Angulimala – The Garland of Fingers

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During Buddha Shakyamuni’s time, an Indian boy was born. Named “Ahimsaka” meaning harmless in Sanskrit, he was later known as Angulimala.

The Pali word ‘Angulimala’ directly translates to “finger mala” or a rosary of fingers. It is a story about a man named Angulimala who quickly excelled in his Dharma studies, but then found himself going down a dark and dangerous path. He lived the younger years of his life spiritually, but due to the jealousy from his peers he was shunned by his community… even by his parents!

He decided to take on a life as a robber and set out to make a mala-like garland of 1,000 fingers – one from every person he killed! For his 1,000th finger, Buddha Shakyamuni appeared before him. Angulimala saw him as his final victim and ran after him. But as much as Angulimala tried to get closer to his last victim, Buddha Shakyamuni always remained one step ahead of him.

Buddha Shakyamuni then gave a short teaching, and Angulimala broke down and cried and requested to be taken in as Shakyamuni’s student.

Angulimala’s life story is especially famous within the Theravadan school. His story shows how it is possible to change your life for the better even after committing so many negative deeds. A lot of people may feel that after creating so much negativity, there’s no turning back. Perhaps they don’t know how to change their life for the better, or that perhaps no one would give them a chance.

Like Milarepa – there are some saints who have hurt and killed many people… however, despite that, they are able to attain the state of Nirvana in that lifetime. Perhaps then, there is a way?

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Read the comic to find out why he wanted so many fingers… !

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18 Responses to Angulimala – The Garland of Fingers

  1. Andy on Aug 4, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, Thank You for posting this comics. Dear Rinpoche I would like to share with you a buddhist hymms on Angulimala. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_WL2WgETIE

  2. Adeline Woon on Aug 4, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    I have always liked this story of Angulimala. It shows that good and bad are nothing but our own misconceptions. Although there is always hope for us to walk out of this, nevertheless the Guru plays the utmost important role in guiding us on how to. Hence, we have to create the cause(s) to meet with the wise Guru who has no interest for his/herself but others, who is wise and enlightened, and who we will forever follow until we reach enlightenment ourselves. Homage to the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha!

  3. Sean Wang on Aug 8, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    I always found the story of Angulimala interesting. It reminds people that no matter how bad people are, they still have a good part of them deep inside.

    I have read another version of this story where it is the teacher who tells Angulimala to collect 1000 fingers. He collected a few then he discovered that crows stole the fingers from the cave he hid them in, so he hung them around his neck.

    In the version I read other than the one presented here, Angulimala survives being pelted by stones. But I find this version much more interesting.

  4. .. .. .. on Aug 11, 2011 at 4:57 am

    I love these comics. . they are so easy to look at & read

    with essential and important teachings of the Buddha -)

    I was listening to Amy Winehouse’s ‘love is a losing game’ which

    seemed to connect with the story of the lady with the mustard seed.

    thank-you, so many important things to think about and try to

    accommodate – its a beautiful song. .by the way!)

  5. su_zan on Aug 12, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Thank you for sharing the story. I have always liked this story of Angulimala. Few years ago he air this show 2 weeks after wesak in the Tourism Center 3 to 4 years ago. I watch the movie twice. I like the movie a lot. Could not find the movie anywhere later.

    This sharing realy fresh my mind re the movie. It show that no matter how bad a person are there is always some goodness inside and all have equal chance to attain enlightenment.

  6. Sock Wan on Aug 19, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    This is a very interesting story. It shows that everyone of us make mistakes, we have to be responsible to our mistakes. However, by being regretful and be compassionate, we will be able to ‘correct’ our mistakes. The choice is in us, no one can change our lives for better or worse except for ourselves.

  7. freon on Sep 15, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    I am in the middle of struggling on something. Feeling of unfair, angry, ego stem from the mind to heart. Thus, i search through Master Tsem’s blog trying to look for an answer. Tears in my eyes as i reading this story, wash away the hatred and ego as i reading it. To be able to forgives those people who mistreat us, it is not easy. Normally, we will thinking to fight back. But, this story gave “life” to me again. Ya, what do i need in me now. What is the final product i want? I beg myself dont leave Dharma again. Thank you Master Tsem. I prostrate to you for creating this blog to serve as a “medicine” when i am “sick”.

