Katinka Simonse (aka Tinkebell) – Art or Cruelty?

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Katinka Simonse is a 31 year old woman from Amsterdam, The Netherlands. For the past few months, she has been in the media spotlight for reasons that most people would find disturbing.

According to the general public, she has been getting away with animal cruelty for the past few years. It is reported that she has 60 hamsters which she keeps in hamster balls, has remote controlled guinea pigs, places day old male chicks through paper shredders, writes on the snails in her garden to keep count of them… and killed her pet cat, Pinkeltje, and made it into a bag.

These are things that cause public outrage… but what are her reasons for it? She does all of the above for reasons she feels strongly about to make what she does seem OK.

She hasn’t been charged by the police, but has angered people so much that she is gets 100,000+ hate emails a day!

According to her, what she does is not appalling or repulsive. She wants to highlight the hypocrisy and double-standards with what people perceive as cruelty. She questions “What is cruel?”. She may have killed her sick cat and made it into a purse, but as she says, “ there is not a single cow who had a good life before it became a bag.” She explains she’s doing this “to use an animal that’s close to you in order to show what we do with the ones that are far from sight. I wanted people to think about that.”

To her, walking past Burger King, and seeing someone eat a hamburger makes her want to puke. She explains that it’s because she only sees what happens before the burger became a burger: the animal at the factory, what happened to it and how it was fattened up in a very short period of time. That to her is cruelty.

I am not supporting or condoning her. This is how she thinks, and these are her reasons. Do you agree with her words?

Do watch the two videos below. One has subtitles and the other doesn’t…

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41 Responses to Katinka Simonse (aka Tinkebell) – Art or Cruelty?

  1. tsemtulku on Jul 8, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Dear friends, I am not judging this woman, but I present some of the findings here for you. It’s just for awareness.

    Take a look. May no animals suffer.

    TR

  2. liew chee khoi on Jul 8, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    I think no matter how strongly we felt about certain things and would like to bring a message across we should not partake in actions that brings suffering to any living beings. There is alot of other altrnatives way such as those done by PETA which has gotten lots of publicity. We may perceived our actions as right and appropriate but it is not always the correct nor best way.

    As said by Rinpoche = ” May no animals suffer ”

    One less suffers , is one better.

    • tenzin llhamo on Jul 8, 2011 at 8:53 pm

      Hi Liew, you are so right and you took the words right out of my mouth. There are many ways to help lessen sufferings of the animals. She said people are cruel eating a hamburger but what gives her the right to kill and parade it around? Hypocrites in their own way and in denial of what people says because of ignorance. Not only may no animals suffer but may all of us be free of sufferings…

    • Babs on May 5, 2014 at 6:07 pm

      There is NO excuse for torturing, abusing or killing an animal for fun or to make a statement! The fight for animal rights and for humane treatment of all, including animals that are used for food, can be well done without causing more suffering. This woman is working the same way as the “fight against terrorism”. Fighting fire with fire. And in this case at the cost of animals’ lives. Shame shame shame on her. My friends and myself fight for every single life here in Ireland where animals are treated especially bad. We give our time, money and heart’s blood to take dogs out of the killing pounds, to rescue abandoned, abused, neglected or tortured cats, horses and dogs. Most of us are vegetarians or vegans. We try to make a difference not only by helping animals directly, we also organise peaceful demos to make people and the government aware of the problems. We organise fund raisers for the rescue organisations that all work on a volunteer basis. We try to rehome (and we do home checks before any animal goes to a new home) as many pets as we can. we fight for a no-kill policy in the pounds.

      We try to be the voice of those that cannot speak for themselves. That does NOT include killing,, maiming, torturing or abusing the ones we fight for. How hypocritical is THAT???

  3. briard Claire on Jul 8, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    Non sense for me. if I miss my good friend from far , so I am going to kill him and transform his skin in a bag to carry him close to me everyday?!? Non sense There is here , because there are not some animals who can be killed and others who can’t… Any living beings , whatever species it belongs has the right to live his life and be happy without being hurt. May every beings live with joy and happiness whoever species they belong to! <3 om mani padme hung. om mani padme hung for all the ones who has been killed with the will to or by accident. may everyone realise that no-one, humans or animals, want to be hurt or kill. Om mani padme hung.

