Can you kill your baby? Read this!!

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Iron Vest


Dear blog friends,

I have posted this article up because I came across it on Facebook, watched the videos and was stunned and appalled.

The level of pure selfish evil cruelty is beyond description… just like seal murders for skins in Canada, fur trapping in the US, whale murders in Japan, and so on. The coldness of humans around the world never ceases to amaze. Enough said. What are we going to do? Read the article, be angry and then forget as usual? Well I am going to contact Jill. I will donate. And I will arrange a group of people to be visit this bear sanctuary in China. I will raise the funds… how… I don’t know yet… I want more information to help.

Please think, 20-30 years locked up, tortured, bile extracted, no movement, iron vests, limbs cut is a hell in itself… BEAR FARMING MUST END.

Please read the incredible story of why the mother bear killed her own cub I’ve posted below… please read and realize the emotions the mother bear felt….

Jill is a hero. She is compassionate. And she has a solid and beneficial purpose in life. We should take note and follow suit. Life is not about acquisitions. Life is about others and lessening sufferings… everything else we glamourize is pale… Thank you Jill.

Tsem Rinpoche



 


Traps were laid in the wild illegally. When the bear was trapped, she lost not only her paws and four limbs for a good fortune of money, but she was locked up in the cage and had to endure daily torture of bile collection up to 25 or 30 years. This bile collection process requires a hole to be cut in the bear stomach and an iron pipe inserted into the bear gall bladder. Bile was then taken several times a day. The entire procedure was done without anaesthetic in order to save cost. The pain was excruciating. The bear could not bear it and attempted to kill herself by punching her stomach. However, human prevented this suicide act by forcing the bear to wear an iron vest. With this iron vest, her movement was restricted; committing suicide was an impossible task. A mother bear knew it too well. When the bear worker wanted to open up her cub’s stomach, the mother bear broke open the cage and went after the cub. After failing to release the chained cub, she hugged the cub. The mother bear then killed the cub to save it from a life of hell. Here is the story from Chinese news.

continue to read more here: http://ingenira.hubpages.com/hub/A-Teary-Mother-Bear-Killed-Her-Baby-and-Committed-Suicide-A-Heart-Breaking-True-Story


 

 



A bear with iron vest


 

 


(Source: The Scavenger http://www.thescavenger.net/animals/bear-necessitities-interview-with-jill-robinson-animals-asia-38057.html)

 

 

 

 


Bears Rescued from Torturous Bile Farm


Or view the video on the server at: http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/bearbile1.flv

 

 

A Tour With Jill Robinson


Or view the video on the server at: http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/bearbile3.flv

 

 

Moon Bear Rescue – A decade on…


Or view the video on the server at: http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/bearbile4.flv

Please watch this video very carefully. It is very informative.

 

 

Jackie Chan PSA on Bear Bile Farming

Or view the video on the server at: http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/bearbile2.flv

 

Jill Robinson’s Blog (http://www.animalsasia.org/blog/)

 

 


 






新闻来源:http://renminbao.com/rmb/articles/2011/2/16/54119b.html

 

20年穿鐵衣取膽 母熊含淚殺子並自殺(多圖)



黑熊母子情深,雌性黑熊是保護自己孩子的模範母親。

 


【人民報消息】熊膽不是甚麼名貴中藥,完全可以用草藥或人工合成代替。請大家盡力告知所有人這個常識,廣泛宣傳,堅決不買、不用這些熊膽製品!!!中共國竟畸形到了這般地步:中國嬰兒吃的奶粉竟要加三聚氰胺,可是不必要的熊膽竟要直接從熊體中活取。中共的“向錢看”把國家精神摧毀殆盡。讓我們救救“月熊”!做點事吧!!!

人類在野外下陷阱捉熊,熊落入陷阱,導致熊掌或四肢撕裂。熊被捉到後,要被人類殘害近二十五年,熊痛得掏肚自殺。

但人給熊穿上防止自殺的鐵衣,使熊無法移動分毫,連自殺也不能。




有的熊無法忍受每日取膽的痛苦,曾掏肚腸自殺。為了防止它們自戕,就特製了這種鐵馬甲。

 

 

熊肚子被人類挖一個洞,插入鐵管到膽,每天活取膽汁數次,鮮血淋漓,劇痛無比,熊痛苦的吼聲像打雷,可是穿了鐵衣,無法動彈(節省成本,沒有麻藥)。有只母熊痛苦不堪,在人類要對她孩子小熊開腸破肚之際,搬開鐵籠子,把自己的孩子小熊撕碎——不願意讓小熊受一輩子的地獄折磨。

受朋友之托,替他管理幾天“熊莊”,那是位於某某市西北部山腳下一所隱蔽的別墅,也是朋友養熊的莊園。

是夜,五更時分,我在小樓裡輾轉難寐。山風不斷送入一陣陣的聲,像一聲聲悲泣,既痛苦又絕望。恰在此時,我彷彿聽到門上有輕輕的動靜,“咯吱,咯吱”,同時還伴著粗重的呼吸。我猛一翻身坐了起來,隨手拉開了燈。“誰?”沒有任何回答,沉寂得煞是怕人。我伸手抓起一把掃帚,輕輕走到門邊,猛地拉開了房門。

哈,門外蜷縮著一只小熊,它胖胖的身軀蜷作一團,毛烘烘的鬢髮柔軟地蓬鬆著。它怯怯地望著我,發出近乎諂媚的喏喏叫聲,“熊熊,來,來啊,”我張開手,小熊搖搖擺擺地爬到我面前,小掌搭在我身上,用那溫暖的舌頭舔著我的手,柔軟極了。

突然,一陣喧嘩聲從外面傳來,小熊眼神一怔,敏捷地鑽到了床下面。很快,傳來敲門聲,我拉開門問道:“甚麼事啊?”“熊房剛跑了只小熊,沒來打擾先生吧?” “哦,有啊,在這呢。”我指著小熊躲藏的地方。他們俯下身,一把就抓住了它,粗暴地從裡面用力地往外拖著,他們把四只熊腿對足綁定,用一只粗長的棍子穿起來抬走了。小熊在離開房門時,那仰著的頭顱彎過來無助地望了我一眼,那是乞求可憐的目光。

天亮後,帶班的老張說領我去熊房看看。來到一個有幾千平方米的高大建築裡。裡面很空曠,平放著六個籠子,每個籠子裡都有一只萎靡的黑熊。奇怪的是它們身上都箍著一個明晃晃的像兜肚的東西。老張告訴我: “這是取膽汁用的,現在的熊膽汁價格是每克300元。”他帶我來到第一個籠子跟前,打手勢告訴我:“采膽汁開始了。”

我看見兩個彪悍的工人麻利地左右綁好熊軀,在那鋼兜肚兩側各拉起一條粗大的繩子,經過一個特製的滑輪,齊喊了聲“嗨!”只見熊身上的鋼兜肚漸漸地收縮著收縮著。突然,熊發出了歇斯底里的吼喊:“嗚……!”那簡直不是吼叫啊,那是變了形狀的淒哭,只見他拚命仰著頭痛苦地瞪圓了眼睛,四個粗大的掌子在有限的空間蹬抓著地面,發出 “滋拉,滋拉”地刺耳聲響,瞬間,那腹下的鋼管裡“滴答,滴答”地流出了碧綠色的液體。操作工人又慢慢鬆開繩子,接著拉起下一個回合,又是一陣聲嘶力竭的泣叫。

我看到熊的眼淚漸漸淌下來,它竟然也像人一樣咬緊了牙齒,躬起了身體去承受著無休止的痛苦。好悲慘的一幕啊,我不忍再看,扭頭走開了。此時,我才明白,夜裡那些悲叫是這些帶著傷痛的熊,在難挨的暮色裡發出的呻吟啊。

老張跟我到門口,我聲音顫抖地質問他:“你們還有人性麼?它們可都是生命啊!”老張淡淡地說道:“沒辦法,我們幹的就是這樣的活啊。”情緒稍定,我無奈地問他:“多長時間采一次膽汁?”

他回答道:“那要看情況了,膽汁多的一天兩次,少的最遲兩天要一次,一般一個熊年產膽粉2,000克,可以采10年。”我的心戰慄了,一天兩次,10年,這是個甚麼樣的魔鬼數字啊,也就是說,這樣慾死的折磨每天都要進行兩次,要在這樣慾生不能的刑法裡忍受10年,7,200次剜心剔骨啊。要日復一日,年復一年的熬啊,縱是人的堅強生命力,也肯定難以堅持下來,我的心痛痛的。

我提出要回去。老張說:“一會要對小熊手術,這個關鍵時刻你可不能走,你代表劉總,你走了,出了事誰能負得去這個責任!”我只好跟他又回到了熊房。在他招呼下,四個彪悍的工人把小熊綁了進來。

小熊驚恐地望著大家,當它的眼神看到我時,頓時一亮,渴求地望著我。我的眼睛濕潤了,此時,它竟然“撲通”一聲向我跪了下來,是四個蹄子同時跪下…老張擺擺手,命令開始手術,小熊失望地朝著屋頂,放聲大哭“嗚……”那聲音慘極了,失望極了,是我在這個世界上從未聽過的震撼心靈的呼喊,它簡直就是用人類的語言呼喊出來的一個“媽”字,就連那些劊子手般的工人也為之一震。

就在此時,一個異常震撼的情景出現了,只見籠子裡的一只大熊嘶叫了一聲,竟然用那巨掌一點點地撐開了拇指般粗的鐵籠子,蹦了出來。嚇得那些工人四下逃竄,我頓時呆住了,腳下像生了鉛,一步也移動不得。可大熊沒有理會我的存在,飛快地蹦到了小熊的跟前,用那笨拙的巨掌去解那粗粗的鏈子,可怎麼也解不開,它只好親吻著小熊,勉強地把它依偎在自己的懷裡,用舌頭慈愛地舔去小熊滿臉的淚水,哼哼叫著去撫慰自己親愛的孩子。小熊也像在連連叫著媽媽,“嗚嗚……”地嗚咽著,求媽媽救救自己。

突然,大熊狂叫著,用自己的巨掌狠狠地掐住小熊的脖子,吼叫著用盡力氣掐著,掐著……直到小熊的身體軟綿綿地倒下來,它才鬆開了自己的巨掌,它看著已經死去的孩子,它嗚咽著。哀鳴著,彷彿在喊:“孩子啊,媽媽救不了你,但你再不會去受罪了,媽媽對不起你啊!”它先是撕咬著自己的毛髮,接著一把拽下了身上的鋼兜肚,那鋼管帶著半個膽囊飛了出來,肚子上的毛皮頓時被鮮血染紅了,汩汩的流淌著殷紅的赤丹。只見它大叫一聲,瘋了似的向牆壁撞去,“砰!”牆壁轟然倒塌了。我麻木了,根本不知道自己是如何走出這個殘酷的熊房的。

整整一天,我腦海裡都是那悲慘的一幕。我在心中自問:熊媽媽的舉動是母愛?我想是的,是一種無奈的母愛。在此時此地,它沒有能力幫助孩子解脫那20年地獄般的痛苦,無奈之下,只有把創造了的愛毀掉,再去冥冥之中陪伴它,尋覓它,惟有如此啊!

