Can you endure this?

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Take a moment to read this. It won’t take much of your time. After reading, visualize yourself in that space laying there daily and enduring the slow suffocation and slaughter.

Tsem Rinpoche


I remember touching one of the sows in those crates. She was red and big with fourteen piglets tussling off to the side. She flinched. I could feel a strange sense of horror deep inside me, but I pushed it down. I rested my hand on her back and, for one brief moment, she leaned into it and then jerked away, as if burned. She could not understand my sudden interest in touching her with gentleness, no pig in the pork industry does. Anyone who can explain the rightness of a cage has never been in one, never felt the sides of it pushing and denying access to the natural world. They have not felt the frustration of nothingness, of being restricted, of being in a barren, empty world. When her instinct drives her to make a nest for her babies, she cannot. When her preference would be to nurse her piglets in a deep bed of leaves, she cannot. When she wants to run away from the humans who abuse her, she cannot. When she wants to burrow in straw with her sister and brother, she cannot. And when she is desperate to save her piglets, when they are taken forcibly from her at 2-3 weeks of age, when the wrongness of that separation is evident in her tense muscles and strange cries, she can do nothing to stop it. Everything done to her is an attempt at removing her from instinct and desire and what she wants and needs. We know what happens to her piglets. They too will be stripped of their dignity and of their pigness. Then they will be killed and eaten by a species who does not need meat to survive. She will spend years in that cage, repeatedly artificially inseminated, repeatedly denied access to a nest and the outdoor world, repeatedly abused and repeatedly stripped of her babies. I don’t need meat to survive. You don’t either. Pigs need to be allowed to express all that makes them them. And they cannot do that on a farm or in a place that sees them as roasters and production units. Since there are so many alternatives to pork, there isn’t any reason not to start choosing a compassionate diet now. Do it today, for the millions of sows denied true motherhood and the hundred million piglets turned into pork. We must honor who they are by not reducing them to what our palates desire. Marji Beach – Animal Place Sanctuary.


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  1. Pee Bee Chong on Dec 30, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing. I feel sad to see this. I cannot image if I were the pigs, live in a cage with no freedom and waiting for my day to come. Human are cruel and selfish. They only think about themselves. Therefore we should start become vegetarian or reduce taking meat to save these animals. Thank you

  2. Vinnie Tan on Oct 29, 2014 at 6:47 am

    It is just so sad that these pigs do not even have the space to stretch themselves. The picture is just such a heart breaking site that all slaughter houses are trying to hide from the eyes of the consumers. The sows are just being used for their bodies to give birth to more pigs and to also feed the piglets. They constantly have to go through so much pain with regards to the kind of mental torture that they have to endure each time when their piglets are being separated from them. They can cry, but non from the slaughter house would care. I just cannot imagine the kind of mental and physical trauma that the pigs have to go through everyday, It is just so sad to see them this way.

    It is just heart breaking to see that the pigs do not even know what is a caring touch that is being laid on their bodies. For them to be reacting in fear as though they were being beaten.

    If only human beings can stop consuming meat products, then only these pigs and other animals do not have top endure so much pain in slaughter houses and the farms. It is only then they can be free to roam around like they should be.

  3. Hee TS on Oct 11, 2014 at 9:51 pm


  4. Edwin Tan on Sep 6, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    We are all living beings on this planet…yet just because we are more intelligent, we feel that we own them, their lives belong to us.

    In the past, cave man period, eating meat was probably for survival, in this day and age where we are more exposed to varieties, we can make smart choices to go veteran and harm less to animals.

    We do not understand their language, but the pains and sufferings are the same.

    Do visualise how the meat end up on our plates before we sink our teeth into them.

  5. Wan Wai Meng on Apr 14, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    What these animals endure is hell on earth. If we do not wish to be victimised like this we also should not do it to others.

  6. Wan Wai Meng on Apr 12, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    We are one breath away from going to the lower realms that is how easy we can go to the net rebirth. IN Yonten Shigyurma our lives have been describes as a water bubble. Thats what stops us from going to our next rebirth. The root cause for being an animal is ignorance. It does not pay to be ignorant about the reality that we are in.

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  8. June Tang(KH JB) on Feb 10, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    This is so sad to see animals being slaughtered everyday ,they don’t deserve to be killed !!! There is so much other things to eat without meat .Become vegetarian is the best way to save animals life !Start NOW !!!

