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. Pastor Han Nee on Sep 7, 2016 at 12:14 am

    Rinpoche’s kindness moved the Restaurant so much that they agreed to let Rinpoche purchase the fishes at a discounted price. This was near the Chinese New Year and the fish would have been sold at a much higher price for the dinner table.

    It is sad that the restaurant business entailed the selling of fish,eels and the meat of other animals.Much killing would be involved.

    Very few people, if any, would go into a restaurant and buy up the fish for the sole purpose of releasing them.These are true acts of caring for all living and saving lives.

  2. 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。

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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!

  18. 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!

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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

  22. 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

  23. 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 !

  24. 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!

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

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

  26. 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!

  27. 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.

  28. 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/

  29. 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.

  30. 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!

  31. 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…

  32. 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。

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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

  36. 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.

  37. 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 🙂

  38. 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.

  39. 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 ^^,

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

  42. 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.

  43. 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

  44. 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.

  45. 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.

  46. 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.

  47. 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.

  48. 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!

  49. 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.

  50. 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.

  51. 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.

  52. 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.

  53. 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.

  54. 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.

  55. 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!!

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

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

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  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Dec 7. 2016 10:05 PM
    Thank you Dato’ Colin for sharing your journey in dharma and your method in applying dharma in a corporate world.

    I always think that it is difficult to practise dharma in corporate as everyone only have the same mindset that is to gain more profit at the fastest pace and therefore lots of greed and selfishness. But you have showed us that as long as we are perseverance and hold our principal and dharma strongly, we can apply it no matter which segment we are, be it corporate or not.

    Most importantly, is to set the right mindset and hold on to dharma principles. Continue to strive no matter how many challenges we have.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/how-to-grow-your-business-with-buddhist-principles.html
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Dec 7. 2016 09:54 PM
    Thank you Pastor Patsy for sharing your dharma journey. It is a great encouragement for many as you show that determination will surely bring result.

    It is important to practise dharma and to always focus out. When we keep practising this our mind will slowly transform to benefit others instead of feeding ourselves with all the greed, anger and selfishness.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/how-dharma-changed-my-life.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Dec 7. 2016 01:13 PM
    So happy to see the YAK – Millennials of Kechara – were learning to become an entrepreneur, be proactive and independent with good motivations. These practical experience will lay the foundation for leadership qualities, lateral thinking as well as a creative and innovative mindset. I wish to see more success for our Kechara YAK and looking forward to their upcoming activities! Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/yak.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Dec 6. 2016 10:22 PM
    Good sharing and informative blogs of Kuan Yin temples in Malaysia.
    Origins of Kuan Yin been explained too. I do not know so much about it till i read these post…i only knew Kuan Yin as Goddess of Mercy.When i was young i used to follow my mother to temple to pray without knowing much..just as one one of a deity.On Guan Yin’s birthday, devotees observe a vegetarian diet in remembrance of her compassion and kindness.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these beautiful post .
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/guan-yin-day.html
  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Dec 6. 2016 09:16 PM
    This is very auspicious that 2 great masters meet together and talk about dharma works for the benefit of all sentient beings.

    I am humble to see our precious guru to pay respect and prostrate to his friend, H.E. Kyabje Yongyal Rinpoche , who is a very learned scholar, master of tantra, always focused his time on teaching hundreds of students in Sera and in in-depth personal practice. This is a good example for us to follow and practice.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing attached with the beautiful photos.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/meeting-kyabje-yongyal-rinpoche-in-new-york.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Dec 6. 2016 07:04 PM
    Very informative blog post that remind us.
    As human consume fish ,prawns and so forth from the sea laced with harmful chemical, toxins build up that lead to health problems in long term.Sad to know environment is so bad when some people do not care much about it.Sooner or later our oceans will be filled with rubbish,plastic if we are not doing enough to protect the environment.The plastic accounts for 15 per cent of the chick’s body weight…that is shocking.
    I do hope more people are aware of the truth behind the crisis destroying our seas.
    Thank you Rinpoche its a good sharing.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/how-plastic-destroys-our-seas.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Dec 6. 2016 06:11 PM
    It is both motivating and enriching to read sharing by successful individual who applied Dharma in their life. Thank you Dato’ Colin for this sharing. This shows us that when we applied Buddha Dharma, we will be able to achieve more in life.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/guest-contributors/how-to-grow-your-business-with-buddhist-principles.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Dec 6. 2016 04:00 PM
    This is the first time I read about Hecate in details. She is the goddess of magic, witchcraft, the night, moon, ghosts and necromancy, and sorcery. Yet people worship her. She was one of the main deities worshiped in Athenian households as a protective goddess and one who bestowed prosperity and daily blessings on the family. I find this juxtaposition very interesting on two level. How people will readily submit themselves to a powerful being bestowed with supernatural powers.

