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.


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  1. 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.

  2. 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…?

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


  4. 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.

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


  6. 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”.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.


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


  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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. :)

  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. 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.

  24. 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

  25. 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!

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

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

  27. 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 =)

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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!

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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!

  36. 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.

  37. 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 .

  38. 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!

  39. 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!

  40. 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.

  41. 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!

  42. 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.

  43. 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

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  • xuliang
    Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 08:53 PM
    To understand belief, not superficially but profoundly, we must find out why the mind attaches itself to various forms of beliefs, why beliefs have become so significant in our lives: belief about death, about life, about what happens after death; beliefs asserting that there is God or there is no God; that there is reality or there is no reality; and various political beliefs. Are these beliefs not all indicative of our own sense of inward poverty, and, do they not reveal a process of escape, or act as a defence? And in studying our beliefs, do we not begin to know ourselves as we are, not only at the upper levels of our mind, of our consciousness, but deeper down? So, the more one studies oneself in relationship to something else, such as beliefs, the more the mind becomes quiet, without false regimentation, without compulsion. The more the mind knows itself, the more quiet it is, obviously. The more we know something, the more we are familiar with it, the more the mind becomes quiet. And the mind must be really quiet, not made quiet. Surely, there is a vast difference between a mind that is made quiet, and a mind that is quiet. We can compel a mind by circumstances, by various disciplines, tricks, and so on, to be quiet. But that is not quietude, that is not peace; that is death. But a mind that is quiet because it understands the various forms of fear, and because it understands itself – such a mind is creative, such a mind is renewing itself constantly. It is only the mind that is self-enclosed by its own fears and beliefs, that stagnates. But a mind that understands its relationship to the values about it – not imposing a standard of values, but understanding what is – surely, such a mind becomes quiet, is quiet. It is not a question of becoming. It is only then, surely, that the mind is capable of perceiving what is real from moment to moment Reality is, surely, not something at the end, an end result of accumulative action. Reality is to be perceived only from moment to moment; and it can be perceived only when there is not the accumulative effect of the past on the moment, the now.
  • xuliang
    Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 08:44 PM
    If we would understand anything, not only must we be physically still, but our minds must be extremely alert yet tranquil. That alert passivity of the mind does not come about through compulsion. We cannot train the mind to be silent; then it is merely like a trained monkey, outwardly quiet, but inwardly boiling. We must give our time, our thought, our whole being, to that which we want to understand.
  • Lucy Yap
    Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 12:24 PM
    When statues are consecrated, the actual Buddhas are invited to reside within these holy objects. This sacred statue of Vajra Yogini in Tibet has spoken to sincere practitioners on several occasions. Tsem Rinpoche.
    (More to read on Vajra Yogini here:…/…/vajra-yogini)
  • Lucy Yap
    Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 12:20 PM
    Always be kind to animals. They have a consciousness. It’s temporarily in an animal’s body. But they can feel happiness and pain. Never inflict pain
    Tsem Tulku Rinpoche.

    Our Spiritual Advisor H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche has been rescuing animals since he was a young child in the USA. His mission to save animals has continued in Malaysia on a larger scale, beginning with the rescue of Drolkar, a sulphur-crested cockatoo, to whom Rinpoche made a promise to find her a good home.
    Read more…/…/donate-rm2-to-feed-a-hungry-bird/
  • jillyam
    Tuesday, Nov 24. 2015 11:07 PM
    Kechara Soup Kitchen – Hunger Knows No Barriers

    What first began with 20 packets of hot food and a teaching to students on empathising with the difficulties of the less fortunate has grown into a charitable cause that has made a tremendous difference in people’s lives. Inspired by Rinpoche’s vision to help the homeless, Kechara Soup Kitchen has not only set up a permanent soup kitchen building in Kuala Lumpur, but also spread its helping hands to the homeless in several states in Malaysia as well as Jakarta, Indonesia! While KSK has grown tremendously in the past few years, we will continue to improve and expand so that we will be able to serve our homeless clients better, by improving their quality of life.
  • Cynthia Ng
    Tuesday, Nov 24. 2015 08:33 PM
    【多杰雄登:关于我们的故事】 在尊贵的第廿五世詹杜固仁波切身处马来西亚的这些年来,无数海内外信众都曾向仁波切请示各种大大小小的事宜,请求仁波切的指引、协助或紧急帮忙,而这些请求至今从不间断。如上所述,人们都因各种问题而寻求仁波切的帮助——有的人请仁波切为他们的修行给建议;有的面对邪灵干扰,致使日常生活受影响;有的则为家庭、健康及财务的世俗问题找寻出路。对于此类的求助个案,仁波切会召唤其佛教护法多杰雄登,透过占卜及其他管道,请祂提供解决方法,以及帮助那些有需要的人们。

