Buddha Bar?

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Dear all,

I found this interesting piece of news about a bar in Sabah (one of the 2 states located in East Malaysia) named Buddha Bar. A few weeks ago, it came onto mainstream media that the name of the bar displeased the public as they served alcoholic beverages. They found the name to be disrespectful towards Buddhism…

I just wanted to share this news with everyone so that we know how much most Malaysian people and the government respect Buddhism. It truly is a blessing to live in a country where there is mutual respect for the different religious beliefs that we have.

Always appreciate what we have and look at the positive parts of our lives. 

Tsem Rinpoche

 


Buddha Bar renamed, its owner apologises for controversy

by Amy Dangin, Borneo Post, June 20, 2013

KOTA KINABALU, Sabah (Malaysia) – The Buddha Bar Sabah, which was opened recently, was forced to have its controversial name changed after the Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia (YBAM) urged the City Hall to revoke its licence.

Ethan Chung

MCA Publicity Bureau chief Datuk Heng Seai Kie supported the Association’s call as the choice of name for the club where alcoholic drinks are served was deemed to be “blasphemous against the holy Buddha”.

Its young owner, Ethan Chung, had since renamed the establishment to ‘Peacock Garden’ on June 17 and apologised for the controversial name that he initially chose.

“I have chosen to respect the City Hall’s order and chosen ‘Peacock Garden’ as the new name for our establishment, hoping that it would re-establish peaceful harmony among the community we operate with.

“There was no intention of offending anyone when we chose that name in the first place. More importantly, we practised what we thought would emulate Buddha’s honoured teachings whereby we dedicate Wednesdays to children with disabilities and orphans by donating 10 per cent of Wednesday’s profits to selected charitable organisations.

“We also reserve four employment positions for people with disabilities and four positions for weekend part-time jobs, especially for students.

“These were some of the things that we did at the Buddha Bar and will continue to do after we re-open the establishment as the Peacock Garden,” Chung said.

Having lost some of its employees following the controversy, Peacock Garden is now hiring, opening its doors for walk-in interviews from Monday to Friday, 5pm to 6pm.

On June 18, Heng issued a statement condemning the outlet for using ‘Buddha’ in its name, calling it an insult to the Buddhist community in Malaysia.

“As a devout Buddhist, the name ‘Buddha Bar’ is not only disrespectful to the revered Buddha but even more detrimental to the holiness of Buddhism.

“By putting ‘Buddha’ in the bar’s title, they had placed Buddha next to the unhealthy substance, alcohol, linking the two as equals. Drinking alcohol is not only a violation of the Five Precepts of Buddhism, it also goes against five thousand years of Buddhist culture,” she said in a statement.

“I urge the Kota Kinabalu City Hall to take prompt action to withdraw the establishment’s operating permit,” Heng added.

However, her outrage received mixed reactions.

One commenter wrote, “Buddha Bars exist all over the world. And again…, only in Malaysia it will incur the wrath of a deity. There must be something else very wrong with the way Malaysia treats its religions, when it makes ALL gods so angry over minor, minor things.”

Another wrote, “Leave them alone for God sake….why the politician always fuss something…there a lot of crimes need to be taking care of…Just do your bloody attention to more important things instead of creating unnecessary issue… People do charity…they have their own way…..It’s not your family business…unless the person want to have under table share is it? Buddha Bar is proper name…Sushi Bar…Burger Bar….Do those politicians understand or not the meaning of Bar…”

[Extracted from: http://buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=56,11503,0,0,1,0#.UcqOovn-KuK]

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25 Responses to Buddha Bar?

  1. HelenaC on Jul 6, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    For what I think it is a good news to know Malaysian has the respect of religion but I think the motivation behind of choosing the name has to be positive too. There is no right nor wrong.

  2. Vinnie Tan on Jul 6, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    This is just so selfish. They do not know what Buddhism is about and people just criticize saying that The Buddhists should let it go. But if we were to flip the situation around and name the bar with other religious figures the rest of the people would just make a fuss as well.

    We should never use another religion’s characters of main teaching materials and use it in ways that just goes against what the religion practices. We should have mutual respect to each other.

    But I think that it is nice to see that the Malaysia government stepping in for this situation.

