The Restaurant

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Or view the video on the server at:
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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57 Responses to The Restaurant

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

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

  2. 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!!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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 ^^,

  19. 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.

  20. 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 :)

  21. 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.

  22. 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

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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。

  26. 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…

  27. 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!

  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. 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/

  30. 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.

  31. 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!

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

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

  33. 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!

  34. 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 !

  35. 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

  36. 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

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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!

  40. 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!

  41. 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.

  42. 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.

  43. 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.

  44. 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.

  45. 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.

  46. 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.

  47. 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

  48. 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.

  49. 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

  50. 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.

  51. 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.

  52. 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

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  • stella
    (Wednesday, Sep 24. 2014 10:35 AM)
    Dear Rinpoche,

    I really appreciate the six write-ups that revealed different facet of this profound teaching on equanimity / non-duality. There are many examples to deal with actual relationship in daily lives be it with partners, family members or co-workers.

    As much as I am inspired, a question crossed my mind : would one know when he or she managed to practice equanimity/non-duality or merely being impartiality?

    Thank You very much for the teaching, Rinpoche.

    sincerely,
    Stella
  • tsemtulku
    (Tuesday, Sep 23. 2014 10:04 PM)
    See this WONDERFUL article Pastor David Lai wrote up. You will find it very meaningful. It’s about retreats and attainments and it’s called: House in the Mountains http://www.davidlai.me/
  • Judy Chen
    (Tuesday, Sep 23. 2014 06:01 PM)
    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for the explanation on volunteering for Dharma work.

    As a volunteer, we should let go of our ego and serve Buddha and Kechara with no other agenda. We should serve true to our heart so that it will bring happiness and gain merits eventually.
    This will be my main motivation as a volunteer in Kechara. I hope as a volunteer I will be more patience and mindful of all my actions towards Dharma work.
    It feels good to be able to transform for Dharma.

    Thank you.
    Rinpoche
  • Stella
    (Tuesday, Sep 23. 2014 01:59 PM)
    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for this profound explanation of Jealousy. I realize that on a deeper level, the true suffering rubs in when we began to talk down the person we are jealous about and the subsequent bitterness that went out of control. It is akin to a drunken man who started getting angry at others and ended up hurting (physically) the other person or even killing another person. The point is, jealousy is the beginning of bitterness that will eventually snowball.

    Rinpoche’s teaching here gives a really good mind transformation method to counter this. It is a matter for us to apply it.

    Thank You, Rinpoche.
  • tsemtulku
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 04:54 PM)
    Dear fellow Bigfoot friends, This is wonderful to listen to while working, relaxing, driving or reading through a bigfoot book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNK9YPFW4SU Have a good day! Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
  • tsemtulku
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 04:47 PM)
    Here are a collections of my favorite paintings by my favorite artist who was also a traveler, mystic, writer and philosopher: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=21665
  • tsemtulku
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 04:31 PM)
    I have just finished doing 50+ tweets on mind, Buddhism, spirituality, acceptance, love, entanglements, thoughts and inner battles. Do enjoy reading them and sharing them. It might help someone I humbly hope. I do so every few days to share about wisdom, kechara and our spiritual journey. If it can reach people and benefit them, why not. Our lives and being alive is totally about benefitting others. That is the purpose of breathing and being human… Tsem Rinpoche Do follow me on tweets: http://www.twitter.com/tsemtulku
  • Calvin Thum
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 01:22 PM)
    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for creating this blogchat, which is great platform for sharing, learning and discussing. I was asking my self, why do we need a blogchat, out of the blue, Patsy answered my question without the need for me to ask.

    From this platform, I can notice you are planting a habit for everyone to get something to read, discuss and share the information. This is beneficial to everyone for the long run.

