Lilica is Amazing!!!

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Dear friends,

One of my students just shared with me this incredible story about Lilica. You must read it!

Lilica is a stray dog in Brazil who was abandoned as a puppy at a junkyard. The owner of the junkyard, although was very poor herself, decided to care for Lilica along with the many other dogs and various animals in the junkyard. How kind!

About 3 years ago, Lilica started scavenging for food after she gave birth to her first litter of 8 puppies. Upon a random chance, she met up with a very kind teacher, Lucia, who fed her some food from a plastic bag. Lucia realized that she would eat some of the food, and then carry the bag away with her… Lilica did this every single time she was given food…

After realizing Lilica’s pattern, Lucia decided to tie the plastic bag after Lilica ate… and from there, a pattern started.

Every night, for the past 3 years, Lucia would bring a bag of food to an empty lot and wait for Lucia. Lilica would walk four miles to the empty lot, eat a little food, wait for Lucia to tie the bag, and then walk four miles back to bring food for her puppies. What’s even more amazing is that even when her puppies got adopted, she still did the same thing for the other animals in the junkyard!

I have heard about many loyal dogs who would wait for their owners to return, dogs who have saved the lives of other human beings, and even dogs who have saved the lives of other dogs! Lilica’s story is just another example of how selfless, caring and compassionate animals are. I am so touched to hear of this news.

Please do watch the video of Lilica and share it with all your friends. It would certainly put a smile on their faces!

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

Selfless dog makes nightly trip to fetch food for her family

 

A dog named Lilica has a special devotion and sense of duty to her family. She provides for her extended family by venturing two miles away each night to pick up food specially prepared for her and the other animals in her family, so that they have food to eat. This smart and loyal dog has been sharing her food with her family every night for three years.

Lilica lives in a junkyard in São Carlos, Brazil. She lives on the site with another dog, a cat, chickens and a mule, along with Neile Vania Antonio, who found Lilica abandoned as a puppy and took her in.

 

 

Every night the dog makes her way to the home of Professor Lucia Helena de Souza. She travels miles along a busy highway road to meet with Lucia. Lucia, who takes care of 13 stray dogs and 30 cats, has developed a special routine with the dog. Lucia prepares food and puts it in a bag for Lilica and then meets her every night at 9:30 pm. Lilica eats some of the meal and then carries the bag back to the junkyard to feed the other animals.

 

 

Lucia said, “I realized that she ate and then stared at what was in the bag.” A neighbor pointed out Lucia that maybe Lilica wanted to take the rest of the food with her. “Then we tied it up and took the bag and gave it to Lilica. From that day on we do it,” said Lucia.

 

 Lucia (left) with Lilica and Neile (right)

 

Lilica gently picks up the bag and travels back home to deliver the much appreciated dinner. Neile said that Lilica has been making her nightly meal delivery for three years. She said that Lilica is a special dog. “People don’t do that. Some people hide and do not want to share what they have with others. She did not, Lilica is an exceptional animal.”

 

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44 Responses to Lilica is Amazing!!!

  1. Adrian Cho on Jun 8, 2013 at 7:04 am

    This is really a very wonderful and touching story about this dog. Really inspired me that always care for the family first.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this nice post to us.

  2. MartinC on Jun 8, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Lilica has such a beautiful character and also generous. Is it amazing that a being that so many would regard as just an animal, would have the presence of mind to think of others and a heart big enough to share its food and even went to some considerable effort to care for others. There is more than enough humanity, compassion and intelligence in this dog alone for people to rethink their concept of animals.

    And its so true, human beings hide and hoard what we have and feel reluctant to share. All around we see people who are well to do yet feel poor and having the mind that they cannot afford to help others. Often we see more value in things than in the wellbeing of others. Lilica obviously values the wellbeing of others and feels no need to hide and “save” things for herself. And because of that there are those who make sure that she doesn’t starve.

    The people in Lilica’s life are also so kind. Lucia especially doesn’t give left-overs but even cooks for a “stray dog” and delivers the food to her. I was very touched to see Lucia sitting in wait for Lilica and being so soft and full of care, even telling for Lilica to be careful on the highway. Such incredible beings.

  3. sarahyap on Jun 9, 2013 at 2:18 am

    What an amazing story… This is one of the many proof that animals have feelings and we should never ever hurt them in any way. They too feel love, scared, etc… but just because the do not have a voice, animals are often abused. It is even the same for people… those that are less educated and sub servant to another, some will find themselves being abused etc.

    Well, it really is a touching story. I like how lilica will bring home food for the other animals… and also how the teacher, for the last few years have never failed to provide food for this little dog and her ‘secret’ friends hehe.

  4. Low KHJB on Jun 9, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing.This story is so touching.It brings tears to the eyes just thinking of it.Such a compassionate being.I transcend all level as she take care for all that she is acquainted with compassion and dedication without a doubt.
    In society today even the children of kind would think twice to support their own parents when they grow old ,do not even consider their neighbours.
    We really need to look deep into our self to understand human nature if not learn from a stray dog that have yet the opportunity to learn Dharma.
    Lilica really walk the talk and it is 4 dangerous miles every night without fail and without any agenda !.A track record which most human find it difficult to up keep for a lot of reasons.

