Amazing Things You Didn’t Know About Them

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Dear friends,

I have always been an animal lover and it was a great pleasure being able to do research on them and further learn about these wonderful creatures. Dogs are my favourite animal, ever since young I have always had huge interest in dogs and I have been bugging my parents for the longest time to give me the permission to keep a dog, but of course it never happened.

Now that I’m older, I have realised that keeping a pet is something more than just a ‘hobby’, it comes with great responsibilities and commitments. Be it a fish, a guinea pig or a dog, they are all sentient beings and sentient beings have feelings. They feel pain, anger, happiness and love, therefore it’s very important to not take them lightly. Do not keep a pet if you feel that you’re not responsible enough or you do not have the time and commitment to do so.

All animals are equal, whether if it’s just a tiny little bug or the king of jungle, we should respect all animals. I hope you enjoy this article as much as I did while doing the research.

Regards,
Beatrix Ooi

 


 

Get ready to be blown away!…

 

#1. Ostrich

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Ostriches can run faster than horses, and the males can roar like lions

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An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain

 

#2. Songbird

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Some male songbirds sing more than 2000 times each day

 

#3. Scorpion

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Even a small amount of alcohol placed on a scorpion will make it go crazy and sting itself to death!

 

#4. Flamingo

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The flamingo eats with its head upside down

 

#5. Dogs

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Apple and pear seeds contain arsenic, which may be deadly to dogs

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A dog’s shoulder blades are unattached to the rest of the skeleton to allow greater flexibility for running

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Small quantities of grapes and raisins can cause renal failure in dogs

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Dog nose prints are as unique as human finger prints and can be used to identify them

 

#6. Hippopotamus

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Hippos can run faster than humans

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Hippos can hold their breath underwater for up to 5 minutes. They also secrete a red substance that acts as sunblock, giving rise to the myth that these mammals sweat blood

 

#7. Great horned owl

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The great horned owl has no sense of smell

 

#8. Flea

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The flea can jump up to 200 times its own height. This is equal to a man jumping the Empire State Building in New York

 

#9. Blue Whale

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Most elephants weigh less than the tongue of a blue whale

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At 155 decibels loud, their songs can travel up to 1,000 miles underwater

 

#10. Elephant

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An elephant can smell water up to 3 miles away

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Elephants are the only animal that can’t jump

 

#11. Snail

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Don’t try this at home. If you cut off a snail’s eye, it will grow a new one

 

#12. Lonomia obliqua

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Lonomia obliqua is the world’s deadliest caterpillar

 

#13. Stone fish

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It is known as the most poisonous fish in the world

 

#14. Killer whale

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Killer whales are not whales at all, rather a species of dolphin

 

#15. Slug

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We share 70% of our DNA with a slug

 

#16. Tiger

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No two tigers ever have the same stripes, and this is how individual tigers can be identified

 

#17. Donkey

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The placement of the eyes of a donkey enables them to see all four of their legs at all times

 

#18. Oyster

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Oysters can change from one gender to another and back again depending on which is best for mating

 

#19. Turtle

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You can tell a turtle’s gender by the noise it makes. Males grunt, females hiss

 

#20. Ferret

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Ferrets sleep around 20 hours a day, pretty good life

 

#21. Shark

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Sharks are immune to cancer

 

#22. Swan

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The swan has over 25,000 feathers in its body. Incredible creature

 

#23. Giraffe

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Giraffes have no vocal cords. But on average, their tongue measures at 18-20 inches long!

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Giraffes have sturdy hearts and high blood pressure, which help prevent fainting when they lift their heads from the ground to the sky

 

#24. Hybrid combo

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When a male tiger and female lion mate they make a tigon, when a male lion and female tiger mate they make a liger. This is a tigon.

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Liger

 

#26. Penguin

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Penguins can jump over 6 feet out of water

 

#27. Owl

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Many species of owls have special feathers for flying silently

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Owls cannot move their eyeballs

 

#28. Bull

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The colour red doesn’t really make bulls angry; they are color-blind to red

 

#29. Goblin shark

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There is a shark called ‘goblin shark’ which has only been seen around 50 times since its discovery in 1897

 

#30. Goat and Octopus

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Goats and octopus have rectangular pupils which allow them to see nearly 360 degrees around themselves

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#31. Starfish

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Starfish don’t die of old age

 

#32. Bear

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A full-grown bear can run as fast as a horse

 

#33. Hyena

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Hyenas regularly eat the faeces of other animals

 

#34. Moose

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Moose have very poor vision. Some have even tried to mate with cars

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A moose’s upper lip is ultra sensitive, able to grasp and tell the difference between fresh shoots and harder twigs. A moose can strip an entire branch of leaves in a single mouthful

 

#35. Sea horse

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The slowest fish is the sea horse, which moves along at about 0.01 mph (0.016 km/h)

 

#36. Golden poison dart frog

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The 2-inch-long golden poison dart frog has enough venom to kill 10 adult men

 

#37. Snow leopard

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Snow leopards can leap up to 50 feet in one jump

 

#38. Komodo dragon

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The saliva of a Komodo dragon harvests more than 50 types of bacteria. Animals bitten by the lizard typically die within 24 hours from blood poisoning — if they aren’t eaten first

 

#39. Narwhal

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The narwhal tusk—most commonly found on males—is actually an enlarged tooth with sensory capability and up to 10 million nerve endings inside. Some narwhals have up to two tusks, while others have none. The spiraled tusk juts from the head and can grow as long at 10 feet

 

#40. Mole

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A mole can dig a tunnel 300 feet long in just one night

 

#41. Sloth

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Sloths cannot shiver to stay warm like other mammals due to their low metabolic rates and little muscle tissue

 

#42. Polar bear

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Despite what we think, a polar bear’s fur is not white. Each hair is a clear hollow tube. Polar bears look white because each hollow hair reflects the light. Underneath the fur, a polar bear’s skin is actually black — the black skin soaks up the sun’s heat and helps them stay warm

 

#43. Koala bear

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Koala bears aren’t bears: They’re marsupials. Marsupials are an infraclass of mammals living primarily in Australasia and the Americas. A distinctive characteristic, common to many species, is that most of the young are carried in a pouch

 

#44. Horned lizard

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Horned lizards can shoot blood out of their eyes to defend themselves

 

#45. Zebra

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Underneath their stripes, zebras have black skin

 

#46. Whooping crane

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A whooping crane’s eye color changes as the bird gets older. It moves from blue to aqua to gold

 

#47. Star-nosed mole

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The star-nosed mole has 25,000 sensory receptors on its nose

 

#48. Octopus

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Octopuses have nine brains — one central brain, eight at the base of each arm, for movement control — and blood the color blue from a protein called hemocyanin

 

#49. Muskox

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The hair of the muskox, called qiviut, is often considered the world’s rarest fiber

 

#50. Mantis shrimp

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Mantis shrimps are mere inches long but can throw the fastest punch of any animal. They strike with the force of a rifle bullet and can shatter aquarium glass and crab shells alike

 

#51. Leopard seal

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Leopard seals don’t have ears. The theory goes that these massive creatures, which prey on penguins and other seals, use sonar to locate food

 

#52. Marine iguana

An iguana’s two prominent nostrils help the lizard regulate salt levels by expelling a saline solution through them

An iguana’s two prominent nostrils help the lizard regulate salt levels by expelling a saline solution through them

 

#53. Honeybee

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Honeybees have hair on their eyes

 

#54. Dugong

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Dugongs (and their manatee cousins) are related to elephants. Not too hard to fathom, given their ginormous size. If they were on land, they could surly lumber, elephant-style

 

#55. Arctic fox

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The Arctic fox can survive temperatures as low as -60 degrees Fahrenheit. During a blizzard, the animal often tunnels into the snow for protection

 

#56. Beaver

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Beavers’ teeth never stop growing, they must constantly gnaw on objects to keep them at a manageable length. Their teeth would eventually grow into their brain if they didn’t maintain them

 

#57. King cobra

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The amount of neurotoxin that a king cobra can emit in one bite is enough to kill 20 people — or an elephant

 

#58. Irukandji jellyfish

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Irukandji jellyfish is a member of the notorious box jellyfish family, measures only 0.2 inches across and is nearly transparent, it is arguably the most venomous animal on the planet. Its toxin is 100 stronger than that of a cobra