    On the other hand, Hecate, who is associated with dark powers are being worshipped as a protective goddess could mean she uses her power for doing good that benefits people. This goes to show that some who possesses dark power like witchcraft, necromancy and sorcery are not necessary bad and will not necessary harm. It all depends on their motivation.

    Thank you very much Rinpoche for this insightful article on Hecate.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/etc/hecate.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Dec 5. 2016 03:58 PM
    Malaysia is so rich in its cultural identity, and the Dragon festival is one of them been celebrated in a way whereby different races too join in.It is wonderful to know,the origins of the Dragon Boat Festival and the story behind.It has now turned to a team-focused sport.which promotes discipline, racial harmony, physical fitness and mental toughness
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these very informative and interesting post.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-dragon-boat-festival-a-fusion-of-traditional-and-modern-culture.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Dec 5. 2016 03:29 PM
    After reading these blog i learned something new.The word Chaplain.
    I have not come across of it before.
    Thanks Beatrix Ooi for sharing ..an interesting blog of how this young man served as a Buddhist Chaplains in the US Arm. There is only one Buddhist chapel in the United States military. In recent years there has been a growing number of Buddhists in the US military, hence the work of Buddhist chaplains are growing too. A great way to spread Dharma to more people in the military.
    Thank you again Beatrix Ooi
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/buddhist-chaplains-in-the-us-army.html
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Dec 4. 2016 05:07 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the article on Dayak Festival and its community and cultures. It is very interesting to learn about the other races cultures. We in Malaysia are so fortunate that we are expose to so many differences and yet live harmoniously.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/gawai-dayak-the-celebration-of-bountiful-harvest.html
  • Yeo Kwai Gin
    Saturday, Dec 3. 2016 05:22 PM
    Wow ! 恭喜Justin与香积厨对社会的付出 !法喜 !

    感恩仁波切的付出与教导, 让在马来西亚的街头露宿者和一班家境贫困的人们在艰辛的时候得到帮助。詹杜固仁波切创立的克切拉香积厨对社会的付出是值得赞扬, 香积厨不但发放食物给街头露宿者,还提供流动医院主要在最快的时间让受伤的露宿者得到治疗, 还有FoodBank专提供食物与支援给各地需要帮忙如天灾带来的食物缺乏, 还有Imbi路的香积厨中心,提供给街头露宿者全免费的食物和饮品,免费沐浴和清洗衣服,还帮忙他们寻找工作等等。让他们体谅到社会另外拥有一班人还在关心着他们。
    愿街头露宿者得到更舒适的生活, 实现他们目标前进,社会繁荣,那么每一个人都可以安居立业,不用再在街头露宿了 !

    欲了解更多克切拉香积厨,或想参与活动,请继续游览 :
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    感恩合十
    YEO KWAI GIN

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-soup-kitchen-ksk/kechara-won-2-awards.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Dec 3. 2016 04:42 PM
    Congratulation to Justin as well as KSK team. A well deserved recognition. You have selflessly working for those in need. Our society need more people to help those living on the street.

    May you and KSK team continue to grow and benefit more people.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-soup-kitchen-ksk/kechara-won-2-awards.html
  • Alice Tay
    Saturday, Dec 3. 2016 12:53 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche and the team’s effort to share these powerful qualities of Dorje Shugden in Mongolian language. Hope they are more people get to know Dorje Shugden, an emanation of Manjushri, and understand to practice Dorje Shugden will also have all the benefits related to Manjushri’s practice.

    Hope these powerful qualities of Dorje Shugden will come up with the words in other languages to benefit more people.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/powerful-qualities-of-dorje-shugden-in-memes-mongolian.html
  • Alice Tay
    Saturday, Dec 3. 2016 12:49 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche and the team’s effort to share these powerful qualities of Dorje Shugden in Mongolian language. Hope they are more people get to know Dorje Shugden, an emanation of Manjushri, and understand to practice Dorje Shugden will also have all the benefits related to Manjushri’s practice.

