Crimes Against Animals the World Doesn’t Want You to Know About

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There are horrific things that happen to animals all for the sake of human tradition, cultural belief of simply for monetary gains. These aren’t often talked about but it’s time to shine a light on the shocking abuses against animals that still go on today. Shakila Rajendra explores some of the atrocities that she thinks should not be kept under the radar.

 

Abuse Arising from Festivals and Cultural Traditions and Beliefs

1) Gadhimai Festival, Nepal

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The Ghadimai Festival in Nepal used to result in the annual slaughter of hundreds of thousands of cows, until the organising temple put a stop to it.

Nepal usually has a reputation as an animal-loving country where cows are revered as sacred beasts but during the Gadhimai Festival, an astonishing amount of animals are sacrificed in honour of the Hindu Goddess, Gadhimai. The festival would take place every 5 years in the town of Bariyarpur and has been practiced for over 250 years. During this festival, thousands of farm animals such as buffalo, pigs, goats, ducks and chickens will be inhumanely sacrificed and in 2009 it was estimated up to 500,000 animals were killed. Thankfully, in July 2015, Nepal’s temple trust announced the cancellation of the festival and the Indian government has also put a stop to animals being sent to Nepal for the festival.

Read more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/is-this-a-holy-festival.html

 

2) Yulin Festival, China

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Dogs on their way to the Yulin Festival. Packed into cages, and starved of food and water, many die on the way there.

In China, dog meat has been consumed for hundreds and maybe thousands of years. Dog meat, the Chinese believe, is meant to alleviate heat exhaustion which has led to it being popularly consumed during the summer months. In Yulin, a festival using dog meat in hot pots became popular in 2010 and up to 10,000 dogs were slaughtered for this festival. Since then, there has been huge international outcry to put an end to this festival. Sadly, up until this year, efforts to put a complete stop to this festival which takes place on the 21st of June (summer solstice) have still been unsuccessful. If you would like to get involved or sign a petition, click on this link: https://action.hsi.org/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=104&ea.campaign.id=38221

Read more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/marc-ching-shows-us-the-way.html

 

3) The Running of the Bulls, Toro de la Vega & Pero Palo, Spain

Hunted and stabbed to exhaustion, a terrified bull lies dying after one of Spain's running of the bull festivals.

Hunted and stabbed to exhaustion, a terrified bull lies dying after one of Spain’s running of the bull festivals.

We may have heard of Pamplona’s running of the bulls festival where bulls are petrified and prodded to run down the streets of the city and eventually they are stabbed to death by matadors in the bullfighting arenas. There are also other festivals in Spain that torture and kill animals in similar methods and nothing has been done to put a stop to these festivals simply because it is rendered a cultural tradition and authorities do not want to upset those who practice these rituals. Festivals such as the Toro de la Vega where hundreds of men chase a bull through the streets of Tordesillas are armed with lances which they will use to maim the bull. When it is weak and can go no further, men will then attack the bull further and cut off its testicles while it is still alive and subject it to further torture until it dies. Similarly, the Pero Palo Festival does similarly inhumane acts to a donkey where drunken mobs will torture the animal and even force it to drink alcohol until it is too weak to run and eventually kill it.

Read more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/toro-jubilo.html

 

4) Drive Hunting

Pilot whales dead after a drive hunting expedition in the Faroe Islands.

Pilot whales dead after a drive hunting expedition in the Faroe Islands.

Dolphins and whales are caught and killed for their meat as well as captured for other purposes using the drive hunting method in a number of places all over the world. Drive hunting involves surrounding a group of whales or dolphins with boats and then driving them into a bay or toward the shore. In the Faroe Islands situated in the North Atlantic where a ritual called Grindagrap drives hundreds of pilot whales to the shore where they are then slaughtered for their meat and blubber. The hunt is a bloody affair and is known to turn the sea red with blood during the weeks in which it is practiced. Similarly, dolphins are also killed in this way particularly in Japan and Peru. Although in recent years there has been call to stop these practices, many argue that hunting whales and dolphins are an integral part of sea-dwelling culture and provide a much-needed source of meat. However, it is argued that due to environmental pollution, eating these animals may prove more harmful to the health as their meat may contain mercury.

Read more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/why-is-he-crying.html

 

Abuse Arising From The Keeping of Pets

5) Animal Hoarding

Animal hoarding is more common an occurrence than most people realise.

Animal hoarding is more common an occurrence than most people realise.

This is a form of animal abuse that is so common yet, many who practice it are not even aware of the harm they are causing animals. The practice of animal hoarding can be linked to mental illness whereby an individual will keep an unusual amount of animals as their ‘pets’ in conditions that cannot provide them adequate care, shelter, sanitation or food and could lead to these animals suffering from illness, starvation and even death. The worrying part of this situation is that the individual who possesses these animals will usually be in denial of their failure to care for these animals and believe themselves to be rescuers or saviours but instead, they are doing more harm than good to these animals.

 

6) Puppy Mills

Puppy mills keep breeding dogs in deplorable conditions, using them to produce cute pets to stock shops.

Puppy mills keep breeding dogs in deplorable conditions, using them to produce cute pets to stock shops.

For the sake of commercial profit, many breeders take to creating puppy mills, a facility whereby the monetary gains take priority over the wellbeing of the dogs. Puppy mills usually keep dogs in cramped cages and many of the female dogs are simply kept alive for their breeding capabilities. When they can no longer do so, they are often killed or simply left to starve to death. As for the puppies they are often bred with little consideration for their health or genetic quality. Pups as young as 6-8 weeks are sold to pet shops and can often develop health problems such as parasites or other genetic disorders. It is hard to pinpoint if puppies sold in pet shops have come from a puppy mill or not which is why it is always better to choose adoption as an option when looking for a pet.

Read more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/rescued-cats-and-dogs-only.html

 

Abuse of Animals for Sport or Commercial Profit

7) Greyhound Dog Killing

Greyhound racing looks like harmless fun but has anyone ever thought what happens to the dog when they have outlived their competitive racing days?

Greyhound racing looks like harmless fun but has anyone ever thought what happens to the dog when they have outlived their competitive racing days?