  9. maria on Feb 9, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Your words are so powerful , that it has jolted me to realize I must re-commit to being vegetarian ( I was for 15 years)
    I ate meat again to please a boyfriend, so lost 13 years being a meat eater again.I noticed a change in my mind and body through eating meat again. It made me aggressive and I got off my spiritual path , which was very painful , my health deteriorated and I felt out of tune with myself and life. I think eating meat harms us on many levels as well as closing our hearts to the cruelty animals suffer daily in countless numbers. Thank you for your teaching of empathy for the pigs and cows and sheep and lambs and hens and all other animals who deserve happiness of living their lives naturally and peacefully. You got to me .Bless you.

  10. Peter Tysdal on Feb 7, 2014 at 3:27 am

    Thank you for posting this paragraph. It’s true that we don’t need to eat meat to survive. Many Buddhists say that if you don’t kill an animal you still eat meat that someone else killed. To me this is letting someone else take all the bad karma so that we can selfishly enjoy eating meat that was produced from an act of extreme cruelty. All my blessings to Tsem Tulku, all my blessings to mother sow.

  11. Jutika lam on Feb 6, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Though I know how badly abused and tortured animals in the farms and slaughter houses are I never expected it to be this terrible.

    I just can’t believe that mother pigs are not even allowed to raise there own kids while they are being bred and sold to slaughter houses.

    This problem just keeps getting worse and I think that the primary reason is because though everyday a few people stop eating meat, more people eat more meat.

    I really hope that people will be more aware of this and stop eating meat.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.


  12. wansan on Feb 4, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    I cannot endure seeing these animals suffering because of those who crave for their meat. Many do not know what these animals had to go through. The pain they feel every single day, the suffering of not being able to feed and care for their babies.. all these happened behind close doors and they end up being killed, cut and sliced nicely in the plates for us who crave so much for their meat. We should really take time to think and consider where and how do all these meat come from. Think twice of that piece of meat in front of you before putting it inside your mouth.

  13. Edern Tan on Feb 3, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    I couldn’t believe what I was reading a moment ago…
    I went to sear chance if there were such things and to my horror it was real and happens to every slaughter house and a typical slaughter house kills up to 1100 pigs very hour… OMB we,like the article said, does not need meat to survive. I hope this article will be read by all humans and we will all covert to vegetarians. Giving all the animals freedom.

  14. Sharon Ong on Feb 3, 2014 at 10:51 am

    As a former ham lover, I am as guilty for all these cruelty. Hence, I am going green to try to stop any further harmful actions.

  15. Jace Chong on Feb 2, 2014 at 12:20 am


    肉骨茶, 烧肉, 叉烧, 猪肉粉等很美味, 但看了猪只如何受一生的苦来满足我们一刹那的食欲真的非常不值得。

    我认为大家都是地球的居民, 没有谁比谁更优越, 每个生物都有自由生活的权力。人类太自私自利了, 不止掌控这些动物的性命并残杀它们。

    我相信每个举动都有因果业障, 我们一天不停止对肉类的需求, 宰杀动物的悲歌永远唱不完。宰杀者因杀业投身为被宰杀的动物, 被宰杀的动物因嗔恨变成宰杀者, 这样的轮回众生何时才能解脱?

  16. Riyaj on Feb 1, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Namaste , I like to vote for video entitled KP02 – Tara .I would like to ask is Prince Siddhartha ( Lord Buddha ) was Indian Prince as you have mentioned in this video KMP10 – Enlightenment Series ? I am asking this question not as Nepali but as earnest seeker of truth .Thanku

  17. LT Loo on Jan 30, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    It just strikes me as I read this article that we are no better than her.The cage is Smasara that we choose to reborn into. It filthy and uncomfortable that we took as pleasure. When the Guru touch us gently with Dharma, we cringe and be skeptic. The piglets are things that we thought we own and attached to, which I’m very sure will be parted with us when the time and conditions come….

  18. Beatrix Ooi on Jan 28, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    It’s quite a sad and interesting feedback from Marji Beach, at least he was one of the many who had feelings. Animals are living beings as well, I find that sslaughtering/ abusing animals are very cruel. Only cold blooded and sick people can live under this kind of condition

  19. Wai Kee on Jan 27, 2014 at 12:24 am

    The key message is really we do not need meat for our diet to SURVIVE, its merely to satisfy our CRAVING. I cannot even bring myself to imagine to be in that situation, just like the fear of facing death during death meditation. So what’s the difference between what the pigs have to endure as compared to death. No difference – sad – please stop animal cruelty.

  20. Pastor Han Nee on Jan 25, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    All big and red, with 14 piglets around her, it must have been sheer pain and torture for her inside the cage. So used to pain, even a gentle touch scares her and she flinches from it.

    It’s always the same old adage. Why do to others what we don’t want to have done to us? Would we like it if we were put in a cage? Then what makes it different, just because it’s a pig? Even a pig has a desire for comfort and ease.

