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

May 22, 2012 | Views: 1,183
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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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  • Lin Mun
    Thursday, Mar 30. 2017 11:47 AM
    It is ironic that Dalai Lama would have given a remarks to discourage country such as Germany to accept refugees and that refugees should return to homeland and to build the country. I think this is really a callous statement to be mentioned. Dalai Lama being the Tibetan Buddhist leader should portray compassion and extending help to those in need. All these refugees are running away for their life because their own country is not safe to stay anymore. Just like what Tibetan has encountered in the late 1950s.

    This kind of contrary statement is also very obvious in the Dorje Shugden ban. Dorje Shugden have been practised by many high lamas since 400 years ago and also by Dalai Lama’s Guru but it is ban by Tibetan leadership.

    Dalai Lama is a high lama and is believed to be the emanation of Chenrezig. Although his statements were contrary sometimes but I believe he would have the reason that we may not understand yet. Hopefully all the issues would be resolve in peace.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/dalai-lama-says-too-many-refugees-in-europe.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Mar 30. 2017 12:34 AM
    Wonderful good news to learn about this first of its kind progressive campaign to help the stray animals in Malaysia by the Sultan and Permaisuri of Selangor. While stray animals can be a nuisance to the public at large but bear in mind, the strays do not have a choice, and we have a role to play. Neutering strays is a humane and compassionate ways of resolving the program of stray animals in the long run because it largely reduces the numbers of strays on the streets. Neutering and proving proper shelters to strays can prevent thousands of animals from being born, only to suffer and struggle to survive on the streets, be abused by cruel or neglectful people, or be euthanized inhumanely. I have read somewhere that says spaying and neutering makes a big difference: Just one unaltered female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in only six years. In seven years, one female cat and her offspring can produce an incredible 370,000 kittens!

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/stray-free-selangor.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, Mar 30. 2017 12:15 AM
    Humans and animals, as well as other sentient beings within the six realms of samsara, are subjected to the law of cyclic of existence. Karma or generally known as the law of cause and effect will determine where we take our next rebirth. It is extremely rare for sentient beings to take the form of a human body and in perfect condition. Hence we must not let this precious lifetime go to waste by indulging in silly actions and harmful ways. If we are born in the animals realms or lower, there is close to zero way for us to collect merits and get out of that realm.

    From the stories above, I find the story about Dalawong most unusual because he seemed to be able to determine the destination of his next rebirth after he was being killed as a snake. After he had taken rebirth in human form, he continued to remember the incident in his past life. Amazing!

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for sharing these researches with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/do-animals-reincarnate-back-as-humans.html
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Wednesday, Mar 29. 2017 09:42 PM
    If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Mar 29. 2017 03:50 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article about tsa tsa. Didn’t know there are many steps and holy materials used in making a tsa tsa. In addition, the maker of tsa tsa would need to do prayer in the morning depending of what tsa tsa they are making on the day, for example, the maker will do Dorje Shugden practise before making Dorje Shugden tsa tsa.

    Only by knowing the process, we will appreciate the items more. Tsa tsa is a precious item.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/tsa-tsas-are-nice.html
  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Wednesday, Mar 29. 2017 09:28 AM
    Dalawong: A Child Recalls a Past Life as a Cobra in Thailand

    This case was actually researched by the late Francis Story, a British citizen who was fascinated with Buddhism and spent many years in Asia. He was also very interested in the topic of reincarnation and assisted Dr. Stevenson in investigating a number of very important reincarnation cases in Burma and Sri Lanka. Francis interviewed the subject of this case, a Thai boy named Dalowong, along with his father, mother and sister. He also had access to a pamphlet that was previously published regarding the case, which was also summarized in an article in the Bangkok Times.

    Dalawong actually claimed two past animal incarnations. He recalled a past lifetime as a deer, which he said was killed by a hunter. Subsequently, he stated he was reincarnated as a snake, more specifically, as a cobra.

