Sleep in Comfort

Aug 6, 2013 | Views: 1,448
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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

 

 

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  1. Pee Bee Chong on Dec 1, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    It is so horrible. It is so cruel to pluck the feather off animals while they are still alive. Many people do not know that the feather pillows and comforters that give us comfort comes from the suffering of animal. Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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。

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

  13. 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!!!

  14. 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,

  15. 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,

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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!

  19. 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.

  20. 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!

  21. 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

  22. 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

  23. 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….

  24. 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.

  25. 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!

  26. 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).

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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!!!

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

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

    Shelly tai on 7 Aug 2013 at 1012am
    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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. 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 !!!

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

  42. 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…

  43. 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!

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

    Oh gosh!

  45. 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.

  46. 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.

  47. 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!!!

  48. 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.

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  • Alice Tay
    Thursday, May 26. 2016 10:50 PM
    这是一篇非常好的博文来让大家了解如何可以用自然的方法对治,甚至可以降低伤害这些老鼠。

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

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

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

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

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

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Han Nee for this sharing.

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

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

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

    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

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

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

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

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

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

    With folded hands,
    Jason

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    With folded hands,
    Jason

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

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

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

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

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

    我们都相信达赖喇嘛尊者不是也不会做出一上动作!

    我们真诚希望马上解除这不该有的多杰雄登禁令!

