A lawyer dog?

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Dear friends,

Yesterday, a student sent me an article that’s interesting in many ways… a dog was sentenced to death as he was believed to be the reincarnation of a particular lawyer! They feel it befits this lawyer who did not do his job honestly reincarnating as a dog.

In Jerusalem, a large dog was seen entering the Monetary Affairs Court located within an ultra-Orthodox neighbourhood. The dog starting causing a havoc by scaring visitors away. At that point, one of the court judges court remembered something:

“[A] famous secular lawyer who insulted the court was cursed by the panel of judges, who wished that his spirit would move on to the body of a dog… The lawyer passed away several years ago.”

The judge was so certain that the dog who caused havoc is the lawyer… that he got condemned the dog to death by stoning!

Reincarnation forms the basis of Buddhism and Hinduism, but there are many other sects within various major religions out there who believes in reincarnation too. Do you think the lawyer came back as a dog??

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

Dog Believed to Be Reincarnation of Lawyer Sentenced to Death by Stoning

Photo by Tzvika Tishler

A rabbinical court in Jerusalem recently sentenced a wandering dog to death by stoning, after they decided he was the reincarnation of a lawyer who offended the judges 20 years ago.

A few weeks ago, a large dog entered the Monetary Affairs Court, near the ultra orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim, scaring away visitors and refusing to leave, even after people tried to drive him away. One of the court’s judges remembered something that occurred 20 years ago – a secular lawyer who had offended the judges was cursed by them to reincarnate in the body of a dog (considered an impure animal by Halacha).

The lawyer in question passed away years ago, but one of the still-offended judges sentenced the poor dog to death by stoning, and ordered the task be carried out by the neighborhood’s children. Either the dog sensed the imminent danger and fled, or it was rescued by an animal lover, what’s important is he managed to escape before the sentence could be carried out.

The head of the Jerusalem court denied that the judges asked for the dog to be stoned to death, but one of its managers confirmed the story for Jewish paper Yedioth Ahronoth. “It was ordered by the rabbis because of the grief he had caused the court,” he said. “They didn’t issue an official ruling, but ordered the children outside to throw stones at him. They didn’t think of it as cruelty to animals, but as an appropriate way to ‘get back at’ the spirit which entered the poor dog.”

Source: http://www.odditycentral.com/news/dog-believed-to-be-reincarnation-of-lawyer-sentenced-to-death-by-stoning.html

 

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  1. Lin Mun on Nov 26, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    It is ridiculous when people human do not think in the right mind and would vent their anger to a poor animal. It is even more sad when a judge who is suppose to be fair and act everything in accordance to evidence would impose such ‘sentence’.

    Please have mercy and respect animals they do deserve to live too. We should create a loving, kind and compassionate society but instead the judge ask the children to stone the dog. Very cruel act.

  2. Vinnie Tan on Aug 21, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    It is just upsetting to see people ill-treating animals like that. the worst thing is that the judge asked the children in the neighbourhood to stone the dog to death. It is sad because the judge is just telling the children that by killing animals if we are unhappy with them is ok, and we should do it. It is not the correct education for the children. As the adults, we should be installing values like love, care, compassion, kindness in the children. Instead of teaching them negative things. Children are a blank piece of canvas that we should help paint to make it a beautiful picture.

  3. jennifer on Feb 24, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    This is one of the most ridiculous story that i have ever come across!
    What has this world become ??

    I feel very sorry for the poor doggie, but i feel pity for the judge who played judge , jury and (almost) executioner from his inability to let go of the past. Holding on a grudge for 20 years, he and his fellow judges cursed the lawyer at that time and now decides that the lawyer has reincarnated into the dog ! How absolutely ludicrous !!! What sort of example is he setting for the townsmen and the children ??

    Thank the Buddhas that the doggie escaped and is rescued by an animal lover.

  4. Jutika Lam on Feb 16, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    What??? How can a lawyer simple say a wondering dog is a lawyer??? Where is the proof, monk or High Lama or priest Rabbi to say that dog is confirmed a rebirth of a lawyer?

    I feel so angry that a wondering dog was killed without any proof that his previous life was a lawyer….. luckily he was not killed.

    If this innocent dog was killed it would have been a very sad and stupid thing to do as well as a very bad thing to do to kill an innocent dog with no solid proof he is a lawyer.

    Pheww… So happy the dog did not get killed and also that this dog had a second chance to live his life to the fullest…. Luckily this dog had the good karma to override his bad karma to survive.

  5. beatrix ooi on Feb 6, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    I feel so sorry for him. Never do something that’s bad and hurt others. What goes around, comes around. When it comes to karma, it’s no joke. But the only thing I do not understand is, how could the judge be so sure that the dog is the lawyer? Or he is just trying to prove himself right…

  6. sarahyap on Feb 6, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    Interesting… recently we learnt that certain sects within Judaism do believe in reincarnation. That’s great… but if we hold on our grudge toward the other person into his next life, that is very very detrimental. (I’m not saying that I believe the dog is the lawyer, but I’m speaking in context that it is what the judge believed)

    Maybe it is for this very reason that regular people cannot recall their past lives because so much anger and hate will be carried forward to the next life.

    But about this story… how can a judge, release a order for something without any concrete proof? What type of system is this? It is so ridiculous that, if I don’t feel angry towards this pitiful judge who has been living with anger for 20 years and is still angry at a person who has died a few years ago… I’d say I feel sorry for him to be so narrow minded… And due to his narrow mindedness, he ordered the village children to do the stoning… what type of society teaches their children to be cruel to animals or carry out an act of violence towards a living being? Gosh… I’m speechless…

  7. abby f on Feb 5, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    This is another prove that the belief of reincarnation is not only adapted by the Hindus or Buddhists. Whether they say the spirit possessed the poor dog or the lawyer reincarnated back and became the dog, the fact which Judaism actually believes in reincarnation is still the truth.

    But the court didn’t turned this belief into something kind and compassion. Why stone at the poor dog? This poor dog no matter who it is, it brings no harm to people. And the court even asked children to throw stone at this poor dog. The children learn in this violent way, how they could grow up to become a forgiving and loving people? How the society could be at peace and harmony if people instill the value of violent?

    Glad that the dog managed to escape before the sentence could be carried out…

  8. Sean Wang on Nov 19, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    I feel sorry for this doggy. But, in this case how does the judges know that the dog is indeed a reincarnation of the lawyer in question? I mean, are they spiritual masters? I don’t think so. A pathetic excuse to harm a weaker being.