  8. James Long on Sep 23, 2011 at 12:25 am

    好久没阅读漫画了。这漫画真好,在娱乐的同时又学到善知识。克媒也在仁波切的启发下出版了中英文“宗卡巴大师”的生平画册。

    如果善用不同的媒体,我们能把好的讯息带给大家。

    这些故事都有激励的作用,不能抹杀有前科的人修行的机会。

  9. So Kin Hoe on Nov 2, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche. This is a very meaningful story to me.

  10. Lim Tat Ming on Jun 17, 2012 at 12:55 am

    If Angulimala is capable of attaining the state of Nirvana in his lifetime even after committing such heavy negative actions of killing 999 persons, it shows that we can purify even the heaviest negative karma. Nothing stays permanent. Everything changes including our karma. Hence there is hope for everyone.
    We must then use our rare and golden opportunity NOW to purify our karma.

  11. Lim Han Nee on Jun 17, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Angulimala had the merit to meet with a perfect teacher, Lord Buddha himself. Thus,despite having committed such a heinous sin as murdering 999 people, he was able to purify all his negative karma and attain liberation from suffering and from samsara.

    As is said in the Lamrim, “(In degenerate times),I, (Buddha ) Vajradha myself, will come in the form of Masters”. Thus,in this lifetime, we have the precious merit of meeting with our Guru(the Perfect Teacher), who is an emanation of Buddha Vajradha, himself. If we believe our Guru is Buddha and follow all his instructions, we will be able to purify all our negative karma through our Guru’s skillful methods.

  12. Martin on Dec 20, 2012 at 2:48 am

    The story of Angulimala is not only about the redemptive power of the Dharma which is a given, and cannot be doubted. We may read the story and instantly think that the sheer proximity to Dharma and Guru can do its work on us automatically without any involvement on our part.

    Angulimala was born and given the name Ahimsa, which is a beautiful name. He wasn’t born a monster but was born with a pre-inclination to commit harm presumably from the negative karma he accrued in past lives. And here, we have to understand that we are all like that and we are born with certain imprints, which inclines us towards a certain behavior. It is something we have to be aware of in ourselves.

    Ahimsa was diligent and smart and grew into a young man with a lot of potential ahead. But he encountered his share of wickedness and injustice and sadness turned into bitterness and perhaps that gave raise to all his negative karma which took over as he became Angulimala who then gave full expression to his anger and sense of hopelessness. Would he have reacted differently to his misfortune had he met the Buddha and understood the Dharma earlier? Would he have raged against the injustice he suffered as the result of his karma? Probably not.

    When Angulimala met the Buddha, he did not only realize his mistake and regretted and repented. But he also let go of the ill feelings and wrongs that were brought upon him, and he also let go of the guilt and wrong-doing he committed up to that point. He did not dwell on them any longer and in releasing all the good and the bad he experienced, he made way fully for the Dharma. Angulimala did not run away from his past, he simply accepted them and moved on with the Buddha.

    That interpretation may not be in the story but I think we know it to be true. We cannot embrace our future and our past at the same time. Angulimala did not provide excuses for his bad deeds, he did not blame the unfair world, he did not refer to his pain and suffering nor did he hide from his evil deeds. Like many of us, he had every reason he could have called on to justify himself but he just embraced the Dharma. And perhaps this is where we err even when we come into the Dharma. We do not let go of our pain, our fears and whatever emotions we allow to define us. We do not fully surrender and therefore we do not reap the full harvest of peace from the Dharma. Some might say that Angulimala was luck to have met the Buddha himself but I think to meet the Dharma is to have met the Buddha himself. To meet the Guru, too, is to have met the Buddha in person.