 

#59. Sea otter

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Sea otters like to hold each other’s paws when sleeping so they don’t drift apart

 

#60. Elephant shrew

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The closest relatives to the elephant shrew are actually elephants, not shrews

 

#61. Squirrel

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Squirrels will adopt other squirrels babies if they are abandoned

 

#62. Galapagos tortoise

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The Galapagos tortoise can live for one full year without food or water, sleep 16 hours a day, and live to over 150 years

 

#63. Howler monkey

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As the loudest land animal on Earth, they can be heard 3 miles away

 

#64. Clownfish

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Every single clownfish is born as a male, and some become female later on

 

#65. Slow loris

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Slow loris may be cute, but it’s the only venomous primate in the world. When it raises its arms, it’s performing a defensive stance, and preparing a venom

 

#66. Fennec fox

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Fennec fox’s feet are hairy, which helps them perform like snowshoes and protects them from extremely hot sand. The fox’s feet are also effective shovels for frequent digging

 

#67. Proboscis monkey

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Proboscis monkey, it’s believed the nose may be selected as a sexual trait since female monkeys generally prefer the males who have a bigger nose

 

#68. Cassowary

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Cassowary, also known as the Australian Velociraptor, it’s known worldwide as the deadliest bird on Earth. They’re more deadly than a crocodile and their giant claws can tear the organs from your body in a matter of seconds

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The claws of a Cassowary

 

#69. Hedgehog

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A hedgehog’s heart beats 300 times a minute on average

 

#70. Camel

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Camels have three eyelids to protect themselves from blowing sand

 

#71. Hooded pitohui

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The hooded pitohui is a poisonous bird. Touching its skin or feathers causes numbness and tingling

 

#72. Hummingbird

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The smallest bird egg belongs to the hummingbird and is the size of a pea

 

#73. Chicken

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Chickens have over 200 distinct noises they make for communicating

 

#74. Crow

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Crows have the largest cerebral hemispheres (brains), relative to body size, of any avian family

 

#75. Hercules beetle

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Hercules beetles can lift 850 times their own weight. That’s equivalent to a human lifting 10 elephants

 

#76. Goldfish

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Goldfish have a memory span of up to 5 months

 

#77. The hairy frog aka the horror frog

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The Horror Frog, a frog that breaks its own bones to create claws

 

#78. Wood frog

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Wood frog has the capability to freeze through winter and thaws in the spring

 

#79. Siberian husky

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Siberian huskies are built to withstand Arctic temperatures of -58 to -76 degrees Fahrenheit

 

#80. Chinese softshell turtle

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The Chinese soft-shelled turtle is the first animal known to pee via its mouth

 

Sources:

  • http://www.seenox.org/interesting-animal-facts-you-did-not-know-before/
  • http://all-that-is-interesting.com/amazing-facts-ocean-animals
  • http://www.viralnova.com/unbelievable-animal-facts/
  • https://weather.com/science/news/animal-wildlife-wacky-facts-20140930
  • https://www.wikipedia.org/

 

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20-year-old Beatrix is currently on sabbatical from her studies and spends her free time volunteering in Tsem Ladrang, the office of her Guru, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche. A proud Buddhist and vegetarian, Beatrix claims that dogs are her favorite people. She believes that kindness is the greatest wisdom and is deeply grateful to her supportive parents.
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  1. Wen Yue Lew on Dec 11, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    Very interesting❤

  2. Pastor Han Nee on Nov 27, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    Wow! Thank you for these incredibly amazing facts Beatrix! I can’t resist repeating some of them. Didn’t know that-

    – Ostriches can run faster than horses, and hippos faster than humans!
    – A dog’s nose prints act like human fingerprints, for identification!
    – The flea can jump 200 times its own height, equivalent to a man
    jumping the Empire State Building in New York!
    – On the other hand, elephants are the only animals that can’t jump!
    – Two tigers never have the same stripes!
    – The donkey can see all its four legs at all times!
    – Sharks are immune to cancer!
    – The colour red doesn’t really make a bull angry -they are colour-blind
    to red!
    – The ever elegant swan has over 25000 feathers on its body!

    It just goes to show how unique and special each being is!

  3. TekLee on Nov 14, 2016 at 12:44 am

    Wow….. Thank you Beatrix for sharing this amazing information. Some of the animals are quite common. Means, we can easily see them from TV, some petting zoos, or zoos, but didn’t know the amazing facts about them! For example, ostrich. Which was quite famous in KL a couple of months ago, where an ostrich ran on Federal Highway 🙂 Didn’t know that they can run faster than horses. But sadly, their eyes are bigger than their brain.
    But it’s really amazing to know how animal evolved to suit the changes of environment and their habitat. For example for polar bear and siberian husky, if they don’t grow in this way, maybe they won’t be able to survive in artic. It’s how amazing every individual characteristic, their appearance, their behavior, that’s all combine and make them unique.
    Thank you 🙂

  4. Wan Wai Meng on Oct 18, 2016 at 12:54 am

    Very cool to learn about the various species of animals and what is unique about them. Thanks Beatrix.

  5. Anne Ong on Sep 30, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    Thank you Beatrix for sharing these interesting fun facts about animals. truly amazing knowledge to learn about these facts.:)
    #64. Clownfish,#48. Octopus,#11. Snail,#75. Hercules beetle,#50. Mantis shrimp,#47. Star-nosed mole. Just to name a few of the ones that caught my interest. Great write up Beatrix! Keep it up 🙂

  6. Pastor KH Ng on Jul 30, 2016 at 12:26 am

    FUN FACTS….the diversity of lives!!

    IT took 2 billion years for lives to evolved from single cell life to lives as we know it today and yet the diversity and abilities of lives still boggles our mind. It shows how wonderful live is but also how ignorant we are.

    All animals and plants along with it’s abilities and characteristics evolved according to Darwinian law of natural selection and of the survival of the fittest, conditioned by the natural environment and ecology where the species live or grow. This law naturally selects the best adapted species to thrive and be propagated in that particular environment; resulting in an amazing array of abilities highlighted by Beatrix.

    Thank you Beatrix. I really enjoyed this post. It really opens up my mind.

  7. Pastor Antoinette Kass on Jun 20, 2016 at 1:13 am

    Dear Beatrix,

    Thank you for these amazing informations! Animals are, like you wrote, equal and have rights. We should never look down on them.

    I agree, dogs are very loveable and need time and care. I grew up with dogs and it was fun. Only 4 years ago, I have discovered my love for cats. They have their character but are very sweet and smart.

    I love the pictures!

    Thank You Rinpoche for creating such an amazing and educational platform via this blog!

  8. pammie yap on Jun 10, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    Thank you Bea for the lovely compilation.
    There were so many information that caught my attention so I dont know which one to start with.
    The most disturbing and pitiful are Chinese softshell turtles and Hyenas. Cannot imagine what karma to be born like that.
    The one I laughed at, was the seahorse. OMB!! I cannot imagine myself going that ‘fast’!
    I must have been a goldfish in my previous life and in this life, still a ‘goldfish’ trapped in a human body… lol
    All of them are unique and special. Whether they are animals or not, we should always respect and treat them well.

  9. Pastor Shin Tan on Jun 10, 2016 at 5:24 am

    Thank you Beatrix for these pictures and facts. Indeed there is so much that we (or rather I) do not know about these animals.

    It’s nice to have young people like you who care so much about animals, and I love these beautiful pictures very much!

    Animals are sentient beings are beings with consciousness and like us, deserve happiness and respect too.

  10. Patng on Jun 9, 2016 at 9:39 am

    Thank you for sharing in this article about the extraordinary friends on earth..i think there must be a reason for everything…why do birds have wings & fish have tails.? This makes me went in search for explanations…Why is that the ostrich eyes are so big ? Do you know that the ostrich eye is 5 cm in diameter and bigger than its brain ? …well the eyes is so big that it can easily see if there are predators around ….It’s also the same for giraffes with long neck so that it can see far to check for predators but with a long neck its advantage is that it can easily reach high up a tree for leaves to eat ..This article is really interesting and amazing.Thank you Beatrix.