Greyhound racing may seem harmless enough but the reality is that the dogs that can no longer perform for this sport often meet cruel fates. Many, instead of being re-homed are simply killed by their owners or left for dead. To make matters worse, before they’re killed, they have their ears cut off without any anaesthetic or proper surgical methods because they have identification tattoos on their ears that can be traced back to their owners. Some of these dogs are also often sold to animal testing labs. In 2002, the remains of almost 3000 greyhounds were found in the grounds of racing track in Florida and an undercover report discovered the remains of approximately 10,000 dogs that were killed by a merchant in the UK who was killing dogs that trainers deemed too slow to race.

Read more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-simpsons-co-creator-sam.html

 

8) Canned Hunting

A highly lucrative industry is the big game hunting industry, which sees people fly from all over the world to countries in Africa to hunt wildlife in controlled conditions. The more exotic the wildlife, the more prestigious the trophy.

A highly lucrative industry is the big game hunting industry, which sees people fly from all over the world to countries in Africa to hunt wildlife in controlled conditions. The more exotic the wildlife, the more prestigious the trophy.

This is the practice of keeping animals in a confined area with only one purpose in mind – for them to be hunted and killed as part of a hunter’s trophy collection. Although there are laws in most parts of the world that ban this sport, many, such as South Africa still practice it as part of their tourism draws. Lions especially are high on the list of animals that these trophy hunters seek to exploit as well as other big game animals. There is also no real evidence that suggests that these animals are kept in captivity for any other reason apart from satisfying trophy hunters’ appetites as some suggest that captivity centres are kept open to conserve the population of these animals.

Read more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/i-love-to-hunt-lets-go-kill.html

 

9) Clubbing of Baby Seals

As long as the demand for fur rises, the clubbing of seals will continue to feed this fashion trend.

As long as the demand for fur rises, the clubbing of seals will continue to feed this fashion trend.

Every year the Canadian government allows hunters to cull seals, many of them babies as part of the expansion of the fur trade. Seals are often shot or worse, clubbed repeatedly to death. They are then skinned for their fur and left for dead if they aren’t already. Recently, both the European Union and the United States have passed laws that ban the sale of seal products but the killing of these gentle animals still goes on as it is claimed that the demand of fur products continues to rise.

Read more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/red-on-white.html

 

10) Shark Finning

Considered a delicacy in traditional Chinese cooking, consumption of shark fin has declined slightly over the years, thanks to intensive and sustained campaigns by animal rights activists to educate people on the process of obtaining sharks fin.

Considered a delicacy in traditional Chinese cooking, consumption of shark fin has declined slightly over the years, thanks to intensive and sustained campaigns by animal rights activists to educate people on the process of obtaining sharks fin.

If you’ve ever had a bowl of shark’s fin soup, you may want to reconsider your next one or any restaurant that serves it. Shark finning is an incredibly cruel way in which shark’s fins are obtained for food and traditional medicine. Sharks have their fins cut off while still alive which renders them unable to swim and they often sink to the bottom of the ocean left to the mercy of predators or to suffocate. Many countries have since banned shark finning in their waters but the demand for shark’s fin products continues especially here in Asia. As shark populations are rapidly declining as a result of this, the best way to stop the practice is to decrease the trade or the demand of these products.

Read more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/extinction-in-a-bowl-of-soup.html

 

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About Shakila Rajendra

Writer, Editor, Green-thing Enthusiast

Shakila gave up a life in the fashion world to study about how climate and energy policy will affect us in the not too distant future. She likes all animals but prefers those with flat faces and lazy attitudes. A constant explorer and believer in being part of building a more responsible collective consciousness toward each other and the environment.
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  1. Alice Tay on Nov 29, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    This is great to know Indian government supported for not sending the animals to Nepal for the Gadhimai Festival. Gadhimai Festival is being practiced for over 250 years and this is first time being canceled in July 2015 by the Nepal’s temple. The related parties made the right choice as they have save many lives of the animals.

    I sincerely hope to see the Yulin Festival in China, the Running of the Bulls in Spain and many other cultural activities that may harm the animals will be stopped. May more people empathy for animals and understand the animals can feel pain too.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Shakila Rajendra for sharing this article which is good to promote vegetarianism, raise awareness about animal abuse and empathy for animals.

  2. Wan Wai Meng on Nov 19, 2016 at 2:05 am

    I remember watching Earthlings here on the blog and also a video presentation by Gary Youforosky, he mentioned that there is Holocaust happening to animals on planet earth on a daily basis.

    I hope as more people are aware of the pain that animals are experiencing, and from there they will apply pressure to countries and nations that are condoning such practices.

  3. Justin Cheah on Oct 31, 2016 at 12:46 am

    I cannot come into terms as to why humans have to massive kill animals during celebrations of certain celebrations. What sort of significant value does it bring to the celebration that resulting of killing of animals? Many of these are actually carried down from tradition and i will be bemused if the reason given was to supposedly to signify human’s success or superiority. We cannot live alone in this planet and haven’t we as humans already a conqueror of earth already? So i feel these so called practice should be put to a stop already.

  4. sonny tan on Aug 9, 2016 at 10:30 am

    Thank you Shakila for these reports, these senseless killing of animals is something we must all help to curb. Some people do it to whet their appetite because they want to experience the taste of wild animals, some for sports, and some to satisfy their superiority over the weak, of course there are far more reasons why human resort to killing of animals.
    Many years ago when I was at a younger age I used to love fishing and we would normally hire a fishing trawler in the East coast of Peninsula Malaysia and we would go to deep sea for a couple of days. It was really fun being at nowhere in the middle of the sea and with no mainland in sight; it was just us, our fishing rods and the baking sun. The bountiful catch was marvelous to say the least and every day the owner of the fishing trawler would cooks for us. It is exhilarating to get away from it all fun, sun and relaxation but sadly now that I am on spiritual paths and reflected back on these unbecoming misdeeds it really gives me goosebumps.
    There were about five of us and our daily catch far exceeded our needs and very often we would sell it to other fisherman but the frightening thing is those fishes that I caught would end up next to me taking them out from the hooks and seeing them struggling and flipping in pain on the deck in the baking sun and eventually dies. What is sad about it is that those fishes would not closed their eyes and kept looking at me each time I turn my head to look at them. I would imagine now these fishes that I caught would be looking at me with perhaps anger, fear, pain and maybe revenge on their mind.
    Well, I have stopped fishing for so many years now and turned vegetarian for about ten years after that perhaps trying to pay off my little crime of fishing to satisfy my human thirst for action, glory and a good feeling.