    We see how the Dharma released him whatever was driving his emotions and made him into what he was. Before the Dharma, he raged against his karma as he faced afflictions. After the Dharma, he accepted his karma even as he was being beaten to death. In accepting his karma, he felt no anger and instead realized how we are all afflicted by our own karma. he is saying people are not bad on purpose, only people controlled by their ignorance. He realized compassion and took complete refuge in the Buddha (Buddham Saranam Gachami). Angulimala had more than most to overcome but in the Dharma he overcome all and attained Nirvana.

    Those of us who are lucky enough to have met the Dharma should similarly let go and fully embrace the Buddha’s Dharma and let it do its work in us.

    (Sorry this is so long)

  13. Jessica Yap on Jan 6, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    What a great story. When I reached the last two pages, I felt the sour sensation in my nose and I was tearing up.. I felt that it is not easy to realize one’s sins and repent. Angulimala must’ve did something right in his past lives to be able to cross paths with Buddha himself.. Very touching and educational at the same time! Will definitely share this story with others! It is never too late to change and repent if we are sincere.

    Thank you for sharing, Rinpoche! I loved it!

  14. Indira Kai on Jan 17, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    Thank you! I am a schizophrenic longing for peace of mind. Through this article, I found peace and serenity of mind – Nirvana.

  15. Sean Wang on Feb 7, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    The story of Angulimala is a story that should be told to all, especially people who have given up due to them being bad for a portion of their life (Like prisoners).

    Angulimala’s story is proof that despite the amount of negative things you do, redemption is possible.Though Angulimala had murdered many, he still felt peace at the time of death due to his meeting with the Buddha. We should not stop doing the Dharma because we did something wrong. Instead we should work harder in the Dharma to make things right..

    When Angulimala was pelted by stones, it is due to people not recognizing him as the saint he is at the time. This shows that we must always be on our best behavior as it will create the image in other’s eyes. Also, the pelting was purification to ensure Angulimala can go to a better rebirth as his bad karma had been purified.

  16. Sharon Saw on Mar 2, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    I love the story of Angulimala though this comic version is different from the one i remember. In the one i have read before, Angulimala is told by his false teacher to gather 1000 fingers and he is just following his teacher’s instructions. The Buddha was going to be his 1000th victim and all he wanted was to fulfil the teacher’s instruction. This is still a good story on its own merits though. The main lesson i get from this story is that we have the power to change our karma when we change our attitude and actions. Even someone who has committed so many sins like Angulimala can become enlightened in one lifetime from his faith in the Buddha.

    The story of how Angulimala healed the lady just because he had faith in the Buddha who told him he could heal also reminded me of what Tsem Rinpoche had said before, that we can have the power to bless and not just Rinpoche. If we follow Rinpoche’s instructions, are sincere and have a good motivation, we can have the power to bless people also.

  17. Vinnie Tan on Nov 23, 2013 at 2:35 am

    This is the first time for me reading the story of Angulimala. It is so fascinating. How much a person can change and transform due to regretting their past actions. Thank you Rinpoche for always reminding us that regret can be powerful only if we take actions to it. Instead of just saying that we regret for certain actions and do not take any actions to follow up on what we have realised.

  18. Konchok Shempeh on Jul 16, 2014 at 3:17 am

    This is a pathetic.

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  • Pastor Adeline
    (Thursday, Sep 18. 2014 11:39 PM)
    For Od Howell – Thank you so much for sharing and your interest in His Eminence’s aunt Princess Nirgidma. Princess Nirgidma is indeed a remarkable and very intelligent lady who could hold her own with the men.

    Pastor Jean Ai shared that “she had a traditional Torghut upbringing but thanks to her father who believed his children should have a Western education, she was also visionary for her time. I mean, an Asian woman married to a French diplomat? And fluent in French, and as well as English, Chinese and Russian? And holding conversations and intellectual discourses with men in a time when women were to be seen and not heard? Talk about forging a path for Mongolian women.” http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/my-great-aunt-the-princess.html

    There’s another article you might like also http://www.dayarmongol.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6535:2011-12-09-16-03-45&catid=24&Itemid=300061

    I’m sorry to inform you also that His Eminence has never met her and is not in contact with any of them in the family so we can not help with your request any further.

    I wish you all the best with your research on Princess Nirgidma and looking forward to your fruitful results in the near future.