    As the snake, Dalawong remembered that he was in a cave when two dogs entered and attacked him. A ferocious struggle ensued between the cobra and the dogs. The owner of the dogs then entered the cave and killed the snake. Apparently, the snake was able to bite the human invader on the shoulder, prior to succumbing to death.

    The human took the cobra’s body back home, where the snake was cooked for a meal. This man shared the snake meat with an acquaintance, who would become Dalawong’s father in the near future. The man who killed the cobra had the name Mr. Hiew.

    Read more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/do-animals-reincarnate-back-as-humans.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Mar 28. 2017 08:40 PM
    谢谢Paul Yap 为我们介绍马来西亚彭亨州文东必定参观的地方之一~克切拉禅修林。就如照片显示,克切拉禅修林的确是一个环境清幽、山明水秀以及令人有宁静舒适的感觉。

    如果有机会到马来西亚游玩,千万不要错过由Paul Yap介绍克切拉禅修林里的几个优美与神圣的地方,包括:
    1. 金泽”财王”
    2. 金刚瑜伽母佛塔
    3. 绿度母石雕像
    4. 药师佛山
    5. 梦幻文殊菩萨
    6. 詹仁波切的货柜屋
    7. 文殊山
    8. 智慧堂(释迦摩尼佛像和多杰雄登像)

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/go-bentong.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Mar 28. 2017 08:09 PM
    The sculpture of Kuan Yin in Macau is simple but elegant. Most importantly, this big Kuan Yin in Macau is built to bring peace, harmony and prosperity to the people.

    I remember Rinpoche mentioned before a big Buddha statue will have positive impact on the environment and plant the Buddha’s seeds in all sentient beings that not only humans but also including animals and many others. Therefore, the bigger Buddha statue the more beneficial to all sentient beings where they can see and be blessed by this big Buddha statue from far.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/kuan-yin-of-macau-city.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Mar 28. 2017 03:29 PM
    Krishnan’s effort and hard work in contributing to the society is very inspiring. He is willing to let go of his high paying job to Switzerland and staying back in India to operate a soup kitchen for homeless. On top of that he is willing to accept the hardship of financial restraint every month in maintaining his service for the people living in the street. I hope his good work will bring more awareness and sponsors for him especially when CNN showed the video of his work and awarded him with top 10 CNN heroes.

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
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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
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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
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
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Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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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!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
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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
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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
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My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
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February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
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Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
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This is a good one to read
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Mumu is silly and cute and funny
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Mumu's hair is messy and he looks funny
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. 
I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. 
Feast your eyes! 