  9. Julien Roth on Oct 25, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    I do not think that this is the right thing to do to this poor dog. And when the judge that sentenced the dog to death by stoning, to be done by children, i already knew that that was not the right thing to do. Such a cute dog. The dog doesn’t deserve a death penalty.

  10. [email protected] on Aug 29, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    The judge that sentences the dog to death is not fit to be judge. It is the adults who are selfish and hipocrates to have ordered the children to stone the dog to death. We are no less superior than a dog who deserve to live too. It is too late to say who is right and wrong. How lucky we are to have the realization that these thoughts and actions are wrong.

  11. Helena Chin on Jul 9, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    This is totally ridiculous to put a life down because of his past doing. Cant this people just move on and forgive. Is cruel to sentenced to death by stoning the poor dog. Sigh!

  12. Sheryl KH (JB) on Jun 27, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Reincarnation is a proven, but to say something out of pure hatred or resemblance or past memories can be such a terrible act.

    Culture is invisible, and yet it is something that can exert strong control on its own people. And some countries hold cultures that can be so unacceptable and people within these entities can only live with it.

    I am glad that the dog has run away. To be stoned to death can be such a terrible scece.

  13. Rita van der Wijden on Jun 22, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    What I think is the greatest stupidity in this? Asking children to stone the dog!

  14. bengkooi on Jun 22, 2012 at 6:11 am

    This is the first time I’ve heard that Jews believe in reincarnation. I thought that only Buddhists and Hindus do. So I did a little Googling, and it proved to be true (see below). What I found ridiculous, however, is that the dog was condemned to stoning, just because of the actions of his previous life. I mean, c’mon he’s already a dog. He won’t remember what happened when he was human. So what is the point of punishing him? It just creates more fear and suffering to an innocent dog. At least the dog escaped, and I hope the rabbis will examine their actions closely, and realise it wasnt the right thing to do.

    (Extracted from: http://www.jewfaq.org/olamhaba.htm) “Traditional Judaism firmly believes that death is not the end of human existence. However, because Judaism is primarily focused on life here and now rather than on the afterlife, Judaism does not have much dogma about the afterlife, and leaves a great deal of room for personal opinion. It is possible for an Orthodox Jew to believe that the souls of the righteous dead go to a place similar to the Christian heaven, or that they are reincarnated through many lifetimes, or that they simply wait until the coming of the messiah, when they will be resurrected.”

  15. Pastor Susan on Jun 17, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    I don’t know what is more ridiculous,.. for a judge to accuse the dog who caused havoc to be a lawyer in his previous life or these people BELIEVING enough to be ready to carry out the sentence on the dog?! I really don’t like to read the news because nothing makes sense in this world.. but each time i read the news, it only goes on reinforce more of this degenerated state we live in.

  16. Julia Tan on Jun 17, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Despite of what ever reasons, whether the lawyer came back and reborn as a dog, the judges still insist to kill the dog (in this case it’s the lawyer) by stoning it The children committed the killing Karma without knowing what’s going on.

  17. pastor ngeow on Jun 15, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    The world is full of strange things , strange people and hence strange values and beliefs.But that may not be so from their side. I don’t see this event as ridiculous or wrong. If that is the system of justice that the people of the particular region wants that is their choice.Those who abhor the death penalty may look at countries who have it in their judicial system as inhumane or whatever. Until all of us have our seeds of harmfulness removed, we will need the imperfect worldly systems of justice and punishment to restrain and deter us from causing problems to each other and society.

  18. Melissa on Jun 2, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    What a silly thing to do. How certain are they to even assume that this is the reincarnation of the lawyer, I believe that it is just plain insanity.To even go to the extent of stoning the dog to death is just delirious. I mean first of all the poor dog wouldn’t even remember it’s past life reincarnation as a lawyer, it’s sufferings would be for nothing. It’s cruelty beyond relief! Secondly, why would they even incriminate and polluting the poor innocent minds of the children to hurt such a poor creature that is held in the lower realm by force from the manifestation of his/her accumulated past life’s karma.

  19. So Kin Hoe on May 21, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Instead of stoning the dog to death, there are many effective ways to take away the dog to other place. Even if this is a true reincarnation of the previous lawyer who becomes a dog now, he is already serving for his own bad karma and reborn as an animal. Taking revenge on someone due to the past problem is not benefiting anyone.

  20. James Long on May 21, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    觉得很懊恼,为什么文明世界是如此的不文明。无凭无据的情况下灌下“莫须有”的罪名。可见末法时期,人们的心识和判断能力日渐下滑。

    另一个角度来看,还是有人深信轮回转世的现象,相信轮回就必须相信因果,否则我们指示一味的在制造恶业,永远走不出轮回。

  21. Eric Lee KSJC on May 20, 2012 at 12:31 am

    我很同情这一条狗,因为投生在畜生道已经很经够惨了,连这一世还要被法官判它必须给乱打死,它的业障真的很可怕。我相信因果,好心会有好报,如果坏事做尽的人,下场一定会很糟糕。有很多人认为坏人总是没有报应,其实不是不报,只是时辰未到。

  22. tenzin llhamo on May 19, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Whatever the previous life lawyer did has passed. I always wonder how can someone hold a grudge so long. Its rather sad to know that the judge wanted the dog dead because of something that has passed so long. Whatever it is, nobody have the right to take another life. Well, in a way the dog has good karma to have an animal lover save him. Yedioth said it is a way to get back at the spirit which entered the dog, but didn’t they say its a reincarnation?

  23. henry ooi on May 18, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    We tend to pity someone or something in its present predicament but why didn’t we pity that someone before he/she enacted the deeds that would cause he/she to take a lower rebirth? It’s true most of us do not have the wisdom nor compassion to be able to. If so, that’s precisely we depend on a spiritual teacher who has the enlightened qualities to mold us from a person who was about to do all the negative actions into a transformed person with positive thoughts and actions. But most of us refused the methods leading to positive changes and split because we believe there are too much effort required for positive changes and we are prefer being comfortable in our comfort zone. Or so we think.

  24. Adeline on May 18, 2012 at 12:19 am

    How do they know the dog is the reincarnation of the lawyer who passed away years ago? It’s baseless, one of the still offended judges can’t forgive and let go of his anger towards the lawyer and wanted to take revenge.Poor dog but luckily he managed to escape the punishment.

  25. Jean Ai on May 17, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    What doesn’t make sense to me about this whole incident: if curses and actions have actual consequences (the person reincarnating as a dog), then doesn’t stoning a dog also have consequences?

