A Vegetarian Jesus?

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Do you believe Jesus was a vegetarian? There are a variety of books advancing the argument that Jesus was a vegetarian, as will be explained in a moment. However, whether Jesus was or wasn’t a vegetarian, Christians today should be.

For more on this argument, please read the question that begins, “I believe the Bible is literally true…” and the one beginning “I understand that many Christians embrace veganism…” The basic argument for a vegetarian Christ: The Garden of Eden, God’s perfect world, was vegetarian (Gen. 1:29-30). Immediately, God calls this ideal and non-exploitative relationship “good” (Gen. 1:31). This is the one time when God makes such a statement. There follow many years of fallen humanity, when people held slaves, waged war, ate animals, and committed various other violent acts. Although there are passages in the scriptures that endorse eating animals, war, slavery, polygamy, animal sacrifice, and other practices that most people find immoral, these passages are a representation of what existed as a part of fallen humanity, not of God’s ideal plan or vision.Despite the fall, the prophets tell us to expect a new age, a return to Eden, God’s peaceable kingdom, when even the lion will lie down with the lamb and there will be no bloodshed or violence at all, “for the Earth will be filled with the knowledge of God” (Isaiah 11).

If Jesus is “the new Adam,” who returns us to the Garden of Eden, as Christians believe, and if he is “the Prince of Peace” described in Isaiah 11, who ushers in God’s new (and vegetarian) vision, as Christians also believe, it would be inconceivable for him to dine on animal carcasses. And in fact, the evidence is convincing that the historical Jesus was a vegetarian. There were many faith-based vegetarians Jews in Jesus’ time, for the same reason there remain so many today (visit www.JewishVeg.com for more on Judaism and vegetarianism). They understood that God’s ideal was the vegetarian Garden of Eden depicted in Genesis and the Peaceable Kingdom described by the Prophets.

Three issues that distinguished the Jewish religious sects that advocated living the vegetarian ideal on Earth were: 1) baptism, in place of animal sacrifice, for forgiveness of sins; 2) opposition to selling animals for slaughter in the temple; 3) celebration of the Passover with unleavened bread, rather than lamb.

In Jesus’ day, preaching baptism for forgiveness of sins in place of animal sacrifice placed one clearly among the vegetarian sects of Judaism who were attempting to usher in the new age of Isaiah 11. It would not have been lost on anyone in first century Palestine that John, who came to “prepare a way for the lord,” was baptizing people, not sacrificing animals. Isaiah 11, of course, declares that God’s will is for compassion, for an age when even the lion lies down with the lamb, and there is no bloodshed at all. For example, Luke explains that “the will of God” is Baptism for forgiveness of sins, “whereas the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, in not letting themselves be baptized, ignored this will of God.” Thus, John preached baptism for forgiveness of sins, Jesus was baptized, and the Gospels and Acts of the Apostles all clearly and consistently advocate baptism.

For the Jews who were not vegetarians, animal sacrifice was the way to forgiveness (and of course, after the sacrifice, the animal was eaten), but for the vegetarian Jews, baptism was advocated. Complementing the new focus on baptism were opposition to the Temple, where the animals were sacrificed, and celebration of Passover without the lamb (slaughtered sacrificially in the Temple). In fact, Jesus rails against the Temple, and his single act of direct confrontation with the authorities is in the Temple, the slaughterhouse of first century Palestine, when he engages in direct action by casting out all those selling animals for sacrifice. We can debate his reasons, but the practical effect was a Jew preventing others Jews from engaging in the Passover slaughter they felt was called for by God. Clearly, Jesus rejects this notion, claiming twice that they should all learn the meaning of Hosea when he says, speaking for God, “I desire mercy, not sacrifice.” Additionally, there are no scriptures in which Jesus eats lamb, which he would surely have eaten at Passover, had he not been a vegetarian.

Vegetarian Jews, as one significant aspect of their faith, celebrated a perfectly orthodox vegetarian Passover. We see Jesus eating on the Passover exactly twice, and neither time is lamb involved. John places the first multiplication miracle on the Passover, yet the disciples ask Jesus only, “Where will we buy enough bread to feed all these people?” giving not even a thought to lamb, which would have been eaten had they not been vegetarians opposed to animal sacrifice.The last supper was a Passover meal and was also, apparently, vegetarian. The non-vegetarians ate lamb at the Passover, but the vegetarians ate only unleavened bread as, it seems, did Jesus. One final point to make is that many Christians of the first three centuries, including all of the “Desert Fathers,” were vegetarians and that they continued, despite being Jewish, to celebrate the Passover with bread and wine, not lamb’s flesh. It would be strange indeed for the first Christians to have adopted a diet not followed by Jesus himself.

The Fish Stories: In fact, the only scriptures that depict Jesus eating or providing meat of any kind involve fish: Post-resurrection, Jesus is depicted as eating fish with the disciples; during his life, he is depicted multiplying loaves and fishes to feed the peasants who have gathered to hear him preach.

