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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  1. Tshering on Oct 1, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    i think this articles sums up why it is offensive for the Buddha bar and we should be respectful to the buddhist images http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=70,12476,0,0,1,0#.VgyyAo-qpBc

  2. 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.

  3. 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。

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

  11. 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.

  12. 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 .

  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. 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.

  15. 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! 😉

  16. 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.

  17. 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!

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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。

  21. 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.

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

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    Sunday, Jul 31. 2016 12:43 PM
    well…..i can understand how it is like when you are hungry and homeless.Feeling lost and down no direction ,no one to turn to.We are fortunate to have Rinpoche and Dato Ruby to started off with the KSK project.It a great feeling and wonderful for me to be part of it.Till today KSK is still growing in numbers the members too regardless of race joining Through Rinpoche’s great compassion and kindness many homeless and poor hungry people benefited from it as well as those in need.
    Thanks Rinpoche for sharing
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-soup-kitchen-ksk/kechara-soup-kitchen.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Jul 30. 2016 06:35 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for the video and beautiful photos from yester-years, they certainly bring us down memory lane to the days when Dalai Lama was deemed as the king of state. At that time, Tibetan Buddhism is sheltered and mysterious to the eyes of the world, while Tibet often illustrated by the westerners as the Shangri-la tucked away in between the glorious mountains of China and India.

    As the turn of events unfolded, Tibetans were suddenly landed as stateless refugee at the door of India, following the 1959 Tibetan exodus. The Prime Minister of India then, Jawaharlal Nehru graciously took them in and provided Tibetans under the leadership of Dalai Lama with a base to rebuild Tibet. While Panchen Lama stayed and looked after Tibetans who remained in Tibet. In retrospective, this is akin to compassion of the loving father (Dalai Lama) and mother (Panchen Lama) who care for their only child (people of Tibet).

    Many years had passed since then, Tibetan Buddhism was “rebranded” into a world renowned religion not only slipping into the daily lives of many people in the west, but also renewing its connection with people from the east. Dalai Lama and many Tibetan in exile worked tirelessly to keep Tibetan Buddhism alive amidst hardship and instability. It is, perhaps, now time for Tibet to step up and retake the world stage for Tibetan Buddhism.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/the-dalai-lama-panchen-lama-in-india-in-1956.html
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    Saturday, Jul 30. 2016 04:35 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these interesting article about Buddhism in China..It would be amazing and wonderful if Buddhism can be the second largest religion in the world.Buddhism has never been a religion that encourages others to convert.The majority of Chinese are Buddhist and the population is growing day by day More people are practicing Buddhism and it will benefit more people in the future..If all religions in this world teaches the same …to develop love and compassion it will be peaceful world to live in without war then.
    Thanks again
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/buddhism-the-second-largest-religion-in-the-world.html
  • samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jul 30. 2016 01:58 PM
    Thank you Herman for sharing .I do enjoyed reading as it explained deeply ,very informative for us to understand.Do agree with Herman a true religion should never condemn other religions but instead accept and embrace the differences. We are so fortunate to have Rinpoche that teach us the correct path …. to be a better person with kindness and compassion and so forth.
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    Guru for Hire and Enlightenment for Sale is not just any Dharma book (or DVD). It is the holy “bible” for all of us who are keen and genuine in wanting to immerse ourselves in Dharma. The guidelines mentioned in this book is very logical and practical. For example, how should we manage or handle new students, what are the basic infrastructure required for a retreat centre or dharma centre, and how should we handle VIP that is brought in by another member? It certainly sound funny the way Rinpoche articulated it, but some of those examples are true stories in real life. We committed those “silly mistakes” because we, citizen of this beautiful country, do not have the mass consciousness for Buddhism. We are lacking in the general knowledge or etiquette of being a Buddhist, leave alone knowing the protocol on how to respect a lama, or understand the importance to sponsor a lama and the holy sangha. In Tibet, a revered high lama like Rinpoche will not be subjected to all the mundane chores like how Rinpoche used to be doing for his students. But Rinpoche did. We are very fortunate to have Rinpoche laid down plainly the guidelines as well as procedures for us, hence we must cherish the knowledge, learn up as best as we can, and be ready to share it with others.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Han Nee for this sharing.

