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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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. [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.

  10. 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!

  11. 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.

  12. 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!

  13. 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.”

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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。

  20. 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。

  21. 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?

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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?

  25. 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。

  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. 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

  28. 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!

  29. 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?

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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?

  33. 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.

  34. 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!

  35. 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.

  36. 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?

  37. 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??

  38. 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.

  39. 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?

  40. 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!

  41. 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!

  42. 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.

  43. 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!!!

  44. 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.

  45. 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.

  46. 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.

  47. 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!

  48. 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.

  49. 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!

  50. 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???

  51. 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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  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Oct 1. 2016 03:10 PM
    It is very important to practise Guru Devotion in Tibetan Buddhism. The relationship between a Guru and student is sacred. We must always follow our Guru instruction and maintain a clean samaya. Guru is like a living Buddha now that guide us to transform our mind and lead us to enlightenment.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/which-guru-shall-i-choose.html
  • nu’
    Saturday, Oct 1. 2016 05:30 AM
    no moon karma cumulation in next4h
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  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Sep 30. 2016 06:32 PM
    Thank you Pastor David Lai for this interesting article. Since young i always like to hear stories of Ji Gong, even watch TV show about him and would like to go to Ji Gong temples .That time i would not understand much but do as my parents told .But now after reading these article i begin to understand better. Ji Gong is said to have possessed supernatural powers that he would often help the poor or anyone who needed help with his abilities. In Taoist religion,Ji Gong is well known as today.I have seen a Taoist medium in trance as Ji Gong. I have heard many interesting accounts of him helping those who need his help. Ji Gong has a good, kind heart and appearance should not be judge after all.Never judge a person by appearance…there is a quote what is important is inside..
    Thanks again …i do really enjoyed reading Ji Gong biography.and a reminder for us .. our mindset and motivation to benefit people when practicing Dharma.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/ji-gong-the-crazy-monk-of-china.html
  • nu’
    Friday, Sep 30. 2016 06:01 PM
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2016/sep/30/philippines-president-rodrigo-duterte-likens-himself-to-hitler-video degenerationTimeCallKaliyouga’speedUP? XXI ceuntry, better not mix politics&religion only info;:::#VEGETARIANISM slaughter, if ppl to much smoke can reborn as cow for more grass? Drugs as modern polutions can be almoust irreversable?disturb and destroy inner channels & pranas(winds-energies) .Some % youth ppl many kinds syntheticToo?!”drugs”use2use,much more than had been 30y ago?sure. Dharma yes, but denay outter conditions$? Some articles may be drugs vs dharma??Here some day
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  • sonny tan
    Friday, Sep 30. 2016 05:04 PM
    sonny tan on Sep 30, 2016 at 5:04 pm
    Thank you Vinnie and Beatrix for this revealing article, it is pretty sad to know that inequality still exists in India. I know that caste system is a well-accepted phenomenon but to cast aside women and put them away when they are no more of use is pretty hard for anyone to accept.
    Women, men, animals are all God’s creation but why segregate and dehumanize women and categorize them as ‘has been’ deprived them of basic human rights is something the Indian government has to urgently addressed soon. Perhaps it requires intervention by more developed nation through education and dialogue on such degrading acts of human.
    It would be a very long haul before we can see some little changes for it is not easy at all to change a system that has been happening for so long, perhaps by educating their young ones now and hopefully it can snowballed into a reality in the not too distant future. I hope that if substantial efforts are being enforced and regulations are introduced to make the Indians see that we are all equal in the eyes of God perhaps one day it can turn into an accepted reality.
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Sep 30. 2016 04:24 PM
    Sad…very sad..feel sorry for those widows in India.How can they did these to those widow who are not at fort loosing their husband.Even though it was a tradition practice which they called it Sati or sattee in ancient India.However it was ban during the British rule yet they did continue practicing it.Those unfortunate widows are treated as bad and unholy women by the society. And there’s one kind, caring man Dr Pathak and other human organization are trying to change the mindset ,attitude and behavior of the people towards widow Seeing the sufferings of these widows, Dr Pathak try to create and to bring the awareness on basic human rights and .improve the lives of these women.
    Thank you Vinnie and Beatrix for this article.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-unwanted-widows-of-india.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Friday, Sep 30. 2016 11:47 AM
    In the mind of many people, India, among a few other counties, is notorious for gender bias discrimination. In fact, from the many reports in recent years of gang rape cases and child marriages, I personally believe that India, and a few other countries, enshrine sexism on top of genderism. Therefore, the tradition of sati nuanced as disturbing but not surprising. Even though Queen Victoria had declared illegal to practice sati, it had not stopped for the last 2 centuries. It is hard to stomach that before 1987 (most of us were already born then) that many widows had to burn themselves alive to accompany the death of their maybe not so beloved husband. And should they chose not to die, they were given a life of harsh asceticism, which is actually stripping them off their identity and degrade them as public property. It should be the shame of mankind to have such practice. Thank you Vinnie and Beatrix for this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-unwanted-widows-of-india.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Friday, Sep 30. 2016 11:19 AM
    The stories of Ji Gong have always been my favorite since childhood. The stories are highly entertaining. Ji Gong exhibited unorthodox behavior in his time but well loved by many people after his passing because of his many deeds that brought justice and castigations to the ones who deserved them. Besides his supernatural abilities, Ji Gong was famous for his wisdom. Pastor David has kindly explained here that Ji Gong’s wisdom is the attainment in understanding the ultimate truth. And I really appreciate that now we have the many tales of Ji Gong to give us familiar examples to what is ultimate truth versus conventional truth, a topic that is relatively profound but important to understand fully. Thank you Pastor David for this article. It also gives me a chance to take a stroll down memory lane, and a reason to try locate my Mandarin version of The Legend of Ji Gong.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/ji-gong-the-crazy-monk-of-china.html
  • Pastor Adeline Woon
    Friday, Sep 30. 2016 10:33 AM
    I must say the content is very accurate and it helped me to understand how my mind works better. There are so much to learn, explore, understand, and I am amazed how much a number entails. Thank you to the team who worked hard to get this written, uploaded and made it available for all of us!