    Hope these powerful qualities of Dorje Shugden will come up with the words in other languages to benefit more people.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/powerful-qualities-of-dorje-shugden-in-memes-mongolian.html

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This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
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This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
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The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
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Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
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One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
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Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
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My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
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Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
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Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
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Sir Edmund Hillary
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha\'s teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha's teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I\'ve seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
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Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I've seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
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It's nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
                         Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
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Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
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Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
High lamas in France September 2016
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High lamas in France September 2016
༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden:   http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
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༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
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Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
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More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass,
 Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, 
 By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements,
 By seeing the good results, one\'s path becomes more clear, 
 The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, 
 This would eliminate the samsara within our minds.
 ~Tsem Rinpoche
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All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass, Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements, By seeing the good results, one's path becomes more clear, The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, This would eliminate the samsara within our minds. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
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Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
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Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
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Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
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Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
                         This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
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This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
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Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
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Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
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His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
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My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
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Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
Left to right:

His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
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Left to right: His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
 It\'s nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
3 months ago
It's nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
Jog Falls a power place of Vajra Yogini and Heruka: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=108652
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Jog Falls a power place of Vajra Yogini and Heruka: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=108652
Don\'t wait for the perfect group. Don\'t wait for the perfect person. Don\'t wait for the perfect situation. Don\'t expect yourself to be perfect. Don\'t even look for perfection at least in our realm as it does not exist or time will run out. Just get going and keep doing good. It\'s between you and yourself. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
Don't wait for the perfect group. Don't wait for the perfect person. Don't wait for the perfect situation. Don't expect yourself to be perfect. Don't even look for perfection at least in our realm as it does not exist or time will run out. Just get going and keep doing good. It's between you and yourself. Tsem Rinpoche
Kind people are to be treasured. They make life worth living. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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Kind people are to be treasured. They make life worth living. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Don\'t you love her bag? She\'s stylish and at one with the universe. OM Shanti. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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Don't you love her bag? She's stylish and at one with the universe. OM Shanti. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful Manjushri carved in China
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Beautiful Manjushri carved in China
Sent from Samsung tablet.
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Sent from Samsung tablet.
