Sleep in Comfort

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It is important to get a good night’s rest. Everyone needs to let their body take a break as the body naturally repairs itself during our sleeping hours.

As we get older, we realize that there’s a bigger need to get good and supportive bedding. It helps us sleep better at night, especially if we always push our bodies to the limit.

Yesterday, I came across this article about down feather pillows and its origin. Down feather pillows and comforters are extremely popular due to the comfort it provides… it’s very soft, and the texture makes it a very good bedding option.

What I didn’t know was that to make down feather bedding, these feathers are plucked from geese while they are alive! Many times this brutal treatment causes much distress and fear to the geese. The ripping out of the feathers causes many of them to become paralyzed from the pain… and many also experience severe wounds. To decrease cost, should the geese not die from the ordeal, workers will sew them back up without any pain killers. How horrible!

The plucking of the feathers begin when the geese are as young as 10 week old. It is then repeated every 6 weeks until it is killed for meat. When we buy down feather bedding, it not only promotes this cruel industry but also encourage the foie grass industry… many of these farms operate in such a way where the feathers of these geese are plucked for extra profit before they are killed prematurely for our consumption.

We have so many other bedding alternatives that can give us equal comfort. It is beyond cruel to continuously torture these animals just for our personal comfort. Please make a pledge to be Down-Free* and also pass the word around on social media.

Making people aware of this form of cruelty is a start to end this horrible industry that causes suffering and death to thousands of animals every year.

Tsem Rinpoche

*https://secure.peta.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=3559


 

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 A geese being plucked for their feather while still alive… look at the wounds that this goose has to endure from the violent feather plucking…

 

Both adult and child holding a silent protest to end the down feather industry

 

Protests happens everywhere… people are determined to end the suffering of these poor animals

 

These geese went through the cruel plucking process… poor things… look at the horrible condition that they live in… there is no relief from suffering for these animals

 

 

[Image source: http://www.peta.org/features/down-investigation.aspx, http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-clothing/down-industry.aspx]

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  1. Julien Roth on Aug 6, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    I never knew that just by buying pillows would affect so many lives. And i couldn’t imagine the pain they had to go through just so that we can get our personal needs. So cruel. I hope this news spreads fast so that all the people that didn’t know about this will be informed and may this madness stop.

  2. Andrew Boon on Aug 6, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    OMB… Ignorance is truly not bliss. I never knew this till now. I personally thought it to be an industry whereby it was monitored and that the birds did not suffer. I will never buy down EVER AGAIN! :(

    Just for our mere “comfort” so many lives have to suffer! It is just not worth it at all! Nor will we encourage hotels to use down too!!!

  3. Jim Yeh on Aug 6, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    This is so sad! The geese had to suffer pure agony for the comfort of humans? Makes you wonder who came up with this idea in the first place. Thank you for sharing this with us Rinpoche. We are now more aware.

  4. HelenaC on Aug 6, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Sighhhh….. this is bad and terrible!! behind the pillow has such a cruel trade!! Thanks for sharing Rinpoche, will spread the awareness.

  5. Choongs on Aug 6, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Oh gosh!

  6. Sean Wang on Aug 6, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    I always thought that the feathers in our pillows are naturally removed and it does not harm people. I did not know about this harsh reality. Thank goodness I have been only using artificial sponge material as pillows as I personally found the feathers very poky and irritating.

    Thank you for sharing this information!

  7. sarahyap on Aug 6, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    It’s difficult to imagine how cruel the down feather industry is… imagine plucking the feathers while the geese is still ALIVE and not sedated… it must be excruciating pain for these geese… It’s like plucking one’s fingernails without having local anesthesia. On top of that, the feather plucking is not over just once, but is done continuously every few months until these geese are slaughtered for meat. Cruel…

  8. sweekeong on Aug 6, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    The geese is being tortured for our own comfort. It is very horrible. It is even more horrible that we do not even know that this is the practice for making Down pillows. The horrible scene is happening behind our back while we ignorantly buying these pillows to have a good night sleep.

  9. hecelus tan on Aug 6, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    I only want to say sorry for these poor geese and I can imagine how painful they are. Human as a kind of being that brings greatly suffering in other kind of beings just because of their own comfort. How selfish we are! Start from today I hope I can be a smart shopper and only support all vegetarian products without harming any other living beings. I only wish they all were well and not wanted them to be suffering anymore. After I become a monk with pure precepts and three doors, I want to really save all these animals out of the realm of suffering and place them in a place where they can stay in a safe environment and bless by the three jewels. Venerable Hai Tao was the one who fight for the animal rights and I really wanted to learn from him. Like Rinpoche always care of these poor animals by using many different ways. Thank you Rinpoche for your sharing so we are knowledgeable and fulled of wisdom and open up our own Buddha nature.