  3. lewkwanleng on Jul 6, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    There are quite a number of bars in Kuala Lumpur where they have Buddhas images/statues in their restaurant while serving meat and alcohol, but there were no actions taken against them. I mean, if the authorities want to implement the same policy, then it should be fair across the board.

    I would agree that the authorities focus on solving other issues like crime instead of this.

    To me, I feel that we are in the age of degeneration, and if we have Buddha statue in more places, it can at least plant some imprints. I don’t feel that putting Buddha in a bar is not respecting. Whether or not we place the Buddha in the bar has nothing to do with respect. If the Buddha statue is well clean, full of offering, etc, it is well respected, regardless where the statue is placed. There are many ppl who have Buddha statue and yet drink alcohol and consume meat, does it mean not respecting? My point is that we just need to be fair…

  4. Lim (KH JB) on Jul 7, 2013 at 11:04 am

    In this Era most of us degenerate Buddha teaching so there is some good points that we should have more and more Buddha images surrounding us to recall our imprints or planted more seeds in our mind.

    But at the same time we should respect to the holy words we use, this is a simple respectful attitude. We must avoid to misused the holy words…

  5. tenzinkhenchen on Jul 7, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    It is good to see that Malaysians are embracing the Buddhist culture. Even though they were using Buddhism as a form for a bar, at least there are some imprints given to those who are not Buddhist. If people think that meat and alcohol is good, then the image of Buddha will lead to their pleasure and imprints will be achieved.

  6. Eric Lee KHJB on Jul 7, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    做生意搞噱头本来就是无可厚非的事,可是如果侵犯宗教信仰的话,那就有欠理想了。佛陀的一生,都为了所有六道众生的利益,而不断的讲经说法,为世人带来了莫大的益处,那么一位伟大的佛所做的一切,应该得到世人的爱惜与尊重,如果要利用在生意上谋取利益,那就不很可以被人所接受了。所幸店主及时醒悟,才不至于种下恶因。

  7. MayOng on Jul 7, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Its so inappropriate to name a bar “Buddha Bar” along with display of Buddha images associated with liquor and alcohol. Malaysia is a country tolerant of proper religious practice, so it was good the owner was sensitive enough to change the bar’s name to Peacock Bar instead, after public sentiments were against the original name.

  8. Bryan Ho on Jul 7, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Agreed with Helene, I don’t think it’s good nor bad to put “Buddha” as part of their name, but the motivation have to be pure.

    As a bar, which open to public, it will attract many different people from many different background, some are Buddhist, some are not. By opening this “Buddha Bar” might be able to bring in Buddha imprint to people who are not interested in Buddhism at all. But at the same time, it might also bring negative image of Buddhism to those who have not deep understanding in Buddha teaching.

    Alcohol itself have no good or bad karma, as it’s neutral, by depends how we use it. For example, in some traditional Chinese medicine, alcohol is wide use to get rid of negative wind in one’s body which is positive. But we also heard news that one have violence actions towards another after alcohol, so it’s still depends how we use it.

    Well, but in a multi cultural country like Malaysia, the conservative way always work out better.

  9. Louise Lee on Jul 7, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    其实我觉得在这些场所里摆放佛像, 没有什么问题! 一位这里的人都是一些只顾享乐的人。 这些可怜的朋友是非常需要佛法!

    在这些地方常常都会发生打斗,可能因为这些佛像的加持,让这些事情减低!

    坦白说, 是有点不尊敬!但是也要看他们的出发点!

  10. Edern on Jul 8, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Dear rinpoche i am very sorry for not doing the social media anymore, please please forgive me.
    The commenters are so selfish, how sn they think that malaysia did a bad job by forcing the buddha bar to close down and deities and buddhas are getting angry over minir things. they call this minor? And this is also important to do, it is the government’s choice to do this action not yours. Yes i understand the meaning of bar but it is named after buddha. How about i name it with other religion they would of course do the same.

  11. Andrew James Boon on Jul 8, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Classic example of misinformation and misinterpretation. I believe it is not wrong to put the name Buddha as part of an establishment that serves alcohol. This is because, the Buddha image itself is beyond the negative perception. It is merely our own deluded thoughts and perceptions that makes an association with the image and the so called negative element that is supposedly alcohol.