    In order for us to excel in life, understanding who we really are is very important. In addition, if we make the efforts to understand others this way, I dare to say we will always be in the win-win situation, good things will come to us easily. The key to success is to understand ourselves and others for sure.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/numerology/numerology-calculator.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Friday, Sep 30. 2016 10:19 AM
    This is truly impressive! Kudos to the team who brought this thoroughly well researched and state of the art article to us. I had never knew that there are so many “keys” to unlock the door to understand one’s personality. Human is indeed a complex creature. We have so many facets. To start off with, there are 16 life path categories that differentiate us. And then we have our achievement number, birthday number and karmic debt number that further tell of a part of our character. Combined with our full name, we will have expression number, heart desire number, personality number and balance number.

    For me, this is like a fun new toy. I will cross reference my own personality from the different numbers, and also cross reference that of others. Sometimes I find the readings give conflicting idea of the same person. But I would like to take it as that giving ideas of a person (myself, for example) facet that I don’t see and know of. We are complex creature, I reckon it is common to have multiple characteristic. It is better to know than not to know.

    Thank you very much.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/numerology/numerology-calculator.html
  • Pastor Adeline Woon
    Friday, Sep 30. 2016 10:14 AM
    This is a comprehensive post about one of the important preliminaries practise we should engage in if we wish to excel and improve on our path to enlightenment. A few years ago, five of us got together to engage in the prostration retreat and achieve 100,000 prostrations collectively. Rinpoche has kindly composed the prayers for our retreat which includes the 35 Confessional Buddhas prayers. Rinpoche has mentioned it would be good if we can recite each of the 35 Buddhas’ name as we prostrate which is extremely powerful and efficacious in clearing our negative karmas that arise from our three doors.

    After reading the brief descriptions of the 35 Buddhas, it is obvious that all our negative karmas are caused by the six root of afflictions which is the roots of all our sufferings. As long as we do not purify the karmas arise from the six together with transforming our mind while receiving higher practices, there is no way for us to completely be liberated from sufferings.

    The thought of the number of negative karmas we accumulate every second with the present of the afflictions, especially ignorance, is very scary. It is like we continuously drinking poison while expecting our health to remain in the tip top condition. For those of us who focus on secular activities, unless we have merits and a huge amount of positive karmas, we are basically expediting the manifestation of our negative results. It is logical therefore to focus more on beneficial and meritorious activities while engaging spiritual and purification practices. As long as we continue to improve spiritually, there is definitely hope for us to be ultimately freed from samsara. The very least we can keep things at bay.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-35-confessional-buddhas.html
  • Pastor Adeline Woon
    Friday, Sep 30. 2016 10:13 AM
    For nu’ _____cc TR’desk.pls – It is shocking to learn that discrimination is still exist in today’s modern world where information is easily learned on the internet and education is available in most corners of the world.
  • nu’cc TR&TEAm
    Friday, Sep 30. 2016 04:15 AM
    intresting the ppl’VIEW dont’ you? https://www.facebook.com/berukhyentse2016/photos/pcb.1575423569432589/1575423372765942/?type=3&theater i havent been recently ((this sunday evening before monday friend with car cancel trip last minute, my carTOOld.to.go))…..but i been there few years ago. {before i know TR exists?,i had only IMAGINE?} @Jason hm..,and Guru is trying to train our mind to become less angersome.,,,,1) Mahasiddha Saraha: The “Arrow Shooter”Karmapas are Saraha’incarnations.
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  • Jason
    Friday, Sep 30. 2016 03:09 AM
    84 Mahasiddhas pictures attached with details explanation are really a effective teaching to me. It shows to me that the important of Guru Devotion.For us to gain higher attainment, we must follow and never ever abandon Guru’s instruction. Guru can foresight our future,and Guru is trying to train our mind to become less angersome.
    This is really interesting and inspiring write up.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/vajradhara-and-84-mahasiddhas.html
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  • Lin Mun
    Thursday, Sep 29. 2016 09:00 PM
    Thank you Pastor Seng Piow for sharing this true story. Rinpoche always shower kindness, compassion and love to everyone especially those in need. It also prove that puja can help to clear our obstacles.