  4. Jason on Jul 8, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for posting this topic, she does make a valid point to bring to the fore what is cruelty however her logic to support her argument (by euthinasing her pet cat and turning into a handbag and use of small hampsters) about the suffering of animals for society eating pleasure is no different.
    Suffering is suffering for the animals on both sides of this arguement presented in the videos. It shows very clearly that without dharma how one can certainly be lead down wrong views, perceptions and resulting karmas on both sides of the debate.
    The Buddhas determination to find the “middle way” on his path to enlightenment…after years of intense asectic practice…makes me contemplate what would a middle way message could have been better? to bridge the debate from both sides who care for animals in their unique ways.
    Behind initial appearances I ask myself what is Katinka Simonse motivation for the debate she has put herself in the middle of? Why would you want to print a book of the hate mail you have recieved? For more attention and support your arguement, I am right they are wrong…
    In the whole debate no animal suffering she claims to be against has changed or stopped from her side.
    As part of my practice to remember the suffering of animals apart from taking a vegetarian vow for life (and current transition to full vegan) I dedicate small prayers when I see the excess of fashion for visual pleasure, where I live it seems to me in the past couple of years women’s leather footwear has increased in heights (maybe fake leather or not) either way in my view still perpetuates the cycle of use and abuse of animals.
    From my own experience consistency of what you believe in (regarding being vegetarian) highlighting the issues of animal suffering and consistency of walking the talk softens attitudes and helps bridge gaps between hardened attitudes of I only eat meat (followed by sometimes ridicule, sometimes anger and other responses not suitable for the blog, is nothing compared to the karma of being the animal that has to suffer needlessly for humans).
    Actually it is very easy to influence close friends and family to change their habits when they are able to see other aspects of the debate they could not see clearly in the past plus the longterm consistency of your actions.
    Rinpoche and blog team thank you for the timely reminder and inspiration/support to practice contemplation of compassion time and time again. Please everyone take to heart and put into practise the benefit you derive from this post also.
    Much love and prayers. Jason

  5. Sabina Giorgini on Jul 8, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    I think that woman is sick, I think she is mentally ill. Anyone who has really loved a cat, or any other pet, would never do such thing! If she really cared she would find other ways to convey her message, because that horror bag can never be a positive message, and a book of hate mail is not really something to be proud of.

  6. David Lai on Jul 9, 2011 at 5:27 am

    Interesting point she brought up there. I think her point makes sense but it is self-defeating because she uses cruelty towards familiar animals to highlight the plight of other animals. The point she neglects to mention is the fact that she is still cruel. The publicity stunt of making the handbag out of her sick cat seems to fuel her more than the actual cause. Her pink eyes look cold and without feeling when she talks about it. She loved her hate mail. It is the most attention she ever gotten in her life and the fact that she published it as a book shows how much she loves it. A lot of tell tale signs that she is off and is loving the attention from it.

    • Gisela T on Jul 6, 2012 at 3:55 pm

      Agree. She’s playing here with people’s feelings, and triggers them as strong as possible
      That’s not new from self-proclaimed action “artists.
      I remember in the 70ies a theatre show where so-called “action artists” slaughtered geeses on stage. (red blood on white feathers: drama)… with the pretense of “raising awareness” that we are all killers or so with the difference, that they claimed to be “honest” one’s. Well. Its a violent way to make a point.

  7. Yoke Fui on Jul 9, 2011 at 10:07 am

    I don’t agree with what she did but what she said did send a strong message -

    Just because we buy our meat from a supermarket doesn’t mean we are not responsible for killing the animals whose carcasses end up on our dinner table and by paying a vet to put our terminally ill pets to sleep doesn’t make us a kind and loving pet owner. In fact these pet owners are just like her.

  8. KT on Jul 9, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    How we judge her, is in fact how we should see ourselves. She is no other than our own society (and ourselves) in the fullness of our ignorance. On the one hand, we pretend not to know how badly animals are being treated before they become food and things for human beings. On the other hand, we think that we can highlight human cruelty by committing even more cruelty.

    However, i salute her in-your-face-approach because shock is what is needed when gentle pleas have not been heeded for decades.

    Anyone who criticize and judge her must FIRST check if they themselves are meat eaters and therefore partakers of cruelty, and users of things that come from animals having to suffer (such as cosmetics, handbags etc). If they are, they have no right to judge because they are DIRECTLY contributing to the cruelty. There is no denying that animals are tortured and abused for human’s sakes. And so, when you eat meat, YOU make it ok for the animal to be tortured. In fact it is your lust for meat that causes the So, lets not pretend.killings.

