Sleep in Comfort

Aug 6, 2013 | Views: 1,432
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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



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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

    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 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



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  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

  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.


  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

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

  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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    Saturday, Oct 3. 2015 06:42 AM
    I have helped by dharma, advice, money, works and gifts to countless many for decades. Many of them have ran, make up stories about me and some have cheated me and many stay. Some contribute and some do nothing or little. Some are unstable, some commit and some go all the way.

    But I will not be stained by the 8 worldly dharmas nor affected by their behaviour, but remain steadfast in my resolve to benefit others even if they don’t benefit me. Whether they benefit me or not is not the criteria in which I help others or continue. My criteria is whether they help me or not or praise me or not, I must bring the message of Liberation from samsara to others. Some treat others badly because their samsara is so deep and only dharma can counter this. If I don’t bring dharma and be disheartened because of their behaviour to me then the situation will only get worse so since I know dharma, I must do something and continue. I must not let me and my feelings get in the way. Me and my feelings are not in the bigger equation. The bigger equation is to benefit others no matter how they treat me. I cannot stop something big to grow for somethings small (my feelings and disappointments). I cannot let one person’s pain and disappointment stop the benefit of many even if that one person is myself.

    My purpose is to make dharma grow so there is a oasis (dharma-hope) in the desert (samsara-sufferings). How they treat me I will not let it affect me but drive me on to continue. I only ask for the blessings of Dorje Shugden. I seek to rise above me and will keep on that direction. I am not important compared to the countless. May their sufferings end and may I be the cause of this.

    Lord Buddha’s enligtenment is testimony to compassion and love are fully possible to be embodied by one being.

    Tsem Rinpoche

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I must thank my dharma blog team who are great assets to me, Kechara and growth of dharma in this wonderful region. I am honoured and thrilled to work with them. I really am. Maybe I don't say it enough to them, but I am saying it now. I APPRECIATE THESE GUYS VERY MUCH!