  5. HelenaC on Jul 31, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    I really don’t understand why human wants to kill lives for celebration. Its totally cruel and inhuman. What a nonsense culture! creates so much negative karma as well. Sad!! But we hope with the power of social media we can easily let the world know and spread the awareness to stop all these cruel acts.

  6. JP on Jul 29, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    Animal cruelty has been a culture in some countries for many centuries. This doesn’t mean it’s right to create suffering on to other beings. Billions of animals die because of humans. Animals are killed for food, entertainment, rituals, and clothing. We are the most dangerous beings on the planet if we think about it. There is no other beings that kill so much. The irony is we all want world peace and happiness.

    We are not creating the collective karma for that at all. Hopefully with more awareness and getting people to think from the perspective of the animals, some compassion may arise to stop the killing and torture of animals.

  7. Kb Thapa on Jul 26, 2016 at 1:08 am

    We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. Animals suffer as much as we do. True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them. It is our duty to make the whole world recognize it. Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things….

  8. Wah Ying on Jul 25, 2016 at 12:17 am

    Thanks Shakila Rajendra for sharing to bring awareness to the sufferings done to animals around the world. Imagine, these are only some of the horrible events being highlighted, there are still many more still happening without our knowledge..

    I have seen a dog which rescured by a friend from puppy mill, with it’s hind legs paralysis. She can only dragging herself with the strength of both front legs. I have witnessed killing of buffalo in Tana Toraja Indonesia as part of their funeral rites, the sacrifice of animals is believed it can help the deceased to go to their land of soul.

    As drinking shark fin soup is part of the culture where I live in, with many without knowing how cruel it is to cut off it’s fin while the shark is alive and throw the shark back to the ocean..Many still will have shark fin soup for their banquet, for the soup shows the status and “generousity” of the dinner host. This is pretty ignorance by doing so..

  9. Liang Jing on Jul 24, 2016 at 11:56 pm

    In my opinion, it’s very sad that the people who involve in these horrible acts don’t think animals are living being, they don’t think animals have emotion and can feel pain. Their view about the tradition and culture did not change with the time. They are ignorance about the welfare and rights of animals, and think the horific acts are just “normal”; because they do not value the life of animals as important compare to their tradition, culture and monetary gains.

  10. Lucas Roth on Jul 19, 2016 at 12:34 am

    It is so horrible and ridiculous that such terrible things can be done in the name of tradition and such a wide-scale terrible thing can be looked over by the whole world. I believe that if this made it to the main stream media, it would be torn down in days.

    So, why doesn’t it? We should share this article on social media and try to bring this to a better light. All those poor animals are being slaughtered and they are being lost in such a massive go. It is so terrible. Help them, save them. Share this article.

  11. Pastor Antoinette Kass on Jul 18, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    The pictures are heartbreaking. Unfortunately it is true, the world does not want us to know about this. The suffering and cruelty against animals is beyond imagination. We have to create awareness and end those barbaric practices.
    Thank you for compiling this information so that more people know what is happening.

  12. Stella Cheang on Jul 14, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    Human, in their quest to satisfy their insatiable desire for pleasure will stop at nothing, including inflicting pain and torments on animals. The cold hard fact of these all is how human turn a deaf ear / blind eye despite the awareness of these cruelty circulating on TV, social media, magazines etc. Playing ignorance and sheltering the conscious from doing the right thing has a hardening effect, in a bad way. Over time, we will be numb and cold, and harder to generate kind feelings for the animals. Hence it is better for us to start doing something now, to act out on the little compassion that we have, so that we can stop the vicious karmic cycle one step at a time.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Shakila Rajendra for this article.

    Humbly, bowing down,
    Stella Cheang

  13. Freon on Jul 13, 2016 at 1:30 am

    It is very heart sickening to see these animals being harm because of the ignorance and for own desire. From dinner plate, to medical test, from entertainment to cultural, animals are being use for the benefit of human beings. The only sound they could make is the crying before death or during the torturing. They could not tell human how painful the feeling was.

    From using the reasons of traditional, to the benefit of human being, we just commit crime without any thinking it is really that necessary to kill the animals? For Example Shark Fin, for centuries, it has been consumed as a delicacy and consider as nourishing dishes. In fact, shark fin have no benefit at all to human being. It does not have any mineral that really benefitted to human’s health.

    I always believed to be truly kind, begin from our own. For example from our taste butt. We can be a vegetarian, by becoming a vegetarian, we are liberate many lives directly, and also save the environment. From our daily usage, we could choose non animal products test, or non animal products to use. Example , avoid animal skin’s beg.

    The sad story of the animals being torture can never ended, if we continued to explored animals to our benefit. Animals are sentient beings too.

    Thank you Shakkila for this article.

    Regards
    Freon

  14. Pavara Lam on Jul 12, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    I really didn’t know that there was so many other ways animals are getting killed besides the meat industry. I was not really aware of the fact that seals were killed for the sake of fashion. It is not like the parts of the seals sold are cheap, yet people still fork out huge amounts of money to buy them. What’s more, the waste products are simply thrown wherever convenient some of the waste products are harmful to the environment those waste products may end up getting into our bodies and cause damage to our bodies.

    Environmentalist should not just normal industrial factories, but also slaughterhouses. Slaughterhouses can dump a huge amount of harmful waste into rivers and lakes which will indirectly or directly harm us.

    I really hope that all these cruel practices will end soon before too much harm is done.

  15. Elisha on Jul 11, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    Animals shouldn’t be slaughtered by any means just for our own use. Animals have the right to live a life like us too. Animals should be taken care with love.

