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

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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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    Monday, Aug 31. 2015 03:42 PM
    Here is an extract (quite lengthy) taken from an interesting article written by a Buddhist teacher :-

    “………. What’s the point of all this? The vital point is that we must and need to accept that religion is an illusion, or religion is about illusion. Notice how we cannot really prove empirically or co¬n¬vinc¬ingly that any of our religious beliefs — God, heaven, nirvana, Amitabha, Guanyin, karma, rebirth – are really true. Yet, for some reason, we find them (or any of them) meaningful.
    Note that I do not say that they are false ideas — we don’t really know. Hence, they are illusions. An illusion, like desert mirages, can be real (we can actually see them). But we know that mirages, despite their visibi¬lity, do not really exist. Mirages have beauty and mystery – like works of art – to which extent, such illusions can be inspiring and healing. But, we must not delude ourselves that they are real, as you and I are real! Otherwise, we really need to carefully read Erik Erik¬son’s Young Man Luther.
    If we make serious efforts to see our true personality with the eye of honesty, we will see that we do have serious personal problems, especially when we take up religion seriously, especially if we are religious teachers (lay or monastic). To the extent that religion has contained us or mellowed us, that is good. But, as religious teachers, what we speak before an audience can move or mold them in more ways than we can imagine.
    The question we must ask ourself in our truest moments with ourself is: Am I teaching reli¬gion, or am I teaching my self? Am I really teaching Dharma, or am I projecting my ego? As a rule, if we are still unawakened, we can only teach our self: we share what we know and feel. These are all illusions, no matter how true or beautiful they may be (remember the mirage?)
    If we strongly and stubbornly believe that what we teach is as “real” as you and I are real, then we are saying that these religious mirages we believe in are real! If we insist that we have tasted joy, peace and wisdom in such realities, then we are (consciously or unconsciously) claim¬ing to be enlightened (when we are not) – we seem to be talking Zen. This is the grandest of delusions. And those who believe us, would be heading down the same path as we are.
    Animals believe what their senses show them to be real – these are, in fact, the only realities they know and act on. They would not know what a mirage is; they do not know the difference between illusion and delusion, between true and false. If we do not know what a mirage is, and we do not know what delusion is – what does that make us?
    No wonder the Buddha says that if we hold on to wrong views, we would become animals. And if we encourage others in our delusion, then we will bring upon ourself hellish sufferings. We create our own delusory (but virtual¬ly real) worlds. We will be playing our own virtual games for aeons.
    On a deeper level, all that has been written here points us to a recollection of non-self. Under¬lying all things, all our thoughts, actions and words, is the principle that there is no abiding essence, no immortal soul, no eternal self. Immortal soul or eternal self are an illusion. If we think that we have a permanent or eternal soul or self, then we are deluded (we are seeing what is not there, or looking at something but seeing something else). If we see and accept illusion as illusion, to that extent we are wise.”
  • Pastor Adeline
    Monday, Aug 31. 2015 03:30 PM
    The pastorship role was conceptualized by His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche to preserve the Dharma and to give laypeople an opportunity to commit to benefiting others. The first Buddhist Pastors were ordained on 24th October 2011 and every year since then, more have made this commitment to bring the Buddha’s teachings to people in our modern era.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/support-the-kechara-pastors.html
  • Pastor Adeline
    Monday, Aug 31. 2015 03:29 PM
    These are some delicious Tibetan favorites of many. What is wonderful is that they are vegetarian. So they taste good and harm no one. I am not very fond of cooking but I know many are. I wonder if there is anyone out there who can make these? They are delicious.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/can-you-make-this.html
  • Pastor Adeline
    Monday, Aug 31. 2015 03:27 PM
    One of the lamas who first recognised me as a tulku back in 1987 was His Eminence Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche. His Eminence is a world renown healing lama from Sera Monastery who now resides in Italy thanks to the ban on Dorje Shugden. Despite the obstacles, Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche has worked tirelessly for many decades to promote world peace and provide social services to the community. He has set up schools to provide education to the underprivileged, and clinics to provide medical assistance that is both based on Western and Eastern disciplines. Gangchen Rinpoche has met with various world leaders to establish initiatives that foster harmony, and also does pujas and rituals to stabilise and bless the environments.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/respects-to-kyabjegangchen-rinpoche.html
  • Pastor Adeline
    Monday, Aug 31. 2015 03:24 PM
    We are attempting to plant some fresh vegetables and so far the results are promising. Today I was presented with our own homegrown lettuce and I must say it was delicious. I had three bowls of it and there were plenty more! Thank you! We are attempting to experiment, perfect as we go along and become better at planting a variety of vegetables. If we can grow more of our vegetables to consume, that would be wonderful. We can have natural pesticide free vegetables and help to defray growing food prices. It’s very rewarding to eat what we grow. Being vegetarian, most of my food comes from vegetables. I am looking forward to this very much as well as many others.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/we-are-starting-to-plant.html
  • xuliang
    Monday, Aug 31. 2015 12:01 PM
    Till the false is seen as false, truth is not.