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

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What Am I Writing Now


The Unknown

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

Photos On The Go

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2 weeks ago
Please see the WONDERFUL NEW PHOTOS taken just this morning (November 13, 2015) here: (Be sure to scroll to the bottom until part 2 to see the pictures)
2 weeks ago
We at Kechara Forest Retreat had the honor to have a visit from Yang Dipertua Mohammad Shahid bin Ismail who is the Head of the Bentong Municipal Council. We thank him for taking the time as he was very busy. Thank you very much. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
Pastor David giving a well received talk on the practice of Black Manjushri
2 weeks ago
Found a green patch of land to spend with friends...
2 weeks ago
Nice to see our fellow Modern Buddhist Fellowship members engaged in Dharma.
2 weeks ago
Manjushri-ghosha, Kumara (English: Youthful Prince, Melodious Voice)
2 weeks ago
Wonderful certificates of our Kechara pastors..meaningful and touching.
2 weeks ago
This office table has something interesting on it.
2 weeks ago
Powerfully true
2 weeks ago
To have kind and caring people in our lives is a blessing
2 weeks ago
2 weeks ago
I really wanted to share this incredible picture of the Tibetologist Alexandra David-Neel outside of her retreat cave in Tibet. She's one of the first non-Tibetans who penetrated Tibet to engage in the practice of Tibetan Buddhism. She really practiced and even wrote books on Buddhism and Tibet which are still available now. ~Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
A photo taken by Pastor Shin of Tsem Rinpoche's Dorje Shugden traditional mask. This is on Tsem Rinpoche's shrine. Very nice photo.
3 weeks ago
At Chin Swee Temple with my long time friend Dato' Wira Eric.
3 weeks ago
Amogha-pasa Avalokitesvara
3 weeks ago
I love small quaint towns in Japan. No matter how rural or small any village is in Japan, it is still kept very clean and asthetic matching nature. 
3 weeks ago
Left to right: Gekula (disciplinarian), Abbot Geshe Konchok Tsering, Tsem Rinpoche, H.E. Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche-We are inviting Kensur Rinpoche for tenshug. Tenshug is grand puja to request Kensur Rinpoche to live long. This is in Gaden and we are inviting him to the prayer hall to perform the tenshug. Tsem Rinpoche is the requester and sponsor.
3 weeks ago
This is a nice picture
3 weeks ago
Kyabje Lati Rinpoche and Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen
3 weeks ago
Kyabje Lati Rinpoche and Kari Kensur Rinpoche of Gaden Shartse Monastery
3 weeks ago
Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, H.H. Zong Rinpoche & Kyabje Lati Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Kyabje Lati Rinpoche makes offerings to H.H. Trijang Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Kyabje Lati Rinpoche makes offering to their Holinesses Kyabje Ling and Trijang Rinpoches
4 weeks ago
Lady Buddha Janguli who protects from snakes and venom poisoning.
4 weeks ago
If there is a blind man walking towards a well and he can fall in, whose fault is it if he falls in? This can be related back to those in dharma should act to guide others by example otherwise you let everyone fall into the well. If they do fall in samsara's well, whose fault is it? Have the courage, integrity and fortitude to practice dharma and bring dharma to others to help them.~ Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
This group in Kechara Forest Retreat completed a Singdongma retreat on October 28, 2015.
1 month ago
Magnificent and Glorious Buddha Goddess Singdongma the Lion Faced lady who dispells all fear from the ten directions for those who invoke upon her fercocious and volcanic like power. Praise to this wrathful lady that burns all gnosis and projections! Remover of all that harms and obstructs and trampled under her feet. Tsem Rinpoche--To learn more about Singdongma:
1 month ago
Xiaqiong Monastary, Qinghai, Tibet, China. Over 100 meters tall Lord Tsongkapa statue. The only one of it's kind. Totally amazing. Picture 2
1 month ago
Xiaqiong Monastary, Qinghai, Tibet, China. Over 100 meters tall Lord Tsongkapa statue. The only one of it's kind. Totally amazing. Picture 1
1 month ago
This was taken in Kechara House. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
This was taken in Gaden Shartse Monastery on the day of my enthronement as Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
I think I was in Sera Mey Monastery when this was taken over 18 years ago. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
1 month ago
Many times we hear great Vajra Yogini practitioners when cremated, their fire pyres appear in the form of Vajra Yogini. We hear this many times as a sign they went to Kechara Paradise, gained high realizations or enlightened by Vajra Yogini's path. Although this picture does not depict a funeral pyre of a great practitioner, but the fire looks curiously like Vajra Yogini. Enjoy and may all be blessed by Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
1 month ago
When you work hard and produce results, everyone is silenced and those who make noise is just noise and society allows you some freedoms. You have to have the integrity to finish what you started and what you promised. Do it for others, those concerned and for yourself.~Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
You can work with me and we finish the dreams. You can leave citing any reasons you may have. You may join back again with me and my arms are open to you. Or you may go away as an enemy or remain friends. However you do I will accept. I dream big and work hard and sometimes it's hard for you, others and me, but if we finish, there is great satisfaction. Satisfaction doesn't come free. But one thing for sure, I will finish what I have started with or without you. Too many depend on it and many have hopes in it. We need to remember our words, our promises and our hopes we gave others and not shatter it. Sometimes we need to put our personal feelings aside and just get it done with a bang and be happy about it because in the end letting others down is not a way of life. Be kind, have integrity, don't make excuses, don't justify but just complete the works that make the dreams materialize and in the process you fulfill the dreams of many others. Others is always the key. Others and oneself are intertwined. Life is then fulfilled. That is life. Life is like that.~Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Please click on picture to see this special mantra
1 month ago
Long Manjushri mantra: Namo Manjushriye Kumara Bhutaya Bodhisattvaya Maha-sattvaya Maha-karuni-kaya Tayatha Om Aradzey Biradzey Shuddhey Bishuddhey Shodaya Bishodayey Amaley Bimaley Nirmaley Dzaya-varey Ruru-tsaley Hung Hung Hung Phet Phet Phet Soha!
2 months ago
Love is.....
2 months ago
Very powerful. Must click on picture and read and share.
2 months ago
Some people just work quietly in the background and do their best in their own way to benefit others. They don't say much but work super hard. I must say Pastor Dr. Lanse is one of them. She does not need attention, she does not complain and she does not ever create problems. She is independent and yet kind. She is our wonderful translator who works very hard to get translations of many dharma teachings into Chinese. This is just something short and sweet to let everyone know how much I appreciate Pastor Lanse and enjoy being with her work and her. Because of her and several other vital and lovely people, much practical dharma is in the Chinese speaking world. I thank Pastor Dr. Lanse from my heart. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Materialism is prevalent because the societal norms teaches people to be consumers at a young age. Buying things we don't need all to feed the ego. You can drive an expensive vehicle, but at the end of the day its still just a car. You can buy a flashy watch, but in reality all it does is tell time. People are more concerned with image and feeding their egos than being a beneficial person to society. Investing money on the outside to appear a certain way to others, yet forgetting to invest in yourself to becoming a better person. People spend their whole lives working to attain materialistic things using their accumulation of materialism to validate their existence, but when you die you can't take any of it with you. Don't let this system turn you into a vanity slave, realize you're worth much more than that. Feed your soul not your ego.-from Dr Asky (Powerful words of wisdom even from the secular point of view)
2 months ago
I love little Dharma boy.
2 months ago
Lord Tsongkhapa's holy retreat house in Tibet. Huge pilgrimage spot.
2 months ago
Lama Tsongkhapa footprint as a child
2 months ago
Kedrub Je's personal statue of Yamantaka
2 months ago
Prince Siddhartha with his maternal aunt Queen Mahaprajapati Gotami
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Videos On The Go