  5. Lim Han Nee on Jun 9, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Caring dog Lilica, meets a lovely caring lady, Nellie, owner of a junk yard.Despite being poor herself, Nellie gives Lilica a home. Next, Lilica, in search of food , meets another lovely caring lady, Professor Julia. Julia starts to give her food in a plastic bag, and realizes that Lilica would eat only a portion of the food, and take the rest back with her. So Julia establishes a pattern of giving her food every night in a plastic bag and watches her eat a portion and take the rest back with her.

    For the last three years, Lilica has been going miles back and forth, taking the food back with her to feed her litter of puppies and the other animals in the junkyard.Even after all he litter had been adopted, she continued to bring back the rest of the food, given by Julia, for the other animals(her extended family.

    Nellie is right. Lilica is a rare and exceptional dog. Even humans don’t show such care for others, such a readiness to share. Lilica is fortunate to have met two caring people, who helped foster her ‘spirit of caring and giving’.

  6. AdelineTan on Jun 10, 2013 at 12:47 am

    Lilica is truly an amazing dog! Even an animal can be so caring and generous to other beings, her kindness and selflessness can be better than some of the human beings so to speak.She risks her life in search of food and fortunately met a kind lady name Lucia who will bring food and wait for her every night at the same sport, after eating a portion of the food, Lilica will bring the remaining food in the plastic bag and walk 4 miles back to her home for other dogs, cat and chickens to eat,so thoughtful and kind of Lilica. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing such a inspiring story.

  7. edward ooi on Jun 10, 2013 at 1:11 am

    Dear Rinpoche, I feel like crying right now because Lilica’s story is too amazing and besides this is not something we see everyday. About 2 months ago, I’ve seen a video clip in youtube. It’s about a single mother that doesn’t even care for her own baby son. The mother is so irresponsible that she would keep the son is a pram in a room with the windows completely covered with black curtains, bring him down to the living room for feeding every 2 days and bath him once every 1 to 2 weeks in the dirtiest toilet I’ve ever seen in my life. I wish Lilica’s story will spread far and wide over the world and teach them to be humble to every sentient beings.

  8. Pastor Yek Yee on Jun 10, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Lilica really like a big baby, I think he quite intelligence. He really show it’s care and love to his owner. I feel guilty because if I cannot take care of people around us very well. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing us this nice post to us. And also remind us always be a good and well behavior person.

    • t on Jun 23, 2013 at 3:23 pm

      Amazing, I am ashame of my selfishness as compared to this dog, so caring and concern for others.

  9. Sharon Saw on Jun 10, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Human beings tend to look down on animals and think that we are superior, but here is a story of a dog who is far superior to many human beings who are inherently selfish and will even keep food just so others cannot have it. I have heard of a very wealthy family who insists on throwing away food from the table just so their cook and maids cannot eat it because they feel it is too good for them. How sick is that. This is a wonderful story which celebrates the generosity of the dog as well as the kindness of Lucia and Nellie to prepare food for Lilica. Thank you for sharing it.

  10. HelenaC on Jun 10, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    Its amazing, lovely and touching story of Lilica!! She is so human like!! Some human cant even love their parents and siblings! May she always be blessed by the 3 Jewels :)

  11. Darren Kechara Paradise on Jun 10, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Incredible and inspiring story! Thank you so much for sharing Rinpoche. It really make up my day! :)

  12. June Tang(Khjb) on Jun 10, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this inspiring post. Lilica is very kind and selfless ,she is a true living example!! she remind me that even animals understand the selfless, care and help to others, what about human!! No reason for us not to do so!! Be kind to animals,they need care and love too!!

  13. KH Ng on Jun 10, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    Again, we are reminded of the compassion and loving kindness of animals and sorry to say many human do not show this kind of values. Perhaps we live in a “society” with its negative values of selfishness. Perhaps its the degenerate times.

    Its good and very inspiring to see this and should remind us of our Buddha Nature that we can all have compassion and selflessness.

    Thank You Rinpoche.

  14. Jill Yam on Jun 11, 2013 at 10:56 am

    What an amazing dog! Even dogs know how to feed her family and the others as well. Dogs have much more feelings than some human beings.
    Maybe they can learn some compassion from dogs? If only we can practice kindness and generosity and sharing like Lilica!

  15. Lim Tat Ming on Jun 11, 2013 at 11:08 am

    It will touch anyone’s heart seeing the selfless act of Lilica. How many would travel miles, risk her own’s life, day after day for 3 years and still persisting to bring food to others? Lilica is a true bodhisattva! She cares not only for her own family but also for other animals living together with her. Her commitment to benefit others will put many of us humans to shame!

    Not forgeting the kind and compassionate Professor Lucia Helena de Souza who are as committed as Lilica and Neile Vania Antonio who had adopted Lilica.

    When all sentient beings live in harmony and help each other as demonstrated by Lilica, Lucia and Neile, the World becomes a better place to live in.

  16. Cynthia Ng on Jun 11, 2013 at 11:16 am

    感谢仁波切的分享! Lilica是一只特别的狗。它的行动说明了它无私的付出,为了身边的狗狗不论是不是自己的孩子,LiLiCa还是风雨不改的为它们寻找温饱。

    LiLiCa的行为值得让我们深思! 我们应该更要为动物献出慈悲心以及关爱,这也是仁波切一直以来的教导。

  17. Louise Lee on Jun 11, 2013 at 11:35 am

    母爱是伟大的。 Lilica 是一只充满了爱、无法忍受身边的同伴受到饥饿与痛苦!可以 3 年里不间断的跑那么远的路收集食物与朋友分享,真的是一件不容易的事! 

