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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  • Alice Tay
    Saturday, May 28. 2016 11:45 PM
    这是一篇很特别的博文有关夏威夷女神~Pele的故事。非常感谢仁波切的分享,因为这是本人第一次接触与知道Pele女神的存在。

    据说Pele女神在夏威夷是非常著名以及备受人崇拜。每当游客想从夏威夷那里收集或取走一些石块或泥土等等,Pele女神就会让他们发恶梦或陷入一些困难的情况,直到他们回来,然后放回去他们当时拿走的东西为止。除此,夏威夷人还特别安排的一些仪式来向Pele女神祈祷。因为他们相信Pele女神是非常快速和有效的回应。

    虽然Pele女神或是当地的土神,山神等等都不是证悟者,但我们也必需要尊重他们。因为他们就像护法神一样,有重大的责任那就是保护他们的地区不受外界来的破坏或毁灭。

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/pele-hawaiian-goddess.html
  • samfoonheei
    Saturday, May 28. 2016 06:15 PM
    Dear Beatrix Ooi
    Thanks for sharing this interesting article.I didn’t know at all till i read it.
    Do agree with you that kindness is the greatest wisdom.
    Thanks again.http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/amazing-things-you-didnt-know-about-them.html
  • sonny tan
    Friday, May 27. 2016 10:31 AM
    sonny tan on May 27, 2016 at 10:26 am

    Thank you Pastor Han Nee for this review I bought this book on the advice of Pastor Tat Meng as I was guru hopping for quite sometime not knowing what’s guru devotion. I purchased this book at KP Sunway even though it was a browsing copy.
    Rinpoche indepth explanation clearly define the objectives, repercussion and advice of this important step we take in defining our religious pursuit.
    Pastor Adeline also advise me on the importance of lineage when seeking a guru, this important and pretty much overlooked aspect did not crossed my mind when I requested to be a disciple with my previous master. Upon acceptance by my previous master, vows were made as it is a prerequisite to discipleship. I mentioned to Pastor Adeline that I am keen to seek refuge in Rinpoche and ask her whether I am eligible knowing my predicament she advise me to seek blessings from my previous master to offically release me.
    I went through several steps and measures to seek my previous master blessings and also request a official release letter and finally after about two months they officially requested back my discipleship card and release me as a disciple.
    Though I have not been granted a refuge by Rinpoche up to this moment but I remembered he says that if my devotion is from my sincere heart it can be done by just with folded palms silently wish for a refuge at the altar.
    Coming from a Hinanaya background whenever I do my prayers and meditation the first salutation I do is to seek refuge in Lord Buddha followed by his dhamma and sangha. Thank you, Sadhu, sadhu, sadhu
  • Lin Mun
    Friday, May 27. 2016 10:11 AM
    Thank you Pastor Antoinette for sharing the various methods to prevent mice and rats. I especially like methods that are natural and not by way of killing or hurting them.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/how-to-prevent-mice-and-rats-in-your-house.html?nomobile
  • Alice Tay
    Thursday, May 26. 2016 10:50 PM
    这是一篇非常好的博文来让大家了解如何可以用自然的方法对治,甚至可以降低伤害这些老鼠。

    相比以前,在还未接触佛法时,我们都会以最方便的方法,那就是购买老鼠的毒药来解决老鼠所制造的问题。从未想过真正的原因其实是出自我们没有妥善的处理食物及等等。

    当接触佛法之后,慢慢的了解一切的众生皆有情。我们应一视同仁的对待所有的众生。时常的提醒自己这些老鼠们或是其他众生可能曾经是我们前世的母亲。而因为个人所造下业力的关系,以致使他们今天转世为鼠辈。

    感谢仁波切和Pastor Antoinette 的分享。希望看到此博文的读者,可以改用这里所提到的方法来对治老鼠。

    对治老鼠的方法于此:
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/how-to-prevent-mice-and-rats-in-your-house.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, May 26. 2016 10:46 PM
    Everyone wants to be happy. I have never come across anyone who does not want to be happy. Being happy is a state of mind free of negative emotions. Hence it is very disturbing to read the bitter, vengeful and malicious comments by haters who come to His Eminence’s blog, Fanpage or Facebook. They hurl merciless insult to a high lama; i.e. His Eminence as well as Shugden practitioners just to be seen as pro-HHDL. Seriously, how could being the follower of a world renowned lama be so provocative and barbaric? And how these negative poisons e.g. ignorance, anger and hatred would help them on their spiritual path?

