Jan’s a Hero~Saving beings~Kathmandu Nepal!

May 22, 2012 | Views: 1,156
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Latest Update from KAT: August 2013

Development of new KAT centre property

We are proud to announce that our move to a new location has officially begun! The new KAT centre will be located just up the road from our previous location in Budhanilkantha. The new property will allow more space for KAT’s house dogs, housing for volunteers, a larger office and visitors room, expanded ABC, isolation and mange units, kennels for long-term patients and much more room to grow. If you would like to sponsor one of our new kennels please contact us for details!

Welcome to the new KAT centre! Please send us an email or private message for information on sponsoring the building of one of our new kennels!

 

View of the new KAT centre property from the entrance

 

Digging of the foundation for our isolation unit has officially been started!

 

 

 

 

View of the new KAT centre property from the entrance

 

The master bedroom painted a beautiful sage color by our wonderful volunteers, Jessy and Nick! Thank you to Nicholas Lai for his donation of paint for our bedrooms! Furniture donations are very much appreciated!

 

Balcony off third story

 

The kitchen is cleaned and ready for arrival of our first resident volunteers! Kitchenware donations will be very much appreciated!

 

Kennel walls are being assembled! Please support KAT in the building of our new treatment unit by sponsoring a kennel. The cost of sponsoring is 5000 rs. Please send us a private message for more details on how to sponsor!

 

Please contact KAT to know how you can help in their latest project

Phone: +977 1-4373169

Email:[email protected]

Website: http://www.katcentre.org.np/

Facebook fanpage: https://www.facebook.com/katcentre

 


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I went to have pizza at FIRE AND ICE in Kathmandu and saw the KAT advert on the bulletin board. It interested me very much.

KAT centre in Kathmandu are doing such a wonderful job. When I was in Kathmandu, I have to drive by this place on the way to my Ladrang daily. I have a nice Ladrang in Nepal. So seeing this place really interested me along with the notice board in Fire and Ice… I asked some students to go and take a look. They returned and gave me a nice update. I wanted very much to see the place for myself. And I did.

 

Although abandoned, abused and starving, when rescued still sweet. Dogs have a huge capacity to forgive. When I extend my hand, so does this doggie. Heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time.

 

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I am looking at the dog pens which house sick dogs who are in for free treatment.

 

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I’m in their office and being given a good introduction.

 

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The founder of KAT Jan Salter on the left. She is so humble, gentle and caring. She sold everything she had years ago to start this place up. She with her team maintain KAT till today. Beautiful. She runs on a shoe string budget… help her. I beg you.

 

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This lovely dog was rescued by them… very cute and happy doggie now. Safe and runs around KAT freely.

 

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I asked them for their wish list… then I proceeded with a group to a local huge supermarket and purchased it and offered it to them.

 

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It this picture, Ms Salter is next to me with the scarf. The items we are offering to KAT…

 

I had the privilege to meet Ms Jan Salter and KAT’s wonderful hardworking staff… It was so exciting for me.

 

 

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I found their signage too small and not clear. So I decided to sponsor a much more prominent signboard for them.  Those who drive by will have a better chance to see KAT.

 

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The new signboards outside of KAT and along the main road… nice.

 

 

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You can sponsor the holding pens for the sick dogs. Some dogs are very sick and vulnerable so they have to be isolated until healing. When healed, they run around free. These sick bays are very important. I sponsored one. My Kechara organization sponsored another… Please help. THEY REALLY NEED THE HELP.

Meet Ms Jan Salter, she is a WONDERFUL person. Very selfless.

 

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I sponsored holding bay number 7 and Kechara sponsored number 6. What a pleasure and honor to do so.

 

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This is the vehicle that drives around the city of Kathmandu to resuce dogs. I have come across some dogs in VERY BAD SHAPE … I called them and they came fast. I watched how they catch the frightened dogs and they are VERY PROFESSIONAL. THE DOGS ARE NOT HURT DURING THE CAPTURE AT ALL. So compassionate.

 

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They are so caring in how they catch the dogs. I was very happy.

 

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They are very compassionate and gentle in catching very sick dogs… so nice to see.

 

 

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 These dogs were rescued when I called in to KAT. They came super fast although we were all the way in Patan and they in Narathan which is 45 mins away. I waited and guarded the dogs till KAT showed up… and showed up they did. Such nice people.

I was so happy that the dogs were going to out of pain.

 

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Dogs getting treatment at KAT. So kind. so gentle.

 

Look at Mango, before treatment and after. Amazing… I met Mango at Kat, when I visited… Mango is adorable… and NOT IN PAIN ANYMORE. Now Mango is KAT’s Mascot.

 

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Please click on these letters and see what KAT has written. Very touching.

 

 

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CLICK ON THIS ABOVE VIDEO… Take a look at my visit there.

 

I enjoyed the visit and I know you will also. I had to hold back my tears so many times during my visit. The sufferings of the dogs wrench at my heart. The kind people helping them touched my heart. And to see a nice small dog centre in Kathmandu empowered my heart. There are thousands of stray suffering dogs in Kathmandu everywhere..it seems like a huge uphill climb to help… but it is better to start then just watch and do nothing.

The awareness of being kind to animals is just starting in Kathmandu, and KAT has contributed towards that. If you love animals, then help KAT as they need it very much.

 

 


 

 Kathmandu Animal Treatment Centre http://www.katcentre.org.np/

 

Dear everyone, please contact KAT and give them a helping hand. If you are going to Kathmandu, please allow time to go and help. Go and volunteer. Raise some funds before you go and donate. They run on donations alone. Hundreds of abused, neglected and sick dogs need your kind help. Please help.

Call them ahead and see what they need. They often need medicines for the dogs that are not easily available in Kathmandu.

Sometimes things run slow, or admin is a little slow in response as they are understaffed… so be kind and help them. Be patient as things in Kathmandu run differently, but they get things done nevertheless.

 

My prayers and thanks, Tsem Rinpoche

 

 

 

Cute doggie gets a new toy from me, while in temporary isolation for treatment.

 

Jan and I… she’s wonderful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rescue vehicles parked within KAT grounds.

 

Dogs under treatment rescued off the abusive streets of Kathmandu.

 

Love animals, love sentient beings, love the planet, love your family, love your enemies, love everyone before it is too late to love.

Never eat animals. It causes tremendous pain to them and you eventually to eat them.

Go vegetarian and help animals always. Don’t say you don’t have money to help. You have money to buy meat and eat meat??

 


 

[The Kathmandu Animal Treatment Centre (KAT Centre) was first conceived after Jan Salter, the founder of KAT, went to visit ’Help in Suffering’ (HIS) in Jaipur, India. Impressed with the way HIS had managed the difficult dog problem in Jaipur by implementing Animal Birth Control and Anti-rabies programmes, creating a rabies free dog friendly city, Jan came back to Nepal convinced that what had been achieved in Jaipur could also be done in Kathmandu. The foundation was registered as non-profit, charitable animal welfare organisation in June 2003 and was formally opened on 9th May 2004.

Jan Salter, Founder
Originally from the UK, Jan now feels that Nepal is her second home and lives for much of the time in Kathmandu with a family of rescued cats and dogs. Since 1975 she has been painting Nepali people and has had many exhibitions of her portrait series ‘Faces of Nepal’. In 1997 she was decorated with the ’Gorkha Dakshin Bahu’ by the then Nepalese king, Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev. She has worked with the organisation ’Maiti Nepal’ and has produced a series of paintings on the subject of girl trafficking. She is also a support member for organisations concerned with homeless women and mentally disturbed people. In 2004 she started the KAT centre and is the chief motivator in all its activities.-

From http://www.katcentre.org.np/about/]

 

 

 


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  1. sandra on Mar 26, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    These are very heartwarming examples of Rinpoche’s and Ms. Salter’s generosity.I am pleased to see more animal rescue centres rise in KTM because the states of the street dogs can be very appalling and sad. Kudos.