For additional analysis of these stories, please read the answer to the questions that begin “Doesn’t Jesus eat fish…?” and “I believe that the Bible is literally true…” From the perspective of the scholars who argue that Jesus was a vegetarian, the above arguments warrant a reconsideration of the fish stories. Thinking about these stories in the light of all the evidence that Jesus was a vegetarian who took compassion for animals very seriously, it helps to remember that Jesus probably spoke in Aramaic, the Gospels were written generations after the resurrection in Hebrew and Greek, and the earliest versions we have are Greek translations and transcriptions from the fourth century–more than 300 years, two translations, and many transcriptions post-resurrection. None of the four Gospel authors ever met Jesus. Most scholars agree that the post-resurrection stories of Jesus eating fish were added to the Gospels long after they were written, in order to settle various schisms in the early Church. (e.g., the Marcionites and other early Christians believed that Jesus did not actually return in the flesh. What better way to prove that he did than to depict him eating?)

The scribes who added the stories were not, apparently, averse to eating fish. But since this is the only depiction anywhere in the Gospels of Jesus eating any animals at all, and in light of all the additional evidence, above, it seems clear that Jesus was. Although it would not contradict the technical definition of a vegetarian to multiply fishes who are already dead to feed people who eat aren’t opposed to eating fish (vegetarianism is based on compassion, not dogma), there are some interesting points to notice about this story.

First, the disciples ask Jesus where they will get enough bread to feed the multitudes, never even thinking of buying fish or other animal products, and never suggesting a fishing expedition, despite being beside a sea. Also, evidence indicates that the story of the loaves and the fishes did not originally include fish. For example, the earliest (pre-Gospel) accounts of this miracle do not include fish, and Jesus, when he refers to it, refers only to the bread (e.g., Mt 16:9-10, Mk 8:19-20, Jn 6:26). Fish were added to the stories by Greek scribes, probably because the Greek word for fish, ixous, is an acronym for the phrase “Jesus Christ Son of God Savior.”

Indeed, the fish is still a symbol of Christianity today. In this very likely interpretation, the multiplication represents a prediction of the burgeoning Church, Jesus making his disciples? fishers of men? as he promised, and has nothing to do with eating animals. Also, some scholars contend that the Greek word for “fishweed” (a dried seaweed) has been mistranslated in this story as “fish” (see Rosen, Scholarly Works). It is certainly true that dried fishweed would be more likely in a basket with bread, and fishweed remains a popular food among Jewish and Arab peasants like the people to whom Jesus was speaking.

So what did Jesus definitely have to say about fishing? Jesus calls multiple fishermen away from their occupation of killing animals and pleads with them to show mercy to all beings, quoting Hosea: “I desire mercy and not sacrifice.” In each instance, they immediately abandon their occupation of fishing to follow Jesus (e.g., Matthew 3, Mark 1, and Luke 5). This resembles Jesus’ call to tax collectors, prostitutes, and others, who are engaged in activities that are not in line with his message of mercy and compassion. Conclusion: The evidence that Jesus was a vegetarian is strong, and the evidence that he would be one today is irrefutable. Quite simply, it is impossible to imagine Jesus paying people to treat God’s creatures like so many boxes in a warehouse, genetically manipulating and mutilating their bodies, pumping them full of hormones and antibiotics so they will live through the cramped and miserable conditions in which they’re kept, trucking them to slaughterhouses through all weather extremes with no food or water, and then hanging them upside down, slitting their throats, and hacking off their limbs, often while they are still conscious. For more information on the total denial of God represented by the meat industry today, visit PETA’s vegetarian and pro-fish Web sites.

Source: http://www.vegfriend.com/profiles/blogs/a-vegetarian-jesus

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  1. Joy on Jun 23, 2016 at 3:06 am

    I’m glad to read this possibility. It is only logical that Jesus would be a vegetarian since he is all compassionate love. I remembered vaguely when I was young I use to see images of Jesus holding a baby lamb. So what exactly happened to the lamb if he was a meat eater?

    How could someone with so much love and kindness kill his food? And I have always wondered are they for real, when those who would like to justify their meat intake would turn around to say that Jesus/God said they have the right to eat. I guess it’s another form of human’s tricky mind games to get away from what they wish they can get away with. If we truly are compassionate, and we claim to love animals, we would start with our palate first.

  2. Stella Cheang on Apr 4, 2016 at 10:52 am

    It should be natural for an attained practitioner, regardless his faith or belief, to reduce or abstain from the consumption of meat. Consuming meats mean taking the life of another sentient being. How can one who had developed loving kindness towards all sentient being to sit in silence knowing that food on the table are the cause of suffering for another sentient being?

    When one becomes a vegetarian, it does not mean that no animals are harmed any more. It means that less animals are being hurt to satisfy our insatiable taste bud. If we are serious about developing loving kindness and compassion, this is the least we can do – become a vegetarian.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this blogpost. I hope more people will consume less meat to lessen that the causes of suffering for animals.

    Humbly, bowing down,
    Stella Cheang

  3. Chris on Dec 27, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    Yes. Jesus MUST have been vegeterian according to his first principle of NOT TO KILL. Although nowdays most buddhist monks never respect such a law…at least here in Thailand as I see. I also eat meat for extreme survival knowing it does add+ to my karma load.

  4. Konchok Shempeh on Jul 9, 2014 at 2:47 am

    this doesn’t say anything about Jesus being strictly vegetarian I have read however in “The Buddha also said” that Jesus was not less enlightened because he ate meat it was just that he was not that character and for Osho he said that for his ashram it was purely a matter of aesthetics, who just happened to be quoted as the most dangerous person alive since Jesus Christ. He also said that it was not necessary to take medication in that studies show water is just as effective…and that it was not true how Jesus actually turned water into wine as we think about it today, actually it is just that he would drink the water like it was wine! And that Osho actually thought it gave him creative inspiration for his poetry. Much Love.