    With best wishes,
    Pastor Adeline
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Thursday, Sep 18. 2014 10:34 PM)
    The Bionic Woman never remained quiet and hide or avoid – I LIKE PEOPLE WHO TAKE ACTION and not watch and remain silent when something can and should be done. I guess taking action to me is an expression of compassion in action and that is why we are Buddhists/spiritual. We have to be Buddhists in action, not in name only. Whatever religion we believe in or are theists, we are still human who can take good positive action to make a difference and we should make a difference. We should always try to make a difference. Life is not about only good things for ourselves, but the difference we can make in others’ lives. This is so important. ~ His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/film-tv-music/good-influences.html
  • Toh Cheng See
    (Thursday, Sep 18. 2014 12:32 AM)
    Thank you Rinpoche . The narration of the relationship between Milarepa and Marpa was so entertaining that one will remember it always.
    The training that Milarepa has to undergo reminds me of the Shaolin Temple shows where the student is made to carry water or rocks from distance river or quarry and how the master made the student work tirelessly to train their mind, to clear away the preconception mind one has.
    It is so like us to have this attitude. I have seen this happening to people where for example they did something good or credible they have this projection that others should “look up at them” or “treat them like a VIP” and when all this does not happen they get angry and their ego comes in and they create so much trouble for others .
    It is true that upbringing plays a big role . For example if a little toddler happens to walk and trip and if adults rush quickly to pick them up and start saying “oh you poor thing ” and then tells the child “let us beat the floor cause the floor made you fall” and the adult then goes to use hand to “beat the floor” what the child learns is “it’s never my fault, it’s always the fault of others”. This is crazy but I think most of you have seen adults doing this when a child falls.
    I notice also in family with a few kids , the oldest are usually more stable and matured while the younger ones tends to be more “baby” even though they have grown up to be adults. This happens cause the oldest child are more independent when they are young, having to do most things themselves . Then comes little brother or sister and the older sibling loves playing the role of the older brother and sister. The older sibling will always run to the younger ones to help in just almost everything . Maybe younger one drops a toy and instead of picking it up himself and older sibling quickly dash over to pick up for the younger one. Thus the younger child will grow up with the preconception that others will be always at their feet doing everything for them and how they should be treated and when things don’t go their way their mind becomes neurotic.
    Thus like Milarepa , one needs to change one’s attitude and preconception mind.
    I will use the story of Milarepa to remind myself not to have a preconception of how things should be .
    Thank you once again Rinpoche for this entertaining but educational video.
  • tsemtulku
    (Wednesday, Sep 17. 2014 10:38 PM)
    It is amazing what happened to a neighborhood in Oakland. You have to see this: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=53083
  • Od Howell
    (Wednesday, Sep 17. 2014 06:39 PM)
    dear his eminence tsem rinpoche,
    although i should work on my disertation about the genocide in mongolia in 1937 as an effect from russian communist policy i can not resist continue to do research about your aunt nirgidma, since i found her story in internet by accident. is it that i am myself half mongolian half german, growing up in both cultures or does she appear to me as a spiritual sister to my beloved grandfather, son of a mongolian nobleman, who studied in 1926 in germany as one of the first mongolian students, i am so much fascinated about her. in opposite to my grandfather who was persecuted by the communists and even arrested twice for political reasons nirgimda seamed to had a happy end. i bought her publication she made 1937 in paris with old mongolian folk songs and gave it this summer when i was in mongolia to my relative, a famous composer, who said he never heard these songs before. i cant let go the idea of writing a book about her and record the songs again for the mongolians of nowerdays. it is very hard to find information in internet. today i even read the whole correspondence between teilhard de chardin and lucile swan to find fragments about nirgidma and it was a kind of revelation. your excellency, can you help me to find her children or any other descendants to find out, if a publication is wished by the family? we mongolians had a very difficult history within the past hundred years and this princess makes us so proud to know that she existed. when the russians banned buddhist religion in mongolia and even changed the alphabet from old mongolian into russian cyrillic letters it was a cut off from the mongolian culture and their traditions.
    i would also like to know if tsedn dorzhi, nirgidmas half brother who stayed in china is still alive? he must be very old now. i hope very much to hear from you, may all the love and peace be with you, yours sincerely, od
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 08:53 PM)
    Question asked by Maria
    Your Excellency,
    Greetings of love and peace. I am embarassed with my question but I am taking the courage to do so – why is it that during my recitation and meditation practice I am greatly disturbed by a sudden noise as if someone intentionally kicks the furnitures or noise from the incense and candle burning? I can feel shadows also in the room where I do my practice. I would like to know if there is a remedy on this because I get really startled each time thus preventing me from learning full concentration. The noises start to happen when my body begins to heat up. Is this a sign of obstacle Thank you Your Eminence.