  16. Jace Chong on Jul 11, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche and Shakila for sharing these heartbreaking truth that still happening in daily, monthly, seasonally and annual basis.

    I was not an animal lover until I watch the documentary “Earthling” that recommended by Rinpoche. Before that I used to think human is in higher rank than animals in terms of intelligence, but the documentary changes my definition to animals and reveal how our human demands cause to their sufferings. It’s the same for 10 crimes that mentioned in the post.

    Most of us living a fast pace and “civilized” life where we easily use animal products out of convenience, to be fashionable, to show social status and so on. We focus so much on what we want and a lot of us didn’t aware about our demand is the main cause to the animal massacre.

    Not everyone able to start a huge project to against the 10 crimes above, but what everyone can do is to stop taking meat, stop using animal products. Please be a vegetarian today and share with others why you do so. We need more people to be conscious for others pain to stop cruelty to animals.

    Thank you.

  17. Victoria Lam on Jul 10, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    It’s so heartbreaking to read all the article of animals got cruelty abuse. Thank you for bringing the awareness article of animals suffering in the world.

    I wish everyone may read this article and realized how to care the animals suffer and more understand the values of lives of humans nor animals.Animals and Humans are equally.

    It’s time for us to become vegetarian and educate the young generations how to loves the animals and environment care.

  18. bk on Jul 10, 2016 at 1:53 am

    Thank you for bringing awareness to the sufferings of these animals, some of which are less well known than others. I have always found it shocking that people would not only turn a blind eye but even condone and revel in the brutality of animals in pain. Having once rescued a dog from a puppy mill, I have personally witnessed the long term effects puppy mills have on the poor dogs ensalved inside. From extremely poor nutrition to deformities in their limbs, weakness in the joints and an inability to move without limping, these are all a result of the devastating conditions inside the puppy mills. But worst of all is the irreversible impact on the minds of these poor dogs. No matter how much love and care is given to them after their rescue, a part of them is still affected by their horrific experience during the earlier part of their lives.

    I am also surprised but glad to see the inclusion of #5. I know some people who have many dogs, too many to give each of them the love, care and attention that they need. Yet they do not realize their pets are suffering by their own hand and continue to “collect” more and ore dogs, thinking that they are doing a good thing when in fact they are creating more suffering. I hope more people will read this article and realize that the actions we take, be it adopting a new dog, buying a fur coat or sitting down to a bowl of shark fin soup, can have profound implications to the life of another living breathing being.

  19. Jutika Lam on Jul 9, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    It is really hard to imagine the amount of unjustified cruelty humans have been putting towards animals.

    It is really depressing to see all these animals being inhumanely tortured and even slaughtered for the pleasure and enjoyment of humans. We have really gone overboard at the way we are treating animals.

    What we need to understand is that animals have feelings like we do, when we hurt them they will feel pain. Humans need to stop “using” animals in such a way, whether if it’s for monetary gain or for religious traditions. We need to understand that animals don’t just exist on Earth for us to exploit them.

    Thank you Shakila for writing this article, may more people become aware of this.

  20. CindyH on Jul 9, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    In the pursuit to satisfy sensory pleasures, people conveniently fail to see that the pain caused to the animals who like humans, are also living beings capable of emotions and feelings. The very fact that such gruesome activities are still perpetuated to date, goes to show the dangers of ignorance and the self-cherishing mind. It is a heartbreakingly sad state where one’s desire for temporary fleeting sense of happiness trumps the importance of another life and blinds one to the reality of cruelty that one is actually inflicting. And not to mention the negative karma that entails.

    Thank you for sharing this insightful post. Hopefully by highlighting such atrocities which brings more attention and awareness, positive changes can be compelled to take place.

  21. Uncle Eddie on Jul 9, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    Buddhism is said to be universal, not confined to any country or particular nation. If permitted to say so, it is, as described “Super-nationalism”. As buddhist around the world, we all have experienced and know sufferings, and the ways in which we can find happiness. But, for such “horrific things happening to animals all for the sake of human tradition, cultural belief of simply for monetary gains,” as what Shakila Rajendra has explored, should not be allowed to be kept under the radar as said! As our great Gandi has said, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Compassionate New Zealand has taken its great start and lead to change people’s perception and feelings towards animals, in discarding its veils of how the animals were viewed and classified as “inferior for exploitation, torture and entertainment,” inclusive of being eaten up too! As Rinpoche said, Just because they were born into conditions that they had no control, they were traded like commodities! Just as New Zealand has taken the lead in this incredible humane precedent to treat all animals as sentient sentient beings which have the same feelings like we do, hopefully the WORLD will follow this lead! “For the benefit of all beings, may beings everywhere who suffer torment in their minds and bodies, have by virtue of any merits, Joy and Happiness in boundless measure! Om Mani Padme Hung.

  22. yikming on Jul 9, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    Thanks, This bring us more awareness of how much unjust can be done to these animals and in such a unbelievable scale. I believe if many of these “humans” understand and able to comprehend that animals feels pain and the value of lives irregardless of animals or human , is another sentient being, they would be more compassionate. I hope with this article would make more ponder and become more aware about the atrocity of human towards animals and change, influence against such cruelties.

  23. Shelly tai on Jul 9, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    Thank you Shakila for this article. Is very depressing to look at all these animals being abuse and kill, we human is the most cruel one because whoever who did all these inhuman act they never for once consider the pain and fear that they have inflict to all these animals awareness is needed to stop all these cruelty act others wise it will never end another important thing to do is education we need to educate our children about animals cruelty teach them to be kind and love to animals not to abuse them.