  5. James Larkin on Jun 18, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Very illuminating article.I think it sad that religions today do not teach against cruelty to ALL our fellow beings. Do they think Man is the only soul here? In fact, religion generally encourages killing and eating meat. There is also the disgusting matter of religious sacrifice of animals such as in Nepal as well as the hell of Factory Farming. Even many Buddhists still eat meat (which means killing beings) which I believe is a contradiction of Lord Buddha’s teachings that we should not kill. Oh to have a meatless world. I am sure it would change Man’s attitude for the better – and animals would appreciate it also.
    Thank you for your Teachings. I watch your videos and follow on Twitter
    James Larkin

  6. Sean Wang on Apr 29, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    I did not know that Christians were vegetarians originally. It is a shame that they changed. I think that God never meant for his creations to be eaten. Thank you for sharing this information!

  7. Tong sunsun on Dec 28, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    耶稣吃不吃素已经不重要了,可贵的是The Karmavore 因为仁波切在部落格分享了素食进而让他成为素食者,这才是真真让人鼓舞的,总比那些被劝说茹素而诸多理由来推唐的好。

  8. guest on Nov 26, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Spiritists (those who follo doctrine codified by Allan Kardec, which can be summarized as “without charity there’s no salvation” probably follow the veganism or vegatarianism. Here’s example of what they are being taught:

    “Begin the renovation of your customs by the meal of every day. Gradually
    diminish the voluptuousness of eating the meat from animals. The cemetery in the stomach is a torment after the big transition. The pork loin or the veal beef, seasoned with salt and pepper, do not situate us very far from our forefathers, the
    Indian tribes, who would devour one another. The stimulants largely consumed constitute another dangerous obsession.
    I have seen many souls of an apparently distinct origin, willing to exchange one’s own Heaven for the aristocratic whiskey or for our Brazilian cachaça. As long as it is possible, avoid the abuses of smoke. The apprehension of the disincarnates who love nicotine is pitiful. Do not render yourself to the temptation of narcotics. No matter how afflictive the different stages of the crisis in your body, strongly withhold the blows of the fight.”

    Full message below

    Practice for Death
    Preoccupied with the survival beyond the grave, you ask astounded, how a human can be taken to an effective training for the surprises of death. The inquiry is curious and really makes one think. For now, however, I believe that it is not easy to technically prepare a friend in relation to the infallible peregrination. The tourists that come from Asia or Europe prepare future travelers with efficiency, since they do not lack the necessary analogical terms. But we, the disincarnated, run into insurmountable obstacles. Usually, religion should orient the realizations of the Spirit in the same manner that Science directs all the topics pertinent to material life. However, religion remains attached to the priestly superficiality, up to a certain point, without touching the depths of the soul. It is important to also consider that your consultation, instead of being taken
    to the great theologists on Earth, now living in the Spirituality, was addressed simply to me, simple newspeople with merits to deal with similar inquisitions. You can believe that despite finding myself here once again, after nearly twenty years of contact, I still feel in the scare of a native, repeatedly being brought from the jungle of Mato Grosso to some of our Universities, with the obligation of affiliating myself, unexpectedly, to the most elevated studies and to the most complicated disciplines. Because of this, I cannot present any other than my own point of view, with the deficiencies of the savage surprised when encountering the essence of Civilization. Firstly, I admit the need to refer to our old bad habits. Here, the
    crystallization of these habits is a tyrannizing plague. Begin the renovation of your customs by the meal of every day. Gradually
    diminish the voluptuousness of eating the meat from animals. The cemetery in the stomach is a torment after the big transition. The pork loin or the veal beef, seasoned with salt and pepper, do not situate us very far from our forefathers, the
    Indian tribes, who would devour one another. The stimulants largely consumed constitute another dangerous obsession.
    I have seen many souls of an apparently distinct origin, willing to exchange one’s own Heaven for the aristocratic whiskey or for our Brazilian cachaça. As long as it is possible, avoid the abuses of smoke. The apprehension of the disincarnates who love nicotine is pitiful. Do not render yourself to the temptation of narcotics. No matter how afflictive the different stages of the crisis in your body, strongly withhold the blows of the fight. The victims of cocaine, of morphine, and or the sedatives take a long time in the dark cell of thirst and inertia. And sex? Take much care in the preservation of your emotional balance. Here, there are many people carrying with them a hell which is disguised as “love.” If you have some money or some terrestrial possession, do not postpone donations if you are really inclined to make them. Significant humans, who we admired in the world for their ability and power used to perform important deals, very often, when close to us, seem like desperate children since they can no longer use checkbooks. In the family, be careful with your living will. Culminating sicknesses happen suddenly, and if your paperwork is not ready, you will sustain many humiliations through the courts and notaries.
    Above all, do not exaggeratedly attach yourself to your blood ties. Love your wife, your kids, and your family with moderation, sure that one day you will be absent from them and that because of this, they will nearly always act in disaccord with your will although they respect your memory. Do not forget that in the present state of terrestrial education, if some loved ones register your presence beyond the Earth, after the funeral, they will surely sway you into descending to hell, alerting the inopportune return. If you already possess the treasure of a religious faith, live according to the precepts that you embrace. The moral responsibility of someone who already knows the way but does not balance oneself within it is terrible. Do the most good possible, without the preoccupation of satisfying everyone. Convince yourself that if you do not experience sympathy towards certain individuals, there are many people who could not stand you without much effort.
    For this reason, in any circumstance, maintain your noble smile. Always work, work incessantly. The service is the best dissolvent of our anguishes. Help yourself through the loyal fulfillment of your duties. About other questions you may have, do not be excessively concerned, since sooner or later death will offer you your visitation card, imposing on you everything that for now I cannot not tell you.