  26. wah ying on May 17, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    一看之下,觉得很荒谬,这个犹太法庭怎么会把20年前跟法官起口角的狗判死刑。再看下去就死荒谬+可恶。

    不过你会发现,犹太人或有一些犹太人是相信投胎转世的,或者他们用这个转世的说法来正当化自己死去的敌人前来复仇的恐惧。

    最可耻的是,竟然想出让小孩用石头砸死狗儿的“刑罚”。明明是自己的嗔,却想借用天真孩子的手来解决,尝试躲过判动物死刑的法律漏洞,还企图教唆孩子做伤害他人/动物的事。这个故事可以是很好的提醒,提醒自己照顾自己的言行,不要诅咒,也不要诅咒了心生恐惧,更不要借用别人的手来“化解”自己的嗔。

  27. Albert on May 17, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Honestly, how can a dog being accuse just like that? if talking about the similar action / attitude, how many thousands of people / animal are having the same? if many people’s attitude are the same as the criminal, can they imply death penalty to all these people just because they believe these people are the re-incarnation of that criminal?

  28. nicholas on May 17, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    The lawyer in question could be reincarnated becoming the dog but how can the judges sentenced the dog in such a cruel way and get the children to carry out, it is the worst thing ever to educate the childrens.

    Being reborn in the animal realm is really in a very difficult situation. They are helpless and can’t fight for themselves. We must help these helpless animals to lessen their suffering and learn from this to not waste our time and learn and practice Dharma for future good rebirth.

    Below are some of the interesting links on reincarnation to share.
    1. Talk on Reincarnation by H.H. Dalai Lama
    http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/uncategorized/talk-on-reincarnation-by-h-h-dalai-lama.html

    2. Interesting reincarnation video you must watch!!
    http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/reincarnation-video-made-by-kechara.html

    3. Another Proof of Reincarnation
    http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/another-proof-of-reincarnation.html

    4. Reincarnation Videos YOU MUST WATCH!
    http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/film-tv-music/reincarnation-videos-you-must-watch.html

  29. mayy on May 17, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Whether the dog is the reincarnated lawyer or not …how inhuman act of the judge to order the dog to be stoned to death by CHILDREN on the streets! What message is the judge giving out or teaching the children to act inhuman…where is the humanity?

    Secondly, how can the judge whom was offended by the errant lawyer 20 years ago qualifies that the dog is the reincarnated errant lawyer? How ridiculous?

    Thirdly, the dog cannot even defend himself! How unfair!

  30. Bryan on May 17, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    This is very sad and cruel. What crime that this poor dog has done, and he “deserved” to receive this death sentence by stoning ? Is he a “rapist” or does he killed? This poor dog deserve his death sentence just because he refuse to leave the court ? This is so ridiculous.
    This is very clear sign that human is using their position or their power to do something that hurt other. Even if this dog is really the reincarnation of the lawyer, he already received his punishment which is turn into a dog. Why the court can add more sentences to him after some many years later?
    The one thing I’m really angry after reading this article is, how can the court by using the name of Justice and requested the kids to do this ? What a bad influence for them. Most of the religion teaches us to be compassion and share our love to others, why the court is using the name of the GOD but doing something against HIS will ? Is this real justice or is this plainly someone to using the name of GOD and justice to do whatever they like to harm others?

  31. Thierry Janssens on May 17, 2012 at 11:05 am

    It is not the first time that I hear of reincarnation in Judaism.
    I am certainly not a specialist in the religions of the Book, but it seems to me that two facts in the religions of the book do go along with reincarnation:
    1: heaven or hell may only happen if the soul re-incarnates into new aggregates
    2: final day judgment may only happen if the soul “revives” into new aggregates.

    This, from a Buddhist view is called reincarnation.

    In Buddhism, there is also heaven and hell.
    Many many different types of heaven, from the one where people have air-conditioning-cars-planes-mobile phones to the one where there is no more form-body to worry about. there are also heavens that are perfect places to improve our spiritual habits and build up a spiritual mind (which is, I think, more likely what Heaven means for a Christian or a Jew for example, and that is called Pure Land in some forms of Buddhism).
    Many many different types of hell, many types of cold helles, many types of hot hells, many types of mental hells, etc…

    So, already, on these aspects, Buddhism and other religions are imputing different names or concepts on the same thing, on the same truth.

    The differences are there though:
    – in Buddhism, hell or heaven is not a permanent post, it will also pass, even if in some cases it can last for a ridiculously long time;
    – there is no “forgiveness” or “salvation” to be gained from a higher being that can grant us a heaven seat eventually and permanently, Buddhism says that our actions and the mind behind them determinate where in “hell” or “heaven” we get propelled and with what type of aggregates (a body, a mind, habits, a consciousness and feelings);
    – from a human body, we can also get propelled into the aggregates of an animal (and on this aspect, this story then validates that possibility from a Judaic point of view), or we can get the conditions to become a ghost (again not permanently);
    – as a Buddhist, there is only one being responsible for how I experience existence, now, in the past and in the future, that being is what I make of me. Call it karma to relate to Buddhist terms.

    Along this, thus, there are no innocent people anywhere, we own every horrible thing that happens to us, we are responsible for them. And every nice thing too.

    This, though, is not to be twisted like this: “ok, if I hurt you, it’s because you have the karma to be hurt, so it’s your fault, not mine”. No. Why? Like this:

    1. Because we always have a choice, we can “hurt back” (and really only a Buddha may have the karma not to be hurt, ok!) or we can forgive, we can understand, we can help, we can pull the other being UP. Instead of stoning the dog, i can find a way that this dog can help the Monetary Affairs Court, maybe he could have a little house in the compound and help keeping the place safe?

    2. When I “hurt back”, when I throw stones at this dog, I create causes to suffer the same experience and even worse as it is said that the karma gets bigger with time.

    3. When I retaliate, when I take revenge, when I throw stones at this dog, the dog’ resentment against me, against these people in the Monetary Affairs Court only gets bigger, and so I make my problem bigger instead of making it smaller.

    I wish the children will not throw stones at this dog, but instead would maybe adopt the dog or something. I don’t know if Jews do adopt pet dogs, but there are many more options to deal with a dog, and especially if the dog is seen as the reincarnation of a difficult person. Throwing stones or killing the dog, I believe, will only make things worse and more difficult to resolve in the future.

  32. Siong Woan on May 16, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    What kind of judge orders a dog to be killed BY CHILDREN on the streets !!! How wrong can this be ? I am speechless at the stupidity of the still-offended judge who obviously could not let go of his attachment of anger towards the demised lawyer.

    The law of course n effect will bring these two beings closed to each others in their future lives, most likely the relationship would not pleasant.