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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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2 days ago
This stunning Hayagriva thangka is in my aunt's shrine
2 days ago
Stunning Protector Brahmarupa
2 days ago
Protector Brahmarupa
2 days ago
Interesting background on Protector Brahmarupa
2 days ago
The Goddess Trokner Jenma or Bhrikuti...Very nice
6 days 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.
6 days 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.
7 days 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
2 weeks 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
2 weeks ago
H.H.Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche drew this Buddha.
2 weeks ago
Four wonderful people at a very holy and sacred location making pilgrimage. Many dakinis were sighted in this area.
2 weeks 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.
2 weeks ago
Congratulations to Kyabje Zawa Rinpoche in Canada! See: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=73108
2 weeks ago
The personal statue of Lord Dorje Shugden of His Holiness Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche. Very holy and sacred. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Dorje Shugden statues to be given away
2 weeks 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.
2 weeks ago
Two of the best people anyone can have as friends in their life. Left is Beng Kooi and right is Su Ming.
2 weeks ago
His Eminence Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche visited me in my house in Gaden Monastery back in 1994. What an honour. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks 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 weeks ago
Each one of us should write a respectful letter to this temple head and try to release this poor elephant..Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Powerful!!
2 weeks ago
I want to be this Yogi in the picture. I want to be just like him deep within myself exploring the outer universe because I have conquered and mastered my inner universe. Because everything on my inside is explored, purified, cleaned and awakened, I venture out to the thousands of universes and limitless minds to bring them the truth of existence and phenomena. I wish to travel the three realms, various planes and six forms of existences. I wish to share vision of emptiness and bodhicitta which is the view to liberate the countless beings still trapped within themselves and their surroundings. I wish to be of tremendous benefit as I sit by my tree and placid lake. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Lord Buddha shows a miracle by ascending above the river into the sky to resolve a dispute
2 weeks ago
Something short and special to share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=73042
3 weeks ago
I am with Dato Wira Eric and Jp to plan Kechara Forest Retreat a few years back
3 weeks ago
I love this poster next to our Kechara outlets in the shopping malls
3 weeks ago
Does this work? Has anyone tried this? Click on picture to enlarge.
4 weeks ago
Very nice picture. Keep as screensaver. It is our stupa at Kechara Forest Retreat.
4 weeks ago
Whatever picture you see on the feet is the internal organ you benefit when press on that area. This is Chinese reflexology. TR
4 weeks ago
On our Tsem Rinpoche's http://www.tsemrinpoche.com, a while back an article was posted "DORJE SHUGDEN: MY SIDE OF THE STORY", where Rinpoche shares about his personal journey of Dorje Shugden's practice, history and why he continues his practice even with so much personal attacks for his choice. This blog post has since reached over 100,000 now. This is news to rejoice. Many people have viewed this post and gained further knowledge on Tsem Rinpoche's relationship with Dorje Shugden and in the process learned more about the practice of Dorje Shugden. Tsem Rinpoche on this post speaks with clarity, strength and logic: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=65988
4 weeks ago
There is no photo-shopping at all. Look at what is in the sky. TR
4 weeks ago
Maghada Sangmo on the top of the roof offering incense and requestiong Buddha to her home. Her relatives making offerings to naked Jain sadhus in her home. (right side). The left side sees Buddha arriving miraculously heralded by his entourage/students of Arhats riding various animal mounts. The Arhats have gained certain supernatural abilities. Buddha descends to the house and is at the door. Receives alms from Maghada Sangmo and gives dharma teachings. As a result, the city has taken refuge from listening to the Buddha and many achieve Arhatship. Due to Sangmo's devotion, faith and trust in Buddha, the Buddha arrives at her home and turns the wheel of dharma and many enter into the dharma because of this. This is a clip from a old thangka. TR
4 weeks ago
Ms. Su Ming is one of the most reliable and kindest persons I have met. It is anyone's good luck to be her friend. Here she is with her beloved nephew at Kechara Forest Retreat. May they be blessed always.
