected things, motors burn out and stock is lost, and this is just material things...) I would get very jaded and cynical and think to myself why bother? How lucky we are to have Tsem Tulku Rinpoche to guide us and not give up on us even when he becomes tired and would prefer to be doing something else, we must hold up our end of the bargain and repay his kindness with action.
It looks such a fun place to visit that i fear i would not leave, and that wouldn't be that bad would it!!!
What an inspiring story! Certainly puts our daily worries into perspective. How nice of you Martin to care for Coco when many would have given up on her, and what a good example she sets to us in forgiveness and letting go. Many times we fall out with people who have upset us yet Coco is still friendly with the one who took her sight away!
Toggle Commented Jul 11, 2010 on Martin's dog at Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
Where would we be without the kindness of others? How nice to offer something that will be of use to people, to see a need and fill it, Dharma in action :-)
The Buddha in the picture looks very similar to the one i have, except mine doesn't have such a deep base. I got it from a small new-age style shop in Scotland when i was on holiday. I like Scotland, i like the hills, i always feel at home when surrounded by hills and mountains. The lady in the shop was past retirement age but couldn't afford to retire, she would work till she dropped. We had a short chat, this was the first Dharma thing i had bought, and she was interested in my motives for buying it. I guess i don't want to end up like the lady in the shop, just working till i drop, spending my life as if it was a journey to get over and done, and not the destination that it is.
Often i find its not the doing something that is difficult but the thinking about doing something that takes all the effort, soon as you stop thinking and start doing things become easier. The other thing that has just occured to me as i sit here having just fininshed a 14hr day, (i had planned to catch up on the blog this afternoon but got called out on a breakdown just after getting home the first time) is that if you are working as a liason then work can't get in the way of your Dharma practice as work IS your Dharma practice, how cool would that be!
Toggle Commented Jul 9, 2010 on LIAISONS OF KECHARA at Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
Wow! what wonderful peaceful pictures, they make me think of childhood summer holidays when i hadn't a care in the world, when everything was right just as it was. Oh to feel that way again :-)
I'm always amazed at stories like this of how people have risked all to save another being, i regain my faith in humanity reading the stories. I am always saddend deeply by the stories about the cruelty or neglect meted out by people either wilfully or through ignorance. Neither of these two reflects the true nature of humanity, we are all a mixed bag of actions and inactions, good and bad. What we can do is choose who we want to be, the guy in the sea with a knife cutting away at the ropes, cutting away suffering, or we can be the guy in the sea with a knife cutting away a life, and our own future. Pick!
Is this just for 'fun' or do they eat them? This is going on in every slaughter house and butchers shop in the world. The difference is its behind closed doors and out of sight. Any meat was once part of a sentient being, i have seen inside slaughter houses, they are no place for a life to end surrounded by the fear and suffering of their fellow animals, apart from them becoming dead, what effects does this enviroment have on their rebirth. We are taught that our state of mind at death is a major influence on our rebirth. Imagine hanging upside down by your feet heading towards a bandsaw, thats where you burger came from.
What an inspiring story, imagine a world where everyone looks out for everyone else! I think we need to start with ourselves, even if its just something as simple as noticing the person serving us at a shop or being a bit more patient in traffic.
I'm sat here now with tears in my eyes, that all is impermanent was again brought home to me yesterday when Raymond had to make a one way trip to the vets. Little Gina and Zoe have been wandering around looking for him, How do you tell a dog their friends gone? Everything gets left behind or leaves us, all passes in the end. I 'know' all this and yet all the teachings are to me is a bucket to catch the drips from a leaky roof, when will i use them to fix the tiles proper... Go be nice to someone while you still can.
Toggle Commented Jul 7, 2010 on We Own Nothing... at Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
I was only thinking today what i was like before, i think i have blanked most of it out now to protect my sanity :-P And yet i still have so much to do :-/ Aiyo ;-)
Toggle Commented Jun 23, 2010 on Gratitude at The Dharma Princess Diaries
How nice it is to help other people :-D
I'd heard that a Tsongkhapa box set was in the pipeline, but, WOW!!! my imagination didn't do it justice! I'm sure the box set will benefit many people :-) I am humbled by the care and dedication shown by all at KMP in producing such high quality items to spread the Dharma and Rinpoche's teachings around the world. Jon
Toggle Commented Jun 15, 2010 on NEW TSONGKAPA BOX SET!!!!! at Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
I haven't watched the vids yet as it is bed time for me here! But as i read through i felt that you have shared something of yourself with us, and to me it seems fair to share something of myself in return, I hope to meet you one day and to pay back in any way i can the benefit you (and all at Kechara) have been to me in showing me how to be a better person, to be myself but better. (still much to be done...) Thankyou Rinpoche Jon :-)
Wonderful! I would never want to leave! hehe. Jon
Toggle Commented Jun 10, 2010 on Tsem Ladrang-Kuala Lumpur at Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
Congratulations KB and Pusshpa! Jon :-D
Toggle Commented Jun 10, 2010 on KB's Wedding at Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
This makes me so sad :-(
Toggle Commented Jun 6, 2010 on Furry Friends Farm at Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
Awesome! What a wonderfull thing, maybe KMP could use it as a basis for a commentary on the Lamrim. Jon :-)
Toggle Commented Jun 6, 2010 on LAMRIM Mind Map at Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
Toggle Commented May 29, 2010 on Chenrezig Ngesung Kundrol at Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
Cool! :-)
This makes me happy :-D