We must loyal to our guru. How to be loyal? To always do the teachings and practice he gave us and to conquer our laziness. We must make our gurus more important than our ego. So it is important to always let our guru win and not our ego. If our ego wins, many will suffer and we will suffer. If our guru wins, temporarily we suffer, but long term we will be happy and many around us will be happy. You see, the guru is always on the look out to give us methods and teachings that we can engage in to bring us happiness. The biggest happiness is overcoming our ego and it\'s traces and the guru always directly and indirectly focuses on that. Our guru will always love and help us, but we must meet our guru half way too. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
We must loyal to our guru. How to be loyal? To always do the teachings and practice he gave us and to conquer our laziness. We must make our gurus more important than our ego. So it is important to always let our guru win and not our ego. If our ego wins, many will suffer and we will suffer. If our guru wins, temporarily we suffer, but long term we will be happy and many around us will be happy. You see, the guru is always on the look out to give us methods and teachings that we can engage in to bring us happiness. The biggest happiness is overcoming our ego and it's traces and the guru always directly and indirectly focuses on that. Our guru will always love and help us, but we must meet our guru half way too. Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche with holy Mt Shasta of Northern California in the background: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
3 months ago
Tsem Rinpoche with holy Mt Shasta of Northern California in the background: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
We had a nice visit at Mt Shasta, a holy area in Northern California and did a good puja there: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
3 months ago
We had a nice visit at Mt Shasta, a holy area in Northern California and did a good puja there: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=107430
I get requests from all around the world to do prayers. For certain individuals it\'s really dire, so I make special candle offerings to the Buddhas for them at my private residence. These are the candles that was offered recently for a very ill young little girl. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
I get requests from all around the world to do prayers. For certain individuals it's really dire, so I make special candle offerings to the Buddhas for them at my private residence. These are the candles that was offered recently for a very ill young little girl. Tsem Rinpoche
This is powerful and true. When someone disappoints you so many times, it cannot be an accident anymore. You need to have compassion for them to not do more negative karma and not allow it anymore and we need need to have compassion for ourselves too and not let them hurt us again.. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
This is powerful and true. When someone disappoints you so many times, it cannot be an accident anymore. You need to have compassion for them to not do more negative karma and not allow it anymore and we need need to have compassion for ourselves too and not let them hurt us again.. Tsem Rinpoche
Ra Lotsawa\'s personal sacred image of Yamantaka Vajrabhairava. Said to be housed in Samye Monastery, Tibet.
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Ra Lotsawa's personal sacred image of Yamantaka Vajrabhairava. Said to be housed in Samye Monastery, Tibet.
Message from Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
Message from Tsem Rinpoche
This Tara has such a beautiful face...artwork on this is nice
3 months ago
This Tara has such a beautiful face...artwork on this is nice
This is the road that leads to my house in the mountains. I have a small house and a lake nearby the house and I live there on vegan foods with my pets-Mumu loves running around the meadows. I have a large outdoor Vajra Yogini statue made of stone and we make offerings of juniper leaves burned to her daily as sang. I love living in the mountains away from the senseless repeating of actions in urban life. Urban life with its various pollutions do not connect us to who we are inside. I love this walking path to my retreat home where I will live for the rest of my life and on the way home, I pluck some flowers for my shrine to offer to the Buddha...thank you for allowing me to live here. Tsem Rinpoche
3 months ago
This is the road that leads to my house in the mountains. I have a small house and a lake nearby the house and I live there on vegan foods with my pets-Mumu loves running around the meadows. I have a large outdoor Vajra Yogini statue made of stone and we make offerings of juniper leaves burned to her daily as sang. I love living in the mountains away from the senseless repeating of actions in urban life. Urban life with its various pollutions do not connect us to who we are inside. I love this walking path to my retreat home where I will live for the rest of my life and on the way home, I pluck some flowers for my shrine to offer to the Buddha...thank you for allowing me to live here. Tsem Rinpoche
 Rinpoche\'s quote is on my mom\'s final resting place. It was chosen by my dad and at that time he said it is the best one for both of them. My dad would be interred next to her when his time comes in the distant future. Pastor David Lai
3 months ago
Rinpoche's quote is on my mom's final resting place. It was chosen by my dad and at that time he said it is the best one for both of them. My dad would be interred next to her when his time comes in the distant future. Pastor David Lai
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  • December 6, 2016 00:34
    Sipra asked: Dear Pastors, For past 5 month or so I have been suffering from fear and anxiety. It has become difficult to live my daily life. I am mother of young child. Please help me.
    pastor answered: Dear Sipra, I'm sorry to read that you are going through this fear and anxiety, and i can understand that it has been effecting your daily life. You should seek professional help as this fear and anxiety can worsen if you don't get help and can deteriorate fast. Coupled with this, but by no means an alternative, you can engage in the daily practice of Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden, which you can find here: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/diamond-path-a-daily-sadhana-of-dorje-shugden Lama Tsongkhapa's practice is very well-known to calm the mind from depression, fear and anxiety so will be very beneficial for your situation. When engaging in the practice, please concentrate and focus on the mantra of Lama Tsongkhapa. Dorje Shugden's practice on the other hand is very good for alleviating any obstacles we may be facing in life. Therefore, this may have to overcome the obstacles in life that are causing the fear and anxiety or even remove obstacles for professional help to be even more effective, so you can overcome your situation. The cause of this situation may be deeply rooted, therefore i would like to advise you to do both methods, find professional help and engage in the daily practice. Coupled together they have a better chance of solving your situation, than by themselves. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • December 3, 2016 23:25