  11. Jason on Jun 8, 2016 at 2:27 am

    Thanks Beatrix for posting this 80 animals photos. I can feel that they are in freedom. All this photos really help me gaining more knowledge on animal kingdom. I am so impressed by photo no 80,Chinese soft shell turtle because it can pee via mouth.
    We should treat animals like our family members.We must show compassion and kindness to animals. This is what we want in Kechara .
    Thanks Rinpoche.

    With folded hands
    Jason

  12. Fong on Jun 6, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    Thanks for the write-up. Reminds me of the old radio program “Kee Huat Fantastic Facts”.

    I like the one on scorpions – NO. 3. For someone who loves their alcohol, to be reborn as one would be such a nightmare. Imagine, one drop and you’re dead from your own folly.

    No. 35, the seahorse is a surprise. My assumption was that it would be quite a fast swimmer if it wanted to. I mean, it’s a sea ‘horse’ and in the cartoon “Aquaman” he rode a seahorse to battles and rescues. How when we are ignorant, we will believe anything and stick by it as sacred truth!

    There are so many others that are unique and interesting whilst some are scary. Goes to show the diversity of the animal kingdom or animal realm. All those unique qualities are what help them survive their environment.

    Thank you for sharing such interesting facts.

    • Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Jun 7, 2016 at 1:33 am

      Hi Fong,

      If I’m not mistaken, the diversity is the result of our karma. All these animals have also had countless previous lives, and the unique combination of their karma has led them to take rebirth in various parts of the animal kingdom with different physicalities which have adapted to their environment.

      Can you imagine being stuck in the deepest darkest part of the ocean for decades like one of those deep sea angler fish (picture below) or in the cold and barren Artic as a polar bear? o_O

      And that’s in the animal kingdom! Even in the human realm, there are so many different forms of existence physically speaking. Some of are born without limbs, some are born with limbs but without intact mental faculties. Some are born in places where it is super hot, and some people are born in places where it is super cold.

      The fact we can live in a place where there are no climatic extremes, where we have physical and mental faculties mostly intact (to the point they don’t present obstacles to our learning) is incredible if you consider the very high chance we actually stood of being reborn in a place with weather extremes, physical disabilities or mental disabilities.

      We really should make the most of the chance we have and not make excuses to do more, because making excuses is just making obstacles for ourselves which we don’t need to have!

      Anyway, I kind of went off tangent haha this was a real neat post. I already knew a couple of these, like the one about the flamingo (something about their oesophagal muscles not being very strong), the flea and the elephant (they don’t have knees). But like you, I did also like the scorpion one. And the ligers and tigons one, though I think they are sterile because of the interspecies mating…just like how when donkeys and horses mate, their offspring are sterile too.

      w583h583_78822-the-deep-sea-anglerfish-aka-the-black-sea-devil-

  13. Jutika Lam on Jun 5, 2016 at 11:54 am

    Going through this article and learning interesting facts about 80 different animals has certainly made my Sunday a great and knowledge full one.

    To be honest, a lot of the facts here surprised me such as the fact that a blue whale’s tongue is heavier than most elephants, sharks are immune to cancer, polar bear furs are actually not white and so many more!

    Animals are sentient beings who like us have feelings, if we hurt them they feel pain and if we treat them with love and care, they would feel loved.

    Thank you Beatrix for doing a very good research on these animals!

  14. Colin Tan on Jun 5, 2016 at 12:18 am

    Wow what a intensive search on 80 different animals. Have always been a avid lover on animal discovery channel and understand all about animals. There are one or two species shown in there that I never once seen before.

    In Tsem Rinpoche Blog we can practically learn almost everything.
    🙂

    Cool job. Keep it up Beatrix.

  15. wooishen on Jun 2, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    Do not keep a pet if you feel that you’re not responsible enough or you do not have the time and commitment to do so. Be responsible….

    Is true they need more time to accompany them, walk, play, bath and etc….

    Not just keep inside cage, give foods and water only….

    Please treat animal equal…

    Thanks Beatrix Ooi for sharing…..

    • Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Jun 6, 2016 at 8:37 pm

      Yes Wooi Shen, I could not agree more! And in addition to what you’ve said, we should also try to avoid zoos as much as possible, and anywhere else that traps wild animals.

      If the animals were born and raised in captivity, that’s another story because they won’t be able to survive if they were released into the wild.

      But for animals who are captured and trapped in a zoo, they should’ve been left in the wild. It’s the best place to study and learn about them, which is their natural habitat.

      Thank you for your comment! I hope you will always keep speaking up for animal rights and help to raise awareness for responsible pet care among your friends and whoever else you meet!

  16. Wah Ying on Jun 1, 2016 at 11:20 pm

    Thank you Beatrix for the sharing. It’s such an interesting post on animals. The more we human know about the animals the more we feel how amazing they are. Haha, don’t ever think only human are special and amazing, or thinking of using animals for our interest – to work for us, to provide entertainment, for trasnportation, for medical experiment, as food and etc…

  17. becky on Jun 1, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    Thank you Beatrix for sharing this interesting and informative post. 🙂
    There are many animals have their special characteristic that I know now after read your post.
    Amazing goats and octopus have rectangular pupils which allow them to see nearly 360 degrees around themselves. Octopuses have nine brains — one central brain, eight at the base of each arm, for movement control — and blood the color blue from a protein called hemocyanin.

    Thank you Rinpoche and the writers team.

  18. shelly tai on Jun 1, 2016 at 11:09 am

    Thank you Beatrix Ooi for such a informative write up about animals. We as a human I think for least of it we should respect all these animals who are very different from us at least we do not kill them because we are not the any being who live in this planet.

  19. Cynthia Lee on Jun 1, 2016 at 3:20 am

    Thank you, Beatrix. Learning about the animal kingdom got me thinking the sky is the limit. What we think is impossible is truly possible for some other beings.

    Example, I can’t imagine how certain animals such as the Arctic fox can survive temperatures as low as -60 degrees Fahrenheit while I myself suffer at just 20 degrees. LOL. I guess this is because the human realm and animal realm is just different.

    As a human being, we have different limitations in physiques but not the mind. Animals cannot think in a cognitive manner like we do. Irregardless, animals do feel pain and emotions. They deserved to be treasured and left unharmed.

  20. Pastor Henry Ooi on Jun 1, 2016 at 12:06 am

    Good researched information, Beatrix. Many facts I didn’t know of until now. Some light comments instead of the usual boring ones. 😁
    Love,
    Dad

    #21 Sharks are immune to cancer.
    I read of this many years ago that scientists were trying to find out the secret. But I guess they are still unsuccessful or maybe commercial politics has the upper hand.

    #31 Starfish don’t die of old age.
    Then how or what do they die of? Being eaten by predators?

    #33 Hyenas regularly eat the faeces of other animals.
    Eeeewww…I didn’t know of this.

    #40 A mole can dig a tunnel 300 feet long in just on night.
    Imagine if there’s a giant mole…the KL Smart Tunnel would have taken just days to be dug.

    #59
    Sea otters like to hold each other’s paws when sleepingso they don’t drift apart.
    Awwww…I scratch your back, you scratch mine.

    #63
    Howler monkey – as the loudest land animal on Earth, they can be heard 3 miles away.
    Who needs a bullhorn?

    #69 A hedgehog heart beats 300 times a minute on average.
    How many times when they’re in love? 😍💕

    #80 The Chinese soft shelled turtle is the first animal known to pee via its mouth.
    Gross yet sad. Having the karma to be reborn as one. Long life, no speech but instead pee breath.

    • Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Jun 6, 2016 at 8:28 pm

      Hahahahaha PHO, what a unique comment from you! – “Gross yet sad. Having the karma to be reborn as one. Long life, no speech but instead pee breath.”

  21. yenpin on May 31, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    一个人能够拥有些兴趣爱好是一件好事,但是也得看个人的喜欢程度有多深才能将自己的爱好延续下去,不然就造成伤害,也是徒劳无功。
    饲养宠物是一个责任,不是爱好,不是现在想要养就去买回来,不想要就把丢了这是非常不负责任,所以对动物都有感情,会感到开心,或是不开心,要人爱护,关心它们。
    您養的是一个生命,而不是一个爱好!要有责任把它们照顾好,不要遗弃它们,
    用仁爱之心善待生命,我们应该尊重所有的动物

  22. Lin Mun on May 31, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    This is a very interesting article and thanks for sharing Beatrix. Never knew of so many capabilities that the animals have.