  24. Adeline Tan on Jul 8, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    It is very heart wrenching to see all these poor and helpless animals being killed for religious tradition, for human consumption or for monetary gain. Hope this post can bring awareness to the people around the and also at government levels to put a stop to this kind of cruelty to animals. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

  25. sarah yap on Jul 8, 2016 at 5:23 am

    Humans have the potential to bring a myriad of results, and unfortunately these results can be either positive or negative. Due to our own mental defilement, to satisfy our ego and ignorance, we often do things that subjugate those we perceive as ‘weaker’ than us in order to feel a form of superiority and benefit from other’s subservience or at the expense of another. The above list on the slaughter of animals that continue until this day makes anyone who has some sense of conscience cringe at it’s cruelty. While these examples are something of large scale, lets not forget how our daily conduct is exactly similar on a daily basis, though on a smaller scale…

  26. Sofi on Jul 7, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    I guess karma can be a vicious cycle. As the victim dies in this terrible way, be it human or animals, they may carry that anger of being tortured/killed and thirst for revenge into their next life. This thirst may drive them to cause harm to others or at worst, to kill. Now the victim becomes the killer and as the killer reinforces his thirst for killing, he may carry the attachment of killing into his next life.

    The thing is, even as the 1st victim may carry the deep thirst of anger, his own victim may not be the perpetrated killer of his precious life. Therefore, a new victim will suffer the revengeful anger. Thus the vicious karma of pain and suffering grows exponentially with each lifetime. Wars are built on many things and I feel that anger is a strong factor as those perpetrator of wars would have some deep seeded anger to be able to attack and kill others. Some feel the joy of killing as we can see from terrorist videos.

    The way to stop this is to understand the sufferings of others and not contribute towards any form of killing/sufferance. If we were to stop eating meat, then the demand will reduce leading to less farmed animals or hunting. If we were to stop looking to satisfy our blood thirsty “sports” then the animals won’t suffer the terrible fate. Being a Buddhist, it is practising compassion by being mindful of how our lives impact on another’s lives. From the food we eat, the things we wear, the things we use, even the step we take (not stepping on some tiny creatures like ants, slugs, etc.) May we examine our very lives to check if we are the contributing factor towards the sufferings of animals in this world.

    Thank you Shakila for this article that created the awareness of sufferings we as human imposed on other living beings.

  27. Han on Jul 7, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    Its very sad to see those terrified faces as they are to be slaughtered. Animals feel as we do and suffer as we do. What right have we to take the lives of these beautiful animals in such cruel ways .

    Its time to embrace vegetarianism and educate more people to become vegetarian .

  28. Katrina Ann on Jul 7, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    It is so upsetting to see that so many animals had died just for our leisure. It is truly heartbreaking to see that we humans are still carrying out these gruesome crimes even though we are aware of how much deaths we have caused. What makes it worst is that we try to justify ourselves by giving reasons, blaming it on cultures, traditions, etc., instead of raising awareness and trying our best to stop these heinous acts.

    We should all be more aware of what’s happening in the world, as we are the ones revolving around the world. By putting our ego aside, we will slowly understand how we are able to make a change for a better future that doesn’t require any harm, abuse or the murder of any beings.

    Thank you for sharing this important post and to help raise our awareness on how ignorant we are. I hope that many people would have a change of heart and be more aware about the cruel things happening around the world.

  29. Fong on Jul 7, 2016 at 7:12 am

    It is indeed gut-wrenching to see the images of animals being cruelly killed for the pleasure of human being. It is bad enough that they are slaughtered for food. Many abattoirs have tried to find a more humane way of slaughtering these animals for food. But, taking a life is still taking a life. If we can, we should eat less meat.

    But activists like Shakila Rajendra are trying to make a difference in the world. There are others like those involved in Greepeace. But, unfortunately, as with all human activities, when the group gets too big and successful, the objectives and motivation will change.

    Thank you for bringing the senseless killings to the attention of the world at large.

  30. Lew on Jul 7, 2016 at 2:52 am

    It is indeed very sad to see such cruelty towards animals. I was part of the guilty parties in this equation until I become vegetarian. There are many so-called traditions which have expired due the the knowledge acquired, and pressured put onto the people who practice the “traditions”. For example, slavery has been practiced for thousands of years, but eventually that has become illegal. With the social media and the widespread of information, we can definitely help to end some of the animal sufferings. (At lease we use the social media for some good cause)

    It is also important to educate our next generation not to consume meat, for the welfare of our next generation. As most of us know, being vegetarian is now an environmental matter (no longer a spiritual or health matter). The amount of greenhouse gas produced by animal farming is raising, and it must be stopped at the government level.

    I pray more and more people will become vegetarian and less animals will suffer just because they need to be sacrificed to be on our plate.

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  • Jason
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 03:07 AM
    This year Wesak Day fall on 10 of May. This day is very special and meaningful to me because I will visit Kechara Forest Retreat(KFR) to join some meritorious event there.
    For me, Wesak is a day to commemorate Buddha Sakyamuni in three aspect( Birth , Enlightened, Nirwana).
    While we celebrate Wesak, we must remind ourselves to learn from Buddha teachings and practice it in order to gain attainment.
    Thanks Rinpoche and Pastor Seng Piow for sharing in order to create more understanding on Wesak Day.

    Jason

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

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

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

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

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

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-12.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 04:30 PM
    Miracles do happen,when we have faith and trust in our Guru.What is important is to follow Rinpoche’s advice and do as instructed by our Guru to clear the osbtacles all the way.Angie and Herry were so fortunate to have meet Rinpoche.Its because of Rinpoche ‘s compassion and caring for his student Angie’s life was saved.Infact Rinpoche has helped many people through his intervention, advice and instructions.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing miracles stories which i enjoyed reading.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-2.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 02:45 PM
    WOW….interesting a miracles true story. Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing.Reciting mantras by family members and doing 20 pujas done at the monastery to help the baby. These proved that pujas, which have been done for hundreds of years in the monasteries are very powerful methods for us to overcome difficulties, create huge amounts of merit and for protection, good health and long life.This show us how powerful pujas can help us when we have trust and faith in our Guru.And with Rinpoche divination,the baby was born and now a healthy boy.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-1-2.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 12:47 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these powerful teachings.Its a privilege
    to do Dharma work to benefits other,do it with motivation and a good attitude when engaging ourselves It will be guide line for me.When we serve others to do Dharma work together at Kechara Forest Retreat ,we will improve ourself , purify our negative karma and to benefit others too.I will be sponsoring to the healings bricks soon and i will cherish every moment in supporting KFR.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/dharma-work-attitude-tdl.html
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 11:06 AM
    Bigfoot is just another beings living in this world although not commonly seen and live in the deep jungle in high mountains. There were many evidences that people from many parts of the world sighted this beings. Whatever shape they are I think importantly we are all sharing this world and therefore need to have mutual respect and not intervene each others.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/its-in-the-scriptures-they-exist.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 04:26 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline sharing this interesting post about Bodhidharma, a great master favoured meditation and introduced the Lankavatara Sutra to Chinese Buddhism.