    所以仁波切不停的劝告大家无论做什么东西都不许要不间断的, 不可以一时之兴就做,不爽了,就把责任丢给别人。 这是不对的行为。 大家试想看,如果有一天 Lilica 生病了, 没有去收食物,那么可能那一天, 很多的小动物就会饿肚子了!

    克切拉香积厨
    每逢星期六到吉隆坡市区分派食物,的食物分发量平均为每周800包。这些用来提供给无家可归者的食物,皆属回教徒可食用之清真食物,包括饼干、零食、饮用水、水果和热食。目前所分发的食物总量,已经是香积厨刚成立时的两倍…

  18. Erickksiow on Jun 11, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Even an animal know how to care and share with others, very interesting story. Thank You Rinpoche for sharing the story to us. .

    Best Regards : Eric kksiow

  19. tenzin llhamo on Jun 11, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    People always think that animals are meant to be eaten. Look at this story and many others about animals. How much they can think and show feelings too. They are just like us in many ways, just that they cant talk and express their feelings. I am sure that there are many more smart and loving animals out there. I hope that we can have more stories like this educate the public of how animals should be loved instead of being eaten. I feel that animals are much better than humans some time. Much more less complicated…

  20. grace (KHJB) on Jun 12, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Amazing Lilica. She really show herself to be nice to other even if she only a dog. This is not a 1 day story, it have been carry on for past 3 year.It really touch my heart.

  21. beatrix ooi on Jun 12, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    This is a very touching article, Lilica is very kind and generous! She would risk her own life and travel miles just to bring back the food to her pups and even friends, she is so human-like! She is truly a ‘wonder woman’. I’m so glad that she has been well-taken care of, she deserved it!
    Thank You for sharing Rinpoche.

  22. Felix Kong on Jun 12, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    This story really touching . Lilica is very smart, love and take care with other animals . Every night Lilica walk 4 miles just to share the foods with other animals and this ” sharing ” since 3 years ago ,so wonderful .Just like Kechara Soup Kitchen(KSK) distribute food to the homeless peoples, so meaningful . Thank you Rinpoche sharing with us .

  23. Patsy on Jun 13, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    It is so beautiful and touching to see this video. Human beings think that animals are inferior but Lilica proves otherwise. She is much more superior than many human beings. Many of us have cars yet we choose to throw away the extra food that we have instead of driving that extra mile to share with others who needs it Well, Lilica, selfless acts put many humans to shame.

  24. Davin on Jun 13, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    This is a wonderful and touching story. Every night for about three years, Lilica travel miles away find food to feed her family. Lilica is so selfless and caring, even his puppies got adopted, she still did the same thing for the other animals. Lilica is fortunate to have met Neile and Lucia who have been very kind and caring. Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing.

  25. Sofi on Jun 14, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Wow, brought tears to my eyes. Such a generous and caring dog, who is willing to travel to far each day to bring food home for others. A dog who understand what hunger is and understand that other faces the same too. Instead of waiting for food, she takes action in going out to source for food. Puts me to shame in terms of taking more actions to care and help others.

  26. pavara on Jun 14, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    Lilica is really inspiring!!!
    Lilica walks 4 miles just to feed the other dogs and animals,she does not finish all the food and still share it with the other animals.
    This dog is really compassionate to go so far just for the sake of the other animals.
    Lilica reminds me to always care about other people,sentient beings etc…..
    True enough people really hog things that they have and they are really reluctant to share or to think of others.
    This post also shows that even an animal who is not educated can do an amazing thing.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this inspiring post.

  27. Andrew Paisley on Jun 15, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Wow that’s beautiful! Thanks for sharing Rinpoche x

  28. uncle eddie on Jun 17, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    This dog would put many human beings to shame. Lilica’s special sense of devotion and duty to her family is truly incomparable! Each night picking up food specially prepared for her and other animals to eat, this loyal dog been sharing her food with her family and others every night for three years! What a special and exceptional animal she is! Its a rare wonder – Many thanks to Rinpoche for the sharing. Nevertheless, the kind-hearted professor Lucia Helena de Souza should also deserve commendation for compassionate actions, in taking the trouble in so nicely packing the food for the dog, Lilica for 3 long years. Such a kind hearted lady, may she be blessed always for her good virtuous deeds!

  29. lucyyap on Jun 18, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Lilica touched my heart and I never get tired watching her in this video.She has a beautiful face and such an incredible dog.
    Bless your beautiful heart!

  30. Sean Wang on Jun 20, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Lilica is indeed amazing. Beautiful on both the outside and inside. She really shows that people need to care more about their family and people should care more about others in general. People need to follow examples like these when it comes to animals being more humane than humans.

    Humans, unlike Lilica, tend to keep a lot of food for themselves rather than share food with the poor. We need to change this!

  31. Julien Roth on Jun 20, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    this is amazing! Such a loving dog! She must really love her pups.

    Dogs are so amazing and so kind. They do not deserve to be treated the way they are treated. They are loving animals that have done nothing to deserve the suffering they get. Thank you for sharing Rinpoche.

  32. Cliff on Jun 20, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    “Some people hide and do not want to share what they have” many people suffer from this behaviour, it is sad to know that even a dog can show compassion and generosity that most mere humans cannot. Lilica is definitely a special dog, not only thinking of herself but for others as well, being able to live with a variety of animals and bring back food for them by walking four miles is really kind of her. I love reading stories like this, it truly helps you reflect on what kind of person you really are, she is a great example for many. Lucia is also pretty cool herself to be able to be doing this for three years is also really kind of her to do so. Thanks for sharing this video Rinpoche.