    Thank you.
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Saturday, Sep 20. 2014 12:06 PM)
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    Tsem Rinpoche: If we don’t learn dharma, then when obstacles arise in our mind which is often, we cannot apply dharma remedies and dharma methods. When we just work and eat and live and not learn dharma, then we can only apply secular methods which will only yield temporary results. Hence samsara continues on and on. It is important to read/listen to the many articles here on dharma and refresh ourselves and discuss here together without winning or losing, so that our knowledge can grow. With knowledge, when obstacles arise, then easier for us to apply dharma methods and remedies and solve our problems to continue. If we continue this way, we will advance. Tsem Rinpoche
  • tsemtulku
    (Saturday, Sep 20. 2014 12:06 PM)
    If we don’t learn dharma, then when obstacles arise in our mind which is often, we cannot apply dharma remedies and dharma methods. When we just work and eat and live and not learn dharma, then we can only apply secular methods which will only yield temporary results. Hence samsara continues on and on. It is important to read/listen to the many articles here on dharma and refresh ourselves and discuss here together without winning or losing, so that our knowledge can grow. With knowledge, when obstacles arise, then easier for us to apply dharma methods and remedies and solve our problems to continue. If we continue this way, we will advance. Tsem Rinpoche
  • tsemtulku
    (Saturday, Sep 20. 2014 11:01 AM)
    Dear friends around the world,



    This is so wonderful that all of you are discussing dharma here on my blog chat (www.tsemrinpoche.com). I am so glad to see this every Friday on US Pacific Coast time 8PM. For next Friday (September 26, 2014) sharing on blog chat, please study up on LOVE WITHOUT AGENDA: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/love-without-agenda.html . We will discuss about these two reads. You will learn more and more as you read and discuss here. I rejoice when you learn more. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Thursday, Sep 18. 2014 11:39 PM)
    For Od Howell – Thank you so much for sharing and your interest in His Eminence’s aunt Princess Nirgidma. Princess Nirgidma is indeed a remarkable and very intelligent lady who could hold her own with the men.

    Pastor Jean Ai shared that “she had a traditional Torghut upbringing but thanks to her father who believed his children should have a Western education, she was also visionary for her time. I mean, an Asian woman married to a French diplomat? And fluent in French, and as well as English, Chinese and Russian? And holding conversations and intellectual discourses with men in a time when women were to be seen and not heard? Talk about forging a path for Mongolian women.” http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/my-great-aunt-the-princess.html

    There’s another article you might like also http://www.dayarmongol.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6535:2011-12-09-16-03-45&catid=24&Itemid=300061

    I’m sorry to inform you also that His Eminence has never met her and is not in contact with any of them in the family so we can not help with your request any further.

    I wish you all the best with your research on Princess Nirgidma and looking forward to your fruitful results in the near future.

    With best wishes,
    Pastor Adeline
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Thursday, Sep 18. 2014 10:34 PM)
    The Bionic Woman never remained quiet and hide or avoid – I LIKE PEOPLE WHO TAKE ACTION and not watch and remain silent when something can and should be done. I guess taking action to me is an expression of compassion in action and that is why we are Buddhists/spiritual. We have to be Buddhists in action, not in name only. Whatever religion we believe in or are theists, we are still human who can take good positive action to make a difference and we should make a difference. We should always try to make a difference. Life is not about only good things for ourselves, but the difference we can make in others’ lives. This is so important. ~ His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/film-tv-music/good-influences.html
  • Toh Cheng See
    (Thursday, Sep 18. 2014 12:32 AM)
    Thank you Rinpoche . The narration of the relationship between Milarepa and Marpa was so entertaining that one will remember it always.
    The training that Milarepa has to undergo reminds me of the Shaolin Temple shows where the student is made to carry water or rocks from distance river or quarry and how the master made the student work tirelessly to train their mind, to clear away the preconception mind one has.
    It is so like us to have this attitude. I have seen this happening to people where for example they did something good or credible they have this projection that others should “look up at them” or “treat them like a VIP” and when all this does not happen they get angry and their ego comes in and they create so much trouble for others .
    It is true that upbringing plays a big role . For example if a little toddler happens to walk and trip and if adults rush quickly to pick them up and start saying “oh you poor thing ” and then tells the child “let us beat the floor cause the floor made you fall” and the adult then goes to use hand to “beat the floor” what the child learns is “it’s never my fault, it’s always the fault of others”. This is crazy but I think most of you have seen adults doing this when a child falls.
    I notice also in family with a few kids , the oldest are usually more stable and matured while the younger ones tends to be more “baby” even though they have grown up to be adults. This happens cause the oldest child are more independent when they are young, having to do most things themselves . Then comes little brother or sister and the older sibling loves playing the role of the older brother and sister. The older sibling will always run to the younger ones to help in just almost everything . Maybe younger one drops a toy and instead of picking it up himself and older sibling quickly dash over to pick up for the younger one. Thus the younger child will grow up with the preconception that others will be always at their feet doing everything for them and how they should be treated and when things don’t go their way their mind becomes neurotic.
    Thus like Milarepa , one needs to change one’s attitude and preconception mind.
    I will use the story of Milarepa to remind myself not to have a preconception of how things should be .
    Thank you once again Rinpoche for this entertaining but educational video.
  • tsemtulku
    (Wednesday, Sep 17. 2014 10:38 PM)
    It is amazing what happened to a neighborhood in Oakland. You have to see this: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=53083

