The Restaurant

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http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/TsemRinpocheSavingLivesAtARestaurant.flv

Nice video of our little mission of saving the lives of fishes, eels and frogs destined to end up on the dinner plate in the next few days…

 

This afternoon, Tsem Rinpoche, Ladrang Liaison Pastor Loh Seng Piow, Beng Kooi, Fat Monk, and Monlam were in a fish shop in Cheras to look for some fishes for the Ladrang’s pond.

Rinpoche took the group for a meal in a restaurant nearby. While in the restaurant, Rinpoche saw many fishes in 2 crowded glass tanks, and Rinpoche couldn’t bear it as Rinpoche knew the fate of these fishes – they will take turn to be on dinner plates throughout the Chinese New Year period. The fishes were huge, about 8 or 9 inches long and all of them will be gone in a few days!

Immediately, Liaison Su Ming was called and she put together a Ladrang “fish rescue team”, with Bonita, Wai Meng, Shin and Datuk May who headed over to Cheras fast. At the same time, Nicholas went over to make arrangement with Kepong Metropolitan Park management to stay open till late for animal liberation. (Datuk May is a grand senior lady, but she has no issues ever to get her hands dirty and get involved.)

After some negotiation, Fat Monk convinced the restaurant owner to sell the fishes at a reduced price. The owner also gave us all their eels free, knowing that we bought the fishes to be liberated. We also took all the frogs in the restaurant. They were so kind that they told us to liberate the fishes fast and come back to pay later or the next day! They let us go without any payment! I think they were touched by Rinpoche’s act of kindness and reciprocated. No restaurant will let go of their fishes easily during this period as supply of fishes are scarce, and the festive season is the peak period to make maximum profit.

On the 40-minute journey to the park, Wai Meng continuously scooped up water and poured it back to the tank so that the fishes get better aeration, along with reciting Medicine Buddha and Setrap mantra so that the fishes will make it to the park. At one juncture, Wai Meng even said words of encouragement to the fishes, “Just 5 more minutes, hang in there!”, haha!

We finally reached Kepong Metropolitan Park around 9pm and liberated all the animals. Just as we liberate the many animals tonight, we dedicate that many beings will be liberated through Kechara World Peace Centre (KWPC). We also pray that may the obstacles for Kechara and the growth of Buddhadharma be eliminated immediately, and also for the long life of our Lama.

These are the lives saved from the restaurant tonight:
33 Talapia fishes (72 kilograms)
3 Cat fishes (6 kilograms)
1 Patin fish
25 Eels (7 kilograms)
30 Frogs (17 kilograms)

The total cost was RM3435 (around USD1,122)

Write up by Shin Tan..

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I use the write up by Shin above as it is well written…but to add:

1. The restaurant owners were a bit skeptical in the beginning and then believed us finally. They didn’t want to sell in the beginning. They had pre-ordered the fishes for the holiday season. Together with fish orders, people order alot more food and it’s big business for them…yet they were willing to let the fishes go..

2. It turned out they are Buddhist too, but they said, they were ‘stuck’ in this business to earn a living. When the owners talked to us, you can see they had a lot of guilt in their voices and they are decent people.

3. They really hated the slaughter and especially the eels that would not die easily they said. They are not going to do the eels anymore and gave us the eels for free…

4. They decided to sell to us at the price they bought it..because they knew we wanted to do liberation.

5. At first I didn’t know whether I should approach them or not, but in the end decided, what is there to lose. Those fishes will be killed. So I decided to have my students talk to them and convince them…I waited in a car nearby within birds eye view to oversee what is happening…

6. Unfortunately we were able to liberate most except for 10 fishes that has been ‘booked’ for next few days dinner….sigh…

7. After transferring the fishes, the owners told us to go off quickly otherwise the fishes would be depleted in oxygen….WE CAN PAY THEM LATER….WOW!! THEY TOTALLY TRUSTED US AND LET US GO..and we had never met before..

8. I asked Fm and Suming to go the next day to pay the owners. I also gifted them with two Setrap statues and two Setrap boxes. There are two owners. They were shocked and appreciated the statues so much. Fm and Suming took the time to explain to them regarding Setrap as they had a Shakyamuni at home already. They were very happy about it…

It was great to liberate those animals. I want to set up an animal ‘brigade’ in the future to do more of this….All the people involved were very happy to liberate the fishes, eels and frogs..and it was done just before Chinese Lunar New Year’s so it is considered very auspicious to do something good just before the old year is finished…

Tsem Rinpoche

When I went into the resteraunt, I saw this. I was very unsettled and had to do something more than blow mantras on them….

 

We were very fortunate as we were able to buy over all their frogs also….

 

The restaurant owners were moved by what we were trying to do and they gave us the eels to liberate for free..Yeah!!!

 

Weighing the frogs etc to sell to us…

 

These poor fishes were just ready to be ‘swimming’ in someone’s stomach….NEVER EAT MEAT…NEVER EAT SEAFOOD..NEVER EAT ANY SENTIENT BEING..

 

The fishes being transported in the car…Wai Meng worked very hard to create oxygen by circulating the water on the 40 min ride to the huge lake where they were released…

 

Wai Meng who is a very compassionate person, scooping water constantly to create more oxygen…..

 

Finally releasing the fishes, frogs and eels into the lake where they went to freedom….

 

PS. People sometimes wonder how I choose or select individuals to go for these expeditions or spontaneous good works..well it depends on you…If you are available and your schedules are free to help then I will remember you or your name will be suggested to me… If you are called for this event, that activity, this meeting or what not and you are always or most of the times not available, then I tend to not disturb you or call you in the future because I figure you are not ready…..of course that is not permanent..I am  not saying what you planned ahead is not important either and that is why you can’t make it…. It is not anything except how much you wish to be involved and I gauge in that manner…If I gauge you really are enthusiastic and you make yourself available for most activities you are invited to, then I make a mental note. Whether you show up on time and your enthusiasm as we are doing the work helps me so much to know if you are happy to be here or just came because I called you…I don’t want to force…… As time goes on, the ppl who are always available and do these things and join me in these works, I get to observe you as a person and perhaps will request you to be in a dept or division…that is how it’s all started. Many people in divisions or depts I place in come about in that manner…I do not mean to judge ppl, but it is my only way to gauge. Some ppl I would like to definitely do more things with as I see they have potential, but they are not always available most of the time, so let it be…but I do thank everyone for everything…


February 3, 2011

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  1. Hee TS on Dec 14, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    真是令人感到鼓舞的真实故事。謝謝仁波切於行動讓我们明白慈悲心的引発,不経考虑或计划,就在當下。遇苦難衆生,速極给予援助,令其脱离逆境。通过更多人能成为素食主义者,那宰杀動物的行为相对將减少,無形中也促使更多人少造杀生黑業,護生为真放生。

  2. aditya on Oct 1, 2014 at 1:21 am

    Great feat Guruji,May the restaurant owners give up this evil profession of killing animals,and turn their restaurant into a vegetarian one.