    Response by tsemtulku
    Dear Maria, many experience what you experience. It’s sometimes ‘common’. Do Sindongma’s prayer and mantra for one round before starting your practice daily and the ‘shadows’ will dispel with time. I wish you luck. Tsem Rinpoche

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/protection-from-black-magic-and-spirits.html
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 08:49 PM)
    From His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche

    Today was not a very good day for me. I was washing in the shower and the shower is very small and always had a problem due to lack of air. So I had hyperventilated and starting blacking out and hard to breathe. I had this problems for months now, but only today I almost blacked out. Lucky Pastor Seng Piow was around to help me and wipe me down and get me to a chair. Also when showering due to my weight, my back hurts and hard to wash the legs, so when I bend to wash, it is very difficult. Need a chair in the shower, but cannot fit one. Thank you Pastor Seng Piow for your help and wiping me down. Now I am better with the fan on me.

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  • Pastor Adeline
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 08:48 PM)
    This is a special statue of Je Tsongkapa. It was made during Tsongkapa’s time by a student and offered to Him. It is said to resemble Tsongkapa very much. And this holy statue is now housed in Tashi Lunpo Monastery, Shigatse Tibet. To see, hear and contemplate Je Tsongkapa is so meaningful and collect one aeons of merits. ~ His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?nggpu=http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/gallery/photos-on-the-go/moby-to-6avv7a.jpg

    Taken from PHOTO ON THE GO
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 08:45 PM)
    From His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche

    Pastor Seng Piow found a person from China who can do treatment on neck, shoulder, shoulder blades and back pain problems. Went to try and the diminutive person was strong and quite effective. After searching for months, finally found one that is effective and reasonably priced too. Those areas were painful for a few weeks and today there is some relief. Much better.

    (wwww.tsemrinpoche.com/chat)
  • Pastor Jay Jae
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 07:46 AM)
    你知道吗?藏传佛教的法会,自修或共修时的唱诵有分细、慢、长、柔和、忿怒等的美妙乐音。这些音调来自虚空,来自传承祖师聆听了来自空行母或本尊自身的微妙唱诵而编排,非为行者自己编辑。

    其含义包括运用音声做供养和赞叹三宝诸尊的功德。同时是修炼自身的气、脉和明点使其得加持行者的凡夫身为适合的容器接受佛法和密法的流露。并可获得身心自在。

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlOz2Dxy6Jk
  • Pastor Jay Jae
    (Monday, Sep 15. 2014 05:01 PM)
    忏悔无喜悲,是空性的本体
    忏悔无宗派,是心灵的坦诚
    忏悔无责罚,是生命的责任
    忏悔无对错,是除习的明理

