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. 

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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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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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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 days ago
Besides Willow Creek, California, this spot in Washington state is another area where many Bigfoot sightings occur frequently. TR
2 days 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
3 days ago
Celebrity host Li Kim interviews Dato' Wira Eric for Kechara Magazine. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 days ago
Must go see the movie, very inspiring. Does anyone know where I can find this on DVD? Tsem Rinpoche
6 days ago
Buddhas for gifts to people who wished to be blessed daily. It is always beneficial to wear a Buddha pendant. Tsem Rinpoche 
6 days ago
Pastor Seng Piow surprised me with this Vajrapani today. Very beautiful. TR
6 days ago
A Tara presented to me by caring Beng Kooi. This statue is very special to me because Beng Kooi's motivation is pure and samaya clean. I appreciate this very much. Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
My Uncle Mr. Min Hong Gui in Taiwan. I met him once when we visited Taiwan and he shared much of our family history with me. I was grateful. He is the only sibling of my mother. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 week ago
Kechara Pastor Dr. Lanse doing last rites and prayers in the hospital for someone who just passed. Om Mani Peme Hung. 
2 weeks ago
This is wonderful!
2 weeks ago
Beautiful. Please share with other spiritual friends. 
4 weeks ago
This is one of the funniest things I've seen in a long time! I laughed till I teared..please watch: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=53930
4 weeks ago
Wait till you see the pictures this photographer caught in portraits in order to evoke some feelings in us: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=53879
4 weeks ago
Guess what we did on Mt Rinjani? See: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=53342
4 weeks ago
Modern Buddhist Fellowship members joining in celebrations in Kechara.  October 24, 2014
4 weeks ago
This is a Cockatoo named Boy. He was in a small cage alone most of the time for 22 years. The owner finally relented and let us rescue Boy and be put in a large huge outdoor aviary with friends and fresh air. He came to us on October 24, 2014. 
4 weeks ago
October 24, 2014-Pastor Shin giving a talk in Kechara House. 
4 weeks ago
October 24, 2014-Was presented with lots of flowers today. How kind. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
Mark Twain once said, “Of all the creatures ever made Man is the most detestable. He’s the only creature that inflicts pain for sport, knowing it to be pain.” ~ From Earthlings, http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/earthlings.html
4 weeks ago
The highest achievements are usually done alone.~Tsem Rinpoche (Sometimes the further you move up and achieve, the less people will be around or unable to keep up. Some cannot understand, accept or wish to do more and they can drop off. Some may wish you well but cannot keep up anyways. The higher your goals, the less most are able to understand or envision. Some may be even against you. But what is important is you stay focused and consistent. After all big achievements are done by only a few and not the majority. Highest achievements are usually done alone or with a very few. Stamina, vision, consistency, focus, care, responsibility and sometimes even a sense of compassion is necessary to achieve anything big. Giving up gets us nowhere, so continuing is a good option. When you make it, some will come back, many will join and the naysayers regret and wished they had stayed. Tsem Rinpoche)
1 month ago
Since I was a young boy I wished to live in this type of environment. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Everything about it brings good memories. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
This is my dream home, dream location and a place where I would spiritually grow. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
"I like doing things that are going to last longer than a minute in the world."~ Christy Turlington
1 month ago
Click on this picture to enlarge and tell me what they are doing? Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
"One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous or honest." ~ Maya Angelou
2 months ago
Mother gorilla's heart- A child fell into the gorilla cage. She broke her arms and legs and she was unconcious. A male gorilla came and tried to hurt her. Luckily, a female gorilla rescued her by chasing other gorillas away not to hurt her. This is an instinct of mother animals that take care of their babies. The mother gorilla climbed the 57 ft wall and took the girl to the zoo officer. The girl was sent to hospital and the doctor cured her. Thanks to mother gorilla's kind heart. -From FB (Please always be kind to animal. Never hurt them, kill them or eat them. Tsem Rinpoche)
2 months ago
October 3, 2014-Karen said there were even people in the Gifts Department of Kechara participating in Blog Chat today. Wonderful to learn. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
October 3, 2014-William, Pastor David, Pastor Jean Ai and Jean Mei preparing for blog chat. Nice people here!
2 months ago
October 3, 2014-In Kechara Forest Retreat, the room is filled with Kecharians on the blog chat right now. According to Pastor Adeline who sent the photo, the whole room is buzzing with blurping sounds from blog chat!! LOL. I like this when people learn the dharma. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
I've been friends with Dato' Ruby for nearly 20 years. When I asked her to head the Kechara Soup Kitchen she immediately agreed and put all her energy into making it successful. Many are benefitted by this. Kechara is committed to continuing to benefit others. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Our likes and dislikes are impermanent, so don't be stuck.~Tsem Rinpoche 
2 months ago
LOL. This guy is cute!
2 months ago
Please sign this petition. It will take five minutes to make a difference. Tsem Rinpoche https://action.hsi.org/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=104&ea.campaign.id=31967&ea.tracking.id=facebook
2 months ago
When this female named Dorothy died of heart failure, all the chimpanzee family came out of the forest to say good bye..... the most stunning reaction was a recurring, almost tangible silence, reported staff at Cameroon’s Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Centre. If you know chimpanzees, then you know that they are not usually silent beings. I think it’s beautiful how many of the chimps are touching each others’ shoulders.~from Butterbin
2 months ago
Praise to the Lady Buddha who eliminates all source of suffering. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 months ago
This is a cool snapshot! I love the paranormal mysteries. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 months ago
Our Kechara's Dato' Ruby is on this month's cover of prestige magazine for her work in our Soup Kitchen. Congratulations to a kind lady and my good friend. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Is it time to worry? You tell me. See what I'm talking about please: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=53452
2 months ago
How nice that Caryl Dumaine Lamont Munson reminds us that although the contest is over, the goal of the contest is still to be achieved. See what he is talking about: Win A Manjushri: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=52496 Thank you so much. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Once in a while we step through something magical that gives us hope and we continue on. ~Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
New species of herbivores discovered in USA...LOL...Tsem R
2 months ago
Must read this chart and share. TR
2 months ago
This is excellent! Save photo!