    So glad that the baby is now a healthy boy 🙂

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-1-2.html

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More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
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More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass,
 Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, 
 By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements,
 By seeing the good results, one\'s path becomes more clear, 
 The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, 
 This would eliminate the samsara within our minds.
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All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass, Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements, By seeing the good results, one's path becomes more clear, The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, This would eliminate the samsara within our minds. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
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Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
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Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
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Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
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Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
                         This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
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This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
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Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
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Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
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His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
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My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
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Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
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His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
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Left to right: His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
 It\'s nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
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It's nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
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Jog Falls a power place of Vajra Yogini and Heruka: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=108652
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Don't wait for the perfect group. Don't wait for the perfect person. Don't wait for the perfect situation. Don't expect yourself to be perfect. Don't even look for perfection at least in our realm as it does not exist or time will run out. Just get going and keep doing good. It's between you and yourself. Tsem Rinpoche
Kind people are to be treasured. They make life worth living. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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Kind people are to be treasured. They make life worth living. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Don\'t you love her bag? She\'s stylish and at one with the universe. OM Shanti. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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Don't you love her bag? She's stylish and at one with the universe. OM Shanti. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful Manjushri carved in China
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Beautiful Manjushri carved in China
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We must loyal to our guru. How to be loyal? To always do the teachings and practice he gave us and to conquer our laziness. We must make our gurus more important than our ego. So it is important to always let our guru win and not our ego. If our ego wins, many will suffer and we will suffer. If our guru wins, temporarily we suffer, but long term we will be happy and many around us will be happy. You see, the guru is always on the look out to give us methods and teachings that we can engage in to bring us happiness. The biggest happiness is overcoming our ego and it\'s traces and the guru always directly and indirectly focuses on that. Our guru will always love and help us, but we must meet our guru half way too. Tsem Rinpoche
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We must loyal to our guru. How to be loyal? To always do the teachings and practice he gave us and to conquer our laziness. We must make our gurus more important than our ego. So it is important to always let our guru win and not our ego. If our ego wins, many will suffer and we will suffer. If our guru wins, temporarily we suffer, but long term we will be happy and many around us will be happy. You see, the guru is always on the look out to give us methods and teachings that we can engage in to bring us happiness. The biggest happiness is overcoming our ego and it's traces and the guru always directly and indirectly focuses on that. Our guru will always love and help us, but we must meet our guru half way too. Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche with holy Mt Shasta of Northern California in the background: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
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Tsem Rinpoche with holy Mt Shasta of Northern California in the background: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
We had a nice visit at Mt Shasta, a holy area in Northern California and did a good puja there: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
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We had a nice visit at Mt Shasta, a holy area in Northern California and did a good puja there: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
I get requests from all around the world to do prayers. For certain individuals it\'s really dire, so I make special candle offerings to the Buddhas for them at my private residence. These are the candles that was offered recently for a very ill young little girl. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
I get requests from all around the world to do prayers. For certain individuals it's really dire, so I make special candle offerings to the Buddhas for them at my private residence. These are the candles that was offered recently for a very ill young little girl. Tsem Rinpoche
This is powerful and true. When someone disappoints you so many times, it cannot be an accident anymore. You need to have compassion for them to not do more negative karma and not allow it anymore and we need need to have compassion for ourselves too and not let them hurt us again.. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
This is powerful and true. When someone disappoints you so many times, it cannot be an accident anymore. You need to have compassion for them to not do more negative karma and not allow it anymore and we need need to have compassion for ourselves too and not let them hurt us again.. Tsem Rinpoche
Ra Lotsawa\'s personal sacred image of Yamantaka Vajrabhairava. Said to be housed in Samye Monastery, Tibet.
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Ra Lotsawa's personal sacred image of Yamantaka Vajrabhairava. Said to be housed in Samye Monastery, Tibet.
Message from Tsem Rinpoche
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Message from Tsem Rinpoche
This Tara has such a beautiful face...artwork on this is nice
1 month ago
This Tara has such a beautiful face...artwork on this is nice
This is the road that leads to my house in the mountains. I have a small house and a lake nearby the house and I live there on vegan foods with my pets-Mumu loves running around the meadows. I have a large outdoor Vajra Yogini statue made of stone and we make offerings of juniper leaves burned to her daily as sang. I love living in the mountains away from the senseless repeating of actions in urban life. Urban life with its various pollutions do not connect us to who we are inside. I love this walking path to my retreat home where I will live for the rest of my life and on the way home, I pluck some flowers for my shrine to offer to the Buddha...thank you for allowing me to live here. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
This is the road that leads to my house in the mountains. I have a small house and a lake nearby the house and I live there on vegan foods with my pets-Mumu loves running around the meadows. I have a large outdoor Vajra Yogini statue made of stone and we make offerings of juniper leaves burned to her daily as sang. I love living in the mountains away from the senseless repeating of actions in urban life. Urban life with its various pollutions do not connect us to who we are inside. I love this walking path to my retreat home where I will live for the rest of my life and on the way home, I pluck some flowers for my shrine to offer to the Buddha...thank you for allowing me to live here. Tsem Rinpoche
 Rinpoche\'s quote is on my mom\'s final resting place. It was chosen by my dad and at that time he said it is the best one for both of them. My dad would be interred next to her when his time comes in the distant future. Pastor David Lai
1 month ago
Rinpoche's quote is on my mom's final resting place. It was chosen by my dad and at that time he said it is the best one for both of them. My dad would be interred next to her when his time comes in the distant future. Pastor David Lai
Kechara\'s kindly Pastor Shin is in Mumu\'s room doing long life Amitayus retreat and blessings for Mumu, Dharma and Oser (my three doggies) right now. I am very grateful for this. She will complete 10,000 mantras in three days mini retreat to increase their lives, plant positive imprints in their mindstream, bless their health and collect merit indirectly for their future lives to practice dharma..... Tsem Rinpoche August 28, 2016.
1 month ago
Kechara's kindly Pastor Shin is in Mumu's room doing long life Amitayus retreat and blessings for Mumu, Dharma and Oser (my three doggies) right now. I am very grateful for this. She will complete 10,000 mantras in three days mini retreat to increase their lives, plant positive imprints in their mindstream, bless their health and collect merit indirectly for their future lives to practice dharma..... Tsem Rinpoche August 28, 2016.
You must read this. Wait till you are in a quiet place and not out on the streets or some cafe, but in your rooms and read this twice at least..it is so powerful. I just found it. 