    As Bryan said, alcohol in itself is NOT negative… how we respond or act after ingesting the substance is the problem. Having a the name Buddha or an image of a Buddha in such an establishment in my mind is a good thing as it will plant imprints on people that otherwise would not have access to such blessings.

    It however has to be done in a tasteful and respective manner though. Just my two cents worth! ;)

  12. Tenzin Losang on Jul 9, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    I think many Buddhists in Malaysia have over-reacted towards this issue. Ethan was not planning to run a bar full of vice, gangsters, hard drugs and prostitution with strip shows. His intention was to set up a bar that feels chic and trendy, a place where even families can come dine in. And if i’m not mistaken, he also had plans to organize social charity events and activities at his bar. Although the bar serves alcohol, one must understand that alcohol when consumed in a controlled manner, won’t lead to any harm.

    There is nothing inherently evil about liquor, it is merely liquor. Even Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche used alcohol to spread Dharma. I also agree with what others are saying here that having Buddha images in a bar can help plant positive imprints on its patrons. Being too sensitive and over-reacting towards this Buddha Bar issue only creates the impression that Buddhists are somewhat fanatical, narrow-minded and intolerant. What are your impressions of people who go to the streets in massive protests, burning the flags of other countries, screaming holy war or start chanting death to the one who insulted their god/prophet/saint in something trivial such as a joke or cartoon?

    Although Ethan did not face something as extreme as death threats or violence, my point is that the reaction he got was still excessive. Such over-zealousness will not attract people to Buddhism but merely drive them away. Instead of coming down hard on Ethan, these people should have used a more diplomatic approach. Perhaps engaging Ethan in a positive way and working together with him to help transform the bar into one that operates with Buddhist ideals in mind, if he is to continue using the “Buddha” theme. I’m sure Ethan would have complied well to such an approach. He seems to be a nice guy.

    Buddhism can benefit greatly if its followers act in ways that inspire and touch others.

  13. beatrix ooi on Jul 9, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    I’ve read about it about 1-2 weeks ago, from my point of view, I think that there’s no right or wrong. But to some typical Buddhists(no offense), they think that the bar’s name is an insult to The Buddha. Just like what Bryan has stated, alcohol itself is neutral, it’s just the way we use it. Some people use it for medical purpose and some for entertainment purpose, as long as the intention behind is positive.
    Thank You for sharing Rinpoche.

  14. mitra on Jul 9, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    It is good to see that Malaysians are embracing the Buddhist culture. but i dont like this way to sale meat and alcohol.have good thing and bad thing .

  15. Jamzo on Jul 10, 2013 at 4:43 am

    I live in North America, and here it has become quite common to see Buddha statues in bars and lounges etc. In fact most home furniture sell some form of Buddha or Buddha head statue as well.

    I’ve always asked myself those questions, for example seeing a Buddha statue plans seeds in people’s minds, but also reducing a Buddha statue to the level of being a decorative object is not treating it with proper respect.

    Overall, it is best to have the proper respect towards Dharma representations, in fact respect that is something all Buddhists must contemplate continuously to increase their practice. But we can’t control other people’s minds (in fact many times we can’t even control our own mind) so if they act in improper way toward holy objects we should just feel sorry for them. Even then it still plants a seed in their minds for later.

    I remember there is one Sutra where Shariputra was teaching a group who were all going to become Arhats, then Manjushri arrived and taught them the Mahayana instead and the whole group became very angry and left despising Buddhism. When Shariputra asked Manjushri why he did that, Manjushri replied that even thought there were all going to become Arhats, he foresaw that by teaching them the Mahayana he would plant the seed that would eventually allow them to reach full enlightenment.

  16. Jessica Yap on Jul 10, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    I think we shouldn’t be so fixated on the aspects/labels of respect towards a Buddha statue. Of course we should respect ALL Buddha statues, but that doesn’t mean that naming a bar after a Buddha statue is disrespectful to Buddha.

    Although drinking is discouraged in Buddhism, naming a bar after Buddha doesn’t condone drinking.

    When our motivation is set right and the plan isn’t to harm people or any living beings, names are just labels, in my humble opinion.
    We can name a school Buddha School but if the people in the school are behaving lewdly, does that mean it is better?

    But all in all, kudos to the locals whom displays such respect towards Buddhism.