  33. Lucas Roth on Jun 20, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    this dog is amazing, this is real mothers love, how she would travel 4 miles to get the food and 4 miles back which is a super long distance to walk and that is really caring how she would do that. i hope Lilica always keeps her pups safe and fed

  34. Jutika Lam on Jun 20, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    This story on Lilica is ever so touching and heartwarming!

    It is such an inspirational story to share with everyone because even though Lilica is just a dog… she goes so far to feed her litter of pups but also even after her lil pups were adopted she still did her duties to serve the animals in the junkyard.

    Even though Lilica have to walk so far through the dark and dangerous highways nothing could stop her from always bringing the food back to the Junkyard.

    It shows that if even a dog can show compassion to other animals and break boundaries wouldn’t it be easier for us humans to do so?

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this very touching article.

    Love
    Jutika

  35. Albert Ratchaga on Jul 1, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    This video really worth spending 4 minutes of our life to watch, not only because of Lilica that is great, but also because of Lucia’s compassion towards Lilica.

    It is so true that human we often do not share good things with others, more over animal who live through their instinct. But again and again I have read about how kind, loyal animal is, how much they had save lives, etc, etc. But in the other hand, I was reading how human abuse animal, the amount crime cases increases, now to me, human are more like animal than the animals.

    Lilica is really kind and brave dog, she risk her live to go search for food for her babies and also other animals, in her mind, there is no such thing as ‘cannot’, but when the situation is like that, she just has to think of a way to find food for the young. Her action is telling us nothing is impossible, when we say we can’t do something, it is just us telling ourselves based on our past experience and our negative mind. If Lilica can travel so far and get food from a stranger, then what else we human can’t do?

    I felt really touched by the kindness and the motherly love Lilica has, she is taking the responsibilities to take care of others around her and be the leader who consistently feed them for years. What a great example Lilica is showing to others.

  36. Junior on Jul 2, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    This is really a very touching story.
    Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful story.

  37. Shelly tai on Jul 3, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Shelly tai on 3 July at 430pm
    Thank you Rinpoche for posting this touching story to us. It really a shame for some of us who are so call more intelligent than a dog but we does not show that kind of responsible like Lilica, some of us can abandon our own children or even our parents. When I watch this video I really feel really touch what a wonderful dog.

  38. Wan Wai Meng on Jul 4, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Lilica shows many traits that a human being should possess. And some humans do not even do those things like caring for another being, being helpful and compassionate. It points to a deeper reality that Lilica could possibly have imprints from a former human life. Like most sentient beings sometimes we can take a wrong turn and reincarnate as an animal. This is no disrespect for beings in the animal realms they have every right to be on Earth like we do, to live, exist multiply, thrive and perhaps even be happy. So to eat animals well, since we had countless lifetimes, we had countless, mothers and relationships with other beings who could be animals now. So think about it.

  39. Girlie OOI on Jul 30, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Lilica may be an animal but she has beautiful traits that sometimes humans do not possess. She cares for her “housemates” by crossing the town in search for food to share with them.

    We could learn a thing or two from her.

  40. Tong sunsun on Sep 23, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    好有灵性的狗狗,每天不间断的送食物给同伴。换看我们做人也未必能做到,好慈悲,做了我们的借镜。

  41. Carmen Lin @ KMP on Nov 1, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Lilica is indeed an exceptional dog that share her bring and share the food to other animals. Lucia is kind to pack the food for Lilica to take away. This is just simply amazing incident in life that could help us to think over our actions. Bottom line, be kind and thoughtful to people around us. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this amazing post.

  42. Lucas Roth on Dec 28, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    animals are amazing and caring for their own and for other poeple/animals too. i love animals as they can be your best friend, but i hate when people eat them! please be vegetarian. Lilica is truly amazing. thank you for sharing Rinpoche

  43. Edward ooi on Mar 3, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, I would say that Neile is very blessed with a dog that bring no worries to her instead it would take care of other animals. If I have a dog that would the same as Lilica,I would still not let her run around searching for food. Because you wouldn’t know what will happen to her one day, even though she knows how to cross the road You still wouldn’t know, some dumb people might just carelessly run over her. But I still would love a dog that would take care of each other.

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  • Pastor Adeline
    (Friday, Jan 30. 2015 12:15 AM)
    In Malaysia we are blessed with a government that allows us religious freedom and for that I am thankful. So the Dorje Shugden issue should not be brought to Malaysia and Malaysian Buddhists have the right to explore the practice of Dorje Shugden without interference from any outside governments or outside religious authorities.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/dalai-lama-china-shugden.html
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Friday, Jan 30. 2015 12:13 AM)
    In the Gelug Monasteries debate is an integral part of learning, retaining and understanding the Buddha’s teachings. So I laid out three possible debate scenarios for you. Therefore whatever is in the questions and in the answers is not definite but it is just thoughts I had. I would like all of you to read through it carefully and not be offended by what I say because no matter what I say, I still have the deepest respect for the Dalai Lama and my faith is unwavering in him, my teachers, my practice and my protector.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/can-tibetan-lamas-make-mistakes.html
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Friday, Jan 30. 2015 12:12 AM)
    你不享受宗教自由吗?你喜欢因为你的信仰被另一些人标签为恶劣的而被禁止上学、被迫与你的朋友和亲人隔开、不被允许经商吗?我们可以争吵至湿婆、梵天和毗湿奴毁坏、重建再保留宇宙几百次,即使是这样,我们也不会争出个胜负、对错来。事实是:我们每一个人都有权接受平等的对待,没有人应该面对基于自己的宗教信仰而被某些条例和规则所束缚的不公。无论我们的信仰是否被接受,或是否被视为正统的,说到底我们还是凡人一个。我们都需要食物、关爱、慈悲的对待,更值得拥有不可剥夺、与生俱来的权利,好比说选择的自由。不管是世俗或是宗教的领袖都不应从我们身上剥夺此权利。

