BEWARE! Too dangerous for you!!

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Dear students and friends,

We are often so busy nowadays that we often find ourselves grabbing a quick bite from our usual haunts. I’m sure that many of you reading this are nodding your head in agreement! Hehe

Although it may seem acceptable if it’s not too frequent… however, we never really know how much ‘convenient foods’ we eat until we sit down and really think about it…

Below is a very interesting article that one of my students, Clifford, shared with me. There will be many times when we are too busy, and grabbing a quick bite from fast food restaurants will seem to be the easiest solution – but do avoid the bad and dangerous foods listed below. In the long term, it will take a toll on your health. I want all of you to be healthy always. With a healthy body, it is much easier for us to use it for the benefit of others. We should never take our health for granted…

Please do read the article below and educate both yourself and all of your loved ones on the dangers of eating these types of processed meat. This information is not made up by the writer but has research evidence to support the given findings.

Please share this with everyone you care about so that they can make the right choices with what they eat!

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

Processed Meats Declared Too Dangerous for Human Consumption

The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) has just completed a detailed review of more than 7,000 clinical studies covering links between diet and cancer. Its conclusion is rocking the health world with startling bluntness: Processed meats are too dangerous for human consumption. Consumers should stop buying and eating all processed meat products for the rest of their lives.

Processed meats include bacon, sausage, hot dogs, sandwich meat, packaged ham, pepperoni, salami and virtually all red meat used in frozen prepared meals. They are usually manufactured with a carcinogenic ingredient known as sodium nitrite. This is used as a color fixer by meat companies to turn packaged meats a bright red color so they look fresh. Unfortunately, sodium nitrite also results in the formation of cancer-causing nitrosamines in the human body. And this leads to a sharp increase in cancer risk for those who eat them.

A 2005 University of Hawaii study found that processed meats increase the risk of pancreatic cancer by 67 percent. Another study revealed that every 50 grams of processed meat consumed daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 21 percent. These are alarming numbers. Note that these cancer risks do not come from eating fresh, non-processed meats. They only appear in people who regularly consume processed meat products containing sodium nitrite.

Sodium nitrite appears predominantly in red meat products (you won’t find it in chicken or fish products). Here’s a short list of food items to check carefully for sodium nitrite and monosodium glutamate (MSG), another dangerous additive:

  • Beef jerky
  • Bacon
  • Sausage
  • Hot dogs
  • Sandwich meat
  • Frozen pizza with meat
  • Canned soups with meat
  • Frozen meals with meat
  • Ravioli and meat pasta foods
  • Kid’s meals containing red meat
  • Sandwich meat used at popular restaurants
  • Nearly all red meats sold at public schools, restaurants, hospitals, hotels and theme parks

If sodium nitrite is so dangerous to humans, why do the FDA and USDA continue to allow this cancer-causing chemical to be used? The answer, of course, is that food industry interests now dominate the actions by U.S. government regulators. The USDA, for example, tried to ban sodium nitrite in the late 1970′s but was overridden by the meat industry. It insisted the chemical was safe and accused the USDA of trying to “ban bacon.”

Today, the corporations that dominate American food and agricultural interests hold tremendous influence over the FDA and USDA. Consumers are offered no real protection from dangerous chemicals intentionally added to foods, medicines and personal care products.

You can protect yourself and your family from the dangers of processed meats by following a few simple rules:

  1. Always read ingredient labels.
  2. Don’t buy anything made with sodium nitrite or monosodium glutamate.
  3. Don’t eat processed meats served by restaurants, schools, hospitals, hotels or other institutions.

And finally, eat more fresh produce with every meal. There is evidence that natural vitamin C found in citrus fruits and exotic berries (like camu camu) helps prevent the formation of cancer-causing nitrosamines, protecting you from the devastating health effects of sodium nitrite in processed meats. The best defense, of course, is to avoid eating processed meats altogether.

 

[Extracted from: http://institutefornaturalhealing.com/2012/04/processed-meats-declared-too-dangerous-for-human-consumption/]

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44 Responses to BEWARE! Too dangerous for you!!

  1. Edern Tan on Jul 8, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for posting such caring article. After reading this article then i realised that how unhealthy am I now. I am also very fortunate to now about this at this young age thanks alot Rinpoche

  2. Shelly tai on Jul 8, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Shelly tai on 8 July 2013 at 5pm
    After reading this blog post I think the best is to be vegetarian. That is what Rinpoche said we need to take care our health in order to benefits others I think all the school should not sell this process meat in their canteen because most of kids love to eat process meat like sausages for breakfast. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this information with us.

  3. Jessica Yap on Jul 8, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Scary! This kind of articles only further reinforces my choice to be a vegetarian. We all know that fast food is bad for us. But how many of us actually cares about our health until we fall sick?
    When our body is healthy, we are able to do more and even more so if we’re serving the Dharma. We would be able to benefit more people.

    Thank you for sharing, Clifford
    and thank you Rinpoche for sharing this with us..
    May Rinpoche be well and healthy always!

  4. Edward ooi on Jul 8, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, This is so scary. I know that chicken sausage is made out of chickens guts but I didn’t know the food that was written on above contains nitrosamines that causes cancer. I used to take this kind of meat before I became a vegetarian and to think of it, I feel like vomiting right now.