    忏悔的依靠,是正觉的如来
    忏悔的悔过,是内心的佛性
    忏悔的补缺,是更新的开始
    忏悔的决心,是修行的根本

    忏悔的心声,是悲哀的沉重
    忏悔的心理,是痊愈的开始
    忏悔的心灵,是除垢的武士
    忏悔的心神,是解脱的指引

    感念上师赐予众生忏悔的法门
    故今日心念,笔下此忏悔法的微妙功德
    弟子俊仁讲法师合十
  • tsemtulku
    (Sunday, Sep 14. 2014 03:27 PM)
    Please go to PHOTOS ON THE GO and see the latest picture of Tsongkapa’s holy statue that is said to resemble Him. Just scroll up and see on your right. Click on the picture to enlarge. Blessed to be able to see and think of Je Tsongkapa. Save the picture to your phone and computers. Share with friends.
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Saturday, Sep 13. 2014 12:10 PM)
    For cheng see – Nice natural and non-violent ways to invite insects out of our house. Very kind of you to share. Thank you!
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Saturday, Sep 13. 2014 12:08 PM)
    For Josselynn – Thank you Josselynn for sharing. It is not coincident that you’ve met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche and felt the way you did. Please continue to learn and apply the precious dharma and see your own transformations which you’ll forever be grateful for.
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Saturday, Sep 13. 2014 12:06 PM)
    3 mins ago
    Tsem Rinpoche: Dear friends around the world, This is so wonderful that all of you are discussing dharma here on my blog chat (www.tsemrinpoche.com). I am so glad to see this every Friday on US Pacific Coast time 8PM. For next Friday (September 19, 2014) sharing on blog chat, please study up on His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s biography: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=52782 and a short teaching: Birth Death and Bardo: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=21897. We will discuss about these two reads. You will learn more and more as you read and discuss here. I rejoice when you learn more. Tsem Rinpoche

    Extract from http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/chat

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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!