    Thank you for sharing, Rinpoche!

  17. Lucas Roth on Jul 10, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    I think it is a bit disrespectful and i am glad it got renamed. How some people are, it is just rude and disrespectful.It was good that the owner changed the name and apologised because at least that shows that he understands.thank you Rinpoche for sharing this.

  18. Julien Roth on Jul 10, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    In my opinion, i think the Malaysian Government did the right thing by complaining about the name. This shows that Malaysia actually cares for all religions that they do not want to name of that religion to be abused, or used in the wrong way. This makes me more comfortable to be a buddhist. I now know that my country, not only supports their own religion, but others as well.

  19. Edward ooi on Jul 11, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Dear Rinpoche, I still don’t get why did Ethan Chung named his bar “Buddha Bar”. I understand that he wanted to spread Buddhism but the part is why does he want to use an alcohol place to spread Buddhism? I hope that Ethan named this bar for a good reason.

  20. Cliff on Jul 11, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    This is a very interesting topic. It can be a very controversial issue for some people. I am not sure how I feel about this issue, on one end I wouldn’t have taken notice nor would I have bothered about the name but on the other I can understand people’s dismay about naming a bar after Buddha whilst serving alcohol. There are many other bars which doesn’t necessarily serve alcohol yet are still called a bar. In any case it is still wonderful to know the government does act on respecting the religion in Malaysia, but it got me confused because I swear I could have recalled seeing another Buddha Bar in Kuala Lumpur. It is also still great to know Ethan Chung had gladly made the decision to change the name and also conducted some PR work to resolve the issue rather than to retaliate and cause an even bigger issue.

  21. abby f on Jul 23, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    very interesting post and I think some people really over-reacted. Yes it is disrespectful but it is not too harmful. But to consider the conditions in Msia where religion is quite sensitive, the ownder should have consider this before he made any choice.

    It is very creative of him to choose the name, but to sell alcohol in the bar which named Buddha bar, it shows also how ignorance he is. If he sells non-alcohol drinks/foods or vegetarian food, then this Buddha bar will get famous and it matches very well with the bar.

    This reminds the youngsters who try to be different and creative, that they should study and research more before doing something, think deeper and longer to make this society a cuter place with variety of opinions and voices, along with keeping the society a harmony happy place.

    • Sharon Saw on Aug 2, 2013 at 12:47 am

      I think that is a great idea, Abby – to have a Buddha Bar which doesn’t serve alcohol and serves healthy wholesome food! Hmmmm a possible business idea :)

      Personally i think there was an overreaction to the Buddha Bar too. Buddha Bars overseas are very classy joints. I guess people can develop wrong view about Buddhist images if they see them in non-virtuous environments, but a Buddhist imprint is still a Buddhist imprint and those who are at the bar may be the least likely people to go to a temple. What if they didn’t call the Buddha bar by that name but had Buddha images within the premises. Would there be a similar uproar?

      And going back to if it was another religion – like a Jesus Bar, or a Krishna Bar or a Mohammed Bar, there would be probably even more of an uproar! If only we could be more respectful as well as less sensitive about religions, i think that there would be less wars in the world.

  22. Wan Wai Meng on Jul 27, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    The Malaysian constitution protects the religious rights of all its citizens I am thankful that I live in the country whereby the rights and freedom to believe is uphold. Not only that it ensures that disrespect to one’s faith is not tolerated.

    Our belief system is personal to us and it really matters to us. For Buddhist to associate intoxicants to the Buddha is like associating certain meats to certain faiths. It is saying the total opposite of what the faith represents.

  23. Felix Kong on Jul 30, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    当大家看到佛的神像或名字就会联想这地方是~庄严的佛堂或斋餐厅,怎么能接受是一个酒吧。在这个世上每一个人都须要佛,学习佛法知识,只要出发点是正确,尊敬佛和没有滥用的话,我是可以接受的。最怕是有些地方连佛像都没有,怎能接触佛法,学习佛陀的智慧,那真是可悲了。

  24. pavara on Aug 3, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Its good to know that Malaysians have respect for the Buddhist people.
    It is really obvious that they are putting down the Buddhist name.
    If they call that restaurant Buddha bar and serve meat and alcoholic beverages means that Buddha is just some sort of normal person who just do what normal people do.
    Its great that our Malaysian people took action against the name of the restaurant.