  33. Calendula on May 16, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    This absolutely heart breaking to read that this could actually happen in today’s world… do we ever progress?

  34. KYC on May 16, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    It’s good to know there are others who believe in reincarnation but in this case, where is the proof that this dog is the reincarnation of the lawyer? It was only based on the recollection of one of the judges. I’m glad the dog escaped but I’m worried about the way people treat animals in that place.

  35. Vincent Cheng on May 16, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    So please remember to do only good deeds! Haha people will remember bad deeds for eternity!

    I’m thinking whether in this life that someone would come up to me and say, “Your previous life owes me 1 million dollars and I’m going to kill you for that.” Hahaha.

    Run doggie! Run Lawyer Doggie!

  36. Lim Han Nee on May 16, 2012 at 7:53 am

    A court of law(albeit a rabbinical court) sentenced a dog, who had been creating some disturbance in a court area, to be stoned to death based on a surmise that he was the reincarnation of a lawyer (who over 20 years ago had offended and pained the judges and because of that had been cursed to be reborn as a dog)!

    How can any court just pass judgement on the basis of mere assumptions?Also what manner of sentence is this? To have children in the neighborhood stone him to death? 2 wrongs to redress 1 wrong? The lawyer(the supposed previous incarnation of the dog) offended the judges. Shouldn’t these judges be the ones to stone the dog?Why ask innocent children to bloody their hands with an act of violent killing? Why get them to collect negative karma. No proper ‘trial’ or ‘hearing’ was conducted. So the sentence of stoning had no valid basis. Hence it would have been more an act of revenge by the judges who had been hurt by the lawyer.No valid proof of dog being a reincarnation of the ‘sinning’ lawyer. So this would have been murder!

    Thank goodness the dog was saved and rescued on time! To me,the moral of the story is that a belief in reincarnation must go hand in hand with a belief in Karma(the Universal Law of Cause and Effect)that is played out over many lifetimes.

  37. Li Kim on May 16, 2012 at 5:11 am

    This is very interesting and thought provoking. Firstly it is sad that from human form as a lawyer, to a dog which is a lower realm. This makes me think that whatever he did was really bad in his previous human life and not only one incident of upsetting the judges, to return as a dog this life. Then because of that wrong doing, the dog is subject to stoning. This really makes me reflect on karma and reincarnation. There is no time limit and discretion for karma and life times.

    The “verdict” to stone the dog does show how unforgiving people can be. If they had compassion, they would already know that being a dog now is suffering enough, and just let go and move on instead of stoning the dog. This is the part of human cruelty which brings so much suffering in this world. To be able to say “Kill, Die” with no further contemplation is horrid. Did theses judges not stop to think, they could be the next dog?

  38. lewkwanleng on May 16, 2012 at 4:30 am

    I can’t say if the person actually reincarnate as dog. It is glad to hear that the head of the Jerusalem court denied the judge’s intention to kill the dog. What kind of proof he had to show it is the correct reincarnation?

    Even if it is the correct reincarnation, how can he be so cruel??

  39. Peter on May 16, 2012 at 3:04 am

    Not everything/phenomena – good or bad – can be attributed to karma. Most are just the nature of life. As Buddhist, we should not use karma to scare others into forcing them into Dharma practice nor pretend we can save others as human beings. That was never a Buddhist preaching.

  40. wei theng on May 16, 2012 at 2:49 am

    This is so cruel! Whether the dog is the reincarnated lawyer or not, the judge has no right to kill him!

    Besides, I can see that the judge are so unhappy as he has been holding on grouches for so many years. If he does not let go and forgive, he would never happy. Isn’t it a lose-lose situation?

  41. justin cheah on May 16, 2012 at 2:07 am

    This judgement is completely unbelievable! How can someone like this judge (with due respect to him) can determine that the dog is the reincarnation of the lawyer?? Does he has clairvoyance? I certainly doubt so as i believe for a person who can give such a harsh punishment to a dog can never be clairvoyant.

    i feel for the kids too if the punishment were able to be carried out as they will get the message from the adults that mistreating animals is a correct act which is totally wrong!

  42. Takuan on May 16, 2012 at 2:03 am

    Reincarnation is in Sufism as well. From what I’ve learned, the theory existed in the early schools of Sufi thought before it was influenced by Buddhism and Hinduism! It’s so interesting that so many schools of thought have such similar belief systems!

    I also feel bad for the dog. Even if it was the reincarnation of a cheeky lawyer, there’s no reason to kill it. If they had killed the dog, they would have to deal with the effect of their causation to an equal or greater degree. I’m glad that they weren’t allowed to kill it for both theirs and the dogs sake!

  43. William C on May 16, 2012 at 12:47 am

    Poor dog! Even if thw dog is the reincarnation of the lawyer, it would not even remember? How sure is the judge that the dog is the lawyer? It is just based on the judge? It is just cruelty to animals because they cannot defend themself.

    Does this mean that jews also believe in reincarnation? Interesting.

  44. Low ksjc on May 15, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    The Judge who pass such a sentence on a defenceless creature should not be given the authority to pass judgement on human ,as he show no compassion for the living and assumption without base.His judgement is base on hate and wrong views.By ordering innocent children to carry out the sentence,he is encouraging hate and violence at a young age.In the future ,when the children grow up,they would assume that violence is the right way to get even and not by patience and forgiving to sett-al any issue.

    If it is true that the Lawyer did reincarnate into a dog then sentence had been served ,there is no need to repeat sentence unless the judge felt guilty and is afraid that the dog is back for revenge!!!

  45. David Loh on May 15, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Its’ like adding insult to injury. The lawyer reborn as a dog. Does he not served his penance? The human race never cease to surprise. We are such a vindictive lot! Our debts goes beyond death!

    But, in this case how does the judges know that the dog is indeed a reincarnation of the lawyer in question? Are they oracles themselves? Or they just simply felt bad for having laid a curse on the lawyer in question and thinks that the lawyer in question has come back to take revenge on them? Killing the enemy one lifetime is not enough; they have to eradicate the threat as many lifetime as possible! How shallow can they get?!

    Well, at least they believe reincarnation exists.

  46. Girlie on May 15, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Poor dog. How did anyone of them verify that indeed the dog was a reincarnation of that said person? They could be using that as an excuse as dogs are considered by them to be impure.

  47. freon on May 15, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Interesting! How they know the dog is the lawyer, why so sure? What kind of karma that this poor dog had. At first, I think this news is really funny. But, on second thought it is not funny at all. Karma is something really follow us like shadow. People around us is relate to us life after life. Either your enemies this life, your lover, relatives, friends, who know how we connect with them past life. If i want a good friends , good people around me next rebirth, this mean this rebirth i have to be more mindful towards people. May i not harm people, animals but be more beneficial to them.