    I am very grateful and extremely lucky to have met with His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, who tirelessly instill in us impeccable good Dharma practice. He taught us to return hatred and anger with love and kindness. He taught us how to be happy. He taught us Buddha Dharma from pure lineage in a simplistic and humorous manner. He showed us how to cultivate compassion and focus out. Most importantly, He walked the talk.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Han Nee for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/be-happy.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, May 26. 2016 09:32 PM
    Dwelling in a developing and fast moving city like KL, more and more of my female peers are singleton. Unlike in olden days where female depended largely on their partner or their maiden family for financial support, women today are financially independent. However, it is rather apparent that most of these ladies are not singleton by choice. Many were divorcee from problematic spouse while some missed their boat due to heart-broken history.

    While it is human instinct to yearn for companion-ship, we must understand that our image of a relationship / marriage could be a delusion. The temporary pleasure and happy feeling lure our deluded mind into clinging on to the perishable happiness, thinking it will last forever, but it will not. It is the unmet expectation and strong attachment on the other person that causes our suffering.

    As long as we are not attached to the person or the fleeting happiness, a relationship / marriage can be a positive injection in life. Especially if both share the same interest and values in life, each can be the pillar of strength and support for the other in both good and bad times.

    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/young-single-and-what-about-it.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Thursday, May 26. 2016 08:37 PM
    As Buddhist practitioner, we are aware of the existence of other beings who share the same dimension as us, who can not be seen by our naked eyes. We should be respectful of the other sentient beings who share this space with us, instead of summoning them to entertain us.

    Like us, unseen beings that exist in the Six Realms of Existence are temporary and imperfect; they too are bound by desire and attachment that stem from ignorance. And given the condition they are in, they are likely to be malice and with the intention to harm.

    So, why take the chances to engage in activities that could potentially summon a malevolent being, for example Zozo. Zozo comes across as a cunning and malice spirit waiting to strike a deal and possess the soul of whomever he engages with. Even though this is the first time I came across Zozo, but Ouiji Board and the terrifying consequences are not unheard of and certainly cannot be dismissed as urban legend.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Vinnie for this sharing about Ouiji Board and info on Zozo. This is a good reminder that we should not engage in fun activities with unseen beings.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/zozo-the-ouija-board-demon.html
  • Jason
    Thursday, May 26. 2016 03:13 AM
    I am single so I love this article so much .Many people think that married is MUST in our life but I don’t think so. After I joined Kechara, dharma is higher priority than others. Single is more freedom to practice dharma rather than married or relationship with others.
    Many single lady especially 40 year old above will get a title “leftover women” from society. This so rude and unfair to them.So called “Left over women” “is nothing wrong , they ability earn money and stay single and independent .
    Single or married is just a label.Most important is we must practice more dharma work in this life to benefit others and get a liberation.
    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing this.

    With folded hands,
    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/young-single-and-what-about-it.html
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, May 25. 2016 08:58 PM
    Interesting article on single and staying alone. They are more people who prefer to live alone now. We have seen more of this happening in developed and developing country. Some do it because they move from small town to big city to work. But generally I think people now prefer to have their own space, freedom and independence.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/young-single-and-what-about-it.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, May 25. 2016 12:09 PM
    Our Guru, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche received threats, insults and defamation daily from ignorant followers of the anti-Shugden movement. The ban on Dorje Shugden by the Tibetan leadership had caused harm and sufferings on Shugden practitioners. Here’s proof that shows without a doubt, despite continued denials by Tibetan authorities, that there is a ban on the practice. Violence, segregation and discrimination are used onto peaceful Shugden practitioners.