  5. Andrew James Boon on Jul 8, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    It is very scary that our life and world is filled with these so called fast “food”. How can it be called food in the first place. It truly is remarkable (and not in a good way!) that with our intellect we have found ways to preserve food and even “mimic” how food should taste or look like… And all this does is cause us more suffering for those so called time saving moments!

    If only we use our intellect for the greater good to benefit others and not merely to conceive of money making schemes. We can fly to the moon and back and we cannot find a way to feed our fellow mankind? Something wrong with this picture for sure.

    Perhaps the science fiction movies of the 80′s that conceptualized capsules as “food” sustenance is not all that far fetched after all. That in itself is scary!

  6. tenzinkhenchen on Jul 8, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this important article. Thank goodness I am vegetarian and I do not have to worry about processed meats. By eating meat, processed or not, you still need to kill and negative karma arises. So, go vegetarian!

  7. Felix Kong on Jul 8, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche sharing this important knowledge. Since unable control them to use sodium nitrite, we need to be smart to choose the right food. To be vegetarian is the best choice .

  8. sarahyap on Jul 8, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Processed food has always been very bad for health. It not only have so much preservatives and chemicals in it, but the ‘meat’ that they use are also substandard… Many of the carcasses is not even cleaned and in many cases, these animals have tumors all over the body, all of which is just added into the meat processor to produce these hotdogs, burger patties etc. Have you ever wondered why these food are so cheap? That’s the reason.

    As it is, already proven that consuming meat is very unhealthy for the body, and it’s even worst if we consume these processed meat. The best solution to this? Just go vegetarian. Not only it is healthier, it is also compassionate dining that harms no beings intentionally.

  9. Lim Tat Ming on Jul 8, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    It is sad that even the US government regulators had no control over the regulation of substances like sodium nitrate used in food processing. How else could the consumers protect themselves from the danger of such chemicals added in the food products?

    The USDA had tried to ban sodium nitrate in the late 1970’s but to no avail. For 43 years since then consumers had been ‘contaminated’ with this dangerous sodium nitrate in processed red meat! Can you believe it?

    The authorities can do better to establish greater control and regulation over the food processing industry for the sake of the consumers’ well-being. No private commercial organisations should override the government regulators!

    The safest way for consumers is to avoid processed red meat altogether!

  10. beatrix ooi on Jul 8, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    This is so scary! Since young, I’ve been told that burger patties are made from very disgusting ingredients such as chicken’s guts, hearts and in some cases, intestines. It makes me feel sick even though i’m just writing them out. Before I was a vegetarian, I used to love eating frozen sausages, i’m really surprised that they contain substances that would cause cancer, i’m glad that i’m a vegetarian now, so do not have to worry about it. The most easiest way to prevent ourselves against sicknesses is, try to eat more veges and cut down on meat. We have nothing to lose anyways.
    Thank You for sharing Rinpoche.

  11. Lucas Roth on Jul 8, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    This is so true, and the solution is a vegetarian diet and that saves lives and is healthier!!!! But i did not know some of these but i am glad i do and i can tell my friends who eat mean and tell them to beware. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this post.

  12. James Long on Jul 9, 2013 at 12:53 am

    这真的很恐怖,我们自己完全暴露在危险之中。虽然蔬菜有农药,可是比这些有防腐剂、添加剂的“不烂之肉” 好很多了!

  13. Vinnie Tan on Jul 9, 2013 at 4:17 am

    This is such an interesting article. Didn’t know that some of the food that may look and taste good be so bad for our bodies.

    This really shows that we can’t trust our eyes in this community now.

  14. sweekeong on Jul 9, 2013 at 9:25 am

    This is as bad as taking cigarette if not worst. Both are cancer causing. The meat is manipulated so much it is should be called artificially man-made sausage, hotdog, whatever. If we care and love ourselves and our loved ones it is our duty to not eat meat and not taking cigarette. Both actions will ruin our body in the long term. When we get sick we need money for treatment. We end up working for money to fix our body. It is the same as taking poison, just different kind of poisons. At the same time it gave others the impression that it is okay to eat meat and smoke. It is not okay to eat meat and smoke then we ourselves avoid it totally.

  15. MayOng on Jul 9, 2013 at 11:40 am

    This is an alarming growth rate of 67% from eating processed meats and the risk of pancreatic cancer and all it takes was to take 50 grams of them daily to increase the risk of colorectal cancer by 21 percent.

    I will definitely stick to home made food from fresh produce instead with plenty of water or soup to go down with from now on.

  16. jp on Jul 9, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    It’s scary to realise the country who fights for human rights and democracy, being the police of the world can allow this to continue. I guess there is no country that’s free of corruption.

    Now that we are aware of the dangers of consuming sodium nitrite and monosodium glutamate, we should inform others as well.

    I read that there is less harm to our body eating vegetables than eating meat. This is because meat retains the toxins from the animal feed more than vegetables from the pesticides.

  17. Jace Chong on Jul 9, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this.

    Nowadays convenience is everything, in our daily life, we just grab whatever is convenient. But how many people can stop and think about, the common food that we see like sausage, bacon might not healthy to be consumed.