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    sonny tan on Jul 29, 2016 at 11:36 am
    Thank you Rinpoche for this highlight on cruelty to animals. It really made me wants to puke and sick to my stomach reading and seeing this senseless pictures of animals being tortured. It is totally beyond my ordinary human comprehension that these farmers are still resorting to such cruel acts. It is totally outrageous, disgusting to say the least that such cruelty acts still exist in the animal’s farm. I am pretty sure that industrialized countries would have adopted a more humane way of killing these animals rather than bludgeoning them, killing them with rifles pointing at their heads. For instance like putting these animals in a cold room and they would naturally sleep without any pain instituted on them, well it is an afterthought not that I would want encourage killing of animals.
    It made me wonder why humans still believe that animals meat protein is essential for their well-being this misinformation on animal protein good for human has already been debunked and human are still eating it. It has also been discovered that when fear arises in the animals about to be slaughtered they release hormones that would have contents of poison detrimental for human consumption.
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    Thursday, Jul 28. 2016 10:50 PM
    Very nice to read about how mankind can actually be loyal and loving in treating their furry best friend. We have too many stories about brutal and violence treatment on animals by human, hence this story is very refreshing. I can only imagine the anxiety and the worry-some feeling experience by Sylvester Stallone and Butkus during those moments of separation. And the adrenaline rush when Stallone gotten his paycheck and wanting to “claim” Butkus back. Given this strong feeling he had for Butkus, I would say the price tag is secondary. I admire Stallone for his loyalty and conviction in his friendship with Butkus.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this uplifting story with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/sylvester-stallones-best-friend.html
  • Lin Mun
    Thursday, Jul 28. 2016 09:43 PM
    Keisha is definitely a very brave and compassion girl. Who would dare to stand up for others when she is all alone and surrounded by so many people. I really respect her courage to protect the man even though she may get hurt. It is real kindness that she protects the weak.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this story.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/a-mighty-girl.html
  • Pastor Shin Tan
    Thursday, Jul 28. 2016 05:25 PM
    PHOTOS ON THE GO SHARED BY H.E. TSEM TULKU RINPOCHE:

    Never forget to do our Vajra Yogini practice. We can lose our money, we can lose our friends, we can lose our position, we can lose our family, we can lose our wife, we can lose our husband and we can lose our materialistic possession because in the end we will lose all outer objects anyway, but NEVER lose our Vajra Yogini practice. Everything lost is meant to be lost because we are in samsara and whatever we enjoy in samsara will not last and will be lost. It is their nature.

    Never waste time, energy and keep procrastinating, but do our Vajra Yogini practice intensely and strongly and be firm. Samsara never grants permanence and happiness, but Vajra Yogini’s practice will hand the universe and all the joys within it to you.
    -Tsem Rinpoche

    From: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?nggpu=www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/gallery/photos-on-the-go/photo_160723184021_0.jpg
  • samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 28. 2016 12:34 PM
    Amazing lady… Jane Goodall!..An inspiring article to know so much of this kind and compassionate lady.I do enjoyed watching the video and reading it. Thank you Rinpoche and team for sharing.She is a truly inspiring lady with a strong determination, selflessness and mindfulness to do what she wanted by all means to create a friendly environment and preservation of wild life.She is an example for us to follow.
    Thanks again.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/something-incredible-about-jane-goodall.html
  • sonny tan
    Thursday, Jul 28. 2016 09:57 AM
    sonny tan on Jul 28, 2016 at 9:56 am
    Thank you Rinpoche for this highlight on death, a morbid and taboo subject, everyone knows about death but few wants to hear it, talk or discuss about it but eventually we will all have to face this moment one day. It is an inevitable fact that we have to embrace it when our numbers are up, a highly respected sage was asked about death he replied that we are all heading towards death the minute we are born, go to every householder and you will realize that there is always death in every family for no can or will ever escape from it.
    There will always be extreme fear, uncertainties, mental confusion, depression and fearing of the unknown as many of us are unprepared when it really and eventually arrived at our door step. What will be my thoughts then when it comes? I would feel the same situation as everyone else prior to my coming here at Kechara. At least now in Kechara with constant Rinpoche’s teaching and discourses on so many subjects about life and hereafter and being guided on the so many steps, ways, meditation practices that I can learn and prepare for the final moments I would say it somewhat has lessened the fear and hopefully be more brave to accept it as a reality and should not shun it and be in denial mode but be properly prepare for it.
    It is rather unfortunate that many of our elders has not guided us, prepare us or discuss with us on this subject however, if they had done so we would have been better equip with the knowledge on death. I guess they are also in the dark on this subject unless they are spiritually inclined especially towards Buddhism.
  • Lin Mun
    Wednesday, Jul 27. 2016 09:40 PM
    So glad to see 2 religious leaders come together for a dialogue. This show mutual respect and freedom of religious among the society.