Enjoy it and understand it well: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107335
1 month ago
You must read this. Wait till you are in a quiet place and not out on the streets or some cafe, but in your rooms and read this twice at least..it is so powerful. I just found it. Enjoy it and understand it well: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107335
This is a short and powerful blog post..be ready to have your heart broken. But you should still read this: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107363
1 month ago
This is a short and powerful blog post..be ready to have your heart broken. But you should still read this: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107363
100 holy and beautiful Tsongkapas arrived today!
1 month ago
100 holy and beautiful Tsongkapas arrived today!
(Tsem Rinpoche\'s doggy) hehehe...Mumu\'s face is always so cute..Mumu is very human-like, when you look into his eyes, it seems like you\'re looking into a human\'s eyes. Mumu has a very different energy than other dogs. He is really like a human.-Karen Chong
1 month ago
(Tsem Rinpoche's doggy) hehehe...Mumu's face is always so cute..Mumu is very human-like, when you look into his eyes, it seems like you're looking into a human's eyes. Mumu has a very different energy than other dogs. He is really like a human.-Karen Chong
The amount of suffering, fear and pain they have to experience should be experienced by no one whether animal or human. It is heartbreaking to continuously see the sufferings animals endure for our \'pleasures\'. I do feel helpless, but helpless or not, we must create more awareness tirelessly. With awareness, their suffering can eventually be reduced. The ones who are slaughtered, it\'s too late. We can only shed tears but we have to still be concerned about future slaughter of animals and try to prevent. Helping and being kind to animals is not spiritual, strange or unnatural, but pure empathy of understanding their pain in that no sentient beings would want to suffer. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
The amount of suffering, fear and pain they have to experience should be experienced by no one whether animal or human. It is heartbreaking to continuously see the sufferings animals endure for our 'pleasures'. I do feel helpless, but helpless or not, we must create more awareness tirelessly. With awareness, their suffering can eventually be reduced. The ones who are slaughtered, it's too late. We can only shed tears but we have to still be concerned about future slaughter of animals and try to prevent. Helping and being kind to animals is not spiritual, strange or unnatural, but pure empathy of understanding their pain in that no sentient beings would want to suffer. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear Rinpoche,  I\'ve made some porridge for Rinpoche to have later when Rinpoche is hungry.  Thank you,  Beatrix (Sometime a pot of porridge tells you so much about another person and you just know why you appreciate them so much. Beatrix is such a caring and kind young person. It\'s a pleasure to work with her and have her around. Tsem Rinpoche)
1 month ago
Dear Rinpoche, I've made some porridge for Rinpoche to have later when Rinpoche is hungry. Thank you, Beatrix (Sometime a pot of porridge tells you so much about another person and you just know why you appreciate them so much. Beatrix is such a caring and kind young person. It's a pleasure to work with her and have her around. Tsem Rinpoche)
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Keep it up!
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Keep it up!
Karen does a nice sharing
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Karen does a nice sharing
Something nice from Wan San
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Something nice from Wan San
The holy statue of Vajra Yogini at Sanku, Nepal
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The holy statue of Vajra Yogini at Sanku, Nepal
“We need, in a special way, to work twice as hard to help people understand that the animals are fellow creatures, that we must protect them and love them as we love ourselves.” 
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“We need, in a special way, to work twice as hard to help people understand that the animals are fellow creatures, that we must protect them and love them as we love ourselves.” ― César Chávez
Beautiful monastery in Eastern Tibet.
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Beautiful monastery in Eastern Tibet.
An alpine lake at more than 4000 meters in elevation in eastern Tibet
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An alpine lake at more than 4000 meters in elevation in eastern Tibet
This is Mount Kailash in Tibet where Vajra Yogini resides. Many Tibetans will go and pay homage to this mountain and do prayers at the base.
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This is Mount Kailash in Tibet where Vajra Yogini resides. Many Tibetans will go and pay homage to this mountain and do prayers at the base.
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  • October 1, 2016 04:00
    Thorim asked: Hello, Recently I tried to "mix" the Shenrezig visualisation with Tonglen by: visualising clear compassionate lights coming from Shenrezig to me at the inspiration and during expiration these lights go to all sentients beings, all of that will reciting the mani and it seems to "work" well. Even if it is not an "official" pratice, is it OK? Thanks
    pastor answered: Dear Thorim, Thank you for your question. Traditionally speaking, meditations and visualisations are kept to their original form. This is because that is how they were taught and how they have been practiced since. The matter of fact is that these visualisations work and are extremely beneficial in their original form. If you haven’t received empowerment into the practice, which would entail specific visualisations and methods of practice, then the visualisation you have described above is ok. This is because the energies of Chenresig are compassionate and cannot harm in any way whatsoever. You can visualise the healing and compassionate lights from Chenresig filling your body and visualise this light overflowing from your body into the world. This light then extends to all sentient beings, bringing them happiness. Everyone is blessed by the energies of Chenresig. I hope this helps. This visualisation is actually common in Chenresig’s practice. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • September 30, 2016 18:00