  3. KYC on Sep 29, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    These are local species and should be able to survive in local lakes and ponds. I hope Rinpoche’s idea of setting up an “animal brigade” to save animals destined for slaughter will materialise one day. But first, the group must do the homework and find out about whether the environment is suitable for the animals that they have saved before releasing them. It is also important to have the approval of the authorities to avoid upsetting the eco system of the area.

  4. Edwin Tan on Jun 29, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    Not sure if it is commented twice. :

    Nice story!

    I feel bad for the owners as they know it is the wrong business to be in, yet to support themselves and the family… They had to carry on the business. I hope they find a better business that does not involves killing, so they can be more at ease and without guilt as they are fellow Buddhists too.

    Rinpoche is kind to save those animals before they become dinner and we have adopted this practice of saving animals before they become food for us. Not all restaurant owners will be as kind and understanding as the ones mentioned in this article and we will persevere to have the animals freed.

    Thank you

  5. Wan Wai Meng on Jun 9, 2014 at 12:57 am

    Rinpoche never runs out of ideas to help people and animals. And the ideas are always innovative and creative in saving sentient beings. With tremendous enthusiasm and efforts, Rinpoche would curate such compassionate actions for the benefit of sentient beings. Rinpoche is truly an inspiration for all of us.

  6. Beatrix Ooi on Mar 24, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    Fortunate fishes and frogs, hundreds of lives were saved! It’s also very kind of the owners, not every restaurant is willing to let go of their fishes just like that, it’s also a very good thing when they have guilt, at least they realised that what they are doing is not correct and is very bad for them and also to the animals. They could have just refuse to sell them, but i’m glad that they are understanding people.

  7. Casteven Lim (KH JB) on Mar 21, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    放生功德

    一、放生就是救命
    二、放生就是还债
    三、放生就是救急
    四、放生就是慈悲
    五、放生就是觉悟
    六、放生就是实践
    七、放生就是积极
    八、放生就是方便
    九、放生就是改命
    十、放生就是解冤
    十一、放生就是消灾
    十二、放生就是治病
    十三、放生就是救亲
    十四、放生就是延寿
    十五、放生就是福善
    十六、放生能助生西

  8. patriciasnodgrass on Mar 20, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    This is a beautiful and wonderfully compassionate thing to do. I would like to caution my American friends who, should they wish to do the same thing as Rinpoche, to make sure they check with their local fish and wildlife department before scheduling a release. Certain states have stringent laws against releasing animals in the wild.

  9. kanae on Mar 20, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    A wonderful act. Its heartwarming to see people committed to caring for these animals. I was wondering if you can do anything about the sensless slaughter of dogs for consumption in China? Its heartbreaking to see these beautiful animals tortured and killed to fill the bellys of people who should be caring for them. Thankyou and many blessings to you and the work you do

  10. Julien Roth on Mar 19, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    I am so happy that Rinpoche has done this and freed all these animals. I wish that more people were like this and that more people are aware of this cruelty. I do my best to try to spread the word around among my friends and trying to convince them into vegetarianism. I hope that this video touched people as it has touched me and i hope that eventually more and more people will turn to become a ful vegetarian for the sake of the animals.

  11. Edward ooi on Mar 19, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    The owners in the restaurant are quite kind because normally when they know that the buyers wants to liberate the fishes, they wouldn’t allow it, because they wouldn’t want to lose their business. And also let us to pay during the next day. I wish that no more animals will be slaughtered from now on.

  12. Edward ooi on Mar 19, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, the owners in the restaurant are quite kind because normally when they know that the buyers wants to liberate the fishes, they wouldn’t allow it, because they wouldn’t want to lose their business. And also let us to pay during the next day. I wish that no more animals will be slaughtered from now on.

  13. Lucas Roth on Mar 19, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    Rinpoche is a very giving man and is always caring for other lives. He is always so loving and he cannot stand it when he sees animals that are going to the slaughter. I hope the fishes are okay now. Thank you for sharing Rinpoche.

  14. Sean Wang on Mar 19, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    It is sad to see such wonderful creatures being captive and it is wonderful that they are liberated. I hope they all reincarnate into humans to practice the Dharma.

  15. Darren Kechara on May 2, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for sharing this act of compassion with us. Every lives have their own rights to live. We should treat them with respects.Being vegetarian is always the best way to not create the cause for others to kill.

  16. Lucas Roth on Nov 12, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    the fishes are saved!!!! i am very very very happy to know that these lives were saved. they are very fortunate indeed, now they can roam all they want in the lake, YAY!

  17. edward ooi on Nov 11, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for saving life fishes, frogs and eels. We should not eat meat. If we eat more meat than more animals will suffer in pain to death. Why should we kill and eat meat for our own enjoyment. Thank you!

  18. beatrix ooi on Oct 26, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    I’m very happy to see that more lives are saved. They deserve to live,not to be eaten. I’m glad that the boss of the restaurant are willing to sell these animals over to Rinpoche for liberation, may the people work in the restaurant collect merits through this. Thank You for Your thoughtfulness and compassion Rinpoche, because of Rinpoche they have the second chance to live.
    Love,
    beatrix.

  19. Julien Roth on Oct 22, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    It was very nice of Rinpoche to do this for the fish, frogs and eels. I wish i could have been there to help and watch the animals being liberated.

    And i never thought that Malaysians actually ate frogs and eels. I was a bit surprised when i saw them. May everybody have the same amount of kindness that has been shown in this video. To help free more animals from suffering. Thank you for sharing Rinpoche.

  20. Tashi on Oct 15, 2012 at 3:15 am

    I have noticed many of our Tibetan lamas do this practise of ‘saving’ animals who face imminent death. I have also wondered and seen the futility in the practise. In India, when they release small fishes in the pond full of large fish, well, these small fish become food for the big fish. And that practise of buying fish near the temples encourage the locals to catch more fish from wild. So, let us consider if we benefited or caused more harm.

    In regards to taking fish, frogs and eels from the restaurant to release them in the wild. Are they native species, if not, you have introduced a foreign species in that lake. Some of these non-native species are very invasive and will kill and out compete the native species. eg., carps in the great lakes in the US, Pythons in Florida. Well, there is ofcourse the issue of that restaurant who will order other frogs, fish, and eels to replace the ones that were bought. So there is no net gain. And with possibility for much greater harm instead.