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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!

Tsem Rinpoche

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The Unknown

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

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There are more Buddhist Priests, Ministers and Pastors now. This is a wonderful trend. Do see what a great job Rev Christina Yanko is doing in Canada: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=52129
24 hours ago
If everyone can realize this would eliminate so many problems.
2 days ago
This is one of the best Avalokitesvara thangkas I have ever seen. I rarely see an Avalokitesvara that draws me or I really like. I am very particular about thangka paintings. But this one is really done by a super skilled artist. The eyes are perfect and the gaze is the correct angle of calm/contemplativeness. The lips, nose and proportions are stunning. The coloring and feel is regality and serenity with great compassion. He feels alive. I would love to get a copy of this very much. Tsem Rinpoche
4 days ago
Look at this massive thangka of the Lord of Wisdom Manjushri in Tibet. The bigger the thangka it is believed, the more blessed the area will be. See all the people congregated around it to pay homage and make offerings. Amazing. May you all be blessed by this too and be connected to Manjushri. Tsem Rinpoche
4 days ago
There is a devil there is no doubt, but is he trying to get into us or trying to get out? ~Tsem Rinpoche
4 days ago
These fresh tomatoes just plucked from our garden here in our USA Ladrang. Tomatoes are some of my favorite foods. Tsem Rinpoche
2 weeks ago
We had some very special guests come to volunteer at Kechara? Guess who they were? And they turned out to be very humble in their works that night. Please see the love and care: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=51852
2 weeks ago
This is so true. When teach dharma to some and ask them to change or explain why, they reject and become unhappy and speak ill. 
2 weeks ago
If my endurance of so much suffering these past years have benefitted you and took some away from you, then it was not in vain and I am content and I would take more.~Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
A sketch by a eye witness in California-1987
3 weeks ago
Existing is not true existence but mere labelling because the causes removed, we are empty.~Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
People from different parts of the world who have no prior obvious connections can connect to do dharma together. This is wonderful because what we did in the past together can manifest in the present again to continue where we left off. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
ELEPHANT WEEPS AFTER RESCUE: A 50-year-old elephant that had spent much of his life shackled in chains, wept when he was finally freed from captivity. "Raju" had tears streaming down his face, as wildlife rescuers released him. SHARE this amazing story. -Details of Raju's rescue: http://kiro.tv/AmazingElephantStory
3 weeks ago
This is profound and the secrets to our success or failure. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Are you the sign of the pig? Do you want to know more about yourself? It would be interesting: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=23608
4 weeks ago
Vegetables harvested from our garden in our USA residence today...nice. TR
4 weeks ago
See who are in these nice pictures and how they are connected to me please....I just posted the Gratitude series #2...do take a look: See: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=51490
4 weeks ago
Powerful!!
4 weeks ago
Having a healthy strong body is important so we can take care of the people and animals around us, to do our dharma practice and to be able to contribute to society. Practices like Je Tsongkapa and Amitayus are very helpful for extending our life energies and healing from within. I spoke about it: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=29398
4 weeks ago
There are over 75,182 views of this post already! It's on horoscopes and how compatible you are with someone or not compatible and why. Perhaps it would be good to understand why someone so close could have or not have conflicts with you. Find out about yourself and understand your character: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=24905
4 weeks ago
Dear friends, This is a very good documentary on bigfoot. It is very scientific and examines a new footage of a bigfoot running very fast. Examines and gives you reasons why this cannot be a man or a person in a suit..very nice. I've not seen this one before. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zUhKhv3Z-I
4 weeks ago
Please click and enlarge the picture. This is something I strongly feel. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
This will be my gratitude series where I share all that I am grateful for. This is my first post: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=51490
4 weeks ago
Mr. Lai, the proud dad of Pastor David Lai. Mr. Lai has expressed how proud he is of his son and what he is doing for others. Mr. Lai is very happy his son David is a Pastor of Kechara and rejoices in the Dharma shared with others. Mr. Lai himself is a very kind and steady person and an important member of Kechara also who always keeps his promises. Many in Kechara respect and love Mr. Lai. Like father like son. Kind people. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
I agree with what Martin T. Bosnev says about Pastor David. Martin is a very intelligent person, so when he compliments, he has thought it through. I appreciate Martin's input. Pastor David always teaches Dharma from his heart and with enthusiasm. He truly believes in what he shares. He has been blessed by Tsongkapa to speak because he is sincere. Many enjoy listening to the Dharma from him very much. Please see what Martin is talking about: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=4197