  2. jennifer on Feb 20, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    When i was in Nepal 2 years ago, Jamie took me to The KAT centre, and i was so very touched by the kindness and love the staff showed to the dogs and cats that they rescued and treated.

    I met many adorable dogs there and had the pleasure of meeting Mango too!!. These dogs are very friendly and i’m sure that it’s through the love and affectation that Jan and her staff have shown to the animals that these doggies trusted man. They would come up to us , wagging their tails, with a big wide smile in their faces and i just couldn’t resist, but to sit on the ground and had big hugs and cuddles with them. What joy to know that they are well and happy.

    I went back a second time , just before we flew back, to sponsor a little doggie who had severe nerve problems and she would just tremble and shiver very badly and couldn’t walk much. Yet she would rush up to us as fast as she can and greet us. Her name was Kancu, and the vet at the KAT centre informed us last year that she had passed away peacefully. I know she was well looked after and at least in her last few years of her life, she was loved.

    The centre do need a lot of sponsorship so please do help them.

  3. beatrix ooi on Feb 6, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    The dogs are so blessed to have met Jan. She’s truly a loving lady. I feel so happy for the doggies. Not much human beings can do what she does, included me. I really admire her, she has a very kind heart. May she lives a long and healthy life.
    Thank You for sharing Rinpoche.
    Love, beatrix.

  4. Jutika on Jan 20, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Congratulations to Jan of KAT!!! She is really a true hero, even though she did not have the best of the best facilities she still tries her best to give the animals in her shelter. I find her story very inspiring because the fact that she does not even have enough money for a bigger sign but yet she still strife’s to give her at what she does.

    Honestly most of our animal shelters here have lots of money and resources but yet they still don’t take care of their Shelters.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing about this Hero!!!

  5. Milly on Dec 23, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Ms Jan is a great lady! I admire her compassion and generosity in setting up KAT with her personal funds. Its sad there are so many sickly and undernourished dogs in every country. If we are able to educate the people on neutering and responsibility in not abandoning their pets when they are old and sickly, some of these problems can be reduced. I pray that more people will come forward to offer assistance in any form to all animal shelter homes. These wonderful people are doing so much out of love and compassion for other suffering sentient beings.

  6. Julien Roth on Oct 24, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    This is touching, these people just go around the city helping dogs. I wish i could do that. Its fun, and at the same time, you helping animals. Your giving them a home, your giving them food and water and you are also giving them the best thing you can give to a dog, LOVE. This is the most important thing that you can give to a dog. With love, you automatically show care, and with care, you provide them with food, water and a home to stay in.

    So please show love to animals. Thank you for sharing this Rinpoche, i really enjoyed reading about this.

  7. verontung on Aug 29, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    This is such a selfless tributes. Jan & KAT are doing excellent work!
    Hope soon that we could have such place with nice people for all the stray animals in KL…
    we should…

    Thanks rinpoche!

  8. Lim KH (JB) on Jul 10, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Rinpoche always show us to care for all sentient beings whenever and wherever we go. Rinpoche also sponsor to make the sign board bigger so the peoples all around can be more aware for that. Thanks Rinpoche for the sharing, you are always care and generosity.

  9. Helena Chin on Jul 9, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Compassion and kindness knows no barrier. No matter where you are you can always help.
    Great to see KAT is helping and taking good care of the dogs. By reading this post Jan Salter is truly a hero of many. Her compassion helps so many others. Thank you Rinpoche for the post. I will help to past the message of helping KAT.

  10. Wan Wai Meng on Jul 2, 2012 at 4:13 am

    Dogs have so much resilience I feel but should we max out their spirit and endurance by treating them badly and cruelly. A dog is a well spring of positivity and such a joy to have a dog who welcomes you home. So Sweet these animals are how can we hurt them or even eat them.

  11. ugyen wangmo on Jun 28, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you so much for sharing so many wonderful pages…You are soo inspiring…..
    thank you so much……….

    Dear Jan,
    I am very much inspired by the decision you have taken in your life. Its rare to find a person who is so compassionate to animals who cannot say thank u and return the favour you have done. i am so moved and inspired as well as happy to know that such person really exist in this world.You are really doing a wonderful thing and you are my source of inspiration in the walk of my life.
    Thank you beyond and Earth and Sky…..

  12. Sheryl KH (JB) on Jun 27, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Jan is one of the few great people in this world that has chosen to give up what she owns and give them out to many others who she cares for.

    This is a stage that not many people can achieve, because the societal norm is that we need to accumulate as much as possible to ensure our own assistance.

    In this incidence, I see yet another example of compassion of Rinpoche…everywhere that he goes, there will be footsteps of Tsem Rinpoche’s compassion.

  13. grace (KSJC) on Jun 25, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Jan is great heroies to set up KAT to show her care towards animals. it is good example to us all being equal and should be well treated.

  14. nani ksa on Jun 22, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    i am happy to take care animal.and happy in nepal news about animal.

  15. Carmen on Jun 17, 2012 at 12:14 am

    Running on donations and sponsors alone, it must be hard for a, or any shelter to survive. But no matter what, the people at KAT are passionate and driven therefore the centre succeeds. I believe it is because when things don’t work, they find a way to make things work. KAT looks really nice, and well taken care of. The hedges are well trimmed and neat, the place looks well kept and clean.

    Keep it up, KAT!

  16. PhillisChin on Jun 16, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    I AM TOTALLY SPEECHLESS what Miss Jan Salter and Kathmandu Animal Treatment Centre have done……………………
    Please go for adopt guys!!!

    • PhillisChin on Jun 16, 2012 at 6:18 pm

      I speechless is because …………. I never seen such a compassionate (with sincerity heart)Animal Centre in Kuala Lumpur. Im not saying they are bad and not compassionate, perhaps, some are not “That” sincere..

      Thank You Rinpoche to let us know the condition of KAT. Thank You…..

  17. pat on Jun 15, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this wonderful post…and to Ms Jan and all the workers at KAT my deepest respect for your kindness and compassion…….you make us realized how totally helpless animals are and they deserved the rights to live well and happy like any other living beings.

  18. philyong on Jun 12, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Dear Jan and the whole of KAT centre,

    Your work has inspired many! Please keep up the good work! I was in Nepal last year and drove past your centre but due to lack of time we did not drop by. But through Rinpoche, I have read about the good works of you guys!

    What you guys do there is a great example for all around the world. Thank you!!

  19. Adrian chow on Jun 12, 2012 at 3:56 am

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you for sharing a story about this wonderful and brave lady who founded KAT and she gave up almost everything in England and came to Kathmandu for her care of the lives of the unwanted animals by the society.
    Ms. Jan is truly one of the inspiring figure of today. Thank you so much for your selflessness.

  20. Pastor Susan on Jun 10, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    I got the opportunity to visit KAT and it was a very happy day for me. Rinpoche and Kechara contributed what we could. One of the things that makes me very happy is seeing animals taken care of. It gives me hope that there are humans who uses their capabilities for a higher purpose, to care for those less fortunate than them. I wish Jan and her team well and may they always have more than enough to fulfill their most beneficial work. Please support KAT!

  21. DR on Jun 5, 2012 at 8:45 am

    As Buddhists, we are taught to serve all sentient beings. Serving animals is one of the best ways to develop empathy as the animals can not say thank you or return a favour (as in the case of serving humans). You can not expect anything in return. It must be very tough for Miss Jan’s work, as she is in a country where even humans are fighting for a living. My prayers and thoughts with Miss Jan. May you always find the resources you require to carry on your good work.

  22. Li Kheng on May 29, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Go Jan! Go KAT!

    The journey to bring salvation to others is one that is challenging and long. Therefore, “angels” like Jan and her team who offers kindness and sanctuary to these beings are like rare jewels. They chose the harder path to benefit others. However, from the results in the images shared here, it is clear that the “harder” path bears great benefits…which eventually brings greater joy as seen in the faces and eyes of the KAT team members.