  23. Jill Yam on May 31, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    This is just truly amazing. Imagine each individual animals have their own ‘special ‘ characteristics.
    These are things which we didn’t know and it just blow your mind away on some of the nature of the animals.
    Can you imagine the Horror Frog breaking its own bones to create claws.
    Gold Fish has a memory of up to 5 months

    These is so awesome. With this post I’m sure more people can be more aware of their pets needs and give them the love.

    Thank you Beatrix for the interesting post.

  24. Stella Cheang on May 31, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    This is a truly amazing deck of fun facts about animals. I enjoy reading it very much as well as learning a great deal about animals that I never knew before. For example:
    1. Sharks cannot develop cancer – wow! I hope this is NOT the reason why people love shark fins.
    2. Oyster can change gender – what an ability!
    3. Octopuses have 9 brains – I wish we can too, then we can multitask better.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Beatrix for this article. It is very entertaining.

    Humbly, bowing down,
    Stella Cheang

    • Beatrix Ooi on Jun 1, 2016 at 11:10 am

      Dear Stella,

      I’m glad that you enjoyed reading the article, the animal kingdom is fulled with amazing creatures which some of them, we have not even heard of. I too find the octopus fact very interesting, if only we can have that too hehe!

  25. Frederick Law on May 31, 2016 at 3:05 am

    Thank you Beatrix for compiling so many cute animals with each of their characteristic and interesting facts not known by myself hehe.
    We should treat all animal as equal, as they same like us has feelings, shares similar DNA, and are intelligent.

    This article will be good for parents to show different animal facts, and teaching their children to love animals and treat each sentient being as equal.

    • Beatrix Ooi on Jun 1, 2016 at 11:00 am

      Dear Frederick,

      You’ve brought up a very good point there, parents should start educating their children about animals from a very young age to get them familiarised with the fact that animals are sentient beings too. They have not done anything to mankind and in my opinion, we should be fair and treat everyone living on this planet equally. 🙂

  26. HelenaC on May 30, 2016 at 11:20 pm

    Very nice and interesting Beatrice, I have learned so much from this article. Fun to read and me me scrolling hehehe….

    • Beatrix Ooi on Jun 1, 2016 at 10:57 am

      Dear Helene,

      I’m very glad that you enjoyed the article and have learnt something from it, these animals are very interesting!

  27. Sofi on May 30, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    What an interesting article on things that I didn’t know about most of the animals. Imagine the Chinese soft-shell tortoise urinating through its mouth or getting poison by a bird (hooded Pitohui) or elephant shrew is actually related to the elephant. And most of all settling the argument of the Zebra being black with white stripes or white with black stripes.
    Thanks Beatrix for writing this fun article.

    • Beatrix Ooi on Jun 1, 2016 at 10:56 am

      Dear aunty Sofi,

      I’m glad that you enjoyed the article, animals are extremely unique and it’s fun to learn about them 🙂

  28. Yoke Chim Yap on May 30, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    若要我选擇养一种宠物,我会首选狗。
    小时候住在乡下地方,家里养了一隻菜狗,我们要去上学,需走一段好長的路才能到大路口,而它就会每天一大清早默默陪伴我们走到路口、看我们走远了!才回去,中午放学时,它又会準时守候在路口等我们回家,风雨不改l 直今我还是很怀念它,但愿它来世得人身,得聞佛法.其實动物你对它好,它们都能感受到.也不会出卖你,不管它是兇猛或馴良。那些喜欢吃野味的人,只要四脚朝天都殺来吃,我覚的不可思議,这些人并不晓的它们也会流血?也会痛?也有感觉?有一句偈语非常有意思「千百年来碗里羹,怨深似海悢难平,预知世上刀兵刧,但听夜半屠門声」。

    • Beatrix Ooi on Jun 1, 2016 at 10:52 am

      Yoke Chim,的確,動物是有靈性的,只要我們對它們好, 它們一定
      會感覺得到。 有時候, 動物會比那些不知感恩的人還來得好,因為至少它們不會做出甚麼傷天害理的事。 人類確實有很多地方必須向動物學習, 動物也是萬物之靈, 並沒有甚麼地位比誰高或類似的說法。謝謝妳的分享。:)

  29. Yoke Chim Yap on May 30, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    测試!

  30. Vinnie Tan on May 30, 2016 at 11:17 am

    Thank you Beatrix for these fun facts about these animals. The information is really cool. What I have never thought about is the information for the goldfish. That really shocked me. I always thought they only have the memory of 3 seconds.

    I am also shocked to see that the Chinese soft shell turtle pees from its mouth. I find that weird and slightly disgusting. But I guess what is considered as disgusting will be only be defined by how we perceive things. Thank you for sharing these interesting fun facts about the animals.

    • Beatrix Ooi on Jun 1, 2016 at 10:41 am

      Dear Vinnie,

      I used to think that about the goldfish too! It’s scary how myths can affect us. In society nowadays, we really can’t afford to follow other blindly, having knowledge is very crucial.

  31. Pastor Adeline on May 30, 2016 at 4:06 am

    Such an interesting post, Beatrix. There are so many interesting facts that never crossed my mind and I am glad you share them with us. I always remember that goldfish have a short memory few seconds, that’s why they can live in a small glass tank amusing themselves with the views which always seems new and interesting for them. I mean few seconds of memory means things are always new to them. Hence, we always use “a goldfish memory” on someone who had bad memory, hehe! Thank you kindly for sharing with us.

    • Beatrix Ooi on May 30, 2016 at 5:31 am

      Dear Pastor Adeline,

      I’m glad that the article was interesting, I have never knew that goldfish have such a long term memory span because what I have been told in the past was, goldfish’s memory span can only last up to 7 secs or so. I’m glad that the myth is debunked. 🙂

      • bengkooi on Jun 2, 2016 at 6:10 pm

        So now that we know goldfish have a 5 month memory, that little bowl seems extremely cruel…

  32. Boon on May 29, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    Thank you Beatrix! This article is very entertaining! I still can’t imagine how to pee through the mouth.

    Thank you again,
    Boon

    • Beatrix Ooi on May 30, 2016 at 5:28 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed the article Boon! Hope to see you around more often! 🙂 Have a great week ahead!

  33. Julien Roth on May 29, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    This post was so interesting to read! One of my favourite posts for sure!

    I think for me, the most unbelievable fact that I didn’t know was that the snow leopard can jump up to 50 feet in a single jump. If I’m being honest I am not sure i believe this or not xD I mean, 50 feet is a long way up and i can’t see any animal that can do that. But i will search it up and get to the bottom of that.

    The second most interesting fact in the post was that ferrets sleep up to 20 hours a day. Thats the life i wish i could have! A life with so little responsibilities that i can sleep and sleep and sleep! How great would that be??? Couldn’t think of a better way to spend my time.

    • Beatrix Ooi on May 29, 2016 at 11:16 pm

      Dear Julien,

      I’m glad that you find this post interesting, I have too learnt a lot from it. The animal kingdom is just amazing, full of wonderful and beautiful creatures. Regarding the snow leopard, I too find it slightly impossible but apparently, they are that awesome! Ferrets are cute and yes, I agree that they have a pretty good life hehe!

  34. Aldan Chan on May 29, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    The star-nosed mole use its nose better known as the Eimer`s organs with which this hamster-sized mole feels its way around. With the help of its Eimer’s organs, it may be perfectly poised to detect seismic wave vibrations.The mantis shrimp has two types of mantis shrimp. 1 is the smasher,its punch is so fast that water moves out of the way .2 is the spear it has mantis like claws but upside down .It ambushes its prey by stabbing it.the mantis shrimp`s eyes move indenpendently .thank you for sharing

    • Beatrix Ooi on May 29, 2016 at 11:10 pm

      Thank you for the extra information Aldan, they are very helpful 🙂 These creatures are very incredible indeed, they have the special abilities which we humans do not have. Mankind is not so superior after all 🙂 To read more about animal-related article: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/animals-vegetarianism

      • Aldan Chan on May 31, 2016 at 11:48 am

        Dear jiejie Beatrix,
        did u know that the Cassowary can swallow an apple hole.If u have time go to youtube and type; Animal Facts That Will Make You Feel Weird;

        • Beatrix Ooi on Jun 1, 2016 at 11:02 am

          Dear Aldan,

          Thank you very much for sharing, I never knew about that. I will definitely check it out! 🙂

  35. Hayden Chan on May 29, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    Thank you jiejie Beatrix for posting this blog post . I have a pond and an aquarium full of fish and small little shrimp. And there is a lot I don’t know about animals . I only know the basics of animals but this is really cool!