    Those who are going to eat the flesh of this sow,you may be shutting your eyes to it all. But it won’t go away. If the mother and young piglets are killed for food, shouldn’t whoever eat their flesh be equally guilty of killing?

  21. Casteven Lim (KH JB) on Jan 25, 2014 at 2:26 am

    Om Mane Peme Hum…

    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing, the picture above really touch our head to make us contemplate more…

    May we start less meat eater then heading to be Vegetarian as soon possible…

  22. Wei Theng on Jan 24, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    It is sad to see this. When I imagine I am one of them… Eat, sleep,, sh** give birth, die in the cage, it’s really frightening!
    This article not just reminds me to be vegetarian, but also push me to do more Dharma work while I still have the chance because I will never know when I maybe one of the sows….
    Thank you Rinpoche for the teaching!

  23. Leu Chong Hin on Jan 24, 2014 at 1:28 am

    Human are using them as a tool to generate the wealth and ignore the physical body suffering that bring it to them. Hardly said then we are not part of root cause unless we are full vegetarian. We should respect each life being on this planet. All life are equally and they have their right to stay on as what human doing. Treat animals as part of our food consumption are totally wrong perception. we should change it.
    I feel shame of myself because until today not yet pledge to be full vegetarian. I should take their suffering as my so that I have no more accuses no be a vegetarian.
    Thanks for Rinpoches sharing.

  24. Andrew James Boon on Jan 23, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    And all this suffering for our own selfish want to satisfy our palate. It is not even a case of eating to survive anymore, we eat to merely fill a craving and not our stomachs…

    What has humankind evolved into? I could not be in a lift for too long let alone a cage that barely fits my body… and lets not even mention the conditions around the cage.

    As long as I am alive, I will be vegetarian and I will not take another life or be the cause for another living being to die to be the food on my table!

  25. Uncle Eddie on Jan 23, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Can anyone imagine this! Fourteen sows kept tightly in a cage with hardly any space to move, or even to breathe. Except for these poor sows, none have felt the deep frustrations of nothingness, of being restricted, of being barren, of being in an empty world, which in the end they be cruelly killed off to be eaten. In this episode, millions of sows are denied true motherhood, and hundred million of piglets are turned into roasted pork to be eaten. Let us have this situation in reversal, and form a mental image that Earth was invaded by “carnivorous aliens” that consider humans as delicious food. Thousands of human beings were captured, and being hoarded and tightly packed into pens like the above mentioned “poor sows”. Every single day tens of thousands are to be skinned alive, have their throats slit, their bodies disemembered, packaged and graded seperately for sale. Babies of few months old taken away, fried crisply and served as a delicacy (similarly to suckling pig or fried chickens). This is what humans are doing to the animals everyday, but yet, we do not see or realise anything is wrong with it, as we are on the upper hand and the winning side of things! Like the great Albert Schweitzer said, “Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages”. And also as the saying goes, “Do unto others as you others to do unto you.”

  26. Jun Zhen on Jan 23, 2014 at 12:38 am

    Very touching indeed. It evokes almost the same sort of feeling when watching “Earthings”, but with the above, it is from a slightly different angle, yet makes you feel more of the same. If you are a mother yourself, you will almost be able to relate, like myself.

    Pain is the same, no matter you are a human, or an innocent animal like the pig. A mother’s love is true and deep. So, why inflict onto others when you do not wish to feel that excruciating pain which you are not even sure if you can endure yourself?

    Thanks for sharing, my dear Guru. Going meatless.
    Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu

  27. Pastor Martin on Jan 22, 2014 at 5:51 am

    Considering that pigs are intelligent beings that are sensitive to emotions, it is nothing but pure torture to be confined to such punishing conditions, repeatedly impregnated, have your off-springs forcibly taken away from you very much against your maternal instincts and eventually mercilessly slaughtered. Any one of these agonizing conditions that man inflict on these animals is sufficient on its own to “break” a human being and yet we human beings brutalize these life forms without flinching. Pictures such as the above and plenty more attest to how lowly human beings have fallen in terms of our humanity and our understanding of how all lives and all beings are connected. We cannot partake directly or even indirectly in such wickedness and not expect to create the causes to feel the same.

    What good can come out of eating flesh that is really the final product of the mutilation of a life after we have inflicted every pain and misery imaginable on it. How can being involved in any way in this chain of pain be good?

  28. Alice Tay on Jan 22, 2014 at 12:10 am







  29. Julien Roth on Jan 21, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    This is too much. Rinpoche had explained this very well. These animals who are stuck in these cages all their lives have never had any kindness whatsoever. So when someone does treat them well they are scared. This story really touched me and inspired me to take my vegetarianism more seriously. Thank you.