1 month ago
This may be short, but it's one of my favorite documentaries also you have to take a look. Very good. I wanted to share with you all: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUDjCmg4awI
1 month ago
Our group who went on a spiritual pilgrimage in the holy places of Kathmandu, Nepal.-June 2014. I rejoice for them. These trips have infinitely so much more meaning than the usual vacations.  Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
Burning eyes? A special story for you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e548MkrkGWk
1 month ago
Do you know what is a Wenatchee? Let me share: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUm3ldZhZIU
1 month ago
Beautiful Sampheling Monastery. The home monastery of H.H.Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche. This is a place to visit!
1 month ago
Dear friends, Are you ready to witness something extremely brutal but with a happy ending? See here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=50488 (Viewer discretion is advised as very graphic)
1 month ago
Dear friends, Did you know there are three holy mountains of Avalokitesvara, Manjushri and Vajrapani in Yating, Kham -Tibet??!! It's not that difficult to get to either. I have just finished blogging about this. I watched a travelogue earlier and was AMAZED at the footage they showed of certain holy places in Tibet that I have heard of from senior monks but never seen. You MUST watch this excellent travelogue and enjoy. Tsem Rinpoche See here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=50824
1 month ago
Zamkar, Dharma, Mumu and Oser are always smiling and super cute. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 months ago
New book from Kechara just launched! http://Www.vajrasecrets.com
2 months ago
I've always tried my best to escape secular dreams because it's all a big wheel of disappointment. Get me out of samsara! Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Look at my Mumu boy. You can never take a bad picture with him. He is super cute from any angle. I love you Mumu. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 months ago
Please remember this. A dog is not a pet but a part of your family. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 months ago
Lineage lamas and root lama in Vajra Yogini's tantra. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
This is excellent! Must read and share. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 months ago
When on the hospital bed nearing our last breath, nothing matters except for the practice and transformation we have done in dharma in our lifetime. Our money, wishes, houses, clothes, jewelry, reputation, spouses, desires, dreams, greed, anger, possessions, explanations will be of no use at all. It will in fact even be a hindrance scratching at our mind's energy to let go and we cannot. Since they are no use at that momentous event, we should continue that thought now and understand what we should truly cultivate now. This thought must translate into action not just scholastic thoughts and meanderings of the mind for self deception or imitation spiritual satisfaction. This is what I think daily and everyday as part of my meditations on death and impermanence according to first chapter of Lam Rim. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
I totally agree with this. Some vent out their anger, get attention or want to send messages to people and justify by saying it's their space their posting on and they can post what they want. Be it so, your space is seen my hundreds and it's public domain and you know that. So if others post otherwise to your views, why get upset? You invited it. Maybe that is what you wanted? Attention? LOL.Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Wow. How perfect is this. This is exactly how I feel when I shared dharma with some people. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
I like this one. I just found it. Wonderful and simple for those who have to seek either one. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama in Yong He Gong temple in front of the beautiful Tsongakpa main altar in Beijing, China.
2 months ago
Another must read and must have book. I ordered it last week and it arrived today. So very much looking forward to reading/studying it. Dharma knowledge is something that should not remain stagnant. We must improve and apply upon it always. Applying it is the secret. I have so much more to learn. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it--always. Mahatma Gandhi
2 months ago
Look at my cheeky and cute Mumu boy!! The camera loves him! I love him. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
It would be wonderful if everyone can obtain a beautiful Vajra Yogini statue like this and it's available at http://www.vajrasecrets.com. Would you have Her body red painted or just copper color or brass colored? Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
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  • 14th Dalai Lama with Mrs.Indira Gandhi , Delhi INDIA 1966
    14th Dalai Lama with Mrs.Indira Gandhi , Delhi INDIA 1966
    2 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.
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    5 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
    5 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.
    5 months ago
  • Incredible footage you must see!
    Incredible footage you must see!
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    6 months ago
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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
    9 months ago
  • Mumu, Oser and Dharma running and having a good time. I love seeing them playing. Tsem Rinpoche