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

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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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Grand looking painting of the Gelug Savant His Holiness Chankgya Rolpai Dorje
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My shrine in Los Angeles back in 2014. I just came across this picture from: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/etc/look-what-i-found.html
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Very unique art work of Dorje Shugden
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Beautiful 7ft Tara arrives today. See the beautiful picture and video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Okk8P3WIWFo
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35 Confessional Buddhas
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Please do not hate us
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Beautiful statue [image: Inline image 1]
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Such a stunning White Tara!
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Neerja's mother accepting the highest award in India on behalf of her daughter. Her daughter's bravery saved 300 people. Her strength, compassion and presence of mind during great tragedy earned Neerja a deep place in our hearts forever. Tsem Rinpoche
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Goddes supreme, with a wave of your right hand the 84,000 demonic interfering beings are repelled. With the powerful umbrella you hold in your left grants supreme protection upon your devotees. Although beautiful to behold you are fully attained and beyond samsara and a perfect refuge. Grant us protection, love and wisdom with your sacred mantra powerful Dukkar Goddess. ~Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
I love Japan so much. The water is so blue and clean. The landscape is so magical. It's such a beautiful country and a great place to engage in meditational retreats.
2 weeks ago
A good meme by Pastor Seng Piow!
3 weeks ago
Gaden Jangtse Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Chojor together with Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Monastery
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May 31, 1990, the day Tsem Rinpoche was enthroned formally in Gaden Shartse Monastery
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Panglung Oracle in trance back in 1925
3 weeks ago
More lamas/Tibetans are speaking up. This has nothing to do with Dorje Shugden ban although it helps the Dorje Shugden cause because there is more unrest and disharmony from many sectors within Tibetans showing the world so many are unhappy with the leadership.-Lodreu Rabsel Rinpoche's strong letter to the Dalai Lama regarding giving religious freedom within the Karma Kagyu sect of Buddhism is a MUST READ- and he is applauded as courageous for writing this: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=99364
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The beautiful truth
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Manjushri notes
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Karma Kagyu’s Lodreu Rabsel Rinpoche asks the Dalai Lama for Religious Freedom-This is explosive-Must read! http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=99364
3 weeks ago
The place where Lord Tsongkapa's holy remains are housed for pilgrims to visit in Gaden Monastery Tibet.
3 weeks ago
How death is so near, yet I cherish my ego more than my guru, more than his instructions and my protector. They are the only ones significant at death for me and yet I still think I have time. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
Would be so nice to live in an area where Bigfoot is prevalent and sighted. That would include mountains and lakes too.
1 month ago
Because of the ban against Dorje Shugden followers started in 1996, 700 monks had to cut from Sera Mey Monastery and start this new monastery. This new Serpom Monastery located in South India still suffers tremendous hatred and prejudice, but the brave monks continue their practice and lineage.
1 month ago
Vietnamese monk who self immolated hoping to bring change in his country. He sacrificed his life and sat still during the immense pain of his body burning.
1 month ago
Protector of the Sakya School of Buddhism, Gonpo Gur or Mahakala Panjarnata
1 month ago
Such a wondrous place to be with such a view that heals the soul. Why live in a city where it is unnatural and polluted. Everyday in the city is a day away from where we belong. We belong among the greens, forest, mountains and clean air. We belong in such a place and doing our retreats, sadhanas and mantras to find the ultimate place of belonging and peace....the ultimate place is within us with a developed spiritual mind. Hard to achieve among distractions in the city. 
1 month ago
This is the five foot Arya Avalokitesvara statue I have offered Gaden Shartse Monastery many years ago. It still graces the main prayer hall of Gaden Shartse Monastery.
1 month ago
Painting of 31st Sakya Trizin Kunga Lodro- Did you know that 7 of the great throneholders of the Sakya lineage of Tibetan Buddhism practiced Dorje Shugden and even composed extensive prayers to him? Take a look here and see what you can learn: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=98227
1 month ago
This is a good motto to work by within a team.
1 month ago
Beautiful painting of Pandit Naropa
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Beautiful painting of Lord Buddha's miraculous birth.
1 month ago
Beautiful image of Tara.
1 month ago
This is a good read. Evocative and memory filled: http://www.davidlai.me/2015/04/20/memory-of-the-vw-van/
1 month ago
Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche and Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
It was nice to meet them.
2 months ago
Good friends came to visit me. I was happy to see them as they have brave hearts and pure samaya. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Lef to right: Cousin Tsagan, dad, Aunt Meda, mom, sister Lidshma, cousin Liz, Aunt Elena, friend from France and Susie in Green dress. People whom I am fond of from the distant past..
2 months ago
Some friends went on a spiritual pilgrimage to Nepal recently and when they returned they gifted me with these wonderful books on Yeti/Bigfoot which I don't have. Wow! I like to thank Ms. Yee Lee, Mr. Swee Keong, Ms. Phoebe Yong, Mr. CK Siah & Ms. Wei Theng for their generosity and indulging me in my bigfoot hobby. Tsem Rinpoche
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The famous 5th Panglung Oracle
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Mysterious print of Pelden Hlamo the Goddess protector
2 months ago
This is a thangka of Cittamani Tara where her body mandala appears clearly. This image was circulated back in Thubten Dhargye Ling when HH Zong Rinpoche taught her sacred practice which was a pure vision of Thapu Dorje Chang. Thapu Dorje Chang received this practice in a pure vision. He was the guru of Pabongka Rinpoche.