    Funds, which are donated by Dalai Lama’s kind sponsor around the world without knowing the truth on how their money is being spent, are actively used by the Tibetan leadership to :
    1. Inflict fear on Shugden practitioners by confining of their own homes.
    2. The CTA permits violent and bloody invasions of private residences of Dorje Shugden practitioners e.g. the Thubten family and also private residences of erudite lama e.g. the 84 year old Gen. Chonze.
    3. Prohibit Dorje Shugden practitioners from entering Sera Monastery, South India.
    4. Dorje Shugden practitioners are prohibited from attending Dharma teachings by Dalai Lama.
    5. Publish a hit list of Shugden practitioners on the CTA’s website, inciting active persecution since the details of Shugden practitioners was made available publicly.
    6. Expel hundreds of Dorje Shugden monks from their monasteries for upholding the lineage passed on to them by their Gurus.
    7. Expose Shugden monks out in the open at the monastery; i.e. The Yellow Vote Stick policy.
    8. Force every member of monasteries within their jurisdiction to swear an oath to abandon all practices related to Dorje Shugden. If they do not, they must leave the monastery for good.
    9. Eradicate all Dorje Shugden images from temples, monasteries, Dharma centers and even private spaces. Statues, thangkas, tsatsas, prints and scripture… nothing was spared.
    10. Put up signs at public places i.e. monasteries and hospitals as well as private spaces like retail and grocery stores to disallow Dorje Shugden practitioners from entering.
    11. Deny Dorje Shugden practitioners access to medical assistance in public hospital.
    12. Revoke all legal documents of Tibetan Dorje Shugden practitioners i.e. their identity card, driver’s license or passport. This is akin of losing one’s identity and freedom.
    13. Allow physical attacks on Shugden’s practitioners, destroy their properties and loot their homes.

    The voices of Tibetan people, especially the Shugden practitioners are muffled and ignored, while the CTA actively promotes unsubstantiated ranting of individuals and opinions of those who degrade Dorje Shugden. There is no religious freedom nor freedom of expression in the Tibetan community. CTA is committing blue murder as the fate of those who would go against the authorities would be faced with dangerous consequences. Yet the world stand tolerance because CTA operates all these fouls in the guise of Dalai Lama and his supremacy position within the Tibetan community.

    This is inhumane and injustice. Please help to lift Dorje Shugden ban and end the sufferings and harms.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Li Kheng for this article that provides a multitude of info on the unfair ban. I hope everyone who read it will do something to lift the ban.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-buddhist-divide-an-unholy-campaign-against-religious-freedom.html
  • Pastor Shin
    Wednesday, May 25. 2016 08:27 AM
    For samfoonheei – Dear samfoonheei,
    We have just invited a 7ft Mother Tara to Kechara Forest Retreat today. You can read more about it here: http://www.facebook.com/kecharahouse/posts/10153769038408720 May you be able to visit Kechara Forest Retreat to pay homage to these Buddhas yourself!
  • Jason
    Wednesday, May 25. 2016 03:05 AM
    I get shock with this articles about cannibalism. This James Jameson only think about own benefit (fascination on cannibalism and want experience in firsthand )and sacrifice a 10year old girl.
    I can realize that how important of dharma for us to be compassion and benefit to every sentient beings.Jameson’s action is really created a bad karma to himself.This also can be applied to kill animals and serve it as our foods. We shall change our daily meals to vege meals.
    Thanks Rimpoche for sharing this article which can inspire many people to become vegetarian.(myself not vegetarian yet but I’m eating much less meat compared with previous time).

    With folded hands,
    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/james-jameson-disturbing.html#comment-716938

  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, May 25. 2016 01:01 AM
    This is the first time I come across a place called Prince Edward Island. With a populace of less than 200,000 people, it is a big deal to have such huge and beautiful Buddhist Retreat Centre built for the people there. I am even more impressed that so many people registered for the open day of the Retreat Centre. It is a clear sign that Buddhism is gaining popularity in the west. Rejoice for the people in Prince Edward Island. I hope that more people in Malaysia can come to appreciate Buddhsim and learn to make connections with the Buddha through the facilities in Kechara Forest Retreat.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/p-e-i-buddhist-monks-welcome-outside-world-this-weekend.html
  • Ai Nin
    Tuesday, May 24. 2016 06:08 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this post.
    很伤心是竟然修持多杰雄登被排斥与骚扰。试想一想如果你不是雄登修持者而您、家人、同修现有的宗教大师出禁令说现有修持法是邪靈,会威脋大师的性命。您会去了解事情的来胧去脈或只一一跟随!