    I am fortunate that I am not eating processed meat anymore as I am a vegetarian now. See, vegetarian is cool! Help us avoid those poison =)

  18. grace (KHJB) on Jul 9, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Thanks Rinpoche for the sharing, this is really useful info to keep away unhealthy food.it is true that never that things for granted

  19. tenzin llhamo on Jul 9, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    Its really scary to read about the danger of eating processed meat! And thank goodness we have all these health conscious, caring people who carry out tests and proving them scientifically. Many people do not believe in having a healthier life by not eating so much meat but do research and see the facts. In the long run, it brings so much sufferings to our body by stuffing all the junk and unhealthy food. Who suffers but ourselves? Live a healthy and kind life!

  20. Adrian Chow on Jul 10, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    It is very scary to think of what would people or and company will do in order to gain benefits for themselves. Risking others life for our own benefits. Sounds really wrong to me. At times when i passed by one of those outlets at night, i could see a lot of children with the parents still paying a visit to these restaurant even it is late at night. What is bothering me is the children nowadays have developed the taste bud of these kind of food. Maybe Kechara Oasis can have an awareness campaign in order promote vegetarian food and the benefits of having all natural food at the schools and colleges. It might make them realise the risk of having these food if consume frequently.

    With folded hands,
    Thank You Rinpoche

  21. AdelineTan on Jul 10, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    I totally agreed with this blog Rinpoche is sharing with everyone. I have stopped taking processed meat and canned food or soups with meat inside, it is very bad for our health. To maintain a healthy life style is to become vegetarian. Take more fresh vegetables and fresh fruits, cook your own meals and drink plenty of water.

  22. henry ooi on Jul 10, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    I think the best thing is to eat freshly cooked food especially the greens grown in our own garden. What if you don’t have your own garden? Come to Kechara Forest Retreat :) Our veggies are pesticide free! Grown with TLC by our own Green Team.

  23. Angelshooi on Jul 11, 2013 at 12:07 am

    Yes, it’s very scary to know about how processed food are made, especially to witness them with our own eyes. I have been told by one of my friends many years ago, who is a butcher that has been supplying meat to one of the burger factories in Malaysia. He told me not to eat burgers, and explained to me how are burgers made. From what I understand, the burgers are made and processed in a very horrible way, it’s very unhygienic and unhealthy.

    I certainly do not encourage people to buy or eat processed food.
    The best is still to eat more vegetables, as there are no risks. :)

  24. Patsy on Jul 11, 2013 at 6:08 am

    Processed food are so unhealthy and bad for our body. There’s a lot of flavoring, preservatives and chemicals in processed food which are cancer causing agents. It is advisable to go on a meatless diet as it is a much more healthier. Besides that, it is a more compassionate diet as less animals will suffer.

  25. Sharon Saw on Jul 12, 2013 at 12:54 am

    This article is an eye-opener and i will share it because so many people don’t realise how poisonous processed meats are. Of course it is healthiest if people go vegetarian, especially when we keep reading about the amount of antibiotics in meat, and that a lot of battery animals are sickly and people are actually consuming diseased meats. Even fish from the ocean are not safe as the seas are polluted, and those such as farmed salmon have been genetically modified which can have an adverse effect on humans. People may not be driven by compassion to stop eating meat, but if people still want to eat meat, at the very least, if they are concerned about their health, they can learn to steer clear of the meats listed here.

  26. justin cheah on Jul 12, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Thank you for sharing this article Rinpoche. It is scary to know these type of convenient food would bring so much harm to our body. Conclusion to the public would be avoiding all these food items as they contain and retain toxics in them. Hope this article will help more people realise the importance of being a vegetarian.

  27. Bryan Ho on Jul 13, 2013 at 1:26 am

    Well another good reason to be a vegetarian. With the technology getting more advance day by day, a lot of people are using it to benefit themselves, but it brought harm to others. People greed also becoming more stronger, a lot of business man are care more about their pocket instead of lives, even human lives. In order for themselves to get the money, it’s ok to put people lives on danger.
    I think this must be one of the reason why Rinpoche wanted Kechara Forest Retreat to manifest as soon as possible.
    It’s very easy to influence the young generation, but if we give them compassion, wisdom, care and love since young, they will becoming someone beneficial to the society. We have the duty to let our next generation know that this world is not only about money. Hence, Kechara Forest retreat will be working as a retreat center where we promote vegetarian, natural healing, compassion, care and love.
    By feeding all these positive information to our younger generations, I’m sure it will bring more benefit than just feeding them sausage.

  28. Raymond Lee on Jul 13, 2013 at 9:37 am

    its true…its dangerous to our health.eating processed meats is bad for our health. i always prefer vegetarian . HEALTH IS WEALTH.

  29. Han on Jul 13, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this useful post. I realized even as a vegetarian need to eat healthily because there are many processed vegetarian food in the market. Would like to share below infor with all.

    What to eat instead?

    If you want foods that help prevent rather than cause cancer, turn more to what grows from the ground. Eat more veggies, fruits, and whole grains: specifically leafy greens (kale especially), garlic, tomatoes, blueberries, mushrooms, and cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, etc.). Also good are sweet potatoes, soy products, nuts, avocados, and rasperries.

  30. Leu Chong Hin -kH (JB) on Jul 13, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    現代的食物添加化學成份已經是沒什麼爭議了,人已經習慣性接受食物制成品的味道和口感。可能是忽略人為什麼需要進食?在我的觀念吃除了不讓肚子挨餓,重點是要從食物攝取對身體有用營養素。讓身體健康。選擇食物只為了滿足自己口欲而忽略營養的重要性,最后吃虧的還是自己。謝謝上師分享。

  31. Jutika Lam on Jul 17, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    OMB!! All this while I never knew that Processed foods like sausages, beef jerky, bacon and such contains with sodium nitrite or monosodium glutamate.