    Rinpoche’s description of the way the KAT Team works shows that they care about what they do. It shows that they take pride in what they do. I believe this work attitude is getting rare, even for high-salary earning individuals in cushy jobs, as we complain about our jobs more and more these days.

    Perhaps this should prompt us to reflect on how we spend our life. Not that we should change jobs…not at all. Reflection is on why we dedicate so much of our life on a job we claim to dislike…what can we do to make our jobs more meaningful and beneficial to a wider scope of people so that we find true value in our days.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring post. I will forward it to more friends so that awareness and hopefully action can manifest to further contribute to KAT’s and Jan’s cause.

  23. Victor Phang on May 28, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    A very good example of selflessness and compassion in action. Jan Salter’s great love and kindness save numberless of lives. She is a wonderful woman who let go her comfortable life in UK and built a “new hope” center for stray dogs. We need more people like her in this planet.

    Before I came to Kechara, I thought I’m a great person because I’m doing well in work, have good career, many people praised me but after reading more and more updates from Rinpoche’s blog about the great stories of selfless persons, I realized I’m no body, nothing great about myself anymore.

    They are so many great peoples out there working tremendously hard to minimum and eliminate others’ suffuring whereas what I did previously was being selfish to gain all kind of meaningless attachments which indirectly increased others’ suffering. Now I’m really shame on what I had done last time.

    Thank you Rinpoche and sponsors for giving us Kechara Hospital and provide FREE treatment to sick people like me.

    Take good care and thank you for sharng.
    With love,
    VP

  24. Irene Lim on May 25, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Truly a hero Jan Salter! Compassion in Action.

  25. jamiekhoo on May 23, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Hi everyone,
    I had the fortune of being with Rinpoche when we went out to visit Jan Salter. We also visited a few more times after that to help them set up their signboard. On subsequent trips back to Nepal, some of our friends (and myself and my parents) have also been back to visit the good people working at the center, and to see the lovely dogs of course.

    There is even less consciousness about animal welfare in Nepal than there is here and the difficulties that Jan experienced as she was setting this center up were plenty, as I’m sure you can imagine. She is a foreign lady living in Kathmandu, with little knowledge of the language, but she has still been able to set all this up with the support of a few loyal local Nepalese. KAT have since been able to acquire their own piece of land and are now raising funds to build their own permanent place (this current center is on land that is leased to them).

    From Jan’s efforts, many other foreign people come to Nepal to volunteer their time and help with the center. Young people often take time out from their work or studies to spend a year or a few months in the year to assist. They need help not just with looking after the dogs, but also with the administrative aspects of the center and promotional works. I think they’re doing very well considering they have a fairly small team. There’s more information about their work and the rescue cases on their own website here: http://www.katcentre.org.np/

    Lots of wonderful success stories of animals who are on the verge of death, and then given a new lease of life. The dogs there are really very happy – those who have recovered from surgeries and are assimilated into the area, are allowed to roam free on the grounds, sunbathe and go around for cuddles with the staff there.

    If anyone visits Kathmandu, it’s really worth paying a visit to the center. They are along a main road leading up to the Naranthan temple – you’ll see the signboard quite clearly (which was arrange and sponsored by Rinpoche!). Do look out for Jan Salter and tell her you’re from Kechara 🙂

  26. Uncle Eddie on May 23, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    As mother Teresa has once said, “The greatest diesease is not TB or Lebrosy. It is being unwanted, uncared for and unloved.” Ms Jan Salter is perhaps another Mother Teresa in the making. Not being satisfied with being an active support-member for Organisations concerned with homeless women and mentally disturbed people, she sold whatever she has, and came over from UK to officially open this philantrophic non-profit charitable Animal Treatment Centre at Kathmandu, diligently running it herself with a few kind-hearted people. Not only it’s “KAT” that is attracting attention today, but also “Mango” the cute lovable doggie which Jan has, with so much care, love and compassion nursed it plus so many others back to their original status, healthy, attractive and lovely to look at! You are really a “Special Angel” Jan Salter!!!

  27. henry ooi on May 23, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Ms Jan is one of the many people who sets good examples and inspires others to do the same for homeless and left behind animals. Keep up the good work!

    Kechara will also have its Animal Sanctuary when Kechara Forest Retreat is up.

  28. su an on May 23, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Dear Jan, you are a gem! How many of us would leave the comfort of our homes and go to a foreign country (and one that is much less developed than your own mother country) to make it their lifelong mission to help animals off the streets? And like what Rinpoche said in the video, this kind of “work” would receive more criticism than support in the beginning. However definitely in another few more generations, people’s mindset will change and a good thing will grow to become better and best. Thank you Jan for persevering and moving others to join your cause through your sincerity. Your website is well done too, very easy to navigate and straight to the points.

    What Rinpoche said rings very true for anyone who is starting and running a charity to take to heart, “you have to know yourself, what you want to do, what you want to focus on, then it doesnt matter what others say.”

  29. Martin Bosnev on May 23, 2012 at 12:06 am

    These people are doing a great job ! Great article !

  30. Sam on May 22, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    It is always great to know somewhere out there, someone so selfless and compassion like Jan to save beings. I respect the way she shower her love and care for animals. I am amazed with Mango’s before and after, really amazing. Frankly, I have come across very cruel act on animals before. It really torned my heart apart. I believe we can always help others..be it reciting mantra, being vegetarian or collecting funds for the centre. A little effort put in really can make a lot of changes. The motivation counts and our actions count, we just have to start and do it.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this with us. Take good care.

  31. Lim Tat Ming on May 22, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    Words cannot describe enough the effort that Ms Jan Salter and her KAT team had done for the dogs in Kathmandu. How very caring and compassionate! These dogs are very lucky to have found you! They now have a chance to at least enjoy the safety of a home and not subject to hunger, sickness, and dangers of life on the streets alone …

    Thank You Ms Jan and KAT. Please continue the good work!

  32. Bryan on May 22, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    Dear TR,

    Thanks for sharing KAT news with us. After watching this post, it show us how much a person can do. I believe it’s not easy at all for Jan to started this animal care in Kathmandu, she doesn’t know anyone there, but she find her to do all this for animal in that area. They best thing i find about her is, she’s not only care of people, but to her animal and human have the same right to better or to be happy.

    With the determination and her kind heart for others, this is what one can do. If I have a chance to visit Kathmandu again, I will definitely visit this place again. We just need to cut down on one or two meals or buy less souvenir and use the money to donate to them, things can be better for KAT.

    If we really can’t sponsor anything for KAT, we can just take up vegetarian vows (short/long term) and dedicate the merits for all the animal in KAT to have a good rebirth and clear obstacles for KAT to get more resources, this is another way to benefit them too.

    You might think by being a vegetarian will not bring any good result to KTM or the animal reside there, but by being a meat eater, definitely will bring harm to animal and this is totally against the principal of KAT. Jan is alone, please help her in anyway we can.

    watch the video below, they are on the way to death
    http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/19-videos-on-animal-cruelty.html

    start vegetarian today and it help KAT wherever you are.
    http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/19-videos-on-animal-cruelty.html

    Thanks

  33. william on May 22, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    I salute to Jan’s dedication and he bold step in selling everything she has and setting up KAT, living in a different environment and culture. I salute her passion for animals and her kindness towards beings who could not repay her kindness.

    I had the opportunity to visit KAT in 2010 with a group of Kecharians who went for a pilgrimage in Nepal. KAT is very well kept and the dogs look very happy and active. The staff are all very friendly and took us on a tour of their facility. They also briefed us on how their facility helps in the saving injured dogs in the community. They would also return dogs back into the community after they are all healed as they belong to the people there. Unfortunately, we did not get to meet Janas she was not there. But, they remember Rinpoche and Kechara.

    I also met Mango, the dog. He is so cute and looks like a mop!