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/%E6%88%91%E5%BF%A0%E4%BA%8E%E6%88%91%E7%9A%84%E4%BF%AE%E6%8C%81.html
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Friday, Jan 30. 2015 12:09 AM)
    当雄登修持者靠近佛陀、莲花生大士或宗喀巴大师的时候,这些证悟者会将他们赶走,并说他们破坏了三昧耶,所以是不合格,也不纯净的人吗?

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/%E9%9B%84%E7%99%BB%E4%BA%BA.html
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Friday, Jan 30. 2015 12:08 AM)
    “纯净的传承十分重要。它不仅必须拥有纯正的来源,还要能够说明出处。根据宗喀巴大师传承,即格鲁派,当上师授予教诲的时候,他们必须说明来源、出处,以及他们在何时接受这项教诲。上师不能随意告诉你“我从文殊菩萨那儿接受这项修持……”

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/a-gift-from-geshe-kelsang-gyatso.html
  • tsemtulku
    (Thursday, Jan 29. 2015 01:38 PM)
    Every single day now I look forward very much to the day coming soon where the disappointing ban against the World Peace Buddha Protector Dorje Shugden will be over. It will be soon. Everything the Tibetan leadership has said against the Dorje Shugden practice has not made any sense. At first it sounded good, but as time goes on, educated people are examining their claims and coming to the conclusion it does not make sense. More are speaking out. Any government or leader should never criticize or ‘advise’ against any religious faith, path or practice. It is politically wrong not to mention it infringes on our religious freedom. If you don’t like a certain religious path, you keep it to yourself and not announce it publicly disappointing many.Un-democratic. What is important is look at the person not their skin color, race, religion or economic background. Religious apartheid must be removed even in the ‘advices’ we give others. Tsem Rinpoche
  • tsemtulku
    (Wednesday, Jan 28. 2015 03:05 PM)
    Dorje Shugden followers in the millions will not abandon their practice. So it would be good leaders of the Dorje Shugden practicing community met with the Tibetan leadership to work out something that will be a win-win situation for both sides. His Holiness Dalai Lama wants to meet the Chinese current leaders to resolve the Tibet issue. Why not meet the Shugden followers to resolve this issue too? Why forgive one ‘enemy’ and ignore another?~Tsem Rinpoche (Please read more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=57431)
  • tsemtulku
    (Wednesday, Jan 28. 2015 04:59 AM)
    Bradley Kassian: Might interest a few people here. It’s amazing what can pop up on youtube these days. This initiation of Dorje Shugden was conferred in Los Angeles in the 1980s onto Geshe Tsultim Gyeltsen’s own students in Thubten Dhargye Ling. Prior to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche giving the advice, Geshe-la formally requested Kyabje Zong Rinpoche to give an initiation of Dorje Shugden. Geshe Tsultim Gyeltsen was a very strong and devoted practitioner of Dorje Shugden and you can hear Geshe Tsultim Gyeltsen’s voice at the beginning of the video. After the formal request was made, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche himself, who is the overlord of all tantric mandalas, gave the profound initiation of Dorje Shugden to Geshe-la and all his disciples. And thereafter, Geshe-la and all his students practiced Dorje Shugden very strongly and very devotedly until the ban. : http://youtu.be/f6KuCPKDuCI
  • abby foo
    (Tuesday, Jan 27. 2015 08:01 PM)
    Now I understand, spirituality is NEVER about how great my practice, my Guru, my lineage are. Spirituality is NOT a competition of I am better than you or I am the best, spirituality is NEVER about right or wrong, higher or lower, bad or good. All these are what make us bitter and unhappy, and are the reasons why we came to seek spirituality because we know deep down inside we should be someone with a more opened heart that accepts and tolerates. Why putting ourselves back to the bitter situation again when we are in spiritual?

    Then what is spirituality? From Tsem Rinpoche’s actions and teachings, I know loyalty IS spirituality. Humble, tolerance, respect, understanding, keeping promises and being kind are spirituality no matter what you practice, no matter what is your religion/belief. All the qualities above have nothing to do with what your religion/belief are, but how you act, speak and think determine if you are a spiritual person.