    XAVIER, Francisco Cândido. Cartas e Crônicas. Through the Spirit Brother X (Huberto Campos). 9. ed. Rio de Janeiro: FEB, 1996, p. 21-24.

    Taken from: http://www.spiritisteducation.net/Spiritist_Education/Adults_files/P1_U45.pdf

  9. Michele on Nov 21, 2013 at 7:02 am

    I think the debate on wether Jesus was a Vegitarian is, neither this nor that. If you ever read the bible Jesus taught like a buddhist or a yogi. Much like man does man took what he taught and twisted it. If you ever have the chance to read the new testement and the forbidden books of the bible(as a book) you’ll see what I mean. There are some who beleive that the three Wise men from the east may have been Lamas or Yogis searching for a reincarnated teacher. If this was the darkages I would be called a hertic. But that to in neither this nor that. What is important is we learn from Buddha and Jesus and others that taught how important prayer is, to be compassionate towards all beings, to sacrafice our selfs for others, not to judge one another but to love one another, To be mindful of our thaughts and how we treat one another and in this day and age with the world in such disaster wether it be man made or natural we all really need to follow these great saints and stop debating on such small matters. Love, peace, and happiness to all may you all reach enlightenment for the sake of others and may some day i learn to spell Good day and blessings to all.

  10. Irene Lim on Nov 11, 2013 at 4:04 am

    It is no surprise Jesus is a vegetarian as peace is an universal religion. Promoting peace means no harming or violence among all living beings.

  11. David Lai on Nov 11, 2013 at 2:29 am

    As far as I know, Catholics are vegetarians particularly on Friday. I am not too sure what is the reason. However, Catholic vegetarianism excludes all meats except fish. That’s still a positive step towards non harming of animals. I believe that Jesus would have been vegetarian as in completely meatless if he was alive and saw the amount slaughtering that human kind perpetrate on farm animals today. I believe that Jesus was a Bodhisattva and that he wouldn’t have condone all that needless suffering. Jesus was kinda of a revolutionary for the Jews just like how Buddha was revolutionary to the Hindus. He taught love, forgiveness and kindness of God. I believe that vegetarianism is very much in line with the spirit of Jesus Christ even if there’s no proof that he ever talked about vegetarianism.

  12. Vinnie Tan on Nov 4, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    It would just be great if all Christians are able to read this article. So many of my friends had been telling me that it is alright to eat meat. If in the past the main source of food is meat, yet Jesus can still be a vegetarian, there would not be any excuses for any other Christians that are living in the society today where vegetarian food can be found almost everywhere.

  13. sweekeong81 on Oct 27, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    It is very enlightening to know that there is strong evidence Jesus is very a vegetarian himself. There is very little mention of eating meat. Even the word fish is used in a different context and not an actual fish itself. It is very dangerous the take words to literally. The encouragement to take meat and furthermore supporting with scriptural reference is totally profit oriented, there is no whatsoever good motivation behind it. It is in fact using religion for profit.

  14. Casteven Lim (KH JB) on Oct 21, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing this amazing article for us…

    All sentient beings have their right to stay on this world, may more and more peoples be Vegetarian as soon possible hence reduce their negative Karma by being Vegetarian…

  15. Keng Nam on Oct 21, 2013 at 8:02 am

    Hallelujah and Om Mani Padme Hum!!! What an incredible insight… Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this. My own thoughts sometimes reGarding claims in the Bible about Jesus who declared He is the only Way was at that time the region was so degenerate the people could not even see the wood for the trees let alone thinking of salvation. Jesus who has the skilful means of a Bodhisattva and is a Bodhisattva can therefore be the only one at that time to show the people the way of the Noble Truth and to rid themselves of Attachment, Aversion and Ignorance. I am definitely going to share this article with my Christian friends.

  16. Uncle Eddie on Oct 18, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Yes, not only the community at Kechara House, but also including those those outside Kechara house, like those local and foreign international readers of Rinpoche’s Websites! Many have also succumbed to Rinpoche’s clear and compassionate teachings influence and have abandoned the eating of meat to avoid killing and the infliction on the sufferings of animals. Rinpoche is correct in saying that no matter what religion we belong to, we should have the kind heart to feel and understand the pains and sufferings that “these God’s creatures” have had to endure just to be cut-up or slaughtered to feed our attachment to meat, with their flesh and internal organs! Many around the World have written to Rinpoche on their having given up or reducing meat eating as a result of Rinpoche’s Blog on the meat-eating phenomena. Thank you Rinpoche for your most compassionate deep-concern and true love for the animals. Om mani padme hum!

  17. Pastor Han Nee on Oct 17, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article with us. The evidence is clear that Jesus was a vegetarian. Being ‘Son of God”, he spoke up for God to say:”I desire mercy not sacrifice’.