    I would suggest that you buy the “feeder” gold fish from pet stores. These fish are destined to become food for bigger fish and are sold as live food. Build a small contained pond in your centre, release them there or keep them in your own fish tank. You are achieving merits of saving lives without causing more harm in the process.

    Well intentioned, but perhaps misguided in action.

    In Dharma,

    Tashi
    (a Tibetan).

    • patriciasnodgrass on Mar 20, 2014 at 7:57 pm

      You are very correct and I had the same misgivings when I first watched the video. The article states that Rinpoche and his team checked with the lake management people before doing their release. However, tilapia are salt water fish and died as soon as they entered the lake. I suppose it’s better to die free than to end up on someone’s dinner plate, however, I wish they had taken them out to the ocean for release instead. Perhaps next time. O.o

  21. tfreon on Sep 13, 2012 at 9:58 am

    whenever I passed by these kind of restaurants, I always wishes to free the fishes in the tank. But , I always doubt the owner will give to me, because this is their business income and during Chinese New Year it is hard to get the fishes to sell. If I gave money to the owners, i do not think i have enough money to buy the fishes. Thus I can only pray for the fishes.
    This article, I wonder how Fat Monk able to convince the owner, not only to liberate the animal but they showed the guilt. To me, this incident is a miracle.
    Thank you Rinpoche for showing to me again. Compassion can be many ways

  22. Low ksjc on Aug 12, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    The restaurant owner were very fortunate to be able to meet up with Rinpoche Seafood Liberation Team.They were indirectly able to contribute toward the act of liberating those fishes and eel during the period they could make a lot of money from it.I am glad that they are given gifts by Rinpoche for their act of generosity and hopefully they will be able to practice dharma more often in the future.
    The Seafood Liberation Team did show compassion and determination to make sure those about to be rescue did make it alive at the designated drop off point. Bravo !

  23. justin cheah on Aug 5, 2012 at 3:12 am

    The amount of effort that Rinpoche and the team in helping to release these fishes and frogs is unbelievable. Most of us were either hanging out with friends or sleeping during the time this life saving took place. Kudos to the team!

    It is really heart warming to see all these fishes and frogs gets to be released from the fear of waiting to be in the chopping board. I can’t bear to imagine how these helpless beings feel while waiting for their turn to be on the chopping board!

  24. Irene Lim on Jul 21, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Liberating the lives of animal brings on longevity to one’s life too.

  25. Cynthia Ng on Jul 19, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    难以想象这么多海鲜类会成为桌上佳肴,感谢仁波切慈悲以及一班资深弟子的协助让这么多众生得以解救,不至于被宰杀。所谓“救人一命胜于七级浮屠”,不要为了满足口欲而杀害无辜,因果循环生生不息,要以慈悲与公平之心对待所有有情众生!

  26. Pastor Yek Yee on Jul 18, 2012 at 12:57 am

    Very simple comment I would like to add on: RESCUE BEFORE BE CHOP!!! The people who helped in this rescue process will gain a lot of merits because their compassion and good motivation. I am so happy saw so many animals be rescue before they be chop!REJOICE.

  27. Albert Ratchaga on Jul 18, 2012 at 12:50 am

    This is really unbelievable, a restaurant had prepared enough for them to make great income during this festive season, that would be one of the golden period in a year where they can generate money for themselves, but due to the compassion of Rinpoche and students, their sincerity is far beyond the limit, that’s why the restaurant owner willing to give up this chance of making money.

    The shop owner can call for a very high price to cover back their loses, but they did not, they didn’t make a single cent from us, they sold it to us with their cost price, my oh my, how much wisdom and kindness they have.

    liberating animal can bring us long and short term benefit, not only us, even the animals too does get benefited:

    Immediate Benefits
    – saving endangered life,

    – protecting creatures from fear of death,

    – accumulating positive karma by those involved with the life-saving efforts (offsets its opposite—the negative karma of harming life including killing)

    Indirect, Longer-Term Benefits
    – blessings and spiritual practices provide supporting causes for a favorable rebirth of the released animals,

    – participants of the life-saving efforts will benefit in the future from causes for good health and longevity.

    Liberating Animals from the Danger of Death is a profound method to prolong life and cure sickness. Relying on the truth of cause and effect, practitioners make special effort to give life and benefit to helpless creatures that are on the verge of being killed. By performing this powerful practice, we not only save these beings from immediate suffering, we also create the cause for their attainment of better future lives, from life to life to full enlightenment.

    “I started the tradition of how to liberate animals… This is an incredible gift to them from us. It repays their kindness… It is so incredible how fast this will purify them. Their lives now will only get better and better.
    —Lama Zopa Rinpoche

    source from
    http://www.chodron.org/liferelease/benefits-sick-or-dying/

  28. TanHP KH-JB on Jul 17, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    If everybody follows the same, there would be no killings; we should experienced living in a happy and harmonious world. Too much meat is harmful to our body. Whereas essence of plants may help in maintaining our body medically. So more vegetable please.

  29. Uncle Eddie on Jul 16, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Every being deserves to be alive and live, so do animals and no one deserves to suffer. The restuarant owners at first when approached seemed skeptical, but finally believed ’cause they are willing to let the fishes go as Buddhists which they admitted. Rinpoche presented them with 2 setrap statues and 2 setrap boxes and they appreciated them very much. Rinpoche felt great after the liberation as always, thinking of wanting to set up an animal “brigade” in the future for this purpose. Compassion is universal!

  30. Lim KH (JB) on Jul 16, 2012 at 12:45 am

    Thanks for Rinpoche and rescue team effort for saving so many life within a short time, u all are awesome. Sometimes we are not notice that saving a life is so simple when we able convert to be vegetarian. Anyway most of us know the benefit of Liberation, and maybe do it yearly or monthly. But the most simple way that we can do liberation daily is being a vegetarian.

    If we cant do it 100% then we should start less meat, and slowly our compassion for all sentient beings will arise then we will be a full time vegetarian hence able to do liberation daily…

  31. EricLee KHJB on Jul 14, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    当我们用很正确的动机来做事情时,结果通常都会让我们意想不到? 其实,我们时常在做任何决定得时候,都会以结果的好坏来做考量,又或者以个人的利益来做依归,因此人们创造了许多烦恼,可怜的我们还在一直往外在的因素找答案。其实,只要警记因果定律,设定正确的动机,结果就一定会是好的。

  32. Llim Han Nee on Jul 14, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Normally when we walk into a restaurant,we would just express our compassion for the fish in the tank, that will soon be killed and fed to meateaters, by reciting Om Mani Padme Hum or Medicine Buddha mantras and blowing them on the fish. But Rinpoche cared for them so much that he bought the fish, the frogs and even got hold of all the eels( though for free)so as to release them.Except for a couple of fish that had already been ordered by customers, all of the fish were released the same night into the lake in the Kepong Metropolitan Park.

