• More is Less, Less is More

    I feel absolutely blessed to have met my Guru and received his teachings. I now fear less and look forward more to what is ahead. I am no longer afraid of old age, sickness and death as I know that the blessings and protection from the Three Jewels are with me

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  • “Welcome To The Cult…!”

    Tsem Tulku Rinpoche has mentioned this phrase many times over the past many years but I have never felt any reservations or fear from that statement. I’m probably just too dumb to be scared I guess… But anyhow, this is the tale of how I met Rinpoche and why I’ve stayed on with ‘the cult’

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  • Finding the Right Doctor

    A year and a half ago, my husband discovered a group of Dharma friends through a relative. It was only the first week and he was already attending “retreats” practically every night consecutively for a week. I was truly frustrated with him and classified him as being “obsessed”. I mean, what was he thinking? At this time when we were facing financial difficulties, how would we get through this period with him just praying and meditating everyday? Bills were pilling up and all he did was to pray everyday at home and go for retreats and Dharma talks

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  • Turning Black Magic into the Miracle of Dharma

    Had my husband not cheated on me, I would never have come into the Holy Dharma. It was in the spring of 2001 when my husband openly admitted that he was in love with a Muslim Indian woman with two daughters. Having been married to him for 14 years, I had noticed he was not the husband that I knew. There were obvious behavioural changes, very unusual…

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  • A Dharma Princess

    I first meet Rinpoche at a time when I am at my most glamourous; about to start a high profile job, holidaying in and out of beautiful cities and spending more time styling my wardrobe than being remotely bothered with the pains of the rest of the mortal world. I agree to meet Rinpoche because fabulous Ming Chan (who I adored for her prominence in making fashion catwalks what they are) had proposed a freelance job for me, working with her hunky Guru…

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  • Simple Faith

    Depression and fear hit Steven Lee hard found out that he had cancer, as it would anyone. It hit Angel, our Dharma sister of Kechara House and Steven’s sister, even harder. When she heard the news that he had met with a serious accident because he had lost all control of his reflexes and eyesight, everything was suddenly turned upside down. It was down to two things: a deep faith in her Lama, H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, and his “prescription” for Steven – a reliance on Setrap and the recitation of Setrap mantras

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  • A Pilgrimage That Changed My Life

    A monk once told me that, The day when the Tiger and Rabbit met, that’s when your life will change… That fateful day turned out to be 23 December 1994. As I pushed my luggage trolley towards the check-in counter, I saw two young men dressed in maroon robes. Their hair was cropped closed to their heads and one of them was very tall, and donned Armani sunglasses…

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  • Breaking Old Habits, Learning New Tricks

    I was in deep trouble. I had left my former wife and our two kids and moved in with my present wife. There were many matters that were left unresolved. Looking back, I was the scum of the earth. My newly ventured business had plummeted because of my wrong doings. I suffered financially and emotionally – boy, did I deserve it

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  • How a Holiday Transformed Me

    Being bored with life and always finding an excuse to go for vacation, I grabbed the opportunity to go to Gaden Monastery with my sister, her husband and a group of friends to visit a Rinpoche who had invited her there. Being around Rinpoche over the next few days made me realise that were a lot of things I needed to learn to be a better person. Never denying that I had no faults, I knew that I had to cut off my self-cherishing mind…

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  • Next Door and Up the Stairs

    Tsem Rinpoche was different, not the stuffy sort of monk I was used to from my previous experiences of Buddhism – he and his approach to Buddhism really excited me. This Lama was young, outgoing and outspoken, vibrant and charismatic. I liked the way he gave teachings and it made sense to me. I continued attending pujas and Dharma talks as much as I could to understand more about Buddhism

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