    It is so important to practise our belief in peace and harmony environment. Religion should not bring any force but with understanding of good values and intention.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/this-is-so-needed.html
  • samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 27. 2016 03:44 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing his beautiful inspiring spiritual journey.May Rinpoche be united as one with Vajrayogini and
    may all of us have the great merits to be blessed with the precious Vajrayogini practice. If i can have fantasy imagination so beautiful too will be great. Those pictures shown above was very beautiful and simple in a way. I liked it.We are fortunate to have Rinpoche sharing his teachings in KFR
    with folded hands,thanks again
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/she-smiles-at-me.html
  • samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 27. 2016 02:37 PM
    Thank you, Rinpoche, for sharing the above videos.I have still quite a lot to learn ..Its really so kind and generous for Rinpoche to show us his altar…..so beautiful and neatly arranged.The Mother Vajrayogini is so beautiful too. Its a blessing that we are given a chance to see it. I do enjoy seeing those beautiful statues and offerings.I do hope i will have more offerings at my altar too in future.
    Thanks again
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/see-my-beautiful-shrine.html

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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

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3 days ago
This picture says it all. I wonder always why constructed items these days wear out so fast.
7 days ago
This is a beautiful portrait
7 days ago
Sacred art work on Vajra Yogini
1 week ago
Never forget to do our Vajra Yogini practice. We can lose our money, we can lose our friends, we can lose our position, we can lose our family, we can lose our wife, we can lose our husband and we can lose our materialistic possession because in the end we will lose all outer objects anyway, but NEVER lose our Vajra Yogini practice. Everything lost is meant to be lost because we are in samsara and whatever we enjoy in samsara will not last and will be lost. It is their nature. Never waste time, energy and keep procrastinating, but do our Vajra Yogini practice intensely and strongly and be firm. Samsara never grants permanence and happiness, but Vajra Yogini's practice will hand the universe and all the joys within it to you.-Tsem Rinpoche
1 week ago
LADRANG LIGHT OFFERING FUND A rare and precious opportunity for candles to be offered on your behalf at the private residence of His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche. The offering of light to the Three Jewels has great benefits for one's mind including gaining clarity and intelligence, the acceleration of realisations, and greater understanding and wisdom. This exclusive light offering is also ideal for those who do not have a personal altar or are unable to make light offerings themselves. http://www.vajrasecrets.com/ladrang-light-offering-fund
2 weeks ago
Nice friends who help each other in Dharma works.
2 weeks ago
Venerable Geshe Puntsok speaks so well in both Tibetan and English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idQF6_6BD6s and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZ-jCJQWMMs&t=0s
2 weeks ago
Beautiful image of Avalokitesvara who has spoken before. Housed in Ladakh
2 weeks ago
Our Panglung Kuten taking trance of Dorje Shugden in Tibet where he is greatly sought after
2 weeks ago
Beautiful painting of Atisha
2 weeks ago
Beautiful Tara has arrived in Kechara Forest Retreat. See many more pictures: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=105289
2 weeks ago
Gorgeous Buddha carved into the mountain in China
3 weeks ago
Beautiful Dorje Shugden Gyenze statue by Kechara available at vajrasecrets.com
3 weeks ago
I like this Buddha image very much
3 weeks ago
Beautiful Buddha in the Bodhgaya enlightenment stupa
3 weeks ago
Pastor Lanse, contact her if you have questions..she is kind and helpful.
3 weeks ago
Interesting
3 weeks ago
Buddha sat under this tree when he gained enlightenment
3 weeks ago
Buddha Goddess Dukkar. Beautiful image.
3 weeks ago
Such a nice retreat house for extended meditations and prayers.. ..incredible. With trees, sunshine, pond, lotus leaves and purple flowers. I love this whole setting. Even creepers growing on the roof of the house. How perfect this place is for me.
4 weeks ago
Tsem Rinpoche brings home Dharma and this was his first day home.
4 weeks ago
White Tara mantra in Sanskrit
4 weeks ago
Beautiful thangka of Buddha of wisdom Saraswati
4 weeks ago
Beautiful image of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen in Kechara
4 weeks ago
A beautiful and blessed Dharma family. May Lord Manjushri guide, bless and keep them close to Him in this and all lives. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
One of the things I love about my Guru is that his teachings are never dry and far from boring. Rinpoche would joke, poke fun and tease but there is always an insightful, if not profound, teaching in each joke or teasing. I consider myself very blessed to have found a Guru who has the skillful means to drum some Dharma into this numbskull of mine. -From Sharon Ong
4 weeks ago