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The Unknown

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

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What a nice message. All my work/posts on tweet does make a difference in people's lives. Nice to know that. Tsem Rinpoche
2 days ago
When we work with integrity and harmoniously with eachother, we can accomplish much. Harmony and integrity are the keys. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 days ago
I've asked the same question too. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 days ago
To take Manjushri as one's special practice has innumerable benefits. Tsem Rinpoche 
5 days ago
This is a special statue of Je Tsongkapa. It was made during Tsongkapa's time by a student and offered to Him. It is said to resemble Tsongkapa very much. And this holy statue is now housed in Tashi Lunpo Monastery, Shigatse Tibet. To see, hear and contemplate Je Tsongkapa is so meaningful and collect one aeons of merits.
5 days ago
His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche with his two disciples Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen and Geshe Lhundrup Sopa.
6 days ago
When you accuse others of this and that, time will tell who is successful in the end. Because accomplishments speak the loudest. ~Tsem Rinpoche 
7 days ago
Don't lounge around and do nothing, accomplish nothing and be nothing. Benefit others and make your life the cause for many lives to find relief, comfort and hope. ~Tsem Rinpoche 
7 days ago
Friends and people will come and go, but your determination and goal must be firm. Let nothing deter you to succeed in your goal and later in life, look back and rejoice in all you've done. ~Tsem Rinpoche 
7 days ago
Don't listen to rumours and negative talk about someone who has benefitted you. Be loyal and reciprocate the kindness you have received. ~Tsem Rinpoche 
7 days ago
When you feel hurt, realize and understand the pain, get up and keep trying until you succeed.~Tsem Rinpoche 
7 days ago
Many will accuse us, threaten us and even make up tales about us, but we must be truthful in all our actions always and forgive them. ~Tsem Rinpoche
7 days ago
Respect everyone, trust few and follow one. Tsem Rinpoche 
7 days ago
Back in 1983 this house was Thubten Dhargye Ling Dharma centre in Los Angeles. I lived here for a few years before going to India. This is the house I met H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, received many teachings and served Rinpoche for 6 months. This is a special place for me. Tsem Rinpoche 
7 days ago
What a nice message. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
I would like to thank Queck Soon Lee, Elsie Toy, Soh Lee Loon and Lim Kam Koi for the beautiful and blessed images of Tara. It's really wonderful and made from porcelain. I like Tara very much. All of you are wonderful students of Modern Buddhist Fellowship. Please make Modern Buddhist Fellowship a place of practice, learning and benefitting society even more. Put all your efforts to make this place fully blossom more. You have my prayers. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
This is so perfect! Really direct wisdom and to the point. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Interesting deduction. TR
3 weeks ago
When we need to support, we should not remain quiet or indifferent. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
This is so true. It's hard but it applies. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
I get thanks and appreciations very often from people all around the world for my blog (www.tsemrinpoche.com). Majority of the people I do not have the pleasure to know who they are. Yet they write in always. They read and leave comments on the blog also. We get now between 100,000 to 120,000 views per month now on my blog I am told and it is consistent ever month. I am AMAZED, HUMBLED AND HAPPY. I am glad so many around the world learn and benefit from my humble blog. I received two messages today. One from Penang (North Malaysia) and one from Italy thanking me for the blog and how much they learn from my blog and how much they appreciate it. It makes all the hard work worth it. Wonderful. Thank you everyone for the learning and feedback. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
We spent around 5 hours blogging about H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche's biography. Take a look: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=52782)---- For further interesting posts and pictures on Zong Rinpoche, click here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/.../cate.../kyabje-zong-rinpoche
3 weeks ago
His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche with his two disciples H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Perfect triad of blessings. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
Dear friends, I just posted this on our LINEAGE lamas and how we should cultivate our attitude toward our lamas for successful practice: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=52656 Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
Tsem Rinpoche: The most BEAUTIFUL Dharma wallpaper downloads in both English and Chinese language here for FREE: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=7052 and many free high resolution Buddha picture downloads here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=52713
4 weeks ago
Wonderful! Today I went out briefly from my retreat and I found a BEAUTIFUL holy Dalai Lama pendant in a store. Am not going out much these days at all. It's nice to have His Holiness close to my heart. I wore the pendant immediately. When I was a child, people had similar ones and I always wanted one. Many of the Kalmyk people would wear it. Now I have one of my own. I really like it. Tsem Rinpoche.. Myself requesting H.H. Dalai Lama to bestow on me ordination: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=19322
4 weeks ago
This is important to read, see and contemplate. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
What is on your altar? Take a look: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=52604
4 weeks ago
My little 4 inch Bigfoot figurine arrived today also. I sure like seeing this fellow around. Makes me feel like he belongs around my environment.
4 weeks ago
A beautiful Lord Manjushri arrived and He is in standing form. Absolutely beautiful. only around 8 inches in height and very graceful. I really treasure all forms of Manjushri and He is gracing my working table where I can see him very clearly. I offer incense to Him throughout the day as I do my work. I like to have incense and offerings throughout the day as much as possible. In fact 24 hours a day.
4 weeks ago
Read this book by John Blofeld over 30 years ago. Now getting another copy of it to re-read. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
An EXCITING contest going on now! It starts today August 21, 2014-September 4, 2014. Anyone from anywhere around the world may join in!!! You have a chance to win a fabulous Manjushri statue and some wonderful great books. Take a look: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=52496
4 weeks ago
The Shwedagon Great stupa in Myanmar, it holds the hairs of Buddha Shakyamuni. Very holy and worthy of a visit. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
Great words of wisdom from Bruce Lee. Must read. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