    Demian asked: Would the Himalayan Art website be a trustworthy website? As for T'siu Marpo, this website: http://taramandala.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Dzinpa-Rangdrol-Protectors-for-Complete-Transmission.pdf says that he's a worldly protector and the son of a demon when here it says that he's an emanation of Hayagriva. Would prayer wheels with mantras in English have the same effect as traditional ones? Is it okay to visualize Guan Yin bodhisattva illuminating on you when chanting "Om Mani Padme Hum" or "Om Mani Peme Hung"? I read about the oracle of Delphi who took possession of the sun god Apollo. Would that mean that Apollo is an enlightened being? Are Hayagriva and the 2 armed Mahakala the wrathful forms of Avalokitesvara? I found that Mahakala is a form of the Hindu god Shiva. If Kalratri is a form of Vajrayogini, wouldn't that mean Vajrayogini is also the Hindu goddess Kali? How does one purify meat? How does one make holy Buddhist water and blessed/concentrated objects and statues?
    pastor answered: Dear Demian, Thank you for your interesting questions. It nice to see you are reading a lot and learning well. I’ve answered your questions in sections again to make it easier for you to read. A) Yes, the people who make the website do a lot of research into the information they include. From the looks of the website their research is in depth and very clear. However not all the information on the website may be correct. For that you would need to check the sources they cite for further clarification. When possible it is good to check the original source. That being said it looks trustworthy. B) Tsiu Marpo is definitely an emanation of Hayagriva, who in turn is an emanation of Chenresig. His practice is prevalent in two traditions, the Nyingma and the Gelug, in which he is known as Kache Marpo. Tsiu Marpo is actually the special protector of Samye Monastery. Originally Gyalpo Pehar was the special protector of this monastery. However, when Gyalpo Pehar moved to Nechung Monastery, located near Drepung Monastery, Tsiu Marpo became Samye’s special protector. As a protector in his own right, he has his own prayers, rituals and ceremonies, etc. After Dorje Shugden manifested, Tsiu Marpo saw that Dorje Shugden and his practice can benefit many sentient beings. Therefore he took an oath to become one of Dorje Shugden’s attendant ministers. He helps Dorje Shugden to aid practitioners in their spiritual journey. In this form he is known as Kache Marpo and his practice was encouraged by the Great 5th Dalai Lama who is known to have written prayers to him. He was originally one of the Seven Blazing brothers who are ‘tsen’ spirits or yakshas. It is said that in a previous life he was a great practitioner living in a forest. But due to his unusual appearance and also a misunderstanding he was thought of a dangerous man. Fearful, the locals hunted him down and decapitated him, cutting him into pieces. Out of the various body parts arose the Seven Blazing Brothers of which Tsiu Marpo is the chief. Emanations of the enlightened beings who appear in worldly form take a body that exists with samsara. For example there are three types of protectors. The first are enlightened protectors who appear in forms outside of samsara. For example the various Mahakalas or Kalarupa for example. Then there are worldly protectors who are beings who have taken oaths to protect the Dharma but are not enlightened, such as Gyalpo Pehar/Nechung. The third type are the enlightened beings, who emanate within worldly forms, for example Dorje Shugden, Kache Marpo, etc. This is because due to karmic affinity, being in a form within samsara, the enlightened beings are closer to us. This allows them to help us quicker. This is the same as tulkus, who are emanations of the enlightened beings in the form of humans. Similarly Kache Marpo is an emanation of Hayagriva in the form of a tsen spirit. You can read more about Kache Marpo here: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/blog/who-is-kache-marpo. C) In regards to prayer wheels. I have not come across the prayer wheels that have mantras written in English. However written mantras are the expression of the actual sound of the mantra, which is where the energies of the enlightened beings are. Traditionally speaking the mantras are written in Tibetan or Sanskrit. Therefore I do not see anything wrong with having a prayer wheel with mantras written in English as long as the mantras are written correctly, and the prayer wheel is constructed properly as mantras are very sacred. D) Yes, there is nothing wrong with visualising Guan Yin while reciting ‘Om Mani Peme Hung’. This is because Guan Yin is none other than Chenresig in the form of a woman. In India, Chenresig appeared in a male form. In China, however, since culturally speaking women were more associated with compassion than men, Chenresig appeared in the form of a female – Guan Yin. However, if you want to engage in more advanced forms of visualisation during mantra recitation and prayers after taking tantric empowerment, the visualisations would need to follow the traditional forms, in which Chenresig appears as man. E) You are right that the Delphic oracle took trance of Apollo. However this does not mean that Apollo was an enlightened being. The tradition of oracles has existed within cultures all over the world for centuries. Oracles usually take trance of worldly deities and beings. This is different from taking trance of the enlightened protectors in worldly form such as Dorje Shugden. This is because these beings are enlightened beings, they are