    What is more ignoble than doing nothing, is to show indignation when someone does something out of good motive, regardless of whether the method is right or not.

    I guess the most offensive thing about this woman is that she reminds us, of our own actions that we have not wanted to come to terms with.

  9. Sean Wang on Jul 9, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    I find this very wrong. I think that she is self-contradictory and she is very, very deluded.

    She is self-contradictory because she thinks that harming her animals is okay while seeing burger consumption as bad.

    She is deluded as she thinks that the animal will have less suffering if it was murdered by the owner rather than being euthanized. I think that there would still be more suffering.

    I feel sorry for this lady as she is a murderer and she most probably might become one animal that goes to slaughter or maybe a hell being at the rate she is killing.

    If someone close to me was going to die of something like cancer, I would not kill him and skin him or her to make a bag.

  10. ST on Jul 9, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    What gives anyone the right to kill to make a point for saving other lives? Can only be self justification/gratification logic, otherwise labelled as gross delusion. If the law can’t stop

  11. ST on Jul 9, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    If the law can’t stop her actions, karma will take care of it.

  12. ST on Jul 9, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    More aptly, this is no more than a perverted sense of compassion.

  13. Janice Kwok on Jul 11, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    This woman sense of righteousness is way off and she is obviously lapping up the attention given to her. No living beings should suffer and use a warped up excuse to kill is creating a delusion that this is an ok act. The media publicity given to her will only confuse the vulnerable. She has created so much negative karma, it will take a lots and lots of sincere practice to save her.

  14. Millie on Jul 11, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    I agree with her veiws on leather shoes, bags and also her point on meat. It is a cruel process to make these products. However I do not agree with what she is doing. Since she doesn’t agree with people wearing leather and eating meat then why is she doing the same thing? This is only my veiw but I think if there is something that we don’t agree with because it is cruel or unfair we shouldn’t react to it but only teach people how to act. So in a way your being a good example for people. This is only my veiw.
    -Millie

  15. Lim Han Nee on Jul 16, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for this most thought-provoking post.

    From my own closed and limited mind, i can’t be sure if Tinkebell is showing ‘crazy wisdom’ or acting out of a deluded mind.

    Nevertheless,she makes me think about the cultural norm regarding ‘What constitutes Cruelty’. It would appear that, according to this this cultural norm, it is cruel to kill some object near and dear to us, like one’s pet.It is cruel to keep one’s pets in small suffocating confines. This same cultural norm perceives as not cruel if an animal that is not one’s pet is (cruelly) force-fed, kept in suffocating confines and brutally slaughtered and served to us as delicious meat on our dinner table.

    Again, it is cruel, according to this cultural norm, to take the skin of one’s dead pet(even though it had been killed, in an act of euthanasia, by its owner out of compassion for it and to end its suffering from a terminal illness) and make it into a bag. However, this same cultural norm deems it not cruel to have animals deliberately reared and (cruelly) killed for their skin so as to make lovely handbags for people to buy at exorbitant prices and use.

    So. Tinkebell is making a strong statement in protest against the cultural norm of Cruelty and for that she is being vilified.

  16. Uncle Eddie on Jul 17, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Any normal person who has been in such media-spotlight would find them disturbing, except her. The spotlight news even indicated that “she has been getting away with animal cruelty for the past few years and created a storm with such acts; in addition to receiving 100,000 plus hate emails aday”. But yet she had the cheek to claim that her acts were not appaling, repulsive and cruel, than the Burgerking who fatten up the animals to make into hamburgers to be sold and eaten up, which make her to puke! How radiant and proud she seemed to appear in her tv appearences. Through her ignorance of false compassion she had even cut up her own sick pet-cat and used her beautiful fur skin to be made into a purse-bag.How crazy can a being be, and yet by her own reasoning, seems to think whatever she has done were all OK!!!

  17. terri on Jul 18, 2011 at 5:03 am

    I couldn’t turn my kitteh into a bag, I couldn’t even set a trap for a mouse, I had to have my neighbor do it.

  18. ivana on Sep 3, 2011 at 8:27 am

    I think she is very sick and need mental care . SHE IS NOT NORMAL IN HEAD , PERIOD

  19. Maria Giovanna Ruscito on Nov 11, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    Si tratta di un essere senza spirito alcuno ed anima!