Tsem Rinpoche

What Am I Writing Now


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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4 days ago
Thank you for this picture
4 days ago
This is a beautiful and unusual thangka.
1 week ago
The Goddess Kandarohi of the Vajra Yogini tantra. She is invoked to expel negative interferences. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
His Holiness Gaden Trisur Rinpoche Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal Pelsango. This picture of this very holy lama taken yesterday September 27, 2015. His Holiness is very well. I thank our good karma for this and grateful to see His picture. May we all become like His Holiness Gaden Trisur who is accomplished in his mind. My prostrations to this great lineage master who has commitment, samaya to His guru and who is Lord Tsongkapa's representative on earth, Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Making long life offerings to His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche who is one with Heruka Chakrasamvara.~Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Buddha and Jesus are best buddies and going out on the town to save some souls. Sure wish the followers can be just as open and liberal. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Beautiful mural painting of H.H. Pabongka Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
This is something interesting:
3 weeks ago
You don't want to miss out what this incredible lady Magadha Sangmo (须摩提女) did that benefitted so many during Buddha's time:
3 weeks ago
You have to see this as it's super cute and brightens your day: --------- Being creative is an expression of helping others to understand something by various unconventional means.~Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Do you know what this flag represents and the meaning behind it:
3 weeks ago
Such wonderful and hardworking people of Kechara! I respect them alot. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
His Excellency the YDP of Bentong gracing Kechara Forest Retreat today! He is taking a picture with our hardworking Kechara Forest Retreat team. They are the team that build, maintain and expand our plans in Kechara Forest Retreat. All future buildings and many exciting new plans will be made manifested by this group of beautiful people of Kechara Forest Retreat. (From Left to right: Ms Phng Li kheng, Pastor Chia Song Peng, Pastor Henry, His Excellency the YDP, Mr Nicholas Yu, Ms. Pammie Yap, Ms. Julia Tan and Mr Khoo. I am so proud of our team and I humbly thank the YDP for visiting us from his very busy schedule. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Parnashavari-Special healing goddess for contagious diseases. I want a 9ft statue of Her on Kechara Forest Retreat's land...very beneficial.
3 weeks ago
Sacred Vajra Yogini with the root and lineage guru on top and Her entourage surrounding Her.
4 weeks ago
Mongolian rare statue of White Heruka
4 weeks ago
11th Century Nepalese Manjushri
4 weeks ago
Beautiful ancient carving of Manjushri.
4 weeks ago
A sacred Manjushri made during the Kangxi period of China.
4 weeks ago
You are going to be amazed at these beautiful pictures! Guess what arrived on Kechara Forest Retreat's pond? See here:
4 weeks ago
This is so beautiful. Our Kecharians do deserve to read this and feel good. They are hard working. Thank you so much.
4 weeks ago
You'll have to watch Kechara's version. Camp, funny and really 'good' acting---Some things are just TOO FUNNY to see once! See this-
1 month ago
Beautiful pendant of Dorje Shugden Trakzey available now for your invite and blessings from! So beautifully crafted! This special form of Dorje Shugden rides on a garuda representing destruction of anger and protection of malevolent forces. Dorje Shugden protecting you wherever you go in the form of this sacred art pendant.
1 month ago
Amazing Wangzey Dorje Shugden pendant available now for your invite and blessings from! So beautifully crafted! This form of Dorje Shugden helps us to overcome insecurities, fears and difficult situations. Wear this special form of Dorje Shugden always!
1 month ago
The principle form of Dorje Shugden in 18 inches riding on a powerful snow lion the King of celestial beasts representing Dorje Shugden has overcome all obscurations and four maras and is fully enlightened. The remaining form of Gyenze Dorje Shugden will be available soon here at
1 month ago
Beautiful 18 inches Shitzey Dorje Shugden available now for your invite and blessings from! So beautifully crafted! This form of Dorje Shugden rides on a celestial elephant representing firmness and strength of the enlightened mind of Dorje Shugden. Shitzey helps us to heal, overcome diseases, placate anger and dangerous environmental situations.
1 month ago
Beautiful 18 inches Trakzey Dorje Shugden available now for your invite and blessings from! So beautifully crafted! So very rare riding on a Garuda. This form of Dorje Shugden is powerful to protect from negative energy and powerful energies that disrupt our minds, work and spiritual progress.
1 month ago
Beautiful 18 inches Wangzey Dorje Shugden available now for your invite and blessings from! So beautifully crafted! This form of Dorje Shugden helps us to overcome insecurities, fears and difficult situations.
1 month ago
This stunning Hayagriva thangka is in my aunt's shrine
1 month ago
Stunning Protector Brahmarupa
1 month ago
Protector Brahmarupa
1 month ago
Interesting background on Protector Brahmarupa
1 month ago
The Goddess Trokner Jenma or Bhrikuti...Very nice
1 month ago
So picturesque: Japanese small towns are quaint, neat, clean and very organized and it has very rustic feeling and they connect with nature. They are timeless with modern conveniences but old world feel. I love small Japanese towns.
1 month ago
Japanese small towns are quaint, neat, clean and very organized and it has very rustic feeling and they connect with nature. They are timeless with modern conveniences but old world feel. I love small Japanese towns.
1 month ago
This Vajra Yogini is in Rashi Gempil Temple in Howell, New Jersey. My guru Kensur Rinpoche invited this from India and enshrined Her in his house next to the temple. His house was right next to the temple. I use to go and look at Her always extremely fascinated. The statue is there now and here it is. Beautiful. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Whenever we think we can't we should take refuge in Manjushri and do his practice and retreats and then our minds will open up more and then we will understand we can. That nothing is can't but everything should be CAN!~ Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
H.H.Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche drew this Buddha.
1 month ago
Four wonderful people at a very holy and sacred location making pilgrimage. Many dakinis were sighted in this area.
1 month ago
Nice painting of Tibetan King Trisong Deutsen who did alot for the propagation of Dharma during his reign. He is worshipped as a Dharma king and attained being also.
1 month ago
Congratulations to Kyabje Zawa Rinpoche in Canada! See:
1 month ago
The personal statue of Lord Dorje Shugden of His Holiness Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche. Very holy and sacred. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Dorje Shugden statues to be given away
1 month ago
Some Dharma protectors have the special karmic link to take trance in people to speak. Gaden had a such a great oracle called Choyang Dulzin Kuten who took trance of Dorje Shugden, Setrap and Kache Marpo. This is a picture of the oracle of Gaden in full trance.
1 month ago
Two of the best people anyone can have as friends in their life. Left is Beng Kooi and right is Su Ming.
2 months ago
His Eminence Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche visited me in my house in Gaden Monastery back in 1994. What an honour. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
My personal thangka. Centre is H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Left is emanating from his heart is Vajra Yogini. Right is Dorje Shugden. I am at the bottom eternally prostrating to them. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Each one of us should write a respectful letter to this temple head and try to release this poor elephant..Tsem Rinpoche
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    2 weeks ago
    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
  • Nice Dorje Shugden rock painting
    4 weeks ago
    Nice Dorje Shugden rock painting
  • His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche teaches the truth of life and our impeding death.
    1 month ago
    His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche teaches the truth of life and our impeding death.
  • A kind message from Mr. Tsering Wangchuk to me. Thank you so much. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 months ago
    A kind message from Mr. Tsering Wangchuk to me. Thank you so much. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 1)
    2 months ago
    Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 1)
  • Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 2)
    2 months ago
    Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 2)
  • His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche accepts Long Life puja
    3 months ago
    His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche accepts Long Life puja
  • Dorje Shugden/Kache Marpo makes offerings to Tsem Rinpoche
    3 months ago
    Dorje Shugden/Kache Marpo makes offerings to Tsem Rinpoche
  • My good friend Justin Ripley
    3 months ago
    My good friend Justin Ripley
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    4 months ago
    I requested Choji Lah to do a trusol, rabney and soongdroop for our large DS and Buddha. In this video, he is performing trusol which is ritually 'bathing' the environment and blessing all those who come to visit our Wisdom Hall and Dorje Shugden. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Bigfoot arrives!!!
    4 months ago
    Bigfoot arrives!!!
    Tsem Rinpoche is an avid follower of the paranormal such as bigfoots. For more interesting writings and posts on the subject, please go to
  • Mumu Loves Snack!
    4 months ago
    Mumu Loves Snack!
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    4 months ago
    For H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, a blog post is not just a blog post but Dharma work that generates merits which should be dedicated. Click here to find out what blog post Rinpoche was dedicating the merits for when he recited this prayer: ~Ani Lobsang Pema
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    4 months ago
    Panchen Lama in Beijing on CCTV - China's official news. The respect and position they give His Holiness Panchen Lama is great.
  • Magical fish tank with Buddha statue
    5 months ago
    Magical fish tank with Buddha statue