Tsem Rinpoche
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I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. Feast your eyes! Tsem Rinpoche
                        Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini\'s path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html  Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
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Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini's path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
Message to Tibetans in English
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Message to Tibetans in English
Message to the Tibetans
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Message to the Tibetans
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
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Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
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A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
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Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
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Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
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This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
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The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
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Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
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One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
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Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
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My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
4 months ago
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
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Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
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Sir Edmund Hillary
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha\'s teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha's teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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  • March 28, 2017 09:11
    Lia asked: If the ushnisha is actually supposed to be a bump, then do we change the visualization of the top knot and replace it with a bump covered in hair or do we keep the ushnisha as the thangkas show?
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  • March 27, 2017 04:19
    Dongho asked: I have been reading on the tunes of certain sects and would like to ask on this. From what I've read, there are certain tunes to each sect and school of certain chants. Exactly where can I find the sheet music for these percussion and horns with the chants, such as to the one for invoking Kache Marpo or Dorje Shugden? Would it be possible to use school instruments for this?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your question, it is good to see you back and asking more questions. Yes you are right, there are differences in the tunes and chants between the lineages. The differences can vary significantly between the traditions, for example the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism is known for its extremely deep throat singing which is very powerful and is characterised by a low, booming voice, in contrast to the other traditions. Even within a particular tradition, there can be slight variations as to the manner in which the chants and tunes are performed. For example those monasteries are which are affiliated with Gyume will have one way of throat singing, where those affiliated with Gyuto will have another. As far as I am aware there is no professional sheet music for the rituals, most probably because the music is actually an integral part of the ritual itself. Therefore the music, tunes, and chants are all taught at the same time the ritual and prayers are. The tunes, and use of the instruments all have specific meanings, because they are considered to be offerings to the deities in the form of sound. The monasteries would not have copies of sheet music either, because sheet music is western practice. The use of ritual music within Tibetan Buddhism is more of one based on memory. In the Kechara organisation, the puja team was trained in such ritual instruments at the same time they learnt the particular ritual from monks from the monastery, such as the puja of Dorje Shugden. From what I saw of the training, the musical tunes, and use of instruments was not written down but taught experientially at the same time as the chanting. I have not come across any other instruments being used in pujas apart from the traditional ritual instruments, because even the instruments themselves have a specific meaning. That is not say that school instruments cannot be used. This is because, as long as the offering is sincere, the Buddhas and enlightened deities will accept it, and in turn you will generate great amounts of merit. Offerings should be made to the best of our ability, therefore if you do not have access to the ritual instruments, or do not know how to play them, but you know how to play other instruments, and use these instruments as offerings to the Buddhas during pujas, the amount of merit you generate will be the same. This is because you are sincere with your offering. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 26, 2017 02:14
    Kunga asked: Does the Gelug have Begtse a protector? If so, could you please provide a sadhana for him here?
