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??

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

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.

 

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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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51 Responses to A lawyer dog?

  1. 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..

  2. 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???

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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!!!

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

  12. 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!

  13. 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?

  14. 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.

  15. 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??

  16. 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?

  17. 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.

  18. 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!

  19. Choi Kim Yok 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.

  20. 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?

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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?

  24. 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!

  25. 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

  26. 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?

  27. 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。

  28. 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?

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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?

  32. 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。

  33. 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。

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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.”

  40. 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!

  41. 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.

  42. 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!

  43. judy.lam@kechara.com 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.

  44. 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.

  45. 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.

  46. 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…

  47. 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…

  48. 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…

  49. 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.

  50. 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.

  51. 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.

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
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Existing is not true existence but mere labelling because the causes removed, we are empty.~Tsem Rinpoche
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Vegetables harvested from our garden in our USA residence today...nice. TR
3 weeks ago
See who are in these nice pictures and how they are connected to me please....I just posted the Gratitude series #2...do take a look: See: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=51490
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Powerful!!
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Dear friends, This is a very good documentary on bigfoot. It is very scientific and examines a new footage of a bigfoot running very fast. Examines and gives you reasons why this cannot be a man or a person in a suit..very nice. I've not seen this one before. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zUhKhv3Z-I
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3 weeks ago
This will be my gratitude series where I share all that I am grateful for. This is my first post: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=51490
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I agree with what Martin T. Bosnev says about Pastor David. Martin is a very intelligent person, so when he compliments, he has thought it through. I appreciate Martin's input. Pastor David always teaches Dharma from his heart and with enthusiasm. He truly believes in what he shares. He has been blessed by Tsongkapa to speak because he is sincere. Many enjoy listening to the Dharma from him very much. Please see what Martin is talking about: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=4197
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This may be short, but it's one of my favorite documentaries also you have to take a look. Very good. I wanted to share with you all: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUDjCmg4awI
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Our group who went on a spiritual pilgrimage in the holy places of Kathmandu, Nepal.-June 2014. I rejoice for them. These trips have infinitely so much more meaning than the usual vacations.  Tsem Rinpoche 
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Do you know what is a Wenatchee? Let me share: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUm3ldZhZIU
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Beautiful Sampheling Monastery. The home monastery of H.H.Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche. This is a place to visit!
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Dear friends, Did you know there are three holy mountains of Avalokitesvara, Manjushri and Vajrapani in Yating, Kham -Tibet??!! It's not that difficult to get to either. I have just finished blogging about this. I watched a travelogue earlier and was AMAZED at the footage they showed of certain holy places in Tibet that I have heard of from senior monks but never seen. You MUST watch this excellent travelogue and enjoy. Tsem Rinpoche See here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=50824
1 month ago
Zamkar, Dharma, Mumu and Oser are always smiling and super cute. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
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1 month ago
I've always tried my best to escape secular dreams because it's all a big wheel of disappointment. Get me out of samsara! Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Look at my Mumu boy. You can never take a bad picture with him. He is super cute from any angle. I love you Mumu. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 months ago
Please remember this. A dog is not a pet but a part of your family. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 months ago
Lineage lamas and root lama in Vajra Yogini's tantra. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
This is excellent! Must read and share. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 months ago
When on the hospital bed nearing our last breath, nothing matters except for the practice and transformation we have done in dharma in our lifetime. Our money, wishes, houses, clothes, jewelry, reputation, spouses, desires, dreams, greed, anger, possessions, explanations will be of no use at all. It will in fact even be a hindrance scratching at our mind's energy to let go and we cannot. Since they are no use at that momentous event, we should continue that thought now and understand what we should truly cultivate now. This thought must translate into action not just scholastic thoughts and meanderings of the mind for self deception or imitation spiritual satisfaction. This is what I think daily and everyday as part of my meditations on death and impermanence according to first chapter of Lam Rim. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
I totally agree with this. Some vent out their anger, get attention or want to send messages to people and justify by saying it's their space their posting on and they can post what they want. Be it so, your space is seen my hundreds and it's public domain and you know that. So if others post otherwise to your views, why get upset? You invited it. Maybe that is what you wanted? Attention? LOL.Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Wow. How perfect is this. This is exactly how I feel when I shared dharma with some people. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