    It is heartening to know that the owners of this restaurant sacrificed the huge profit to be made from the fish and frogs and eels which had been meant for the approaching Chinese New Year dinners.Dharma seeds were sown in their mindstreams that very night.

    When we stop eating meat, we are actually saving the lives of all the beings we would have had killed for our meat dishes.Taking a vow to go Vegetarian out of compassion for these beings is one of the best Dharma practice we can engage in.

  33. Milly on Jul 14, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Another compassionate act by Rinpoche. And these animals receive holy mantras too besides being liberated. Many Chinese believe that eating frogs and eels is good for the complexion and scar recovery post operation. Hence, there is always demand for them. Hope this mindset will change soon. Eating fruits and vegetables high in anti-oxidant is also effective and does not involve killing of animals.

  34. Joe Ang on Jul 13, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    This is such a good example of compassion. Making an effort to save these fishes, eels and frogs before they end up on the chopping board and served to the customers in the restaurant. We normally go to a restaurant and feel good after a guilt free meal of not eating meat. But how many will go as far as buying the fishes and live animals that are waiting to be served on dinner plates? Rinpoche really showed us a good example of taking one step further to help others (in this case the animals).

    Joe

  35. Li Kim on Jul 13, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    As I read this and am having lunch…I am so relieved and guilt-free that I have no meat nor fish in my bowl of rice! There was once when Rinpoche went to an international food chain at The Curve where he saw several fishes in a pond which was too small for the fishes. The fishes were literally banging into each other and also hitting the Balinese decoratives in the pond. Immediately Rinpoche told us something must be done.

    So, Dato Ruby and myself wrote letters in to the restaurant and told them it was unacceptable and unkind. It went on for a few rounds with the help of Andrew as well. We even at one time thought to just kidnap the fishes…but we did not la.

    Eventually with our on and on nagging, the fishes were relocated to a much bigger pond at the owner’s home. This experience gave me the understanding and feel of a deeper level compassion which I never felt before.

  36. Mei Fong on Jul 12, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Rinpoche love and care for all sentient beings is endless. Rinpoche have done such savior mission from time to time and everytime lots of precious life is saved. I hope to be a part of such rescue mission in the future too. I will and shall practice such compassion and try to save as much lives as possible too 🙂

  37. abby F on Jul 12, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, yes we can visit the restaurant again.

    At first I think that the owner is not actually sincere to let go the fishes, frogs and eels, but I found that they are really sincere to do that because they really make effort to do that. Even though their business will get affected for sure, but they still agree to sell to us, and let us pay on the next day. They even say they are not going to sell eels anymore.

    They chose to save lives more than money at that point of time, and that mind could generate more and more kindness in them. I think we should go back and talk to them again, as they already have the connection with Lord Setrap. We can create more awareness via the owner, hoping that their friends who do restaurant as well could be inspired by them. We should go back and talk to them, and we can do animals liberation again.

    This is what in my head now. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this wonderful story with us.

  38. Phillis Chin on Jul 12, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    After read this story, can see the owner of the restaurant are kind, to be frank, non of the restaurant wanted earn less in this ” money ” time, especially during Chinese New Year.
    The most touched me is, what Rinpoche has done, buy every fishes, eels, frogs from a restaurant. How many people can do this? I am sure there’s very less in Malaysia. And i know this is not the first time, also saving life from some pet shop, streets and etc….

    Thank You Rinpoche for sharing and teaching us. xxx ^^,

  39. pat on Jul 12, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Why make others suffer to make ourselves happy…… .If only animals can talk then they can tell us how painful it is and how bad we humans can be most of the time…. Human form but animal heart.

  40. Sheryl KH (JB) on Jul 12, 2012 at 2:05 am

    There are many things from this story that touch me – the always-present kindness of Rinpoche, the teamwork of Kecharians, the kindness of these two restaurant owners which was shown in their willingness to let go these seafoods without any money in their hands. They didnt earn any profit from this transaction clearly, and perhaps we can conclude that they did this at loss as they gave out eels free, but in exchange for this they have done merits by letting go these animals which were supposed to bring them fortunes.

    This perhaps is an excuse, but I do think that if there are more vegetarian restaurants available, or that vegetable dishes can be cooked better, or that information is made more widely available to more people so that people can understand that vegetables can taste equally or even better than meat, I believe more people will convert to become vegetarians.

  41. MayOng on Jul 11, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    Normal people like these restaurant owners knew about animal liberation because they are Buddhist but they were caught in this trap of having to make a living by selling these fish. Rinpoche could not bear to see these live fish go on dinner plates. Why? Rinpoche has never meant any harm to any kind of beings whether they have form or not. Saving others from being killed is like holding the vows of not to kill. Rinpoche made the effort to save all of them. Compassionate mind, compassionate action.

    • Li Kheng on Jul 12, 2012 at 3:28 pm

      Hi May,

      It is tough to be forced into doing something consistently when you know deep in your heart that the act is harmful. I do feel sad for the restaurant owners because they feel they are entrapped by the business they rely on for survival.

      In expanding this situation, many of us made choices (with the perception that we did not have a choice) in our lives that we feel become entrapment. Eventually, these choices cause us great suffering physically and emotionally. For example: these restaurant owners experience guilt and, to a certain extent, fear of the consequence of their daily killing of many lives.

      In Dharma, we have an “escape route” where we can correct these non-virtuous and harmful actions such as the practices of 35 confessional Buddha, Vajrasattva and puja. Additionally, something as simple as engaging in virtuous acts that are “antidote” to the harmful act can also purify the negative karma accumulated. Example: save lives to purify the act of killing, generosity to purify the habit of miserliness etc.

  42. nicholas on Jul 11, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Rinpoche genuine compassion always shown in Rinpoche’s action. Wherever Rinpoche goes always think of benefiting other and the action on the go. I’m so glad that the restaurant people stop killing the eels and at this moment Rinpoche not just save the fishes but changes the peoples mind permanently. So much rejoicing.

    Being vegetarian is always the best way to not create the cause for others to kill. In fact now there are so many vegetarian restaurant out there that is healthy and delicious.

    Check out Vegetarian Restaurant Review: http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/vegetarian-restaurant-review

  43. Julia Tan on Jul 11, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    I want to thank the restaurant owner because he can make more profits if he did not sell the fishes at reduced prices to us.  Every lives have their own rights to live.  We should treat them with respects.  Those fishes are lucky this time.  However, I really doubt their fates are still miserable if they get caught again.  They cannot be that lucky and get away again. To prevent this, we need to educate people to respect lives. Animals deserve happiness too.