able to help us in our spiritual journey. In the case of Dorje Shugden, he is an enlightened being in worldly form. His mind is Manjushri. Apollo on the other hand is a powerful god, but he is not an enlightened being. F) Yes, both Hayagriva and 2-armed Mahakala are both emanations of Chenresig. Mahakala is also the name of a form of the Hindu god Shiva. While they share the same name they are not the same being. Similarly, Vajrayogini is not the same being as Kalratri. Buddha Shakyamuni arose in the form of Heruka and Vajrayogini to counter the energies of Shiva and Kalratri that were having a negative effect on the world at that time. Buddha Shakyamuni took a similar form as Shiva and Kalratri but infinitely more powerful due to his enlightened state. Similarly, Vajrayogini is not the same as Kali. You can read more about this here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/twenty-four-holy-places-eight-great-charnel-grounds.html. G) In regards to meat, there is a mantra to recite: OM ABIRA KHE TSARA HUNG (x7) After reciting this mantra, blow on any meat that you eat. This purifies the actual fault of eating meat (the non-virtuous act of killing) and blesses the mind of the sentient being whose flesh you are eating to have a good rebirth. However, as Buddhist practitioners who are developing compassion, this would extend to all sentient beings, including animals. Therefore from a higher perspective, one should strive to live a vegetarian lifestyle. This is the more compassionate option that we should strive to achieve as a physical expression or our compassion. H) In regards to blessed water, at Kechara this is usually done by His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche or advanced practitioners who have learnt to do so. This process involves the recitation of many prayers and also meditations. In regards to the consecration of statues, there are many ways to do this. One of the best ways is to have trained practitioners invoke the enlightened beings to reside in the statue. This includes having a Rabnye-Soongdrup consecration performed, with the actual statue/image present during the puja. The Soongdrup puja purifies Buddha images, mantras and other holy items that are usually placed into a Buddha statue. This is followed by the Rabnye puja, which invokes, blesses and seals the energies and blessings of the enlightened beings within the statue. This is one of the best methods of consecrating Buddha statues. This puja is performed by Kechara Puja House, and is available here: http://www.vajrasecrets.com/rabney-soongdrup-consecration-puja-fund. You can also visit Kechara House if you are based in Malaysia to arrange this puja. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • September 29, 2016 00:40
    Chen asked: Can u please talk about the vajrayana secret mother pills . Also called the black mother pills
    pastor answered: Dear Chen, Thank you for your question. Regarding the pills you have mentioned, I believe you are referring to the Rinchen Rilnag pills, commonly referred to as the ‘Black Pills’. They are also known as the ‘Karmapa’s Black Pills’. The larger versions of these pills are known as the ‘Mother Rinchen Rilnag Pills’. These holy pills are actually made His Holiness the Karmapa from the Karma Kagyu tradition. These pills are extremely rare and made of substances such as precious metals and various jewels. They are said to confer a lot of blessings, healing and protection for those that eat them. They can even be carried with you for protection and good fortune. The healing effects of the Rinchen Rilnag have been known to help those with chronic illnesses, including complete remission. The pills are also known to help with conditions such as depression and anxiety. For those that cannot recover from their illness due to the force of their ripening karma, it is said that eating the pills creates a very strong connection with His Holiness the Karmapa. When they finally pass over from this life, it is said this connection allows His Holiness, who is an emanation of Chenresig, to guide them to a better and fortunate rebirth. The pills are said to be made using implements that belonged to Marpa Lotsawa and Milarepa, two of Tibet’s most well-known Buddhist masters. These implements are what give the pills their black colour. Both smaller ‘baby’ and larger ‘mother’ pills are rolled by His Holiness during the process and placed in the 3rd Karmapa Rangjung Dorje’s begging bowl over night before being distributed. The whole process includes the recitation of sacred prayer and meditation. It is also said that the ‘mother’ pills have the power to multiple or create ‘baby’ pills by themselves if owned by sincere practitioners. You can learn more about Milarepa and teachings on the mind here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/our-neurotic-mind.html. While Kechara does not have these pills, we do have a variety of other holy pills available for practitioners to invite and benefit from. You can invite them from Kechara House, our Kechara Paradise outlets in Malaysia or online from http://www.vajrasecrets.com/precious-pills. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • September 28, 2016 03:15
    Harold Musetescu asked: Do you have any information on the "Vajrapani in Garuda form" practice?