  20. perla on Nov 13, 2011 at 3:00 am

    You are a good candidate for DEATH PENALTY. I hope with all my heart that animalists take you for suffer the same things that you make against animals!! You are a devil and the devils must be die. Attention now you are in serious danger because all the people want know who is you and certainly they succeed to understand who is you.I will send your video to all my friends and then………You are very dangerous and stupid in the same time,shut up and attention again.

    • Hock Keng on Nov 13, 2011 at 7:37 pm

      Are you vegetarian, Perla?

  21. Deborah Clarke on Dec 19, 2011 at 3:46 am

    I beleive there are much more humane ways to get people to listen to animal rights concerns,then actually being cruel and painting it up to be ok!!!!
    She is obviously in need of evaluation of her reality. For the last five and a half years i have re-homed and sterilised dogs in Zakynthos and i endevour to take care of animals and the environment to best way i can…. and its still not enough. all this woman is doing is re-directing anger at her instead of where it should be, so stop her doing this to the animals and then we can get on with the real battle…… saving the environment and animals from the parasite that is the human race.

  22. Su An on Dec 25, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Like it or not, this lady’s very unconventional way of highlighting the double standard of human society towards the treatment of “edible and non-edible” animals does strike a nerve in everyone. Any publicity is good publicity, as some would say. Hopefully people would not just stop at condemning her based on their notion of what cruelty is, but also consider her point of view on what cruelty is.

    Check out her website- http://looovetinkebell.com/ (its rather disturbing but interesting at the same time).

  23. susan ellsworth on Dec 30, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    She is crueland somthing needs to be done to her, no this is NOT ART!!! Next it will be exploting children she is sick and twisted andany fool who thinks this is art needs to get seriuos help!!!!

  24. ElToten on Feb 7, 2012 at 2:42 am

    Methinks that most of the haters here have not realized their own ignorance and hypocrisy which they display so openly and generously.

  25. DiDi on Jun 4, 2012 at 4:50 am

    The sick bitch needs to be beaten, stoned and hung in public. She needs to be skinned and her ugly body thrown in a river.Totally sick to my stomach hearing and even reading it. I just feel soo much of anger and hatred towards this whore.

  26. Simon Falla on Aug 11, 2012 at 2:23 am

    You ask if it is “Cruelty or Art”
    To me, it is neither…it’s just a wannabe trying to get publicity

  27. yvonne hyatt on Nov 7, 2012 at 7:40 am

    listen whore. you’ve made me mad. why don’t you travel on down here and let me kill you.now bitch – i want to do you like that . i do not like you. i want to peel your skin off of your stinking ass. die whore die whore die whore. your pussy stinks and i’m telling the world. i’m posting it on my facebook that your pussy stinks.it will come home to you mistreating little beings like that.you will get yours and i hope i hear about it so i can laugh.let me know where they bury you so i can come by and shit on your grave.

  28. patsy on Nov 7, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    I don’t like what she did. She is cold and heartless and she loves attention. But she did send out a strong message against animal abuse even though that’s not the correct way to do. Every day, animals are killed in slaughter houses and the pain and sufferings they have to go through are worst then what this woman is doing. If we cant stand what she is doing, than we should not eat meat or use leather products.

  29. beatrix ooi on Nov 19, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    I think that she’s got a point. But I think that she should not be doing what the slaughters do, this makes her have to kill more animals. At the end, she became the the person she dislikes. I hope she figures this out and stop doing what she is doing.
    Thank You for sharing Rinpoche.
    Love, beatrix.

  30. edward ooi on Nov 20, 2012 at 3:20 am

    Whatever people says, she is crazy for killing her sick cat and made it into a bag. But she is not, she kill her sick pet cat and made it into a bag is because a lot of people they buy leather bags and purse and many cow died for this, since her pet cat is dying from sickness why don’t her kill her pet cat without suffering and made her into a bag so she don’t have to buy a leather bag that will kill another animal.

  31. Robby on Nov 24, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    This is absolutely horrible. What she is doing is clearly a terrible sin. These defenseless animals deserve to live.

  32. Julien Roth on Nov 29, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    I do not agree with this women’s words. I think what she is doing is sick and not right. And it is in fact, animal cruelty. But i can understand if she says that she killed her cat to stop it from suffering. That i get. But what i do not completely understand, is the fact that she turned her dead cat into a handbag. This could make people think that she killed her cat so that she could make a handbag for herself.