  30. So Kin Hoe on Jan 21, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    If we consciously ignore the suffering of animals, we are no different with the most wanted criminals in the world. It shows how selfish of being humans when we let the animals to endure all the pains and suffering while we enjoy their meat after they have lived for so long in the undesired condition before they are brutally killed without any pain killer. Are we aware that we can become animals in next lives because of our own karma?

  31. Shelly tai on Jan 21, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    This is so inhuman I really feel for these animals! If anyone who reading this please stop eating them we do not need their meat to survive we can eat green that will produce less suffering for all theses animals. Thank you Rinpiche for sharing this blog with us.

  32. Han on Jan 21, 2014 at 10:16 am


  33. Patsy on Jan 21, 2014 at 7:31 am

    No living being would like to live in a small constraint space. Due to human greed and appetite, animals suffered so much to please our palate.

    Please reconsider the next time you order your meal. Be Vegetarian. Once the demand stops, the supply will die off eventually.

  34. Carmen K on Jan 21, 2014 at 3:12 am

    For once, think and put yourself in the situation of the animal that you see right before your eyes. Their tears tug at your heart, Their cries instinctively creates a lump at the base of your throat, most of all…their suffering makes you reconsider whether you are really that cruel and cold-hearted to be able to put an animal through this mad ordeal all to satisfy your tastebuds.

    After all that, Can you really slice open the throat of the cows, dump the chicken in hot water, roast a piglet alive..knowing very well the pain that they have to endure for you. Have some consciousness, have a heart and go vegetarian. You do not need meat.

  35. Lucy Yap on Jan 21, 2014 at 1:00 am

    It is heartbreaking to see pictures of animals being abused,tortured and killed!This sadly happens too often and it’s true that more people have the power to help and don’t just educate about the different breeds.Ways to help out would make a difference.
    Just because they are animals doesn’t mean they don’t have feelings and can be treated cruelly.More people need to change their views, and realized that animals need our help and love.

  36. Wah Ying on Jan 20, 2014 at 4:53 pm



  37. Grace Leu on Jan 20, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    This is really sad that animals were treated cruelty. Nobody wants to stay in a narrow space and forcing by all kinds of mean actions. The message needs to be passed down ” please stop eating meat” ! P

  38. AdelineTan on Jan 20, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    It is very very sad to see animals being slaughtered everyday just to satisfy the taste buds of some mankind. All animals have the right to live and be happy like what we all want. Stop eating meat now and go on a compassionate diet, go vegetarian, when there is no meat demand in consumer markets, no slaughtering of animals is needed. Stop the killings and cruelty to these poor helpless animals. Thank you for creating the awareness of the sufferings of the animals that they have to endure.

  39. Calvin Kam on Jan 20, 2014 at 9:24 am

    I can’t breath! I can’t move! I can’t feed my lovely child! I am waiting to be kill! I going to see my son get killed one by one! I am forever separated with my love one…why the world so cruel….
    Sometimes this is not just happened to the animals world, it happened to every sentient being in the samsara. To stop the karma cycle, we should try our best to be vegetarian. This is not easy, but I will keep it on, rather than waiting for more karma.

  40. Edward ooi on Jan 20, 2014 at 12:22 am

    I cannot endure especially when people torture animals. The animals never do anything to harm us except maybe the fierce animals such as crocodile and etc. Most animals have more loyalty than us. Why do we kill animals? What is the purpose and what do we gain eventually? I guess the answer is NOTHING. Whoever reads this please stop killing or torture animals, and if you don’t do this kind of things then help animals by promoting vegetarianism. Thank you

  41. tenzinkhenchen on Jan 19, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    This is so sad. I wish animals didn’t have to be killed for the selfish needs of human beings. This is very alarming. People need to know about it.

  42. Lucas Roth on Jan 19, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    wow, i HATE animal cruelty and slaughter, they don’t deserve to be killed and treated this way. Animals have lives too so humans do not have to kill and eat them, so every single time you look at that juicy piece of meat, think of the bloody corpse it came from.

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    “In today’s diaspora of religious philosophies, many ancient teachings can be apportioned to the realms of hearsay, cults and airy, fairy superstition, more so in the philosophy of the Buddha and what He stood for, than others. The multi variants and “brands” of the self-appointed robed disciples of the Buddha has, down through the ages, for their own commercial and personal enrichment fabricated the pristine factual knowledge of the True Buddha to something of a legend that is not entirely false but indeed retain some grains of truth in the fabric of these woven tapestry that was supposed to depict the life, teachings and reality of the Buddha’s utterances, thus engendering doubts and dis-interest in the Noble Truth of the Buddha’s pristine words; causing the true disciples to waver and turn away from the True Words of the Buddha; endangering the Buddha’s Teachings and consigning the true believers to lives of suffering.