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    2 months ago
    HH the Dalai Lama prays with HH Trijang Rinpoche and HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Such a beautiful video of His Holiness Dalai Lama, His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and His Holiness Dilgo Kyentse Rinpoche (Very exalted high Nyingma lama) are all praying together. In the background you see a young Kyabje Lati Rinpoche too. So beautiful. This is how it was before the ban. All the sects and high lamas were superbly harmonious. After the Dorje Shugden ban things changed for the worse. May the ban be released soon. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Nice Dorje Shugden rock painting
    2 months ago
    Nice Dorje Shugden rock painting
  • His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche teaches the truth of life and our impeding death.
    3 months ago
    His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche teaches the truth of life and our impeding death.
  • A kind message from Mr. Tsering Wangchuk to me. Thank you so much. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 months ago
    A kind message from Mr. Tsering Wangchuk to me. Thank you so much. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 1)
    3 months ago
    Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 1)
  • Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 2)
    3 months ago
    Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 2)
  • His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche accepts Long Life puja
    4 months ago
    His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche accepts Long Life puja
  • Dorje Shugden/Kache Marpo makes offerings to Tsem Rinpoche
    4 months ago
    Dorje Shugden/Kache Marpo makes offerings to Tsem Rinpoche
  • My good friend Justin Ripley
    5 months ago
    My good friend Justin Ripley
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    6 months ago
    I requested Choji Lah to do a trusol, rabney and soongdroop for our large DS and Buddha. In this video, he is performing trusol which is ritually 'bathing' the environment and blessing all those who come to visit our Wisdom Hall and Dorje Shugden. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Bigfoot arrives!!!
    6 months ago
    Bigfoot arrives!!!
    Tsem Rinpoche is an avid follower of the paranormal such as bigfoots. For more interesting writings and posts on the subject, please go to
  • Mumu Loves Snack!
    6 months ago
    Mumu Loves Snack!
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    6 months ago
    For H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, a blog post is not just a blog post but Dharma work that generates merits which should be dedicated. Click here to find out what blog post Rinpoche was dedicating the merits for when he recited this prayer: ~Ani Lobsang Pema
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    6 months ago
    Panchen Lama in Beijing on CCTV - China's official news. The respect and position they give His Holiness Panchen Lama is great.
  • Magical fish tank with Buddha statue
    6 months ago
    Magical fish tank with Buddha statue


