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

 

 

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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

    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.

  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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    http://vajrasecrets.com/offerings/offering-to-monastery/offering-robes-to-the-sangha-patience-set.html
  • Pastor Yek Yee
    (Friday, Jul 25. 2014 01:53 AM)
    Offering Robes to the Sangha – Patience Set:
    1. Donka (Upper robe)
    2. Shamthap (Lower robe)

    It is due to the kindness of these holy monks and nuns that we are able to receive the Dharma today. Sangha members commit their lives to following the path of the perfect Buddha by putting others’ needs above theirs. Join us in creating the causes for the growth of Dharma, and for the happiness and peace that you will gain in your own lives.

    http://vajrasecrets.com/offerings/offering-to-monastery/offering-robes-to-the-sangha-patience-set.html
  • Pastor Yek Yee
    (Friday, Jul 25. 2014 01:52 AM)
    Offering Robes to the Sangha – Ethics Set:

    2. Long zen (long shawl)

    It is due to the kindness of these holy monks and nuns that we are able to receive the Dharma today. Sangha members commit their lives to following the path of the perfect Buddha by putting others’ needs above theirs. Join us in creating the causes for the growth of Dharma, and for the happiness and peace that you will gain in your own lives.

    http://vajrasecrets.com/offerings/offering-to-monastery/offering-robes-to-the-sangha-ethics-set.html
  • Pastor Yek Yee
    (Friday, Jul 25. 2014 01:50 AM)
    Robes are the clothes of a monk or nun (the Sangha). Wearing the robes reflects the commitment of an ordained person to bring happiness and comfort, and to relieve the sufferings of sentient beings

    Offering Robes to the Sangha – Generosity Set:

    1. Short zen (short shawl)

    http://vajrasecrets.com/offerings/offering-to-monastery/offering-robes-to-the-sangha-generosity-set.html
  • Pastor Yek Yee
    (Friday, Jul 25. 2014 01:48 AM)
    Please join us in supporting the Sangha of Gaden Monastery, through the works of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche. It is due to the kindness of these holy monks and nuns that we are able to receive the Dharma today. Sangha members commit their lives to following the path of the perfect Buddha by putting others’ needs above theirs. Join us in creating the causes for the growth of Dharma, and for the happiness and peace that you will gain in your own lives.

    http://vajrasecrets.com/offerings/offering-to-monastery.html?SID=fu4nkf616me5vjiu5lndbuk9d2
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Thursday, Jul 24. 2014 08:54 AM)
    Gratitude series (ongoing- #2 posted)
    Ms Kwan and myself back in Taipei, Taiwan. I should be around 4 years old in this picture. I always remembered a beautiful and very kind lady who use to take me to the mountains, bathe me, feed me and give me so much love. She lived in the mountains of Taiwan I found out later with her family at that time. We all might have a Ms. Kwan in our life, and we cannot forget them. We must stay in contact with them. I remember clearly all that she had done for me till now. I am grateful to have her and her family help me as a child. I am grateful for her kindness. I love you Ms. Kwan.
    Tsem Rinpoche
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/gratitude-series-ongoing.html
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Thursday, Jul 24. 2014 08:51 AM)
    It is the BookFest Malaysia next week, starting from the 26th of July to 3rd August at KL Convention Center (KLCC). Come and join Li Kim and Pastor Adeline Woon for two inspiring sharing sessions on achieving happiness and inner peace based on the teachings of H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, published by Kechara Media & Publications. Spend some time with your family and friends at Malaysia’s biggest book fair during the holidays and festive season to meet Kechara’s talented and special speakers. See you there!
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154411585215182&set=pcb.10154411630440182&type=1&theater
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154411585835182&set=pcb.10154411630440182&type=1&theater
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Wednesday, Jul 23. 2014 12:45 AM)
    A Buddha can never be ‘un-Buddha-ed, but samsaric being can have samsara removed. ~ Tsem Rinpoche
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/to-understand-projections-better.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