2 months ago
These two bright young people arrived in Los Angeles today to visit and help. They are very sincere and caring people. Glad to see them. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 months ago
If you want to read about compassion, strength, wisdom and fortitude, get this special edition of Essence. I did. Wonderful and a lot to learn from this lady of wisdom Ms. Maya Angelou. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
The holy Tsongkapa image when He first arrived to Kechara.  Tsem Rinpoche
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.
    4 weeks ago
  • Watch what Jason Clare said in parliament
    Watch what Jason Clare said in parliament
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    4 weeks ago
  • Super cute attack. Have to watch!!
    Super cute attack. Have to watch!!
    2 months ago
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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
    2 months ago
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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.
    2 months ago
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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
    2 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
    3 months ago
  • Rescuing dog in LA river
    Rescuing dog in LA river
    3 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
    3 months ago
  • Dalai Lama watching TV
    Dalai Lama watching TV
    3 months ago
  • Dog with a heart of Gold
    Dog with a heart of Gold
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    3 months ago
  • 14th Dalai Lama with Mrs.Indira Gandhi , Delhi INDIA 1966
    14th Dalai Lama with Mrs.Indira Gandhi , Delhi INDIA 1966
    5 months ago
  • The Girl Who Couldn't Cry - Water is Life
    The Girl Who Couldn't Cry - Water is Life
    It's really hard to educate a generation of people born in conditions where they take things for granted. A simple slogan campaign that says, "Save water, It's precious" isn't sticky enough to make inroads. That's exactly where this video steps in: to make people realize how precious water actually is. A brilliant video that follows the heartbreaking story of a young girl that cannot cry. Sounds like fiction? Sadly, it is not.
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    Dear everyone, All sentient beings deserve to live, be happy and not hurt, including animals. We should never hurt them or eat them. Look how much this chicken welcomes a hug and love. Observe carefully. Don't eat beings who can feel pain because the karma comes back. Tsem Rinpoche
    7 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
    7 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
    8 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
    8 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.
    9 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
    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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    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!!!
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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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We can travel & experiences all cultures, but we end up in the same place.~H.E.Tsem Tulku Rinpoche _Hee TS
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Walking meditation @ KFR
3 hours ago
Healthy food is served in our weekend meditation program. Julia@KFR
3 hours ago
Personal guide on sitting meditation given by Anila Choi. Julia@kfr.
4 hours ago
We apply cream to our face to take care of our skin, we meditate to take care of our mind. Julia@KFR
4 hours ago
Completed 400 rounds of Migtsema recitations for my personal Tsongkhapa retreat to dedicate to my precious Guru, Tsem Tulku Rinpoche for his long life and stable health. - Soon Huat
18 hours ago
Benefitting others does not mean you'll be appreciated, it just means you are doing the right thing. ~‪H.E.Tsem Tulku Rinpoche_Hee T
19 hours ago
@henryooi52: Complex or simple is up to us on how we want to see it. ~H.E.Tsem Tulku Rinpoche _Hee TS
19 hours ago
“If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse.” ~Unknown_Hee TS
19 hours ago
If you always feel like giving up or running away, the solution is to just push yourself and do whatever it is that you are running away from. (Sourced from 108 ways to grab my APPLES from Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, conceptualised by Sharon Saw)_PB
20 hours ago
Whether you believe in BUDDHA or not is up to you. Believing in cause and effect is essential for having a good life. (Sourced from 108 ways to grab my APPLES from Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, conceptualised by Sharon Saw)_PB
20 hours ago
When you speak to others, look at them in the eye, say things straight with respect and clarity. That would go a long way for harmony. (Sourced from 108 ways to grab my APPLES from Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, conceptualised by Sharon Saw)_PB
20 hours ago
Set up for bereavement puja at Johor yesterday afternoon. by Puja House
2 days ago
Bereavement puja is conduct in funeral which compiled by H.E.Tsem Tulku Rinpoche. by Puja House
2 days ago
Three sessions of Bereavement Puja at Johor Bharu. by Puja House
2 days ago
Our medical team Tony and Chloe giving first aid treatment to Aishah. 治疗团队Tony以及Chloe为Aishah提供治疗服务。 Justin@KSK
2 days ago
KB is a very loyal student of Rinpoche who serves the lama with great humility and love at Tsem Ladrang - Carmen
2 days ago
做 Torma 也可以很开心,境随心轉.却記!却記! By Puja House
2 days ago
Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, man cannot live without spirituality (Sourced from 108 ways to grab my APPLES from Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, conceptualised by Sharon Saw)_PB
2 days ago
Our planet is so tiny in the universe. We are even smaller. So why make our problems BIGGER than all the galaxies? (Sourced from 108 ways to grab my APPLES from Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, conceptualised by Sharon Saw)_PB
2 days ago
IF YOU CARE FOR OTHERS, you manifest inner strength in spite of your own difficulties and problems (Sourced from 108 ways to grab my APPLES from Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, conceptualised by Sharon Saw)_PB
2 days ago
Creating causes for the long life of teachers is so important. ~H.E.Tsem Tulku Rinpoche _Hee TS
2 days ago
“If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse.” ~Unknown_Hee TS
2 days ago
Find peace within yourself because that's where it is. ~H.E.Tsem Tulku Rinpoche _Hee TS
2 days ago
Our food bank programme extended to these few families over the week. Vivian@KSK KL
2 days ago

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