  10. beatrix ooi on Aug 6, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    This is very cruel! These geese were born to be killed, literally. Every single living being has the right to live in this planet, and it’s very very cruel of humans to take away their lives because we do not have the right, just like we do not have the rights to kill ourselves because our lives were given by our beautiful parents. We must spread awareness of animal cruelty, help the ones who can’t say thank you..
    Thank You for sharing Rinpoche.

  11. Edern on Aug 6, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    I always thought that the feathers came bird that are already dead i never knew that they ripped off their feathers handful by handful. Imagine how much pain u get when u stivk a duct tape on your leg where there is lots of hair and pulling it out violently. Ouch !!!

  12. Sharon Saw on Aug 6, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Everyday we discover how cruel human beings can be. And the sad thing is that we will never run out of these atrocities… from what we eat, to what we sleep on, to what we wear to what shampoo we use, what make up we apply…. all because human beings don’t care for animals and that we have the mistaken belief that we have dominion over animals. Many people say that they don’t even believe that animals feel pain. Well, since the law of karma is infallible, i am sure they will find out in their next life.

  13. Cynthia L on Aug 7, 2013 at 12:30 am

    I must admit I have no idea the simple comfort in life brings so much pain to another being. A soft fluffy pillow and duvet definitely does not look life threatening. I’m sure many people are not aware of this hence the continuous support for this product.

    Micro gel fibrefill is a warm and soft synthetic fill, which offer a good alternative to down. Extremely comfortable while able to keep you warm and cool at different times during the night. On top of that, it’s hypoallergenic. Available in pillows and duvet as well. Do look out for these when buying beddings next time and share with friends so that they know as well.

  14. Jean Mei on Aug 7, 2013 at 4:30 am

    I have to admit, when I lived overseas I didn’t give a thought as to the origins of my pillow or blanket. I bought what I felt would be most comfortable, and usually it meant either containing goose or duck feathers.

    I thought that they cut the feathers off, like how we cut our hair, or people shave wool – quick and painless.

    Reading this blog post I realize that it is anything but that!

    It’s horrific and unethical what both ducks and geese have to go through for our comfort.

    This is something that do NOT want to be a part of.

    There are other alternatives, that may prove to be better for our posture, yet be as comfortable as duck or goose down.

    Memory foam pillows, wool-filled duvets, polyester batting duvets, foam rubber pillows etc.

    No one has to suffer for our comfort. Especially animals.

  15. Janice Kwok on Aug 7, 2013 at 8:46 am

    Its painful to watch and the geese being plucked alive. If waxing is painful, this must be hundred hundred times more. Just watching the picture gives me goose bumps. This reminds me that i must check the labels before i buy anything.

  16. shelly tai on Aug 7, 2013 at 10:21 am

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    Wow! Out of ignorant many of us did not know about it. We really have to spread this news to more of our friend hopefully less demand that it will stop this trade. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this information.

  17. Edward ooi on Aug 7, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, I know that some pillows, comforters, bolster, mattress and cloths are made of feathers. But I never thought the process of removing feathers is so violent. I never use any feather products., I think it’s best that peoples stop buying feather products so that less geese and ducks will have to die.

  18. Lucas Roth on Aug 7, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    this is so horrible, i am so sad for these poor geese. i hope it all stops one day. it is so painful for them, i hope they all have a good rebirth. thank you Rinpoche for sharing this.

  19. Girlie OOI on Aug 7, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Oh dear! Never knew that those feathers were plucked from live geese. How cruel. Imagine the pain they had to go through. We can’t begin to feel the pain that they had to go through. Is it the same as having our hairs pulled out?
    I don’t use products made of down feathers, anyways.

  20. Low KHJB on Aug 7, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    What an eye opener on Down feather.I did slept on a feather pillow before.I thought it was cute to shave the feather off a goose like they did with a sheep to get the wool.I would not expect them to do it in such a cruel manner.
    I am glad that in Malaysia,most of us are satisfied with just plain cotton or polyester fiber pillows or quilt’s.
    In this modern age ,we could create better synthetic materials with equivalent properties. We need not harm those poor animals!!!