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  • Pastor Adeline
    Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 01:23 PM
    In the tantras such as Tara, White Tara, Vajrapani, Manjushri, Saraswati, Tsongkapa, Dukkar, Avalokitesvara, Oserchenma, Maitreya, etc, it is highly recommended you do not eat meat/eggs when you engage in their sadhanas, practice, retreats. When you do Tara Pujas (Drolchok), you are suppose to avoid meat or you shouldn’t engage in the pujas. In the Monastery, countless times we have to do Tara puja or engage monks to do for us, they have to avoid meat before was strict. If you are doing Naga pujas, you have to avoid meat and it is a must. There are many types of beneficial naga pujas such as Lutor, Lusang, etc that you avoid meat totally. There’s a very powerful Naga vase (Lubum), which my guru made and I have one for years now, and it is specifically for generating wealth for dharma activities. If you keep this vase, make proper offerings, then with the motivation of dharma, your financial resources will increase to fund the dharma works. 10 years ago, when I was literally down to a few dollars and struggled financially very badly, I called my Guru for divination, he said to get a Naga vase and then with some time it will be ok. He taught me how to make offerings and what to offer and not offer and one big no-no is meat. He said avoid meat…or in my thinking no wealth…LOL. Well I didn’t offer meat, after that yearly I can see growth in Kechara.So no meat in this case was worth it for growth to benefit others.
  • Pastor Adeline
    Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 01:22 PM
    When we are highly, extremely attained, eating meat, ‘breaking’ vows, taking up consorts, etc etc would not incur negative karma since our mind has attained emptiness and not returning to samsara,and hence our actions have no contaminated motivation both subtle and gross and until then, we have to be careful of any actions we do. This is my thoughts. I do not mean to offend or hurt, but I sincerely feel it is more compassionate to not eat meat in the 21st century and for 21st Century Buddhism/Buddhists. What good karma do we gain from eating meat? How does it benefit animals if we murder them and then eat them. Go on the youtube and see how they are butchered. There are hundreds of videos. It is a real lesson and a real dharma practice to wish to not be a part of it. I wish my prayers that all animals will not be hurt and tortured as well as all six realms beings always. Om Mani Peme Hung…
  • Pastor Adeline
    Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 01:21 PM
    Tsem Rinpoche’s New Idea – (Offering Gold to Vajra Yogini in KFR)
    Making offerings to the Buddhas are acts of generosity and therefore highly meritorious. Tsem Rinpoche is perpetually looking for new, innovative and creative ways for Kecharians, visitors and guests to Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR) to collect merits. And earlier today (Thursday, 1 October 2015), Rinpoche conceptualized another exciting and powerful way for people to make offerings and accrue merits that is: Offering gold on to the body of a Vajra Yogini statue (the gold refers to real gold in tablet form that will be melted and applied on the statue).

    In principle it is similar to how the Thais offer gold leaf on their Buddha statues, except in this case it is 100% gold applied to the face and body of a new Vajra Yogini statue in liquid form.

    The following are salient points that Rinpoche thought of and articulated. These are not yet final or comprehensive, and Rinpoche may add to the points or amend them.
  • Pastor Adeline
    Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 01:19 PM

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I must thank my dharma blog team who are great assets to me, Kechara and growth of dharma in this wonderful region. I am honoured and thrilled to work with them. I really am. Maybe I don't say it enough to them, but I am saying it now. I APPRECIATE THESE GUYS VERY MUCH!