    Though I know that eating to much of Processed food is potential dangerous I never knew that it could get this bad.

    Looking back I am glad that I rarely eat Processed food such as the above which contains with sodium nitrite or monosodium glutamate that could possible lead to cancer.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this post with me.

    Love
    Jutika

  32. Cliff on Jul 18, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    I am really glad that I’m a vegetarian, the meat industry and even the food industry has always been finding ways to improve the image of their products and at a very cheap cost of production but never really taking into consideration what the damage it does to the human body. As long as they don’t kill anyone in a short term basis they are free to go. Being vegetarian is one of the answers but still i feel its better to grow your own food than purchase manufactured products from the super/hypermarket. You do not know what the food industry these days put into their products for sale. Best to avoid sodium nitrate at this point. Thank you Rinpoche for spreading the awareness and I hope this would provide yet another valid good reason for people to become a vegetarian. The meat industry does not only hurt animals they’re also hurting the consumers. Our health is very important and yes many of us take it for granted, we need to take better care of our health. I hope Rinpoche’s health is well.

  33. Boon on Jul 21, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Thank you Tsem Rinpoche sharing this article with us. Although I am seldom eat those processed meat but I think I often exposed my self to those foods with MSG contain such as snacks , noodles etc I will try to reduce eating those foods with MSG contain/ Sodium Nitrite. I will share this news with those whom I know them as well.

  34. pavara on Jul 25, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Meat should never be eaten even if it is not harmful.
    Nowadays a lot of meat gets eaten just because of us.
    It would be great if no one ate meat in the past then no one would know about meat and no one would eat it.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this informative post.

  35. Wan Wai Meng on Jul 31, 2013 at 4:00 am

    Processed food is so pervasive in many developed countries around the world and many people in those countries have diseases related to their consumption of their food. Cancer are most pervasive in rich countries as compared to poorer countries whereby the poorer countries rely less on processed foods.

  36. Julien Roth on Aug 2, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Thank You Rinpoche for posting up this information. I hope that many people see this post and change their mind about processed meat. I myself, didn’t realise how this was so bad for you. But now i do. Thank you for the information.

  37. Edward Ooi on Oct 4, 2013 at 1:54 am

    Dear Rinpoche, it is a great thing that I’m vegetarian so that I don’t have to beware of this kind of things. I sure hope that the meats that I consumed over the 13 years will be cleaned off my body so that I won’t have so much problems like I used to have.

  38. Carmen Lin @ KMP on Oct 4, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this information. This somehow remind me of this commercial, that has uncover the truth of the industry these days. From this game it has a slogan that caught my attention, “Cultivate a better world”.

  39. Ck siah on Dec 11, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    謝謝仁波切的分享,可见現在的食物添加化學剂已经层出不穷和泛滥。可说已经达到危害人体健康水平。但很多商家为了个人利益,忘了良心责备,所以也草管人命,照常经营。但大家忘了,往往害人害自己。切记!

  40. Wah Ying on Dec 27, 2013 at 2:05 am

    If you really wish to have a healthy lifestyle or at least get sick less especially at the old age :( , then eating less hawker food or less eating outside will be a wise choice. Even for those who cook regularly, need to avoid having too much processed food on our plate and avoid food you can’t tell by first glance what are the ingredients it made of.

    Recently I visited to an organic farm, and the farmer told me that “unfortunately, we buy and eat from our ‘eyes’”. He is referring to consumers are not using their knowledge or to acquire knowledge on what food they are taking, instead, make decision purely or mostly by food’s appearance.

    I believe empower ourselves with knowledge on food we consume, with strong consumer awareness and take the responsibility to what we eat is what we are, what we will be; then a healthier self, society and nation is possible.

  41. tong sun sun on Dec 27, 2013 at 5:08 am

    我常常自嘲我们这一代人往生后一定是木乃伊!食物里的添加剂,防腐剂,基因改造。。。。。等等都是让我们身体承受不了得,可是我们往往都被这种食物的味道,颜色所吸引,而常常大块朵颐不顾后果。希望大家多留意珍惜自己的身体。

  42. Beatrix Ooi on Apr 14, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    This is quite scary, can you imagine taking in all of the chemicals into our bodies? Why choose to eat foods that will put your life into risks? The scariest food is sausages, a friend of my mother who works in a factory once told her that sausages and nuggets are made up of animal intestines, well basically every single part of the animal. Hoe scary and disgusting is that…?

  43. patriciasnodgrass on Jun 16, 2014 at 2:53 am

    I know of at least two people who are currently fighting colorectal cancer. I’m certain processed meats are the culprit.

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  • abby foo
    (Tuesday, Jan 27. 2015 08:01 PM)
    Now I understand, spirituality is NEVER about how great my practice, my Guru, my lineage are. Spirituality is NOT a competition of I am better than you or I am the best, spirituality is NEVER about right or wrong, higher or lower, bad or good. All these are what make us bitter and unhappy, and are the reasons why we came to seek spirituality because we know deep down inside we should be someone with a more opened heart that accepts and tolerates. Why putting ourselves back to the bitter situation again when we are in spiritual?