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10 minutes ago
Think deeply ~Tsem Rinpoche From:June Tang(Khjb)
12 minutes ago
Love all ~Tsem Rinpoche From:June Tang(Khjb)
13 minutes ago
Where to go? ~Tsem Rinpoche From:June Tang(Khjb)
14 minutes ago
Please lift ban now ! ~Tsem Rinpoche From:June Tang(khjb)
15 minutes ago
I'm balancing ~Tsem Rinpoche From:June Tang(Khjb)
17 minutes ago
Truth talk. ~Tsem Rinpoche From:June Tang(Khjb)
18 minutes ago
Beauty in truth. ~Tsem Rinpoche From:June Tang(Khjb)
18 minutes ago
Dorje Shugden Retreat: A powerful practice to fulfill wishes ! - Pastor Antoinette
19 minutes ago
I choose Dorje Shugden ! From:June Tang(Khjb)
21 hours ago
Kechara Puja Team completed an Outcall Dorje Shugden led by Pastor Tat-Ming Lim this afternoon. Pastor gave a dharma talk of Introduction to Dorje Shugden to those present in the puja.
23 hours ago
25 November 2015 A Bodhisatta is a being devoted to Enlightenment - - Pastor Antoinette
Rinpoche is so kind and campassion. Let everyone can invite buddha to home# - HoyRou - KO
死是每个人都必须经历,如何为自己还未死前如何做好准备?谢晓晶讲法师在禅修林为我们讲解和分享《不知死,焉知生?》。感谢,谢晓晶的分享! #SupportPastor - HoyRou -KO
Happy Mama doing rehearsal with cute kids #KSDS #GRADUATION - HoyRou - KO
Hurry up go and register let you kid have fun in this camp #KSDS#W.O.A.HCAMP - HoyRou - KO
Red Bean Banana Roll Dessert - KO-HoyRou
Puja member preparing tea during an Outcall puja. By Puja House 25 November'15
Puja member preparing offering for tonight puja. By Puja House 25 November'15
Tonight we have double protector puja, Dorje Shugden and Setrap puja which will be conducted in mandarin. By Puja House 25 November'15
Step by step...we can finally cut down our attachment on food. -NgJesvin~KSDS
Thanks all papa, mama, daddy, mummy and granny for joining our graduation concert. ~NgJesvin.KSDS
Sometimes they moody and sometimes they as good as angel. Well done my lovely kids. NgJesvin~KSDS
Taking vegetarian is about the mind transform and cut down the attachment of food. ~NgJesvin KSDS
2 days ago
Gratitude makes us happier. H.E. The 25th Tsem Rinpoche. Lucy Yap





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