    And also, i think how she keeps her hamsters in hamster balls is cruel. This is because, by doing this, she doesn’t give her hamster freedom. Instead they are stuck in a tiny ball waiting to get fed and to be played with. Thank you for sharing Rinpoche.

  33. Lucas Roth on Dec 28, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    this is horrible to me, because if she thinks she does not like burgers because they kill the animal to get it she is doing the same. how does she think this is anyway ok??? cruelty is cruelty and there is no different type. i am glad i am a vegetarian.

  34. Vinnie Tan on Aug 9, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    It is just cruel to hurt any animals in any way. Taking away animals’ lives in the first place is wrong. She should not be doing that. With regards to her making her dead cat into a purse, I would say that I guess it would be understandable to a certain extend as she loves her cat.

    For the hamsters in the hamster balls, there are a few different ways to look at it. One is that with them being in the hamster ball, they would be able to roam freely without having the fear of killing them by accident. We can also say that it is cruel because we are trapping them in an environment that they do not have a proper place to answer their calls from nature, and that they would not be able to eat a meal properly.

  35. Tong sunsun on Nov 11, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    这女的逻辑很奇怪,难道老了生病了的宠物就不是生命吗?那别人也可以说看她不顺眼然后杀了她把她的皮拿来做衣物??你说这是哪门子道理??

  36. Edward Ooi on Dec 23, 2013 at 4:47 am

    Dear Rinpoche, raising her hamster in the ball is not good for the hamster I don’t know why she did that but as for the cat, she have done nothing wrong. People might think that she is crazy because she killed her sick cat and made it into a purse as for me, I don’t think so because when living beings are dead you can’t cause any more physical pain to them. I agree to Katinka Simonse except for the hamster part.

  37. Beatrix Ooi on Aug 11, 2014 at 12:09 am

    I think that everyone has their own methods or ways of remembering their dead pets. I’m not supporting nor judging her but to me, once an animal is dead, its dead, you won’t feel anything physically after you’re dead. Some find it cruel because she wears the fur coats of her dead pets. Some may also said that, she should have let the cats passed away peacefully and with their carcasses fully intact. But, no offense, I still disagree with what she did, she should not be so attached to something that is dead. She could have prayed for her cats to take a better rebirth or something like that. I just feel that we shouldn’t be too attached to the things around us, be it living things or non living things, because nothing is permanent. I think that regarding this matter, its based on personal perspectives, some find it cruel and some find it okay.

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    (Thursday, Sep 18. 2014 11:39 PM)
    For Od Howell – Thank you so much for sharing and your interest in His Eminence’s aunt Princess Nirgidma. Princess Nirgidma is indeed a remarkable and very intelligent lady who could hold her own with the men.

    Pastor Jean Ai shared that “she had a traditional Torghut upbringing but thanks to her father who believed his children should have a Western education, she was also visionary for her time. I mean, an Asian woman married to a French diplomat? And fluent in French, and as well as English, Chinese and Russian? And holding conversations and intellectual discourses with men in a time when women were to be seen and not heard? Talk about forging a path for Mongolian women.” http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/my-great-aunt-the-princess.html

    There’s another article you might like also http://www.dayarmongol.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6535:2011-12-09-16-03-45&catid=24&Itemid=300061

    I’m sorry to inform you also that His Eminence has never met her and is not in contact with any of them in the family so we can not help with your request any further.

    I wish you all the best with your research on Princess Nirgidma and looking forward to your fruitful results in the near future.