  48. Seng Aun on May 15, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    It just astounds me how some people can be so cruel and treat animals without any feeling or consideration. It sickens me to think how easy it is for them to take matters into their own hands and decide the fate of this poor dog.

    Heartless sadistic actions needs to stop, if we want to instill a sense of responsibility, with kindness and compassion into our children or the future generations to come!

  49. Uncle Eddie on May 15, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    More an unforgivable and unforgetable prejuice imbedded in the revengeful and sick minds of the presiding judges. As in law, how can this be so simply believed and accepted by other judges when no evidences or proof could be established that this dog is a reincarnation of the offending lawyer, unless they are high level rabbis, Buddha or God to know. What a comedy of error that can be so simply accepted by a court of Law to decide on the fate of life of a ‘being’ based such assumption! Thanks to its perhaps good karmic fate that the lucky dog managed to escape.

  50. Doreen on May 15, 2012 at 10:53 am

    If the judge believes that is a reincarnation of the lawyer that offended him, he should treat him better,or even take care of the dog, as to stop the cycle of karma. Why ordered another karma to go around? I guess there is believe of reincanation, but there is no knowledge of karma. Even if it is not that lawyer that reincarnate as dog, they should not treat another being by stoning the helpless dog. The dog intention or message of scaring and barking could be misunderstood. It is fortunate the dog escaped!

  51. DR on May 15, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Yes, the lawyer in question may have reincarnated as the dog, but how can a court of law make decisions based on assumptions with no concrete evidence and just the memory of one person? How can a group of human beings and in this case supposedly learned ones too stoop so low as to punish another being who does not have the capacity to defend for himself? What kind of a judiciary system is this???

  52. Sam on May 15, 2012 at 9:48 am

    I feel really sad for this dog. To be reborn in lower realm already and yet need to be tortured and stoned to death for a very ridiculous reason. And i feel speechless on the still-offended judges that can still remember the incident which happened 20 years back and link it back to a dog. I wonder why is the judge still holding on to what has happened after so long and how come he still can’t let go. What is the very big deal that he cant forgive and move on. What value he hold to have senteced the dog to be stoned til death by children some more. This is very cruel. I feel sad for the children as well because they are the future and this action certainly has impacted them. Maybe to them this action is right and i really cant imagine what will happened when they grow up with this kinda brought up. Im sure there must be something that can be done to plant better value and moral in these children. Sad sad..

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  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 06:10 PM
    OMG! This is very touching. To see a doggie who never left go of his owner in spite of death. Way more powerful than many who proclaimed “till death do us part.” Just like the human, not all doggies are as loyal as this tear-jerking pet, but I truly believe almost all doggies offer unconditional love to the person who feeds and cares for them. Even when they are stray animals. There was a stray dog who will run two streets from the entrance of the “Taman” until the car stops in front of the house, just to greet me. You can imagine the warm and conviction in my heart that these beings are more than capable of loving than many of us, human! Thank you for this lovely sharing. I miss my doggie, Sherab.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 06:00 PM
    Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow, for this amazing sharing. There is no doubt about the ability of our Guru, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche. His incarnations have been compassionate and taken rebirth to return and spread the dharma so that sentient beings can benefit and learn some dharma in our short life.

    We shall never doubt our Guru; but must see that He is one with our Yidam and Protector, an attained being. Even if our Guru does not demonstrate clairvoyance abilities, we must never contest our Guru, for he holds the key (dharma) that can liberate us from eternal suffering in samsara.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-1-2.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 05:50 PM
    Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow, for the illustrated miracle story on how Rinpoche guided Cynthia and Marici away from danger through protector’s practice. The unseen exist, whether we like it or not. Some of them are malicious and have the affinity or karma with some of us. Hence they can cause harm and disturbance. By engaging in Protectors’ practice like Dorje Shugden and Setrap that have been practiced by the high lamas of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, we are protected and guarded against harm.

    Rinpoche is compassionate and only want the best for us. His teachings are not meant to show off the power of the divines but offer us a way out from our desperate samsara conundrum that binds us from engaging in deeper spiritual practice. Rinpoche always teaches us to focus on mind transformation and Tsongkhapa practice. How fortunate we are to have met Rinpoche in this lifetime. We must not let this rare and precious opportunity go to waste.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-12.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 04:30 PM
    Miracles do happen,when we have faith and trust in our Guru.What is important is to follow Rinpoche’s advice and do as instructed by our Guru to clear the osbtacles all the way.Angie and Herry were so fortunate to have meet Rinpoche.Its because of Rinpoche ‘s compassion and caring for his student Angie’s life was saved.Infact Rinpoche has helped many people through his intervention, advice and instructions.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing miracles stories which i enjoyed reading.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-2.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 02:45 PM
    WOW….interesting a miracles true story. Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing.Reciting mantras by family members and doing 20 pujas done at the monastery to help the baby. These proved that pujas, which have been done for hundreds of years in the monasteries are very powerful methods for us to overcome difficulties, create huge amounts of merit and for protection, good health and long life.This show us how powerful pujas can help us when we have trust and faith in our Guru.And with Rinpoche divination,the baby was born and now a healthy boy.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-1-2.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 12:47 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these powerful teachings.Its a privilege
    to do Dharma work to benefits other,do it with motivation and a good attitude when engaging ourselves It will be guide line for me.When we serve others to do Dharma work together at Kechara Forest Retreat ,we will improve ourself , purify our negative karma and to benefit others too.I will be sponsoring to the healings bricks soon and i will cherish every moment in supporting KFR.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/dharma-work-attitude-tdl.html
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 11:06 AM
    Bigfoot is just another beings living in this world although not commonly seen and live in the deep jungle in high mountains. There were many evidences that people from many parts of the world sighted this beings. Whatever shape they are I think importantly we are all sharing this world and therefore need to have mutual respect and not intervene each others.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/its-in-the-scriptures-they-exist.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 04:26 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline sharing this interesting post about Bodhidharma, a great master favoured meditation and introduced the Lankavatara Sutra to Chinese Buddhism.