有的熊無法忍受每日取膽的痛苦,曾掏肚腸自殺。為了防止它們自戕,就特製了這種鐵馬甲,日夜穿在它們身上。




一隻身戴鐵馬甲的熊!

 

 


由於抽膽的傷口從來不閉合,從來沒痊癒;由於長年累月地受盡折磨,很多熊都患上腫瘤,得了癌症,這個熊得的就是肝癌。

穿著鐵馬甲被抽膽的熊,鐵馬甲都腐爛了,不知道已經抽了多少年。

一些人認為熊掌是人間美味,而活體砍掌據說味道最佳。這個被救助出來的可憐的熊之前被人砍掉兩個掌,而且還每天要被抽膽幾次。

中國黑熊的洋媽媽————亞洲動物保護協會創始人謝羅便臣,在自己的右肩紋上了“月熊”兩個中文字。

五年來她始終為黑熊在奔走,想建立一個較大的救護中心,可是家基金會始終認為沒有準備好。圖為謝羅便臣與一頭剛被解救的熊,熊身上被迫穿著防止自殺保護抽膽的鐵馬甲。

這個熊已經被關在籠子里長達22年之久!“不能轉身,不能站直,只有痛!!!沒有樹林,沒有陽光,只有黑暗!!!沒有自由,沒有止境,只有受苦!

黑熊取膽時非常痛苦。怕膽汁亂流,穿著鋼背心的黑熊大多隻能一個姿勢站在鐵籠裡。

除了頭能自由擺動外,身子已不能活動。每頭被取膽的黑熊,都瘦骨嶙峋,它們唯一的動作是拚命搖頭。

現在很多人哪,為了賺錢,連牲畜都不如啊!


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  1. Marek on Jan 20, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    The world is overpopulated. Mother Nature – OUR GREATEST TEACHER & OUR MOTHER (Buddha Shakyamuni became enlightened by observing nature as well as his own mind) allows wars, extinctions, epidemics, famine, Empires to rise and fall in an attempt to keep things in balance. Humanity needs a reality check – Mama Nature sent her messages – and yet – people still bleed her veins dry to drive SUVs, destroy forests for a multitude of purposes – WE ARE POISONING OUR OWN PLANET – KILLING OUR MOTHER JUST FOR SELF INDULGENCE? GET REAL!

  2. Beatrix Ooi on Feb 6, 2016 at 7:37 am

    This is so painful to read, this is how great a mother is. Yes they are animals but just because they are animals, it doesn’t mean they do not feel pain and sorrow. This tragic incident is a proof to all who think and insist that animals do not have feelings and all those stuff, please stop fooling yourselves and learn to see the truths, there’s not point living in denial at all times. This is very sad, I hope that this article will reach out to more articles, touch them and change their lives. Bear biles do not belong to us, it’s part of their body and none of us have the rights or authority to take it away, there are always alternatives towards things like this that does not require killing.

  3. Denise Kuek on Feb 9, 2015 at 12:31 am

    I am stunned and sad to see this. I can not imagine how much suffer those moon bear feel. How can the people still doing that when they heard the scream from the pity bears, how can they make themselves numb from the scream and cries? Human are not supposed to use our intelligent to hurt other beings, please stop it!!

  4. Vinnie Tan on Oct 29, 2014 at 7:09 am

    The videos are just so hard to watch. I just cannot imagine that even with such improved technologies that human beings have invented, we still have to go through this, torturing these animals in the most cruel ways.

    We do not even need bear bile to survive! And yet these bear farms are doing things like that just to earn the money from some of the uneducated people. Conning and cheating them that it is a very good medication and nothing can replace it.

    I believe that it must be heart breaking for the mother bear to rush over to her baby to kill it before the farmers could have harmed her baby. I believe if she had more power, she would definitely try to save her baby away from the farm instead of ending the life of her baby in this manner.

  5. beatrix ooi on Feb 28, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    This is so sad, can you imagine the amount of pain the mother bear had to go through before and after killing its baby? In order not to let its baby suffer, she decided to kill the baby to lessen up the suffering of the baby bear. Such a sad story…

  6. Lucas Roth on Dec 18, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Jill is truly a hero, may she live long and keep on saving animals. bear bile is truly horrible because the torture the animal to take it. stop animal cruelty!!!!!!!!

  7. Jessica Yap on Dec 12, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    I could not believe the lengths of these people would go through to harvest the bear bile. It is so, so heartbreaking to see such a thing happening to these poor helpless and defenceless animals. I can’t even stand sitting in a car for more than an hour, what more being caged up with no room to move for 30 years! Us humans can be so cruel and selfish at times.

    I hope that the bear bile farmers will gain the wisdom to stop farming for the bear bile which serves no medical benefits to us. May the perished bears have good rebirth and may they be free from this vicious cycle in future..

    I would like to applaud Jill Robinson’s effort in highlighting this important issue to the world. Very heart warming to see people all around the world pitching in and helping in any way they can. Thank you, Jill. You are an inspiration to us all!

    “…Life is not about acquisitions. Life is about others and lessening sufferings… everything else we glamourize is pale… ”
    This line from Rinpoche is so profound.
    Life should be lived to help others then only would it be meaningful.

    Thank you for sharing, RInpoche!

  8. Julien Roth on Nov 23, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Its stupid what people do to animals just for their fur or meat. And the methods they use are even hurting my eyes. Its that terrible to me. If i were to see people do this to animals in front of me, i would stand up for that animal and stop the abuse. If you would do the same, be vegetarian.

  9. Sheryl KH (JB) on Jun 28, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    The paragraph is descriptive enough to make me feel both cruelty and pains. Losing paws and limbs is already very painful, and yet, they are just the beginning of endless nightmares.

    To have to kill my own baby, that will be my very last resort. The mother bear knew it well.

    Jill is truly a hero, for the perseverance and compassion that she shows towards animals in an adverse environment.

  10. Lim KH (JB) on Jun 28, 2012 at 5:39 am

    Many of us heard from eldest about the benefit of bear bile, paws and limbs. But according scientist there are many replacement items or medicine are better than that. Hopefully the research will spreading all over the world to let the peoples who need make the right choice.

    In spite of this, may the Holy Dharma spread in all over the world also to reduce our ignorance and may we gain more compassion for all mothers sentient beings.

  11. tsemtulku on Sep 26, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    May I share some of what I learnt from attending Miss Jill Robinson’s presentation in August, 2011. She is a truly remarkable and inspiring person.
    I learnt a lot from her presentation which was truly inspiring. She started by working for Animal Welfare based in Hong Kong and subsequently founded Animals Asia after a chance encounter with a captive moon bear in China. The incident inspired her to start a campaign to save them from the horrendous conditions they were kept in for as many as thirty years while their bile was harvested from them. Her passionate for her work is very evident and she speaks with great conviction and optimism despite all the obstacles that she faces every day. She shows great compassion and exudes a warmth and optimism. Despite all that she has seen and experienced in China there is no sense of condemnation of the people, just a realization that they need to have more awareness of the alternatives to bear farming. It seems to have strengthened her resolve to stamp out the cruel practice of bear bile farming through education and information. The following points were presented during her talk :

    1 She is working closely with Chinese scientists who have developed equally effective drugs from plants that are a perfect alternative to bear bile. This information is disseminated through medical conferences for Chinese medicine where Chinese medical practitioners are informed of the plant alternatives to bear bile.

    2 She stressed that support from the locals have been the key to the success of their work. It was considered the most effective method of changing public attitudes towards animal cruelty was through active participation of the local Chinese themselves. This was clearly illustrated in the change in attitude of the workers at the bear sanctuary. What was initially a job became a labor of love.

    3 In addition to the rescue of captive moon Bears, her organization is involved with rescue of cats and dogs that were slotted for the meat trade. Rescued dogs and cats are neutered and the cats are released back into the community. There has been a change in attitude towards the treatment of cats and dogs by the Chinese public as evidenced by the cooperation from the community in gathering the cats and dogs for neutering. The locals are actively involved in the rescue of cats and dogs. Jill mentions that there is a groundswell movement from the Chinese themselves to stop inhumane treatment of animals. . Public protests (something that was unheard of until very recently in Communist China) by the Chinese population to stop inhumane treatment of animals have become more common. Rescued dogs are used as Ambassadors for the organization. They have been used for education purposes in campaigns like Professor Paws, a program to teach children to learn English.

    She then showed many slides of the terrible conditions that the bears were kept in these farms. There are at least 7,000 bears in captivity in China alone and currently she has the Chinese government’s approval to rescue four hundred bears. This is done by paying the “farmer” to give up his bear farm by paying him a sum of money to permanently close his farm. The license to harvest bear bile is surrendered permanently and the Chinese Government no longer issues new licenses for bear bile farming. The bears are then surrendered to Jill’s organization for rehabilitation. To illustrate we are shown slides of the Chinese staff bringing the bears that had to be put down for rehabilitation. These bears are given a complete check up to determine their physical condition and the necessary steps taken to get them back into good physical condition. Unfortunately many bears were in such bad condition and beyond help that they have to be put down humanely. Ms. Robinson admits that she is increasingly no longer willing to pay for the permanent closure of these farms as many of these existing farms are wealthy. She is rethinking better strategies for the closure of the existing farms possibly through education and garnering public support against such practices.

    She is extremely proud of the bear sanctuary in Chengdu which is the organization’s pride of accomplishment. A new sanctuary was opened in Vietnam with the blessing of the Vietnamese government to stem the illegal practice of bear bile farming in the region. There is clearly still a lot of work needed to end the practice in China and funds needed to continue with the work in Vietnam and elsewhere.