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9 hours ago
Mr Chee is one of the dharma teachers for Kechara Sunday Dharma Class-Chinese Group (level 2). He has shared the video~Wesak Day 2012 which is related to the Day 12 Taking Refuge in the Three Jewels. Alice Tay
12 hours ago
Puja team preparing and do altar set up for bereavement puja. By Puja House 5 October '15
12 hours ago
Early morning puja team members make tormas for Gyenze puja. By Puja House 5 October'15
12 hours ago
More orders for Gyenze puja, especially for investors who wish to have smooth cash flow. By Puja House 5 October'15
12 hours ago
Gyabshi puja did today for Sponsor who wish to clear her obstacles on her job. By Puja House 5 October'15
14 hours ago
A special birthday celebration for a lovely mother. May you stay healthy and happy for the years to come. Kechara Oasis
14 hours ago
Banana Leaf Spicy Vava Fish Fried veggie fish on a bed of fresh banana leaves, topped with a Nyonya-inspired lemongrass, chilli and curry leaf sauce. If you would like to try it, please booked at least 3 days in advance. Please call Viva Home Branch at 03-92841818
16 hours ago
Kechara Puja Team led by Pastor Yek Yee conducted a Bereavement Puja at Nirvana Memorial Center today. Lucy Yap.
20 hours ago
English staff Dharma class with Pastor Gim Lee teaching on the second part of the topic on "Karma" and sharing the blog topic on "Something special to share" at Kechara House gompa this morning. Lucy Yap
​Did you know that without a stimulating environment, birds will engage in destructive behaviour like feather-plucking? It is one of their coping strategies for negative affective states like stress, loneliness and boredom. By the way, you won't ever see birds like that at the Kechara Forest Retreat​ aviary ;)​ x Pastor Jean Ai
Kechara Penang Study Group attended Weekly Setrap Puja. Pastor Patsy
Rejoice to these kind people who decided to take vegetarian vows and stopped killing the animals for food. The vows session taken in Kechara Forest Retreat. By Puja House , 4th October 2015
Big Dukkar Puja was conducted today. Dukkar puja restores harmony, protection and safety from supernatural interferences. Great safety and release from fear. By Puja House, 4 October 2015
Although is Sunday, Puja House's volunteers spent their time to benefit sentient being by joining in puja. By Puja House 4 October 2015
Nadia is getting ready to fit her robes for Sutra Story Performance on Rinpoche's birthday. Victoria, KSDS
Adult Sunday Dharma classes in Chinese and English Language at Kechara House Gompa. Time : 10.30am - 12.00pm. Lucy Yap
2 days ago
Can anyone guess who made this? What are these? How to make these? What are these for? :) Stella, KSDS
2 days ago
Jump around, jump up and get down Jump around, jump around.Jump up and get down Jump up, jump up and get down! Stella, KSDS
2 days ago
Pastor Adeline gave a briefing to Kechara Sunday Dharma School early in the morning before the teachers started their routines. Don't you love the dynamics? Stella, KSDS
2 days ago
All Kechara Sunday Dharma School students gathered in Multipurpose Room at Kechara House this morning with eager anticipation to what's going to happen next. Stella, KSDS
2 days ago
Before the start of our puja in Kechara Ipoh chapel, Kit Ping has come earlier to help out for the offerings arrangement on the altar today. She has been actively participated in most of the activities organised by Kechara Ipoh Study Group. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
2 days ago
Kenny from Kechara Ipoh Study Group has offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Lord Setrap and Dorje Shudgen before our puja in Ipoh today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
2 days ago
Through the kindness and compassion from our Guru, Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, Kechara Ipoh Study Group has completed our Setrap and Dorje Shudgen puja today in Ipoh. Kris, one of our Kechara Ipoh Study Group members has offered jasmine flowers to Dorje Shugden before the start of the puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
2 days ago
12 people took Vegetarian vow today at Wisdom Hall , Kechara Forest Retreat conducted by Pastor Yek Yee. Lucy Yap
2 days ago
Lama Chopa Puja did at Puja House this morning for Sponsor"s beloved who passed away. By Puja House 3 October 2015





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