Tsem Rinpoche

What Am I Writing Now


The Unknown

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

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9 hours ago
Lord Tsongkhapa's holy retreat house in Tibet. Huge pilgrimage spot.
9 hours ago
Lama Tsongkhapa footprint as a child
9 hours ago
Kedrub Je's personal statue of Yamantaka
9 hours ago
Prince Siddhartha with his maternal aunt Queen Mahaprajapati Gotami
9 hours ago
Lama Tsongkhapa assigned Khedrub je to carved this Chenrezig but he was unable to complete (only half) the rest formed itself to completion. Very blessed.
10 hours ago
Cinca-Manavika making a false accusation against the Buddha. She saw imperfections in the Buddha due to her karma and in anger accused Buddha. 
I was thrilled to find this as it says the same thing according to tantra-
5 days ago
Thank you for this picture
5 days ago
This is a beautiful and unusual thangka.
1 week ago
The Goddess Kandarohi of the Vajra Yogini tantra. She is invoked to expel negative interferences. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal Pelsango. This picture of this very holy lama taken yesterday September 27, 2015. His Holiness is very well. I thank our good karma for this and grateful to see His picture. May we all become like His Holiness Gaden Trisur who is accomplished in his mind. My prostrations to this great lineage master who has commitment, samaya to His guru and who is Lord Tsongkapa's representative on earth, Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Making long life offerings to His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche who is one with Heruka Chakrasamvara.~Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Buddha and Jesus are best buddies and going out on the town to save some souls. Sure wish the followers can be just as open and liberal. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Beautiful mural painting of H.H. Pabongka Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
This is something interesting:
3 weeks ago
You don't want to miss out what this incredible lady Magadha Sangmo (须摩提女) did that benefitted so many during Buddha's time:
3 weeks ago
You have to see this as it's super cute and brightens your day: --------- Being creative is an expression of helping others to understand something by various unconventional means.~Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Do you know what this flag represents and the meaning behind it:
3 weeks ago
Such wonderful and hardworking people of Kechara! I respect them alot. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
His Excellency the YDP of Bentong gracing Kechara Forest Retreat today! He is taking a picture with our hardworking Kechara Forest Retreat team. They are the team that build, maintain and expand our plans in Kechara Forest Retreat. All future buildings and many exciting new plans will be made manifested by this group of beautiful people of Kechara Forest Retreat. (From Left to right: Ms Phng Li kheng, Pastor Chia Song Peng, Pastor Henry, His Excellency the YDP, Mr Nicholas Yu, Ms. Pammie Yap, Ms. Julia Tan and Mr Khoo. I am so proud of our team and I humbly thank the YDP for visiting us from his very busy schedule. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Parnashavari-Special healing goddess for contagious diseases. I want a 9ft statue of Her on Kechara Forest Retreat's land...very beneficial.
3 weeks ago
Sacred Vajra Yogini with the root and lineage guru on top and Her entourage surrounding Her.
4 weeks ago
Mongolian rare statue of White Heruka
4 weeks ago
11th Century Nepalese Manjushri
4 weeks ago
Beautiful ancient carving of Manjushri.
4 weeks ago
A sacred Manjushri made during the Kangxi period of China.
4 weeks ago
You are going to be amazed at these beautiful pictures! Guess what arrived on Kechara Forest Retreat's pond? See here:
4 weeks ago
This is so beautiful. Our Kecharians do deserve to read this and feel good. They are hard working. Thank you so much.
1 month ago
You'll have to watch Kechara's version. Camp, funny and really 'good' acting---Some things are just TOO FUNNY to see once! See this-
1 month ago
Beautiful pendant of Dorje Shugden Trakzey available now for your invite and blessings from! So beautifully crafted! This special form of Dorje Shugden rides on a garuda representing destruction of anger and protection of malevolent forces. Dorje Shugden protecting you wherever you go in the form of this sacred art pendant.
1 month ago
Amazing Wangzey Dorje Shugden pendant available now for your invite and blessings from! So beautifully crafted! This form of Dorje Shugden helps us to overcome insecurities, fears and difficult situations. Wear this special form of Dorje Shugden always!
1 month ago
The principle form of Dorje Shugden in 18 inches riding on a powerful snow lion the King of celestial beasts representing Dorje Shugden has overcome all obscurations and four maras and is fully enlightened. The remaining form of Gyenze Dorje Shugden will be available soon here at
1 month ago
Beautiful 18 inches Shitzey Dorje Shugden available now for your invite and blessings from! So beautifully crafted! This form of Dorje Shugden rides on a celestial elephant representing firmness and strength of the enlightened mind of Dorje Shugden. Shitzey helps us to heal, overcome diseases, placate anger and dangerous environmental situations.
1 month ago