    更伤心的是竟然有些限随达赖尊者,支持雄登禁令只是表面而已!那只是為了某种名誉或金錢利益。就只因跟随达赖喇嘛尊者,從中容易筹集资金。这样做不是更加破坏与上师之间三昧耶吗?

    一位金剛弟子不会做出以下:
    1. 違反上师依止心
    2. 破坏传承,自造与推翻所有上师的灌顶,上师传授的口传等等
    3. 分上师的高低级,由因他只是一位格西就离开或很高级的上师就跟從
    4. 破坏弟子与上师三昧耶

    我们都相信达赖喇嘛尊者不是也不会做出一上动作!

    我们真诚希望马上解除这不该有的多杰雄登禁令!

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/our-lama-vs-the-dalai-lama-the-underlying-reasons-for-the-ban.html

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Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
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I love Japan so much. The water is so blue and clean. The landscape is so magical. It's such a beautiful country and a great place to engage in meditational retreats.
2 weeks ago
A good meme by Pastor Seng Piow!
3 weeks ago
Gaden Jangtse Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Chojor together with Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Monastery
3 weeks ago
May 31, 1990, the day Tsem Rinpoche was enthroned formally in Gaden Shartse Monastery
3 weeks ago
Panglung Oracle in trance back in 1925
3 weeks ago
More lamas/Tibetans are speaking up. This has nothing to do with Dorje Shugden ban although it helps the Dorje Shugden cause because there is more unrest and disharmony from many sectors within Tibetans showing the world so many are unhappy with the leadership.-Lodreu Rabsel Rinpoche's strong letter to the Dalai Lama regarding giving religious freedom within the Karma Kagyu sect of Buddhism is a MUST READ- and he is applauded as courageous for writing this: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=99364
3 weeks ago
The beautiful truth
3 weeks ago
Manjushri notes
3 weeks ago
Karma Kagyu’s Lodreu Rabsel Rinpoche asks the Dalai Lama for Religious Freedom-This is explosive-Must read! http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=99364
3 weeks ago
The place where Lord Tsongkapa's holy remains are housed for pilgrims to visit in Gaden Monastery Tibet.
3 weeks ago
How death is so near, yet I cherish my ego more than my guru, more than his instructions and my protector. They are the only ones significant at death for me and yet I still think I have time. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
Would be so nice to live in an area where Bigfoot is prevalent and sighted. That would include mountains and lakes too.
1 month ago
Because of the ban against Dorje Shugden followers started in 1996, 700 monks had to cut from Sera Mey Monastery and start this new monastery. This new Serpom Monastery located in South India still suffers tremendous hatred and prejudice, but the brave monks continue their practice and lineage.
1 month ago
Vietnamese monk who self immolated hoping to bring change in his country. He sacrificed his life and sat still during the immense pain of his body burning.
1 month ago
Protector of the Sakya School of Buddhism, Gonpo Gur or Mahakala Panjarnata
1 month ago
Such a wondrous place to be with such a view that heals the soul. Why live in a city where it is unnatural and polluted. Everyday in the city is a day away from where we belong. We belong among the greens, forest, mountains and clean air. We belong in such a place and doing our retreats, sadhanas and mantras to find the ultimate place of belonging and peace....the ultimate place is within us with a developed spiritual mind. Hard to achieve among distractions in the city. 
1 month ago
This is the five foot Arya Avalokitesvara statue I have offered Gaden Shartse Monastery many years ago. It still graces the main prayer hall of Gaden Shartse Monastery.
1 month ago
Painting of 31st Sakya Trizin Kunga Lodro- Did you know that 7 of the great throneholders of the Sakya lineage of Tibetan Buddhism practiced Dorje Shugden and even composed extensive prayers to him? Take a look here and see what you can learn: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=98227
1 month ago
This is a good motto to work by within a team.
1 month ago
Beautiful painting of Pandit Naropa
1 month ago
Beautiful painting of Lord Buddha's miraculous birth.
1 month ago
Beautiful image of Tara.
1 month ago
This is a good read. Evocative and memory filled: http://www.davidlai.me/2015/04/20/memory-of-the-vw-van/
1 month ago
Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
It was nice to meet them.
2 months ago
Good friends came to visit me. I was happy to see them as they have brave hearts and pure samaya. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Lef to right: Cousin Tsagan, dad, Aunt Meda, mom, sister Lidshma, cousin Liz, Aunt Elena, friend from France and Susie in Green dress. People whom I am fond of from the distant past..