4 weeks ago
This was taken at Kechara Forest Retreat. If you click and enlarge the photo, you can see what is illuminated under the moonlight. Very nice.
4 weeks ago
This picture was taken on Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. I was around 19 years old I think. I was living in Thubten Dhargye Ling Buddhist centre under the holy guide of Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I love and respect so much. I was lucky to be a young boy in a huge city like Los Angeles and living under the guidance of a great master like him. I feel I have very good karma to find this master and trust him, follow him and live with him when other teenagers were doing such different things in a big city. My interest was always dharma. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
This was my tiny small room in Gaden for the first few years. The space next to my rooms are where the cows stayed. I had a huge crack in my wall and I can see the cows and they can see me! My room leaked very badly when it rained with a separate toilet nearby. The toilet barely worked and rarely flushed and had snakes in the toilet or behind the door a few times. The manager of the place told me I can get a better room that does not leak if I raise funds to build more rooms. I was barely getting enough to eat let alone raise funds for buildings. This was back in 1988 till around 1992 I lived in the small room in Gaden Shartse Monastery. I was having such a difficult time finding sponsorship, I could not at that time. But even still I was grateful to be in Gaden and always miss it. This room has since been renovated and fixed up. It has alot of memories for me. Spiritual memories. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
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4 weeks ago
Nice Picture! Kache Marpo in full trance offering a khata to our sacred Kechara Forest Dorje Shugden statue. When Kache Marpo flings the khata (Tibetan white offerings scarf), it really just flies to the massive statue!! Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Duo Bao Jiang Si Monastery in China. Beautiful.
1 month ago
Tsem Rinpoche's immediate previous incarnation. Kentrul Thupten Lamsang of Phari.
1 month ago
Intricate Heruka. What is nice is Marpa and Milarepa is on this. Marpa initiated Milarepa into Heruka's tantra and Milarepa practiced and became enlightened from this practice. We know the famous Milarepa but he relied on Heruka for full enlightenment.
1 month ago
Beautiful Buddha image and strong message.
1 month ago
What a BEAUTIFUL Vajra Yogini. I like this so much. The face and body is so very nice. I like the flames behind Her also. This is very nicely done.
1 month ago
When we seek pleasure, we always end up in pain eventually. All phenomena is subject to compositional decay and nothing is permanent. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Do click on this picture as it really hits home. TR
1 month ago
This is such a spectacular photo of Kechara Forest Retreat. Must download and save!
1 month ago
A very meaningful picture for me with important people in my life. TR
1 month ago
This one is a real good one. TR
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  • His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche teaches the truth of life and our impeding death.
    5 days 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 weeks 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 weeks ago
    Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 1)
  • Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 2)
    2 weeks ago
    Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 2)
  • His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche accepts Long Life puja
    2 months ago
    His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche accepts Long Life puja
  • Dorje Shugden/Kache Marpo makes offerings to Tsem Rinpoche
    2 months ago
    Dorje Shugden/Kache Marpo makes offerings to Tsem Rinpoche
  • My good friend Justin Ripley
    2 months ago
    My good friend Justin Ripley
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    3 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!!!
    3 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 http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/yeti-bigfoot-sasquatch
  • Mumu Loves Snack!
    3 months ago
    Mumu Loves Snack!