    Then what is spirituality? From Tsem Rinpoche’s actions and teachings, I know loyalty IS spirituality. Humble, tolerance, respect, understanding, keeping promises and being kind are spirituality no matter what you practice, no matter what is your religion/belief. All the qualities above have nothing to do with what your religion/belief are, but how you act, speak and think determine if you are a spiritual person.

    Those who don’t like Dorje Shugden, why keep condemning people over and over? Why speaks against it over and over? If you think you going to stop people from getting ‘harm’ because Dorje Shugden is bad, your intention is to stop harm, but why end up you actually CREATING HARM everytime you speak against Dorje Shugden and put those who practice it down??? If your intention is pure and kind, then the results should be pure and kind too, but obviously you are hurting people’s belief and emotions, and you show no respect to people.
  • Ashlee
    (Tuesday, Jan 27. 2015 05:33 PM)
    Buddhism is about following the true lineage passed down from Buddha Shakyamuni to his disciples and i personally find that Buddhist teachings are very logical hence i continue to learn and practice it by following my Guru, Tsem Tulku Rinpoche. If Dorje Shugden is an enlightened protector practices by high lamas such as Trijang Rinpoche, Zong Rinpoche and passed down to Tsem Rinpoche, how can they be doing the wrong practice? After all, Dorje Shugden is an “Enlightened Protector” and not just any normal worldly protector. Enlightened protector are suppose to help excel our Dharma practice and help us clear away our Dharma obstacles in this degenerate age. Logically speaking, then how can an enlightened protector bring harm to us or even help us to harm others? Also how can an enlightened being harm another enlightened being? That is illogical.Each of us bring with us imprints from previous lives and for some of us, we do have strong affinity with Dorje Shugden due to our practices from previous lives. I personally feel that i have a very strong affinity with Dorje Shugden protector and if it’s good enough for my Lama and his root Gurus and other high lamas to practice it, i think i can safely practice it without any doubt and at the same time still respect H.H. Dalai Lama. Thank you Rinpoche for speaking up.
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Tuesday, Jan 27. 2015 05:25 PM)
    Tsem Rinpoche: I hadn’t spoken up about the Dorje Shugden ‘conflict’ for 15 years. Let me explain why: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=57431.
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Tuesday, Jan 27. 2015 05:24 PM)
    When we find kind people, We appreciate them, When we find difficult people, We find ways to forgive them, When we find sad people, We find ways to uplift them, When we find people without hope, We find a way to give them light, By doing this tirelessly, We find our true selves. ~ Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
  • tsemtulku
    (Tuesday, Jan 27. 2015 05:08 PM)
    When we find kind people,
    We appreciate them,
    When we find difficult people,
    We find ways to forgive them,
    When we find sad people,
    We find ways to uplift them,
    When we find people without hope,
    We find a way to give them light,
    By doing this tirelessly,
    We find our true selves.~Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Tuesday, Jan 27. 2015 01:34 PM)
    Steve Tobias can think beyond the box and yes he is right. I am only doing what my guru has instructed me to do over 26 years ago. No politics, leaders or other masters will change my practice or change what I have promised my guru to do. Guru devotion is everything to me and it always will be. Tsem Rinpoche

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-people.html
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Tuesday, Jan 27. 2015 01:33 PM)
    Steve Tobias can think beyond the box and yes he is right. I am only doing what my guru has instructed me to do over 26 years ago. No politics, leaders or other masters will change my practice or change what I have promised my guru to do. Guru devotion is everything to me and it always will be. Tsem Rinpoche

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-people.html
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Tuesday, Jan 27. 2015 01:32 PM)
    A comment left on the post: DORJE SHUGDEN PEOPLE http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-people.html

    Submitted on 2015/01/27 at 8:04 am
    I know that Rinpoche’s actions are making me think more deeply about my practice. I haven’t had a reason to really think about Dorje Shugden before, or what I would do if Rinpoche or Kechara practiced it. It is very taboo, and so it requires contemplation. If it wasn’t taboo, we wouldn’t be thinking deeply about it. If we appreciate Rinpoche’s kindness and think about all he has done, it is impossible run away at the simple mentioning of a dharma protector. Therefore we are forced to confront the topic of Dorje Shugden and come to a conclusion.

    In other words, is it really truthful to ignore every single one of Rinpoche’s blogs, videos, teachings, how he has helped the homeless and animals, how he has spread dharma, because of one thing? That one thing may be big depending on one’s commitments, but if you look Rinpoche has written in detail about the subject to help guide our minds. If it was just a random negative action with no instructions, it would be different.

    I personally may initially feel shock at the announcement, or have opinions, and those opinions change, and I may feel uncomfortable, but comfort is an obstacle to dharma practice. Rinpoche is keeping his commitments with his gurus, and we are supposed to do the same. I don’t need to practice Dorje Shugden, and I’m sure not all Kecharians will either. And during the times that Rinpoche gave me advice, he mentioned many Buddhas and even graciously sent me Buddhas, but not once told me to do this or that dharma protector practice, ever. He genuinely cares about his students. I feel that his real life students feel the same way, which is why many of them do not need to second-guess the choice of the new dharma protector. I thank Rinpoche for allowing me to get out of my routine for a few days to give serious thought about the issue. Whether I have moments of agreeing, disagreeing, re-agreeing, it doesn’t change that when I sit down to do my sadhana I’m not going to change the guru who I visualize as Buddha.