    • DR on Jul 12, 2012 at 11:36 am

      Animals deserve happiness too. Well said Julia. All beings deserve happiness. Who are we as humans, supposedly more superior than animals decide on their fate.

      Everywhere Rinpoche goes, every breathe he takes, he is fully aware of all the suffering around him and he takes it upon himself to help them. One of the many many cases to illustrate this happened when Rinpoche took a group of students to a restaurant for a meal. He noticed several koi fishes swimming in a shallow small pond outside the restaurant. He had one of his students write in to the owner and offered to buy up the kois so that he can release them into a bigger pond. Afew days later, the kois were released.

      Animals need our help more and we must be even more sensitive to them as they are unable to verbally express their sufferings.

  44. Siong Woan on Jul 11, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Going vegetarian is super easy! Just think of the meat on the dinner belonged to another sentient being who also have family and the mental and physical suffering that they had to endured just before they die.

    Furthermore, vegetarian diet is healthier and more wholesome.

    I sincerely hope the restaurant owners quit serving meat and turn it into a good vegetarian joint.

  45. sockwan on Jul 11, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    his is one of the ways for us to develop and generate compassion. Learn how to love and care.

  46. patsy on Jul 11, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    It is always very sad that during festive seasons or any celebrations, animals are killed for human pleasure and taste buds. It would be so meritorious to refrain from killing and eating meat to lessen the sufferings of these animals.

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for sharing this act of compassion with us. By being vegetarian, we can save so many lives from being killed.

  47. Judy Lam on Jul 11, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    I am touched that the restaurant owner is not going to touch eels anymore after seeing that Rinpoche & team’s kind deeds. Given the awareness, people do change over time. I remembered we were asked to watch Earthlings, and after that it changes my perspective of eating meat because a life is at stake. Eating vegetables are healthy & can be delicious if cooked right!

  48. Julia Tan on Jul 7, 2012 at 5:49 am

    People might think this is crazy but Rinpoche just couldn’t see all these beings suffer and killed.

    MAY NO LIVING CREATURE SUFFER, COMMIT EVIL OR EVER FALL ILL.

  49. Yee Ling on Feb 9, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Dear Rinpoche

    This is an inspiring story. One individual act to save the lives and alleviate the suffering of helpless animals can have very good results. These restaurant owners have now truly realized that killing live animals to serve for food is bad for their karma. The dharma seed and compassion has also been awakened in their minds through the gift of Setrap statues and may their obstacles be removed so they too will stop killing animals.

    Every little act on our part to raise this awareness will bring liberation from suffering of these helpless sentient beings. May we all be motivated to do what we can in any way to awaken compassion for all sentient beings.

    I feel so encouraged by this story. Thank you Rinpoche.

  50. shelly tai on Feb 9, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Shelly tai on February 9,2011 at 10am
    Good job! After reading the story it actually remind us on compassion and kindness not just to human being but also animal.
    I think we as a Kecharian should encourage more people to become vegetarian in order to prevent all these killing.

  51. Sharon Saw on Feb 8, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    I was very touched by this story – especially how Rinpoche made an impact on the owners of the restaurant to be conscious of what they were doing and that at least, they were not going to kill eels anymore. How fortunate the fishes and frogs were that they were saved from certain death. By going vegetarian, we too can contribute towards stopping this senseless killing of sentient beings.

  52. Koh Hee Peng on Feb 8, 2011 at 12:17 am

    This is the first year that I abstain myself from meat in the renunion dinners/lunch that I have attended during the CNY. In fact during one of the dinner I have decided not to join my relatives and have my own dinner (accompanied by my dad…) in a nearby vege restaurant. I am supposed to go back and join the other family members for the reunion dinners after taking my dinner. But I didn’t cause I feel awkward and uneasy. Nonetheless, I know I make the right choice and the feelings I have at that moment is nothing compare to the pain and sufferingsendured by those animals prior to being slaughtered, upon being slaugthered and after being slaughtered.

  53. Adeline Woon on Feb 7, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    I am very touched… *sobs…*

    • David Lai on Mar 19, 2014 at 7:35 pm

      Dear Pastor Adeline,

      Me too. Not many Buddhist masters would literally put the teachings on compassion into action. Rinpoche does not care about how much it would cost but how much he can stretch the donations he has been given personally to benefit students, strangers, animals and whomever he comes across. I have observed this over and over again. Very few people would do such things for others. Rinpoche is indeed a living Bodhisattva, well a modern one that is.

  54. Jace Chong on Feb 7, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    This story reminds me of a scene in the movie about Dalai Lama, Kundun, which H.H Dalai Lama was negotiating something with somebody by the lake, and saw some goats and cows at the other side, the assistant yelled at the person who took care of the animals that they will buy them all.

    Compassion is an universal quality.

    With you become a vegetarian, there will be less animals being killed, please be a vegetarian NOW!!

  55. Tenzin Samdrub on Feb 4, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    A great story Rinpoche..Namaste…Namste…Namaste….

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  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Aug 25. 2016 12:53 PM
    Interesting article…..the explanation by the Dalai Lama was clear enough to prove that we are not alone.Do agree that different religions have different depictions of extraterrestrial or extradimensional beings We should treat and respect all beings the same as explained by the Dalai Lama.We should look upon them as we look upon ourselves — another equal form of life.I do enjoyed reading and watching the video.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article and video from HH Dalai Lama.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-dalai-lama-explains-what-extraterrestrial-bodies-look-like.html
  • sonny tan
    Thursday, Aug 25. 2016 12:36 PM
    sonny tan on Aug 25, 2016 at 12:34 pm
    Thank you Pastor Han Nee and Rinpoche on the importance of being happy, it never occurred to me that Rinpoche would ask to be reborn in a situation whereby he would experience pain, disharmony, anger, disillusion particularly in his early childhood.
    It must be very devastating for him to pass through life with an entire emotional discontentment about who he was hanging over his shoulders. Rinpoche must be pretty bewildered to have found out that he was actually adopted by the American family. With all these happening to him yet he has never lost faith in Buddhism speak volumes of his inner strength, faith and strong devotion particularly after having met his root guru.
    Rinpoche has gone through pretty much all the agonies of family life that many of us may not have been privilege to experience and had sail through those tormenting stormy years. We are very privileged to be recipients and most importantly he has accepted many as students under his wings to further propagate authentic Tibetan Buddhism here.
    Whatever we have learned from Rinpoche is not out of a fantasy story book but a true to life experiences of his journey. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us your life’s journey and most importantly impart to us your profound knowledge on Tibetan tantric Buddhism. Your presence here in Malaysia would definitely leave a legacy behind and your imprints would encourage many Malaysian to embrace Tibetan Buddhism.
  • Pastor Adeline
    Thursday, Aug 25. 2016 06:54 AM
    I have watched the movies about Hachiko in both Japanese and English many times, yet I am still very much touched by it. The story taught us loyalty, love, never let go of those who has been good to us no matter what. It shows our potentials and good qualities which we can develop for the better.