    Here are a few points I have learned from this post:
    1. Bodhidharma had strong imprints of Dharma from the past and therefore he is interested in Buddha’s teachings and show his great wisdom. at a very young age.
    2. His strong guru devotion and determination in learning and spreading the dharma based on meditation though he confronted with difficulties such as Emperor Wu Di was not impressed by his teachings, being ostracized and rejected and lived as a beggar for many months. Notwithstanding, he continued and never give up to practice meditation in complete silence for nine years in cave wall when he was not accepted by Shaolin Monastery at the beginning .
    3. When Bodhidharma was allowed enter to the monastery, he had put a lot of efforts to help the monks in improving their physical body as well as their mind through the meditation. Then, Bodhidharma continued to develop a system of 18 dynamic tension exercises which were printed as Yi Gin Ching (Changing Muscle/Tendon Classic) in 550 CE. It is known as the Luohan (arhat) 18 Hand Movements today which serves as the basis of both Chinese Temple Boxing and the Shaolin Martial Arts.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/bodhidharma-the-founder-of-gongfu.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 04:10 PM
    Thank you, Grace, for sharing with us the many tips on how to care for and maintain our hair. Personal grooming is important because when we care for our appearance, we are respecting the people who have to deal with us. Caring for our hair, making sure that it is neat and clean should be something we need to take care of since young as it is part of personal grooming. The key is not to be attached to our body and outer-images, that results in spending much time and resources just to make ourselves look good.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/how-much-do-you-know-about-hair.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 03:00 PM
    Thank you for sharing these wonderful and significant photos showed that Kechara Pastors’ tireless efforts to bring dharma to many others and do the blessings whenever is necessary.

    Basically, the pastorship role was conceptualized by our precious guru, H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, to preserve the Dharma and to give laypeople an opportunity to commit to benefiting others. Kechara Pastors are fully dedicated and selflessly serving others especially in spiritual growth and therefore this is good for us to support the Pastors so that they can focus and spend more of their time and effort to serve others and most importantly Buddhist teachings can be spread and shared to many others. The supports to Pastors including food, lodging, transportation, items necessary for their work, such as ritual items or spiritual gifts for those in need and many others. (If you are interested to know more about Kechara Pastors, please have a good read at http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/support-the-kechara-pastors.html)

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/10-amazing-house-blessings-by-kechara-pastors.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 02:13 PM
    Its such a great blessing for all of us to hear the holy voice recordings of H.H Kyabje Zong Rinpoche a great master..His profound teachings ,got to take seroiusly,more as an important advice on Dorje Shugden’s practice.H.H Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s explaination was very clear before any of the practitioner’s commitment and receive sogtae.They must keep the lineage practice and teachings no matter what ever happen.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us on the important advice by a great master.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/kyabje-zong-rinpoches-advice-on-dorje-shugdens-practice.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 11:50 AM
    Thank you Pastor Han Nee for your sharing your thoughts and review about the book “Be Happy” written by Rinpoche. It is indeed not easy to be happy as we all have various expectation in every situation and people.

    We may think having a big house, lots of cash and good career is happiness but this is the wrong perception. Being happy is not about material and everything about ourselves. It is only when we can do more for others and focus out that we gain happiness. I never realised this until I joined Kechara. I think we have such a fixed mindset of what happiness is and when our expectation is not met, we are unhappy.

    Rinpoche has pointed out many ways for us to rectify our thoughts and methods to be happy. Now it is for us to take initiative to change and transform our mind if we want to be happy.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Han Nee for this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/be-happy.html
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Apr 24. 2017 12:30 PM
    Many people do not believe in reincarnation and only relates it to certain religion such as Hinduism and Buddhism. However, there were many instances and signs that proven reincarnation exist. As Buddhist we will believe in reincarnation and karma. It is by understanding that everything has its cause and effect that we should learn to live life in the correct attitude and mindset. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting articles to remind us of karma and the importance of doing dharma practise.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/interesting-signs-of-reincarnation.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Apr 23. 2017 08:29 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for your teachings.
    Always be generous and kind in what ever we could do even its little help.It’s the little things in life that bring the greatest happiness. Its between us and our Buddha ,so we would not bother what the receipient thinks and say of us. What ever was said ,should not deter our motivation to do Dharma work.
    (It will change people’s lives in one way or another. It will change your life for the better.)….well said by Rinpoche.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/its-not-between-you-and-the-recipient.html
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Apr 23. 2017 07:16 PM
    Thank you Grace for this interesting articles about hair. There are just so much info which we do not know previously. Most of the time we may neglect the details, thinking as long as we clean our hair everyday it is sufficient. But there are so many things we need to know for example types of hair, scalp condition, our environment and our physical condition which may affect our hair. Great tips.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/how-much-do-you-know-about-hair.html