    Between Rinpoche’s two posts on this subject there is a repost from a few years ago when Rinpoche gave offerings to Theravada monks with his students. We would like to think that Dorje Shugden discriminates against Nyingma teachings, and so we are clean if we don’t practice it. If we look right in the tantra vows it says not to spend more than 7 nights in the house of a Hinayana. Does that mean we all discriminate? Or maybe we should investigate the truth further? Here Rinpoche is giving Hinayana monks offerings with his students with nothing but words of admiration. Are we going to pretend that it never happened?

    From Steve Tobias
  • Gina
    (Tuesday, Jan 27. 2015 11:38 AM)
    May those who practice Dorje Shugden in India be no longer segregate.
    May they be able to live in peace and practice their deity freely.
    May there be peace among all buddhist brothers and sisters, specially in India.
  • Gina
    (Tuesday, Jan 27. 2015 11:35 AM)
    Thank you so much, Tsem Tulku Rinpoche for speaking out your truth!
    Much love here for you and may there be peace and harmony for all.
  • Gina
    (Tuesday, Jan 27. 2015 11:33 AM)
    I have been practicing Dorje Shugden for years in the USA. And although I live in a free country and do not feel the limitations and humiliations caused by the Dalai Lama ban upon this practice I have always felt a certain discomfort (almost like shame) to say in public that I am a Shugden practitioner (so, I have to recognize the ban had a psychological impact on my me). Tsem Tulku Rinpoche decision to clarify his position openly on this matter helped me to feel perfectly fine for being a Shugden follower. No I am no longer a shame to speak out: YES, I am s Shugden practicioner!
  • tsemtulku
    (Tuesday, Jan 27. 2015 03:27 AM)
    Protectors are not our main point of worship. Protectors function is not as important as the Buddhas. If we wish to have a altar, in the centre should be our Guru, Buddha or Tsongkapa. Then on the left and right are any Buddhas. Then besides that is the Protectors. We must focus on Lord Tsongkapa for our practice daily or Manjushri, and last practice we do is protector. More important than that is the practice of Lam Rim and Lojong teachings. ~ Tsem Rinpoche
  • Paloma
    (Monday, Jan 26. 2015 10:24 PM)
    I have been practicing DS for a while and I’ve got nothing but the increase of my compassion and wisdom from practicing the teachings. The New Kadampa Tradition transformed my self and helped me to purify my mind. I apply the teachings and now I’m much a more peaceful, patient and loving person. However, because of all this controversy and propaganda against the New Kadampa Tradition there were times, specially in the beginning of my association with them, in which I felt doubt and discouragement (because I was used to believe the DL was such an authority…) … I was even almost giving up the dharma because of all this polemic, but then I decided to check for my self and follow my own inner guidance. I am so happy I did so. These teachings (The New Kadampa Tradition) are based on the teachings of Je Tsongkhapa,the King of the Dharma.
    Much love,
    Paloma
  • Paloma
    (Monday, Jan 26. 2015 09:34 PM)
    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you so much for taking the stand.
    Much love,
    Paloma, a DS practitioner.
  • tsemtulku
    (Monday, Jan 26. 2015 08:20 PM)
    I have some questions regarding Dorje Shugden. Can you take a moment to help me? See here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=57386