    We need more inspiring stories like this to uplift our spirits that allow us to become calm and kind. This is very important if we want peace in the world.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/film-tv-music/hachiko-a-lesson-in-eternal-friendship-loyalty.html
  • Pastor Adeline
    Thursday, Aug 25. 2016 06:03 AM
    While people look up to monks who went into solitary retreat in the deep forest or high mountains, there are equally admirable monks who had to go against all odds in order to bring dharma to many. The later cannot avoid the dealing with politics and complicated human relations, yet they manage to succeed in their endeavours.

    Somehow, Agvan Dorjiev reminded me on H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, who has also brought dharma to the foreign land out of Guru Devotion. Like Agvan Dorjiev, His Eminence has never given up on his endeavour and go out his way without once looking back. His Eminence has displayed full determination in serving others equally similar to Agvan Dorjiev.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/agvan-dorjiev-the-diplomat-monk.html
  • Pastor Adeline
    Thursday, Aug 25. 2016 06:02 AM
    China was once a Buddhist country that gives rise to erudite masters and eminent monks who taught and preached the dharma well. As a result, the emperors also took on Buddhism and preserve the dharma by supporting the monastic educations and system. Realizing that the Buddhadharma was taught by Buddha Shakyamuni and the significance of the Buddha’s relics, historically, many emperors of China started to invite the Buddha’s and His disciples’ relics, while others maintained them. Without their efforts, we wouldn’t be able to bless by any of them today!

    As we are in the kaliyuga where dharma is less appreciated by many, those who come across dharma or practice it are mostly superficial and minimum. By going to pilgrimage sites with the Buddha’s relics, we received the powerful blessings and purification for dharma to take effects in our mindstream.

    While visiting the holy sites is beneficial, the best pilgrimage is the home of our spiritual guide where the living Buddha resides. When we are around our spiritual guide, we receive teachings directly that expedite our purification and transformation process. We should make use of such rare opportunities to learn and improve. Personally, I prefer to venerate my teacher when He is alive than to venerate His relics after He passed.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/holy-relic-sites-of-china-very-interesting.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Aug 24. 2016 10:21 PM
    It is an exhilarating read about King Ashoka. The Kalinga War is quite widely known, and from here in this article, we are brought to face with the brutality of King Ashoka before he became a true devotee of Buddhism. The virtuous deeds through King Ashoka’s proliferation of Buddha Dharma actually stayed longer and deeper in the heart of many compared to his callous history. Two thousand over years after his passing, many Buddhism artifacts like the Pillars of Ashoka and Lion Capital of Ashoka are still being revered as the symbol of an integral and inseparable part of history of India. Thank you P. Prashant for this interesting article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/emperor-ashoka-the-great.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Aug 24. 2016 02:16 PM
    Amazing and very beautiful indeed these Holy Buddhist Pilgrimage Sites.Very informative article shared …useful for those going for pilgrimage.From what i see from those pictures its really amazing…but i have not been to any of these yet. Will one day visit one of those beautiful Holy Buddhist Pilgrimage Sites.
    Thank you for sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/8-holy-buddhist-pilgrimage-sites-part-2.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Aug 24. 2016 01:29 PM
    Wow…beautiful and informative article on these Holy Buddhist Pilgrimage Sites .Its great to know all about these places …a must visit for all Buddhist As these places where highly realised beings were born,engaged in extensive retreats, attained enlightenment to mention a few.May more people able to visit all the holy places , be blessed and benefited. I have not been to any of these yet ,hoping in the near future.
    Thank You RInpoche and Novka Kuaranita for sharing this wonderful post.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/8-holy-buddhist-pilgrimage-sites-part-1.html
  • sonny tan
    Wednesday, Aug 24. 2016 12:21 PM
    sonny tan on Aug 24, 2016 at 12:21 pm
    Thank you Stella for this article on relics, it is well known to all Buddhist that relics are found during cremation of very high masters, enlightened beings, Rinpoche and high lamas.
    When I was with my previous religious order they held a relic ceremony where close to five thousand attended. I cannot remember which religious person’s relic it was but it was said to be very old and very precious. The relic was encased in a stupa and it was up on the stage beyond the reach of the attendees.
    During the ceremony the head abbot recited some prayers and the necessary Buddhist salutation and after a while the relics began to dance up and down in the stupa. The whole dancing was captured in live telecast in the auditorium, it lasted a few seconds, it is really stupendous and defies human logic how this lifeless thing dances.
    I have also seen many displays of Buddhist relics of the famous masters where some of the cremated parts of the bone have turned into white shinning crystal like substances.
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Wednesday, Aug 24. 2016 10:19 AM
    Praise to Avalokitesvara, the supreme Lord of Compassion.