Beautiful 18 inches Trakzey Dorje Shugden available now for your invite and blessings from! So beautifully crafted! So very rare riding on a Garuda. This form of Dorje Shugden is powerful to protect from negative energy and powerful energies that disrupt our minds, work and spiritual progress.
1 month ago
Beautiful 18 inches Wangzey Dorje Shugden available now for your invite and blessings from! So beautifully crafted! This form of Dorje Shugden helps us to overcome insecurities, fears and difficult situations.
1 month ago
This stunning Hayagriva thangka is in my aunt's shrine
1 month ago
Stunning Protector Brahmarupa
1 month ago
Protector Brahmarupa
1 month ago
Interesting background on Protector Brahmarupa
1 month ago
The Goddess Trokner Jenma or Bhrikuti...Very nice
1 month ago
So picturesque: Japanese small towns are quaint, neat, clean and very organized and it has very rustic feeling and they connect with nature. They are timeless with modern conveniences but old world feel. I love small Japanese towns.
1 month ago
Japanese small towns are quaint, neat, clean and very organized and it has very rustic feeling and they connect with nature. They are timeless with modern conveniences but old world feel. I love small Japanese towns.
1 month ago
This Vajra Yogini is in Rashi Gempil Temple in Howell, New Jersey. My guru Kensur Rinpoche invited this from India and enshrined Her in his house next to the temple. His house was right next to the temple. I use to go and look at Her always extremely fascinated. The statue is there now and here it is. Beautiful. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Whenever we think we can't we should take refuge in Manjushri and do his practice and retreats and then our minds will open up more and then we will understand we can. That nothing is can't but everything should be CAN!~ Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
H.H.Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche drew this Buddha.
2 months ago
Four wonderful people at a very holy and sacred location making pilgrimage. Many dakinis were sighted in this area.
2 months ago
Nice painting of Tibetan King Trisong Deutsen who did alot for the propagation of Dharma during his reign. He is worshipped as a Dharma king and attained being also.
2 months ago
Congratulations to Kyabje Zawa Rinpoche in Canada! See:
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    2 weeks ago
    HH the Dalai Lama prays with HH Trijang Rinpoche and HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Such a beautiful video of His Holiness Dalai Lama, His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and His Holiness Dilgo Kyentse Rinpoche (Very exalted high Nyingma lama) are all praying together. In the background you see a young Kyabje Lati Rinpoche too. So beautiful. This is how it was before the ban. All the sects and high lamas were superbly harmonious. After the Dorje Shugden ban things changed for the worse. May the ban be released soon. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Nice Dorje Shugden rock painting
    4 weeks ago
    Nice Dorje Shugden rock painting
  • His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche teaches the truth of life and our impeding death.
    1 month ago
    His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche teaches the truth of life and our impeding death.
  • A kind message from Mr. Tsering Wangchuk to me. Thank you so much. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 months ago
    A kind message from Mr. Tsering Wangchuk to me. Thank you so much. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 1)
    2 months ago
    Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 1)
  • Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 2)
    2 months ago
    Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 2)
  • His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche accepts Long Life puja
    3 months ago
    His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche accepts Long Life puja
  • Dorje Shugden/Kache Marpo makes offerings to Tsem Rinpoche
    3 months ago
    Dorje Shugden/Kache Marpo makes offerings to Tsem Rinpoche
  • My good friend Justin Ripley
    3 months ago
    My good friend Justin Ripley
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    4 months ago
    I requested Choji Lah to do a trusol, rabney and soongdroop for our large DS and Buddha. In this video, he is performing trusol which is ritually 'bathing' the environment and blessing all those who come to visit our Wisdom Hall and Dorje Shugden. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Bigfoot arrives!!!
    4 months ago
    Bigfoot arrives!!!
    Tsem Rinpoche is an avid follower of the paranormal such as bigfoots. For more interesting writings and posts on the subject, please go to
  • Mumu Loves Snack!
    4 months ago
    Mumu Loves Snack!
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    5 months ago
    For H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, a blog post is not just a blog post but Dharma work that generates merits which should be dedicated. Click here to find out what blog post Rinpoche was dedicating the merits for when he recited this prayer: ~Ani Lobsang Pema
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    5 months ago
    Panchen Lama in Beijing on CCTV - China's official news. The respect and position they give His Holiness Panchen Lama is great.
  • Magical fish tank with Buddha statue
    5 months ago
    Magical fish tank with Buddha statue