    pastor answered: Dear Harold Musetescu, Thank you for your interesting question. I believe by this, you may be referring to the practice of Trakpo Sumtril. This is a form of Vajrapani combined with Hayagriva and Garuda. In this form Vajrapani is depicted with a horse’s head on top of his own, representing the deity Hayagriva and King Garuda right at the top. This practice is therefore a ‘three-in-one’ practice. It is extremely effective to counter severe and life threatening illness, increase general health, protect against malignant forms of spirit harm and black magic, as well as to rid the mind of the three poisons, which leads to enlightenment. His Eminence the 25th Tsem has recommended this practice for people in the past and has taught of its immense benefits. Vajrapani appears in his usual form, dark blue in colour with one face and two arms. In his upraised right hand he wields a golden vajra with five spokes, while his left hand performs the threatening gesture at the level of his chest. His wears tiger skin garments with his right foot bent and left outstretched, surrounded by wisdom fire. He is adorned at the crown with a white ‘Om’, at the throat with a red ‘Ah’ and at the heart with a blue ‘Hum’. His yellowish-brown hair is upraised, amidst which is a green horse’s head representing the deity Hayagriva. On the crown of this horse’s head is the King Garuda. King Garuda has a white body, three eyes and a vajra beak. His wings are made of swords and between his two horns of turquoise is a magnificent burning gem. In his hands he holds the four types of nagas and eats them, showing that the practice can overcome all types of harm caused by nagas. His holy mantra is: OM BENZAPANI HAYAGRIVA GARUDA HUM PHET Below, i have included a picture showing Trakpo Sumtril. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • September 27, 2016 00:56
    Demian asked: What exactly are the 4 Remati sisters? I know that Palden Lhamo is one of them, but who are the others? I was reading an article from the Rigpa wiki where I got confused. It was on the 12 Tenma sisters, but the names of the 12 didn't match the 3 categories. What does this mean? As for prayers, do they have to be in Tibetan or Sanskrit, or can they be in any language? If they have to be in Tibetan, then where can I find an online English to Tibetan website for large praises and prayers? Who exactly is Nyenchen Thanglha? I've read that he had to be bound 4 times by Vajrapani, Vajrakilaya, Heruka, and finally by Guru Rinpoche do to being powerful. But how can enlightened beings like Vajrapani have a hard time binding a powerful Bon mountain spirit? Is it wise for a child to perform Dorje Yudronma divination alone? If so, where can I find the invocations? According to this link: http://taramandala.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Dzinpa-Rangdrol-Protectors-for-Complete-Transmission.pdf it described Dorje Legpa(aka. Nechung) to be approached for more mundane and personal matters. But why would that be so if he simply gets many prophecies wrong? I thought the consort of Palden Lhamo was Yamantaka(since Saraswati is Palden Lhamo and her consort Manjushri is Yamantaka). However, according to the same link above, it says that Mahakala is Palden Lhamo's consort. Is that even true? Does a torma have to be made of only food? Because I found plastic tormas being sold as well. As for prayer wheels, where are they mentioned in Buddhist teachings? Do the mantras have to be written in Tibetan/Sanskrit with gold ink, or can they be written in pencil lead over and over in English? And how does one make a simple prayer wheel? What are the views on Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton elections? Because both sides are terrible with Trump being racist and greedy while Hillary being a liar, poisoner of old people, and corrupt. Which one would be a wise choice to choose in Buddhist teachings? Is it true that Pehar Gyalpo was once a Mongolian and Tibetan god? According to this website: http://www.trimondi.de/SDLE/Part-2-07.htm it says he was a war god who hates Tibetans. As for this website: http://www.trimondi.de/SDLE/Part-2-08.htm why would the 4 armed and 6 armed Mahakalas be used for war when they are enlightened dharmapalas? As for the mention of the 9 headed Chinese demon, is that Rahula? Because the article says that the demon defeated Mahakala.
    pastor answered: Dear Demian, Thank you for your interesting questions. I have answered your questions in sections. Please see below: A) In regards to the Remati sisters, there are some differing classifications. Palden Lhamo in her aspect as Magzor Gyalmo, which is the form we commonly see her in, is not part of the worldly Remati sisters, although she is often times referred to as ‘Remati’. The four Remati sisters are actually part of the 12 Tenma Goddesses. Under Magzor Gyalmo, as part of her retinue, are the Five Tseringma Sisters or the Five Long-Life Sisters, a group of worldly goddesses. Under this group are the 12 Tenma Goddesses. This group is usually divided into three groups for the purposes of classification. One of these three groups are known as the Four Remati Sisters. Rather than being the same as Magzor Gyalmo, they are part of her entourage. As such, some people mistakenly class her as part of the Remati sisters group since she shares the name. B) I have looked at the page you referred to in relation to the 12 Tenma Goddess. The reason you got confused is because the two lists are different. This is because different traditions name them or identify them differently. I have another source, which lists the goddesses as follows: 1. Dhagnyi Chenmo Dorje Kundrakma 2. Paldan Hari Dorje Yamakyong 3. Gangkyi Yumchen Dorje Kunzangma 4. Drokchen Khordul Dorje Geg-kyi-tso 5. Gangkar Shamey Dorje Chenchikma 6. Kharak Khyungtsun Dorje Pelgi Yum 7. Serchen Khading Dorje Lumo 8. Mari Rabjam Dorje Drakmo Gyal 9. Kongtsun Demo Dorje Pokham Kyong 10. Tsenla Laro Dorje Menchikma 11. Mentsun Chenmo Dorje Yamosil 12. Yuyi Drilbu Dorje Zulema As mentioned earlier, the exact names of the goddesses will differ slightly amongst the various traditions. This is not to say that they are not the same, it is just that their names appear differently. C) When you recite prayers, you can recite in whatever language you are familiar with. For example, in my own daily practice I used to recite only in English. Now that I have become a little more familiar, I recite in Tibetan as well. However, it is not a rule that the prayers must be recited in Tibetan. When the meaning behind the prayers and the motivation from the side of the practitioner is good, then prayers work. Some people prefer to recite in Tibetan because there is flow and rhythm to the prayers, compared to the English translation but this is not necessary. You can recite in any language you are familiar with. D) Nyenchen