2 months ago
Some friends went on a spiritual pilgrimage to Nepal recently and when they returned they gifted me with these wonderful books on Yeti/Bigfoot which I don't have. Wow! I like to thank Ms. Yee Lee, Mr. Swee Keong, Ms. Phoebe Yong, Mr. CK Siah & Ms. Wei Theng for their generosity and indulging me in my bigfoot hobby. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
The famous 5th Panglung Oracle
2 months ago
Mysterious print of Pelden Hlamo the Goddess protector
2 months ago
This is a thangka of Cittamani Tara where her body mandala appears clearly. This image was circulated back in Thubten Dhargye Ling when HH Zong Rinpoche taught her sacred practice which was a pure vision of Thapu Dorje Chang. Thapu Dorje Chang received this practice in a pure vision. He was the guru of Pabongka Rinpoche.
2 months ago
Beautiful article on the Drigung Kagyu Achi Chokyi Drolma: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=94766
2 months ago
Tsem Rinpoche making offerings of robes to Lord Buddha in Bodhgaya
2 months ago
What was once very beautiful destroyed by hatred, anger and prejudice.
2 months ago
What His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche composed about Dorje Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=87240
2 months ago
Comprehensive proof of Dorje Shugden in the Sakya school of Buddhism even before Gelugpa. Interesting: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=92860
2 months ago
When we see others who behave not according to our expectations and just to ‘get them back’ we throw all caution to the wind and we get angry, retaliate, fight back, scream, yell and then quit, it shows our mind. Everything is about our own mind. That is not to say they are not at fault. But if we want the world to act perfectly in our presence and then we don’t get angry, that is SO INCREDIBLE IDEALISTIC AND WE ARE DOOMED FROM THE START in anything we do. We have to keep our equilibrium always. Remember our vows, promises and our own state of mind. Be kind to ourselves and not let the other person throw us off because we have to be in control of our own minds. Remember, our mind and how it reacts is the key.--- H.E Tsem Rinpoche
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Ekai Kawaguchi -Three Years in Tibet-Read more: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=92725
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    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
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    A kind message from Mr. Tsering Wangchuk to me. Thank you so much. Tsem Rinpoche
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  • May 29, 2016 05:01
    Lukas asked: What would happen if such a thing like everyone is nice and passionated about his "opponent" would become "reality" on this earth? Obviously theoretically lol My narcistic mind forces me to put reality and opponent in quotes duality you know. I'm a wise human being so fuckin reflected hah PS: I like you but seem a bit crazy try some of my western medicine my doctor is very patient about my neuroses and anger managment attempts...
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  • May 28, 2016 04:05
    Bradley asked: On page 43 of the Diamond Path. It states DS's emenations are endowed with the 27 enlightened activities, may I ask what are the 27?
    pastor answered: Dear Bradley, Thank you for your question. The verse you are referring to is the first verse of the Praise to Dorje Shugden:
    “Though gone to the state of the Sugatas countless aeons ago, In order to benefit the teachings and migrators, as whatever tames beings, Your hundreds of emanations are endowed with the 27 enlightened activities; Praise to the pervading lord, mighty Dorje Shugden.”
    These twenty-seven enlightened activities are enumerated in the last verses of Chapter Eight of the Abhisamayalankara taught by Maitreya to Arya Asanga. It is commonly called the Ornament of Clear Realisation in English. This text is of great importance to most Tibetan Buddhist lineages and in the Lam Rim Chenmo, or Great Stages on the Path to Enlightenment, Lama Tsongkhapa actually states that it is the root text of the Lam Rim tradition as founded by Jowo Dipamkara Atisha. This text is still one the five great texts studied by monks in the Geshe programme throughout Gelug monasteries. A thorough explanation of these twenty-seven points is a topic of intense philosophical study, however I have listed them below:
    1. The enlightened being performs deeds that appease beings in the Six Realms (God Realm, Demi-god Realm, Human Realm, Animal Realm, Hungry Ghost Realm and Hell Realm).
    2. Bringing sentient beings to the Dharma using four ways: generosity, using good speech, training them according to their level of intelligence and in stages, and by practicing what they teach.
    3. Having the understanding of what defilements are and the methods of purifying them.
    4. The true character of their activities for the benefit of all sentient beings, which is from the basis of realising that all sentient beings do not exist inherently.
    5. The practice of the Six Perfections: generosity, morality, patience, joyous effort, concentration and wisdom.
    6. Teaching the virtuous path to Buddhahood, which is the abandonment of the 10 non-virtues: killing, stealing, sexual misconduct, lying, divisive speech, harsh words, idle talk, covetousness, ill-will and wrong view.
    7. The practice of insight into the emptiness of all phenomena.
    8. The non-dual nature of all phenomena.
    9. The understanding that all dharmas as being merely conventional symbols.
    10. The insight into the absence of a basis in all dharmas.
    11. The maturing of living beings along their spiritual path through skilful means.
    12. The path of a Bodhisattva.
    13. The systematic effort to block all inclinations to make realistic assumptions.
    14. The attainment of enlightenment.
    15. A residence in various Buddha-fields.
    16. Displaying the form of a being who is to take only one more rebirth, thereby ensuring the attainment of enlightenment.
    17. Working tireless for the benefit of all sentient beings in cyclic existence.
    18. The virtuous acts which consist in looking after all beings.
    19. The limbs of enlightenment.
    20. The condition in which the fruits of his actions are never lost, diminish or extinguished.
    21. The vision of true reality, knowing all phenomena of experience.
    22. The forsaking of all perverted views.
    23. The cognition which allows the understanding of the method which allows him to forsake the perverted views assuming the absence of all entities.
    24. The state of complete purity.
    25. The ability to have various forms to engage in various activities, which results from his pure condition.
    26. The comprehension of the non-distinction between conditioned and unconditioned phenomena.
    27. Nirvana – full and complete enlightenment.
    When listing them out completely, it can get somewhat overwhelming to understand how this relates to us as practitioners. In order to make them more relatable, they have been categorised into three parts, which make us understand them better:
    1. Activities through which the Buddhas bring beings to the Dharma.
    2. Activities through which the Buddhas help sentient beings to practice the Dharma.
    3. Activities through which the Buddhas help sentient beings to achieve enlightenment.
    In essence, all the emanations of Dorje Shugden display the above twenty-seven activities. In brief these bring people to the Dharma, help beings practice the Dharma and ultimately help beings gain full and complete enlightenment themselves. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • May 27, 2016 02:34
    T asked: Is there a teaching to deal with insomnia and fatigue?
    pastor answered: Dear T, Both insomnia and fatigue can be caused by a worried or stressed mind, if not from physical exhaustion. In this case, one needs to calm the mind and relax the body in order to ease insomnia and fatigue. There are many techniques that can help with this. I’ll mention two here. The first is mental quiescence meditation or single pointed concentration meditation. Even with this there are many methods you can use, but to make it simple, you can use the breath as your focus. This is known as breathing meditation. To practice this, sit in a quiet place either cross legged or in a chair if you prefer. And simply become aware of your breathing, concentrating on the space between your upper lip and your nose. Gently become aware of breathing in and out. If any thought comes into your mind, do not get carried away with the thought, but simply bring your focus back to your breathing and let the thought disappear by itself. There are other more advanced methods once you are familiar with breathing meditation, which can be found in texts such as Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand by Pabongka Rinpoche (Day 21), which concentrates on a visualised image of Buddha Shakyamuni instead of the breath. But one things to remember is that meditation