    A true teacher will be kind to all levels of people and will not see the differences between them except how to be kind and benefit them. He looks upon them to relieve their sufferings to some degree. A true follower of this teacher will do the same in order to follow the teacher’s footsteps. Therefore a disciple who wishes to please a TRUE teacher will be humble, take care of the teacher’s circle of students and people and treat everyone well. When we treat the teacher’s people well, we treat the teacher well. When we are kind to everyone, WE PLEASE THE TRUE TEACHER TREMENDOUSLY because a true teacher only wants the best for us and the best is to have a kind and generous and unbiased mind. When we are kind, we benefit ourselves and others so much. To be humble is to gain and earn everyone’s respect and open the Vajra Yogini (Buddhahood) nature within us. To be biased is to keep the Vajra Yogini nature locked away. Our goal as a spiritualist is to open the Vajra Yogini nature inherit in all of us. Sarva Mangalam. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Tsem Rinpoche
    Wednesday, Aug 24. 2016 05:47 AM
    The amount of suffering, fear and pain they have to experience should be experienced by no one whether animal or human. It is heartbreaking to continuously see the sufferings animals endure for our ‘pleasures’. I do feel helpless, but helpless or not, we must create more awareness tirelessly. With awareness, their suffering can eventually be reduced. The ones who are slaughtered, it’s too late. We can only shed tears but we have to still be concerned about future slaughter of animals and try to prevent. Helping and being kind to animals is not spiritual, strange or unnatural, but pure empathy of understanding their pain in that no sentient beings would want to suffer. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Aug 23. 2016 06:09 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for the explanation on Naga realms; i.e. who they are, in what form they exist, how do we co-exist with them in the same space, and the remedy should we, due to our carelessness, have caused harm or pain on them and now suffering the consequences. Naga dwells in areas where there is abundance of water, they are protective towards the flora and fauna that enrich their surroundings, and they are very particular about cleanliness and vegetarianism. Now that we understand the habit of Naga, and since we share the same dwelling with them, it is only polite to extend the respect and mindfulness that they deserve as another sentient being. Thank you Rinpoche for this teaching.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/apology-to-the-naga-realm.html#top1
  • sonny tan
    Tuesday, Aug 23. 2016 01:11 PM
    sonny tan on Aug 23, 2016 at 1:10 pm
    It is indeed sad that religious tolerance is believed to be at its lowest level worldwide. A small incidence can spark violence and sometimes resulting in death. I find it very hard to understand why some religious denomination uses emotive actions rather than an analytical approach in solving matters. This has been their ways all along perhaps it is time their religious leaders relook in their approach to have a more open frame of mind when their religion is being attack and not resorting in unnecessary violence.
    Perhaps somewhere along the teachings by their leaders who could have been instigated by the fanatical fundamentalist inculcated different ideology into them believing that by going to war, destroying places of worship would earn them high reward in the afterlife?
    I pray and hope that their higher religious authorities would seriously take an in-depth look on the pain they have inflicted on innocent people, destroying of historical sites, temples as these acts would only breed hatred and bring disdain among their people.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 23. 2016 01:02 PM
    After reading the article, feel sad for those people due the unrest there they suffered.Racial tension in the USA have been going on since a long time.It doesn’t stopped from one incident to another.Increase in recent mass shootings in public places had cause travel alerts for countries like USA ,UAE and Bahamas to mention a few.The authority should ensuring the safety and security of their people to enjoy the true freedom regardless of race, colour and so forth.Same goes to religion,we must be able to be given religion freedom.With the Dorje Shugden ban for example…it had cause many sufferings in certain countries.Do hope the ban will be lifted soon.
    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing .
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/racial-tensions-cause-travel-alerts-for-the-united-states.html
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The amount of suffering, fear and pain they have to experience should be experienced by no one whether animal or human. It is heartbreaking to continuously see the sufferings animals endure for our 'pleasures'. I do feel helpless, but helpless or not, we must create more awareness tirelessly. With awareness, their suffering can eventually be reduced. The ones who are slaughtered, it's too late. We can only shed tears but we have to still be concerned about future slaughter of animals and try to prevent. Helping and being kind to animals is not spiritual, strange or unnatural, but pure empathy of understanding their pain in that no sentient beings would want to suffer. Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful Gaden monastery built by Lord Tsongkapa over 600 years ago has produced countless powerful mahasiddhas, teachers, practitioners and masters in Tibet.
This stairway nestled among green hills is Sanku Vajra Yogini temple in Kathmandu, Nepal. It is one of the five sacred shrines and temples dedicated to Her. In this temple a lady who was an emanation of Vajra Yogini showed many miracles and when she passed they made a likeness of her body and enshrined it here. So we can worship Vajra Yogini in the form of this lady at this sacred temple in Sanku. I visited here with many of my dharma friends years ago to pay homage to this sacred Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
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This stairway nestled among green hills is Sanku Vajra Yogini temple in Kathmandu, Nepal. It is one of the five sacred shrines and temples dedicated to Her. In this temple a lady who was an emanation of Vajra Yogini showed many miracles and when she passed they made a likeness of her body and enshrined it here. So we can worship Vajra Yogini in the form of this lady at this sacred temple in Sanku. I visited here with many of my dharma friends years ago to pay homage to this sacred Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
They are digging up so much more ancient and beautiful Buddhist arts, statues/artifacts in Afghanistan. They have been buried for hundreds of years...Look at this recent find of a BEAUTIFUL Buddha head dug up in Hadda Afghanistan. Afghanistan of course was Buddhist in ancient times.
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They are digging up so much more ancient and beautiful Buddhist arts, statues/artifacts in Afghanistan. They have been buried for hundreds of years...Look at this recent find of a BEAUTIFUL Buddha head dug up in Hadda Afghanistan. Afghanistan of course was Buddhist in ancient times.
Dharma and sangha friends from the Monastery
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Dharma and sangha friends from the Monastery
Absolutely beautiful lake. I like the clearness of the water and vegetation very much
2 weeks ago
Absolutely beautiful lake. I like the clearness of the water and vegetation very much
Something I just thought of....
3 weeks ago
Something I just thought of....
Such a beautiful scene of a Japanese man made lake. Wish to do something like this so much.
3 weeks ago
Such a beautiful scene of a Japanese man made lake. Wish to do something like this so much.
Did you know this about Vincent van Gogh?
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Did you know this about Vincent van Gogh?
AN ALTERNATIVE FARM FAMILY PORTRAIT SHOWS A HIGHER LOVE...this chicken mamma has adopted a puppy...and her biological child wonders why her new sibling looks so strange...and wants to get some love and some warmth, too...but this mother is not a speciesist...she loves all children of all species, equally...and this puppy is so big, he is getting all the warmth...wait your turn, chickie, she has lots to spare...LOVE MULTIPLIES AS YOU GIVE IT OUT, LOVE ALL BEINGS....Animal Freedom Fighter--Chickens have this type of capacity to care and love. They are sensitive beings...We should never harm or eat them.
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AN ALTERNATIVE FARM FAMILY PORTRAIT SHOWS A HIGHER LOVE...this chicken mamma has adopted a puppy...and her biological child wonders why her new sibling looks so strange...and wants to get some love and some warmth, too...but this mother is not a speciesist...she loves all children of all species, equally...and this puppy is so big, he is getting all the warmth...wait your turn, chickie, she has lots to spare...LOVE MULTIPLIES AS YOU GIVE IT OUT, LOVE ALL BEINGS....Animal Freedom Fighter--Chickens have this type of capacity to care and love. They are sensitive beings...We should never harm or eat them.
In Thailand, they also make large images of their holy gurus and or well known holy monks for people to honor, worship and make offerings to. We do the same in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.
3 weeks ago
In Thailand, they also make large images of their holy gurus and or well known holy monks for people to honor, worship and make offerings to. We do the same in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.
This picture says it all. I wonder always why constructed items these days wear out so fast.
4 weeks ago
This picture says it all. I wonder always why constructed items these days wear out so fast.
This is a beautiful portrait
1 month ago
This is a beautiful portrait
Sacred art work on Vajra Yogini
1 month ago
Sacred art work on Vajra Yogini
Never forget to do our Vajra Yogini practice. We can lose our money, we can lose our friends, we can lose our position, we can lose our family, we can lose our wife, we can lose our husband and we can lose our materialistic possession because in the end we will lose all outer objects anyway, but NEVER lose our Vajra Yogini practice. Everything lost is meant to be lost because we are in samsara and whatever we enjoy in samsara will not last and will be lost. It is their nature. Never waste time, energy and keep procrastinating, but do our Vajra Yogini practice intensely and strongly and be firm. Samsara never grants permanence and happiness, but Vajra Yogini\'s practice will hand the universe and all the joys within it to you.-Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Never forget to do our Vajra Yogini practice. We can lose our money, we can lose our friends, we can lose our position, we can lose our family, we can lose our wife, we can lose our husband and we can lose our materialistic possession because in the end we will lose all outer objects anyway, but NEVER lose our Vajra Yogini practice. Everything lost is meant to be lost because we are in samsara and whatever we enjoy in samsara will not last and will be lost. It is their nature. Never waste time, energy and keep procrastinating, but do our Vajra Yogini practice intensely and strongly and be firm. Samsara never grants permanence and happiness, but Vajra Yogini's practice will hand the universe and all the joys within it to you.-Tsem Rinpoche