Thanglha is a deity that is indigenous to Tibet. In fact he is the mountain god of the Nyenchen Thanglha mountain range and interestingly is the god associated with the plateau upon which the Potala Palace is built on in Lhasa. When worldly deities are bound by an enlightened being, they stay bound. When stories relate that they were bound again, this actually means that they retook their oaths or promises in front of other enlightened beings. This is somewhat similar to practitioners re-taking their vows, for example their refuge, bodhisattva and tantric vows, in order to repair them. So this does not mean that the enlightened beings are not powerful, but from the side of the god, that he made his oaths again. E) In regards to Dorje Yudronma divination it is better to have the received the necessary empowerments, permission and commentaries from a Guru before engaging in the divination. This is to ensure that the practitioner has the qualifications to engage in the divination successfully. It is also advisable that one train under the guru to understand everything about the divination method before starting to practice on your own. F) Dorje Legpa and Nechung are not the same deity. Nechung is known to be a Gyalpo spirit, whereas Dorje Legpa is actually a Theurang spirit. Therefore they are two entirely different beings. Dorje Legpa is actually part of the ‘Ma Za Dam Sum’ or the ‘Three Terma Protectors’ who are propitiated mainly in the Nyingma tradition. You can read more about Dorje Legpa here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dharma-protectors-of-tibetan-buddhism.html. In regards to Nechung, you can read more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/nechung-the-retiring-devil-of-tibet.html. As for why prophecies from the Nechung oracle can be mistaken, please see my previous replies to you. If I remember clearly, I have given some possible reasons already. G) You are correct that Yamantaka is an emanation of Manjushri. His consort is actually known as Vajra Vetali and is an emanation of Saraswati. Yamantaka and Vajra Vetali are in the form of a Yidam or meditational deity. Yamantaka/Vajra Vetali’s practice belongs to the Anuttarayoga tantra or Highest Yoga Tantra. Through this practice one can gain enlightenment in just one lifetime. In the case of Palden Lhamo, she is also an emanation of Saraswati but in the form of a Dharma protector. The role of a Dharma protector is to clear obstacles and provide the necessary conditions for practice. Their practice does not lead to enlightenment, but aids practitioners so they can concentrate on the practices that DO lead to enlightenment. This includes the Yidam practice of Yamantaka as mentioned above. Palden Lhamo is known as the consort of Mahakala, which is true. There are actually over 75 different forms of Mahakala, all of whom are emanations of different Buddhas. For example Four-Faced Mahakala is an emanation of Manjushri in the form of a protector. Six-Armed Mahakala on the other hand is an emanation of Chenresig. Therefore Palden Lhamo can be the consort of Mahakala. H) Torma itself is an offering of food to the Buddhas. Therefore traditionally it is made of food substances, which usually include barley flour and butter. There are actually a lot of different uses and variety of torma for different purposes. The most common form of torma is the one associated with the row of sensory offerings offered on one’s altar. This can be replaced with a pack of biscuits if you like. Other people replace this with a fixed torma offering. These are the plastic ones you have come across. Most commonly, these are used for fixed sensory offerings on one’s altar to represent the offering of food. I) There are many different ways to make a prayer wheel. You are right that for traditional prayer wheel mantras were written with very good ink or gold if the mantras were handwritten. These days however, I believe that people print out the mantras necessary rather than write them by hand. If you would like to know more about prayer wheels and their construction, you should get hold of the book ‘Wheel of Great Compassion’ by Lorne Ladner. This book explains the manner in which one can create their own prayer wheel. I have not read the book myself but am told it includes the information you would need for this. J) In regards to politics, I am not familiar with the current elections to possibly make an informed decision. From a Buddhist perspective however, a good candidate would be the one who promotes peace, harmony, well-being and religious harmony. You should not support those that perform dubious actions, lie, cheat or who persecute others. Instead support those with positive qualities. K) In regards to Nechung’s history, yes he is considered a very powerful deity. There are differing accounts to his origin, some say he was a war god from Mongolia while others say that he was an ancient god from Persia. However, in both accounts he came to Tibet and was very powerful. Then he was subdued by Guru Rinpoche who bound him by oath to serve the Dharma. You can read more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/nechung-the-retiring-devil-of-tibet.html L) In regards to the last section of your questions, the links you have provided are from an unreliable source. The whole purpose of this website is to deride Buddhism in all its forms as something negative. This is obviously not the case. The rituals associated with 4-Armed and 6-Armed Mahakala would have been used to clear obstacles. This would have been portrayed as a spiritual battle. What the protectors would actually have been battling against would have been the negative karma of the people at the time. In regards to the nine-headed demon, I do not believe that it would have been Rahula because Rahula is oath bound, which means he would not go against an enlightened being. This means he would definitely not fight with any of the Mahakala protectors. When they refer to the nine-headed demon, it does not refer to Rahula. I hope this helps. Thank you.
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