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59 minutes ago
Dorje Shugden puja is highly demanded by most sponsors. By Puja House 7 October'15
1 hour ago
Drolchok Puja conducted for Sponsor's kid to clear their obstacles. By Puja House 7 October'15
1 hour ago
Medicine Buddha puja did for Sponsor's beloved to heal fast. By Puja House 7 October'15
1 hour ago
Puja Team prepared for Tonite Lamrim recitation. By Puja House 7 October'15
1 hour ago
This afternoon puja Team did some cleaning at Kechara. From Kc Lounge library to Pastor office, and Gallery. By Puja House , 7 October'15
2 hours ago
Dharma classes 2016 now open for registration at Kechara House . For more details call Frontdesk 03 7803 3908. Lucy Yap
16 hours ago
Dzambala puja conducted for Sponsor to overcome his financial difficulty. By Puja House 6 October'15
16 hours ago
Focus fully on 108 bowls of water offering for White Tara puja . By Puja House 6 October '15
16 hours ago
Druchuma puja did today for Sponsor to have harmony in the company. By Puja House 6 October'15
16 hours ago
A Sponsor sponsored a year Medicine Buddha puja for her mother to stay healthy. By Puja House 6 October'15
21 hours ago
Don't make laziness your comfort zone because it is really your enemy.~Tsem Rinpoche From: June Tang (Khjb)
21 hours ago
~5 Unexpected Women Who Became Buddhist Nuns~ Hollywood socialite. Miss India finalist. Bollywood actress. Not the typical titles associated to women who would aspire to become Buddhist nuns. But then again, how set in stone are labels? The first Buddhist nun in history was named "Pajapati" at birth, meaning "leader of a great assembly". She became the ...~Tsem Rinpoche From: June Tang (Khjb)
21 hours ago
~10,000 Nuns here!~ E = MC2 Enlightenment equals Motivation times the presence of Consciousness squared. Whenever my motivation starts to flag, I remember the nuns of Yarchen Monastery. Their compound (in the shape of a giant bodhi leaf) sits on a peninsula in the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of ...~Tsem Rinpoche From: June Tang (Khjb)
21 hours ago
~The Mind and Lama Tsongkhapa~ I gave a Dharma talk to a few of my students in my residence a while ago and thought I'll share this on my blog for everyone to listen. In this Dharma talk, I shared a little about the vastness of our mind, how our mind shapes our present condition and how it’s interlinked with our spiritual practice. ..~Tsem Rinpoche From: June Tang (Khjb)
21 hours ago
Gyenze Retreat in progress at Kechara (JB). Gyenze helps us overcome our karma of miserliness and bless us to gain spiritual prosperity. From: June Tang (Khjb)
21 hours ago
I sincerely thank the Pastors of Kechara and attendees for doing this special blessing ceremony at our newly installed Manjushri in Kechara Forest Retreat. I know the Pastors have trained well and the pujas they perform are from the pure Gaden tradition. I rejoice from the depths of my heart to see this and many pictures of their actitivities.. I am proud of my Pastors. I send them my prayers for the Buddhas to always bless them as they do pujas to bless many others daily. Dear Pastors, go all the way and benefit people with love in your hearts, no judgement and complete fearlessness continuously. A life of service to others is a life of the best service to ourselves. Thank you for carrying on the lineage. ~Tsem Rinpoche From: June Tang (Khjb)
21 hours ago
Lama Tsongkhapa retreats every three months consistently will heal the mind of pains and emotional scars. One should engage in retreats always.~ Tsem Rinpoche From: June Tang (Khjb)
21 hours ago
We are truly lucky Dorje Shugden gave us Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR). We must honor his giving by developing KFR & simultaneously practice mind training to be better & better person. It's not hard to build KFR if we focus and commit. While building KFR we also develop the inner tools to tame our minds and we achieve both. A beautiful centre to benefit the masses and a beautiful mind within us to bring us happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche From: June Tang (Khjb)
21 hours ago
“ 有所為,無所畏 “ 每個人終究只能為自己的人生負責,現在就走出別人的嘴,活出自己的人生! From: June Tang (Khjb)
21 hours ago
21 hours ago
“OM BENZA WIKI BITANA SOHA“ 祈愿多杰雄登的禁令能够即刻解除 ,让更多的众生能够修持祂的法门和得到祂的加持和庇佑。 From: June Tang (Khjb)
21 hours ago
~如何设立藏式佛坛~ 佛坛对佛教修持者而言具有好几重意义。首先,它是能辅助观想,启发修持者记得诸佛的特质,并逐渐放下世俗的执着。佛坛也是一个资粮田,让修持者能透过清洁和供养佛坛而累积大量功德。这个视频乃根据西藏佛教传统,向大家介绍设置各种简单至复杂佛坛的方法。 ~ 詹杜固仁波切 From: June Tang (Khjb)
21 hours ago
~如何开始多杰雄登修持~ 这个简短的日常课诵,能让您获得多杰雄登法门带来的好处。此视频以尊贵的詹杜固仁波切根据传统资料所编撰的短轨为蓝本,为您介绍如何展开宗喀巴大师和多杰雄登综合法门的修持法,适合未接受灌顶者修持。这个法门能带给大家智慧、丰裕、庇佑、和平和满愿的神圣加持。~詹杜固仁波切 From: June Tang (Khjb)
21 hours ago
黑白颠倒,恶言恶语是不会改变真理。 From: June Tang (Khjb)
21 hours ago
每一个人都应该享有自由选择宗教信仰的权力,多杰雄登修持者也不例外!!! From: June Tang (Khjb)





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