    With best wishes,
    Pastor Adeline
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Thursday, Sep 18. 2014 10:34 PM)
    The Bionic Woman never remained quiet and hide or avoid – I LIKE PEOPLE WHO TAKE ACTION and not watch and remain silent when something can and should be done. I guess taking action to me is an expression of compassion in action and that is why we are Buddhists/spiritual. We have to be Buddhists in action, not in name only. Whatever religion we believe in or are theists, we are still human who can take good positive action to make a difference and we should make a difference. We should always try to make a difference. Life is not about only good things for ourselves, but the difference we can make in others’ lives. This is so important. ~ His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/film-tv-music/good-influences.html
  • Toh Cheng See
    (Thursday, Sep 18. 2014 12:32 AM)
    Thank you Rinpoche . The narration of the relationship between Milarepa and Marpa was so entertaining that one will remember it always.
    The training that Milarepa has to undergo reminds me of the Shaolin Temple shows where the student is made to carry water or rocks from distance river or quarry and how the master made the student work tirelessly to train their mind, to clear away the preconception mind one has.
    It is so like us to have this attitude. I have seen this happening to people where for example they did something good or credible they have this projection that others should “look up at them” or “treat them like a VIP” and when all this does not happen they get angry and their ego comes in and they create so much trouble for others .
    It is true that upbringing plays a big role . For example if a little toddler happens to walk and trip and if adults rush quickly to pick them up and start saying “oh you poor thing ” and then tells the child “let us beat the floor cause the floor made you fall” and the adult then goes to use hand to “beat the floor” what the child learns is “it’s never my fault, it’s always the fault of others”. This is crazy but I think most of you have seen adults doing this when a child falls.
    I notice also in family with a few kids , the oldest are usually more stable and matured while the younger ones tends to be more “baby” even though they have grown up to be adults. This happens cause the oldest child are more independent when they are young, having to do most things themselves . Then comes little brother or sister and the older sibling loves playing the role of the older brother and sister. The older sibling will always run to the younger ones to help in just almost everything . Maybe younger one drops a toy and instead of picking it up himself and older sibling quickly dash over to pick up for the younger one. Thus the younger child will grow up with the preconception that others will be always at their feet doing everything for them and how they should be treated and when things don’t go their way their mind becomes neurotic.
    Thus like Milarepa , one needs to change one’s attitude and preconception mind.
    I will use the story of Milarepa to remind myself not to have a preconception of how things should be .
    Thank you once again Rinpoche for this entertaining but educational video.
  • tsemtulku
    (Wednesday, Sep 17. 2014 10:38 PM)
    It is amazing what happened to a neighborhood in Oakland. You have to see this: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=53083
  • Od Howell
    (Wednesday, Sep 17. 2014 06:39 PM)
    dear his eminence tsem rinpoche,
    although i should work on my disertation about the genocide in mongolia in 1937 as an effect from russian communist policy i can not resist continue to do research about your aunt nirgidma, since i found her story in internet by accident. is it that i am myself half mongolian half german, growing up in both cultures or does she appear to me as a spiritual sister to my beloved grandfather, son of a mongolian nobleman, who studied in 1926 in germany as one of the first mongolian students, i am so much fascinated about her. in opposite to my grandfather who was persecuted by the communists and even arrested twice for political reasons nirgimda seamed to had a happy end. i bought her publication she made 1937 in paris with old mongolian folk songs and gave it this summer when i was in mongolia to my relative, a famous composer, who said he never heard these songs before. i cant let go the idea of writing a book about her and record the songs again for the mongolians of nowerdays. it is very hard to find information in internet. today i even read the whole correspondence between teilhard de chardin and lucile swan to find fragments about nirgidma and it was a kind of revelation. your excellency, can you help me to find her children or any other descendants to find out, if a publication is wished by the family? we mongolians had a very difficult history within the past hundred years and this princess makes us so proud to know that she existed. when the russians banned buddhist religion in mongolia and even changed the alphabet from old mongolian into russian cyrillic letters it was a cut off from the mongolian culture and their traditions.
    i would also like to know if tsedn dorzhi, nirgidmas half brother who stayed in china is still alive? he must be very old now. i hope very much to hear from you, may all the love and peace be with you, yours sincerely, od
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 08:53 PM)
    Question asked by Maria
    Your Excellency,
    Greetings of love and peace. I am embarassed with my question but I am taking the courage to do so – why is it that during my recitation and meditation practice I am greatly disturbed by a sudden noise as if someone intentionally kicks the furnitures or noise from the incense and candle burning? I can feel shadows also in the room where I do my practice. I would like to know if there is a remedy on this because I get really startled each time thus preventing me from learning full concentration. The noises start to happen when my body begins to heat up. Is this a sign of obstacle Thank you Your Eminence.