Photos On The Go

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These fresh tomatoes just plucked from our garden here in our USA Ladrang. Tomatoes are some of my favorite foods. Tsem Rinpoche
5 days 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
1 week 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. 
1 week 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
2 weeks ago
Existing is not true existence but mere labelling because the causes removed, we are empty.~Tsem Rinpoche
2 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 
2 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
2 weeks ago
This is profound and the secrets to our success or failure. Tsem Rinpoche
2 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
3 weeks ago
Powerful!!
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 weeks ago
Please click and enlarge the picture. This is something I strongly feel. Tsem Rinpoche
3 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
3 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
4 weeks ago
Do you know what is a Wenatchee? Let me share: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUm3ldZhZIU
4 weeks 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 
1 month 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
Holy and lifelike Lord Manjushri painted in Indian style in which it should be. Wish I can have this reproduced exactly with every holy detail. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
This picture is self explanatory. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 months ago
Geshe Ngawang Dhargye was an incredible teacher, read his superb teachings and understand about his parinirvana: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=49542
2 months ago
Complete Commentary on 50 Verses of Guru Devotion--Dear friends, This is an essential study no matter what tradition of Buddhism you come from. If you are serious about gaining progress on the path of practice to enlightenment, this text is highly recommended and very necessary. I fold my hands and request you all to study so you gain progress. See here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=49607
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
    1 month 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.
    2 months ago
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    Dear everyone, All sentient beings deserve to live, be happy and not hurt, including animals. We should never hurt them or eat them. Look how much this chicken welcomes a hug and love. Observe carefully. Don't eat beings who can feel pain because the karma comes back. Tsem Rinpoche
    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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    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
    10 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
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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
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    The 2 tortoises in Tsem Ladrang, Kadro and Menlha are enjoying their fresh veggie meal.
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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
    2 yearss ago
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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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    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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Halfway through tonight's blog chat quiz on Lama Tsongkhapa, Rinpoche came out and proceeded to debate Pastor David on whether Avalokiteshvara is more beneficial than Lama Tsongkhapa hehehe x Pastor Jean Ai
2 hours ago
Halfway through tonight's blog chat quiz on Lama Tsongkhapa, Rinpoche came out and proceeded to debate Pastor David on whether Avalokiteshvara is more beneficial than Lama Tsongkhapa hehehe x Pastor Jean Ai
2 hours ago
Kechara Puja House just did Travelling Puja..May the traveller have smooth and save traveling 今天克切拉佛教中心办了旅游顺利法会。 祝福旅者旅程顺利,平安。
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We helped prepare Mr Mah who have been homeless for 3 weeks in Kepong for a job interview today. He was accepted to work as a caretaker in an apartment. We provided him with basic clothings and toiletries to begin a new lease of life. Mr Mah will also be listed in our food bank beneficiary programme. Justin Cheah@KSK
13 hours ago
We helped street bound Uncle Lee from Klang to move into the shelter home today. He was very grateful of our help and glad that he won't be sleeping on the street. Justin Cheah@KSK
13 hours ago
Participated in PERTIWI Soup Kitchen food distribution yesterday night! Such a good experience. Justin Cheah@KSK
14 hours ago
Volunteers with our clients happily posing for a group photo after receiving their Hari Raya goody bags and Duit Raya in the Program Ramadhan Kasih held in Dataran Bandaraya on Tuesday night. Justin@KSK
14 hours ago
One of the visitor highlights at KFR - Widsom Hall_PB
17 hours ago
One of the visitor highlights in KFR - Dukkar Apartments_PB
17 hours ago
One of the Visitor Highlights in KFR - Manjushri Hill_PB
18 hours ago
~Question asked by Bryan Chen~ Rinpoche, what is the process for becoming somebody's guru? What I mean is, you have a lot of students, but is there a formal ceremony or something, where you have to approve them, or is it something that each person recognizes for himself/herself? Thank you! ~Response by tsemtulku~ If you think in your heart this is my guru and commit, then it is your guru. If you go through a formal refuge ceremony with a teacher then they are your guru. If you formally request and the teacher accepts then he is your guru. If in your heart you feel this is the right teacher among all your teachers and you choose this person, then you hold the commitments, they he is your root guru. These are the different methods..Good luck to you always.. Read the book: Fulfillment of All Hopes by Tsongkapa -Wisdom Publications…. This book will be very good for you..it is about the relations with a teacher. http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/questions/page/28 From: June Tang (Khjb)
19 hours ago
~Question asked by piggy~ dear rinpoche in the name of medical science millions of lab animals are genetically bred to suffer horrible diseases and cruel experiments.for every medical/surgical treatment available millions of rats,rabbits, pigs,dogs have been sacrificed.this is a terrible karma we are all a part of and yet unless we can say no to all medical intervention when we are sick it would seeem so hypocritical to be anti vivisection . what is your advice on this ? thank you. ~Response by tsemtulku~ Do your best to counter all this karma by going Vegetarian if you are not. Promote animal welfare. Start a animal sanctuary. Start a powerful blog site on this issue. Use social media to bring awareness. Educate others by various means to save and be kind to animals. Live your life for saving these poor beings from being harmed.Use Medicine Buddha as your main Yidam to achieve this. These would be good action dharma to counter some karma and create new karma.Talk is good when action
19 hours ago
~Response by tsemtulku~ Dear Irene, My condolences to you from my heart. 1. Grieving for loss of loved ones is ok. It is not anti-Buddhist to recognize we are attached at this stage of our path. And we do miss people. 2. Studying the 12 interdependendent links and reincarnation will help you tremedously to recover and for everyone to come to terms with this. 3. The beautiful thing is we can do actions according to Dharma that generate merits for those departed. So instead of just grieving which does not benefit them, we can generate merits for their future lives. That would be a wonderful show of our love for them. If you like, on the Science and Mysteries category of this blog, I have videos on reincarnation that might help you.I wish you the best. http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/questions/page/26 From: June Tang (Khjb)
19 hours ago
~Question asked by irene~ dear rinpoche how do i apply buddhist teachings to explain and cope with the loss of loved ones knowing that i will never see them again when they have passed away ? do i regard their existence n our mutual consciousness as merely a reality collectively constructed by our samsaric mind and hence there never was a me n them or the separation caused by cycles of deaths n rebirths ? stoic acceptance that they are gone cannot resolve the grief of losing them forever . From: June Tang (Khjb)
19 hours ago
~Question asked by Sarah~ Dear Rinpoche, I'm not sure if this topic came up before, but what is your opinion on Euthanasia? How will it affect a person spiritually if he/she is involved directly or indirectly practicing euthanasia? Indirectly for example, accepting payment for the clinic etc… ~Response by tsemtulku~ This topic has come up and I have answered. 1. I would not recommend it. 2. Any type of killing will affect our karma hence spiritual growth. 3. Accepting payment from wrong livelihoods would of course result in further negative karma. I would personally not be involved in any form of Euthanasia. http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/questions/page/26 From: June Tang (Khjb)
19 hours ago

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Nepal 18,816
Portugal 17,848
Switzerland 21,584
Sweden 18,074
Hungary 13,618
Greece 12,734
Sri Lanka 11,860
Vietnam 13,291
United Arab Emirates 11,988
Japan 13,973
South Africa 11,188
Bulgaria 11,401
Ireland 11,551
Poland 13,559
Pakistan 9,467
Saudi Arabia 8,179
Russia 9,551
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