    Those who don’t like Dorje Shugden, why keep condemning people over and over? Why speaks against it over and over? If you think you going to stop people from getting ‘harm’ because Dorje Shugden is bad, your intention is to stop harm, but why end up you actually CREATING HARM everytime you speak against Dorje Shugden and put those who practice it down??? If your intention is pure and kind, then the results should be pure and kind too, but obviously you are hurting people’s belief and emotions, and you show no respect to people.
  • Ashlee
    (Tuesday, Jan 27. 2015 05:33 PM)
    Buddhism is about following the true lineage passed down from Buddha Shakyamuni to his disciples and i personally find that Buddhist teachings are very logical hence i continue to learn and practice it by following my Guru, Tsem Tulku Rinpoche. If Dorje Shugden is an enlightened protector practices by high lamas such as Trijang Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche and passed down to Tsem Rinpoche, how can they be doing the wrong practice? After all, Dorje Shugden is an “Enlightened Protector” and not just any normal worldly protector. Enlightened protector are suppose to help excel our Dharma practice and help us clear away our Dharma obstacles in this degenerate age. Logically speaking, then how can an enlightened protector bring harm to us or even help us to harm others? Also how can an enlightened being harm another enlightened being? That is illogical.Each of us bring with us imprints from previous lives and for some of us, we do have strong affinity with Dorje Shugden due to our practices from previous lives. I personally feel that i have a very strong affinity with Dorje Shugden protector and if it’s good enough for my Lama and his root Gurus and other high lamas to practice it, i think i can safely practice it without any doubt and at the same time still respect H.H. Dalai Lama. Thank you Rinpoche for speaking up.

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The Unknown

The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
So go pursue all the way with the unknown,
because all unknown with familiarity becomes the known.
~Tsem Rinpoche