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LADRANG LIGHT OFFERING FUND A rare and precious opportunity for candles to be offered on your behalf at the private residence of His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche. The offering of light to the Three Jewels has great benefits for one's mind including gaining clarity and intelligence, the acceleration of realisations, and greater understanding and wisdom. This exclusive light offering is also ideal for those who do not have a personal altar or are unable to make light offerings themselves. http://www.vajrasecrets.com/ladrang-light-offering-fund
Nice friends who help each other in Dharma works.
1 month ago
Nice friends who help each other in Dharma works.
Venerable Geshe Puntsok speaks so well in both Tibetan and English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idQF6_6BD6s and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZ-jCJQWMMs&t=0s
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Venerable Geshe Puntsok speaks so well in both Tibetan and English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idQF6_6BD6s and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZ-jCJQWMMs&t=0s
Beautiful image of Avalokitesvara who has spoken before. Housed in Ladakh
1 month ago
Beautiful image of Avalokitesvara who has spoken before. Housed in Ladakh
Our Panglung Kuten taking trance of Dorje Shugden in Tibet where he is greatly sought after
1 month ago
Our Panglung Kuten taking trance of Dorje Shugden in Tibet where he is greatly sought after
Beautiful painting of Atisha
1 month ago
Beautiful painting of Atisha
Beautiful Tara has arrived in Kechara Forest Retreat. See many more pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=105289
1 month ago
Beautiful Tara has arrived in Kechara Forest Retreat. See many more pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=105289
Gorgeous Buddha carved into the mountain in China
1 month ago
Gorgeous Buddha carved into the mountain in China
Beautiful Dorje Shugden Gyenze statue by Kechara available at vajrasecrets.com
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Beautiful Dorje Shugden Gyenze statue by Kechara available at vajrasecrets.com
I like this Buddha image very much
1 month ago
I like this Buddha image very much
Beautiful Buddha in the Bodhgaya enlightenment stupa
1 month ago
Beautiful Buddha in the Bodhgaya enlightenment stupa
Pastor Lanse, contact her if you have questions..she is kind and helpful.
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Pastor Lanse, contact her if you have questions..she is kind and helpful.
Interesting
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Interesting
Buddha sat under this tree when he gained enlightenment
1 month ago
Buddha sat under this tree when he gained enlightenment
Buddha Goddess Dukkar. Beautiful image.
1 month ago
Buddha Goddess Dukkar. Beautiful image.
Such a nice retreat house for extended meditations and prayers.. ..incredible. With trees, sunshine, pond, lotus leaves and purple flowers. I love this whole setting. Even creepers growing on the roof of the house. How perfect this place is for me.
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Such a nice retreat house for extended meditations and prayers.. ..incredible. With trees, sunshine, pond, lotus leaves and purple flowers. I love this whole setting. Even creepers growing on the roof of the house. How perfect this place is for me.
Tsem Rinpoche brings home Dharma and this was his first day home.
2 months ago
Tsem Rinpoche brings home Dharma and this was his first day home.
White Tara mantra in Sanskrit
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White Tara mantra in Sanskrit
Beautiful thangka of Buddha of wisdom Saraswati
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Beautiful thangka of Buddha of wisdom Saraswati
Beautiful image of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen in Kechara
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Beautiful image of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen in Kechara
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    Benji's touching story
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    Kyabje Zong Rinpoche giving Dharma teaching 2
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    Kyabje Zong Rinpoche giving Dharma teaching 1
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    Dorje Shugden oracle taking trance in China
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    Dorje Shugden oracle taking trance in China
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    Taking Trance
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    See what humans can do
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    Shocking undercover video shows animal abuse at 'humane cert
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    People can really live their lives to save others. This is a good way to live. Beautiful video.
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    All beings have feelings and do not want pain, to be hurt or harmed. Therefore we must respect this and not harm animals. See this video how this man has made good friends with a special fish who comes when he rings for the fish. Touching. Tsem Rinpoche
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    11 months ago
    HH the Dalai Lama prays with HH Trijang Rinpoche and HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Such a beautiful video of His Holiness Dalai Lama, His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and His Holiness Dilgo Kyentse Rinpoche (Very exalted high Nyingma lama) are all praying together. In the background you see a young Kyabje Lati Rinpoche too. So beautiful. This is how it was before the ban. All the sects and high lamas were superbly harmonious. After the Dorje Shugden ban things changed for the worse. May the ban be released soon. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Nice Dorje Shugden rock painting
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    Nice Dorje Shugden rock painting
  • His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche teaches the truth of life and our impeding death.
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    His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche teaches the truth of life and our impeding death.
  • A kind message from Mr. Tsering Wangchuk to me. Thank you so much. Tsem Rinpoche
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    A kind message from Mr. Tsering Wangchuk to me. Thank you so much. Tsem Rinpoche

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Medicine Buddha puja performed by Kechara Puja Team at 10.30pm in Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat for a sponsor.May all obstacles be removed. Lucy Yap
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Medicine Buddha puja performed by Kechara Puja Team at 10.30pm in Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat for a sponsor.May all obstacles be removed. Lucy Yap
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Beatrice with the Vajrayogini statue she invited from Kechara House Souvenir Shop as an offering to our beloved and precious Guru on her daughter's birthday. http://www.vajrasecrets.com Lucy Yap
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Yoga time in KSDS Class.
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