  34. Seng Aun on May 22, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    I’m very touched by your thoughtfulness and generosity. You are so quick to act, whenever you come across the poor and suffering. Only someone with a Buddha’s heart is capable of such a noble deed.

    May you always have the blessings of all the Buddhas and all your aspirations be free from obstacles. The same to Ms Salter, who is so selfless, kind and compassionate.

    With folded hands,
    Om Mani Peme Hung…….

  35. pastor ngeow on May 22, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Hi Jan, hope you are reading all the wonderful posts here. I am not surprised so many have been touched and moved by you and your centre’s kind and compassionate activities to improve the lives of cats and dogs. I , too , am inspired . I also do my own small bit for animals. I rejoice that you have a kind heart and tenacity to do so much in animal care work by establishing KAT in Kathmandu where conditions can be appalling and daunting for most.Your deeds will make the Buddhas smile. Rinpoche’s visit and support for your centre is testament of your good work.

  36. KH Ng on May 22, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Jan is truly altruistic. To give up all she had and set up and run KAT is the result of this kind of mind. We have a lot to learn from her and she needs and deserve our support.

    May I ask how much does it take to sponsor one holding bay? We can organize a drive to help KAT.

    • Judy Lam on Jun 25, 2012 at 4:49 pm

      Jan is like the Florence Nightingale to the homeless dogs! Very kind and compassionate lady. NOt many people will give up everything to set up a home for stray dogs in a foreign land. Her capability to love animals is greater than her own self-interest. Kudos Jan.

  37. patsy on May 22, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Ms Jan Salter, you are such an amazing lady. How many of us are willing to sacrifice our comfort zone and compassionately save and take are of all these sick, abused, abandoned animals. You have done a great job and worked tirelessly and selflessly for all these animals. If these animals can speak, they will say “thank you” to you for the love and care you have given them.

  38. nicholas on May 22, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    What a great job! Thank to KAT for being passionate to help the dogs. Ms Jan indeed is a wonderful person. She sold everything she had to start KAT, truly angel! With her compassion towards animals that create the cause of hope to the dogs there. Seeing the improvement of Manggo it proven the care she gave and how KAT able help and more help needed for KAT in order to help more dogs.

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing and Rinpoche always compassionate towards all being and Rinpoche sponsorship towards KAT is a great example for others to follow and it’s not easy to change people mind set. People might think it’s a waste of time caring animals but I believe Jan will continue to make a different and create the awareness. It could take a few generation but creating the cause now will make a better future for the upcoming generation.

  39. Lim Han Nee on May 22, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for directing us from your Blog chat to this post.

    Jan Salter overwhelms me by her vision, courage and great strength of purpose.To start an animal shelter in Kathmandu, where the awareness of kindness and care for animals just wasn’t there, is a daunting task. But Jan did it. With little funds(she cashed out all that she had to start this center)but overweening love and compassion, she got going.

    Today(5 years later), the KAT center that she has set up is thriving, with a team of very caring and committed staff.

    There are two things that Rinpoche said that I noted. One is when you start to pioneer a project, in your lifetime you will get no recognition or support.( But you don’t start a tremendously beneficial project like this with a view of getting recognition. Jan is an unsung heroine and chooses to remain that way). Nonetheless, someone must pioneer it. Then over many generations it will grow into a big community project as awareness will surely grow and balloon.

    The second thing is that Rinpoche said that it was more difficult for Jan to start an animal shelter in Kathmandu, Nepal, than it would be for us in KL, Malaysia, to start such a shelter.Strays are usually picked up from the streets here by authorities(who unfortunately are also destroying them if they are not claimed or adopted). We also need to change the mentalities of self-centred Malaysians, who just buy animals from pet shops, treat them as playthings and when these pets get out of control(as they grow bigger) return them to the pet shops, which will mostly eventually destroy these unwanted ex-pets.

    So we need to have our own KAT here.

  40. yoke fui on May 22, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Dear Ms Jan,
    Thank you for taking care and loving these abandoned animals in Kathmandu. You and your team are doing a wonderful “job”.I put job in ” ” because it is NOT a job to you. It is your passion and life mission, and you are showing an inspiring example to people around the world.

    Please extend my heartfelt appreciation to your staff and volunteers.

    Sincerely,
    Yoke Fui
    ( a student of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche0

  41. sweekeong on May 22, 2012 at 11:47 am
  42. Doreen on May 22, 2012 at 11:44 am

    It was so amazing to see Mango before and after the care and love given by Jan and her team at KAT. There a lots of care, patience, endurance that is all behind the scenes. Kudos to KAT!

  43. sweekeong on May 22, 2012 at 11:41 am

    It is very heart wrenching when I see dogs on the street. When I look at the dogs’ eyes, I feel they are suffering in silent.

  44. Siong Woan on May 22, 2012 at 11:24 am

    The pictures of lucky dogs before and after treatment in KAT really hit me to the core! Thats the difference a kind soul can make to another! Ms Jan Salter is definitely an angel to the animals.

  45. wahying on May 22, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Seeing Mango’s before and after, it’s so warm! Thanks to KAT and Jan Salter, with you all there will be less poor dogs without food and a shelter, more dogs with love and care!

  46. Doris on May 22, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Jan is a very loving and selfless person. She is really someone we should look up to. She decided to leave her comfort zone into helping the much less fortunate sentient beings. Ask ourselves, are we able to leave our comfort zone? Do we have the courage? Do we have the drive? We let our fear and greed to control us. We tell ourselves we cannot do this, we can never do something like this because we choose not to.

    We should also stop buying pets, the breeders will never stop mating the pets if we keep demanding for pure breed. What will happen to the male pet once bred? They will be abandoned, left alone in the cold with no food and shelter waiting for their time to die. We must put a halt to this. Free the pets from sufferings. Practise adoption. Educate your family and friends. You can too help in making a difference. It only takes one to initiate all.

  47. Don Buchwalter on May 22, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Jan, you and the staff, are doing excellent work! Please keep it up!

  48. lewkwanleng on Sep 15, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    It always amaze me how much a person would do for animals. This lady sold everything she had to start a shelter for the animals. This is an act of generosity and compassionate.

    Being kind to animals is more “difficult” than human, because animals cannot say thank you back to us. However, because of this, Rinpoche said we should be kind to animals because they cannot say thank you and give gifts back to us, we will be kind of them without any agenda. This is such a good way to develop alturism!!

  49. THL on Mar 16, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Rescuing animals from the streets of Kathmandu and taking them to safety and better health is really important. Regarding one of the many ways they help animals, KAT’s website gives the following information:

    How far your money goes

    Help vaccinate a street/community dog

    US$ 1 / NRs 75

    We give an anti-rabies vaccination to every dog and cat passing through our sterilization and rescue program. In Nepal, more than 200 people die of rabies cases each year. Rabies vaccines are not expensive – for every US$ 20 donated, we can vaccinate 20 animals!

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    The dog is protected from rabies and humans are protected from rabies and for such a cheap price. I was happy to sponsor 40 injections. You can give by a variety of methods, including Paypal, here:

    http://www.katcentre.org.np/help/donate.html

  50. BaccaTrading on Dec 11, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    Thanks for the information! I have been into this for a while. Your post was really helpful! 🙂

  51. benji on Oct 27, 2010 at 6:34 am

    Compassion can give a person strength to do much wonderful things; what more precious Bodhicitta, but not just ‘talk’ Bodhicitta.

  52. Anila on Oct 26, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Jan Salter is truly the hero and saving beings in Kathmandu. Rinpoche has a Kechara Lounge and a Ladrang in Kathmandu. while he was there in one his visits he happen to visit an animal dog shelter for abandoned sick dogs. The finding of abandoned sick dogs is much easier to find in Katmandu as no one will care to catch them. As in Malaysia you can rarely find stray dogs on the street. The authorities will round them up and put them to sleep. In Kathmandu Rinpoche has become a life member of KAT and also sponsored two sick bays for the shelter. One is sponsored by him and the other by Kechara Orgaisation. The Animal Sanctuary which Rinpoche plans to start will be similar to KAT and will be Kechara’s 13th department.