    You are right Rinpoche to say that I am too comfortable in my own little world. I should do more to end the suffering of animals. Meeting Ms Robinson has opened my eyes to what one person can do to inspire help for the helpless that suffer unnecessarily for the empty pleasures of us humans.

    I presented Miss Robinson with the book 108 ways to Grab my Apples and she was genuinely touched. I told her about Kechara and of course Your Eminence’s work in saving animals. I also expressed interest in visiting the bear sanctuary. I will be in contact with her office in New York to see if I can make arrangements to visit one of the sanctuaries on my trip back to KL in October.

    With much love and humbly your student

    Yee Ling

  12. tenzin llhamo on Sep 22, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this post. It is so sad to see all the never ending suffering that is happening all around us be it what we can see and what we cant. Mentally disturbing…So sad.

  13. tsemtulku on Jul 30, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Dearest Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sending this article and the attaching videos. It never really struck me how disgusting this trade is, for a matter a fact, I actually didn’t know bear bile was sought after. The stories and videos were heart-wrenching, and I’m sure it induced the same feeling amongst us all – tears, immense sadness, heartache, digust and shame; shame for the human kind to be able to bring ourselves to carry out such abhorrent actions for material gain. But then again, we are in samsara, there’s nothing new to expect from what we can or cannot do for acquisitions to benefit ourselves. I agree with Ethan, that culture and education from young (from parents/background or society) makes people think that it is okay, and therefore the cycle of ignorance continues. It is how we are to break this cycle of not knowing, of habituation that will educate the future generation and result in a probable stop to animal cruelty in general.

    Watching the bears suffer was excruciating; being tortured to this extent every single day, I cannot imagine how it’d be like. But then, when Jill was giving a tour, watching the bears in the sanctuary was really nice – it made me think of KAS, and how it could be like this. The facilities ranged from education to vetinerary services, rehabiliation to shelter – everything that KAS aims to achieve. I just imagined that KAS can be similar to Jill’s sanctuary and it made me think, wow – that’s something we can achieve here in Malaysia also. Jill’s perserverence, passion, dedication and tremendous hardwork is very admirable, and I like how she gives dignity and respect to each and every one of the bears, through remembering their names and background. As shown, although on a exterior surface the bears may seem dangerous and ferocious, they are gentle and loving in nature also. I remember how Marc Reed stumbled upon bears during his hiking trips but remained calm (as Rinpoche has advised him during childhood days) and the bear didn’t hurt him. It is digusting how humans belittle animals through power, thinking that animals do not feel what we feel or go through; which was proven otherwise in the article. I am sure any parent would have out of compassion, killed their own child knowning that the life ahead of them was a life of torture, hopelessness and insurmountable suffering. Imagine the pain of having to do that, but the realisation that the suffering that is to be endured is far far worse. It’s like a smack in the face, but for those working in the farms, it may not even have moved them a little.

    There were many little stories here and there in the video that I really liked and as Jill said : we won’t die if we don’t take bear bile. But a bear will die if we do (she didn’t say that – that phrase jsut popped in my head. hehe). We don’t need to consume other living beings or any of their parts to stay alive. There are so many other alternatives that won’t harm others – the difficulty is changing people’s mindset about the ‘need’ to consume such products and animals.

    The sanctuary requires immense funding to sustain it, as I’m sure the operational costs are huge. http://www.drmartinwilliams.com/jillbears/jillbears.html

    By the way, Rinpoche, I don’t know why but the site http://www.animalsasia.org/ can not load up on my browser. Wondering if any one else has the same problem?

    Again, thank you for the teaching, Rinpoche.

    Much care,
    Carmen Koo

  14. tsemtulku on Jul 30, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    I’ve read the article and watched the videos.

    It’s so sad to see the bear being tortured in such. How the mother bear choose to stop the cub suffering by killing it……is her own baby….

    Seeing how human can really be so cruel and for their own interest. How much negative karma these bear keeper accumulated!!!

    It’s so scary to see the bear destiny but of course it still relate back to their karma from their previous act. But it’s still hard to know and see it. Exactly like what Sharon mentioned, is hell on earth. Daily tortured and last for 10 to 20 years…….hell pain.

    There are replacements for it that does not need to harm any living being. Can’t take it if to scarify others for my own interest.

    People need to be educated and so glad to have Jill Robinson & Jacky Chan helping to curb and creating the awareness of this cruel act. More people need to know about this and more and more people need against this cruelty act. Kids need to know this and from young they understand the value of life regardless human or animals they will precious and help the unlucky one. The young generation is the hope for future.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these.

    TQ,

    Nicholas

  15. tsemtulku on Jul 30, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing this article and these videos. As horrifying as it is, I do appreciate seeing these videos and knowing what’s going on out there.

    The videos evoke two feelings me – total horrified shock for what the bears are having to suffer, as well as tremendous respect and awe for this lady Jill Robinson. What must the bears have done before to have to suffer this fate their whole lives – like Sharon said, it’s really a hell on earth, being “disembowelled” over and over again. It’s shocking and saddening that humans can treat other beings like this, becoming totally numb to the suffering of another being. It’s just a livelihood to them. It’s frightening to think of what karma they have too, to be in a state of mind that thinks this is okay and acceptable; in fact, they actively rejoice in it as it is their means of income and “survival” and money. It reminded me of a teaching Rinpoche gave me awhile ago of how frightening it is that if we don’t keep our promises and do our practices well, we become more and more attracted to wrong ways of thinking; and shun positive ways of thinking. So, we could become these people inflicting this pain onto the bears and thinking it’s fine, or rejoicing in it – all from just not keeping our commitments.

    At first, it’s easy to feel angry at these people. I think most people will instantly think, “Well I wish someone would poke an iron pipe into THEIR stomachs and make them suffer the same”. The sad part is that they probably will suffer the same. So, why do we feel sadness for the bears but not for the people who are going to become the bears?

    I am amazed at Jill and Animals Asia’s work. You can see her total dedication and love for the bears and her work is really just so inspiring. She reminds me a little of Jan Salter in KAT in Kathmandu. It’s that wonderful energy of someone who has devoted her whole life to the welfare of these bears – you can tell that she isn’t into relationships, money, material things, reputation or any of that. She has put all her own personal “interests” aside for the bears and in the process, has gotten all of the respect, love and reputation of the world anyway. What a tremendous way to live. All the more tremendous because those bears will never even be able to say thank you to her; she has even lost a few hundred of the bears along the way. But she doesn’t want anything in return anyway, except to see them safe and well. What an admirable person to look up to and take as a role model.

    I’ll have a look online also to find other Asian animal groups, who may also know of this terrible trade and be involved in similar rescues. I’ll pass my findings on to Shin.

    Thank you again Rinpoche for sharing this. I will be writing about this for my next online column and blog.

    Love,
    Furry Brown Moon Paris

  16. tsemtulku on Jul 30, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    I am lost for words to describe the gruesome act a being with conscious can inflict on another living being. Do they not hear the cries of pain and fear? Has it ever crossed their minds if the position was reversed? Such brutality just for money. It is so scary to think of where these people will take rebirth but on the other hand what has the bears done to be in this torture chamber for the rest of their lives? Either way, i pray that we will never be reborn in this situation. It is HELL ON EARTH!

    Dato’ Ruby Khong
    Liaison to H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche

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  17. tsemtulku on Jul 30, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Speechless, and I can’t stop crying while watching the videos…

    regards,
    Lew, Kwan Leng

  18. tsemtulku on Jul 30, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Dearest Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing these videos and articles. I have watched them.

    I thought I have seen it all and heard it all but there is really no end to the nightmare of samsara’s endless tortures. What’s more horrifying – there is no bottom in the pit of human ignorance. We carry out so many ghastly acts and justify them in the name of science, medicine and etc. – all done for the sake of extending the human life, but at the death of all others.

    Real change cannot happen from just rescuing. Rescuing the bears and all other unfortunate creatures all around the world is just one part.

    1) Re-Education & Awareness
    We need to re-educate everyone about these atrocious acts and how un-necessary they are. Whether it is the alternatives available apart from bear bile, the harmful effects of bear bile, etc. Education and awareness will create a well-informed society who will, hopefully, make wiser choices in their buying as well as consumption.

    2) Laws need to be Changed and Stricter
    Then we need to ensure that such trades are made illegal at the local government and global level. Laws need to be changed. When entry into such industries are so difficult and risky, there might be less motivation for people to even consider doing it.

    3) Buying must End
    Above all, the buying needs to stop. Without demand, production will have to cease. And supply will no longer be acquired.

    4) The Change in the Industry
    In addition, those ‘ignorant’ farmers need to be re-educated and re-skilled for other jobs. As we cut off their current livelihoods, we need to help them see the error of their ways by making other options more lucrative for them. Even if it is paying them a higher salary in making them switch jobs. After all, these farmers and poachers are only in this trade for profit and money. When buying ceases and laws are changed, they will have a harder time to find livelihoods. Then they will look into other un-scrupulous trades to do. We would not like that or want that either. We would like them to stop for good.

    I would love to see them reverse their jobs or trades. Instead of inflicting pain on those bears, they are the ones now caring for those bears. This is the kind of reversal we need to enforce in order to create a much better cycle of life for both the bears and farmers. Who in the right mind would choose a job of cruelty if a job of care pays a higher salary or profit? If only there are ways to bring this about. Then we can change the factories of pain into playgrounds of rehabilitation and care. In this way, the healing is both ways – both for the animals and the farmers/traders.

    5) Poem to express my thoughts and feelings

    The bastilles we force upon others
    Are as evident as those in ourselves
    Imprisoning our minds
    Solely for our own selfish gains
    Caging our hearts
    From a duty to care and help

    With the bile of our ignorance
    We pile on
    Vile agonies upon
    The poor souls
    Whose voices will never be heard
    For they die before they can live

    Reels of endless tortures
    Mankind inflicts
    On all others
    This sums up the life
    Humanity has extracted
    On planet earth.

    In closing, it hit me while watching the videos – humanity’s highest duty is to care and help. It is not to kill and extract. We can’t be gifted with so much and yet be the very culprits of the most gruesome acts to all living beings on earth. It just doesn’t seem right at all. Every cruel act, no matter how minute, is really just so un-necessary. I seem to just end up saying this over and over again – samsara is truly an ugly place – the samsara within and the samsara without.