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Lord Tsongkapa walking to His hermitage. Blessed be for those who are able to even hear the sacred name Tsongkapa.
5 hours ago
Wonderful people of Kechara. Tsem Rinpoche 
5 hours ago
When we meditate on Enlightened Beings, they will bless us. Tsem Rinpoche 
5 hours ago
This is my special thangka I had commissioned. It is my guru H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche with Vajra Yogini and Dorje Shugden emanating  from His heart. He is the master of all mandalas and emanations. I will reproduce this thangka for the world to invite home. Tsem Rinpoche 
18 hours ago
This is an interesting picture. Please guess who this is. Is it Edward Ooi or a chicken?  LOL
18 hours ago
Trakzey is a special practice to help us bless our environment, for protection for our family, dispel negative energy and negative entities. We've just published and it's live for the first time!!! See: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=57357
yesterday
This description sounds like me perfectly. Tsem Rinpoche
yesterday
This is super good news. Let's hope this trend continues to grow massive until everything is vegan. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 days ago
In the monasteries we debate out issues for a logical conclusion. I have laid out three possible scenarios regarding: CAN TIBETAN LAMAS MAKE MISTAKES? Please take a look and let me know what you think: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=57528
2 days ago
Dorje Shugden followers in the millions will not abandon their practice. So it would be good if leaders of the Dorje Shugden practicing community met with the Tibetan leadership to work out something that will be a win-win situation for both sides. His Holiness Dalai Lama wants to meet the Chinese current leaders to resolve the Tibet issue. Why not meet the Shugden followers to resolve this issue too? Why forgive one 'enemy' and ignore another?~Tsem Rinpoche (Please read more here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=57431)
3 days ago
Adorable little boy paying respects to Lord Shugden. 
3 days ago
I hadn't spoken up about the Dorje Shugden 'conflict' for 15 years. Let me explain why: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=57431
4 days ago
Scotch and Mykol who are Valentina's wonderful good friends came to our LA Tsem Ladrang to have dinner. I am so glad they can come as they are nice friends. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
January 15, 2015. On today's Vajra Yogini day, the ladrang arranged a Vajra Yogini mandala made of flowers as an offering. Beautiful. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
January 15, 2015. Today is Vajra Yogini day. So Pastor Jj and our wonderful team has arranged these beautiful offerings on my shrine. Nice.  Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
Uncle Lai for years now without a miss comes in once a week to clean the altar of the ladrang. To clean the sacred spots where holy images reside is considered good purification of karmas. He never misses this and then upon completion he makes nice fresh offerings. Uncle Lai is generally a very kind and reliable person. We all love him. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche said to me a few years back that in order to practice or teach dharma these days, it's like being a white crow among the black. That means we will stand out and look unusual. But no matter what we must persevere. I miss this great teacher so much since his passing. He was gentle, scholarly, erudite, accomplished in sutra and tantra and had a very loving demeanor. He treated everyone equally and his vows of a monk were spotless. He was like a bright sun in the night sky. Even the first time I met him, he impacted me very strongly. I have received many teachings from him. He was a student of H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and H. H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. I brought 60 students with me from various countries to have audience with Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche the last time I had a chance to gaze upon his golden face. His perfect incarnation has returned. May he manifest in this incarnation as the previous. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche with his close disciple Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche. Very beautiful and old vintage picture. TR
2 weeks ago
This was the first woman to request Buddha to become a nun. Because of her, the nun's tradition began. She is a Arhat in the Chinese Mahayana Buddhist Tradition. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
January 10, 2015. Nice to see Kecharians studying the dharma together today. I really enjoy seeing this and Pastor Shin was leading the class. Thank you.
3 weeks ago
How lucky I would be to live here...TR
3 weeks ago
Must share this wisdom always. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
This is wonderful to remember. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
Pastor Niral giving a talk in Kechara. Wonderful.
3 weeks ago
January 9, 2015. Pastor Seng Piow takes his little nephew out for some toy shopping. The little guy was waiting anxiously to go out. 
3 weeks ago
His Holiness 9th Panchen Lama in Calcutta in 1905.
3 weeks ago
How nice. What a great gift from Mavis Yeh.  Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
I was so lucky to get teachings by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche today on the SIX YOGAS OF NAROPA translated by Kyabje Zasep Rinpoche. And also Kyabje Zasep Rinpoche was the one who sent me these videos. How fortunate for me to get this. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
We have wonderful Kechara dharma seniors who are good and caring guides for our precious youths. I am happy to see this. Youths are so important. We must love them, respect them and share dharma with them to they mature into good people. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
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4 weeks ago
Beautiful Lady Buddha, not everyone has realized you are the alpha and omega of our inner liberation. Our mind constantly wanders in karmic creations weary yet still travelling of no choice. I seek the solace of your embrace to experience great bliss and home. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
Does this picture remind you where all of our lives are eventually heading to? It's just where in line are you right now? But you still are in line.  Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
We have to save this one and reflect upon it. TR
4 weeks ago
Very powerful. Never be stuck in our comfort zones. Think out of the box and do more to accomplish our goals. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
I love this type of environment so much. TR
1 month ago
Special gifts of toys and snacks for some special doggies...
1 month ago
This is very helpful. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
We have to be ready to change when we seek a teacher otherwise stay hidden.~Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
15 minutes to watch this will blow your mind: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=55883
1 month ago
H.H. the current Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche -December 2014
2 months ago
December 2014-His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche in front of the largest Tsongkapa statue in the world. This Tsongkapa is in Champa Ling Monastery, Chamdo, Tibet. 
2 months ago
This is the perfect setting of the environment of where I like to live. With trees, blue waters, mountains, green, speckled with flowers. TR
2 months ago
Nothing can be found without searching for it. Just because others say you can't do it or don't believe in you or you can't see it, doesn't mean it cannot exist. Never give up!~Tsem Rinpoche 
2 months ago
This Manjushri is in Kechara's publishing wing. Stunning. TR
2 months ago
This Tara is beautiful. Save the pictures. TR
2 months ago
Having dinner with special friends from around the world. We are honored to be with Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. 
2 months ago
This is very powerful. Share it. TR
2 months ago
Decemeber 2014-They just finished their Tsongkapa retreat and I am so glad for them. TR
2 months ago
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  • Socialite becomes a volunteer in Malaysian soup kitchen
    Socialite becomes a volunteer in Malaysian soup kitchen
    In the Malaysian capital, Ruby Khong devotes her lunch hours delivering food to the needy, even when the tropical heat and humidity make it hard to breathe. "It was always about myself, what I wanted and that continued on for a while until 1994," she says. That year, she was on a quest for spiritual guidance in India and met a Buddhist monk named Tsem Rinpoche. Read more here: http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29986205
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    Mumu always prepares his bed this way before sleeping. Cute.
    3 months ago
  • Watch what Jason Clare said in parliament
    Watch what Jason Clare said in parliament
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  • Super cute attack. Have to watch!!
    Super cute attack. Have to watch!!
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    They pump 'things' into poultry to make it look plump and bigger to attract you to buy. Then you eat whatever they've pumped and think how it builds up in your body? Is your taste buds worth it to risk your health? Tsem Rinpoche
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    Look at this 2 minute video, while Hong Kong is having massive protests,right over the skyline of a city a UFO is spotted observing.. Incredible footage. UFO's are historically said to always gather where there is massive conflicts or congregations of people for hundreds of years.
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    See this video and do share with friends. See what happens at 1:10........Om Mani Peme Hung Watch it for the sake of the beings within in enduring what they have to endure. Don't think about how you feel because you are not there, but how they feel. Tsem Rinpoche
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    I just purchased an empty locket from an art store for around $10 and had a nice picture of His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche inserted in the front and His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche inserted on the others side at home. Attached a str...ing and it's good to wear for blessings. Look how beautiful. I am the type, I devote myself to my practice but I remember it is the sole kindness of the guru's teachings. Without the guru there is no dharma at all as I cannot speak to Buddha directly. Tsem Rinpoche
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    I was gifted this wonderful blingy shiny new pen by a spiritual friend. I didn't know Swarovski pens write so smoothly. I am going to enjoy writing with this. Thank you Jessica Pimentel. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 months ago
  • Is this the Loch Ness monster?
    Is this the Loch Ness monster?
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    In Kechara Forest Retreat we have a large aviary with many rescued birds and tortoises. We just built a nice pool for them to cool down in. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
  • Rescuing dog in LA river
    Rescuing dog in LA river
    5 months ago
  • This is a very inspiring video by Jim Carrey you must see
    This is a very inspiring video by Jim Carrey you must see
    5 months ago
  • Dalai Lama watching TV
    Dalai Lama watching TV
    5 months ago
  • Dog with a heart of Gold
    Dog with a heart of Gold
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    6 months ago
  • 14th Dalai Lama with Mrs.Indira Gandhi , Delhi INDIA 1966
    14th Dalai Lama with Mrs.Indira Gandhi , Delhi INDIA 1966
    8 months ago
  • The Girl Who Couldn't Cry - Water is Life
    The Girl Who Couldn't Cry - Water is Life
    It's really hard to educate a generation of people born in conditions where they take things for granted. A simple slogan campaign that says, "Save water, It's precious" isn't sticky enough to make inroads. That's exactly where this video steps in: to make people realize how precious water actually is. A brilliant video that follows the heartbreaking story of a young girl that cannot cry. Sounds like fiction? Sadly, it is not.
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    Dear everyone, All sentient beings deserve to live, be happy and not hurt, including animals. We should never hurt them or eat them. Look how much this chicken welcomes a hug and love. Observe carefully. Don't eat beings who can feel pain because the karma comes back. Tsem Rinpoche
    9 months ago
  • The appreciation shown here is so deep and touching.
    The appreciation shown here is so deep and touching.
    Dear friends, See this incredible video. This chimp was found in captivity for many years. Dr Jane Goodall released him into the wild. Look how he comes back to thank her with deep apprecition. It's amazing. Animals have such strong feelings of pain and happiness just like us. We should never hurt them and share with others to not hurt them. Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
    9 months ago
  • Aki drinking some water in the aviary
    Aki drinking some water in the aviary
    Aki is a rescued bird, he now lives in Kechara Forest Retreat Aviary
    11 months ago
  • Jamyang enjoying some fresh corn
    Jamyang enjoying some fresh corn
    Jamyang is one of our rescue birds that live in Kechara Forest Retreat Aviary
    11 months ago
  • The Cute Mumus Practising Dog Orchestra at Kechara Forest Retreat
    The Cute Mumus Practising Dog Orchestra at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Today the Mumus (dogs) decided to do a dog orchestra rehearsal together with the Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR) dogs.
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    1 years ago
  • Mumu, Oser and Dharma running and having a good time. I love seeing them playing. Tsem Rinpoche
    Mumu, Oser and Dharma running and having a good time. I love seeing them playing. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
  • Mumus running at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Mumus running at Kechara Forest Retreat
    1 years ago
  • Kechara Forest Retreat panorama, September 2013
    Kechara Forest Retreat panorama, September 2013
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    2 yearss ago
  • The mumus having outdoor evening stroll!!!
    The mumus having outdoor evening stroll!!!
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    17 May 2013, heavy rain at Kechara Forest Retreat from 7am-8am (1 hour). Water overflowed the existing drain and also opened up a much wider new "route" for itself.
    2 yearss ago
  • Must see video from Rajendra on our disciplined dogs
    Must see video from Rajendra on our disciplined dogs
    2 yearss ago