2 months ago
Beautiful article on the Drigung Kagyu Achi Chokyi Drolma: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=94766
2 months ago
Tsem Rinpoche making offerings of robes to Lord Buddha in Bodhgaya
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What was once very beautiful destroyed by hatred, anger and prejudice.
2 months ago
What His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche composed about Dorje Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=87240
2 months ago
Comprehensive proof of Dorje Shugden in the Sakya school of Buddhism even before Gelugpa. Interesting: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=92860
2 months ago
When we see others who behave not according to our expectations and just to ‘get them back’ we throw all caution to the wind and we get angry, retaliate, fight back, scream, yell and then quit, it shows our mind. Everything is about our own mind. That is not to say they are not at fault. But if we want the world to act perfectly in our presence and then we don’t get angry, that is SO INCREDIBLE IDEALISTIC AND WE ARE DOOMED FROM THE START in anything we do. We have to keep our equilibrium always. Remember our vows, promises and our own state of mind. Be kind to ourselves and not let the other person throw us off because we have to be in control of our own minds. Remember, our mind and how it reacts is the key.--- H.E Tsem Rinpoche
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Ekai Kawaguchi -Three Years in Tibet-Read more: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=92725
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    People can really live their lives to save others. This is a good way to live. Beautiful video.
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    All beings have feelings and do not want pain, to be hurt or harmed. Therefore we must respect this and not harm animals. See this video how this man has made good friends with a special fish who comes when he rings for the fish. Touching. Tsem Rinpoche
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    HH the Dalai Lama prays with HH Trijang Rinpoche and HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Such a beautiful video of His Holiness Dalai Lama, His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and His Holiness Dilgo Kyentse Rinpoche (Very exalted high Nyingma lama) are all praying together. In the background you see a young Kyabje Lati Rinpoche too. So beautiful. This is how it was before the ban. All the sects and high lamas were superbly harmonious. After the Dorje Shugden ban things changed for the worse. May the ban be released soon. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Nice Dorje Shugden rock painting
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    His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche teaches the truth of life and our impeding death.
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    A kind message from Mr. Tsering Wangchuk to me. Thank you so much. Tsem Rinpoche
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  • May 29, 2016 05:01
    Lukas asked: What would happen if such a thing like everyone is nice and passionated about his "opponent" would become "reality" on this earth? Obviously theoretically lol My narcistic mind forces me to put reality and opponent in quotes duality you know. I'm a wise human being so fuckin reflected hah PS: I like you but seem a bit crazy try some of my western medicine my doctor is very patient about my neuroses and anger managment attempts...
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  • May 28, 2016 04:05
    Bradley asked: On page 43 of the Diamond Path. It states DS's emenations are endowed with the 27 enlightened activities, may I ask what are the 27?
    pastor answered: Dear Bradley, Thank you for your question. The verse you are referring to is the first verse of the Praise to Dorje Shugden:
    “Though gone to the state of the Sugatas countless aeons ago, In order to benefit the teachings and migrators, as whatever tames beings, Your hundreds of emanations are endowed with the 27 enlightened activities; Praise to the pervading lord, mighty Dorje Shugden.”
    These twenty-seven enlightened activities are enumerated in the last verses of Chapter Eight of the Abhisamayalankara taught by Maitreya to Arya Asanga. It is commonly called the Ornament of Clear Realisation in English. This text is of great importance to most Tibetan Buddhist lineages and in the Lam Rim Chenmo, or Great Stages on the Path to Enlightenment, Lama Tsongkhapa actually states that it is the root text of the Lam Rim tradition as founded by Jowo Dipamkara Atisha. This text is still one the five great texts studied by monks in the Geshe programme throughout Gelug monasteries. A thorough explanation of these twenty-seven points is a topic of intense philosophical study, however I have listed them below:
    1. The enlightened being performs deeds that appease beings in the Six Realms (God Realm, Demi-god Realm, Human Realm, Animal Realm, Hungry Ghost Realm and Hell Realm).
    2. Bringing sentient beings to the Dharma using four ways: generosity, using good speech, training them according to their level of intelligence and in stages, and by practicing what they teach.
    3. Having the understanding of what defilements are and the methods of purifying them.
    4. The true character of their activities for the benefit of all sentient beings, which is from the basis of realising that all sentient beings do not exist inherently.
    5. The practice of the Six Perfections: generosity, morality, patience, joyous effort, concentration and wisdom.
    6. Teaching the virtuous path to Buddhahood, which is the abandonment of the 10 non-virtues: killing, stealing, sexual misconduct, lying, divisive speech, harsh words, idle talk, covetousness, ill-will and wrong view.
    7. The practice of insight into the emptiness of all phenomena.
    8. The non-dual nature of all phenomena.
    9. The understanding that all dharmas as being merely conventional symbols.
    10. The insight into the absence of a basis in all dharmas.
    11. The maturing of living beings along their spiritual path through skilful means.
    12. The path of a Bodhisattva.
    13. The systematic effort to block all inclinations to make realistic assumptions.
    14. The attainment of enlightenment.
    15. A residence in various Buddha-fields.
    16. Displaying the form of a being who is to take only one more rebirth, thereby ensuring the attainment of enlightenment.
    17. Working tireless for the benefit of all sentient beings in cyclic existence.
    18. The virtuous acts which consist in looking after all beings.
    19. The limbs of enlightenment.
    20. The condition in which the fruits of his actions are never lost, diminish or extinguished.
    21. The vision of true reality, knowing all phenomena of experience.
    22. The forsaking of all perverted views.
    23. The cognition which allows the understanding of the method which allows him to forsake the perverted views assuming the absence of all entities.