    Here are a few points I have learned from this post:
    1. Bodhidharma had strong imprints of Dharma from the past and therefore he is interested in Buddha’s teachings and show his great wisdom. at a very young age.
    2. His strong guru devotion and determination in learning and spreading the dharma based on meditation though he confronted with difficulties such as Emperor Wu Di was not impressed by his teachings, being ostracized and rejected and lived as a beggar for many months. Notwithstanding, he continued and never give up to practice meditation in complete silence for nine years in cave wall when he was not accepted by Shaolin Monastery at the beginning .
    3. When Bodhidharma was allowed enter to the monastery, he had put a lot of efforts to help the monks in improving their physical body as well as their mind through the meditation. Then, Bodhidharma continued to develop a system of 18 dynamic tension exercises which were printed as Yi Gin Ching (Changing Muscle/Tendon Classic) in 550 CE. It is known as the Luohan (arhat) 18 Hand Movements today which serves as the basis of both Chinese Temple Boxing and the Shaolin Martial Arts.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/bodhidharma-the-founder-of-gongfu.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 04:10 PM
    Thank you, Grace, for sharing with us the many tips on how to care for and maintain our hair. Personal grooming is important because when we care for our appearance, we are respecting the people who have to deal with us. Caring for our hair, making sure that it is neat and clean should be something we need to take care of since young as it is part of personal grooming. The key is not to be attached to our body and outer-images, that results in spending much time and resources just to make ourselves look good.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/how-much-do-you-know-about-hair.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 03:00 PM
    Thank you for sharing these wonderful and significant photos showed that Kechara Pastors’ tireless efforts to bring dharma to many others and do the blessings whenever is necessary.

    Basically, the pastorship role was conceptualized by our precious guru, H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, to preserve the Dharma and to give laypeople an opportunity to commit to benefiting others. Kechara Pastors are fully dedicated and selflessly serving others especially in spiritual growth and therefore this is good for us to support the Pastors so that they can focus and spend more of their time and effort to serve others and most importantly Buddhist teachings can be spread and shared to many others. The supports to Pastors including food, lodging, transportation, items necessary for their work, such as ritual items or spiritual gifts for those in need and many others. (If you are interested to know more about Kechara Pastors, please have a good read at http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/support-the-kechara-pastors.html)

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/10-amazing-house-blessings-by-kechara-pastors.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 02:13 PM
    Its such a great blessing for all of us to hear the holy voice recordings of H.H Kyabje Zong Rinpoche a great master..His profound teachings ,got to take seroiusly,more as an important advice on Dorje Shugden’s practice.H.H Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s explaination was very clear before any of the practitioner’s commitment and receive sogtae.They must keep the lineage practice and teachings no matter what ever happen.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us on the important advice by a great master.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/kyabje-zong-rinpoches-advice-on-dorje-shugdens-practice.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 11:50 AM
    Thank you Pastor Han Nee for your sharing your thoughts and review about the book “Be Happy” written by Rinpoche. It is indeed not easy to be happy as we all have various expectation in every situation and people.

    We may think having a big house, lots of cash and good career is happiness but this is the wrong perception. Being happy is not about material and everything about ourselves. It is only when we can do more for others and focus out that we gain happiness. I never realised this until I joined Kechara. I think we have such a fixed mindset of what happiness is and when our expectation is not met, we are unhappy.

    Rinpoche has pointed out many ways for us to rectify our thoughts and methods to be happy. Now it is for us to take initiative to change and transform our mind if we want to be happy.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Han Nee for this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/be-happy.html
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Apr 24. 2017 12:30 PM
    Many people do not believe in reincarnation and only relates it to certain religion such as Hinduism and Buddhism. However, there were many instances and signs that proven reincarnation exist. As Buddhist we will believe in reincarnation and karma. It is by understanding that everything has its cause and effect that we should learn to live life in the correct attitude and mindset. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting articles to remind us of karma and the importance of doing dharma practise.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/interesting-signs-of-reincarnation.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Apr 23. 2017 08:29 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for your teachings.
    Always be generous and kind in what ever we could do even its little help.It’s the little things in life that bring the greatest happiness. Its between us and our Buddha ,so we would not bother what the receipient thinks and say of us. What ever was said ,should not deter our motivation to do Dharma work.
    (It will change people’s lives in one way or another. It will change your life for the better.)….well said by Rinpoche.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/its-not-between-you-and-the-recipient.html