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The Unknown

The Known and unknown are both feared,
Known is being comfortable and stagnant,
The unknown may be growth and opportunities,
One shall never know if one fears the unknown more than the known.
Who says the unknown would be worse than the known?
But then again, the unknown is sometimes worse than the known. In the end nothing is known unless we endeavour,
So go pursue all the way with the unknown,
because all unknown with familiarity becomes the known.
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I hadn't spoken up about the Dorje Shugden 'conflict' for 15 years. Let me explain why: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=57431
5 hours ago
Scotch and Mykol who are Valentina's wonderful good friends came to our LA Tsem Ladrang to have dinner. I am so glad they can come as they are nice friends. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
January 15, 2015. On today's Vajra Yogini day, the ladrang arranged a Vajra Yogini mandala made of flowers as an offering. Beautiful. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
January 15, 2015. Today is Vajra Yogini day. So Pastor Jj and our wonderful team has arranged these beautiful offerings on my shrine. Nice.  Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
Uncle Lai for years now without a miss comes in once a week to clean the altar of the ladrang. To clean the sacred spots where holy images reside is considered good purification of karmas. He never misses this and then upon completion he makes nice fresh offerings. Uncle Lai is generally a very kind and reliable person. We all love him. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche said to me a few years back that in order to practice or teach dharma these days, it's like being a white crow among the black. That means we will stand out and look unusual. But no matter what we must persevere. I miss this great teacher so much since his passing. He was gentle, scholarly, erudite, accomplished in sutra and tantra and had a very loving demeanor. He treated everyone equally and his vows of a monk were spotless. He was like a bright sun in the night sky. Even the first time I met him, he impacted me very strongly. I have received many teachings from him. He was a student of H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and H. H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. I brought 60 students with me from various countries to have audience with Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche the last time I had a chance to gaze upon his golden face. His perfect incarnation has returned. May he manifest in this incarnation as the previous. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche with his close disciple Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche. Very beautiful and old vintage picture. TR
2 weeks ago
This was the first woman to request Buddha to become a nun. Because of her, the nun's tradition began. She is a Arhat in the Chinese Mahayana Buddhist Tradition. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
January 10, 2015. Nice to see Kecharians studying the dharma together today. I really enjoy seeing this and Pastor Shin was leading the class. Thank you.
2 weeks ago
How lucky I would be to live here...TR
2 weeks ago
Must share this wisdom always. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
This is wonderful to remember. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
Pastor Niral giving a talk in Kechara. Wonderful.
3 weeks ago
January 9, 2015. Pastor Seng Piow takes his little nephew out for some toy shopping. The little guy was waiting anxiously to go out. 
3 weeks ago
His Holiness 9th Panchen Lama in Calcutta in 1905.
3 weeks ago
How nice. What a great gift from Mavis Yeh.  Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
I was so lucky to get teachings by His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche today on the SIX YOGAS OF NAROPA translated by Kyabje Zasep Rinpoche. And also Kyabje Zasep Rinpoche was the one who sent me these videos. How fortunate for me to get this. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
We have wonderful Kechara dharma seniors who are good and caring guides for our precious youths. I am happy to see this. Youths are so important. We must love them, respect them and share dharma with them to they mature into good people. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
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3 weeks ago
Beautiful Lady Buddha, not everyone has realized you are the alpha and omega of our inner liberation. Our mind constantly wanders in karmic creations weary yet still travelling of no choice. I seek the solace of your embrace to experience great bliss and home. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
Does this picture remind you where all of our lives are eventually heading to? It's just where in line are you right now? But you still are in line.  Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
We have to save this one and reflect upon it. TR
4 weeks ago
Very powerful. Never be stuck in our comfort zones. Think out of the box and do more to accomplish our goals. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
I love this type of environment so much. TR
1 month ago
Special gifts of toys and snacks for some special doggies...
1 month ago
This is very helpful. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
We have to be ready to change when we seek a teacher otherwise stay hidden.~Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
15 minutes to watch this will blow your mind: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=55883
1 month ago
H.H. the current Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche -December 2014
1 month ago
December 2014-His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche in front of the largest Tsongkapa statue in the world. This Tsongkapa is in Champa Ling Monastery, Chamdo, Tibet. 
1 month ago
This is the perfect setting of the environment of where I like to live. With trees, blue waters, mountains, green, speckled with flowers. TR
1 month ago
Nothing can be found without searching for it. Just because others say you can't do it or don't believe in you or you can't see it, doesn't mean it cannot exist. Never give up!~Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
This Manjushri is in Kechara's publishing wing. Stunning. TR
1 month ago
This Tara is beautiful. Save the pictures. TR
1 month ago
Having dinner with special friends from around the world. We are honored to be with Geshe Konchok Gyeltsen lak. 
1 month ago
This is very powerful. Share it. TR
2 months ago
Decemeber 2014-They just finished their Tsongkapa retreat and I am so glad for them. TR
2 months ago
We have so many mysteries and some can be proven while others not. TR
2 months ago
Amazing and so appropriate for some. 
2 months ago
This is so true and we have to think about it carefully. 
2 months ago
This is so true. It makes sense. 
2 months ago
Good dharma friends explore interesting places together.
2 months ago
These powerful quotes are timeless and I must read from time to time. It brings sanity, peace and focus. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 months ago
This is very interesting news. News I thought was not possible. 
2 months ago
This is good advice. I will do more and more of this as it's time. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Good dharma friends go a long way together as they can work together to benefit many beings. Kudos to friends in the Dharma. TR
2 months ago
Besides Willow Creek, California, this spot in Washington state is another area where many Bigfoot sightings occur frequently. TR
2 months ago
BREAKING NEWS: India has banned the import of animal tested cosmetics. Coming just few months after they banned cosmetics testing in Indian labs, the import ban now makes India the first cruelty-free cosmetics zone in South Asia. Now it's time for Australia to end cruel cosmetics. My bill has been on the books for months, and the Labor and Liberal parties still haven't come to the table. It's time for action. Join our call to end cruel cosmetics. Visit http://grns.mp/end-cruel-cosmetics