    Acts of Jesus eating and “multiplying’ meat/fish in performing of miracles,appear to be illogical and unclearly and mistakenly reported. Take the case of Jesus multiplying fish and bread to feed the poor and hungry. This appears to be the product of mis-translations and also the product of greed.
    Then there is the case of Jesus rejecting slaughtering of lamb and other animals for the Passover. Also no scriptures have reported him his eating meat, especially lamb, at Passover.
    All in all,being the compassionate being that he is, it does not sit well with the image of Jesus eating meat.

  18. Elsie Toy on Oct 17, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Dearest Rinpoche, I really like this very much Thank you very much for sharing this. Actually in many parts of the bible the old testament did mention about vegetarian food and the grains. (Even when God bought the Israelites out of Egypt he provided vegetarian food (manna), but they cried out for flesh. Exodus 16:4-8) Actually god provided everything for mankind but still cry for meat. There is a group of SDA’s (7th day adventist) who are vegetarian and followed the teachings in the old testament closely. I was trying to share with my friends about vegetarian with my christian friends. Now I have more to share.

    Thank you very much.

  19. Cliff on Oct 16, 2013 at 1:04 am

    This was a very interesting read, I would like to think so. He was thought to be a very loving and compassionate being for all of god’s creatures, i do not believe he thought they were meant for slaughter to feed us but to teach us kindness, love and respect. To practice what many may seem to see as what is below, why not practice to see animals to be the same as them living on the same earth, to me thats what should be part of religion. Religion teaches to be better people of society, showing kindness, love and compassion for others, it should be towards animals as well. What makes them think animals were for our meals, entertainment or even an “object” to reflect our anger on. I think many of us should rethink of our ideas to what animals are for and that instad we should just love and care for them. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us this article, I hope Rinpoche is feeling well.

  20. Wan Wai Meng on Oct 14, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    Interesting notions, I would not be surprised that he was. I recently found out Rumi Jalaludin one of the great Sufi Mystics was known to be a vegetarian. Animals who are killed have all sorts of emotions going through their blood, and if we eat such animals, their emotions can become ours and affect us. So higher states of spirituality I don’t think it matches the death of animals.

  21. Ck siah on Oct 14, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    耶稣基督圣人是素食者吗? 见仁见智,但以我想法耶稣基督应该是素食者吧。因为多数的圣者都是提倡博爱和大爱,慈悲为怀。我相信耶稣基督是素食者。
    谢谢仁波切的分享,祈请您长驻在世,常转法轮。

  22. jerry_sito on Oct 14, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    感恩仁波切的分享与开示

    虽然我的英文不是很好,有时候更需要用Google 翻译来阅读仁波切的博客 🙂

    但是仁波切的博客的确帮助到我们,也给予我们很多娑婆世界里的答案与指引,指引我们离苦得乐

    很感动The Karmavore在这里的评论,随喜他的转变与因阅读仁波切的博客而得到了解答与帮助,与满满仁波切的加持与祝福

    我相信,还有很多很多的人都同样的在仁波切的博客里,得到了帮助与因仁波切广大的开示而解答了我们许多的迷思,并开始转变自己的心识,开始变的更好,开始累积很多的福德资粮,然后离苦得乐

    感恩仁波切您伟大的教育,教育我们

    祈请您长驻在世,常转法轮,身体没有任何的病痛,所有的佛法宏愿,法喜圆满

    向您顶礼

  23. Shelly tai on Oct 14, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Think you Rinpoche for sharing this blog post with us. It is no doubt about it Jesus is a vegetarian because he is such great religion master he would have high attainment and reliazation, he should set as a good example to be kind and compassion to all living being .
    With folded hands
    Shelly tai

  24. Edward Ooi on Oct 14, 2013 at 4:07 am

    Dear Rinpoche, If Rinpoche was be able to find out that Jesus was a vegetarians. Then it must have mean that Christians must have also know that Jesus was vegetarian. But if they know that Jesus was a vegetarian then why don’t they choose to become vegetarian if they believe in Jesus that much? I think the half of the human population in this world are Christians, I’m thinking that if all Christians becomes vegetarian. Then think about how many lives will be saved?

    • Jacinta Goh on Oct 14, 2013 at 11:47 am

      No offence but let me clear up some thoughts on why Christian eat meat. Animals are thought to be ‘ created’ by God for us. Thus, we are like master to them. Meaning, we can do anything to them, to be our slaves , our food and etc. Without thinking twice, we are so used it. Even those gatherings that we used to have also have meat. Besides, animals are being offered to God. Like the story in Abraham and Isaac. Instead of sacrifing Isaac, a sheep or ram being sacrificed ( just like most of the ‘ so call Buddhists did!). I still remember at one point, some of us , church members, did raise up the question on eating pork as pigs are term ‘dirty’ animal in the bible…. Only one thing that can explain all this , that is IGNORANCE which causes all the delusions. I am truly happy for this person, the Karmavore.He/She inspired me to reply this courageously. But I do hope instead of pointing fingers to Christian, actually many others religion are the same. I hope this will clear up some doubts that you have.

      • Keng Nam on Oct 21, 2013 at 8:19 am

        I believe attachment to the desires of this world is much stronger than the desires to let go. Hence people make excuses to justify their own actions. Like you rightly said this is all due to Ignorance.