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
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One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini\'s blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves.
~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini's blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves. ~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
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His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
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: This picture says it all. Click on it to enlarge and read and please share.
This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one\'s death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one's death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin\'s dog Snowy!
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I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin's dog Snowy!
Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
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Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
 Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
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2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
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One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
 Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
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Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
Tsem Rinpoche\'s Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
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Tsem Rinpoche's Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
 It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and \'defeat\' the ones that hurt us because we don\'t become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
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It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and 'defeat' the ones that hurt us because we don't become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
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Tsem Rinpoche's heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin  Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
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Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
 (left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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(left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s good to be with kind and sincere people.
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It's good to be with kind and sincere people.
If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
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If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
My Mumu boy didn\'t want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
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My Mumu boy didn't want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
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This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
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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
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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
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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
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March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
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Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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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.
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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
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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!
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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!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
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Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
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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
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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
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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
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Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
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Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
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The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
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Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
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My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
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February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
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  • April 20, 2017 10:45
    Ronnie asked: Dear Rinpoche and Pastors, I'm studying abroad and very far away from home, seeking guidance and advice as I have no one else I can talk to about this. Please read with an open mind, I don't know where else to go for help. I'm pregnant and it's an unplanned pregnancy. I'm stuck between keeping it or letting it go. I'm young and having a child at my age in the society we live in now would be considered taboo. The father of the child thinks I should let it go because it may cause a setback to both our careers and cause major family issues. He thinks we aren't ready to raise a child especially since we're both still in university and his parents think badly of me even though they've never met me or tried to get to know me. I'm sure no one would ever have the heart to take away a heartbeat but it seems like it isn't the right time to have a child now and if we did go through with it, the child probably won't be able to have the best things life can offer looking at where we are now in terms of finance and maturity. I'm lost, confused and unsure what the right thing to do is now. Any advice at all would be helpful right now. Thank you so very much for taking time to read my story.
    pastor answered: Dear Ronnie, I’m sorry to read that you are going through this situation. I can understand that this situation is tough to go through. You are always more than welcome to come here to ask questions. May I suggest that you talk to either someone in your family or your friends to help you come to an appropriate solution? This is because, what you feel, what you are going through, will change from time to time and you would need someone to talk to, someone that you can lean on through this situation you are facing. Depending on where you are in the world, professional help can also be sought to help you make a decision, which will be the best option for you seeking help. From a Buddhist perspective, the taking of a life is not considered a positive act, therefore those on the Buddhist path, would normally abstain taking a life if possible. However, that being said, one must always weigh the decision oneself. Everything we do in life, necessarily involves karma both positive and negative. That is why Buddhists try to overcome samsara in general. Your situation is complicated because you are abroad, but if possible you should really open up to someone you are close to in order to help you through making this decision on a personal basis. When you talk to someone, whom you are able to express yourself more, you may able to come to better decision that is right for you. There may be other options open to you if you seek help. I personally know women who have been in similar situations. One of these women, let the child go and the other went through the pregnancy and then gave the child up for adoption. You may or may not have thought of this option, but it is one that could be open to you, depending on where in the world you are. Any decision we make in life, however big or small it may seem, has far reaching consequences whether in this life, or in future lives. This is just a part and parcel of life within samsara. However, we should weigh the decisions we make clearly given the situation we are in. We cannot always do this weighing ourselves, but need to talk about our options with others we can rely on such a friends, family or professionals. You should consider doing this, which will help you greatly emotionally, and may give you the grounding you need to make the correct decision for you. I hope this helps.
  • April 19, 2017 04:57
    Dongho asked: What is a nyung ne practice? According to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, it's a purification sadhana. However, what are the instructions for this? I'm guessing it's to Chenrezig, but how does it work? Also, from what I have read, Vajrasattva practice is only for broken vows while Akshobhya is for regular misdeeds. Does that mean one has to take the Akshobhya practice to purify bad karma from this life and previous instead of Vajrasattva? As for the purification practices, are some like Vajrasattva and Chenrezig only to purify the bad karma and let it come quickly or is it to prevent it from coming? I am confused in it. As for signs, I recited a mantra of White Yangchenma that a Sakya lama, Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche, gave me with the Sakya visualizations I read on, and after one mala, I heard some lady call my Korean name even though no one in my neighborhood knows of my name and my family members weren't in the area. What does this mean?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your questions, it’s nice to see you back here again. Nyung Ne practice is a purification practice that centres around Chenrezig. It is a very beneficial practice that stems from a holy nun named Gelong-ma Palmo. It is a two and a half day practice that can be repeated many times over and over again to intensify the purification and build a closer relationship with Chenrezig. As well as its purification aspect, the practice is known to generate vast amount of merit, and also compassion, as the practice centres around Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion. The practice involves taking the eight Mahayana precepts for the duration, fasting, meditating, prostrating and praying. The practice usually entails empowerment into the practice of Chenrezig, therefore the exact meditations, prayers can only be explained to those who have the empowerment. Vajrasattva practice is not necessarily only for repairing broken vows, etc. That’s why it is advised that you engage in the practice at the end of the day, to repair any vows that you may have broken during that day, as well as stopping any negative karma you created that day from multiplying. This would entail reciting the mantra 21 times, together with the four opponent powers. However, if you engage in this practice more intensely, it definitely has the capability to purify all sorts of karma. That is the reason why in Ngondro, or preliminary practices one engages in before tantra, the practice of 100,000 Vajrasattva mantra recitation is an integral part. You can read more about Vajrasattva and his practice here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/an-important-purification-practice.html. Within purification practices, some of the karma will be purified completely, so you do not feel its effects at all, but when purifying other karma you will need to feel its effects somehow. For example if you have the karma to be in a car accident and get seriously injured, and you are engaging in any practice, but especially the purification practice, since you have purified most of the karma, you will only experience being in a very minor car accident, with only very superficial injuries. Therefore, in this case, the karma has been purified to the extent that it does not affect you as much, but you still need to feel part of its effect. In regards to any signs that you receive which engaging in the practices given to you by one of your specific gurus, you should report the happenings to that particular guru. He will be able to give you more of an accurate answer, as it may be related to the particular practice that he gave to you. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • April 17, 2017 07:06