    Response by tsemtulku
    Dear Maria, many experience what you experience. It’s sometimes ‘common’. Do Sindongma’s prayer and mantra for one round before starting your practice daily and the ‘shadows’ will dispel with time. I wish you luck. Tsem Rinpoche

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/protection-from-black-magic-and-spirits.html
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 08:49 PM)
    From His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche

    Today was not a very good day for me. I was washing in the shower and the shower is very small and always had a problem due to lack of air. So I had hyperventilated and starting blacking out and hard to breathe. I had this problems for months now, but only today I almost blacked out. Lucky Pastor Seng Piow was around to help me and wipe me down and get me to a chair. Also when showering due to my weight, my back hurts and hard to wash the legs, so when I bend to wash, it is very difficult. Need a chair in the shower, but cannot fit one. Thank you Pastor Seng Piow for your help and wiping me down. Now I am better with the fan on me.

    (wwww.tsemrinpoche.com/chat)
  • Pastor Adeline
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 08:48 PM)
    This is a special statue of Je Tsongkapa. It was made during Tsongkapa’s time by a student and offered to Him. It is said to resemble Tsongkapa very much. And this holy statue is now housed in Tashi Lunpo Monastery, Shigatse Tibet. To see, hear and contemplate Je Tsongkapa is so meaningful and collect one aeons of merits. ~ His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?nggpu=http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/wp-content/gallery/photos-on-the-go/moby-to-6avv7a.jpg