    With deep gratitude,
    Shirley

  19. tsemtulku on Jul 30, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    I have read and seen the videos. Thank you Rinpoche for once again shedding my ignorance. I never knew bile from these lovely cute creatures were used like this. I am speechless. When I read and saw the videos I experienced tremendous sadness like a depression.

    It is important to help the cause and movement on Jill Robinson.

    With folded hands,
    Li Kim

  20. tsemtulku on Jul 30, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    I have read the article and watched the video.

    I am deeply moved by the story of the mother bear doing something which was so difficult for her, to end her cub’s life I can’t imagine the agony of doing such an act.

    I think Jill Anderson is doing something really great and special which is she is giving protection and her life to these bears. For so many years she has to see so much cruelty from humans to these magnificent animals and yet she is still diligently working for them undeterred and even more determined.

    How can suffering from these bears create better health for humans, just like how one of the Chinese doctors said, how can a unharmonius act like torturing an animal bring any balance to one’s health, and furthermore the bears are riddled with so much disease. Thank you for enlightening me once again, I do hope KAS can become something similar to ‘Animals Asia’ in terms of care.

    Just like to share something closer to home, in Malaysia we have conservation projects dedicated to helping sun bears in Malaysia by this man called Siew Te Wong. He is an expert in sun bear conservation and many zoos around the world consult in him on matters pertaining to sun bears. Sun bears are the smallest species of bears in the world and they suffer from loss of habitat, hunted for meat, their cubs used as pets for being so cute.

    Below are some links on conservation about sun bears

    i) http://sunbears.wildlifedirect.org/bornean-sun-bear-conservation-centre-bsbcc/

    ii) http://wongsiewte.blogspot.com/2010/03/youtube-wildlife-for-sale-at-malaysia.html

    iii) http://news.mongabay.com/2008/0925-wcn_wong_interview.html

    iv) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrix3oT5G-c

    v) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvoIHaAwDmw&feature=related

    vi) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmMn4lYnuA0&feature=related

    Best Wishes

    Wai Meng

  21. tsemtulku on Jul 30, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    I’ve watched the 2 videos and read the article.

    Moon Bear & Bile

    – It is very sad that many people still view animals as inferior and exploit them for economic reasons.

    – Sales of bile from a SINGLE bear brings in 600,000 yuan (RM274k) PER YEAR (can continue for 10 years) and it’s legal – that is a lot of money with “little” investment.

    – It takes a lot of education to reverse the view that animals are there for human to exploit and their lives don’t matter.

    Animals Asia

    – It is inspiring to know that an organization that started in 1998 can grow so big in 12 years.

    – They have offices in Australia, China, Germany, Italy, the UK and USA, as well as Moon Bear Rescue Centres in China and Vietnam, with headquarters in Hong Kong. They have around 270 staff worldwide.

    – The monthly overhead of their rescue centre in China alone averages US$100,000 and Jill’s travelling schedule almost matches His Holiness’!

    – “End Bear Farming” campaign is only one of their flagship projects. Jill Robinson is definitely very passionate towards her cause to better welfare for animals as she must have gone through a lot to establish NGOs in foreign lands, especially in Asian countries like China and Vietnam.

    What I learnt about their approach

    The approach for bear bile case is very comprehensive.

    1. They worked with other NGOs to persuade the Chinese and Vietnamese government to reverse/change their policies and signed agreements to rescue bears.

    2. They funded and sought out alternative substitutes to reverse the belief that bear bile is highly potent/ necessary.

    3. They went the extra mile (not shown in video), e.g. they even compensate the Chinese (bear bile) farmers financially so they can either retire or set up in another business and their licences are taken away permanently.

    What we can do

    – Apart from raising fund, we can help to create the same kind of awareness Animal Asia’s trying to do.

    – Animal Asia’s vision is to “foster a new era of compassion and respect for animals by promoting a change in attitudes”. It helps the Kechara Animal Sanctuary name if we get involve in raising funds for other animal causes, create awareness, or work with other groups.

    – Under the “get involved section” of their website, Animals Asia encourages ‘China Bear Rescue Support Groups’ in various countries to raise awareness and vital funds for the rescue through events in their local areas. They encourage people to get involved by joining the existing or creating new groups. Perhaps this is something we can start doing to help them.

    I’ve emailed Rinpoche additional info re Jill Robinson in a separate email.

    Thank you.
    Shin

  22. tsemtulku on Jul 30, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    I have watched both videos.

    As I was watching the videos ,I was thinking if I were reborn as a bear in the same situation as the Moon Bear….I would feel terrified , helpless and tremendous hopelessness !

    With education and communication, I am certain this can be stopped and must be stopped.

    Warm regards,
    Yap Yoke Fui

  23. tsemtulku on Jul 30, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing the article.

    Thru Chinese media, I known of bear bile farming in Chinese that involves cruelty, but I was not aware of the magnitude of the cruelty involved.

    How could anyone do this to another living being? I asked if, being a mother, would I do the same to my children given the same situation? The answer is a firm YES. This is, like Dato Ruby pointing out, a LIVING HELL, which no mother would let her child endure.

    I am glad I am a vegetarian now…

    Best Regards,
    Siong Woan

  24. tsemtulku on Jul 30, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    I have watch the last night together with Lili Ng, Iryene Chong and Kh Ng at KD office.

    The Chinese are very cruel, can do anything just to make money, and yes we need to do something for the animal.

    Sincerely,

    Paul Yap 叶师杰

  25. tsemtulku on Jul 30, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Dearest Rinpoche, Thank you for sharing and i have watched them. I am sad and speechless and i cried while i was watching this. I imagine myself at that situation and force to suffer and tortured by it twice a day and long-term be caged in, fundamental is live in hell everyday. Is a hard decision for a teary mother bear to kill her baby compare to commit suicide. It is showing that the mother bear not willing to let them suffered for their rest of life and that is the only BEST way for their baby bear to extrication. What a terrorist of this degenerate time! May all sentient beings be free of suffering. I will share this to everyone and let them know the bear bile can replace from other similar tradition medicine too. Once again thank you Rinpoche for sharing this to me. Regards,Cynthia Ng

  26. tsemtulku on Jul 30, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, I have read the article and watched the videos.

    Frist thing i didn’t know people uses bears for on their medical treatment. Its very sad to know how they have been kept and used for human beings. I thing is very more to important educate people about bear farming. Its just like kfc and other animal slaughter houses how they have been killed but its wrose suffer for soo many years.Awareness is the key once people know where its comes from people will stop slowly. Its really heart breaking video and the article. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us.

    Thank you, Kb

  27. tsemtulku on Jul 30, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,thank you for telling me to see this video.I feel the Bear is very special.I think people creating very bad karma.because people think they are help people but make more suffer for animal.I think Jill Anderson is doing something very great and she can speak out,work hard and she giving out everything to do animal sanctuary .I think our kas become like this.lucky we know Dharma.if we don’t have dharma we would be like this make animal suffer.
    thank you monlam

  28. Ferry on Jul 29, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for passing this information. Thought I should let you know, I have made some contribution/ donation to Jill animal rescue website because of your article. Your effort won’t go in vain.

  29. Uncle Eddie on Jul 29, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    It is said in a news report by TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network has found that poaching and illegal trade of bears, driven by large demand for bile, used in traditional medicine and folk remedies continues unabated across Asia on a large scale. Bear bile products were found on sale in Traditional medicine outlets in all but one of the 13 countries – except macao. Products, it seem were most frquently observed in mainland China, Hongkong, Myanmar and Vietnam and its most encountered products were whole bear gall bladders and pills. Domestic trade of bear bile is legal under strict regulation within mainland China, Japan but is illigal in cambodia, Malaysia,Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Irregardless of the legality of the trade within the countries, international trading is not allowed. Asiatic black bears and sun bears are both listed in the appendix of convention on internationaln trade in endangered species of wild fauna and flora(CITES) which prohibits international commercial trade in these species, its parts and dirivatives. Unbridled illegal trade in bear parts and products continues to undermine CITES. The study found that the vast majority of the bears farms surveyed in Laos, myanmar and vietnam have no captive breeding programes, suggesting they depend on bears captured from the wild. The study makes a clear case for the authorities to shut down businesses selling bear products and prosecute individuals caught selling, buying, transporting or keeping bears illegally, as mentioned by Kaitlyn-Elizabeth Foley, lead author of the report and senior programe officer of the TRAFFIC southeast asia. As pressure mounts on the wild bear population, serious questions have to be looked into onthe welfare and pathology of the farmed bears, and the risks to human health in those who consumed the contaminated bile from the sick and diseased bears, so said Dr.Jill Robinson.

  30. Lily on Jul 29, 2011 at 6:13 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for bringing awareness to the suffering of these moon bears. I am unaware that such vile treatments exists in the interest of medicinal benefits.

    The only way to stop this is to cut the demand for such products. As long a people are still buying them there will still be a sizeable market for the bile in the same way the lucrative fois gras business is in France.

    Animal Asia is doing a great job in educating the mass public on the alternatives to bear bile and also bring awareness to such cruel treatments. Jill Robinson is a remarkable lady in championing the cause.

  31. Lim Han Nee on Jul 28, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    It is heart-wrenching to read about the mother bear killing her baby to save it from a life of unending and horrendous suffering that she herself has been made to endure.

    It is nauseating and disgusting to read about how desensitized and indifferent we humans have become to pain and suffering of other ‘species ‘of beings.

    I applaud Jill Robinson for her heroic efforts to rescue these bears who have been subjected to such pain and suffering just to get the bile from them. I don’t know of any other race, but I agree with Ethan that the Chinese, in particular, have taken the brutal torture and killing of animals to such unbelievable heights as this just so as to serve them(these animals or their parts) up as a delicacy or as a medicinal cure for bodily ailments.

    In light of the recent bombing and shooting spree by one (Norwegian) man that ended in the senseless and brutal killing of over 80 people (mostly teenagers), I worry about how people are becoming more and more desensitized and indifferent to the pain and suffering of others, whether of their own species or other beings.

    The most urgent task facing us all is to educate all people (beginning with the young) to treasure every form of life and to be more caring of one another, regardless of color, shape, size or creed.