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    I’m so glad I found a job finally… I have so many charities to contribute to… I really need millions of dollars to give away before I am happy.

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  • sonny tan
    Friday, Sep 30. 2016 05:04 PM
    sonny tan on Sep 30, 2016 at 5:04 pm
    Thank you Vinnie and Beatrix for this revealing article, it is pretty sad to know that inequality still exists in India. I know that caste system is a well-accepted phenomenon but to cast aside women and put them away when they are no more of use is pretty hard for anyone to accept.
    Women, men, animals are all God’s creation but why segregate and dehumanize women and categorize them as ‘has been’ deprived them of basic human rights is something the Indian government has to urgently addressed soon. Perhaps it requires intervention by more developed nation through education and dialogue on such degrading acts of human.
    It would be a very long haul before we can see some little changes for it is not easy at all to change a system that has been happening for so long, perhaps by educating their young ones now and hopefully it can snowballed into a reality in the not too distant future. I hope that if substantial efforts are being enforced and regulations are introduced to make the Indians see that we are all equal in the eyes of God perhaps one day it can turn into an accepted reality.
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Sep 30. 2016 04:24 PM
    Sad…very sad..feel sorry for those widows in India.How can they did these to those widow who are not at fort loosing their husband.Even though it was a tradition practice which they called it Sati or sattee in ancient India.However it was ban during the British rule yet they did continue practicing it.Those unfortunate widows are treated as bad and unholy women by the society. And there’s one kind, caring man Dr Pathak and other human organization are trying to change the mindset ,attitude and behavior of the people towards widow Seeing the sufferings of these widows, Dr Pathak try to create and to bring the awareness on basic human rights and .improve the lives of these women.
    Thank you Vinnie and Beatrix for this article.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-unwanted-widows-of-india.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Friday, Sep 30. 2016 11:47 AM
    In the mind of many people, India, among a few other counties, is notorious for gender bias discrimination. In fact, from the many reports in recent years of gang rape cases and child marriages, I personally believe that India, and a few other countries, enshrine sexism on top of genderism. Therefore, the tradition of sati nuanced as disturbing but not surprising. Even though Queen Victoria had declared illegal to practice sati, it had not stopped for the last 2 centuries. It is hard to stomach that before 1987 (most of us were already born then) that many widows had to burn themselves alive to accompany the death of their maybe not so beloved husband. And should they chose not to die, they were given a life of harsh asceticism, which is actually stripping them off their identity and degrade them as public property. It should be the shame of mankind to have such practice. Thank you Vinnie and Beatrix for this article.

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

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

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

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

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

    Thank you very much.

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

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

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

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

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

    So glad that the baby is now a healthy boy 🙂

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-1-2.html
  • sonny tan
    Thursday, Sep 29. 2016 05:25 PM
    sonny tan on Sep 29, 2016 at 5:24 pm
    Thank you Mrs. Patel for this video and recipe on Pav Bhaji, the pictures surely look very appetizing and I believe it was cooked with love especially for our Pastor Niral who may have missed home cooking food and this seems like gourmet dish for Pastor Niral.
    Home cooked food is always the best particularly when it is cooked by our own mother where it is the same food we love and grew up with. I would love to try this recipe in the near future since I am also passionate on Indian food.
  • nu’ _____cc TR’desk.pls
    Thursday, Sep 29. 2016 08:29 AM
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Sep 28. 2016 09:49 PM
    Wow, the Pav Bhaji looks so delicious. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this recipe and video so we can learn it step by step.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/mrs-patels-pav-bhaji.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Sep 28. 2016 03:58 PM
    To normal reader, the story of Srinivasa Ramanujan draw parallel to Nikola Tesla, who is the unmasked genius behind invention/creation that changed the work. Yet, Srinivasa Ramanujan’s success has a mystical connotation. The achievements of Srinivasa Ramanujan, through self-taught mastery of mathematics was attributed to mystical messages received from the Hindu Goddess Namagiri. In Srinivasa’s own words “… an equation for me has no meaning, unless it expresses a thought of God.” The Hindu goddess Namagiri or Namakkal, is a form of Mahalakshmi, the Hindu goddess of fortune, wealth and both secular and spiritual prosperity. She is well-known for appearing in the dreams of her devotees to grant advice and blessings. She would appeared in the dreams of Srinivasa, where there were drops or oceans of flowing blood, where he would see mathematical formulas sent to him by Namagiri. Upon waking he would write these down as complete formulas or as inspiration for formulas he would compose later. Srinivasa Ramanujan was a very religious man and he held his held his religious beliefs deeply, such as strict vegetarian vows. Thank you Pastor Niral for this story.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/film-tv-music/srinivasa-ramanujan-the-mystical-mathematician.html

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More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass,
 Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, 
 By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements,
 By seeing the good results, one\'s path becomes more clear, 
 The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, 
 This would eliminate the samsara within our minds.
 ~Tsem Rinpoche
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All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass, Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements, By seeing the good results, one's path becomes more clear, The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, This would eliminate the samsara within our minds. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
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Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
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Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
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Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
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Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
                         This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
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This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
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Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
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Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
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His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
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My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
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Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
Left to right:

His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
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Left to right: His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
 It\'s nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
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It's nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
Jog Falls a power place of Vajra Yogini and Heruka: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=108652
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Jog Falls a power place of Vajra Yogini and Heruka: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=108652
Don\'t wait for the perfect group. Don\'t wait for the perfect person. Don\'t wait for the perfect situation. Don\'t expect yourself to be perfect. Don\'t even look for perfection at least in our realm as it does not exist or time will run out. Just get going and keep doing good. It\'s between you and yourself. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Don't wait for the perfect group. Don't wait for the perfect person. Don't wait for the perfect situation. Don't expect yourself to be perfect. Don't even look for perfection at least in our realm as it does not exist or time will run out. Just get going and keep doing good. It's between you and yourself. Tsem Rinpoche
Kind people are to be treasured. They make life worth living. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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Kind people are to be treasured. They make life worth living. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Don\'t you love her bag? She\'s stylish and at one with the universe. OM Shanti. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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Don't you love her bag? She's stylish and at one with the universe. OM Shanti. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful Manjushri carved in China
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Beautiful Manjushri carved in China
Sent from Samsung tablet.
4 weeks ago
Sent from Samsung tablet.
We must loyal to our guru. How to be loyal? To always do the teachings and practice he gave us and to conquer our laziness. We must make our gurus more important than our ego. So it is important to always let our guru win and not our ego. If our ego wins, many will suffer and we will suffer. If our guru wins, temporarily we suffer, but long term we will be happy and many around us will be happy. You see, the guru is always on the look out to give us methods and teachings that we can engage in to bring us happiness. The biggest happiness is overcoming our ego and it\'s traces and the guru always directly and indirectly focuses on that. Our guru will always love and help us, but we must meet our guru half way too. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
We must loyal to our guru. How to be loyal? To always do the teachings and practice he gave us and to conquer our laziness. We must make our gurus more important than our ego. So it is important to always let our guru win and not our ego. If our ego wins, many will suffer and we will suffer. If our guru wins, temporarily we suffer, but long term we will be happy and many around us will be happy. You see, the guru is always on the look out to give us methods and teachings that we can engage in to bring us happiness. The biggest happiness is overcoming our ego and it's traces and the guru always directly and indirectly focuses on that. Our guru will always love and help us, but we must meet our guru half way too. Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche with holy Mt Shasta of Northern California in the background: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
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Tsem Rinpoche with holy Mt Shasta of Northern California in the background: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
We had a nice visit at Mt Shasta, a holy area in Northern California and did a good puja there: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
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We had a nice visit at Mt Shasta, a holy area in Northern California and did a good puja there: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
I get requests from all around the world to do prayers. For certain individuals it\'s really dire, so I make special candle offerings to the Buddhas for them at my private residence. These are the candles that was offered recently for a very ill young little girl. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
I get requests from all around the world to do prayers. For certain individuals it's really dire, so I make special candle offerings to the Buddhas for them at my private residence. These are the candles that was offered recently for a very ill young little girl. Tsem Rinpoche
This is powerful and true. When someone disappoints you so many times, it cannot be an accident anymore. You need to have compassion for them to not do more negative karma and not allow it anymore and we need need to have compassion for ourselves too and not let them hurt us again.. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
This is powerful and true. When someone disappoints you so many times, it cannot be an accident anymore. You need to have compassion for them to not do more negative karma and not allow it anymore and we need need to have compassion for ourselves too and not let them hurt us again.. Tsem Rinpoche
Ra Lotsawa\'s personal sacred image of Yamantaka Vajrabhairava. Said to be housed in Samye Monastery, Tibet.
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Ra Lotsawa's personal sacred image of Yamantaka Vajrabhairava. Said to be housed in Samye Monastery, Tibet.
Message from Tsem Rinpoche
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Message from Tsem Rinpoche
This Tara has such a beautiful face...artwork on this is nice
1 month ago
This Tara has such a beautiful face...artwork on this is nice
This is the road that leads to my house in the mountains. I have a small house and a lake nearby the house and I live there on vegan foods with my pets-Mumu loves running around the meadows. I have a large outdoor Vajra Yogini statue made of stone and we make offerings of juniper leaves burned to her daily as sang. I love living in the mountains away from the senseless repeating of actions in urban life. Urban life with its various pollutions do not connect us to who we are inside. I love this walking path to my retreat home where I will live for the rest of my life and on the way home, I pluck some flowers for my shrine to offer to the Buddha...thank you for allowing me to live here. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
This is the road that leads to my house in the mountains. I have a small house and a lake nearby the house and I live there on vegan foods with my pets-Mumu loves running around the meadows. I have a large outdoor Vajra Yogini statue made of stone and we make offerings of juniper leaves burned to her daily as sang. I love living in the mountains away from the senseless repeating of actions in urban life. Urban life with its various pollutions do not connect us to who we are inside. I love this walking path to my retreat home where I will live for the rest of my life and on the way home, I pluck some flowers for my shrine to offer to the Buddha...thank you for allowing me to live here. Tsem Rinpoche
 Rinpoche\'s quote is on my mom\'s final resting place. It was chosen by my dad and at that time he said it is the best one for both of them. My dad would be interred next to her when his time comes in the distant future. Pastor David Lai
1 month ago
Rinpoche's quote is on my mom's final resting place. It was chosen by my dad and at that time he said it is the best one for both of them. My dad would be interred next to her when his time comes in the distant future. Pastor David Lai
Kechara\'s kindly Pastor Shin is in Mumu\'s room doing long life Amitayus retreat and blessings for Mumu, Dharma and Oser (my three doggies) right now. I am very grateful for this. She will complete 10,000 mantras in three days mini retreat to increase their lives, plant positive imprints in their mindstream, bless their health and collect merit indirectly for their future lives to practice dharma..... Tsem Rinpoche August 28, 2016.
1 month ago
Kechara's kindly Pastor Shin is in Mumu's room doing long life Amitayus retreat and blessings for Mumu, Dharma and Oser (my three doggies) right now. I am very grateful for this. She will complete 10,000 mantras in three days mini retreat to increase their lives, plant positive imprints in their mindstream, bless their health and collect merit indirectly for their future lives to practice dharma..... Tsem Rinpoche August 28, 2016.
You must read this. Wait till you are in a quiet place and not out on the streets or some cafe, but in your rooms and read this twice at least..it is so powerful. I just found it. 