    pastor answered: Dear Kunga, Yes the Dharma protector Begtse exists within the Gelug tradition. He is also known as Chamsing. Begtse’s practice stems from India and was introduced to Tibet and therefore Tibetan Buddhism by the translator Nyen Lotsawa. Marpa Lotsawa also practiced Begtse, and so the practice exists in the Kagyu traditions. This practice was eventually transmitted to Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, the first of the five patriarchs of the Sakya tradition, who were the founding fathers of that tradition. Over time the practice of Begtse was incorporated into the Gelug tradition, founded by Lama Tsongkhapa, and was notably practiced by the 1st and 2nd Dalai Lamas. Over time the practice gained popularity within the lineage, especially when it spread to Mongolia. There the practice became an important one within the lineage as upheld there. Begtse is also affectionately known as the Dharma protector of Mongolia, because his practice is so popular there. If I am not mistaken, there is an oracle of Begtse in Mongolia as well. There is a mistaken account that the practice originated around the time of the 3rd Dalai Lama, with the subjugation of a Mongolian war god, but Begtse was definitely practiced before that time in the Gelug, Kagyu and Sakya traditions. While the practice of Begtse is very effective, I have not come across the practice of Begtse in my personal practice, therefore I do not have access to the Begtse sadhana to provide to you. Instead Begtse is propitiated in prayers that incorporate many other Dharma protectors, and Begtse is also considered one of the nine protectors of the Hayagriva (Tamdrin) cycle of tantric teachings. Therefore Begtse is included in the Dharma protector sections of the Hayagriva tantras. Surrounding Begtse are his sister, Sing Ma, and his main minister, Le Khan Mar Po. His inner retinue comprises of eight butchers who wield copper swords in their right hands and skull-cups full of blood in their left hands. They are portrayed as naked and are very ugly. His outer retinue comprises a further twenty-one butchers, who hold copper swords in their right hands, and this time, the entrails of butchered enemies. They wear the skins humans and oxen as clothes, with ornaments made from human bone. While this may seem violent, Begtse is actually a very powerful and beneficial protector, who helps practitioners clear their obstacles and create conducive conditions for their spiritual evolution. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • March 24, 2017 20:12
    Azair asked: Venerable Rinpoche, I am doing a study in Kalachakra Tantra and I've heard from most of the lama's too that if you practice the Kalachakra Tantra, you'll be able to take control of your next rebirth. Ofcourse, it has been said that we will get our rebirth according to our Karma and desires but whether those dreams will get fulfilled will depend upon the actions that we take in this life. Thus, practicing the Kalachakra(till the end) after initiation will give you the opportunity to take rebirth anywhere you desire regardless of your Karma. My question is that, is there some truth in this statement.? Does this statement hold true for other tantra practices, such as Vajrayogini Tantra, Ghuyasamaja Tantra, Heruka Tantra, etc. I would really really like to know. Thankyou in anticipation, regards, Azair
    pastor answered: Dear Azair, Thank you for your question. Yes there is truth to this statement, both from a scriptural perspective and also by example, as the great masters have shown us. This is a unique feature of all Anuttarayoga Tantras or Highest Yoga Tantras, which Kalachakra, Vajrayogini, Guhyasama and Heruka are all examples of. This category of tantric practice can actually lead a practitioner to full enlightenment in this very lifetime. Even if enlightenment is not reached, very high levels of attainment can be reached nonetheless. This includes the ability to take control over your next rebirth. This is primarily engaged in so that the practitioner is born in an environment where they can eventually pick up their practice and further their spiritual path to enlightenment, or in order to be born in a place where they can benefit sentient beings the most, as part of the spiritual journey over many lifetimes. One of the reasons such an ability is very necessary on the spiritual path, is that usual death and rebirth occurs at the mercy of ones karma, specifically what is known as the ‘throwing karma’ or the karma that dictates what sort of rebirth a person is going to take. This opens up at the time of ordinary death, which most people have no control over. During the death process, many of our disturbing emotions will arise. Whichever of these is the strongest at the point of death triggers open a latent karmic potential, which becomes the ‘throwing karma’ and dictates where we are going to take rebirth and if that life will generally be full of suffering or not. Within Anuttarayoga Tantra, one of the key points of practice is to prepare for one’s death. This is done by simulating the dying process during one’s meditations, so that one becomes familiar with it. At the most pivotal part of this process, one practices achieving either the rainbow body or great bliss (in the case of the father tantras); or clear light (in the case of mother tantras). The tantras themselves are not defined in terms of the gender of the central deity, but by the method used to gain enlightenment. This is either the rainbow body/great bliss (classified as male, therefore labelled ‘father’) or clear light (classified as female, therefore labelled ‘mother’). Non-dual tantras such as the Kalachakra tantra can employ either of the two methods, a mixture of both, or alternate methods. In the case of superior practitioners, due to the power of their practice, they can achieve either of these two methods in their current body. Since they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, and a particular method of practice, they can also achieve enlightenment during their physical death. The great Lama Tsongkhapa is said to have achieved enlightenment at the moment of physical death, using the second of these. For other practitioners, they may not be able to achieve this either in their meditations while they are alive, or during the death process. However because they have familiarised themselves with the dying process, they remain in complete concentration at the time of death, not allowing any disturbing emotions to arise. Due to this level of concentration, meditation and awareness during the dying process, they are able to control where they next take rebirth. This is evident in the tantric scriptures themselves, and the life stories of many masters, who can state exactly where, when and to whom they will take their next rebirth, as they are in full control of the dying and rebirth process. There is a type of meditation called ‘thukdam’ which has been translated into ‘death meditation’. This is a final meditation some masters choose to engage in. During this meditation, the master