  36. Cecilia Goh on May 29, 2016 at 3:52 am

    Dear Beatrix

    Thank you for sharing this interesting articles. I am not an animal lover however i do not like to see animals in bad shape and ill treated. Once i was asked by my ex colleagues to have a dog as a companion. I said no as knowing my parents cannot accept it. Like what you said it is a responsibility and commitment as they are also sentient beings. They need care and love like all of us.

    Not knowing some of the existence till i read this articles of yours. Some of are huge , weird and scary.

    Keep it up.

    Rgds
    Cecilia Goh

    • Beatrix Ooi on May 29, 2016 at 4:46 am

      Hello Cecilia,

      I totally agree with what you have shared here, keeping a pet is a huge responsibility as it involves taking care something that’s alive, a sentient being. It’s definitely not something to be taken very lightly.

      I’m glad you find the article interesting, hope to see you around more often. Have a great weekend! 🙂

  37. Sharon Ong on May 29, 2016 at 1:04 am

    Dear Bea,

    Good job on this one. So many interesting facts that I didn’t know. Here’s one from me. Did you know that ostriches eat small pebbles/stones to help with their digestive system?

    I really like the one about sea otters holding hands while sleeping. So cute!

    Thank you for this post. I really enjoyed reading it. 🙂

    • Beatrix Ooi on May 29, 2016 at 4:43 am

      Dear aunty Sharon,

      Oh wow, I know some birds who eat pebbles to help with their digestion but I did not know that ostriches do the same thing as well. That’s amazing!

      I find the sea otters really cute as well, this shows that animals are just like us, they need love and companions.

      I’m glad you enjoyed reading the post, have a great weekend! 🙂

  38. Pema Thinley on May 29, 2016 at 12:36 am

    Thaank you so much Beatrix lah sharing such amazing facts, i learnt lots of new animals though. They are very mind blowing ones… creatures are created in unique ways. Some are really weird hehe. Thank you

    • Beatrix Ooi on May 29, 2016 at 4:40 am

      Dear Mr. Pema,

      I’m glad that you find the article interesting and educational, I myself have learnt a lot from this article. Animals are truly amazing creatures and yes, just likes humans, some are really weird hehehe! Have a great weekend! 🙂

  39. Pastor Niral Patel on May 28, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    Wow, the animal kingdom sure is absolutely fascinating! This page has so many interesting facts that i did not know about. Some of them however, i did, especially the one about the giraffe’s tongue. I remember a holiday in Kenya, during which i was able to feed a giraffe in the wild, and their tongues are really long and feel like sandpaper. That is one event that I’m not going to forget any time soon!

    I really like the picture and fact about the sea otters. It is incredible to see that they do this and is very cute to see. It shows that animals are sentient beings, something that we all need to remember as Buddhist practitioners.

    • Beatrix Ooi on May 29, 2016 at 4:37 am

      Giraffes do have very rough tongues! I remember when I was young, I went to the safari and there was a session where the public was allowed to feed the giraffes some bananas. When I saw their super long tongues, I backed down really quickly and did not dare to feed them. My brother did however, and the giraffe almost swallowed his hand, it was so funny hahaha!

      The sea otters are truly cute, I agreed with what you have written, this goes to show that animals do have feelings 🙂

      Glad you likes the article.

  40. May Ong on May 28, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    Like you, I also prefer dogs as my pets rather than any other animals. Since young, my family had dogs all our lives. We have received lots of protection from our dogs including their love and attention but taking care of them is huge responsibility that we cannot neglect, especially when we need to be away.

    Anyhow, I thoroughly enjoyed reading all the many weird characters you shared on other animals which I didn’t know existed.

    My particular favorites were ostrich roars like a lion. I would have mistaken them to a real lion’s roar. To get rid of scorpions were to place alcohol on them? Maybe not so cruel. Particularly cancer cannot affect sharks at all? Perhaps medical research can find out if that can help cure human cancer illness too. Lastly, the Chinese soft-shelled turtle can pee through its mouth? That’s rather grose.

    DO keep up your writing as this was an interesting article to learn about on ‘weirdness’ of animals.

    • Beatrix Ooi on May 29, 2016 at 4:31 am

      Thank you aunty May, I’m glad that you have enjoyed reading the article. I must say that the ostrich and shark ones were really interesting. It’d be exciting to hear an ostrich roar hehehe!

  41. samfoonheei on May 28, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    Dear Beatrix Ooi
    Thanks for sharing this interesting article.I didn’t know at all till i read it.
    Do agree with you that kindness is the greatest wisdom.
    Thanks again.

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  • Jason
    Thursday, Apr 27. 2017 03:07 AM
    This year Wesak Day fall on 10 of May. This day is very special and meaningful to me because I will visit Kechara Forest Retreat(KFR) to join some meritorious event there.
    For me, Wesak is a day to commemorate Buddha Sakyamuni in three aspect( Birth , Enlightened, Nirwana).
    While we celebrate Wesak, we must remind ourselves to learn from Buddha teachings and practice it in order to gain attainment.
    Thanks Rinpoche and Pastor Seng Piow for sharing in order to create more understanding on Wesak Day.

    Jason

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/wesak-day-special-on-rtm-2.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 06:10 PM
    OMG! This is very touching. To see a doggie who never left go of his owner in spite of death. Way more powerful than many who proclaimed “till death do us part.” Just like the human, not all doggies are as loyal as this tear-jerking pet, but I truly believe almost all doggies offer unconditional love to the person who feeds and cares for them. Even when they are stray animals. There was a stray dog who will run two streets from the entrance of the “Taman” until the car stops in front of the house, just to greet me. You can imagine the warm and conviction in my heart that these beings are more than capable of loving than many of us, human! Thank you for this lovely sharing. I miss my doggie, Sherab.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/faithful-dog-chases-deceased-owner.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 06:00 PM
    Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow, for this amazing sharing. There is no doubt about the ability of our Guru, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche. His incarnations have been compassionate and taken rebirth to return and spread the dharma so that sentient beings can benefit and learn some dharma in our short life.

    We shall never doubt our Guru; but must see that He is one with our Yidam and Protector, an attained being. Even if our Guru does not demonstrate clairvoyance abilities, we must never contest our Guru, for he holds the key (dharma) that can liberate us from eternal suffering in samsara.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-1-2.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 05:50 PM
    Thank you, Pastor Seng Piow, for the illustrated miracle story on how Rinpoche guided Cynthia and Marici away from danger through protector’s practice. The unseen exist, whether we like it or not. Some of them are malicious and have the affinity or karma with some of us. Hence they can cause harm and disturbance. By engaging in Protectors’ practice like Dorje Shugden and Setrap that have been practiced by the high lamas of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, we are protected and guarded against harm.

    Rinpoche is compassionate and only want the best for us. His teachings are not meant to show off the power of the divines but offer us a way out from our desperate samsara conundrum that binds us from engaging in deeper spiritual practice. Rinpoche always teaches us to focus on mind transformation and Tsongkhapa practice. How fortunate we are to have met Rinpoche in this lifetime. We must not let this rare and precious opportunity go to waste.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-12.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 04:30 PM
    Miracles do happen,when we have faith and trust in our Guru.What is important is to follow Rinpoche’s advice and do as instructed by our Guru to clear the osbtacles all the way.Angie and Herry were so fortunate to have meet Rinpoche.Its because of Rinpoche ‘s compassion and caring for his student Angie’s life was saved.Infact Rinpoche has helped many people through his intervention, advice and instructions.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing miracles stories which i enjoyed reading.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-2.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 02:45 PM
    WOW….interesting a miracles true story. Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow for sharing.Reciting mantras by family members and doing 20 pujas done at the monastery to help the baby. These proved that pujas, which have been done for hundreds of years in the monasteries are very powerful methods for us to overcome difficulties, create huge amounts of merit and for protection, good health and long life.This show us how powerful pujas can help us when we have trust and faith in our Guru.And with Rinpoche divination,the baby was born and now a healthy boy.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/the-miracles-of-tsem-rinpoche-true-story-1-2.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 12:47 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these powerful teachings.Its a privilege
    to do Dharma work to benefits other,do it with motivation and a good attitude when engaging ourselves It will be guide line for me.When we serve others to do Dharma work together at Kechara Forest Retreat ,we will improve ourself , purify our negative karma and to benefit others too.I will be sponsoring to the healings bricks soon and i will cherish every moment in supporting KFR.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/dharma-work-attitude-tdl.html
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Apr 26. 2017 11:06 AM
    Bigfoot is just another beings living in this world although not commonly seen and live in the deep jungle in high mountains. There were many evidences that people from many parts of the world sighted this beings. Whatever shape they are I think importantly we are all sharing this world and therefore need to have mutual respect and not intervene each others.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/its-in-the-scriptures-they-exist.html
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    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 04:26 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline sharing this interesting post about Bodhidharma, a great master favoured meditation and introduced the Lankavatara Sutra to Chinese Buddhism.