  21. AdelineTan on Aug 8, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Poor geese,it is so horrible to see human beings can be so cruel to do such thing for the sake of money and for their own comfort.I will never buy or use down products.Thanks Rinpoche for creating the awareness and will share with friends.

  22. Jace Chong on Aug 8, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this.

    We should have know this truth earlier. I believe that Down feather products are having high demand, if not they won’t have factory in such scale.

    As a consumer at the end of the demand circle of these, we really should say no to products that take animals life or make animal suffers.

    Beside the pain of the animals, imagine how much bad karma the people involved in the industry create.

    The profits that we gain will not make us happy ever after but the motivation not to hurt others and benefit others will.

  23. Boon on Aug 8, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article with us. I never know about the story behind of the feather pillow. I thought that it just -feather-that all, nothing much until I read this article. What a shock….It’s so cruel… and I am sad to look at those animals being torture lively.I hope all of us can share this news with those people we know and advise them not to but feather pillow so that it can reduce he number of victims (geese etc).

  24. tenzin llhamo on Aug 8, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    OMB OMB OMB!!! It is so cruel!! It was so painful to see the workers pin them down and rip their feathers off just like that. Every part of the video was so painful to look at. I never thought it was done in this way. I too thought that they were shaved off instead of being ripped off! Thank Buddha I dont use any of these down products. And we should educate people around us so that they are aware of it and not support the products!

  25. Lim Han Nee on Aug 9, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    How cruel we have been without knowing it. Sleeping on down pillows in great comfort, not knowing that each feather of that pillow had been plucked out amid excruciating pain and horrendous suffering of the live goose or duck.

    However, once we know, we must help to put an end to all that pain.
    Thank you for sharing this information, Rinpoche.

  26. Janice So on Aug 9, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    I really didn’t know the making process of this kind pillow is like that..My heart feel very pain once i saw the above pictures..i feel it is very cruelty…Thanks Rinpoche to share this news to us….

  27. Jutika Lam on Aug 10, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    all this while I never knew that the down feather industry was such a cruel industry,I never thought that such a thing would happen!

    I always thought that how they plucked the feathers off was either by shaving it of or by cutting it off.

    I just don’t understand why do people have to be so rough to animals even though they are lower than us.

    I hope that people will be more aware of this and I also hope that people will know how much the geese have to through just for us to be comfortable.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing about this very disturbing article.

    Rest Well.

    Love
    Jutika

  28. Felix Kong on Aug 10, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Lucky I’m not the user of down feather pillow. They are so cruel to the geese, more focus on the production and profit only , never think about animals feeling. Nowadays , we need carefully to buy the product, example : I’ll choosing the product which has mentioned ” non animals testing ” .

    Please read this blog also Australia’s Secret Shame regarding Merino sheep are specifically bred in order to produce more wool per sheep http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/australias-secret-shame-a-real-look-into-their-wool-industry.html

  29. jp on Aug 12, 2013 at 2:26 am

    I’m shocked but glad to find out so that I can stop buying feather and down products. At the same time, I’ll forward the video to all my friends. We’ve got to stop cruelty to animals!

  30. Jeffrey on Aug 12, 2013 at 2:40 am

    I had no idea that getting feathers was done in a cruel manner!!! Never buying down again.

  31. Adeline Woon on Aug 12, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    I’ve always thought that at least the feathers are being plugged after they have killed the animal. This is similar to the duck feet or monkey’s brain dish that the Chinese Emperor used to have where the duck is forced to walk back and forth on a hot burning steel and the monkey’s skull opened while they are alive. Whether it is for the comfort of our sleep or taste buds, there is NO WAY all these actions are acceptable, NO WAY! Please refrain from buying feather pillow and halt this horrible practice immediately!

  32. Patsy on Aug 13, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Gosh, I never knew that the feathers are plucked out from the ducks and goose while they are still alive. I used to buy Down feather pillow as they were comfortable. Knowing the truth now how they suffer, I will never use Down feather products anymore.

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for sharing this information.

  33. Cliff on Aug 13, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    This is terrible! Not only do these poor geese end up being brutally murdered for the greedy consumption of human taste buds they have to suffer 6 weeks of excruciating pain of being plucked repeatedly. How would you like it if someone were to rip off your flesh wait for it to heal or sew it back up and then ripped off again? I always stuck with cotton pillows and coconut husk beds and they do just as good of a job than down pillow feathers. I was not aware of down pillow case but I am not surprised and I am truly appalled by this. Thank you for sharing this Rinpoche.