  32. Frederick Law on Jul 28, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Human cruelty towards animal is such a horrendous sight. they never thought about the suffering of the poor creature, their only concern is about profit without considering the ethicality of it.

    it is so sad to see the bear being caged, tortured everyday for the extraction of the so called “medicinal property”. it is so heart wrenching to even read that the mother bear killed the baby bear out of compassion for not wanting to see the baby bear suffer the horrendous torture.

    Jill Robinson is such wonderful lady, she is a courages and lovely lady for what is she doing for the moon bear.

  33. Elsie Toy on Jul 28, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Dearest Rinpoche

    Thank you very much for post and the video. I have seen this over the TV before and it is indeed inhuman and painful and sorry to say that human are so selfish. No discrimination to nationalities but sad that many parts of remote China these things do happened and they could even chopped off a limb or a paw and leave the animal to licks it wounds. It is indeed painful for the animals and yet sad that these barbaric actions cause so much pain for the others. I pray that these people will learn other means of living. Only by learning other means of living the can stop working for these syndicate. Free all the sufferings of the animals.

  34. Doreen Teoh on Jul 28, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    This is ignorance of beings and choose to ignore the sufferings of beings, as they do not understand karma and reincarnation (the farmers and consumers).

  35. David Lai on Jul 28, 2011 at 2:55 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    This is one of the most appalling treatment of animals I have ever seen. I can’t get the image of the poor moon bears being poked every single day for years. They are remarkably resilient to be able to withstand so much physical harm. The videos are heart-wrenching and its amazing what the Internet can be used to carry such powerful and beneficial message across of helping such animals.

    Jill Robinson is such an amazing person to transform her harrowing experience at a bear farm into a lifelong effort to end such suffering. She fights for her cause and does what she needs to get her compassionate message across. I am glad she is championing this cause and wish her success. I think all of us have something to learn from this hero. If we come across a cause that we truly believe in, we should work hard to champion it.

  36. Li Kim on Jul 28, 2011 at 2:29 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this. It is cruel beyond words. It saddens me to know that in this “stupid cocoon” world I live in, such inhuman cruelty exists. The actions and work of Jill Robinson is admirable and courageous. I salute her!

  37. Shirley Maya Tan on Jul 28, 2011 at 2:10 am

    If we do not believe that animals are allowed to live out their lives freely and happily on planet earth, then its no wonder we can advocate war, violence, hatred and anger against anyone who is different from us.

    When we learn to care about animals, we will truly evolve into a caring society. Until we learn to care for animals, we will remain an animal. Because when we poach, trap, torture and kill other animals for profit, entertainment, etc. we are no longer humane.

    When we can provide other beings a living environment that is free of fear, then we can all live in a world that filled with peace, harmony and friendship.

  38. Mercedes on Jul 28, 2011 at 1:10 am

    Dear Rinpoche,thanks for posting this as it is a very important issue and more people especially in that part of the world need to know and learn about the cruel doings in China with animals like bears,dogs,cats,and even rats.The way that are killed and treated goes beyond any words about cruelty that I could ever find. I have signed many petitions regardings these issues in China.Hope through letters to the government and trhough international sanctions somethings gets done.Many blessings to you Dear Rinpoche

  39. Helena Chin on Jul 28, 2011 at 1:05 am

    What is this!!! I cant stop crying after reading!! This is very very sad, why does human do this????
    I watched the documentary before and pissed me off so so badly!! Its really sad and angry!!! Especially when you hear the roaring in the cage and gone mad due to the permanently caging and some of them crying for help its really really heartbroken!!
    Due to human needs, animals have to suffer all these!!! its just too selfish!!
    Dear Rinpoche, sorry for being rude but i am really really angry everytime i watch this kinda news.
    Human should stop all these demand!! Or else the animals will be suffering!!

  40. ST on Jul 27, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    There are those who do the same (kill and torture) to human lifes, not to mention animals. Yet, we are taught as Buddhist, to be compassionate to all with equinamity.

    To understand their actions, we need to understand their psyche – does earning a living justify the action? Do they know that animals are sentient beings as well and feel the same sufferings as human, what the precepts are in light of the Dharma.

    Not that their actions are justiable by any means but ignorance and illusions must be a basic reason for their brutal action which is rife all over the planet.

    Other than a very few like Jill who challenges the course of engaging in limited affirmative action against animal cruelty, each of us as individual can only do our best in keeping the precept, highlighting the fact that it exist. The reality is that it such issues takes concerted effort from government to enforce the law and police it. Support support from the private sector is sporadic and not universal to ensure it’s action is sustainable.

  41. joanne murison on Jul 27, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    This happens in war, rather than watch their children be held for the gratification of others and rapped not just with the the body.
    parents have killed their own children,This is a sad fact of our inhumain world. Sorry if this sounds harsh of me and yes I am sickend to the back of beyond.

  42. tsemtulku on Jul 27, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Dear Rinpoche

    Thank you for sending this story. The videos are very heart wrenching. It shows that the people who work for these bear farms are so desensitised that they can continue torturing these animals daily for years. What huge stocks of negative karma the bear keepers are accumulating and also what karma must have lead to these bears’ continuous sufferings – to me, this really is hell on earth. It makes me think of those hells where you get disembowelled and then you heal and then you get disembowelled again, just repeatedly over and over.

    Perhaps the bears and their keepers just keep changing places life after life, but they don’t learn their lesson. The only way for this evil practice to stop is for education that bear bile is not necessary in view of many herbal and man-made replacements, and that people stop creating the demand. This practice is the epitome of ignorance and attachment.

    I’m glad to see Jill Robinson and her team at Animals Asia (http://www.animalsasia.org/ – there are also donation buttons at this site) are doing such a good job though. The bears which are being rehabilitated really look happy and are such a stark contrast to those in the cages at the farms. It is great that there are such passionate people out there who walk the talk and who are the very antithesis of those who are destroying lives. She is very inspirational.

    I see Hong Kong celebrities, Jackie Chan (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBpV1G68-vw&feature=player_embedded), Maggie Q (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Vp3ZqS8SBk) and Karen Mok (http://youtu.be/teWIfkNppKg) also have videos against bear farming.

    Some information on Jill Robinson from Wikipedia:

    Jill Robinson is the founder of Animals Asia Foundation. Born and raised in England, Robinson was always interested in the welfare of animals. As a child she volunteered verterinary offices during her school holidays. In the mid-1980s she moved to Hong Kong, it was where she began working for the International Fund for Animal Welfare, focusing on work in China and South Korea.[1]

    In 1993, Robinson visited a bear bile farm in China. According to Robinson, at the time approximately 10,000 Asiatic black bears were caged at farms similar to this one, in conditions many animal welfare groups consider horrific. At the farms, bile is extracted from the bear’s gallbladder for use in traditional Chinese medicines.[1] According to the World Wide Fund for Nature, only about 15,000–20,000 Asiatic black bears are alive in the wild in China, which would qualify them for the highest protection described by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. Chinese authorities estimate that over 50,000 of the bears live in the wild, which would eliminate the necessity for higher protection.[1]

    For the next seven years, Robinson researched the way bile was used and negotiated with the Chinese government. In 2000, the Sichuan Forestry Department signed a pledge with the China Wildlife Conservation Association to release 500 bears from the bile farms with the worst conditions. This marked the first time an agency of the Chinese government had come to an official agreement with an animal welfare organization.[1] To house the released bears, Robinson founded Animals Asia Foundation and established a bear rescue center in Chengdu. The foundation has since begun a similar sanctuary in Vietnam, where there are also thousands of bear bile farms.[1]

    Robinson has also been a proponent of the Doctor Dog program, which rescues stray dogs in Asia and trains them to participate in Animal-assisted therapy.[2]

    For her work with animal welfare, in 1988 Robinson was made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) [1]. She has also received the Genesis Award (2002) and a Reader’s Digest Hero for Today award (1995).[3]

    Thank you,

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  43. tsemtulku on Jul 27, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    Rinpoche,

    I have watched the two videos, and read the article.

    I find it very disturbing that the people can ignore the bears’ obvious suffering, and think that what they are doing is okay or excusable because it is their job. I also found it strange that the humans are walking around dressed in sterilised suits, while the bears languish in unhygienic conditions.

    I’m sad for those people who think what they are doing is okay, because it makes it so much harder for them to stop what they are doing, because they haven’t been educated to do so. And how the bears are pumped with antibiotics and drugs to keep them alive, really shows that the bears are treated as property, and not as living beings.

    I think the worst bit is that the bears are not meant to be treated like this. What I mean is some people might argue that farm animals like cows, chickens, ducks, etc can be reared in captivity and in good living conditions (e.g. kampung chickens). However, there’s no human history of people rearing bears for food, etc – the bile that they produce has never been a necessity for human living. So in the end, bear farming is just torture for human’s enjoyment and entertainment.

    Thank you,
    Jean Ai

  44. tsemtulku on Jul 27, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    I’ve read the article and watched the video.

    It’s incredibly saddening and disgusting. The number of times these bears get their bile extracted is just staggering. Humans are so appalling to take other beings body parts for our own benefit.

    The following paragraph is a good addition to the article: “In fact, many Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) doctors are furious about bear farming. They could not accept how the body fluid of mentally and physically degraded animal can be in harmony with nature, the core belief of traditional medicine of health.”

    It shows how people shouldn’t just blame the Chinese, coz not all of them support it. Countries that sell them are just as much to blame.

    According to the website World League for the Protection of Animals (http://www.wlpa.org/bear_bile_farming.htm), the following countries sell illegal bear products:

    “Illegal bear products were most readily available in the U.S. (91%), Malaysia (78%), Japan (77%), and Singapore (74%), closely followed by Canada (67%), Indonesia (62%), Australia (49%) and Taiwan (30%).”

    I will help Shin in any research that she needs done.

    Thank you,
    Jean Mei

  45. tsemtulku on Jul 27, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for including me in this e-mail. I have read the article and watched the videos.

    It is really heart breaking to know that in this era of advanced technology, where many of our creations are capable to be put in good use, the human race use these technologies for negative purposes. If they are so creative as to invent an ‘IRON VEST’ to curb suicides by the bears, why can’t these people invent medication that will not require bear bile? And well, it has been proven that bear bile is not needed in chinese traditional medicine. The fact that they create this ‘IRON VEST’ shows that they know the bears have emotions and are in pain.

    Watching the videos, it is so nice to see the bears happily roaming around the sanctuary. I can see how Jill is so happy when introducing her sanctuary in the videos. Not because she has gain popularity or power by the work she does but because she is sincerely happy that the bears can now roam freely.