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Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
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    Dalai Lama watching TV
    1 month ago
  • Dog with a heart of Gold
    Dog with a heart of Gold
    Description
    1 month ago
  • 14th Dalai Lama with Mrs.Indira Gandhi , Delhi INDIA 1966
    14th Dalai Lama with Mrs.Indira Gandhi , Delhi INDIA 1966
    3 months ago
  • The Girl Who Couldn't Cry - Water is Life
    The Girl Who Couldn't Cry - Water is Life
    It's really hard to educate a generation of people born in conditions where they take things for granted. A simple slogan campaign that says, "Save water, It's precious" isn't sticky enough to make inroads. That's exactly where this video steps in: to make people realize how precious water actually is. A brilliant video that follows the heartbreaking story of a young girl that cannot cry. Sounds like fiction? Sadly, it is not.
    4 months ago
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    Dear everyone, All sentient beings deserve to live, be happy and not hurt, including animals. We should never hurt them or eat them. Look how much this chicken welcomes a hug and love. Observe carefully. Don't eat beings who can feel pain because the karma comes back. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
  • The appreciation shown here is so deep and touching.
    The appreciation shown here is so deep and touching.
    Dear friends, See this incredible video. This chimp was found in captivity for many years. Dr Jane Goodall released him into the wild. Look how he comes back to thank her with deep apprecition. It's amazing. Animals have such strong feelings of pain and happiness just like us. We should never hurt them and share with others to not hurt them. Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
    5 months ago
  • Aki drinking some water in the aviary
    Aki drinking some water in the aviary
    Aki is a rescued bird, he now lives in Kechara Forest Retreat Aviary
    7 months ago
  • Jamyang enjoying some fresh corn
    Jamyang enjoying some fresh corn
    Jamyang is one of our rescue birds that live in Kechara Forest Retreat Aviary
    7 months ago
  • The Cute Mumus Practising Dog Orchestra at Kechara Forest Retreat
    The Cute Mumus Practising Dog Orchestra at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Today the Mumus (dogs) decided to do a dog orchestra rehearsal together with the Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR) dogs.
    7 months ago
  • Incredible footage you must see!
    Incredible footage you must see!
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    7 months ago
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    Gongkar is our new bird for Kechara Forest Retreat's aviary. Gongkar never had friends and the original owner could not bring him to his destination. Now he is with us and assimilating in his cage within the aviary for a few weeks then released into aviary. Look at how much he wants attention from the other birds. Cute. Tsem Rinpoche
    11 months ago
  • Mumu, Oser and Dharma running and having a good time. I love seeing them playing. Tsem Rinpoche
    Mumu, Oser and Dharma running and having a good time. I love seeing them playing. Tsem Rinpoche
    11 months ago
  • Mumus running at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Mumus running at Kechara Forest Retreat
    1 years ago
  • Kechara Forest Retreat panorama, September 2013
    Kechara Forest Retreat panorama, September 2013
    1 years ago
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    Dechog our cockatoo at Kechara Forest Retreat grabbing long beans which he loves. Nice bird. We love him. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
  • The mumus having outdoor evening stroll!!!
    The mumus having outdoor evening stroll!!!
    1 years ago
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    17 May 2013, heavy rain at Kechara Forest Retreat from 7am-8am (1 hour). Water overflowed the existing drain and also opened up a much wider new "route" for itself.
    1 years ago
  • Must see video from Rajendra on our disciplined dogs
    Must see video from Rajendra on our disciplined dogs
    1 years ago
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    Dato' Ruby won the Bella Awards!
    2 yearss ago
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    This is a wonderful video for Moh Mei because she is sleeping in the KECHARA FOREST RETREAT CONTAINERS all alone...ehehehhehe...this is a new friend to keep her company....tsem rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
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    Answer to Jo
    2 yearss ago
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    The 2 tortoises in Tsem Ladrang, Kadro and Menlha are enjoying their fresh veggie meal.
    2 yearss ago
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    Organic vegetables at Kechara Forest Retreat
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    This is Dorje our friendly fish that lives with us. He captured my attention the first time because he was exceptionally friendly. TR
    2 yearss ago
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    Mumus go bye bye!!!
    2 yearss ago
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    SP's mom said that she is from Penang. This is her first trip to bodhgaya, and she truly finds bodhgaya is very holy and spiritual.
    2 yearss ago