    Here are a few points I have learned from this post:
    1. Bodhidharma had strong imprints of Dharma from the past and therefore he is interested in Buddha’s teachings and show his great wisdom. at a very young age.
    2. His strong guru devotion and determination in learning and spreading the dharma based on meditation though he confronted with difficulties such as Emperor Wu Di was not impressed by his teachings, being ostracized and rejected and lived as a beggar for many months. Notwithstanding, he continued and never give up to practice meditation in complete silence for nine years in cave wall when he was not accepted by Shaolin Monastery at the beginning .
    3. When Bodhidharma was allowed enter to the monastery, he had put a lot of efforts to help the monks in improving their physical body as well as their mind through the meditation. Then, Bodhidharma continued to develop a system of 18 dynamic tension exercises which were printed as Yi Gin Ching (Changing Muscle/Tendon Classic) in 550 CE. It is known as the Luohan (arhat) 18 Hand Movements today which serves as the basis of both Chinese Temple Boxing and the Shaolin Martial Arts.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/bodhidharma-the-founder-of-gongfu.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 04:10 PM
    Thank you, Grace, for sharing with us the many tips on how to care for and maintain our hair. Personal grooming is important because when we care for our appearance, we are respecting the people who have to deal with us. Caring for our hair, making sure that it is neat and clean should be something we need to take care of since young as it is part of personal grooming. The key is not to be attached to our body and outer-images, that results in spending much time and resources just to make ourselves look good.

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  • Alice Tay
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 03:00 PM
    Thank you for sharing these wonderful and significant photos showed that Kechara Pastors’ tireless efforts to bring dharma to many others and do the blessings whenever is necessary.

    Basically, the pastorship role was conceptualized by our precious guru, H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, to preserve the Dharma and to give laypeople an opportunity to commit to benefiting others. Kechara Pastors are fully dedicated and selflessly serving others especially in spiritual growth and therefore this is good for us to support the Pastors so that they can focus and spend more of their time and effort to serve others and most importantly Buddhist teachings can be spread and shared to many others. The supports to Pastors including food, lodging, transportation, items necessary for their work, such as ritual items or spiritual gifts for those in need and many others. (If you are interested to know more about Kechara Pastors, please have a good read at http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/support-the-kechara-pastors.html)

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/10-amazing-house-blessings-by-kechara-pastors.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 02:13 PM
    Its such a great blessing for all of us to hear the holy voice recordings of H.H Kyabje Zong Rinpoche a great master..His profound teachings ,got to take seroiusly,more as an important advice on Dorje Shugden’s practice.H.H Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s explaination was very clear before any of the practitioner’s commitment and receive sogtae.They must keep the lineage practice and teachings no matter what ever happen.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us on the important advice by a great master.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/kyabje-zong-rinpoches-advice-on-dorje-shugdens-practice.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Apr 25. 2017 11:50 AM
    Thank you Pastor Han Nee for your sharing your thoughts and review about the book “Be Happy” written by Rinpoche. It is indeed not easy to be happy as we all have various expectation in every situation and people.

    We may think having a big house, lots of cash and good career is happiness but this is the wrong perception. Being happy is not about material and everything about ourselves. It is only when we can do more for others and focus out that we gain happiness. I never realised this until I joined Kechara. I think we have such a fixed mindset of what happiness is and when our expectation is not met, we are unhappy.

    Rinpoche has pointed out many ways for us to rectify our thoughts and methods to be happy. Now it is for us to take initiative to change and transform our mind if we want to be happy.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Han Nee for this article.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/be-happy.html
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Apr 24. 2017 12:30 PM
    Many people do not believe in reincarnation and only relates it to certain religion such as Hinduism and Buddhism. However, there were many instances and signs that proven reincarnation exist. As Buddhist we will believe in reincarnation and karma. It is by understanding that everything has its cause and effect that we should learn to live life in the correct attitude and mindset. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting articles to remind us of karma and the importance of doing dharma practise.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/interesting-signs-of-reincarnation.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Apr 23. 2017 08:29 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for your teachings.
    Always be generous and kind in what ever we could do even its little help.It’s the little things in life that bring the greatest happiness. Its between us and our Buddha ,so we would not bother what the receipient thinks and say of us. What ever was said ,should not deter our motivation to do Dharma work.
    (It will change people’s lives in one way or another. It will change your life for the better.)….well said by Rinpoche.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/its-not-between-you-and-the-recipient.html