  34. Leu Chong Hin -kH (JB) on Aug 14, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    敬愛的上師
    感谢上師上載這個視頻。太有教育性。看完後,感觸很多。原來人類在為了滿足自己的欲望,同時對動物制造了慘無人道的傷害。對動物而言,太不公平。

    只有一部份的人了解它們的痛楚,

  35. Leu Chong Hin -kH (JB) on Aug 14, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    敬愛的上師
    感谢上師上載這個視頻。太有教育性。看完後,感觸很多。原來人類在為了滿足自己的欲望,同時對動物制造了慘無人道的傷害。對動物而言,太不公平。

    只有一部份的人了解它們的痛楚,

    • Leu Chong Hin -kH (JB) on Aug 14, 2013 at 3:58 pm

      敬愛的上師
      感谢上師上載這個視頻。太有教育性。看完後,感觸很多。原來人類在為了滿足自己的欲望,同時對動物制造了慘無人道的傷害。對動物而言,太不公平.
      只有一部份的人了解它們的痛楚,

  36. Uncle Eddie on Aug 15, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Yes, everyone needs a goodnight rest for the body to take a break to repair itself! The older, the more and bigger the need, especially if we push our body to the limit. But, we do not need to have the very soft texture “feathers” bedding with pillows and cormforters made from such feathers plucked or ripped from geese while still alive, causing pains and sufferings from severed wounds! Nor do we need to create the cause of these thousands of animals to die cruelly and painfully every year for these ‘comforts’. We rather not have such comforts and be the living graves of murdered beasts, tortured and slaughtered for the pleasures of such comforts! It’s develishly unethical – better than to do without them!!!

  37. David Lai on Aug 16, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    It’s incredible how people can be so cruel towards animals when it comes to profits, comfort and food. It’s great that we have reached an era of the information technology where we are exposed to such information that leads to awareness. The more aware people are of how we are cruel to animals, we can lessen the demand and effectively deal such industrial practices. It would be great that human kind would evolve towards reducing all manner of animal cruelty. That would be a great way to celebrate our thousands of years of existing on earth.

  38. William on Aug 17, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    As we sleep in comfort every night, we did not know what kind of suffering that was involved in producing our comfortable pillow. This article definitely makes me think twice of buying down and feather products. Definitely a NO!

    I could imagine going for body hair stripping is already so painful, what about these geese? Please reconsider your choice!

  39. Wan Wai Meng on Aug 29, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Lets create awareness about this, I didn’t realise this happens in this manner.

  40. Carmen Lin @ KMP on Sep 7, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    This is indeed very cruel to make animal suffer due to our own comfort just like how we make animal suffer for our own pleasures.

  41. Monica Ho on Sep 20, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    OMG OMG ..how can humans be so cruel…the birds felt the pain but they can’t talk…OMG..OM MANI PADME HOM!

  42. Ck siah on Sep 25, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    人类时常为了自己的欲望和享受而忽略了其他众生的感受,为了自己的舒服把痛苦建在动物身上。将心比心,或是有人强拔我们身体的体毛,我们都会痛不已生何况是其他众生。
    愿佛法可以普渡众生和感化众生,让众生有开示和有慈悲心。 让世界成为佛净土。

  43. Sean Wang on Nov 4, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    I wish I knew that the purchasing of pillows, used to comfort me, could have lead to the senseless genocide of many innocent beings. This is very saddening and disheartening. I hope that news will spread of this massacre.

  44. Edward ooi on Jan 12, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, this behavior is just too cruel. The pain from plucking their skin has already beyond the pain they can take and putting them into hot boiling water is like burning in hell. We will never understand their pain unless we are being treated like that. I freaking hate the people who started treating animals like this.

  45. Lucas Roth on Jan 20, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    I think animal abusers are sick people, i mean who plucks the feathers out of an animal when they are still awake and aware of their surroundings? It is so cruel… thank you for sharing Rinpoche

  46. Beatrix Ooi on Feb 2, 2014 at 2:30 am

    This is truly a torment for the geese, can you imagine how painful is it to have your hair plucked off from your scalp? It’s painful even if it’s just a string of hair, not to talk about having hundreds of them plucked off, just like the geese plus they have no anesthetics before that, if I were one of them, I would have died because the pain is just too much. These geese do not deserve to be treated like that, they did nothing wrong! Even if they did, we still do not have the right to take away their lives.

  47. Sam on Mar 5, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    I feel sick. I never knew how much pain was involved. Om Ma Ni Ped Me Hung.