    Thomas asked: Dear Pastors, When a serkyem set has been used so much and one is ready to get rid of it and replace it with a new one. What is a respecful mode of disposal?
    pastor answered: Dear Thomas, Thank you for your question. Your question shows that you have a lot of respect for offering items, which is very good. If possible, you should try to repair the item if within your means, and doing so make embellishments to make it a better offering item, which can still be used. If this is not possible, then you should dispose of the item with a good motivation. You should think that this item has been used to make offerings to the enlightened beings, but now that it is broken or unusable, you are going to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. Since it itself is not a receptacle of energies of the enlightened beings, such as a statue, tsa tsa or thangka, it does not require a special dissolution before being disposed of. However since it was used to make offerings, it still requires some form of respect when disposing, and this comes from one’s motivation and the way in which you dispose of it. Usually, when disposing of items in this way, make the motivation that you have used it and that it is now time to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. When you do this you can dispose of it in a respectful manner. For example, if you are going to throw it away, you do not simply open the trash can and throw it in. You wrap it up in something, like a bag or newspaper and dispose of it respectfully. Another method you can dispose of it is to recycle the object, if the material it is made from can be recycled. That way you are more conscious of the environment as well. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 16, 2017 22:38
    Curious asked: Dear pastors In a recent youtube video something like paying respect to deceased ones, pastor Nirel Patel explained that merits are like the interest and good karma is like the principal sum. So merits always regenerate themselves and hence do not get used up but good karma is like the principal sum so it gets used up. So my question is what are practices that generate merit? And can we turn a mundane daily activity into a meritorious one? Maybe can you provide an example?
    pastor answered: Dear Curious, Thank you for your question. First, to clarify a point, in regards to good karma, you are right, it is like a principal sum in a bank account, but you take away from it when you experience something good in your life, and you add to it when you do good deeds. Merit on the other hand, once accrued never diminishes, therefore when something is based on merit, it is based on the energies of this never diminishing sum, which you could say is like interest. In short, the principal sum when talking about karma is always added to and subtracted from. However, when talking about merit, once you have it, there is no way to destroy it, you will always benefit from it. There are various ways to explain how to generate merit. I will explain a way that I find easiest to understand. In normal life, when we go about performing any sort of activity, be it ‘good’ or ‘bad’ we do so out of ignorance of the true nature of existence, and it is usually self-motivated. For example, we work our entire lives to generate monetary income, so that we have enough money, resources, and materials goods to be comfortable. This is self-motivated, but it is the accepted way the world works these days, and is part and parcel of being bound to samsaric life. On the other hand, the act of merit making can be categorised into three parts: i) motivation, ii) the act itself, and iii) dedication. Let’s start with motivation, when engaging in various virtuous acts, we should have the motivation that by engaging in the act, we have the motivation to alleviate the suffering of someone else, and that may we gain enlightenment so that we can benefit them in the future. The second is the act itself. The third is to dedicate the energy of the virtuous act to gaining enlightenment. These three are what make merit. This may be a little confusing, so let me give an example: giving help to a homeless person. Whereas in ordinary life, this is something praised as a very good deed, it does not create merit without motivation and dedication. In order for this to become merit, one must set the motivation that one is giving help to the homeless free of the eight worldly concerns, to alleviate their suffering and also making the motivation that you will achieve enlightenment for the sake of the person or people you are helping. Then after you have helped them, you dedicate the energy created to the spiritual journey towards full enlightenment to help all sentient beings, while at the same time benefiting as many sentient beings as possible on the way there. This transforms the act into not only a virtuous action but also one that generates merit. On the other hand, if you were to help the homeless without these, you are creating good karma, which although beneficial, keeps you bound to existence within samsara. As it is the goal of Buddhist practice to overcome the cycle of samsara, a Buddhist would want to generate merit instead of good karma. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 13, 2017 11:38
    D.A. asked: If Begtse Chan is not from Mongolia, what are his real origins or story exactly? And which lamas offer his empowerment? As for Manjushri Nagarakshasa, which lamas specifically offer his empowerment and practice?
    pastor answered: Dear D.A. Thank you for your question. Begtse, is also known as Chamsing, or Jamsaran in Mongolian. As mentioned in an earlier sharing with someone who also asked a question about Begtse, the practiced was introduced to Tibet from India by the translator Nyen Lotsawa, and is considered one of the main protectors of the Hayagriva cycle of tantras. According to the scriptures that derive from the Sakya tradition, who incorporated the practice from the translators, and in which tradition Begtse became a very important protector, Begtse in a previous life was born many eons ago. In that particular life, he was born as the younger prince in a royal family. His name was Drag Gye, and his older brother’s name was Drag Den. Over time both princes developed differing religious beliefs, to the point where they could not get along with each as they both held their own religious views strongly. As was the custom during that time, they decided to settle their differences through logical debate, with the loser having to convert to the winner’s religion. This custom was also prevalent in ancient India, and there are many stories of such debates occurring between the great masters of the past and those of other faiths. Drag Gye lost the various debates, but ran away instead of converting to his older brother’s religion. Drag Den caught him, and tried to punish him for breaking the rules of debate and going back on his promise. Drag Gye told his brother that even if he was killed he would not give up his religion, however if Drag Den let him go, that in the future when Drag Den became enlightened, he would protect his teachings. With that Drag Den let him go, and gave him a set of copper armour, a stick, and a bow and arrow. Drag Den also gave Drag Gye a new name: Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po. After this incident the two brothers never saw each other again in that lifetime. Many lives after that Drag Den was reborn as Prince Siddharta, who eventually became enlightened and is now known as Buddha Shakyamuni. Drag Gye, or Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po, was reborn in a cemetery in the North West direction. His parents gave birth to two eggs, one was a coral-like colour and the other was an agate-like colour. These two eggs flew high into the sky and reached the heavenly realms, there they subdued the gods. Then flying back down to earth, they subdued many nagas. Eventually they even came to threaten their own parents. The parents petitioned the Dharma protector Ekajati for her help, who threw her own staff (khatvanga) at the eggs, and broke them apart. From the coral-like coloured egg came a ferocious man with yellow hair, he proclaimed that his name was ‘Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po’. When he emerged he was wearing a set of copper armour, wielding a stick, copper sword, and a bow and arrow. From the agate-like coloured egg came a female who was blue in colour, her teeth were like shells, she had turquoise eyebrows, and her hair was made of fire. She emerged wielding a copper knife, ritual dagger (phurba), rode a terrifying bear and wore an intricate necklace made of agate and lapis lazuli. It was then that Ekajati once again took action, and subdued them, after which they became Dharma protectors. The male figure became known as Begtse, and the female as his sister. When you propitiate Begtse, his sister is automatically included and aids practitioners as well. As for which lama offer his practice and empowerment, most lamas do not advertise which teachings or practice they hold. Therefore you should respectfully approach lamas and ask them if they have the practice and can bestow it, or if they know of any lamas that have the practice, depending on how much you want to practice Begtse. Similarly, this applies to those lamas who have the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. However, this practice is included in the Rinjung Gyatsa series of empowerments. This unique cycle of teachings, includes all 4 classes of tantric practices, and includes the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. Therefore those lamas who have received the complete transmission, and have kept their commitments for this practice, are qualified to pass this on to others. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
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