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The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini\'s blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves.
~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
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Holy Lady Buddha Vajra Yogini's blessing can be found when we decide to focus out to others instead of in to only ourselves. ~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
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His Holiness Vajradhara Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery who is the refuge of countless, gives a clear explanation of Dorje Shugden. One is able to hear his holy voice and translation by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen! Please see here and share: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=122352
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one\'s death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is a simple chart showing the three main psychic channels used in tantric meditations to control the winds, raise tummo (fire energy), gain higher consciousness and insight and also for gaining siddhis. These channels are used in meditations for controlling the mind, when the mind ejects from the body (phowa) and one's death. These three channels are very important. Tsem Rinpoche
I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin\'s dog Snowy!
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I think my cute doggie Oser is actually Tintin's dog Snowy!
Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
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Great Masters of Gaden Shartse Monastery. From left to right: His Eminence Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, His Holiness Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, H.E. Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, His Holiness 101st Gaden Tripa throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal.
 Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Left to right: Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl. The three of them are my beautiful and loved Schnauzer dogs. They loved looking through the window to see traffic, people and movement. They loved the smells that drifted through their little noses. I love seeing the three of them together like this. I love them. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy...he loved balloons. When he saw them, he wanted to get close and perhaps bite them. Cute. I love this picture of Mumu reaching for the balloons. He was young and healthy! This picture captures his energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and high energy. I love this picture of him chasing the balloons. His pictures are always so nice....He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
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Little Mumu boy and myself.. He was not a pet but family to me. I love him tremendously and always will. Tsem Rinpoche
2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
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2017-His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa, Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal is doing well and 90 years old. His Holiness Lungrik Namgyal is a powerful master of sutra and tantra and practitioner of Dorje Shugden. Currently residing in France.
One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
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One of the most sacred statues of Avalokitesvara made of sandalwood housed in Lhasa, Tibet. He has shown miracles also. Every pilgrim wishes to make offerings to this Lord of Compassion.
 Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
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Sacred Avalokitesvara statue in Nepal. Thousands come to worship this special Buddha as it has conferred wishes in the past.
Tsem Rinpoche\'s Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
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Tsem Rinpoche's Vajra Yogini statue and offerings
Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
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Two of my teachers from Gaden Shartse Monastery in South India. Left side is Most Venerable Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen whom I lived with for 8 years in Los Angeles where his centre Thubten Dhargye Ling is located. On the right is the abbot emeritus H.E. Kyabje Lati Rinpoche the scholar and yogi. I was very fortunate to have them in my life and learn so much dharma from them. Tsem Rinpoche
 It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and \'defeat\' the ones that hurt us because we don\'t become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
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It is so wonderful to be kind to people, be caring, feed them, make sure they are healthy and share dharma if they are interested with them for their future. But simply to be nice to others is worth getting up and being alive...otherwise why be alive to hurt/use/distrust and hate others? No point living that way..must change that..... It is nice to live our lives to benefit others and be patient even if we have been hurt before because by caring we can heal the hurt and 'defeat' the ones that hurt us because we don't become bitter..... Tsem Rinpoche
Tsem Rinpoche\'s heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
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Tsem Rinpoche's heritage in China. Must read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=120499
Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin  Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
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Thank you Buddhist Pastor Chia for sharing your story on how you met His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche over 20 years ago. We can learn much from your story.~Admin Please read: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116928
Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu boy is incredibly photogenic. He is beyond cute. Tsem Rinpoche
 (left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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(left to right) Rabten Tulku, Gonsar Rinpoche, Gyume Kensur Rinpoche, Trijang Rinpoche, H.H. Gaden Trisur Rinpoche (France)
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Beautiful 200 roses arrived today for me as a gift from Su Ming. Very kind and thoughtful of her as usual. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s good to be with kind and sincere people.
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It's good to be with kind and sincere people.
If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
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If we are kind, we lose less of ourselves-Tsem Rinpoche
My Mumu boy didn\'t want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
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My Mumu boy didn't want to eat. Eating is not one of his favorite activities throughout his life. So I talked to him to let him know why he needs to eat and keep his strength up when this photo was taken. He was listening intently and after my talk with him, he ate. Tsem Rinpoche
This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
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This is so true. Click to enlarge and understand more about unpleasant people.
This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
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This mahasiddha Kukkuripa is easy to identify as he is accompanied by a small dog whom he loved very much.
Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
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Mumu taking a rest in the turquoise room. Over the years, I always feel very satisfied when I see him covered with a blanket, safe and sleeping. I always wanted to make sure he was safe from harm, illness and distress. I wanted him to have a happy and loved life. Tsem Rinpoche
I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn\'t move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
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I wrapped my little Mumu boy up in my blanket and propped him up on my bed. He didn't move or wiggle and just looked at me. He is one funny entertaining little guy. Tsem Rinpoche
March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
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March 2017-Coaxing my little Mumu boy to eat his meal. He was not well and therefore not hungry. Tsem Rinpoche
Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
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Click on picture to enlarge and see what Milarepa says. Profound.
We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don\'t have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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We are always trying to get somewhere, try something new, find some friends, get some entertainment and in the end we end up in the same place. Time to really practice Dharma seriously and stop wasting time we don't have. ~Tsem Rinpoche
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
1 month ago
March 20, 2017-Mumu is just so adorable with his bright eyes.
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
More and more people inviting Lord Dorje Shugden home to connect with on their shrines. I am so happy to see this as it will benefit them and their families so much. That is the purpose to be alive which is to benefit others as much as possible. Tsem Rinpoche
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
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His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche is a good sport watching his students do Halloween drag costumes for a charity show. Funny!
The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
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The Japanese are very innovative. Tsem Rinpoche
Read this as it will be interesting
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Read this as it will be interesting
Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
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Recite this before any meal or drinks for blessings of abundance. Tsem Rinpoche
This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
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This sacred statue of Buddha is in Nepal brought originally from Tibet and has spoken on many occasions. Very blessed to see this holy image and keep a picture...bless you always. Tsem Rinpoche
I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
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I love Mumu boy tremendously. We went through so much together for so many years. You are a great being to be with. Tsem Rinpoche
Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
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Dear everyone, I am sharing this beautiful and modern altar to Dorje Shugden in Malaysia. I am glad to see more and more people creating sacred spaces. Tsem Rinpoche
Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one\'s head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book \"The Female Buddhas.\"- Glenn Mullin
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Lhamo Karmo, a female buddha form visualized above the crown of one's head at the time of death, to encourage consciousness to leave the body via the crown aperture. From my book "The Female Buddhas."- Glenn Mullin
The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
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The Tibetan female tulku Dorje Pakmo, from a fresco on the wall of the Dorje Pakmo monastery (Samding) in Tibet, near the Turquoise Lake. In Tibet the Dorje Pakmo was ranked with the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Sakya Trizin as the four highest lamas in the country.-from Glenn Mullin
Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
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Dharma boy, Mumu boy and Oser girl checking out the scene..cute
My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
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My Dharma boy has such a cute expression here. He is a good boy!
February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
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February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
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Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
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  • April 20, 2017 10:45
    Ronnie asked: Dear Rinpoche and Pastors, I'm studying abroad and very far away from home, seeking guidance and advice as I have no one else I can talk to about this. Please read with an open mind, I don't know where else to go for help. I'm pregnant and it's an unplanned pregnancy. I'm stuck between keeping it or letting it go. I'm young and having a child at my age in the society we live in now would be considered taboo. The father of the child thinks I should let it go because it may cause a setback to both our careers and cause major family issues. He thinks we aren't ready to raise a child especially since we're both still in university and his parents think badly of me even though they've never met me or tried to get to know me. I'm sure no one would ever have the heart to take away a heartbeat but it seems like it isn't the right time to have a child now and if we did go through with it, the child probably won't be able to have the best things life can offer looking at where we are now in terms of finance and maturity. I'm lost, confused and unsure what the right thing to do is now. Any advice at all would be helpful right now. Thank you so very much for taking time to read my story.