    Fluxor asked: I am in a relationship with someone. I want to leave her, so i can give more time for social work and considering monastic life and being ordained in the future. I want to break up and do it gently, but I know she will be very mad and angry with me. Is it okay to leave her without notice? I will make a letter and arrange time to talk few days later when she is more stable emotionally. I think, it will be calmer way. Or should I talk to her first before I leave? I know this way she can be very mad and might do some abusive acts right away. But people say I need to respect her with talking to her first. I'm confused. I want to do it in a gentle and loving way that I don't want to bring her more suffering. Warmest metta, Fluxor
    pastor answered: Dear Fluxor, This is something that is a very difficult thing to do. If you have thought about this carefully and thoroughly, then you should do what feels right. However we must remember that the other person in the relationship may be reliant on you in some way. That being said, we can also hurt another person if we are not open and truthful about the situation. Instead we should go about the situation in the best possible manner to minimise harm and also to not create negative karma in the process, which is all too common when breaking up with someone, and this leads to more suffering in the future. You know the person who you are in a relationship with the best, however the method which you have mentioned may not be the most appropriate course of action. Rather than doing this, you should sit down with your partner and talk about the situation in calmer manner. This is the better approach, if you want to do this. You do need to respect her as a person with her own feelings, and in order to do the right thing in this situation, you should do so face to face and calmly. Following the method that you described may cause even more pain. If you do it calmly, respecting and honouring her as someone who has their own feelings, you are doing your best given the situation. Please remember that you don’t have to take monastic ordination in order to practice the Buddhist path. In fact within Kechara, Tsem Rinpoche has even started the tradition of lay pastors, who are lay people that have dedicated their lives to the practice of Dharma and the service of others. If you change your mind for any reason, Rinpoche has given a very good teaching on transforming a relationship to make it successful. You can find the video teaching here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/ingredients-for-a-successful-relationship.html. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • December 2, 2016 09:44
    Tashi asked: Dear pastors, What are the mantras and sacred syllables of the 12 Tenma Goddesses? I'm trying to find one to the bodhisattva Dorje Yudronma and goddess Tahsi Tseringma. Who is Shiptak Gyene exactly and what is his mantra and purpose? Is simply putting "Namo" and then the name of the Buddha or bodhisattva work? Also, is there a mantra for pimples or near sightedness?
    pastor answered: Dear Tashi, As Dorje Yudronma and Tashi Tseringma are not enlightened protectors but worldly deities who have been subdued to protect the Dharma, their mantras and practices are not free available to all practitioners, according to the Gelug tradition (I am unsure if they are available freely in other traditions). Usually, to engage in these practices one must have first received empowerment into a yidam or meditational deity practice, after which one can request the spiritual teacher to teach the practice. The functions of these protectors are also embodied in other protectors who are enlightened, and whose practices are readily available. As embodiments of enlightened beings, they can also help along the spiritual path to enlightenment rather than just providing material needs and removing obstacles. These include the various emanations of Dorje Shugden, for example Shize Dorje Shugden who is excellent for pacifying diseases and lengthening one’s life, just like Tashi Tseringma and the Long Life Sisters. However as an emanation of Manjushri, Shize can also grant beneficial imprints and help to overcome the inner obstacles of negative emotions and habituations that we all face in life. Shiptak Gyene is a protector specific to the Gelugpa tradition. He was a layman who lived in Lhasa during the time of Lama Tsongkhapa. Whenever Lama Tsongkhapa would travel to Lhasa, Shiptak Gyene would be there, ready to serve Lama Tsongkhapa as best as he could and receive teachings on the Dharma. He was very devoted to Lama Tsongkhapa and arose a protector to help those with material needs if they are sincere pracitioners of the Dharma. As such, he holds a bowl of jewels to represent that he can aid pracitioners in this regard. You can see a picture of Shiptak Gyene here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/archive/deitypics/highres/Shiptak_Gyene.jpg. The word ‘namo’ means ‘I prostrate’, hence when you add the word before the name of a Buddha or bodhisattva, it basically means that you are prostrating to that being. While this has tremendous effect, as you are verbalising the prostration towards an enlightened being and therefore generating some merit, it does not have the same effect as a mantra. This is because a mantra itself in the essence of that particular being, in the form of sound. If you repeat that mantra over and over again, you bring the energies associated with that particular enlightened being into your life. For example if you recite the Medicine Buddha mantra, you bring healing energies into your life. But if you only add ‘namo’ to the beginning of their name, you are simply making prostration. It would be much more beneficial to recite the proper mantra for the particular enlightenment being you are propitiating. As for pimples, I have not come across a specific mantra for this in my own practice. However two very good mantras that you could recite are Black Manjushri or Hayagriva. These two deities are very well known for curing skin diseases of all types, and therefore may help in the situation. You can find out more about Black Manjushri practice here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/a-black-manjushri-sadhana-self-healing-meditation-and-exercises.html. The Hayagriva (a wrathful emanation of Chenresig) mantra is recited as: HRI PEMA DATRI HAYAGRIVA HULU HULU HUNG PHET. For nearsightedness, you can engage in the practice of Migchey Chrenrezig, which is an excellent practice for those with eye problems. You can find it here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/blessing-eye-problems.html. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • November 30, 2016 18:56