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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,
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18 hours ago
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I have just finished doing 50+ tweets on mind, Buddhism, spirituality, acceptance, love, entanglements, thoughts and inner battles. Do enjoy reading them and sharing them. It might help someone I humbly hope. I do so every few days to share about wisdom, kechara and our spiritual journey. If it can reach people and benefit them, why not. Our lives and being alive is totally about benefitting others. That is the purpose of breathing and being human... Tsem Rinpoche Do follow me on tweets: http://www.twitter.com/tsemtulku
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Dear Andree Duckworth, Thank you very much for your feedback on our Kechara Pastors. They work very hard, they have great knowledge and very patient. I started the program so people who wish to bring dharma to others can have a lay life as well as a spiritual life recognized by others. Halfway to monk/nun-hood without being ordained. So naming them Pastors and having basic lay vows is good and it helps the public in Malaysia to identify with them easily. It worked out very much. I hope you will let them know you are benefitted by their hardwork. They will appreciate it very much as I do. Tsem R
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1 week ago
I've asked the same question too. Tsem Rinpoche 
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To take Manjushri as one's special practice has innumerable benefits. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 week ago
This is a special statue of Je Tsongkapa. It was made during Tsongkapa's time by a student and offered to Him. It is said to resemble Tsongkapa very much. And this holy statue is now housed in Tashi Lunpo Monastery, Shigatse Tibet. To see, hear and contemplate Je Tsongkapa is so meaningful and collect one aeons of merits.
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His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche with his two disciples Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen and Geshe Lhundrup Sopa.
1 week ago
When you accuse others of this and that, time will tell who is successful in the end. Because accomplishments speak the loudest. ~Tsem Rinpoche 
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Don't lounge around and do nothing, accomplish nothing and be nothing. Benefit others and make your life the cause for many lives to find relief, comfort and hope. ~Tsem Rinpoche 
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Friends and people will come and go, but your determination and goal must be firm. Let nothing deter you to succeed in your goal and later in life, look back and rejoice in all you've done. ~Tsem Rinpoche 
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Don't listen to rumours and negative talk about someone who has benefitted you. Be loyal and reciprocate the kindness you have received. ~Tsem Rinpoche 
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When you feel hurt, realize and understand the pain, get up and keep trying until you succeed.~Tsem Rinpoche 
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Many will accuse us, threaten us and even make up tales about us, but we must be truthful in all our actions always and forgive them. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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Respect everyone, trust few and follow one. Tsem Rinpoche 
2 weeks ago
Back in 1983 this house was Thubten Dhargye Ling Dharma centre in Los Angeles. I lived here for a few years before going to India. This is the house I met H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, received many teachings and served Rinpoche for 6 months. This is a special place for me. Tsem Rinpoche 
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I would like to thank Queck Soon Lee, Elsie Toy, Soh Lee Loon and Lim Kam Koi for the beautiful and blessed images of Tara. It's really wonderful and made from porcelain. I like Tara very much. All of you are wonderful students of Modern Buddhist Fellowship. Please make Modern Buddhist Fellowship a place of practice, learning and benefitting society even more. Put all your efforts to make this place fully blossom more. You have my prayers. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
This is so perfect! Really direct wisdom and to the point. Tsem Rinpoche
3 weeks ago
Interesting deduction. TR
3 weeks ago
When we need to support, we should not remain quiet or indifferent. Tsem Rinpoche 
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This is so true. It's hard but it applies. Tsem Rinpoche 
3 weeks ago
I get thanks and appreciations very often from people all around the world for my blog (www.tsemrinpoche.com). Majority of the people I do not have the pleasure to know who they are. Yet they write in always. They read and leave comments on the blog also. We get now between 100,000 to 120,000 views per month now on my blog I am told and it is consistent ever month. I am AMAZED, HUMBLED AND HAPPY. I am glad so many around the world learn and benefit from my humble blog. I received two messages today. One from Penang (North Malaysia) and one from Italy thanking me for the blog and how much they learn from my blog and how much they appreciate it. It makes all the hard work worth it. Wonderful. Thank you everyone for the learning and feedback. Humbly, Tsem Rinpoche
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We spent around 5 hours blogging about H.H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche's biography. Take a look: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=52782)---- For further interesting posts and pictures on Zong Rinpoche, click here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/.../cate.../kyabje-zong-rinpoche
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His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche with his two disciples H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Perfect triad of blessings. Tsem Rinpoche 
4 weeks ago
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Wonderful! Today I went out briefly from my retreat and I found a BEAUTIFUL holy Dalai Lama pendant in a store. Am not going out much these days at all. It's nice to have His Holiness close to my heart. I wore the pendant immediately. When I was a child, people had similar ones and I always wanted one. Many of the Kalmyk people would wear it. Now I have one of my own. I really like it. Tsem Rinpoche.. Myself requesting H.H. Dalai Lama to bestow on me ordination: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=19322
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This is important to read, see and contemplate. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
What is on your altar? Take a look: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=52604
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My little 4 inch Bigfoot figurine arrived today also. I sure like seeing this fellow around. Makes me feel like he belongs around my environment.
1 month ago
A beautiful Lord Manjushri arrived and He is in standing form. Absolutely beautiful. only around 8 inches in height and very graceful. I really treasure all forms of Manjushri and He is gracing my working table where I can see him very clearly. I offer incense to Him throughout the day as I do my work. I like to have incense and offerings throughout the day as much as possible. In fact 24 hours a day.
1 month ago
Read this book by John Blofeld over 30 years ago. Now getting another copy of it to re-read. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
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1 month ago
The Shwedagon Great stupa in Myanmar, it holds the hairs of Buddha Shakyamuni. Very holy and worthy of a visit. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Great words of wisdom from Bruce Lee. Must read. Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
This is corn that is grown on our Kechara Forest Retreat land in Malaysia,. Fantastic!!!!! Julia said it's very juicy and sweet! Tsem Rinpoche 
1 month ago
Locked up her whole life. Never sees sunshine, grass, dirt, or the sky. She is forced to lay eggs constantly and daily. She does so until she's dead, then they send her to be eaten. She has no feathers and can barely stand due to no space and sunlight. She is locked in this tiny space always.
1 month ago
Wonderful plants to have in the room. 
1 month ago
Amazing Rescue: Last week in Goalpara, India, train passengers spotted this baby elephant struggling in a muddy ditch and had the conductor stop the train, so they could keep the elephant company and feed it local vegetation until a rescue team arrived!-from FB
1 month ago
Beautiful outdoor large Lord Buddha in Bhutan.
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The discovery of this giant Sonoran Desert Toad yesterday outside the Chiricahua Desert Museum the locals are sure this toad is responsible for the loss of their pets This toad weighed in at 57 pounds, that was after it dispensed about 2 gallons of urine during its capture. the largest native toad in North American does not typically get any larger than about 1.5 pounds length of 7.5 inches this is a new world record. -from FB
1 month ago
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    The Girl Who Couldn't Cry - Water is Life
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    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
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    Aki drinking some water in the aviary
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    Jamyang enjoying some fresh corn
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  • The Cute Mumus Practising Dog Orchestra at Kechara Forest Retreat
    The Cute Mumus Practising Dog Orchestra at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Today the Mumus (dogs) decided to do a dog orchestra rehearsal together with the Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR) dogs.
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    Incredible footage you must see!
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  • 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
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    Mumus running at Kechara Forest Retreat
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    Kechara Forest Retreat panorama, September 2013
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    The mumus having outdoor evening stroll!!!
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    Must see video from Rajendra on our disciplined dogs
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