    Mumu, Oser and Dharma running and having a good time. I love seeing them playing. Tsem Rinpoche
    9 months ago
  • Mumus running at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Mumus running at Kechara Forest Retreat
    10 months ago
  • Kechara Forest Retreat panorama, September 2013
    Kechara Forest Retreat panorama, September 2013
    11 months ago
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    Dechog our cockatoo at Kechara Forest Retreat grabbing long beans which he loves. Nice bird. We love him. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
  • The mumus having outdoor evening stroll!!!
    The mumus having outdoor evening stroll!!!
    1 years ago
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    17 May 2013, heavy rain at Kechara Forest Retreat from 7am-8am (1 hour). Water overflowed the existing drain and also opened up a much wider new "route" for itself.
    1 years ago
  • Must see video from Rajendra on our disciplined dogs
    Must see video from Rajendra on our disciplined dogs
    1 years ago
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    Dato' Ruby won the Bella Awards!
    1 years ago
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    This is a wonderful video for Moh Mei because she is sleeping in the KECHARA FOREST RETREAT CONTAINERS all alone...ehehehhehe...this is a new friend to keep her company....tsem rinpoche
    1 years ago
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    Answer to Jo
    1 years ago
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    The 2 tortoises in Tsem Ladrang, Kadro and Menlha are enjoying their fresh veggie meal.
    2 yearss ago
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    Organic vegetables at Kechara Forest Retreat
    2 yearss ago
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    This is Dorje our friendly fish that lives with us. He captured my attention the first time because he was exceptionally friendly. TR
    2 yearss ago
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    Mumus go bye bye!!!
    2 yearss ago
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    SP's mom said that she is from Penang. This is her first trip to bodhgaya, and she truly finds bodhgaya is very holy and spiritual.
    2 yearss ago
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    Very touching video...Buddha said it was very important to visit the four holy places associated with Him before our deaths. Remembering this, I had instructed Paul to take this senior group to Bodhgaya and make sure they are able to plant imprints. When this life of 'fun', money, parties and socials are over, we cannot leave empty handed. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
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    Our two rescued tortoises who live at Tsem Ladrang happily and will be transferred to Kechara Forest Retreat where they will have much more space to roam and run. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
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    Aki is the old African Grey that was abandoned by his owner. Because he is old, no one wanted him. Well we wanted him and we took him and in and love him. He is in a big aviary and he likes his cage. We leave his cage open at all times so he can go in and out as he likes. His cage is his security blanket. Cute. He gets nice food and sunshine daily and also we play monks chanting for him to be blessed. We love you Aki. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
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    Meal time for all the cute mumus!
    2 yearss ago
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    Dear james, very nice video of Kechara outlet and the activity led by Kien. You must always make more videos. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
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    This little birdie was at a pet shop. He has maimed leg, permanent damage to his wing and cannot fly and also one eye blind. I don't think anyone would want the poor thing, so I adopted him and keep him safe, fed and with lots of fresh air. He's also in a large aviary so he can be with other birds and not be alone. He is alert, active, and has a good appetite. I like him very much and will make sure he is safe, happy and has a good life. I name him Lucky. Lucky will always be safe now. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago

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Volunteers who came to help in our kitchen today. Justin@ KSK
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Pelden Hlamo appears in Roerich's painting of the Himalayas.~Tsem Rinpoche From: June Tang (Khjb)
10 hours ago
The complete refuge tree according to the Gelug School of Buddhism-Exquisite.~Tsem Rinpoche From: June Tang (Khjb)
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Dharma protectors can appear to us if we focus on bodhicitta.~Tsem Rinpoche From: June Tang (Khjb)
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Buddha's teaching is easy because it relates to our natural state of mind.~Tsem Rinpoche From: June Tang (Khjb)
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Gifts are an expression of generosity, appreciation and care (Tsem Tulku Rinpoche)_PB
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We may encounter defeat, but we must not be defeated_PB
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The best way to look at oneself is Meditation ._Hee TS
13 hours ago
To find our path,we have to pay more attention to the moment.It is the only time we have in which to live, grow,feel,change and even die._Hee TS
13 hours ago
Buddha can't practice for us,only can teach us a right way of practice._Hee TS
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