Enjoy it and understand it well: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107335
1 month ago
You must read this. Wait till you are in a quiet place and not out on the streets or some cafe, but in your rooms and read this twice at least..it is so powerful. I just found it. Enjoy it and understand it well: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107335
This is a short and powerful blog post..be ready to have your heart broken. But you should still read this: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107363
1 month ago
This is a short and powerful blog post..be ready to have your heart broken. But you should still read this: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107363
100 holy and beautiful Tsongkapas arrived today!
1 month ago
100 holy and beautiful Tsongkapas arrived today!
(Tsem Rinpoche\'s doggy) hehehe...Mumu\'s face is always so cute..Mumu is very human-like, when you look into his eyes, it seems like you\'re looking into a human\'s eyes. Mumu has a very different energy than other dogs. He is really like a human.-Karen Chong
1 month ago
(Tsem Rinpoche's doggy) hehehe...Mumu's face is always so cute..Mumu is very human-like, when you look into his eyes, it seems like you're looking into a human's eyes. Mumu has a very different energy than other dogs. He is really like a human.-Karen Chong
The amount of suffering, fear and pain they have to experience should be experienced by no one whether animal or human. It is heartbreaking to continuously see the sufferings animals endure for our \'pleasures\'. I do feel helpless, but helpless or not, we must create more awareness tirelessly. With awareness, their suffering can eventually be reduced. The ones who are slaughtered, it\'s too late. We can only shed tears but we have to still be concerned about future slaughter of animals and try to prevent. Helping and being kind to animals is not spiritual, strange or unnatural, but pure empathy of understanding their pain in that no sentient beings would want to suffer. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
The amount of suffering, fear and pain they have to experience should be experienced by no one whether animal or human. It is heartbreaking to continuously see the sufferings animals endure for our 'pleasures'. I do feel helpless, but helpless or not, we must create more awareness tirelessly. With awareness, their suffering can eventually be reduced. The ones who are slaughtered, it's too late. We can only shed tears but we have to still be concerned about future slaughter of animals and try to prevent. Helping and being kind to animals is not spiritual, strange or unnatural, but pure empathy of understanding their pain in that no sentient beings would want to suffer. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear Rinpoche,  I\'ve made some porridge for Rinpoche to have later when Rinpoche is hungry.  Thank you,  Beatrix (Sometime a pot of porridge tells you so much about another person and you just know why you appreciate them so much. Beatrix is such a caring and kind young person. It\'s a pleasure to work with her and have her around. Tsem Rinpoche)
1 month ago
Dear Rinpoche, I've made some porridge for Rinpoche to have later when Rinpoche is hungry. Thank you, Beatrix (Sometime a pot of porridge tells you so much about another person and you just know why you appreciate them so much. Beatrix is such a caring and kind young person. It's a pleasure to work with her and have her around. Tsem Rinpoche)
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1 month ago
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Keep it up!
1 month ago
Keep it up!
Karen does a nice sharing
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Karen does a nice sharing
Something nice from Wan San
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Something nice from Wan San
The holy statue of Vajra Yogini at Sanku, Nepal
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The holy statue of Vajra Yogini at Sanku, Nepal
“We need, in a special way, to work twice as hard to help people understand that the animals are fellow creatures, that we must protect them and love them as we love ourselves.” 
― César Chávez
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“We need, in a special way, to work twice as hard to help people understand that the animals are fellow creatures, that we must protect them and love them as we love ourselves.” ― César Chávez
Beautiful monastery in Eastern Tibet.
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Beautiful monastery in Eastern Tibet.
An alpine lake at more than 4000 meters in elevation in eastern Tibet
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An alpine lake at more than 4000 meters in elevation in eastern Tibet
This is Mount Kailash in Tibet where Vajra Yogini resides. Many Tibetans will go and pay homage to this mountain and do prayers at the base.
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This is Mount Kailash in Tibet where Vajra Yogini resides. Many Tibetans will go and pay homage to this mountain and do prayers at the base.
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  • September 29, 2016 00:40
    Chen asked: Can u please talk about the vajrayana secret mother pills . Also called the black mother pills
    pastor answered: Dear Chen, Thank you for your question. Regarding the pills you have mentioned, I believe you are referring to the Rinchen Rilnag pills, commonly referred to as the ‘Black Pills’. They are also known as the ‘Karmapa’s Black Pills’. The larger versions of these pills are known as the ‘Mother Rinchen Rilnag Pills’. These holy pills are actually made His Holiness the Karmapa from the Karma Kagyu tradition. These pills are extremely rare and made of substances such as precious metals and various jewels. They are said to confer a lot of blessings, healing and protection for those that eat them. They can even be carried with you for protection and good fortune. The healing effects of the Rinchen Rilnag have been known to help those with chronic illnesses, including complete remission. The pills are also known to help with conditions such as depression and anxiety. For those that cannot recover from their illness due to the force of their ripening karma, it is said that eating the pills creates a very strong connection with His Holiness the Karmapa. When they finally pass over from this life, it is said this connection allows His Holiness, who is an emanation of Chenresig, to guide them to a better and fortunate rebirth. The pills are said to be made using implements that belonged to Marpa Lotsawa and Milarepa, two of Tibet’s most well-known Buddhist masters. These implements are what give the pills their black colour. Both smaller ‘baby’ and larger ‘mother’ pills are rolled by His Holiness during the process and placed in the 3rd Karmapa Rangjung Dorje’s begging bowl over night before being distributed. The whole process includes the recitation of sacred prayer and meditation. It is also said that the ‘mother’ pills have the power to multiple or create ‘baby’ pills by themselves if owned by sincere practitioners. You can learn more about Milarepa and teachings on the mind here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/our-neurotic-mind.html. While Kechara does not have these pills, we do have a variety of other holy pills available for practitioners to invite and benefit from. You can invite them from Kechara House, our Kechara Paradise outlets in Malaysia or online from http://www.vajrasecrets.com/precious-pills. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • September 28, 2016 03:15
    Harold Musetescu asked: Do you have any information on the "Vajrapani in Garuda form" practice?
    pastor answered: Dear Harold Musetescu, Thank you for your interesting question. I believe by this, you may be referring to the practice of Trakpo Sumtril. This is a form of Vajrapani combined with Hayagriva and Garuda. In this form Vajrapani is depicted with a horse’s head on top of his own, representing the deity Hayagriva and King Garuda right at the top. This practice is therefore a ‘three-in-one’ practice. It is extremely effective to counter severe and life threatening illness, increase general health, protect against malignant forms of spirit harm and black magic, as well as to rid the mind of the three poisons, which leads to enlightenment. His Eminence the 25th Tsem has recommended this practice for people in the past and has taught of its immense benefits. Vajrapani appears in his usual form, dark blue in colour with one face and two arms. In his upraised right hand he wields a golden vajra with five spokes, while his left hand performs the threatening gesture at the level of his chest. His wears tiger skin garments with his right foot bent and left outstretched, surrounded by wisdom fire. He is adorned at the crown with a white ‘Om’, at the throat with a red ‘Ah’ and at the heart with a blue ‘Hum’. His yellowish-brown hair is upraised, amidst which is a green horse’s head representing the deity Hayagriva. On the crown of this horse’s head is the King Garuda. King Garuda has a white body, three eyes and a vajra beak. His wings are made of swords and between his two horns of turquoise is a magnificent burning gem. In his hands he holds the four types of nagas and eats them, showing that the practice can overcome all types of harm caused by nagas. His holy mantra is: OM BENZAPANI HAYAGRIVA GARUDA HUM PHET Below, i have included a picture showing Trakpo Sumtril. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • September 27, 2016 00:56
    Demian asked: What exactly are the 4 Remati sisters? I know that Palden Lhamo is one of them, but who are the others? I was reading an article from the Rigpa wiki where I got confused. It was on the 12 Tenma sisters, but the names of the 12 didn't match the 3 categories. What does this mean? As for prayers, do they have to be in Tibetan or Sanskrit, or can they be in any language? If they have to be in Tibetan, then where can I find an online English to Tibetan website for large praises and prayers? Who exactly is Nyenchen Thanglha? I've read that he had to be bound 4 times by Vajrapani, Vajrakilaya, Heruka, and finally by Guru Rinpoche do to being powerful. But how can enlightened beings like Vajrapani have a hard time binding a powerful Bon mountain spirit? Is it wise for a child to perform Dorje Yudronma divination alone? If so, where can I find the invocations? According to this link: http://taramandala.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Dzinpa-Rangdrol-Protectors-for-Complete-Transmission.pdf it described Dorje Legpa(aka. Nechung) to be approached for more mundane and personal matters. But why would that be so if he simply gets many prophecies wrong? I thought the consort of Palden Lhamo was Yamantaka(since Saraswati is Palden Lhamo and her consort Manjushri is Yamantaka). However, according to the same link above, it says that Mahakala is Palden Lhamo's consort. Is that even true? Does a torma have to be made of only food? Because I found plastic tormas being sold as well. As for prayer wheels, where are they mentioned in Buddhist teachings? Do the mantras have to be written in Tibetan/Sanskrit with gold ink, or can they be written in pencil lead over and over in English? And how does one make a simple prayer wheel? What are the views on Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton elections? Because both sides are terrible with Trump being racist and greedy while Hillary being a liar, poisoner of old people, and corrupt. Which one would be a wise choice to choose in Buddhist teachings? Is it true that Pehar Gyalpo was once a Mongolian and Tibetan god? According to this website: http://www.trimondi.de/SDLE/Part-2-07.htm it says he was a war god who hates Tibetans. As for this website: http://www.trimondi.de/SDLE/Part-2-08.htm why would the 4 armed and 6 armed Mahakalas be used for war when they are enlightened dharmapalas? As for the mention of the 9 headed Chinese demon, is that Rahula? Because the article says that the demon defeated Mahakala.