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    3 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: http://bit.ly/1KiXWf9 ~Ani Lobsang Pema
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    3 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
    3 months ago
    Magical fish tank with Buddha statue
  • His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang chants the prayer of Dorje Shugden
    4 months ago
    His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang chants the prayer of Dorje Shugden
  • Gongkar the bird at Kechara Forest Retreat
    4 months ago
    Gongkar the bird at Kechara Forest Retreat
    For much more information, pictures and videos about the rescued birds at the aviary of Kechara Forest Retreat, click here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/aviary-kfr.html

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2 hours ago
Bentong Bulletin has published about Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR) in Bentong as a developed and good place for leisure travel and also religious practice. There is an open day of KFR from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at every Saturday of second week of the month as notified Pastor Chia in the newspaper. Alice Tay
2 hours ago
Recently, China Press has published about Kechara Sunday Dharma Class (KSDS) to urge that the kids learning dharma since young is good for them to become patient and tolerance in their future life. Alice Tay
2 hours ago
This morning Sponsor sponsored Menlha Puja for her pet passed away 7th day. By Puja House 4 September '15
5 hours ago
The More We Share,The More We Have. Leonard Nimoy.Asyley Chia KSDS
6 hours ago
Pastor Adeline introducing Dorje Shugden to visitors in front of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen during KFR tour. Her compassion has framing serenity atmosphere around us. KwaiYee, KSDS.
6 hours ago
绿度母是集诸佛菩萨事业,功德的本尊~~ Kosa KPVH
7 hours ago
它不会道谢,不会给予任何回报,仁波切却给予最大的慈悲…… JJ KPVH
14 hours ago
Jacky Lee happily posing with the statue that he won during the blog chat. - vinnie
15 hours ago
What is really going on here? Can anyone tell? Pastor Adeline
15 hours ago
Kechara Oasis featured in Firefly inflight magazine September issue! Enjoy reading!Pastor Adeline
15 hours ago
Beautiful Tara altar in Kechara Oasis Viva Home. Do visit us soon! Pastor Adeline
16 hours ago
之前我常和学姐方慧萍提起Kechara,她总是说看哪天要到Kechara看看,但是 每次都凑不到时间,昨天终于来到了克切拉佛教中心。见过了Pastor Adeline 之后,Pastor Adeline带领着我们耐心介绍克切拉和禅修林,让她对克切拉修持与对佛法的了解和认识, 当她踏入大殿时她告诉我说这里环境舒适,让人有平静的感觉。由于萍姐对大自然的喜爱, Pastor邀请她参加下个月禅修林的开放日,到禅修林看看。当我们正准备离开的时候 ,她无意中看见克切拉佛法班的海报,对着我说要把她的孩子们都带来佛法班上课。我说很好啊!。 “ 分享是一种幸福,传递是一种爱 ” 今天让我充分体会到分享的快乐.Asyley Chia KSDS
17 hours ago
The tables are prepared at sponsor's house with serkim. Ready to do Dorje Shugden puja. By Puja House 3 September'15
17 hours ago
A big Dukkar puja is performed this morning for Sponsor who are ill. By Puja House 3 September'15
17 hours ago
A big Dorje Shugden puja was performed by puja team this afternoon for Sponsor. By Puja House 3 September'15
17 hours ago
點燃一盞心燈,綻放心中的覺醒。KwaiYee, KSDS.
17 hours ago
Altar set up for Namgyal Tsechog puja. By Puja House 3 September'15
17 hours ago
Namgyal Tsechog was conducted in Puja House today. This puja is mainly for Sponsor to bless with health and long life. By Puja House 3 September'15
18 hours ago
Spirituality - Jacky KPVH
20 hours ago
人生在世,左右上下前後都是一輩子。生活中,眼耳鼻舌身意,都有讓人愉快的事兒。~ 馮唐。 KwaiYee, KSDS.
22 hours ago
Thank you to Edward Tan, Linda Tsai, Elsie Yeoh, Karen Tan & Bernadette for helping in the kitchen today. Always great to have helpful volunteers like them especially on a weekday :) Justin@KSK
yesterday
宗喀巴大师乃是三怙主文殊菩萨,观音菩萨,金刚手菩萨之化身。-Wee KPVH
yesterday
根据传统经文及佛陀的医理制作。它同时跟西藏、印度及中国医药有密切关系。KP Louise
2 days ago
Weekly Dorje Shugden & Setrap puja ( c ) was led by CK Siah at Kechara House gompa. Time : 8.00pm -9.30pm Lucy Yap
2 days ago
Dorje Shugden & Setrap prayer was led by CK Siah at 8.00pm- 9.30pm. Lucy Yap

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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