  25. The Karmavore on Oct 14, 2013 at 3:37 am

    Thank you for sharing.
    I come from a family that is Christian and all eat meat eaters. The thought of considering a vegetarian diet has never come up in the history of my family. I’m the only person in my family that has changed to a vegetarian diet since July 1st 2013 just from what I’ve read on Tsem Rinpoche’s blog. Thank you for sharing all the information on vegetarianism with me and pushing me to change myself. I changed to vegetarianism overnight and it sent a shock throughout my social circles!
    I didn’t even know how ignorant I was of whats going on in the world and how much of a part of the problem I was. Now I’m part of the solution.
    Often when I’m eating vegetarian meals at my home, my family tries to push meat onto my plate stating that “I’m not getting enough protein and there is nothing wrong with eating meat”. They often tell me that “Jesus Christ ate meat in the Bible”. Sometimes a small unheated debate follows. I’m grateful for this blog post because it’s something that I can show to my Christian family so they can make a wise decision for themselves and at least they will have something good to think about.
    In my family its “what the Bible says or the highway”. It’s everyone’s choice. Now I have some good evidence to show them from the Bible that Jesus was a vegetarian and its their choice to follow or not. It never made any sense to me that an awakened and compassionate Jesus Christ would set an example for the people to eat slaughtered meat.
    I’ll finish my reply with this…
    Tonight is Thanksgiving holiday in Canada. More than 48 million turkeys will be served for dinner on Thanksgiving holiday in America and Canada combined. Contemplate it overnight and really wake up!

    Thank-you for reading my little ramble. My intention is not to put anyone down or above another. I respect everyone equally.

    • tsemtulku on Oct 14, 2013 at 4:53 am

      Dear Karmavore,

      I like very much what you shared here. I found it interesting to read your point of view and what you went through in your home.

      1. My upbringing was a Buddhist one. And being of a Tibetan-Mongolian ancestry, meat was essential to our family, upbringing and community. How Buddhists come to terms with eating meat is very interesting in my household. They just didn’t deal with it. They just ate the meat. My parents would buy horses home (New Jersey, USA) and slaughter it in the garage themselves. The whole garage would be bloodied. Then proceed to chop and pack the meat away for the ‘winter’. We lived in a community of many Mongolians in town. They would gift this fresh meat away to happy recipients. I was not allowed to witness the slaughter although they said there was nothing wrong with it. They also loved freshly slaughtered sheep. Meat(beef, sheep, pork and chicken) was on the menu every single day of my life when growing up. Now when I think back, I was forced to participate in the meat eating. I refused to eat the horse. It dawned on me when I was made to clean the garage afterwards what happened although I was young. I sat at the dining table for around 5 hours refusing to eat. Then I was scolded and sent to bed. But I would not eat the horse meat. I saw the horse before he was slaughtered and I kept remembering him. The smell of cooked horse meat was grotesque to me also.

      2. In this community, you couldn’t get a word in edgewise about NOT EATING MEAT AND KILLING WAS BAD KARMA. Somehow as Buddhists, they felt if it was for food, then it was ok. Their understanding of Buddhism was more surface level. Like Sunday Christians of a sort and I don’t mean this as an insult. I have not met one single vegetarian Mongol in that community when I was growing up. Although they are very devout Buddhists. There were no debates at our dinner table about meat or anything. They were right and I was a child and I could not talk back. It was their way or the highway. Later I chose the highway and left at 15 to California permanently. But that is another story and not related to meat.

      3. Even in the Tibetan monasteries, up till about 10 years ago, meat was served to all the monks to eat as community. So during and after prayers there would be breaks where lunch/dinner was served. And meat was offered. You would see piles of gnawed bones piled up inside the prayer hall which to me was a awful sight. Seeing monks chew on bones was really awful. I debated with some of the older monks respectfully, but it got nowhere. Finally later, HH Dalai Lama ordered no more meat in the prayer halls. Only vegetarian meals can be offered in the monasteries. Boy, was I very happy. Many visitors complained to HH Dalai Lama at the grisly sight of meat in the temple and it was banned.

      4. It TOUCHES ME DEEPLY to know because of my blog you have become vegetarian since July 1st, 2013. You are now not a part of the problem but the solution is right! This is really wonderful, very wonderful and incredible news. I Thank you from the depths of my heart and my soul for letting me know my blog has had an effect on you. It has educated you on the sufferings of animals. No matter what religion we belong to, let’s use our eyes and heart to understand the sufferings of animals or to know something is right or wrong. Over time, sometimes men can write or re-write things for their own greed, passion, anger, or whatever to suit themselves and pass this down as holy or sanctified. We have to overcome our own desires and greed to get to the truth and stop something that is harmful regardless of what we are taught. Being religious doesn’t mean eating animals or allowing them to be slaughtered no matter what religion we are or no religion.

      I will continue to find examples of the wrongs of killing animals. I will continue to highlight the virtues of not eating or harming animals.
      This is very strong in me. I do not mean to put down or disrespect the thoughts of others, but to highlight not giving pain to animals.

      I hope you will do something in this regards too. I hope you will start up something maybe “Christians for vegetarianism?” Maybe more research, facebook page or even better, blogsite on this to help other Christians to understand. Or even to help others to understand and one category can be about Christians not eating meat? Just random thoughts. I just wish more will create more awareness.

      The community I grew up in adored meat. The community I ‘started’ in Kechara, most of the people ate and loved meat. Now many have given up meat due to my educating them on the pains animals go through. They are kind to give up meat. They have remained healthy and light without meat.

      Many around the world have written telling me they are giving up meat, have given up or reduced meat due to this blog. I am so humbled by this. I thank everyone. I thank them on behalf of myself and all the animals who cannot speak up.