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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini\'s blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves.
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini's blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves. ~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
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His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one\'s death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one's death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin\'s dog Snowy!
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I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin's dog Snowy!
Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
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Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
 Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
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2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
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One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
 Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
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Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
Tsem Rinpoche\'s Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
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Tsem Rinpoche's Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
 It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and \'defeat\' the ones that hurt us because we don\'t become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
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It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and 'defeat' the ones that hurt us because we don't become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
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Tsem Rinpoche's heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin  Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
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Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
 (left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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(left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s good to be with kind and sincere people.
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It's good to be with kind and sincere people.
If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
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If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
My Mumu boy didn\'t want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
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My Mumu boy didn't want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
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This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
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This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn\'t move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
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I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
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March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
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Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
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March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
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The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
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Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
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Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
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This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
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I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
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Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
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Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
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The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
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Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
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My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
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February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
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Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
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  • April 20, 2017 10:45
    Ronnie asked: Dear Rinpoche and Pastors, I'm studying abroad and very far away from home, seeking guidance and advice as I have no one else I can talk to about this. Please read with an open mind, I don't know where else to go for help. I'm pregnant and it's an unplanned pregnancy. I'm stuck between keeping it or letting it go. I'm young and having a child at my age in the society we live in now would be considered taboo. The father of the child thinks I should let it go because it may cause a setback to both our careers and cause major family issues. He thinks we aren't ready to raise a child especially since we're both still in university and his parents think badly of me even though they've never met me or tried to get to know me. I'm sure no one would ever have the heart to take away a heartbeat but it seems like it isn't the right time to have a child now and if we did go through with it, the child probably won't be able to have the best things life can offer looking at where we are now in terms of finance and maturity. I'm lost, confused and unsure what the right thing to do is now. Any advice at all would be helpful right now. Thank you so very much for taking time to read my story.
    pastor answered: Dear Ronnie, I’m sorry to read that you are going through this situation. I can understand that this situation is tough to go through. You are always more than welcome to come here to ask questions. May I suggest that you talk to either someone in your family or your friends to help you come to an appropriate solution? This is because, what you feel, what you are going through, will change from time to time and you would need someone to talk to, someone that you can lean on through this situation you are facing. Depending on where you are in the world, professional help can also be sought to help you make a decision, which will be the best option for you seeking help. From a Buddhist perspective, the taking of a life is not considered a positive act, therefore those on the Buddhist path, would normally abstain taking a life if possible. However, that being said, one must always weigh the decision oneself. Everything we do in life, necessarily involves karma both positive and negative. That is why Buddhists try to overcome samsara in general. Your situation is complicated because you are abroad, but if possible you should really open up to someone you are close to in order to help you through making this decision on a personal basis. When you talk to someone, whom you are able to express yourself more, you may able to come to better decision that is right for you. There may be other options open to you if you seek help. I personally know women who have been in similar situations. One of these women, let the child go and the other went through the pregnancy and then gave the child up for adoption. You may or may not have thought of this option, but it is one that could be open to you, depending on where in the world you are. Any decision we make in life, however big or small it may seem, has far reaching consequences whether in this life, or in future lives. This is just a part and parcel of life within samsara. However, we should weigh the decisions we make clearly given the situation we are in. We cannot always do this weighing ourselves, but need to talk about our options with others we can rely on such a friends, family or professionals. You should consider doing this, which will help you greatly emotionally, and may give you the grounding you need to make the correct decision for you. I hope this helps.
  • April 19, 2017 04:57
    Dongho asked: What is a nyung ne practice? According to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, it's a purification sadhana. However, what are the instructions for this? I'm guessing it's to Chenrezig, but how does it work? Also, from what I have read, Vajrasattva practice is only for broken vows while Akshobhya is for regular misdeeds. Does that mean one has to take the Akshobhya practice to purify bad karma from this life and previous instead of Vajrasattva? As for the purification practices, are some like Vajrasattva and Chenrezig only to purify the bad karma and let it come quickly or is it to prevent it from coming? I am confused in it. As for signs, I recited a mantra of White Yangchenma that a Sakya lama, Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche, gave me with the Sakya visualizations I read on, and after one mala, I heard some lady call my Korean name even though no one in my neighborhood knows of my name and my family members weren't in the area. What does this mean?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your questions, it’s nice to see you back here again. Nyung Ne practice is a purification practice that centres around Chenrezig. It is a very beneficial practice that stems from a holy nun named Gelong-ma Palmo. It is a two and a half day practice that can be repeated many times over and over again to intensify the purification and build a closer relationship with Chenrezig. As well as its purification aspect, the practice is known to generate vast amount of merit, and also compassion, as the practice centres around Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion. The practice involves taking the eight Mahayana precepts for the duration, fasting, meditating, prostrating and praying. The practice usually entails empowerment into the practice of Chenrezig, therefore the exact meditations, prayers can only be explained to those who have the empowerment. Vajrasattva practice is not necessarily only for repairing broken vows, etc. That’s why it is advised that you engage in the practice at the end of the day, to repair any vows that you may have broken during that day, as well as stopping any negative karma you created that day from multiplying. This would entail reciting the mantra 21 times, together with the four opponent powers. However, if you engage in this practice more intensely, it definitely has the capability to purify all sorts of karma. That is the reason why in Ngondro, or preliminary practices one engages in before tantra, the practice of 100,000 Vajrasattva mantra recitation is an integral part. You can read more about Vajrasattva and his practice here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/an-important-purification-practice.html. Within purification practices, some of the karma will be purified completely, so you do not feel its effects at all, but when purifying other karma you will need to feel its effects somehow. For example if you have the karma to be in a car accident and get seriously injured, and you are engaging in any practice, but especially the purification practice, since you have purified most of the karma, you will only experience being in a very minor car accident, with only very superficial injuries. Therefore, in this case, the karma has been purified to the extent that it does not affect you as much, but you still need to feel part of its effect. In regards to any signs that you receive which engaging in the practices given to you by one of your specific gurus, you should report the happenings to that particular guru. He will be able to give you more of an accurate answer, as it may be related to the particular practice that he gave to you. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • April 17, 2017 07:06
    Thomas asked: Dear Pastors, When a serkyem set has been used so much and one is ready to get rid of it and replace it with a new one. What is a respecful mode of disposal?