I really like outdoor Buddhas.
4 weeks ago
Dorje Shugden takes trance of the senior Choyang Dulzin Kuten in Gaden Monastery.
4 weeks ago
His Holiness Kyabje Zong Choktrul Rinpoche sitting on my lap during a teaching in Dharamsala. I am so happy to hold the reincarnation of my precious teacher. Tsem Rinpoche
4 weeks ago
This is a beautiful picture of Choktrul Zemey Rinpoche. May he bless all of us and manifest the teaching of Tsongkapa's doctrine again.
4 weeks ago
This is really nicely done. Welcome!
4 weeks ago
Good friends with good motivation coupled with a kind heart to be of benefit to others is time worth spent. Life is over so fast and anytime it can be snuffed out, so therefore do dharma, practice dharma, and engage in dharma. Tsem Rinpoche.
1 month ago
Sacred Manjushri Kumara 9th Century Pala Dynasty India
1 month ago
This sacred White Tara is on the Bodhgaya enlightenment stupa marking the very spot Lord Buddha achieved enlightenment.
2 months ago
Myself at the sacred lake at Dromo Geshe Rinpoche's residence
2 months ago
Myself at Dromo Geshe Rinpoche's house where there is a sacred lake on his property. The Five Sister Protector Goddesses abide at this lake. I am making offerings to the divinities in the lake here. Many contractors or workers who come to do work often observe 'Asian ladies' dressed very well walking around the perimeter of the lake and there are no Asian ladies living nearby at all. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Myself sitting at a lake where Bigfoots are often sighted in Willow Creek, California. This area in Northern California is a hot spot for Bigfoot sightings for hundreds of years till present day. We spent the afternoon there and we did our sadhanas and enjoy the BEAUTIFUL cool/dry weather (no humidity) and you don't sweat. The water was clear and sparkling. It is one of the most beautiful places I have been too and I can easily live there in this area. It was hard to leave this place. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Such a beautiful conservatory. How I would love to have a room like this among woodlands.
2 months ago
Another beautiful Gyenze statue arrives made by Kechara
2 months ago
My Mumu boy is super duper cute. I love you Mumu.
2 months ago
Pastor Adeline leads a holy and beneficial Tsongkapa retreat group in Kechara Forest Retreat today. Very nice to see this. I like it when our Pastors and senior students encourage, nurture others into the dharma. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Images of the Buddha are always a great blessing
2 months ago
Beautifully painted Shakyamuni the Buddha
2 months ago
Nice painting of Lord Tsongkapa
2 months ago
Beautiful painting of His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche the omniscient.
2 months ago
This is a traditional thangka painting of the Karma Gadri style, which was especially commissioned by Tashi Mannox on the rarely depicted great calligrapher and scholar Thönmi Sambhota. Sambhota is a historical figure responsible for developing the foundation of the Tibetan writing systems in the seventh century A.D, which form the basis of the Tibetan language today.
2 months ago
Spectacular outdoor Tsongkapa in Mongolia
2 months ago
BEAUTIFUL Tara statue! Magnificent
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  • Dorje Shugden oracle taking trance in China
    3 months ago
    Dorje Shugden oracle taking trance in China
  • Dorje Shugden oracle taking trance in China
    3 months ago
    Dorje Shugden oracle taking trance in China
  • Taking Trance
    3 months ago
    Taking Trance
  • See what humans can do
    5 months ago
    See what humans can do
  • Shocking undercover video shows animal abuse at 'humane cert
    5 months ago
    Shocking undercover video shows animal abuse at 'humane cert
  • Video reveals what goes on inside 'humane slaughterhouse' in
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    Video reveals what goes on inside 'humane slaughterhouse' in
  • People can really live their lives to save others. This is a good way to live. Beautiful video.
    6 months ago
    People can really live their lives to save others. This is a good way to live. Beautiful video.
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    8 months ago
    All beings have feelings and do not want pain, to be hurt or harmed. Therefore we must respect this and not harm animals. See this video how this man has made good friends with a special fish who comes when he rings for the fish. Touching. Tsem Rinpoche
  • -
    10 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
    11 months ago
    Nice Dorje Shugden rock painting
  • His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche teaches the truth of life and our impeding death.
    11 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
    11 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)
    11 months ago
    Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 1)
  • Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 2)
    11 months ago
    Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 2)
  • His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche accepts Long Life puja
    1 years ago
    His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche accepts Long Life puja

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3 days ago
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