    pastor answered: Dear Demian, Thank you for your interesting questions. I have answered your questions in sections. Please see below: A) In regards to the Remati sisters, there are some differing classifications. Palden Lhamo in her aspect as Magzor Gyalmo, which is the form we commonly see her in, is not part of the worldly Remati sisters, although she is often times referred to as ‘Remati’. The four Remati sisters are actually part of the 12 Tenma Goddesses. Under Magzor Gyalmo, as part of her retinue, are the Five Tseringma Sisters or the Five Long-Life Sisters, a group of worldly goddesses. Under this group are the 12 Tenma Goddesses. This group is usually divided into three groups for the purposes of classification. One of these three groups are known as the Four Remati Sisters. Rather than being the same as Magzor Gyalmo, they are part of her entourage. As such, some people mistakenly class her as part of the Remati sisters group since she shares the name. B) I have looked at the page you referred to in relation to the 12 Tenma Goddess. The reason you got confused is because the two lists are different. This is because different traditions name them or identify them differently. I have another source, which lists the goddesses as follows: 1. Dhagnyi Chenmo Dorje Kundrakma 2. Paldan Hari Dorje Yamakyong 3. Gangkyi Yumchen Dorje Kunzangma 4. Drokchen Khordul Dorje Geg-kyi-tso 5. Gangkar Shamey Dorje Chenchikma 6. Kharak Khyungtsun Dorje Pelgi Yum 7. Serchen Khading Dorje Lumo 8. Mari Rabjam Dorje Drakmo Gyal 9. Kongtsun Demo Dorje Pokham Kyong 10. Tsenla Laro Dorje Menchikma 11. Mentsun Chenmo Dorje Yamosil 12. Yuyi Drilbu Dorje Zulema As mentioned earlier, the exact names of the goddesses will differ slightly amongst the various traditions. This is not to say that they are not the same, it is just that their names appear differently. C) When you recite prayers, you can recite in whatever language you are familiar with. For example, in my own daily practice I used to recite only in English. Now that I have become a little more familiar, I recite in Tibetan as well. However, it is not a rule that the prayers must be recited in Tibetan. When the meaning behind the prayers and the motivation from the side of the practitioner is good, then prayers work. Some people prefer to recite in Tibetan because there is flow and rhythm to the prayers, compared to the English translation but this is not necessary. You can recite in any language you are familiar with. D) Nyenchen Thanglha is a deity that is indigenous to Tibet. In fact he is the mountain god of the Nyenchen Thanglha mountain range and interestingly is the god associated with the plateau upon which the Potala Palace is built on in Lhasa. When worldly deities are bound by an enlightened being, they stay bound. When stories relate that they were bound again, this actually means that they retook their oaths or promises in front of other enlightened beings. This is somewhat similar to practitioners re-taking their vows, for example their refuge, bodhisattva and tantric vows, in order to repair them. So this does not mean that the enlightened beings are not powerful, but from the side of the god, that he made his oaths again. E) In regards to Dorje Yudronma divination it is better to have the received the necessary empowerments, permission and commentaries from a Guru before engaging in the divination. This is to ensure that the practitioner has the qualifications to engage in the divination successfully. It is also advisable that one train under the guru to understand everything about the divination method before starting to practice on your own. F) Dorje Legpa and Nechung are not the same deity. Nechung is known to be a Gyalpo spirit, whereas Dorje Legpa is actually a Theurang spirit. Therefore they are two entirely different beings. Dorje Legpa is actually part of the ‘Ma Za Dam Sum’ or the ‘Three Terma Protectors’ who are propitiated mainly in the Nyingma tradition. You can read more about Dorje Legpa here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dharma-protectors-of-tibetan-buddhism.html. In regards to Nechung, you can read more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/nechung-the-retiring-devil-of-tibet.html. As for why prophecies from the Nechung oracle can be mistaken, please see my previous replies to you. If I remember clearly, I have given some possible reasons already. G) You are correct that Yamantaka is an emanation of Manjushri. His consort is actually known as Vajra Vetali and is an emanation of Saraswati. Yamantaka and Vajra Vetali are in the form of a Yidam or meditational deity. Yamantaka/Vajra Vetali’s practice belongs to the Anuttarayoga tantra or Highest Yoga Tantra. Through this practice one can gain enlightenment in just one lifetime. In the case of Palden Lhamo, she is also an emanation of Saraswati but in the form of a Dharma protector. The role of a Dharma protector is to clear obstacles and provide the necessary conditions for practice. Their practice does not lead to enlightenment, but aids practitioners so they can concentrate on the practices that DO lead to enlightenment. This includes the Yidam practice of Yamantaka as mentioned above. Palden Lhamo is known as the consort of Mahakala, which is true. There are actually over 75 different forms of Mahakala, all of whom are emanations of different Buddhas. For example Four-Faced Mahakala is an emanation of Manjushri in the form of a protector. Six-Armed Mahakala on the other hand is an emanation of Chenresig. Therefore Palden Lhamo can be the consort of Mahakala. H) Torma itself is an offering of food to the Buddhas. Therefore traditionally it is made of food substances, which usually include barley flour and butter. There are actually a lot of different uses and variety of torma for different purposes. The most common form of torma is the one associated with the row of sensory offerings offered on one’s altar. This can be replaced with a pack of biscuits if you like. Other people replace this with a fixed torma offering. These are the plastic ones you have come across. Most commonly, these are used for fixed sensory offerings on one’s altar to represent the offering of food. I) There are many different ways to make a prayer wheel. You are right that for traditional prayer wheel mantras were written with very good ink or gold if the mantras were handwritten. These days however, I believe that people print out the mantras necessary rather than write them by hand. If you would like to know more about prayer wheels and their construction, you should get hold of the book ‘Wheel of Great Compassion’ by Lorne Ladner. This book explains the manner in which one can create their own prayer wheel. I have not read the book myself but am told it includes the information you would need for this. J) In regards to politics, I am not familiar with the current elections to possibly make an informed decision. From a Buddhist perspective however, a good candidate would be the one who promotes peace, harmony, well-being and religious harmony. You should not support those that perform dubious actions, lie, cheat or who persecute others. Instead support those with positive qualities. K) In regards to Nechung’s history, yes he is considered a very powerful deity. There are differing accounts to his origin, some say he was a war god from Mongolia while others say that he was an ancient god from Persia. However, in both accounts he came to Tibet and was very powerful. Then he was subdued by Guru Rinpoche who bound him by oath to serve the Dharma. You can read more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/nechung-the-retiring-devil-of-tibet.html L) In regards to the last section of your questions, the links you have provided are from an unreliable source. The whole purpose of this website is to deride Buddhism in all its forms as something negative. This is obviously not the case. The rituals associated with 4-Armed and 6-Armed Mahakala would have been used to clear obstacles. This would have been portrayed as a spiritual battle. What the protectors would actually have been battling against would have been the negative karma of the people at the time. In regards to the nine-headed demon, I do not believe that it would have been Rahula because Rahula is oath bound, which means he would not go against an enlightened being. This means he would definitely not fight with any of the Mahakala protectors. When they refer to the nine-headed demon, it does not refer to Rahula. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • September 25, 2016 01:03
    tsering dolker asked: Thukjey che, The answer was impressive but as far as i have read and know ( though very less) menstruation is not considered something as''unclean"' .It is regarded just as a monthly discharge of impurities from the body
    pastor answered: Dear Tsering Dolker, Thank you. Answering your Dharma questions is what the Kechara Pastors are here for. I completely agree with you on this regards. In my previous answer, I was not saying that I or anyone else at Kechara holds this mistaken view about women. I was just stating that some people may hold this view about women in regards to your original question. Please do feel free to ask more Dharma questions if you have any. Thank you.
  • September 24, 2016 23:14
    Ling po asked: What r the unique siddhis one can attain from the practice of chakrasamvara
    pastor answered: Dear Ling Po, The practice of the deity Chakrasamvara belongs to the Anuttarayoga Tantra (Highest Yoga Tantra) and as such the greatest of the siddhis attainable is complete enlightenment within one lifetime. Siddhis are actually of two types. These are called mundane siddhis and supra-mundane siddhis. Mundane siddhis are abilities that usually only last for one lifetime. However supra-mundane siddhis are abilities that are never lost as they arise from our accumulated merits. These abilities are with us from lifetime to lifetime until we achieve enlightenment. Generally speaking the benefits of Chakrasamvara’s practice include the transformation of one’s mind, purification of past negative actions and the clearing of obstacles. This is coupled with the accumulation of merits, wealth, attainments and good health. Specifically Chakrasamvara practice grants the siddhi of abandoning the twelve interdependent links of samsara (represented by his twelve arms) through the four doors of liberation (symbolised by his four faces). These four doors are: (1) an understanding of emptiness, (2) signlessness or absence of attributes, (3) wishlessness or the absence of aspiration and (4) the ultimate emptiness or the lack of composition of all phenomena. Through Chakrasamvara practice one can also harness the usually destructive energies of attachment, anger, desire and hatred as a means to achieving enlightenment. Instead of supressing these energies, you channel these negative energies into something beneficial. As an Anuttarayoga Tantric practice, the unique attainments Chakrasamvara grants is preventing ordinary or uncontrolled death; and transforming the bardo (intermediate stage between death and rebirth) and the process of rebirth as paths towards enlightenment. Usually during these process we are at the mercy of the effects of our karma. But this system can grant you the unique power to control these events. During our practice of Chakrasamvara we actually transform our perception of all mundane experience as a higher spiritual path. On a side note, but an important one, Heruka Chakrasamvara’s practice is unique amongst all the Buddhist tantras. While all the others degenerate over time, Chakrasamvara’s practice is the only tantra whose effectiveness actually increases as the times degenerate further. Therefore we are extremely fortune if we are able to make a connection with Chakrasamvara, especially in our current Kaliyuga age. I hope this helps. Thank you.
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