    pastor answered: Dear Ronnie, I’m sorry to read that you are going through this situation. I can understand that this situation is tough to go through. You are always more than welcome to come here to ask questions. May I suggest that you talk to either someone in your family or your friends to help you come to an appropriate solution? This is because, what you feel, what you are going through, will change from time to time and you would need someone to talk to, someone that you can lean on through this situation you are facing. Depending on where you are in the world, professional help can also be sought to help you make a decision, which will be the best option for you seeking help. From a Buddhist perspective, the taking of a life is not considered a positive act, therefore those on the Buddhist path, would normally abstain taking a life if possible. However, that being said, one must always weigh the decision oneself. Everything we do in life, necessarily involves karma both positive and negative. That is why Buddhists try to overcome samsara in general. Your situation is complicated because you are abroad, but if possible you should really open up to someone you are close to in order to help you through making this decision on a personal basis. When you talk to someone, whom you are able to express yourself more, you may able to come to better decision that is right for you. There may be other options open to you if you seek help. I personally know women who have been in similar situations. One of these women, let the child go and the other went through the pregnancy and then gave the child up for adoption. You may or may not have thought of this option, but it is one that could be open to you, depending on where in the world you are. Any decision we make in life, however big or small it may seem, has far reaching consequences whether in this life, or in future lives. This is just a part and parcel of life within samsara. However, we should weigh the decisions we make clearly given the situation we are in. We cannot always do this weighing ourselves, but need to talk about our options with others we can rely on such a friends, family or professionals. You should consider doing this, which will help you greatly emotionally, and may give you the grounding you need to make the correct decision for you. I hope this helps.
  • April 19, 2017 04:57
    Dongho asked: What is a nyung ne practice? According to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, it's a purification sadhana. However, what are the instructions for this? I'm guessing it's to Chenrezig, but how does it work? Also, from what I have read, Vajrasattva practice is only for broken vows while Akshobhya is for regular misdeeds. Does that mean one has to take the Akshobhya practice to purify bad karma from this life and previous instead of Vajrasattva? As for the purification practices, are some like Vajrasattva and Chenrezig only to purify the bad karma and let it come quickly or is it to prevent it from coming? I am confused in it. As for signs, I recited a mantra of White Yangchenma that a Sakya lama, Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche, gave me with the Sakya visualizations I read on, and after one mala, I heard some lady call my Korean name even though no one in my neighborhood knows of my name and my family members weren't in the area. What does this mean?
    pastor answered: Dear Dongho, Thank you for your questions, it’s nice to see you back here again. Nyung Ne practice is a purification practice that centres around Chenrezig. It is a very beneficial practice that stems from a holy nun named Gelong-ma Palmo. It is a two and a half day practice that can be repeated many times over and over again to intensify the purification and build a closer relationship with Chenrezig. As well as its purification aspect, the practice is known to generate vast amount of merit, and also compassion, as the practice centres around Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion. The practice involves taking the eight Mahayana precepts for the duration, fasting, meditating, prostrating and praying. The practice usually entails empowerment into the practice of Chenrezig, therefore the exact meditations, prayers can only be explained to those who have the empowerment. Vajrasattva practice is not necessarily only for repairing broken vows, etc. That’s why it is advised that you engage in the practice at the end of the day, to repair any vows that you may have broken during that day, as well as stopping any negative karma you created that day from multiplying. This would entail reciting the mantra 21 times, together with the four opponent powers. However, if you engage in this practice more intensely, it definitely has the capability to purify all sorts of karma. That is the reason why in Ngondro, or preliminary practices one engages in before tantra, the practice of 100,000 Vajrasattva mantra recitation is an integral part. You can read more about Vajrasattva and his practice here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/an-important-purification-practice.html. Within purification practices, some of the karma will be purified completely, so you do not feel its effects at all, but when purifying other karma you will need to feel its effects somehow. For example if you have the karma to be in a car accident and get seriously injured, and you are engaging in any practice, but especially the purification practice, since you have purified most of the karma, you will only experience being in a very minor car accident, with only very superficial injuries. Therefore, in this case, the karma has been purified to the extent that it does not affect you as much, but you still need to feel part of its effect. In regards to any signs that you receive which engaging in the practices given to you by one of your specific gurus, you should report the happenings to that particular guru. He will be able to give you more of an accurate answer, as it may be related to the particular practice that he gave to you. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • April 17, 2017 07:06
    Thomas asked: Dear Pastors, When a serkyem set has been used so much and one is ready to get rid of it and replace it with a new one. What is a respecful mode of disposal?
    pastor answered: Dear Thomas, Thank you for your question. Your question shows that you have a lot of respect for offering items, which is very good. If possible, you should try to repair the item if within your means, and doing so make embellishments to make it a better offering item, which can still be used. If this is not possible, then you should dispose of the item with a good motivation. You should think that this item has been used to make offerings to the enlightened beings, but now that it is broken or unusable, you are going to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. Since it itself is not a receptacle of energies of the enlightened beings, such as a statue, tsa tsa or thangka, it does not require a special dissolution before being disposed of. However since it was used to make offerings, it still requires some form of respect when disposing, and this comes from one’s motivation and the way in which you dispose of it. Usually, when disposing of items in this way, make the motivation that you have used it and that it is now time to dispose of it, and replace it with a new one. When you do this you can dispose of it in a respectful manner. For example, if you are going to throw it away, you do not simply open the trash can and throw it in. You wrap it up in something, like a bag or newspaper and dispose of it respectfully. Another method you can dispose of it is to recycle the object, if the material it is made from can be recycled. That way you are more conscious of the environment as well. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 16, 2017 22:38
    Curious asked: Dear pastors In a recent youtube video something like paying respect to deceased ones, pastor Nirel Patel explained that merits are like the interest and good karma is like the principal sum. So merits always regenerate themselves and hence do not get used up but good karma is like the principal sum so it gets used up. So my question is what are practices that generate merit? And can we turn a mundane daily activity into a meritorious one? Maybe can you provide an example?
    pastor answered: Dear Curious, Thank you for your question. First, to clarify a point, in regards to good karma, you are right, it is like a principal sum in a bank account, but you take away from it when you experience something good in your life, and you add to it when you do good deeds. Merit on the other hand, once accrued never diminishes, therefore when something is based on merit, it is based on the energies of this never diminishing sum, which you could say is like interest. In short, the principal sum when talking about karma is always added to and subtracted from. However, when talking about merit, once you have it, there is no way to destroy it, you will always benefit from it. There are various ways to explain how to generate merit. I will explain a way that I find easiest to understand. In normal life, when we go about performing any sort of activity, be it ‘good’ or ‘bad’ we do so out of ignorance of the true nature of existence, and it is usually self-motivated. For example, we work our entire lives to generate monetary income, so that we have enough money, resources, and materials goods to be comfortable. This is self-motivated, but it is the accepted way the world works these days, and is part and parcel of being bound to samsaric life. On the other hand, the act of merit making can be categorised into three parts: i) motivation, ii) the act itself, and iii) dedication. Let’s start with motivation, when engaging in various virtuous acts, we should have the motivation that by engaging in the act, we have the motivation to alleviate the suffering of someone else, and that may we gain enlightenment so that we can benefit them in the future. The second is the act itself. The third is to dedicate the energy of the virtuous act to gaining enlightenment. These three are what make merit. This may be a little confusing, so let me give an example: giving help to a homeless person. Whereas in ordinary life, this is something praised as a very good deed, it does not create merit without motivation and dedication. In order for this to become merit, one must set the motivation that one is giving help to the homeless free of the eight worldly concerns, to alleviate their suffering and also making the motivation that you will achieve enlightenment for the sake of the person or people you are helping. Then after you have helped them, you dedicate the energy created to the spiritual journey towards full enlightenment to help all sentient beings, while at the same time benefiting as many sentient beings as possible on the way there. This transforms the act into not only a virtuous action but also one that generates merit. On the other hand, if you were to help the homeless without these, you are creating good karma, which although beneficial, keeps you bound to existence within samsara. As it is the goal of Buddhist practice to overcome the cycle of samsara, a Buddhist would want to generate merit instead of good karma. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • April 13, 2017 11:38
    D.A. asked: If Begtse Chan is not from Mongolia, what are his real origins or story exactly? And which lamas offer his empowerment? As for Manjushri Nagarakshasa, which lamas specifically offer his empowerment and practice?
    pastor answered: Dear D.A. Thank you for your question. Begtse, is also known as Chamsing, or Jamsaran in Mongolian. As mentioned in an earlier sharing with someone who also asked a question about Begtse, the practiced was introduced to Tibet from India by the translator Nyen Lotsawa, and is considered one of the main protectors of the Hayagriva cycle of tantras. According to the scriptures that derive from the Sakya tradition, who incorporated the practice from the translators, and in which tradition Begtse became a very important protector, Begtse in a previous life was born many eons ago. In that particular life, he was born as the younger prince in a royal family. His name was Drag Gye, and his older brother’s name was Drag Den. Over time both princes developed differing religious beliefs, to the point where they could not get along with each as they both held their own religious views strongly. As was the custom during that time, they decided to settle their differences through logical debate, with the loser having to convert to the winner’s religion. This custom was also prevalent in ancient India, and there are many stories of such debates occurring between the great masters of the past and those of other faiths. Drag Gye lost the various debates, but ran away instead of converting to his older brother’s religion. Drag Den caught him, and tried to punish him for breaking the rules of debate and going back on his promise. Drag Gye told his brother that even if he was killed he would not give up his religion, however if Drag Den let him go, that in the future when Drag Den became enlightened, he would protect his teachings. With that Drag Den let him go, and gave him a set of copper armour, a stick, and a bow and arrow. Drag Den also gave Drag Gye a new name: Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po. After this incident the two brothers never saw each other again in that lifetime. Many lives after that Drag Den was reborn as Prince Siddharta, who eventually became enlightened and is now known as Buddha Shakyamuni. Drag Gye, or Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po, was reborn in a cemetery in the North West direction. His parents gave birth to two eggs, one was a coral-like colour and the other was an agate-like colour. These two eggs flew high into the sky and reached the heavenly realms, there they subdued the gods. Then flying back down to earth, they subdued many nagas. Eventually they even came to threaten their own parents. The parents petitioned the Dharma protector Ekajati for her help, who threw her own staff (khatvanga) at the eggs, and broke them apart. From the coral-like coloured egg came a ferocious man with yellow hair, he proclaimed that his name was ‘Sog Dag Yam Shi Mar Po’. When he emerged he was wearing a set of copper armour, wielding a stick, copper sword, and a bow and arrow. From the agate-like coloured egg came a female who was blue in colour, her teeth were like shells, she had turquoise eyebrows, and her hair was made of fire. She emerged wielding a copper knife, ritual dagger (phurba), rode a terrifying bear and wore an intricate necklace made of agate and lapis lazuli. It was then that Ekajati once again took action, and subdued them, after which they became Dharma protectors. The male figure became known as Begtse, and the female as his sister. When you propitiate Begtse, his sister is automatically included and aids practitioners as well. As for which lama offer his practice and empowerment, most lamas do not advertise which teachings or practice they hold. Therefore you should respectfully approach lamas and ask them if they have the practice and can bestow it, or if they know of any lamas that have the practice, depending on how much you want to practice Begtse. Similarly, this applies to those lamas who have the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. However, this practice is included in the Rinjung Gyatsa series of empowerments. This unique cycle of teachings, includes all 4 classes of tantric practices, and includes the practice of Manjushri Nagarakshasa. Therefore those lamas who have received the complete transmission, and have kept their commitments for this practice, are qualified to pass this on to others. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
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