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Lunch and dinner is a real treat at Kechara Oasis Viva Home with today's special menu. Lucy Yap
1 hour ago
~Dharma work, attitude & TDL | Tsem Rinpoche ~ Dear Kecharians, This is an important article to look over again and again and to share with others.~Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/dharma-work-attitude-tdl.html From: June Tang (Khjb)
13 hours ago
If you give up and everyone gives up, then what is there to live for? ~Tsem Rinpoche From: June Tang (Khjb)
13 hours ago
Don't use up all your time just thinking....get out and do it!! ~Tsem Rinpoche From: June Tang (Khjb)
13 hours ago
Though you make arrangements, saying “tomorrow” and “tomorrow,” Just then, suddenly, you have to go. — This is going to happen to you! And without choice, leaving behind in disarray Your left-off work, left food and drink, you have to depart. — This is going to happen to you!~His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche - Heart-Spoon From: June Tang (Khjb)
13 hours ago
You must watch this video and be totally flabbergasted, amazed and inspired. I guess with anything in life you have to want it bad enough by remembering the benefits. What do you have to lose if you go all the way. But you have everything to lose if you don’t give it your all. Great way to start your day and maybe your life again….~Tsem Rinpoche see: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=31375 From: June Tang (Khjb)
13 hours ago
White Tara puja was led by KH Ng and assisted by Tat Ming at Kechara house gompa. Lucy Yap
13 hours ago
Our food distribution in Anjung Singgah today. Thank you to Mimi, Kim, Joanne and Carole for helping! Justin@KSK
14 hours ago
Westin Hotel served delicious hotel food today from our Soup Kitchen today. Justin@KSK
14 hours ago
We can achieve something truly meaningful if we are consistent. ~H.E.Tsem Rinpoche _Hee TS
16 hours ago
When the perfect Buddha clearly stated there is karma and results, why behave as if there is no karma ?~H.E.Tsem Rinpoche _Hee TS
16 hours ago
nvoke upon the Protector dieties as they are ready to help.~H.E.Tsem Rinpoche _Hee TS
16 hours ago
Food distribution sponsored by Lions Club of George Town Mutiara. KSK Penang. Patsy
17 hours ago
Last night Setrap (Eng) 22/9/14 puja attendees at Kechara House gompa.. Pastor Han Nee shared prepuja dharma sharing "Love without Agenda" from Rinpoche's blogpost. Lucy Yap
20 hours ago
Love is free and not meant to entangle.~#tsemtulku_PB
23 hours ago

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