    Something has to be done and I am more than willing to be part of this team. I hope with Rinpoche’s blessings I can play a part in this. For a start, I will share this article and videos with all my friends.

    Also, I have come across Jill Robinson’s blog (http://www.animalsasia.org/blog/) that I think Rinpoche will be interested to view.

    From Philip Yong

  46. tsemtulku on Jul 27, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Dear Rinpoche:

    I have watched the 2 videos and various articles on this topic. This is very sad of human kind to think and behave this way even with the latest technology and information. How the bears and animals suffered for human is simply unreasonable. As research showed that we human don’t need Bear Bile to survive. And bear bile can also easily replaced by other herbs and medicinal plants.

    What came to my mind was that at a very young age I was told by one of my uncle who traveled to China… He mentioned that there is this meal served to the Emperor during this period of time (forgotten which dynasty) that takes 3 days 3 nights to completely serve 108 dishes. The dishes consist of monkey’s brains, bear palm, and all the wild and exotic animals that we can imagine. And it was considered the highest of high to be able to consume this grand dinner. My uncle also bragged to the family that he had to pay a large sum of money to have a taste of that meal. This kind of education had built an imprint in us since a very young age. Therefore, as stupid as we are; from there we always think that rare Chinese herbs are as precious as they can be. Like what people still think of shark’s fins among the Chinese and dolphin meat in Japan.

    I suppose it is this kind of “old methods” and beliefs have to go. The lack of education for consumers and the ignorant of consumers have caused so many beings to suffer whether it is for fashion sake, beauty sake, food/health sake or animal testing just to name a few. The beautiful packaging and loud striking advertisement got us totally. We are all blinded by the truth. How many consumers actually turned the packaging around to see whether it fits to buy?

    Many are as ignorance as they can be, just like what this samsara world is all about… chasing after useless pursue, depending on “things” that made believed to stay healthy, youthful and beautiful to prolong long life. People chased after that therefore there is a demand. If consumers continue to do so, then there is a demand simply because we promote it for making money sake.

    Education has to buck up, the new generation will now have a voice. Thanks to the power of internet. Truth can not hide anymore. It took Jill Robinson 16 years to struggle and get where she is today. I can imagine the determination, the disappointment, the rejections, the abuse and hopes she had to endure in order to have a voice. I respected that very much. It really shows how much she cares as she remembers each and every single bear in her tour video. Until today, more people have joined her force, and still she is still having the same passion and determination that she had 16 years ago.

    That is something that greatly moved me and respect her a lot. Such great being she is.

    Love,

    Ethan

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  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 06:42 PM
    According to the Buddhist teachings, we all have a unique blend of karma that determines where we are born, the circumstances of our birth and the quality of our life. Naturally, this is due to the actions that we performed in previous lives. Karma also dictates our characteristics and traits that determine how we act throughout our lives, which in turn leads to certain outcomes in this life and a determination of where we will take rebirth in the future.

    Karma, however, is not set in stone. We can change our circumstances through our own efforts – purification of karma and accumulation of merit. Tibetan astrology, based on these Buddhist principles, provides us the methods to ensure success in this life and a good rebirth in the future. Tibetan astrology can also predict what will happen to us in this life and our next rebirth based on the time of our birth.

    Discover your traits according to the Mewa, or Magical Square system of Tibetan astrology below, and find out how to purify your negative karma to improve your life!

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 05:24 PM
    Very interesting:


    Radin explained in his book: “For a Western-trained academic, the mere existence of, say, telepathy would be considered supernormal and thus wildly extraordinary. But for an experienced yogi, it’s just a boringly normal minor siddhi [a Sanskrit term for a meditation attainment, or power]. A skeptical scientist, not having the benefit of thousands of hours of practice in yoga and meditation, would require repeatable, rigorously obtained experimental data showing odds against chance of a gazillion to one. The yogi merely requires his own experience.”


    Very interesting read: http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2157904-supernormal-abilities-developed-through-meditation-dr-dean-radin-discusses/?sidebar=morein
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 01:45 PM
    Its indeed a beautiful place …..away from the city hectic life to visit and could stay over night too.Just to get away from work to relax ,get some fresh air ,do meditation and so forth .At Kechara Forest RetreatI,Bentong is where the largest Dorje Shugden statue in the world situated and we can receive blessing,make offering to the Buddhas as well as enjoy the tranquility of the beautiful gardens.I have recomended my friends and relatives to visit such a beautiful place at Bentong.
    Thank you Paul Yap for sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/go-bentong.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 01:15 PM
    Well…all pendants are beautifully designed,hand crafted to match each and every sacred images on it to suit all occasion for the wearer.I can see a lot of hard work for those involed in desgning and making of it.
    All pendants are very unique, modern, timeless and also sacred ,thats all i could describe it.Hope more people will be wearing these beautiful pendants to get connected with the Buddhas.Thank you Rinpoche for sharing and Kechara’s Louise Lee for creating Dharma art in in the form of jewelry
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/timeless-and-sacred.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 12:41 PM
    This Mahasiddha is Kukkuripa (the dog lover). He loved dogs so much. When he meditated in the cave he had his doggie with him. She had kept him company for years in his cave. They shared bedding, food, water and company. When he gained high attainments, the Dakinis came to take him to Kechara Paradise. He was hesitant to go but the Dakinis insisted and he went with them.

    He arrived at Kechara (Paradise/Buddha abode of Heruka and Vajra Yogini) and enjoyed teachings and feasts up there and they asked him to stay longer if not forever…. But he kept thinking about his doggie left alone in the cave. He felt guilty and missed her. Kukkuripa would use his psychic powers to see his poor doggie alone and hungry waiting for him at the cave while enjoying the attention of the Dakinis and feasts. The cave was dark and had no food. The doggie had to go out and find small tiny scraps of food and was getting skinny. Kukkuripa saw this and it pained him. Worried she was not getting enough food. He use to share the offerings of food he would get from people with her. Doggie and him would delightfully eat the food together. Kukkuripa had no attachments to ‘clean’ or ‘dirty’ in regards to sharing food with his dog. He had overcome this in his meditations. In ancient India, people would not co-habitate with a dog. It was considered unclean and filthy, but Kukkuripa had cast away those notions and loved his dog as she loved him. But he felt guilty to leave her alone while he was ‘enjoying’ himself in Kechara and could not stop thinking about his beloved dirty smelly dog in his cave alone…so he left Kechara Paradise and all it’s ‘delights’ for his doggie. He couldn’t abandon her. The Dakinis implored him to stay, but he was firm to return. The Dakinis said you will give up this paradise here for a mere dog???!! You can advance further in your meditations if you stay in Kechara and then help the dog later they attempted to persuade him. But Kukkuripa would not stay, he was loyal to his little dog as she had kept him company for many years in the lonely dark cave. She was loyal to him and how can he abandon her now. He couldn’t and he wouldn’t listen to the Dakinis. He left to join doggie. He never forget her companionship and loyalty. All the wonderful things in Kechara could not tempt him against his loyal friend the little doggie. He left everything for her.

    So he finally left Kechara to the Dakinis dismay and went back to his cave to be with his dog so she won’t be alone. Doggie was delighted to see her master and wagged her tail so much!! She licked him and he hugged her! She was skinnier for not eating well these few days he noticed. He fed her and hugged her and loved his doggie…He went back to his routine of meditation, receiving food offerings and sharing his food with doggie. They were happy together. One day, when he was scratching her in her favorite place and she licked him so his eyes were closed, when he opened his eyes she had suddenly turned into a Dakini shimmering with lights! The brilliance of the lights lit up the whole cave in front of Kukkuripa!! Kukkuripa was astonished to behold the splendourous lady in front of him! Of course this Dakini must be the Queen Herself he realized, as Vajra Yogini which was Kukkuripa’s main Yidam he had meditated on her for years in the cave. And She said to Kukkuripa, “Well done, you gave up paradise to be with just a dog..it shows you have given up attachements and projections of pleasant and unpleasant, now your Dakini will give you the final paradise (enlightenment)!”

    Kukkuripa attained full enlightenment blessed by Vajra Yogini by releasing the final subtle attachment to the non-existent self! After enlightenment his fame and name grew and many came to see him and he gave teachings to countless and benefitted many before he finally ascended to Kechara the second and final time. He was forever known as Kukkuripa the dog lover.

    I love him so much!!! This is one of my favorite Mahasiddhas along with Badrapa, Shantideva, Ghantapa and a few others. I wanted to share this story with you. I wanted you to know that there are many great true stories like this one about Kukkuripa that are true and can be applied to our lives. To inspire us.

    Tsem Rinpoche
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 12:29 PM
    The great and illustrious master Sonam Tsemo at the end of his life was described by an old woman who witnessed Sonam Tsemo depart. Standing on a rock at the holy spring near Sakya area known as Chumik Dzingka, his body ascended gracefully into the sky, still holding his dog. He loved his dog very much. Even today the footprints of Loppon Sonam Tsemo and the dog can be clearly seen in the rock, left for the benefit of living beings as a field from which to accumulate merit. It is a sign of a holy being when they can leave their footprints in stone for future generations to witness and make offerings on that spot to collect merits. This holy site was decorated by the great master Mantradhara Ngawang Kunga Rinchen later on. Other accounts say that he ascended from Gorum Library near Chumik Dzingka spring. A stupa containing his holy relics was erected there. Sonam Tsemo was a powerful practitioner of the Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini and at the end of his short life he ascended with his very body to Kechara paradise. He was 40 years old. Kechara is the sanksrit name of the special abode of Vajra Yogini. Those who practice Vajra Yogini to the highest level can ascend her paradise with their very bodies. Sonam Tsemo the great master of sutra and tantra was seen by an old woman flying off holding his beloved dog to ascend Kechara paradise. No one every found his body and his room was empty.
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Mar 27. 2017 12:27 PM
    Congratulations to Mitra for his first dharma teaching in Nepali to the expats. So glad that Dorje Shugden practise can reach out to many in various languages and to different people. Mitra has done a good job in introducing Lama Tsongkhapa lineage and guided them on the benefit and iconography of Dorje Shugden.