I like this one. I just found it. Wonderful and simple for those who have to seek either one. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama in Yong He Gong temple in front of the beautiful Tsongakpa main altar in Beijing, China.
2 months ago
Another must read and must have book. I ordered it last week and it arrived today. So very much looking forward to reading/studying it. Dharma knowledge is something that should not remain stagnant. We must improve and apply upon it always. Applying it is the secret. I have so much more to learn. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it--always. Mahatma Gandhi
2 months ago
Look at my cheeky and cute Mumu boy!! The camera loves him! I love him. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
It would be wonderful if everyone can obtain a beautiful Vajra Yogini statue like this and it's available at http://www.vajrasecrets.com. Would you have Her body red painted or just copper color or brass colored? Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Lifelike Supreme Tara painted in Indian style. Stunning. Wish I can get artist to reproduce this exactly. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Holy and lifelike Lord Manjushri painted in Indian style in which it should be. Wish I can have this reproduced exactly with every holy detail. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
This picture is self explanatory. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 months ago
Geshe Ngawang Dhargye was an incredible teacher, read his superb teachings and understand about his parinirvana: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=49542
2 months ago
Complete Commentary on 50 Verses of Guru Devotion--Dear friends, This is an essential study no matter what tradition of Buddhism you come from. If you are serious about gaining progress on the path of practice to enlightenment, this text is highly recommended and very necessary. I fold my hands and request you all to study so you gain progress. See here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=49607
2 months ago
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  • 14th Dalai Lama with Mrs.Indira Gandhi , Delhi INDIA 1966
    14th Dalai Lama with Mrs.Indira Gandhi , Delhi INDIA 1966
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  • The Girl Who Couldn't Cry - Water is Life
    The Girl Who Couldn't Cry - Water is Life
    It's really hard to educate a generation of people born in conditions where they take things for granted. A simple slogan campaign that says, "Save water, It's precious" isn't sticky enough to make inroads. That's exactly where this video steps in: to make people realize how precious water actually is. A brilliant video that follows the heartbreaking story of a young girl that cannot cry. Sounds like fiction? Sadly, it is not.
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    Dear everyone, All sentient beings deserve to live, be happy and not hurt, including animals. We should never hurt them or eat them. Look how much this chicken welcomes a hug and love. Observe carefully. Don't eat beings who can feel pain because the karma comes back. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 months ago
  • The appreciation shown here is so deep and touching.
    The appreciation shown here is so deep and touching.
    Dear friends, See this incredible video. This chimp was found in captivity for many years. Dr Jane Goodall released him into the wild. Look how he comes back to thank her with deep apprecition. It's amazing. Animals have such strong feelings of pain and happiness just like us. We should never hurt them and share with others to not hurt them. Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
    3 months ago
  • Aki drinking some water in the aviary
    Aki drinking some water in the aviary
    Aki is a rescued bird, he now lives in Kechara Forest Retreat Aviary
    5 months ago
  • Jamyang enjoying some fresh corn
    Jamyang enjoying some fresh corn
    Jamyang is one of our rescue birds that live in Kechara Forest Retreat Aviary
    5 months ago
  • The Cute Mumus Practising Dog Orchestra at Kechara Forest Retreat
    The Cute Mumus Practising Dog Orchestra at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Today the Mumus (dogs) decided to do a dog orchestra rehearsal together with the Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR) dogs.
    5 months ago
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    Incredible footage you must see!
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    Gongkar is our new bird for Kechara Forest Retreat's aviary. Gongkar never had friends and the original owner could not bring him to his destination. Now he is with us and assimilating in his cage within the aviary for a few weeks then released into aviary. Look at how much he wants attention from the other birds. Cute. Tsem Rinpoche
    9 months ago
  • Mumu, Oser and Dharma running and having a good time. I love seeing them playing. Tsem Rinpoche
    Mumu, Oser and Dharma running and having a good time. I love seeing them playing. Tsem Rinpoche
    9 months ago
  • Mumus running at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Mumus running at Kechara Forest Retreat
    10 months ago
  • Kechara Forest Retreat panorama, September 2013
    Kechara Forest Retreat panorama, September 2013
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    Dechog our cockatoo at Kechara Forest Retreat grabbing long beans which he loves. Nice bird. We love him. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
  • The mumus having outdoor evening stroll!!!
    The mumus having outdoor evening stroll!!!
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    17 May 2013, heavy rain at Kechara Forest Retreat from 7am-8am (1 hour). Water overflowed the existing drain and also opened up a much wider new "route" for itself.
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    Must see video from Rajendra on our disciplined dogs
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    This is a wonderful video for Moh Mei because she is sleeping in the KECHARA FOREST RETREAT CONTAINERS all alone...ehehehhehe...this is a new friend to keep her company....tsem rinpoche
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    SP's mom said that she is from Penang. This is her first trip to bodhgaya, and she truly finds bodhgaya is very holy and spiritual.
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    Very touching video...Buddha said it was very important to visit the four holy places associated with Him before our deaths. Remembering this, I had instructed Paul to take this senior group to Bodhgaya and make sure they are able to plant imprints. When this life of 'fun', money, parties and socials are over, we cannot leave empty handed. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Our two rescued tortoises who live at Tsem Ladrang happily and will be transferred to Kechara Forest Retreat where they will have much more space to roam and run. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Aki is the old African Grey that was abandoned by his owner. Because he is old, no one wanted him. Well we wanted him and we took him and in and love him. He is in a big aviary and he likes his cage. We leave his cage open at all times so he can go in and out as he likes. His cage is his security blanket. Cute. He gets nice food and sunshine daily and also we play monks chanting for him to be blessed. We love you Aki. Tsem Rinpoche
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    This little birdie was at a pet shop. He has maimed leg, permanent damage to his wing and cannot fly and also one eye blind. I don't think anyone would want the poor thing, so I adopted him and keep him safe, fed and with lots of fresh air. He's also in a large aviary so he can be with other birds and not be alone. He is alert, active, and has a good appetite. I like him very much and will make sure he is safe, happy and has a good life. I name him Lucky. Lucky will always be safe now. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago

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