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Reading and hold discussions on Tsem Rinpoche's blog chat weekly promotes healthy learning together @ Kechara Puja House team. 29Jan15 may ong
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House blessing in a new house today lead by Pastor Yek Yee and puja team. 29Jan15 may ong
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Alter setup of Dorje Shugden for a sponsor today in Kechara Puja House. 29Jan15 may ong
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Homeless no more! Uncle Tai (who was beaten and robbed the other night) is now living life #offthestreet. We also gave him new set of clothes and shower before referring him to Pusat Kebajikan Global for permanent stay. It took us quite a few days prior to this to build the trust that we can actually help him. Happy that this 72 year old uncle is now able to sleep on a comfortable bed with people taking care of him. Justin@KSK
2 days ago
Students from INTI International University & Colleges who helped in the kitchen today! Justin@KSK
2 days ago
Bless your home with beautiful Dorje Shugden canvas thangka available now at Kechara House gompa souvenir shop. Lucy Yap
2 days ago
Karma is not fixed, take hope in that.~Tsem Rinpoche_share by Frederick Law
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No matter how big the opposition is, keep trying.~Tsem Rinpoche_share by Frederick Law
2 days ago
Bless your home with this beautiful Dorje Shugden canvas thangka now available for invite at Kechara House gompa souvenir shop. Lucy Yap
2 days ago
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Sometimes we have to realize nothing is fixed~~Tsem Rinpoche_share by Frederick Law
2 days ago
Our life is filled with endless mysteries, embrace them and don't be attached~Tsem Rinpoche_share by Frederick Law
2 days ago
Love is easy if we surrender our anger~Tsem Rinpoche_share by Frederick Law
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We could never harm another, but that doesn't mean we sit by and be harmed. ~ Tsem Rinpoche_Share by Frederick Law
2 days ago
I am not always available to meet, but my teachings are online always.~Tsem Rinpoche_share by Frederick Law
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I am not always available to meet, but my teachings are online always.~Tsem Rinpoche_share by Frederick Law
2 days ago
Being kind to animals should be effortless.~Tsem Rinpoche_Share by Frederick Law
2 days ago
Weekly Dzambala puja (E) at Kechara House gompa was led by Tat Ming and assisted Choo Weng Loong. Time: 8pm to 9.30pm. Lucy Yap
2 days ago
Tonight's puja attendance in Kechara gompa for Lord Setrap and Dorje Shugden in chinese lead by Pastors. 28Jan15 may ong
2 days ago
At Puja House other than doing Torma, pujas, volunteers and staffs gathered to learn and discuss Dharma together from H.E Tsem Tulku Rinpoche Blog. http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/
3 days ago
Weekly Dzambala puja (E) at Kechara House was led by Tat Ming and assisted by Choo Weng Loong. Time: 8pm to 9.30 pm. Lucy Yap
3 days ago
Our Wednesday "A" team (from left) Ashley, Annabelle, Angeline and Agnieszka. Justin@KSK
3 days ago
Kechara House gompa is beautifully set up for tonight's auspicious double Protector Dorje Shugden and Setrap puja. Puja starts at 8pm to 9.30pm. Lucy Yap
3 days ago
New volunteers, Shuni and Hecelus Tan prepared cleaned fruits for the 1st double protector puja in chinese tonight. 28Jan15 may ong
3 days ago
#Gyabshi puja for a sponsor to remove dangerous negative energy and obstacles of health, financial or supernatural causes. 28Jan15 may ong
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