    Angela Yo asked: These past few months, I can't stop myself thinking about being ordained to be a nun. I don't know where to begin. I don't know if it suits me or not. But I really want to make this lifetime meaningful. Thank you.
    pastor answered: Dear Angela Yo, I rejoice to read that are thinking about become ordained as a nun. This is a very good aspiration to have and follows the example of the holy Buddha Shakyamuni. He showed us the way to make our life meaningful by becoming a Buddha to benefit others. If you have not already done so, you should join a Dharma centre and find a guru. By following the advice of a qualified guru, you can train yourself to hold the ordination vows in the future. Here at Kechara, those who have the aspiration to become members of the holy sangha, first become a Pastor, which is in between a lay practitioner and an ordained monk or nun. This way, we can train ourselves to understand and live by the vows before become ordained. As ordination is very special and holy, it is better that we are prepared before we take the vows. This way we can make the most use of holding the sacred vows on our spiritual journey to enlightenment. As you engage along this path, first you should study and understand the most basic of vows, which are the refuge vows. All other vows, whether ordination, bodhisattva or tantric vows are based on the refuge vows, and the keeping of these vows are the root cause of gaining enlightenment. In fact, all other vows are extensions of these vows. Therefore it is very important that we have a firm basis for our practice by understanding and living by these vows properly. As you progress on your practice, you can learn the teachings such as the 50 Verses of Guru Devotion, the Lam Rim and the Wheel of Sharp Weapons. All these teachings will aid you on the path to become an ordained nun in the future. If this is truly your wish, then during your daily practices you should make strong aspirational prayers that you are able to fulfil this. At the same time you should create the causes for this to occur. The way to do this is by supporting the sangha, you can do this by making any form of dana offering to them, from food, clothing, material assistance or anything else that they would need your help with. While doing this, you should generate the strong aspiration that you can become a member of the sangha. As the sangha are one of the Three Jewels, any offerings that you make to them, especially in terms of your time and effort, will generate a lot of merit because they are holding the holy vows. I hope this helps, and I make the prayer that your auspicious aspiration is fulfilled, that you make your life meaningful by holding the vows of an ordained nun. Thank you.
  • November 28, 2016 12:32
    Demian asked: Dear pastors, Just recently, I have read about concentrations and that has gotten me worried. If one worships a depiction of Saraswati without any concentrations of the depiction, does that mean that I've been praying to an empty shell? If so, does praying to Saraswati's depictions that are online work or not? Or could a simple visualization work without praying to a statue or thangka, but to a visualized form? Would the visualization in Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö's praise to Saraswati be alright along with the mantra? Or does the visualization have to use this website's prayer and mantra to Saraswati? Do the 8 offerings have to be real or can they visualized instead? For the 8th offering of music, does there have to be a bell, or can a drum, flute, violin, or even vocal replace that? What are the views of the mantra "Nam Myoho Renge Khyo"?
    pastor answered: Dear Demian, Thank you for your question. Concentration during one’s daily prayers is an important factor. Within Buddhism, we believe that there are three ways in which a person interacts with the world, these are the body, speech and mind. In order to receive the full benefit of the practice you engage in, you should ensure that all three of these are used. For the body, this is by sitting down to engage in your daily practice without getting distracted. The best posture for this is the meditation position known as the seven-point Vairochana position, this is described in detail in the text Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand. For your speech, you engage in reciting the prayers and the mantra recitation. And for the mind, you concentrate in the various visualisations associated with the practice you are engaging in. Even though you have been praying without the use of concentration, it has still been effective since Saraswati is an enlightened being. She has full compassion, and will definitely bestow her energies and love to those who invoke upon her with a pure heart and good motivation. However, if you do concentrate on both your visualisation and the mantra recitation, the practice will be more effective and you will see a heightened improvement in your life. In regards to the visualisation of Saraswati according to the praise by Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro, this actually belongs to the practice of another lineage, therefore I cannot comment on its validity, as I don’t belong to the lineage to have studied its origins and how it differs from the praise presented here on Rinpoche’s blog. That being said, each lineage has its own version of the visualisation of deities, and this in inherently linked to the particular praise. Therefore if you were to recite one particular praise or practice, you should keep the visualisation to the one that corresponds with it. The 8 offerings can be placed on the altar as physical offerings, but should also be visualised. The reason why we place the actually offerings on the altar is to make a physical offering with our body, as well as a reminder that we make these offerings during our visualisations. If you are not able to make the physical offerings on your altar for whatever reason, this is ok. However you should try your best to have these offerings since it is a way for you to generate merit. The last offering of sound, is usually represented by the conch shell but can be anything that resembles sound, such as any instrument. For example, I know people who represent sound with a miniature flute or even a miniature guitar on their altars. In regards to the Nam Myoho Renge Khyo mantra, this is central to all forms of Nichiren Buddhism, which developed in Japan but is now practiced all over the world. It is said this mantra embodies the entire Lotus Sutra, which in itself explains what enlightenment is and the path to reach enlightenment, following Nichiren’s particular practice. Therefore this mantra is all encompassing, and central to the Nichiren tradition. I hope this helps. Thank you.
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