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    (Monday, Jul 28. 2014 10:49 PM)
    We are only free when we expel the samsara within us. Tsem Rinpoche @tsemtulku on Twitter
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Monday, Jul 28. 2014 10:49 PM)
    Give me enlightenment on a silver platter please? Tsem Rinpoche @tsemtulku on Twitter
  • tsemtulku
    (Monday, Jul 28. 2014 05:47 PM)
    Dear Chuah Su Ming,
    You are naturally a kind person. You can think deeply and give yourself to those around you. You are super intelligent with high IQ and EQ..rare combination. I didn’t teach you anything about kindness. It was in you already. You are naturally caring, naturally responsible and naturally a loyal person. Anyone who has the good fortune to be your friend will find a true friend in you. Even when people play mind games with you, you are forgiving and let it be. You have a huge capacity to forgive beyond ordinary mortals. You always give people a chance and focus on their strong points.

    You never ask anything from people for yourself. You have contributed to the growth of dharma, the benefits of those around you very much. You always take care of those around you without ever showing anything but true love. I’ve witnessed this again and again. You are a very good representative of kindness, strong woman, good human being, good Buddhist and excellent example of a Kechara member.

    You have benefitted me and my life very much beyond a doubt. I often reflect on so much you have done and I am indebted to you. I mean every word.

    You are one of the best persons I have met in my whole life. I am very honored to have you as a friend, family and student. I wish to have a pure and good relationship with you for the rest of my life. Gold like you must be kept. Not easy to find solid gold among the rocks. In you I can trust and believe in you, because we are living in a world that trusting others is a difficult thing to do. Whenever I think of you, only warm and grateful thoughts arise in my mind.

    Thank you for really absorbing the dharma within your being because dharma just made you even more beautiful than you already naturally are. You are a stunning person because you choose to care about others. You have genuine compassion with action coupled with results. You are always results orientated and very good example to those around you.

    You have my good wishes, loyalty, care and genuine love. Much respects and fondly, Tsem Rinpoche
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Monday, Jul 28. 2014 01:18 AM)
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  • Pastor Adeline
    (Monday, Jul 28. 2014 01:17 AM)
    Ullambana is also a very time to repay the kindness of the Three Jewels, one of which is robes offering to the sangha.

    The sangha’s robes represent the vows & commitment held by an ordained person. It is also one of the 4 main necessities of the sangha. By making this offering, you create the causes to continue the growth of the sangha who in turn remain to spread the dharma – the highest form of giving to all.