2 months ago
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  • Socialite becomes a volunteer in Malaysian soup kitchen
    Socialite becomes a volunteer in Malaysian soup kitchen
    In the Malaysian capital, Ruby Khong devotes her lunch hours delivering food to the needy, even when the tropical heat and humidity make it hard to breathe. "It was always about myself, what I wanted and that continued on for a while until 1994," she says. That year, she was on a quest for spiritual guidance in India and met a Buddhist monk named Tsem Rinpoche. Read more here: http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29986205
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    Mumu always prepares his bed this way before sleeping. Cute.
    3 months ago
  • Watch what Jason Clare said in parliament
    Watch what Jason Clare said in parliament
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  • Super cute attack. Have to watch!!
    Super cute attack. Have to watch!!
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    They pump 'things' into poultry to make it look plump and bigger to attract you to buy. Then you eat whatever they've pumped and think how it builds up in your body? Is your taste buds worth it to risk your health? Tsem Rinpoche
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    Look at this 2 minute video, while Hong Kong is having massive protests,right over the skyline of a city a UFO is spotted observing.. Incredible footage. UFO's are historically said to always gather where there is massive conflicts or congregations of people for hundreds of years.
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    See this video and do share with friends. See what happens at 1:10........Om Mani Peme Hung Watch it for the sake of the beings within in enduring what they have to endure. Don't think about how you feel because you are not there, but how they feel. Tsem Rinpoche
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    I just purchased an empty locket from an art store for around $10 and had a nice picture of His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche inserted in the front and His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche inserted on the others side at home. Attached a str...ing and it's good to wear for blessings. Look how beautiful. I am the type, I devote myself to my practice but I remember it is the sole kindness of the guru's teachings. Without the guru there is no dharma at all as I cannot speak to Buddha directly. Tsem Rinpoche
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    I was gifted this wonderful blingy shiny new pen by a spiritual friend. I didn't know Swarovski pens write so smoothly. I am going to enjoy writing with this. Thank you Jessica Pimentel. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 months ago
  • Is this the Loch Ness monster?
    Is this the Loch Ness monster?
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    In Kechara Forest Retreat we have a large aviary with many rescued birds and tortoises. We just built a nice pool for them to cool down in. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
  • Rescuing dog in LA river
    Rescuing dog in LA river
    5 months ago
  • This is a very inspiring video by Jim Carrey you must see
    This is a very inspiring video by Jim Carrey you must see
    5 months ago
  • Dalai Lama watching TV
    Dalai Lama watching TV
    5 months ago
  • Dog with a heart of Gold
    Dog with a heart of Gold
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    5 months ago
  • 14th Dalai Lama with Mrs.Indira Gandhi , Delhi INDIA 1966
    14th Dalai Lama with Mrs.Indira Gandhi , Delhi INDIA 1966
    8 months ago
  • The Girl Who Couldn't Cry - Water is Life
    The Girl Who Couldn't Cry - Water is Life
    It's really hard to educate a generation of people born in conditions where they take things for granted. A simple slogan campaign that says, "Save water, It's precious" isn't sticky enough to make inroads. That's exactly where this video steps in: to make people realize how precious water actually is. A brilliant video that follows the heartbreaking story of a young girl that cannot cry. Sounds like fiction? Sadly, it is not.
    8 months ago
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    Dear everyone, All sentient beings deserve to live, be happy and not hurt, including animals. We should never hurt them or eat them. Look how much this chicken welcomes a hug and love. Observe carefully. Don't eat beings who can feel pain because the karma comes back. Tsem Rinpoche
    9 months ago
  • The appreciation shown here is so deep and touching.
    The appreciation shown here is so deep and touching.
    Dear friends, See this incredible video. This chimp was found in captivity for many years. Dr Jane Goodall released him into the wild. Look how he comes back to thank her with deep apprecition. It's amazing. Animals have such strong feelings of pain and happiness just like us. We should never hurt them and share with others to not hurt them. Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
    9 months ago
  • Aki drinking some water in the aviary
    Aki drinking some water in the aviary
    Aki is a rescued bird, he now lives in Kechara Forest Retreat Aviary
    11 months ago
  • Jamyang enjoying some fresh corn
    Jamyang enjoying some fresh corn
    Jamyang is one of our rescue birds that live in Kechara Forest Retreat Aviary
    11 months ago
  • The Cute Mumus Practising Dog Orchestra at Kechara Forest Retreat
    The Cute Mumus Practising Dog Orchestra at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Today the Mumus (dogs) decided to do a dog orchestra rehearsal together with the Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR) dogs.
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    Gongkar is our new bird for Kechara Forest Retreat's aviary. Gongkar never had friends and the original owner could not bring him to his destination. Now he is with us and assimilating in his cage within the aviary for a few weeks then released into aviary. Look at how much he wants attention from the other birds. Cute. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
  • Mumu, Oser and Dharma running and having a good time. I love seeing them playing. Tsem Rinpoche
    Mumu, Oser and Dharma running and having a good time. I love seeing them playing. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
  • Mumus running at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Mumus running at Kechara Forest Retreat
    1 years ago
  • Kechara Forest Retreat panorama, September 2013
    Kechara Forest Retreat panorama, September 2013
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    2 yearss ago
  • The mumus having outdoor evening stroll!!!
    The mumus having outdoor evening stroll!!!
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    17 May 2013, heavy rain at Kechara Forest Retreat from 7am-8am (1 hour). Water overflowed the existing drain and also opened up a much wider new "route" for itself.
    2 yearss ago
  • Must see video from Rajendra on our disciplined dogs
    Must see video from Rajendra on our disciplined dogs
    2 yearss ago

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Kechara Soup Kitchen's volunteers at the The Mustard Seed Charity Day 2015 bazaar in SS2 Mall, Petaling Jaya yesterday! Blood donation drive, health screening, lots of food and items for sale to raise funds for several charities. DR
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A slug came to visit during our retreat in Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong. Blessings for him too :-) DR
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Spent a meaningful and peaceful weekend in Tsongkhapa retreat with my sister Patsy Gooi , cousin PastorHenry Ooi and colleagues in Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong. Photos of before and after retreat. It's obvious which of the two is the 'after' photo. DR
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有错就认错,然后改过。有美好的,就随喜。若能持之以恒,快乐垂手可得。~詹杜固仁波切 https://www.tsemrinpoche.com https://twitter.com/tsemtulku (Cynthia Ng)
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