    May Lama Tsongkhapa lineage and Dorje Shugden practise continue to grow and benefit more people.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/mitra-teaches-bhagwan-dorje-shugden-in-nepali.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 04:15 PM
    Very clear explanation of what is Vajrayogini’s left foot stepping on. Each time when i have a look at the beautiful statue of Vajrayogini this question will comes back to me. i am glad came across these blog by chance, i saw and read to understand better.A clear explanation ..stampling left and right foot significant of desire ,hatred and ignorance that cause us to be in samsara and she she able to control.Vajrayogni’s practices is so powerful in heliping us and that is the reason Rinpoche always ask us to start now.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these short explanation in the video and the interesting story of Mahadeva.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/facebook-question-what-is-vajra-yoginis-left-foot-stepping-on.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 02:44 PM
    Rejoice to all the families who had setup a Buddhist altar at home and conducted a house blessing puja. There are diverse benefits of conducting the house blessing puja, which ranges from bringing well-being on all levels – in one’s health, relationships, business, and family – to purifying the home. The puja ceremonies will purify the environment which helps the people who live there and people who are visiting there to experience general well-being. The puja can be personalised based on the request or need of the individual. Thank you for sharing with us the many photos of the beautiful altar of these families, it is very heartwarming to know that they will always be blessed by the Three Jewels.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/10-amazing-house-blessings-by-kechara-pastors.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 02:24 PM
    Thank you for sharing this mindfully planned itinerary for everyone who is interested in visiting Kechara Forest Retreat. Kechara Forest Retreat has different facets that showcase different elements of spirituality and Tibetan Buddhism in this wholesale venue. One can enjoy the flora and fauna of Mother Nature, or embrace the contemporary architectures that feature many magnificent Buddha statues and authentic Himalayan decorations. Not forgetting to mention, in Kechara Forest Retreat sits the largest Dorje Shugden statue in the world! This is a holy place we must never miss to pay homage for blessings from the Three Jewels.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/go-bentong.html
  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Sunday, Mar 26. 2017 01:07 PM
    金泽“财王”护法殿

    在禅修林的入口处的左边有一间小佛堂,是全天候二十四小时开放给大众的。这间佛堂的一砖一瓦都是由不同善心人士捐增的。也因为他们过后发了一笔小财,所以在大马文东,金泽护法一般被简称为“财王“。

    根据佛陀教诲,五蕴是组成众生的五个方面,分别是色、受、想、行、识。证悟者如多杰雄登能将五蕴分别化现成不同的本尊。金泽是多杰雄登“受”蕴的化现,作用是协助我们增长世俗和修行上的财富。“受”蕴是我们对愉悦或不悦感受的认知。我们执着于愉悦,避免不悦,而这正是导致我们受困和造下各种业,继而产生痛苦的因(此段原文: http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_6d7edf5f0102x1n6.html)

    来到这里,我们首先要上香。做生意的朋友可要趁此机会拜拜,供养一个大的莲花蜡烛,上三根大香,祈求今年一帆风顺哦。

    摘自“GO BENTONG!与菩萨有约”
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120808
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Mar 25. 2017 11:02 PM
    Can’t imagine that a priest actually stabbed Pope John Paul. How can he do this when he as a priest is suppose to be compassion and love everyone but kill the religion leader. he should remember that he carries the name priest and hence must show good example and behaviour to others but instead took another person’s life.

    I respected Pope John who continued his trip even though he was injured. That shows the determination he had to teach so it can benefit others. Always put others first more than our own needs.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/pope-john-paul-stabbed-by-priest.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Mar 25. 2017 08:13 PM
    It is admirable for Sine Lindholm & Mads Ulrik Husum to place their design as open source for everyone to download and copy to manufacture. This shows how farsighted they are in propelling self-sustainability. The first step is always the hardest, and I believe what Sine and Mads had done is towards the right direction. In this way, people from all the around the world who genuinely are passionate and interested in growing own vegetables will be able to start on their own. Without needing to rely on middleman or manufacturer who might end up making the brilliant idea a commercial white elephant. Thank you, Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/build-your-own-growroom.html
  • Alice Tay
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 10:05 PM
    Many companies especially in overseas are very considerate and allow their employees to bring their dogs to work. I personally think that this is a very good practice where the employees no longer have to worry about leaving pets at home alone. The work environments that cultivate loving kindness, caring and compassion create a much more positive and productive place to work. Besides, it may influence everyone especially those who do not have pet to be more kind to the animals.

    Nevertheless, the employer and employees may have to work together to maintain the safe and cleanliness work place such as reduce odour, provide clean air and many others.

    Thank you for this interesting article as a reminder to us to love and be kind to animals no matter where we are.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/inside-the-worlds-most-dog-friendly-office.html
  • Lin Mun
    Friday, Mar 24. 2017 07:06 PM
    Superb idea and very creative. Home farming in the cities ! Appreciate all the hardwork and ideas to produce Growroom. It’s just like putting a big puzzle and making the whole process so much easier to plant in cities where we always have limited spaces.

    We should support more people to come up with such ideas so we can eat our own food and cultivate self sustainability.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/build-your-own-growroom.html

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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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This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
15 hours 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
17 hours 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
17 hours 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
18 hours 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.
1 week ago
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 week 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 week 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 week 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 week 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 week 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 week ago
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
1 week ago
Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week 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 week 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
2 weeks 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
2 weeks 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
3 weeks ago
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
3 weeks ago
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
4 weeks ago
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!
4 weeks 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
2 months ago
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
2 months ago
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
This is a good one to read
2 months ago
This is a good one to read
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
2 months ago
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
Mumu\'s hair is messy and he looks funny
2 months ago
Mumu's hair is messy and he looks funny
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. 
I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. 
Feast your eyes! 

Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. Feast your eyes! Tsem Rinpoche
                        Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini\'s path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html  Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini's path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
Message to Tibetans in English
3 months ago
Message to Tibetans in English
Message to the Tibetans
3 months ago
Message to the Tibetans
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
3 months ago
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
3 months ago
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
3 months ago
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
3 months ago
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
4 months ago
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
4 months ago
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
4 months ago
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
4 months ago
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
4 months ago
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
4 months ago
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
5 months ago
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
5 months ago
Sir Edmund Hillary
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha\'s teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha's teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I\'ve seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
6 months ago
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I've seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
6 months ago
It's nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
                         Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
6 months ago
Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
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    You will Never be Ready
    Dear friends, watch this video and ready, if we keep waiting till we are ready, that day will never come. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Kyabje Denma Gonsa Rinpoche on Samaya
    ཁྱེད་ཀྱི་བཀའ་སློབ་དོན་སྙིང་དེ།།གང་གི་རྣ་བར་བདུད་རྩི་མོད།།འོན་ཀྱང་འགའ་ཡི་རྣ་ལམ་དུ།། བྲག་ཆ་བཞིན་དུ་འགྱུར་སྲིད་མོད།། ཚང་མས་ཚར་རེ་གཟིགས་རོགས།། Kyabje Denma Gonsa Rinpoche telling people that it is important to have guru samaya. It use to be that way in the great monasteries. We should not create problems and schisms. If we want to practice a protector, then do so, if not it's okay, but don't make trouble. One should just practice the Buddha Dharma well. To do good practice. If you have faith in Dorje Shugden and trust all the way, he will definitely help you. But most important is to practice the dharma. This is his advice in short here. It's good to let more Tibetans hear this holy speech and appeal by this very senior Rinpoche. TR