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The Unknown

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

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If everyone can realize this would eliminate so many problems.
4 hours ago
This is one of the best Avalokitesvara thangkas I have ever seen. I rarely see an Avalokitesvara that draws me or I really like. I am very particular about thangka paintings. But this one is really done by a super skilled artist. The eyes are perfect and the gaze is the correct angle of calm/contemplativeness. The lips, nose and proportions are stunning. The coloring and feel is regality and serenity with great compassion. He feels alive. I would love to get a copy of this very much. Tsem Rinpoche
2 days ago
Look at this massive thangka of the Lord of Wisdom Manjushri in Tibet. The bigger the thangka it is believed, the more blessed the area will be. See all the people congregated around it to pay homage and make offerings. Amazing. May you all be blessed by this too and be connected to Manjushri. Tsem Rinpoche
2 days ago
There is a devil there is no doubt, but is he trying to get into us or trying to get out? ~Tsem Rinpoche
2 days ago
These fresh tomatoes just plucked from our garden here in our USA Ladrang. Tomatoes are some of my favorite foods. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
We had some very special guests come to volunteer at Kechara? Guess who they were? And they turned out to be very humble in their works that night. Please see the love and care: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=51852
2 weeks ago
This is so true. When teach dharma to some and ask them to change or explain why, they reject and become unhappy and speak ill. 
2 weeks ago
If my endurance of so much suffering these past years have benefitted you and took some away from you, then it was not in vain and I am content and I would take more.~Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
A sketch by a eye witness in California-1987
3 weeks ago
Existing is not true existence but mere labelling because the causes removed, we are empty.~Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
People from different parts of the world who have no prior obvious connections can connect to do dharma together. This is wonderful because what we did in the past together can manifest in the present again to continue where we left off. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
ELEPHANT WEEPS AFTER RESCUE: A 50-year-old elephant that had spent much of his life shackled in chains, wept when he was finally freed from captivity. "Raju" had tears streaming down his face, as wildlife rescuers released him. SHARE this amazing story. -Details of Raju's rescue: http://kiro.tv/AmazingElephantStory
3 weeks ago
This is profound and the secrets to our success or failure. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Are you the sign of the pig? Do you want to know more about yourself? It would be interesting: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=23608
3 weeks ago
Vegetables harvested from our garden in our USA residence today...nice. TR
3 weeks ago
See who are in these nice pictures and how they are connected to me please....I just posted the Gratitude series #2...do take a look: See: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=51490
4 weeks ago
Powerful!!
4 weeks ago
Having a healthy strong body is important so we can take care of the people and animals around us, to do our dharma practice and to be able to contribute to society. Practices like Je Tsongkapa and Amitayus are very helpful for extending our life energies and healing from within. I spoke about it: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=29398
4 weeks ago
There are over 75,182 views of this post already! It's on horoscopes and how compatible you are with someone or not compatible and why. Perhaps it would be good to understand why someone so close could have or not have conflicts with you. Find out about yourself and understand your character: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=24905
4 weeks ago
Dear friends, This is a very good documentary on bigfoot. It is very scientific and examines a new footage of a bigfoot running very fast. Examines and gives you reasons why this cannot be a man or a person in a suit..very nice. I've not seen this one before. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zUhKhv3Z-I
4 weeks ago
Please click and enlarge the picture. This is something I strongly feel. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
This will be my gratitude series where I share all that I am grateful for. This is my first post: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=51490
4 weeks ago
Mr. Lai, the proud dad of Pastor David Lai. Mr. Lai has expressed how proud he is of his son and what he is doing for others. Mr. Lai is very happy his son David is a Pastor of Kechara and rejoices in the Dharma shared with others. Mr. Lai himself is a very kind and steady person and an important member of Kechara also who always keeps his promises. Many in Kechara respect and love Mr. Lai. Like father like son. Kind people. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
I agree with what Martin T. Bosnev says about Pastor David. Martin is a very intelligent person, so when he compliments, he has thought it through. I appreciate Martin's input. Pastor David always teaches Dharma from his heart and with enthusiasm. He truly believes in what he shares. He has been blessed by Tsongkapa to speak because he is sincere. Many enjoy listening to the Dharma from him very much. Please see what Martin is talking about: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=4197
4 weeks ago
This may be short, but it's one of my favorite documentaries also you have to take a look. Very good. I wanted to share with you all: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUDjCmg4awI
4 weeks ago
Our group who went on a spiritual pilgrimage in the holy places of Kathmandu, Nepal.-June 2014. I rejoice for them. These trips have infinitely so much more meaning than the usual vacations.  Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
Burning eyes? A special story for you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e548MkrkGWk
1 month ago
Do you know what is a Wenatchee? Let me share: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUm3ldZhZIU
1 month ago
Beautiful Sampheling Monastery. The home monastery of H.H.Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche. This is a place to visit!
1 month ago
Dear friends, Are you ready to witness something extremely brutal but with a happy ending? See here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=50488 (Viewer discretion is advised as very graphic)
1 month ago
Dear friends, Did you know there are three holy mountains of Avalokitesvara, Manjushri and Vajrapani in Yating, Kham -Tibet??!! It's not that difficult to get to either. I have just finished blogging about this. I watched a travelogue earlier and was AMAZED at the footage they showed of certain holy places in Tibet that I have heard of from senior monks but never seen. You MUST watch this excellent travelogue and enjoy. Tsem Rinpoche See here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=50824
1 month ago
Zamkar, Dharma, Mumu and Oser are always smiling and super cute. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 months ago
New book from Kechara just launched! http://Www.vajrasecrets.com
2 months ago