This is corn that is grown on our Kechara Forest Retreat land in Malaysia,. Fantastic!!!!! Julia said it's very juicy and sweet! Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
Locked up her whole life. Never sees sunshine, grass, dirt, or the sky. She is forced to lay eggs constantly and daily. She does so until she's dead, then they send her to be eaten. She has no feathers and can barely stand due to no space and sunlight. She is locked in this tiny space always.
1 month ago
Wonderful plants to have in the room. 
1 month ago
Amazing Rescue: Last week in Goalpara, India, train passengers spotted this baby elephant struggling in a muddy ditch and had the conductor stop the train, so they could keep the elephant company and feed it local vegetation until a rescue team arrived!-from FB
1 month ago
Beautiful outdoor large Lord Buddha in Bhutan.
1 month ago
The discovery of this giant Sonoran Desert Toad yesterday outside the Chiricahua Desert Museum the locals are sure this toad is responsible for the loss of their pets This toad weighed in at 57 pounds, that was after it dispensed about 2 gallons of urine during its capture. the largest native toad in North American does not typically get any larger than about 1.5 pounds length of 7.5 inches this is a new world record. -from FB
1 month ago
Kalarupa thangka sent to me by Pastor JJ. Thank you so much.
1 month ago
This is wonderful. Full of thought and deep. Please read and share. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
This is one of my MOST favorite science fiction movies of all time. It's a little B-rated, but I find it super cool still. LOL. Do watch and leave a comment and let me know what you think: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=34750
1 month ago
His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche was said to be a fully attained great lama. He was one of the greatest teachers of his time. He has achieved one-ness with his Yidam Heruka Chakrasamvara. There was many indications of this. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
My bigfoot area in my room with books and statues..
2 months ago
Great Buddha Tsongkapa.
2 months ago
There are more Buddhist Priests, Ministers and Pastors now. This is a wonderful trend. Do see what a great job Rev Christina Yanko is doing in Canada: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=52129
2 months ago
If everyone can realize this would eliminate so many problems.
2 months ago
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  • Is this the Loch Ness monster?
    Is this the Loch Ness monster?
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    In Kechara Forest Retreat we have a large aviary with many rescued birds and tortoises. We just built a nice pool for them to cool down in. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 weeks ago
  • Rescuing dog in LA river
    Rescuing dog in LA river
    3 weeks ago
  • This is a very inspiring video by Jim Carrey you must see
    This is a very inspiring video by Jim Carrey you must see
    4 weeks ago
  • Dalai Lama watching TV
    Dalai Lama watching TV
    1 month ago
  • Dog with a heart of Gold
    Dog with a heart of Gold
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    1 month ago
  • 14th Dalai Lama with Mrs.Indira Gandhi , Delhi INDIA 1966
    14th Dalai Lama with Mrs.Indira Gandhi , Delhi INDIA 1966
    3 months ago
  • The Girl Who Couldn't Cry - Water is Life
    The Girl Who Couldn't Cry - Water is Life
    It's really hard to educate a generation of people born in conditions where they take things for granted. A simple slogan campaign that says, "Save water, It's precious" isn't sticky enough to make inroads. That's exactly where this video steps in: to make people realize how precious water actually is. A brilliant video that follows the heartbreaking story of a young girl that cannot cry. Sounds like fiction? Sadly, it is not.
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    Dear everyone, All sentient beings deserve to live, be happy and not hurt, including animals. We should never hurt them or eat them. Look how much this chicken welcomes a hug and love. Observe carefully. Don't eat beings who can feel pain because the karma comes back. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 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
    5 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
    6 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
    6 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.
    7 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
    11 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
    11 months ago
  • Mumus running at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Mumus running at Kechara Forest Retreat
    12 months ago
  • Kechara Forest Retreat panorama, September 2013
    Kechara Forest Retreat panorama, September 2013
    1 years 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!!!
    1 years ago
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    17 May 2013, heavy rain at Kechara Forest Retreat from 7am-8am (1 hour). Water overflowed the existing drain and also opened up a much wider new "route" for itself.
    1 years ago
  • Must see video from Rajendra on our disciplined dogs
    Must see video from Rajendra on our disciplined dogs
    1 years ago
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    Dato' Ruby won the Bella Awards!
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    This is a wonderful video for Moh Mei because she is sleeping in the KECHARA FOREST RETREAT CONTAINERS all alone...ehehehhehe...this is a new friend to keep her company....tsem rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
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    Answer to Jo
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    The 2 tortoises in Tsem Ladrang, Kadro and Menlha are enjoying their fresh veggie meal.
    2 yearss ago
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    Organic vegetables at Kechara Forest Retreat
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    This is Dorje our friendly fish that lives with us. He captured my attention the first time because he was exceptionally friendly. TR
    2 yearss ago
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    Mumus go bye bye!!!
    2 yearss ago
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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.
    2 yearss ago

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Beautiful and colourful sky of Kechara Forest Retreat. Love it! P. Adeline
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Thank you to the Thursday volunteers for helping in the kitchen today. Employees from EMC Asia, students from HELP University and not forgetting Marge Lee. Justin Cheah@KSK
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If we develop a good heart, real appreciation, love and compassion for others, our life will improve.~H.H.Dalai Lama_Hee TS
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How much freedom we feel we have is dependent on how much we free our minds~#tsemtulku_PB
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Freedom is being free from what binds us due to wrong views.~#tsemtulku_PB
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Never experiencing love is not an excuse for not giving love.~#tsemtulku_PB
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