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  • March 27, 2017 04:19
    Dongho asked: I have been reading on the tunes of certain sects and would like to ask on this. From what I've read, there are certain tunes to each sect and school of certain chants. Exactly where can I find the sheet music for these percussion and horns with the chants, such as to the one for invoking Kache Marpo or Dorje Shugden? Would it be possible to use school instruments for this?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your question, it is good to see you back and asking more questions. Yes you are right, there are differences in the tunes and chants between the lineages. The differences can vary significantly between the traditions, for example the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism is known for its extremely deep throat singing which is very powerful and is characterised by a low, booming voice, in contrast to the other traditions. Even within a particular tradition, there can be slight variations as to the manner in which the chants and tunes are performed. For example those monasteries are which are affiliated with Gyume will have one way of throat singing, where those affiliated with Gyuto will have another. As far as I am aware there is no professional sheet music for the rituals, most probably because the music is actually an integral part of the ritual itself. Therefore the music, tunes, and chants are all taught at the same time the ritual and prayers are. The tunes, and use of the instruments all have specific meanings, because they are considered to be offerings to the deities in the form of sound. The monasteries would not have copies of sheet music either, because sheet music is western practice. The use of ritual music within Tibetan Buddhism is more of one based on memory. In the Kechara organisation, the puja team was trained in such ritual instruments at the same time they learnt the particular ritual from monks from the monastery, such as the puja of Dorje Shugden. From what I saw of the training, the musical tunes, and use of instruments was not written down but taught experientially at the same time as the chanting. I have not come across any other instruments being used in pujas apart from the traditional ritual instruments, because even the instruments themselves have a specific meaning. That is not say that school instruments cannot be used. This is because, as long as the offering is sincere, the Buddhas and enlightened deities will accept it, and in turn you will generate great amounts of merit. Offerings should be made to the best of our ability, therefore if you do not have access to the ritual instruments, or do not know how to play them, but you know how to play other instruments, and use these instruments as offerings to the Buddhas during pujas, the amount of merit you generate will be the same. This is because you are sincere with your offering. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 26, 2017 02:14
    Kunga asked: Does the Gelug have Begtse a protector? If so, could you please provide a sadhana for him here?
    pastor answered: Dear Kunga, Yes the Dharma protector Begtse exists within the Gelug tradition. He is also known as Chamsing. Begtse’s practice stems from India and was introduced to Tibet and therefore Tibetan Buddhism by the translator Nyen Lotsawa. Marpa Lotsawa also practiced Begtse, and so the practice exists in the Kagyu traditions. This practice was eventually transmitted to Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, the first of the five patriarchs of the Sakya tradition, who were the founding fathers of that tradition. Over time the practice of Begtse was incorporated into the Gelug tradition, founded by Lama Tsongkhapa, and was notably practiced by the 1st and 2nd Dalai Lamas. Over time the practice gained popularity within the lineage, especially when it spread to Mongolia. There the practice became an important one within the lineage as upheld there. Begtse is also affectionately known as the Dharma protector of Mongolia, because his practice is so popular there. If I am not mistaken, there is an oracle of Begtse in Mongolia as well. There is a mistaken account that the practice originated around the time of the 3rd Dalai Lama, with the subjugation of a Mongolian war god, but Begtse was definitely practiced before that time in the Gelug, Kagyu and Sakya traditions. While the practice of Begtse is very effective, I have not come across the practice of Begtse in my personal practice, therefore I do not have access to the Begtse sadhana to provide to you. Instead Begtse is propitiated in prayers that incorporate many other Dharma protectors, and Begtse is also considered one of the nine protectors of the Hayagriva (Tamdrin) cycle of tantric teachings. Therefore Begtse is included in the Dharma protector sections of the Hayagriva tantras. Surrounding Begtse are his sister, Sing Ma, and his main minister, Le Khan Mar Po. His inner retinue comprises of eight butchers who wield copper swords in their right hands and skull-cups full of blood in their left hands. They are portrayed as naked and are very ugly. His outer retinue comprises a further twenty-one butchers, who hold copper swords in their right hands, and this time, the entrails of butchered enemies. They wear the skins humans and oxen as clothes, with ornaments made from human bone. While this may seem violent, Begtse is actually a very powerful and beneficial protector, who helps practitioners clear their obstacles and create conducive conditions for their spiritual evolution. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 24, 2017 20:12
    Azair asked: Venerable Rinpoche, I am doing a study in Kalachakra Tantra and I've heard from most of the lama's too that if you practice the Kalachakra Tantra, you'll be able to take control of your next rebirth. Ofcourse, it has been said that we will get our rebirth according to our Karma and desires but whether those dreams will get fulfilled will depend upon the actions that we take in this life. Thus, practicing the Kalachakra(till the end) after initiation will give you the opportunity to take rebirth anywhere you desire regardless of your Karma. My question is that, is there some truth in this statement.? Does this statement hold true for other tantra practices, such as Vajrayogini Tantra, Ghuyasamaja Tantra, Heruka Tantra, etc. I would really really like to know. Thankyou in anticipation, regards, Azair
    pastor answered: Dear Azair, Thank you for your question. Yes there is truth to this statement, both from a scriptural perspective and also by example, as the great masters have shown us. This is a unique feature of all Anuttarayoga Tantras or Highest Yoga Tantras, which Kalachakra, Vajrayogini, Guhyasama and Heruka are all examples of. This category of tantric practice can actually lead a practitioner to full enlightenment in this very lifetime. Even if enlightenment is not reached, very high levels of attainment can be reached nonetheless. This includes the ability to take control over your next rebirth. This is primarily engaged in so that the practitioner is born in an environment where they can eventually pick up their practice and further their spiritual path to enlightenment, or in order to be born in a place where they can benefit sentient beings the most, as part of the spiritual journey over many lifetimes. One of the reasons such an ability is very necessary on the spiritual path, is that usual death and rebirth occurs at the mercy of ones karma, specifically what is known as the ‘throwing karma’ or the karma that dictates what sort of rebirth a person is going to take. This opens up at the time of ordinary death, which most people have no control over. During the death process, many of our disturbing emotions will arise. Whichever of these is the strongest at the point of death triggers open a latent karmic potential, which becomes the ‘throwing karma’ and dictates where we are going to take rebirth and if that life will generally be full of suffering or not. Within Anuttarayoga Tantra, one of the key points of practice is to prepare for one’s death. This is done by simulating the dying process during one’s meditations, so that one becomes familiar with it. At the most pivotal part of this process, one practices achieving either the rainbow body or great bliss (in the case of the father tantras); or clear light (in the case of mother tantras). The tantras themselves are not defined in terms of the gender of the central deity, but by the method used to gain enlightenment. This is either the rainbow body/great bliss (classified as male, therefore labelled ‘father’) or clear light (classified as female, therefore labelled ‘mother’). Non-dual tantras such as the Kalachakra tantra can employ either of the two methods, a mixture of both, or alternate methods. In the case of superior practitioners, due to the power of their practice, they can achieve either of these two methods in their current body. Since they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, and a particular method of practice, they can also achieve enlightenment during their physical death. The great Lama Tsongkhapa is said to have achieved enlightenment at the moment of physical death, using the second of these. For other practitioners, they may not be able to achieve this either in their meditations while they are alive, or during the death process. However because they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, they remain in complete concentration at the time of death, not allowing any disturbing emotions to arise. Due to this level of concentration, meditation and awareness during the dying process, they are able to control where they next take rebirth. This is evident in the tantric scriptures themselves, and the life stories of many masters, who can state exactly where, when and to whom they will take their next rebirth, as they are in full control of the dying and rebirth process. There is a type of meditation called ‘thukdam’ which has been translated into ‘death meditation’. This is a final meditation some masters choose to engage in. During this meditation, the master themselves consciously begin the physical dying process themselves, engage in the meditation of dissolving the winds into the heart centre and remain in the most pivotal part of the death process, the mind of clear light of death. During this point they engage in meditations, either the methods of the father or mother tantras as mentioned previously, and or consciously choose where they are to next take rebirth. They can remain in this death meditation for long periods of time, days at an end, in which their consciousness has not yet left their body, although for all intents and purposes they are dead according to medical science, e.g. they have no heartbeat. At the end of their meditation, a drop of blood will be emitted from their nostril, and their head will slump over a little. Masters who engage in this meditation usually sit in full meditation posture, and their body remain supple and soft even though they have passed away from a medical point of view. I hope this brief explanation helps. Thank you.
  • March 23, 2017 23:01
    Brad asked: What is the significance of offering the Seven precious emblems of royalty to the Buddhas and enlightened Dharma Protectors? What are we symbolically offering up?
    pastor answered: Dear Brad, Thank you for your question. The ‘saptaratna’ or seven precious emblems represent on the one hand the ultimate state of temporal power, and on the other hand the ultimate spiritual attainments that we can achieve. By offering these to the Buddhas, we are actually creating the causes to achieve what they represent. Therefore it is good to know the meaning of each, so we can understand what we are creating the causes for by offering them up: Please see below for an explanation of the seven royal emblems: 1. The Precious Wheel: a thousand spoked wheel, representing the universal power of the Buddhas, as well as the teachings of the thousand Buddhas of our aeon. It is represented by the Dharmachakra, symbolising the ‘turning of the wheel’ or teaching of the Noble Eightfold Path. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, especially that of our own mind, thoughts, delusions and afflictions. 2. The Precious Jewel: an eight sided wish-granting gem, which fulfils all the needs of a universal emperor. This jewel has eight special qualities: it illuminates the night sky for hundreds of leagues; it is cooling when the temperature is hot and warming when the temperature is cold; it makes manifest whatever the holder wants; when thirsty it causes a fresh-water spring to appear; it has the ability to control the nagas, and other supernatural beings, as well as preventing natural disasters such as storms, floods, etc.; it gives off multi-coloured lighted which heals the various mental and emotional afflictions; it cures all illnesses; and it ensures that one dies a natural death, not an untimely one. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, or perfect discrimination, so one knows what to abandon and what to keep in the mindstream during the spiritual journey to enlightenment. 3. The Precious Queen: the most beautiful and virtuous of all women. She is described as a goddess who is the epitome of someone: with devotion; without jealousy; who is the embodiment of fertility; who works for the welfare of all beings; who possess feminine wisdom; speaks the truth; not attract to sensual pleasures or material possessions; and does not have false views. She is adored by all. She also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect effort. This is necessary to keep meditating until one gains spiritual attainments. 4. The Precious Minister: who has sharp intelligence, patience, and the ability to give wise counsel to the emperor. He is so attuned to the emperor that even before the emperor has spoken, the minister is already carrying out his command. He only wishes to support the Dharma, help sentient beings, and is an excellent strategist. He also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect joy. This is also akin to the attainment of the first bodhisattva level, because you have come to an understanding of your own mind, which is like pouring ice-cold water into boiling water. The water stops boiling, as does the thoughts, projections, and delusions in the mind. He represents the path of the bodhisattva. 5. The Precious Elephant: who has the strength of a thousand normal elephants. He is white, with the perfect features that an elephant could have. He is majestic, graceful, and gentle, but in battle is fearsome, fearless and unyielding. He communicates with the emperor through a telepathic link. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect adaptability. This is important, as one needs to be able to adapt to the various mental afflictions as they arise, and suitably counter them. 6. The Precious Horse: who has all the marks of a celestial horse. Known as wind-horse, he is able to travel extremely fast, and can circumambulate the entire universe three time in just a single day. He is never fearful or startled, never makes a sound when galloping, and has extremely soft hairs on his body. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is single-pointed concentration. This is important because without this form of concentration, once cannot engage in the analytical meditations that lead to an understanding of emptiness, and therefore enlightenment. 7. The Precious General: who has mastered the arts of war and always wins in battle. He wears battle armour and holds many different weapons. He tries to avoid battle, but when necessary fights, and never gives up until he has won. He is fearless, and courageous in carrying out the emperors commands and ensures the emperors army carries out their duties. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect equanimity. This is because he overcomes all warfare, which is akin to the battle between things were are attached to and things we have an aversion for in our minds. In short, what you are offering up is the highest of all temporal treasures and abilities, as well as the entire path of the Dharma. Doing so creates the causes for you to receive all of this on your spiritual journey towards enlightenment. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 20, 2017 10:16
    Grigoris asked: Excuse me, but I would like to ask, what does the prayer to Shangmo Dorje Putri say exactly? I can't read Tibetan, but would like to see the description that the prayer gives. I am not planning to say the prayer or make interaction(as it would be very dangerous), but would like to see what it actually says from the Tibetan text. Here's the link: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/shangmo-dorje-putri-the-bamo-of-sakya.html
    pastor answered: Dear Grigoris, Thank you for your question. Shangmo Dorje Putri is indeed a fascinating unenlightened Dharma protector. Unfortunately at the moment, we do not have a translated copy of the text in English that we can provide. The usual format for such texts, would include an invocation, making offerings to appease them, and then exhortations for them to perform their activities, possibly followed by thanking them for their help. One thing is for certain, due to the nature of Shangmo Dorje Putri her prayer is sure to include violent imagery, just like many other Dharma protectors, such as Achi Chokyi Drolma (who even though has a peaceful appearance, has a lot of violent imagery in her prayers). The reason behind the violent imagery is explained in the post about Achi Chokyi Drolma here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/achi-chokyi-drolma-chief-protectress-of-the-drikung-kagyu.html
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