themselves consciously begin the physical dying process themselves, engage in the meditation of dissolving the winds into the heart centre and remain in the most pivotal part of the death process, the mind of clear light of death. During this point they engage in meditations, either the methods of the father or mother tantras as mentioned previously, and or consciously choose where they are to next take rebirth. They can remain in this death meditation for long periods of time, days at an end, in which their consciousness has not yet left their body, although for all intents and purposes they are dead according to medical science, e.g. they have no heartbeat. At the end of their meditation, a drop of blood will be emitted from their nostril, and their head will slump over a little. Masters who engage in this meditation usually sit in full meditation posture, and their body remain supple and soft even though they have passed away from a medical point of view. I hope this brief explanation helps. Thank you.
  • March 23, 2017 23:01
    Brad asked: What is the significance of offering the Seven precious emblems of royalty to the Buddhas and enlightened Dharma Protectors? What are we symbolically offering up?
    pastor answered: Dear Brad, Thank you for your question. The ‘saptaratna’ or seven precious emblems represent on the one hand the ultimate state of temporal power, and on the other hand the ultimate spiritual attainments that we can achieve. By offering these to the Buddhas, we are actually creating the causes to achieve what they represent. Therefore it is good to know the meaning of each, so we can understand what we are creating the causes for by offering them up: Please see below for an explanation of the seven royal emblems: 1. The Precious Wheel: a thousand spoked wheel, representing the universal power of the Buddhas, as well as the teachings of the thousand Buddhas of our aeon. It is represented by the Dharmachakra, symbolising the ‘turning of the wheel’ or teaching of the Noble Eightfold Path. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, especially that of our own mind, thoughts, delusions and afflictions. 2. The Precious Jewel: an eight sided wish-granting gem, which fulfils all the needs of a universal emperor. This jewel has eight special qualities: it illuminates the night sky for hundreds of leagues; it is cooling when the temperature is hot and warming when the temperature is cold; it makes manifest whatever the holder wants; when thirsty it causes a fresh-water spring to appear; it has the ability to control the nagas, and other supernatural beings, as well as preventing natural disasters such as storms, floods, etc.; it gives off multi-coloured lighted which heals the various mental and emotional afflictions; it cures all illnesses; and it ensures that one dies a natural death, not an untimely one. It is a symbol of a universal emperor’s spiritual and temporal power. It is also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect mindfulness, or perfect discrimination, so one knows what to abandon and what to keep in the mindstream during the spiritual journey to enlightenment. 3. The Precious Queen: the most beautiful and virtuous of all women. She is described as a goddess who is the epitome of someone: with devotion; without jealousy; who is the embodiment of fertility; who works for the welfare of all beings; who possess feminine wisdom; speaks the truth; not attract to sensual pleasures or material possessions; and does not have false views. She is adored by all. She also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect effort. This is necessary to keep meditating until one gains spiritual attainments. 4. The Precious Minister: who has sharp intelligence, patience, and the ability to give wise counsel to the emperor. He is so attuned to the emperor that even before the emperor has spoken, the minister is already carrying out his command. He only wishes to support the Dharma, help sentient beings, and is an excellent strategist. He also represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect joy. This is also akin to the attainment of the first bodhisattva level, because you have come to an understanding of your own mind, which is like pouring ice-cold water into boiling water. The water stops boiling, as does the thoughts, projections, and delusions in the mind. He represents the path of the bodhisattva. 5. The Precious Elephant: who has the strength of a thousand normal elephants. He is white, with the perfect features that an elephant could have. He is majestic, graceful, and gentle, but in battle is fearsome, fearless and unyielding. He communicates with the emperor through a telepathic link. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect adaptability. This is important, as one needs to be able to adapt to the various mental afflictions as they arise, and suitably counter them. 6. The Precious Horse: who has all the marks of a celestial horse. Known as wind-horse, he is able to travel extremely fast, and can circumambulate the entire universe three time in just a single day. He is never fearful or startled, never makes a sound when galloping, and has extremely soft hairs on his body. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is single-pointed concentration. This is important because without this form of concentration, once cannot engage in the analytical meditations that lead to an understanding of emptiness, and therefore enlightenment. 7. The Precious General: who has mastered the arts of war and always wins in battle. He wears battle armour and holds many different weapons. He tries to avoid battle, but when necessary fights, and never gives up until he has won. He is fearless, and courageous in carrying out the emperors commands and ensures the emperors army carries out their duties. He represents one of the factors of enlightenment, which is perfect equanimity. This is because he overcomes all warfare, which is akin to the battle between things were are attached to and things we have an aversion for in our minds. In short, what you are offering up is the highest of all temporal treasures and abilities, as well as the entire path of the Dharma. Doing so creates the causes for you to receive all of this on your spiritual journey towards enlightenment. I hope this helps. Thank you.
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