      I thank you and everyone else who have the courage to stand up and say you will not be allowing the harm to animals any further. It is a lonely and difficult journey, but it has to be done. Just because there is a crowd doing something doesn’t mean it is right.

      Thank you for your sharing. I am so happy to read it and will share with others.

      Tsem Rinpoche

      • lewkwanleng on Oct 14, 2013 at 2:01 pm

        when i look back on my vegetarian journey, it is also Rinpoche’s website (kechara.com) which made me to decide to become vegetarian overnight.

        yes, we should be part of the solution, not the problem…

        i like how Rinpoche wrote it that you “choose the highway”… it is really witty.. LOL

      • Choongs on Oct 14, 2013 at 3:11 pm

        Thank you Karmavore for sharing. We were born to think, unfortunately along the way, some of us lost out thinking hats. Think more, eat less. 🙂

        Dear Rinpoche,
        The original article above is interesting but this reply is even more interesting. Who would have thought that the Tibetan Buddhist monasteries used to serve meat at the dining table! I am shocked! It will certainly make me rethink and question more. Thank you so much.

        • tsemtulku on Oct 14, 2013 at 4:35 pm

          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,
          So go pursue all the way with the unknown,
          because all unknown with familiarity becomes the known.
          ~Tsem Rinpoche

        • Keng Nam on Oct 21, 2013 at 8:14 am

          Dear Choongs – some would argue that Tibetan Monks consume meat due to the harsh terrain and adverse weather conditions. It may also be argued that the meat they consumed are “pure meat”, meaning the meat of animals that die naturally. I would like to share this with you. http://www.shabkar.org/download/pdf/Shabkar_Food_of_Bodhisattvas_Introduction.pdf

          • Choongs on Oct 29, 2013 at 1:10 pm

            Thank you for sharing Keng Nam. I have printed it out and will be “digesting” it. 🙂
            And for all the animals:
            TAYATHA OM BEKANZE BEKANZE MAHA BEKANZE BEKANZE RANDZA SAMUGATHE SOHA

    • Ashlee on Oct 14, 2013 at 12:30 pm

      Dear Karmavore,Thank you for you compassionate decision to be vegetarian. It is so comforting to know that one less person is eating meat out there. I personally is a student of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche and because of his precious teaching, i have turned vegetarian for 4-5 mths now. It is extremely heart wrenching that animals get slaughtered for our own eating desire. Pls continue your kindness towards animals and help spread vegetarianism. And thank you for sharing your story. Much Love – Ashlee.

  26. Beatrix Ooi on Oct 14, 2013 at 12:35 am

    I’m very surprised that vegetarianism was so important at that time, it was so important that people only ate bread to fill their stomachs. Personally, I think that religions that do not teach us to kill are pure religions, but of course that’s just my perspective. Jesus has shown his followers that pure beings will not kill for the sake of their taste buds. Thank You for sharing Rinpoche.

  27. Andrew James Boon on Oct 13, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    This is most interesting. I often wonder how much of the truth is often distorted through time, man’s own desires and greed and even purely to manipulate situations for one’s own benefit.

    I do like that in this day and age, the ‘truth’ often turns up unexpectedly and it is harder to hide it. However, being devil’s advocate. it is also easier to mask! hehehe

  28. Low Khjb on Oct 13, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    Thank you for the sharing Rinpoche.
    The person who wrote this did an in dept search for the truth. But this research only prove the theory that a true enlighten being would display pure compassion for all living beings who dwells on earth.
    Being a Vegetarian is the ultimate display of such a nature….

  29. tenzinkhenchen on Oct 13, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, It is interesting to see that Christians at one point were vegetarian because they dislike animal cruelty and eat bread instead. I think that vegetarianism should be in effect in every religion. God created animals not for humans to harm them but to love them as one and the same.

  30. Jutika lam on Oct 13, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    WOW!!! I never knew that there were Christians at that time who were vegetarian because I thought that int he old times meat was the key food that many people depended on to survive but I never knew that there were people last time who detested animal cruelty and only ate bread.

    I have to admit I was really surprised to have read the first part of the story!

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing!

    Love
    Jutika

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  • Jason
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 11:54 PM
    People always expect return on some contribution being done especially in charity events. When the return was under their expectations then they will feel sad or unhappy.
    As Rinpoche said, Dharma is a teachings to transform our mind to become bodicitta or selfless to benefit others without condition. Once we practiced selfless mind, our mind will not be affected by others people reaction.
    What will be my legacy? I think this is not really important to me anymore once I know Dharma teachings from Rinpoche.
    Thanks Datuk May for sharing to benefit more people.

    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/what-will-be-your-legacy.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 08:56 PM
    Amazing miracles true story …of how Rinpoche helped. With Rinpoche blessing during the children baptismal ceremony,this little boy who had not spoken since 9 years old was able to speake again.Incredible….
    Chef Au truly believes been a vegetarian has help him to collects merits for his son.Rinpoche’s care and compassion has benefited many more people.Through these stories hope more people will be inspired to achieve the state of compassion and attainments.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for this sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-4.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 07:51 PM
    Having fully trust and faith in Rinpoche ,Fat monk’s mother was well again, after been diagnosed with cancerious tumour at the liver.
    Following instructions given by Rinpoche, his mother recited mantras and Fat monk did a series of pujas as told,his mother recovered then.
    Amazing……Miracles do happen.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-3.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 05:27 PM
    We are no strangers to the creatures called Werewolves. They are often depicted as the Jekyll-and-Hyde-like monsters in movies who are unable to control their animal instincts when they shift from human form to a wolf-like creature, usually during the full moon. Together with the Vampires who can transform into bats, are my childhood imagery villains, who triggered my curiosity on mythical creatures during younger days. They still do, lol.