    24. The state of complete purity.
    25. The ability to have various forms to engage in various activities, which results from his pure condition.
    26. The comprehension of the non-distinction between conditioned and unconditioned phenomena.
    27. Nirvana – full and complete enlightenment.
    When listing them out completely, it can get somewhat overwhelming to understand how this relates to us as practitioners. In order to make them more relatable, they have been categorised into three parts, which make us understand them better:
    1. Activities through which the Buddhas bring beings to the Dharma.
    2. Activities through which the Buddhas help sentient beings to practice the Dharma.
    3. Activities through which the Buddhas help sentient beings to achieve enlightenment.
    In essence, all the emanations of Dorje Shugden display the above twenty-seven activities. In brief these bring people to the Dharma, help beings practice the Dharma and ultimately help beings gain full and complete enlightenment themselves. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • May 27, 2016 02:34
    T asked: Is there a teaching to deal with insomnia and fatigue?
    pastor answered: Dear T, Both insomnia and fatigue can be caused by a worried or stressed mind, if not from physical exhaustion. In this case, one needs to calm the mind and relax the body in order to ease insomnia and fatigue. There are many techniques that can help with this. I’ll mention two here. The first is mental quiescence meditation or single pointed concentration meditation. Even with this there are many methods you can use, but to make it simple, you can use the breath as your focus. This is known as breathing meditation. To practice this, sit in a quiet place either cross legged or in a chair if you prefer. And simply become aware of your breathing, concentrating on the space between your upper lip and your nose. Gently become aware of breathing in and out. If any thought comes into your mind, do not get carried away with the thought, but simply bring your focus back to your breathing and let the thought disappear by itself. There are other more advanced methods once you are familiar with breathing meditation, which can be found in texts such as Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand by Pabongka Rinpoche (Day 21), which concentrates on a visualised image of Buddha Shakyamuni instead of the breath. But one things to remember is that meditation can be difficult for people, so it is better to start with short sessions, not longer than 5-10 minutes at first. Gradually over time you will be able to increase this time frame. The key to meditation is to consistently engage in it every day. This shouldn’t be difficult because it is only 5-10 minutes long. The second is to engage in the Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa, concentrating on the recitation of the Mig Tse Ma mantra. This is an extremely beneficial practice as it invokes upon the energies and blessings of Lama Tsongkhapa, and helps to significantly calm the mind, even if we are not consciously aware how troubled our mind is. Concentrating on the mantra recitation also acts as focus for single pointed concentration as well. You can watch a commentary to this practice by His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/tsongkapas-daily-practice-video-commentary.html. If you are interested in this practice, there is a box set which can help you start the practice available here: http://www.vajrasecrets.com/tsongkhapa-boxset-english and a written commentary available here: http://www.vajrasecrets.com/tsongkhapa-a-simple-guide-to-a-powerful-practice. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • May 26, 2016 04:00
    Thori asked: Thanks for your answer. But when you say "This can be coupled with various visualisations during the mantra recitations as well."what visualisations should I do, for example for the sadhana "DISSOLVING JE RINPOCHE INTO OURSELVES"? Other question, can the Sadhana be recitated in english? Andn we must recite them with high voice or can it be recitated simply in the mind? Thanks!
    pastor answered: Dear Thorim, For the visualisations of the Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa, during which you recite the Mig Tse Ma mantra, His Eminence 25th Tsem Rinpoche has given a very good commentary on the practice, available to watch here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/tsongkapas-daily-practice-video-commentary.html The most common forms of visualisations for this practice can be found in the book ‘TSONGKHAPA – A Simple Guide to a Powerful Practice’ which is available at any Kechara Paradise outlet in Malaysia, or can be invited only here: http://www.vajrasecrets.com/tsongkhapa-a-simple-guide-to-a-powerful-practice. This includes the visualisations on gaining the Seven Wisdoms, as well as other visualisations. These visualisations are excellent, as they not only help a person achieve meditative stabilisation, but invoke the blessings and energy of Lama Tsongkhapa. As for the Sadhana, it does not need to be recited in Tibetan. It can be recited in English or any other language. In fact, I would suggest, as you start your practice that you recite in the language you are familiar with, as you will be able to understand the words and meaning of each verse clearer. Later on, if you want, you can start reciting in Tibetan. Sadhanas and especially mantras should be recited out aloud, but softly. Sadhanas and mantras are not recited in the mind, but spoken. For mantras as they are the form of the Buddhas in sound, they should be softly vocalised. I hope this helps.
  • May 19, 2016 00:58
    Ming asked: Can we mix Han style vajrayana and tibetian vajrayana
    pastor answered: Dear Ming, Thank you for your question. Traditionally it is advised that we do not mix traditions or even lineages. There is a very valid reason for this, if we mix traditions or lineages then we are in the danger of becoming confused in our practice. This occurs because each lineage or tradition explains the path of practice in different ways, suited to the practitioners of that particular tradition. For example, think of both as separate paths to the same destination. It would be better that we follow one and get to our destination, rather than keep switching between the two paths and perhaps get lost or take a very long time to reach the destination. Both paths have been tried and tested in their efficiency to achieve enlightenment. This is not to say that there is only one correct lineage, on the contrary, it is said that Buddha Shakyamuni taught 84,000 different methods to achieve enlightenment, as such both the Han style Vajrayana and Tibetan Vajrayana are both valid paths to enlightenment. However if we practice one of these methods and achieve results which is enlightened attainments it is better and more effective than practicing two or more and run the risk of confusing ourselves or our practices. I hope this helps.
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