I've always tried my best to escape secular dreams because it's all a big wheel of disappointment. Get me out of samsara! Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Look at my Mumu boy. You can never take a bad picture with him. He is super cute from any angle. I love you Mumu. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 months ago
Please remember this. A dog is not a pet but a part of your family. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 months ago
Lineage lamas and root lama in Vajra Yogini's tantra. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
This is excellent! Must read and share. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 months ago
When on the hospital bed nearing our last breath, nothing matters except for the practice and transformation we have done in dharma in our lifetime. Our money, wishes, houses, clothes, jewelry, reputation, spouses, desires, dreams, greed, anger, possessions, explanations will be of no use at all. It will in fact even be a hindrance scratching at our mind's energy to let go and we cannot. Since they are no use at that momentous event, we should continue that thought now and understand what we should truly cultivate now. This thought must translate into action not just scholastic thoughts and meanderings of the mind for self deception or imitation spiritual satisfaction. This is what I think daily and everyday as part of my meditations on death and impermanence according to first chapter of Lam Rim. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
I totally agree with this. Some vent out their anger, get attention or want to send messages to people and justify by saying it's their space their posting on and they can post what they want. Be it so, your space is seen my hundreds and it's public domain and you know that. So if others post otherwise to your views, why get upset? You invited it. Maybe that is what you wanted? Attention? LOL.Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Wow. How perfect is this. This is exactly how I feel when I shared dharma with some people. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
I like this one. I just found it. Wonderful and simple for those who have to seek either one. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama in Yong He Gong temple in front of the beautiful Tsongakpa main altar in Beijing, China.
2 months ago
Another must read and must have book. I ordered it last week and it arrived today. So very much looking forward to reading/studying it. Dharma knowledge is something that should not remain stagnant. We must improve and apply upon it always. Applying it is the secret. I have so much more to learn. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it--always. Mahatma Gandhi
2 months ago
Look at my cheeky and cute Mumu boy!! The camera loves him! I love him. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
It would be wonderful if everyone can obtain a beautiful Vajra Yogini statue like this and it's available at http://www.vajrasecrets.com. Would you have Her body red painted or just copper color or brass colored? Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Lifelike Supreme Tara painted in Indian style. Stunning. Wish I can get artist to reproduce this exactly. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
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  • 14th Dalai Lama with Mrs.Indira Gandhi , Delhi INDIA 1966
    14th Dalai Lama with Mrs.Indira Gandhi , Delhi INDIA 1966
    2 months ago
  • The Girl Who Couldn't Cry - Water is Life
    The Girl Who Couldn't Cry - Water is Life
    It's really hard to educate a generation of people born in conditions where they take things for granted. A simple slogan campaign that says, "Save water, It's precious" isn't sticky enough to make inroads. That's exactly where this video steps in: to make people realize how precious water actually is. A brilliant video that follows the heartbreaking story of a young girl that cannot cry. Sounds like fiction? Sadly, it is not.
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    Dear everyone, All sentient beings deserve to live, be happy and not hurt, including animals. We should never hurt them or eat them. Look how much this chicken welcomes a hug and love. Observe carefully. Don't eat beings who can feel pain because the karma comes back. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 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
    3 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
    5 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
    5 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.
    5 months ago
  • Incredible footage you must see!
    Incredible footage you must see!
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    6 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
    9 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
    9 months ago
  • Mumus running at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Mumus running at Kechara Forest Retreat
    10 months ago
  • Kechara Forest Retreat panorama, September 2013
    Kechara Forest Retreat panorama, September 2013
    11 months 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!!!
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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!
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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
    1 years 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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    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.
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    Very touching video...Buddha said it was very important to visit the four holy places associated with Him before our deaths. Remembering this, I had instructed Paul to take this senior group to Bodhgaya and make sure they are able to plant imprints. When this life of 'fun', money, parties and socials are over, we cannot leave empty handed. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Our two rescued tortoises who live at Tsem Ladrang happily and will be transferred to Kechara Forest Retreat where they will have much more space to roam and run. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Aki is the old African Grey that was abandoned by his owner. Because he is old, no one wanted him. Well we wanted him and we took him and in and love him. He is in a big aviary and he likes his cage. We leave his cage open at all times so he can go in and out as he likes. His cage is his security blanket. Cute. He gets nice food and sunshine daily and also we play monks chanting for him to be blessed. We love you Aki. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Dear james, very nice video of Kechara outlet and the activity led by Kien. You must always make more videos. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
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    This little birdie was at a pet shop. He has maimed leg, permanent damage to his wing and cannot fly and also one eye blind. I don't think anyone would want the poor thing, so I adopted him and keep him safe, fed and with lots of fresh air. He's also in a large aviary so he can be with other birds and not be alone. He is alert, active, and has a good appetite. I like him very much and will make sure he is safe, happy and has a good life. I name him Lucky. Lucky will always be safe now. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago

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Dear Kimberly, It is very kind and caring of you to bring your friends to vegetarianism. Most important is you stay firm and you stick your way of eating. Over time during conversations, you can slip in informtation here and there. You can gift them with videos on their Birthdays, World Earth Days, or Kuan Yin Days. Make it look like a gift. Since they are your friends, you would know them better how to skilfully bring them the message. Over time, if you persist, you can convince some. It took me years to convince my friends also. The key is to be skilfull and not to give up because you don’t want animals butchered, tortured and eaten. Never give up.Much good luck to you. ~Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/questions/page/22 From: June Tang (Khjb)
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~Question asked by Kimberly~ Thank you so much for all the articles and videos promoting why we should all be vegetarians. I have friends who are eat meat, in fact some without meat in their menu will feel the meal is incomplete. How can I communicate for them to stop eating meat without sounding fanatical and flooding them with information they are mentally not ready to receive? I really just want them to start a day at a time. From: June Tang (Khjb)
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~Question asked by Raluca~ Dear Rinpoche, More and more people are talking about the fact that the law of karma is slowly getting "out of the picture" on this planet.Some claim love/law of attraction will be dominant. I would appreciate your point of you. Thanks.With love, ****************************** Dear Raluca, Whether ppl accept the law of karma or not, will make no difference to the truth of the matter. Karma does not exist on the basis of ppl’s belief in it…. In that way, it is ok. If ppl believed in karma, then the situation would be so much more different. More would take responsibility for every action they take. That would be a utopian situation for sure. Buddha’s teachings, thoughts and lineage will wane with time..as the merits for it cannot support. Shakyamuni predicted this Himself. So hearing the belief in karma will dwindle, I am not surprised.I wish you well. ~Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/questions/page/22 From: June Tang (Khjb)
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(Part 2) When I gave to the homeless in the past, I recieved many types of responses. Some thanked me and talked to me. Some wanted more. Some didn’t want food but money instead. Some stared at me that I would give them anything. Some screamed and ran away. Some just ran. So I had so many reactions. But you see, how they reacted is ok, I know my intent. I gave and it was between me and my Buddha. Buddha would want me to serve others and benefit others and that is all that matters in the big end. Much good luck to you. Always be generous and kind no matter what responses you get back. It will change people’s lives in one way or another. It will change your life for the better. ~Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/questions/page/23 From: June Tang (Khjb)
19 hours ago
(Part 1) Dear friend, When you practice generosity at first, it is about you and the recipient. How the recipient responds greatly affect your motivation to do more or less…in the beginning I stress. Everyone likes to be appreciated of course. But as you progress, it is not so much about the recipient. It is about you and your ‘God’. It is between you and your ‘Buddha’ or your ‘karma’ or your sense of universal responsibility. How the recipient responds has very little to do with why you actually give as you progress on this wonderful path of generosity.~Tsem Rinpoche From: June Tang (Khjb)
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~Question asked by ExperimentingWGenerousity~ Dear Rinpoche, What are the benefits of practising generousity in the larger context? How/should one encourage oneself to practise generousity and develop empathy? What is required for an act to truly be categorised as generous? Thank you very much for all of your help and caring example. From: June Tang (Khjb)
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~Question asked by Louis~ Rinpoche, you said in one place that Yamantaka practice is sufficient–one need not take any other practice. But in another place (one of your answers below) you said that father tantra is needed to provide the subtle body, mother tantra the clear light, and nondual tantra for something else. Could you please explain? I have to admit that it seems strange to think that say, Tsongkhapa is incapable of taking us all the way to enlightenment, unless visualized as Manjushri (but as Yamantaka, not ordinary red form) or Avalokiteshvara *(but as Hayagriva or Gyalwa Gyatso, not as ordinary white form). ****************************** Dear Louis, Let’s make this simple, your yidam will be according to your lama, your karma, your imprints, your current needs, your strongest afflictions. If your strongest affliction is anger, Yamantaka is wonderful. If you strongest is desire, then Heruka/Vajra Yogini, etc. Whatever Yidam you take, can take you to full enlightenment for
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~Response by tsemtulku~ Dear Ken, I have a great team of ppl helping me behind the scenes for our youtube videos, websites, online work and my blog. Your comment of appreciation left above will go a long way. People will be so blessed to know their online work has helped you in the way you have described. I myself am so happy to hear that there is a chance for you and your wife now partly because of us-I thank you.. Do not let the chance slip past you. The love we give others, the ppl in our lives, our pets are what makes our lives what it is..we must treasure them by listening to their needs. When you win, everyone loses. We must make sure everyone wins. Sharing is love..Love is to share..let others win and realize everyone deserves to be heard and appreciated. I wish you luck and supreme success. May you and your wife find closeness again and spirituality in your lives. http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/questions/page/23 From: June Tang (Khjb)
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