    It is gruesome to learn that real life werewolves are actually brutal even when they are in human forms. It is a far depict from the movies and fictions, where they are civil and level headed when in human form. I hope one day science or technology can provide more proves the existence of werewolves, and debunk the reason of this mystical shapeshifter.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 05:07 PM
    The miraculous power of Protectors’ practice can heal and shield us from negative karma from ripening. Through the blessings of our Guru, coupled with strong faith and trust, the practices will take effect swiftly and effectively. Rejoice to Steven Lee. May he be guided by the Three Jewels always. Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow for sharing the true story with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-10.html
  • Lin Mun
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 03:57 PM
    This is a very touching article. I totally agree that dog is a man’s best friend. They are always so loyal to the owner. However it is sad that not all pet owners are such. Some will only treat them literally as an animal and therefore do not take good care of them. Dogs or any other animals are beings that have feeling. There should not be neglected and be abused by us. This article reminds us to always care for all beings and respect them.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this heartwarming article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 02:21 PM
    Its a heartfelt touching article of this faithful dog.Cannot imagine this ,such a wonderful relationship between that dog and the deceased owner.The greatest fear dogs know is the fear that we will not come back for them That i noticed from observing from my pet poodle.In this case this faithful dog knew his owner won’t be back.
    Dogs are loyal, patient, fearless, forgiving, capable of pure love and have feelings too.He must have missed the owner badly that he wanted to accompany the owner all the way to the resting place.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing. May that faithful dog ,continue to serve and well taken, love by the other family members.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 01:46 PM
    Werewolves are known to be mythical creatures found in fiction instead of lurking in the dark woods,In various parts of the world there were few cases who have gone down in history as real life werewolves Interesting to read it from these post..How far it was true or just legends.,no one really know . Many myths and legends surrounding werewolves .To become a werewolf, it is necessary to be bitten by a werewolf in their form at the time of the full moon. Thats what all of us knew from the movies and from fiction told. Reports of werewolf sightings continued even till this century but mostly in between 1428 and 1447 .The most recent sighting of werewolf sightings in 1972. was in Ohio .but eventually subsided .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these interesting article which i do enjoyed reading it,
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/paranormal/werewolves-the-shapeshifters.html
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    Twenty-Four Holy Places & Eight Great Charnel Grounds part 2 – (focus topic: Eight Great Charnel Grounds)

    At one time there was a god by the name of Rudra who was originally part of Mahadeva’s retinue. He was a very fierce being who also had many of his own consorts. Together with his consorts he began to oppress sentient beings, and promoted violence and unethical behaviour. At that time, Heruka once again arose, and in a dance of great compassionate wrath, liberated Rudra and his consorts from their physical bodies, sending their minds to pure lands. The places where Rudra’s body parts fell became charnel grounds. …read more by clicking the following link:

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/twenty-four-holy-places-eight-great-charnel-grounds.html
  • Jason
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 03:07 AM
    This year Wesak Day fall on 10 of May. This day is very special and meaningful to me because I will visit Kechara Forest Retreat(KFR) to join some meritorious event there.
    For me, Wesak is a day to commemorate Buddha Sakyamuni in three aspect( Birth , Enlightened, Nirwana).
    While we celebrate Wesak, we must remind ourselves to learn from Buddha teachings and practice it in order to gain attainment.
    Thanks Rinpoche and Pastor Seng Piow for sharing in order to create more understanding on Wesak Day.

    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/wesak-day-special-on-rtm-2.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 06:10 PM
    OMG! This is very touching. To see a doggie who never left go of his owner in spite of death. Way more powerful than many who proclaimed “till death do us part.” Just like the human, not all doggies are as loyal as this tear-jerking pet, but I truly believe almost all doggies offer unconditional love to the person who feeds and cares for them. Even when they are stray animals. There was a stray dog who will run two streets from the entrance of the “Taman” until the car stops in front of the house, just to greet me. You can imagine the warm and conviction in my heart that these beings are more than capable of loving than many of us, human! Thank you for this lovely sharing. I miss my doggie, Sherab.

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

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

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

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

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-12.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 04:30 PM
    Miracles do happen,when we have faith and trust in our Guru.What is important is to follow Rinpoche’s advice and do as instructed by our Guru to clear the osbtacles all the way.Angie and Herry were so fortunate to have meet Rinpoche.Its because of Rinpoche ‘s compassion and caring for his student Angie’s life was saved.Infact Rinpoche has helped many people through his intervention, advice and instructions.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing miracles stories which i enjoyed reading.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-2.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 02:45 PM
    WOW….interesting a miracles true story. Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing.Reciting mantras by family members and doing 20 pujas done at the monastery to help the baby. These proved that pujas, which have been done for hundreds of years in the monasteries are very powerful methods for us to overcome difficulties, create huge amounts of merit and for protection, good health and long life.This show us how powerful pujas can help us when we have trust and faith in our Guru.And with Rinpoche divination,the baby was born and now a healthy boy.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-1-2.html

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