    pastor answered: Dear Thomas, Thank you for your question. Your question shows that you have a lot of respect for offering items, which is very good. If possible, you should try to repair the item if within your means, and doing so make embellishments to make it a better offering item, which can still be used. If this is not possible, then you should dispose of the item with a good motivation. You should think that this item has been used to make offerings to the enlightened beings, but now that it is broken or unusable, you are going to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. Since it itself is not a receptacle of energies of the enlightened beings, such as a statue, tsa tsa or thangka, it does not require a special dissolution before being disposed of. However since it was used to make offerings, it still requires some form of respect when disposing, and this comes from one’s motivation and the way in which you dispose of it. Usually, when disposing of items in this way, make the motivation that you have used it and that it is now time to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. When you do this you can dispose of it in a respectful manner. For example, if you are going to throw it away, you do not simply open the trash can and throw it in. You wrap it up in something, like a bag or newspaper and dispose of it respectfully. Another method you can dispose of it is to recycle the object, if the material it is made from can be recycled. That way you are more conscious of the environment as well. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 16, 2017 22:38
    Curious asked: Dear pastors In a recent youtube video something like paying respect to deceased ones, pastor Nirel Patel explained that merits are like the interest and good karma is like the principal sum. So merits always regenerate themselves and hence do not get used up but good karma is like the principal sum so it gets used up. So my question is what are practices that generate merit? And can we turn a mundane daily activity into a meritorious one? Maybe can you provide an example?
    pastor answered: Dear Curious, Thank you for your question. First, to clarify a point, in regards to good karma, you are right, it is like a principal sum in a bank account, but you take away from it when you experience something good in your life, and you add to it when you do good deeds. Merit on the other hand, once accrued never diminishes, therefore when something is based on merit, it is based on the energies of this never diminishing sum, which you could say is like interest. In short, the principal sum when talking about karma is always added to and subtracted from. However, when talking about merit, once you have it, there is no way to destroy it, you will always benefit from it. There are various ways to explain how to generate merit. I will explain a way that I find easiest to understand. In normal life, when we go about performing any sort of activity, be it ‘good’ or ‘bad’ we do so out of ignorance of the true nature of existence, and it is usually self-motivated. For example, we work our entire lives to generate monetary income, so that we have enough money, resources, and materials goods to be comfortable. This is self-motivated, but it is the accepted way the world works these days, and is part and parcel of being bound to samsaric life. On the other hand, the act of merit making can be categorised into three parts: i) motivation, ii) the act itself, and iii) dedication. Let’s start with motivation, when engaging in various virtuous acts, we should have the motivation that by engaging in the act, we have the motivation to alleviate the suffering of someone else, and that may we gain enlightenment so that we can benefit them in the future. The second is the act itself. The third is to dedicate the energy of the virtuous act to gaining enlightenment. These three are what make merit. This may be a little confusing, so let me give an example: giving help to a homeless person. Whereas in ordinary life, this is something praised as a very good deed, it does not create merit without motivation and dedication. In order for this to become merit, one must set the motivation that one is giving help to the homeless free of the eight worldly concerns, to alleviate their suffering and also making the motivation that you will achieve enlightenment for the sake of the person or people you are helping. Then after you have helped them, you dedicate the energy created to the spiritual journey towards full enlightenment to help all sentient beings, while at the same time benefiting as many sentient beings as possible on the way there. This transforms the act into not only a virtuous action but also one that generates merit. On the other hand, if you were to help the homeless without these, you are creating good karma, which although beneficial, keeps you bound to existence within samsara. As it is the goal of Buddhist practice to overcome the cycle of samsara, a Buddhist would want to generate merit instead of good karma. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 13, 2017 11:38
    D.A. asked: If Begtse Chan is not from Mongolia, what are his real origins or story exactly? And which lamas offer his empowerment? As for Manjushri Nagarakshasa, which lamas specifically offer his empowerment and practice?
    pastor answered: Dear D.A. Thank you for your question. Begtse, is also known as Chamsing, or Jamsaran in Mongolian. As mentioned in an earlier sharing with someone who also asked a question about Begtse, the practiced was introduced to Tibet from India by the translator Nyen Lotsawa, and is considered one of the main protectors of the Hayagriva cycle of tantras. According to the scriptures that derive from the Sakya tradition, who incorporated the practice from the translators, and in which tradition Begtse became a very important protector, Begtse in a previous life was born many eons ago. In that particular life, he was born as the younger prince in a royal family. His name was Drag Gye, and his older brother’s name was Drag Den. Over time both princes developed differing religious beliefs, to the point where they could not get along with each as they both held their own religious views strongly. As was the custom during that time, they decided to settle their differences through logical debate, with the loser having to convert to the winner’s religion. This custom was also prevalent in ancient India, and there are many stories of such debates occurring between the great masters of the past and those of other faiths. Drag Gye lost the various debates, but ran away instead of converting to his older brother’s religion. Drag Den caught him, and tried to punish him for breaking the rules of debate and going back on his promise. Drag Gye told his brother that even if he was killed he would not give up his religion, however if Drag Den let him go, that in the future when Drag Den became enlightened, he would protect his teachings. With that Drag Den let him go, and gave him a set of copper armour, a stick, and a bow and arrow. Drag Den also gave Drag Gye a new name: Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po. After this incident the two brothers never saw each other again in that lifetime. Many lives after that Drag Den was reborn as Prince Siddharta, who eventually became enlightened and is now known as Buddha Shakyamuni. Drag Gye, or Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po, was reborn in a cemetery in the North West direction. His parents gave birth to two eggs, one was a coral-like colour and the other was an agate-like colour. These two eggs flew high into the sky and reached the heavenly realms, there they subdued the gods. Then flying back down to earth, they subdued many nagas. Eventually they even came to threaten their own parents. The parents petitioned the Dharma protector Ekajati for her help, who threw her own staff (khatvanga) at the eggs, and broke them apart. From the coral-like coloured egg came a ferocious man with yellow hair, he proclaimed that his name was ‘Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po’. When he emerged he was wearing a set of copper armour, wielding a stick, copper sword, and a bow and arrow. From the agate-like coloured egg came a female who was blue in colour, her teeth were like shells, she had turquoise eyebrows, and her hair was made of fire. She emerged wielding a copper knife, ritual dagger (phurba), rode a terrifying bear and wore an intricate necklace made of agate and lapis lazuli. It was then that Ekajati once again took action, and subdued them, after which they became Dharma protectors. The male figure became known as Begtse, and the female as his sister. When you propitiate Begtse, his sister is automatically included and aids practitioners as well. As for which lama offer his practice and empowerment, most lamas do not advertise which teachings or practice they hold. Therefore you should respectfully approach lamas and ask them if they have the practice and can bestow it, or if they know of any lamas that have the practice, depending on how much you want to practice Begtse. Similarly, this applies to those lamas who have the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. However, this practice is included in the Rinjung Gyatsa series of empowerments. This unique cycle of teachings, includes all 4 classes of tantric practices, and includes the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. Therefore those lamas who have received the complete transmission, and have kept their commitments for this practice, are qualified to pass this on to others. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
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Day break at Kechara Forest Retreat! Sunrise meditation during Inner Reflection Retreat, April 2017
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Day break at Kechara Forest Retreat! Sunrise meditation during Inner Reflection Retreat, April 2017
Inner Reflection in April 2017 with guests from USA, Singapore, China and UK! Join our upcoming meditation programs!
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Inner Reflection in April 2017 with guests from USA, Singapore, China and UK! Join our upcoming meditation programs!
Visitors in Kechara Forest Retreat, circumambulating the holy Vajra Yogini Stupa. Picture credit Pastor Gimlee
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Visitors in Kechara Forest Retreat, circumambulating the holy Vajra Yogini Stupa. Picture credit Pastor Gimlee
Students are getting ready to do prostration in Gompa following a Teacher Kien and Teacher Zhi Yan instruction. Lin Mun KSDS
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Students are getting ready to do prostration in Gompa following a Teacher Kien and Teacher Zhi Yan instruction. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Callista & Teacher Irene were sharing with children on the topic of courage. It is good to instil dharma knowledge from young. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Callista & Teacher Irene were sharing with children on the topic of courage. It is good to instil dharma knowledge from young. Lin Mun KSDS
Children are learning how to recite mantra from teacher Alice and teacher Laura. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children are learning how to recite mantra from teacher Alice and teacher Laura. Lin Mun KSDS
Students were all so excited listening to the process of making slime as they are going to make one themselves. Lin Mun KSDS
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Students were all so excited listening to the process of making slime as they are going to make one themselves. Lin Mun KSDS
Robey, Natalie and Lauren doing sharing on how to make slime. A great exercise for them to learn leadership & public speaking. Lin Mun KSDS
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Robey, Natalie and Lauren doing sharing on how to make slime. A great exercise for them to learn leadership & public speaking. Lin Mun KSDS
Beautiful tormas was offered during Gyenze Puja at Kechara Forest Retreat. Lucy Yap
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Beautiful tormas was offered during Gyenze Puja at Kechara Forest Retreat. Lucy Yap
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