can be difficult for people, so it is better to start with short sessions, not longer than 5-10 minutes at first. Gradually over time you will be able to increase this time frame. The key to meditation is to consistently engage in it every day. This shouldn’t be difficult because it is only 5-10 minutes long. The second is to engage in the Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa, concentrating on the recitation of the Mig Tse Ma mantra. This is an extremely beneficial practice as it invokes upon the energies and blessings of Lama Tsongkhapa, and helps to significantly calm the mind, even if we are not consciously aware how troubled our mind is. Concentrating on the mantra recitation also acts as focus for single pointed concentration as well. You can watch a commentary to this practice by His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/tsongkapas-daily-practice-video-commentary.html. If you are interested in this practice, there is a box set which can help you start the practice available here: http://www.vajrasecrets.com/tsongkhapa-boxset-english and a written commentary available here: http://www.vajrasecrets.com/tsongkhapa-a-simple-guide-to-a-powerful-practice. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • May 26, 2016 04:00
    Thori asked: Thanks for your answer. But when you say "This can be coupled with various visualisations during the mantra recitations as well."what visualisations should I do, for example for the sadhana "DISSOLVING JE RINPOCHE INTO OURSELVES"? Other question, can the Sadhana be recitated in english? Andn we must recite them with high voice or can it be recitated simply in the mind? Thanks!
    pastor answered: Dear Thorim, For the visualisations of the Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa, during which you recite the Mig Tse Ma mantra, His Eminence 25th Tsem Rinpoche has given a very good commentary on the practice, available to watch here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/tsongkapas-daily-practice-video-commentary.html The most common forms of visualisations for this practice can be found in the book ‘TSONGKHAPA – A Simple Guide to a Powerful Practice’ which is available at any Kechara Paradise outlet in Malaysia, or can be invited only here: http://www.vajrasecrets.com/tsongkhapa-a-simple-guide-to-a-powerful-practice. This includes the visualisations on gaining the Seven Wisdoms, as well as other visualisations. These visualisations are excellent, as they not only help a person achieve meditative stabilisation, but invoke the blessings and energy of Lama Tsongkhapa. As for the Sadhana, it does not need to be recited in Tibetan. It can be recited in English or any other language. In fact, I would suggest, as you start your practice that you recite in the language you are familiar with, as you will be able to understand the words and meaning of each verse clearer. Later on, if you want, you can start reciting in Tibetan. Sadhanas and especially mantras should be recited out aloud, but softly. Sadhanas and mantras are not recited in the mind, but spoken. For mantras as they are the form of the Buddhas in sound, they should be softly vocalised. I hope this helps.
  • May 19, 2016 00:58
    Ming asked: Can we mix Han style vajrayana and tibetian vajrayana
    pastor answered: Dear Ming, Thank you for your question. Traditionally it is advised that we do not mix traditions or even lineages. There is a very valid reason for this, if we mix traditions or lineages then we are in the danger of becoming confused in our practice. This occurs because each lineage or tradition explains the path of practice in different ways, suited to the practitioners of that particular tradition. For example, think of both as separate paths to the same destination. It would be better that we follow one and get to our destination, rather than keep switching between the two paths and perhaps get lost or take a very long time to reach the destination. Both paths have been tried and tested in their efficiency to achieve enlightenment. This is not to say that there is only one correct lineage, on the contrary, it is said that Buddha Shakyamuni taught 84,000 different methods to achieve enlightenment, as such both the Han style Vajrayana and Tibetan Vajrayana are both valid paths to enlightenment. However if we practice one of these methods and achieve results which is enlightened attainments it is better and more effective than practicing two or more and run the risk of confusing ourselves or our practices. I hope this helps.
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